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ACORN PROTESTS PROPOSED TAX CUTS - Kristen Friend-Weaver

04/15/03

The Florida Consumer Action Network in cooperation with the Association of Communities for Reform Now (ACORN) held a press conference today to inform the public about what they see as the potential threat of President Bush’s proposed tax cuts. The two groups joined several other public advocacy groups nationwide in a symbolic tax day protest of the President’s plan. Representatives from both FCAN and ACORN joined WMNF in our studios after the conference, and WMNF’s Kris...

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LESSONS FROM NAFTA

04/10/03

Donalda Macdonald is president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (Prince Edward Island division). She will come to Tampa this weekend to discuss the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement on workers' jobs and pay levels in Canada since its passage. She says NAFTA has encouraged privatization and resulted in a lower standard of living and a decrease in service levels, especially in the Canadian health care system.

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ACTRESS SUSAN SARANDON DISINVITED BY THE TAMPA BAY UNITED WAY

04/10/03

Oscar winning actress Sarandon (DEAD MAN WALKING) is an outspoken peace activist. Her scheduled appearance on April 11th at a Tampa Bay United Way fundraiser was cancelled after several dozen people complained about her political views. In this segment Sarandon discussed her political views, her support for the troops and veterans, as well as her belief that the war was creating more problems than it solved.

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WHERE DO YOUR TAX DOLLARS GO?

04/10/03

Anita Dancs, research director at the National Priorities Project has studied the federal budget and the president's tax cut proposals. She says that 26% of every tax dollar goes to pay for the military, 23% goes to interest on the debt. She said the Iraq war and the proposed tax cuts are likely to increase the federal budget deficits and have consequences for future generations.

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RESIDENTS TALK ABOUT IRAQ WAR - Kristen Friend-Weaver

04/10/03

Conversations with Florida residents indicate that both the course of the war with Iraq and the media coverage it has received have altered some opinions about both its necessity and legitimacy. Cindy Verner, a student at HCC, says that she was unaware of how grave the situation was for people living under Saddam Hussein…

Verner however is less certain of how much of what she considers to be the burden of reconstruction the United States should bear alone…

Stephanie Incena ...

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THE FIRST TAMPA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

04/09/03

Co-founder and University of Tampa professor, Elizabeth Coffman, joined two Cuban directors, Orlando Rojas (NIGHTS IN CONSTANTINOPLE) and Jose Padron (LEO BROWER). They discussed the festival, filmmaking in Cuba and the view of Tampa from the island of Cuba.

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MIDDLE EAST

04/08/03

April 8th, 2003; 1-2PM: THE VIEW OF THE IRAQ WAR FROM THE Susan Taylor Martin is Senior Correspondent at the St. Petersburg Times. She's recently returned from reporting on the situation in Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Israel and other Middle East nations. What she found in many parts of the Arab world was a skepticism about the aims of U.S. foreign policy and a dangerous undercurrent of unrest in the region. She said the war in Iraq may open up some of the political fissures in the region and lead...

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NATURAL CHILDBIRTH

04/07/03

Licensed midwife Donna Palmer has been a midwife for 20 years, delivering hundreds of babies outside the hospital. Palmer says that giving birth should not be considered an illness but a completely natural process. Hospitals and drugs tend to get in the way of the process, increasing the risk of c-sections and distancing women from what can be a very satisfying experience.

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LIFE ON DEATH ROW

04/03/03

Juan Melendez was 33 years old when he was convicted of murder in Polk County. A farm worker from Puerto Rico, he spoke almost no English and was convicted on the testimony of a police informant. There was no physical evidence linking him to the murder. After spending nearly 18 years on Florida's death row his attorneys uncovered evidence that the testimony which convicted him was false and that prosecutors had covered up the exculpatory evidence. He was freed from prison last year. In this ...

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EPA "LISTENING TOUR" & SENIOR CITIZEN RIGHTS

04/02/03

The Environmental Protection Agency "Listening Tour" is coming to Tampa. Senior activist Ernie Bach (Florida Action Coalition Team) and environmental activist Susan Glickman stopped by WMNF to discuss their concerns about the EPA event. Bach is concerned that the EPA may curtail its AGING INITIATIVE programs. Those are ways seniors can get involved with various EPA projects. Glickman is concerned about a plan to count the value of senior citizens's lives as only 63% the value of the lives of ...

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