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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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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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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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New festival to help Caribbean filmmakers

The stage is set for a weekend of cultural pride and empowerment for struggling Caribbean filmmakers who will learn how to succeed in a tough entertainment industry during the inaugural Caribe Film Fest on Feb 27-28 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Ter.

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Protests over shooting spread to Miami Gardens City Hall

Calls go out for outisde investigation as family prepares to bury Lavall Hall

Tempers flared at the Miami Gardens City Council Wednesday, as residents and protesters demanded city officials to release the videotapes of the shooting of the Lavall Hall, a mentally-ill 25-year old.

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Hateful messages strike fear in Miami Gardens residents

Civil rights activists are denouncing the defacing of homes with hate speech in Miami Gardens last week. While investigators have not tied the messages of “KKK” and “Move Out KKK” spray-painted on homes and mailboxes in the city to the Ku Klux Klan, speech associated with the hate group has been directed at Black homes and churches in Florida in recent months. Last week, several homes in the Miami Gardens area — the county’s largest Black city — were defaced with letters that represent the Klan and warnings of “I’m Back KKK.” Meanwhile, the Miami Gardens police is still investigating the matter.

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Chief Llanes: McQueen did not violate any policy

Miami's new police chief Rodolfo Llanes said Maj. Craig McQueen didn't violate any policy to be demoted to the rank of captain. But he still won't be overturning the decision. Llanes made the statement at a heated town hall meeting on Feb. 18 at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty City, where 200 angry residents packed the sanctuary, seeking answers over the recent demotion of McQueen, a veteran police officer who has served the Miami Police Department for 33 years.

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A grand sendoff for Ayers

Prominent leaders, politicians, pay their final respects to social activist

It was time to say goodbye to Georgia Jones-Ayers. Miami’s movers and shakers came prepared to give her a grand sendoff. They came with plaques, proclamations, resolutions and a new name for an agency she founded and spent decades building up: The Georgia Ayers Alternative Program.

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Ingram: an advocate for poor students

He spends much of his time advocating for quality education for poor youth similar to the way Booker T. Washington did for disadvantaged Blacks. Education is part of Fedrick Ingram’s vision to help youth overcome the odds to achieve the impossible. During his career as a music teacher at Miami Carol City Senior High and Booker T. Washington in Overtown, Ingram has helped more than 250 of Ingram’s students obtain music scholarships to college.

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