News & Public Affairs

Tuesday July 29, 2014

CHIEF MOOSE TAKES PART IN PANEL ON RACIAL PROFILING-Andrew Stelzer

Last night at Tampa’s' downtown library, ex-police chief Charles Moose was the featured speaker at a panel discussion on police community relations and racial profiling. Moose was launched into the national spotlight when as chief for the Montgomery county, Maryland police department, he helped catch the Washington DC area sniper two years ago. But there was no mention of the sniper last night; since stepping down from his job last year, Moose has been touring the country with the AC...

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HILLSBOROUGH LAWSUIT FOR THE RIGHT TO GAY MARRAIGE-Andrew Stelzer

A Nationally known lawyer, who used to be a staunch opponent of gay marriage has had a change of heart, and is now filing lawsuits all across the country in defense of the right for same sex couples to wed. As president Bush introduces a bill this week to create a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, several lawsuits have filed in Florida by people seeking to marry their domestic partner of the same sex ---one of these suits was filed to day in Tampa. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer ...

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TARIFFS PROPOSED ON IMPORTED SHRIMP. Mark Antokas

INTRO: On Tuesday, the U.S. Dept of Commerce proposed, at George W. Bush’s wishes, tariffs up to 112 percent on shrimp imported from China and Vietnam. The commerce department is asking for public comment on the tariffs and they are expected to rule on July 28th on whether to also propose duties on shrimp exported from other countries such as Brazil, Equador, India and Tailand. The proposed tariffs mean that the commerce department and the administration believe that the countries affe...

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THE GREAT FLUORIDE DEBATE-Andrew Stelzer

Last night in downtown Clearwater more than 150 citizens came to the Harborview Center for what was billed as “The Great Fluoride Debate�. Two international experts on the dangers of Fluoride were flown into town to present their side, but Pinellas county officials refused to attend-leaving the public skeptical about claims the Fluoridating drinking water is good for peoples health. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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RICHARD PAEY AND MANDATORY SENTENCING. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Mandatory sentencing has been around since before the Reagan years and has, for judges and defense attorneys alike, been a thorn in the side. In most cases, when faced with a harsh mandatory sentence, plea barganing is the way to go, whether you are guilty or not. One case which was not plea bargained out was that of Richard Paey

who was sentenced to 25 years for possession of percocet, which contains the opiate Oxycontin. From Tampa,...

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SHIPMENTS TO CUBA - Mitch Perry

Yesterday, a caravan of vehicles carrying 100 tons of goods crossed into Mexico from Texas, ultimately bound for Cuba in a show of civil disobedience toward the U.S. embargo of the communist-run island. It is the 15th year the Pastors for Peace humanitarian organization has delivered food, medicine and equipment to Cuba, but this year's trip comes as the Bush administration has toughened travel restrictions to put pressure on Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Pastors for Peace is an arm of the...

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PINELLAS COUNTY OFFICIALS REFUSE TO ATTEND THE GREAT FLUORIDE DEBATE--Andrew Stelzer

Tonight at 7pm, the great Fluoride debate will be held in Clearwater. The event is the latest in a year of controversy surrounding the introduction of Fluoride into the county’s water supply. Until last month, Pinellas was the largest county in the U.S. that did not put fluoride in their water—most public health officials claim that fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. But a concerned group of citizens have been fighting the decision throughout the process, and have generated ...

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1,600 EX-FELONS NOT FORCED TO REREGISTER TO VOTE -Andrew Stelzer

A small victory has been won in the fight to have voting rights restored to ex-felons in Florida. As WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer reports, over 1600 ex felons almost had their names taken off the voting rolls, but pressure by citizens rights groups forced the secretary of state to back off on her plans.

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After a lawsuit filed by CNN last week forced the state to publish its list of 47 thousand people who are registered to vote but should be removed from the roll...

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WILL ST PETE POLICE CARRY AN EXTRA GUN?-Andrew Stelzer

The St Petersburg Fraternal order of police has sent a letter to Chief Chuck Harmon, asking for officers to be allowed to carry a second gun. According to the St Petersburg times, the officers organization wrote in a letter to the chief, quote, “police officers around the nation have recognized this problem and in more and more numbers are carrying backup weapons.�

But many in St Petersburg say that an extra gun can only do further damage to the level of trust between cit...

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