News & Public Affairs

Sunday April 20, 2014

Women's Show - POV documentary LOVE & DIANE

P.O.V.'s "Love & Diane" Tells Haunting Story of Broken Homes, Mothers and Daughters in Urban America

Spring Special Airs Wednesday, April 21 at 9 p.m. on WEDU

Diane Hazzard was a loving mother, but like other young, inner city African Americans in the 1980s, she was swept up in the crack cocaine epidemic. Inevitably, her parenting suffered with her addiction, until her own daughter, Love, only eight years old, told a teacher that she and her five siblings were often left home alone and ...

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Women's Show - NAN ARON, president, ALLIANCE FOR JUSTICE

The Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 65 public interest and civil rights organizations. Founded in 1979, the Alliance works to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, strengthen the public interest community's influence on public policy and to train and inspire a new generation of public interest advocates.

Nan Aron founded the organization and serves as its president She is nationally recognized for her vast expertise in public interest law, the federal...

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Women's Show - AUDREY FLACK, artist

As an artist, Audrey Flack has had the inevitable highs and lows in her professional career. She is in Tampa for a 10-day residency at the University of Tampa. She was commissionedby the Tampa Museum of Art tocreate a statue in memory of the late Louise Kotler. The sculpture, "Bella Apollonia" was dedicated April 6 and can be viewed at the museum.

Her oldest daughter was born with autism and that experience has greatly inflenced her life and art. She is one of the women featured in the...

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BLACK TAP WATER: ALOHA UTILITIES AND THE PSC. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Pasco County is one of the “One hundred fastest growing communities� in the U.S. But the water which flows out of the faucets of some West Pasco communities is black, corrodes copper pipes and smells like rotten eggs. Fifteen hundred home owners petitioned the Florida Public Service Commission to remove Aloha Utilities from the Trinity/Seven Springs area and give the service to Pasco Utilities, who provides it’s customers clean, clear water. Mark Antokas has the story.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL CHARLIE CRIST SPEAKS TO WMNF-Andrew Stelzer

This afternoon, Florida’s Attorney general, Charlie Crist spoke at the Yacht club, telling citizens about what the attorney general does, and describing a few of his goals since taking office in November of 2002. One of the clubs attendees asked Crist what he thought of the legislature’s attempt to make it harder for citizens to pass a constitutional amendment. Crist said he is not in support of the plan, because it will take away citizens rights to change the law. But he is in support ...

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MUSLIM EMPLOYEE ATTACKED IN WESTSHORE MALL - Mitch Perry

Tampa Police are now calling an incident in which a Muslim Woman was physically attacked at the Westshore Mall, a hate crime.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, when the 27 year old victim - a convert to Islam - was confronted by a couple apparently visiting from Spain , still angry about the terrorist attack that hit Madrid last month.

Joe Durkin a spokesman for the Tampa Police Department…He provides the details of the event (roll tape)

Ahmed Bedier is the Florida spokesman for th...

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FOOD NOT BOMBS - Radioactivity

An activist with Food Not Bombs named Omer described the group's feeding of the homeless in Massey Park in downtown Tampa. The group's members have been arrested by Tampa police because the FNB group refuses to get a permit.

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COUNTY COMMISSION GIVES OUT MORAL COURAGE AWARD - Mitch Perry

After debate on whether they should even have an Award, Hillsborough County Commissions today gave their Moral Courage Award to the citizens of Egypt Lake, who have been fighting TECO regarding giant transmission poles placed in front of their homes.

Members of the County’s Citizens Advisory Committee annually present nominees for the County Commission to select…The award is supposed to go to people who stand up to government for the betterment of the community.

But because of co...

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COUNTY BUYS 70 ACRES OF FLATWOODS--BUT FOR WHAT?--Andrew Stelzer

Last night, Hillsborough county commissioner Jim Norman came to Benito Middle School in New Tampa to hear what citizens had to say about the possible purchase of 70 acres of land of the edge of Flatwoods Park. Although the county voted today to buy the land. There may be a battle brewing between those who want it to be turned into ball fields, and other people who want it to be preserved as environmental land. ----------------------------------

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