News & Public Affairs03/17/05
INTRO: As was reported yesterday, the Florida Consumer action Network has, in cooperation with various labor and retirement groups, banded together to form the group, Floridians United to Protect Social Security, and is endeavoring to hear as many voices throughout Florida concerning the Presidents proposal to change Social Security. In Port Richey today, the group met with about forty retired members of UNITE textile workers, and others, to hear stories and ideas relating to the Presidents p...Be the first to comment
The recent birth of 3 babies with birth defects to South Florida farm workers has brought on an investigation by state officials.
The farm workers town of Immokalee, In Collier County, is home to up to 15,000 farm workers, depending on the time of year. But as Brian Bennett is the director of Guadeloupe social services a branch of catholic charities in Immokalee explains, the last few months has brought tragedy to the community.
ACT-Bennett Ã¢â¬ÅOver the course of a mont...Be the first to comment
1:05-2PM: PEACE ACTIVISTS MARK THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF Lynn Lague and Marianne Huber of St. Pete for Peace are organizers of a peace rally this Saturday (March 19th) in Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg from noon 'til 5PM. They discussed their opposition to the war, the toll the war has taken on American soldiers and Iraqi civilians, lack of press coverage of their twice weekly peace vigils and what the group plans in the future.Be the first to comment
At last weeks St. Petersburg City Council meeting, the African PeopleÃ¢â¬â¢s Education and Defense Fund requested some non-monetary changes to a Community Development Block Grant they received in 2000.
The Block Grant issued by the city funds the All PeopleÃ¢â¬â¢s TyRon Lewis Community Gym and Wellness Center on 9th Street South.
Development Block Grants are given out by cities around the country to benefit citizens in the community.
St Petersburg has given passed Block Grants to...Be the first to comment
Before the evening session of Thursdays St Petersburg City Council, about 80 protesters gathered outside city hall to rally against Walmart.
Walmart has proposed to build a new super center on wetlands off Gandy Blvd, in St. Petersburg, just 4 miles from the largest Walmart store in the country.
Although this issue has yet to come before the St Petersburg City Council, individuals gathered last night in a pre-emptive strike to let the council hear their objections.
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Hillsborough County Commissioner Cathy Castor and Hillsborough Planning Commission team leader Shawn College discussed a meeting tonight to begin to update the county's Comprehensive Plan. Castor and College said the meeting will be a way for citizens to discuss county wide environmental issues. The meeting takes place at 6:30PM at 1002 East Palm Avenue.Be the first to comment
WAL-MART SUPER CENTER PROPOSED FOR UNDEVELOPED AREA ON GANDY BLVD. IN NORTH ST. PETERSBURG. A new group called WARN (Wal-Mart Alliance for Reform Now) comprised of neighborhood residents, the West Central FL Federation of Labor, the Suncoast Sierra Club and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now will testify against the proposed Wal-Mart at tomorrow's St. Petersburg City Council meeting at 5:30PM. A spokesperson for the group, Rick Smith of the Service Employees Internation...Be the first to comment
President BushÃ¢â¬â¢s acknowledgement that privatizing social security will not solve financial problems the program may face, was in part brought on by massive grassroots efforts across the country to educate the public about the dangers of the plan, and stop it from being passed into law. This afternoon in St Petersburg, a coalition of local groups announced a counter-campaign to BushÃ¢â¬â¢s national tour.
ACTÃ¢â¬âSchroeder Ã¢â¬ÅThe social securityÃ¢â¬Â¦talks about d...Be the first to comment
Last night WMNF reported on how the City of TampaÃ¢â¬â¢s aggressive Code Enforcement program has adversely affected some low and middle income residents in TampaÃ¢â¬Â¦.
That Ã¢â¬ÅaggressiveÃ¢â¬? policy continued today, when the cityÃ¢â¬â¢s Code Enforcement team announced, Ã¢â¬ÅOperation Springs CleaningÃ¢â¬?, which will take over the Sulpher Springs section of Tampa for the next 4 days.
Curtis Lane is Tampa Director of Code Enforcement (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬?clean t...Be the first to comment
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 CityÃ¢â¬â¢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 agoÃ¢â¬Â¦.
Last month, WMNF and Sarasota media organizations reported on a simila...Be the first to comment