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Al Golden must fix this mess

After another humiliating defeat in which the Miami Hurricanes defense surrendered over 300 yards on the ground to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Al Golden stood defiantly and quite adamantly that his defensive scheme is not the problem. Al Golden stands at the podium with his impressive oratory skills and circumvents all questioning about his defense by reiterating that it can be fixed. Golden’s defense fails to win football games that matter year after year. The Yellow Jackets are just the latest team in a long line of schools that have rushed for over 200 yards on a Golden defense. Not to mention the second team in three weeks to rush for over 300 yards and the fourth time in the past 16 games. The defense should not be getting rocked like a Hurricane on the ground by opposing teams. Does Al Golden still think he can fix this defense?

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Making the cut

On the brink of closure, Boot Camp program graduates transformed young offenders

One month after it faced being shut down because of budget cuts, Miami-Dade’s Boot Camp program held its graduation ceremonies Oct. 1. In a packed courtroom at the Richard E. Gersten Justice building, 34 cadets assembled in the same place they once stood for crimes that would have sent them to jail. It was a dramatic ceremony, where male cadets with troubled backgrounds sat in crisp white shirts and ties with fresh haircuts after rehabilitating for committing serious, but nonviolent crimes.

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The Social Whirl

The first weekend in October brought the feel of fall along with a whirlwind of activities both social and inspirational. When Florida Memorial University held their President’s Inaugural Scholarship Gala on Saturday, Oct. 4, they were supported by hundreds in attendance. The theme “Lifting Ev’ry Voice and Keeping Our Promise for a Brighter Future” highlighted the dedication of four dynamic Black women as the university paid tribute to honorees Congresswoman Frederica S.

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Chatter That Matters

Recently, an email went out to the Hampton House Board updating the importance of surveying the Hampton House Building. President Commissioner Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson zeroed in on the answer to who is the owner of the building. According to her response it belongs to the Hampton House Board until further clarification including the Dade County Board, in short. These who attended the builder’s surveys beamed with pride.

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Lil Boosie loves Blacks enough

Does Lil Boosie hate Black people? It's the question now raging across #BlackTwitter,  ignited by my recent conversation with the Louisiana rap legend whose recent return from prison fueled national headlines. His impassioned rhymes of redemption from street life have become doctrine for many in the impoverished South. So, in my usual search for answers to the scourge of Black-on-Black crime, I  asked why does it seem we as Blacks hate each other?

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Spirit of Togetherness told in a divided world

Sounds and dancing are moving the journey of South African experience

The uplifting voices of the African continent tell harrowing stories of human suffering and spirituality during the Apartheid era in South Africa, where Blacks lived in harsh and segregated conditions under white rule. Then there is the fury of the Traditional Zulu tribal dance with performers in colorful African garb expressing their pain and emotions in a ritual dance that has endured for centuries. In the Venda Snake Dance, artists band together to slither like an outsider seeking to do something evil in an African village.

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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. True Divine Worship Ministries will have its 2014 women’s conference Oct. 13 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Call 305-790-3407. The Bible Baptist Healthcare Ministry is hosting a free program on breast health and breast cancer awareness Tue. Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Call 305-836-7644. 93rd CDC is hosting author of “12 Steps to Bridge the Gap”, Sindy Eugene, at their Youth and Parent Empowerment Meeting on October 17 at 7 p.m. Call 305-836-0942 or email 93cdc@bellsouth.net.

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Road to renovation marked by mixed responses in Overtown

Town Park Plaza North condos to receive $15 million, some tenants unmoved

A slumped Overtown condominium building will undergo renovations next year thanks to a $15 million grant from the Southeast Overtown and Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA). The funds for the renovations to Town Park Plaza North were approved in by the SEOPW CRA board in a meeting Sept. 30. The construction of Town Park Plaza North is expected to roll out in three phases, starting early 2015.

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Pastor of the Week

Minister Henton: A young man fully dedicated to do and fulfill all of God’s will

As a young child, Minister Harrell L. Henton was taught to sing praises and worship to the Lord by his grandfather. “I have been working for the Lord for as long as I can remember,” Henton said. Under the guidance of his grandfather, Robert Holt Sr. and still a youngster, Henton made the grand decision to dedicate his full life to the work of the Lord and his church.

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The church is of God not man

The church’s purpose and needs are clearly identified and addressed in the New Testament. A wide-range of topics are also covered in God’s Word. The subject is introduced in the words of Jesus, “I say unto thee, that thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18)

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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.

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Tips lead to arrests in The Spot shooting

It was a quick ending to a mass shoot-out that put Liberty City in the national spotlight. After receiving many tips, Miami Police on Monday arrested a 17-year-old male who opened fire in a crowded, illegal nightclub called the Spot, where 15 people were injured by gunshots during a party attended by some underage patrons.

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