FLORIDA

Tampa officers, residents unite for anti-violence march

Hundreds protest spike in crime at city’s Sulphur Springs neighborhood BY SAMUEL JOHNSON SPECIAL TO THE…

Governor and state workers end fight over drug tests

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Ending a four-year legal battle that…

Florida Virtual School opens enrollments for 2015-2016

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Florida Virtual School Full Time (FLVS FT), a statewide virtual public…

Defense: Video ‘completely exonerates’ 15-year-old Canadian in Miami murder case

BY DAVID OVALLE MIAMI HERALD/TNS Video surveillance “completely exonerates” a Canadian teen charged in connection with…

Judge backs AHCA on immigrant emergency care

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA An administrative law judge Monday ruled in favor of the state…

Fewer gassed, less force

But will fewer inmates die? BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Florida…

Florida activist honored for technology and social justice work

COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS WASHINGTON, D.C. – David Honig, a longtime civil rights activist and media…

Bill on guns in schools likely dead this session

BY BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A Senate bill that would allow…

Senate panel backs exemption for Boys and Girls Clubs

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A bill that would exempt national groups like the Boys and…

DEPARTMENTAL DISGRACE

Florida legislators refuse to take strong measures to control the violently dysfunctional Florida Department of Corrections…

Governor flip-flops on Medicaid expansion

Gov. Scott now backing off support of a proposal that would extend federally subsidized health insurance…

USTA hires Blackman to head player development

Boca Raton’s Martin Blackman has been named the general manager of the United States Tennis Association…

Market for alligator meat way up in state

Tail and jaw meat most desirable; price for pound about $8.75 now in Florida BY SUSAN…

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Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 254

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 254 Is Tampa the new Ferguson? Black Floridians have long memories when it comes to municipal prejudice and racism, especially when local police departments enforce it. We clearly remember when the annual Florida Classic football game between…

Time to turn out, ‘turn up’ for a better Florida

Time to turn out, ‘turn up’ for a better Florida PERRY E. THURSTON, JR. GUEST COMMENTARY It was barely two years ago and at the end of an issues-dominated legislative session when a memorable conversation took place. That year, my caucus members and I had used…

Website celebrates the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth

Website celebrates the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth BY ADRIAN MCCOY PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/TNS A new website and multimedia archive dedicated to the late Billie Holiday — billieholiday.com — is a gateway to the legendary singer’s life and work. The site is a treasure trove…

New Toni Morrison book deals with skin color, child abuse

New Toni Morrison book deals with skin color, child abuse BOOK REVIEW Review of “God Help the Child: A Novel.’’ By Toni Morrison.  Alfred A. Knopf. 178 pp.  $24.95. BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER The 11th novel of Pulitzer Prize winner…

Obama talks climate change in the Everglades

Obama talks climate change in the Everglades BY JENNY STALETOVICH AND PATRICIA MAZZEI MIAMI HERALD / TNS MIAMI – With a sawgrass prairie at his back and spring rain clouds darkening the sky, President Obama on Wednesday cast the beleaguered Everglades as the…

IN-CUSTODY DEATH / BALTIMORE, MD.

IN-CUSTODY DEATH / BALTIMORE, MD. ‘Eye contact’ with cop gets Black man killed About 600 protestors, including the families of Freddie Gray, protested Gray’s death while in the custody of Baltimore police by marching from the site of the arrest on…

Remembering the girls

Remembering the girls On the one-year anniversary of the Boko Haram kidnappings of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, center, greets Saa, second from left, and Patience, right, survivors who escaped and want to ensure that their…

US removing Cuba from list of state sponsors of terror

US removing Cuba from list of state sponsors of terror President required to inform Congress 45 days before directive takes effect BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MIAMI HERALD/TNS After 33 years of designating Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism, the United States is removing its Caribbean neighbor from…

Fewer gassed, less force

Fewer gassed, less force

But will fewer inmates die? BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Florida Department of…

PERCY TYRONE SLEDGE / 1940-2015

PERCY TYRONE SLEDGE / 1940-2015

‘Baby, please don’t treat me bad’ In this file photo, singer Percy Sledge performed at the Rock’ N’…

Website celebrates the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth

Website celebrates the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth

BY ADRIAN MCCOY PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/TNS A new website and multimedia archive dedicated to the late Billie Holiday —…

New Toni Morrison book deals with skin color, child abuse

New Toni Morrison book deals with skin color, child abuse

BOOK REVIEW Review of “God Help the Child: A Novel.’’ By Toni Morrison.  Alfred A. Knopf. 178 pp. …