News & Public Affairs12/17/04
A sentence in FloridaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Constitution that forbids the state to use public money to Ã¢â‚¬Å“directly or indirectlyÃ¢â‚¬? help religious institutions has been mentioned this week as a possible thorn in blocking the Pre-Kindergarten program approved by the Legislature yesterday.
The same line has been used to thwart the stateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s school voucher lawÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
So Florida State Senator Daniel Webster is saying the state should get rid of that line in the Constitution.
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As we reported earlier this week, the St Pete County commission voted to move forward with a master plan to invest over 220 million dollars for improvements to the St Pete Clearwater airport, despite the complaints of many citizens that they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want the increased noise of more airplanes, and the environmental damage that expanding the airport could have. There was also a consultants report which warned the commission that air traffic is likely to decrease next year, and in the pas...Be the first to comment
The skepticism towards the nations voting systems has been most clearly shown by a group of citizens in Pinellas county. They have been investigating that countyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s voting systems, found shredded ballots in the garbage behind an elections supervisorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office on November 18th. Leonard Schmiege is a spokesman for the citizens voting verification group.
ACT Ã¢â‚¬Å“We went up to the supervisor of election office
The group didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t contact the Pinellas supervis...Be the first to comment
Today the Tampa City Council joined with earlier votes this week by the Hillsborough County Commission, and the Tampa Sports Authority in approving a deal that will allow the Tampa Bay Lightning from paying more than $600,000 in annual property taxes at the St. Pete Times Forum.
The deal shifts ownership of the major arena in Tampa from the Lightning to Hillsborough County. The reason that this shift occurs goes back to the original deal when the Lightning came to Tampa a decade ago....Be the first to comment
At this hour in Miami, condominium workers who are trying to form a union are holding a Candlelight Vigil and march, bringing attention to their attempts to organize without intimidation.
Workers claim that the Continental Group Ã¢â‚¬â€œ one of MiamiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most prestigious condominium management companies Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is refusing to pledge NOT to intimidate and threaten workers who want to speak out.
Last week, the City of Miami Beach Commission passed a resolution supporting w...Be the first to comment
The parents of Rebecca McKinney, the 16 year old girl who was hit and killed by a pickup truck on McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater after getting off a school bus, have announced that they intend to sue the Pinellas school district twice; once for Rebecca's death and a second time for the trauma her 17-year-old sister, Mary, suffered while watching the accident. The incident, which took place on October 8th, led to the discovery that children had been crossing four or more lanes at nearly 3...Be the first to comment
Retiring Florida Senator Bob graham was at the Suncoast tiger bay club in St Pete this afternoon, to promote his new book, Intelligence matters and speak to Floridians for one of the last times as an elected official. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
Graham, who was on the senate Intelligence committee for 10 years and also was a member of the 9/11 commission, told the almost 200 people gathered to hear him speak that he sees ...Be the first to comment
Author Liza Featherstone on "SELLING WOMEN SHORT, The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart". Featherstone's book describes an atmosphere of discrimination and sexism at one of the world's largest corporations. In June 2004 a sex-discrimination lawsuit against a titan in American retail, Wal-Mart, was certified as a class action suit. The largest private civil action in history, covering 1.6 million female employees, this suit could potentially change the face of Wal-Mart, and fo...Be the first to comment
Last Thursday, WMNF reported how a citizen who tried to speak at the Tampa City Council meeting, was arrested before he actually got the chance.
Activist Terry Neal was following another speaker, John Dausman, whose comments had angered members of the City Council. As they spoke amongst themselves, Neal interjected, demanding to speak immediately (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?you gonna arrest me?Ã¢â‚¬?)
Neal faces charges of trespassing and disturbing a public assembly. The 2 misd...Be the first to comment
Trial Attorney David Boies is considered one of the best at what he does in the U.S.
Most Americans probably became aware of him when, working for the Justice Department, he successfully won the GovernmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s anti-trust case against Microsoft. He also defended Al Gore during the infamous Florida Presidential recount in 2000. Those stories are documented in his new book Ã¢â‚¬Å“Courting Justice: From New York Yankees vs. Major League Baseball to Bush vs. Gore, 1997-2000 Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚...Be the first to comment