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Appeals court rejects ‘opt-out’ testing arguments

Appeals court rejects ‘opt-out’ testing arguments

BY BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – In a sharply worded opinion, an appeals court Tuesday overturned a Leon County judge’s 2016 decision that seemed to support the “opt-out” movement that encourages parents to defy standardized testing requirements. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that Circuit […]

Adoptions

Adoptions

A home for Sabrina 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 monthly spotlight are waiting for a permanent home and/or mentor. Sabrina was born with a […]

FIVE YEARS LATER

FIVE YEARS LATER

COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS SANFORD – In 2012, Francis Oliver took to the streets of Sanford with more than 8,000 other people at a rally demanding the arrest of the man who killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black 17-year-old. Martin was gunned down on a rainy night by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch […]

POMPANO BEACH

POMPANO BEACH

Closing out Black History Month The Eta Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the City of Pompano Beach presented their Fourth Annual Black History Festival last week. Participants enjoyed food and music, got health screenings college information, and viewed Black history exhibits. (COURTESY OF ETA NU CHAPTER)

Bethune statue proposed for US Capitol

Bethune statue proposed for US Capitol

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, would replace a Confederate general as one of Florida’s representatives in a set of statues at the U.S. Capitol, under a proposal filed Wednesday by state Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale. Thurston’s proposal (SCR 1360) came after […]

‘Stand Your Ground’ law helps free two Miami teens

‘Stand Your Ground’ law helps free two Miami teens

BY DAVID OVALLE MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI — Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law has helped free two teens of allegations that they took part in a gun battle that wounded eight people at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Miami. Prosecutors on Feb. 23 declined to file charges against Gerrel “Woo” Brownlee, 18, and […]

SeaWorld Orlando to offer $5,000 scholarships to Florida Students

SeaWorld Orlando to offer $5,000 scholarships to Florida Students

SeaWorld Orlando’s Environmental Scholarship Program is accepting applications from Florida high school seniors who share the organization’s passion for protecting and preserving the natural world. If selected, students will receive a one-time award of $5,000 to use at any college or university they plan to attend. As a part of their application, students must have […]

Teens win computers for their ‘Big Idea’

Teens win computers for their ‘Big Idea’

Computer Mentors Group of Tampa held its annual Teen Business Challenge Feb. 18 and 19 at the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College. The challenge is an annual event where teens challenge themselves over a weekend of creation, competition and community. Teens submit applications for entry and are then nominated by their mentors, guided […]

‘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)