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Saturday May 30, 2015

GOVERNOR EXTENDS DNA EVIDENCE DEADLINE-Andrew Stelzer

Last week, Jose Diaz, a Miami man who spent 26 years in jail, was set free because DNA evidence from semen showed he wasn’t the man who raped several women. That case brought the issue of DNA testing back into the news, and now Governor bush has issued an order that will in effect extend a deadline that was set to expire for inmates to have old evidence tested for DNA that might clear their name. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more on the new policy and how it still leaves many people in l...

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St. Pete for Peace Protest & Arrests - by Emily Reddy

Six St. Pete for Peace protestors were arrested at Baywalk Saturday night in what has become an increasingly tense co-existance. The group has been using the sidewalk alongside Baywalk as a forum for their weekly anti-war protests for the last two and a half years. It is only in the past month that the city has erected metal barricades along the side of the road. Baywalk officials cite safety issues as the reason for the barricades, but protestors see them as an infringement on their right...

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VOTING RIGHTS ACT- 40th Anniversary - Kim Cobb, Houston Chronicle - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

Kim Cobb, writer, “Houston Chronicle.� Kim Cobb is a national writer for the Houston Chronicle whose broad range of assignments have ranged from presidential elections to earthquakes. Cobb has written extensively on matters of race in America, including immigration reform, school desegregation, voting rights and the political voice of the burgeoning Hispanic population.

Cobb was in Selma, Alabama in 1990 for the 25th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, reporting on how racism's ghos...

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HIROSHIMA - 60 YEARS AFTER - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

What are the implications of Hiroshima and Nagasaki today? Should we have used the bomb in 1945? Should we be pursuing nuclear weapons today? What are our responsibilities regarding this today? Would you have dropped the bomb? Would you further development of more nuclear weapons today?

For more information and additional information go to www.democracynow.org. You can read the “Hiroshima Cover-up� chapter of Amy Goodman’s book, The Exception to the Rulers on the si...

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JIM DAVIS STUMPS FOR GOVERNOR AT TIGER BAY-Andrew Stelzer

Congressman Jim Davis, who polls show is the leading Democratic Candidate for governor of Florida in 2006, spoke at the Suncoast Tiger bay club today. While Davis talked mostly about the need for respect in Tallahassee, he began his speech with a list of reasons to vote for him, which included a joke aimed at Attorney general Charlie Crist--Crist is leading all 18 candidates in the polls with 15 months to go before the election.

ACT "number 5--i am not afraid to lose my tan...if i e...

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EARNEST WILLIAMS NOT RUNNING FOR STATE HOUSE-Andrew Stelzer

Waller is one of several candidates running for the District 6 seat on the st Pete city council. The incumbent is Earnest Williams, and one of the points used in campaign announcements by Waller and others, was that Williams was also planning a run for the State House, which would have meant Williams, if re-elected, would have only served for less than 1 year of his term. But this afternoon, Williams told WMNF that in fact he is not running for the state house.

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RICHARD PAEY. IS THE STATE RETALIATING AGAINST BAD PRESS? THE CHILLING EFFECT. Mark Antokas

INTRO: In April of 2004, Richard Paey was sentenced to 25 years for doctor shopping after refusing a plea deal which would have placed him under house arrest. Paey has maintained all along that he was guilty of nothing and was just medicating himself for pain due to Multiple Sclerosis and a botched back surgery. Paey was placed in the Zephyrhills correctional facility, and is now appealing his sentence. The State of Florida Department of Corrections, although not having a policy on the use o...

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Democracy For America Event in Tampa - By Mitch E. Perry

Last night in the basement of the Centro Astauriano Ybor City, the Howard Dean inspired group, Democracy For America, held its monthly meeting.

Democracy for American originally was Dean For America, a group led by supporters of the former Vermont Governor who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for President last year.

DFA-Tampa Bay is led locally by Rob McKenna, the unsuccessful candidate for Supervisor of Elections last year in Hillsborough.

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ST PETE POLICE ANNOUNCE MINIMAL DISCIPLINE IN HAND CUFFED 5 YEAR OLD-Andrew Stelzer

This past April, an incident in which St Pete police handcuffed a 5 year old black girl who was throwing a temper tantrum at Fairmount park elementary school gained international attention when a video of the girl and the handcuffing got out. Today, the St Pete police announced they have completed an investigation of the incident. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

ACT “a crime was committee she committed it, and by our policy she could be handcuffed..�

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