News & Public Affairs

Sunday November 23, 2014

NEW PINELLAS SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT-Andrew Stelzer

The new superintendent of Pinellas county schools spoke to the Suncoast tiger bay club today, and issues of race and class were raised several times during the half hour long speech and discussion. Wilcox began his speech by explaining how he has known firsthand the effect that race has on society.

ACT “I am a Mexican American..I saw the world differently, we had to leave the diner. That’s difficult..you begin to look at people differently.

Wilcox most recentl...

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BUSH FAMILY FORTUNES - Radioactivity

New Film by BBC Investigative Journalist Brings Light to Bush Family Secrets

"BUSH FAMILY FORTUNES: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" follows award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast on the trail of the Bush family, from Florida election finagling and voter disenfranchisement, to the Saudi connection, to the Bush team's spiking of the FBI investigation of the bin Laden family and the secret State Department plans for post-war Iraq. Palast discussed his hour- long film, originally...

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INTERNATIONAL ELECTIONS OBSERVERS IN FLORIDA-Andrew Stelzer

20 election observers have come from all over the world to the United States to observe the country’s elections process. 3 of them have been in Florida for the past week, learning about the states voting processes in the hopes of helping Florida with some of its electoral problems. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

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ACT-Neejra ‘There seems to be a breakdown of trust in the electoral process.

Neerja Chowdhury is the Political Affairs Editor fo...

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WILLIAM SCHULZ OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - Mitch Perry

William Schulz is the Executive Director of Amnesty International, one of the world’s great Human Rights organizations.

He was in St. Petersburg last night, speaking to a packed house at Eckard College, where he discussed his new book “Tainted Legacy:9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights.�

Schulz said that in order to fight terrorism effectively, the U.S. has to stand for Its best and most noble ideals, which it frequently hasn’t , when dealing with The Arab and...

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HOUSE PARTIES FOR EDUCATION REFORM-Andrew Stelzer

One of the groups involved in the campaign to increase awareness of Americas failing public schools, The Association of community organizations for reform new, or ACORN, held almost 4,000 house parties around the country on Wednesday night; they are trying to bring attention to the fact that the No Child left behind act made many promises that haven’t been kept. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has the story.

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ACT- ‘its just a lot of frustration with teacher...

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COMMUNITIES FOR QUALITY EDUCATION - Mitch Perry

A statewide van tour calling on Presidential Debate Moderator Jim Lehrer to ask President Bush why he put failing labels on some of Florida’s top schools stopped in St. Petersburg today.

The Tour- sponsored by the national education advocacy group, Communities for Quality Education, kicked off in Tallahassee on Wednesday and plans to end its journey next Thursday, hours before The President and John Kerry square off in the 1st Prime Time Debate.

Logan Mabe is the spokesperson...

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THE END OF POLITICAL DISSENT AT USF? Mark Antokas

INTRO: There have been increasing incidences of strife between the board of trustees at usf and its faculty in recent years. The Sami al Arion issue, where he had been put on administrative leave before ever being charged with a crime and a lack of contract for the USF faculty in recent days has many in the usf community crying foul. Recently, allegations of free speech violations by the board have come to light in the wake of forced departures. WMNF’s Mark Antokas files this report. ...

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NEW FLORIDA POLLS DIFFER - Mitch Perry

A new poll suggests that President Bush has taken a solid lead over Democratic challenger John Kerry in Florida in the aftermath of three hurricanes that ravaged the state over a five-week period.

The Quinnipiac poll released today shows Bush at 49 percent, Kerry at 41 percent and independent Ralph Nader at 5 percent.

However, a poll conducted in Florida by the American Research Group in recent days shows the race close -- Kerry at 46 percent and Bush at 45 percent -- leaving some ques...

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TAMPA RANKS #1 FOR WORST AIR POLLUTION AMONG FLORIDA CITIES - Mitch Perry

Tampa Ranks 1st For The Worst Air Pollution Among Florida Cities: George Bush Plan Favors Energy Companies over Public Health

A new Clear the Air http://www.cleartheair.org survey released today by the Florida Public Interest Research Group, or FPIRG, shows significant air pollution problems in Florida and across the U.S.

The report says that Tampa had the worst Air Pollution Among Florida Cities. And that
The The Tampa Bay Area suffered from 6 “smog days� last year, w...

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PROPOSED PARENTAL NOTIFICATION FOR ABORTION CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT - Mitch Perry

On November 2nd, one of the initiatives that Floridians will vote on will be the Constitutional Amendment regarding Parental Notification for Abortion.

The measure was put on the ballot by the Florida Legislature this year, and House Speaker Johnny Byrd was the top elected official campaigning for it.

This afternoon on WGCU Radio in Fort Myers, Byrd debated Barbara Dravecky, The President and CEO of Planned Parenthood for Southwest and Central Florida.

Under Florida Law, a minor who...

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