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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 […]

Democrats bash Obama yet want Black vote

Democrats bash Obama yet want Black vote

Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist Here are a few election-time questions to think over: Why in the world do Democrats think they can bash President Obama and his policies and still win Black votes? Why should Black voters be motivated to turn out after months of watching Democrats bash the president? What exactly is the […]

Biketoberfest 2014: They ate, they rode and they partied

Biketoberfest 2014: They ate, they rode and they partied

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Markedly lower in attendance from Bike Week held in the spring, Biketoberfest still brought thousands of bikers to the Daytona Beach area last weekend. Though official numbers were not available, bikers who spoke with the Daytona Times said there were not as many bikers, vendors or food options at […]

B-CU cornerback earns MEAC’s top defensive player title

B-CU cornerback earns MEAC’s top defensive player title

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Bethune-Cookman cornerback Thomas Finnie was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (MEAC), announced Monday afternoon from the league[s office in Norfolk, Va. Finnie, a senior cornerback from Miami, had a pair of interceptions in No. 14-ranked Bethune-Cookman’s 48-20 road win over Savannah State. He also tallied a tackle […]

Ray Rice still has some folks rooting for him

Ray Rice still has some folks rooting for him

BY DOUG DONOVAN BALTIMORE SUN (MCT) Ray Rice might forever be a pariah to many for knocking out his fiancee in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino in February. Thousands of Ravens fans lined up at M&T Bank Stadium last month to trade in their once-cherished No. 27 jerseys. But to two 9-year-old boys, […]

Bethune-Cookman raises $2.5 million at gala

Bethune-Cookman raises $2.5 million at gala

BY KEISHA PICKETT SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Bethune-Cookman University raised nearly $2.5 million at Tuesday night’s Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards Gala, which included a surprise donation of $1 million raised by B-CU’s student body. Nearly 500 guests were present at the gala, held at the Daytona International Speedway 500 Club. The $1 million came […]