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COUNCIL ON AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS - Aya Batrawy

03/08/04

SATURDAY THE COUNCIL ON AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS, A GRASSROOTS MUSLIM ORGANIZATION, OPENED ITS OFFICE IN TAMPA. WITH MORE ON THIS IS WMNF’S AYA BATRAWY.

The Council on American Islamic Relations, also known as CAIR, established a presence in the Bay Area with its new office.

Ahmad Bedier is the Communications Director for CAIR Florida and head of the Tampa office. He says CAIR is established to help bridge understanding about Muslims. QUOTE

Bedier says that Florida ranked ...

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Women's Show - VENUS ATTACKS, comedy

03/06/04

Sheila Kay and Debbie Kasper, comediennes appearing in "Venus Attacks," currently playing at the Largo Cultural Arts Center. This two-woman self-help spoof, stars Debbie and Sheila as writers/performers, each playing several kooky characters who have gathered together to give women the self-help secrets to success. The de-motivational comedy is a hit in Los Angeles and parodies the current stream of empowerment and self-help workshops sweeping the nation. The show will be at the Largo Cult...

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Women's Show-JANIS OWEN,author, SCHLING CLAYBIRD CATTS

03/06/04

Janis Owen, author of The Schooling of Claybird Catts. Janis is a Florida novelist who tells a beguiling story in the rich, southern story-telling tradition. She offers a rare wisdom about life, about the frail yet unbreakable bonds that form among family, and about the beauty and sorrow of everyday lives. She will be appearing at Sarasota News and Books Thursday, March 11.

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Women's Show - WOMEN OF HAITI, DIANE KAMLEITER

03/06/04

Diane Kamleiter of Gulfcoast Women in Black discussed Haiti–particularly from the perspective of the women there. She talked about the current situation with Aristide and U.S. involvement there.

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Women's Show - JOANIE MADDEN of CHERISH THE LADIES

03/06/04

Joanie Madden, founder and leader of the band, Cherish the Ladies. Joanie started the band with the idea of highlighting the contributions of women to Irish music in America and they released their first recording, “The Back Door� in 1985. It was chosen as best folk album of the year by the Library of Congress. In 2002 they did something no other American group has done, they won the 2002 BBC music award for “Best Group of the Year.� In 1984 Joanie became the only A...

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HILLSBOROUGH DEMOCRATS - Mitch Perry

03/05/04

Although John Edwards withdrawal from the Democratic race for President has in effect given the nomination to John Kerry, Democrats in Tampa this weekend are using Tuesday's Presidential Primary election as a prep for what is sure to be a fall offensive for the White House.

Tomorrow at noon, the Hillsborough County Democratic Primary will host an event at Lowry Park in Tampa , featuring former U.S. Senator Max Cleland from Georgia, who has been an effective campaigning this year for h...

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POLK COUNTY INDIGENT TAX - Mitch Perry

03/05/04

Next Tuesday , Citizens in Polk County will go to Polls, to vote on whether to raise the local sales tax half a cent for 15 years to fund Polk County's indigent health care program.

If voters approve the tax, which would generate an estimated $26 million a year, the spending of the proceeds from the tax will be overseen by an 11-member committee approved by commissioners last month.

The referendum was proposed after commissioners cut $5 million earmarked for indigent care from the cou...

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KID CARE - Mitch Perry

03/05/04

More than 90,000 children waiting for subsidized health insurance will get it under a measure headed to the desk of Governor Jeb Bush over the protestations of Democrats who say that accompanying changes to the program will ultimately deprive families.

The House passed a measure to spend $25 million in state and federal money to open enrollment in the KidCare program to children who were on a waiting list through January 30th. The popular program allows families with low incomes to buy che...

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KERRY/BUSH - Mitch Perry

03/04/04

Meanwhile, there is now almost 8 full months the country will go to the polls and decide whether to re-elect George W. Bush, or his likely Democratic Party challenger, John Kerry.

With John Edwards withdrawal from the race yesterday, now only Dennis Kucinich and the Reverend Al Sharpton are active candidates as Floridians go to the Polls next Tuesday.

Writing in the Internet magazine Slate.Com, political journalist Chris Sullentrop wrote yesterday that "the whole Edwards-Kerr...

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FMU ACCREDITATION - Mitch Perry

03/04/04

FMU Student sues for lack of accreditation

INTRO: Earlier this week, a graduate of the for profit Florida Metropolitian University

Sued the school after spending $37,000 earning an associate's degree, only to discover that her credit hours would NOT transfer to a number of other colleges.

34 year old Adrienne Travis completed her Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice at the school's Brandon campus.....But when she decided to transfer to St.Leo University in Pasco County, she le...

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