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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a year of protests over police brutality, some Republican-controlled states have ignored or blocked police-reform proposals, moving instead in the other direction by granting greater powers to officers, making it harder to discipline them and expanding their autho…

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The driver who lost control of his pickup and drove through a crowd at this weekend’s Stonewall Pride Festival in Fort Lauderdale apologized Monday to the community and the family of the man he killed.

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DENVER — Ietef Vita had planned to spend most of 2020 on the road, promoting “Biomimicz,” the album the rapper had released on his #plantbasedrecords label in January. Vita, known to his fans as “DJ Cavem Moetavation” and “Chef Ietef,” had those plans unexpectedly cut short.

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A budget is one of the most important financial tools in your arsenal, but budgeting isn’t one size fits all. In order to be successful, your budget should reflect your income and spending, but also your desires and need to live a balanced life.

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Overwork is killing people worldwide, sometimes decades after they finish putting in the long hours, a new study indicates. Specifically, putting in long hours led to 745,000 stroke and ischemic heart disease deaths in 2016, 29% more than in 2000, the World Health Organization said Monday.

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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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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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Betsy “Devoid” (of good sense), also known as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is an aberration, an abomination, an abscess on the complexion of educational policy and equity. She has been so egregious that at least two members of Congress have called for her resignation because of her abjec…

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Fifty-one years ago, this month, the Fair Housing Act (the Act) was enacted to ensure that housing discrimination was illegal. Yet, just days before the annual observance of Fair Housing Month began, headline news articles reminded the nation that housing discrimination still exists. For exa…

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DAYTONA TIMES / 40TH ANNIVERSARY Fourteen years ago in 2005, the Daytona Times reported on the brisk temperatures and a carjacking resulting in the death of a 20-year-old that reduced the numbers for Black College Reunion, as well as demolition projects making way for HOPE VI housing being b…

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Editor’s note: Volusia County is home to dozens of churches with predominantly Black congregations. Only a limited number can claim to have stood the test of time for 100 years or more. Mass Communication students at Bethune-Cookman University visited some of these churches to find out what …

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES One historically Black church in Daytona Beach has had a bizarre week. Two separate incidents haven’t sparked fears but have raised questions and eyebrows. On Tuesday morning, a woman found a sign on the door of Mt. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 700 S. …

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The City of Daytona Beach’s series of April meetings about a proposed half-cent sales tax in Volusia County continues on Thursday, April 11. All of the meetings start at 5:30 p.m. and are held at sites in Daytona Beach. City staff will be available to answer questions. There will also be an …

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PALATKA – The St. Johns River Water Management District and Volusia County have completed construction of a stormwater treatment facility that will improve water quality in the Halifax River and reduce flooding to a 129-acre area. “Working with local government partners to achieve our shared…

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The annual Daytona Beach Mayor’s Fitness Challenge recently wrapped up and a breakfast celebration was held on March 30 at the Midtown Cultural & Educational Center to honor the biggest losers.

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Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) will present its 44th spring concert at 4 p.m. April 7. The annual performance will feature the university’s Concert Chorale under the direction of Professor Terrance Lane and the symphonic band under the direction of Dr. Donovan Wells. The concert is free a…

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Volusia County’s Children and Families Advisory Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the third-floor conference room of the Volusia County Lifeguard Headquarters, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. Members will review and discuss the contingency application, funding criteria a…

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Volusia County Emergency Management, in cooperation with the National Weather Service in Melbourne, will host a basic and advanced SKYWARN Spotter Training class Monday, April 29, at the Emergency Operations Center, 3825 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach. The basic course is from 10 a.m. to noon…

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Volusia County staff will share the findings of a consultant-led Commercial Space Industry Supply Chain study from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Dennis R. McGee Room at Daytona Beach International Airport, 700 Catalina Drive. The study profiles commercial space companies locatin…

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Recently, police arrested a young teen in Charlottesville, Virginia. He’d made a racist threat against minority students, both Black and Latino. Why? It was apparently for no reason other than the color of their skin and the culture of their birth. One has must wonder if he experienced love …

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It is unfathomable that the $7.25 per hour federal minimum wage has not been increased in more than a decade, since 2007. It has remained flat through recession and recovery, through extremely high unemployment rates and much lower ones. Republicans refuse to consider minimum wage increases,…

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Editor’s note: Volusia County is home to dozens of churches with predominantly Black congregations. Only a limited number can claim to have stood the test of time for 100 years or more. Mass Communication students at Bethune-Cookman University visited some of these churches to find out what …

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DAYTONA TIMES / 40TH ANNIVERSARY Fourteen years ago in 2005, the Daytona Times reported on the Daytona Beach Police Department eyeing the location of the former Cypress Street Recreational Center for its new headquarters, and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church planning construction of a new $1…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The City of Daytona Beach kicked off a series of April meetings on Tuesday about the proposed half-cent sales tax. Tuesday’s meeting was held at the John H. Dickerson Community Center and several others also are scheduled at sites in predominantly Black neighb…

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Division Lane draws crime, code violations Click here for video of the Division Lane area. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Of the 169 miles of existing neighborhood streets the City of Daytona Beach hopes to improve if the half-cent sales tax proposal passes, the overgrown Division Street an…

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Halifax Health is inviting Ormond Beach residents to a free, family-friendly Community Block Party featuring music and dancing, games for children, face painting, giveaways, health screenings, healthy snacks and refreshments. The event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at Halifax Health-Primary …

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The City of Daytona Beach is presenting a series of meetings in April about the proposed half-cent infrastructure tax. The proposed half-cent sales tax increase would help improve roads and bridges, build more sidewalks and support water quality projects in Volusia County.  If approved by vo…

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BY DEWAYNE BEVIL ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – NBA Experience, a basketball-driven attraction at Disney Springs, will open to the public on Aug. 12, the company announced during a game between the Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers at Amway Center in downtown Orlando last week. The ne…

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Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony (F.A.I.T.H.) will hold its annual Action Assembly at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8, at Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach. At the assembly, up to 1,800 community members are expected to gather to urge local officials to take acti…

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No blame for UCF loss BY MIKE BIANCHI ORLANDO SENTINEL / TNS ORLANDO – As of Tuesday morning, Central Florida basketball coach Johnny Dawkins still couldn’t bear to watch the tape of the heartbreaking, oh-so-close loss to top-seeded Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but he sti…

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BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE Dr. Julius Garvey probably felt like channeling his father, the late civil rights leader Marcus Garvey, when he responded to Fox News analyst Katie Pavlich’s misguided comment that America should get “credit for being the first country to end slavery in 150 ye…

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Appeals court has denied the group’s USDA complaint. BY DR. SYBIL C. MITCHELL NNPA NEWSWIRE The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists (BFAA) recently hit a snag when the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, denied the group’s complaint against the United States Department of Agr…

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We’re near the end of Women’s History Month. Every woman should be proud of who we are, about the number of women who serve as mayors of key cities, women who ran for and won congressional seats, and the number of women who’re in the presidential race. We always knew Sen. Elizabeth Warren wo…

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William Singer is going to jail. He’s the man who masterminded the college cheating scandal, collecting more than $25 million in bribes between 2011 and 2018 for helping the children of millionaires get into college through what he called “the side door.” More than 50 people got caught up in…

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The way young leaders and business owners are treated in Daytona Beach is disgusting. We are marginalized, neglected and treated as societal outcasts. As a young Black man, I’m already carrying a backpack full of stereotypes and microaggressions on my back on the daily. Nothing makes it wors…

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PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR. / HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM Candles were lit in memory of the victims. A community prayer vigil for the victims of the New Zealand terrorist attack and their families was held on March 20 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Daytona Beach. On March 15, a …

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DAYTONA TIMES / 40TH ANNIVERSARY Fifteen years ago in 2004, the Daytona Times reported on a Spring Break wet t-shirt contest witnessed by Mayor Yvonne Scarlett-Golden and City Commissioner Darlene Yordon that resulted in two arrests for public nudity, and unsuccessful efforts by Bethune-Cook…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Starting next week, the Daytona Beach city officials will meet with local residents to explain the benefits of a proposed half-cent sales tax increase to help improve roads and bridges, build more sidewalks and support water quality projects in Volusia County.   …

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Locals weigh in on university’s future BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University remains in jeopardy of closing its doors. Recent media reports released details from an audit on the school’s finances which depict a bleak future for the historically Black university located i…

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Beginning Monday, April 1, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Volusia County will temporarily suspend client services at one of its two Daytona Beach locations. Until services are restored at the South Keech Street location, clients may receive DOH service…

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Grab your basket and hop on down to Gemini Springs Park for an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6. Children ages 1 to 12 can take part in the festive adventure. They will be separated by age groups, and parents may help children 2 and under. Participants must bring their own baskets […]

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The Volusia County Council will unveil a state historical marker for the Volusia County Historic Courthouse at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, on the Indiana Avenue side of the courthouse. A second, identical marker will be placed at the New York Avenue entrance. Speakers will include Retired …

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Halifax Health to present “Eat A Rainbow, a program presented during Colon Health Awareness Month event. Attendees will learn to cook a rainbow of colorful vegetables and fruits.  Eating a healthy diet can improve your health and reduce your risk of cancer, including colon cancer. It will be…

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Youths between 9 and 15 can enjoy beach activities while learning life-saving techniques during Volusia County’s Junior Lifeguard program. Tryouts for the popular summer camps begin May 4. Professional lifeguards will offer participants a chance to learn about water safety and first-aid tech…

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