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Thursday, October 31

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People

On October 5th, my sister Gayle Sweeting celebrated her birthday with eight of her close friends with a one-day cruise aboard The Superfast Cruise to Bimini. Joining in the celebration were: Faye Kelly, Kathy Peacock, Elaine Jinks, Vonna Richardson, Gina Garvin, Kim Watson, Shandra Smith, Mayla Beason and Lashonda Hanna. Everyone had a good time.

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“12 Years a Slave”

a movie that viewers will never forget

If there’s one film you must see this fall, the hand’s down choice has to be “12 Years a Slave,” which opens on Nov. 1st at the Coral Gables Art Cinema for a one-week run. When the movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year,

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Exclusive report: six staple items compared

Many in the community are bracing themselves for the Nov. 1st Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] (formally known as the food stamp program) cuts. Recently, thousands gathered in Liberty City at the Joseph Caleb Center to discuss how they will survive.

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BTW claims ‘mythical Miami title,’ stops Norland, 41-14

While the 41-14 result of the Booker T. Washington-Norland game ended in the expected manner, the Tornados of BTW said they still had something to prove. Head Coach Tim “Ice” Harris says, “the win against the Vikings solidifies the mythical State of Miami championship.”

The importance of giving thanks

Ever wondered what happened to please and thank you? There appears to be a spirit of entitlement that has crept into our midst, much like the voracious, creepy, crawly, kudzu vine swept across the South; so much so that it has earned the nickname of “the vine that ate the south.

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Broward women raise bucks for breast cancer

Weekend of events focus on ‘saving the twinz’

The Ware House in Lauderhill, was the cite of a spirit-filled, breast cancer awareness event — organized by Belvit Jordan, who also founded “Save the Twinz” four years ago.

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Youth get needed after-school equipment

Children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade County recently met with NBA Champion Mario Chalmers of the Miami HEAT as part of a Nesquik program th

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Will Tea Party lead GOP over the cliff?

Tea Party adherents have extreme views that help them win Republican primaries when the most conservative and ideological Republicans vote. However, in general elections when liberals,

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Crime rate drops but murder rate now five-times the U.S. average

Miami Gardens police employ citizen patrol as murders surge

Last Monday evening, a barrage of bullets was unleashed from a shopping center alley in Miami Gardens. And once again, an innocent 13-year-old girl, sitting on the back patio of her home in the 20400 block of Northwest Second Court, was shot.

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Bendross-Mindingall honored for three decades of service

Miami-Dade County Public School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall was recently honored for her commitment to fostering unity within the County’s multi-ethnic community at the Thirty-First Annual Unity Dinner Celebration hosted by the Theodore R. Gibson Memorial Board of Directors.

The Miami Times political recommendations

Certainly $830M is a lot of money but that’s what would pay for the proposed list of line items that Jackson Health System says it needs to bring its facilities up-to-date, including the modernization of its emergency rooms, the expansion of its urgent care centers and the ability to be more competitive among other hospitals both locally and nationally.

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New city manager hired; police chief to retire

Cameron Benson now responsible for City’s daily operations

A former Hollywood city manager who stepped down after facing heated criticism of his job in overseeing the City’s ballooning budget deficit of $10.3M, has been hired to take over as city manager for Miami Gardens.

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Paucity of choices indicate a better pool of candidates is needed

As we consider who will get our vote next Tuesday, several races whose outcome will have a long standing impact on both the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County confirm something that many of us have only whispered about

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Chatter That Matters

Dr. Gloria Tuckfield thanks you for your invaluable support in promoting the access of eligible students to the Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Scholarship Fund’s (JTMGBSF) tuition

Student recognized for his academic achievements

Mervin Cox, a junior at Miami Palmetto Senior High, has been chosen to be the 5000 Role Models’ student of the month.

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Forget the odds in Canes vs. FSU

One of the best-storied rivalries in college football appears to have been reborn in the Sunshine State. As the seconds ticked off this past Saturday at Sun Life Stadium all of South Florida knew that for the first time in a decade Miami and Florida State would meet as top-10 unbeaten teams.

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Sisters on a mission for breast cancer

The families and friends of South Florida Black hairstylists combined efforts earlier this week to raise money for breast cancer research and the support of survivors.

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Faith Calendar

Triumphing for Jesus Christ Faith Holiness concludes their revival Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Call 305-573-7650.

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Allapattah Middle School walks for breast cancer cure

Over 250 students donate money to wear pink for a day

Over 250 students from Allapattah Middle School [AMS] recently decided to come together to make a stand for those battling breast cancer. They said that because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they wanted to show their support in finding a cure. So they hosted an event called “Pink Friday.”

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UF celebrates dreams fulfilled

Black alumni association looks back on how far they’ve come

The University of Florida’s [UF] Association of Black alumni hosted its annual Black alumni weekend to celebrate the 50th year of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The theme for the celebration was “Gator Nation: Celebrating Dream Fulfilled”, according to their press release.

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Office of Economic Opportunity helps small businesses succeed

Program makes it easier for contractors to become certified

Miami-Dade County is calling all small and minority-owned businesses looking to broaden their horizons. Brian Williams, development officer of the Office of Economic Opportunity [OEO] is looking to assist those who want to grow their business and make sure they stay in the black.

Free workshop indroduces mobile apps and coding

Local businesses team up for common cause

The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce [M-DCC], the Young Professionals Network [YPN], and Black Tech Miami [BTM] have teamed up get your technology game up to par. On Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Miami-Dade College North Campus, a free workshop will be instructed.  

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Killian keeps hope alive

What once looked like a long-shot has now become possible for Killian after a hallmark 21-13 defeat of district rival South Dade (7-1, 2-1) last Saturday at Tropical Park put the Cougars (4-4, 2-1) back in the running for a District 16-8A championship and post season. “[The Buccaneers] hadn’t been hit in the mouth yet,” said Killian coach, Cory Johnson. “We wanted to challenge them physically.”

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Liberty City gets lesson in healthcare reform

Miami-Dade County [M-DC] Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson joined State Senator Dwight Bullard and State Representative Cynthia Stafford recently at a public forum on healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Right Away Car Care and Mobile will be giving FREE car washes with your donation of a new unwrapped toy Sat., Dec. 7 at 2601 NW 95 Street.

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“My abuse, misery and pain led to ministry”

When most young boys, between the ages of five and six years-old were riding their bikes, just beginning to learn about junior football and playing games with their peers, Leroy Smith, Jr. was being taught other lessons.

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Haitian Cultural Center, Allapattah kids program, vie for Knight grants

Community can vote for People’s Choice Award through Nov. 15th

Five local small arts organizations are each vying for $20K as the eventual winner of the Knights Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award — unrestricted funds they’ll be able to use for a project of their choice.

Wednesday, October 30

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Colyer surprises voters in final District 5 forum

Reveals an unseen passion in her quest for the commission

On Tuesday evening, the Hadley Park Homeowners Association sponsored a forum — or debate depending on whom you ask — with the four candidates vying for the City of Miami District 5 commission seat. This time next week, Michelle Spence-Jones will have to give up her place on the dais as either Keon Hardemon, Dr. Robert Malone, Jr., Rev. Richard Dunn II or Jacqui Colyer replaces her — assuming they can come up with 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast. If not the top two vote-getters will go to a run-off election. Colyer presented a very different face and presentation at Tuesday night’s debate — something that her supporters say they have been expecting for sometime. She was on point in terms of her responses and did not allow her three male candidates to overshadow her. In fact, she was actually aggressive and concise. From this writer’s perspective, Colyer emerged victorious.

Tuesday, October 29

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Win free tickets to see The Best Man Holiday

We have a stack of free tickets to The Best Man Holiday advanced screening that we are ready to give away!

Monday, October 28

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White House to welcome Halloween trick or treaters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ghosts, goblins and other scary characters have been invited to trick or treat at the White House on Halloween. The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will welcome local children and those from military families at the south side of the mansion on Thursday.

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Conrad Murray released from jail after serving half of his prison sentence

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence. Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut down. The former cardiologist was convicted in 2011 of causing Jackson’s death in June 2009 by providing the superstar with an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. Jackson was in the midst of preparations for a series of comeback concerts and Murray was serving as his personal physician. Murray’s prospects are uncertain: At age 60 his license to practice medicine has been suspended or revoked in three states and his face and name are well known due to his association with Jackson and his highly publicized involuntary manslaughter trial. The former doctor is appealing his conviction, although an appeals court has questioned whether it needs to hear the case. His attorney Valerie Wass has argued that the court shouldn’t dismiss the appeal because it could alter his overall sentence and reduce some of the stigma his conviction has caused.

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Darrell Wallace Jr. sets NASCAR milestone as first African-American to win race in 50 years

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. became the second black driver to win on NASCAR's national level and first in a half-century, taking the Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wendell Scott won in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 1963 in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR's three national levels. "This means everything," the 20-year-old Wallace said. "This is an emotional win for me, especially doing it in Wendell Scott's backyard. I love coming here to Martinsville, it's always good to me. It finally paid off. I think it's my third trip here. I love coming here. The fans are great here." Wallace, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, beat Jeb Burton into Turn 1 off a restart with five laps to go. "We congratulate Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first national series victory, one that will be remembered as a remarkable moment in our sport's history," Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO, said in a statement. "Darrell's success, following fellow NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Kyle Larson's win earlier this season, is indicative of a youth and multicultural movement that bodes well for NASCAR's future growth."

Friday, October 25

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LeBron James Says He's Still Striving To Be Better

MIAMI -- MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James was desperate for some time away from basketball, so he packed up his family for a vacation this summer. Sun and sand. Rest and relaxation. Pen and paper, too. It didn't take long until the NBA's MVP took a break from taking a break. Considered the best player in the game, James remains obsessed with getting better. That's why, on the verge of starting his 11th professional season and fourth with the Miami Heat, James fully expects the 2013-14 campaign to be his best one yet. He knows there's no shortage of challengers aiming to knock both him and his team off their respective mountaintops. "I'm nitpicking now, obviously, at my own game," James said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I want that. I want to be uncomfortable. I want to continue to push the envelope and get to a point where I feel like I'm trying to master everything. Now, I can't be the greatest at everything. There's better rebounders than me. There's better passers than me. There's better scorers than me. But I want to be able to maximize my potential in everything I do."

Thursday, October 24

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The Sports Brothers

GSU's players should be praised

When I read this week that the Grambling State University’s football program was forfeiting a game against Jackson State University, I couldn't help but look up the actual definition of the word and see that the definition, in this sense didn't match the action.

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chatter That Matters

Those vivacious senior walkers at Arcola Lakes Park took to the road for a fun-filled day in Key West to observe the city and celebrate those born in the month of October. During the trip, coordinators Clint and Annie Harris delivered

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Preacher avoids world’s pitfalls in service to God

Rev. Kenneth L. Washington makes Miami hometown his pulpit

Pastor Kenneth L. Washington, a native of Miami, has been a part of the Greater Israel Bethel Primitive Baptist Church all of his life. “I was born to the late Mae Francis Washington and Marvin DeShazior and my mother kept me in church,"

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Breast cancer — raising funds and awareness both vital

Survivor Allen says “there is strength in numbers”

Susan G. Komen’s Annual Race for the Cure was held last Saturday and more than 20,000 walkers and runners joined together to help the cause. The race honored breast cancer survivors, supported those dealing with breast cancer diagnosis and raised money

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People

Congratulations to our new first family at Bethune-Cookman University [B-CU], Dr. Edison Jackson and his wife, Mrs. Florence Jackson, who celebrated 50 years of marriage on Oct. 19th. They are the parents of two children.

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Plant it Forward opens largest aquaponics lab

A unique university-community school partnership has recently invaded the campus of Miami Northwestern Senior High School [MNSH]. The Plant It Forward food production educational program, powered by One America and led by Points of Light, was a fun-filled event while discussing some of the more pressing community issues.

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Specialty license plates sold to fund mentoring programs

Last Friday, Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida [BBBSAF] announced that Florida has approved a speciality BBBSAF license plate for sale. Having the plates go on sale is their fun and unique way of not only raising funds but creating state-wide awareness. Organized in 1995, BBBSAF is a non-profit statewide capacity-building that provides initiatives to sustain and advance the 13 Big Brothers Big Sisters member agencies.

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Has District 5 election turned into a two-man race?

Recent forum appears to have Dunn, Hardemon going after each other

With the recent redistricting in the State of Florida, the City of Miami’s District 5 looks different than it did when outgoing Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones was elected to the dais. Where the District was once mostly comprised of historic Overtown and Liberty City, today it also includes more economically-advantaged areas like Buena Vista, Shorecrest,

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Rick Scott creating a Common Core mess

It’s election time for Governor Rick Scott, and he is promoting himself as Florida’s education governor. Scott spokesman Lane Wright said

Faith Calendar

Trinity C.M.E. Church invites you to experience the culmination of Fire In the House, Thu., Oct. 24th at 7:15 p.m. Call 305-373-7162.

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Urban youth seeing dreams of college come true

Breakthrough Miami targets high-achieving minorities using innovative approach

When Ariel Edwards, 31, was a student at Miami Central, she knew that the odds were stacked against her. But the mostly-A student says she was determined to attend college. Today, after earning her B.A. in English Literature

Miami Passport Agency gets first black assistant director

Promotion granted to deserving woman

History is being made yet again in the city of Miami. Donna Ward, an iconic community leader has been promoted as the newest Assistant Director of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Miami’s Passport Agency.

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Miami Dolphins help kids prepare for Halloween

Miami Dolphins players, cheerleaders, T.D. and members of the Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization helped Miami-Dade County school children shop for Halloween costumes

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Lifestyle Happenings

Right Away Car Care and Mobile will be giving FREE car washes with your donation of a new unwrapped toy Sat., Dec. 7 at 2601 NW 95 Street. The event is in preparation for our Toy Pick-Up Dec. 21. Toys can be dropped off at any time leading up to the Toy Pick-Up.

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Jones faced with challenges of being a tycoon

Ten-year-old sells self-penned book for charity

Growing up most children would settle for doing chores around the house in order to earn an allowance. However, by the time he was eight, Keith “Amari” Jones had found more creative ways to put dollars in his piggy bank.

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Carol City defeats Homestead 23-20

Miami Carol City Chiefs win in second half battle

The Homestead Broncos received every sign that their district game against Carol City would end auspiciously. They were coming off of a dominating road win against Palmetto, and their star receiver Ermon Lane was ruled eligible after facing a possible suspension. For a moment, it seemed as if all the stars had aligned and the football gods were smiling down on the Broncos.

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Norland High alums hold Carvalho’s feet to the fire

Superintendent says promises associated with bond will be kept

It was approximately one year ago that the voters of Miami-Dade County approved a $1.2B bond intended to upgrade deteriorating schools — some which hadn’t seen improvements since they were built over 50 years ago. The other revenue from the bond was to be used to bring the County’s schools up-to-date with the latest technology. Over 280 schools were listed as renovations candidates based on the age and condition of their buildings.

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FMU’s new royalty

Mr. and Miss Florida Memorial University were recently honored during the University’s coronation on Sat., Oct. 12. and are now the official spokespersons for South Florida’s only Historically Black College and University.

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Cancer survivors share their harrowing tales

As breast cancer awareness month comes to a close, it is important to remember that those who live with the disease do not get a reprieve after the month’s end. They continue to battle, to take medications, to seeks prayers and support and — hopefully, to live for many years more. Here are several survivors’ stories of local women and men who have faced cancer and are beating the odds.

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Central embarrasses Norland, 56-6

As expected the Central Rockets (5-1, 2-0) easily defeated the District 16-6A newbie Norland Vikings. What was unexpected was the outright onslaught that ensued. T

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Thousands swarm Caleb Center seeking food

Congresswoman Wilson’s town hall addresses cuts in SNAP and concerns over hunger

Liberty City residents filled a Joseph Caleb Center meeting room totaling well over 1,000 men, women and children last Saturday in order to address their concerns about how imminent Nov. 1st cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP]

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Apostle Jean answers call: ‘Save the Children’

Started Divine Hope Restoration Ministries from home

After being a faithful member of the streets, a former wrestling coach, and a gifted athlete, R. Caleb Jean answered a divine call that had been placed on his heart by the Lord. The call was “Save the Children.” It was in 1995 that Jean decided to change his lifestyle. The following year, Jean says he transformed his life completely and “answered the call from God upon my life and became an ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The message he heard was ‘Save the Children.’

Tuesday, October 22

Miami Hurricanes NCAA Saga Comes To An End With Sanctions

Miami's football team will lose a total of nine scholarships and the men's basketball team will lose three, as part of the penalties the school was handed last Tuesday by the NCAA as the Nevin Shapiro scandal presumably drew to a close. Both of those scholarship losses will be stretched out over three years. But for the first time since 2010, the football team will be permitted to appear in a postseason game. The school will also serve three years of probation. Former men's basketball coach Frank Haith, now at Missouri, will sit out the first five games of his team's upcoming season, and three former Miami assistant coaches were handed two-year show-cause bans. Even though the NCAA said Miami lacked "institutional control" when it came to monitoring Shapiro, the university is accepting the decision and does not plan to appeal. The NCAA's Committee on Infractions also showed that the Hurricanes' decision to self-impose sanctions was wise. "The committee acknowledged and accepted the extensive and significant self-imposed penalties by the university," the NCAA said.

Monday, October 21

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President Obama starts his day with these devotionals

Each morning for the past five years, before most of his aides have arrived at the White House, President Barack Obama has read a devotional sent to his BlackBerry, weaving together biblical scripture with reflections from literary and cultural figures. Joshua DuBois, an informal spiritual adviser to Obama who ran the White House faith-based office until earlier this year, writes the devotionals for Obama and has compiled many of them in a forthcoming book, "The President's Devotional," to be released Oct. 22 by HarperOne. A look at some of the devotionals, abridged for space, that have started the president's day: ___ HOLDING OUR PEACE "But the people held their peace and answered him not a word, for the king's commandment was, 'Do not answer him.'" (2 Kings 18:36). Dear God, give me judiciousness in response today. Help me discern when to speak and when to hold my peace. In the end, I know that the victory will be yours, and mine. Amen.

Friday, October 18

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Jury selection finally begins in Sean Taylor murder trial

MIAMI -- MIAMI (AP) — Nearly six years ago, All-Pro safety Sean Taylor was at home nursing an injury instead of taking the field with his Washington Redskins teammates for a road game at Tampa. Unfortunately, a group of young men from southwest Florida apparently didn't know that. Prosecutors say the suspects drove across the state intending to burglarize Taylor's Miami-area home, confident he wouldn't be there. When the 6-foot-2, 230-pound player — well known as a ferocious hitter — confronted them with a machete early on Nov. 26, 2007, Eric Rivera Jr. allegedly fired two shots. One missed. The other hit Taylor in the upper leg, causing massive blood loss that led to his death a day later at age 24. Finally, after numerous delays, jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for Rivera's first-degree murder trial. Because Rivera, now 23, was only 17 at the time of the crime, he faces life in prison instead of the death penalty if convicted. Jury selection is expected to take about four days. Four other people were also charged in the case. One of them, Venjah Hunte, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary charges and is expected to testify against Rivera. The other three are scheduled to go to trial later on lesser charges. Hunte's plea deal calls for a 29-year prison term instead of life. Although Taylor had some run-ins with the law and been fined several times by the NFL for various rules violations, his future seemed extremely bright before he was killed. The son of Florida City Police Chief Pedro Taylor and an All-American player at the University of Miami, the Redskins drafted Taylor with the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft and he signed an $18 million contract. Taylor quickly became a starter and was nicknamed "Meast" by teammates — a combination of man and beast — because of his hard-hitting style. He was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2006 season and was also very popular among Redskins players and fans. One of his best friends, wide receiver Santana Moss, said he still says "a little prayer" for Taylor every time he takes the field.

Thursday, October 17

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Goverment reopens after congress ends 16-day shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations. Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, which the House and Senate passed late Wednesday, ending a brawl with Republicans who tried to use the must-pass legislation to mount a last-ditch effort to derail the president's landmark health care law and demand concessions on the budget. The White House directed all agencies to reopen promptly and in an orderly fashion. Furloughed federal employees across the country are expected to return to work Thursday. The impasse had shuttered national parks and monuments, and mostly closed down NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department. Critical functions of government went on as usual and most federal employees won't see their paychecks delayed, but the closure and potential default weighed on the economy and spooked the financial markets. There were signs early Thursday that the federal government was slowly coming back to life. "We're back from the #shutdown!" the Smithsonian Institution crowed on Twitter, announcing that museums would reopen Thursday and the National Zoo in Washington on Friday. Standard & Poor's estimated the shutdown has taken $24 billion out of the economy, and the Fitch credit rating agency warned Tuesday that it was reviewing its AAA rating on U.S. government debt for a possible downgrade.

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Highlights of 2013 Education Summit

Nine-year-old education activist Asean Johnson speaks out

Did you know that by the age of three, children from low-income families have heard 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers? NBC News has made it their mission to engage the country in “solution-focused conversation about the state of education in America.”

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Miami Broward 2013 Carnival

Beauty was everywhere during last weekend’s annual Miami Broward 2013 Carnival. These local gems look like they just belong shimmering in the sunshine.

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UTD gets new deal worth $70 million

Once ratified, will be largest increase in years

Last Monday, Miami-Dade County Public Schools [M-DCPS] and the United Teachers of Dade [UTD] reached a tentative agreement on contract negotiations for over 21,000 teachers and 4,600 support and clerical personnel.

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Couple gets a home they can call their own

The Reverend Tracey McCloud, pastor of Peace Missionary Baptist Church (l-r); Caronite St. Luc, Lemonfort St. Luc and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime were all smiles at the recent ribbon cutting

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Faith Calendar

New Mt. Sinai M.B. Church will have its choir anniversary celebration Friday Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. Call 305-297-7515.

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Chatter That Matters

In mid-July, Carolyn Frazier, Minnie Cox Moore, Marilyn D. Randall and Juanita Matthews took a 12-night Scandinavia and Russian cruise along the Baltic Sea. The group flew from Atlanta to Amsterdam, where they boarded the Celebrity Constellation.

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People

On Oct. 5th Mrs. Willie Pearl Porter celebrated her 102nd birthday with her church family and the Miami Black Nurses Association (BNA) who worshipped together at the Church of the incarnation, Sunday Sept. 29

UF now offers major in African American studies

Degree finally being offered after 44-year-old program

Just as Sam Cooke belted out in his 1964 single, “A Change is Gonna Come,” — from the looks of things in Gainesville — indeed it has. Building on the 44 year-old program, the University of Florida [UF] now offers an African-American studies major.

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The Jackson bond referendum -— why it matters for Blacks

JHS board chairman says “we must modernize our facilities”

On Tuesday, Nov. 5th, registered voters of Miami-Dade County will have an important decision to make — whether they support a request from Jackson Health System [JHS] for the issuance of General Obligation Bonds not exceeding $830M.

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Candidates still raising funds to win the big race

Will victory go to the one with the largest war chest?

The District 5 race for City of Miami Commissioner continues to have its ebbs and flows, with one of the final debates of the campaign season scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 17 at the Hadley Park Community Center [1350 NW 50th Street] beginning at 6 p.m.

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Scott moves Florida into a Jim Crow status

Leading up to the election of 2014, Governor Rick Scott will continue to run Florida as a Jim Crow state. In 2012, ex-President Clinton said, “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today.” Clinton was referring to the Republican governors and legislators who are “disciplined, passionate, and determined to keep young people, minorities and progressives from voting in 2014.”

Setting record straight about Overtown’s churches

In response to your article, “Heads clash on proposed $2.5M community fund,” I would suggest your headline is a bit misleading. Your article clearly reports that the stakeholders you highlighted are not opposed to the community foundation, but are merely studying it and want to be certain that it will fulfill the aspirations of the community.

Miami Broward Carnival showcases kids, colors and culture

The Miami Broward 2013 carnival season recently kicked off as carnival fans witnessed vibrant colors and pulsating energy at Sun Life Stadium as over 20 masquerade bands participated in a street parade within the Stadium and competed for Band of the Year bragging rights

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Apostle Jean answered the call: ‘Save the Children’

Faith in God “healed my paralysis”

After being a faithful member of the streets, a former wrestling coach, and a gifted athlete, R. Caleb Jean answered a divine call that had been placed on his heart by the Lord.

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America's Got Talent hosts auditions in Miami

Host Nick Cannon says he’s excited about season nine

Do you think you have what it takes to win $1 million and to be named the most talented act in America? Well join the crowd as thousands of eager contestants from across South Florida converge at the Miami Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27 for “America’s Got Talent” season nine auditions. After Miami

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Book yields new insight of life of Al Sharpton

The directions didn’t make any sense.They came with diagrams, but that didn’t help. Online information was no better, you were making a mess of things, and about ready to scream. You needed clarification. You needed simple answers. You wanted someone to show you what to do. You needed a leader.

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Peace Park rally to unite youth

Bunche Park reopens after months of sports inactivity

Teddy bears — intended to bring joy and love have instead taken on a whole new meaning in our urban communities. Many in our community know exactly what it means to see a bunch of teddy bears stacked on top of one another, accented with lit candles and t-shirts of those who we’ve lost — another death.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Booker T. Washington Alumni Association Inc. will meet Wed., Oct. 16 in the cafeteria of BTW at 6 p.m.

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Killian rebounds, beats Coral Gables, 21-7

The Killian Cougars bounced back after a three week slump with a 21-7 upset of the Coral Gables Cavaliers last Thursday at Southridge Field. The Region 8A battle ended Coral Gables’ undefeated season and its first 5-0 start since 2008 under then-Coach Joe Montoya.

Regalado campaigning hard for final term as mayor

City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, 66, is considered the odds-on favorite in next month’s mayoral election — particularly since the sudden and surprising withdrawal of City Commissioner Francis Suarez from the race.

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First Black minister to head a South Florida Assembly of God Church

Rev. Selwyn Scott reflects on 40 years as pastor

This writer’s third interview with the Pastor Emeritus of Revival Tabernacle Assembly of God [RTAG], the Reverend Selwyn McDonald Scott,  proved to be just as interesting and rewarding to as was the first encounter some 15 years ago. Selwyn retired last year [2012] after serving as the pastor at RTAG for 40 years.

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Recalling the legacy of Elder Edward Buckner

Edward Buckner, the past president of the Primitive Baptist Churches of the State of Florida, died last Friday, Oct. 4 in hospice in Cocoa [FL]. His nephew, Elder Michael Roan, says, “Uncle Buckner is the man-figure that was instrumental in my accepting the Lord as my personal Savior and for keeping inside of me the desire to continue to serve the Lord.”

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Walmart plan gets OK

Midtown store will benefit Little Haiti shoppers

Last Wednesday, the Miami Zoning appeals board denied a group of activists’ appeal to stop a Walmart from being built in Midtown Miami. But according to the group’s leader, mortgage broker Grant Stern, they will continue to air their criticisms in efforts to slow down the construction of the store.

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Some athletes just have 'it'

One of the reasons we all love sports is that we get to see greatness. We enjoy it when athletes perform at the highest level on the biggest stage when the lights are brightest.

Crime Scene

An Orlando woman was charged with disorderly conduct for ‘twerking’ in front of kids on a school bus. Valerie Dixon has been charged with disorderly conduct after a Lake County deputy spotted the 27-year-old woman bent over at the waist and screaming profanities at a school bus full of children.

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Booker T. builds confidence with win over N'western, 21-9

Northwestern’s 21-9 loss to Booker T. Washington (7-0, 1-0) last Saturday was what Jerry Jones would call a moral victory. No, it did not affect district standings directly, but the confidence with which the Bulls walked off the field will certainly carry over to next Friday’s battle against the nationally-esteemed and reigning 6A State Champs, the Miami Central Rockets.

Wednesday, October 16

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Belafonte Sues Martin Luther King Jr. Estate in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Belafonte sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Tuesday over the fate of three documents he tried to sell at auction. The lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages and a court declaration Belafonte is the rightful owner. The documents are an outline of a Vietnam War speech by King, notes to a speech King never got to deliver in Memphis, Tenn., and a condolence letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King’s wife after the civil rights leader’s 1968 assassination. According to the lawsuit, Belafonte was preparing to auction the items in 2008 when the estate “astonishingly” blocked it. The lawsuit cited the close relationship between Belafonte and King, saying the pair “worked on strategies and collaborated on issues that would transform American society” while they “forged a deep and enduring personal friendship.” It said King and his widow, Coretta Scott King, gave Belafonte a number of items and it noted that Coretta Scott King, who died in 2006, mentioned Belafonte in her autobiography, saying “whenever we got into trouble or when tragedy struck, Harry has always come to our aid, his generous heart wide open.”

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Miriam Carey, women killed by DC police, funeral service held

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Speakers at Miriam Carey's funeral Tuesday tried to give more insight into the person widely known as the young woman killed by police in Washington after she tried to ram her car through a White House barrier. The 34-year-old single mother was a generous, loving sister — one of five — who was a passionate, fun-loving cook making meals for an extended family in Brooklyn that she considered the most important part of her life, Amy Carey-Jones, one of her sisters, told mourners. She also was ambitious, sharing with her sisters a plan to get a master's degree in a health field, Amy Carey said. Miriam Carey, who had worked as a dental hygienist, was praised by her colleagues for her "delightful bedside manner," said the program for the service, held at Brooklyn chapel and attended by about 90 mourners. Carey was dressed in white, and lay in a white casket. Prayers were offered as the lid was slowly closed; a woman sobbed loudly as the casket was wheeled to a waiting hearse for a police-escorted trip to a Long Island cemetery. She had been living in Stamford, Conn., and is survived by her 1-year-old daughter, who was in the vehicle during the Oct. 3 car chase through the streets of Washington. Carey had been diagnosed with postpartum depression and psychosis. Authorities say she believed President Barack Obama was monitoring her electronically. Police found no weapons in her car, and family members have said officers never should have fired at Carey's vehicle.

Friday, October 11

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Georgia teen, Kendrick Johnson's, family calls on Benjamin Crump after horrifying update in son's death

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The attorney who helped push for a criminal prosecution in Trayvon Martin's shooting said Thursday that he's joining the fight to reopen an investigation into the death of a Georgia teenager whose body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat at school. The body of Kendrick Johnson, 17, was found Jan. 11 in south Georgia, and Lowndes County sheriff's investigators concluded that he died in a freak accident — falling headfirst into an upright mat and becoming trapped. But Johnson's family believes he was killed and has been pressuring authorities into taking a second look at the case.

Thursday, October 10

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Scott’s voter purge has all the trappings of racism

Florida Governor Rick Scott is at it again — bound and determined to save us from those hordes of “ineligible voters” that continue to break down the doors at every voting precinct. You know the kind

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Heads clash on proposed $2.5M community fund

Are leaders putting the “horse before the cart?”

When the next full Board of Miami-Dade County Commission meeting convenes (Tuesday, Oct. 22), one of the most anticipated agenda items will be a $250M multi-use development project, proposed by the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency [CRA] and approved last September by the City of Miami commission.

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Chatter That Matters: October 9, 2013

Miamians were saddened to hear of the recent death of A. Janie Henderson Reeves, the mother of The Miami Times’s publisher, Rachel J. Reeves. The funeral was held last Thursday. Deepest sympathy to Rachel in her great loss and her son Garth, who lost his beloved grandmother.

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Broward Urban League honors Cong. Hastings

The Urban League of Broward County, led by CEO Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, recently held a Love Boat Red Gala Extravaganza at the County Convention Center where they honored Congressman Alcee Hastings with the Diversity Champion Award.

My own message to the world before I die

Since life began via my beloved parents, a very special thanks would have to be extended to them first for not only partaking in the act of procreation, which ultimately led to my existence, but also for supplying me with enough love and support to fill up a

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T. Willard Fair — a man of substance and results

The Urban League of Greater Miami [ULGM] is known as the “education affiliate” and under the leadership of its relentless leader, Talmadge “T” Willard Fair, this comes as no surprise. Opinions shaped by Fair aren’t “off the cuff” concepts shaped without reason — they are the result of a 50-year commitment to ensuring underserved minority children have access to an equal education.

Spreading Larceny

Local attorney Roderick Vereen was on Chief Jimmy Brown’s HOT 105 radio talk show last Sunday night, providing an interesting update on the on-again, off-again fight lodged by Tyrone Greene

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When God calls, it’s best to listen and obey

Rev. McGee’s chat with Lord leads to king building

On Sunday, November 8, 2009, 42 people met at the home of Gunnie and Veronica Watson at the invitation of the Reverend Kenneth McGee. The gathering was held, according to McGee, in order to organize a new church.

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Faith Calendar

Soul Saving M.B. Church invites the community to their revival that continues Oct. 7th -12th

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Debate continues for Common Core

Florida governor remains undecided

The back and forth debates of how the national Common Core standards should be established are still going strong. From aggressive tea party groups to conservative moms, people are speaking out about a bill that could halt Florida’s involvement in the Common Core standards.

FMU, FDOT say “put it down”

Students lead educational fair on dangers of texting and driving

With the variety of different campaigns around the world advocating no texting and driving, Florida Memorial University [FMU] joins The Florida Department of Transportation [FDOT] in its “Put It Down” awareness campaign.

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Mother of six gets 2nd chance for success

Dress for Success and Wal-Mart team up for single moms

Wal-Mart serves as a mecca for all things needed for home, work or play. But what many may not know is that Wal-Mart is also the source for one single mother of six getting off the streets. Once homeless with no job and no family to turn to, LaTonya Bell was blessed with an unforgettable experience.  

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Dolphins good but still not great

So as the Miami Dolphins head into their bye week on the heels of a second consecutive loss, Dolfans are jumping off the ship as if it were the sinking Titanic. Sure the Dolphins were bullied at home 26-23 by the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday.

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Miami Food banks seeing decline in reserves

Government shut down hits close to home

“In a few days, things are going to get critical — it could be very frightening for some of our clients,” said Laverne Holiday, director of Curley’s House of Style, Inc. — Hope Relief Food Bank. “When the basic needs of people are threatened, they go into protective, defensive, combative modes. My fear is that people will do whatever they need to do to survive. And throughout Miami, especially in Liberty City, they are rapidly approaching that position.”

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Central defeats Homestead 37-20

After hearing of Northwestern’s defeat of Norland, the Homestead Broncos, approached their game Saturday against the Central Rockets at Traz Powell, with a newfound hope. “Northwestern opened the door for us and we appreciate that,” Homestead coach Larry Coffey said with a smirk. “It’s huge because everyone is even now.”

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Three women who changed the world

“Harlem Nocturne” shows how artists impacted politics

When the music starts, your feet do, too. Oh, how you love to dance — and if singing is involved, that’s even better. You sing in church, in the choir. If someone mentions it, you dance for the family. It’s a pleasure in front of friends.

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Edmonson walks the NW 18th Avenue corridor

County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson recently restarted her monthly walks through the NW 18th Avenue corridor between NW 62nd and 71st streets. She was accompanied by members of the Miami-Dade County Neighborhood Compliance, Solid Waste Department and Police departments as well as volunteers from the Greater Miami Service Corps.

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AAPACT takes on the work of the iconic August Wilson

“Fences” pushes local Black theater group to new heights

August Wilson, the late, prolific Black playwright who snagged not one — but two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama — was a writer dedicated to perfecting his craft for the theater. As an interracial child of a family of six children raised mostly by his Black

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Northwestern defeats Norland 27-26

There comes a moment in every coach’s career where he/she has to decide between going big or playing it safe. Friday night, under the bright lights at “The Mecca” of high school football, Norland coach Daryle Heidelburg faced that decision. With 1:09 remaining in the game, after a monumental 35-yard touchdown pass, the Vikings who were two of three on extra-point attempts, went for the gusto.

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Key moments in Black history

Nat Turner (Oct. 2, 1880 - Nov. 11, 11831) was a Black slave who led a slave rebellion in Virginia on Aug. 21, 1831 that resulted in 55 white deaths.

Ignorance about breast cancer often equates to death

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among Black women in the U.S. It is also the second-leading cause of cancer death among Black women, exceeded only by lung cancer. In fact, a look at recent statistics reveals that in 2013, an estimated 27,060 new cases of breast cancer will occur among Black women,

Wednesday, October 9

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“Jazzy Classics”-Miami vocalist Rochelle Lightfoot can serenade, scat and praise with ease

Rochelle Lightfoot says she’s been singing since she could barely walk — shocking her mother by belting out an Aretha Franklin classic, “Respect,” at the tender age of 18 months, in perfect pitch. Like many gifted singers before her, she began to sing in church, also picking up a few instruments including the viola and flute. As she entered her 20s, Lightfoot, 41, began to pursue her passion for music as a professional vocalist. But, as she says, she also had to worry about “paying the bills.” Ironically, her career got a big boost when she returned from lunch three years ago and was told that her position had been terminated. That’s when she knew it was time to go after her dream. She has proven that she can tackle several musical genres: jazz, gospel, praise and worship and R&B — even a bit of country when the mood is right. “When I first began singing professionally, I was still trying to find myself,” she said. “I also had to contend with recovering from the ‘death’ of a divorce, so my message was different. By the time I found myself unemployed, I had experienced and witnessed some things. I had been writing music too and the words came from a place of pure emotion — I wanted to help others move forward in their lives like I had.”

Monday, October 7

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Halle Berry, Oliver Martinez welcome baby boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a boy for Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez. A representative for the 47-year-old actress confirms that the couple welcomed their son on Saturday. Publicist Meredith O'Sullivan Wasson offered no other details. E! News reports Berry delivered the baby at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Friday, October 4

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Miriam Carey identified as woman shot by police near Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman with a year-old child led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived. "I'm pretty confident this was not an accident," said Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Still, Capitol Police said there appeared to be no terrorist link. The woman apparently was unarmed. Tourists, congressional staff and even some senators watched as a caravan of law enforcement vehicles chase a black Infiniti with Connecticut license plates down Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol. House and Senate lawmakers, inside debating how to end a government shutdown, briefly shuttered their chambers as Capitol Police shut down the building. The woman's car at one point had been surrounded by police cars and she managed to escape, careening around a traffic circle and past the north side of the Capitol. Video shot by a TV camerman showed police pointing firearms at her car before she rammed a Secret Service vehicle and continued driving. Lanier said police shot and killed her a block northeast of the historic building.

Thursday, October 3

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Rubio shows his true colors — and they aren’t pretty

At one time U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was being touted as a vice-presidential shoo-in, with his dazzling good looks and clean cut appearance. In fact, Rubio became a darling of the media as well as Republicans, particularly those from the far right. But that was before we began to see a few chinks in his armor as several parts of his “story” were proven to be less than accurate.

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Northwestern High recognizes its own

15 leaders inducted into school’s Hall of Fame

There’s something special — almost magical — about being a student and subsequent alumnus of Miami Northwestern Senior High School.

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Comm. Edmonson refutes criticism of Carlisle controversy

“I want to make sure something good finally comes to Liberty City”

In a unanimous decision, the Miami-Dade County commissioners recently approved the transfer of four affordable-housing projects from Carlisle Development Group to another local builder, Atlantic/Pacific — despite Carlisle being under a federal criminal investigation.

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Free your mind and the ‘rest’ will follow

With not one, but two enclosing barbwire gates, gun towers, guards armed with an assortment of heavy artillery, an array of handcuffs and shackles, concrete and steel buildings and a plethora of state of the art cameras positioned everywhere

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It’s time to let Mayor Tondreau do her job

Ever since Lucie Tondreau defeated Kevin Burns in a run-off election for mayor of North Miami last spring, there’s been a court battle, led by Burns, to oust his opponent due to alleged City charter violations. Burns has contended that Tondreau never properly qualified to run for office because she had not lived in the required place of residence for at least one year. Tondreau refuted his claim.

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Where are our Blacks leaders when we need them?

Two things happened on Tuesday, October 1 that should make all Blacks in America stand up and take notice. But it wasn’t like we didn’t see this coming. What is more alarming is the fact that few Black leaders bothered to say anything about what might happen if we citizens were allowed to fall over the cliff. And a cliff is where we now stand.

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Dysfunctional leadership continues

Congress plunges nation into federal government shutdown

Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services.

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FMU students to benefit from scholarship gala

The 12 Annual Scholarship Gala was a rousing success as FMU exceeded its goal of raising $250K to help deserving students receive a first-class education at South Florida’s only Historically-Black University.

Wednesday, October 2

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Government Shutdown Shows No Signs Of Ending As Congress Remains In Stalemate

WASHINGTON — The political stare-down on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing, leaving federal government functions — from informational websites, to national parks, to processing veterans' claims — in limbo from coast to coast. Lawmakers in both parties ominously suggested the partial shutdown might last for weeks. A funding cutoff for much of the government began Tuesday as a Republican effort to kill or delay the nation's health care law stalled action on a short-term, traditionally routine spending bill. Republicans pivoted to a strategy to try to reopen the government piecemeal but were unable to immediately advance the idea in the House. National parks like Yellowstone and Alcatraz Island were shuttered, government websites went dark and hundreds of thousands of nonessential workers reported for a half-day to fill out time cards, hand in their government cellphones and laptops, and change voicemail messages to gird for a deepening shutdown. The Defense Department said it wasn't clear that service academies would be able to participate in sports, putting Saturday's Army vs. Boston College and Air Force vs. Navy football games on hold, with a decision to be made Thursday. And the White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama would have to truncate a long-planned trip to Asia, calling off the final two stops in Malaysia and the Philippines.

Tuesday, October 1

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High School Football Scores

Booker T. Washington (5-0, 1-0) defeated Monsignor Pace (3-1, 0-1) 49-7 Carol City (3-2, 1-0) defeated Southridge (1-3) 7-6 Jackson (3-1) defeated Edison (1-3) 40-0 Norland (2-3, 1-0) defeated Columbus (1-4, 0-1) 20-15 South Dade (5-0; 1-0) defeated Varela (2-2, 1-0) 47-7 Northwestern (2-2, 0-1) defeated Blanche Ely (0-4) 29-16