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Miami-Dade mayor files for re-election

Carlos Gimenez seeks second full term, draws challengers

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez on Oct. 1 filed paperwork at the Elections Department to open his re-election campaign.  He made the announcement on the Miami Dade College campus, where he allowed one-on-one questions from journalists regarding his campaign. Gimenez came into office in 2011 after the recall of former mayor Carlos Alvarez. He ran again and won a full term in 2012.

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Housing woes

New study ranks miami-metro market low on affordability

Nairberia Williams began her search for her first home in the North Miami-Dade area a year and a half ago, and she’s still looking. “The homes, when you walk in them, they’re completely gutted. There are no move-in ready homes that I’ve seen within my budget,” said Williams, whose budget was $160,000 when she first began her search. Although, she took a break for a few months from her search out of frustration, she has not given up hope that her dream home is out there waiting for her and her 2-year-old son to move into.

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Tiffany Davis: Fighting like a girl

29-year-old patient speaks out, inspires others on her journey

Tiffany Davis knew she was the guest of honor. As she moved toward the couch at the R.L. Gaskin Center in Liberty City, she felt as if she was walking onto a television set. Davis, 29, is a quiet, shy healthcare professional. But a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2014 changed her life in ways she’s still learning. And as she undergoes treatment, she’s speaking to women of all ages about the importance of breast health. “You have to be an advocate for yourself,” she said. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 11 percent of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age. The percentage of patients under age 30 is a bit less.

The Survivors: Life after breast cancer

A breast cancer diagnosis is a life -hanging experience for most survivors.  The cancerous lump diagnosed in one’s breast through an ultrasound, stereotactic or MRI-guided biopsy adds to the growing statistic of men and women diagnosed with breast cancer every year. According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2015 along with 60,290 new cases of carcinoma in situ — the earliest stage of breast cancer — with a five-year survival rate of 99 percent.

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City on growth path from new businesses

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam is keeping an eye on disparity issues

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam delivered the State of the City address at Miramar’s Cultural Center on Thursday, Oct. 1 to a packed house. Messam recognized the tremendous job growth within the community, the new businesses that had chosen Miramar as their new home, and the residential development. Also in attendance at the event were Commissioners, elected officials from other communities, faith leaders from the community, representatives of local businesses and residents. Messam’s remarks ran about an hour and a half and focused on the work of the new commission and its mayor, as well as recognizing the accomplishments of a community that was 60 years old.

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Miramar Cultural Center presents five diverse shows

Miramar, FL – October 1, 2015) Valerie Norman Gammon, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Miramar, today announced that the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark would be offering five amazing, audience-pleasing shows in November and December 2015, ranging from ballet to Bollywood, from hip hop to gospel.

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The Historic Society of Richmond Heights presents the 3rd annual historic weekend

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and The Historic Society is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Historic Weekend in celebration of Richmond Heights, a southwest Miami community founded in 1949 by Captain Frank Crawford Martin specifically for African American World War II veterans. Proceeds raised from the weekend will benefit the development of a museum that will store a rich collection of artifacts and preserve the legacy of this historic community.

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FAMU officials release statements on the passing of former Trustee C. William "Bill" Jennings

"I join Board of Trustees Chair Rufus Montgomery in expressing my deep condolences to the loved ones of former Trustee William “Bill” Jennings. In the short time that I was able to get to know Mr. Jennings, he quickly became a trusted advisor. He was kindhearted and dedicated to the advancement of FAMU. He was a strong supporter of the University, a proud alumnus, and served our country and state with great compassion and commitment." -President Dr. Mangum

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Viral Vybez

If it's viral, it's here!

In today's Viral Vybez, Drake's and Future's mixtape debuts at No 1, Diddy partners with LA Reid at Epic Records, Wendy Williams wants Terrence Howard fired from Empire and more!!

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Dolphins fire coach Joe Philbin

Dolphins fire coach Joe Philbin. Joe Philbin has been fired four games into his fourth season as coach of the Miami Dolphins, and one day after a flop on an international stage sealed his fate. The firing came Monday after the Dolphins (1-3) lost their third game in a row and turned in their fourth consecutive lackluster performance. They were beaten Sunday in London by the archrival New York Jets, 27-14.

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Bentley Motors revealed new SUV to SoFlo

Bentley's SUV takes luxury to a new level

Thursday night, Oct. 1, Bentley Motors officially revealed its new SUV to South Florida at the grand opening of Braman motors newest show room to a crowd of about 200 spectators and potential purchasers. The Bentley Bentayga is a new territory that Bentley is entering as a market and as a brand. With the Bentayga, Bentley is entering and creating a new segment into the SUV marketplace as the first ultra-luxury vehicle of its class.

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2015 historic Junior Orange Bowl Court

First Black little sister and Miss Congeniality join this year’s royal court

On Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Rebeca Sosa Theater, located at 1401 Westward Dr., in Miami Springs, the Junior Orange Bowl Committee held its 66th Annual Royal Court Pageant — and history was made. Takiyah Belfort, 10, competed in the Little Sister category and won the prize. She is the first Black Junior Orange Bowl Little Sister crowned by the organization in its 66 years of existence. Takiyah is a fifth grade student at Citrus Grove Elementary and the daughter of LaQuoya and Tony Belfort.

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AmEx Open event offers small businesses government contracting help

The OPEN for Government Contracting: Success Series in Miami is designed to educate small business owners on the benefits of selling to the federal government. The free full day program will cover a variety of government contracting topics and provide attendees with resources, insights and networking opportunities with government officials and like-minded small business owners.

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Opa-locka passes balance budget at last minute

Several departments and salaries were cut to trim expenses

New City Manager Steve Shiver balanced Opa-Locka’s budget for the first time in four years, but it didn’t happen without some cuts and sacrifices. Shiver’s proposed budget eliminates the CRA and its executive director, Ed Brown, reducing the city’s workforce from 226 employees -- 12 positions are currently vacant -- to 174. The budget calls for reduced overtime, an outsourced Public Works deparment and eliminates the purchase of 30 new vehicles.

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Community feeding occurs in Opa-locka

Commissioner hosts every third Friday

At 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, the City of Opa-locka, in partnership with Feeding South Florida held its monthly food distribution, hosted by Commissioner Joseph L. Kelley, at Segal Park, 2331 NW 143rd St., Opa-locka. Each month, on the third Friday, an 18-wheeler truck arrives at Segal Park, packed with non-perishable groceries such as can goods, fresh vegetables, meat, sweets and a variety of other nourishments. The food is distributed — while supplies lasted — to local citizens of the community, who can fill bags, boxes and carts. The only requirement to get assistance is proof of

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Miramar to host state of the city address Thursday

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam to roll out opportunities for residents to get involved in the community

Miramar’s Wayne Messam will deliver a State of the City address at the Miramar Cultural Center, on Thursday, Oct. 1.  “What we will be doing is giving the key data points in terms of the city’s accomplishments over the last couple of years, and also highlighting the initiatives of the city, and the direction the city will be taking,” said Messam. “We also will be identifying the challenges we will be facing and how we will be working together. We’re inviting city staff, residents, the business community and all of our community organizations to the event at the Miramar Cultural Center.” What he, and his fellow Commissioners, also hope is to get more residents and more businesses involved in the community. The mayor’s office will highlight some additional initiatives, he said, so people could be partners in solving many of the challenges in the future. 

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Miami Gardens’ push for diversity in business

City leaders take note of a bold move by Miami Gardens. It had been warning companies with which it does business to add diversity to their teams. Wells Fargo and Florida Municipal Insurance Trust (FMIT) failed to heed their customer, Miami Gardens,’ request. And they were summarily fired. And rightfully so. Wells Fargo held most of Miami Gardens’ $60-million bond fund but it did not show any sensitivity or business acumen. Miami Gardens is the largest city in Florida with a majority of Black residents. The mayor, Oliver Gilbert III, is Black and the council is diverse. Wells Fargo and FMIT got complacent since they were not listening to the council’s requests when they put in their bids and the council was complicit. But not anymore.

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Million Man March: Local voices and memories

Community reminisces about 1995 event

It was about 20 years ago that more than a million men gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C to declare their right to justice, to atone for their failures as men and to accept responsibility as the family head. Also known as The Holy Day of Atonement, the Million Man March saw the largest gathering of Black men in America and created an atmosphere that many have called a glimpse of heaven. Twenty years later the national convener, Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, calls for another gathering. This time the theme is “Justice or Else,” and it will take place on the National Mall 10/10/15. Twenty years later the Million Man March is open to men, women, Latinos, Native Americans and all who are seeking justice, according to Farrakhan.

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Boehner leaves the House in disorder

Now we know what all those tears were about. Not 24 hours after Speaker Boehner fought tears during the entire visit of Pope Francis to the Capitol on Thursday, the 13-term congressman from Ohio announced his resignation from Congress. His last day will be Oct. 30. In a town that had written his political obituary almost from the moment he took the gavel from then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in January 2011, Boehner’s announcement took the Capitol by surprise. Even though storm clouds had been building again recently, no one thought he would just walk away and so quickly. Although a terrific piece by The Post’s Robert Costa about an encounter with Boehner last night shows that the end was nigh.

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Enough is enough: Too many killings of Blacks

Dear editor For the last couple of months in the inner-cities in Miami it has been horrible. Young people are dying or being shot in such regularity it makes me feel the battle is being lost. Residents are in perpetual fear because guns shots, police helicopters, and police sirens are becoming realities of daily living. Parents are more inclined to keep their children and teenagers at home rather than have them play on the park for fear some impending gang turf shoot out.

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