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Tuesday July 22, 2014

CHASCO FIESTA PARADE - Mark Antokas

INTRO:In it’s eighty first year, the Chasco Festival in New Port Richey raises money for children's charities in Pasco County. But the event is not without it’s critics, who say that the parade and festival portrays native Americans in a racist, stereotypical and offensive light. WMNF’s Mark Antokas was there.

VOICE: The Chasco Festival exists to raise money for local non-profit groups. The street parade alone generates more than one hundred and fifty thousand people w...

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TAMPA SAYS NO TO WAR--IN FRONT OF FOX TV-Andrew Stelzer

Some citizens of Tampa did their part in Saturday’s global day of action—nicknamed “the world still says no to war� WMNFS Andrew Stelzer has more. --------------------------------

About 80 people gathered at noon on Saturday in front of WTVT, the local fox news channel. They were there in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people who rallied around the world against the continuing US war against Iraq.

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While some of the...

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SENATOR GRAHAM HOLDS HEARINGS AT BAY PINES-Andrew Stelzer

There are over almost 2 million US military veterans living in Florida, most of them receive full health coverage from the government, through the department of veterans affairs. One of the biggest Veterans medical centers is Bay Pines, in St Petersburg. Last October, a new computer system was installed, and didn’t work correctly; there were soon waiting lists of veterans for surgery. That fiasco, coupled with an letter of complaint about management from several anonymous VA employe...

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RANDALL ROBINSON - Richard Peacock

By Richard Peacock

Days after the whirlwind trip he help coordinated to returned ousted Hatian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide back to the Caribbean, TransAfrica founder and internationally renown activist Randall Robinson was the featured speaker at an annually lecture that took place in Tampa, at the Embassy Suites hotel near the University of South Florida.

The lecture was sponsored by the Ivory Club of Tampa Bay, a small group made up of local Africans who are college professors, p...

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Women's Show GLOBAL FILM INITIATIVE Majida Diouri

Sarasota Film Society brings the Global Film Initiative. This is a program of films organized by the Global Film Initiative and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Burns Cinema is the only southeern location where they will be shown. Countries represented include films from Cuba, Palestine, Tajikistan, Philippines, Algeria, Iran, India, Brazil, and Tunisia. The festival runs daily at 5:30 pm through March 31.

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Women's Show MEDICARE PRESCRIPTN DRUG & MOD ACT 2003

Chellie Pingree, President of Common Cause discusses the Medicae Prescription Drug and Moderniztion Act of 2003. She will discuss the impact this law will have on seniors -- the potential losses of benefits and additional costs and how this may totally change the delivery of Medicare. FCAN is sponsoring 3 Town Hall Meetings to discuss this. Tampa: Monday, April 5, 1:30 pm at the Iron Workers Local 397 Union Hall, 10201 Hwy 92 East (between Falkenberg & Williams Rd.). New Port Richey: Wedn...

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FLORIDA'S CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT DEBATE - Mitch Perry

The argument as to whether Citizen Ballot Inititives in Florida are out of control was the subject of a debate (Thursday) this morning in downtown Tampa.

Governor Jeb Bush and other legislators who were against such Constitutional Amendments such as the Class Size Amendment and the High Speed Rail measure, have argued that such issues should NEVER be inserted into the State Constitution, while others - who invariably refer to the 2002 Pregnant Pigs initiative, also say that the proces...

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ADVOCATES BLAST FLORIDA SERVICES FOR MENTALLY ILL - Mitch Perry

This morning in Tallahassee, a coalition of mental health advocates announced a plan to increase access to mental health treatment and services in the state, and to show the effects of untreated mental illness on every community.

Ken Duckworth is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School..... And the national Medical Director for NAMI- the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill...

He says the state of Florida has not provided an adequate needs assessm...

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