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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL - Mitch Perry

12/09/04

A Tampa citizen attempting to speak during the Public Audience portion of this morning’s Tampa City Council Meeting was escorted out of the City Hall Chambers by a Police Officer, after City Council Chairwoman Gwen Miller called him out of order.

Before he had been formally recognized to speak, Tampa Activist Terry Neal called out that by the Roberts Rules of Order, he SHOULD be recognized. Neal was following another speaker to the lecturn – John Dausman – who h...

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COMPROMISE IN SARASOTA SEX ED CLASSES-Andrew Stelzer

12/08/04

In a story we’ve been following hereon WMNF, yesterday the Sarasota county school board voted unanimously for a compromise over the issue of whether Planned Parenthood should be able to teach the sex-ed portion of a mandatory health class. Planned parenthood will be able to keep teaching the class if the teacher chooses them, but parents will have to sign a permission slip allowing their children to attend the class. This morning, WMNF spoke to Wendy Grassi, the director of public af...

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CITIZENS TEST VOTING MACHINES IN PINELLAS-Andrew Stelzer

12/08/04

A group of Pinellas county citizens is spending the entire day conducting a test on the county's touch screen voting machines. The test took place at the 49th street branch of the supervisors of elections office

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Leonard Schmeige, the spokesman for citizens vote verification group, organized the test with the county supervisors office, after a one machine test earlier this month was cut short because they only had 3 hours to conduct it. He brought 500 sheets of paper li...

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AUTOMAKERS SUE TO BLOCK EMISSIONS LAW IN CA - Mitch Perry

12/08/04

Toyota joined General Motors and 6 other automakers yesterday in filing suit to block California’s new greenhouse gas regulation, which was approved by the state final form in September.

The regulations – the first of its kind in the U.S. – would require automakers to cut by roughly 30 percent the greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks sold in the state by the 2016 model year. The industry is suing in Federal Court, contending that California’s re...

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VOTING IRREGULARITIES IN OHIO - Mitch Perry

12/08/04

The Reverend Jesse Jackson said today the burden is on Congress to investigate countless reports of election irregularities in Ohio and elsewhere.

While he stopped short of calling for a delay in the Inauguration, Jackson repeatedly said the election is not over…His comments came as Michigan Democrat John Conyers conveyed a meeting to examine the accusations.

Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said Democratic lawmakers have received tens of thousands of re...

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GROUP SPEAKS TO SENIORS ABOUT DANGERS OF BUYING DRUGS FROM CANADA-Andrew Stelzer

12/07/04

On Monday, the American Medical Association voted to support the importation of prescription drugs by wholesalers and pharmacies, if certain conditions are met to “ensure patient safety.�--- Those conditions being that the drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the distribution path of the drugs is trackable, and congress funds the FDA in their efforts to do so. The announcement came in advance of today’s deadline for the department of Health and Human Serv...

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40TH STREET RESURFACING BEGINS - Mitch Perry

12/07/04

For over 4 decades, residents of the East Tampa area around 40th street have been complaining to local leaders to help improve conditions along the major thoroughfare.

Today (Tuesday) The beginning of a one section of a Federal, State, County and City project to enhance the 40th street Corridor began, with groundbreaking ceremonies on one segment of the $70 million dollar multi layered project.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio says that 40th Street is her top transportation project. ...

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NEW SITE FOR TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER-Andrew Stelzer

12/06/04

The Tampa bay history center will soon have a new home. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

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Currently the Tampa bay History center sits on South Franklin Street, in the shadow in a freeway overpass. But today city and county officials signed an interlocal land agreement to for a new site for the center, along the Hillsborough River in Cotanchobee-Fort Brooke Park.

ACT-Iorio “I don’t think any community can be great unless it understands its hist...

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ELECTION PROTECTION SNAPSHOT REPORT-Andrew Stelzer

12/06/04

On November 2nd, the Election Protection hotline received over 100,000 phone calls from voters who needed help in regard to voting—everything from information about where they were registered, to complaints about long lines or no paper receipts. About 40,000 of these, after review, have been classified as complaints. Now, in an effort to fix some of these problems with the country’s elections process, People for the American way has compiled a database of problems recorded by ...

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BASEBALL PLAYERS TALK STEROIDS - Mitch Perry

12/06/04

America's top doctor says steroid use in Major League Baseball is a public health issue that threatens young people across the country.

 U-S Surgeon General Richard Carmona says he's worried about kids

and young athletes who idolize the superstar sluggers. If

youngsters think steroid use is acceptable, Carmona believes they

may use the drugs and put themselves at risk for things like organ

failure and cancer.

Meanwhile, Major League Baseball Player’s Union ...

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