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VOLUME 88 NUMBER 17 MIAMI, FLORIDA, DECEMBER 22-28, 2010 50 CENTS
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Black County Commissioners


stand strong despite recall threats


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BARBARA JORDAN


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Jordan says constituency will have the last word


By Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamniitimesonline.comn

Following the lead of local businessman Nor-
man Braman who says he is determined to oust
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez from office by
means of a recall campaign effort, a political ac-
tion committee (PAC), The Miami Voice, is now
pushing to recall five of eight county commis-
sioners from their seats. And according to the
PAC the recall is because the commissioners sid-
ed with Alvarez and a budget that raised taxes
for some and gave salary increases to others.
The Black county commissioners that The Mi-
ami Voice has targeted include: County Commis-
sioners Audrey Edmonson and Barbara Jordan.
They say they will go after Commissioner Dennis
C. Moss at a later date. Former County Commis-


sioner Dorrin Rolle had been on their list as well,
but has since lost his seat in the general election
to Jean Monestime.
Earlier this month, Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts
Harvey Ruvin said his office had received sev-
eral boxes of signed petitions. Under the county
charter, valid signatures are required from 4 per-
cent of the registered voters within a commis-
sioner's district to call a special recall election.
Ruvin's office has already begun to process the
petitions in a way that mirrors the way his office
has already scanned and validated petitions for
the mayor.
But with a December 24th deadline, it looks
like the PAC's effort to gather enough signatures
to initiate a vote on Commissioners Edmonson
and Jordan is destined for failure. Still, all three
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Opa-locka mayor stands firm



against critics and criminals


Myra Taylor says

service to others

remains her priority
By Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miranitimesonline.coml

To say that the last decade
has been one of challenges and
sometimes confusion for Myra
Taylor would be an understate-
ment. The newly-elected Mayor
of Opa-locka says she was just
getting down to business as
mayor when she found herself
included in a federal govern-
ment indictment. By the time
she was cleared of all charges,
Joseph Kelley had taken over


MYRA TAYLOR
Opa-locka Mayor


as mayor for the city of about
16,000 residents.
It would take Taylor a failed
run at state representative and
a bid for her former seat in
which she lost by less than 200
votes before she finally saw the
clouds begin to part.
"In 2008 I sat back and won-
dered how I was supposed to
serve the people of my commu-
nity," said the 60-something
mayor. "Then a seat became
available on the Opa-locka
board of commissioners and my
husband told me to try it one
more time. I got in the race and
given the results, actually felt
somewhat vindicated."
Taylor received the highest
Please turn to TAYLOR 10A


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Santa visits kids from shelter
S Families and children who live at the New Life Family Center, a transitional housing
S shelter in Miami, were all smiles after getting an early visit from Santa. Hundreds of
* gifts were distributed because of the collective efforts of the State Attorney's Office,
* FIU Law School, St.Thomas Business School and the M-D College Law Center.

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S principal emphasize the
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S By Kevin McNeir
* kmnel ir (mi' mitiime'.online.com

Miami Edison Senior High School recently
celebrated an impressive leap in its school
grade from an "F" to a "C." Superintendent
Alberto Carvalho even stopped by to offer
his congratulations to the students and
: theirteachers.
Now critics say that many
* schools like Edison may have
* used a new loophole that fac-
* tors in the number of students -'.
* enrolled in advanced placement
0 courses, even if those students do not
pass the course, thus allowing for their
0 grade to be "artificially inflated." But
Edison's principal, Dr. Pablo Ortiz,
42, and newly-hired athletic direc-
tor Taj Echoles, 33, say the improve-
ments seen at Edison, which is close ,
to 80 percent Haitian, is a result of a 0
* change in mindset and a community-
* supported effort.
* "1 am a product of Liberty City and graduated
S from Carol City Hligh so this community is home
* to me," said Echoles, whose Bahamian grandpar-
" entis still reside in Liberty City. "Because sports is so
0 important to manly of our students, particularly soccer
andl basketball among the boys and soccer and volley-
ball among our girls, we decided to focus on improving
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First ladies say adopt Black children

Holiday spirit reminds us mas' for a host of deserving youth, termined that the best vehicle to get that
The new faith-based program was pre- goal accomplished was to find a captive
that love is key to healing scented to the Council by the staff of The audience of potential adoptive parents.


By Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

During holidays like Christmas, when
dreams and desires of children become
most evident, those who have no parents
or homes often feel left out, abandoned
and hopeless. But with a new initiative
taken on by the Baptist Ministers Wives
and Ministers Widows Council of Greater
Miami, this just may be a 'Merry Christ-


Children's Trust and according to Emily
Cardenas, senior communications man-
ager for The Trust, it was an easy fit for
the women.
"There is still an overwhelming number
of Black children in Florida's foster care
system and a large number of them are
available for adoption," Cardenas said.
"And while it is wonderful to have cross-
racial adoptions we know it would be even
more meaningful if we could get Black
families to adopt Black children. We de-


Who better than the wives of our local
Black pastors?"
Cardenas added that with the amount
of clout that most first ladies wield at
their churches, and with a group of com-
mitted women already in place, The Chil-
dren's Trust held a breakfast recently to
present their program. "The results were
amazing," she said.
"But we should note tIhat for Black fan-
ilies, the tradition of taking in children
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OPINION


BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


New city manager Tony

Crapp Jr. "Yes he can!"

The Miami City Commission has confirmed the recom-
mendation of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and with that, a
young whipper-snapper named Tony Crapp Jr. has become
one of the City's most powerful men becoming the next city
manager. Already the naysayers and hat-
ers are out in force, saying that while he's
a likable brother, that he lacks the kind of
financial savvy and experience needed to
bring the City's budget back in line.

To his credit, Crapp has been taken un-
der the wings and tutored by an impres-
sive assortment of political and financial I
honchos over the course of his 15 years on CRAPP
the City's payroll. And we believe he has
learned his lessons well. Given his promotions and accom-
plishments, it's hard to argue otherwise.

But does he really have to be an accounting guru? More
than being a master manipulator with debits and credits,
Crapp will be required to be a firm negotiator and one skilled
in the art of compromise as the City must not only deal with
finding a way to increase its dwindling cash reserves, but
must enter into new agreements with a powerful group of
unions. In our conversations with Crapp, it's clear that the
37-year-old can hold his own when it comes to defending
his views, recalling critical information and offering solu-
tions. Yes, this brother has done his homework and studied
his lessons well.

We know that his job will not be easy, but then the task of
managing a billion dollar budget remains a monumental en-
deavor no matter who assumes the reins. Crapp tells us that
he has a four-point plan and as he reminds us, when work-
ing on balancing a budget, no matter how large or small it
may be, at the end of the day one must bring in more than
they spend.


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SBY JULIANNE MALVEAUX, NNPA COLUMNIST



Black survival based on working together


.When I look at the data that
define the reality for Blacks
in the economy, I am often
alarmed and discouraged. One
in four Blacks lives in pover-
ty. Nearly one in three is out
of work, according to unof-
ficial data (official data says
one in six). Blacks have lost
billions of dollars worth of
wealth in the foreclosure cri-
sis. We aren't alone in our pain
- our nation is hurting. But,
our pain is more pronounced,
more acute, more debilitating.
This is hardly the first time
Blacks have experienced dis-
proportionate pain.
Indeed, the story of our pres-
ence in this nation has been a
story of us shouldering more
than our share of economic
pain. When people ask me
about the wealth gap, I remind
them that Black folks used to
be the wealth white folks ac-
cumulated. Under those cir-
cumstances, it is difficult to


imagine that the wealth gap
will ever be closed.
And yet we rise. I wrote my
latest book, Surviving and
Thriving: 365 Facts in Black
Economic History, to remind
me, to remind all of us, that
even in harsh times Blacks


made woman millionaire in
the U.S. but few know of Mag-
gie Lena Walker, the woman
who started the Penny Savings
Bank in Richmond or Mary El-
len Pleasant (known as "Mam-
my Pleasant") who was a mil-
lionaire who gained stock tips


IThe most powerful acts of economic history, acts at our
foundation, were those Blacks who bought their own
freedom.


have been more than sur-
vivors, we have been thriv-
ers. We have made it despite
horrible conditions, despite
unfairness, despite racism.
The playing field has never
been level, and yet we have
played on the slanted field, re-
turning, returning, and some-
times winning.
Madame C.J. Walker is on
the book's cover and everyone
knows about this first self-


by working in white people's
kitchens.
The most powerful acts of
economic history, acts at our
foundation, were those Blacks
who bought their own free-
dom. We cut deals despite the
fact that the Dred Scott de-
cision said that Blacks had
no rights whites were bound
to respect. We were smart
enough to cut deals, and we
could have run away, but we


stayed and paid unscrupulous
masters for a freedom that our
very humanity had already
earned for us. We bought our-
selves and purchased our rela-
tives too. History books don't
talk about self-emancipation,
but they should. This book is
not just a book about entre-
preneurs but is also the story
of the results of economic envy
and shameful facts in our eco-
nomic history the destruc-
tion of Black Wall Street in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, the destruc-
tion of a vital Black commu-
nity in Rosewood, Florida and
the demolition of Black life in
Wilmington, North Carolina.
And so we need Kwanzaa
now more than ever. We need
the principle of Ujamaa co-
operative economics. The sta-
tistics tell a grim story about
our status but our history is
a compelling reminder that in
good times and in bad, Blacks
have survived and thrived.


Crapp makes it sound simple enough and with a father
who has guided him throughout his life and with mentors
to advise him and a talented supporting cast surrounding
him, we believe that this Black man from Liberty City will
get the job done.

Crapp for city manager? Yes, he can!


Real elders needed to stop

murderous youth

We can cry all we want about the challenges facing the
Black community, from disproportionate numbers in HIV/
AIDS infections and the unemployment rate, to the trou-
bling achievement gap and the overrepresentation of Black
men in our country's prison industrial complex.

Still, with all of these obstacles that often appear insur-
mountable, in many ways the worst problem we face is our-
selves. We remain our own worst enemy as Black-on-Black
crime here in Overtown, Liberty City and surrounding envi-
rons has once again raised its ugly head.

The fact is with the relative ease of acquiring armed weap-
ons and given the lack of respect for life, we seem to be living
in a time of absolute lawlessness like the Wild West of old.

A loving husband and grandfather is shot in cold blood in
front of his family for a chain that hung around his neck. A
young mother and her little boy are murdered in their beds
by cowardice youth on an "accidental" shooting spree. Police
shoot and kill a gun-wielding maniac outside of an Allapat-
tah school while students hide inside.

We are killing each other, destroying our families and dev-
astating our own communities.

The solution is clearly more complex than one statute,
statement or solicitation. But if we are to find a way to start
the healing in our land, the village elders must now come
together like Blacks have done since our days on the conti-
nent, and be resolute in our refusal to accept any more.

Respect for our elders must become the required rite of
passage for our youth from the Palms to the projects.

We are not ready, in fact we refuse to give up on our young
people. Instead we believe the moment has come where we
must stand firm and say to them, "No more killing, no more
looting, no more disrespecting the sanctity of the Black fam-
ily."

This may require tough love from some parents. But the
truth is we know who is causing havoc in our communities -
our own sons and daughters. We must tell them to shape up
or ship out. The police cannot do that for us. And we must
be prepared to lose some of them in this battle but to yield
to them means sacrificing the future of our next generation.
That we cannot allow.

Young hoodlums have thrown down the gauntlet. We have
no choice but to rise up as men and women, the elders, and
regain control.

By any means necessary.


BY REV. AL SHARPTON, NNPA COLUMNIST


Don't make President Obama the scapegoat


During the course of the last
several weeks, we have diligent-
ly watched as our President,
Barack Obama, and the Demo-
cratic Party withstood filibus-
tering and stonewalling from
the right. Conducting hearings
on the weekend and doing ev-
erything they conceivably could
to assist the poor and middle-
class, their repeated attempts
at compromise were met with
fierce resistance and an ut-
ter disregard for the majority
of this nation by the Republi-
cans. And now, after holding
the American people hostage
as our President so rightfully
pointed out, these self-aggran-
dizing politicians are sitting
back and allowing Obama to be
the scapegoat for all that ails
us. It's time we call them out.
In a rare Senate session on
Saturday, December 4th, Re-
publicans first shot down a
measure to grant tax cuts for
those making $250,000 or
less. Instead of assisting strug-


gling middle-class and poor
families during these turbulent
economic times, the GOP effec-
tively shut the door on a quick
maneuver to help those most in
need. Senate Democrats then
proposed an extension of tax
cuts for all those making a
million dollars or less in es-
sence taking a significant step
towards meeting their Repub-
lican counterparts halfway.


total two million were set to
lose theirs by the end of the
month. After paying into un-
employment through years of
work, many of these individu-
als would soon find it diffi-
cult to simply put food on the
table. At a time when families
gather for the holidays, Repub-
licans deemed it appropriate to
take away these people's liveli-
hood all for the sake of garner-


We must never be shy in calling out these elected rep-
resentatives for who they are, and for whom they
serve.


Again, this measure was voted
down.
Last week, we also witnessed
the failure of Republican lead-
ers to pass an extension of un-
employment benefits for the
long-term unemployed. The
result: some 600,000 Ameri-
can workers immediately saw
an end to the nlic', they rely
on for mere survival and a


ing tax cuts for their wealthy
friends and associates.
Politics can often be a dirty
game. Many a times, people act
and vote in favor of their own
vested interests. But, when you
allow the well-being and sus-
tainability of millions of our cit-
izenry to hang in the balance,
you must be held account-
able. And we, the people, must


never forget that these Repub-
lican leaders were ready, will-
ing and only eager to allow tax
cuts for everyone to expire, and
allow two million to lose their
unemployment checks. We
must never be shy in calling
out these elected representa-
tives for who* they are, and
for whom they serve. And, we*
must always bear in mind that
they were prepped to sacrifice
everything in order to benefit
the wealthy and progress their
own personal agendas.
President Obama was effec-
tively caught between a rock
and a hard place. Yes, he
could have remained steadfast
on his insistence of a tax cut
for the middle-class only, but
at what cost? Unlike those on
the right, he could not in good
conscience gamble on the lives
of innocents suffering during
these difficult and unpredict-
able times. And, for that simple
notion, we should all thank
him-not attack him.


Now that the 2010 mid-term
elections are over in the U.S. we
can place politics on the shelf
for another cycle? Nope.
Beyond the act of casting a
vote (which is very important) is
the process of civic awareness
and civic engagement. If Ameri-
cans vote without knowing the
structure and components of
the political system, they do so
with ballot blindness.
However, in order for Ameri-
can citizens to become more
civically aware and engaged,
several questions must be an-
swered and information mas-
tered. For example, Why are
there only two "major" political
parties in the U.S. Why are ad-
ditional political parties pro-
hibited from "qualifying" for
most state ballots? Why do
states have authority over fed-
eral elections, including presi-
dential and Congressional?
Why are election days held on
workdays? Why is the Ameri-
can electoral system so onerous
for most voters?
Unlike other democracies


around the world, which have
multi-political party systems,
the U.S. encourages and statu-
torily mandates that only two
parties officially qualify for
state ballots. Voters who do
not wish to declare that they
are members of the Democratic


new Congressional seats they
will now control 100 percent of
committee chairman.
The reason states are autho-
rized to control federal elec-
tions is the 10th Amendment
(also known as the States'
Rights Amendment) that re-


My experience in the historic 1994 racially inclusive,
multi-party elections in the Republic of South Africa
made me further aware of the limited "democracy" of
American elections.


Party or Republican Party must
declare "No Party" or "Indepen-
dent." I know, the limited po-
litical options that forced me to
declare "Independent" political
alliance is a major down side
of America's two-party, win-
ner-ttke-all political system.
Another shortfall of our lini
ited two-party system is that
it rewards narrow political vic-
tories with 100 percent of the
elective seats. A prime example
is that while the Republican
Party claimed a majority of the


serves for individual states
powers not held by the federal
government. As a result, there
are more 50 state electoral
systems, 3067 county systems:
and 13.000 municipal regula-
tions pertaining to who, how,
where, amid by what rules citi-
zens vote.
My experience in tlle hIis-
toric 100)1) racially inclusive,
muilti-party elections in tlhet
Republic of South Africa made
mte further aware of tlie lim-
ited "democracy" of American


elections. Under the then new
South African electoral system
political parties regardless
of platform were required to
secure 5 percent of the prima-
ry vote to qualify for inclusion
on the ballot in the general
election. Following the prima-
ry, the percentage of votes gar-
nered in the general election
determined the percentage of
seats in the legislature for that
party. Such a system is known
as a proportional based repre-
sentative democracy.
Moreover, provincial elec-
toral systems and voting ma-
chines in South Africa were
sanctioned and regulated by
the federal government. And,
that is not all. Every South
African citizen was given a
work holiday as an incentive to
vote. Makes sense, huh?
If America is to be the Demo-
cratic Republic it purports to
be. process must trump po-
litical partisanship. In other
words, tlie process must dem-
onstrate that its practices
Inatch our preaching.


BY GARY L. FLOWERS, NNPA COLUMNIST


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OPINION


BLACKS MUST CONTROL. THEIR OWN DIIEINY


3A THE MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 22-28, 2010


CARTOON CORNER


- BY JASON T. SMITH



An open le
This letter is written to you out
of care, concern and utter frus-
tration. In recent months, our
community has been assaulted
wIith a barrage of gunfire which
has left many wounded and
some dead.
The most recent shooting oc-
curred this month and claimed
the lives of a 24-year-old mother
and her two-year-old son. Ciara
Lee and her son Devin Frank-
lin died in a blaze of bullets in
SLiberty City's Victory Homes on
NW 73rd Street. Apparently,
the gunmen started firing their
high-powered rifles near Jum-
bo's at 7501 NW 7th Avenue
and ended their gun battle at
Lee's one-story house.
This much is clear: Neither
Ciara nor Devin deserved to die
this way in their own home,
the innocent victims of what is
most likely an escalating feud
over drug turf.
My brothers, has it come to
this? Black men gunning down


tter to my Black broth
innocent women and children nities, the leaders of our tribe,
just to settle a score or build the foundation of our families.
a city-block empire of cocaine It should be our duty to protect
powder and rocks? Are we will- the community not destroy it.
ing to sacrifice our own families It is our role to safe-guard the
and our very future over nickel innocence of our youth, not to
bags of weed and pouches of snuff out young lives before
dust? they have had a chance to make
Our community, our women a mark on this world.


We must decide that there is a better way to make
money other than by dealing drugs. We must realize
that there is a better way to settle disagreements
other than by picking up an AK-47.


and our children are worth more
than that. They deserve better.
This then is a plea to my
brothers on behalf of mothers
and children from Liberty City
to Florida City and from Miami
Gardens to Richmond Heights:
Please put down the guns and
pick up a dose of responsibility.
As Black men we should be
the caretakers of our commu-


What would it take to stop this
senseless bloodletting? Should
politicians enact more curfews,
such as those that already exist
in some local cities? Or should
Congress further restrict the
sale of firearms? Perhaps more
laws should be passed to fur-
ther criminalize the possession
and distribution of rock co-
caine?


ers


All those approaches have
been taken, yet the violence
continues. The senseless mur-
ders continue in the heart of the
Black community.
It is becoming increasingly
clear that the solution lies with
us Black men. We must de-
cide that there is a better way
to make money other than by
dealing drugs. We must real-
ize that there is a better way to
settle disagreements other than
.by picking up an AK-47.
In this age of technology and
opportunity, it would be far
more economically beneficial
to enroll in college, or pick up
a trade or skill beyond building
the one-block empire of powder
and rocks.
Only if we, as men, take re-
sponsibility to police ourselves
will the violence end. So broth-
ers, brothers, please put down
the guns and create a new real-
ity of a stronger, safer commu-
nity.


BY REGINALD J. CLYNE, ESQ.


Who will speak up for the innocent?


Imagine if you can being a
young mother who works hard
at a tough job. You come home
and take care of a smart little
two-year-old son. He comes
running, calling "mommy,
mommy" as you enter the door.
While you may be tired and
worn out from your clay, his
little voice gives you a thrill like
no other. Hie is thlie jo of our
life. Ie is a joy to his father a(nd
grltnldparents. tle is full of life
itand has ia whole world to caon
(liu r, starting with his Christ-
inas presents lying under the
tree. You have bought him all
sorts of toys and other goodies
anid can't wait to see his face
as he opens those presents.
You live in a modest home with
your son and his father. You
give him a treat and take him
to McDonalds and then you
both fall asleep. Without warn-
ing, you are awakened by your
man, who pulls you to the floor


and grabs his son. You feel a
blow and then immense pain.
You touch yourself and notice
there is blood. You look at your
son and there is blood on him
too. You are trying to compre-
hend what has happened. You
are afraid for your son, and


were doing nothing more than
sleeping in their own bed?
In the meantime, some
young person with an AK-47 is
bragging to his buddies about
his shooting spree. He did not
even hit the person for whom
he was aiming. Instead, he


an you imagine the pain it causes their family to lose
two loved ones who were doing nothing more than
sleeping in their own bed?


grab and hug him. He does
not respond to your hugs. He
is dead. And then you begin to
lose consciousness still un-
sure as to what has just hap-
pened.
This is what I imagine hap-
pened to Ciara Lee and her son
- two more innocent victims
murdered. Can you imagine
the pain it causes their fam-
ily to lose two loved ones who


has managed to kill a 24-year-
old woman and a two-year-old
boy who will never celebrate
another Christmas. This
young man feels no remorse,
no guilt. He smokes another
blunt and talks about how the
gun just lit up that house. He
may even be proud of all the
publicity in the local newspa-
pers.
Someone that this young


man knows his mother,
his sister, a girlfriend or even
one of his boys someone he
knows still has a conscience.
And while they may even love
this brazen killer, they are
troubled by what he has done
to another family. Perhaps
someone whose conscience
is troubled will do the right
thing and come forward. No
one who guns down a young
child should be permitted to
walk the streets and go un-
punished.
I am tired of reading about
innocent children shot in
parks, at school, on the front
porch of their home or while
sleeping innocently in their
bed. Our community cannot
become complacent' and ac-
cept the unacceptable just be-
cause it is occurring with sick-
ening frequency. We can do
our part to stop it. Someone
needs to step forward.


BY GEORGE E. CURRY, NNPA COLUMNIST


'Used up' Steele wants


Although the Republican
Party appears to have gotten
as much use as they wanted
out of Michael Steele, the em-


How can we stop the murders in the Black community?


Rosetta Covington, 58
School crossing guard
Miami


The church-
es, the politi-
cal leaders and
the police need
to communi-
cate with the,
youth about ..
being God's
chosen people. Then they would
have more self-esteem if they
knew where they came from.


Walter Bynes, 31
Prep cook
Miami


We need "
stiffer penal-
ties because
jail is not a
deterrent. Jail
is a revolving
door because '
people contin-
ue to commit the same crimes.


Walter Ireland, 68
Retired executive chicf
Liberty City ....


is knowledge.
Knowledge
leads to a state
of self-aware-
ness. It perpet-
uates respect
and dignity for
one's self and for the sanctity of
life. Our youth need knowledge.

Shelly White, 47
Cashier
Miami,

We should
have more
neighborhood
watches. We
need to build .
more apart-
ments in the
empty spaces '
to provide jobs
for people in the community. We
need to look out for each other.


Ann Griggs-Anderson, 56
M'l tal laltl t'chnlician
Miami

We have
done every- ,
thing we can
do. All we can I
do now is pray.
God is the only
one who can
sec us through
these very difficult times.


Michael Barnes, 50
(ardem, r
Miami


after school -
programs tfor .
kids to occupy .
their time. The
funding has been taken away
from programs like the Central
Boys Club in Allapattah.


In the Dec. 8 edition of the Miami Times, an article entitled "Local artist uses music to save
souls featuring singer Valencia Brown was printed. The article incorrectly stated that Brown
only had one child, however she actually has two a son and a daughter.


battled chairman of the Re-
publican National Committee
recent told supporters he will
seek re-election next month.
Going forward, Steele will
face an uphill battle. At least
a few prominent Republicans,
including former RNC chair-
woman Ann Wagner, have'
announced they are running
for Steele's position. Many
have complained about lav-
ish spending and slumping
donations during Steelc's ten-
ure. Some urged donors not
to give to the party for races
in November and instead do-
nate to alternative organiza-
tions such as the Republican
Governors Association. And,
many donors did just that.
Steele has willingly allowed
himself to be used by the GOP.
And, now that they have no
more use for him, they plan
to discard him like a used tis-
sue. Still, he is under the illu-
sion that he can be re-elected.
Steele has never been a
popular figure as chairman,
winning on the sixth round of
balloting. And, the only rea-
son he won then was so that
the GOP could use a Black
ran to counter the nation's
first Black president. It was a
role Steele relished.
Even though the GOP made
impressive gains in the last


repeat for GOP
election, most members think funny in Steele's comment.
they were successful in spite Though quick to attack
of Michael Steele, not because President Obama even
of him. Over the past two when the facts proved him
years, Steele may have set a wrong Steele was even
record for gaffes. quicker to defend ridiculous
Last year, he said: "In the statements by conservatives
history of mankind and wom- and genuflect for Rush Lim-

Last year, he said: "In the history of mankind and woman-
kind, government federal, state or local has never
created one job.


mankind, government federal.
state or local has never
created one job. It's de.ti ed
a lot of them." According to
the U.S. Labor Department's
Bureau of Statistics, of the
153.7 million people in the
civilian labor force, approxi-
mately 22.5 million held gov-
ernment jobs as of January
2009. Steele can't even get
it right when trying to woo
Black voters. When he was
asked last year about Repub-
lican efforts to reach diverse
populations, Steele told one
group, "My plan is to say,
'Y'all come' because of lot of
you are already here." When
someone in the audience
yelled, "I'll bring the collard
greens," Steele added, "1 got
the fried chicken and potato
salad."
Many Blacks saw nothing


baugh.
Ironically, the Republican
Party has grown more con-
servative during Steele's ten-
ure. That had more to do with
a Tea Party movement that
challenged both moderate
and conservative Rcp 1 illi,..in
incumbents than a leader-
ship failure on Steele's part.
Meanwhile, Black voters
were not eating from Steele's
political menu. In fact, the
share of Blacks voting Re-
publican in ~.ol' e -ieail
races decreased from 11 per-
cent in 2006. the previous
off year election, to 9 per-
cent in November. Michael
Steele could not offer enough
chicken and potato salad to
change that outcome. And
neither is the likely outcome
of next month's balloting
likely to favor Steele.


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Mugabe takes tough stand in Zimbabwean


Warns he'll


seize


Bristish and U.S.
Zimbabwean President Robert
Mugabe threatened recently to
seize all Western-owned invest-
ments in the country unless their
governments remove targeted
sanctions imposed on him and
his senior ZANU-PF party mem-
bers.
The 86-year-old former guerril-
la leader spoke at his party con-
ference in Murare.
"This conference must come
with a real program, a solid pro-
gram of how we decide to fight
sanctions," Mugabe said. "What is
our anti-sanctions program? We
have been too far too good for ma-
licious people for countries which
seek to destroy us. Why should
we continue to have 400 British
companies here operating freely
with Britain benefiting from us?"
The 86-year-old former guer-
rilla leader said that "the time
has come for . revenge" and
suggested that Zimbabwe's In-
digenization and Economic Em-
powerment Act -- which gives
foreign companies five years to
submit plans for transferring 51
percent of their investments to
Black Zimbabweans -- did not
go far enough.


Zimbabwe's President Mugabe and his wife Grace arrive at a meet-
ing of ZANU-PF party in Mutare east of the capital Harare.


"We can start with that 51 per-
cent. In some cases, we must read
the riot act to the British and oth-
ers and say them, 'This is only
51 percent we have taken. Un-
less you remove sanctions, we will
go 100 percent,' if they insist the
sanctions must remain," he said.
In 2002, the European Union
and the United States imposed
targeted sanctions on Mugabe
and some senior party members
after rampant reports of human


rights violations and stifling of the
opposition. Mugabe blames the
sanctions for his country's woes,
which include an unemployment
rate of more than 90 percent and
an inflation rate of 231,000,000
percent.
Zimbabwe's Indigenization and
Economic Empowerment Act was
passed by a ZANU-PF-controlled
parliament and put into effect
this year. It has been the subject
of considerable criticism, particu-


n '/
.
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Scott leads inaugural donors with $25M cap


Private funds help cut

taxpayer cost

By Fredreka Schouten

WASHINGTON At least a third of the nation's
newly elected governors are collecting large con-
tributions from wealthy individuals and compa-
nies to help pay for their inaugural celebrations,
records and interviews show.
Some donors such as Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of Florida, which donated
$25,000 to Florida's Republican W F
Gov.-elect Rick Scott have
substantial business interests
within those states.
Even as states cope with bud-
get shortfalls and high unem-
ployment, the inaugural events
include lavish formal dinners,
gala balls and invitation-only
events where some donors will "
get access to top state officials.
Aides to the incoming gover-
nors say fundraising is needed
to spare taxpayer expense. "We
are looking at a $1.6 billion
deficit going into the next fiscal
year," said Ryan Kazmirzack, a
spokesman for Michigan's Re- Rick
publican Gov.-elect Rick Snyder.
"We do not need to add to that."
Watchdog groups question the practice. "Cor-
porations are only giving the money for one pur-
pose, and the purpose is access," said Bob Edgar,
of Common Cause.
Last month, voters elected 26 new governors.
Budget shortfalls are projected next year in 23 of
those states, according to the Center on Budget
and Policy Priorities.
Incoming Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republi-
can, rejected $50,000 in state money and instead
is raising up to $50,000 each from private donors
for his inaugural and transition expenses. Deal
has not disclosed the names of his contributors,
but will do so after the inauguration, spokesman


Harris Blackwood said.
Blackwood said donors would not get special
preference. "The governor's office is not for sale,"
he said. "If businesses want to contribute, that's
a decision they make. We are not selling favors."
Other governors planning inaugural parties in-
clude:
Florida's Scott, who has collected nearly $2
million. The donations will help pay for two days
of festivities, including a military appreciation
event, a tribute to incoming first lady Ann Scott,
a parade through Tallahassee and a ball.
Scott has set a $25,000 cap on donations
and releases his list of donors
S weekly. Those donating the
maximum include Blue Cross
and Blue Shield of Florida,
which insures about 4 million
in the state.
f. Scott spokeswoman Erin
? Isaac said that all contribu-
tors, no matter what they
give, "should expect a series of
events aimed at celebrating the
future of our great state."
Blue Cross spokesman John
Herbkersman said company
donated "in support for his
plans to improve the well being
of all Floridians."
SSouth Carolina Gov.-elect
Scott Nikki Haley is selling sponsor-
ships for her inaugural events.
"Platinum" sponsors who give $25,000 get eight
reserved seats at the inaugural ceremony, two
tickets for a lunch with the Republican governor
and other top state officers, along with admission
to the inaugural gala and eight private reception
passes, according to a sponsorship form on her
website.
Haley spokesman Rob (..lfi ', said donors
would be disclosed.
In Colorado, Democrat John Hickenlooper is
offering sponsorships of up to $25,000 for his in-
augural events. Names of donors who gave more
than $500 will be released by the Jan. 1 1 inaugu-
ration, Hickenlooper spokesman Ben Davis said.
Contributors won't get any favors, Davis said.


"John does not operate that way and never has."
Some governors are scaling way back.
In New York, incoming Democratic Gov. Andrew
Cuomo is planning what his aide Josh Vlasto
called an "austere" event that will include a small
Jan. 1 inauguration ceremony at the state Capi-
tol followed by a public receiving line at the exec-
utive mansion. No concerts or balls are planned.
No budget has been released, but Vlasto said "it
will be a fraction" of previous inaugurations.
"This is not a time for the grand and expensive
celebrations of the recent past," Cuomo said in a
state meant.


By Tejinder Singh

History was made in the U.S.
on recently as the Senate voted
65 to 31 to repeal the military's
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy -
the ban on openly gay service
members. Obama indicated he
would sign the bill into law as
early as this week.
"It is time to allow gay and
lesbian Americans to serve
their country openly," Obama
said. He further said that it was
"time to recognize that sacri-
fice, valor and integrity are no
more defined by sexual orien-
tation than they are by race or
gender, religion or creed."
Welcoming the vote, Defense
Secretary Robert Gates said,
"Once this legislation is signed
into law by the President, the
Department of Defense will
immediately proceed with the
planning necessary to carry out
this change carefully and me-
thodically, but purposefully."


Gates, however,
added, "Our men
and women in uni-
form understand /
that while today's
historic vote means
that this policy will
change, the imple-
mentation and cer-
tification process
will take an ad-
ditional period of .....
time," stressing, "In OBA
the meantime, the
current law and policy will re-
main in effect."
The president had earlier
welcomed the vote of the Sen-
ate, calling it "an historic step
towards ending a policy that
undermines our national se-
curity while violating the very
ideals that our brave men and
women in uniform risk their
lives to defend."
Obama heaved a sigh of re-
lief with his words, "No longer
will our nation be denied the


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service of thousands
of patriotic Ameri-
cans forced to leave
the military, despite
years of exemplary
performance, be-
Scause they happen to
be gay. And no longer
will many thousands
more be asked to live
a lie in order to serve
the country they
MA love."
"As Commander-
in-Chief, I am also absolutely
convinced that making this
change will only underscore
the professionalism of our
troops as the best led and best
trained fighting force the world
has ever known," he added.
Former presidential hope-
ful Republican Sen. John Mc-
Cain was conspicuous in his
remarks against the passage,
saying "we are doing great dam-
age" by passing this legislation.
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larly from opposition leader and
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangi-
rai's Movement for Democratic
Change.
Mugabe has held power since
Zimbabwe became independent
in 1980. A 2008 election resulted
in a runoff between Mugabe and
Tsvangirai. Movement for Demo-
cratic Change, charging fraud in
the election, eventually pulled
out, and Mugabe was declared
the winner.
In 2009, with ZANU-PF no lon-
ger a majority in the parliament,
Mugabe formed a coalition gov-
ernment with Tsvangirai, who
was named prime minister.
Recently, Mugabe said he was
tired of working with the opposi-
tion party, which he said "lacked
ideology and policies." He termed
the unity government a "crea-
ture."
Mugabe warned Western dip-
lomats not to interfere in Zim-
babwe's elections, which he said
would be held next year. He said
the West had contributed to his
party's defeat in 2008.
"(In 2008), we had even the
American ambassador going out
with anti-ZANU-PF documents
and blatantly organizing for
MDC," he said. "That will not hap-
pen (next year). Any ambassador
who does will kick him out. We
have been too good."


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4A THE MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 22-28, 2010


Steele says he'll



run again for



GOP chair

WASHINGTON Embattled GOP Republican
Party chairman Michael Steele announced re-
cently that he will seek a second term despite a
rocky two years marked by allegations of finan-
cial mismanagement and frequent verbal gaffes.
After weighing a decision for weeks as chal-
lengers lined up, Steele alerted the 168-member
Republican National Committee during an eve-
ning conference call that he would run.
"Yes, I have stum-
bled along the way,
but have always ac-
counted to you for
such shortcomings.
No excuses. No lies.
No hidden agenda,"
Steele told the com-
mittee, according to
a text of his remarks
he e-mailed to RNC
members afterward.
"Going forward, I ask
for your support and
your vote for a sec- MICHAEL STEELE
ond term."
"Our work is not done; and my commitment
has not ended," he added.
Steele's troubled first term expires in January,
and the committee must then vote on whether
he should run the party's national operations
during the 2012 presidential election cycle.
A former Maryland lieutenant governor, Steele
was chosen to oversee the party in January
2009. He became the first Black national chair-
man in the Republican Party's history just shy
of three months after the nation elected a Demo-
crat as the first Black president.
Steele was considered an outsider because he
wasn't part of the RNC's clubby environment.
His brash style and unconventional ways irked
establishment Republicans from the outset.
Questions about his financial management of
the RNC followed.
Republican victories up and down the ballot
in November didn't quiet Steele critics. Com-
plaints about Steele's stewardship of the party's
national operations only mounted. And he has
watched his once strong support within the RNC
rank and file all but evaporate as GOP leaders
on Capitol Hill and in states across the country
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Justice Department sues BP, other companies


By Kevin Johnson
Rick Jervis

Oil giant BP and eight other
companies were targeted by the
Justice Department recently in
a civil lawsuit that probably will
seek billions of dollars in dam-
ages related to thisyear's mas-
sive Gulf oil spill, the largest
offshore spill in U.S. history.
The government's lawsuit -
its first major legal action. re-
lated to the disaster seeks
unspecified penalties under
the Clean Water Act and asks
that eight of the defendants be
held liable "without limitation"
under the Oil Pollution Act for
all oil removal costs and dam-
ages to the region. Under the
Clean Water Act alone, the gov-
ernment could be allowed to
collect penalties up to $4,300
per barrel spilled if it proves
gross negligence or willful mis-


ERIC HOLDER
Attorney General

conduct.
Teams of scientists super-
vised by the U.S. government
have estimated that 4.9 million
barrels of oil spewed into the
Gulf after the explosion April
20 of the Deepwater Horizon
drilling rig.
"We intend to prove that
these defendants are respon-
sible for government removal
costs, economic losses and en-
vironmental damages without
limitation," Attorney General
Eric Holder said, describing the
lawsuit as the government's
"crucial first step forward."
Holder said a separate criminal
investigation is continuing.
He said "important safety and
operating regulations were vio-
lated" before the spill. The gov-
ernment has alleged that the
defendants failed to use "the
best available and safest drill-
ing technology" and that "con-
tinuous surveillance" of the well
was not maintained.
BP said the government's ac-
tion was expected.



Oil-spill claims

get fast track

By Dionne Searcey

People who say they have
been harmed by BP PLC's Gulf
Coast oil spill will have more
options for faster payment of
claims under a plan to be an-
nounced by attorney Kenneth
Feinberg.
Feinberg, who is adminis-
tering the $20 billion fund set
aside by BP to pay claims to
those hurt financially or other-
wise by the spill, said claimants
in some instances could receive
a final payment in as soon as
two weeks.
Gulf residents and politicians
from the region have criticized
Mr. Feinberg as taking too long
to cut checks to restaurant and
resort owners, shrimpers and
others whose livelihoods have
suffered since the April spill.
He has said many of the
claims came with improper
documentation and so couldn't
be processed.
As of recently, Feinberg had
paid 163,946 claims for a total
outlay of $2.4 billion. Claim-
ants were able to seek emer-
gency payments up until Nov.
23.
They have until August 2013
to make claims for a final,
lump-sum payment, but to do
so means they must give up
their right to sue BP or any of
the companies tied to the spill.
Feinberg said 10,000 claim-
ants have applied for final pay-
ments.
Starting this week, claimants
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"The filing is solely a state-
ment of the government's al-
legations and does not in any
manner constitute any finding
of liability or anyjudicial finding
that the allegations have merit,"
BP said in a statement. "BP will
answer the government's alle-
gations in a timely manner and
will continue to cooperate with
all government investigations


and inquiries."
The company said it had set
aside $20 billion to pay all le-
gitimate claims.
In Grand Isle, La., one of
the hardest-hit communities
in the spill zone, the lawsuit
was welcome news. "There are
a lot of people who haven't yet
been compensated by BP," said
Grand Isle Councilman Jay La-


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REMEMBERING


PRESIDENTS,


SLAVES


President Washington's Philadelphia home held 9 slaves


Historic site is

dedicated after

eight years

By Stephan Salisbury

After more than eight years
of street demonstrations, argu-
ments, public debate, haggling
and missed deadlines, the site
marking the intertwined lives
of U.S. presidents and slaves is
set to open to the public with a
simple ribbon-cutting ceremo-
ny recently.
President's House: Freedom
and Slavery in Making a New
Nation, on Philadelphia's In-
dependence Mall, defines the
small piece of ground at Sixth
and Market streets where Pres-
idents George Washington and
John Adams lived and also
focuses on the enslaved Afri-
cans held by Washington at the
house, which was largely de-
molished in 1832.
"It's either the end of the be-
ginning or the beginning of the
end," said Randall Miller, a pro-
fessor of American history at
St.
Joseph's University who has
been involved in the wind-
ing, bumpy journey leading to
the doorway of the President's
House.

THOUGHT AND DEBATE
"Finally the public will get
to weigh in," he said regard-
ing whether the memorial has
found the right balance in
evoking two presidents and


nine slaves.
Behind the site, a few feet
from the Liberty Bell Center's
entrance, an enclosure of glass,
wood and steel commemorates
the nine.
"The installation in and of
itself will do what educational
exhibitions are meant to do
-provoke thought and debate
-and I think there will be a lot
of thought and debate," said
Clay Armbrister, Philadelphia
Mayor Michael Nutter's chief of
staff.
The city, which has managed
design and construction since
2005, and Independence Park,
which assumes responsibility
for the $10.5 million project,
collaborated to create a stylized
architectural echo of the house
-not a reconstruction, though
it generally hews to what is
thought to be the house's foot-
print.

OWNED 300 SLAVES
Washington, owner of 300
slaves in Virginia, is seen in
the context of the slave sys-
tem, which elevated his wealth
and brought him to the apex of
power.
"It was a piece of history that
needed to be on the table. We
needed to tell the truth," said
Joyce Wilkerson, who was
Mayor John Street's chief of
staff when he committed the
city and $1.5 million to the
project in 2003.
"We have this Disnevland
view of how the country came
to be founded that just isn't
true," said Wilkerson, now
head of the New Orleans Re-
development Authority "This


N


Archaeoloists work to uncover the foundational remains of
ground in preparation for the site's opening in Philadelphia.


country was built on the backs
of workers who were enslaved.
It was built on the backs of Na-
tive Americans, who were ex-
terminated. It's not pretty It's
not a pretty history."


FIRST COMMEMORATION
The President's House is be-
lieved to be the first federal
commemoration of enslaved
Africans. The stories of the


-Photo byTom Gralish
the president's house below


nine kept there by Washing-
ton are rendered in short vid-
eos throughout the site, in tra-
ditional -text displays and on
painted glass panels.
Oney Judge, Christopher


Sheels, Joe, Giles, Hercules,
Paris, Moll, Richmond and Aus-
tin -the nine identified as work-
ing in the house -symbolize all
Africans enslaved in America.
The project had a rocky history
rife with disputes from its be-
ginnings in'early 2002.
At that time, Independence
Park was about to build a new
home for the Liberty Bell when
amateur architectural historian
Edward Lawler Jr. published
an article about the vanished
executive mansion.
In it, he pointed out that
visitors to the bell's new home
would walk over the unmarked
spot where Washington quar-
tered some of his slaves.
The city stepped in to man-
age a new design process. Dis-
agreements smoldered on.
The resulting exhibition is a
hard-fought effort to present
president and slaveholder, but
debate continues as the site
prepares to open. House history
The President's House in Phila-
delphia served as the executive
mansion for the first two presi-
dents of the United States while
the permanent national capital
was under construction in the
District of Columbia.


When children are caught


in the cycle of poverty


By Jennifer Masdla

The economic collapse has
taken a toll on vast segments
of society,. but it has affected
some groups disproportion-
ately. Among those are chil-
dren.
The Institute for Children,
Poverty and Homelessness
reports that nationwide, 1.35
million children- are home-
less. Most of them are Black
or Latino. Children make up
a quarter of the nation's pop-
ulation, but account for 36
percent of all people in pover-
ty, according to a report from
the National Center for Chil-
dren in Poverty, at Columbia
University.
In New York City, 30 per-
cent of children are living in
poverty. One out of every five
children relies on local food
banks or pantries for sus-
tenance, and of these chil-
dren, 79 percent rely on the
National School Lunch Pro-
gram.
Poverty stymies perfor-


mance in school and nega-
tively affects mental and
physical health, experts say.
Poor children have higher
rates of asthma, are more
likely to suffer a higher rate
of cognitive delays and devel-
opmental disorders.
Absent intervention, these
children will face great diffi-
culty in transcending the dis-
advantages of their early lives
and, as adults, are likely to
perpetuate a cycle of-poverty
that has consumed genera-
tions in areas like East New
York, Brooklyn; Jamaica,
Queens; Morrisania in the
Bronx; East Harlem; and Port
Richmond on Staten Island.
Such an outcome is not
acceptable to advocates like
Richard R. Buery Jr., presi-
dent and chief executive of
the Children's Aid Society,
who said, "Those who love
our country, and believe in
its ideals, cannot be satisfied
until the promise of equal op-
portunity is made true for all
of our children."


GOP chairman plans to run again


STEELE
continued from 4A

signaled they desired new lead-
ership.
No less than a half dozen
Republicans are weighing
challenges to Steele or have
launched candidacies. The two
latest to formally announce
bids are Maria Cino, a New York
native who served in the Bush
administration and planned
the party's 2008 nominating
convention, and Gentry Col-


lins, who headed the RNC's po-
litical department under Steele.
Others in the mix include:
Saul Anuzis, a committee-
man from Michigan who lost to
Steele in the 2009 chairman's
race; Reince Priebus, chair-
man of Wisconsin's GOP; and
Ann Wagner, a former Missouri
state GOP chair and a former
ambassador. Kentucky com-
mitteeman Mike Duncan, who
was an RNC chairman under
President George W. Bush, also
may run.


History made with "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"


OBAMA
continued from 4A

The Republican minority
leader, Sen.. Mitch McConnell,
echoed McCain's argument for
the "need" to hear from senior
enlisted personnel, stressing
that not enough review had
been accomplished in the Sen-
ate.
Majority Leader Senator Har-
ry Reid (D) quoted the late Re-


publican Sen. Barry Goldwater,
considered a doyen of the mod-
ern GOP conservative move-
ment, as saying, "you don't have
to be straight to shoot straight."
Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT)
restricted the U.S. armed forces
from discovering or revealing
gay, lesbian or bisexual service
members or applicants, while
barring those who are openly
gay, lesbian, or bisexual from
military service.


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7A THE MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 22-28, 2010


BI \CKS MUSIt CONftROl li'IIIR \OWN )ISnllNY


Summit empowers young men with HIV/AIDS awareness


Special to The Miami Times

On Wednesday, December
15, nearly 600 students from a
dozen Miami-Dade middle and
high schools gathered at the
Joseph Caleb Center in Miami
for the second annual "Man
Up Against HIV/AIDS" youth
summit, hosted by the Urban
League of Greater Miami.
Male students from Miami
Northwestern Senior High, Mi-
ami Norland, Miami Jackson,
Miami Central High School,
Hialeah Gardens High, North
Miami Senior High, Miami Car-
ol City, Booker T. Washington
High School, Parkway Acad-
emy Charter School, Browns-
ville Middle School, Madison
Middle School and Miami Edi-
son Senior High School partici-
pated in the five-hour summit.
The students heard true
stories about sexual health
risks from Lorenzo Davis of
Community AIDS Resource,
Inc., (CARE Resource), one of
Miami-Dade's largest AIDS ad-


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vocacy organizations. In addi-
tion, they learned important
facts about sexually transmit-
ted diseases including HIV,
engaged in frank discussion
about the risks of unprotected
sexual activity and viewed a
one-man show from author,


motivational speaker and HIV
activist/educator Devin T.
Robinson.
At the end of the event, the
students took an oath to treat
themselves and the people in
their lives with respect, and to
guard their own health.


The summit also included a
health fair, and available HIV
testing on site at the Caleb
Center.
"It's critical that we urgently
engage young men in this con-
versation," said Urban League
of Greater Miami President


Photo Kirt Blackwood

T. Willard Fair, "because this
epidemic isn't threatening to
reach our schools it's al-
ready there. Reversing the cri-
sis of HIV/AIDS in our com-
munity starts with them."
Liberty City is the epicen-
ter of the HIV/AIDS crisis in


Miami-Dade County, with the
highest population of people
suffering from AIDS or infect-
ed with HIV. As of 2008, one
in eight residents of Liberty
City were living with HIV or
AIDS. And while Liberty City is
home to just 8 percent of the
county's population, it is home
to 20 percent and 18 percent
of the reported AIDS and HIV
cases respectively.
In addition, according to the
Miami-Dade Health Depart-
ment, Miami-Dade ranks num-
ber one in HIV and AIDS cases
in the State of Florida, with 1
in 45 Black county residents
and 1 in 179 Hispanics living
with HIV or AIDS, compared
with about 1 in 130 whites.
The "Man Up" youth summit
is a partnership between the
Urban League of Greater Mi-
ami and the Miami-Dade Pub-
lic Schools HIV/AIDS Aware-
ness office. It is sponsored
by the Florida Department of
Health and the National Urban
League.


King III to give keynote at


FAMU's MLK Convocation


FAMU reception to honor


Lt. Governor-Elect Carroll


Special to the Miami 7Times

Martin Luther King III, son
of the slain civil rights leader,
has been selected as the key-
note speaker for Florida A&M
(FAMU)'s annual MLK Convo-
cation on Tuesday, January
11th. The program begins at
10:10 a.m. in the Alfred Lawson
Jr. Multipurpose Center and
Teaching Gymnasium.
As the oldest son of the late
Martin Luther King Jr. and
Coretta Scott King, King III is
carrying the torch lit by both of
.his parents into the 21st cen-
tury. His dedication to creat-
ing and implementing strate-
gic nonviolent action to rid the
world of social, political and
economic injustice has pro-
pelled him to the forefront as
one of the nation's most ardent
advocates for the poor, the op-
pressed and the disillusioned.
In 1986, King was elected to
political office as an at-large
representative of more than
700,000 residents of Fulton
County, Ga. His tenure on the


Board of Commissioners was
marked by strong ethics legis-
lation, purification of the coun-
ty's natural water resources,
legislation regulating minority
business participation in public
contracting and stringent haz-
ardous waste disposal require-
ments.
He is also committed to the
personal and educational devel-
opment of youth and has initi-
ated several programs through-
out the years to support and
nurture young people. Among
them are the King Summer In-
tern Program designed to pro-
vide employment opportunities
for high school students; Hoops
for Health a charity basket-
ball game held to increase pub-
lic awareness of newborns suf-
fering the affects of substance
abuse; and A Call to Manhood
- an annual event designed to
unite young Black males with
positive adult role models.
He has led protests against
the biased digital divide in the
field of technology and has spo-
ken to the United Nations on


R


Martin Luther King III
behalf of individuals living with gree in political science from
the challenges of AIDS. His ex- Morehouse College and is the
periences as a committed son of recipient of numerous awards
the civil rights movement give and several honorary degrees.
him a unique perspective con- He also serves as the presi-
cerning critical problems facing dent and chief executive officer
our nation and world. King re- of The Martin Luther King, Jr.
ceived his bachelor of arts de- Center in Atlanta.


Special to the Miami Times

Florida A&M University
(FAMU) and Lawson Associ-
ates will sponsor a black tie
reception in honor of Florida's
Lt. Governor-Elect Jennifer
Carroll on Sunday, Janu-
ary 2, in the Alfred Lawson
Jr. Multipurpose Center and
Teaching Gymnasium.
"FAMU congratulates Mrs.
Carroll on her historic elec-
tion," said FAMU President
James H. Ammons. "This
reception is an opportunity
to welcome Mrs. Carroll to
FAMU, the campus and the
Tallahassee community."
Carroll was born in Port of
Spain, Trinidad West Indies,
emigrated to the U:. 'as a
young child and served her
adopted nation honorably
and with distinction with the
U.S. Navy for more than 20
years. She worked through
the ranks and retired as a
Lieutenant Commander Avi-
ation Maintenance Officer.
During her time in the Navy,
she was awarded the Meri-


LT. GOVERNOR-ELECT
JENNIFER CARROLL
torious Service Medal, the
Overseas Ribbon, two Coast
Guard Special Operation
Ribbons and an Expert Pistol
Medal.
Carroll rat f fr*the FPlrda
House of Representatives in
2003 and after winning, be-
came the first Black Repub-
lican in the Florida Legisla-
ture's history.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and
the general public is invited
to attend, but tickets are re-
quired. For more informa-
tion, call (850) 222-1286.


Commissioner Jordan leads the way in FMU project


Opa-locka City Hall

also gets renovation

dollars
Special to the Miami Times

Miami-Dade County Commis-
sioner Barbara J. Jordan and
the Board of County Commis-
sioners recently approved two
resolutions aimed, at major capi-
tal improvements within District
1. The first resolution allocates
$5,000,000 to aide Florida Me-
morial University (FMU) in the
construction of an on-campus
multi-purpose arena. The arena
will offer recreational, cultural
and educational, activities, as
well as serve as a venue for high
school and intercollegiate sports
competitions and other uses by
the community. The second
item secures $2,000,000 to-
wards the renovation of the His-
toric Opa-locka City Hall. The
funding for both projects will
come from the Building Better


- .-
BARBARA J. JORDAN
Miami-Dade County Comnmissionter
Communities General Obliga-
tion Bond Program.
FMU, located in Jordan's
District 1, has a long history
of commitment to the free ex-
change of ideas, the pursuit of
knowledge, and the ongoing
transmission of Black history
and culture. Upon relocating to
Miami in 1968, FMU became an
integral part of the community


and continues to provide lead-
ership, character and service
to the community. The Univer-
sity has experienced increased
growth of its student body and
has embarked upon an aggres-
sive capital program to address
the students' and surrounding
community's needs.
"The current facilities at Flori-
da Memorial are dated and inad-
equate for not only the school's
intercollegiate programs, but
also their community outreach
activities," Jordan said. "There
is a real need for additional ven-
ues in Miami-Dade's northwest
that the community can access
to provide alternatives for our
growing youth population."
"The historic Opa-locka City
Hall was built in 1926 and
similar to many of the build-
ings that Glen Curtiss built in
Opa-Locka, the distinguish-
able Moorish architecture has
become synonymous with the
city," she added. "In 1982, the
Opa-locka City Hall was placed
on the National Register of His-


Edmonson elected vice chairwoman of the Board of County Commissioners


Special to the Miami Times

Commissioner Audrey M. Ed-
monson has been selected by
her peers to serve as vice chair-
woman of the Board of County
Commissioners for 2011-2013.
She will serve in her new role
alongside Commissioner Joe
A. Martinez, who was elected
chairman for the same term.
Edmonson has served on the
Miami-Dade County Commis-
sion representing District 3
since December, 2005. On Au-
gust 26, 2008, Edmonson was
elected to serve a four-year
term, representing the commu-
nities of Liberty City, Little Haiti,


Overtown, the Upper
East Side, Allapattah
and Wynwood, all lo-
cated in the City of
Miami, Brownsville,
the Village of El Por-
tal, the City of Miami
Shores and a portion
of North Miami.
She currently /
serves as chairper- /
son of the Housing '
and Economic De- /,
velopment Commit- EDM(
tee, which is tasked
with the oversight of opportuni-
ties for economic development,
community and social viability
for Miami-Dade residents. She


is also a member of
the Governmental
Operations; Bud-
get Planning and
Sustainability; and
Transit Infrastruc-
4 ture and Roads
Committees and
serves on the Mi-
S ami-Dade County
Homeless Trust.
In 2007, Mayor
Carlos Alvarez ap-
NSON pointed Edmon-
son as "Honorary
Chairperson" to the City of Cape
Town, South Africa for the Mi-
ami-Dade County Sister Cities
Program.


toric Places and designated an
historic site by the Opa-locka
Historic Preservation in 1991.
It has also been the backdrop
for numerous movies and com-
mercials. Unfortunately, the
building is in need of major res-
toration and these funds will
provide enough for the comple-
tion of all emergency repairs
in order to protect the facility
from potential catastrophic fail-
ure and maintain the buildings
Moorish design."


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8A THE MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 22-28, 2010


Sex offenders find jobs at schools


Study shows officials not


checking histories


By Mary Beth Marklein

Registered sex offenders
are getting jobs in schools as
teachers, administrators, vol-
unteers and contractors, de-
spite state laws that prohibit
them from contact with chil-
dren, a government watchdog
report says.
And school officials in some
states enable misconduct to
continue by ignoring red flags
at hiring or by covering up the
firing of sex offenders, accord-
ing to the report by the U.S.
Government Accountability
Office, the investigative arm of
Congress.
The report, obtained by USA
TODAY, is based on a review of
15 cases in 11 states over the
past decade involving people
with histories of sexual mis-
conduct working in public or
private schools. Of those, 11
offenders previously had tar-


geted children, and six abused
more children in their new
jobs.
About 35 states have laws
restricting offenders from
schools, and most states re-
quire criminal history checks,
though specifics vary widely,
the report found. Rep. George
Miller, D-Calif., who requested
the investigation, urged states
to strengthen laws.
"These children were put in
this unsafe position ... because
adults in charge of their well-
being failed to do their job,"
said Miller, outgoing chairman
of the House education com-
mittee. "Parents have a right to
believe that their children are
safe."
A 2004 Education Depart-
ment study estimates that mil-
lions of kids in kindergarten
through 12th grade are vic-
tims of sexual misconduct by a
school employee at some point.


The GAO report notes that
most sexual abuse of children
goes unreported. In one study
it cites, 232 child molesters
admitted to molesting a total
of 17,000 victims, often with-
out ever being caught.
"Every school in this country
has a responsibility to protect
its students from sexual pred-
ators on campus," U.S. Educa-
tion Secretary Arne Duncan
said, calling the report "shock-
ing."


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" C.


him an "outstanding teacher"
in a recommendation letter.
Several Louisiana schools
hired a registered sex offender,
whose Texas teaching certifi-
cate had -been revoked, with-
out doing a criminal history
check. A warrant is out for his
arrest on charges of engaging
in sexual conversations with a
student at one school.
In three cases, schools
didn't ask about troubling ap-
plication responses. For exam-


"7These children were put in this nilcil.
position ... because adults in charge of
their well-hbeing.fi iled to do their job."


How offenders slipped
through the cracks:
A teacher/coach who was
forced to resign from an Ohio
school because of inappropri-
ate contact with girls was hired
by a neighboring district, where
he was eventually convicted for
sexual battery against a sixth-
grade girl. The superintendent
at his first school had called


-IEP. GEORGE MILLER


pie, a California charter school
hired an administrator who left
blank a question about felony
convictions; he had been con-
victed of a sex offense against
a minor.
When questioned by investi-
gators about why such lapses
occur, officials usually said the
time and costs of background
checks factors.


Ex-Detroit Mayor faces new charges


The Associated Press

Imprisoned ex-Detroit Mayor
Kwame Kilpatrick was indict-
ed recently on new corrup-
tion charges, and his father,
Bernard Kilpatrick, also was
implicated in what a federal
prosecutor called a "pattern of
extortion, bribery and fraud"
among some of the city's most
prominent officials.
U.S. Attorney Barbara
McQuade announced the
38-count indictment during
a news conference. The in-
dictment also lists longtime
Kwame Kilpatrick associate
BpgJ ebsguson, ex-city water
director Victor Mercado and
ex-mayoral aide Derrick Miller.
"This indictment alleges an
audacious and far-reaching
abuse of the public trust by a
group of high-level city officials
and their close associates,"
McQuade said.
Kilpatrick resigned as mayor
in 2008 after pleading guilty to
obstruction of justice in state
court. He's now in prison for
violating probation in that case
and is awaiting trial in federal
court on tax and fraud charges
related to how he spent money
from a nonprofit fund.


Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick at his sentencing
hearing in 2008; behind him is his father, Bernard Kilpatrick.
Both men were indicted recently on corruption charges.


"Obviously, these are very
serious charges. We're going to
take them very seriously," said
Kwame Kilpatrick lawyer Jim
Thomas. "We're going to fight
this."
According to the new indict-
ment, the then-mayor and the
others used his office to extort
contractors.
Bernard Kilpatrick and Miller


helped hold upl) a $50 miillio
sewer lining contra't1 until the
winning bidder agreed to bring
Ferguson's business into the'
deal, the indictment said. It
said Ferguson ended up receive
ing $24.7 million in business.
The indictment lists 13 al-
leged fraudulent schemes in
the awarding of contracts in
the city's Department of Water


and Sewerage.
"At the heart of the scheme
S. was corruption in municipal
contracting," McQuade said.
The indictment grows out of a
six-year investigation into cor-
ruption in Detroit, McQuade
said. She and Detroit FBI chief
Andrew Arena said the investi-
gation continues to gather evi-
dence.
"It's not going to be done
until we say it's done," Arena
said.
Kwanme Kilpatrick is accused
of defrauding the state of Mich-
igan and private donors to his
civic fund bIV using the fund for
pcrsonlal ,scnues and other
improper purposes.
Ferguson kicked back at
least $-12-1.000 in cash and
valuables to the thein-li.avor
the indictme'lunt said. It said
Kwa.in Kilpatrick used at least
$5()0.t00( to mnakc deposits to
his h;ank icacoutiilts pa;v credit
c;trds. bu' icashicers checks,
repI'y loians ind buy clothes.
While his son was niayor,
Bternard Kilpatrick deposited
S600,000 in cash into personal
bank accounts, the indictment
said. He is charged with mak-
ing false tax filings for 2004,
2005 and 2007.


Gunman shot at school board meeting Aspiring rapper murdered in Miramar home


A gunman opened fire at a school board meeting in
Panama City, Fla., exchanged shots with a security
guard and then killed himself, police said. The man
walked up to a podium, spray-painted a red "V" with a
circle around it and began firing, said Leon Walters, who
was at the meeting. Police Sgt. Jeff Becker said video
footage revealed the gunman, Clay Duke, 56, fatally shot
himself after being shot by the security guard.


Tobacco company ordered to pay $71 M
A jury in Boston ruled that Lorillard Tobacco tried to
entice Black children to become smokers by handing out
free cigarettes and awarded $71 million in damages to
the estate and son of a woman who died of lung cancer.
Willie Evans alleged Lorillard introduced his mother, Ma-
rie Evans, to smoking as a child in the 1950s be giving
her free Newport cigarettes. He said his mother smoked
for more than 40 years before dying of lung cancer at
54, Lorillard spokesman Gregg Perry said the company
insisted it did not give cigarettes to children.


iMiami 77iies Staff'Report

An aspiring rap artist from Mira-
mar was killed in front of his family
during a home robbery on Dec. 14.
Raymond Edwin Adderly Jr., 33,
a father of three, was slain around
9 p.m. inside his home in the 8300
block of Sherman Circle, police said.
The robbers killed Adderly in front
of his wife and three sons, ages 3, 5
and 7, right after he famniily arrived
home from a Christmas pnly.
The attackers fled t( ll scene in ;i
least one vehicle, said Miramnar po
lice spokeswoman Tania Rues.
Adderly, whose stage name was
'Nutzo,' was currently working
on his first album. He is a child-
hood friend of well-known rapper


Rick Ross.
Police ask anyone with informa-
tion about the incident to call Bro-
ward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-
TIPS.


I c.. Scene

MIAMI
MAN ARRESTED IN FATAL SHOOTING
A man is behind bars, accused of a deadly shooting.
The shooting happened outside a house along Northwest 65th Street and 23rd Avenue.
A mother of two was shot in the head and died at the scene.
The suspect fled the scene, but police found him near Northwest First Avenue and 59th
Street in Miami.
Investigators are calling this a domestic violence incident.

BURGLARS RIP OFF ELECTRONICS STORE
Police are searching for the burglars responsible for stealing some pricey merchan-
dise.
Thieves broke into the Santa Fe Electrdnics store along East Flagler Street and Second
Avenue in Downtown Miami. They tore off the front, roll-down security gate to gain entry.
Detectives report that the crooks got away with computers, luggage and other items.
If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-
471-TIPS.

FORT LAUDERDALE
CRIME CRACKDOWN NETS NEARLY 200 ARRESTS
Nearly 200 people have been arrested in Broward County as part of a major crackdown
on crime.
Broward Sheriff's deputies prowled the streets on a two-day operation to get prosti-
tutes, drugs and guns off the streets.
Deputies confiscated marijuana, crack and prescription drugs. They also took 15 guns
off the streets.
BSO conducted the sweep dubbed "December Cold" along with the DEA, FBI and sev-
eral local police agencies.

PEMBROKE PINES
WOMAN ACCUSED OF CAUSING LOCKDOWN HELD WITHOUT BOND
The woman accused of making the threats that led to the lockdown of Broward public
schools last month acted after reading about U.S. Rep.-elect Allen West's choice of a
conservative radio talk show host as his chief of staff, according to court documents.
Ellisa Martinez looked at an online article about Joyce Kaufman being named to the
top job in West's office just three minutes before calling in a phone threat to Kaufman's
radio station, WFTL-850 AM, according to documents filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
A federal magistrate judge ordered Martinez, a former adult education teacher, held
without bond as a result of the Nov. 10 threats that paralyzed the nation's sixth-largest
school district for several hours.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow deemed Martinez, 48, a potential danger to the
community and a flight risk.
Martinez, a UCLA political science graduate who lives in the Tampa area, is accused of
sending a threatening e-mail to Kaufman followed seven hours later by the call to the ra-
dio station. Computer records show that prior to the threats, Martinez watched an online
video clip about West, R-Plantation, and read at least one article about Kaufman being
named West's chief of staff, court records show.
Martinez sat quietly through the recent proceedings, listening attentively. She is sched-
uled to be arraigned Dec. 21.



Attack on ref could bring felony charge


By Jim Halley

,lasQop.^ollan~dy g) fagg
ketball player from DeSoto
High in Arcadia, Fla., could
face third-degree felony
charges for attacking a game
official.
According to a copy of the
incident report filed by DeSo-
to County Sheriffs officer Mi-
chael Snow that was provided
to USA TODAY, after Holland
was ejected from the game
Monday by official Jim Hamm.
Holland pushed Hamm and
then threw him to the ground
before he was escorted off
the floor by Snow and others.
Snow was assigned to work
security at the game.
The incident came with
2 minutes, 15 seconds left
in the first half of the game
against Port Charlotte with
DeSoto trailing 27-21. The
game was halted and Port
Charlotte awarded a victory by
forfeit.


Snow's report said there was
probable cause Holland's of-
fense would warrant a charge
0oT Bat ;ery. 'n lorida, while
battery in this case would
normally be a misdemeanor,
it is elevated to a third-degree
felony whenever the battery is
on a sports official. As of re-
cently. Holland had not been
arrested.
Hamm, 51, is executive di-
rector of the Punta Gorda.
Fla., YMCA and said he had
never been involved in a simi-
lar incident though he had of-
ficiated basketball games for
18 years. He said he did not
sustain any lasting injuries
from the incident.
DeSoto coach Joe Sheridan
told USA TODAY recently that
Holland, a 6-5 senior, had
been removed from the team.
He also said Holland was sus-
pended from school for at
least a week and barred from
all extracurricular activities
for the rest of the school year.


Fund set aside for those affected by oil spill


OIL
continued from 5A

who have received an emer-
gency payment can opt to
receive a final payment -
$25,000 for businesses or
$5,000 for individuals.
Feinberg said the process
would avoid the tangle of pa-
perwork needed to file other
claims, requiring no more
than checking a box on a form
and signing a release not to
sue.
Payments would be made
within two weeks, he said.
"That allows the facility to
clear out those eligible claim-
ants who already received
compensation and feel that
compensation they received is
adequate," Feinberg said.
Those claimants, he said


can "take this quick pay op-
tion and be done with it."
The fund was set up as an
attempt by BP to head off
pending litigation against the
company. Its offshore spill,
which ranked as the worst in
U.S. history, led to widespread
economic and environmental
damage, including the closing
of Gulf waters to fishing. The
new plan is designed to fur-
ther that mission.
"The twin goals of this pro-
gram have always been to cor-
ral all of the claims so that we
can try and bring finality to
the process and make people
who are innocent victims of
the spill whole," Feinberg said
in an interview.
Another option for peo-
ple who say they have been
harmed: They can opt to re-


ceive quarterly payments until
they decide whether to make
a final claim. The quarterly
payments could mean these
claimants receive a smaller
final payment if the financial
climate in the Gulf improves
in coming months, Feinberg
said.
"We'll cut you obviously a
much smaller check but the
advantage of that approach is
you can wait and see and not
surrender your rights to sue,"
he said.
Feinberg also will announce
that anyone who wants a law
yer to help them sort through
the new options can have one
for free. At the request of Mis
sissippi Attorney General Jimu
Hood, Feinberg plans to hire a
firm to offer the free legal ser-
vices to claimants.


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Process must be allowed to play out


COMMISSIONERS
continued from 1A

Black commissioners say
they welcome the effort to re-
call them from office, confident
that their votes for the budget
followed the desired of their re-
spective constituents.
Jordan has said that when
she heard the threat from Bra-
man saying that he would go
after whoever voted with the
Mayor on the budget, she was
both angry and insulted. She
says she still feels the same
adding that she stands behind
her vote.
"We're elected to represent
our constituency," she said.
"I weigh all decisions with the
best interest of our constitu-
ents mostly poor and elderly
people. I refuse to be intimi-
dated by anyone. I support the
Mayor and the budget that we


have adopted. The people who
suffer the most are the poor
and the middle class. If I'm re-
called for voting my conscience
and representing the people of
my district, then so be it."
Edmonson said that while
she believes any recall would
be disruptive in the short term,
she supports the "right of the
citizenry to petition their elect-
ed officials."
"There are members of this
County that are disenchanted
with the recent budget ap-
proved by the county com-
missioners," she said. "Not-
withstanding, there were very
difficult decisions that this
commission had to make in or-
der to preserve essential servic-
es to all the residents of Miami-
Dade County. 1 cannot predict
the outcome of this initiative.
However, I believe I have served
District 3 with integrity. I have


faith and the utmost respect
for the residents [of my] district
and their rights."
Edmonson added that she,
like Jordan, voted for the bud-
get primarily because of the
needs and desires of her con-
stituency.
"I believe essential services
including funding to organiza-
tions serving our most vulner-
able population our seniors
and our children [were] sup-
ported in this budget," she said.
Finally, Moss says given the
way the government is struc-
tured individuals are within
their rights to launch a recall.
However, like his colleagues,
he voted for the budget so that
those in his district would not
suffer from the elimination of
vital services.
"There's thinking in this
community that taxes should
not be raised," he said. "In ref-


erence to the communities I
represent, the question was do
I want to eliminate 300 police
officers? At the end of the day,
the Black community is a large
consumer of police services.
Despite any conflict, when folks
call the police they want them
to show up. The Black commu-
nity is also a large consumer
of fire rescue services which
would have been dramatically
impacted as well. And we were
able to keep Head Start whole.
The budget allowed us to keep
[these] things intact."
Moss added that if enough sig-
natures are gathered to hold
a recall, then he would "cross
that road when we get there."
"I believe my district (District
Nine) understands why I vot-
ed for the budget," he said. "I
voted to preserve services in
my district in hard economic
times."


Family and faith have kept Taylor on track


TAYLOR
continued from 1A

number of votes in the race
which made her the City's vice
mayor and ironically placed
her right beside the incumbent
and her former nemesis, Kelley.
"That was a strange situation
that was often rather tense be-
cause as the vice mayor if the
gavel had to be passed by the
mayor, it would have to go to
me," she said. "That rarely hap-
pened."
Then in 2008, she says she
was led to run for mayor once
more. The race would be a con-
troversial one with its share of
mudslinging. But even before
the election, she says she faced
criticism.
"I had to give up my seat on
the Commission and I still had
two years left," she said. "There
Were some who questioned my
i~tibtn, but when the Lord
gives me instructions, I have
learned to be obedient."
Now seated, finally, as the


Mayor, Taylor continues to do
something that helped her win
the election she works every
day to bridge the gap between
her own generation and today's
hip-hop generation.

RAPPING AND SINGING WITH
BRISCO TO PROMOTE PEACE
When crime escalated in the
22nd Avenue Apartments where
local rapper British Alexander
Mitchell (aka Brisco) grew up,
the popular entertainer and
Taylor, a former singer herself,
combined efforts to learn more
about each other's world while
promoting a non-violence
campaign. Taylor says she not
only gained new support but
learned a great deal.
"We should not be aliens to
our young people and with
eight children of my own [ages
18 to 30] I think I know a thing
or two as to how to deal with
and speak to youth." she said.
"Brisco came to City Hall and
then I went to the 22nd Av-
enue Apartments. The aver-


age age in Opa-locka is 27 -
clearly as the mayor I need to
understand the concerns of
our young people."
Taylor says that recent ini-
tiatives like the successful
Gun Buy Back Program spon-
sored by the Opa-locka Police
Department, is just one exam-
ple of how the City has been
successful in reducing what
was once rampant crime. But
there are other issues that still
remain.

PUTTING A NEW FACE
ON OPA-LOCKA
Taylor is now focusing on
community development as a
key to her new programming.
She says that City Hall, which
is an historic building, will
soon undergo a facelift. But
that's not all.
"We are working on the
City's infrastructure we
want people to be'proud of the
way our City looks so they can
honestly say that Opa-locka is
a great place to live or to relo-


cate," she said. "But we know
we have to do it all one step at
a time. I like to say we are rid-
ing on the Opa-locka Express
and our first stop is Magnolia
North residents refer to it as
The Triangle. We are dropping
the street [colloquial] name and
will begin to refer to it by its for-
mal name, Magnolia. And we
have four or five programs up
and running that are intended
to not only provide positive ac-
tivities for our youth but to keep
them off the streets and out of
trouble."
Seated next to Taylor dur-
ing the interview was her hus-
band of 40 years, Bishop John
H. Taylor. They have weathered
the storms, run a successful
Christian-based private school
and led a local flock as the se-
nior pastor and first lady. At
times they even completed one
another's sentences.
Through it all. Taylor reit-
erates that for her, life begins
and ends with one word ser-
vice."


BIl. AKS MUST ('ONTROIL THEIR OWN DESTINY


Churches urged to open


their homes and hearts


ADOPT
continued from 1A

from the community who are
often called 'cousins' is nothing
new," she said. "The extended
family is something that has
been a part of the Black tradi-.
tion and Black community for
generations. However, in this
day and age there is a more
formal and legal process that
is required adoption. We just
hope we can find permanent
and loving homes for many of
our children."
Ruby White, 64, is the first
lady at Rock of Ages Missionary
Baptist Church, 2722 NW 55th
Street where her husband, the
Rev. Johnny White Jr. is the
pastor. She serves as the vice-
president of the Council.
"Our president, Sister Bonnie
Sims, as well as our members
that total about 40 women, all
believe that a loving, structured
environment is conducive to
producing better citizens," she
said. "It's sad how our chil-
dren are bounced around from
home to home. We have made
this a priority among our pro-
gramming and are urging our
church members to reach out
to families and to reclaim our
own. As a provider for child
care services and as the first
lady of a church, I know that
love ultimately has no color.
Children are children. But we
want to make sure that more of

FL's 30A: Highway
Singer/songwriters including
Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls,
Jeffrey Steele and Shawn Mul-
lins are among the performers
who will turn a 13-mile stretch
of Florida's scenic Highway 30A
into one big music venue in
January.
The second annual 30A Song-
writers Festival is set for the
tlii -dat--Martin Luther King
Jr. weekend Jan. 14-16 and
will take place in 17 venues
between Rosemary Beach and


our Black children see evidence
that they matter and that they
are loved."
Elder Tanya Jackson, 40, is
the helpmate to Overseer Den-
nis Jackson II, pastor of New
Mount Moriah Missionary Bap-
tist Church, 6700 NW 14th
Avenue. She says that during
times like Christmas, it's all
about putting smiles on the
faces of children.
"For a foster child, the great-
est Christmas gift they could
get would be to receive a home
of their own and the possibil-
ity of their own family," Jack-
son said. "Imagine? Their own
room, their own toys and their
own grandparents and parents.
That's what we are committed
to making happen."
Jackson, who is the mother
of three, ages 17, 15 and 12,
says she believes the initiative
will be successful because of
the "maternal perspective of
the church."
"As the wives of pastors we
know we have a lot of influence,
especially on other women and
children in our churches," she
said. "We nurture our own chil-
dren and the children who come
or belong to our churches. I
would even say that we have a
special anointing as both natu-
ral and spiritual mothers. We
want to use that gift and open
our hearts and homes to un-
derserved and underprivileged
children."


to heavenly music
Gulf Place. An opening party
Jan. 14 at Pandora's in Grayton
Beach will be followed by three
nights and two days of perfor-
mances, from large concerts to
intimate shows.
Cost is $75 for a weekend
pass to all shows and work-
shops and $35 for day passes.
Admission is first-come, first-
served at all venues. *)estival
accommodation packages also
are available.
Jayne Clark


Soccer rules with Edison High's Haitian students on front line


EDISON
continued from 1A

the academic performance of
our student-athletes in order to
improve academics at Edison."
Echoles says that the empha-
sis from the principal down was
on student first and athlete sec-
ond.
"We enrolled our students in
tutorials and then came up with
a new program, Challenging Our
Raiders to Excellence (CORE),"
he said. "Each member of our
leadership team was given 12 to
15 students and it became their
job to monitor their grades and
test scores. In addition, all of
our athletes were-challenged to
raise their grade point averages
to at least 2.5, rather than the
required 2.0 that keeps them eli-
gible for sports. But even more,
we wanted to see our seniors
graduating on time while also
providing them with opportuni-
ties for post-secondary studies."

COACHES PLAYA MOREACTIVE
ROLE IN MENTORING STUDENTS
An estimated 25 percent of
the students at Edison play
one or more sports out of a
student population of close to


800. With that in mind. Echoles
says coaches were given a more
prominent role in "overseeing
their programs while address-
ing both academic and personal
concerns."
"All of the changes we have
made and continue to make
were because our principal and
the rest of our staff, were de-
termined to end the eight-year
run of our getting an "F" for our
school grade, he said.
Gomez Dean Laleau, 40, a na-
tive of Haiti and the boys head
soccer coach (13-0-2) said that
getting the community behind
the students, both on the field
and off has been his greatest
challenge.
"Given our large number of
Haitian students, soccer is our
number one sport and this year
we may just take the state title,"
he said. "But we are still strug-
gling to get the full support of
the community. The communi-
ty's support in making sure our
kids study and go the extra mile
in their classes was the reason
for our improved school grade.
Now we have to duplicate those
efforts so our kids feel that their
skills on the soccer team are
equally appreciated. Sports keep


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kids out of trouble so whether
it's water polo or golf, I am going
to support them. That's the mes-
sage our children need to hear
from their parents, their friends
and the community too."
Eighty percent of the soccer
team are seniors and accord-
ing to Laleau, many are being
courted by the likes of Penn
State, Syracuse and Clemson.
And they have both the athletic
skills and the academic records
to matriculate at such highly-
respected institutions.
Trevor Harris, 34, is a new


hire at Edison and coaches the
football team and while their
record was less than stellar (1-
9) his players did improve in one
other important area: academn-
ics.
"Foolball rules in Miami and
so when I canme aboard inherit-
ing a 1-0 record from the previ-
ous season, many of the boys
transferred to other schools hop-
ing for better chances at win-
ning," said Harris, who played
football himself, first at Norland
and then at Bethune-Cookman
University. "But those that stuck


it out bought into my program
that included improving their in-
dividual skills on the field and in
the classroom."
Harris cites one of those stu-
dents, senior Corie Wilson, 19,
as one of those players who
used the school's new focus on
both academics and sports to
his advantage. Wilson has al-
ready been accepted at Marshall
University in Huntington, West
Virginia and because he has
completed his academic require-
ments to graduate, will start
classes next semester.


"It feels great getting a jump
on my studies and being able to
continue to play football at the
college level," Wilson said. "I am
just shy of having a 3.0 and this
year I took a few advanced place-
ment courses. Coach believed in
me so I believed in myself too."

GIRLS NOT FORGOTTEN
Echoles hired a former volley-
ball standout, Melissa Wray, 35,
as his assistant athletic direc-
tor. For the young women who
play sports at Edison, she serves
as a role model and an example
of what hard work can bring to
one's life.
"We know that the emphasis
on girls' sports doesn't equal
that of boys,' but that doesn't
really matter," she said. "I treat
each of them like they were my
own and push them just as hard
as the boys are pushed. The
challenge is to get them inter-
ested in playing sports like vol-
leyball which was my sport in
college. Others like track and
field and girls' soccer. No matter
what the sport, once we get their
interest we can begin to work on
improving their academics. Here
at Edison sports and academic
go hand-in-hand."


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-Phol courtesy of Urban Green Works
Liberty City Farmer's Market opened in TACOLCY Park last Thursday.


New 'urban green mart'



opens in Liberty City


Local non-profit
says healthy eating
depends on access

By Kaila Heard
kheard@miamitimesonline.com

Too often in urban areas, "af-
fordable food" often comes in
fast food wrappers. While the
fare does not always empty
one's wallet, they often come
loaded with unhealthy amounts
of salt, sugar and fat,- adding
pounds to waistlines and pos-
sibly costing expensive doctor's
visits at a later date.
To combat the lack of healthy,
inexpensive fares, more urban
areas have seen the openings of
local farmers markets.
Last Thursday, the Liberty
City Farmer's Market became
one of the latest "healthy urban
marts" to open.
Supported by several local
community organizations in-


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Pastor Larrie Lovett with wife of 19 years, Andrea.


Honoring a faithful heritage


* By Kaila Heard
, kheardl ,miamitimesonlie'.coin

, For many ministers, receiving the call to
. preach represents a years long struggle with
their personal desires and godly duties. The
difficult ,,lI uplie only ends with submission
and acceptance on their end.
But that pattern did not hold true for Rever-
end Larrie Lovett, the senior pastor of Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church of Brownsville.
S "I've always felt very comfortable in the


church. I've always had a special affection for
God and the church and the people of God,"
he said.
Lovett was always surrounded by men
who were committed to serving God and the
church. His father was a deacon, and his
grandfather was once a pastor at Antioch
MBC of Brownsville.
"I've always been very very entrenched in
the church," he said.
Yet the 46-year-old minister praises his father
Please turn to LOVETT 14B


SHow to choose a Bible for a Christmas gift


Project LEAD market goers watched demonstrations on
how to prepare a healthy smoothie at Farmers Market grand
opening last Thursday at the TACOLCY Park.


eluding the Belafonte TACOLCY
Center, Urban GreenWorks,
Youth L.E.A.D., Urban Oasis
Project and the Jessie Trice
Community Health Center, the
market offered shoppers a va-


riety of fresh fruits, vegetables,
flowers and herbs at the TA-
COLCY Park.
"We think it is vital for our
community to have access to
Please turn to MARKET 14B


By Kaila Heard
S kheard@nmiamitiimesonline' .con

Deciding what gifts to get for loved ones
S and friends is one the more excruciating
S dilemmas of the Christmas season.
To bestow a loved one with a thoughtful
and useful gift, giving them a Bible seems
like the perfect solution. And it is. Until
you realize that you then have to choose
exactly which version of the Bible makes
the most appropriate gift.
The New King James Version or the New
S International Version (NIV) used to be the
S automatic go-to versions for many Chris-


tians. According to the Christian Book-
sellers'Association, the New International
Version and the New King James Version
were the top-selling Bible translations in
2009.
However, now there are many more
translations of the Bible easily accessible
from the traditional King James Version,
the New Living Translation to the English
Standard Version.
While choice may be great in theory, in
reality, having too many choices does not
help in picking the best item. So you aren't
wandering the aisles of your bookstore
Please turn to BIBLE 14B


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13B THE MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 22-28, 2010


Collection




plates get



lighter


Downturn hits smaller

congregations harder

By Bob Smietana

The recession is dipping into church collec-
tion plates.
A growing number of Protestant congrega-
tions have seen their Sunday collections drop
this year, according to a survey by LifeWay Re-
search on the econom-
ic health of churches. More churches
Pastors blame high
unemployment and a feel pain
drop-off in giving by
members. Percentge of Protestant
To make ends meet, churches surveyed who say
churches have laid their total offerings have
off staff and frozen declined34%
salaries, put off major
capital projects and
cut back on programs. 22%
At the same time, more 19%
of their congregation
members and neigh-
bors are asking for
help with basic needs
like paying the rent
and buying groceries,
the study found.
About half of Ameri-
cans identify them-
selves as Protestant, Sou,,Le Re ech
according to the Pew
Forum on Religion and Public Life.
More than a third of churches surveyed
said donations dropped in 2010, and overall
donations were down 3 percent, according to
LifeWay Research, a Nashville-based religion
research organization.
That's a turnaround from the past two years,
when churches had been
mostly recession-proof,
said Scott McConnell,
director of LifeWay.
A similar survey
last year showed
S that offerings were
up slightly.
"It's kind of
surprising that
churches took so
long to see a down-
s -- turn," McConnell said.
For their study, LifeWay
surveyed 1,000 Protestant pas-
tors across the country. Thirty-four percent
said donations were down. Nearly one in five
churches said offerings had dropped by 10
percent. About half of churches said giving is
underbudget in 2009.
The Vine Street Christian Church in Nash-
ville has run a planned deficit the past two
years. Budget shortfalls were covered by re-
serves built up over good economic times.
"We're living off the fat years," said Thomas
Kleinert, the church's senior minister.
The downtown has hit smaller congregations
hardest. Enoch Fuzz, pastor of Corirnthian
Baptist Church in Nashville, said that Sunday
offerings had remained steady. But special of-
ferings such as annual women's and men's
day events were down $20,000 this year.
"Instead of giving money to the church, mem-
bers are giving to their kids or grandkids to
help them pay the mortgage," he said.


Broward church displays

2,150 Nativity scenes

Miami Times Staff'Report

There are thousands of ways to distinguish
yourself from wealth, to intelligence and even
looks.
To get into the Guinness World Records book,
it often takes much more including tenacity,
creativity and even a little luck.
One Pembroke Pines church earned its place
in the famed tome by displaying a record num-
ber of Nativity scenes. The Oasis Church has
2,150 tapestries, Christmas tree ornaments,
figurines and drawn pictures on display a
number which w'as verified by three counters
and a notary public during a gospel concert last
week. The number bests the previous Guinness
World Records book winner an Italian collector
who has 1,802 figurines.
The congregation was ecstatic about their
record-setting collection.
"We didn't just break the record we broke it
big!" said Pastor James Brown.
The church borrowed the necessary figurines
from friends and members. While many of the
figurines have since been returned, the remain-
der of "Christmas at the Oasis" including the
artificial snow, plastic skating rink, and a half-
a-million lights drive though display will be on
free and open to the public until January 1.
The Oasis Church's Pembroke Pines Campus
is located at 12201 SW 14th Street.


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SjMount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church of
v Miami's music department presented "Now Be-
hold the Lamb," a musical selection of contemporary
A, -- HI Christmas and seasonal music at St. Thomas University '
in Miami Gardens on Friday, December 10.
M" The church's music and arts department, also called the
Music and Arts for Service and Evangelism, M.A.S.E., performed
various songs including "African Noel," "He is Marvelous" and "Now
SBehold the Lamb." Reverend Richard Allen Clements is the director
S of the music department for Mount Tabor
Missionary Baptist Church.


Prayer can be 'double-edged sword,' research finds


By Elena Garcia


Engaging in a conversation with
God can bring comfort during hard
times, new research shows.
Building upon other research
that showed 75 percent of Ameri-
cans pray on a weekly basis to
manage hard situations like ill-
ness, sadness and anger, the new
study sought to find why prayer
aids in relief for individuals facing
emotional pain.
Researcher Shane Sharp, a
graduate student in sociology at
University of Wisconsin-Madison,
interviewed 62 women who were
victims of violent relationships
with intimate partners. The in-
terviewees were between 19- and
72-years-old and represented a
wide swath of the United States in
geographic, educational and racial
terms, with largely Christian back-
grounds.


Sharp found thall praI er allowed
victims a wav to vent without fear
of a violent reaction. contrary to
what they might have experienced
if they expressed their anger to


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Quart
ipants


IS RELIGION BAD FOR


THE ARMED FORCES?


By Matt Krupnick

The United States military should
maintain its "don't ask, don't tell"
strategy with religion, a Marine
Corps University professor said last
week at a University of California,
Berkeley conference focusing
on the role spirituality plays
in the armed forces.
Speaking to scholars at the
gathering, Pauletta
Otis said the Pen-
tagon has good
reason for its se-
crecy about U.S.
soldiers' beliefs.
"Not only is this research
not available, but we don't
want it available because it
would cause divisiveness,"
said Otis, who teaches se-
curity studies at the Virginia
school's Command and Staf
College. Soldiers' "actions are
accountable, but their feel-
ings and beliefs are sacred."
The conference included
discussions on religion in
militaries in Japan, India.,
Pakistan, Turkey and Iran, but or-
ganizer Ron Hassner said the main
purpose is to examine the role of
religion in Western militaries.
Hassner said such an examina-
tion has been sorely lacking since
the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist at-
tacks. Much of the discussion
around religion and the military
tends to focus on extremism, con-
ference participants said, but: few
people have examined the role re-
ligion plays in day-to-day combat.
operations.
"My primary concern is turning
the camera toward ourselves," said
Hassner, UC Berkeley political sci-
ence professor and expert on reli-
gious violence. "Religion is normal
and religion is pervasive."


Perhaps too pervasive, at least
in the military, said Martin Cook,
a professor at the U.S. Naval War
College in Rhode Island. Religion
has pervaded military leadership
and harmed soldiers' constitution-
al rights by violating the separa-
tion of church and state, he
said. Evangelical chaplains
and deeply religious officers
routinely proselytize, he said,
and soldiers in com-
bat have risked
lives in the name
of' religion.
lot'ss not just ig-
norance. It's igno-
rance you can't overcome,"
Cook said. "We have some
clearly illegal activity going
on. And, to be blunt, there's
been no serious discipline."
Cook criticized conservative
commentators such as Glenn
Beck for distorting religious
beliefs and the Constitution.
"There are TVs everywhere
in military institutions," he
said. "I would say the major-
ity of them are tuned to Fox
News."
Participants noted that the coun-
try's armed forces appear to be
deeply religious, which often leads
to inappropriate behavior over-
seas. Soldiers in Iraq and Afghani-
stan, for example, have used guns
with Bible verses on the sights and
painted the verses on armored ve-
hicles.
Such barefaced religious dis-
plays only make it harder for the
military, Otis said.
"You can't win long term if youl
annoy the local population sul'f
ficiently," she said. "If you offend,
you lessen your chances of having
a conversation and increase your
chances of having a confronta-
tion."


parental or friendly figure who was
nonjudgmental and forgiving" so
they "felt they could express their
anger to this other in interaction
without fear of judgment or nega-
tive retaliation."
Sharp discovered that victims
were able to see themselves in a
positive light as they prayed, con-
sidering God's view of them and
not how others perceived them.
He says these positive percep-
tions "helped raise their senses of
self-worth that counteracted their
Abusers' hurtful words."
I I The study also found that prayer
helped victims cope with hurtful
emotions by acting As a distraction
S from the immediate situation. Sim-
ply folding hands and concentrat-
abusive partner, ing on what to say to their partner
lie study, published in the De- helped to relieve their anxiety.
er issue of Social Psychology The experience isn't that much
early, l e wrote that the partic- different from a conversation with
s "perceived God as a loving Please turn to PRAYER 14B



First Lady expands 'Let's


Move' to religious groups

By Adelle Banks

First lady Michelle Obama has ex-
panded her "Let's Move" initiative to
reduce childhood obesity to include
working with religious and community
organizations.
"We can provide all the information
in the world, but it's really the leader-
ship and respect that so many of you
have garnered through your congrega-
tions and communities that's going to
help push this conversation to the next
level," Obama told leaders this week.
Joshua DuBois, executive director of OBAMA
the White House Office of Faith-based
and Neighborhood Partnerships, said charities involved in
"Let's Move" have helped develop goals for 2011, including
walking a collective 3 million miles, developing 10,000 com-
mnunity gardens and farmers markets, and hosting 1.000 new
stnllnller feeding sites for needy children.
An online toolkit for community leaders was posted on the
.LetsMove.gov website with links to information about federal
programs encouraging fitness and healthy eating. It offers tips
such as switching from sugar-sweetened drinks to 100 percent
juice products in school programs and using smaller plates
and fresh fruits and vegetables at congregation potlucks.
Obama will soon host a "Let's Move Faith and Communities"
event in Washington to set further goals for the program.









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14B THE ,\i," TIMES, DECEMBER 22-28, 2010


Pastors are locking to Facebook and Twitter


Churches find

tweeting a way to

spread the word


By Rachel Revehl

After wrapping up a sermon
on the evolution of Christmas
rituals on a recent Sunday, Pas-
tor Corey Baker reached for his
cellphone and posted.a Twitter
update.
The leader of First Assembly
West, a small church in Cape
Coral, Fla., Baker has Twitter
account, Facebook page. You-


Tube channel and i'Tuiles pod-
casts and blogs.
"1 feel my job as a pastor is to
connect and net\workl with peo-
ple," he says. "That's what all
this does."
Religious social media use is
flourishing, as much in smaller,
more conservative worship cen-
ters as in the megachurches,
says Sarah Pulliam Bailey, on-
line editor of Christianity Today.
Concern that social media
media will detract from people
gathering for worship together is
vanishing, she says.
"You have to proceed \\ith 1can
tion like anything else." 1Ialker
says. "It's not laee ,H ok i llat


Ia F (Cdlonnm 'Ec


E Zion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes you
to their Testimony for Life 17th
Extravaganza 2011,' a special
event for remembering lost
loved ones on Jan. 23, 2011 at
5 p.m. 786-278-3038.

E Jordan Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church invites
everyone to their Christmas
Day Service at 7 a.m. and 11
a.m. on Dec. 25; the Youth and


Young Adult Fellowship Day on
Dec: 26: and New Year's Eve
Service at 10 p.m. on Dec.3 1.
305-751-9323.

M The Apostolic Revival
Center is offering. free com-
puter training sessions and a
Women Transitionii. Program.
10 a.m. 11 a.. beinning on
Jan. 11. 305-S35-22oo.

Mt. Hermon A.M.E.


causes those issues, it's people."
Social media use hasn't won
universal blessings from reli-
gious leaders. Last month, a
New Jersey minister called Face-
book a marriage killer. A group
of New York rabbis blogged
about whether people should
'fast from Facebook" during
Passover. And last year, Pope
Benedict XVI warned Roman
Catholics not to allow virtual
connections to overshadow real
ones.
Scattle-based Mars H-ill
C'hlurchi, with more than 10,000
nlmemb'ters at nine locations, is a
robust user o Fa eebook, Twit ter
anild YouTLllbe, church spokes-


Church invites the commu-
nity to their New Year's Eve
Service at 7 p.m. and Watch
Night Service at 10 p.m. on
Dec. 31. 305-621-5067.

e New Life Family Wor-
ship Center invites the com-
munity to their New Year's
E.ve Candle Light Service on
De(c. 31 at 9 p.m. and their
Bible Study class, which is
held every Wednesday at 7
p.nm. 305-623-0054.

N A Mission with a New
Beginning Church mem-
bers invites the community
to their Sunday Worship


man Nick Bogardus says. Pastor
Mark Driscoll has a following of
about 160,000 on Facebook and
Twitter, and the church draws
about 60,000 friends and fol-
lowers on those media, Bogar-
dus says.
At its best, social media "opens
an opportunity to build a real re-
lationship," Bogardus says.
As an example, he mentions
a single mother and first-time
church visitor who posted a
thank-you for the sermon on
Facebook the following Monday.
"Pastor Mark followed up with
a note to her saying, 'Please find
me or another minister the next
time you visit, so we can get


service at 11:15 a.m. on
Thursday, Prayer Meetings
at 6:30 p.m. and Bible Class
at 7 p.m.

Come along and join
Saint Cecelia's chapter
of Saint Agnes Episcopal
Church on Thursday, May
26-30,2011 to Atlanta, Geor-
gia and Shorter, Alabama. If
interested sign up with Betty
Blue, Florence Moncur and
Louise Cromartie. 305-573-
5330.

0 Shady Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church now
offers a South Florida Work-


better acquainted,' Bogardus
says.
For Rabbi Jeremy Barras of
Temple Beth-El in Fort Myers,
Fla., Facebook is a great way
to connect with younger syna-
gogue members.
"It's amazing because you
'could call or e-mail them, and
you'd never hear back," Barras
says. "But post them a note on
Facebook, and you hear back
from them in a moment."
Religious leaders throughout
history have seized on new tech-
nology, from the printing press
to TV and radio, says Professor
Dell deChant, senior instructor
and associate chairman of reli-


force Access Center for job
seekers open Monday Fri-
day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maggie
Porcher, 305-448-8798

Redemption Mission-
ary Baptist Church in-
vites needy families to their
Christmas Dinner and Toy
Give Away on Dec. 26 at 3
p.m. They also are offering
fish dinners every Friday
and Saturday and noonday
prayers every Saturday. 305-
793-7388 or 305-836-1990.

The True Word of the
Holiness Church invites you
to attend worship services


gious studies at the University
of South Florida in Tampa. But
the digital age, he says, appears
to be having a unique impact.
"Social networking tends to
have a democratizing influence.
Everyone gets a say, and that's
not usually the way religion
works," deChant says.
Howard Coachman, 59, a
member of First Assembly West,
says having his pastor as a
Facebook friend reminds him to
self-edit.
"It keeps me from going out
and getting in the weeds, be-
cause I think, 'Pastor Corey
might read this,' Coachman
says.


on Thursday nights at 8 p.m.
and Sundays at 10 a.m. 305-
681-4105.

Christ The King AOCC
Church in Miami Gardens
cordially invites you to Bible
study class to be held on the
first and third Mondays from
6 -7 p.m. 305-621-1513 or
305-621-6697. Liz Bain,
305-621-1512.

New Beginning Church
of Deliverance of All Na-
tions will meet with preg-
nant teens at 6 p.m., every
Wednesday. 786-291-3939
or 305-321-8630.


Farmer's market offers affordable fresh fruits, veggies AARLC hostingKwanzaacelebration


MARKET
continued from 12B

fresh fruits and vegetables be-
cause it will help counteract a
lot of the health issues we face,"
said Isheka Harrison, the com-
munications and outreach
manager of the Belafonte TA-
COLCY Center, Inc.
In addition to the food for
sale, market goers could also
enroyo*live~m~tsi-and cooking
demonstrations.
According to Urban Green-
Works' Program Director Roger
Home, the Liberty City Farm-
ers' Market provides a learn-
ing opportunity for the entire
community.
"We're not trying to have


residents beLo:i f,,ir-m\work1
ers," he explained. i;t. \'
want them ti jtist sre' \\i'n' c
their food is ''nt.ii i'iroin andc
to show thetin hoIw it su lippose
to tastc and look."
Horne also hoped lI,'. ,l minru
ket goers rc ilizc it ii or',;ni
fare is actt all notI(i a tl' t!i'cI(.
"The farmer's intti ti I-: llsti
to reintroduce 1 i- i cl' nin'! lttlll
to our history. he t;'\pi. !
"W\hen we g.o h. : \0!.1: on:
grandfali thcr 1 i .i \ :' our ,,i..
grandfatt-ir ' n ;:. thi 1
was organic
So far, i tI( pi i ii;..,
recep)ti\e io ; liti; i:ni s: .i.': c
Ilorne estiniiitd ii lt ,i th m11
ket received o\cr '"U s'i)ihoiip 'i
on Thursldax.


( lIIc shopper, who preh-rred
to oIIl usel' her lir'st iIlname, Sa-
iiantlt ienjoyi ed thie selcctionl
of toai provided atl ithe mar-ket.
"I'-c freshness is rIc iark-
a;ll." Stu uutha said.
Th'l' 28 \ear old Miamii resi
dienl also noted thal collmpared
10 otliter major supert'arkelt
tlIL prices (o ll local market s'
p)oducit. \,s dflllitel\' ch ;ap




,il!\ decided to I )utIt ftir h hlirb
,il tl ; leaves .
"'I o il ca l'l Il td sl l'l l,(ke lhis
at l'uIl)l.x," shIe said.
To I sIIr, II-a( all III oIIo
levels

market. Liberty City Farmer's
Market accepts cash and crecd-
it cards as well as EBT cards
iand even offers a two for one
dliscoiint for food stamp users.
'The larnmer's Market is one
arm of thilie breaking Ground
Collaboraitive, which is an ini-
tilivc fiormled by the Urban
(Ir'l\\enWrks. Youth L.E.A.D.
; nd tl Hellfontce TACOLCY
c'cllt'r to raise awareness of
e1 ironvi enlli tall and nutrition
Issltues w\\ illu It' co ullllllllity.
The Liberty (C'iti Farnmer's Mar-
ket is scheduled to be held cv-
cry Thurisday, from now uniitil
April 201 1 at the' Helifonte TA
('t)L'Y P'ark, 610 61 N.W. Ninth
Avenue in Miami. from 12 p.m.
Ilo t) p.1im .


KWANZAA
continued from 12B

high impact, low cost method
that small businesses may want
to consider using in order to ad-
vertise their services.
In addition to Aakhu. the cele-
bration will also feature the tal-
ents of the Jubliee Dance The-
atre's Junior Jubilee Children's
Dance Ensemble.
Luctricia Welters. the the-
.itre's founder and director
chose to have the junior dance
troupe perform because of the
holiday's celebration of knowl-
edge.
"A lot of times in our culture
we don't get to hear the things


that [the Black] community has
done in this country," said Wel-
ters, 44. "You have to search
and get that information for
yourself and Kwanzaa is a won-
derful opportunity for that dis-
covery."
And while she believes all of
the seven principals are impor-
tant, Welters thinks "imani" or
faith is of particular relevance
to the Black community.
"With us especially, I think
our faith has brought us
through and keeps us going,"
she said.
The Kwanzaa Celebration will
be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
at the AARLC, 2650 Sistrunk
Boulevard in Ft. Lauderdale.


Most Americans pray on a weekly basis


Selecting the right Bible for loved ones this holiday


BIBLE
continued from 12B

for too long, here are a few
helpful tips to consider.

PURPOSEFUL READING
Begin your search by decid-
ing if you want a Bible that is
for serious study or one that is
simply meant to be read.
According to Reverend John
Wesley Williams Jr of Greater
Ward African Methodist Epis-
copal Church in Hallandale
Beach, one of the best Biblical
translations is the New Revised
Standard Version (NRSV).
The [NRSV] is the closest to
the original Greek and Hebrew
text, so that's why it's the best
Bible," explained the senior
pastor.
Other versions suitable for


study include the New Ameri-
can Standard, the English
Standard Version. or the New
King James Version.
J. Kristcn Edscorn, the di
rector of rninistrie s to; ti'
First Presbytcrian tChurch in
Kannapolis, N.C.. recomnmends
that students oIf the Iibihli refer
to several diff'reni vcrs-ions.
"It is alway'.s ,good lo toil r '
several trlansl, iollns, :especially
for passages thlml ar;t (lifl' ul
to iunderst:n id," ,('i)uori]l said
However, 'or r ii' ge'' ltt''
reading p[irpo- s :, 'n, I1 Il ;
Bibles to bi' cl'ft in thel' 'iw'",
Williams rccoinre'ndl,; tiic' Ncw
International Vi-rsiiin )r;iii:;
of its contemporary language.

WHAT'S UNDERNEATH
THE COVER?
Here is a cli.ick overview otf
some of the Iiiorc po)iil;irt Fii


blie translations.
I. .\c'w King James Version
This translation updates the
vocabularv and grammar of
the King James Version. And
though it uses,the same Ic e-
brew and Greek texts as the
original KJV. it indicates where
othclr mianilscripts differ.
2. N\ew Rcvised Standard Ili'rion
While following the lit-
eliial trIaition of tlhe Revised
Standard Version, the NRSV
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A b)cst selling Ir;islatilio
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literlrv English withI tradi-
tional biblical vocabullary.


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ble
This Bible translation is
very literal in vocabulary and
wd o order.
5. English Standard Version
An "essentially new literal
translation" that follows the
tradition of the King James,
American Standard Version,
and Revised Standard Ver-
sion. It was drafted to be
word-for-word accurate yet
still quite readable.
6. llolman ('hrislian Standard
Ilibhl,
Another new word-for-word
trllaslation that strives to be
both literally 'accurale and
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as Ithee English Standard Ver-
sion or New Amnerican Stan-
dard tiilel, but is nore so
than tllh New international
Version.


Rev. Lovett: I've always been very entrenched in the church


LOVETT
continued from 12B

for beginning him on the path to
devout Christian.
He would go on to begin
preaching when he was 16
years old and received his li-
cense in 1981. Even during his
nine and a half years stint itn
the United States Navy, serv-
ing in posts from Japan to Ha-
waii, Lovett often found himself
also performing ministerial du-
ties. However, Lovett found that
there was never a time that he
was not a member or actively
serving in some capacity in a
church.
His father would lead the fam-
ily in Bible study every morn-
ing.
"It was lhen that I begin to
feel a passion for God and he
ministry," Lovelt said.


A COMMUNITY CONNECTED
After leaving t lhu i ilitiry,
Lovett began scrving ;as Antiochl
MBC's assistl;i i p;islor i'eforic
becoming senior p; :i or in I ()(-.
Thel church urrenithl]', ffTer
several services ior ille cotn
rnunity including a food dist ri
bution progi am l a sullslulace
abuse sulpporl gr'oiuip. ;a S1mlTI-l'Cl r
camp, day care a ;ii vac,::iion bii
ble school.
Antioch MIlC will bI Itlrniiiln
100 years old in 2.01 1 :1ind lil..k'
many otller oldc er ( t -irciies, II
faces its owni pI rl ictl al r ('c)n]
cerns.
"The difficulty is to geIt oldci
members wlho've moved away to
reconnect witli lth clmtmunity,"
explained Lovetvl.
However, lovett points out
thai that coincernli has li(be(en mil-
igated since nimay Vl li t'h older
member s who "'irew up i1n t,


(o()mlnllllity r(Ulain ll ltlilchled to
il aml haIive a love for 'Ilrown-
sub). Iheir nilckmlue for the
liro\wnsville neighborhoods sur-
rounding Aniioc(h MIBC.

IN FAITH AND FAMILY
Lending ia church is not easy.
"l'astoring is probably one (of
thie ltint lonely professions tic-
cause mc ost of tlli people are
looking/ to you and it can bhe
((oi 11( a Itnrmceindcous train oil
your r 'soullrc's," Lovelt said.
Yt' Illinistry !still ials its perks.
()On of which lfor Lovell reainills
pr;chilng. In f'act, lite ol'teln inllds
hie enjoys s prlpring or Ipreach
ing llie i osi( l.
"WlhiCn we're preparing, [fl a
sel'rmonl ] is wleln 1 I'eel minis-
I[r move's closer to God becalluse
we're wailiIng to hear fIronl (God,"
Ii' said
In addition to his fiulttllitng role'


as a minister, Lovett has found
as much joy in his roles as a
husband of 19 years and father
of six children.
Using words such as "awe-
some" and "supportive," he
smiles when describing his rela-
tionship with wife, Andrea.
"We don't let each other get
too high and we don't let each
other get to low," he said of their
notarriage.
Although his children range
ill age from late 20s to teenag-
ers. Lovett still worries about
thliem. lle wxiorrics about tlhent
having the wrong friends or do-
ing druIgs. Worries that are not
lessened by the act tlthat all have
remained faithful Christianls.
HIe explaineId, "The worldly
pressures and teptaltion are
the same for people who are in
the chlutlch as for people who
are not in ll te church."


PRAYER
continued from 13B

a close friend or a parent, the
study's author suggests.
"I looked at the act of praying,
of speaking to God, as the same
as a legitimate social interac-
tion." Sharp says. "Instead of a
concrete interaction you would
have face-to-face with another
person, prayer is with an imag-
ined other."
However, the victims reaped
the benefits of prayer because
they believed God is real, he
adds. The same results would
not apply to someone who
didn't share those beliefs.
"The important point is that


they believe God is real, and
that has consequences for them
emotionally and for their behav-
ior," explains Sharp.
Participants told Sharp that
through prayer they learned to
forgive their abusive partners or
let go of their anger.
But the consequences of
prayer can be a "double-edged
sword." according to the lead
researcher.
"It's good for those who are
out of that violent relation-
ship to let go of it to a certain
extent," he comments. "But if
they're still in their violent rela-
tionship, it may postpone their
decision to leave, and that can
be bad."


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15B THE MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 22-28, 2010


wThis season, everyone

Report: Just one cigarette is bad This season, everyone
needs to get flu vaccine


Every exposure

can damage

your DNA

By Liz Szabo

Even brief exposure to to-
bacco smoke causes immedi-
ate harm to the body, damag-
ing cells and inflaming tissue
in ways that can lead to seri-
ous illness and death, accord-
ing to the U.S. Surgeon Gen-
eral's new report on tobacco,
the first such report in four
years.
While the report, out today,


focuses on the medical effects
of smoke on the body, it also
sheds light on why cigarettes
are so addictive: They are de-
signed to deliver nicotine more
quickly and more efficiently
than cigarettes did decades
ago.
Every exposure to tobacco,
from occasional smoking or
secondhand smoke, can dam-
age DNA in ways that lead to
cancer.
"Tobacco smoke damages
almost every organ in your
body," says Surgeon General
Regina Benjamin. In someone
with underlying heart disease,
she says, "One cigarette can
cause a heart attack."
About 40 million Americans


smoke 20 percent of adults
and older teens. Tobacco kills
more than 443,000 a year,
says the 700-page report,
written with contributions
from 64 experts.
Cigarette smoking costs the
country more than $193 bil-
lion a year in health care costs
and lost productivity.
Recent changes in the design
and ingredients in cigarettes
have made them more likely to
hook lirst-time users and keep
older smokers coming back,
Benjamin says. Changes in-
clude:
Ammonia added to tobac-
co, which converts nicotine
into a form that gets to the
brain faster.


Filter holes that allow
people to inhale smoke more
deeply into the lungs.
Sugar and "moisture en-
hancers" to reduce the burning
sensation of smoking, making
it more pleasant, especially for
new cigarette users.
"This is the first report that
demonstrates that the indus-
try has consciously redesigned
tobacco products in ways that
make them even more attrac-
tive to young people," says
Matthew Myers of the Cam-
paign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
David Sutton, a spokesman
for Altria, parent company of
Philip Morris USA. declined to
con mentt until he had time to
stiudyt the report.


Gorgeous skin ever -in just 10 minutes a day


By Joanna Douglas

Our facial skin is one of the
first things people notice about
us, yet-when our lives get su-
per busy-it's also one of the
first things we neglect. Sure,
makeup can cover up imperfec-
tions, but having a genuinely
pretty, natural glow really isn't
as difficult to achieve as you'd
think. For most folks (barring
serious medical skin conditions
like eczema) a simple, well-
thought-out, 10-minute daily
skincare routine is all you need
to look great. And no worries if
you can't squeeze it in during
time-crunched mornings. Man-
hattan dermatologist Eric Sch-
weiger M.D., says an evening
skin regimen is actually much
more important to maintain.
These four easy steps will help
you achieve a flawless face in
next to no time.

Step 1: Cleanse
Dr. Schweiger says there's
no need for a fancy, expensive
makeup remover, so cut down
on time and your beauty bud-
get by thoroughly washing with
a gentle cleanser that removes
products and oil but doesn't
over-dry.
Time spent: three minutes

Step 2: Moisturize
No matter what your skin


type, you should slather on
a light lotion to your face illdl
neck ever night. For this. )r.
Schweiger says to look for oil
free products that are also fra-
grance-free.
Time spent: two minutes

Step 3: Apply retinoids
"Of all the anti-aging and
photo damage correction prod-
ucts on the market, retinoids
have the most scientific evi-
dence," explains Dr. Schweiger.
He says retinoid creams, either
prescription or over-the-coun-
ter, can be the most beneficial.
"Retin-A, Renova, and Tazorac
have been shown, in one month
or two, to decrease fine lines
and wrinkles." Three times a
week use a pea-size amount on
your face, and once or twice a
week apply the cream under
your eyes to banish those dark
circles. Retinoids should always
be applied at night since they
can make your skin more sen-
sitive to the sun.
Time spent: three minutes

Step 4: Hydrate
"Toners are not necessary--
they over-dry the skin and can
actually increase oil produc-
tion, and then the cycle is hard
to break," says Dr. Schweiger.
But he does suggest a final ap-
plication of moisturizer after
the retinoid cream to prevent


Effects of aging on the human body

There's more to getting older than graying hair:

Brain
) Nerve function diminishes, leading t short-term
memory loss.
) Peripheral nerves may transmit pulses more
slowly, producing slower reaction times.

Cardiovascular
. Arties become hardened, which may
increase blood pressure.
) Muscular strength, including the
strength of the heart, diminishes.

weakening muscles.

Skin
) Becomes thin and loses
elasticity causing wrinkles
and spider veins.
) Liver spots may form
because of extensive sun
exposure.
External scrapes and wounds take longer
to heal.


I 'E, I ~ .


redness and Ilaking, especially
in the winter when skin is drier.
Time spent: two millutes

Really, that's ill Ten minutes
of devoted attention is all your


face needs before bed. If you f
low these steps every evenii
an1 .mi. quick rinse with fi
wash and a light SPF will
you out the door and on yo
way to a; gorgeous glow.


Eyes
) Lens loses elasticity, making it difficult to
sec objects 2 feet away or closer.
) Retina becomes less sensitive, requiring
bright light to see details.
) Pupil reacts more slowly to changes in
light.
Ears
) Some nerre cells and fibers die, creating
hearing loss.
) Ability to hear high notes is diminished
because of gradual wear on car canal.

Bones/Joints
S3 Bone mass decreases, making bones
Brittle.
Cartilage becomes thin and may be los
entirely in sonel joints.
Spinal columnll is compressed, resulting
', ill a lossof height.
Organs
) Liver ind kidneys lose mass
and some efliciency.
Stomach lining weakens and
may allow ulcers to form.
) Digestive system may slow,
causing constipation.


By Kathleen Sebelius


One of the best gifts you can give your family and
friends during the holiday season is getting your flu
shot. Every year, flu kills thousands of Americans and
sends about 200,000 more to the hospital. Getting vac-
cinated is a safe, effective way to keep yourself healthy.
And because we often get flu from the people around us,
getting vaccinated is also the best way to protect your
loved ones.
This year for the first time ever, the nation's top flu
scientists have said that every American 6 months and
older should get a flu vaccine. In past flu seasons, ex-
perts have recommended the vaccine for children, people
at high risk for complications and those around them.
But the H1NI pandemic demon-
strated that even healthy young
adults can become severely ill
from flu. So this winter, the -
guidance for you and your fam-
ily is clear: Everyone needs to
get vaccinated.

OFF TO GOOD START
According to our latest data,
one-third of Americans have
already gotten their flu vaccines
as of last month. That's a good
start, but it means far too many SEBELIUS
people still have not. That's es-
pecially true in Hispanic and Black communities, where
vaccination rates are lagging. The concern is that people
in these communities are more likely to suffer from
chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease that
can make.flu more harmful.
The good news is we have plenty of flu vaccine, and
it has never been more affordable. Thanks to the new
health care law, many Americans can now get their
flu shot or nasal spray without additional cost. Over
the years, too many Americans have gone without key
preventive care, such as a mammogram or a flu shot,
because they couldn't afford it. So the new law requires
that all new health plans provide these recommended
screenings and vaccinations at no additional cost. And
beginning in January, virtually all Medicare beneficiaries
will be able to get their flu vaccines with no co-pay, too.


INCREASED CONVENIENCE
At the same time, getting vaccinated is more conve-
nient. Most Americans get their flu vaccines at their
doctor's office. But increasingly, you have other options,
whether it's a supermarket, a health center, or neighbor-
hood pharmacy. To find the closest vaccination sites,
visit flu.gov. Just type in your ZIP code, and you'll get a
list with the locations and hours of local vaccine sites.
You should also check with your employer and espe-
cially with your children's schools to see whether they
Offer the flu vaccine. Last year, as many as 40 states had
school-based vaccination programs. Altogether, one in
three children who were vaccinated last year was vacci-
ol- nated at school, where parents don't have to worry about
ng, waiting in line or leaving work for a doctor's appoint-
ee mennt.
get Of course, we all can and should take other steps to
)ur prevent the spread of flu. It's important to wash your
hands and cover your coughs and sneezes with a tis-
sue (or your elbow. It's also important to stay home from
work or school if you get sick so that you don't infect
your co-workers or classmates. Taking these precautions
is especially important during the holiday season, when
so many Americans are traveling and the risk of catching
flu is heightened.
But when it comes to staying safe and healthy this
winter, the most important step you can take is getting
vaccinated. This holiday season, show your colleagues,
neighbors, friends, spouses, parents and children you
really care. Get your vaccine, and do your part to pro-
mot. better health this flu season.




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STUDY SHOWS THAT EVEN UP TO AGE 95, SEX

IS STILL A BIG PART OF THE P1IC i URE


By Liz Szabo

A study of men's attitudes toward sex in
their golden years confirms what some have
long suspected:
It ain't over until it's over.
One in three men ages 75 to 95 remain
sexually active, defined as having had sex at
least once in the past year, according a long-
running study of 2,783 Australian men pub-
lished recently in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Among sexually active men, 57 percent
were satisfied with their sex life, and 43 per-
cent wanted to have sex more often, accord-
ing to the study, which followed men from
1996 to 2009. Among those not having sex,
40 percent said they simply weren't inter-
ested.
Nearly half of all men viewed sex as at least
a "somewhat important" part of their lives,
the study says.
"It's defying all the stereotypes out there
about old people," says Sharon Brangman,


president of the American Geriatrics Socit'y,
who wasn't involved in the study. "cPeople's
sex lives do not stop just because they get
old. They like to do the same things that
younger people do."
The results are consistent with earlier re-
search. Still, the guys in the latest study may
not accurately represent all men, because
only relatively healthy men participated,
says study author Zoe Hyde of the Univer-
sity of Western Australia. Also, because the
study wasn't anonymous, some men may
have been too modest to answer honestly.
Some call the results encouraging.
"People don't expect their grandparents
to be doing these things," says geriatrician
Sharon Reed, of Eastern Virginia Medical
School in Norfolk. "The brain is the most
powerful sexual organ we have, and if their
brains are still wanting that, we should
encourage it."
Men with significant health problems were
less likely to be sexually active, the study


s,;rys. s \Iwere tlhoset whose ;partner's were
un1interested or no longer able to have sex.
Men tended to be less interested in sex if
they took antidepressants or beta blockers.
which treat heart disease. Both drugs can
lower the libido.
Brangnman says some of her patients have
stopped taking beta blockers so they can
preserve their sex lives something she
doesn't advise.
One man "was someone who had had a heart
attack," Brangman says. "But he was willing
to take a risk."
Because so many therapies can affect a
man's sex life, doctors need to address that
problem with their patients, Hyde says.
Brenda Coffee, 60. of Boerne, Texas, wasn't
surprised by the results. She notes that her
great-grandfather, who died in 1980 at age
102, remarried when he was in his 90s.
"If anyone wants to study women, of a certain
age, let me know," Coffee says. "Ill be the
first one to sign up."


A little extra weight can still be deadly


By Janice Lloyd

No canes or walkers for me,
thank you.
How to make that wish a real-
ity for aging Baby Boomers will
be one of dozens of health issues
that aging experts will address
at the 65th annual meeting of
the Gerontological Society of
America beginning Friday in New
Orleans.
Disabilities expected to
reach record numbers as the na-
tion's 77 million baby boomers
begin to grow old could cut
into their quality of life and put
a huge burden on caregivers.


The size of the older population
is expected to swell to 90 million
by 2050, nearly triple the cur-
rent number.
"Aging is going to become
mainstream," says Jay Maga-
ziner, co-director of the Univer-
sity of Maryland's Center for
Research on Aging. "You're going
to see more and more research
devoted to how to reduce dis-
abilities."
Remaining active and strong
- even as the body starts losing
strength through the natural
aging process has long been
regarded as one of the keys to
longevity and to maintaining


quality of life.
New research consistent with
that philosophy is being pre-
sented at the conference by
Michelle Gi .', and other exercise
physiologists at the University of
Central Oklahoma. Their re-
search on high-intensity resis-
tance training in women in their
80s shows two days a week of
training improved lean tissue
mass during a 24-week train-
ing period, gains that can help
maintain independence.
Other research about the
benefits of exercise is being
presented by Duke, Peking and
Shanghai universities.


OBESITY IS A BIG RISK
FOR BOOMERS
Staying physically active could
be challenging for Baby Boom-
ers who have increasing rates of
obesity and obesity-related ar-
thritis, says Sandra Reynolds of
the University of South Florida's
School of Aging.
Reynolds' research found
obesity to have little effect on
the life expectancy of adults age
70 and older, but the obese are
more likely to become disabled.


CHICAGO A new report on eating disorders
Sites data showing a sharp increase in children's
* hospitalizations for such problems.
* Among children younger than 12 with eating dis-
* orders, hospitalizations surged 119 percent between
* 1999 and 2006. That's according to government
* data contained in an American Academy of Pediat-
* rics report released online recently.
" The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and
" Quality released data last year showing that hospital
stays for the disorders increased 15 percent during
the seven-year period. The biggest increase was in
the youngest patients.
The academy advises pediatricians to do routine
screening and refer affected children to specialized
Treatment. It says doctors can help prevent eating
* disorders by stressing proper nutrition and exercise
* to avoid an unhealthy focus on weight and dieting.
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Doctor-patient


rapport lacking


And both agree communication

can be matter of life or death
By Elizabeth Weise
Doctors and patients alike
say that when they communicate well, healing goes
better, and it can even make the difference between
life and death.
But a national survey of doctors and hospitalized
patients finds that. in reality, effective communica-
tion often is sorely lacking.
Only 48 percent of patients said they were always
involved in decisions about their treatment, and 29
percent of patients didn't know who was in charge of
their case while they were in the hospital.
"That's terrible," says Beth Lown, medical director
Please turn to RAPPORT 19B


Kids at day care get more infections now


By Maureen Salamon

Young children who attend large
day care facilities suffer more
respiratory and ear infections as
toddlers than kids who spend their
days at home, but develop fewer
such illnesses during their grade-
school years, a new study suggests.
"Overall, all the children got sick
the same amount, so there are no
differences between the groups -
just the timing is different," said
study researcher Sylvana M. Cote,
a psychologist at the University of
Montreal in Quebec.


However, "one can argue that
there is an advantage of not miss-
ing school days, when they're miss-
ing major education that's really
the basis of their academic trajec-
tory, Cote told MyHealthNewsDaily.
Cote studied data over eight
years, tracking how often children
suffered respiratory, ear or gastro-
intestinal infections during their
early preschool (up to age 2'/2), late
preschool (3'/2 to 4'.) and early el-
ementary school (ages 5 to 8) years.
Among the 1,238 families in the
study, kids who began attending
day care facilities in large settings


before age 2 /2 had higher rates of
respiratory and ear infections com-
pared with children who were cared
for at home until grade school.
Cote defined large day care set-
tings as facilities with at least 100
children.
The apparent trade-off, Cote said,
was that these children developed
fewer infections after age 5.
The results follow the logic that
the more germs children are ex-
posed to, the more likely they are
to get sick, said Dr. Henry Bern-
stein, chief of general pediatrics at
Cohen Children's Medical Center


of New York, who was not involved
with the study.
"There's no question when there's
an environment where kids are
in close contact and young kids
may not be washing their hands
as much as adults the spread of
germs happens more readily," said
Bernstein, who is also a member of
the American A> .l.r-ii\ of Pedi-
atrics' Committee on Infectious
Diseases.
Cote also found that children
who enrolled in small-group child
care facilities in early preschool, as
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Many skip the holiday's religious side


Christmas sentiment

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Christmas surveys

find lack in belief

By Cathy Lynn Grossman

Christmas 2010 is a whole
lotta jingle and not so much Je-
sus.
Two new surveys find more
than nine in 10 Americans
celebrate the holiday even
if they're atheists, agnostics
or believers in non-Christian
faiths such as Judaism and Is-
lam.


A closer look at Christmas
activities reveals what may be
the first measurement of an
"alarming" gap between belief
and behavior, says Ed Stetzer,
president of LifeWay Research,
a Nashville-based Christian re-
search organization.
The surveys by LifeWay
and USA TODAY/Gallup in-
dicate that while most call this
a holy day that is primarily re-
ligious, their actions say other-
wise. Many skip church, omit
Jesus and zero in on the egg
nog.
LifeWay's survey of 2,110


adults found 74 percent called
Christmas "primarily" religious.
And a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll
of 1,000 adults found 51 per-
cent say, for them, it's "strongly
religious," up from 40 percent
in 1989.
But what does "religious"
mean? Not so much for a sig-
nificant number of Americans,
the data indicate. Most sur-
veyed said they will give gifts
(89 percent), dine with family
or friends (86 percent), put up
a Christmas tree (80 percent)
and play holiday music (79 per-
cent).


The percentages plummet
when it comes to religious ac-
tivities:
58 percent say they "encour-
age belief in Jesus Christ as sav-
ior."
47 percent attend church
Christmas Eve or Christmas
Day.
34 percent watch "biblical
Christmas movies."
28 percent read or tell the
Christmas story from the Bible.
"It's alarming to me that while
nine in 10 celebrate Christmas,
only six in 10 encourage any
belief in the source of Christ-


mas and only three in 10 actu-
ally read the story of Christmas," ., or;
Stetzer says.
John Lindell lead pastor of C';,a
James River Assembly in Ozark,
Mo., where 12,000 are likely to
attend Christmas worship this ;,.,
week is not as alarmed by the 12%
gap. Instead, he sees an open u'rl. cc!is;.,
path to outreach. 11%
"We believers put Christ' in ''
Christmas by how we care for
others and give people chances 6%
to change their lives," he says. "It ico.:
isn't what we do in December, it's 3%
what we do the other 11 months
of the year that matters." 2 : 'i.


Children in day care suffer from more infections


INFECTIONS
continued from 17B

opposed to facilities that had
larger groups of children, didn't
have any more infections than
kids who stayed at home. She
added that few previous stud-
ies examined the impact of
group child care on infection
rates beyond the preschool
years.
Kids who were initially cared
for at home and later enrolled
at any child care facility had
more ear infections between
ages 3 1/2 and 4 '%, but no oth-
er differences in infection risk,


according to the researchers.
The researchers did not find
a link between gastrointesti-
nal illnesses and group child
care at any age.
"Young children do get more
gastrointestinal infections,
but it doesn't matter later,"
Cote said. "We do have a pro-
tective effect for intestinal in-
fections when we get to grade
school."
Bernstein said gastroin-
testinal illnesses may not be
spread as readily as respirato-
ry or ear infections at day care
facilities because parents may
be more likely to quickly inter-


vene when symptoms such
as vomiting or loose stools -
appear. But runny noses or
coughs may not attract par-
ents' attention as readily, he
said, keeping sick children in
day care and increasing their
chances of exposing others.
Other studies have shown
that repeated, mild respira-
tory infections at young ages
- which stimulate the immune
system can prevent asthma
from developing, Cote said.
"I hope people will not worry
so much about sending their
children to day care in rela-
tion to infections. Really, what


we are seeing is a natural part
of life when we get to large
groups," Cote said. "In the
long run, it shows day care
does not have an impact in the
long-term burden of disease. I
think it is (an advantage) in
terms of the academic aspect."
The study is published in
the December issue of the
journal Archives of Pediatrics
& Adolescent Medicine.
Pass it on: Kids who attend
day care facilities when they
are very young may get sick
less once they reach elementa-
ry-school age than those cared
for at home.


Communication key in healthcare


RAPPORT
continued from 17B

of the Schwartz Center for
Compassionate Healthcare at
Massachusetts General Hos-
pital, which commissioned the
survey by Marttila Strategies
in Boston. These patients "are
orphans" in the hospital, she
says.
Eighty-one percent of pa-
tients and 71 percent of doctors
agreed communication made a
difference in "whether a patient
lives or dies," according to the
survey of 500 doctors and 800
patients.
"So there's a disconnect be-


tween what people' say they
want and what's happening,"
says Gregory Makoul, chair-
man of the American Academy
on Communication in Health-
care.
Emphasis on better commu-
nication has increased in re-
cent years as the medical com-
munity has become more aware
of its effect on patient healing.
Since 1995, U.S. medical stu-
dents have been required to
get training in communication
skills. And in 2005, the United
States Medical Licensing Exam
began to include testing on in-
terpersonal and communica-
tion skills.


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3087 N.W. 60th Street
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Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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Apostolic
Revival (enter
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Services
Wed inolmesory l)tr
9am 12 pm
Serm' i 10 am
S' IBl ha SFri. iie S 7 30 pm




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

Order of Services
Sunday 7 30 and I aom
Woiu.lp SMvne
930oam Sundaoythhol
uenday 7pm BtbieShdy
8pm P Mye Meehlng

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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.











Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue
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r ily Worhlnp 1l0m
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N C 1005om
Worthp l n am Wor hp 4pm
Mo a niiond Bible
(lam TCudoy 6 30 p.m
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Zion Hope Hosanna Community
Missionary Baptist Baptist Church
5129 N.W. 17h Avenue 2171 N.W. 56th Street

Order of Services Order of Services
SuadiaySo6oo 933em ra Sunday S(hool 9.45 a m
Moutng Pr w"Worsalp I, IaM_ Worship 11 o.m.
first and Thirdan y S I Bble Study. i ohursdy 130 pr.m
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Prayer mMngi&lwshlUMy t oWVed. 6pm.
Tuesday l7p.m eAt


New Vision For Christ
Ministries
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

Order of Services
Soily SWnay Wuhip 7:30 a m
i unday Shool 9.30om
Sunday Morning W hisip 11 a m.
i "SundayE ening Sevicte 6 m
,i~l Ttueisday P oI Meelnlg 7:30pm.
W dnesday BibleStudy 7'30 p n.
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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

Order of Services
(kuth/'d) WWdii 8 30 a.m1
SSunday Woahiip Senite 10 atO.m
Mdi Weet Smkie Wednesday's
SHour of Power Noon Day Prnyr
fEengWolhip 7pm
ReV~arrie M. Lvmrnp 1p


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

Order of Services

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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue


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SUNDAY:oWOoii tMcU
(huth khol 8 30 a m.
WiDNESDAY
Feeding itnhlry 12 nnno
Bib'e SWd I p.m.


New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street


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11 m I p ni
',undary rhool 9 ]111 m
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305 68, 3100
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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

Oldei of Services
Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
.Wednesday General Bible Sludy 7:30 p.m.
Television Program Sure Foundation
My33 WBFS/(omnast 3 Saturday 7:30 a.m.
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First Baptist Missionary Alpha Agape SDA Church
Baptist Church of Brownsville 8400 N.W. 25th Ave.
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue Miami, FL 33147

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1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue


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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street


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Hour of Prayer 6:30 a.m. Early Morning Worship 7:30 a.m.
Sunday School 9:30 n.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Youll Ministry Study, Wed 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study, Wed 7 pm.
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Feeding the Hungry every Wednesday... ....1 a.mi.- p.m.
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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street
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Hadley Davis
MATTIE GRIFFIN MAYS, 78, cu-
linary entrepreneur, died Decem-
ber 12 at Victoria Select Rehabilita-
tion Center. Services were held.


AUBORNET WALKE
school monitor, died Dec
at Kindred Hospital. Servi
held.

OMAR BRUNSON, 35
died December 10 at Nor
Hospital. Services were hE




Lithgow Bennett P
EDWARD PERKINS,
ping clerk, died DecemL
Jackson Hospi-
tal. Survivors in-
clude: children,
Veronj, Vivilora,
Desiree, Edwin-
nett Fay, Rapha-
el, Regina, Rejo-
han, Myra, and
predeceased by -
Zastrow. Viewing 3 p.m
Wednesday. Service
Thursday at First Baptis
of Brownsville. Interment
Memorial Park.


Richardson
STELLA LOUISE BA
former MDCS
employee, died
December 14.
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday at St.
Peter's A.O.C.,
4841 NW 2nd
Avenue.


MARYETTE PITTS-CONEY, 53,
clerical worker, -
died December
14 at Hialeah
hospital. Ser-
vice was held.





CYNTHIA CALHOUN, 50, died
December 14
at Memorial Re-
gional Hospital.,
Service 2 p.m.,
Thursday at
Logos Baptist
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NW 48th Av-
enue.


Scotts Mortu
ALICE ROSALEE
72, homemaker, I
died November
28 in Charles-
ton, SC. Sur-
vivors include:
husband, Elijah (i
Perkins; chil-
dren, Janice,
Keith, and Tra-
cy. Services were held.




Poitier
NOVLEON SINGLET
domestic engineer, diec
12 at the University of M
pital. Services were held


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;ember 8
ces were


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rth Shore
eld.




hilbrick
78, ship-
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In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

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DEACON BOYD C. LATHERS
02/23/41 12/25/09


It's been one year ago
Christmas Day since you left
my side.
I know that you are in a
place of comfort.
Someone so special will
never be forgotten.
I think of all the happy
i.-9 p.m., times we had and cherished,
11 a.m., realizing that the gift of life
,t Church ends quickly.
Southern But, the gift of love we
shared will never be forgotten.
You would always say to me,
that if you love God the most
He would take care of those
whom you love the most.
I thank you for loving God
the most, putting Him first in
RR, 64, your life.
I will always love you and
you will live in my heart for-
ever.
Your wife,
Eloise Lathers and family.


Card of Thanks

We, the family of the late,


LYDIA A. WILLIAMS


are eternally grateful for the
many expressions of kindness
and sympathy shown during
our time of bereavement.
Special thanks to the First
Baptist Church of Bunche
Park, Alfonso Richardson
ary Funeral Services, neighbors,
PERKINS, club members, classmates
and friends.
May God forever bless and
keep you all in His care.
The Williams Family



In Memoriam

In loving memory of,





'ARY, 70,
d October
liami Hos-
1.


ALLAN S. WILLIAMS
07/21/61- 12/21/04

1 Corinthians 15:51
Behold, I shew you a mys-
tery;
We shall not all sleep, be we
shall all be changed,
In a moment in a twinkling
of an eye, at the last trump:
for the trumpet shall sound,
and the dead shall be raised
incorruptible and we shall be
changed.
0 death, where is thy sting?
O Grave, where is thy victory?
Greatly missed by Mom,
Dad, P,-!,it- (Altee), Bryan,
Brenton, Beverly (Calvin) and
Kory.


DESTINE ETIENNE, 88, laborer,
died December 11 at the Foun-
tainhead Nursing Home. Services
were held.

JOSEPH WILLIAMS, 64, electri-
cian, died December 7 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Service 4 p.m.,
Saturday at St. Luke Cousin AME
Church.

SIMMON TELLIS, 84, roofer,
died December 18 at Pine Crest
Nursing Home. Service 2 p.m.,
Thursday at St. Luke Cousin AME
Church.

OMAR DAVIS, 40, sales clerk,
died December 8 at Naples Com-
munity Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
Wednesday at St. Luke Cousin
AME Church.

DANIEL BYRD, 68, mechanic,
died December 12 at North Shore
Medical Center. Final rites and
burial in Claxton, GA.


James Moody, versatile jazz saxophonist, dies at 85

LEAVENING A FLUENCY AND A DEVOTION FOR HIS MUSIC
WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR AND WHIMSY.


By Peter Keepnews

James Moody, a jazz saxo-
phonist and flutist celebrated
for his virtuosity, his versatil-
ity and his onstage ebullience,
died on Thursday in San Diego.
He was 85.
His death, at a hospice, was
confirmed by his wife, Linda.
Moody lived in San Diego.
Last month, Moody disclosed
that he had pancreatic cancer
and had decided against receiv-
ing chemotherapy or radiation
treatment.
Moody, who began his career
with the trumpeter Dizzy Gil-
lespie shortly after World War
II and maintained it well into
the 21st century, developed
distinctive and equally fluent
styles on both tenor and alto
saxophone, a relatively rare ac-
complishment in jazz. He also
played soprano saxophone, and
in the mid-1950s he became
one of the first significant jazz
flutists, impressing the critics if
not himself.
"I'm not a flute player," he
told one interviewer. "I'm a flute
holder."

SERIOUS MUSICIAN
The self-effacing humor of
that comment was character-
istic of Moody, who took his
music more seriously tian he
took himself. Musicians ad-
mired him for his dexterity,
his unbridled imagination and
his devotion to his craft, as
did critics; reviewing a perfor-
mance in 1980, Gary Giddins
of The Village Voice praised
Moody's "unqualified direct-
ness of expression" and said
his improvisations at their best
were "mini-epics in. which im-
passioned oracles, comic relief.
suspense and song vie for cho-
rus time." But audiences were
equally taken by his ability to
entertain.
Defying the stereotype of the
modern jazz musician as aus-
tere and humorless (and fol-
lowing the example of Gillh -'p,'
whom he considered his musi-
cal mentor and with whom he
worked on and off for almost
half a century), Moody told
silly jokes, peppered his rep-
ertory with unlikely numbers
like "Beer Barrel Polka" and the
theme from "The Flintstones,'
and often sang. His singing
voice was unpolished but en-
thusiastic and very distinc-
tive, partly because he spoke
and sang with a noticeable lisp,
a result of having been born
partly deaf.


Death Notice

RAYMOND E. ADDERLY,
JR., AKA, PNUT, born Sep-
tember 10, 1977. Entertainer,
rapper and native Miamian.
Died on December 14, 2010.
He was a great, great son,
husband, father and friend.
Survivors include wife,
Tameka; three sons, Raymond
III, Raynard and Raymelle;
parents, Raymond Adderly
Sr. and loving mother Kirtrina
Gonzales Adderly; siblings,
Reginald Adderly, Ralanda
Adderly and Roshard John-
son; grandparents, Sylvester
and Mamie Samuels, Loretta
Woods; numerous sorrowful-
relatives, nephews, nieces,
aunts, uncles and cousins and
many special friends.
Viewing 4-9 p.m., Wednes-


James Moody performing in New York in the late 1990s.


MOOD FOR LOVE
The song he sang most often
had a memorable name and
an unusual history. Based on
the harmonic structure of "I'm
in the Mood for Love," it began
life as an instrumental when
Moody recorded it in Stockholm
in 1949, improvising an entire-
ly new melody on a borrowed
alto saxophone. Released as
"I'm in the Mood for Love" (and
credited to that song's writ-
ers) even though his rendition
bore only the faintest resem-
blance to the original tune, it
was a modest hit for Moody in
1951. It became a much bigger
hit shortly afterward when the
singer Eddie Jefferson wrote
lyrics to Moody's improvisation
and another singer, King Plea-
sure, recorded it as "Moody's
Mood for Love."
"Moodv's Mood for Love"
(which begins with the memo-
rable lyric "There I go, there I
go, there I go, there I go ...") be-
came a jazz and pop standard,
recorded by Aretha Franklin,
George Benson, Van Morrison,
Amy Winehouse and others.
And it wvas a staple of Moody's
coln'cr Imol nightclub perfor-
mances as snllg I)y Jefferson,
who was a member of his band
for nlaiv years. Jefferson was
shot to death in 1979; when
Moody. who was in the middle
of a long hiatus from jazz at
the time, resumed his career a
few years later, he began sing-
ing the song himself. He never
stopped.

BORN IN SAVANNAH
James Moody he was al-
ways Moody, never James,
Jim or Jimmy, to his friends
and colleagues was born
in Savannah, Ga., on March
26, 1925, to James and Ruby
Moody, and raised in Newark.
Despite being hard of hearing,
he gravitated toward music and
began playing alto saxophone
at 16. later switching to tenor.


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He played with an all-black
Army Air Forces band during
World War II. After being dis-
charged in 1946, he auditioned
for Gillespie, who led one of the
first big bands to play the com-
plex and challenging new form
of jazz known as bebop. He
failed that audition but passed
a second one a few months lat-
er, and soon captured the at-
tention of the jazz world with a
brief but fiery solo on the band's
recording of the Gillespie com-
position "Emanon."
Moody's career was twice in-
terrupted by alcoholism. The
first time, in 1948, he moved
to Paris to live with an uncle
while he recovered. He returned
to the United States in 1951 to
capitalize on the success of "I'm
in the Mood for Love," forming
a seven-piece band that mixed
elements of modern jazz with
rhythm and blues. After a fire
at a Philadelphia nightclub de-
stroyed the band's equipment,
uniforms and sheet music in
1958, he began drinking again
and checked himself into the
Overbrook psychiatric hospital
in Cedar Grove, N.J. After a stay
of several months, he celebrat-
ed his recovery by writing and
recording the uptempo blues
"Last Train From Overbrook,"
which became one of his best-
known compositions.

TOP ACCOMPANIST
In 1963 he reunited with Gil-
lespie. joining his popular quin-
tet. He was featured as both a
soloist and the straight man for
Gillespie's between-songs ban-
ter, sharpening his musical and
comedic skills at the same time.


He left Gillespie in 1969 to try
his luck as a bandleader again
but met with limited success;
four years later he left jazz en-
tirely to work in Las Vegas hotel
orchestras.
"The reason I went to Las Ve-
gas," he told Saxophone Jour-
nal in 1998, "was because I was
married and had a daughter
and I wanted to grow up with
my kid. I was married before
and I didn't grow up with the
kids. So I said, I'm going to real-
ly be a father.' I did much better
with this one because at least I
stayed until my daughter was
12 years old. And that's why I
worked Vegas, because I could
stay in one spot."
After seven years of pit-band
anonymity, providing accompa-
niment for everyone from Milton
Berle to Ike and Tina Turner to
Liberace, Mr. Moody divorced
his wife, Margena, and returned
to the East Coast to resume
his jazz career. His final three
decades were productive, with
frequent touring and recording
(as the leader of his own small
group and, on occasion, as a
sideman with Gillespie, who
died in 1993) and even a brief
foray into acting, with a bit part
in the 1997 Clint Eastwood film
"Midnight in the Garden of Good
and Evil," set in Mr. Moody's
birthplace, Savannah.

LASTALBUM
The National Endowment
for the Arts named him a Jazz
Master in 1998. His last album,
"Moody 4B," was recorded in
2008 and released this year on
the IPO label; it earned a Gram-
my nomination this month.
Moody, who was divorced
twice, is survived by his wife of
21 years, the former Linda Pe-
terson McGowan; three sons,
Patrick, Regan and Danny Mc-
Gowan; a daughter, Michelle
Moody Bagdanove; a brother,
Louis Watters; four grandchil-
dren; and one great-grandson.
For all his accomplishments,
Moody always saw his musical
education as a work in prog-
ress. "I've always wanted to be
around people who know more
than me," he told The Hartford
Courant in 2006, "because that
way I keep learning."


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and the Beast," this kid-friendly show is University of Florida and has been honing
The cast of the smash Broadway musi- one that packs theaters wherever it goes. her acting skills since her teens when she
cal "Beauty and the Beast" want you to "Beauty and the Beast" will come to life began dancing for several Nickelodeon-
'be their guest,' as the song says, when with the town beauty Belle, Beast, the produced shows.
Broadway in Miami and NETworks pres- young prince trapped in the body of crea- "I have been lucky in my career to get
ent one of Disney's most beloved musicals ture by a spiteful enchantress, and the started so young but attending the School
just in time for the holiday season. The prince's staff and many household items for the Arts also exposed me to more op-
show opens on Tuesday, Dec. 28th and that can sing and dance with the best of portunities," she said. "Right after gradu-
runs through Sunday, Jan. 2nd. them. eating from college in 2006 I got my first
It's hard to believe that this elaborate Allyson Tolbert, a St. Petersburg na- regional job and national tour and since
theatrical production is celebrating its tive and budding actress, is a member of then have been going pretty much non-
20th anniversary but with an Academy the ensemble and will play the roles of a stop. This show is wonderful because you
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Satirical "Forbidden


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By Jason T. Smith
The hilarious theatrical review, "For-
bidden Broadway," landed in Miami
last week bringing laughs and solidi-
fying Miami's new position as a hub of
the theatrical arts.
The fast-paced satirical musical
lampoons nearly every classic and
modern-day Broadway hit, and even
saves room to dis a few of Broadway's
less-than-noteworthy performances.
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"Cats" returns to South Florida


By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor
kmcneir @miamitimesonlinle.coIm
Just in time for the holidays, "Cats," the "now and for-
ever" show as it has come to be known, was recently
at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and as
always, was 'purrfectly' delightful.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber award-winning show that
revolutionized musical theatre was in town for a limited
five-performance run. It is the only national tour sanc-
tioned by its creator, Webber. Broadway history buffs
know that "Cats" has the distinction of being the lon-
gest continuously touring Broadway musical in history,
opening on May 11, 1981.
Actors say that the show is one of the most difficult


roles to perform, primarily because of the physically-
demanding dancing that goes along with the musical.
Each scene is filled with dancers bending, twirling and
leaping as real cats are often known to do. And with
their intricate multi-colored costumlnits, including long
tails and whiskers, it's easy to imagine that cats are
actually frolicking before us on stage.
Based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical
Cats and with music by Andrew Lloyd Wehber, "Cats"
garnered seven Tony Awards including 13est Musical
and Best Costumes. Now a almost 30t years later, "Cats"
remains one of America's favorite family musicals.
Millions of audience members worldwide continue to
celebrate "the magic, the mystery andlt the wonder of
'Cats."'


the show is a bare-bones production
staged in the intimate Carnival Studio
Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center
for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade
County. The show opened on Dec. 14
and runs through Dec. 26.
The small cast delivers laughs and
surprisingly good vocals as they take
the audience on a sharp-tongued tour
of such Broadway shows as "Chicago,"
"Annie," "The Little Mermaid," "Little
Shop of Horrors," "Jersey Boys," and
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Regina Bruton. Basileus.
Mary Dunn. Chair: Estella M.
Williams. Charter Member and
Susie Francis. only remaining
founder of the Phi Delta
Kappa, Sorority Inc. presented
the Alpha Delta chapters' Star
Educators Sixth Annual Award
Luncheon, last Saturday at
El Palacio Sports Hotel under
the theme, "Great Public
Schools: A Basic and
Our Responsibility"
by honoring 14
educators.
Honorees included:
Chy'Nita D.
Everson, Parkview
Elem.; Joretta
W. Hawkins, Dr.
Michael Krop High; MAJO
Julianna Marcus,
Turner Tech; Alicia T.
Maxwell, Parkview Elem.;
Tashina Moore-Sheffield,
COPE North; Dudley Parker,
Norland Middle; Thomas
H. Sands II, G.W. Carver
Middle; Erica Seymour,
Northwest Christian Academy;
Wendy Wadley-Jackson,
Carol City Middle; Cedric
Ward, Dr. Robert B. Ingram
Elem.; Kishawna Whearv,
Brownsville Middle; Brenda
Wooten, Charles Wyche Elem.;
Carolyn A. White, Parkview
Elem. and a special award to
Dr. Edith Hall for two decades
of dedicated service.
Dunn introduced the
honorees, Jodye Scavella


folloIwed '.ith the
OCCLission.1 Erma
Carter with
the inv cation. [--
greetings by
Bruton and
Rochelle Lightfoot singing
"Wind Beneath My Wings."
Mary Allen and Martha
Howard with the honorees
profile and presentation,
followed by 'Christian
Dunn performing a
liturgical dance; blessing
of the food by Mary
S Jackson; door prizes by
Eva Betterson, Meriel
Seymour and Carolyn
Clark.
Bruton and Dunn
R commended
Calida Dunn
Hicks for a quality
layout for the program
journal. The Alpha
Delta chapter was
chartered on March
27, 1942 in Miami,
FL and became the
26th chapter in the ADA
sorority. Some of
the activities include story-
telling hour at public libraries,
schools and at Jackson
Memorial Hospital.

Speaking of Alpha Delta
Chapter, kudos go out to teen
sponsors Mary L. Dunn and
Davrye G. Smith for presenting
Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Annual Thanksgiving Feast


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Wedding Anniversary
greetings go out to Wallis
Deloris and Prince George
Gordon, Sr., their 39th
on Dec. 13; Cecil C. and
Clothilda Gibson-Brown,
their 10th on Dec. 15;
Carolyn and Hartford Eton
Howell, Sr., their 37th on
Dec. 15; Chiquita C. and
James M. Gibson, III, their
6th on Dec. 18.
Get well wishes go out
to all of the sick and shut-
in: Enid Cox, Dorothy
Kelly, Alicia Moore, Grace
Heastie-Patterson, Frances
Brown, Naomi Allen-
Adams, Deloris Bethel-
Reynolds, Agnes Turner,


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Emma Sweeting.
Beryl Roker.
Sadie Barry. Ida
Engram. Martha
Anderson and
Cynthia Clark.
Native Miamians are
sadden to have heard
of the demise of Dolly
Kelly, Samuel Cleare and
Vera Cooper-Thompson.
Sympathy to their families.
Francena Lewis-Robinson
is spending the Christmas
holidays with her family in
Orlando, Washington and
Philadelphia, she will return
in the New Year.
Seasons Greetings!
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The keynote speaker
Swas Brandon Thomas
who was introduced by
Paris Ward, followed by
Danielle Bailey doing
a dramatic reading,
while Dexter, Dylan
MS and Darius Foster gave
thanks to the fathers
and Cooper and her
chorale did the same for the
moms.
Parting prayer of gratitude
was delivered by Aliyah
Coleman, David Steelman,
Candis Terry, Dominique
Mack and Cierra Rucker
while Althea Coleman,
president brought the closing
of the program.


Christmas and all through
our city, no noses were
frozen, no snow fluttered
down.
No children in flannels
were tucked into bed, they all
wore short pajamas instead.
To find wreaths of holly
was not very hard, for
holly wreaths grew in every
backyard.
In front of the houses were
Dads and Moms, adorning
the crotons and coconut
palms.
The slumbering kiddies
were dreaming with glee,
that they would find water
skis under the tree. They all
know that Santa was well
on his way, in a litter green
dune-buggy instead of a
sleigh.
He whizzed up the highway
and zoomed down the roads,


on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the
Betty T. Ferguson Recreational
Center, Bird of Paradise Room
in Miami Gardens, FL under
the theme "Cultivating a
Standard of Excellence in Our
Children."
The program
included Mistress and
Master of Ceremonies
Bria Bouie and Jarrett '
Johnson, welcome by
Michael Smith, Jr.,
Thanksgiving prayer
by Jazzmin Johnson, .
Pee Wee Thanksgiving
Message, inspirational EUDC
devotion to the parents
by Christian Dunn, followed by
Miami Chapter Mom's Chorale
featuring Karen Cooper,
Kimberly Jones, Natalie
Mack and Michelle Thames.
Age Group's Presentation of
Thanksgiving Boxes led by
Lauren Smith, Laura-Marie
Smith, Richard Barry
and Rashad Madry.


Community


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Choir and Orchestra made up
of voices from Florida Memorial
University, African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center, Bethany
SDA Church, Church of the
Incarnation, Church of the
Open Door, Church by the Sea,
Coral Gables Congregational
Church, Church of the Little
Flower, Greater Bethel AME,
First Congregational Church
of North Miami, Historic St.
Agnes Episcopal Church,
Hollywood 1st United Church



in a snappy little 10 speed,
peddling his load. As he
jumped from the car, he
gave a deep chuckle, he was
dressed in bermudas, with
an ivy league buckle.
There weren't any
chimneys, but that caused
no gloom, for Santa came in
through the Florida room.
He stopped at each house,
stayed only a minute, as he
emptied his bag of the toys
that were in it. Before he
departed, he treated himself
to a glass of coconut juice
left on the shelf.
Then he jumped in the car,
and put it in gear, and drove
over our bridges, singing
with cheer.
And we heard him exclaim
as he went on his way,
"Merry Christmas, South
Florida! Wish I could stay!"


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Some of the people in
attendance were Anna Wyche,
Mary Allen, Carolyn Clark,
Iris Alien, Naomi Smith,
Baljean Smith, Gloria Starks,
Erma Carter, Dr. Janie
Adams, Fredericka Brown,
S Eva Betterson,
Dr. Lillian Cooper,
Thelma Ferguson,
S Cleola Home,
Martha Howell,
Mary Jackson,
Novella Jones,
Aidene Alongley,
Catherline Morrison,
VIQUE Meriel C. Seymour,
Jodye Scavella,
Sherlina Washington, Ann
White, Willie Mae Williams,
Ira Fisher, Sheree Bethel-
Wheeler, Thelma H. Kineard,
Audrey Kineard, Viola E.
Roundtree and
Wanda Rome.

New York City -
has its Metropolitan
Opera House with
a huge Christmas
tree admired by
thousands, while /_
Miami has its 2010 WILLI


Beyonce's 'World Tour DVD'

goes double platinum


By Bridget Bland

The Thanksgiving holiday
season is over, but Beyonce
has much to be thankful for.
The 16-time Grammy Award
winner debuted her 'I
Am...World Tour' con-
cert film on ABC on
Thlanksgiving night.
The 90 minute prime-
time Beyonce spe-
cial drew 4.44 million
viewers.
The DVD went on
sale on Black Friday B
(exclusively at Wal-
mart) and has since
been certified double plati-
num. It now tops the Nielsen
Soundscan Music DVD chart.
Beyonce also recently
released a deluxe DVD/
soundtrack edition complete


with unseen footage, a 40-
page collection of never-seen
photos and an extensive trav-
elogue.
The 'I Am...World Tour' DVD
was also shot in Brazil, where
the 29-year-old pop
star played to an au-
dience of 60,000 in
San Paulo last winter.
As previously re-
S ported, Beyonce ed-
ited, produced, di-
rected and starred
in her 'I Am...World
Tour' DVD for her
ONCE Parkwood Pictures
production company.
The concert film follows the
'Single Ladies' singer as she
travels across 32 countries on
six continents.
A Blu-ray version of the
DVD was released on Dec. 7.


Diddy keeps the part:

After a year's worth of delays, Diddy's high-speed Train finally
pulls out of the station on this year's hippest trip across Europe.
You'll probably stand the whole way since the moody, electro-
dance rhythms are sure to make you get up and move. The pro-
pulsive blend of hip-hop, funk, soul and European c:ub music
propels the story about a musician desperate to rekindle a once-
torrid affair, whose hopes hinge on him getting from London to,
Paris before his lover disappears for good. It's a sonicall', cum-
pelling tale from the guy who every few years seems to reinvent
himself. His latest incarnation is as part of a trio that includes
singer/songwriters Dawn Richard (a former member of Dan-
ity Kane) and Kalenna (credits include songs for Christina
Aguilera, Charlotte Church and others), who provide
counterpoints to him, both vocally and perspectively.
That's a good thing because the relationship in this
story is fraught with complications.
This is an ambitious project on which he plays con-
ductor to the 17 big-name guest vocalists and nearly 20 pro-
ducers that are along for the ride. While Diddy isn't the most
polished singer or rapper, his pensive deliveries sustain the raw
tension, as he assumes the role of a man difficult to love in need
of a happy ending. Helping him out are dance icon Grace Jones,
Usher, T.I., Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne and others. And


Nick Cannon millionaire,

and broke before 19


Diddy, who is as much fashionista as music mogul, enlisted sev-
eral Vogue magazine writers and editors to narrate segues be-
tween songs. Train is rife with sophisticated grooves and though
it may have started late, it arrives on time. Steve Jones


Broadway in Miami brings another Disney classic to the stage


BEAUTY
continued from 1C

have the magic of Disney and
so it's always a lot of fun. But
the best thing is seeing the
faces of people from two to 92
light up every night. It makes
me value my job even more
and those smiles remind he of
how blessed I am."

TOLBERT REFUSES TO LET
DEPRESSION DIAGNOSES
STOP HER
Tolbert has had her fair
share of success including
being the first Black to be
crowned the Festival of States


Sun Goddess, Miss St. Peters-
burg 2006, Miss Black and
Gold for Alpha Phi Alpha Fra-
ternity at her university and
fourth-runner up in the Miss
Florida pageant. However,
even more amazing is the fact
that she done all of this while
dealing with depression for a
good portion of her life.
"I was diagnosed with the
condition of major depression
when I was 13 and manage it
today with counseling, light
medication and supportive
services from Families for De-
pression Awareness for whom I
serve as a spokesperson. Actu-
ally, the opportunities to talk


to others about my condition
and to inform them about the
kinds of treatments that are
available are a real source of
keeping myself healthy."
She admits that being on
the road (we conducted our
telephone interview while she
was on the tour bus traveling
through snowy Indiana) can
be challenging, particularly
given her medical condition.
But she adds that it affords her
opportunities to travel places
that she never imagined she
would see.
"I could have been a track
star if my mom had had her
way because of my long legs,


but instead I was allowed to
dance," she said. "It has taken
me all over this country and
I don't let depression stand
in my way. Being on the road
is hectic and hard work but
there will come a point in my
life when I won't be able to do
this anymore. I have held down
roles that weren't written nor
imagined for a Black actress
and received positive reviews.
The key is you have to know
your style, the type of actress
you are and recognize your
strengths. But even more, you
must have confidence. Then
there are no limits to what you
can achieve."


B\ thil Associate'd Press

Nick Cannon has revealed
that he earned a million dol-
lars by the time he turned 18,
but blew all of it with-
in a year.
The "America's Got
Talent" host admitted
that he wishes he had
listened when Will
Smith told him not to
spend all his money
on cars.
"1 became a mil- CAN
lionaire and went
broke all before the age of 19.
I spent it right away and did
a lot of frivolous, unintelligent
things with the money," he
said. "I bought jewelry and
Range Rovers... instead of
buying property I was leasing
the most expensive property,
and then you turn around


and you owe the government
44 percent of what you made
and you don't understand
that, even when people you
tell that.
"One of those who
was a mentor to me
at that young age and
.. opened a lot of doors
was Will Smith. I re-
member when I was
going to buy the Range
Rover he said, 'Man,
don't go buy that, you
INON don't need that.'
"He was someone
who made $1 million and lost
it at a young ."g>. so you got
to pay attention to the people
who came before you.
"I would encourage people
who do get a little bit of mon-
ey to save it and invest it and
hold on to it. And make sure
you pay your taxes."


Singer kicked in face at concert

By 7'i Associateld PI'res.s

NEW YORK (AP) Being a sex symbol
has its dangers as Usher learned firsthand
at his New York City concert.
The crooner brought an ecstatic female
fan onstage recently for a serenade of his '
sensual song "Trading 'l.,. .'s" at Madison
Square Garden. He sat her on a couch while
he caressed her. USHER
Then, after they changed positions, the
overexcited fal tried to move her leg to get closer to him. Her
stiletto boot hcel knocked him in the nose.
The' fan tried to smooth things over by massaging Usher's
tfce, but there was no need: Usher wasn't hurt and cracked a
joke about it.


of Christ, Miami Temple SDA,
Mt. Tabor MBC, St. George
Antiochian Orthodox, St. Paul
AME and Universal Truth
Center.
Those brilliant voices
presented G. Frederica
Handel's Messiah last
Saturday at the Church
of the Incarnation in
a tribute to Father J.
Kenneth Major who
retired recently. Major,
a great humanitarian
is the son of immigrant
parents from Long
Island, Bahamas who
early in life, envisioned ST.
for himself a career
dedicated to enhancing the
lives of serving others through
pastoral care and community
activism.
His successor, Rev.
Hayden G. Crawford
welcomed everyone and
Stanley E. Johnson,
Jr., Esq., presented a
token of appreciation to
Fr. Major. The concert
began with soloist
Stephanie St. Come,
MS II Carolyn S. Adams,
Samuel Eudovique
and Randolph Williams, II.
The conductor was Dr. Nelson
Hall, musical director from
Church of the Open Door.
Some of the choir members
and guests included: Jean
Brown, Norman Cox, Henry
Dawkins, Garth Reeves,
Barbara Johnson, Wilbur
McKenzie, Dr. Brad and
Mabel Brown, Winifred
Waters, Jessie Quinn, Dana
Moss, Frank and Dr. Enid C.
Pinkney, Miriam Jon, Sheila


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Eudovique, Myra Anders,
Daphne Bivens, Cynthia
Clarke, William Clarke,
Juliet McCalla, Mary Miller,
Jerry Miller, Bonita North,
Joan Ramsay, Charlayne W.
Thompkins, Carmen Waite,
Angela Walker, Gloria Davis,
Rhonda Douce,
TraKiece Douglas,
Alexis Fletcher,
Meesha Fulford,
SShawnee Hammett,
Denise Johnson,
Annie Jules, Maria
Mowry.
Also Neresa
COME Sterling, Claudelle
St. Come, Giselle
Thomas, Bra'ndon Mowry,
J. Allen Pealer, Norman
Vickers, Hervert Fletcher,
Dr. Astrid Mack, James
Martin, James Maull, Wilpert
McCalla, Winston Thompson
and Cornelius Veargis.
Special kudos go out to the
Concert Planning Committee,
such as Chairperson
Charlayne W. Thompkins,
Carolyn S. Adams, Rev.
James Bell, Nakia Bowling,
Hayden Crawford and Alfred
Barnes. Also ushers Catherine
Carter, Vonkevia Davis,
Fifia Jenkins, Nada North,
Lorraine Vaught and Bennie
White from the Aubrey
Watkins Simms Memorial
Garden Committee.
Also, sponsors from The
Carrie Meek Foundation, Inc.,
Church of the Incarnation,
The Historic Hampton
House Community Trust,
Inc., Kenroy Walker Graphic
Design and Tree of Knowledge
members.


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Amos, Della, Dale,
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VIVIAN VON HARDY
02/21/64- 11/29/07

We miss you and love you.
The Family


REV. CASEY STEVEN RUFF
02/21/67- 05/31/10

We love you and miss you. Your
Queen, Sherrell and family.


DEACON BENJAMIN JONES
09/26/41 12/28/07

We really love and miss you.
Rose and family.


DWAYNE GARRETT HINES
01/09/62- 12/17/87

We love you and miss you.
The Family


WILLIE STIRRUP
10/13/25- 12/26/05

We miss you and love you.
The Family


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MARY BAKER DAWKINS
02/03/39-10/22/09

been one year since you left us.
Merry Christmas Mommie.
Love, Your children.


MILLIE CAMPBELL
12/21/23 -08/19/00


We miss you and love you.
The Family


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12/12/1908 03/10/2010

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The Family


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CLAUDETTE S. DEVEAUX
06/08/44 12/22/06

We miss you and love you.
The Family


ALKENYATTA WILSON
12/22/73- 07/27/01

We love and miss you!
Happy 37th Birthday!
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ALFRED W. CROWDER
02/14/59- 02/01/93

Missing you very much
this Christmas.
Your family and friends.


JAMES J. WOODY
08/31/35- 1 2/20/07

We will miss your laugh.
Your wife, kid and family.


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EUGENE CAPERS
04/03/39- 12/28/06


Forever in our hearts.
The Capers Family.


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EDNA HEPBURN
06/11/25- 12/24/01

Remembering Christmas Eve Day
when you went away. Love you!
Daughter, Barbara Gardner.


HERBERT JOSEPH, JR.
10/08/26 -02/07/08

We miss you and love you.
Rest in peace.
The Joseph Family


CHRISTOPHER ROGERS
06/18/83- 12/23/09

You did your best, but
God put you to rest.
Love Always, Mom and family.


S2/25/22 03/30/08

You are always in our hearts WE
love you. The Family


GUSSIE HORNE
02/15/35- 12/30/08


It's been two years. We miss you
today and always.
Love, The Family


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SALENNA L. HORNE
07/11/71- 11/26/09

It's been one year.
We love and miss you.
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12/22/73 -07/05/10


Missing you, but
never forgetting you.
Love, Your Family


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11/15/83 12/15/09

Love Always, Dad, Theresa,
Umicko and family.


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12/07/92- 01/23/09

We love and miss you.
Happy belated birthday.
Love, Mom and family.


PATRICK LAURENTA BYRD
12/26/66 -07/06/09

Happy Birthday and Merry
Christmas Patrick!
To my loving husband and
father, we miss you and will
always love you, dearly.
Love your wife, Lisa Byrd and
children, Tijuan and
Skylar Byrd.


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08/31/41 08/08/10

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yesterday, but not half as much as
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By Joseph Guyler Delva

(Reuters) Haiti's electoral
authorities said recently they
would urgently recheck vote
tally sheets from the Caribbean
country's troubled presidential
elections to try to defuse a dis-
pute over the results that has
triggered nationwide unrest.
The move followed violent pro-
tests since last week by sup-
porters of popular musician
and presidential candidate Mi-
chel Martelly, who was elimi-
nated from a deciding run-off
in results released by the Provi-
sional Electoral Council.
At least four people were
killed in this week's unrest,
which has dimmed internation-
al hopes that the U.N.-backed
elections held on November 28
could create stability for Haiti
as it struggles to recover from
a devastating January earth-
quake.
In a statement, the electoral
council said the review by a
special commission, including
international observers, would
i -rif tally sheets of votes cast
for the top three contenders -
Mirlande Manigat, Jude Celes-
tin and Martelly.
Representatives of all three


candidates said they welcomed I
the electoral authority's initia-
tive to clear up doubts about
the results.
The council's preliminary
results from the November 28
elections were released late last
Tuesday and showed former
first lad, Manlgat and go'.ern-
ment technocrat Cclestin going
through ti a final decisrl.e pres-
idential r .i n o InJ n ,i n a r.
Entertainer Sweet Mncky
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Martelly had finished third.
less than a per..entage point
behind Celestin. according to
these results whicl nhace been
rejected b,. Mairteil.
He accu:lses ,ulrgoilnrg Presi-
dent Rer.e Prti.l -,nd his pr,-tr -
geCelestin of riegineg he results
and thousands of his sipp.,rt-
ers have paral'.zedr thle capital
Port-au-Prince indl other cities
in mass proiesrs thai included
attacks cn public buildings
Port-au-Princr ,.e..s ,ilmer
recently, as rain appeared to
discourage wider protests. But
flaming barricades blocked
some streets and crowds
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More people leaving


Haiti's tent cities


Miami Times Staff Report

More people are leaving the
tent cities of Haiti, especially
in areas outside of Port-au-
Prince. But whether their de-
parture truly signifies that
progress is being made in
the quake-ravaged country
remains far from clear. The
number of people living in
homeless camps has dropped
by a third, the United Nations
reports in a new study.
The population of quake
survivors living in tent cities
dropped to 1 million, from a
peak of 1.5 million in July,
the International Office of Mi-
gration study said.
But the 130,000 families
still living in tents and under
tarps in Port-au-Prince and
Delmas the congested ur-
ban center -- underscore the


challenges Haiti still faces
finding suitable land to relo-
cate people and their homes.
The largest decrease took
place in Leogane, a city 20
miles -west of Port-au-Prince
that had 185 camps in Sep-
tember and 125 last month.
"We started noticing a large
drop in September and Oc-
tober and that kept acceler.-
ating," said Leonard Doyle,
spokesman for the Interna-
tional Office of Migration in
Haiti. "I think communities
are beginning to be rebuilt.
This is the tipping point. Peo-
ple are starting to get the idea
that they need to start moving
on."
But there are other reasons
why people have left the tent
cities. Some were living on
private property or in schools
and churches and were forced


TENT CITY: One of the many tent cities that have
sprung up around.


to leave. The study shows that
of the 1,199 camps visited in
September, 12 percent have
since been evacuated. Some
have left due to bad weather,
cholera and, for some, better
alternatives.
And while the UN sees the
drop in tent populations as
a good sing, others do not,
primarily because there is
no way to track where people
have gone.


"In some camps where
World Vision has run activi-
ties, the movement of families
largely occurred when land-
owners set deadlines to recov-
er their property," said World
Vision spokeswoman Amy
Parodi. Our view from that
perspective is that we don't
know enough to feel confident
that the movement is a good
thing. And we certainly have
Please turn to TENTS 6C


NYC's Haitian groups march to

mark earthquake anniversary


Special to the Muiami Times

New York City's Haitian
community anticipates a
huge turnout of support-
ers to participate in "March-
ing for Change," a rally and
solidarity march to mark the
one-year anniversary of the
earthquake that devastated
Haiti on January 12, 2010.
Marchers will gather in Times
Square for a kick-off rally, fol-
lowed by a march to the Hai-
tian consulate and then the
United Nations. The event will
shine a spotlight on the unac-
ceptably slow pace of recovery
and unlivable conditions in
the beleaguered Caribbean
nation.
The largest proportion of
-laitians in the U.S. live in
South Florida counties and in
New York City, Washington,
D.C., Boston. Chicago and
Philadelphia.
The march will take begin


at 2 p.m. with a call to action
rally in Times Square at 42nd
St. and Broadway, proceed to
the Haitian consulate on 39th
St. and Madison Ave. and end
at the United Nations' Dag
Hammarskjold Plaza at 47th
St. and 1st Ave. Organizers
include: Diaspora Commu-
nity Services, Housing Works,
NHAHA, DwaFanm and Hai-
tian Centers Council. Fea-
tured speakers will include
Jacques De Graff, a social
justice activist and assistant
pastor at Canaan Baptist
Church.
During the call to action,
four demands will be made to
the Haitian government and
the international community.
For the past year the world
has witnessed the disastrous
conditions in Haiti after the
earthquake. With more than
200,000 dead and more than
one million displaced. Haiti
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6C THE MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 22-28, 2010


By Felicia R. Lee

The opening ceremony for
the World Festival of Black
Arts and Cultures, which runs
from Friday through Dec. 31
in Dakar, Senegal,
will feature perfor- "
mances by Ange-
lique Kidjo, Youssou
N'Dour, Carlinhos
Brown and the Ma-
hotella Queens.
"The first festival in
1966 in Dakar, Sen-
egal, was to make a N'DOU
statement about the
newly independent
African states," said
Kwame Kwei-Armah,
a British playwright
and actor who is the
festival's artistic di-
rector. "This is the
third one, and the
theme of this festi- KIDJC
val is the African Re-
naissance. It's about the Africa
we want to create for tomor-
row. It's about artists across
disciplines talking about the
future of their art form."


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Miami Jewish Health
System launches a toy drive
for children impacted by the
Haiti earthquake. The toy drive
ends on Dec. 22. Please bring
wrapped toys for children of
all ages to the Miami Jewish
Health Systems (Hazel Cyphen
Tower lobby area), 5200 N.E.
2nd Ave, Monday-Friday, 9
a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Liberty City Farm-
ers' Market will be held on
Thursday from 12-6 p.m.
during the months of Decem-
ber 2010 to April 2011 at Ta-
colcy Park, 6161 N.W. 9th Ave.

The Sigma Chi Chapter
of Alpha Phi Omega will hold
monthly meetings every fourth
Sunday. For more informa-


tion, contact Kenneth "Ferg"
Ferguson at 786-274-9226.

Miami Rescue Mission
and Broward Outreach Cen-
,ters will help the homeless and
needy celebrate Christmas on
Friday, Dec. 24 at 9 a.m. at the
Miami Rescue Mission: Center
for Men, Miami Rescue Mis-
sion: Community Activity Cen-
ter, Broward Outreach Center:
Hollywood and Broward Out-
reach Center: Pompano.

Human Being Talent
Agency will be hosting a
launch party and network mix-
er on Sunday, Dec. 26 starting
at 8 p.m. at Carlton Hotel/
South Beach 1433 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139. Free
Admission to those 18 and old-


The second festival, in 1977,
was hosted by Lagos, Nigeria.
The lineup of concerts, films,
a book fair, fashion shows,
photography exhibitions,
round-table discussions and
more also includes trib-
utes to Miriam Makeba
and Wole Soyinka, and
performances by the
National Ballet of Sen-
egal, Akon, Urban Bush
Women and Ladysmith
Black Mambazo. A list of
S events can be found at
IR www.blackworld festival.
corn.
Most of the hundreds
of events are free and are
sponsored by the African
Union, an international
organization to promote
growth and cooperation
among the independent
nations of Africa. The
S festival brings together
artists and intellectuals
from dozens of African and
African 'Diaspora countries,
including the United States,
Brazil, Haiti, France and
Cuba.


er. For more info, please call
305-672-5858.

The Cemetery Beauti-
fications Project, located at
3001 N.W. 46th Street is look-
ing for volunteers and dona-
tions towards the upkeep and
beautification of the Lincoln
Park Cemetery. For more info,
please contact Dyrren S. Bar-
ber at 786-290-7357.

There will be a commu-
nity rally involving pastors and
community leaders regarding
crime and youth on Thursday,
January 6, 2011 at 4 p.m. at
First Baptist Church of Bunch
Park, 15700 N.W. 22nd Ave.,
Miami Gardens, FL 33054.

The Many Happy Hearts
Annual Golf Tournament will
take place on Monday, Janu-
ary 17, 2011 at the Senator
Course at Shula's Golf Course,
7601 Miami Lakes Drive. Pro-


ceeds to benefit Community
Partnership for the Homeless.
For more info, call 305-905-
'5154.

Miami Northwestern Se-
nior High will be hosting a
Financial Aid Workshop on
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 from
6-9 p.m. in the CAP Business
Computer Lab.

Rendo-Goju-Ryu Karate
Academy will be offering ka-
rate lessons at the Liberty
Square Community Center
from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesdays
and Thursdays. For more info,
call 305-694-2757.

Beta Tau Zeta Royal As-
sociation offers after-school
tutoring for students K-12 on
Monday-Friday. Karate class-
es are also offered two days a
week. The program is held at
the Zeta Community Center in
Liberty City. 305-836-7060.


"Forbidden Broadway" brings laughs
"Forbidden Broadway" brings laughs


BROADWAY
continued from 1C

"Phantom of the Opera." Vir-
tually no show, or corporate
entity, is safe from the wicked
humor of this cast.
In one highly-entertaining
skit, an actress does a spot-on
imitation of the Broadway diva
Liza Minnelli. The fake-Liza
razzles, dazzles and slurs her
way through a few songs as
only Liza could. And her pro-
nunciation of the words "Arsht
Center," will leave anyone dou-
bled-over in laughter.
The show is also filled with
jokes about the current state of
Broadway, and the influence of
major companies such as Dis-
ney which is known for adapt-
ing cartoon movies into hit stage
productions. Two shows that
come to mind: "The Lion King"
and "Beauty and the Beast." And


yes, both of those shows make
for great laughs in the second
act of "Forbidden Broadway."
This is the show's second run
at the Arsht Center. "Forbid-
den Broadway" made it's debut
in Miami two years ago. The
musical's strong showing in
Miami reflects this city's emer-
gence as a hub for the theater
arts. Satirical shows filled with
industry-specific jokes such as
"Forbidden Broadway," only do
well in markets where there is
a large audience who routinely
follow the Broadway circuit.
Miami is quickly becoming
such a town.
As the newly-opened Arsht
Center plays host to more and
more Broadway shows, the cast
of "Forbidden Brtoadway" clan
expect many more success-
ful runs in Miami as more lo-
cals get hip to how fun Broad-
way can be.


RAPPER SUING NBC OVER SHOW IDEAS
Bay Area rapper, Paris, filed a $20 million lawsuit against NBC Networks, Warner
Brothers Pictures and other producers recently in the U.S. District Court of Northern
District of Texas.
He alleges the companies stole his concepts for reality television shows.
He's claiming wrongful duplication of his originalconcept of."Your School Make-
over" for their series "School Pride."
According to the suit, Paris, born Oscar Jackson, copyrighted the show's concept,
which is based around redesigning rundown schools, with the help of an urban hip-
hop label, world-class designers and contractors, all "willing to use its resources to
make a difference." After shopping the idea around, he claims to have become the
victim of copyright infringement.
"In or about early October, 2010, Plaintiff began receiving unsolicited telephone
calls of congratulations for finally getting the work produced, in response to advertis-
ing on defendant's NBC's network School Pride," read the complaint.
Despite the suit and accusation, NBC has not responded.
Also, on top of the $20 million, Paris is also seeking $30,000 in statutory damages.

DARIUS MCCRARY DENIES HITTING KARRINE STEFFANS
Darius McCrary is firing back against allegations that he hit his ex-wife Karrine
Steffans after the former video vixen filed for a permanent restraining order against
the actor.
Steffans who divorced McCrary earlier this year claims he choked her sev-
eral times and even beat her with a belt in front of her 12-year-old son.
McCrary said he never laid so much as a finger on his ex-wife, and insists her al-
legations that he beat her with a belt are all part of a divorce gone wrong, insisting
it's clear Steffans "didn't take the finality of the divorce well and has resorted to her
old tricks of public defamation."
McCrary adds that "in no way does he condone anyone resorting to violence
against another human being to solve a problem."

GEORGE CLINTON SUES THE BLACK EYED PEAS
Funkmeister George Clinton is suing music group the Black Eyed Peas and their
Universal Music Group label for copyright infringement, after the musicians allegedly
twice sampled his 1979 hit "(Not Just) Knee Deep" on their 2003 "Shut Up" remix and
a Grammy Award-nominated CD.
Clinton, who is considered to be one of the most sampled musicians ever, first
released his chart-topping hit on his "Uncle Sam Wants You" album. "(Not Just) Knee
Deep" originally ran 15 minutes and has been sampled by such iconic rap legends as
Snoop Dogg, Tupac and LL Cool J.
Over the years, Clinton has had to duke it out in the courts over his music. Clinton
managed to get a judge to acknowledge his ownership of the legendary phrase "bow
wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea," in the 1982 timeless hit "Atomic Dog." Clinton also
won a ruling that record labels violated his rights by re-releasing four of his 1970s
albums.
According to the court document, "Dr. Funkenstein" got word of the alleged Black
Eyed Peas sampling when he was approached back in 1999 by one of the group's re-
cord producers who requested a license for a new remix of the song "Shut Up." Clinton
says he denied request and thought that was the end of it. He was not aware that the
group had already sampled his song in a prior version.
Clinton is seeking maximum statutory damages of $150,000 per infringement and
an injunction prohibiting further distribution of the infringing song.

RAPPER PLEADS GUILTY IN NY WEAPON CASE
Rapper Ja Rule recently pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weap-
on stemming from a July 2007 stop of his luxury sports car.
Ia Rule's lawyer, Stacey Richman, had no immediate comment.
Specifically, the rapper admitted to a chargethat'itwolves attempting to have a
loaded gun outside one's home or workplace.
Police said they found a loaded semi-automatic gun in a rear door of the $250,000-
plus car after it was stopped for speeding.
In court, Ja Rule was promised a two-year prison sentence. He's free until sentenc-
ing, on a date yet to be set. He is due in court Feb. 9 for an update.
The 34-year-old could have faced up to 15 years in prison, if convicted on the gun
charge.


Five albums to put on your Christmas list Less people living in tent cities


By Tonya Pendleton

R&B music sure has taken
its share of blows in the last few
years. Fortunately, a small but
talented crew of R&B talent re-
mained true to the artistry for
which many still yearn. Here
are the five CDs you should
consider purchasing before the
year is out.

ERIC BENET, "LOST IN TIME"
Eric Benet's
first single,
"Sometimes I
Cry," has al-
ready .found its
way to domi-
nation of Quiet
Storm formats. BENET
The great thing
about this CD is that it's a real
soul album, from a man who's
had more than his fair share of
public heartbreak.

NE-YO, "LIBRA SCALE"
Ne-Yo has managed to strike
an interesting balance between
contemporary and traditional
R&B. He's just as comfort-
able providing hooks for Rick


Ross or sing-
ing a duet with
the likes of Ri-
hanna, Jenni-
fer Hudson or
Chrisette Mi-
chele. But what
truly sets Ne- NE-YO
Yo apart from
the modern pack is his ability
to craft a great song. Ne-Yo al-
ways works in service to a great
arrangement and melody.

R. KELLY, "LOVE LETTER"
"Love Letter"
is a brilliant
effort from a
musical ge-
nius who, in
recent years,
.has seemed
less than in- R. KELLY
spired. After
the "Trapped In The Closet" se-
ries and hip-hop heavy "Double
Up," it seemed like this genera-
tion's tortured genius was run-
ning out of inspiration. Then
comes "When a Woman Loves,"
a tour de force single that
quickly reestablished Kelly as
the leader of the pack.


Tempestt Bledsoe to 'Clean House'


By Sonya Eskridge

Tempestt Bledsoe is stepping
in to fill Niecy Nash's pumps on
The Style Network.
We were sad to see Niecy and
her giant flower sign
off of "Clean House"
for the last time, but
it seems the show
will be in very good
hands. The Style Net-
work has announced
that Tempestt will be BLEDS
the new host of the
home makeover show when it
returns next year.
The former "Cosby Show" kid
will be working with Niecy's
team of trusty sidekicks: Trish
Suhr (the yard sale diva), Matt


Iseman (the go-to guy) and in-
terior designer Mark Brunetz.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of
the Style family and espe-
cially to be working on 'Clean
House,'" said Tempestt, who is
rocking a much differ-
ent look for the show.
"I love meeting these
families, and I look
forward to helping
them get their clut-
tered homes back in
SOE order."
To find out if Tem-
pestt has what it takes to set
pack rats straight, tune in on
Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m.
when the season premiere of
"Clean House" airs on The
Style Network.


EL DEBARGE,
"SECOND CHANCE"


When El De-
barge dropped
off the scene
in the 1990's,
it was unsure
what the future
would hold.
El's trium-
phant return


DEBARGE


was cheered by an enthusiastic
BET Awards audience earlier
this year. Not only hadn't they
forgotten him; they wanted him
back. Thus a "second chance"
in music and in life. While the
powers that be must have be-
lieved that El's falsetto needed
a little rap support (thus the
presence of both 50 Cent and
Fabolous on the CD), he can
still use it to sing a sweet love
song.

FANTASIA, "BACK TO ME"
She is one of the greatest
singers of this era, and if
you caught her on tour his
fall, you know she's well on
the way to becoming one of
its greatest performers, too.
That's only if you like to see


your R&B di-
vas putting' in
a little work,
kicking off
their shoes,
changing cos-
tumes and still
singing the FANTASIA
roof off. 'Tasia
gets the edge because she
used her personal drama to
add emotional heft to her best
group of songs ever.

HONORABLE MENTION:
This list had to include two
of the year's best CD's: "Wake
Up," the Roots/John Legend
collaboration, which is truly
an amazing walk down soul's
Memory Lane, but respectful-
ly updated for this generation
and Kanye West's "My Beau-
tiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy."
No, it's not R&B, but it's one
of the year's most accom-
plished, explorative, creative
efforts, and it defies any one
genre. Make all of these CDs
part of your holiday wish list
or buy them for yourself. Ei-
ther way, you won't be disap-
pointed.


Haitian groups to march in NYC


MARCH
continued from 5C

continues to need the help of
caring individuals and the in-
ternational community.
"We need donor nations
to live up to their pledges
if Haiti is to rebuild into a
modern society," said Carine
Jocelyn, Executive Director
of Diaspora Community Ser-
vices. "The Haitian govern-
ment and the Reconstruc-
tion Committee must provide
leadership, prioritize and
fund our Call to Action pri-
orities with the understand-
ing that Haitian civil soci-
ety must be included in the


plans for their country."
Charles King, President
and CEO of Housing Works
echoed Jocelyn's comments.
"We will use this march to
come together, show our sup-
port and solidarity with Haiti
and demand action," he said.
Since the earthquake, Hous-
ing Works has opened two
medical clinics in Haiti.
The four call to action de-
mands that will be addressed
to the Haitian government
and the international com-
munity are: 1) Remove the
rubble; 2) Provide safe and
secure shelter; 3) Provide
clean water and sanitation,
and; 4) Provide jobs.


TENTS
continued from 5C

concerns that it might not be
for some families."
Doyle adds that many peo-
ple started going back home
when services such as run-
ning water began returning to
their neighborhoods. As some
families left, others went after
them.
"Nobody wants to be the last
one back to their community,"
he said. "Someone might take
your spot."
About 100,000 have moved
into transitional shelters, he
said. Others whose homes
were deemed safe have re-
turned. Experts had estimat-
ed that at least 40 percent of


the housing stock in the capi-
tal was safe but unoccupied
after the January 12th earth-
quake. Other homes were
damaged and are now being
fixed.
Doyle went on to say that
many gained the courage to
return to their homes, despite
the conditions. The report
confirms that 75 percent of
those surveyed simply wanted
to go home.
"The intensity of the rainy
season made it unbearable
for many to remain in often-
leaking tents," the report said.
"Fears of cholera due to poor
sanitation and hygiene also
persuaded many people to
seek alternative housing solu-
tions outside of the camps."


Haiti rechecking vote tally sheets


PROTEST
continued from SC

of Martelly supporters still
roamed around. Well-armed
U.N. Indian peacekeepers re-
inforced the heavy Haitian
police guard at the electoral
authority headquarters. Not-
ing the "nature, intensity and
unpredictability" of the recent
protests, the State Depart-
ment in Washington urged
U.S. citizens to avoid non-es-
sential travel to Haiti.
The Provisional Electoral
Council said its decision to
carry out a "rapid and excep-
tional" review of the results


tally sheets took into account
"the clear dissatisfaction of
many voters, protests and
acts of violence" since Tues-
day.
Celestin's Inite (Unity) co-
alition said it welcomed the
move. "There has been a
smear campaign against
Inite," said, Joseph Lambert,
Inite's national coordinator.
"They have been making us
out to be cheaters, fraudsters
while we are the victims of the
frauds and manipulations."
Last Wednesday, Martelly's
supporters allegedly torched
Inite's headquarters in the
capital.


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By James Clingman

On the national scene, mon-
ey is being tossed around by
the billions and sometimes by
the trillions, from the Wash-
ington political elite to the
super-wealthy and corporate
bigwigs via tax breaks and
bailouts. The national deficit
is around $1.5 trillion and the
national debt is $14 trillion.
Banks and other financial in-
stitutions, in addition to phar-
maceutical and insurance
firms are livin' large. And,
the big boys on Wall Street are
gearing up for their annual


blockbuster bonuses, the aver-
age of which is $1 million per
employee Money, money ev-
erywhere, and not a dollar for
us. It's the economic Super
Bowl, folks, and we are sitting
on the bench.
We have been relegated to
permanent underclass status,
as Dr. Claud Anderson told us
we would become, if we did not
act. We have little influence,
much less any real power in
political and economic circles.
In this current economic Su-
per Bowl, even when we get a
little ahead, the political refer-
ees are always there to throw


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creating


more jobs Tx ct
STax cut Dpan


President Obama said re-
cently he will press corporate
CEOs to spend more money to
hire people.
"I am looking forward to
getting good ideas from them,
but I am definitely going to
talk to them about how we
can get more hiring out there,"
Obama told reporters en route
to his meeting at Blair House.
In televised comments ear-
lier, Obama said he also plans
to discuss increasing exports,
improving education and
"spurring innovation" with
the corporate leaders, saying
that key to economic growth
is "the ingenuity of our entre-
preneurs."
He also noted that U.S.
businesses are sitting on
nearly $2 tril-
lion.
"This morn-
ing, I hope to
elicit ideas
from these
business lead-
ers that will
help us not ...R
"'onhly-climb' out PRITZKER
of recession,
but seize the promise of this
moment," Obama said. "Ideas
about tax reform, ideas about
a balanced approach to regu-
lation that will promote, rath-
er than undermine growth,
ideas that will
help encour-
age business-
r es to invest in
S, America and
American jobs
at a time when
they're holding
.-7- . .. nearly $2 tril-
MCNERNEY lion on their
books."
The president also again
urged Congress to send him
the tax cut extension pack-
age, despite Democratic criti-
cism that it provides too much
to the wealthy and increases
the budget deficit.
"I'm absolutely convinced
this tax cut package, while
not perfect . will lift up the
economy and American fami-
lies," Obama said.
Throughout his presidency,
Obama has fought with busi-
ness leaders, some of whom he
once described as "fat cats."
But this meeting features
many Obama supporters,
including Chicago business-
woman Penny Pritzker and
Boeing CEO James McNer-
ney, who heads up Obama's
Export Council.


UI e

'will help

grow our


economy'

President Obama used his
meeting with CEOs recently to
promote his tax cut extension
plan, which the Senate is ex-
pected to approve.
Speaking with reporters be-
fore his private meeting with
corporate leaders, Obama not-
ed that the plan will now go
to the U.S. House where it
has met more opposition, par-
ticularly from Democrats who
protest that the package also
extends tax breaks to the na-
tion's wealthiest Americans.
"I am absolutely convinced
that this tax cut plan, while
not perfect, will help grow our
economy and create jobs in the
private sector," Obama said.
As he has in recent days,
Ob.im.riioted that the tax cuts
sigi cd by predecessor George
W. Bush will expire at the end
of the year, meaning all Ameri-
cans face higher taxes without
an agreement. Obama also
stressed the middle class tax
breaks in the proposal, touch-
ing on such items as college
tuition costs, child care, and
business expenses.
"I know there are differ-
ent aspects of this plan to
which members of Congress
on both sides of the aisle ob-
ject," Obama said. "That's the
nature of compromise. But
we worked hard to negotiate
an agreement that's a win for
middle-class families and a
win for our economy, and we
can't afford to let it fall victim
to either delay or defeat."


High gas prices: 'Tis not the season


*, By Gary Strauss

Motorists, brace yourselves for a
S lump of coal this holiday season: high-
er-priced gasoline.
Nationwide, a gallon of regular un-
leaded gas averaged $2.975 on Thurs-
day and more than $3 a gallon in 20
states. That's up nearly 10 cents the
past week and 34 cents higher than
u. December 2009, AAA spokesman Troy
Green says.
Benchmark crude oil opens today
at $88.37 a barrel. If crude crosses
$90 for the first time since 2008 and
continues to rise, as many industry
experts forecast, the average price of
regular unleaded could hit $3.15 or
higher by year's end.
Gasoline is already at or near that in
California, Connecticut, Maine, New
York, Rhode Island and Washington.
Slumping demand usually pushes
gas prices lower from autumn to late
February. However, the strengthening
global economy, weaker dollar, rising
overall commodity prices and surg-


Gas prices climb
The national average pice for regular
gasoline is at its highest point in more thatn
two, yea.,
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ing energy dernaond overseas will likely
continue propelling prices into spring.
"A move through $90 a barrel seems
very likely, and then we could quickly
test $100," says Telvent DTN senior
energy analyst Darin Newsom. "You
could easily see a 15- to 20-cent rise


(in'gas prices) the next three weeks, if
not sooner."
Consumers are unlikely to get a
break anytime soon. "I don't see any-
thing that's going to turn this puppy
around and send it south," says Cam-
eron Hanover industry analyst Peter
Beutel. "For the next two to 12 weeks,
the forecast is higher prices."
About 70 percent of the nation's gas
is sold at convenience store chains.
National Association of Convenience
Stores spokesman Jeff Lenard says
for every $1 increase in crude oil, gas
prices rise about 2.5 cents per gallon.
Near term, few energy analysts ex-
pect crude oil to approach the $147-a
barrel record set in July 2008, push-
ing U.S. prices above $4 a gallon.
But even $3 a gallon gas will pinch
some consumers. "If they have to pay
more for gas, they'll have less to spend
on other things," Green says.
The higher gas prices could be par-
tially mitigated by the tax deal, in-
cluding a temporary cut in payroll
Please turn to GAS 8D


IRS owes $20M in refunds to Floridians


Special to the Miami 'Times

Uncle Sam may owe you a few bucks.
The Internal Revenue Service said
more than eleven thousand Floridians
are due refund checks worth nearly
$20 million, mostly from the 2009 tax
year. The checks were returned to the
IRS due to mailing address errors.
"In Florida, the average undelivered
refund is $1747", said Mike Dobzinski
with the IRS in Ft. Lauderdale. "Last
year, the avcragc was $1,538. We'd like
to get this money back to taxpayers as


By Dennis Cauchon

The number of people 55 and older
holding jobs is on track to hit a record
28 million in 2010 while young people
increasingly are squeezed out of the la-
bor market, a USA TODAY analysis finds.
The portion of people ages 16-24 in the
labor market is at the lowest level since
the government began keeping track in
1948, falling from 66 percent in 2000 to
55 percent this year. There are 17 mil-
lion in that age group who are employed,
the fewest since 1971 when the popula-
tion was much smaller.
By contrast, people in their 50s, 60s or
70s are staying employed longer than at
any time on record. For example, 55 per-


quickly as possible. All we need is an
updated address and we can reissue
the check."
To find out if you are owed any mon-
ey, go to the IRS' website, www.irs.
gov, and click on "Where's My Refund."
You'll have to have the following infor-
mation handy; your Social Security
number and the filing status and re-
fund amount from your 2009 return.
Nationwide, 111,893 refunds total-
ing $164.6 million were returned to
the IRS. Undelivered refund checks
average $1,471 this year, compared to


cent of people ages 60 to 64 were in thi
labor market during the first 11 month:
of 2010. up from 47 percent for the samc
period in 2000.
The trend of older people working morn
and younger people working less is fun
damentally reshaping the labor force anc
slightly easing pressure on government
retirement programs. The pattern start
ed before the recession hit in Decembe:
2007, partly the result of more womer
working, and has continued through the
slowdown.
"What's striking about this recession
is that people 62 and older those eli
gible for Social Security are increas-
ing their participation in the labor force.'
Please turn to WORKFORCE 8E


Mortgage rates creep up, helped by tax deal


Locking in a rate around 4 percent

likely won't happen now

The Associated Press ington. Now those in the market to buy
or refinance have to decide whether to
NEW YORK Homeowners who de- take what's available or wait and
played locking in super-low mortgage run the risk that rates will keep rising.
rates close to 4 percent for a 30-year Freddie Mac, the government-backed
fixed may have waited too long. company that buys and sells mortgag-
Rates are creeping back up, in part es, said recently that average rates on
because of the tax-cut deal in Wash- 15- and 30-year fixed loans increased


sharply from last week. It was the
fourth weekly rise in a row. Fixed rates
had been the lowest in decades.
"People thought for a while that rates
would fall below 4 percent, and they
hedged on that," said New York mort-
gage broker and banker Andrew Tool-
in, who had just been on the phone
with a client who is i. ilg5 5.875 per-
cent on his mortgage.
A month ago, the client passed on
what now looks like a once-in-a-life-
Please turn to MORTGAGE 8D


"pure and complete
fraud" and "slavery
reparations."
This guy Steve
King said, ""The
fraudulent claims
might be, well,
Johnny, yeah,
he was raised on
a farm, but he
wouldn't help his
dad, he went off CLIN
to the city and be-
came a drug addict. But now
his daddy's died, and Johnny
wants the $50,000 that comes
from the USDA under this
claim." King's and Bachman's
words go deeper than just a
negative reflection on them-
selves; they also speak vol-


umes about those
who elected and re-
elected them to the
U.S. Congress.
So much for those
two idiots. We have
billions of dollars
going to corporate
Interests and lobby-
ists while veterans
of war are denied a
MAN measly $250 check?
Active duty soldiers
are given a measly 1.2 1.9
percent pay increase. Senior
citizens, for the second con-
secutive year, will get no cost of
living allowance in their Social
Security checks. Senate Re-
publicans reject the proposed
$7.4 billion health care fund


$1,148 last year.
Dobzinski said refund checks go
astray for a variety of reasons. Some-
times it's a life change, like a marriage
or divorce, which brings about an ad-
dress change. Or if the taxpayer moves
and does not notify the IRS or the U.S.
Postal Service, a check sent to their last
known address is returned to the IRS.
Dobzinski said taxpayers can avoid
undelivered tax refunds by choosing to
have their refunds deposited directly
into a bank account. It's available for
both paper and e-filed returns.





Fewer homes
e

e underwater

e But foreclosures rather than
d rising prices account for drop
t
By Julie Schmit
r
The number of U.S. home-
e owners who owe more on their
homes than the homes are
S worth dipped slightly in the last
quarter to 10.8 million.
But the drop was driven
mostly by homes slipping into
foreclosure rather than any
good economic news, such as
increases in home prices, says
analytics firm CoreLogic.
CoreLogic said recently that
22.5 percent of mortgaged
homes were underwater as of
Sept. 30, down from 23 per-
cent, or 11 million, in the sec-
ond quarter.
From October to November,
home prices slid by 0.2 percent
after declining 0.1 percent in
October, Standard 8 Poor's/
Case-Shiller home price index
says. That means the trend to-
ward fewer underwater buyers
may not last, says Mark Flem-
ing, CoreLogic chief economist.
Please turn to HOMES 8D


for the 911 emergency workers,
some of whom are now dying
of lung cancer as a result of
their heroism. What a bunch
of guys we have in D.C., huh?
Money, money everywhere, but
not a dollar for vets, seniors,
and "heroes."
Yes, for a select and rela-
tive few the economic Super
Bowl is well underway; and for
many of us, the best we can
do is watch the game, either
from the bench (with no hope
of getting in), the sidelines, the
stands, on television, or we can
read about it after the game
is over. There will be no los-
ing team in this Super Bowl;
the celebration will go on for
Please turn to ECONOMIC 8D


the penalty flag on us for being
off side or, in other words, for
being out of our place.
Take the recent approval
(finally) of the Back Farmers'
lawsuit against the USDA;
despite it being settled in the
1990's, it is still being held up,
even though the perpetrators
of that misdeed were found'
guilty. Black farmers and
their families still suffer as a
result of blatant discrimina-
tion by the USDA, and yet folks
like Representatives Michele
Bachman of Minnesota and
Steve King of Iowa are rail-
ing against the settlement as


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8D THE MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 22-28, 2010


Airlines take in record $4.2 billion in fees


Critics call for more transparency


By Gary Stoller

A New Jersey senator
said recently that much
of the record $4.3 billion
U.S. airlines took in for
checking bags and chang-
ing tickets the first nine
months of the year were
"hidden" fees that caught
passengers by surprise.
"Much of it came by
surprise," Sen. Robert
Menendez, D-N.J., said,
because many fees were
not clearly disclosed to
consumers. And, he said,
the $4.3 billion reported
recently by the Transpor-
tation Department didn't
represent all the fees air-
lines collected for such
privileges as boarding
early or selecting a seat.


Stop being


ECONOMIC
continued from 7D

months in both camps. Dol-
lars will continue to flow into
their coffers while we, the Pro-
letariat, remain at the mercy of
political court-jesters manipu-
lated by the hidden hand of the
greedy and corrupt.
Understanding that in poker
you have to play the hand you
were dealt, I also understand
that a good bluff works ever now
and then; no need to fold every
bad hand. The latest boondog-
gle for the super wealthy, in the
form of tax breaks, is yet anoth-
er illustration of the continu-
ous and disgraceful kowtowing
to a few folks who already have
more money than they could


Menendez's remarks fol-
low a new fee announced
by Continental Airlines
and a speech last week by
former American Airlines
CEO Robert Crandall in
which he called for more
transparency in all air-
line fees.
The new Continental
fee lets consumers hold a
reservation and lock in a
price for up to a week be-
fore paying for a ticket.
Continental spokes-
woman Mary Clark says
fees begin at $5 per reser-
vation for a 72-hour hold
and $9 for a seven-day
hold. Fees also vary by
itinerary and number of
days before departure.
At an airline sympo-
sium in Turkey Dec. 7,


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-By Paul Sancya, AP
Consumer advocates are urging airlines to be more
transparent about "hidden" fees. Delta reported the
highest profits from fees, earning $1.26 billion in
the first nine months of 2010.

Crandall said the indus- discontent" and "risks its
try's objection to consum- good name and reputa-
ers' calls for clear disclo- tion."
sure of extra fees "courts A proposed Transpor-
unnecessary customer station Department rule


economic benchwarmers


ever spend in two lifetimes. In
juxtaposition, this latest com-
promise is also illustrative of
an old saying that goes some-
thing like this: The measure of
a country is in how it treats the
least among its citizens.
The sheer hypocrisy being
displayed by politicians vis-
a-vis those revered as war he-
roes, veterans, the long term
unemployed, and senior citi-
zens is sickening, shameful,
and beyond comprehension.
The politicians' complete lack
of compassion and concern for
those who need help the most
can only be characterized as
reprehensible and that's put-
ting it mildly.
But the Super Bowl is un-
derway, folks. And while most


of us cannot afford the price of
admission, the game will con-
tinue nevertheless. When will
it end, you say? No one knows
for sure, but one thing is cer-
tain: It will end. The clock
will run out and the celebra-
tions will come to an end. The
more important question is:
What will we do in the mean-
time? My recommendation is
what it has been for years on
end: Organize our own eco-
nomic Super Bowl; select our
own team members; make our
own rules: create and execute
our own collective economic
initiatives.
We must stop being econom-
ic benchwarmers waiting to get
into a game in which we have
no chance of playing.


Home mortgage rates slowly rising again


MORTGAGE
continued from 7D

time opportunity: the chance
to refinance at 4.125 percent.
That would have put $321 more
in his pocket each month.
He held out, thinking he
could do even better. Now the
rate is up to 4.75 percent.
He could still shave money
off his monthly mortgage pay-
ment, but not nearly as much
- about $229.
"He's wondering if he should
wait for rates to go back down,"
Toolin said. "He's talking to his
wife tonight about what to do."
Rates are rising because they
tend to follow the trends set by
government bonds, such as the
10-year Treasury bond. Inves-
tors are selling those bonds,
causing their interest rates to


rise, because of the deal Presi-
dent Obama and Republicans
reached to hold off tax increas-
es in 2011 and 2012 and cut
taxes for most Americans.
Some economists think the
deal, which would effectively
put money in Americans' pock-
ets right away, will help the
economy heal faster. A stronger
economy would make stocks
more attractive than bonds,
which are a safer investment in
rocky economic times.
Even though they're rising,
mortgage rates remain ex-
traordinarily low by historical
standards. The average rate
on 30-year mortgages rose to
4.61 percent from 4.46 percent
last week. It hit 4.17 percent a
month ago, the lowest level in
the 40 years that comparable
records have been kept.


The rate on a 15-year fixed
loan, a popular refinancing op-
tion, rose to 3.96 pcrccnt. Rates
hit 3.57 percent last month, the
lowest since 1991.
The opportunity to refinance
a home loan at a fixed rate of
less than 5 percent is still a
pretty good deal, and even bet-
ter for those who are trapped in
an adjustable-rate rnl tpag.Uc
Still, for homeowners who
already have low rates or are
thinking about a second re-
financing, a quarter-point to
half-point change over the
month could be crucial. Many
have already refinanced into
lower rates in the last year or
so at 5 percent or below. They
would need rates to be at least
1 percentage point lower to
make a refinance financially
worthwhile.


Labor market at a low level for ages 16-24


WORKFORCE
continued from 7D

says Richard Johnson, an
economist at the Income and
Benefits Policy Center of the
non-partisan Urban Institute.
All groups younger than 55
have declining shares of the
population in the labor force.
Johnson says a change in
economic incentives such
as raising the retirement age
for full Social Security bene-
fits and creating tax breaks -
have made it more rewarding


to work at an older age.
These trends are especially
important because the first
of 77 million Baby Boomers.
- the population bulge that
happened from 1946 through
1964 turn 65 next year.
That will make them eligible
for government-financed Medi-
care and close to getting full
Social Security benefits at 66.
Better health, longer lives
and less physically damaging
jobs have prompted people to
work longer. But it's not all
good news.


"Most people work longer
because they have to," says
Carl Van Horn, director of the
Heldrich Center of Workforce
Development at Rutgers Uni-
versity. "Many can't afford to
drop out of the labor market
without severe financial impli-
cations."
That can indirectly hurl
young workers, he says. "There
are only so many jobs to go
around," he says, and older
workers have a job advantage
that younger ones don't: expe-
rience.


Under water borrowers at risk for foreclosure


HOMES
conitnued from 7D

"Price declines are accelerat-
ing, which may put a stop to
or reverse the recent improve-
ment in negative equity," he
says.
The ramifications of so many
underwater borrowers will
cause problems for real estate
markets for years, says Joel
Naroff, president of Naroff Eco-
nomic Advisors.
Those markets may recover
more slowly because fewer ho-
meowners will be in position
to move into more expensive
homes, Underwatei borrowers
are at higher risk of foreclo-


sure, which drives down real
estate values. As homeowners
sink deeper, concerns rise that
more will choose to default on
loans.
The U.S. government has
several fledgling programs to
help underwater borrowers.
But getting lenders to reduce
what's owed on mortgages has
been a tough sell. They're not
convinced that forgiving debt
to potentially avoid a foreclo-
sure makes good economic
sense, says Patrick Newport,
economist at IHS Global In-
sight.
The Federal Housing Admin-
istration, as of Sept. 7, started
offering some underwater bor-


rowers the chance to qualify
for new FHA-insured mortgag-
es if lenders wrote off at least
10 percent of the principal.
The program is off to a slow
start. Only 100 applications
are underway. Lenders lack
systems to carry out reduc-
tions and lack confidence that
mortgage-owning investors
will agree to reductions so are
reluctant to invest in the sys-
tems, says Vicki Bott of the
Department of Housing and
Urban Development.
Government programs may
help a fraction of underwater
borrowers, Naroff says. "People
will have to get used to living
underwater," he says.


would require U.S. and
foreign airlines to "promi-
nently disclose" on their
websites all baggage-fee
increases and a link to a
list of optional fees. Air-
lines also would be re-
quired to include bag fees
on electronic tickets.
The Transportation
Department is review-
ing public comments and
expects to issue a final
rule in the spring, says
spokesman Bill Mosley.
Menendez, who is push-
ing similar disclosure in
legislation, says families
are "watching every last
penny," and deserve "a
full understanding not
just how much it will cost
to get to the airport, but
how much it will cost
to actually get to
their destination."


More older folks jumping


Technology helps

them stay in touch
By Janice Lloyd

Stand by, kids, Grams and
Grandpop might be trying to
friend you soon.
Eldercare Locator, a service
of the U.S. Administration on
Aging, is releasing a guide to-
day to help older people learn
about life online, from joining
social networks to hooking up
to Skype and exploring Google.
"We're hearing that more old-
er people are interested," says
Sandy Markwood, CEO of the
National Association of Area
Agencies on Aging, which over-
sees the program. "We're hop-
ing during the holidays when
families get together, the grand-
children can help older families
members."
The older set has been slow
to embrace the technology,
but that is (li.,lnin Now the


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New Luster Carpet Cleaning Service
Poitier Funeral Home
Publix
Signs and Wonders International Ministries
Suntrust
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


For more Information
Eldercare locator is a national
service of the U.S. Administra-
tion on Aging, administered by
the National Association of Area
Agencies on Aging. For copies
of-the guide, contact the Elder-
care Locator at 800-67-1116
or visit eldercare.gov.
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fastest-growing (
group of peo-
pie using \
social net- '
working is ..
adults ages
65 and old-
er, followed
by those ages
50 to 64, ac-
cording to a Pew -.
Research Center re-
port.
Mirriam Jones, 92,
of Nevada City, Calif.,
says her friends tell her
they're too old for social net-
working, but she won't hear it.
She stays in constant contact
with her son, Rich, who works
on African safaris. "He got me
hooked up on Skype last Christ-
mas," she says. "It's a great way
to stay in touch. We e-mail each
other when we want to talk."
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nected: Technology Options
for Older Adults, takes users
Please turn to ONLINE 9D


High holiday gas prices


GAS
continued from 7D

taxes, agreed to by
President Obaima
and GOP lawmakers.
"To offset the impact
of the tax package,
you'd have to see a
$60 rise in crude oil
prices," says econo-
mist Brian Bethune
of IHS Global Insight.
"Some people are
going to get zapped a


bit, but it depends on
where you live." Bet-
hune says. "In rural
areas where people
drive trucks and
have long ways to
go, higher gas prices
tend to bite. In urban
areas, more people
use public transpor-
tation and the av-
erage commuter is
probably driving a
much more fuel-effi-
cient car."


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Project MCC-Q-007-B MIA-Upper Vehicle
Drive Rehabilitation (A4 thru A8)

Mike Gomez Construction is soliciting bids for this
project at Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

This project consists of milling and re-asphalt of
sections on the upper lower drive at the MIA. One
Package bidding: Pkg. "A" Milling/Asphalt (CSBE)

Pre-bid Conference (Mandatory): Wednesday,
December 22, 2010 @ 10:00AM
Bids Due: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 @2:00 PM
Pre-Bid Location: 4200 N.W. 36th Street, Bldg. 5A,
4th Floor, Conf. Room "F".

For more information, call Ginny Mirabal or J.
Caballero @ 305-876-8444.


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Tax break may spur spending


Business Associa-
Hesitant firms could use write- tion, says an imme-
ir diate write-off can
off to expand, hire simplify accounting


By Laura Petrecca

One small pro-
vision in the new
tax law could spur
big-ticket business
spending and if a
government analy-
sis proves correct,
bolster hiring.
The "100 percent
expensing" policy
allows business-
es in 2011 to fully
write off "productive
capital investments"
such as delivery
trucks, machines
and aircraft rather
than depreciate the
cost over a period of
years.
With the immedi-
ate write-off, firms
will have lower tax-
able income and
more money to
spend. A Treasury
Department analy-
sis estimates two
million companies
will take advantage
of it.
The administra-
tion says this will
prod economic
growth as it:
Gives companies
extra cash to spend
on new employees
as well as on expan-
sion.
Encourages firms
to make purchas-
es they've put off.
This could generate
roughly $50 billion
in added investment,
Treasury's analysis
says.
Fosters hiring at
manufacturers as
they respond to de-
mand.
"The expensing
provision will en-
courage sales of air-
planes, engines and
avionics in a mar-
ket that continues
to experience a very
slow recovery," says
Pete Bunce, CEO of
the General Aviation
Manufacturers As-
sociation.
A business that
makes a $1 mil-
lion investment and
pays a 35 percent
tax rate could shave
$350,000 from its
2011 taxes instead
of perhaps $50,000
under current law,
Treasury says.
Some economists
are skeptical that
the provision will
pack all the punch
the government pre-
dicts.
Even with the tax
break, still-skittish
businesses may not
invest in new equip-
ment until the econ-
omy further stabi-
lizes, economist Joel
Naroff says.
He says the provi-
sion could also have
an unintended con-
sequence: U.S. firms
buying equipment
overseas. "Nothing
in the law says you
have to buy your in-
vestment equipment
from U.S.-based
companies," he says.
Economist Ed
Yardeni says com-
panies need employ-
ees to run the new
equipment, so this
"makes sense" at
first glance.
But since new
equipment can
boost productivity,
"some companies
will take advantage
of that and be able
to cut back on em-
ployment."
Grafton "Cap" Wil-
ley, a managing di-
rector at accounting
firm CBIZTofias and


former chairman of
the National Small


for smaller firms.
But he cautions
firms not to buy


goods simply to get
a bigger write-off.
"The decision has
to be economically
sound," he says.
"Don't let the tax
deal wag the dog."


President Obama, flanked by members of Congress including Sen-
ate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, signs last week's tax break
measure.


J4 .




THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH


NOTICE OF OPENING AND CLOSING OF THE WAITING
LIST FOR THE SECTION 8 NEW CONSTRUCTION -
REBECCA TOWERS NORTH

Starting on Wednesday. January 5, 2011, the Housing Authority of the City of
Miami Beach (HACMB) will open its waiting list for Section 8 New Construction
Rebecca Towers North, a building designated for elderly persons 62 years of
age or older.

Pre-applications must be mailed via U. S. Postal Service regular or Certified
mail only. Pre-applications must be postmarked by the waiting list closing date of
Wednesday, January 12, 2011. Pre-applications must be received at the HACMB
no later than Friday, January 24, 2011. Pre-applications must be mailed to
HACMB
ATTN. RTN Pre-applications
200 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Any application received after January 24, 2011 or postmarked after
January 12, 2011 will be considered void.

Applicants must be 62 years of age or older at the time of pre-application
submission. The maximum number of residents allowed per unit is 2

Pre-applications will be published within the Local & State Section of the Miami
Herald and El Nuevo Herald newspapers, and the Miami Times newspaper on
January 5,2011. The pre-application will also be available on the HACMB website
at www.hacmb.oro starting January 5. 2011. All pre-application instructions will
be included with the pre-application on January 5, 2011.

HACMB will not be responsible for any error or late mail delivery by the U.
S. Postal Service.








WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Florida. under and by virfte ot Sections 100 101 and
100.141, Florida Statutes, and Section 15(d) of Article III of the Florida Constitution, has called a
Special Election for filling the vacancy of the office of Stale Senate, District 33, and has also called
a Special Primary for l. 0 .-i r,.i nominees of the recognized political parties for such elections, and
WHEREAS, the dales for such Special Primary and Special General Election have been fixed by
the Governor as follows:
Special Primary February 8. 2011 Special General March 1. 2011
WHEREAS. Section 100 141 Florida Statutes, provides that the Secretary of State shall lix the
dates for candidates to qualify for such Special Primary and Gcneral Eleclion andl Ihe dates for
candidates to file campaign reports, andl
'.'. i- : in accordance vith Section 101.657, Florida Statutes, eadly voting shall be held
January 31 through February 6. 2011. and February 21 through February 27, 2011, arnd
WHEREAS. candidates seeking to qualify by the petition method must obtain .5j. valid signatures,
and
S.'. H-F petitions for candidates qualifying by the petition method must be submitted to
the supervisor of elections in the county in which signatures are collected no later than 5 p m,
December 21. 2010, in order that the supervisor of elections can verify the signatures and cerhtfy
the results to the Division of Elections no later than 5 p.m. December 28. 2010.. i,. ltees for
those candidates not ju il, "i, by the petition method are as follows:
Partisan: S1,781.82 No Party .:-htiii iiin $1,187 88
'TifrFi' :I .iL, I, DAWN K. ROBERTS, Interim Secretary of State of the State of Florida. do hereby
fix and declare that the date on which candidates may qualify for said Special Election shall be from
8-00 a.m.. December 29, 2010,. -.... .i Noon, Decembel 30 2010. and the dates for candidates to
file campaign reports are as follows


Report
SF1
SF2
SG1
TR


Due Dales
1-21-11
2-4-11
2-25-11
5-31-11


Date appointment filed 1-4-11
1-15-2011 2-03-11
2-04-2011 2-24-11
2-25-2011 5-31-11


A final report is due 90 days after the candidate becomes unopposed, is eliminated, or elected.


GIVEN under my hand and the Great Seal of Ihe
State of Florida, at Tallahassee. The Capital, this
15th day of December, A, D 2010



INTERIM SECRE.IARY OF SA
INTERIM SECRETARY OF STATE


MIAMI-DADE


LEGAL NOTICE
Pursuont to F.S 98.075(7), notice is hereby given to the voters listed below. Please be advised that your eligibility to vote is in question based on information provided by the
State of Florida. You are required to control the Supervisorr .1 1..i t. I .. 1, I- .h. l.l. I .l, I i.F I.r i. I.~1I r thn thirty days ofter the dole of this Notice in order to receive
informolion regarding the basis for the potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve Ihe matler. Failure to respond will result in o determination ol ineligibility by the
Supervisor of Elections and your name will be removed from the stoaewide voter registration system I you have any questions pertaining to this matter, please contact the
Supervisor of Elections at 2700 NW 871h Avenue, Miami, Florida or (all 305 499-8363.
AVISO LEGAL
(onaorme a ES. 98.075(7), par el presents se snoifica o los electores enumerodos n continuation que segtin information provisl par el Eslodo de la Florida, se cuesliona su
i, I,,l,,I,.li II,,,,I i ,,,I Usled debe coinuniaor nse con el Supervisor de Eleciones ,i I li .. i .i.1 ,' .i . i .t ., H .. .. r .I i ,r II de los Ireinto dias, a mas lardar, desde a fecha
do esle Aviso, (on el [in de que se le inlforme sabre el fudomnento de lo possible falta de idoneidad y sore el p'roedimiento preo resolved el asunto. Si used no cumple con
su obligation de responder, se emitirad no de r der c loln deo lti do idioncidd, por parle del Supervisor de Electones, y su nombre se eliminorc del sislema de inscripid6n de
electores de todo el estodo. 5 liins olI!Iigun duda acerIt dc eale lemn, par favor. (omuniques can el Supervisor do Ele(iones, en 2700 NW 871h Avenue, MMimi, Florida, a par
telefono, ul 305499 8363
AVI LEGAL
Dopre Lwa Florid FS.98.0175(7), yop movie vole yo ki son lis p I h l-o Np ovize e w ,e ae sou enfoliosyon nou resevwo nan men Ela Florid, nou doute si w elilib pou vote.
Ya) mniande nou konlikle Sipeviti Elkisyon Konto Miini-Dade, Florid, pa pile ke Iront tou opre resepsyon Avi so-o pou nou kapab resevwa enfomosyon sou kisa yo boze
keslyou ke w pa clijib lu epi pou niou we kouiuilan pou nou rezoud pwollmI la. Si w pa reyoji epi w po reponn a let so-o. so gen dwo mennen Sipevize Eleksyon an decide
ke w po cli ib epi yo vo etlire non w nnn silerm enskripsyon vole Elo-a. Si w genyen onkenn keslyon sou koze so-a, lonpri konlokle Sipevize Fleksyon yo non 2700 NW 87th
Avenue, Miami, Florid oswa role 305 499 8363.


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sale, that enhance the iPhone. Apps include
everything from airline schedules and calen-
dars to games. There's even a program that lets
you plug in your electric guitar and have the
iPhone replicate an amplifier.
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best," says Charles Golvin, an analyst at For-
rester Research. "The range of apps and things
you can do with it and the amount of informa-
tion that is out there helping you learn about
interesting and new things you can do with the
iPhone is almost overwhelming."
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phone service. Consumers complain about
dropped calls with the iPhone, and Consumer
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year because of problems with its antenna.
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rier for now, was just rated dead last among the
big four carriers, by CR. The biggest problem:
dropped calls.
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to add the iPhone to its offerings soon. "I tell
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1 and No. 3 (for the older iPhone 3GS model.)
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is the fastest growing. By next year, they'll be-
come the most popular, some tech analysts
predict. An estimated 300,000 Android phones
are being activated daily, up from 100,000 dai-
ly in August, Google says.
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offers the software to them free. Verizon has
the Motorola Droid X and HTC Droid Incred-
ible. Sprint offers the HTC Evo 4G. AT&T sells
the Samsung Captivate. T-Mobile markets the
G2. All have similar interfaces.
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nounced the Nexus S from Samsung, coming
to T-Mobile. The Nexus S has a 4-inch screen
and is the only Android phone running the lat-
est version of Android software, called Ginger-
bread. The new software allows users to make
mobile payments directly from the phone,
without having to pull out a credit card.
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fers 100,000 apps compared with Apple's
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iPhone," says Foust.

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The Windows phones of the past have been
overhauled. A new line of Windows Phone 7
smartphones arrived this fall, months behind
other smartphone competitors but sporting
a distinctly different look from iPhone and
Android models. A group of tiles highlight the
main screen of the Samsung Focus, LG Quan-
tum and HTC Surround. The phones also offer
integration with Windows services, such as the
Internet Explorer browser, Bing search and Mi-
crosoft Office.
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want to go," says Golvin.
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Phone 7 models, but Sprint and Verizon will
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pocket, and talk on the phone at the same
time, you'll generally have to pay extra for
the service (an additional $25 or more for a
data plan) and $199 for a new or extended
contract.
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as a gift.
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year plan for the recipient, or buy the phone
outright and that's not cheap. AT&T, for
instance, sells the iPhone 4 for $599, com-
pared with $199 with a two-year plan.
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doesn't require a contract. Historically, pre-
paid plans offered plain vanilla phones, but
this year smartphones joined the mix.
T-Mobile offers the Comet, an Android
phone, for $179.99 without a contract. Non-
contract plans start at $30 a month with T-
Mobile.
Virgin Mobile has the Intercept, anoth-
er Android phone, at $299.99. Non-contract
plans are $25, $40 or $60 monthly.
Boost Mobile, owned by Sprint, has the
BlackBerry Curve for $199.99 and month-to-
4f month BlackBerry plans are priced starting
$60.
Verizon Wireless is on the high side with
three smartphones and three BlackBerry
models that don't require a contract. The
least expensive model we could find was the
BlackBerry Bold at $294.99 and month-tb-
month plans starting at $64.99.
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have an iPhone or Windows Phone 7 and you
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Apartments

101A CIVIC AREA
Two bedrooms starting at
$760 a month. Move in
$1260
MOVE IN READY!
Free water, central air,
appliances, laundry.
Quiet Area
NO CREDIT CHECK
Must Have Job We Can
Verify
Call 786-506-3067
1545 N.W. 8th Avenue

1075 NW 34 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, stove, refrigerator
included. Section 8 certifi-
cate required. 305-751-6302
1212 NW 1 Avenue
$475 MOVE IN. One
bedroom, one bath $475
monthly. Stove, refrigerator,
air. 305-642-7080

1229 NW 1 Court
$500 MOVE IN! One
bedroom, one bath, $500,
stove, refrigerator, air.
305-642-7080, 786-236-
1144

1231 NW 58 Terrace
MOVE IN SPECIAL!
One bdrm, one bath. $450
monthly $700 move in.
Two bdrm, one bath. $550
monthly $850 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel
786-355-7578
12400 NE 12 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
Laundry room. Section 8 Ok!
$675 mthly. No security!
305-498-2266, 954-744-6841
1246 NW 58 Terrace
MOVE IN SPECIAL
Studios. $395 per month.
$600 move in. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-
355-7578

1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$525. Free Water.
305-642-7080

1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. Free Water.
305-642-7080

1281 N.W. 61 Street
Renovated, one bedroom,
$525, two bedrooms, $625.
305-747-4552
1317 NW 2 AVENUE
$425 Move in One bdrm,
one bath $425. Ms. Shorty
#1
786-290-1438

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $450.
305-642-7080


140 NW 13 Street
$500 MOVE IN. Two bdrms,
one bath $500. 786-236-
1144
305-642-7080

140 SW 6 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$600 monthly. Call
305-267-9449
14350 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Two bdrm. one bath.$525
Free Water 786-267-1646

14460 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath $495
Two bdrm., one bath, $595
Stove, refrigerator, air
Free Water 786-267-1646

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.
305-642-7080

1459 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
brand new appliances, tiled
floors, $550 monthly.
ONE MONTH MOVES U IN
Call 305-458-3977
1520 NW 61 Street
One bedroom. Section 8 Wel-
come. Beautifully maintained
and renovated. 305-932-4115
1525 NW 1 Place
MOVE IN SPECIAL
One bdrm, one bath, $395
monthly. $600 move in.
Three bdrm, two bath, $595
monthly, $900 to move in.
Newly renovated. All ap-
pliances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel
786-355-7578

1540 NW 1 Court
Studios, $395 per month,
$600 move in.
Two bdrm, one bath, $595
per month, $900 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578


1718 NW 2 Court
$425 MOVE IN, One bdrm,
one bath, $425.
305-642-7080

1801 NW 2 Avenue
MOVE IN SPECIAL!
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$595 monthly. $900 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $475.
Appliances 305-642-7080

1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

200 NW 13 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$425. 305-642-7080.

210 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$475. Call 305-642-7080

2186 NW 38 Street
One bdrm, one bath, $695.
Appliances, free water.
305-642-7080

2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one bath
$650
Appliances, free water.
305-642-7080

2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
2804 NW 1 Avenue
MOVE IN SPECIAL
One bdrm, one bath, $450
monthly, $700 move in.
Two bdrms, one bath, $595
monthly, $900 move in.
All appliances included
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call
Joel 786-355-7578

3220 NW135 Street
Remodeled large two bed-
rooms, one bath, central air.
$800. Water included.
786-853-8313

411 NW 37 Street
Studio. $395 per month.
All appliances included
Call Joel 786-355-7578

458 NW 7 STREET
One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750
472 NW 10 Street
One bedroom one bath.
$495. Stove, refrigerator,
air.
305-642-7080

5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two and three bdrms.
Free gift for
Section 8 tenants.
No deposit. $300 Moves
you in. Jenny 786-663-8862
5755 NW 7 Avenue
Large one bdrm, parking.
$580 monthly. $850 to move
in. Call 954-394-7562
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
60 NW 76 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$550, stove, refrigerator, air,
free water. 305-642-7080
6832 NW 5 Place
Studio $110 weekly, $450
to move in. Efficiency also
available 786-286-2540
7153 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, utilities
included, refrigerator, stove.
$600 monthly. $800 to move
in. 786-970-5749

8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
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AGENCY
305-642-7080
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more
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capitalrentalagency.com

HAMPTON HOUSE
APARTMENTS
Easy qualify. Move in
special.One bedroom, one
bath, $495, two bedrooms,
one bath, $595. Free water
Leonard 786-236-1144

Miami Avenue NE 84 Street
Laundry room, water includ-
ed, new ceramic tile floors.
$600 monthly. 305-970-5574
MIAMI LAKES AREA
Remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath. Section 8 welcome.
786-301-4368 English,
786-301-9363 Spanish.
MIAMI LAKES AREA
Studio, remodeled. Section


8 welcome. 786-301-9363
Spanish or 786-301-4368
English_


MIAMI UPPER EASTSIDE
Remodeled one bdrm. $625
to $775. 534 NE 78 Street
305-895-5480
MOVE IN SPECIAL
One and two bedrooms,
water, air, and appliances
$800 to $1000 to move in.
305-688-7559
N. DADE Section 8 OK!
One and two bdrms. Move in
special! 786-488-5225
NORTH MIAMI AREA
Two bedroom, paid utilities
$700 monthly. First, last half
month security to move in
305-458-3426
NW 2 Ave. and 63 St.
'Clean, secure area, one
bdrm, one bath, $575 mthly.
305-759-8980
OPA LOCKA AREA
One bdrm, one bath. $495
monthly. 305-717-6084
OPA LOCKA AREA
Special, two bedrooms, one
bath, Section 8 welcome.
305-717-6084.
OPA-LOCKA AREA
MOVE IN SPECIALS
One or two bedrooms. Office
954-357-3033 or evening
786-329-9319

Condos/Townhouses
191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776

S Duplexes

1023 NW 47 Street
Efficiency, one bath. $575
Appliances, free electric,
water.
305-642-7080


1082 NW 55 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $525.
Appliances. Free water.
305-642-7080

1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
305-642-7080
1260 Sesame Street
One bathroom, one bath, ap-
pliance, water included, $630.
Call Marie 305-763-5092
1289 NW 56 Street
Two bedroom, one bath,
$825 monthly, with applianc-
es. S1250 move in. Call Frank
Cooper 305-758-7022 "
1542 NW 35 Street
Newly renovated two bdrms,
air and some utilities, du-
plexes, townhouses, $850
monthly786-488-0599 _
1601 NW 66 Street
Two bedrooms, $750 month-
ly, Section 8 welcome.
786-277-0302
1760 NW 50 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, totally
remodeled, central air. $725
monthly. First, last, security.
$1800 total move in,
954-549-3970
1816 NW 93 Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1300 monthly.
954-885-6322 786-384-2160
2003 NW 89 Street
Two bdms, one bath. Section
8 Welcome. 305-796-5252
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms. Remodeled.
$895. Come by for list of
others. (290 NW 183 Street
Office) 786-306-4839
2436 NW 66 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1200 mthly. 786-399-8557 /
786-384-2160
255 NE 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $550.
305-642-7080
3075 NW 91 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
Section 8 Welcome
305-299-3142
3075 NW 92 Street
Two bathroom, one bath,
washer/dryer hookup, park-
ing, available for immediate
occupancies. First, last, se-
curity. 305-624-2336 or
305-625-4262
3189 NW 59 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath re-
modeled. Call Marie
305-763-5092
338 NW 59 Street
Huge one 'bedroom, one
bath, central air. $650 mthly.
Section 8 OK! 305-490-7033
4621 NW 15 Avenue
Unit B, one bedroom, one
bath, $650 mthly.
Unit C, one bedroom, one
bath, $575, air, water and
electricity included. 786-512-
7622.
4711 NW 15 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $625.
Free water. 305-642-7080
5311 NW 3 Avenue
Remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath. Central air, tile.
Section 8 OK. $800 monthly.
305-389-9470
565 NE 131 Street
One bedroom, one bath, and
patio, in rear, tile floors, nice
and clean. $750, Section 8
OK. Great North Miami loca-
tion. 786-326-7424
6250 NW 1 Avenue


Two bedroom, one bath
$850. Appliances. Free wa-
ter/electric. 305-642-7080


672 Oriental Boulevard
(151 Street Opa Locka)
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled floors, air, washer hook-
up. $800 monthly, first, last
and security. $1800 total.
305-625-4515
7820 NE 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath.
$775. Appliances, free
water.
305-642-7080

7932 NW 12 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tile, carpet, fenced yard, wa-
ter included, $1,000. Section
8 Welcome. Other units avail-
able. 305-389-4011
86 Street NE 2 Avenue
One and Two bdrms. Section
8 OK. Call 305-754-7776
941 NW 99 Street
Large one bdrm, one bath,
water included, $600 monthly.
305-788-3785
96 Street NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
$900 monthly. 954-430-0849
NORTHWEST AREA
Two bedroom, $875 monthly.
Call 786-316-8671

Efficiencies

100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
305-751-6232
1480 NW 195 Street
Fully furnished, air, cable, no
utilities, $650 mthly.
786-317-1804
3801 NW 165 Street
Furnished efficiency,
Call 786-663-5641

SFurnished Rooms

13377 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
143 Street and 7 Avenue
Private entrance many ex-
tras. $110 weekly 305-687-
6930 and 786-306-0308
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations
Call 954-678-8996
1887 NW 44 Street
$450 monthly $650 moves
__youmin 305-303-0156.
2050 NW 194 Terrace
$300 move in S600 imuinthly
with meals 786-286-7455 or
702-448-0148
2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186. 305-691-3486
300 NW 47 Street
TV, cable, parknonsmoker.
one person S375 monthly
305-781-3114
5500 NW 5 Avenue
$85 wkly, free utilities, kitch-
en, bath, one person.
305-474-8186 305-691-3486
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air. and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
6835 NW 15 Avenue
Renovated. Utilities included.
$90 weekly. Move in special
$200. Call 786-277-2693
74 Street NW 7 Avenue
Utilities and cable included.
$125 weekly. $225 moves
you in. 786-306-2349
NORLAND AREA
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055
NORTHWEST AREA
Clean and nice, air. $100
weekly. $200 to move in.
786-426-6263

Houses
17100 NW 9 Place
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Section 8 OK!
$1300 monthly
786-385-8174
1723 NW 68 Terrace
Miami. Two bedrooms, one
bath, $750 monthly. Call
305-267-9449
1830 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly, two months
security required.
305-510-7538.
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
$1075. 305-642-7080
18715 NW 45 Avenue
Section 8 OK. Three bed-
rooms, one bath, central air,
tile floors. A beauty. Call
Joe 954-849-6793
2130 NW 44 Street
Three bdrms, two baths, air.
$1,350. Section 8 Welcome!
954-940-2916
2334 NW 152 Terrace
Three bdrm, two bath, $1200
monthly. 786-399-8557
786-207-4939
288 NW 51 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$850 per month. All Appli-
ances included. Free 19"
LCD TV. Call Joel :
786-355-7578


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305-694-6225


3060 NW 95 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
carpet, tile, central air, and
appliances. $1400 monthly
negotiable. Section 8 wel-
comed! 305-525-1271
Free 19 inch LCD TV
3148 NW 50 Street
Section 8 OK. Four bdrm,
two baths, $1400 monthly.
305-651-1179
3833 NW 209 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1095, Appliances.
305-642-7080

6315 NW 20 Aveune
Three bedrooms. $875
monthly. 786-556-6950
660 NW 52 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tiled, bars, wash-
er/dryer hookup. Very quiet
street. $1150 monthly. First
and last. No Section 8.
305-625-4515
7 NE 59 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$995. Appliances, free
water.
305-642-7080

944 NW 81 Street A
Three bedrooms, one bath
$900 monthly. Security $600.
Call 786-488-2264
LIBERTY CITY AREA
Three bdrms, two baths, re-
modeled, central air, appli-
ances included, big fenced
yard, $1400 mthly, Section 8.
561-674-8808
LIBERTY CITY AREA
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1250 monthly. Section 8 OK.
Call 305-467-8784
LIBERTY CITY AREA
Three bedrooms, two baths
single family house, central
air, renovated. Section 8 Wel-
come. Call Zac 305-984-5795
MIAMI GARDENS
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, laundry room, yard
maintenance First and secu-
rity $1500 monthly. Section 8
okay. 305-623-0493.
MIAMI GARDENS AREA
Lovely four bedroom, two
bath, with den 3770 NW
213 Terrace. Fenced yard,
tile floor, central air, close to
shopping, churches, at Bro-
ward/Dade border
Call 954-243-6606
MIRAMAR AREA
Remolded three bedrooms,
two baths, central air, $1500
..1.. l.i 786 -168.0198
NORTHWEST MIAMI
HOMES
Three and four bedrooms,
two baths, air, $1,100 and
$1.400 NO Section 8
Terry Dellerson. Realtor
305-891-6776
Call for list or go to
www Terryrealtor.com
TWO BEDROOM HOUSE
1144 NW 105 Street one
bath, tile floors, central
air, near all facilities. $900
monthly. Security required.
305-458-4133




FORT PIERCE
Three Bedrooms. Two baths.
507 N 17 Street. Bargain,
owner will finance or rent to
own. 954-920-9530




Houses

MIAMI GARDENS
Three bedroom, completely
remodeled. For sale with
$2900 down and $543
-r.nirniiv FHA. Call for list of
others. Office NDI Realtor
at 290 NW 183 Street
305-655-1700.



General Home Repairs
Plumbing, electrical, roof,
stove, air, 786-273-1130
HANDYMAN
Plumbing and Carpentry.
305-401-9165, 786-423-7233
TONY ROOFING
35 Years Experiencel
Shingles, roofing, and leak
repairs. Call 305-491-4515




We Buy Junk Cars
Up to $200 with title.
Call Brown 305-370-5196




MOVIE EXTRAS!!!
To stand in the background
for a major film Earn up to
$200/day. Exp. not req.
877-552-0267


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HERE
305-694-6225


ROUTE DRIVERS
We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in South Dade, Bro-
ward and Miami Dade.
Wednesday Only

You must be available be-
tween the hours of 6 a.m.
and 1 p.m. Must have reli-
able, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street





Don't Throw Away
Your Old Records!

I Buy Old Records! Albums,
LP's, 45's, or 12" singles.
Soul, Jazz, Blues, Reggae,
Caribbean, Latin, Disco,
Rap. Also DJ Collections! Tell
Your Friends! 786-301-4180.




GENE AND SONS, INC.
Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices. 14130
N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565.





I HEREBY GIVEN that the
undersigned, desiring to
engaged in business under
the fictitious name of:
Tammie's Totally Toning
P. 0. Box 69-4586
Miami, FL 33169
in the city of Miami, Fl.
Owner: Tammie Anderson
intends to register the said
name with the Division of
Corporation of State, Talla-
hassee Fl. Dated this 22rd
day of December, 2010.









NEW LUSTER CARPET
CLEANING SERVICE
Furniture Cleaning and
Flood Service
305-999-3856/786-663-5302
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Fewer Florida teachers


seek certification

Application fee, decline in inccrntli'


pay deter educator

By Dave Weber

A dwindling number
of Florida teachers are
seeking national certi-
fication after the state
cut incentive pay to
reward them for their
work.
The National Board
for Professional Teach-
ing Standards an-
nounced Wednesday
that only seven Orange
County teachers and
four in Seminole have
been added to the pres-
tigious list of those who
meet its standards. In
some earlier years the
counties might have
had ten times or more
as many. Orange alone
had 99 teachers win
certification two years
ago and Seminole had
43.
Dwindling state sup-
port for the program is
blamed for the decline.
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Statewide, 273 were
added to the roll. Flori-
da had enthusiastically
embraced the program
earlier and 13,532
teachers have acquired
the certification over
the years.
Even Broward Coun-
ty, which has had the
highest participation
in the state, has seen
the decline, with 53
new teachers winning
certification. The dis-
trict has pushed cer-
tification and has a
total of 1,i7 3 teach-
ers with the credential
that says an instructor


has demonstrated ad-
vanced knowledge and
skills.
The Palm Beach
school district added
just 15 teachers to its
National Board certifi-
cation list this year.
"One reason it is
dropping offis the state
no longer pays the ap-
plication fee," said Car-
olyn Hevey, who is in
charge of the program
for Seminole schools.
Hevey said teachers
are reluctant to pay
the $2,500 application
fee out of pocket when
they can't be certain
they will achieve certi-
fication after a lengthy
process that takes
sometimes two or more
years to complete.
The state also has
cut annual bonuses
for National Board
teachers. Previously,
they could get up to
about $9,000 a year,
but Hevey said this
year she expects it to
be less than $2,500.
The state Legislature
pushed the programs
10 years ago, encour-
aging teachers to go
after certification. But
the Legislature since
has lost interest and
is intent on develop-
ing its own methods
of evaluating teachers
and awarding merit
pay.
Some critics have
said the National
Board certification is
not an indication of an
excellent teacher, as
the group and those
who complete the pro-
gram claim.


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Dolphins season coming to merciful end


Mercifully it appears
that this gut wrench-
ing Miami Dolphin
football season is com-
ing to an end soon.
And the end cannot
come soon enough for
frustrated Miami fans
who opened the new
year with high expec-


stations, a big time of-
fensive addition in
Brandon Marshall and
a defensive tackling
machine in LB Kar-
los Dansby. But here
we are again, with the
same ol' Dolphins.
With last weekend's
17-14 loss to Buffalo,


the Fins are now a
woeful 1-6 at home.
You had to feel for the
home fans who are
tired of a team that
constantly finds a way
to lose at home that
once again they booed
the Dolphins as they
left the field. Marshall


1I A(l K MUl 'i N I'IO I. TiIi ()OWN I).VSIINY


asked for forgiveness
on behalf of his unit
and its coaches.
Marshall was right
about one thing the
offense has struggled
the entire season and
simply are not good
enough on this side of
the ball to consistent-
ly win in this league.
Look around at the
winning teams in the
NFL: the Super Bowl
Champion Saints, Pa-
triots, Steelers and
Falcons. All of these
teams can "sling the
rock" when needed.
You don't have to have
a high-powered offense


but you have to be able
to attack a defense and
put some fright into it.
The Dolphins offense
scares no one.
Ricky Williams and
Ronnie Brown are not
gamebreakers on the
ground, they have no
home run threats any-
where on offense, and
they cannot figure out
if they love or hate QB
Chad Henne who has
played more like the
Dow Jones with his
up and down season.
Henne has been bad,
really bad, this season
and while the coach-
ing staff appeared


ready to give him the
keys in the end they
remained afraid to let
him drive the car.
Against Buffalo,
Henne continued his
poor play at home as
he threw an intercep-
tion in the first half ,
continuing his trend
of miscues. He has
thrown at least one in-
terception in 10 of his
past 1.1 games. How-
ever, the shortcom-
ings of this offense are
not all due to Henne.
Offensive coordinator
Dan Henning simply
must go. All season
the offense has shot


ilsell 11 Lhe IJool it's
no wonder they are
31st in point produc-
tion.
As for the Dolphin
defense, they too have
had their moments of
inadequacy as well
with dropped intercep-
tions and a shortage of
game-changing plays.
However, overall they
have played like one
solid unit. Defensive
coordinator 'Mike No-
lan's group has for the
most part kept this
team in games and
given them a chance
to win, as Marshall so
eloquently pointed out.


Maybe wholesale
changes are needed -
a new coach, new OC,
new QB and a new at-
titude. It's anyone's
guess what the future
holds for the hapless
Dolphins. But one
thing is certain the
Miami Dolphins will
be home watching the
NFL playoffs with the
rest of us.
So while we sit once
again mired in medi-
ocrity, remember the
words of the late Sam
Cooke who once sang
"A Change Is Gonna
Come." Dolphin fans
can only hope so.


Central High mounts comeback to




take state championship, 42-27


Fog not enough to deter the

Rockets from victory

By D. Kevin McNeir, Editor
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.corn

As the fog rolled in over the Citrus Bowl's field
in Orlando and facing a 17-point deficit, things
looked bleak for the Miami Central Rockets in
their quesf to finally snag the elusive title of Class
6A football state champions. They were used to
being a bridesmaid but never a bride.
But that's when the defense dug in even deeper
and a young man, who before the start of this sea-
son was relatively unknown, took Central on his
shoulders as he and his teammates mounted a vi-
cious scoring effort that folks will be talking about
for generations to come.
Perhaps it was fitting that as the sun beat back
the fog, Central's one-two punch of quarterback
Rakeem Cato and all-purpose rusher and receiver
Devonta Freeman sprung into action. They, along
with a defense that finally figured out how to stop
Orlando Dr. Phillips in the third quarter, refused
to give up. And so, as the clock ticked away and
time ran out, Central (14-1) did something last
Saturday that none of its teams in its 51-year his-
tory had been able to do they won the football
state championship.
Phillips running back Demetrious Hart, just
named the Class 6A Player of the Year, had scored


50 touchdowns coming into the championship
game. But on this night, he would never see the
end zone. Meanwhile, Freeman would pick up 308
yards rushing on 36 attempts and three touch-
downs overall. He says that he and his teammates
"did it for the community."
Freeman played like a man possessed, coming
up just 20 yards shy of the record for rushing in a
state championship game. But it really didn't mat-
ter that he fell short of that achievement. This has
been a banner year for the future Seminole.
And Miami-Dade County could finally boast
of securing its first football crown in three sea-
sons while Central became the 12th school in the
County to bring home the championship trophy.
Dwight Jackson led the way on defense for the
Rockets while Cato went 17-25 with only one early
interception and a total of 196 yards.
Coach Telly Lockette says his strategy was to
keep his team calm and to bottle up Hart in order
to prevent him from making any big runs. Lock-
ette and his coaching staff kept their players fo-
cused and in the game, the defense did its job and
the offense refused to lay down, even when they
were trailing big.
Miami may be lamenting over a Hurricanes
team that failed to live up to its potential this year,
and Dolphin fans may be wondering why Brandon
Marshall and his teammates could not return our
NFL learn to its inning va\. iroiii days of \ ur.
but for now there's a new king on )5th Street.
And their name is the Miami Central Rockets -
Class 6A football state champions!


Telly Lockette, center, joins his
coaching staff with the cherished
championship trophy.


D'Andre Randle (#19) walks in
for a touchdown.


Central High team captains: Miles Pace (I-r), John Miller, Prince DeJesus and ... Marquis Lucas (#78).
Devonta Freeman.


Former heavyweight Evander Holyfield, 48 to fight Nielsen in March


COPENHAGEN, Den-
mark Former heavyweight
champion Evander Holyfield
will fight Denmark's Brian
Nielsen on March 4, 2011.
The 48-year-old Holyfield
"knows he faces an expe-
rienced boxer with a lot of
fighting will," Saucrland Pro-


motion said in a statement
recently.
Nielsen, who held the light-
ly-regarded IBO title in the
1990s, is 45.
Holyfield, who was the
heavyweight champion four
times, knocked out Francois
Both last April after losses


to Nikolay Valuev
and Sulta)nlbragi-
mov. 0e has a career
record( of 43-10-2,
with 28 knockouts.
One of Holyfield's
most memorable
fights came against
Mike Tyson in 1997,


"





HOLYFIELD


when 'l'yson was dis.
qualified after biting
off part of H1olyickld's
right ear.
Further details of
the bout are expected
to be released later
this week.
Nielsen, who lost


to )Tyson in 2001, retired in 1996 when he stopped Tony
2003 after an 11 year pro La Rosa in the second round
career because of a knee in- in Copenhagen. le also im-
jury. Nielsen has lhad several peded former heavyweight
operations and said recently champion Larry I tolmes'
he was ready for a comeback. hopes for a comeback, beat
The Oanie has a record of 6,l ing the 47 year old in 10-7
2, with 43 K()s. in a successful 111) title de-
Nielsen won tlhe 1li0) title in fense.


Victory!




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