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Muslims mark end of Ramadan

Muslims mark end of Ramadan

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Muslims across Volusia County celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, marking the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan. About 1,500 people came out to the celebration held in Daytona Beach. “This is one of our two most important holidays of the year,” Imam Belal […]

Backpacks for kids, music for adults at Aug. 16 Community Unity Festival

Backpacks for kids, music for adults at Aug. 16 Community Unity Festival

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A full day of live music, food and fun is in store for the entire family at the “Community Unity Festival” on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Daisy Stocking Park, 550 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. The festival will give residents a family-friendly venue and […]

Miami jury convicts last two defendants in Medicare scam

Miami jury convicts last two defendants in Medicare scam

BY JAY WEAVER THE MIAMI HERALD (MCT) MIAMI — The nation’s biggest mental health scam against Medicare — totaling $200 million in false billings — ended with a quick bang Monday when the last two defendants in a long-running probe were found guilty in Miami federal court. The health care fraud convictions of Roger Bergman, […]

Brian France trying to keep NASCAR popular

Brian France trying to keep NASCAR popular

BY JIM PELTZ LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT) NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski remembers slamming into a rival’s car in Phoenix a few years ago, only to be summoned after the race by officials who scolded him for being too aggressive on the track. Then NASCAR Chairman Brian France, the third generation of his family to run […]

Allen Chapel hosting Family and Friends weekend Aug. 9-10

Allen Chapel hosting Family and Friends weekend Aug. 9-10

FROM STAFF REPORTS Allen Chapel AME Church, 580 George W. Engram Blvd. will celebrate its Family and Friends Day weekend Aug. 9-10. The theme is “God made you my family. Love made you my friend. It’s time to fill the house!” The weekend kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday with a church picnic on […]

The lynching of Eric Garner

The lynching of Eric Garner

WALTER FIELDS NNPA COLUMNIST It was one of the most difficult scenes in Spike Lee’s classic movie “Do the Right Thing,” the brutal strangulation of peace-loving Radio Raheem by New York City police in a Brooklyn pizza shop. That scene touched a raw nerve as it recalled the 1983 death of 25-year-old graffiti artist Michael […]

The politics of federal judges

The politics of federal judges

The two conflicting appeals court rulings last week on the legality of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one supporting it and the other rejecting the health law – underscore the nexus between politics and the judiciary. All of the judges voting to uphold the ACA were appointed by Democrats. All of […]

Black press: The voice of Black America – Last of 5 parts

Black press: The voice of Black America – Last of 5 parts

Our voice for the cause of freedom, justice, equality, and empowerment is the consistent voice of struggle and self-determination representing the interests of 45 million Black Americans and others who yearn for a better quality of life. The Black Press of America, primarily through local and regional newspapers printed weekly across the nation, continues the […]

The high cost of injustice

The high cost of injustice

What if we didn’t incarcerate people who commit non-violent crimes? Or, if we sentenced them, what if their sentences were reasonable, instead of intolerable? What if a man who steals a $159 jacket while high gets drug treatment and a sentence of, say, two years, instead of a sentence of life imprisonment without parole? How […]

Once ‘Wonder Boy’ of NASCAR wins Brickyard 400

Once ‘Wonder Boy’ of NASCAR wins Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon makes ‘restart’ of his life in Indianapolis BY JIM PELTZ LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT) INDIANAPOLIS — There was a period a few years ago when many wondered whether Jeff Gordon’s best days were behind him. The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion earned only one victory from 2008 through 2010 before he rediscovered his […]