News & Public Affairs

Saturday October 25, 2014

BILL NELSON ON IRAQ - Mitch Perry

Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was in Clearwater this morning, speaking to the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce.... ...Although it was announced that he would be speaking about new anti-tobacco legislation, Nelson instead focused predominantly on the war and occupation in Iraq.

Unlike his fellow Democrats in the Senate, Bob Graham, Nelson voted to give authorization to President Bush to attack Iraq militarily in the fall of 2002.

But today he appeared to sound like he had been...

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HUMAN SHIELD FILM - Kimberley Farley

On Friday night in Sarasota, the Southwest Florida Peace Coalition sponsored a screening of the short documentary “Human Shield.� It has currently been screened at over 20 film festivals around the nation, and won best short documentary at the Tampa Bay Film Festival. Filmmaker Debra Hussong and former human shield Ryan Clancy were among those in attendance. WMNF’s Kimberley Farley files this report.

The film centers on the experiences of Faith Fippinger, who was a huma...

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PASTORS FOR PEACE FUNDRAISING FOR TRIP TO CUBA-Andrew Stelzer

Every year a group called pastors for peace breaks the Unites States travel restrictions, and go to Cuba to deliver food, medical supplies, schoolbooks, and other donated supplies. The trip is planned for July, and Tampa will have a contingent of several so called “pastors� At a fundraising picnic, WMNF's Andrew Stelzer spoke to one of the people who is going on the caravan about why he’s involved in sending aid to Cuba, and what he thinks about the political situation in ...

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Women's Show - PEGGY SEEGER - Legendary folk singer/feminist

Peggy Seeger - Forty-five years of concerts, more than 20 solo and over 100 joint recordings and numerous original songs - among them, "I'm Gonna Be an Engineer" - have made her a legend in her time. Ruth Crawford Seeger's daughter, Pete and Mike's sister, the late Ewan MacColl's partner, mother of 3, she refers to herself as "very much my own woman."

Her 35-year residency in England gave her a unique European perspective. Her concerts, in which she makes full use of voice, 5-string banj...

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Women's Show - ALICIA FORTENBERRY - Overcoming Depression

Alicia Fortinberry and Bob Murray will talk about their proven techniques for helping people overcome depression and self-defeating patterns that keep us from enjoying a fulfilling professional and personal life through their Uplift program. They offer a unique program showing that real change comes from building healthier relationships with others, our own bodies, nature and spirituality. They show how to create a solid basis for happiness and healthy spirituality - the most powerful antid...

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Women's Show-TAKE BACK THE NIGHT-Patty Sanphy/Joy McRae Fox

Women's Blues Review, an ensemble featuring Tampa Bay's most prominent female R& B artists, will present its NINTH ANNUAL MOTHER'S DAY BENEFIT CONCERT to focus attention on the issues surrounding domestic violence in our community. The event will be held at Skippers Smokehouse on Sunday, May 9th from 5-9 pm. Volunteers from local domestic violence programs will also sponsor an art auction and a raffle.

Though this annual event is lively and light-hearted, the problem of domestic violence...

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ZEPHYRHILLS FRIDAY UPDATE. Mark Antokas

INTRO: On Monday evening, the Zephyrhills City Council will vote to formally remove the Martin Luther King Jr. street signs from Sixth Avenue. The black community has protested for a ninth day today after the 3-2 vote was handed down on may 26th, effectively de-naming the street. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has this report. Roll Tape:

Script; Zephyrhills is a community which sorely needs to come to a resolution on the de-naming of sixth avenue. But stubborn heads yet prevail. Gregg Hilferdi...

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GRASSROOTS COALITION KICK-OFF BEGINS IN FLORIDA - Mitch Perry

The 2004 Election takes place in almost exactly half a year away, and most political analysts believe that the Presidential Election will be decided by 18

Or so Battleground States - and none more important than Florida....

There are several organizations working on trying to register new voters - on both the Republican AND Democratic sides.....

The latest group that will kick off a mobilization effort tomorrow throughout the state is called America Coming Together...Tait ...

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LOCAL WOMAN SENDING PROTECTIVE EQPT FOR HER SON BECAUSE THE ARMY WON'T - Mitch Perry

As the U.S.-led attack against Iraq developed last year, there were frequent reports that thousands of US soldiers were lacking body armor to protect them in battle.

There have been reports that Soldiers were not give the vital ceramic plates for their Kevlar Interceptor vests that will protect them from bullet wounds.

The USA Today reported back in December that the Pentagon confirmed then that at least 40,000 of the 130,000 U.S. troops in Iraq did NOT have basic Kevlar Interceptor ve...

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REPUBLICANS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION-Andrew Stelzer

The President of Republicans for Environmental responsibility was in St Petersburg is in town today; she spoke to the tiger bay club in St Petersburg about why she founded the organization and how she hopes it will turn around a political party that has lost its way. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

ACT “I know its sounds like an oxymoron…�

Martha Marks has been a Republican her entire life. She also cares about protecting th...

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