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Facing re-election, Pam Bondi launches new mobile app

Candidates question her political motives

Several weeks before Florida voters take to the polls to select her opponent in primary elections, attorney general Pam Bondi launched a mobile application intended to make her office more accessible. The app, which was released Aug. 1, is free and available to Apple users. Major features include press releases and personal statements from Bondi every week. Users can file a Medicaid fraud complaint form directly on the app, but will be redirected to the web if they try to fill the form for a citizen services complaint.

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Breast milk like 'liquid gold,' can decrease Black baby deaths

Breasts, though arguably one of the most sexually objectified parts of the female anatomy, are the subject of national debate over their functional purpose — providing nourishment to an infant. With August being National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, several incidents that occurred

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Candidates mobilize for early voting

They were fired up and ready to vote. That was the slogan candidates and community leaders used Monday to mobilize voters to the polls as early voting began for various offices throughout the county, state and federal government. Monday was the first of 14 days of early voting, the result of a new effort by state lawmakers to allow election officials more flexibility in hours and operations. The early voting period culminates with the election day primaries on Aug. 26.

Out with the old, in with the new

iTECH High hits its target goal for upcoming 2014-2015 school year

Miami Edison Middle School has slowly but successfully transitioned into iTECH @ Thomas A. Edison Educational Center in a matter of months. As the 2014-2015 school year approaches, the district-wide magnet high school is finalizing its plans to introduce its first year of ninth-graders.  Curiosity within the community has grown exponentially Please turn to ITECH A

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MOCA programs in jeopardy, former board members leave for new museum

Aug. 9 was the last day for the creative summer arts camp for seven to ten year olds at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). It was time to say good bye after the participants put the finishing touches on six fun-filled weeks of art lessons, activities and memorable relationships. They gathered together for a group photo near the museum’s reflection pool. The students shouted “MOCA” before a little girl snapped the picture. It may be the last time they will attend this camp again.

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Rematch set for District 2 seat

Rolle seeking to reclaim spot from Monestime as new challenger emerges

It’s a rematch of two political heavyweights. In one corner is former District 2 Commissioner Dorrin Rolle, who is seeking redemption after a financial scandal that stained his political career. In the other corner is District 2 Commissioner Jean Monestime who is riding on a string of victories in his community.

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Miami setting the standard for educating minorities

Increasing student diversity requires new approach

When Black students around the nation return to school this fall, they may find their experience different from that of their parents or even older siblings because what they will likely see is more of kids who look like them. According to projections from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), this school year may represent the first time minority students will outnumber their white counterparts in classrooms across the country.

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CRA passes $43.5M bond

Hopes to jumpstart the redevelopment projects in historic community

Following pleas from Overtown residents, Miami commissioners on Wednesday unanimously voted to release $43.5 million in bonds to jumpstart redevelopment projects in the historic Black neighborhood. The bond will fund various affordable housing complexes and mixed-use development projects at St. John’s Plaza, the Historic Lyric Theater and The Culmer Center Housing Development.

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Attorney general candidate looks to beat out Bondi, make Florida history

Voters could elect state’s first Black man to hold the office

On August 26, as part of Florida’s primary elections, voters will determine which of the two Democratic candidates they prefer to run against incumbent state attorney general, Republican Pam Bondi. The attorney general serves as the head legal advisor to Florida lawmakers and is elected to act in the interest of the public. When Bondi was elected in 2011, she became the first woman to hold the position in the state.

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Judge Rodney Smith pleads his case to voters

Candidate appeals for support in re-election bid

In a few weeks, the verdict will be out on the future of Judge Rodney Smith. A seasoned Black judge with six years of experience, Smith is well-respected among many top lawyers and legal organizations. But he is embroiled in an intense re-election bid to the 11th Circuit of Appeals, a position Smith has held since 2012. His opponent is Christian Carrazana, a tenacious personal trial attorney.

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Promising progress for Overtown’s future

I am extremely encouraged by Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA’s (CRA) bold move of approving a minimum $43.5 million bond issuance. This approval ensures that some of the long-awaited projects will begin to move in Overtown. I would like to see that all of the approved projects begin and are completed. That is what I have been fighting for all along.

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Hope grows out of Charles R. Drew Middle

Located in the heart of Liberty City, Charles R. Drew Middle School has been a pillar in the community since 1969. For over 40 years, this educational institution has produced some of the most effective educational curriculums that have molded some of the brightest minds known, both at the local and national level. These role models have spearheaded major developments that have provided valuable stepping stones for others to follow into positions of leadership.

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Lawmakers ordered to redraw map for August special election

Legislature must submit a revised plan before August 15, judge rules

The Florida Legislature has until Aug. 15 to submit a revised map of its flawed congressional map and must propose a special election for congressional districts that were affected by changes made by political operatives. That's the ruling by Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis, who gave the order last Friday and drew applause from a coalition of voters groups, led by the League of Women Voters. The groups filed the lawsuit accusing conservative lawmakers of violating the Fair Districts rules when they redrew the congressional map.

Statewide voter participation organization empowering Blacks

Freedom Fellows work hard to engage community members

Fifty years later, Black organizations are still following the blueprint that over 700 student volunteers set out on in order to increase Black voter registration in post-segregated Mississippi. For 10 weeks, white students from the North would join activists to embed themselves within the community who later went on to open Freedom Schools for children where Black history and culture were taught — subjects that were shunned by regular public schools at the time.

North Miami official runs against Frederica Wilson

A 31-year old Haitian-American from North Miami seeks to unseat Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, one of South Florida’s most formidable politicians. Michael Etienne, who is running in the Aug. 26 primary against Wilson, will rely on the support of predominate Haitian-American population in North Miami, one of several municipalities that lies within District 24, which also includes Opa-locka, Miami Shores and Little Haiti and Brickell . The district also extends north to Miramar.

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Liberty City cleanup

City Commissioner Keon Hardemon led a cleanup of the Liberty City Housing Projects, known as Pork and Beans last Thursday

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Faith Calendar

St. Mary’s Wesleyan Methodist Church Trustee Board is sponsoring a “Lobsterfest” bus trip to Key West on Sat Aug. 9. Call 954-258-8383. COGASOC, Tenth Tabernacle will have their second annual Back-to-School Bonanza 2 p.m. Sunday, August 10. Call 786-477-7723 or visit http://miami.cogasoc.org. The Golden Bells will celebrate their 36th singing anniversary 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Freewill Christian Center in Miami Gardens. Call 786-251-2678.

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The work of angels: Angela Meadows

Event pushes young girls to develop their self-confidence

On Wednesday, August 6, stylist to the stars and salon owner, Angela Meadows is helping nine young girls develop their self-confidence and self-esteem as they embark on a new school year. The students from the summer program at Grace Christian Preparatory located in Goulds, an underserved community in Miami, are in for an entire day of pampering!  The young ladies will enjoy a beauty makeover along with new school supplies and uniforms.

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Chatter That Matters

Jumbo’s restaurant closed its doors and according to Bobby Flam, owner, Ray Kovler, consultant, Greg Sparks, and Tisdale Rolle, manager they and may look for another locale. Flam’s family bought the diner in 1955.  He took over ownership from his father in 1967.  At that time, Jumbo’s was an all white establishment that only served Blacks from the kitchen.

Role Models receive full ride to B-CU

Program administrator, Dr. Theron Clark talks importance of HBCU’s

With the dwindling number of enrolled students and the rising cost of higher education, Historically Black Colleges Universities (HBCU’s) have been taking a substantial hit as of late. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project and Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) announced that they will be awarding full scholarships totaling to $500,000 to deserving students from inner-city high schools.

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