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Sad But True

Tale of Deceit
Preying on Hope

is Foundation

of Predatory
Lending Schemes
Page 2




HBCUs


Now Actively

Recruiting

White

Students
Page 9


Congressional Black Caucus
Founder Parren Mitchell Dies
Former Congressman Parren J.
Mitchell, an eloquent but soft-
spoken founding member of the
Congressional Black Caucus and
champion of civil rights, died on
Memorial Day. He was 85.
Mitchell as elected to the U.S.
House of Representatives from
Baltimore in 1970 and was
Maryland's first black congress-
man. The Democrat served eight
terms before stepping down in
1986 to be the running mate to
former attorney general Stephen
Sachs in his unsuccessful bid for
governor.
Mitchell was a member of one of
the country's prominent civil rights families, dubbed the "black
Kennedys" for their record of service.
His brother Clarence Mitchell Jr. helped shepherd the major civil rights
legislation of the late 1950s and 1960s as the NAACP's principal lobby-
ist, and was known as the 101st Senator. Parren Mitchell's sister-in-law.

Maryland NAACP.
Parren Mitchell was also a political mentor to former NAACP President
and Congressman Kweisi Mfume, who said his death was like losing a
second father.
"He helped shape and define an era," Mfume said. "He wasn't just going
ip against a doctrifin, a lot of times he was going up against the govern-
ment, and that required a special courage. He had the heart of a lion."

Alabama Legislature

Approves Slavery Apology
The Alabama Legislature passed a resolution last week that expresses
"profound regret" for the state's role in slavery and apologizes for slav-
ery's wrongs and lingering effects on the United States.
When Gov. Bob Riley signs the bill, which spokesman Jeff Emerson
said he will do as soon as he receives it, Alabama will become the fourth
state to formally apologize for slavery in recent months, after Virginia,
Maryland and North Carolina.
In the Senate, the resolution vote split along party lines, with 20
Democrats in support and eight Republicans in opposition. The House
took a voice vote, which provided no record of how anyone voted.
Sen. Hank Sanders, a Selma Democrat who guided the resolution
through the Senate, said the vote "sends a message that Alabama is final-
ly standing on its history rather than having its history weigh it down."

Florida A&M Basketball

Coach Charged with Stalking
Tallahassee, FL Florida A&M University basketball coach Mike
Gillespie Sr. was arrested last week on a misdemeanor stalking charge
and later released from jail on a $1,000 bond.
Police said they had been called by a woman, who said she was stalked
at work for two previous days.
She had told authorities on May 15 of Gillespie's advances, but didn't
want to file charges, hoping he'd stop contacting her, a police report said.
The report said police have investigated Gillespie several times since
March 2005 on stalking complaints and warned the 56-year-old to stop
his behavior. It was not immediately clear who made the complaints.
Gillespie's attorney, Tim Jansen, said that the coach had been released
and is subject to GPS monitoring and is not to have contact with the
woman. Gillespie is married and has two adult children. His son, Mike
Gillespie Jr., is his top assistant.
Gillespie completed his sixth season at Florida A&M with its first 20-
win season since 1988-89 and its second NCAA tournament appearance
during his tenure.

White Man Completes Hostile

Takeover of Black Bank
According to the Washington Post a white investor named Morton A.
Bender has now completed a hostile takeover of Independence Federal
Savings Bank.
Independence Federal Savings Bank was chartered in 1968 by William
Fitzgerald III and became a publicly traded company in 1985. As of
December 31, 2006, Independence Federal had approximately $160.7
million in total assets and approximately $12.5 million of total stock-
holders' equity.
Bender managed to take over the company by putting a strangle hold on
the company's board of directors using a multimillion-dollar lawsuit that
allege mismanagement and wrongdoing.
According to the Washington Post staff writer Anita Huslin, "six board
members -- including two of Fitzgerald's heirs who fought Bender's
efforts -- have resigned, sold off their stock and been effectively muted
by the lawsuits. Last month, the federal agency that regulates thrifts
approved Bender's request to acquire 51 percent of the company's stock.
And today, five men and one woman whom Bender recommended are
slated to become directors, effectively giving him control of the board."


17 Year Old

Former Plus

Size Model

is America's

New Idol
Page 11


COAST QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY 5
50 Cents


Volume 21 No. 11 Jacksonville, Florida May 31 June 6, 2007

Voluntary Integration Plans May


Return Nation
by Marc Morial, NNPA
Just in time for the school year's
end, the U.S. Supreme Court is
poised to decide on two school-
assignment plans used to voluntari-
ly maintain racial integration in
Seattle and Louisville, possibly tak-
ing the nation back to the days
before Brown v. The Board of
Education, the landmark decision
that deemed segregated schools
unconstitutional because they vio-
lated the equal protection clause of
the U.S. Constitution. The decision
served to launch the civil rights
movement.
In the more than 50 years after
the momentous ruling, the United
States is still not completely inte-


to Segregation
grated even in the public schools.
But the nation's made some
progress, thanks in part to voluntary
integration plans in which localities
as opposed to federal authorities
determine how to prevent schools
from re-segregating.
The two cases that have prompt-
ed the high court's recent review,
Parents Involved in Community
Schools v. Seattle School District
No. 1 and Meredith v. Jefferson
County Board of Education et. al.,
were filed by two individual stu-
dents denied their first choice of
schools because their enrollment
would upset the racial balance. The
plaintiffs contend that local school
Continued on page 3


200+ Black Bikers Taker Over SC Beaches
Over 200,000 Black motorcycle bikers converged on the Atlantic
Beach area of South Carolina for the annual celebration that rivals
Black Bike Week in Daytona. Hundreds of Jacksonville area bikers-
made the 195 trek including members of the JVille Ryders. Shown
above enjoying the sight and scenes of the massive annual gathering is
bike fan Ricky Richardson of Jacksonville. EM Powell Photo


Councilwoman Mia Jones, Officer Clark and Northside Church of Christ's
Bro. Charlie McClendon all worked to bring the Night Basketball League
back for a second straight year.

Public Private Partnership Aims

to Keep Youth Off the Streets
Popular Night Basketball League Returns to the Northside


by Dana Maule
began as an idea to stop the climb--
ing murder pandemic on the city's
Northside, it resulted in an opportu-
nity of camaraderie, mentorship
and sportsmanship. The collabora-
tion was so good between the City
of Jacksonville, the Jacksonville
Sheriffs Office and the Northside
Church of Christ that the triad
decided to offer the Night
Basketball League for a second
straight year.
This week, the Northside Church
of Christ located on Avenue B in
the heart of the community began
registration for the Night
Basketball League. The nocturnal
sports venue will begin June 4 and
will last until June 27. Each week
night except Wednesday, young


men ages 12 to 25 will participate
in recreation and workshops that
will provide counseling to teach
self-control, self-discipline and
responsibility for ones actions.
"In the midst of a basketball game
is where we help them learn how to
control themselves and resolve
problems," Brother Charlie
McClendon said. Although the pas-
tor is not shooting hoops with the
adolescents, he plays a very intri-
cate role in conflict resolution and
mentoring.
"Last year we effected over 200
lives," the Northside Pastor said.
"We expect to attract that many
boys this summer as well."
Councilwoman Mia Jones has
made sure that resources needed to
Continued on page 3


National Recording Artist Carolyn Traylor Blesses Workshop at Wayman Chapel


Shown above at the meet and greet with the Jacksonville Gospel Announcers Guild are (1-r): Jaye Brummell(President of JAX GAG), Elaine
Thomas(JAX GAG member), National Recording Artist Carolyn Traylor, Michael Thompson (Minister of Music at Wayman Chapel), Wanda
Patterson (PR Coordinator for Wayman & JAX GAG member), Vicke Farrie (artist & JAX GAG member), Michelle Loston(Wayman choir
member), Gerri Thompson (Wayman Chapel choir director). Kelvin Highsmith photo


Stellar Award nominee Minister
Michael Thompson and Minister of
music at Wayman Man Chapel,
along with Pastor Mark L. Griffin,
presented an Artist Workshop fea-
turing Malaco Records Artist


Carolyn Traylor at Wayman Chapel
A.M.E. last weekend. Ms. Traylor's
"There's A Story Behind My Praise"
is a current hit song. Her workshop
focused on the music profession,
choir decorum, etiquette, and more.


Ms. Traylor will also presented the
workshop participants in a special
performance with her at the follow-
ing Sundays' service.
The workshop included a meet
and greet breakfast with members


of the Jacksonville Gospel
Announcers Guild (JAX GAG) and
was open to all Ministers of Music,
choir directors, songwriters,
singers, and gospel music lovers in
the Jacksonville area..


Should Our

Athletes be

Held to

a Higher

Standard?
Page 4


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YOIU TO( CAN B11 A HOMEOWNER!

A Sad But True Tale of the Subprime Loans That Are Preying on Black America


by A. Geller
BOSTON -- Upstairs at Victory
Chapel Church -- a cinderblock
bunker converted from a long-ago
Ford dealership -- the pews are
S reserved for praising heaven.
But downstairs, in a basement
rental hall, a pair of women
preached of worldly wonders.
At 11 a.m. on alternating
Saturday, they set out rows of
folding chairs and spread tables
with urns of coffee and boxes of
Dunkin' Donuts. And they offered
Testimony to the bounty of real
estate, encouraging their growing
flock to buy the wood-frame
walk-ups and rowhouses sur-
rounding this workaday stretch of
Columbia Road, just down from
the OJ Car Wash.
The key was trust, they told the
faithful, as the voices of the prac-
ticing choir rang through the
building.
Still, Valerie Hayes was a little
skeptical.
"I really was thinking it would
be at least a year before I'd get a
S mortgage," says Hayes, an execu-
tive secretary and mother of
two. She %\as \\ar\ of
borrowing because
she \\as saddled
with her own A
student
loans. I


I

I


* But W
S n '
Saturday I
r\ent to the
seminar." she sa\s.
B\ Sunday. she %\as
preapproted to bu\.
Soon after. HaNes did bu\. The
problem, prosecutors say, is that
the women put Hayes and others
into homes they couldn't possible
afford. They did so by filling their
loan applications with details of
jobs, paychecks and bank
accounts that were all so much
fiction.
What happened in this church
basement was no fluke; it hap-
pened elsewhere, too.
Much has been made of the
very questionable lending that
accompanied the rapid growth of
Ssubprime mortgages, a phenome-
non that made homeowners of so
many people. But less attention
has been paid to the gimmickry
and manipulation that delivered
the loans an industry craved.
Some say this was nothing
short of fraud. Those accused
reject the charges. The case also
Raises tough questions of whether
borrowers, too, should bear some
responsibility.
But the bottom line is beyond
dispute. Valerie Hayes can tell
you about that. Just don't go look-
ing for her at the home she
bought, thanks to the women at
Victory Chapel Church.
It's owned by the bank now, and
there's a real estate agent's lock-


box on the door.
'Liar's loans'
Over the past decade, the mort-
gage industry has turned itself
into a very big tent.
People who might have had
trouble borrowing found it much
easier to get a loan. Lenders
devised new types of loans and
eased standards to bring buyers
into the market.
As a result, homeownership
reached record levels. But as
interest rates rise and the market
cools, it becomes clear many peo-
ple were put into punishing loans
they couldn't afford.
That is particularly evident in
the enormous growth of what the
industry politely calls "stated
income" loans also known as
"liar's loans."
Stated loans whose borrow-
ers list income and assets without
having to prove anything were
meant for solidly self-employed
buyers. Then they "morphed into
a huge monster," says Connie
Wilson of


Often it's not considered fraud.
It's pushing the envelope. It's a
dollop of distortion topped with a
measure of creative exaggeration.
It's doing whatever it takes.
"There's a huge amount of bro-
ker fraud out there," says Kerstin
Arusha of the Fair Housing Law
Project in San Jose, Cal., which
represents low-income homeown-
ers stuck in such loans. "When
you look at the applications of
many of these borrowers, I see it
reported that they make $10,000
or $12,000 a month, sometimes
$20,000 a month. They always
have $100,000 in personal assets
... You can see that these things
are created by the broker."
MORTGAGE WOES: Banker
blames brokers
Of course, most real estate
agents and mortgage brokers are
honest.
But there have been too many
in the last few years "who stretch
the truth ... that make deals hap-
pen that really shouldn't happen,"
says Jim Croft, founder of the
Mortgage Asset Research
Institute.
"And the\
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the fall-
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Interthinx, a maker of mortgage
fraud detection software. "Now
we have stated income programs
for everyone."
The loans have become a huge
piece of the subprime market.
Last year, nearly half of sub-
primes required little or no docu-
mentation of income, a share that
has nearly tripled since the start of
2000, according to First American
LoanPerformance.
But in its love of these quickly
processed loans, the industry
overlooked the pitfalls.
A study by the Mortgage Asset
Research Institute Inc. of 100
stated loan applications last year
found almost 60% exaggerated
incomes by at least half. A study
by BasePoint Analytics found that
70% of mortgage defaults were
linked to "a significant misrepre-
sentation on the original loan
application."
Mortgage fraud is most visible
in the spectacular cases that draw
prosecutorial muscle, involving
fake buyers, property flipping,
vast amounts of money. But that
overlooks smaller-scale foul play
now costing many subprime bor-
rowers their homes, experts say.


that

St dis-
.- honest." he
sas. "They're lust
helping Jill and Joe Six-
pack get into the home and
realize the American dream."
'Lets Make History'
Frances Darden dreamed of
buying a house. And not just any
house.
It would be in Boston, because
this was home now. But it would
look and feel like her grandpar-
ents' place in the South Carolina
of her childhood, because that's
what home meant.
It would have a backyard for
barbecues and a front porch for
conversation. Its French doors
would usher visitors from living
room to dining room. It would not
be a grand place, mind you, but
thinking about it made Darden
feel just grand.
Still, it was lot to imagine for a
hair stylist on disability, reliant on
a subsidized housing voucher and
supporting two teenagers. Banks
told Darden to scale back her
dreams, offering to lend, but not
enough to buy in her own neigh-
borhood.
Then, in September 2004. she
spotted an ad in the weekly
Banner.
"Want to Buy a Home? Credit
Less Than Perfect?" beckoned
one of what would become a


series of ads by Champagne &
Associates, a real estate agency in
her neighborhood of Dorchester.
The slogan above the agency's
name made Darden optimistic.
"Let's Make History," it said.
Darden went to Champagne's
free seminar with her friend,
Annie Neal. It was held in the
agent's office, facing a traffic-
filled avenue, between a store-
front daycare center and Linda's
African Braiding & Clothing.
Agents had pushed the desks back
to the green stucco to make room
for an audience. The prospective
buyers met two women who
vowed to help them.
The first was Champagne's
owner, Roberta Robinson, a for-
mer mortgage broker who'd start-
ed her own real estate shop.
"She had an answer for every
question," Darden says.
The second was Rachel Noyes,
a bartender-turned-mortgage bro-
ker who brought her toddler to
some seminars, and promised to
unlock the secrets of buying real
estate.
"I really felt like I was helping
people get into homes," Noyes
said in a recent telephone inter-
Siew. "The one question I always
asked, to drill into your mind, is:
Hok\ much can you afford?"
But those who attended the
seminars describing the expe-
rience in interviews and court
4 papers don't remember it
that way.
"As long as you're hon-
est with me," Valerie
SHayes recalls Noyes
saying, "I guarantee
you I can you get
you into a loan."
At session's end,
organizers asked
for Social
Security num-
bers to run cred-
it checks.
"We're not
going to be
approved to
buy a home in
Boston and I
don't want to
go out to
L Lowell ,
Darden recalls
thinking.
S'. But a couple of
": days later her
"phone rang. It was
Robinson with
Blood news.
Darden had been
preapproved for a loan.
Up to $360,000!
How is that possible?'
It only took a few weeks
for Frances Darden to find her
dream house a two-family set
on a corer of Harvard Street with
pale yellow siding, a small front
porch and another on the back.
But could she afford it?
Darden says Roberta Robinson
calmly reassured her.
"I have always been about edu-
cating the consumer regarding
real estate since I hit the scene,"
Robinson wrote of herself in an
advertising directory. "I feel the
first step in homeownership is
working with an informed client."
Robinson did not return calls
and her attorney declined to com-
ment.
When another bidder pulled out
of a deal for the house, Darden
says Robinson called with more
good news.
"She said, 'You have some good
credit, girl, because you got
approved for two houses,"'
Darden recalls.
"How is that possible?" won-
dered Darden, who says she first
told the agents she could afford
only $1,500 to $2,000 a month in
payments.
Renters, she was told. would
help her carry the load of her own
home, and the costs would be fur-
ther offset by a three-family rental


property.
Soon, mortgage applications -
almost entirely blank arrived
in the mail. Darden signed and
returned them. In November,
Darden closed on the first house.
In December. she closed on a sec-
ond.
She'd been preapproved for


Frances Darden examines mortgage documents in the living room
of her home in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. Darden was
approved for nearly $900,000 in loans to buy two multi-family


homes, despite the fact that she
$1,800 a month.
$360,000. Now she was borrow-
ing $894,000.
It would cost her $7,194 a
month.
It wasn't until seven months
later, though, after she struggled
to find tenants and maintain the
buildings, that Darden began to
wonder just what had happened.
It began to make sense only when
she studied the finished paper-
work.
When she bought, Darden was
receiving $1,800 a month in dis-
ability payments as she recov-
ered from a collapsed lung -
sometimes supplemented by child
support of $150 a week.
But the mortgage application
described a woman she did not
recognize: an administration
manager for a medical supply
company, earning $114,000 a
year.
Meanwhile, the real Frances
Darden was quickly falling
behind.
In June 2005, Darden says she
went to the Champagne office to
demand help in refinancing her
loans. By now, though, the effort
to recruit buyers had outgrown
the space on Blue Hill Avenue
and moved to the church. Some of
the sessions were drawing 40 or
50 people.
Robinson tried to help her sell
the second home. But Darden was
going through a divorce, tying up
the home's ownership. She was
falling further behind.
Now it had been a year since
she'd become a homeowner. Long
enough for the lender to lay claim
to the investment property and
begin foreclosure.
'I got robbed'
One of the most notable things
about Frances Darden's story is
how much it echoes the others.
Valerie Hayes says she knew
something was very wrong when
she went to close on the $440,000
loan for her house, a two-family
in East Boston. She'd agreed to
$2,300 payments because of
expected rental income. But the
documents listed payments at
$3,300 a month.
"I see the real mortgages and
it's apparent to me I got robbed,"
Hayes says, "but I'm thinking I'm
going to make this work."
Why didn't she walk out?
Because she'd already given up
her old apartment and had a ten-
ant waiting to move in. Within
months, though, maintaining the
building depleted savings already
strained by the mortgage pay-
ments. That's when she noticed
the reference to a second job -
one she never had earning a
fictional $1,846 a month working
for Champagne.
Late last year, Hayes moved out
and the lender began foreclosure.
Others are still trying to hold
on.
There's Macdala Louis, a nurs-
ing assistant, who bought on
Edwin Street. Her loan applica-
tion said she had a second job
working for a company, Hart
Professional Cleaning, that does
not appear to exist.
And Jennifer Stone, a medical
assistant who bought a $489,000
home with her partner, a special
police officer.
"They said we had accounts we
didn't even have. They said we
had $50,000 in the bank," Stone


is on disability and receives just

says. "I didn't even have $700 in
my 401(k)."
Dorchester, a sprawling mostly
black neighborhood where many
families get by on tight pay-
checks, has many homeowners
who struggle. So when Darden
went to see a foreclosure preven-
tion counselor at ESAC, a non-
profit chartered by a number of
Boston churches, it was hardly
out of the ordinary.
It looks like you make pretty
good money, counselor Steve
Bennett told her, studying the
mortgage paperwork. No, Darden
insisted, that's not me.
Bennett wondered. Then he
heard the same story from a sec-
ond homeowner. And a third.
"This was a huge learning
curve," says Robert Pulster, the
agency's executive director.
"What the hell is going on here
and how did this happen?"
In August, Massachusetts' attor-
ney general filed a civil lawsuit in
state Superior Court accusing
Robinson, Noyes and their com-
panies of using "unfair and decep-
tive tactics to target and deceive
low-income consumers into com-
mitting to mortgages they could
not qualify for or afford."
The women pocketed thou-
sands of dollars in commissions
and fees for putting together deals
and loans bound to fail, the suit
says.
Prosecutors have obtained court
orders restricting the activities of
the women and their companies,
both of which have closed. While
the case awaits trial, however,
Robinson has resurrected her real
estate business in a nearby Boston
neighborhood under a new name
Opulent Realty Inc.
Noyes, who moved to Florida,
recently lost by default after she
stopped appearing in court to con-
test the charges. But damages
have not been set and she contin-
ues to deny any deception.
It was the real estate agents
who "were pushing people into
homes they shouldn't have been,"
Noyes says. Borrowers, too, bear
responsibility, she says.
"With stated income loans ...
because there's no documentation,
you're going by what the buyer is
saying," Noyes said. "Who am I
to say: 'You're a liar. You don't
make that.' Should I have had bet-
ter judgment? I don't know."
The borrowers reject that argu-
ment outright. Darden rushes to
her bedroom and returns with a
bag full of documents, pulling out
a copy of the mortgage applica-
tion she signed. It is all but blank.
If they deserve blame, she and
other buyers say, it's for being too
willing to believe and too naive to
ask questions.
On a cool spring evening,
Hayes walks from the modest but
tidy one-bedroom rental she
shares with her college-age son
and daughter, three blocks up to
the home she lost. It takes just a
few minutes, but confirms how
far she has come.
If she gets another chance at
ownership, she'll be wiser, Hayes
says, recalling that Saturday
morning listening to a pitch in the
church basement.
Subprime loans?
"I never knew they existed,"
she says, "until I got one."


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Upcoming James Weldon Johnson Festival Celebrates Soul of a True Renaissance Man

Upcoming James Weldon Johnson Festival Celebrates Soul of a True Renaissance Man


The James Weldon Johnson Arts
and Culture Festival will celebrate
Jacksonville's Renaissance man
Thursday, June 7 through Saturday,
June 9. 2007, and including the
Rosewood Exhibition, June 7
through June 30, 2007 (Free and
open to the public).
The festival site and host is FCCJ
North Campus 4501 Capper Road
and is presented by Tots 'N' Teens
Theatre, Inc. This years's Festival
theme this year is "James Weldon


Johnson: Pioneer of Pride in
Education as a Way of Life."
Varieties of events are fee and
open to the public to honor the lega-
cy of Florida's Great Floridian and
Jacksonville's native son. The festi-
val offers academic forums, sympo-
siums, professional development
for teachers, exhibitions, perform-
ing and visual arts showcases infus-
ing African-American/American
History, readings and book sign-
ings, creative writing contest


awards symposium for students k-
12, and a heritage family day.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
9:30 -10:00 a.m.: The 10th
Annual James Weldon Johnson Arts
and Culture Festival will kick-off
with the Opening Session: with Dr.
Brenda Simmons, Rep. Audrey
Gibson,Councilwoman Mia Jones,
and Althemese Barnes.
10:00 -11: 45 a.m.: Public Forum:
James Weldon Johnson: Pioneer of
Pride in Education as a Way of Life.


Guest panelists, Clifton P Lewis,
Carol Alexander, Dr. Linda
Tavernier-Almada, and moderator
Ted Pappas. (Public Forum: Free
and Open to the Public)
12-1:30 p.m.: Founder's Lun-
cheon: Honoring Pioneers
Educators, Keynote Speaker, Dr.
Barbara Darby, and Judge Brian J.
Davis, MC.
1:45-3:30 p.m.: Film/Discussion:
Against the Odds: The Artists of the
Harlem Renaissance. Moderator:


Upcoming Court Decision on Voluntary Integration May Set Nation Back


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officials relied too heavily on race
in determining admission.
Should the Supreme Court over-
turn decisions made by two lower
courts, it will establish a adverse
precedent that would probably
force hundreds of school districts
nationwide to revise or even dis-
mantle similar efforts. That could
possible lead to a mass re-segrega-
tion, which is the last thing our
nation needs if we hope to close the
educational achievement gap that
exists between minority and white
students nationwide.
In an amicus brief we filed with
the court in October, the National
Urban League informed the court
that "it would be a fallacy to sug-
gest that by not considering race at
all i.e. by ignoring de facto neigh-
borhood segregation the Seattle
School District would somehow be
acting in a 'race-neutral' fashion
when a return to a school system


that does not take race into account
would mean that the schools would
be distinguished solely by race."
Districts that have implemented
"race-neutral" school assignment
plans after having used race as a
factor have seen reversals in their
integration efforts. For example, in
the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
district in North Carolina, the num-
ber of segregated schools jumped
from 47 to 97 after the district
implemented a race-neutral plan in
2002. The number of schools with
more than 90 percent minority
enrollment more than doubled.
In late 2006 when the high court
heard oral arguments for the Seattle
and Louisville cases, the New York
Times' Linda Greenhouse suggest-
ed that "there seemed little
prospect" that both school-assign-
ment programs would "survive the
hostile scrutiny of the court's new
majority." One or the other or
both appeared headed for being


struck down, she wrote in a
December story.
In 2005, the high court refused to
review a similar school-assignment
plan in Massachusetts, thanks in
part to moderate now-retired Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor, who was
replaced by the more conservative
Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
With Alito on board, the court is
much more likely to view such pro-
grams with a very critical eye. "The
debate among the justices was over
whether measures designed to
maintain or achieve integration
should be subjected to the same
harsh scrutiny to which Brown v.
Board of Education subjected the
regime of official segregation. In
the view of the conservative major-
ity, the answer was yes,"
Greenhouse observed.
Ample research has shown that
students, especially minorities,
thrive in integrated schools com-
pared to their counterparts in major-


ity-minority schools.
Diversity is key to helping stu-
dents future voting citizens of this
nation -- develop core democratic
values and an appreciation for a
wide range of viewpoints. The more
isolated they are from other popula-
tions the less likely they are going
to tolerate diverse points of view.
And that is just a recipe if taken to
extremes -- for political and social
upheaval in a democracy that prides
itself on being a melting pot.
As the New York Times pointed out
in a December 2006 editorial, the
federal government, which champi-
oned integration during the civil
rights era, has lent its support for
the cases encouraging re-segrega-
tion. How ironic is that?
Let us just hope the U.S. Supreme
Court doesn't fall prey to the same
hypocrisy and uses equal protection
as a reason to re-segregate our
nation's schools.
Marc Morial is president and CEO


Night Basketball League Kicks Off Second Year Registration


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for the participants were provid-
ed. She also has been heavily
involved by strategizing ideas of
the best way to continue to decrease
crime in district 10 and all of
Jacksonville.
At the kickoff held at the
Northside Church gym, 15 young
boys were lined up as the first reg-
istrars for the Night Basketball
league. There are about 40 men on
staff who will be facilitating the
nightly games and workshops.


Some additions to the program
will be workshops involving health
and wellness and an increase of
mentoring for the young men. "We
want to teach them about nutrition
and how to keep their bodies
healthy, as well as provide more
mentoring throughout the whole
year, not just during the summer,"
said Brother McLendon.
Jones agreed with the continuous
mentoring. "It was very important
to have men involved so that the
younger boys could see what it


means to be a real man," Jones said.
She appreciated the involvement
the men had with the young men in
the community.
In the future Jones hopes to unite
the entire area of district 10 through
a community basketball league. Her
ideas have been shared with the
male facilitators who spend the mot
time with the young men. "We want
to make this program available for
all the kids from 103rd to the trout
river area, but we want to minimize
any negative competitiveness," said


Jones. Jones wants to expand the
territory of the Night Basketball
league so that it could benefit more
young men, but until more finances
are available things will continue as
they are.
Thanks to the Jacksonville
Sheriff's Office, free security and
volunteers will also be on hand dur-
ing the league hours of 6 11 p.m.
Any and all youth are invited and
encouraged to participate in the free
league that will culminate in an all
league Tournament.


Gene Hollomon and Narrator
Marsha Hatcher. Marsha will lead
the audience in a discussion on the
Harlem Renaissance movement, the
influence of James Weldon Johnson
as the father of the Harlem
Renaissance and Florida's connec-
tion.
6:00 -7:15 p.m. Rosewood
Exhibition: Dinner & Gallery Talk
Keynote Speaker: Michael Howell,
Rosewood Heritage Foundation
The exhibit features four units of
the history of Rosewood, Florida;
Family Life in Rosewood; 1923
Rosewood Massacre; 1994 Florida
Legislative Action; A quilt and
Seminole Newspaper articles.
7:15 pm Ribbon Cutting
Ceremony Unveiling of the
Rosewood Exhibits, FCCJ-North
Campus.
8:00 p.m. James Weldon Johnson
Institute of History and Culture
Showcase Musical Narrative Times
of Yore: An Evening with Marian
Anderson By: Sharon Coon.
Friday, June, 8, 2007
9:30 a.m.: James Weldon
Johnson Institute of History and
Culture Showcase
9:30 -10:30 a.m: Fashions of
"People of Color,, "Both Slave and
Free, During the Civil War Era.
T10:30-11:30 a.m. :Harlem:


Bygone Era of Great Negro Artists
in the 20's and 30's
11:45 a.m. -1:30 p.m. : A Tribute
to Authors: Authors' Marathon
Luncheon Readings/Book Signings
1:45-4:30 p.m. : Virtual Tour: The
James Weldon Johnson Heritage
Trial and museum visit to the Ritz
Theatre & LaVilla Museum.
6-8:00 p.m.: "The Gathering
Place" Meet and Chat Reception:
Food & Music
Saturday, June 9. 2007
8:30 am.-12:30 p.m.
Workshop: "African-American
Resources Online"
12:30-5:00pm (Free and Open to
the Public)
Heritage Family Day
Enrich your Life celebrating fam-
ilies, fun activities, music:
Recording Gospel Groups,
Adrianna Costello New Recording
R & B Singer, Atlanta, GA, Art
Stop: Dance workshop with
Michelle Ottley- Dance Educator,
LaVIlla School of the Arts, Melissa
Mitchell & Dance Troupe, The
Steps ( Singers), Gospel Groups
and more!
For the expanded agenda, visit
www.totsnteens-jamesweldonjohn-
son.org E-mail: tnttheatre@bell-
south.net or call Sharon Coon at
904 353-7350.


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Arts and Culture Festival

Theme: James Weldon Johnson:

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Way of Life


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Times of Yore. An Evening
Wi//h larian Anderson

FRIDAY. JUNE 8
Syvmposium
By Gone Artist 's20 & 30/th
thors A marathon Luncheon."
Readings-Book Signings
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Request For Proposal
07-08

INVESTMENT/COMMERICAIL BANKING SERVICES
FOR THE
JACKSONVILLE PORT AUTHORITY

The Jacksonville Port Authority ("JAXPORT") will receive proposals
on Wednesday, June 15, 2007, until 2:00 PM local time at which
time they will be opened in the First Floor Conference Room, 2831
Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, FL.

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with specivication No.
07-06, which may be obtained after 8:30 AM on Friday, May 25, 2007
from the:

Jacksonville Port Authority
Procurement Department
2831 Talleyrand Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32206-0005
904-357-3058


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CommUniverCity 2007

Training for Neighborhood Leaders

Homeowners/Condo/Neighborhood Associations

Your Rights and Responsibilities

This FREE comprehensive session presented by the
City of Jacksonville's Neighborhood Services Division and
the Office of General Counsel will address:

* Differences between homeowners, condo and neighborhood
associations

* Responsibilities of property owners, developers and
management companies

* Importance of informing homeowners about covenants and
deed restrictions

* Questions about homeowners, condo and neighborhood
associations

PRESENTERS:
John Christensen,Attorney specializing in Community Association Law, Becker &
Poliakoff, PA., Orlando
Dylan Reingold,Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
Denise Wallace, President, BCM Services, a property management company, and
Chair, Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority

Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m. to noon

Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Main Library Conference Center, 303 N. Laura St.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Call now to reserve a seat: (904) 255-8200



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Should Athletes be Held to a Higher Standard?


Bob Gibson was one of the first
black athletes to play in Major
League baseball. Much like Jackie
Robinson people expected Gibson
to be a role model for other African
Americans, especially black youth.
Gibson's reply to that notion was
simple and abrasive to many. He
said, "Why do I have to be an
example for your kid? You be an
example for your own kid." This
comment may seem cold to some,
but many black athletes from the
past and present feel the same way.
Not everyone embraces being a
role model or leader like
Muhammad Ali who said, "I
believe I was born to help my peo-
ple to be free."
But the question at hand is
should black athletes be held to
higher standards because they
make a lot of money and are on tel-
evision or are leaders of their
respective teams?
Of course they should. Black
sports figures are role models
whether they like it or not. No it
shouldn't be that way, but because
of the emphasis we place on "mak-
ing it to the pros," athletes often
become the bar in which our youth
strive to reach.
Man, why go to school for eight
years to be a doctor, I can make it
to the NBA without even going to
college. Well, that used to be the
case, now you have to go to college
at least a year.
Unfortunately many of our youth
want to take the easy way out.


Some rarely see any positive real
life role models outside of their
teachers and the athletes they glori-
fy. And who wants to be a teacher
anyway. Don't you have to go to
college for at least four years?
Yes, it's a sad statement, but ath-
letes and entertainers are at the top
of the role model totem pole with
teachers, doctors, lawyers, public
servants, etc. at the bottom.
Yeah, I know that some of you
are agreeing with the pros who
don't want to be role models and
saying that parents should be the
ones who their children emulate.
But let's be real folks.
Yes it is up to the parents to give
their children positive role models,
but in many cases it is not neces-
sarily possible for various reasons
and that the secondary role models
like athletes and entertainers
become the primary sources of a
child's inspiration. That's one of
those unfortunate realities of life.
One of the problems that those
on the "I'm not a role model" side
have failed to realize is the mimic
factor. Imagine if Michael Jordan
would have said I am not a role
model back in the 80s and 90s. It
wouldn't have mattered because MJ
changed culture whether he wanted
to or not.
Because Jordan was the best,
most exciting player in the NBA,
everyone wanted to be like him. In
fact, he changed not only the NBA
game itself because of his skill, but
the fashion and culture of the


league as well.
Players like Jordan realized that
no matter how much he said that he
didn't want to be a role model he
was going to be considered one
regardless.
Because we have established that
being a pseudo role model sort of
comes with the turf when you are
an athlete, especially a black sports
figure then what responsibilities do
role models have to the communi-
ty? Better yet, how should a "role
model" conduct himself?
It certainly doesn't mean that you
have to live a perfect life. However,
getting arrested, not paying child
support and having drug addcitions
are all pretty much out of line. No
one expects athletes to be angels,
but at least they can act normal
and be careful about drinking and
driving and just say no to drugs.
Or better yet, only party on occa-
sion not every weekend. And if you
have a child take care of it. Now
those were all of the personal
things that model sports figures
should or shouldn't do.
There are other things that they
should do especially the ones
making major dollars. We all know
that not all professional athletes are
created equal when it comes to
salaries. Some of the guys who
make league minimums shouldn't
be held to the same community
involvement standards as others.
However, most black profession-
al athletes should give back to
either the communities they were


raised or the communities in which
they play. Not everyone needs a big
foundation. I am talking about buy-
ing a couple of computers for the
neighborhood community center.
I am talking about buying some
turkeys on Thanksgiving or paying
for some low-income kids to attend
summer camp. You could buy
schools supplies for youth in your
favorite housing project. I think
you get the point I am making here
- do something meaningful and do
it consistently.
I am not trying to tell you what to
do, but again, do something mean-
ingful to help those less fortunate.
Considering the fact that these kids
are the ones buying the shoes and
products sports figures endorse,
which leads to athletes making
even more money that the least
they can do.
I have an even better option for
pro sports figures who are pretty
thirty. How about going back to
your old neighborhoods and
encouraging children to stay in
school and even if you didn't go to
college talk about how important it
is for them to go.
Doesn't cost much money to go
and speak to kids just your time
and effort. So I answered my own
question. Or as Cornel West said,
"To do something together without
a whole lot of jealousy or envy,
we've got to keep our eyes on
something bigger than us."
Signing off from Alltel Stadium,
Reggie Fullwood


Serial Education Plan Needed for Blacks


by George Curry
Virginia, Alabama, Maryland,
North Carolina and other states are
making serial apologies these days,
expressing remorse for past partic-
ipation in the trans-Atlantic slave
trade. As I have said before, while
these actions are a good first step,
they do not go far enough. The
doctrine of White supremacy did
not end with slavery.
Federal- and state-sanctioned
racism continued in the form of
Jim Crow Laws and flawed public
policies until the mid-1960s.
Therefore, any credible apology
must, as the Alabama measure did,
extend to the "aftereffects" of slav-
ery and acknowledge that "the ves-
tiges of slavery are ever before
African-American citizens."
Virtually everyone agrees that
education provides the best escape
from poverty. Inasmuch as Whites
strongly oppose reparations at
least, for African-Americans -
other corrective actions must be
taken into consideration.
Surprisingly, an approach used to
include Native Americans in higher
education might provide a model.


The University of Maine and
other state universities provide
Native Americans with free tuition,
mandatory fees and room and
board. In order to qualify for the
scholarship, applicants' names
must'appear on the current tribal
census of the Passamaquoddy
Nation, the Penobscot Nation, the
Houlton Band of Maliseet or the
Aroostook Brand of Micmac. If
direct descendants of one of those
groups live in Maine for a year,
they, too, are eligible for the tuition
waiver.
The University of Minnesota
operates a similar program called
the Ethel Curry American Indian
Scholarship. According to the uni-
versity's Web Site: "Students who
are at least one-fourth American
Indian and who present written
documentation of tribal enrollment
and blood quantum and demon-
strate involvement in American
Indian culture and community may
be considered for this scholarship,"
renewable up to four years.
Surprisingly, the Right-wing
zealots have not challenged pro-
grams for Native Americans the
way they have bullied universities
into scrapping any program that
smacks of race sensitivity. Of
course, Native Americans deserve
special consideration because they
were truly the original Americans.
Once, "discovered," however, they
were systematically killed or herd-
ed onto Indian reservations.
African-Americans also have a
unique history. We were brought
here from West African against our
will. Though we were brought here
to do the work of White farmers,
we were called lazy. Subsequent


abuse and exploitation has been
thoroughly documented.
Yet, affirmative action, a conser-
vative program designed to help
African-Americans and other dis-
advantaged groups, is under with-
ering attack. It's under attack even
though the U.S. Supreme Court
upheld the legality of affirmative
action in a case involving the
University of Michigan Law
School.
Another innovative approach to
expanding higher education oppor-
tunities places an emphasis on
class instead of race.
A recent New York Times story
noted, "Concerned that the barriers
to elite institutions are being
increasingly drawn along class
lines, and wanting to maintain
some role as engines of social
mobility, about two dozen schools
- Amherst, Harvard, Princeton,
Stanford, the University of
Virginia, Williams the University
of North Carolina, among them -
have pushed in the past few years
to diverse economically."
The institutions are replacing
loans with grants, ending early
admission programs that favor the
affluent and make admission deci-
sions, based in part, on family
income, parents; education and
occupations.
Of course, class is easier to sell
than race. It allows Americans to
avoid looking in the mirror. Still,
race needs to be confronted direct-
ly. As former U.S. Senator Bill
Bradley (D-N.J.) observed, slavery
was America's original sin and
racism remains its unresolved
dilemma.
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lets into an unarmed Black immi-
grant in New York, police didn't
check the balance in his checking
account. When Blacks are pulled
over for essentially driving While
Black, no one had examined the
suspect's investment portfolio. And
when an African-Americans are
followed in the department stores,
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None of this is an excuse for not
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(3M), then an upstart company,
made her a wealthy woman and she
left some of that wealth to the uni-
versity for Native Americans.
In cases where Blacks have lim-
ited resources, just leaving a por-
tion of one's life insurance to, say,
a historically Black college, could
do wonders for that institution.
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SCAGING:


How "they" diminished

the power of our vote


by William Reed
In the face of overwhelming rejection from African American voters,
instead of trying to woo them, records show Republicans have been using
scurrilous strategies to damp down their vote.
Highly publicized hearings conducted by House Judiciary Chairman John
Conyers has cast a light on the inner workings of high-level Republican
operatives and revealed how one of the US Attorneys President Bush
appointed engineered processes to suppress the Black vote in 2004.
Timothy Griffin, currently US Attorney for the Eastern District of
Arkansas, is an example of high-level Republicans' mind-set toward
African Americans and illustrative of ways political operatives have dilut-
ed the Black vote over the years.
As Conyers and his committee go about trying to pin the tail on White
House bigwigs for wrongdoing in how Griffin was appointed a US
Attorney, African Americans concerned about political empowerment
should use the hearings for insight on how Republican strategists relate to
us and our issues. Instead of championing Black causes, the Griffin case
illustrates that though the Republicans' talk of pursuing a color-blind soci-
ety, the party's leaders were very color conscious when it came to dispos-
ing of Black votes.
In hik pre\ ious life Tim Griffin was a Special Assistant to the President
and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs. In the
2000 presidential election campaign he worked as deputy research director
for the Republican National Committee (RNC). During that period, Griffin
perfected a form of "Direct Mail" professional business operators use to
reach targeted groups of potential customers by mail. That technique \ as
the initial phase of RNC processes to suppress Black votes.
The sub% ersive activities were carried out in 2000 and 2004 in the name
of fighting voter fraud. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Secretary of State
Katherine Harris hired Database Technologies (DBT) to purge at least
90.000 people from the state's voter rolls, falsely identifying them as "con-
\ icted felons." DBT was paid more than $1 million in taxpayer moneN to
carrn out this operation. Of those names that were removed, 80 percent
were not felons.
In 2004, Tim was the RNC's Research Director and Deput)
Communications Director and the state of Florida was a tempting target in
which Black % otes represented the difference between election victory and
defeat. Bush campaign leaders had calculated that they could either:
increase the Black vote toward Republicans by 1 or 2 percent or decrease
the Black vote for Democrats by a comparable margin they would succeed
in their drive for a second term. Records show that instead of emploN ing
people and programs to change African Americans' opinions about the
Republican Party and its policies and purposes to get their vote; under
Griffin, the RNC used a process called "caging" to rid the campaign of
many African Americans' votes.
RNC operatives challenged the targeted Black Florida voters on the
grounds that they did not live at their registration address. The direct mail
operation sent hundreds of thousands of letters marked "Do not forward" to
listed voters' homes. Letters that were returned ("caged") were used as e\ i-
dence to block these voters' right to cast a ballot on grounds they were reg-
istered at phony addresses. For the voter's ballot to be counted, the onus
was on the voter to prove that their registration was valid. Such voters are
often unfamiliar with their rights and not willing to spend the time, effort
and expense of to prove their valid registration.
The Florida "caging lists" were simple Excel spreadsheets with local
voter's names and addresses. Virtually every name was in a minority-
majority voting precinct. Cases the Republicans "challenged" at polls
involved letters that had come back as "undeliverable". Such letters were
used as evidence to block those voters from obtaining ballots.
It's questionable as to whether the RNC's practices were legal. What is
not in question is Republican leadership's preference to waylay African
American voters rather than woo them. The business the House Conmmittee
should be about is "justice," and this case should be pursued to determine
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Women's Groups to Attend Viacom Stockholders' DNA Frees Another After 19 Years


This week, a coalition of
women's groups will take their
campaign to remove indecent lyrics
and images from the airways to the
leaders of one of the nation's largest
media companies -- Viacom, the
parent company of BET and MTV.
Janice Mathis, southern regional
director of Rainbow PUSH, and E.
Faye Williams, executive director
of the National Congress of Black
Women, both Viacom stockholders,
will join with about 40 other
women making a stand at the meet-
ing at 10:30 a.m. in New York at the
Millennium Broadway Hotel.
"There ought to be new standards
of decency for our airways,"
Williams said. She heads the
organization formerly led by the
late C. Delores Tucker, who began
challenging the explicit content in
videos and lyrics more than 20
years ago.
"We are for free speech, but we
want decent speech. That line has
long been crossed, and it's time to
do something ," Williams said.
Williams had been raising the
issue long before the Don Imus
incident in April, when the former
radio shock jock stirred a national
tempest after referring to members
of the Rutgers women's basketball
team as "nappy headed hos."


Melanie Campbell of the
National Coalition for Black Civic
Participation said the problems with
images and speech on the airways
goes beyond Imus.
"Imus was a wake up call for all
of us," Campbell told said. "We
have to call on Congress and media
executives to look at the definition
of decency on our airways." Since
the Imus incident, Campbell has
been spearheading an effort among
female leaders from coast to coast
who meet in a conference call every
Tuesday to plan the strategy for
attacking the problem. "
The coalition includes sororities,
the, National Organization for
Women, PUSH, the National
Congress of Black Women, the
National Coalition for Black Civic
Participation and others.
"We have to look at who's mak-
ing money off of these sexually
explicit lyrics and videos,"
Campbell said. Popular hip-hop
singers and rappers would be
replaced quickly if for some reason
they dropped off the scene. "So
that's why we have to go to the cor-
porate leaders," she said.
Both MTV and BET continue to
be huge moneymakers for Viacom.
According to the company's April
letter to shareholders, MTV is the


Around Florida Guy Bluford, the first African-
American astronaut in space, trades hand shakes with visitors to the
grand opening of the Space Shuttle Experience launch simulator at the
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla.,
Friday, May 25, 2007.


world's largest television network
and 2006 marked the 15th consecu-
tive year for MTV as the number-
one rated, 24-hour ad-supported
cable network for young people
ages 12-24 in the U.S.
For BET, 2006 was a history-
making year with strong ratings, the
emergence of BET J, the re-launch
of BET International and further
expansion into broadband and
mobile distribution. BET also held
its rank as the number one rated
cable network in total day and in
weeknight primetime among black
households.
Topping the list of hits was
"American Gangster," the critical-
ly-acclaimed series that profiles an
infamous crime figure each week
through the use of archival footage,
photographs and interviews with
people familiar with their various
cases. It quickly grew to become
cable's number-one weekday origi-
nal series among black households
and blacks ages 18-34.
Mathis of Rainbow PUSH, said
she is encouraged by some of the
recent signs of change.
"Just recently, CBS radio
announced a list of 40 rap and rock
songs they are not going to play any
more, and Linda Johnson decided
that she didn't want Ludacris on the
cover of her magazine," Mathis told
BlackAmericaWeb.com. "I think
this is the way we've got to change.
We want to start change without
regulation.
She said this is not a personal
issue with rappers or hip hop artists.
"You have a right to express
yourself, and the marketplace has a
right to judge with their dollars,"
she said.
Mathis said the time is right for
change. Companies like Viacom
have access to measure what their
customers are viewing. As viewers
and music consumers make their
choices, the companies will have to
respond to the changing market
place, she said.
"This is not about a confluence of
middle aged black women," she
said. "This is about capturing the
attention of individuals who decide
what all of us hear, read and see."


Meeting Addressing Negative Imagery on TV


NEW YORK (NNPA) The time
was November 1985, and it was a
particularly brutal, savage and
heinous crime: a little boy and
girl-both sexually assaulted,
bludgeoned and slashed to death
with scissors and a brick. For an
added sadistic and sick pleasure,
the killer pounded nails into the
skulls of the children and left their
battered bodies in the basement of a
rooming house in Plainfield, N.J.
A man was captured, confessed
and was convicted of the crime.
Last week, after more than 20 years
in prison, he was freed.
Byron Halsey sat stoic, except for
a single tear that trickled down his
face last week, when he heard a
Superior Court judge in an
Elizabeth, N.J., courtroom overturn
his conviction of the gruesome
murders. The shocking reversal and
subsequent release of the 46-year-
old man after spending more than
two decades incarcerated for a
crime he didn't commit is indeed
clear proof of the power of foren-
sics-most notably DNA.
"Today, we can say with scientif-
ic certainty that Byron Halsey is
innocent," said Vanessa Potkin, an
attorney for the Innocence Project,
a New York-based organization
that is devoted to freeing wrongly
convicted criminals. "It has taken
more than two decades, but DNA
has finally revealed the truth in this
case."
At the time of the crime, Halsey
was a 24-year-old factory worker
with a spotty criminal record. He
was mentally challenged and had
never finished high school. He
lived in a modest rooming house in
a crime-ridden and seedy section of
Plainfield, N.J. Halsey resided in
the same rooming house as the two
victims-8-year-old Tyrone
Urquhart and his 7-year-old sister,
Tina. He became a suspect after he
failed a lie-detector test and semen
at the scene of the crime was simi-
lar to his blood type.
Halsey was questioned aggres-
sively and relentlessly by detectives
on the case who were under intense
pressure by the community to find
the killer.
Halsey eventually acquiesced,


yielding to the intense
strain, confusing dia-
logue and supposed
mounting circumstan-
tial evidence, and
reluctantly confessed
to the murders. He
was sentenced to two
life terms plus 20
years in prison, with
no possibility of
parole for 70 years. He
spent nearly 22
years-the bulk of it
in solitary confine-
ment-at a New
Jersey state prison.
The Innocence ,;i.
Project took the ''
Halsey case in 2004
due to serious ques-
tions that remained Tears flow
unanswered and came exonerated
to light years after the Elizabeth,
crime. For example,
sophisticated and advanced DNA
testing performed on stored semen
and blood samples from the crime
now matched the blood type of a
former neighbor and witness for the
prosecution, Clifton Hall.
Hall, 49, is already in prison for
raping two women in the early
1990s. He was also a neighbor of
the two victims and hada lengthy
rap sheet. Halsey and Hall even
slightly resembled each other.
The genetic profile includes cru-
cial evidence that was implicated at
Halsey's trial in the late '80s when
sophisticated DNA analysis was
unavailable. The new findings
include:
*Semen on the little girl's under-
wear (which was stuffed into her
mouth during the rape and murder)
came from someone with the same
blood type as Halsey. New DNA
testing now shows that the semen is
a direct match of Clifton Hall.
*Semen at the crime scene was
matched to Halse's blood type, but
is a direct match to that of Clifton
Hall.
*A cigarette butt found at the
crime scene matched a brand that
Clifton Hall was known to have
smoked. DNA evidence also
showed that it belonged to Hall.
Another key point in the case was


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ed from Byron Halsey after he was
1 of a murder conviction in
N.J
that Halsey, who only has a sixth-
grade education and suffers from a
severe learning disability, was
essentially forced into confessing to
the crime, according to Innocence
Project attorneys.
Records show that detectives, in
less than a 40-hour period, subject-
ed him to more than 30 hours of
intense and unyielding interroga-
tion. Despite evidence at the time
that suggested that Clinton Hall was
the perpetrator, detectives still
relentlessly pursued Halsey. During
his release to a media frenzy last
week, Halsey hugged his mother
and brother and thanked God for his
release.
"I wasn't going to let nobody take
my life from me," he said. "My
grandmother told me that if you're
innocent, fight them, and the truth
will come out."
It finally has.
Halsey's trouble may not be com-
pletely over, however. A final deci-
sion by the Union County prosecu-
tor's office is expected in the com-
ing weeks regarding if it will pro-
ceed with a retrial or drop the case
and officially exonerate Halsey. A
hearing on the matter has been
scheduled for July 9.
During the interim, Halsey is
required to wear an electronic mon-
itoring device.


Transt!TALK



JTA is redesigning the bus system
to build a better, easier and more useful
system for everyone.


Give us your ideas, thoughts
and suggestions at any of the Transit Talk
public meetings listed below.


Come talk to us.


Thursday, May 31, 6-8 p.m.
Oceanway Community Center
12215 Sago Avenue / Jacksonville, Florida 32218


Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m 2 p.m.
St. Johns Town Center
4663 River City Drive / Jacksonville, Florida 32246


Tuesday, June 5, 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Edward Waters College/Schell Sweet Building
1658 Kings Road /Jacksonville, Florida 32209


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Grace Baptist to Host "A Night of Praise"
"Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all ye lands! Serve the Lord with glad-
ness; come before his presence with singing." (Psalms 100-1-2). The Grace
Baptist Church, 1553 East 21st Street; John Devoe, Pastor; is inviting all
Churches, Choirs, Praise Teams, and Dance Teams to help lift up the name
of The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in song and dance on Saturday, June 2,
2007. For more information call Sister Trina Rankin (904) 328-9881.
Deac. Kilpatrick & The Soul Savers
24th Pre-Anniversary Celebration
"Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
(Psalm 150:6). Is the theme for Deacon Kilpatrick &The Soul Savers 24th
Pre-Anniversary on on Sunday, June 3rd at 6 p.m.at the Ark of Safety
Holiness Church, 1437 East 22nd Street, Evang. Getrude Bowman, Pastor.
The New Creations, Rejoice, Gospel Shepards, Royal Spirituals, Lil
Jessie & The Miracles, Shirley & The Sons of Harmony, the Ark of Safety
Choir, and others will praise His Holy Name in song. Everyone is welcome,
and the community is invited.
Central CME Children's Choir
Celebrates National Children's Day
The Miniature Classical Singers, the Children's Choir of Central
Metropolitan CME, Rev. John W. Walker Jr., Pastor; featuring children of
the church, ages 3 to 11, will be presented for an Inaugural Live Recording
Concert, under the direction of Mrs. Sharon Coon, at 3 p.m. on Sunday,
June 10, 2007, National Children's Day. A reception will follow the concert
which is free and open to the public. The concert will be presented at the
Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 101 West Street. The community is invited.
St. James AME, Orange Park to
Hold Many Activities in June & July
St. James AME of Orange Park, "The Church Where God is Doing Great
Things" where Rev. Alesia Scott Ford is Pastor; will hold a Youth
Leadership Camp from 9 a.m. to 12 noon from June 11-15 & July 9-13 for
(Ages 6-8); June 18-22 & July 16-20 (Ages 9-12). For registration infor-
mation, call Belita Franklin 610-4314.
Worship services will be held at 8 a.m. and 11a.m. starting June 10th.
A Community Basketball Tournament is open to the community at the
TC Miller Learning Center, 440 McIntosh Ave., July 21-22nd. For addi-
tional information or to register your team, call 276-8079 or 317-8418; or
visit st. james ame@bellsouth.net.
Community Family Fun Day will be held immediately following the 11
a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 22, 2007.


St. Philip's Episcopal to Celebrate Mt. Nebo to Celebrate Church and


125th Anniversary June 3-10th
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, corner Union & Pearl Streets will celebrate
125 years of serving the community with a week of activities, June 3-10,
2007. The original church, which was destroyed by the Great Fire in 1872
remains a new Gothic Revival completed on July 29, 1906.
Although the new structure was sound, there were no windows or elec-
tricity. The brass and communion vessels survived the fire, and some are still
in use today. In 1926, the church received independent parish status .
The Anniversary Celebration kicks off on June 3rd with a Family Outing
at the Crooked River Park. A Celebration of Youth will begin at 6 p.m. on
Wednesday, June 6. A Candlelight Memorial Service on Thursday, at 7 p.m.;
and an Interfaith Choir Festival on Friday, at 7 p.m. continue the celebration.
ECW's Caribbean Festival will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday at St. John's
Cathedral.
The renowned Father Sebastian Campbell of the Bahamas, will deliver the
sermon on Sunday, June 10th at 10 a.m. The Holy Eucharist will be severed.
The community is invited to join the celebration.

Disciples of Christ to Hold Youth Revival
The Disciples of Christ, 2061 West Edgewood Avenue, Pastor Robert
LeCount Jr.; invites the youth of the community to "Not let the devil use you,
use your talents for God!" The Disciples of Christ" say, "Let's get this party
started on Thursday evening, chose you this day whom ye will serve (Joshua
24:15), and the Theme: "The benefit of being saved at a young age" is set for
June 14, 15 & 16th.
Friday Night Live: "My Body belongs to God. My Whole Body. (1
Corinthians 3:16) "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God."
"Dance Fever" on Saturday will let you know "There ain't no party like a
Holy Ghost party, because a Holy Ghost Party, don't stop!


Pastor's Anniversary, June 10-11th
Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 8778 Lake Placid Drive E.
(across from Martin Luther King Elementary School), is celebrating 36
years of spreading the Good News of the Living Christ, and 20 years of
leadership under the direction of Rev. Will A. Waldrop Sr. The community
is invited to a joyful experience in the Lord during the 3-day celebration
June 10-13, 2007. "Seek Him with your whole heart" (Psalms 27:8) is the
theme. The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 10th. Services
will also be held at 7 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, June 11 & 13th.

King Solomon to Hold Retirement
Appreciation for Dr. William Barker
The King Solomon United Baptist Church, 2240 Forest Street; will hold
a Retirement Appreciation Service for Dr. William C. Barker Jr., at 4 p.m.
on Saturday, June 9, 2007 in the sanctuary of the church.
Dr. Barker has served the Jacksonville community for the past 42 years,
26 years as Pastor of King Solomon. The Community is invited to attend.
Mt. Olive AME Women Prayer Warriors to hold 2nd Annual Prayer
Revival, June 13-14
The Women Prayer Warriors at Dawn of Mt. Olive AME Church, 841
Franklin Street, Rev. Dr. Granville W. Reed III, Pastor; will host their 2nd
Annual Prayer Revival Wednesday and Thursday, June 13-14th, at 7 p.m.
Rev. Alesia Scott Ford, Pastor of St. James AME Church, Orange Park will
be the Revivalist, on Wednesday; Rev. Marva T. Mitchell, Pastor of St.
James AME Church, Lawtey; will be the Revivalist on Thursday.
The Revival Theme: Answering the Call- Moving Into the Mission for
Which We were Created. The Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:10.
Sis. Elnora Massey serves as Chairperson of Women Prayer Warriors at
Dawn.


NSCOC 34th Annual Minister and Wife Appreciation


The Northside Church of Christ,
4736 Avenue B, will honor Minister
Charlie McClendon and his wife,
Ida, for 34 years of dedicated serv-
ice Saturday and Sunday, June 2 &
3, 2007. The theme "New
Beginnings" focuses on strengthen-
ing your faith, your family, and your
eternal future. "Being born again,


not of corruptible seed, but of incor-
ruptible, by the Word of God, which
liveth and abideth forever." (1 Peter
1:23). Minister McClendon says,
"When a soul is saved, you save a
family, and when you save a family
you can save a dying world."
Brother Robert Holt, of Gary,
Indiana; will be the featured guest


speaker. Local Acappella singing
groups will also be featured. The
festivities begin with an
Appreciation Banquet in the Family
Life Center at 6 p.m. on Saturday,
June 2nd. A special Minister and
Wife Appreciation Shower will fol-
low the 6 p.m. Sunday Service.
Minister McClendon, with the


love and support of his wife, has
traveled the country teaching and
preaching the Gospel of Christ. He
has spoken at lectureships,
gospel/revival meetings, and con-
ducted workshops throughout the
Brotherhood.
Please call the Church Office at
(904) 765-9830 for reservations.


5863 Moncrif Rd. Jacksonvill, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800

5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800


Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!


Join Us for One of Our Services
SUNDAY
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
Ist Sunday 3:45 p.m.

Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.

TUESDAY
Bible Stud. 7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
Noon Day N\orship

THURSDAY
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.


EVANGEL TEMPLE


ASSEMBLY


OF GOD


Central Campus
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
Sunday June 3rd
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
It's Time for Revival!
The Spirit of God is Moving
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215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464


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McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor


Join us for our Weekly Services


Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.


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.


Come share in Holy Communion on ist Sunday at 4:50 p.m.


Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor


Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.


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Rev. Run Testifies on Fatherhood ..


As told to Tanisha Blakely
Everybody [in my family] has
something going on because of this
one show ['Run's House']. God
blessed us all. We are closer and
everybody is a star in the house,
including the dog. It kind of boosts
everyone's self esteem.
My three oldest children are from
a previous marriage. So [my faith]
has always been tested to keep
things peaceful. My wife is such a
loving mother. I'm always happy to
have God in the middle to make
sure everything is peaceful between
[my children's] mother and their

Hundreds Mourn
Yolanda King


The Rev. Bernice King, daugh-
ter of Martin Luther King Jr.,
speaks during a memorial service
for her sister, Yolanda King, as
her brothers Dexter King, left,
and Martin Luther King HI look
on in Atlanta, Thursday, May 24,
2007. King, 51, died on May 15 in
California after she collapsed
and could not be revived.


B wh. --n H .. The new season [of the show]
S. will teach and it will be funny. My
S. wife is pregnant, she's due in
SOctober. That's a big deal on the
show. [The second season] is me
trying to balance this house. It will
be real interesting to see me pulling
my hair out trying to get everyone
together.
If you listen to what your children
are saying and you look for signs of
what they are going through, you
won't have to go bail them out of
jail.
Kind of naturally found this out.
It's in my nature to want to be a
dad. It's fun to me. I don't know if
it comes this easy to everybody, but
it's deeply embedded into me by
God. I think that my ministry as far
The Simmons Household as what I'm doing now -- my tele-
stepmother. winners. [They] have two sets of vision show is a family show. I
My wife is great at raising these parents now. Most people only have think that's what I'm here for -- to
kids along with me. A lot of prayer one. The bishop of the church be an example in many ways, an
has to go through, a lot of under- taught them that. So their mindset is instrument for God. He created me
standing and a lot of teaching. My 'Okay, I have two mom's,' so it as an instrument and as long as I
children understand that they are works out good. yield, he'll blow his breath through
me and I'll be the flute.
Registration Now Open for Bethel Baptist Summer School


Registration for summer interven-
tion high-school classes at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church will be
open May 30-31 from 9 a.m.-3
p.m., and June 1 from 9 a.m.-noon.
Space is still available for students
in grades 9-12 needing another
opportunity to obtain passing
grades-and high-school credit-
toward promotion or graduation.
Students may register at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church.
There is a registration fee of $250,
due at registration. One hundred
scholarships are available for stu-
dents currently on free or reduced
lunch program, or who can prove
that they were on that program
sometime in the last two years.
Registrants must bring their report
card and FCAT scores, Social
Security card, birth certificate or
driver's license and a waiver from
their school. A parent or guardian
must accompany students to regis-
tration.
Summer classes will run for six
weeks, June 4-July 13. Twenty-six
courses offered: include Algebra I-


II, Geometry, English I-IV,
Earth/Space Science, World
History, American Government,
Biology, Chemistry and Liberal
Arts Math. Student attainment of
competencies will be verified by
testing and/or portfolio assess-
ments.
FCAT Enhancement is also avail-


able for 12th graders who failed the
FCAT but have completed all other
graduation requirements.
Bethel Baptist Church is located at
215 Bethel Baptist St., and may be
reached by calling 904.354.1464.
The College's Downtown Campus
is located at 101 W. State St. For
more info call 904.632.5094.


Wolfson Children's Hospital Holding

Fat Camps for Children and Teens
This summer, the Wolfson Children's Hospital Behavioral Health
Department will hold intensive, experiential camps for children and ado-
lescents struggling with weight and body image issues.
The camps, which are offered in partnership with the YMCA in
Riverside, will introduce children to the key components of a healthy
lifestyle, including: Balanced nutrition; Mindful eating and becoming a
wise consumer; Reducing emotional eating and overeating ; Moderate,
enjoyable physical activity; Healthy coping skills and Improved body
image and self-esteem
Ages 8 11 will be held June 4 8 and ages 12 14 will be held June
11 15 both from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. daily. Morning sessions will be at the
Baptist Downtown and afternoon sessions will be at the Riverside YMCA
(transportation provided).
To register, contact Randy Danielson, program coordinator, at 202.4959.
For more information, contact Camp Director Lynn Sorensen, RD, LD/N
at 202.4959.


Clockwise from left: Decisions were made on popular shows
Girlfriends, Everybody Hates Chris, The Game and America's Next
Top Model were made this week.

Favorite Show Slated


to Return This Fall
The CW Network announced its The Chris Rock-create
fall line-up grid at their Upfront 'Everybody Hates Chris' --
presentation at Madison Square helped launch the new ne
Garden. with a splashy (and very expe
As expected there were some sur- marketing blitz -- will return
prises, and a few regrets. second season, along with pi
For its second full season of pro- ing 'Girlfriends' spin-off
gramming, the network (a partner- Game.'
ship between CBS Corp. and Time
Warner) is moving full steam ahead
with a wide array of programming .- -..-
targeted to its core demographic of l
hip, young Americans. a
Ratings juggernaut 'America's
Next Top Model' will be back in the
fall for a ninth run, while the teeny-
bopper cult favorite 'Veronica Mars' '
was canceled -- even after being
aired on the major sister network All of Us
CBS to help build audience. Unfortunately, the Will Smi
As some hinted, the top-rated Jada Pinkett-Smith-helmed
African American sitcom ern-family sitcom 'All of
'Girlfriends' will return for an another casualty of the pro
unprecedented eighth season this ming restructuring.
fall. Storyline-wise, anything could The series, starring Duane Mi
be up for grabs with one lead LisaRaye, Tony Rock and Kh
actress's departure last year, and Griffin, survived the transition
another's apparent frustration with UPN to The CW, but was unm
the show's current state, live past its current third seas


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Stroke and African-Americans: Know the Facts


Stroke is the third leading cause
of death in the United States after
coronary heart disease and cancer.
There are about 500,000 strokes
each year of which 150,00 are fatal.
Stroke is also a major cause of
physical impairment and the cost of
acute and chronic care exceeds $30
billion a year in this country. A so-


called "stroke belt" exists in the
Southeastern part of the country,
where almost 60 per cent of the
African American population
resides. Even though stroke is gen-
erally thought of as a disorder
affecting the elderly, it should be
recognized that 28 percent of the
victims are under age 65.


Haircare Tips for Beautiful


by Dirk Evans
Whether it is natural, permed,
pressed or locked, hair is an essen-
tial part of one's style and personal-
ity. Hair can accentuate one's mood
and compliment any attire. Though
it can easily be transformed into
what is trendy and fashionable, it is
often overlooked and neglected.
"As wonderful as it is to have your
hair looking great, it is even more
important to invest in keeping it
healthy," says Dirk Evans, the self-
proclaimed "Hair Care Doctor." "If
it is not healthy, it's not 'good' hair."
Evans, a licensed cosmetologist
from Detroit, Michigan recently
released Home Hair Care Help, a
book targeted to young African
American women regarding their
hair care. The 96-page book guides
women through necessary instruc-
tion for maintaining and obtaining
healthy hair.
Using his 26 years of hair care
knowledge, Evans gives advice on
such topics as how to prevent hair
breakage and how to produce new
hair growth. He acknowledges that


everyone is different in the type of
maintenance they need. According
to Evans, people with chemically
treated hair should moisturize their
mane daily because of the mixture
of heat and chemicals. Those with
natural hairstyles and fine textured
hair should moisturize as well, but
just not as much.
"Because overheating is a com-
mon problem of black hair, protein
and moisture binding products are
the best for black hair. Currently,
there is a product line available
from Soft Sheen/Carson called
Breakthru, which is enhanced with
a new technology called
Ceramide."
"I have had a problem of consis-
tently maintaining my hair while at
school," says Courtney Battle, a
sophomore at Howard University in
Washington, D.C. "I can't always
rely on the salons in the area to do a
proficient job, so I do it myself
when I can." Tonie Stovall, a fresh-
man at Florida A&M University in
Tallahassee, agrees. "It's hard and
expensive trying to keep my hair up


African Americans have a
stroke mortality rate which is
twice that for whites. Although the
rate of decline for stroke mortality
has increased since the 1970s, there
has been a recent slowdown in this
decline. This has been especially
true for AA, and some recent
reports indicate that stroke mortali-


Hair
at school. If I did have
the proper hair edu- t ,i
cation, I would do
my own hair but ...
until then, I'll,'
go the salon."
Dirk Evans, the
"Hair Care
Doctor" says he wrote Home Hair
Care Help with the college student
in mind. He suggests that students
study his tips and instructions and
work together in applying them to
one another's hair in order to cut
down on cost and products.
Many students have found alterna-
tive ways to cut down on the cost of
hair maintenance. Pearl Plumboy, a
legal communications major, also at
Howard University, says "When I
can't get my hair done, I wear corn-
row braids, which saves me money
and cuts down on the amount of
heat applied to my hair." Evans
always advises that women educate
themselves on the techniques and
products that are applied to their
hair.


Report Links Cola to Osteoporosis


According to a new research
study, Cola boosts osteoporosis risk
in women. After reading this, you
may think twice about ordering a
Coke with dinner.
"Among women, cola beverages
were associated with lower bone
mineral density," said lead
researcher Katherine Tucker, direc-
tor of the Epidemiology and
Dietary Assessment Program at the
Jean Mayer USDA Human
Nutrition Research Center on Aging
at Tufts University.
There was a pretty clear dose-
response, Tucker added. "Women
who drink cola daily had lower
bone mineral density than those
who drink it only once a week," she
said. "If you are worried about
osteoporosis, it is probably a good
idea to switch to another beverage
or to limit your use."
Osteoporosis is a term that means
"porous bones." Osteoporosis is a
condition in which bones have lost
minerals especially calcium -
making them weaker, more brittle,
and susceptible to fractures (broken
bones). Any bone in the body can
be affected by osteoporosis, but the
most common places where frac-
tures occur are the back (spine),
hips and wrists.
According to HealthDay News,
during the study, Tucker's team col-
lected data on more than 2,500 par-
ticipants averaging just below 60
years of age. The researchers
looked at bone mineral density at
three different hip sites, as well as
the spine.
They found that in women, drink-
ing cola was associated with lower
bone mineral density at all three hip
sites, regardless of age, menopause,
total calcium and vitamin D intake,


or smoking or drinking alcohol.
Women reported drinking an aver-
age of five carbonated drinks a
week, four of which were cola.
Bone density among women who
drank cola daily was almost 4 per-
cent less, compared with women
who didn't drink cola, Tucker said.
"This is quite significant when you
are talking about the density of the
skeleton," she said.
Other risk factors for
Osteoporosis, include:
Being female and post-
menopausal, and over the age of 50


Being thin or having a small
frame
Having a family history of osteo-
porosis or fracture
Having certain health conditions,
such as low bone mass; anorexia;
estrogen deficiency related to
menopause; or an abnormal
absence of menstrual periods
Use of certain medications, such
as oral corticosteroids and anticon-
vulsants
Lifestyle choices such as lack of'
exercise; cigarette smoking; or
excessive consumption of alcohol.


ty in this group may actually be
increasing.
Since it is very difficult to treat
stroke once the process has been
initiated, much of the focus has
been on primary prevention.
Hypertension is the most powerful
predictor of stroke (NEJM
11/23/95), and is found to be a fac-
tor in 70 per cent of the cases.
Control of hypertension therefore
represents the best strategy to pre-
vent stroke, and in fact a meta-
analysis showed that in all studies
combined of the association
between treating to lower blood
pressure and stroke, there was a 42
per cent reduction in the incidence
of stroke and a 45 per cent reduc-
tion in fatal stroke when diastolic
blood pressure was reduced by 5-6
mmHg. This meta-analysis is par-
ticularly important because it con-
tains studies of mild-to-moderate
hypertension as well as studies
involving higher levels of blood
pressure; it showed that any treat-
ment is likely to be beneficial.
In addition, the Systolic
Hypertension in the Elderly
Program (SHEP) demonstrated that
a 36 per cent decrease in stroke risk
resulted from mean blood pressure
reductions of 11/3.4 mm Hg. This
benefit was seen at all ages studied
and in both sexes. This evidence
and other data, e.g., from the HOT
Study, support the need for vigor-
ous drug therapy of hypertension
for the primary prevention of stroke
at all levels of blood pressure, at all
ages, in both sexes,and especially in
African American patients.
Another approach to prevention
of stroke is through carotid
endarterectomy (CE) in patients
with high-grade carotid artery
stenosis, which often leads to
ischemic stroke. Although the latter
condition occurs more commonly
in African Americans than in
whites, African Americans are one-
third to one-fourth less likely than
whites to receive CE to detect
stenosis. This is an area which qual-
ifies as denial of access based on
race. It deserves further study and a
change in selection patterns for CE
procedures may result in a lowering
of the stroke rate among blacks.


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100 Calories

1. Get off the couch 33 times to
change the channel.
2. Go to the beach with your
kids and fly a kite for 20 minutes.
3. Play beach volleyball for 13
minutes.
4. Fish for 41 minutes.
5. Go to the pool and dog-pad-
dle for 17 minutes. x
6. Go to the pool and do 250
breast strokes (approximately 10
minutes).
7. Walk up and down 33 flights
of stairs.
8. Strap on 4-inch stilettos and
climb 25 flights of stairs.
9. Hit the stair climber for 11
minutes.
10. Push a grocery cart for 45 Emailing for 68 minutes burns
minutes. a shocking 100 calories.
11. Carry five grocery bags
from the car to the kitchen and put them away, take out the trash,
wash the dishes and wipe down the kitchen counter.
12. Chew calorie-free gum for 30 minutes.
13. Eat chili for a couple of days. Research shows that chili pep-
pers boost your metabolic rate, burning 50 more cals a day.
14. Eat four meals with chop sticks instead of a fork. Slowing
down can help you consume 25 fewer calories per meal.
15.Take a leisurely walk in the park for 51 minutes.
16. Walk backwards in the park for 43 minutes. For every 8 calo-
ries burned walking forward, walking backwards burns 10.
17. Hit the shower for 15 minutes, then spend 7 minutes shaving,
3 minutes toweling off, 4 minutes moisturizing and 20 minutes
blow-drying and styling your hair.
18. Shop during your lunch break while carrying a 7 pound bag.
19. Twirl in your chair at work 123 times, but don't let your boss
see you.
20. E-mail for 68 minutes.
21. Drink 3 cups of green tea in 24 hours.
22. Chug a 12 8-ounce glasses of ice water a day.
23. Go 20 mph on your bike for 6 % minutes.
24. Walk at 3.5 mph for 23 minutes.
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Michael Roberts poses with the bust of Benedict
College founder Bathsmeba Benedict outside the
administration building. Roberts is one of the few
white students at the historically black college.


COLUMBIA, S.C. Michael
Roberts has done more than study
finance at historically black
Benedict College. He's played foot-
ball for the college, joined a frater-
nity and proposed to his girlfriend.
Pretty typical, except that Roberts
is one of the few whites who attend
one of the nation's traditionally
black colleges.
"When I tell people I attend
Benedict, they comment, 'Well,
you're not black,"' Roberts said.
"But it's still a school, I'm still get-
ting an education. You don't have to
be black to attend."


Officials for the
nation's historical-
ly black schools
say Roberts' expe-
rience is not that
unusual. White stu-
dents are being
actively recruited,
and attracting them
has become easier
for a variety of rea-
sons, including the
offer of scholar-
ships and lower
tuitions than those
paid at non-black
schools.
Private, histori-
cally black schools
cost an average of
$10,000 less per
year than their
white counterparts,
according to the
Nat. Ass. for Equal
Opportunity in
Higher Education.
'Increasingly
black and brown


world'
The head of the association says
lower costs are not the only thing
the schools have to offer. Whites
who attend the schools are prepar-
ing for an "increasingly black and
brown world," said Lezli
Baskerville, the association's presi-
dent and CEO.
"If you want to know how to live
in one, you can't grow up in an all-
white neighborhood, go to a pre-
dominantly white school, white cul-
tural and social events, go to a pre-
dominantly white university and


then thrive in a world that is today
more black, more brown than
before," Baskerville said.
White students say they've taken
valuable experiences from their
time at black colleges. Skin color,
the students say, is much more of a
factor away from the campuses than
it is on them.
"You should get to know people
on who they are," Roberts said.
"Don't judge a book by its cover."
The first of what are now called
historically black colleges and uni-
versities was Cheyney University in
Pennsylvania, which was founded
in 1837 so that blacks barred
from attending many traditional
schools could get advanced edu-
"When I tell people I attend
you're not black, "' Roberts said.


ditionally white schools.
A handful of whites attend
Morehouse College. The school
hasn't been aggressively recruiting
whites, so they make a "conscious
decision" to attend, said Sterling
Hudson, dean of admissions and
records for the college.
Refuge where 'race doesn't
really matter'
Steven Schukei did just that. The
Morehouse alumnus, who now
works as a vice president in tech-
nology for New York-based invest-
ment firm Goldman Sachs, said he
gained a perspective that he wasn't
offered while growing up and going
to school in Nebraska, Colorado
and South Carolina.
Benedict, they comment, 'Well,


"But it's still a school, I'm still getting an education.


cations. Since then, more than 100
HBCUs have been established in
the U.S. with about 285,000 stu-
dents attending annually.
Lawsuits have forced many of the
schools about half of them are
public to diversify their student
bodies, Baskerville said. In the
2005-06 school year, nearly 10 per-
cent of their students were white,
according to her association's data.
Scholarships, new programs and
recruitment have attracted dozens
of whites to schools such as South
Carolina State University, where
they account for around 4 percent
of the student body, said university
spokeswoman Erica Prioleau. The
school has a minority affairs office
for white students, similar to those
found for non-white students at tra-


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

RE: FY 2007 Section 5309 Fixed Guideway Modernization Grant

URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT:$339,321
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 2006/2007 Modernization Project in which federal funds are being request-
ed from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an 80/20 matching basis
between federal, state, and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all projects listed
below.
Facility/Guideway Upgrades: $424,152

Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2007. 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 5309 Modernization Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of the First Coast
Metropolitan Planning Organization (FCMPO) for the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business displace-
ments are expected to occur as a result of project implementation. These projects will have no substantial
harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled.
Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through June 30,
2007 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


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

RE: FY 2007 Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Allocation Grant

URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT:$ 3,497,360
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 2006/2007 Bus and Bus Facilities Program of Projects in which federal
funds are being requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on
an 80/20 matching basis between federal, state, and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on
any and all projects listed below.


Rolling Stock Earmark #306, 548
Paratransit Vehicles Earmark #107


Total Program of Projects:


$3,243,100
$1,128,600


$4,371,700


Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2007.
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 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Allocation Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of the First
Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (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 sub-
stantial harmful effects on the environment, 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
June 30, 2007 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


"There was always this sort of
disjoint between what I thought I
should be learning and what I actu-
ally did learn," said Schukei, 30. "I
thought Morehouse would be an
opportunity to expand my horizons
and to see a different perspective on
the world that we live in."
Schukei remembers Morehouse
as a "refuge from the rest of the
world where what race you are
doesn't really matter."
"Conversations that people typi-
cally wouldn't feel comfortable
having about race can happen on
Morehouse's campus where they
just wouldn't happen anyplace
else," he said.


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Murdock Mansion

Memorial Day Opens Nation's

Newest Black Owned Resort


SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. -- A
new attraction opened in America
this Memorial Day.
Near Wilsonville, Alabama, the
first African-American-owned
resort in Alabama officially opened
its doors for the first time.
Known as Murdock Mansion, the
facility is able to accommodate up
to 500 people for both inside and
outside events.
Owner and general manager
Barbara Murdock hopes the man-
sion will serve as a reminder to vis-
itors of the great things Alabama
has to offer.
"The pride is being able to bring
people from outside Alabama into
this state and they see what a love-
ly facility and state we have. I feel
like an ambassador for this state,
getting rid of all those negative
stigmas attached to our state, to
know that you can come here. It's
Black owned, but everyone's wel-
come here," she said.
Murdock put her dreams on the
fast track after surviving near-dead-
ly complications from gastric
bypass surgery in 2002. She left her
consulting job in Washington, D.C.,


brought her then-fiance down
South, and began a new life in her
native Alabama.
"The reception has been won-
derful," Murdock said, noting that a
wedding and two Bible conferences
are already booked.
The eight-bedroom/bathroom
Georgian-style home, formerly
known as Pate Estate, was built in
1989 as a copy of the 18th century
Carter's Plantation in Virginia.
Features include a full gym, tennis
court, billiard room, gourmet
meals, massage and spa service, a
fishing lake, and seating for 500
around an Olympic-sized pool.
The estate also boasts a stocked
fishing lake along with a steam
room, sauna, fitness center and
even a landing pad for a helicopter.
Private suites start at $249 a night,
with the Safari Suite and exclusive
use of the upstairs "gentleman's
club" game room starting at $500 a
night. Private, luxury RVs are also
available to rent.
Visit: Murdock Mansion:
www. murdockmansion.com for
more information.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

RE: FY 2006 Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Allocation Grant

URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $990,000
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 2005/2006 Bus and Bus Facilities Program of Projects in which federal funds
are being requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an
80/20 matching basis between federal, state, and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any
and all projects listed below. : .. un,

Design Intermodal Terminal Center $1,237,500
Total Program of Projects: $1,237,500

Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2007.
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 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Allocation Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of the First Coast
Metropolitan Planning Organization (FCMPO) for the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business displace-
ments are expected to occur as a result of project implementation. These projects will have no substantial
harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled.
Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through June 30,
2007 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



NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

RE: FY 2006 Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Allocation Grant

URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $336,600
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 2005/2006 Bus and Bus Facilities Program of Projects in which federal funds
are being requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an
80/20 matching basis between federal, state, and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any
and all projects listed below.

Design New Administration Building $420,750
Total Program of Projects: $420,750

Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2007.
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 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Allocation Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of the First Coast
Metropolitan Planning Organization (FCMPO) for the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business displace-
ments are expected to occur as a result of project implementation. These projects will have no substantial
harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled.
Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through June 30,
2007 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


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Pride Meeting
The next PRIDE Book Club
Meeting will be held on Friday,
June 1, 2007. The book will be
NOW IS THE TIME TO OPEN
YOUR HEART by Alice Walker.
The meeting will be hosted by
Gloria and Hezron Omawali.
For more information e-mail:
felice@bellsouth.net.

Forum on State of
the Black Community
On Saturday, June 2nd, at 6:00
PM Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz,
Esquire, National Chairman of the
New Black Panther Party and the
Jacksonville Organizing Committee
for the Millions More Movement
will speak on the subject, "State of
the Black Community, and Why We
Must Stop the Violence Now!"
This event is free and will be held at
the Northside Business Center in
the Sherwood Shopping Plaza,
5045 Soutel Drive. For more infor-
mation call (904) 705-8556 or (904)
236-2469.

Archaeology Day at
Kingsley Plantation
Learn more about archaeology at
Kingsley Plantation on Saturday,
June 2nd, at 11:00 AM 3:00 PM.
Observe, interact and speak with
archaeologist as they open windows
of our past through their work.
Where? The Timucuan Ecological
and Historic Preserve located 11676


Palmetto Avenue, Kingsley
Plantation. For more information
call (904) 251-3537.

Crusin' the Caribbean
Mandarin Christian Women's Club
June Luncheon will be held on
Tuesday, June 5th, from 12:00-
1:00 PM. All area ladies are invited
to join us at the Ramada Inn in
Mandarin with Cruise Specialist
Connie Saunders, and speaker,
Shirley Solid will share. For more
information call (904)509-7538 or
e-mail jperry50@marykay.com.

A Group for
All Grievers
Haven Hospice 8301 Cypress
Plaza Dr, Suite 119 is offering a free
6 week grief support group.
Members can express their feelings
and thoughts and gain understand-
ing of grief and how it impacts
lives. You must register to attend.
Tuesday, June 5th, and Tuesday,
July 10th, from 5:30- 6:30 PM.
For information contact: Katie
Alpahando at (904) 733-9818.

JCCI Urban Safari in
Downtown Jacksonville
JCCI Forward will be hosting a
Leadership Development Field Trip
on Wednesday, June 6th, 1:00- 5:00
PM, "Urban Safari through
Downtown Jacksonville." This
safari will feature great things every
community leader should know


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James Weldon Johnson
Arts & Culture Festival
Experience the rich heritage and
culture of Jacksonville at the James
Weldon Johnson Arts & Culture
Festival, June 7-9th, at FCCJ
North Campus 4501 Capper Rd.
This years theme will be: "James
Weldon Johnson Pioneer of Pride in
Education as a way of Life."
Register for professional develop-
ment at www.totsnteens-jameswel-
donjohnson.org or call (904) 353-
7350 for more details.

Heavyweight
Title Fight
On Friday, June 8th, at 7:30 PM-
12:00 AM the Morocco Shrine
Events Center contenders for the
WBF Heavyweight Title Fight will
be the New York State Champ,
Derrick Rossy (15-1) and his oppo-
nent, WBE, WBC contender, Ron
Bellamy (16-2). Two local, unde-
feated fighters Chris Vendola and
Marcus Upshaw will be on the card
along with Vendola's opponent
David Saulesberry and the unde-
feated Female Fighter, Chika
Namura (5-0)!

Cinema Night
for Adult Literacy
Learn to Read will host
Jacksonville's Third Annual
"Alphabet Affair" on Friday, June
8th, at the Haskell Company (111
Riverside Avenue). The Cinema is
presented by NELNET, Inc. and
promises to be fun and exciting for
the after work crowd, all to support
adult literacy. Come dressed as:
your favorite cinema celebrity and
win the costume contest. Event
highlights include food, a silent
auction, live music games and
more. For more info call 399-8894
or h.corey@LTRJAX.org.

Black State Legislators
Golf Tournament
The Florida Conference of Black
State Legislators Foundation will
hold their annual "Scholarship Golf
Tournament" on June 8th begin-
ning with a 7:00am Registration
and Noon Awards Luncheon. The
tournament will be at the Westin
Diplomat Country Club in
Hallandale Beach, Florida. For
more information, call (850) 224-
093.

Langston Hughes
Subject of Poets Talk
The public is invited to join the
Jacksonville Public Library during
their continuing series of discus-
sions on great poets. The next talk
will be on Tuesday, June 12th at 6
p.m. where the topic will be
Ethelbert Miller on Langston
Hughes. Admission is free and will
be followed by a reception. For
more information call 630-2665.


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Project M.A.L.E.
On June 9th, Project M.A.L.E.
(Men Advocating and Leading by
Example). Past Conferences have
helped hundreds of men in
Jacksonville to become more effec-
tive fathers to their children. This
year there will also be a Youth
Track: "Today's Tools for
Tomorrow's Success." For more
details contact Daniel Murphy
(904) 899-6300.
FAMU Alumni Meeting
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
FAMU Alumni Association will
host it monthly meeting June 9th,
at Ribault High School Band Room
at 10:00 AM. For more information
please call (904) 910-7829.

Stage Aurora
Holding Auditions
Attention stepper, singers, and
actors 20 years old and older! On
Saturday, June 9th from 3:00-
7:00 PM and Sunday, June10th,
from 1:00-5:00 PM Stage Aurora is
holding auditions for "Frat House"
at the Jacksonville Centre of the
Arts 2049 N. Pearl Street. Frat
House will be performed at the
Florida Theatre on August 17-18.
For more info call (904) 765-7372.

Screening of
"Cocaine Angel"
The Museum of Contemporary Art
(MOCA), located 333 N. Laura
Street will have a special showing
of the film "Cocaine Angel" direct-
ed by Michael Tully and Damian
Lahey (local talent) on Wednesday,
June 13th at 7:00 PM. The film
depicts a week in the life of a weary
young drug addict.

Na'im Akbar Keynotes
Men's Symposium
Saturday, June 16th, from 8:00
AM- 1:00 PM there will be a Men's
Health Symposium held at Edward
Waters College Gymnasium. The
keynote speaker will be Dr. Na'im
Akbar. For more information call
Anthony Grissett, Program
Coordinator Healthy Jacksonville
(904) 665-2276.

Gamma Rho Omega
Chapter AKA Sorority,
Inc. Celebrates 65 Years
The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter
of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


There will be an open community
forum where you can learn how to
protect family lands through the
Florida Land Trust. The meeting
will be held on Monday, June llth
at 7 p.m. What is a land trust and
how does it protect land from
development? Come learn how the
North Florida Land Trust (NFLT)
works with landowners to preserve
their family lands and create an


is celebrating 65 years of
"Extraordinary Service with
Purpose" on Saturday, June 16th,
at the Hyatt Riverfront Hotel in
Downtown Jacksonville, from
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For ticket
information call Naomi Briggs 751-
1921 or Kathy Dilbert 732-7349.

State of the
RACE Conference
There will be a Leadership
Conference discussion on the criti-
cal issues that most affect the Race
of African Americans in
Jacksonville, FL and throughout.
Some of the city's most powerful
leaders/thinkers in the community
to share in an in-depth discussion
on Critical health issues, economy,
culture, race, and more. It will be
held on Saturday, June 16th from
1-5p.m. at the Willow Branch
Library. For details, call Diallo
Sekou 904-327-6411.

Learn to Make Home
Made Blueberry Jam
The Jacksonville Canning Center
will be holding a canning class on
Blueberry Jam on Thursday June
21st and again on Friday June 22nd.
The cost is $20.00 per person and
includes all materials. Each partic-
ipant will take home two, V2 pint
jars, of Blueberry Jam to enjoy and
share. The deadline for registration
is Friday June 15th. To register or
for additional information please
phone Fred Heim at 387-8860.
Class size is limited.

JCCI Summer Social
On June 21st from 5:30 7 p.m.,
the public is invited to join JCCI at
River City Brewing Company on
the St Johns River for their Summer
Social. Time to network, meet the
new Executive Committee, cele-
brate volunteers and the release of
their two issue forums Out in
Jacksonville: GLBT Community
and Hidden Crisis: Youth Suicide.
Pick up your copy. The social is
open to all. Please RSVP to Sandra
at 396- 3052 or sandra@jcci.org

John Witherspoon
at the Comedy Zone
You'll probably remember this
comedian best as Craig's dad in the
hit movie Friday, Next Friday and
Friday After Next, or as Pops on the
long running sitcom "The Wayans
Brothers" John Witherspoon really


environmental legacy for future
generations to enjoy. Some of the
properties NFLT has already pro-
tected include a 40-acre wetland in
Ponte Vedra Beach, a 250-acre
ranch in Clay County, and a historic
family property on the St. Johns
River. Speakers and a brief video
highlighting NFLT's work will be
followed by a question-and-answer
session.


knows how to bring on the laughs,
and he'll be performing June 21st-
24th at the Comedy Zone, located
in the Ramada Inn in Mandarin.
For more information call (904)
242-4242.

Plus-Sized Fashion
Show at the Ritz
Sunday, June 24th at 6:00 PM
Dangerous Curves Jacksonville will
present the 3rd annual charity fash-
ion show and celebration "The Total
Woman Show 2007. The show will
be hosted by Lynda Moultry, author
of "Life Tips 101 Plus- Size
Women's Clothing Tips" and held at
the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum
832 N. Davis Street.

Terry Parker Class
of 77' Reunion
The 30 year reunion for Terry
Parker High School will be held on
June 30th at the FOP Lodge on
Sawgrass Rd. Check in begins at
6:00p.m. for an evening with for-
mer classmates, a DJ and live enter-
tainment. There will also be an
informal social at the Hampton Inn
on Friday night at 7:00 PM in their
Hospitality Rm. For details contact
Anita DuPont Kelly at (904) 273-
2933 or Cindy Poland Pittman at
(904) 821-0887.

Emergency
Preparedness for
Persons w/Disability
On July 13th, The Independent
Living Resource Center at FCCJ's
Advanced Technology Center (401
W. State Street) will present
"Emergency Preparedness for per-
sons with Disabilities". The day
long conference will teach disabled-
persons and their care givers how to
prepare for Hurricanes, Fires, Flu
Pandemic and Biological Disasters.
Register between 8:00-8:45 a.m.
For more information call (904)
399-8484. Lunch will be served.

Sheryl Underwood
at the Comedy Zone
BET Comic View Host Sheryl
Underwood will make her mark on
Jacksonville at the Comedy Zone-
Ramada Inn in Mandarin on
August 24th and 25th.
Underwood is BET Comic Views
first sole female host. For more
information call (904) 242-4242.


Special information on tax bene-
fits for land conservation will also
be available. Come join us for this
informative evening as we explore
ways to stop North Florida from
turning into South Florida. The
meeting will beheld at the
Lakewood Presbyterian Church,
2001 University Blvd. near San
Jose Blvd. in Jacksonville


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FOREMAN SAYS HE WAS DRUGGED BEFORE 'RUMBLE'
Boxer says someone spiked his water to weaken him against Ali


Some 33 years after facing Muhammad Ali in the
historic 1974 boxing match known as "Rumble in
the Jungle," former heavyweight boxing champ
George Forman has cited a possible excuse for his
defeat: his water was spiked.
"I said, 'This water tastes like it has medicine in
it,'" Foreman said he told trainer Dick Sadler
before the fight, according to ESPN. Sadler
assured him it was fine, Foreman claimed.
"I know there was medicine in that water. I'll
never forget that," he said. "There was even worse
medicine waiting in that ring Muhammad Ali."
Foreman said he has spoken publicly about the


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before, but has brought it up again only because he discusses it in his new
book, "God in My Corer: A Spiritual Memoir."
"It wasn't a fixed fight. I got beat fair and square," Foreman admitted.
But the ex-fighter also said it took him years to recover from the historic
match in Zaire and that he was lucky to have survived Ali's famed rope-a-
dope technique.
"It was years before I got my health back together after that fight," said
Foreman. "It wasn't doctors who put something in my water. They didn't
have PhDs. I'm lucky I'm still alive."
Foreman returned from retirement to reclaim the heavyweight belt in
1994, becoming at age 45 the oldest man to hold the title.
OPRAH'S DAD DENIES BOOK
Oprah's daddy Vernon Winfrey is denying reports that he's writing a tell-
all book about his famous daughter. He told TVGuide.com that there is no
book in the works called "Things Unspoken," which had been widely
reported last week. He also said he's not shopping around any proposal for
such a book to agents or publishers. But then he added: "We might think
about it later on."
RAPPERS REMIXING MILES' MUSIC
In honor of Miles Davis' 81st birthday last Saturday, Legacy Recordings
announced the release of "Evolution Of The Groove," a remix EP featur-
ing Nas, Carlos Santana, Olu Dara and a contemporary music ensemble
featuring Miles' nephew Vince Wilburn, Jr. on drums and programming,
guitarist Pat Thrall and bassist Charley Drayton. Due August 7, the album
features such tracks as "Freddie Freeloader," "Freedom Jazz Dance" fea-
turing Nas, "It's About That Time" featuring Carlos Santana, "Honky
Tonk" and "Black Satin." "'Evolution Of The Groove' imagines Miles
Davis in the 21st century, the lyricism of his horn and the power of his
musical vision blending with contemporary hip hop, jazz and rock in
provocative new ways and seductive new grooves," stated Legacy.
ANIKA NONI ROSE CROWNED 'PRINCESS'
Disney finally admits to casting 'Dreamgirls'star in history-making role.
Last month, actress Anika Noni Rose was hesitant
to break out the champagneon the premature news of
her casting in Walt Disney's upcoming animated
musical, "The Frog Princess," as it was then called.
Well now, it's official. The studio has announced
that Rose, who starred in "Dreamgirls," will voice
the lead character of Princess Tiana in Disney's "The
Princess and the Frog," as it is called now.
Criticism is already surrounding the project,
Disney's first animated feature with a black princess.
Tiana's name was originally Maddy, but the suits at
Disney reportedly changed it after receiving complaints that Maddy
sounded too much like a slave name. There have also been gripes about
the description of Tiana being a chambermaid, and that her love interest is
a European prince.
Set in the fabled French Quarter of New Orleans during the 1920s, "The
Princess and the Frog" is slated for a holiday 2009 release nationwide.


Last summer 17-year-old Jordin
Sparks said she was focused on get-
ting her drivers' license, which hap-
penedjust before she ventured from
her native Glendale, AZ to Seattle,
WA to audition for American Idol's
sixth season.
"I was excited to get my drivers'
license, but I was way more excited
to do American Idol. I talked about
it all the time," Sparks told
reporters during a Friday confer-
ence call. ""Making it through the
first round of the auditions... It
amazed me because I didn't think I
had a chance because so many peo-
ple auditioned. When I made the
Top 12 I was like, 'Whoa! I have a
one in 12 chance of winning this
thing.' I mean because it's better
than the one in 16,000 [when I audi-
tioned]... Your chances improve as
you keep going through the compe-
tition... It turned out pretty well.
It actually turned out better than
"well" for Sparks, who won Idol's
sixth season title during last week's
live two-hour season finale and in
the process became the youngest
singer to ever do so. She defeated
Blake Lewis, a 25-year-old from
Bothell, WA, in Idol 6's finale, but


added she initially thought Lewis
would be battling it out in the finals
with Melinda Doolittle, a 29-year-
old Brentwood, TN resident who
finished third.
"I actually thought it was going to
be Blake and Melinda, so I was just
like, 'Oh... Cool!'" said Sparks
about learning she had advanced to
the finale. "But Melinda is one of
my best friends ever and I love her
to death and if I would have been up
against her I would have been so
happy if she won because she's so
amazing. I just love her."
Sparks was billed as "The Great
Singer" during the final perform-
ance episode of Idol's sixth season,
and the beat-boxing Lewis was
thought of as "The Great
Entertainer."
"He's tried to teach me [to beat-
box] but I'm really horrible at it,"
said Sparks. "I try, and sometime I
entertain myself by trying to do it,
but I can't do it."
Both Sparks and Lewis had previ-
ously stated that they're big fans of
each other, so she said he was noth-
ing but supportive when Idol host
Ryan Seacrest revealed she was the
winner after 74 million votes were


Vegas Hosting Largest Jackson Family Auction


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memorabilia ever.
Auction staff
unpacked and dis-
played more than
1,100 lots includ-
ing rhinestone-
studded cos-
tumes, faded doc-
uments and other
mementoes at the
Hard Rock Hotel
and Casino. The
items are expect-
ed to fetch mil-
lions of dollars
from bidders
from around the
globe in a two
day auction on
Wednesday and
Thursday.
"This really is a
once-in-a-lifetime
occurrence," said


at the Jackson family auction at the Hard Rock Arlan Ettinger,
Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday May 27,president of auc-
2007. tion house
Guernsey's. "I can-
Las Vegas Workers pulled glit- not imagine that somewhere down
tery suits and platinum records out the road some other collection
of cardboard boxes last weekend ome th
could come out of the woodwork
ahead of what's being called the o woor
Sand rival this. It's not going to hap-
largest auction of Jackson family p
pen.


There's a Bill Whitten-designed
militaristic red coat with gold rope
that belonged to Michael Jackson,
and a 1987 contract detailing his
$30 million purchase of the
California ranch that became the
infamous "Neverland."
There's also a frilly pink "Mae
West" dress worn by Janet Jackson
at age 8 during family performanc-
es at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
in 1974.
In a worn telegram from July 6,
1984, Marlon Brando encourages
Michael Jackson before a show:
"Please try not to make an (exple-
tive) of yourself and please for
God's sakes don't fall in the orches-
tra pit."
The items are to go on sale fol-
lowing a protracted court battle that
ended two weeks ago when
Michael Jackson's lawyers reached
a confidential settlement and
dropped an effort to block the auc-
tion.
Richard Altomare, chief execu-
tive of Universal Express Inc., the
Boca Raton, Fla., luggage trans-
portation company that owns the
items, said Jackson's lawyers set-
tled when they were convinced they
had no legal claim to the goods.


"Despite his emotional attach-
ment he had to accept he didn't have
it," Altomare said.
As part of the settlement, Jackson
was formally invited to attend,
although it was unclear if he
planned to do so.
Jackson, 48, has been living in
Las Vegas planning his comeback
after his 2005 acquittal in
California on child molestation
charges.
The collection's former owner,
New Jersey businessman Henry
Vaccaro, took possession of the
memorabilia in 2002 after a failed
business venture wound up in bank-
ruptcy court.
Universal bought the items from
Vaccaro for $5 million and spent
more than $2 million transporting
the goods from New Jersey to Las
Vegas, Altomare said. The goods
were insured by Lloyd's of London
for more than $100 million, he said.
Ettinger would not speculate on
how much the sale would net,
although he said his company has
fielded inquiries from as far away
as Europe and the Far East. Bidders
can participate through liveauction-
eers.com and eBay's live auction
site.


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cast by viewers.
"[Lewis] just said.
'Congratulations
honey.' He's been so
great," said Sparks.
"He's been one of
my biggest sup-
porters since the
beginning and
I've been one of
his, so it's really
cool I got to share .
the stage with
him. I felt verN ..4
honored."
As Idol's most recent
champ, Sparks joins orig-
inal Idol winner Kell\
Clarkson; Idol 3 winner Fantasia
Barrino; and Idol 4 inner Carrie
Underwood as the fourth female to
take home the show's title in six
seasons.
"I look-up to them because I've
been watching them the past couple
years in their careers and have their
records, and I would love to model
my career after theirs' because
they've been so successful," said
Sparks, who described herself as a
"diehard" Idol fan.
The grand prize for being crowned


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Simon Fuller's 19 Management and
a recording contract with a division
of the BMG Music Group recording
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Clive Davis. Her first single will be
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