News & Public Affairs05/17/04
The trial of Sami Al-Arian, the USF professor who is accused of aiding terrorists, is scheduled to start in January. But if a court hearing held today is any indication, the legal arguments are so numerous that January may be too soon for lawyers prepare. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer was at the federal courthouse in downtown Tampa and has this report.
Sami Al-Arian and one of his Ã¢â¬âco defendants Sameeh Hammoudeh, attended the hearing by videoconference; they could be see...Be the first to comment
As hundreds of same-sex couples lined up in Massachusetts to say their vows, 7 couples came to the Hillsborough county Courthouse to file applications for marriages license. They came knowing they would be denied the right to marry, but they wanted to make an example. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story
Reverend Phyllis Hunt is with the Metropolitan community Church, she was trying to marry her girlfriend Dilia Corvison.
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Earlier this week, the Bush Administration announced new regulations that will significantly reduce emissions from tractors, bulldozers, locomotives, barges and other Non-road vehicles propelled by diesel fuel that, altogether, spew more soot than the nation's entire fleet of cars, trucks and buses.
The new regulations require refineries to produce cleaner-burning diesel fuel and and engine makers to cut diesel emissions by more than 90 percent, a reduction that health experts say cou...Be the first to comment
As has been frequently said, the Latino Vote in the 2004 election is being vigorously fought for amongst Democrats and Republicans nationally, and particularly here in Florida.
This morning, an emissary from the Puerto Rican Government who has been working on registering Puerto Ricans in the U.S. for the past couple of years spoke in Tampa's Ybor City Museum, bringing their nationwide drive to West Central Florida.
Mari Carmen Aponte is executive Director of the Puerto Rico Fe...Be the first to comment
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