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Mayor accused of spying on political opponents

By Sarah Blaskey It’s a spy drama straight out of Hollywood — or in this case, Hallandale Beach. Mayor Keith London, up for re-election, has been accused of hiring someone to spy on political opponents two years ago. Illegal tracking devices were found on his car and the cars of another commissioner and a commission… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Man linked to Saudi prince was at consulate when Jamal Khashoggi vanished

By Suzan Fraser, Sarah El Deeb and Jon Gambrell A member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage during several trips abroad walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul just before writer Jamal Khashoggi vanished there, a surveillance photo leaked Thursday shows, drawing the kingdom’s heir-apparent closer to the columnist’s alleged… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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Christian Missionary David Byle Arrested, Given 15 Days to Leave Turkey

By Editor (Evangelical Focus) — U.S. and Canadian Christian worker David Byle could leave Turkey after 15 years in the country. The evangelist was detained in the Ankara central train station on October 13 after an ID check. He was taken to the Anti-Terror department for interrogation, and released the following day, according to Middle East Concern. In the country, he… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Lauderdale Lakes road rage shooting: Man fires shots at Jeep driver, cops say

By Wayne K. Roustan A case of road rage that escalated into a shooting has landed a Lauderdale Lakes man in jail, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said. Walter Tilley, 32, was driving his girlfriend’s black Toyota Corolla southbound on North State Road 7 in Lauderdale Lakes about 2:25 p.m., Tuesday when he started honking… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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3 top Afghanistan officials killed by their own guards, authorities say

By Amir Shah and Kathy Gannon The three top officials in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province were killed when their own guards opened fire on them at a security conference Thursday, the deputy provincial governor said, and a Taliban spokesman said the target was Washington’s top general in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, who escaped… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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Getting Out the Vote: Restoration of Rights; “Yes” on Amendment 4

By Carma Henry By Linda M. ThigpenGetting Out the Vote: Restoration of Rights; “Yes” on Amendment 4 We know, all too well, there is no perfect person, place or thing. People are flawed, places fail expectation and things fade. It’s the reality of things. Even so, we strive to improve imperfections in people, make the best of places we visit and spend time restoring things tarnished. Correcting a wrong or getting a second chance to make better is the embodiment of the spirit of redemption—and Amendment 4. One definition of redemption describes the improving of something: “The act of saving something or somebody from a declined, dilapidated, or corrupt state and restoring it, him, or her to a better condition.” Restoring the voting rights of approximately 1.7 million ex-offenders is a significant step in bettering their conditions. The intent of Amendment 4 is to automatically restore voting rights to individuals with prior felony convictions, except for those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences, including prison, parole, and probation. The ballot language is as follows: “This amendment restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Straight Talk: Republican-inspired voter suppression

By Carma Henry Voting is the glue holding democracy together. However, the suppression of the vote only weakens democracy. Republicans make political prisoners of Crystal Mason, whereas they champion their own Republicans even when they commit voter fraud. Crystal Mason, the Black Texas Mother Facing 5+ Years in Prison for Voting in the 2016 Election, and attorney Kim Cole (Photo Source: Democracy Now!) By Ed Gray, North Dallas Gazette Contributor In my latest “My Voice My Opinion” of Oct. 7 as viewed on WFAA 8, I spoke out against the Republican-inspired plan of voter suppression. This voter suppression seeks to limit the effect of Black voter turnout. In Tarrant County, this has resulted in the federal imprisonment of Crystal Mason for voting a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot did not count; however, the Republican Party selected her as their poster child to solidify their base. Crystal voted while under court-ordered supervision, for this she was sentenced to ten months in federal prison, with a possibility of an additional five years in state prison. The Republican Party has made it their cause to malign Democrats and their supporters by stating most voter fraud is committed by Democrats. The President of the United States …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Pilgrimage to the Ancient City of Ile-Ife: The Real-Life “Wakanda”

By Carma Henry The National Newspaper Publishers Association, which represents over 200 Black-owned media companies across the U.S., recently traveled to the ancient city of Ile-Ife for a culturally impactful inaugural trade mission, which included attending the Olojo Festival. By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA International Correspondent When it comes to what it means to celebrate the richness of African tradition and culture, you don’t have to wait for the next blockbuster Hollywood theatrical production to experience it – the real “Wakanda” is located on the continent of Africa and can be found in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. This is the real “Wakanda”! No… there is no Vibranium (that we know of) or any other state-of-the-art things that were featured in the Black Panthermovie, but there is a spiritual energy and connection to African tradition and culture that far supersedes anything you can read in books or see on television. When most people think of Nigeria, the city of Lagos usually comes to mind, primarily because it is the largest city in Nigeria and is considered by many to be the financial, industrial, commercial, educational and technological epicenter of Nigeria. However, the ancient city of Ile-Ife is widely regarded as …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Bring it home fish fry

By Carma Henry As people around the state gather to create and keep the momentum going to elect Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, members of the historic Sistrunk Community and the surrounding area communities joined for an old-fashioned fish fry to help the Gillum campaign “Bring it Home”!!! The fish fry was hosted by Burrows Electric Company and The Westside Gazette Newspaper. We were honored to have both founders of each business, Mr. George Burrows and Mr. Levi Henry, Jr., respectively there to celebrate two of the oldest Black owned businesses in the area with deep roots in the community. Both businesses have been in the community for decades and both have an abiding love for the people of the community who might not always get invited to the “table of opportunity”. Although the main goal of the fish fry was to raise money for the Gillum campaign (over $2,200), it was not the only goal. The hosts wanted to bring the local community together in fellowship to better engage and inform them in the election process. All were invited, and no donation was too small… all were welcomed to partake in the hot fish and fellowship. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Gillum for Governor encourages volunteers to donate relief supplies, help neighbors affected by Hurricane Michael

By Carma Henry ORLANDO, FL — In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, the Gillum for Governor campaign is encouraging volunteers across Florida to donate supplies to help their neighbors affected by the storm in Tallahassee and across the Panhandle. Local Gillum for Governor-FDP Coordinated field offices are accepting donations of relief supplies, including water, non-perishable food items, batteries, usable clothing, baby items and toiletries. “The devastation from Hurricane Michael in North Florida is unprecedented and Floridians need our help immediately,” said Gillum for Governor volunteer Ana Christina Acosta. “Mayor Gillum is in Tallahassee helping his city recover and this campaign remains focused on lifting up one another and now, in the aftermath of this storm, it’s so important that we come together as volunteers and supporters of Mayor Gillum to volunteer, donate and help our fellow Floridians recover and rebuild.” Field offices have been collecting relief supplies since the prediction of the hurricane and the campaign sent an email to supporters and volunteers Wednesday encouraging them to donate to the Red Cross or donate supplies, which will be brought to our neighbors in Tallahassee and across the Panhandle affected by the storm. The post Gillum for Governor encourages volunteers …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Gillum Campaign releases new ad on Ron DeSantis’ votes cutting Social Security, Medicare, and raising retirement age

By Carma Henry ORLANDO, FL — Recently, the Gillum for Governor campaign released a new ad highlighting Ron DeSantis’ record of voting for Social Security and Medicare cuts and his votes to raise the retirement age to 70 — an attack on hardworking Floridians. With just 21 days to Election Day, Ron DeSantis is trying to hide his plans to cut the healthcare and benefits Americans have earned — but his record doesn’t lie. The ad, titled “Working,” features Floridians, the hard work they’ve done to earn their retirement and how Ron DeSantis wants to cut those benefits and give more tax breaks to billionaires. “It’s no surprise Ron DeSantis has refused to release a healthcare plan — because his record is clear: slashing Medicare and Social Security and even to raising the retirement age,” said communications director Johanna Cervone. “Ron DeSantis’ record speaks for itself and as governor, he’d continue these attacks on hardworking Floridians. Ron DeSantis does not have Floridians’ best interest at heart, and he has shown it over and over again. Andrew Gillum has a vision for our state where Florida seniors can retire with dignity and Ron DeSantis is more worried about protecting billionaires; Ron DeSantis is wrong for Florida.” “ …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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You're the editor: Tell us which of these stories we should investigate

By Dan Sweeney It may be election season, but we’re asking you to vote on something different. In recent weeks, the Sun Sentinel’s “Sound Off South Florida” has asked readers to send in questions they want answered – questions that they can’t get answers to through a simple Google search. We got several good… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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Lyft Rider caught on tape harassing Black driver, calling him ‘Nigger’ for not playing music

By Carma Henry The driver remained calm throughout the 16-minute clip while he was the victim of racist insults and accused of being homophobic. A Lyft passenger who told a driver he would make sure he never worked for the ride-sharing app again after he refused to play music, has been fired from his own job. Video posted on YouTube October 2 from the incident, which featured a racist rant and accusations of homo-phobia from passenger Robert Ortiz, shows him hurling slurs at Shawn Pepas Lettman who captured what happened on his phone. The 16-minute clip documents the moments after Lettman complained to Lyft about the group of three men who sat in the back of his car in New York and refused to leave his vehicle until law enforcement arrived. Although Ortiz complained that he was scared, the clip shows him getting in and out of the car of his own will. He told the 911 operator that he refused to leave the vehicle and at the same time he preempted the calm situation would escalate. Despite the driver remaining quiet and expressionless most of the time, Ortiz clearly made several attempts to get him to retaliate and perhaps compromise his professionalism. ‘I feel racially profiled … because …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Vote NO on Margate’s terrible charter amendments | Editorial

By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board Margate voters can breeze quickly through the four charter amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot. They should reject them all. Collectively, three of the proposals are an attempt by the reigning city commission majority to expand their power and stay in office longer. The other amendment addresses the… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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Change Margate City Commission's disruptive reputation by electing Tony Spavento and Renata Castro | Editorial

By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board Margate is a micromanaged mess. Key leadership positions remain unfilled. The city commission ran off the former police chief. Despite a recent search, there’s no permanent city attorney. Margate faces a lawsuit by a developer who claims the city backed out of a deal. To their critics, Mayor Arlene… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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NAACP Monitoring Possible Voter Suppression Tactics in Georgia Gov. Race

By Carma Henry “It’s a stain on our system of democracy when less than a month before an election which could produce the first African-American female governor in our nation’s history, we are seeing this type of voter suppression scheme attempted by a state official whose candidacy for the governorship produces an irremediable conflict of interest,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. BALTIMORE—The nation’s foremost civil rights organization is closely monitoring possible voter suppression in the state of Georgia stemming from Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s ongoing failure to process over 53,000 voter registration applications. “It’s a stain on our system of democracy when less than a month before an election which could produce the first African-American female governor in our nation’s history, we are seeing this type of voter suppression scheme attempted by a state official whose candidacy for the governorship produces an irremediable conflict of interest,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “We are closely monitoring this situation with our Georgia State Conference President Phyllis Blake and demanding a complete investigation and full transparency prior to the election,” added Johnson. The NAACP is asking for all voters to verify their status by visiting https://www.naacp.org/vote/ According to a report from the …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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