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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL - Mitch Perry

12/16/04

Today the Tampa City Council joined with earlier votes this week by the Hillsborough County Commission, and the Tampa Sports Authority in approving a deal that will allow the Tampa Bay Lightning from paying more than $600,000 in annual property taxes at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The deal shifts ownership of the major arena in Tampa from the Lightning to Hillsborough County. The reason that this shift occurs goes back to the original deal when the Lightning came to Tampa a decade ago....

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CONDO WORKERS AND SUPPORTERS FIGHTING TO UNIONIZE PROTEST IN MIAMI - Mitch Perry

12/16/04

At this hour in Miami, condominium workers who are trying to form a union are holding a Candlelight Vigil and march, bringing attention to their attempts to organize without intimidation.

Workers claim that the Continental Group – one of Miami’s most prestigious condominium management companies – is refusing to pledge NOT to intimidate and threaten workers who want to speak out.

Last week, the City of Miami Beach Commission passed a resolution supporting w...

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PARENTS WILL SUE PINELLAS SCHOOLS OVER DEATH OF DAUGHTER HIT AT SCHOOL BUS STOP-Andrew Stelzer

12/16/04

The parents of Rebecca McKinney, the 16 year old girl who was hit and killed by a pickup truck on McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater after getting off a school bus, have announced that they intend to sue the Pinellas school district twice; once for Rebecca's death and a second time for the trauma her 17-year-old sister, Mary, suffered while watching the accident. The incident, which took place on October 8th, led to the discovery that children had been crossing four or more lanes at nearly 3...

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BOB GRAHAM AT TIGER BAY-Andrew Stelzer

12/16/04

Retiring Florida Senator Bob graham was at the Suncoast tiger bay club in St Pete this afternoon, to promote his new book, Intelligence matters and speak to Floridians for one of the last times as an elected official. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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Graham, who was on the senate Intelligence committee for 10 years and also was a member of the 9/11 commission, told the almost 200 people gathered to hear him speak that he sees ...

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WORKERS' RIGHTS AT WAL-MART - Radioactivity

12/16/04

Author Liza Featherstone on "SELLING WOMEN SHORT, The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart". Featherstone's book describes an atmosphere of discrimination and sexism at one of the world's largest corporations. In June 2004 a sex-discrimination lawsuit against a titan in American retail, Wal-Mart, was certified as a class action suit. The largest private civil action in history, covering 1.6 million female employees, this suit could potentially change the face of Wal-Mart, and fo...

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ACTIVIST NOT CERTAIN IF HE CAN ATTEND CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS - Mitch Perry

12/15/04

Last Thursday, WMNF reported how a citizen who tried to speak at the Tampa City Council meeting, was arrested before he actually got the chance.

Activist Terry Neal was following another speaker, John Dausman, whose comments had angered members of the City Council. As they spoke amongst themselves, Neal interjected, demanding to speak immediately (roll tape#1 o.q.�you gonna arrest me?�)

Neal faces charges of trespassing and disturbing a public assembly. The 2 misd...

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DAVID BOIES ON AL GORE & 2000 ELECTION - Mitch Perry

12/15/04

Trial Attorney David Boies is considered one of the best at what he does in the U.S.

Most Americans probably became aware of him when, working for the Justice Department, he successfully won the Government’s anti-trust case against Microsoft. He also defended Al Gore during the infamous Florida Presidential recount in 2000. Those stories are documented in his new book “Courting Justice: From New York Yankees vs. Major League Baseball to Bush vs. Gore, 1997-2000 “ââ‚...

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UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST CALLS FOR MIAMI TV STATIONS TO HAVE LICENSES REVOKED-Andrew Stelzer

12/15/04

The United Church of Christ is asking the FCC to reject to renewal applications of two Miami area TV stations, because of NBC and CBS refusal to air the church’s ads which promote acceptance of gay people. WMNF spoke with Chuck Currie a united Church of Christ seminarian at Eden theological seminary in St Louis. He has been working with the national board of the United Church of Christ surrounding the ad campaign and the request to the FCC.

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ST PETE-CLEARWATER AIRPORT MAY EXPAND-Andrew Stelzer

12/15/04

In spite of complaints by area residents, and the pending departure of two airlines, Pinellas county commissioners are ready to expand the St Pete Clearwater airport. At yesterday’s commissioner meeting, Pinellas county commissioner Ken Welch is supportive of spending more money on the airport—the plan calls for investing 223 million dollars on improvements over the next 25 years.

ACT “This year we had record performance at the airport, but in the last two weeks w...

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PULITZER PRIZE WINNING TV CRITIC HOWARD ROSENBERG - Radioactivity

12/15/04

Rosenberg retired last year from the Los Angeles Times and has written a new book: Not so Prime Time: Chasing the Trivial on American Television (Ivan R. Dee ). In his 25 years as the newspaper's critic he chronicled the rise of reality television, Fox News and the end of the dominance of the big three networks. In this interview traced the history of reality shows, and discussed how networks like FOX, who currently devote 60 percent of their line up to unscripted shows, have influence tele...

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