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Blake Hall announced as new CEO and President of CHI



Blake Hall.

Blake Hall has been promoted to CEO and President of Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI). Hall has been with the non-profit health care company for 16 years and has excelled at securing opportunity, growth and quality care improvements. A year ago he was promoted to President but now takes on the overall leadership of CHI as its CEO.

The move comes on the heels of the retirement of CHI’s CEO Brodes H. Hartley, Jr. who served for nearly 40 years at the non-profit.

Hall previously worked as the federally qualified health center’s Chief Operating Officer and

Executive Vice President. He also served as the Director of Planning and Development and

Administrator for the CHI Foundation. Over the years, Hall has helped the organization to grow from a $30 million dollar agency to now a more than $75 million dollar company by securing multiple funding sources. Those funds helped to open five new health centers, school-based sites, effect capital improvement projects and formed the basis for the Brodes H. Hartley, Jr. Teaching Health Center at CHI. The Teaching Health Center was the first in the state of Florida funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). He has also led strategic planning for the organization since 2008.

“Blake has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and strategy and is the perfect choice for our next CEO,” said Jeff Coldren, CHI Board of Directors Chairman. “It’s always difficult to fill the shoes of a transformational leader like Colonel Hartley. But I am confident Blake will create new paths and successes for CHI and continue to provide the foundation for excellence that Mr. Hartley carved out.”

Hall has been a big advocate for community health centers. As such, he has spoken at house and senate committee meetings and regularly meets with legislators. Hall has received a number of awards and recognitions over the years including Legacy Magazine’s Top Black Healthcare Professional in 2016, 40 under 40 leaders of Today and Tomorrow, multiple CEO awards and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Betsey K. Cooke Grassroots MVP Award. Under his leadership, the organization won the Florida Governor’s Sterling Award in 2016 and the National Association for Community

Health Center Advocacy Center of Excellence recognition.

Currently he serves as the Secretary of the Board for the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Chair of Association’s Membership Committee. He is also a member of the Board for the FAMU Undergraduate School of Allied Health, and serves as the Health Care Committee Chair for Iota Pi Lambda, the local chapter of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. For nearly a decade, Mr. Hall was a volunteer grant reviewer for Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. Hall graduated from the intensive Health Care Executive Program at the University of California

Los Angeles (UCLA) funded by HRSA and Johnson & Johnson. He has completed leadership training from Nova Southeastern University, participated in Leadership Miami training and advanced public information officer training from FEMA. His formal education includes a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Clark Atlanta University and an

undergraduate degree in communication from Georgia Southern University. Prior to joining CHI, Hall worked for Eagle Group International, a logistics, health care and training firm in multiple positions in the United Arab Emirates and for the US Army Reserve.

About Community Health of South Florida, Inc.

For more than 50 years, CHI, located at 10300 SW 216th St, Miami, FL 33190, has been a

beacon of hope providing access to high quality healthcare for all regardless of insurance status, income level or background. The non-profit federally qualified health center offers

comprehensive healthcare services including primary care, pediatrics, OB/GYN, dental, urgent care, behavioral health, vision, radiology, pharmacy, transportation and more. CHI recently broke ground on the first Children’s Crisis Center in southern Miami-Dade County in January to service children with severe behavioral health problems from Monroe and Miami-Dade Counties.

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Storms on Friday?



High uncertainty regarding the forecast late week into weekend. However, strong to severe storms possible Friday.

Small little wrinkle in the atmosphere is producing a few showers this morning with most areas remaining dry. However, chance for rain is up to a 30% having us trade the sweaters for the umbrellas today. Temperatures will be seasonable.

By Friday, models are in better agreement that a cold front moves through South Florida on Saturday. The uncertainty is on timing the rain.

As low pressure tracks Northeast and out to sea, front sags South through the Florida Peninsula. This will help warmer and humid air to filter into South Florida, so with the daytime heat showers and storms could develop. A few isolated to severe producing strong gusty winds and small-size hail could be possible. Lingering clouds and rain showers likely early Saturday until front completely clears.

It should be nicer and cooler Sunday. Chilly (low 50’s) on Monday!

Showers and spotty storms move in ahead and near a cold front through Saturday night. Then behind that front will be dry and cool conditions, but this cool down is expected to be short-lived.

— Jackson Dill (@Jackson_Dill) January 20, 2022

Vivian Gonzalez

Meteorologist, AMS Certified

WSVN Channel 7

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Jury selection to start in federal trial over Floyd’s death




MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Thursday in the federal trial for three former Minneapolis police officers who are charged with violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights while fellow Officer Derek Chauvin used his knee to pin the Black man to the street.

J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are broadly charged with depriving Floyd of his civil rights while acting under government authority. Separately, they are charged in state court with aiding and abetting both murder and manslaughter.

Legal experts say the federal trial will be more complicated than the state trial, scheduled for June 13, because prosecutors in this case have the difficult task of proving the officers willfully violated Floyd’s constitutional rights — unreasonably seizing him and depriving him of liberty without due process.

“In the state case, they’re charged with what they did. That they aided and abetted Chauvin in some way. In the federal case, they’re charged with what they didn’t do — and that’s an important distinction. It’s a different kind of accountability,” said Mark Osler, a former federal prosecutor and professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

As Phil Turner, another former federal prosecutor, put it, prosecutors must show the officers should have done something to stop Chauvin, rather than show they did something directly to Floyd.

Would-be jurors have already answered an extensive questionnaire. Starting Thursday, they will be brought into a federal courtroom in St. Paul, where U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson will question them in groups. The process will continue until a group of 40 is chosen. Then, each side will get to use their challenges to strike jurors. In the end, 18 jurors will be picked, including 12 who will deliberate and six alternates.

Magnuson said he thought the process could be done in two days, unlike the state trial for Chauvin, where the judge and attorneys questioned each juror individually and spent more than two weeks picking a panel.

Floyd, 46, died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee on Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes while Floyd was facedown, handcuffed and gasping for air. Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held down his legs. Thao kept bystanders from intervening.

Chauvin was convicted in April on state charges of murder and manslaughter and is serving a 22½-year sentence. In December, he pleaded guilty to a federal count of violating Floyd’s rights.

Federal prosecutions of officers involved in on-duty killings are rare. Prosecutors face a high legal standard to show that an officer willfully deprived someone of their constitutional rights; an accident, bad judgment or negligence isn’t enough to support federal charges.

Essentially, prosecutors must prove that the officers knew what they were doing was wrong, but did it anyway.

Kueng, Lane and Thao are all charged with willfully depriving Floyd of the right to be free from an officer’s deliberate indifference to his medical needs. The indictment says the three men saw Floyd clearly needed medical care and failed to aid him.

Thao and Kueng are also charged with a second count alleging they willfully violated Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure by not stopping Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck. It’s not clear why Lane is not mentioned in that count, but evidence shows he asked twice whether Floyd should be rolled on his side.

Both counts allege the officers’ actions resulted in Floyd’s death.

Federal civil rights violations that result in death are punishable by up to life in prison or even death, but those stiff sentences are extremely rare and federal sentencing guidelines rely on complicated formulas that indicate the officers would get much less if convicted.

“This trial is going to present an evolutionary step beyond what we saw at the Chauvin trial because we’re not looking at the killer, but the people who enable the killer. And that gets a step closer to the culture of the department,” Osler said.

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Student shoots, wounds another teen at Florida high school




SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A 16-year student at a central Florida high school shot another student three times Wednesday, sending the campus into lockdown, officials said.

The suspect was taken into custody after a brief search on the campus of Seminole High School by officers and deputies, and the 18-year-old victim was taken to a hospital for treatment, Sanford police Chief Cecil Smith said at a news conference. The victim was in stable condition, according to a police department news release.

Preliminary information suggested that the shooting centered on “a dispute over a young lady,” Smith said.

“We are grateful that there was no loss of life today,” the police chief said.

The department plans to pursue charges against the suspect, Smith said.

Serita Beamon, superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools, described the shooting as “an isolated event” between the two students.

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