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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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TACO BELL EXPLAINS WHY THEY SETTLED WTH CIW-Andrew Stelzer

03/09/05

As we reported yesterday here on WMNF, the coalition of Immokalee workers has reached an agreement with taco bell for higher wages and better working conditions for tomato pickers in the fields of south Florida, the workers and their allies have also ended their 4 year old boycott of the fast food restaurant. This afternoon, we spoke with Sally George, manager of public relations at taco Bell Corp.

TACO BELL

That was Sally George is a manager of public relations at taco...

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TACO BELL BOYCOTT OVER-Andrew Stelzer

03/08/05

The 4-year-old boycott of Taco bell is over. Mid-way through their 2 week long taco bell truth tour, the coalition of Immokalee workers has announced that Taco bell, and their parent company, Yum Brands, has agreed to the farm workers demands for a raise of a penny per pound of tomatoes picked, and guarantees for better working conditions. This afternoon, WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer spoke with Gerardo Reyes Chavez, a member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

TACO BELL STRIKE O...

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MEDICARE DRUG PLAN PRESENTATION AT SUN CITY CENTER-Andrew Stelzer

03/08/05

This morning, 10 senior citizens who live in Sun city center came to what was advertised as an informational meeting about the new Medicare-approved prescription drug cards, and part D benefits which will be instituted in 2006. But they left the meeting with little hoe that they will ever fully understand the worrisome changes that are looming for Americas healthcare systems. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

The meeting was organized by Congressman Adam Putna...

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THE WORKING HOMELESS - Mitch Perry

03/08/05

In a study conducted a year and a half ago, 41% of the homeless people in America are families. Although mental illness and substance abuse are among the leading causes of homelessness - the top reason is a lack of affordable housing.

That is the reason that Michelle Kennedy and her three children became homeless in the summer of 1997. Kennedy was working as a waitress in Maine after separating from her husband. But she couldn't qualify for government assistance and like many others, need...

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ActionAid USA, Afghanistan - International Women's Day - Mary Glenney

03/08/05

Mary Akrami of the Afghan Women Skills Development Center, and ActionAid's Media and Communications Officer, Sandy Krawitz. During the interview, Mary said that while conditions have improved somewhat in Afghanistan for women, it's far from enough. Many Afghan women are still being forced to wear the burka, especially in rural areas, there is very little medical care for them, and no police protection. She was quite impassioned as she spoke, her face resonating in changing shades of pain, s...

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Beijing +10 - WEDO, International Women's Day, Mary Glenney

03/08/05

Discussion of the status of women in the world with Zo Randriamaro from Cameroon and June Zeitlin, executive director of WEDO (Women's Environmental Defense Organization).

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