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This 11-year-old college freshman is studying Quantum Physics

By Carma Henry This 11-year-old college freshman is studying Quantum Physics In this day and age, 11-year-olds don’t usually go to college. But it’s those who break the rules that get the most recognition. Carson Huey-You is amazing and brilliant. The young prodigy was accepted to Texas Christian University at the age of 10, where he chose to study the difficult field of Quantum Physics. In case you’ve never heard of Quantum Physics, it is defined as: The study of the behavior of matter and energy at the molecular, atomic, nu-clear, and even smaller microscopic levels. The young student speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently, and got 1770 on his SAT. He is also a very good piano player, among other things. He was so young that he wasn’t able to actually apply to the school on-line. It turns out that the soft-ware would not allow applicants to state that they were born in the year 2002. The child is expected to be a college graduate by the age of 16, which would make him a year younger than the youngest graduate the school has ever had. “I’m taking calculus, physics, history and religion. Those are my four classes,” Huey-You told CBS DFW. This is not the first time that young …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Please allow me the pleasure of introducing you to a pretty incredible nine-year-old young man

By Carma Henry Please allow me the pleasure of introducing you to a pretty incredible nine-year-old young man. His name is John Sumter and he is one of the youngest competitors featured on the Lifetime Network show Child Genius. John is the youngest member of Mensa in our region; he has been recognized by Johns Hopkins University for being a part of their gifted & talented program. John enjoys playing piano and swimming; he is also a red belt in karate. He also enjoys reading and started reading at age two. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Falsifying income to claim tax credits hits the IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season

By Carma Henry Falsifying income to claim tax credits hits the IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internal Revenue Service recently warned taxpayers a-bout schemes to erroneously claim tax credits is on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” again for the 2015 filing season. “Scam artists don’t miss a trick and they can entice taxpayers to falsely inflate income on returns to claim tax credits they are not entitled to receive,” said IRS Commissioner John Kos-kinen. “Taxpayers are ultimately responsible for the information on their tax returns, and I urge everyone to file the most accurate return possible.” Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire professionals to do so. Illegal scams can lead to significant penalties and interest and possible criminal prosecution. IRS Criminal Investigation works closely with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to shutdown scams and prosecute the criminals behind them. Don’t Create Fake Income to Qualify for a Credit Some people falsely increase the income they report to the IRS. This …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Toto Live at Magic City Casino

Toto performs live at Secada’s at the Magic City Casino in Miami on Friday, April 24th. You’ll be sure to hear hits like “Hold The Line”, “Rosanna” and of course, “Africa”! The music is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. For tickets or more information click here. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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ON VOTING DAY

By Carma Henry ON VOTING DAY: Candidate Robert L. McKinzie, Jr. (l) and supporters stand outside Melrose Park polling place gaining momentum as he campaigns for the Fort Lauderdale City Commission for District III. As of Press time today McKinzie is winning. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Multi-cultural tourism generates major socio-economic impact and increased cultural awareness in Broward County

By Carma Henry Multi-cultural tourism generates major socio-economic impact and increased cultural awareness in Broward County Albert Tucker, vice-president of Multi-Cultural Tourism at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been a big advocate for Black economic empowerment through promoting Black tourism for many years. (Photo by David Muir) By Charles Moseley (Part One) As far back as the early 1960’s, tourism in Fort Lauderdale was synonymous with College Spring Break, made even more popular by the classic film about a group of white co-eds’ experience in, Where the Boys Are. Flash forward to the mid to late 1980’s and an interesting transformation began to emerge regarding the tourism landscape here in Fort Lauderdale. Local government and local businesses who once welcomed or at least tolerated college spring breaks, which attracted tens of thousands of college students to Fort Lauderdale Beach annually, began a major shift toward changing the image of tourism in Fort Lauderdale. Therein began a rebranding process by local public officials and business leaders aimed at attracting more corporate as well as family oriented, tourism to Broward County. This phenomenon did not escape the attention of the minority business community or Black governmental officials. Black real estate developer R. Donahue Peeples’ seized …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Report: 20,000 ISIS Supporters Worldwide Have Flocked to Iraq, Syria to Join Terror Group

By Heather Clark WASHINGTON – Supporters of the terrorist group ISIS are flocking to Iraq and Syria at record rates with an estimated 20,000 foreign fighters joining the barbarian organization worldwide, reports state. The information was released on Wednesday during a hearing before the House Homeland Security Commission. Nick Rasmussen, the chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, said that the rate is unprecedented compared to those that joined jihadists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Iraq in the past 20 years. Supporters from over 80 countries are believed to be in Iraq and Syria at this time, with at least 3,400 of them westerners. Approximately 150 Americans have attempted to travel overseas to join ISIS, some of which have succeeded while others have been caught. The current estimate of 20,000 is up from previous count of 10,000 and could escalate even higher to over 31,000. “This new total reflects an increase in members because of stronger recruitment since June following battlefield successes and the declaration of a caliphate, greater battlefield activity and additional intelligence,” an unidentified CIA official told CNN this week. Officials state that they are concerned that some of the foreign fighters who are streaming into Iraq and Syria will return to their home countries to …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Black Empowerment Summit lectures at AARLCC in February

By Carma Henry Black Empowerment Summit lectures at AARLCC in February Dr. Johnson and Dr. Anderson BROWARD COUNTY, FL – During February (Black History Month), the Fort Lauderdale Community Center is hosting a three-week conference and will be presenting two lecture events at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of AARLCC, the African Student Union, Broward Health, Whole Foods, Broward Schools, Broward County, Broward College, the City of Fort Lauderdale, and the Children’s Service Council. There will be two First annual Black Empowerment Summit lectures at the library. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 from 4 to 8 p.m., Dr. Umar Johnson will speak on learning disabilities and their effect on Black children. Johnson is a blood relative of Frederick Douglass, the great Black abolitionist and orator. Johnson is a school psychologist who evaluates children ages 3-21 in an effort to determine if they have educational disabilities and need special educational services. He is author of the book, Psycho-Academic Holocaust: The Special Education & ADHD Wars Against Black Boys. Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 from 4 to 8 p.m., Dr. Claud Anderson, president of PowerNomics Corporation of America, Inc., will be speaking on Black Economic Empowerment. He …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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An unfair request

By Carma Henry Ask Alma An unfair request By Alma Gill, NNPA Columnist Dear Alma, I’m a single mother supporting my three children with no help from my ex-husband. I am thankful to have a great job that I like very much. I referred my BFF’s husband to the company who has since become a regular employee and he is very happy here as well. Once you pass the 90 day probation, the employee who referred you is given a referral bonus. My friend’s husband recently approached me and said boldly in my face that he expects me to split the money with him. Needless to say, I was shocked. My BFF has a full time job and they know it’s just me caring for my kids. I’m not sure how to handle him and maintain our friendship. What should I do? E.S., Jackson, Miss. Dear E.S., Double-check your forehead. Did you miss seeing “sucker” tattooed between your eyebrows when you washed the sleep from your eyes this morning? LOL. Now, double, double-check the conversations between the two of you, replaying them in your mind’s eye. Did you fist bump on an agreement in advance? You know how it goes when you’re fast talking, excited and all. For ex-ample, …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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The “Carnegie Hall or Bust” Fundraiser

By Carma Henry FUNdraising Good Times The “Carnegie Hall or Bust” Fundraiser Part Two of a Two-Part Series Dr. Todd Robinson is a navy pilot and flight surgeon, author, film producer, medical school faculty member, and a practicing physician. He is an MD and a PhD. But until now there was one area in which he had no experience: fundraising. Here’s the background: Getting ready for the world premier of renowned composer Earnestine Rodgers Robinson’s oratorio “Exodus” required fundraising. Dr. Robinson (Mrs. Robinson’s eldest son), and family members needed to raise $140,000 to $170,000 to bring 200 diverse choir members to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The family organized supporters as Chicago Voices United. But, surprisingly, not as an independent 501c3 organization. “One of the FUNdraising Good Times! articles talked about being creative in looking for funding sources as it pertained to nonprofits. This was very encouraging as we struggled in the early phases. Initially, we used personal funds and a loan as start-up capital for Chicago Voices United. But we quickly realized that we needed the nonprofit status to be more attractive for donations,” Dr. Robinson shared. Instead of becoming a 501(c)(3) organization, Dr. Robinson asked an existing nonprofit if Chicago Voices United …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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NKOTB Live at the BB&T Center

The “Main Event” tour featuring New Kids On The Block hits the BB&T Center in Sunrise on Thursday, June 4th. Special guests TLC and Nelly will open the concert. The show is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. For tickets or more information click here. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Record-level of criminal exonerations

By Carma Henry Record-level of criminal exonerations By Freddie Allen, NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – Black criminal defendants accounted for roughly 46 percent of the 125 known exonerations in 2014, the highest annual number of exonerations recorded since 1989, according to a national registry that tracks wrongful convictions. According to a recent report by the National Registry of Exonerations, the next highest total for exonerations was 88 recorded in 2012 and 87 in 2013. Researchers said that prosecutors have increasingly taken a harder look at flawed cases, which contributed to a jump in exonerations. The powerful role that prosecutors play in the criminal justice system has increasingly drawn sharp public criticism following grand jury proceedings involving the highly publicized deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of white police officers. In the chokehold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y. and shooting deaths of John Crawford in Beavercreek, Ohio and the teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., grand juries chose not to indict police officers. Attorney General Eric Holder has called for reform in sentencing practices and urged federal prosecutors to exercise greater discretion in non-violent drug cases. Researchers with the exonerations registry reported 716 exonerations of Black criminal defendants, …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Julio Edwards accused of setting fire to Wilton Manors piano bar

A 68-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he was caught on surveillance video setting fire to a Wilton Manors piano bar. Julio Edwards faces burglary and arson charges in connection with the fire at Tropics Piano Bar & Restaurant on Wilton Drive. Wilton Manors police said the manager arrived Wednesday morning to find ashes near the back door and smelled smoke. Police said they reviewed the surveillance cameras and saw a man holding a large cup containing a flammable liquid that he tossed onto a wooden fence outside the restaurant. The video then showed him ignite the fence with a lighter. After employees watched the video, they told police that they recognized the man as Edwards, who had recently been issued a warning by police for trespassing at the restaurant. Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10 …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Minority groups back energy companies in fight against solar power

By Carma Henry Minority groups back energy companies in fight against solar power By Evan Halper Support from minority organizations has given power companies a potent ally in their fight to slow the spread of solar energy installations. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) When Florida officials pulled the plug on a significant incentive for rooftop solar systems, the move came at the urging of big power companies with a heavy reliance on fossil fuels — and of the state chapter of the NAACP. The Florida chapter is one of a number of minority organizations that have aligned with utilities. Their backing has given power companies a potent ally in their fight to slow the spread of solar energy installations. The groups are pressing their case aggressively even as the national NAACP and other large civil rights organizations back solar incentives, arguing they are key to shutting down dirty power plants that contribute to elevated rates of asthma and other diseases in low-income communities. The groups that have lined up on the utilities’ side are showing up in legislative hearing rooms, regulatory proceedings and on newspaper op-ed pages to make the case that what they call unjust incentives favoring the wealthy undermine the virtues of solar …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Book Club in a Bag 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM

– Weston Reference Desk Interested in starting your own book club? Join the book-club-in-a-bag program today! When you join, you will receive a kit that contains 10 copies of a title, and all the tools you will need for your own book club. To get started, please contact Linda Abraham 954-357-5304, or stop by the Reference desk. …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to have artistic residency and performances at the Broward Center

By Carma Henry Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to have artistic residency and performances at the Broward Center Performances include Matthew Rushing’s ‘Odetta’, a tribute to ‘the voice of the Civil Rights Movement, and Alvin Ailey’s American masterpiece, ‘Revelations’ Alvin Ailey “Revelations”. (Photo by Gert Krautbauer) Alvin Alley Matthew Rushing’s “Odetta” (Photo by Mike Strong) FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AADT), beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will hold an artistic residency, Thursday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts including five performances featuring three programs of repertoire, a student performance and a public master class. Prior to the launch of Ailey’s exciting new season, Artistic Director Robert Battle visited the White House to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor – on behalf of Alvin Ailey. Bestowed 25 years after the passing of the company’s legendary founder, President Obama pro-claimed that “through him, African American history was told in a way that it had never been told before — with passionate, virtuoso dance performances that transfixed audiences worldwide.” The company carries on Ailey’s …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Dr. Ballard Shared Love of the Sea with Students at BB&T Center

By Carma Henry Dr. Ballard Shared Love of the Sea with Students at BB&T Center – Feb. 2, 2015, The Florida Panthers hosted underwater explorer Dr. Ballard to share his incredible discoveries and passion for the sea with the students of Broward County. The event was held in the BB&T Center where the students were able to view pictures and accounts from exciting expeditions like the German battleship Bismarck, as well as the natural wonders under the surface of the sea. Additionally, Dr. Ballard shared insights from his 1985 discovery of the RMS Titanic as well as his latest 2014 expedition aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus. It was a fantastic event and the students truly appreciated the firsthand account from Dr. Ballard. This event was made possible by the Florida Panthers Foundation. The Foundation partnered with the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) and Dr. Ballard for the 2014 exploration voyage throughout the Florida Straits, Gulf Coast, and Caribbean as well as OET’s STEM initiatives in Broward County schools. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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