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Liberty Square Rising: A community divided

Amid protests and a call for an investigation of the procurement process, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez Thursday introduced his choice developer to Liberty Square residents. About 300 people packed the Liberty Square Community center to watch presentations by the ...

Personnel matters plague City of Opa-locka

Opa-locka employees got a reprieve from layoffs – for now — after the union that represents hourly workers called for a review of the city manager’s procedures. Meanwhile, the city’s top legal officer, embroiled in a different type of personnel ...

Pleas for Dorsainvil didn’t move city manager

Though their pleas to reinstate Sandy Dorsainvil as manager of Little Haiti Culture Center fell on deaf ears, activists vow to continue their campaign to “restore her good name” and force changes at Miami City Hall. “This action is one ...

State park renamed for Broward Black pioneers

South Floridians cheered recently at the news that a Broward state park would be renamed for two Black civil rights pioneers. And with the announcement, some Black Miami-Dade residents said it’s time to bestow a similar honor on Miami’s pioneers. ...

Black police say ‘not all cops are bad’

Police officers take a sworn oath to protect those around them. Unfortunately, recent events have made the general public question that oath. With several unarmed Black men being killed in the last three years, the relationship between the cops and ...

The raping of Liberty City

When we normally hear the word "Rape," we think of a crime associated with another person forcing another person to submit to a sex act, against their will. However, if one looks at the multiplicity of ways the American Heritage ...

Contracts, change orders and Opa-locka

Had George Howard agreed to pay the $150,000 that Steve Shiver asked him to supposedly pay to the mayor, do you think that we would have heard anything about it? The things that were and are happening in the city ...

Dorsainvil gets job with Miami city commission chair

Despite numerous pleas from the community, Miami City Manager Daniel Alonso on Thursday refused to return Sandy Dorsainvil to her position as manager of the Little Haiti Cultural Center. That decision set off a stunning chain of events, with City ...

Mood 'terrible' at Opa-locka City Hall

Work at Opa-locka City Hall goes on, even while more than a dozen employees have caught the interest of a federal grand jury examining public corruption in that Northwest Miami-Dade city. Those employees are expected to testify before an ongoing ...

Pastors allege cronyism in Liberty Square bid

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s Liberty Square Rising project is taking criticism from the Black community after he recommended Related Urban to demolish and reconstruct the run-down housing project and build new housing at Lincoln Gardens, a contract worth some $307 ...

Children lack adult guidance, panelists say

The problems of Miami’s Black youth aren’t the rap music or video games. It’s the lack of direction from parents and an absence of role models and mentors, say leaders of youth groups who work with young people. They spoke ...

Fired cultural center manager gets lots of community support

After Haitian filmmaker Rachelle Salnave sent an impassioned letter to Miami City Manager Daniel J. Alfonso questioning the firing of the Little Haiti Cultural Center manager Sandy Dorsainvil, she received this response: “Ms. Salnave, I understand your frustration. I can ...

Forum advocates goals not guns

Aaron Willis was just 15 when his life changed forever while walking home with some friends in the Overtown neighborhood in December 2012. “All I heard were the shots and a couple of bullets fly by my ears,” Willis said. ...

‘Big money’ people muddy Liberty Square project

As I looked on at Monday's press conference at Liberty Square, I couldn't help but think how this was such a sad situation because of all the fighting that's going on with the bidding process and how Mayor Carlos Gimenez ...

Three juveniles arrested in shooting death of teenager

After an extensive investigation and with assistance from the community, three juveniles were identified on Tuesday in the shooting death of Roderick Sweeting, 17, a student at American High School. The three subjects — Rachid Jacques, 16, Quamaine McMillian, 15, ...