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Voter suppression laws hurt all Americans

Voting makes us who we are as Americans. Our democracy is special because we value equal and fair elections. Manipulating voting laws for an advantage in an election is something we expect to hear about in countries with dictatorships. It shouldn’t be a problem in America, but unfortunately, it is. Our voting rights are under fire because some people are trying to make it harder to vote.

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Smile, you’re on camera — almost

The Gimenez administration throws it weight behind a bill filed by Florida Senator Chris Smith

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez was in Tallahassee Tuesday lending support to legislation pertaining to police body worn cameras. Senate Bill 248 filed by Chris Smith D-Fort Lauderdale wants to limit who can see what is captured by the body cameras, stating that in some instances a person’s privacy is at stake. “It’s the right bill. We are here fighting to allow more openness and protect the innocents,” said Gimenez via phone. “It is right for police issues and all those things.”

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Unsolved crimes are piling up in Miami-Dade

State Attorney data shows little arrests for crimes have been made

Cases are not getting solved in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle presented data at a news conference Monday that shows that police are not bringing her office cases for her to prosecute. Fernandez Rundle shared some statistics. In 2012, there were 129 contact shootings (not all victims are killed), with only 23 cases filed. In 2013, there were 136 contact shootings, with only 24 cases filed. In 2014, there were 152 contact shootings, with only 15 arrests. “What that means is witnesses are not naming names," Fernandez Rundle said. "They know who the shooters are, but for whatever reason, fear or something else, they keep silent. There can be no arrests unless perpetrators are identified.”

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“Dumbing Down” of American education is detrimental

Early in 2001, when I was the chair of the education committee on the Council of the District of Columbia, I was talking with the D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Paul Vance about the intense debate over standards at the time. Federal lawmakers were debating whether to tie federal dollars that were earmarked to the states to having the state’s school age children academically proficient by 2014. Under this proposal, those states whose students failed to meet this standard would lose their expected federal education dollars.

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Albert Alex “Justice” Fulbright to be memorialized

Albert Alex Fulbright, 72, known by most as “Justice,” died Dec. 10th and was cremated on the 14th “without any of his family being notified,” according to Twondy G. Wilcox. “When we met for the Memorial Service for Georgia Jones-Ayers, who died Feb. 17th, and Justice wasn’t there, I then became a bit concerned. But when he did not come to her funeral, I knew something was wrong,” Wilcox said, who lives in Fort Lauderdale. “Justice loved her (Jones-Ayers)like a sister and nothing but death would keep him away from being at her funeral.”

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Community has Easter dinner with OPPM

Omega Power and Praise Ministry does giveaways for schools and residents

Omega Power and Praise Ministry (OPPM), Inc. has once again taken on the posture of a servant. While many were preparing for the Easter holiday, Dr. Harriette Wilson Greene and her committee were burning the midnight oil. “This year was like no other event we have ever done," Greene said. "Supplies were slow coming in, but we kept the faith, believing that because it was for the children God would meet our needs.”

Stop worrying and start trusting God

People spend too much time worrying about things pending and situations that might come. Much of the time spent worrying could be put to more productive use such as networking, discussing, formulating, and implementing a plan to solve that situation or problem.   When you have done all you can about a problem or situation, give it to the Lord. Proverbs 15:29 reminds us that God hears the cries of the righteous (the upright, in right standing with him).

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Baron C. Mashack: Positively impacts lives in this sinful world

Pastor of the week

The Reverend Baron C. Mashack is known for his passionate worship, no-nonsense approach to teaching and preaching the word of God and for his cutting-edge approach and strong desire to impact the culture for Christ. He is a native New Yorker, who grew up in the Congregational Church of God in Manhattan, N.Y. under the leadership of Dr. William Aaron and later, Dr. Levorne Aaron. He attended St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.

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Broward Sheriff’s Office sergeant donates his lifesaving kidney to his teenage son

Elijah “E.J.” Samaroo was just 11 years old when he began his all-to-frequent trips to the hospital. His eight-year odyssey of suffering began when doctors at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center diagnosed him with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the body’s own tissue and organs. Elijah suffered complications from the disease, which led to him needing open-heart surgery. On what should have been Elijah’s first day of high school, he began chemotherapy treatment to suppress the lupus.

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Miracles made at the Miami Transplant Institute

The Miami Transplant Institute, a joint program between the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, is the only center in Florida that performs every type of transplant. The experienced team of doctors , surgeons, nurses, therapists and counselors at the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI), offer excellent care, state-of-the-art treatments, the latest immunosuppressive therapies, and all of the resources of South Florida’s largest academic medical center.

Roxcy O'Neal Bolton Rape Treatment Center at JMH offers help to victims of sexual assault

Millions of women and men are the victims of sexual violence each year – an act that is defined as any sexual activity where consent is not freely given. Yet according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, it is the most under-reported violent crime in the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics indicate that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime in the United States. The first experience with most victims of sexual violence occurs before the age of 25.

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What is your obesity costing you?

Sometimes celebrities or otherwise physically fit people will put on a fat suit and document their experience with a video camera, usually to be aired on a daytime talk show. The overall impression is universal: Being severely overweight is taxing on almost every level, says Dr. Eleazar Kadile, who specializes in treating patients with obesity and associated chronic disease. “Physically, emotionally, mentally and even spiritually, being obese is an ever-present condition to the experience my clients face every day,” says Kadile, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine and author of “Stop Dying Fat”

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B-CU Symphonic Band in concert

First Black university to perform at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Bethune-Cookman University will host its annual Spring Concert at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. The Spring Concert is headlined by the Symphonic Band under the direction of Donovan Wells, music instructor and director of college bands. The Symphonic Band is a 50-plus member wind ensemble featuring piccolo, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets, trombones, French horns and tubas. There are 62 student musicians in the band. The students will perform contemporary, traditional, classical and jazz music, as well as a medley of songs by Frank Sinatra.

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Walter Scott needed Feiden Santana, not activists

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We all need to take a page from the book of Feiden Santana. The Dominican immigrant's self-less and courageous act of recording Walter Scott's demise is what our current society needs more of, not pundits or organized protest marches. Unlike the self-serving activists of today, the freedom fighters of old were motivated by the urgent need for justice much like Santana. On his way to work, the 23-year old barber saw a human tragedy and dug deep to give a human response. "I thought about his position, their situation ... If I were to have a family member that would happen [to], I would like to know the truth," Santana told NBC News.

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The Social Whirl

Congratulations to Da’Mario Jackson Smith, a senior at Monsignor Pace High School and Youth Sunday speaker on April 12 at The Historic St. Agnes’ Episcopal Church. Familiar scripture used to deliver a thoughtful and provoking message. “Let not your hearts be troubled.” Family and friends are rightfully proud, especially parents Rev. Woodrow and Danita Jackson Jenkins and Mr. and Mrs. Mario Smith. It is a wonderful thing to witness the growth and nurturing of our Black boys and young men who continue to grow in wisdom, respect for others and self-respect. He is among the “Sugars” in my life.

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Chatter that Matters

It has been authorized by founder Dr. Enid C. Pinkney that the Historical Hampton House Trust declared the opening on Friday, April 10, at 2525 NW 27th Ave. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson The Honorable Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson. Reports were given by Dorothy Johnson; Dr. Pinkney; Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte: Hugo Velasquez, up-dating Project Status: Status of Operations/Program: Luncheon Report: and Construction Completion. Everyone waited until the auditing committee was voted upon: Ron Frazier, Ron Butler, Dr. Larry Capp, and Plans for Grand Opening to include Parking, Translation, Planning, Lease and guidance for the lease before the building is turned over to HHHCT, INC.

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Commissioner Edmonson reads to children for Library Week

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson celebrates National Library Week, which runs through April 18, by reading to children at the Lemon City Library, located at 430 NE 61st St. in

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Liberty City students perform on live TV

Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall of District 2 was proud to support dance and music students at Charles R. Drew K-8 Center in Liberty City, as they appeared on an NBC 6 telecast on April 6. Reporter Ari Odzer featured Charles R. Drew K-Center during the local television station’s Brag About

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FAMU Board gets new appointees

Chair, vice chair and new trustee positions announced

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Board of Trustees has selected trustee Rufus Montgomery as its chair. Montgomery is president and CEO of The Cascon Group and a partner with CurtMont Global. He has held several executive positions, most recently as managing director of government affairs at Hall Booth Smith P.C. and prior to that he served as vice president at Cornerstone Communications Group. Montgomery has also held executive positions in higher education, including service as interim

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Knight Foundation names Bahia Ramos arts program director

Bahia Ramos, a veteran grant maker and nonprofit leader, will become the arts program director at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she will shape the organization’s efforts to engage communities through the arts.

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