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Youth shooting deaths, Opa-locka financial crisis top 2015 local news

The news cycle in the Greater Miami area and Florida was lively throughout 2015. Locally, the shooting deaths of Black children and teenagers dominated headlines for much of the year. Residents in urban areas dealt with affordable housing woes, especially ...

How historic is the United Teachers of Dade contract?

In last week’s article, I touched on small tidbits of subjects that I wanted to explore and research and get a better understanding of why the race for the United Teachers of Dade is so highly hostile and as competitive ...

Terrorism, mass shootings in 2015 top national, international news

Gun violence, the presidential election and terrorism seemed to dominate the national and international pages and news segments. Peppered in between were reports of police misconduct, especially when dealing with Blacks. Video cameras documented cases after case of police violence, ...

Haiti president defends questioned elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — President Michel Martelly is defending much-criticized elections in divided Haiti and asserts that the opposition has spread unsubstantiated allegations about widespread electoral fraud purely to strengthen its position. During an interview with The Associated Press, Martelly said ...

Bad culture

As Yvette Swift watched TV, she saw a broadcast about an arrest in the shooting of a 10-year-old boy last June. But her ears perked up when she heard the name of the suspected shooter. It was the same person ...

Planned soccer stadium draws residents’ anger

In an effort to head off false rumors that residents were going to be displaced or that a nearby housing complex was going to be razed because of a pending deal with Miami Beckham United to build a soccer stadium, ...

Keon Hardemon is the new sheriff of Miami Commission

Keon Hardemon, first-term commissioner who represents Miami’s most socially and financially challenging districts, will wield a lot of power on the dais in January as he elevates to the role as chairman. Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado issued a memo late ...

Confederate street name removed from city

Dora Johnson, a long-time elderly resident of Riviera Beach, remembers cross burnings and racial difficulties in the city decades ago. Johnson told Riviera Beach Mayor Bishop Thomas Masters about the cross burnings that used to occur on Old Dixie Highway ...

North Miami pulls job offer to city attorney

During a North Miami Art Basel event, city leaders introduced Valria Screen as the new city attorney. She had her city-issued ID, saw her new office and got information about her staff. All that was left was approval of her ...

Miramar breaks ground on amphitheater

Miramar residents are getting an amphitheater. On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the Miramar City Commission, city officials and residents, took part in a ground-breaking ceremony for the Miramar Amphitheater at Regional Park. Nikki Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention ...

Something is wrong with United Teachers of Dade

When I was invited to attend a meeting by my pastor, Elder Cleveland Roberts III, I asked him what was the meeting about. He said, “this meeting is to determine if I should run on a ticket concerning the Union ...

Grassroots groups tackle social justice

The first time she came to Miami, she was running from the FBI. The second time, she was “shot at by some right-wingers. “So,” said Angela Y. Davis, “its really great to be here.” For the first time in 15 ...

Atlantic Pacific is under fire by rival

Soon after developers turned in their response to Miami-Dade County’s request for application to redevelop Liberty Square, a lawyer for Related Urban Development Group raised objections. Related Urban is one of six developers who submitted proposals to develop Liberty Square ...

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Developers to get scrutinized by county

Stung by developers who win affordable housing contracts only to later be indicted or worse for unscrupulous practices, Miami-Dade County may be looking to add some safeguards in its program. A county subcommittee wants Mayor Carlos Gimenez to study at ...