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A FLORIDA COURIER EXCLUSIVE

A FLORIDA COURIER EXCLUSIVE

BICYCLING WHILE BLACK The overwhelming majority of traffic tickets from the Tampa Police Department for ‘illegal bicycling’ are issued to African-Americans. Editor’s note: The editors of the Tampa Bay Times are sharing this exclusive report with the Florida Courier. Below is a condensed version of a special report that was published in the printed version […]

B-CU student drowns in Daytona Beach

B-CU student drowns in Daytona Beach

School investigating hazing rumors BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS FLORIDA COURIER “He was my best friend.” Those were the first words Bethune-Cookman University student Devonte “Squirrel” Lampkin said to the Florida Courier on Wednesday, just days after the drowning death of 22-year-old Damian “Dame” Parks, who was a fellow student at the Daytona Beach-based historically Black […]

Tampa officers, residents unite for anti-violence march

Tampa officers, residents unite for anti-violence march

Hundreds protest spike in crime at city’s Sulphur Springs neighborhood BY SAMUEL JOHNSON SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER The Tampa Police Department is combining forces with residents and community organizations to combat a recent spike in violent crime. On April 18, roughly 200 plus residents, community leaders and Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor marched in […]

Governor and state workers end fight over drug tests

Governor and state workers end fight over drug tests

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Ending a four-year legal battle that cost taxpayers at least $675,000, Gov. Rick Scott and lawyers representing a state workers’ union have agreed on the types of Florida government employees who can be forced to undergo suspicionless drug tests. Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties […]

Florida Virtual School opens enrollments for 2015-2016

Florida Virtual School opens enrollments for 2015-2016

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Florida Virtual School Full Time (FLVS FT), a statewide virtual public school, is opening enrollment for grades kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2015-16 school year. Information sessions – both in person and online – are being held for parents and students across the state to learn more about the […]

Defense: Video ‘completely exonerates’ 15-year-old Canadian in Miami murder case

Defense: Video ‘completely exonerates’ 15-year-old Canadian in Miami murder case

BY DAVID OVALLE MIAMI HERALD/TNS Video surveillance “completely exonerates” a Canadian teen charged in connection with a violent marijuana robbery that led to the fatal shooting of his older brother, defense attorneys claimed Monday. The defense theory was outlined in a court filing for 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu, whose attorneys formally entered a plea of not […]

Judge backs AHCA on immigrant emergency care

Judge backs AHCA on immigrant emergency care

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA An administrative law judge Monday ruled in favor of the state Agency for Health Care Administration in a long-running dispute with hospitals about emergency care for undocumented immigrants.  The case focused on Medicaid payments that hospitals receive when undocumented immigrants go to emergency rooms. Judge John D.C. Newton, in a […]

A Florida Courier exclusive:  BICYCLING WHILE BLACK

A Florida Courier exclusive: BICYCLING WHILE BLACK

The overwhelming majority of traffic tickets from the Tampa Police Department for ‘illegal bicycling’ are issued to African-Americans. Editor’s note: The editors of the Tampa Bay Times (TBT) are sharing this exclusive report with the Florida Courier. Below is a condensed version of a special report that will be published in the printed version of […]

‘WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?’

‘WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?’

Bethune-Cookman University’s sixth president believes he’s moving the school in the right direction, despite questions from alumni and others. BY JENISE GRIFFIN MORGAN FLORIDA COURIER DAYTONA BEACH – A controversial $72 million residence hall project, the creation of a community development corporation without its board of trustees’ knowledge, and recent on- and off-campus shootings with […]

Fewer gassed, less force

Fewer gassed, less force

But will fewer inmates die? BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones plans to bar the use of chemical agents on prisoners with histories of respiratory ailments and is changing procedures to reduce the use of force on severely mentally ill inmates. The changes to […]