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Zimmerman blames media, Obama, system

Zimmerman blames media, Obama, system

BY RENE STUTZMAN ORLANDO SENTINEL / TNS ORLANDO – In his first public comments since the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would not prosecute him for violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights, George Zimmerman says President Obama victimized him. The president should never have allowed the DOJ investigation and is guilty of ramping up racial […]

Senate panel approves school gun bill

Senate panel approves school gun bill

Measure would allow designated workers or volunteers to carry weapons BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A Florida Senate panel on Monday approved what backers call a “school safety” bill that would allow school superintendents to tap employees or volunteers to carry concealed weapons on school property. The measure (SB 180) […]

There’s still hope for survival of St. Pete’s only African-American museum

There’s still hope for survival of St. Pete’s only African-American museum

BY SAMUEL JOHNSON SPECIAL TO THE COURIER The fate of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum is looking less gloomy as of late. St. Petersburg is poised to buy the Woodson museum property and then lease it back the museum, as is the case with many of the city’s other museums. This move […]

Reduction in real-estate lease tax approved

Reduction in real-estate lease tax approved

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A Senate committee Monday approved a plan that would reduce from 6 percent to 5 percent a tax on commercial real-estate leases. The Finance and Tax Committee supported the bill (SB 140), which Chairwoman Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, said would help small businesses. Hukill, who is sponsoring the bill, also […]

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

Miami Gardens marks 10 years of ‘Jazz’ Jazz in the Gardens has become one of Black Florida’s largest events and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Florida Courier photojournalist Kim Gibson was there in 2011 when Ron “Mr. Biggs” Isley of the Isley Brothers took the stage. Tickets are still available at www.jazzinthegardens.com or via […]

State Senate committee OKs online voter registration

State Senate committee OKs online voter registration

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee approved legislation Tuesday that would allow Florida voters to register online – but only after the looming 2016 presidential election. The bill (SB 228) would allow Floridians with driver’s licenses or state-issued identification cards to submit applications online, using signatures on […]

Meet Major General Michael Calhoun

Meet Major General Michael Calhoun

On March 6, Adjutant General Brigadier General Michael A. Calhoun was officially promoted to the rank of major general. He will assume the role of Adjutant General of Florida on March 29. “I am proud today to officially promote Brigadier General Michael Calhoun to the rank of major general. General Calhoun has selflessly served our […]

Governor touts private-sector job growth

Governor touts private-sector job growth

Unemployment rate holds steady at 5.7 percent BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – With the state’s unemployment rate holding steady as Gov. Rick Scott’s second term got underway, he focused Tuesday on private-sector job growth since he first took office. The jobless rate stood at 5.7 percent in January, equaling a […]

No changes to state pensions this year

No changes to state pensions this year

BY BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE  OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The House has abandoned plans to overhaul the state pension plan for public employees, at least for this year, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said Monday. In a statement issued by his office, the Merritt Island Republican said he would not push the issue after getting […]

Crist says he won’t run in ’16

Crist says he won’t run in ’16

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA After losing a bid to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott in November, Democrat Charlie Crist ended speculation Monday that he would run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. “As members of the Florida Democratic Party, we stand for something – fairness, growing the middle class, and policies that strengthen future […]