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Friday July 25, 2014

THE USE OF DEPLETED URANIUM IN IRAQ

Frida Berrigan is a senior research associate with the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute. She says the widespread use of depleted uranium in the Iraq War (at minimum 75 tons of DU were used as ammunition during the war) poses a danger to the health of U.S. soldiers, Iraqis and the environment. More DU was used during this war than during the previous war with Iraq. After it burns or explodes, DU has been shown to be toxic. With the still unexplained health problems suff...

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ALLEGATIONS OF RACISM IN ST. PETE - Amy Snider

Allegations of racism at a St. Petersburg based bus company were outlined today in a hearing of the ST. Petersburg Human Relations Commission. The hearing follows a finding by the Human Relations Commission that there was racism at First Class, Martz, Coachlines. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story.

On February 26, 2001, bus driver Larry Holmes found a note on his windshield that read, “Find your place around here like the other niggers.�

Around here is bus company First C...

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BUSH ADMINISTRATION NEGOTIATING WITH THE TALIBAN

Joel Bleifuss, editor at IN THESE TIMES, discussed reports of recent negotiations between Taliban forces and the Bush administration. According to reports in the Asia Times, the Bush administartion fears growing organization by pro-Russian and pro-Iranian Afghans. In order to counter this the Bush administration might be willing to bring the Taliban into Afghanistan's government. Bleifuss says that if the reports turn out to be true, it would signal that the Bush administration is not really ...

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GROUNDS TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT BUSH?

Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law and author of "Foundations of World Order." Boyle set up a campaign in October 2002 advocating impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush - a possibility that others, such as former Counsel to the President of the United States, John W. Dean, are now raising. Boyle cited a pattern of deceit in the build-up to the invasion of Iraq while Bush was rallying Congress and the American public.

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NOISE ORDINANCE - Kim Farley

The Sarasota County Commission is considering passing a revised noise ordinance possibly as soon as November. WMNF’s Kim Farley reports.

(Cue Spontaneous Habit) Residents in Sarasota are afraid that their ability to listen to this and mow their lawn early on Saturday morning’s may be no more if the proposed noise ordinance passes the County Commission.

The revised ordinance will combine three separate ordinances in an effort to ease enforcement and reduce confusion. The...

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A NATIONAL POLICY FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

The Apollo Alliance is a growing coalition dedicated to a just and sustainable economy. It's a broad partnership to rebuild America through conservation, freeing the U.S. from dependence on foreign oil, and creating millions of good jobs in the industries of the future. The partnership includes environmental groups, unions, faith groups and civil rights organizations. During this segment Bracken Hendricks, Director of the New Growth Initiative for the Institute for America's Future (one of...

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CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME AND FIBROMYALGIA

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum had to drop out of medical school when he contracted CFS/fibromyalgia. Although he recovered enough to resume training a year later, symptoms persisted for many years. Being an avid reader of scientific medical literature, he stumbled over many studies that he had not been told about in medical school. Applying this research, he began to treat patients with nutritional and herbal therapies, hormonal support when clinically indicated (despite technically normal blood tests...

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EDUCATION LAWS UNCONSTITUTIONAL? - Amy Snider

Florida legislators passed laws regarding higher education last week that some legal experts say are unconstitutional. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story:

During last week’s special session of the Florida legislature, state lawmakers passed a law allowing public universities to charge a non-refundable $200 college student admissions fee. The law also caps university presidents’ salaries at $225,000. The budget passed last week allows public universities to raise tuition b...

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COMMUNITY GROUPS DEMAND RELEASE OF FUNDS - Kristen Friend-Weaver

Members and supporters of Florida ACORN, a national community advocacy group, gathered at the Diabetes Education office in St. Petersburg today to demand that Governor Bush release nearly a billion dollars in federal aid. The money is a part of a 20 billion dollar state relief package approved by congress in conjunction with President Bush’s recent tax cuts. ACORN and other community groups want to see the money used to offset current budget and program cuts. WMNF’s Kristen F...

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MORE THAN BLACK- AFRO-CUBANS IN TAMPA

Dr. Susan Greenbaum of USF explains that a sizeable number of Afro-Cubans emigrated to Tampa's Ybor City beginning in the latter part of the 1800s. That emigration enriched Tampa's ethnic diversity and culture. The reasons for the emigration, the impact on local politics and the legacy of that emigration were the topics in this program. (MORE THAN BLACK: AFRO CUBANS IN TAMPA published by The University Press of Florida).

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