News & Public Affairs

Saturday April 19, 2014

BUSH AT NU-AIR - Mitch Perry

INTRO: President Bush ended his 18 hour stay in Tampa earlier this morning, after conducting a "conversation" on the economy with workers and business owners at an Aluminum window and door Manufacturing Plant in Town N Country.

Although the trip was NOT billed as an election year campaign stop, and thus WAS paid for by the American people, the President's visit to a Florida business - his 19th stop in the Sunshine state since becoming President - appeared as a virtually cheerlead...

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BUSH PROTEST - Mitch Perry

As the President was having his "conversation" across the Street from Nu Air Manufacturing , about 50 protestors, supporters, and onlookers stood along Anderson Road........ A HEAVY POLICE PRESENCE PREVENTED ANYONE FROM GETTING CLOSE TO THE TOWN HALL MEETING AND RESTRICTED PROTESTORS MOVEMENT ON THE PUBLIC SIDEWALK.

SOME IN THE CROWD WERE THERE TO CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES ON JOBS AND TRADE- THE TOPICS THE PRESIDENT WAS DISCUSSING ON THE INSIDE. OTHERS WERE THERE TO SHOW TH...

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Mark Trent Remembered, Grace Santos

Mark Trent Nov 20, 1974 – Dec 17, 2003 (age 29) While in Tampa, for only 3 years, he accomplished: · Jobsite Theatre Company – performed in 10 of the 15 productions of this local theatre company · American Stage · Gipsi Theatre – motivation in starting it as well as performed in various productions · Int’l Academy of Design and Technology – motivational speaker for high school students to inspire them to pursue careers in the arts · Event planner and other multiple f...

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BAYSHORE TASK FORCE - Mitch Perry

INTRO: After The death of a 39 year old Runner trying to cross Bayshore Boulevard last month, Mayor Pam Iorio announced the creation of a Task Force to improve safety on Tampa's Grand Boulevard.

The death of Melissa McKenzie to a speeding motorcyclist was the 3rd killing of a pedestrian along Bayshore in the past 7 months, and has led to almost universal recognition that things need to change on the 4 ½ mile thoroughfare, and fast.

Steve Dagnault , the Public Works and Utilities Admi...

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TOUCHSCREEN VOTING MACHINES - Beth Wolfe

According to the Associated Press, the Florida Department of State has notified election supervisors that ballots from touchscreen voting machines do not have to be included during manual recounts because, according to the Department of state, there is no question about how voters intended to vote.

In a letter to Kurt Browning, Pasco County Supervisor or Elections, the director of the Florida Division of Elections, Ed Kast concluded, that not only is there no need to include the electroni...

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PHONE SERVICE AND CONSUMER ADVOCATES - Mitch Perry

Consumer issues

Last year, the Public Service Commission unanimously approved increases in local basic phone rates of 26 to 90 percent sought by Verizon, Sprint and BellSouth

Attorney General Charlie Crist HAS filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court to overturn the hikes.

And this year, House Speaker Johnny Byrd and Senate President Jim King have recently expressed concerns about the rate increases. Both were among a large majority of state legislators who voted last spring in...

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AIDS EVICTION - Mitch Perry

Yesterday the The ACLU of Florida's Tampa Chapter filed a lawsuit on behalf of a New Port Richey man who was evicted from his home because he has AIDS.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit today in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Pasco County on behalf of 35 year old Stephen Stoltz, a Pasco County resident who has been living with AIDS for more than three years. Stoltz received an eviction notice in November from his landlord, Henry Javer that stated: "Now that I know you have this, I would lik...

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OPEN HEARTS OPEN MINDS CONFERENCE

A one-day conference will provide area residents with a unique opportunity to fully celebrate Valentine’s Day. “Open Hearts, Open Minds,� a collection of presentations focusing on the theme of coexistence, will be held Saturday, February 14, at New College of Florida Sudakoff Conference Center. The sessions cover a variety of cross-cultural topics and will inform and challenge attendees to deepen their understanding of coexistence, as well as provide insights into how to make the coexis...

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