-- The Sun-Sentinel's Gregory Lewis had some strong stories over the weekend, starting with a look at some of the real issues involved in the fight over the mosque in Pompano Beach. It's not all religious bigotry, ala O'Neal Dozier, it also involves economic issues, namely Arabic ownership of convenience stories in the black neighborhoods. The perception is that the stores overcharge for milk and bread and don't help the community. Hence, distrust.
Lewis followed this morning with another ditty on Dozier. Got down into the brazen politics of it all and nailed down Charlie Crist's position, which boils down, loosely speaking, to: "Hey, if it gives me votes, I don't care if they run around fucking other people's goats."
-- Elgin Jones tells of the exodus of black female reporters from the Sun-Sentinel:
"[K]arla Shores was a star reporter who was even featured in one of those corny South Florida Sun Sentinel "How Can I Help You?" television ads. She was the education writer but has left the paper to take a new job. This week Toni Marshall, the reporter who covered central western Broward said farewell to the Sun Sentinel. And reporter Daniella Aird remains on vacation but won't be returning as she too has left the paper. All are Black females who worked, for the most part, out of the paper's Sunrise offices. Their exit further reduces the number of Black reporters at the Sun Sentinel, which is in a market whose demographics are turning increasingly Black and Hispanic."
-- Ashley Fantz does some good reporting in this piece on the case of the latest slain teen. Sounds like Cosmo Hill Jr. was killed by friendly fire during a robbery attempt in Broadview Park, since his comrade-in-crime Aquil Phillip was ultimately charged with homicide.
-- Mitra Malek of the Palm Beach Post writes about a random car accident that took out a star Belle Glade football player and left three of his teammates in critical condition. What makes it particularly sad is that Stanfield Watson and his friends were headed to college and greater things, which isn't an easy task when you're young, poor, and black in Belle Glade.
-- The Post's Kevin Deutsch's lede on a Saturday story: "For 100 yards, the conveyor belt pushed Alexis Rios' broken body along, jerking and twisting his limbs as he passed through piles of trash."
Yeah, like you're going to stop reading after that incredible little sentence. Deutsch just might be named the Pulp Writer of The Year if he keeps writing like that.
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-- And on the political front, George Bennett has been killing it on his coverage of the Irv Slosberg campaign. Sure, it's hard to lose when you're covering Slosberg, a odd little millionaire who looks like Roberto Benigni and won office as a seat belt activist after his daughter was killed in a car crash. This past Tuesday, Bennett wrote about Slosberg's huge campaign chest, which has $629,000 in it, most of it from Slosberg himself. Key graf:
"Slosberg's expenditures so far include $149,628 for a Miami direct-mail consultant and more than $58,000 on billboard advertising. He has paid a Virginia pollster $16,000. He has spent $63,777 on 'event expenses,' which include more than $39,000 to various delis, bagel shops and other food outlets. His campaign also has paid $44,003 in "wages," often to constituents in amounts like $36.94 or $110.82 for what Slosberg described as envelope-stuffing, making phone calls and other grass-roots campaign work."
That's a lot of bagels.
On Saturday Bennett wrote about Slosberg's obnoxious post-hurricane door hanger campaign -- an idea that he apparently stole from the Area Agency on Aging (where he sits on the board). He denies it -- and says he plans to print 25,000 more despite the group's request that he desist. He's a character, Slosberg, and he thinks these door hangers could send him back to the State House. Should be interesting through to the end in what is looking like a close race with Ted Deutch.