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Education

Lawyers for Literacy Guest Reading Campaign

As part of the Lawyers for Literacy Guest Reading Campaign, guest readers will visit Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms at several Broward County schools throughout the month of May 2014. The event is sponsored by the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division and the Broward County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. …read more Source: Broward County Public Schools     ...
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Christian

The Good News About Bad Churches

By Diane Leclerc They’re broken and messy. But God is remaking them in his holy image. Charlie was an active 11-year-old with autism. His parents had been thinking about attending church. They decided it was time to try to find a congregation that would love them, and love their son. About halfway through Sunday school one morning, Charlie’s parents were summoned. The volunteers couldn’t handle him. They were asked to find another church, because this church “just couldn’t meet his needs.” Other churches conveyed the same sentiment. The family finally gave up and decided that attending church was too hard. We all know people who have been hurt by the church. People who have been so offended, wounded, or even abused that they have given up on it. Perhaps you’ve had this experience yourself. Church is sometimes dysfunctional, uncomfortable, cross-purposed, and painful. We have pastors who fail God, themselves, and their congregations. We endure grumpy, self-righteous criticism reminiscent of the Pharisees. We fight each other, sometimes to the point of parting ways for good. Some observers say we are in danger of losing a whole generation of embittered souls who believe the church has lost its relevance and neglected their needs. And yet we continue to call …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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Christian

Week 18, One Year Bible Challenge: “Unforgiven”

By Tom Truex Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study Samson and Delila, by Pompeo Batoni (1708–1787) This week’s reading April 30 to May 61Judges 11:1 – Ruth 4:22John 1:1 – 4:54Psalm 101:1 – 105:36Proverbs 14:13 – 14:27 Next Week’s Reading May 7 to 131 Samuel 1:1 – 14:52John 5:1 – 7:53Psalm 105:37 – 109:31Proverbs 14:28 – 15:7 Discussion Questions:Old Testament Samson killed himself, together with a lot of Philistines. Should we construe this story to mean that Suicide is sometimes justified? Who were the “good” and the “bad” people in the story of “the runaway concubine?” Judges, chapters 19-20. New Testament What is the significance of the phrase, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us?” John 1:14 (RSV). Why did Nicodemus come to see Jesus at night? Are we ever guilty of behaving the same way for the same reasons? FOOTNOTE: If you are participating in the Saturday morning class, “The One Year Bible Challenge,” …read more Source: K_Line Christian Online (ReadTheWholeBible.com)     ...
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Religion

Photo slideshow: National Day of Prayer

By Sally Morrow The National Day of Prayer, established by Congress in 1952, was marked across the country on Thursday (May 1). Religion News Service captured photos during a prayer service in Lake Lotawana, Mo., where the community gathered to pray for federal and local government, as well as the military, media, business, education, church and family. The post Photo slideshow: National Day of Prayer appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Russia’s scorning of Europe

By John Lloyd After a quarter of a century of claiming to be a part of Europe, Russia has ceased to regard it as a goal. As tension over Ukraine remains taut, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has confirmed a new line. He no longer wants Russia to be thought of as “European.” Europe and Russia, he now says, are in separate moral spheres. When I first began visiting Russia in the Soviet Union in the eighties and eventually lived there, it marked itself as a different political, economic and social world system. What struck the Western visitor most was that it wasn’t a consumer society. There were no advertisements; the shops, largely empty of goods, were overstaffed by women who ignored you or were rude; the restaurants sold greasy, lukewarm and sometimes uneatable food. Hotel rooms were bare, with tepid water, cracked ceramics and bad smells. Most people — even young women — were dowdy. And that was Moscow. Outside the capital, it was often worse. One could say — as I did — that these things were superficial. Soviets may have argued that they aimed for modesty of living; they were attempting to make citizens more or less equal in plainness, directing them to …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Education

NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship Faculty and Alumnus to Present at International Conference

By fhenders FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University (NSU) faculty members Art Weinstein, Ph.D., chair and professor of marketing; Donovan A. McFarlane, Ed.D., adjunct professor; and H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship alumnus Emmanuel Trenche (M.B.A. 2011), will present at the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals’ conference (SCIP) in Orlando, May 5-9. Established in 1986, SCIP is a global nonprofit membership organization for everyone involved in creating and managing business knowledge. Its mission is to enhance the success of its members through leadership, education, advocacy, and networking. Specifically, SCIP provides education and networking opportunities for business professionals working in the rapidly growing fields of strategy and competitive intelligence. Today SCIP has chapters as well as alliance partnerships with independent affiliate organizations around the world. Emmanuel Trenche (M.B.A., 2011)Huizenga Business School NSU’s faculty members Weinstein and McFarlane are co-collaborators on the SCIP presentation “How Knowledge Organizations Can Win in the Market by Co-creating Value with Customers.” Trenche’s trademarked concept, “Speed to Intelligence” helps companies understand how they can compete better and faster in today’s digital era. He will present this methodology during the SCIP conference alongside top executives from Best Buy, Humana, Intel Corporation, and Cisco Systems, Inc. About the presenters: Art Weinstein, Ph.D., …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Local News

“AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue” Evening of Action with Rev. Al Sharp

By Dvon As part of its national “AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue” advocacy and awareness campaign, which was developed in response to the fact that African American and Latino communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS, AHF teamed locally in South Florida for an ‘AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue Evening of Action’ on Wednesday, April 23rd with local partners including Ft. Lauderdale’s New Mount Olive Baptist Church, the Mount Olive Development Corporation (MODCO) as well as other religious, civic and community groups. The ‘AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue Evening of Action’ took place Wednesday, April 23rd from 6:30pm until 9:00pm, and was attended by more than 2,500 people. The campaign and event takes place during the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and featured a keynote address by Reverend Al Sharpton followed by a town hall panel discussion with panelists including Hydeia Broadbent, an HIV/AIDS activist & humanitarian HIV-positive since birth, as well as several respected local community, political, heath, religious and HIV/AIDS leaders, who explored the issues around HIV/AIDS and the African American community during the town hall …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Religion

Quote of the Day: Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory

By Kevin Eckstrom “Churches and other places of worship are intended to be sanctuaries — holy sites where people come to pray and to worship God. In this nation of ours, they have seldom been the locations where violence has disrupted the otherwise peaceful atmosphere. Yet even those occasions — rare as they may be — are not sufficient The post Quote of the Day: Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Local News

Magic: Sterling ‘shouldn’t own a team anymore’

By Carma Henry Magic Johnson Magic: Sterling ‘shouldn’t own a team anymore’ Magic–In this Feb. 21, 2013, file photo, former Los Angeles Lakers player Earvin “Magic” Johnson arrives at a memorial service for Jerry Buss in Los Angeles. Johnson is calling upon NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to “come down hard” on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who is alleged to have made racially charged comments. Johnson was a subject of the comments Sterling allegedly made on an audio recording obtained and released by TMZ. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) By Tim Reynolds, AP Basketball Writer Magic Johnson called upon the NBA to “come down hard” on Donald Sterling, even saying that the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Clippers should essentially be ousted from the league. “He shouldn’t own a team anymore,” Johnson said Sunday. Johnson’s comments were among the strongest condemnations yet of Sterling, who allegedly made racially charged comments in an audio recording obtained and released by TMZ. Included in the recording: A male, purported to be Sterling, urging a woman to not bring Black people to his team’s games and upset that she posted photos of herself posing with Black friends on her Instagram account. One of those now-deleted photos is believed to have been of the …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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What does my soul look like?

By Carma Henry Bobby R. Henry, Sr. What does my soul look like? But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NASB) By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. I have a friend that is constant in his belief that if he keeps love in the front of his actions, he will be alright in the eyes of God. My friend will readily tell you that he is not a saint and probably far from it. He will also tell you that, “we got to love everybody even when they do us wrong.” Mind you, my friend is not an avid church goer or one that professes to be all that religious, as-a-matter-of-fact he says that he can’t get into that “religious stuff”. In more-times-than-not he startles me with some profound thoughts; as if I’m an astute student of the Word or a person of charter to judge someone else, to me it’s apparent that God is forever cleaning the grime from my hands and the stains of sin from …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Local News

New tobacco ‘apology’ ads plan still excludes most Black Media

By Carma Henry New tobacco ‘apology’ ads plan still excludes most Black Media By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – A revised plan for major tobacco companies to purchase court-ordered ads to admit that they deliberately misled the public about the dangers of smoking would add nine white-owned newspapers to the list of publications carrying tobacco ‘apology’ ads but shut out more than 90 percent of Black newspapers and all Black-owned radio and television stations, according to documents filed in federal court. “If they had asked, we could have helped them develop a better plan than this,” said National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Chairman Cloves Campbell. “They didn’t consult us and the end result is that we’re back to where this process started last year. What they have put on the table is totally unacceptable.” If the NNPA files a motion in opposition to the revised plan, as expected, the judge has a number of options from which to choose, including making a final decision on the merits of the case or ordering the defendants to come up with a more comprehensive plan. After being sued by the Justice Department and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, the major tobacco …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Local News

Taking it to the streets

By Carma Henry Taking it to the streets By Starla Vaughns Cherin Hollywood property owner Charles Rhodes took it to the streets, protesting outside Hollywood City Hall against discriminatory treatment by city code enforcement. Earlier this year Rhodes settled $10,000 on a $400,000 code enforcement lien. Battling the city four years now, Rhodes believes he’s being unfairly targeted and retaliated against after writing letters to the city commission, mayor and media regarding failure to respond to calls for re-inspection of code compliance, harassment and false reporting of code violations by Hollywood’s code enforcement. This is the third time he’s picketed the city. “These fines are outrageous and it’s a pattern with some code enforcement officers. They are trying to take our property and foreclose on us. We comply with the citation and ask them to come for a re-inspection, they don’t come and continue charging fines of $1,000 a day and falsely charge us with non-compliance. If we passed inspection there should be no fines at all,” says Rhodes. The charge of non-compliance for violations of roof and window repair, house and fence painting led to Rhodes being sued by the Hollywood’s Special Magistrate Clerk who informed him, “This letter is to advise that …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Local family nominates Lynn Meister, MD for ‘Spirit of Healing’ honor

By Carma Henry Local family nominates Lynn Meister, MD for ‘Spirit of Healing’ honor By Valerie Morris The votes have been tallied and it is official. Dr. Lynn Meister, pediatric hematologist/oncologist specializing in hospice and palliative care with the Memorial Healthcare System is one of five esteemed physicians being honored with 2014’s ‘Spirit of Healing’ award availing from a letter presented to the Memorial Foundation nominating committee by a local Broward County resident. The remaining four physicians being honored for the ‘Spirit of Healing’ award are: Nina Beauchesne, FACHE; Howard Berlin, MD; Stephanie Jofe, MD; Sri Sundararaman MD MS. Since 1999, the Memorial Foundation and Joe DiMaggio Hospital Foundation opened nominations for this award. A letter from Mitchell Eisenberg, MD, chairman to Memorial Foundation and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, listing all past recipient honorees, deadline dated, Feb. 10, 2014 states this esteemed award is given to those individuals or organizations in the community who have shown excellence in their profession, outstanding community service and commitment to the mission of the Memorial Healthcare System. This year, the honorees will be acknowledged at the ‘Circle of Friends’ Luncheon, presented by PNC Bank held May 2 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa on Ocean Drive in …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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This is what they think of you

By Carma Henry This is what they think of you Inspired by Ice Cube and Donald Sterling By Dedrick D. Henry, Sr. With the past comments from Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, the sports’ airwaves are in an up-roar. Fans, sponsors and even other team owners are questioning their peers, and persons of interest for their content of character and what they truly represent or feel about people of color. This is just the average white man’s perspective of a Negro in White AmeriKKKa and nothing really to be shocked about if you asked me. Trust me, many team owners, whether NBA, MLB or the NFL, feel the exact same way. They just have not been publicly exposed. Black athletes make billions of dollars for team owners from ticket sales, jerseys and NBA memorabilia, but are not allowed near their homes or near their families. Nothing has changed; no white man wants to see his precious Jessica with Tyrone. Just as it was four hundred years ago when we were forced to pick their cot-ton fields, but not allowed in the big house, the same applies today. Nothing has changed. To them we are only worthy of making money for them …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Writer calls Black people cowards, is he right?

By Carma Henry Writer calls Black people cowards, is he right? By Yvette Carnell (Photo credit: Gawker) I tend to avoid statements like “all Black people are..” or “only Black people …” since I’m not into pathologizing Black behavior. People are people, and although there are many influencers of human behavior–such as culture and policies–pigment is not one of them. Having said that, an article up at Gawker about the pseudo-protest by L.A. Clippers over racist comments made owner Don Sterling did make some points which deserve more attention. Much of the article focused on the decision of players to pretend that wearing their warm ups inside out was a significant protest, but then the writer goes further: It’s almost as if people have forgotten that struggle includes struggling. You might have to lose your job. You might have to lose your life. That’s what it takes for change to happen. There’s no easy way to do this. If you’re scared to stand up for yourself, for whatever reason, all I ask is that you stop pretending. Stop with the Facebook posts. Stop with the meaningless conversations. Just stop. Be honest. About how you behave. About your part in all …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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