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FIU at odds with professor claiming discrimination

Local groups show their support

A former engineering professor at Florida International University (FIU) is suing the university for discrimination after confrontations, which spiraled out of control, ultimately resulted in his termination last December. Sylvan Jolibois, who is of Haitian descent, wrote about the island nation’s “golden opportunity” to rebuild its infrastructure after

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NSMC hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony

North Shore Medical Center has modernized its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to improve patient experience. Updates included new Quartz countertops, wood cabinets with self-closing mechanisms in the nurses’ station to reduce noise, electronic faucets, conveniently located water outlets for dialysis machine connections and freshly painted walls. The changes were a result of the

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State Supreme Court Judge to speak at FMU Fall Convocation

Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis will be joined by members of The Florida Memorial University Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students to welcome Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry who will serve as the university’s Fall convocation guest speaker.

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National education tour takes flight in Miami

Local pilot to bring kids live lessons from his plane

The engine of a small aircraft revved as Miami native and international pilot Barrington Irving prepared to take off. Irving is founder of Flying Classroom, a new digital program being launched Sept. 23 at Allapattah Middle School and at least seven elementary and middle schools around Miami-Dade County.

In the spotlight

New Miami Urban Music and Film Festival aims to help Black producers

The inaugural Miami Urban Music and Film Festival (MUMFF) is preparing to shine the spotlight on South Florida and make an impressive debut with a lineup of events to cultivate a stronger and successful entertainment industry among urban producers.

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Fun & learning

The Children’s Trust Family Expo is the place to have a great time with kids

There is no better place to have a great, free time with the kids while learning about after-school enrichment activities, low-cost health insurance, services for children with special needs, and health and nutrition, than at The Children’s Trust Family Expo on Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Missing school matters

Chronic absenteeism has long-term consequences for students

As Miami-Dade County Public Schools are well into their second month of the school year, it is time to address the elephant in the room — attendance. Have any of your children missed a day yet? Is your child on track thus far? Statistics show that one of the most important factors in getting your child prepared for the next grade level is having them in the classroom everyday.

lifestyle happenings

Booker T. Washington Class of 1962 will meet 4 p.m. Sat. Sept. 6 at the African Heritage Cultural Center. Call 305-691-1333. The American Heart Association will host CPR Day 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Sept. 6. The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a Planning Meeting, 45th Year Reunion, on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Piccadilly Restaurant, Hialeah, 10:00 a.m. Call 305-620-4827.

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Businesses to address underage drinking

National coalition organizes a ‘community walk’ on issue

Alcohol use is one of the most serious public health issues for young people in the U.S., according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. In order to reduce underage drinking it will require a community-based effort. The Urban Partnership Drug Free Community Coalition (UPDFCC) hosted a “community walk” to

MDC to host Registration Rally

To celebrate National Voter Registration Day, Miami Dade College (MDC) will join several key local and national partners to host a major rally to encourage voter registration and participation Tues., Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at its downtown Wolfson Campus. A noon program will feature college officials, student government representatives, partners, elected officials and celebrities.

A Black history museum in Miami?

Commissioner Moss proposes county funding similar to Perez Art Museum and Frost Science Museum

Proposed funding for a Black Museum downtown has put the Miami-Dade County commission in the middle of a longstanding racial divides between the Black and Cuban communities in South Florida.

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The American Dream underwater

Coconut Cay residents frustrated over constant flooding problems, red tape

Coconut Cay in Miami Gardens is the American dream for many Black professionals. Rows of large Spanish Mediterranean-style single family homes with massive rooms and soaring, vaulted ceilings line pristine streets where children skateboard and play amid well-manicured lawns. SUV’s and luxury cars occupy large driveways. Located just off State Road 441 and NW 204th St., Coconut Cay spans several blocks. Once priced at half million dollars per home, the planned community has been considered the city’s most affluent and exclusive neighborhood.

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Questions arise over new FCAT replacement

Exam to begin next March, still unfinished

Florida Department of Education (FDOE) staff is working with outside contractors to develop the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), a new test in line with the Common Core, with an emphasis on analytical thinking skills. The test is replacing the FCAT and will feature multiple answer forms beyond the typical multiple choice. The previously unnamed test will be administered on computers for students in fifth through eleventh grades with a paper option available.

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Community shuns Ferguson mayor unable to help, heal

Residents were vocal about their disapproval at local forum

In a discussion hosted by St. Louis public radio Aug. 28, Ferguson residents’ frustrations played out for the world to hear by special broadcast, which featured voices from the town rocked by the recent death of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer.

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‘Lyric Live’ season ending

Two more shows before ‘Lyric Live’ season closes

Hosted by local comedian Chello, Lyric Live is presented on the first Friday of every month at the Historic Lyric Theater in Overtown. The program includes live music by Jody Hill & Deep Fried Funk and local DJs Proof and K-Chin, happy hour and concessions. Show contestants share their talents on stage and are either greeted with applause or “boos” from the audience, in a format similar to the famed Apollo amateur night in Harlem. Those who don’t gain the audience’s approval are ushered off of the stage by the lively Lyric Live Junkanoo Band, giving the familiar show

EEOC files suits against South Florida farms

EEOC files lawsuits, allege rape, sexual harassment at two South Florida farms

While they were on the job, two female workers say they were raped, another says she was terminated after she refused her supervisor's sexual advances. And after they had sex, male bosses demanded more. Those allegations are part of two blistering new lawsuits filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against two South Florida farms who are accused of subjecting its female workers to sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

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Commissioner joins interns in community service

When Rebecca Justilien interned at the prestigious civil engineering firm EAC Consulting, she never dreamed that she would be invited back to work there again during the summer break. However, that is exactly what happened to the Florida State University Junior, who is majoring in Economics & International Affairs.  “We exhaust all measures to teach our students about the real-world work environment,”

Journalist to headline youth summit in Miami Gardens

Award-winning journalist and social activist Jeff Johnson will put the spotlight on technology during the South Florida Youth Summit Town Hall & Tech Shops on Sept. 5-6 at Florida Memorial University, located at 15800 NW 42nd Ave. in Miami Gardens.  The free event will feature highly-engaging workshops and TED style talks from local industry professionals committed to encouraging middle and high school students to focus on the area of technology.

Hellanna S. Waiters aims to be pure before God

Hellanna S. Waiters is a poet, spoken word artist and author. She recently completed her book entitled Hellanna’s Inspirational Approach: Inspiring you as you journey through life. Her inspiration has come from Maya Angelou. Hellanna said, “I have a passion for writing.”

Opa-locka Airport project earns national honors

One of several new developments at Opa-locka Executive Airport (OPF) has earned national recognition for outstanding construction. Local construction management firm Lemartec was named to Varco Pruden Buildings’ 2014 Hall of Fame in the transportation category for designing and building the new aircraft hangar at OPF for Miami Executive Aviation.

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