INTRO: The 83rd annual Chasco Fiesta began yesterday in New Port Richey, despite objections from Native Americans and the American Indian Movement. The ten day event features a carnival, food vendors, a car show, a boat parade, music events in Sims Park, Native American displays and a street parade which has created dissent by Native American rights groups over the Krewe of ChascoÃ¢â¬â¢s float which portrays Indians in a negative light. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Mark Antokas files this report.
Betty Castor confirmed today that she will NOT be a candidate for Governor next year.
Castor commented to the Associated Press that after her narrow lost to Mel Martinez for the U.S. Senate last November, she does NOT want to run back-to-back campaigns.
Castor told the AP, Ã¢â¬Å"I have had a lot of encouragement to enter this governor's race and I thought about it. If the timing were different and I hadn't just spent 18 months in a different race, my decision might be differentÃ¢â¬Â¦...
Last night a candlelight vigil was held at the Orient Road jail for Sami Al-Arian.
Bit Ã¢â¬â weÃ¢â¬â¢re here because we believe in constitutional law, etcÃ¢â¬Â¦
That was John Arnaldi, one of more than fifty people who gathered
to lament and protest the treatment that Dr Sami Al-Arian has received since being incarcerated two years ago. The group of demonstrators has also called for the kind of measured treatment most of us expect other unconvicted prisoners to receive. But t...
The state of civil liberties and how they relate to the culture of fear that Muslim-Americans now find themselves living in was the focal point of a discussion that took place at USF Monday night. LR was there and filed this report.
Bit Ã¢â¬â This is not new, it is dangerous and obscene but it is not new.
That was Constitutional Lawyer and a former President of the Nation LawyerÃ¢â¬â¢s guild, Peter Erlinder who addressed a half-full auditorium of people at USF.
The issues raised...
This afternoon at the Federal courthouse in downtown Tampa the preparations for the case against Sami al-arian, and three other associated defendants, moved into the jury selection stage.
Judge James Moody presided over a hearing on whether or not a continuance should be granted in the upcoming AL-Arian case.
For hours the defense team challenged answers and comments made by potential jurors in specially designed questionnaires. Many of the responses showed the amount of misrepresentati...
Today the juror screening and continuance hearing for Sami Al-Arian and three other men, all soon be tried for allegedly making contributions to terrorist organizations Ã¢â¬âamong other charges.
All through the day the defense teams screened potential juror questionnaires hoping to weed out biased and problematic individuals. It seemed like a never ending process that illuminated both the level of misunderstanding and racism many everyday Americans harbor towards people of Middle Easter...
For the past 3 nights, citizens who live near the Avon Park Bombing range on the border of Polk and Highlands county have been voicing their concerns and support for the use of live ammunition by the air force and the navy.
Ã¢â¬ÅI live on one of 2 lakes n the first adjacent to the rangeÃ¢â¬Â¦Ã¢â¬?
Ã¢â¬ÅWe are subjected to noise now to non live ordinances..that will increase greatlyÃ¢â¬Â¦Ã¢â¬?
Pam Richards lives in the south side of Fr...
Interview with Joe Griffith, Pat Green & Dana Hargrove
discussed art, society
Interview with Denis Gaston
A new report released today by the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association says that funding for AmericaÃ¢â¬â¢s national parks is at a Ã¢â¬ËbearÃ¢â¬â¢ minimum and lists the top 10 reasons parks need more money. The report calls for and has received immediate support from CongressÃ¢â¬Â¦as a bi-partisan group of Congress introduced new legislation today to fund AmericaÃ¢â¬â¢s National Parks.
Ron Tipton is the Senior Vice President for Programs at the National Parks Conse...
Tonight in Avon Park in Polk County, the 3rd and final Public Hearing on plans for new bombing at the Avon Park Air Force Range will take place, at the Avon Park Community Center.
After the Pentagon halted Navy Operations at Vieques in Puerto Rico in 2002, Pentagon officials said that military use at Avon Park could increase.
The NavyÃ¢â¬â¢s departure from Vieques was a huge win for most of the Puerto Rican people, who had protested the site for decades, claiming it created ...