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RUNNING OUT THE CLOCK

RUNNING OUT THE CLOCK

With time winding down on the Obama administration, the president and ‘Dreamers’ were handed another legal immigration setback from conservative federal court judges. BY MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE AND CINDY CARCAMO LOS ANGELES TIMES / TNS HOUSTON – A split federal appeals court on Tuesday let stand a lower court’s ruling that has stymied plans to shield […]

Pass the joint

Pass the joint

Patients cleared to get medicinal weed BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Patients could have access to long-awaited, non-euphoric pot products by the end of the year, after a judge on Wednesday rejected a challenge to a proposed rule setting up the medical marijuana industry in Florida. Department of Health officials […]

SUMMER STORMS / TORRENTIAL RAINS

SUMMER STORMS / TORRENTIAL RAINS

Dozens die in Texas floods A destroyed car is submerged in the Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas, after a flash flood on Tuesday. Coincidentally, Florida’s hurricane season starts next week. (JAY JANNER/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN/TNS)

NOAA predicts another slow hurricane season

NOAA predicts another slow hurricane season

BY KEN KAYE SUN SENTINEL/TNS FORT LAUDERDALE – Joining other weather teams, government forecasters on Wednesday called for a slower-than-normal hurricane season, adding fuel to the debate over whether the 20-year era of tropical intensity is finally drawing to an end. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts six to 12 named storms, including three […]

Congress members unveil plan to restore Apalachicola Bay

Congress members unveil plan to restore Apalachicola Bay

The area and oyster industry has taken big hit due to lack of freshwater, drought By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – With the backing of 20 other members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., on Tuesday unveiled a proposal aimed at restoring the health of Northwest Florida’s Apalachicola Bay – […]

Fired Hillsborough schools superintendent named New York education commissioner

Fired Hillsborough schools superintendent named New York education commissioner

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Former Hillsborough County schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia was named New York’s next education commissioner on Tuesday. The New York State Board of Regents voted to appoint Elia, ending a five-month search to replace John King, who took a job with the U.S. Department of Education, the state board announced. The […]

New law allows secret recordings

New law allows secret recordings

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Children in Florida will be able to secretly record conversations related to sexual abuse or other violent acts under a bill signed into law last week by Gov. Rick Scott. The signing of the measure (HB 7001) on May 22 about secret recordings came a day after Richard McDade, a […]

Gentrification and the death of Black communities

Gentrification and the death of Black communities

There is no city in this country where Black people are safe from the current method of displacement known as “gentrification.” Washington, D.C. once had a majority Black population and was known as “Chocolate City.” Perhaps it is now the “Café au Lait City,” as the Black population has fallen below 50 percent. That dynamic […]

Same 50-year-old dynamics will produce civil unrest

Same 50-year-old dynamics will produce civil unrest

RICHARD COHEN TRICE EDNEY WIRE The indictment of six Baltimore police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray was greeted with cheers from many in Baltimore and a collective sigh of relief from much of the country. Although the indictments may quell the anger in Baltimore, the underlying dynamics that fuel the cycle […]

When coattails become halter-top

When coattails become halter-top

There are more than a few elected officials that slid into public office on the coattails of President Barack Obama. The extraordinary high turnout of Black voters that voted for the president in his first and second elections benefited almost every Black or Democratic candidate that ran in a predominately Black city or political district. […]

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