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Officers not liable in civil trial, community attendance in courtroom low

Activists: Where is the outrage?

In courtroom 10-4 at the King Building in the Miami Federal Courthouse Complex downtown, two blacks watched helplessly as a judge allowed defense attorneys to attack the credibility of Latasha Cure, a woman who sued two police officers who injured her and brutally killed two Blacks in Little Haiti seven years ago. The defense attorney would continue to have their way as U.S. Magistrate Edwin Torres would deny numerous objections from Cure’s attorneys. He would also prohibit jurors for hearing the sullied background of Miami-Dade police officers Ryan Robinson and Michael Mendez. From there, the case went downhill as jurors returned with their verdict: not guilty.

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South Florida observes 1964 Civil Rights Act

EEOC to join local organizations at FIU North Campus

Several federal agencies and local government bodies will join forces on July 2 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (CRA). The landmark legislation, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, was envisioned and drafted by President Kennedy in 1963 and was enacted in 1964 following his assassination. 

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Opa-locka, Miami Gardens hold gun buyback drives for safer holiday

There were sawed-off shotguns, Uzis and rifles. Once owned by residents, the weapons became the property of police departments in Opa-locka and Miami Gardens, who held gun buy back drives on Saturday in an effort to a create safe Fourth of July weekend, traditionally a dangerous time for revelers who are injured during celebratory gunshots from owners.

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Commisioner breaks ground for Liberty City's Transit Village

The housing project almost fell through

The groundbreaking ceremony for the proposed Transit Village in Liberty City, was held last Monday with community and business leaders vowing to end longstanding urban blight in the Martin Luther King economic business district.

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Liberty City to benefit from Bayside renovation with annual funding

Miami commissioners signed off Thursday on a 99 year deal with the operators of Bayside Marketplace and the developer of SkyRise Miami to refurbish the retail and entertainment center and build a 1,000-foot observation tower on the bay. The unanimous approval came after heavy debate from Bayside officials and project organizers who urged the city to approve the deal for the sake of the aging mall on Miami’s prime downtown lakefront property.

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Trayvon Foundation opens office at FMU

The Trayvon Martin Foundation opened its new headquarters at Florida Memorial University last Thursday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local and state politicians.

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Events for a fabulous Fourth of July

With the Fourth of July on a Friday this year, fireworks will spark a weekend of celebrations and picnics for thousands in South Florida who will celebrate America’s 238th birthday. Residents all over will host back yard barbecues before bringing out their lawn chairs to view colorful explosives light up the evening skies. Resident can buy fireworks at various street stands in neighborhoods, but for a safer evening of celebrations, police officials across the county are urging residents to attend free firework displays at several municipalities.

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Staying together: Local couple eloped 63 years ago

As a young teen, Timothy Mingo did not have the blessing of his now-wife's father

When Timothy “Tim” Mingo, 20, the son of George and Marie Mingo saw Catherine Clark, the 17-year-old daughter of Daisy and Fred Clark, for the first time “it was love at first sight." The couple met in 1946 at Homerville Elementary and Senior High School in Homerville, GA., located exactly 84 miles from the center of 15 major cities, including Thomasville, GA, Lake City and Jacksonville, FL.

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Overtown Youth Center and AAR CORP. launch STEM summer program

Community leaders join in on special ceremony

The count was on: 3, 2, 1 . . . and away the man-made bottle rockets created by students of the Overtown Youth Center (OYC) flew! A special ceremony was held on last Wednesday to recognize David Storch, CEO and Chairman of AAR’s $350,000 donation to support the Center’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program.

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Read this: Programs and staffing are at great risk

Blacks impacted by Miami-Dade Public Library budget cuts

Once upon a time, the City of Miami had libraries where children, adults and senior citizens went to read and research. Thanks to budget cuts set by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the Miami-Dade County Public Library System is close to becoming a thing of the past. In August, Mayor Gimenez made it public that he would no longer be closing a number of libraries around the county, but now the mayor is telling a different story.

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High school students channel their inner Dr. House

Someone page Dr. Huxtable and let him know to move on over! Last Friday, 50 high school students from around the nation participated in a nine day summer program. The students made their way to Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) and found themselves in the middle of a mock outbreak of an infectious disease. The exercise was intended to simulate the process doctors go through to solve a medical mystery and reach a diagnosis — similar to what we see on the hit TV show House.

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The Real Senior Prom

Florida Healthcare Plus sponsors unique event

When you think senior prom this isn’t exactly what comes to mind. On Saturday, June 28 at the Brownsville Transit Village [5255 NW 29 Ave] seniors stepped out in their Sundays best to relive a moment from their pasts – prom. Marketing Coordinator for Florida Healthcare Plus, Henrietta Lacey is no stranger to the Liberty City community. Lacey decided to put this ‘Red Carpet Senior Prom’ together to promote community outreach and show appreciation to the senior citizens in the neighborhood.

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Military photographer wins three-year battle to become U.S. citizen

Elisha Dawkins: It was a battle for my life

He fought for freedom in Iraq but Elisha Dawkins’ real battle for liberty was on American soil where the 26-year-old could not get a job or enjoy the privileges that many citizens take for granted. After three years of clearing his name of serious allegations that could have sent him to jail for years, Dawkins, a Miami Central High graduate and military reserve became a U.S. citizen in a patriotic ceremony filled with deep emotions for the Bahamas native.

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Top stories affecting South Florida's Black communities

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Miami Gardens sues big banks for predatory mortgage loans

Bank of America, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and Citigroup accused of violating the Fair Housing Act

Miami Gardens is suing four of America’s biggest banks, alleging they engaged in a pattern and practice of issuing predatory mortgage loans to minority residents that resulted in foreclosures in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. The city filed four separate lawsuits June 13 accusing JP Morgan, Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo unlawfully imposed different terms or conditions to minority students on a continuous basis since at least 2004.

TACOLCY’S CEO cancels meeting

Residents and activists planned to address mismanagement allegations

TACOLCY CEO Taj Brown and board members cancelled a meeting Friday with concerned community residents are seeking answers to allegations of financial mismanagement at the Liberty City institution. The meeting, which was scheduled at 9 a.m. at TACOLCY, was actually intended to form a Community Advisory Council, where residents would meet with leaders four times a year to offer input on issues and concerns to the CEO and TACOLCY board members.

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Save the Belafonte TACOLCY Center

The Belafonte TACOLCY Center is a Liberty City institution that has nourished thousands of youth academically and athletically through its diverse programs. Miami’s Black community have benefitted from the center’s numerous health clinics, voter registration drives and community forums. TACOLCY also enrolled hundreds if not thousands in President Barack Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Plan.

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News Briefs

Ojus educator dies before his final year Alumni and colleagues gathered at Ojus Elementary School in Northeast Miami-Dade Sunday to say goodbye to beloved Coach Gregory Blatch, a FAMU graduate who taught P.E. for more than three decades. Blatch died last Thursday at age 61 from a heart attack just before his retirement next year at the school, located at 18600 W. Dixie Hwy near Aventura Mall. A petition is being

Frederica S. Wilson launches campaign for return of girls

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) is urging the U.S. and the international community to create a twitter storm, of millions of followers, in support of the kidnapped Nigerian school girls, their rescue and the arrest of terrorist group Boko Haram.  The extremist group abducted more than two hundred girls in April. Congresswoman Wilson called for the international twitter campaign today at a press conference held with Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (TX-18), Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22),

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Man stalks, vandalizes Miami Times office

It started around 2:30 p.m. Amid the raucous environment of a busy newspaper came a loud crash, followed by screams. A middle-aged man wearing a white T-shirt was seen fleeing the front entrance of The Miami Times. Employees at the paper saw him throw a large red brick through the Times’ front window sending a shower of broken glass flying through the office. Police were called and a report was filed.

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