News & Public Affairs

Saturday December 20, 2014

Asian American Chambers of Commerce, Grace Santos

The First Asian American Small Business Workshop of Tampa Bay was held on Saturday, Jan 22nd. WMNF’s Grace Santos was there and files this report.

The Asian American Chambers of Commerce of Tampa Bay was recently established with the purpose of providing small business resources and education to the Asian American community. Over 200 people attended their first event, the Small Business Workshop.
Santosh Govindaraju, Board member of IndoUS and CEO of Paragon Mortgage welcomed...

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WOMEN IN SCIENCE, NANCY HOPKINS,Ph.D.-Mary Glenney

NANCY HOPKINS, Ph.D., Geneticist, Professor of Molecular Biology at MIT. Dr. Hopkins has been in the news this week because she walked out on a talk by Lawrence Summers, President of Harvard University. Summers sparked an uproar when he said that innate differences between men and women might be one reason fewer women succeed in science and math careers. The percentage of tenured job offers made to women on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard has dropped dramatically since Summers ...

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COUNTER INAUGURATION - CODE PINK-Mary Glenney-WS

ANDREA BUFFA, Code Pink. Mary spoke with Andrea Buffa of Code Pink on Thursday evening following the inauguration. Medea Benjamin was scheduled to give a report on the events and her observations of the day, but after calling for an end to the war just before President Bush took the oath of office, Medea was arrested and is in jail this evening.

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EMMA'S REVOLUTION-Mary Glenney, Women's Show

PAT HUMPHRIES & SANDY O of EMMA’S REVOLUTION. Pat Humphries and partner Sandy Opatow now perform together as Emma's Revolution. These are two women deeply committed to the cause of social justice. They are imbued with a fierce determination to spread a message of hope and love to a world that is sorely in need of it.

They performed at the WMNF Phil Ochs Tribute benefit concert. You have heard many of their songs on the Women’s Show, especially “Code Pink.�

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ROE v WADE, 32nd anniversary, NARAL-Mary Glenney-WS

NANCY KEENAN, president, NARAL Pro-Choice America. January 22, 2005 will mark 32 years of saving women’s lives with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide in 1973. This year, we must mobilize to protect our right to access legal abortion. Never has the right to a safe, legal abortion been in greater jeopardy. NARAL Pro-Choice America has released the 14th annual edition of its publication, “Who Decides? The Statu...

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TRANSEXUAL DAD FIGHTS FOR CUSTODY-Andrew Stelzer

The case of a transsexual father who was granted custody of two children is back in court. Today, in Clearwater, judge Judge Gerard O'Brien heard arguments from Michael and Linda Kanteras about whether Michael has any parental rights over Matthew, who is 16 years old, and Irena, who is 12. Linda and Michael were married in 1989, several years after Michael had sexual reassignment surgery. They divorced in 1998; during their marriage, before then, Michael had become the adopted parent of Ma...

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CITY COUNCIL - Mitch Perry

The Tampa City Council today approved a proposal that sets in motion an increase in taxes for stormwater drainage projects later this year.

Annual stormwater taxes would increase from $12 to $36 for most homeowners. A public hearing and final approval will take place sometime later this summer.

For decades the quality of life in Tampa – particularly South Tampa – has been adversely affected by normal rainfall, which results in severe flooding in some sections of...

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INAUGURATION DAY PROTEST IN ST PETE-Andrew Stelzer

In St Petersburg, About 75 people gathered in front of the Sembler Corporation building on 58th street and central avenue at noon to protest the inauguration of President Bush; at 2 o’clock they marched down central avenue for several blocks---the rally was scheduled to continue until 7pm tonight. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there this afternoon, and spoke to some of the Tampa Bay citizens who aren’t happy about the country’s elected leader for the next 4 years.

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SCRIPPS EXPERTS STUDY ALTERNATE SITES - Mitch Perry

A team of building experts from The Scripps Research Institute spent yesterday evaluating three properties most likely to become the county's biotech park should the deal to build at the Mecca Farms area collapse.

They were looking to determine how plans to build Scripp's laboratories at Mecca Farms could be adapted for another site.

Pressure has been mounting in Palm Beach County and Tallahassee to begin construction right away. But the Palm Beach county commission has balked, saying ...

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GENOCIDE AND THE HOLOCAUST, PROF. EDWARD KISSI - Mitch Perry

USF Professor Edward Kissi is an internationally recognized scholar on the history of international human rights law and genocide, particularly relating to Africa. He is one of the featured scholars in the 6 hour joint PBS/BBC production of “Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State�, the 1st Part which is scheduled to air tonight

January 27th marks the 60th anniversary of the Red Army’s liberation of Auschwitz in 1945.

WMNF spoke with Professor Kissi about the p...

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