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‘Standing your ground’ may get easier

‘Standing your ground’ may get easier

Proposed change burdens prosecutors BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A move to shift the burden of proof in “stand your ground” self-defense cases is off to a fast start in the House, where the controversial proposal died a year ago. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, voted 9-4 along party lines […]

EL HAJJ MALIK EL-SHABAZZ (MALCOLM X), 1925-1965

EL HAJJ MALIK EL-SHABAZZ (MALCOLM X), 1925-1965

Never to be forgotten Malcolm X, Black America’s “Black shining prince” as he was memorably eulogized by the late actor Ossie Davis, was murdered 52 years ago in New York City on Feb. 21, 1965. Click here to read an analysis of Malcolm’s continuing worldwide impact. (FLORIDA COURIER FILES)

Floridian to lead national NAACP board

Floridian to lead national NAACP board

FROM THE TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE NEW YORK CITY – The NAACP board of directors elected Leon W. Russell as the chair of its board of directors at a meeting on Feb. 18 in New York. Russell replaces Roslyn M. Brock, who decided to step down as chairman after seven years of leadership. “This is […]

House backs unanimous juries in death cases

House backs unanimous juries in death cases

Florida’s death penalty has been in limbo since a January 2016 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, in a case known as Hurst v. Florida. BY DARA KIM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Juries would have to unanimously decide that defendants should be condemned to death, under a fast-tracked proposal aimed at fixing the state’s […]

SpaceX launches supplies to space station

SpaceX launches supplies to space station

BY SAMANTHA MASUNAGA LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS SpaceX launched almost 5,500 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station on Sunday morning after scrubbing its Saturday (Feb. 18)  attempt because of a potential issue with its Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket lifted off at 9:39 a.m. from Kennedy Space Center. It was the Hawthorne, Calif.-based space […]

BRIEFS

BRIEFS

Ballot initiatives will now need 766,000 signatures It will take more signature-gathering – and money – to get proposed constitutional amendments on the 2018 ballot. The state will require backers of ballot initiatives to submit 766,200 valid signatures to put measures before voters next year, up from the 683,149 needed for 2016 initiatives, according to […]

SOUL FOOD – THE LEGACY

SOUL FOOD – THE LEGACY

The imagination and desperation of enslaved Africans forever changed the way the American South cooks and eats. But there’s an unhealthy price to be paid, ironically by their African-American descendants. BY PENNY DICKERSON FLORIDA COURIER The roots of “soul food” run deep within the annals of African-American living. The South reigns as king of soul […]

Plan allowing liquor sales in grocery stories to be tweaked

Plan allowing liquor sales in grocery stories to be tweaked

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A controversial proposal that would allow liquor to be sold in grocery stores was nearly capped in its first House committee as lawmakers expressed concerns about who could handle the bottles. The House Career & Competition Subcommittee voted 8-7 Wednesday to approve the proposal (HB 81), but Rep. […]

Hazing law challenged in death of FAMU band member

Hazing law challenged in death of FAMU band member

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A former member of Florida A&M University’s “Marching 100” band is arguing that a state hazing law is unconstitutional as he challenges his convictions in the high-profile 2011 death of drum major Robert Champion. An attorney for Dante Martin, who was found guilty of manslaughter, felony hazing resulting in death […]

A home for Joseph and Patrick

A home for Joseph and Patrick

ADOPTIONS Editor’s note: This is a monthly series spotlighting Florida children available for adoption. SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER One Church One Child of Florida is reaching out to families and individuals in communities across the state in efforts to help find permanent homes for children. Children featured in this spotlight are waiting for a […]

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