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Mental health scrutinized

Mental health scrutinized

Lawmakers may increase coordination, funding BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – As Florida lawmakers study the impact of mental illness on the state’s troubled criminal justice and child-protection systems, the House and Senate are proposing major overhauls of services and funding for treatment programs. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed […]

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

Funkin’ in Miami Gardens Trumpeter Tom Browne was one of a stellar group of performers appearing at the 10th annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival March 21-22. Click here stories and pictures. (KIM GIBSON / FLORIDA COURER)

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 […]

WHY AMERICA’S RACE PROBLEM WON’T GO AWAY


WHY AMERICA’S RACE PROBLEM WON’T GO AWAY


Scholars and activists say that racism is woven into the cultural fabric of America, and that the Obama administration has done little to help change that fact. BY CHARLENE MUHAMMAD NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT THE FINAL CALL SELMA, ALA. – In remarks commemorating the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to […]

Coming up short – again

Coming up short – again

‘State of Black America’ issued this week FROM THE TRICE EDNEY NEWSWIRE Amidst continued struggles to maintain voting rights, protests to end shootings of unarmed Black males by police and a constant press to lower the jobless rate for African-Americans, a new report this week announces that Black America is still not receiving nearly half […]

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 […]

RAMPANT CORRUPTION

RAMPANT CORRUPTION

Citing murders and organized crime inside the Florida Department of Corrections, former prison inspectors tell lawmakers DOC is too crooked to police itself. COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – In a blistering condemnation of Florida’s prison system, several current and former prison inspectors told state lawmakers Tuesday that their bosses repeatedly told them to ignore […]

Florida loves ‘Obamacare’

Florida loves ‘Obamacare’

Majority will get financial subsidies BY NOAM N. LEVEY TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU / TNS WASHINGTON – More than 85 percent of Americans who signed up for health coverage this year through the Affordable Care Act qualified for government subsidies, according to a new report that underscores the scope of the aid at a time when […]

SELMA TO MONTGOMERY, 50 YEARS LATER

SELMA TO MONTGOMERY, 50 YEARS LATER

‘There are more bridges to be crossed’ Former President George W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama, and President Obama shared the stage at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., on March 7. (BRIAN VAN DER BRUG/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS)