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     • The down and out: tales of people trapped in a storm that wrought havoc in Florida - The down-and-out victims of Hurricane Irma come from various walks of life, and many of them are in Florida's prison system. This is their story....
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     • A free life is a miracle for Calvin Thomas after he serves 57 years of a death sentence - It is no small miracle that Thomas is alive. His death warrant was signed in the 1960's. He was moved to "The Ready Room" next to the electric chair as preparations were made for his execution. The courts granted a stay of execution hours before he was scheduled to be put to death. Now, he will enjoy a new life, out of prison. ...
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     • Women prisoners count their blessings on a tearful Thanksgiving at Lowell Prison - Visits on Thanksgiving were all too short at Lowell Prison where children were asking "Why can't I stay with Mommy?" Columnist Jack Strickland visits at Lowell and writes a riveting story about the emotions of the day as families got together all too briefly. He came away with both a feeling of sadness and of joy. ...
     • “Souls to the Polls” march re-enacts history to inspire students at FAMU to vote in the election - FAMU students recreated history on Sunday with a march to the polls to demonstrate the importance of voting and to inspire students to vote in the national election. ...
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    Columnist Jack Strickland

    The down and out: tales of people trapped in a storm that wrought havoc in Florida

    September 15, 2017
    By: Jack Strickland

    This is the tale of victims of the storm whose struggles went almost unnoticed. They are the ones who were ordered to evacuate and found themselves thrown into situations, some of them life-threatening.

    Hurricane Irma roared across Florida with a fury that spewed destruction, fear, and anxiety from one end of the state to the other. The storm made landfall at Key West and slowly moved up the central part of the state to Jacksonville and points beyond.

    Florida’s major thoroughfare was an escape route for many. The Santa Fe River flowing through Alachua County near Gainesville has risen to unprecedented heights. It threatens to force the closure of I-75.

    The storm was so powerful it reportedly blew the water out of Tampa bay and reversed the flow of rivers. As the storm passed it brought heavy rains and tide surges that that caused the bays, rivers, and creeks to overflow their banks and produce massive floods.

    The St. Johns River in Jacksonville overflowed its barriers and caused destructive flooding that was more severe than anything any of the old timers in the Riverside neighborhood could remember.

    These events of Hurricane Irma were well covered by the media. The nation sat riveted to its chairs before television sets as the destructive category 5 hurricane slowly moved across Florida.

    Trapped on the road she found a parking lot.

    Jane lives in Florida City near Miami. Initial tracking information indicated Irma would hit her neighborhood as… (Read More)

    Hurricane is coming, batten down the hatches

    September 10, 2017
    By: Michael Abrams

    Everyone knows it’s coming and and everyone is preparing for the worst, hoping for the best.

    Hurricane Irma is heading for the state’s capital city, after devastating islands in… (Read More)

    Out for repair

    August 17, 2017
    By: Michael E. Abams

    Repairs being made















    Repairs being made

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    I wish I would have hugged my Dad who taught me so many lessons about life

    By Dominique D. Roy
    Florida A&M University

    One of the many misconceptions that we have in life is that we as humans always have time to “do it later.”

    It’s a cliché to admit that we know that there… (Read More)

    Florida Tales...
    Gator gym team changes sadness to a smile for cancer victims at Hope Lodge

    By Jack Strickland

    They brought hope to Hope Lodge. Last week, the number three nationally ranked Florida Gators Gymnastics Team hosted a dinner with cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. The college students were a big hit at the American… (Read More)

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