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Monday April 21, 2014

IMPLICATIONS OF THE TURNOVER OF POWER IN IRAQ TO THE IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL - Radioactivity

Our guest was Flynt Leverett, former Senior Director for Near East Affairs, NSC; was on State Dept Policy Planning staff; Sr. Analyst at CIA for 8 years; now a Visiting Fellow at Brookings. Leverett discussed the degree of autonomy the IGC actually has, the prospects for civil war in Iraq, the impact of Iran on Iraqi politics and the prospects for the Kurds establishing their own, independent country.

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ST PETE PRIDE FESTIVAL-Andrew Stelzer

This weekend was a celebration of PRIDE all over the world, as gay, lesbian, bi and trans festivals took place in hundreds of cities. Over 350 thousand people marched in Chicago’s pride parade; 500 thousand danced through the streets of Rio, and up to one million people celebrated sexual diversity in Toronto. For the second year, St Petersburg’s pride festival featured a rainbow flag; this year it stretched over 4 blocks long. Over 20 thousand people came to St Pete pride over the weeke...

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FORMER PARK OFFICIALS BLAST BUSH ON NEGLECT OF NATIONAL PARKS - Mitch Perry

This afternoon, several former National Park officials criticized the Bush Adminstration

For what they said was their failure to protect America's National Parks.

The Conference Call was facilitated by the John Kerry campaign, but most of those officials making public comments stressed their previous lack of participating in politics......

That was not the case for former Arizona Governor and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, who said - because of budget cuts, American fami...

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VIETNAMESE FLAG CEREMONY - Mitch Perry

Yesterday morning in Tampa, hundreds of local Vietnamese gathered in a ceremony where the City of Tampa officially recognized The emblem of South Vietnam- the heritage and Freedom Flag - as the official symbol of the Vietnamese-American community.

In 1975, communist forces of North Vietnam won Vietnam’s Civil War and adopted the Community Party’s red flag with a yellow star as the official emblem of the nation. But for millions of South Vietnamese who fled the nation, they have never ...

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TARPON SPRINGS STAUFER SUPERFUND SITE. Mark Antokas

INTRO:Emotions were mixed at a meeting Saturday hosted by Tarpon Springs Congressman Mike Bilirakis. The Town meeting presented evidence by the Environmental Protection Agency which backs a controversial “Mound and Cap� solution to the Stauffer Chemical superfund site near Tarpon Springs. The Community watchdog group Pi-Pa-Tag, the Pinellas-Pasco Technical Advisory Group funded by the federal Superfund program, brought up continueing problems which address sinkhole activity and groundwate...

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Women's Show - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - A Community's Response

Film, "Bruised, Battered, Broken" by Debra Hussong. SCOPE, Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence, conducted a study project on Family Violence - community and individual response. Marylee Bussard, Project Coordinator, Community Studies talked about the project.

Film will be show Tuesday, June 29 at 5:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd.

SCOPE website is www.scopexcel.org

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Women's Show - POV film

POV opens the season on PBS with the film, "Farmingville" directed by Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval. The film deals with the effects of undocumented workers in a small community on Long Island. It focuses on this wave of immigration and "hypergrowth destinations" -- how a community responds to this, particularly from the perspective of 3 women.

The film will be shown on WEDU Sunday, June 27 at 11:30 pm. There is much additional information and the ability to interact on the webs...

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FAHRENHEIT 9-11 OPENS-TAMPAS REACTION-Andrew Stelzer

Fahrenheit 9-11, the new film by director Michael Moore which explores the monetary gains made by President Bush, his cabinet and friends from the war on Iraq and paints that war as being fought by poor Americans for the profit of defense contractors, opens today in theatres nationwide. Fahrenheit 9-11 opens with a scene from Florida—Al Gore and his supporters celebrating an apparent election night victory, which would later be called into question.

SOUND –thank you Florida<p...

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LOCAL GREEN PARTY REACTION AT MILWAUKEE CONVENTION - Mitch Perry

At their state convention earlier this year, the Florida Green Party was roughly split between those delegates who didn’t think the Party should nominate ANYBODY this year, vs. those who supported Ralph Nader to be their standard bearer.

In Milwaukee, there has been much discussed regarding the dividing philosophies of the 2 major candidates…..David Cobb says he wants to transform the Greens into a potent force in American politics. And the way to accomplish that, he says, is to have ...

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POLL: FLORIDIANS DON'T WANT TO RELEASE VOTER ROLLS - Mitch Perry

According to a poll released yesterday, Florida voters overwhelmingly oppose the opening of voter-registration records.

CNN, U.S. Senator. Bill Nelson and many newspapers in the state have filed suit in Leon County Circuit Court , challenging the state law that forbids general release of a list of people who may be stricken from the voter rolls because they're believed to be felons. The state Division of Elections sent lists of possible felons to all 67 counties for elections supervisors t...

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