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OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT 101

OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT 101

BY NOAM N. LEVEY TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – House Republicans have finally unveiled legislation to repeal and – just as important – replace the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is complex. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that what the GOP is proposing in its place has a few knotty details. Here’s a short guide […]

TALLAHASSEE GOES BACK TO WORK

TALLAHASSEE GOES BACK TO WORK

To serve and protect During Florida’s annual State of the State speech on March 7 in Tallahassee, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and Orlando Police Officer Michael Napolitano were recognized for their actions following the Pulse nightclub murders last year in Orlando. (JACOB LANGSTON/ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS)

Serena withdraws from Miami Open tennis tourney

Serena withdraws from Miami Open tennis tourney

COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS The Miami Open’s star-packed field will be missing one marquee name. World No. 1 Serena Williams announced late Tuesday afternoon that she is withdrawing from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., and the Miami Open on Key Biscayne, citing a left knee injury. Bad knees “Sadly, I […]

Only African-American in Trump’s Cabinet confirmed

Only African-American in Trump’s Cabinet confirmed

Dr. Ben Carson will confront a national shortage in low-income housing as HUD secretary. BY JOHN FRITZE BALTIMORE SUN/TNS WASHINGTON – Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson was confirmed by the Senate on March 2 to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a position that President Donald Trump has described as […]

Carson sparks outrage after referring to slaves as immigrants

Carson sparks outrage after referring to slaves as immigrants

FROM STAFF REPORTS Dr. Ben Carson is facing backlash, especially on Twitter, after his introductory remarks to HUD staffers on Monday referring to slaves that were brought to the U.S. on slave ships as immigrants. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. […]

Black female pilots make history on Delta flight

Black female pilots make history on Delta flight

BY YESHA CALLAHAN THEROOT.COM Delta Air Line pilots First Officer Dawn Cook and Capt. Stephanie Johnson ended Black History Month and brought in Women’s History Month on the right foot — or should we say, the right flight — when they made history for Delta. The women became the first African-American women to make up […]

Harvard confronts its ties to slavery

Harvard confronts its ties to slavery

BY ANGELA HELM THEROOT.COM Harvard University is the latest university to try to make amends with its slavery-tainted past. On March 3, the storied university held a conference to explore the relationship between colleges and slavery, where university President Drew Faust said the school must confront its past to move forward. “Harvard was directly complicit […]

FIVE YEARS LATER

FIVE YEARS LATER

COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS SANFORD – In 2012, Francis Oliver took to the streets of Sanford with more than 8,000 other people at a rally demanding the arrest of the man who killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black 17-year-old. Martin was gunned down on a rainy night by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch […]

Bethune statue proposed for US Capitol

Bethune statue proposed for US Capitol

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, would replace a Confederate general as one of Florida’s representatives in a set of statues at the U.S. Capitol, under a proposal filed Wednesday by state Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale. Thurston’s proposal (SCR 1360) came after […]

Praise –  but no cash

Praise – but no cash

Trump meets with HBCU leaders BY WILLIAM DOUGLAS AND ANITA KUMAR TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to increase support and oversight of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) within his administration – but stopped short of providing the federal money the schools badly need. Nor […]