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SARASOTA MAY BAN PLANNED PARENTHOOD FROM SEX-ED CLASSES-Andrew Stelzer

12/03/04

70 teachers at Riverview High school in Sarasota have signed a letter protesting the possible removal of Planned Parenthood health education teachers from the county’s public schools system. Laura Benson is a member of the Sarasota county school board

ACT “A parent came to the school board. We have a ½ credit class, which has some sex Ed, sometimes teachers would invite and she asked us to not consider them as guest speakers. And she cam again

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UPDATE ON THE ECONOMY - Mitch Perry

12/03/04

The Labor Department today reported that the economy added 112,000 payroll jobs in November, far fewer than the month before and not enough to keep up with growth in the adult population.

The gain was well below Wall Street forecasts for an increase of about 200,000 jobs, and employment in manufacturing remained stagnant for the third month in a row.

The overall unemployment rate slipped to 5.4 percent last month from 5.5 percent in October, the Labor Department said. The jobless rate ...

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TAMPA IS 2ND MEANEST STREET IN THE COUNTRY - Mitch Perry

12/02/04

A new report ranks Tampa as the 2nd most dangerous City in America for Pedestrians, trailing only Orlando, and just ahead of 2 other Florida Cities.

The study, from the Surface Transportation Policy Project’s “Mean Streets “ Report has consistently found Tampa over the years to be one of the worst areas in the Country for pedestrians.

In all, 4 Florida cities made the study’s top 10…..Following Tampa in the study are West Palm Beach and Fort La...

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ACLU STATE DIRECTOR HOWARD SIMON AT ST PETE TIGER BAY-Andrew Stelzer

12/02/04

The Director of the Florida American Civil Liberties Union, Howard Simon was in St Petersburg this afternoon, speaking to the Suncoast Tiger bay club. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report

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Howard Simon has been the Florida state director of the ACLU for the past 5 years, but he says their role in American society has changed drastically since September 11th.Since then, one of the ACLU's main responsibilities has become protecting Amer...

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A CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR TO THE IRAQ WAR - Radioactivity

12/02/04

As a college student Aidan Delgado signed up for the Army Reserve when he was 19. A few years later (April, 2003) he was sent to Iraq where he spent a year in Nasiriyuh and Abu Ghraib. Since his return to Sarasota (and New College) he has become a conscientious objector. Delgado will be speaking this coming Monday night (December 6th) at 7PM at the Sudakoff Center in Sarasota. He says he witnessed mistreatment of prisoners and of Iraqi civilians and says the U.S. military presence in Iraq is ...

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DAVID CATON AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION - Mitch Perry

12/01/04

A year and a half ago, an attempt to put an Anti-Nudity Ordinance on the 2004 Ballot in Hillsborough County was quashed by the Commission.

At the time, it appeared there was a conflict among those who support ridding the County of such clubs…..Some –such as County Commissioner Ronda Storms – wanted the issue to be put on the ballot as a referendum in last month’s election…..Others said the County Commission should vote themselves up or down on the matt...

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SETH MNOOKIN ON HARD NEWS - Mitch Perry

12/01/04

Nearly 2 years ago, a full blown crises erupted at one of the country’s preeminent media organizations- the New York Times – when it was revealed that a young black journalist – Jayson Blair – had reporting fabricated and or plagiarized dozens of stories.

But Seth Mnookin’s tale of that time “Hard News� goes beyond the news headlines from the spring of 2003, and presents a riveting story that’s less about Blair than about the manag...

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WORLD AIDS DAY - Mitch Perry

12/01/04

Thomas Lister is a nationally known, Tampa based HIV prevention advocate…This morning he was going to 2 High Schools in Hillsborough County to discuss the role young people play in stemming the tide of the pandemic.

Lister was diagnosed as HIV Positive 4 years ago…..He says the 1st barrier in talking to High School kids about the virus, is getting in the front door

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That’s HIV prevention Advocate Thomas...

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EXTENDED ELECTION DAY? LAWSUIT AGAINST TERESA LEPORE-Andrew Stelzer

12/01/04

All 67 of the states elections supervisors are in Orlando this week; meeting to discuss how to improve the states elections systems. Yesterday saw the emergence of a proposal to extend the official election day to longer than just one day, and perhaps make it a week or longer. Under some of the proposals being floated, Voters would also be able to vote anywhere in the county, instead of being assigned a specific voting precinct. WMNF spoke to Hillsborough County of Elections Buddy Johnson...

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COUNTY COMMISSION DISCUSSES GIVING LIGHTNING TAX BREAK-Andrew Stelzer

12/01/04

Tampa Bay Lightning Tax Deal discussed At County Commission

Hillsborough County Commissioners also discussed a proposal to which would allow the Tampa bay lightning to eliminate an annual property tax of $630,000 the hockey team pays for playing at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The team also wants to control of about $350,000 raised each year from a county surcharge on tickets.

The Lightning – And Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio- say the transfer is fair because it put...

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