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COUNTY ELECTION SUPERVISORS BALK AT PLAN TO CENTRALIZE THEIR OFFICE - Mitch Perry

02/17/05

In a move that would dramatically increase state control of elections, Governor Jeb Bush and the state elections office will ask the Legislature for greater authority, including the ability to decide which voters should be purged from voting rolls.

The secretary of state also would be given strong enforcement powers, including the authority to seek criminal charges and fines up to $5,000 against any of the state's 67 election supervisors -- most of whom are elected -- who fail to follow th...

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MEMBER OF NEO-NAZI GROUP THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE SPEAKS - Mitch perry

02/17/05

Earlier this week, WMNF reported that the Tampa chapter of the Neo-Nazi group The National Alliance has indicated that they are paying to have a plane fly over this Sunday’s Daytona 500 race towing a banner that will advertise its web site, and that they are soliciting members to distribute their hate literature to fans, and possibly NASCAR drivers at the race.

The story – broadcast exclusively by WMNF on Tuesday, was picked up today by the Daytona News Journal, which ...

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LIBRARY FREEDOM - Radioactivity

02/17/05

Judith Krug, THE NATION'S LEADING ADVOCATE OF LIBRARY FREEDOM discussed the USA Patriot Act and curtailment of access to libraries. Judith Krug is Director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom and Director of the Freedom to Read Foundation. Judith Krug personifies American librarianship’s dedication to intellectual freedom and censorship-free policies in libraries. She has directed the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom since 19...

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REV. PHIL BOSSERMAN OF THE GROUP FRIENDS OF HUMAN RIGHTS - Radioactivity

02/17/05

This is a new, local group which is focusing on the jail conditions faced by Dr. Sami Al-Arian and his co-defendants. They await trial on federal charges of raising funds for Middle East terrorist groups. FHR members met with Tampa Tribune officials today asking that the newspaper provide more balanced coverage of the Al-Arian controversy and of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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TAMPA/HILLSBOROUGH SHARE FIRETRUCKS - Mitch Perry

02/16/05

The issue of whether Hillsborough County has sufficient Fire and Emergency Rescue equipment and personnel was the subject of discussion at the County’s Commission’s Bi-weekly meeting today.

Last month in Tampa, 17 year old Alonso High School Juinor Matthew Miulli collapsed during try-outs for the school’s baseball team.

His coach and County Emergency Personnel came out to try to save him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later at Town & Country Hospital...

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FLORIDA PIRG REPORT ON ALTERNATIVE ENERGY - Mitch Perry

02/16/05

According to a new report released today by the Florida Public Interest Research Group, investing in clean energy solutions would create over 63,000 jobs and save consumers $760 million dollars in the next 15 years.

Sean Finnerty is the Tampa Political Representative for FPIRG. He explained how his organization figures an investment in alternative energy sources would create so many new jobs (roll tape#1 o.q.� right here in Florida�)

The Report focuses on the impact...

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TERRI SCHIAVO'S PARENTS BRING BACK RANDALL TERRY-Andrew Stelzer

02/16/05

Terri Schaivo’s parents have brought a legendary anti-abortion activist back to Pinellas county to help save their daughter from having her feeding tube removed, only one week before Michael Schiavo, Terri’s husband, may be able to remove the tube and end a legal and medical saga that has gone on for over a decade.

ACT-Terry ‘What were in for is a constitutional showdown, Randall terry is the Founder of Operation Rescue, a pro-life organization that conducts acts...

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SPEECH BY INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER SEYMOUR HERSH ON THE ABU GRHAIB PRISON SCANDAL - Radioactivity

02/16/05

Seymour M. Hersh has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, four George Polk Awards, and more than a dozen other prizes, many of them for his work at the New York Times. Chain of Command is his eighth book.

Since September 11, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers -- and outraged the Bush Administration -- with his stories in The New Yorker, including his breakthrough pieces on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Now, in Chain of Command, he brings together this reporting, along with new r...

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STUDY FINDS 1 MILLION MORE RESIDUAL VOTES WERE COUNTED IN 2004-Andrew Stelzer

02/15/05

A new study by the Caltech-MIT voting technology project has found that in the 2004 election, about 1 million more residual votes for president were counted than in 2000. Residual votes are ballots cast which didn’t mark a choice for president or that choice was not recorded by a machine,. In 2000, 1.9 percent of ballots cast didn’t register as having a vote for president, that fell to 1.1 percent in 2004. Voting experts believe that the actual rate of people who choose not t...

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SMALL CLASS SIZE TO BE REVAMPED - Mitch Perry

02/15/05

Governor Jeb Bush yesterday proposed that Florida voters be given a chance to revise the class-size amendment they approved in 2002 by trading smaller classes for higher teacher pay.

Although Bush said he would like to have the issue voted on as soon as possible, House and Senate Republican leaders indicated they would more likely put it on the general election ballot in the fall of 2006.

The Governor has been against the Amendment well before it was approved by Floridians nearly 2 ½...

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