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Saturday April 19, 2014

JULIA LAW AGAINST POLLUTED BEACHES IN PASCO COUNTY - Mark Antokas

INTRO: In Pasco County, a concerned mother appeared before the Pasco County Board of Commissioners demanding the closure of one beach she insists, ruined the health of her child. Mark Antokas has the story.

Script: Julia Law took her infant son to the beach in Hudson only one time. She says it was the wrong time. For the past twenty months, her son Ian, now two and a half years old, has had a bacteria lodged in his stomach which causes cronic intestinal bleeding, daily diareah, and occasio...

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LIVING WAGE TASK FORCE VOTES AGAINST ORDINANCE-1 MEMBER WALKS OUT-Andrew Stelzer

The campaign for a living wage for Hillsborough county employees is in trouble, as the task force assigned to study the issue voted 5 to 1 against adopting a living wage. After that vote, Dr W.L. Lee, the lone yes vote, walked out of the meeting, disgusted with what he says is an insult to the public process. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more

Doctor W.L. Lee works with the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, abbreviated HOPE. He has been leading the...

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BECKY STEELE NAMED ACLU WEST FLORIDA DIRECTOR - Mitch Perry

Local Tampa attorney and former WMNF Board President Becky Steele has been named Director of the ACLU of Florida's newly-opened West Florida Office near downtown Tampa.

Steele has previously worked for the powerful lawfirms of Trenam, Kemker and Holland & Knight, and a year ago opened her own practice primarily representing employees in benefits disputes and appeals. She is also currently the president of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers.

Contacted today, Steele said t...

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MUSLIM MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT ATTACKED-Andrew Stelzer

The harassment of a 12-year-old Muslim middle school girl in Palm Beach County is the latest of several recent acts of harassment of Muslims in Florida and across the country. Ahmed Badir works with the council on American Islamic relations, or CAIR. ACT “She was hit with a belt and they called her Osama.�

The other students also told the young girl not to tell the principal or they would hit her again, instead she told her teacher, who dismissed the incident as unimportant, saying ...

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LOCAL NEWSPAPER CREATES NATIONAL UPROAR - Mitch Perry

A local St. Petersburg news weekly made national news today after it was publicized on Matt Drudge's Website and on Rush Limbaugh's Syndicated radio show......

The paper is the Gabber, and the reason it made its way into the Right Wing media Vortex as because of an ad placed in it by the St. Petersburg Democratic Club...WMNF's Mitch Perry reports:...

The Ad - in the April 8th edition-, entices those who are angry at the Bush Administration's ongoing war in Iraq, to make a fin...

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CHALLENGING THE CORPORATE SECURITY STATE - Radioactivity

Our two guests were part of a tour: "Called to Solidarity: Challenging the Corporate-Security State." It makes the connections between poor peoples' movements and campaigns here in the United States, the practice of solidarity, and the political consequences of standing with those on the underside of corporate globalization and its military muscle. The tour's speakers, Romeo Ramirez and Dave Robinson draw on their own experiences, including the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and t...

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STATEWIDE MINIMUM WAGE CAMPAIGN MUST FIGHT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS-Andrew Stelzer

A grassroots campaign to raise Florida’s minimum wage has now been forced to take on another cause—protecting citizen’s rights to amend the Florida’s constitution. Today, about 30 people gathered in front of a government services building on Tampa Street; Denise Hilton is an organizer for ACORN, a group that organizes people in low-income neighborhoods to become advocates for causes that are important to their lives. ACT “We have starving children….no Medicare�

Many of the...

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SENATE MAY ELIMINATE MEDICALLY NEEDY PROGRAM--Andrew Stelzer

Florida’s State legislators returned to work today for the final three-week stretch of their regular session with a lot of work still ahead of them. Just the same, things appear set to end on time. The House and Senate passed budgets before leaving for last week's break for the Passover and Easter holidays. But they still have to negotiate spending on health care, education, tax cuts and other issues. Lawmakers knocked off one big issue early in the 60-day session. They eliminat...

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DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR DISTRICT 13 - Kim Farley

This past Saturday in Sarasota over 260 people attended a forum to listen to the four announced Democratic Candidates who want to run against and defeat Katherine Harris for the District 13 seat in Congress. District 13 covers Sarasota, Hardee and DeSoto counties, most of Manatee and part of Charlotte. The candidates attending included CJ Czaia (Zia), Christine Jennings, Jan Schneider, and Floyd Jay Winters. WMNF’s Kimberley Farley files this report.

Before any of the candidates spoke,...

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Women's Show - MEDEA

Stageworks Theatre Company presents a three-week, limited engagement of "Medea," the famous Greek tragedy by Euripides, at the Shimberg Playhouse of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, April 16 - May 2, 2004.

The classic play features a multi-cultural cast of actors from throughout the Tampa Bay area. Audiences will enjoy the same adaptation by Frederic Raphael and Kenneth McLeish that was applauded in London and New York and starred Fiona Shaw in the lead role.

The plot focuses o...

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