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Local task force to address legal issues of homeless

Local task force to address legal issues of homeless

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES A new task force has been created to provide legal and law enforcement input regarding the operations of the First Step Shelter, a proposed emergency homeless shelter in Daytona Beach. The Volusia Criminal Justice Task Force on Homelessness, which is made up of members of law enforcement, the legal justice […]

Scientists fear hurricane forecasts will suffer under Trump administration

Scientists fear hurricane forecasts will suffer under Trump administration

BY JENNY STALETOVICH MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – A growing chorus of scientists is raising the alarm over reports of Trump administration budgets cuts that would affect climate change research and hurricane forecasting. On Monday, 32 Florida scientists sent a letter to the president voicing worry over reports that the Department of Commerce, which overseas the […]

A bigger and better Bike Week?

A bigger and better Bike Week?

Organizers of event in Black community hoping to bring in more vendors and boost economy BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Bike Week 2017 rolls into town this weekend and area merchants and organizers are hoping this one will bring more vendors, bikers and money into the Black community. The annual biker event starts March 10 […]

A lesson in Florida’s Black heritage

A lesson in Florida’s Black heritage

B-CU students and local senior citizens spend a day exploring African-American history on the east coast. FROM STAFF REPORTS To celebrate the close of Black History Month, Daytona Beach’s Leisure Services Department in collaboration with Bethune-Cookman University’s College of Liberal Arts spent a day touring some of Florida’s Black history sites on the east coast. […]

Diversity pioneer Dr. Valarie King dies at 70

Diversity pioneer Dr. Valarie King dies at 70

WINTER SPRINGS – Former Daytona Beach resident Dr. Valarie Greene King, a pioneer in educational and workplace diversity that has become standard operating procedure in top-performing schools and businesses, died Feb. 26 after a decade-long battle against breast cancer. She was 70. Born in Hawthorne, Fla., to James R. Greene and Mildred Barlow Green, her […]

Baldwin film sparks local dialogue

Baldwin film sparks local dialogue

The Cinematique Theater in Daytona Beach is showing the Academy Award-nominated film “I Am Not Your Negro,’’ about the renowned author James Baldwin, through March 16. On March 5, there were two screenings of the documentary. The screenings were followed by a community discussion led by professors from Bethune-Cookman University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Students […]

Chance the Rapper gives $1 million to Chicago school system

Chance the Rapper gives $1 million to Chicago school system

BY MONIQUE GARCIA AND JUAN PEREZ JR. CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Hours after Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner offered two options to provide $215 million to help the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools, Chance the Rapper put up $1 million to support arts programming in the district. The rapper called his donation a “call to action” […]

HBCU leaders get face time with Trump

HBCU leaders get face time with Trump

B-CU’s Jackson was among the presidents who met Monday with Trump, who pledged support to the Black institutions. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Dr. Edison Jackson, Bethune-Cookman University’s president, was among the leaders of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) who met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday. Shortly after the […]

A Black History Month lesson from a local

A Black History Month lesson from a local

James Daniels shares his story about growing up in the Jim Crow South during a New Smyrna presentation. FROM STAFF REPORTS Volusia County resident James Daniels was the honored guest of the New Smyrna Beach Rotary on the last day of Black History Month. Daniels published his memoir last year titled “Metamorphis: From Cotton Picker to […]

Big issues to watch during legislative session

Big issues to watch during legislative session

BY JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSE – Florida lawmakers are poised to return to Tallahassee for the March 7 start of the 2017 legislative session. They will grapple with hundreds of bills during the 60-day session, while also trying to reach agreement on a state budget that will top $80 billion. Here […]