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Preserving Richmond Heights’ History

The future of Richmond Heights looks as bright and promising as its rich past. At least that’s what residents of the Southwest Miami-Dade area are attempting to preserve, as World War II veterans and other notable community stakeholders in Richmond ...

Judge slams Florida Medicaid on care for kids

After nearly a decade of legal battling, a federal judge last week found widespread problems in the way Florida's Medicaid program has provided health care to children. Judge Adalberto Jordan, in a 153-page decision, said Florida's history of low reimbursement ...

Central makes history with win

BOCA RATON — Bothell High School’s head football coach Tom Bainter knew the challenge that lay ahead when he led his Cougars into the inaugural Burger King State Champions Bowl Series on Saturday. “We knew what we were getting ourselves ...

Activism part of Kwanzaa celebration

After the drumbeats and ancestral dedications came the protests against events that have threatened the future of Black youth in the past year: police shootings and education reforms. Those issues were addressed on the second day of Kwanzaa, when about ...

Community Emergency

A call for new social programs to stop the dramatic rise in drive-by mass shootings in Miami’s Black neighborhoods came at an emergency meeting Monday. It was standing room only as 300 people packed the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church ...

Mass shootings, scandals dominate 2014

Former North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau’s was convicted of five counts of wire fraud-related charges for running an $11 million mortgage scheme with three others. Prosecutors said the scam took place before Tondreau was elected mayor of North Miami in ...

Police killings of Blacks, Ebola scare nation in 2014

The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was among the top news story of 2014. The devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and the brutal ...

Courts convict killer; Gov. Scott reelected

Retrial serves justice to family of shot-down teen: In October, a white man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing Jordan Davis, an unarmed, Black teenager, at a Jacksonville, Fla. gas station. Michael Dunn, 47, was previously ...

Racism by design: 2nd lawsuit for Little Haiti apartments

For the second time, Design Place Apartments in Little Haiti has been sued for racial discrimination by Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence Inc. (HOPE), a housing watchdog group. The latest suit filed Tuesday alleges that Design Place again turned away ...

Hit-and-run driver jailed days after death of child

DANIA BEACH — Apollo Brown Sr. said this is a year he will never forget. One day after the driver who allegedly killed his son was arrested, Brown expressed his gratitude in a brief, but emotional interview with The Miami ...

Schools get mixed report card

When jokingly asked which movie actor he’d like to have portray him in a film about his life, Miami Northwestern High School Principal Wallace Aristide is undecided between two Hollywood studs. “Well, there’s the obvious choice, Denzel Washington,” laughs Aristide, ...

Developer helps graduates of Turner Tech find jobs

Nineteen students of William H. Turner Technical Arts Adult & Community Education Center graduated with certificates of completion in their chosen course of study recently with the help of Oleta Partners, a developer of North Miami’s Biscayne Landing community. The ...

In local deserts, no supermarket in sight

HALLANDALE BEACH — A group of senior citizens shuffled their carts to let other shoppers through aisles at a Winn-Dixie in Hallandale Beach. Several of the elderly women had diet-related diseases like hypertension and diabetes, but they were not visiting ...

Tondreau taken into custody Tuesday after being convicted of five counts related to wire fraud

One minute Lucie Tondreau was smiling and chatting with friends just a few feet away from prosecutors. Two hours later, the former North Miami Mayor stood silent and stoic as the jury foreman told her she was convicted of wire ...

Mayor unveils jobs program

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez noted a phenomenon from the office where he sits: the construction cranes peppering the skies over the county. “Do you see that?” Gimenez said, pointing at the construction activity in downtown Miami outside the window ...