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Seven Mile Bridge to close during foot race

An upcoming foot race on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway’s Seven Mile Bridge will close the span to traffic temporarily. About 1,500 runners will compete in the Seven Mile Bridge Run on Saturday morning. Monroe County sheriff’s officials say the bridge will be closed to motorized vehicles between 6:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. The event began in 1982 to celebrate the conclusion of a federally funded program that built a new Seven Mile Bridge and 36 other Keys spans. The contest was so well received local leaders decided to continue it. This year’s race sold out within 10 minutes after online registration opened. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Light rail to Miami Beach may cost $532 million

A passenger light rail system from Government Center in downtown Miami to the Convention Center in Miami Beach via the MacArthur Causeway would cost about $532 million to build and some $22 million a year to operate and maintain, project planners told the mayors of Miami-Dade, Miami and Miami beach during a meeting at County Hall Wednesday. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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Woman crashes car into guardhouse in Weston

A woman crashed a car into guardhouse in Weston Thursday afternoon. The woman was traveling with her daughter when she crashed into a guardhouse at an entrance to the Weston Hills Country Club, 2600 Country Club Way, in Weston. “Impact scared the you-know-what out of the guard,”Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue public information officer tweeted. No one was injured …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Family makes plea to find Keith Johnson's killer

The family of a man who was shot to death in his car is asking for anyone with information to come forward. It’s been nearly two months since someone shot Keith Johnson multiple times, and still no arrests have been made. “That’s why we’re asking the community to step up,” cousin Cory Hollingshad said at a news conference Thursday morning. The shooting occurred early Feb. 16. Johnson had just finished a game of dominoes with friends and was sitting in his parked car in front of 2575 York St. when someone fired several shots, killing him. Johnson’s 5-year-old son was asleep in the back seat at the time. “It was close,” Hollingshad said. “It could’ve been him too.” Johnson’s son wore a T-shirt bearing the name and photograph of the father he loved. “This baby is without a father and he asks his mother every day, ‘Why?’ And she has no answers to give him,” aunt Evelyn Hollingshad said. She said someone has to know who is responsible for Johnson’s death. “Do the right thing — turn yourself in,” she said. “And those (who) have information (about) who did it please contact Miami-Dade County (police), because today it’s us. The next time it could be you.” …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Who will work the garden so the weeds won’t take over?

By Carma Henry Who will work the garden so the weeds won’t take over? “And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. – Luke 10:2(NAS) By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. While contemplating the future plans for my backyard garden, I noticed how the weeds had overgrown some areas and yet other areas were not so overrun. Some vegetables were able to muscle their way through the killer-like spider web created by overrun uneatable vegetation. The tomatoes, bell peppers, collard greens and the carrots were still doing well and not bothered by the weeds. The frail and delicate lettuce of several varieties gave way to the hearty wild flowers. These wild flowers could fool the average person into thinking just that- that they were wild flowers. Even though they added some unique and distinct beauty, these weeds-unlike dandelion greens or rabbit tobacco-were not good for human consumption because they skunked on flavor and I’m sure they would not settle too well on the stomach. So, now I toyed with the notion of having a mix use garden, if it could work for re-gentrification …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Police shooting raises questions and concerns

By Carma Henry Police shooting raises questions and concerns By Marie Carie Email: mcarrie305@gmail.com “We want to make sure that it is handled the right way.” These words spoken by North-west Pompano Beach citizen Vinsinta Thrower captures the sentiments of a community shocked by the recent police shooting of 51-year-old Deosaran Maharaj. Mr. Maharaj, affectionately known as the “Coconut Man,” was shot and killed by a Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy on Sunday, March 16. According to reports, an unidentified woman reported that a man with a machete threatened her life at the Marathon Gas Station on Hammondville Road and Northwest 31st Avenue. The woman approached the deputy inside the convenience store and accompanied him outside to make the identification. At this point Maharaj drove off in his white truck and the deputy followed him. Eventually the deputy pulled him over and requested that Deosaran show his hands and get down on the ground. According to Dani Moschella, Broward Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Deosaran failed to follow the deputy’s instructions and proceeded to go looking through his truck. “The deputy felt threatened at that point and was forced to shoot. He shot multiple times. At least one of those shots fatally injured the man, who had gotten back into the …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Task force of ministers to address ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws

By Carma Henry Task force of ministers to address ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws Rev. R.B. Holmes outlines 12-point action plan. (NNPA photo by Freddie Allen). By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Rev. R.B. Holmes, a civil rights leader and pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., is heading up a task force of 40 ministers to undertake a 12-Point Action Plan to revitalize the Black community, taking on issues ranging from the repeal of controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws to supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Holmes made the announcement last week at a news conference at the National Press Club. “In our 12 -Point Action Plan, we will take the leadership to save our boys and girls, to build schools in our own neighborhoods, to repeal and repair ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws a-cross America, to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the importance of business ownership and the significance of marriage and the family,” said Holmes. He said the action plan also includes evangelism, renewable energy and preservation, restoring voting rights for ex-of-fenders, social justice, advocating for veterans, health care support and increasing the minimum wage. Holmes also announced plans to run for president …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Black preschoolers’ suspensions triple that of whites

By Carma Henry Black preschoolers’ suspensions triple that of whites By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – Even before they typically learn to read, Black pre-schoolers – some as young as four-years old – are taught a disgusting lesson: They are three times more likely to be suspended from school than their White classmates, according to a recent study by the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Education. “Black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students. On average, 5 percent of White students are suspended, compared to 16 percent of Black students,” the Department of Education study found. Black children account for 18 percent of the nation’s pre-schoolers, but nearly half of students in that age group have been suspended more than once, compared to White children who represent 43 percent of pre-schoolers and 26 percent of students suspended more than once, according to the report. Daniel Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies for the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, told the Associated Press: “Just kicking them out of school is denying them access to educational opportunity at such a young age. Then, as they …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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YMCA gives 80 students opportunity to explore options on Spring College Tour

By Carma Henry YMCA gives 80 students opportunity to explore options on Spring College Tour FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – On March 21, 2014 the YMCA of Broward County took 80 students who chose to focus on their futures during Spring Break on a weeklong college tour designed to expose them to post-secondary education opportunities. This year’s Third Annual YMCA College Tour took twice as many kids, eighth through 12th grade as previous years, thanks to the generous support of City National Bank. Students were able to visit eight colleges in three states, including the University of Florida, Florida State University and Florida A&M University in Florida; Tuskegee University in Alabama; and Louisiana State University, Southern University, Dillard University and Xavier University in Louisiana. For students like Isaac Petty, a 10th grader, it’s his first time, and it’s an eye-opening experience: “I really enjoyed the trip and after seeing eight different colleges, it made me wake up even more and now GRIND harder! I greatly appreciate everyone for giving me an opportunity to realize that you don’t have to live the life you’re used to, you can become who you want to. All you have to do is work hard and focus on the …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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The story of the Wilmington Ten Stroud files

By Carma Henry The story of the Wilmington Ten Stroud files Wilmington Ten (Photo credit News and Observer of Raleigh) By Cash Michaels From the Wilmington Journal When 10 separate petitions for pardons of innocence for the Wilmington Ten came before Gov. Beverly Perdue in 2012, some of her closest advisers, in addition to many of North Carolina’s most prominent members of the state’s legal and political communities, strongly urged her not to grant them. The civil rights activists, led by the fiery Black minister Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., were tried, convicted and sentenced in 1972 for the firebombing of Mike’s Grocery Store and accompanying sniper fire on police and fire fighters the year prior. All of them spent time in prison, and all of them had been denied pardons in 1978 by then-Gov. Jim Hunt. But even though the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the convictions in December 1980, based on findings of prosecutorial misconduct, the state refused to either retry the Ten, or drop the charges. So all of them, though out of prison, languished in a legal quagmire for more than 30 years that destroyed their lives. None of the governors during that span of time …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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The Black youth are brain damaged

By Carma Henry Lucius Gantt The Gantt Report The Black youth are brain damaged By Lucius Gantt Now, more than ever before, Black people need Black media! Recently I was having a heavy discussion with two of my young friends. It started when I said I was happy that Michael Vick was getting another chance to be a starting NFL quarterback with the New York Jets. Immediately, my friends began to tell me how Eli Manning was one of the greatest QBs playing today because he was QB in two NY Giants Super Bowl wins. Of course they dismissed the fact that Eli led the league in interceptions and turnovers in 2013 and the Giants finished last in the woeful NFC East and also that Vick beat Manning in head-to-head competition last year. As I was trying to explain to them about great Black NFL QBs that never got appropriate recognition like Warren Moon or Joe Gilliam, I stopped the conversation as soon as I heard one guy say, “You’re talking about the past. I only care about what happens in my lifetime!” If young African American men and women don’t care about their history, don’t care about their past and care little or nothing …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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