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Day: <span>October 24, 2013</span>

The Mandelas’ Wine Toast: From Their “House” To Ours

An elegant, warm VIP reception for Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, daughter of global icon and South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela, and Tukwini Mandela, his granddaughter, was hosted by Edmun Braithwaite, Joyce Turner and Michael Lambert, representing the 375-plus member Bedford-Stuyvesant Business Improvement District (BID), Gateway in between Bedford-Stuyvesant and Business last Friday, Oct. 18 at […]readmore

Retired Congressman Major R. Owens Passes

Effective Champion of Education, Health and Peace Brooklyn, NY – Hon. Major R. Owens, a former member of the United States House of Representatives, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013 at the NYU/Langone Medical Center.  Mr. Owens had been in declining health for several months and the cause of death is believed to be […]readmore

View From Here

By David Mark Greaves The Affordable Care Act is a good step forward, but the underlying problem of its complexity is that it is not a single-payer, health care system.  If it were, there would be no need for plans, navigators or exchanges, these are in place to keep HMOs in the role of “middleman” […]readmore

CUNY Dismantles Community Center, Students Fight Back

Shawn Carrié and Isabelle Nastasia On Sunday, October 20, at 11:00 a.m., NYPD officers and CUNY security marched into the main academic center at CUNY City College unannounced, put the campus on lockdown and seized files, documents and personal property. The surprise action by the administration sparked an outcry from students who gathered nearby to […]readmore

Since Primary Defeat, D.A. Charles Hynes Cuts New Path

By Mary Alice Miller Brooklynites first became aware of Hynes when he was special prosecutor during the Howard Beach incident. Since then, Hynes – as district attorney for 24 years – has created a number of programs designed to assist people of color returning from prison. Voters in communities of color might have assumed that […]readmore


Born Robert Odell Owens in Collierville, Tennessee on June 28, 1936, Major Owens was raised in the Memphis area by his parents, Ezekiel Owens, Sr. and Edna Davis Owens.  He attended Alexander Hamilton High School, leaving at age 16 to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta on a Ford Foundation scholarship.  His classmates included the late […]readmore

Central Brooklyn Homeowners Hope Rising Tide Of Water Rate Increases

City agency says no rate increase expected next year after 78% increase since 2005 By Stephen Witt After 12 years of astronomical water and sewer rate increases under the Bloomberg Administration, Bedford-Stuyvesant homeowners are holding their collective breaths wondering if they will again see their water bills rise under the next administration in City Hall. […]readmore

The Right Choice For Brooklyn DA

By Councilwoman Letitia James Earlier this year, I supported the reelection of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes, who I have known for many years. On September 10th, the voters of Brooklyn spoke loud and clear: they decided that it was time for change and by a decisive margin elected Ken Thompson to be the […]readmore