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Super Spritzers

Super Spritzers

Fresh and fruity ways to impress guests From Family Features From pool parties to baseball games to backyard barbecues, this time of year provides a number of occasions to  enjoy time with family and friends. This summer, take your gatherings to the next level with a fun and festive drink menu that reflects the fresh […]

THE NRA –  FRIEND OR FOE?

THE NRA – FRIEND OR FOE?

Billing itself as ‘America’s longest-standing civil rights organization,’ the National Rifle Association has been missing in historical action as far as ‘Negroes with guns’ are concerned. BY KARSCEAL TURNER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER On May 2, 1967, a group of 30 young Black men and women, dressed in black leather jackets, berets and dark […]

FAMU trustees clash with latest president

FAMU trustees clash with latest president

BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Little more than a year into her job, Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum on Tuesday faced criticism from some of the university’s trustees as they evaluated her performance. A presidential evaluation-committee meeting was tense, reflecting the gap between Mangum’s belief that she should have […]

Mystery clouds Bland’s death

Mystery clouds Bland’s death

Cops question mental health BY MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE, MICHAEL MUSKAL AND CHRISTINE MAI-DUC LOS ANGELES TIMES /TNS HOUSTON – Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas cell three days after her arrest during a traffic stop, told jailers that she had previously tried to commit suicide by taking pills because she had lost a baby, according […]

Medical weed petition moves forward

Medical weed petition moves forward

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana this week sent 100,000 petitions to county elections supervisors, one of the first steps in getting the proposal before voters next year. It’s the second shot for United for Care, the committee behind the […]

Proposal keeps pastors from marrying gay couples

Proposal keeps pastors from marrying gay couples

State legislators to file bill that won’t force clergy to perform same-sex ceremonies BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – In the wake of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, a proposal by Republican lawmakers dubbed the “Pastor Protection Act” could fuel a debate during next year’s legislative session. […]

Former Leon judge facing Bar suspension

Former Leon judge facing Bar suspension

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A former Leon County judge removed from the bench after operating a private business from her chambers should receive a nine-month suspension from the Florida Bar, a Bar referee recommended Monday. The recommendation by the referee, Senior Circuit Judge Julian E. Collins, will go to the Florida Supreme Court, which […]

Senator given a clean bill of health

Senator given a clean bill of health

A week after undergoing prostate surgery, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., was told by doctors Monday that he is free of cancer, according to a statement released by his office. “Our prayers have been answered,” Nelson’s wife, Grace, said in the statement. “The pathology report confirms Bill is completely free of cancer.” Nelson, the only […]

Duke Energy gets OK to buy Polk power plant

Duke Energy gets OK to buy Polk power plant

Duke Energy Florida was given the go-ahead Tuesday by state regulators to continue plans to buy a power plant in Polk County. The Florida Public Service Commission approved the plan by Duke to buy the Osprey Plant from the Calpine Construction Finance Co., a subsidiary of Calpine Corp. Duke expects to close on the $166 […]

How to keep our Black boys alive

How to keep our Black boys alive

The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: just about every Black male seems to have a story about being stopped by the police. All live daily with the understanding it can happen to any of them […]