News & Public Affairs05/13/04
The Tyrone Lewis trial was scheduled to start at 9 am, but the judge spent the first 45 minutes speaking to lawyers about the possibility that jurors had seen or heard news of eth disturbances overnight. Meanwhile, outside the courthouse, Omali Yeshitela, the leader St Petersburg branch of the UHURU movement, spoke to reporters about the events of the previous night. Yeshitela said the recent police shooting of Marquell McCollough, along with the citys refusal to pay the family of Tyron Lew...Be the first to comment
Inside the courtroom, officer Knight, the man who killed Tyron Lewis, was called to the stand for the second time; this time by the cityÃ¢â¬â¢s lawyers. The cityÃ¢â¬â¢s lawyer asked him whether he shot Tyrone Lewis intentionally.
ACT Ã¢â¬ÅOfficer knight, when you used your firearm did you intend to fire at the driver of the car. Was there anything inadvertent? No. When you fired your weapon did you intend to hit the driver, stop the threat did you cease firing when you sto...Be the first to comment
Earlier this week Senator Bob Dole led a group of veterans in Tampa in a rally against John Kerry's presidential candidacy... several of the veterans criticized John Kerry for his protests of the Vietnam War, and for his criticism of the way the Bush administration is conducting the war... one critic - Republican Congressman Sam Johnston - was a prisoner of war for seven years in north Vietnam - Johnson said that by criticizing the way defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld is managing the war- se...Be the first to comment
Chris Kelly is a resident of St. Petersburg's Midtown area and was caught in the unrest which erupted Wednesday night. He described what happened to him, the mood of the crowd, and what he described as the link between the Uhuru movement and the violence. Kelly says he lives in the area because he believes in integration. After the interview we opened the phone lines.Be the first to comment
Muslim Kids May Sue for being kicked off The Bus
The families of 14 Muslim middle school pupils removed from a school bus last year say they are close to suing the Duval County School Board, alleging the youngsters were victims of religious discrimination.
The families filed notice under a Florida law that requires six months warning before suing a public agency. Under Duval County's unified city-county government, city attorneys represent the school system.
In a letter to the School...Be the first to comment
Late last week members of the group Food Not Bombs celebrated the news that they had persuaded Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio to drop criminal charges against members of their group who had been arrested recently for feeding the homeless at Massey Park in downtown Tampa.
So For now, Food Not Bombs can continue to provide food in the Parks on Sunday without fear of arrest.
And City Attorneys are working on re-writing a City Ordinance on how people can use City Parks....David Smith is th...Be the first to comment
The trial of Tyron Lewis continued today in St Petersburg. Lewis was killed by a St Petersburg police officer in 1996, a civil disturbance followed, in which angry black residents set fires in the street, angry about another act of violence by law enforcement against African Americans. Lewis family is seeking a verdict of wrongful death, and wants the city of Saint Petersburg to pay them. Today featured testimony by several of LewisÃ¢â¬â¢ family members; Lewis families lawyers were attem...1 comments
FORREST CHURCH IS A UNITARIAN MINISTER BASED IN NEW YORK AND AUTHOR OF THE AMERICAN CREED, A BIOGRAPHY OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (St. Martin's Griffin)... AND MARJORIE BOWENS WHEATLEY IS MINISTER OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH IN TAMPA AND CO-EDITOR OF THE BOOK "SOUL WORK: ANTI RACIST THEOLOGIES IN DIALOGUE"... THEY DISCUSSED UPCOMING WORKSHOPS ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND TOLERANCE SPONSORED BY THE UNITARIANS AS WELL AS THE RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHY OF THE FOUNDERS, SLAVERY AND THE SEL...Be the first to comment
OUR NEXT GUEST WAS GARY NOLAN, A RADIO TALK SHOW HOST, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE GROUP CAPITOL WATCH AND CURRENTLY HE IS SEEKING THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION. Nolan discussed the economic and foreign policy that he would advocate if he were elected: free enterprise, cutting military expenses, privatization, and his opposition to the Iraq War.Be the first to comment
INTRO: Last night, the Zephyrhills City Council attempted to put to rest racial divisions which have resulted from a street name change. In October of last year, City Council voted to change the name of Sixth Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, infuriating many of the white community. Last nights vote to restore the street name to Sixth Avenue, with a token reference to King, attracted national media attention as Zephyrhills has become the only community in Florida to change a street nam...Be the first to comment