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Workshop wraps up Anti-Bullying Awareness Month

Focus problem solving for teens

Imagine the torment of a young child bullied in a place where he should've felt safe. For Jonathan Spikes, host of an event called Affirming YOUth, this was reality. “I grew up in a home where I was called stupid and ugly and told I couldn't do anything. I struggled with that," he said. "I personally knew I wasn’t happy but I didn’t know how to fix it. I was angry and bitter and didn’t want to be that way."

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Big bus brings tourism to Overtown

Visitors to see ‘real’ Miami on new tour

Step aside, South Beach! Overtown is the next tourist destination to “hop on” into the international spotlight. It’s now in the running to benefit from tourists’ dollars after a major bus route was introduced through the area. Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) teamed up with Big Bus Tours Miami on Oct. 16 to announce the tour, called the “Uptown” route, through the heart of Overtown, Wynwood, Midtown, the Design District and Historic Downtown Miami. The Uptown route represents the first time since Big Bus came to Miami in 2011 that it has expanded its reach beyond the City and South Beach loops.

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Accuser reneges on sex assault claim; details Harris to play again

Details show the two holding hands hours before the alleged 'incident'

Former Booker T. Washington athlete Treon Harris is back on his college football team and set to play this Saturday at home.

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A message in the sky: Breast cancer survivor gains new purpose

Patricia Johnson shares journey in fight for a cure

A seasoned flight attendant, Patricia Johnson was rocked by the turbulence of a breast cancer diagnosis that later turned her into a flying foot soldier who took her message 30,000 feet into the air.

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Major redevelopment setback for SEOPW

A local redevelopment agency is trying to get disengaged residents on board with plans to renovate and beautify their dilapidated homes. Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA) Director Clarence Woods said he is practically begging half of Town Park Plaza North to sign documents so that the $15 million repairs to their 169 units can begin. CRA needs to receive completed financial disclosures; approval to relocate residents while the repairs take place; and a formal applications for all the units before phase one of the revamp can begin.

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Road to renovation marked by mixed responses in Overtown

Town Park Plaza North condos to receive $15 million, some tenants unmoved

A slumped Overtown condominium building will undergo renovations next year thanks to a $15 million grant from the Southeast Overtown and Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA). The funds for the renovations to Town Park Plaza North were approved in by the SEOPW CRA board in a meeting Sept. 30. The construction of Town Park Plaza North is expected to roll out in three phases, starting early 2015.

Worldcenter agreement passes despite proposed job cuts

Commissioner Hardemon will keep a careful eye on project developers

It was about noon when someone gave Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon a memo: Miami Worldcenter Group LLC had revised the jobs component of the development agreement -- and it was not for the better. In a last-minute maneuver, Worldcenter tried to cut the number of Miami-Dade County hires from 30 percent to 10 percent. The request surprised Hardemon, who said Worldcenter also cut small businesses participation in half from a previous 10 percent to 5 percent.

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Former BTW star embroiled in sex assault case

Treon Harris, star Miami athlete, suspended from UF football team amid assault allegations

That Overtown's Treon Harris could be accused of sexual misconduct crushed his former coach. “I hope it’s not true. I’m hurt for him to even go through this with accusations over his head,” said Shanton Crummie, who coached a younger Harris in Overtown to national titles in Pop Warner football. Harris, now a University of Florida (UF) quarterback, was suspended Monday from the Gators’ football team following an incident with a female student in a UF dorm early last Sunday morning. Harris has had an untimely fall from good graces. The freshman top recruit, on Oct. 4 led the Florida offense to a fourth-quarter comeback from a 9-0 deficit against Tennessee.

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Obamacare enrollment to reopen Nov. 15

Cost cuts available for Floridians who are still uninsured

Uninsured Floridians will soon get their chance to weigh the costs of health coverage during the second wave of open enrollment in President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare. Next month, those without health insurance can sign up to get coverage for 2015, and last weekend at North Shore Medical Center, representatives from the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida encouraged guests at a community health fair to spread the word.

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South Florida housing costs create financial burden

MDEAT study says low-income, Black neighborhoods hit hardest

If you’ve ever felt you were paying too much for your home in South Florida, you probably were right, especially if you live in a Black neighborhood, according to a new report from Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT). The report, called Annual Report Card and Scorecard, shows that low-income, Black people are dishing out more of their earnings on housing than they should, but the numbers point to a broader problem that has real estate analysts worried about the overall economy.

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