News & Public Affairs09/16/04
This morning the Tampa city council discussed how the city handled this summers hurricanes, and how to handle the explosion of bars and nightclubs in Ybor city. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
In reviewing preparation for and reaction to the three hurricanes this summer; flooding was the biggest problem in Tampa, and several citizens came to the meeting upset that Lake Kipling in south TampaÃ¢â¬âwhich is called a drainage pond by the city,...Be the first to comment
Danny Suarez/John Maldonado are organizers with the group MI FAMILIA VOTA. They are registering local latinos to vote in the coming election. Their goal is to improve turnout among Hispanics, which is one of the fastest growing groups in the country. They told WMNF that many immigrants are afraid to take part in the election system because of past experiences with corrupt or dictatorial governments in their homelands.Be the first to comment
Defending America against terrorists has become the keystone of President Bush's reelection campaign, yet in Mother Jones magazine's September/October cover story former Wall Street Journal reporter Matthew Brzezinski reports that the administration's obsession with Iraq has left the Department of Homeland Security underfunded, beholden to special interests, and ignored by the White House.
The agency's $40 billion budget sounds impressive, but Brzezinski points out that about a third of th...Be the first to comment
Sister Kathie Uhler, Allegany Franciscan and member of Christian Peacemaker Teams, shared her recent experiences of life in the Palestinian city of Begron where she provides a nonviolent presence in response to the bombings, collective punishment, demolitions and land confiscations in that troubled region of the world. She said there are more than two dozen groups practicing nonviolence in the occupied territories and that those groups get very little media coverage. CHRISTIA...Be the first to comment
George Taylor is the state Climatologist for the state of Oregon. And a faculty member at the University of Oregon in EugeneÃ¢â¬Â¦
He recently wrote a piece answering the question that has swirled in the minds of many in the past month - Is there a link between Hurricanes and Global Warming? He says no, and told WMNF that that warming should actually bring fewer Hurricanes(roll tape#1 o.q. Ã¢â¬Åto predictÃ¢â¬?)
That was George Taylor, state Climatologist for the State of...Be the first to comment
For the second time in the past week, Ralph Nader is again off Florida's presidential ballot. This afternoon, Circuit Judge P. Kevin Davey ordered that Nader's name be removed from the November ballot. Davey had made the same ruling last week, based on the statements that the Reform Party isn't a legitimate party under state law, even though the reform party had no lawyers in the courtroom, so no evidence was able to be presented to the judge. Davey's initial ruling was accepted last week, b...Be the first to comment
At the Hillsborough county commission meeting today, the commissioners talked about what worked and what didnÃ¢â¬â¢t work in preparation for and reacting to Hurricane Frances. Gina Simmons was there and filed this reportBe the first to comment
Vonn New is the Central Florida Director of Equality Florida. Her group is mobilizing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied community to TurnOut 350,000 fair-minded Florida voters! She discussed a kick-off event scheduled for this Saturday at MacFarlane Park in Tampa.Be the first to comment
Wheeler, a reporter for the People's Weekly World, and former editor of the same paper, discussed the paper, the editorial position the newspaper takes, and recent events in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wheeler's parents were blacklisted during the McCarthy era and he had the White House beat for the PWW's predacessor, The Daily World, during the Watergate years of Richard Nixon. He covered a lot of the pre and post election events in Florida in 2000, and has written recently on the curr...Be the first to comment
After suffering through 2 hurricanes and bracing for a third, Advocates for seniors are calling for power companies to reprioritize their essential services list, so that nursing homes have their power turned back on earlier. Lumarie Polivka-West, is policy director at the Florida Health Care Association, a statewide group that represents senior care facilities. She has been fielding complaints from nursing homes since hurricane charley.
ACT-west Ã¢â¬ËA facility in Palm Beach coun...Be the first to comment