News & Public Affairs03/27/04
Playwright Judy Lee Oliva saw a sign that read 99 cent Dreams, and a shattered dreams idea seemed to come together. Winner of the Women PlaywrightsÃ¢â¬â¢ Initiative event, her play will be given a world premiere next week in Orlando. Ã¢â¬Å99 cent DreamsÃ¢â¬? developed in part from mystical characters who occupied OlivaÃ¢â¬â¢s thoughts and from her writing of Ã¢â¬ÅWoman in a Drum.Ã¢â¬? She says Ã¢â¬ÅThe issue of identity is at stake as six characters of different cultures and et...Be the first to comment
DEBORAH CUTLER ORTIZ, Director of Family Income for the CHILDREN'S DEFENSE FUND, regarding the statement she issued in response to a New York Times article about the declining number of welfare recipients: "Today the New York Times reported that welfare rolls shrank over the last three years even during a sluggish economy. This counter intuitive finding is not a cause to rejoice. The reasons behind the decline in welfare caseloads are complex. It is clear that not everyone leaving the welfar...Be the first to comment
Kate Michelman, president of NARAL ProChoice America talks about Senate bill 1019, the so-called Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA), which creates a penalty for anyone convicted of harming a fetus during commission of certain federal crimes. This legislation, which passed the Senate 61 to 38, fails to mention the harm to the woman resulting from an involuntary termination of her pregnancy. Sponsors of the UVVA today made their ideological goal abundantly clear: when given the opportunity ...Be the first to comment
INTRO: With millions of Americans without health benefits in this country, for some, it a comfort and a necessity to have regular acess to a clinic open to Pasco county residents, in New Port Richey. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Mark Antokas has the story.
SCRIPT: On Thys road, just north of State Route 54 in New Port Richey is the Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco County. It stands on a parking lot on just over one acre, four single wide mobile homes put end to end and beside each other, to provide ...Be the first to comment
On Tuesday, local political activist Mauricio Rosas was arrested at his Tampa home, on charges of prostitution and criminal transmission of HIV.
According to Tampa Police, Rosas was arrested by an undercover Tampa Police Officer after offering to have sex for $150.
Rosas has refused any comments to the media all week..
Under Florida Statute, it is unlawful for any person infected with HIV to have sexual intercourse with any other person, unless such person has been i...Be the first to comment
Over the past week, there have been an increasing number of Mexican immigrant arrests in the Tampa bay area. At least 20 workers who are in the United States illegally were arrested up at their job site in Dade City, and there have been reports another 20 in Pasco county, Clearwater and north Tampa. Unconfirmed reports of roadblocks to stop Mexicans on their way to church have many in the community concerned.
Ramone Hernandez is the pastor at St RitaÃ¢â¬â¢s church in Dade city....Be the first to comment
The Sierra Club began running ads in selected areas of the country this week, taking the Bush administration to task for what they say is their failure to make polluters pay for the cleanup of toxic messes they make....
But their ad in the Tampa Bay Market - which includes problems at the Coronet phosphate facility in Plant City, has led to some controversy, leaving one local station to pull the ads.(roll tape#1 o.q."and communities")
The Sierra Club says the Coronet A...Be the first to comment
According to Statistics released yesterday by the Anti-Defamation league, while anti-Semitic incidents stayed steady nationally, Florida saw a 9 percent increase in 2003, with the bulk of the problems occurring in South Florida.
The ADL, reported 102 anti-Semitic incidents in the state last year, up from 93 in 2002. And of the 102, 67 percent of them were in South Florida.
Although the rise in incidents is only up slightly from 2002, ADL officials say there are specific factors contribu...Be the first to comment
Citizens in Clearwater County gathered outside the public utilities building to protest a Pinellas county commission decision to put fluoride in the countyÃ¢â¬â¢s water supply. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
About 40 people gathered in down downtown Clearwater, holding signs and handing out flyers, trying to let the public know that Fluoride is a dangerous toxin, and it has no place in the publics water supply. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s a commo...Be the first to comment
In this new book investigative reporter Craig Unger looks back at the 30 year relationship between two of the most powerful, political families in the world. Unger writes that the Bush family owes a lot of its financial good fortune to the Saudi royal family and has used its connections to the family to carry out its foreign policy aims. He also argues that the unusually close relationship may have ultimately led to the terror attacks of 9/11. Unger explores one of the big mysteries of the te...Be the first to comment