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STATE OF TAMPA ADDRESS - Elissa McEwen

03/29/05

Mayor Pam Iorio gave her annual State of Tampa address today at the Convention Center in downtown Tampa. Her speech coincided with the news that the negotiations for the 76 million dollar Tampa Museum of Art project have stalled and may already be dead.
The original plan for the new museum, which would be triple the size of the current bldg., had in its requirements that 40 million dollars in private finances be guaranteed before construction.
Iorio, who inherited the Museum project fr...

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ART MUSEUM IS DEAD-Andrew Stelzer

03/29/05

The city council was scheduled to meet to get an update on progress in funding the art museum. Instead, city finance director Bonnie Wise read a letter from the mayor to the city council, informing them that the museum had fallen short of its fundraising goals.

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Councilwoman rose ferlita said thought the controversial design may have been what kept the financial support for the museum from happening

FERLITA ‘When you went throughout the city

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GOOD COP - Radioactivity

03/29/05

David Harris author of GOOD COP. Harris is a law professor at the University of Toledo. His book makes the case for better ties between police and the communities they serve. Among the things he favors are citizen review boards, an end to ethnic profiling, and alternatives to lethal force. He says several large cities in the U.S. have instituted reforms and have enjoyed lower crime rates and better community relations.

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SEC. OF AGRICULTURE MIKE JOHANN ON CAFTA - Mitch Perry

03/28/05

Record trade deficits and concerns about outsourcing of jobs overseas has slowed momentum for free trade agreements in the last year…..

One of those agreements that Congress will soon weigh in on is the so-called CAFTA accord, a free trade agreement with five Central American countries and the Dominican Republic. A difficult battle for congressional approval on CAFTA looms ahead because free-traders have, in recent years, lost much of the momentum on Capitol Hill that allowed th...

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LAUNCH OF TAMPA BAY BLACK BUSINESS DIRECTORY-Andrew Stelzer

03/28/05

The Founder of the Tampa bay academy of Hope is planning a major expansion for a grassroots business directory to promote black owned businesses throughout Hillsborough County. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

6 years ago, a group of young African Americans decided that Tampa Bay should have a directory of black owned businesses. Almost every year since then, they’ve published the African American listing, but due to funding limitations, they've only been ...

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LOCAL ARIZONAN ON MINUTEMAN PROJECT - Mitch Perry

03/28/05

The Minuteman Project will assemble in Cochise County, Arizona from April 1st through the 30th to conduct a political protest and rally in support of the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. ….

Richard Boren is a resident of Arizona….He spoke to WMNF today about what some people in Arizona are thinking of when they discuss the Minuteman Project-

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That’s Richard Boren, speaking from Tu...

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GAO FAILS TO GREEN-LIGHT SECURE FLIGHT PROGRAM & ACLU POINTS TO PRIVACY FAILURES OF THE AGENCY - Mitch Perry

03/28/05

Last week WMNF reported on a number of Civil Libertarians concerned about the Transportation Security Administration’s new screening program for airline passengers, dubbed Secure Flight.

Secure Flight was proposed last year after the Congress killed an earlier version, called CAPPS II…

Today, the Government Accountability Office presented its review of Secure Flight, and, according to the ACLU, has effectively put a halt on THIS program…

Jay Stanley ...

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ACADEMIC FREEDOM BILL - Mitch Perry

03/28/05

In Tallahassee, Republicans on the House Choice and Innovation Committee voted along party lines last week to pass a bill that aims to stamp out "leftist totalitarianism" by "dictator professors" in the classrooms of Florida's universities.

The Academic Freedom Bill of Rights, sponsored by Ocala Representative Dennis Baxley, passed 8-to-2 despite strenuous objections from the only two Democrats on the committee.

The bill has two more committees to pass before it can be conside...

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INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES - Radioactivity

03/28/05

With guest Diana Christian. This program looked at voluntary communal living at a variety of communities across the country. The communities are established for a variety of reasons including religion, preservation of the environment, the wish to establish a more humanistic life-style, and affordable housing.

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FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE, Victoria Jorgensen - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

03/26/05

Victoria Jorgensen gave an overview of the festival and discussed her film, "Plethora," about the "stuff" we all accumulate.

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