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LUCY MORGAN ON FLORIDA POLITICS-Andrew Stelzer

06/23/04

Lucy Morgan has been writing about Florida politics for almost 40 years, she is currently the Tallahassee editor of the St Petersburg Times. Today, she spoke at the Tiger bay club in St Petersburg about state politics. Morgan spoke at length about former House Speaker Johnnie Byrd, who caused controversy at the opening of this year’s session by calling the other republican members of the house ‘sheep’ waiting to be told what to do.

ACT “The legislature en...

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PEACE ACTIVISTS RESPOND TO THE PREMIER OF FAHRENHEIT 9/11 - Radioactivity

06/23/04

When Michael Moore’s new film Fahrenheit 9/11 debuts in over 850 theaters across the country this Friday, MoveOn PAC will hold media events in battleground states, including an event in Tampa at the Sunrise Theatre in Hyde Park Village. MoveOn PAC members will be there to comment on the film. Our guest was David Edeli an organizer for http://www.moveonpac.org

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SENATE CANDIDATE PETER DEUTSCH - Mitch Perry

06/22/04

Media Advisors for South Florida Democratic Candidate for Senate, Peter Deutsch, announced a major radio advertising campaign beginning on Black Urban Radio stations today.

Starting today thru the August 31st Primary, the Deutsch campaign will spend $15,000 a week for the next 11 weeks, beginning in many of the major markets in Florida, but NOT for now in the Tampa Bay area. (roll tape#1 o.q."..now")

Two of Florida's most prominent Black Democrats, Congressman Alcee Hastings a...

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RICHARD PAEY PRISON INTERVIEW . Mark Antokas

06/22/04

INTRO: In April of this year, Richard Paey was sentenced to twenty five years in prison for forging prescriptions and abusing the pain relief medicine Oxycontin. All along, Paey insisted he was guilty of nothing, and he was just medicating himself. While in the Pasco County Sherriff’s custody, Paey was not allowed to speak to the press, he has just recently been transferred to the State and WMNF’s Mark Antokas was able to speak with him.

SCRIPT: Richard Paey sits in a wheelch...

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MORE POISONOUS MERCURY IN FLORIDA'S FISH-Andrew Stelzer

06/22/04

Florida will soon be issuing warnings on eating fish high in mercury; there will include significantly expanded warnings for saltwater fish including snook and other local favorites. And, for the first time, commercially marketed fish will be included in the warning. In response, The National Wildlife Federation is working together with commercial fisherman to pressure the Bush administration to cut down on toxic mercury that’s polluting floridas waters. Today, on the North Pier of th...

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INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER GREG PALAST ON THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - Radioactivity

06/22/04

Palast writes in the San Francisco Chronicle this past weekend: In the 2000 presidential election, 1.9 million Americans cast ballots that no one counted. "Spoiled votes" is the technical term. The pile of ballots left to rot has a distinctly dark hue: About 1 million of them -- half of the rejected ballots -- were cast by African Americans although black voters make up only 12 percent of the electorate." In this interview Palast discussed the reasons that there are more problems getting blac...

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THE RECENT MOVES TOWARD PRIVATIZATION IN SPACE - Radioactivity

06/22/04

Bruce Gagnon, co-ordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, says there are several concerns about opening the door to private space flights: downgrading the space environment with increasing debris in orbit around the earth; the U.S. has failed to ratify international treaties on space exploration; and that the American public is footing the cost and laying the groundwork for corporations to reap tremendous profits from outer space.

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JUNETEENTH IN ZEPHYRHILLS. Mark Antokas

06/21/04

INTRO: In April of this year, the community of Zephyrhills attracted national attention by rescinding the Martin Luther King Jr. name it had previously placed on Sixth Avenue. Zephyrhills is the only city in Florida to do so. Yesterday, at Zyphr park, a “Juneteenth� celebration took place and WMNF’s Mark Antokas was there. Roll Tape:

SCRIPT: Word of Abraham Lincoln’s freeing the nation’s slaves by signing the Emancipation Proclamation took two years to reach...

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ISLAMIC CENTER'S WALLS COVERED WITH SLURS - Mitch Perry

06/21/04

Hillsborough County Investigators say that vandalism at an Islamic Education Center in Lutz probably occurred sometime last week, but was not discovered until after 6PM last Friday night when someone arrived to begin preparing the classrooms for weekend education sessions.

The Community Education Center serves hundreds of children who attend public or private schools who attend the school on weekends for Islamic religious education.

Ahmed Bedier is a local spokesman for the C...

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DENNIS CADLE, REP. CANDIDATE FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION - Mitch Perry

06/21/04

Last week, the Hillsborough County Commission narrowly voted down a proposal that would have raised the minimum wage for all Hillsborough County employees to $9.97 an hour. That Living Wage would also work for workers for certain private companies holding contracts with the County or receiving tax abatements and subsidies.

In voting against the measure, Commissioner Ronda Storms said this:

(roll tape#1 o.q." thing called the pill")

That comment has sparked anger in some quarters. ...

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