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Stephen Ross is worth $5.4 billion. He is willing to put up $350 million of his own money to renovate his own stadium. In return, he wants a $4 million per year tax break. Over 30 years, the tax break is worth $120 million, which is close to the $127 million that Ross wanted last year. Last year, Ross sought $127 million from a hotel tax increase that would pay between $7 million to $16 million per year toward the cost of
The Lyric Theater was opened in 1913 by a Black man from Georgia, Geder Walker. In 1915, the Miami News described the Lyric Theater “as the most beautiful and costly playhouse owned by Colored people in all the Southland.” The theater anchored the district known as “Little Broadway” an area in Overtown alive with
As a trial attorney with 25 years experience in the civil arena, I can say one thing about juries - one never knows what the outcome will be. I have lost trials that I should have won and won trials that I should have lost. I have seen huge verdicts for minimal injuries and small verdicts for catastrophic injuries. In the civil arena, the jury is making a decision about money. In a criminal trial, the stakes
President Obama increased SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps) during his first term. The increase was part of the economic stimulus package and ends November 1. Congress wants to cut food stamps by an additional $39 million and the Senate is willing to just decrease it by $5 billion. With the drop in benefits, the average payment for meal for a person with food stamps is $1.40 per meal. 47 million lower income Americans will be impacted, mostly the poor, children, elderly or disabled. 1 in 6 Americans are hungry.
Mayor Otis Wallace, the sagacious public servant of Florida City, commented once that Black municipalities seem to have stories written about them that always portray them in a negative light, and that their positive achievements are never publicized. I reflected upon the words of Mayor Wallace, when I attended
I watched the inauguration of Bill De Blasio as New York’s 109th mayor with my parents. To my parents, the inauguration of a white man married to a Black women with Black children is almost as amazing as having a Black president. Even after 5 years of the Obama Presidency, my father still states with
I am somewhat depressed due to the exit of Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones because the Black community was losing an exciting, hardworking public servant who had a heart for service. Michelle Spence-Jones will be missed in Miami-Dade County.
In the old days, a trio of women were the Black leadership: Barbara Carey-Shuler, Congresswomen Meek and Athalie Range. They were courageous, outspoken and clearly in charge, and they reigned for decades. All of them have now retired. To their credit, the trio developed young Black leadership. From this group came Congressman Kendrick Meek,
The Reverend Dunn II was installed into District 5 seat to take the place of Commissioner Spence-Jones. At that time, he stated he would not run for the seat, but would simply work for citizens of District 5. The taste of power must have been intoxicating because he decided that he wanted the seat. He ran and lost against Michelle Spence-Jones.
Tea Party adherents have extreme views that help them win Republican primaries when the most conservative and ideological Republicans vote. However, in general elections when liberals,