News & Public Affairs07/08/04
INTRO: Mandatory sentencing has been around since before the Reagan years and has, for judges and defense attorneys alike, been a thorn in the side. In most cases, when faced with a harsh mandatory sentence, plea barganing is the way to go, whether you are guilty or not. One case which was not plea bargained out was that of Richard Paey
who was sentenced to 25 years for possession of percocet, which contains the opiate Oxycontin. From Tampa,...Be the first to comment
Yesterday, a caravan of vehicles carrying 100 tons of goods crossed into Mexico from Texas, ultimately bound for Cuba in a show of civil disobedience toward the U.S. embargo of the communist-run island. It is the 15th year the Pastors for Peace humanitarian organization has delivered food, medicine and equipment to Cuba, but this year's trip comes as the Bush administration has toughened travel restrictions to put pressure on Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Pastors for Peace is an arm of the...Be the first to comment
Tonight at 7pm, the great Fluoride debate will be held in Clearwater. The event is the latest in a year of controversy surrounding the introduction of Fluoride into the countyÃ¢â¬â¢s water supply. Until last month, Pinellas was the largest county in the U.S. that did not put fluoride in their waterÃ¢â¬âmost public health officials claim that fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. But a concerned group of citizens have been fighting the decision throughout the process, and have generated ...Be the first to comment
A small victory has been won in the fight to have voting rights restored to ex-felons in Florida. As WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer reports, over 1600 ex felons almost had their names taken off the voting rolls, but pressure by citizens rights groups forced the secretary of state to back off on her plans.
After a lawsuit filed by CNN last week forced the state to publish its list of 47 thousand people who are registered to vote but should be removed from the roll...Be the first to comment
The St Petersburg Fraternal order of police has sent a letter to Chief Chuck Harmon, asking for officers to be allowed to carry a second gun. According to the St Petersburg times, the officers organization wrote in a letter to the chief, quote, Ã¢â¬Åpolice officers around the nation have recognized this problem and in more and more numbers are carrying backup weapons.Ã¢â¬?
But many in St Petersburg say that an extra gun can only do further damage to the level of trust between cit...Be the first to comment
3 sections of the Florida state bar have voted to lobby for an end to the state ban on gay adoption. But first they must receive permission from the state bar association to do so. Since 1977, Florida law has prevented same-sex couples, or single homosexuals from adopting children. Carolyn Salsbury is the chair for the bars public interest section. Her section has supported exchanging the law for many years.
ACT Ã¢â¬ÅWe believe it to be a law thatÃ¢â¬â¢s an illegal one and an ...Be the first to comment
Patrick Bergey is running as an Independent against incumbent Kurt Browning for Supervisor of Elections in Pasco County.
Bergey has been quite vocal about problems that he says are ever present in the Ivotronic Touch Screen Voting Machines that will be used in Pasco County later this year.
But first, we asked Bergey about the Court Ruling yesterday that allowed the release of the state list of Purported Felons, that the state was NOT willing to make public
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In the midst of his stunning, startling series of articles in the New Yorker about the Abu Grahib Prison abuse scandal, journalist Seymour Hersh wrote that Arabs were particularly vulnerable to sexual humiliation because of a frequently cited book, entitled, "The Arab Mind", written by Raphael Patai, a cultural anthropologist, in the early 1970's....Patai died back in 1996.....
But Patai's daughter, Daphne is angry about what she says have been mischarachterizations about the book sin...Be the first to comment
Less than 24 hours after the release a of a database listing of more than 47,000 people that the State's Divisions of Elections says may be ineligible to vote because of felony records, the Miami Herald reported this morning that more than 2,100 such voters- many of them Black Democrats - were incorrectly listed.
The Herald reported that at least 2,119 of those names shouldn't be on the list because their rights to vote were formally restored through the state's clemency process. ...Be the first to comment
Kidcare, the state run health care program that provides free medical insurance for more than 350 thousand children low-income parents, eliminated its open enrollment process yesterday, and changed the rules so that no one can put their children on the waiting list until January of 2005. The program serves people who do not qualify for Medicare, but still have incomes of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For parents like Jeff, the announcement came as a big surprise, ...Be the first to comment