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College program to explore slain pastor’s legacy

College program to explore slain pastor’s legacy

Courses focus on Clementa Pinckney’s path as pastor and legislator BY VERA BERGENGRUEN TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – To honor the memory of South Carolina state Senator Clementa Pinckney, his alma mater is going beyond just establishing a scholarship. Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington is establishing a new track of study for students to follow […]

Report: Veterans exposed to toxic gas denied benefits

Report: Veterans exposed to toxic gas denied benefits

BY LINDSAY WISE TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has rejected the vast majority of claims filed by veterans who were exposed to mustard gas as part of secret experiments during World War II, according to a report released Tuesday by Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri. About 60,000 military service members […]

Florida’s Finest – June 3, 2016

Florida’s Finest – June 3, 2016

Malachi Kirby, an English actor, is Kunta Kinte in the History Channel’s remake of “Roots,’’ which aired this week on the network. The miniseries traces Alex Haley’s family history, from Kunta Kinte’s capture in Africa to Chicken George’s family’s release from bondage at the end of the Civil War.  HISTORY CHANNEL/TNS Tony-winning actress Anika Noni […]

Cast of original ‘Roots’ reflect on their experience, influence of miniseries

Cast of original ‘Roots’ reflect on their experience, influence of miniseries

BY MEREDITH BLAKE LOS ANGELES TIMES TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE NEW YORK – If you were anywhere near a television in January 1977, you were probably watching “Roots.” The ABC miniseries was a surprise smash that attracted a record-setting audience and won nine Emmys. Members of the original cast recently gathered to discuss the influence of […]

The Storm

The Storm

Hurricane season started on June 1. Florida officials are concerned about residents’ complacency and ‘hurricane amnesia.’ BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Weather forecasters say Florida is long overdue to get hit by a storm. And a growing concern is that Floridians aren’t preparing – buying supplies and making plans for evacuation or […]

FEMA’s ‘disaster deductible’ shifts responsibility to states

FEMA’s ‘disaster deductible’ shifts responsibility to states

BY VERA BERGENGRUEN TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON — Under pressure from Congress to reduce federal dollars spent on emergency aid, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is floating a new proposal that would give states a financial incentive to better prepare for storms, floods, hurricanes and other disasters. Some state and local officials are pushing […]

How to prepare for a disaster

How to prepare for a disaster

Download this print-and-save page to see whether your family is ready in case disaster strikes.

Keeping kids safe during the summer

Keeping kids safe during the summer

From Family Features Summer is a time for playground fun, camping, boating, swimming, biking and other fun outdoor activities. Playground falls, lawnmower accidents, campfire and fire pit burns are some common and potentially life-altering childhood injuries that happen during summer months. Darren Rottmann knows first-hand how easily accidents can happen, particularly in the summer months […]

State officer urges residents to get insurance, financial paperwork in order now

State officer urges residents to get insurance, financial paperwork in order now

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is reminding residents that being prepared means more than stocking up on batteries and bottled water. In addition to securing these important items, Atwater stresses that it is equally as important for Floridians to prepare their insurance and emergency-related financial documents before the arrival […]