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On Saturday, Jessie Corbitt was honored with a drive-by parade in front of his Daytona Beach home in celebration of his 102nd birthday. The drive-by party included members of the Sunchasers Motorcycle Club and the Daytona Beach Police Department.

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WASHINGTON — Ruptured pipes. Broken sidewalks. Campus blackouts. Rep. Alma Adams, a former professor at a historically Black college, has seen it all.

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Last week, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Young dismissed a lawsuit brought by one of two men alleging that the late music legend Michael Jackson sexually abused them. The man, Wade Robson, was featured in the contested and controversial documentary, “Leaving Neverland.”

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On May 15, the Daytona Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host a community shredding event. It will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Mainland High School at 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd.

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On April 30, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including commuter buses.

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Local leaders react to governor’s suspension of COVID restrictions.

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TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended all local-government coronavirus emergency orders on Monday as he signed a bill that makes permanent his ban on COVID-19 vaccine “passports” and limits the authority of cities and counties in future health-care crises.

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FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools graduated 41 high school juniors on Wednesday, April 21, from its 32nd annual Tomorrow’s Leaders Program, which develops young leaders for our community. The students, representing all 10 Volusia public high schools, participated in five half-day…

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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis celebrated a string of victories on April 30 as his fellow Republican lawmakers delivered on nearly all of his agenda. Now, he could be required to rack up some wins in court to keep them.

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TALLAHASSEE – Joseph Hatchett, whose ground breaking career included becoming the first Black justice on the Florida Supreme Court, died Friday, April 30, at age 88, the Supreme Court announced on May 1.

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Halifax Health Hospice seeks caring, supportive and dedicated volunteers to provide assistance with patient meal preparation, front desk reception, patient visits, and building maintenance at all of its four Care Center locations, which include Orange City, Edgewater, Port Orange and Ormond Beach.

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First Step Shelter is having its first walkathon from May 22 to May 31. Participants can walk any time from May 22 to May 31 and can walk anywhere: a park, a favorite walking trail, or just walk a mile in their neighborhood.

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On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eased mask guidelines for those vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine.

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have announced actions to strengthen health equity and address racial disparities in maternal health through increased investment in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. 

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TALLAHASSEE – With a key lawmaker saying he recognizes that vaccine hesitancy is “real and understandable,” the Florida House on Wednesday approved a measure that would limit local emergency orders and make permanent Gov.

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Kingdom Community Outreach Ministry held its first community event on April 24 at Daisy Stocking Park in Daytona Beach. Vendors shared criminal justice, education, health, employment and voter registration information. Attendees included Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young and other loca…

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So far, roughly 213 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States, with more than a quarter of the nation fully vaccinated. The virus is still spreading, with cases rising in many parts of the country.

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Storytellers: Faith Ringgold + Aminah Robinson is a two-artist exhibition featuring a mini survey of mixed media artworks by African American female artists Faith Ringgold and Aminah Robinson.

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Black Floridians statewide were shocked when Broward County Public School Superintendent Robert Runcie, leader of America’s sixth largest school district, was arrested on April 22 on a single felony criminal charge that smacks of revenge and politics.

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There were no local protests immediately after the Chauvin verdict, but law enforcement officers say they were ready. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES While millions across the globe waited for the Derek Chauvin verdict to be announced Tuesday, local law enforcement authorities prepared for t…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law that makes it illegal for protesters to riot, loot, burn or destroy buildings and property during or following a protest. DeSantis called it, “The strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement bills in the coun…

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The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be available on Friday, April 30, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Islamic Center of Daytona Beach, 347 S. Keech Street. All individuals 18 years and older are invited to receive the first dosage of the vaccine.

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FORT LAUDERDALE – Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested April 22 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and charged with a single count of perjury in an official proceeding, a third-degree felony in Florida punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and …

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After operating for over three months and providing more than 74,000 vaccines, COVID-19 activities at the Volusia County Fairgrounds are beginning to wind down. The last day for first dose vaccines at the site will be Friday, April 30, and second dose vaccines will be provided as scheduled t…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A chaotic 911 call. A convulsive 11 seconds of violence ending in the death of an Ohio teen. A historic verdict being broadcast in the police cruiser.

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Turtle nesting season officially starts May 1, which means hundreds of sea turtles will be emerging from the surf to lay eggs on the beach in the next few months.

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BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE Five years after his sudden death, the icon Prince’s estate is releasing new music that is sure to excite his still loyal fanbase. The new “Welcome 2 America” CD marks the first time Prince’s estate is releasing never-before heard music from the megastar’s fam…

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BY RON HURTIBISE SUN SENTINEL/TNS Florida on Monday enacted a new law requiring out-of-state online merchants to collect and remit sales tax, which supporters say will bring in an additional $1 billion a year that previously went uncollected. Here’s what it means to consumers. What changes? …

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES On April 20, the Volusia County Council confirmed Helene Wetherington, disaster recovery director for Monroe County, as Volusia’s next emergency management director. Wetherington replaces Jim Judge, who retired in January. Her start date is May 17. Wetherington b…

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BY AMY FORLITI, STEPHEN GROVES and TAMMY WEBBER ASSOCIATED PRESS MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protest…

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BY AMY FORLITI, STEPHEN GROVES AND TAMMY WEBBER ASSOCIATED PRESS MINNEAPOLIS — The jurors who sat quietly off-camera through three weeks of draining testimony in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial in George Floyd’s death moved into the spotlight Tuesday, still out of sight but now in control of ve…

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BY JACK HARRIS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bob Kendrick beamed with pride as he looked at the broken painting. In black and gray strokes of charcoal and pastel, four men are depicted. They sit around a dinner table. Their hands are clasped together. Their heads are bowed as they…

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BY BRENDAN FARRINGTON ASSOCIATED PRESS TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s top Republicans cited events in cities around the country — but not the Jan. 6 riots in Washington — as Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday to create tougher penalties for people who participate in violent protests. The so-cal…

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Votran has two public meetings scheduled to inform residents of upcoming service changes that may impact some users. Meetings are planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Pierson Community Center, 124 W. Washington Ave.; and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 t…

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BY JEFF AMY ASSOCIATED PRESS A historically Black college that barely skirted death during 20 years without accreditation is near regaining that seal of approval. Atlanta’s Morris Brown College said the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools has voted to make the Methodi…

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The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the Hope Place cafeteria, 1340 Wright St., Daytona Beach. Members will review and take action on previous meeting minutes and explore the topic of community land trusts. The public is invited to attend, partic…

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Members of the Friends of Deltona Library are joining the nationwide Crayon Initiative to put creativity into the hands of kids who are facing the stress of hospitalization. The initiative collects all manner of crayons, melts them down and fashions them into crayons for little hands. Donate…

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Amid a long-running legal battle, the Florida House appears poised to pass a bill that would allow high-school speakers to offer remarks, including prayers, over public-address systems before athletic championship games. The House on Tuesday took up the bill (HB 1027)…

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BY CHRIS VIVLAMORE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION/TNS AUGUSTA, Ga. — Lee Elder had a clear path to the first tee at Augusta National. Arriving again, 46 years after he became the first Black player to compete at the Masters, the 86-year-old Elder took part in the ceremonial tee shot to start t…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University has announced the departure of Vanessa Blair-Lewis, head women’s basketball coach. She is leaving to accept the head women’s basketball coach position at George Mason University. Blair-Lewis, hired in 2008, posted an overall 196-168 rec…

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BY AMR NABIL AND NINIEK KARMINI ASSOCIATED PRESS MECCA, Saudi Arabia — Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month’s signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques…

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