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Liberty City fraud case

Fraud and theft end plans for a project that
would have created jobs in Liberty City

By Tariq Osborne

Boston developer Dennis
Stackhouse was arrested
Thursday for the alleged theft
of nearly $1 million in city
funds. The funds had been
earmarked for a taxpayer-
supported biopharmaceuti-
cal park to be built in Liberty
"When you steal from the
poorest of the poor, it almost
seems more criminal," said

Miami-Dade State Attorney

State Attorney, Kathleen
Fernandez-Rundle. "Its a
community that desperately
needs that investment," she
Stackhouse is accused of
creating an intricate scheme
revolving around the Poin-
ciana Park project. In 2003,
Stackhouse pitched the proj-
ect as a -$118 million retail
and office complex. It was to
create up to 3,500 jobs. But
nothing was ever built.
The attorney general's of-

Boston Developer

fice alleges that Stackhouse,
used the land as collateral
to take out a $2.5 million
loan from Tremont Realty,
a Boston-based firm. Then,
without telling Tremont, he
took out a second loan for $3
million from the Empower-
ment Trust, a local non-prof-
it designed to handle federal
After this, he allegedly be-
gan a process of double-bill-
ing. Submitting invoices to
both the Trust and Tremont
Realty. In sum, Stackhouse
double-billed the entities for
nearly $600,000.
Please turn to ARREST 5A

Developer's Attorney

Ex-judge on trial again

Former Miami-Dade Cir-
cuit Judge Phillip Davis who
was acquitted of bribery
charges in 1993 is again on
trial, this time accused of be-
traying the public trust.
Phillip Davis on Monday
went on trial to deny charg-
es that he stole more than
$80,000 of grant money in-
tended to help the poor.
Sixteen years ago while
tearfully testifying in the
Court Broom bribery case,
Davis admitted that he had
snorted cocaine in his cham-
bers. The candid and contrite
testimony whs seen as help-
ing him win an acquittal.
Davis, 55, was arrested in
October 2005 and accused
of looting county and state
grants to the Miami-Dade
Resident College. He faces
a number of felonies, includ-
ing money laundering and
grand theft. Prosecutors say
he stole more than $80,000.
Davis helped found the
nonprofit Miami-Dade Resi-

dent College in the late 1990s
to teach impoverished inner-
city residents parenting, life
and vocational skills. Davis,
the college's executive direc-

Former Miami-Dade Circuit Judge

tor, also created a "pretrial
intervention" program for
young defendants to com-
plete classes in lieu of jail.
According to investigators,
Davis and administrative

assistant Joan Headley in-
flated employee salaries by
submitting bogus invoices
to get extra grant money,
which they pocketed for
The money was laundered,
prosecutors said, through a
sham corporation, Workforce
Management Inc., created by
Davis to hire and pay work-
ers whom he labeled "inde-
pendent contractors."
First elected to a circuit
court judgeship in 1988, he
was arrested three years later
as part of a corruption sweep
dubbed Operation Court
At his federal trial, the dis-
barred lawyer apologized ac-
knowledging a cocaine and
booze habit. He said: "I'm
sorry, I apologized I let you
down, I let myself down! I
could have been somebody!"
Jurors acquitted Davis of
bribery and extortion charg-
es, saying that his addiction
clouded his judgment.

-Photo by Annie Leibovitz/White House
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha,
sit for a family portrait in the Green Room of the White House, Sept. 1.

Obamas change culture of the White House

First family's image being updated

By Mimi Hall
and Maria Puente

ries a smartphone on his hip,
goes out for burgers and plays
pickup hoops. She goes to their
daughters' soccer games, works
in the garden and loves listen-
ing to her iPod. Together, they
host poets, artists and musi-

cians at their house and invite
neighborhood kids to drop by.
Their kids, meanwhile, go to
birthday parties, romp around
with their new dog and get
spoiled by Grandma.
Sounds like a lot of families
- but this is the nation's first
, "The Obamas have changed
the culture of the White House,"

says Dee Dee Myers, President
Clinton's first press secretary.
President Obama may not
have delivered on all the policy
changes he promised since his
election a year ago, but he and
his family have brought dramat-
ic social change to the nation's
capital and to the country's col-
lective image of its first family
- and not just because they're
the first African Americans in
charge at the White House.
Please turn to FAMILY 4A

Miami-Dade Police Director retires

By Sandra J. Charite

After thirty-three years of a in
law enforcement, Miami-Dade Po-
lice Director Robert Parker has re-
Parker's retirement was effective
Sunday."Simply put, retirement
is inevitable, happening sooner or
later for all who live and labor long

enough," said Parker, 56, in a let-
ter to Miami-Dade County Mayor
Carlos Alvarez on Friday. "This is
my time to retire and I look for-
ward to other future interests. In
this regard, I have given much con-
sideration to all things that matter
most."Parker's letter came hours
after Mayor Alvarez held a press y
conference about the salary and _i_-l

Miami Times Special Report

Miami-Dade County Mayor
Carlos Alvarez recently an-
nounced five percent salary
cuts for all non-union em-
ployees. The cuts will come
with benefit decreases as well,
and will affect the 2,843 non-
union employees of the May-
or's office.
The move follows an earlier

move by the county commis-
sioners to impose similar cuts
on three unions.
Contracts with the most
powerful unions remain unre-
In September, the County
Commission was tasked with
closing a $444 million budget
deficit. The largest cut thus
far has been a $208 million
reduction in compensation.

However, since none of the
cuts have been enacted yet,
the county continues to lose
$4 million weekly.
Alvarez said Friday that he
waited to impose the cuts,
despite the fiscal year's be-
ginning in October, because
he wanted to get the commis-
sion's ideas on closing the
Please turn to CUT 4A

Community garden going into business
By Tariq Osborne __________________________ __________________.. :-- -
tosborne@miamitimesonline.com l .. i -

In a an example of Miami's
growing willingness to engage
its blighted areas, the fertile
earth foundation has part-
nered with Roots in the City
to produce organic compost
for the small community gar-
den on the corner of Northwest
Third Avenue and Northwest
Ninth Street.
The Mandarin Oriental Ho-
tel and Perricone's Market
and Cafe will be donating the
compost material for this pilot
program. The organic compost,
also called "black gold," is a
soil amendment used in land-
scaping and gardens. The City
of Miami has furnished space
at the Virginia Key mulching

Marvin Dunn, Director of Roots in the City shows City of Miami
Mayor Manny Diaz what the two-acre lot has produced in two
short years. He hopes to sell the produce to local merchants.

facility to create the compost.
While the community gar-
den is beautiful, and produces

food that, according to Marvin
Dunn, Director of Roots in the
Please turn to GARDEN 4A

Brinkman Young, 40, has worked at Overtown's community garden since it's inception. He
believes the Fertile Miami pilot project will make the garden more productive and create jobs
in the blighted area.


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Does low-income

mean low priority?
tate Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle was ab-
solutely right when she said of the Dennis Stack-
house arrest; "when you steal from the poorest of
the poor, it almost seems more criminal." Stackhouse was
arrested for allegedly defrauding a real-estate firm and a
non-profit who had hoped to build a pharmaceutical com-
plex in the Liberty City community.

However well-intentioned Fernandez-Rundle's words; they
were just that words. In fairness to Fernandez-Rundle, it
should be noted that the State Attorney does not determine
who builds what and where, but the lot remains empty.
Whether Stackhouse is convicted or vindicated, the lot will
still remain empty.

There have been promises from commissioners, develop-
ers, and leaders who always have some plan to "revitalize"
these neighborhoods. Those promises have been as empty
as the lots blighting these areas.

Far too often; these plans come to nothing. This most re-
cent letdown is not a unique case. It is just the newest of
many disappointments for some of Miami's most disadvan-
taged communities.

Before the Poinciana Park Project debacle, which the city
has no plans no means for that matter of resurrect-
ing, the Lyric Promenade, a $90 million, mixed-use develop-
ment was supposed to "revitalize" Overtown. It was to house
150 affordable rental units to avoid pricing out community
members. It was to house 160 condos, starting at $225,000,
and even a Hilton Gardens inn. It was to begin to restore
Overtown to the vibrant cultural and business center it once

It sounded too good to be true.

It was.

The developers behind the project ,recanted their prom-
ises; telling city officials that it could not, in fact, be done.
The people of Overtown waited. They still wait;

Miamians in these areas should expect more of their com-
missioners who do influence who builds what and where.
They should have learned by now to expect less of develop-
ers. Developments like community gardens and park spaces
work because they are relatively inexpensive and improve
the quality of life of residents. In low-traffic areas; these are
viable projects.

Choosing between a multi-million dollar complex and a
park is easy, but the reality is that Miami's low-income ar-
eas don't have this choice. That's for the wealthy areas.

Low-income Miamians can choose between a vacant lot
strewn with beer cans and a homegrown project in which
the community can take pride. Wherever possible, the com-
munity should choose the latter, and stop believing they can
depend upon developers that the city can't seem to control.

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The Black Press believes that America can best lead the world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her human and legal rights. Habng no person, cleaning no person, the
Black Press strives to help every person in the firm beef that all persons are hurl as long as anyone Is held back.

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It's time to press forward on the public option
This is a defining week for health reform that includes the Medicare that would compete create a new
Democrats who must decide public option, saying that's the directly with health insurance health insurance
whether to press for the public only way to drive down escalat- companies. plan to compete with private
option in health care and risk ing insurance premiums. But the Republican leader- health insurance plans?"
losing the support of a lonely After assuming office, Presi- ship in Congress, members Overall, 57 percent preferred
Republican senator or press for dent Obama has alternately who regularly extol the virtues the government action. As ex-
the measure to avoid offending expressed support for the pub- of market-driven competition, pected, the support was higher
an increasingly vocal segment among Democrats 77 percent
of its base. and lower among Republicans
The Senate is expected to m he progressive wing of the Democratic Party has grown increasingly ir- at 26 percent. A majority of in-
come up with a bill this week, ritatedbythemixedsignalsemanatingfromtheWhiteHouse.Onthecam- dependents 57 percent ex-
after much wrangling, and send eaag pressed support for the govern-
it to the Congressional Budget paign trail, Barack Obama advocated health reform that includes the public ment option.
Office for an official pricing. Af- option, saying that's the only way to drive down escalating insurance premiums. With clear public support
ter being declared dead in the behind the public option, why
Senate, the public option a are Democrats acting like such
government plan to compete lic option and dismissing it as do not want to see the kind of wimps?
with insurance companies to a "sliver" of the overall plan to competition offered by a public In Obama's case, he still holds
lower prices saw a strong reform the $2.5 trillion annual option. Evidently, they are in a out hope that he can garner bi-
revival on the heels of pub- health care system. minority. partisan support for health care
lic opinion polls showing more Savaged by misleading TV "The American people are for and other programs. In fact,
than half of all Americans fa- commercials sponsored by con- some alternative that will create he has placed an inordinate
vor such a plan. In order to win servative groups, progressives some competition for the abus- amount of attention on winning
over some reluctant Democrats, finally started fighting back, es of the insurance industry," the vote of Maine Sen. Olym-
states will be allowed to opt-out proving that so-called death Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) pia Snowe, the only Republican
of the program. panels were never proposed said on "Face the Nation." who seems willing to consider
"My guess is that the public and pointing out that the Unit- Public opinion polls support supporting the administration's
option level playing field with ed States is the only country in Feingold's view. A Kaiser Family health care bill.
the state opt-out will be in the the industrialized world with- Foundation poll found in Octo- Snowe objects to the public
bill," Senator Charles Schumer out a national health plan. The ber that 57 percent of Ameri- option, preferring to establish
of New York said on "Meet the U.S. spends more per capital on cans favor creation of a "gov- a triggering mechanism that
Press." health care than any other na- ernment-administered public will go into effect if the insur-
-rThe progressive -wing, of the tion, but ranks 37th in overall health insurance option." ance companies fail to' meet
*Democratic Party has gro6n in- health, according to the World A poll by the Washington'Post certain targets. With Snowe's
creasingly irritated by the mixed Health Organization. and ABC News produced simi- vote, Democrats will have the
signals emanating from the The best way to make health lar findings. Respondents were 60 votes needed in the senate
White House. On the campaign care insurance more affordable asked: "Would you support or to overcome an expected GOP
trail, Barack Obama advocated is to offer a program similar to oppose having the government filibuster.

Tallahassee Hockey: Which side will you chose for education?

I admit to watching hockey
only a few times in my life. I was
a Florida Panthers fan during
the days when we threw rubber
rats on the rink after the Pan-
thers had scored. I have also
watched the film, The Mighty
Ducks, many times. The images
of those speedy, violent melees
stay with me.
My job as a teachers' union
president and public schools ad-
vocate has thrust me into a met-
aphoric hockey league. Politics,
like hockey, is a game for the
resilient. Both involve speed,
sticks, personal body armor and
a willingness to take a hit and
keep skating.
Unfortunately, our public
schools are often used as hock-
ey pucks, whacked at by com-
peting interests whose goal is
to score political points rather
than create public schools that

adequately serve the children of
our state. No legislator has ever
been able to brag that Florida
has provided the competitive
salaries, resources and technol-
ogy necessary for a top-ranked
school system.
What's a hockey coach to do?
First, I'm recruiting you for

adequate funding for our public
schools, especially here in Mi-
ami-Dade County. More of our
locally raised real estate tax dol-
lars need to stay here in South
Florida to fund our local public
schools instead of being sent to
other parts of the state. Our Mi-
ami-Dade legislative delegation

O ur Miami-Dade legislative delegation needs to take care of business at
home. They must join with Broward and Palm Beach counties to ensure
that our area of the state receives our fair share of Florida's education

the baddest team going. We are
Stanley Cup material. Whether
you are a parent, a business
owner, a worker, a volunteer, a
man, woman, or child, it's time
to suit-up for public schools.
Second, attend practice. Each
team member must be a voice for

needs to take care of business at
home. They must join with Bro-
ward and Palm Beach counties
to ensure that our area of the
state receives our fair share of
Florida's education revenue.
Finally, show up at game time
Florida must retain funding for

education at cur- EY" g"Uj
rent levels. There
can be no more guts to educa-
tion! Whether we play at home
(South Florida) or away (Talla-
hassee and Washington, D.C.),
we need you in the game. We
need you to be a goalie, blocking
harm to our public schools. We
need you flying across the ice,
moving public education forward
so that the victory is ours. The
final victory really belongs to the
Florida's children.
The United Teachers of Dade
represents 38,000 teachers and
school support personnel in MD-
CPS. The union is committed to
being a leader in creating public
school reform, fostering a quality
public education for all students
and elevating the professional
status of teachers, paraprofes-
sionals, office employees, and all
school support personnel.

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Africa's Catholics must lead

The Catholic. Church, de-
spite its controversies here
at home, has long been a
world leader in using faith
'as a tool for creating a bet-
ter, more just world. On the
continent of Africa, where
the Church has a large pres-
ence, Catholic missionar-
ies have worked to provide
food and shelter to those in'
need. Now, Church leaders
are calling on the continent's
leaders to make a change in
their policies and practices...
or step down.
A group of African Bishops
of the Catholic Church re-
cently released a statement
on corruption on the conti-
nent. Their goal was to bring
an end to the self-serving

policies that breed repres-
sion and tyranny in many
African nations. While the
Bishops didn't go so far as
to single out any particu-
lar leaders, they did call on
those in power who are of the
Catholic faith to turn over a
new leaf or resign from their
There are approximately
158 million Catholics on
the continent of Africa; that
number is expected to grow
to 230 million by the year
2025. African Bishops have
taken the first step in us-
ing the Church's influence
on the continent to bring
relief and hope to the mil-
lions of Africans who live in
extreme poverty. The Catho-

lic Church's highest official,
Pope Benedict XVI, himself
has spoken out against pov-
erty and disease in Africa
and sees the church as a
source of democracy and so-
cial justice.
Many social justice move-
ments have been lead by
communities of faith and
their leaders. Gandhi, the
highly revered spiritual lead-
er, relied heavily on prin-
ciples of faith when leading
non-violent social protests
in India and in Africa. In
the U.S., the fight for equal
rights for blacks was rooted
in the church. Most recent-
ly, organizations like Balm
in Gilead have rallied black
churches to fight against

rising HIV/AID
infections amongst our peo-
Even though it may not
always seem like it, the ma-
jority of people in the world
are people of faith, whatever
their beliefs may be. It is
this faith and the leaders
of those organizations that
can bring about real change,
spurring leaders to alter
their practices. The African
Bishop's call for a new type
of African leader should be
taken up by Catholics world-
wide and other people of
faith who believe in equal
rights and justice. Move-
ments like this often start
small but can quickly grow
and make a huge impact.








Young Black men

in America: What

choice will you make?

Most of us who study history,
knows how diabolical this coun-
try can be, especially to people
of color. America was created
from the sweat off of the black
backs of our ancestors. The
Industrial Revolution laid the
foundation to this country's
existence. It wouldn't have sur-
vived if it wasn't for the capture,
enslavement and exploitation of
our people. Industry is still the
main cog that keep this wheel
we call America afloat. Yet, we
as a people have fail to reap the
benefits of all of the work we
contributed to the building this
In times past, a slave's im-
portance was measured by how
much money he or she could
accumulate for good ole Master.

past. Many lack either a desire
or a plan for future success
They've become nomads in theii
own land, going from corner to
corner, as they seek a free puf
from one of their partner's Philly
Blunts. Yes, "Chillin" in the
middle of the day have become
an art form for most in this age
Yet, sitting on your rump
all day is not an option in this
country. If you can't find work
they will find it for you. The only
problem is, you are not going to
like their wages, which is ap-
proximately 11 cents a day. Yes
the number one employer of
young Black males today is pris-
on. It is a place where large com-
panies benefit from you making
license plates, bed sheets and

In 2009, the same equation still
holds true to this day.
Most people think that their
self worth is measured by their
religious beliefs, level of educa-
tion and their ability to provide
for themselves and their fami-
lies. While this maybe true on
a personal level, America mea-
sures a person's worth by one
thing and one thing only: your
ability to make money for this
industrial machine. If you don't
make any money for America,
America no longer has any need
for you. This is the reason why
young Black males, who are liv-
ing in this country, are catching
more hell than any other group.
According to several surveys,
young Black males between the
ages of 15-25 are the most un-
productive group of any kind
living in America. More than
half of them are unemployed,
underemployed, incarcerated
or marked for death before their
25th birthday. A very high per-
centage will drop out of school,
father children they can't or
won't support, or become a det-
riment to the very community
that supported them in times

Retired, Liberty City

No. It's not
the commu-
nity's fault,
because pow-
er has been
largely taken
out of their
hands. There's
too many laws
that actively prevent parents
from parenting. When I grew up,
it wasn't just your parents--your
neighbors could whip your [be-
hind]. Today, I hear kids tell their
mom "you hit me and Ill put the
police on you." My view is; if I hit
you and you put the police on
me, when they leave, you'd bet-
ter leave too.

Student, Liberty City

No. It's not
fair to blame
the commu-
nity. I think
I know what
you're get-
ting at, but it's
pretty clear to
me why people ..
don't just go

light bulbs for little or nothing. It
is a place where "three hots and
a cot" comes with a tremendous
price. It is also a place where the
term "warehousing" takes on an
entirely different meaning. In a
country where the number one
concern is whether or not sup-
ply meets demand, there is no
shortage of Black males that
can be use to feed the demands
of local, state and federal prison
But of course this is nothing
new to you. You've heard this rap
way too often. Question is, what
do you plan on doing about it?
Will you continue to fake your-
self out, fantasizing of becoming
the next Jay Z? Will you wake up
one day only to find yourself at
the age of 25; still living at your
mother's house? Or will you fi-
nally realize your God given tal-
ent and be the man you were
destined to be? Will you be re-
duced to nothing but a number
underneath your mug shot? Or
will you rise to be a mechanic,
an electrician, or a family man,
one who is respected in his com-
munity? Thankfully, it is still
your choice to make.

tell the police what they know.
Whoever did the crime's probably
going to be back, and the police
won't always be there.
Where the community can step
up though, is giving the kids
more places that stay open late
and are safe. We don't have a lot
of Planned Parenthood places
either. In Houston, for example,
they're all over the place. And so
you see kids out here three or
four kids of their own. Those kids
are growing up in the streets.
To their credit, the churches
are trying, but they don't have
the resources for such a big job. I
put my kids in New Birth [Baptist
Church} for that very reason.

Miami, Student

I think it is the community.
They need to teach their kids to
be respectful and honor them-
selves. Part of being respectful is
to respect the ...
law and to re-
spect life. Fa-
thers need to
be in their kids'
lives more too.
If people did
some of this,
we wouldn't



We wholeheartedly support our pastor
Dear Editor: now for seven years. Under his but what's interesting is Pastor
leadership our membership Smith and Friendship have been
We are fed up with the nega- has nearly tripled, our church there for many of the disgruntled
tive allegations, accusations has been completely renovated, when they were in need, and
and false rhetoric concerning hundreds of souls have been even under attack Pastor Smith
our beloved pastor, Rev. Dr. saved (we nearly baptize new continues to pray for and love
Gaston Smith of Friendship converts every Sunday), we them. There is nothing biblical
Missionary Baptist Church. We are more actively involved in or Christian-like about their ap-
do not agree with the recent the community now, and hun- proach to undermine this Man
r letter to the editor published dreds are being fed weekly free of God.
in last week's paper from a so- of charge through The Master's Three things are absolutely
f called member. The name men- Kitchen. This is only to name certain:
y tioned in this letter is not listed a few of Pastor Smith's accom- First, Friendship has been
anywhere in our church regis- plishments here at Friendship. blessed over the last 80 years
try and appears to be fictitious We believe that Pastor Smith with assets, property and tithe
in nature, and his lovely family have been paying members that will as-
We understand that people and continue to be an asset to sure our success for genera-
have a right to their opinion, Friendship. Our pastor is a great tions to come. Just like every-
but it should never result in preacher, teacher and leader. body else, we are feeling the
, slander and false propaganda. He visits the sick, cares for the economic crunch and offerings
y If anyone in the community is grieving, caters to the youth as are not what they use to be, but
curious about Friendship, we well as the senior saints, en- we are nowhere close to be bring
welcome them to one of our ser- courage the flock and loves the broke.
vices on Sunday and they can community. Secondly, Pastor Smith has
f see for themselves that we love Pastor Smith came into this not misused any of our church
our Pastor, and Pastor Smith community working as if he funds. In fact, time and time
certainly loves us. The handful had always been here, he nev- again, he and his family have
g of dissenters are certainly not er meets a stranger. Just like sacrificed to enhance the minis-
the majority. any church, there will always try. The pastor and we as a joint
Pastor has served faithfully be some disgruntled members, board work in tandem to conduct

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the business of the church.
Lastly, this so-called meeting
where members were supposed-
ly locked out of the church must
be clarified. Here are the facts.
An official meeting must be ap-
proved by the Pastor and/or the
Board of Directors according to
the Baptist and church policy.
The meeting referred to in last
week's article was not autho-
rized by Pastor Smith nor the
Board of Directors.
Let it be known that we as
a joint board of officers solidly
support our Pastor, Rev. Dr.
Gaston E. Smith, and pray that
he continues to lead us to higher
heights for may years to come.
A few years ago through Pastor
Smith's vision we adopted the
slogan and continue to believe
it "Friendship is a mighty good
church to join."

B.T. Smart,
Chairman of the Deacons
Otto Freeman,
Chairman of the Trustees,
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

Showdown, showtime for District 5

Dear Editor:

Miami Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones has been throwing
money, promises and fish fries all
over town in an effort to retain her
place on the commission. Now af-
ter receiving the recommendations
of both the Herald and the Times,
"uniquely qualified" Jeff Torain
is on her heels as he is gaining
in notoriety and serious interest
among constituents. Given that
this commentary is written before

the Nov. 3rd outcome, it is pre-
dicted that there will be a run-off
between these two candidates as
David Chiverton rounds out the
three person race.
If we objectively look at this
particular race, it is clear that it
is less about a competition be-
tween candidates and more about
the indication of where District 5
(primarily Liberty City and Over-
town) is in terms of values, in-
tegrity, awareness of the issues
and what's best in the long run

for the overall community. With
the youth (Black youth) murder-
ing each other repeatedly; pover-
ty, joblessness, broken promises,
corruption issues, etc. continu-
ally looming, will the status quo
win out over what could clearly be
another Barack Obama moment -
this time at the local level? This
is the huge question that will be
answered once the election is of-
ficially over.
This District 5 Commission race
is beginning watched more closely

Haitians did not disrespect the President

Dear Editor:

, I normally would not respond
to articles written by citizens.
In an open democracy I respect
everyone's point of view. How-
ever, this time I feel the urge to
correct a letter entitled "Local
Haitians disrespect President
Barack Obama." The writer fo-
cuses on the Haitians that pro-
tested President Obama during
his last visit to Miami advocat-
ing for Temporary Protected
Status (TPS).
Haitian American voters went
to the polls, with the same en-
thusiasm to vote for our first
Black President. In fact, in Mi-
ami-Dade County, our number

one Black voting precinct is
. precinct 135 on the west side of
the City of North Miami. I reside
and served there as the precinct
leader for the Democratic Party
for many years and most recent-
ly during the Obama campaign
last year. An overwhelming
number of Haitian-Americans in
that precinct voted (98 percent)
for our first Black president.
That precinct had the highest
turn out of Black precincts in
the county. Also, I would be re-
miss if I did not mention that,
this is a nation of immigrants.
All of our roots are from the
same mother land. I don't see
the demonstration as a sign of
disrespect but a way of urging

The small group of Haitians
that gathered were .not there to
protest the President. They were
there to raise awareness for an
ongoing issue. Their signs and
messages were not attacks, they
simply asked for the President's
support on a critical issue. They
were exercising their constitu-
tional rights to urge the Obama
administration to act on review-
ing its policies towards Haitians.
This had nothing to do with dis-
respecting the President. We still
stand behind President Obama.
Demonstrating at the event
should be viewed as urging ac-
tion- Last week, many Haitian-
American elected officials trav-
eled to Washington to meet with
White House officials and mem-

than most think by much of South
Florida. In many ways it is more
important than even the mayoral
election due to the history of this
area's neglect. It is important that
as many people as'possible vote.
This time is it important that the
vote be an informed vote and not
one of special interest or personal
greed. Remember . God is al-
ways watching.

George Williams
Liberty City

bers of Congress to see how
relations between the US and
Haiti can improve. We live in a
democracy and as I stated be-
fore, everyone's right of freedom
of speech should be respected.
Therefore, I respectfully disagree
with the writer who missed the
point the Haitians were mak-
ing. Instead the writer chose
to miss-characterize their view
with baseless arguments about
Haitian illegals breaking the
law. As an elected official, I be-
lieve anyone who breaks the law
should be punished to the full-
est. However, I do not agree to
allow any member of our com-
munity to state a claim without
any real facts.
Alix Desulme
North Miami City Clerk

It's all about the money and the County money is good. A
lot of folk are wondering what was the real reason for the sud-
den resignation of Miami-Dade Police Director Robert Parker.
The 33-year department veteran was earning $226,000 an-
nually and is only 56-years-old. Bet the retirement is at least

Even the fast food hamburger joints are feeling the effects of
the recession. Burger King is counting on a $1 double cheese-
burger promotion to help combat falling sales. Company sales
dropped six percent from the same time last year. Franchise
don't like the deal argue that it's hurting their profits.

Biggest disappointment after viewing, "Good Hair," Chris
Rock's new documentary on the industry of African-American
hair care is the fact that its a $9 billion industry of which Black
folks own virtually nothing. Come on, you entrepreneur.

Broward County discovered this week that they have a mini
Bernie Madoff in their midst. Federal officials have stepped
their investigation of prominent lawyer Scott Rothstein, big-
time Republican fundraiser who has been running a Ponzi
scheme from one of the biggest and most prestigious law
firms. Stay tuned.

Flagler Dog Track who recently opened their swank Magic
City Casino is not happy about anymore competition. They
want to stop voluntary payments to county government be-
cause the county-owned airport might add slot machines.
Stay tuned.

A lot of folk had begun to feel that the Poinciana Park Caper
of 2007 was a dead issue, but its not. Boston developer Den-
nis Stackhouse surrendered Thursday to face charges that he
stole nearly $1 million from a proposed taxpayer-supported
biopharmaceutical park intended to revitalize Liberty City.

have to rely on the police so
much. I know people like to say
the police need to do their jobs;
but we need to do ours too.

Liberty City, Entrepreneur

No; because
the commu-
nity can't do
very much. t.
The people do- .
ing, the actual
shootings can
change that
by coming to
grips with the
fact that they're killing their own
race off. But I don't consider the
people doing the shootings part
of the community. It's two differ-
ent worlds.
The community is afraid to go
to the police. Nobody wants to
die for knowing something. So
there's not much the community
can do, but maybe there's more
the police can do. The commu-
nity can't fight these people.

Liberty City, Retired

Yes. I don't mean necessarily
going to the police, but the par-

ents need to
keep their kids
home more. It
was different
when we were
kids. The kids
today are just
It's the parents
really. They say
and do anything in front of their
kids--and expect their kids to act
better than they do. It's not a po-
lice issue to me. It's a parenting
issue that later becomes a police

Veteran, Miami

Well, it's
the police and
They need to
work together
more if they're
going to try
and stop these
things. I'm not
sure it can be done at all. You
can contain it in one place, and
it just picks up someplace else.
The police have a chance, but the
community can't do much at all.

Most people think that their self worth is measured by their
religious beliefs, level of education and their ability to provide
for themselves and their families. While this maybe true on a
personal level, America measures a person's worth by one thing and one
thing only: your ability to make money for this industrial machine.

Does the community bear any responsibility for situations

like the Overtown Shootings?

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Six bodies found in home of sex offender Alvarez now suggest cuts

Associated Press

Six badly decomposed bodies
found at the home of a convicted
rapist facing a new rape allegation
were females and all were homi-
cide victims, a coroner's office in
Cleveland, Ohio, said today.
At least four of the victims had
apparently been strangled and
decomposition made it difficult
to determine how two of the vic-
tims had died, said Powell Cae-
sar, a spokesman for the Cuya-
hoga county coroner. None of the
victims have been identified, but
two of the victims were Black, he

Anthony Sowell, 50, of Cleve-
land, was arrested on Saturday
in a street near his home. He ini-
tially denied he was the
man authorities were
looking for, but later
admitted his identity, a .-.
police spokesman said. t
Police established a
command post in the
neighbourhood to take
missing-person reports -
and additional informa-
tion on outstanding missing per-
sons in an attempt to identify the
Neighbour Teresa Hicks, 48,
said she has known Sowell since

Obamas have "great

continued from 1A

The contrast with recent
presidents is clear: George W.
Bush had older kids, went to
bed early, headed for his Texas
ranch as often as he could and
presided over a White .House
tightly buttoned down after the
9/11 attacks. Bill Clinton had
his own reasons to stay low-
key after the Monica Lewinsky
scandal began in his second
"The Obamas' White House is
the most open for cultural and

intellectual activities since the
Kennedy administration," says
Douglas Brinkley, author and
presidential historian at Rice
University in Houston. "It's not
simply a matter of doing events
of statecraft and cultural gravi-
tas. They have a great flair for
American pop culture."
That the Obamas are a
couple in step with the world
around them is evident almost
daily, whether the first lady -
a term that seems particularly
archaic for a 45-year-old mom
and Ivy League-educated law-
yer is touting the benefits

high school. "He was crazy," she
said. "Sometimes he would just
go off if he didn't have his way."
Hicks added that she
: did not think Sowell
had ajob.
As a convicted sex
offender, Sowell was
required to report reg-
ularly to the sheriffs
office, which said he
had complied.
Police were check-
ing crime reports to find matches
for similarities to the most recent
allegation against Sowell or the
1989 rape case against him that
resulted in his conviction. They

were also checking missing-per-
son reports back to June 2005,
when Sowell was released.

The first two bodies were found
on Thursday night when police
went to Sowell's home to arrest
him on charges of assault and
Detectives found the bodies on
the third floor of the building and
began checking a fresh grave dug
in the basement.
Their advanced state of decom-
position suggested the bodies had
been in the home a long time. By
Saturday, six bodies were count-

flair for pop culture
of organic food or the 48-year- understands that and he un-
old president is admitting on derstands that," conservative
TV that he hasn't done a good commentator Tucker Carlson
enough job handling his share says. "Talking about his life is
of the child-care duties. effective."
Political observers of both Myers says the Obamas prob-
parties say it generally works ably know the image they proj-
to the president's benefit. The ect hip and multicultural but
polls bear this out. Although also casual and down-to-earth
majorities now oppose the way helps forge positive connec-
Obama is handling issues from tions with the American people.
health care to Afghanistan, Whether it's Michelle
his overall approval rating has Obama's easy J.Crew style or
stayed at 50% or higher in Gal- her husband's obsession with
lup's daily survey, sports, most people can relate.
"He has a genuinely appeal- "It works for them because it's
ing personality and his staff authentic," Myers says.

Garden supplies locals with fresh vegetables

continued from 1A

City, will begin to be sold to
Winn Dixie around Thanksgiv-
ing, these are secondary con-
cerns to Dunn.
"This is mostly about jobs,"
said Marvin Dunn. "One prob-
lem our city has not been able
to tackle has been joblessness
in low-income areas."
Dunn believes that the Com-
munity Garden answers this
"Now people in the inner-city

can have sustainable work. And
jobs that they can walk to," he
said. "It's a beautiful thing."
Brinkman Young, 40, is an
Overtown resident who has
worked in the garden for nearly
two years. "I just love plants,"
he said. "I started coming here
as soon as I found out about it
The garden represents some
novel thinking, and accord-
ing to fDunn, was planted by
he people of Overtown with-
out making any formal request
to the city. "Two years ago,
this was a vacant lot. We just

started planting here," he said.
"What are they gonna say? Put
the needles back? Put the beer
cans back?" Instead, county
agencies embraced the idea;
and the garden receives support
from hundreds of volunteers
through organizations such as
Hands on Miami, Touching Mi-
ami with Love, and Miami Dade
College .
The garden sits on a two-acre
lot and features collard greens,
citrus trees and papayas. The
garden, which will become even
more fertile as a result of the

compost program, yields fruits
and vegetables throughout the
year, supplying locals and sup-
plies locals with the fresh veg-
etables that are often missing
from their diet. Freshly grown
produce from the garden is of-
fered free to the community
through giveaway programs to
schools, community agencies
and homeless shelters.
Dunn hopes to spread the
project to other areas. "We
don't have to be so quick to put
up new buildings everyplace,"
he said.

continued from 1A

Alvarez's non-union employ-
ees amount to less than 10
percent of the county's work-
force, making further cuts or
layoffs are all but certain.
Alvarez, who has come un-
der fire this year for grant-
ing raises to some of his own
aides; suggests uniform sala-
ry cuts for staffers. The com-
mission, by comparison, has

suggested tiered salary cuts,
which would reduce pay by a
higher percentage for higher-
earning employees.
This week, the commission
voted that three unions; Solid
Waste, Aviation, and general
employees, will have the op-
tion of either a five percent
pay reduction or the equiva-
lent reduction in holiday pay.
At least five additional
union contracts remain un-

DEPARTMENT By Ana Maria Monte Flores

In November, 2007, the Miami-Dade Water and
Sewer Department received a historic 20 -year
Water-Use Permit from the South Florida Water
Management District. The permit is a plan for
meeting the present and future water needs of the
County while protecting natural resources such as
the Everglades. The permit requires WASD to de-
velop alternative water supply sources and con-
tinue with its Water-Use Efficiency Program. It en-
sures water will be available for Miami-Dade
County's needs and lays the groundwork for very
ambitious capital improvements over the next two

Some of the alternative water supply sources in-
clude reclaimed water projects for large-scale irri-
*gation and groundwater replenishment, using the
Floridan Aquifer as an alternative water supply, a
comprehensive water-use efficiency program and
a water loss reduction program. For more informa-
tion about the Miami-Dade County Water Use
Permit, please visit our website at



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Chevrolet and GMC drive GM sales increase

DETROIT A strong perfor-
mance by GM's four core brands
- Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and
Cadillac resulted in GM U.S.
October sales of 177,603 vehicles,
up 4 percent from last October,
the company's first year-over-year
gain since January 2008. Total
sales increased 13 percent when
compared with September. The
four brands accounted for about
95 percent of GM's retail sales, an
increase of 10 percentage points
compared to the prior year.
"We're very pleased with con-
sumer acceptance to our newest
cars, crossovers and trucks," said
Susan Docherty, GM vice presi-
dent, U.S. Sales. "While we have

more work to do, we are making
progress and will continue our fo-
cus on delivering vehicles and a
sales and service experience that
brings consumers to Chevrolet,
Buick, GMC and Cadillac and
keeps them coming back."

Total GM sales increased 4
percent compared with October,
2008; retail sales were up 15 per-
cent for the same period.
Year-over-year total sales in-
crease is the first since January,
GM gains market share for the
third straight month estimated
at 21 percent of the total light ve-

Parker has served Miami

continued from 1A

benefit changes in the County
that were set to come. The mayor
announced on Friday five percent
salary cuts for all non-union em-
ployees. The cuts will come with
benefit decreases as well, and
will affect the 2,843 non-union
employees of the Mayor's office.
The cuts came into effect on
Parker believed he would be

personally affected by the cuts
in his benefits and leave time.
Parker's annual salary was
"One of my several pivotal con-
siderations is the affect and con-
sequences of Miami-Dade Coun-
ty's ongoing budget adoptions
and vetting processes. This exer-
cise's consequences are econom-
ically based, unavoidable and
imminent," said Parker. Also,
unavoidable are some forms of
negative fiscal implications and

hicle market.
Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Ca-
dillac retail sales represented 95
percent of October retail sales vs.
85 percent in October, 2008.
Combined Buick / GMC re-
tail sales were up 20 percent
compared with last year, driving
Buick-Pontiac-GMC retail sales
up 12 percent.

Strong retail sales of Chevro-
let's launch vehicles Camaro,
Equinox, and Traverse led to
a year-over-year increase in to-
tal sales of 9 percent, and a 31
percent increase in retail sales for'

the same period.

Malibu retail sales for Malibu
were up 84 percent compared to
a year ago.
"Chevrolet had a solid sales
month in October supported by
our 2009 launch products Ca-
maro, Equinox and Traverse,"
said Brent Dewar, vice president,
global Chevrolet. "Our broad
lineup appeals to a range of con-
sumers, whether it's the modern
sports car, Camaro, appealing to
performance enthusiasts or the
Equinox and Traverse delivering
what today's families care about:
safety, styling and efficiency."

-Dade County since
benefit reductions to everyone." department. Park
Mayor Alvarez described Park- by the Governor
er as a "friend" with numerous serve as Co-Chai
accomplishments throughout east Regional Do
his professional life who has rep- Task Force and
resented the County at the "na- the President of ti
tional, state and local levels in Association of Ch
several positions." James K. Loft
Parker began working for the veteran, will take
County in 1976. Within time, he Miami-Dade Poli'
climbed up the ranks and was til permanent dir
appointed as Director in April appointed. Alvar(
2004 in which he supervised interim appoint
day-to-day operations within the longer than six ir

ker was selected
r of Florida to
ir of the South-
mestic Security
also served as
he Dade County
Liefs of Police.
tus, a 26-year
over as interim
ce Director un-
rector has been
ez says that the
lent will not be

Handfield "confident" that Stackhouse is innocent

continued from 1A

According to the warrant, he also
created $391,000 in false invoices
for work that was never done. In the
end, the funds went into his per-
sonal accounts. Stackhouse's firm
never got financing or permits for
the Poinciana project, which never
materialized. The county loan is
now in default, with about $2.9 mil-
lion outstanding, according to the
county. Worse still for Liberty City,
County officials withdrew their sup-
port for the project. The lot remains
Stackhouse's attorney, Larry
Handfield, has been involved in the

case from its inception and main-
tains his client's innocence. "He's
definitely innocent, and it will be
proven in court that he's innocent.
That's why after two years of in-
vestigation, they've come with four
counts." Tremont Realty and Em-
powerment Trust each brought two
Handfield went on to say that
the first count, grand theft, and the
second, organized fraud, are largely
redundant. "We will show that there
was no organized fraud, no attempt
to defraud the taxpayer, and there
was never any double billing. When
all is said and done, when the dust
is clear, he will be vindicated. The
only sad part about this is that even

though I believe he will be vindi-
cated [his reputation] has been tar-
nished," Handfield said.
Former Congresswoman Carrie P.
Meek, who was a paid consultant for
Stackhouse declined to comment. "I
haven't heard anything more that
what was on the news. I don't have
any comment really," she said.
The attorney general's office al-
leges that they had been aware of
Stackhouse's activities for more than
two years, but that proving their al-
legations was a laborious process.
"We had to go through 48 bank
accounts to put this case togeth-
er," said Fernandez-Rundle.
The failed development proj-
ect is only the latest in a series

of disappointments for Miami's
low-income communities. In
2002, developer Oscar Rivero
was jailed for spending at least
$736,000 in public money that
was slated to build low-income
housing in Little Havana.
More recently, in 2006, the
Overtown community was dis-
appointed when the developers
behind the Lyric Promenade told
city leaders the project could
not be done. The development
was being hailed as a turning
point for the blighted area, and
was to boast 160 condos, 150
affordable housing units, and a
Hilton Gardens Inn. None of this



Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency
Amendment to Public Housing Agency (PHA) Plan
Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency (MDPHA) hereby advertises an
amendment to the PHA Plan for Fiscal Year 2009-2010, which will be
available for review during a 10-day comment period from 11/1/2009 through
11/10/2009. The PHA Plan amendment is available at MDPHA's website
www.mlamldade.gov/houslng. Please send written comments during the
comment period to: MDPHA, 701 NW 1 Court, 16th Floor, Miami, Florida 33126.
A public hearing will be held on 11/12/2009, at 4:00 p.m., in the MDPHA Board
Room, 1407 NW 7th Street, Miami, Florida 33125.
MDPHA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion, marital status,
national origin, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy orfamilial
status in the access to, admissions to, or employment in housing programs or
activities. If you need a sign language interpreter or materials in accessible
format for this event, call 786-469-4229 at lease five days in advance. TDD/
TTY users may contact the Rorida Relay Service at 800-955-8771.


NW 7th Avenue Corridor

CRA Meeting
The Public is hereby advised that a Meeting of the NW 7th
Avenue Corridor Community Redevelopment Agency Board of
Commissioners will be held on Monday, November 9, 2009, at 5:00
PM, at the Edison/Little River Neighborhood Center, located at 150
N.W. 79th Street, Miami, Florida.
The NW 7th Avenue Corridor Community Redevelopment Area
boundary is generally defined as N.W. 79th Street on the south,
N.W. 119th Street on the North, Interstate 95 on the east, and the
westernmost property line of all those parcels of land that abut the
westerly right of way line of NW 7th Avenue on the west.
Information about the meeting of the CRA Board can be obtained
by calling (305) 375-5368. Miami-Dade County provides
equal access and opportunity in employment and services
and does not discriminate on the basis of handicap. Sign
Language Interpreters are available upon request. Please call
(305) 375-5368 in advance.


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Atlanta polls signal racial shift

Councilwoman with big lead would be first white mayor in over three decades

By Corey Dade

ATLANTA More than three
decades after Maynard H. Jack-
son Jr. became the first Afri-
can-American mayor of a major
Southern city here, the era of
uncontested Black leadership
in the cradle of the civil-rights
movement is facing its first true
test: A white city councilwom-
an leads the mayoral race by
a wide margin just days before
the Nov. 3 election.
Recent polls show Mary Nor-
wood, a fiscal conservative who
lives in a heavily white, wealthy
section of Atlanta, with sup-
port ranging from 39% to 46%
of likely voters. That puts her
potentially within striking dis-
tance of winning outright next
week or heading into a runoff
with one of the two most promi-
nent African-American candi-
dates, City Council President
Lisa Borders and former state
Sen. Kasim Reed, both of whom
have struggled to gather sup-
port from even 25% of voters.
Most striking in Ms. Nor-
wood's numbers is her level of
support among widely fractured
African-American voters. An In-
siderAdvantage poll on Oct. 16
showed Ms. Norwood leading all
candidates among Black voters,
with nearly a third of Blacks
supporting her.
Ms. Norwood's position re-
flects demographic changes
that are scrambling the estab-
lished political order in parts of
the South as well as moderating
racial attitudes that increasing-
ly have left Blacks, whites and
other ethnicities open to votes
that defy conventional racial
Such contrarian politics
have become increasingly com-
mon in the South. Earlier this
month Memphis, Tenn., elected

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its second Black mayor, A.C.
Wharton, who endorses a plan
to merge the city and surround-
ing Shelby County governments
-- a move that would eliminate
a Black voting majority in Mem-
phis and boost the strength of
other minorities.
In last year's presidential
election, Barack Obama gar-
nered enough white votes in
North Carolina and Virginia
to become the first Democrat
to win a Southern state since
1976 other than Bill Clinton's
1992 win in his home state of
An August poll of Alabama
voters showed U.S. Rep. Artur
Davis, who is Black, leading all
Democratic primary candidates
for governor. If successful, he
would be the state's first Black
Among the Southern cities
where African-American politi-
cal dominance arose from the
1960s civil-rights movement,
Atlanta is the crown jewel. It
has elected a line of mostly ac-
claimed Black mayors, nursed
a reputation for racial tolerance
and is regarded as a mecca for
aspiring Black professionals.
But the city's population,
while still majority Black, has
grown steadily more white in
the past decade, driven by the
departures of Blacks from pub-
lic housing now demolished and
the flight of upwardly mobile
Blacks to new suburbs.
As a result, Black political
strength has dispersed across
the metro region, which has
more than five million resi-
dents. The Black majority has
declined to 56% from 67% in
the past decade, and the pro-
portion of whites has grown to
36% from 30%.
The prospect that Atlanta
could become the first majori-

-Phil Skinner/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta mayoral candidates Kasim Reed, from left, Mary Norwood, Jesse Spikes and Lisa
Borders at the end of their televised debate this month. ,

ty-Black Southern city to shift
power back to a white mayor
prompted local activists to write
and circulate a memo urging
Blacks to consolidate behind
Ms. Borders to block Ms. Nor-
While race has hovered in the
background of the campaign,
the leading candidates have
sparred mostly over who could
most effectively attack an ap-
parent spike in crime and im-
prove the finances of city gov-
ernment. The race has become
largely a referendum on who
voters believe would most effec-
tively address those issues.
Ms. Borders and Mr. Reed
have also accused Ms. Norwood
of being a Republican and too
conservative for left-leaning At-
lanta. Ms. Norwood has steered

away from the questions, saying
she has voted for candidates of
both parties but is a "commit-
ted independent."
Ms. Norwood, 57 years old,
has been aided by the lacklus-
ter campaigns of her opponents.
Ms. Borders, the 53-year-old
granddaughter of a revered
pastor and civil-rights leader,
is a long-established business
executive and nonprofit board
member. She entered the race
with fanfare, but then dropped
out unexpectedly before return-
ing to the field again months
Mr. Reed, 40, is a former state
representative and senator who
ran the two campaigns of cur-
rent Mayor Shirley Franklin.
Ms. Franklin hasn't publicly
endorsed any candidate, but

Mr. Reed has been backed by
Andrew Young, a former mayor
and top lieutenant of Martin
Luther King Jr. Mr. Reed raised
$1.5 million -- more than any
other candidate. But the cam-
paign has struggled to find any
Ms. Norwood was a longtime
neighborhood activist before
being elected to the City Coun-
cil eight years ago. In office, she
opposed taxes and objected to
many policies of the popular
Ms. Franklin while working to
build grass-roots support in
some Black and lower-income
"Mary kind of reminds me of
Maynard [Jackson] when he
first ran, always in the commu-
nity, not just during elections,"
said Rosel Fann, a 76-year-old
Black activist in southeast At-
lanta. She voted for all four of
Atlanta's Black mayors, but
said she has no obligation to
Black candidates this year. "I
don't vote for color," she said.

Maynard H. Jackson Jr., left, Atlanta's first black mayor, is
shown with boxing great Muhammad Ali, right, and attorney
Leroy Johnson in 1970.

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Kaitlyn wins Bijoux Hair Show

Congratulations to second
place winner, eight year old
Kaitlyn Washington for her
outstanding performance in
the 2009 Bijoux Hair Show.
Kaitlyn was featured as the
only child performing among
other top adult competitors
displaying her star studded
modeling talent throughout
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Christian for their hard work
and dedication and also to
Kaitlyn's dance instructor,
Linda Agyapong who has
worked diligently and whole-
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skill and discipline of dance
that has shown throughout
the competition.
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classroom as well.

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best she can be.
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Haitian Prime Minister ousted
Local Haitians react to the Senate's decision ."That's my frustration with
Haiti: The more things change,
By Sandra J. Charite her year in office." the more things stay the same,"
scharite@miamitimesonline.coim Disrespectful perhaps; but she said. "The people are still
it was within the power of the suffering."
A year and half after the re- Haitian government to remove Bastien says that Haiti's new
moval ofJacques-Edouard Alex- her. Prime Minister needs to be
is as Haiti's Prime Minister, Haiti "someone who can go to the root
ousted another Prime Minister. 1 of Haiti's problems" so that the
Hours of debate ended after band-aid strategies can be re-
midnight on Friday night. Hai- moved. And "someone who will
ti's Senate decided to remove "- take bold steps to move Haiti
Michele Pierre-Louis as prime forward with a plan."
minister. Bastien, a Haitian activist and
Eighteen of the chamber's 29 a candidate for Kendrick Meek's
senators voted against the prime Congressional seat, says that
minister. ...Haiti has suffered enough and
The dismissal comes as Haiti the decisions made affect the
struggles to recover in the wake everyday people in the country.
of four devastating tropical "Very few leaders have in-
storms and hurricanes last year. evolved the people of the coun-
The Senate has try [in their
blamed Pierre- decision mak-
Louis for Haiti's ing]. We need
Someone who
slow progress. MICHELE PIERRE-LOUIS loves Haiti and
The same Former Haitian Prime Minister
slow progress P wants to see
led to the re- I the country
moval of Alexis "Under the current constitu- progress. Haiti
last year, after tion the senate has the right to 7 has the re-
a food crisis in DESULME cast a vote of 'No Confidence' BASTIEN sources to help
Haiti that re- using the rules of law, although itself but we
suited in the deaths of several that is not the route that many just need the
residents. Hundreds were in- of us wish was taken," said Alix right leader," said Bastien.
jured during riots created by Desulme, North Miami City "Haiti deserves better. We need
the food crisis as well. Clerk. "But, once again, they a leader with the fortitude and
Then, under the leadership of have demonstrated that they strength to do the right thing.
Pierre-Louis, Haiti endured four can use the .rules of law to af- We have been doing the same
back-to-back storms that left fect political changes." thing for almost 200 years."
many homeless or dead. Since Pierre-Louis's brand of lead- In the meantime, Desulme is
then, the country has been ership was not problem for hoping the Haiti's President will
struggling to rebuild. many. nominate someone for Prime
However, Friday's news of Lawrence Gonzalez, president Minister.
Pierre-Louis ousting shocked of the United Haitian Student Immediately after Pierre-Lou-
Haitians all over, even in South of Florida, said he met the for- is removal, Jean-Max Bellerive
Florida. mer Prime Minister on two oc- was tapped by President Rene
"I don't understand why she casions and described her as a Preval to become the rnew Prime
was ousted," said Leonie Her- "passionate and truly dedicated Minister. The president nomi-
mantin, Deputy Director of the leader." nation must be ratified by the
Lambi Fund of Haiti. "Different Gonzalez is saddened "to see Senate.
sources from Haiti and the in- Haiti lose another promising Married and a father of two
ternational community viewed leader." girls, Bellerive was born in Port-
her administration extremely Marliene Bastien, Executive au-Prince in 1958. He returned
positively. It is upsetting to me Director of Haitian Women of to Haiti before the ousting of
that she was ousted so disre- Miami (FANM), believes that the Jean-Claude Duvalier. A son of
spectfully. It is obvious that the victim of the Senate's decision a prominent doctor, Bellerive
ouster is political and does not is the people of Haiti and the holds a degree in Political Sci-
reflect on her outstanding stew- decision also questions the sta- ence and International Rela-
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Girls in Eastern Uganda are making dolls from banana tree fibers.

Toys of the world celebrate power of play

(NewsUSA) For most children
in the United States, finding a toy
with which to play is hardly a hard-
ship. A trip to the toy store with
some allowance money, or a holi-
day or birthday, provides plenty of
action figures, model cars, dolls,
talking robots and video games.
But many children in developing
countries around the world can-
not afford to buy any toys -- and
these children often show ingenu-
ity and creativity in making their
own toys.
To celebrate the power of play,
ChildFund International has cre-
ated a touring exhibition titled,
"The Power to Play: From Trash
to Treasure," which displays 350
handcrafted toys created by chil-
dren around the world. Some of
the toys are easily recognizable,
like soccer balls and kites. Others
are unique to their place of origin,
or reveal the social, economic and

political conditions in which their
makers are growing up.
"Our traveling exhibition high-
lights the resourcefulness and cre-
ativity of the children who created
the toys," says. Anne Lynam God-
dard, president and CEO of Child-
Fund International. "Thousands of
viewers will gain new appreciation
for the power of play and its role in
childhood development."
Play proves essential to chil-
dren's healthy development, help-
ing kids solve problems, test new
ideas and gain friendships. So,
what kind of toys can viewers
expect to see? Warsito and Ade
of Central Java, Indonesia. make
stilts to play a popular game,
called "egrang."
"It's an exciting and unique
game, and I love playing it," says
Warsito. "You can tell when a child
is an expert in playing this game.
He or she must have a good sense

of balance and high skill to play
Tyrel of Dominica has made his
own toys since age eight. "I loved
playing with toys, but my parents
were not always able to afford
them, and the ones that they oc-
casionally bought did not hold to-
gether for long."
Nollan, a 13-year-old from Hon-
duras, fashions a toy called "The
Trapeze Artist," which he makes
once a year and often lends to sib-
lings and friends.
These unique toys are just a few
examples of the types of items in
ChildFund International's Power
to Play exhibit, which will be trav-
eling to major museums and other
locations across the United States
through 2011.
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-Miami Times photo/ Sandra J. Charite
David Jenkins, father of Sherdavia Jenkins, and community activist Georgia Ay-
ers speak out against the recent Black-on-Black violence in the streets of Miami
at a rally in front of the Stephen R Clark Center in Downtown Miami.

Community rallies against

Black-on-Black crime

Ayers: County invest more money in the youth

By Sandra J. Charite

David Jenkins walks with his head held
high. Everyday is a mission to inform and
urge the community to end the violence
in the streets that has claimed the lives of
many, even his own.
Jenkins is the father of Sherdavia Jen-
Nine-year-old Sherdavia was shot and
killed in 2006 during a shootout in Lib-
erty City. She was playing with her dolls.
The murder of the well-known honor stu-
dent ripped through the Liberty City com-
Last month, Damon Darling, one of the
two men involved in the shooting, was
found guilty of manslaughter for the kill-
ing of Sherdavia. The jury deliberated for
almost four hours for over two days then
came to unanimous decision.The other
suspect in the case, Leroy Larose, pleaded
guilty and testified against Darling. Larose
will serve seven years in prison followed

by 10 years of probation. Darling, on the
other hand, faces up to 30 years in prison
for the manslaughter charge.
The verdict does not stop Jenkins' mis-
Weeks after a shooting in Overtown that
killed two Black men, Jenkins and several
others from the Stand for Children and
The Alternative Programs, Inc. assembled
at the front of the Stephen P. Clark Center
in Downtown Miami on Friday afternoon to
urge the community and leaders to stand
up to the plague of violence in Miami's ur-
ban neighborhoods.
Jenkins challenged parents to step up
and take the initiative to become more in-
volved in their children's lives.
"I'm targeting parents now. The biggest
problem I have is the locks on bedrooms
doors. Do you know what's going on in
your home? There should not be any pri-
vacy in your house," he said. "I understand
that some parents are divorced or single
but they have to work it out to provide the
Please turn to CHILDREN 13B

University of Md. Blacks demand apology for slavery

By James Wright Slavery and UM Early History" The University of Maryland

In light of a recent publica-
tion that strongly indicates
that slaves helped to built the
University of Maryland, Col-
lege Park, without any type of
acknowledgement, some Black
students have called for Presi-
dent C. Dan Mote, to issue a
formal apology for the institu-
tion's use of slave labor.
The university held a forum,
"Release of a New Study on

last month and remarks were The University of Maryland was founded by wealthy plantation owner Charles Calvert as
made by Mote, noted historian
Ira Berlin, the Rev. L. Jerome the Maryland Agriculture College in 1856. Classes began at the institution in 1859 and,
Fowler, a descendant of one of
the Blacks who played a role in with the norms of 19th century America, excluded women and Blacks.
the early years of the universi-
ty-Adam Plummer, university The study, "Knowing Our His- explore the origins of slavery ficed their labor," Thomas Daw-
curator Elizabeth McAllister tory," which was produced by in Europe and how it evolved son, a 19-year-old Economics
and Dottie Chicquelo, assistant an undergraduate class taught into a lucrative, worldwide en- Major from Baltimore, Md., said.
director of the Office of Multi- by Berlin and Herbert Brewer, terprise that reached into the "The slaves broke their bodies
Ethnic Student Education and a graduate student, delves into Americas. down to build this school and
president of the Black faculty the origins of the University of "He should apologize and give we have to acknowledge -those
and staff organization. Maryland, with passages that due credit to those who sacri- who paved the way for us."

was founded by wealthy plan-
tation owner Charles Calvert
as the Maryland Agriculture
College in 1856. Classes began
at the institution in 1859 and,
with the norms of 19th century
America, excluded women and
Blacks. However, in the "Over-
view and Appreciation" section
of the publication, released in
August 2009, Berlin pointed out
that the issue of slave labor was
Please turn to APOLOGY 11B

The Miami Times




It's flu season, but don't forget about colds

(NewsUSA) With the widespread
concern about the HIN1i virus, also
known as swine flu, many Americans
might forget about another threat --
the common cold.
While colds often prove less serious
than the flu, they result in days of mis-
ery not to mention missed work and
school. And with today's busy lifestyles
and economic woes, no one can afford
to get sick with a cold.

The common cold shares symptoms
with the flu, including sore throat, na-
sal congestion, sneezing, and stuffy or
runny nose. But unlike the flu, colds
do not usually cause fever, fatigue,
body aches or dry cough. That's be-
cause the cold and flu are caused by
different viruses. While influenza vi-
ruses cause the flu, it's the rhinovirus,
which comes in more than 100 strains,
that results in the stuffy, runny misery

that is the common cold.
As with the flu, the best treatment
against the cold lies in being proactive.
Dr. Tim Tucker, Pharm.D., FAPhA, im-
mediate past president of the Ameri-
can Pharmacists Association and
owner, City Drug Company, says that,
"Staying as healthy as possible proves
to be the key. That means exercising,
sleeping well and taking a daily multi-
vitamin. Adequate nutrition can help

the immune system fight off infection,
so eat well and include plenty of nutri-
ent-rich, balanced foods in your diet.
Drinking water will help flush toxins
out of the body, while also improving
"Hygiene also plays a role, so take
care to wash hands frequently, avoid
touching the eyes, nose or mouth, and
frequently clean oft-touched surfaces,
like keyboards and door knobs," he

But if you already feel a cold com-
ing on, all is not lost -- some products
can reduce the length of the common
cold when taken at the first sign of
symptoms. For example, Dr. Tucker
explains that zinc products, such as
Zicam Cold Remedy, can reduce the
duration and severity of your cold if
taken within 24 to 48 hours after the
onset of symptoms.

Middle age

not too

late to lose


By Nanci Hellmich

WASHINGTON Take heart,
middle-aged female dieters: It's
not too late to lose a significant
amount of weight if you make
the right changes and stick with
them, according to research pre-
sented at the annual meeting of
the Obesity Society.
Women who are committed to
make changes can lose 20 pounds,
says Karen Foster-Schubert of
the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Re-
search Center in Seattle.
They need to write down what
they eat, prepare food at home
instead of eating out and make
weight loss a priority, says lead
investigator Anne McTiernan, di-
rector of the Prevention Center at
Fred Hutchinson.
Researchers recruited 439 over-
weight or obese postmenopausal
sedentary women, average age 57,
average weight 185. They were as-
signed to one of four groups: diet
only, exercise only, diet and exer-
cise, or no lifestyle changes.
Participants in the diet-only
group worked with registered di-
etitians weekly for six months,
then monthly for six months to
change their eating habits. They
learned how to keep food records,
shop for healthful foods and pre-
pare lower-calorie dishes.
Those in the exercise-only group
were encouraged to exercise mod-
erately, working up to 45 minutes
of aerobic exercise five days a
week. Three of those weekly ses-
sions were supervised by exercise
The third group was given both
the diet and exercise components
of the plan. The fourth group was
given no diet or exercise guidance.
After a year, the diet-and-exercise
group had lost about 21 pounds;
the diet-only group 18 pounds;
and the exercise-only group al-
most 5 pounds. The control group
did not lose a significant amount.
Although men were not included
in the study, they too might lose
weight if they made such changes,
Foster-Schubert says.


By Pauline Arrillaga

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The doctor
doesn't look like much of a crusader,
bent over the frail frame of 90-year-
old Alberta Scott.
He has a lavender stethoscope
strung round his neck and some seri-
ous bedside manner at work on this
stubborn nonagenarian who wants
to be anywhere but where she is: in
a nursing home bed, hoping to heal
and get back home.
"Squeeze my hand," Dr. Peter Bol-
ing prods. "Squeeze my hand. Come
on. Hard!"
This is Boling's day job, providing
medical care to some of Richmond's
oldest' and sickest patients. A geri-
atrician and head of general medicine
at Virginia Commonwealth Universi-

ty Medical Center, he visits nursing
home patients with a smile, and he
leads a team of specialists who take
to the road, medical bags in hand,
to see patients where and when they
need it most in their own homes,
before a crisis lands them in the ER
or a nursing facility.
Boling and his team make house
And now he is on a mission: To con-
vince Congress that the old-fashioned
house call could be a fresh answer to
the modern-day health care reform
There are house-calls programs
here and there. San Diego. Boston.
The Veterans Health Administra-
tion cares for thousands in their own
homes, saving money by reducing
unnecessary hospitalizations and

emergency room visits.
But Boling wants to bring house
calls to the masses up to 3 million
of the most high-risk, high-cost Medi-
care patients in the country. The idea
is not just cost-savings, but to pro-
vide a financial incentive to persuade
more doctors to return to this kind of
work. Mostly, it's about people like
Alberta Scott and the questions that
first came to Boling's.mind when he
heard she'd been admitted to an in-
stitution for treatment of a blood in-
In a few weeks, if all goes well, can
she go home? If so, who will take care
of her?
At 55, Boling has a vague memory
of his own pediatrician standing in
the kitchen of his childhood home.
It's not an image many of us can con-

jure in an era of overcrowded ERs and
specialty clinics.
The visiting doc went out not long
after the horse and buggy, as tech-
nology advanced and institutional-
ized health care became the norm. In
1930, house calls accounted for 40
percent of doctor-patient encounters.
Today, about 4,000 of the nation's
800,000-plus doctors make house
calls a substantial part of their prac-
tices, the American Academy of Home
Care Physicians estimates.
Boling was just a young doc himself
in 1984 when a mentor persuaded
him to spend half his time doing clinic
work, and the other half developing a
house-calls program. He hung a giant
map of Richmond on his office wall
and began identifying patients Please
turn to HOUSE CALLS 16B

Study: Kids fight fat when they sleep late

By David Freeman
HealthDay Reporter

Letting children sleep late on week-
ends and holidays might help them
avoid becoming overweight or obese, a
new study suggests.
Researchers in Hong Kong found that
children who got less sleep tended to
be heavier (as measured by body mass
index, or BMI) than children who slept
more. But among children who slept
less than eight hours a night, those
who compensated for their weekday
sleep deficit by sleeping late on week-
ends or holidays were significantly less
likely to be overweight or obese.
The study, which confirmed previ-
ous research linking sleep deficits to
obesity in children, also found that,
on average, children slept significant-
ly longer on weekends and holidays
than on school weekdays. However,
the overweight children tended to get
less weekend/holiday sleep than their
normal-weight peers.
The researchers didn't determine
why obese and overweight children
were less likely to sleep late on holi-
days or weekends, but noted that
they tended to spend more time doing
homework and watching TV than their
normal-weight peers.

Biological factors might also play
a role in the compressed sleep cycle,
they said.
"There's a lot of evidence linking
short sleep duration to higher body
mass," said Kristen Knutson, assistant
professor of medicine at the University
of Chicago, who was not involved in
the study. "What's unique about this
study is that it's the first to show that
extending sleep on weekends may help
with avoiding weight gain."
Still, the researchers urged cau-
tion in the interpretation of their
findings, acknowledging that "an ir-
regular sleep-wake schedule and in-
sufficient sleep among school-aged
children and adolescents has been
documented with a variety of serious
repercussions, including increased
daytime sleepiness, academic dif-
ficulties, and mood and behavioral
The precise nature of the link
between short sleep duration and
obesity remains unclear, said Mary
A. Carskadon, professor of psychia-
try and human behavior at Brown
University's Alpert Medical School
in Providence, R.I., and director of
chronobiology at Bradley Hospital
in East Providence.
"Evidence has shown that there

are changes in satiety and in lev-
els of the hunger hormones leptin
and ghrelin," Carskadon said. "But
there's also evidence that kids who
are not getting enough sleep get
less physical activity, perhaps sim-
ply because they're too tired. It's
just not cut-and-dried."
The study authors noted that "re-

duced sleep duration has become
a hallmark of modern society, with
people generally sleeping one to
two hours less than a few decades
Experts say that adolescents and
pre-pubertal children generally do
best with 9.5 to 10 hours of sleep a
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The Southeast Florida Chap-
ter of National Institute of Gov-
ernmental Purchasing (NIGP)
announces its 121 annual Re-
verse Trade Show which will
be held at the Broward County
Convention Center in Fort Lau-
derdale, from 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.,
on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Michal
Durden, 954-359- 1027 or e-
mail: mdurden@broward.org

Miami Dade College Insti-
tute for Health Informatics will
celebrate with a kickoff event
at the Medical Center Campus
at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Mark Nestor, 305-237-4452 or

Miami Northwestern Senior
High School will hold their 10th
annual College Fair at the Lee
R. Perry Sports Complex, from
6 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov.
4. 305-836-0991.

The Broward County Cham-
ber of Commerce is hosting
the Broward County and South
Florida Business-to-Business
Expo International Trade Show
at the Quality Inn Sawgrass Ho-
tel & Conference Center, from
4- 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5.
Broward County Chamber of
Commerce, 954-565 5750 or
log onto www.SouthFloridaEx-

The Miami Council for Inter-
national Visitors (MCIV) and
The Embrace Girls Foundation
have collaborated to host the
"International Royal Princess
Tea Party" at the Mahogany.
Grille in Miami Gardens, from
6-8 p.m., Nov. 5. Call Velma R.
Lawrence, Executive Director of
The Embrace Girls Foundation,
305-270-4099 or email: embra-

Sponsored by the National
Association for College Ad-
mission Counseling (NACAC)
and hosted by the Southern
Association for College Admis-
sion Counseling (SACAC), the
Greater Ft. Lauderdale National
College Fair will be held at the
Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Bro-
ward County Convention Cen-
ter in Fort Lauderdale, from 5
- 8:30 p.m., on Thursday, Nov.
5 and from 9 a.m. 1 p.m., Fri-
day, Nov. 6. visit www.national-

The Embrace Girls Foun-
dation will host a Royal Inter-
national Tea Party recognizing
Delegates from 17 countries
visiting as part of the U.S. De-
partment of State's Internation-
al Visitor Leadership Program
(IVLP), the State Departments
number one Public Diplomacy
tool. The event will take place at
the Mahogany Grille in Miami
Gardens at 6 p.m., Thursday,
Nov. 5. 305-270-4099.

It's Praying Time
If you feel the need for more
of God, come and break down
before Him. We are seeking God
for a great awakening 24 hours
a day during the month of No-
vember at 4141 N. Miami Ave.
Call 305-573-5711 for more in-

St. Mary's Wesleyan Meth-
odist Church will celebrate
their 86th anniversary at
10:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 8.

Mt. Moriah Community
Holiness Church will have
a special reunion at the Mt.
Oliver Firebaptized Holiness
Church at 3:30 p.m., Sunday,
Nov. 8. 305-685-5416 or 786-

New Fellowship Praise and
Worship Center family cor-
dially invite the community to
their "Youth Emphasis Day"
on Sunday, Nov. 8 and a Min-
istry of Arts featuring music,
dance and drama at 7:30
p.m., Friday, Nov. 13. 305-
625-7246 or Leola Adams,

Miami-Dade's Human Ser-
vices Coalition will sponsor an
"Imagine Miami Changemaker
Conference III: Show Us the
Money -- for Education, Health-
care & Human Needs" at Tem-
ple Israel, from 8:30 a.m. 1:30
p.m., Friday, Nov. 6. 305- 576-

The Miami Coalition along
with the Florida Department of
Children and Families will host
this county-wide networking
event for arts and prevention
practitioners and selected youth
at the Miami Art Museum, from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Friday, Nov.
6. Darby Hayes, 305-416-8927
or livingarts07-artworks@ya-

Richmond Heights Middle
School will be hosting its first
Harvest Bazaar, from 7:30 a.m.
-2:30 p.m., on Saturday, Nov.
7. P. Smith, 305-238-2316.

The Bob Beamon-Organiza-
tion for Youth (BBOY), The
Infinite Scholars Program and
many other sponsors will award
full or partial scholarships to
high school seniors at their sec-
ond annual College Scholarship
Fair. The even will take place at
the African American Research
Library, from 1-5 p.m., Friday,
Nov. 6 and at the same location,
from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7.
Visit: www.infinitescholar.org

The 11th annual Eric E. Wil-
liams Memorial Lecture will take
place at Florida International
University's (FIU) Wertheim
Performing Arts Center at the
Modesto A. Maidique campus at
6:30 p.m., Nov. 6. The featured
speaker will be former Jamai-
can Prime Minister and current
Leader of the Opposition. Visit:
www. ericwilliamsmemorialcol-

Hands on Miami, in partner-
ship with the Liberty Square
Resident Council, Liberty City
Trust and Miami-Dade Hous-
ing Authority will be hosting a
community beautification and
clean-up day in Liberty Square
at 8 a.m.,
Saturday, Nov. 7. 305-694-

V, Vizcaya Museum and
Gardens will be recruiting vol-
unteers for Hands on Miami
Day at the Vizcaya Museum
and Gardens, from 8:15 a.m. to
12:30 p.m., on Saturday,' Nov.
7. Visit: www.handsonmiami.

Edul"t will host a "Creating
the ultimate thinker for the 21st
century" at the Long Key Natu-
ral Center in Davie, from 10
a.m. 12 p.m., Saturday, Nov.
7. 786-545-7010.
** *** *

The Portrait of Empower-
ment (TPOE), will celebrate
their milestone at the 2009 Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit of
Excellence Awards & Scholar-
ships Gala, held at the Marriott
Biscayne Bay Hotel & Marina
starting at 7:30 p.m., on Sat-
urday, Nov. 7. Dorothy "Dot-
tie" Johnson, 305-769-6982
or 305-308-8690 or- email:

The Portrait of Empower-
ment (TPOE), will celebrate
their milestone at the 2009 Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit of
Excellence Awards & Scholar-
ships Gala, held at the Marriott
Biscayne Bay Hotel & Marina
starting at 7:30 p.m., on Sat-
urday, Nov. 7. Dorothy "Dot-
tie" Johnson, 305-769-6982
or 305-308-8,690 or email:
******** *
The eighth annual Grace Ja-
maican Jerk Festival, a musi-
cal and cultural feast, will take
place in the City of Sunrise,
Markham Park on Sunday, Nov.
8. Jamaican Jerk Festival, 305-
917-0252 or info@jerkfestival.

University of Miami Cho-
ral Studies Program will debut
"North and South" at St. Phil-
ip's Episcopal Church in Coral
Gables, featuring the Frost
Chorale on Sunday, Nov. 8.
Call 305-284-4162, via email:
littacecchi@miami.edu or visit:

Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Part-
nership is accepting applica-
tions for new members. There
will be a meeting at the Histori-
cal Museum, from 10 a.m. 12
p.m., Monday, Nov. 9. 305-445-
1076 or email: ktardalo@behav-
ioralscience. corn

Express Employment is
seeking to fill 120 positions for
the upcoming SuperBowl XLIV
and ProBowl games. Require-
ments include great personality,
willingness to help people. FBI
background check performed
on all applicants. The deadline
to apply is Nov. 9. David Mojica,

The next Democratic Party
(local chapter) will be held at
the American Legion at 7 p.m.,
Monday, Nov. 9..
******** *
BECON-TV will host a live, in-
teractive Distance Learning Out-
reach presentation for students'
to participate through obser-
vation only, in a cervical spine
surgery at Memorial Healthcare
System, at 8:30 a.m., on Nov.
10. Joy Veasy, Distance Learn-
ing Outreach Specialist, at 754-

YoungArts, the core pro-
gram of the National Founda-
tion for Advancement in the
Arts, will start its annual ad-
judication process which will
run from Nov. 12 21, select-
ing up to 150 of the most tal-
ented 17-18 year old artists

Heavenly Lites Anniversary

On November 8, The Heav-
enly Lites present their Fifth
Singing Anniversary program
at Greater Holy Cross Baptist
Church, 1555 N.W. 93rd Terr.,
at 3 p.m.
Appearing on this great pro-

House of Bethlehem A
Place of Bread Ministries is
inviting everyone to partici-
pate in their tour bus trip to
Holyland, from Tues.- Thurs.
Deacon Arthur Robinson,

"I'll Fly Away: American
Gospel and Folk Music" will
debut at the St. Christopher's
by-the-Sea in Key Biscayne,
at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 5; First
United Methodist Church in
Coral Gables, 7:30 p.m., Nov.
6; Miami Beach Community
Church in Miami Beach, 7
p.m., Nov. 7 and All Saints
Episcopal Church in Fort Lau-
derdale, 4 p.m., Nov. 8.

New Life International
Church invites you to the
Women of Distinction's annu-

gram are The Legendary C
Lord C's, Brothers of Harmony
of Bradenton, FL; Harmony
Winds of Tampa, FL; Tampa
Boys of Tampa, FL and many
Tickets are $10 at the door.

al Women's Conference from
Nov. 12-14. 305-310-8891 or

Revelation Christian Acad-
emy will sponsor a Harvest
Baazar, from 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.,
Saturday, Nov 14. The Rev-
elation Christian Academy is
open for registration. After-care
is from 3-6 p.m. Call 305-758-
5656, 786-281-8098, 305-758-
5656 or 305-691-4572.

A Mission With A New Be-
ginning Church invites the
community to come fellowship
at 11:15 a.m., on Sundays and
Bible class weekly at 7 p.m.,

Redemption M.B. Church
is sponsoring a fundraising
breakfast and yard sale on Fri-
day and Saturday. Pastor Willie
McCrae, 305-793-7388 or 305-

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

out of thousands of applicants
from across the country, to par-
ticipate in YoungArts Week. The
process will take place in-house
for the first time this year, in
YoungArts' new office space
at the SunTrust building in
downtown Miami. Nicolle Ugar-
riza, nugarriza@youngarts.org
305.377.1140 x 1201, or Kate
McPherson kmcpherson@youn-
garts.org 305.377.1140 x 1203.
******** *
Miami-Dade County Health
Department cordially invites
you to Refugee Health Assess-
ment Program's ribbon cutting
ceremony to be held at 10 a.m.,
Nov. 13. RSVP, 786-336-1276.
******** *
Solymar Miami! will sponsor
a movie screening, If I Were Dic-
tator, at the Ten Museum, at 6
p.m., Friday, Nov. 13. RSVP by
Nov. 9: bcfssignup@gmail.com

ICABA's will host a Premier
Recognition and Networking
Event "South Florida's 100
Most Accomplished Blacks in
Healthcare and Law" at the
Nova Southeastern University
(Davie Campus), from 6-9 p.m.,
on, Nov. 13.
******* *
"Alice in Wonderland" Chil-
dren Stage Play will debut at
the Actors' Playhouse, Miracle
Theatre in Coral Gables, now
through November 13, call.
305-444-9293 or visit: www.ac-

Miami-Dade Arthritis
Walk will place in the Amuse-
ment Area at Crandon Park
in Key Biscayne, starting at
8 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 14.

The Sigma Alpha Chapter, a
local chapter of the Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity, Inc., will have
their annual Achievement Week
will be held at the Florida Me-
morial University Banquet Hall
on Nov. 15. Timothy Belcher,
Sr,, 786-255-5998 or email:

You are invited to Rick Del-
laRatta and Jazz For Peace on

Friday, Nov. 20. Marla War-
rington, 786-223-2554 or email:

Miami-Dade Public Library
System is seeking budding
young artists for its annual
Make-a- Bookmark Contest.
Children, ages 6-12, are invited
to submit a drawing, of a fa-
vorite character or scene from
a book, to reflect the theme
"Readiscover Your Neighbor-
hood@ the Library." Contest
entry must be original work,
and will be judged on creativ-
ity and neatness. Entries must
be submitted by Nov. 21. Visit:
******** *
Miami Dade College Kendall
Campus present the Fall Fest
2009, from 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.,
Saturday, Nov. 21. Call 305-
237-2321 or visit www.mdc.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic
Garden; will host the Ramble-
A Garden Festival, from 9:30
a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Nov. 20-22.
Visit www.fairchildgarden.org

EPIC hotel is celebrating the
25th anniversary of White Par-
ty Week in Miami, the world's
oldest and largest HIV/AIDS
fundraiser, and offering special'
rates for those visiting Miami to
enjoy White Party Week events
and festivities from Nov.25-
30. 305-424-5226 or visit www.
******** *
University of Miami's Mau-
rice Gusman Concert Hall will
present Festival Miami now
through November 30. 305-
284-4940 or visit: www.festi-

The community is invited
to get on the bus to the Florida
Classic on Saturday, Nov. 21.
For more information. Also,
come take a ride to the Holy
Land in Orlando, Fla. On Dec.,
12. Call Phillip, 786-873-9498.

South Florida Super Bowl
Host Committee will host their
kickoff luncheon at the Land
Shark Stadium, from 11:30
a.m. 1:30 p.m., Monday, Dec.

Serving the community since 1984

7. 305-614-7555.

The Florida Alliance for Arts
Education (FAAE) is hosting a
Florida symposia at the Adri-
enne Arsht Center for the Per-
forming Arts, starting at 9 a.m.,
on Dec. 10. Email: info@faae.
org or visit www.faae.org

The fourth annual World
Salsa Championships will take
place at Hard Rock Live at the
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &
Casino on Dec. 17-19 .

Miami Northwestern Sr.
High Class of 1965 is prepar-
ing for their July 8-11, 2010
Reunion. Classmates are urged
to reconnect through the con-
tact information listed below,
providing your address, phone,
cell & email. 321-733-0958 or
305-299-5549, reunion6t5@cfl.

Miami Jackson Alumni As-
sociation is calling all former
cheerleaders, majorettes, drill
team, dance line, flagettes and
band members for their upcom-
ing Alumni Pep Rally. 305- 804-
5371 or 786-256-2609.

National Investment Devel-
opment (NID) Housing Coun-
seling Agency, a HUD approved
organization, is offering free
Housing and Legal Counseling
for Homeowners at the Experts
Resource Community Center,
9 a.m. 5 p.m., M-F. Call 305-
652-7616 or 786-512-7400 or
email: lgreen@expertsresourc-
es.com or lougreen2@yahoo.
com for appointments.

Miami Jackson Alumni As-
sociation is seeking Reunion
Organizing Committee Repre-
sentatives from the Classes of
1981 -2008 to call 305-904-
5371 or 786-256-2609.

The Florida Film Institute
presents Cinerama Saturdays
at the Little Haiti Cultural Cen-
ter, from 10:30 a.m. 12:30
p.m., until April 10, 2010. 305-
891-3456 or register at www.

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WASHINGTON Dieters can
boost their weight loss if they
clean up their act at home and
get a partner to lose weight with
them, a new study shows.
If you want to trim down, you
should set up your home to
make the healthy choice the easy
choice, says Amy. Gorin, assis-
tant professor of psychology at
the University of Connecticut.
She presented her research
Wednesday at the annual meet-
ing of the Obesity Society, a

group of Weight-loss researchers
and professionals.
Gorin and colleagues recruit-
ed 201 overweight and obese
people and divided them into
two groups.
Participants in one group got
a six-month behavioral weight:
loss program that emphasized
a low-fat, low-calorie diet and
moderate intensity physical ac-
tivity. They met weekly with
weight-loss experts and learned
how to keep food journals and
work through tempting eating

The other group got the same
weekly weight-loss program
with professional help. They
Had an overweight partner
participate in the weight-loss
program with them. This was
either a spouse or another adult
who lived in the same home.
Were given a piece of exer-
cise equipment (a treadmill or
exercise bike), bathroom scales,
a full-length mirror, healthy
cooking and fitness magazines
and smaller dinner plates that
were about the size of salad

Were encouraged to watch
less television.
At the end of six months, di-
eters with a partner and extra
equipment at home lost an aver-
age of 20 pounds; their partners
also lost a substantial amount
of weight. Dieters in the weight-
loss advice group lost about 15
"Making concrete and real
changes to the home make it
much easier to stick with a
healthful eating and exercise
program," Gorin says.

CHICAGO (AP) Children
on widely used psychiat-
ric drugs can quickly excess
weight; many pack on nearly
20 pounds and become obese
within just 11 weeks, a study
"Sometimes this stuff just
happens like an explosion. You
can actually see them grow be-
tween appointments," said Dr.
Christopher Varley, a psychia-
trist with Seattle Children's
Hospital who called the study
Weight gain is a known pos-
sible side effect of the anti-
psychotic drugs which are
prescribed for. bipolar disorder
and schizophrenia, but also
increasingly for autism, atten-
tion deficit disorders and other
behavior problems. The new
study in mostly older children
and teens suggests they may
be more vulnerable to weight
gain than adults.
The study also linked some
of these drugs with worrisome
increases in blood fats includ-
ing cholesterol, also seen in
adults. Researchers tie these
changes to weight gain and
worry that both may make
children more prone to heart
problems in adulthood.
The research is the largest in
children who had just started
taking these medicines, and
provides strong evidence sug-
gesting the drugs, not some-
thing else, caused the side
effects, said lead author Dr.
Christoph Correll of North
Shore-Long Island Jewish
Health System in Glen Oaks,
But because these drugs
can reduce severe psychiatric
symptoms in troubled chil-
dren, "We're a little bit between
a rock and a hard place," he
The study authors said their
results show that children on
the drugs should be closely
monitored for weight gain and

Students demand recognition of slavery

continued from 8B

discussed during the building
of the institution. This was par-
ticularly relevant because the
school's first president, Benja-
min Hallowell, was opposed to
slavery. He was told by Calvert
and the board of trustees that
slave labor would not be used
in the construction of the uni-
versity. Hallowell resigned one
month into his term as presi-
dent and while the publication
does not say directly that it
was tied to slavery, there is an
inference of it.
"...although the evidence
points elsewhere," Berlin said.
"Slavery was the elephant in
the room, which everyone rec-
ognized but no one could ac-
knowledge. Political necessities
may have forced both Calvert
and Hallowell to avoid the di-
rect discussion of slavery, but
slavery's omnipresence-as a
source of wealth, status and
labor-made it clear that slaves
were no silent partner in the
establishment of the Maryland

Agriculture College."
In this context, Black stu-
dents concerned about the
issue have called for Mote to
apologize for the use of slave
labor in the building of the
University of Maryland.
Amberly Ellis, 20, also from
Baltimore, Md., is an African
American Studies major who
agrees that the role of slaves
should be included in litera-
ture regarding the founding of
the university. She said that
Mote should issue a formal
"Black history is a part of
this campus," she said. "They
[the university] should have
recognition and classes about
what this campus was like
during slavery."
Mote, in a statement, com-
mended the work of Berlin
and his students and he said
that the university had taken
an important step in recogniz-
ing the contributions of Afri-
can Americans in the school's
early years.
"Slavery was unequivocally
an abhorrent practice. As in-

heritors of a society in which
slavery was practiced widely,
we all share in the benefits and
the tragedies of that era. Be-
cause of this legacy, the uni-
versity shares in the profound
regret for the suffering and in-
justices perpetuated upon Af-
rican Americans," he said.
Mote's statement does not
include the word "apology" --
and that's what disgruntled
Black students want to hear.
Chicquelo was contacted by
the Informer but had no com-
ment regarding this article.
The first Black undergradu-
ate admitted to the university
was Hiram Whittle in 1951 and
-Parren Mitchell, who would
later become a congressman
who represented Baltimore.
Mitchell received his graduate
degree in 1952.
Other prominent Black
alumni of the university in-
clude former Olympic gym-
nast Dominque Dawes, AME
Bishop Vashti McKenzie and
former.NBA star and Harvard
Law School graduate Len El-
more. -

Interracial children learn two cultures

continued from 8B

She is white. She married Mar-
ion White, who is black, more
than 40 years ago in Washing-
ton, D.C. At the time, Louisiana
still outlawed interracial mar-
riage; the U.S. Supreme Court
ruled in 1967 that such laws
were unconstitutional.
News about Bardwell "did
bring back memories of it be-
ing against the law," she said.
"You would think that by now,
especially with all the interracial
couples, they would have put
that behind them."
Etha Simien Amling of Opelou-
sas, a black woman married to a
white German, Juergen Amling,
had a similar reaction upon
hearing about the Bardwell in-
So she posted her wedding
photo from 1969 and a more
recent photo on CNN's Web site
as a show of solidarity for the

young couple Bardwell refused
to marry.
A hallway in their home is
lined with photographs of her
children and grandchildren.
Her daughters speak German,
as well as English.
"I think it's very special," she
said. "They were looked upon
very highly."
Doris White said being the
child of an interracial marriage
might be an advantage rather
than a disadvantage.
Her children "got to know two
Etha Amling said her children
were not mistreated because of
their racial identity, nor were
she and her husband mistreat-
"We have basically no prob-
lems. Sure, there's closet haters,
but you don't usually see those
people anymore," she said.
Doris White agreed that times
have changed.
Prejudice against interracial

couples and biracial offspring
still exists, but not like 40 years
"Things are changing, but
remember, they're changing
slowly. That means that a lot of
prejudice still remains," said Di-
anne Mouton-Allen, a member
of Lafayette's diversity commis-
sion and Lafayette chapter di-
rector of the National Coalition
Building Institute.
Incidents like the Bardwell
one make it seem like prejudice
against interracial couples is
greater in Louisiana and in the
Sputh, but it's not, she said.
Racism is just more covert
"Someone in another place
may refuse for exactly the same
reasons, but they won't actually
tell you that, so it's more diffi-
cult to pinpoint," Mouton-Allen
Her reaction to the Bardwell
incident was, "Oh. Someone
actually admitted it."

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other side effects, and that
when possible, other medicines
should be tried first.
The study appears in Wednes-
day's Journal of the American
Medical Association. It in-
volved 205 New York City-area
children from 4 to 19 years old
who had recently been pre-
scribed one of the drugs; the
average age was 14.
Depending on which of four
study drugs children used,
they gained between about
10 and 20 pounds on average
in almost 11 weeks; from 10
percent to 36 percent became
The drugs are Abilify, Risper-
dal, Seroquel and Zyprexa. Of
the four, Seroquel and Zyprexa
are not yet approved for chil-
dren, and they had the worst
effects on weight and choles-
terol. However, a government
advisory panel recently voted
in favor of pediatric use for the
two drugs, and the Food and
Drug Administration often fol-
lows its advisers' recommen-
The drugs' makers said these
problems are known side ef-
fects but emphasized the
drugs' benefits in helping pa-
tients cope with serious men-
tal illness.
The four drugs have been
considered safer than older an-
ti-psychotic drugs, which can
cause sometimes permanent
involuntary muscle twitches
and tics. That has contributed
to widespread use of the newer
drugs, including for less severe
behavior problems, a JAMA
editorial said.
The number of children us-
ing these drugs has soared to
more than 2 million annually,
according to one estimate.
Doctors "should not stretch
the boundaries" by prescribing
the drugs for conditions they
haven't been proven to treat,
said Varley, co-author of the



As aid shrinks, more 'stuck' for day care

Many low-income families feel squeeze

as subsidies dry up and some providers

are forced to raise fees or shut down

By Marisol Bello

For a month, Stephanie Tor-
res has been phoning and filing
paperwork, trying to get state
help to keep her daughter in a
Glendale, Ariz., day care cen-
The single working mom says
she can't foot the $115 weekly
day care bill on her $14-an-
hour part-time office job.
Arizona has rejected her ap-
plication, one of thousands of
denials as the state reduces day
care subsidies for low-income
working parents.
"People like me, we're strug-
gling," Torres says. "Take some-
thing else away, not child care.
It's so crucial."
As budget problems worsen,
states are tightening rules for
subsidies, eliminating enriched
child care programs, raising fees
that parents and providers pay,
and halting new subsidies.
"The real impact of these
cuts is on families," says Wil-
liam Eddy, executive director
of the Massachusetts Asso-
ciation of Early Education and
Care. "Parents are forced to find
makeshift care, one day with a
neighbor, one day with an aunt,
in order to get to work."
At least nine states have
growing waiting lists for subsi-
dies, says Helen Blank, director
of leadership and public policy
with the National Women's Law
"It's a fragile system," says
Blank, who tracked state child
care subsidies in a report last
month. She says states are hav-
ing to "make choices in terms
of who you help, what you pay
providers and what you charge
States use federal and state

funds to help low-income work-
ing parents pay for child care.
Without aid, child care costs
normally range from $4,000 to
$14,000 a year, says Eric Karo-
lak, executive director of the
Early Care and Education Con-
sortium in Washington, D.C.
"When you ask parents, their
biggest challenge is child care,"
Blank says. "Parents are more
productive knowing their chil-
dren are safe. It's common

Ohio eliminated a preschool
program that served 12,000 3-
and 4-year-olds, saving $128
million, says Terrie Hare, chief
of the Bureau of Child Care and
Development. It changed day
care subsidy eligibility require-
ments for new families. Now the
qualifying threshold income for
a family of two is no more than
$1,800 a month, down from
Massachusetts stopped en-
rolling new families for subsi-
dies, says Commissioner Sherri
Killins of the Department of
Early Education and Care. The
state's waiting list was 21,000
in August, up 10% from Janu-
California eliminated a sub-
sidized year-round child care
program that served 13,000 5-
to 12-year-olds before and af-
ter school, on certain holidays
and during the summer, saving
$25 million, says Nancy Rem-
ley, education administrator in
the Child Development Division
of the California Department of
Arizona raised the amount
parents pay to enroll more than
one child.' They used to pay up
to $10 a day for the first child,

TH 1 M O k N WL
-Photos by JoshT. Reynolds
Lee Paterson helps preschoolers fix their lunches at Guild of St. Agnes' day care in Worces-
ter, Mass.

depending on their income,
then no more than $5 for each
additional child. Now the cost
is up to $10 a day for each
child. The state stopped enroll-
ing new families for subsidies,
' creating a waiting list that has
grown to 8,600 children, says
Stephen Pawlowski, chief fi-
nancial officer for the Depart-
ment of Economic Security.
The cuts would have been
deeper if not for $2 billion in
federal stimulus money for
child care subsidies, Blank
and state administrators say.
Arizona is taking an ad-
ditional step that providers
say will further hurt families.
Starting Jan. 1, the state plans
to increase child care licens-
ing fees. A provider currently
pays a flat fee of $150 for three
years. Now providers' fees will
be set based on the number of
children in their care. A larger
center with capacity for 150
children or more, such as Tots
Unlimited in suburban Phoe-
nix, will pay $13,442 for three
Tina LeBaron, director of the
Tots center where Torres" sends

her daughter, says the higher
fees will force some providers
out of business and cause oth-
ers to raise prices.

Either way, she says, par-
ents lose.
"Our families can't afford
it," she says. "They're already

having a hard time paying for
diapers and other expenses for
their kids. ... A lot of families
have to turn their kindergart-
ners into latchkey kids."
Torres, 27, received a state
grant that paid the entire cost
of child care for six months
for daughter Olivia, 4. The aid
ended Oct. 9. For now, Torres
has her daughter in day care
part time, three days a week.
It costs $90 a week, which she
says is still a hardship. Friends
are babysitting Olivia the other
"I really want her in day care,
but I'm stuck," says Torres, an
office assistant at a finance
company. She says having her
daughter at a day care center,
where she is learning and in-
teracting with other children,
is better than having her in a
babysitter's home watching
TV. Torres is looking for high-
er-paying work so she can af-
ford day care.


Analiesse Collins, 3, center, learns to count at a Worcester, Mass., child care center where
most of the kids benefit from state subsidies

South African leader rallies

nation to fight AIDS crisis

Regrets predecessor's stance

By Celia W. Dugger .. ...

mination of his party's major
shift on AIDS, a disease that
has led to plunging life expec-
tancies here, President Jacob
Zuma last week definitively re-
jected his predecessor's denial
of the viral cause of AIDS and of
the critical role of antiretroviral
drugs in treating it.
Almost 10 years to the day
after President Thabo Mbeki
first suggested that AIDS drugs
could pose "a danger to health"
in an Oct. 28, 1999, speech in
Parliament, Mr. Zuma declared
Thursday in the same chamber,
"Knowledge will help us to con-
front denialism and the stigma
attached to the disease."
In a country that now. has
more H.I.V.-infected people and
annual AIDS deaths than any
other, Mr. Zuma's clarion call for
a battle against the disease, six
months into his term as presi-
dent, led to rejoicing among ad-
vocates who had long sought
such national leadership.
Mr. Zuma said in his address:
"All South Africans must know
that they are at risk and must
take informed decisions to re-
duce their vulnerability to infec-
tion or, if infected, to slow the
advance of the disease. Most
importantly, all South Africans
need to know their H.I.V. status,
and be informed of the treatment
options available to them."

After Mr. Mbeki's ouster from
the presidency a year ago by his
own party, the African National
Congress, which has governed
the country since 1994, a care-
taker president appointed a new
health minister, Barbara Hogan,
who said in an interview that
what she called "the era of deni-
alism" was over.
Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, her suc-
cessor as health minister under
Mr. Zuma, has accepted the
government's responsibility for

South African President

past failings and begun charting
a more comprehensive approach
to the AIDS crisis here.
Plain-spoken national leader-
ship has proved critical to com-
bating the disease in Uganda,
Kenya and Botswana -- and
disastrous where it was lack-
ing, as here. Harvard research-
ers estimated that South Africa
could have prevented 365,000
premature deaths had it acted
sooner to provide antiretroviral
drugs to treat people with AIDS
and to prevent H.I.V.-positive
women from infecting their new-
In his speech, Mr. Zuma laid
out the horrifying toll of AIDS.
Among the statistics he cited
was that overall deaths regis-

tered in South Africa in 2008
jumped to 756,000 from 573,000
the year before, which he said
posed the possibility that deaths
annually could eventually out-
number births.

He also said life expectancy
for South African men is 51,
compared with 70 in Algeria and
60 in Senegal.
"These are some of the chilling
statistics that demonstrate the
devastating impact that H.I.V.
and AIDS is having on our na-
tion," Mr. Zuma said. "Not even
the youngest are spared."
And though the country now
has a strategy to fight the dis-
ease and the largest antiretrovi-
ral treatment program on earth,
he said: "We are not yet winning
this battle. We must come to
terms with this reality as South
He also called for "a massive
mobilization campaign" to spur
South Africans to safeguard their
health, educate them about the
risks and convert "knowledge
into a change of behavior."
Mr. Zuma did not go into de-
tail about the behavior changes
that were needed.
Many anti-AIDS advocates
hope the president will speak
out about the dangers of mul-
tiple sexual partners and urge
people to take the difficult,
and in some cases culturally
charged, steps that could help
prevent the spread of H.I.V.:
condom use and male circum-
cision, which more than halves
the risk of infection for men,
among other things.

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Psalm 1 gets us thinking se-
riously about the company that
we keep. Many of us errone-
ously think that who we associ-
ate with is unimportant. Some
erroneously think that if we talk
to or are kind to sinners, then
we are also doomed for hell.
This cannot be true because be-
fore Jesus' ascension, He com-
manded His followers to make
disciples of all. You cannot
make a disciple long distance.
Yes, Jesus did talk to, eat, heal
and help sinners. But let's keep
one important fact in mind the
people with whom Jesus asso-
ciated did not remain the same.

They didn't
change Him,
He changed
Verse 1 of
Psalm 1 tells
us that there is joy for those
who do not follow the advice
of the wicked. They might be
wise in the things of the world,
but the wicked cannot possibly
advise you on the things of the
Lord. And no matter how smart
they are, no one is smarter than
God. This verse also says that
those who do not hang around
with sinners or join with mock-
ers find joy. Now you might

think that is contrary to what
I just wrote earlier that we
must spend time with the world
to make disciples. If you are
involved in a feeding or clothing
ministry, you should personal-
ly give the food or the clothing
to those whom you are helping.
However, if they invite you to
come on over to their place to
partake of drugs, or join them
in a drink where they hang out
with their buddies, you need
to respectfully decline. You do
not need to act as the sinners
or wicked act to be in a position
to minister to them and share
the Gospel.
Many churches believe that
they can only reach young peo-
ple by dressing, speaking, and
behaving as they do. That's
fine if they are dressing, speak-
ing and behaving acceptably,
according to the Word of God.
But you are defeating the pur-
pose of evangelism by talking
trash, dressing immoderately,
and participating in sinful ac-
tivities. If we stoop down in the
mud, it should only be to grab

the hand of someone who has
fallen, and pull them up; not
get down'in the filth and sling it
around with them. The author
of this psalm writes that the
godly delights in God's laws.
They meditate on His Word all
of the time. What do you spend
most of your time thinking
The godly are rooted and
strong. They bear fruit each
season and their leaves do not
wither. There are not only dif-
ferent natural seasons through-
out the year, but there are dif-
ferent seasons spiritually as.
well. You might be in a season
of great trial, but you should
still be bearing good fruit. The
difficulties in your life should
not make you mean and bitter.
There should still be a smile
on your face and in your heart.
You should still be spending
time praying, praising, and
serving others. You should still
be giving testimony and spread-
ing the Gospel. This verse said
that we will still prosper no mat-
ter what the season. I know it

Ayers seek more focus

on defending our youth

continued from 8B

best quality of life for their chil-
The event was organized by the
Stand for Children and The Alter-
native Programs, Inc. which are
both run by community activ-
ist Georgia Ayers. The programs
work with at-risk teens who have
been incarcerated or those who
are heading down the wrong
path. Ayers says her reasons for
organizing the event is, in addi-
tion to the increase of Black-on-
Black violence in the streets, that
the County wants to fund senior
citizens rather than invest in the
Ayers believes that the A.K. 47s
are not being carried around by
senior citizens --- but the youth.

In balancing the budget, Ay-
ers wants the elected officials to
consider the current state of our
youth whose youth programs are
being eliminated but keeping se-
nior programs.
"Don't make sense to invest
in me but those 18-years-olds
in our streets," said Ayers, a re-
tired County employee. "If I don't
stand up for the children then
who else will?"
Ayers is not alone.
"I am on body count 72," said
community activist Renita Holm-
es who lost her godson to the vio-
lence on the street. Holmes has
seen parents after parents walk
down that road of burying their
children from the senseless vio-
lence of street and she was tired.
But like many asked at the rally,
"When will it end?"

-MiamiTimes photo/ Sandra J. Charite
Miami native Maurice Michael Symonette voices his con-
cerns about the cycle of violence hurting the youth in our

doesn't seem as though you are
prospering when the rent is due
and you do not have the money,
or the car note is late, and the
kids need money for school sup-
plies, and the pantry is empty,
and the list goes on and on.
But prosperity is not only in the
monetary sense, we prosper in
many other ways, and the most
important way to prosper is in
the things of the Lord.
The rest of this psalm serves
a warning. Do not be envious
of the wicked! No matter that
they seem to be doing so well

right now, it will not always be
so. The wicked will be scat-
tered, while the righteous are
promised to be gathered to be
with the Lord. The wicked will
be condemned at judgment
time, while the righteous are
promised great rewards. The
wicked do not have the careful,
loving care of their lives as do
the righteous. God is always
looking out for the good of the
righteous. Do not envy, and be
careful of your environment. It
just might be time to do some


Why so many health care bills?

The Associated Press

A look at key issues in the
health care debate:

Why are there so many different
health care proposals being dis-
cussed on Capitol Hill, and what
exactly does Obama support?

Last week, Speaker Nancy Pelo-
si, D-Calif., unveiled a House bill
that combined the work of three
separate committees. The legisla-
tion would provide coverage to 96
percent of Americans and estab-
lish a government-run insurance
option with doctors, hospitals
and other providers allowed to
negotiate rates with the Health
and Human Services Depart-
ment for services provided. In the
Senate, Majority Leader Harry
Reid, D-Nev., is pushing a com-
promise bill based on the work
of Senate Finance and Health
committees that would create a

government-run option but allow
states to opt out. The Senate bill
also relies on nonprofit co-ops to
get the uninsured covered. There

had been five bills in the Senate
and House, one from each of the
congressional committees with
jurisdiction over health care. Of
the two bills in the Senate, the
one passed out of the Finance
Committee had received consid-
erable attention because it won
a lone Republican vote that of
Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine,

a key moderate who Democrats
hope will get them to the 60 votes
needed for passage in the full
Senate. President Barack Obama
has not formally endorsed any
of the bills. Instead, he has out-
lined several core objectives for
legislation. Those include a guar-
antee of insurance, regardless of
pre-existing medical conditions;
a guarantee of choice of doctors
and health plans; the assurance
of affordable, quality health care
for all Americans, and curbing
health care costs.

Obama has been careful not
to specifically endorse any of the
bills. He called the House legis-
lation "another critical milestone
in the effort to reform our health
care system." He praised the
Senate Finance Committee bill
for offering security to those who
have insurance and affordable
options for those who don't, as
well as barring denial of coverage
for pre-existing conditions.

Vaccine makers pick up the pace

By Elizabeth Weise

Susan Lilavois waited in the
rain to get her disabled 4-year-old
daughter vaccinated against the
H1N1 flu strain Wednesday. She
had called her pediatrician's office
for weeks with no success, so when
she heard the Fairfax County, Va.,
Health Department was holding a
clinic in Springfield, she got her in
car at 7:30 a.m. to be first in line.
When she arrived, she was num-
ber 133 out of 250 available slots.
"The nurses were really nice," she
said, but with only three of them,
she and her daughter waited for
three hours.
But "as un-fun as it was, it would


the Supernatural
The questions may be asked;
Why am I not being blessed?
Why is my luck so bad? Why
can I never get ahead?
Come listen to Apostle Vin-
cent Spann's message entitled
Understanding the Supernatu-
ral, Sunday 11 a.m., November
8, 645 N.W. 72 Street.

be worse if she was home sick all
night and day for a week," Lilavois
As similar scenes played out
across the country, Homeland Se-
curity Secretary Janet Napolitano
said Wednesday that more vaccine
was coming.
Since Oct. 5, more than 23.3 mil-
lion doses of H1N1 flu vaccine have
been made available to the states,
Napolitano said in a briefing.
The rate of vaccine production
was lower than manufacturers had
hoped because the virus' growth
rate was slower than expected,
she said: "We were getting some
pretty rosy scenarios, and not un-
til growth began did we know for

Now vaccine companies have
had time to switch to faster-grow-
ing strains, so production is more
robust. Nine million doses were
produced in the past seven days,
and "the pace is picking up," she
"We know people are frustrated
by the inability to immediately get
vaccine right now, and we know
people are frustrated by waiting in
line," Napolitano said. "We ask for
your understanding."
Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also
warned against hoax products of-
fered online that claim to prevent
or cure the flu.

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Deacon's Ministry Day at St. John

The Deacon's Ministry of St.
John Institutional Missionary
Baptist Church will observe
their anniversary on Sunday.
The special guests for the 3:30
p.m. service will be Rev. Dr.
Jimmy Bryant and his con-
gregation of Antioch Baptist
Church of Liberty City.
Deacon Robert Baker serves
as chairman of the Deacon's
Other activities for the month
are, Mission Circle #1 anniver-
sary on Sunday, November 15
and our annual Thanksgiving
Service on Thursday, Novem-
ber 26, at 11 a.m.
The church morns the home
going of Deaconess Ruth Wal-
lace Marshall who died on
October 27. Deaconess Mar-
shall diligently served this con-
gregation until she relocated

to Georgia a few years ago.
Home going services for Dea-
coness Marshall was held at
the church this past Tuesday.
"Well-done thy good and faith-
ful servant."
Reverend Dr. Charles E. Upt-
grow, Sr. Assistant Pastor


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Wednesday, Nov. 4th
7:30 p.m.
Rev. Woodrow Jenkins
St. Luke M.B. Church

Thursday, Nov. 5th
7:30 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Jimmie Bryant
i Antioch of Liberty City


For Informatio

The First Baptist M.B. Church of Brownsville
M.B. Church will celebrate the 4th Pastoral Anniversary of
Rev. Kenneth McGee. Pre-anniversary services
Wednesday, November 4th through Friday, No-
vember 6th. Anniversary services will culminate
Friday, Nov. 6th on Sunday, November 8th 2009 with guest min-
Frnday, Nov. 6th sisters bringing spirit-filled messages at 7:30 a.m.,
7:30 p.m. 11am and 4 p.m. Under Pastor McGee's anoint-
Rev. Vinson Davis ed leadership, First Baptist has developed nu-
New Providence M.B.Church merous new ministries. The church is expanding
and everything is moving by the Power of God.
We invite the community to come and share in
this grand 4th anniversary celebration of our es-
teemed Pastor and First Lady. Sis. Stephanie
)n 305-635-8053 Cooper, 2009 Anniversary Chairperson.


Sunday, Nov. 8th I
7:30 a.m.
Rev. Ranzar Thomas
New Generation Baptist Church

Sunday, Nov. 8th
II a.m.
Rev. Eric Readon
New Beginning Baptist Church

Sunday, Nov 8th
4p.m. ,r
Rev. Curtis Thomas &A
New Covenant M.B. Church -

4600 NW 23rd Ave, Miami, FL

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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Ave.

t Order of Services
Wed Ir-6aswry Prave,
9am 12pom
Morning, erdg aeI am

Ebenezer United
Methodist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street

St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue


3707 S.W


Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
ii m .m, u i,,

St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street

Order of Services
Sundayi30and11 am
Wrshiip Senire
9 30 aam Sunday Sdhool
Tuesday I pm B.bhle Sudy
8 p.' Prayer Meemiing

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue
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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

Order of Services
Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Television Program Sure Foundation
My33 WBFS/Comcast 3 Saturday -7:30 a.m.
www.pembrokeparkchurchofchrist.com embrokeparkcoc@bellsouth.net


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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Ave.
Imm-Imm I mII

^I lMisson and Bible
(loss Trueay 6 30:p m

Bethlehem Cathedral
Outreach Ctr. Miami
8610/8620 N.W. 17th Ave.
Order of Services
Sunday Blible Seminar 8 a m
Sunday Worhip 9 am
Sunday evening 6 pSnm prayer
and paosnal ,ounsling
Friday Bible Seminor 6 p m

Logos, Baptist Church
16305 NW 48th Ave.

Order of Services
Sunday Morning orW
SundayS Sdaet at 945am
I[bursday Bible Srud I pim
SojujdayjNo Sento

93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

15250 N.W. 22ND AVENUE

Order of Services
SUNDAY: Worship Service
7:30 & l a.m.
Chud Sdool 9.30a.m.
Feeding Ministry 12 noon
1ible Study 7p.m.

Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
Min,0R*Eil *if*1*5,HIM W

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 pm.
Sunday School 9-30 a.m.
tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

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

Cornerstone Bible
Fellowship Church
2390 NW 87 Street
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4561 N.W. 33rd Court
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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street

New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue
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Word of Faith
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 87th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Morning Sertes
SundayStheol l 0am
Worship Seme IIam
luesday Bible Sludy 8 pm
lursdary Prayer So
vice. 8pmn

Seed Time and Harvest Faith
Ministry International
21485 N.W. 27 Ave.

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 9 am
Bible Siud Wednesdoay 730 ppm

First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue

Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street
i : ft

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

Order of Services
(hunlh/undsay $chioo 8 30 a m
Sunday Worship 'Sfae 10 a no
SMidWeeke Snme Wednedlai '
lhour o[ Power-Noon Day Prayer
S 12p Ipmr
Evening Wo IIp J pm

New Shiloh M.B. Church
1350 N.W.95th Street
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Alpha Agape SDA Church
8400 N.W. 25th Ave.

Sunrise Missionary Baptist Church
3087 N.W. 60 Street
I l-1.1

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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street
I ,0-5987

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Wright and Yoiung
veteran and

worker, died
October 28.
Survivors in-
clude: wife,
Winifred, chil-
dren; Ricardo
Davis (Bonnie),
Shirley Pittman, Dexter Damiel,
Janet Boothe and Jean Wheeler;
siblings, Patricia Richardson, Rita
Sprauve, Melvin (Mercedes) Sam-
uel, Mervin (Debbie) Damuel, Ray
(Emma) Samuel, June (Norton)
Knights and Claudett Perrott. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Wednesday, Miramar
UM Church.

JR., 32, police
officer, October
24. Survivors
include: mother,
Joan' Parker;
father, Hasting
Clark, Sr.; sister,
Kacey Ann Ru-
therford; broth-
ers, Mario Clarke, Heron Grey,
Carl Stevens, Landy Clarke and
Keritt Clarke. Viewing 5 7p.m.,
Wednesday in the chapel. Final
rites and burial, Jamaica.

60, laborer,
died October
29. Survivors-
include: sons,
Eric and Josh-
ua; mother, Gla-
dine; brothers,
Ernie and Har-
old Johnson;
sisters, Santhia (Ragin) Johnson,
Debra and Harriet Johnson, Terri
Wiwo, Sislynn Powell and Thome-
sena Hudson. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday, in the chapel.

bus aide, died
October 25.
Survivors in-
clude: mother,
Evelyn Oadd-
ams; daughters,
Latochia Oadd-
ams, Nashona I
and Tiffany Bai-
ley; sons, Cornelius and Jamaal
Bailey. Service 12 p.m., Saturday,
Dayspring MB Church.

RIS, III, a.k.a
Big, 39, truck
driver, died No-
vember 1. Sur-
vivors include:
son, Brandon
Marquis Harris;
father, Robert
Charles Har-
ris, Jr.; mother, Geneva; brothers,
Derek, Kelvin and Cedrick; grand-
father, Robert Charles Harris, Sr.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday, Peace-
ful Zion MB Church.

infant, died October 22 at Jack-
son Memorial Hospital. Survivors
include: mother, Davonda Sim-
mons; father, Neiko Monte Wilson,
Sr. Service 11 a.m., Wednesday,
(today), Hallandale Beach Cem-

Hadley Davis
died October
25 at home.
Service 11:30
a.m., Saturday,
Oasis of Love

AMOS NOLTION, 95, railroad
worker, died October 22 at North
Shore Medical Center. Service
was held.

cial worker, died November 1 at
University of Miami Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

Eric S. George
RICHARDO JOVEL, 66, custo-
dian, died October 28 at Memorial
Regional Hospital. Final rites and
burial, San, El Salvador.

GLORIA A. NELSON, 79, died
October 27 at -:
Miami Heart
Institute. SheInc.
was a member of the
of First Bap-
tist Church of
Bunche Park,
Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc.
and a lifetime member of the
NAACP. Survivors include: daugh-
ters, Vida Gail Addison and Angela
Denise Nelson; granddaughter, Joi
Addison; grandson, Clifton Nelson
Addison; sister, Doris S. Harden.
Service was held.

DORIS GRAVES, 49, teacher,
died October
19. Service was

giver, died Oc-
tober 23. Visita-
tion 4 -9 p.m.,
Friday. Service
1 p.m., Satur-
day, Friendship
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

LOLESHA R. BAIN, 78, wait-
ress, died October 28. Final rites
and burial, Cedar Crest Funeral
Home, Nassau, Bahamas.

LINDSEY WINT, 70, laborer,
died October 30. Visitation 4 -9
p.m., Friday. Service 11 a.m., Sat-
urday, Sierra Norwood Calvary
Baptist Church.

WILMOT DIXON, 67, merchant
wholesaler, died October 23. Visi-
tation 4 -9 p.m., Friday. Service 10
a.m, Saturday in the chapel.

CARRIE SMITH, 82, housewife,
died October 26. Visitation 4 -8
p.m., Thursday. Service 11 a.m.,
Friday in the chapel.

Carey Royal Ram'n

greens keeper,
died October
24. Service 10
a.m., Saturday,
Faith Com-
munity Baptist


retired nurse,
died October
22. Service was

died October
20 at home.
Service was

tired, died October 30 at home. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.


ROBERT L. EDGE, 68, died
November 1 at Catholic Hospice.
Arrangements are incomplete.

died October23
at Arch Plaza
Nursing Home.
Service 3 p.m.,
Saturday, New
Harvest Mis-
sionary Baptist

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LEROY FOWLER, JR., 72, of-
fice manager,
died October
29. Service 2
p.m., Saturday,
Faith Christian

CNA, died Oc-
tober 26. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Shiloh

HARDIE NESBITT, 63, laborer,

Manor. Service
11 a.m., Sat-

died October
30. Service 11
a.m., Thursday

died October
30. Service 11


October 25. Ser-
vice was held.

ROBERT LEE SIMS, 68, retired
police officer,
died October
p.m., Saturday
Serrvie 1

in the chapel.

45, died Octo-
ber 30. Service

day, Triumph
the Church and
Kingdom God in

clerk, died No-
vember 2. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday, St.
Paul AME

DERSON, 69, laborer, died Octo-
ber 28. Service 11 a.m, Thursday
in the chapel.

struction worker, died October 26.
Service was held.

70, medical
specialist, died
October 29 at
North Shore
Medical Center.
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday, Bethany
Seven Day Ad-
ventist Church

TERRY LEE BATES, 45, loader,
died October 28 at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

Gregg L. Mason
tired childcare
worker, Lindsey
Hopkins, died
October 28. Sur-
vivors include:
son, Freeman
A Butler, Jr.;
daughter, Joan
Redd (Lue); sis- N
ter, Hanna Williams; grandchildren
and great grandchildren; and a
host of other family members and
friends. Visitation 2- 9 p.m., Friday.
Family hour 6 8 p.m, Service
11a.m., Saturday, Mt. Carmel Mis-
sionary Baptist Church. Interment:
Southern Memorial Park.

JOHN DIXON, 84, died Novem-
ber. Arrangements are incom-

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
barber, died
October 29 at
home. Service
10 a.m., Satur-
day in the cha-

er, died October
29 at home.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Sell-
ers Memorial.

JR., 78, truck ,
driver, died
October 29 at
North Shore
Medical Cen-
ter. Survivors .
include: sister,
Linda; brother,
12 p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

BETTY SIMSPON, 72, home-
maker, died Oc-
tober 28 at Uni-
versity of Miami.
Service 2 p.m,
Saturday in the

electrician, died November 1 at VA
Medical Center. Arrangements are

REGINAWILLIS, 66, housewife,
died October 26 at home: Service
was held.

Range Coconut Grove
SHALL, 88, died October 27 in
Columbia, S.C. Service was held.

SR., 54, died November 1 at Jack-
son Memorial Hospital.Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

BROWN, a.k.a. Nook, 30, labor-
er, died October 17. Service was

beautician, died October 30 at
Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

Pinder -"
dent, died Octo-
ber 20 at Miami
Children's Hos-
pital. Service 1
p.m., Saturday,
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98, retired
nurse, died Oc-
tober 30. Ser-
vice 11 a.m,
Saturday in the


In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

S s

WILLIAM B. WARD, 89, clerk,
died Novem-
ber 1. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day, St. Mary's

DENNIS HILL, 20, laborer, died
October 21.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Mt.
Zion B. Church.

JEREMY LOWE, 21, laborer,
died October
21. Service 1
p.m., Saturday,
Mt. Zion Hope


74, journalist,
linguist, motiva-
tional speaker
and an author,
died in Atlanta,
Ga. October 26.
Survivors in-
clude: husband,
Earl Gene Wat-
son; son, Kytiwa Watson; grand-
son, Kytiwa Watson, Jr.; brothers,
Dr. Edward Braynon, Jr.and Judge
Harold L. Braynon; sister, Eleanor
Braynon- Brassfield; four aunts,
Bertha Smith, Claranda Sargent,
Gladys Braynon and Lenora Smith;
many nieces, nephews, cousins

the children she touched in Atlanta
and Miami. She was preceded in
death by her daughter Miaquelle
Watson. Service 11 a.m, Wednes-
day, St. James A.M.E. Church.

HAROLD FRASER, 92, retired
mechanic for
Metro Dade
County, died
October 30.
Survivors in-
clude: son,
James Fraser
two grandchil-
dren, Jhanai Fraser, and Tyler
Fraser; niece, Muriel McDonald;
grandnephew, Robert McDonald;
grandniece, Aurora Mitchell; a host
of nieces, nephews, grandnieces,
and grandnephews other relatives
and friends. Service 10 a.m., Fri-
day in the chapel.

01/23/17 -10/06/08

Moma, we love you and wish
you were here today.
We continue to weep but we
also continue to pray .
Life will never be the same
without hearing you call our
We were so blessed to have
you as our mother.
You taught us about Jesus
Christ and that he should be
first in our life.
Someday we will be together
Mother, we will always love
Your children, grandchil-
dren and great grandchildren.

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

03/16/51 11/06/08

We think of you at all times,
especially on this day. Al-
though you've gone away,
you're surely not forgotten.
While God has you in
His arms. We have you in our
Love, The Family


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our community, The Miami
Times prints weekly obituary
notices submitted by area
funeral homes at no charge.
These notices include name
of the deceased, age, place
of death, employment, and
date, location, and time of
services. Additional infor-
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who lived within a 15-mile radi-
us of the downtown VCU medi-
cal center.
Each home was marked on
the map with colored pins, and
visits were scheduled by geogra-
phy to maximize Boling's time. It
took only a few stops, and some
memorable patients, for Bol-
ing to recognize that home care
made sense.
Take the stroke victim restrict-
ed to a second-floor bedroom in
his home. Time and again his
wife had to call an ambulance,
whose crew carried him by
stretcher down rickety stairs to
an emergency room for a bloat-
ed gastrointestinal tract, high
fevers and vomiting. Turns out,
the patient had low blood potas-
sium levels.
Boling began drawing blood at
the house and prescribed a med-
ication that stabilized his potas-
sium, and staved off ER visits.
"It was so stark," says Bol-
ing, "'the contrast between what
he needed and what (the health
care system was) giving him."
It's that type of patient that
Boling envisions being cared for
under the proposal pending in
Congress. The so-called "Inde-
pendence at Home" provision is
but one small piece of the larger
health care reform measures.
Where other proposals have di-
vided lawmakers, the house-calls
idea is winning support from Re-
publicans and Democrats alike
as a "more cost-effective way for
these patients to get the coordi-
nated care they need," says Sen.
Richard Burr, R-N.C.
The provision calls for the
Medicare program to partner
with home-based primary care
teams to test whether house
calls would reduce preventable
hospitalizations, ER visits and
duplicative diagnostic tests for
high-cost, chronically ill pa-
That means patients with at
least two chronic conditions _
congestive heart failure, diabe-
tes, dementia, stroke and so on
_ who have been hospitalized in
the past year and require assis-
tance for at least two daily liv-
ing activities, such as bathing,
dressing, walking or eating.

Steve Rolle dies in

Palm Beach
Steve Rolle, 81, a retired Mi-
ami-Dade County Police Offi-
cer, died Oct. 29 in West Palm
Beach. His funeral will be held
at the Mount Olive Missionary.
Baptist Church in Riviera Beach
at 9:30 a.m., Saturday.

The Miami Times
is announcing our

By Church Denomination

Beginning January 2010
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our new church assistant,
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died on November 2, 2009 at
Veterans Hospital. He is sur-
vived by his sons, Sinclair A.,
Sinclair E. and Dedrick Jones
with numerous nieces, neph-
ews, nine grandchildren, a host
of relatives and friends.
Services Monday, Nov. 9th
at Mitchell Chapel. Burial at
National Cemetery in Lake
Worth, FL.

Death Notice

business owner, landscaping,
died November 2. Survivors in-
clude: wife, Julia; daughters,
Gwendolyn and Jacqueline
Dixon; granddaughter, Jenel-
le Willis; great granddaughter,
Jaelyn Willis; sisters, Joyce
Felton, Elizabeth Colbert(
Roosevelt), Wynell Hamilton
and Gladys Dixon; brothers,
Marshall Dixon (Barbara), Al-
len Dixon (Jeanette) and Wal-
ter Dixon (Julia); and a host
of other relatives and friends.
Visitation 2 p p.m., Friday.
Service 2 p.m., Saturday, Sec-
ond Canaan Missionary Bap-
tist Church. Arrangements
entrusted to Gregg L Mason
Funeral Home.

Death Notice

Robert D. Black, 55, tour
guide, Rosewood, died No-
vember 2. Survivors include:
mother, Janie Blake; step-
father, John Blake; brother,
Lewis Black and Gregory
Black (Vanessa); sister, Sheryl
Russell; nieces and nephews;
and a host of other family
members and friends. Fam-
ily hour, 5- 7 p.m., Thurs-
day. Service 1 p.m., Friday,
Pilgrim Rest Missionary Bap-
tist Church. Interment: Dade
Memorial Park. Arrangements
entrusted to Gregg L Mason
Funeral Home.

In Memorial in Memoriam Card of Thanks
In loving memory of, In loving memory of, The family of the late,
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SAMPSON-STORR 05/06/30 11/01/02
12/16/53 11/06/08

'A Saint, a Wife and Moth-
Living this life on earth
without you is like having no
sunshine and no rain.
All we can do is to thank
God for the precious moments
we enjoyed together while you
were here with us.
We love you, we miss you.
Enjoy the presence of the
Your loving husband, Car-
roll and daughter Chelsea.

Death Notice

You were a hardworking,
loving and nurturing hus-
band, father and grandfather.
It's been seven years that
you went home. Memories of
you will be in our hearts for-
We miss you. Love your wife,
Julia and family.

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,


would like to thank everyone
who prayed for our loved one
in his time of sickness and in
his transition from earth to
We appreciate every kind
act and the deep compassion
you all have for us.*
God loves you all and so do
The Williams, Wilson and
Anderson Families.

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

11/10/52 06/29/06

car salesman, died November
Service 3 p.m., Saturday
at Faith Community Baptist
Church, 10401 N.W. 8 Av-
Arrangements entrusted to
Richardson Funeral Home.

Death Notice

died November 1 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Arrange-
ments entrusted to St. Fort's
Funeral Home.

Death Notice

died October 31 at Aventura
Medical Center. Final rites
and burial, Haiti. Arrange-
ments entrusted to St. Fort's
Funeral Home.

Death Notice

died October 24 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Arrange-
ments entrusted to St. Fort's
Funeral Home.

to p~jtlace your

Three difficult years have
passed since Wes' departure. We
sincerely miss his warm smile,
calming attitude and his gener-
ous love toward his family.
We look forward to seeing Wes
again, when Jesus comes.
Your loving mother and fam-

Death Notice

died October 28. Service 10
a.m., Saturday, Holy Fam-
ily Catholic Church. Arrange-
ments ,entrusted to St. Fort's
Funeral Home.

Death Notice

died November 1 at North
Shore Medical Center. Final
rites and burial, Jamaica. Ar-
rangements entrusted to St.
Fort's Funeral Home.

Death Notice

CHERIZARD, 59, died Octo-
ber 25 at Jackson North Med-
ical Center. Viewing 5-9 p.m.,
Saturday, in the chapel. Final
rites and burial, Haiti. Ar-
rangements entrusted to St.
Fort's Funeral Home.

11/10/77 11/03/07-

It's been two years since you
left and we miss you but you are
forever in our hearts.
Sleep on son.
From Mom, Stepdad, your
beautiful daughters, siblings
and friends.

Death Notice

52, died October 25. Memo-
rial, 3 5 p.m., Saturday, The
Wolfe University Center Ball-
room, FlU's north campus.
For more information contact
Brad Bennett at 954-356-


a native Miamian and Miami
Central High School gradu-
ate enthusiastically embraced
music. He learned to play the
violin at the age of six and
became an accomplished
trumpeter. Unfortunately, he
met an untimely demise last
Wednesday morning.
Jay had a great sense of
humor and often caused his
family and friends to laugh.
His smile was broad and
charming. In 2000, upon
completion of high school, he
entered the military and later
joined the United Nations Se-
curity Force. Although he was
only 27 years old, he read-
ily assumed leadership posi-
tions. Louis' dedication and
commitment to country and
comrades were recognized by
those with whom he worked.
He received several honors for
job performance.
On October 28, 2009, Louis
made a supreme sacrifice. He
did not think about himself
during an attack on the Unit-
ed Nations guest house in Ka-
bul, Afghanistan. In spite of
the odds, Jay remained quite
determined to "stand and de-
fend." In his act of bravery, he
saved the lives of many other
UN staff and civilians.
Louis is survived by two
sons: Malik and Nasir Max-
well; his parents, Sandra
Jackson Maxwell and Louis
Maxwell, Sr.; sister, Aijalon
Denise (Lutalo) Muhummud,
Lebanon; nieces, Jamilah and
Kamilah Muhummud, Leba-
non; and grandmother, Ada
Bell Maxwell, Ft. Lauderdale.
The wake is at 6:30 p.m.
Friday at Christian Fellow-
ship Worship Center, 13700
N.W. 19th Avenue, Miami.
The funeral is at 12 noon Sat-
urday at Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church, 21311 N.W.
34th Avenue, Miami Gardens.
The entombment is at Vista
Memorial Gardens, Miami
In lieu of flowers, the fam-
ily appreciates contributions
to the Miami Central Senior
High School Band in honor of
Louis James Maxwell, Jr.
Services entrusted to Grace
Funeral Home.

by becoming a member of our

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... --- Commissioner Timothy Holmes and family would
like to thank everyone for their kindness, support,
and the outpouring of love during their time of
bereavement. Your cards, flowers, phone calls and
i .t... ^visits were indeed a blessing. Your prayers gave us
strength, your words of comfort gave us courage.
Special thanks to Bishop Victor Curry, Elder \1Willie
Starks and the New Birth family, The citizens of
the great City of Opa-locka, Mayor Joseph L. Kelley
and the City) Commission, Commissicoer Barbarai
Jordan, Mayor Shirley Gibson and theyrofessional
senices of Grace Funeral Home. A vi iaJ .
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Miami Heat retire Tim Hardaway's jersey

The Miami Times Staff Report

NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway's
No. 10 jersey was retired at last
week at the start of the game in
which the Miami Heat defeat-
ed the New York Knicks at the
American Airlines Arena.
Well-known for being one of
the best point guards in the
league, the retired basketball
player celebrated the night with
old teammates, family, friend
and former coach Pat Riley.
"Tonight, I stand before you

truly humbled and grateful,"
Hardaway said.
Born Timothy Duane "Tim"
Hardaway, Hardaway grew up
in the streets of Chicago. He at-
tended the University of Texas
in El Paso and was later picked
by the Golden State Warriors in
the 1989 first round NBA Draft.
After almost seven years with
the Warriors, Hardaway came
to Miami to play for the Heat.
In the 1996-97 season, he
was a Most Valuable Player
(MVP) candidate. Injuries kept

him from participating in play-
off games so he was later trad-
ed to the Dallas Mavericks in
2001 then traded to the Denver
Nuggets in 2002. He ended his
basketball career after one year
with the Indiana Pacers.
Throughout his career, Hard-
away, 43, has scored over
15,000 points, roughly 7,000
assists and close to 2,000 three-
pointers. Hardaway supported
his former teammates in their
2006 championship victory.
Riley had a few words to say

about the all-star at the retire-
ment ceremony.
"It's another great moment,"
Heat president Riley said. "I
would say from the year 2006
until now, we've had a couple
of incredible moments. Both of
them are hanging from the raf-
ters, our world championship
banner that we're so proud
of and there's more of those
in store for the future and of
course Alonzo Mourning last
year, one of the anchors of this

Stevie Wonder and others celebrate Rock Hall

The Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame honors music's most trea-
sured acts, but this time it was
the hall's turn to be feted. Bruce
Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie
Wonder and more celebrated
the hall's 25th birthday with a
concert that included all-star
collaborations, spellbinding gui-
tars, plenty of high notes and
even tears,
Thursday's extravaganza at
Madison Square Garden, the first
of two concerts, ran more than
five hours, and was a reunion
of past inductees. Among the
performers were Simon & Gar-
funkel (1990), Crosby, Stills and
Nash (1997), Jeff Beck (2009),
James Taylor (2000), Bonnie
Raitt (2000) and Sting (with the
Police, 2003).

"It's been incred-
ible being in a room
with musicians ...
who put music in
your head," Spring-
steen said during
his rollicking set,
which ran nearly
two hours and fea-
tured the Boss col-
laborating with the
Piano Man, singing
Joel hits like "New
York State of Mind"
and "Only the Good
Die Young."

SiTvin vv

The night's emotional highlight
came courtesy of Wonder, who
sang Michael Jackson's upbeat
"The Way You Make Me Feel," in
tribute to the fallen King of Pop.
During one part in the chorus,

Wonder stopped
singing, bent his
head and started to
sob, but he quickly
gathered his com-
posure to finish the
song, ending it joy-
ously by leading the
crowd with chants
of "We Love Michael
Jackson" and "Long
Live Michael Jack-

IUNuEK Soul crooner John
)ngwriter Legend shared the
stage with Wonder
during the song. He said while
backstage that Wonder's emo-
tion for Jackson "is very heart-
felt, and you can see it, you can
feel it."
"I was just honored to be with

him to celebrate Michael's lega-
cy," Legend said.
But the mood of the night was
hardly somber. Instead, it was an
endless jam session of rock gods
playing some of the most cher-
ished songs in pop music's cata-
log. Performers like Wonder and
Springsteen didn't just use their
sets to sing their own songs, but
to give homage to their influenc-
es and celebrate the newer gen-
eration's music stars.
Simon brought out Dion and
also Little Anthony and the Im-
perials, and Springsteen show-
cased inductee Sam Moore and
John Fogerty, as well as vet-
eran Darlene Love and guitarist
Tom Morello, whom he called a
"future member of the Hall of

Monica reality show

premieres on BET

After a brief hiatus
from the music indus-
try, R&B singer Monica
is back in the spotlight
with "Still Standing," an
intimate docu-drama
that takes a look at her
day-to-day world.
The original series,
"Monica: Still Stand-
ing," premiered last
week on BET.
Viewers have the
chance to experience
the many faces of the
singer as she balances
family, deals with trials,
triumphs and health
challenges, records her
fifth album and tackles
the hardest job of all -
being a full-time mother
of two young sons.
"It was very scary
stepping into the
type of situation that
would expose me and
my life," said Monica'.
"But I think that there
are so many kids now
that are aspiring to do
exactly what I've done
and I felt like that was
worth me putting my-
self on the line so they
would really under-
stand what it's like to
try and juggle both a
music career and per-
sonal life."
Even with all of the

success in her enter-
tainment career as
a Grammy-winning,
multi-platinum record-
ing artist and actress,
Monica's life has not
been without its chal-
Yet, through the spir-
itual guidance of her
parents, family and fi-
anc6, she withstood the
storms of life and that
same support keeps her
standing today.
Strong, poised and vi-
vacious, Monica wants
to show viewers and
fans that anything is
possible once you set
your mind to do it. She
wants them to know
"sometimes you have to
go through to get to.",

Mya gives everything

she's got on 'Dancing'

Call her the darling
of the dance floor.
R&B singer Mya,
who's been making
waves in music for
years, is getting plenty
of love for her near-
perfect turn as a con-
testant on this season
of the ABC hit, "Danc-
ing with the Stars."
Foot surgery when
the season began gave
Mya some fears over
becoming this season's
first to be voted off.
Yes, even before Tom
The Washington D.C.
native fractured a bone
in her foot last year.
Although she was giv-
en an all-clear to com-
pete, the 29-year-old
wondered how her foot
would hold up amid
such demanding rou-

"My doctor said I'm
fully healed because
it's the bone. But now
I have to make sure
my tendons are strong
enough," she told
WENN last month. "I
was pre-training before
this, just doing cardio
and stretching, so we'll
see how it goes."





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Because of Homecoming at
Florida A & M University in
Tallahassee and Homecom-
ing at Bethune-Cookman
University in Daytona Beach,
more than 30,000 fans left
Dade and Broward Coun-
ties to cheer for their favorite
team and enjoy the festivities
surrounding Homecoming.
said "Among the true and
dedicated Rattlers fans were
Oliver Gross, James and
Margie Fayson, Art and
Hyacinth Johnson, James
and Barbara Anders, Wyn-
ton Anders, Garth Reeves,
Baljean and Naomi
Smith, Dr. Art and
Mary Woodard, Har-
land Woodard, son,
and daughter, Vanes-
sa W. Byers, who was
there to let the voters
know she is running
for the school board TRI
seat to be vacated by
Dr. Solomon C. Stinson.
Vanessa was one of my
outstanding students at Mi-
ami Center who made all
A's in bookkeeping and af-
ter graduating from FAMU,
she was employed by Dade
County School System as
an effective auditor and
budget manager for alter-
native schools, especially
COPE Center North, when
I was principal and used
her time developing Kwan-
zaa for South Florida.
Meanwhile, in Daytona
Beach, the alumni were
enjoying 14 days of activi-
ties. Parade lovers were
out in droves to witness
the annual homecoming

parade led by
the Wildcats
Marching Band
and including
Miss Homecom-
ing, Miss BCU
and Her Court, Cam
Street Jr. Mainland
Jones High and Pres
Trudie Gibbie Reed
received much applai
I parked behind th
viewing stand in front (
Richard V. Moore's ]
and my daughter, D
and granddaughter, T
requested drinks. I to(
to find their n
also using the
portunity to ob
the Miamian a
ni waiting for
parade. There
Charles She]
Sr., taking pic
DIE of his son, Ch
Jr. in the
Marching Band, Chi
Dorothy, Charley Jr
Chequita Davis sit-
ting in chairs they
brought with them,
Audley Coakley,
Willie Jackson,
Gwen VeVan, Spi-
der McCoy, and
Old-Timers Band.
When I returned
to my looking spot,
I saw an elderly
lady looking at me,
got closer to her and
called out my nam<
responded by calling
Mrs. Richard V. M
(she never like her
name, Beauford). P
cia Elaine, daughter

By Anna rac S.e.in

Congratulations to the
Wright and Flowers .family:
Ronald P. Wright II and
Michelle Flowers were elated
on Oct. 18 when their infant
daughter "Savaughn Urya
Wright" was christened at
Savaughn godparents are
Kenethia Williams, Luria
Davis, LaShawn Bowens,
Acquanetta Buggs, godfather
Floyd Lawrence and great
grandmother Barbara
Burrows. The reception
were held at the Longhorn

Sylvia Sands, Maud
Newbold, Oliver Gross,
Kim and Ronald Wright,
Barbara Burrows, Arnett
Hepburn, Cupidine Dean,
Deloris Ingraham, Brenda
Freeman, Deloris Hills,
Ernest and Alice Pearl
Sidney, coordinator, Brenda
Bryant and her entire family,
FAMU alumni coordinator
(Gold Coast) President
Lynette Wims, traveled to
Tallahassee for the Florida
A & M Homecoming football
game last weekend.

Robin Moncur, Larry and
Cynthia Handfield, Elestine
M. Allen, John and Annette
Williams, Barbara Johnson,
Dewey and Sabrina Knight
and their daughter; Charlie
and Dorothy Davis, Gwen
Lavan, Darryl Grice, Andre
Turner, Israel Milton,
Leona V. Baker and Brenda
Hawkes, all Wildcats alumni
were in Daytona Beach,
Fla. last weekend for the
Homecoming football game.
The final score was Winston
Salem 16 Bethune U. 10.

Patrick Lewis of San
Francisco, Ca. returned home
last week to visit his ailing
mother Claretha Grant-
Lewis and father Walter and
other family members.

Jean Robinson- Jackson,

daughter of the
-late. .:Hortense
and "Rob" was in
Miami last week
for a few days
as houseguest of her
Francina L. Robinson.

Join St. Agnes Pat
Group as they cruise
Nassau in the Bah
from Jan. 15- 18,
(Martin Luther King Ho

Phi Beta Sigma Frate
(Lambda Tau Cha
honored the following pe
at their annual Fou:
Award Gala at FI
International Universil
honor and award citizen
have made and contain
make a positive impact i
lives of others and .the
Florida community.
fraternity honored State
Oscar Braynon II, FI
International Univ
alumni Alexander Bosti
music entertainer, Ma
"Trick Daddy" Young.

Once again, Miamian
saddened by the demi
Gloria Braynon-Wa
who was known by her
friends as "GiGi." She d
Atlanta, Ga. last week.

Miamians and Delta S
Theta Sorority are sadc
over the demise of Do;
Louise Payne (fo
teacher and one of M
finest songbirds). The
"Nick" Marshall fo
policeman, great church
community worker, an
alumni of his alma n
Booker T. Washington
Florida A & M. Ann Joh
Dyes, daughter of "Ro
chair" Johnson her dad
mom owned the drugsto
Northwest 16th Street
Third Avenue (when
of us lived in Overtown
she was the wife of the
Clifford Dyes.

ie re-
of Dr.
-,Lk off

produced me to Sheralyn
Jenkins, daughter of Dr.
Rosalyn Moore, who is
now in a nursing home.
The other children: Da-
vid, Reginald, Ethel,
Barbara, Wesley, Gene
and RichardJr., doing
great. More importantly,
Rosalyn's son, Michael
Blake is mayor of Co-
coa and Mark, his
brother, is an engi-
At the game, I
had the honor of ,,
speaking with Dr.
Willie J. Wright and
wife, Dr. Tamara S.
Wright and 6-year
old son, Michael, HAN
who repeated be-

... ing an Omega Man,
eeds; also John and Annette
op- Williams, Lisa Beneby
serve and family, Stephanie
Llum- Willis, Vera Percell, Bar-
the bara Cobbs, Jack Hall
was and wife, John Shaw,
Idon, Dr. Lorraine Strachan,
tures Denia McCurtis, Tetra
arles Davis, Cameron, Jordan,
BCU Jada, and Monte. FAMU
arlie, won over South Carolina
. and State 34-20 and BCU lost
10-16 to Winston
g Salem College.

Kibbe Reed whose,
vision focused on a
badly-needed Ath-
HOWARD letic Training Cen-
ter when she was
0s, I appointed to the position
. s e of President. Her promo-
tion followed the retire-
g her ment of Dr. Oswald P.
first Bronson, who was presi-
first dent for over 30-years. She
was appointed by Larry
H. Handfield, chairman,
Selection Committee, and
the first alumni to become
Chairman of the Trustee
Board. His development
and dedication led him to
head the Student Rela-
tionship Committee and
he took off taking his re-
Ssponsibility to the house,
along with1"giving unself-
ishly to the University as
the biggest contributor.
It was evident, last Sat-
aunt, urday, in the Center for
Civic Engagement how
his popularity has grown
when a Litany was pre-
tronal pared in a blessing cere-
se to mony by Evelyn Walker,
amas NAL President, Chandra
2010 Fleet, SGA President,
holiday Faculty and Staff, Lynn

ty to
s who
ue to
in the
c and

s are
se of
ied in

h and
i and
)re on
) and
e late



Thompson, AD, Lee
Rhyant, board trustee,
and President Reed nam-
ing the building: The Lar-
ry H. Handfield, Esquire,
Athletic Training Center.
ATC, as Kevin Norris
and the his Treble Clef
band provided the music
of pomp & circumstance
for the entrance of the en-
tourage led by the
honoree, faculty/
staff, The Home-
coming and Miss
BCU Courts, fam-
ily members, and a
host of supporters.
The Litany was
orchestrated by Dr.
)FIELD Handfield and in-
cluded formal invi-
tations for his spe-
cial supporters using his
skills adapted from his role
models and tickets. Par-
ticipators on the program
included Dr. Reed, mis-
tress of ceremonies, Lady
Gladeez McCoy singing
"Youll Never Walk Alone,"
while dramatizing walking
with the honoree, his wife,
Cynthia, and Dr. Reed; a
tribute/plaque from Ome-
ga Psi Phi Fraternity pre-
sented by Audley Coak-
ley, student rep. on
the trustee board;
and Harry Burney,
conductor of the
Alumni Choir. Also
featured were Dr.
Cynthia and Wil-
liam "Bill" Clarke,
III, performing "The
Blessing of St. Fran- EDMC
cis" to the delight of
the audience, while retired
Commissioner Betty T.
Ferguson paid a tribute.
The honoree took the
mic under a standing ova-
tion for several minutes
and humbly accepted the
ATC, as well as the Mu-
sic Annex named in his
owner, recently. He began
by thanking his mother,
Rose Charles, wife, Cyn-
thia, daughters Crys-
tal, a senior at BCU and
Chelsea, a junior in high
school, and his uncle and
aunt Cornelius and Alice
Handfield. When he fin-
ished his long list of peo-
ple who helped him reach
this level in life, named
Dr. Richard J. Strachan
as the man who pre-
pared him as a student
at Miami Carol City. It
brought tears to my eyes
to be credited and joy to
my heart to be recognized.

Credit also goes out to the
late Samuel Berry who
gave Larry a full scholar-
ship and appointed him
drum major in his junior
year at BCU.
Other family members
included Edlease Ingram,
aunt, Mary and Roger
Lane, cousins, Willie
Williams, Anola Charles,
Qyuni Handfield, At-
lanta, GA, Montrez and
Nathaniel Frazier, Sta-
cie Handfield, Xabryon
Patterson, Xandra, Es-
ter, Cornelius, Jr., Ke-
nya, Xabryal, Xauyance,
Xavordra, Mia, and Xan-
yance Handfield, Kar-
la Robinson, Robin C.
Lovett, Esquire,
Pamela Cox, and
50-more. He who
prepares himself
with God in mind
shall be successful
in all endeavors. p

The funeral of Jas- STIH
per "Jazz" Tyrone
Howard held, last Mon-
day, at New Birth First
Cathedral MBC, brought
an outpouring of love for
him. Many mourned his
death, Sunday,
October 18, as he
attended a victory
party on the cam-
pus. Dwight L.
Jackson, Sr., LE,
LFD, Richardson
Mortuary, orches-
NSON treated a unique
service, because of
his love for football
players, especially Jazz.
Last Sunday, the view-
ers started viewing the
body after Sunday Church
until closing time. The.
weeping, screaming, hug-
ging and sobs continued
far into the night. It con-
tinued on Monday when
over 2,000-people con-
verged upon the church
that included Pastor Otis
Kemp, Apostle Johnny
Kemp, Voice of Juah,
Pastor Taderryl Mum-
ford and Pastor Ronnie
Lucas who read the 23rd
Psalms and John 3-16,
respectively, followed by
Willie Mary Givens, the
Pastor Kemp interjected
words of wisdom and wel-
come the 106 team mem-
bers and coaches that
flew in from UCONN for
the tribute. He then an-
nounced speakers as a

Precious' makes a 'surreal'

premiere in Hollywood

The cast and crew of "Pre-
cious: Based on the Novel
'Push' by Sapphire" contin-
ued their unexpected jour-
ney from a scrappy little
screening 10 months ago at
the Sundance Film Festival
to a star-studded gala at the
legendary Grauman's Chinese
Theatre in Hollywood.
"I'm speechless," said direc-
tor Lee Daniels at an event
hosted by the American Film
Institute on Sunday. "I'm
humbled and speechless.
That's the best way to de-
scribe it. I just can't... I wish
I had the words. Dreamlike?
Sort of surreal."
The dark urban drama,
which opens in U.S. cinemas
on Friday, follows Clareece
"Precious" Jones, an over-
weight, illiterate and abused
Harlem teen who is pregnant
with her second child and in-
vited to enroll in an alterna-
tive school in hopes that her
life will head in a new direc-
While at Sundance, where
the $10-million film took top
honors, Daniels got a call
from Oprah Winfrey, who ul-
timately joined fellow enter-
tainment mogul Tyler Perry
in serving as after-the-fact
executive producers.
Shortly thereafter, Gabourey

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Gabourey Sidibe, left, a cast member in 'Precious: Based on the
Novel 'Push' by Sapphire,' is greeted by actor Will Smith at the pre-
miere of the film at AFI Fest 2009 in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 1,
2009. Looking on in the background at right is fellow cast member

"Gabby" Sidibe, who marks her
film debut in the title role, had
an audience with Winfrey.
Chris PizzelloAP Photo -
Singer Mary J. Blige gets a
kiss from her husband Kendu
Isaacs at the premiere of the
film "Precious: Based on the
Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" at
AFI Fest 2009 in Los Angeles,
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009.
"Unfortunately, I forgot ev-
erything about it," Sidibe re-

called. "It's so weird, because
she's such a big deal to me,
that when she speaks, I don't
hear anything. It's like it's
so weird. It's like hysterical
blindness in a way. All I can
remember is her saying my
name over and over, and that
can't be right."
"Precious" has earned strong
critical notices for two unlikely
recipients: Mariah Carey and

Mo'Nique, the stand-up
comic, talk-show diva and
comic-actor, plays Clareece's
monstrous, abusive mother.
"I got a phone call from Mr.
Daniels, and he said, 'I've got
something that might mess up
your career.' I said, 'Sign me
up,'" she said.
Carey has a role as social
worker a small part, but one
the music superstar views as a
milestone in her acting career.
"I mean I had one milestone
that almost had me under the
stone," she laughed, referring
to the 2001 bomb "Glitter."
"I didn't realize that you re-
ally have to be selective with
the people that you work with
and you have to have that
support system and you have
to work with people that you
feel are geniuses and Lee Dan-
iels is a genius in my book, so
I'm grateful."
Other gala attendees Sunday
included Winfrey and Perry,
who posed for photographers
but didn't speak to press. Also
present were novelist Sap-
phire, "Precious" costars Pau-
la Patton (with musician hus-
band Robin Thicke) and Sherri
Shepherd, as well as Carey's
musician husband Nick Can-
non and Mary J. Blige, who.
co-wrote one of the film's
original songs.


friend, GMASH Brother,
teammates, local coaches,
UCONN Coaches, and the
Miami Edison faculty, staff,
and student body. Each
one spoke of their love for
"Jazz" and all of his boys
took a vow to stay out of
the clubs, stay off of the
streets, and go to college to
get a degree for "Jazz".
Coaches "D" Toalmon
and Bell of Miami Edison
spoke of their own tears
when they heard of "Jazz's"
death. Coaches Scott
Lokatos and Head Coach
Randy Edsall of UCONN
paid tribute from the college
and vowed to take care of
Daneisha Freeman and
her unborn child
for "Jazz" proba-
bly with a scholar-
ship for the both of
,ell them. He also said,
"Jazz" was the ulti-
mate son, ultimate
brother, ultimate
teammate, ultimate
ISON friend, and would
have made the ulti-
mate husband.
Other tributes and
resolutions came from
Commissioner Audrey
Edmonson and Wade
Jones, office aide, Miami
Edison Sr. that presented
a display of "Jazz's" ath-
letic jerseys, and a plaque
from the Florida House of
Representatives by Rep.
James Bush, III. Who
challenged the"Jazz"
generation, to stop the
violence of young people
and achieve a degree as
"Jazz" will receive post-
Family. members who
will miss "Jazz" eternally
include JoAngila "Pooh-
Pooh" Howard, mother,
Henry Williams, Alex
Moore, father, Geral-
dine Moore, Daneisha
Freeman, Alex Moore
III. Keyondra Jasmine,
Alexsandra, Alexis, and
Ashley, sisters, Issac In-
graham, Tawanda Gibson,
Virginia Smith, Janet
Ross, Asia Howard, Pas-
tor Patty Kemp, Bishop
Kemp, Juanita Reynolds,
Faye McFadden, LaTonja
Chancy, Cedric Chaney,
Arthur Smith, Dirk Smith,
Patricia Smith, David Don-
aldson, and the horses and
white carriage driven to the
cemetery, along with six lim-
ousines, over 200-vehicles,
and the poem "UCONN's An-
gel" penned by the team.



Jennifer Hudson finds happiness

By Sophia Tareen

In the year since three mem-
bers of her family were brutally
killed in Chicago, Grammy and
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson
has found ways to heal and
start a new life.
And it appears the 28-year-
old is happy again.
The actress and singer has
gushed over her role as a new
mother. And she has poured
herself into her work, from a
gospel-tinged rendition of the
national anthem at the Super
Bowl months after the slaying
to last month's "VH1 Divas"
concert in New York.
Now she is set to return to
Chicago in a few weeks to film
an ABC prime-time special in
which she'll share memories of
her childhood Christmases in
her old neighborhood and the
church where she started sing-
It will be a bittersweet journey
as she films "Jennifer Hudson:
I'll Be Home for Christmas,"
which is scheduled to air in De-
A year ago, just as her career
was really taking off with roles
in movies like "Sex and the City"
and "The Secret Life of Bees,"
Hudson had to return home for
the worst reason possible.

On Oct. 24, 2008, the bodies
of her mother, Darnell Hudson
Donerson, 57, and brother Ja-
son Hudson, 29, were found in
the family's home on the city's
South Side. The body of her
7-year-old nephew Julian King
was found days later in a sport-
utility vehicle on the city's West
Side, slightly more than 10
miles away. All three had been
Hudson has repeatedly de-
clined to talk publicly about the
killings. She and her publicist
declined AP interview requests.
"She's heartbroken," said Bob

Israel, 40, who was friends with
Jason Hudson and lives near
the Hudson's' Chicago home.
"They were a close-knit fam-
William Balfour, the es-
tranged husband of Jennifer
Hudson's sister Julia, was
charged with first-degree mur-
der in the killings. Prosecutors
alleged Balfour killed them in
a jealous rage because he was
upset that Julia Hudson was
dating another man. Balfour
pleaded not guilty and remains
The following days were tu-

multuous for Jennifer Hudson,
including a trip to the Cook
County medical examiner's of-
fice to identify Julian King's
A picture of the cherub-faced
boy, nicknamed "Juice Box,"
was posted on Hudson's MyS-
pace page after the killings and
remains there.
"I want to thank each and
every one of you for your
thoughts and prayers during
this difficult time," she wrote
on MySpace.
"My sister and I take great
comfort and strength from
your love and concern."
After the funeral and a star-
studded memorial service,
Hudson, who won an Oscar in
2007 for her supporting role in
"Dreamgirls," spent the next
few months away from the
public eye.
By February, she had
launched back into work, film-
ing a video for "If This Isn't
Love," followed by the Super
Bowl performance and a Gram-
my win for best R&B album for
her self-titled debut CD.
Hudson, who first gained
fame as a finalist on "Ameri-
can Idol" in 2004, returned to
Chicago last month to perform
"Spotlight" for "The Oprah Win-
frey Show."

R & B singer opens center for women

By Andrea Mineo

On a beautiful fall day in
Yonkers, New York, just north
of New York City, Mary J. Blige
stepped onto the sidewalk on
South Broadway.
"I love youl" yelled one of the
women in the crowd.
Blige waved. "Hi. How are you
For the people in the neigh-
borhood, one of their own had
come back. And she wasn't just
anyone, she was MJB -- a real
celebrity standing right there on
South Broadway.
Cellular phones and digital
cameras were raised in the air to
capture images of Blige in all of
her blonde pixie-haired grace.
The appearance wasn't for
a singing engagement or a CD
signing. This was a dream, be-
ing fulfilled, a symbol of her
own struggles as a child and a
young woman. It was the official


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ribbon-cutting for the M
Blige Center for Women.
The building has no sig
but its pastel-painted roo:
soon become a haven for'
and young girls, offering
different programs for
tion, life skills, self-em:
ment and much more i
has her way.

By Minerva

At a point where you're taking a gi-
ant step forward, others are taking two
steps back. Any conflicts you have stem
from not being on the same page. If
there's no harmony here now, it'll return
in a month or so. Lucky numbers 8, 12,
24, 26, 31

You can pretty much do what you
want. Much to your surprise, whoever
you thought would interfere with your
plans has backed off. Now that you have
all the control, what are you going to do
with it? Lucky numbers 10, 13, 15, 25,

Differences of opinion about how
things should be have stirred up trouble
in paradise. If you can keep a sense
of humor this won't turn into a scene.
Everything will improve if you can just
agree to disagree. Lucky numbers 6, 9,
10, 15, 19

Things haven't settled down enough
for you to think that you've made peace
with this. Whatever you're fine with, oth-
ers are having a hard time forgiving you
for things that came about because you
copped out. Lucky numbers 15, 18, 21,
23, 26

You've seen this too many times to get
upset about it. Loving someone through
something one more time is one of those
Karmic things. This may be tiresome but

lessons in compassion underscore the
need for patience. Lucky numbers 13,
18, 21, 35, 38

Something got triggered a while back
and you've been flying high ever since.
Holding your own in the midst of diffi-
culty is easier when your heart knows
how to see the light even in the worst-
case scenario. Lucky numbers 7, 14, 26,
28, 30

You've gotten so right about whatever
you're doing there's no room for anyone
who doesn't see it your way. Don't close
yourself off. The mark of an evolved per-
son is their ability to tolerate others.
Lucky numbers 9, 12, 15, 25, 29

Obsess less and play a little more.
Don't drive yourself nuts wondering why
life isn't going the way it's supposed to.
You won't get anywhere if you keep push-
ing the river. Lighten up and go with the
flow. Lucky numbers 14, 16, 18, 26, 31

FFAWN (Foundation for the
Advancement of Women Now),

and Steve Stoute, partnered
with design house Gucci and
Westchester Jewish Community
Services to bring Blige's center
to fruition.
After local officials spoke,
Blige stepped up.
"When I was 5 years old there
was a lot that happened to me
... that I carry ... all my life."
Her voice filled with emotion.
People in the crowd started to
.. yell in support. "Don't cry!" "It's
OK, Maryl" "We love you!"
lary J. Blige removed her sunglasses
to wipe away her tears.
gn yet, "And when ... I was growing up
ms will after that, I saw so many women
women beaten to death, almost to their
g them death, by men."
educa- "I always felt that I wanted to
power- help women, period. As a child I
f Blige [saw] women really, really suffer
terrible, terrible situations, and

Old friends and the old track have
become a bit of a drain. You're so done
with this. At this point in your develop-
ment you'd do better to hang with peo-
pie who know where you're going and
who you're becoming. Lucky numbers
14, 19, 24, 31, 35

You'd love it if things would settle
down. Guess again! Finding the joy in
this craziness will require you to be open
to the idea that there's a purpose to it
and you're just here to find out what that
is. Lucky numbers 12, 16, 19, 25, 28

Your attitude has changed about a
lot of things. The old way of seeing it
doesn't work anymore. Opening your
mind has allowed some unusual people
to enter your life. Make no mistake; they
will teach you a lot. Lucky numbers 6, 9,

Don't be in a rush to move forward.
What's left of the past is still there and
you have no clue about what's next. As
you clean up the remains of the day, be
grateful for unseen blessings already on
their way. Lucky numbers 15, 21, 23, 25,

I vowed as a child to want to do
something -- anything -- that
can help them have better self-
esteem so that they don't have
to be subjected to men that
wanted to kill them," said Blige
to a CNN reporter. "In my mu-
sic, that's what I've been doing
in my career, and now through
FFAWN I'm doing that."

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Michael Jackson documentary opens big in late-night showings on Tuesday.

By Gil Kaufman

Predictions were that "Michael
Jackson's This Is It" could be the
highest-grossing music film of
all time, and the documentary
chronicling the final concert
rehearsals of the King of Pop got off
to a good start. A series of late-night
screenings pulled in $2.2 million in
the U.S. on Tuesday, setting the film
up for a possible #1 ranking at the
box office this Halloween weekend,
according to The Associated Press.
The fright-filled weekend could

set up a showdown between the
zombie-loving late pop star and
the surprise success of low-budget
horror flick "Paranormal Activity,"
which pulled in just. $1.7 million
on Tuesday after topping the box
office last weekend. While "Activity"
will expand to its widest release yet
over the weekend when it unfolds
on 2,400 screens, "This Is It" will
challenge it with more than 3,500
Pre-sales for "This Is It"
Wednesday. matinee screenings
already surpass the total for the

first night, according to Sony, the
film's distributor.
The current record for the biggest
concert movie is "Hannah Montana
& Miley Cyrus: Best of Both
Worlds," which last year banked
a $31.1 million opening weekend
and topped $65.3 million during
its limited run. "This Is It" culled
from more than 100 hours of high-
definition footage shot of Jackson
rehearsing for his planned 50-date
comeback residency at the 02 Arena
in London this year is slated to
have a two-week engagement.

While "This Is It" had a healthy
premiere at late-night showings
Tuesday in advance of its rollout
on Wednesday in 99 countries -
it did not come close to the best
premier-night bow ever. That
achievement belongs to "Pirates
of the Caribbean: At World's End,"
which raked in $13.2 million on a
Thursday night before its official
Friday release in summer 2006.
Nor did it set a Tuesday night
record "Independence Day" holds
that honor with $11.1 million in
summer 1996.

Cyrus currently has the music
documentary box-office record,
with last year's "Jonas Brothers:
The 3D Concert Experience" well
behind it at $19.2 million, followed
by "Madonna: Truth or Dare" ($15
million) and last year's "U2 3D"
($10.2 million). Sony Pictures paid
$60 million for the rights to the
Jackson film, and experts predicted
that the investment was likely worth
it, given the intense interest in the
film and anything Jackson-related
in light of the singer's shocking
death at age 50 on June 25.


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Florida A&M University President James H. Ammons (left) and Carla Willis, vice president for University Relations and executive director, FAMU
Foundation, Inc., (right) accepts a $2.5 million check from Lenora Peters Gant, Ph.D., National Senior Intelligence Service and director of the Intelligence
Community Center Academic Excellence and Program Office, to establish and fund a Center of Academic Excellence at FAMU.

FAMU receives $2.5 Million check for

National Intelligence Research Project

Special to the Times

The Office of the Director of Na-
tional Intelligence Community
awarded Florida A&M University
(FAMU) a $2.5 million grant over
five years (2009-2014) to establish
and fund a Center of Academic Ex-
cellence. FAMU is now the 22nd
U.S. institution of higher learning
to earn such a distinction.
Lenora Peters Gant, Ph.D., Na-
tional Senior Intelligence Service
and director of the Intelligence
Community Center Academic
Excellence and Program Office,
presented a check to FAMU Presi-
dent James H. Ammons during

halftime of FAMU's homecoming
football game.
Gant, a 1978 graduate of FA-
MU's School of Business and In-
dustry, said he was thrilled to
come back to make the presenta-
"We are not responsible for how
we find this world when we are
born; however, we are responsi-
ble for how we leave the world."
The goal of the Center is to
encourage faculty-led student
research on national security is-
sues. The Center will be a mul-
tidisciplinary research, 'instruc-
tional and pre-college school out-
reach unit aimed at increasing

the pool of talented young men
and women. It will focus primari-,
ly, though not exclusively, on mi-
norities and women from which
Intelligence Community agencies
(consisting of 16 federal execu-
tive departments and agencies)
may recruit new employees.
Some examples of U.S. Intel-
ligence Community departments
and agencies include: the State
Department, Department of De-
fense,, Department of Energy,
and the Central Intelligence
Agency. The Center will conduct
a number of programs and ac-
tivities whose aim will be to en-
hance research spearheaded by

faculty, but with FAMU students
and precollege students sub-
stantively engaged with' faculty.
Ultimately, research enhance-
ment efforts will broadefi the
pool of available researchers and
provide an important window of
exposure to students and faculty
who will desire to become a part
of the intelligence community in
some capacity or other, yet con-
sistent with the needs of the Na-
tional Intelligence Community.
Keith Simmonds, Ph.D., assis-
tant dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences and professor of
public administration and politi
Please turn to FAMU 8D

Costco stores to accept

food stamps nationwide

Costco Wholesale said Wednes-
day that it will start accepting
food stamps at its warehouse
clubs nationwide after testing
them at stores in New York.
It's a big about-face for a retail-
er that has catered to bargain-
hunting but affluent shoppers,
and it's a sign of the grim reality
facing retailers and their custom-
ers. The number of Americans
relying on government food sub-
sidies to eat recently hit a record
36 million.
Costco (COST), which is based
in Issaquah, Wash., began ac-
cepting food stamps at two New
York stores in Brooklyn and

Queens in May under politi-
cal pressure from officials who
worked with the company on
opening a club in a redevelop-
ment area in Manhattan.
The company quickly expand-
ed to all six of its stores in New
York state.
Company officials said they
had doubted many customers
would use food stamps but it
turned out new members said
they were joining precisely be-
cause the company accepted the
assistance program.
"We recognize thee are tough
times and more people are food-
Please turn to FOOD 8D

Rapper 50o Cent's

diamond buying

hit by recession

In this economic climate, no one is immune
to tough times, but the rap industry shouldn't
hold its breath for a government bailout any
time soon. Instead, rappers may want to take
some advice from mega-millionaire 50 Cent.
He admits to losing a "few million" because
of the credit crunch, but instead of getting
scared, he's getting smart -- sort of.
"I buy diamonds on a very regular basis,
but now I am selling my old stuff before I
get something new," he told The London
Telegraph. "These are times when you learn
about the value of money."
He also offered to teach others his mon-
ey-preserving strategies -- including Presi-
dent Obama. "Any businessman who wants
a piece of the future should learn from me.
Obama is great. If he wants me as his finan-
cial adviser that would be cool."

U.S. Airways to

cut 1o000oo jobs

By Joshua Freed
Associated Press

Struggling US Airways said on Wednesday
it will cut some 1,000 jobs next year, shift
nearly all of its flying to its three hubs and
Washington, and suspend several interna-
tional routes.
It's a major retrenchment, and Chairman
and CEO Doug Parker said he hopes it gets
the airline making money again.
US Airways Group Inc. said the job cuts will
happen in the first half 2010 and will include
600 passenger and ramp service workers,
200 pilots, and about 150 flight attendants.
The airline will close crew bases in Las Ve-
gas and at LaGuardia airport in New York on
Jan. 31, andA/n Bopston on May 2.
It's also scaling back international flying.
It is suspending flying between Philadelphia
and London Gatwick; Birmingham, England;
Milan, Italy; Shannon, Ireland; ,and Stock-
holm. US Airways is also formally giving up
its government permission to fly between
Philadelphia and Beijing, which it had never

Building bigger barns: What will you store?

By James Clingman
NNPA Columnist

Anyone fa-
miliar with the
Book of Luke
(Chapter 12)
in the bible
will recall the .
passage about
the young man
who had accumulated so
much "stuff" and decided to
tear down his old barns and
build bigger ones in which
to store his "stuff." In other
words, he had great excess
and was not the least bit in-

terested in sharing it or using
it to glorify God. The young
man was so proud of what he
thought was his own accom-
plishment accumulating so
much material wealth that he
never considered the temporary
nature of earthly treasure, nor
how he could use his treasure
to help others.
Are Black folks in that same
collective mindset today, accu-
mulating more and more "stuff"
and in danger of facing the real-
ity of losing that "stuff" to some-
one else, as the parable says?
Are we so engrossed with get-
ting more and more and hord-

ing it, to the point of forgetting
where it came from in the first
place? Have we overlooked the
fact that we are supposed to
be good stewards over what we
have? And finally, do we think

barns, was called a "fool" by
God; he was told he would die
that night, and his great wealth
and all of his "stuff" would go to
someone else. It goes on to say
that this is how it will be with

Individual wealth among Black people, coupled with our collective
annual income of around $900 billion, has already built thousands
of big barns across this country.

we will live forever, surrounded
by our "stuff"?
That particular verse says
the young man, after saying
he would simply build more

anyone who stores up things
for himself but is not rich to-
ward God.
No, this is not a sermon. I
just want to point out the

wherewithal among Black peo-
ple, both financial and intel-
lectual, and to suggest for the
umpteenth time that we should
use our resources in ways that
will enhance our collective em-
powerment, especially among
those less fortunate.
A feature in the National
Black News Journal cited an
article by Forbes Magazine that
listed the wealthiest Black folks
in America. The top ten individ-
uals had a total wealth of more
than $6.5 billion. Wowl I bet
they have some huge barns.
Individual wealth among
Black people, coupled with

our collective annual income
of around $900 billion, has
already built thousands of big
barns across this country..
But, what has that tremendous
amount of money built that will
last well beyond our time? Has
it and is it building a solid col-
lective economic foundation? Is
it building a strong infrastruc-
ture, which is necessary to sus-
tain our children's future well
into the next century? Are we
using our collective resources,
big and small, abundant and
meager, to uplift the "mass-
es of our people," as Jackie
Robinson lamented?




Jobless claims drop less than expected

By Christopher S. Rugaber

The number of people claim-
ing jobless benefits for the first
time dropped less than expected
last week, evidence that the la-
bor market remains weak even
as the economy is recovering.
The Labor Department said
Thursday the amount of newly
laid-off workers seeking un-
employment insurance fell by
1,000 to a seasonally-adjusted
530,000. Analysts predicted a
steeper drop to 521,000, ac-
cording to a survey by Thomson
The report comes the same
day the Commerce Depart-
ment said the economy grew at
a 3.5 percent pace in the July-
September quarter, snapping a
streak of four straight quarters
of decline. But the economy
isn't growing quickly enough to
spur much hiring.
Still, the four-week average of
claims, which smooths out vola-
tility, fell for the eighth straight
week to 526,250, its lowest level
since early January. Claims are
slowly declining as companies

lay off fewer workers. /
Economists closely watch ini-
tial claims, which are consid-
ered a gauge of layoffs and an
indication of companies' will-
ingness to hire new workers.
The number of people con-
tinuing to claim benefits, mean-
while, fell sharply by 148,000 to
5.8 million, a steeper drop than
analysts expected. The figures
on continuing claims lag initial
claims by a week.

When federal emergency pro-
grams are included, the total
number of jobless benefit recip-
ients dropped by about 105,000
to 8.9 million in the week end-
ing Oct. 10, the latest data
Congress has added up to 53
extra weeks of benefits on top of
the 26 typically provided by the
states. The Senate is consider-
ing legislation that would add
another 14 to 20 weeks.

The large number of people
remaining on the rolls shows
unemployed workers are having
a hard time finding new jobs.
The unemployment rate rose
to 9.8 percent in September
from 9.7 percent, the depart-
ment said earlier this month, as
employers cut 263,000 jobs.
More job cuts were announced
this week. Apparel maker
Hanesbrands Inc. said Tues-
day that it is shutting a hosiery
plant in Winston-Salem, N.C.,
and laying off 240 employees.
Among the states, Califor-
nia had the largest increase in
claims, with 5,774, which it at-
tributed to layoffs in the con-
struction, services and agricul-
tural industries. Puerto Rico,
Minnesota, Nevada and Nebras-
ka also reported increases. The
state data lags initial claims by
one week.
Wisconsin had the largest
drop in claims, with 5,681,
which it attributed to fewer
layoffs in manufacturing. New
York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and
Oregon had the next largest de-

U.S. mortgage rates hold just above 5 percent

U.S. mortgage rates held
steady just above 5 percent
in the latest week after mixed
signals on the health of the
housing market, Freddie Mac
(FRE.N) said on Thursday.
Average 30-year home loan
rates inched up 0.03 percent-
age point in the week ended Oc-
tober 29 to 5.03 percent.
This fixed borrowing cost has
risen from a record low of 4.78
percent set in April, but remains
almost 1-1/2 points lower than
a year ago, said Freddie Mac,
the second-largest U.S. home
funding source said.

"Interest rates for 30-year
fixed mortgages have averaged
just below 5 percent this year,
which is the lowest 10-month
average since the survey began
in 1971," Frank Nothaft, Fred-
die Mac's chief economist, said
in a statement.
"As a result, refinance activity
has accounted for almost seven
out of 10 mortgage applications
on average this year," according
to Freddie Mac data, he said..
Government stimulus efforts,
including up to $1.45 trillion of
mortgage-related debt purchas-
es by the Federal Reserve -- the

U.S. central bank, have sliced
and held down borrowing costs
to bolster the housing market
and the economy.
Demand for mortgages, how-
ever, slid last week for the third
straight week, with home pur-
chase applications the weakest
since mid-May and refinancing
requests at a two-month low.
Many borrowers who would
have applied for the federal
$8,000 first-time buyer tax
credit in the past week would be
unlikely to close on their loans
before the November 30 dead-

Congress is hashing out a
possible extension of the tax
credit to keep stoking the fragile
housing market.
In reporting a 9.4 percent
jump in existing home sales for
September, the National Associ-
ation for Realtors last week said
first-time buyers accounted for
more than 45 percent of sales
* during the past year.
New home sales, however,
posted a surprise 3.6 percent
drop last month, the Commerce
Department said on Wednes-
day after rising the five prior

Wal-Mart starts selling caskets, urns online

By Emily Fredrix
Associated Press

The world's largest retailer
wants to keep its customers
even after they die.
Wal-Mart has started sell-
ing caskets on its website at
prices that undercut many fu-
neral homes, long the major
seller of caskets.
The move follows a similar
one by discount rival Costco,
which also sells caskets on its
Wal-Mart (WMT), based in
Bentonville, Ark., quietly put
up about 15 caskets and doz-
ens of urns on its website last
Prices range from $999 for
models like "Dad Remem-
bered" and "Mom Remem-
bered" steel caskets to the
mid-level $1,699 "Executive
Privilege." All are less than
$2,000, except for the Sienna
Bronze Casket, which sells for
Caskets ship within 48
hours. Federal law requires

funeral homes to accept third-
party caskets.
The caskets come from Star
Legacy Funeral Network, a
company based in McHenry,
Ill., that sells the same cas-
kets for about the same price
- some less on its site,
along with many others.
Star Legacy CEO Rick Oba-
diah said the response in the
first week has been better than
the company or Wal-Mart ex-
pected, though he declined to
give specifics. A spokesman

for Walmart.com also declined
to release sales figures and
downplayed the venture.
"Several online retailers
offer this category on their
sites," spokesman Ravi Jari-
wala wrote in an e-mail. "We
are simply conducting a lim-
ited beta test to understand
customer response."
But Obadiah said it is not
simply a test. He said more
than 200 Star Legacy prod-
ucts, including pet urns and
memorial jewelry, and eventu-

ally about two dozen caskets,
will be sold at walmart.com.
The company also supplies
similar types of products to
online retailer Overstock.comrn
and urns to CostCo's web-
Other parts of the Wal-Mart
empire also sell funeral wares.
The company's samsclub.
corn site sells casket floral ar-
rangements for about $300.
Part of the business model
is to get people to plan ahead:
Walmart.com is allowing peo-
ple to pay for the caskets over
a period of 12 months for no
The move gives more power
to consumers and helps them
avoid high mark-ups on cas-
kets, which can often be sev-
eral hundred percent, said R.
Brian Burkhardt, a funeral
director, who blogs as "Your
Funeral Guy."
"You can get a quality cas-
ket for $1,000 rather than pay
$2,000, $3,000 or $5,000 in a
funeral home. That's where it
helps the consumer," he said.

Economy growing but recovery could be at risk

By Jeannine Aversa
Associated Press

Fueled by government stim-
ulus, the economy grew last
quarter for the first time in
more than a year. The question
now is, can the recovery last?
Federal support for spending
on cars and homes drove the
economy up 3.5 percent from
July through September. But
the government aid from
tax credits for home buyers to
rebates for auto purchases -
is only temporary. Consumer
spending, which normally
drives recoveries, is likely to
weaken without it.
If shoppers retrench in the
face of rising joblessness and
tight credit, the fragile recovery
could tip back into recession.
. For the Obama administra-
tion, the positive report on eco-
nomic growth is a delicate one:
It wants to take credit for end-
ing the recession. On the other

hand, it needs to acknowledge
that rising joblessness contin-
ues to cause pain throughout
the country.
Millions of Americans have
yet to feel a real-world benefit
from the recovery in the form
of job creation or an easier
time getting a loan. Even
those with jobs are reluctant
to spend. The values of their
homes and 401(k)s remain
President Barack Obama
called the report "welcome
news" in remarks prepared for
a small-business group but
acknowledged that "we have
a long way to go to fully re-
store our economy" and recov-
er from the deepest business
slump since the 1930s-era
Great Depression.
"The benchmark I use to
measure the strength of our
economy is not just wheth-
er our GDP is growing, but
whether we are creating jobs,

whether families are having an
easier time paying their bills,
whether our businesses are
hiring and doing well," Obama
The rebound reported Thurs-
day by the Commerce Depart-
ment ended the record streak
of four straight quarters of
contracting economic activity.
The news lifted stocks on
Wall Street. The Dow Jones
industrials average gained
about 150 points in afternoon
trading and broader indices
also rose.
But whether the recovery
can continue after government
supports are gone is unclear.
Many economists predict eco-
nomic activity won't grow as
much in the months ahead as
the bracing impact of the gov-
ernment's $787 billion pack-
age of increased government
spending and tax cuts fades.
The National Association for
Business Economics thinks

growth will slow to a 2.4 per-
cent pace in the current Oc-
tober-December quarter. It
expects a 2.5 percent growth
rate in the first three months
of next year, although other
economists believe the pace
will be closer to 1 percent.

Obama admin urges Congress

to extend homebuyer credit

The Obama administration
on Thursday pressed Congress
to back a limited extension of a
popular first-time homebuyer
tax credit that is set to expire
at the end of November.
"This credit has brought new
families into the housing mar-
ket and contributed to three
consecutive months of ris-
ing home prices nationwide,"
Treasury Secretary Timothy
Geithner and Housing and
Urban Development Secretary
Shaun Donovan said in a pre-
pared statement.
The statement made no men-
tion of a possible expansion of
the credit to repeat buyers of
primary residences.
Key senators agreed this
week on a proposal to extend
the $8,000 first-time home-
buyer tax credit, which ex-
pires at'the end of November,

for houses under contract by
the end of April. Buyers would
have through June to close on
the house.
The senators also agreed to
expand the credit to allow for
those who have been in their
home for at least five years to
receive a $6,500 tax credit if
they purchase a new primary
The administration had been
open to extending the existing
credit but has expressed con-
cern about the cost of expand-
ing the credit to repeat buy-
Both the Senate and the
House of Representatives
would have to approve the
deal reached by the key sena-
tors before it could be sent to
the White House for President
Barack Obama's signature
into law.

By Jayne O'Donnell

Clerks at 25 of about 750
Spirit Halloween stores will go
from saying "Boo" this week-
end to "Ho ho ho" in a couple
of weeks as the temporary lo-
cations transform into ToyZam
for the winter holiday season.
. And then, just like that,
they'll be gone.
Unlike the vacancies created
by bad luck and a bad econ-
omy, these and other stores
- including Calendar Club,
Hickory Farms and some Gu-
cci sneaker shops are set up
to close up. These "pop-up," or
temporary, stores actually ben-
efit from the downturn as mall
owners and other landlords
are often happy to have a two-
or three-month tenant rather
than no one to fill voids left
by the departures of Linens 'n
Things, Circuit City and other
retailers. Some mall companies
even have people whose full-
time jobs are to fill temporary
store space.
"Mall owners have discovered
they can line malls with kiosks
and fill up empty stores with
short-term merchants,". says
Jim Bieri, a Detroit-based re-
tail real estate consultant. "It's
hard to do the temporary mer-
chandising, but companies fig-
ure out how to do it short term
for Christmas because the lines
are so long."
Locking into a multiyear,
$8,000-a-month lease for a
midsize store in an average

mall is a far scarier proposition
in this economy than it used to
be. Sometimes, it just doesn't
make sense to sell year-round.
And, often, concepts that
seemed like incredible hits in
the short term can fizzle.
"If. a pop-up becomes a per-
manent kiosk, it can lose its
panache," says Janet Hoffman,
retail practice leader for con-
sulting firm Accenture. "The
key is putting it in the right
place at the right time."
Hickory Farms started run-
ning only-temporary stores
and kiosks about 15 years ago
when it realized almost all of its
business was around the holi-
days. This year, as the chain is
working on improving the qual-
ity of its product line, it has
found the real estate choices
are better than usual, too.
"It's allowed us to be very
selective about the stores we
want to take," says CEO Mark
Bieri, who runs The Bieri Co.,
says retail vacancy rates are the
worst he's seen in the almost
40 years he's been in business.
CoStar, a commercial real estate
research and marketing compa-
ny, says the amount of new re-
tail space built is at the lowest
since 1983. The U.S. retail va-
cancy rate increased from 6.7%
at the end of the fourth quarter
of 2008 to 7.6% at the end of
the third quarter of 2009, says
CoStar, and is at the highest
level since it started tracking
it in 2006.




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140 N.W. 13 Street
$525 MOVE IN. Two bed-
room, one bath $525.
140 S.W. 6 St.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$450 monthly
14047 NE 2 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Section 8 ok.
$1000 deposit. 305-254-6610
1425 NW 60th Street
Nice one bdrm, one bath.
$600 mthly. Includes refrig-
erator, stove, central air water
$725 to move in.
1450 N.W. 1 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath
$425. Two bedrooms one
bath. $525. 305-642-7080
1459 N.W. 60th Street
One bedroom, one bath,
brand new appliances, tiled
floors, $550 monthly. $1100
moves you in.
Call 305-458-3977
1525 N.W. 1 Place
month moves you in. Three
bdrms., two baths, $695
monthly. All appliances in-
cluded. Central ai. Free 19
Inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1525 N.W. 1st Place
One bedroom, one bath.
$395 monthly. Newly
renovated. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV Call Joel 786-355-7578.

1540 N.W. 1st Court
1st Month Moves You In!
Two bdrms, one bath, $625
Three bdrms, two baths,
$725 mthly.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV
Call Joel 786-355-7578
1545 NW 8 AVENUE
One and Two bedrooms,
one bath, ceramic tile, cen-
tral air, carpet, balcony, new
kitchen, appliances, laundry
machine, quiet, parking.
Starting at $650.
Move in today!

156 N.E. 82nd Street
One.bdrm $650, Two bdrm
$800. No deposit.
1803 N.W. 1st Court
Move-in-Special, two bdrm,
one bath, $600 monthly,
$900 to move-in. All ap-
pliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1955 N.W. 2 Court
$450 MOVE IN! One
bedroom, one bath, $450.

1969 N. W. 2 Court
$550 MOVE IN! One
bedroom, one bath, $550,
stove, refrigerator, air, free
305-642-7080, 786-236-

1990 N.W. 183rd St.
One. and two bedrooms. No
Pets 305-621-1354.
2040 N.E. 168th Street
One and two bedroom, water
included. Section 8 Wel-
come. 786-277-9925
210 N.W. 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$475. Call 305-642-7080

2121 N.E. 167 STREET
One bedroom, one bath.
$650. Appliances, free
water. 305-642-7080.

220 N.W. 16 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$600. Appliances.
2295 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom $625, newly
renovated, appliances includ-
ed. Call Tony 305-213-5013
2365 N. W. 97 Street, Rear-B
One bdrm., $620 monthly, first
and last to move in. 305-
691-2703, 786-515-3020
2416 N.W. 22 Court
One bedroom one bath
Two bedrooms two bath
Air, Free Water. 305-642-

243 NW 59 STREET
Two bdrm, one bath, central
air, water included. Rent ne-
gotiable. 786-260-3838
2701 N.W. 1 Ave
bedroom, one bath. $500
month. $750 to move in. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

2751 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom, remote gate.
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
2804 N.W. 1 AVE
bedrooms, one bath. $600
mthly, $900 to move in All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV, Call Joel

2945 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$575, Two bedrooms, one
bath, $725. Section 8 OK.
2972 N.W. 61 Street
Large one bedroom, one
bath, $550. Free Water.
3301 N.W. 51 Street
One bedroom, one bath. $600
moves you in. Appliances in-
cluded. 786-389-1686
3330 N.W. 48th Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $600
mthly. 305-213-5013
3669 Thomas Avenue
One bedroom $550, two
bedrooms $650, stove, re-
frigerator, air. 305-642-7080

411 N.W. 37 STREET
Studios, $395 monthly. All
appliances included. Call

423 N.W. 9 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 monthly, $600 move
in special. Free Wi-Fi, Easy
qualifying. 786-339-4106
48 N.W. 77th Street
Beautiful one bedroom, $550
monthly. Call after 6 p.m.
50th Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars, iron
gate doors. One and two
bedrooms from $490-$580
monthly. 2651 N.W. 50th
Street, Call 305-638-3699
5200 N.W. 26 AVENUE
Two bedrooms. $600. Refrig-
erator, stove, air. Ask for Spe-
cials. 786-663-8862
5520 S.W. 32nd Street
Hallandale FLORIDA
Two bedrooms, one bath,
with living room and washer
and dryer connection, $850
monthly, $1450 move in.
5755 N.W. 7th Avenue
Large one bedroom, park-
ing. $625 monthly. $1000 to
move in. Call 954-394-7562.
6020 N.W. 13th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
bedroom, $485 monthly, win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 N. W. 50 Street
or Call 305-638-3699
6900 NW 2 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 o.k. 786-295-9961
7001 NW 15 AVENUE
Move-in special One bed-
room, one bath. $399 per
month, $600 to move in. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel:

731 N.W. 56th Street
One bdrm, one bath.
Call 305-205-1665
One bedroom, one bath, free
water. $600 monthly, first and
last. 786-277-0302
7625 N.E. 4 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$600. Stove. refrigerator.
free water. 305-642-7080
800 N.W. 67 Street
Two bedrooms, utilities in-
cluded. $800 moves you in.
8475 N.E. 2nd Avenue
One and two bdrm apts. Sec-
tion 8. 305-754-7776
924 NW 29 STREET
bedrooms one bath. No Wa-
ter Bill. 786-262-7313
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call
Move in with first months rent
Remodeled one, two, and
three bedrooms, air, appli-
ances, laundry and gate.
From $450. 100 N.W. 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more informa-
One bedroom one bath .$550.
Includes water, garbage and
Close to Miami Avenue
on N.E. 84th Street
One bedroom and efficiency
for rent. Call 305-970-5574

1312-1315 N.E. Miami Court.
One bdrm, one bath, safe,
clean, new kitchen, new tile,
fresh paint, secured parking,
$595-$650. 305-528-7766
Easy qualify. Move in
special.One bedroom, one
bath, $495, two bedrooms,
one bath, $595. Free water!
Leonard 786-236-1144

Beautiful one bedroom, $540
monthly, apartment in gated
community on bus lines.
Call 305-638-3699

One and two bedrooms.
Two months free rent
Now accepting Section 8.



One and two bedrooms, tiled.
One bedrooms from $575,
Remodeled, gated, parking.
522 N.E. 78 Street. 305-

750 N.W. 56 Street. Nice
one and two bedrooms.
Starting at $650 Gas and
water included, 786-262-
N. DADE Section 8 OKI
One and two bdrms. No De-
posit For Section 8.

Two bedrooms, one bath.
$775 monthly. 305-754-1100
2405 N.W. 135th Street
1/2 Month FREE, one and
two bedrooms, central air.
Appliances and water in-
cluded. Section 8 welcome
with no security deposits.

18355 NW 44 PLACE
Two bdrms, two baths, Sec-
tion 8 welcome 305-335-
2871 NW 195 STREET
Four bdrms, two baths. Sec-
tion 8 ok. $1600. 786-346-
409 N.W. 6 STREET
Four bdrm townhouse, two
baths, tile, central air. $1175
mthly. 305-662-5505
Three and lour
bedrooms,central air,
washer and dryer in unit.
Section 8 Welcome. Call
David 305-216-5390

1100 N.W. 89 Street
Two and three bedrooms with
all appliances, water, central
air, 305-305-4665.
12400 N.E. 11 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath,
three bedrooms two baths
$1000-$1100). two baths.
Appliances, central air. 305-
1245 N.E. 111th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850 monthly. Section 8 OK.
786-357-8885, 786-290-0768
1456 N.W. 60 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$800. Stove, refngerator,
15731 N.W. 39 PLACE
Two bedrooms one bath,
central air. $850. First and
Security. 305-244-3160
1612 N.W. 55 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, cen-
tral air, appliances. Section 8
Welcome. 305-720-7067
1623 N.W. 47 ST
Newly Remodeled three
bedroom one bath, one
bedroom one bath. Appli-
ances. Free electric, water.
305-642-7080, 786-236-

172 NW 58th Street
Large three bdrms, two baths,
central air and tiled. $1200
monthly! Section 8 Welcome!
Rick 305-409-8113
1782 N.W. 50th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 a month. Please call af-
ter 4 p.m. 305-778-3160.
1812 N. W. 50 Street
two bdrms, one bath, $975
monthly, Section 8 OK. 305-
751-6720, 305-331-3899
21301 N.W. 37 AVE.
Two bedrooms, air. $895.

2228 NW 82 ST
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $1000 mthly.
305-685-9909, 305-776-3857
2257 N.W. 82 ST
Two bedrooms, one bath
$850. Free Water. 305-642-

2416 N.W. 22 CT
One bedroom one bath
$600. Two bedrooms one
bath $725. Air Free Water.
247 N. E. 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath, re-
frigerator, stove, microwave,
water, parking. $695 monthly
plus security. Section 8 ok.

2632 N.E. 212 TER
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950 Appliances. 305-642-
3030 N.W. 19th Avenue
One bedroom, Section 8 wel-
come, call 305-754-7776.
3189 N.W. 59th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath re-
modeled. Call Marie
305-763-5092, 305-975-0711

3190 N.W. 135th Street
One bedroom, one bath, air,
stove, refrigerator, water in-
cluded. Section 8 Welcome.
Call Marie 305-763-5092.
42 N.W. 57th Street
Two bedrooms, new kitchen,
central air, bars, water, $950
monthly, 305-310-7366.
490 N.W. 97 Street
One bedroom, one bath, ap-
pliances/unit air. $750 mth-
6250 N.W. 1 Ave
Newly Remodeled. Two
bedrooms one bath, one
bedroom one bath. Ap-
ploances, Free electric,
water. 305-642-7080, 786-

Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $650. Four bed-
room also available.
6937 N.W. 6th Court
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, bars, Section 8 ok! $925
mthly. 305-751-5533
745 N.W. 107 ST.
Two bedrooms. Air. $895.
7521 NW 1 AVENUE
Huge three bedrooms, two
baths. ALL NEWI Impact
Windows, central air. $1350
monthly. 305-793-0002
7820 N.E. 1 AVENUE
Two bdrms, one bath. $925.
Appliances, free water.
7910 N.W. 12 Court
Spacious three bedrooms,
one bath, tile,and carpet,
fenced, central air, laundry
room, water included. Sec-
tion 8 Welcome. $1200
305-389-4011, 305-632-3387
8451 N.W. 19 AVENUE
One bedroom, water, new
kitchen, air, tile. $650, Not
Section 8 affiliated. $1500
move in. Terry Dellerson,
Broker. 305-891-6776
86 Street NE 2 Ave Area
Two bedrooms. Section 8
Welcome. Call 305-754-7776
93 St. N.W. 18 Ave.
Two bdrms. Section 8 OKI
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 or regular. $1300
monthly. Ashmore 305-757-
3345 PerciVal AVE.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
New paint, shiny terrazzo,
gated, clean and quiet, all ap-
pliances. $975. Drive by then
call 305-336-3099.
3737 Charles Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath duplex
located in Coconut Grove.
Near schools and buses.
$595 monthly, $595 security
deposit, $1190 total to move
in. 305-448-4225 or apply at:
3737 Charles Terrace
One bdrm, one bath, call.
Jerry at 786-877- 4766.
Two bdrms one bath, first,
and security. Section 8 and
HOPWA welcome.
Beautiful three bedrooms,
two baths, central air, fenced
yard, inside parking. $1150.
Three bdrms, two baths. Sec-
tion 8 ok. 305-258-6626
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1000 monthly, first and last.
Effiienies Z
1492 NW 38 St.- Rear
Appliances and utilities in-
cluded. $425 monthly, $800
moves you in. Call David at:
18201 N.W. 9th Avenue
Efficiency $650 monthly,
$1500 moves you in.
Call 305-467-4651
1845 NW 50 STREET
$200 wkly, $600 move in. Air,
cable, free utilities. 786-286-
7455, 305-720-4049
1863-B NW 42 Street
Beautiful! $600 monthly, utili-
ties included. 786-356-1457
19711 NW 40 COURT
$600 monthly, $600 to move
in. Utilities included, private
entrance. 305-625-4854
2400A N.W. 61st Street
Section 8. Water, appliances
included. 786-277-9925
5422 N.W. 7 COURT
Includes water and electricity.
$600 monthly. 305-267-9449
9290 NW 22 Avenue
Upstairs, efficiency, and room,
air and utilities included. Call
Mr. Walter 786-356-3673.
Commercial parking. Trailer -
home, etc.!
All utilities, free cable, $700
monthly, first, last and
security. Call 786-506-3636
2125 N.W. 36 STREET
Efficiencies and one bed-
rooms. Gas and water

included. Starting at $525.


Private entrance, all utilities
included. 305-974-8907
Furnished Rooms
1010 N.W. 180 TERR
Free cable, air and use of
kitchen. 305-835-2728
13387 N.W. 30th Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
1448 N.W. 69th Street
$400 monthly, $200 to move
in. 305-934-9327.
1500 N.W. 74th Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1525 NE 158 STREET
Rooms available. Call 305-
693-1017 or 305-298-0388
1775 N.W. 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1887 N.W. 44th Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2106 N.W. 70 STREET
Room for One Person. $135
Weekly. Private Bath.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly. 786-277-3434,
2352 NW 97 STREET
$125 monthly. Call 305-691-
2703 or 786-515-3020
2365 NW 97 STREET
$85 weekly, $340 monthly.
Call 305-691-2703 or 786-
2895 NW 49 STREET
$575 monthly. Call
2905 N.W. 57 Street
Small, clean $260 monthly.
$620 to move in, kitchen
available. One person only.
4712 NW 16 AVENUE
$100-$150 weekly, utilities,
kitchen, bath, air.
6233 N.W. 22nd Court
Nice room, utilities included.
Move in immediately. $100
weekly, $200 moves you
in.Call 786-277-2693.
6835 N.W. 15th Avenue
Nice room, utilities included.
Move in immediately. $100
weekly, $200 moves you
in.Call 786-277-2693
$125 weekly, cable and utili-
ties included. $200 moves
you in. 786-306-2349
7749 N.W. 15th Avenue
One room, $480, air. No. dep.
8275 N.W. 18th Avenue
Clean rooms available. Call
Shared rooms, meals, central
air. $15 daily. 786-306-4186
Air, cable, TV, utilities. $150
wkly. 786-290-0946
Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 305-725-6185
Nice and clean, air, $125
weekly, $250 to move in.

1122 N.W. 74 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1100 mthly, $2200 to move
in. 305-632-2426
1148 N.W. 47th Street
$1000 a month, $2000 to
move in, three bdrms., two
baths, Jacuzzi, Section 8
okay, 786-286-7455 or
12100 NW 21 PLACE
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 OK.786-487-6597
12525 N.E. Miami PL.
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1400. Tile floors, central
air, stove, refrigerator wash/
dryer. 305-642-7080

1430 N.E. 71 ST.
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$925, stove, refrigerator, air.
1540 N.W. 63rd Street
Four bedrooms, one bath,
$900. 305-235-9514 or
1832 N.W. 49 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$995. Central Air, appli-
ances, ceiling fans. 305-
18415 NW 23 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, tile floors. $1300
monthly $2600 to move in.
1863 N.W. 91st Street
Beautiful one bedroom, total-
ly remodeled, all appliances.
$650 monthly, first and last.
191 St N.W. 11 Ave. Area
Four bdrms, two baths.
Section OK. 305-754-7776
1960 N.W. 167 St
Four bdrms, two baths, cen-

tral air, patio. Section 8 OK.
$1700 mthly. 305-332-4064


2141 N.W. 91st Street
One and two bedrooms, one
bath, private driveway, air.
2418 NW 94 STREET
Three bedrooms, new bath,
central air, bars. $1000
monthly, $2500 move-in. Not
Section 8 affiliated.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
2480 N.W. 140 STREET
Opa Locka, two bedrooms,
one bath. $875 monthly. Call

288 N.W. 51st. Street
Three bedrooms, two bath
house. $900 monthly. All
appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

3900 NW 170 STREET
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1400 mthly. Section 8 ok.
4900 N.W. 26th Avenue
Completely renovated two.
bedroom house with fenced
yard in nice Brownsville
neighborhood. Air-condi-
tioned and ceramic tile floors
throughout. Stove and refrig-
erator. Only $750 per month,
$1500 to move in. Includes
free water and free lawn ser-
vice. Contact Rental Office
2651 N.W. 50th St Miami, FL
33142, 305-638-3699.
4915 NW 182 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1360 mthly, 305-527-0702
5173 N.W. 19th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly, two months
security required.
6717 N.W. 6 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, two baths,
big yard, central air. Section 8
accepted. 786-326-2789
944 N.W. 81 Street #A
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$900 monthly, $600 security.
Call 786-488-2264
Nice, two bedrooms, one
bath, fenced, air, tile, clean.
$825 monthly, To Move in
$825 Only. 305-528-6889
Three bedrooms, everything
new. $1495. 786-306-4839
Three bdrms, two baths, gor-
geous lot, fruit trees. $1350,
$3000 move in. 305-769-
3726 after 12pm.r
Three bedrooms, two baths.
N.W. 213 Terrace.
Call 786-326-7755
Great property, big yard,,
three bdrm., two baths, fam-
ily room, near college, quiet,
Two bedroom cottage avail-
able November 8. $750 per
month. Call 786-853-6664 or
N.W. 133 St. and 18 Ave
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776
Near Northwestern High
For Rent or Sale. Two bed-
rooms, one bath, air $1050
monthly Fenced Section 8
OK 305-685-6795
$500 move in. Section 8
preferred. Two or three bed-
room vouchers accepted.

Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 Welcome.
Call 305-974-8907

Office Space

645 NW 72 STREET
$100 weekly or $400
monthly. Easy move in.

Unfumlshed Rooms
7th AVENUE N.W. 140 ST.
Private entrance, utilities
included. $500 monthly, $300
deposit. 786-205-6729
$400 monthly, free
utilities, Dave 786-

1065 N.W. 131 ST.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
All New! Impact windows,
central air, carport, immacu-
late condition. $159,000.
3361 N.W. 207 STREET
Three bedrooms, remodeled,
air. Try $900 down FHA and
$799 monthly.
NDI Realtors 305-655-1700
3795 N.W. 195 STREET
Four bedrooms, three baths,
huge den. Try $3900 down
and $899 monthly. FHA.
NDI Realtors 305-655-1700

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Tribune Co. newspapers

to go a week without AR

The Chicago Tribune, Los es such as Agence r
Angeles Times and other France-Presse (AFP),.

newspapers owned by the
Tribune Co. plan to cut
back on use of the Associ-
ated Press (AP) next week
to test whether they can do
without content from the
US news agency.
The Chicago Tribune
said the plan to "utilize as
little content from the As-
sociated Press as practical"
was aimed at determining
whether the Tribune Co.,
which declared bankrupt-
cy in December, can sever
ties with the AP.
The Chicago-based Tri-
bune Co. has been looking
for ways to cut costs and
in October 2008 it gave the
AP the required two-year
notice that it might drop
the service.
The Chicago Tribune said
Tribune Co. television sta-
tions and newspaper web-
sites would not take part
in next week's experiment.
The newspaper also said
sports statistics from the
AP will still be used along
with items "considered vi-
"But the company wants
to see to what kind of void
the absence of AP stories
and photos would have,"
the Chicago Tribune said.
It said Tribune Co. news-
papers will rely on their
own staff and news sourc-

Bloomberg, Cable
News Network, Global
Post, Reuters and oth-
ers during the trial.
In a statement, the
AP said it "appreci-
ates and understands
that newspapers are 4
looking for ways to
confront challenging
economic times and one
way might be considering
how they use content from
the AP and other sources.
"At the same time, we
continue to work with our
member newspapers to
make sure the AP, which is
the gold standard of break-
ing news, remains a vital
interest to newspapers,
their publishers and their
readers," AP spokesman
Paul Colford said.
In a story about the Tri-
bune experiment, the AP
said that at its annual
meeting in April, some 180
newspapers -- 14 percent
of the AP's US newspaper
membership -- had threat-
ened to leave the news ser-
vice with many complaints
centered on cost.
The AP said it offered 30
million dollars in rate re-
ductions to member news-
papers in 2009 and plans
35 million dollars in rate
reductions in 2010.
Like many US newspa-

lish- :.
ers, the
Co. has
been grap-
pling with
declining cir-
culation, a loss
of readership to -.
free online media,
and a steep drop in
print advertising rev-
Since declaring bank-
ruptcy, the Tribune Co.,
which also owns the Bal-
timore Sun, Hartford Cou-
rant, Orlando Sentinel and
other dailies, has slashed
newsrooms across the

Consumer spending drops in September

By Martin Crutsinger

Consumer spending
plunged in September by
the largest amount in nine
months, reflecting the end
of the government's Cash
for Clunkers auto sales pro-
gram. Incomes, the fuel for
future spending, were flat.
While the government
reported that the overall
economy grew in the July-
September period, signaling
the end of the worst reces-
sion in seven decades, the
weakness in spending and
incomes as the quarter end-
ed underscores the fragility
of the recovery.
The Commerce Depart-
ment said Friday that spend-
ing dropped 0.5 percent in
September, matching econo-
mists' expectations. Person-
al incomes were unchanged
as workers contend with
rising unemployment and a
squeeze on wages.
Economists worry that the
recovery could falter in com-
ing months if households
cut back on spending to
cope with rising unemploy-
ment, heavy debt loads and

tight credit conditions.
The concern is that much
of third-quarter growth
stemmed from temporary
government programs' such
as the clunkers sales incen-
tives that ended in August.
The government said
Thursday the gross domes-
tic product, the broadest

measure of economic health, And consumers appear

expanded at an annual rate
of 3.5 percent in the third
quarter, the first increase
after a record four straight
declines. A 3.4 percent rise
in consumer spending,
which accounts for 70 per-
cent of total economic activ-.
ity, powered the gain.

willing to pay a little more
for'Colgate toothpaste, Kel-
logg's Frosted Flakes and
Gillette Fusion shavers, ac-
cording to earnings released
Thursday. Procter & Gam-
ble Co., Colgate-Palmolive
Co. and Kellogg Co. all gave
upbeat reports and even

stronger outlooks for next
However, some econo-
mists believe that consumer
spending will slow sharply
in the current quarter, low-
ering GDP growth to per-
haps 1.5 percent. Analysts
said the risk of a double-dip
recession cannot be ruled
out over the next year.
The 0.5 percent drop
in consumer spending in
September followed a 1.4
percent surge in August
which was propelled by
the big jump in car sales
that month as consumers
rushed to take advantage of
the clunkers' incentives.
Last month's drop in
spending resulted in a
boost in the savings rate to
3.3 percent of after-tax in-
comes, up from 2.8 percent
in August. Many analysts
believe households will keep
striving to increase savings
in the months ahead to re-
plenish nest eggs that were
crushed by last year's stock
market crash. That also
would hold back spending
in the months ahead, weak-
ening the recovery.

White House: 650,000 jobs saved in new stimulus report

By Matt Apuzzo

More than 650,000
jobs have been saved
or created under Pres-
ident Barack Obama
economic stimulus
plan, the White House
said Friday, saying it
is on track to reach
the president's goal
of 3.5 million jobs by
the end of next year.
New job numbers
from businesses, con-
tractors, state and
local governments,
nonprofit groups and
universities were not
scheduled to be re-
leased publicly until
Friday afternoon. But
White House eco-
nomic adviser Jared
Bernstein says offi-
cials have been told
the figures. When

adding in jobs linked
to $288 billion in tax
cuts, Bernstein says
the stimulus plan
has created or saved
more than 1 million
The data will be
posted on recovery.
gov, the website of
the independent pan-
el overseeing stimu-
lus spending.

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407 stores in the
U.S. and Puerto Rico
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each state.
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grocery chains have
accepted the food
subsidy for years,
more retailers have
been accepting food
stamps as the pro-
cess has eased and
the number of peo-
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businesses and the
rest tend to be more
affluent than shop-
pers at traditional
grocery chains,
Galanti said, execu-
tives had assumed
there wouldn't be
much response to
it accepting food
stamps but real-
ized that assump-
tion may have been
"Certainly this
economy was a
wake-up call," Gal-
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investors. "It is not
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economic strata that
are using these (who)
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TIME TO T ..T.L....
TIM E TO CIAA Sports Photos
TITLE GAME: E. Div. winner
CROW N Bowie State looks for revenge
vs. W Div. winner Fayetteville
A CHAMP State Saturday in Durham,


SC State 5 0 7 1
FloridaA&M 4 1 6 2
Morgan State 3 2 5 3
NCA&TState 3 3 4 4
NorfolkState 3 3 4 4
Hampton 2 3 4 4
Bethune-Cookmnan 2 3 3 5
Delaware State 2 4 2 5
Howard 0 5 2 6
IW-SalemState 0 0 1 7
# Not eligible for tIte
OFFENSE Curtis Pulley, Sr., QB. FAMU 410
yards o total olense mstling for 236 yards on
20 carries and 2 TDs, passed for 174 yards (13
ol 23) and 1TD.
DEFENSE Plillip Ada Sr, DB, SCSU 8
solo adies.intercepli 'aun 36 yards forTD. 3
break-ups DelStale
ROOKIE Kory Kowalaki, Fr., PK, BCU 1 field
goat, 4 PATs, 6punts lo 33.8 average vs. A&T
- Nailed 35-yard FG In overtime lor gameninning
ports vs. Morgan State also was 4 of 4 on PATS
UNEMAN Kendall Noble, NSU Helped Spartans
amass 520 yards of otlfense with 92% grade, 4


Albany State
Fort Valley State
Kentucky State
Clark Atlanta

'Bowie State 5 2 6 4
Virginia Union 5 2 6 4
Ez. City State 5 2 7 3
Virginia State 4 3 6 4
SL Paul's 2 4 3 6
Lincoln(PA) 0 0 3 7
Fayetteville State 6 1 7 3
Shaw 5 2 8 2
St Augustine's 4 3 4 6
J.C. Smith 2 5 3 7
Chowan 2 5 2 8
Uvingstone 0 7 0 10
* Won con loss for Div. title
OFF LINEMAN Edawn Couglman, Jr, SHAW
RECEIVER Robert Holland, Fr,, CHOWAN 14
rem. 147 yards. 2 TDs vs. St. Aug's
OFF. BACK Travis Robnson, St, 08, SHAW 18
of 30 Ior 313 yards and 4 TDs vs. JCSU.
DEF LINEMAN Terry Griffin, Jr,, ECSU 1 Int, 1
FF 1 recov., 1 sac4 tackles 2 solosvs. VUU.
LB Deowtt Dxon, So., ECSU 12 taddes 8 soios
DEF. BACK Charles McKelnie, Jr., CB, SAC 2
its., 7 taddes vs. ChowaN
ROOKIE Daront McNeil, Fr., RB, ECSU 27 car-
ries. 117 yards vs. VUU.
ECSU 3-for-3 on PATs. 67-yard punt vs. VUJU.


Alabama A&M
Jackson State
Alcomn State
Alabama State
Miss. Valley St
Praine View A&M
Grambling State
Texas Southern
Soth Pe
Ark. Pine BlUff

OFFENSE Arvell Nelon Jr., QB, TSU 19
ol 33 for 193 yards and 3 TDs. 13 rases for 73
yards and TO vs. Alcorn State
DEFENSE Andre Coltun, Jr., LB, SU 10
tackles. 2 solos, 1 lorcd fumble, recovery
vs. UAPB.
NEWCOMER Martin GIbert, Jr., RB, TSU
- 27 rushes, 167 yards, 1 TD, 3 rec., 26 yards
vs. Alcorn State.
5 PATs, 3 of 4 field goals vs. Miss Valley Stale.

angsOn .8 2
Concorda 5 4
Tennessee State 3 5
Savannah State 2 5
N. C. Central 2 6
W. Va. State 2 7
Central State 1 8
incoln (Mo.) 0 8
Edward Waters 0 9
Texas Colege 0 9
Cheyney 0 10
- 17 carries for 172 yards and 1TD. 5 recep.
tions 68 yards 11 Tvs. Bacoe. Michael
Jolhwon, QB, NCCU. Completed 14 of 26
passes or 246 yards and 2 TDS. Also rushed
for 25 yards and a TD vs. Central Stale.
STATE 14 tackles. 7 solos, in tks-to
NCCU Was good on 2 ield goals (32,
17) and 5 PATs for 11 poins in over
Central State.

Norfolk State 41, Howard 6
North Greenville 16, Clark Atlanta 6
SC State 52, Delaware State 10
SW Assemblies 28, Texas College 20
Saint Augustine's 28, Chowan 18
Saint Paul's 16, Lincoln (PA) 6
Savannah State 45, Edward Waters 24
Shaw 50, Johnson C. Smith 0
Shippensburg 31, Cheyney 10
Southern 24, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10
Tennessee Tech 20, Tennessee State 13
Texas Southern 51, Alcom State 21
Tuskegee 40, Lane 6
Virginia State 14, Bowie State 12
W. Va Weselyan 28, W, Va. State 0

1. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (7-1) Slammed Delaware State, 52-10.
NEXT: At Howard.
2. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (5-1) Idle. NEXT: Hosting Alabama A&M
3. GRAMBLING STATE (5-3) Throttled Miss. Valley State, 50-7. NEXT:
Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Little Rock, Arkansas.
4. FLORIDA A&M (5-2) Squeezed by Morgan State, 31-28 on over-
time. NEXT: Hosting North Carolina A&T.
5. FAYETTEVILLE STATE (7-3) Wrapped up regular season with
31-8 win over Livingstone. NEXT: CIAA championship game vs. Bowie
6. TUSKEGEE (7-2) Ran over Lane, "40-6 NEXT: Homecoming vs.
7. SOUTHERN (5-3) Got by Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 24-10. NEXT: Idle.
8. ALBANY STATE (8-1) Downed Morehouse, 30-12. NEXT: Fort
Valley State in Columbus, Ga.
9. SHAW (8-2) Overwhelmed JC Smith, 50-0. NEXT: Regular season
10. VIRGINIA UNION (6-4) Fell to Eliz. City State, 21-13, NEXT: Lost
3-way CIAA coin toss for E. Div. title to Bowie State.
(TIE) BOWIE STATE (6-4) Lost to Virginia State, 14-12. NEXT: Won
coin toss for CIAA East Div. title. Faces Fayetteville State in champion-
ship game.


Bill Hayes, whose career in college sports spans 36 years,
has been named the new athletic
*' director for Winston-Salem State
University. He will begin work at
WSSU on January 1, 2010.
Hayes is currently athletic direc-
tor at Florida A&M University
and was head football coach at
WSSU for 12 seasons, during
which the team won three CIAA
FAMU Sports Photo "We are absolutely delighted that
HAYES: Former Bill has agreed to come home
WSSU head coach Bill has to come home
returns to school as to Winston-Salem State," said
athletic director. Chancellor Donald J. Reaves.
"We conducted an extensive search
to find the right person with the right credentials who would
be able to immediately make a difference in our athletic pro-
gram. Bill Hayes certainly fits that description. I am truly
delighted that he has accepted our offer, and 1 -want to thank
the search committee and its chair, Dr. Dennis Felder."
"As a former athlete and coach, I have an abiding
passion for athletics and the betterment of our young people
through sports," Hayes said. "Also, having worked at WSSU
under the legendary Clarence "Big House" Gaines years
ago. I have a true appreciation for the great tradition of Rams'
Hayes joined Florida A&M in January 2008 after
serving as athletic director at North Carolina Central
University for nearly five years. He also served as head foot-
ball coach at N.C. A&T State University for 15 years after
leaving WSSU in 1987. In addition to posting the most wins
of any football coach at both WSSU and N.C. A&T, he led
major fundraising efforts during his tenure as athletic director
at both Florida A&M and N.C. Central.
Hayes also served as an assistant football coach
at Wake Forest University for three seasons, becoming the
first African American assistant coach in the Atlantic Coast
A member of the Sports Halls of Fame for both
WSSU and N.C. Central, he was also inducted in the CIAA
Hall of Fame. Hayes has been active in the Boy Scouts of
America and received its highest regional award for a volun-
teer in 2001. He was selected as MEAC Football Coach of
the Year in 1991 and 1999 and was CIAA Athletic Director of
the Year in 2006 and 2007.

Rematch set for CIAA title

BCSP Editor
To say that Bowie State backed into
Saturday's CIAA Championship Game vs.
Fayetteville State would be an understatement.
But first-year BSU head coach Damon Wilson
doesn't see it that way.
After failing in two attempts on the field
over the last two weeks to claim the CIAA
East Division title losses to Virginia Union
(17-16) on Oct. 24 and Virginia State (14-12)
last Saturday Bowie State won a coin toss
Sunday that settled a tie with Virginia Union and
Elizabeth City State and gave them the division
"We don't see look at it as backing our way
in," said Wilson Tuesday. "We did what we had to
do on the field to get ourselves into this position.
We had two opportunities to close everybody
out and we didn't get it done. We were disap-
pointed in that but we're in a good mood.
"It's an opportunity to continue our development
as a ballclub. We're excited to play Fayetteville
BSU (6-4, 5-2) is getting a second shot at
Kenny Phillips' West Division champion FSU
squad (7-3, 6-1). a team that beat BSU 30-20 in
Week 3 (Sept. 12) at Bowie State.
In that game, BSU outgained FSU 440 yards
to 211 but saw quarterback Tyrae Reid throw
five interceptions, four in the red zone. BSU run-
ning back Rodney Webb, the CIAA's leading
rusher (81.9 ypg.), ran for 113 yards and all three
BSU touchdowns. Reid threw for 299 yards but
had the five picks.
"On paper, we beat Fayetteville but we didn't
protect the football," said Wilson. "They won
wear it counts most, in the win column. We'll
have to play better, not make as many mistakes if
we expect to win Saturday."
Wilson said he will decide this week who

starts from among three quarterbacks Reid,
Emmanuel Yeager or Andre Johnson. Webb
and Ramono Flowers, who rushed for 1 ll yards
Saturday vs. VSU. are both healthy.
Phillips, making his fourth title game appear-
ance in ten years, counters with Calvin Harris
(69.3 ypg., 4th) and Richard Medlin (54.4 ypg.,
8th) who are among the league's top,rushers. Tyler
Hosler has taken most of the snaps at quarterback
over FSU's last five games since the Broncos' last
loss (25-20 to Virginia State) replacing Benjamin
The teams come in pretty evenly matched.
They have the two best overall defenses in the
conference (BSU 217.5 ypg., FSU 259.4 ypg.)
and against the run. BSU averages 28.2 points per
game., FSU 31.1.
Fayetteville State moved into 10th in this
week's NCAA Div. II Super Region H poll and
needs a win to get as high as eighth and earn
access to the playoffs. BSU is not ranked in the top
ten and would have to win and jump over FSU up
to eighth to earn a spot.
Elsewhere Saturday, MEAC leader South
Carolina State (7-1, 5-0) still tenth in the latest
FCS national poll, plays (1 p.m.) at Howard (2-6,
0-5). Second-place Florida A&M (6-2, 4-1) hosts
(3 p.m.) North Carolina A&T (4-4, 3-3).
SIAC leader Tuskegee (7-2, 7-1) looks to
close out its fourth straight league title at home
(1 p.m.) for homecoming vs. Stillman (3-5, 2-6).
Albany State (8-1, 7-1), still third in NCAA Div.
II1 Super Region I, can wrap up a playoff berth

Cheyney vs. Clarion in Cheyney, PA 1
Howard vs. SC State in Washington, DC 1
Miss Valley State vs. Texas Southern in Itta Bena, MS 1
'Morehouse vs. Miles in Atlanta, GA 1
West Virginia State vs. Fairmont State in Institute, WV 1
Winston-Salem State vs. Delaware State in W-S, N.C. 1
Central State vs. St Joseph's (IN) in Wilberforce, OH 1:30
Lincoln (MO) vs. Kentucky Wesleyan in Jeff. City, MO 2
NW Oklahoma State vs. Texas College in Alva, OK 2
Prairie View A&M vs. Alabama ASM In Prairie View, TX 2
Old Dominion vs. NC Central in Norfolk, VA 2
Valdosta State vs. Edward Waters in Valdosta, GA 2
Florida A&M vs. NC A&T in Tallahassee, FL 3
Bethune-Cookman vs. Hampton in Daytona Beach, FL 4
Morgan State vs. Norfolk State in Baltimore, MD 4
Lane vs. Kentucky State In Jackson, TN 6
Jackson State vs. Alabama State in Jackson, MS 1
Tuskegee vs. Stillman in Tuskegee, AL 1
Tennessee State vs. Tennessee-Martin in Nashville, TN 5
20th Fountain City Classic
Albany State vs. Fort Valley State in Columbus, GA 2
17th CSRA Classic
Clark Atlanta vs. Benedict in Augusta, GA 2
Delta Classic 4 Uteracy
Ark.-Pine Bluff vs. Grambling State in Little Rock, AR 2:30
CIAA Football Championship CIAA TV Network
Bowie State vs. Fayetteville State in Durham, NC 1

with a win in its regular season finale vs. rival Fort
Valley State (6-4, 5-3) in Columbus, Ga. (2 p.m.)
SWAC Wesi Division leader Prairie View
A&M (5-1,4-0) hosts (2 p.m.) Alabama A&M (5-
3, 2-2), currently tied with Jackson State (2-5, 2-
2) for the East Division lead, in a possible preview
of the Dec. 12 SWAC Championship Game. JSU
has its homecoming (1 p.m.) vs. Alabama State
(4-4, 1-4).
Grambling State (5-3, 3-1) faces Arkansas-
Pine Bluff (4-3, 2-2) in Little Rock, Ark. (2:30
p.m.) in the Delta Classic 4 Literacy.


Head Coach

2009 Overall:
2009 CIAA E.
2006 BCSP Ranking:
All-Time vs. FSU:
Last Time vs. FSU:
CIAA Title Game-
CIAA Championships:

TIE 10th
20-30 L, '09
1 (Last'89)

Alma Mater: Bowie State ('00)
Record vs. FSU: 0-1
Record at BSU: 6.4, .600 (1st year)
Career Record: Same

BSU 6-4
27.... @ Slippery Rock ... 31 L
23 ....... Shepherd ..... 21 W
20 .... Fayetteville State... 30 L
51.......Uvingstone...... OW
31......... Shaw..24.20OTW
51.....@ Unncoln(PA) ... 20W
37.... @Eliz.City State.. 33W
14....... St Paul's ...... OW
16.... @ Virginia Unon .. 17 L
12 ... @Virginia State. .. 14 L

SWAC hoops tourney
moves to Shreveport
The Farmers Insurance Southwestern Athletic Conference Women's
and Men's Basketball Tournament has moved from Birmingham, Al. to
Shreveport, LA, Commissioner Duer Sharp announced last week.
The 2010 Farmers Insurance SWAC Basketball Tournament will be
played March 10-13 at CenturyTel Center. The women's and men's tourna-
ment finals will be televised live on ESPNU.
This will be the first time the basketball tournament will be played in
the Shreveport-Bossier City area. The metropolitan area has a population
of more than 300,000 residents and is the second-largest tourist destination
in Louisiana.
Opening in the fall of 2000, CenturyTel Center has hosted numer-
ous world-class concerts, sporting events, and family shows. Among its
amenities, the venue boasts a large center hung video scoreboard, able
to show close-up action and instant replays, as well as 75 TV monitors
located throughout the concourse areas. Seating capacity for the SWAC
Tournament will be approximately 8,000.
"It has been a great experience working with the Commissioner and
his staff to this point and I look forward to our staffs working closely over
the next couple of months planning and executing one of the most suc-
cessful tournaments in SWAC history," said Mike Cera, General Manager,
CenturyTel Center. "Hosting the SWAC tournament gives us the opportu-
nity to showcase the versatility of the CenturyTel Center and provides the
Bossier City-Shreveport Community with another prestigious event."

FSU 7-3
34.........UNC Pembroke......41 L
20 ... ........... Catawba............21 L
30....... @ Bowie State....20 W
24 ..............St Paul's...........OW
20...........Virginia State....25 L
29................. Shaw.............28W
30 ............ @JC Smith.....12W
56 ..........St. Augustine's.......6W
31 .............Livingstone ..........8W

UAPB in SWAC, Norfolk State in MEAC
sweep Cross Country Championships
The University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff women's and men's teams
swept the 2009 SWAC Cross Championships Monday at Highland Park.
Alabama State's Kesia Derilius won the individual women's title and
Jimmy Oribo of UAPB won the men's individual title.
The UAPB women's team won with 25 points, ahead of defending
champion Alabama State (39) with Grambling State finishing third (81).
On the men's side, UAPB won with 36 points, ahead of second-place
Mississippi Valley State (57) and. third-place finisher Alabama State (60),
the 2008 defending champion.
Norfolk State's women's and men's cross country teams won the 2009
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cross Country Championship
titles Saturday morning at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in
Princess Anne, Md.
The Spartan women captured their first-ever title with 49 points.
Aurora Scott paced NSU with a time of 18:44.97, while three teammates
finished among the top 15 finishes to earn All-MEAC honors. Hampton's
Jahlisa Smith won the individual title. NSU head coach Rhonda Berard
earned Outstanding Coach accolades.
In men's action, the Spartan men won their ninth overall crown in
ten years. Philemon Kimatui was the top performer for NSU and fin-
ished in second place with a time of 25:46.66. Morgan State's Justus
David crossed the tape first for the men with a time of 25:44.36 to earn
Outstanding Performer accolades.

2009 Overall:
2009 CIAA W:
2009 BCSP Ranking:
All-Time vs. BSU:
Last Time vs BSU:
CIAA Title Game:
CIAA Championships:

30-20 W. 09
2 (Last'03)

Alma Mater: East Carolina (85)
Record vs. BSU: 3-4
Record at FSU: 63-43, .594 (10th year)
Career Record: Same

Head Coach

OFFENSE. J. McKOenu, Sr. OB, ASU -
22 of 34 passes tor 273 yards ardi 2 1s vs.
DEFENSE Jacob Hardwick, Jr., L8, ASU Led
ASU with 9 tackles, 4 saos, 3.5 ar losses o 21
yards, 3 sacks
NEWCOMER Mchael Mavromichals, So., OL,
ASU Major doctor in 367 yards ol offense vs.
Morehouse. XavierBacon, Fr, RB, TU -22 car.
ries 144 yards 2 TDs vs. Lane.
OFFENSIVE UNE Marquee King, So., P. FVSU
- Averaged 40 yards an B p uts.

1 00 LA KC0 LLEGEF0 0 T5'A L(Reult. tanins ad Weky Hnos)

SCORES ......
Benedict 21, Stillman 16
Miles 34, Concordia 6
Alabama A&M 21, Alabama State 7
Albany State 30, Morehouse 12
Bethune-Cookman 31. NCA&T 13
Elizabeth City State 21, Virginia Union 13
Fayetteville State 31, Livingstone 8
Florida A&M 31, Morgan State 28, OT
Fort Valley State 20, Kentucky State 13
Grambling State 50, Miss Valley State 7
Hampton 16, Winston-Salem State 13, OT
Langston 38, Bacone 6
Missouri S&T 35, Lincoln (MO) 14
NC Central 53, Central State 22

) BULLDOGS (6-4)





BCSP Notes



Macy's sponsors 50 MPC for

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority

Special to the Times

Gamma Delta Sig-
ma Chapter celebrat-
ing its 55th year of
greater service was
honored with Macy's
sponsored commu-
nity program. The 50
Million Pound Chal-
lenge, at Dadeland
Mall last month.
Macy's event staff,
given the three major
components of the 50
MPC (diet, nutrition
and exercise) pro-
vided an impressive
educational program
which earned rave re-
Presiding at the fo-
rum/luncheon, Da-
vid Green (General
Manager at Macy's
Home Store) extended
a cheerful welcome
to Macy's. Healthy
Lifestyles presenters
included chef Sattie
Narace, Macy's cu-
linary specialist; Dr.

Bennett Armstrong,
nutritionist of Le-
Cordon Bleu College
of Culinary Arts and
Mike Andrews of LA
Chapter members
greeting commu-
nity guests included
Basileus Claudia D.
Slater, Wilma Coun-
cil, Lillian Davis, Irene
Hansford, Juliette P.
Higgs, Julia Myers,
W. Doris Neal, Ter-
riceda Newkirk, Shir-
ley Paramore, Ruby
T. Rayford, Linda
Lloyd Stevens, Nicole
Voliton, Mary G. Wil-
liams, Rosena Wright
and Katie L. Williams,
The Chapter event co-
Seating in the cu-
linary area included
square tables for
eight with white table
linen adorned with a
royal blue and gold
table top motif. After
feasting on a healthy

and delicious meal
prepared by chief
Sattie Narace, mem-
bers of Gamma Delta
Sigma Chapter and
their guests departed
the 5 Star event with
a 12" x 18" size Ma-
cy's tote bag contain-
ing numerous gifts,
gift cards and educa-
tional items.
In addition to the
presenters, Gamma
Delta Sigma extends
sincere gratitude to
David Green, gen-
eral manager Kids
and Home Gallery/
Dadeland Mall; Linda
M. Kelly, Manager
Southeast Region
Macy's Entertain-
ment Group; Macy's
Lancome Makeup
Artists; Bennie Carr,
State Farm agent;
Linda G. Burrows,
care coach of Baptist
Health Breast Can-
cer/Miami and DJ
Boogie Man George.

Left to right: Claudia D. Slater, Basileus; Dr. Bennett Armstrong, nutritionist; David
Green, General Manager/ Macy's Home Store; Chef Sattie Narace; Katie L. Williams,
the chapter's event coordinator.

Retail gas prices highest in a year

By Mark Williams
Associated Press

Retail gasoline prices
chugged higher Friday
to a new peak for the
year, forcing consum-
ers to dig deeper into
already-thin wallets to
pay for fuel.
At the same time,
natural gas prices also
were moving up again
and have now climbed
16 percent in the past
two months just in
time for furnace sea-
son to kick in.
The worst part: Sup-
plies of oil and gas are
plentiful. In fact, stor-
age points for gas are
so jammed, produc-
ers are running out
of places to put it and
crude supplies are well
above average levels.
Gasoline prices are
now up 117 straight
days after climbing
0.4 cents overnight to
$2.695 a gallon, ac-
cording to auto club
AAA, Wright Express
and Oil Price Informa-

tion Services. That is
the highest price since
Oct. 26, 2008.
Prices are up 5.9
cents from a week ago'
and 14.8 cents from a
year ago.
The average re-
tail price for gas was
$1.686 a gallon in
December. Today's
price will tack about
$50 a month on to the

monthly gas cost for
the typical customer
compared with then.
It comes at a time
when unemployment
is at a 26-year high.
"It's a wet blanket
on the consumer.
It's something visible
you see," said econo-
mist Ken Mayland of
ClearView Econom-

Oil prices that sky-
rocketed to $147 a
barrel a barrel in July
2008 helped push the
economy into reces-
sion to begin with, he
"Can high oil prices
shut down the econo-
my? Well, clearly the
answer is yes," he
The reason for the

increase at the pump
is because oil prices
have been on the rise,
going from $65 a bar-
rel as recently as Au-
gust to $82 last week.
A $17-per-barrel in-
crease is worth about
40 cents a gallon.
A year ago, gasoline
prices were plummet-
ing as the financial cri-
sis and recession took
hold, and demand for
oil and gasoline tum-
bled sharply.
Oil has been mov-
ing higher on signs
that the economy
is improving and a
weaker dollar. The
Commerce Depart-
ment said Thursday
that the U.S. economy
grew at a 3.5 percent
annual pace in the
third quarter, the best
showing in two years
and breaking four
straight quarters of
Still, supplies of
gasoline, heating oil
and diesel fuel also
remain well above

Pending home sales rise for record eighth straight month

By Stephanie Armour

Sales of pending
homes hit a record in
September as home-
buyers rushed to take
advantage of a tax
credit for first-time
home buyers a pace
that could continue if
Congress takes steps
this week to extend
and expand the stimu-
lus set to expire at the
end of this month.
Pending home sales
saw their eighth

straight month of
gains, marking the lon-
gest streak since the
measurement begin in
2001, according to the
National Association
of Realtors. The data,
which is based on con-
tracts signed in Sep-
tember, showed that
sales of pending homes
rose 6.1% over August.
It's also 21% higher
than September 2008.
"I did not anticipate
such a huge rise," says
Lawrence Yun, chief

economist with NAR.
"This is getting home
values to start to stabi-
lize. First-time buyers
have clearly responded
to the tax credit. With
the passage of an ex-
tension, more move-
up buyers will respond
as well."
The index of pend-
ing home sales is at
its highest level since
December 2006. Sales
rose the most in the
West, where the in-
dex jumped 10.2%

over August and is
up nearly 24% over a
year ago. Construc-
tion spending also
rose as home builders
rushed to get projects
in case the tax credit
is allowed to expire
on Nov. 30. Spending
rose 0.8%, the most
since September of
last year, according
to the Commerce De-
Private home con-
struction, which in-
creased nearly 4% in

September, saw the
biggest increase since
July 2003.
The recent rally in
both pending and ex-
isting home sales are
largely attributed to
a tax credit of up to
$8,000 for first-time
home buyers. Now at-
tention is turning to
efforts to extend and
enhance the credit;
supporters of the cred-
it say it could be ap-
proved by the Senate
as early as Monday.

FAMU contributes to diversity in decision making

continued from 5D

cal science, will serve
as principal investiga-
"For the first time
in a significant way,
we are enabling our
minorities and women
to prepare to come to
the decision-making
table where decisions
on national security
and international re-

lations are made,"
said Simmonds. "We
are contributing to the
diversity that this na-
tion seeks and needs
on such a major na-
tional matter. This
grant really establish-
es a direct pathway
to this very important
Gary Paul, Ph.D.,
associate professor for
political science and
public administration,

will serve as co-princi-
pal investigator along
with co-principal in-
vestigator Ren Moses,
Ph.D., associate pro-
fessor of civil engi-
Larry Robinson,
Ph.D., professor and
vice president for Re-
search, said, "This
award shows the tre-
mendous breadth
of the talents of fac-
ulty and students at

Other Center per-
sonnel will include
the daily management
by a director who will
serve as the opera-
tional liaison between
FAMU and the U.S. In-
telligence Community
and will be respon-
sible for working with
university officials to
achieve the goals and
objectives of the Cen-
ter. Leadership will

be provided to develop
strategic partnerships
with the Intelligence
Community agencies
such as the Depart-
ment of State, Depart-
ment of Defense, and
other public and pri-
vate organizations in
order to facilitate the
preparation of stu-
dents for professional
careers in the U.S.
Intelligence Commu-

Meanwhile, the
dollar has fallen to
nearly a 14-month
low against the euro.
Since oil is largely
bought and sold in
dollars, investors

holding stronger cur-
rencies can buy more
crude for less.
The dollar rose on
Friday, and crude fell
sharply. There was
also a dour consumer
spending report.

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On July 9, 2009 the Miami City Commission per Resolution R-09-0350 changed
the dates for the Regular and Planning and Zoning meetings for the months
of November and December. The meetings scheduled for November and
December will be held in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 3500
Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida.

The Commission meetings originally scheduled for November 121h
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and kitchen and bathroom fixtures.

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