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For the first time since he was appointed in 2001 by former Gov. Jeb Bush, County Court Judge Fred Seraphin has drawn a challenger. Seraphin is the first and only Haitian-American judge in Miami-Dade. His bout with the justice system ...

Watch out, Zika mosquitoes are here

Last Friday, the Florida Department of Health confirmed that Wynwood had a case of Zika that was not contracted through travel. Since then Miami-Dade County has sprung into action, spraying for the mosquitoes that carry the virus and handing out ...

Hillary is qualified but needs humility

The country should be more excited that it could elect the first woman president in its 240-year history. Hillary Rodham Diane Clinton could -- like Barack Obama -- earn an indelible mark in the history books, she as the nation’s ...

Answers needed on questionable shooting of Charles Kinsey

The narrative surrounding the reason why therapist Charles Kinsey was shot by North Miami police last week is disturbing on many levels. Police say that last Monday North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda tried to shoot a non-compliant autistic man ...

Black people are not all suspects

Last week underscored another bloody milestone in American history. At the center of the dispute this time, and all too, often: law enforcement. Social media churned with conflicted messages as to whether Black people should continue on a nonviolent path ...

Liberty Square will need gate keepers

Last Thursday, The Miami-Dade Commission made a monumental decision that affected the lives of many families in Liberty Square. The commissioners said yes to have Related Urban redevelop the dilapidated housing project which, in turn, moved forward the process to ...

Shameful that Congress can’t support some gun regulation

Conversations to add further regulations to buying a gun in the United States get louder every time there is a mass shooting. The more heinous the crime, the longer and louder the outrage. But the noise eventually dies down and ...

United we stand against bigotry and hate

The world woke up Sunday morning to find out that an Orlando gay nightclub filled with people had been sprayed with bullets from an automatic rifle. First, the death toll was 20. By midday Sunday, that number leaped to 50 ...

Miami Gardens deserves control over Dolphins Stadium

Last week, Miami Gardens made a giant leap toward having control related to land use and permitting at the new Dolphins Stadium. It is about time. It should have happened sooner so that Miami Gardens could have had some say ...

Little Haiti shouldn’t have divided community

On Thursday, May 26, Miami City Commissioners designated the boundaries of Little Haiti. For the Haitians, it was the culmination of 16 years of waiting to have a slice of Miami. For the historic preservationists and descendants of Miami’s pioneers, ...

Pinder’s death another tragedy for Opa-locka

Opa-locka Commissioner Terence Pinder died last week after his city-owned SUV crashed into a tree at Opa-locka Airport. The news of the early morning crash rippled through the city that is already hurting from news of FBI investigations into corruption ...

Welcome Black people to Miami Beach

One thing is clear: Black people love coming to South Florida. Every year, for the last 10 years, thousands of Black young visitors come from all over to converge and party on Miami Beach. The crowds have dwindled and surged ...

Graduates, don’t cut and run

For the last four years or so you attended a Florida institution of higher learning. You applied discipline to your life and committed to accepting an education. Now you have your college degree in hand. But the reality is that ...

Carlos Beruff owes the president an apology

Last week a Republican who is seeking U.S Sen. Marco Rubio’s post called President Obama an “animal” during a speech. Republicans and Democrats have called on Carlos Beruff to apologize for calling the Commander in Chief such a derogatory term. ...

Minimum wage fight takes step in right direction

On May 11, Miami Beach made a bold move. Its commission voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.31 per hour, starting July 2017. A rate increase of $1 per year would raise the rate to $13.31 by 2020. The ...

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