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Thursday July 24, 2014

CITY COUNCIL TAKES UP USA PATRIOT ACT. . . AGAIN - Mitch Perry

Last Thursday night, the Tampa City Council voted to support a resolution advocating the revision of portions of the controversial anti-terrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act, which passed Congress weeks after the 9/11 attacks.

Since that vote, Ballast Point President Gene Welles, who lost last year to John Dingfelder in his bid for the City Council, denounced the vote in a letter he e-mailed throughout the city, claiming that council Democrats had 'railroaded' their partisan ide...

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MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL IN APPALACHIA - Radioactivity

Our guests were Dave Cooper and Ben Brown of Kentucky. They described mountaintop removal coal mining and what it is doing to the mountains and communities of Appalachia. Cooper lives in Lexington, Brown lives in a little town called McRoberts, Kentucky that is being flooded repeatedly because TECO took off the tops of the mountains surrounding the town. In 2002 they had five major floods due to mountaintop removal.

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PAT FRANK CAN KEEP SEAT AND RUN FOR OTHER POSITION - Mitch Perry

Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson told the Tampa Tribune today that County Commissioner Pat Frank CAN keep her Commission seat while campaigning for the Clerk of Circuit Court.....

On Monday, Commissioner Frank announced that she plans to surrender the final 2 days of her term and run for the Clerk of the Circuit Court, running for the position being vacated by Richard Ake....

Frank will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the job against Helene M...

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MATERNAL AND PRENATAL CARE OF JAIL INMATES - Mitch Perry

Last month a premature baby born to an inmate at the Hillsborough County Jail died shortly after her birth......In a subsequent investigation, a nurse practitioner was fired ......The 34 year old inmate - Kimberly Grey, in custody at the time on prostitution and cocaine charges, said she pleaded for medical help for 12 hours before giving birth to the boy in an infirmary restroom in early March.

Falkenburg Road Jail medical workers didn't call 911 until the baby arrived. The boy, named C...

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TECO ACCUSES TWOMEY ON TRANSPORTING COAL - Andrew Stelzer

The Tampa Electric company, or TECO, will be forced to defend themselves in front of the Public Service Commission next month, over charges they did not conduct an open bidding process for transporting coal, and they over charged consumers in the process. But this week TECO has accused the consumer group that is bringing the challenge, of not really representing consumers, and instead working as a tool of TECO corporate competitors. The controversy may play into whether the Public Service c...

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THE LAVENDER SCARE: AUTHOR DAVID JOHNSON - Radioactivity

The McCarthy era is generally considered the worst period of political repression in recent American history. But while the famous question, "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" resonated in the halls of Congress, security officials were posing another question at least as frequently, if more discreetly: "Information has come to the attention of the Civil Service Commission that you are a homosexual. What comment do you care to make?" Historian David K. Johns...

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A MODERATE REPUBLICAN SPEAKS ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT - Radioactivity

Russell Train, the former EPA administrator from 1973- 1977 under Presidents Nixon and Ford, discussed his memoir, POLITICS, POLLUTION, AND PANDAS (Island Press, November 17, 2003). His main message is about the bipartisan origins of all of our major environmental laws and regulations and the need to get to that political framework. As a lifelong Republican he is pretty unhappy with President Bush.

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JOHN KERRY IN TAMPA - Mitch Perry

The Democratic nominee to be for President, Massaschusetts Senator John Kerry, appeared in Tampa today to speak about the environment, and later raise money for his campaign.....

Speaking this morning from the photo-op friendly Ballast Point Park in South Tampa, in anticipation of Earth Day later this week, the Senator laid out a specific plan for the environment........He was enthusiastically introduced by the former Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Florida nat...

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COMMISSION ON OCEANS REPORT SAYS OCEANS ARE IN TROUBLE-Andrew Stelzer

Senator Kerry’s speech in Tampa gave him a chance to talk about the environment, one of the issues on which Kerry seems to have a vastly different track record than President Bush. Kerry spoke about a new report regarding America’s oceans. ACT “Today the US commission….�

The commissions on Ocean Policy’s’ report recommends setting up a special office at the White House to oversee a new, coordinated policy, doubling investment in scientific r...

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ACTIVISTS PROTEST ARREST FOR FEEDING HOMELESS - Mitch Perry

Yesterday Tampa Police arrested 3 activists, accusing them of violating a city policy by feeding the homeless at a downtown park.

That Policy was the subject of a protest and a public feeding this morning in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa

About 35 people - approximately half of them members of the group Food Not Bombs , held signs aloft and demonstrated against the City's Police that they must have a permit to feed the homeless in Tampa. (prote...

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