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    Scene of Fire (Photo by Brianna Harmon)

    Small explosion causes chaos at Florida A&M University

    February 04, 2016
    By: Brianna Harmon and Lyric Porter

    Flying sparks and a small explosion in the Presidential Dining Room caused about 30 faculty, staff and students flee from the area Thursday about 1:30 p.m. at Florida A&M University.

    Patrons left purses, phones and other personal belongings after staff member Derek Mckinney who was washing dishes emerged from the kitchen and shouted “Run!”

    Police cars and an ambulance rushed to the scene as a crowd gathered to see what had caused the chaos in the dining room which is open to the entire FAMU community.

    Mckinney said that while he was washing dishes he heard a crackling noise coming from the dishwasher and saw sparks.

    Jessie Small, a FAMU police officer, said the fire was put out quickly and the problem was handled well. He also said there was little to no damage but a couple of glasses were broken and “thankfully no injuries.”

    Outside of the dining room students could see broken glass, spilled water and items belonging to people who were fleeing the scene. Some people never got more than a few bites to eat.  There was only one single door from which patrons could exit the restaurant.

    A person who works at the dining room made an observation that “this place is way too small for that many people.”

    Many students were capturing the incident on video.

    A student who tried to run got her arm caught in the single door. As everyone was trying to push through, she squeezed out.

    The… (Read More)


    In a surprise appearance, Shaq has a ball inspiring neighborhood kids to dream big

    January 27, 2016
    By: Jack Strickland

    Shaquille O’Neal stole the show in Gainesville, Florida last weekend. He rolled into town to support the Gainesville Police Department and to inspire and support kids in a disadvantaged neighborhood.… (Read More)

    ‘Cash register justice’ for the poor means no justice for many in Florida courts

    November 16, 2015
    By: Jack Strickland

    By Jack Strickland

    Cash register justice is flourishing in Florida. These days, In criminal courts in the Sunshine State, you can get the amount of justice you can afford to… (Read More)


    Opinion...
    Gay marriage decision is intriguing as we look at the opinions of Supreme Court justices

    Part One of Three Parts Following

    It’s been a short time since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in which it held that the Constitution protects the right of marriage for same sex couples. I read… (Read More)


    Florida Tales...
    Swept up into court, the homeless lady gets a bit of justice, a taste of mercy in daily docket

    By Jack Strickland

    Subject: A Day In Court

    Everyone should spend a day at a courthouse sitting in a courtroom. Watching justice dispensed is both educational and thought provoking. It’s not unlike the process of making sausage or drafting laws… (Read More)


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