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The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Rita Luffborough Perry
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Jacksonville Fla
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December 8, 2005
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weekly
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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University of Florida
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My Fight

for Clemency
Jaswnrlyne Connick Details
S'hr SheI Feels the
controversiall Case of"
Tookie Iflillianns Should
be Granted CluentnO'
Page 3


Black America

and the

War on Fur
Fur wearing opposition
see Blacks as kindred
spirits in uphill fight
Page 9


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What Women

Need to Know

About Men
A commentary from
award winning author
and journalist,
EUR 's, Steven Ivory
... Page 4


Red Cross Out to Recruit Volunteers

of Color in Wake of Katrina
In reaction to complaints the agency treated Hurricane Katrina victims
callously, the American Red Cross is reaching out to people of color.
The charity hopes to inject more color into its vast network of volun-
teers, following complaints that it failed to provide enough translators
and overlooked cultural sensitivities in the aftermath of Katrina, which
left thousands dead or stranded and led many others to flee to Red Cross
shelters.
At the peak of the Katrina emergency in early September, the organi-
zation was sheltering 143,000 people in more than 500 facilities across
the nation. In large Red Cross shelters, where most volunteers were
White, the mostly minority evacuees "felt like they were being herded
like cattle," the Rev. Anthony Evans, of the National Black Church
Initiative, told The Washington Post.
Red Cross leaders, however, contend that most problems were issues of
perception rather than cultural insensitivity and certainly not racism. In
recent weeks, the organization has begun various initiatives to increase
the diversity of the staff and volunteers at its headquarters and 800 chap-
ters. According to the organization's most recent sur\ e. 5 percent of its
volunteers are Black, 2 percent are Hispanic and 2 percent are of Asian
origin.

South Africa Approves Gay Marriage
South Africa's Supreme Court has ruled that it is wrong to deny gays
and lesbians the right to tie the knot, clearing the way for same-sex cou-
ples to mary, Reuters reported.
The court ordered that the definition of marriage be changed from a
union between a man and a woman to a union between two people. The
decision will take effect in about a year, giving Parliament time to amend
marriage laws to allow gay wed-
dings.
Judge Albie Sachs, who ruled in
favor of gay marriage, said that
same-sex couples should enjoy the
'same status and benefits as hetero-
sexual couples, BBC News reported.
Some Christian groups don't agree.
"It is a sad day for South Africa
when the very bedrock foundation of society, the family, is redefined by
a court, Rhema Church Pastor Ray McCauley told The Associated Press.
"We believe that the majority of South Africans do not agree with this
decision."
Fikile Vilakazi, of the Forum for the Empowerment of Women, told AP
that given the year time frame that Parliament has established worries
her. She said lawmakers will try to introduce a different category for
same-sex couples, which would provide the same legal benefits as mar-
ried couples but would not obligate lawmakers to honor them.

Lionel Tate Now Up for Competency

Hearing to Beat Life Sentence
Lionel Tate, who was released from prison
after being the youngest person ever sen-
tenced to life, could return to live out his
days behind bars.
Tate will face a competency hearing on
Dec. 19, following assault and robbery
charges.
A circuit judge in Broward County, Fla.,
ordered the hearing to determine whether
Lionel Tate is mentally competent to defend
himself against the new allegations. The judge made the determination
after Tate sent him a letter saying he was hearing voices and wanted to
kill himself.
Tate has been on probation since he was released in January 2004 when
his conviction for first-degree murder was overturned on appeal. Tate,
then-14, was sentenced to life in for killing a 6-year-old playmate.
Tate is accused of robbing a pizza deliveryman at gunpoint; he was 17
at the time of the alleged crime. He has also faced a weapons charge for
possessing a knife, since being released from his life sentence. But, if it
is determined that Tate broke probation in the latest offense, he could
remain in prison the rest of his life, as a judge warned in granting Tate's
release. Tate, 18, remains in jail and on death watch.

Protesters Shut Down Business in Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria Separatist protesters demanding authorities release
their leader shut down businesses and banks in southeastern Nigeria on
this week, and an activist said security forces opened fire on the crowd,
killing three people.
The group called for members of the ethnic Igbo group to observe a two-
day strike starting Monday to protest the October arrest of its leader,
Ralph Uwazurike. Uwazurike was charged with treason along with six
members of his group on Nov. 8.
"They were on the streets, chanting and singing and the Nigerian police
descended heavily on them," said Uche Madu, a spokesman for the
Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra.He said
three people were killed when police opened fire in Onitsha. Residents
also reported gunfire.
The group wants to resurrect the short-lived Republic of Biafra, which
declared independence from Nigeria in 1967, triggering a 32-month war
in which over 1 million died. Many ethnic Igbos claim they continue to
suffer from discrimination.


50 Cents


Volume 19 No. 47 Jacksonville, Florida December 8 13, 2005


FBI Begins Excavating in 1951 Harry Moore Case
Mi, FL New. information explosive was used. anything until that da." he said. norrhej '."aal-is wife
point'-tia. four Ku- Klux Klan The four suspects, all members "We're going to sole this case. died nine dais later. ,
members as almost certainly of the Florida Klan at one time, I'm positive now." The excavation could le from
responsible for the. unsolved had experience with dynamite, Beisler also said three of the two weeks to four'- orfth%.
murders of' two- civil rights said Frank Beisler, an investiga- men had pre iously been fin- dependiftg on. 'it6, P h evi-
actiidsts- who died. when their or with Crist'soffice. gered b the FBI but ne\er dence is recovered. .Athorities
homne'exploded in 1951, Florida Beisler said the major break in charged, while the fourth was know the -stipects experi-
officials say.. : the recently reopened investiga- interviewed but was ne\er con- ence with dyfiamnitjni d they
Attorney General Charlie Crist tion came about a month ago sidered a suspect. At least one of expect lab tests to.i TNT was
announced that investigators had when he interviewed a man to the four is now dead. he said. used in the eplosion. Beisler
beun.. excavating the site of whom one of the bombers had Moore organized the Bre'ard said.
Har.ry and-Harriette Moore's confessed. County branch of the NAACP in E'en without further evidence
home, which was blown up on That interview "shook e'ery- the 1930s and worked to register from the house, investigators
Christmas nigh tin 1951. thing we'd been doing up to this black voters in an area of the now base enough for an indict-
-. Detectives were searching for point." Beisler said. state then ruled b Jim Crow -Tflen,ti e said.
detOnatortrs and other evidence "\\e had a lot of e\lraneous laws. He died when his house "" The investigation into the
that could prose what t pe of individual leads that didn't fit exploded in Mims. about 35 miles Moore- Continued on page 3


Shown above is N.E. Florida Sickle Cell Disease Association President Jerome Speights and Dr. C.B.
McIntosh who the newly renamed Sickle Cell Center was renamed after, E.M. Po,vell Poto
Sickle Cell Center Named to Honor Dr. C.B. McIntosh
City leaders and members of the community joined Shands Jacksonville in celebrating the renaming of the only
pediatric sickle cell facility in northeast Florida. The newly named Charles B. McIntosh, M.D. Sickle Cell Center
is located at the center at 555 West 11th St. on the Shands Jacksonville campus.
For more on the opening and Dr. McIntosh's contributions to the Jacksonville community, see page 3


WalMart Accuses

Black Manager

of Check Fraud
TAMPA Wal-Mart has apolo-
gized to a black man who was
accused of trying to pass a bad
check as he was buying thousands
of dollars in gift cards to distribute
to his company's employees.
Employees of a Wal-Mart
Supercenter called deputies last
week to apprehend Reginald Pitts
after he handed over a $13,600
check to pay for 520 gift cards that
were to be given to employees at
GAF Materials Corp., a roofing
materials manufacturer where Pitts
is human resources manager.
The company, which had $1.6 bil-
lion in revenue last year, had been
spending about $50,000 a year on
Wal-Mart gift cards and never had
a problem when it sent a white
employee to pick them up.
"I keep going over and over the
incident in my mind," Pitts told the
St. Petersburg Times. "I cannot
come up with any possible reason
why I was treated like this except
that I am black."
Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville,
Arkansas, has launched an internal
investigation of the incident and
apologized to Pitts.
Continued on page 3


President Bush Signs Parks' Statue Into Law,


Calls for Renewal of 1965 Voting Rights Act


While honoring civil rights hero
Rosa Parks, President Bush delight-
ed modem-day black leaders by
calling on Congress to renew the
provisions of the landmark 1965
Voting Rights Act that are set to
expire.
On the 50th anniversary of Parks'
refusal to give up to a white man
her seat on a bus in Montgomery,
Ala., Bush signed into law a bill
directing that a statue of Parks go
up in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.
Parks, who died Oct. 24 at age 92,
will be the first black woman repre-
sented in Statuary Hall, where
many states have statues honoring
notable people in their history.
Bush credited Parks for helping to
"set in motion a national move-
ment for equality and freedom."
"Eventually the civil rights move-
ment would succeed in persuading
Congress to pass more sweeping
legislation that dealt with voting
rights and discrimination in public
places, and school segregation,"
said the president. "And the United
States Congress should renew the


US President George W. Bush(seated) signs a bill to direct the Joint
Committee on the Library to obtain a statue of Rosa Parks and to
place the statue in the United States Capitol.
Voting Rights Act of 1965." applause and rose to give Bush a
That declaration surprised many standing ovation.
of the civil rights leaders, Parks rel- The Rev. Jesse Jackson lavishly
atives and politicians who had gath- praised Bush for committing to see-
ered at the White House for the ing the expiring portions of the
signing ceremony. They erupted in Voting Rights Act extended. He


called the president's public urging
"a significant breakthrough" since
he had previously declined even in
private to support the renewal.
"That was kind of a double victo-
ry for civil rights today," Jackson
said.
The provisions that expire, in
2007, include one requiring states
with a history of racial discrimina-
tion mostly in the South to get
federal approval to change their
voting laws or district lines and
another requiring election officials
to provide voting material in the
native language of immigrant vot-
ers who don't speak English.
The 15th Amendment to the
Constitution, adopted in 1870,
guarantees voting rights for minori-
ties. But the 1965 law clarified and
extended those rights. It was pushed
through by President Lyndon
Johnson in response to states'
requirements that black voters pass
literacy and other tests.
The bill gives the Capitol
Architect's office two years to
obtain a statue.


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Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press


How to Enjoy a Financially Secure Retirement?

Plant Your "Income Garden"


From left), Baruti Katembo, Wakaguzi Forum founder and
Mathematics professor, and Samantha Betton of the Computer
Information Sciences Department, present Dr. Edmund K. Leo with
an award for his lecture, along with Dr. Moses Wekesa, associate pro-
fessor of Chemistry. JBakerphoto
Wakaguzi Forum Examines

Economic Development in Africa
On November 28, a lecture titled "Economic Development in Africa" was
presented through the Wakaguzi Forum, in conjunction with
Blacksonville.com. Several members from the EWC faculty and from the
community attended the event, which was held in the Milne Auditorium.
The speaker was Dr. Edmund K. Leo, principal director of the Snows of
Mount Kilimanjaro, Ltd., a juice extraction and processing company in
Moshi, Tanzania. Dr. Leo is the former chief of New and Renewable
Energy Sources at the United Nations.
Dr. Leo stated, "In our efforts to promote pan-Africanism and Africa's
economic development, African- Americans can and should play a major
role in Africa's development by investing their human and monetary
resources on the continent."
Dr. Leo also pointed out that the use of HBCUs as think tanks and eco-
nomic/policy analysis advisors for Africa's nations is a practical idea and
resource tool for long-term empowerment. Wakaguzi is a Kiswahili word
that means "critical thinkers". For more information on the Wakaguzi
Forum, contact Professor Katembo at 504-2089.


Sprewell's Stockbroker

Convicted of Sticky Fingers


The stockbroker who took
$300,000 of Latrell Sprewell's
investment money and put it in his
pocket has been sentenced to four
to 12 years in prison and ordered to
repay almost $6 million that he
stole from securities firms and
investors.
Calvin Darden, 30, was given the
money from the currently-unsigned
NBA star to invest in securities.
Instead, Darden put' the money

21 Year Old

Honored with

NUL Whitney

Young Award


Farrah Gray
America's Reallionaire, Farrah
Gray, 21-year-old entrepreneurial
icon, social entrepreneur and
author, (Reallionaire: Nine Steps to
Becoming Rich from the Inside
Out: The Essential Lessons That
Took Me from Public Assistance to
a Millionaire by the Age of 14) has
received the Whitney M. Young Jr.
Entrepreneurship Award during the
annual National Urban League's
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Center for
Urban Leadership Conference.
The National Urban League's
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Center for
Urban Leadership's conference
takes place in November of every
year. The conference is a compre-
hensive training ground for non-
profit executives and professionals.
This year's conference theme was
Urban Leadership: Meeting
Community Needs, While
Managing Economic Change.
Even though he's just 21, Farrah
Gray has achieved more than many
achieve in a lifetime. Raised in the
projects on Chicago's south side,
Gray defied the odds and became a
self-made millionaire by the age of
14. Gray began his entrepreneurial
and personal development and
civic engagement as a stellar young
citizen at six years old by selling
his own hand-painted rocks as
book-ends and home-made body
lotion door-to-door. At age 7, he
was carrying business cards read-
ing "21st Century CEO."


toward his own $2.85 million Long
Island home, complete with a 20-
foot aquarium.
He pleaded guilty on Aug. 3 to
five counts that included first- and
second-degree grand larceny and
scheme to defraud. His plea deal
requires restitution of $5.77 million
plus a 5 percent surcharge for a
total topping $6 million. He also is
barred from working in the securi-
ties field.


As Boomers begin to reach retire-
ment age in record numbers and
medical advances allow us to live
longer and more active lives than
previous generations, retirement
income planning has emerged as a
relatively new and largely untested
area of financial planning. Most
Americans understand the concept
of allocating assets for growth, but
few have considered what is need-
ed to allocate assets for income in
retirement.
For those approaching and enter-
ing retirement, it is important to
visualize a plan to achieve your
goals. John Diehl, Certified
Financial Planner, recommends
that we think of ourselves as farm-
ers, planting and tending our
"retirement income garden," to
successfully allocate for income:
Tip #1 Plan Your Harvest: -
According to the Employee
Benefits Research Institute, 69%
of Americans say saving for retire-
ment is their # goal, yet only 42%
have actually done a calculation to
estimate the cost. Too often we
think of a number which, if we


reach it, will guarantee us a com-
fortable retirement. Is $1 million
enough? Is it too much? This real-
ly depends on your withdrawal rate
and what type of crops you plant.
You should start with how much
you think you need in retirement
income, then figure out what num-
ber you must reach to get there.
Tip #2 Rotate Your Crops: We
appear to understand the concept
of diversification for growth, but
how many of us understand diver-
sification for income? A success-
ful garden typically has a variety
of crops. Your retirement income
can come from many sources, such
as your 401(k), IRA investments,
retirement income annuities, pen-
sion plans and even equity from
your house.
Tip #3 Tend, Tend, Tend: -
Like a well-tended garden, the
retirement income portfolio should
be fertilized and weeded on a reg-
ular basis. As we age and our
needs change, you may need to
transition from one type of invest-
ment to another to balance growth
with protection.


**DEBT **


*DOCTOR*


Contact Creditors & Develop

A Payment Plan Before Being Sued
Q: I have three credit cards in collections and I have not made a pay-
ment in a long time. What can they do if I don't pay, and how long will
they keep after me before they give up?
A: When you signed the agreement to use the credit cards you came to
g I S j a meeting of the minds with the credit
Scared companies about your responsibil-
ities for borrowing and repaying the
money you used. That agreement
s makes situations like these very clear-
cut they will continue to try to collect
until the statute of limitations on these
f debts expires because you agreed to be
a responsible user of their product.
While small creditors might stop try-
ing to collect after a few attempts, the large creditors would just as easily
sue you over $100 as they would for $100,000. You can even be sued if
you don't currently have any assets to go after, because one day you might.
You have several options: file for bankruptcy protection, settle the debts
for less than the full balance, offer a payment arrangement or do nothing.
Our best advice is to be proactive and make a payment arrangement you
can afford.


Obama Philosophies Backed by Big Bucks


Warren Buffett, a billionaire
investor and businessman nick-
named the "Oracle of Omaha"
for his massive ability to make
money, has decided to publicly (and
financially) back Sen.
Barack Obama with a contribution
of $2,000.
Buffet has a current net worth of
about $40 billion, is ranked by
Forbes as the second-richest person
in the world behind Microsoft
chairman Bill Gates and rarely
throws his weight behind politi-
cians. However, the baller has
found himself impressed with
Obama ever since his rousing
speech at the Democratic National
Convention.
"I've got a conviction about him
that I don't get very often," Buffett
said of the Democratic.


DIRECTOR
Duval County Health Department

The Florida Department ofddlth seeks applictmfor the Direc-
tor's position for the Duval County Health Department, Jackson\
Florida. Annual salary is $150,000 plus benefits. Minimum qu
cations: A licensed or license-elikbphysician (M.D./D.O.) in thE
State of Florida and a Master's Public Health (MPH) degree plu
five years progressively responsible experience in public health
tice (with management responsibilities in two or more areas of p
health desired), experience in acaidemedicine (including education
and research), and five or moyears of supervisory experience
Other desired skills/experience include: community-based rese
public speaking, working with elected officials and the media, qu
improvement, financial and human resource management, an
perience in bioterrorism and disaster response. Demonstrated I
edge and experience with the cord essential public health service
including assessment, assurance and policy, proven professional
ing skills and successful grant wrijris highly desirable. Pleas
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senator from Illinois. "He has as
much potential as anyone I've seen
to have an important impact over
his lifetime on the course that
America takes. If he can do an
ounce better with me, fine."
Obama and Buffett met for break-
fast recently at the home of
Buffett's sister in Omaha, where
Obama came to seek contributions,
reports the Chicago Tribune. After
breaking bread, the two spoke for
an hour in private, discussing the
federal deficit, tax policy and other
economic matters, the Tribune dis-
closed.
"Warren Buffett's $2,000 is no
different than anyone else's,"
Obama told the Tribune about
the mogul's contribution. "The
wonderful thing about Warren
Buffett similar to my relationship
with Oprah it's somebody who


Shown above is Sen. Obama (left) and Warren Buffet
doesn't need anything from me." will have raised about $1.2 million
By the end of the year, Obama as he builds support for Democrats
who has been mentioned as a possi- nationwide.
ble candidate for president in 2008


NOTICE OF


PUBLIC HEARING

JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY




RE: FY 2004 Section 5208 ITS Deployment Grant
URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $ 646,186
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority
(JTA) is providing an opportunity for a public hearing to consider its FY
2003/2004 ITS Deployment Project in which federal funds are being
requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is
generally available on an 50/50 matching basis between federal, state,
and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all
projects listed below.

ITS Regional Master Plan $350,000
T Signal Priority: 450,000
Bus Cameras/Integration: 492,372
Total Projects: $1,292,372
Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing
before 5 p.m. on January 7, 2006. If a request is received by the stated
time, a public hearing will be scheduled and the public notified. This
notice will serve as the final notice. Mail requests to:
Public Hearing, Section 5208 ITS Deployment Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203
These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improve-
ment Program (TIP) of the First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
tion (FCMPO) for the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business dis-
placements are expected to occur as a result of project implementation.
These projects will have no substantial harmful effects on the environ-
ment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or dis-
abled. Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby
at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through January 7, 2006 during normal
business hours. This notice will constitute the final notice if no changes
occur.



Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority



LjB JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
Regional transportationn Solutions


100 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32203
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Shown above clockwise (L-R) the new C.B. McIntosh Sickle Cell Center, the honoree with his Kappa
Fraternity brothers, Willie Cowan, Aller Moore, Harvey Happer, Abdel Ac-Haleem and Dr. William Cody
and longtime friends in the healthcare struggle Dr. McIntosh and Dr. Rubin Brigety. FMPowellPhoto

State's Only Sickle Center Opens Honoring Dr. McIntosh


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continued from front
C.B. McIntosh, M.D., opened the
first African American pediatric
practice in Jacksonville in 1958.
Since that time, he has been
involved with numerous medical
organizations in Jacksonville as
S well as Florida. In 1967, he became
. chief of pediatrics at Brewster
' Methodist Hospital, where he was
later named chief of the medical
staff. He was president of the Duval


County Medical Society and has
served on the Florida Board of
Medicine and the Florida Ethics
Commission.
McIntosh has a passion for sickle
cell disease. In the summer of 1973,
he became the founding member of
the Florida State Chapter, Sickle
Cell Disease Association of
America (SCDAA) and later served
as that organization's president. The
SCDAA mirrors McIntosh's own


Harry T. Moore Continued from front
murders was initially closed in 1955, then reopened briefly in 1978 but led
to no charges. In 1991, Florida state police conducted an investigation and
a subsequent review in 2003, but evidence was still ruled insufficient to
pursue any suspect. Crist reopened the case again late last year.
"New evidence continues to mount every day,," he said.
The couple's daughter, Evangeline Moore, said she hoped to finally close
the painful chapter of her parents' deaths.
"I was coming home the two days after Christmas. When I got off the
train, this is what hit me in the face: Your father's dead, your mother's in
the hospital," she said. "What kind of Christmases do you think I had?
What kind of Christmas do you think I still have?"


desires to raise the awareness and
increase medical school training for
sickle cell.
"C.B. McIntosh believes educa-
tion is the key that builds and the tie
that binds to break the sickle cell
cycle," says Elizabeth Means, vice
president of community affairs at
Shands Jacksonville.
The McIntosh Sickle Cell Center
provides medical management,
social services, genetic counseling,
developmental evaluation, psycho-
logical evaluation and therapy, sup-
port groups and academic enrich-
ment for individuals and families
living with sickle cell disease.

Wal-Mart
continued from front
"We probably could have handled
it better, but I won't know until we
complete the investigation," said
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Sharon
Weber said. "Our company is built


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ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT:
RECIPIENT:


Jacksonville, Florida
$14,741,881
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Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an opportunity for
a public hearing to consider its FY 2005/2006 Program of Projects from which federal funds are being
requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an 80/20
matching basis between federal and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all
projects listed below.


Vehicles with Associated Equipment
ADA Equipment
Facility Improvements
Shop Equipment
Misc. Support Equipment
Computer Hardware
Computer Software
Bus Stop Signage & Poles
Enhancement Projects
Security Equipment
Fare Collection Equipment
Communication System
Preventative Maintenance
Paratransit Service
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375,000
1,276,129
51,700
223,050
429,160
253,000
125,000
110,401
926,296
300,000
250,000
3,207,408
750,000
150,000
100,000
100,000
180,000
250,000
80,000
10,000
30,000
505,000
145,000
100,000
20,000
55,000
750,000
100,000
10,000
270,000
2,250,000
1,100,000
51,300
562 500
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by Steven Ivory
The thing is, women think they know us. They bought
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f? F^ I people think they know something, it can be difficult
for them to see beyond their view.
Yes, men can be simple. However, it's the WHY that
is complex.
Take for example, men and directions. There is a logical reason men don't
readily ask for them when it's clear we're lost: We don't have the time.
See, from the Stone Age man has been building and running the world.
No matter that he appointed himself its exclusive custodian: the work still
had to be done. He couldn't be bothered with the frivolity of stopping and
asking for directions--he was too busy trying to find the place.
Man has since evolved, of course. But old habits die hard. Just as the
domestic pooch, circling before curling up, emulates his wild counterpart
stomping down brush in the woods, man, the instant he knows he is lost,
mentally drifts into the inherent.
He just keeps driving, as if his destination will simply appear. Maybe the
place will come to HIM. Stopping for directions only delays him from
either miracle. Call it simple. Or, stupid. It's deep if you ask me.
By the way. I don't speak for all men. I am no expert on the species,
and I say that being one. Certain men--those who see women exclusively
as sexual conquests; guys who misconstrue any female acknowledgment
whatsoever as irrefutable evidence she wants him; boys who, at all costs,
will be boys--these men are an enigma to me, too.
Nevertheless, there are some things about men it wouldn't hurt women
to know. Like, that men, while sharing plenty characteristics emotionally.
are different, not only from women, but different from other men as well.
A woman, knowing this going in, can cut her frustration in half.
And there's this fallacy that you (women) comer the market on commu-
nication. You don't. So many of us are able and willing to express our-
selves. But don't blame us if you're not clear-and honest.
Taking his time doesn't mean a man is uninterested, secretly Gay or sleep-
ing with someone else. He's simply taking his time. You said you wanted
a Man with a Slow Hand, this is what it feels like.
Still. men are sexual beings. We have self-control. However, if you're not
interested, don't start what you can't finish.
We realize your family is part of the package. But if you come from a
tribe less than congenial, please forgive our occasional reticence at rolling
out the welcome wagon.
We have short attention spans. Got something important to say? Give us
the hook now and the disco version later.
We know you look at other men. That's cool, but you're not as discreet
as you think.
Spending time with the fellas doesn't mean we don't love you. Nor does
forgening an anniversary. We know we were blessed the day we found
ou. Sometimes, we just forget what day it was.
Keep tolerating bone heads--the insensitive, selfish and the cheap--and
bone heads will never change. Why should they? They keep getting dates.
Enough of. "Why did he treat me like that?" Ask yourself, "Why'd I
ALLOW him to treat me like that?" Look out for yourself. And don't blame
the next guy.
Know that we not only waut you; we need you, too. So, come on. Oh,
and pick up a map.

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THE BLACK CHURCH AND AIDS

Straight Talk In The Comfort of Our Own Living Room


By Anthony Samad
The two most critical issues
impacting black America today are
spirituality and sexuality. Sex and
the Church are always discussed in
divergent terms, as if the two paths
never cross-but they do, often.
Secular and religious discourse,
that share the same conversation,
often becomes combative, particu-
larly when it becomes accusatory
over "perceived sins."
The fastest spreading health cri-
sis in America, in fact-world, is the
HIV virus that leads to the fatal
AIDs disease. A disease that is now
of pandemic proportions and dis-
proportionately affects the African
American community in record
numbers. Yet, the sexually active
and "the saved" share a common
bond when it comes to the
HIV/AIDs discussion. Silence, as
if neither is impacted by this crisis-
when, in fact, they both are.
One thing that they both have in
common is both have big deep
closets, and in the recesses of both
is a skeleton tied to this crisis. The
skeleton in the background of both
the church and the sexually active
is their reluctance to take this issue
head on. It's one issue "the family"
couldn't bring itself to sit down on,
until recently.
A few weeks ago, an African
American HIV/AIDs summit was


held-not at a hotel, not on a college
campus, not in some government
or health facility, but-in a church. A
black church. The term of one
being, "Nervous as a hoe (whore)
in church," became real as all
aspects of the black community
joined some of America's most pro-
gressive spiritual leaders to discuss
the most unlikeliest of topics, how
do we stop the spread of
HIV/AIDs. Clearly, a very sexually
active community-on all levels,
from adolescents to seniors (and
everyone in between), was quite
anxious about the church housing
this discussion, much less leading
the discussion. Just mentioning
"sex" in the church was once
grounds for expulsion. But Faithful
Central Bible Church in Inglewood
had the perfect venue to have this
"face-off' between the spiritual and
the sexual. It was called "the
Living Room," a place of gathering
for every black home where "the
family" comes together and talk
about the most intimate of family
issues. There is no bigger family
issue than HIV/AIDs, and no sec-
tion of "the family" can continue to
pretend like the issue doesn't exist.
Moreover, it's time to bring some
real clarity to the issue, in a way
that takes it past, who has it, how
they got it, and if they deserve what
they got (reaped what they've


sown). The condemnatory posture
often taken around any AIDs dis-
cussion never allows us to get to
the essence of the problem.
HIV/AIDs is not a "homo" curse;
an "unsafe sex" punishment, or a
"DL" trap. It is a disease, first and
foremost, that can be contracted
through blood transfusions, sport-
ing contacts and other non-sexual
interactions. The point being, dis-
closure of what is now commonly
called "the virus" has become so
stigmatizing that costs of not doing
so has mounted massive casualties.
It's time for straight talk about
HIV/AIDs, and it's long past time
the most condemnatory element of
the disease, the Black Church, join
in. The Church can play a leading
role in eliminating bias against
AIDs.
The Church has been at the head
of every fight Blacks have experi-
enced here in America, except
AIDs. When people are cast out of
the society, for one reason or
another, the church was always a
place of refuge-except those who
lead unacceptable liefstyles. It was
the whore that was cast out of the
church that became Jesus' most
loyal disciple (Mary Magdalene).
Still, it was seen as the place where
"sinners" went to become "saints."
With the black church, the largest
organized group of blacks in the


diaspora, speaking up, informing
the public with medical and advo-
cacy professionals in the same
ways they let politicians come
through the church, the stigma can
wear off, letting reason and com-
passion to arise in the same ways
the community now encourages
voting, mammograms and prostate
cancer screenings. Getting HIV
tests, and advocating for cost-
effective medication for the poor
and disadvantaged in something
churches can do better, far and
beyond, than any other segment of
the black community.
The black family always has been
able to sit in their living rooms and
talk out their problems, then turn to
the church to find a way out of no
way. With the HIV/AIDs pandem-
ic, we need to find a way out of no
way. The church must become the
living room, a place where the
whole family can talk about its
biggest problem, eradicating
HIV/AIDs. There is no problem
that GOD can't overcome. We just
have to take it to him. If the church
is, in fact, the place where all are
welcomed, and the doors of the
church are truly open, then the
church, without being condemnato-
ry, can be a leader, the leader, in
leading a national movement to
cast HIV/AIDs out of the black
community.


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The proposal was controversial from
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If all areas were treated the same -
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But what the planners viewed as
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some local leaders.
"Florida gets hit every year and we
never hear the question raised whether
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"The facts are, we will be rebuilding
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J.D. Mason presents an undeni-
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Hagar and Sarah. The daughters
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Simpson Memorial Hosting
Youth Forum for 6-12th Graders
Simpson Memorial UMC and Girl Scout Troop #750 presents "Youth
Forum: Youth Issues of 2005." The Forum is for 6th -12th graders and will
be held at Simpson Memorial, 1114 Cleveland Street, Jacksonville, Florida
on Saturday, December 10 from 9am 12pm. Topics of discussion will
include Parents, Home and Church, Social Life, Education and more. A
continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served. There is no cost for this
event. Parents are welcomed to attend the Parent Session. For more
information, directions and to RSVP, please call 355-9335.

Spiritual Spoken Word
Spirit of Truth Deliverance Ministry will present an evening of spoken
word with their event entitled "Spirit of Truth". The public is invited to
come out and witness Spiritual Poetry like you've never heard before. The
event is FREE and will have an open mic. Poets are encouraged to regis-
ter ahead. Refreshments will be served. Spoken Word at Spirit of Truth
will be held the first Saturday of each month beginning Jan. 7, 2006 from
6 8 p.m. The church is located at 5354 Verna Blvd (near Lowe's off
Cassat). For more information, call 904-993-0467.

St. Andrew A.M.E. Gospel

Christmas Concert at Beaches
Saint Andrew AME Church, 125 9th Street South, Jacksonville Beach;
invites all from far and near to attend a special Christmas Concert.
The Gospel Christmas Concert will be presented at St. Andrew AME at
7 p.m., on Sunday, December 18, 2005. All are welcome. For more infor-
mation, call 249-7624. The concert is free and open to the public.

Hope Chapel Mass Choir in Free
Concert Premiering New CD
The public is invited to attend a concert featuring Reverend Alvin
Darling and The Hope Chapel Mass Choir. Rev. Darling will be singing his
hit song "All Night" from the newly released CD "You Deserve My
Worship" on Saturday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. in Hunt's Auditorium
located at 9850 Wagner Road (between US-1 and Trout River Boulevard).
Admission is free. For more information call (904) 764-2193.


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hold Women of
Victory, Women of MEM
Faith Conference
Drs. Lewis and Bernadette Williams,
Founders and Conference Hosts; will
present "Women of Victory, Women
of War: Family Conference 2005,
Thursday thru Saturday, December 8-
10, 2005, at the Household of Faith e e
Church, 925 West Edgewood Avenue.
Drs. Lewis and Bernadette Williams
"The Battle for the Seed" is the con- r e and rnad iia
ference theme, and the Spiritual Strategy to Preserve Our Children.
Apostle Kim Daniels, Spoken Word Ministries; Prophetess Sheila J.
Spencer, Times of Refreshing Christian Worship Center; Prophetess Patsy
Dixon, Neighborhood Outreach Christian Center; Minister Lee Grady, edi-
tor, Charisma Magazine; Dr. Diane Clark, Pastor, Kingdom Life
Ministries; and Pastor Candace Lewis, New Life Community United
Methodist Church; will be among the anointed speakers.
Morning Glory will set the conference pace at 9 a.m. on Friday and
Saturday mornings. There will be a luncheon requiring reservations, at 1
p.m. on Friday. Workshops will be held on Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m.
General Sessions will begin at 7 p,m.
All are invited to attend the conference. You may register by phone, fax
or online at: (904)764-8400 phone, (904)764-1820 fax, or online at:
222.hofchurchinc.org.
United Methodist Women to
Present Tea and Fashions
The United Methodist Women will host a Seasonal Tea and Mini
Fashion Show at St. Joseph United Methodist Church, 925 Spearing Street.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 11th. The public is
invited.
*** NOTICE: Church news is printed of charge in the
Jacksonville Free Press. Information must be submitted no later than
Monday at 5 p.m. of the week you would lie it to run. Nominal charge
for photographs. Call 634-1993 for more information.


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New Bethel AME is "Breaking the
Cycle of Poverty and Illiteracy"


New Bethel AME Church, 1231
Tyler Street, has coordinated with
the Duval County School Board,
and the Jacksonville Children's
Commission, to bring "The Even
Start" program to the community.
The Even Start Program is
designed to help improve:
Educational Opportunities, includ-
ing earning a GED; improve:
Employability Skills to obtain a
job; improve Parenting Skills, to be
a better parent; and to enhance the
ability to help your child to be suc-
cessful in school.
If you live in Zip Codes: 32208,
32209, 32204, 32205 or neighbor-
ing areas, you can participate in
"The Even Start Program".
The program provides to partici-


pants free of charge: childcare, din-
ner for you and your child each
evening of class and field trips.
There are also great incentives for
participation and assistance with
transportation, if needed.
Enroll now in the program most
convenient for you at:
Project Succeed, Jean Ribault
Sr. High School, 3701 Winton
Drive, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday
through Thursday, call (904) 768-
8697; Project Chase, New Bethel
AME Church, 1231 Tyler Street,
Monday through Thursday, 5:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m., call (904) 353-
1822; Project Hollybrook, 104
King Street.
For more information, call New
Bethel AME, (904) 353-1822.


First A.M.E. Holiday Celebrations
On Friday, December 9, 2005 at 6:30p.m., join the First A.M.E. Church
music ministry, along with other choirs, for a holiday celebration at
Daytona Beach Community College, Palm Coast Amphitheater; Sunday,
December 11, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. at First A.M.E. for diverse Christmas
music in a cantata by the entire music department; Saturday, December 17,
2005, 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m., at Winn Dixie, Palm Coast Parkway, for car-
oling by the music ministry and friends; Saturday, Dec 17, 2005 6;00 p.m.
at First A.M.E. with youth in a Christmas drama and arts presentation enti-
tled, "One for the Little, Bitty Baby"; Saturday, December 31, 2005, 8:00
p.m. 9:30 p.m. a ministry expo, 8:30 p.m. a free, delicious dinner, 10:00
p.m. a New Year's Eve concert with New Destiny, the ministers of music
and special friends, 11:00 p.m. worship service and welcoming in the new
year; Sunday, January 1, 2005, 10:45 a.m. worship service and celebration
of the Emancipation Proclamation followed by a reception. First A.M.E.
Church, 91 Old Kings Rd. N., Palm Coast, is the pastorate of the Rev.
Gillard S. Glover. For more information, call (386) 446-5759.


Evangel Temple Assembly of God

Sunday Services December 11th


8:15 a.m. &10:45 am.
Morning Worship
10:45 a.m Service Interpreted for the Deaf


6:00 p.m. Christmas Musical
"Mayhem in Bethlehem"
This wil be a bight spot in
your Christmas Celebration


*Evangel Temple Concert at the Jacksonville Landing"
SFriday, Dec. 9th at 8:00 p.m.
Don't Miss this Exciting Christmas Presentation


5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205

904-781-9939
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org
Email: evangeljax@comcast.net


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9:30 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
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Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.


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Arrestees of Civil Rights


Era Protests Sought


Sen. Tony Hill
Senator Anthony c. "Tony" Hill,
Sr., the Civil Rights Committee of
St. Augustine, and members of the
Joseph E. Lee Republican Club are
working, with help from the office
of Attorney General Charley Crist,
the Florida Coastal School of Law,
and the Florida State Office of the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP), to develop the process
by which individuals who have a
criminal record, stemming only
from arrests) resulting from acts in
defense or support of the Civil
Rights Movement, can have those
records cleared.
Cases will be submitted for con-


sideration for a full pardon, of those
individuals who have lived and
worked all of their adult lives free
of criminal activity,and have served
in their local communities as pro-
ductive citizens and role models,
with no controversial issues involv-
ing their character.
If you were involved in the Civil
Rights Movement, from the late
1950's to the early 1970's and were
arrested for marching,sitting-in, or
any other act in support of, or in
defense of the Civil Rights
Movement, and, That is the only
charge on your record, you may be
eligible for this effort being spear
headed by Senator Hill's office.
If you feel that you qualify,please
obtain an official copy of your
record and forward it, along with
your contact information, to
Senator Hill's office, at 5600 New
Kings Rd., Suite 5, Jacksonville,
FL 32209.
You will be contacted as soon as
the process is finalized, for addi-
tional information and or to con-
firm with you whether your record
will be included in those submitted
for consideration for a full pardon.
Contact Senator Hill's office, 904-
924-1646, if you have questions
regarding the submission of your
record for pardon consideration.


Shown above (L-R) Marchers in the Children's Walk honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott walk past the historic
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, A empty seat covered in black cloth honors the 50th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus
Boycott as Beverly Ross sits alone in a replica bus from the 1950's waiting to join others for a ceremonial ride to the site where the civil right
icon was arrested, Thursday Dec. 1, 2005, in Montgomery, Ala. All buses in Montgomery paid tribute to Parks by leaving a seat empty with a
display commemorating her act. Parks, who died Oct. 24 at age 92, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., bus.


Boycott 50th Anniversary Focuses



on Those Who Changed the System


The 50th anniversary of the start
of the Montgomery bus boycott was
marked Monday with participants
reflecting on the reason for the
protest and its later impact, includ-
ing getting blacks aboard the buses
as drivers.
With the city's bus seats segregat-
ed by race, there was ample reason
to launch the boycott.
"Virtually every black person in
Montgomery either had experi-
enced the kind of awful treatment
that you read about or knew some-
one who had," said the Rev. Robert
Graetz, who was a rare white
involved in helping carry out the
boycott. "They were ready to do
something to do anything to try
to do something about the bus sys-
tem here."
Graetz joined Herbert Young and
Samuel Jackson, two black men
who integrated the city transit sys-
tem as drivers, during a panel dis-
cussion at Troy University's
Montgomery campus.
Graetz, who was among those
attending the first mass meeting on
the night Dec. 5, 1955, said they
were aware they were making his-
tory.


"We knew we that had to stay
together no matter how long it
took," Graetz said. "We weren't
doing it for ourselves. We were
doing it for the children."
The boycott began after the city
would not comply to demands that
aimed to make the black riding
experience more pleasant. Under
the system, blacks would pay the
driver at the front, then go outside
and enter the rear door; as the front
filled with whites, blacks had to
move to the back.
The boycott was organized after a
black woman, Rosa Parks, was
arrested for refusing to give up her
seat to a white man on Dec. 1, 1955.
"We wanted an end to the violent
actions and violent language of bus
drivers as they dealt with black pas-
sengers," Graetz said.
They also wanted to make sure no
one had to give up their seat to any-
one else and wanted black drivers
on the predominantly black routes.
According to Graetz, the boycott
almost drove the bus company out


of business.
"About three-fourths of their riders
were black. And when those black
riders weren't riding buses, they had
no income coming in," he said.
"There weren't enough people to
keep those buses going."
Jackson, who started driving the
city buses in 1968, is currently
supervisor of passenger services
with the Montgomery Area Transit
System.
"When Rosa Parks started the
spark for the movement, the first
mass meeting was at Holt Street
Church and at that mass meeting,
we were ready," Jackson said. "We
were already together just waiting
on somebody to give us the march-
ing orders."
Jackson described his long history
with the Montgomery transit sys-
tem, which began in the late 40s as
a passenger, as bittersweet, and he
commended the steps now being
taken by Mayor Bobby Bright to
support transportation equality.
"Under Mayor Bright and the new


management, we started making
some large steps and we've been
doing that for the last five years,"
Jackson said.
Jocelyn Cash, executive director
of the Montgomery Transportation
Coalition, gave an overview of his-
tory of the city's bus system during
another panel discussion on state
and local equity issues.

She said the MTC, which was
formed by residents in 1995, has
continued the fight to erase unequal
service to people of color and those
in low income areas.
The city's bus system now
includes 12 additional fixed routes
to go along with the original three
and a 16th route will be added in
2006. The system is also in the
process of building a new down-
town riverwalk transit center.
"These changes have not come
without a fight," Cash said. "The
Montgomery Transportation
Coalition in the last ten years have
had to win battles with the city."


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S. Holiday Activities Keep Children Learning

Q: As the holidays draw closer, I'm looking for suggestions on how to fit in some mean
Singfulfamily time. It's always so hectic and everyone gets frazzled and cranky.


Head Start Opens New Center at Jacksonville Job Corps Opens
The newest Head Start Child Development Center recently opened located at the Jacksonville Job Corps Center
officially opened with a festive ribbon cutting ceremony. On hand were Urban League President Dr. Richard
Danford (shown above 2nd right) and Job Corps Center Director Omoniyi Amoran who originally discussed the
partnership idea in 1999.The center began accepting students on October 5 and now hosts approximately 60 three
to five year olds. Operated by the Jacksonville Urban League, Head Start serves more than 1900 children, ages
3 to 5, that reside in Duval County.


A: Holidays can mean more than
big meals, watching mindless TV
and buying presents. Get all family
members together and plan activi-
ties that will fit in with your budg-
et, your schedule-and your strength.
Having a happy, but scaled down,
holiday is much more important to
your children than planning an
extravaganza where everyone is
frazzled and crabby.
Children need rituals. Each fami-
ly has special holiday traditions and
children love to learn the reasons
behind these traditions. Help them
see that the things your family does
at the holiday season are part of an
old tradition. Or, establish new
family traditions. Perhaps you'd
like to have a family skating party.


Get a family membership to a
museum. Plan a visit to enjoy a spe-
cial exhibit.
Help your children focus on some-
one other than themselves so it's not
just the season of the "I wants."
Insist that your family take part in
some activity that will help those
less fortunate. There are many peo-
ple who will have no holiday din-
ners this year. Learn more about
people with no homes. Are there
hungry people in your community?
How can your family help?
Holidays also offer a great oppor-
tunity to promote learning-even
during this hectic time of year. This
is a great chance to include reading
and writing in the fun. Here are
some ideas:


Tis the Season to Catch the Cold and Flu


What is the difference be-
tween a cold and the flu?
The flue and the common cold
are both respiratory illnesses, but5
they are caused by different viruses.
Because they have similar symp-
toms, it can be difficult to tell them
apart.
Influenza or "the flu" develops
when a flu virus infects your respi-
ratory system, including your nose,
throat, bronchial tubes, and possi-
bly the lungs. A cold virus infects
usually only your upper respiratory
tract: your nose and throat.
Flue symptoms are generally
worse than illness caused by the
common cold. What we call "stom-
ach flu" or "intestinal flu" is really
another virus that causes vomiting
and diarrhea. It's confusing termi-
nology, because it really isn't the
flu. It's just another type of viral
infection.
Why are people so concerned
about the flu?
Because the flu virus can infect
the lungs, it can cause a serious
infection like pneumonia. And
that's what worries people. If the flu
; develops into pneumonia, it can
ireuire hospitalization and even
lead to death. People with weak
immune systems: the elderly, preg-
nant women, infants, and people
with chronic health problems, are at
the highest risk.
Can flu shots cause the flu?
The flu shot does not contain live
viruses, so it cannot "give" you the
flu. However, the vaccine can trig-
ger an immune response from your
body, so you may hae a few mild
symptoms, like achy muscles or a
low fever.
What else can I do to prevent
the flu?
Both flu and cold viruses are
transmitted the same way through
microscopic droplets from an
infected person's respiratory sys-
tem. That person sneezes or coughs,
and droplets are sprayed onto any
nearby surface, or person. If they
cough or sneeze into their hands
(without a tissue), their hands then
carry droplets to surfaces they
touch. You can touch that surface
and pick up the virus. If you rub
your eyes or nose, you've just
infected yourself.
What are flu symptoms and
when is a person contagious?
Primary symptoms of flue are
fever, fatigue, aches and pains,
chills, and cough. The cough is a
bronchial tube irritation and is usu-
ally at its worst for three to four


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Recovery can take seven to 10 days.
You may have lingering fatigue for
several weeks.
About 24 to 72 hours after you
are infected, you become conta-
gious. Yet, you don't have symp-
toms, so you don't know you are
sick, but you are spreading the virus
wherever you go.
What's the best treatment for
the flu?
There's no single "best" treat-
ment for the flu, but there are many
ways you can ease the symptoms:
Prescription drugs can cut short
the flu, if taken when your first
symptoms appear. Over-the-counter
cold and flu medicines can offer
some relief from fever and aches.
Doctors no long believe in sup-
pressing low-grade fever, except in
very young and very old people, or
people with certain medical condi-
tions such as heart and lung disease.
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activating the immune system.
NOTE: Young people and chil-
dren should not take aspirin
because of the risk of Reye's syn-
drome.
How do prescription flu med-
ications work?
Tamiflu and the other prescript-
tion flu drugs were developed flu
drugs were developed to cut short a
bout with flu. However, these drugs
must be taken within two days after
flue symptoms first appear and
immediately after exposure to the
flue virus. They help relieve flu
symptoms and may shorten recov-
ery time by a few days. If someone
in the household or at work has the
flu, other family members and co-
workers might consider taking
something like Tamiflu.
Should I get an antibiotic?
Antibiotics will not help treat the
flu. Antibiotics kill bacteria, but
they do not kill any viruses, includ-
ing viruses that cause the flue or


colds.
When should I see a doctor?
When you experience: Difficul-
ty breathing; Persistent fever;
Vomiting or inability to keep fluids
down; Painful swallowing; Persis-
tent coughing; or have Persistent
congestion and headaches.
If I have allergies, am I more
likely to get the flu?
No, allergies don't affect suscep-
tibility to the flu. People most sus-
ceptible to flu are adults over age
50, infants 6 to 23 months old, and
women who are pregnant during flu
season.
If you have any of these signs or
symptoms, see a doctor These
symptoms are signs that flu may
have developed into something
serious, like pneumonia:
Difficulty breathing; Persistent
fever; Vomiting or inability to keep
fluids down; Painful swallowing;
Persistent coughing; Persistent con-
gestion and headaches.
The CDC recommends flu shots
for:
All infants 6 to 23 months old.
Children and adults with chron-
ic medical conditions.
All adults over age 65.
Pregnant women.
Health care personnel.
People in nursing homes or long
term care facilities.
Anyone in regular contact with
a child under 6 months old.
The nasal flu vaccine, FluMist,
is made with weakened live virus.
It's recommended only for healthy
people between the ages of 5 and 49
because there is a lack of safety
information in other age groups.
Flu Prevention:
Wash your hands, frequently.
Use an alcohol-based gel if you
don't have access to water.
Cough and sneeze into a tissue
or into your hands. Wash your
hands afterward.
When you cough, turn your head
away from others.
If you have a sudden sneeze and
no tissue, bend your arm, sneeze
into it.
Don't touch your eyes, nose or
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- Set aside some time for reading
every day. A short quiet break
will do more than help build your
kids' reading skills. It will also
help everyone enjoy a few min-
utes of peace and quiet-together.
- Ask a younger child to help you
make your holiday shopping lists.
Talk about the letters and words
you write.
- Help your young child make his
own holiday cards. After he deco-
rates the front, decide together what
the greeting should say.
Take a youngster along as you
shop for different gifts. Point out
the words on the packaging that tell
about each item you buy.
- Encourage your children to write.
Ask them to write a letter, a poem,
or a short story about this time of
year.
Watch a special television pro-
gram together. Then read a book
that relates to what you saw. You
might watch the ballet of "The
Nutcracker," and read the book.
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by T. Pendleton, BV
In October, American Vogue edi-
tor-in-chief Anna Wintour was hit
in the face with a tofu pie outside
the Paris spring fashion shows
courtesy of animal activist group
PETA (People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals) in protest of
Vogue's fur advertisements. With
over 850.000 members worldwide.
PETA is one of the most aggressive
- and p'lerha the most notorious --
of the anti-fur activists. These
groups fight an ongoing battle to
convince people that the often cruel
and inhumane treatment of animals
is not warranted by human demands
for fa hion. warmth or food.
It's a message that has largely
gone unheard in much of the
African-American community. In
terms of the high-profile among us,
Mary J. Blige, Ashanti, Ja Rule,
Patti Labelle, Jennifer Lopez, Nas,
Fat Joe, Cam'ron, and Beyonce
have all been photographed wear-
ing fur. And it appears that their
ease with fur, as well as the fur
offered by urban fashion lines like
Baby Phat, Sean by Sean Combs, J.
Lo, Rocawear, Ecko Red, Sean
John and Beyonce's new House Of
Dereon, have created a new genera-
tion of fur buyers.
Despite the label of political
incorrectness that some would
assign to wearing fur, African-
Americans are buying them in
greater numbers than in the past fif-
teen years. Since 2002, when the
Fur Information Council of
America (FICA), which represents
independent fur retailers, merchants


11.1 billion dollars worldwide.
It is worth noting that fur has a
long tradition in black America,
from entrepreneurial blacks who
were pioneers in the fur trade to the
splendor of the Harlem
Renaissance, to its place in ostenta-
tious blaxploitation movies like
'Superfly' and the 70's glamour of
Diana Ross and basketball player
Walt "Clyde" Frazier. One of leg-
endary Harlem photographer James
Van Der Zee's most famous photos
features a 1920's Harlem couple
posing in a luxurious car while
decked out in raccoon coats.
"African-American rappers,
singers, movie stars and sports stars
do wear a lot of fur," says fashion
and lifestyle expert Emil Wilbekin.
"In the black community, furs, cars,
and jewelry are a way for people to
display wealth and success. As
black people, we also have a cultur-
al history of wearing animal skins
in Africa. At that time, fur repre-
sented decoration, status, and mas-
culinity. Most hip-hop stars who are
aligned with PETA are usually veg-
ans and don't eat red meat. That is
their concern, not wearing fur."
In fact, PETA's vegetarianism
campaign has attracted African-
American celebrities like Common,
The Roots, Masta Killa, and NFL
star Ricky Williams, but even
PETA admits that selling their anti-
fur message to African-Americans
has been challenging. Despite also
getting celebrity support from
Dennis Rodman, Pharrell, Russell
Simmons, 'Girlfriends' star Persia
White (who appears in a graphic ad


below zero. They both own furs and
are looking to buy more this winter.
As a Chicago native, Pacini says fur
has been part of her life since child-
hood.


fur."Pacini says finances aren't a
deterrent either as Chicagoans from
all backgrounds use layaway, sales
and buy used furs to afford the look.
"I'm just following what was


"The African-American community will engage in con-


versation because they can


"That's just how it is there," Pacini
says. "My mother and grandmother
wore furs and they just passed it
down to me. My mother has lots of
furs. She has minks, raccoons and
beavers. It's like second nature
when you live in Chicago. A fur is
like an everyday coat there. You
have on jeans, you throw on your


relate to oppression.
PETA Representative


instilled in me," she says, recalling
her mother's wardrobe of gloves,
handkerchiefs and furs. Douglas'
first fur was a gift from her mother
that she had tailored to fit. "Sure,
you can wear a down coat with
jeans, but what if you're dressed
up? A down coat isn't going to look
good with an evening gown."


Sisters Tour," in Washington,
With an eye toward better results
in 2006, Venus says she has been
working out diligently. Facing
Serena in fan-friendly exhibitions
in Seattle and Cleveland before
their finale is also helping her pre-
pare for 2006, she says.
The "Williams Sisters Tour" has a
philanthropic component, as well,
benefiting the Ronald McDonald
House. "This is perfect for us
because obviously we haven't
played the last few weeks of the
season," Venus said. "To be able to
kind of test out ourselves and also
to try new techniques just gets me
really excited for next year. I'd like
to be more aggressive on the court,
but more than anything, I'd like to
stay healthy next year."


The sisters' interests have broad-
ened as they have matured. Venus
runs an interior design company;
Serena, 24, is dabbling in acting
and designing a clothing line called
"Aneres," which is Serena spelled
backward. Together they starred in
a reality series on ABC Family,
"Venus and Serena: For Real."
Serena seems to particularly revel
in the spotlight. In July she per-
formed alongside Destiny's Child
at the ESPY Awards. Venus has a
lower public profile. She says she
has spent the offseason working
late nights designing swimwear for
a project at the Art Institute of Fort
Lauderdale, where she is studying
fashion design. "I'm sort of tired,"
she said, "but it will pay off one
day."


Celebrities such as Iman and Shirley Bassey have opted for faux fur.


and manufacturers, started tracking
fur purchases by ethnicity, the per-
centage of African-Americans buy-
ing fur has jumped from 16.5 to
25.3%. According to their research,
as males overall buy more fur, there
has been a distinct spike in African-
American male purchasers. And the
audience for fur is getting younger:
while the average fur buyer was 46
years old in 2001, by 2004, 51% of
buyers were under 44 years old.
Incidents of paint-throwing and
graphic ads from a variety of anti-
fur activists, most prominently
those associated with PETA and the
Humane Society of the United
States, have not deterred major
designers, department stores and
even mall stalwarts like J. Crew
from selling fur. "Ten years ago,
there were 42 designers working in
fur," says Keith Kaplan, FICA's
executive director. "Now there are
over 400." And no wonder. In spite
of fluctuations due to weather and
the waxing and waning of luxury
purchase', the fur industry earns


with a skinned fox) and Tyra Banks,
the message has not penetrated the
community to the degree they'd
like.
Controversial print ads, like one
created by PETA that compared a
black man being lynched to the cru-
elty of the fur trade, probably don't
help the organization's standing
with the African-American commu-
nity. But Lange says black people
are more responsive to information
presented to them than the main-
stream community is. "The African-
American community will engage
in conversation because they can
relate to oppression. We're waved
off more by white people."
Still, their willingness to dialogue
hasn't put black folks off their furs,
particularly in communities where
either climate or tradition has made
fur a mainstay. Thirty-something
stay-at-home mom Nicole Pacini
and her husband Sam, who runs an
entertainment company, live in
Minnetonka, Minnesota, where
winter temperatures often drop well


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EWC Chamber Choir
Scholarship Dinner
The Edward Waters College
Department of Fine Arts will pres-
ent "0, Come Let Us Adore Him," a
Christmas candlelight concert fea-
turing the Edward Waters College
Chamber Choir on Sunday,
December 9th. The free concert,
will be held 7 p.m. at the Historic
Mount Zion African Methodist
Episcopal Church, 201 Beaver St.
Throughout the concert the music
will tell the story of Christ's birth
through a musical repertoire of
diverse arrangements. For more
information please call 470-8132.

Raines/Ribault Class of
86 Annual Xmas gala
The Ribault and Raines Class of
86' will have their annual jont
Christmas Gala on Saturday,
December 10th from 7:00 pm -
1:00 am at the Clarion Hotel at the
airport.Attire is "After Five" For
more information, contact Ver Lana
(Kitt) McCombs at 868-0528.

Youth Forum
Simpson Memorial UMC and Girl
Scout Troop #750 presents "Youth
Forum: Youth Issues of 2005" on


Saturday, December 10th. The
Forum is for 6th -12th graders and
will be held at Simpson Memorial,
1114 Cleveland Street, from 9a.m.
- 12 p.m. Topics of discussion will
include Parents, Home and Church,
Social Life, Education and more. A
continental Breakfast and Lunch
will be served. There is no cost for
this event. Parents are welcomed to
attend the Parent Session. For more
information, directions and to
RSVP, please call 355-9335.

"Step 4 Life"
Fashion Extravaganza
Area organizations have teamed
up together in an effort to raise
money for the Lupus Foundation
that services the Northeast Florida
cities. On December 10, 2005 a
Fashion Show will be held at the
Bethelite Conference Center, with
special guests Demetrius, Brother
Jay, and more. Tickets can be pur-
chased from either Deatry & Son
Shoes,119 W. Adams St. (904) 356-
0044, or Trendi's Salon ,1125
Cersey Blvd. (904) 710-4875. For
further info please call 234-1912.

Andrew Jackson
Booster Club Meeting
The public is invited to attend the


Entertainers Needed for Family Rally
Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee are soliciting entertainers to
volunteer their talent for a Millions More Movement Unity Family Rally to
help galvanize our communities for positive change.If you are a
singer,singing group,dancer,dancers,rapper,rappers,church group,step-
pers,greek organization,club,church choir,poet,comedian .There are no age
limitation ,and it is open to male and female. Call 904-355-9395,904-768-
2778 or email:axn@bellsouth.net.

Register Early for Annual MLK Parade
The D. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Incorporated, of
Jacksonville, Florida will start 2006 with a full weekend of MLK Holiday
Celebration activities. The MLK Parade and the accompanying citywide
activities are planned as acts ofjoy, celebration, reflection, and introspec-
tion. This years Parade Theme is "Celebrating The Mothers of the
Movement" and the parade route will be through Downtown Jacksonville
on Monday, January 16, 2006 beginning at 10:00a.m. Register via tele-
phone 904-807-6358, on-line at www.mlkfdn.com or Fax at 904-807-
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Booster Club. The meeting will be
held on Monday, December 12th at
6:30 p.m. For more information,
contact Claudia Campbell at 708-
4776.


Delaney Keynotes Time
Management Seminar
JCCI will present a one day sem-
inar entitled, "The Time in Your
Life Successfully Managing
Work, Family, and Community. The
seminar will be held on Tuesday,
December 13th from 12:00 4:45
p.m. at Improv Jacksonville inside
the Jacksonville Landing. The fea-
tured speaker is John Delaney,
UNF President and former Mayor
of Jacksonville along with several
special distinguished guests.
Participants will learn how to
include work and family and con-
tribute to the community without
'dropping out.' Seating is limited.
R.S.VP. by December 9 to Esther at
396-3052 or email esther@jcci.org.


Winterize Your Garden
Learn how to winterize your
landscape and herb garden with a
free class sponsored by the Duval
County Extension Office. The class
will be held on December 14, 2005
from 10AM-1PM at the Extension's
offices located at 1010 N. McDuff
Ave. Herbs will also be for sale.
Please call 387-8850 to register.


Yuletide Swing Concert
The St. Johns River City Big
Band, under the Musical Direction
of Michael Davis, will present its
annual holiday extravaganza,
Yuletide Swing on Thursday,
December 15, 2005. Attendees
will enjoy exciting Big Band
arrangements of your favorite holi-
day classics, jazz renditions of
excerpts from The Nutcracker, and
some unique surprises such as guest
vocalists and audience sing-along.
The concert will begin at 7:30PM
at the Terry Theatre at the Times-
Union Center. For ticket informa-
tion, cal 630-0900.


Roy Ayers in Concert
in Jingle Bell Jazz
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present Ronnie Laws
in concert for an evening of Jingle
Bell Jazz on Saturday, December
17th beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets
are available at Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum box office. For
more information, call 632-5555.

Christmas Luminaria
Visit the Riverside Avondale
Historic District on Sunday,
December 18th, 2005 from 6:00
p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the 21st
Christmas Luminaria. Visible to the
eyes will be over 36,000 luminaria
candles, a live nativity with real
animals and Christmas presenta-
tions by area churches. Drive, walk,
bicycle, or rollerblade through the
free event. For more information
call 389-2449.

First Coast
C.A.R.E.S. Meeting
The General Meeting of First
Coast C.A.R.E.S. (Consortium for
AIDS Resources, Evaluation and
Services) will be held on
Wednesday, December 21st at
Smith Auditorium at the Duval
County Health Department, 515
West 6th Street at 5:00 p.m. If any-
one has a special need, please con-
tact Jewish Family & Community
Services, 394-5733.

FlaJax Dance
The FlaJax Club will have their
76th Annual Anniversary Dance on
Monday, December 26th begin-
ning at 9 p.m. in the evening. This
year's dance will be atthe Radiddon
Riverwalk Hotel. For more infor-
mation, contact any member of the
Flajax Club. Henry L. Sellers,
President.

New Year's
Mystery Party
Dave & Busters Restaurant will
be hosting a New Year's Mystery
Party. The annual celebration fea-
tures a three act interactive comedy
mystery dinner theatre, power


cards, dancing, hors d' ouvres,
champagne toast and more.
Festivities begin on December 31st
at 8:00 p.m. Audience members
will have a chance to solve a crime
and win a prize. Tickets are limited.
For more information call 296-
1525.

PRIDE Book
Club Meeting
The 1st bookclub meeting of 2006
for the P.R.I.D.E. Book Club will be
held at 7:00 pn on January 6, 2006
at the home of Romona Baker. The
book for discussion will be
FORCED INTO GLORY by
Lerone Bennett, Jr. For more infor-
mation, please e-mail felicef@bell-
south.net.

Matthew Gilbert
Alumni Gala Weekend
All Matthew W. Gilbert Jr.and Sr.
High School students and teachers
are invited to the 8th Annual New
Year Grand Reunion Celebration on
Saturday, January 7, 2006 at the
Hyatt Regency River Walk Hotel
Former Adams Mark), 225 Coast
Line Dr. The event will feature a
semi formal welcome reception on
Friday, January, 6, 2006 from 7:00 -
11:00 p.m. and a gala celebration
on Saturday, January 7th with a
reception at 6:00 p.m., dinner at
7:00p.m. and a Dance/After Party
from 9:00 p.m. until. Tickets for
the event are $50. There will be no
tickets at the door. For more infor-
mation, please call Almeyta J. Lodi
at 355-7583 or Vivian W. Williams
at 766-2885.

Spiritual Spoken Word
Spirit of Truth Deliverance
Ministry will present an evening of
spoken word with "Spirit of Truth"
on Saturday, January 7th. The
public is invited to come out and
witness Spiritual Poetry like you've
never heard before. The event is
FREE and will have an open mic.
Poets are encouraged to pre register.
Spoken Word at Spirit of Truth will
be held the first Saturday of each
month from 6 8 p.m. The church is
located at 5354 Verna Blvd (near


Lowe's off Cassat). For more infor-
mation, call 993-0467.

Najee at the
Ritz in Concert
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum presents contemporary
jazz recording artist Najee at Jazz
Third Saturdays, a new cafe style
concert series featuring local and
national jazz recording artists. The
concert will be held on Saturday,
January 21st beginning at 8 p.m.
With two platinum and four gold
albums, Najee is one of the biggest
and best names in contemporary
jazz. Tickets are available at the
Ritz box office, For more informa-
tion, please call 904-632-5555. $31.

The Soweto
Gospel Choir
Experience an awe-inspiring
vocal ensemble direct from South
Africa! The Soweto Gospel Choir
draws on the best talent from the
many churches and communities in
and around Soweto, South Africa.
Performing in eight different lan-
guages, including English, the choir
will be in Jacksonville at the
Florida Theater on Friday,
February 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets for
most Florida Theatre events also on
sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, or at
(904) 353-3309.

Links Western Gala
The Jacksonville Chapter of Links
will present their annual Western
Gala themed "A Celebration of
Country Soul" on February 11th at
the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.
Festivities will kick off at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact any
jacksonville Links member or email
thewestergala@hotmail.com.

2006 AIDS Summit
The 2006 AIDS Summit will be
held on February 16-17, 2006.
This year's theme is "Strike Out
HIV/AIDS". The summit will be
held at the BeThe Lite Conference
Center, 5865 Arlington Express-
way. For additional information call
904-358-1622 x230.


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iONI BRAXTON IN PLAYBOY?
As for Braxton's rumored upcoming appearance in
i Playboy magazine spread, she said: "They've
Lsked. I haven't done it yet. I just can't do the bottom
thing because that's really intimate and really per-
sonal. But boobies, what is it? A dime a dozen. You
can buy some for $5,000. All jokes aside, I can't do
the bottom thingy."

TIKI BARBER SIGNED BY FOX NEWS:
Gig helps running back gear up for life after football.
7 Coming out of the backfield is New York Giants run-
x ning back Tiki Barber, exploiting a
wide-open hole left by the FOX News Channel on one
of its most popular programs.
,-Beginning next week, the twin of Tampa Bay
Buccaneer Ronde Barber will appear as
a general contributor each Tuesday on Fox & Friends
First (weekdays, 6-7AM EST), where
he has been a frequent guest co-host.
"I'm ecstatic to officially join Fox News and look forward to contribut-
ing to their successful line-up as I segue into the next part of my profes-
sional life," Barber said.
Prior to these broadcasting stints, Barber WCBS-TV's Morning Sports
from 1999-2001. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Barber is the co-
author of "Game Day" and "By My Brother's Side" with Ronde.

MILES DAVIS LEADS ROCK HALL '06 CLASS:
Famed trumpeter to be inducted alongside
Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Sabbath.
*The late jazz legend Miles Davis is among the list
of esteemed inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame. The influential trumpeter will be joined by
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blondie, Black Sabbath and the
Sex Pistols in the class of 2006. The induction cer-
emony will be held March 13 at New York's Waldorf
Astoria Hotel.

WILL SMITH WANTS AN OSCAR FOR TERRENCE
HOWARD Big Willie hosts L.A. screenings to sway Academy voters.
He has absolutely no financial or creative stake in the
film "Hustle & Flow," yet Will Smith has made it his
mission to draw Oscar attention to the critically-
acclaimed movie and its breakout star, Terrence ,,
Howard.
Smith has arranged and will host back-to-back
screenings of the Paramount Classics film. After the
second showing, Smith and Howard will head across
town to the Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills here Smith will moderate a
Q&A session following a special screening for invited members of the
Screen Actors Guild. Nominations for the 78th annual Academy Awards
will take place on Jan. 31, five weeks before the ceremony on March 5.


Wonder to Perform at Super

Bowl Pre-Game Shown


At .
Stevie Wonder
Motown fans miffed by the NFL's
choice of the Rolling Stones for
Super Bowl halftime entertainment
are getting at least some satisfac-
tion: Stevie Wonder will perform
during the pre-game show at Ford
Field according to NFL officials.
Wonder will play three or four
songs before the Feb. 5 game. The
NFL's announcement last week that
the Rolling Stones would provide
the halftime entertainment prompt-
ed an uproar in Detroit, the original


home of Motown Records, the label
for artists such as Wonder, Smokey
Robinson, the Supremes and the
Four Tops.
Detroit-area residents are fiercely
proud of the city's musical contri-
butions, which extend beyond
Motown to more recent stars
including Eminem and Kid Rock.
Aretha Franklin's career started at
her father's Detroit church, and the
Queen of Soul still lives in the area.
Ted Nugent, Madonna and Bob
Seger also hail from Michigan.
Many saw it as a snub that those
stars were passed over for halftime.
A Detroit radio personality gave
out the phone number of an NFL
official on the air and urged listen-
ers to call and complain.
McCarthy said it was always the
league's intention to honor Motown
in the pre-game show. But halftime,
he said, is bigger than Detroit.
McCarthy noted that the 1998
Super Bowl in San Diego featured a
Motown tribute in honor of the
label's 40th anniversary. Performers
included Robinson, Martha Reeves
and The Temptations.


Tina Turner Among 2006 Kennedy Center Honorees


Tina Turner and Tony Bennett,
two legends of American music,
earned accolades from a broad
array of pop and jazz stars last
weekend during the Kennedy
Center Honors. They were among
three other celebrants including
actor Robert Redford, dancer
Suzanne Farrell, and veteran stage
actress Julie Harris.
In honor of Turner, Queen Latifah
sang "What's Love Got to Do With
It," Melissa Etheridge sang "River
Deep, Mountain High" and
Beyonce Knowles performed
"Proud Mary."
Oprah Winfrey called herself
"Tina's biggest known groupie"
advised the audience at the
Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts, to see Turner perform, "Add
that to the list of things you do ."


Veteran actor Robert Redford (L) looks on as singer Tina Turner sings
along with other guests the U.S. national anthem at the Kennedy
Center Honors Gala in the John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts in Washington December 4, 2005.


Bennett was saluted with perform-
ances of standards like "I Left My
Heart in San Francisco," by trum-
peter Wynton Marsalis and "For
Once in My Life," by R&B star
John Legend..
Glenn Close called Redford "a
visionary activist with the heart and
soul of an artist," while Tom
Brokaw dubbed him "captain of
America's golden boys."
Julie Harris, a longtime veteran of
stage and screen and winner of a
record six Tony awards, won kudos
from Kevin Spacey, who called her
performances "not tricks, but trans-
formations."
Earlier in the day, the members
of the 28th annual class of honorees
were welcomed by President Bush
and first lady Laura Bush at a White
House reception. The Kennedy
Center Honors will be broadcast,
Dec. 27 on CBS.


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Talk show host and actress Oprah Winfrey (L) returns to chat with
David Letterman, 16 years after her previous visit on 'The Late Show
with David Letterman', in New York last week.. Following the inter-
view, Letterman escorted Winfrey across 53rd street to the opening of
her new Broadway Show 'The Color Purple'.
Lady O's Presence Gives 'Late Show" its Best
Ratings in 10 Years. The last time David Letterman saw the kind
of ratings following last Thursday's telecast featuring Oprah Winfrey was
during the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding Olympic ice skating dust-up,
and the previous year when the former NBC staple made its big debut on
CBS.
According to Nielsen Media Research, only those three episodes pro-
duced higher ratings than Thursday's public reconciliation with Oprah,
which drew 13.5 million viewers in its 11:35 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. timeslot.
After years of begging the host to appear on his show, Oprah finally
relented due in large part to the Broadway premiere of her musical "The
Color Purple" right across the street from Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater.
The CBS host even escorted Oprah personally to the theater following her
appearance.


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with Executive Chef Joyce White

The winter wind began to snap the other day, and I decid-
ed to soak dried fruits in rum for the aromatic West Indian
Christmas cakes that grace my table during the holidays.
The cakes make nice gifts too.
In the Caribbean I have enjoyed the delectable cake at wed-
dings, christening, receptions, and during Christmas cele-
brations. There are many variations.
My favorite recipe was passed on to me by my friend Chloe
McKoy, who hails from Nevis in the West Indies. Chloe turns
her cake baking into a ritual She soaks currants, raisins
and dried prunes in both rum and port wine for several
months, stirring in a couple tablespoons more rum and port
every month or so.
And when she makes the cakes she adds a couple table-
spoons of liquid brunt sugar or caramel to the batter, which
lends a lovely tan color. Some bakers go heavy with the
burnt sugar, and turn out the West Indian Black Cake,
which is very dark brown.
Burnt sugar is made from sugar that is boiled until it liqui-
fies and turns almost black Sometimes it is referred to as
browning, but browning used for making gravy won't do.
Burnt sugar is available at most supermarkets, or by mail
order. (See Note below)
Or, you can make your own using a very detailed recipe for
burnt sugar syrup featured in my dessert cookbook "Brown
Sugar."
The following recipe is heady and full of sunshine. Enjoy
and Happy Holidays!


WEST INDIAN
CHRISTMAS CAKE
Have available two squares of
clean white cloth or cheesecloth for
storing the cakes.
1 cup dark raisins
1 cup golden raisins
2 cup pitted prunes
2 cup currants
Grated peel from 1 or 2 limes or
lemons
2 teaspoons allspice, preferably
crdhed berries, or use ground all-
spice
1/3 cup rum, white or dark, or fruit


flavored such as orange or lemon
1 cup sweet port wine
4 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated or ground nut-
meg or mace
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups pecans or walnuts, if
desired
1 1/2 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted
butter, (2 cups), softened
2 cups granulated sugar
8 to 10 large eggs, 1 pound by
weight
3 to 5 tablespoons burnt sugar


weet Holiday Spirits



With a Carrib bean Flair


syrup or robust dark molasses
Have available a large jar or glass
or porcelain crock with a tight fit-
ting lid to use for soaking the fruit.
Chop or snip the raisins (if they
are large) and the prunes. Place in
the container. Add the currants,
lime or lemon peel, and the allspice.
Pour in the rum and port, mix well
with a large spoon and then close
the container with the lid. Place the
jar or crock in a cool, dark place
and allow the fruits to macerate and
develop flavor at least two weeks,
or several weeks if desired, occa-
sionally stirring and turning over
the fruit in the liquid.
When ready to bake, preheat the
oven to 275 degrees. Butter two 9
by 3-inch round pans or springform
pans, or 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pans.
Dust the pans with flour and shake
out excess.
Sift together the flour, cinna-
mon, nutmeg or mace, and salt. Set
aside. Coarsely chop the nuts and
mix with the soaked fruit.
Combine the butter and sugar in
the bowl of a standing mixer fitted
with the paddle attachment, or use a
large mixing bowl and a handheld
electric mixer. Beat the mixture on
medium-high or creaming speed for
8 to 10 minutes, or until the mixture
is light and fluffy and almost white
in color, scraping the sides of the
bowl with a rubber spatula several
times.


Add the eggs, one at a time and
beat for about 30 seconds after
addition, scraping the bowl as need-
ed. Stir in the burnt sugar syrup and
mix well.
Sprinkle 1 cup of the flour mix-


ture over the fruit and nut mixture
and stir until coated with the flour.
Set aside 1 more cup of the flour.
Stir the remaining flour into the
creamed mixture. Set the beater on
low speed and beat the batter for 1
to 2 minutes, or until the batter is
satiny and smooth, scraping the
bowl as needed. Using a wooden
spoon, fold the fruit and nut mixture
into the batter, mixing well but gen-
tly. Carefully fold in the remaining
flour, mixing only until combined.
Using a measuring cup, pour the
batter into the prepared cake pans,
dividing evenly, using 6 to 7 cups of
batter for each pan. Shake the pans
to settle the batter.
Place the pans in the hot oven on
the middle shelf, diagonally across
from each other, not touching.


Bake the cake for 1 hour, anc
then switch positions in the over
for even browning. Bake 45 min-
utes to 1 hour longer, or until the
cakes are golden brown, puffy, and
a knife inserted in the centers comes
out clean, but still moist. Don't
overbake the cake.
Remove the cakes from oven
and place on a wire rack. Cool in
the pan for 15 minutes. Run a metal
spatula or knife around the edge of
the pans to loosen the cakes and
then tap the pans gently. Carefully
turn out the cakes onto the rack.
Cool completely, top side up.
Dip the squares of cloth into a lit-
tle rum, squeeze out, wrap around
the cakes, and then wrap the cake in
foil. Store in a cool dark place.
Unwrap the cakes every week or so
and dip the cloth in rum again.
Rewrap tightly. Makes 2 cakes; 12
to 14 servings.
Note: A 12-ounce jar of Blue
Mountain brunt sugar cost about $3,
and can be ordered from a distribu-
tor, call Eve Sales at 718-589-6800
in Brooklyn, New York.


Rum: Ai Bracing flavor
A splash of rum adds pizzazz to and mellow 'flavor -to agingri -,
soups. stews, tomato sauces, gravy, wood barrels. -- ,- ii
hot drinks such as egg nog, apple .Rum is produced principally. in
cider, hot chocolate, poached dried Puerto Rico,: Jamaica, Bar.bados,,
fruits and baked fresh fruits such as Triiidad, Cuba, -tibe l'omiicat'i.
apples and pears, all cold fighters. Republic -arid -he:-Virgin Island, '
The bracing spirit is made in the plus Haiti, 7 Martinrique and.'
Caribbean from sugar cane, and it Guadeloupe in the.French spea-king.
goes back to the days when this Caribbean..
region of the world was involved I particularly like the fine and;:
\lith New England colonists and exquisite Barbancourt: rum -of,,.
European traders in the infamous Haiti, and -the -lovely' VSOP. .
triangle trade, where rum and Clement rum-of. Martinique. Bothffi
molasses were exchanged for rums aie sparkling and clear, .iad:-,
African slaves surprisingly, made frpo cane juice, fri m d ......
Past aside, rum is relatively sim- rather than from molass0s. The -v.-oe.t-i
pie to make: Sugar cane is crushed Clement is burnished incolor with' -
to extract its juice, and then the a mahognay cast. Barbancourt, --Elij '
juice is boiled to a syrup, which: rum is golden and bright Both are sloch
separates into sugar and molasses, aromatic with a silky flavor Thes and
The sugar is removed and the connoisseur rums rival fine '
molasses is fermented and distilled. Cognac and are ideal for sipping- f-.i.
into rum. straight.:" ':
Nlany factors determine the Guadeloupe also p6odiuces averyi
rum's final flavor, mainly the pro- -%:i g iA .
ducer's techinques aind IfItIg:g RuM "ff 'O fe ~'"TtiW;!
is either light, gold or dark, with cane juice, which I discovered dur- th otlDic
the dark rum owing its amber color ing a visit' several years.ago"A
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