News & Public Affairs

search:

ST PETE POLICE ANNOUNCE MINIMAL DISCIPLINE IN HAND CUFFED 5 YEAR OLD-Andrew Stelzer

08/04/05

This past April, an incident in which St Pete police handcuffed a 5 year old black girl who was throwing a temper tantrum at Fairmount park elementary school gained international attention when a video of the girl and the handcuffing got out. Today, the St Pete police announced they have completed an investigation of the incident. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

ACT “a crime was committee she committed it, and by our policy she could be handcuffed..�

St Pete ...

Be the first to comment

FROM DECORATED VIETNAM COMBAT VETERAN TO PEACE ACTIVIST

08/04/05

Claude Anshin Thomas went to Vietnam at the age of eighteen, where he received numerous medals, including twenty-seven Air Medals, a Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Purple Heart. H e was also responsible for the death of several hundred people. Today he is a monk in the Soto Zen tradition and an active speaker and Zen teacher in the United States and Europe, who tries to help end individual and global suffering and violence. He has made peace pilgrimages through war-torn regions of the wo...

Be the first to comment

HILLSBORUGH COUNTY GAY PRIDE VOTE STILL RESONATES-By Mitch E. Perry

08/03/05

Today marks 7 weeks since the Hillsborough County Commission passed a resolution declaring that the County would abstain from promoting or participating in any gay pride events. Two weeks ago, they re-affirmed that vote. Today, Vonn New, the Central Florida Director for the GLBT group Equality Florida, addressed the County Commission. She began her 3 minutes in front of the group by saying their vote had emboldened the gay and progressive community locally, doubling their group’s...

Be the first to comment

ARE ST. PETERSBURG AND BAYWALK TRYING TO SHUT DOWN LEGAL PROTEST?

08/03/05

Peace activists from St. Pete For Peace have been conducting anti-war protests at the Baywalk development for more than two years. Recently police have placed barricades on public sidewalks to block peace activists from marching along 2nd Avenue. Some protestors have been cited for trespassing. Our guests: James Marvin (St. Pete For Peace), Becky Steele (Tampa ACLU) and Rev. Charles MacKenzie (Rainbow/Push Coalition) discussed the civil liberties implications.

Be the first to comment

Hillsborough County Commission Get Snippy With Each other over Health Care Study-By Mitch Perry

08/03/05

Today the Hillsborough County Commission discussed the status of the Health Care Study Group, a committee organized earlier this year to review the County’s Health Care program, which led to partisan sniping between several of the Commissioners.

The update was initiated by Commissioner Brian Blair, who stunned some supporters of the program earlier this year when he indicated that he wouldn’t mind seeing the program privatized (roll tape#1 o.q.�of Hillsborough Co...

Be the first to comment

Poll Commissioned by Pro Choice groups on John Roberts says the public doesn't like his record -by Mitch E. Perry

08/03/05

A group of leading reproductive rights organizations commissioned Democratic pollster Mark Mellman to conduct a nationwide on-line focus group. The purpose of this research was to gauge voter attitudes towards the John Roberts Supreme Court nomination, particularly around the issues of privacy, women's health and safety, and Roe v. Wade.

The results? Mellman says that when the 107 respondents were informed about Roberts comments and record – limited as it is – the...

Be the first to comment

BLACK OFFICIALS MEET TO ADDRESS BLACK ON BLACK CRIME-Andrew Stelzer

08/03/05

Last month, St Petersburg state representative Frank Peterman called together a group of black elected officials to address the rising number of black men killing other black men. Today they held their second meeting to strategize on what the problem is, and to plan a town hall meeting where young black men can tell the politicians what the problems are and the solutions might be.

ACT-Peterman “we are experiencing an epidemic..� There have been 19 homicides in St Pete this ye...

Be the first to comment

Miami Beach Democratic Activist Goes to New Hampshire to stump for Hillary Clinton - By Mitch Perry

08/02/05

Hillary Clinton isn't running for president, but her campaign already has started in New Hampshire.

As we reported last night, a group, Hillary Now!, this week has begun running TV ads in Manchester, Concord, Portsmouth, Salem and Nashua, pushing the New York senator for president in 2008. The group has no official ties to Clinton's office, but its president, Bob Kunst, of Miami Beach, said he is laying the foundation for her possible bid for the presidency.

Only nigh...

Be the first to comment

Temple Terrace Mayor Questions WMNF's Reporting of his taking down Campaign Sign-By Mitch E. Perry

08/02/05

Temple Terrace Vote

The Polls are open for ____minutes (whatever’s before 7PM) in Temple Terrace tonight, as citizens vote on on the proposed redevelopment of their city, the most costly proposition in the 80-year history of Hillsborough County's smallest city.

Voters are being asked to authorize bonds and a 1 mill property tax increase to help pay the city's one-fifth portion of the proposed $300 million downtown redevelopment Last night WMNF reported on the last days of...

Be the first to comment

THE LAUGHING JESUS: A SCHOLAR LOOKS AT FACT AND FICTION IN ANCIENT SCRIPTURE

08/02/05

Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy's new book, "The Laughing Jesus" (Harmony Books), is a critique of religious fundamentalism and its divisive effect on global society.

Freke and Gandy continue to challenge the foundations of fundamentalism by showing that the Bible and Qur'an are not special "holy" tomes, rather they are just books- created by human authors often to fulfill a political agenda.

Our guest, TIMOTHY FREKE has an honours degree in philosophy and is an internationally respec...

Be the first to comment

Healthy State Local Journalism Center