News & Public Affairs06/22/04
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 SherriffÃ¢â¬â¢s custody, Paey was not allowed to speak to the press, he has just recently been transferred to the State and WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Mark Antokas was able to speak with him.
SCRIPT: Richard Paey sits in a wheelch...Be the first to comment
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 thatÃ¢â¬â¢s polluting floridas waters. Today, on the North Pier of th...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
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.Be the first to comment
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 Ã¢â¬ÅJuneteenthÃ¢â¬? celebration took place and WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Mark Antokas was there. Roll Tape:
SCRIPT: Word of Abraham LincolnÃ¢â¬â¢s freeing the nationÃ¢â¬â¢s slaves by signing the Emancipation Proclamation took two years to reach...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
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:
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That comment has sparked anger in some quarters. ...Be the first to comment
The Dean of manatee community college has shut down the student newspaper, because of what sheÃ¢â¬â¢s claims was a need to review its editorial policy. But the writers and staff of the paper are calling it censorship, saying the school didnÃ¢â¬â¢t approve of articles that were critical of the way to spends its money. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.
ACT-Zell Ã¢â¬ÅThe bottom line is thereÃ¢â¬â¢s a student voice that isnÃ¢â¬â¢t being representedÃ¢â¬Â¦
Sarah ...Be the first to comment
New York Times best-selling author Gregg Braden explores the role of ancient wisdom and spirituality in technology. A former Senior Computer Systems Designer (Martin Marietta Aerospace), Computer geologist (Phillips Petroleum) and Technical Operations Manager (Cisco Systems) Braden is now considered a leading authority on bridging the wisdom of our past with the science, technology and peace of our future. From his groundbreaking books, Awakening to Zero Point and Walking Between the Worl...Be the first to comment
Amid the hagiographic reminiscences of the nation's 40th President, Ronald Reagan last week in print and across broadcast media, there were some dissenters.
One of them was Yale Presidential Historian David Greenberg, the author of last year's look at Richard Nixon's legend. Entitled, "Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image".
Last week in Slate.Com, where he is a contributor, and later reprinted in the St. Petersburg Times, Professor David Greenberg wrote about the 5 biggest...Be the first to comment