Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia, 28, of Miami, FL, an activated
Florida National Guard soldier who is currently awaiting court martial
for desertion at Ft Stewart, GA. This charge is directly related to his
having absented from his unit because he never again wished to witness
mistreatment of Iraqi detainees.
Mejia bases his legal defense against the charge that he
wrongfully failed to return to Iraq on violations of international law
which authorized him to absent himself f...
Today in Tallahassee, members of two major environmental organizations came together to unveil a new Television ad to be broadcast in Tampa, Orlando and Washington D.C. that they say sets the record straight about President Bush's support for drilling off the western coast of Florida.
Deb Callahan is the President of the League of Conservation Voters
(roll tape#1 o.q."fuzzy up the facts here")
Joining the League of Conservation Voters at the News Conference in Tallahassee ...
In a news conference held in Tampa this morning, Major League baseball and Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson announced that a group of ex- Negro League Baseball players who were banned from the Major Leagues a half century ago will receive pension benefits totally over a million dollars.
Under a previous plan for Negro League veterans created in 1997, Major League Baseball In 1997, granted a lifetime benefit of $10,000 a year to players with a combined 4 years of service in Major Lea...
The trial of Sami Al-Arian, the USF professor who is accused of aiding terrorists, is scheduled to start in January. But if a court hearing held today is any indication, the legal arguments are so numerous that January may be too soon for lawyers prepare. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer was at the federal courthouse in downtown Tampa and has this report.
Sami Al-Arian and one of his Ã¢â¬âco defendants Sameeh Hammoudeh, attended the hearing by videoconference; they could be see...
As hundreds of same-sex couples lined up in Massachusetts to say their vows, 7 couples came to the Hillsborough county Courthouse to file applications for marriages license. They came knowing they would be denied the right to marry, but they wanted to make an example. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story
Reverend Phyllis Hunt is with the Metropolitan community Church, she was trying to marry her girlfriend Dilia Corvison.
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Earlier this week, the Bush Administration announced new regulations that will significantly reduce emissions from tractors, bulldozers, locomotives, barges and other Non-road vehicles propelled by diesel fuel that, altogether, spew more soot than the nation's entire fleet of cars, trucks and buses.
The new regulations require refineries to produce cleaner-burning diesel fuel and and engine makers to cut diesel emissions by more than 90 percent, a reduction that health experts say cou...
As has been frequently said, the Latino Vote in the 2004 election is being vigorously fought for amongst Democrats and Republicans nationally, and particularly here in Florida.
This morning, an emissary from the Puerto Rican Government who has been working on registering Puerto Ricans in the U.S. for the past couple of years spoke in Tampa's Ybor City Museum, bringing their nationwide drive to West Central Florida.
Mari Carmen Aponte is executive Director of the Puerto Rico Fe...
The Tyrone Lewis trial was scheduled to start at 9 am, but the judge spent the first 45 minutes speaking to lawyers about the possibility that jurors had seen or heard news of eth disturbances overnight. Meanwhile, outside the courthouse, Omali Yeshitela, the leader St Petersburg branch of the UHURU movement, spoke to reporters about the events of the previous night. Yeshitela said the recent police shooting of Marquell McCollough, along with the citys refusal to pay the family of Tyron Lew...
Inside the courtroom, officer Knight, the man who killed Tyron Lewis, was called to the stand for the second time; this time by the cityÃ¢â¬â¢s lawyers. The cityÃ¢â¬â¢s lawyer asked him whether he shot Tyrone Lewis intentionally.
Ã¢â¬ÅOfficer knight, when you used your firearm did you intend to fire at the driver of the car. Was there anything inadvertent? No. When you fired your weapon did you intend to hit the driver, stop the threat did you cease firing when you sto...