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Are we returning to segregated schools in Hillsborough County?

06/20/01

Andrew Manning was the original plaintiff in the NAACP legal Defense Fund lawsuit against the Hillsborough County School Board, alleging that as an elementary school student in 1959 he was being given a substandard education at his segregated elementary school (Dunbar) in west Tampa. Manning's lawsuit led to the 1971 federal court-ordered school busing. He claims that despite years of busing the school district is still not adequately integrated. Now the school district is trying to end the b...

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ARE STANDARDIZED TESTS HURTING FLORIDA'S EDUCATION SYSTEM?

06/14/01

Our guests Joan Kawell, professor of Education at USF, Congressman Jim Davis of Tampa, and Gloria Pipkin of the Florida Coalition for Assessment Reform discussed the impact of standardized tests on education, student's, and teachers. The guests pointed out that standardized tests are used as a punishment device rather than as a method for improving learning. They also said that the curriculum is schools was being cannibalized by "teaching to the test" and that students were being "traumatized...

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WHY ARE SO MANY EUROPEANS PROTESTING GEORGE W. BUSH'S POSITION ON THE MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM?

06/13/01

Professor Karl Grossman (SUNY Old Westbury) has just returned from a trip to Europe where he spoke with Star war's opponents. He discussed his research into Pentagon documents discussing space based missile defense, the rationale, the cost, the companies benefiting from contracts, and the geo-political reasons GWB is backing the program.

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PROTESTORS AGAINST THE MCVEIGH EXECUTION:

06/12/01

Abe Bonowitz of the Palm Beach-based Floridians United Against the Death Penalty group was among the 300 people who protested yesterday's execution in Indiana. He discussed what he saw and the ongoing battle over state sponsored executions.

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THE AMERICAN OCEANS CAMPAIGN

06/12/01

Suzanne Giles, water quality program co-ordinator discussed efforts to monitor beaches for health and water quality. She says many people are made sick while swimming in the ocean, and there is no central registry to track the problem. She also discussed ways citizens can get involved in cleaning up the nation's beaches. FMI: americanoceans

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The People's Pharmacy

06/11/01 Be the first to comment

THE LEGEND'S FIELD ARRESTS

06/07/01

Tampa Police Department spokesperson Katie Hughes describes the reasons officers arrested three political dissidents at the president's speech at Legend's Field. We also had raw sound from the arrest and an interview with Mauricio Rosas, one of three people arrested.

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An update on racial tension in Perry, Florida

06/07/01

Reporter Sally Watt describes ethnic tension in the small, north Florida town. She talks with an African American waitress at Denny's who says there are few opportunities for African American workers in her town. She also brought the voices of white residents who feel that blacks ruin property values.

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THE PROTESTORS ARRESTED AT THE GWB SPEECH AT LEGENDS FIELD

06/06/01

A group of anti Bush activists legally entered Legends Field on Monday night, prior to President Bush's speech. Two of the three people arrested for trespassing (Janis Lentz and Mauricio Rosas) tell their story. The peaceful protestors say they were harassed by GOP members and were wrongfully arrested.

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Students for a Drug Free White House

06/05/01

The Bush administration is enforcing a rule requiring all college students receiving financial aid to reveal any past history of drug convictions. If they are not completely truthful they stand to lose all of their finical aid. Using the theory that "turnabout is fair play" an activist named John Klinko has started a web site to gather petitions to ask President Bush to be absolutely honest about his past drug use (if any).

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