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Movement trying to help ex-felons get jobs

Movement trying to help ex-felons get jobs

‘Ban the Box’ event explores removing certain questions from applications BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES A seminar held Monday at Bethune-Cookman University centered on a nationwide initiative to remove an employment barrier for ex-felons. The “Ban the Box’’ campaign asks employers to remove questions regarding conviction histories from their employment applications and to adopt […]

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Free screenings available locally for the uninsured and underinsured ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease – the second-leading cause of death in women. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan […]

Analysis of killings by police shows major risk for young Black males

Analysis of killings by police shows major risk for young Black males

BY RYAN GABRIELSON, RYANN GROCHOWSKI JONES AND ERIC SAGARA PROPUBLICA Young Black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their White counterparts – 21 times greater, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings. The 1,217 deadly police shootings from […]

Daytona block party with focus on education draws hundreds

Daytona block party with focus on education draws hundreds

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES The Westside Elementary School Parent Teacher Association sponsored its annual “Neighborhood Watch for Education” block party on Oct. 15 in the Cedar Highlands neighborhood of Daytona Beach just south of Westside Elementary. More than 300 parents and students flocked to the block party. “Westside Elementary has held this event […]

Harpist to play at church, concert

Harpist to play at church, concert

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Angelica Hairston will be a special guest harpist at the morning service of United Presbyterian Church on Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. The church is at 730 Beville Road. Hairston began playing the violin at age 4 and the harp at age 12. She is currently a student at […]

Plenty of jazz, food, camaraderie

Plenty of jazz, food, camaraderie

The “Thin Man’’ Watts 2014 Jazz Festival was held Oct. 18 at the Watts Amphitheater in DeLand on Oct. 18. The festival is named after Nobel “Thin Man’’ Watts, the renowned jazz musician from DeLand who died in 2004. The festival began in 2004 at the South DeLand amphitheater, which was renamed in 2004 in […]

Ada Harvey: Retired from teaching but not from learning

Ada Harvey: Retired from teaching but not from learning

Retired science teacher Ada Harvey continues to cultivate her interest in the advanced scientific fields of biotechnology and molecular Biology. Prior to retiring in 2010 from the Flagler County School District and Flagler Palm Coast High School, Harvey taught biology, biotechnology and genetics. Between 1993 and 2005, she applied for and received numerous summer science […]

The rise and fall of voter ID laws

The rise and fall of voter ID laws

“The Court holds that SB 14 creates an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, has an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans, and was imposed with an unconstitutional discriminatory purpose. The Court further holds that SB 14 constitutes an unconstitutional poll tax.” — U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in striking down the […]

US trails more than 100 countries in voter turnout

US trails more than 100 countries in voter turnout

Lost in the frenzy to erect barriers to voting, including reducing the hours available for early voting and imposing strict voter ID requirements, is the embarrassing fact that the United States lags behind more than 100 countries in the percentage of registered voters who show up on Election Day. The U.S. ranks 120th with a […]

Voting for the party or the person?

Voting for the party or the person?

We say we have “voting power,” but we have settled merely for the “power to vote.” We fight for the “right to vote” but we fail to “vote right.” Voting is a means to gain political power, not an end that simply allows one to participate in the act. As true as those statements are […]

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