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AFGHANISTAN, THE GOP, IRAN

AFGHANISTAN, THE GOP, IRAN

President Obama’s full plate this week includes slowing down troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, fighting the GOP budget, and selling a nuclear deal with Iran. COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS WASHINGTON – Here’s a partial list of issues President Obama is grappling with this week. Troop pullout slows President Barack Obama has made the steady withdrawal of […]

Mental health scrutinized

Mental health scrutinized

Lawmakers may increase coordination, funding BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – As Florida lawmakers study the impact of mental illness on the state’s troubled criminal justice and child-protection systems, the House and Senate are proposing major overhauls of services and funding for treatment programs. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed […]

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

Funkin’ in Miami Gardens Trumpeter Tom Browne was one of a stellar group of performers appearing at the 10th annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival March 21-22. Click here stories and pictures. (KIM GIBSON / FLORIDA COURER)

Zimmerman blames media, Obama, system

Zimmerman blames media, Obama, system

BY RENE STUTZMAN ORLANDO SENTINEL / TNS ORLANDO – In his first public comments since the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would not prosecute him for violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights, George Zimmerman says President Obama victimized him. The president should never have allowed the DOJ investigation and is guilty of ramping up racial […]

Senate panel approves school gun bill

Senate panel approves school gun bill

Measure would allow designated workers or volunteers to carry weapons BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A Florida Senate panel on Monday approved what backers call a “school safety” bill that would allow school superintendents to tap employees or volunteers to carry concealed weapons on school property. The measure (SB 180) […]

There’s still hope for survival of St. Pete’s only African-American museum

There’s still hope for survival of St. Pete’s only African-American museum

BY SAMUEL JOHNSON SPECIAL TO THE COURIER The fate of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum is looking less gloomy as of late. St. Petersburg is poised to buy the Woodson museum property and then lease it back the museum, as is the case with many of the city’s other museums. This move […]

Reduction in real-estate lease tax approved

Reduction in real-estate lease tax approved

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A Senate committee Monday approved a plan that would reduce from 6 percent to 5 percent a tax on commercial real-estate leases. The Finance and Tax Committee supported the bill (SB 140), which Chairwoman Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, said would help small businesses. Hukill, who is sponsoring the bill, also […]

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 251

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 251

From the New York Times – A recent headline reads, ‘Jeb Bush’s Team Plots Vast Effort to Win Florida,’ and describes how Jeb’s nascent presidential campaign will spend $50 million “to lock up Florida’s best-known political operatives, elected officials and campaign donors – offering them contracts, face time and blandishments.” Will Jeb lock out Black […]

‘Cookie Lyon,’ politics, and the evolution of HBCU advocacy

‘Cookie Lyon,’ politics, and the evolution of HBCU advocacy

JARRETT L. CARTER, SR. GUEST COMMENTARY Howard University alumna Taraji P. Henson recently earned headlines for insisting that her son transfer to Howard following a racial profiling incident at his previous school, the University of Southern California. The move, thought by some to be a statement of social justice advocacy, was as powerful a pop […]

I am not bitter

I am not bitter

I went to church during “Women’s Month” and listened to a beautiful message I love to hear about “Naomi,” a woman that had her ups and downs in Biblical days and was often described as being bitter. The story about Naomi can be found in the Bible book of Ruth. I encourage you to read […]

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