Last night of our reporters was foiled in her original story assignment. Hereâ€™s what WMNFâ€™s Kimberley Farley came up with instead.
I was originally assigned to do a story on Dennis Kucinichâ€™s visit to Fogertyville CafÃ© in Bradenton last night, but he was hospitalized Sunday for gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu. His website reports it was probably brought on by food poisoning.
So being stuck without a story I decided to conduct a neighborhood stro...
The pre-trial hearings in the case of Sami Al-Arian continued yesterday. Al-Arian, along with three other Arab-Americans, were arrested over a year ago on charges of aiding Palestinian terrorist groups. Al-Arian was a professor at The University of South Florida; the government claims that he used his position to raise money for Palestinian terrorist groups.
A judge has ruled that the government will pay up to half a million dollars for the translation of documents related to the c...
The cover story in this week's WEEKLY PLANET alleges that former WP senior editor John Sugg is frequently heard on the wiretaps the FBI is using in the prosecution of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian. Al-Arian is awaiting trial on several charges, including raising money for terrorist groups. Sugg was our guest on this segment and he says the FBI wants to question him about what he knows about Al-Arian (especially whether Al-Arian ever lied to the press). Sugg says he will not co-operate wi...
As people gathered in Centro Ybor before the appearance of Senator Kerry last night, WMNF went around to speak to some people to gauge their level of interest and excitement about Senator Kerry and the possibility of him defeating President Bush this Novemberâ€¦â€¦..
A woman who only wanted to be identified as Roz says she has been a supporter of the Massachusetts Senator says before he officially entered the race (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?see that in himâ€?)
Just months ago, Ho...
Last night a crowd estimated to be near 1,000 people packed into the entertainment complex known as Centro Ybor in Tampa's Ybor City last night........They were there to see the now presumptive Democratic frontrunner in his first public appearance before a Tampa Bay Area crowd since being a candidate.....The Senator has made previous trips to Tampa, but they were strictly fund raising events .
The evening began with Local Congressman Jim Davis trying to fire up the partisan Crowd (rol...
Last week the Miami Herald reported that Lawmakers and lobbyists may be headed for a battle over where the state will house the voluntary universal pre-kindergarten program that was approved by voters as a constitutional amendment in 2002.
Governor Jeb Bush has suggested putting the program under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education....But pre-kindergarten is currently housed with the state's Agency for Workforce Innovation, which manages child care issues.
David Lawrence, a...
Dr. Cliff Matousek, a resident of South Florida, has been traveling back and forth to Haiti since 2001. He and his wife have run a two room school house, helped teach farming and business skills to Haitians in small villages, and set up a program called Literacy for Haiti, which for the past 7 years has operated a vocational school focusing on reading, writing, Bible, mathematics and appropriate technology. He was planning to leave for Haiti On February 8th, but received word that the polit...
THE PRICE OF LOYALTY author Ron Suskind. Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who has written a best-selling book about former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill's experience in the first two years of the G.W. Bush administration. The book reports that the Bush administration made plans to invade Iraq in early 2001; that O'Neill and Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan opposed many aspects of President Bush's tax cuts but were overruled; and that most major decisions in the Bush White House were ...
Just when Pasco County voters thought that they were safe in their decisions on the Penny for Pasco innititive, another twist entered picture on Friday when Jenifer Seeney, head of â€œPreserve Pascoâ€? a pro-penny group, filed suit against Wesley Chappel resident Larry Toll for Elections violations. WMNFâ€™s Mark Antokas has the story:
Florida law states that if you raise more than five hundred dollars to spread a political message, in this case an anti-tax mess...
SATURDAY THE COUNCIL ON AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS, A GRASSROOTS MUSLIM ORGANIZATION, OPENED ITS OFFICE IN TAMPA. WITH MORE ON THIS IS WMNFâ€™S AYA BATRAWY.
The Council on American Islamic Relations, also known as CAIR, established a presence in the Bay Area with its new office.
Ahmad Bedier is the Communications Director for CAIR Florida and head of the Tampa office. He says CAIR is established to help bridge understanding about Muslims.
Bedier says that Florida ranked ...