Broward County

Dr. Brenda Snipes getting sworn in
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The 2016 Democratic primary election in Broward County may have passed without any technical glitches, but one candidate maintains a federal law was broken after the fact.

Democratic candidate Tim Canova ran against Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her congressional seat, which covers portions of Broward and Miami-Dade counties on Aug. 30, 2016. 

Music has long been used as a vehicle to drive social awareness forward. Artists like Bob Marley and Gil Scott-Heron tackled political issues head-on in their lyrics and used their voices to speak for the forgotten, marginalized people. Such artists are found in all corners of the world.

In Haiti, Joseph Emmanuel “Manno” Charlemagne followed this tradition fervently, writing songs about Haitian politics and the circumstances of his countrymen. Charlemagne died Sunday, Dec. 10, in a Miami Beach hospital where he was being treated for cancer.      

Nan Rich at a podium
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In 2016 alone, The Broward County Housing Council counted more than 2,300 homeless people living inside county lines. 

So, the civic and business group Tower Forum, in Fort Lauderdale, hosted a panel for local business people to get a glimpse into what’s being done at the county level to solve homelessness, especially in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. 

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The Urban League of Broward County has partnered with national investment bank Morgan Stanley to create a better way for minority-owned businesses in the county to get the resources they need to grow. 

The two organizations announced the creation of what’s called a 'capital access fund,' a pool of money that minority-owned businesses can use as small business loans. 

 

man is sworn in to mayor office.
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Beam Furr is the new mayor of Broward County.  

He was greeted with a standing ovation in the commission chambers in downtown Fort Lauderdale Tuesday morning.

He previously served as vice mayor under former Mayor Barbara Sharief. He also was a Hollywood city commissioner for 12 years. Before entering public service, he was a schoolteacher for 26 years. 

Furr also introduced the first ordinance to ban fracking in Broward County. 

Tobacco Companies Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million in Man’s Death

Nov 22, 2017
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An appeals court Wednesday ordered cigarette makers Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to pay a full $1.5 million in damages in the death of a longtime smoker.

A Broward County jury in 2015 awarded $1 million in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages to the estate of Salvatore Marchese. But a circuit judge lowered the amount the companies would have been required to pay in compensatory damages to $450,000 because of “comparative fault” — the concept that Marchese was partly responsible for his death.

Job Fair Brings Thousands Of Hopeful Applicants To Sunrise

Nov 16, 2017
sports arena
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Nearly 3,000 people walked through the BB&T Center in Sunrise on Thursday looking for new jobs. 

 

Job News USA , a recruiting and marketing agency, hosted a local job fair that brought 60 employers together under one roof.  General Manager Tiffany Price said hiring companies ranged from the Florida Panthers to the city of Sunrise.

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

After a lengthy debate, the city of Hollywood is moving forward with renaming Forrest, Lee and Hood streets, which honor Confederate war heroes.

At Wednesday’s regular commission meeting, Mayor Josh Levy said he was ready to finalize this issue, which has been going on for several years.

"We stand certainly for much better than what those men stood for," Levy said. "We don't have to honor something that's so offensive to all of us."

two women wearing airport workers rise t shirts
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Broward County commissioners took the first step Tuesday toward raising the county’s living wage after the union representing airport workers testified at Tuesday’s commission meeting. 

There’s a pay gap between how Broward and Miami-Dade counties handle pay for subcontracted employees. 

Ana Tinsly works in communications for the Service Employees International Union, 32BJ SEIU. She said Broward needs to play catch-up. 

woman with pineapple and Jamaican food
Eddy Edwards/Jamaican Jerk Festival USA Inc. / WLRN

This weekend, Broward County residents can expect Markham Park in Sunrise to be transformed into a Jamaican and Caribbean culture hub.  

The 16th annual Jerk Festival is back, and on three stages there will be a cooking competition as well as traditional Caribbean folk and reggae performances by Morgan Heritage and King Yellowman and the Sagittarius Band. 

Eddy Edwards is the CEO of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA Inc. 

Sundays Are For Cricket Culture In Broward County

Nov 9, 2017
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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

South Florida is no stranger to the sport of cricket. It’s been a hub for Caribbean players to play for years. But the South Florida Premier Cricket League is gaining popularity and busier than ever, with matches every Sunday in Broward County parks. 

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The ability to communicate during emergencies, like Hurricane Irma , is critical. When phones and the internet go down, there’s something else South Florida emergency operations centers, or EOC’s, can turn to: amateur radio operators.

It’s sometimes referred to as "ham" radio, and the operators are sometimes called “hams.”

In Broward County, there are ham radio antennas mounted on all of the hurricane shelters and some of the hospitals, ready to be activated. There’s also a room full of ham radios at the Broward County EOC.

needle of NARCAN drug
Charles Krupa AP / WLRN

Defeating one opioid overdose, one nasal spray at a time. That’s how the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) is going about the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Sheriff deputies in Broward have been armed with overdose reversal nasal sprays since June, but the Florida Sheriffs Association just gave BSO a big boost by shipping 1,200 units of the medication this week so more deputies are able to carry it on them every day. 

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Mike Stocker / The Sun Sentinel via The Miami Herald

  The statue of Broward County’s namesake stands in its courthouse no more. 

The figure of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward II was removed quietly Wednesday night, after excerpts from a speech the former Florida governor gave surfaced on an online blog to reveal segregationist views. 

 

In Broward’s State of the State address to the Legislature in 1907, he called for the creation of a separate country for blacks, saying he considered them to be  “wards of the white people.” 

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Nova Southeastern University will soon offer a full service M.D. program, the only one in Broward County. 

The Davie-based university got preliminary accreditation this week from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education -  the group that certifies med schools across the U.S. and Canada.

Nova will accept 50 students a year in order to keep class sizes small.  

Dr. Johannes Vieweg, the college’s founding dean, says there won’t be lectures, there will be seven students in a room solving medical problems.

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