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Saturday November 1, 2014

TYRON LEWIS TRIAL--FAMILY TESTIFIES-Andrew Stelzer

The trial of Tyron Lewis continued today in St Petersburg. Lewis was killed by a St Petersburg police officer in 1996, a civil disturbance followed, in which angry black residents set fires in the street, angry about another act of violence by law enforcement against African Americans. Lewis family is seeking a verdict of wrongful death, and wants the city of Saint Petersburg to pay them. Today featured testimony by several of Lewis’ family members; Lewis families lawyers were attem...

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THE FOUNDING OF THE COUNTRY, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND UNITARIANISM - Radioactivity

FORREST CHURCH IS A UNITARIAN MINISTER BASED IN NEW YORK AND AUTHOR OF THE AMERICAN CREED, A BIOGRAPHY OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (St. Martin's Griffin)... AND MARJORIE BOWENS WHEATLEY IS MINISTER OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH IN TAMPA AND CO-EDITOR OF THE BOOK "SOUL WORK: ANTI RACIST THEOLOGIES IN DIALOGUE"... THEY DISCUSSED UPCOMING WORKSHOPS ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND TOLERANCE SPONSORED BY THE UNITARIANS AS WELL AS THE RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHY OF THE FOUNDERS, SLAVERY AND THE SEL...

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GARY NOLAN - LIBERTARIAN PARTY CANDIDATE - Radioactivity

OUR NEXT GUEST WAS GARY NOLAN, A RADIO TALK SHOW HOST, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE GROUP CAPITOL WATCH AND CURRENTLY HE IS SEEKING THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION. Nolan discussed the economic and foreign policy that he would advocate if he were elected: free enterprise, cutting military expenses, privatization, and his opposition to the Iraq War.

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ZEPHYRHILLS LAST MLK VOTE. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Last night, the Zephyrhills City Council attempted to put to rest racial divisions which have resulted from a street name change. In October of last year, City Council voted to change the name of Sixth Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, infuriating many of the white community. Last nights vote to restore the street name to Sixth Avenue, with a token reference to King, attracted national media attention as Zephyrhills has become the only community in Florida to change a street nam...

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BOB DOLE AND WAR VETERANS RALLY FOR BUSH-Andrew Stelzer

About 200 people, many of them veterans of war, gathered for a rally to support the campaign of President Bush. Only days ago, the closure of several Veterans administration medical facilities was announced, and the past few months has seen massive criticism of the Bay Pines facility, where an inefficient computer system has led to long waits for care for sick veterans. Literature defended Bush against allegation of defunding veteran’s medical care, and several speakers, including Bo...

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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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