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Wednesday November 26, 2014

JOHN KERRY IN TAMPA - Mitch Perry

The Democratic nominee to be for President, Massaschusetts Senator John Kerry, appeared in Tampa today to speak about the environment, and later raise money for his campaign.....

Speaking this morning from the photo-op friendly Ballast Point Park in South Tampa, in anticipation of Earth Day later this week, the Senator laid out a specific plan for the environment........He was enthusiastically introduced by the former Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Florida nat...

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COMMISSION ON OCEANS REPORT SAYS OCEANS ARE IN TROUBLE-Andrew Stelzer

Senator Kerry’s speech in Tampa gave him a chance to talk about the environment, one of the issues on which Kerry seems to have a vastly different track record than President Bush. Kerry spoke about a new report regarding America’s oceans. ACT “Today the US commission….�

The commissions on Ocean Policy’s’ report recommends setting up a special office at the White House to oversee a new, coordinated policy, doubling investment in scientific r...

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ACTIVISTS PROTEST ARREST FOR FEEDING HOMELESS - Mitch Perry

Yesterday Tampa Police arrested 3 activists, accusing them of violating a city policy by feeding the homeless at a downtown park.

That Policy was the subject of a protest and a public feeding this morning in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa

About 35 people - approximately half of them members of the group Food Not Bombs , held signs aloft and demonstrated against the City's Police that they must have a permit to feed the homeless in Tampa. (prote...

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RICHARD PAEY GETS 25 FOR DOCTOR SHOPPING - Mark Antokas

INTRO: In Pasco County today, Richard Paey was sentenced to twenty five years in prison for fifteen counts of drug trafficking, obtaining a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Paey has maintained all along that he was innocent and that medicating himself was not a crime. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has the story.

Script: Richard Paey sat in his wheelchair waiting sentencing this morning in the Pasco County Criminal courthouse. Paey, a father of three, debilitated ...

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TAMPA PASSES ORDINANCE DENOUNCING PARTS OF THE USA PATRIOT ACT - Mitch Perry

Last night Tampa became the 290th local municipality to pass an Ordinance denouncing parts of the controversial USA Patriot Act.

The preminent legal organization that has been fighting against parts of the Patriot Act has been the American Civil Liberties Union.

Today in Tampa, the executive Director of the Florida ACLU, Howard Simon, addressed that law and other issues at a speech at the Tiger Bay Club.

This past week during the Public Hearings of the 9/11 Commission,...

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MI FAMILIA VOTA - Mitch Perry

Many election poll watchers have said that Whichever Presidential candidate wins Florida will win the election. Some go further than that, saying that Florida itself will come down to the I-4 corridor stretching from Tampa to Palm beach, and beyond that, it may come down to how the Hispanic population is this area votes. With that in mind, a new campaign was launched today to register 50,000 new Hispanic voters. George Murselli is leading the campaign.

ACT “more than 300 thousand...

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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL VOTES AGAINST PATRIOT ACT-Andrew Stelzer

When the USA Patriot Act was passed in the after math of September 11th 2001, many Americans opposed the legislation, saying it was an infringement on civil liberties; allowing the government to spy and eavesdrop on citizens, jail people indefinitely without any cause, and keep more information secret. Since then, over 270 other cities towns and counties, including Alachua, Broward, and the city of Sarasota have passed resolutions against the Patriot Act, symbolic gestures meant to express t...

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JULIA LAW AGAINST POLLUTED BEACHES IN PASCO COUNTY - Mark Antokas

INTRO: In Pasco County, a concerned mother appeared before the Pasco County Board of Commissioners demanding the closure of one beach she insists, ruined the health of her child. Mark Antokas has the story.

Script: Julia Law took her infant son to the beach in Hudson only one time. She says it was the wrong time. For the past twenty months, her son Ian, now two and a half years old, has had a bacteria lodged in his stomach which causes cronic intestinal bleeding, daily diareah, and occasio...

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LIVING WAGE TASK FORCE VOTES AGAINST ORDINANCE-1 MEMBER WALKS OUT-Andrew Stelzer

The campaign for a living wage for Hillsborough county employees is in trouble, as the task force assigned to study the issue voted 5 to 1 against adopting a living wage. After that vote, Dr W.L. Lee, the lone yes vote, walked out of the meeting, disgusted with what he says is an insult to the public process. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more

Doctor W.L. Lee works with the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, abbreviated HOPE. He has been leadin...

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BECKY STEELE NAMED ACLU WEST FLORIDA DIRECTOR - Mitch Perry

Local Tampa attorney and former WMNF Board President Becky Steele has been named Director of the ACLU of Florida's newly-opened West Florida Office near downtown Tampa.

Steele has previously worked for the powerful lawfirms of Trenam, Kemker and Holland & Knight, and a year ago opened her own practice primarily representing employees in benefits disputes and appeals. She is also currently the president of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers.

Contacted today, Steele said t...

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