Last night after a 9 an a half hour hearing, the St Petersburg Environmental development commission voted against issuing a permit for a new Wal-Mart store on Gandy Boulevard and Brighton bay Boulevard. More than 200 citizens packed city hall, neighborhood residents had raised more than 5000 dollars to pay for lawyers and organized for months to oppose the store. They focused on two major issuesÃ¢â¬âone was the increased traffic on local roads and intersections, especially on Brighton Bay...
To coincide with the downing street memo hearings, About 20 citizens from Hillsborough and Pinellas county gathered at Patriots Park at the corner of BayShore and Bay to Bay in Tampa. They came to speak out against what they say is a war based on lies, and to try and raise public consciousness about the downing street memos. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and spoke to some of those local residents.
The dayÃ¢â¬â¢s testimony began slowly. Barbra Mineely, an adjudication officer from the department of Homeland Security, spoke about Sami Al-ArianÃ¢â¬â¢s citizenship applications.
The prosecution put a few jurors to sleep during the process of having two FBI agents identify items they seized from homes and businesses of most of the defendants. The only thing established at this point is that among boxes and boxes of seized evidence the government has found a few PIJ-related pho...
FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s Senior Senator, Bill Nelson, today proudly told reporters that he had received an agreement in writing from the ranking Republican and Democrat working on the
Senate Energy Bill that they would oppose any Amendments that would lift the moratorium on drilling for oil and gas off of FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s Gulf Coast.FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s Senior Senator, Bill Nelson, today proudly told reporters that he had received an agreement in writing from the ranking Republican and Democrat worki...
For the past two years Pacifica Radio reporter Aaron Glantz has travelled frequently to war zones in Iraq. Glantz is an unembedded reporter who has spent an extensive amount of time talking with ordinary Iraqis about the U.S. military occupation. Glantz says that there was an opening for the U.S. to win Iraqi support for the American presence, but that opportunity was lost. The Americans have rounded up innocent villagers, killed or wounded thousands of civilians, and failed to secure the inf...
Hillsborough County Commissioners voted 5-1 today to abstain from promoting and participating in Gay Pride Recognition and eventsÃ¢â¬Â¦
The issue came out after County Commissioner Ronda Storms said last week that she was disturbed that there was a book display honoring Gay and Lesbian Pride Month at a Library in Town N Country.
The display itself was then removed, then brought back and put in a less prominent area of the West Gate Regional LibraryÃ¢â¬Â¦.
The issue about libraries...
Today the city of St PetersburgÃ¢â¬â¢s Environmental Development Commission held a hearing regarding the approval of a proposed Wal-Mart super center on Gandy Boulevard at the corner of Brighton Bay road. Over 100 citizens opposed to Wal-Mart came to the hearing, ready to criticize the corporations record of treating employees poorly, the environmental impact it would have being built on wetlands, and the traffic it would create. John Hixenbaum the city of St PetersburgÃ¢â¬â¢sÃ¢â¬â¢ c...
Today at the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting, a proposal to agree to fund a request by the City of Tampa to improve conditions along Busch Boulevard met with objections from Commissioner Ronda Storms
The issue came up as the Board was asked to initially approve a requested list of application for funding from the BoardÃ¢â¬Â¦..In this case, it involves a request for a $4 million dollars to spruce up the opening into the theme parkÃ¢â¬Â¦
Four U.S. Public health groups today said they have joined a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency by Attorneys General from 13 states challenging a new rule limiting mercury emissions from power plants.
The rules exempt coal-fired power plants from tough mercury pollution-control requirements, instituting an emissions trading program instead.
John Suttle is from the Southern Environmental Law Center Ã¢â¬â the lead counsel in the challenge against the EP...
At this hour, Pinellas county citizens are gathered on Gandy Boulevard across from the dog track in St Petersburg, waving signs protesting the construction of a Wal-Mart super center on several acres of wetlands at that site. The National Marine Fisheries Services, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency already have recommended the US army corps of engineers deny Wal-Mart's permit because of wetlands on the property. The Pinellas county Environmental d...