Liberty City

Aftermath
1:51 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

What Did We Learn From Covering The Shootings In Liberty City?

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This past August, we brought you a series of stories about the violence in Liberty City. Specifically we looked at life after a mass shooting in June that ended with seven injured and two dead.

Our reporter Nadege Green reported and produced the series. After her "Aftermath: Beyond the Bullets in Liberty City" series, I talked with Nadege about the people, attitudes, and challenges that exist in the community. 

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Aftermath
1:18 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Victims' Mothers To Hold Vigil At Liberty City Mass Shooting Scene

Teddy bears rest near the scene of the June 24 Liberty City mass shooting.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Hermana Richardson is returning to the Liberty City street where her son and his best friend were murdered.

It’s been three months since one of the worst mass shooting in Miami’s history. Seven people were injured. Two died.

“Three months they’ve been murdered and we haven’t heard anything yet,” says Richardson.  “They’re not talking about it anymore and I don’t want it to be thrown on a shelf.”

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Arts
5:16 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

New Documentary Explores The Birth Of Miami's Motown

Helene Smith - Sings Sweet Soul! An original Deep City record.

During the mid-1960s, Florida A&M University classmates Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall had an idea to make records.

Clarke was an art education major and former A&M band drummer. With the business-savvy Pearsall, he founded Deep City Records, Florida's first black-owned record label. They ran it out of Pearsall’s Liberty City record store.

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Florida Roundup
11:16 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Florida Roundup: Liberty City After The Mass Shooting

June's mass shooting in Liberty City is still under investigation. Seven people were injured and two died.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

On the Florida Roundup,  Florida lawmakers' redraw the state’s Congressional districts. It’s now up to a judge if it will be used in the fall’s elections.

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News
8:47 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Commissioner Marc Sarnoff: Miami Needs To Evaluate Money Spent In Liberty City

City of Miami City Hall in Coconut Grove.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

 

Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff is asking the city of Miami to account for how much money it has invested in the Liberty City neighborhood since the 1980 Arthur McDuffie race riots.

Liberty City, a neighborhood of about 20,000 residents, is one of Miami's poorer neighborhoods.

Sarnoff says the analysis will provide a clearer picture of what initiatives or programs have been funded in the neighborhood and whether Miami has significantly helped improved Liberty City.

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Aftermath
12:08 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Liberty City Victim's Mother: I Will Get Justice

Hermana Richardson, left, arrives to the scene of the June 24 Liberty City mass shooting. Kevin Richardson, her son, was killed.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Hermana Richardson clutches a grey shirt in her hand. She brings it to her face slowly and inhales.

“All I have is the smell of my son,” she says. “This is the last shirt he had on before he walked out of my house.”

Her son Kevin was killed on June 24 in one of the worst mass shootings in Miami’s history.

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Aftermath
6:57 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Miami Police Frustrated By No-Snitching Culture In Liberty City

Children play in the Liberty Square Housing projects. Police says the projects are at the epicenter of Liberty City's gang problem.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Historically, Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood has had a dicey relationship with police. It's where the McDuffie race riots erupted in the 1980s.

In recent years, questionable police shootings further complicated community relations. And a prevalent no-snitch culture means few witnesses will cooperate with police.

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Aftermath
6:21 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Hardemon: AK-47 Shootings In Liberty City Are Domestic Terrorism

Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon represents Liberty City.
Credit Allison Diaz / Miami Herald

Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon was born and raised in Liberty City.

When he was elected into office eight months ago to represent District 5, Miami’s poorest district, he noted his personal connection to the area in his acceptance speech.

Hardemon, 30, was born in the James E. Scott public-housing  projects in Liberty City to a single mom.

He says he's experienced some of the storylines that come out of the neighborhood first-hand.

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Aftermath
9:37 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

How A Liberty City Pastor Rallies His Community After Murders

Call A Pastor protesters pray near Northwest 62nd Street and 13th Avenue.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Pastor Billy Strange is dressed in a floor-length black robe, his funeral attire.

A silver-blue casket topped with flowers rests near the altar.

Strange’s Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church sits just blocks away from the site of a June mass shooting that left seven people injured and two dead.

Strange tells the 100 mourners crowded inside the purple-and-white church he’s going to keep it real. 

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Crime
7:33 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Miami-Dade Reaches Out To Communities Affected By Gang Violence

A law enforcement agent and his dog search for evidence at the scene of a shooting in the 6500 block of Northwest 12th Avenue in Liberty City.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

In Miami-Dade County, one organization is working to improve the quality of life for residents who live in neighborhoods affected by gang violence.

On Monday, the Miami-Dade Anti-Gang Strategy focused its efforts in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood after a spate of shootings in the past two months left four dead.

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Miami
6:58 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Liberty City Community To Protest Recent Shootings

Miami police are investigating a shooting in Liberty City that left two people dead. Up to 10 people were shot. The shooting happened in the 6500 block of Northwest 12th Avenue.
Credit WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Miami's Liberty City community will rally in an anti-violence protest on Saturday. The residents will gather in response to a recent mass shooting that left two dead and five injured.

Since the mass shooting in June, a man riding on his bicycle was shot dead and 67-year-old Pastor Kenneth Johnson was also murdered in the neighborhood. Johnson was attacked by two young men who tried to steal money out of his hand and a gold-plated chain from around his neck.

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Education
4:52 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

The Urban League Of Greater Miami Wants 'School Choice' For Liberty City

Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The Urban League of Greater Miami wants parents to consider sending their children to charter schools. The organization hosted a town hall in Miami Wednesday night to build support for their idea of "school choice."  

T. Willard Fair is the League's president. He says charter schools abide by  contracts promising to produce certain outcomes, and if they fail, the contracts get canceled. 

"What would happen if every poor performing school in Liberty City had to sign a contract? They all would be closed up," says Fair. 

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Football
2:52 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Dakota Dreams: Liberty City Football Players A Long Way From Home

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It was the kind of cold they could feel in their bones, made worse by 30-mph winds that barreled across the North Dakota plains and whipped between the goal posts.

“At some point, you are going to walk out there, and your body is going to say ‘I’m cold,’” their coach had warned before kickoff. “Your body is going to try to say, ‘I can’t do this right now.’ You ignore that. You ignore that, understood?”

“Yes, sir!” they replied in chorus with their teammates.

But what did four kids from Liberty City know about playing football in freezing temperatures?

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Community Contributor
8:01 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Just Like That, Kaboom! Adds Three New Playgrounds In Miami

Kaboom! plans to build 150 playgrounds this year.

For the third Saturday in a row an under-utilized patch of land in South Florida was transformed.

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Community Contributor
2:07 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Believed To Be The Nation’s Oldest Cop, 86-Year-Old’s Fists Remain ‘Weapons Of Mass Destruction’

Hialeah Police Lt. Leo Thalassites holds a plaque outside Hialeah City Hall after he was named the oldest active police officer in the country.
Credit Theo Karantsalis

Barrel-chested Leo Thalassites squints like Clint Eastwood, hops around like Jackie Chan and has been an active cop for nearly six decades. He is 86 years old.

He first joined the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1956. He moved to the Hialeah Police Department in 1963, where he has been on active duty ever since.  And now, according to the International Police Association, he is the oldest active police officer.

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