MN One Million Hoodies Rally for Trayvon Martin

Thousands of Minnesotans will take part in a peaceful demonstration from 6-8 p.m. tonight on the Northrup Mall at the University of Minnesota to mourn the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and speak out against racial profiling and gun violence in Florida and other states including Minnesota.

Baby Whale May Be Killed

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A baby Sperm whale will likely be euthanized because it appears to be injured and its mother can not be found. The nine-foot whale was spotted at the Miami Beach Marina on Tuesday around mid-day. The Miami Herald reports:
Injured in the head, dorsal area and tail flukes, the calf might have been hurt by a boat, said Liz Tuohy-Sheen, assistant stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s southeast region. Orphaned and in poor health, the decision was made to euthanize the whale, said Shelley Dawicki, spokeswoman for NOAA fisheries. But then the calf swam out the marina and into Biscayne Bay making it difficult to safely euthanize it, Dawicki said.

A Machine To Clean Up Oily Beaches

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Perido Key, Florida – The Lee Boy Sand Shark beach cleaning machine was demonstrated on the beaches of the National Park, Aug. 10, 2010. The owner of the company that makes the machine, Kelly Majeskie describes how the Sand Shark works.

Inside McCain’s Florida Campaign

Central Florida McCain Chairman Lewis Oliver on ACORN, paid volunteers, republicans limiting hours and locations of polling stations in Florida, and voter turn out tactics used by the McCain campaign. Video by Sam Mayfield

“Conned” by “Obama Mania” – How McCain Can Win

Despite polls that show Barack Obama ahead, one McCain stratagist sees a scenerio that will give victory to John McCain.  Lewis Oliver is the Chairman of McCain’s campaign in Central Florida.  He says little things such as Palin on Saturday Night Live and gaffs by Joe Biden have given McCain momentum and undecideds will break towards the candidate who looks like he is going to win.

The McCain Campaign may not want you to see this

By Sam Mayfield
If there’s one thing both the McCain and Obama campaigns agree on it’s that the election will be close in Florida.  The McCain campaign says it has more volunteers than the Democrats and that ultimately gives them the edge.  McCain’s Central Florida Campaign Manger says ACORN and the Democrats have to rely on paid workers. 
 However, the McCain campaign is hiring paid workers who sometimes also call themselves volunteers.  The UpTake’s Sam Mayfield talked to a few of them… and that’s when one McCain campaign worker decided you shouldn’t see what is going on and threatened to have her arrested.

“Desperate” Republican Attacks On ACORN Voter Registration

Obama Campaign Volunteer Jeff Parker calls the Republican attacks on ACORN’s voter registration efforts “desperate”. Republicans and the McCain Campaingn in Florida and several other battleground states have asserted that ACORN is conspiring to fraudulently register voters.  
This is video from outside the Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton rally in Orlando, Florida on October 20, 2008. Besides the interview with Parker, The UpTakes’s Sam Mayfield also talks with a community member about the ACORN issue and the McCain campaigns’ handling of it.

“Jobs, Baby, Jobs”- Clinton & Obama In Florida

Sending the bull to clean up the china shop makes as much sense as sending Republicans back to Washington to clean up the nation’s financial mess.  That was one of the many one liners Senator Hillary Clinton fired off at Republicans as she campaigned in Orlando, Florida with Senator Barack Obama.  
Clinton tweaked her oft used line “it takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush” to once again a Democrat will help us rise from the Bushes.  She also tweaked the Republican campaign slogan of “drilll baby drill” to the more economically focused “jobs, baby, jobs”.

Early Voters in Florida

October 20th is the first day for early voting in Florida. Sam Mayfield visited polling stations in Central Florida including downtown Orlando and Winter Park. Most voters indicated they wanted to avoid the long lines and traffic associated with election day.  Others cited the problems with ballot counting in 2000; this year they wanted to be certain their vote was counted correctly. Over midday the longest line seen was about 75 people although there were reporters of lines up to 100 in some locations. VIDEO: Sam MayfieldTEXT: Noah Kunin