The Miami Times 2013 Year in Review
Carla St.Louis | 1/1/2014, 9 a.m.
M-DC ranks 3rd in nation in AIDS cases: Miami-Dade County ranked third in the nation in AIDS cases, led by rising infection and number of death rates amongst Blacks. While HIV/AIDS continued to devastate the Black community making up 44 percent of new HIV infections and 57 percent of HIV-related deaths, Blacks in general only make up 14 percent of the population. Males accounted for 73 percent of cumulative reported AIDS cases while Black women accounted for 64 percent of new AIDS cases. Earlier this year, NBA legend and HIV/AIDS activist Earvin “Magic” Johnson and City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones joined a clergy from MD-C in a pastoral breakfast to show their support for Blacks living with the disease.
UTD elects first Black president: Federick “Fed” Ingram made history by becoming the first Black elected president of the United Teachers of Dade (UTD). Beating out four other candidates with just under 51 percent of 7,000 votes cast, Ingram received endorsement by outgoing president Karen Aronowitz. Within his career in education, he earned the Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year award in 2006 and served as UTD’s secretary and treasurer in 2007. Ingram made negotiating pay and health care his two priorities for UTD’s agenda in 2013.
Manslaughter charges for 12 in FAMU band hazing: Prosecutors charged 12 former Florida A&M University band members with manslaughter in the 2011 hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. Champion died in Orlando in November 2011 after he collapsed following what prosecutors say was a savage beating during a hazing ritual in a hotel parking lot on a bus after Florida A&M played Bethune-Cookman University in their annual rivalry football game. Ten of the band members were initially charged in May with felony hazing but prosecutors raised the charges to manslaughter. They also charged two additional defendants with manslaughter.
Black women lead way in new HIV infections: Women represent a larger share of new HIV infections than they did in the early days of the epidemic. Nearly 280,000 women are living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Black women are particularly at risk, accounting for 64 percent of all new AIDS diagnoses among women in 2010. While the youth make up the largest increase in infections, totaling 26 percent of new infections between 13 and 24 year olds.
Miami Heat: Second longest winning streak in NBA history: The longest winning streak in NBA history, by 33 games, is still held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, led by Wilt Chamberlain. However this year, with the assistance of LeBron James, the Miami Heat has the second-longest winning streak in NBA history after beating the Boston Celtics.
Sanford swears in new chief: After losing the trust of Black community members, the City of Sanford sworn in a new chief who happens to be Black. As police chief, Cecil Smith vowed to spend time in the community to rebuild trust lost after the murder of Trayvon Martin. Smith, 52, said he would focus on improving relations between residents and the police department. He succeeds Bill Lee, who was fired in June following national outrage about the way Sanford police handled the investigation of last year’s shooting death of 17-year-old Martin. Although Smith said he does not plan a major revamping of the department, he explained, “I can’ tolerate racism by the police. And I can’t tolerate harassment by police officers.”