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CITY KEPT QUIET ABOUT MASSIVE SEWAGE SPILL - Mitch Perry

03/15/05

The Sarasota City Commission held an emergency meeting this afternoon, to discuss the

possibility of launching an independent investigation into the operation and maintenance of the City’s wastewater facilities.

The meeting was called for a day after it was publicly revealed that City officials had NOT warned residents of the health hazards posed by a massive sewage spill over a year ago….

Last month, WMNF and Sarasota media organizations reported on a simila...

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LOCAL LEBANESE PROTEST - Mitch Perry

03/14/05

Meanwhile, as hundreds of thousands were demonstrating in Beirut today, a like minded demonstration held by Lebanese Americans was held in front of City Hall in Tampa …(roll tape of chants)

Approximately 1 hundred Lebanese Americans who live in Tampa Bay, holding both American and Lebanese flags, chanted for freedom, sovereignty, and independence to show their support for the Cedar revolution, and today’s demonstration in Beirut, one month after the assassination of f...

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GOVERNMENT IN THE SUNSHINE WEEK KICKS OFF-Andrew Stelzer

03/14/05

This week, thousands of newspapers, TV and radio stations across the country are conducting an orchestrated effort to make people aware of how important it is that government records be open to the public. Its the first ever sunshine week, and its inspired by Florida’s “government in the sunshine� public records law. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.v

In 1909, the Florida state legislature passed what has come to be known as the "Public Records Law,", which provides that an...

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June Zeitlin, WEDO, Beijing + 10 - Mary Glenney, Women's Show Marathon

03/12/05

June Zeitlin talked about the future of women internationally.

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HILLSBOROUGH GROUP FORMED TO CONTEND WITH EXPLOSIVE GROWTH - Mitch Perry

03/11/05

In his State of the State Address given earlier this week, Governor Jeb Bush called for a substantial review of Florida’s approach to Growth Management.

The Governor said “"We need true concurrency between new development and the infrastructure needed to meet the demand on roads, schools, and water resources that the development creates."

The issue of growth has forced its way into the Legislature’s business this spring – and now locally, a new non-p...

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POLICE CHIEF HOGUE AT TIGER BAY CLUB-Andrew Stelzer

03/11/05

Tampa’s police Chief Steve Hogue was at the Tampa tiger bay club today. Hogue was hired in late 2003, and say he’s pleased with the statistics which have recently come through for 2004, his first full year as chief.

ACT “Tampa when I got here was # 1 in property crimes, and # 2, that’s not something to be proud of. Those numbers have come down..You hear police chiefs and sheriffs we claim what a great job were doing, everybody has that stuff, really the ...

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CORNEL WEST SPEAKS AT USF-Andrew Stelzer

03/11/05

More than 500 people turned out to hear Princeton University professor and acclaimed author Cornel West speak at the University of South Florida last night—he’s touring the country to promote his new book, democracy matters. Here WMNF brings your part of Cornel West's speech.

CORNEL WEST FOR FRIDAY

That was scholar, professor and author of the new book, democracy matters, Cornel West, speaking at the University of South Florida Last night.

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ARCTIC DRILLING THREATENS FLORIDA BEACHES - Mitch perry

03/10/05

The Bush administration and Senate Republicans intensified their push yesterday to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a measure that has for years been thwarted by fierce opposition – and that worries some Floridians, who say the oil industry is poised to see approval there as a gateway to drilling off of Florida’s coasts.

So today a coalition of environmentalists announced their campaign to stop Florida’s Republican member of the Sen...

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NEW BILL COULD SAVE TERRI SCHAIVO BUT INFRINGE ON PRIVACY RIGHTS OF FLORIDIANS-Andrew Stelzer

03/10/05

A judge ruled today that the state's social services agency cannot delay the removal of the feeding tube keeping brain-damaged Terri Schiavo alive. The Department of Children and Families had asked for a 60-day delay in the removal of the feeding tube, now scheduled for March 18th, to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect by Terri’s husband, Michael Schiavo. Meanwhile, Two new bills have been introduced to try and prevent Michael Schaivo from removing Terri’s feeding t...

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DOES GOVERNOR BUSH REALLY WANT BETTER GROWTH MANAGEMENT?-Andrew Stelzer

03/09/05

In his State of the State address given yesterday, Governor Bush spent a good percentage of his speech talking about the need for more effective growth management. Bush questioned whether Florida’s communities have been organized effectively, and said that growth must be balanced with quality of life. Bush also said that local governments should shoulder more responsibility for growth in their communities, and indicated that he would like the process for reviewing comprehensive devel...

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