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'Mother' Pratt calls for Draconian measures to curb violence

URBAN Renewal Co-chair Cynthia “Mother” Pratt said yesterday that the government needs to pass “draconian laws” in order to effectively combat the incidents of violent crime and murder that plague the country.

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Man shot in drive-by dies in hospital from wounds

A 29-year-old man who was shot multiple times during a drive-by shooting on Saturday died in hospital early yesterday morning.

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Community in shock as infant killed in blaze

RESIDENTS of a neighbourhood in Elizabeth Estates were in shock yesterday following the death of an infant who was found burnt beyond recognition in a house gutted by fire on Tuesday night.

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Resort to host gay pride event

FOUR days of pride celebrations will kick off this weekend in a bid to strengthen existing support systems for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.

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Witness says he heard suspect admit murder

TESTIMONY continued yesterday in a murder trial in which two men, sharing the same surname but not related, are accused of a fatal shooting in Masons Addition.

Urban Renewal's back to school gift

TWO families in need of school preparation relief received free notebooks, textbooks, and even uniforms yesterday from the Urban Renewal Commission’s Back to School Programme yesterday.

Eco-fishing camp signs up as a new partner with Save the Bays

THE advocacy group Save The Bays has gained another partner.

Research could bring financial boon to COB

COLLEGE Council Chairman Alfred Sears has challenged The College of The Bahamas community to envision the opportunities that exist for the institution to leverage the skills of its constituents in order to achieve financial sustainability for the proposed University of The Bahamas.

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Extra time for psychiatric report in rape case

A JUDGE has given the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre four more weeks to produce a psychiatric evaluation on a reportedly “schizophrenic” man accused of raping a 17-year-old American girl in San Salvador.

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Mitchell: Those who have lost faith should look elsewhere

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said that, while dissenting opinions are valuable to organisations, those who have lost faith in the party should “look elsewhere”.

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Minister inspects schools ahead of the new term

EDUCATION Minister Jerome Fitzgerald inspected several schools on Grand Bahama to get a status update on repairs that were done during the summer break.

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Smith's appointment to COB welcomed by student leader at former college

NEWS of Dr Rodney Smith’s appointment to the top spot at the College of the Bahamas was met with approval from his student body at an American university.

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Minnis: PM has failed the nation over crime

FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said Prime Minister Perry Christie has “failed” the nation on crime and obviously misled the public before the 2012 general election with suggestions that the PLP had answers to the problem.

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FNM Deputy says referendum may have to be postponed

FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner warned yesterday that the government may have to postpone its scheduled November 6 constitutional referendum because the process of enshrining equal rights for men and women in the Constitution is being compromised by repeated delays in passing the four Bills in Parliament.