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Rangel Pays IRS, Complains of
'Guerrilla War' on Democrats
Washington Rep. Charles Rangel wrote six checks for about $10,800
in back taxes, and then penned an open letter to his New York con-
stituents last week, saying he has done nothing dishonorable and is the
target of a GOP "guerrilla war."
Rangel, the dean of the New York congressional delegation, has faced
a string of embarrassing revelations he didn't pay taxes on rental income
for a beach house in the Dominican Republic; he used three rent-stabi-
lized apartments in Harlem, including one for a campaign office; he used
his congressional stationery to drum up private donations to a college
center named after him.
He ended up writing a number of checks to cover taxes due on his 2004,
2005, and 2006 returns, related to the unreported rental income, said his
chief of staff, George Dalley.
A House ethics committee plans to investigate, and Republicans have
called for the 19-term congressman to be removed from his powerful
position as chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
After private meetings with House Democratic leaders earlier this week,
Rangel was able to keep the post.
"My record in the Ways and Means Committee and 38 years in
Congress is unassailable, so they've pried into my private life and used
insinuation and half-truths to write stories that sell papers," Rangel
NASCAR Fires Officials Named
in Racial Harassment Lawsuit
S. 7 DOVER, Del. NASCAR has fired two officials
who had been suspended during an internal inves-
*tigation into claims made in a $225 million racial
discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit
*against stock car racing's sanctioning body.
Tim Knox and Bud Moore are accused in
Mauricia Grant's lawsuit of exposing themselves
to her, and making graphic and lewd jokes. She
worked as a technical inspector for NASCAR's
ra second-tier Nationwide Series from January 2005
Grant through her October 2007 firing.
NASCAR had placed Knox and Moore on indefinite paid administra-
tive leave in June as it investigated her claims.
Grant, who is black, filed suit earlier that month alleging 23 specific
incidents of sexual harassment and 34 specific incidents of racial and
gender discrimination during the two-plus years she worked for
Her suit alleges she was fired as retaliation for complaining to her supe-
riors about the way she was treated by co-workers.
South Africa's President Mbeki
Resigns After Power Struggle
South African President Thabo Mbeki told the nation Sunday that he
had resigned, having lost a power struggle to a rival tainted by allegations
of corruption but poised now to lead the country.
In a dignified speech focusing on the successes and shortcomings of his
nine-year presidency, Mbeki said he had submitted a letter to the speak-
er of Parliament "to tender my resignation from the high position of
President of the Republic of South Africa."
He said he would stand down at a date to be determined by Parliament,
which will convene in the coming days to select an interim president to
serve until next year's elections.
National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete, who is also chairwoman of
the African National Congress, is widely tipped to become the interim
head of state, paving the way for Mbeki's nemesis, Jacob Zuma, to take
over after the elections.
Mbeki, 66, lost the final battle in the long struggle against ANC
President Zuma, his former deputy this weekend. Mbeki was pressured
to quit after a judge threw out a corruption case against Zuma earlier this
month on a legal technicality and implied that Mbeki's administration
had put political pressure on prosecutors.
Tennis Queen Serena Williams
to Serve up Memoir in 2009
A memoir by Serena Williams will be
released in 2009 by Grand Central Publishing,
which beat out a handful of other publishers
bidding for the life story of the No. 1 ranked
women's tennis player.
"Serena Williams is one of the world's most
remarkable athletes," Grand Central editor
Karen Kosztolnyik said in a statement. "We've
watched her rise to No. 1 despite physical and
emotional setbacks, and her hard work and
determination have inspired legions of fans
young and old. Serena will give her memoir a strong motivational slant."
Financial terms for the book, currently untitled, were not disclosed,
although a publishing official with knowledge of the negotiations said
bidding reached at least $1.3 million. The official, citing the confiden-
tiality of the negotiations, declined to be identified.
Williams, 26, has won nine Grand Slam titles and, with sister Venus
Williams, won a gold medal in women's doubles at the recent Olympics
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Obama Creates a Sea of Hope at Metropolitan Park
They came by planes, trains and automobiles near and far to see Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama on his first public Jacksonville stop.
Supporters were turned away from Metropolitan Park as the 10,000+ crowd filled the river front festival grounds. Unaccompanied by his wife Michelle,
Obama recanted his plan for the economy, health care and the environment to the cheering crowd. More then 4,000 were turned away due to the park
being filled to capacity. FMPowell Photo.
Shown above is Rep. Terry Fields, awardee Union Organizer Nicholas
Dix, Award Recipient Jeannie Baldwin and Mistress of Ceremonies
Angela Spears. Lynn Jones Photo
Fields Lauds Community Trustees
by Lynn Jones
Over 350 people attended State
Representative Terry Fields,
Celebration of America: "Working
for Our Total Community" Awards
Banquet to recognize community
and civic leaders.
Jeannie Baldwin was one of the
Lifetime Achievement Award
recipients. "Jeannie is a true unsung
hero", and has served for over 25
years within the Northeast Florida
Senior community." said Fields at
the celebration. Baldwin was hon-
ored for serving as a voice for thou-
sand of senior citizens for getting
better quality healthcare, insurance
and prescription medication.
Rep. Fields also praised the
Northside community and honored
his parents and the role models
whom motivated and inspired him
through the years. Award recipients
recanted how Terry has made a
powerful impact in their life.
"You can come out of those situ-
ations and live the American
dream" said Fields, ""nothing hap-
pens until people make it happen,
now is the time for change".
State Senator Jennifer Carroll was
called to the podium and spoke how
she and Terry diligently work
together in Tallahassee to guarantee
fair legislation for every citizen.
Other recipients include Citizen of
the Year Award: Felicia Bostic;
Alvin "Buster" Mitchell. Lifetime
Achievement Award: Warren
Alvarez, Grady Braddock; Beverly
Keys; Gary Keys; Joe Mosely; Real
G. Senesac. Outstanding
Community Service Award: Tonyaa
Weathersbee. Community Civics
Award: Renee Harris; Terrance
Patterson; Fitzhugh K. Powell;
Leadership Award: Paul Fields, Jr.;
Sandy Jenkins and Khamil Ojoyo.
Bigotry in the
By W.J. Cox
It's been awhile since a black
man was lynched in America. The
last lynching took place 10 years
ago in East Texas Bush Country
when three young white racists
chained James Byrd, a 49-year-
old father of three, to the back of
their pickup truck and dragged
him down the highway until his
body was dismembered.
If John McCain and his charac-
ter assassins and vote riggers suc-
ceed, the next one will occur in
November and it may tear apart
America's body politic.
The 2008 presidential election
will make history. Americans will
elect either their first African
American president, their oldest
president, or their first woman-
Continued on page 3
FCCJ Literacy Fair Had a
Little Something for Everyone
Samantha and little brother Josh join dad Willie Tyus
Florida Community College at Jacksonville's North Campus recently
held their annual Literacy Fair reschdeuled due to the heavy hurricane sea-
son. Hundreds of supportive parents brought their little ones to learn about
the joys of reading through music, celebrity readers, storytelling, games,
prizes, and surprises. There was also live performances and demonstra-
tions by an illusionist, a ventriloquist, and book characters, as well as the
opportunity to take a reading level assessment. The annual event was free
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Festive upper middle class event thrive in Nigerian social life.
LAGOS, Nigeria: They speak in
the clipped tones of the British upper
class or the soft drawl of southern
California. They boast degrees and
work experience from elite overseas
institutions. And now they're coming
Nigerians who left their homeland
to seek riches abroad are increasing-
ly returning as Africa's biggest oil
producer rides an energy bonanza
that is opening up unprecedented
Abiola Lawal, 41, is part of this
He was earning a six-figure salary
with business software giant SAP AG
in southern California before he
returned to Nigeria in 2005 after 17
years abroad, joining a major
Nigerian energy firm, Oando PLC, as
chief strategy officer.
"There are lots of 30- and 40-
something-year-olds who are CEOs
in this country, and that would never
be in the States or the U.K. because
the experience pool is much deeper
there," said Lawal.
While most of Nigeria's 140 mil-
lion citizens are deeply impover-
ished, some parts of the waterfront
commercial capital of Lagos are
becoming mini boomtowns.
With petrodollars strengthening
the economy and the government
deregulating key industries, Nigeria's
telecommunications, banking and
energy sectors are growing at double
and sometimes triple digit rates, with
stock prices to match. The overall
economy is forecast to grow at about
9 percent in 2008.
This growth has created a growing
appetite for internationally business
savvy recruits. Many companies now
organize career fairs in major cities
in the U.S. and Europe, seeking to
personally woo Africans with over-
seas training and work experience.
For many Nigerian expatriates, it's
a tempting proposal: the chance to
contribute to the development of
their country while enjoying com-
pensation packages that often include
fast-track promotion, housing, a
maid, a car and a driver.
No firm figures exist for how many
Nigerians educated or working over-
seas are coming home. But recruit-
ment companies report hundreds of
applications for each job they adver-
tise and up to 85 percent of the appli-
cants are Nigerians working in the
Shola Ajani, who runs recruitment
company Maximise Potentials, says
that in the last three years the compa-
ny has placed 700 Nigerian expatri-
ates in professional jobs in their
homeland. Their portal, nigeriajob-
sonline.com, has a database of some
10,000 Nigerians living overseas
who have registered their interest in
repatriating, he says.
Nigeria has always seen some of
its diaspora return home, a process
kick-started by the end of three
decades of military rule in the coun-
try in 1999. But brain gain "has taken
a new dimension in the past year," as
the economy booms.
Word is spreading fast. Internet
communities such as the Move Back
Club put new "repats" in touch with
those hoping to make the move.
Recruitment companies say brain
gain is running at the highest levels
in Nigeria. But they say flagging
Western economies are pushing more
young professionals toward other
fast growing, if sometimes volatile,
markets such as South Africa and,
more recently, Ghana.
Misuse of government funds and
widespread corruption has left
Nigeria's infrastructure crumbling.
Few people have access to reliable
electricity, decent schools and health
clinics or flushing toilets.
In the few comparatively posh sec-
tions of Lagos, high security gated
compounds have sprung up, roads
have been resurfaced and glistening
shopping malls opened. The elite can
be seen quaffing champagne and din-
ing on sushi in air-conditioned
restaurants while outside, beggars
and street children guard their
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Buying a foreclosed home can be
a good deal for buyers who want to
live there or those who want to
"flip" -- meaning buy and quickly
resell -- the property. But they can
also be money pits that offer more
heartache and fiscal depth than you
might expect. We have compiled
some help for prospective buyers
to help determine the investment
that would be best for them.
Investors especially first timers
- should first know that foreclosure
laws vary from state to state, so
they'd be well advised to consult
with a reliable real estate agent
before they buy. Another thing to
watch out for is damage done to the
property before the former owners
A recent nationwide poll
revealed that 29 percent who have
purchased a home in foreclosure,
did so within the past six months.
Of those who have purchased a
foreclosed property, 95 percent
found the purchase to be profitable.
More than 80 percent used an agent
to help close the deal.
Among the lessons these savvy
Buying foreclosed property is
neither cheap nor easy
Inspect your potential invest-
ment during off hours: some agents
report that criminals often set up
shop in empty homes
To find foreclosed properties
check the Multiple Listing Service
(www.MLS.com) or your local
Beware of stubborn tenants
who previously lived in the house.
Some could pose a challenge to
Have your finances in order and
be ready to pay
Research, research, research
types of foreclosures:
Pre-foreclosure: Typically, this
happens when the owner has
missed one or two payments and a
buyer can pick it up without the
seller destroying their credit. There
is a public list available at your
local courthouse that lists proper-
ties going through pre-foreclosure.
The next step would be to contact
the owner and start talking about
making an offer.
Short Sale: The bank is willing to
take a bit of a loss, in order to
quickly sell the property. First, get
the homeowner's permission to talk
to their bank to negotiate the total
amount the bank wants to collect
without going into foreclosure. By
offering a lower-than-market offer,
you save money and also help the
bank and homeowner from going
Auction: These usually take
place on your local courthouse
steps and the home goes to the
highest bidder. Depending on what
state you live in, you might not be
able to inspect the property before
bidding, so you definitely want to
do your homework first and find
out as much about the property as
you can. An auction will only work
if your finances are ready to pur-
chase the property with cashier's
check or cash at the time of bid-
ding. If there is no bidder, then the
home goes to the bank.
Bank Owned: The home has
been vacated and the bank owns
property. Be patient. This process
can be long and stressful, since you
are working by the banker's hours.
Tips for purchasing a home in
any stage of foreclosure:
Inspect before buying: In most
cases you will be able to inspect
the entire property before buying.
Hire a professional home inspector
to inspect the entire house so you
know exactly what you are getting
into. Most foreclosed properties
come "as is". Sometimes, tenants
who get evicted retaliate and strip
the house of everything including
doorknobs, pipes and all appli-
Do your homework: Make sure
you find out if the property has any
unpaid liens. If you don't, unpaid
lenders could come after you to try
and collect what they are owed.
Location: Know the area where
the property is located. If you see a
lot of foreclosure signs in yards, it
could be a sign that the area is
declining in value.
Be patient: Great deals are out
there, but you have to be patient
and make smart decisions when
buying a foreclosed property. A
respectable real estate agent can
help you get what you want for the
price you want.
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During this election, bigotry is the elephant in the room; everybody is
tiptoeing around wearing blindfolds, but its spoor too much to ignore.
As an expression for an evil influence or hex, a "whammy" was added
to the vernacular in 1941 when a boxing manager said a "double wham-
my" was the only way African-American boxer Joe Lewis was ever to
be knocked out.
We will soon know whether Barack Obama and the American people
have suffered a single, double, or triple whammy and we will all suffer
from the assault.
Single Whammy Overt and Latent Racism; Double Whammy -
Religion, Sex and Other Prejudices; Triple Whammy Class
Disenfranchisement the Aftermath.
After years of declining crime rates, gun-related violence is on the rise
in many of our cities, disproportionately targeting young black males.
Forty percent of these young men are out of work; one of every 20 over
the age of 18 is in a state or federal prison; and 28.2 percent of all
African-American men will be confined at least once in their lifetime.
The failure of Barack Obama to be elected in November will be more,
far more than a betrayal of the hopes, dreams and aspirations of millions.
There is a great risk that the inauguration of his opponent will sound the
death knell of America's free and democratic society, and the Liberty
Bell and all it has symbolized will be tarnished and forgotten.
What will McCain do if he becomes president next January? Will he sur-
render the extraordinary powers that George Bush and Dick Cheney
have seized over the past eight years? Or will he use them in exactly the
way he says he will -- militarily to "defend" the country? From whom?
From alleged terrorists, or from Americans who disagree with him?
What will the millions of disenfranchised, unemployed, homeless, sick
and hungry, angry -- yes, very angry -- and very well armed people, who
have seen their dreams turn into nightmares, do? Go away quietly and
not make a disturbance? Not on your life! Not on the lives of any of us.
The dozens of violent urban riots that burned through our cities in the
'60s and '70s ended when disadvantaged people began to improve their
lives and to get a bite of the American pie. The last two major riots,
Miami in 1980 and Los Angeles in 1992, resulted from circumstances
that should be instructive. They both resulted from the unpunished beat-
ings of black men by white police officers.
The cities across America will not burn because an old white man fair-
ly defeats a young black man. No, they will explode because the politi-
cal, cultural and financial elite will have stolen another election from the
poor and disenfranchised.
It will be ugly. It will be violent. Police helicopters will be equipped
with machine guns and crowds will be mowed down without the legal
benefit of arrest or trial. Military might will rule and the light of
American freedom and democracy will be extinguished.
Or, the resilient strength of democracy may prevail. If elected, Barack
Obama will have the opportunity to achieve the true greatness in times
of crisis that has been afforded only a few of America's presidents since
Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.
Will Obama be able to rise to the challenge, master the issues, articu-
late policies, display the richness of his intellect, and reveal the depth of
his soul? We will never know unless we give him the chance.
Obama may become the most hated person in the country, and the risk
is great that he will suffer the fate of Lincoln.
With the 2008 election becoming a referendum on the religions of the
candidates and the faith of the electorate, perhaps we should all pray for
Divine guidance and the wisdom of the ages to help us survive the
extraordinary crisis that will surely confront our next president and those
of us who elect him.
Shown above (L-R) Share Younts, Melanie Lawson, Terri Walker, Angela Spears, Tywanna Pryor, Teri Burnette, Jennifer Joi Wells, L.
Michelle, Dan Evans, Tia Mitchell, Tonyaa Weathersbee, Renee Simone and President Charles Griggs.
Black Communicators Kick Off Service Year with Scholarship, Forum on Violence
The Jacksonville Association of
Black Journalists (JABJ) hosted a
Speak Your Mind forum at the
Jacksonville Urban League last
Thursday evening. About 100 peo-
ple attended the forum, which was
intended to create dialogue with
the community and the media
regarding how violence is covered
The forum also included the pres-
entation of the group's scholarship
award to Jennifer Joi Wells of
Edward Waters College.
JABJ is an organization for jour-
nalists, journalism students and
professionals in media-related
fields. For about 20 years, JABJ's
membership has represented a vari-
ety of media outlets in
Jacksonville. JABJ is an affiliate of
the National Association Black
Presidential Debates Coud Seal the Deal for the Undecided
After months of caucuses, pri-
maries and political attacks, the
pivotal moments in one of the most
historic presidential elections in
U.S. history might play out on TV,
starting this week.
Once considered public-service
yawners, the upcoming presiden-
tial and vice presidential debates
could top the record-breaking 40
million viewers who tuned in to
watch the candidates' acceptance
speeches at the political conven-
tions. The polls are close and the
tensions are rising as the nation
ponders whether to elect its first
African-American president or its
first female vice president.
"The candidates and their han-
dlers are aware that all it takes is
one bad sentence or one good sen-
tence to resolve an election," said
Jim Lehrer, anchor of PBS's
"NewsHour" and moderator of
Friday's first debate. "Everybody
knows what's at stake."
The first face-off between
Republican John McCain and
Democrat Barack Obama comes
Friday night at the University of
Mississippi. The focus will be on
foreign policy and national securi-
ty. All of the broadcast and cable
news networks will carry the four
90-minute debates which means
viewership likely will soar.
"I think the election will turn on
these debates," said Bob Schieffer,
anchor of CBS's "Face the Nation"
and moderator of the third presi-
dential debate, scheduled for Oct.
15 in Hempstead, N.Y. "A lot of
people are going to make up their
minds then, too."
The Commission on Debates has
tweaked the format in an effort to
loosen things up and promote bet-
ter candidate responses. In all of
the debates (except for the town-
hall version), there will be nine
nine-minute segments with the
moderator choosing the subjects
and the questions within a general
area. Foreign policy will dominate
Friday's debate. Domestic policy
will be the focus of the third presi-
dential debate, with both topics
addressed during the town hall
presidential debate Oct. 7" in
Nashville, Tenn., and the vicepres-
idential debate Oct. 2 in St. Louis.
The same question will be asked
of each candidate, and then the
candidates can ask questions of
each other. The goal is to instigate
a dialogue between the contenders
and provide more information than
a standard stump speech.
"If this is successful, I'll pose a
question and you may not hear
from me until I tell them it's time
to move on," Schieffer said.
"Voters deserve to know as much
as they possibly can about these
two candidates. I'm trying to get
them to say exactly what they
mean, not something they don't
mean. If it gets off track, it's my
job to get them back on track." ...
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Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Last Saturday, Barack Obama
visited Jacksonville and a week or
so before that John McCain
stopped by as well. It certainly
wasn't a unique occurrence to have
Presidential hopefuls campaigning
on the First Coast, but what it did
bring to light was the importance of
Duval County and the state of
By most accounts, polls show
that the two candidates are dead-
locked with a large chunk of elec-
toral votes at stake.
In fact, Florida's 27 electoral
votes make it the largest state "up
for grabs" in the November elec-
tion. It's certainly no secret that
Florida and a hand full of other
states like Ohio, Michigan,
Colorado and Minnesota will
decide who the next President of
the United States will be.
Now that I have set the stage it
is important that both Republicans
and Democrats get their base voters
out and attract Independents and
those still undecided.
If I may digress for a moment I
find it hard to believe that a person
hasn't decided whom they are vot-
ing for at this point in the election
process. I think some people enjoy
saying they are undecided because
it makes them feel as if their vote is
critical to each candidate.
Hey, if that works for you then so
be it, but chances are most voters
have a pretty strong idea of where
they are leaning.
This election will be a test of
voter turn out, and challenge to see
which side can turn their base out
and get those "undecided" voters to
the polls. The notion of voter apa-
thy will be tossed out in this elec-
Most states are expecting record
turnouts and have had a record
number of newly registered voters
for the general election. New voters
probably bode pretty well for
Democrats, because of the massive
voter registration efforts being
pushed by the Obama camp.
This election will also be a chal-
lenge for black folk. It's time to put
up or shut up. Yes, I know he's
always talking about African
Americans. Well, when you write
for a newspaper whose readership
is predominately black that's what
But back to my point, African
Americans finally have a candidate
that most would agree embodies
everything positive about our com-
munity. He's well-educated, a great
father and husband, has a commu-
nity outreach background, and is
the ultimate role model for young
black men especially.
And to top it all off I hear he's
pretty good basketball player. He's
like a mixture of Heathcliff
Huxtable, Michael Jordan and
I have said this before, but I
respect Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton,
Alan Keyes and other blacks that
have run for President, but Obama
has the kind of appeal that tran-
So now the day is here when
African Americans can make a dif-
ference and help elect the first
black President or maybe he's the
best of both worlds considering he
is actually bi-racial? Hmmm...
well that's another article for anoth-
I will pose this question to black
folk how can you complain about
a City Councilmember, Mayor, or
even President of the United States
if you decided not to exercise your
right to vote?
African American and women
had to fight for decades to secure
the right to be treated as true citi-
zens in this country and for so
many blacks to be apathetic about
voting is an insult to the everyone
who fought and died for you to
have that right.
Unfortunately, history has a way
of repeating itself. Once African
Americans didn't have a political
voice in this country and today that
voice continues to become watered
down because people simply are
Here's what doesn't make sense
to me. Maybe some of my more
educated readers can help me. With
early voting being an option now at
regional locations and of course
absentee voting being a well estab-
lished method as well why aren't
Candidates and churches even
give people rides to the polls, so
what's the excuse? If blacks don't
get re-energized about voting and
participating in politics then we
shouldn't be complaining about
George Bush or anyone else.
Four years ago, approximately
500,000 registered African
American voters did not vote and
900,000 young voters stayed home.
George Bush only won Florida by
So that statistic alone proves that
if blacks ever truly get motivated
and get out and vote in large num-
bers, we could truly affect the elec-
And I am not purposing that
blacks always be on the same page
or support the same candidates or
party. The point I am making is that
if there is truly going to be legiti-
mate change in the African
American community, we have to
establish both political and eco-
We should view the right to vote
as a critical obligation and not a
hassle or waste of our time.
Although we live in a representa-
tive democracy, and people elect
officials to make decisions on their
behalf in local, state and federal
governments, the power still
resides in the people. But the peo-
ple have to be willing to fight for
Signing off from my soapbox at
precinct 9S, Reggie Fullwood
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Florida will Determine the Next President of
the U.S. And the Black Vote will be Crucial
What of Uncle Charlie's
Ways and Means
What if the nation's most powerful African
American politician had to step down from his high
government post simply because of slovenly behav-
African American political icon, 76-year-old
Charles Bernard Rangel is in hot water regarding his Chairmanship of the
U.S. House of Representatives' Committee of Ways and Means. Harlem's
Congressman heads the 110th Congress' chief tax-writing committee. The
U.S. Constitution requires that all bills regarding taxation originate in the
House of Representatives, and House procedure is that all bills regarding
taxation must go through Rangel's committee. The 19-term Congressman is
accused of slovenliness regarding his person financial and tax filings and
real estate deals and under pressure to vacate his high position.
"Charlie" Rangel was born in New York City on June 11, 1930 and has
been a Democratic member of Congress representing New York's 15th
Congressional District since 1971. Even though his district is the smallest
in the country in geographic size, Harlem's Congressman is one of
Congress' most senior and legendary Members. He became chairman of the
powerful House Ways and Means Committee in January 2007 and is the first
African-American to chair the committee.
The emperor has no clothes. Rangel was an original founder of the
Congressional Black Caucus, but instead of gaining standing as a paragon of
African Americans' political empowerment, his political chicanery has been
more of an embarrassment. The man who heads the nation's tax policies
admits to a string of errors on his federal tax returns and congressional dis-
course forms that possibly go back 20 years. Rangel is being forced to re-
do his state and local returns and has hired forensic accounting experts to
"conduct a thorough, independent review" of his statements for the last 20
The author of "And I Haven't Had a Bad Since: From the Streets of Harlem
to the Halls of Congress," may have to give up his chairmanship due to "bad
days" of ineptitude the House Ethics Committee may dredge up examining
Rangel's records. His transgressions include failure to report ownership of
a Florida condo, and assessing the value of his Caribbean rental home at
$250,000 one year and $40,000 another and not reporting it at all in a third
tax year. More galling is his four rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem and
apparent failure to report income from the sale of a home he owned in the
District of Columbia. In the face of Harlem residents seeking affordable
housing, Rangel rents four apartments in the Lenox Towers, three of which
he uses as a residence and the other as a campaign office. Because the units
are rent-stabilized, Rangel's monthly payments are well below market rates.
But, if you thought Rangel was irresponsible regarding his accounting
practices, the antic that has Washington bureaucrats hopping mad involves
his "vintage" Mercedes Benz. Reminiscent of rube neighbors that leave
junk cars on blocks in front yards, Rangel used a House of Representatives
parking garage for years as a free storage space for his old Benz in direct
violation of congressional rules. The 1972 silver sedan was parked in a cov-
eted section of an indoor lot near elevators that led to his office. Before it
was towed, the car sat covered with a protective tarp and no license plates.
Records show Rangel's registration on the vehicle expired in 2004.
In spite of his missteps, since his chairmanship Rangel has been one of the
Democrats' top fundraisers. Due to his position, Rangel is flooded with con-
tributions from lobbyists and political action committees. Rangel regularly
raises millions for the party, but says that corporate entities seeking his atten-
tion should "support policies that help mostly African-American and
Hispanic constituencies" in inner-cities.
That's big talk on his part, but the question of the moment is: "Should
someone that ethically obtuse continue to sit as chairman of Ways and
Means?" Should blacks blindly support Rangel to hold his chairmanship, or
hold him to a high standard of performance? Friendly fellow that he is,
Rangel's antics, whether simply through slovenliness, neglect, or both,
should be brought to an end.
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Mosaic Showcases First Coast's Top Salons and Models MOSAIC Model and Talent Management
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FBI Investigating Companies at Heart of Meltdown
According to the Associated
Press, the FBI is investigating four
major U.S. financial institutions
whose collapse helped trigger a
$700 billion bailout plan by the
Two law enforcement officials
said the FBI is looking at potential
fraud by mortgage finance giants
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and
insurer American International
Group Inc. Additionally, a senior
law enforcement official said
Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
also is under investigation.
The inquiries will focus on the
financial institutions and the indi-
viduals that ran them, the senior law
enforcement official said.
The law enforcement officials
spoke on condition of anonymity
because the investigations are
ongoing and are in the very early
Officials said the new inquiries
bring to 26 the number of corporate
lenders under investigation over the
Just last week, FBI Director
Robert Mueller put the number of
large financial firms under investi-
gation at 24. He did not name any
of the companies under investiga-
tion but said the FBI also was look-
ing at whether any of them have
misrepresented their assets.
Over the past year as the housing
market cratered, the FBI has opened
a wide-ranging probe of companies
across the financial services indus-
try, from mortgage lenders to
investment banks that bundle home
loans into securities sold to
investors. Mueller has previously
said the FBI's hunt for culprits in
the nation's subprime mortgage cri-
sis focused on accounting fraud,
insider trading, and failure to dis-
close the value of mortgage-related
securities and other investments.
The investigations revealed
Tuesday come as lawmakers began
considering whether to approve
emergency legislation that would
give the government broad power
to buy up devalued assets from
troubled financial firms.
The bailout proposed by the Bush
administration is aimed at helping
unlock credit and stabilize badly
shaken markets in the United States
and around the globe.
In the past two weeks, the gov-
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and Freddie Mac, the country's two
biggest mortgage companies, with a
bailout plan that could require the
Treasury Department to put up as
much as $100 billion for each of
them over time if needed to keep
them afloat as mortgage losses
by Harold L. Turley, II
In his text, "Confessions o
Lonely Soul," critical
acclaimed writer Harold
Turley, II provides a fresh a
honest look at two highly cc
troversial and taboo subjects
the African-American comn
nity depression and sexua
The story begins with
funeral of protagonist DeMai
Montreal Reid, a success
businessman and entertain
who contracted HIV/AII
from his wife, Kalia. Prior
his death, Reid taped a video
himself, allowing him to "c(
fess" to his closest fam
members and friends the tr
behind his marriage, illness a
death. The videotape is aired
his funeral, leading to major
disputes and the re-openin
Reid reflects on the past
videotape, sharing the mista
made in his marriage wh
focused on work and ne
Kalia. He starts with a
scene from his marriage
spending too much time
office, and his wife
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family with a former lover, Rashaad.
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full-blown AIDS, while Rashaad
via the knowingly seeks her out to infect
ikes he her with the disease in a twisted
hen he attempt at revenge.
glected The videotape continues with
typical Reid's revelations about his con-
- him traction of HIV from Kalia, her
at the resulting depression and suicide.
feeling The tape also reveals how Kalia
er inse- and Reid are somehow involved in
While an entertaining, easy-to-
read text, "Confessions of a Lonely
Soul" has two serious underlying
goals. The first is to increase
awareness about the prevalence of
depression and sexually transmitted
diseases amongst African-
Americans. The second goal is to
send a message about the dangers
of secrets and deceit. Author
Turley communicates that "honesty
is the best policy" and there are sig-
nificant costs when deception
becomes a way of life.
Why won't the
Democratic National Committee
and the Florida Democratic Party
support Barack Obama's call for change
in our communities?
A FEW FACTS
* IF BARACK OBAMA WINS FLORIDA'S 27 ELECTORAL
VOTES, HE WILL BECOME THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF
THE UNITED STATES.
* The Democratic National Committee is spending
$20 MILLION for its Hispanic voter outreach effort
- Wall Street Journal/Washington Wire, 7/28/08
* $6.5 MILLION in advertising has already been spent
in all major Florida markets [on Obama's behalf]
- Radio and TV Business Report, 8/12/08
* The Democratic National Committee and the Florida
Democratic Party have purchased NO Black newspaper ads,
and have run NO Black newspaper ads, and have run radio ads
on a few Black-owned or Black-formatted radio stations statewide.
TELL DEMOCRATS it's time to stand up with Black Floridians. They
must do what it takes to get out Florida's Black vote. It's now or never.
CALL THEM. WRITE THEM. E-MAIL THEM.
* The Democratic National Committee and the Florida
Democratic Party have budgeted NOTHING for registration
efforts by Black community-based or non-profit organizations.
* The Democratic National Committee and the Florida Democratic Party
have budgeted NOTHING for get-out-the-vote efforts by Black community-
based or non-profit organizations.
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Northside Community Involvement
Annual Golf Tournament of Unity
Northside Community Involvement Inc., (NCI) is hosting its 3rd Annual
Tournament of Unity Golf event September 27, 2008, at the World Golf
Village in historic St. Augustine, Florida.
The events open at 1 p.m. and include: Tournament Registration, Silent
Auction, and a one hour Golf Clinic at 11:45 a.m. The Shotgun Start will
be at 1 p.m. The Tournament of Unity will close with dinner, and awards
ceremony. It is open to all amateur and professional golfers.
For more information, visit website; www.nci.eversites.com or contact
Rynett Chatman at (904) 355-6923 or Devins Jackson at (904) 765-7821.
Greater El Beth-el Divine to Honor
Seven at Annual Role Model Banquet
Greater El Beth-el Divine Holiness Church, Bishop Lorenzo Hall,
Pastor; will host its 28th Annual Successful Role Mode Banquet, 6:30 p.m.,
Thursday, October 23, 2008, at the Community Rehabilitation Center
Banquet Hall, 623 Beechwood Street. This celebration has been presented
since 1980 to honor dedicated individuals for their outstanding achieve-
ments, leadership and contributions in helping Jacksonville build a stronger
and healthier community. The Honorable Glorious Johnson,
Councilwoman at Large, will be the speaker.
The 2008 Honorees are: Mr. Reginald Gaffney, Mr. William "Bill"
Henry, Mrs. Michelle Hughes, Mr. Frank Reinstein, Mr. Alan Frickling,
Ms. Holly Cleveland, and Mr. Alan Frickling.
For ticket information, program ads or table reservations, please call
(904) 710-1586, or email Gospell75@aol.com.
Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage
Center to present Fall Gospel Musical
Jacksonville Beach School #144, former students, faculty, staff, friends
and supporters are invited and surely don't want to miss the opportunity to
fellowship when The Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center Presents its
Fall Gospel Musical in the Sanctuary of St. Andrew AME Church, 125 9th
Street South, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, 2008. All funds raised
will be used to support the Art, Reading, Math and Tutoring Programs at the
Center. If you cannot attend and wish to make a donation, please send to:
P.B.E.P.F. Inc., P 0 Box 50790, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250.
Greater Grant AME to Celebrate
Women's Missionary Anniversary
Greater Grant Memorial AME Church, 5533 Gilchrist Road, will cele-
brate the 53rd Anniversary of the Women's Missionary Society, at 5 p.m.,
Sunday, September 28, 2008. The WMS colors are white/royal blue. A
highlight of the celebration will be the presentation of Seven Inspired
Words by Seven First Ladies. The community is invited.
Violinist Timothy Edwards
Plays Bach at Good Shepherd
Violinist Timothy Edwards will be among musicians
playing at an upcoming concert. Among music to b e per-
formed will be: Handel: Trio-sonata for oboe, violin &
continue, A. Scarlatti: Cantata 'Two darting eyes' for bari-
tone & continue; David Paul: Walking in Paradise for vio-
lin & piano and Bach: Sonata in F Minor for violin &
Musicians include Timothy Edwards, violin; Henson
Edwards Markham, harpsichord, Linda Minke, cello; David Paul,
violin, Caroline Sampson, oboe; Sharon Scholl, piano, Greg Spiess, harpsi-
chord and Rob Tudor, baritone.
The 6 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. The church is located at
1100 Stockton Street at Park in Riverside. For more information, call 387-
Rev. Henry E. Green, to speak at New
Bethel AME Homecoming Celebration
New Bethel AME Church, 1231 Tyler Street will hold their Homecoming
Celebration Sunday, September 28th, beginning with Worship Service at 10
a.m. featuring Reverend Henry E. Green, former Pastor of New Bethel
AME, and now Pastor of the Mt. Hermon AME Church, Miami, Florida.
The Homecoming Dinner will follow service and being at 1:30 p.m., in the
Adams-Jenkins Building, on the Campus of Edward Waters College.
The Homecoming Celebration will close with the Homecoming Concert,
featuring the H. Alvin Green Memorial Concert Choir, directed by Ms. Pat
Black. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. in the New Bethel AME Church
Sanctuary. All are welcome. For more information about all the
Homecoming activities, please call 353-1822.
West St. Mark to Honor Pastor 9/28
West St. Mark Missionary Baptist church, 1435 West State Street will
hold Pastor's Appreciation Day, Sunday, September 28, 2008 in honor of
their Pastor, Rev. Willie J. Jones, Sr. The service will begin at 3:30 p.m.
The community is invited.
United Church in Christ to present
Community Prayer Brunch, Sept. 27th
The community is invited to come together for prayer at The United
Church in Christ, 2050 Emerson Street at 9 a.m., Saturday, September 27,
2008. World Events and Local Circumstances that affect our lives and
community, present a need for prayer for us all. Call (904)284-0206 for
Disciples of Christ to hold "Family
and Friends Day" September 28th
Pastor Robert LeCount Jr. of the Disciples of Christ Church, 2061 West
Edgewood Avenue; extends an invitation to all to worship with the
Disciples of Christ, at 10 a.m., for the Annual Family and Friends Day
Celebration, Sunday, September 28, 2008.
Come, hear this man of God bring a great word from God, and be
blessed. For directions or information, please call (904)765-5683.
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries, 5318 "C" Street, M. L. Drinks,
Pastor; invites all area singles to attend a free Singles Seminar from 7 p.m.
until 9 p.m., Friday evening, September 26, 2008.
The guest speaker and facilitator will be Dr. Davina Jones. For more
information or directions, please call (904) 765-0827 or 534-0679.
Appeal for Clothing for the Needy
The local organizing committee of the Millions More Movement is
appealing to the public for donations of their under-used clothing to help
provide free clothing for those less fortunate. The holiday season s fastly
approaching and toys are welcome too; as well as furniture, and other
household items. To have your items picked up, please call (904) 240-
9133. You may also visit website: www.jaxlocom for more information.
Judge Pauline Drake to speak at
Historic Mt. Zion AME Women's Day
The Honorable Pauline Drake will be the speaker for the Historic Mt.
Zion AME Church's Annual Women's Day Celebration on Sunday, October
12, 2008. This year's theme is "Finding Strength for the Journey."
"Family and Friends Sunday" will begin this Sunday, September 28th
at 10 a.m. On October 4th at 7 p.m., a "Concert Under the Stars" with M.
C. Venus Ross will be presented.
Library Opens "Rendezvous with an
Author" Series with Rodney Hurst
The African American Collection of the Jacksonville Public Library,
begins its "Author Series" which will give the public an opportunity to
meet local African American authors beginning on Saturday, September
27th at 2 p.m. with Rodney L. Hurst, Sr..
Mr. Hurst has written a book It Was Never About a Hotdog and a Coke,
a first person account of Ax Handle Saturday," the day a white mob
attached members of the Jacksonville NAACP Youth council during a sit-
Author Marsha Dean Phelts will be presented Saturday, November 1,
2008 at 2 p.m. Mrs. Phelts is the author of The American Beach Cookbook,
a collection of recipes originated by American Beach Residents and
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Bishop Weeks Looking for a New Wife After Bynum
Fresh off his divorce from nation-
al evangelist Juanita Bynum,
Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III is
looking for love again this time on
his own reality show according to
the Atlanta daily paper.
As CEO of Global Destiny
International Ministries, Weeks'
claims he wants a new wife to mend
his broken heart.
This time he's skipping the usual
path to romance: chance meetings,
singles mixers, social networking,
speeding dating, fix-ups. He's leav-
ing the decision up to his followers.
Weeks will document his effort to
open his heart to love again in 10
streaming video "Web Episodes" of
his reality show "WHO WILL BE
THE NEXT MRS. WEEKS,"
which airs at noon Tuesdays on his
Web site www.bishopweeks.com.
The idea came after Weeks was
flooded with thousands of e-mails
and letters from people offering
advice about what to look for in his
third wife. Some even offered to be
Bisop Thomas Weeks
"There are some very adamant
women," says Weeks' associate,
Minister Guy Reeves of Global
Destiny. "A lady from Belgium
flew all the way here to meet him.
She came to the campus. She want-
ed to be the next Mrs. Weeks like
many others who have approached
me about their strong desire to be
Bishop Weeks' wife."
is hopes in airing the show is that
his his followers will observe his
personal life so they can get a
Christian perspective on dating and
coping with the desire for intimacy.
A book is also planned about the
subject called "Finding Yourself
While In Transition."
Viewers of his reality show will
have the opportunity to share their
opinions on being single and his
search for a mate by sending e-
mails or chatting live with him.
"What kind of advice would you
give me about the new Mrs.
Weeks?" he asks on a Web site
promo of the episode.
"We will probably find in due time
who is that perfect woman for me,"
Weeks says. "This time I'm not
going to limit it just to the local
church ... It's a global ministry.
We've got to have a global search."
Weeks is still serving probation for
attacking Bynum in August 2007
outside of the Renaissance Hotel in
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It's Not too Late
to Register to Vote
Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland reminds citizens
that the last day to register to vote or change party affiliation for the
November 4th General Election is Monday, October 6th, 2008 by 5:00
p.m. Citizens who wish to vote in the General Election must return their
completed voter registration application to one of the elections offices
(105 E. Monroe Street or 5200-2 Norwood Ave) or mail the application
to the Supervisor of Elections Office at 105 East Monroe Street,
Jacksonville, Florida 32202. Mailed applications must be postmarked
by Monday, October 6th, 2008.
If a citizen has previously registered to vote, but needs to update their
signature or request to have an absentee ballot mailed to their address,
they must do so by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29, 2008. To
request an absentee ballot call the Supervisor of Elections office at (904)
Voters already registered to vote in Florida, may change their perma-
nent residential address or name up to and including Election Day and
will be able to vote at their correct precinct in the Primary Election.
For more information regarding the voter registration deadline, contact
Tracie Collier at (904) 630-1414.
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Jacksonville Soldier Experiences Ramadan U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major Michael D.
Howard, from Jacksonville, Fla, surveys various cultural cuisines at the Four Seasons Hotel Ramadan tent, Qatar,
Sept. 14, 2008. A group of U.S. Soldiers stationed in Qatar absorbed a traditional Gulf-Arab custom by attending
a large evening feast during the holy month of Ramadan. During the month, much of the Islamic nation is deso-
late throughout daylight hours, due to devout fasting requirements for all adult Muslims.
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Workshop on Creating
The Duval County Extension
Service-University of Florida/IFAS
is offering a new program called
Family Treasures: Creating Strong
Families. Parents and youth, ages
9-17, join together in fun and inter-
active challenges to strengthen their
family's Commitment, Communi-
cation, Stress Management,
Appreciation and Affection,
Spiritual Well-being, and time
together. The free, three-part series
is scheduled at the West Regional
Library for Saturday mornings,
Sept. 27, Oct. 4 &11, from 10:30-
12:30. Call Sandra at 387-8855 to
register by Sept. 24th.
Paxon Class of 1989
The Paxon Senior High School
Class of 1989 is holding a planning
meeting for their 20 year class
reunion on Saturday, September
27, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the
Highlands Library. For more infor-
mation visit www.paxon89.com or
Are you eager to move from dia-
logue about social justice to action
for positive social change? Then
visit the Jacksonville Diversity
Network's Volunteer Fair. Stop by
and meet like-minded citizens, net-
work with vital organizations, and
decide how you can contribute. It
will be held at the Museum of
Contemporary Art on Saturday,
September 27th from 10:00 a.m. -
2:00 p.m., 333 North Laura Street.
C o n t a c t
MMM Clothes and
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc. for the Millions
More Movement will give away
clothes and serve free food on
Saturday, September 27, 2008
from 11:00 a.m. til 5:00 p.m.The
location is 916 N. Myrtle Avenue.,
between Kings Road. and Beaver
Street. If you would like to donate,
have questions, or just want to learn
more about the Millions More
Movement visit www.jaxloc.com,
or call 904-240-9133.
with Rodney Hurst
The Jacksonville Public Library,
as part of their African-American
author series, will present
"An Afternoon with Rodney
Hurst", author of, It Was Never
About a Hotdog and a Coke. The
free forum will be held on
Saturday, September 27th at 2:00
PM at the Main Library.
JLOC Open Meeting
The Jacksonville Local Orga-niz-
ing Committee Inc., for Millions
More Movement a non-profit
organization will have an open
meeting on Sunday, September
28th from 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. at
916 North Myrtle Avenue. If you
are concerned, and really want to
improve the quality of living condi-
tions in your community come join
JLOC as they work to make posi-
tive changes. Visit their website at
www.Jaxloc.com, or call 904-240-
The Wailers in Concert
at the Florida Theater
The Florida Theatre will feature
the Original Wailers featuring Al
Anderson, Junior Marvin and Earl
"Wyn" Lindo on Tuesday,
September 30th at 8 p.m.. Tickets
are now on sale. For more informa-
tion, call 355-4661.
at the Ritz
The monthly Amateur Night at the
Ritz will take place on Friday,
October 1st at 7:30 p.m. Some of
the city's hottest talent in
Jacksonville will compete for cash
prizes and the cheers or jeers of the
audience decide who goes home
with the cash. Tickets are available
at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum. Call 632-5555 for more
A free workshop will be held on
Thursday, October 2, 2008 from
2:00 4:00 PM to teach you how to
recycle for your garden. Find out
how and what to compost in addi-
tion to learning about basic
mulches and where to use them. It
will be held at the Regency Square
Branch Library, 9900 Regency
Square Blvd. Registration is
requested at 387-8850.
Viewing at the Library
The Main Library will host a pro-
gram entitled: "Government by
Gaslight" on Thursday, Oct. 2,
2008. The event will include a
viewing of a consolidation docu-
mentary that first aired on Channel
4 in 1966. After the viewing, Harry
Reagan and Norm Davis will dis-
cuss the role of the media in creat-
ing support for Consolidation. It
will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Hicks
Auditorium Main Library. Call 630-
BOOK for more information.
PRIDE Book Club
The October PRIDE Book Club
meeting will be held on Friday,
October 3, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. The
book for discussion will be A
LONG WAY GONE by Ishmael
Beah. For location or more infor-
mation, call Felice Franklin at 389-
8417 or 703-8264.
of 1979 70's Party
The Ribault Class of 1979 is hav-
ing a 70's Party. Wear your funky
attire and represent the decade. It
will be held on Saturday, October
4, 2008 at the Wyndham
Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel, 1515
Prudential Drive from 8 pm til 1
am. For additional information go
to: www.ribaulttrojansl979.org or
contact Elaine at 904-766-1682.
First Saturday Jazz
The Ritz Jazz'n Jam hosted by
"Jazz Man" Na'im Rashid will be an
evening of jazz flavors, smooth
sounds and cool people at the Ritz
Theater. It's an experience of relax-
ing music and a unique atmos-
phere. Na'im and the Jazz Band
welcome attendees to bring their
instruments or vocals and jam with
the band. Or just bring your "Ear on
Jazz". The next one will be held on
October 4th at 7:00 p.m. Call 632-
5555 for more information.
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The Main Library will host a pro-
gram entitled: "A Bold New
Revolution: 40 years later" on
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. A modera-
tor and three distinguished scholars
will discuss how Jacksonville has
fared under Consolidated govern-
ment in the 40 years since it was
implemented. The forum will kick
off at 11 a.m. in the Main Library,
Hicks Auditorium, Conference
Level, 303 N. Laura Street. For
more information call 630-BOOK.
Oct. 11th is Annual
National College Fair
The National College Fair of
Jacksonville will be held on
Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m.-1
p.m. at the Prime F. Osborn III
The annual fair draws thousands of
students and their parents each year
and is attended by more than 100
colleges and universities globally.
For more information, call 632-
Cry For Help
the Stage Play
Milk and Honey Entertainment
will present "Cry for Help" .
Depicted in the story are real life
accounts of "Teen Abusive
Relationships" and "Domestic
Violence." Viewers will witness a
provocative and enlightening show-
case to eradicate these cries for
help. It will be held on Saturday,
October 11, 2008 at 7:30 PM at
the Ritz Theatre Call 997-1035 for
Ribault Trojan 1993
The Ribault Class of 1993 will be
having their 15 Year Class Reunion
on October 17-19, 2008. Reunion
activities will kick-off at 7p.m. on
Oct. 17 with the "Creme Party" ice-
breaker/social and end with the
Farewell Skate Party at 2 p.m. on
Sunday, Oct. 19. For more informa-
tion visit: www.1993RibaultReunion.s5.com
or call (904) 234-0164.
Harvey the Show
The upcoming production of
Harvey The Show showcases the
vocals of W. Harvey Williams in a
musical stage show at the 5 Points
Theatre, 1028 Park Street in
Riverside on Saturday, October
18th and Sunday, October 19th.
During the performance Williams
will offer his own rendition of
greats such as Louis Armstrong,
Nat King Cole, Barry White, Lou
Rawls and The Rat Pack. Special
guest Teddy Washington will per-
form a tribute to James Brown in
addition to other local artists. For
tickets, showtimes or more infor-
mation, call (904) 565-0057.
Get Ready for
Garden Fest will be held Saturday,
October 18th from 9 3 p.m. at the
Duval County Extension Office,
1010 N. McDuff Avenue.
Topics include: Turn Trash to
Landscaping; Birds, Bees and
Butterflies; Creating Edible
Centerpieces and What's New in
Horticulture. To register, or more
information, call Rachel Wilson at
(904)-272-4252There will be plants
and gardening items for sale.
Satisfy your cravings at the
Southern Women's Show! Don't
miss savvy shopping, creative
cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips,
trendy fashion shows, great celebri-
ty guests, and fabulous prizes. The
show will be held October 16-19,
2008. For information call (800)
Basketball in Jax
Local residents will be able to
check out professional basketball
right in our own backyard with an
NBA pre-season basketball game
between the Orlando Magic vs. the
Miami Heat. The game that will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,
October 18, 2008 at the
Jacksonville Memorial Arena. For
tickets or more information, call
FCCJ Fall Job Fair
The Rosanne R. Hartwell
Women's Center, WorkSource and
the Career Development Centers at
Florida Community College invite
all job seekers to meet and inter-
view with local employers. It will
be held on Oct. 22nd, from 9 a.m.-
noon. It will be held at the Florida
Community College Advanced
Technology Center, 401 W. State St.
Job seekers are encouraged to
dress for a job interview and to
bring copies of their r6sum6s. Call
646-2300 for more information.
Condition and Will
Downing in Concert
The Annual Black Expo concert
will this year feature r&B acts
EnVogue, Mint Condition and Will
Downing. It will be held on Friday,
October 24th at the Times Union
Performing Arts Center starting at 8
p.m. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call 727-7451.
SCalling All Jazz Lovers The Edward
Waters College National Alumni Association will
host its Homecoming 2008 formal, black-tie gala,
"A Cabaret Evening of Elegance," featuring famed jazz musician Teddy
Washington, on Friday, October 3rd in the Adams/Jenkins Sports & Music
Center on the campus of Edward Waters College. Doors open at 6pm, with
a buffet-style menu served from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Showtime is 7:30pm.
Ticket cost is $50.00. For more information or tickets, please call (904)
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Annual Alumni Spirit Breakfast The EWC National
Alumni Association is hosting its annual "Alumni Spirit Breakfast" to get
all Tigers pumped up and excited prior to the game on Saturday, October
4th in the Adams/Jenkins Sports & Music Center on the campus of Edward
Waters College from 7:30am-8:30am. Doors open at 6:30am. Come and
show your school spirit! Wear your school colors orange and purple!
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2008 Football Game Calling all football fans, alumni and
friends of Edward Waters College! The EWC Homecoming 2008 Game,
featuring the EWC Tigers vs. the George Mason University Patriots, will
take place on Saturday, October 4th at William M. Raines High School
Stadium, 3663 Raines Avenue, at 3pm. Ticket cost is $10.00.
Annual Alumni After Party Come party with EWC alum-
ni following the Tigers' victory over the Patriots! The EWC National
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Yet Another Black Man Freed After
Nearly 30 Years of Incarceration
After nearly 30 years behind bars,
Johnnie Earl Lindsey is a free man..
The wrongfully convicted rapist
walked out of a Dallas courtroom
this morning, nearly 26 years after a
jury convicted him based on erro-
neous, eye witness identification.
A jury convicted Mr. Lindsey,
now 56, of sexually assaulting a
woman near White Rock Lake in
1981. DNA tests proved that he was
not the man responsible.
After thanking state District
Judge Larry Mitchell and his attor-
ney Michelle Moore, Mr. Lindsey
turned to the crowd in the court-
room and was introduced to his son,
Johnnie "Jay" Cooper. Mr. Cooper,
27, was barely 1 when his father
went to prison.
Sitting in the back corner of the
courtroom, Mr. Cooper did not
speak. Tears ran down his face as he
looked at the stranger he's been told
is his father.
Mr. Lindsey went to him, hugged
him and whispered, "It's going to be
Now that Mr. Lindsey is free, he
said he plans to help other wrongly
"I'm going to try my best to help
those who are left behind to see that
they see justice, too," Mr. Lindsey
Mr. Lindsey had long denied rap-
ing the woman -- even after he was
convicted and senate The woman,
Johnnie Earl Lindsey shakes hands with 292nd District Court judge
Larry Mitchell after Lindsey became a free man. Lindsey was released
from prison after 26 years on a wrong conviction. Mr. Lindsey became
the 19th man cleared by DNA testing in Dallas County since 2001,
who is not being identified because at the time of the assault.
of a Dallas Morning News policy His boss testified that he believed
against naming the victims of sexu- Mr. Lindsey was at work during
al assault, picked out Mr. Lindsey's that time. The boss testified that had
picture from a six-person photo Mr. Lindsey not been there, he
lineup -- a lineup that Dallas police would have had a shutdown, since
mailed to her a year after the attack. Mr. Lindsey was the only employee
She was living in San Antonio at there on that busy day to work the
the time, according to court records. pant-pressing machine.
At Mr. Lindsey's trial, the defense Mr. Lindsey became the 19th
admitted into evidence timecards man cleared by DNA testing in
from the commercial laundry where Dallas County since 2001, when the
he worked, showing that he had Legislature began allowing post-
punched in and had not punched out conviction DNA testing.
Controversial Georgia Death Row Inmate Receives Stay
The US Supreme Court granted a
last-minute stay of execution to
Troy Davis, an African-American
who was due to be put to death by
lethal injection in Georgia for the
murder of a policeman.
What were to have been vigils
around the state of Georgia were
cancelled and replaced by celebra-
tions on the steps of the state leg-
Lawyers for 39-year-old Davis,
who has been on death row since
1991, had pressed the US Supreme
Court in Washington to take a
motion for a new trial after judicial
authorities in Georgia threw out
appeals for clemency.
Seven out of nine witnesses who
gave evidence at Davis' trial have
recanted or changed their testimo-
ny, which was the backbone of the
prosecution's case in the absence of
a murder weapon, fingerprints and
The witnesses said statements
implicating Davis had been coerced
by strongarm police tactics.
The US high court was not in ses-
sion this week and the request was
heard Tuesday by just one member
of the court, conservative justice
Davis had originally been sen-
tenced to die in July last year, but he
was granted a last-minute stay of
execution then by the Georgia
Board of Pardons and Parole.
Earlier this month, however, the
parole board issued a decision
denying Davis clemency.
On Monday it affirmed that deci-
sion, and the Georgia Supreme
Court on the same day voted six to
one to deny a stay of execution for
Davis, deferring to the US high
International figures including
former US president Jimmy Carter,
Nobel Peace Prize winner'Desmond
Tutu of South Africa and Pope
Benedict XVI have spoken against
Disney Seeking 100 Teens for 2nd Annual
Steve Harvey Dreamers Academy
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.
- Teens from across the country
with big dreams and aspirations
can be nominated during
September to be part of the
Disney's Dreamers Academy with
Steve Harvey class of 2009. One
hundred high school students will
be selected from among those
nominated to participate in the
academy Feb. 12-15, 2009, at Walt
Disney World Resort.
An event created to inspire and
enrich high school students,
Disney's Dreamers Academy will
include workshops with Disney
cast members and executives, ses-
sions with entertainment celebri-
ties and professional athletes, and
time to enjoy the Disney theme
parks where participants can see,
first-hand, the results of people
who turned their dreams into
careers as "Disney dreamers." The
student participants will learn
about careers in everything from
culinary arts to animation, set
design and show production to the
business of sports and more.
During the inaugural Disney's
Dreamers Academy in January
2008, some of the guest speakers
were Chef Jeff Henderson, NFL
Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow,
pop/R&B recording artists
Fantasia and Keyshia Cole, ESPN
commentator Stephen A. Smith
and, of course, syndicated radio
personality Steve Harvey.
The Disney's Dreamers
Academy class of 2009 will be
made up of teens nominated
between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30,
2008. Young dreamers who must
be enrolled in high school for the
2008-09 term can be nominated
by anyone, including parents,
guardians, teachers, church mem-
bers, social organizations even
themselves. Although a high GPA
CBC Conference to Focus on Foreclosure
Crisis, How to Serve Constituencies Better
The national foreclosure crisis
will be high on the agenda as law-
makers and other black leaders
from around the country gather this
week for the Congressional Black
Caucus Annual Legislative
Conference in Washington, D.C.
With one of its members as the
Democratic nominee for president,
growing unease in financial and
housing markets and concerns over
voter registration and vote protec-
tion, expectations for the CBC will
be heightened, observers said.
"The stakes are much higher for
the entire Black Caucus this year,"
James Taylor, a political scientist
said. "There is a new reality for
CBC members if we have an
But there could be a more famil-
iar reality if Sen. Barack Obama
does not win the presidency, he
"It could be like 1994, in the mid-
term election, when Republicans
came in with the Contract with
America," Taylor said. "The first
thing they did was to target the
Congressional Black Caucus and
the organization of Hispanic law-
Throughout the primary season,
CBC members were almost evenly
divided in their support for Obama
and former Democratic candidate
Sen. Hillary Clinton. But Taylor
said now they must unite and work
Regardless of who is elected to the
White House, CBC members must
be able to work with them if they
want to effectively address issues
impacting their constituents, said
Vanderbilt University law professor
If elected president, Swain said,
Obama would be in a difficult posi-
tion addressing a CBC agenda. "He
would be more constrained to deliv-
er for black people than any other
president. He cannot come across
as favoring one group over anoth-
The CBC conference schedule
includes a national town hall meet-
ing on Thursday addressing the
national foreclosure crisis.
Countless numbers of black poor
and middle class people are among
the millions who have received
foreclosure notices in recent
months because they could not pay
the increased mortgage costs result-
ing from sub-prime loans.
The CBC town hall meeting will
include two breakout sessions:
"Save or Sell" and "Credit
Management After the Crisis."
Participants will learn specific
information regarding credit man-
agement, mistakes to avoid and
how to decide whether to hold onto
or sell a home.
Taylor and Ron Walters, head of
the African American Leadership
Institute, said the CBC must make
voter registration and mobilization
a part of its focus this week. An
aggressive outreach effort could
help Obama and the campaigns of
CBC members.fac'ing opponents in
is not required, students must
exhibit a desire to learn, perhaps
needing only additional motiva-
tional support to excel.
Nomination forms can be found at
A select panel of judges includ-
ing Steve Harvey, community
leaders and Disney representatives
will choose the 100 finalists. The
Disney's Dreamers Academy class
of 2009 will be announced in
Harvey said Disney's Dreamers
Academy "is about inspiring our
young people who oftentimes
don't have the chance to be
exposed to a variety of job skills
and job opportunities and meet
with people in the fields they're
interested in. We want to give our
young achievers the tools to
become overachievers to make
their dreams a reality."
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September 25 October 1, 2008
September 25 October 1, 2008
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how many of you out there have a
secret you're keeping form your
Users, Why You Should Tell
Black Woman The Truth
you cheated on
her? Have you
given her a
you feel the
why men har-
Ixbor secrets is
fear; fear of
fear of hurting their
S oioman. This fear
'ha thle ability to man-
ifest it-elf in many
\\ hen men keep secrets
from their i.omen, their actions
usually differ from the norm, which
gives their women a feeling that
something is wrong. In this situa-
tion, as the natural nurtures that
they are, women's first urge is to
find out what's wrong in order to
try and fix it. Afraid that their
woman will find out their secret,
men usually withdraw even further
when they are asked "What's
wrong?" After awhile of consistent
questioning, men usually lash out in
anger due to frustration, which can
eventually lead to conflicts and
When a man harbor secrets, such as
affairs, issues of trust usually arise.
They start to wonder if their woman
is also guilty of infidelities. They
may become extremely jealous and
begin to question their partner's
whereabouts or the friendships they
maintain with the opposite sex.
If you're in an established rela-
tionship and have decided to move
on, or if you've dropped the ball
somewhere along the line and truly
want to atone for your actions, you
should be truthful as soon as possi-
ble, says TV personality Iyanla
Vanzant, founder of Inner Visions
Spiritual Life Maintenance Center
and Bookstore in Silver Spring,
Md., and author of Until Today.
"A woman can handle almost any-
thing if you tell her the truth about
it," she says. "But if you lie to her,
you will undermine her faith in her-
self, and ultimately her trust in you.
Tell her the truth. Let her work it
out. You can damage love and love
will repair; but once you damage
trust, you've got a rough road to
You should sit down with her and
talk. Be honest. If you have cheated
on her, tell her and let her know that
it has been eating you up inside.
Tell her that you felt the need to
come clean because you want to put
this all behind you and move for-
ward. Even though these words
sound good, be prepared because it
is not gonna make her feel good ini-
tially. She is going to be upset and
emotional at first. She may be
angry. If she gets so upset that she
requests that you leave her pres-
ence, leave. She may need time to
settle down and think clearly. Give
her space, but don't abandon her
If your relationship persists after
this atonement, understand that it
will take a while before you can
regain her trust. You may need
counseling to resolve any remain-
Most women want honesty, even if
it hurts. Remember honesty is the
foundation of a good relationship.
A lie needs support, but the truth
Teachers Sought for New Astronaut Program
Teachers in Space is seeking two
Pathfinder Astronauts who will
become the first astronaut teachers
to fly in space and return to the
"Unlike the Educator Astronaut
program, which takes teachers out
of schools to join the NASA astro-
naut corps, we want to put astronaut
teachers into American class-
rooms," said Teachers in Space
project manager Edward Wright.
"TIS will allow teachers to keep
their day jobs," Wright said.
Pathfinder Astronauts will train on
weekends and during the summer,
so they will be able to keep their
their full-time teaching jobs. "There
will be about three weeks of train-
ing in total," Wright said, "which
will include both spaceflight train-
ing and professional development
activities to improve their abilities
After they fly in space, Pathfinder
Astronauts will be invited to return
each summer to help teach the
training course for new astronaut
teachers. Eventually, Teachers in
Space would like to fly 200 teach-
ers a year, four from each and every
state in the Union.
Appeal for Your
The Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., a
non-profit organization is now
in the process of gathering
clothes for it's next "Clothes
Give-A-Way". If you have
clothes, shoes, jackets etc. you
have outgrown and want to
get rid of, donate them Pick
ups are available. Call 240-
9133 for more information.
Teachers in Space began as a
NASA project to fly a single
teacher aboard the Space Shuttle.
The original TIS project ended
when the Challenger accident
claimed the life of teacher Christa
McAuliffe. NASA replaced
Teachers in Space with the
Educator Astronaut program, in
which former teachers become full-
time NASA employees. The origi-
nal vision of putting an astronaut
back into an American classroom
was lost. That vision is now being
revived by the new Teachers in
Rather than relying on the Space
Shuttle, the new Teachers in Space
program will use the new reusable
suborbital spacecraft now being
developed by American industry.
These new spacecraft, which prom-
ise dramatic improvements in cost
and safety, will enable large num-
bers of teachers to fly in space. "We
want to put a thousand astronaut
teachers into American schools,
within the next decade," Wright
The Pathfinder Astronauts will be
the leaders who blaze the path for
the large number of teachers who
More information about Teachers
in Space is available on the project's
Pathfinder application forms and
information about the application
process are available at:
w w w teachers i n-
Teachers can submit applications
for the Pathfinder program any time
between now and December 4,
2008. Finalists will be announced
and training will begin in 2009,
which Pathfinder spaceflights
expected to take place some time in
2010 or 2011.
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you eat. Add these 7 foods to your diet in order to stay young, fresh,
1. Olive oil Four decades ago, researchers from the Seven Countries
Study concluded that the monounsaturated fats in olive oil were largely
responsible for the low rates of heart disease and cancer on the Greek
island of Crete. Now, we know that olive oil also contains polyphenols-
powerful antioxidants that may help prevent age-related diseases.
2 Yogurt In the 1970s, Soviet Georgia was rumored to have more
centenarians per capital than any other country. Reports at the time
claimed that the secret of their long lives was yogurt, a food ubiquitous in
their diets. While the age-defying powers of yogurt never have been
proved directly, yogurt is rich in calcium, which helps stave off osteo-
porosis and contains "good bacteria" that help maintain good health and
diminish the incidence of age-related intestinal illness.
3. Fish Thirty years ago, researchers began to study why the native
Inuits of Alaska were remarkably free of heart disease. The reason, sci-
entists now think, is the extraordinary amount of fish they consume. Fish
is an abundant source of omega-3 fats, which help prevent cholesterol
buildup in arteries and protect against abnormal heart rhythms.
4. Chocolate The Kuna people of the San Bias islands, off the coast of
Panama, have a rate of heart disease that is nine times less than that of
mainland Panamanians. The reason? The Kuna drink plenty of a beverage
made with generous proportions of cocoa, which is unusually rich in fla-
vanols that help preserve the healthy function of blood vessels.
Maintaining youthful blood vessels lowers risk of high blood pressure,
type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and dementia.
5. Nuts Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists show that those who eat
nuts gain, on average, an extra two and a half years. Nuts are rich sources
of unsaturated fats, so they offer benefits similar to those associated with
olive oil. They're also concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals, and
other phytochemicals, including antioxidants.
6. Wine Drinking alcohol in moderation protects against heart disease,
diabetes, and age-related memory loss. Any kind of alcoholic beverage
seems to provide such benefits, but red wine has been the focus of much
of the research. Red wine contains reseveratrol, a compound that likely
contributes to its benefits-and, according to animal studies, may activate
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SStep Closer to Eric Benet
Eric Benet's life has been filled with
heartache and controversy for quite
sometime. From the unfortunate
demise of the mother of his teenage
daughter India, to the public specta-
cle that ensued with his marriage
and divorce to actress Halle Berry.
Recently EUR's Lee Bailey had
the chance to speak with Benet
regarding his recent CD release
"Love and Life." Benet says he's
pleased with the album and his cur-
rent standing as well.
"I'm in a good place man, I'm in
a good place," said Benet. "The title
is appropriate because I'm enjoying
both of those things immensely
right now. It's part maturity, part
wisdom, part enjoying dancing and
singing and loving the fruits of life.
That's really where I'm at and it
be a celebriry
makes one's existence
charmed for the rest of his or her
days, but Benet says he had to dig
deep for this one. Of course the
obvious question is whether or not
Halle Berry provided any inspira-
tional material for the release.
"I think everything that happens
in my life I drew from," Benet con-
tinued. "People like to always con-
centrate on what's been made pub-
lic. But my well of experiences is
deep. I pull from everything that I
write. The whole Halle thing, that
was a painful time and there were a
lot of mistakes made on my part.
The good thing about making mis-
takes is, if you leave yourself open,
you're able to learn and grow from
the process. From that growth
comes the wisdom that I was talk-
ing about before. My happy days
are more frequent now and I'm able
to maneuver through life better. I'm
happy because of my life lessons."
Eric & Halle
Because of the artist's prior mar-
ital situation, listeners may imagine
the album's lead single "You're the
Only One" is inspired by his
%\orld famous ex-wife, but
Benet, again, stands vehe-
mently against such an
concentrate on what
they know and unfor-
tunately the represen-
tation that I have in
the press is that
told our Lee Bailey
of the lead single's
"Like I said
before, my well of
experiences is deep.
That song is not
about Halle. It start-
ed as a conversation
between my partner
Dimonte, my partner
George Rass and myself.
We were having a conver-
sation about songs and about
how, back in the day, songs
were crafted with real arrange-
ments and how the level of making
music was on a whole nutha strato-
sphere compared to the way things
are now. Talking about groups like
the O'Jays, The Stylistics, Blue
Magic and that kind of stuff. That
conversation just turned into a good
And that good jam and the album
itself isn't doing bad either. It's cur-
rently at number 11 on the
Billboard 200 after being released
on September 9. But Benet isn't
limiting himself to CDs. These
days online video is all the rage.
Recently one surfaced in which he
and his daughter India are perform-
ing a duet. We asked the Warner
Bros. Records artist how that came
"Well, that's just a little snap shot
of our life. We're always singing
around the house. We have an
amazing relationship and an amaz-
ing bond between the two of us.
Just one day I was sitting at the
computer and thought 'How bout if
I just make a little video clip of
kinda the way we do. And that's it.
She was doing her homework in the
room and I kind of hollered, 'Hey,
lets do "You're the only one!" We
ran through it once and just hit it."
Eric & daughter India
For the commoner on the street,
the term 'single parent' will bring up
visions of struggle, but Mr. Benet is
no commoner. However, he did say
his success does create challenges
that are unique to him and his
"The blessings and the rewards far
outweigh the challenges. I'd say the
biggest challenge is the time we
spend apart from each other. 'You're
The Only One' has been number
one for the past 2 weeks. And when
you have a hit like that that's a lot of
time spent away from home."
The next single that's slated to be
released is "The Hunger." Benet
says it's inspired by a real life per-
son. A person who he admittedly
could not get enough of.
"The new single is 'The Hunger' is
all about making the physical con-
nection after you've been physically
attracted to someone and how you
get past all the fantasies and visions
that you've had in your head that
lead up to the physical encounter.
When the actual experience sur-
passes the fantasies that's what
makes it so good. It's like a carnal,
insatiable, physical desire. Breakin'
furniture type of situation. I will
never tell, but she does exist."
We wonder whether or not this
person has won any Academy
Awards? Perhaps we'll never know.
After a little more than a week
"Life and Love" is number 11 on
the Billboard charts and is certain to
keep climbing. It's the type of qual-
ity we've come to expect from Eric
For more information on the
goings on of the soulful crooner,
log on to www.ericbenet.net or hit
him up on Myspace at
Benet and Dwele will be in con-
cert at the Ritz Theater September
ROLAND MARTIN JOINS TOM
JOYNER MORNING SHOW: As previous-
ly reported, CNN analyst and TV One commentator
Roland Martin has officially joined the Tom Joyner _
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Gwen Ifill Preparing for
First Presidential Debate
When controversial Alaska
Governor Sarah Palin entered the
race as Sen. John McCain's surprise
running mate, the vice presidential
debates scheduled for Oct. 2
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Gwen Ifill, moderator of PBS'
"Washington Week" and senior cor-
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important showdown between Palin
and Democratic VP nominee Joe
Biden, which stands to become the
most-watched vice presidential
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this case to elicit engagement
between the two."
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dates around the table to make them
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know whether a question has been
answered or not."
Ifill, whose resume also includes
The New York Times, The
Washington Post and NBC News,
moderated the 1984 vice presiden-
tial debate between George H.. W.
Bush and Geraldine Ferraro, the
first woman ever selected for a
major party ticket. That face-off
currently holds the record as the
most-watched debate ever, drawing
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