News & Public Affairs

Monday July 28, 2014

NUDITY ORDINANCE DEBATE - Kristen Friend-Weaver

Debate continued today on an ordinance that would ban nudity in any public place in Hillsborough County when David Caton and Joe Redner both spoke at a meeting of the Tiger Bay Club in Tampa. Caton, who is a self-proclaimed family activist, originally brought the issue of a nudity ordinance before the Commission because of what he sees as a link between nudity and incidences of both rape and domestic violence. Redner, who has run for County Commission several times and owns adult establishm...

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POLICE BRUTALITY HEARING - Kim Farley

On Saturday, the Uhuru House in St. Petersburg held a hearing to gather evidence documenting crimes regarding police brutality against African-Americans. This evidence will be taken to the World Tribunal on Reparations for African People in Philadelphia November 15 & 16.

The World Tribunal was first held in 1982. It found that the United States was guilty of breaking international law and owed 4.1 trillion dollars in reparations to people of African descent living in the USA. Around th...

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STRAIGHT, INC. SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT

Straight was a drug treatment program which operated in the Bay area from the late 1970s until 1993. It was an intensive program primarily for teens and young adults. But many survivors of the program say that the “treatment� involved physical, mental and emotional abuse. Straight, Inc. has gone out of business, but similar drug treatment programs still exist. Our guests: Michael Sherman, Bob Patterson, Richard Bradbury and Jeff Herschel are affiliated with S.A.F.E.T.Y. (Survivors ...

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THE WAR ON OUR FREEDOMS

A DISCUSSION OF WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS DURING THE CURRENT WAR ON TERROR. PULTIZER PRIZE WINNING NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST ANTHONY LEWIS IS A CONTRIBUTOR TO A NEW BOOK ON THE STATE OF OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES. HE JOINED US IN THIS SEGMENT TO TALK ABOUT THE PATRIOT ACT AND HABEUS CORPUS. HE COMPARED THIS ERA TO PREVIOUS WARS.

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DID THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION MISUSE INTELLIGENCE DATA PRIOR TO THE INVASION OF IRAQ?

Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst from 1964 to 1990; in that capacity he took part in President Reagan’s daily briefing from 1981 to 1985. In this interview with WMNF, McGovern discussed the unusual events leading up the Iraq war. These include Vice President Cheney’s unprecedented visit to CIA headquarters to discuss intelligence about Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction. McGovern says such a visit is extremely rare and appeared to be a form of intimidation. He also...

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ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CALL-IN

Dr. Carol Roberts, M.D. took calls from listeners on a variety of topics this hour including vitamins, vegetarianism, natural hormone therapy, chronic fatigue syndrome and prescription drugs.

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ISRAELI ARMY OFFICER SPEAKS TO SCHOOLCHILDREN - Amy Snider

Children in Clearwater learn what it’s like to serve in the Israeli army from a 20-year-old emissary who just completed her job in the Israeli air force. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story…

Just a couple of months ago, 20 years old Noa Ben Ari completed her required two year service in the Israeli military. Now, she is teaching 287 children in Clearwater about Israel, and the Israeli army.

During their senior year in high school, Ben Ari says, Israeli teenagers take a b...

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BUSH ON MALPRACTICE - Kristen Friend-Weaver

Governor Bush spoke this morning about what he is calling a medical malpractice crisis to a group of doctors and administrators at the Moffitt Cancer and Research Center. In his statements, he told of a growing number of doctors who refuse to practice in Florida and the resulting lack of adequate care for Florida’s citizens. The governor also highlighted his proposal that would limit jury awards for pain and suffering to 250,000 dollars. WMNF’s Kristen Friend-Weaver attended ...

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RECENT TRAGIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING BICYCLISTS IN THE BAY AREA

Two serious accidents involving cars vs. bikes have taken place in the last three weeks in the Bay area. In the first, a bicyclist was killed by a motorist on Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard. In the second, this past Sunday 14 cyclists were mowed down by a driver in St. Petersburg. Although no one was killed, two of the bikers were in critical condition. The guests: Scott Orsini, a former board member of the Swamp Mountain Bike Club and Anthony Clifton, president of the St. Petersburg Bike Club sa...

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