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MIAMI CLASS ACTION DEADLINE FOR WOMEN STRIPSEARCHED ENDS TOMORROW-Andrew Stelzer

08/31/05

Almost 5000 women who were strip searched by Miami Dade county law enforcement have less than 36 hours to claim millions of dollars as part of a class action lawsuit. Its one of the biggest civil rights settlements in Miami Dade county. The lawsuit was brought by several women who were made to squat in plain view of other people after being arrested for misdemeanors while protesting the Free trade Area of The Americas meeting in February of 2003. Randall Berg is the executive director of th...

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Al-Arian trial, Jury misconduct, Emerson video, Accounts info - by Lance Robson

08/31/05

This morning attorneys argued for a resolution to juror misconduct allegations that surfaced on Monday.

After requesting a more thorough investigation and asking the Judge for a change of venue Attorneys for three of the four defendants called for a mistrial.
Judge Moody denied the request for mistrial and change of venue. It has yet to be determined how the juror issue will be handled.

On Monday Two jurors said that another juror has repeatedly voiced opinions about...

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ALEX SINK ANNOUNCES RUN FOR CFO-Andrew Stelzer

08/30/05

This morning, at the Mise en place restaurant in Tampa, Alex Sink announced her candidacy for Florida’s chief financial officer in 2006. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there, and filed this report.

The CFO position was created by the voters in 1998, and was not first elected in 2002. In that first election, Tom Gallagher ran unopposed.

ACT “the people of the state have not had the chance to focus on this..�

The job responsibilities of the CFO are varied...

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STATE REP PRISCILLA TAYLOR ON COPS VERSUS BLACK COMMUNITY IN PALM BEACH COUNTY-Andrew Stelzer

08/30/05

Last week we reported on controversy in Delray Beach stemming from the killing of a black teenager, Jerrod Miller by a white police officer earlier this year. Although a judge recommended the officer be tried for manslaughter, a grand jury decided not to try the officer. This led Palm beach county commissioner Addie Greene to make a statement that young black men should make sure if they are pulled over by police, to get to a well lit, crowded place first. The County Police Benevolent Asso...

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PORTER ADMITS GUILT, GOING TO JAIL FOR KILLING 2 KIDS- By Mitch E. Perry

08/30/05

Jennifer Porter, the 29 year old Land O’Lakes dance teacher accused of leaving the scene of an accident in which two children were killed last year, agreed today to plead guilty to the charge. Under the terms of her plea deal, Porter will receive no more than three years in prison. Porter entered the plea this morning in Hillsborough Circuit Court. She will be sentenced in October.

Porter was driving a Toyota Echo that authorities say was involved in the March 31st, 2004 a...

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Al-Arian trial, Israeli witnesses, Financial transfers to families, Jury issue - by Lance Robson

08/30/05

Today the prosecution called 7 Israeli witnesses to testify about a car bombing that destroyed a bus near the Megiddo (M-Gee-dow) junction in 2002.

The Witnesses included Israeli Police officers and civilians who were either on the bus or called to the scene afterwards. Defense attorneys objected each time the scene was described in gory detail…having reached an agreement yesterday that was meant to minimize the prejudicial nature the testimony relating to Megiddo Junction bus ...

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IDEAS FOR NATURAL PEST CONTROL

08/29/05

Dr. Myles Bader spent his career as an MD but he now has a different title. He calls himself "The Buggy Doctor". He's done research for more than ten years on how to naturally control insects and other pests. From using ammonia to scare away cats, to using boric acid or vinegar to ward off insects in the home he offers many safe alternatives to dangerous chemicals. His book is CLUB THE BUGS AND SCARE THE CRITTERS.

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ACLU complains to St. Pete Mayor, Police Chief about harassment at Baywalk-By Mitch E. Perry

08/29/05

St. Pete For Peace The Weekly anti-war Protests led by the group St. Pete for Peace took place as usual last Saturday Night in St. Petersburg, with over a hundred demonstrators in attendance. But unlike the past few weeks, protestors were not constrained by barricades.

That decision to remove them came from St. Pete Police Chief Chuck Harmon. In a memo sent to Mayor Rick Baker last Friday, Harmon said that in addition to removing the barricades, he would evaluate the St. Peter...

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SAMI AL-ARIAN TRIAL AUGUST 29-Andrew Stelzer

08/29/05

The trial of Sami Al Arian continued today, with the revelation that one of the jurors was improperly talking about the trial. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was at the federal courthouse in downtown Tampa, and filed this report.

To open the morning, a juror submitted a note to judge moody, saying that he should remind the jurors not to discuss the case. This led the Judge to bring each juror in, one by one, and question them as to whether jurors were in fact, talking amongst thems...

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Women Win the Vote: 85 Years & Beyond - Molly Murphy MacGregor, Executive Director and Cofounder of the National Women’s History Project with Mary Glenney, Women's Show

08/27/05

Women Win the Vote: 85 Years & Beyond

Molly Murphy MacGregor, Executive Director and Cofounder of the National Women’s History Project. Molly will talk to us from the Philadelphia event in the National Constitution Center – the main celebration for Women’s Equality Day: “Women Win the Vote: 85 Years and Beyond.� CNN will be taping the events there Friday evening. We are celebrating and honoring the remarkable work of the hundreds of thousands who worked...

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