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How will the presidential candidates’ tax plans affect you?

How will the presidential candidates’ tax plans affect you?

JENNIFER CARROLL GUEST COMMENTARY We’ve seen lots of twist and turns during the 2016 presidential election. With all of the political slants and noise, it’s hard for the public to comprehend what is factual and how the proposed polices they are hearing really help their financial and family situation. Recently, both Hillary Clinton and Donald […]

Why the Green Party instead of Democrats?

Why the Green Party instead of Democrats?

In Houston on the first Saturday of August, the Green Party nominated Jill Stein, a Massachusetts physician, and Ajamu Baraka, a longtime human rights activist, as its presidential and vice presidential candidates for 2016. Stein’s nomination was a foregone conclusion, having been the Green candidate in 2012 and the only one of several aspirants to […]

Clergy, activists must vet judicial candidates before endorsements

Clergy, activists must vet judicial candidates before endorsements

Johnny L. McCray, Jr., ESQ Guest Commentary Last week, I wrote a commentary published in this paper entitled, “Broward circuit judge doesn’t deserve re-election.”  I prefaced my commentary by stating that in nearly 35 years of practicing law, I had never written an article opposing a judicial candidate in any election. In support of my […]

Exonerations in US at a record high

Exonerations in US at a record high

The focus of many defense attorneys and advocacy groups has shifted in recent years from DNA analysis to debunking decades-old investigative tactics, such as bite mark analysis and forced confessions. BY MEGAN HENNEY AND CHRISTOPER HUFFAKER TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – The rate of criminal exonerations in America is at a record high. But experts […]

Why 2015 was record year for the wrongfully convicted

Why 2015 was record year for the wrongfully convicted

Conviction review units played major role in exonerations BY MEGAN HENNEY AND CHRISTOPER HUFFAKER TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – It sounds like something out of a prime-time TV drama. Attorneys, with help from new science, debunk old testimonies and theories in cases long closed, finally proving that the person who has maintained his innocence is, […]

Florida’s Finest – August 26, 2016

Florida’s Finest – August 26, 2016

Daryl Homer made a historic win in the Olympics for Team USA earlier this month when he won the silver medal in men’s sabre fencing. He became the first American to take home the award in 112 years. (ROBERT GAUTHIER/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS) Boxer Claressa Shields was crowned as a two-time gold medal Olympic champion on […]

Plenty of room at these inns

Plenty of room at these inns

Bed and breakfast business profitable for Black couple BY PATRICE GAINES URBAN NEWS SERVICE For Monique Greenwood, the decision to be an entrepreneur came down to legacy building. “I could leave my daughter a portfolio of real estate and a business to run, but I couldn’t leave her a job at Essence,” said Greenwood, who […]

1999 rape case still shadows actor

1999 rape case still shadows actor

Nate Parker, who was  acquitted, is catching flak for intense promotional campaign of his new movie. BY REBECCA KEEGAN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS When Nate Parker premiered his provocative drama about the 1831 Nat Turner slave rebellion at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the audience response was electric. After a fierce bidding war, Fox Searchlight […]

A growing mental health crisis in Flint

A growing mental health crisis in Flint

Health care workers and community leaders said they’ve seen increased anxiety in all ages – kids through senior citizens – because of the water crisis. BY ELISHA ANDERSON DETROIT FREE PRESS/TNS FLINT, Mich. – People living in Flint are experiencing mental health issues caused by the ongoing water crisis, including stress, anxiety and fear over […]

Haiti slum undergoing long-awaited makeover

Haiti slum undergoing long-awaited makeover

Fort National’s transformation comes as 61,302 Haitians continue to live underneath squalid tents, and as Haiti and foreign donors continue to face enormous challenges in providing permanent housing. BY JACQUELINE CHARLES MIAMI HERALD/TNS PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – At the top of the hill where an old colonial fort overlooks the immaculate grounds of a razed presidential […]