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AL SHARPTON - Mitch Perry

03/10/04

Election officials are recommending that Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton receive $100,000 in federal matching funds - and be the subject of an investigation into whether he deserves the money.

The mixed recommendation by lawyers for the Federal Election Commission will be presented to the six commissioners tomorrow for a probable vote, after debate over whether the outspoken candidate may have violated campaign finance rules.

At issue are loans and out-of-pocket payments...

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SARASOTA VOTERS - Kimberley Farley

03/10/04

Last night of our reporters was foiled in her original story assignment. Here’s what WMNF’s Kimberley Farley came up with instead.

I was originally assigned to do a story on Dennis Kucinich’s visit to Fogertyville Café in Bradenton last night, but he was hospitalized Sunday for gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu. His website reports it was probably brought on by food poisoning.

So being stuck without a story I decided to conduct a neighborhood stro...

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AL-ARIAN HEARING--FBI WONT SHARE TRANSCRIPTS OF AL-ARIAN TALKING WITH GOV. OFFICIALS-Andrew Stelzer

03/10/04

The pre-trial hearings in the case of Sami Al-Arian continued yesterday. Al-Arian, along with three other Arab-Americans, were arrested over a year ago on charges of aiding Palestinian terrorist groups. Al-Arian was a professor at The University of South Florida; the government claims that he used his position to raise money for Palestinian terrorist groups.

A judge has ruled that the government will pay up to half a million dollars for the translation of documents related to the c...

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THE FBI IS ON MY TRAIL

03/10/04

The cover story in this week's WEEKLY PLANET alleges that former WP senior editor John Sugg is frequently heard on the wiretaps the FBI is using in the prosecution of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian. Al-Arian is awaiting trial on several charges, including raising money for terrorist groups. Sugg was our guest on this segment and he says the FBI wants to question him about what he knows about Al-Arian (especially whether Al-Arian ever lied to the press). Sugg says he will not co-operate wi...

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CROWD AT KERRY'S VISIT - Mitch Perry

03/09/04

As people gathered in Centro Ybor before the appearance of Senator Kerry last night, WMNF went around to speak to some people to gauge their level of interest and excitement about Senator Kerry and the possibility of him defeating President Bush this November……..

A woman who only wanted to be identified as Roz says she has been a supporter of the Massachusetts Senator says before he officially entered the race (roll tape#1 o.q.�see that in him�)

Just months ago, Ho...

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JOHN KERRY IN TAMPA - Mitch Perry

03/09/04

Last night a crowd estimated to be near 1,000 people packed into the entertainment complex known as Centro Ybor in Tampa's Ybor City last night........They were there to see the now presumptive Democratic frontrunner in his first public appearance before a Tampa Bay Area crowd since being a candidate.....The Senator has made previous trips to Tampa, but they were strictly fund raising events .

The evening began with Local Congressman Jim Davis trying to fire up the partisan Crowd (rol...

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PRE-K AMENDMENT - Mitch Perry

03/09/04

Last week the Miami Herald reported that Lawmakers and lobbyists may be headed for a battle over where the state will house the voluntary universal pre-kindergarten program that was approved by voters as a constitutional amendment in 2002.

Governor Jeb Bush has suggested putting the program under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education....But pre-kindergarten is currently housed with the state's Agency for Workforce Innovation, which manages child care issues.

David Lawrence, a...

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LOCAL PERSPECTIVE ON CRISIS IN HAITI-Andrew Stelzer

03/09/04

Dr. Cliff Matousek, a resident of South Florida, has been traveling back and forth to Haiti since 2001. He and his wife have run a two room school house, helped teach farming and business skills to Haitians in small villages, and set up a program called Literacy for Haiti, which for the past 7 years has operated a vocational school focusing on reading, writing, Bible, mathematics and appropriate technology. He was planning to leave for Haiti On February 8th, but received word that the polit...

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AUTHOR RON SUSKIND

03/09/04

THE PRICE OF LOYALTY author Ron Suskind. Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who has written a best-selling book about former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill's experience in the first two years of the G.W. Bush administration. The book reports that the Bush administration made plans to invade Iraq in early 2001; that O'Neill and Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan opposed many aspects of President Bush's tax cuts but were overruled; and that most major decisions in the Bush White House were ...

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LAST PENNY FOR PASCO - Mark Antokas

03/08/04

INTRO: Just when Pasco County voters thought that they were safe in their decisions on the Penny for Pasco innititive, another twist entered picture on Friday when Jenifer Seeney, head of “Preserve Pasco� a pro-penny group, filed suit against Wesley Chappel resident Larry Toll for Elections violations. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has the story:

VOICE: Florida law states that if you raise more than five hundred dollars to spread a political message, in this case an anti-tax mess...

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