A grassroots campaign to raise FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s minimum wage has now been forced to take on another causeÃ¢â¬âprotecting citizenÃ¢â¬â¢s rights to amend the FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s constitution. Today, about 30 people gathered in front of a government services building on Tampa Street; Denise Hilton is an organizer for ACORN, a group that organizes people in low-income neighborhoods to become advocates for causes that are important to their lives.
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FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s State legislators returned to work today for the final three-week stretch of their regular session with a lot of work still ahead of them.
Just the same, things appear set to end on time. The House and Senate passed budgets before leaving for last week's break for the Passover and Easter holidays. But they still have to negotiate spending on health care, education, tax cuts and other issues.
Lawmakers knocked off one big issue early in the 60-day session. They eli...
This past Saturday in Sarasota over 260 people attended a forum to listen to the four announced Democratic Candidates who want to run against and defeat Katherine Harris for the District 13 seat in Congress. District 13 covers Sarasota, Hardee and DeSoto counties, most of Manatee and part of Charlotte. The candidates attending included CJ Czaia (Zia), Christine Jennings, Jan Schneider, and Floyd Jay Winters. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Kimberley Farley files this report.
Before any of the candidates s...
Stageworks Theatre Company presents a three-week, limited engagement of "Medea," the famous Greek tragedy by Euripides, at the Shimberg Playhouse of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, April 16 - May 2, 2004.
The classic play features a multi-cultural cast of actors from throughout the Tampa Bay area. Audiences will enjoy the same adaptation by Frederic Raphael and Kenneth McLeish that was applauded in London and New York and starred Fiona Shaw in the lead role.
The plot focuses o...
P.O.V.'s "Love & Diane" Tells Haunting Story of Broken Homes, Mothers and Daughters in Urban America
Spring Special Airs Wednesday, April 21 at 9 p.m. on WEDU
Diane Hazzard was a loving mother, but like other young, inner city African Americans in the 1980s, she was swept up in the crack cocaine epidemic. Inevitably, her parenting suffered with her addiction, until her own daughter, Love, only eight years old, told a teacher that she and her five siblings were often left home alone and ...
The Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 65 public interest and civil rights organizations. Founded in 1979, the Alliance works to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, strengthen the public interest community's influence on public policy and to train and inspire a new generation of public interest advocates.
Nan Aron founded the organization and serves as its president She is nationally recognized for her vast expertise in public interest law, the federal...
As an artist, Audrey Flack has had the inevitable highs and lows in her professional career. She is in Tampa for a 10-day residency at the University of Tampa. She was commissionedby the Tampa Museum of Art tocreate a statue in memory of the late Louise Kotler. The sculpture, "Bella Apollonia" was dedicated April 6 and can be viewed at the museum.
Her oldest daughter was born with autism and that experience has greatly inflenced her life and art. She is one of the women featured in the...
INTRO: Pasco County is one of the Ã¢â¬ÅOne hundred fastest growing communitiesÃ¢â¬? in the U.S. But the water which flows out of the faucets of some West Pasco communities is black, corrodes copper pipes and smells like rotten eggs. Fifteen hundred home owners petitioned the Florida Public Service Commission to remove Aloha Utilities from the Trinity/Seven Springs area and give the service to Pasco Utilities, who provides itÃ¢â¬â¢s customers clean, clear water. Mark Antokas has the story...
This afternoon, FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s Attorney general, Charlie Crist spoke at the Yacht club, telling citizens about what the attorney general does, and describing a few of his goals since taking office in November of 2002. One of the clubs attendees asked Crist what he thought of the legislatureÃ¢â¬â¢s attempt to make it harder for citizens to pass a constitutional amendment. Crist said he is not in support of the plan, because it will take away citizens rights to change the law. But he is i...
Tampa Police are now calling an incident in which a Muslim Woman was physically attacked at the Westshore Mall, a hate crime.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, when the 27 year old victim - a convert to Islam - was confronted by a couple apparently visiting from Spain , still angry about the terrorist attack that hit Madrid last month.
Joe Durkin a spokesman for the Tampa Police DepartmentÃ¢â¬Â¦He provides the details of the event (roll tape)
Ahmed Bedier is the Florida spokesman fo...