News & Public Affairs

Wednesday July 8, 2015


Our guest, Karen Burns, co-president of the League of Women Voters in St. Petersburg. She discussed the changes to the election system signed into law by Governor Bush last month. The laws actually make it more difficult to vote early according to Burns. She says the state should address voting problems by making sure the voting system is accessible, that there is a verified record, provisions are made for an instant runoff, and that felons who have served their sentences have their rights re...

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Has world oil production peaked? Even by conservative estimates, our oil reserves will begin to run out in the next thirty years, and recent disclosures by Shell and other oil companies, as well as rising gas prices, suggest that oil production has already peaked. What happens when the oil runs out? In THE END OF OIL: On The Edge of a Perilous New World, acclaimed journalist Paul Roberts travels to the front lines of the coming energy revolution - from Russia to Saudi Arabia, from Beijing to...

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Al-Arian trial, Translators, "fax afer fax" - by Lance Robson

Today the Prosecution continued the process of having a translator identify documents he translated for the FBI.

Lr reports

With the help of translator Tashin Ali, prosecutor Cherie Kregsman spent much of the day identifying individuals involved in conversations and faxes that are in the process of being admitted into evidence.

Defense attorneys contested many of the documents on relevance and hearsay grounds alleging that in many instances the Prosecution has not laid a l...

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Cuban activists try to rescind restrictions after Hurricane-by MITCH PERRY

More than a million and a half evacuees began returning to their homes in Cuba yesterday, after the worst hurricane to hit the Island in 4 decades.

As of this morning, electricity, water and natural gas was being restored to Havana, but other areas of Central Cuba are still without basic services.

Hurricane Dennis was a Category 4 storm when it made landfall on Friday, killing 10 people and causing extensive damage as it brushed southeastern Cuba and tore through th...

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The Presidents call for renewal of the patriot act in a speech about what is now a re-energized war or terror, comes as congress is considering whether to allow several controversial portions of the Patriot Act expire on December 31st. Civil liberties advocates, and members of both parties in congress have been critical of the patriot acts invasions of citizens privacy rights, and they have proposed an alternative bill, titled the SAFE act. After the Presidents speech, WMNFs Andrew Stelzer s...

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Al-Arian trial, 400,000+ intercepted phonecalls - by Lance Robson

William Moffitt, attorney for Sami Al-arian continued to cross-examine FBI Intelligence Analyst Sally Hayes. Hayes began testifying yesterday about evidence she has interpreted and categorized.

Moffitt pointed out that of the 400,000 interceptions of phonecalls and faxes made by the FBI only 400 are exhibits in the trail. When asked how many of these communications took place prior to October 1997 Agent Hayes agreed that more than half of the intercepts had taken place prior to tha...

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Sunday Forum

Dr. Nathan Thomas- USF- Lakeland Campus Dr.Brenda Townsend- USF- Special Education Show examens the crisis in education for black students after desegregation

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Interview With Derrick Johnson

Guest interview with the state of Mississippi NAACP president, Mr. Derrick Johnson. Played 26-minute excerpt from Dr. Cornell West speech when he was invited to speak at the University of South Florida.

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CLAIRE MATTURRO, Florida author - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

Claire Matturro, author of Wildcat Wine. Claire Hamner Matturro grew up in Sarasota and practiced law there for 10 years. She then spent 6 years on the writing faculty at Florida State University College of Law. She maintains close ties to Sarasota although she now lives and writes in South Georgia.

Readers may remember her first novel, Skinny Dipping, set in Sarasota (as is Wildcat Wine) in which she introduced Lilly Belle Rose Cleary, a sexy, health nut of an attorney who has many of ...

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Feminist Majority Foundation. Eleanor Smeal from the Feminist Majority Foundation spoke with us about the impact the Supreme Court vacancy and filling it will have on women and on all of us. Many rights could be in jeopardy, including privacy, women's reproductive rights, Title IX, affirmative action, labor laws, and regulatory agencies, civil rights. Terms like "constitution in exile," "strict contruction,"and "unconstitutional power to the federal government" were explored. Do we want ...

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