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Baltimore officer acquitted of all charges in Freddie Gray case

BALTIMORE — A judge on Monday found the highest-ranking officer charged in Freddie Gray’s arrest and death not guilty on all counts, dealing a devastating blow to prosecutors, who have now tried four of the six officers initially indicted without winning a conviction. Judge Barry G. Williams acquitted Lt. Brian Rice, 42, of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office after a week-long bench ...

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Honest Boston Cab Driver Turns In $187,000 Left In Backseat

BOSTON (CBS) – A Boston cab driver is being praised for his upstandingcharacter after police say he did the right thing and turned in a huge sum of money left in his backseat. Police say the Boston Hackney Driver picked up his passenger near Mass. Ave and Tremont Street Friday afternoon. After dropping him off, the driver realized the rider left his backpack behind. While looking for an ID, the driver disco ...

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MIAMI – Ever wonder how the Great Depression impacted South Florida? Or the significance of the Tequesta Indians to the area? A new class being offered at Miami Dade College will allow history lovers to learn more about the Magic City. The Miami and South Florida History (AMH 2079) class will be offered at the Miami Dade College (MDC) Wolfson Campus on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from May 10 through June ...

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIAMIDADE.GOV MIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Commission overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the Living Wage Ordinance on April 5 that increases wages to offset rising health care costs. The amendment, which passed on a 12-1 vote, will likely enable thousands of Miami-Dade contracted employees to have access to affordable healthcare for the first time in 15 years. The push for the amendme ...

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Jackie Robinson was the first African-American baseball player who played in major baseball leagues in the modern era. PHOTO COURTESY OF SABR.ORG PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia is officially apologizing to Jackie Robinson for the shameful way he was treated in the City of Brotherly Love. The City Council passed a resolution Thursday naming April 15 as a day to honor Robinson’s achievements and to apologize for ...

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Miami Gardens appoints Cynthia Machanic as assistant police chief

A view of the Miami Gardens municipal complex which includes the police department headquarters. The city has named Cynthia Machanic as the new assistant police chief. Read more here: Miami Gardens is adding a veteran South Florida officer to its police department’s command staff to back up Police Chi ...

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State of Black Miami forum to promote joint action on a common agenda

MIAMI-DADE – Miami-Dade County’s diverse black population shares a common heritage but seldom unites in pursuit of shared interests.  To address the need for joint action, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime – along with County Commissioners Barbara Jordan, Audrey Edmonson and Dennis Moss, and Miami City Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon – are co-hosting a free daylong forum to bring togeth ...

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The black people ‘erased from history

More than a million people in Mexico are descended from African slaves and identify as "black", "dark" or "Afro-Mexican" even if they don't look black. But beyond the southern state of Oaxaca they are little-known and the community's leaders are now warning of possible radical steps to achieve official recognition. "The police made me sing the national anthem three times, because they wouldn't believe I was ...

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