News & Public Affairs05/04/04
Our guest George Monbiot writes in the Guardian newspaper: "In the United States, several million people have succumbed to an extraordinary delusion. In the 19th century, two immigrant preachers cobbled together a series of unrelated passages from the Bible to create what appears to be a consistent narrative: Jesus will return to Earth when certain preconditions have been met. The first of these was the establishment of a state of Israel. The next involves Israel's occupation of the rest of ...Be the first to comment
Barbara Olshansky is the Assistant Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. She co-authored Against War with Iraq and is the author of Secret Trials and Executions. She discussed the current revelations about torture and mistreatment of Iraqi civilain prisoners, detainees in Guantanamo Bay detained in a "legal black hole" without charges or the protections of the Geneva Conventions and the Supreme Court ruling on whether or not the US must adhere to the rule of law and moral au...Be the first to comment
In front of the Drug Enforcement Agency's Tampa office on Saturday, advocates for the legalization of Marijuana for Medicinal purposes held a one hour protest.......
Similar vents were also planned in more than 300 cities worldwide as part of "The Million Marijuana March."
Anthony Lorenzo is the Vice President of the Florida Cannabis Action Network. He said one of the goals of such groups in the U.S. is to hold Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry to his promise to stop the arr...Be the first to comment
INTRO: This morning in downtown Tampa, approximately 18 protestors - most from the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement - demonstrated in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse, protesting the charges levied against Jennifer Porter last week in the high profile hit and run case that left 2 children dead and 2 other injured.
Porter is being charged with 1 count of leaving the scene of an accident with death, a 2nd degree felony.....But every person at this mornin...Be the first to comment
The Florida Legislative session came to a close on Friday, and after a quick weekend break, state politics is moving on to the next phase---the campaign for Floridaâ€™s open congressional seats. This morning, outgoing Florida House speaker Jonnie Byrd came to Tampa to officially announce he is running for retiring US Senator Bob Grahams seat; WMNFâ€™s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
During this yearâ€™s session, J...Be the first to comment
Included in the Florida State Budget scheduled to be voted on later tonight includes a plan to transform the State's $14 Billion Dollar Medicaid Program....
As reported by several Florida newspapers today, a few sentences slipped into a budget-related bill with little discussion a study that would lead to turning over Medicaid long term care to HMO's in some counties including Hillsborough & Polk..
The 2nd Part of the bill would shift perhaps as many as half a million mentally...Be the first to comment
The citizens of Crystal River, about 90 miles North of Tampa, have been fighting to keep a Wal-Mart store out of their community for almost a year. Now one family may have found a way to stop the mega-chainâ€”by moving into a strip mall and declaring them selves the only residents of a new annexed parcel of land. Problems began last year when Citrus county refused to give the Realticorp company a permit to build a Wal-Mart, along with several other stores and buildings, on land that wa...Be the first to comment
As the legislature prepares to complete its work this Friday, local officials are fighting a proposal that would allow cellular telephone companies to build antenna towers nearly ANYWHERE they want to.
Mayors and other city officials say it would bring hundreds of ugly towers into residential neighborhoods, and bring down neighboring property values.
But The cellular industry argues it NEEDS to build 2,000 new towers across Florida to serve a fast-growing customer base and imp...Be the first to comment
The American Lung Association released their Annual Clean Air Tests for Air Pollution today....And nearly every county in the Tampa Bay Region improved their grades from just a year ago....But in some cases, the improvement, as in the case of Hillsborough, manatee, and Sarasota counties, means only getting a "D" Grade...
Jolene Nixon is the Program Coordinator for the American Lung Association of Florida - Gulf Coast Area..... (roll tape#1 o.q."as strong as it is")
The American Lung As...Be the first to comment
INTRO: In Zephyrhills today, protesters gathered at three sites surrounding City Hall. They held signs, some of which read, â€œWhat you did has nothing with the gridâ€?, and, â€œSilent no more, our voices will be heard.â€? They protested Mondayâ€™s ruling to Un-Name Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. They say that they will be there every day. WMNFâ€?S Mark Antokas was there.
Script. About thirty people gathered today on the corner of Martin Luther King Avenue, Uhhh, tha...Be the first to comment