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Thursday August 21, 2014

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Civil rights group looks to boost voter education and community involvement

It’s been 50 years since the civil rights movement’s Freedom Summer where activists fought for voting rights. A national group called the Dream Defenders is commemorating the anniversary with its own project called “The Bloc is ours”.

WMNF News spoke with Alekos Zambrano, the Bloc leader in Hillsborough County.

A local office for the freedom schools will open on July 19.

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photo by Sean Kinane

Free bike helmets for kids with hearing loss in New Port Richey

Kids with hearing loss can get a free bicycle helmet in New Port Richey on Saturday. The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida will hand out 75 helmets between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Debra Golinski is the director of development for the foundation.

“Because they’re hard of hearing, it’s hard for them to be familiar with their surroundings and really know what’s going on as far as noise or hearing a car coming or someone maybe yelling at them or they don’t hear it. So, we thought ...

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West Side Story by St. Pete Opera

St. Pete Opera has a full cast of singers, dancers, orchestra, all for this classic musical. We talk with Mark Sforzini, conductor & artistic director about the nuts and bolts of putting the show up, plus interesting history of West Side Story, and the emerging artists series that St. Pete Opera has.

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Tampa activists replaced some canned goods in a grocery store with newly labeled ones to draw attention to the dangers of GMO foods.

photo by Sean Kinane

The anti-GMO movement in Tampa and where it's going

Kriz Partridge with March Against Monsanto/Tampa and Bee Against Monsanto was our guest, where he discussed his group's mission and the overall anti-GMO movement locally, nationally and internationally.

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From left, Kenneth Welch, Pinellas County Commissioner; Brad Miller, CEO of PSTA; Katharine Eagan, HART Interim Chief Executive Officer and Hillsborough County Commissioner, Kevin Beckner at "Emerge Tampa's" Mass Transit Meeting held at UT.

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A solution to Tampa Bay’s traffic nightmare is under construction

The 9th floor of University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center overlooks the downtown area and its surrounding streets. It’s a fine pulpit for the attentive crowd who gathered to hear and weigh in on what’s being done about traffic relief for Tampa Bay’s multiple counties. Emerge Tampa Bay is an urban leadership group for ages 21 to 35. Four panelists led a discussion of plans for a mass transit overhaul.

Hillsborough Commissioner Kevin Beckner and Pinellas County Commissioner, [Kenneth Welch](htt...

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Freedom Summer – 50 Years After and Nikki Giovanni Reflects on Civil Rights History

Freedom Summer – 50 Years After… Activists Head to Mississippi

It might have taken months for the message to spread through the land, but it has taken years – and it will continue to take years for that truth in our heart to be lived in our daily deeds. History does not give meaning to those truths, people do. People lived and died to give meaning to that dream – and [Mississippi in the summer of 1964](

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US Dept of Education investigates whether black students are discriminated by Hillsborough Schools

The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education is investigating whether the Hillsborough County School District discriminates against black students when it comes to effective teaching and discipline.

In a letter dated 4 June, the Office of Civil Rights asked Hillsborough Schools to turn over dozens of documents about things like disciplinary policies, the role of law enforcement officers in schools and teacher experience.

The investigation stems from a letter by Tamp...

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