Archive | April, 2011

Jacksonville Fight Back Florida

Posted on 20 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Photography: Frank M. Powell, III of The Florida Star

Congresswoman Corrine Brown and over 200 workers and students showed up and marched for the Jacksonville Fight Back Florida statewide rallie on March 25, 2011 from Hemming Park to Jacksonville City Hall.

The march is to demand an end to attacks on working people and students.

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Crime and Justice (Print Version)

Posted on 20 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Written by Julia N. Bowles

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Obituaries of the week of April 16th – April 22nd

Posted on 20 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

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We turned 60 on April 15th

Posted on 20 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Management and staff of The Florida Star wish to let you know how much we appreciate you for giving us the privilege to serve you for sixty years. Our dream is to continue to be a voice for the citizens of Jacksonville.

It was during trying times for people of color when Eric Simpson started this newspaper. Much progress was made for our people, who at that time, were called ‘colored’ and was very short on civil rights. But what helped to keep us on track and encouraged us as a race, was the work and efforts of citizens like Mr. Simpson through The Florida Star. They kept us informed.

We are facing tough times again in this country. We wish to follow the guidelines of our founder and stay informed as we keep you informed.

The Florida Star plans to celebrate our 60th birthday on June 17, 2011, the week of Juneteenth when all of Black Americans finally learned that slavery had ended. So, mark your calendar

We hope you will join us on that day as we work together to continue to move forward as a people. Again, thank you!

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Crime and Justice (Print Version)

Posted on 10 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Written by Julia N. Bowles

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Obituaries of the week of April 9th – April 15th

Posted on 10 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

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Big Mayoral Candidates Debate Coming Up

Posted on 10 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

You have the opportunity to make a difference based upon knowledge and information.

Mayoral candidates Alvin Brown and Mike Hogan who came out as the top two candidates of the large numberwho ran for the position of mayor of Jacksonville last month.

Alvin Brown is a Democrat and is currently Executive in Residence at Jacksonville University’s School of Business. He has worked as a senior advisor for President Clinton and Vice President Gore. He has an MBA from Jacksonville University. His goal is to create jobs, grow the economy, improve the schools and have an efficient and effective government for the city.

Mike Hogan, a Republican retired from BellSouth and has served two terms as Tax Collector, two terms as a city councilman and two terms as a state representative.

Hogan received a BA degree from the University of South Florida and wishes to restore fiscal order, rebuild citizens; trust and create economic growth and jobs in Jacksonville.

They will debate on April 15 at the First Coast Tiger Bay Club, 904-396-6454 and on Channel 4 from 8 to 9 p.m. on April 25. Early voting begins May 2 and May 17 is election day.

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Dede Ferrell Lea – A Most Powerful Media Executive

Posted on 10 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

When Dede Ferrell Lea was about nine years of age in Houston, Texas, her teacher said to her, “Dede, you are so smart and so pretty, you should try to become an airline stewardess.” Dede did not reply because she was looking at the people around her such as her oldest sister, Rene, who was at Howard University and Clara McLaughlin who had already graduated from Howard and had written a book. They were both in the field of communications.

So, when Dede graduated with honors, she of course, enrolled in Howard’s School of Communications. But that was not enough for Dede. Even though she realized that her main interest was the media, she enrolled and graduated from Georgetown University School of Law. After graduating from Georgetown University, she became an account executive for two Washington, D. C. radio stations, one owned by ABC and the other owned by United Broadcasting. She also worked as a Sales Assistant for a Metromedia Broadcasting TV station in D.C. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Ferrell became Senior Vice President for Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and directed legislative strategies for the broadcast industry on a variety of issues.

In 1997, Dede Ferrell Lea was named Vice President of Government Affairs, Viacom Inc., the third largest entertainment and publishing companies in the world.

Mrs. Lea’s is responsible for the development and advocacy of public policy positions on legislative and regulatory matters, including those before Congress, the Administration and the Federal Communications Commission.

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AKA’s Honored in State Capitol – Tallahassee, Florida

Posted on 07 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online


Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, joined Florida State Representative Mia Jones in Tallahassee.

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Crime and Justice (Print Version)

Posted on 07 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Written by Julia N. Bowles

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Obituaries of the week of April 2nd – April 8th

Posted on 07 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

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Changes Planned for Medicaid

Posted on 07 April 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Two Republican-sponsored bills backed by Gov. Rick Scott (House Bill 7107 and House Bill 7109) that shift Florida’s responsibility of providing health care for the poor and disabled to for-profit managed care companies are in the midst of being debated.

Rep. Mia Jones of Jacksonville said, “Don’t be fooled. This doesn’t mean the state is going to save money. The state is shifting costs and will pay a larger amount once (Medicaid recipients) end up having to receive more expensive care in the emergency rooms.”

Rep. Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach said, “This is a massive shift to for-profit, capitated care that will reduce the scope amount and duration of care… We have a governor who transferred Solantic to his wife, the first lady of the state, and apparently, the media has found a connection to this bill…There are tremendous conflicts of interest in this bill… This is a giveaway of 20 billion dollars a year to for-profit; private managed care companies outside the sunshine.”

Taxpayers lose accountability when for-profit private insurance companies take over.

There are several talking points regarding these bills that should be pointed out to the public since they are not in the best interest of Florida taxpayers.

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