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Tuesday July 29, 2014

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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A DEBATE OVER ISRAEL'S OCCUPATION OF THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES.

Our gests were Matti Cohen, vice consul at the Israeli Consulate in Miami and Joshua Ruebner, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a nonsectarian coalition of more than 110 grassroots organizations working for a just peace in the Middle East based on international law and human rights. He coordinates a Congressional District Coordinator network that covers more than 130 Congressional districts around the country. Ruebner is also the co-founder of ...

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HARTLINE - Mitch Perry

Today the Hillsborough County Commission discussed an internal review recently completed regarding HARTLINE, the County's Regional Transit Authority.....

The review, released on Monday, focused on construction and operations of the TECO Line Streetcar System, which the transit authority developed along with the city of Tampa.

The Draft report found evidence that HARTLINE had diverted money allocated for bus service over to the Streetcar. County Auditor Kathleen Matthews al...

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PRE-K PLAN IN TROUBLE - Mitch Perry

A bill that both Republican Governor Jeb Bush and many Democratic legislators fear would water down standards for a constitutionally required prekindergarten program

is moving through the Legislature.

 The House Education Committee approved the bill today.

 The Republican-dominated panel voted 21-8 to move the bill after

90 minutes of sometimes testy maneuvering that Democrats claimed

was designed to muzzle them.

Last week The St. Petersburg Times reported that ...

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS CORONET WATER IS SAFE-Andrew Stelzer

When Citizens who live near the Coronet Industries phosphate mine in Plant City complained that they were getting sick and dying of cancer last year, an investigation was begun. Now results of tests on well water and citizens urine are in, and the county says there are not enough contaminants in the water to cause illness.

The Florida Department of health is holding several meetings to present to results of their study to the public. This afternoon, about 10 people showed up, and were t...

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