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Kentucky Abortion Facility to Close After License Denied, Leaving One Remaining Provider in State

By Heather Clark LEXINGTON, Ky. — An abortion facility in Kentucky is set to close later this month after state officials denied its owners a license, leaving just one abortion provider in the state. The closing of EMW Women’s Clinic in Lexington was announced on Friday by the Kentucky chapter of the National Organization for Women as it relayed a message from the facility’s… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Three people killed in Margate crash identified

By Stephen Hobbs The three people killed in a crash in Margate on Sunday were all in their 80s, police said. Pearl Hirsch, 88, was driving a Honda Civic west on Atlantic Boulevard when it struck a Ford F-450 at Lakewood Circle, Margate police said. Hirsch and her two passengers, Doris Kiviat, 83, and Stanley Kiviat,… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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ATV, motorcycle riders causing traffic backups on South Florida roads | Video

By Adam Sacasa ATV riders are roving South Florida streets as part of the Wheels Up, Guns Down annual ride, causing traffic backups. There were unconfirmed reports of riders on University Drive south of Interstate 595 in Broward County. Riders were crowding surface streets in northwest Miami-Dade, including… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Democratic Rep. Files Resolution to Recognize ‘Darwin Day’ on Feb. 12

By Garrett Haley WASHINGTON – A Democratic lawmaker filed a resolution in the House of Representatives that, if approved, would recognize February 12, 2017, as “Darwin Day” and celebrate the father of evolution’s contributions to science. House Resolution 44, filed on Wednesday by Democratic Rep. James Himes of Connecticut, seeks to honor Darwin on the 208th anniversary of… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Marijuana-Related Illness Increases in Legalized States

By Editor (Yahoo News) — As various states move towards the legalization of marijuana, doctors are noticing the increase of a particular illness that is associated with regular use of the drug. Emergency rooms have been seeing an influx of patients with the same symptoms – severe abdominal pain and intense vomiting – and this increase is particularly high in certain… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Nation’s First Female Somali-American Muslim Lawmaker Takes Oath on Koran

By Heather Clark ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Somali-American woman who identifies as a Muslim recently took her oath of office on the Koran instead of the Bible. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in November, beating her Republican opponent, Abdimalik Askar, by 61 percent. Her election marked the first female Somali-American selected to serve… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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If you are dependent upon our money, think about this

By Carma Henry If you are dependent upon our money, think about this Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. James 5:4 (NASB) By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. There are a few things that we all can participate in to move us forward and make others learn to look at us differently. One of main things is, how we spend our hard earn dollars. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech, “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” (his last), delivered on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters), in Memphis, Tennessee has an action step that will bring a quicker understanding to the power of the Black dollar faster than our Black dollar stays in the ‘hood’. That action step is withdrawing economic support from those who refuse to participate in the true spirit of reciprocity. I have said it before and I will continue to say it over and over again until it becomes a reality, “we need to stop spending our dollars with those that do not …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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The Life & Times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Carma Henry The Life & Times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. EARLY LIFE Compiled and submitted by Elijah Manley and Charles Moseley Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the son of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. King’s father was born “Michael King,” and Martin Luther King, Jr., was originally named “Michael King, Jr.,” until the family traveled to Europe in 1934 and visited Germany. His father soon changed both of their names to Martin in honor of the German Protestant leader Martin Luther. He had an older sister, Willie Christine King, and a younger brother Alfred Daniel Williams King. King sang with his church choir at the 1939 Atlanta premiere of the movie Gone with the Wind. As a child Dr. King was attracted to words and those who spoke eloquently. His father is quoted as saying that as a child, “if he heard that some outstanding man was going to speak, he would ask me to take him. I remember after on such occasion when he was only about 10, he said, “That man had some big words, Daddy. When I grow up I’m going to get me some …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Massive Manhunt underway for Orlando cop killer

By Carma Henry Massive Manhunt underway for Orlando cop killer Markeith Loyd (c) is wanted for allegedly shooting Master Sgt. Debra Clayton (l) who died at the scene. Deputy First Class Norman Lewis (r) tragically died when struck by another motorist when responding to the crime scene motorcycle. A man wanted for allegedly killing a pregnant woman gunned down a veteran police sergeant in Orlando the morning of Jan. 9, 2017 as she tried to stop him from fleeing, officials said. Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, a wife and mother, was on duty by herself around 7 a.m. near a Walmart, when a citizen approached her about the suspect, Markeith Loyd, 41, and said he was nearby, the Orlando police said. Clayton found Loyd and then chased him. When Clayton told him to stop running, he opened fire, police said. Clayton, who was wearing body armor, was shot multiple times, police said, and later died. Afterwards, he fled and allegedly stole a car before being last seen at an apartment complex. Authorities said Loyd is known to officers and is considered dangerous. “We are going to bring this dirtbag to justice,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a news conference this morning. “It doesn’t matter where he goes – we …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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NAACP leads full court press against Donald Trump’s Attorney General pick

By Carma Henry NAACP leads full court press against Donald Trump’s Attorney General pick Several civil rights groups, including the NAACP, oppose U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions’ Attorney General Nomination. This photo was taken during an immigration policy speech hosted by Donald Trump at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons) By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) The NAACP called a full court press opposing Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination to replace Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General of the United States. “Senator Sessions stands against everything that you and I fight for: He’s spoken out against the Voting Rights Act, and has described the work that the NAACP and ACLU do to protect civil rights as “un-American,” a December 30 fundraising email read. The email continued: “We must do all we can to prevent him from rolling back the rights and protections our parents and grandparents worked so hard to gain.” Additionally, the Alabama chapter of the NAACP is planning a series of press conferences at Sessions’ Senate offices around Alabama in the cities of Huntsville, Birmingham, Dothan and Montgomery. Earlier this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held confirmation hearings for Sessions on Capitol Hill in Washington. On December 29, national NAACP President Cornell Brooks called …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Martin Luther King Day with Trump

By Carma Henry Martin Luther King Day with Trump The holiday will be presided over by a President who scarcely seems to comprehend King’s principles. By Jelani Cobb On April 8, 1968, Representative John Conyers, from Detroit, marched through down-town Memphis with Coretta Scott King, Ralph Abernathy, Harry Belafonte, and thou-sands of people who had come to that city from across the country. Four days earlier, Martin Luther King, Jr., had been shot and killed there, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, and a fugue of disbelief and despair hovered over the crowd as it continued down the road that King had travelled. The march served as a momentary validation of King’s work, but Conyers hoped to craft a more enduring one. That week, he introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would make King’s birthday, Jan. 15, a national holiday. It languished in committee. Two months after the assassination, Coretta Scott King founded the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, in Atlanta. It was intended to serve as a well-spring for works of the type to which her husband had dedicated his life, but it was quickly deployed in a secondary mission: to lobby for the holiday, which she later described as …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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MLK 2017 Scholarship Breakfast features Attorney Eugene K. Pettis as keynote speaker

By Carma Henry MLK 2017 Scholarship Breakfast features Attorney Eugene K. Pettis as keynote speaker Eugene K. Pettis, Esq., made history in 2013 when he became the first African American sworn in as President of The Florida Bar. Submitted by Charles Moseley The 2017 MLK Scholarship Breakfast featuring keynote speaker, Eugene K. Pettis, Esq., will be held Monday Jan. 16, 2017, at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 8 a.m. A $25 Donation per Person will go towards benefiting the G.E. Weaver Scholarship Fund. Eugene K. Pettis, a co-founder of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, focuses his practice in the areas of medical mal-practice, personal injury, commercial litigation, professional liability and employment law. He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1982 and graduated from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 1985. He co-founded Haliczer Pettis and Schwamm in 1996. Pettis, in June 2013, was sworn in as President of The Florida Bar, becoming the first African-American to serve in this position. His role at the helm of The Florida Bar, which governs nearly 100,000 attorneys, is clear evidence of his impressive leadership abilities and his passion for …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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It’s official! Brenda Forman is Broward County’s new Clerk of Courts!

By Carma Henry It’s official! Brenda Forman is Broward County’s new Clerk of Courts! Staff writer Brenda Forman was sworn into office last week as Broward County’s first African American Clerk of Courts and the third one statewide. In front of her husband, the retired Clerk of Courts Howard Forman; her children, grandchildren, friends and employees of the Clerk’s office, Ms. Forman is also the first woman to hold the position in Broward as well. “I am so excited about serving the citizens of Broward County as your Clerk of Courts. As a former employee at the office, I know what needs to be done and I am so ready for the challenge.” Brenda Forman was born in rural Alabama, and was raised by her Grandmother after her Mother’s untimely death. “My Grandmother taught us that we could do anything in life we wanted to do, as long as we did the right thing and put God first in our lives.” Forman says, she felt that running for her husband’s seat was the right thing to do, and the voters of Broward County agreed. Forman won the race with a whopping lead over challengers Mitch Caesar and Elizabeth McHugh. “My mission is to continue the legacy that my …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Failed or fantastic? The Obama Legacy: A ‘We-Write’ of the Greatest American Presidency

By Carma Henry Failed or fantastic? The Obama Legacy: A ‘We-Write’ of the Greatest American Presidency To pre-empt an anticipated media whitewash and re-write of Obama’s historical impact, one author crowdfunds a people’s “we-write” of the 44th U.S. president’s achievements. NEW YORK, NY (BlackNews.com) — Like many people who’ve engaged in conversation about the legacy of this nation’s first African-American president, Walt Goodridge has concerns that the US media won’t be fair or balanced when reporting or documenting the long-term historical significance and societal impact of Barack Obama’s eight years in office. Goodridge, however, took those concerns a bit further and did something about them by successfully crowdfunding and publishing a photo documentary entitled The Obama Legacy: A We-Write of the Greatest American Presidency. “After eight years, much of what we feel or think we know about Obama’s presidency isn’t the result of an objective assessment of his accomplishments,” explains Goodridge, founder of the Obama Legacy We-Write Book Project. “It’s the result of media coverage that jumps from one new news story to the next, in a society that, historically, has fallen short when recognizing the humanity of men and women of color and expressing praise for their achievements. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Attorney Ben Crump to outline a path forward for Civil Rights in keynote address at oldest and largest MLK Day event

By Carma Henry Attorney Ben Crump to outline a path forward for Civil Rights in keynote address at oldest and largest MLK Day event Crump to urge President-elect to embrace constitutional protections, Put an end to “open season” on people of color From Emily Allman CHARLESTON, S.C. – America’s civil rights movement is at a crossroads, with racial tension coursing through America’s cities and systemic prejudice creating an “Open Season” on people of color. That will be the focal point of a major keynote address by nationally renowned civil rights advocate and attorney Ben Crump, who will urge President-elect Trump to embrace a path forward for civil rights. He will deliver the address at one of the oldest and largest MLK celebrations — the YWCA of Greater Charleston’s Ecumenical Service during the 45th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Charleston, South Carolina on Jan. 15. The several-daylong MLK Celebration annually attracts more than 30,000 attendees. Crump has represented victims’ families in tragic, high-profile civil rights cases across the country, including that of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and dozens of others. Attorney Crump will challenge President-elect Donald Trump to make civil rights a top priority, outlining the dire consequences of ignoring the …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Judas Peter

By Carma Henry The Gantt Report Judas Peter By Lucius Gantt In the King James “version” of the Bible and in many other translations of Holy scriptures, Judas betrayed Jesus and Peter denied Jesus multiple times. If you live long enough, one of your friends, one of your supporters, one of your followers or one of your loved ones will betray and deny you! Well, a man that could become the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has been accused of exhibiting many Judas-like qualities. I don’t know, and don’t care, but news reports in both “major” media and Black owned media suggest that the United States Representative. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) has distanced himself literally, mentally and physically from someone he once helped and admired, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of The Nation of Islam. Sources claim, Representative Ellison, a Muslim, changed his name to Ellison Muhammad when he became active in NOI causes, then changed his name to Keith Ellison when he decided to run for Congress. I don’t know what his name is today or what his name will be tomorrow or the next day. What I do know is the worst thing you can be in Islam, Christianity or many other religions is a hypocrite! I also know a …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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‘Should they go or should they stay’?

By Carma Henry ‘Should they go or should they stay’? By Don Valentine Paraphrasing the title of a song by the Clash, Talladega’s Marching Tornadoes had this dilemma. According to CBS News, Alabama’s oldest private Historically Black College has agreed to participate and march, despite Trump’s controversial campaign statements about Blacks. We are all well aware of Trump’s ubiquitous critique of our Black community. Trump did not have to search very far to find a sterling example of the Black ethos. Does the unique experience of participating in the peaceful transition of democratic power outweigh having the pride to not be the token Black marching band for President Elect Trump? Given his “Point-Blank” honest view about you and your community, it should be easy to have the temerity to say, “No we won’t go”. Talladega College Alumni are fighting back over the Marching Band’s planned performance. The Alumni and current band members have instigated enough pressure to cause University President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins to reevaluate his original position. It was reported by the New York Times 1-5-’17 that University President Dr. Billy Hawkins finally decided the band would participate. He rationalized his decision by saying, “”We respect and appreciate how our students …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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In one week America will be divided for four years

By Carma Henry Roger Caldwell In one week America will be divided for four years By Roger Caldwell President-Elect Trump has a job that he applied for, but he really doesn’t want. As the oldest president to ever be elected to the office, there is nowhere to hide, as everything he says and does is recorded on security cameras. He asked for it and now he’s got it. The job of the President of the United States will add ten years on President Trump’s life, once he is inaugurated. Since President Trump has never held a political office in his life, he will spend his first few weeks learning the job and making mistakes. Trump has started by picking conservative nominees who have no compassion, and many of them are billionaires and millionaires. Senate Democrats plan to attack eight nominees whose records indicate that they have made millions with the government, or they want to privatize the department they will run. The Republicans are trying to rush these nominees through the confirmation system without disclosing personal financial information. The primary targets include Rex Tillerson for secretary of State; Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general; South Carolina Rep. Mike Mulvaney for the Office of Management and Budget; Betsy …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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It’s time for African and Caribbean leaders to grow up

By Carma Henry It’s time for African and Caribbean leaders to grow up Raynard Jackson says that without Africa, there would be no computers, cell phones, or most of our other high-end electronics. By Raynard Jackson (NNPA Newswire Columnist) During the holidays, I had several frantic conversations with diplomats from Africa and the Caribbean. They all knew that I was active in the Republican Party and was a vocal supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign; so they were all nervously inquiring about my thoughts on Trump’s prospective policy views on their part of the world. As a result of these conversations, I am committing to writing more about foreign policy in my columns for 2017. Don’t worry, you will still get your regular dose of the issues you have come to expect me to write about, but I must expand my subject matter for you, the readers. I have been extremely critical of African, and to a lesser extent, Caribbean heads of state and diplomats in past columns. I will get to that point in a moment. When you think of Michael Jordan, you think of basketball; when you think of the Pope, you think of religion; when you think of Michael Jackson, …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Lack of diversity in hiring plagues senate on both sides of the aisle

By Carma Henry Lack of diversity in hiring plagues senate on both sides of the aisle Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the new Democratic leader in the Senate, doesn’t have a single Black staffer in a senior-level position. This photo was taken during a ceremony where NASA transferred title and ownership of space shuttle Enterprise to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at the museum in New York City. (Bill Ingalls/NASA/Wikimedia Commons) By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Don Cravins, the National Urban League’s senior vice president for policy, challenged members of the U.S. Senate, particularly the Senate’s 46 Democrats, on the lack of minority hiring in their senior staff positions at a two-hour forum on Capitol Hill. “Out of 300 senior-level positions in the Senate, only three are occupied by African Americans. What’s most insulting to me is that only one of them works for a Democrat member — a party that goes out every election and relies on Black voters to elect them,” said Cravins, a former Louisiana state senator; Cravins served as Chief of Staff for former-Senator Mary Landrieu for two years. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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