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Volume 86 Number 28 MIAMI, FLORIDA, MARCH 18-24, 2009 50 cents (55 cents in Broward)

Marlins Stadium: Deal or no deal?
But Spence- mously approved a resolu- and the county that paves
NAACP and Black Chamber agreement fizzles Jones was sat- tion that set in motion the the way for several mega-
By Sandra Charite isfied with the issuance of bonds not to projects worth around $3
By Sandra Charite setting aside 15 percent of construc- o m hreced0 0 m billion tion jobs for Blacks immediately ran outcome of her exceed $500 million and But the commissioner
into legal troubles and was scrapped demand for the also agreed to designate the But the commissioner
A flurry of activities over the past withidays.was scrappy Overtown com- neighborhood a "slum." also has been demand-
A flurry of activities over the past within days. potent of the As a condition for her sup- ing that the Marlins agree
few days intended to save a planned And City Commissioner Michelle po pent of the As a condition for her sup-ing thangthe Marin the stadium
$515 million stadium for the Florida Spence-Jones, who likely will hold the Global Agree- port of the Havana, Spence-Jones to changes in the stadium
Marlins pi-oduced only partial results decisive vote when the issue comes up met to bThe issue n- Little Havd demanded the city and lude agreement that would in-
and left the project still in doubt as of at CIty hall again, said Tuesday she ored. The issue had demanded the city and clude reserving at least
Tuesday would be in negotiations with Marlins surfaced at, a VICTOR CURRY the county formally commit BILL DIGGS 50 percent of stadium-
TuesdA "compact" signed by the Marlins officials ov negotiations with Marlins March 12 meet- NAACP President to spending that amount in Chamber President generated jobs for Miami-
A "compact" signed by the Marlins ,officials over the next 48 hours on her i ohe com- Overtown as set out in the Dade residents; a union
and officials of the NAACP and the ongoing concerns about benefits from ing he commissioners unani inter-local agreement between the city Please turn to STADIUM 6A
Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce the stadium. mission when commissioners unani- inter-localagreement between the city Please turn to STADIUM 6A

Photo exhibit gives boost to adoption campaign

Churches set to launch new initiative
By Michael Malone role in a faith-based initia-
Special to The Miami Times tive to promote adoption in
the Black family starting
A Children's Trust-sup- mid-April.
ported initiative to encour- Davenva Armstrong of
age the adoption of foster Armstrong Creative Con-
children is giving a boost to sultants is coordinating
efforts to find permanent that component of the proj-
homes for them. ect. She expects at least 10
The Miami Heart Gallery, churches will take part. A
a traveling exhibition of par- smaller, more mobile version
traits some life- of the gallery with DR. KARL S. WRIGHT
size of 70 foster photos of children President of Florida Memorial University
children has led to who have not beenP Fi
the adoption of eight adopted with be on South Florida's
of the kids, with an- display for three
other 22 in various weeks in eachSotyB a
stages of adoption. church.
Miami Dade "People are say-
County has about ing it's a great idea,
200 children in fos- that thev\e never set t
ter care available seen anNything like uit s -
for adoption, among JACQUI COLYER this." Armstrong ,.,majr
about 1,500 in the Director ofDCF said. "We're trying observe a
state. to increase aware- oa
The campaign to find them ness of the need for adoption
families will 'get a further of foster children, especially milestone
push with Bishop Victor T. in the urban churches." See Story 5A
Curry, pastor/founder of Curry told The Miami Times
New Birth Cathedral of Faith he too hopes the churches
in Opa-locka, will play a key Please turn to ADOPTION 6A .,.

Dewey Knight III looks at a poster of foster children in
need of a family during an ongoing exhibition,'Miami Heart
Gallery,'at the Stephen R Clark Government Center lobby,
I11 NW First St. -Mn, I~PhO0I'dE;ForesDR. ALBERT E. SMITH
~111 ~NW First St. --M. ,re o,,or Former president of FMU

Supreme Court gets second Black justice
TALLAHASSEE--Gov. Char- with Crist's high-profile push Crist. "Our seven Supreme ering Brevard and Seminole
lie Crist on Wednesday named for more diversity in Florida's Court justices make precedent- counties since 2000, includ-
Circuit Judge James Perry to judicial system, setting decisions on important ing a term as chief judge. He is
the Florida Supreme Court, an Besides Perry and Chief Jus- matters. I am confident Judge Florida's fourth Black justice. Editoris... ""
appointment cheered by civil, tice Peggy Quince, who also Perry will rule with restraint, His wife, Adrienne Perry, is a
gay and abortion rights groups is Black, the Supreme Court fairness and humility. He has Stetson University law profes- Opinions.......................,..
but criticized by from social has one other female, Justice shown, throughout his per- sor. Faith & Family ................:.....
conservatives who had lobbied Barbara Pariente, and one His- sonal and professional life, the The appointment enhances Church Directory............ 8:'1
for another nominee, panic, Justice Jorge Labarga. ability to balance justice with the Republican governor's stat- Health & Wellness...............:...
JAMES PERRY The announcement gave the "I have given much thought humanity." ure among African Americans Community Calender ................148
Named to Supreme Court seven-member high court a to appointing Judge Perry to Perry, 65 of Sanford, has should he seek re-election in
N-P lto courtesy of the th dicialCircuit second Black justice and keeps Florida's highest court," said served in the 18th Circuit coy- Please turn to ADOPTION 6A Obituaries..... ........15B

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No more broken promises
It bears repeating: The politicians who have promised to
bring development to Overtown down the decades have
not. kept faith with the neighborhood. They have some-
times promised the moon and the stars and a few odd planets
thrown in, when it has suited their agendas, but, in the end,
Overtown has remained the most neglected area of Miami-
Dade County even as it sits in the shadows of the mighty
skyscrapers that are sprouting up into the city sky.
The once thriving community, nationally acclaimed as a hot
spot for Blacks all across America, was home to successful
businesses, was a center of cultural activities and entertain-
ment and was the base of many a professional. The construc-
tion of Interstate 95 through the neighborhood dealt a heavy
blow to its ability to sustain itself and the coming of Metrorail
further eroded its viability.
The Overtown/Park West project came amidst hopes as high
as some of the skyscrapers across the way, with a promise of
revitalization once the Miami Arena and the tall housing com-
plexes were constructed. It did not happen. Those who made
money off the project were the speculators who bought out the
homeowners for ridiculous prices way below market value at a
time when the city was acquiring land to give to developers.
Through the years, efforts have been made to bring back
some of the glory of the past, especially through the restora-
tion of historic buildings, an obsession of Dr. Dorothy Jenkins
Fields and the Black Archives, History and Research Founda-
tion of South Florida. But those efforts have met with only
limited success, partly because of a lack of badly needed capi-
tal and partly because of the inability or unwillingness of the,
authorities, including the police, to make the neighborhood
safe and sound.
And now comes the Global Agreement, wrapping into one
neat package some $3 billion worth of mega projects for the
Miami city core. And, of course, Overtown is figuring promi-
nently not because the projects will be based in the neigh-
borhood and provide for jobs and housing and businesses but
because of, again, political expediency.
The Miami city commission, a key player in the effort to build
a baseball stadium for the Florida Marlins in Little Havana,
has voted to give the green light to bonding out up to $500
million for Overtown and also to formally designate the area a
slum so it can get special attention. It is no coincidence that
this initiative comes as the Marlins organization is pushing
for the votes it needs to pass the enabling legislation for the
But because of the history of betrayal, skeptics must be ex-
cused for not throwing a celebration party. Even with the com-
mission's approval of the Overtowti-resolutions on' Friday, it
will be more than a year before any visible signs begin to ap-
pear of development starting in Overtown. It is a long time to
wait and,time enough for yet another set of promises to be
allowed to fall by the wayside. Already city leaders are talking
about reducing the $500 million to under $200 million, with
the recession providing cover this time. It's a crying shame.

A jewel in our midst
In the larger scheme of things educational, Florida Memo-
rial University probably does not rank very high national-
ly. But this institution of higher education stands tall for
those who matters, the many thousands of men and women
who have passed through its classes and gone on to make a
better life for themselves, many of whom would no doubt have
not otherwise been able to attend college.
Florida Memorial traces its origins to the Florida Baptist In-
stitute which was started in 1879 in Live Oak and merged with
the Florida Baptist Academy which began in Jacksonville in
1892. The merger of those schools in Live Qak in 1918 pro-
duced the Florida Memorial College which relocated to St. Au-
gustine. After further name changes, the school finally came
to be known as Florida Memorial College and relocated to what
is now Miami Gardens in 1968. Another name change in 2004
resulted in Florida Memorial. University.
So, even though Florida Memorial has been in this area only
41 years, .the school has existed for more than a century and
a quarter. The Founders' Day Convocation scheduled for this
Thursday will mark the 130th anniversary of the school a
long time to be around.
Today, Florida Memorial,. sitting on a 44-acre site, educates'
and trains between 1,700 and 1,800 students in several de-
partments covering a wide range of subjects and disciplines. It
'is the only member in South Florida of the Historically Black
Universities and. Colleges network of institutions that have a
long tradition of making college education available to those
who can least afford it.
A salute is merited for this jewel in our midst and the men
and women who, despite the odds, strive from day to day to
make it possible. They are among our unsung heroes.

End the Medicare scams

R reports of continuing Medicare fraud in Miami-Dade
County point to a criminal, shameful and scandalous
state of affairs that, for some inexplicable reason, the
authorities have seemed helpless to curtail.
The latest shock came when it was discovered that 18 medi-
cal equipment suppliers were closed after they were found to
be scams but were reinstated and then turned around and
tried to bilk the program of millions of dollars.
According to a USA TODAY report in 2008, the county's
Medicare bill was expected to reach $1.3 billion, an increase of
1,300 percent in five years, while the number of Medicare re-
cipients rose by just 10.27 percent between 2004 and 2007.
Perhaps those on the outside do not have a full grasp of the
complexity of the problem and so cannot understand why it
seems so difficult to put a lid on the fraud. But it surely does
appear that there are those who have enough grasp to be able
to run scams that can fetch millions of dollars.
It is time for the authorities to make a better effort to bring
en end to the fraud that is costing taxpayers so much mon-

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Rescue the City of Miami Fire Department

Dear Editor, A. Rehired as consul-

Community members and
City of Miami Employees are ex-
cited about the opportunity of a
change in leadership within the
Fire Department considering
the history., of problems the De-
partment has been faced with
during the tenure of the current
Fire Chief.
In fact, one of the main con-'
tenders that are in line to re-
place the current Chief when he
retires is an: African American
who is highly qualified and able
to effectively take over RIGHT
So what is the problem?
Well the Fire Chief doesn't want
to leave. He has decided that he
wants to stay longer although
the rules governing retirement
(DROP program) requires all
employees to leave at the end
of the designated term that is
predetermined by the employee.
What's strange is folks at City
Hall are actually considering his
/ludicrous request. Why?? All
other employees are prohibited
from absolutely not allowed to
stay longer, so 'why should he.
If there is validity to the Re-
tirement 'DROP program, please
explain the following:
1. Why are several of De-
partment Directors either:

I B. Extending their DROP
periods beyond the final exten-
C. Violatingthe established
rules of the DROP program?
2. How are other employ-
ees able to advance, if current'
heads of department do not fol-
low the rules of the DROP and
leave the City's payroll?
3. Specifically, Fire Wil-
liam Bryson, attempt to be re-
employed after his final DROP
period has expired during
March 2009? Will Mr. Bryson
continue-on as Chief?
Why would the City of Miami,
ignore an Historic opportunity
to occur, by not allowing pro-
gressive and CORRECT succes-
sion of appointing it's first Afri-
can American Fire Chief?
What are the compelling con-
tributions that Chief Bryson
has made to the City of Miami's
Fire Department that encourag-,
es the folks at City Hall to allow
him to continue on in the same
To point out a few not so flat-
tering acts during his role as
Fire Chief:
1.' One questions 'how
Chief Bryson can skip over pref-
erence veterans to hire hire his
own son instead. Is this not a

violation of the State of Florida
Anti-Nepotism Law, with the
hiring-of and ultimately super-
vising his son, William Bryson,
Jr. during his tenure.
2. It is alleged that he has
allowed recruitment training
classes to proceed without the
inclusions of ELIGIBLE African
American and Women candi-
dates; ignoring adverse impact
3. He supports the inclu-
sion of higher level certifica-
tions for entry level positions
which has had tremendous ad-
verse impact on African Ameri-
cans and women and he does
not even hold the certifications
that he insist that entry level
applicants have.
4. It is further alleged that
he violated the State and Fed-
eral law of the inclusion and
hiring of' preference eligible
veterans by skipping over their
names when assembling recruit
training classes.
5. -Exactly, what valid and
updated training and certifica-
tions does Chief Bryson hold to
fairly operate as head of a vital
'department such as Fire-Res-
6. Why is it that one of the
recent fire fighter recruit class-
es had Zero African Americans
and Zero females in a class of

26 fire recruits.
According to the firefighters
these issues and concerns are
probably a miniscule model of
the laundry list of issues that
are occurring within the City's
Fire Department, that most
people are not aware. It is
unfortunate, that one person
could and shall dominate the
subordinates to proceed with
practices that are not consis-
tent with promoting diversity,
fairness and a healthy work
environment for the firefight-
ers that are hired to save and
assists the needs of the City's
residents. These practices con-
tinue to force our well trained
and valued firefighters to other
municipalities taking with them
our paid trainings/certifica-
tions, paid taxed benefits and
pensions, when they can not
break the glass ceiling at the
City of Miami.
This is the year of "Change"
,and "Hope". Now is the time to
eliminate the games and ways
to continue to monopolize the
City's Fire-Rescue department,
but rescue it and implement
new ideas, practices and impor-
tantly qualified and respected
personnel to restore dignity to
the department.

Note to Rush Limbaugh: Abandon the burn-the-town mentality

Dear Editor,

Not since the Nazi fascists who
invaded portions of Europe in
World War 2 and were on the run
from the West America, England
and the Allies has there been a
thought of "if my influence, wealth
and power are challenged or over-
run, I'll make sure' there is noth-
ing left to build on. I'll burn down
the town, blow up the bridges and
destroy the infrastructure."
Rush Limbaugh's outspoken
rhetoric challenging change gives
the flavor that he will do anything
to wreck current plans designed
to restore out economy. He is ad-

amant about maintaining the for-
mer status quo which got us into
the mess we are now in. He needs
to know that capitalism will work
in a moral society, not in a society
where lying, stealing and cheating
are the order of the day.
A person who accepts a $100
million contract over a few years
working three hours a day five,
days a week and the money is
paid for by stockholders who see
the value of their stocks go down
daily and have no say in negoti-
ating the contract is self-cen-
tered, a financial glutton, greedy
and morally wrong. This is the
kind of behavior and mentality

that has the world suffering eco-
nomic famine.
A person or government that
cannot accept change displays a
sign of immaturity, mental and
emotional deficiency.
Rush Limbaugh has a pub-
lic forum radio and the Inter-
net and, lately, television. He
has the ear of the Republican
party and most of the American
people because they are discon-
tent and looking for change that
they hope will come overnight.
The American' people know the
problem causing discontent is
the economy. Solutions are what
the American people need, not

overstating what the problem is,
as Rush Limbaugh announces
throughout his talk show every
His rhetoric causes some peo-
ple to become paranoid about
America's future and, for others,
his comments take away hope.
His speech has become a dan-
gerous weapon against change.
It is time for him to change that
kind of behavior. For everything
under the sun there is a season
and a time; this includes Rush

Concerned Citizen

Marlins have given help to the Overtown Youth Center

Dear Editor,

Over the last there' years,
the Florida Marlins baseball
organization has provided the
youth of the Overtown Youth
Center with a variety of op-
portunities to experience pro-
' fessional baseball, hands-on
athletics training and skills
development and educational

and life skills-oriented presen-
We have also been the recip-
ients of sports equipment for
Tee ball and a baseball team to
participate in league play.
Donte Willis provided OYC
with a hands-on experience in
skills development and words
of encouragement in meeting
life challenges.

We have received more than
300 tickets to Marlins games
through the League Commis-
sioners Minority Initiative.
Students at OYC have had
dugout experiences with Flori-
da Marlins players.
For the last two years, we
participated in the national
kids skills development and
workshop series bringing

awareness of health, fitness,
nutrition and the dangers of
steroid use and abuse.
Most recently, we received
100 tickets for the Harlem Glo-
betrotters experience at the
AmericanAirlines Arena.

Executive Director
The Overtown Youth Center


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What to tell teen daughters

about domestic abuse

When I read the police ac-
count of Chris Brown's al-
leged attack on -Rihanna, I
thought about what I'd say to
my 15-year-old daughter about
this guy.
Brown, 19, a soul singer, is
a heartthrob for thousands of,
girls who swoon every time he
takes to the stage or his re-
cords are played on the radio.
When he was 16, The New York
Times called him '"a fast ris-
ing R&B star," and, in fact, his
career has soared since then.
But last week, it nose-dived
when Los Angeles prosecutors-
charged him with "assault like-
ly to cause bodily injury and
making criminal threats."
Robyn Rihanna Fenty, 21,
whose stage name is Rihan-
na, is an. R&B star in her own
right. The native of Barbados

been said in our house before.
Still, it's worth repeating. No
man should ever physically
abuse a, woman. Any man who
strikes a woman once will al-
most certainly hit her again, if
she doesn't end that relation-
ship as quickly as possible.
What I think my daughter, and
millions of other young women,
don't know are the hard facts
about domestic abuse in this
country. She doesn't know that
one of every four women will be
the victim of domestic abuse;
or that women ages 20-24 are
at the greatest risk of being
beaten by a boyfriend or hus-
band. Domestic abuse is one
of this nation's most underre-
ported crimes, and I suspect
it's because women are torn
between a man's promise that
he'll never do it again and

had been dating Brown for
about 18 months when, police
said, the attack occurred. It al-
legedly started when she ques-
tioned him about his relation-
ship with another woman. He
reportedly became enraged and
began punching her as he was
driving in Hollywood. The blows
caused Rihanna's "mouth to fill
with blood and blood to splat-
ter all over her clothing and the
interior of the vehicle," police
officers said in a court docu-
"I'm going to beat the s--
out of you when we get home,"
Brown allegedly told Rihanna
during his violent rant. They
never made it home, but a pic-
ture alleged to be of her badly
beaten and swollen face testi-
fies to the brutality of the at-
Like a lot of young girls, my
daughter has followed Brown's
career wi th a puppy-love fasci-
nation for the star who, until
now, was seen as a clean-cut,
good guy in a. music business
that has more than its share of
bad boys.
Some of what I want to tell
my daughter I think she al-
ready knows, because' it has

a haunting fear that he will, if
they report the attack.
"If you want to know the end,
look at the beginning," best-
selling author lyanla Vanzant
told me about abusive relation-
ships. "I lived for nine years in
an abusive marriage, and the
first slap came two years into
the marriage; and the second
one came three years into the
marriage; and by the time I
was being beaten every other
day I had been married five
years and there was always
the promise that it would never
happen again. He had a second
chance 842 times," she said of
her abuser.
For most men who abuse
women, one second chance is
one too many. Brown, while
not admitting that he brutally
beat Rihanna, issued a state-
ment publicly apologizing for
"what transpired." He also said
he's seeking counseling. And
that's a good thing. He needs
to confront and defeat his
But my advice to Rihanna is
the same I'd give my daughter.
in a similar situation: Don't
walk away from that man -

... I for one believe that if you give people a thorough
understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that
produce it, they'll create their own program, and when the people
create a program, you get action . ."
Malcolm X

The county's transit priority must be commuters who depend on the system

For Miami-Dade County to
continue paying for our critical
transit services under a flawed
funding scheme is unrealistic
and just. plain wrong. When
voters approved a half-cent in-
crease in sales taxes in 2002
to fund improvements to the
county's transit system, the
current mayor, county manager
and Transit director were not
in office. It has become pain-
fully apparent to everyone that
all of the promises made at that
time by the People's Transpor-
tation Plan cannot now be deliv-
ered. Maybe they never could.
We have to live with that. It is
time now to try to clean up the
Responsible government lead-
ers must make hard decisions
that are aimed at providing
the most effective and efficient
service with the funds avail-
able. In Miami-Dade County,
that means taking responsibil-
ity for funding and operating a
transit system that receives 21
percent of its budget from user
fares and fees. No transit sys'-
tern in the United States is fully
funded by its riders. The Miami-
Dade transit system costs about
$400 million per year. About
$140 million of those funds is
provided by the People's Trans-
portation Plan.
Taking responsibility is what
the Miami-Dade Grand Jury

Printing money is a
A friend sent me an e-mail with
a link to the Fox News website that -
opened a video in which a popu-
lar news anchor raved about the
Treasury Department's role in de-
valuing the U.S. dollar. He thought
that the dollar has been weakened
domestically and globally because
the government has the habit of
printing too much money.
The angry anchor did not bother
to ask, or answer to any degree,
why the government prints money
the way it does, except to sug-
gest that the government, since
the Roosevelt administration, has
tried to do too much to help the
less-privileged. His obvious intent
was to simply do all he could at his
station in life to derail the process
of fiscal reformation promised by'
the Obama administration, a ref-
ormation that would finally facili-
tate proper health care, etc., for
all Americans.
Watching that video, it occurred,
to me that the U.S. government,
along with the banking industry,
finds itself in a sticky situation,
such that printing more money --

recommended to the Board of
County Commissioners when it
advocated unifying the transit
system under a single funding
plan. Numerous residents have
also called for the elimination of
the county's unworkable two-
tier transit funding system.
No matter what promises
were made in the past, Miami-
Dade County should not sac-
rifice the viability of the entire
transit system in order to avoid

now a need to reduce revenue
bus miles to 30.5 million, a de-
crease of 2.1 million. In recent
years, Miami-Dade Transit has
worked to reduce or modify ser-
vices in order to cut costs while
holding harmless the new ser-
vices provided by the People's
Transportation Plan funds. We
can no longer do it.
Members of the public who
depend upon our public buses,
trains and other transit ser-

No matter what promises were made in the past, Miami-Dade
County should not sacrifice the viability of the entire transit sys-
tem in order to avoid criticism.

criticism. In 2002, voters were
promised that the new tax funds
would be used for new services.
In our best effort to fulfill that
promise, the county has cho-
sen to cut services that were
begun before the tax while we
worked to implement new ser-
vices. That has not always been
a bad thing. For example, in
2002 there were 26 million rev-
enue bus miles traveled, while
in 2008 there were 32.6 million
miles traveled.
Unfortunately, the current
economic realities, along with
good business practices, require
that the transit system contin-
ue to be "right sized." There is

vices to get to work, school or
shopping must remain our top
priority. In addition, the need
to reduce traffic congestion, en-
hance transportation efficiency
and improve the quality of life
for all of our residents and visi-
tors is critical considerations.
Under the previous two-tier
funding scheme, we are forced
to cut highly productive bus
routes in favor of keeping much
less productive routes., In the
coming year, for example, six
productive routes were pro-
posed for elimination that would
have resulted in over 3,000 rid-
ers per day losing service. But
now, because the Transit de-

apartment can make changes on
old and new routes alike, some
routes serving the same areas
will travel less frequently or be
modified and the changes will
impact only about 150 riders
per day.
Efficiencies such as these
make it clear that rather than
betraying the public trust, the
majority of the members of the
Board of County Commission-
ers have chosen tough and
pragmatic leadership. Unfortu-
nately, true leadership some-
times requires that we tell our
residents bad news they may to
wish to hear.
I know that not a single mem-
ber of the County Commission
wanted to break any promises
made by past leaders to the vot-
ers of this community. Several
commissioners, in fact, voted to
keep the two-tier system intact
while they looked for other ways
to make the system work. But
the majority of commissioners
agreed that the time had come
to unify funding of the transit
system. It is time now to move
forward so we may address the
other significant challenges
that lie ahead for our transit
Barbara Jordan is Miami-Dade
County District 1 commissioner
and chairwoman of the com-
mission's Transit, Infrastructure
and Roads committee.

false alternative to equitable distribution of wealth

as much as it would prefer other-
wise -- must be done as the lesser
of two evils.
Either money is made readily
available for the people or an in-
formed.people will begin to hedge
on their commitment to the capi-
talist system in its present form.
I do not pretend to know eco-
nomics thoroughly enough to be
definitive in what I am suggest-
ing here. But, taking a sweeping
view of U.S. and global history, it
seems to me that during boom-
ing economic times, especially
after the so-called depression and
world wars, the "haves" should
have shown more concern for
the "have-nots" and there should
have been a more equitable distri-
bution of wealth.
OK, perhaps that distribution
did not have to happen under
the banner of communism but it
should have happened, neverthe-
less, the New Deal and the Great
Society notwithstanding.
Looking back, it becomes more
.clear just why there was such a
visceral reaction to communism

in the first place. Ideally, commu-
nism had the potential for creating
a demand among the people for
wealth re-distribution in the ex-
treme but dyed-in-the wool global
capitalists had zero intent of shar-
ing wealth under communism or
any other ism.
The "haves" the very ones
who cry wolf today over money
being printed in excess, over the
devalued dollar or over the stim-
ulus package should have been
more forward-thinking and antic-
ipate that more of the "have-nots"
would, one day demand a share
of the prosperity that's so often
flaunted by the so-called free en-
terprise system.
But, no. The greedy "haves"
have, up until this very hour, op-
erated as if their pillaging of glob-
al human and natural resources
would go on forever. When it
comes to compensation for goods,
labor and services, theirs has
been a criminal exchange, not a
fair exchange. Profits derived by
too many of these companies and
individuals have been much more

than, marginal; ....
they have been
bountiful in excess, and that with
the blessings of government.
So, today, at a time when com-
mon folk would like to just relax
a little bit and revel in the reality
of a non-White family finally occu-
pying the White House, U.S. and
global capitalists are much less
amused; they are downright ant-
sy. Therefore, paper money must
be printed in excess to at least
maintain the expectation among
the people that a desired standard
of living, if not wealth, is still at-
On the other hand, I venture to
say that the U.S. Treasury would
not have to print another single
dollar to meet the increased de-
mand of the people if those who
hold the wealth within the so-
called free enterprise system
would give back just half of what
has been taken from the people.
But, before the greedy ones give
up one dime, they would rather
the government continue to print
worthless money for the people.

Do you see HIV/AIDS as a crisis in our community?

Community activist, Liberty City

It is a major crisis. HIV/AIDS
affects the
growth in our
There seems
to be a lack of -.. "-'
that is being .
given about
the disease. :
People in this
community are not aware of how
bad the numbers are right now.
The situation is sadly not getting

Student, Liberty City

If people were
not afraid of
knowing their
status then ..-..
there would 4
be less people
infected with

There is too much pride but
when it is time lay down to have
sex then pride and fear do not
exist. There are a lot of people
'who are HIV positive but they
continue, to have unprotected
sex. That is so selfish.

Warehouse worker, Carol City

This is a ,
crisis to the
people that are '
infected with *'- "
the disease.
Those who do
not have the
disease just
need to use a
condom and
they won't have a problem.


Yes, I have heard reports that
half of the Black community
is infected. People really don't
know how bad the disease is
in our community and now the

young people .-,
are continuing .
with the -.
problem. I
believe that '-
there are

resources in
our community
to help
individuals know about their
status. The system has given up
on the Black community.

Truck Driver, North Miami

Yes, I do.
People are not '\
informed, lazy
and unaware
of the
consequences .
of unprotected
sex. Last I
heard, the
have increased from five years
ago, especially for Black people,
where the numbers have tripled.

People are just going around
sleepifig with people who they
don't even know. If we continue
with this trend, then we will not
have a Black community.

Student, North Miami

You have a
lot of young
girls who
do not use
They don't
k n o w
about the
f e m a 1 e
condom and
the consequences of having
unprotected sex. It's sad
because I don't think that the
information about HIV/AIDS
is geared to the young people
because they are in their own
little world. When you have
13-year-olds testing positive for
HIV, that's when you know you
have a problem.

Prosecutors and a lot of others who were robbed would like
to know who helped Bernie Madoff carry out his scheme and
how did such an elaborate operation go undetected for so long
by such sophisticated affluent victims. So where is whatever
is left of the $65 billion Madoff sale? Prosecutors should insist
that they "show us the money." Many people feel that the
uncovering of Bernie's scam might lead to an embarrassing
expose of the Wall Street culture. Stay tuned.

People are still snickering about that comment by Sen.
Larcenia Bullard when the Legislature was discussing
making the act of having sex with animals a felony. During
the discussion on bestiality, Bullard apparently did not
understand the term husbandry. "So that maybe was the
reason the lady was so upset about that monkey?" Bullard
asked, referring to a Connecticut case where a woman's
suburban chimpanzee went mad and was shot.

Things are getting a little testy in the Legislature. Just listen
to what Sen..Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale told his colleague
Sen. Ronda Storms of Valrico: "You can jump through all
kinds of intellectual hoops to justify what was done earlier
but don't piss on me and tell me it's raining. I know what you
were doing and I called you on it."

It is no secret that Florida is miserably lacking Blacks in the
judiciary. The state Supreme Court said 68 new judges are
needed to handle a growing caseload due largely to increases
in crime and foreclosures resulting from hard economic times.
In their annual report to the Legislature, the justices asked
for 29 more circuit and 39 more county judges.

or most men who abuse women, one second chance is one too
many. Brown, while not admitting that he brutally beat Rihanna,
issued a statement publicly apologizing for "what transpired."
He aJso said he's seeking counseling. And that's a good thing. 'He needs
to confront and defeat his demons.




A"' Ousted Cuban officials concede

IUWE1 errors and pledge party loyalty

From left, County Commissioners Sally A. Heyman, Audrey Edmonson, Barbara Jordan and
Moss were in delegation to Washington, D.C.

Commission Chairman Dennis
-Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County/Giselle Marino

Moss says allocations in stimulus 'encouraging'

Special to The Miami Times

County Commission Chair-
man Dennis C. Moss has de-
scribed as "encouraging". the
allocations from the Obama ad-
ministration's stimulus pack-
age that will be coming to Flor-
Money coming to the state
under the American Economic
Recovery and Reinvestment Act
will include $12.37 billion in
direct assistance, according to
a statement from moss' office.

Substantial help will also in-
clude $4.225 billion for Flori-
da's Medicaid program, $8.144
billion for all other state pro-
grams, $1.346 billion for the
highway fund and /$2.695 bil-
lion for the state stabilization
Several other areas will re-
ceive amounts totaling hun-
dreds of millions of dollars,
including education, food and
The amounts that will c6me
to Miami-Dade were not indi-

cated in the statement.
"The numbers provided are
encouraging and the list pro-
vides the county with a better
idea of the funding levels and
programs that are to be fund-
ed through the stimulus, thus
helping county departments
in their ongoing preparation
for applying for, 'securing, and
spending such funds in the
most efficient manner possible,"
Moss said in the statement.
Moss led a delegation to the
nation's capital Feb. 24-26 for

the annual Miami-Dade DC
The county leaders met sev-
eral federal officials, including
the two Florida, senators and
area members of congress, for
talks on transit issues, trade,
environmental protection, the
seaport, port dredging and
beach renourishment..
"The DC Fly-In was extremely
successful and absolutely nec-
essary as we look forward to
working together with the new
administration," Moss said.

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By Jose De Cordoba

Two top Cuban officials oust-
ed this week confessed the er-
ror of their ways, resigned from
their government positions
and pledged continued loyalty
to the regime, completing an
abrupt fall from power that
seemed a throwback. to Soviet-
style purges.
The nearly identical letters
to President Raul Castro from
former foreign minister Felipe
Perez Roque and former vice
president Carlos Lage were re-
leased Thursday.
Both men concluded their
letters with pledges of loyalty
to President Castro, his older
brother, retired dictator Fidel
Castro, and the Communist
.Party. Neither man gave specif-
ics about his mistakes or shed
any light on who orchestrated
the dismissals.
"I recognize the errors com-
mitted and take responsibil-
ity," wrote Mr. Lage, a 57-year-
old pediatrician who, as Cuba's
economic czar, was credited
with implementing changes
that helped the country sur-
vive the collapse of its Soviet
benefactor almost two decades
In his letter, Mr. Lage resigned
from his posts as a member of
the Communist Party's central
committee, a deputy in Cuba's
congress and a vice minister
of Cuba's council of state. On
Monday, Rail Castro dismissed
Mr. Lage from his post as secre-
tary of the council of ministers.
"I fully recognize that I com-
mitted errors," wrote Mr. Perez
Roque, 43, who had been Fidel
Castro's private secretary be-
fore becoming foreign minister
nearly a decade ago. Mr. Perez
Roque also resigned his posi-
tions as a deputy in congress, a
member of the Council of State,
and member of the Communist
Party's central committee.
Analysts scrambled to un-
derstand the events in Havana.

For some, the removal of the
two men, which came amid a
broad cabinet reshuffle, sig-
nals that 77-year-old Raul
Castro is putting his stamp on
the government he has formal-
ly headed for the past year.
Others saw the continuing
influence of Fidel Castro -- and
a throwback to Soviet-style
purges. In a statement posted
on a government Web site a
day after the dismissals, the
82-year-old retired dictator
wrote that "the honey of power"
had awakened unseemly ambi-
tions in the two officials.
He made a barely veiled ac-
cusation of treason against
both, saying that "external
enemies" had developed "illu-
sions" about the two. Mr. Cas-
tro seemed to imply that the
two men fed hopes by the U.S.
antd other foreign countries
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lyst at the University of Miami,
says the events show Raul Cas-
tro's ascendancy. "You serve at
the pleasure of the king," Mr.
Suchlicki said. "And when he
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Florida Memorial marking 130th anniversary

President aims for a 'great' school

By Sandra J. Charite

One of Dr. Karl S. Wright
goals, when he was appointed
the 111 president of Florida Me-
morial University in July 2006
was to take the university from
"good" to "great".
"The first thing I did was to as-
sess where we were and where
we needed to go," said Wright.
"We launched a very compre-
hensive review of our existing
long-range strategic plan and
developed new and expanded
plans to move the institution
Within three years, Wright
was able to advance the infor-
mation management system,
boost enrollment, expand the
Study Abroad program, estab-
lish the J.C. Sams/Ocean Bank
Student Center and introduce a
master's- in Business Adminis-
tration program.
Wright, .56, earned bach-
elor's and master's degrees in
Economics from the University
of Maryland, College Park, and
a doctorate from Mississippi
State University, specializing in
,economic modeling and statis-
tical forecasting.
He spent seven as the dean of
the School of Business at South

Carolina State University in Or-
angeburg, S.C., enhancing the
profile of the business school
in the corporate community
and laying the foundation for
national accreditation. Before
that, Wright was an assistant
professor at North Carolina A &
T State University.
Known for his advocacy in
education, the Jamaica native
served as Florida Memorial's
executive vice president and
provost before prior to taking
office as president!
But, today, like most univer-
sities, the only historical Black
university in South Florida is
taking a hit financially as the
country faces an economic
downward spiral.
"Our budget is heavily depen-
dent on student enrollment. Al-
though our enrollment slipped
in the last couple of years, we
are now beginning to see an in-
crease," Wright said.
Dr. Albert E. Smith, whom
Wright succeeded as. president,
said the school's mission is to
provide higher education for
young people.
"The challenge is helping our
young people pay for their edu-
cation," said Smith, who lives
with his wife Sadie in Pembroke

Smith, 76, who served as
FMU president for 13 years,
said the need for Black univer-
sities and colleges will increase
for years to come. Aware of the
difficulties that many young
people face getting a college
education, Smith said FMU

Award recipient

should help students obtain
the funds needed to pursue an
education. '
That is just what Wright has
been doing.
"In order to maintain a bal-
anced budget, we froze posi-
tions and non-essential expen-
ditures. To assist our students
we provided additional financial

assistance through grants and
private scholarship donations,"
he said.
Although Wright has been
president for less than five
years, Smith believes his suc-
cessor is doing a good job keep-
ing the university afloat, even

Award recipient

through the tough economic
times in our country.
"I think that he is a fine presi-
dent with a multi-purpose task
and doing a good job. He should
be commended for his efforts in
pushing FMU to the right direc-
tion," said Smith.
Smith believes that education
goes beyond the classroom. The

university should search for the
best faculty and staff to teach
and mentor the next generation
of leaders.
"Finding the best faculty and
staff is important so that the
young people can have role
models to give them learning
experiences," Smith said.
The state of young Black
males in the community con-
cerns both Wright and Smith.
Wright is gearing the private
Baptist-affiliated university
to offer more opportunities in
hopes of more successes.
"The university is positioned
to become the university of
choice due to its affordability
and exceptional academic pro-
grams," said Wright. ,
He cited as an example FMU
student Barrington Irving, who
became the first Black and
the youngest person to fly solo

around the world.
"We are particularly con-
cerned with the plight of young
Black and Hispanic males and
plan to develop an academy to
increase their chances for suc-
cess," Wright said.
It is a mission for the times for
an institution of higher learning
that started as Florida Baptist
Institute in Live Oak in 1879
and subsequently moved to St.
Augustine. It will celebrate its
130t anniversary this Thurs-
day during its annual Found-
ers' Day Convocation. FMU re-
located to what is now Miami
Gardens in 1968 to a 44-acre
Today, the university enrolls
between 1,700 and 1,800 stu-
dents who take classes in nine
departments with a wide range
of subjects and disciplines, as
well as four master's programs.
As part of the celebration, the
school will honor four staunch
The Humanitarian Award will
go to the late Rev. Dr. A.B. Cole-
man, a former chairman of the
FMU Board of Trustees. County
Commissioner Barbara J. Jor-
dan will get the Sarah A. Block-
er Meritorious Service Award
and Garth C. Reeves,, pub-
lisher-emeritus of The Miami
Times, will receive the Nathan
W. Collier Meritorious Service

Thousands line up at job fair in "

hopes of finding employment

Grim economy creates 'crazy' rush of job-seekers

By Sandra J. Charite -

Many people are losing their
jobs in today's severe economic
crisis. But not Shauntel Little.
The full-time Miami Dade Col-
lege student has a full-time job
but she is also job-hunting for
part-time work, as.well.
And Little, 21, is so confident
she would find a part-time job
that she joined a crowd of thou-
sands who showed up over two
days at a job far hosted by the
MDC North Campus. *
On the other side of the em-
ployment equation, Jonas Ad-
derley, 69, has been out of work
since last September. Adderley,
who worked in construction,
has been looking for a new job
but has come up-empty-hand-
ed, attending interviews but
getting no call backs. Like Lit-
tle, his search also took him to
the college job fair on March 3-4
titled "Take Care of Your Future
A total of 3,000 people, includ-
ing 500 college students, stood
in line over the two days to meet
nearly 48 recruiters. The lines
began forming at noon for the 5
p.m. start the first day and at
6 a.m. for the 9 a.m. start the
second day.
"Through these economic
times, people are desperately

searching for employment,"
said Fredric Toney, director of
Career Services at the campus,
who was wasn't surprised at the
long lines outside of the job fair.
"This is crazy."
It is likely linked to the grim
jobs picture. The Florida Agency
for Workforce Innovation reports
that the Miami-Dade County
unemployment rate stood at 6.8
percent as of January; up by 2.1
percent from a year ago.
But the agency added that the
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall ar-
eas ranked first among all metro
areas in the state in the number
of new jobs in the education and
health services sectors, gaining
more than 3,300 jobs.
Meanwhile, the agency .an-

Federal government agencies,
local government and private
companies were among entities
represented at the North Cam-
pus job fair.
Private companies included
Abilities of Florida, American
Express, Carnival Cruise Lines,
Cool Kids Learn, DNC Travel
Hospitality, JCR Rehabilitation,
Kaplan Test Prep, McRoberts
Security, Miami Children's Hos-
pital, Maxim Healthcare Servic-
es, Monumental Life Insurance,
PBS&J, Primerica Financial, Se-
lect Staffing,. Terremark World-
wide, Wachovia Bank and Walt
Disney World.
Federal agencies represented
included the U.S. Air Force, the
U.S. Army ROTC, the U.S. Bor-
der Patrol, U.S. Customs and
Border Protection, U.S. Proba-
tion, the U.S. Secret Service, the

A total of 3,000 people, including 500 college stu-
dents, stood in line over the two days to meet nearly
48 recruiters.

nounced it is extending the
hours at its career centers
which are not open from 8 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Monday through
Thursday and from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Friday. The centers
provide help in filing unemploy- .
ment compensation claims, job
search; resumes and career de-

Internal Revenue Service and
the National Park Service.
Other governmental entities
represented included the Elev-
enth Judicial Circuit of Florida,
the Miami-Dade Aviation De-
partment, the Broward Sheriffs
Office, the city of Hialeah; and
the police departments of the
cities of Coral Gables, Davie,
Hollywood, Miami and North


Two teens arrested in Miami Gardens shooting

Miami Gardens: Police
arrested Kristopher Joseph and
Joseph K. Simmons, both 17,
were arrested in connection with
a drive-by shooting that resulted
in five people being hospitalized.
Police said the victims were
attacked while riding in a
minivan at the intersection of
Northwest 183rd Drive and 22nd
Avenue. Four of them have since
been released from hospital. The
fifth victim's condition was not
disclosed by police. Authorities
plan to charge each of the
teenage suspects as adults.
Each will face five counts each
of attempted murder.
*A burglar ransacked a house
in the 20500 block of Northwest
47th Avenue after breaking a
window and damaging a door.
The burglary happened between
9 p.m. March 1 and 1:45 p.m.
March 2. The thief took nothing;
damage was estimated at $370.
A burglar forced open a
window at a house in the 1200
block of Northwest 186th Street
between 7:15 and 10:30 a.m.

March 2., stealing a PlayStation
and an Xbox. The items were
valued at $1,000.
Police seized 32 grams of
marijuana individually packaged
in plastic baggies, along with a
digital scale and $1,469,- after'
pulling over a stolen truck in the
1700 block of Northwest 187th
Terrace at 9:45 p.m. March 2.
Officers started following the
2000 Chrysler 300 truck because
it had been reported stolen.
A thief drove off with a 1997
Nissan Altima in the 600 block of
Northwest 177th Street between
10:30 p.m. March 2 and 7:20
a.m. March 3.
Miami: Donte Stallworth, 28,
driving a Bentley, struck Mario
Reyes, 59, an overnight crane
operator who was trying to cross
the street to catch a bus home
around 7:17 a.m., police said.
The Cleveland Browns wide
receiver, struck the pedestrian
on the. MacArthur Causeway.
Stallworth 'cooperated with
authorities after the crash and

allowed his blood
for further tests.
been charged.

to be drawn
He has not

Coral Gables: An apparefit
murder/suicide left five dead
Sunday, when, according to
police, Guillermo Lopez, 49,
enraged by his estranged wife's
alleged affair with a younger
man, burst into a party in
her home and shot and killed
her. He also shot the woman's
daughter, grandmother, and
boyfriend. Officers responding
to numerous 911 calls about
shots being fired in the area of
2852 SW 38th Ct., a duplex-near
Coral Gables, were unable to
apprehend Lopez, before he set
his own home and-truck on fire
and then shot himself.
A story in the Feb. 5 issue on a fashion
launch by Mahaqni SL gave the incorrect
date of the show and the location of the
company.The show took place on Feb. 8 and
Mahaqni is based in the Design District.

Prospective employees walk through Miami Dade College's North Campus' annual Mega
Job Fair entitled Take Care of Your Future Today on March 4 talking with employers;

The City Year Miami and So-
cial Service Coordinators were
also represented.
Deedee Reese, who lost her job
two months ago from cutbacks,
arrived early enough to get to
speak to potential employers.
"I am getting information on
things that I was not aware of
from the beginning. You can't
expect to come in here and get
a job. You have to market your-
self. It is not easy," said' Reese,
35. She has considered going
back to school.
Courtney Wright has become
interested in jobs and com-
panies he would not normally
consider. Wright, 27, recently
graduated from the University

of South Florida with a master's
in Strategic Communication
Management and Integrative
Marketing. He waited in line for
hours to get into the job fair but
with little optimism.
"Right now, I am taking what-
ever job that I can get," he said.
- Aldwin Gomez, supervisor of
Social' Service Coordinators,
was surprised at the high turn
"It is so sad to see that so
many people are desperate for a
job when many people who are
currently 'employed do not ap-
preciate what they have," said
Maxim Healthcare Services
has hired a total of five nurses
as a result'of the job fair. Over

-Miami Times photo/ Sandra J. Charite
250 positions were available to
the general public in the two-
day event. Approximately, 175
people came through the job
fair in a 20-25 minutes incre-
ment to speak to the employers.
Additionally, still, MDC Career
Services is still calculating the
number of individuals who were
received callbacks from the var-
ious companies.
MDC has scheduled other
job fairs during the spring se-
mester: Kendall Campus, 11011
S.W. 104th St., March 24-25;
Hialeah Campus, 1776 W. 49th
St., April 8, and another at the
North Campus in May.
For more information on the
job fairs, log on to http://www.

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2010 or run for an open U.S.
Senate seat but it could further
erode his standing before the
GOP's rightwing.
Crist already has angered
some Republicans due to his
outspoken support for Presi-
dent Barack Obama's economic
stimulus plan. That included
joining the Democratic presi-
dent at a stimulus rally in Fort
"The governor's decision today
is both stunning and profound-
ly disappointing," said Florida
Family Policy Council president
John Stemberger. "He missed
a real opportunity not only to
appoint the most qualified can-
didate but also bring the court
back into ideological balance."
Stemberger's group sup-
ported one of the other three
nominees, 5th District Court
of Appeal Judge Alan Lawson.
Lawson was one of two White
men nominated. The fourth
nominee was a White woman.
Stemberger, who led a success-
ful campaign last year to pass a
state constitutional amendment
banning gay marriage, previ-
ously said Lawson was the only
nominee who would protect the
rights and values of social con-
Other groups lobbying for
Lawson included the National
Rifle Association, Florida Right
to Life and Florida Police Benev-
olent Association, Stemberger
The other two finalists were
Circuit Judge Debra Steinberg
Nelson of Sanford and Orlando
lawyer Dan Gerber.
The vacancy had to be filled
from the state's 5th appellate
district on the central east coast
that includes Orlando, Daytonia
Beach and Melbourne.
Adora Obi Nweze, Florida pres-
ident of the National Association

Gov. Charlie Crist announces he has selected Seminole Circuit Judge James Perry, on his right,
for the Florida Supreme Court. Seen in the photo with them are, from left, Perry's son Willis,
daughter Kamilah,wife Adrienne and son Jaimon. -Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor

for the Advancement of Colored
People, said Perry's appointment
was an important but not easy
decision. "It's a very bold move
on the governor's part. We un-
derstand that," Nweze said. "I
think it's a political statement."
The gay rights group Equality
Florida and Planned Parenthood,
which advocates abortion rights,
opposed Lawson and urged the
appointnient of Perry or Nelson
to increase the high court's di-
Crist denied any political mo-
tive, saying he didn't even know
Perry's party affiliation. Perry is
a registered Democrat but was
appointed to the trial bench by
a Republican, former Gov. Jeb.
At the time of the appointment,
Bush said: "James brings a high
level of professionalism, knowl-
edge and skill to the bench. I
am confident that his expertise,
strong commitment and dedica-
tion will continue to be an asset
to the 18th Judicial Circuit and
the state
Perry said judges should be
"We should do what's just and
what's right and what's fair un-

der the law," he said. "We aren't
conservatives; we aren't liber-
The appointment is Crist's
,fourth in less,.than a year -- an
unprecedented majority of the
high court in his first term. He
used his first two picks to ap-
point strong conservatives: Jus-
tice Charles .Canady, a former
appellate judge and Republican
congressman who help prosecute
Democratic President Bill. Clin-
ton at his Seniate impeachment'
trial, and Justice Ricky Polston,
also a former appellate judge.
The last two appointments --
Perry and Labarga -- likely will
keep the court on a more mod-
" erate course. Perry replaces Jus-
tice Charles Wells, who has re-
tired. Wells was a swing vote who
sometimes joined the conserva-
tives in close cases, often on
criminal justice issues. Quince
is a joint appointee in 1998 of
Bush, then governor-elect, and
outgoing Democratic Gov. Law-
ton Chiles just days before Chil-
es' death. Pariente and Justices
R. Fred Lewis are Chiles appoin-
Stemberger predicted Perry's
appointment would give the

Supreme Court a "5-2 left lean-
ing majority" for years to come.
Perry's tenure, though, will be
limited to five years because he'll
then hit the mandatory retire-
ment age of 70.
"I realize there were some peo-
ple against me; and hopefully I
will win them over," Perry said. "I
assume this office with no agen-
A North Carolina native, Judge
Perry has lived in Florida for
nearly four decades. He served
as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S.
Army from 1966 to 1969 and.
decided, on the night of Martin
Luther King Jr.'s assassination,
to seek equality and justice by
becoming a lawyer. He graduat-
ed from the Columbia University
School of Law in 1972.
He served as vice president
and general counsel for the
Seminole Employment and Eco-
nomic Development Corpora-
tion from 1974 to 1976, then
went into private practice for 21.
years, serving as a partner and
senior partner at Central Florida
law firms.
This story was compiled us-
ing material from the Associated
Press and staff reports.

Spence-Jones in last-minute talks with Marlins

continued from 1A

apprenticeship program; cre-
ation of a job-training center
prior to the start of construc-
tion; involvement of small busi-
nesses and contractors; creation
of a trust to build baseball fields
in parks; and support youth-
based programs.
According to Jonelle Adderley,
the commissioner wants finan-
cial penalties to be part of the
agreement in case the Marlins
organization defaults.
In a phone interview Tuesday
with The Miami Times, Spence-
Jones did not say whether she
would vote against the project if
those concerns were not met -
though she has said in the past
that she would withhold her
support if they were not.

'"Right now, thefocus for rme
is to make a deal for my com-
munity," she said.
The construction aspect was
addressed in a separate agree-
ment which the Marlins signed
.Friday with NAACP President
Bishop Victor Curry and Miami-
Dade Chamber President Wil-
liam "Bill" Diggs allotting 15
percent of construction jobs to
Blacks during the building of
,the stadium and during its op-
eration. .
But that agreement run afoul
of a court ruling against race-
based set-asides and while
there were reports of efforts be-
ing made to address that con-
cern, the agreement collapsed
late Tuesday after County At-
torney Roger Cuevas said it vio-
lated a court ban on race-based

Diggs' office told' The Miami'
.TTimes earlier Tuesday he would
have no comment on the report-
ed efforts to rework the compact.
But he later issued a statement
expressing disappointment "in
the county attorney's interpre-
tation of the law."
The stadium agreement came
up for a vote in the Miami city
commission on Feb. 13 when
commissioners deadlocked 2-2
in the absence of Spence-Jones,
who was on maternity leave. It
will surface again this Thursday
and, if approved, will go before
the Miami-Dade County Com-
,County commissioners have
been largely staying' out of the
issues raised by Spence-Jones,
both on Overtown and the sta-
dium itself though Mayor Car-
los Alvarez has come out force-

Fully or the agreement as it now
stands. .
With the collapse of the com-
pact signed by the Marlins, the
NAACP and the Miami-Dade
Chamber, attention is certain to
focus more sharply on the de-
mands being made by Spence-
Under the stadium agreement
coming before the city and the
county for final votes, the Mar-
lins will use $155 million of its
own money towards building
the stadium and also pay $90'
million for the parking facilities.
The county will provide $347
million through a variety of rev-
enue streams and the city will
provide $13 million, including
the Orange Bowl site.
Affirmative votes by both the
city and the county are required
before the project can proceed.

Liberty City school will be district's 'green' model

continued from 1A

EPA/Energy Star,. the Water-
keeper Alliance, city and school
officials and corporate spon-
According to the committee,
Miami Northwestern's entry,
demonstrated the best overall
mix of creative responses to the
question: "What does it mean
to be green?"
"It is clear that our students
understand the enormous en-
vironmental challenges we face
and we are very proud of Miami
Northwestern and all of our
contest finalists," Mayor .Diaz
said in a statement announc-
ing the winner. "We look for-
ward to working with CBS and
EcoMedia to help Miami North-
western High School become aC
benchmark for environmentally
friendly schools in Florida."-
Carvalho said the Green
Schools Initiative "offers us a
great opportunity to educate
and inspire our students to pro-
tect the environment through
energy efficient products and
"As a district, we are in-
spired by these schools' entries
and look forward to the green
makeover at Miami Northwest-
ern High School," the superin-
tendent said.
Paul Polizzotto, founder-

CEO of EcoMedia, described as,
"truly amazing" the ideas which
school children offered in their

", When you call on the imagi-
nations of children to help solve

our biggest problems, it is truly
amazing the creativity and pas-
sion that transpires," he said.

Faith-based campaign will push

to find homes for foster kids

continued from 1A

will play a key role, especially
in making people aware of the
need for adoption.
"I will work with them," he
said Friday.
The Heart Gallery, one of
15 in Florida and more than
100 around the country, has
likely sparked new life in the
adoption campaign, generat-
ing a flurry of interest when it
opened March 6 at the Stephen
P. Clark Government Center in
downtown Miami.
County Commissioner Bar-
bara Jordan welcomed the ex-
hibition which will be at Coun-
ty Hall until March 31 and
then move to the North Dade
Regional Library in Miami Gar-
dens April 6-May 15. County
Chairman Dennis Moss re-
cently re-appointed her to the
Children's Trust for a second
three-year term.
Jordan said about six of ev-
ery 10 children in foster care
are Black arid she congratulat-
ed the Trust for "reaching out
and seeking to tell the story of
these children."
"This program has truly
made a difference in the lives
of children in our county," Jor-
dan said.
Jacqui Colyer, new regional
director of the Florida Depart-
ment of Children and Families
(DCF), who formerly worked
with Our Kids, called the proj-
ect one of her favorites.
"Because of the partnership
between The Children's Trust
and Our Kids and how it's been
marketed, no other Heart Gal-
lery in the country has been as
successful as the Miami Heart
Gallery," Colyer said.
Our Kids is the lead agency
responsible for community-
based care responsible for as-
suming foster care and child
services from DCF.
Andre, 11, who was recent-
ly adopted, attended the ex-
hibition's opening reception
at County Hall with his new
mother, Michelle, an eight-year
Miami resident. Both asked
that only their first names be
Michelle said she first learned
of the initiative from a radio
announcement and attended
an information session or-
ganized by Our Kids to learn
about the adoption process.
There, is no charge involved
and the children retain ben-
efits from the state, including
a paid college education.
"He's my first and last child,
really a blessing," Michelle
said, putting her arm around

Andre and becoming tearful.
"We're cry babies, we cry all
the time together, that's what
we have in common."
Twanna Thomas, a social
worker, went to the exhibi-
tion to see if an adoptive fam-
ily had been found for Toni,
a 10-year-old depicted in the
Heart Gallery who was in her
care for six months while at
Kids Hope United.
"She's a sweet little girl. I so
hope she gets a good loving
family that will give her lots of
attention," Thomas said.
Al Diaz, one of the 24 pho-
tographers who donated their
time and talent for the Heart
Gallery project, also attended
the reception. Three years
ago, Diaz and his wife became
adoptive parents of two Polish
children aged 6 and 10.
"I'm happy my wife and I
did it but I didn't realize that
I had these options locally. I
was unaware of the adoption
benefits here in Florida," D.iaz
Meanwhile, a second Miami
Heart Gallery exhibition is be-
ing made ready. Three photo
shoots of a second group of
more than 70 children took
place in late February at Viz-
caya Gardens,, Amelia Earhart
Park and Fairchild Tropical
Gardens. Some 24 photogra-
phers and six students from
the Miami Ad School are in-
volved in the project.
The photographers include
four award-winning photo-
journalists Andre Chung,
Carl Juste, Pablo Monsivais
and Clarence Williams who
formed the IRIS Collective
.a decade ago to address the
manner in which people of
color are represented or'un-
der-represented in the media.
The second exhibition will
open June 12 at the Freedom
Tower in downtown Miami.
Modesto E. Abety, CEO/
president of The Children's
Trust, called the Miami Heart
Gallery initiative one of many
important programs the agen-
!"cy promotes, describing it as
of critical importance to the
"You can see it in the faces
of these children, that they
look forward to a nurturing,
loving home," Abety said, as
he stood besides six of the
Heart Gallery children. "We
look forward to the day when
we can
For more information on the
Miami Heart Gallery, call 305-
455-6000 or log on to www.
Michael Malone is a writer
with The Children's Trust.

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Optimist football team after honoring them with plaques for winning the Greater Miami Pop Warner
Championship. The players received the accolades at the Stephen R Clark Government Center in
downtown Miami. -Photo'courtesy of Miami-Dade County

Moss hails Goulds football team

for winning Pop Warner title

Rams emerge as an
Miami Times Staff Report
It was a touch down in the
county commission chambers
on the morning of Feb. 19 as
Commission Chairman Dennis
C. Moss welcomed JL Demps
Jr.,' president and commis-
sioner of the Greater Goulds
Optimist Club, coaches, sup-
porters and members of the
Greater Goulds Rams football
Moss presented them with
commendations for their re-
cent victory in the Pop Warner
National football champion-
ship at the Walt Disney Wide
World of Sports Complex in Or-
lando, Florida.

Optimist powerhouse
The chairman presented the
25 or so boys, ,aged 12-15 with
individual certificates of ap-
preciation for their victory.
Last December, the Goulds
Rams were named the national
runners-up after winning the
Miami Pop -Warner First An-
nual Shawn Taylor Classic
Championship against the Co-
conut Grove Night Riders.
The Rams went on to win two
regional games and the South-
east Florida State title, earning
them the right to compete with
64 other teams at Disney.
The Greater Goulds Optimist
Club, founded in June 1994, is
a member organization of Opti-
mist International. In addition

to the football team, the club
offers year-round programs
such as after-school tutoring
and homework assistance, a
summer computer camp, base-
ball, basketball and cheerlead-
During the meeting with
Moss, Demps and his team
presented him with a football
signed by each member as a
token of their appreciation.
"I am extremely proud of
these young men who did a
fine job as athletes in compet-
ing for the Pop Warner champi-
onship on behalf of the GGOC,
which is in the heart of my
district," Moss said. "I want to
congratulate each one of you
and I encourage you to keep
up the good work."











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Dr. Deborah Lynn Holmes in ger office at the Magic Johnson Healthcare Center in North Miami Beach.
-MiamiTimes Photo S.Charite



One doctor's battle against the killer disease

Deborah Lynn Holmes is on a

crusade to create awareness

By Sandra J. Charite

From being a physician assis-
tant in New York's infamous Rik-
er's Island and an Indian reser-
vation to caring for ill people in
the Miami area, Deborah Lynn
Holmes has come a long way. .
Not only did she obtain her
medical degree but she nar-
rowed her specialty focus to one
of the killers of Black men and
women: AIDS and the virus that
causes it.
At her 'office in the Magic
Johnson Healthcare Center in
North Miami Beach, Dr. Holmes
sees 50 patients a day, five days
a week, working as medical di-
rector and clinician at the facil-
ity run by the AIDS Healthcare
It is a field that has engaged
much of the attention of the
mother of two sons in their 20s
since she came to the Miami
area 15 years ago, driven by the
impact of AIDS on her extended
family and the staggering statis-
tics that tell the tragic tale.
"The number one killer in the
U.S. is heart disease but HIV is
massive within our community,"
she says. "What is going on in the
Black community and the U.S.,
especially in the urban areas,
is frightening. The statistics are
unbelievable. Fort Lauderdale is
ranked number three in the ur-
ban areas for infection rates. Mi-
ami is ranked number four and
Palm Beach ranked number 11,
according to the Florida Depart-
ment of Health," said Holmes.
The New York native has spe-
cialized in inner city medicine
and working with disenfran-
chised populations.. After leav-
ing her home state in 1992, she
went to Chinle, Arizona, where,
for a short period, she worked
on a Navajo reservation, which
like her stint at Riker's Island,
was part of her rotation required
to graduate as a physician as-
"Too many people of the peo-
ple at Riker's Island are people
of color," she says. "Sadly, there
were a lot of cases of [sexually
transmitted diseases] and HIV
in the prison system."
Riker's Island inmates get
healthcare but the Navajo are
"disenfranchised" and "there
were huge cases of diabetes,

poor -nutrition and unemploy-
Holmes arrived in the Miami
area in 1994 and began working
with the Economic Opportunity
Family Health Center for two
years, before going to the Ca-
digan Medical Group for ,a year
before returning to the health
center for another nine months.
She then went to Millennium
Medical Center for five months
and then joined the North Dade
Health Center in Opa-locka.
"Holmes continues as an HIV/
AIDS specialist at the Opa-locka
facility but she also spent five
years at Movers, a clinic that
specialized in HIV/AIDS cases

for Disease Control and Preven-
tion said that 1.2 million people
are HIV positive in the United
States, about 300.000 of whom
do not know they are infected.
That figure alarms'Holmes.
"It is imperative that peoIple
start getting tested and health-
care providers start offering HIV
test to everyone who's has been
sexually active," she says. "Many
people are not being diagnosed.
We want to diagnose them. If
people do not know that they are
positive then they cannot modify
their behavior."
Between 500,000 and 600,000
Black Americans are HIV posi-
tive, Holmes said.
Holmes, who said she lost fam-
ily. members to AIDS, believes
the number of infected people is
increasing, especially in the ur-
ban areas.

seek medical attention so that
their condition does not worsen.
"I am finding a lot of people
who are presenting themselves
late in care because they lack in-
surance or lost their jobs," said
Holmes. "In the United States,
anyone who is -HIV positive who
meets the financial criteria can
get federal funding to help man-
age their HIV illness."
She cites the Ryan White Pro-
gram, the largest provider of ser-
vices for people living with HIV/
AIDS in the United States.
With more than half of her
patients being predominantly
female, Holmes is concerned be-
cause many are suffering from
depression, diabetes and depres-
sion and have signs of recurrent
domestic violence.
The need for women who are
HIV positive to frequently visit

that closed last fall.
After that, the board-certi-
fied internist and HIV special-
ist worked for three years with
Wohlfeiler, Piperato & Assoc.,
where her work included HIV
Since last August, she has
been with the Magic Johnson
Healthcare Center in Biscayne
Park-North Miami.
Holmes, 50, earned a Bach-
elor of Arts at Queens College in
New York then entered the City
College Physician Assistant Pro-
gram. She completed her doctor-
ate in medicine at the University
of Medicine and Dentistry of New
She and her husband Paul
Spence, a technician with Dish
Network, and their sons Sean
and Steven live in North Miami
Beach. When she gets time, she
enjoys jazz, the theater and ex-
ploring the cultural scene.
While Holmes' primary prac-
tice is HIV medicine, she also
treats patients who suffer from
diabetes, hypertension and
But it is in the HIV/SAIDS
field that her efforts are largely
'A 2008 report by the Centers

Factors that contribute to HIV
in the Black community include
the high, disproportionate rate
of incarceration of Black men
and women, poverty, denial and
lack of access to healthcare, she
Even in the economic down-
turn, as jobs are being cut and
workers are losing health insur-
ance, Holmes wants those who
are HIV infected to continue to

their gynecologist is important
to their care, she says.
With the election of President
Barack Obama, Holmes hopes
his administration will create a
national health plan to help the
"It is really unfortunate that
50 million people are uninsured.
I think that there should equal
access to health care for all,"
says Holmes.

(1869- 1919)

Madame CJ. Walker

was a "rags-to-riches" success story she

was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen,

then widowed at twenty Forced to make

a living on her own, she started working

as a washerwoman in a laundry. But her

innovations in hairstyling and beauty care

formulas propelled her into a career in African

American beauty and fashion. She invented

hair softener and a straightening comb that

dekinked hair; then she set up beauty parlors

all across the nation. Almost overnight, she

became a millionaire all through her own


(1862 1931)

Ida B. Wells Barnett

began teaching at age 14. She lost a
teaching job years later by refusing
to give up her seat in a "whites only"
railroad car. Turning to journalism,
she became co-owner and editor of the
Memphis weekly, Free Speech, in 1891.
Her press and office were demolished
a year later when she printed names
of people who lynched three Memphis
African Americans. Fleeing to New
York City, she became involved in anti-
lynching. This bold and brave woman
used her communication skills to help
African Americans defend themselves
against "amusement" hangings.

Even in the economic downturn, as jobs are being cut and work-

'ers are losing health insurance, Holmes wants those who are

HIV infected to continue, to seek medical attention so that their

condition, does not worsen.



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These Carol City Middle School students were among winners in a 'Make My School A Great Place' project sponsored by the
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Police Department's Gang resistance Education and Training Program, -Photo courtesyof MDCPSpolice

Schools Police program helping

kids avoid gangs coming to a close

Officer shortage, lack of funds take toll on

GREAT initiative

Miami Times Staff Report

A federally funded program run by
the Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Police Department to keep children out
of gangs is ending its three-year run as
officers leave the department and funds
dry up. .
The program has been run by three
Schools police officers certified to teach
it. They go into classrooms to show stu-
dents how to resolve conflicts without
fighting, improve their communication
skills, resist peer pressure and become
better critical thinkers.
Students in elementary schools at-
tend for six weeks and those in middle
schools for 13 weeks each school year,
the aim being to turn them away from
Delinquency, violence and gangs.
The Gang Resistance Education and
Training (GREAT), funded through the
Bureau of Justice Assistance a part
of the U.S. Department of Justice's Of-
fice of Justice Programs, has catered
to more than 8,000 students in fourth
to seventh grade in schools around the
county, including hosting a summer
camp for middle school boys.
Acting Schools Police Chief Charles
Hurley described the program as suc-
cessful and said he was very with it.
Hurley confirmed the initiative would
be ending because of "personnel and

budgetary constraints." In terms of
staff, the chief said his department was
down from 220 officers to 171 in 18
months and he now, needed all of them
to be in schools.
S"The program requires the fulltime
commitment of several officers, he
GREAT, he said, helped "keep kids
away from contact with gangs and any
investment in kids now will pay divi-
dends in the future. We'll see the re-
wards in the years to come."
At the end of each GREAT program
cycle, the children get a chance to ex-
press their ideas about non-violence
and what it would take to make their
schools great.
The contest also includes essay writ-
ing, rap songs and creation of a model
of what they would like their schools to
look like, using cardboard, foam, con-
struction paper and other mixed me-
The essays and school models express
the students' desire for change in areas
such as class size and student ratio, ar-
chitectural structure, classroom color
and d6cor and cafeteria food.
The students also express their views
on facilities for extended learning dur-
ing and after school, such as a swim-
ming pool and tennis courts, as well as
a separate facility for after-school ac-

These Lake Stevens Middle School students were among winners in a'Make My School A Great Place' project
sponsored by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Police Department's Gang resistance Education and Training
Program. -Photo courtesy of MDCPS Police

tivities where they can learn about the
arts and culture, such as music, acting
and dance, to keep them off the street
and out of trouble.
No doubt influence by TV shows such

as Extreme Makeover Home Edition, stu-
dents came up with models of how their
schools should look in the "Making My
School A Great Place" project. The 13-
week training for middle schools re-

cently ended and the six-week session
for elementary schools will be held after
the FCAT tests.
Students from Carol City and Lake
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SOLDIERS WITHOUT SWORDS by Stanley Nelson Mifflin Wistar Gibbs: founded the first
Black newspaper in California.

The Black Press has a proud history of advancing the race

By Sylvia Mitchell
Miami Times Writer

Storytelling is one of Black Amer-
ica's rich cultural traditions that
grew out of a necessity born out of a
difficult social climate.
Sharing family stories, and the art
of storytelling itself, has helped to
perpetuate, preserve and celebrate
the history of the Black race and
is one of the major ingredients that
make us who we are.
The ability to read and write was a
coveted attribute in Frederick Doug-
lass' era and this week, March 18-
20, is Black Press Week, commemo-
rating the 182nd anniversary of the
founding of the Black Press. It will
recognize the personal sacrifices and
accomplishments of Black publish-
ers and journalists who have given

The Black Star News, whose co-founders are Milton Allama-
di and Bill and Camille Cosby, is an investigative newspaper
that has uncovered several scandals that has garnered the
newspaper coverage on CNN and in the Wall Street Journal.

voice to the voiceless.
The ease with which many are
accustomed to picking up Jet, Es-
sence, Ebony, 0 Magazine, Vibe or
Black Enterprise at the checkout
counter can cause one to forget that
the Black Church was once the only
mass medium available to our race
until 1827, when the first Black-
owned and operated newspaper,
Freedom's Journal, was founded in
New York City. Editors Samuel Cor-
nish and John Russwurm helped

to spawn other Black-owned news-
papers before the Freedom Journal
ceased publication in .1829.
Freedom of the press, or the right
to print or disseminate informa-
tion, which is protected by the First
Amendment to the Constitution,
helped newspapers in the 19h cen-
tury to be able to fight the battle
against slavery. Elijah Parish Love-
joy, a minister and editor of the St.
Louis Observer, in 1833 published
Please turn to BLACK PRESS 12B

Partnership gives boost to local economy

By Aiyana Baida
U/Miami News Service

The banking industry took the spot-
light at a recent faith-based gather-
ing where the focus was not so much
on what banks are doing wrong-in
their lending practices in the Black
community but on how they can bet-
ter work with churches to promote
business and home ownership in the
inner city.
"It's hell to live in the land of op-
portunity but not make enough to
make ends meet," said the Rev. John
F. White II, senior pastor of Mount
Hermon AME Church in Miami Gar-

dens, who gave the keynote address
at the annual meeting of the Collec-
tive Banking Group on March 6.
The group is part of a national ef-
fort to foster partnerships with banks
to assist churches and their mem-
bers in getting funding to start busi-
nesses that will generate jobs within
their communities. The organization,-
which has 70 local chapters, acts as
the bridge connecting local banks to
their churches and their members.
The Miami branch,was started in
"Our main initiative is to .bring our
money to the whole community," said
the Rev. Joaquin Willis.

Marriage and its benefits celebrated this Sunday

Special to The Miami Times

Washington, DC (
Wedded Bliss Foundation is -pre-
senting the seventh annual Black
Marriage Day celebration and is en-
couraging couples across the country
,to renew their wedding vows during
the day this Sunday, March 22.
The theme for the occasion is "Get-
ting Married is Good; Staying Mar-
ried is Better; A Healthy Marriage is
According to a foundation an-
nouncement, activists in more than

300 cities will highlight the benefits of
married life and offer celebrations to
strengthen and promote marriage in
the Black community. Organizations
will offer youth, singles and couples
workshops, receptions and an oppor-
tunity to get married at a Black Mar-
riage Day event.
"We're creating a cultural shift in
the Black community to reconsider
marriage and celebrate the joy that
exists in spite of the pain we often ex-
perience," said Nisa Muhammad, ex-
ecutive director of the Wedded Bliss

GREAT program teacher

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11B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 18-24, 2009


Barry Rand is AARP's first Black CEO
m. make it to heaven unless you did the right man to lead AARP at this organization forward with speech
Howard University Trustee Board Chairman that," he says. time. and deliberation to take part,
By Anita Manning then he has served on multiple Rand will soon move from Stam- That led Rand to volunteer with "These are times like none oth- she says. Rand, she says, "seems
boards. ford, Conn., back home to Wash- educational institutions and char- er, ahd you need somebody like ready to immerse himself in these

WASHINGTON A. Barry Rand Throughout his business career, ington. He's a third-generation ities. Since 2006 he has chaired him. ... somebody who's been critical societal issues."
has had a long, successful career Rand says, he focused on open- Washingtonian his grandfather the Board of Trustees at Howard there on both sides, who can ap-
as the man in the grey flannel suit. ing corporate doors to women and was a Methodist minister who University, where his father was preciate what needs to happen. A REAL
But when he looks in the mirror, minorities, always emphasizing founded Park Road Community educated and where he has estab- He doesn't look for trouble, but if HUMANITYABOUT HIM'
he sees "a son of the'60s." it comes down to him, he'll have AARP president Jennie Chi
the sees "a son of the '60s." He's t no not afraid to mnake tou rh H h....... h- ,-hir, the, C'(

"My life has always been about
service and social change," Rand
That's what AARP, the nation's
leading advocacy group for people
age 50 and older, was looking for
when it tapped Rand, a former Xe-
rox executive and civic leader, to
succeed William Novelli as CEO.
Rand, 64, whose appointment
as AARP's first African-American
CEO is being announced today,
says the civil rights struggles of
the 1960s formed the guiding
principles of his life.
"The '60s to me was a transfor-
mational time" of working for civil
rights for "women, people of col-
or, the poor and the aged. That's
'what I was born into and became
an activist in at the time."

Tall and distinguished, with
close-cropped salt-and-pepper
hair, Rand looks the part of the
successful businessman, wearing
a silk tie over a snow-white dress
shirt clasped at the wrist with
gold cuff-links that once belonged
to his father. He brings to his new
job a lifetime of experience navi-
gating the upper echelons of cor-
porate America, having started as
a sales representative for Xerox
and rising to become vice presi-
dent for worldwide operations. He
left Xerox after 31 years in 1999
to become CEO of Avis, then of
Equitant Ltd., until 2005. Since

Barry Rand, 64, who

grew up in segregated

Washington, is back

as an agent of change.

. .I . .. ... .
@ Mtia tar of hi

high achievement. "Your voice will
be muted if you're not success-
ful," he says. "You can't win un-
less you're successful. The com-
bination was always pushing for
achievement and social change."
It worked. Xerox became known
as having the most diverse work-
force among Fortune 500 com-
panies, he says, and was also
one of the most successful, twice
winning the Malcolm Baldridge
National Quality Award. "My ob-
jective was to prove that diversity
was our strong point," he says.
"That was our greatest asset."

4 . v .

Church and he grew up at a
time when the city was racially
segregated. Even after fair-hous-
ing laws were passed and his fam-
ily moved into a racially mixed
neighborhood, schools were still
"I lived literally 30 seconds from
a school, but I couldn't go to that
school," he says. "That helps you
develop, on a personal level, the
issue of are you included or are
you not."
-. Education mattered in his fam-
ily, as did service to others. "That
was the obligation. You wouldn't

AARP board chair Bonnie Cra-
mer says Rand's background "will
translate into a much fuller en-
gagement of our AARP members
as we work on the crucial issues
of today health care security
and financial security." "
Health care reform is "a major
priority of AARP, one we've been
engaged in for decades," she says.
"We want someone who can take
advantage of this perhaps unique
time, this momentum we have in
the country, who can move our

wished a scholarship in honor of
his mother, a school principal.
A fellow Howard trustee, former
U.S. Rep. Jack Kemp, said via e-
mail that Rand is "a gifted leader,
humanitarian and seasoned ex-
ecutive. He has a unique talent of
extracting the best from everyone,
bringing people together, getting
them involved."
Former Virginia Gov. Doug
Wilder, also on Howard's board,
has known Rand for years and
says his business acumen, his
network of friends and associates
and his personal values make him


Hansen, w11 clLi Lo c ar-e
search committee,, says Rand is
"someone who understands large
systems, but never forgets this is
about people." He brings "a real
humanity about him that people
can relate to."
Hansen notes that Rand cared
for his father at home for eight
years before his death in 2004,
and "recognized he was fortunate
to be able to care for his father in
a way that was dignified. ... When
you walk that path, you have an
empathy that will be transforma-
tive in itself."

Class Leaders Day at Metropolitan AME
On Sunday, March, 22 Metropolitan AME Church, 1778 N.W.
69 Street, where 'Ministry for God's People is Meaningful,' cel-
ebrates Class Leaders Day at 11 a.m.
Join us for your spiritual uplift and enjoy a delicious meal im-
mediately following the service. Rev. Ronnie E. Britton, Pastor.



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The Transfiguration
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'Church of Brownsville
2.799 \ W. 46th StTeet
305-634-6721 Fax: 305-635-8355
Order of Sernke'
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12 pIm.- p.m.
evening Worship' .7 pp.n

Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church
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740 N.W. 58h Street
Miami, FL
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tZion A.M.E. Chu p.m.
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue
Order of Services
Suno ay
Church school ...L........30 ao.m
Bile Study/Prayer Night 7: pm.
Prayer Meeting 7 p.m.
"There is a place for you"

/ Ebenezer United -

Methodist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street
Order of Services:
Sunday Mormng Services
A 7:45 a.m. t11:15 am.
Sunday Schhol 9:45 a.m.
Bible Study TEuesday

Cornerstone Bible \
Fellowship Church
2390 NW 87 Street
1 i Order of Services:
Sunday School .....9:30 a.m.
Sunday Worship,..., 11 a.m
[ Fimst Sunday Evening Worship
S6p.m .
Mid Week Servict ... 7 p.m

/Apostolic Revival Center\
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue
Order of Services
New time for TV. Pogranm
-,9 a.--.3 p.m. Sunday 5$pm
Wed -tDe wPelRay r9ami. 12 p.m.
o ng Service........... I t,,.I
Sun. Eve. Worship ........ 7:30 p.
FRL BilaSudy .. 730p.m.

First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
305-635-8053 Fax: 305-635-0026
Order of Services:
Stunday................7:30 & 11 a.m.
Sunday School............... 10a.m.
Tharsday,.........7 p.m. Bible Study,
Prayer Meeting, B T.U.
Baptism Thurs. before
First Sun..7 p.m.
Comtm niiot First Sun........
7:30 & It a.m.

New Harvest Missionary
Baptist Church
12145 N.W. 27th Avenue

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/- Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 NW. 3r Avenue
Church 305-573-3714
Fax 305-573-4060'Fax 305-255-854
Order of Services:
Sunday School ..... 9:45 a..
S im. Morning Servs....II a.m.
4' Sun...,BTU.... 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday..,BBibile Study
Feeding Ministry...... 10 a.m.
Wed. Bible Study/Prayer .6:30 p.m.
Thurs. Outreach Ministry. 6:30 p.m

/Logos Baptist Church
16305 NW 48th Ave.

Order of Services
Iiu i, Wotshil at 8 &-'l a.m.
'. T. y School at 9:45 a.m
| Thmusday
Si-le Study 7 p.m.
No Service

Word of Faith
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 87' Street
Order or Sern ces:

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f New Day "N" Christ
Deliverance Ministries
3055 N.W. 76'1 Street, 33147
Message Ctr.: 305-836-7815

V Order of Services:
Sunday. ( lurch School... ............ 0 am.
Worship Servie ...........11:15 c.m.
Tuclalys Bilek ClG.s p.m.
4th Sunday Evening Worship 6 p m.

/ Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
305-759-8226 Fax: 305-759-0528

Church of Christ
4561 NW. 33rd Court
305-634-4850/Fax & Messages
Order of Services
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INew Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral
of Faith International

2300 NW 135th Street
Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m., 11
a.m.. 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

1 (800) 254-NBBC
Fax: 305-685-0705


/St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3' Avenue
305-372-3877 305-371-3821

Order of Services:
.....-- "Early Sunday
aM&@M&i >[, ,Inung Worship ....7:30 a.m,
Sandsx, School ..........9:30 a.m.
"-l-J[- :,lriig Worship ...1 a.m.
P,'-" i er and Bible Srudy
S. Ictii ........ (Tues.) 7 p.m.i

Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
305-696-4341 Fax: 305-696-2301
Order of Services:
Sunday School .............S930 a.m.
Moming Praisel''orship ..11 a.m.
R mstandThirdSunday
evening icship at 6p.nm.
Prayer Meeting & Bible Study
iuesday 7 p.m.
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/93r Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 935 Street
Order of Services
730an lyM oAmingwo Mo lip
11a.m. .Morenng Worship
Evening Worship
lst&3rd Swday 6 pm
a"esday Bible Study ..7 pmt.
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Mt. Hermon A.ME. Church
17800 NWV25th Ave.
305-621-5067 Fax: 305-623-3104
Order of Services:
Sunday Worship Services
7 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Church School: 8: 30 a.m.
Pastor's Noon Day Bible Study
Bible institute. 6:30 p.m.
Mid-week Worship 7:30 p.m.

SHosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
305-637-4404 Fax: 305-637-4474
Order of Services:
Sunday School ...... .45 ,Lan.
Woaship.....11 am.
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St. Luke Missionary Baptist
1790 N.W 55th Street

SOrder of Services:
Early Morning Wbrshlfip.7:30a.m.
Sunday School ..........9:30a.m.
Moming Worship .....11 a.m.
Prayer Meeting ............7:30 p.m.
Bible Study ..................8 pnm.

New Shiloh M.B. Church
1350 N.W.95- Street
305-835-8280 Fax# 305-696-6220
Church Schedule:
Early Morning Worship '30 am.
Sun. Chiurch School 9:30 am.
I. Morning Worship .....11 a.m.
Tuesday Bible Class 7 p.m.
'll ieJ TLebefore the 1st Sun.:...7 p.m.
IMid-week Worship

Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street
Order of Services:
S Sunday Momning ...........8 am.
Sunday Sehool.......10 am.
S andl) Evening .........6 p.m.
n.ln iL tellence ........7:30 p.m.
7 It Bibhle Class.........7"30 p.m.
T hur. FI llowship ....:....10a.m.
Ist Sun Song Practice..6 p.m.

/ St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church

1470 N.W. 87th Street


Order of Services:
Sunday '7:30 and 11 a.m.
Worship Service
9:30 a m.......... Sunday School
Tuesday....... p.m. Bible Study
8 p.m........Prayer Meeting
Monday. Wednesday. Friday
12 p.m.......Day Prayer

New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10* Avenue
Order of Services:
Early Sunday Worship...7:30 a.m.
Sunday School...............930 a.m.
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Pembroke Park Church of Christ "
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL33023
(Office) 954-962-9327 (Fa\) 954-962-3396
Order of Services
Sunday :.
Bible Study ............. 9 a.m. *** Morning Worship ............. 10 a.m. -
Evening Worship .............. 6:p.m. "
Wedneslay....General Bible Study ..... 7:30 p.m.
TV Program Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m.
Comcast Channels: 8, 19,21, 22,23,30 & 37/Local Channels: 21 & 22
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Stevens middle schools were the win-
The winning team from Carol City
Middle comprised Ayesha Ali, Magdala
Almanor, Demiya Bernard, Johnathan
Cooper, Timothy Grant, Tashea Hayes,
Nathaniel Holmes, Myequesha Lott,
Partrisha Mardice, Paschon McCay,
Cornelius Murray, Barandon Paz, Ke-
nyia Price, Phaethian Quinn, Balade
Rosembert, Marnisha Smith and Alisa
The Lake Stevens Middle winners
were Carlos Abad, Ashley Alexandre,
Olivia Brown, Shantaria Clarke, An-
tonio Dipaz, Andy Fernandez, Daejah
Foster, Christian Hernandez, Crystal
Kelly, Joel Noel, Donald Pallaviccinni,
Carolina Parrales, Brandon Rankin,

Yarold Redondo, Moises Reynoso, Da-
vid Rivas, Daja Robbins, Alex Rolden,
Yamilet Sanchez, Altwan Ship, Gabri-
ella Valazquez and Valencia Williams.
"Although these students live in a
high-crime area, they know what a
quality learning environment should
look like." program teacher Yewande
Smith Gibson said about the models
the students created.
"These students have talents for self-
expression that have been dormant.
With the arts fading in some schools,
many don't get the opportunity to ex-
press themselves through creative
learning," she said.
Gibson, a seven-year Schools police
veteran, was among 20 officers se-
lected nationwide to become a national
GREAT trainer and team leader, who
would train other officers in the pro-
gram. She has worked With the local

GREAT program since its inception
and has also made presentations on
Gibson's goal has been "to ensure
that interpersonal skills such as effec-
tive communication, problem-solving
and other critical life skills become
a permanent part of the school cur-
riculum, especially at the elementary
"This stage of life sets the founda-
tion for every stage that follows. It will
determine the quality of all of the en-
counters and relationships to follow:
student to student, student to teacher,
student to parent and student to the
public," Gibson said.
For more information and' to see pho-
tos of the program, log on to Police.da- and follow the link to the
GREAT Program. For general informa-
tion, log on to

This is how Lake Stevens Middle School would look like if it gets a makeover
proposed by students in a competition sponsored by the Miami-Dade County Public
Schools Police Department's Gang resistance Education and Training Program.
-Photo courtesy of MDCPS Police

More than 10,000 Christians pledge to join battle for climate change

Letter to President Obama supports president's initiative

Special to The Miami Times

Thousands of Christians have
sent President Barack Obama a
letter expressing commitment
to limiting the future impact of
climate change.
The letter, released by The
National Council of Churches
Eco-Justice .Program, focuses
on climate change as a moral
issue that demands immediate,
effective and just action. More
than 10,000 people signed the
document, an NCC statement

"Climate change is no longer
just a Sunday morning conver-
sation for Christians and com-
munities of faith," said Cassan-
dra Carmichael, director of the
NCC's Eco-Justice Programs.
"People understand that cli-
mate change will continue to
impact not only God's Creation
but all of God's people, par-
ticularly those living in poverty
around the world; this realiza-
tion is calling people and com-
munities to action," Carmichael
The letter was being delivered

in conjunction with an upcom-
ing conference devoted solely
to climate change. More than
650 people of faith from around
the country gathered' in Wash-
ington on Friday "to advocate
on behalf of God's people and
God's Creation."
Both the letter to Obama and
a message being delivered to
Congress asserted the desire
of people of faith to see efforts
that address the need for a
marked reduction 6f green-
house gas emissions, a primary
cause of the worst impacts of

climate change.
The messages also call for
financial assistance to low-
income and working families
to protect them from the in-
creased cost of energy that

nities cope with the impacts of
climate change.
"President Obama's inclu-
sion of revenue from climate
legislation in his recent bud-
get proposal indicates that

The National Council of Churches is the ecumenical
voice of America's Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, his-
toric African American and traditional peace churches.
The 35 communions have 45 million members in 100,000
congregations in all 50 states.

would occur under national
climate policy and for interna-
tional adaption assistance to
help the most vulnerable de-
veloping nations and commu-

this issue is a top priority for
the administration," said Car-
michael. "We look forward to
working with the administra-
tion and Congress to ensure

that climate legislation is as
strong as possible to protect all
of God's great Creation."
The National Council of
Churches is the ecumenical
voice of America's Orthodox,
Protestant, Anglican, historic
African American and tradi-
tional peace churches. The 35
communions have 45 million
members in 100,000 congre-
gations in all 50 states.
The full text of the letter to
the president can be found on
the. NCC Eco-Justice Program
website, http:://www.ncceco-
justice. org/ presidentialletter.

Can marijuana help rescue California's economy?

By Alison Stateman

LOS ANGELES Could mar-
ijuana be the answer to the eco-
nomic misery facing California?
Democratic State Assembly
member Tom Ammiano thinks
so. Ammiano introduced leg-
islation last month that would
legalize pot and. allow the state
to regulate and tax its sale a
move that could mean billions
for the cash-strapped state. Pot
is, after all, California's biggest
cash crop, responsible for $14
billion in annual sales, dwarf-
ing the state's second largest
agricultural'commodity milk
and cream which brings in
$7.3 13illion annually, accord-
ing to:the most recent USDA
statistics. The state's tax col-

lectors estimate the bill would
bring in about $1.3 billion in
much-needed revenue a year,
offsetting some of the billions
in service cuts and spending
reductions outlined in the re-
cently approved state budget.
"The state of California is in a
very, very precipitous economic
plight. It's in the toilet." says
Ammiano. "It looks very, very
bleak, with layoffs and fore-
closures and schools closing
.or trying to operate four days
a week. We have one of. the
highest rates of unemployment
we've ever had. With any rev-
enue ideas people say you have
to think outside, of the box, you
have to be creative, and.I feel
that the issue of the decrimi-
nalization, regulation and tax-

ation of marijuaria fits that bill.
It's not new, the idea has been
around, and the .political will
may. in fact be there to make
something happen." (See pic-
tures from stoner cinema.)
Ammiano may be right. A few
days after he introduced the
bill, U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder announced that states
should be able':td make their
own rules on medical mari-
juana and that federal raids on
pot dispensaries in. California
would cease. The move signaled
a softening of the hard-line ap-
proach previous administra-
tions have had to medicinal
pot use. The nomination of Gil
Kerlikowske as the head of the
Office of National Drug Control
Policy may also signal a softer

federal line on marijuana. If he
is confirmed as the so-called
Drug Czar, Kerlikowske will
bring with him experience as
police chief of .Seattle, where
he made it clear that going af-
ter people for posessing mari-
juana was not a priority of his

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anti-slavery editorials and, as
a consequence, pro-slavery
mobs destroyed his press on
three occasions. During the
third and final mob attack,
Lovejoy was shot five times
and killed.
The National Newspaper
Publishers Association (NNPA)
is hosting the 182nd Annu-
al Black Press Week News-
maker of the Year Awards in
Washington, D.C., during the
week. Past Newsmaker hono-
rees are General Colin Powell,
Brig. General Vincent Brooks,
Simeon Booker; General Rus-
sell Honore and .Mayor Ray
Nagin. The NNPA, also known
as the Black Press of America,
is a 67-year-old grouping of
more than 200 Black commu-
nity newspapers from across
the United States, including
The Miami Times.
The breadth and width of
Black news and information
sources available is as deep and
vibrant as the journalists who
work overtime to bring their

readers culturally relevant as
well as intriguing local, national
and global news. NOIR Woman
is a monthly affluent woman's
publication with a primary tar-
get of African American women
that is 100 percent Black and
female-owned. The Black Star
News, whose co-founders are
Milton Allamadi and Bill and
Camille Cosby, is an investiga-

tive newspaper that has un-
covered several scandals that
has garnered the newspaper
coverage on CNN and in the
Wall Street Journal.
Whether it is sports, beau-
ty, religion, family or politics,
the goal of the Black Press is
to inform, inspire, educate
and entertain readers from
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Talk to your doctor about

alternative medicine

Patients often fail to disclose their use of CAM
Special to The Miami.Times

(NNPA) One cancer patient takes a dietary supplement and an-
other swears by a special tea. A third regularly practices meditation
and a fourth believes in spiritual healing.
All are using complementary and alternative medicine.
Complementary and alternative medicine, commonly referred to as
CAM, is defined as healthcare systems, practices and products that
are not currently considered part of conventional medicine.
CAM includes treatments that are used in addition to (complemen-
tary) or instead of (alternative) standard therapies.
Up to two-thirds of th6 U.S. population has used CAM.
Some cancer patients use CAM to cope with the side effects of stan-
dard therapies, such as nausea, pain, and fatigue; find comfort; ease
stress; or feel like they're doing more to help with their own health
care. Yet many patients who are using CAM do not discuss it with
their doctors, according to a study funded by the National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Among African-
Americans, less than 35 percent talk to their doctors about CAM.
Too often, studies show, patients fail to disclose their use of or in-
terest in CAM to their doctor. While many complementary approaches
(e.g., acupuncture, exercise, relaxation/imagery) can be helpful with-
out causing harm, other CAM approaches, such as dietary supple-
ments or megavitamins, may sometimes be harmful, especially for a
cancer patient.
As a study funded by NCCAM recently reported, "Patients may con-
sider it unimportant to report using herbs and other treatments read-
ily available over the counter" but, at the same time, "users are un-
aware of the possible interactions" between their cancer medications
and the CAM treatment.
Deciding to use a CAM treatment is a personal decision that can
have medical implications. Take charge of your health by being an
informed consumer. If you are interested in using a CAM treatment,
find out whether scientific studies have been done on its safety and
Finding information that you can trust is not as easy as it seems,
though. A blinking advertisement on the Internet wants to sell you
an "all-natural" herbal supplement that promises to cure cancer.
A commercial on television tempts you with promises about the
healing effects of a special, rare tea. Your aunt claims that a particu-
lar diet can cure cancer.,
Be wary of products advertised by companies or doctors as a "cure"
and even about treatments friends and family members recommend.

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