A look at some of the top stories making the news today, January 6, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Former owner of Dade Medical College, Ernesto Perez, has turned himself in to start serving his house arrest sentence, following a plea deal for illicit campaign funding. His arrest marked the final blow for the for-profit college laboring under financial investigations, eventually closing last October. The school was a popular training program for Caribbean immigrants.

Responding to the recent surge of the designer drug flakka in Broward County, a county grand jury has released a 60-page verdict recommending measures to combat the wave. The report includes a proposed ban on entire classes of designer drugs, as well as streamlined procedures for emergency responders and treatment counselors.

To support their fundraising efforts, the Ladies of Lawrence Row Legendary Foundation will be hosting their Lawrence Rowe Birthday Celebration, this Saturday, starting 9 pm at Waterfalls Restaurant & Lounge in Tamarac. Entertainment includes music by local DJ Shalamar, as well as a surprise guest artist. The foundation was founded by the record-breaking Jamaican cricketer Lawrence Rowe.

In Sports, Trinidadian sprinter Machel Cedenio has been named the 2015 Sportsman of the Year by the T&T Olympic Committee. Cedenio, who trains with Orlando-based coach Launce Brauman of PURE Athletics, received the award in a special ceremony yesterday in Port-of-Spain. Cedenio won gold in the men’s 400 meters last year at the Diamond League in Stockholm.

What’s trending:

Guyana’s national assembly has passed an anti-terrorism bill enforcing the death penalty on anyone found guilty of an act of terrorism. Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan argued that the legislation is necessary to ensure Guyana does not become a haven for terrorists.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Thunderstorms in Broward County with a high of 71 and a low of 61. For Miami-Dade, thunderstorms with a high of 70 and a low of 61.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. 

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