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Thursday July 24, 2014

PROGRAM AGAINST HATE UNVEILED AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL - Mitch Perry

This morning at Blake High School in Tampa, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, as well as members of the FBI, the FDLE & local education leaders came together to preview a new CD Rom that deals with young people dealing with hate crimes, and how prejudice can grow into serious criminal activity..

The project - the culimination of a year and a half of work - is to be distributed to schools throughout Florida, and used in whatever fashion local education officials bel...

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REACTION TO POLICE KILLING IN ST PETE-Andrew Stelzer

This past Sunday, 17-year-old Marquell McCullough was shot and killed by two police officers in on North 34th Street in St Petersburg. McCullough was black; according to some community advocates, it is the first time in 8 years the St Petersburg police killed a black man. The Police officers say they felt their lives were in danger when McCullough’s pick up truck rammed their cars to try to escape once McColloughs truck was cornered in a parking lot. They shot at McCullough 14 times. ...

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NEW IMMIGRANTS RIGHTS BILL-Andrew Stelzer

Several members of Congress unveiled a new immigration bill today that would guarantee legal U.S. residence for virtually every illegal alien living in the U.S., it would also allow millions of additional relatives to join them in the US. The proposed law, sponsored by Senator Edward Kennedy and Representative Luis Gutierrez, will legalize immigrants who have been in the US for the last 5 years, and have been working for 2 of those years. Illegal aliens who have been here less than five y...

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RAPTURE DOCTRINE DRIVING PRESIDENT BUSH'S FOREIGN POLICY? - Radioactivity

Our guest George Monbiot writes in the Guardian newspaper: "In the United States, several million people have succumbed to an extraordinary delusion. In the 19th century, two immigrant preachers cobbled together a series of unrelated passages from the Bible to create what appears to be a consistent narrative: Jesus will return to Earth when certain preconditions have been met. The first of these was the establishment of a state of Israel. The next involves Israel's occupation of the rest of ...

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TORTURE AND INTERNATIONAL LAW - Radioactivity

Barbara Olshansky is the Assistant Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. She co-authored Against War with Iraq and is the author of Secret Trials and Executions. She discussed the current revelations about torture and mistreatment of Iraqi civilain prisoners, detainees in Guantanamo Bay detained in a "legal black hole" without charges or the protections of the Geneva Conventions and the Supreme Court ruling on whether or not the US must adhere to the rule of law and moral au...

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MILLION MARIJUANA MARCH - Mitch Perry

In front of the Drug Enforcement Agency's Tampa office on Saturday, advocates for the legalization of Marijuana for Medicinal purposes held a one hour protest.......

Similar vents were also planned in more than 300 cities worldwide as part of "The Million Marijuana March."

Anthony Lorenzo is the Vice President of the Florida Cannabis Action Network. He said one of the goals of such groups in the U.S. is to hold Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry to his promise to stop the arr...

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UHURU'S PROTEST JENNIFER PORTER LEGAL SITUATION - Mitch Perry

INTRO: This morning in downtown Tampa, approximately 18 protestors - most from the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement - demonstrated in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse, protesting the charges levied against Jennifer Porter last week in the high profile hit and run case that left 2 children dead and 2 other injured.

Porter is being charged with 1 count of leaving the scene of an accident with death, a 2nd degree felony.....But every person at this mornin...

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JOHNNIE BYRD RUNNING FOR US SENATE-Andrew Stelzer

The Florida Legislative session came to a close on Friday, and after a quick weekend break, state politics is moving on to the next phase---the campaign for Florida’s open congressional seats. This morning, outgoing Florida House speaker Jonnie Byrd came to Tampa to officially announce he is running for retiring US Senator Bob Grahams seat; WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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During this year’s session, J...

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PROPOSAL WOULD SHIFT CARE OF MENTALLY ILL TO HMO's - Mitch Perry

Included in the Florida State Budget scheduled to be voted on later tonight includes a plan to transform the State's $14 Billion Dollar Medicaid Program....

As reported by several Florida newspapers today, a few sentences slipped into a budget-related bill with little discussion a study that would lead to turning over Medicaid long term care to HMO's in some counties including Hillsborough & Polk..

The 2nd Part of the bill would shift perhaps as many as half a million mentally...

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CRYSTAL RIVER FIGHTING WALMART-Andrew Stelzer

The citizens of Crystal River, about 90 miles North of Tampa, have been fighting to keep a Wal-Mart store out of their community for almost a year. Now one family may have found a way to stop the mega-chain—by moving into a strip mall and declaring them selves the only residents of a new annexed parcel of land. Problems began last year when Citrus county refused to give the Realticorp company a permit to build a Wal-Mart, along with several other stores and buildings, on land that wa...

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