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Publication Date: April 22, 2009
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Hastings, Bastien:

Let Haitians stay

By Sandra J. Charite

Congressman Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar,
and activist Marleine Bastien have joined the
growing list of people call-
ing on the Obama admin-
istration to grant Tempo-
rary Protected Status to
some 33;000 Haitian na-
tionals facing deportation
to their storm-ravaged
Hastings noted in a
statement that Haiti,
some 600 miles from the
United States, "has suf- HASTINGS
fered through years of
extreme poverty, political instability, and en-
vironmental destruction."
Four hurricanes striking the country wors-

ened the situation for Haitians, he said.
Deporting more Haitians would only ag-
gravate the problems in a country where the
"economic and political system has already
been stressed," Hastings said
"By simply the stroke of
a pen, President Obama
has the ability to improve
the lives of thousands of
Haitians and allow the
Haitian government to
invest all of its limited rfe-
sources in the rebuilding
and redevelopment of this
devastated country," said
BASTIEN Bastien has traveled
many times to Washing-
ton to appeal for TPS which guarantees for-
eignr nationals currently residing in the U.S.
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Meek goes on petition drive to

win spot in U.S. Senate race

By Tariq Osborne

U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami, has be-
gun to travel across the state in a bid to win a
place in the U.S. Senate race through a peti-
tion drive.
The drive, which began April 4, has featured
stops in several cities, including, most recent-
ly, Hallandale Beach on Monday.
His wife Leslie and their children Lauren,
14, and Kendrick Jr., 11, joined the congress-
man during kickoff events in Orlando and in

"To win-in 2010, this campaign will organize
the grassroots in 2009 by reaching out to all
Floridians from the Panhandle to the Keys,"
Meek said.
The petition is an unusual move. Meek, who
already has $1.8 million in his campaign war
chest, could easily forego the drive and pay
the $10,000 fee to get on the ballot.
Asked why he has chosen the difficult pro-
cess of collecting signatures, rather than
paying the fee for a slot on the ballot, Meek
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By DeWayne Wickham

President Obama went to the Summit of the
Americas last week hoping to revive America's
prestige in this hemisphere by promising to
forge a new relationship between the United
States and Latin America.
"There is no senior partner and junior part-
ner in our relations; there is simply engage-

ment based on mutual respect and common
interests and shared values," Obama said at
the summit's opening ceremony in Trinidad
and Tobago. But leaders of the other 33 na-
tions in attendance pressed the U.S. presi-
dent to match his words with. action. Their
countries have heard such talk before.
In his 1823 State of the Union address,
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Obama convenes most diverse cabinet in history

7 women, 4 Blacks, 3 Asian, 2 Hispanics

By Richard Wolf

Three months after taking of-
fice, President Barack Obama
convened his first Cabinet
meeting Monday still one
seat short of a complete Cabi-
Eager to promote budget-
cutting efforts 'by all federal

One Family Serving Since 1923

agencies, Obama will hold
the meeting a day before the
Senate Finance Committee is
-scheduled to vote on his last
nominee, Kansas Gov. Kath-
leen Sebelius, as secretary of
Health and Human Services.
Outside experts say Obama's
Cabinet is among the latest to
be filled since Inauguration

Day was moved up six weeks,
to Jan. 20, in 1937. The delays
were caused by ethics prob-
lems that forced his first nomi-
nees for the Commerce and
Health and Human Services
departments to withdraw, and
the more extensive vetting pro-
cess that followed.
If she is confirmed by the
Senate, Sebelius will complete
a Cabinet that experts say is

the most diverse in history.
It will have seven women and
nine racial and ethnic minori-
ties among its 21 members -
and only eight white men. Av-
erage age: 54.
"He has a majority-minority
Cabinet," said Paul Light, an
expert on presidential appoint-
ments at New York Univer-
sity. "In terms of white males,
they're in the minority now."

Bill Clinton, the last Demo-
cratic president, had five wom-
en and six minorities in a first
Cabinet that he said "looks like
America" one more in each
category than George W. Bush
had. Obama has shattered
those numbers:
There would be seven wom-
en with Sebelius.
There are four African-
Americans, including the


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first as attorney general, Eric
Holder. There are three Asian-
Americans and two Hispanics.
Seven Cabinet members are
in their 40s, eight in their 50s
and six in their 60s. The young-
est is Peter Orszag, director of
the Office of Management and
Budget, who just turned 40.
The oldest is Eric Shinseki, 66,
who heads the Department of
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Is Cuba ready for new

relationship with U.S.?




A well deserved honor
T e State Attorney' in the his-
tory of Miami-Dade was given
the highest in a lifetime of
public service last week.
Janet Reno, the former attorney .
general in the Clinton administration t'
and Miami-Dade resident, received a
lifetime award Friday from the Amer-
ican Judicature Society, a nonparti-
san justice advocacy network.
Reno received the citation at a cer- RENO
emony at the Ronald Reagan Building
in Washington, surrounded by family
and former colleagues.
Black Miami-Dade residents remember Reno as one of
the few public officials who always made the right deci-
sions without fair or favor. Many others shield away from
controversial actions. She did not, during her service
to'this community and she carried the same courage to
Washington when she served as President Bill Clintons.
U.S. Attorney General.
One of those congratulating Reno during the ceremony
was Attorney, General Eric Holder who was Reno's deputy
at the time of the controversial actions during her time
when the Justice Department seized Elian Gonzalez, the
young Cuban boy who was eventually returned to Cuba
after a stay with relatives here.
Congratulations Janet, Miami-Dade needs more caring
public officials of your caliber.

Will Florida hurricane

fund need a bailout?
S e bank bailout, though unpopular, was necessary
to stave off economic collapse. But its downside
Shas been the rush of industries, from auto parts
suppliers to life insurers, trying to get in on the action. This
poses the inevitable question: Who's next?
Onie potential answer is not a company or an industry,
but an entire state Florida.
While many states are in financial difficulty, Florida is
in a uniquely precarious condition for another reason: its
weather. Unwilling toaccept thejudgment of private insurers
on the state's vulnerability to hurricanes, Tallahassee has
taken over much of the state's homeowners' insurance
business, charging rates -that are politically convenient
rather than actuarially sound.
A single storm as bad or worse than 1992's Hurricane
Andrew, or a string of lesser ones, could well mean financial
catastrophe for the state. Its Hurricane Catastrophe Fund,
which currently has access to about $15.5 billion, would
be wiped out. The state would have a hard time borrowing
money and would still be liable for future hurricane
In all likelihood, such an event would trigger a caravan
of state officials to Washington, hat in hand. This is widely
acknowledged by outside insurance experts, who see the
state fund as hopelessly undercapitalized. It is tacitly
recognized in legislation that Florida's congressional
delegation is pushing even now that would create a national
catastrophe risk pool and a federal loan program to states
needing help after a natural disaster.
After Andrew ravaged South Florida, many of the nation's
leading insurers concluded that they had .been naive
about the state's hurricane risks. Unfortunately, what was
an epiphany for insurers was an inconvenient truth for
homeowners and politicians..
The state. created its catastrophe fund to encourage
private insurers to continue issuing policies, and in 2007,
with private insurers chafing at the regulations they were
under and trying to pull out of the state, the publicly owned
Citizens Property Insurance Corp. became the state's
largest direct issuer of homeowners insurance.
At bottom, Florida's underfunded, state-run program is a
cynical ploy to get people in places like Iowa and Tennessee
to subsidize those who want to live in hurricane-prone
It's not hard to envisage the argument Florida would
make: How could you bail out Wall Street, and Detroit, but
not us? Look at all the money that has flowed into New
Orleans. What about us?
Politically and practically, these would be hard arguments
to counter. Except that Florida's problem is something that
Floridians should be solving for themselves right now,
painful though their choices might be.
Florida needs to get its homeowners insurance business
back into private hands and back onto an actuarially
sound footing. Though about as popular as bailouts,
private insurers do provide a useful service by imposing
a kind of financial penalty, in form of higher premiums,
on risky behavior. As homeowners' premiums go up, they
force communities to rethink where and how structures
should be built.
Until Florida revamps its insurance program, the state
will be not only a meteorological disaster waiting to happen
but also a financial one. -USA TODAY

... 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

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Reform of New York drug laws a step in the right direction

The struggle to end the lock
'em up and throw away the key
policies that resulted in the U.S.
jailing more of its citizens than
any other industrialized coun-
try has just, won a significant
For more than 35 years, fami-
lies in New York have been
plagued by the notorious Rock-
efeller Drug Laws. The policy,
which included long mandatory
prison sentences for first time
non violent drug offenders, re-
sulted in major drug lords often
going free while the non-violent
first offenders were given harsh
sentences. The rule was partic-
ularly harsh for African Ameri-
cans and women.
In New York, by 1990, 61.2
percent of all female prisoners
were committed for a drug of-
fense, compared to 32.2 percent
of men. Mothers who needed
drug treatment were thrown
.into jail for sentences as" long as
20 years, torn from their fami-
lies, leaving children to fend for
themselves in the foster-care
African Americans and La-
tinos constituted 94.2 per-
cent of the total population
of drug felons in New York;
Whites were 5.3 percent.

After decades of protest by civil
rights and civil liberties groups
and impacted communities,
the law has ended with its re-
peal by New York State officials.
It's expected to save New York
over a quarter-billion dollars a
year but,. more importantly,, it
will usher in an era of smarter
crime polices. The new approach
will send most non-violent drug
offenders to drug courts where

Now, instead of unemployed
teenagers or girlfriends coerced
by their boyfriends into car-
rying a package of drugs, the
major.drug dealers will get the
prison sentences and the drug
addicts will get the treatment.
New York Gov. David Paterson
should be applauded for his
unwavering and longtime .sup-
port for ending these cruel drug
laws. Immediately prior to the

reform. States """"""""""
like California with danger-
ously overcrowded prisons are
adopting smarter sentencing
policies similar to New York's.
Some states are letting pris-
oners go early in order to save
money. We are at a rare moment
when voices advocating an end
to mass incarceration, urging
alternative sentencing and end-
ing the practice of using prisons
to lock up the mentally ill and
the addicted are resonating.
This moment reflects an im-
portant window in our history. It
is the time to dream big. The eco-
nomic and political shifts in our
country open the door to advance
policies that we thought would
take decades to win. Overturn-
ing the draconian drug laws in
New York was one of many bat-
ties predicted to take at least five
more years to win but the politi-
cal shifts reflected in the election
of President Obama and the un-
precedented fiscal crises bring us
a unique opportunity for change.
Like all battles before it, we
'have to keep moving forward
'until we achieve the' corietb-
hensive change our coun-
try needs. Now is the time.
Benjamin Todd Jealous is presi-
dent/CEO of the NAACP.

they have access to treatment
and implement a new law creat-
ing a-drug "kingpin" offense for
"organized drug traffickers who
profit from and prey on drug us-
ers" and new crimes for adults
who sell drugs to children. It.
rights the backward impact of
the previous law that seemed
to target the victims with prison
and let the "bad guys" go free.

of Africa will be a lot safer.

an Ocean for months trying
to stop the .hijackings, to no
avail. Fifty ships were seized
by pirates last year, the BBC
reported. I
"We 'consider it a very seri-
ous matter," Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton said last week
as the pirates demanded mon-
ey for Phillips' release. "These
people are nothing more than
criminals. And we are bringing

repeal, he cited the example of a
female drug addict who was ar-
rested 60 times over 25 years.
After being successfully treat-
ed for her addiction, she be-
came a drug counselor. It shows'
the wisdom of the 'ew policy.
There is a perfect storm for
change, a confluence of state
fiscal crises and the steady
drumbeat of voices for prison

You don't need an armada to deal with Somali pirates

The standoff between U.S.
Navy forces and a band of So-
mali pirates that ended Sun-
day when Navy SEALs freed
an American who had been,
held hostage by the brigands
ought to teach this country an
important lesson.
The best way to combat
these thugs, who have at-
tacked more than 130 ships
off the Horn of Africa in the
past year, is not with a mas-
sive show of warships, but
with the lethal force of small
combat teams. That's what the
'Navy employed Richard
Phillips, the 53-year-old cap-
tain of a 17,000-ton merchant
vessel the pirates tried to seize
last week.
Thwarted by the vessel's un-
armed crew, the Somalis took
Phillips hostage as they es-
caped onto a 24-foot lifeboat.
But they didn't get very far.
Their getaway was blocked by
at least three U.S. warships -
a destroyer, a guided-missile
frigate and an amphibious as-
sault ship stocked with mis-
sile launchers, attack planes
and a crew of 1,000.

The U.S. vessels had enough
firepower to topple Somalia's

government, if it had one. The
East African country is run by
a collection of warlords and
clan leaders who are thought
to benefit from / the piracy.
More than $50 million was
paid to Somali pirates last
year ito get back the ships and
crews they seized.
An international flotilla of
naval vessels has patrolled
the vast waters of the Indi-

to bear a number of our assets
... in order to resolve the hos-
tage situation and bring the
pirates to justice."
But, ultimately, the goal
should be to prevent hijack-
ings, not rescue hostages. It
would take the entire Navy's
Fifth Fleet -> with help from
many U.S. allies to keep the
Somali pirates at bay. That
would be a huge, and costly,

would be ran- MOOF
domly placed aboard some of
the commercial ships travel-
ing through the area?
This would make attacking
any of them a costly crap-
shoot for the Somali pirates
who chase down the large
commercial vessels in boats
better suited for sport fishing
than combat. It wouldn't take
much for a small number of
heavily armed sailors or Ma-
rines hidden onboard one of
the ships targeted by the So-
malis to send the pirates to
Davy Jones' locker.
If you think this is a pretty
wild idea, consider the alter-
native: endless years of pirate
attacks on civilian ships off
of Africa's east coast, millions
of dollars paid in ransom and
hostage-taking that might not
result in the happy ending that
brought Phillips home alive.
The presence of foreign war-
ships off Somalia's coast hasn't
frightened off the pirates, who
usually avoid contact with the
military vessels while hunt-
ing the more numerous and
defenseless merchant ships.
Give some of these vessels a
protective force to fight back,
and the waters off the Horn of
Africa will be a lot safer.

undertaking that's unlikely to
make the pirates stand down.

So here's a better idea. In,-
stead of sending scores of
naval ships and tens of thou-
sands of sailors in the hope
of preventing a replay of the
attack on Phillips' ship, why
not create a small military
force that, like sky marshals,

Take care of the needs of local residents

Dear Editor:

Members of the public are encouraged
to celebrate National Library Week which
started on Sunday by .visiting your local li-
brary to check out books, magazines and
DVDs or to use a computer.
Free resources available at the library

help people learn new skills, find jobs, con-
duct research and continuously improve
their lives.
Visit the academic, public, or specialized
library of your choice to let the librarians
and all library workers know they are the
community's greatest asset. ,
This year's theme is "Worlds connect @

your library."
What can you discover? National Library
'Week is the perfect time to find out.

Carrie P. Meek
Entrepreneurial Education Center

There is a perfect storm for change, a confluence of state fis-
cal crises and the steady drumbeat of voices for prison reform.
States like California with dangerously overcrowded prisons are
adopting smarter sentencing policies similar to New York's. Some states
are letting prisoners go early in order to save money. We are at a rare
moment when voices advocating an enf to mass incarceration, urging
alternative sentencing and ending the practice of using prisons to lock up
the mentally ill and the addicted are resonating.

T he. presence of foreign warships off Somalia's coast
hasn't frightened off the pirates, who usually avoid con-
tact with the military vessels while hunting the more
numerous and defenseless merchant ships. Give some of these
vessels a protective force tof fight back, and the:waters off the Horn

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Obama must have the

audacity to change !

policy towards Cuba \
In Miami-Dade County, it is dangerous to
suggest something that the rest of the world finds
enormously illogical. We have normal relations
with Russia and China, our Cold War enemies.
We are staunch allies of the Germans and Japanese with whom we
fought a war and now have resumed relations with Vietnam. But
we cannot travel to Cuba, an island nation only 90 miles from our
shores. In this community, any mention of normalizing relations
with Castro is deemed blasphemy.
But, for members of the Congressional Black Caucus who
recently visited Cuba, they have one comment: "It is time to talk."
Despite local views to the contrary, they did not find Fidel Castro to
be the anti-Christ. They found him talkative and engaging.
Now, does our federal government buck'the power of the Cuban
congressional delegation and actually begin to talk to Castro? Do we
open trade with a nation that is already trading with the Japanese
the Canadians, the Brazilians, the Mexicans, the Jamaicans, the
Trinidadians, the Germans, the Italians and the rest of Europe,
Latin America and the Far East?

President Barack Obhama has stated that he will not talk with

Cuba. At this point, that is a safe position. In the long run, it is,
however, short-sighted for a president who stated at one point
that he was willing to talk to anyone, including the regimes in Iran and
North Korea.

President Barack Obama has stated that he will not talk with
Cuba. At this point, that is a safe position. In the long run, it is,
however, short-sighted for a president who stated at one point that
he was willing to talk to anyone, including the regimes in Iran and
North Korea.
In his first foray into the world of diplomacy,. President Obama
acquitted himself well. He met with the queen of England, the prime
minister of France and other world leaders. He let everyone know
that America was charting a welcome new course in foreign policy.
He also showed in the recent hostage crisis of Captain Phillips that
he was not afraid to make a decision during a crisis. Hopefully,
as he grows into his job, he will have the audacity to change our
policy toward Cuba. It does not make sense that we do not have
normal relations with that nation.



America has an economic interest keeping people in jail

America became the leading
nation in the world through its.
victories and leadership during
World War II but our 65-year
reign is the shortest in history
and we are a far way from hav-
ing any kind of seniority in this
position. And we have made
many mistakes along the way,
such as slavery, land theft and
apartheid. The good news is that
we are finding ways to correct
our faults and move forward.
But there is one serious fault
that we have yet to actually ad-
dress: the medieval prison sys-
tem that we have implemented
and have actually enlarged
over the. last few decades.
No other nation imprisons its
citizens the way America does.
For a free democratic nation, we
have a system that belongs with
some sort of tyranny or oppres-
sive order. It is oppressive and
targets people of color, particu-
larly African Americans. There
are more African American
males in prisons than in col-
lege. That is not the stuff that
makes a nation great.-
I have a degree in Correc-
tional Administration from
the University of Wisconsin. It
was during internships that I
noticed the actual prison sys-
tems did not match the schol-
arly material I was studying.
There was no direct attempt
to address recidivism or actu-

ally rehabilitate offenders. The
prisons were warehouses that
eventually developed into "cash
cows" by the manipulative and
greedy. U.S. prisons, for the
most part, have become preda-
tors on the general population.
Most people who enter prison
are there because they could
not afford to have adequate le-
gal representation. Once they
enter the system, there are pro-
grams and "catches" that keep
them returning or not leaving
at all. I believe that 80 percent
of those who are currently in-
carcerated should not even be
there. They are no threat to so-
ciety and should come out and
start contributing. That is not
going to happen any time soon.
First of all, there are a lot of
people who rely on a good pop-
ulation within prison grounds.
Labor unions representing the
-guards lobby and ensure that
they lock up as many as they
can and keep the revolving door
going for those who get out but
are destined to return. The con-
struction lobby keeps the state
and federal budgets flush with
new capital for building more
and more prisons. As they build
them, the demand for more in-
mates increases.
Then there is the slave labor
within the prison cells which is
also known as "prison indus-
tries." The incarcerated are

forced to work 10-14 hours a
day for the total pay of about
$1.70 per day (not an hour; a
day). The owners of the prisons
and the outside contractors sell
the products of this work for
whopping profits and personal
gain. Privatized prisons are
the worst as the profit motive
greatly increases.
The families of the incarcer-
ated are exploited, as well. They
have to send money to their
loved ones as the prison cannot
adequately provide nourish-
ment and necessities.
The money is used to buy
items from the Commissary,
which is a total rip off joint.
As an example, a seven-ounce
can of Folgers coffee will cost
an inmate $7.50. That is triple
the amount Safeway or Kroger
would charge.
Who is getting the big profit?
If they make a call to family
members by the only method,
collect, it won't be through
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or some-
one like that. It will be with
some kind of private venture
and it will cost $6 to $10 a min-
ute. It is just a set-up to rip off
families who least can afford it.
Many inmates make good use
of their free time. They get ed-
ucated and train themselves.
But can they ever put these
new skills or formal training to
work? Right now, the only logi-

cal path for them
is entrepreneurship. That is
something prisons refuse to
teach them. If they become en-
trepreneurs, they probably will
never return and that will hurt
this Prison Industrial Complex.
My wife and I work with a few
prisoners, all the time. Our aim
is to stay focused on this is-
sue and do what we can to get
them freed. We have success-
fully stayed with one sister
who is now back in the general
population and our aim is to
get her economically stable to
ensure she doesn't get caught
in the revolving door.
We also are helping a young
brother in the Patuxent Cor-
rectional facility in Maryland.
He has been there for 14 years
with no violation whatsoever.
He has obtained two college de-
grees and is a serious computer
programmer, which the facility
exploits for $1.70 per day.
Fourteen straight years and.
they won't even give him a pa-
role hearing, let alone a parole.
He has become a victim of his
own genius.
They don't want to lose him.
America, we have got to end
this prison system now.
Harry C. Alford is the co-
founder, president/CEO of the
National Black Chamber of
Commerce (www.nationalbcc.

Conservative Black group challenges liberal NUL report


Massie added: "What hap-
pened to Dontae might be a
common occurrence for all
under government-run health
care. What Americans need
are more choices and the abil-
ity to make their own decisions
when it comes to their medical
needs. That's what the NUL
should be asking for.."
Regarding homeownership,
the NUL report suggests fund-
ing educational initiatives and
credit counseling, something
that might find them at odds
with some activist groups of
which they are usually allied
that have opposed such pro-
grams in the past as akin to
"redlining" because they might
target certain areas and popu-
But NUL also supports an
expanded Community Rein-
vestment Act the regulation
that mandates risky mort-
gage lending situations and is
blamed by many as the cata-
lyst for the subprime mortgage

Project 21 Fellow Deneen
Borelli said: "Government aid
and intervention should not
replace an individual's respon-
sibility to exercise good judg-
ment. Achieving the American
Dream of homeownership be-
gins with understanding the
terms of the contract and
meeting those obligations.
Expanding the Community.
Reinvestment Act risks in-
flating another housing bub-
ble that would further hiih-
der our country's economic
recovery. For the National
Urban League' to encour-
age more risky loans at this
point is reckless."
On education, the NUL
suggests retaining the Bush
Administration's "No Child
Left Behind" standards poli-
cy, but does not adequately
speak out in favor of popu-
lar school choice and char-
ter school programs that ex-
plicitly spotlight and seek to
remedy failing government-
run schools by denying them
a captive student body. NUL
suggestions still look to gov-

Are you spending as much during these tough

economic times?

Retired, Miami Gardens

I took care
of that when I
was younger.
I knew how
to handle .
and budget
my money. I
am surviving
during this hard time in which
many Americans are facing all
over the country. A lot of people
were not ready for this and
that's why it is so hard for them
right now.

Entrepreneur, North Miami

I am not A
spending a lot "
at all but I am .A..
working much
harder, tlian
I did before. I
may not see
it now but I

know that I am going to reap
the benefits of my hard labor.

Financial Consultant, Miami Gardens

I had no
choice but to
minimize my
spending. Iwas
laid off from
my job before
Christmas. I
was forced to
cut back on a
lot of things. If
it is not business, I really don't
go anywhere. But one thing that
I didn't stop doing is saving my

Medical Assistant, Liberty City

I am shopping less and taking
the bus more but I stay in
school. With the way the country
is going, education is really the
one thing that will bring us out

of this mess.
No matter .
what happens,
I am going to
continue my "

Retail Manager, Miami

I am
sacrificing and
minimizming as
much as I can.
I try not towill
spend money long run.
unless I really

means less
going out and
unnecessary spending that will
hurt me in the long run.

Retired, Miami Gardens

I am
ahead of
time and
my spending
habits .
There are
some things
that I had to
just do without for a while. I am
retired now and enjoying life.

... 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
Malcolm X

ernment as the best
administrator of edu- THE NATIONAL CENTER
cation despite its poor
"The status quo on ed-
ucation has not worked government appi-oach need
and it never will wvrk," said to be encouraged."
Project 21 member Kevin Mar- Overall, Project 21's Martin
tin. "While the National Urban noted: "The black community
League is focused on what does not need to be protected
the government can do, they from capitalism, as the Na-
are not speaking out enough tional Urban League's report
about what parents can do. seems to imply. The black
Education is the civil rights community needs to embrace
issue of our time, and vouch- capitalism. The free market
ers, charter schools and sim- is where true opportunity
ilar alternatives to the failed lies."

The current national banking catastrophe hit home this week
when Coral Gables BankUnited, the largest Florida based finan-
cial institution was order by federal regulations to find a buyer
within 20 days to address its weak capital structure. The move
put the wheeling-dealing institution that is plagued with bad
loans to either merge or risk imminent government takeover.
The county water department does not play favorites when it
comes to paying bill. The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Depart-
ment shut off the water at the Mirassor Condominium in North-
west Miami-Dade Thursday. The condo associatioti is $109,000
behind on payments over nine months and their $42,335 check
earlier this month bounced.

Speaking of employee compensation and bonuses paid to
workers, Miami-Dade County has pretty good deals going. A
dispute over Frank Nero's compensation as head of the Beacon
Council has board members debating perks and pay amid a
grim economy. They'd prefer to do it private, but, the e-mails
leaked, revealing some interesting disclosures for the nonprofit
agency. Nero earned a $318,000 salary and $60,000 in ben-
efits, $23,000 expense account, which includes club member-
ships and a car allowance. That package adds up to the salary
of President Barack Obama, stay tuned.
Local Republicans seem to be increasingly showing their em-
barrassing reactions to a Party that seems to be running around
like a chicken with its head cut off. Very few if any Black GOP
members were evident when party chairman Michael Steele
visited here two weeks ago.

In the first three months this year $4 million in political con-
tributions has poured into Tallahassee, most of it coming from
the offers of Hospital Corporation of Americ (HCA), AT & T, Flor-
ida Power & Light and TECO Energy lobbyist. Many people feel
this system creates an unfair advantage for those who have
money to leverage influence on the Legislatures. No kidding?
Stay tuned.
Our hats are off to Miami-Dade Judge Steven Leifman who
is pushing a bill in the Legislature for an overhaul of the system
for handling mentally ill criminals. Florida spends $140,000 a
piece for 1,700 of these mental beds, for a total of $250 million
every year. That represents a,third of all mental health funding
in Florida.

Told you, Miami Commissioners who were so gung ho to build
the $634 million Florida Marlins baseball stadium has run into
their first roadblock. The commission now needs $9 million
from its general fund to jump-start the design and construction
of the garage and parking lots. Stay tuned.


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County approves renovation of Lyric Theater

Miami-Dade Board of County
Commissioners gave its seal of
approval for the expansion of
the Lyric Theater on Tuesday.
Commissioners passed an item
authorizing the renovation of
the county-owned property to
the Black Archives
History and Research
Foundation of South
Florida, Inc.
An overhaul of the
Historic Lyric The-
ater, located at 819
NW 2nd Avenue, is a
vital part of the com-
plete development
of Overtown. From
day one, Miami-Dade EDMC
County has been a
major supporter of the Lyric
Theater project. For the last
five years, Miami-Dade Coun-

ty, through its department of
Cultural Affairs, has provided
nearly $500,000 as support to
the operational and program-
ming budget of the Lyric The-
An additional five million dol-
lars have already
been spent on the
efforts to save and
restore the existing
theater, along with
some major reha-
bilitation, including
the construction of
a brand new lobby,
dressing rooms and
ADA-compliant rest-
NSON rooms.
Miami-Dade County
Commissioner Audrey M. Ed-
monson is a leading supporter
of the Lyric Theater. Through

her relentless efforts, county Theater, when completely reno-
staff worked diligently with the vated, will be a beacon of light,
Black Archives for __ culture and history
the continuation of within Overtown
the Lyric Theater ex- and throughout our
pension. The ten mil- community" said
lion dollars allocated Edmonson.
through the Gov- Dr. Dorothy Fields,
ernment Obligation ... founder and board
Bond' process will member of the Black
be used for the final J Archives, concurs
phase of this project, by expressing her
which will consist of sincere gratitude to
the expansion of the FIELDS Miami-Dade County
theater's stage along for its unwavering

with the construction of a wel-
come center and gallery for the
Black Archives.
"Today is a great day for the
Black Archives, but more im-
portantly, it is a great day for
Overtown and for the history of
this county. The Historic Lyric

"Without the county and
Commissioner Edmonson's
backing, this project would
have remained just a dream."
A newly renovated Historic
Lyric Theater expected to be
completed in 2011.

Raul Castro: "Willing to discuss everything"

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President James Monroe prom-
ised to protect the hemisphere
from the European powers.
But while the Monroe Doctrine
largely succeeded in doing, that,
it became the context for nearly
200 years of U.S. hegemony in
the region.
So, one' after another, Lat-
in American leaders pressed
Obama to 'back up his pledge
by resolving the region's most
contentious issue: the United
States' half-century political and
economic embargo of Cuba.

If Obama didn't know it when
he went to the summit, he has
to understand now that the dip-
lomatic road to Latin America
runs through Havana. In or-

during an end to restrictions on
the ability of Cuban Americans
to travel to Cuba just days be-
fore he departed for the sum-
mit, Obama apparently sought
to push the, embargo to the
back burner of the conference's
agenda, But, that. half-measure
highlightfedthe incredulity 'of a
policy that gives Cuban Ameri-
cans a right that is denied to al-
most every other American.
Obama might be rescued from
this misstep by the opening it
produced. Cuban President
Raul Castro said on the eve of
the summit, from which Cuba
was excluded, that he is willing
to have an open dialogue with
the Obama administration.
"We have sent messages to
the U.S. government in private
and in public that we are willing
to discuss everything, whenever
they want," he, said. "Human

rights, press freedom, political
prisoners, everything, every-
thing, everything they want to
talk about."

That's exactly what Obama
should do to prove he neant it
when he told Latin leaders,' "We
cannot let ourselves be prison-
ers of past disagreements."
Obama's willingness to break
with the past will be tested by
the distance his government
puts between the diplomatic
doublespeak that has the U.S.
trying to strangle' the econom-
ic life out of communist Cuba,
while asking communist China
to subsidize U.S. debt. Latin
American leaders see the hy-
pocrisy in this, and so should
Over the past decade, I've
made 14 reporting trips to Cuba.

I've spoken with dissidents, in-
tellectuals, shopkeepers, and
with hundreds of others in all
sectors of that society. I've also
interviewed government lead-
ers such as Fidel Castro; Ri-
cardo Alarcon, president of the
National Assembly; and Ruben
Remigio Ferro, chief justice of
Cuba's Supreme Court. These
encounters have made it clear
to me that Cuba is ready for a
new relationship with us.
Castro's willingness to talk
about the hot-button issues
that have kept our two nations
at loggerheads for nearly half a
century should not be left to fes-
ter. If Obama is to separate him-
self from other U.S. presidents
who have offered Latin America
lofty words and contemptuous
actions, he must broker an end
to America's longstanding con-
flict with Cuba.

Historical cabinet, still incomplete, convened Monday

continued from 1A

Veterans Affairs.
The Cabinet has one Texan
- former Dallas mayor Ron
Kirk, the U.S. trade represen-
tative and no one from the
Southeast. Three each hail
from California, New York,
the District of Columbia and
Obama's home state of Illi-
The president has a pref-
erence for previous officehold-
ers. His Cabinet includes four
former governors, two, ex-sen-
ators, and three former House
Obama's effort to have a

continued from 1A

responded, "Yes, It's a lot of
work but when someone puts
their signature on the dotted
line, it's not something to take
"It will definitely be historical
when we do qualify by petition,"
Meek said Tuesday. "It's evi-
dence of my reaching out to Flo-
ridians prior to the vote. That's
important, last I checked, for
any elected official that's run-
ning for office."
This is the first time the peti-
tion avenue is being attempted
in a statewide race in Florida.

bipartisan Cabinet was set
back a bit when his second
Commerce secretary nominee,
Republican Sen. Judd Gregg
of New Hampshire, withdrew
because of ideological differ-
ences. That leaves former GOP
congressman Ray LaHood of
Illinois as Transportation sec-
retary and Robert Gates, a
holdover from Bush's admin-
istration who considers him-
self a Republican, as Defense
The delay in completing
the Cabinet hasn't stopped
Obama's major initiatives.
Treasury Secretary Timothy
Geithner's confirmation was.
stalled because he underpaid
federal income taxes for several

Meek is using- it to boost his
candidacy in parts of the state
where is not well known.
' To qualify for the ballot by pe-
tition, the campaign will need
to collect and submit to county
election supervisors a total of
112,476 valid signatures by late
March 2010. .
Meek has some experience in
this regard, having launched a
statewide petition drive in 2002
as chairman of Florida's Coali-
tion to Reduce Class Size. More
than one million signatures were
collected, which allowed Florid-
ians to vote to amend the con-
stitution and limit class sizes.
Now in his fourth term in the

years, and his top deputies still
aren't confirmed. Yet the ad-
ministration pushed through a
$787 billion economic stimulus
package and other recession-
fighting measures.
Obama called for overhaul-
ing the nation's health care
system for the first time since
SClinton's, failed effort in 1994,
without the benefit of a Health
and Human Services secre-
tary. His first nominee, former
Senate Democratic leader Tom
Daschle, withdrew' because, of
tax underpayments.
The delay is the longest in
at least 20 years. Dick Cheney
became President George H.W.
Bush's Defense secretary in
March 1989. Janet Reno be-

U.S. House of Representatives,
Meek Is seeking the senate seat
being vacated by Republican
Mel Martinez who announced he
will not seek re-election. Meek
is the lone Florida Democrat on
the powerful House Ways and
Means Committee, serves also
on the NATO Parliamentary As-
sembly and is a member of the
Democratic Steering and Policy
I Meek served eight years in
the Florida House and Senate,
after leaving his job as a captain
in the Florida Highway Patrol to
run for the U.S. House seat from
which his mother, Carrie Meek,

came Clinton's attorney gen-
eral in March 1993. "Any or-
ganization works better when
there's somebody sitting in the
first chair," said Calvin Mack-
enzie, government professor at
Colby College in Maine.

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whose homeland conditions are
recognized by the U.S. govern-
ment as being temporarily un-
safe. The status lasts six to eight
months and may be extended.
Bastien said that she met with
the Obama transition team but
has not talked to anyone in the
The Miami-Dade County Com-
mission sent a letter in March to
President Barack Obama urging
him to approve the TPS request
and to "act now to grant fair and
equal treatment for all immi-

33,000 Haitians
grants in our community."
County Chairman Dennis C.
Moss and Commissioners Audrey
Edmonson, Barbara Jordan and
Dorrn-in D. Rolle have visited Hai-
ti within the last year and have
come back with moving stories of
the plight of the people.
"The County Commission can-
not in good faith let Haitian im-
migrantsalready in our commu-
nity return to such impoverished
conditions. There is a definite
need to provide a temporary save
haven to Haitians and I hope
President Obama will understand
this need," Moss said in a state-






Campaign needs 112,476 signatures by March 2010

The Governing Board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Miami Urbanized Area will hold a public hearing on
Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the County Commission Chambers, Stephen R Clark Center, 111 NW First Street, Miami,
Florida, for the purposes of approving:
1. FY 2009 Transportation Improvement Program Amendments:
The following amendments to the TIP are to include projects that received Federal Earmarks from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009:
FM #4162413 MDT FTA Section 5309 Bus Procurement Plan
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The TIP details in a single document all transportation improvements in the metropolitan area scheduled for the next five years.
Funding for the transportation improvements include federal, state and local transportation funding sources. A total of over 7.6
billion dollars in transportation funding is proposed in the TIP for the upcoming five year cycle.
All interested parties are invited to attend. For copies of the TIP and/or further information, please contact
the MPO Secretariat, Stephen PR Clark Center, 111 NW First Street, Suite 920, Miami, Florida 33128, phone:
(305) 375-4507; e-mail:; website: www.mlamidade.ov/mpo.' It is the policy of Miami-Dade' County to
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in advance.
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A 6 THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 22-28, 2009

Confederate flag stirs passions in Homestead

NAACP joins call for ban on

flag in Veterans Day parade

By Tariq Osborne

City leaders in Homestead are
coming up with a solution to
a racially charged controversy
that has been simmering since
the Sons of Confederate Veter-
ans marched with the Confed-
erate flag on Veteran's Day last
But the solution is generating
even more controversy.
In the face of complaints from
the NAACP and the Human Re-
lations Board, the City Council
may no .longer make any funds
available for parades.
The decision has not yet be-
come official but was simply
mentioned at the council's Feb.
3 meeting, said Rosemary Full-
er, chairwoman of the Florida
City/Homestead Human Rela-
tions Board.
"They haven't put anything in
writing yet but it's a part of the
minutes, so it's out there. The
mayor and council would make
that decision, with input from
the city manager," Fuller told
The Miami Times on Monday.
Brad Brown, first vice presi-
dent of the Miami Dade Branch
of the NAACP, said a ban on city
funds for all parades would be
"an over-reaction." He notes
that the city also hosts an an-
nual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
parade and a funding cut will
affect that event, as well.
The dispute began last No-
vember when Fort Lauderdale-
based Camp 471 of the Sons of
Confederate Veterans marched
in the city's 47t annual Veter-
an's Day parade under the Con-
federate Battle Flag.
Melvin McCormick, the lone
Black member of the Homestead
City Council, said in an e-mail

cutting off city support for the
parade was only one option be-
ing considered.
McCormick, who said he did
not see the flag on display, re-
fused to take a stand on the is-
sue, saying that he has received
comments from both sides.
"As an elected official that rep,
resents the entire community, it
is incumbent upon me to be the
voice of reason and listen to the
diverse perspectives of all that I
have been elected to represent,"
McCormick said in his e-mail on
Fuller has no such reserva-
"I was not a happy camper
after the parade," Fuller said.
"I felt like somebody had just
slapped me in the face. It's the
most insensitive thing I've ever
seen in my life and I've fielded
many phone calls since and
made many attempts to reach
city officials."
Fuller said her committee's
job is to foster "positive rela-
tions" and resolve "issues that
could get out of hand, and to
bring to light issues to them
that we feel could be detrimen-
tal to relations."
The display of the Confederate
flag during the parade created
just such an issue, she said.
"It's a very sensitive issue to
African Americans," said Fuller.
"The Confederacy certainly sup-
ported slavery and those nega-
tive things that kept.people op-
pressed and just was a. terrible
mark on this nation and what
we stand for -- and certainly [the
flag display] speaks very poorly
of Homestead."
Fuller'is trying to bring the
full power of her position to bear
to prevent a repeat this year and
she enlisted the support of the

Camp 471 of the Sons of Confederate veterans prepare for what became a controversial
march in Homestead on Veterans Day last November.

NAACP. She said the Military
Affairs Committee (MAC) of'the
Homestead/Florida City Cham-i
ber of Commerce has stymied
her efforts to ban a repeat of the
display. The committee, which
organizes the parade and makes
the final decision on such mat-
ters, rejected Fuller's stand.
In a letter to Fuller, MAC
Chairman. Jeffrey Wander said
the committee "does not intend
to censor any entrant whose
purpose is to show respect for
military veterans."
"The soldiers and sailors of the
Confederacy were pardoned by
President Eisenhower in 1958,"
Wander wrote, adding that
the Confederate flag was later
"usurped" as,a negative symbol
by disreputable groups.
.A woman who answered the
phone in the MAC office on
Friday said Wander would not

-Most illegal immigrants' kids are U.S. citizens

By Emily Bazar

Nearly three-quarters of ille-
gal immigrants' children were
born in the USA and are citi-
zens, according to a report re-
leased Tuesday.
Those four million children
muddy the immigration debate,
raising questions about en-
forcement and public services
for illegal immigrant families
whose members include legal
residents, experts say.,
"Undocumented immigrants
live in neighborhoods; they have
kids in school," says Jeffrey
Passel, a senior demographer at
Pew Hispanic Center and co-au-
thor of the report. "That compli-
cates greatly the difficulty of the
task of coming up with policies
to deal with this population."
About one-third of the roughly
12 million illegal immigrants in
the USA are-women, and most

illegal immigrants are mar-
'ried or living with someone, the
non-partisan research center's
analysis of 2008 Census data
Of the 5.5 trillion children of
illegal immigrants, 73 percent
were born here. In 2003, 63
percent of illegal immigrants'
children were citizens.
Because more families are
made up of both legal and il-
legal residents, immigration
enforcement becomes trickier,
says Steven Camarota, research
director at the Center for Im-
migration Studies. The center
advocates reduced immigra-
tion. "Once kids are involved, it
gets tougher to enforce the law,"
Camarota says. "It complicates
it as a political and emotional
Although Camarota says there
should be room for exceptions,
"the presence of a U.S.-born

child should not be used as an
excuse not to enforce the law."
.Douglas Massey, a sociology
professor at Princeton Universi-
ty, favors changes in immigra-
tion law that would allow illegal
immigrants to stay legally.
That way, Massey says, the
taxes paid by newly legalized
residents could be used to fund
public services they use, such
as education and health care.
According to the report, chil-
dren of illegal immigrants make
up 6.8 percent of children en-
rolled in kindergarten' through
12th grade.
"We don't really have an op-
tion other than somehow bring-
ing these people above board,"
Massey says.
The report also shows that il-
legal immigrants are more likely
to live as family units with their
children than legal immigrants
or U.S.-born Americans.

comment on the matter.
Fuller does not dispute that
point but she argues that if
these are veterans they should
march under the U.S. flag.
"They lost," she said. "And
they stood for leaving the coun-
try and they may be veterans
but no living people are veter-
ans of the Confederacy."
Brown agrees.
'"They are sons of people
who fought against the United
States," Brown said. "Certainly
'they're veterans but they're not

veterans of the United States."
Greg Kalof, who has served as
camp commander of the Sons,
of Confederate Veterans since
January, was surprised by the
"I expected exactly what has
happened with previous pa-
.rades that we were in: nothing.
I've never had controversy like
this. This is a unique situation
for us, really," Kalof said.
Lillian Delgado, public infor-
mation officer for Homestead,
said the city contributes $2,000

in "in-kind" services to each of
the city's three parades each
year, including traffic re-rout-
ing, enhanced police presence
and trash pickup.
It is those services that the
council will decide to maintain
or curtail. 'We do provide some
in-kind services," said Delgado,
"but in terms of sponsorships
we've never done anything.
It's not like we write anyone a
Fuller hopes the final decision
will be made at the Homestead
City Council's next meeting on
Monday, April 20.
Even if Homestead curtails
these services, Fuller and Brown
will not consider the matter set-
tled. Brown is especially critical
of the decision of the MAC not to
"They've drawn a line in the
sand, saying they won't do any-
thing. So now you have to take
a look at what else you do be-
tween now and November to
make sure it doesn't happen
again," Brown said.
The NAACP official is advocat-
ing a consensus-building ap-
proach in dealing with the is-'
"The NAACP is going to be
looking at our options to raise
issues with the city and with the
chamber. What I want to find out
is what else the city does with
the chamber. If they're a mem-
ber of the chamber, they ought
to do more than just pull their
money out of the parade," said
Brown. "We should also look at
other groups that participate in
the parade and see how they

Industry Forum

Doing Business with Miami-Dade County: Architecture, Engineering, Construction
Thursday, May 21, 2009 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
Port of Miami, Terminal D, Dodge Island
If you are an architect, engineer or a contractor, you know the severe impact the housing market and
ongoing recession has had on the building industry nationwide. Miami-Dade County is
working with its partners in the building trades and professions to get work out on the street as quickly
as possible. On behalf of Mayor Carlos Alvarez,'Chairiman Dennis C. Moss, and the Board of County
Commissioners you are cordially invited to a workshop to discuss new initiatives and how we can work
better with you.
The Office of Capital Improvements and the County's major capital departments will provide an update
on future projects and contracting opportunities.

Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle's Easter Egg Hunt Bash
MIAMI, FI The Easter Bunny had a full passenger load for Commissioner Rolle. "I'm glad people all of ages joined me enjoyment, as well as snow cones and popcorn for every-
the Easter Bunny Express train that took excited kids and had a blast this year:' one in attendance. In a grand finale, the commissioner
around Arcola Lakes Park at Commissioner Dorrin D. The highlight of the event was the egg hunt, where invited everyone to take part in a dance contest to see
Rolle's Sixth Annual Easter Egg Bash on Sunday, April 12, children looked for special "golden eggs" for great prizes who had the best Easter moves.
2009. More than 500 people attended the free family like bicycles, radios and CD players, karaoke machines, and Even after the four-hour event officially ended, groups
event at Arcola Lakes Park where they enjoyed music, Easter egg baskets with gifts like jumbo cars for boys and lingered around the park enjoying the opportunity
food, and fun-filled activities, play purses and accessories for girls. There was also Commissioner Rolle s event had given them to relax and
"The Easter Egg Hunt Bash is a way for families to various bounce houses, face painting, a water dunk come together as a community.
celehrate tnncther during the Easter holiday." said machine, and a visit from the Easter Bunny for the kids'



Obama's Cabinet most diverse in history

President Obama holds his first Cabinet meeting today, but the Cabinet still isn't complete. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' nomination as secretary of Health and Human Services is
scheduled for a Senate committee vote Tuesday, which could lead to Senate confirmation this week. That would complete the Cabinet:

Race, ethnicity
Political party

of State
Hillary R. Clinton

of Treasury
TimoithN Geithner

61 47
White 1 White
New York Ne\ Y
Democrat Demnoc

ST,.. Secretary Allorne) Secretary
of Defense General of the Interior
Robert Gates Eric Holder Ken salazar
65 58 54
\Vhte Black Hispdnic
Washington District of Columbia Colorado
Republican Democrat Democrat


AP Secretary Secretary -
of Agriculture of Commerce
Tom \llsack GraN Locke
58 59
\Whine Asian
Iloa Washington
Democrat Democrat

Secretary ',.,. .Lai Secretary of Health and
of Labor Human Services Designate
Hilda Solis Kathleen Sebelhus
51 60



Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development
Shaun Donovan
New York

of Transportation
Ra, LaHood


of Energy
Steven Chu

of Education
Arne Duncan

" Secretary of
Veterans Affairs
Eric Shinseki

Secretary of
Office Homeland Security
Occupant Janet Napolitano
Age 5
Race. ethnicity White

Political part


Council of Economic
Ad% isors Chairwoman
Chriunja Romer


Environmental Protection
Agency Administrator
Lr ,a Jackson


a Aw, m
Office of Management United States Trade
and Budget Director Representative

Peter Orszia
District of Columbia

Ron Kirk

Ambassador to the
United Nations
Susan Rice
Di-srict of Columbia

White House Chief
of staff
Rahm Emanuel


The African Heritage Forum
on the topic "Understanding the
Legacy" will take place at Bro-
ward College North,, OMNI Cen-
ter, from 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.,
Wednesday, April 22. 754-321-

The Miami-Dade County
Commission for women will
meet at the North Miami Beach
McDonald Center, from 6:30-
8:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 22.
305-375-4967, Morilla@miami-

The Sant La Haitian Neigh-
borhood Center will lost its
annual dinner and auction at
the Hilton hotel in Downtown
Miami at 5:30 p.m., Thursday,
April 23. 305-573-4871 or kev-

Housing Opportunities Proj-
ect for Excellence (HOPE) will
hold its 161h annual Fair Hous-
ing Luncheon on the theme
"Uniting to Create Solutions" at
Jungle Island from 11 a.m.-2
p.m., Friday, April 24. 305-651-

Embassy Creek Elementary
School students in Cooper City
will participate in the second
annual Vocabulary Parade at
8:30 a.m., Friday, April 24. 754-

Broward. County Public
Schools will hold its first Asth-
ma Parent Workshop at the Sig-
nature Grand, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, April 25. 754-321-

The Miami-Dade County
State Attorney's Office, in
conjunction with the Belafonte
TACOLCY Center and Embrace
Girls Foundation, will hold a
Community Empowerment
Seminar at the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Center, 10:00
a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, April
25. Melba Pearson, 305-636-

Mahaqni SL will be holding
a casting call for actors, sing-
ers, actresses and comedians to
star in their upcoming play Hair
Drama, beginning at 10 a.m.,
on Saturday, April 25. 786-285-

The Booker T. Washington
Alumni Association is spon-
soring its fifth annual Living
Legends Awards Ceremony at
the Doral Golf Resort, Saturday,
April 25. Kathryn Hepburn,
786-443-8221, or Willie Warren,

The Miami-Dade State At-
torney's Office will hold a Seal-
ing and Expungement program
at the Victor Wilde Community
Center in Hialeah from 5-7:30
p.m., Monday, April 27. 305-

The City of Miami Waitlist
for the Housing Opportunities
for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
Long Term Rental Assistance
(LTRA) Program is accepting ap-
plications until April 30.

Wingate Oaks Center, in
Ft. Lauderdale, will hold their

seventh annual community'
resource fair from 6 8 p.m.,
Thursday, April 30. 754-321-

The Scott Lake -Optimist
Club is taking early registra-
tion for the upcoming football/
cheerleading season, at Scott
Park, 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays
and Fridays, until April 30. The
club is also looking for female
cheer coaches. 305-474-0030.

The City of Miami Commu-
nity Relations Board is accept-
ing applications from residents
interested in serving on the
board. Deadline is Thursday,
April 30. Ada Rojas, 305-416-

Cynthia Bell Productions
will host a book release and
signing, 516 North State Road
7, 7-9 p.m., April 30. 954-540-

Kristi House will host its
third annual "Breaking the Si-
lence" luncheon at the Grove
Isle Hotel in Coconut Grove,
12-1:30 p.m., April 30. Bianca
Fernandez, 305-547-680, bfer-

Miami-Dade County is seek-
ing nominees for the 22nd an-
nual In the Company of Women
Awards Ceremony which will be
held in March 2010. The dead-
line for nominations is 5 p.m.,
Friday, May 1. Lisa Fernandez,
305-480-1717, ext. 104.

******** *
Miami-Dade Consumer Ser-
vices Department and the
Dade County Bar Association
County Court Committee will
host a Lunch N' Learn Seminar
on Landlord/Tenant Law, North
Dade Justice Center, 11:30
a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, May 1.

Jackson Memorial Health
System retirees are sponsor-
ing their second annual picnic
at the Arcola Lakes Park, Satur-
day, May 2. 305-685-3894.

The Miami-Dade County
Property Appraiser's Office
will hold its annual Agricultural
Classified Value Workshop at
the auditorium of the Extension
Service's John D. Campbell Ag-
ricultural Center in Homestead,
beginning at 1:30 p.m., Wednes-
day, May 6. 305-234-1454.

African-American Perform-
ing Arts Community Theatre
is looking for three actors for
the stage play, For Your Love...
SUCKER! The show runs May
6-31 at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. Rehears-
als are 6-9 p.m. 305-637-1895,
cell 954-294-5015, aapact@ya-

North Dade Regional Cham-
ber of Commerce will have a
breakfast at the El Palacio Hotel
and Resort, from 7:30-9 a.m.,
Thursday, May 7. 305-690-

Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of Florida and the Orange Bowl
Committee will host the seventh
annual "Field of Dreams" schol-
arship benefit at the Broward
County Convention Center 7
p.m., May 8. LaToya Williams,

The Haitian Heritage Mu-
seum will present a Cultural
Heritage Festival at the Gwen
Margolis Community Center 11
a.m. 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9.

The McIntyre Institute,
which specializes in liturgical
dance, will present their annu-
al production "Called 2 Dance"
Chapter IV at the Gusman Cen-
ter for the Performing Arts at 7
p.m., May 9. 305-628-8920.

Soul of the People: Writing
Florida's Story is now open at
Nova Southeastern University's
Alvin Sherman Library, Re-
search, and Information Tech-
nology Center, Second Floor
Gallery, through May 10. www.

Momentum Dance Com-
pany will hold its sixth annual
Miami Dance Festival with per-
formances at Colony Theater,
Miami Beach Cinematheque,
the Manuel Artime Theater, the
Byron Carlyle Theatre and Per-
forming Arts Network, un til
May 10. 305-858-7002 or www.

Miami-Dade Alumni Chapter
of Bethune-Cookman University
will host its annual scholarship
at the Omega Activity Center in
Opa-locka, from 8 p.m.-1 a.m.,
Friday, May 15. 305-505-1235.

The Rotary Club of Opa-
locka/Miami Gardens will
present its first Kings and
Queens Youth Chess Exhibition
Fundraiser at the Jesus People
Ministries Church International
in Miami Gardens, 9:30 a.m.,
Saturday, May 16. Webber J.
Charles, 786-269-4337 or char-

North Miami Pioneer Hall of
Fame will hold its second in-
duction ceremony at the Don
Shula's Hotel and Restaurant at
9:30 a.m., May 16.

Pembroke Park Church of

Christ will host a Health Walk
at 7 a.m. and a Community
Health Fair and Festival, 10
a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 16.

The ninth annual Oscar
Thomas Memorial People's Art
Exhibition is on display at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center's Amadlozi Gallery until
May 21. 305-638-6771.

The Richmond Heights Re-
source Center is having a com-
munity fair at the Promenade
Shopping Plaza parking lot and
store front sidewalk, noon, Fri-
day, May 22. 305-235-7731,
richmondheightsrc@yahoo. com

Miami Jackson High Class of
1979 will hold its 30th annual
reunion with a week of events
highlighted by a trip to Mon-
tego Bay, Jamaica. The festivi-
ties will be on June 5-14. Louis
Fish, president, 954-895-5441;
Carol Jones, secretary, 786-

The National Association of
Black Hotel Owners, Operators
& Developers will hold its 13th
annual conference at the Doral
Golf Resort & Spa, July 22-25.

Miami Northwestern High
Class of 1959 meets at the Af-
rican Heritage Cultural Arts
Center 10:30 a.m. the third
Saturday of the month. 305-
688-2093. The Class of 1959
will hold its 20th anniversary
reunion Aug. 6-9. Bulls89re-

St. Paul A.M.E. Church in-
vites you to join them for their
Family and Friends Worship
celebration at 10 a.m., Sunday,
April 26. 305-634-3720.

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.. Ordination service of
- Minister Derrick Larkin

In this photo taken Sunday, March 29, Rabbi Rigoberto Vinas, right, shows Temple Beth El congregation members the proper method of storing
the congregation's new Torah, in Philadelphia. The sacred scrolls were a small sign of recognition for the African-American temple, which after de-
cades on the fringes is starting to be welcomed by the mainstream Jewish community despite the synagogue's unusual traditions and beliefs.

Black synagogue gets first

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Please join Dr. Jimmye Finch-
Larkin and the New Fellowship
Christian Center in the celebra-
tion of the ordination and in-
stallation to the Pastoral Office
of Minister Derrick Floyd Larkin
on Sunday, April 26, 3:30 p.m.',
240 Bahman Avenue, Opa-
lobka. '


8th pastoral
anniversary at
St. Mark
St. Mark Missionary Baptist
Church will observe the
8th Pastoral Anniversary of
Reverend Joseph F. Williams.
Worship Service will be held on
Wednesday, Aprill 22 at 7 p.m.,
with Rev. Vinson Davis and
New Providence MB Church.
Spring Brunch will be held on
Saturday, April 25 at 11 a.m., at
Carrie Meeks Center, 1350 N.W.
50 Street. Closeout Worship
Service is on Sunday, April, 26
at 4 p.m., with Rev. Ellis Cox
and Memorial Temple Baptist
For further information please
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Miami-Dade students and 5000 Role Models commemorate Stop-Day

By Tariq Osborne

Anthony Ray, 27, has had two
rewarding experiences with the
5000 Role Models of Excellence
Project, umbrella under the
Miami-Dade County School
His involvement in the
program as a tenth grader
at Miami Carol City Sr. High
School and receiving the 5000
Role Models scholarship for
$1,000 upon graduation from
high school helped shaped his
Ray used the funds to attend
Florida Agricultural and
Mechanical University, where
he majored in Journalism.
Capitalizing upon this coup,
he then went on to get his
masters from NovaSoutheastern
University, and he is currently
working on his doctorate in
Higher Education at Nova. ,
Ray credits much of his
success to the 5000 Role Models
"The program is exceptional,"
he said. "There are more
resources now and more men
who believe in Dr. [Frederica]
Wilson's idea of bettering the
Ray now teaches English and
Journalism at Norland Middle
Ray and nearly 200 students
throughout Miami-Dade County
Public Schools attended the
5000 Role Models of Excellence
annual Stop Day event, which
took place at the University
of Miami Hospital, Seminar
The event included several

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Circuit Court Judge Orlando Prescott swears in the new Role Models into the 5000 Role
Models of Excellence Project at the annual Stop Day event held at the University of Miami
Hospital, Seminar Center on Friday. -Photo courtesy of 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project

notable guest speakers,
including U.S. Attorney James
Swain of the U.S. Attorney's
office, Commander Delrish
L. Moss, Senior Executive
Assistant to the Chief of Police,
and Assistant' Director Lenny
Burgess of Miami-Dade County
Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Friday's program included
a ceremony in honor of the
victims of the school shooting
at Columbine High School in
Colorado. Monday marked
the 10-year anniversary of the
massacre that killed 13 people
and wounded 23.
Circuit Court Judge Orlando
Prescott issued a stern
warning to the students in the
"You would like to believe
that you're too young to end up
in a cell, but you're not," said
"There's no age limit on 10-
20-life," he continued, referring
to current state law,, which

Year up and Microsoft, a

most elegant partnership

Working together to create opportunities
and strengthen communities
An elegant equation is the "Microsoft and Year Up are
simplest path to a solution. Mi- working to reduce the barriers
crosoft plus Year Up equals un- in .our knowledge economy,"
limited opportunities. Microsoft said Donna Woodall, Microsoft's
and Year Up have come together director of community outreach
in an effort to close the digital for the Mid-Atlantic region.
divide. "Through this partnership, we
Partnerships such as the one are preparing the next gen-
Microsoft shares with Year Up eration for economic success
are made possible through Mi- through the power of technol-
crosoft's Unlimited Potential ogy."
grant. fThrough this grant, Mi- Year Up participants like Jas-
crosoft and its-: partners pro- mine Anderson are able to ap-
vide hands-on technology skills ply the skills they learned in the
training to people within the program in real-time. Anderson,
community. The Microsoft Un- a Baltimore resident, leaves
limited Potential grant aims to home at 5:30 in the morning to
deliver the benefits of relevant, arrive on time at the Brookings
accessible and affordable soft- Institution, where she's been
ware to the five billion people assigned. This early riser has
who today are without access to found her experience as a Year
technology or the opportunities Up apprentice invaluable.
it affords. "Year Up has given me a lot of
Year Up is a one-year, inten- job training. The program has
sive training program that pro- helped me with my profession-
vides urban young adults, ages alism and has laid a foundation
18-24, with a unique combina- for the technological skills that I
tion of technical and profes- have now," Anderson says.
sional skills, college credits, -an Year Up provides a high sup-
educational stipend and corpo- port, high expectation environ-
rate apprenticeship. ment that encourages young
"Year Up has achieved excel- adults to reach their full po-
lent results," said Tynesia Boyea tential. One hundred percent
Robinson, the executive director of students who complete the
of the Washington', DC program. training portion of the program
"91 percent of our graduates go are placed in apprenticeships.
on to further their education or Through Year Up's apprentice-
obtain well-paying jobs. ships, young people gain real
A recent Annie E. Casey Foun- work experience at leading area
dation report estimates that companies and organizations.
"4.3 million youth in this coun- Microsoft is also one of over 80
try have not progressed beyond corporate partners that host
a high school diploma and are Year Up apprentices.
neither employed nor enrolled Herbert Gay, Microsoft ap-
in postsecondary education." prentice, said "My mother told
(KIDS COUNT Data Book, 2006) me about the program, but see-
Microsoft realizes-that many of ing is believing. It wasn't until
America's youth are woefully I attended. a friend's Year Up
unprepared for and lack the graduation that I realized that
skills needed to succeed in to- I had to seize, the. moment and
day's workforce. They-are hin- apply for the program. I'm glad
dered by the inequities of what I joined the next class of stu-
Year Up calls the Opportunity dents. The skills I've acquired
Divide where young people in the program have given me a
who are in need of higher edu- head start in my career."
cation and career opportunities Perhaps the most elegant of
are isolated from institutions, equations is the outcome of suc-
people and opportunities that cess when preparation meets
can help them make a success- opportunity.
ful transition into adulthood "With the help of- companies
and economic wellbeing. like Microsoft, we're helping
For years Year Up has worked students to envision the ca-
with Microsoft to broaden ac- reers they can have if they ap-
cess to jobs through informa- ply themselves diligently during
tion technology education and and after our program," said
training. Microsoft has provided Robinson, "I can think of no
dollars, software and training greater return on our invest-
materials to support Year Up's ment than students leaving Year
efforts. The company's partner- Up and realizing they are assets
ship with Year Up is just one av- not just to the companies that
enue the company has pursued they work for but to their com-
to help close the digital divide. munities at large."

imposes a 10-year mandatory
minimum prison sentence for
possession of a firearm during
the commission of a felony.
Also, a 20-year sentence for the
discharge of a firearm during
the commission of a felony and
a 25-year to life sentence for
causing great bodily harm or
death with a firearm regardless
of the defendant's age.
Prescott referred to himself
as "Dr. No,"--much to the
amusement of the. gathered
youth--because he is often
asked the same questions by
defendants. Prescott offered a
glimpse of the give and take he

Rainbow Tea at

Soul Saving
Rev. Jodie Alexander and the
Pastor's Aide Board of Soul Sav-
ing M.B. Church, 2170 N.W. 76
Street, invites you to our annual
Rainbow Tea, at 3 p.m., April
Our special guest will be The
Southern Echoes. Please come
and join'in as we worship and
fellowship in the Lord.

has had so often on the bench.
'Can I go home? No."
'Can I get a bond? No."
"Can I see my Mama? No." He
Prescott would occasionally
like to be more lenient on the
bench, he confided during a
subsequent interview with The
Miami Times.
"There are decisions that have
to be made with the cold hard
facts and within the bounds of
the law. It doesn't mean that
you don't feel emotionally," he
said. "Would I like to be able
to tell the kid that he can go
home? Yes. But based upon the
facts, he's not going home."

Prescott has never had a
defendant who took part in the
5,000 Role models program, but
has had defendants with whom
he was familiar before.
"I've had kids who I've known
from different programs before
me," he said. "But I have few
options in terms of helping
them. As they stand before me,
I can't show any preference."
He explained this nuanced
position to the gathered children
in very stark terms.
"When I put on this robe," he
said, "I call it a mortgage issue.
Because I have to do my job-
and follow the law, so I can pay
my mortgage."

Emmanuel Missionary Baptist

Church celebrates 20th year

On April 22 to 26 Rev. Car-
penter and -Emmanuel Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will
celebrate 20 years of service
in this christian community.
We would like to take this
opportunity to express our

appreciation for your work
and for bringing the true gos-
pel of Christ. Everyone is in-
vited to come nightly at 7:30
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Wise people bring good tidings with

their speech; fools
I know that you have heard
the childhood chant that "sticks
and stones may break my bones
but words will never hurt me."
Unfortunately, many adults still
feel this way, even though that
statement is entirely untrue.
Words can hurt a lot..
Proverbs 18:21 tells us that
the power of life and death is

Revelation Christian Acad-
emy will: present its annual
Praise Extravaganza, 4 p.m.,
Sunday, April 19. 305-758-5656
or 305-691-4572.

Embassy Church will cel-
ebrate its church anniversary
7 o'clock nightly, until April 22.

St. Matthews M.B.C. will cel-
ebrate their pastor's 401 anni-
versary from April 24-26. 305-

New Corinth M.B.C. invites'
you to their quartet singing pro-
gram .at 7:30. p.m., Saturday,
April 25.

Redemption M.B. will have
their annual prayer breakfast at
8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 25.

bring destruction
in the tongue. Job 22:28 tells
us that we can decree (speak) a
thing and it will be established.
So, when you speak, what are
you are bringing forth, curses
or blessings?
James has much to say about
the tongue in the third chapter
of his Book. In verse 5b, he tells
us that, it takes only a small

St. Mark Missionary Baptist
Church will celebrate its eighth
pastoral anniversary until April
26. St. Mark will also be hav-
ing their spring brunch at the
Carrie Meek Center at 11 a.m.,
April 25. 305-409-4215 or 786-

New Providence M.B.C. in-
vites you to come to their Fel-
lowship Day, 7:30 a.m. and 11
a.m., on April 26. Mary Doster,

Peace Missionary Baptist
Church is celebrating its fourth
anniversary through April 26,
305-681-4681, 786-768-3043.

Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church
will hold its annual Unity Day
Celebration at 10:30 a.m., Sun-
day, April 26. 305-652-6710.

spark to set off a fire. This is
definitely true. I read that most
forest fires that destroy thou-
sands and thousands of acres
are usually started by one care-
lessly tossed match. Just one
match can cause acres of land
to burn for days.
James further informs us that
our tongue is a flame. It can set
our whole life on fire and cor-
rupt our entire bodies. This lets
us know that the words that
we speak are no small thing
when it comes to the power that
we can wield with our speech.
Even when the religious people
were complaining about Jesus
and His disciples not washing
their hands before eating, Je-
sus replied that "what goes into

Soul Saving M.B.C. invites
you tq our. annual Rainbow Tea,
3 p.m., April 26. 305-826-3646.
S*** *** *
House of Bethlehem will
hold the Fruit of the Spirit re-
vival, 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April
26. 786-274-0889.

St. James AME Church invites
you to attend its Lay Awareness
Day, 4 p.m., on April 26. Sis. Iva
Major, 305-691-4212.

The Spirit of the Lord Chris-
tian Center presents their
miracle revival at First Baptist
Church of Bunche Park, at 7:30
p.m. nightly, from April 27 May
1. 786-355-1605.
******* *
A Missionary With A New Be-
ginning Church invites to their
weekly 11 a.m. Sunday service
and 7:30 p.m. Thursday night"
Bible Study.

Note: Calendar items must
be submitted before 3:30 p.m.
on Monday.

a person's mouth does not de-
file them, but what comes out
of that person's mouth." So
we can become defiled by our
There are too many scrip-
tures to cite to tell you of how
important the Bible feels about
our speech. They include Psalm
37:30, 141:30; Proverbs 4:24,
11:9, 26:28 and Ecclesiastes
10:12. These verses remind us
that wise people bring good tid-
ings, encouragement and bless-

ings with their speech but the
fool brings destruction and con-
firms that he is indeed a fool (in
case anyone had any doubt).
I have counseled and minis-
tered to many over the years
and so I know how hurtful and
destructive carelessly uttered
words can be. Many adults
are still shackled and by being
called "stupid," "worthless" or
"good for nothing" as children.
Worse- still is when a child is
told that he or she will never be

anything because he or she is
just like his or her parent who
will never be anything either.
That child is condemned with
such words and declared he or
she will grow up to be unpro-
ductive and of no account.
Thank God that we can use
the same mouths to break
these curses but until that child
comes to the knowledge that he
or she does not have to be what
he or she was told, the child can
suffer greatly in the interim.

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Wedc.-IntercestsoyPrayer r9 a.m 12 p.m.
MerIndsI Set,,ce .. II a-.n.
Sa. -Eve. Worship .....7.. 30 p..
rri. Bible Study..... 730 pinm.

Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church

r 740 N\ \ 5thircct
Order of ser ices,
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Wedimfeiday..-.11..-..I-l pm.

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

Order of Services:
Earl Sunday
Ikminm c.blip 7:30 a.m.
Sunday school 9:30 a.m.
Mommy 'ng Worhip 11 a.m.
IPrs.i.-r .,rit Bih Study
Mecline ITue 07 p.m.
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f- Brownsville' -i
Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court
305-634-4850/Fax & Messages
Order of Services
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Ift____ rniilnporltdoll aJnable Luhll

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

Order of Sersices:
CS ^. ..".+ i ,el) '^.r ,n c 4.itn. Iw I M,2~.ix'l,r W 1t-,hp IC.).JIaI ,
7L.H ir n, nl flllsl n pil
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St. Luke Missionary Baptist
1790 N.W. 55th Street

Ordr of Serces:
Fatly MonngWor ip,.730atm.I
Sunday School ....9:30a.n.
MomrningWorship,....1 a.m.

Prayer Meeting ............7:30 p.m
Bible Study ............8 p.m..

Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12'h Ave.
Order of Services:
Eary Worship ...........7 am.,
SSunay SchooL ............ 9 a.m.
M NBC..........................10:05aan.
Wo .... .'4 p.m.
M ass.i n anBb -Bible Clas'
M today ...............6:30p m .
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Ebenezer United St. Mark Missionary
Methodist Church Baptist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street 1470 N.W. 87th Street
305-635-7413 305-691-8861
Onlrer of Services:
Sunday MorningServices Order ofServices:
S7:45a.m. U:1S am Sunday 7:30 and II a.m.
Sf nday School -9:45 a.m. Worship Service
Bible Study Tuesday 9:30 a.m.......... Sunday School
10a.m. & 7 p.m. Tueiday.........7 p.m. Bible Study
PrayerMeeting Tue-6p.m. Prayer Meeting
Prayer Meeting-Tues. Monday. Wednesday, Friday
____ _12 p.un...... Day Prnyer

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W, 31 Avenue
Church 305-573-3714
Fax 30-S?73-4060*Fax 305-255-8545
Order of Services:
Sttmday School...........9:45 a.m.
Sun. Morning Sers.....I a.m.
4 Sunl.BTU1.,,,:30-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday.....Bible Study
Feeding Ministry.... a.m.
! Wed. Bible Study/Prayer..6:30 p.m.
Thurs. Outreach Minisuty....6:30

The Episcopal Church of,
The Transfiguration
15260 NW 19't Avenue


Church Schedule:
Sunday Services
7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Healing Service
Second Wednesday 7 p.m.

Bible Teaching Seminar
8610/8620 N.W 17th Ave.
Miami, FL. 33147

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faith, hope, love..
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New 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
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street
305-634-6721 Fax: 305-635-8355
Order of Services
ChlrchwSunday School..... 8:30 a.I.
$day Worehip Service ... 10 3.m
Mid..Weck Service.... Wednesday's
Hour or Power-Noon DIy Pmayer

Evening Woraship ... 7 p.m.

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

Order of Services:
Mon. thru Ri. Noon Day Prayer
Bible Study...Thurs....7 p.m.
Sunday Worship...7-11 a.m.
Sunday School.......9:30 a.m.


Logos Baptist Church '
16305 NW 48th Ave.

Order of Services

Morning Worllip at 8 & 11 a.m.
Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.
Bible Study 7 p.m.
No Service

SMt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue
Order of Services

Church Scho ...........930 a.m
Worsidp Servc.. .............. 11 m
Bilet SMluyPrayer Night 7: p.m.
Prayer Meeting?
"Therm s a place for you"

Mt. Hermon A.ME. Church
17800 NW 25th Ave.
w w.ithennonworhipcontlr.orig
305-621-5067 Fax: 305-623-3104
Order of Services;
Sunimday hWorship Services:
7 a.m. & 10 a.m.
bn rch School: 8:30a.m.
Wed psday
Pastor's Noon Day Bible Study
F Bible Institute, 6:30 p.m.
Mid-week Worship 7:30 p.m.

/ Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
305-696-4341 Fax: 305-696-2301
Order of Services:
SunadaySchool ............930 a.m.
n MaminM raissotship.,lu a.m.
Evening wa shipat 6p L
Prayer Meeting & Bible Study
STuesday 7 p.m.
in.womAt Ami. CaBle0-8r 9day

First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
305-635-8053 Fax: 305-635-0026
Order of Services:
Sunmday................7:30 & 11 a.m.
Sunday School ...............10 am n.
Tinsday.......... m. Bible Study,
S7 -erayvrMe ting, B.T.U.
l'" *-^ Baptism Thuis, before
- First Sun..7 p.m.
Communion First Sun........
7:30 & 11 a.m.

S Cornerstone Bible
Fellowship Church
2390 NW 87 Street
Order of Services:

Sunday Worship..... 11 am.
H| First Sunday Evening Worship
Mid Week Sep ce... 7 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal| ursday
4^"^ 7.30 p.t1)

S93d" Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93r Street
Order of Services
11 a~m, ..Morning Worship

I st & 3rd S u ay ........6t 6 i
Tueday Bible Study 711 M

Liberty City Church '
of Christ,
1263N.W. 67th Street
Order of Services:
Sund.lNotinng. 8 a.m.
ustday School IIa.m.
Sunday ELsnsn2 6p.m.
Mom LatIlonwt 6'0 P.M.
Tut PiblClast..7 30 p.m.
..Thtu,' l-:low shp .. In a.m.
I F auS tann tPracticc 6 p.m.

New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10* Avenue
Order of Services:
F.,i.. st ,i ~ ',hip,,+7:30a.m.
S-,n ., s.n.:oI .. ....... 0am.
s Wi, t ,-.a .t1x p...11am.
r [f u&.Baw .eSemrvic..61pm.
ai leeftn 730 p.m.
\1oWn b,.W.,. Study 7.30 p.m.
N. I .., 1 a "h.,, lBlta MoNlwmmnt"

Word of Faith "
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 876 Street
305-836-9081 .
Order of Ser Ices:
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S ,,ir .,h .1i .1 ii r II ".t.
Tuhr,,esdJ < ,is $'- p S. pm.
Thuirsd.> P ci ; .e- l pm

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

Order of Services:
Sunday. OChurch School ............... 10a.m.
Worship Se 1v5ce ....... : 5 am.
Tuesdays Bible Class ............ I7 p.m.
4hh Sunday Eveninig Worship.......6 p.m.

New Shiloh M.B. Church
1350 N.W.95'1 Street
305-835-8280 Fax# 305-696-6220
Church Schedule:
| ,^y ] Early Morning Worship 7:30 a.nL
S Su, church School 930 am.
Morning Worship .....11 a.m.
STuesday Bible Class 7 p.m.
lues, before the 1st Sun..... p.m.
Mid-week Worship

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

Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL33023
(Office) 954-962-9327 (Fax) 954-962-3396
Order of Services
Bible Study ............9 a.m ***Morning Worship ............. 10a.m. ,
Evening Worship .............. 6:p.m. -
Wednesday....General Bible Study ..... 7:30 p.m. 1
TV Program Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. 9 a.m.
Comcast Channels: 8,19, 21, 22, 23, 30 & 37/Local Channels: 21 & 22 I
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S- NFL star leads campaign on stuttering awareness
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By Dan Piller

What may be the next big
thing in the quest for the perfect
low-fat french fry will sprout
from Iowa ground this summer.
Pioneer Hi-Bred says its
genetically engineered soybean
will make an oil that has no
artery-clogging trans fats. The
high-olcic oil is supposed to
last three to five times longer
in commercial fryers than most
zero-trans-fat oils.
The Johnston, Iowa-based
company, the second-largest
producer of hybrid seeds for
agriculture, will put the soybean
through tests to determine
whether those claims are true. If
so, then McDonald's. Frito-Lay
and other compares may snap
up the oil and promote heart-
healthy fried foods and chips.
The consequences for
Americans' health could be
"Zero-trans-fat oils are clearly
healthier," says David Lemon,
a Des Moines, cardiologist.
"The American average diet
contains 3'% trans fats, and the
percentage now recommended is
1% or less."
The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration has required
food processors to label foods
by the amount of trans fat
because medical researchers
say.trans fats promote bad
cholesterol in the bloodstream.
That can lead to heart disease.
"Any product that does the
job translates into a gain for the
population," Lemon says.
Iowa agriculture has-a lot at
stake in the oil wars, because
the state is the nation's largest,
producer of soybeans.
Americans consume 31
billion pounds of oil a year.
Up to 40% of that oil is
hydrogenated, meaning high in
trans fats.
The FDA has approved the
high-oleic soybean. Pioneer
hopes to get Department of
Agriculture approval to begin
selling the soybean to farmers

Pioneer Hi-Bred says its
genetically engineered
soybean will make an
k oil that has no artery-
clogging trans fats.
The high-oleic
oil is supposed to last
three to five times longer
in commercial fryers
than most

this fall for planting next year.
Most soybean oils require
the injection of hydrogen to
maintain stability under high
heat. Hydrogenation adds trans
fats to the oil, however.
The exception is low-linolenic
soybean oil, which was
developed from research by Fehr
and others. The reduction in
linolenic acid, which causes the

breakdown of the oil in heat, has
produced an oil that can remain
stable for two to three hours.
The high-oleic oil would
take the next step. Oleic acids
would block the development of
destabilizing linolenic acids.
Boosters of high-oleic oil say
it will remain stable three times
to 10 times longer than the low-
linolenic oils.


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Omega scholarship winner announced

The Sigma Alpha Chapter of
the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,
Inc., has selected its scholar-
ship award recipient for 2009.
The applications were distrib-
uted to nine of the Miami-Dade
Senior High Schools. The final-
ist are attending North Miami,
Miami Carol City and Booker T.
Washing Senior High Schools.
The award went to Leon-
ard M. Thompson who attends
North Miami Senior High. He is
an only child in a single parent
household. Thompson ranks in
the top six percent of his class."
He maintains a 4.2 GPA. His

college choice, is Howard Uni-
versity. His second choice is the
University of Florida. His major
field of study is english and he
will minor in philosophy.
.He volunteers with Miami-
Dade Action Plan Teen Court
and the Miami Children s Trust
Advisory Committee. He is ac-
tive with the Science Engineer-
ing Communication Mathemat-
ics Enhancement (SECME)
Club; The Future Business
.Leaders of America, Speech and
drama Club, Big Brothers, Sil-
ver Knights Speech Candidate
and more.

His awards include: Egellog
Civic and Social Club, Men of To-
morrow Talent Expo, All Ameri-
can Scholar, First Place Fourth
Annual MLK Award for oratory,
The Alpha Phi Alpha Oratory
SFirst Place Award and National
Honor Society Member.
The runner-up' candidate this
year is a member of The Lamp-
lighter Program. Benjamin S.
McNamee was a.very close sec-
ond. He will not go unrecog-
nized, however. His credentials
were submitted to the Pan-Hel-
lenic Council as the selection for
that award.


Young survivors participate in fight against cancer

By Sandra J. Charite

Briana Napper and Bria Brown
are best friends.
The two met while participat-
ing in a Relay .for Life event al-
most 'two years ago and since
then, they have been insepa-
rable. They found out they had
more commonalities than differ-
Bria and Briana, both 14, are
cancer survivors fighting to help
bring awareness into their com-
Briana, a Liberty City resi-
dent, was diagnosed T-cell Acute
Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
in 2006. ALL is a form cancer
affecting the white blood cells in
which the cancer cells are un-
able to properly fight infection.
A freshman at Miami Central
High, Briana tried to stay posi-
tive not allowing her illness to
get the best of her and her moth-
er helped.
"It was difficult and depress-
ing at times. tried to keep her
positive and focused.'I don't al-
low people to come around to feel
sorry for her," said Shantelle Da-
vis, Briana's mom.
Davis has witnessed four mem-
bers of her family battle cancer
so she was concerned about her

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a13, left; Bri Brown, 14 and BrIana Napper, 14, are

cancer survivors.
In that same year of her diag-
nosis, Briana was hit by a truck
which caused Davis to worry
about her daughter well-being.
Briana was home schooled for
a short period of time, as she en-
dured constant ridicule from her
"The kids picked at me at
Madison Middle," said Briana.
"I was crying because the kids
didn't know what I was going
Throughout time, she received
support'from her peers and they
started to understand her.
Briana currently has 18
months of treatment left said

-Photo courtesy of Charesse Chester
Briana is optimistic and she
sees a bright future for herself.
"I want to be a pediatrician be-
cause I love kids," said Briana.
Her best friend, Bria, knows
first-hand what Briana has been
going through.
*Bria was also diagnosed with
cancer at the age of six.
Osteosarcoma is a type of bone
cancer that occurs at the end of
long bones, especially around
the knee. It is estimated that 900
new cases of Osteosarcoma are
reported each year in the U.S.
and occur most often in children,
adolescents and young adults.
Bria said that her mother

took her to a routine check up
in which she informed the doc-
tor about the pain in the back
of her knee. After running tests,
the doctor found that Bria had
A student at Monsignor Edward
Pace High School in Opa Locka,
Bria believes that throughout
the years the disease has made
her stronger.
"It matured me more than
most kids, my age and' made me
stronger and more confident,"
she said.
"I want to inspire cancer pa-
tients to never give up," said
Since her diagnosis, she has
been active in educating people
about cancer.
Briana and Bria will join hun-
dreds .including: Miami-Dade
County Commissioners Barbara
Jordan and Dorrin Rolle, City of
Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley
Gibson and State Representa-
tive James Bush III for The Relay
For Life, developed by the Ameri-
can Cancer Society. The event
will take place at the. Miami Job
Corp Center, located at 3050 NW
183rd Street, beginning at 6 p.m.
Friday, April 24 Saturday, April
25, 2009 at 8 a.m. For more in-
formation about the relay, please

Pastor's anniversary
Rev. Willie L. Williams Sr,
Pastor, Teacher of Greater
Mercy Missionary Baptist
Church, 1135 N.W. 3 Avenue
will celebrate his 10th An-
nual Pastor's Anniversary. On
Sunday April 26, 11 a.m., the
guest speaker Pastor Mark
Coats and at '4 p.m., Pastor
Charles E. Coleman. Theme:
'Steadfast and Unmovable.' 1
Corinthians 15:58 -

at Greater Mercy

Rev. Roosevelt Johnson celebrates

27th anniversary at St. Paul M.B.

The New Saint Paul M.B.
Church cordially invites
you to our Pastor Reverend
Roosevelt Johnson Sr, 27th
Pastoral Anniversary.
The services will be Wednes-
day, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.
with Rev. Earl Ponder Pastor
of Pilgrim Rest MB Church.
Friday April 24, Rev. Joseph
Toles Jr, Pastor of Berea MB
Church. Our service climaxes
Sunday April 26 at 3 p.m.,
with Rev. Johnie Hicks Jr ,
Pastor of New Bethany MB
Come one and all to this
joyful occasion and have a
Praise-the-Lord good time.

The address is 4755 N.W. 22
Avenue, Miami, Florida.

Obama takes on HIV/AIDS

continued from 11B

phases and will feature public
service announcements and on-
line communications, as well as
targeted messages and outreach
to the populations most severely
affected by HIV."
He explained: "We will begin
with African Americans and fu-
ture phases will extend to Lati-
nos and other groups, including
other populations of gay and bi-
sexual men."'
The first phase of the campaign
was designed to raise aware-
ness about HIV/AIDS. A new
website, .N i neAndaHalfl inuLite s.
org, has been created tot provide
basic information about pre-
vention, testing and treatment.
The site notes, "Before we can
stop any epidemic, we first have
to recognize the magnitude of
the disease. HIV is still a threat
across the United States. And
even though there are treatments
to help people with HIV live lon-
ger than ever before, AIDS is still
a significant health issue."
The second phase, set to begin
this summer, will focus on Afri-
can Americans. To assist many
cash-strapped organizations, the
CDC is providing many groups
with .$100,000 to hire an AIDS
coordinator, thus insuring the
issue will gain higher visibility in
each organization.
In addition to the NNPA, the
partner groups are 100 Black
Men of America, American Ur-
ban Radio .Networks,. Coalition
of Black Trade Unionists, Con-
gressional Black Caucus Foun-
dation, National Action Network,
NAACP, National Coalition of 100
Black Women, National Council
of Negro Women, National Medi-
cal.Association, National Organi-
zation of Black County Officials,
National Urban League, Phi Beta
Sigma and the.Southern Chris-
tian Leadership Conference.
"Reducing the disproportion-
ate toll of HIV in Black commu-.
nities is one of CDC's top domes-
tic HIV prevention priorities, and

African American leaders have
long played an essential role in
this fight," Fenton said.
"This new initiative will further
harness the, collective strength
of some of the nation's leading
African American organizations
to reach directly into the com-
munities they serve with critical,
life-saving information."
Fenton credited Phill Wilson,
president of the Black AIDS In-
stitute, and C. Virginia Fields,
president of the National Black
Leadership Commission on
AIDS, with helping the CDC
craft a broad pommunity-based
approach to curbing HIV.
Ironically, the decision to ex-
pand communication efforts
comes at a time when the public
seems less knowledgeable about
AIDS. Drew Altman, president of
'the Kaiser Family Foundation,
said his organization recently
conducted a major public opin-
ion survey that produced some
troubling findings.
"We found that the percentage
of the American people who say
they have seen, heard or read a
lot about HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
has fallen from 34 percent five
years ago to just 14 percent to-
day," Altman said. "The percent-
age for African Americans re-
porting this has fallen from 62
percent to just 33 percent."
Dorothy Height, president of
the National Council of Negro
Women, spoke on behalf of the
14 partner organizations:
"If we're going to deal with
this great disease, which really
is preventable in our communi-
ties, in our lives, it will take all
of us, all of our organizations,
our elected officials, our gov-
ernment agencies like CDC, our
businesses, our churches, our
labor groups and our universi-
"By taking the steps we can
to protect ourselves and loved
ones, and by refusing to remain
silent, today, we are here to say
that we have a sense of how
we must work together to over-
come this disease," Height said.

NFL star leads campaign on stuttering awareness

continued from 1I1B

came aware of his struggle
with stuttering at age 4, says
the problem became more pro-
nounced when he was a star
football player at Olathe North
High School and at Kansas
State University.
"I had to talk to the media a
lot and once they put a camera
in my face that's when it got
bad," Sproles said. "I just had
to work on it. I couldn't really
stress about it, because that's
just me."
Sproles said he learned to
take his time while answering
questions during an interview.
"I don't have to be in a hurry to
say something," he said.
Jane Fraser, president of the

Stuttering Foundation, is de-
lighted Sproles is leading the
awareness campaign.
"We are extremely happy to
have as our spokesman some-
one who is a role model to
young people who struggle with
stuttering because he himself
never gave up," Fraser said.
During Stuttering Aware-
ness Week, the NFL star and
the Stuttering Foundation will
work together to inform Ameri-
cans about this poorly under-
stood speech disorder that af-
fects more than three million
people in the United States.
Also, as part of its education-
al outreach, the Foundation
offers a toll-free hotline, 800-
992-9392, and maintains two
websites, www.stutteringhelp.
org and

13B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 22-28, 2009


er, died April 10 at Plantation Gen- saker, died April automobile me-
eral Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Sat- 15athome.Ser- chanic, died
urday, First Baptist Church Piney vice was held. April 16. Visita-
Grove. tion 4 9 p.m.,
Friday. Service
Pax Villa 10 a.m., Sat-
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ERMITE ALEXIS, 80, seam-
stress, died April 16 at Aventura
Hospital. Service 12 noon, Satur-
day, Notre Dame D'Haiti Catholic

St. Fort's
ELOSSE MIDY, 54, died April 7
in Belle Glades. Service was held.

died April 8. Service was held.

died April 10 at North Collier Hos-
pital. Final rites and burial in Haiti.

April 7 in Ft. Myers. Service was

MICHEL PIERRE, 66, died April
10 at North Shore Medical Center.
Service was held

died April 11 at Fountainhead Care
Center.Service was held.

ELISA MILFORT, 87, died April
13. Service was held.

HUGUES JEAN, 72, died April.
12 at Jackson North Hospital. Ser-
vice was held.

April 19 at Mount Sinai Medical
Center. Service 10 a.m., Satur-
day, Norte Dame D'Haiti Catholic

April 17 in Jack-
sonville, FL. Ar-
rangements are

roil technician,
M ia m Vila de
County, died
April 17 at South
Miami Hospi-
tal. Service 1
p.m., Saturday,
Goulds Church
of Christ.

County employ-'
ee, died April
12. Service was

MARY GOODLUCK, 80, nanny,.
died April* 17
at Homestead
rites and burial
in New Jersey.

Pax Villa Broward
maker, died April 9 at Hospice
Care of South Florida. Service, 10
a.m., Saturday, St. Joseph Catho-
lic Church, Pompano Beach.

facturer worker, died April 9. Ser-
vice 10 a.m., Saturday, Bethanie
Baptist Church, Fort Lauderdale.

SAMUEL DECIUS, 27, truck
driver, died April 13. Service, Sat-
urday 11a.m., Divine Mercy Catho-
lic Church, Fort Lauderdale.

maker, died April 19. Service .
Saturday, Divine Mercy Catholic
Church, Fort Lauderdale.

MARIE T. DUMAY, 74, dress-
maker, died April 11 at Jackson
North Hospital. Service Saturday
in the chapel.

dWuruay, Greater
New Bethel
FRAN C ES Baptist Church.

TREMBLAY, 99, accountant, died
April 18 at Flori-
da Medical Cen-
ter. Service 11
a.m., Wednes-
day, St. Francis
of Assisi

GRIBBLE, 54, retired, died April
18, at Hialeah
Hospital. Ser-
vice 4 p.m.,
Thursday in the

carpenter, died
April 18 at Impe-
rial Point Hospi-
tal. Service was


ROBERT ELSEY, 57, manager,
died April 12 at Hospice By The
Sea. Service was held.

38, homemaker, died April 12 at
Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ser-
vice was held.

SONIA GUZMAN, 75, 'home-
maker, died April 14 at Memorial
Hospital Pembroke. Service was

LILLY NEYRA, 55, bookkeeper,
died April 16 at home. Service was

'FRANCES K. ALVEY, 88, ad-
ministrative assistant, died April 12
at Baptist Hospital. Service was

ANITA PENA, 74, retired, died
April 13 at North Shore Hospital.
'Service was held.

teacher, died April 17 at Memorial
Hospital Hollywood, Service was

RICHARD KEMPA, 80, retired,'
died April18 at Margate Health
Center, Service was held.

PAUL ADAMI, 64, insurance
agent, died April 17 at Memorial
Hospital Hollywood. Service was

tal technician, died April 19'at
University Hospital Service was

Carey Royal m
April 18 at home. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

died April 14 at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Service was held.

SON, 48, died April 11 at Sarasota
Memorial Hospital. Service was

JANAT NASEEM, infant, died
April 10 at Jackson Memorial Hos-
pital. Service was held.

WILLIAM LANCE, 60, died April
11 at home. Arrangements are in-

86, homemaker, died April 11 at
Kindred Hospital. Arrangements
are incomplete.

DOROTHY M. BESS, 77, re-
tired nurse, died April 19 at Kin-
dred Hospital. Arrangements are

assistant, died
April 13. Visita-
tion 4 9 p.m.,
Thursday. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Friday, Nor-
land Seventh-
day Adventist

CHANIE COLLINS, 79, house-
keeper, died
April 15. Sur-
vivors include:
husband, Rob-
ert; daughter,
Jacqueline Bur-
ney and Lucy
Lovett; grand-'
children and
great -grandchildren. Visitation 4 -
9 p.m., Friday. Service 2:30 p.m.,
Saturday, Peaceful Zion Mission-
ary Baptist Church.

CLEMENCY ARIS, 77, bus col-
lision specialist, died April 16. Visi-
tation 4 9 p.m., Friday. Service
11 a.m., Saturday, Norland United
Methodist Church.

KARON KENNEDY, 30, teach-
er for Miami-Dade County Public
School, April 13. Visitation 5 8
p.m., Saturday. Service 10 a.m.,
Sunday, Maranatha Seven-day
Adventist Church. Final rites and
burial, Manchester, Jamaica.

laundry presser, died April 11. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

LOLA GRIFFIN, 93, housewife,
died April 19. Arangements are in-

struction laborer, died April 20. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
died April 15 at
home. Service
was held.

tired homemak-
er, died April 16
at home. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday. Mt.
Olivette Mis-
sionary Baptist

CARL DAVIS, 85, retired Eastern
Airline employ-
ee, died April 18
at home. Sur-
vivors include:
wife, Catherine,
many family
members and
friends. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day, St. Luke Missionary Baptist

County Schools
employee, died
April 13, S.ur-
vivors include:
wife, Phyllis,
sons: Darryl,
Alwan, and Al-
len, daughters,
Shateaque, Shaquanna, Shanela
Lee, and Salandra, sisters: Tif-
fany, Trishinda ingleton-Brownlee,
Melissa Crabbe and Chineka Lee,
brother; Charles Lee, father; Alan
Scott. Service 1 p.m., Saturday,
St, John IMB Church.

substance abuse counselor, Ca-
millus House, died April 14 at Mi-
ami Heart Institute, Vitas Center.
Service was held.

Sr., of New Life
Fellowship Cen-
ter and Minis-
tries Interna-
tional, age 57,
died at Jackson
Memorial Hos-
pital, on Friday,
April 24, 2009.
A public viewing will be held from
1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Memorial
service will be held at 6:30 p.m., at
New Life Fellowship Center of Min-
istries International, located at 768
N.W. 183 Street, Miami, FL 33169.
His Celebration service will be
held on Saturday, April 25, 2009,
at 10:00 a.m., at Spirit of Christ
Center and Ministries, located at
18801 West Dixie Highway, North
Miami Beach, FL 33180. Although
flowers are appreciated, the fam-
ily request that donations be sent
to New Life Fellowship Center and
Ministries Internationl.

ERIC BLANCHARD, 38, driver
for Miami Dade
County, died
April 18. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day, Mt Olive
Primitive Baptist
C h u rc h .;

ister, died April
12. Service 1
P.M., Saturday,
Glendale Bap-
tist Church:

ister, died April
10. Service 1
p.m., Saturday,
Put God First
Ministries Inter-

MATTIE M. JACKSON, 86, care-
taker, died April
15. Service 2
p.m., Saturday,
New Jerusalem
P.B. Church.

JOE GRAHAM, 69, died April
12. Service 2:30
p.m., St. Luke

died April 14, at home. Service
was held.

April 14 at Jackson South Hospi-
tal. Service was held.

40, teacher, died April 17 at home.

Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Gregg L. Mason
MAN, 45, po-
lice officer, City
of Miami Police
died April 16
at Memorial
Regional Hos-
pital. Survivors
include: com-
panion, Nadine Cherisol; sons,
Malik, Gabriel and Michael, Jr.;
brothers, Willie, Samuel Lee, Jr.
(Freda) and John (Gayla); sis-
ters, Shirley Footman-Braynon,
Agnes Footman-Payne and
Joanne Mizell (Geronimo); and

a host of other relatives and
friends. Family hour 5-9pm. Fu-
neral Service, 11a.m., Sat An-
tioch of Carol City. Interment:
Dade Memorial Park.

Hadley "
15, student died April 12. Service
was held.

Range Coconut Grove
EVA MAE JORDAN, domestic
engineer, 90,
South Miami,
died April 17 at
home. Survivors
include: sons,
Joseph Eric and
'John W. (Leila);
daughter, Pa-
tricia A.; nine
grandchildren. Visitation 6 p.m.
- 8 p.m., Friday, Greater St. Paul
A.M.E. Church (Coconut Grove).
Services 10 a.m., Saturday at
Wright & Young
VONIA ST. JUST, 31, model,
died April 9.
Survivors in-
clude: parents,
Yvon St.Juste
and Rosita
Germain, sib-
lings Amonise
Snipes, Jenny
Jean, Amanda
Germain, Betty
St. Fort, Mcindi Bosquet, Marie,
Schneider, Jeffery, Tachacineus,
Melissa, Phillip Clermont, Vony,
Vonise Guerlyn, Ricardo, Johnny,
Oliver and Eloi St. Juste. Service
10 a.m., Saturday, New Birth Ca-
thedral of Faith.

SON, 33. mo-
torcycle escorts
for Burkes Mo-
torized Security,
died April 18.
Survivors .in-
clude: children, e
Pickett, Freder-
ick Jr., Brenton
and Shayla; siblings, Brerida Dai-
ley, Zerlinda Hughes and Rickey
Mobley. Services 4 p.m., Saturday,
at 93rd Street Community Baptist

WALTER INGRAM, 81, fisher-
man, died April
11 at home.
Survivors in-
clude: wife, Ju-
lie, children and
Services 11
a.m., Saturday,
New Jerusalem
P.B Church.

clerk, died April
19. Survivors in-
clude: daughter,
Twana (Law-
rence) Craig,
mother Annie;
Deshan and
Keishon; broth-
er, Gary. Servic-
es 2 p.m., Saturday, in the chapel.

foreman for
Dade County
Public Schools,
died April 19 at
home.' Visita-
tion Saturday,
10a.m. until 1
p.m. Graveside
service 2 p.m.,
Dade Memorial
Park South.'

EDNA RAWLINS, 86, died April
17, at Baptist Hospital. Final rites
and burial in St. Kitts, Virgin Is-

E.A. StevensA

Dania, died April 20. Arrangements
are incomplete.

Dania, died April 10. Arrangements
are incomplete.

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Loved One

With an

In Memoriam

In The

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Nakia Ingraham
died April 18 at
Jackson North.
are incomplete. t

MARY NELSON, 76, died April
9. Services were held.

April 16. Services were held.

April 14. Service 9 a.m. ,Saturday,
Landmark Apostolic Church.

April 12. Service 12 Noon, Satur-
day in the Chapel.

MARY MC LEOD, 87, died April
15. Service 3p.m., Saturday in the

19. Final

KEELS, 66, died April
rites and burial, South

WILLIE BROOKS, 85, retired
truck driver of
Mark Broth-
ers, died April
15. Survivors
include: daugh-
ters, Meka Mat-
thews (Terrell);
Shelly Brooks,
and Regina
Brooks; one grandson, Terrell
Matthews Jr., (Odie) of Jackson-
ville, FL.; one granddaughter,
Gena Burroughs (Demetrius) of
Jacksonville, FL.; three great-
grands, Kylah Burroughs, Khalil
Burroughs, and Aiden Matthews; a
host of other relatives and friends.
Services 1 p.m., Friday 54th
Street Ministry.

tired, Public
Housing De-
partment, died
April 15. -eSur-
vivors include:
son, Jima R.;
mother, Gladys
; sisters, Gwen-
dolyn Childred,
and Pamela; brother, John; a host
of other relatives and friends. Ser-
vices 11 a.m., Saturday Greater
Bethel A.M.E. Church.

died April 19 at
Jackson Me-
morial Hospi-
tal. Survivors
include: hus-
band, Oswald
; son, Gary O.
(Darneisha) and
Joseph G.; daughter, Felicia A.
Thompson- Martin (Terrance La-
nier); sister, Claretha Lewis (Wal-
ter); grandchildren, Gary Range
Jr., Christopher Martin and Nicole
Mobley; a host of other relatives
and friends. Service 2 p.m., Satur-
day, in the Chapel.


cian, died April
17 at Jackson
North Shore
Medical Center.
Service 4:30
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

40, musi-

groomer, died
April 17 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
10 a.m., Sat-
urday at New
Mt. Zion Baptist

JESSIE WELCH, 72, body me-
chanic, died April 15 at North Bro-
ward Medical Center. Service 3
p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

cian,. Service 1 p.m., Saturday in
the chapel.

ments are incomplete.


22-28, 20091

In loving memory of,

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

In loving memory of,

Card of Thanks
The family of the late,
wommm Riiui"

In loving memory of,

In loving memory of,

04/23/1915 05/01/07 04/12/59 07/26/05

Loving you always, Deloris
Francis and family

Card of Thanks
The family of the late

would like to express our grati-
tude and appreciation for all of
the prayers and. support you
gave during our time of bereave-
Thankfully, The Mason family

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,
t' ^ai&- I

Thinking of you on your
50th Birthday. Mom, we love
and miss you.
Love your children and

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

11/17/28 04/26/08

Mama, you left a place in
our hearts that none cal fill,
but deep in our hearts you are
living still.
Your loving children, grands
and great grands


foge t

plac yourilI


You were an angel sent from
Loved by many, brother,
kids, sister, cousin, Mom and
Dad we miss you. You will be
loved forever.

Margaret Styles Sharpe buried here

The chapel at Royal Funeral
Home in Miami Gardens was
filled on Saturday when rela-
tives and friends came to pay
their final tribute to former Mi-
amian Margaret Styles Sharpe
who died Monday in Atlanta,
A native of Nashville, TN.,
she graduated from Tennessee
State University. While work-
ing at Meharry Medical School,
she met and married a young
medical student from Miami,
George W. Styles in December
of 1 945.
After her husband's 'gradu-
ation, .the couple moved to Mi-
ami in 1949 where they setup
a flourishing medical practice
and raised Mary, Patricia and
George Jr. Margaret was active
in Miami's social life. She was
charter member of the Miami
Chapter of Links, Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority and MRS Club.

After her husband died in 1958,
she married Alonzo Sharpe and
they operated a service station
in Liberty City. Margaret re-
tired from the school system in
In the Spring of 2000, Marga-
ret moved to Atlanta with her
daughter, Dr. Mary Styles Har-
Margaret is survived by: son,
Rev. George W. Styles (Ernes-
tine) of Miami, Fl., their son Eric
Styles (Chantal) of Tampa, El.,
and their two children, daugh-
ter, Saniya and son Jayden; her
daughter, Dr. Patricia Styles
Kusimo (Rev. Adesola Kusimo)
of Charleston West Virginia,
their daughter, Olubunmni
Kusimo, Esq., and son Olufemi
Kusimo (investment banker);
her daughter Dr. Mary Styles
Harris (Dr. Sidney Harris) of At-
lanta, Ga., and their daughter
Savaria Harris, Esq.

08/11/80 04/26/08

It has been a very painful
year since our baby sister has
been resting in peace.
We miss you so much,
words can't explain how we
feel. Though we were all cried
out, we still shed tears. You
find out your true friends.
You have a family and your
love is here to stay and you
will always have a place in our
hearts. Your family continues
to love you, but God loves you
the best.
Your mother and family

Death Notice

74, died April 16. Survivors
include: devoted wife, Julia;
sisters, Louise Love and Eliza
Clark; brother-in-law, Rev.
Major Frank J. (Cynthia) Kelly
Sr; sister-in-laws, Annie Feen
Cox, Sherel R. (Mark) Gay and
a host of nieces, nephews oth-
er relatives and friends.
Viewing/Memorial Service
5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Valley
Grove M.B.C., 1395 N.W. 69
Street. Funeral 11 a.m., Sat-
urday, New Shiloh. M.B.C.,
1350 N.W. 95 Street. Services
entrusted to Mitchell Funeral
Home., Final rites and burial 1
p.m., May 2, Craig R. Tremble
and Sons Funeral Home, 238
West Main Street, Statesboro,
GA 30459

Death Notice

82, housewife, died April 18 at
North Shore Medical Center.
Survivors include: daughter,
Cynthia Thomas, Helen Hamp
and Susan Smith, a host of
grand and great grandchil-
Viewing Thursday 2 to 8
p.m.,, at Mitchell Funeral
Home. Service will be held 11
a.m., Friday in the chapel.

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With an
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04/22/23 02/12/79

Happy Birthday, for our late
beloved husband and father.
Your ever loving family. May
God bless and continue to
keep you always.
TDiddo,' from your friends
and co-workers ILA 1416.

Death Notice

40, teacher, died April 17 at
Viewing Friday 5 to 9 p.m.,
at Jordan Grove MB Church.
Service 2 p.m., Saturday at
Jordan Grove.

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

like to extend extreme apprecia-
tion to Bishop Victor T. Curry
and the New Birth family, North
Shore Medical Center staff, The
City of Miami, The City of North
Miami, Dade County Depart-
ment of Solid Waste and Waste
Management, Dade Transit for
your heartfelt dedication during
our time of bereavement. Your
unselfish deeds, "consideration
and thoughtfulness were re-
markable, all of which will never
be forgotten
We would like to thank all of
our loving family, neighbors and
friends that assisted with fu-
neral arrangements, those that
traveled hundreds and thou-
sands of miles and those that
offered words of encouragement.
Your presence, hugs and smiles
assisted in lifting a heavy bur-
den that is on our hearts. Even
though my husband is not with
us anymore, he rests peacefully
knowing how much everyone
From the bottom of our hearts,
my son and I thank youl
Glenda and Robert C. Patter-

Death Notice

-JOHN PARKER, 37, la-
borer, died April 18. Service 3
p.m., Saturday, HFH chapel.
Service entrusted to Hall-
Feruson-Hewitt Mortuary.

10/21/83 04/26/08

It has been a year and not
one day that goes by I don't
think about you. Till the day
we meet again I love you and
miss you dearly.
Your wife, Snugle and our
children Marcus Dillard II,
Marcus Dillard III and Marr-
riel Dillard

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

01/09/45 04/11/08

Daddy, we miss you dearly.
Not ,a day goes by without
missing your presence. We
miss your love, laughter and
kindness. However, we know
yott are in a heavenly place.
Love always, your daughter,
family and friends


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Love always, your wife,
Violean Thurston

Death Notice

9/12/45 4/1/09

"Mr. Scott" VP Property Man-
ager of 50th Street Heights
and Kingsway Apartments,
born in Ohio, relocated to Mi-
ami, died April 1. Survivors
include: four sisters; seven
nieces; seven nephews; life-
time companion, Roger. Me-
morial service,7 p.m., today,
Poitier Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, send do-
nations to Stop Hunger Inc.,
food bank, 12505 N.E. 14 Av-
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Edmonson picked for Leadership Institute

Miami Times Staff Report
Miami-Dade County Commis-
sioner Audrey M. Edmonson
has been selected by the Na-
tional Association of Counties
to participate to the sixth an-
nual County Leadership Insti-
tute held at New York Universi-
ty's Robert F. Wagner Graduate
School of Public Service.
Edmonson is among 25 coun-
ty leaders around the United
States: picked for the presti-
gious program slated for May
The institute is known for en-
hancing the capacity of county
officials to identify and imple-
ment innovative solutions to
the complex challenges facing
county governments..
As chairwoman of the Miami-
Dade County Commission's
Housing and Community De-
velopment Committee, Edmon-
son is in a unique position to
share with other participants

the distinctive characteristics
of Miami-Dade and its current
economic challenges.
"I am looking forward to this
program. Our county, like other
counties throughout the nation,
is facing some difficult times. It
is up to us, county leaders, to
develop innovative solutions to
the present economic hardship
and other issues impeding the
quality of life in our communi-
ties. The Institute offers an ex-
cellent opportunity to debate
and confer with experts and
other elected officials on cre-
ative ideas," Edmonson said.
Meanwhile, Edmonson joined
in the celebration of the Easter
holidays with the Easter Bun-
ny and children at the Roberto
Clemente Park Easter Bash in
Wynwood on April 11.
Edmonson was a sponsor of
the annual celebration that fea-
tured an egg hunt, music, food,
and other fun-filled activities for
neighborhood children.

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Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, presi-
dent/founder, Historical Hamp-
ton House Community Trust,
and her committee made history
when they celebrated the un-
veiling of architectural plans for
the renovation of the building in
Brownsville on April 9. A large
crowd gathered to witness the
event that had its origins in 2002..
As a result, the Hampton will be
ready for occupancy in 2011.
The crowd listened to the Rev.
Jesse Martin, pastor, Commu-
nity Outreach Ministry Baptist
Church who emceed the event,
bringing dignitaries to the dais.
They included the Rev. Kenneth
McGee of First Baptist Church

Chairman Den-
nis Moss; Everett
Stewart, president,
Brownsville Neigh-
borhood Civic Asso-
ciation; Roger Baltimore, WHQT
Hot 105; and Baljean Smith,
president, and the retired broth-
ers of Omega Pshi Fraternity.
Pinkney took to the mike to
speak about how tough the go-
ing has been. She thanked those
who stayed by her side, such as
the late Luis Penelas, officials' of
the University of Miami and Flor-
ida Memorial University music
departments; officials of Miami-
Dade County Parks; Miami May-
or Manny Diaz and Miami-Dade

of Brownsville, who Mayor Carlos Alverez,
gave the invocation. He along with members of
was followed by Doro- the trust.
thy "Dottie" Johnson, A special salute goes
chairwoman of the trust out to special support-
and an Opa-locka city ers of the project, in-
commissioner. cluding Garth Reaves,
Also among the VIPs A.D. Moore, Martha
were County Commis- Day, Marva Lightborne,
sioner Audrey 'M. Ed- ENID C. PINKNEY Martha Anderson, Ruby
monson, who has done Rayford, Dr. LarryClapp,
much to keep the restoration Dori Lingo, Charlayne Thomp-,
project alive; Cynthia Curry, kins, Dena Pinkney, Dorothy
an assistant county manager Graham, Dr. Edwin Demeritte,
and senior advisor to the county Bishop Norward Dean, and Re-
manger; Robin Reiter-Fragalli tha Boone and other members
and Ann Pope, Building Better of Miami-Dade Office of Black Af-
Communities Citizens' Advisory fairs.

Committee; County Commission

Music was provided by the

Hampton House big band featur-
ing Charlie Austin, Dave Nuby,
John McMann, Arnold Knight,
Jimmy Harrell, Bernard Thom-
as, Aaron Johnson, George
Lane, Dr. Malcolm Black, Lee
Johnson, Beverly Johnson, Wil-
lie Granger and yours truly.

Leandra Campbell and Oscar
Julien II celebrated their wedding
reception recently at the banquet
hall at Arcola Lakes Park.
Ria June Summerset, mis-
tress of ceremonies, introduced
the bridal party comprising Dr.
Inez Rowe, grandmother of the
groom, Ca'Maya Pierre, Kimoni
Johnson and Ka'Mora
Julien, matrimonial jew-
els; Etta Mae Jackson,
grandmother of the bride;
Angelo and Dr. Loretta
Amica, parents of the
groom; and Dorothy
Jackson and Lee Camp-
bell, parents of the bride.
Octavia Alford and Feli- JENNIFER,
cia McCullough escorted GARCIA
them to the arch. FOSTEI
Then,. the modera-
tor gave a brief announcement
of the couple and the length of
their engagement. Then followed
the jumping the broom ritual, the
first dance to the tune Here And
Now sung by Luther Vandross,
toasts by friends and a buffet.
Assisting were Toni Blanton,
Orna Campbell, Tiffany Green,
Felicia Jackson, Linda Ste-
Other family members included
James Alford, Marvin and Ed-

L\ IIL ITeMIll Il i I i

By Anna Grace-Sw- "i" -

Elaine Manuel Symonette
celebrated her 70Qr birthday on
March 22, arriving for the party)
in a white stretch limousine
provided by the Wright and
Young funeral home. She wore a
long one-shoulder golden brown
satin gown embossed with silver,
made by her son Reginald. After
greeting her guests at each table,
she changed into a sky blue
silver beaded cocktail dress. ,
Attendees included Mr. &
Mrs. Charles Singeltery, Rudy
Guevara, Harold Braynon II,
Sonia Bryant, Gia Braynon,
Rodney Smith, Michel
Emanuel, Audrey Edmonson,
Clarence and Gwen Dickson,
Dorothy Jenkins Fields, Terry
Wright, Jacqueline Young,
Kennedy Steven, Herman and
Mary Williams, Patrick St.
Louis, Eunice Mitchell, Primis
Bryant, Autherine Symonette,

Sonia Bryant,
Michael Spence,
Kathy Spence
Partlow, Patrice
Moncur, Sabrina
Spence, Reginald
Symonette and
Ronald Whitehead.

******** *
Dr. Roland Burroughs
returned to (Miami last week
from his adopted home New
York City for the. .Tuneral of
his cousin. RacheL )Culmer-
Burnside Williams, who was
funeralized last Thursday at St.
Agnes Episcopal, her church
since childhood... Brenda
Hepburn-Eaddy was down from
Burlington, N.C., to visit her
mother, Joyce Major Hepburn,
and brothers, Gary Hepburn,
who is ill, and Roderic
Knowles... Fernley Murray

came in from the Big Apple to
spend Easter with his sister,
Valdez Murray, and family.

Miamians are saddened to
learn of the death of two well-
known ladies pioneer Rachel
Culmer-Burnside Williams and
Marvell Cheever, associate
minister at Greater Bethel AME
Church, who .died at Aventura
Hospital last Tuesday. Rachel
will, long'be remembered for her
work in' the Miami-Dade public
school system as one of the best
secretaries of her time.

'Congratulatiops to Kendra
Clarke, who received
her master's in Public
Administration from Florida
International University. She is
the daughter of Harold S. and
Maliney Clarke and is a former'
student of this writer.

go out to Harold and Shirley B.

'Cosby' kid grows

up, gets reality show

NEW YORK (AP) Rudy from
The Cosby Show has grown up,
and she's about to show off her
life on cable.TV.
The cable channel Oxygen said
that it's developing a reality show
about actress Keshia Knight
Pulliam and her live-in boyfriend,
Atlanta area entrepreneur
Kaseem Penn. It will explore
what it's like being young, rich,
single and co-habitating. No air
date is set for the show, titled
Keshia and Kaseem.
Come summer, Oxygen will
premiere a series called Dance
Your Ass Off. It'll be hosted by
Marissa Jaret Winokur, who won
a Tony for her performance in
Hairspray as Tracy Turnblad,
the full-figure teen who yearns
to dance on a TV show in 1960s
Baltimore; she's also appeared
on Dancing With the Stars. In the
Oxygen show, competitors try to
show off-their dancing skills and
lose weight --- sort of like The
Biggest Loser with rhythm.
Since being bought by
NBC Universal, Oxygen has
been seeking an audience of
trendsetting women, generally
aged 18 to 34. Its theme is "live
out loud."

Clark, April 17, their 32nd; Mark
and Yvonne Delvilla, April 12,
their 23rd; Wilfred and Julie
B.' Edwards, April 17, their
10th; and Antoin L. and Tracy
Mathis, April 13, their 131.

Get-well wishes are for Ismae
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Herbert Rhodes Jr., Sue
Francis, Doris McKinney-
Pittman, Edna Scavella,
Roslyn Bethel, Inez M.
Johnson, Rodney Hepburn,
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Gatlin, Jermaine Hart, Han-
sel Johnson,. Bishop Percy
and Bethea McCoy, David Mc-
Cullough, Bobbie Rice and Ja-
net Wilson.
The newlyweds took a stroll
through the park and then they
left for their honeymoon in the
******** *
A pre-Easter wedding ceremo-
ny for Jennifer Argentina Gar-
cia and Noel Foster Blake took
place at Harvest Of Fire Church
in Miami Gardens on
April 4. The bride ar-
rived in a white Rolls
Royce and the bridal
party in a 22-passenger
The procession began
with the entrance of the
Rev. Dr. Donald Clark,
ARGENTINA the groom and the best
ND NOEL man, Richard Harvey,
BLAKE followed by Neville and
Ruby Blake, parents of
the groom; Elba Carmona and
Raheem Evans, Jr. bridesmaid
and groomsman; bridesmaids
and groomsmen Jessica Del-.
gado and Kirk Harvey, Janice
McIntyre and Bryan Reyn-
olds, Jessica Garcia and Luis
,Carmona II, Joyce Garcia and
Joseph Blake.
Also, Shadrina Celestino,
maid of honor; Sherene McIn-
tyre, matron of honor; Michael
Guthrie, ring bearer; Jenesis

Aniya Blake, flower girl, es- with
corted by Jaden Ramos. Clark
Luis Carmona, father, es- empha
corted the bride down the aisle now be
as she appeared in a sparkling the otl
tiara, mini-earrings, a silver and th
necklace with a white gown ac- $20 an
centuated with floral
patches on the bodice
and. on the hem of a
After the ceremony, 1-
the newlyweds led the
party The Exotic Ban- I
quet Hall, where Leroy
Evans, emcee, took
over and introduced the JEAN AUBURY
party as I'll Be Loving PERRY
You by Mariah Carey
played in the background. The Jean I
first dance was to the sounds ber he:
of At Last by Etta James. The tendin
song Because You Loved Me odist (
by Celine Dion was dedicated tening
to the parents. Then came the from t
toasts, dinner; cutting
of the cake, thank-you
to the parents and trib-
utes to the late John -
M. Garcia, brother, and
Christiana Thompson,

* * * * R E TH AB O O N E
It's Mardi Gras 2009, RETHA BOONE
announced Bill Diggs,
as he reported how the event Kudo
will follow a new dimension Jada -
and will be held at The Omega exand
Activity Center, Saturday, April rell B
25, beginning at 6 p.m. and Cymp
lasting until early morning, Camp
with DJ's and live entertain- Yvette
ment provided for the guests. Teveli
Diggs and his committee, Thorn

spokespersons Theron
and Harold Braynon
sized purchasing tables
before they are opened to
her Pan Hellenic groups
ie public. Tickets are
id tables are $250. More
than 500 persons are
expected for the event
and Diggs wants this
70th anniversary the
Herman Dorsett II,
basileus, had 'a mses-
sion with Dr. Thomas
Snowden to formulate

Easter is gone but
Perry will always remem-
r great-grandchildren at-
g Ebenezer United Meth-
Church with her and lis-
with them to great music
:he Choraliers and wit-
nessing performances
by The JB Dancers
featuring Octavia No-
ble and M.A.S.K. re-
enacting Calvary fea-
turing Harold Pollock
as Jesus and T. Eilene
Martin-Major, founder
and choreographer, as
Mary, mother of Je-
os go out to celebrants
Addison, Delshawn Al-
er, Gene Boykins, Ter-
3urns, Timothy Burns,
hony Campbell, Jovon
bell, Normisha Eady,
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Nancy Dawkins honored for service to the community
Nancy Dawkins, center, shows the plaque she received at a tea on April 4 honoring her contributions
to the community.With her from left, front row, are Dorothy Bendross Mindingall, former state repre-
sentative; Georgia Ayers, executive director of The Alternative Programs; Pat Anderson, aide to Miami
Commissioner Michelle Spence Jones; Carrie Meek, retired congresswoman; Geraldine Owens, member,
Liberty City Heritage Trail Advisory Committee; Spence-Jones; Patricia Duncan, principal, Orchard Villa
Elementary School; Hattie Burnett, member, Liberty City Heritage Trail Advisory Committee.
Back Row: Elaine Black, chief executive officer, Liberty City Trust; Dawkins' husband Miller; David
Chiverton, chairman, Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation; and Fr. Kenneth Major,

rector, Church of the Incarnation.
Miami Times Staff Report

Elected officials past and pres-
ent joined community pioneers
at "an Old Fashion Tea" on April
4 to honor the contributions of
Nancy Dawkins to the Liberty
City Community.
. Patricia Reeves, a member of
the Liberty City Heritage Trail
Advisory Committee, said the
event celebrated a woman who
has given more than 60 years of
her life to improving the quality
of her community.
"Ms. Dawkins was one of the
first founding members of vari-
ous initiatives and programs in
our community, including the
Model City/Hadley Park Hom-
eowner's Association, the COPE
School for pregnant teens and

local Black Girl Scout troops,"
Reeves said.
The tea, held at the Carrie
Meek Community Center, 1300
NW 50th St., was the first in a
series of events being held this
year by the Heritage Committee
on the theme "70 years of Pride:
The committee will hold a
"Family Pot Luck Feast" in part-
nership with the District 5 July
4th Family Fest, as well as a
Memorial Service and Old Time
Picnic, on Aug. It to reunite
the 35 Railroad Shop families
whose homes once stood on the
grounds Charles Hadley Park
were destroyed.
The series will climax oh Aug.
1 with a picnic at Virginia Key
Beach to commemorate the offi-

cial opening of the former "Col-
ored Beach."
The Dawkins salute was host-
ed by the Heritage Committee,
the Liberty City Trust and the
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Economic Development Corpo-
"I couldn't have thought of a
better person to honor on this
historical day," said Reeves.
"She is always willing to help
anyone in need and has an un-
conditional love for people. From
students to seniors, from single
mothers to low-income families,
she is a symbol of community
service, peace and unity," said
Material for this story was
provided by the Liberty City

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preach. I never acted out with my
actions to show people that I'm
getting grown, you never see me
with a cigarette, or see me wilding
out or doing anything like that.
AP: Did you ever wish you
didn't grow up in the media?
Bow Wow: Not at all. Everything
happens for a reason. I'm just one
of the chosen few that actually
grew up in the limelight and
maintained and still be normal.
AP: What's been the most
challenging part about it?
Bow Wow: Trying your best not
to get stressed out, the hardest
part is not to get down, not to let
the business get to you. I think

the business is more mental than
it is talent. I think you can have
the talent, but if you don't have
it up here, I think you can easily
just break down. That's why you
see so many artists just go crazy
(and people ask), "Why's he doing
that? Why is he on drugs? Why?
..." Because the business can
drive you to do that if you don't
have it here. If you're not strong-
minded here, it could steer you
the wrong way and when it steers
you the wrong way, then it might
.take forever to get back.
AP: What else do you want to
do in your career?
Bow Wow: Take over the world
if I can. I'm pretty much happy
with the things that have been
handed to me already. Seven


A self improvement kick could include
more than just a diet. A little anger man-
agement might help. Lately, too many up-
sets have taken you over the top. Putting
a lid on your temper will improve things
considerably. Lucky numbers 8, 11, 13,

Who do you think you're kidding? What-,
ever you're putting over on everyone isn't
lost on them. If you want to continue to
fool yourself that's your business, but
don't expect anyone else to go along with
it. Lucky numbers 12, 24, 26, 32, 38

If your partner isn't getting on your
nerves, someone's driving you nuts. In
the midst of their insanity, what can you
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less feedback you give them the sooner
they'll shape up. Lucky numbers 10, 16,
20,26,30 ,

Being too nice to say anything may
be good manners, but it won't get you
anywhere in this situation. When people
overstep their boundaries you have to

speak up. Stop being such a wuss; dare
to tell the truth! Lucky numbers 12, 18,
24, 32,36

Don't be afraid to ask for what you
want, or deny yourself the right to have it.
Selling yourself short creates the impres-
sion that you're worthless and makes it
nearly impossible for others to treat you
with respect. Lucky numbers 16, 20, 24,
30, 38

This isn't the first time you've been
here. If anybody knew how familiar you
are with their little games they'd give it up
and get real. Keep testing them. It won't
be long before they reveal their true col-
ors. Lucky numbers 14, 18, 22, 36, 40

Major adjustments that have nothing
to do with you could easily alter' all of
your plans. Those of 'you who are strung
up like puppets to the,system are at risk.
Any changes that need to be made need
to be made now! Lucky numbers 16, 22,
26, 34, 38

Sour memories of relationships gone

albums, eight arena tours ...
I think there's nothing I really
would look forward to besides
winning a Grammy one day if
that would happen.
AP: Or an Oscar, right?
Bow Wow: I think I have a
better chance at getting an Oscar
before a Grammy.
AP: Why so?
Bow Wow: Because the music
industry is so fickle, there's so
many politics. I think a lot of
people don't pay attention to the
credits or the artistry no more. I
think there's so much concern
about what's going on right now
instead of the actual artistry. But
that's how the record business
is, but for acting, I got that

bad have cast a shadow on your love life.
Don't ignore your real needs but don't
overcompensate for what you don't have
by looking for it in reruns of your previ-
ous disappointments. Lucky numbers 11,
18, 29, 32, 40

After a lot of hassle things have settled
down. Ironically, all the insanity has led
to a sense of peace. Your priorities have
been rearranged and you're ready to give
it all up and return to simpler ways. Lucky
numbers 12, 16, 21, 32, 38

Getting called in to referee a scenario
that isn't your problem isn't your job. Don't
fall for this. What they need you to do is
something only a therapist could handle.
Leave it alone. You've got better things to
do. Lucky numbers 12, 24, 28, 32, 38

Just as everything seemed to calm
down more change got stirred up. Luckily
you're on an upswing. This is no time to
be cautious. When you're showered with
opportunities it's always best to go for it.
Lucky .numbers 9, 12, 16, 25, 32

You're hoping this will turn out for the
best. If it's hard to see where it will go,
know that you've done everything you can.
At this point whatever happens is up fo
Sfate, time, 'and the actions of other peo-
ple. Lucky numbers 12, 19, 23, 31, 36

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Miami residents to get additional

increase on food stamp benefits

Miami Times Staff Report
Miami residents who get food stamps
will receive additional monthly benefits
as a result of the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009. The legisla-
tion increases the amount families can
get from the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program, formerly known as
the Food Stamp Program.
Most families on SNAP will see their
benefits go up by about $20 per family
member, according to a statement from
City Hall. That means a three-person
household receiving $250 in March will
get $313 starting this rinonth.
The minimum allocation for one- and
two-person households will increase
from $14 to $16. The extra benefits will
be added automatically to the Electron-
ic Benefits Transfer cards and the extra

money can be used to buy food.
"This increase in benefits will help the
families most affected by our current
economic crisis," Mayor Manny Diaz
said in a statement. "I am pleased to see
the funds allotted to the Recovery and
Reinvestment Act start trickling down
to the residents of Miami and will con-
tinue to make it a priority for our city to
receive assistance from the federal gov-
ernment during these critical times."
Residents may apply ,for benefits at
a, Neighborhood Enhancement Team
(NET) office and use the Benefit Bank
that electronically connects the applica-
tion processes of the city and the state
and offers a web-based application form
for allf benefits. Residents can to go to
one location and complete one applica-
tion to apply for the program and sev-
eral other services.

Diaz launched ACCESS Miami in 2001
as the city's Anti-Poverty Initiative, en-
compassing the year-round programs and
services offered residents.
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Black men are hearing the brunt

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Dade jobless rate climbed

to 7.8 percent in March

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South Florida's unemployment rate jumped to 7.7 percent
during March, an increase of 2.8 percentage points from a year
ago (4.9 percent) and the biggest monthly rise in 13 years.
The jobless rates of the two counties that comprise the South
Florida Workforce Region were 7.8 percent in Miami-Dade, an
increase of 2.8 percentage points, and 6.1 percent in Monroe
County, an increase of 3.0 percentage points.
In a labor force of 1,234,059, 95,162 persons were
unemployed in the two-county region.
Still, the rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than for the
state, which stood at 9.5 percent.
Slower job growth in the region was partially offset by
education and health services which was the only industry
that gained jobs over the year (1,800 jobs).
The Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall metropolitan division
saw overall employment decline by 50,000 jobs over the
year. Professional and business services lost the most jobs
(12,800 jobs), followed by mining, logging, and construction
(12,200 jobs), trade, transportation and utilities (10,300 jobs),
government (4,500 jobs).
Manufacturing lost 3,600 jobs, leisure and hospitality, 3,100,
financial activities, 2,300, and information and other services,
combined, 1,500.

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City offers cash to stave off foreclosure
Miami Times Staff Report

The city of Miami Department of
Community Development announced
that its Foreclosure Prevention Program
has money available to help low-income
homeowners facing foreclosure up to
$7,500 towards late fees and delinquent
payments related to their home loans.
To be eligible for the money, the
homeowner must meet the following
qualifications: (1) must have received
a foreclosure notice from the mortgage
lender; (2) be in the 80 percent average
median income or below, as defined
by the .U.S. Department of Housing &
Urban Development; (3) the home must
be located in Miami, be single-family
and owner-occupied (have a homestead
exemption); (4) the home's maximum tax
assessed market value must not exceed
$300,000; (5) the homeowner must
prove that delinquency on the home loan
was due to a significant loss of household
income, such as loss of employment,
sudden medical illness, death in the
family, or predatory lending practices; (
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Relax: $4 gas isn't on its way back

By Paul Davidson

No need to worry
about $4 gasoline this
summer. Or probably
even next year.
Prices. for regular
gasoline are expected
to average $2.23 a gal-
lon during the summer
driving season, accord-
ing to the Energy Infor-
mation Administration
(EIA), the Energy De-
partment's statistical
That's just 18 cents
higher than current
pump prices and $1.60
below year-ago levels,
according to AAA and
the EIA.: The monthly
average should peak
at $2.30 late this sum-
iner, EIA said.'

Gas prices could be
pushed slightly high-
er by a modest rise, in
global crude oil prices
and increased demand
from U.S. motorists,
EIA senior economist
Tancred Lidderdale
said. Bargain prices
are enticing Americans
to drive more, but any
increase likely will be
tempered by the weak
A tepid, economic
recovery is expect-
ed to nudge up gas
prices next year, but
not much. Per-gallon
prices should average
$2.42 in' 2010, EIA
Gas is tracking pil.
After peaking at $147
a barrel in July, crude

Goldman Sachs

By Pallavi Gogoi and
Barbara Hagenbaugh

A trickle of banks,
large and small, are
lining up to repay the
government's bailout
On Tuesday, Gold-
man Sachs (GS) raised
$5 billion by selling
more than 40 mil-
' lion shares for $123
'To cheers from law-'
makers, the New York
investment bank said
it would use the money
to pay back the $10'
billion the government

gave it at the height of
the financial crisis last
October as part of the
Treasury's Troubled
Asset, Relief Program,
or TARP.
"Goldman Sachs' an-
nouncement ... is wel-
come news for those of
us who support an exit
strategy from govern-
ment intervention in
the marketplace," says
Rep. Spencer Bachus
of Alabama, the top
Republican on the Fi-
nancial Services Com-
I mittee.
Goldman would be
the largest, if it follows

prices sank as low as
$33 in December before
rallying in March to as
high as $54. Crude
dipped 64 cents today
to $49.41 a barrel.
Behind the spring
surge: OPEC produc-
tion cuts and U.S. eco-
nomic policies aimed
at lowering interest
rates and stimulating
investment, EIA sug-
gested. Its (, forecasts
call for average oil
prices of $53 this year
and $63 in 2010, as-
suming the economy
bounces back. The
fairly stable estimate
came even as EIA cut
its forecast for world
oil demand in 2009
by 180,000 barrels
per day to 84 million.

Some analysts say
summer pump pric-
es could be even low-
er. Gas prices typi-
cally rally at least 20
percent from their
winter lows during
the driving season as

oil refiners run near
full capacity. But
gasoline already has
jumped about 45
cents, or 27 percent,
from its year-end
bottom, said Tom
Kloza, chief oil ana-

lyst for the Oil Price
Information Service.
The economy is so
weak and oil refiners
have so much sur-
plus capacity that a
big demand surge or
supply crunch is un-
likely, he said. "We've
probably ,seen at
least seven innings
of the rally," Kloza
Diesel should aver-
age $2.27 this sum-
mer -- today's price
-- before rising to
$2.69 next year, EIA
said. With industrial
use of diesel falling
even as gas demand
edges higher, diesel
prices could dip below
gasoline for the first
time in two years.

to return $10B of bailout money

six smaller banks, in- banks to pay the mon- continue lending." Paolo said the restric-
cluding Signature ey back until it is abso- For smaller banks, tionri would make it
Bank (SBNY) and Ibe- lutely certain that the the repayments are a difficult to recruit and.
riaBank, (IBKC) who financial crisis is over way to showcase their retain "highly talented
have already repaid and that each of them strength .during a re- banking professionals
the government with can raise money on cession, throughout the met-
interest. their own," says Rich- Still they say they ropolitan New York
But analysts are ard Bove, an analyst at were pushed by area."
cautioning that the re- Rochdale Research. changes in The Ameri- John Fahey at Cen-
payments should not Treasury spokesman can Recovery and Re- tra Financial, says
be viewed as an indica- Andrew Williams says investment Act, which his bank's payroll for
tion that the economy it isn't discouraging imposes limits on 248 employees is $14
is rebounding; rather banks from repaying pay and bonuses arid million, so he wasn't
as a sign of how wor- TARP funds as long as places restrictions on worried about com-
ried bankers are about that doesn't jeopardize hiring foreign nation- pensation. "But when
legislation that imrrpos- how they function. als and training pro- the government tries
es limits on banks that "Treasury does not grams. .to tell you how to run
take TARP money. want the repayment to For instance, New employee training or
"Treasury shouldn't hinder the ability of fi- York-based Signature rescind job offers, it's
allow any of the larger nancial institutions to Bank CEO Joseph De- cumbersome," he says.

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Bailout has strict rules

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6) the homeowner must demonstrate ability
to make future mortgage payments after the
assistance is received and provide a revised
monthly budget.
HUD defines low-income for the, purpose
of. this assistance as not exceeding $33,800
for a one-person household; $38,600 for two
persons; $43,450 for three persons; $48,250 for
four persons; $52,100 for five persons; $55,950
for six persons; $59,850 for seven persons; and
$63,700 for eight persons.
- The applicant must not own any other property
at the time of assistance and, if eligible, must
undergo foreclosure prevention counseling from
a HUD-certified counseling agency.
Application forms forthe assistance are available
at the Department of Community Development,
444 SW Second Ave., Second Floor, Miami, and
Applications will be accepted at the department
and the assistance will be -provided on a first-
come first-ready, first-served basis.
For more information, on the program, call
305-416-2016 or 311.

Study suggest self-help

continued from 7D

everybody combined, ethnicity and gender wise.
"Here we are as a country that was priding
itself on the fact that it elected a Black American
president of the United States and rightfully so.
At the -same time, this is the greatest recession
loss of jobs by Black men since the end of
World War II. This has never happened before,
yet nobody on national TV.has stood up and
said this recession has been, catastrophic for
Black men," Sum said.
"This means we're introuble," said Lavar
Young, director of the Newark Comprehensive
Center for Fathers (the Fatherhood Center),
which helps men transition who have lost
their jobs, homes or are re-entering the work
force after incarceration. The Fatherhood
Center provides mentoring, life skills, legal
assistance, education and counseling
According to Young, self-help and
entrepreneurship are a sure route out of
joblessness for Black men.
"It's a low cost investment and many times
a high reward. In Newark, we have a thriving
market when it comes to folks selling things,
especially when stores are going up on their
prices. We just encourage the men who attend
our- programs to turn their skills when they
were out doing negative things into something
positive," Young told The Final Call.

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The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) will
hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, April 28, 2009
at 4:00 PM. at the William M. Lehman MDX Build-
ing, 3790 N.W. 21st Street, Miami, FL 33142. At-
tendance by MDX Board Members or members of
the public may be in person or via tele-conference
(Land line connections only, no cellular phones). If
a person decides to appeal any decision made by
any board, agency or commission with respect to
any matter considered at its monthly Board meet-
ing, he/she will need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, including the
testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
based.-All MDX meeting locations comply with ap-
plicable requirements of the American with Disabil-
ities Act. Auxiliary aids dr services will be provided
upon request with at least five (5) days notice prior
to the proceedings. If hearing impaired, telephone
the Florida Relay Service Numbers (800)955-8771
(TDD) or (800)955-8770 (Voice), for assistance.
MDX invites all interested parties to attend. For
further information, including information on atten-
dance by telephone, please visit www.mdx-wav.
com or contact:
Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
Attention: Maria Luisa Navia Lobo
3790 N.W. 21st Street
Miami, Florida 33142
(305) 637-3277

Scope includes:

The School Board of Broward County, Florida Mirror Lake Elementary

* New Food Service Multipurpose Building, Remodeling & Site Improvements

Construct a new one story cafeteria/kitchen/multipurpose building, remodel ex-
isting into music lab and classrooms; demolish building #2 and #3, provide fire
protection for main building #1 and replace fire alarm for entire campus; pro-
vide emergency generator; upgrade/expand chiller plant; provide new bicycle
storage compound; provide new water main crossing adjacent roadway, con-
struct new play courts, propane gas storage, provide new lift station, service
yard and additional parking.
Scopes include selective site demo, earthwork, utilities, paving, fence, side-
walks, site concrete, landscaping & irrigation, masonry, structural steel, misc.
metals, rough & finish carpentry, roofing, overhead coiling doors, doors, frames
& hardware, glass, drywall, paint, stucco, VCT flooring, ceramic and quarry
tile, acoustical ceiling, specialties, canopy systems, projection screens, folding
panel partitions, signage, equipment, cold storage rooms, food service equip-
ment, plumbing, HVAC and electrical.

Plans are available for qualified subcontractors.
MBE/WBE Participation Goals apply. Level II Security Clearance required per
the Jessica Lunsford Act.

Drawings and scope sheets will be available upon written request to:
Moss & Associates
Construction Managers
Attn. Jason Oriol
2101 N. Andrews Ave. Suite 300
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33311
Phone: 954.524.5678
Fax: 954.712.5999

Bids are due no later than 05/07109 2:00 p.m. Only sealed bids will be

The Construction Manager reserves the right to waive irregularities and to
reject any or all proposals for any reason. The Construction Manager will
evaluate all proposals and will award the Contract in accordance with the
projects best interest.





101 N.7. /uin iSreet
Two and three bdrms, from
$850, nice and clean, laun-
dry room, parking. Section

One and two bedrooms.
We work with bad credit.
Remodeled, ceramic tile,
central air, laundry machine,
appliances, quiet, parking
-and FREE WATER. 786-
1545 N.W. 8 Avenue
1150 N.W. 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

1212 N.W. 1st Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, $500.
Stove, refrigerator, air.

.1229 N.W. 1st Court
.Mqye In Special. One bdrm,
, one bath, stove, refrigerator,
air. 575.. 305-642*7080

123 N.W. 18th Street
One bedroom, 1 bath,
$425 monthly. Appliances
included. Free 19" LCD TV.
.Call Joel 786-355-7578.

1245 N.W. 58th Street
One bed. one bath, $525
month, All appliances
included; Free 20 inch LCD
T.V., Call Joel. 786-355-7578.

1281 N.W. 61st Street
One Month's FREE rent!.
Renovated one bdrm, $525;
two bdrms, $725 appliances
included, 305-747-4552

1311 N,W. 2nd Avenue
One bdrm, one bath$425.

1325 NW '1 STREET.
Newly renovated,-located'
in,quiet neighborhood,
includes water, enclosed
I parking. One month security
required. Contact MG Real
Estate: ,
rr ,- 305-992-039k,

S140 N.W. 13th Street
One month to move in, two
bedrooms, one bath, $525.

14100 N.W. 6th Court
Huge one bdrm, one .bath,
with air, in quiet area, $700

1459 N.W. 60th Street
One bedroom, one bath,
brand new appliances, tiled
floors, $600 monthly; One
Month's Rent Move In Spe-
cial with restrictions.
Call 305-458-3977,

15201 Memnorial Hwy.
One bedroom, one bath.
$800. More Specials.
Frank Cooper
Real Estate

1540 N.W. 1st Court
Three bedromti, two bath,
$775 monthly, All applianc-
.es included. Free 20 inch,
flat screen T.V. Call Joel

1558 N.W. 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $650.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

180 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath. Qui-
et. $550 monthly.

1803 N. W.' 1st Court
Move-in-Special, two bdrm,
. oe bath, $600 monthly,;
.move-in $900. All appli-
ances included, Free 20
inch Flat Screen TV. Call

18550 N.W. 38th Court
Very beautiful spacious stu-
dio, brand new refrigerator
and stove, utilities and cable
included. Private entrance.
Section 8 Ok.

190 N.W. 16st Street
Rents reduced for short time
only! One bedroom, $500,
newly remodeled, air, stove,
refrigerator, Section 8 okay!,
No deposit needed!
Call 305-582-5091.

1955 N.W. 2 Court
IN. One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

1969 N.W. 2 Court
bedroom, one bath,$550.
Stove refrigerator, air, free
305-642-7080, 786-236-1144






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210 N.W. 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath $475.

2186 N.W. 38 Street
Newly renovated, one bdrm,
one batrf. $800. Appliances,
free water. 305-642-7080

2295 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom $625, newly
renovated, appliances in-
cluded. Call Tony 305-213-

2565 N.W. 92nd Street
One bedroom. $340 bi-week-
ly, $1020 to move in. Includes,
lights, water, air. In-gate park-
ing. 305-624-8820

?804 N.W. 1st Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath,
$750 monthly, appliances
Included, Free 19" LCD TV,
Joel 786-355-7570

2945 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$700 monthly, one month
free. Section 8 ok. Call

2972 N.W. 61 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $550.
Free Water. 305-642-7080

3186 N.W. 135th Street
One bdm, one bath, $650
monthly, call 954-704-0094.

3301 N.W. 51 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$350 bi-weekly, $800 moves
you in. Appliances and utili-
ties included. 786-389-1686

3330 N.W. 48th Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $600
mthly. 305-213-5013

5500 N.W. 4th Avenue
One bedroom, one bath in
rear. $550 utilities included.
Call 305-986-6609

5755 N.W. 7th Avenue
Large one bedroom, park-
ing. $625 monthly. $1000 to
move in. Call 954-394-7562.

580 N.E. 127 St. #20
Two bedrooms, two baths,
gated parking, Section,8 pre-
ferred, $1150 monthly, $1150
to move in, 954-547-9011.

5850 N.W. 15th Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
new appliances, $600 mthly,
$1200 moves you in.

7001 N.W. 15th Avenue
Move In Speciall $40
monthly. $675.moes' you
in; Allapplianrces included.
Free 20 inch, flat'soreen'TV..
Call Joel.786-355-757. I.

'7519 North Miami Avenue.
One bdrm, one bath. Reno-
vated, new appli. and park-
ing. Section 8. HOPWA OK.
Call 305-669-4320

7523 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. Reno-
vated, new appli. and park-
ing. Section 8. HOPWA OK.
Call 305-669-4320

77 N.W. 77th Street
Two bedrooms, one and half
bath $830. Section 8 wel-
come. Call.786-306-4505

8475 N.E. 2nd Avenue
One and two bdrm apts. Sec-
tion 8. 305-754-7776

97 N.W. 27 Street ,
1 Avenue and 27 Strt t
Three bedrooms,. one bth,
$750 monthly. All appliances
included: Free 19 LCO TV.'
Call Joel 786-356-7578

Move in with first months rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, and three bedrooms,
air, appliances, laundry and
gate. From $400. 1601 NW
1st Court. 305-374-4412.

SOvertown. Liberty City. Qpa
Locka, Brownsyville Aparts -
ments, Duplexes, Houses ;.
One two and three bed-'
rooms. Same day approval..
For information/Specials

Newly remodeled, one bdrm,
central air. 786-488-9388
3669 Thomas Avenue
One bdrm $525,two bdrms,
$650. Stove, refrigerator, air,
free water. 305-642-7080,

Rent Speciall! All appli-

cations accepted, Easy
: Qualify. One bdrm, one Path
$495 ($745). Two tdrm,
one bath $595" ($890).
Leonard 786-236-1144

Immediate Occupancy at
Westview Terrace Apts.
Spacious studio's, one and
two bdrms. Bring ad for move
in deals & $50 off app. fee.
Call 305-688-8881.

One bedroom, one bath,
$450, 305-717-6084.

MIAMI Now Pre Leasing.
A Rental Community
Pinnacle Square Apts.
8300 N.E. 1 Place
Miami, FL 33138
Affordable, one, two, three
bedrooms. Starting at $632
For leasing information
Pinnacle View Apartment
225 N.E' 23 Street
Miami, FL 33137
Call: 305-573-9201
-Income Restrictions-

N. DADE Section 8 OK!
One and two bdrms. No De-
posit For Section 8,

NO DEPOSIT with Section 8.
. Two and one bedroom Apts.

Two bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 welcome.

One bdrm, one bath, $495.
Section 8 OK! 305-717-6084

Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $850 monthly.
Section 8 welcome.

pOne bedroorr, oe0 bath,
ranging fromr.'$S76'minthly,

13215 NE 6 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath,
central air and heat, appli-
ances and water included.
$700 monthly. 305-218-1227

19378 N.W. 29 Place
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 305-947-1546

4574 NW 185 Street Town-
house For Rent
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air. Section 8 welcome.
Call Joe 305-607-1040

One bdrm, one and half bath,
Section 8 ok! 786-277-3688

1077 N.W. 112 St.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, washer, dryer, wa-
ter included. Section 8 OK!

1080 N.W. 100th Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, $1450 monthly.
Section 8 welcome.

1187 N.W. 63 St. #2
Two bdrms, one bath, $900
mthly, $1800 to move in.

1341 N.W. 55 St.
Newly remodeled, one bdrm,
one bath, new appliances,
bars, and spacious yard.
$780 mthly. Section 8 OK!
305-884-1176, 305-546-5185

1390 N.W. 46 St
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $925 mthly. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 305-332-4064

1602 N.W. 85 St.
Two bdrms. $850 monthly,
$1700 to move in.
770-826-0680, 786-487-6383

Newly renovated, one bdrm,
one bath, tiled floors, new
appliances, central air, $650,
first and security. 786-315-
7358 or 305-332-4426

21301 N.W. 37 Ave
Two bedrooms. $895 mthly.

215-217 N.E. 55th Terr.
One and two bdrms, .one
bath. 305-331-4943 or

2355 N.W. 95th Terrace
Two bdrm, new, one bath,
newly tiled, Section 8 only!

247 N. E. 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath, re-
frigerator, stove, micro wave,
water; parking. $750 monthly
plus security. Section 8 ok.

2480 N.W. 61st Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$950 monthly. call,Bryant at

2950 N.W. 47 Street
Two bedroom, central air,
water, $1200, Section 8 wel-
come. Call Tony 305-213-

3030 N.W. 19th Avenue
One bedroom, Section 8 wel-
come, call 305-754-7776.

324 N.E. 56 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$925. 305-642-7080

3323 N.'W. 11 Ave.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850. More Specials.
Frank Cooper
Real Estate

The perfect 10. Two bed-
rooms, one bath, appliances,
tiled throughout.

5420 N.W. 7th Court
One bdrm, one bath, $750
mthly, water and electric
included. Call 305-267-9449

5629 S.W. Fillmore
Three bedroom, one bath.
$1050 mthly. Move in $1650.

6109 S.W. 63 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath. $700.

6998 N.W. 5 Place
One bdrm, one bath. $650
mthly. 786-399-8557

7030 N.W. 15 Ave
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, washer, dryer.
$725 monthly. 786-543-0565

733 N.W.6 Street
Hallandale. Two bdrms, one
bath, appliances. $800.

7912 N.W. 12 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tile and carpet, fenced yard.
.Section 8 Welcome. $950,
water included. Others avail-
able. 305-389-4011

8083 N.W. 12th Place
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1200 mthly, $2600 to move
in. 954-294-0514

86 Street NE 2 Ave Area
Two bedrooms. Section 8
Welcome. Call 305-754-7776

9550 N.W. 20 Ave
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances, tile, air, carpet. $600
monthly. Call 305-389-2765

Hollywood Area
5521 SW 32 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
washer, dryer, micro wave,
stove and refrigerator, all
brand new. Ready to move
in. $950 monthly. Section 8

Located Near 90th Street-
and 27nd Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light, water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486

Three bedrooms, two baths.
Everything included!

113 St and N.W. 15th Ave
Large efficiency, $600 mthly,

80 N.W. 53rd Street
Efficiency. $600 mthly, utili-
ties included. $900 to move
in. Woody, 305-898-2698.

86 Street NE 2 Ave Area
Efficiency. Call 305-754-7776

8th Ave N.W. 96 Street
Water, and appliances in-
cluded. $525 plus security
deposit. 305-546-4359

Furnished efficiency, 786-
287-0864 or 786-337-5853.

Furnished Rooms
13387 N.W. 30th Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.

1368 N.W. 70th Street
$500,nithly, washer and
dryer, kitchen access, air,
cable available.
Call 305-691-0458

1500 N.W. 74th Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.

1775 N.W. 151st Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable t.v., air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996

1845 N.W. 50th Street
$135 weekly with air, $270 to
move in. Call 786-286-7455.

3185 N.W. 75th Street
Roommate needed. Access
to entire house. Near Tri-Rail.
$100 weekly. 305-439-2906

4220 N.W. 22 Court
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.

8275 N.W. 18th Avenue
Clean rooms available. Call

9121 N.W. 25th AVENUE
With air, $340 monthly. First
and last to move in. Call 786-
515-3020 or 305-691-2703

N.W. 24 Ave and 52 St.

Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 954-274-4594

Furnished room for rent in pri-
vate home, light kitchen priivi-
lege, call 305-621-1017.


One room, central air and'
appliances. $125 weekly..

1087 N.W. 73 St.
Two bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 OK! 305-345-7833

1184 NW 66 STREET
Two bedroom, one bath, ga-
rage. Section 8 ok. $1100
monthly. 786-316-9307

14082 N.E. 2nd Avenue
40 N.W. 166 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
new townhouse located in
nice area, Section 8 ok! Only
one month security.

14082 N.E. 2nd Avenue
40 N.W. 166 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
new townhouse located in
nice area, Section 8 ok! Only
Sone month security.
15750 N.W. 28th Court
Four bdrm, two bath, tiled,
central air. $1550 monthly.

16125 N.W. 22nd Avenue
Three bdrm, Section 8 ok!

17100 N.W. 9 Place
Three bedrooms,' two baths,
central air. Section 8 OK!
$1400 monthly.
786-385-8174, 305-621-7883

17220 N.W. 45th COURT
Three bedrooms, two baths,
family room, near schools.
305-510-2841, 305-829-5271;

17340 NW 18 Avenue
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1700 mthly. 954-704-0094

17645 NW 22nd AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 welcome.

1785 N.W. 43rd Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 monthly. 305-267-9449

1790 N.W. 48 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, $950
monthly. 305-267-9449

1850 N.W. 55 Street
Three bdrm, two bath, den,
Section 8 OK. 786-344-4407

1863 N.W. 91st Street
Beautiful one bedroom, total-
ly remodeled,all appliances.
$650 monthly, first and last.

1901 Rutland Street
1480 N.W. 154 St. Complete-
ly renovated two bedrooms
and four bedrooms. Section 8
Welcome. 305-965-0671

1901 Rutland Street
1480 N.W. 154 St. Complete-
ly renovated two bedrooms
and four bedrooms. Section 8-
Welcome. 305-965-0671
1960 N.W. 167 St
Four bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral air, patio. Section 8 OK.
$1700 mthly. 305-332-4064

20430 N.W. 26th Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1525 monthly. Section 8
welcome. OPEN HOUSE 1-6
p.m. Saturday, April 25. Call

2157 NW 83 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath,

family room, large yard. By
Appointment only.

2330 N.W. 97th St. Rear
One bdrm, private area .
$1360 to move.

2425 N.W. 162 St
Remodeled two bedrooms
$1100 mthly. 305-801-1165

262 N.W. 51st Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1200 mthly. 305-205-1665.

2725 N.W. 53 Street
Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1200. Central air,

28 Ave. N.W. 204 Lane
Nice three bedrooms, two
baths, air. Section 8 and
HOPWA OK. 954-392-0070

565 N.E. 131 Street
One bedroom, in rear, tile
floors, nice and clean. $750.
Section 8 ok. 786-326-7424

6320 NW 21 AVENUE
Two bedroom, one bathroom
house with large yard, new
refrigerator and stove.$500
special per month.

649 N.W. 65 St.
Furnished three bedrooms,
one bath. $1200 mthly, utili-
ties included. 786-344-2964,
786-531-2678, 561-584-2263

7 N.E. 59 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath.,
$950. Free Water.

Share two bedroom house
with roommate. $670 each
monthly. Water, lights, wash-
er. Call L.J. 786-457-9086.

Two bedrooms, one bath, liv-
ing room, dining room, air.

Miami Gardens Area
Charming two bedrooms, one
bath, large bonus room, pool
centrally located. $1200
monthly. Call 305-319-1834

Miramar-Mirabella Area
Thtee bedrooms, two and a
half baths. Newly carpeted
and tiled, washer and dryer.
Lakeview and access to
pool. Nice community. $1800
mthly, first and last. 954-305-
4713,786-624-8520 *

N.W. 133 St. and 18 Ave
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776

North Dade Area
Two, three and four bedroom
houses for rent. Call for List
and Prices. NDI Realtors 290
NW 183rd Street

Northwest Area
Three and four bedrooms.
Section 8 OK. 786-346-9878

Four bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 welcome.

Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1075 mthly. 786-277-7028.

Section 8 Houses
$500 Move In Bonus!

21425 S.W. 119 Ave.
Goulds, three bedrooms,
one bath$1400 mthly, $1000
security. 305-628-3806

Office Space
Reasonable Rent! NW 7 Ave.
High Traffic. 786-709-3258

Rent with Option
8644 N.W. 22nd Avenue

Unfurnished Rooms

$375' monthly, $700 moves
you in, includes, water, air,
electncity. 305-303-6757
One bdrm, living room, bath,
kitchen, own entrance. Rent
negotiable. 786-285-0142

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N.W. 194 St. and 16th
Rolling Oaks. Four bedrooms,
three baths. Two story. 4000
Square Feet. $279,000.
NDI Realtors

Wow! grab someone, bring
your purse, bring your wallet
and meet me 2 p.m., April 26
at 1700 N.W. 66 Street.

N.W. 14 Court. Four bed-
rooms, three baths, two mas-
ters, central arr, large den.
Try $2900 down and $1295
monthly, FHA.
NDI Realtors 305-655-1700

Lots I
87 St. and N.W. 9 Ave
Buildable lot. Owner
Financing. 786-709-3258

One space at Dade Memo-
rial Park, 1301 N.W. 136
Street. Opening and closing.
included in burial. Call 954-

Plumbing, electrical, roof,
washer, dryer. 786-273-1130

Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices. 14140
N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565.

Carpentry, shutters, painting,
tiling, plastering and addi-
tions. Call 954-980-4231 or

Plumbing and Carpentry. 305-
401-9165, 786-423-7233

On Time Home
Specializing in quality ser-
vice. Offering you the best
prices anywhere.
Sedrick- 954-549-3152

Business Opportunity
Huge four bedrooms, two
bath home. Perfect for ACLF
or Day Care. 786-709-3258

Church Notice
5431 SW 22 STREET
We, the Jamaican revivalists,
invite you to come and join
in prayer and worship Sun.,
Wed., and Fri. 786-470-4878


Child Care Center
Seeking Director. Profes-
sional candidate with
current director's creden-
tials, experienced with food
service program and child
development services. Must
have excellent people skills
and knowledge of child care
accreditation procedures.
Qualified applicants may
contact 954-292-7929.

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10D THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 22-28, 2009

Obama calls for simpler tax code

Protesters rally against the President's

in 'Tea Parties' across the country

- President Barack
Obama used Wednes-
day's tax-filing dead-
line to promise a sim-
plification of the "mon-
strous tax code." One
proposal under White
House consideration is
a plan to free as many
as 40% of U.S. taxpay-
ers from having to file
The president's
promise came as hun-
dredsiof tax protesters
gathered across the
street from the White
House, and thousands
more assembled in
"tea parties" across the
country to object to Mr.
Obarma's policies, the

first widespread pro-
tests against the new
president since he took
office in January.
Mr. Obama said his
policies had already
cut taxes for 95% of
American workers, in-
cluding most of those
gathered at the pro-
tests. The $787 billion
stimulus plan included
an $800 tax cut for
couples earning less
than $150,000, and
separate tax breaks
for small-business in-
vestments, tuition pay-
ments and home pur-
But' participants in
the tea parties -- mod-
eled loosely after the

Revolution-era Boston
Tea Party -- say the
hundreds of billions of
dollars being spent to
stimulate the economy,
rescue banks and auto
companies, and spur
new lending will in-
evitably lead to higher
taxes on everyone, for
generations to come.
"I'm overtaxed, and
I'd like my child to
have a future they can
afford," said Douglas
Nutter, a 50-year-old
Maryland liquor sales-
man. "When I was a
kid, it was a free coun-
White House officials
were .dismissive of the
protests. "For too long,

we've seen taxes used
as a wedge to scare
people into supporting
policies that actually
increased the burden
on working people, in-
stead of helping them
live their dreams," Mr.
Obama said, as he re-
counted the tax cuts
he had secured for the
middle class.
' But the president
also gave his most ex-
pansive endorsement

so far of tax simplifica-
tion, which was pro-
posed during his cam-
paign but given little
emphasis. He said he
had given former Fed-
eral Reserve Chairman
Paul Volcker's special
advisory board until
the end of the year to
report back on how
the tax code should be
"I want every Ameri-
can to know that we
will rewrite the tax
code so that it puts
your interests over any
special interests," Mr.
Obama said. "And we'll
make it easier, quicker
and less expensive for
you to file a return,
so that April 15th is
not a date that is ap-
proached with dread
every year."
Austan Goolsbee, a

member of the White
House Council of Eco-
nomic Advisers and
the executive director
of the Volcker board,
devised a detailed plan
during the campaign
that would largely do
away with tax returns
for millions of Ameri-
Under the "Simple
Return" plan, the In-
ternal Revenue Ser-
vice would complete
tax returns for tax-
payers whose sole in-
come comes from one
employer and whose
interest income comes
from one bank. The
IRS would then send
a copy of the return to
the taxpayer. If the first
wave of the program
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The Obamas paid $855,323 income taxes

By Hans Nichols and
Ryan J. Donmoyer

President Barack
Obama and first lady
Michelle Obama paid
$855,323 in federal.
taxes: for 2008 on an
adjusted gross income
of $2.66 million, ac-
cording to copies of his
tax returns released by
the administration.
The couple reported
a total income of $2.73
million. The majority of
their earnings, .almost
$2.5 million, came
from proceeds on sales

from the president's
books, "Dreams from
My Father" and "The
Audacity of Hope."
The Obamas report-
ed giving $172,050 to-
37 charities, or about
6.5 percent of their ad-
justed gross income,
according to a summa-
ry provided with their
tax documents.
Vice President Joe
Biden and his -wife,
Jill, paid $46,952 in
federal taxes for 2008
on $269,256 in adjust-
ed gross income. They
also .paid $1,827 ,in

alternative minimum
tax, a levy the Obamas
avoided because their
income was too high.
Obama and his wife
paid $77,883 in income
taxes to their home
state of Illinois in 2008
and $22,233 in property
taxes on their Chicago
home. The Bidens paid
$11,164 in Delaware
state income tax.
The biggest recipients
of the Obamas' chari-
table donations were
the anti-poverty group
CARE and the United-
Negro College Fund,

which each received
$25,000. The Obamas
gave $5,000 each to
22 other organizations,
among them the United
Way of Galveston, Tex-
as, and Columbia Uni-
The Bidens' income
came from his Senate
salary of $1.65,526 and
her $67,840 pay from
Delaware Technical &
Community College. He
also received $20,500
from Widgner Univer-
sity. Biden, 66, also re-
ported $6,534 in Social
Security benefits and

$9,563 in royalties from.
his book, "Promises to
Keep: .On Life and Poli-


The vice president's
office today said that
"the charitable dona-
tions claimed by the
Bidens on their tax re-
turns are not the sum
of their annual contri-
butions to charity," and
said the couple .also
donates to their church
and gives their time,
which isn't deductible,
to 'charities..


The FDA is Clearly'Overwhelmed
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is
supposed to approve new medicines, monitor the
safety of those already on the market, and keep

our food safe.
But, currently the FDA
is not doing a good job. In
early 2008, a blood thinner
manufactured in China
which the FDA let into the
i, US was contaminated by a
mysterious ingredient and
caused 81 deaths.1 Summer
2008 brought a salmonella
outbreak, blamed first on
tomatoes and later on hot
peppers, that infected 1,442
people and resulted in at
least 286 hospitalizations in
43 states.2 Just this winter,
salmonella in peanuts killed
six people, made 486 people

ability to protect our nation's food and drug supply.
Recently, a national survey revealed that 61 percent
of U.S. adults feel the food.recall process is only
fair or poor, while 73 percent of adults say they
are just as concerned abqut food safety as they are

about war

It's clear that the FDA is

already overwhelmed.

Should they be given

the authority to regulate

the $80 billion tobacco

industry, too?

sick and led to the

recall of more than 2,800 foods with peanut
It's clear that the FDA is already overwhelmed.
Should they be given the authority to regulate the
$80 billion tobacco industry, too?

Congress Wants the FDA to
Regulate Tobacco
Congress wants to add tobacco products to the
FDA's list. We think that's just wrong. The majority
of Americans are losing confidence in the FDA's


on terror.4
Before the latest FDA blunders, a poll
was conducted which found that 82
percent of likely voters are concerned
that a proposal in Congress to let FDA
regulate tobacco would interfere with
the agency's core mission of regulating
the nation's food and drug supply.5
This is an issue which deserves to be
fully debated, and right now, that isn't

The FDA is Not the Place for it
Lorillard supports additional

regulation of the tobacco industry.
But, the FDA is not the place for it.
the FDA's role, when the ineffective

food and drug safety programs that are now in
place pose an immediate threat, is a health hazard
all its own.

'Harris, Gardner. "Heparin Contamination May Have Been Deliberate, F.D.A. Says." New
YorkTimes. April 30, 2008.
"'Investigation of Outbreak of Infections Caused by Salmonella Saintpaul." Center
for Disease Control andPrevention. August 28, 2008. URL:
"'Is the FDA a broken agency?" The Associated Press. March 3, 2009.
4"Food Safety: Majority of Americans Feel Industry Doesn't Do Enough." American
Society for Quality. March 11, 2009. URL:
5'"Zogby Poll: 82% FearTobacco Regulation Mandate Puts FDA Core Mission at Risk!'
Zogby International. February 26, 2008.

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The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, through the efforts of Com-
missioner Barbara J. Jordan, has allocated $1.2 million for the rehabilitation of
single-family homes in Opa-locka through the Opa-locka Home Rehabilitation
Program. Homeowners may qualify for up to $30,000 to repair roofs, electrical
and plumbing systems, replace windows, doors, air conditioning units, flooring
and kitchen and bathroom fixtures.

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11D THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 22-28, 2009


Builder blasts lack of bank lending to

build homes in Black communities

James Webb is seeking to ease rule
for investing in neighborhoods

By Tariq Osborne

A Miami-based build-
er who was worked in
the real estate industry
for more than 24 years,
is accusing banks of
discriminating against
developers who focus
on the Black commu-
James T. Webb, 47,
said he is also talking
to the Securities and
Exchange Commission
(SEC) about rules that,
he says, restrict invest-
ment in Black commu-
"Banks in general
have redlined African
American communities

as it relates to develop-
ment capital for rede-
velopment," Webb said.
He was referring to the
practice of limiting fi-
nancial services to spe-
cific neighborhoods,
generally based on in-
come levels or race.
Webb, who is starting
a new company, said
he got a loan commit-
ment of $1 million from
a bank within three
hours to build an estate
home for investment in
an upscale neighbor-
hood. The same bank,
he said, denied him a
$40,000 loan, after two
months, to purchase
and renovate an afford-
able home in a Black


Webb's. solution --
part of what he calls
the Webb Affordable
Housing Model -- is
to bypass traditional
lenders and go to oth-
ers. Those would in-
clude pension funds,
hedge funds. "A lot
of your institutional-
type lenders would be
more willing to invest

or lend," he said.
That approach has
met with some suc-
cess, he said, but an
SEC bylaw has proved
his biggest hurdle..
"The rules state that
whenever anyone who
isn't an active partner
gives you a check to
perform a renovation,
it is deemed in that in
point in time a securi-
ty," he said. Securities
are investments such
as stocks and bonds.
That would mean
he has to get a Private
Placement Memoran-
dum, requiring attor-
ney's fees of $20,000
to $50,000 to prepare
the paperwork.
That requirement
is cost prohibitive to
small entrepreneurs
and small builders,

Webb said.
"So what does a guy
do who wants to re-
habilitate a home in
the neighborhood?" he
While Webb is seek-
ing to have the SEC
revise such rules, he
is also hoping, through
the company he is
setting up, to create
a Real Estate Invest-
ment Trust (REIT) that
would reduce ,or, in
some cases, eliminate
corporate income tax.
REITs allow investors
to invest in real estate
the way mutual funds,
allow them to invest in
Webb said he has
sent the SEC a compre-
hensive package about
his plans but declined
to go into details.

Y Redevelopment Agency

-., of Commissioners Meeting of the Southeast Overtown/Park
West & Omni Community Redevelopment Agencies will take
;" / place on Monday, April 27, 2009 at 5:00 PM, at the Doubletree
Grand Hotel, 1717 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami, Florida, 33132.

.H f All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information,,
please contact the CRA offices at (305) 679-6800.

Obama to take aim

at credit card abuses

By Caren Bohan '

ters) President Barack
Obama plans to crack
down on deceptive cred-
it-card industry prac-
tices that have saddled
U.S. consumers with
huge-debts and soaring
interest rates, U.S. offi-
cials said on Sunday.
TopWhite House eco-
nomic adviser Lawrence
Summers said Obama
would be. "very focused
in the very near term
on a whole set of issues
having to do with credit
card abuses."-
"We need to do things
to stop the marketing
of credit in ways that
addict people to it,"
Summers said in an
interview on the NBC
television talk show
"Meet the Press."
Summers, director
of the White House Na-
tional Economic Coun-

cil, said the adminis-
tration is concerned
about practices that
result in consumers
being "deceived into
paying extraordinarily
high rates that they
wouldn't have paid if
they knew they were
getting themselves
Summers "and other
officials are scheduled
to meet on Thursday.
at the White House
with top executives
of credit card compa-
. The meeting comes
as lawmakers in the
Democratic-led Con-
gress have vented an-
ger that banks with big
credit card operations
charging high interest
rates and fees are the
same institutions get-.
ting government bail-
outs from U.S. tax-
payers who use these
credit cards.

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'Minorities Overcoming the Virus through Edu-
cation, Responsibility and Spirituality, Inc.
(MOVERS, Inc.), a Florida not for profit organi-
zation hereby notifies all interested parties, for-
mer clients and others who have been served
by MOVERS' of its intent to dissolve the corpo-
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Sealed bids for categories of items listed below will be received, at the address listed, on the designated
date. Said bids will be opened and read at the Miami-Dade County School Board Administration Building.
Bids are to be placed in the 'BID BOX' in Room 351, by 2:00 P.M., on the date designated. Bid forms on
which the bids must be submitted are available upon request from the DIVISION OF PROCUREMENT
MANAGEMENT web-site at or Room 351, address above, telephone
(305) 995-1380. Award recommendations will be available on the Friday preceding the scheduled Board.
meeting award. The results of bids awarded at the official School Board meetings will be available in the DI-
VISION OF PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT on the Monday following the meetings. The Board reserves
the right to waive informalities and to reject any and all bids.

"The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, enacts a Cone of Silence from issuance of a
solicitation to written recommendation of award. All provisions of School Board Rule 6Gx13- 8C-
1.212 apply."

"Any Protest of Specifications, or Protest of Award, must be filed with the Clerk of the School
Board. Failure to adhere to the filing requirements and timelines, as specified in Board Rule 6Gx13-
3C-1.11, shall constitute a waiver of proceedings."


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By: Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho
Superintendent of Schools


Sealed bids wilt be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office
located at City Ball, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 3313 for the fol-

IFB. NO. 141109



Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Pur-
chasing Department, website at Telephone No.

Deadline for Request for Clarification Thursday April 23, 2009 at 5:00 P.M.


Pedro G. Hernaridez
City Manager

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