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Human Trafficking Awareness Month Recognized in Pinellas Park listen

01/13/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Obama declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In response, the Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking gathered today to discuss various aspects of the problem that is still widely regarded as unknown.

Representatives from various law enforcement agencies as well as some non-government organizations met today in Pinellas Park to raise awareness about human trafficking. Lieutenant George Koder of the Clearwater Police Department said that ...

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Clearwater's American flags spared for now listen

08/03/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The news of the demise of Clearwater’s American flags has been greatly exaggerated. In a workshop this morning, City Council put to rest newspaper rumors that “The city of Clearwater can no longer afford to fly the American flag.”

On Saturday, the St. Petersburg Times reported that 13 of Clearwater’s flagpoles had been removed because of budget cuts to staff needed to care for the flags. But after Monday’s meeting, Mayo...

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Religious minority persecuted in Iran listen

03/23/09 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Bahá'í faith focuses on peace, justice and unity. But in Iran, Bahá'ís are being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Bahá'ís are barred from higher education, unable to find work, and sometimes arrested and executed.

In Clearwater yesterday afternoon, a local Bahá'í center held a conference to raise awareness of this persecution.

The Bahá'í religion was founded in Persia in 1844, and it has more than 5 million followers all over the world. Since its origins, Bahá'ís...

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Magistrate: Bait shop mural not a violation listen

03/13/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The owner of a Clearwater bait and tackle shop got an early birthday present this afternoon. Herb Quintero, whose birthday is Sunday, learned that a Judge Magistrate is recommending that the city of Clearwater stop citing him for a violation of its sign ordinance.

When the city first cited Quintero because of a mural depicting game fish on his shop, The Complete Angler, he covered it up with a banner of the First Amendment.

Quintero is represented by American Civil Liberties Union (ACL...

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Clearwater bait shop in court over mural listen

03/04/09 Seán Kinane and Melody Dietsch
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A bait and tackle shop in Clearwater has been cited for violating the city’s sign ordinance because of a mural on an outside wall that depicts game fish. The owners of the Complete Angler say the mural is art and is exempted from the city’s sign ordinance, and they say it is protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

With legal representation from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the bait shop has filed a [complaint](http://w...

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ACLU sues Clearwater on free speech grounds listen

02/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The American Civil Liberties Union sued the city of Clearwater today on behalf of a local bait-and-tackle shop that has been engaged in a tussle with the city regarding a mural of game fish and a marine lift on the side of its building.

The shop, known as the Complete Angler, is on Harrison Avenue in Clearwater. After buying the store a couple of years ago, owners Heriberto and Lorraine Quinero, commissioned local artist Matt Evanson to paint a mural on the side of their store.



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