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Fort Lauderdale woman wins $500,000 in scratch-off game

By Doug Phillips When a Fort Lauderdale woman recently walked out of an area convenience store, she was carrying a $5 Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket that turned out to be worth $500,000. Edna Mae Edwards later traveled to Tallahassee to claim the top prize from her Gold Rush Doubler ticket, lottery officials… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Ageless Grace. Timeless fitness for the body and brain. 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

– Southwest Regional Library Conference room 225 of Southwest Regional Library. Ageless Grace is a dynamic Intentional Brain Body Fitness program done to music and designed for all ages and abilities. It consists of everyday movements which are natural and organic. These movements stimulate cognitive function in all 5 areas of the brain to address 21 of the primary aging factors. This fun, easy to do program is profoundly beneficial and based on the science of neuroplasticity. …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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Fort Lauderdale woman wins $500,000 in scratch-off game

By Doug Phillips When a Fort Lauderdale woman recently walked out of an area convenience store, she was carrying a $5 Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket that turned out to be worth $500,000. Edna Mae Edwards later traveled to Tallahassee to claim the top prize from her Gold Rush Doubler ticket, lottery officials… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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Dwyane Wade on Kevin Hart: 'We're not friends right now'

By Ira Winderman Dwyane Wade draws a firm line when it comes to the playoffs. And the Miami Heat guard is not crossing that line even when it comes to his friendship with comedian Kevin Hart. So after drawing motivation from Hart rooting for his hometown Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 of this best-of-seven opening-round… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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In governor's debate, Democrats avoid fatal gaffes

By Dara Kam Florida’s top Democratic candidates for governor — Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Philip Levine and Chris King — spent an hour Wednesday trying to burnish their credentials as the best man or woman to succeed outgoing GOP Gov. Rick Scott. After being repeatedly attacked by her opponents, former U.S…. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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Photos: Miami Dolphins make minor changes to their uniforms

The Miami Dolphins unveiled the team’s new uniforms, which features a slight change in the team’s color scheme. The orange is going back to original (darker) and the marine blue was removed from the outlines of the stripes, numbers and names. …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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Libraries Director Kelvin Watson elected as a PLA Director-at-Large

By Carma Henry Libraries Director Kelvin Watson elected as a PLA Director-at-Large Will begin serving three-year term in late June 2018 BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Broward County Libraries Division Director Kelvin Watson has been elected as one of two new directors-at-large of the Public Libraries Association (PLA). His three-year term will begin immediately after the American Library Association’s 2018 Annual Conference, which takes place in New Orleans from June 21-26, 2018. “It is an honor to have been selected by my peers to serve as one of the PLA’s directors-at-large,” says Watson. “I’m looking forward to working within the PLA to further explore ways to expand the reach of libraries in the communities they serve and to broaden access to the vast educational, technological, and recreational resources and services public libraries provide.” Watson was named Director of Broward County Libraries Division in February 2017. Since then he has led ambitious and innovative initiatives that have made the Library a force in bridging the community’s digital divide and strengthened the Library’s connection to the communities it serves. His initiatives include the Veterans Connect Program, which provides free portable Internet service to veterans, active-duty military, and their dependents as well as events and …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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He's 19 and he just won $15 million in a Florida Lottery game

By The Associated Press A 19-year-old southwest Florida man has claimed a $15 million top prize in a scratch-off game. Florida Lottery officials say Quinn Kofler of Bonita Springs claimed the prize Wednesday in the new “Florida 100X the Cash” scratch-off game. He purchased the winning ticket at a 7-Eleven in Bonita Springs,… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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ESSA demands full transparency on K-12 educational funding

By Carma Henry ESSA demands full transparency on K-12 educational funding The Every Student Succeeds Act, President Obama’s education law, calls for transparency in school funding. (Pexels.com) By Lauren Poteat,(NNPA Newswire Contributor) Public school systems throughout the nation will now be required to be a lot more transparent when it comes to school funding. According to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2015, all public schools nationwide, will be required to give fully-detailed reports on how and where they spend institutional funding. The ESSA reporting requirement for school funding begins in December 2019, and supporters of the rule, including the NAACP, believe it will help to encourage greater educational equity, particularly among schools serving large numbers of Black and Hispanic students in low-income neighborhoods. “We need more equitable and adequate funding for all schools serving students of color,” said Victor Goode, the education director for the NAACP. “Why? Because education funding has been inadequate and unequal for students of color for hundreds of years. Second, privatization forces are working to eliminate our public schools and, with it, transparency, public accountability and access to all.” Goode said that ESSA requires a breakdown of how student need is met with a focus on …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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NAACP joins in Connecting Civil Rights legacies of the past and present with ‘I AM’ Campaign, while saluting Memphis Sanitation Workers on MLK 50th Anniversary

By Carma Henry NAACP joins in Connecting Civil Rights legacies of the past and present with ‘I AM’ Campaign, while saluting Memphis Sanitation Workers on MLK 50th Anniversary Series of events successfully hosted, paying fitting tribute to Dr. King sacrifice, while empowering next generation of activists NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson addresses the audience at the “The Dream Lives” event, co-hosted by Hyundai, on the critical importance of African Americans voting in the upcoming midterm elections, the 2020 election and participation in the 2020 Census. “African Americans have always been the conscience of this country,” Johnson said. (Photo by Steven Easley/Courtesy NAACP) NAACP Youth and College Division Director Tiffany Dena Loftin speaks to young marchers, activists, and attendees gathered at a panel discussion, challenging and encouraging them to stand and become leaders of their communities, instead of looking outside themselves. (Photo by Steven Easley/Courtesy NAACP) Nearly a thousand NAACP members, staff, and volunteers march from the I AM rally to the Mason Temple chanting the statement “Our Vote, Our Voice,” to signify the need of African Americans to continue Dr. King’s work by using their votes to bring about change. (Photo by Steven Easley/Courtesy NAACP) BALTIMORE — They came by the thousands—upwards of 10,000, to be exact. NAACP …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Toss the romaine lettuce or risk E. coli, officials warn

By Geoffrey Mohan An unusually virulent strain of E. coli bacteria on romaine lettuce has sent 31 people to hospitals in 16 states, and health officials are urging consumers to throw out any of the lettuce they may have bought recently. No grower or distributor has been identified as the source of the outbreak,… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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NNPA NATIONAL BLACK VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE BEGINS IN N.C.

By Carma Henry NNPA NATIONAL BLACK VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE BEGINS IN N.C. NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. said that Democrats and Republicans must advertise in the Black Press to reach that crucial voting bloc. (NNPA) By Cash Michaels (NNPA Newswire Contributor) DURHAM, N.C.—Ten-member newspapers of the North Carolina Black Publishers Association (NCBPA) and Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) have agreed to mount a statewide campaign to maximize the African American vote for the 2018 midterm elections. The NNPA is a trade group that represents over 200 Black-owned media companies that reach more than 20 million readers, combined, in print and online, every week. The campaign will focus on an aggressive voter registration drive, community-level education on important issues, and a mobilization effort—all designed to reach young, Black eligible voters. North Carolina, Texas and Florida are important states that could change the makeup of the United States Congress, if the Black vote flexes its muscle. The Black Press is considered essential in those states to mobilize that electoral strength. Primaries in North Carolina are scheduled for May 8. The Black Press in North Carolina and in other states will play a powerful role in …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Where do we go from here? We must get on the BUS!

By Carma Henry A Message From Our Publisher Where do we go from here? We must get on the BUS! But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? John 3:17 (NASB) By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. “Feeble reactions are destructive and are problematic emotional states that destabilize effective functioning. When we are at that point, devastation is at the door knocking, waiting to come in. In a society that is ruled by and on the principle of THE almighty dollar, SEPARATELY we are seen as broke, busted and definitely can’t be trusted; open to being used and abused, calculated and tossed aside as refuse. Dr. King recognized that and offered a plan to address those putrid probabilities. He offered that we come together obviously, but how it would be done was deeper. We would have to accept crossing of color lines, political parties, ecclesiastical differences, economic status and anything else that could be used to create a crack in the armor of hope.” —Bobby R. Henry, Sr. It’s ironic that the same apparatus used as a tool in the breaking of a great link …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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The 2018 DBCF Conference moving forward in solidarity

By Carma Henry Blake The 2018 DBCF Conference moving forward in solidarity The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida (DBCF) is an organization which represents a collective voice of over 1.3 million Democrats in the Great State of Florida. Next weekend from April 20-22, 2018 the DBCF will hold its 36th State Conference in Orlando at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Fla. We are very excited about this being an election year, and with collaboration and hard work, we can impact the ballot and public policy by building a Florida that respects the rights of all residents, access to quality healthcare, protect voting rights, address poverty, and help to create jobs. Hudson Under the new leadership of President Lydia Hudson, and a committed Executive Committee, the theme of the conference is “Elevating Black Voices for Equity, and a Better Florida.” This year the goal is to be a physical advocate for the issues that affect African Americans, and hold accountable those who are detrimental to our children, women, and community. Friday, April 20, will be a day of registration, education, workshops, mobilization, and sharing some time for fun, and meet/greet in the evening Saturday, April 21 is an exciting work day, which starts …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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NNPA Chairman Celebrates 50 years as Crusader Publisher

By Carma Henry Balm and Dorothy Leavell are welcomed to dinner with the ship’s captain during a cruise to the Bahamas. The NNPA had concluded its annual workshop in Miami and members continued on to the Bahamas where Lynden Pindling joined publishers aboard ship. Pindling had just been elected as the country’s first Black Prime Minister in 1967. (Chicago Crusader) NNPA Chairman Celebrates 50 years as Crusader Publisher By Erick Johnson (Chicago Crusader/NNPA Member) The year 1968 was one of the worst years in the short history of the United States. Major cities were on fire, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4 in Memphis, Tenn. Robert F. Kennedy was killed two months later in California as he came closer to winning the Democratic nomination for president. That August thousands of protesters were roughed up outside the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago, where the Democratic National Convention was held. Two months later, Balm L. Leavell, Jr., the man who co-founded the Chicago Crusader in the Ida …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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“They Came Before Columbus”

By Carma Henry Ivan Van Sertima Lesser Known Black History Figure “They Came Before Columbus” * Guyaneseborn literary critic, linguist, and anthropologist. * Associate professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey. * In 1976, published the book, “They Came Before Columbus”, that features his arguments for an African origin of Mesoamerican culture in the Western Hemisphere. * Achieved widespread attention within the African-American community for his claims of prehistoric African contact and diffusion of culture in Central and South America. * In 1983, authored “The Lost Sciences of Africa: An Overview,” that discusses early African advances in metallurgy, astronomy, mathematics, architecture, engineering, agriculture, navigation, medicine, and writing. The post “They Came Before Columbus” appeared first on The Westside Gazette. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Broward Health Imperial Point family is growing

By Carma Henry Broward Health Imperial Point family is growing Broward Health Imperial Point (BHIP) family is growing! This week we welcomed our new Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer as well as our new Associate Chief Financial Officer. They are both joining us with a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are looking forward to the continued success they will bring. On April 16, Netonua Reyes, she goes by Toni, joined BHIP in a dual role as chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. She has 22 years of nursing experience in the acute care setting with specialties in both adult and pediatric medicine. Prior to joining Broward Health, she served as director of nursing at Jackson Health North in Miami, where she oversaw a staff of 120 in the hospital’s Emergency Department and managed daily operations to ensure patient safety and quality according to regulatory standards. Toni has both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Nova Southeastern University. On Wednesday, April 18, Romaine Layne will be joining BHIP as associate chief financial officer, where she will manage financial operations, contracting and expense management. Prior to joining Broward Health, Romaine served as controller at North Shore Medical Center, where …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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April is National Minority Health Month

By Carma Henry April is National Minority Health Month From Bernadette Morris Did you know that the month of April is officially recognized as National Minority Health Month? Numerous health providers work tirelessly each day to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. They also work to increase awareness about the health care law’s groundbreaking policies to reduce these disparities and achieve health equity. This year’s theme, Partnering for Health Equity, emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. It is a call to action; a charge for all of us to unite towards a common goal of improving the health of our com-munities. “For five decades the Jessie Trice Community Health System (JTCHS) has been committed to ensuring that residents of our community have access to quality, yet affordable healthcare,” says Annie Neasman, President and CEO of JTCHS. “We join the many partners who recognize and celebrate National Minority Health Month each year.” Partnerships at the national, state, tribal, and local levels are vital to the work of reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. This month, the Office of Minority Health, will join with partners, health advocates, and organizations to highlight …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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