LeBron James makes his pick: He’s going to Miami

The Associated Press LeBron James wanted to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The only place that could happen was Miami. Get ready, NBA: A superstar trio is born. Ending weeks of silence and drama, the two-time MVP said on his ESPN special from Greenwich, Conn. on Thursday night that he’s decided to join […]

Second chance worth rooting for

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist With the state high school basketball tournament next week and the NCAA tournaments the following week, it’s a great time to be a basketball fan. But before either of those takes place, there’s Saturday, where Philips Arena in Atlanta will give us 52 seconds to root for basketball, and second […]

Florida power outages affect up to 3 million people statewide

The Associated Press MIAMI — A problem with Florida’s electrical grid caused a nuclear plant to automatically shut down Tuesday and intermittently cut power to up to 3 million people from Daytona Beach through the Florida Keys. Authorities said there were no safety concerns at the nuclear plant. While many areas were hit hard, the […]

America’s future lies in minorities

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist There’s a joke I tell behind Miami’s back. I’ll be elsewhere in the country and someone will ask how race and diversity are viewed from a South Florida perspective. I reply that, according to the Census Bureau, Miami’s polyglot population represents what America will look like in about 40 years. […]

Placing blame in violence is ignorant

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated Columnist We begin with the obvious: Florida is an American state. Miami is an American city. And Sherdavia Jenkins, who died in Miami just over two weeks ago after being struck by random bullets, was an American child. So I would have thought it uncontroversial to observe, as I recently […]

School officials need civics seminar

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist The other day, I gave two teachers I know $300,000 apiece. Hypothetical money, that is. If $300k fell out of the sky, I said, and you could use it to improve your school, how would you spend it? Mary Ann, who works at an elementary school in Los Angeles, […]

National security not valid excuse to trample rights

Freedom Newspapers The longer the frustratingly indeterminate “global war on terror” goes on, the more threats to American freedoms present themselves here at home. This is an unfortunate but inevitable byproduct of any war, especially one with such hazy objectives. (Does anyone believe terror as a tactic of the weak in political struggles can be […]

Hockenbarger, Cherith

Cherith B. Calvert Hockenbarger, 19, of Moore, Okla., died Monday, April 5, 2004. She was born on Jan. 6, 1985, in Spokane, Wash., to Richard A. and Frances M. Calvert. In May of 2002, she received an associate’s degree in library science from Clovis Community College. She worked as a teacher’s aid with autistic children […]

Rappers’ civil rights violations concern all

Leonard Pitts Jr. Are Miami police spying on rap artists? And should it matter to you if they are? How you answer the first question depends on who you choose to believe. According to a recent story by Miami Herald reporters Nicole White and Evelyn McDonnell, police in both Miami and Miami Beach have been […]

Engagements

George-Zieser Jacob and Margaret George of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Shalomi George of Miami Beach, Fla., to Kent Zieser of Miami Beach, Fla., son of Howard and Martha Zieser of Manchester, Iowa. The couple will exchange vows at 2:30 p.m. (EST) on June 5, 2004, at St. Patrick’s Church […]