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Incumbent Mayor Carlos Gimenez took over the county in 2011 after Carlos Alvarez was recalled. He was elected in 2012 to run a county with a $7 billion budget. He had to steer the county through the remnants of the 2008 market crash, making budget choices that were unpopular but necessary and declared excitedly in 2015, “the cranes are back” when he saw construction happening from his office window.

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Five challenge Gimenez for the county’s top job

Candidates running against the mayor say they can do better

From creating jobs to improving transportation, the five challengers who want Carlos Gimenez’s job say they can do better. As the Aug. 30 primary quickly approaches, they’re making their case across Miami-Dade County to any and everyone who will listen.

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Urban schools advocates call for an investigation

Superintendent Carvalho accused of cheating our students, report says

ICARE, the local group that advocates for improvements in urban core schools, has issued another scathing report against the Miami-Dade County Public School System, asking for the state and federal education departments to invest how the district allocates key funds for minority students.

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The rebuilt Miami Norland Senior High opens

The GO bond funds paid for the $42 million school renovation, upgrades

Schools across Miami-Dade County opened their doors Monday to welcome students back after summer break. At one school, in particular, the excitement and the growing anticipation for the start of the 2016-2017 school year has been palatable. 

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Street Talk

Why do you think it is important to vote in the Aug. 30 primary? election?

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Students honor teacher they had 62 years ago

“Mr. Oris Walker was firm but he was always fair,” they say

On Sunday, July 24, 10 seniors, former students of Oris Walker from the Lakeshore High School in Belle Glade, Fla., surprised their teacher at Grace Baptist Church in Port St. Lucie to let him know how much they appreciate what he did for them more than 62 years ago.

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Mindingall co-hosts Farm Share event

Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Vice Chair and Board Member for District 2, co-hosted a Farm Share free food distribution event on Aug. 13 at Miami Dade College, North Campus.

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South Dade Alphas donate supplies for Chapman Elementary

The Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. adopted Dr. William A. Chapman Elementary School as its 2016 Adopt-A-Classroom grant recipient.

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Bishop Curry: “New Birth a perfect place for imperfect people”

Church recently celebrated 25 years of service to community and congregants

Bishop Victor Tyrone Curry is a well-established pastor, preacher, author, teacher and social activist who epitomizes focused leadership.

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Police officers march with hundreds for peacePolice officers march with hundreds for peace

liberty city family day included a back-to-school giveaway

Residents of Liberty City and law enforcement joined hands in a unified commitment to support peace within and throughout their neighboring communities on Friday.

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Jill Scott live at The Fillmore

The neo-soul diva brings her signature voice and big presence to South Florida

Since 2000, Jill Scott has been an entertainment force of nature; captivating fans worldwide as a singer, actress, poet, model and businesswoman. After releasing her debut album “Who is Jill Scott?” fans have been mesmerized by her unique tone and vocal stylings, making Scott one of the most-prolific artists in soul music.

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Tom Joyner parties with a purpose at annual event

The celebrity-packed weekend will return to Kissimmee this Labor Day Weekend

Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, will bring the 2016 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion to the Orlando area Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1–Sept. 5.

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Rick Ross comes to PortMiami

The rapper is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his first album “Port of Miami”

Rick Ross is a Miami rapper whose repertoire allows him to be on the same songs as Jay-Z, Nas and Drake. His success started with his 2006 debut album, “Port of Miami.”

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Bahamian culture on display at Goombay

One weekend left to experience the summer festival in the Bahamas

The months of July and August are a whirlwind of cultural activities in Nassau. The island nation celebrates its heritage with the Junkanoo Summer Festival in July and the Goombay Summer Festival in August. It’s not too hard or expensive to get in on the fun, while learning about our neighbors just under 200 miles off the shores of Miami.

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‘Southside With You:’ A true American love story

Richard Tanne’s film is about the first date of Barack and Michelle Obama

For 84 minutes, take a journey with Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson on the Southside of Chicago as they discuss life and visit several stops on their epic adventure. During that time, you fall in love with the characters of “Southside With You” as they fall in love with each other.

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Legendary basketballer shares his ‘Writings on the Wall’

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar touches on his ideas about politics, racism, religion

The fix won’t be quick. It never is. There’s no magic wand to change the things that’ve been on your mind lately: social issues, inequality, poverty, politics, apathy, violence. Those ills didn’t arrive quick and they won’t leave quick but, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, they can be repaired.

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Students, beware of Zika

School officials equip parents with bug spray, protective clothing at free event

The Zika virus is a disease that has South Floridians taking caution when they step out of their homes. As the latest information reveals Zika activity in sections of Wynwood and Miami Beach, the Miami-Dade County Public School Board decided to act quickly with children returning to school this week.

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From education advocacy to career preparedness

The STEM For Kids program helps broaden children’s futures and lives

Mack Samuel, a technologist, entrepreneur, and an avid advocate for children’s education, brings STEM For Kids to Miami to help them get better prepared for the future.

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163 Street Mall opens ‘Urban Read’ kiosk

Owner Bernie Richemond provides saucy romance novels and children’s books

In today's rising world of unique new forms of entertainment, more people are turning to short novels and books online, often via Amazon.com or on Kindle. There has also been a rise in readership of spicy romantic novels, since the explosion of Fifty Shades' fans.

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West gets destinations award

CFO and senior vice president has earned CDME designation

Alvin L. West, CFO and senior vice president of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has earned the designation of Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) from the worldwide Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).


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