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Monday April 21, 2014

SHOULD CLASS SIZE LIMITS BE REPEALED?-Andrew Stelzer

CLASS SIZE REDUCTION STORY

A statewide poll of 600 Floridians finds that people want to keep Florida’s class size reduction Amendment in effect. 43 percent of people who responded to the poll support the Amendment, which was passed in 2002. The legal limits for class sizes are 18 children per classroom for the early grades, 22 per class for middle school, and 25 for a high school class. Schools districts are under obligation to make sure all of their classes are of this size by...

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HANS BLIX SAYS HE WAS BUGGED

Former chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said on Saturday he suspected the United States bugged his office and home in the run-up to the Iraq war, but had no hard evidence.

Blix told the UK guardian that he went to extreme lengths to protect his office and his home, enlisting a UN counter surveillance team to sweep both for bugs. Blix’s suspicions were raised when he had trouble with a telephone connection at home. He said that if he wanted to have a safe conve...

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VOTING MACHINE BBQ DAY FOR PASCO'S KURT BROWNING. Mark Antokas

Saturday was Bar-B-Que day in the New Port Richey library and Pasco County Elections Supervisor Kurt Browning was the beef. He took a grilling from members of the Pasco County Womens Democratic Club. Browning who was elected as a democrat in the 2000 election, changed horses midstream and became a republican in December of 2002. He said at the time that, "The Democratic Party has become too far to the left, and has left me"Browning signaled out Nancy Pelosi, the minority whip, as an example. ...

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Women's Show-MARY PIPHER, Ph.D.-REVIVING OPHELIA

Mary Pipher is a psychologist and author of a number of best selling books including Reviving Ophelia, The Shelter of Each Other, and Hunger Pains. Dr. Pipher will speak at the annual benefit luncheon for The Ophelia Project - Tampa Bay, Friday, March 5 at 11:30 at the A la Carte Pavilion. She will also speak at a coffee at the same location at 10:00. Reservarions and information at 813-275-9622 x 279. Dr. Pipher will focus on our society's preoccupation with appearance. She discussed th...

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PROTEST LAW HEADED TOWARD REPEAL - Mitch Perry

Last night in Miami, City Miami commissioners took the first step to repeal a stringent ordinance limiting what items protesters can bring to demonstrations.

The ordinance, passed just a week before November's Free Trade of the Americas talks in Miami, had been touted by police as a way to protect the public against violent protests....But it led to outrage among local demonstrators of the FTAA, who said the law was illegal because it was only targeted only at the thousands of activists w...

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PANEL DISCUSSION ON REPERATIONS FOR SLAVERY-Andrew Stelzer

Last night, a panel discussion was held in Ybor city about reparations for slavery for African Americans. WMNF�S Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report ---------

ACT “Right now, in everywhere they are talking about reparations, al over..�

Tony, the host and moderator of the panel, said the issue of reparations is being discussed more and more in the African-American communities.

ACT “It will split the black community in half…this will be the issue ...

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LOCAL GREEN PARTY MEMBERS AMBIVALENT ABOUT RALPH NADER PRESIDENTIAL RUN - Mitch Perry

INTRO: Last Sunday morning, Long time Consumer Advocate and progressive icon

Ralph Nader angered much of the Democratic Party when he announced he would - for the 3rd straight election - run for the Presidency......

The anger came from many who believe that Nader's candidacy in 2000 COST Democrat Al Gore the election against George W. Bush.....In particular, attention has been focused on Florida, where the election was ultimately decided, and where Nader captured over 97,000 votes...

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REPUBLICANS CRITICIZE CORRINE BROWN - Mitch Perry

The Florida Republican Party is bashing Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown for racial comments made yesterday while discussing the situation in Haiti.

Brown said the Bush Administration's policy on Haiti is "racist" and the President's representatives are "a bunch of white men."

Her outburst came during a closed briefing on the Haiti crisis. It was directed at Roger Noriega, who is the State Department's top official for Latin America.

But Noriega told Brown ...

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PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION ALLOWS UTILITIES TO KEEP SECRETS-- Andrew Stelzer

There soon may be a constitutional challenge to the confidentiality which Florida’s Public Service Commission, grants to utility companies. WMNF reporter Andrew Stelzer has the story -----------------------------------

Act “The PSC is making decisions that are worth millions…�

Ben Wilcox is with Common Cause, a group supporting citizen involvement in government. Today, Common Cause has released a study about the effectiveness of Florida’s Public Service Commiss...

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THE 17TH KARMAPA'S ESCAPE FROM CHINESE-OCCUPIED TIBET

THE 17TH KARMAPA'S ESCAPE FROM CHINESE-OCCUPIED TIBET MUSIC IN THE SKY The Life, Art & Teachings of the 17th Karmapa When His Holiness the 17th Karmapa escaped from Chinese-held Tibet in early January of the new millennium, the news shook the world. The New York Times Sunday Magazine featured his story as did the major newspapers and newsweeklies. This program featured an interview with Michelle Martin, author of the full, authoritative account of his ...

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