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ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER LAWSUIT

ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER LAWSUIT

Another Bethune-Cookman University alumnus sues his alma mater as the long controversy over a now-completed $72 million dorm project continues, and there may be more legal drama on the horizon. BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF DAYTONA BEACH – Another sworn lawsuit – the second in two weeks – accuses Daytona Beach-based Bethune Cookman University (B-CU) […]

CHARLES EDWARD ANDERSON BERRY / 1926-2017

CHARLES EDWARD ANDERSON BERRY / 1926-2017

Hail, hail rock ’n’ roll! In 2011, a statue of rock music legend Chuck Berry was dedicated during ceremony in University City, Mo., that Berry attended. Berry died March 18 at age 90. Click here to read his obituary. (DAVID CARSON/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH/MCT)

No more death row

No more death row

Decision sets governor, cops off COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – A Central Florida state attorney who created a firestorm by deciding not to seek the death penalty for alleged cop-killer Markeith Loyd – or in any other capital case – is accusing Gov. Rick Scott of abusing his authority by ousting her as prosecutor […]

Hospital bill for gun injuries is $730 million a year

Hospital bill for gun injuries is $730 million a year

BY MELISSA HEALY LOS ANGELES TIMES / TNS Americans paid more than $6.6 billion over eight years to care for victims of gun violence, according to a new tally of hospital bills. And U.S. taxpayers picked up at least 41 percent of that tab. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, say the authors of […]

‘Black Aspirations’ are coming soon

‘Black Aspirations’ are coming soon

I have begun to compile the data for my next book, which will be titled, “The Light is the Truth.” God willing, the book will be released later this year. In addition to your favorite Gantt Report columns and opinions, the book will also include what I call Black Aspirations, short messages about Black life […]

Commission starts work to review changes to state’s Constitution

Commission starts work to review changes to state’s Constitution

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The once-every-20-years process of updating Florida’s basic law began Monday, as the Constitution Revision Commission held its opening meeting in Tallahassee. The 37-member panel, appointed almost entirely by Republicans for the first time in history, is expected to submit proposals for amending the state Constitution […]

South Florida family of 5 die in car crash

South Florida family of 5 die in car crash

BY ALEX HARRIS MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI — After more than 12 hours in the hospital, a 10-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries, leaving an entire family dead after a horrific car wreck in North Florida on Sunday, March 19. The Russell family, of Hollywood was loaded into their 2016 Chrysler 200 and headed home from […]

Legislators move to end insurance industry tax break

Legislators move to end insurance industry tax break

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Insurance-industry officials remained adamant Tuesday that a proposal to eliminate a decades-old tax credit will cost jobs and hike premiums as the measure moved forward in the Senate with a significant change. The Senate Finance and Tax Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously supported the proposal (SB 378), […]

Exonoree speaks at Tampa area law school

Exonoree speaks at Tampa area law school

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER James Bain, the longest serving exoneree in U.S. history to be released using post-conviction DNA evidence spoke at the Tampa Bay campus of WMU-Cooley Law School on March 10. Former FBI agent Robert Cromwell also spoke at the event. The program was brought to the law school by the Innocence […]

Senate signs off on redistricting bill

Senate signs off on redistricting bill

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With little discussion, the Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that wades back into redistricting issues. The bill (SB 352) filed by Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, would set guidelines for what happens when redistricting legal cases are unresolved in election years. For example, it would have the effect of ensuring […]

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