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Legislators want to help STEM teachers pay off loans

Legislators want to help STEM teachers pay off loans

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Two Democratic lawmakers have filed proposals that would help pay off student loans for Florida college graduates who teach science, technology, engineering and math – so-called STEM – courses in public schools. Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, filed a proposal (SB 290) on Monday, following a similar proposal (HB 15) […]

South Florida’s heat key to rise of pythons and their kin

South Florida’s heat key to rise of pythons and their kin

BY JENNY STALETOVICH MIAMI HERALD/TNS If Floridians ever want to rid the state of Burmese pythons, tegus and other slithery invaders, they should hope for cold. A new University of Florida study has confirmed what scientists have long suspected: Temperature, more than habitat, determines where reptiles invade. Using the kind of risk assessment strategy normally […]

Plenty of  Black history at revamped Tampa library

Plenty of Black history at revamped Tampa library

Robert Saunders Foundation, Jack and Jill hosting a gala to raise funds for more exhibits and quality children’s programs BY KRISTAN MCCANTS SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Nearly a month after opening its doors to the Tampa community, the new Robert W. Saunders Library will host a formal banquet and gala on Sept. 26 to […]

New rocket factory plans 330 jobs in Florida

New rocket factory plans 330 jobs in Florida

Amazon.com founder bringing $200 million company to Space Coast BY SCOTT POWERS ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION — Amazon.com billionaire Jeff Bezos announced Tuesday that his Blue Origin space company will assemble rockets in Florida and launch them from a long-dormant launch complex here. The effort will bring 330 new jobs to a […]

Crime lab crisis

Crime lab crisis

‘Thousands’ of state rape kits untested BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Attorney General Pam Bondi put added pressure Wednesday on lawmakers to increase funding for crime labs as she detailed a massive backlog of untested rape kits across the state. “Those need to be tested because, hidden in those estimated […]

LOCKED, LOADED,  READY TO PROTECT

LOCKED, LOADED, READY TO PROTECT

Black Florida gun enthusiasts tell the Florida Courier why they believe it’s necessary to stay ‘strapped.’ BY KARSCEAL TURNER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER The ongoing epidemic of shootings in various venues once deemed relatively safe – among them, the massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, in Charleston, S.C.; the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shootings; shootings […]

Court clears way for lawsuits against banks

Court clears way for lawsuits against banks

BY JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A federal appeals court Tuesday said the city of Miami could pursue lawsuits alleging that three major banks violated the Fair Housing Act by targeting non-Whites for predatory loans. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned lower-court decisions that dismissed […]

Edward Waters researchers working to crack genetic transmission code

Edward Waters researchers working to crack genetic transmission code

Two Edward Waters College (EWC) professors are working to decipher a protein code that could be used to manipulate and possibly end several widespread diseases. Biology professors Dr. Prabir K. Mandal and Dr. Anita Mandal collaborated with Dr. Mishra Sudish from Michigan State University to conduct the pilot study.  Their research could lay the groundwork […]

Former teacher says she was fired for having Black mate

Former teacher says she was fired for having Black mate

FROM WIRE REPORTS A former Orange County schoolteacher is suing the school system, stating that she was discriminated against because her mate is Black. According to WESH TV station, Audrey Dudek, a former math teacher at Edgewater High School, says she was fired in 2013 after school officials learned that her then-boyfriend Stacey Cobb is […]

2015-16 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON

2015-16 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON

It’s about that time! Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M University both play their first football games of the season on Sept. 5 against the University of Miami and the University of South Florida, respectively. The annual Florida Classic showdown between BCU’s Marching Wildcats and FAMU’s Marching ‘100,’ goes down in Orlando on Nov. 21. (KIM […]