Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 6:30 pm
Three years after Florida A&M student Robert Champion died after a beating on a bus, a member of the university's marching band is on trial for manslaughter. Prosecutors say it was hazing. The defense says it was a tradition more akin to an athletic accomplishment — and one Champion joined in willingly.
Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 8:42 am
Amid rain showers and a tornado watch, police in Ferguson, Mo., made dozens of arrests Monday afternoon and into the evening of people who had gathered to protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who was killed by a white police officer in August.
02/13/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with information about the One Billion Rising for Justice Miami program. It aims to end the violence directed at women worldwide. One in three females will experience violence or rape in a lifetime. There are local events scheduled, and we’ll also learn more about the human trafficking of minors.
Juan Carlos Chavez's inadvertent legacy to the people of Florida was a piece of legislation now known as the Jimmy Ryce Act, in honor of the nine-year-old boy Chavez raped and murdered in 1995. It was one of those crimes so heinous that it inspired action.