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Miami Central and Carol City High to face off Friday

The high school football playoffs advance to the sectionals with fans focused on their respective teams. There is an array of Miami-Dade County teams that capture the fans’ attention. One is the rematch of the Miami Carol City Chiefs and Miami Central Rockets that the Chiefs last won in a nail biter, 8-7. The Chiefs went on to win the District 16-6A championship and the Rockets were runners up. Carol City knocked off the Dillard Panthers, 44-6, in the Region 4-6A round and the Rockets stopped the Boyd Anderson Cobras, 20-3. The Chiefs and the Rockets meet Friday night at Traz Powell Stadium with a unique twist: the winner advances in the playoffs and the loser ends its season.

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Officer who killed Corey Jones is fired

Family of the slain man wants criminal charges filed against Nouman Raja

The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department terminated officer Nouman Raja, the man who shot and killed Black musician Corey Jones. His employment termination was effective 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11. According to a statement from the city of Palm Beach Gardens, Raja was a probationary employee. “Any decision involving assignments, layoff or dismissal of probationary employees is entirely within the discretion of the City. Such decision shall not be subject to the grievance procedure,” the city quoted from the Police Benevolent Association Union contract.

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Isaac Bruce presents golden football to his alma mater

Local NFL and Dillard High School football legend Isaac Bruce presented his alma mater, Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, with a commemorative Golden Football in a school assembly on Nov. 6. The presentation to Dillard High School Principal Casandra D. Robinson was part of the NFL High School Honor Roll program celebrating 50 years of the Super Bowl in 2016. Bruce spoke to the students about his experiences at Dillard and how they shaped him to become the success that he is today. Bruce’s

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No solution in sight for Opa-locka

Commissioners disagree on sending letter to governor

After prodding from Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, Opa-locka commissioners acknowledge they need some sort of help from the state to pay mounting debt. But members appear to be at an impasse on how to proceed. The city owes the county and other vendors nearly $8 million, and City Manager Steve Shiver said on Monday that figure might go higher as he continues to search records for outstanding bills.

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Miami Palmetto students sling racist slurs

Conversation about race relations starts Thursday at Hadley Park

Andre Joyce thinks people in South Florida are not having enough conversations about race. “We live in a multicultural society but racism still exists,” said Joyce, who founded a company called Behavioral Health Associates of South Florida, which offers prevention and intervention services. “Racism exists in the school system, in county government and in corporations. I work with individuals everyday who experience racism in some way, shape or form.” Joyce points to the recent racially charged statements made by members of Miami Palmetto Senior High School’s lacrosse team as proof that the conversation about race is too muted.

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Commission will review Perry Ellis contract

Miami-Dade County no-bid deal remains source of ire in the Black community

The Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday will revisit its approval of a no-bid contract awarded to Perry Ellis, a deal that sparked outrage in the Black community over how the county does business with certain vendors. The contract also raised doubts after the president of the high-fashion clothing design company was sued for alleged racist and homophobic statements. Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Jean Monestime is sponsoring a resolution that directs Mayor Carlos Gimenez to review the allegations against the company, as well as the anti-discrimination policies of the company and its subsidiaries. It also directs the mayor to make recommendations about the lease agreement approved for Perry Ellis at Miami International Airport. The resolution hints that some commissioners may have concerns about allegations, given the considerable number of gays and Blacks in Miami-Dade County. A commission subcommittee appr

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Resignation of Mizzou president slow but right

The slow response to hold accountable those who tolerated the racial unrest on the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus could be likened to the ripping of a bandage on a wound. The Board of Curators knew it had to take off the tourniquet but didn’t want to deal with the expected pain. Of course, the wound can’t properly heal, if the bandage stays on. The inertia cost the university its president Timothy M. Wolfe and the chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, who will move into a research role next month. The inaction was cowardly, while a young man’s life -- graduate student Jonathan Butler – slowly slipped away during a hunger strike he started and didn’t plan to stop until Wolfe was either removed or resigned. The anguish those students must have felt as they shouted their plight, slept in tents and blocked cars while being ignored is real and unsettling. The young people were voiceless but relentless. Good for them.

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County, move forward with Liberty Square

No one should have to live with anxiety every day as what their home will look like, when will they have to move and where they will be going unless they impose the situation on themselves. But when the anxiety is brought on because of county officials, it is egregious and insensitive. It has been almost a year since Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced his grand redevelopment plan he dubbed Liberty Square Rising. The plan is to build public housing units at Lincoln Gardens in Brownsville, level the current homes at Liberty Square a section at a time, move residents to Lincoln Gardens while their homes are rebuilt at Liberty Square and then move them back after their homes are developed.

Battle against developer in West Grove looms

Attorney said the developers who were denied up zoning change “are coming”

Consideration for what looms ahead in an ongoing struggle with redevelopment that requires up zoning and who will succeed term-limited city of Miami District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, followed updates on a number of critical issues at the Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance (CGMA) monthly meeting at Greater St. Paul AME Church. Coconut Grove NET Office Commander Manny Morales updated the group on his continuing efforts to make the community safe, noting there were no deaths on the Halloween weekend.

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Black on Black crime ‘has got to stop’

A few weeks ago, I was given an assignment by the powers that be at The Miami Times to write about a subject that was constantly hitting a nerve of mine. That was how our young Black men are losing their lives to violent crime at the hands of other young Black men. I never thought that it would take such a personal turn and hit home until it came to the young men of my city. When I started writing this column and having conversations with the elders across the community, it allowed me to get a view point of a subject I always understood but never got to the depth of it. This was because it was always spoken by my age group of folks a few years younger.

Opa-locka city manager dodges firing

A resolution failed to get votes to let go of Steve Shiver

Just when there were signs that the city of Opa-locka was ready to turn the corner on the negatives that have haunted this city for so long, up pops another round of political shenanigans. A special meeting was held Oct. 27 to pass a resolution to fire newly hired City Manager Steve Shiver. Luis Santiago sponsored the resolution that failed, which had little public support. One by one, residents hurled salvos at the Commission for what most considered to be a misguided attempt to fire Shiver after a mere two months on the job. “We’ve had several people in this city, it seems, when some of you get pissed off because you want to run things and can’t,” said Johnnie Green, a senior citizen and long time Opa-locka resident and homeowner. “You want to fire the manager because he won’t let you have your way. Some of you don’t know what to do. Some of you need to resign. If you fire him you will have to pay him like you paid Mr. Baker [former City Manager Kelvin Baker]. I’m a senior citizen. I’m tired of paying for your mistakes.”

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Jones’ family seeking answers

Vigil highlights slain musician and Jermaine McBean, both killed by police

Broward and Dade Stand With Corey Jones, an interfaith prayer vigil and panel discussion on community policing and constitutional rights, was held on Nov. 8, at the Ambassador Seventh Day Adventist Church, in Lauderdale Lakes. Members of the Jones family were in attendance, and people said they supported the family in its quests for answers. A lot of the discussion that afternoon also focused on the unsolved case of Jermaine McBean, who was killed in an interaction with police in July of 2013. A town hall meeting related to that case will be on Nov. 21, at the Church of Fort Lauderdale, located at 3970 NW Second Ave. Panelists included Florida International University College of Law student Chanelle Artiles; Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel; Attorney Josiah Graham; West Palm Beach advocate Trinnette Morris; Minister Ronald Muhammad of the Nation of Islam; Community Policing Expert Edwin Ferguson; State Reps. Shevrin Jones and Hazelle Rogers; Jones family attorneys Skinner Louis and Kweku Darfoor, and Scheril Murray Powell. The panel was moderated by FIU law students Terrod Terrence and Jeremy McLymont.

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News Briefs

North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph’s Welcome Reception for the National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) National Conference will take place from 5-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Kovens Center at Florida University Biscayne Bay Campus. The event will include power networking with professionals, special guests and community leaders, music, food by Chef Ivan, cocktails and fun. RSVP for the event is required for non-conference attendees. For more information, visit www.nahpconference.org.

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Dr. Ben Carson under fire for biography statements

Speaker at a South Florida Republican event said he had to run for president

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has moved up in political polls, on Friday blasted the media at a press conference before keynoting his party’s local fundraiser. Carson was in South Florida to attend the Black Republican Caucus of South Florida’s Diamonds and Ice Scholarship Gala, at the PGA National Resort and Spa on Friday, Nov. 6. Dr. Carson said that he, and his wife, Candy, were delighted to be there that evening before the large crowd. After 36 years of working, said Carson, he thought he was going to retire, play golf and read the books he wanted to read, but “sometimes the Lord has other plans for you.” So many people had asked him to run for public office, he could not disappoint them. Carson catapulted to national attention when, at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. in 2013, he criticized Obamacare and other policies while the president was in the room.

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Liberty Square residents the focus at conference

They say media dropped the ball on Scott-Carver projects coverage

Ask the residents of Liberty Square how they would describe their community, and you’ll hear things like “resilient,” “neighborly,” and “a home for generations of families.” But a simple search on Google News reveals a starkly different narrative about Liberty Square, yielding stories of mass shootings, violence and a community in limbo as county plans to raze and redevelop Liberty Square loom nearer each day. “If it bleeds, it leads,” said Mallary Tenore, executive director of the nonprofit organization Images and Voices of Hope (ivoh), referring to a phrase commonly used in newsrooms to decide what makes the headlines, based on the idea that topics like war, violence, and poverty tend to draw a reader’s attention. “But does it have to?” Tenore asked attendees of a conference hosted by ivoh and the FIU Office of Engagement last week that sparked a heated discussion between journalists and community members concerning the way the media portray marginalized communities. The “Storytelling to Change the World” conference spotlighted restorative narrative: stories that focus on community resilience, restoration and hope.

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Biscayne Gardens gets welcome sign

Biscayne Gardens is welcoming residents and visitors with a brand new entrance sign. Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime joined Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department officials and residents on Nov. 4 as the 5-by-4-foot “Welcome to Biscayne Gardens” monument sign was unveiled at the corner of Northwest 148th Street and North Miami Avenue.

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Coalition seeks to involve DOJ in Corey Jones investigation

Contingent headed to D.C. to seek new law on case

The city of Boynton Beach’s Coalition of Clergy recognized Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeff Katz Tuesday night at the commission meeting for law enforcement’s role in Corey Jones’ funeral Saturday. Katz and his officers helped escort the Jones family to the cemetery in Boynton Beach. Members of the clergy include Reverend Rae Whitely, of Healing Hands Ministry; Reverend Richard Dames and Reverend Keith Moore of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church; and Apostle Tommy Brown of New Disciples Worship Center. The Coalition comprises 40 religious leaders in Boynton Beach.

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Men of Honor area recognition

Event recognizes men from tri-county area who do positive acts for Black lives

Signature on the World (S.O.W.) Network held its Speech Contest and Men of Honor event at Christ Fellowship, located at 8900 SW 168 St. in Palmetto Bay. Held Saturday, Oct. 24, the event was sponsored by the Florida Department of Health — Miami Dade County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) and the Pre-Engineering Society 4 Youth. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Gamma Zeta Omega ASCEND hosted the event. The emcee for the event was Sharon Grant. Students competed in the categories such as: Why is smoking hazardous to young people? What can be done to stop the high crime rates in our nation? Who is your hero and why?

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Bishop Billy Baskin says: “40 years, A Legacy of Faith”

New Way Baptist Fellowship Church celebrates four decades

New Way Fellowship Baptist Church’s officers and members, under the spiritual leadership of Bishop Billy Baskin and his wife, Bishop Catherine P. Baskin, are in the final stage of celebrating their fourth decade of existence. The excitement has rapidly started to spread and they invite the community to share this historical celebration with them. “We celebrate 40 years on November 15 and prayerfully embrace the future,” Bishops Billy and Catherine P. Baskin said. Leola Adams, a Charter Member said, “Forty years ago, our pastors launched out on faith and trusted God for His faithfulness. Today, we thank God for the journey. We can look back and say ‘Look where He brought us from.’”

Herschel L. Haynes steps down as Chairman of HPHA

Community servant resigns after more than 25 years of serving

Just before closing the Oct. 27th monthly meeting of the Hadley Park Homeowners Association’s (HPHA), Chairman Herschel L. Haynes informed the homeowners, renters, School Board Member of District 2, school Board Staff members, speakers and guests, “As of tonight, I am stepping down as chairman of the Hadley Park Homeowners Association. I pray that I have done well for the almost-30 years I have served you. I can truly say I did it from my heart. Let us stand.” “It’s been a long time and I am tired,” Haynes said, after the meeting. “It is not like I am leaving town, it’s just that I need some time to do some personal things that I am unable to get done with the responsibilities I have for the residents as their chairman. With those demands and needs placed in the hands of others, I can focus on myself and other things I need and want to get

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