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Hospitals treatment could make you sicker

Ebola not as deadly as infections by comparison

It’s no surprise that most people go to the hospital for treatment, but a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that hospitals across the nation are breeding infections that put patients’ health at risk. Before entering a hospital, consider this new statistic: for every 25 patients one contracts an infection during treatment. These infections, called health care-associated or hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), kill about 75,000 people every year, according to the most recent reports. But those are national statistics.

County college fair opens door to education and jobs

On-spot admissions and fee waivers

Universities will accept high school students on the spot at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Center tomorrow, Oct. 30 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Applications fees will be waived and scholarships given to accepted students at the fair, at 10901 Coral Way, Miami. In addition to providing education about college admissions and scholarships, the Fourth Annual College and Career Expo has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships in the last three years.

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Mayoral election may spell change

Three Black female candidates express their platforms, agendas

Voters in the City of Opa-locka have three options for mayor in the upcoming Nov. 4 elections and the candidates share at least two qualities: they are Black women. It’s the first time this has happened in recent history, according to longtime city employees. The three women couldn’t be any more different in their stances on major issues like term limits and immediate priorities following elections. Mayoral candidates include incumbent Myra Taylor, former Opa-locka commissioner Rose Tydus, and current commissioner Dorothy Johnson. They join the ballot with four other candidates for the city commission board: Timothy Holmes, Deborah Sheffield Irby, Andre Faustin and Terence Pinder.

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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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Young girl bakes her way to sweet success

A Miami youngster who has been nationally recognized for her personalized cupcake business is now raising funds to promote literacy in her grandfather's hometown. Eight-year-old Taylor Moxey, also known by the title printed across her business cards Taylor the Chef, created her pastry company after her parents challenged her to buy her own toys. “This all started as a Sunday afternoon trek to Target. She would ask for a toy every Sunday. Then she would have these dolls all over her tub,” said Vernon Moxey, Taylor’s dad.

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Go Hard: Football teams to stay at Overtown practice field

A community football organization is free to continue its pursuits at an Overtown park, despite prior allegations that it would be forced out. Overtown Community Optimist Club has held team practices at Williams Park for 21 years and will not be relocated elsewhere, according to a Sept. 22 announcement by Nzeribe Ihekwaba, Miami assistant city manager.

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New PBS film unearths 'Birth of Miami Sound'

Deep City producers inspired by grit and soul of Overtown environment

With notebooks of musical compositions and business savvy, recent college graduates Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall returned to the gritty, rhythmic neighborhoods of Black Miami inspired by the brassy beats of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Their mission: to create music.

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‘Lift Every Voice’ connects FMU to Black History

Inaugural jazz concert for new university President Roslyn Artis

It was over a century ago that a chorus of 500 children performed a song to be heralded by generations of Blacks. The song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” indelibly connects Florida Memorial University (FMU) to the soundtrack of history. In an extension of that history, the university is hosting a jazz concert Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Lou Rawls Center for Performing Arts to commemorate the new presidency of Roslyn Artis.

FIU students shocked by discrimination case

Engineering school inviting of all cultures, races

Florida International University (FIU) is headed to court Sept. 22 in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former professor who was fired after several attempts to teach in Haiti. Sylvan Jolibois was fired last December and is hoping to reclaim his job in the engineering school, but FIU students were largely unaware of him and his case against the university.

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CRA to begin construction of modern gym at Gibson Park

Overtown’s Theodore R. Gibson Park is going through a second revamping with the groundbreaking of a new gym Friday, Sept. 19. Miami mayor Tomas Regalado will join District 5 City Commissioner Keon Hardemon on the grounds of the soon-to-be facility at 10 a.m. The gym, which will be two stories, is designed to s

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NEA tour takes local flight

Miami pilot to bring lessons from sky to children

The new president of the nation’s largest labor union took to the skies in Miami today as the second major stop on her back-to-school tour. Lily Eskelsen Garcia began her role at the National Education Association (NEA) several days ago, becoming the first Latino woman to head the three million member organization.

FIU at odds with professor claiming discrimination

Local groups show their support

A former engineering professor at Florida International University (FIU) is suing the university for discrimination after confrontations, which spiraled out of control, ultimately resulted in his termination last December. Sylvan Jolibois, who is of Haitian descent, wrote about the island nation’s “golden opportunity” to rebuild its infrastructure after

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FMU’s Artis is playmaker on Miami’s education scene

While many university presidents may be bunkering down for a season on the gridiron, Roslyn Artis at Florida Memorial University (FMU) is analyzing her school with the scrutiny of a seasoned coach. “I looked across the university to find where we’re strong and quite frankly where we’re weak,” said Artis, who was appointed president of FMU in February making school history as the first woman to take on the role.

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National education tour takes flight in Miami

Local pilot to bring kids live lessons from his plane

The engine of a small aircraft revved as Miami native and international pilot Barrington Irving prepared to take off. Irving is founder of Flying Classroom, a new digital program being launched Sept. 23 at Allapattah Middle School and at least seven elementary and middle schools around Miami-Dade County.

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Community shuns Ferguson mayor unable to help, heal

Residents were vocal about their disapproval at local forum

In a discussion hosted by St. Louis public radio Aug. 28, Ferguson residents’ frustrations played out for the world to hear by special broadcast, which featured voices from the town rocked by the recent death of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer.

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Questions arise over new FCAT replacement

Exam to begin next March, still unfinished

Florida Department of Education (FDOE) staff is working with outside contractors to develop the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), a new test in line with the Common Core, with an emphasis on analytical thinking skills. The test is replacing the FCAT and will feature multiple answer forms beyond the typical multiple choice. The previously unnamed test will be administered on computers for students in fifth through eleventh grades with a paper option available.

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Florida New Majority hosts panel discussion

“Living Legends: Civil Rights Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”

The Florida New Majority, a voter participation group, hosted a panel discussion last Thursday to spark conversation about involvement in various social justice movements. An opening parable narrated by African storyteller Djenaba Gregory-Faal set an underlying theme about youth activism to the discussion. Gregory-Faal engaged the audience in song with the words “Bring on the day when a young spirit will be in charge.”

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Racial biases still evident

Survey highlights differences between Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown coverage

The killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer in Missouri has raised concerns about police brutality to a national platform. Brown’s incident is one of several fatal interactions with cops in the past few weeks that has stirred Blacks to protest in solidarity with oppressed communities around the world.

Most new teachers sent to struggling Black schools

Report calls for distribution changes

Miami-Dade County Public schools has done a poor job of distributing veteran teachers equally among its districts, according to a report released last Wednesday by a research organization called the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCQT). The report, titled “Unequal Access, Unequal Results” detailed the findings of a study requested by the local Urban League chapter. The findings were dismal for areas stricken with poverty and heavily populated by Blacks. NCQT reported that 70 percent of the 60 county schools to earn a D or F letter grade for the 2012 academic year were located in Opa-locka, Miami Gardens,

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Report: Most new teachers sent to struggling Black schools

District says data outdated, patchy

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has done a poor job of distributing veteran teachers equally among its districts, according to a report released yesterday, but county officials pointed out the weakness in the data and presented recent improvements.

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Memories of Old Smokey depict sacrifice zone

Documentary details West Grove history, injustice

A tall, skinny building billows out smoke, its forceful dark clouds spewing sift indiscriminately onto school children nearby. On days when the trash incinerator was not operating those same kids would run up and down the mound on which it was built.

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Urban League urges dads to be active parents

As millions of students around the country returned to school Monday, the Urban League of Greater Miami urged local Black fathers to be involved in their children’s education, first by waking up to take them to school. The Urban League’s push was matched by other organizations in over 700 cities across the United States in a movement tagged Million Fathers March. The program originated in Chicago in 2004 by the Black Star Project, an organization that equips minority children with academic resources.

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Breast milk like 'liquid gold,' can decrease Black baby deaths

Breasts, though arguably one of the most sexually objectified parts of the female anatomy, are the subject of national debate over their functional purpose — providing nourishment to an infant. With August being National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, several incidents that occurred

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Facing re-election, Pam Bondi launches new mobile app

Candidates question her political motives

Several weeks before Florida voters take to the polls to select her opponent in primary elections, attorney general Pam Bondi launched a mobile application intended to make her office more accessible. The app, which was released Aug. 1, is free and available to Apple users. Major features include press releases and personal statements from Bondi every week. Users can file a Medicaid fraud complaint form directly on the app, but will be redirected to the web if they try to fill the form for a citizen services complaint.

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A letter to millennials: You must be the change

The execution of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager gunned down by Missouri police, is not the first example of deaths at the hands of those whose so-called mission is to “protect and serve.” Aggressors keep turning to a perceived threat as justification for the robbery of Black life, even though those

Fla. tech job market booming

State ranks second in growth

Florida has created nearly as many technology-related jobs in the past six months as it did for all of last year. The creation of these 4,100 tech jobs and the 90 percent growth they represent ranks the state as number two on a list of states with positive job inclines in the technology industry. Florida is second only to Texas, which according to a report from tech recruitment website Dice.com, produced 8,100 new jobs.

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Attorney general candidate looks to beat out Bondi, make Florida history

Voters could elect state’s first Black man to hold the office

On August 26, as part of Florida’s primary elections, voters will determine which of the two Democratic candidates they prefer to run against incumbent state attorney general, Republican Pam Bondi. The attorney general serves as the head legal advisor to Florida lawmakers and is elected to act in the interest of the public. When Bondi was elected in 2011, she became the first woman to hold the position in the state.

Overtown mentor sticks with group through senior year

Program began in 2004 with first graders

Eric Lewis, program director for a Miami mentoring program, is nostalgic. He recounts the moment he took on the role in 2004 for the I Have A Dream Foundation. “I remember the first day I received the list of 50 kids. They were six and seven years old and I looked around the room and asked myself ‘What have I got myself into?’”

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Miami setting the standard for educating minorities

Increasing student diversity requires new approach

When Black students around the nation return to school this fall, they may find their experience different from that of their parents or even older siblings because what they will likely see is more of kids who look like them. According to projections from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), this school year may represent the first time minority students will outnumber their white counterparts in classrooms across the country.

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Footprints across Haiti

Group holds shoe drive to aid earthquake recovery

In 2010 images of Haiti projected the plight of the small island nation into the hearts of many after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook the country’s already weak foundation to bits. Fast forward several years to today and conversations about the state of Haiti that would place its recovery as a top global priority are scarce.

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'Colors of the Caribbean' offers island flavor, education

Free event in Hollywood on Saturday

The taste of the Caribbean Islands will come to South Florida this weekend with the third annual Colors of the Caribbean Festival, a free event hosted by the Caribbean American Heritage Foundation Inc. (CAHFI). The event, which will be held this Saturday at Young Circle Park in Hollywood, is in observance of national Caribbean-American Heritage month.

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News Briefs

Students’ final act in the FCAT saw a small increase in performance on the standardized test. In Miami-Dade County, there was improvement in five of seven areas including math, reading and science. Educators hope the upward results will bring future success as the state continues to transition to the national curriculum standards called Common Core.

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$14K put into magnet program art project

Northwestern High School students work on mural and gallery

A mural goes unnoticed, tucked away on a short, empty hallway at Miami Northwestern Senior High School. It's colorful and inspired but it was created on walls near the art classrooms and isn't seen by many. Students may not even know that on that hallway an art gallery exists, but for one art student the seclusion is perfect. “This is a quiet place I can express myself and not be judged. It gave me a place to call home - a sanctuary,” said Garfield Joseph, a junior and manager of the new art gallery on which students are working hard.

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Portraits of Black Success: High School Seniors Graduate

Miami's seniors take to the graduation stage

Black high school students around Miami-Dade County are taking the next step in their lives by graduating.

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