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Starting antiretroviral treatment early improves outcomes for HIV-infected individuals

By Carma Henry Starting antiretroviral treatment early improves outcomes for HIV-infected individuals NIH-funded trial results likely will impact global treatment guidelines A major international randomized clinical trial has found that HIV-infected individuals have a considerably lower risk of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses if they start taking antiretroviral drugs sooner, when their CD4+ T-cell count—a key measure of immune system health—is higher, instead of waiting until the CD4+ cell count drops to lower levels. Together with data from previous studies showing that anti-retroviral treatment reduced the risk of HIV transmission to un-infected sexual partners, these findings support offering treatment to everyone with HIV. The new finding is from the Strategic Timing of Anti-Retroviral Treatment (START) study, the first large-scale randomized clinical trial to establish that earlier antiretroviral treatment benefits all HIV-infected individuals. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, provided primary funding for the START trial. Though the study was expected to conclude at the end of 2016, an interim review of the study data by an independent data and safety monitoring board (DSMB) re-commended that results be re-leased early. “We now have clear-cut proof that it is of significantly greater …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Adrian Rodriguez accused of trying to kill mother's live-in boyfriend

A Key Largo man accused of trying to kill his mother’s live-in boyfriend because of a rent dispute is wanted on an outstanding warrant. Adrian Rodriguez, 26, is wanted on a charge of attempted murder. Daniel Rivero, 47, told a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputy that he went to bed May 12 and woke up the next morning “feeling like he had been hit with something.” When Rivero tried to get out of bed, he couldn’t stand and noticed a large amount of blood coming from an injury to his head. Sheriff’s detectives said they believe that Rodriguez struck Rivero twice in the head with a glass ashtray while Rivero was asleep. Rodriguez then broke two cellphones that Rivero might have used to call for help and headed north toward Miami, detectives said. As he was driving north, Rodriguez called 911 and told a dispatcher that someone was bleeding from the head at the Key Largo home from which he fled, but Rodriguez hung up before the dispatcher could get more information, detectives said. Rivero was first taken to Mariner’s Hospital and then flown to Kendall Regional Medical Center. Detectives said Rodriguez returned to the home the next morning while investigators were there. Rodriguez admitted …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Mass incarceration no factor in crime drop

By Carma Henry Mass incarceration no factor in crime drop Crime Scene Tape By Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – The crime rate has been steadily decreasing for 25 years, but mass incarceration has had very little, if any, impact on the decline, according to a report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. The 134-page study, titled What Caused the Crime Decline? found that “when other variables are controlled for, increasing incarceration had a minimal effect on reducing property crime in the 1990s and no effect on violent crime.” The report continued, “In the 2000s, increased incarceration had no effect on violent crime and accounted for less than one-hundredth of the decade’s property crime drop.” Some states with large Black populations, such as Michigan, Texas, New York, and California, even reduced their prison populations during the crime decline with no adverse effects. Texas, for example, has decreased its imprisonment rate by 15 to 25 percent since 2000; at the same, both property crime and violent crime have dropped about 20 to 30 percent. The NYU report examines the significance of several most-likely factors in the crime decline, such as increased police numbers, gun laws, unemployment, drug use, and more. Growth in income, decreased …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Black graduates face a tough job market

By Carma Henry Black graduates face a tough job market College graduates facing tough job market. (NNPA Photo by Freddie Allen) By Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – College graduates will enter a job market this year that is better than it has been in recent years, but they will still face a tough climb. That climb will be especially difficult for Black college graduates who will grapple with a jobless rate that is still in the double digits, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington, D.C.-based research and education group focused on low- and middle income workers. Alyssa Davis, a research fellow focused on the labor market, poverty and education; Will Kimball, a research assistant with EPI; and Elise Gould, director of health policy research co-authored the report for the Institute’s “Raising America’s Pay” research and public education initiative. “Things are starting to look up for young grads, but we’re not quite where we want to be yet,” said Davis. Even though, the unemployment rate for Black college graduates improved to 11.4 percent, it is still nearly three points higher than it was in 2007 (8.1 percent) before the Great Recession. The jobless rate for white …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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DILLARD HIGH SCHOOL PARTNER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST AND NETWORKING

By Carma Henry DILLARD HIGH SCHOOL PARTNER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST AND NETWORKING – On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, Dillard High School held a breakfast and networking event for over 50 of its partners in education. Dennis Wright, president of 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale, accepted a certificate of appreciation award from Principal Casandra D. Robinson. Joe Raio, senior technical evangelist, Microsoft Corporation, also accepted a certificate of appreciation award from Principal Robinson …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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‘Train up a child in the way he should go and when he grows he will not depart’

By Carma Henry ‘Train up a child in the way he should go and when he grows he will not depart’ State Representative Bobby DuBose (c), believes that it is important to take the time to mentor and guide our youth. Calvin Hughes, Channel Local 10 News anchor. By Gabe Sheffield Mentorship is an extremely important element in today’s society. Our future depends on the caliber of young men and women we are developing. It begins with us! The Fort Lauderdale Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., along with State Representative Bobby B. DuBose, illustrated how impactful we can be in the lives of our youth, at the 2015 Annual End of the Year Kappa League Luncheon. Kappa League is a “Guide Right” program developed by the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. years ago to help develop our boys into mature, successful, young men. The luncheon commemorated a year’s worth of work as the Fort Lauderdale Alumni Kappa League ran the entire program from start to finish. These bright young men honored two distinct local chapters: the Zeta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Broward Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Both organizations were honored for their 60 years …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Anne Turner Herriott elected 19th Southern Area Director The Links, Inc.

By Carma Henry Anne Turner Herriott elected 19th Southern Area Director The Links, Inc. By Renée S. Jones On May 16, 2015 Anne Turner Herriott was elected as the 19th Southern Area Director for The Links, Inc. Established in 1946, The Links, Inc. is a volunteer service organization comprised of more than 14,000 professional women of color with backgrounds in business, government, media, academia, philanthropy and the arts who are devoted to strengthening communities and enhancing the nation. Southern Area Links convened in historic Birmingham, Ala. to effect change through the power of friendship and service and to elect officers during the organization’s 43rd Southern Area Conference. Having served previously as Southern Area Secretary, Herriott’s demonstrated excellence as a servant leader propelled members representing 78 chapters in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and the Baha-mas to elect her to the highest office of the Southern Area. As Southern Area Director, her task to lead the largest area of The Links, Inc. is a momentous undertaking. Herriott became the third member of Greater Miami Chapter of The Links, Inc. to serve as Southern Area Direc-tor. The late Mrs. Maude K. Reid served as Fifth Southern Area Director (1965-1969) and Mrs. Regina Jollivette Frazier …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Florida A&M University, ‘a new head coach, a new plan, a winning season’

By Carma Henry Florida A&M University, ‘a new head coach, a new plan, a winning season’ FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Florida A&M University Broward County Alumni Chapter will host its Annual Unity Day at the Signature Grand on June 27, 2015 at 12 p.m., where Coach Alexander Von “Alex” Wood, the newly hired head football coach, will be the featured speaker. Alexander “Alex” Woods FAMU Head Football Coach Coach Wood graduated from Iowa with a degree in secondary education and social studies. He has over 30 years of coaching experience at both the college and NFL ranks. Wood was part of two national championship teams as Miami running backs coach 1989-1993 and Wake Forest offensive coordinator 1993-1994. Wood also worked in the NFL as the offensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals in 2004 and as an assistant with the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings. “I am delighted to join the Rattler family,” Wood said in a news release. “I am thoroughly convinced that … we can build a competitive football program that will play a positive role in helping FAMU enhance its brand and achieve its mission of becoming a best-in class academic institution.” Wood and his assistants are fanning out across Florida to identify recruits with …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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The Southwest Seminoles are the reason you have to enjoy sports

By Carma Henry The Southwest Seminoles are the reason you have to enjoy sports By D’Joumbarey A. Moreau Life isn’t fair. That’s one of the first lessons that a lot of children grow up to understand when they become adults. Everyone’s got a different set of cards when they’re born. The way that one chooses to play the cards they were dealt in their life will determine their ultimate future success. For Lee Jackson, the club president of Fort Lauderdale’s Southwest Seminoles, he understood how difficult it is for children in the inner city in the South Florida community. That’s why Jackson and his wife Mrs. Athena Jackson created the Seminoles in order to give the Fort Lauderdale community a football program that would stand as a beacon of acceptance and hope for children. “We deal with a lot of at-risk kids. We’re mainly a program that was established to keep kids out of trouble. We are a non-profit organization and we’re in need of sponsors to help us with the program. At the same time we’re here to provide the kids with an outlet to stay out of the streets. That’s what we’re about. We don’t turn any kids down,” said Jackson. Turning no kids down is a …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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10-year-old boy not intended target in shooting, Miami police say

A 10-year-old boy was transferred to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital overnight after he was shot while riding his bicycle in Miami. The boy was originally taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and is listed in stable condition. The shooting was reported just before 9 p.m. Wednesday outside the Liberty Square Community Center at Northwest 63rd Street and 14th Avenue. According to investigators, the boy was riding his bicycle with a couple of his friend near the basketball courts when someone opened fire. Everyone on the courts hit the ground, but some people that had gathered in the area couldn’t dodge the bullets. “From interviewing witnesses we found that there were three people that walked up to the recreation center where they were playing basketball and opened fire in the vicinity of the players,” Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden said. Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted Thursday morning, “Heartbreaking. On the eve of the last day of school, another shooting in Miami injures a 10-year-old at a community center. #senseless.” No arrests have been made in the shooting. Police said the motive is unclear, but believe the boy was not the intended target. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Get Linked: Miami Youth Hackathon a one day minority students

By Carma Henry Get Linked: Miami Youth Hackathon a one day minority students MIAMI, FL – Get Linked: Miami Youth Hackathon (#getlinkedhack), was an innovative one-day youth hackathon for minority students from Miami-Dade County. The purpose is to expose them to the real world possibilities of learning to code while introducing them to the various career opportunities in the field of technology. The 30 minority students in the eighth – 10th grades learned the basics of software coding as they created and “hack” an application to address a chosen topic related to local community issues, youth risk factors, etc. The students went through a briefing on where they learned the goal of the day, and was provided with some thought starters to show how technology has been used to address a problem. A selection of topics allowed the students to self-organize into teams based on shared interests. Once in teams, mentors guided students through the process, from brainstorming on an idea, to working together to build the idea and develop their website. At the end of the day, the students had the opportunity to present their work to their peers. The hackathon also featured a technology career expo. Notable …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Driver trapped inside car after crash on U.S. Highway 1

A driver was trapped in the wreckage after a Thursday morning crash that prompted the closure of all southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 1 in southwest Miami-Dade County. The crash happened on U.S. 1 near Southwest 168th Street. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, three cars were involved in the crash. Oneman was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center in serious condition. A witness told Local 10 News that the man who was injured was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. He said the man struck a car in front of him as a stoplight turned green. He said the car spun, hit a parked car and then struck a wall, splitting the car in half. Cellphone video taken by a Local 10 viewer showed the man asking rescuers for help while he was trapped under the mangled car’s remains. All southbound lanes were closed for most of the morning after the crash. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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‘Spirit of Giving’ annual Back to School Bash

By Carma Henry ‘Spirit of Giving’ annual Back to School Bash The “Spirit of Giving” Back to School Bash aims to provide local children with new back-packs full of grade-appropriate supplies, uniforms, new shoes, haircuts, healthy snacks, vision screenings and access to medical resources and information. At the event, students will be paired with a volunteer personal shopper to assist them in selecting their own backpack and supplies. The Spirit of Giving—a collaborative, non-profit organization with a focus on children and families in Palm Beach County—utilizes its 60 non-profit member organizations for this event to provide supplies to more than 4,000 local at-risk children. Boca Raton Regional Hospital will also return to hold their Family Health Carnival, which is open to the public and will feature health resources, education, and screenings. Wendy Friswell, executive director of Spirit of Giving says, “Spirit of Giving is dedicated to helping thousands of economically disadvantaged children and their families prepare for academic success in the new school year. We invite every member of the community to help by volunteering at the event or becoming a sponsor.” The annual invite-only Back to School Bash serving Southern Palm Beach County children will be held Saturday, Aug. 8 , …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Restoring Grace Community Church launches first Annual Dr. Jerome Symonette Scholarship Fund breakfast

By Carma Henry Restoring Grace Community Church launches first Annual Dr. Jerome Symonette Scholarship Fund breakfast Rev. Dr. Jerome Symonette, senior pastor at Restoring Grace Community Church in Fort Lauderdale, announced that the church will begin awarding an academic scholarship to a de-serving high school senior or current college student annually. By Charles Moseley Restoring Grace Community Church (RGCC) held its first Annual Dr. Jerome Symonette Scholarship Fund during a benefit breakfast entitled, “Celebrating Academic Excellence,” on May 31, 2015 at the Holiday Park Social Center in Fort Lauderdale. High school seniors or students already enrolled in college, who display high academic achievement will be eligible to receive a scholarship annually. Dr. Symonette has long been a proponent of quality education throughout his illustrious career in the dual capacity as a theologian and educator in his native Nassau, Bahamas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and, most recently South Florida. The scholarship was spear-headed by RGCC member Katrice Bell, who chaired its scholarship committee. Bell also introduced Dr. Symonette during the scholarship breakfast pro-gram. “I felt that it was important for students at our church to be able to further their education. My mom was an educator. I have another scholarship in her name, …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Zeta Rho Omega Chapter 60th anniversary ‘A Diamond Legacy’ and 2015 Top Hat Salute

By Carma Henry Zeta Rho Omega Chapter 60th anniversary ‘A Diamond Legacy’ and 2015 Top Hat Salute FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Zeta Rho Omega Chapter celebrated its 60th Anniversary and 2015 Top Hat Salute to Women of Distinction & Men of Excellence on April 26, 2015 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. There were over 800 business, education, government, policy and nonprofit leaders in attendance to honor our 60th anniversary. The attendees enjoyed the event and all proceeds raised will support the Zeta Rho Omega Chapter’s community service initiatives: Educational Enrichment, Health Promotion, Family Strengthening, Environmental Ownership, and Global Impact. The Honorable Frederica S. Wilson, United States Congresswoman, 24th District presented to JoeAnn Fletcher, president, of Zeta Rho Omega Chapter, a proclamation for exemplary service in the community. Commissioner Barbara Sharief, presented a proclamation to the chapter and keys to the county to the “Golden Sorors “of Zeta Rho Omega Chapter: Betty Smith, Winfred Graham, Zarline Scott, Yvonne Grant Johnson, Rebecca Williams, Millicent Sworn, Annie Ruth Rawls and Cecelia Hayes, pro-viding over 50 plus years of, “Service to All Mankind”. Anthony Anderson, Master of Ceremony, actor and comedian from the sitcom Blackish …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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B.T.W. High School Foundation awards 18 scholarships and two grants

By Carma Henry B.T.W. High School Foundation awards 18 scholarships and two grants Members of the foundation at the awards ceremony, l to r: James Hunt, Pernella Burke, Clement Minnis, Juanita Madison, David Robinson, II, Delores Mathis, John Glover, Charles Singletery, Carrie Mickey and Walter Perkin. The Booker T. Washington High School Foundation, Inc. (herein “the Foundation”, and formerly the B.T.W. Class of 1957 Foundation, Inc.) awarded 18 scholarships at the school’s May 12, 2015 Awards Ceremony. Dr. John D. Glover, president and CEO of the Foundation, announced the award of two new $3,000 scholarships and five new $1,500 scholarships, to the 2015 B.T.W. graduates as well as 11 continuing scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, to prior B.T.W. graduates. This was the 12th consecutive year that the Foundation has awarded scholarships to deserving B.T.W. graduates. The seven new recipients, and their respective college or university are: Lucia Solano, recipient of the Brian & Hope Anderson $3,000 Scholarship — University of Florida. Terry Jefferson, recipient of the Coach James Mickey Memorial $3,000 Scholarship — Florida A & M University. Jewly Fleuristil, recipient of the Herb Carter/B.T.W. High School Foundation, Inc. /B.T.W. Class of ’57 $1,500 Scholarship — Florida International University. Zabhrya Tillman, Dade …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Traps tampered with after coyotes terrorize west Boca Raton neighborhood

A wildfire trapper with Bandit Wildlife Management set up several cages Wednesday in a west Boca Raton neighborhood to catch coyotes that have been prowling the area, but said the traps were tampered with overnight. “Somebody tampered with the trap last night and shut the door so nothing could get into it,” Paul Zambrano said. “It’s very frustrating because it takes away from the potential of trapping the target animal.” Residents in the area have reported several attacks and encounters with the animals in the past week. One dog was killed over the weekend and a second was snatched in broad daylight from its leash while walking with its owner Tuesday. “The coyote came from that direction, circled us once and grabbed her by the neck,” Jill Putney said. The traps seem like the last hope for catching the coyotes. “There’s chicken in there, a little bit of wet cat food to lure them into the trap. I actually sprayed a little bit of coyote urine on the trap because that also attracts the coyotes. (They) tend to be a little territorial so that often works,” Zambrano said. Warning signs are now up in the community where reality is now settling in that catching the elusive wild …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Hilton sisters to celebrate bachellorette party in Miami Beach

Conrad Hilton is likely to miss his sisters’ party Saturday at The Wall Lounge in Miami Beach. Hilton, 20, was on house arrest, after he was accused last year of assaulting two British Airways flight attendants, while shouting “f— peasants.” The Hilton siblings’ father is Rick Hilton, the grandson of the Hilton Hotel empire’s founder, Conrad Nicholson Hilton. His older sisters, Nicholai “Nicky” Olivia Hilton, 31, and Paris Whitney Hilton, 34, will be in Miami hosting a flashy celebration. “She was in New York City, and flew to Paris where she had a fitting for her wedding dress,” a person familiar with her security detail said. “She gets in to MIA tomorrow .” Paris Hilton, who is worldwide brand and is reportedly worth about $100 million, is set to DJ at the Saturday bachellorette party. Her career as a DJ has been profitable, promoters in Miami said she has gotten paid as much as $2.7 million for a four-night gig in Ibiza. But her sister’s high-profile wedding has been stealing all of the attention lately. The future groom and bride met August 2011 at the wedding of British-born Formula 1 heiress Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt, a …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Black & White Gala raises funds for Broward Education Foundation

By Carma Henry Black & White Gala raises funds for Broward Education Foundation Funds raised benefit teachers and students in the Broward County School System Alan and Marsha Levy, Diana Runcie and Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie. The Stephenson’s son Dwayne, and honorees, Dinah and Dwight Stephenson. Community leaders Jarett and Dara Levan and Dwight and Dinah Stephenson and BrightStar Credit Union were honored for their impact on education and contributions to student achievement in Broward County at the recent Broward Education Foundation Black & White Gala that celebrated 32 years of educational excellence. Proceeds from the $116,000 raised during the Gala benefit the Broward Education Foundation which provides support for innovative teaching to increase student learning outcomes from pre-K to grade 12; educational materials for Title 1 school students; scholarships for qualified graduating high school seniors; and fiduciary oversight for community members who join in the educational mission by establishing Foundation agency funds. Phyllis Schiffer-Simon chaired the Gala and honorary chairs were Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie and School Board Chair Donna Korn. Toyota of Hollywood donated $200 for every car sold to a Broward School System employee during the month preceding the Gala as part of its sponsorship, which totaled $3,500. Established in 1983, the nonprofit Broward …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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1929 Blackface drawing by Dr. Seuss for sale on the internet

By Carma Henry 1929 Blackface drawing by Dr. Seuss for sale on the internet 1929 Blackface Drawing by Dr. Seuss. Reported by Liku Zelleke Much of the public would associate Dr. Seuss with the wonderful children stories he wrote and that could be read over and over again. His rhyming ways made it easy for generations of youth and adults to enjoy the adventures of the likes of The Cat in the Hat and Yertle the Turtle. But that wasn’t all Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, had to offer the art world. There is one particularly offensive image among the con-tent he created when contributing to a conservative satirical magazine called Judge. The image is hand-drawn, painted and is dated 1929. It is entitled “Cross-Section of The World’s Most Prosperous Department Store.” In it, there are three panels that depict men in a department store where they select “various merchandise to make their lives more difficult.” One of the panels has individuals in blackface waiting to be sold as objects depicted as “A High-Grade N*gger For Your Woodpile.” The image has, at present, been put up for sale online by Nate D. Sanders Fine Auto-graphs and Memorabilia. The minimum bid has been set at $20,000, …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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