News & Public Affairs

Saturday October 25, 2014

YVONNE RIDLEY AT USF - Mitch Perry

Last night on the USF campus, British journalist and activist Yvonne Ridley spoke to an overflow crowd , estimated to be over 150 people ......

Ridley is a freelance reporter who made headlines when she was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in September of 2001........She was released the day the U.S. began attacking Afghanistan in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks, on October 7th, 2001......

Since her release Ridley has written several books, including "In the Hands of the Taliban"...

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POSTPONED MEETING ON DADE CITY ANNEXATION - Mark Antokas

INTRO: Now that the “Penny For Pasco� has passed and new money will be coming in from the new tax, Dade City has been emboldened enough to try and annex hundreds of acres just outside the city. One such parcel of four hundred and ten acres has become the bone of contention. Mark Antokas has the story.

Script: Picture this: Rolling hills at an elevation of more than four hundred feet above sea level covered with pasture and trees, a few wetlands, deer and raccoon and nesting bald...

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ADULT EDUCATION FACING BUDGET CUTS-Andrew Stelzer

4 years of college education can cost up to 30 thousand dollars, and as anyone knows who’s been through it. A year of training one of Florida’s technical schools usually costs less than 3 thousand dollars, and jobs in the trades people learn there are almost always available—in fact, there is a shortage of able people to work in fields like nursing. But Adult education programs have seen budget cuts over the last several years, and are becoming less able to meet the nee...

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DAVID COBB - GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE

DAVID COBB, A CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY RUNNING FOR THE GREEN PARTY NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT. COBB ADDRESSED THE ISSUES OF THE WAR IN IRAQ, HEALTH CARE, RACISM, RALPH NADER AND THIRD PAR THIRD PARTY ACCESS TO THE BALLOT.

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MAYOR OF DADE CITY ON CRACKDOWN ON MEXICANS-Andrew Stelzer

Last week, we reported on the arrests of several dozen illegal Mexican immigrants in Dade City, Clearwater, and the general Tampa Bay area. The first arrest was made when a man who had been working for Florida Frame and Trim, doing construction, was injured on the job. He asked for medical attention, but instead, his boss called the authorities; that man and 16 others were arrested. Following the initial arrests, there were several unconfirmed reports of more arrests throughout the areas. ...

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FLORIDA COMPANIES IGNORING CLEAN WATER ACT-Andrew Stelzer

The Florida state Public interest research group has uncovered information that more than half of large industrial and municipal facilities in the state of Florida polluted the water beyond the legal limits allowed in the Clean Water act. On average polluting companies exceeding their clean water act permits did so by 546 percent. WMNF spoke with Mark Ferullo the director of the Florida PIRG.

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That was Mark Ferullo, with the Florida State Public Interest research gr...

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PENSION CONTROVERSY - Mitch Perry

Eight days ago, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio traveled to Tallahassee to persuade State Lawmakers to approve a proposal that would increase pension benefits for the City's

Police and Firefighters - an issue that is tearing up relations between current and former Police and Firemen..

That organized opposition has gotten the ear of Hillsborough State Legislators who must sign off on the plan....Last week, 2 days after Mayor Iorio addressed State Senator Victor Crist - the Tampa Legislator ...

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PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL

Kath Nygard is a volunteer with PBI. She's recently returned from working for a year with civilian, noncombatants in Colombia. She says that Colombian civilians are caught between three violent factions: the military, the paramilitary and the guerillas.

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BRITISH JOURNALIST YVONNE RIDLEY

Ridley entered Afghanistan illegally, shortly after 9/11. She was captured by the Taliban and eventually released. Later she converted to Islam. She is a critic of the U.S. role in Afghanistan where she says the U.S. backed government is holding on by a thin margin and the countryside is rapidly being taken over by radical Islamists.

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