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Saturday July 4, 2015

VONN NEW, EQUALITY FLORIDA - Update on Hillsborough County - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

“Discrimination in Hillsborough County�

Vonn New, Equality Florida. Discussion of the latest county commission meeting where commisioners refused to extend the comment period by constituents. Voted to uphold the ban. Equality Florida is working to remain positive and take the high ground while working to change these actions and hold the commissioners accountable.

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More than 100,000 police officers nationwide reportedly carry Tasers. The devices, which firing a pair of pronged darts that latch onto clothing or skin and send a 50,000 volt causing the victims to collapse, are used by more than 180 police agencies in Florida and by more than 7,000 law enforcement agencies nationally. This week the city of st Petersburg police department announced they have decided to use Tasers. On Tuesday, Tarpon Springs city commissioners announced they have decided on...

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Hyde Park Activists Say Bayshore Tower Not a Done Deal-Mitch Perry

As we reported last night on the Evening News, Tampa City Councilman John Dingfelder yesterday reacted with outrage at the Council meeting upon learning of a settlement between the City of Tampa and a developer on a proposed condominium Tower on Bayshore Boulevard.

Dingfelder, who represents that section of South Tampa on the Council , said he had no idea mediation was happening. The issue of how big the Building should be has been a contentious issue between local Hyde Park resi...

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Today at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club, the chairs of both the Republican and Democratic parties of Pinellas county were the guest speakers. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

Pinellas county is one of the most politically divided counties in the state. Out of 600,00 voters, Republicans outnumber Democrats by only 7400 registered voters, and President Bush beat John Kerry by only 700 votes last year. With the race for governor, 2 cabinet positions, one senate sea...

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Al-Arian trial, Translator, Wills issue, Historical context - by Lance Robson

FBI translator Faoud Ghaorah worked on the Al-arian case from 1996 to 2003 translating hundreds of faxes and conversations.

Along with nearly 50 translations the government admitted what were called the wills of three individuals. The men named in the “wills� carried out a 1992 attack against a military checkpoint in Southern Lebanon that killed three Israeli soldiers. The documents were found on the computer of Ramadan Shallah, who once headed the USF think-tank that Al...

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Palm Beach County Commissioner Supports State Fund on Stem Cell Research-by Mitch Perry

A Palm Beach County Commissioner is hoping to lead a drive to get Florida voters to decide next year whether taxpayer dollars should fund embryonic stem-cell research at the Scripps Research Ranch.

But it won’t be easy for Burt Aaronson…He’ll need to get 611,000 signatures and overcome opposition from Governor Jeb Bush.

This week a group called Floridians for Stem Cell Research and Cures. kicked off a statewide initiative similar to the one in Calif...

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Today was the first Hillsborough county commission meeting since their decision last month to ban the county from promoting or participating in gay pride events. The decision, which was a reaction to commissioner Rhonda Storms not wanting her daughter to see an gay pride book display in the public library. In the past month the issue has been written about in the New York Times, and over 1000 people marched through the streets of Tampa to protest the decision. This morning was the first ch...

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Turmoil Continues within Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee-by MITCH PERRY

Last week WMNF reported on the turmoil within the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee, or HCDEC, after the Vice Chair of the Party, Bob Keenan, sent a package detailing fiscal irregularities and a host of other complaints about Chair Janee Murphy to State Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman.

Although Thurman has refused our phone calls for comment, WMNF has learned that Thurman has responded to Keenan’s complaints.

In a letter sent out last Friday to Keenan, Thur...

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Today Myron Hughes was the guest speaker at The Tampa bay round table, a new monthly luncheon series with speakers who address topics of interest to the African American community. Hughes has been the Vice President for economic development for the greater Tampa chamber of commerce, for the past 9 months. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there, and filed this report.

ACT-Hughes “I know we lost jobs last year due to capitol one downsizing, technically that’s bi...

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Dwight Chimurenga Waller, The president of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, has announced that he is running for the district 6 city council seat in St Petersburg. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

Waller was born and raised in St Petersburg, he became a community activist since he was 17 years old, when he helped found JOMO a militant grassroots organization, along with his older brother, Omali Yeshitela. Sunday morning, Waller and a group of over 40 supp...

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