News & Public Affairs

Saturday August 23, 2014

JUNETEENTH IN ZEPHYRHILLS. Mark Antokas

INTRO: In April of this year, the community of Zephyrhills attracted national attention by rescinding the Martin Luther King Jr. name it had previously placed on Sixth Avenue. Zephyrhills is the only city in Florida to do so. Yesterday, at Zyphr park, a “Juneteenth� celebration took place and WMNF’s Mark Antokas was there. Roll Tape:

SCRIPT: Word of Abraham Lincoln’s freeing the nation’s slaves by signing the Emancipation Proclamation took two years to reach...

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ISLAMIC CENTER'S WALLS COVERED WITH SLURS - Mitch Perry

Hillsborough County Investigators say that vandalism at an Islamic Education Center in Lutz probably occurred sometime last week, but was not discovered until after 6PM last Friday night when someone arrived to begin preparing the classrooms for weekend education sessions.

The Community Education Center serves hundreds of children who attend public or private schools who attend the school on weekends for Islamic religious education.

Ahmed Bedier is a local spokesman for the C...

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DENNIS CADLE, REP. CANDIDATE FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION - Mitch Perry

Last week, the Hillsborough County Commission narrowly voted down a proposal that would have raised the minimum wage for all Hillsborough County employees to $9.97 an hour. That Living Wage would also work for workers for certain private companies holding contracts with the County or receiving tax abatements and subsidies.

In voting against the measure, Commissioner Ronda Storms said this:

(roll tape#1 o.q." thing called the pill")

That comment has sparked anger in some quarters. ...

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SCHOOL PAPER CENSORED AT MANATEE COMM. COLLEGE?-Andrew Stelzer

The Dean of manatee community college has shut down the student newspaper, because of what she’s claims was a need to review its editorial policy. But the writers and staff of the paper are calling it censorship, saying the school didn’t approve of articles that were critical of the way to spends its money. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

ACT-Zell “The bottom line is there’s a student voice that isn’t being represented…

Sarah ...

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AUTHOR GREG BRADEN ON THE GOD CODE - Radioactivity

New York Times best-selling author Gregg Braden explores the role of ancient wisdom and spirituality in technology. A former Senior Computer Systems Designer (Martin Marietta Aerospace), Computer geologist (Phillips Petroleum) and Technical Operations Manager (Cisco Systems) Braden is now considered a leading authority on bridging the wisdom of our past with the science, technology and peace of our future. From his groundbreaking books, Awakening to Zero Point and Walking Between the Worl...

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REAGAN REVISITED - Mitch Perry

Amid the hagiographic reminiscences of the nation's 40th President, Ronald Reagan last week in print and across broadcast media, there were some dissenters.

One of them was Yale Presidential Historian David Greenberg, the author of last year's look at Richard Nixon's legend. Entitled, "Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image".

Last week in Slate.Com, where he is a contributor, and later reprinted in the St. Petersburg Times, Professor David Greenberg wrote about the 5 biggest...

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MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC OFFICIALS SPEAK OUT - Mitch Perry

As we reported last night, a group of former senior diplomatic officials and retired military commanders have -- issued statement arguing that George W. Bush has damaged the country's national security and are calling on Americans to defeat him in November.

The group, called Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, argues that the Bush Administration is not just estranged around the world but even from America's own bipartisan foreign policy and military establishments.

These ...

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INTERVIEW WITH MIKE BILIRAKIS(IRAQ WAR) Mark Antokas

INTRO: Last Sunday saw a gathering of more than three hundred Republicans fo the Ronald Reagan fundraiser in New port Richey. WMNF’s Mark Antokas was there and spoke to many republicans, Tarpon Springs Congressman Mike Bilirakis was one. The topic was the war in Iraq. Roll Tape:

Tarpon Springs Republican Mike Bilirakis, Congressman district nine was first elected on Ronald Reagans coat-tails in 1982. Bilirakis says he will be running his last campaign in 2004. WMNF spoke to Biliraki...

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CITIZENS RALLY FOR HEALTH CARE TOMORROW-NEW STATS SHOW 82 MILLION UNINSURED-Andrew Stelzer

37 percent of American children and more than a third of senior citizens have no health insurance, according to a new study; these statistics are much higher than those issued by the census bureau, and they are fueling a growing movement in Florida and across the country for a change to our system of healthcare. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more.

ACT-USA Unless there are significant changes, the 82 million it’s likely to get worse, Ron Pollack is the executive director o...

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FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN CALLS INCUMBENT PAWN IN MEDICARE CARD BAIT AND SWITCH-Andrew Stelzer

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Jim Stork is making Medicare a major issue in his campaign, and he is accusing incumbent Clay Show of being in the pocket of the pharmaceutical industry. Stork is particularly upset about the new Medicare drug card, which he calls a “bait and switch� technique. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more.

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ACT-frank “This is confusing as heck, no one can make a decision on what is best to take. They can...

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