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University of Miami v Bethune Cookman Weekend Events

Here's what is going on around town this weekend!

Here's what is going on this weekend!

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Viral Vybez

If it's viral, it's here!

In today's Viral Vybez, Cynthia Bailey reportedly kciks Posha Williams in stomach after altercation during Bravo filming, Miami Heat jersey could soon see a Miami Vice upgrade, Visit Florida teams up with Rapper Pitbull to promote Florida tourism and more!

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Helping people of Dominica recover

Nonprofits solicit donations in wake of Tropical Storm Erika

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika, some local nonprofits have come together to provide and ask for support for ongoing relief efforts on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica. Dominica is located about halfway between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago. Tropical Storm Erika last week caused flash flooding and mudslides on the island, killing at least 20 people and leaving more than 50 missing according to published reports.

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The nation's largest HBCU rivalry returns to Orlando; tickets now on sale

The nation's largest HBCU rivalry returns to Orlando

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If it's viral, it's here!

In today's Viral Vybez Kanye West announce he is running for president, Nicki Minaj calls out Miley Cyrus at MTV VMA's, Ne-yo is married with a baby on the way and more.

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Sand available for flood-prone District 9 residents at eight locations

Should an advisory be issued for Tropical Storm Erika, sand will be available at eight locations in Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis Moss’ District 9. Residents who live in flood-prone zones can come to fill their sand bags.

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If it's viral, it's here!

In today's Viral Vybez, today marks 60th anniversary of Emmett Till's death, Derrick Rose responds to gang rape lawsuit, two of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta's biggest stars are coming back to television with a spin off show and more!

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Party to close National Black Business Month Saturday

Former Bravo ‘Top Chef’ contestant Ron Duprat to host soirée Aug. 29

After all the serious panels and events surrounding Black Business Month, Brock Entertainment Group, Urban Miami and SocialXchange have put together a reception where entrepreneurs and others can share all they have learned in August -- in a laid back atmosphere. They have invited Ron Duprat, former Bravo TV “Top Chef” contestant, to host a Black & White soirée on Saturday, Aug. 29, culminating the monthlong celebration of National Black Business Month (NBBM). Organizers says the event will provide guests with a fusion of delectable cuisine, good company, and authentic dialogue with successful and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout South Florida.

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Back to School Fun Day a success

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson hosted the ninth annual Back to School Fun Day at Olinda Park on Saturday, Aug. 15. More than 2,000 book bags filled with school supplies were distributed to students at the park, located at 2101 NW 51st St. In addition, the Florida Health Department gave out free vaccines to children and Bascom Palmer performed vision tests to children and adults.

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Miami-Dade teacher loses home in tragic fire

UTD President Fedrick Ingram, quickly stepped up and assisted with donations.

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‘No More Blues:’ The Photographic Anthology

Exhibition inspired by the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in South Florida

An exhibition dedicated to advocacy and Change For Black Lives captured by photographer Cendino Temé opens Aug. 28 at the Historic Ward Rooming House, located at 249 NW Ninth St., in Overtown. The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida Inc. presents a compilation of images from the I-95 peaceful protest that took place in December 2014 during Art Basel.

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M-DCPS, UTD reach historic agreement

The district and the union also came to an agreement regarding the teacher evaluation process.

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If it's viral, it's here!

In today's Viral Vybez, Drake and Serena Williams dating, R&B singer Kelis reveals baby bump, comedian Tracy Morgan ties knot and more!

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In today's Viral Vybez Dr. Dre apologizes to the women he assaulted, Huckabee feels MLK would be ‘appalled’ by Black Lives Matter movement and more!

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Track star shines at Junior Olympics

Zatoria Thompson, 13, of Pembroke Pines recently finished first place in the high jump for 14-year-old girls at the 2015 AAU Junior Olympics in Norfolk, Va.

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Monestime gives out book bags at events

Hundreds of District 2 students received new book bags filled with school supplies at two events presented by Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime and the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department over the weekend.

Eugenia Brooks Thomas, community icon, dies at 90

Eugenia Brooks Thomas was born on November 24, 1924 in Atlanta, Georgia and came to Miami in 1929 where she was adopted by the Bell family. Mr. Bell was a horticulturist and a prominent Deacon in Dade County and Sarah Bell was his wife. Because of hard times, the Bells offered the home to Eugenia and raised her as their own. She attended Booker T. Washington High School where she graduated class valedictorian in 1940.

Celebrate African Culture

Concert, fundraising gala and festival Aug. 28 and 29 in Miami Gardens and Fort Lauderdale to showcase the continent

The City of Miami Gardens Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro is leading an effort to establish the African Museum of Arts & Culture (AMAC) Center in Miami Gardens. An initiative of Miami-Dade County District 1 Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan and the County Commission, the AMAC Center is a proposed $5 to $6 million project that is expected to house the largest collection of indigenous African art and artifacts outside of the African continent.

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Faith Calendar

South District WIM (Women In Ministry) SOS Revival at St. James AME Church August 20th and 21st at 7 pm. Call 305-635-4637 or 786-250-2611 Food and clothing distribution takes place 4 p.m. every Wednesday at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Call 786-541-3687. First Haitian Church of God hosts a food drive every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7140 North Miami Ave. Call 786-362-1804.

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Viral Vybez

If it's viral, it's here!

Todays Viral Vybez: Lil Scrappy ordered to stay away from Erica for an entire year, Hillary Clinton wants to eliminate Black student debt, Tyrese Gibson pays it forward and more!

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The American Black Film Festival Returns to Miami in June 2016

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Free Back to School events this weekend

Back to School season is officially underway with some cities and organizations doing giveaways for children and their parents. Below is a list of giveaways to take advantage of. Overtown: City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commission Vice-Chair Keon Hardemon, in conjunction with the City of Miami Overtown N.E.T. Office and WEDR-99 Jamz, will provide free book bags and school supplies to Overtown residents from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Dorsey Park, 1701 NW First Ave. The free event will include food, games, live entertainment and giveaways. It will also serve as a resource fair with on-site mobile Division of Motor Vehicle services, voter's registration and HIV/AIDS testing.

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It's the perfect time for some press leading up to the August 14th movie opening of the N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" and in good business man Dr. Dre fashion, he says he will donate royalties from his new album to the city of Compton. The "Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre" will be release today and the royalties will go towards a new performing arts facility in Compton. In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio,

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Bahamian Pot finds new home in the Liberty City neighborhood

Trudy Ellis has been the owner for 27 years

Bahamian Pot Restaurant, a fixture in Liberty City, has moved a bit east to 6301 NW Sixth Ave., behind the McDonalds, near the I-95 overpass at Northwest 62nd Street. Owner Trudy Ellis said she is happy with the new location. One recent Wednesday, most of her offerings had sold out a little past 5 p.m.

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Eat your heart out during Miami Spice

More than 200 restaurants offer three-course lunches for $23, dinner for $39

Now in its 14th year, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) kicked off Miami Spice Restaurant Program, July 30 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Miami Spice, which runs from Aug. 1 – Sept. 30, allows foodies to try new restaurants, or revisit old favorites for three-course meals priced at $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner. The menu is predetermined and does not include tax and gratuity.

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Dunkin Donuts opens store in Liberty City

Dunkin Donuts started pouring coffee and serving donuts in Liberty City Friday, July 24. It was a soft opening, with the grand opening scheduled for Aug. 8. The store is located at 6135 NW 12th Ave.

Dance to portray police injustice

Choreographer Christopher Rudd will use grant from New World School of the Arts Alumni foundation to deliver social message

The New World School of the Arts Alumni Foundation has awarded the organization’s first “Inspiration Grant” to alumnus Christopher Rudd. Rudd has started a dance company, RudduR Dance, and is focusing a portion of his efforts to the creation of his own original piece entitled “Witness.” This contemporary ballet has been inspired by the tragic deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Gray and subsequent social unrest stemming from the failure to convict their killers. ‘“Witness' is an original composition that explores and portrays a people’s exasperation. In this artistic cry for change, I want to create a work that makes the audience aware that they are indeed members of the outraged community,” said Rudd. “The objective is to leave the audience wondering, ‘What can I do to effect change?’ In addition, this piece will also provide options for action and galvanize the audience towards

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Will Smith never responds to much of anything when it comes to his name being surrounded by rumors. But thanks to technology and social media, we are now getting celebrity reactions in real time, no filter.

African diaspora festival coming this weekend

The sixth annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida, presented by Delou Africa Inc., is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Hollywood North Beach Park, 3601 N. Ocean Dr. The two-day event will feature African and Caribbean dance, drum and music workshops, a health fair, a raffle drawing for two round trip tickets to South Africa and an artisan marketplace. There will also be a free Children's Village zone, including African folktale, dance, drum, arts and crafts, face painting and a book bag and school supplies give-away. On Saturday, there will be a concert featuring renowned international guests, local artists and the Delou Africa Dance Ensemble. The Better Living symposium will feature a memorial tribute to victims of gun violence entitled "It Takes a Village: Keeping our Community in Unity," which will address the on-going violence and crimes that are polluting neighborhoods across the United States. On Sunday, the event ends with Delou's Community Family Beach day. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 305-978-3866 or visit www.adddff.delouafrica.org.

March for Haitian Dominicans on Saturday

The Haitian American Grass Roots organization and other community activists will host a march against the massive deportation of Haitian Dominicans in the Dominican Republic at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at 401 Biscayne Blvd.

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Food trucks invade Miami Gardens park

Miami Gardens residents enjoy food trucks and movie in the park

Miami Gardens' residents enjoyed a night out in the city while dining on eats from local food trucks, which included some southern, Mexican, Italian and Caribbean cuisine along with choices for desserts. The event, sponsored by City Councilman Rodney Harris, took place Friday evening at Rolling Oaks Park. It was a partnership with Food Truck Invasion, a company that organizes and brings local

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The Miami Times awarded 1st place Merit Award for best layout and design

The Miami Times Newspaper brought home first place for the Robert L. Vann Merit Award for best layout/design at the 2015 National Newspapers Publishers Association Conference. The newspaper beat out dozens of other papers across the country for the title at the NNPA annual conference on June 18. Stan Caines and Mitzi Williams are the dynamic duo behind the Miami Times' design and layout team.

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Conference to draw hundreds of minority hotel owners

NABHOOD hosts its 19th annual hotel summit and trade show July 15-17

The 19th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show begins July 15-17 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel in Miami. The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD), Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine and Horizons International Group will host the conference themed “Moving Forward With Our Partners.”

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Lifestyle Happenings

Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. The Miami Jackson Class of 1970 is having an All White Dance on Friday, July 17 at FCAA. Call 305-546-3770 or 305-733-4674. The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a planning meeting for their 50th Year Reunion, on Friday, July 17 at Piccadilly Restaurant, Hollywood Blvd., 6p. m.  Call 305-620-4827.

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The Children’s Trust: Provider Profile

Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (FANM)

“Our agency’s mission is to empower Haitian women and their families socially, economically and politically and facilitate their adjustments to South Florida and the United States.” — Marleine Bastien, executive director Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (FANM) is an award-winning, 501 (c ) 3, community based organization located in Little Haiti. It has been a m

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FIU basketball girls help feed the hungry

The women's basketball team at Florida International University recently spent a weekend volunteering with Feeding South Florida, sorting and packing food for the hungry. The FIU team broke a record, producing 61,042 pounds of food in an hour and a half which is equivalent to about 50,000 meals.

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Alonzo Mourning's Courtside apartments break ground

Courtside Apartments for low-income residents in Overtown backed by Alonzo Mourning and partners

More than 100 people attended the groundbreaking of Phase I of Courtside Family Apartments in Overtown, a $22.8 million 84-unit affordable housing development by AM Affordable Housing (Alonzo Mourning) and Housing Trust Group of Miami. Mourning spoke specifically about the tremendous need for affordable housing in Overtown.

Get to know works of Brahms, vibe, Afro-Cuban jazz

Classical and jazz music are part of the annual summer concert series

This summer, through Aug .13, in the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ’s historic Spanish-revival style setting, concert goers will be entertained by some of the music industry’s most-talented and revered classical and jazz figures.

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Monestime condemns Dominican Republic for Haitian deportation

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on June 30 unanimously adopted Chairman Jean Monestime’s legislation condemning the Dominican Republic’s impending deportation of large numbers of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrant workers.

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Job fair Tuesday for Miami Worldcenter construction jobs

Overtown residents to get priority hiring at massive development

Miami Worldcenter will host a construction job fair in Overtown on Tuesday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church located at 1750 NW Third Ave., Miami. Miami Worldcenter is a private real estate development that will include retail, hospitality and residential uses on 27 acres of vacant land in the center of Downtown Miami’s urban core. The job fair for the construction development phase of the project will give priority to residents living within the Southeast Overtown/Park West and Omni Community Redevelopment Areas, the Overtown community, and then priority zip codes within the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County. All told, phase one of Miami Worldcenter is expected to yield about 18,000 direct jobs and $1 billion in new economic impact, according to a study by Fishkind & Associates. The Miami Worldcenter development team will be seeking to hire for positions that include plumbing, carpentry, concrete, painting, general labor and more. The job fair will be coordinated by The Relocation & Development Firm Inc. in partnership with the Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the Miami-Dade Chamber, Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Mt. Olivette MBC, St. Johns MBC, Temple MBC and Greater Israel Bethel PBC. “We are excited about coordinating a job fair for Overtown residents, as this is a significant construction development in their neighborhood. Employment opportunities will renew a sense of pride among the residents of Overtown,” says Henry Crespo, senior president of The Relocation & Development Firm in a statement. 

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Jehovah's Witnesses 2015 summer conventions begin

More than 14,000 went to the first event at the BB&T Center in Sunrise

A three-day seminar June 19-21 discussed, by means of videos, interviews and re-enactments, how the Bible and the example and teachings of Jesus give parents and children the tools to build stronger and more united families. The program opened each day at 9:30 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m. at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. The theme of this year’s program is “Imitate Jesus!” Mario Beltrami, a Jehovah's Witness convention spokesman, states: “Jesus, the founder of Christianity, is widely considered as one of the most influential and significant men who ever lived. As Christians, a core belief of Jehovah’s Witnesses is that Jesus lived his life as a model for us to follow. The “Imitate Jesus!” conventions examine Jesus’ life, as outlined in the Bible, and emphasize how all—regardless of their background, lifestyle or religion—can benefit in practical ways from his example and teachings. A highlight of the program was the keynote address on Friday morning, entitled “Concealed in Him Are All the Treasures of Wisdom.” Hans Simon Foster, who has been attending conventions since he was a toddler, was raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. He was baptized in in 1996 and attends the West Miramar English for more than 11 years.

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Celebrating the fourth of July

Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year, so you have Sunday to recuperate from the holiday grilling and partying. Looking for somewhere to go to watch the fireworks? Check out these recommendations: Discover the Native American way of life with the Miccosukee Indians. From July 3, 4 and 5, buy three adult tickets, get one free for admission to the Indian Village and airboat rides. Meet them 18 miles west of Krome Avenue and the Tamiami Trail intersection. The city of Opa-locka will holds its 4th of July celebrations from 5 - 10 p.m. at Ingram Park, 2100 Burlington St. Join D.J. Frogie and Brisco at an event filled with music, food, fireworks and fun for the whole family. The city of Miami Gardens plans to celebrate the Fourth with fireworks, food trucks, sporting events, starting at noon at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Complex, 3000 NW 199th St. North Miami Independence Day Celebration by the Bay starts at 7 p.m. on the Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151 St., in North Miami.

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Artists converge Sunday in Opa-locka

Alexis Caputo will perform from the AFRO Diaries

The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation in conjunction with curator Ludlow Bailey and CADA Conversations will present “Islas: Contemporary Caribbean Visions” from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at The ARC, 675 Ali Baba Ave., in Opa-locka. Bahamian American artist Alexis Caputo will do a special performance of poetry and spoken word from the AFRO Diaries project. The AFRO Diaries are comprised of excerpts by Caputo, which are centered, compelling and offer a window into the miscarriages women endure. The series addresses several critical issues, including race, class, gender, identity, cultural, human rights, social issues and other concerns creating conflict and inequality in society.

Juvenile curfew ordinance back in effect

The City of Miami Police Department will begin enforcing the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance on Monday, June 29. The curfew makes it illegal for minors to linger or congregate in public areas, whether in a vehicle or on foot, Sunday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from midnight to 6 a.m. Any teen found in violation of the curfew will be given a citation and taken home or to a holding facility. On the third offense, police can fine the parents of the minor up to $500.

Teen stole SUV with sleeping baby inside

Miami Police responded to 8450 NE Miami Ct. at approximately 4:25 p.m. Monday after a 911 call revealed a woman had her SUV, a 2014 black Jeep, stolen with her six-month old baby inside. According to the on-scene investigation, the mother of the child was standing just a few feet away from her car as she escorted her two eldest children to their awaiting grandmother. The child’s mother left the engine running with the vehicle’s air conditioning on as the baby sat asleep in his car seat in the rear of the vehicle. Police found the offender, a 13-year-old male, in the area of Northeast Second Avenue and 78th Street. He was charged with one count of grand theft auto and transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center. The baby was unharmed and reunited with his family.

State Representative hosts town hall meeting on Thursday

State Representative Cynthia A. Stafford of District 109 will hold a town hall meeting with the Florida Dept. of Transportation District 6 secretary Gus Pego at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 305-953-3086.

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Homeownership now a reality for immigrant family

Bank of America and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami partner to help family acquire new home

Rudy and Gina Louis received the keys to their new home early this month in part due to a partnership between Bank of America and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. Northwestern’s Class of 61 meets at YET Center every second Tuesday 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Call 305-696-1154. Miami Northwestern Alumni Association is inviting clergy who are Northwestern alumni to participate in the 60th anniversary memorial service. Call 305-733-6299.

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Scholarships given to tech colleges

The Miami Bayside Foundation awarded $70,000 to City of Miami students attending Miami-Dade technical colleges. The presentation was made at a Miami-Dade County School Board meeting on Wednesday, June 17. Baptist Health South Florida partnered with the Bayside Foundation for $20,000 out of the $70,000 awarded.

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'Deuce' is a young track star on the horizon

Correyon Thomas, 12, to compete in USATF Youth Nationals in Illinois

Correyon "Deuce" Thomas, 12, has qualified to compete in the USATF Youth Nationals in Lisle, Ill. from June 30 to July 5. Correyon placed first in every track meet locally and out of state in the 2015 track season. He has been running track for three years with the Miami Northwest Express Track Club under the leadership of Coach Jesse Holt.

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