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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 […]

Seeking a pardon

Seeking a pardon

Sisters request help after prison release BY NY MAGEE EURWEB.COM Jamie and Gladys Scott – the “Scott Sisters” – were incarcerated in Mississippi for 16 years for an armed robbery that, according to court testimony, yielded $11. They have consistently denied involvement in the crime, and although neither sister had a prior criminal record, they […]

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 […]

PLAYING THE RACE CARD

PLAYING THE RACE CARD

A Black disgruntled ex-employee of a TV station exacts revenge by killing two White journalists on live TV, then blames racism, homophobia, and bullying for the murders before killing himself. COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS MONETA, VA.  – On Wednesday morning, as southwestern Virginia television viewers watched on live TV, a WDBJ-TV reporter and […]

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 […]

Gay couples argue for inclusion on birth certificates

Gay couples argue for inclusion on birth certificates

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Saying Florida can’t choose among the “constellation of benefits” available to same-sex couples, attorneys this week filed a document asking a federal judge to require the state to allow married gay couples to put both parents’ names on children’s birth certificates. The document, filed Monday by Attorney William Sheppard and […]

Here come the judges

Here come the judges

Panel to decide voting districts BY GEORGE E. CURRY NNPA NEWS WIRE WASHINGTON – After the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature failed to redraw Rep. Corrine Brown’s congressional district and seven others that had been gerrymandered to favor Republicans, a three-judge federal panel was named Tuesday to do the job for them. Brown, a member of the […]

FIREARMS AND FORGIVENESS

FIREARMS AND FORGIVENESS

Two pastors and a gun expert opine on self-defense and forgiveness from biblical and practical perspectives. BY KARSCEAL TURNER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Is self-defense biblical? Are Christians required to forgive, as in the case of the Charleston massacre families forgiving the young White supremacist who killed their relatives? Dr. Charles A. Harper, III, […]

Lawmaker seeks apology for ‘Groveland Four’

Lawmaker seeks apology for ‘Groveland Four’

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A Senate Democrat filed a proposal Tuesday calling for the state to apologize and posthumously exonerate four Black men − known as the “Groveland Four” − accused of raping a White woman in 1949 in Lake County. Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, filed a proposed resolution (SCR 136) for consideration […]

FAMU drama continues

FAMU drama continues

Black pols call for chairman’s resignation BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE − As relations between Florida A&M University’s president and board chairman reached a new low this week, lawmakers who are FAMU alumni called Wednesday for Chairman Rufus Montgomery to resign his post − but he quickly refused. Senate Minority Leader […]