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Senate admits election districts are unconstitutional

BY BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE − In what one critic of the…

For-profit colleges under fire for recruiting practices

Students allowed to enroll with no proof they finished high school BY MICHAEL VASQUEZ MIAMI HERALD/TNS…

Medical weed petition moves forward

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment…

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…

Former Leon judge facing Bar suspension

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A former Leon County judge removed from the bench after operating…

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…

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…

Orlando Science Center the place to learn all about mummies

BY DEWAYNE BEVIL ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS Mummies are people, too. That’s the underlying message of “Mummies of…

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s Tampa youth group wins top award at Conclave

SPECIAL TO THE COURIER The youth organization of the Tampa chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity…

Study supports reducing juvenile arrests

BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A new study on diversion programs…

A top HBCU honor for FAMU president

Mangum, Edward Waters research director among honorees at Hampton FROM WIRE REPORTS Two of Florida’s Black…

College challenging move to end nursing program

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A Broward County college has challenged a move by the Florida…

Florida Memorial has new basketball coach

Florida Memorial University has hired Artis Maddox from Mountain State University as the head coach of…

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Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 263

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 263 Sandra Bland’s “death by cop” − I reviewed the autopsy report, the booking documents, and available court documents. • Time is only of the essence with regard to gathering evidence that can be destroyed, manipulated, despoiled,…

Church leaders, come out of the closets

Church leaders, come out of the closets Homosexuals have come out of the closet, while many churches have run into the closets and shut the doors. An overstatement? Maybe. But there is much dissatisfaction within Black church circles that many of their leaders…

Reaction to Minaj’s video awards gripe proves her point

Reaction to Minaj’s video awards gripe proves her point BY GERRICK D. KENNEDY LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS When MTV unveiled the nominations for this year’s Video Music Awards there were few, if any, surprises. Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé, three of the most successful pop…

Mystery still surrounds death of Bobbi Kristina Brown

Mystery still surrounds death of Bobbi Kristina Brown COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown died July 26, nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub of her home, according to…

THE NRA’S BLACK FACE

THE NRA’S BLACK FACE A Texas lawyer who calls himself ‘an urban gun enthusiast’ defends the Second Amendment and gun ownership.  He’s neither old, fat, nor White. BY MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE LOS ANGELES TIMES /MCT HOUSTON ‒ “Colion Noir” belongs to…

Courier wins best front-page honor from Florida Press Association

Courier wins best front-page honor from Florida Press Association FROM STAFF REPORTS The Florida Courier placed third for best front pages in the Florida Press Association’s annual Better Weekly Newspaper Contest. The Courier staff was the third-place winner in the Front Page Makeup category in…

Obama’s Africa trip a delicate dance of diplomacy

Obama’s Africa trip a delicate dance of diplomacy BY CHRISTI PARSONS TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU/TNS ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – President Barack Obama’s five-day trip to Africa that ended Tuesday with a rousing speech to the continent’s heads of government featured a delicate dance of diplomacy…

President strikes a chord with women in Kenya

President strikes a chord with women in Kenya BY ROBYN DIXON LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS NAIROBI, Kenya – Esther Nduta dreamed of finishing school and starting a business, but her parents took her out of school when she was 14 because they couldn’t afford the…

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 –…

NO BULLETS, NO BOOKS

NO BULLETS, NO BOOKS

For more than a century, descendants of enslaved Africans could be punished or put to death for learning…

Reaction to Minaj’s video awards gripe proves her point

Reaction to Minaj’s video awards gripe proves her point

BY GERRICK D. KENNEDY LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS When MTV unveiled the nominations for this year’s Video Music Awards…

Mystery still surrounds death of Bobbi Kristina Brown

Mystery still surrounds death of Bobbi Kristina Brown

COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown died…