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YouthBuild helps to change the lives of young adults

YouthBuild helps to change the lives of young adults

Students in Tampa program get skills, support and jobs SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Anna Edwards has come a long way. The 25-year-old, who grew up in West Tampa, got pregnant at 16 years old. She dropped out of high school because of it, following the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, also teen mothers. […]

Disney Dreamers Academy Class accepting applications

Disney Dreamers Academy Class accepting applications

High school students nationwide can now apply to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence, the mentoring program that takes place in March at Disney World. Each year, students participate in hands-on, immersive career workshops, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills, […]

KILLED BY THE HEAT

KILLED BY THE HEAT

Hot car, quick death At the Florida Highway Patrol headquarters in Doral, a City of Miami Fire Rescue member removes a test dummy used for a rescue demonstration on saving the life of an infant or pet in a hot car. Click here for the story. (SEBASTIAN BALLESTAS/MIAMI HERALD/TNS)  

Ayala’s lawyers grilled

Ayala’s lawyers grilled

State court hears pros, cons BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Florida Supreme Court justices appeared highly skeptical of a Central Florida state attorney’s assertion that prosecutors have absolute discretion in death-penalty cases during arguments Wednesday in a legal dispute between the prosecutor and Gov. Rick Scott. Almost immediately after arguments […]

B-CU alumni join lawsuit, target Jackson

B-CU alumni join lawsuit, target Jackson

BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF MIAMI – The Florida Courier has learned that the Bethune-Cookman University National Alumni Association (NAA) voted overwhelmingly to join a lawsuit filed against the university for refusing to seat the NAA’s designated representative to B-CU’s Board of Trustees. The action took place last week during a plenary session of the […]

Deadly combination: Kids and hot cars

Deadly combination: Kids and hot cars

On average, 37 children die from heat stroke after being left inside sweltering vehicles each year in the U.S. Twelve have died this year alone. BY ADAM H. BEASLEY MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – It wasn’t even 11 a.m., and the heat index was over 90 degrees on a recent Thursday. But for the baby left […]

Tourism officials weigh Trump’s impact on international travel to state

Tourism officials weigh Trump’s impact on international travel to state

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Attracting more than 120 million visitors before the end of the calendar year remains a goal of the state’s tourism-marketing arm, now that Visit Florida’s funding won’t be slashed. But Visit Florida board members, whose agency continues to undergo belt-tightening as a result of new […]

ROUND ONE TO B-CU

ROUND ONE TO B-CU

Former Internal Revenue Service Special Agent Robert Delancy’s lawsuit against Bethune-Cookman University was dismissed, but it’s just the beginning of the continuing legal battle between the school’s leadership and alumni. BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF DAYTONA BEACH – A Volusia County (Daytona Beach) state circuit court judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) and […]

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

30,000 girls invade Orlando With an estimated 2,400 teams registered, approximately 80,000 spectators, 9,000 coaches, and 500 college coaches, the annual AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships has been the Guinness Book of World Records “world’s largest volleyball event” for the past four years. Thirty-three national champions will be crowned over the 12-day event played […]

Settled in secret

Settled in secret

Michael Brown lawsuit funds approved BY ROBERT PATRICK ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / TNS FERGUSON, Mo. – A federal judge on Tuesday approved a secret civil settlement of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Michael Brown over his 2014 fatal shooting. The settlement amount is not mentioned in U.S. District Judge E. Richard […]