News & Public Affairs06/21/04
Last week, the Hillsborough County Commission narrowly voted down a proposal that would have raised the minimum wage for all Hillsborough County employees to $9.97 an hour. That Living Wage would also work for workers for certain private companies holding contracts with the County or receiving tax abatements and subsidies.
In voting against the measure, Commissioner Ronda Storms said this:
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That comment has sparked anger in some quarters. ...Be the first to comment
The Dean of manatee community college has shut down the student newspaper, because of what sheÃ¢â¬â¢s claims was a need to review its editorial policy. But the writers and staff of the paper are calling it censorship, saying the school didnÃ¢â¬â¢t approve of articles that were critical of the way to spends its money. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.
ACT-Zell Ã¢â¬ÅThe bottom line is thereÃ¢â¬â¢s a student voice that isnÃ¢â¬â¢t being representedÃ¢â¬Â¦
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New York Times best-selling author Gregg Braden explores the role of ancient wisdom and spirituality in technology. A former Senior Computer Systems Designer (Martin Marietta Aerospace), Computer geologist (Phillips Petroleum) and Technical Operations Manager (Cisco Systems) Braden is now considered a leading authority on bridging the wisdom of our past with the science, technology and peace of our future. From his groundbreaking books, Awakening to Zero Point and Walking Between the Worl...Be the first to comment
Amid the hagiographic reminiscences of the nation's 40th President, Ronald Reagan last week in print and across broadcast media, there were some dissenters.
One of them was Yale Presidential Historian David Greenberg, the author of last year's look at Richard Nixon's legend. Entitled, "Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image".
Last week in Slate.Com, where he is a contributor, and later reprinted in the St. Petersburg Times, Professor David Greenberg wrote about the 5 biggest...Be the first to comment
As we reported last night, a group of former senior diplomatic officials and retired military commanders have -- issued statement arguing that George W. Bush has damaged the country's national security and are calling on Americans to defeat him in November.
The group, called Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, argues that the Bush Administration is not just estranged around the world but even from America's own bipartisan foreign policy and military establishments.
These ...Be the first to comment
INTRO: Last Sunday saw a gathering of more than three hundred Republicans fo the Ronald Reagan fundraiser in New port Richey. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Mark Antokas was there and spoke to many republicans, Tarpon Springs Congressman Mike Bilirakis was one. The topic was the war in Iraq. Roll Tape:
Tarpon Springs Republican Mike Bilirakis, Congressman district nine was first elected on Ronald Reagans coat-tails in 1982. Bilirakis says he will be running his last campaign in 2004. WMNF spoke to Biliraki...Be the first to comment
37 percent of American children and more than a third of senior citizens have no health insurance, according to a new study; these statistics are much higher than those issued by the census bureau, and they are fueling a growing movement in Florida and across the country for a change to our system of healthcare. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer has more.
ACT-USA Unless there are significant changes, the 82 million itÃ¢â¬â¢s likely to get worse, Ron Pollack is the executive director o...Be the first to comment
Florida Democratic congressional candidate Jim Stork is making Medicare a major issue in his campaign, and he is accusing incumbent Clay Show of being in the pocket of the pharmaceutical industry. Stork is particularly upset about the new Medicare drug card, which he calls a Ã¢â¬Åbait and switchÃ¢â¬? technique. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer has more.
ACT-frank Ã¢â¬ÅThis is confusing as heck, no one can make a decision on what is best to take. They can...Be the first to comment
The ALCU is opposing a move by the Pinellas county sheriffs department, who today began the use of facial recognition technology in sheriffÃ¢â¬â¢s squad car, despite the fact that the system has no proven success, and was scrapped by the Tampa police over 2 years ago. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.
ACT All claims to accuracy are completely bogusÃ¢â¬Â¦ Paul Pullman is the chapter chair for the Pinellas county American civil liberties Union
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Responding to a request by the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Governor Jeb Bush yesterday made his first trip to the economically devastated country to demonstrate South Florida's solidarity with the Haitian people.
The daylong trip not only highlighted U.S. support for the interim Haitian government through President Bush's brother, but also raised hopes that economic progress might soon be on the horizon.
Jacob DePetra is a spokesman for Governor Bush (roll tape#1 o.q.that's alread...Be the first to comment