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A parade for a King

Garbage trucks. A hearse. Church buses. The vehicles, perfect for a parade and an entertaining history lesson, may turn heads again this year at the 48th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade on Monday in Liberty City. These nontraditional ...

Black-owned face recognition company sets high goals

Miami has been labeled the Gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean. At the start of the year, Miami received a new label. Business news cable channel CNBC cited Miami as a tech hub. Heads of Black companies had already ...

First new public housing in 25 years

When 82-year-old Willie Mae Howard heard she was moving from Three Round Towers -- the Miami-Dade County public housing building she had lived in for the last 15 years -- into a new public housing development, she breathed a huge ...

Employment Equality

When Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez launched his Employ Miami-Dade initiative, the focus of his mission was clear. “Job creation and the development of our local talent are issues that are of the utmost importance to my administration,” he told ...

North Miami commission rolls back Walmart

Opponents of a proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market in North Miami celebrated last week when the city’s planning commission unanimously voted to disapprove two items that affect the development of the project. In a packed meeting at city hall, officials voted ...

‘Put Walmart on 7th Avenue’

Amid the shouting and protests came demands to put Walmart Neighborhood Market on Northwest Seventh Avenue with the rest of the boarded up businesses and old grocery stores. That’s what residents and even a former mayor said at a contentious ...

FAMU hosts Scott at breakfast

TALLAHASSEE-- As Gov. Rick Scott's inaugural festivities got underway Tuesday with a prayer breakfast at Florida A&M University, religion and politics were hard to separate. "God has called upon you to lead us," FAMU President Elmira Mangum told the governor. ...

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 ...