News & Public Affairs05/24/04
For the first time in the 3 year campaign by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to boycott Taco Bell, the executive of the fast food company's parent corporation - Yum!Brands - has announced a plan to take steps to end the boycott....But it has already been rejected by the Florida based farmworkers alliance....
Last Thursday, Yum Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak announced that if the Coalition of Immokalee Workers ended its 3 year boycott of Taco Bell, his company was prepared...Be the first to comment
As the field for Floridaâ€™sâ€™ open US senate seat narrows down, the remaining candidates are making more frequent campaign stops. Today, Betty castor, one of the 3 democratic candidates for Senate, took a tour of the Veterans Administrationsâ€™ Nursing home facility. WMNFâ€™s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report. ----------------
SOUND â€œMy name is betty castorâ€¦how long have you been hereâ€¦16 yearsâ€¦ so youâ€™ve been in the system a long timeâ€¦â€?
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INTRO: In America there is an array of disquieting social trends. Rising numbers of children living in single parent and in working poor families, fueling drug and alchol abuse, truancy, and worse for Americaâ€™s youth. Public spending on â€œAt Risk Youthâ€™ a growth industry, is estimated at Fifty Billion Dollars yearly. In Florida, The Pace Center For Girls, covers the needs of Floridaâ€™a at risk girls. WMNFâ€™s Mark Antokas visited one center in Pasco County. Roll Tape:
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Last night the City of St. Petersburg joined over 300 Cities and Counties - including Sarasota and Tampa -in denouncing portions of the USA Patriot Act.
The vote comes on the same day that FBI Director Robert Mueller told a Congressional Hearing how important it is for law enforcement to renew the act when it expires at the end of next year......
But the fight for renewal of the Act, is expected to be an uphill battle due to growing concern on Capitol Hill, and a lack of answe...Be the first to comment
The country's oldest and and largest Latino organization is holding their state Convention in Tampa this weekend - and with Latinos being severely courted by both national political parties, the organization's State Director says nearly every politician running for office this year state wide wants to get in on the action.
Lulac - The League of United Latin American Citizens - is holding their State Convention this weekend at the Wyndam Harbor Island Hotel....
And there will b...Be the first to comment
With the election less than 6 months away, the focus on swing states, and swing regions will be bringing both political parties to the Tampa bay area. Today, the chairman of both the democratic and republican parties were in Tampa. His morning, Terry McAuliffe, the chairman of the Democratic national committee held a press conference at Books For Thought on North 56th street. Mcauliffe said he thinks Novembers election will once again come down to Florida, but the focus of todayâ€™s event w...Be the first to comment
Following the release of incriminating photos, Americans have expressed outrage about the rape and torture of Iraqi prisoners. Over the past year, many articles have been written about abuses at Abu Grahab, but the mass media did not report on it until a few weeks ago. The level of surprise and shock individuals felt was often closely related to where they had been getting information from before the scandal hit; our media choices shape our perspectives on local and wor...Be the first to comment
MEANWHILE ACROSS TOWN IN WEST TAMPA, REPUBILCAN CHAIRMAN ED GUILESPI DEFENDED THE BUSH ADMINSTRATION AND SUPPORTED HIS NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND EDUCATION INITIATIVE. WMNFâ€™S Aya Batrawy was there and filed this report.
Viva Bush, or live Bush, was the slogan at todayâ€™s Le Terevisita luncheon for Tampa Bay Republicans.
They came from all over the Bay Area to hear Republican Chairman Ed Guilespi talk about President Bushâ€™s No Child Left Behind Policy and support the president for re-el...Be the first to comment
According to the annual Congressional Scorecard on major public interest issues released by the Florida Public Interest Research Group, only Only five out of the twenty-seven members of Florida's Congressional delegation voted for the public interest more than 80% of the time.
Mark Ferrulo is the Director of the Florida Public Interest Research Group, also known as FPIRG...(roll tape#1 o.q."..for professional interests")
Locally, Tampa Democratic Representative Jim Davis scor...Be the first to comment
Also today at the city council meeting, the issue of banning inappropriate speakers came up, after Tony Daniels a city council member made these remarks in regard to the redevelopment of East Tampa. He refers to council member Ferlita as the drug store owner. ACT
Speaking in reference to the Hillsborough county commissions recent discussion of how to handle members of the public who repeatedly make inappropriate or irrelevant comments, council member Rose Ferlita aske...Be the first to comment