News & Public Affairs10/06/04
As we reported yesterday on WMNF, yesterday the AFL-CIO held simultaneous protests at Bush Cheney headquarters around the country. Union members are upset at a new overtime rule, which went into effect on Aug. 23. The Economic Policy Institute said the rule strips up to 6 million workers of overtime pay under whatÃ¢â¬â¢s been titled the Fair Labor Standards Act. In Minnesota, New Hampshire, Alabama and other places around the country, Union members tried to get into the campaign offices, ...Be the first to comment
Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson came before the County Commission today to discuss problems in his office eminating from the August 31st Primary election. Last month, JohnsonÃ¢â¬â¢s office discovered that 245 votes cast during early primary voting were recorded but not added to the election results. Johnson said an elections worker left the machine in "test" mode, keeping the votes from being tabulated. Johnson said the lapse did not alter any election. Missing v...Be the first to comment
The University of Tampa will be hosting a national conference on Cuba starting this Friday.
Government and business leaders from around the country are due in town. They'll talk about the evolving relationship between the U-S and Cuba and discuss the implications of opening Cuban markets to U-S business. It begins at 8:45 AM on Friday, and will take place all dayÃ¢â¬Â¦.Members of the public can attend for a $150 feeÃ¢â¬Â¦
Lissa Weinman is a Senior fellow at the World Policy Insti...Be the first to comment
Last Wednesday, the U.S. Post Office unveiled a new stamp to increase awareness of Sickle Cell Anemia, the disease that affects 1 in 12 African Americans.
The disease damages blood cells by changing smooth, round cells into sickle shapes, which makes them hard and sticky. As a result, blood flow is blocked and organs are damaged. The disease can cause intense pain, stroke and death. Dr. Willarda V. Edwards is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Sickle Cell Disease Association...Be the first to comment
In Coral Gables last week, Last week Presidential candidate Ralph Nader made a half-hearted attempt to get into the 1st Presidential DebateÃ¢â¬Â¦Ã¢â¬Â¦Ã¢â¬Â¦Nader sued the Presidential Commission on Debates after he was excluded from the debates back in 2000.
The last time - and perhaps only time in recent memory - there have been 3 candidates present for a Presidential Debate was back in 1992, when Independent Ross Perot joined up with Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.
In 1980, the...Be the first to comment
Federal prosecutors laid out new charges against former USF professor Sami Al-Arian this morning. Lawyers for Al-Arian say that the new indictment is a strategy by the government to cover up their past mistakes, and make it harder for the defense to prepare before the trial is scheduled to begin on January 5th. Bill Moffitt, Al Ã¢â¬âArians attorney said after this mornings hearing that to review all the charges and prepare a proper defense, will take longer than 3 months.
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This week, advocates for the homeless gathered at the Doubletree hotel on Westshore Boulevard for the 9th annual Statewide conference on Homelessness. This morning, people living in and fighting poverty detailed what people can do on a local and notional level to try and stop the rising numbers of homeless people in Florida and around the country.
ACT Ã¢â¬ËThis week marks on year since I was sleeping o the street in st Pete.
Fox Cunningham, works with ACORN, he talked to a...Be the first to comment
Between 35 to 40 union members and supporters marched in front of the Bush/Cheney Headquarters in Tampa this afternoon, protesting the implementation in August of new rules they say will cause millions of American workers to lose their overtime pay. (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬? protestors chantingÃ¢â¬?)
3 weeks ago , The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to block the controversial new overtime pay rulesÃ¢â¬Â¦that followed a vote in the House, which attached a similar provision to its...Be the first to comment
Arrin Hawkins is the vice presidential candidate for the socialist workers party. SheÃ¢â¬â¢s been campaigning in Florida over the past week. Last week, WMNF news spoke to Ms Hawkins in our studios. In the second part of this interview, we began by asking Hawkins about a recent incident where the Socialist Workers party office in Pennsylvania was set on fire.
That was Arrin Hawkins, Vice presidential candidate for the socialist workers party. For more info...Be the first to comment
After the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Chemical security act looked like a piece of legislation that would surely be passed into lawÃ¢â¬âit would force the chemical storage facilities to adopt strict safety regulations to protect against terrorist attacks. But the chemical companies, led by the American Chemistry Council, an industry lobbying group, has spent tens of millions of dollars fighting for looser regulationsÃ¢â¬âthey wrote another less stringent bill, and today congr...Be the first to comment