News & Public Affairs01/05/05
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 ...Be the first to comment
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.
An almost naked woman in chains and shackles laid on the sidewalk with a fake bruise on her back, on the corner of Frankli...Be the first to comment
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. ...Be the first to comment
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 TampaÃ¢â¬â¢s Hyde Park, yesterday began the first of 5 consecutive Mondays where the Royal Palac...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
In 2001, Congress created the provisional ballot to help people who showed up on Election Day and were not on the voting rolls, so that they could still vote and have their problems fixed later. But an analysis of this yearÃ¢â¬â¢s election in Florida has found that two-thirds of the provisional ballots in that state were rejected. More than 27 thousand people filed provisional ballots in Florida; although final numbers arenÃ¢â¬â¢t in, only about of third of those were eventually counted...Be the first to comment
Construction the Scripps research institute is indefinitely tied up in court, but yesterday some local Palm Beach county activists held a protest at the offices of the local business development board, to show their displeasure at the environmental impact the biotechnology facility would have, and their view that the industry as a whole is not good for the community. Mary McGuiness-mass is the marketing director for the business development board of Palm Beach County.
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The Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to allow new federal standards that would let communities dump partially treated sewage into local waterways during heavy rainfalls.
Policies allowing "sewage blending," a practice in which cities mix untreated sewage with fully treated wastewater during storms, could save millions of dollars, but the new rules also could send more potentially harmful contaminants into rivers, lakes, and oceans across the country. WMNF spoke with ...Be the first to comment
An FCC complaint brought against WMNF has been dismissed. In November, the station was informed that a listener had filed a complaint about indecent language that his wife heard on WMNF. After the stationÃ¢â¬â¢s lawyer spoke with the FCC it was determined that the listener thought they heard the f-word on 7:30 am on a Sunday. WMNF station manger Vicki Santa says the time of the show, along with the fact that there was no recording, led the FCC to decide the complaint was not valid.
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2 Tampa bay area investigative journalists who were censored by WTVT fox 13 lost their several yearlong battle in court in 2003. Jane Akre and Steve Wilson applied for whistle blower status in 1998 after they were ordered to present false information in a report on Bovine growth hormone, which is injected into cows and can cause sickness in people who people who eat the cows meat or drink their milk. After winning in several courts, eventually a judge ruled that TV news has no legal obligat...Be the first to comment