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First Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S. dead

The first diagnosed case of Ebola in the U.S. ended with the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, Wednesday morning, Oct. 8. according to hospital staff.

First female president of FMU celebrated

It was a week of celebrations at Florida Memorial University where the Historically Black school held numerous events that culminated with the Presidential Inaugural Gala, a lavish affair that honored the University’s first female president, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis.

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Hold developers accountable in Overtown

Overtown is getting a wave of attention again from developers and Miami city officials. Within the last week Worldcenter got the go-ahead it needed to start its behemoth $2 billion project. The Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA) has received funding that will allow six projects to get off the ground soon. All this sounds familiar.

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Charlie Crist courts Caribbean leaders

As the gubernatorial election approaches less than 30 days from now, former Governor Charlie Crist turned his attention to the growing Caribbean immigrant community in South Florida.  On Sunday, Oct. 5, Crist filled his day with a multitude of events, engaging voters directly. Crist visited more than five churches with predominant congregations of Caribbean descent. Accompanying him were Rep. Hazelle Rogers and New York Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. 

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The face of school choice empowers parents with options for kids

A little more than 10 years ago, a young woman named Denisha was part of a vicious cycle. Her mother dropped out of school, her uncle had dropped out of school and her brother would go on to drop out of school. At an early age, Denisha was already showing signs of trouble - getting into fights, being sent home from school. These were all signs that she would become part of a cycle many of us know too well. But, that cycle was broken when Denisha’s grandmother enrolled her in a private school with more structure, more attention paid to individual students, and mentors to lead her along a new path.

Worldcenter agreement passes despite proposed job cuts

Commissioner Hardemon will keep a careful eye on project developers

It was about noon when someone gave Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon a memo: Miami Worldcenter Group LLC had revised the jobs component of the development agreement -- and it was not for the better. In a last-minute maneuver, Worldcenter tried to cut the number of Miami-Dade County hires from 30 percent to 10 percent. The request surprised Hardemon, who said Worldcenter also cut small businesses participation in half from a previous 10 percent to 5 percent.

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Disparity report brings sweeping reform

New programs will address decades of economic losses

Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho last week pledged his commitment to reinstate the Minority/Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program as part of a historic agreement to address the economic disparity in business contracts between Black and white firms. The agreement is the direct result of efforts by Black leaders, who released a disparity report in response to a preliminary M-DCPS study that said there were no economic inequities between Blacks and other ethnic groups doing business with the school board. Consequently, the school board released an audit that uncovered the errors and concerns raised by Black leaders.

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Former BTW star embroiled in sex assault case

Treon Harris, star Miami athlete, suspended from UF football team amid assault allegations

That Overtown's Treon Harris could be accused of sexual misconduct crushed his former coach. “I hope it’s not true. I’m hurt for him to even go through this with accusations over his head,” said Shanton Crummie, who coached a younger Harris in Overtown to national titles in Pop Warner football. Harris, now a University of Florida (UF) quarterback, was suspended Monday from the Gators’ football team following an incident with a female student in a UF dorm early last Sunday morning. Harris has had an untimely fall from good graces. The freshman top recruit, on Oct. 4 led the Florida offense to a fourth-quarter comeback from a 9-0 deficit against Tennessee.

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Miami Gardens police chief ushers in era of transparency backed by political savvy

Stephen Johnson on openness, safety

There was a time when Stephen Johnson filled the sanctuaries of churches with soulful melodies as a jazz musician. Today, he spends most of his time creating harmony as Miami Gardens’ new police chief. Since he arrived in Miami Gardens in April, Johnson has managed to connect to residents by simply being himself, a no-nonsense person who enjoys a good night on the town with a trip to Tony Romas or any Jamaican restaurant.

Caribbean Americans honored for service

Tyrone Browne among some of South Florida's prominent movers and shakers

Tyrone Browne calls himself a “hillsider,” a word used to refer to a region in his former hometown of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He is a long way from the hillside, serving as Airport City Project Manager and Architect as the man behind a $6.5 billion expansion of the Miami International Airport. So instrumental was Browne in the airport renovation that even the clocks you see throughout the airport or the seashells embedded in floors are products of Browne’s imagination.

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'I like big butts . . . not really'

I like curves as much as any man, so much so my indulgence left me always yearning to be once again fulfilled. As I've matured I've found a woman's mind to be more endearing than her physical assets, her feeding my spiritual appetite completes me.

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Jury convicts Dunn of first-degree murder in death of Jordan Davis

Decision means justice for family of slain teen

A jury has found a white man guilty of first-degree murder for fatally shooting an allegedly unarmed teenager after an argument outside a Jacksonville convenience store.

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MOCA begins new era with board, art reception

North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) opened a new era last Thursday with a splashy art reception attended by 200 guests who viewed the museum's first exhibit since the organization's board of directors left to form their own museum. The exhibit, Third Space: Inventing the Possible, drew guests from all walks the life who perused 60 artworks from 18 artists in a

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Miami Worldcenter gets the go-ahead from commissioners

The Miami City Commission’s unanimously voted in favor of zoning changes and a development agreement for Miami Worldcenter that will allow it to proceed with the $1.5 billion project. Commission Chairman Wifredo “Willy” Gort was absent.

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Instructive words for us to live by

Christians should incorporate the counsel of God in every facet of their lives. Just as there are “fair-weather friends,” there are “Sunday Christians,” who proclaim to be sanctified on Sunday and maybe on Wednesday night at Bible study. On all the other days, they live like disciples of the devil.

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Autistic man’s ‘Green Flamingo’ produced by Cirque du Soleil

David Pedemonte-Forte, a 29-year-old autistic young man, has written a children’s book entitled “The Green Flamingo,” that has caught the eye of a major production company in Las Vegas. The book deals with bullying and how it can devastate the victim and loved ones.

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Faith Calendar

The Golden Bells cordially invites the community to a musical program 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Freewill Christian Center Church in Miami Gardens. Call 786-251-2878. Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church will have a weeklong dedication service Oct. 13-17 at 7 p.m. nightly. There will be a culminating activity Sun. Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. Call 305-756-2583.

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Miami broward Carnival

Massive festival gives South Florida a taste of the islands

The Caribbean culture in South Florida will be on full display when the Miami Broward Carnival celebrates its 30th anniversary with celebrations in two counties, culminating with a grand festival at the Miami-Dade County Youth Expo Center on Oct.12. In recent years, the carnival has attracted spectators from all over the country, who enjoy South Florida's balmy climate as its tourism season swings into high gear.

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South Florida photographer, educator debut works

Local Fine Arts photographer David I. Muir and professor Dr. Susan Lycett “Dr. Sue” Davis premiered their books in New York last week. Muir’s “Pieces Of Jamaica: Real Rock Edition” coffee table book and Lycett’s “Dr. Sue and You: Ode to Miss Lou” sold out in multiple locations in New York Sept. 25-26. Davis and Muir have collaborated on several events which they refer to as “Celebrating Jamaica.”

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Lifestyle Happenings

Florene Nichols Inner City Dance Company will hold three free introductory classical ballet technique workshops for Girls Ages 6-14 at Hadley Park. Classes will be held 5:30 - 7 p.m. October 1. Pre-registration required. Call 305-758-1577. childrendance@yahoo.com.

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