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Report shows widespread problems in Miami-Dade child welfare system

Report shows widespread problems in Miami-Dade child welfare system

BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE – A report by a team of child-welfare professionals has identified major problems throughout a system of care that is struggling to protect children in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The team of experts, which Department of Children and Families Interim Secretary Mike Carroll recruited […]

Captain Citrus to the rescue of struggling industry

Captain Citrus to the rescue of struggling industry

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Florida’s homegrown superhero, Captain Citrus, has undergone a $1 million head-to-toe makeover with the help of comic-book giant Marvel Entertainment. The muscled-up Captain Citrus, powered by the sun and intended to help boost Florida citrus sales while fighting evil, was unveiled Tuesday by the Department of Citrus at a […]

Thrasher faces foes as he makes pitch for FSU presidency

Thrasher faces foes as he makes pitch for FSU presidency

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Hundreds of students, faculty and staff came out Monday directing pointed questions to Sen. John Thrasher, an influential political figure who is the lone non-academic finalist for the job of Florida State University president. Thrasher is seeking to succeed former President Eric Barron, an academic […]

National Football League threw Ray Rice under the bus

National Football League threw Ray Rice under the bus

By now most people have heard how Ray Rice has been thrown under the bus by the National Football League (NFL) and his former team, the Baltimore Ravens. First, some background for the non-football fans. Rice was drafted by the Ravens in the second round (55th overall) of the 2008 NFL draft.  He signed a […]

America’s criminal justice problem

America’s criminal justice problem

Do you know what little respect Black and Hispanic citizens of New York City have for following the rules that make living in the city bearable – for not “loitering,” or riding their bicycles on the sidewalk, or spitting on the street, or walking through parks after dark, or –  my particular favorite—not having a […]

Racism is not a card game

Racism is not a card game

Whenever someone accuses an African-American of playing the “race card,” I cringe. Racism in America is not a card game. There is no such thing as “playing the race card” when it comes to making an accurate or rational evaluation of the socioeconomic and political plight of 45 million Black Americans. If it were a […]

A world beyond our own

A world beyond our own

President Obama says he is going to take ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) out. I wonder how many of us have been to that part of the world.  I haven’t and I wonder if our visions would help us understand what is going on there. If I had a gazillion dollars – or […]

Southern states create a new face of AIDS

Southern states create a new face of AIDS

BY TERESA WILTZ STATELINE.ORG / MCT New Yorker Deadra Malloy was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, but she remained healthy for so long she wasn’t completely convinced she was positive. When she finally started getting sick in 2006, she decided to embrace her “ancestral roots” and accepted a job down South, where her mother was […]

Early treatment may decrease autism signs

Early treatment may decrease autism signs

BY GEOFFREY MOHAN LOS ANGELES TIMES / MCT How early can autism be detected in babies, and how soon can they be treated? A baby’s first birthday visit to the pediatrician usually includes a screening for the social deficits common with autism spectrum disorder. But doctors and scientists tend to agree that they can’t make […]

Too much money for Midtown?

Too much money for Midtown?

Daytona commissioner’s statement infuriates former redevelopment board chair, others BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES “I’m not sure about anybody else, but I’m getting a lot of grief that we’re spending $30, $40 million dollars in Zones 5 and 6, and we’re spending like a few million in Zone 4.” Those were the words spoken […]