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National Public Radio (NPR) Cancels
Only African American Program
National Public Radio, where America goes for
national talk radio, has announced they are dis-
continuing the Program, "News & Notes, hosted
by veteran broadcast and digital media journalist
Farai Chideya. NPR cites the fact that the pro-
J gram received low ratings and did not attract the
funding necessary from national sponsors. This
move is part of a company wide move to address
a projected $23 million deficit in the current fiscal
year. This represents a reduction in the workforce
Host Farai Chideya by 7%. The show airs at locally at 8 p.m. Monday
through Thursday on WJCT.
Feds Put Off Questioning Jesse
Jackson Jr. in Governor Scandal
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s scheduled interview with federal agents and
prosecutors in the Illinois corruption scandal has been delayed because
"they have a traffic jam of people," according to the Congressman.
Jackson Jr. has been identified by federal authorities as Senate
Candidate 5, who, according to an FBI affidavit, was being considered by
Gov. Rod Blagojevich because the Governor believed emissaries of
Jackson Jr. had promised to raise $1.5 million in exchange for the seat.
The Chicago Tribune today identified a group of Indian-American busi-
nessmen, led by Raghuveer Nayak, whom the paper said organized a
fund raiser for the Governor as part of the effort to get Jackson Jr. the
Senate appointment. Jackson Jr.'s brother, Jonathon, attended the lunch-
eon along with the Governor, the Tribune said.
The fundraiser was held on October 31, the same date the FBI says
Blagojevich is later overheard saying, "We were approached 'pay to play.'
That you know, he'd raise me 500 grand. An emissary came. Then the
other guy would raise a million, if I made Senate Candidate 5 a Senator."
Phylicia Rashad to Pitch for Jenny Craig
Actress Phylicia Rashad, known best for her
role on "The Cosby Show," is the new spokes-
woman for Jenny Craig, the U.S. weight-loss
Rashad was just nominated for a Golden
Globe best actress award for her role in the
miniseries "A Raisin in the Sun."
Previous Jenny Craig spokeswomen include
actresses Kirstie Alley and Valerie Bertinelli
and rapper-actress Queen Latifah.
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Volume 23 No. 14 Jacksonville, Florida December 18-24, 2008
BLACK FACTS: On the Eve of 2008 Where W
As of July 1, 2007, the estimated
population of African-American
residents in the United States is 40.7
million, including those of more
than one race. Still this only makes
up 13.5 percent of the total U.S.
population. This figure represents
an increase of more than half a mil-
lion residents from one year earlier
by 2050, the Black population is
expected to reach 65.7 million
reflecting 15% of the nation's
1 8 There are only 18 states with
a black population of at least
1 million. New York, with 3.5 mil-
lion, leads the way. The 17 other
states on the list were Alabama,
California, Florida, Georgia,
Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland,
Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey,
North Carolina, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
38%o Mississippi has the high-
Project MALE panelists. Standing, from left, Kenny Arnold, Aaron
Mitchell, Godfrey Story, and Geno Hampton. Seated from let, Rev.
Ted Kelly, Willie Clowers. D. Murphy Photo
110 Men Learn to Improve
Family Skills at Project MALE
110 men attended the Project
MALE (Men Advocating and
Leading by Example) Conference
which was held recently at the
Brentwood Lake Community
Center. The theme was "A Man for
All Seasons." The day of activities
included a presentations, seminars
and break out sessions with a high-
light of a panel of local experts on
fatherhood fielding questions from
"For the past nine years, River
Region has been organizing Project
MALE conferences that have
helped hundreds of men in the
Jacksonville area," said Kenneth
Arnold, Senior Director of
Intervention Services for River
Region Human Services.
"Participants found the material
both valuable and helpful. It was a
very successful event. "
est black population of any state.
Blacks also make up more than a
quarter of the population in
Louisiana (32%), Georgia (31%),
Maryland (30 %), South Carolina
(29%) and Alabama (27%). We also
comprise 56% percent of the popu-
lation in the District of Columbia.
84,000 The state of Georgia
led the nation with the
largest black population increase.
Between July 1, 2006, and July 1,
2007, the state grew by 84,000.
(45,000) also recorded
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Blacks are the largest
MINORITY group Thes-
include Alabama. Maine.
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Travis' find Marriage Twice as Nice
Mr. and Mrs. William Travis
William Travis decided that seven years was just one too many without
his former wife. On what would have been their 22nd anniversary, William
and Jackie Travis reunited in Holy Matrimony in front of family and
friends at the home of Dr. and Mrs. William Scott. The Travis', who had
previously divorced seven years ago reunited sparing no expense for their
nuptials complete with a champagne toast, bridal party, reception and
music.The groom is a barber at Masters Bo's Unisex Barber Shop and the
bride is employed at Mega Nursing Inc. They are the proud parents of two
- Davida Travis and Gloria Travis. Next year, the happy couple will join
other relatives on a cruise.
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Attendees pictured left to right inlcude: (first row, seated on floor) Anest McCarthy, member Charlotte
Stewart, Nancy Bustamante, and member Marguerite Warren; (second row, seated) member Dorothy
Oliver, members Louise Guinyard, Jolita Simmons and Bessie Canty, and alumni member Nellyvon
Russell; (third row, standing) members Susan Ruffin and Barbara Young, alumni member Lois Izard,
Marion Walker, member Thelma Lewis, Leola Moore, Carolyn Joyner, member Elizabeth Downing, Irvlyn
Kennebrew and Pamela Seay.
The Smart Set Bridge Club, The event was held at the home of sharing their love of cards and cele-
organized in Jacksonville, FL more member Susan Ruffin and organ- rating the Christmas season.
than sixty years ago, hosted its ized by club social chair Marguerite Guest Nancy Bustamante, a mem-
annual Christmas party with the Warren. The bridge afficiandos and ber of the Gems Bridge Club, stat-
theme "fun, food and festivities." invited guests spent the afternoon ed, "Oh, I had a wonderful time!"
Three weeks after announcing he
would not seek another term as
chairman of the NAACP's national
board, Julian Bond said that he
has changed his mind.
Bond said he was flattered and
pressured "in a positive way" by his
board members to stay on.
Bond, 68, has been board chair-
man since 1998. He said three
weeks ago that the time was right to
let younger leaders take over the
With Bond's backing, Benjamin
T. Jealous, 35, was chosen in May
as president and CEO of the
NAACP, becoming the youngest
president in its history.
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Where We Stand Looking at 2009 Statistically
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Arkansas, Delaware, District of
Columbia, Georgia, Illinois,
Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota,
Mississippi, Missouri, New York,
North Carolina, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
and Wisconsin. (Note: Minorities
are part of a group other than sin-
gle-race non-Hispanic white.)
1.4M Cook County, Ill
(Chicago) leads the number of
Blacks in a county. Orleans Parish,
La., had the largest numerical
increase in the black population
between July 1, 2006, and July 1,
2007 (20,800). Neighboring St.
Bernard Parish had the largest per-
cent increase over the period (97
Among counties with total popula-
tions of at least 10,000, Claiborne
County, Miss., had the largest per-
cent of population that was black
(84.5 percent). Claiborne led 82
majority-black counties or equiva-
lents, all but one of which (St. Louis
city, Mo.) was in the South.
31% of the black population is
younger than 18. At the other end of
the spectrum, 8 percent of the black
population was 65 and older.
82% of blacks 25 and older, the
proportion who had at least a high
school diploma in 2007.
19% of blacks 25 and older
have a bachelor's degree or higher.
1.2 million blacks 25 and
older have an advanced degree
(e.g., master's, doctorate, med-
Sical or law). In 1997, 717,000
blacks had this level of educa-
2.3 million black col-
lege students were enrolled in
fall 2006. This was an increase
of roughly 1 million from 15
$88.6 billion represent
the total revenues earned by
black-owned businesses in
2002. The number of black-
owned businesses totaled
nearly 1.2 million in 2002.
Serving Our Nation Black-owned firms accounted
for 5 percent of all nonfarm
2,4 mill ion businesses in the United States.
There are 2.4 million Black 129,329 black-owned
military veterans in the United firms made their home in New
York in 2002, which led all
States in 2007. More military vet- states. New York City alone had
erans are black than any other 98,080 such firms, which led all
minority group. cities.
10,716 black-owned firms
operating in 2002 had net receipts
of $1 million or more. These firms
accounted for 1 percent of the total
number of black-owned firms in
2002 and 55 percent of their total
receipts, or $49 billion.
969 black-owned firms had 100
or more employees in 2002. Firms
of this size accounted for 24 percent
of the total revenue for black-
owned employer firms in 2002, or
UI0 I is the annual median
income of single-race black house-
holds in 2007, up from $32,876 (in
2007 constant dollars) in 2006.
36,) 6 & $V !19
The 2007 median earnings of sin-
gle-race black men and women,
respectively, 15 and older who
worked full time, year-round.
Source: Income, Poverty, and
Health Insurance Coverage in the
United States: 2007
24.5% is the poverty rate in
2007 for single-race blacks, statisti-
cally unchanged from 2006.
19.5%/o of black Americans
lacking health insurance in 2007,
down from 20.5 percent in 2006.
of black households were
single parented. There were 8.5
million black family households.
Among families with sin-
gle-race black householders, the
percentage that are married cou-
ents are living with their own
grandchildren younger than 18. Of
this number, 50 percent were also
responsible for their care.
46% of black households with
a householder who is single-race
black who lived in owner-occupied
homes. The rate was higher in cer-
tain states, such as Mississippi,
where it reached 59 percent.
27% of blacks 16 and older
work in management, professional
and related occupations. There are
49,730 black physicians and sur-
geons, 70,620 postsecondary teach-
ers, 49,050 lawyers, and 57,720
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Just when you thought you have
heard it all in Black literature,
someone comes along to make
you think twice. When most
Americans are worried about a
recession, a popular author has
figured a way out for women.
Best selling author, lecturer and
international dating guru, Tariq
"K-Flex" Nasheed has returns to
the scene with the release
of his fourth 'tell
all/how to' book,
The Art of Gold
Digging. The book
promises to reveal
more secrets from
Nasheed's vast treas-
ure chest of the dat-
ing game. His previ-
ous titles have includ-
Nasheed is no new
comer to dispensing
knowledge in the rela-
tionship and dating advice
arena. His first release in
1999, the best selling
release, "The Art of Mackin'",
"Play Or Be Played", and "The
Mack Within". each of these titles
which closed him in on the 1 mil-
lion sellers mark reveal candid
and frank advice for the urban
community. VH-1 even financed
a television pilot with Nasheed
last spring based on the concept of
The Art of Gold Digging.
As Nasheed explains about the
book, ""Some women might
think, how can I learn about the art
of gold digging from a man? Well
that brings us to rule number one
of the gold digging game: Ladies,
you cannot learn everything you
need to know about the gold dig-
ging game from another woman.
Women are naturally competitive
with one another. Even if a woman
knew everything about the gold
digging game, she is more than
likely not going to teach you how
to potentially outshine her."
The book shares tips such as:
-where to find rich men
-how to dress to attract wealth
-the 6 types of rich men
-which men to avoid and
-the top 5 gold digging cities.
Nasheed was born on the west
side of Detroit, Michigan with
stints in Birmingham, Alabama
and Los Angeles at the age of 17.
While living in Los Angeles, he
homeless, so he
would often use
public libraries as
ter in the day-
w i t h
Tariq would pass the time
by reading books by Freud,
Nietzsche, Napoleon Hill,
Shahrazad Ali, Frances Cress
Welsing, and other "power of the
mind" selections. He then created
dating techniques that were a
combination of what he learned
from older hustlers and what he
learned by reading psychology
books. He called these techniques
"G.I.C.2" (Game, Intelligence, and
Common Sense; Squared).
Nasheed honed himself into what
he calls a "game advisor," mean-
ing he would teach these GI.C.2
techniques to men and women on
the underground scene.
Nasheed now keeps his game
right with sold out lectures and
seminars around the country and
even released an instructional
DVD called Mack Lessons. He
also keeps it real, raw and uncen-
sored on his weekly radio podcast
at www.macklessradio.com and
can be seen administering his spe-
cial brand .of wit and game on
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Family & Friends Celebrate
Mathis' 36 Year Career
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Over 100 family, friends and
coworkers celebrated the career of
Edgar Mathis at the Airport
Holiday Inn last weekend. Mathis,
a 36 year veteran of the Department
of Juvenile Justice, has served
under six governors and seven State
The evening's activities included
the invocation by his church pastor,
Dr. Landon Williams, and presenta-
tions of his retirement plaque along
with special gifts. Tributes were
also given by Dr. Alvin White and
his Omega Psi Phi fraternity broth-
er George Grace along with testi-
monials and a roast from the audi-
ence. In his retirement, mathis
plans to enjoy his love of golf and
spend time with family and friends.
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BRATS Celebrate the Holidays The Gamma Rho Omega B.R.A.T.S. of AKA
celebrated the holiday season at Brother's Cafe on Edgewood Ave with their families and the ladies of Alpha
Kappa Alpha who support them throughout the year. From left to right Chef Eddie of Brother's Cafe', BRATS
advisor Sandra Thompson, Micheal Payne, Jr., Georneisa Moses, Amme Smith, Owner of Brother's Cafe Mr.
Solomonri, and Cody Floyd were in attendance along with their advisors. Throughout the year, the high school stu-
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Live Well. Be Well. Health Disparities and Cancer
Did you know health disparity means "health gap"?
For known and unknown reasons, some minority
groups suffer from diseases, such as cancer.
The best way to reduce health gaps and fight cancer
is to live a healthy lifestyle and talk to your doctor
about available and affordable cancer screenings.
Remember the 3Es:
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Educate yourself about cancer.
Encourage family and friends to get cancer
Eradicate the gap and save lives.
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education program managed by a dedicated team of
doctors and outreach coordinators from Mayo Clinic.
Our goal is to prevent health disparities in cancer.
Please call (904) 953-0974 or (904) 953-0977. We are
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President Bush May be Remembered
as the Worst President in History
It was November 2000 and one
of the most contested elections in
United States history was about the
happen. The polls showed Vice
President Al Gore with a slight
margin over Governor George W.
We all know what happened after
election day pure chaos! After
months of court hearings and legal
maneuvering Al Gore conceded
and George W. became the 43rd
president of the United States of
That's where it all began.
And to say that Americans have
been on a roller coaster ride every
since would be an under statement.
The 9/11 attacks, war in Iraq,
corporate corruption, enormous
federal deficit, stock market col-
lapse, Katrina, and many more dis-
aster will inevitability be perma-
nently attached to President George
With the Bush Administration
looking more like the Three
Stooges at times, what else could
happen to cause them any further
Well on Sunday a journalist in
Iraq did something that I had never
seen nor heard of before. He threw
two shoes at the President of the
United States of America. Maybe if
it's the President or Prime Minister
of Togo or Lesotho or Equatorial
Guinea or any one of those coun-
tries that I never heard of before the
Olympic games this summer.
But to throw shoes at the
President of the United States and
live is an accomplishment within
itself. I expected a couple of secret
service agents to blast the guy
before he could even take his shoes
Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw his
shoes at the U.S. President, while
Bush and Prime Minister Nuri al-
Maliki were holding a news confer-
ence after the president's surprise
visit to Baghdad. Of course after-
wards the journalist was dragged to
the ground and arrested.
In the Arab world throwing your
shoe at someone is a major insult.
Al-Zaidi yelled while throwing that
his action was a "farewell kiss" to a
"dog" that launched the 2003 inva-
sion of Iraq.
Of course, comedians and talk
show host have had a field day with
the incident. And although I
thought that it was pretty funny,
especially seeing the President's
agility, it reinforces the lack of
respect he has internationally.
It definitely bothers me that
someone would disrespect an
American president in that manner,
even if it were George W.
I have to give Bush credit for at
least ducking, but I may have at
least thrown a shoe back. This
whole shoe incident is another
reminder of how unpopular George
W. Bush actually is.
From the Iraq War to the corpo-
rate corruption, the federal deficit
and the worse recession since the
Great Depression, the Bush legacy
will be riddled with failure.
In fact, many historians are
debating whether Bush will be
remembered as the very worst pres-
ident in all of American history.
Can you imagine having that dis-
In 2004, an informal survey of
415 historians conducted by the
nonpartisan History News Network
found that eighty-one percent con-
sidered the Bush administration a
I won't even talk about Bush's
approval ratings, which hit a presi-
dential all time low a couple of
years ago. And amongst black folks
got down into the single digits in
many polls. That's right single
digits as in one to nine percent.
In a recent interview with ABC
News's Charles Gibson Mr. Bush
was asked if he wanted any do-
overs. President Bush said, "The
biggest regret of the presidency has
to have been the intelligence failure
in Iraq. A lot of people put their
reputations on the line and said the
weapons of mass destruction were
cause for war."
OK. Maybe I didn't get the
memo, but the last I checked it was
Bush and his cronies -
Vice President Dick Cheney and
Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld who manipulated
Congress and the American people
into thinking that Iraq had weapons
of mass destruction.
You could probably find more
weapons of mass destruction at
Disney World versus what we
found in Iraq.
Isn't that the real reason that
Colin Powell packed his bags and
moved on? Bush and boys wanted
to invade Iraq before the September
11th terror attacks.
And of course the ripple effects
of the invasion of Iraq have been
devastating to the federal deficit.
Mr. Bush also said that he hoped
to be remembered as a "guy that
came, didn't sell his soul for poli-
tics, had to make some tough deci-
sions, and did so in a principled
way." You have got to be kidding
me principled way? Are we sure
that El Presidente isn't still getting
his drink on?
Towards the end of the ABC
interview Bush said he will "leave
the presidency with my head held
high." Really! And I guess will
ignore the continued loss of lives in
Iraq, the federal deficit, the terrible
economy and all of the other disas-
ters that happened on his watch.
I would imagine that the shoe-
throwing incident was not only the
icing on the cake for those tired of
Cowboy Bush, but for him as well.
He may not be the smartest presi-
dent, but he certainly knows that
it's past time for him to GO.
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Texas moving truck,
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Box office receipts indicate the "race records"
biopic "Cadillac Records" is barely running' on rims.
The film is about the nexus of art, commerce and race relations in the music
business in the early days of rock 'n' roll. Based on events about Chess
Records label and black legends of rhythm and blues genres the Sony film
came in at ninth place on box office charts.
The financial success of the "Cadillac Records" movie depends on black
audiences. Black moviegoers over 40 will deem the film akin to "blax-
ploitation" products of the 1960s-to-80s era. Made with black actors, they
were about African-Americans overcoming The Man through cunning and
violence. The "Cadillac Records" biopic is about the reverse and how The
Man conned African American entertainers of the 40s and 50s of property
and earnings. It has historical significance and tells the story of "race music"
and the exploration of blacks and their talent by Chess records, a company
owned by Leonard Chess, a Jewish immigrant with an ear for the black
music of the era.
The film is worth seeing as it dramatizes the life of the label and Leonard
Chess' relationships with his artists. He was born Lejzor Czyz in a Jewish
community in what is now Belarus. He, his brother Fiszel, sister Malka and
mother migrated to Chicago, Illinois in 1928. The family name was changed
to Chess, with Lejzor becoming Leonard and Fiszel becoming Philip. With
their ownership of the Macamba night club in the 1940s, Leonard and Phil
mixed easily among Chicago South Side's black social scene.
The film depicts how whites befriended blacks, picking their pockets in the
process. Though it is rated-R, the picture has educational qualities. It has
good recognizable sounds as it chronicles the founding artists of rock and
roll. It helps trace roots of commercial exploitation of Muddy Waters,
Chuck Berry, Lil' Walter, Howlin' Wolf and Etta James by Chess and Sam
Phillips. The black artists often signed weak contracts that paid them only
a fraction of what white record owners were making from their talent.
Moviegoers will be able to note from where white artists like Elvis Presley,
the Beatles and the Rolling Stones "borrowed" their styles.
In their record productions, Chess himself played brass drum on Muddy
Waters' songs among a stable of artists that included Sunnyland Slim, Gene
Am mons. Jim my Rogers, Howlin' Wolf and others. No matter that Leonard
Chess mixed %\ ith blacks, he often manipulated his artists and rewarded their
successes by giving them shiny new Cadillacs. The movie shows the label's
rise and fall of the label and ways Chess related to his talent. Chess paid disc
jockeys to put his artists' records on their playlists, advancing their fame, but
his sloppy bookkeeping left his artists financially dependent on him despite
their successes. Only Howlin' Wolf managed to keep his earnings by refus-
ing the Cadillac and insisting on cash instead.
Sun Records' Sam Phillips helped Chess find and record new artists in the
south including Wolf, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lil' Walter,
Chuck Berry, Fontella Bass, Koko Taylor, Little Milton, Rufus Thomas and
others. The public will know Chess from other genres including gospel, tra-
ditional jazz, comedy, and more. In the early 1960s the Chess became
involved in the broadcasting business as part owner of Chicago's WVON-
AM radio, and later WSDM-FM. In 1969, a few months after selling his
namesake label, Leonard Chess died of a heart attack.
Since many will only go to theaters to gaze at Beyonce the exploitation
theme ma\ be missed. But, writer and director, Damell Martin, a biracial
female, is scrupulous in pointing out whites' exploitation of the black musi-
cal performers. Many say the movie is worth attending. Etta James, whom
Beyonce portrays. said she loved the film.
In its first week, "Cadillac Records" earned about $3.5 million nationally
and opened in under 700 theaters. The film did well in markets with high
African-American demographics, such as Atlanta, Memphis and
Washington, DC. African Americans average attending 7.8 movies a year -
"Cadillac Records" should be one of them.
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are looking forward to a trip to
Washington, DC for the inaugura-
tion of the first African-American
President of the United States.
Travelers need to pack their
patience and a pair of good walking
shoes if they are to survive the inau-
The inauguration of President-
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biggest event in the history of
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There will be people like Linda
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out the details, but is determined to
make the trip. She plans to be there
by any means necessary.
DC transportation officials say
because many streets and bridges
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the Key to Witnessing History
close to the ceremony is to use
Metro, the city's public transporta-
Remember buses or cars can only
get so close, so be prepared to dress
warmly. The temperature in January
averages 36 degrees.
During the inauguration, plan to
stand for five or six hours. The
swearing in for Barack Obama is
less than five minutes.
Some other important things to
consider are leaving small children
at home and packing a lunch
because there won't be many food
If you can deal with all of the
logistical challenges,consider your-
self lucky to witness history.
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Pictured left to right: (seated) guests Janie Porter, Earlene Burroughs and Mamie Jones; (standing) pres-
ident TaKiesha Washington, Family Concerns Chair Brenda Harris, Community Concerns and Seniors'
Christmas Dinner Chair Regina Taylor-Murphy.
Black Catholics Host Annual Christmas Dinner for Seniors
For more than a decade, the mem-
bers of the St. Bernadette's Council,
a Catholic women's organization
housed at St. Pius V Catholic
Church, have been providing social
services for those in need. One of
the highlights of the organization's
busy volunteer calendar is its
Annual Seniors' Christmas Dinner.
This year was no different, as the
more "seasoned" members of the
Jacksonville community attended
last Saturday, enjoying fellowship
and a traditional Christmas meal
with all the trimmings. The party
has become a signature event, noted
for the beautiful table decorations
provided by members of the St.
Bernadette's Council. Led by pres-
ident TaKiesha Washington, the
organization also has a series of
annual events planned for Spring
2009, including the Red Hearts' Tea
and the Taste-Off.
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Jackson Bow Out
Continued from page 4
In Jackson Jr.'s case, a lot of
damage has already been done.
There are loud calls for him to
withdraw his name from considera-
tion for the Senate seat. Jackson
hasn't yet shown any willingness to
do that. Unfortunately, the mud
tossed on him will not wash off. It
hasn't on other black elected offi-
cials who've been rudely plopped
on the scandal hot seat. Jackson
should withdraw his name and do it
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author
and political analyst. His forthcoming
book is How Obama Won to be pub-
lished next month.
Study Shows White Roommates May
Increase Student Collegiate Success
African-American students may get higher grades in their college stud-
ies if they room with white roommate, a U.S. study suggests.
Researchers at Ohio State University and Virginia Commonwealth
University found that nearly 1 in 6 interracial roommate relationships
failed, meaning at least one roommate moved out by the end of the first
quarter. However, the rest of black students who were paired with a
white roommate performed better academically than did those with a
roommate of the same race.
Lead author Natalie Shook, who began the research while at Ohio State
University, says that African-American students may be better adjusted
to college because they live with someone who can help them learn
about the challenges and norms of a different environment.
The study, published in the journal Group Processes and Intergroup
Relations, said that African-American students with white roommates
had a 0.30-point increase in their grade point average their first quarter
African-American students who scored higher on their SAT -- 1,040
and above or 24 on the ACT -- were more likely to be successful in col-
lege if randomly paired with a white student, but black students who
scored lower on the SAT did not see any improvement if they roomed
with a white student.
The study also found that white students earned higher grade point
averages when assigned to room with someone who was more success-
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Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist to present Scottish Rite Free Masons to Honor
Handel's Messiah, Sunday, Dec. 21st Dr. Augustus Cox 33 Degree
Roger D. Sears will conduct The Community Mass Choir featuring
Michelle Grant, Soprano; Francesca Scott, Alto; Marty Simmons, Tenor'
and Eland Wilson, Bass; with Michael Booker on the Harpsichord and
Henry Mack on the Organ, with the Chamber Orchestra. The Christmas
Portion of Handel's Messiah will be presented at 5 p.m., Sunday December
21, i2008 at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1118 West Beaver
Street. All are welcome.
New Life Temple Church to host 2nd
Christmas Eve Youth Fest Prayer Vigil
The New Life Temple Church, 8247 West Ramona Blvd.,, will host its
Second Annual Youth Fest Prayer Vigil on Christmas Eve, December 24th
from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. All youth are invited.
This event is being held because of concern for the youth of the city and
surrounding areas. Our communities are suffering due to the violence,
drugs, and other crimes. Young people need our help!
The New Life Temple Church welcomes the participation of all youth.
For more information or directions, please call (904) 783-8638.
Yuletide Season is highlighted with
Emancipation Celebration, Jan.lst
The Lincoln-Douglas Memorial Emancipation Proclamation Assoc. has
presented many outstanding well known speakers at this annual celebration
which will be presented this year on Thursday, January 1, 2009 at the
Second Missionary Baptist Church, 954 Kings Road, in downtown
Jacksonville. The program will begin at 10:45 a.m.
The words of Fredrick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln resound
as Fredrick Douglas and other abolitionists are recognized. Each year an
outstanding student recites the Frederick Douglas address, a highlight of the
event. Dr. H. T. Rhim Sr., Pastor of St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church
which is located in the center of Jacksonville's historic "Black Bottom" will
be the guest speaker.
Dr. Odell Smith, Pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church, chairman
of the Emancipation Proclamation Association and Mrs. Gayle Kendall,
2nd Vice President and program chair, invite all to this celebration which
will be another outstanding witness to the reflection on the past, "as we
forge into the future! All are welcome.
Help those at Trinity Rescue Mission
All churches are being asked to invite their memberships to gather all
sizes of coats, jackets and sweaters for men, women and children. The
ladies of PRMC want to help those in need, and are asking you to join in
the effort. We will arrange to pick up your donation as we would like to
present the collected items on December 13th. Call Trice Williams at (904)
Seeking the lost for Christi
Pastor Landon Williams
T Th doo s *f ac don a real ay op n. o ouan yo r amily .If w-may -e of any .as is a c
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
Pastor Ernie Murray
Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
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The Tilllman Valentine Consistory
No. 22 Ancient and Accepted
Scottish Rite of Free Masonry PHA
will honor Dr. Augustus H. Cox 33
Degree KYCH, who recently
a Cbecame Honorary Past Grand
Master of Florida PHA and Past
SMost Eminent Grand Master of the
Grand Encampment of Knights
Temple of the United Stats of
America for his untiringly service
of 65 years in Masonry with 43
years in the Consistory, serving 4
years as Commander in Chief.
e DThe service will be held on
Saturday, January 17th at 29 West
Dr. Augustus Cox 6th Street.
Greater Macedonia Christmas Musical
and Christmas Morning Service
Dr. Landon L. Williams, Pastor, and the Greater Macedonia Baptist
Church, 1880 West Edgewood Ave., invite the community to a Christmas
Musical at 6 p.m., Sunday, December 21st. Christmas Morning Worship
will begin at 10 a.m. Start the New Year with Prayer and Worship at
Greater Macedonia on New Year's Eve at 10 p.m. All events are free and
open to the public. For directions or more information, please call Ms.
Verdelle Wells at (904) 764-9257.
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist to present
Handel's Messiah, Sunday, Dec. 21st
Roger D. Sears will conduct The Community Mass Choir featuring
Michelle Grant, Soprano; Francesca Scott, Alto; Marty Simmons, Tenor,
and Eland Wilson, Bass. Henry Mack will accompany this outstanding
choir on the Organ, with Michael Booker on the Harpsichord for the pres-
entation of the Christmas Portion of Handel's Messiah at 5 p.m., Sunday,
December 21, 2008, at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1118 West
Beaver Street. All are welcome.
Music Ministry of First AME of P.C.
to present "Glory Excelsis" Dec. 21
As all prepare to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, First AME
Church, 91 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast; invites the community to the pres-
entation of "Glory Excelsis" at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, December 21st. The
choirs of First AME will present a program of traditional and contemporary
selections, following a candlelight processional to celebrate "the reason for
the season." Rev. Gillard S. Glover, Pastor will deliver a special message
entitled, "The Christ of Christmas." For directions or information, please
call (386) 446-5759.
Northside Church of Christ Vendor
Exhibit and Fair, December 20
Northside Community Involvement Inc. will sponsor a venture for your
Christmas Shopping, Saturday, Dec. 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the
Northside Church of Christ Family Life Center, 4736 Avenue B. Wrap up
your shopping for gifts while supporting programs that give quality youth
programming all year long.
Mt. Olive AME Christmas Service
Reverend James Hayes Sr. will preach Christmas Morning at 10 a.m. at
the Mt. Olive AME Church, 841 Franklin Street, where Reverend
Grandville Reed III, is Pastor. The community is invited.
Wayman Ministries to hold 2nd
Holiday Outreach, December 21st
The combined efforts of the ministry, under the direction of Rev. Mark
L. Griffin, will culminate with the 2nd Annual Christmas Fellowship "The
Spirit of Christmas" at 1:30 p.m., at the Wayman Academy of the Arts
Gymnasium, 1176 LaBelle Street. The family friendly gathering will
include music, dinner, toys for the children, and a guest speaker. The min-
istry groups will personally invite residents of the Eureka Gardens
Apartments and the surrounding community to enjoy this FREE Holiday
Event. To donate call (904) 739-7500,
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later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
.. 215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
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 Hol Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.
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Grace and Peace
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Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
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Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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December 18-24, 2008
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Celebration of life planned
for the late Garrett Washington
Mr. Garrett Washington
Garrett Alexander Washington
departed this life on Friday,
December 12, 2008 while visiting
Charlotte, North Carolina.
Garrett was born in Philadelphia,
PA and grew up in Jacksonville,
FL. He attended Bolles School,
James Weldon Johnson Middle
School, and was a 2000 graduate
of Mandarin High School. He
attended Queens College in
Charlotte, North Carolina. Garrett
enjoyed helping his mother Carol
J. Alexander with her duties as
director of the Ritz Theatre &
Garrett was preceded in death by
his father, Alfonzo G. Washington
in 2004. He is survived by his
mother Carol, brothers Gibran and
Akeem, spiritual brother Kevin
Baker, half-brother, Alfonzo Jr,
(Janie), half-sister Crystal. Also,
Constance and Eldgridge
Ragsdale, Philadelphia, Kya and
Kenny McCants, Maryland,
Nieces, Kenya and Alyce and
Nephew, Alfonzo, III., Godmother
Gail Hoffman, Philadelphia,
George and Seretha Tinsley,
Winter Haven, FL., George
Tinsley Jr., Miami, Penni Tinsley,
N.Y., He has a large extended
family in Philadelphia and
Charlotte, and many friends
throughout the country.
A Celebration of Life service will
be held Thursday, December 18,
2008, 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church. Funeral serv-
ices will be held atll am.in
Philadelphia on Saturday,
December 20th at Janes Memorial
United Methodist Church, 47 E.
Haines Street, Philadelphia, PA
19144. Viewing 9-1 lam.
Garrett will be laid to rest with
his father at the Fairview
Cemetery, Willow Grove,
In lieu of flowers, the family
requests donations be made to:
The Alfonzo G. Washington, Sr.
Foundation Fund, C/O The
Foundation, 121 Forsyth Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202.
Federal Report Shows Housin
U.S. housing is still racially seg-
regated 40 years after civil rights Hitting home
laws to end unfair practices, which Foreclosure flinqs in November
also contributed to the subprime fel; 7 percent from October, but
mortgage crisis, according to a are still up 28 percent from a
recent report. year ago.
The National Commission on Foreclosure filings 259.085
Fair Housing and Equal 300 W -,..1.-. -
Opportunity, also said a new agency
was required to enforce laws passed 250,
by Congress in 1968 that too often
have been ignored. 200
"When the rules break down in
something as fundamental as where
you can live ... our system doesn't 100
work," said Henry Cisneros, a for-
mer secretary for housing and urban 50
development under President Bill
N D J F 4 A M J J A S 0 N
The seven-member commission 2007 2003
based its findings on hearings held ........... _____.............
10th Annual Super Bowl
Gospel Fest Headed to Tampa
The Tenth Annual Super Bowl
Gospel Celebration will be in
Tampa Bay, FL at the University of
South Florida's SunDome on
Friday, January 30, 2009.
To date, Marvin Sapp, Mary Mary
and Hezekiah Walker are schedule
to perform. Attendees can also
expect an encore performance from
the NFL Players All-Star Choir
which was featured for the first
time last year under the direction of
award-winning Gospel artist Pastor
"The unveiling of the players'
choir at last year's show in Phoenix
generated overwhelming excite-
ment and we are planning for an
encore performance in Tampa that
will be equally as memorable," Few
Additional artists will be
announced as Super Bowl weekend
Among the 40 participating play-
ers last year were: Michael Gaines
(Bills), Ovie Mughelli (Falcons),
Richard Seymour (Patriots), Troy
Vincent (Redskins/Retired), and
Pro Bowlers Tommie Harris
(Bears) and Ray Lewis (Ravens).
Crystal Cathedral Legacy Leaves His Father's Church to Start His Own
Robert Schuler, Jr. and Robert Schuller, Sr.
the "Hour of
show a month
earlier, the Rev.
plans to open
according to an
The Rev. Robert A. Schuller,
who was replaced in October as the
preacher of the long-running
Christian television program "Hour
of Power," has resigned as senior
pastor at the Crystal Cathedral and
plans to open his own ministry.
Church founder Robert H.
Schuller removed his son as the
sole preacher on the 39-year-old
television show after the younger
Schuller, three years into the job,
[.,article ., by.. refused.to.rotate his role with other,
Christopher pastors, the .church, said. The
Goffard in the younger Schuller was given the
chance to remain as a Crystal
Cathedral pastor, a role his father
said he expected him to keep, but
left the Garden Grove church in late
Crystal Cathedral spokesman
Michael Nason said the younger
Schuller's departure from the
church and TV show stemmed from
"lack of shared vision" with his
father, and discouraged speculation
that it was more complicated.
"It may seem too simple, the
explanation, when in fact that is the
.-explanation," Nason said.
Still Segregated in the U.S.
An abandoned house rests next to a well kept home in Cleveland. A
growing number of homeowners are trying to make falling property
values work for them: They're asking the government for an accom-
panying tax break. Declining home values, the foreclosure crisis,
tighter mortgage lending criteria and an economy in shambles have
contributed to the stream of homeowners seeking tax cuts.
in five U.S. cities between July and
"Past and ongoing discriminatory
practices in the nation's housing and
lending markets continue to pro-
duce levels of residential segrega-
tion that result in significant dispar-
ities between minority By
and nonminority house-
holds, (and) in access to
good jobs," the report
By denying minorities
access to traditional home mo
loans, discrimination also
drove them into costlier
When defaults on these
loans began to climb in
2007, they hit the entire
housing market, inflicting
the United States with a recession
and the highest unemployment
level in 15 years.
"The subprime market discovered
the African-American and Latino
communities and targeted them,"
said commission member Okianer
Dark, a law professor at Howard
The report found that whites got
better loans than blacks, Latinos
and Asians, who make up roughly a
third of the population and who
were sometimes steered away from
buying homes in predominately
The main recommendation was
for a new enforcement agency to
replace the fair housing structure
within the Department of Housing
denying minorities access
to traditional home loans,
discrimination also drove
hem into costlier subprime
rtgages. When defaults on
these loans escalated, they
hit the entire housing
market, inflicting a
recession and the highest
unemployment level in 15
and Urban Development.
Cisneros said the fair housing
structure had become marginalized
as a "source of annoyance" for
bringing complaints against entities
that other parts of HUD were work-
ing with in the drive to build more
Illustrating this point, the report
noted there were some 4 million
fair housing violations per year but
HUD took action in only a tiny
fraction of these cases.
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December 18 -24, 2008
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Reunion '60 -'65
Northwestern Junior and Senior
High School Classes 1960-65 will
hold an all class Grand Reunion on
December 19-20th at the
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel. All
alumni, administrators and guests
are invited to attend. Activities will
include a welcome reception and a
reunion banquet. For more informa-
tion or tickets, call 764-3838 or
Christmas in Black
Musical at the Ritz
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will celebrate the holiday
season with the Broadway Musical
Christmas In Black on Friday,
December 19th. Christmas in
Black features 20 Christmas clas-
sics from Eartha Kitt's "Santa
Baby" to Donnie Hathaway's "This
Christmas." With audience partici-
pation, sing-alongs and a party
atmosphere, the phenomenal five
member cast and band takes the
audience through a rollicking, fun
filled and sometimes sentimental
voyage through all that is Christmas
in Black.. for tickets or more infor-
mation, call 632-5555.
An Evening with the
Jewels Social Club
You are invited to spen an evening
with the Jewels Social Club for
their Holiday Celebration on
Friday, December 19th at the
Friday Musicale located at 645 Oak
Street, (behind Blue Cross Blue
Shield Company). The evening will
include music, dancing, prizes and
food. It is BYOB and semi-formal
attire is requested. Ticket donation
is $25.00 each.
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee,for the Millions More
Movement Inc. will give away
clothes and food on Saturday,
December 20th from 11:00 a.m. to
5 p.m. at 916 N. Myrtle Avenue.
between Kings Road. and Beaver
Street. If you have any questions or
just want to learn more about the
Millions More Movement visit
www.jaxloc.com, or call 904-240-
Holiday Gospel at
the Jax Landing
Holiday "GOSPEL" on the River at
the Jax Landing will be on Sunday,
December 21st from 3-6 p.m. fea-
turing the best gospel talent on the
first coast. Scheduled acts include
Jimmy Hill & A.V.O.P., Lawrence
Flowers & Intercession, Stage
Aurora, 100 Youth Voices, The Ritz
Voices and more. Admission FREE!
79th FlaJax Dance
The FlaJax Club will present their
79th Anniversary Dance on Friday,
December 26th at the Wyndham
Hotel, 1515 Prudential Drive.
Festivities for the formal event will
kick off at 9 p.m. For tickets or
more information, call 945-3267.
The Kwanzaa Celebration,
Principal of Umoja (unity), will be
celebrated on Friday, December
26th at EWC in the Milne
Auditorium at 7 p.m. participants
are asked to bring three guests and
fruit for the Kwanzaa display. The
evening will include African dance,
poetry, vendors and a guest speaker.
For more information call 403-
Soul Comedy at the
Join comedians Earthquake and
Arnez J for a night of soulful come-
dy at the Florida Theater. It will be
held on Sunday, December 28th.
For tickets and more information,
"A Night of Hope"
with Joel Osteen
"A Night of Hope" with Joel and
Victoria Osteen will be an evening
of praise and worship where atten-
dees will hear an inspirational mes-
sage fro internationally known pas-
tor and his wife and music of Cindy
Cruse Ratcliff and the Lakewood
Band and Ensemble. Osteen is the
pastor of America's largest church -
the 45,000 strong Lakewood
Church in Houston, Texas. It will
be held on Friday, January 2nd at
7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial
Arena. Call 353-3309 for tickets.
The Crew Social Club
after New Years event
The Crew is doing it grown and
sexy with an after New Years event.
It will be held at The Knights of
Columbus, 1501 Hendricks Ave. on
Saturday, January 3rd. This is a
BYOB affair, Admission is $10 and
food will be provided. For tickets
contact Pam 904-504-9595 or Big
Dr. Mae Jemison to
Keynote MLK Breakfast
Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first
African American woman in space,
will be the speaker for the
Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce's 22nd Annual Martin
Luther King Jr. Breakfast. It will be
held on January 9, 2009 from the
7:00 9:30 a.m. at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center. For
tickets or more info call 366-6600.
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the different magnet programs
Duval County School Board has to
offer? You need to be at the annual
Magnet Mania on January 10th,
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dren, family and friends of area stu-
dents to learn more information
about the magnet programs, special
academic programs and charter
Martin Luther King
Jr. Day of Service
Hands On Jacksonville is working
together with several organizations
to host an important day of service
on January 17th in honor of
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day called
the Global Peace Tiles Project.
Volunteers are needed for set-up
and break down of project area, to
assist children in creating Peace
Tiles artwork and to engage com-
munity members and parents in the
day of celebration in the 32208 zip
code. For more information, call
The Annual Old Timers Cook Out
and reunion will take place from 8
a.m. 8 p.m. on Monday, January
19th at Lonnie Miller Park. Bring
your own food and grills with
music by DJ Roach. This event is
sponsored by Ronald "Track" Elps
JCCI Training Series
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Legends to Highlight
Jax Blues Festival
On February 8th 2009,
Jacksonville will get a major case of
the BLUES! Playing the Veteran's
Memorial Coliseum at 6 p.m., will
be Mel Waiters, Jeff Floyd, Theodis
Ealey, Bobby "Blue" Bland,
Clarence Carter, Latimore, Marvin
Sease and Sir Charles Jones all
sharing the Veteran's Memorial
stage! Tickets can be purchased at
all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmas-
ter.com or charge by phone 904-
f Mali Vai Washington Needs Volunteers
Play Day-Saturday. Dec. 20th (8:00-11:30am)
Each Fall & Spring, our youth compete for medals during our semi-annu-
al PlayDays. We currently need volunteers to monitor courts, help with reg-
istration, serve as team leaders, and score keepers.
Holiday Angel Delivery- Monday. Dec. 22nd (8:30am- 11:30am)
Volunteers are needed to help sort gifts for our annual Holiday Angel
Program. Volunteers are also needed to distribute the gifts to our families'
homes. If you are interested in this or other volunteer opportunities, please
contact Ashley at Ashley@malwashington.com or (904) 359-KIDS (5437).
Trip to Presidential Inauguration
Join People of Color to the Martin Luther King Celebration and
Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC. Buses will leave Jan. 18, 2009
and return Jan 21, 2009 For more detail please call 904-768-2955.
Travel with Cong. Brown to DC
Congresswoman Corrine Brown is coordinating a bus trip to Washington,
D.C. for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration. The bus will depart from
the Gateway Mall on Sunday, January 18th at 9PM and return on
Wednesday, January 21st at 12-noon. Ticket price includes transportation,
Matthew Gilbert Sr. High School to
hold 11th Annual Grand Reunion
For 10 Years the Eastside Matthew W. Gilbert Jr.-Sr. High School's "Mighty
Panthers" have celebrated all graduating classes from 1952-70. This 11th
Annual Reunion will honor the "Class of 1959" for their 50th Year Reunion.
All alumni, teachers, attendees and guests are invited. Two fun-filled events
are planned for this successful annual event. Plan now to attend the Welcome
Reception from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, January 2nd.; the Banquet on
Saturday, January 3, 2009 will begin at 6 p.m. Both events will be held at the
Hyatt Regency River Walk Hotel. Deadline for purchasing tickets is
December 20th. To reserve your tickets, please call Lydia Jackson-Bell at
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^for a public hearing to consider its FY 2009/2010 Program of Projects in which federal capital funds are
being requested from the State of Florida, Department of Transportation. Funding is available on an
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ment on any and all projects listed below:
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displacements are expected to occur as a result of project implementation. This project will have no
substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to the elder-
ly or disabled. The FDOT contact person for District 2 is:
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are being requested from the State of Florida, Department of Transportation. Funding is available on ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $390,854
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Operating Assistance $ 252,586 for a public hearing to consider its FY 2008/2009 Modernization Project in which federal funds are being
Total Program of Projects: $ 252,586 requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an 80/20
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Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on January and all projects listed below.
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Jacksonville, FI 32204-2730 Urbanized Area. No business displacements are expected to occur as a result of project implementa-
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Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through
January 16, 2009 during normal business hours. Persons with disabilities who need accommoda- January 15, 2009 during normal business hours. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations
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7402. This notice will constitute the final notice and program of projects if no comments are received. This notice will constitute the final notice if no changes occur.
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hairdresser and brittle. By running the relaxer
told me that I to the ends of your hair, this allows
need to have a the sodium hydroxide build up to
perm put only on the ends of my be removed from the hair and allow
hair. Now this might be common the cuticles to remain open.
practice, but the statement seemed One to two minutes after the new
very odd to me seeing how she is growth is processed it is absolutely
always very careful not to put the safe to bring the relaxer to the ends
relaxer on my ends any other time. of the hair. This will take away
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on this one? dry and fly away. It will also give
Puzzled in Arlington the hair an appearance of being
Well I can see how you would healthy. The reason I say appear-
have some questions if you've ance of healthy hair is because if
never been told this before. Take a your hair is truly damaged it will
look at your hair, does it appear take a more than this technique to
frizzy or extremely dry on the ends repair. Also, I recommend getting
no matter how many moisturizers a conditioning treatment applied to
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might be the fix you need. new look.
Sometimes after you've been wear- DS Spa and Salon is located
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Obamas Give New
Meaning to Fitness First
Is that an ab peeking through
on the President Elect?
Many women recoil at the
thought of baring their arms in
sleeveless dresses or blouses, but
not Michelle Obama half of the
fabulously fit new first couple.
Both President-elect Barack
Obama and the future first lady
have exercise routines that would
put most people to shame.
Michelle Obama used to join a
friend for 4:30 a.m. workouts, and
Barack Obama usually starts his
day in the gym.
That's sure to continue when the
Obamas and their girls 10-year-
old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha -
move into the White House, which
has plenty of places for them to
"Most of my workouts have to
come before my day starts,"
Barack Obama, 47, told Men's
Health magazine in an interview
for its November issue. "There's
always a trade-off between sleep
and working out. Usually I get in
about 45 minutes, six days a week.
I'll lift one day, do cardio the next."
His preference, he said, would be
to work out for 90 minutes.
On the campaign trail, even dur-
ing the busiest periods, Obama
made it a priority to start the day
with a workout. That often meant a
small motorcade of Secret Service
agents and reporters following him
to a local gym.
A German newspaper took advan-
tage of this habit by stationing a
reporter at a gym Obama might use
during his European trip during the
summer. The reporter, posing as
just another person working out,
got her picture taken with Obama
and wrote a breathless story about
how fit and handsome he was.
The president-elect has said his
favorite fitness activity is basket-
ball, and the game became a kind
of campaign ritual. He got in the
habit of shooting hoops with
friends on the days of primary
elections, and that carried over to
such major events as his accept-
ance speech at the Democratic
National Convention and Election
"He's very good, he knows how to
play, he understands the game and
he's in terrific shape," said Illinois
State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias,
a friend who played professionally
in Greece and frequently joins
Obama on the court.
At the White House, the presi-
dent-elect can get his basketball fix
by shooting hoops on its outdoor
court, but he has joked about
replacing the bowling alley with an
indoor basketball court.
Obama calls himself skinny, but
he looks in top shape. A photo of
him bare-chested at the beach -
something he has called "embar-
rassing" made the rounds of
celebrity magazines last year.
Michelle Obama is equally devot-
ed to her fitness routine. She man-
ages a 90-minute workout three
times a week.
Her at 4:30 a.m., workouts
include cross-training, strength
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With a roster closed at sixteen mination of the year's events.
members, the Epicurean II Social The club was formed in 1978, by
Club is serious about their fun. For a small group of friends solely for
over 30 years, the tight knot group the purposes of socializing together.
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and even had pajama parties togeth- had one active member to pass
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