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Bahamas strengthens ties with the United States at 2016 EAA AirVenture

The island nation sanctioned as “Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors”

“The partnership between The Bahamas government agencies and that of the United States Federal government including the US Customs and Boarder Protection agencies continues to strengthen, heighten in success and reap mutually rewarding dividends for the two nations,” says Greg Rolle, pilot and senior director of Sales, Marketing and Sports, at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

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Local artists headline second Back to School Jam

Free concert was held at the Historic Lyric Theater for students, parents

The busiest time for parents is undeniably the back-to-school season. Shopping, school supplies, uniforms and such are underway while children are still coming off summer vacation freedom. The youth empowerment group of South Florida, #BeYou!, took off some of the stress away by organizing the second annual #BeYouBackToSchool Jam event, comprising of a studded cast of local artists, up-and-coming artists and Epic Records artist Zoey Dollaz, who headlined the ‘Back To School’ concert.

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FMU welcomes largest freshman class in six years

President’s Honor Roll Award was given to State Sen. Dwight Bullard

Florida Memorial University closed its first week of classes for the 2016-2017 academic year with a record number of freshman students.

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Feeling empty? Read ’The Full Tank Life’

Author says you can boost your inner fuel with his method to rev your spirit

At the end of the day, you’re out of gas. There’s nothing left in your reserves, not a drop. You’re done, wondering if this is as far as you’ll ever go but somehow open to new suggestions. So read “The Full Tank Life” by Ben Tankard. It might just rev your engine again.

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‘Let our children live!’

Deadly weekend leaves four dead; 8-year-old Jada on life support

North Miami-Dade County turned into a killing field this past weekend, as five different gun shootings took more lives and brought grief on even more families. Between Thursday and Tuesday, at least four people were shot dead, seven were wounded, and an 8-year-old girl who reportedly was headed to the movies with her father clings to life. And once again, people are outraged, but solutions are in short supply. In perhaps the most heart-wrenching incident, family members held vigils at the shooting scene and online for Jada Page, the 8-year-old girl. Police, ministers, and even victims spoke against the violence.

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Activists demand justice at the North Miami Council meeting

They want officer fired in the Kinsey shooting

One by one, the men and women seeking justice for the two men who survived a North Miami police-involved shooting, stood at a lectern and called names of dozens of supporters who want police officer Jonathan Aledda fired. Mayor Smith Joseph, fellow council members and administrators mostly sat silently as the protestors read a list of demands along with the names of 54,000 people who signed petitions calling for the officer’s ouster. Several protesters also echoed the names of Charles Kinsey and Arnaldo Eliud Soto Rios, the therapist and patient at the center of the June incident.

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No wrongdoing found in alleged $25,000 bribe case

Sen. Dwight Bullard said not enough concrete evidence sunk case

The pay-to-move-to-a-new-district saga is now over. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said it has closed an investigation into whether Florida Senate candidate Andrew Korge offered Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay, a $25,000 payoff to seek a seat in an alternate district. Investigator Michael D’Ambrosia and Assistant State Attorney Trent Reichling found Korge committed no criminal conduct in his dealings with Bullard. Korge would have broken the law if he gave Bullard his personal funds in exchange for Bullard’s “aid” or “promotion.” No money exchanged hands.

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Kaine touts Miami couple is a small business success

Campaign talks about economic plan to help Black communities

Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine visited South Florida on Saturday to talk with a Black Miami couple he hailed as a small business success story. Kaine took time to talk about the economy, and how he and Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plan to help small businesses. The campaign recently rolled out a plan to promote small businesses, including those of Black entrepreneurs. On Saturday, he toured the Miami Lakes’ office of Drummer Boy, an event production company.

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Gun violence at preposterous levels

Here we are again. Shots fired. Children are caught in the crossfire. Some are hurt; others are killed. The press conferences, the tears, the consternation follow, but little solutions. As of press time, an 8-year-old girl’s life hangs in the balance. Jada Page was shot in the head as she walked with her father, James Page, who was wounded. Her mother, inconsolable. And that is only the tip of the iceberg. Gunshots rang out all over Northwest Miami-Dade this past weekend, claiming lives, leaving others maimed and shattering hopes, dreams and families. There was a shooting at a wake for a shooting victim. The shooters are unknown. Police have few to no leads. The violence is preposterous.

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Voting is your right; you earned it

The results are in from the Florida primary, municipal and county elections. Some candidates will face another election in November. For others, their election is over and they have been hired by you. During campaign season, candidates made a lot of promises to the Black community. They promised to work on criminal justice reform; bringing more education dollars from the state to our schools; stopping the school-to-prison pipeline; filing legislation to get free

Uber joins forces with newly renovated Hard Rock Stadium, Miami-Dade Transit

Want to ride transit but don’t live within walking distance of a Metrorail Station? Want to go to Hard Rock Stadium but don’t want to drive? That’s where Uber comes in. The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) has joined forces with Uber. The collaboration is an effort to help reduce congestion on the roadways by encouraging more drivers to opt for public transit.

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Mayor Myra Taylor wants respect

In January of 1997, my late grandfather Johnes Murphy was arrested for stealing water from the city of Opa-locka. At the time, our water bill was the highest monthly bill in our house while only two people were living in the house. The bill was about $300 a month for two people who were at work for most of the day.

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Celebrating heroes and lost angels

Children’s Trust holds 11th annual Champions for Children Awards

Hundreds of child and family advocates streamed into the Adrienne Arsht Center Knight Concert Hall on Aug. 25 to take part in the 2016 Children’s Trust Champions for Children awards, a celebration of the people and programs making Miami-Dade County a better place to live and grow. Awards for Program of the Year, Excellence in Public Policy and Excellence in Direct Service were announced, as was the David Lawrence Jr. Champion for Children award, given to pediatric epilepsy pioneer Michael Duchowny, M.D., of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, internationally recognized for his work in the field.

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Local pastors hold Souls to the Polls

Politicians in all types of races show up at event

Many local churches and social organizations arranged for their members to attend Souls to the Polls events, usually held on the last Sunday during early voting. At the North Dade Regional Library, candidates for political offices congregated and greeted voters. Organizers called it a festival. Radio station WMBM gave live broadcasts at several voting sites, including in North Miami and the library. Seen were Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Judge Jason Bloch, school board District 1 candidates Wilbert Holloway, Steve Gallon and James Bush III and Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert III.

Answering the inquisition

A man stood in a line, impatient, for it was a long line, and he was a man of great wealth. Adding to his disgust was that before him, in this long line, stood a man of no means, a man who used drugs, and spent his life in and out of jail. "Why do I have to stand in this long line?" said the man. "Surely, if they knew I was in this line, they would usher me to the front."

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The MTV VMA recap: ‘Lemonade’ anyone?

Beyonce, Rihanna, Teyana Taylor steal the show

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards aired Sunday night, Aug. 28, live from  New York City's Madison Square Garden. And it was “All hail the Queen” as Beyonce came out and took over the garden.

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American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy

Musical tour from 1940s until now is a benefit for Rootz of Music Inc.

Witness the development of popular songs in Jamaica and the Americas from the mid-1940s as chronicled by Rootz of Music Inc.’s “American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy” in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m.

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Pastor Mooney has passion for the Kingdom of God

His church, New Bethel, ministers to community with tutoring, meals

Pastor Jaymes R. Mooney is the senior pastor of the New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale. The pastor, leaders and the congregation say they are committed to “Changing Lives in a R.E.A.L Way.” REAL is an acronym for Relevant, Evangelistic, Authentic and Loving.

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Black people! Give Indian food a try

“If cameraman Korey Davis doesn’t shoot it, I won’t eat it.”

I actually love Indian food, but had never eaten at Royal Indian. Because I had never been at this particular restaurant, I thought it would be a great opportunity to review, so I asked Korey to meet me with his camera with my group.

Learn about mitral valve repair at North Shore

Atrial fibrillation also subject to be lectured on Sept. 15 at hospital

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Erik Beyer will discuss the many benefits of minimally invasive procedures and answer questions most commonly asked regarding mitral valve repair and atrial fibrillation ablation at noon Thursday, Sept. 15, at the North Shore Medical Center auditorium, 1100 NW 95th St. Mitral valve surgery is a type of surgery that is performed to repair or replace the mitral valve in your heart.

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