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Hundreds attend funerals of two Black youths

Leaders: 'A change must come'

Hundreds packed the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church Saturday to attend back-to-back funerals of two youths whose tragic deaths has renewed calls to end gun violence in Miami’s Black communities. Some 1,000 mourners said good bye to 16-year-old Richard Hallman and 10-year-old Marlon Eason during a long Easter weekend that was filled with sorrow and frustrations over senseless shootings that continue to cut short the lives of residents in Miami’s Black communities.

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Tondreau goes to jail for five years

Former North Miami mayor punished for conviction of $11 million mortgage scheme

After an emotional two-hour hearing, a federal judge on Tuesday sentenced former North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau to 65 months in prison for her conviction in participating in an $11 million mortgage scheme that abruptly ended her political career.

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Who will be the next police chief of Miami Gardens?

Turnover has been high lately in the police chief slot of the City of Miami Gardens Police Department. The search for a new police chief for Florida’s largest Black city is set to begin. Applicants must have strong leaderships skills to head a 221-member police force. The chief must also be exceptional in community relations and dealing with the public and the media. Applicants must also pass a background check and possess integrity. Experience in law enforcement is highly desired. The salary for the position is at least $165,000, depending on experience and qualifications.

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A decade of Jazz in the Gardens

Popular event is a boost for city's local hotels and gives more positive image

The popular El Palacio Hotel in Miami Gardens is fully booked. Not too far away, few rooms remain available at another hotel where tourists are keeping the phones busy as they prepare to attend this year’s 10th Annual Jazz in the Gardens, March 21-22 at Sun Life Stadium. While thousands are expected to pack the festival, another annual frenzy takes place inside area hotels, where visitors are rushing to reserve rooms that are going fast. Hotels attribute the heavy demand to

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Community unites to save a landmark

Cleanup effort planned for Lincoln Memorial Cemetery after neglect

The remains of D.A. Dorsey, Miami's first Black millionaire, lie in Brownsville’s Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in a dirty mausoleum, where squatters broke the glass windows on the doors and left their tattered clothes on the floor. Located at 3001 NW 46th St., the cemetery has hundreds of deteriorating above-ground vaults that are packed next to each other in tight rows. Bottles, cans and debris litter the spaces narrow walkways where relatives are unable to find their loved ones. Overgrown weeds have nearly eclipsed the many weathered rectangular concrete boxes.

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See the released sting video of Stephen Johnson

The Broward Sheriff's Office has released the sting video of fired Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson caught soliciting a prostitute

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From Jumbo's to Bubba's Cafe

Popular businessman to open cafe at the former site of a Liberty City institution

The green walls that were once covered with nostalgic posters and classic lunch specials were painted pink. The old checkerboard linoleum floor has been replaced with sleek, creamed-colored ceramic tiles.

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Shooting thrusts Miami Gardens in national debate

Reverend Dr. Richard Ledgister stood over Lavall Hall’s blue casket Saturday and spoke candidly about an experience he had with the Miami Gardens Police Department. Two months ago, Ledgister said he stood outside of his church, Sierra Norwood Calvary Baptist Church, and waved to a Miami Gardens police officer in an SUV.

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North Miami Mayor Dr. Smith Joseph unopposed in election

Five candidates seek seat left by Councilwoman Steril

With the North Miami elections just two months away, a fresh crop of candidates are seeking to replace outgoing councilwoman Marie Erlande Steril for the District 4 seat, while the city’s new Mayor Dr. Smith Joseph seeks re-election without opposition. The candidates join several incumbents who are seeking to keep their positions in the predominately Haitian-American city.

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A cry for answers for Lavall Hall

Civil rights groups, residents call for outside investigation of shooting by Miami Garden police as family prepares to bury Lavall Hall

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