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TARPON SPRINGS EPIPHANY CELEBRATION. Mark Antokas

01/06/05

INTRO: Today, an estimated forty thousand people gathered to witness the ninety-ninth Epiphany celebration, in Tarpon Springs. The day began with a liturgy at the St. Nicolas cathedral, followed by a procession down Tarpon Springs streets towards Spring Bayou, where a heavily weighted wooden cross was tossed into the chilly waters. A group of Greek Orthodox youth waited in boats, awaiting passage into manhood. WMNF’s Mark Antokas files this report.

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AM LUNG ASSOCIATION GIVES FAILING GRADES TO FLORIDA ON TOBACCO CONTROL - Mitch Perry

01/06/05

American Lung Association gives failing grades to Florida on Tobacco Control

A new Report on the state of Tobacco Control in Florida gave out mostly failed grades to the state this afternoon.

Breaking down the report into 4 categories, the only passing grade the health organization gave the state was on the Smokefree Air Law.

Brenda Olson is Director of Governmental Affairs at the American Lung Association of Florida. She says that high mark is laid almost 100% a...

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COUNTY COMMISSION DEBATES ETHICS GIFT RULES-Andrew Stelzer

01/06/05

This morning, the Hillsborough county commission discussed the issue of whether commissioners should be able to accept gifts worth more than 100 dollars. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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Commissioner Kathy Castor tried to bring up the issue last month, following a series of newspaper articles in the St Pete times which detailed how Jim Norman as a member of the Tampa Sports Authority, sat in a box at Tampa bay bucs games, and got free food and ...

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TRIP SPURS TALK OF BUSH 2008 BID - Mitch Perry

01/05/05

As Governor Jeb Bush continued his tour of tsunami-ravaged South Asia today, speculation again surfaced in certain areas of Florida that the governor , despite denials, is contemplating a run for President in 2008.

Palm Beach Republican Congressman Mark Foley told today’s Miami Herald , “No question about it, people are talking..Jeb is just a natural.�

Just last month, Bush appeared exasperated when reporters asked about presidential aspirations, noting that after his ...

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COALITION ASKING THAT JUDICIAL CANDIDATE REPUDIATE TORTURE - Mitch Perry

01/05/05

Tomorrow morning, President Bush’s choice for Attorney General for his 2nd term, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez, goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1st day of his confirmation hearings – which will be broadcast live here on WMNF.

The questioning of Gonzalez is expected – and hoped – to be pointed towards, Gonzalez, specifically in regards to 1 memo written in his name regarding torture, and 2 presidential orders on the policy of interr...

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THE DEBATE OVER SKYROCKETING MEDICAL MALPRACTICE - Radioactivity

01/05/05

President Bush is traveling to Illinois today to call for limits on medical malpractice awards for patients who are injured by doctors, hospitals and pharmaceuticals. The President says there are too many frivolous lawsuits and those lawsuits are causing doctors and hospitals to limit care. Our guest Frank Clemente who is with the group Public Citizen says that the crisis not as severe as the president claims. In fact the number of medmal lawsuits has been flat for several years and there is ...

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PROTESTS OF CIRCUS FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY-Andrew Stelzer

01/05/05

The circus is in town, and as Ringling Brothers pulls into town each year, so does a traditional protest by people for The Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA. PETA held a demonstration this afternoon to bring attention to the fact that circus animals are beaten, kept in captivity, and sometimes killed while being made to perform in the circus.

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An almost naked woman in chains and shackles laid on the sidewalk with a fake bruise on her back, on the corner of Frankli...

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PETITION TO DENY RENEWAL OF FOX STATION'S LICENSE - Mitch Perry

01/04/05

Last night on the Evening News, WMNF reported on the 2 former WTVT Fox 13 reporters who have filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to deny renewal of the station's license for ``intentionally airing false and distorted news reports'' in 1997.

Investigative reporters Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, say Fox 13 violated the public trust by ordering them to put a favorable slant on news reports they were preparing about a growth hormone given to dairy cattle in Florida. ...

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HYDE PARK RESTAURANT AIDS IN THAI TSUNAMI RELIEF - Mitch Perry

01/04/05

National Philanthropic groups say the money that has been raised in America and across the world in the first week after the Tsunami disaster that hit South East Asia has been nothing short of phenomenal.

Locally, there are a variety of organizations that have held or are currently conducting fundraisers to contribute to help those in the affected countries pick up the pieces.

In Tampa’s Hyde Park, yesterday began the first of 5 consecutive Mondays where the Royal Palac...

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TEN QUESTIONS FOR ALBERTO GONZALES - Radioactivity

01/04/05

The progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress, is out with a list of questions that it thinks ought to be asked of Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales. His confirmation hearings take place on Thursday. Judd Legum is deputy research director at Center and he says Gonzales should be questioned about his views on torture, indefinite detention of prisoners, the Geneva Convention, the Vienna Convention and his business ties to Halliburton and Enron. The list of qusetions along...

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