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GARRETT SHEFFIELD SIGNS WITH GEORGETOWN ANNUAL THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAY HELPS TAMPA FAMILIES Gwendolyn “Gwen” Myers was sworn in Tuesday morning, November 17th, at County Center Henry “Shake” Washington was also sworn in on Tuesday
 
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GARRETT SHEFFIELD SIGNS WITH GEORGETOWN

GARRETT SHEFFIELD SIGNS WITH GEORGETOWN               The month of November was filled with excitement this year for retired MLB star Gary Sheffield, left. His foundation was a major sponsor who helped make the Thanksgiving holiday special for 750 families, he celebrated his 52nd birthday on November 18th, and his son, Garrett, signed with Georgetown […]

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ANNUAL THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAY HELPS TAMPA FAMILIES

ANNUAL THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAY HELPS TAMPA FAMILIES               Last Saturday, members of Heaven Destiny Assembly Of God Church held their Annual Thanksgiving Giveaway at Cyrus Greene Park. The major sponsors for the event were Gary Sheffield Foundation and Simply Health, as well as other sponsors. Among those in attendance were: City Councilman Orlando Gudes, retired […]

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Gwendolyn “Gwen” Myers was sworn in Tuesday morning, November 17th, at County Center

Gwendolyn “Gwen” Myers was sworn in Tuesday morning, November 17th, at County Center as the new County Commissioner for District 3. Commissioner Myers replaces Lesley “Les” Miller, who had termed out. A retired County employee, Mrs. Myers was sworn in by Florida Supreme Court Justice (Ret.) Peggy Quince. Holding the Bible are: Mrs. Myers’ husband, […]

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Henry “Shake” Washington was also sworn in on Tuesday

Henry “Shake” Washington was also sworn in on Tuesday. He became a new member of the Hillsborough County School Board, representing District 5. Judge Perry A. Little (Ret.) conducted the swearing in ceremony, while Washington’s daughter, Dr. Ja Mia Washington, right, held the Bible. In a run-off, Washington defeated incumbent Tamara Shamburger. Joining the ceremony […]

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African American Woman Named Interim Fire Chief

CHIEF BARBARA TRIPP Interim Tampa Fire Chief   BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor     Last week, Mayor Jane Castor suspended the Tampa Fire Chief and two other high ranking employees. The suspensions centered around an internal investigation. She named Rescue Division Chief Barbara Tripp as the Interim Fire Chief. She will serve...

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Tampa Native And 20-Year L. A. Dodger Exec Vance Lovelace Is Feeling Pure Joy After World Series Win

  VANCE LOVELACE BY MONIQUE STAMPS Sentinel Feature Writer                   Many young kids grow up playing organized sports. Some do it to escape, others… because they love it and are good at it. However, very few make it to the professional level. Fewer than that play professionally, and later have a career after.                   Tampa native...

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City Hires Director Of Workforce Partnerships & Special Projects

BRENDA McKENZIE Director of Workforce Partnerships And Special Projects   Last Friday, Mayor Jane Castor hired Ms. Brenda “Bren” McKenzie as Director of Workforce Partnerships and Special Projects. In addition to implementing special projects directed by the Administration, she will provide essential support of Mayor Jane Castor’s Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow initiative to address the City’s...

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Fire Chief, 2 Others Suspended Amid Investigation

NICK LOCICERO, Tampa Fire Chief on Administrative Leave SUSAN TAMME Division Chief of Training on Administrative Leave JOHN MURALT Training Officer Placed on Administrative Leave     BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor   Last week, Mayor Jane Castor announced that three employees of Tampa Fire Rescue have been placed on Administrative leave, pending...

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Rapper Accused Of Double Murder In North Tampa

BILLY BENNETT ADAMS, III   The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with the double murder that took place last Thursday night. The murders took place at a shed in North Tampa that had been converted into a music studio. Police believe the shooting was linked to a gang-related...

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Father And Son Who Brutally Murdered Ahmaud Arbery Denied Bail

Travis and Gregory McMichael, the father-son duo charged for the brutal murder of Ahmaud Arbery, were denied bail and must remain behind bars, a judge ruled on Friday (Nov. 13). Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, urged the judge to keep Travis, 34, and Gregory, 64, in custody. “These men are proud of what they’ve done,” she...

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Marijuana Dispensary Owner Details What Black People Face When They Enter The Business

As marijuana laws in America continue to relax, the historical and current impact on Blacks is being looked at and the new BET documentary Smoke: Marijuana + Black America analyzes the phenomenon from several perspectives. One of them is from the perspective of those who choose to enter the burgeoning cannabis business. In a Zoom chat with...

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HBO’s ’40 Years a Prisoner’ Doc Follows Son’s Effort to Free Parents Imprisoned after MOVE Bombing 

Mike Africa Jr. in the HBO documentary “40 Years a Prisoner” On the morning of August 8, 1978, the Philadelphia Police Department, at the direction of hardline Mayor Frank Rizzo, engaged in a confrontation with the radical Black organization MOVE and fired thousands of rounds of ammunition into the West Philadelphia home of the social justice...

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