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Castro resigns, reaction in Florida muted listen

02/19/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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After nearly 50 years in office, 81-year-old Cuban leader Fidel Castro announced today that he is stepping down because his health will not allow him to accept another term as president of the ruling Council of State.

The move comes five days before the National Assembly is to meet elect new office holders.

Castro has effectively been out of power the last 19 months, after an acute infection in his colon forced him to undergo emergency surgery. His 76-year-old brother Raul has been in ...

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Board of Governors opposes ban on research in Cuba listen

01/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In 2006, the Florida Legislature passed a law banning colleges and universities in the state from spending money to send professors to Cuba and other countries that are called state sponsors of terrorism. But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida filed a lawsuit on behalf of university professors.

Last month the governing body of the state’s university system, the Board of Governors, filed a brief supporting the ACLU’s position. This afternoon, WMNF’s Seán Kinane spok...

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End the Cuban Embargo - Al Fox Rally

09/05/06 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday

Yesterday in the Channelside district near the Port of Tampa a Labor Day rally was held to end the Cuban embargo and to call attention to the campaign of Al Fox. Fox is a candidate for the 11th Congressional District, the seat Jim Davis is vacating.

Forty people held signs supporting Al Fox and calling for an end to the Cuban Embargo. One of the speakers at the rally was community historian Maura Barrios who spoke about why she thinks the embargo is unjust.

"Imagine if you were Alex H...

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