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THE CASE OF THE CUBAN FIVE - Radioactivity

03/31/05

with Leonard Weinglass. In the 1990's five Cuban nationals were sent to the United States to infiltrate and disrupt the actions of Cuban exiles bent on attacking the Castro government. The five were arrested and tried on espionage charges and imprisoned. There is now an international effort to free the Cuban Five based on the argument that the five were not spying on the U.S. government but rather they were attempting to protect and defend Cuba from raids by private groups. Noted defense atto...

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BUSH ON SOCIAL SECURITY - Mitch Perry

03/30/05

President Bush insisted Wednesday that public opinion is leaning his way on his proposal for a Social Security overhaul and hinted at political problems for lawmakers who oppose him.

Notwithstanding a host of recent polls showing waning public support for his proposal, Bush cited only the part of the surveys that shows the public is -- as it long has been -- aware of the program's long-term fiscal problems. He only implicitly acknowledged the lingering skittishness among congressional Rep...

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TOM DELAY - Mitch Perry

03/30/05

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has always been a lightning rod of criticism for Democrats, picking up that mantle since Newt Gingrich stepped down as Speaker of the House back in 1998.

But the Texas Republican’s world now seems to be closing in on him….A series of criminal investigations, court cases and ethical inquiries in the past year is renewing criticism about his aggressive networking and fundraising.

Today 2 progressive groups announced today they will begin airi...

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GOVERNOR WANTS TO REPEAL CLASS SIZE AND RAISE TEACHER SALARIES-Andrew Stelzer

03/30/05

Governor Bush’s latest attempt to prevent Florida’s class size amendment which mandates the reduction of class sizes in the public schools to the extent approved by voters is to offer a new amendment which would offer a slight increase in some teachers salaries. Bush says lowering class sizes to the extent voters approved will cost the state too mush. So far, the idea has been passed by the House Choice and Innovation Committee, and the issue wont be settled for at least anoth...

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TAMPA'S PLANNED MUSEUM - Radioactivity

03/30/05

Weekly Planet columnist Mary Mulhern on decision to scrap plans for Tampa's new art museum and why the city could build a more scaled-down museum that could use one of the several large, unused buildings in downtown Tampa.

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THE OMISSION OF RIGHT WING GROUPS FROM THE DHS WATCH LIST - Radioactivity

03/30/05

Congressional Quarterly writer Justin Rood on THE OMISSION OF RIGHT WING GROUPS FROM THE DHS WATCH LIST The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not list right-wing domestic terrorists and terrorist groups on a document that appears to be an internal list of threats to the nation’s security. According to the list — part of a draft planning document obtained by CQ Homeland Security — between now and 2011 DHS expects to contend primarily with adversaries such as al ...

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AARON GLANTZ ON IRAQ - Mitch Perry

03/29/05

Aaron Glantz is a reporter for FSRN, who reported on the Iraq war for 18 months/over a year…Those reports were heard nightly on the Evening News…We spoke to him in Los Angeles today, asking him if he’s surprised at all about the problems that Iraqi’s seem to be having in selecting their leaders and go forward with writing a Constitution

(roll tape#1 o.q.�calm down considerably�)

That’s Free Speech Radio News’ Aaron Glantz, In June h...

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FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ISNT DOING ITS JOB-Andrew Stelzer

03/29/05

The acknowledgment by The US Fish and Wildlife Service that they used a faulty method to count Florida panthers is the latest development in the case of a local employee who says he was fired for speaking up about the issue. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more on the case of Andrew Eller, and how the culture of the Fish and Wildlife Service may be effected by the appointment of a game hunting lobbyists as the agencies new chief.

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STATE OF TAMPA ADDRESS - Elissa McEwen

03/29/05

Mayor Pam Iorio gave her annual State of Tampa address today at the Convention Center in downtown Tampa. Her speech coincided with the news that the negotiations for the 76 million dollar Tampa Museum of Art project have stalled and may already be dead.
The original plan for the new museum, which would be triple the size of the current bldg., had in its requirements that 40 million dollars in private finances be guaranteed before construction.
Iorio, who inherited the Museum project fr...

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ART MUSEUM IS DEAD-Andrew Stelzer

03/29/05

The city council was scheduled to meet to get an update on progress in funding the art museum. Instead, city finance director Bonnie Wise read a letter from the mayor to the city council, informing them that the museum had fallen short of its fundraising goals.

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Councilwoman rose ferlita said thought the controversial design may have been what kept the financial support for the museum from happening

FERLITA ‘When you went throughout the city

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