News & Public Affairs02/26/05
KAREN HESSE. While growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Karen says she dreamed of becoming many things: an archaeologist, an ambassador, an actor, an author. She attended Towson State College as a theater major, but transferred after two semesters to the University of Maryland, where she earned a B.A. in English with double minors in Psychology and Anthropology.
From the time she was ten she thought of herself as "good with words," thanks to a perceptive and supportive fifth grade teacher ...Be the first to comment
This weekend, the Association for women in Psychology is holding their annual conference in Tampa, at the Wyndham on Harbor Island; This morning, a group of psychology graduate student from the University of Rhode Island presented research projects which used qualitative researchÃ¢â¬âone of the studies was entitled; Fear Evil nuclear terror: superiority, Injustice, Vulnerability, Distrust, and helplessnessÃ¢â¬âAn ethnographic and feminist content analysis of George BushÃ¢â¬â¢s State ...Be the first to comment
Last month, Tampa Electric Co. announced it would begin work this year installing air- cleaning devices on Big Bend's four coal-fired generating units to the tune of 300 million dollars. According to the Florida Public Interest Research Group, Big Bend was the second-largest source of nitrogen oxide emissions among Florida's power plants in 2003. Progress Energy Florida's Crystal River plant topped the list. A public meeting was held in Apollo Beach last night (Thurs) to discuss the new...Be the first to comment
Earlier this week, Governor Jeb Bush a new education package that features giving taxpayer-funded vouchers to any students who score at the lowest level on the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment test for 3 straight years.
The proposed legislation also would increase the pay of beginning teachers, allow the SAT and ACT exams to be used in place of the 10th grade FCATÃ¢â¬Â¦.Move the 10th grade science FCAT to the 11th grade , and make portions of the FCAT availabl...Be the first to comment
FLORIDA FARM WORKERS Lucas Benitez and Oscar Salas. Benitez is one of the founders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (http://www.ciw-online.org) and Salas has worked as a farm labor contractor and farm worker for several years in the Dade City area. They described current conditions facing farm workers including low wages and substandard housing. Both report that wages in the fields and groves in Florida have remained stagnant for twenty years and because of the nature of farm work- many ...Be the first to comment
In support of President Bush and members of his administration have been traveling the country promoting this plan to privatize social security, USA Next, a conservative lobbying organization has announced that plans to spend as much as $10 million on commercials and other tactics attacking AARP, the retirees' organization, because AARP is opposing BushÃ¢â¬â¢s plans. Meanwhile, many members of congress are taking their own tours, to speak to citizens about the privatization plan. Today, Fl...Be the first to comment
The activist group ACORN, who led the way in pushing for an increase in the stateÃ¢â¬â¢s minimum wage law last year, denounced legislation that passed in the stateÃ¢â¬â¢s House Judiciary Committee yesterday.
ACORN contends that if the bill Ã¢â¬â sponsored by Representative David Simmons Ã¢â¬â passes through the legislature, it would make it easier for employers to get away withOUT paying the new state minimum wage of $6.15 starting on May 2nd.
But Simmons says ACORN ...Be the first to comment
with Peter Erlinder Constitutional Lawyer, Professor, and Former President of the National LawyerÃ¢â¬â¢s Guild, (1993-1997)Be the first to comment
The animal rights group PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, frequently creates controversy in order to get their animal rights message into the news.
Perhaps their most controversial campaign was when the group directly compared farm-animal slaughter to the Nazi Holocaust.
Called, "Holocaust on your Plate," it invoked immediate outrage. It consisted of eight 60-square-foot panels, each showing photos of factory farms next to photos from Nazi death camps. Abe F...Be the first to comment
Earlier this month, WMNF reported that the Green Party of Hillsborough County was working to get a Tampa City Councilmember involved in sponsoring legislation that would bring Instant-Run off Voting, or IRV, to local elections.
Within the next couple of weeks, advocates for Instant Run-Off Voting, are now hoping to meet in front of the Sarasota City Commission.
IRV is a method of electing a single winner. It provides an alternative to plurality and runoff elections. In a plur...Be the first to comment