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Tallahassee, leave police body cam video alone

It can be a perilously slippery slope when lawmakers try to limit public information. Sen. Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale) may have had good intentions when he crafted the Senate Bill 248 but creating loopholes for police departments who choose to adopt body worn cameras could undermine the intent of the use of the cameras. In essence, the bill limits what type of footage captured by the body cameras can be released. The bill, as written, would limit police cam videos captured inside

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Chatter that Matters

Nelson Jenkins, treasurer for the King Of Clubs of Greater Miami, made his final report at the last meeting before the membership. Furthermore, it was a masterpiece based on his technique of bookkeeping from his New Jersey hometown and former businesses he raised his children on. The format included a unique style that demonstrates writing of checks and deposits, unlike Profit & Loss Statement I was taught back in the days. More importantly, they were above reach, especially closures of views, writing of checks deposits and accurate total to summarize amounts. Reading it back to the membership gave the membership more pride as a member and could not wait to release their gut feeling when the balance exceeded the current ones. Mr. Jenkins continued his report by laying out the need for a larger gathering than last year, while Dr. Mack looked for his bag of invitations to be disseminated to their guests. Some one indicated to say, “look under the seat.” A broad grin covered his face as he realized an old Army joke was played on him. Therefore, he laughed with the gang and everyone laughed it off.

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No importing of racism from Cuba

Now that President Barack Obama plans to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the U.S. is another step closer to normalized relations with the island nation, just 330 miles from Miami’s shores. The announcement came last week after Obama met with Cuban President , Raúl Castro during a summit in Panama. Before that, in December, both leaders agreed to some normalizing of relations.

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Faith Calendar

New 79th Street World Church Int’l invites you to experience “His Blood, Their Words” on Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Call 305-778-3213. Women in Transition of South FL will hold it’s eighth annual “Women’s History Month” Spring Tea Party on Saturday, March 28, at 3 p.m.  Call 786-477-8548. St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church, Coconut Grove hosts Friends and Family Day April 19 at 11 a.m. Call 305-443-8166.

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Stop the bills pushing guns in schools

Creeping through the 2015 Florida Legislative session is the idea of putting guns on college and high school campuses. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed a bill on Monday 3-2 to allow school district superintendents and principals to appoint teachers and school employees to carry guns on public school campuses. Last week, the Senate Higher Education Committee passed 6-3 legislation that

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Miami-Dade should not be Ferguson

One police officer in Ferguson, Missouri sent an email with a photo depicting President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee. Here, a Black man in the same city lost his job after a police officer accused him of being a pedophile as he was resting after a game of basketball. In the same city, a poor Black woman who parked her car illegally was forced to pay $550 in fines and still owes hundreds more from new fines and fees.

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Miami Gardens civil unrest troubling

At a time when people of all walks of life have joined together to say Black Lives Matter, Florida’s largest predominately Black city has diluted the message. Weeks after Miami Gardens police officers had a confrontation with mentally-ill Lavall Hall that left the young man dead, conversations continue, a wrongful death law suit has been filed, and a State Attorney investigation has been opened.

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Fifty years later, Selma’s struggle is not over

The Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 were part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement and led to the passage that year of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark federal achievement of the American Civil Rights Movement. Neither the demonstrators in that march nor the police who beat them could have imagined that in 2015, a Black president would be leading commemorative ceremonies memorializing the moment. On Saturday, President Obama’s speech honoring Selma’s 50th anniversary may have

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Black History Month looks back, looks forward

South Florida is wrapping up another successful Black History Month. The history lessons, dedications and cultural events were a great display of ethnic pride and empowerment. Readers of The Miami Times enjoyed the paper’s special section, A New Generation of Dreamers, which profiled South Florida’s young, future leaders who are selfless in their devotion to Miami’s Black community. It also was refreshing to have events like Miami Gardens’

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Provider Profile: Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club of Miami

Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club Inc. of Miami

“We are truly grateful for all of our staff and volunteers who give so much time to helping our youth and their families become productive citizens in the South Miami-Dade community.” —Christy Berry-Wilson, director of Social Services. The Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club is a community-based nonprofit organization, which has served the youth, elderly, unemployed and disadvantaged in South Miami-Dade for more than 40 years. Since 1971, the agency has provided a multitude of social services

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