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NSMC receives award for heart failure care

Hospital meets national standards for diagnosis and treatment

North Shore Medical Center earns the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The honor recognizes the hospital’s commitment to meeting nationally recognized, research-based measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. To earn the award, North Shore Medical Center met specific quality achievement measures including evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are

Three questions answered about weight loss surgery

Bariatric surgeon Dr. Jorge Sosa of North Shore Medical Center answers three questions about weight loss that everyone always wants know. 1) Is there a role for Weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in obese patients? Certainly, it is becoming quite clear that weight loss surgery is highly effective in the management of Type 2 Diabetes in obese individuals. Not only does it make blood sugar much easier to control, in some patients bariatric surgery results in curing or what is better termed remission of the diabetes with no need for medications and normal blood sugar. Even in patients not in complete remission, the use of insulin is often eliminated and blood sugar is controlled with only oral medication or pills.

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Faith Calendar

Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. in partnership with the Florida Summer Food Program, will be offering free meals for children from infancy to 18 during the summer. Call 305-693-1301. Norland United Methodist Preschool, will provide free meals and snacks for students enrolled during the school year. Call 305-510-6173. Golden Bells cordially invite you to their 38th singing anniversary August 20, 7 p.m. at New Beginning Church in Miami Gardens: August 21, 3 p.m. at New Covenant Church in Ft. Lauderdale. Call 786-251-2878.

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"Straight Outta Oz" to South Florida

Performer and Youtube sensation Todrick Hall brings visual album to life at Broward Center

YouTube sensation Todrick Hall is headed to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts July 27 with the “Straight Outta Oz” tour, which promises to be one magical journey. Hall invites the world into his life using “The Wizard of Oz” as the theme to tell his story of love heartbreak, trials and social issues.

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Street Talk

Do you believe Black parents need to teach Black children how to behave when dealing with police?

I think everyone should teach their kids how to act around police, Black, white, Hispanic, Asian. What we fail to understand, having cops in my family and being from the military is, there is a threat, and if you’re disobeying that lawful order, even though it might be disrespectful, at the end of the day you want to make it home. You have to be safe and you have to protect yourself. The best thing to do is comply and make it home then you can file a complaint later.

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The ‘Power’ of Naturi Naughton

Star of hit Starz drama gives insight into the success of her character and her life

Naturi Naughton's career has spanned 15 years and through many high and low periods, one thing has remained constant, true talent has staying power. The leading lady of the hit Starz original series “Power,” has grown up in front of of the camera and is taking her destiny into her own hands.

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Carla Hall renews the business of soul food

Fans donated more than $250,000 for her to fund a restaurant

Partly by design, partly by accident, TV chef Carla Hall is becoming the new face of soul food. Hall launched her first Southern Kitchen in Brooklyn last month. This new venture features the chef’s version of her hometown signature dish, “Nashville hot chicken.”

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We’re ready for the court, Black judicial candidates exclaim

They hope to reach voters this election season

Renee Gordon goes from event to event, introducing herself to potential voters in her quest to become the first Black female elected to the Miami-Dade Circuit Court, against three other men. Former state Rep. Yolly Roberson also is running for a different seat on the Circuit Court against a male incumbent. “You go wherever you can speak,” said Gordon, and call on people who know you.” For Roberson, the task of taking on a sitting judge is gargantuan: “It’s like going up a mountain backwards,” she said.

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Inner-city school grades improve

Miami-Dade leads state with ‘ABCs’ from Florida Dept. of Education

Gwendolyn Haynes-Evans, principal at Shadowlawn Elementary, said she was “extremely elated” when school performance grades were released by the Florida Dept. of Education last Friday. Her school, located at 149 NW 49th St. near Little Haiti, was one of the most-improved schools in the Miami-Dade County district for the 2015-16 school year. Shadowlawn Elementary moved up three letter grades from an “F” to a “B.”

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Liberty Square rehab given to Related Urban

County commissioners unanimously voted for the developer group

County commissioners last Wednesday unanimously selected developer Related Urban Development Group to demolish and develop Liberty Square Rising, but not before a spirited discussion that resulted in several amendments to the agreement.

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Black people are not all suspects

Last week underscored another bloody milestone in American history.  At the center of the dispute this time, and all too, often: law enforcement. Social media churned with conflicted messages as to whether Black people should continue on a nonviolent path as Black people become human targets for some police officers or to rise up with militancy and aggression. At least one deranged person may have misunderstood those messages and performed executions on Dallas police officers. The cause for the alleged actions of Micah Johnson could have stemmed from the spate of police violence against Black people, mostly Black men by white police officers.

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Liberty Square will need gate keepers

Last Thursday, The Miami-Dade Commission made a monumental decision that affected the lives of many families in Liberty Square. The commissioners said yes to have Related Urban redevelop the dilapidated housing project which, in turn, moved forward the process to level the community and rebuild it. For those who have never visited Liberty Square, the homes represent a sea of differed maintenance. Faulty plumbing, broken windows, large holes that allow rodents to enter the homes, peeling paint and black mold are conditions that the residents of this housing project live with every day. Commissioner Audrey Edmonson was right to want something better for the residents of her district.

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Fire Jesse Williams?

Dueling petitions debate whether actor should be fired from 'Grey's Anatomy'

Maybe you want Jesse Williams fired from "Grey's Anatomy," or maybe you don't — either way, there's a petition for you. The fiery acceptance speech Williams gave at the BET Awards late last month has led to a call on Change.org to have him booted from the hit show.

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No more stalling on CIP amendments

In the wake of the violence that is escalating as a result of the seemingly unjustified police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Delrawn Small of New York City, New York and Philando Castile of Saint Paul, Minnesota, it is important to note that all lives matter. There is no excuse for public or private vigilante-type retaliation at perceived injustices by taking the lives of innocent police officers. Moreover, police officers must ensure that their first thoughts are for preserving lives rather than taking them.

Clinton receives long-awaited endorsement from Sanders

Bernie Sanders, whose calls for a political revolution energized millions of voters, bestowed his long-awaited endorsement on Hillary Clinton Tuesday, the Democratic former rivals embracing and praising each other before a cheering crowd of thousands. Just two weeks shy of the Democratic National Convention, Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, congratulated Clinton for winning the nomination and vowed to do

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FAMU alumna becomes national singing sensation

Star Swain once belonged to the university’s famed Marching “100”

Star Swain recalls a 1999 band rehearsal where former Band Director Julian White, Ph.D. asked if anyone could sing and lead the Marching “100” performance of the hit gospel song “Order My Steps.” “I remember him saying, ‘This may sound good with someone singing it.’ I certainly wasn’t going to raise my hand! But then others began shouting my name out,” Swain said.

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Oversight reveals slippery contracts

When reviewing the city of Opa-locka spread sheet for contracts and resolutions there are a lot of questionable transactions that are now coming to light that has been written about in this column. The Contract Review Committee of the Financial Emergency Board and Financial Emergency Board for Opa-locka are looking at these contracts and the way that business has been conducted in the city. There are companies that have contacts with the city that have no resolution number and these contracts have been executed with the city for large sums of money. The city commission has given the city manager’s office authority and the discretion to execute contracts agreements for $25,000 or less.  

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Corrine Brown pleads not guilty to 24 federal counts

Congresswoman faces up to 357 years in prison, if convicted on all charges

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida and her chief of staff pleaded not guilty Friday to multiple fraud charges and other federal offenses in a grand jury indictment unsealed after an investigation into what prosecutors call a phony charity turned into a personal slush fund. Brown, a 69-year-old Democrat, and Chief of Staff Elias "Ronnie" Simmons, 50, entered pleas in Jacksonville federal court on charges of mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, obstruction and filing of false tax returns.

Broward is one of many demanding changes to policing

In an unprecedented act in Broward County, on Saturday, July 9, over 600 people met in Stranahan Park and made their way to the Broward County Jail. While blocking traffic, community members chanted, “Whose streets, our streets” and “No justice, no peace.” Groups including the Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward, Dream Defenders, Broward Green Party, POWIR (People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism) and SEIU Florida came together to organize the event. The general mood was jovial as protesters locked arms at times

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‘The Gilded Years’ truly a worthy read

Based on true story of first Black woman to attend Vassar College

Always be true to yourself. It sounds like a poster, a meme, or advice that’s always been in the background of your life. Putting on airs, pretending to be someone you’re not, keeping up the ruse, it’s harder than it looks – and besides, genuineness is a trait people like. Always be true to yourself – unless, as in the new book “The Gilded Years” by Karin Tanabe, temporarily living a lie could change your future.

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