TARA BRAY SMITH, author of West of Then, was born and raised in Hawaii. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University, she lives and writes in New York City. Her literary debut, WEST OF THEN: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise is an emotionally raw, eloquently written memoir about home, family, and the ghosts that haunt our lives. Against the backdrop of that paradise called the Hawaiian Islands, Smith tells of her struggles to find and save her mother, a homeless ...
After last monthÃ¢â¬â¢s Election, the Florida Legislature has become even more Republican in party identification.
Republicans took three more House seats away from the Democrats to expand their total to 84, leaving Democrats with just 36 seats in the 120-member chamber. Not since the early 1970s, when Democrats controlled the House, have the numbers been so lopsided.
In the Senate, there are now 26 Republican and 14 Democrats. But before Democrats consign themselves to perhaps p...
Hillsborough county schools superintendent Earl Lennard was scheduled to appear at the Tamp tiger bay club this afternoon, Lennard couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t be there; but in his place was Dr Jim Hamilton, the chief of staff for the county schools. Hamilton defended the schools against statistics that show the Almost 200,000 students in the Hillsborough county public schools are not scoring as high on achievement tests as private schools.
Ã¢â¬ÅWe gotta take every kid that walks in the do...
Since this past July, The Hillsborough county commission has been fielding complaints about excessive noise coming from concerts at the ford amphitheatre at the Florida State fairgrounds. The commission had warned the operator and promoter of the concerts, clear channel entertainment, that fines would be levied if they let the music get too loud, and the number of complaints had been going down. But After an especially loud concert this week by the rock group Korn, the countyÃ¢â¬â¢s envir...
The Florida High Speed Rail Authority will NOT be be handing over its work to transportation officials as requested by Governor Jeb Bush.
The rail board voted today against giving the two contracts it's
overseeing to the Department of Transportation to handle.
The contracts are to finish reports and plans needed for federal
approval of the project.
But the Florida High Speed Rail Authority also agreed not to
meet again until after state lawmakers have a chance...
A Tampa citizen attempting to speak during the Public Audience portion of this morningÃ¢â¬â¢s Tampa City Council Meeting was escorted out of the City Hall Chambers by a Police Officer, after City Council Chairwoman Gwen Miller called him out of order.
Before he had been formally recognized to speak, Tampa Activist Terry Neal called out that by the Roberts Rules of Order, he SHOULD be recognized. Neal was following another speaker to the lecturn Ã¢â¬â John Dausman Ã¢â¬â who h...
In a story weÃ¢â¬â¢ve been following hereon WMNF, yesterday the Sarasota county school board voted unanimously for a compromise over the issue of whether Planned Parenthood should be able to teach the sex-ed portion of a mandatory health class. Planned parenthood will be able to keep teaching the class if the teacher chooses them, but parents will have to sign a permission slip allowing their children to attend the class. This morning, WMNF spoke to Wendy Grassi, the director of public af...
A group of Pinellas county citizens is spending the entire day conducting a test on the county's touch screen voting machines. The test took place at the 49th street branch of the supervisors of elections office
Leonard Schmeige, the spokesman for citizens vote verification group, organized the test with the county supervisors office, after a one machine test earlier this month was cut short because they only had 3 hours to conduct it. He brought 500 sheets of paper li...
Toyota joined General Motors and 6 other automakers yesterday in filing suit to block CaliforniaÃ¢â¬â¢s new greenhouse gas regulation, which was approved by the state final form in September.
The regulations Ã¢â¬â the first of its kind in the U.S. Ã¢â¬â would require automakers to cut by roughly 30 percent the greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks sold in the state by the 2016 model year. The industry is suing in Federal Court, contending that CaliforniaÃ¢â¬â¢s re...
The Reverend Jesse Jackson said today the burden is on Congress to investigate countless reports of election irregularities in Ohio and elsewhere.
While he stopped short of calling for a delay in the Inauguration, Jackson repeatedly said the election is not overÃ¢â¬Â¦His comments came as Michigan Democrat John Conyers conveyed a meeting to examine the accusations.
Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said Democratic lawmakers have received tens of thousands of re...