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Survey: Nearly 9 in 10 U.S. adults now have insurance

About 14.75 million adults have been covered since '13, Gallup says

WASHINGTON – Underlining a change across the nation, nearly 9 out of 10 adults now say they have health insurance, according to an extensive survey released Monday. As recently as 2013, slightly more than 8 out of 10 had coverage. Whether the new number from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index turns out to be a high-water mark for President Barack Obama’s health care law, or a milestone on the path toward his goal of getting virtually all U.S. residents covered, remains to be seen.

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Magic city welcomes the 'Brotherly Love'

Keke Palmer and Cory Hardrict talk about their roles in this movie about growing up on the rough streets of Philly at a Miami private screening

The scene was set. At the Miami private advance screening of the film "Brotherly Love," fans clamored for autographs and photos, the stars talked about their film and then people watched the movie. South Florida had its screening of the film on April 15 at AMC Aventura Mall and fans and students from Miami Norland Senior High School came out to cheer on the film's stars Keke Palmer and Cory Hardrict.

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Stuffed animals for children

Pillars of Strength Masonic Lodge gave a donation of stuffed animals to Our Kids of Miami Dade/Monroe Counties Inc., a vendor of Florida's Department of Children Services. Pillars of Strength, which operates under the jurisdiction of MW Cypress Grand Lodge AF &

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for our Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church invites you to Unity Day Celebration Service Sunday at 4 p.m. Call 305-754-9055. St. Mary’s Wesleyan Methodist Church invites the community to Friends and Family Day on Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

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Say it louder than a bomb

High schoolers to perform spoken words on Saturday at Little Haiti Cultural Center

Building upon the amazing impact the Omari Hardwick’s bluapple Poetry Network has had on area youth since launching the program less than two years ago, football legend Jason Taylor and his Jason Taylor Foundation launched Louder Than a Bomb Florida (LTAB Florida), empowering and uniting South Florida’s youth and community through the art of the spoken word.

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Roberta Flack gives insight on the Beatles, today's music and her love for animals

Known for her smooth vocals, sultry love ballads and chart-topping duets, Grammy award-winner Roberta Flack will take the stage on Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Flack is reportedly the only artist to win two consecutive Grammy Awards for Record of the Year with "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Killing Me Softly With His Song" in

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The Social Whirl

The Liberty Square Friends and Family, Inc. consortium will have their annual picnic at Arcola Park on Saturday, June 6 from 10 to 5. This is such a dedicated group of former residents of “the projects” who cherish the memories of family and friends that helped shape their lives. A former longtime resident shared with me how in the early years, the projects were a “dream come true” for many because they had running water, indoor toilets, etc. It is good to share these stories because some didn’t know this history, may have forgotten. And so the friends and family of Liberty Square Projects work together to help preserve this history. As I often quote: “ If the lions don’t tell the atory, the tale of the hunt will be glorified by the hunter.” They do an excellent job in keeping the connection and staying connected. Hats off to President Phillip Walker and his wife Hattie.

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Chatter that Matters

Nelson Jenkins, treasurer for the King Of Clubs of Greater Miami, made his final report at the last meeting before the membership. Furthermore, it was a masterpiece based on his technique of bookkeeping from his New Jersey hometown and former businesses he raised his children on. The format included a unique style that demonstrates writing of checks and deposits, unlike Profit & Loss Statement I was taught back in the days. More importantly, they were above reach, especially closures of views, writing of checks deposits and accurate total to summarize amounts. Reading it back to the membership gave the membership more pride as a member and could not wait to release their gut feeling when the balance exceeded the current ones. Mr. Jenkins continued his report by laying out the need for a larger gathering than last year, while Dr. Mack looked for his bag of invitations to be disseminated to their guests. Some one indicated to say, “look under the seat.” A broad grin covered his face as he realized an old Army joke was played on him. Therefore, he laughed with the gang and everyone laughed it off.

Students to learn workplace safety y in county public schools

Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho announced a partnership between Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to provide students with essential workplace safety and health skills training.

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School board member Holloway honored

School Board Member Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway of District 1 was recently honored as one of South Florida’s most influential people by The Ancient Spanish Monastery Foundation during its Annual Legacy Gala. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that unites local

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Lifestyle Happenings

Progressive Officers Club (POC) offers academic scholarships. Applications can only be requested via letter or postcard by April 24 to: POC P.O.Box 680398, Miami, Fl 33168. Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. Sisters Empowerment Circle invites ladies 45 and over with an interest in laughter, learning, developing new friendships, social networking, traveling, and sharing life’s experiences in a comfortable atmosphere. Call 786-759-2597.

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Florida Memorial University track wins at Sun Conference

Florida Memorial University’s men's and women's track and field team closed out a successful showing at the Sun Conference Championship on Sunday, as both teams finished among the top teams in the conference. The women placed seventh overall with 48 points, while the men scored 57 points for fifth overall. The 2015 Sun Conference Championship was held on the campus of Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach.

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Marco Rubio's American dream shouldn't be Miami

Marco Rubio’s Miami roots may make him the worst possible choice to lead America. In his impassioned Presidential bid speech, Rubio told a racially and economically divided American public he can restore the American dream while here in his hometown of Miami we’ve been chronically stuck in a 1960s’ era-like racial and economic climate. I challenge Rubio to answer me in direct dialogue, void of Obama-inspired flowery rhetoric, how can he lead a country so fragmented along racial and socio-economic lines when his own hometown is broken by these same issues.

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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