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HISTORIC: ALEXIS IS FIRST BLACK HOMECOMING QUEEN AT FREDERICA

Posted on 29 October 2013 by Admin Arthia

PHOTOS: Angela Favors-Morrell

Alexis Renee Mitchell is a senior at Frederica Academy on St. Simons Island.

On October 4, 2013, Alexis was crowned Saint Simons Island Frederica Academy’s 2013 1st African American Homecoming Queen. Alexis is Continue Reading

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ZIMMERMAN CAUGHT WITH A GUN

Posted on 05 August 2013 by Admin Arthia

The spotlight seems to continue finding George Zimmerman, the man  acquitted in the death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. This time, Zimmerman was pulled over near Dallas, Texas for Continue Reading

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B. Todd Jones Confirmed As First African-American ATF Director

Posted on 05 August 2013 by Admin Arthia

By a vote of 53 to 42, the United States Senate confirmed B. Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Continue Reading

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GOLDEN CORRAL SHOOTING UPDATE

Posted on 04 August 2013 by Admin Arthia

The Duval County Grand Jury indicted Jallil DeQuan Graves (right) and Avery Wood (left) for the July 14 double murder at Golden Corral on Normandy Boulevard. Continue Reading

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Florida Cops Arrest Gang of Girl Thieves

Posted on 14 June 2013 by Admin Arthia

Five females, including a 16 year-old were arrested on retail theft charges after a St. Johns County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop on I-95 early last week.

The officer was acting on a tip from an investigation after receiving a report of a shoplifting in progress earlier that day at Continue Reading

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57 ARRESTED: Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Resigns

Posted on 18 March 2013 by Admin Arthia

 

Fmr Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Caroll Resigns

As of Thursday, Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll’s official page www.flgov.com/meet-the-lt-governor was displaying ‘Page Not Found’ error. The page was most likely removed after she tendered her resignation on Wednesday – the same day 57 people connected to the Allied Veterans of the World, were arrested on charges related to racketeering and money laundering. It is further alleged Continue Reading

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Brunswick NAACP Installs New Officers

Posted on 18 March 2013 by Admin Arthia

Brunswick NAACP’s President Dr. John Perry and Vice President Ron Stokely

The  NAACP officially began a new era in it’s Brunswick  branch, as elected officers were publicly sworn into office last week.  The installation ceremony was held on Sunday, March 10th at the Zion Baptist Church where the guest speaker was Rev. Antony Walk.

The installation charge  was give to Officers and Executive Board by the former President C A Lee. The charge was followed up by the

passing the torch of leadership to Dr. John Davis Perry II the newly installed president of the local branch.

Following his comunity greeting, Perry wasted no time declaring:  Continue Reading

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President Swears In For Second Term Using Bible That Belonged To First Lady’s Grandparents

Posted on 20 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson family Bible, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, stand with the President. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Today, in two separate, private ceremonies, President Obama and Vice President Biden were officially sworn into office, marking the start of the second term. (The Constitution mandates that the President takes the oath on January 20. Since that date falls on a Sunday this year, the public inauguration ceremony and festivities will take place tomorrow, January 21) Continue Reading

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Jax Congresswoman Corrine Brown To Be Portrayed In Left To Die on LMN Debuting This Weekend

Posted on 18 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

LEFT:The real Tammi Chase-Wright with actress Michael Hyatt who plays Congresswoman Brown in Left To Die film. RIGHT: Congresswoman Corrine Brown

By Florida Star Staff

(Jacksonville, Florida) Congresswoman Corrine Brown is coming to the small screen. Jacksonville’s leading lady in politics will be portrayed by Michael Hyatt, an actress known for appearances on HBO series and her performance in Broadway’s Ragtime will play Corrine Brown in Left to Die.

The movie is set to debut on Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) this weekend.

Academy Award® and Screen Actors Guild® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning actress Barbara Hershey (“Once Upon a Time”, “Black Swan”) stars in the Lifetime Original Movie “Left to Die” as Sandra Chase, an American mother of two wrongly sent to an

Ecuadorian prison for Continue Reading

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Martin Luther King Charged With Murder – Alledged FL Criminal Shares Name With Civil Rights Icon

Posted on 18 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

Martin Luther King - Man named for civil rights leader arrested

Martin Luther King – Man named for civil rights leader arrested

By Florida Star Staff


(Jacksonville, Florida) His parents apparently had high hopes for their son by choosing to name him after one of the greatest historical figures of the Civil Rights Movement.
However, the week commemorating the birthday of the late Dr Martin Luther King, birthday, 33 year old Martin Luther King (who is understood not to be related to the family of the civil rights icon) has been charged with murder. Using an assault-rifle attack on January 9 he killed one person and wounded two others.
King was charged with Continue Reading

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Violence Against Women Act Expires Nationwide

Posted on 11 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

The News Service of Florida reported that advocates for battered women and sexual assault survivors are totally shocked that Congress adjourned without taking up a bill that would have reauthorized the Violence Women Act.

The report says that the criminal justice system was helping those abused victims by providing services. It stated that since Florida has such a large population of immigrant women, there is a higher risk for violence in relationships.

The act has been reauthorized twice and, Continue Reading

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SNEAK PEAK TO OUR 2012 GOOD, BAD & SAD LIST!

Posted on 31 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

The Florida and Georgia Star was there, bringing you local, national and international news for 2012. Thank you for choosing us! Stay with us in 2013 as we continue to be your choice news source!

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SNEAK PEAK: Georgia Star’s Best of 2012

Posted on 28 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Highlights of our Georgia Star 2012 year in review

Who made this year’s list of what was most talked about in Georgia for 2012? Our team highlights some of our more memorable stories.
When our paper hits newstands, you’ll see who broke a traditon at a church that stood for well over 100 years. You’ll also see who went from mom to momprenuer. You’ll recall which official got caught in scandal and what senior citizens did to fight back.
From Oprah to open house at the first female owned tertiary level institution, the NAACP to the RYCA’s, you’ll learn who gave south Georgia something to talk about this weekend in The Star!

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COPPA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN: Police/Pastor Spreading Cheer In Hospitals And Jail In Glynn and Chatham Counties For Nearly 20 Years

Posted on 25 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

By ARTHIA NIXON, Florida/Georgia Star  

He’s making a list and checkin’ it twice,

His heart is real big and his blue suit is real nice,

Coppa Claus is comin’ to town!

Sure, those are not the original lyrics to the timeless holiday classic but after meeting Rev. Todd A. Rhodes, I am convinced that children of Savannah and Brunswick will be singing the aforementioned words. Why? Continue Reading

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Jags Donate 1,000 Holiday Meals To Greater Jacksonville Families

Posted on 20 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Jacksonville Jaguars spread holiday cheer (Photo Jaguars)

In the spirit of the season of giving, the Jacksonville Jaguars, PEPSI, Winn-Dixie and Second Harvest North Florida are partnering to provide food over the next week for 1,000 families in time for the Christmas holiday. Continue Reading

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VIDEO: President Obama at Prayer Vigil for Connecticut Shooting Victims: “Newtown, You Are Not Alone”

Posted on 17 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Newtown High School

Newtown, Connecticut

8:37 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Governor.  To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests — Scripture tells us:  “…do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away…inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”

We gather here in memory of twenty beautiful children and six remarkable adults.  They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school; in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America. Continue Reading

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President Obama Wipes Tears During Media Address Stating: “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years”

Posted on 14 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

By ARTHIA NIXON

Florida/Georgia Star

After flags were ordered to be flown at half staff to honor the victims of the Stony Hook school shooting in Connecticut, an emotional President Barack Obama briefed the media at 3:16p.m, visibly pausing with a trembling lip, keeping his eyes off the media as he wiped away at least two escaping tears.

He was addressing the morning’s tragic events in Newtown, CT where 24 year-old Ryan Lanza slaughtered the school principal plus 20 children between age 5 and 10, most of them kindergarten students in his mother’s class. His father was found dead in New Jersey and his mother also killed, both in their homes.

“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years,” said President Obama who stated that when he heard the news, he not only acted as president but also as a parent.

He fought back tears by consistently blinking and took frequent breaths between speaking.

“They had their entire lives ahead of them,” he struggled to say. “Birthdays, graduations, weddings… kids of their own.” Continue Reading

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STUDENT VETERANS BENEFIT FROM $3,500 DONATION

Posted on 11 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Mayor Alvin Brown, City of Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Nov. 27, 2012 — Mayor Alvin Brown presented a group of 10 military veterans, each now enrolled at Jacksonville University, with a check for

$3,500 to finance a trip to the annual Student Veterans of America national conference in Orlando in January.

“I’m proud to support these brave men and women as they transition to civilian life and embark on a new mission to better themselves through academics,” said Mayor Brown. “More than a donation, this is about our city’s future. Continue Reading

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SUNSHINE SHOWDOWN: Florida Runs Over FSU With Big Fourth Quarter, 37-26

Posted on 04 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

 By MIKE BONTS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida’s running game went into high gear Saturday as the Gators ended a two game losing skid to FSU with a 37-26 win before 83,429 in Tallahassee.
With 140 yards on 24 carries and two TDs senior Mike Gillislee became the first Florida player to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season since Ciatrick Fason in 2004. Florida rushed for 244 yards on 47 carries and scored three touchdowns on the ground – FSU had been giving up 70.6 yards per game.
“We had a lot of confidence coming in here being able to run the football.  We’ve run it well versus everybody.  We’ve run it well versus better defenses,” said Florida coach Will Muschamp.

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Brunswick Joins North Florida For Club Rush Street’s First Anniversary In Jacksonville With Soul Train Best New Artist Elle Varner

Posted on 03 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

DJ Dr. Doom, R&B princess Elle and Kevin Bodie keep the crowd hyped. (Photo by Luke Engram)

Fresh from her stellar performance of her hit Refill at the 2012 Soul Train Awards, Best New Artist winner Elle Varner joined DJ Dr. Doom in Jacksonville, Florida to celebrate the one year anniversary of Club Rush Street. Georgians crossed the border and took time out to raise their glasses to toast the milestone. Continue Reading

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FAMU Freshman From Jacksonville Continues to Excel After Inventing Surgical Technique at Age 14

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Admin Arthia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tony D. Hansberry is not your average college freshman. Perceived at as a child prodigy after developing an innovative suture method that decreases hospital stay and increases efficiency during operations for hysterectomies, the then 14-year-old said he just wanted to bring a prize back home from the science fair.

“People think I’m a genius,” Hansberry said. “It’s not that at all, I just like medicine.” Continue Reading

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REMEMBERING: Ancestors From The Middle Passage (Part 1 of 4)

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Admin Arthia

Map of The Slave Trade. The crossing between Africa and the Americas and Caribbean was referred to as The Middle Passage, where hundreds found themselves not even making it to the New World, perishing in watery graves.

By MARSHA DEAN PHELTS, Florida/Georgia Star

The Inaugural Memorial Ceremony in recognition of the more than 2 million blacks who died at sea after being sold into slavery headed for the Americas was held on the International Day of Remembrance, August 23, 2012 at the Fells Point Pier in Baltimore, Maryland.

Here ceremonies at dawn and dusk were held in remembrance of those who perished at sea over three and a half centuries from the 1500-1870 period. The realization for a Memorial Ceremony of our African ancestors was a driving force that compelled Ann L. Chinn more than half of her life. Through research Chinn followed the path of 86 named and documented slave ships that made countless crossings that trafficked blacks through what has infamously become known as the Middle Passage. Continue Reading

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e-EDITION – Full online edition free!

Posted on 24 March 2012 by The Florida Star Online

To view our entire paper and view the latest updates, please click here to launch our e-EDITION!

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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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What’s with Cop Killing raid during prime time?

Posted on 25 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

The most important question that has not been asked about the Friday Cleveland Arms JSO killing is why in the world would a judge issue a warrant to authorize a raid on a low income crowded 200 unit apartment complex at 5 p.m. in the afternoon? Everyone knows that this is the time of day when kids are home from school, residents, who work are home or arriving home; a recipe for maximum collateral damage. What was the urgency? Why put so many innocent lives at risk?

Apparently, the white policemen who arrived, at the complex, dressed in black with masks on did not care about the potential endangerment of the innocent lives of the residents. Again, what was the need to raid a crowded low income black apartment complex, at 5:20 p.m., on a hot afternoon when most of the residents would be outside and exposed to gunfire?

If the warrant was for drugs being sold out of the apartment then why wasn’t the two other occupants, including the lease holder arrested? And where are they now? We would like to hear their account of what happened when the police broke into the apartment says the citizens of Jacksonville.

If the drug raid was set up by the police informant, then why was only a small amount of marijuana and cocaine found in a supposedly drug house? The apartment was under surveillance by the informant.

If Mr. Harris, the victim, knew that it was the police at the door, why would he arm himself to protect a small amount of cocaine and marijuana?

The police said Mr. Harris had a warrant from Ohio, but Mr. Harris’ sister said that her brother was reporting regularly to his probation officer here in Jacksonville.

Why is the outrage only coming from the apartment residents? Where was the NAACP, SCLC, the Urban League, the Human Rights Commission, Mad Dads and the religious community? And for that matter, where was the mayor, Councilman Reggie Brown, the councilman at large and State Representative? Not only was a man killed but hundreds of men, women and children’s lives were unnecessarily put at great risk. As of Saturday, March 20th none of the above had visited the Cleveland Arms to speak with the residents who were traumatized by the police commando attack that killed Mr. Harris. The only group that showed concern was the New Black Panthers. They say the act was puzzling.

Jacksonville’s police involved shootings are troubling. The shooting and killing of a man in the Cleveland Arms Apartment by the police is the third police shooting this year. Last year there were eight, four of which ended in a death. In 2009 there were 15 with nine fatal, preceded by 28 with 14 fatal in 2008 and 19 with nine fatal in 2007.

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