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Rain didn’t douse the wildfire threat

Rain didn’t douse the wildfire threat

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Rain over the last weekend helped slow the growth of wildfires in some parts of Florida, but other blazes continued to grow, especially in the southern part of the state. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and the Florida Forest Service said Monday the state had 127 active wildfires. Forest Service Director […]

‘Christmas in May’ for many college students

‘Christmas in May’ for many college students

The extension of Pell grants will cover summer classes for the first time since 2011. BY LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Despite broader political turmoil in Washington and Tallahassee, federal and state lawmakers have agreed to dramatically increase financial aid to the neediest college and university students. On May 4, the […]

A home for Tommie

A home for Tommie

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 monthly spotlight are waiting for a permanent home and/or mentor. Daily, over 700 children are in need of a family to call their own; […]

Mixed messages from Trump about HBCUs

Mixed messages from Trump about HBCUs

Statement about funding Black colleges worries educators, legislators BY JANE KENNEDY TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Repeatedly during his first 100 days, President Donald J. Trump signaled to the leaders and supporters of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that the federal support on which HBCUs depend would remain a priority under his administration. One sign […]

Senator to present free Choice Challenge for teens

Senator to present free Choice Challenge for teens

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER It takes a village to raise a child and for the past five years, Senate Democratic Minority Leader Oscar Braynon II has created an event for the youth to teach the good, the bad, and the ugly of certain choices made in life. On May 20, the fifth annual “Choice Challenge” will […]

Corrine Brown found guilty of fraud

Corrine Brown found guilty of fraud

BY BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Former Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown was found guilty Thursday (May 11) on 18 counts in a federal corruption trial, the latest chapter in a stunning fall for a longtime Jacksonville political institution. Brown, who was defeated for re-election last year after 24 years in the […]

HAIL B-CU’S NEWEST WILDCAT

HAIL B-CU’S NEWEST WILDCAT

Bethune-Cookman University’s Class of 2017 commencement ceremony will be long remembered. BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF DAYTONA BEACH – If Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) President Edison Jackson was attempting to build bridges between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the Trump administration by selecting Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to be the Class of […]

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

Presenting Earth, Wind & Fire Florida Courier photojournalist Kim Gibson attended the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival held from April 27 and May 6, and had his camera with him as “the elements of the universe,” Earth, Wind & Fire took the stage there. Lead vocalist Philip Bailey celebrated his 66th birthday on May […]

Scott urged to veto the education bill

Scott urged to veto the education bill

TALLAHASSEE – After lawmakers ignored their calls to vote down a sprawling education bill, opponents of the wide-ranging measure have turned to Gov. Rick Scott as their last hope to stop the proposal from becoming law. It is not clear when the bill (HB 7069), which covers everything from charter schools and teacher bonuses to […]

Trump administration seeking Haitians’ criminal history

Trump administration seeking Haitians’ criminal history

Inquiries being made as government considers future of TPS program BY JACQUELINE CHARLES MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – Haitian immigrant advocates say they can’t believe that the Trump administration has launched a “witch hunt” for Haitians with criminal records as it decides whether or not to keep allowing thousands of them to remain in the United […]