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Friday April 18, 2014

THE FBI IS ON MY TRAIL

The cover story in this week's WEEKLY PLANET alleges that former WP senior editor John Sugg is frequently heard on the wiretaps the FBI is using in the prosecution of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian. Al-Arian is awaiting trial on several charges, including raising money for terrorist groups. Sugg was our guest on this segment and he says the FBI wants to question him about what he knows about Al-Arian (especially whether Al-Arian ever lied to the press). Sugg says he will not co-operate wi...

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CROWD AT KERRY'S VISIT - Mitch Perry

As people gathered in Centro Ybor before the appearance of Senator Kerry last night, WMNF went around to speak to some people to gauge their level of interest and excitement about Senator Kerry and the possibility of him defeating President Bush this November……..

A woman who only wanted to be identified as Roz says she has been a supporter of the Massachusetts Senator says before he officially entered the race (roll tape#1 o.q.�see that in him�)

Just months ago, Ho...

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JOHN KERRY IN TAMPA - Mitch Perry

Last night a crowd estimated to be near 1,000 people packed into the entertainment complex known as Centro Ybor in Tampa's Ybor City last night........They were there to see the now presumptive Democratic frontrunner in his first public appearance before a Tampa Bay Area crowd since being a candidate.....The Senator has made previous trips to Tampa, but they were strictly fund raising events .

The evening began with Local Congressman Jim Davis trying to fire up the partisan Crowd (rol...

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PRE-K AMENDMENT - Mitch Perry

Last week the Miami Herald reported that Lawmakers and lobbyists may be headed for a battle over where the state will house the voluntary universal pre-kindergarten program that was approved by voters as a constitutional amendment in 2002.

Governor Jeb Bush has suggested putting the program under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education....But pre-kindergarten is currently housed with the state's Agency for Workforce Innovation, which manages child care issues.

David Lawrence, a...

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LOCAL PERSPECTIVE ON CRISIS IN HAITI-Andrew Stelzer

Dr. Cliff Matousek, a resident of South Florida, has been traveling back and forth to Haiti since 2001. He and his wife have run a two room school house, helped teach farming and business skills to Haitians in small villages, and set up a program called Literacy for Haiti, which for the past 7 years has operated a vocational school focusing on reading, writing, Bible, mathematics and appropriate technology. He was planning to leave for Haiti On February 8th, but received word that the polit...

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AUTHOR RON SUSKIND

THE PRICE OF LOYALTY author Ron Suskind. Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who has written a best-selling book about former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill's experience in the first two years of the G.W. Bush administration. The book reports that the Bush administration made plans to invade Iraq in early 2001; that O'Neill and Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan opposed many aspects of President Bush's tax cuts but were overruled; and that most major decisions in the Bush White House were ...

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LAST PENNY FOR PASCO - Mark Antokas

INTRO: Just when Pasco County voters thought that they were safe in their decisions on the Penny for Pasco innititive, another twist entered picture on Friday when Jenifer Seeney, head of “Preserve Pasco� a pro-penny group, filed suit against Wesley Chappel resident Larry Toll for Elections violations. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has the story:

VOICE: Florida law states that if you raise more than five hundred dollars to spread a political message, in this case an anti-tax mess...

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COUNCIL ON AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS - Aya Batrawy

SATURDAY THE COUNCIL ON AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS, A GRASSROOTS MUSLIM ORGANIZATION, OPENED ITS OFFICE IN TAMPA. WITH MORE ON THIS IS WMNF’S AYA BATRAWY.

The Council on American Islamic Relations, also known as CAIR, established a presence in the Bay Area with its new office.

Ahmad Bedier is the Communications Director for CAIR Florida and head of the Tampa office. He says CAIR is established to help bridge understanding about Muslims. QUOTE

Bedier says that Florida ranked ...

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Women's Show - VENUS ATTACKS, comedy

Sheila Kay and Debbie Kasper, comediennes appearing in "Venus Attacks," currently playing at the Largo Cultural Arts Center. This two-woman self-help spoof, stars Debbie and Sheila as writers/performers, each playing several kooky characters who have gathered together to give women the self-help secrets to success. The de-motivational comedy is a hit in Los Angeles and parodies the current stream of empowerment and self-help workshops sweeping the nation. The show will be at the Largo Cult...

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Women's Show-JANIS OWEN,author, SCHLING CLAYBIRD CATTS

Janis Owen, author of The Schooling of Claybird Catts. Janis is a Florida novelist who tells a beguiling story in the rich, southern story-telling tradition. She offers a rare wisdom about life, about the frail yet unbreakable bonds that form among family, and about the beauty and sorrow of everyday lives. She will be appearing at Sarasota News and Books Thursday, March 11.

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