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VOLUME 88 NUMBER 17 MIAMI, FLORIDA, DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 4, 2010 50 CENTS


Stage set for



recall upcoming



of County Mayor


Commissioners meet


today


discuss election date

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

When Board of County Commission Chairman Dennis C. Moss
convenes the commissioners' meeting today, the most pressing
item on the agenda will be to discuss and possible set a date for
a recall election of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez,
58. But with Commissioner Natacha Seijas also facing her sec-
ond recall vote in less than five years, Moss knows that he and
his colleagues have some important decisions to make.
Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of Courts, recently announced that the
necessary signatures have been legally collected to require a vote
for both Alvarez and Seijas. Now under the County charter, the
county commissioners must hold a recall election between 45
and 90 days from Tuesday, Dec. 21. Moss
S sa'. s he .va.rits to set a date for the recall
Sele,-,:on during Wednesday's meeting.
Sindr : i.urrent law, should Alvarez be
re-call-ed. the commission would have to
\ [ d' hold a special election for a new mayor.
/ There is no provision allowing them to
ppoint an interim mayor but that may
r change ,I the commissioners push for a
Siha .rrer arnend ment that would address a
count y executive office vacancy.
County Commissioner Joe
Martinez, District Eleven, will
replace Moss on Jan. 1 as the
new chair when Moss's two-
year term as head of the board
ends.
S Some suggest that the
SCommission should link
S Please turn to MAYOR 4A



CENTRAL COACH

SAYS 'WINNING


FAMU'S LIBERTY


CITY ELDERS


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-Miami Times Photo/Donnalyn Anthony
Liberty City Elders include: Vanessa Byers, William 'DC' Clark, Karen Tynes, Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Queen
Mother NanaTallaha Boatenmaa, Queen Mother Delma Jackson Rodriguez, Dr.Joseph McNair, Queen Mother Iya Orite
Olasawo-Adefunmi, Chief Nathaniel Styles and Romania Wilson.

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Are the principles of Kwanzaa a remedy for community's so idatylls?
Are the principles of Kwanzaa a remedy for community's ills?


By D. Kevin McNeir
kmnneir@miamitimesonline.com


Florida A&M University (FAMU) Alum-
ni Association teamed up with the Com-
munity Builders Holistic Development
Corporation to host the 21st annual
Mary Williams Woodard Legacy Kwanzaa
Celebration on Sunday. And despite the


unusually-cold temperatures and blus-
tery winds, close to 150 people partici-
pated in the event. The celebration took
place at the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center in Liberty City.
Elders from the community were sa-
luted and led the ceremony, which in-
cluded a community-based youth choir,
drumline and special dance and music


from Prince Emmanuel Abiodun Aderele,
a visiting artist from Nigeria.
"Celebrations like Kwanzaa provide a
rich opportunity for us to educate our
community from teaching people
about the seven principles of Kwanzaa
to emphasizing how important these
core values are to the continuation of the
Please turn to KWANZAA 4A


Officials team up to halt gunfire


"One Bullet Kills the
Party" campaign focus-
es on New Year's Eve

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

County Commissioner Au-
drey Edrnonson and City of
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado,
along with law enforcement and
community leaders, will hold a
press conference on Thursday,
Dec. 30 at Juan Pablo Duarte
Park, 2800 NW 17th Avenue at
10 a.m. to ask residents to re-
frain from shooting guns in the
air as a means of celebrating
on New Year's Eve.


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EDMONSON REGALADO

The annual "One Bullet Kills
the Party" message is aimed at
urging residents not to shoot
guns during New Year's Eve
and July 4th, times when such
shootings tend to occur, plac-
ing the innocent in potential
danger.
"The campaign has worked
because we were able to secure


bus shelters and bill boards as
a public service from many lo-
cal companies," Regalado said.
"This past July 4th we didn't
have one incident and that
was great news. Now we want.
to double our efforts and work
even more with local media to
help us get out the message
about the dangers of stray
shootings."
Regalado adds that Edmon-
son, who was unavailable for
comment, is the driving force
behind the campaign.
"If we can avoid, just one
incident, then the campaign
would have been successful,"
he said.
City Commissioner Richard
P. Dunn II has thrown his sup-


port behind .the campaign as
well.
"If we are going to reclaim
our streets and make our com-
munities truly safe, it is going
to take an effort from the po-
lice to talk to our people and
start building a relationship of
trust," he said. "4nd in places
like Overtown, Liberty City and
Little Haiti, the racial composi-
tion of the police in. decision-
making positions and who po-
lice our communities, must be
a reflection of the residents. As
for the "One Bullet" campaign,
anything that would prevent
someone from being killed,
particularly the injury or death
of innocent lives, is always a
plus."


Liberty City 7 defendant faces deportation


Haitian's innocence deemed irrelevant


By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

An acquitted member of the
Liberty City Seven could be
deported to his native Haiti
early next year, even though
he has no conviction on
his record. Lyglenson Lem-
orin, 35, was acquitted of all
charges in the Liberty City
Seven terrorism trial three
years ago. But he now faces
deportation to Haiti by immi-
gration authorities who say
he is still a terrorist sympa-


thizer and threat to national
security.
His lawyer has filed an
emergency petition to stop
the legal American resident's
removal from the United
States. But as the federal
appeals court reviewing his
case is not known for grant-
ing such relief, the odds are
stacked against him.
"It's a complete tragedy, a
complete disregard for hu-
man life," said Lemorin's law-
yer, Charles Kuck. "Haiti is
still an unmitigated disaster."


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In court filings, Justice De-
partment lawyers responded
that they oppose the emer-
gency petition, saying only
that Lemorin won't be deport-
ed before Jan. 12.
Lemorin was born in Haiti
and grew up in Miami.
In January, the moratorium
not in effect will be lifted and
U.S. Immigration and Cus-
toms Enforcement (ICE) will
resume the deportation of
Haitian nationals convicted of
crimes in the U.S. Lemorin's
lawyers says that while his
client has no conviction, he
is being included with those
Please turn to DEFENDANT 4A


Thousands stranded at airports
as blizzard hits Northeast

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.coom

As the song goes, "Baby it's cold outside"
Old Man Winter, Mother Nature or whatever
name you choose has hit South Florida with
frigid temperatures, at least by Floridian stan-
dards, leaving many running for space heat-
ers and heavy coats. But there are always the


few hearty or perhaps foolhardy who insist on
wearing shorts and flip-flops as if they don't feel
the cold.
Temperatures at night and in the early morn-
ing have hovered in the 30s but when the wind
chill is factored in, it has felt even colder. How-
ever, the National Weather Service in Miami-
Dade says the "highly unusual" cold tempera-
tures should only be with us for another day or
so. Still, when the month ends, this may go on
record as being the coldest December in South
Florida's history.
Please turn to COLD 4A


I Little Haiti teens found

dead in Hialeah hotel

Family mourn tragedy

Five friends from the Little Haiti community, all in
their teens, were found dead on Monday afternoon
in the Hotel Presidente, 1395 SE Eighth Court near
Miami International Airport. The young men had ap-
parently checked into the hotel on Sunday evening to
celebrate the 19th birthday of Juchen Martial, one of
the five victims.
According to reports, after having problems with
S their automobile, a Kia Optima, the boys left the car
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OPINION


2A THF MIAMI TIMES. DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 4. 2010


BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


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People not popularity is

rule of thumb for County's

Black commissioners

There ,s old adage that says "Politics makes strange bedfel-
lows," that seeks to explain why certain coalitions are formed
and agreements made in the political realm. Another way to
look at it might be to say that elected officials often make
deals, giving a little so that they gain a little in return. Thank
goodness that is not the case when it comes to our four Black
County Commissioners here in Miami.
While Jean Monestime, the first Haitian elected to the
Board, is the new kid on the block and has yet to prove his
mettle, we feel compelled to voice our approval of recent deci-
sions made by the other three Black County Commissioners:
Audrey Edmonson, Barbara Jordan and Dennis C. Moss.
We have grown accustomed to seeing our Black political
leaders rise to great levels of power, only to tumble down like
Humpty Dumpty with their reputations shattered in a quag-
mire of controversy and calamity. What is more rare and cer-
tainly more laudable is when those who we elect to represent
us, actually listen to their constituents and vote accordingly
- and when they keep their "hands out of the cookie jar."
Miami has three such individuals and their vote to approve
the recent County budget, while criticized by some because
of the increase in taxes and certain salaries, was a clear in-
dication that what matters most to them is taking care of the
Black folk in their Districts and not kowtowing to the whims
of the rich and famous. Call it bravery or foolhardiness but
there is something special about a politician that actually
cares more about the needs of the people, particularly when
those people are mostly poor, disenfranchised and Black,
than they do about being popular by extension that trans-
lates to keeping their seat in office.
Certainly we all understand what it is like when you have
more bills to pay then money in the bank and that's the
situation our commissioners were facing as they deliberated
over their vote. But in our community, we simply could not
afford to go without Head Start, police protection, fire safety
or summer and after-school programs for children and teens
at our public parks. Keeping our citizens safe and our chil-
dren in positive activities are two things that protect our very
oldest and very youngest citizens.
Edmonson, Jordan and Moss are "doing the right thing"
as Spike Lee says and they continue to make us proud. But
more than that, they continue to "represent."



Good soldiers can be male,

female or gay, can't they?

It's been 17 years since President Bill Clinton conceived of
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell," as an executive policy that granted
servicemen and women the same level of right to privacy ordi-
narily enjoyed by civilians. What it meant was as long as they
kept quiet about their proclivity for the same sex, they could
safely hold on to their careers and were "capable" of doing
that for which they had been trained to secure our borders,
to fight our battles abroad and to protect us from invasion.
Clearly the legislation had its flaws the most obvious
being it encouraged men and women to lie about who they
were in order to keep their job. But that was in the face of
pre-existing martial laws that made homosexuality grounds
for dishonorable discharge. Now with the repeal of that law
led by President Barack Obama, he has fulfilled one of his
campaign promises and given gay men and women the right
to serve openly in the armed forces. And we believe that the
right decision was made. Finally the military witch hunt has
come to an end.
Before you begin to hoot and holler about conspiracy the-
ories or feel compelled to tell those obnoxious "Adam and
Steve" bar room jokes, it may be helpful to know that when it
*comes to gays in the military, the U.S. is decades behind the
majority of Western countries. There are some 26 countries
that participate militarily in NATO and more than 22 permit
gay people to serve openly including the Republic of China
(Taiwan), Israel, England, France, Australia, Argentina, Can-
ada and Russia.
No matter what your views may be on homosexuality, it
seems rather ridiculous to say that being gay prevents a man
or woman from loving their country, enjoying a life of disci-
pline and being able to be properly trained for combat. Many
years ago men argued that women should not be allowed to
enter the workforce because they would be a "distraction."
We see how that simplistic, sexist notion proved to be wrong.
Similar arguments, more focused on differences in strength,
were used to delay the entrance of women into the armed ser-
vices. That too has been squashed.
Now we must work to counter homophobia within the
armed forces, see that implementation plans are carried out
swiftly and allow our soldiers to do what they were trained to
do protect and serve. America's troops have already been
stretched to the limit with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our
soldiers are tired and many have been injured or killed. We
need a few good men and women and yes, even a few gay sol-
diers too, to replenish the troops.



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


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U BY JULIANNE MALVEAUX, NNPA COLUMNIST


Blacks should share in holiday diversity


Habari Gani begins the greet-
ing. It is Swahili for "what's
happening." During Kwanzaa,
the seven days between De-
cember 26 and January 1, the
response reflects the particular
day of Kwanzaa. On Decem-
ber 26, the response is Umoja,
which means Unity. On Decem-
ber 29, the response is Ujamaa,
which is cooperative econom-
ics. On the last day of Kwan-
zaa, January 1, the response is
Imani which means Faith.
We are all indebted to Mual-
ana Ron Karenga for his devel-
opment of the Kwanzaa concept
in 1969 and for the millions of
people who celebrate African
history and heritage. As a Chris-
tian, I worship and mindful of
the birth of the Christ Child
and the fact that somehow, as
a greeting, happy holidays has
swallowed Merry Christmas.
The happy holidays greeting
is intended to be inclusive, in-
tended to encompass Christ-
mas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, the
Winter Solstice and just about


everything else. It is intended,
by some, to indicate that we are
sensitive to everybody's needs,
holidays and religious diversi-
ty. Still, I think we lose just a
little bit of something when we
decide to group everything into
"the holidays." We lose the maj-


not Jewish may not need to
celebrate Hanukkah, but we
should be aware, mindful and
commemorative. Religious di-
versity means knowing about
and acknowledging each other's
holy moments. We lose some
of that with the generic happy


Kwanzaa is a celebration unto itself. Karenga developed
the holiday and its celebration in the late 1960s to affirm
the Black vision and values.


esty of the Christ Child's birth,
a day that most of our nation
celebrates. Three in four of all
Americans are self-identified
Christians. Should we swallow
the uniqueness of the season
and the celebration, miracle,
and renewal that it implies?
Our Jewish brothers and sis-
ters also celebrate holy times
in Hanukkah. This celebration
of lights, of rededication, has
special meaning that should
not be reduced to just another
holiday. Those of us who are


holidays.
Kwanzaa is a celebration
unto itself. Karenga developed
the holiday and its celebration
in the late 1960s to affirm the
Black vision and values. The
seven principles are all princi-
ples that represent the founda-
tion of community growth and
development and a celebration
of family and culture. Millions
have taken the principles and
used them as a way to affirm
strength and resilience in the
Black community. But Kwan-


zaa does not substitute or sup-
plant Christmas. It is an en-
tirely different reality. It is an
end year celebration of family,
faith and community and a
celebration of life. A forty-plus
year tradition is a rich and re-
warding way to bring us all to-
gether.
We should have enough room
in our collective consciousness
to allow for multiple year-end
celebrations. Christmas, Kwan-
zaa and Hanukkah each com-
memorate different facets of
American life. And then there is
the winter solstice, the chang-
ing of the seasons, the short-
est day of the year, and yet, too
a celebration. Yes, we need to
have enough room to celebrate
all these things in their dis-
tinctness. To swallow them all
up in a happy holidays greet-
ing is a politically correct way
of both lumping us all together
and ignoring the richness of
our differences and how our
differences add to the ways we
live and celebrate our lives.


SBY MARC H. MORIAL, NNPA COLUMNIST "'- I .


Historic reforms enacted by Obama in 2010 ,


As we close out the year, this
is a good time to take a look
back at some of the big events
of 2010 that will influence our
lives for years to come. The Na-
tional Urban League has spent
much of our centennial year
urging the Congress and the
White House to focus relent-
lessly on job creation. But, we
end the year with a so-called
tax cut compromise that re-
wards billionaires, shortchang-
es middle and working class
Americans and does little to
create jobs. We have called for
changes in the tax package,
including extending unemploy-
ment benefits for two years and
increasing tax cuts for middle
class families. No matter what
the Congress does before the
end of this year, this is sure to
be a fight that carries over to
2011.
But, all is not doom and


gloom. The Obama Administra-
tion achieved several major leg-
islative victories this year that
will benefit all Americans.
On March 23rd, President
Obama signed historic health
care reform legislation into law.
With the stroke of a pen, the
President expanded coverage to
32 million Americans who are


it done and the country is bet-
ter for it.
On July 21st, the Presi-
dent signed into law.the most
sweeping Wall Street financial
reforms since the Great De-
pression. The bill reins in the
big banks that have largely
been responsible for the fi-
nancial crisis. It also creates


From now on every American will be empowered with the
clear and concise information they need to make financial
decisions that are best for them."


currently uninsured. The bill
also prevents insurance com-
panies from denying coverage
due to pre-existing conditions
and allows children to stay on
their parent's insurance plan
until they turn 26. Health care
reform had been debated for
decades and attempted by nu-
merous presidents. Obama got


a new Consumer-Financial
Protection Bureau that will be
able to regulate mortgage and
credit-card products, includ-
ing predatory lenders that have
operated with impunity up till
now. Upon signing the bill, the
President said, "From now on
every American will be empow-
ered with the clear and concise


information they need to make
financial decisions that are
best for them." Finally, 2010
saw the National Urban League
celebrate 100 years on the
front lines of closing America's
equality gap. The NUL held its
Centennial Conference in the
nation's capital. The President
attended and delivered a major
education speech.
The events of the past year
remind us that we must be one
nation empowered to ensure
that every American child is
ready for college, work, and life
. . that every American lives
in safe, decent, affordable and
energy efficient housing on fair
terms and has access to qual-
ity, affordable health care solu-
tions. And, most importantly,
that every American has access
to jobs with a living wage and
good benefits. Enjoy the holiday
and Happy New Year!


E BY DR. BENJAMIN F. CHAVIS, NNPA COLUMNIST -


Obama must lead America forward in 2011 i


These are both the best of
times and the worst of times
for the global economy. The re-
sponsible leadership mantle of
the U.S. under the leadership of
President Barack H. Obama at
the end of the first two years of
his administration has been re-
markable and historically note-
worthy. He continues to emerge
from the captivity of narrow
partisan politics domestically
and the stiff geopolitical in-
trigue of internationally diplo-
macy to the world stage of lead-
ership.
Blacks, at least most of us,
are proud of Obama's track re-
cord thus far, especially given
the set of crisis circumstances
that he inherited from former
President George W. Bush. But,
in truth, the majority of all
Americans are slowly begin-
ning to witness the effective-
ness of his style and substance
of presidential leadership. He
transcends race, political par-
tisanship and global prejudice.
No, he is not a perfect presi-
dent but he is perfecting what


it means to be a president who
has a respect and genuine con-
cern for all the people across
America and throughout the
world. But public opinion polls
and national media pundits on
the left and the right often miss
the most important political as-


and successes, as all presi-
dents should do. Now, we hear
that the presidential race of
2012 has already started and
already many have inaccurate-
ly put the epithet of failure on
his political grave.
I see it differently. The econ-


M y 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.


sessment of all: "Is our qual-
ity of life better off today as we
begin 2011 with a stronger po-
tential for future improvement
than was the case at the begin-
ning of 2009 in the aftermath
of the inauguration of President
Obama?"
This is not about a blame
game of putting all the respon-
sibility somehow unfairly on
former President Bush. Even
Bush himself, in his recently-
released book, takes full credit
for his administration's failures


omy is gradually coming back
and regaining strength. The
economic stimulus package
worked for the nation's major
banks and for General Mo-
tors. The recent passage by
the U.S. Congress of the Bush
tax cuts was only possible by
the compromise engineered by
the leadership of Obama. The
U.S. Congress vote to finally
repeal the "Do'n't ask, don't
tell" policy for the U.S. military
again only happened because
of pressure to get this done


before the end of 2010' from
Obama. The historic 25-year
struggle to settle the matter
of the just grievances of Black
farmers was another important
milestone of the Obama Admin-
istration. Of course, one the
biggest political and legislative
achievements was the passage
of health care reform over the
opposition of powerful econom-
ic and political forces that did
not want to extend health care
coverage to more Americans,
in particularly to Blacks and
Latinos, as well as others who
languished in poverty without
access to health care.
However, if there is one area
that we have not made enough
progress in, it is in the area of
education reform. This should
be a priority issue for 2011. Too
many of our children are fail-
ing at failing schools through-
out the U.S., in both urban and
rural school districts. The "ed-
ucational crisis" in America is
just as crucial and determina-
tive as was the past "financial
crisis." Our president must lead


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Get ready:
Change. It is the one thing
that everyone wants but few are
willing to take the risk needed
to achieve it.
Black voters in Miami-Dade
County will have two opportu-
nities to deliver real change in
the New Year. First, voters can
anticipate an upcoming election
to recall the Miami-Dade Coun-
ty mayor. Second, Blacks could
gain a new seat in the Congress
if the community pushes hard
enough in the upcoming redis-
tricting battle.
This week, the Miami-Dade
Board of County Commission-
ers is expected to set a date for
the recall election of Mayor Car-
loS Alvarez. And while we can
breathe a sigh of relief now that
the push to recall three Black
County Commissioners has
failed, the Black community
must seriously consider wheth-
er the County is a better place


Change is
under Mayor Alvarez or not.
The decision to recall ar
elected official should never be
taken lightly. However, those
that govern must always re
member that they serve at the
pleasure of the people and tha
no politician is above the voice
of the voters.


on the way i
lature to redraw the districts
n for the House. As we know,
e the Florida Legislature is heav-
e ily dominated by Republicans
-but they will still be bound by
e strict redistricting rules due to
t two newly-passed state consti-
e tutional amendments.
Here's the primary wish on


As we know, the Florida Legislature is heavily dominated
by Republicans but they will still be bound by strict re-
districting rules due to two newly-passed state consti-
tutional amendments.


In other news, Florida will
gain two additional seats in the
U.S. House of Representatives,
bringing the number of seats
the state has to 27, according
to the U.S. Census Bureau. The
additional seats are due to the
state's growing population. Now
it will be up to the State Legis-


the Black community's Kwan-
zaa wish list: A new congres-
sional district for South Miami-
Dade Community. This area
has seen tremendous growth
since the housing boom and
bust and it is a racially and po-
litically mixed area.
The current Congressional


n 2011


districts in Miami-Dade Coun-
ty were gerrymandered to pro-
tect a few political families:
namely the Diaz-Balarts and
the Meeks. But with Kendrick
Meek and Lincoln Diaz-Balart
both leaving the U.S. House in
classic Thelma & Louise style,
the State Legislature has an op-
portunity to create a Congres-
sional district that meets the
strict requirements of the State
Constitution and gives citizens
an opportunity to elect a fresh
face to the U.S. House.
This much is certain: The
Black community can deter-
mine the kind of changes we
want by participating and advo-
cating in the upcoming election
and redistricting process.
Jason T. Smith is a graduate of
Howard University and holds an
MBA from Florida International
University. He can be reached at
jtsmith97@hotmail. com.


BY HARRY C ALFORD, NNPA COLUMNIST


Change in estate tax law is good for Black families


On December 17th, Congress
passed legislation that will
greatly reduce the tax burden
on estates. The new law ex-
empts the first $5 million of val-
ue that a person leaves to his/
her loved ones. After that, the
tax rate of 35 percent will be ap-
plied to the remainder. This is
the lowest rate in 80 years and it
is certainly a blessing for Black
families. We are now evolving
into ownership and business
entrepreneurship which allows
more and more Blacks to accu-
mulate some wealth to pass on
to their children and grandchil-
dren. Wealth is built through
inheritance and the work of
generations. We Blacks have
been hurt financially because
Sour past has been plagued with
poverty and slavery. The time
has now come for us to begin to
get out of that misery and enjoy
life the way God intends for us
to.
It has not been easy. There
were 400 years of slavery fol-
lowed by 100 years of apartheid


and Jim Crow obstacles. We
are at the point of learning
this thing called capitalism as
Booker T. Washington preached
it. Security is a financial fu-
ture; not a Cadillac or expen-
sive clothes. As we build our
"nest egg" we prepare to pass


wealthy, very wealthy, while
Blacks are basically common,
if not poor. They don't think
rich and will nevei become
rich. They certainly can't feel
the. need to help other Blacks
become rich. This has been our
plight and is why our unem-


Blacks own businesses like never before and we are
growing at a rate of 40 precent, which is the greatest
growth compared to all other ethnicities.


it on to our loved ones so that
they can have a running chance
at life. Yes, Black America it is
our turn to live the American
Dream and to pass it on so that
our loved ones will enjoy it even
more.
Ironically, our biggest foe in
getting this legislation passed
have been Black politicians.
Why? I guess it is plain, igno-
rance. If you look at the finan-
cial statements of members
of Congress you will see that
the vast majority of Whites are


ployment rates soar above all
other ethnicities. It is why our
neighborhoods lack economic
vitality. We need leadership
that understands our needs.
In the past, when a wealthy
matriarch or patriarch would
die, one would immediately
see the appearance of the tax
man. The family or heirs would
have to sell the business just
to pay what they would owd to
the IRS. Now most families can
keep the business and main-
tain their livelihoods. Progress


can continue and the fruits of
hard work can be passed on to
loved ones not the federal gov-
ernment. The timing is very im-
portant. Blacks own businesses
like never before and we are
growing at a rate of 40 precent,
which is the greatest growth
compared to all other ethnici-
ties. Also, the land we own in
certain areas is increasing in
value daily. Folks in Texas,
Louisiana, Arkansas, Missis-
sippi, and other places that are
well populated with Blacks are
realizing that there is oil, natu-
ral gas and other minerals that
can yield millions of dollars.
My people, life is getting bet-
ter despite the obstacles and
setbacks we endure. It is get-
ting better and we must ensure
that good laws and policies are
implemented. Bad laws and
oppressive taxation must end
and we must elect people who
understand that. Black fami-
lies have a lot of reasons to be
thankful and this tax reduction
is a good one.


SBY REGINALD J. CLYNE, ESQ.



Questionable decisions made by Miami's mayor


The Miami-Dade Transit
Department is in a state of


Are you doing anything different in 2011 for your New Year's Resolution?


CLARENCE OFFICE JR.,53
Medical supplier _____ ..
Liberty City


I am going
to be grate-
ful for what I
have and not
worry about
what I do not
have.


WILLIE SELLERS, 53
Engineer worker
Liberty City


I am going to
pay closer at-
tention to my
spiritual qual-
ity in God's,
eye. How God
sees us and
the things we
do in this world to and for oth-
ers are what really matter the
most.


DELISA JAMISON, 54
Cook supervisor
Overtownt

I plan to : -
change my life
around for the 44" '
Lord and to *4
have a better
year in 2011.
I am going to
make my life
be more prosperous.



LARANISE BARNETT, 27
Food service worker


Allapattah


I plan to 'I .
become more .: .
active in my
community
by teaming
up together ,.
with the local
churches and
shelters to help feed those who
are less fortunate.


DARRYL JENKINS,45
Purclliasing agent
Miami


Day by day
I will thank
God for all of
His glory that
he has shined
upon my life.
His holy spir-
it will dwell
within me so I can tell everyone
of His goodness.


ELAINE NIXON-BLASH,59
Retired school teacher
Miami

I am going to
read all of the
small print on
all contracts
and anything .,t
else that I sign -. '. -
that obligates U
me, including
marriage certificates. I am also
going to avoid class reunions.


In the Dec. 8 edition of The Miami Times, Central High football player Carroll Phillips (DE/LB) was
incorrectly identified as Delray Lewis. We apologizefor the error.


disarray. The Federal Transit
Administration has suspend-
ed $182 million in funding.
How did this happen? We
elected Mayor Alvarez and
then gave him more powers
than any Mayor in the his-
tory of Miami-Dade County.
He kept County Manager
Burgess, a budget guru. Al-
varez used his power to take
over every department and
agency with a cash surplus
by putting in his people. In
order to effectuate this take-
over, the Mayor and County
Manager found fault with
any agency or department
head who did not play ball.
As a consequence, a nation-
ally-respected transit direc-
tor who had brought mil-
lions of federal dollars to the
County was run out of town
on trumped up and frivo-
lous grounds. The Mayor
and County Manager fired
Roosevelt Bradley, replacing
competent management with
"less than competent leader-
ship." As a consequence of
the take-over of this well-
funded department by our
ego-maniac mayor, we lost
an effective transit manager
and opened the door to cha-


os and mismanagement to the
point that we are now losing
federal funding. Bradley had
secured funding for the De-
partment which is probably
why it was the mayor and his
colleagues wanted it so badly
- it was cash rich. And while


the Marlins where taxpayers
front the majority of the cost,
and no one ever reviewed the
financial of the Marlins? Now
we have a shoddy job of finan-
cial oversight of the Transit
Department resulting in the
suspension of federal funding.


P perhaps that is why Roosevelt had to go because he
was a Black manager who had reached the top and was
running a highly-prized department.


they got their way, the County
now suffers. By the way, what
ever happened to the long-
promised extension of Metro-
Rail north to service the Black
residents of north Dade?
What amazes me is that un-
der Burgess's watch; the so-
called budget guru, we have
had more financial misman-
agement than in the history
of Miami-Dade County. Can
someone explain the lack of
oversight of JESCA, which
is now bankrupt. Please ex-
plain the lack of financial
oversight of Miami Dade
Housing Agency, which only
came to light when the Miami
Herald published its series the
"House of Lies." Explain how
we entered into a deal with


Some even believe that the
mayor systematically deci-
mated Black management
at the County. Gone are the
days when senior Black man-
agers were held positions in
each County department.
Perhaps that is why Roosevelt
had to go because he was
a Black manager who had
reached the top and was run-
ning a highly-prized depart-
ment. Under this theory, even
Black-run agencies may have
been targeted like the MMAP
which had a dedicated fund-
ing source. Speaking of the
MMAP, if the County took it
over for mismanagement then
should someone now take
over the County for the same
reason?


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A 4 THE MIAMI TIMES DECEMBER 29-J 2010


FAMU alums continue tradition of giving back


KWANZAA
continued from 1A

Black race," said Dr. Joseph McNair,
62, who served as an elder at the
event and is a recently-retired pro-
fessor of education at Miami Dade
College. "If the turnout and the di-
versity represented in the audience
are any indication, then it is clear
that this celebration has become
something that people anticipate
and enjoy."
Nathaniel Styles, 48, the chief
elder of the event, was one of the
co-sponsors of the Kwanzaa cele-
bration and says it's all about pre-
serving our culture.
"The preservation of Black culture
and our heritage is one of the rea-
sons that we have been holding this
celebration for so many years," he
said. "As an elder it is my duty to
be a role model for our youth not
just during Kwanzaa but every day
of the year. We had people from as
far away as Nova Scotia, British Co-
lumbia, Massachusetts and Cuba.


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-Miami Times Photo/Donnalyn Anthony


The Voices of Heritage sing a traditional African song.


And there were also guests from
Haiti, Jamaica, Orlando and Tal-
lahassee. So the word has gotten
out. People are intrigued by unique
experiences like this. For us it is
a wonderful opportunity to share


knowledge, customs, traditions and
rituals."
This year's celebration was re-
named after Woodard, who died
earlier this year. In year's past she
spearheaded the event which first


began in the home of a FAMU alum.
After the celebration, those in atten-
dance were treated to a feast, cour-
tesy of FAMU's Alumni Association.
"I am sure my mother is looking
down from heaven and smiling,"


said Vanessa Byers, 54, a FAMU
alum and the daughter of Mary Wil-
liams Woodard, for whom the event
is now named. "To her and to my
father who is still living, the princi-
ples of Kwanzaa and the importance
of Blacks empowering themselves
were things they advocated and
supported."
Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall,
newly-elected school board mem-
ber for Miami-Dade County Public
Schools, says she remembers hold-
ing her own Kwanzaa celebrations
during her years as a principal.
"As an elder for this celebration,
I know it is my role to carry on our
traditions and pass them on to the
next generation," she said. "The
principles of Kwanzaa are sound
and I use them as a guide in my life
on a daily basis. And while the sto-
ries we know about our people since
we were brought here as slaves have
not always been pleasant ones, I
think if we were willing to live ac-
cording to the principles of Kwan-
zaa, we would truly be a people to
be reckoned with."


S. ...





SHARPTON WILSON

The Reverend Al Sharpton to

preach at St. Agnes Church

On this Sunday, January 2, 2011, you are
cordially invited to worship and fellowship with
us as the new year begins.
Our guest preacher is The Reverend Al
Sharpton. Also at this service, U.S. Congress-
woman elect, Dr. Frederica Smith Wilson will
be anointed and consecrated as she begins her
new role in the U.S. Congress. The worship ser-
vice begins at 10 a.m.

Specter decries political 'cannibalism'
The Associated Press

Departing Republican-turned-Democratic Sen.
Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania said conservative
Republicans who backed Tea Party challengers
against establishment candidates in the recent
elections engaged in political cannibalism.
,In his final floor speech, Specter complained,
there's scant room for centrists like himself in a
polarized Senate where civility is in short supply.
"Eating or defeating your own is a form of sophis-
ticated cannibalism", he said.

Birthday celebration turns tragic

HAITI
continued from 1A

running in the bottom floor of the single-car ga-
rage, located directly beneath their hotel room.
Hialeah police spokesman, Carl Zogby said,
"It seems like this is a tragic accident."
Hialeah police and firefighters say the engine
was still running when they arrived on the scene
Monday afternoon. The victims were found in
their street clothes there was no evidence of
drug or alcohol usage.
The victims of this tragedy were: Martial, 19;
Evans Charles, 19; Jonas Antenor, 18; Peterson
Nazon, 17; and Jean Pierre Ferdinand, 16.
Police say they will continue with their inves-
tigation but believe carbon monoxide was the
cause of the young men's deaths.


Haitian advocates say policy is unjust


DEFENDANT
continued from 1A

who do. However, his depor-
tation under the specific cir-
cumstances of his case would
be highly unusual, according
to legal experts. But his ability
to remain in the U.S. is not the
only issue at hand. He would
be forced to leave his wife and
their three children who reside
in North Miami Beach. His
wife, Charlene Mingo Lemorin,
31, is being treated for kidney
failure and her medical condi-
tion precludes her from mov-
ing the family to Haiti.
Immigration experts say that
under the USA Patriot Act,
adopted after the 9/11 terror-
ist attacks, a lawful U.S. resi-
dent such as Lemorin may be
locked up and possibly deport-
ed on terrorism-related allega-
tions even if the person has not
been convicted. He has been in
jail since June 2006 when he
and six other Miami-Dade men
were arrested on terrorism


conspiracy charges.

HAITIAN LEADERS ANGRY OVER U.S.
DEPORTATION POLICY
Many leaders in the Haitian
community say that the deci-
sion to resume deporting Hai-
tians with criminal records is
nothing less than a death sen-
tence, given the continuing im-
pact of January's earthquake
and the more recent cholera
outbreak.
In a recent rally in Little Haiti
leaders from their community
voiced their concerns.
"Without letting us know
they'll resume deportation to
Haiti, at a time when Haiti is
living under its gravest cri-
sis, it's so unfair," said Marl-
iene Bastien, who heads the
Haitian Women of Miami. "It's
supposed to be a progressive
government. We're gravely dis-
appointed."
The U.S. anticipates de-
porting close to 700 Haitians
with criminal records, accord-
ing to a U.S. Immigration and


Customs Enforcement (ICE)
spokesperson. But more than
61,000 Haitians have applied
for temporary protected sta-
tus which allows illegal immi-
grants facing environmental
disasters or armed conflict in
their own countries to remain
and work in the U.S. for up to
18 months. Officials believe
that as many as 100,000 ad-
ditional Haitians will apply
before the Jan. 18 deadline -
more than half of those appli-
cants are currently in Florida.
But what will happen to Lem-
orin and others whose names
are on the list for deportation?
"Repatriations to Haiti will
be conducted in line with ICE's
priority of removing criminal
aliens who pose the greatest
threat to public safety," the
ICE spokesperson stated.
So far, 351 Haitians have
been detained, convicted of a
variety of crimes including: ho-
micide, kidnapping, sexual or
aggravated assault, embezzle-
ment and burglary.


County Clerk says over 95K signatures are valid


MAYOR
continued from 1A

the recall elections of Alvarez
and Seijas to the state's spe-
cial election to replace U.S.
Rep-elect Frederica Wilson in
the Florida Senate which is
slated for a primary on Feb.
8 and a general election on
March 1. Martinez, who has
made it known that he plans
to run for county mayor upon


the end of Alvarez's term,
supports Moss's proposal
and wants to get the election
scheduled and initiated as
soon as possible. But it re-
mains to be seen whether the
commissioners will link the
elections together.
The greatest concern to citi-
zens may be the cost for the
recall elections. The M-D Elec-
tions Department estimates
the cost of a county-wide vote


somewhere between $4 and
$5 million with the cost of a
separate district vote for Sei-
jas's recall election adding an
additional $500,000 to the
bill.
Alvarez says he will continue
to serve as long as he in office.
"I will continue to lead dur-
ing challenging times with in-
tegrity, sincerity and a com-
mitment to public service," he
said in a prepared statement.


Thousands stranded at airports as blizzard hits NE


COLD
continued from 1A

Meanwhile, in other parts of
the country, blizzard condi-
tions in the Northeast, partic-
ularly in New York City where
over two feet of snow fell on
Monday and in Philadelphia,
which was socked with al-
most 13 inches of snow, have
shut down airports and left


holiday travelers stranded.
And we are feeling the effect
with Fort Lauderdale-Holly-
wood International Airport
canceling arrivals and de-
partures. It is estimated that
nationwide over 7,000 flights
were canceled as of Monday
because of the Northeast
snowfall and winds.
Floridians who may be
unaccustomed to such low


temperatures are advised to
practice cold weather safe-
ty practices. These include:
dressing warmly in layers,
refraining from sleeping in
cold bedrooms, staying out-
side only as long as neces-
sary and limiting the use of
alcohol.
Temperatures are expected
to be in the balmy 60s by
New Year's Eve.


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5A THE MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 4, 2010


BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


Chief of BP fund Ken Feinberg sees Gulf recovery


By Oren Dorell

The long-term impact of the
Gulf Coast disaster could be
relatively minor, and the Gulf is
likely to fully recover from the
April oil spill, the government-
appointed compensation chief
said recently.
Speaking to USA TODAY's Ed-
itorial Board in a year-end in-
terview, Ken Feinberg said his
optimistic prediction is based
on opinions the government
has solicited from experts.
"We're asking everybody right
now, scientists, biologists, give
us your best estimate ... of the
status of the Gulf," Feinberg
said. "We're hearing right now,
not much long-term adverse
impact."
Kert Davies, director of re-
search for the environmental
group Greenpeace, says Fein-
berg's assessment is prema-
ture.
"We're talking about a very
complex system, and it's im-
possible to say there's minimal
long-term impact at this point,"
Davies said.
Scientist are still collecting
data, he said. "I don't think we'll
understand the full extent of
the impact for five or 10 years."
Feinberg acknowledged that
some scientists disagree and
said that's why the claims fund
"will do our best to give a gener-
ous final-payment option."
Feinberg expressed confi-
dence that the $20 billion fund
created by oil giant BP should
be more than enough to cover
claims. And he says the gov-



BP Oil on

Gulf floor

draws concern

By Jeffrey Ball

Oil from BP PLC's blown-out
well has lodged in the sediment
of the Gulf of Mexico at levels
that may threaten marine life,
according to a federal report re-
leased recently.
Heavy contamination from
the oil spill is limited to a few
locations in the Gulf relatively
close to BP's Macondo well, of-
ficials said. Chemical tests have
confirmed that oil in some sedi-
ment there matches oil from the
BP well, according to the report
by scientists advising federal
spill-response officials.
There is no practical way to
clean up the spilled oil that has
settled deep in the Gulf, officials
said, adding that microbes in
the water could eventually eat
it up.
"We've reached that point
of diminishing returns," said
Charlie Henry, a scientist at
the National Oceanic and At-
mospheric Administration in-
volved in the report. Tests show
levels of oil contamination that
could threaten organisms in the
Gulf. But "there's no longer any
action we can take" to remove
spilled BP oil far offshore, he
said.
Closer in, from Florida to Lou-
isiana, patches of oil remain in
the water beside some beaches
that were hit particularly hard
by the spill. Some of that oil
clearly "is from the Macondo
well," said Sam Walker, another
NOAA scientist.
The report finds that some of
the oil near the shoreline could
wash ashore. Workers will con-
tinue to try to remove oil left
on beaches and in marshes in
some parts of the coast, officials
said.
BP interpreted the report as
good news. "The scientific evi-
dence in this report is consis-
tent with our observations that
the beaches are safe, the water
is safe, and the seafood is safe,"
said Mike Utsler, head of the
company's spill-response effort,
in a statement.
Under federal law, a company
found responsible for an oil spill
must pay for environmental
damage the government finds
the spill caused. The more Gulf
contamination that research
links to the BP spill, the more


money the federal government
is likely to push BP to pay.
The report leaves unan-
swered many questions about
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ernment-run claims program
will be more generous than any
court.
The program has already paid
out $2.5 billion to 170,000 indi-
viduals and businesses, about
a third of all claimants, Fein-
berg said.
He said the government is
urging claimants to choose one
of three options:


File for final pay-
ment, based on sci-
entific opinions about
the future of the Gulf.
In return, claimants
must waive the right
to sue anyone in-
volved.
File for quarterly
payments based on
documented damag-


es, reserving the right
S to sue, until Feinberg's
mission expires in
', 2013.
.* File for "go away"
money. Aid recipients
who can't document
any more damage can
receive $5,000 for an
individual (or $25,000
FEINBERG for a business) to settle


future claims.
One goal is to minimize law-
suits, though Feinberg, who
managed the government's
compensation fund after the
9/11 terrorist attacks, says his
offer will likely be faster than
courts.
Of 450,000 Gulf claims,
whibh came from 48 states,
2,500 are suspicious. So far, 50


have been referred to the Jus-
tice Department and in the next
few months, hundreds more
will be, Feinberg said.
Mike Voisin, an oyster proces-
sor from Houma, La., agrees
that ecological damage does not
seem severe. But he says the
reputation of Gulf seafood has
taken a hit. "We'll have scars
from this," he said.


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6A THE MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 4, 2010


BLACKS MUST CONTROL THIIR OWN DESTINY


Democratic majority ends with accomplishments


By Laurie Kellman

WASHINGTON (AP) This is
the story of a "lame duck" Con-
gress that wasn't.
Shaken by a historic elec-
tion in which angry voters can-
celed Democratic control of
the House, lawmakers of both
parties and President Barack
Obama tried something new:
They consulted each other.
They cooperated. And finally,
they compromised.
From tax cuts to a nuclear
arms treaty and the repeal of
the ban on openly serving gay
soldiers, Congress and the
Obama White House closed
up their respective shops and
headed out for the holidays
with an uncommonly full bag of
accomplishments.
Bipartisanship was one of
them.
"That progress is ... a reflec-
tion of the message the voters
sent in November, a message
that said it's time to find com-
mon ground on challenges fac-
ing our country," Obama told
reporters before joining his
family in Hawaii. "It's a message
that I will take to heart in the
new year, and I hope my Demo-
cratic and Republican friends


will do the same."
That's less likely come Janu-
ary, when Republicans take
control of the House, gain seats
in the Senate and are guided in
part by a shrewd GOP leader
who has declared that his top
priority is denying the president
a second term in 2012.
But even he Kentucky Sen.
Mitch McConnell walks away
having had a seat for the first
time at the negotiating table
with the Obama administra-
tion. Technically, he negotiated
with Vice President Joe Biden,
McConnell's' Senate colleague
for years, on a huge package
of tax cuts, plus extended ben-
efits for millions of unemployed
workers.
Both sides hoped the com-
promise would win points for
pragmatism with centrist and
independent voters who will be
pivotal in the 2012 elections.
In truth, giving struggling vot-
ers an $858 billion Christmas
gift was a political no-brainer.
But the compromise produced
a deal and a visual that would
have been hard. to imagine only
a few weeks earlier.
There was the stern-faced
McConnell at Obama's elbow
as the president signed the tax


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Left to right, Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., House Major-
ity Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., House Minority Leader John
Boehner, R-Ohio, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,
and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., listen as Presi-
dent Obama speaks during a meeting with bipartisan congres-
sional leaders at the White House.


cut deal into law. Absent were
the leaders of Obama's own
party House Speaker Nan-
cy Pelosi and Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid as well as
the gleeful exhortations of bill
signings-past.
"I wasn't going to go to my
caucus and tell them that I was
part of a deal that we were giv-
ing tax cuts to people making
more than $1 million a year,"


Reid said in an interview late
Wednesday, adding that he had
excused himself from those ne-
gotiations.
In some ways, the tax cuts
were as big a deal as Obama's
signature health care overhaul.
But this time, Biden mostly
stuck to his script without
using an expletive this time.
The president spoke, signed the
legislation and rose to pat Mc-


Connell on the shoulder, giving
the country a glimpse of how bi-
partisan compromise looks and
sounds in the Obama era -
somber, tightly choreographed
and uncomfortable.
It was the first real evidence
that the election results had
shifted the workflow in Wash-
ington. The tax cut deal also
may have marked a rebound
for a president emerging from
the "shellacking" of one Elec-
tion Day into the last half of his
term and his own re-election
campaign.
There was more.
The Senate on Dec. 18 joined
the House in voting to repeal
the military's "don't ask-don't
tell" policy against openly gay
personnel. The repeal pleased
liberals who had been left on
the sidelines with the tax cut
deal, and it won support among
rank-and-file Republicans.
And finally, the Senate on
Wednesday ratified the New
START nuclear arms treaty
with Russia, 71-26. This time,
McConnell and his second-in-
commAnd, Republican Whip
Jon Kyl of Arizona, were left out
of the deal-making as Obama,
Reid and Foreign Relations
Committee Chairman John


Kerry, D-Mass., negotiated with
like-minded Republicans.
Reid later said the ratification
solidified Obama's standing as
a -world leader and Nobel Peace
Prize winner.
The treaty, he told The As-
sociated Press, was about the
standing of the United States
in the world community "and
whether Barack Obama was a
man who deserved the Nobel
Peace Prize, a man who has so
turned around American for-
eign policy."
At the time, some had com-
plained that Obama, less than
a year into his presidency, had
won the prize prematurely.
Congress also approved legis-
lation to strengthen the safety
of the nation's food supply and
provide $4.2 billion to survi-
vors of the September 2001 at-
tack on the World Trade Center
and responders who became ill
working in its ruins.
There were failures in the
Democrats' last days of con-
gressional control.
Obama and Reid both said
they chafed at the Republicans'
defeat of the DREAM Act, legis-
lation that would have provided
a path to citizenship for millions
of young illegal immigrants.


West says Congress


wastes too much time


By William Gibson

Congressman-elect Allen
West, who has promised to
shake up Capitol Hill, wonders
why the House plans to be in
session for only 123 days next
year.
"As we know, Congress needs
to work to create jobs, reduce
the deficit, strength-
en our economy, _
limit the size of gov-
ernment and con-
tend 'with a plethora
of national security
issues," West wrote
to House Major-
ity Leader-elect Eric
Cantor. "How are
we to do that when, '
among other things,
we start off being WE
in session only 10
days the entire month of Janu-
ary?"
Congress normally is in ses-
sion off and on throughout the
year, but schedules long breaks
to allow members to spend time
with their constituents, attend
town-hall meetings and travel
abroad on fact-finding mis-
sions. Many of these breaks are


S


called "district work periods."
But for newcomers eager to
change the ways of Washing-
ton and make an impact, these
breaks sound more like negli-
gence.
"I am sure we both agree that
the issues before us today re-
quire the members of Congress
to go beyond what has been the
accepted practice in the past to
S meet the challenges of
S the future," West told
SCantor in a letter re-
leased recently.'
S Cantor and fellow
.'. Republicans will take
i charge of the House
S and its schedule
when the next session
begins on Jan. 5.
/ West, a Republican
;T from Plantation who
was backed by the
tea party movement,
also raised concerns about "re-
treats" scheduled for February,
some of them taxpayer funded.
West has decided he will not at-
tend at least two of the retreats.
"We have to show the Ameri-
can people we are going to be
different than years past," West
said.


Deal confirms 19 of Obama's bench picks


Associated Press

WASHINGTON After a
monthslong blockade, Senate
Republicans have agreed to let
at least 19 of President Obama's
noncontroversial judicial nomi-
nees win confirmation in the
waning days of the congressio-
nal session in exchange for a
commitment by Democrats not
to seek votes on four others, ac-
cording to officials familiar with
the deal.
Among the four is Goodwin
Liu, a law school dean seen
as a potential future Supreme
Court pick, whose nomination
to the Ninth US Circuit Court
of Appeals in San Francisco has
sparked strong criticism from
Republicans.
As part of the arrangement,
the Senate has approved 10
judges in the past few days
without a single dissenting
vote. One of them, Albert Diaz,


had been awaiting confirma-
tion to the Fourth Circuit Court
of Appeals in Richmond since
clearing the Judiciary Commit-
tee in January.
The agreement was worked
out between Senate majority
leader Harry Reid and his Re-
publican counterpart, Senator
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky,
with the knowledge of the White
House, officials said. Spokes-
men for the two Senate leaders
declined to comment.
The officials described the
agreement to the Associated
Press on condition of anonym-
ity, saying they were not autho-
rized to discuss private conver-
sations. Spokesmen for the two
Senate leaders declined com-
ment.
Apart from Liu, they include
Edward Chen, Louis B. Butler
Jr., and John J. McConnell Jr.,
all nominated to become US
District Court judges.


Concerns about Gulf oil spill


BP OIL
continued from 5A

the spill's environmental im-
pact that scientists are likely
to be researching-and BP and
the government are likely to be
fighting over-for years.
For instance, officials
sprayed some 1.8 million gal-
lons of chemical dispersants on
the oil to break it up and pre-
vent it from washing ashore. In
some sediment, tests found a


chemical contained in disper-
sant, but its environmental
impact is unknown, the report
said.
Separately, a federal judge in
New Orleans on Friday ordered
Transocean Ltd., the owner of
the drilling rig that blew up
when it was drilling BP's well,
to give federal investigators
safety records for other rigs it
had in the Gulf at the time.
-Ryan Dezember contribut-
ed to this article.


Judge revokes bail ofMadoff's ex-secretary


A _,-'. ift ,1 P',..

NEW YORK Bernard
NMadoffs former secretary
was ordered recently to sur-
render in Florida by a judge
who revoked her $5 million
bail, saying her access to
large amounts of money cre-
ated "a very real potential"
she could flee.
U.S. District Judge Laura
Taylor Swain. rejected the
arguments by lawyers for
62-year-old Annette Bongior-
no that her husband should
..e allotted to post mornev
from his bank accounts to
support a bail package.
There is a serious risk the
defendant will not appear,"
Swain said. The judge cited
what she called an abun-
dance of "very strong" evi-
dence that there were "un-
restrained assets that pose
a very real potential for the
facilitation of flight."
Bongiorno was arrested
last month on conspiracy,
securities fraud and falsify-
ing records charges. Authori-


ties said
she helped
Madoff cov-
er up a mul-
tibillion-
dollar Ponzi
scheme that
made her
wealthy as
it wiped out
the life sav-


,' "






MADOFF BONGIOR
MADOFF BONGIORNO


ings of thousands of clients.
Bongiorno's lawyer, Mau-
rice Sercarz, asked Swain to
delay the effect of her ruling
to give him time to immedi-
ately appeal but she declined
Sercarz said the detention or-
der was being appealed.
"I'm disappointed," Sercarz
said outside court. He said
he did not know if his cli-
ent would be held at a West
Palm Beach, Fla., jail or if she
would be put on a plane and
eventually brought to New
York.
"We knew this day was com-
ing," he said
He said Bongiorno would
not flee.
For a long time, Bongiorno


has known
she minht
face pros-
e :- u r i o n
::nd was
Srnot Juit a
subject but
a t.areet" of
the investi-
gation into
Madoff's


collapsed financial empire,
Sercarz said.
"This process has been ex-
cruciating for her," he said.
Bortgiorno was recently
named in a new indictment
along with another back of-
fice worker, Joann Crupi,
former operations chief Dan-
iel Bonventre and computer
programmers Jerome O'Hara
and George Perez. The four
have remained free on bail.
The indictment alleges that
Bongiorno and Crupi, 49,
"'executed' trades in the ac-
counts of wealth, clients
only on paper ... and that
achieved annual rates of re-
turn that had been predeter-
mined by ladolf."


Prosecutors sa\ Bongorno
deposited about $920.000
in her own NMadoff account
from 1975 to 2008 and with-
drew more than $14 million
in investor funds over the
same period to bue expen-
sive homes and pay for other
luxuries.
Mladoff. 72, pleaded gtult-Y
to fraud charges last year and
is serving a 150-yeear prison
sentence.
An investigation continues
to determine who knew about
Madoffs fraud or assisted
it during its more than tvo-
decade existence. Authorities
have said they continue to
investigate ladoft's brother
Peter and son Andrew, who
were executive in the Madoff
firm's market-making and
proprietary-trading business.
Neither has been charged.
Nladolfs eldest son. Mark.
who had also worked at
Madoffs firm and been a sub-
ject for investigators. commit-
ted suicide 10 days ago on
the two-year anniversary of
his father's arrest


Imam behind Mosque project plans speaking tour


By Paul Vitello

The controversy over plans
to build an Islamic center in
downtown Manhattan subsided
in November, almost abrupt-
ly, with the end of an election
season that amplified its most
emotional underlying issues.
Feisal Abdul Rauf, shown
with his wife, Daisy, is taking
to the road in January to foster
dialogue about Muslim life in
America.
But the imam behind the
project has decided to risk re-
igniting that opposition by set-
ting out on a nationwide speak-
ing tour next month to promote
the planned center and to foster
dialogue about Muslim life in
America.
"Controversy has never been
a problem for me," said the
imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, whose
proposal to build the high-rise
community center and mosque
two blocks north of ground
zero made him the prime tar-
get last summer of opponents
who viewed the plan, known as
Park51 for its address on Park
Place, as a Trojan horse for
Muslim triumphalism. "I think
the controversy of last sum-
mer helped initiate a discourse
that has been very good for the
country. I'm an American, and
I believe that Americans are
problem solvers. So I believe
further discussion can only be
good."

TO BEGIN IN DETROIT
The tour, which he described
in an interview on recently, is
scheduled to begin in Detroit,


Feisal Abdul


the road in January to foster
America.

the city with the largest Muslim
population in the United States.
It will include stops in Chicago,
Washington, San Antonio and
several college campuses, start-
ing with Harvard, Yale, George-
town and the University of
North Carolina.
Because of death threats that
the imam has received, none of
his addresses will be open to
the general public, though the
local news media in each place
will be invited to attend, and
to ask questions afterward, he
said.
Some of the project's most
outspoken opponents welcomed
the imam's plan for a speaking
tour, though for reasons of their
own.
"I think this will help to revive
the opposition, not only from
Americans in general but from


the megamosque. Typical lib-
eral elitist thinking," she said,
referring to the City Council
speaker.
Ms. Geller also predicted that
the imam's speaking tour would
serve the opposition. "The oppo-
sition has never gone away, and
will never go away," she said.
At the height of the controver-
sy over the summer and fall, Mr.
Adbul Rauf was on a scheduled
speaking tour in Qatar, Bahrain
and the United Arab Emirates.
The tour was sponsored by the
State Department's cultural ex-
change bureau, known as the
Department of Public Diplo-
macy.

BLOOMBERG INVOLVED
He considered canceling that
trip in order to confront the op-
position and rally support at
home to his cause a job that
fell for the most part to his wife
and partner in interfaith work,
Daisy Khan, executive direc-
tor of the American Society for
Muslim Advancement.
"But in that environment, I
realized that no matter what I
did or said, I would be accused
of something," he said. And as it
turned out, he added, the reac-
tion of Middle Eastern Muslims
to the controversy over Park51
was encouraging to him.
The idea that in the United
States there could be a discus-
sion, even an angry one, about
building a mosque that some
considered to be too close to
ground zero "that was an
amazingly positive thing to peo-
ple I met in the Middle East," he
said.


dialogue about Muslim life in


Muslims in this country, who
don't want this thing built,"
said Ryan Mauro, a conserva-
tive blogger and the producer
of a documentary about the
planned community center.

PROTESTS EXPECTED
The film, "Sacrificed Survi-
vors: The Untold Story of the
Ground Zero Mega-Mosque,"
focuses on opposition by some
families of 9/11 victims..
Pamela Geller, another con-
servative blogger who orga-
nized many of the public dem-
onstrations against the center
last summer, said she planned
to marshal protests when the
City Council meets next month
to review Wal-Mart's proposal
to open a store in Manhattan.
"Christine Quinn is against
Wal-Mart, but she's in favor of


Rauf, shown with his wife, Daisy, is taking to


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For Liberty City's Quinns it's a 'family affair


By Jimmie Davis Jr.
Miami Times Reporter

As you look for last-minute
gifts for the holiday season, why
go to a crowded mall, search-
ing for a parking space for
hours on end when you can get
some great items right here in
the 'hood?' From Black history
icons to your favorite sports
team T-shirts the Quinn fam-
ily says they have just what you
need. It's a perfect example of
what a family can do when they
work together for a common
cause.
Quinton Quinn, 60 and his
brother Earl who didn't want to
give his age, sell their products
every weekend on the corner of
62nd Street and NW 12th Av-
enue.
"Come buy your T-shirts from
us," said Earl. "Don't go down-
town."
Not only do the Quinns sells
memorabilia but they design
and print the shirts as well.
They have been in business sell-


ing T-shirts for over 20 years.
Earl says early on he recog-
nized the value of the Black
community supporting one
another, because Black-owned
businesses keep the neighbor-
hood vibrant and also provides
jobs for residents of the com-
munity.
"When you purchase prod-
ucts from our family business
the money stays right here in
the Black community," he said.
The Quinn's first started
out doing business with their
mother [Melvina] at Greene
and Sons Shoe Shop located at
62nd Street and 6th Avenue.
The name has since changed
to Greene Dreams.
"We learned everything we
know from our mother," Quin-
ton said. "She taught us every-
thing."
Earl says that it's good to be
independent and have your
own business and work for
yourself but acknowledged that
sometimes it does gets difficult.,
"Having your own business


Taking time out from satisfying their customers are Torrian Quinn Jr., 13 (1-r); Quinton
Quinn, 60; Earl Quinn;Torrian Quinn Sr., 33; and Bershae Quinn, 13.


is not always peaches and
cream," Earl said. "It's a sacri-
fice."
To ensure that the family
business goes from one genera-
tion to the next, Quinton's son


Torrian, 33, has been brought
aboard. He assists with daily
chores and is learning how to
make financial decisions aimed
at keeping the family's busi-
ness afloat.


"I came on board to keep it
going," Torrian said. "This is a
family business that's going to
be around forever."
Torrian says that the family's
business helps members of the


community by employing peo-
ple to work over the weekends
and during the holiday season.
Tony Ashford, an alumni of
the class of 1975 from Miami
Central High says that he was
driving by and noticed that the
Q. Collection was displaying
his school's state champion-
ship T-shirts so he stopped to
purchase a couple of them.
"I've been doing business
with this family for a number
of years," Ashford said. "I just
had to get my hands on some
of these shirts."
Not only do the Quinn's de-
sign T-shirts for special events
but they sell Georgia pecans.
Another Quinn brother, Ver-
non, 61, is also an entrepre-
neur. He has a tent set up right
next to the T-shirt stand that
sells fire works.
The Quinn matriarch has 10
children eight boys and two
girls all raised in Allapattah.
"I'm proud to say not one of
our siblings are in jail or strung
out on drugs," Quinton said.


The swift rise of a governor, as predicted over drinks


By Michael Barbaro

Even in his most fanciful
moments, David A. Pater-
son never imagined that his
boss, Eliot Spitzer, would
self-destruct, and that he
would abruptly ascend to
the job of New York gover-
nor.
But someone else did.
One night at a bar, late
in 2007, a woman claiming
psychic abilities approached
Paterson, then the state's
lieutenant governor, saying
she was overcome by power-


ful vibrations radiating from
him.
His aura, she told him,
was in transition.
As he recalled in a re-
cent interview, Mr. Paterson
could not resist a retort. He'
pointed to his drink. "My
aura is in transition," he
told her, wryly, "because my
blood alcohol level is going
up."
The woman warned him
not to mock her. Could he
think how he might soon be
promoted?
Yes, he said, he could. Per-


.
i:










David A. Paterson, right, succeeded Eliot Spitzer as gov-
ernor of New York, months after a woman in a bar told
him he would.


haps. Senator Hillary Rod-
ham Clinton would be elect-
ed president the next year
and Governor Spitzer would
appoint him to succeed her.
No, she said. What she
was sensing was more im-
mediate. Then she told him:
"I think you will become gov-
ernor."
"I wanted to laugh," Pat-
erson said. "But there was
just something about it that
seemed serious."
Four months later, Mr.
Spitzer resigned amid a
prostitution scandal. Pat-


erson, as foretold, became
governor.
He said he had put the en-
counter out of his mind as
he coped with the tumult of
taking office. Then it sud-
denly returned to him with
a jolt. "I said, 'Oh, wow!' "
He never met the woman
again, but, he said, he could
not help thinking of her
sometimes.
Paterson knows the tale
sounds a bit fantastic. "Peo-
ple tell me these stories and
I laugh at them," he said.
"But it actually did happen."


Florida adds 2.8M people in 10 years


By Jeff Kunerth

Florida gained 2.8 million
people in the past decade the
equivalent of the entire state of
Kansas, according to 2010 Cen-
sus figures released recently.
Florida, which now has 18.8
million people, trailed only Tex-
as and California in its popu-
lation increase. But much of
that growth came in the early
and middle years of the decade,
before the recession caused an
exodus of people from the Sun-
shine State.
"For Florida, the main thing is
it shows that growth, in spite of
the recession, was solid for the
decade," said Stan Smith, state
demographer with the Univer-
sity of Florida.
But for Florida, whose econo-
my depends on growth, the pop-
ulation increase over the past
decade was the lowest since the
1960s, when the state added
1.8 million. And the state's 17.6
percent growth rate is the slow-
est in more than six decades.


Florida population
20M
18,801,310


10
1,897,414


1940 1950 1960 1910
SOUFCE U.S. Census Bureau
t
Demographer Mark Mather- i
said Florida is still riding the 1
crest of phenomenal growth t
over the past several decades.
"You've added a lot of young
people to the population and y
that's a lot of families hav- A
ing babies so you have a lot of
built-in momentum in a state t
like Florida," said Mather, of the
Population Reference Bureau in c
Washington DC. t
Predictions that Florida o
would surpass New York as


1980 1990 2000 2010
ORLANDO SENTINEL
:he nation's third largest state
ailed to materialize, though it's
ikely to happened long before
:he 2020 census. New York has
19.4 million people.
"That will happen three to five
rears from now," Smith pre-
dicted.
In the 1950s, Florida led
:he nation with a 78.7 percent
growth rate the beneficiary
of a pipeline of retirees from
:he Northeast and the advent
of air conditioning, said U.S.
Please turn to CENSUS 9A


** i



ife

tween Hankerso:n and Rrnlle.
le has created a social net-
work for alumni called Bulls 4
Life so that alumni members
who haven't seen or spoken to
)ne another since their days
at Northwestern can recon-
nect and reminisce about old
times. Cooper has also cre-
ited a mentorship site for stu-
lents at Northwestern which
s currently on hold because
of rising administrative costs.
-e pays for the maintenance
of the website out of his own
pocket. Last summer he put
together a Bulls 4 Life Cruise
which got a lot of former class-
nates back in touch with one
another. Both of these men
are committed to the better-
nent of Northwestern. They,
ike me, call Northwestern
)ur home. And like any family
member, we are always seek-
ng ways to improve our home.
Wouldn't you do the same?
Here's to the continuing
spirit of the mighty Bulls and
hose who often work behind
he scenes for the sake of our
students.


By Brian Dennis

In order to get things done
sometimes you have to do the
unexpected. In the last few
days I've had conversations
with Miami Northwestern's
alumni association presi-
dent, Larry Williams and the
founder of Bulls 4 Life, Jer-
ald Cooper. My curiosity led
me to speak with both men
about their support of Miami
Northwestern and if recent
criticisms of their efforts were
justified.
The Northwestern family is
a proud one and many of our
own children grow up want-
ing to be a part of that tradi-
tion. Williams grew up on the
boundaries of Northwestern
and could have attended any
high school he wanted back
in the early 70s he chose
Northwestern. Cooper grew up
as a Manor Park Ranger and
had a choice between going to
Northwestern or Jackson. He
too, choose Northwestern.
While speaking with both of
these brothers it seems that


comments they shared with
The Miami Herald that were
included in a recent news sto-
ry were taken out of context
and used to to paint a very
negative picture about North-
western. There is more to Wil-
liams and Cooper than. the
article implies. Both men are
very well-spoken and die hard
Bulls certainly they are
much more than just alumni
members who are football
junkies.
Williams continues to partic-
ipate in meetings with school
board officials, including the
current superintendent, and
is committed to making sure
that students at Northwestern
receive the same kinds of op-
portunities that are offered at
schools like Sunset or Coral
Park high schools.
Cooper says he has never
had a conversation with cur-
rent Principal Charles Han-
kerson nor the football team's
head coach, Billy Rolle. But
then football is not his focus.
Neither is he concerned about
any conflict that may exist be-


Thank you, Miami-Dade, for voting NO
on Amendment 8 and saving small class sizes.


CAN THE GREASE!


Want to avoid costly repairs from clogged pipes?
Then avoid dumping cooking grease or oil down
your kitchen drain. When grease is poured down
the drain, it can cause sewer pipes to clog... and
that's a recipe for disaster. To dispose of it properly,
follow these steps:

* Pour the oil or grease into a metal can
* Let it cool
* Throw the can away with your regular trash

By following these tips you can focus on what's
most important in the kitchen the food. not the
pipes So remember to can the grease


Call 3-1-1 or visit miamidade.gov for more information.


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BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


8A THE MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 4, 2010


Stowaway case highlights security risks


Breach has

implications

for terrorism

By Alan Levin

The bizarre case of a 16-year-
old boy who died after sneaking
aboard a US Airways jet by hid-
ing in its wheel well highlights
longstanding concerns about
airport security and terrorism,
say law enforcement officials
and security experts.
Police initially suspected that
Delvonte Tisdale, whose bat-
tered body was found Nov. 15
in a quiet suburban Boston
neighborhood, had been mur-
dered. But an investigation
concluded that Tisdale some-
how got onto the grounds of his
hometown airport, Charlotte
Douglas International, and
climbed into the wheel well of
a Boeing 737 bound for Boston.
Norfolk County, Mass., Dis-
trict Attorney William Keat-
ing said not only did Tisdale's
body and clothing land directly
beneath the path of the jet in
the area where pilots would
have lowered the landing gear
in preparation for landing, but
investigators found a palmprint
that they believe was his in the
jet's wheel compartment.
Keating, who recently won a
seat in Congress, said after he
is sworn in next month that he
intends to ask for a broader in-
vestigation into whether airport


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Anthony Tisdale, right, father of Delvonte Tisdale, and his
mother, Lula Smith, discuss Delvonte's death Nov.23 in Char-
lotte.


security is adequate to pre-
vent terrorists getting access to
planes.
"Aside from the tragedy, it
was a serious breach of secu-
rity at an airport," Keating said.
"What if someone else had had
a more sinister motive?"
Douglas Laird, a security


consultant who formerly head-
ed security at Northwest Air-
lines, said that the breach sug-
gested multiple breakdowns in
security.
First, Tisdale was able to
sneak onto the airport grounds,
which are surrounded by fenc-
ing topped by barbed wire.


PRISoN


Many workers and vehicles
come and go from an airport,
but they are supposed to show
identification at security chdck-
points.
SThen, it is likely that Tisdale
would have encountered air-
port employees while making
his way to the plane during a
busy early evening period, Laird
said. Federal rules require air-
port workers to confront and
challenge anyone they see on
a tarmac without a security
badge.
"It's very troublesome," Laird
said of the incident. "In theory,
that shouldn't happen."







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Norfolk County (Mass.) Dis-
trict Attorney William Keating,
who recently won a seat in Con-
gress, says after he is sworn in
next month, he intends to ask
for a broader investigation into
whether airport security is ad-
equate to prevent terrorists get-
ting access to planes.


RAP


Learning to count your blessings


By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

When life appears to
be loaded with burdens,
it is necessary for me to
begin a self-therapeutic
process of looking at the
brighter side of things
by tallying up the count- Hi
less blessings that have been
bestowed upon me.
At times, to soothe my heavy
heart, I have to summon
strength from deep within to
remind myself that my present
predicament in life could be a
whole lot worse in comparison
to others. But it's easier said
than done especially when I
sometimes become totally pre-
occupied with dealing with my
own personal struggles in life.
Being mindful of the fact that
there are many other possibili-
ties that I could be confronted
with which would make my ev-
eryday existence much harder
to bear enables me to properly
assess the status of my current


affairs. It's like taking
notes and then taking
time out to compare the
different set of facts be-
Sfore you.
Actually, the prison
in which I am currently
incarcerated provides
IALL me with a number of
opportunities to mix socially
with other human beings. And
although I firmly believe that
prison is certainly not my per-
manent station in life, I am
tremendously grateful that the
burden of having to be here has
been lightened with the fact
that I at least have some level
of social network at my dispos-
al. The thought of me having
more freedom than others is an
eye-opener and I definitely find
much comfort in knowing that
for some reason God saw it fit
for me not to be subjected to
the kind of imprisonment that
would weigh too heavily on my
mind and spirit.
Our institutional food service


department will help me to take
this topic a step further.
Lining up in the dormitory
en-route to the chow hall, dis-
.gruntledvoices can b% 4 dl
even before our almost quarter-
of-a-mile walk begins. While I
am not willing to endorse the
culinary skills of the DOC, I do
feel compelled to acknowledge
how fortunate I am to know
that it's almost guaranteed that
Ill be fed something, anything
three times a day. Despite how
poorly the food is sometimes
cooked or how little seems to be
placed on my tray, I do receive
an adequate meal. I will never
forget the words that were spo-
ken to another inmate by Mr.
Culpepper, the no-nonsense
warden, as he was making his
rounds. In response to a com-
plaint about the mediocre food,
he said, "somewhere in the
world, a little old lady is not go-
ing to eat tonight."
As much as I hated to admit
it, he was speaking the truth.


Somewhere in the world, some-
one is less fortunate than we
are. Someone is unemployed
and can't afford to make ends
meet ,, a, a~ ..
- Someone is laying on their
death bed, not ready to leave
the world yet overwhelmed by a
failing body.
A worry wart could easily find
plenty of reasons to give way to
anxiety but when some prob-
lems are placed next to others,
suddenly those that were caus-
ing us the most anxiety minor
in comparison. I have decided
to live' my life, albeit one that
finds me incarcerated, to dai-
ly identify things in my life
for which I should be and am
grateful no matter how big or
small.
Feeling less privileged than
others? Feeling afflicted by
misfortune? Just count your
blessings. You'll be surprised to
discover how wrong you were
at underestimating the value of
life.


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MIAMI
POLICE: MAN KILLED WIFE, SELF
Authorities discovered the bodies of an elderly Hialeah couple in
their home on Dec. 20, the result of an apparent murder-suicide.
Roberto Vazquez, 72, fatally stabbed his wife Nilda, 67, in their
home at 225 W. 60th St., said Carl Zogby, spokesman for the Hia-
leah Police Department.
Authorities say Roberto Vazquez had a history of mental illness
and that police had responded four times in as many years to
domestic-related disturbance at the couple's home.
A neighbor said Vazquez was a retired cabinet maker and that
Nilda worked at Goodwill Industries in Miami. They had lived in
the same quiet neighborhood for 23 years.

MANHUNT FOR SUSPECTS IN SHOOTING
Police are looking for two men who fatally shot a Hialeah man in
front of his family on Dec. 17
Nilo Vila, 49, was shot in the stomach about 6 p.m. after he was
robbed of his jewelry in the parking lot of his apartment building,
3350 E. Fourth Ave., according to Hialeah Police Department.
His wife, Bertha Iglesias, 23-year-old daughter and 6-month-old
grandson were with him at the time. The suspects ran off after the
shooting and fled in a four-door, dark colored sedan driven by a
third suspect.
Police have released composite sketches of the two men and
ask anybody with information to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-
8477.

MIRAMAR
MAN GETS LIFE IN PRISON FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
A former Miramar man was sentenced Monday to life in federal
prison for producing child pornography after a separate state sen-
tence for sexually abusing children.
In March, Jesus Rios, 43, was accused of sexually assaulting
two children and making photographic images of the abuse, ac-
cording to the Miramar Police Department.
Rios also possessed more than 2,000 images of other children
engaged in sexually explicit conduct, police said.
In May, Rios was convicted in Broward Circuit Court and sen-
tenced to 30 years in prison for the sexual abuse.
Last month, he pleaded guilty in federal court to four counts of
production of child pornography, resulting in the life sentence.

FORT LAUDERDALE
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN GRAFFITIST'S DEATH
A Deerfield Beach man has been arrested on the charge of using
an SUV to run over and kill a 21-year-old graffitist during a fight
outside of a Davie strip club.
Reynaldo Rodgruez, 32, turned himself into the Broward Main
Jail on Dec. 22 on one count of vehicular homicide, a second-
degree felony, in the July 28 death of Jonathan P. Corso.-
Rodriguez was freed on $2,500 bail the following morning. If
convicted, he would face a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Davie police and the Broward State Attorney's Office spent
months investigating and reviewing Corso's death.' He was cel-
ebrating his birthday at Club Eden Cabaret on University Drive
the night he died.
Witnesses told police that a white Cadillac Escalade struck Cor-
so following the verbal and physical confrontation, which involved
* Rodrigtezr;Corso and several othelt~ ofptP1rPp i ''W


Violent crimes drop in first half of 2010


By Alicia A. Caldwell
Associated Press

Reports of violent and prop-
erty crimes continued to de-
cline in the first half of 2010,
according to preliminary crime
report released by the FBI re-
cently.
The FBI's semiannual uni-
form crime report shows
that reports of violent crime
dropped 6.2 percent from
January to June and property
crime reports were down 2.8
percent.
The dip in reported crimes
follows a three-year trend of
decreasing crime rates despite
a sagging economy.


According to the FBI, mur-
ders dropped 7.1 percent in
the first six months of 2010
while robberies decreased by
10.7 percent. Reports of vehi-
cle thefts also dropped by 9.7
percent.
FBI crime reports have
shown a steady decrease in
crimes rates since 2008. In
the annual report for 2009,
released in September, reports
of violent crimes dropped 5.3
percent and reported property
crimes fell 4.6 percent.
Some experts have been
hard-pressed to explain the
decreasing crime when a weak
economy has put a continuing
strain on local police budgets.


Halliburton settles Nigerian bribery case


HOUSTON Halliburton will
pay Nigeria $35 million to settle
a bribery case that led to charg-
es against Richard Cheney and
others, the company said.
Nigerian officials charged the
former U.S. vice president, who
led Halliburton in the 1990s,
and nine other executives with
conspiracy and "distribution of
gratification to public officials."
They said the Kellogg, Brown
and Root subsidiary paid bribes
to get $6 billion in contracts for
a liquefied natural gas project


in the Niger Delta.
"Pursuant to this agreement,
all lawsuits and charges against
KBR and Halliburton corporate
entities and associated persons
have been withdrawn," the com-
pany announced recently in a
statement reported by CNN.
The $35 million includes $2.5
million to pay legal fees and
other expenses for the Nigerian
government, Halliburton said.
There was no immediate com-
ment from Nigeria.
Halliburton said it also will


help Nigeria recover funds from
a Swiss account set up by a for-
mer agent for its Nigerian joint
venture TSKJ. Officials say as
much as $130 million is hidden
there.
Cheney's attorney, Terrence
O'Connell, said, "The Depart-
ment of Justice and the Securi-
ties and Exchange Commission
investigated that joint venture
extensively and found no sug-
gestion of any impropriety by
Dick Cheney."


Broward Sheriff deputies arrested for smuggling


I CHECK OR MONEYORD I


By Juan Ortega

FORT LAUDERDALE Some'
Broward County jail inmates
enjoyed many of the comforts of
home contraband food, bat-
teries that double as lighters,
and cell phones they used to ro-
mance deputies, newly released
court documents say.
The prohibited items were al-
legedly dished out by certain
deputies in exchange for money
or to promote sexual relation-
ships. But the accommodations
didn't last.
One cell phone was discov-
ered during a pat-down, and
upset inmates began piling up
additional reports.
Court documents made pub-
lic this week shed light on a


monthslong effort by the Bro-
ward Sheriffs Office to arrest
detention deputies supplying
inmates with contraband at
Broward's Main Jail.
Three were taken into cus-
tody last week. Whether anyone
else broke the law or violated
departmental policies is still
under investigation.
"This is an investigation that
we initiated after we learned
that there was some contra-
band and some improper be-
havior occurring in the jail,"
Sheriffs Office spokesman Jim
Leljedal said Tuesday. "We're
determined to ferret out every-
one involved, and we're still
working on that."
Introducing contraband into
Broward's jail system compro-


mises security and places ev-
eryone at the jail "at great risk,"
court records state. Across the
country, cell phones have been
slipped into jails to help plan
and commit crimes, one arrest
report added.
Authorities on Thursday ar-
rested three deputies Salisia
Pascoe, 29, Kiara Monet Walk-
er, 21, and Roderick Lorenzo
Lopez, 29 after detectives
spent months inspecting phone
records and interviewing wit-
nesses, court records show.
Pascoe was charged with two
counts of using a cell phone to
facilitate a felony, one count of
sexual misconduct with an in-
mate and one count of intro-
ducing contraband to a deten-
tion facility.


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BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR O\\N DESTINY .


Is UM profiting from Overtown's poverty?


By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times Reporter

Students Toward a New De-
mocracy (STAND), St. John's
Baptist Church, the Overtown
Alliance and a host of others re-
cently converged upon the Uni-
versity of Miami's (UM) Inno-
vation Technology Showcase.
However, they weren't there
to peddle newly-developed re-
search but to protest against
the administration who they say
have not fulfilled their promise
to sign a "Sustainable Com-
munity Benefits Agreement"
with the residents of Overtown
where UM is building a Life Sci-
ence & Technology Park.
And while the University was
strutting its stuff at the Four
Seasons Hotel, a press confer-
ence and rally were being staged
outside in front of the hotel.
The Overtown Alliance is ask-
ing UM to sign the agreement
to ensure that members of their
community are afforded em-
ployment, housing, educational
and business opportunities.
So far UM has not entered
into any type of arrangement
with Overtown, leaving UM


students like Stephanie Sanhu
deeply disturbed.
"I don't want my degree com-
ing from UM knowing they ex-
ploit poor people," she said. "I
have no other choice than to
speak up because UM is mak-
ing false promises."
The false promises she's re-
ferring to was substantiated by
Natalia Jaramillo, Communica-
tions Associate for the Miami
Workers Center who says that
UM first said they had no plans
to build the facility in Over-
town. Then she saw that they
had indeed begun construction
efforts adding that UM had
called for several meetings all
of which were then cancelled.
"UM signed a community
agreement on one of their de-
velopments in Coral Gables,"
she said. "[But] they refuse to
sign an agreement with Over-
town."
When The Miami Times con-
tacted Jenny Prather of UM's
Communications Department
the day before the scheduled
press conference/rally, she
said, "I'm not aware of any pro-
test that's taking place."
Another call was made to UM,


this time to Christine Morris
who first said she would have
one of her colleagues speak
to our reporters and provide
a statement. However, when
asked about the facts behind
the community's criticism of
the Life Science & Technology
Park, she said, "If you want any
information about the park go
to our website."
The Times was also denied
access to the Technology show-
case by by Marcello Radice, Ex-
ecutive Director of Inter-Ameri-
can Initiatives.
"We can't allow media inside,"
Radice said.

COMMUNITY LEADERS SAY
NEGOTIATION IS CRUCIAL
Bishop James Adams, of St.
John Baptist Church, attended
the press conference/rally be-
cause he says that UM is re-
ceiving public assistance and
Overtown has been excluded
from the bargaining table.
James would like to see the
UM project emulate other ini-
tiatives such as Columbia Uni-
versity's West Harlem Commu-
nity Benefits Agreement.
"UM needs to set aside funds


for low income housing and
educational opportunities,"
he said. "Commissioner Dunn
has pledged his support. We
need to hold Dunn's feet to the
fire."
Miami City Commissioner,
Richard P. Dunn II says his of-
fice is on top of the situation
and they are in negotiations
with UM concerning the Over-
town project.
"No money has come from
the CRA," said Dunn. "We are
working with the CRA to ensure
that UM lives up to the bench-
mark."
The benchmark that Dunn is
addressing will provide jobs for
community residents who are
qualified and allow entrepre-
neurs to open new businesses.
Keith Ivory of Power U for So-
cial Change says he fears that
once UM has completed the
project developers will come in
and tear down Town Park and
thousands of residents will be
displaced.
"Town Park is threatened
by the Life Science Park," said
Ivory. "CRA funds aren't going
to Town Park instead the
money is going to UM."


Bishop James Adams of St.John's Baptist Church addresses
the crowd from the podium concerning UM's failure to sign
an agreement guaranteeing jobs and other opportunities at
their new Life Science & Technology Park with the Overtown
community.


Brothers spread

holiday cheer

Twenty-seven deserving stu-
dents of W.J. Bryan Elementary
School received Christmas gift
cards leaving them smiling from
ear to ear. The brothers of the
Beta Beta Lambda Chapter of Al-
pha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. have
officially adopted this school and
continue to work with their cur-
riculum annually. Brothers from
left to right are:Thomas Williams,
Trever Wade, Gordon C. Murray,
Sr., Esq., Kenneth Ejene, Dr. Earl
A. Brundage, GC Murray, Jr., and
.Maurice.Hurry.


Florida's population

increased over decade

CENSUS
continued from 7A

Census Bureau director Robert M.Groves.
In 2010, Florida is the eighth fast-
est growing state and dangerously close
to falling out of the Top 10. The fastest
growing states in the first decade of the
21st century were Nevada, Arizona, Utah,
Idaho and Texas.
Texas benefited from a diverse econ-
omy, a relatively stable housing market
and an influx of people leaving Louisiana
following Hurricane Katrina.
Louisiana's loss of one Congressional
seat contributed to Texas' gain of four
seats the most of any state, Mather
said , .


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10A THE MIAMI TIMES. DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 4, 2010


froml Trinidad


'- s2010 drew to a close, Americans were talking about record snowfalls that hit the Northeast, crippling airports and leaving subway riders
in New York City strandedfor hours. But the effects of the arctic blast were even felt in our "tropical paradise" causing folks here in Miami
to run for cover and bundle up due to near-freezing temperatures. We also witnessed the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the rebound
) of President Barack Obama's popularity and success on Capitol Hill.
1e lhave .alrviv-ed police s./hoolri ns of young g Black men. lamented over thite esclesLs murders of young Black fathers, sons aand daughters.
and seen n/t'l tl'aces talke over lilt political scene e fromn Richard P. Dunnu II and ,Jeaun monestiLme to a billionaire and ian impressive sister
takilngi over lthe l over I 'Ir office. The ecoIInoyi and health care have dominated the scene and are expected to do so into tle n/'ll ea'.


As we welcome the Yeat 21/l here ii a look back at some of the news storiess -I the good and the bad that 'e leave behind.


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2010 REVIEW
continued from 10A


and a second chance to correct the errors of
their lives.

Lyrical legend Lena Horne died at 92
Singer-actress Lena
Home, known for her beau- ,
ty, grace and her lifelong
battle against all forms of , t
racism, died quietly in a
New York hospital. Horne -
broke racial barriers as a
Hollywood and Broadway
star and was known for HORNE
her velvety performance of
"Stormy Weather."

Miami citizens remember the Riots of 1980
Citizens recalled their r:,:lle-:rlr.:ri of 30
years ago when parts of Miami burned in what
would be known as the 1980 Arthur McDuffie
Riots. And many said that even 30 years fol-
lowing the acquittal of the police officers who
savagely beat Arthur McDuffie and caused
his death, some of the wounds felt by citizens
have yet to heal. The all-white Jury said the
police officers had done nothing wrong and
with their decision, some of Miami's darkest
days would unfold as angry citizens released
years of frustration and burned sections of the
City to the ground over a three-day period.

Angry business owners prepare to close
doors for Transit Village
As the Transit Village Project moved for-
ward, business owners like Patrick Nicolas of
Electronic Xtreme & Media, and Paulette and
Tyrone Green, longtime owners of the rni1, -
run Greet(h reaan-Shoe -;e:. p;ir,, prepared to
shut their doors. They, along with other busi-
nesses, were forced to start packing as the
NW 7th Avenue Transit Village Project con-
tinued under the support of County Commis-
sioner Audrey Edmonson.

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Local Jamaicans outraged at
violence back home
Drug lord and gang lead-
er Christopher "Dudus"
SCoke continued to battle
:-. Jamaican police as his
gunmen and supporters
participated in rioting and
burning of several parts of
Kingston. Local Jamaicans
COKE met to voice their concerns
and to urge political parties
back home to resolve their differences.

Will Meek make history?
The entire nation continued to watch as the
race for the Florida Senate seat grew tighter.
With Governor Charlie Crist announcing his
run as an independent and billionaire Jeff
Greene entering the race, the August pri-
mary became even hotter and more contro-
versial. Meek continued to raise money and
said he now had to face both men before he
could look to the general election in the fall.

Gang leaders fall in Miami Gardens
sting
While four members of the Murda Grove
Boys remained at large, 11 members of one
of the area's most violent street gangs had
been arrested and indicted on a number of
felonies. One FBI official said the volume of
crime in Miami Gardens and the surrounding
neighborhood had spiraled out of control be-
cause of the gang. Police continued to look
for: Rahmin J. Jefferson, 26; Jerome LeKeith
McMillan, 26; Travis Leondre Parker, 28; and
Kenwin D. Seepersad Jr., 24.

Stinson retires from
M-D County School Board
Miami-Dade Counfy
School Board Chairman
Solomon Stinson ended '
his 50-year career with the '
County school system and l "
made his retirement offi-
cial. So far, five candidates
came forward seeking to
replace him on the board STINSON


including Vanessa Byers, Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall and Ronda Vangates.

The Mighty Impressions bring old
school magic to Miami


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THE IMPRESSIONS
Members of the Impressions, including two
original members Sam Gooden and Fred
Cash, visited the offices of The Miami Times
and performed in the City as part of a fund-
raiser for The Black Archives for The Lyric
Theater's expansion project.

100 Black Men push for more
qualified teachers
At their annual conference of the 100 Black
Men of America in Hollywood, one workshop
focused on the issues plaguing Black boys
and girls in the classroom. They stressed a
need for more Black male teachers and more
qualified teachers particularly in areas that
have a majority Black student population.

Greene/Meek debate gets personal
As the race for Demo-
.. cratic nominee for Florida
--. Senate heated up, things
got hot and personal in a
series of debates between
'the two Democratic can-
S didates, Jeff Greene and
'* |Kendrick Meek. Both men
GREENE found themselves locked
in a tete-a-tete as the ac-
cusations flew.

JULY
Serena Williams wins 4th Wimbledon title
Serena Williams dominat-
ed at at All England Lawn
Tennis Championship at
Wimbledon, defeating
Russia's Vera Zvonareva
in their women's singles
finals. It was the fourth
Wimbledon title for Williams
who showed she remains WILLIAMS
at the top of the women's
ranks.

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shoot/kill Decarlos
Moore
It began as a routine
traffic stop on NW Third
Avenue, but before it was
over, another Miami police
officer had opened fire,
shooting 36-year-old De-
carlos' Moore. Moore was
taken to Jackson Memorial


Hospital where he was lat-
er pronounced dead. Citizens were outraged
because it appeared that Moore did not have
a weapon. Subsequent reports said he was
unarmed. Dunn asked the community to let
the investigative process take its course and
to remain calm.

Miami's star power rises with LeBron
signing with Heat
Miami increased its star
power and potential finan- ,*'-
cial opportunities for local
businesses with the signing
of LeBron James with the ..
Miami Heat. Many said that
Miami would become Hol-
lywood East and expected JAMES
more restaurants and -iiri-
makers to seek ways to cash in on what will
be tourists to the area because of the Big
Three at the Heat Dwyane Wade, Chris
Bosch and James.

Liberty City leads in HIV/AIDS
Heterosexuals represented the new face
of HIV/AIDS, according to a Centers for Dis-


ease Control and Prevention (CDC) released
report. The report showed that in Florida,
Liberty City had the highest number of new
infections and also indicated that a powerful
link exists between poverty and HIV risk.


Crowded fields dominate Districts 109
and 104 races
Incumbents faced
mostly-crowded fields
particularly in District 2
where Dorrin Rolle was
facing six candidates vy-
ing for his County Com-
mission seat. But Daphne
CAMPBELL Campbell and Alix De-
sulme, two Haitians, were
out lobbying to take over
District 108 as the next
state representative while
Oliver G. Gilbert III and
Ulysses Harvard locked
heads over the Miami Gar-
dens Council Seat 3. in
other races, John Patrick
Julienand Michael Etienne
were among the five hope- JULIEN
Sfuls try-
.: ing to get
elected as the next state
representative for District
.. 104. The incumbent, Yolly
SRoberson chose to set her
S sights on District 17, an-
other crowded field that
GILBERT became available when
Meek chose to run for U.S.
Senate. And in District 109, four candidates,
including Cynthia Stafford and Roy L. Harde-
mort were aniong"those whod hoped to repre-"
sent Little Haiti, Liberty City and Brownsville.

Leslie Meek emerges as Kendrick's
secret weapon
Meek and his team saw
that the November gen-
eral election would not be
a 'walk in the. park.' And
as his numbers began to
plummet, Meek pulled out
his greatest secret weapon
- wife Leslie Meek. In a .
fashion similar to Michelle MEEK
Obama in support of Barack
Obama's race for the White House, Leslie
took to the streets, making appearances and
visiting voters.


The Miami Times marks its
88th year of service
The Miami Times looked back at the past
and then to the future celebrating its 88th
year of continued news coverage to Miami's
Black community under the leadership of
the family-owned business. H.E. Sigismund
Reeves founded the paper after his arrival
from the Bahamas. The reins would pass to
Garth C. Reeves Sr., Garth C. Reeves Jr. and
now to Rachel J. Reeves. One day it will be
passed on to Garth B. Reeves, the son of the
current publisher.

FMU program targets, mentors Black boys
Kareem Coney said his program at Florida
Memorial University, the Black Male College
Explorers Program, was developed to assist
150 at-risk Black boys from middle and high
schools in Miami-Dade and Broward County
Schools. And for Black boys, he said, men-
toring matters.

Black unemployment soars to
15.4 percent in Florida
With Blacks facing record unemployment
in Florida and across the U.S., Black youth
face even greater odds for successfully
landing a job. Miami Job Corps's director
said more creative means must be taken by
young adults if they want to remain competi-
tive as more experienced workers are now
taking entry level jobs that were once only
desired by young workers.

Liberty City's own Miracle on 54th St.- EDC
The Exception Development Corporation of
South Florida's Academy of Excellence con-


tinued to quietly make a difference in the lives
its rrno,:I, -Black and Latino students. Several
of the students faced mental handicaps or
academic challenges. But all are said to be
thriving in this community-based alternative
school.


Recall effort moves forward for Alvarez
Norman Braman continued to lead a drive
to recall Miami County Mayor Carlos Alvarez.
But Alvarez promised that he would neither
go away quietly or easily. He called Braman
a sore loser. And some Blacks opposed the
petition drive and the costs associated with a
recall election.


Drama unfolds at N'western High -
football coach fired then rehired
Northwestern High Head Football Coach
Billy Rolle was fired by his friend and prin-
cipal, Charles Hankerson, only to be rehired
several days later. The team had just beaten
Miami Edison, raising its record to 6-2 and
guaranteeing a playoff spot. Neither.man
would give comments as to what happened.
But alums were fired up.

Alvarez defends budget Moss and
Jordan rally behind mayor
M-D County Mayor Alyarez said he defend-
ed the recent, budget, citing contract obliga-
tions as the recent for employee raises in pay
and the need to continue services without in-
terruption as two reasons why property taxes
were raised, despite our struggling economy.
County Commissioners Dennis Moss and
Barbara Jordan both said they supported the
budget and the mayor.

Scott and Carroll pull upset in
FLA governor's race
Rick Scott dished out
more money to win the
Florida governor's seat
than any candidate in his-
tory. And Jennifer Carroll,
a Black Republican, be-
came the first Black wom-
en elected as the State's
lieutenant governor. CARROLL

Wilson, Dunn, Bendross-Mindingall and
Monestime in winner's circle
In relatively easy races for District 17 and
County District 5, Frederica Wilson and Rich-
ard P. Dunn II emerged as victors, respec-
tively. In tighter races, Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall was elected to the school board
while Monestime pulled off the upset of the
election sending the long-time incumbent
Dorrin Rolle home packing.

Cholera epidemic worsens in Haiti
Still reeling from the effects of the January
earthquake, Haiti was hit with even more tri-
als with an outbreak of cholera that medical
experts said would get much worse before it
gets better. And while cholera is treatable it
is imperative the water supply be treated too.
Over 1,000 had already died with an estimat-
ed 9,000 Haitians infected.


Haiti's election shows no clear winner
Haitians demanded change but a crowded
field of candidates made the choice for Haiti's
next president even more difficult. No clear
leader emerged forcing a runoff election.

Obama extends unemployment benefits
It took a compromise with Republicans over
the Bush Tax Cuts, but President Obama won
a victory with the extension of unemployment
benefits for the country's jobless citizens.
Black unemployment was at 16 percent.


Crapp is next city manager
Tony Crapp, 37, was ap-
-.- proved as the City of.Mi-
..;,^ ami's next city manager. He
Swill be the second Black to
b; hhold the job and will take
S over in January.


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other's outfits is worth a second look.
Recently, Josette Bayoro, the first lad% of the Full .
S Gospel Tabernacle International Ministries in --.. .
SMiami, recently held a fashion show at the .'-''
Diamante's Banquet Hall in Ft. Lauderdale '
to premiere the Joppa Collection her o\n "
fashion line.
For one evening, the event's center w as
transformed as 13 models all women '
from the church strutted around the .
room wearing the 40 pieces that make ... .'
up the Joppa collection. The collec- .-
tion for girls and women includes .
casual wear, evening gowns, a
wedding dress as well as hats and
purses.
The collection is the culmination
o' a life long dream for Bayoro. -
"I like to make women look beauti- i
ful because I think that all women are
beautiful," she said. *'' -
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agrees. The fashion show was the first time '4
the Full Gospel Tabernacle member had the
chance to model.
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In the fight to repeal the
military policy of "Don't Ask,
Don't Tell," several polls have
been created showing that
many Christians objected to
the repeal.
Those numbers may have
been skewed further toward
tolerance if any pollster had
bothered to speak to Zion
Hope Missionary Baptist
Church's senior pastor, Rev-
erend W. Edward Mitchell.
One reason is because the
63-year-old Vietnam veteran
believes that focus on gays in
the military is misleading.
"If you're having AK-47s fir-
ing at you, why is your first
concern 'are you gay?' ," he
asked.
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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy
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BIRTH OF A RADICAL CHRISTIAN
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By Kaila Heard
A hard@miamitimesonline.com


S According to popular lore,
no%\adays youth only look up to
3 athletes with million dollar salaries
or pop stars who dance and sing pro-
' ,ocatel,.
But Ra, Dominguez, the founder of
The Write Side Poets, believes that is a
gross misperception.
S"Toda\'s mentor is not the basket-
ball pla'ler or the football player. To-
dav's mentor is thekids who talk about
themseh es in their poetry," Dominguez
said.
DomirL-uez has reason to believe his
tteor,.
For thi past six years, the founder of
the \ rite Side Poetry, a non-profit or-
eanization l'.:fr youth (ages 13 24) that
improves reading and writing skills by
teaching ho'v. to create spoken word po-
etr, has held workshops, school-based
pr:.gr.-i.ms and performances throughout.
South Florida
At La.rious workshops, he has found
S'Lluth willingly performing poet-
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tional release" for performers and audi-
ence members alike.
"There's a healing involved there. To-
day's kids they have all of that stuff
bottled up and what I'm seeing is that
the poetry allows them to let it out where
they're not carrying it anymore," said
Dominguez.
For 17-year-old Shayna Diskin, it was
the love of language that inspired her to
begin to write spoken word poetry for the
non-profit organization three years ago.
"It was just really cool," said Diskin
about her initial impression of the art
form.
"It had flow and rhyme scheme [like
rap], but it also had content. It's not just
money, cars, hos and stuff like that that
are irrelevant."
Diskin has gone on to compete in po-
etry competitions including participat-
ing in the national youth poetry slam,
New Brave Voices and even has started
a spoken word group at her high school,
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Senior High
School in Parkland.
Among the advice that she gives to as-
piring spoken word artists, Diskin be-
lieves that honesty is the most important
component for everyone.
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By Michelle Healy

Americans are increasingly drifting
away from the religious beliefs they
grew up with: 15 percent of the U.S.
population now claims no religion, up
from 8 percent in 1990, according to
the latest American Religious Identifi-
cation Survey.
One religion website is tapping into
this questioning with a new feature
called Soul Secret, inspired by Frank
Warren's popular PostSecret project,
in which thousands of people across
the country have mailed in their
anonymous, briefly worded secrets
on a decorated postcard. That proj-
ect has spawned a book, a website
and an art exhibit.
Soul Secret, part of the 18-month-
old website Patheos.com, tells read-


I love God and
Christ, hut I real)
Want to go to heaven
so I can see my
dad again.
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I fight periods of
doubt that my faith is not
as strong as others in the
Christian faith and I am


ers: "Sometimes our deepest convic-
tions don't match what we have been
taught to believe, and it's not always
easy to share them with others. Here
is your opportunity: Say what you
really believe, and do so anonymous-
ly."


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about me if i really l%
only get excited aboutJ
my faith during
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When it comes to faith, "there are
not a lot of places in our day-to-day
life where (people) can express what
they really feel and believe," says
Patheos founder Leo Brunnick. If
they do, they run the risk of being
told 'You're weird' or that what they


believe is wrong, or being lectured
to.
Like PostSecret, Soul Secret recog-
nizes the innate appeal of secrets -
both sharing them and reading those
of others.
"We thought that was a great way
to get people to think and engage on
the spirituality side," Brunnick says.
"It allows you to say what you really
believe, and to do so anonymously."
Soul Secret helps the discussion
along with thematic prompts, such
as: "What happens when we die?" "Is
there really a devil?" "What does God
really look like?"
Readers' posts run the gamut from
happy to sad to thought-provoking,
but the most common thread is one
of doubt, Brunnick says.
And that may not be so surprising,
given that doubt is often a private
emotion, and many people may not
feel comfortable sharing such uncer-
tainty publicly, he adds.
But given the opportunity to do so
anonymously, "it comes up again and
again."


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Study: Happiness is having friends at church


By Michelle Healy

Attending religious services regu-
larly and having close friends in the
congregation .are key to having a
happier, more satisfying life, a study
finds.
Even attending services irregularly
-just several times a year increas-
es a sense of well-being, so long as


there is a circle of friendships within
the community and a strong, shared
religious identity.
-"-' t S the'key findig of a stud)
i*relased recently in thg December is-
sue of the AmencIan Sociological Re-
view.
Numerous studies have shown
that religious people report a higher
level of well-being compared with the
non-religious, says Chaeyoon Lim, an
assistant professor of sociology at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison and
lead author of the study. But what
aspect of religiousness church at-
tendance, prayer, theology or spiritu-


ality accounts for this level of life
satisfaction has been unclear.
Lim's study finds that when people
with similar levels of church atten-
dance are compared, the key factors
determining happiness are the social
aspect of religion and a shared reli-
gious connection built around iden-
tity and belonging.
Lim says that "90 percent of the


correlation between church atten-
dance and life satisfaction can be ex-
plained if you have these close inter-
actions."
It comes as no surprise that hav-
ing more friends would increase one's
general sense of well being, says Dan-
iel Olson, an associate professor of
sociology at Purdue University, who
wasn't involved in the new study.
What's unique about the findings is
the suggestion that well-being among
religious people "probably has more to
do with having religious friends than
going to church," he says.
For the study, Lim and co-author


Robert Putnam analyzed data collect-
ed during 2006 and 2007 as part of
the Faith Matters Study, a nationwide
survey of a representative sample of
adults. The survey, examining the var-
ious ways that religion affects Ameri-
can society, is the focus of the re-
cently released book American Grace:
How Religion Divides and Unites Us
by Putnam and David Campbell.
According to the findings on reli-
gion and life satisfaction, 33 percent
of people who attend religious servic-
es every week and have three to five
close friends in their congregation re-
port being "extremely satisfied" with
their lives. The study also finds that
15 percent of weekly church attend-
ees said they had no close friends at
church, and people who say they par-
ticipate in private religious practices,
such as services held at home, were
no happier than those who never at-
tend congregational services.
The importance of congregational
connectedness to life satisfaction is in
line with research conducted by Nan-
cy Ammerman, professor of sociology
of religion at Boston University.
"There's a high trust level in con-
gregations," Ammerman says. "The
ability to call on people for social sup-
port is very high, even if the people
are not necessarily the people you'd
call your best friends."
Lim notes that the study's find-
ings cut across all the main Christian
denominations, as well as Jews and
Mormons. The sample size of other re-
ligious groups was too small to draw


Three things not to say when sharing your faith


By Greg Stier

One of Christians greatest respon-
sibilities is to share the wisdom,
joy and greatness of God with non-
believers. It seems a simple enough
task. Yet often in their desire to make
a persuasive appeal, many evange-
lists often misconstrue the precepts
of the Christian faith. In essence,
they are leading people astray from
the very beginning. Here are the top
three phrases that I've heard people
use that lead to more confusion than
redemption and enlightenment.
1."All you gotta do is say this
prayer."
Really? If you just say these magic
words you're saved? Think again or,
actually, read again...read the Gos-
pels again, the book of Acts again
and the Epistles again and guess
what you'll find? Not once does Jesus
or any of his followers ever lead one
person through "the sinner's prayer"
for salvation!
Saying a prayer never saved any-
body. It's faith alone in Christ alone


based on his finished work on the
cross that regenerates the lost soul,
nothing else.
2."You must turn from your sins
first."
Nol!! If I could turn from my sins be-
fore I came to Christ then why would
I need to come to Christ in the first
place? We come to Jesus as totally
depraved sinners who are totally de-
prived of the capacity to do good (Ro-
mans 3:10). That means we couldn't
turn from our sins if we tried!
An unregenerate person is unable
to turn from their sin until the na-
ture of who they are is transformed
through faith in Christ! When we
make turning from one's sin a pre-
condition of salvation we are asking
a lost person to do the impossible.
Why? Because a bad tree can't pro-
duce good fruit (Luke 6:43). Only
when we are made new in Christ can
we begin the process of turning from
our sins. And, by the way, we won't
completely succeed at this process
until we are dead (Romans 7:21-25).
3."Sure you're saved by faith in


Christ BUT...."
Paul puts it bluntly in Galatians
3:1-3, "You foolish Galatians! Who
has bewitched you? Before your very
eyes Jesus Christ was clearly por-
trayed as crucified. I would like to
learn just one thing from you: Did
you receive the Spirit by the works
of the law, or by believing what you
heard? Are you so foolish? After be-
ginning by means of the Spirit, are
you now trying to finish by means of
the flesh?"
Adding a "BUT" to the gospel is
an act of the flesh. It is corrupting a
message. It is a virus that is spread-
ing sickness faster than the flu.
It's time to wash our hands.
I have shared with you some things
NOT to say when communicating the
gospel. So what do you say? How
about what Jesus said in John 3:16?
"For God so loved the world that he
gave his one and only Son, that who-
ever believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life."
Now that's good news...no ifs,
and's or but's about it.


Holiday giving program will provide free shoes for children


Special to the Miami Times

The Broward Outreach Centers, a
division of the Miami Rescue Mission,
recently announced that they have
been selected as an official partner of
Payless Gives, an annual giving pro-
gram from Payless Shoe Source. The
centers will be distributing coupons
for shoes to children of families on
their client list.
"In its third year, the goal of the Pay-
less Gives Shoes 4 Kids program re-
mains the same -- to provide footwear,
a basic necessity, to children who
might otherwise go without," said Lu-
Ann Via, CEO of Payless. "The success
of the program over the past two years,


and the number of children and fami-
lies we have been able to assist, con-
tinues to drive our efforts. Unemploy-
ment is still very high, affecting many
families that struggle to provide their
children with basic essentials. This is
especially challenging during the holi-
days, and with the Broward Outreach
Centers, a division of the Miami Res-
cue Mission, help we hope to make a
bigger impact than ever this year."
They are among 800 charitable
agencies representing all 50 states in
the United States, across Canada and
Puerto Rico and in 10 Latin American
countries to be part of the program.
Since 1922 the Miami Rescue Mis-
sion Centers have served the homeless


and needy men, women, and children
of Miami. Every day the organization
provides food, shelter, clothing, edu-
cation, job training, spiritual direction
and long-term rehabilitation programs
in Pompano, Hollywood and Miami to
nearly 1,000 homeless on a daily ba-
sis. The mission also has at-risk after-
school and summer day camp youth
programs.
For more information about the
ways in which the Broward Outreach
Centers, a division of the Miami Res-
cue Mission, is helping our community
this holiday season, please visit our
website at www.browardoutreachcen-
ter.com or www.miamirescuemission.
com.


Quake orphans head to new homes and families

OFF TO FRANCE: A nun plays with a Haitian girl who awaits her adoptive parents in
Port-au-Prince recently. Planes were to fly out 318 of 1,000 children approved for adoption
by French families after January's quake.




CDC report on childhood


trauma and God's healing


By Dale Fletcher

Almost 60 percent of American
adults say they had difficult child-
hoods featuring abusive or troubled
family members or parents who were
absent due to separation or divorce.
Nearly 9 percent say that while
growing up they underwent five or
more "adverse childhood experienc-
es" ranging from verbal, physical or
sexual abuse to family dysfunction
such as domestic violence,
drug or alcohol abuse,
or the absence of a par -


ent. This data was re-
ported in the recent
edition of Morbidity
and Mortality Weekl,,
Report of the U.S
Centers for Disease
Control and Preven-
tion (CDC).
In the report,
Dr. Lee M. Sand-
ers, an associate
professor of pedi-
atrics at the Univer-
sity of Miami Miller
School of Medicine
said that "There
is a connection
of these events
to lifelong im- Ex
plications, not sona
just for men- cour;
tal health for and
adults, but heale
also for physi-
cal health." away


with such trauma such as anxiety,
resentment, shame, low self-worth,
rejection and unforgiveness can
play havoc with one's endocrine,
cardiovascular and immune system
resulting in a host of chronic dis-
eases.
In general, medical practitioners
do not care for these issues of the
soul that are at the root of these dis-
eases. This is where faith in the heal-
ing power of God and his Son Jesus
comes into play. Jesus' com-
passion, love and power
expressed through his


periences of healing and impro
I wholeness can be a witness
agement to others of God's lov
power. It can also enable heali
id individuals to better give t
' in service to others.


Valerie J. Ed-
wards, team lead for the Adverse
Childhood Experiences Team at
CDC's National Center for Chronic
Disease Prevention and Health Pro-
motion, says that a person who has
several of these events is more likely
to get cancer and heart disease. In
the report, Edwards said. "This is
serious and it's not just a quirk of
statistics. It's a real relationship."

THE FAITH AND HEALTH LINK
As the experts have indicated, is-
sues like these childhood traumas
can likely affect one's emotional
health in adulthood. Over time,
these emotional issues can affect
one's physical health. Deep-rooted
emotions and beliefs associated


followers and accom-
panied with prayer,
c an bring inner
healing to the soul
of these traumatized
individuals. This
inner soul heal-
S ing then favors
improved phys-
ical health.
The sooner a
child or young
adult can come
to experience
the deep love
and healing
power of God,
through Je-
ved per- sus, the
and en- more likely
ve, grace they will not
ed these succumb to
heir life these long-
their life
term emo-
tional and


physical
health problems. Healing and resto-
ration is part of the life transforma-
tion that God desires that his chil-
dren experience in this life on earth.
Such experiences of healing and
improved personal wholeness can
be a witness and encouragement to
others of God's love, grace and pow-
er. It can also enable healed these
healed individuals to better give
their life away in service to others. In
all this, God receives glory.
It's sad that the statistics in this re-
port are what they are, but it's Good
News to know that God is still in the
business of healing and restoration of
his children. Our role as believers and
followers of Christ is to be a conduit of
this message and his love.


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Apple to restore

manifesto app

By Daniel Burke

Conservative Christians are mad
that an app for their manifesto
opposing gay marriage and abor-
tion has been plucked from Apple's
online store.
"With 300,000-plus available
apps, it is surprising to us that
there couldn't continue to be an app
focused on ... views that millions of
Americans have in common," said
Charles Colson, co-drafter of the
manifesto, known as the Manhattan
Declaration.
The app took users to the 4,000-
word statement released last year
that urges Christians to safeguard
human life from conception to natu-
ral death, and to defend traditional
marriage and religious liberty.
The declaration, which vows civil
Please turn to APPLE 14B










BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


14R THF MIAMI TIMFS IFCFMRFR 70- IANIIARY 4. 2010 1


New year, new season, new opportunities

New year, new season, new opportunities


In just a few days, we will
begin a new year. To some,
you might be breathing a sigh
of relief that you have made it
through a difficult year. Some
might be concerned that the
year is practically over, and you
have not accomplished most of
the things on your 'to do' list
for 2010. You still have not in-
creased your prayer time, nor
did you read the Bible through
and you began, but eventually
quit, the exercise regimen that
you swore you would stick with
(this time). Others may have
fought illness, unemployment,
divorce or other tragedies this
year. Some have established a
small business, completed a
degree, bought a home, or re-


ceived that long awaited pro-
motion.
No matter how your 2010
began, or how it is ending,
the great thing about seasons
is that when one ends, an-
other begins. This is true in
both the natural and the spiri-
tual. No matter your situation
this year, we all can take the
time to renew our covenant
with the Lord. Before we be-
gin making resolutions for
2011, renew your covenant
with the one who did not, and
will not, change. Your living
situation, your marital status,
your workplace, or your health
might have changed this year,
but the Lord did not. Instead
of merely writing down your


personal resolutions
and goals, consider
prayerfully ask-
ing the Lord what
He wants of you for
2011. What have
you NOT done for
Him in 2010 that
you know you need
to do in 2011?
The Book of Josh-
ua reviews many of the exploits
of the Israelites. It contains
their victories, as well as their
defeats. They won battles be-
cause of their obedience to the
Lord, and they lost battles due
to their disobedience. In Josh-
ua 23, Joshua gives his final
words to the Israelites, remind-
ing them of the great things
that God had done for them,
and admonishing them to be
obedient. But it is chapter 24
that I love especially verses 14
and 15 "So fear the Lord and
serve Him wholeheartedly. Put
away forever the idols your
ancestors worshiped when
they lived beyond the Euphra-
tes River and in Egypt. Serve


the Lord alone. But
if you refuse to serve
V the Lord, then choose
Today whom you will
serve. Would you pre-
fer the gods your an-
Scestors served beyond
the Euphrates? Or will
Sit be the gods of the
Amorites in whose land
you now live? But as
for me and my family, we will
serve the Lord."
Life is about choices. You
choose your home, your mate,
your job, your food, your cloth-
ing. You also have the opportu-
nity to choose your god. If your
choice is not Jesus, the Lord of
lords, our Messiah, then you
have still made a choice. You
have decided to choose the
gods of this world. I wish for ev-
ery reader to be basked in the
newness of a year that brings
you prosperity, health, and
every spiritual blessing. I can
pray; I can hope; but I cannot
decide.
Haapy New Year, Dear Read-


Fashionable First Lady debuts her Joppa Collection


FASHION
continued from 12B


WHEN FASHION CALLS
Born in Haiti, the death of
Bayoro's mother when she was
only three-years-old forced
her to take on several adult
responsibilities. Among them
was.the duty to learn how
to sew her own clothing as a
young girl. But although the
clothes-making was a neces-
sity, she quickly found that she
had a passion for design. She
recalled making clothes for her
dolls before graduating to her
own clothes making. "Fash-
ion was in my blood," Bayoro
explained.
In addition to honing her
skills, her youthful clothes
making also taught her the
power of fashion.
According to Bayoro, one of
the first dresses she created for
herself as a teenager caused
he't 16' Be a'sed''out by several
boys. And fashion even made
an impact in religious settings.
She noted that she had seen
"many people come to the Lord
because of the way you are
dressed."
However, the fashionable first
lady said she can understand
why people place such high
value on appearances.
"People of the world don't' see
the inside of your heart. They
see your exterior," she said.
Personally, Bayoro credits
her faith, her husband and
fashion to helping to combat,
feelings of low self-esteem she
once possessed.
"When I think of myself as the
daughter of a King [God], I see
myself like a princess.
And the princess is always well
dressed," she said.
After migrating to the Unit-
ed States as an adult, Bayoro
would eventually go on to own
two clothing boutiques one in
New Jersey and the other in Mi-


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ami.
Her last boutique in Miami
was closed after she donated
the building space to her hus-
band's ministry, Full Gospel
Tabernacle, 10 years ago.
Yet the desire to create never
left her entirely.
"I have always had that in my
mind that I would go back to
fashion," she said.
Her perseverance led to the
Joppa Collection a name de-
rived from her and her hus-
band's first names which she
completed the 40 pieces in two
months.
The collection was influenced
by Bayoro's personal style
which she describes as being
"extraordinary classic" style -
which translates to using vivid
colors and textured fabrics and
exaggerated elements such as
extra large puffed sleeves.
Most of the congregants of


Full Gospel Tabernacle are
impressed by their first lady's
style.
Erma Wilson, who has been
a member of Full Gospel for six
years, describes Bayoro's style
as "breathtakingly elegant."
"The things that I see her
wear, I don't see regular wom-
en wear," she said. "Also, the
clothes that I see her wear are
very appropriate for [every] oc-
casion."
Wilson was so impressed that
she has been volunteering to
help launch the Joppa line.
"She's an awesome woman. I
would love to see nothing more
than to see her succeed," she
said.
And what will success mean
for the Joppa Collection?
In the future, Her has plans
to hold another fashion show
in the upcoming months and
hopes to begin a men's line as


well.
Bayoro is focusing upon get-
ting her line more exposure in-
cluding a website and a show-
room. Plans for fashion show.
Currently, most of the clothes
will be made to order although
there are a few 'ready-to-wear'
pieces. And how about prices?
So far, nothing has been set
in stone.
However, "The line will be af-
fordable," Wilson said.


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New Canaan Missionary
Baptist Church invites every-
one to their Community Re-
vival on Jan. 6 7, 7:30 p.m.
nightly. 954-981-1832.

Holy Ghost Assembly of
the Apostolic Faith is having
a special New Year's Eve Ser-
vice at 10 p.m. 305-836-6258:

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.

Jordan Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church invites ev-
eryone to their New Year's Eve
Service at 10 p.m. 305-751-
9323.

The Apostolic Revival
Center is offering free com-
puter training sessions and a
Women Transitioning Program,
10 a.m. 11 a.m., beginning on
Jan. 11. 305-835-2266.

Mt. Hermon A.M.E.
Church invites the community
to their New Year's Eve Service
at 7 p.m. and Watch Night Ser-


vice at 10 p.m. 305-621-5067.

New Life Family Worship
Center invites the community
to their New Year's Eve Candle
Light Service at 9 p.m. and
their Bible Study class, which
is held every Wednesday at 7
p.m. 305-623-0054.

A Mission with a New
Beginning Church mem-
bers invites the community to
their Sunday Worship service
at 11:15 a.m., on Thursdays,
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, Georgia and Shorter,
Alabama. If interested sign up
with Betty Blue, Florence Mon-
cur and Louise Cromartie. 305-
573-5330.

Shady Grove Missionary
Baptist Church now offers a
South Florida Workforce Ac-
cess Center for job seekers
open Monday Friday, 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Maggie Porcher, 305-
448-8798.
Please turn to CALENDAR 19B


Youth poetry slam competitions


POET
continued from 12B

She explained, "You have to
remember that people in the
audience look up to you be-
cause you're speaking up for
the people who can't. You have
to be honest in order to make
that connection."
Forty-four-year-old Domin-
guez says he is continually im-
pressed by the youth poets he
meets.
"They surprise us. They're
coming up with stuff that me
as poet would never think to
'use," he explained. r ,


For those poets with a com-
petitive streak, the group pres-
ents monthly 'Youth Poetry
Slam' competitions to deter-
mine who can compete in the
national competition 'Brave
New Voices.' Participants in
the national competition will
receive an all expense paid trip
to San Francisco for the com-
petition.
The next Youth Poetry Slam
competition will be held on
Jan. 29, 2011 at the Write
Sides Poets Cafe, 5464 N.W.
19th Street in Lauderhill. For
more information, please call
,95,4-62824-3. >,, ./


Christian app pulled from website


APPLE
continued from 13B

disobedience when those
positions are threatened, has
been signed by 478,000 Chris-
tians, according to its drafters,
including a number of promi-
fient Catholic bishops and
evangelicals.
Apple posted the Manhattan
Declaration app in its iTunes
and iPhones stores in October,
saying it had "no objectionable
content," according to publi-
cists for the manifesto.
But liberal groups criticized
Apple for approving the app,
which they call "anti-gay."
They particularly disliked the
app's quiz, which scored us-
ers on the "correct" answers to
questions about gay marriage


and abortion.
An Apple spokeswoman con-
firmed that the company re-
moved the app from its iTunes
and iPhone stores last week be-
cause "large groups of people"
had complained about it.
Three of the Manhattan Dec-
laration's drafters Colson,
Princeton University scholar
Robert George and Beeson Di-
vinity School professor Timo-
thy George have written a
public protest letter to Apple
CEO Steve Jobs.
"We hope that you will see
how wrong it would be to let
one side shut down the oppos-
ing side in a debate by slan-
dering their opponents with
prejudicial labels such as 'big-
ot' or 'homophobe,'" the letter
says.


Local pastor labels himself as a "liberal theologian" with "liberal politics"


MITCHELL
continued frm 12B


Mitchell managed to hold
onto his liberal views. He de-
scribes himself as a "libera-
tion theologian" who practices
"liberal politics." To him, be-
lieving in a liberation theology
means that "the bible contains
the message of the Creator for
every human being."
However, in his nearly 40
years as a minster, he has of-
ten found that his principals
to "free any oppressed person
from their oppressor" placed
him at odds with his more con-
servative Christian brethren.
At one point he was feeling
so misunderstood and perse-
cuted that he left the church.
"I had an idea of what the
church ought to be and it
wasn't," he recalled.
Initially when he moved to
South Florida he had sworn
off church attendance. That
promise lasted for six months
until Williams discovered he
had "a hankering for worship"
again.
Eventually, he would join
Jordan Grove Missionary Bap-


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tist Church before being called
to senior pastor a church in
North Miami Beach and later
accepting the senior pastor
position at Zion Hope MBC in
2005.

A CALL FOR PEACE
When Mitchell moved to
South Florida in the 1980s,
he was surprised by the racial
and ethnic diversity.
"In Akron, Ohio you had


rednecks and Blacks and that
was it," he said.
He was even more surprised
by the violence that was ram-
pant in areas of Miami at the
time.
He soon procured work as
a security guard at Jackson
Memorial Hospital.
Working in the hospital,
Mitchell often saw the end re-
sult of the shooting, stabbings
and drug deals that occurred


on the streets death.
Mitchell is a member of sev-
eral community organizations
to combat violence and guide
and assist the youth includ-
ing the Parents, Police and
Preachers Program.
"Even with my radical po-
sition, I do have a pastor's
heart," he explained.

FAMILY TIES
While he respected his fa-
ther's political views, Mitchell
found himself stifled by his
mother's ideals of domestic-
ity.
To discipline her son she of-
ten would use various weap-
ons including a 2x4 wooden
plank. After years of abuse,
to protect his sister from be-
ing beaten, Mitchell said he
would "kill" his mother if she
laid hands on his sister.
It worked. His sister was
never beaten, but Mitchell
had to leave his family home
at the age of 14 shortly after.
He spent the next sev-
eral years "hustling" on the
streets. Finally, he was called
back to the church when he
was 26-years-old after listen-


ing to several sermons by a
minister.

SPARING THE ROD, LEADING
BYEXAMPLE
Because of his own expe-
riences, Mitchell ideals of
parenting have evolved over
the years. Although he has
spanked his other children,
the father of 12 children (ages
range from the 40s to 4 years
old) has taken a decidedly
more progressive stance on
parenting. Mitchell, who has a
son with his third wife, decid-
ed that he would not physical-
ly punish his youngest child.
His own experiences "made
me really question how men
are dealing with their sons.
Are we breeding violence with
our punishments."
Now Mitchell believes teach-
ing children to have ethics
and morals is a more effective
method than teaching them to
fear his belt.
He describes his son as be-
ing naturally curious and able
to focus until he receives an
answer that makes sense to
him. While some parents are
annoyed by their child's inces-


sant questions, Mitchell finds
that it's among his greatest
joys as a parent is to satisfy
his son's curiosity.
"I just enjoy being ques-
tioned by my 4-year-old about
everything because it really
makes search to find an an-
swer that is appropriate for
his age and one that will last
after I'm gone," he said.
Meanwhile his biggest worry
as a father, husband and min-
ister revolve around the same
issue. "As old as I am, [death]
is a big concern for me,"
Mitchell said. "It's important
now that I leave footprints in
the sand so that criminals and
non-criminals can look in the
sand and say 'now that was
a real, real man."
After more than six decades
of living, Mitchell's under-
standing of a "real man" has
expanded exponentially.
"A real man is a man who
has no problem to being com-
mitted to one woman; who is
a care taker and a care giver;
and whose significant other
knows that that man will put
his life on the line for her," he
explained.


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A lumbar puncture test combined
with a brain scan can identify pa-
tients with early tell-tale signs of de-
mentia, they believe.
Ultimately, doctors could use this
to select patients to try out drugs
that may slow or halt the disease.
Currently there is no single test or
cure for dementia, a condition that
affects over 800,000 people in the
UK.
Experts are working hard to find
treatments that prevent the disease
or at least slow its progression.


ULMET NEED
Although there are many candidate
drugs and vaccines in the pipeline, it
is hard for doctors to test how well
these work because dementia is usu-
ally diagnosed only once the disease
is more advanced.
Dr. Jonathan Schott and col-
leagues at the Institute of Neurology,
University College of London, believe
they can now detect the most corn-
mon form of dementia Alzheimer's
disease at its earliest stage, many
years before symptoms appear.
Their approach checks for two
things shrinkage of the brain and


lower than normal levels of a protein,
called amyloid, in the cerebrospinal
fluid (CSF) that bathes the brain and
spinal cord.
Experts already know that in Al-
zheimer's there is loss of brain vol-
ume and an unusual build up of
amyloid in the brain, meaning less
amyloid in the CSF.
Dr. Schott's team reasoned that
looking for these changes might offer
a way of detecting the condition long
before than is currently possible.
To confirm this, they recruited 105
healthy volunteers to undergo a se-
ries of checks.


The volunteers had lumbar punc-
ture tests to check their CSF for lev-
els of amyloid and MRI brain scans to
calculate brain shrinkage.
The results, published in Annals of
Neurology, revealed that the brains
of those normal individuals with low
CSF levels of amyloid (38 percent of
the group), shrank twice as quickly
as the other group.
They were also five times more
likely to possess the APOE4 risk gene
and had higher levels of another cul-
prit Alzheimer's protein, tau.


Although
any of the


it is too soon to know if
volunteers will go on to


develop Alzheimer's, the researchers
believe their suspicions will be con-
firmed in the future.
Crucially, it would allow doctors to
test which drugs might be beneficial
in delaying or preventing dementia.

PREVENTIVE OPPORTUNITY
And for those '..'ho bright be put
off such screening by the need for
a lumbar puncture. which trvolves
drawing off fluid from around the
spinal cord with a needle, experts are
looking at whether a different type of
brain scan might instead be used to
Please turn to MEMORY 19B


Study: Sunscreen prevents melanoma


WASHINGTON Adults who regularly
use sunscreen are far less likely to de-
velop melanoma, the deadliest form of
skin cancer, researchers reported re-
cently.
They found people who were
encouraged to slather on sun-
screen in the 1990s were 50
percent less likely to develop
melanoma 15 years later, a j
finding that suggests sun-
screen even benefits adults
and that the benefits last for a
years.
The numbers were small
- only 22 people were diag-
nosed with melanoma out


of 1,600


Bilm


-- but should settle a debate
over whether using sunscreen
simply encourages people to
stay out in the sun too long,
the researchers said.
Adele Green of the Uni-
versity of Queensland and
colleagues followed on a
study of more than 1,600
Australians that started in
S 1992. They had been ran-
domly assigned to either
get standard advice to use
sunscreen, or to be given
sunscreen to use with careful
instructions and supervision
until 1996.


Ten years after the trial ended, 11 pa-
tients who had been supervised devel-
oped melanoma, compared to 22 who
just got standard advice to use sun-
screen and cover up.
This is a 50 percent reduction, and
the risk of invasive melanoma was even
lower, reduced by 73 percent, Green's
team reported in the Journal of Clinical
Oncology.
"To our knowledge, the trial's findings
are the first to provide strong evidence
for a reduction in the incidence of inva-
sive melanoma after regular application
of broad spectrum sunscreen in adults,"
they wrote in a commentary in the jour-
nal.


Vitamins and exercise key to fall prevention


By Crystal Phend

Note that these recommendations were
based on a systematic review for fall preven-
tion that included 54 randomized controlled
trials by the U.S. Preventive Services Task
Force (USPSTF).
. Exercise and vitamin D supplements top
the list for primary care interventions to pre-
vent falls in older adults, according to a re-
view that will be the basis for updated U.S.
Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) rec-
ommendations.
Some comprehensive multifactorial fall as-
sessment and management interventions can
be considered safe options to reduce falls in
older adults in the community as well, Yvonne
L. Michael, ScD, SM, of Drexel University
School of Public Health in Philadelphia, and
colleagues reported in the Dec. 21 issue of the


Annals of Internal Medicine.
The update to USPSTF recommendations
on primary care interventions for fall preven-
tion is due in draft form for public comment
soon.
The approach represents a shift, for the
Task Force from its traditional model, which
,focused on specific diseases, well-defined
preventive interventions, and evidence for im-
proved health outcomes before making rec-
ommendations, noted an accompanying ar-
ticle by the USPSTF Geriatric Workgroup.
"However, applying this model to prevention
for very old patients has been problematic,"
they wrote in Annals.
Many geriatric disorders are multifactorial,
while older adults are often excluded from
clinical trials; and important outcomes -
such as functional disability and quality of
Please turn to PREVENTION 19B


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New diabetes prevention program


PROGRAM
continued from 17B

"It's a great approach, a mod-
el we should be taking more of-
ten in medicine," says Richard
Bergenstal, American Diabetes
Association president for medi-
cine and science.
"The biggest reason we came
on board was we recognized
that diabetes and obesity are
becoming epidemic. We have to
give this the same amount of
focus as HIV and breast can-
cer," says physician Deneen Vo-
jta, senior vice president of the
UnitedHealth Center for Health
Reform and Modernization.
One in 10 U.S. adults has
diabetes now. Prevalence is ex-


pected to rise sharply over the
next 40 years.
In addition to covering eat-
ing and exercise problems, the
program offers a behavioral
component. "It talks about
barriers and problem solving,"
says Albright, who adds that 57
percent of the population lives
within 3 miles of a Y.
John Nedel, 45, of Columbus,
Ohio, says he has been attend-
ing a class since September
and has lost 30 pounds, down
from a starting weight of 372.
"As silly as it sounds, it has
made me aware of how to eat
properly," Nedel says. "I felt
like I was never taught how to
eat. This helps support peo-
ple."


Gestational diabetes can be treated


DIABETES
continued from 17B

they get a follow-up screening
between weeks six and 12 post-
partum, he says.
In separate research out last
week, more than a quarter-
million women who gave birth
in U.S. hospitals in 2008 had
pre-existing diabetes or devel-
oped it during their pregnan-
cy, according to the Agency
for Healthcare Research and
Quality. That's 6.4 percent of
the 4.2 million women who
gave birth in that year.
"The power of the (new
Quest) study is its size. The
problem is, we don't know if
the people who we've missed
are at low or high risk for ges-
tational diabetes," says Ellen


Landsberger, associate profes-
sor at Albert Einstein College
of Medicine and obstetrical di-
rector of the diabetes center of
excellence at Montefiore Medi-
cal Center in New York.
Landsberger Ws she is not
surprised by the low screen-
ing numbers after a mother
has given birth. "It's been
very difficult getting patients
screened postpartum,"t she
says.
Gestational diabetes can be
treated by controlling high
blood sugar by eating a
healthier diet, exercising and
sometimes taking insulin, she
says. "The message is also to
continue lifestyle modifica-
tions you make during preg-
nancy afterwards for the
mother and her family."


Celebrity battles with pancreatic cancer increase awareness


By The National Cancer Institute

Pancreatic cancer is not a
new disease but it has received
a lot of attention with the health
battles of celebrities including
actor Patrick Swayze and foot-
ball great Gene Upshaw. Their
struggle with pancreatic cancer
has shed some light on the se-
verity of this disease. Unfortu-
nately, a lack of awareness of
pancreatic cancer continues to
exist.
In 2010, an estimated 43,140
new cases and 36,800 deaths
from pancreatic cancer were
predicted for the year. Pancre-
atic cancer is the fourth leading
cause of cancer death among
men and women in the U.S. This
cancer is so deadly because it is
usually not diagnosed until the


disease has spread.
The diagnosis rate for pan-
creatic cancer is highest among
Blacks who are also more likely
than other groups to die from
pancreatic cancer. In particular,
Blacks are more likely to be di-
agnosed with advanced and
thus untreatable- stages of
pancreatic cancer. For Blacks,
the rate of new pancreatic cas-
es diagnosed is 16 for every
100,000 people and the death
rate from the disease for Blacks
is 14 per 100,000, according to
the NCI's Surveillance Epidemi-
ology and End Results (SEER)
statistics.
The exact causes of pancre-
atic cancer are unknown. How-
ever, several factors have been
found to increase an individu-
al's risk for pancreatic cancer.


People who smoke cigarettes,
the main risk factor, are two to
three times more likely to devel-
op the disease than nonsmok-
ers. A diet.high in fat and calo-
ries may be linked to increased
risk. Pancreatic cancer also oc-
curs more often among people
with diabetes than those with-
out. Most cases of pancreatic
cancer occur in individuals over
the age of 60 and men are at
higher risk than women. Indi-
viduals with a family history of
pancreatic cancer or a personal
history of chronic pancreatitis
are also more at risk than the
general population.
Early stages of pancreatic
cancer often occur without
symptoms. When symptoms do
occur, they are usually similar
to those of other, less serious,


GENE UPSHAW
illnesses. These symptoms in-
clude pain in the upper abdo-
men or back, yellow skin and
eyes (from jaundice), weakness,


loss of appetite, nausea, vom-
iting and weight loss. Patients
who feel they may be experi-
encing these symptoms are en-
couraged to talk to their doctor.
Pancreatic cancer is more eas-
ily treated when it is diagnosed
early. However, even with early
detection, treatment is toxic
and survival is poor.
Because pancreatic cancer is
a serious disease, it is impor-
tant that people do their best
to reduce their personal risk.
One way to reduce your risk
for pancreatic cancer is to quit
smoking. The National Cancer
Institute offers many resources
to help people quit smoking.
If you or someone you know
wants help with quitting, call
the National Cancer Institute's
Smoking Quit-line toll-free at


877-44U-QUIT. Additionally,
the Smokefree Web sites www.
smokefree.gov and women.
smokefree.gov) allow you to
choose the help that best fits
your needs.
Pancreatic cancer is difficult
to treat. Doctors are exploring
new ways to treat it. Research
already has led to better qual-
ity of life for people with can-
cer of the pancreas. Physicians
may suggest that patients par-
ticipate in a clinical trial which
are important options for pan-
creatic cancer patients to con-
sider as their participation
may help find more successful
treatments. For more informa-
tion about pancreatic cancer,
visit www.cancer.gov or call
800-4-CANCER to speak with a
specialist.


Surprising things you not have known about the common cold


COLDS
continued from 17B

researchers at Carnegie Mellon
University. To get more shut-
eye, sleep experts recommend
banishing the TV as well as
night lights, which can distract
and impede your sleep cycles.
4. A tall glass of orange
juice isn't a cold cure-all.
A major review of more than
30 studies conducted by re-
searchers at the University of
Helsinki say that for the ma-
jority of people, vitamin C does
nothing to prevent or reduce the
symptoms of a cold. But there's
a caveat. If you're under a lot


of stress, or are putting your
body to the test -- a daily dose
of 200 mg of vitamin C may re-
duce your chances of catching
a cold by about half. Load up on
oranges and citrus, of course,
and also papaya, broccoli, to-
matoes, red peppers and kiwi.
5. There's a flower that
may help fight cold viruses.
You've probably heard of echi-
nacea, a plant with a stunning
pink flower, which is believed to
help boost the immune system.
After studying more than 1,600
people, one report shows that
not only did echinacea cut the
chances of catching a cold in
half, but also those study par-


ticipants who took it reduced
the duration of their colds by
about 1.4 days.
6. A cold virus could make
you fat.
While researchers aren't im-
plying that all cold viruses-
even this particular one-
cause lifelong weight problems,
it's some extra incentive to stay
healthy this season, right?
7. Hot drinks can help zap
the symptoms of cold virus-
es.
Your mom. was right-tea
and hot soup may be the keys
to feeling better when you're
hit with a bad cold. Research-
ers in England say that sim-


ply sipping a hot beverage can
provide immediate and sus-
tained relief from your worst
cold symptoms, like coughing,
sneezing, runny nose, sore
throat and fatigue. Your new
feel-better-fast remedy: herbal
tea with a squeeze of lemon
and one teaspoon of honey,
which has also been proven to
soothe sore throats.
8. An ingredient found in
breast milk can make you
feel better fast.
It turns out that an ingredi-
ent in breast milk (that you can
find via supplements-whew!),
may help your most intense
cold go away. You can find


monolaurin supplements at
any health food store or vitamin
shop and at most pharmacies
but talk to your doctor about
the right dosage and whether
there are any drug contraindi-
cations to keep in mind.
9. The average person gets
200 colds in his or her life-
time.
According to estimates, by
your 75th birthday, you're like-
ly to have suffered through 200
colds -that's two years of your
life sneezing. And while chil-
dren typically get between four
and eight colds per year, older
people get a break from them.
Experts believe this is due to


the fact that most elderly peo-
ple have already been exposed
to the majority of cold viruses
circulating.
10. Colds are really not
that contagious.
Recent research by the Car-
diff University Common Cold
Centre found that when healthy
people were put in a room with
cold sufferers, it was "remark-
ably difficult" to spread the
infection from one person to
another. In fact, the cold virus
has to have the ideal conditions
when hitting your body to infect
you. In other words, no need to
don a mask in public-just use
common sense.


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you may not have known about catching
and recovering from the common cold.
1. It takes about 48 hours to infect you
and make you sick.
That scratchy throat and runny nose
that's coming on? Think back to where you
were 48 hours ago. Chances are, that's
where you picked up your cold bug.
2. The best cold-fighting weapon may


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exercise, and the findings are fascinating:
Any exercise, however limited, is great.
3. Late nights could be contributing to
your sniffling and sneezing.
If you sleep fewer than seven hours, you're
three times more likely to catch a cold, say
Please turn to COLDS 15B


It's not too late to reverse a slide down the slippery
slope to diabetes. There's a science-based helping
hand now to do that.
A new type 2 diabetes prevention program that
involves dropping a reasonable amount of weight -
and making a handful of lifestyle adjustments can
help prevent or delay diabetes, says Ann Albright, di-
rector of the Centers for Disease.Control and Preven-
tion's Division of Diabetes Translation. Albright has
been talking up the National Diabetes Prevention
Program these days.
The program, based on research by the National
Institutes of Health and the CDC, has demonstrated
that by improving exercise and other habits, along
I with modest weight reduction 7 percent of body
weight people with pre-diabetes have a 58 percent
chance of preventing or delaying diabetes if they fol-
low the plan. Albright says it involves 16 one-hour
sessions with monthly follow-ups for a year.
The CDC recently partnered with the Y (formerly
S YMCA), using the research-based model, to create
S the affordable program, Albright says. "We're up and
running."
Classes are available at 28 sites in metropolitan
areas. UnitedHealthcare (one of the USA's largest
health insurers) joined the CDC and the Y to pick up
m costs in some areas. "A web is building across the
S country. This is a monumental amassing of part-
ners," Albright says.


I


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DO YOU HAVE
A PHOBIA?
While fear is a normal reaction to a per-
ceived danger, a phobia may be diagnosed
when a fear is exaggerated or irrational.
The American Psychiatric Association says
these symptoms may indicate a phobia:
Feelings of terror, horror, panic or dread.
SrEll-urnij l.jIindirng that the fear goes
beyond the actual danger.
Fear that is so extreme that it interferes with
thoughts and actions.
Physical symptoms such as feeling short of
breath, a rapidly beating heart or trembling.
Going out of the way to avoid situations that
trigger the phobia, such as flying.

PREVENT ANTIBIOTIC
RESISTANCE
Preventing or treating bacterial infections
are what antibiotics were designed to do.
But colds and flu, most coughs and
bronchitis, and the majority of runny noses
are triggered by viruses, and antibiotics won't
prevent these maladies or make you feel better,
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention warns.
Unnecessary overuse of antibiotics allows
bacteria to mutate and develop a resistance to
these drugs, the CDC says. The agency offers
these suggestions to help prevent develop-
ment of resistant bacteria:
Take your antibiotics exactly the way your
doctor prescribed them. The same advice goes
for your children.
Don't ever stop antibiotics just because you
begin to feel better. Always finish the entire
prescription.
Don't insist on i, .jan biiit,:li. to treat the flu
or cold, :'rli:iill: or a cough, a runny nose or
a sore throat that isn't strep.


Many not checked for gestational diabetes


By Mary Brophy Marcus
Thousands of U.S. women
may develop diabetes during
pregnancy but go undiag-
nosed and untreated, putting
their health and that of their
babies at risk.
A study of almost a mil-
lion pregnant women sug-
gests that about a third are
not screened for gestational
diabetes, and that the num-
ber of cases now reported
- about 135,000 a year,
according to the American
Diabetes Association- would
almost double if proposed
international screening rec-
ommendations now under
discussion are approved in
the coming months.
Recent research indicates


that a baby is at higher
risk for health problems -
premature birth and birth
defects, among other issues
- if its mother has diabetes
during the prenatal period.
Gestational diabetes also
increases the chances a
mother-to-be will have pre-
eclampsia, a blood-pressure
condition that can be life-
threatening to both mother
and child, says study author
Jon Nakamoto, medical di-
rector for Quest Diagnostics
Nichols Institute.
"There's good recent data
showing even a slight in-
ability to control blood sugar
during pregnancy has a di-
rect impact on your baby and
your health," he says.
The study, in this week's


Obstetrics & Gynecology,
is based on an analysis of
more than 900,000 pregnant
women by one of the nation's
largest laboratories, Quest
Diagnostics.
Researchers also found
that 19 percent of women
diagnosed with gestational
diabetes were not screened
for diabetes in the six months
after giving birth. It's another
alarming result, because as
many as half of women with
gestational diabetes will go
on to develop diabetes long-
term, says Nakamoto, who
is also an associate clinical
professor at Rady Children's
Hospital and the University of
California-San Diego. Medi-
cal guidelines recommend
Please turn to DIABETES 15B


Behavior problems tied to cell phones


WASHINGTON Researchers
studying the health effects of
cell phones say they have found
evidence that when pregnant
women use them regularly, their
children are more likely to have
behavioral problems.
The study, sure to renew con-
troversy over the safety of mo-
bile telephones, does not dem-
onstrate that cell phone use
causes the behavioral problems
and does not suggest a possible
way that they could.
* But the researchers say their
findings are worth checking out.
"It is hard to understand how
such low'exposures could be in-
fluential," Dr. Leeka Kheifets, an
epidemiologist at the University
of California Los Angeles. "One
thought was that it was it cell
phone use but mothers' inatten-
tion that led to behavior prob-
lems. While it was important,
it didn't explain the association
that we found."
Kheifets and her team looked


at data from 28,000 7-year-olds
and their mothers who took part
in a large Danish study that has
been tracking 100,000 women


who were pregnant between
1996 and 2002.
The mothers of about 3 per-
cent of the children said they
had borderline behavioral prob-
lems, and 3 percent showed ab-
normal behavior, such as obedi-
ence or emotional issues.
The kids whose mothers used
cell phones while pregnant and
who also used the phones them-
selves were 50 percent more
likely to have behavioral prob-
lems,.the researchers reported.


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Holiday spirit drives woman to feed the hungry


By Maria Herrera

DELRAY BEACH Priscilla
Williams is not rich. But she
said she's been blessed with a
family that doesn't mind saving
all year to feed the homeless.
So on a lark, she plans to exer-
cise her spirit of giving and feed
whoever shows up hungry on
Christmas Day from her faded,
white, two-story wooden home
where she lives with her family
in the Northwest neighborhood.
"If you're hungry, come get it,"
said Williams, 46, who lives in
the 100 block of Northwest Sixth
Avenue. "Everyone has to eat."
With that, Williams, who
works as a home health aide,
hopes to provide meals for 200
to 250 people on Christmas Day


because the homeless and fami-
lies who are not able to provide
for their children have a special
place in Williams' heart.
Although Williams has a large
family of her own two feed -
three daughters, three nieces, a
nephew and a daughter-in-law
and her fiancee share the mod-
est home everyone is wel-
come.
"I was always brought up to
share," she said matter-of-fact-
ly as she peeled sweet potatoes
on recently in preparation for
the feast. All the while, several
children and toddlers, Williams'
grandchildren, popped in and
out of the small kitchen.
The menu has something
tasty for everyone: ham, tur-
key, chicken, dressing, collard


Priscilla Williams pauses while peeling sweet potatoes to
explain why she is cooking Christmas Day dinner for homeless
and disadvantaged people living near her Delray Beach home.
Helping with the kitchen duties is her daughter, Carizma Clin-
ton.
greens, macaroni and cheese, cake, Italian cream cheesecake,
potato salad, pigeon peas and pistachio cake, sweet potato
rice, green beans, red velvet pies, pound cakes and sodas.


Staying in shape, supplements needed in reducing elderly falls


PREVENTION
continued from 18B

life may not be measured and
reported in ways that are condu-
cive to evidence synthesis and
interpretation, they pointed out.
An accompanying editorial by
Mary E. Tinetti, MD, of Yale, ap-
plauded the USPSTF's willing-
ness to change to better address
the needs of older adults.
"The timing is excellent," she
wrote in Annals, noting that
Medicare will soon cover an-
nual health risk assessment vis-


its and customized prevention
plans.
"Evidence generated by the
USPSTF will hopefully inform
the content of these visits and
plans," she added.
However, Tinetti cautioned
that the specter of "death pan-
els" raised during healthcare
reform debate may strike again
as the Task Force attempts to
make the recommendation pro-
cess for older adults with multi-
ple chronic conditions and limit-
ed life expectancy "more rational
and appropriate."


The systematic review as part
of this process for fall preven-
tion included 54 randomized
controlled trials and a total of
26,102 participants with overall
fair quality of evidence on pri-
mary care fall prevention inter-
ventions in community-dwelling
adults ages 65 and older.
The 16 trials looking at exer-
cise or physical therapy showed
a 13 percent reduction in falling
with these interventions (risk ra-
tio 0.87, 95 percent confidence
interval 0.81 to 0.94). All but
one of these trials included gait,


Church Directo


balance, or functional training,
typically along with strength, re-
sistance, or general exercise.
The nine trials of vitamin D
supplementation indicated a 17
percent reduced risk of falling
with the intervention.
The 19 trials involving multi-
factorial assessment and man-
agement most assessing risk
factors identifiable during clini-
cal evaluation, such as medica-
tion use, visual acuity, home en-
vironment, and gait and balance
- didn't reduce fall risk signifi-
cantly overall.


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continued from 14B

Redemption Mission-
ary Baptist Church offers fish
dinners every Friday and Sat-
urday and noonday prayer ev-
ery Saturday. 305-793-7388 or
305-836-1990.

The True Word of the
Holiness Church invites you
to attend worship services on
Thursday nights at 8 p.m. and
Sunday 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 Nations
will meet with pregnant teens
at 6 p.m., every Wednesday.
786-291-3939 or 305-321-


Testing early for Alzheimer's


MEMORY
continued from 18B

detect amyloid.
Rebecca Wood of the Al-
zheimer's Research Trust,
the charity that sponsored
the work, said: "We are ham-
strung by our inability to ac-
curately detect Alzheimer's,
but these findings could prove
to be pivotal.
"We know that treatments
for many diseases can be
more successful if given early
and this is likely to be true for
Alzheimer's."
Dr. Anne Corbett of the Al-
zheimer's Society said: "De-
tecting dementia early is really


important. It can open doors
to new treatment targets and
could one day go hand in
hand with an Alzheimer's vac-
cine that scientists are edging
slowly towards.
"Testing spinal fluid is a
good way of detecting Al-
zheimer's early but it is des-
perately under used in the
UK.
"If we change our attitudes
and invest more in research
we could give hope to the
million people who will de-
velop dementia in the next 10
years. We particularly want
to see this research repeated
over a longer period of time to
confirm the findings."


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20B ":' i!iii -. DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 4, 2010

20B DECEMBR2


Poitier
EIRTELLA LEE COLE, 90, a vet-
eran, business
owner, and real
estate investor,
died Decem-
ber 24 at North :
Shore Hospital.
Survivors in-
clude: children,
Mary Cole, An-
nie L. Cole-Spates, Doris Cole,
Anthony Cole, Todd Cole, David
Cole, Tamiika Miller and a host of
grand and great-grandchildren. He
is preceded by his eldest son, Otis
Cole. Service 11 a.m., Thursday at
Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist
Church 2400 NW 68 Street.

JOSEPH WILLIAMS, 64, electri-
cian, died December 7 at Jackson
Hospital. Services were held.

SIMMON TELLIS, 84, roofer,
died December 18 at Pine Crest
Nursing Home. Services were held.

OMAR DAVIS, 40, sales clerk,
died December 8 at Naples Com-
munity Hospital. Services were
held.

DANIEL BYRD, 68, mechanic,
died December 12 at North Shore
Medical Center. Services were
held.

NOVLEON SINGLETARY, 70,
domestic engineer, died October
12 at the University of Miami Hos-
pital. Services were held.

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

EDWARD JOHNSON CRAIG,
63, laborer, died December 22 at
Aventura Hospital. Service 4 p.m.,
Tuesday in the chapel.


Wright and Young
LARRY DONNELL MOSS, SR.
aka "RED," 59,
master chef,
died December
18 at home. Sur- y
vivors include: '
companion, ,-
Lovie Lee Hag- -'
gins; five chil-
dren, Octavia
Anderson, Larry Moss Jr., Lamance
Moss, Latrice Moss, Chekiera
Moss-Haggins. Numerous sorrow-
ful relatives and friends. Viewing 4
p.m.- 9 p.m., Wednesday. Service
2 p.m.,Thursday at Peaceful Zion
Missionary Baptist Church.

HELEN MILES, 58, cook, died
December 25 at
home. Service
12 p.m., Mon-
day at Spirit of
Christ.






Obituary
ARTHUR SHELTON aka
"BUTCH," 52, ,
died December i.'
20 in Staten s
Island, New
York. Survivors .
includes wife, ,
Melody Shel-
ton; one sister,
Yvonne aka
Bucy. Memorial service January
16 in New York. To all who knew
him we wish you love and joy in this
Holiday Season.


Hospital. Arrangements are incom-
plete.

AUTHUR LEE BRADLEY JR.,
49, roofer, died December 20 at
Jackson North. Service 2 p.m.,
Thursday in the chapel.

JACQUELINE BURKS, 43,
medical assistant, died Decem-
ber 20 at home. Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday in the chapel.

PHYLBORNE PHILLIPS, 95,
housewife, died December 19 at
Hillcrest Nursing Home. Arrange-
m ncn-in lipi


DERRICK FACEY,
died December 22 at N
Hospital. Service 11 a.m
January 8, Bible Baptist

CHARLES FLEMIN(
chanic, died December
versity of Miami Hospita
p.m., Friday in the chap

GLENN WILKINS, 49
er, died December 13
Hospital. Services were



Hall Ferguson

HENRY JACK WAL
master chef, --,
died December .
21 at VA Hospi- ..
tal. Service 11
a.m., Thursday .
at New Provi- '
dence Mission-
ary Baptist.


DOLPHIN
seamstress,


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died oecemoer
23 at University
of Miami Hospi-
tal. Service 12
p.m., Thursday
at St. Paul AME
Church.


MRS. MARGO CRUTHIRD
65, chef, SMITH, 51, of Fayetteville,
Jorth Shore GA, died on December 24 fol-
i., Saturday lowing a valiant battle with
SChurch. breast cancer. Margo at-
tended Chicago, Illinois pub-
G, 46, me- lic schools and earned her
r24 at Uni- undergraduate degree in Ac-
il. Service 2 counting at Florida A & M
el. University. She had a suc-
cessful career as a Certified
, truck driv- Public Accountant, including
at Jackson six years with Delta Airlines.
held. Her last position was as the
Chief Financial Officer for the
Jacksonville, FL Transporta-
tion Authority.
Hewitt She is survived by her hus-
band of twenty-five years,
-DEN, JR., David R. Smith; mother, Mar-
S tha Buchanan; sister, Teresa
Pickney (Greg); brothers, Mar-
S .- cells Cruthird (Rochelle) and
Maurice Buchanan (Jennifer);
S' six brothers in-law and three
sisters-in-law and a host of
nieces and nephews, family
and friends.
Funeral services 11 a.m.,
Thursday, with viewing be-
IAS, 68, ginning at 10 a.m., at Second
Baptist Church in Richmond
Heights, FL. In lieu of flow-
S ers, please make memorial
,*'' donations in Margo's honor,
to Susan B. Komen for the
Cure, Attn: Donor Services,
P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX
S 75265-0309. Express condo-
lences at ajc.com/obits.


JAMES PAUL NEWKIRK, 67,


retired, died
December 23
at University of
Miami Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Friday at
Mt. Calvary Mis-
sionary Baptist
Church.


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STEPHEN L. BENNETT, 51,
truck driver, died
December 19 at
home. Viewing
5 p.m.- 8 p.m., ..
Wednesday at
St. Peters Mis-
sionary Baptist j
Church 6600 ,'
NW 15 Avenue.
Service 12 p.m., Thursday at Jordan
Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


Pinder
MATTIE WOODS, 87, presser,
died December 21 at home. Ser- ALLAN S. WILLIAMS
vice 1 p.m., Wednesday at Freewill 07/21/61 12/21/04
Baptist Church.
1 Corinthians 15:51
MAGGIE LEE GRIFFIN, 61, Behold, I shew you a mys-
cook, died December 24 at Pal- tery;
metto General Hospital. Service 1 We shall not all sleep, but
p.m., Thursday at Greater Fellow- we shall all be changed,
ship Baptist Church. In a moment in a twinkling
of an eye, at the last trump:
BRANDON TRAYON FOSTER, for the trumpet shall sound,
22, cashier, died December 16 at and the dead shall be raised
Jackson Hospital. Service 1 p.m., incorruptible and we shall be
Friday at Jordan Grove Missionary changed.
Baptist Church. O death, where is thy sting?
O Grave, where is thy victory?
DELORIS GRIFFIN, 82, house- Greatly missed by Mom,
wife, died December 20 at Jackson Dad, Reggie (Altee), Bryan,
North Medical Center. Service 5 Brenton, Beverly (Calvin) and
p.m., Friday in the chapel. Kory.


EDWARD ROLLE JR. wish-
es to express their apprecia-
tion and thanks to the staff at
Kindred Hospital, Richardson
Mortuary, Rev. Jenkins and
St. Luke Missionary Baptist
Church family.
St. Arthur's Lodge #488,
Atlas Lodge 308, Progres-
sive Marching band, Class of
Booker T. Washington 1950
and 1951, The neighbors of
NW 14th Place and all the
loving friends and family for
your condolences and deeds
extended to us.
May God bless each of you.
Ruth Rolle and family.



Eric S. George (West Park)
DOROTHY DAVIS, died Decem-
ber 1. Service 10:30 a.m., Thurs-
day in the chapel.


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nes Burrows, who fed and nur-
tured her colleagues at Blanche
Ely High School along with her
community, died at Holy Cross
Hospital on Dec. 14. She was
84.
Well-known in her own right,
she was the wife of George L.
Burrows Sr., who became Fort
Lauderdale's first Black li-
censed master electrician in
1948, during segregation. The
owner of the Burrows Electric
Co. was a community mentor
who installed lights for night
games at the Dillard High foot-
ball field.
Mrs. Burrows was born on
Nov. 9, 1926, in Rocky Mount,
N.C., and grew up in Washing-
ton, D.C. She graduated from
Miner Teacher's College in
Washington, D.C., and received
her education degree in 1950.
She had two teaching stints
at Blanche Ely, separated by
many years. She was recruit-
ed by the school, which then
covered many grade levels,
and taught elementary school
students from 1950 to 1954.
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high school classes, leaving in
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How to receive aid

to pay for a funeral

By Florence Isaacs

Q. A dear friend of mine since
our high school football days re-
cently drowned in a tragic acci-
dent, leaving a widow and three
children. His wife asked me to
arrange funeral services near
my home. I live several states
away, but my friend was born
and grew up here. Is it proper to
suggest that, in lieu of flowers,
people send memorial contribu-
tions to the family to help pay
funeral costs? The widow is not
prepared for the expenses. Also,
how do I tell the family to use
these funds to pay for the ser-
vices? As I make these arrange-
ments, I am incurring expenses
that would normally be the fam-
ily's responsibility. I'm estab-
lished enough to take care of the
bills, but they are an unantici-
pated cost. It bothers me to even
mention this, knowing that the
right thing is to just take care
of my friend's family. What are
your thoughts?
A. This is a tough one because
people can be so sensitive about
financial issues in general, let
alone when an unexpected death
has occurred. I'd tell the wife, "I
would like to ask people to send
a check made out to you to help
cover funeral costs, instead of
buying flowers. How would you
feel about that?' Would it be
okay?" Then see what her re-
sponse is. I can visualize reac-
tions ranging from gratitude
and relief, to refusal because
it would be a "handout." If she
agrees with your idea, talk to the
funeral director about whether
it's appropriate to ask for such
contributions in the obituary.
(You can, of course, tell.selected
people yourself.)
Be aware, too, that there may
be other financial resources
available. For example, if the
deceased was a veteran, the
widow may be entitled to death
benefits. There may be benefits
from social security or from the
deceased's employer.


"You felt she cared for you
and loved you."
At the school, she took on a
role that made her colleagues
and students gravitate toward
her.
"She said to be an educator
and be effective, you must start
your day by eating a healthy
breakfast," said Karlton John-
son, who is now the principal
at Blanche Ely and who worked
with Mrs. Burrows. He said she
brought sausages and eggs and
made sure her colleagues ate
before the school day began.
"She was Mama Burrows,"
Johnson said. "She looked at
us as young educators, and
wanted to make sure we had
old-fashioned habits. ... Every-
one listened to her, even the
principal."
In addition to her husband
and daughter, she is survived
by three other children: George
Burrows Jr., of Fort Lauder-
dale, Avis Burrows, of Palm
Coast, and Iris Davis, of Hous-
ton; four grandchildren, and
two great-grandchildren.
A memorial was held at
Blanche Ely High School, 1201
NW Sixth Ave. in Pompano
Beach.
A funeral was held at St.
Mark Episcopal Church, 1750
E. Oakland Park Blvd. in
Oakland Park.'


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remains our policy today. We will continue to make the pro-
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MISSING OBITUARIES
During the past several weeks, our readers might have no-
ticed that our obituary page has been shorter than usual. The
reason is not that the number of deaths in our community have
suddenly declined but because our newspaper is not getting
the information on all of the deaths.
For some reason, 14 of the 34 Black funeral homes have in-
formed The Miami Times that they will not submit any more
death notices to our newspaper for publication: Bain Range/
Range, Gregg L. Mason, Poitier, D. Richardson, A. Richard-
son, Mitchell, Jay's Hall-Ferguson-Hewitt, Kitchens, Wright &
Young, Pax Villa, Stevens, Carey, Royal & Rahming and Royal.
This newspaper continues to publish all death notices sub-
mitted to us as a public service free of charge as we have been
doing for the past 88 years.
If your funeral home does not submit the information to us,
you may submit it on your own. Please consult our obituary
page for further information or call 305-694-6210.


.Farewell to

DERRK GRISS laborer FAMU graduate Veteran Broward Blanche Ely teacher dies
45, died December 18 at Jackson Margo Smith


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Agnes Burrows
community, Mrs. Burrows was
active at St. Mark's Episcopal
School, where she created a
scholarship program for mi-
nority youth and served on the
church vestry board.
Her daughter, Sonya Bur-
rows, of Fort Lauderdale, said
her mother had a reputation for
insisting people eat when they
visited her home. Her friends
affectionately called her Agnes
"Feed the World" Burrows.
"I told her she was the best
mom on the planet," said Sonya
Burrows. "She let her children
and every child she met know
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There's a popular saving in the
Black church that goes. "No testi-
mony without a test." And for inspi-
rational author and speaker, Ivanla
Vanzant, the last
few years have cer-


tumultuous. But what happened to
Vanzant who during the late 1990s
and early years of the following de-
cade, was putting out New York
Times best sellers at a rapid pace,
doing guest spots on all of the top
talk shows, Oprah included of
course and building an impressive
empire?
For the answer. you'll need to read
her latest book, Peace from Broken
Pieces- How to Get Through What
You're Going Through (Smiley-
Books, 2010). In it she blends meta-
phors with personal reflections to
describe the painful truths and per-
sonal tragedies that define the last


she is convinced that her story is ev-
eryone's story. In the end, she says
she hopes that her readers will be
moved to look into the mirror and
examine their own lives in the con-
text of the family in which they were
raised.
"If we dare to recognize our harm-
ful'family patterns and legacies, we
may be able to help succeeding gen-
erations avoid or circumvent them,"
she said.

VANZANT CHRONICLES HER
METEORIC RISE... AND FALL
In 2000 Vanzant was named one
of the 100 Most Influential Black


television appearances have made
her a multi-media high priestess of
healthy relationship."
For a time she even had her own
advice-focused television talk show.
In fact, within the Black commu-
nity, she became the go-to person
for anything related to relationships
or personal empowerment. But the
price for success was higher than
she could have ever imagined. First,
she would have to come to terms
with the end of her 37-year relation-
ship with her husband the first
man she had ever loved. At the same
time she watched her daughter
Gemmia suffer and then .nsuumbh


"When your life starts to fall
apart, it doesn't happen all at once,"
she said. "One fell swoop of the urn-
verse's backhand across your face
might be more merciful. I had no
idea that this was just the beginning
of a collapse that would span seven
years. It was October 1999 when the
Oprah pebble landed .. it was De-
cember 25, 2003 when the prover-
bial brick hit me in the head. And it
didn't stop there."
Vanzant says that because of les-
sons learned and experiences she
faced during her childhood, she
never felt that her life had mean-
ine -- she alwavr s felt unworii -+r -_


tainly been both decade of her life. As only Vanzant Americans by Ebony magazine to the effects of colon cancer, dying despite her success. And she sa
Challenging and can do. she shares her tale because who said, "Her books, lectures and one a bright Christmas-morning. Please turn VANZANT



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It's a big year for R&B and rap tunes
and the Recording Academy is cer-
tainly giving their stamp of approval
to the artists who have had big hits
In the genre with this year's Grammy
Award nominations.
S Ja',-Z took in six Grammy nods,
mostly for his chart-topping New
.^, Y'ork anthem Empire State of Mind'
--. ,'with Alicia Keys. Atlanta rap new-
comer and T I prot6ge/artist B.o.B.
.. lollo'. s close behind with five nomina-
tions for his pop hits 'Nothin' on You'
With Bruno Mars and 'Air-
planes II' with Haylee
S Williams and Eminem.
S Gnarls Barkley front-
man Cee Lo Green's in-
fectious internet sin-
gle 'F**k You,' which
was recently paro-
died on 'Glee' by
Gwyneth Paltrow
and co-written by
"' Grammy nomi-
1 "nee Bruno Mars,


earned Song of the Year and Record of
the Year nominations. The Atlantic Re-
cords crooner has four nominations in
total.
Backstage at the 'Grammy Nomina-
tions Concert Live' event, he said, "I
was only aware of the two that they
announced, but four is awesome. I'm
speechless...just kind of living in the
moment. I'm enjoying it for sure."
Fantasia Barrino, the 'American Idol'
winner who had a rough year in the tab-
loids for her suicide attempt and dating
a married man, pulled in several award
nods. Her single 'Bittersweet' got Best
R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vo-
cal Performance nominations and her
album 'Back To Me' was nominated for
Best R&B Album.
John Legend, who already has six
Grammy Awards to his credit, received
five nominations for his work with hip-
hop's and Jimmy Fallon's favorite
band, The Roots. The Philadelphia group
is also nominated for Best Rap Album
for their long-delayed Def Jam release
'How I Got Over.'
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BET honorees

By Bridget Bland

'BET Honors' the
cable network's
annual celebration
of Blacks who have ( ,a
achieved greatness
in music, the arts
and education, re-
turns this Febru-
ary for the fourth
consecutive year. FOXX
Academy Award-
winning actor, co-
median and singer
Jamie Foxx; model
and entrepre- ,
neur Iman; Emmy
Award-winning
thespian Cicely
Tyson; Grammy .1I
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musician and TYSON
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of Shakira Jovanie Royals
and Andre' Deleceano Miller
took place :'rn S ji.rdia.. De.:
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Door with Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin
Willis, officiating.
The bride and groom chose
crimson and gold for their
colors. DJ Kool G provided
the music and Meryl Carter
complimenting "First
Time Ever I Saw Your
Face" and The Lord's
Prayer."
Milton and Joy
Vickers, parents
of the bride, led 1
the processional,
followed by Miranda
Miller, parent of the REEV
groom and Florence
Campbell, grandmother of the
bride. They all participated
in the Lighting of the Family
Candle, followed by the
entrance of the officiant, groom,
Damon Cliett and Ashanti
Stupart, best men.
Other members of the
wedding party were: maid of
honor, Guifienne Audelin;
matron of honor, Shikira
Lockette; bridesmaids and
groomsmen Ashley Campbell
and Jerald Love; Yolanda
Hull and Damien Pippens;.
Lafefei Kelly and Sky Watson;
Devon Vickers and Michael
Yuen; Jr. bridesmaid Tayah
Miller; flower girls Brianna
Cherry and Tamia Miller;


,ushers Jaxon Gay. |' i'
Michael Royals
III Greggory .
Campbell ar1d
Michael Royal II
hostesses Melissa
Adams, Sabine Calvetti and
Chantelle' Love; master of
ceremony Dr. Robert Beatty
and wedding consultant Ruby
Adams.


The newlyweds reflected
on everyone sharing the
day with them as they
embark on this journey
in life together. They
indicated remembering
those who could not
be with them, such as
Shakira's grandparents
ES Reyno ld


Cavasso,
Wilber and Evelyn
Vickers; Andre's
father, Andrew Miller
and grandparents
Kennedy and Eunice
Miller and Norris
and Eunice Rolle,
especially those who
could not travel to


ODEN


Miami, such as Grandma
Royals.
****************
Alfred Roland, president
of Miami Northwestern Class
of 1960 took the time for
classmates to meet in a Pre-
Christmas setting on last
Wednesday at Jackson Soul
Food Restaurant, along with
relatives from North Dade Jr-


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Caroline Simons, Beverly and Maull, Fletcher Paschal,
Lee Johnson, Dr. Malcolm James Randolph II, Patrick
Black, Arnold Knight, Jimmy Range, Arthur Simms,
Harrell and Ruby Rankins. Jack Tuckfield and Arthur
*************** Woodard.
The King of Clubs Greater ***************
Miami, one of Miami's oldest Its a wrap! stated the Miami
clubs is going through a Herald about the Miami
rebuilding period since -- Dolphins losing
it has lost former to Buffalo and a
President, James crowning moment
Randolph II, Dr. Bennie for Miami Central
Reeves, chaplain, Willie Rockets after winning
F. Johnson, financial '.. over Dr. Phillips High
secretary, Clinton in the Class 6A State
Brown, secretary, Dr. Championship 42-27
Walter Oden, Dr. Tee .. in Orlando.
S. Greer II, former BUTLER Kudos go out to
Superintendent of Dade more than 8,000


Sr High School, Carol City and
Carver High School. They were
in a closed-off setting which
allowed them to really talk
about the "good ole days."
During the meeting,
Roland reflected on the
many scholarships
given to graduates
entering a college of
their choice; providing
formal programs for
high school students,
assisting the below-
poverty graduates;
giving out Thanksgiving
baskets, Christmas BE
gifts, throughout
the year; and meeting at a
graduate's home monthly to
stay apprise of what is going on
in the world.
Some of the participants
included: Wilbert Adams,
Cererina Bass, Mr. and Mrs.
Johnnie E. Adderly, Emma
Carter, Allene Cooper,
Maurice Deshazior,
Rosetta Dean, Alpha
SFluitt, Gwendolyn
Bullard Franklin,
Roosevelt Fluelhen,
Linda Joseph, Villetta
S Howard, Rosetta and
Jay Johnson, Grace,
J Ellisa and Willie Mack,
Carolyn Knight, Jerome
Simpkins and Beatrice
Gloster, James Outler, Mary
Storr, Martha Luxsell, Annett
Rolle, Rose Wallace and Peggy
Finley.
Roland alluded to 12
meetings in 2011. He and
the class vowed to change
Northwestern to Dorsey-
Northwestern, since the Dorsey
Alumni agreed in the 1990s.


Hats off to Brother Stacy
Jones, Harcourt Clarke and
the Pre-Christmas committee
for providing the Annual
Luncheon for Sigma Alpha
Chapter of Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity, Inc., last
Tuesday at the ARC
Restaurant in Davie.
It was dedicated to
wives, sweethearts and
significant others of
Omega men.
SJones and his wife
Mary, arrived early
ATTY with Oscar Jessie
and Mary, Dr. David
and Tessie White with
their guests including John
Williams from the Tree of
Knowledge. President BalJean
Smith welcomed everyone and
brought Bro. Johnny
Stepherson, chaplain,
to give the invocation.
Following dinner,
Clarke announced
for the brothers
to participate in
Christmas carols.
Mrs. Thelma Gibson
was the spokesperson WILLIA
for the windows, such
as Father Theodore Gibson,
Dr. Tee S. Greer (Billie),
Dr. Herman Pratt, Harold
Mitchell (Mary) and Eleanor
Home and more. Others in
attendance included Stan
and Sarah Allen, Theodore
and Kitty Blue, Earl and
Alice Daniels, Peter Harden,
Vernon and Villette Howard,
Henry Mingo, Rick and
Michelle Powell, Audley
Salahud-Din, Arthur and
Ruth Simms, Anthony and


More are hitting the


road over holidays

AAA: Travel increase is small but promising


By Larry Copeland

More Americans will travel
over the year-end holidays than
a year ago, the fifth straight
holiday this year to register an
uptick, according to auto club
AAA.
There's more good news for
the nation's travel industry:
AAA says that advance vaca-
tion bookings for next spring
indicate a continued al-
though volatile rebound in
travel..
AAA projects that about 92.3
million people will travel at
least 50 miles from home be-
tween Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, a
3.1 percent increase over a year
ago. About 85.7 million of those
travelers more than nine in
10, or 93 percent will drive
to their destinations, a 3.2 per-
cent increase over the 83 mil-
lion who drove a year ago.
"While it's not a great in-
crease, we'll take any sign of
positive growth. Last year was
a rough year," says Glen Mac-
Donell, director of AAA Travel
Services. "The good news is
we're seeing concrete increas-
es through all the forecasts
we've made this year, which is
exciting."
Almost 2.75 million people
will fly to their destinations, a
2.8 percent increase from last
year's 2.67 million, the organi-
zation predicts.
The increase in travel over
Christmas and New Year's is
considerably lower than the


11.4 percent jump that AAA
projected in Thanksgiving
travel. "People are still cau-
tious," MacDonell says. "Un-
employment still remains at a
high level. The ability to pre-
dict a linear growth (in travel)
is more difficult. The new nor-
mal is a little bit of volatil-
ity. There's some growth, but
there's still some trepidation
on the part of the American
consumer."
Median spending per fam-
ily is expected to be $694, up
slightly from last year's $670.
The increase, however, reflects
the higher cost of gasoline, ho-
tel rooms and other items in-
stead of any general loosening
of travelers' purse strings.
Hotel room rates for high-
end lodgings are expected to
increase 5 percent over a year
ago to an average of $125 per
night; rates at midrange hotels
will rise 2 percent to an aver-
age of $88 a night, AAA says.
Airfares are expected to be 3
percent less than last year,
and weekend daily car rental
rates will remain unchanged.
MacDonell says AAA is see-
ing "double-digit increases" in
bookings for cruise ship and
vacation destinations for next
spring. That's making him
much more optimistic head-
ing into 2011 than he was at
the end of 2009. "We're re-
ally pleased to see Americans
getting out there," he says.
"That's a great barometer to
the health of the economy."


... ..




Funny animated TV show
The Freemans of "The Boondocks," is based on Aaron McGrud-
er's comic strip. The show's fate remains uncertain,
When Aaron McGruder is on his game as in the June episode
"Pause," satirizing a superstar actor and leader of a homoerotic
cult who was not to be confused with Tyler Perry his animated
comedy is painfully funny. As usual the show's status is up in the
air; no announcement has been made regarding a fourth season.


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Finally, a new hip-hop
S superhero: on his fourth album
Rick Ross fully inhabits his
. Rick Rossness, celebrating his
growth as a rapper and the
return of new money as an
aesthetic. On this meaty
Record he's devasting 10
U I different ways, and artist
who keeps awakening new
skills and ambitions and
burying his past deeper
and deeper.


Peace From Broken Pieces is Vanzant's testimony


VANZANT
continued from 1C

she believes there are many
others who feel the same way
but never find the means to
liberate themselves from such
debilitating thoughts.
"The real problem is the
personal lie," she said. "My
personal lie, my foundation-
al belief, was that I was not
good enough. From welfare
to law school wasn't enough.
From self-publishing and
selling books out of the trunk


of my car to six-figure ad-
vances and being one of the
most sought-after speakers
in the country still wasn't
good enough."
When she talks about the
death of her middle child, she
pauses then says, "If you can
live through burying your
child, you can live through
anything."

CALL HER THE COMEBACK KID
Vanzant says that because
she never felt good enough,
when she began to earn large


amounts of money, she tried
to take care of everyone to
prove her worth. She wanted
to make everything alright for
everyone. But with the death
of her daughter, a failed mar-
riage and then bankrupt-
cy, she was forced to take a
hard look at herself and then
to find a way to pick up the
pieces and rebuild her world.
Today she is back to writing
and serves as the executive
director of Inner Visions In-
ternational. She is a loving
grandmother of eight and


she has found peace.
"I had to deal with guilt and
shame and fear that everyone
would see how I had failed,"
she said. "But when I made up
my mind that the old me was
dead and buried, I embraced
a certain level of clarity about
who I was and who I was not.
The new me is a queen, ready
and willing to take the throne
of my life and rule my inner
and outer kingdom with do-
minion, power and authority."
Read Vanzant's book and be
inspired.


Janet Jackson announces

2011 35-city world tour


Janet Jackson will em-
bark on a world tour next
year that will feature perfor-
mances of her number-one
singles and nothing else.
The artist, who released
her retrospective LP "Num-
ber Ones" earlier this year,
will play 35 dates across the
globe, where she will per-
form each of her 35 chart
toppers.
SOn her official website,
Jackson wrote: "During the
past several months I've had
such wonderful experiences.
I've released my Number
Ones CD ... and throughout
this time I've heard from you
- my fans whom I cherish
dearly.
"Many have asked when
I will tour again well to-
day I'm really excited to
answer that question, and
I announce my largest ever
world tour, celebrating 35
number ones.
"This tour will be differ-
ent from those of the past in
the way that I will exclusive-
ly perform songs from my
number ones. You'll hear all


Janet Jackson


the hits in 35 cities, which I
want you to help me select."
She added: "Wherever pos-
sible I will perform in venues
that will allow me to be up
close so that I can be with
you in a much more intimate
setting."
After fans submitted their
suggestion to the star's of-
ficial website, the first city
announced for the jaunt is
Hong Kong, where she will
perform next year on Feb.
14. Further dates are ex-
pected to follow shortly.


New BET honorees


BET
continued from 1C

Hancock; Chairman of John-
son Publishing Company,
the home of Ebony and Jet
magazine, Linda Johnson
Rice; and historian, educator
and founding director of the
Smithsonian's National Mu-
seum of African American
History and Culture, Lonnie
Bunch have been chosen as
the six honorees who will be
honored in the special Black
History Month telecast.
Actress Gabrielle Union
is back for the third time to
host the festivities, which
will take place at Warner
Theater in Washington, D.C.
on Jan. 15.


Performers have yet to be
announced for the telecast,
but Jennifer Hudson, Mary
J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Stevie
Wonder and India.Arie were
a few of the notable artists
who paid tribute to Whit-
ney Houston, Queen Latifah,
Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Ruth
Simmons and Keith Black at
last year's BET Honors cer-
emony.
In a new initiative, BET
will donate the proceeds
from this year's BET Hon-
ors private ticket sales to
the Washington, D.C. Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr. National
Memorial Project Founda-
tion.
'BET Honors' premieres on
Feb. 21 at 9 p.m.


Annual Grammy Award nominees


GRAMMY
continued from 1C

Also of note, Drake got
four nominations, including
Best New Artist, while Chris
Brown and Sade received
three. Kem, Janelle Monae,
El Debarge, Monica, and
Outkast's Big Boi, are a few
of the artists that earned two
nods.


Eminem leads all Grammy
Award nominations with ten,
including Record of the Year
for his duet with
Rihanna, 'Love the Way You
Lie,' and Album of the Year
for 'Recovery,' which coinci-
dentally is the year's best-
selling album.
The 53rd Annual Grammy
Awards will air live on CBS
on Feb.13 at 8 p.m.


BI.ACKS MUST CONTROL THILIR OWVN DESTINY


2C THE MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 4, 2010


County Schools and recently
Hosea Butler, president. The
record will show that they
were powerful men in the
community that laid the
foundation for the focus
of the organization.
Unfortunately, the
meeting night was
S' changed from the
S second Tuesday to the
third Wednesday in
each month and the
,MS II membership became
confused. Now acting
President Nelson Jenkins
and Ron Butler, secretary
have sent out a notice for the
month of January 2011. The
following members should
be in attendance for a new
beginning: Lawrence Adams,
Brad Brown, Edward Bullard,
James Fayson, Ja'shon
Fayson, Craig, Frank,
Milton and Milton Hall II,
Ranson Hill, Nelson Jenkins,
John Kelly, Astrid Mack,
Manson Branard, James


fans that went on buses and
in automobiles to support the
team and drown out the fans
from the other school.
Hats off to Coach Telly
Lockette, Coach Luke
Campbell, the other assistants,
the baddest line that kept
Dr. Phillips top runner, Dee
Hart, down to 39 yards, while
Rakeem Cato, Devonta
Freeman, Dwight Jackson,
D'Andre Randle, Tommy
Shuler and Emilio Nadelman
made former Rockets extremely
happy such as Elvis Peacock,
Bruce Armstrong, Willis
McGahee, Najeh Davenport
and Darnell Jenkins.
TheArcola Lakes Community,
William "DC" Clark, Dade
County Schools and School
Board, The 5000 Role Model of
Excellence, all of the churches,
fraternities and Egelloc Civic
Club CONGRATULATE STATE
CHAMPION MIAMI CENTRAL
ROCKETS of 2010. Now it's
time for a big parade.










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3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
2 to 4 drops Peppermint Candy Flavoring
Christmas Red Icing Color, as desired
1 package (14 ounces) Candy Cane Colorburst
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4C THE .'.I'.11 TIMES, DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 4, 2010


TEENA MAE E

DIES IN SLEEP OF APPARENT NATURAL CAUSE AT AGE 54


By Nekesa Mumbi Moody
AP Music Writer

LOS ANGELES Teena Marie's last al-
bum, "Congo Square," was titled after
a historical meeting place for slaves in
New Orleans, featured a tribute to Mar-
tin Luther King's widow and also song
"Black Cool," written for President Barack
Obama.
No matter that Marie, 54, was white.
The R&B legend revered and fully im-
mersed herself in Black culture and in
turn was respected and adored by Black
audiences, not only for her immense soul-
ful talents, but for her inner soul as well.
"Overall my race hasn't been a problem.
I'm a Black artist with White skin. At the
end of the day you have to sing what's in
your own soul," she told Essence.com in
an interview last year while promoting
"Congo Square." That album would turn
out to be her last.
The self-proclaimed "Ivory Queen of
Soul," whose many classic hits included
"Lovergirl," Square Biz" and the scorching
duet "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick
James, was found dead in her Pasadena
home on Sunday at the age of 54. Authori-
ties said her death appeared to be of natu-
ral causes.
In an interview with The Associated
Press last year, Teena Marie said she had
successfully battled an addiction to pre-
scription drugs; she had been performing
over the last year.
"The enduring influence of Teena's in-
spirational, trailblazing career, could
only have been made possible through
her brilliant song-writing, showmanship
and high energy passion which laid the
ground work for the future generations
of R&B, hip-hop, and soul," said Con-
cord Music Group chief label officer, Gene
Rumsey; Concord's Stax Records released
her last album.
"We feel extremely fortunate to have
worked with a visionary who changed mu-
sic in indelible ways. Our deepest sympa-
thies go out to her family, friends and of


Teena Marie at the BET Awards held at the Kodak Theatre.
writing, were the other major component
of her success.
Tunes like "Cassanova Brown" "Por-
tuguese Love" and "Deja Vu (I've Been
Here Before)" featured more than typical
platitudes on love and life, but complex
thoughts with rich lyricism. "Deja vu" was
a song about reincarnation.
And "Fire and Desire," a duet with James
about a former couple musing about their
past love, was considered a musical mas-
terpiece and a staple of the romance block
on radio stations across the country.
Marie left Motown in 1982 and her split
became historic: She sued the label and
the legal battle led to a law preventing re-


Teena Marie celebrating her 30th year in the music industry. Teena Marie re-
mains a powerhouse performer in the world of Soul and R&B.


course, millions of fans around the world."
Marie certainly wasn't the first white act
to sing soul music, but she was arguably
among the most gifted and respected, and
was thoroughly embraced by Black audi-
ences, and beyond.
Even before she started her musical ca-
reer, she had a strong bond with the Black
community, which she credited to her god-
mother. She gravitated to soul music and


give the music an opportunity to stand on
its own merit. Instead of my face, they put
a seascape, so by the time my second al-
bum came out people were like, Lady T is
White?" she told Essence.com.
Marie was the protege of the masterful
funk wizard James, with whom she would
have long, turbulent but musically magi-
cal relationship.
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in her youth decided to make it her career.
Marie made her debut on the legend-
ary Motown label back in 1979, becoming
one of the very few white acts to break the
race barrier of the groundbreaking Black-
owned record label that had been a haven
for Black artists like Stevie Wonder, the
Jackson Five, the Supremes and Marvin
Gaye.
The cover of her debut album, "Wild and
Peaceful," did not feature her image, with
Motown apparently fearing Black audi-
ences might not buy it if they found out
the songstress with the dynamic, gospel-
inflected voice was white.
"(Motown founder Berry) Gordy) said
that is was so soulful that he wanted to


for Your Love," with the help of James on
that album. But the time her second al-
bum was released, her face was known -
and on the cover of the record. But there
was not a backlash she would only get
more popular on her way to becoming one
of R&B's most revered queens. During her
tenure with Motown, the singer-songwrit-
er and musician produced passionate love
songs and funk jam songs like "Need Your
Lovin'," "Behind the Groove."
Marie's voice was the main draw of her
music: Pitch-perfect, piercing in its clarity
and wrought with emotion, whether it was
drawing from the highs of romance or the
mournful moments of a love lost. But her
songs, most of which she had a hand in


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cord labels from holding an artist without
releasing any of their music.
She went to Epic in the 1980s and had
hits like "Lovergirl" and "Ooo La La La" but
her lasting musical legacy would be her
Motown years.
Still, she continued to record music and
perform. In 2004 and 2006 she put out
two well-received albums on the tradi-
tional rap label Cash Money Records, "La
Dona" and "Sapphire."
James, who had a romantic relationship
with Marie but also a long friendship, died
in 2004. His death shook her so she said
she became addicted to Vicodin, which she
had been taking for pain, for about a year.
But Marie said she successfully battled
that addiction.In 2008, she talked about
her excitement of being honored by the
R&B Foundation.
Marie was the mother of a teenage
daughter who was budding singer; she
would sometimes bring her daughter on-
stage to sing during her shows.
In 2009, she celebrated 30 years in the
recording industry, and planned for many
more.
"All in all, it's been a wonderful, wonder-
ful ride," she told The Associated Press in
2008. "I don't plan on stopping anytime
soon."


The Liberty City Farmers' Market will be held on Thurs-
days from 12-6 p.m. during the months of December 2010 to
April 2011 at Tacolcy Park, 6161 N.W. 9th Ave.

African-American Foundation of Greater Miami en-
courages the community to start preparing for Kwanzaa (Dec.
26-Jan. 1) with books/kinaras/candles. For more information
log on Facebook under our name.

] The Cemetery Beautifications Project, located at 3001
N.W. 46th Street is looking for volunteers and donations to-
wards the upkeep and beautification of the Lincoln Park Cem-
etery. For more info, please contact Dyrren S. Barber at 786-
290-7357.

I Congresswoman-Elect Frederica Wilson will begin her
swearing in activities with an Inter-Faith Prayer and Consecra-
tion Ceremony on Sunday, January 2, 2011. It will be held at
The Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church located at 1750 N.W.
3rd Ave at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Rev. Al Sharpton.

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

The Booker T. Washington Class of 1965 will meet on
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center and requests that all members be present.

U The Many Happy Hearts Annual Golf Tournament will
take place on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 at the Senator Course at
Shula's Golf Course, 7601 Miami Lakes Drive. Proceeds to ben-
efit Community Partnership for the Homeless. For more info,
call 305-905-5154.

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

The 2nd Annual Take A Walk In Her Shoes, 60s fash-
ion show lunch silent action will take place on Thursday, April
14, 2011. Womenade Miami celebrates women and mothers
from the Community Partnership for Homeless who have taken
strides to improve their lives. For more information, call 305-
329-3066.

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

Beta Tau Zeta Royal Association offers after-school tu-
toring for students K-12 on Monday-Friday. Students will re-
ceive assistance with homework and computers. 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.


Kuumba Kwanzaa art exhibit


-Miami Times photo/Donnalyn Anthony

now on display


Gallery Owner, Onajide Shabaka of 'Artlab33 | Art Space'
(I-r) and founding members of the Kuumba Artists Collec-
tive, Gene "Dinizulu" Tinnie and Robert McKnight, are shown
photographed with work featured in the annual Kuumba
Kwanzaa Art Exhibition which will run through January 1st.



Q-Tip reportedly not down


with Tribe documentary


A filmmaker is on a jour-
ney to reveal the behind the
scenes ingenuity of The Tribe
Called Quest with an
exclusive Sundance
documentary.
"Beats, Rhymes &
Life: The Travels of a
Tribe Called Quest,"
directed by actor-
director Michael
Rapaport, is set to
premiere on the big
screen soon. A trailer
for the film recently
hit the Internet, and folks are
excited about it.
But the Tribe's front man,
Q-Tip, isn't with it.
The MC posted on his Twit-
ter page: "Filmmaker should
respect the band to the point
of honoring the few requests."
He continued: "I am not in
support of the a tribe called
quest documentary."
He explained there was a bit
of a conflict between the film-


makers of Rival Films and the
artists on the creative side of
things. According to the pro-
duction company's
website, the film is
based on the groups
2008 reunion at
Rock the Bells Tour.
MTV reported that
despite Q-Tip's is-
sues with the film,
it appears to have
been made not only
TIp with the band's co-
operation, but all
members of the original Tribe
lineup Phife, Ali Shaheed
and Jarobi figure promi-
nently in the project.
Rapaport spent eight
months filming the doc, re-
cording over 200 hours of
footage of the rap legends Q-
Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed
Muhammad and Jarobi. The
film features appearances by
Kanye West, Nas and De La
Soul.


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French families arrived in Haiti to fetch a group of Haitian children.


Haitian children join adoptive French families


Associated Press

PARIS More than 100
children from Haiti arrived in
France recently to start new
lives with their adoptive fami-
lies- an event some parents
described as an early Christ-
mas present.
Many children were bundled


up in bright new winter coats;
some were wrapped in silvery
reflective blankets to keep out
the unaccustomed cold, as
they arrived at Paris' Charles
de Gaulle airport from their
Caribbean homeland.
The French government had
chartered a plane to bring adop-
tive families to Haiti to pick up


113 children from the coun-
try, which is still reeling from
a January earthquake and
now a deadly cholera epidemic.
Adoptive mother Isabelle
Frapat, holding 15-month-
old Mael in her arms, told
reporters the experience was
"pure happiness and all that
Please turn to ADOPTIVE 6C


DJ suspended


indefinitely


over HIV 'joke'


on Haitians j


Miami Times Staff Report

DJ Cipha Sounds, a New York-based pop-
ular disc-jockey, has been suspended after
he made an on-air joke about Haitian wom-
en and HIV last tveek.
The Hot 97 host, whose real name is Luis
Diaz, said Friday that "The reason I'm HIV
negative is because I don't mess with Hai-
tian girls," sparking a rash of calls for his
firing from the city's Haitian community.
Recently, the station announced a three-
part plan to address the fall-out from Diaz's
comment, beginning with an immediate, in-
definite suspension for the DJ.
Diaz will also be required to undergo sen-
sitivity training focused on the Haitian com-
munity, specifically as it relates to the chal-
lenges its members have faced in terms of
the HIV epidemic. HOT 97 also said it would
work with local community leaders to pro-
mote awareness of HIV and programs to ad-
dress the spread of the disease.
The station's announcement comes after
a coalition of Haitian community leaders
threatened to demonstrate outside the sta-


DJ CIPHA SOUNDS


tion's headquarters to call for Diaz's imme-
diate dismissal.
The disc jockey, a host on the morning
show, "The Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg
Show," has since apologized to his listeners,
calling the remark "a stupid, tasteless joke."
A spokesman for the station acknowledged
the unfortunate nature of the incident but
said Diaz is committed to learning from his
lapse in judgment.
"Cipha made an immediate public apol-
ogy and recognizes his insensitivity and the
negative impact his comments have on all
Haitians," said Alex Cameron, SVP/Market
Manager of Emmis-New York. It's a very re-
grettable and unfortunate circumstance for
all involved and particularly because we
know this is not the nature of this young
man who has been an advocate of the Hai-
tian community and a big part of our fund-
raising efforts for Haiti. The Haitian commu-
nity is an important part of our listenership
whom we respect and value. The suspension
is an indication of the importance we place
on delivering a product that respects our
Haitian audience."


Donald Perlitz gets nearly 20 years in Haiti sex abuse case


By Dave Collins
Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut -
A man was recently sentenced
to nearly 20 years in prison for
sexually abusing children for
more than a decade at a school
he founded in Haiti, includ-
ing some who faced him in the
courtroom and testified that he
threatened to put them back on
the streets if they did not sub-
mit to his advances.
Judge Janet Bond Arterton
called Douglas Perlitz a serial
rapist and molester as she im-
posed the sentence in New Ha-


ven federal court. She said she
believed he would commit the
same crimes again if he were in
a similar position.
Perlitz, 40, apologized to his
victims while speaking in Cre-
ole before the sentence was
handed down. He said he knew
his crimes were horrible but
pleaded for leniency neverthe-
less, asking the judge to con-
sider the good work he did in
the impoverished Caribbean
nation.
"I began losing my head . .
I was using you," Perlitz said
while facing the six young men
who testified earlier. "I mis-


treated you because


you were afraid. Per- .
haps you were con-
fused. Perhaps you
thought, 'How could
this man, Douglas,
who's protecting me, .
be touching me like .
this?'
"I wasn't thinking
about you or your feel- PE
ings or how my actions
would affect you," he added.
"I'm asking for forgiveness."
More than 100 people filled
the courtroom including the
victims, two Haitian police of-
ficers and Perlitz's family and


RLITZ


supporters.
Perlitz admitted
in August that he
engaged in illicit
sexual conduct with
eight children who
attended the Proj-
ect Pierre Toussaint
School for home-
less children in
Cap-Haitien. Pros-
ecutors said Perlitz


gave the children money, food,
clothing and electronics and
threatened to take everything
away and expel them from the
program if they told anyone.
Arterton said she believed


there were at least 16 victims,
based on testimony 'that au-
thorities recorded on video by
others who attended the school.
Some of the six young Haitian
men said in court that dozens
of other boys were abused by
Perlitz.
Now a resident of Colorado,
Perlitz founded the school in
1997 when he lived in Fair-
field County, Conn. Authori-
ties said he began abusing the
children, some as young as 11,
in 1998 before the school was
built. The abuse scandal led to
the collapse of the school and
its fundraising arm, the Hai-


ti Fund, forcing the children
back into homelessness on the
streets, prosecutors said.
The six young men were flown
to Connecticut and detailed the
abuse they suffered.
"He always told me, 'Don't
tell anybody about it. If you
tell anybody about it, I will put
you out on the street,'" one vic-
tim said through a Creole in-
terpreter. He said Perlitz first
abused him in 1998 and once
sodomized him after filling him
with rum.
Another victim said Perlitz
started abusing him on his
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6C THE MIAMI TIMES, DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 4, 2010


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Shayna Knowles with students at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, Fla. Years of sex education likely
helped lower the teen birth rate.


TEEN BIRTHS HIT LOW IN HARD


By Mike Esterl

The birth rate among U.S.
teenagers fell to a record low
in 2009, and some experts at-
tributed the decline to the re-
cession.
The overall birth rate in the
U.S. dropped 4 percent to a
historic low last year, to 13.5
per 1,000 people from 14.0 in
2008, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention said
recently. But a steeper decline
occurred among those 15 to
19 years old, with the rate fall-
ing 6 percent to 39.1 births
per 1,000 females in that age
group, the lowest in seven de-
cades of tracking. Rates among
teens of all ages, races and eth-
nic groups also hit record lows
in 2009.
Researchers cautioned that
it was too early to draw hard
conclusions about the declines.



Keyshia Cole:

Coming off of a two-year lay-
off, which included having a
baby with fiancee and Cleveland
Cavaliers player Daniel Gibson,
Keyshia Cole is back and ready
for action.
Cole, now 29, says that her
new love and motherhood are
the best things that life has to
offer.
"It's great. It brings a whole
new inspiration to life," Cole
said of motherhood. "I don't
even know what I would do
without that love."
With the new album, "Calling
All Hearts," released on Dec. 21,
Cole seems to be in a good place


ARIES: MARCH 21 APRIL 20
Even if you can't be with someone you
care for, call that person or send a Soul
Vibration to let them know you care. You'll
feel better and so will the person.Take time
to meditate on the good things life has in
stored for you. Lucky Numbers: 35, 41,
50

TAURUS: APRIL 21 MAY 20
A person is only as good as their word.
If you have made any promises recently
remember to follow through. People
will be counting on you. Any dissatisfac-
tion you feel might come from not doing
what you told someone that you would do.
Lucky Numbers: 12, 18, 36

GEMINI: MAY 21 JUNE 20
If you're not sure about a business deal


Much of the data that could
shed further light, includ-
ing the use of contraceptives,
is still being gathered for the
most recent calendar year.
But some think the weak
economy may have accelerated
the broad trend, with many
would-be mothers anxious
about the cost of raising a child
and about high unemployment.
"This decline may be seen
more in delayed births for many
women than foregone births,"
said Brady Hamilton, a stat-
istician at the CDC's National
Center for Health Statistics
who helped write the report.
In a study published in April,
the Pew Research Center said it
had found strong correlations
in many U.S. states between
falling birth rates in 2008 and
declining per capital income
and housing prices.
The birth rate among 15- to


19-year-olds dropped a more
modest 2 percent in 2008, re-
versing two straight years of
increases. The 2009 rate is 37
percent lower than the high-
water mark of 61.8 births per
1,000 in 1991 among that age
group, according to the CDC.
"They see parents who have
lost jobs or houses. They're
very aware of how tough it is
now, and I think that causes
teens to be more cautious,"
said Sarah Brown, chief ex-
ecutive of the National Cam-
paign to Prevent Teen and
Unplanned Pregnancy.
Years of education pro-
grams aimed at reducing U.S.
teen pregnancies also likely
helped bring down births,
even though rates remain
higher than in many other
developed countries, accord-
ing to experts.
The U.S. birth rate in 2009


among Hispanic teens, at
70.1 per 1,000, far surpassed
rates among non-Hispanic
whites and non-Hispanic
Blacks, at 25.6 and 59.00, re-
spectively. But the birth rate
among Hispanic teens also
fell more sharply from 2008,
by 10 percent, than among
other groups, according to the
CDC.
The only age group to see a
rise in the U.S. birth rate last
year was women 40 to 44. The
rate rose 3 percent from 2008
to 10.1 per 1,000 women in
that age group, the highest
rate since 1967.
The CDC said the decline
in the overall number of U.S.
births appeared to continue
in the first half of 2010, based
on preliminary data.
The number of births in
2009 fell to 4,131,019 from
4,247,694 in 2008.


New CD, still dealing with family problems


with her relationship with Gib-
son, but there's still the issue of
her biological family.
Despite a strong foundation
on the home front, her rela-
tionship with members of her
extended family is currently
not so stable. Cole's mother,
Frankie Lons, who appeared on
her BET reality show 'The Way
It Is,' is no longer part of her life,
which she publicly addressed
earlier in the year.
The two often hashed out un-
healed wounds on the show,
which lasted three seasons,
only to later go their separate
ways. The family drama deep-


ask someone who knows. Asking ques-
tions now can help avoid mistakes in the
future. The love that you have been look-
ing for is right in front of you. Your ability
to see it improves this week. Lucky Num-
bers: 9, 14, 22

CANCER: JUNE 21- JULY 20
Your ability to display enormous grace
under enormous pressure will be tested
this week. Use your gifts this week to
transcend petty criticism. Consider the
source and know that you are doing just
fine. Lucky Numbers: 8, 19, 41

LEO: JULY 21 AUGUST 20.
You can expect a message from a dis-
tance to arrive this week and you'll be
happy to hear it. The spirit is easily lifted if
you remember that you only have to imag-


Keyshia Cole
ened when Lons and Cole's
oldest sister, Neffeteria 'Neffie'
Pugh, starred in the spinoff


ine your world the way you want it to be.
Create a happy reality tonight! Lucky Num-
bers: 24, 25, 30

VIRGO:AUGUST 21 SEPT 20
You're likely to be efficient and produc-
tive this week. Even if you work hard you'll
get satisfaction from a job well done! Use
your talents to create some free time for
yourself. Lucky Numbers: 7, 17, 21

LIBRA: SEPT 21 OCT 20
Educate those around you in the area of
personal growth. Their improvement will
bring benefits to you. Humor in communi-
cation is the key. Humor in introspection is
a must. Lucky Numbers: 16, 30, 39

SCORPIO: OCT 21 NOV 20
This week romance begins to percolate.
Enjoy your feelings and let your brain
relax. Suspend all judgments of others.
Being stern won't work for you this week.
Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 19

SAGITTARIUS: NOV 21 DEC 20
Romance will find you this week. Don't


show 'Frankie and Neffie.'
Cole openly expressed her
disapproval of the show, which
went on for two, seasons. L,:ans,
who has admitted to drug ad-
diction, has lived a large por-
tion of her life in and out of jail,'
and on the streets, causing her
to give Cole and her other sib-
lings up for adoption.
Lons now appears to be on
the road to sobriety and while
mother and daughter have yet
to fully reconcile, a hopeful Cole
sent a dedication to her biologi-
cal mother in her album, ex-
pressing her "patience" with the
possibility of healing their rift.

be looking the other way. Your "rap" is
especially strong. Make as many of those
important phone calls as possible. Lucky
Numbers: 11, 13, 20

CAPRICORN: DEC 21 -JAN 20
Don't take any big gambles this week,
the time is not right for a flight into the
unknown. A newfound harmony is in store
for you and your mate. Your mate will un-
derstand your fears. Lucky Numbers: 6,
48, 51

AQUARIUS: JAN 21- FEB 20
The air can be cleared easily. Admit
your need for help. Seek understand-
ing. You'll help another by seeking help
from them. Communication problems will
smooth themselves out. Lucky Numbers:
33,52,54

PISCES: FEB 21 MARCH 20
This week should bring an opportunity
to further your education, don't pass it up.
Pay special attention to details at work. A
friend needs your support. Find joy in giv-
ing it. Lucky Numbers: 26, 35, 43


Haitian Revolution led to the elimination of slavery in Haiti


REVOLUTION
continued from 5C

and Polish troops in the French
colony of Saint-Domingue,
Haitian rebels secured victory
establishing Haiti as the first
republic ruled by people of Af-
rican ancestry.
Haiti was led by Toussaint
L'Ouverture and Jean-Jacques
Dessalines whose troops would
eventually overwhelm the
French, including their com-
mander Charles Leclerc, the
brother-in-law of Napoleon
Bonaparte.
Slavery was the mean reason
that the Haitians rebelled but
even after becoming an inde-
pendent government, its soci-


ety continued many of the pat-
terns established under French
colonial rule. For example, the
French initiated a system of
minority rule over the illiter-
ate poor through the use of vio-
lence and threats. And many of
the Haitian mulattoes became
the nation's elite, using their
social capital to acquire and
land. Determined to dominate
politics and economics, the
new bourgeoisie created yet
another two-caste society, with
most Haitians being rural, illit-
erate farmers.
Why did the French want to
hold onto the tiny island? Be-
cause in the late 1700s, it was
the producer of 40 percent
of the world's sugar and was


the most profitable colony the
French owned. It was the lead-
ing colony in the Caribbean.
But one could anticipate future
problems as the lowest class of
people, enslaved Blacks mostly
African-born, outnumbered
whites and free people of color
by eight-to-one. In slave popu-
lation on the island in 1789
totaled almost half of the one
million slaves in the Caribbe-
an.
On January 1, 1804, Dessa-
lines declared Haiti a free re-
public. But the new country
found itself crippled by years
of war, a devastated agricul-
ture and a non-existent system
of commerce. Haiti was also
forced to make reparations to


French slaveholders that even-
tually bankrupted the Haitian
treasury. In the U.S., fearing
that Haiti's successful slave
revolt would inspire slaves in
America, the government used
its influence in Haiti to pro-
mote repressive regimes.
Even though L'Ouverture in
efforts to make concessions
to help his people was even-
tually tricked by the French,
then seized and imprisoned
where he soon died, he re-
mains a popular figure both in
Haiti and the U.S. Many slaves
in America tried to mimick
L'Ouverture's actions but most
failed. Haiti celebrated the bi-
centennial of its independence
from France in 2004


RAPPER CHARGED IN NIGHTCLUB BRAWL
Authorities in Tennessee say rapper Yo Gotti has been charged with a felony
after a Thanksgiving weekend shooting in a nightclub parking lot.
Police say Mario Mims, also known as Yo Gotti, turned himself in that following
Monday.
Mims and 10 other men are charged with aggravated riot. The Commercial
Appeal newspaper in Memphis reports several men were wounded by gunshots
before in the early morning of Nov. 29.
Court affidavits say Mims began to argue with another man. A fight started,
and police documents say unidentified people in the brawl started firing shots.
Murray Wells, an attorney in a firm representing Mims, says he's confident
Mims will be cleared of the charges.

RAPPER NAMED IN NY COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT SUIT
Rapper 50 Cent made a hit song out of talking about how he gets money. Now
another rapper wants to get some too -- from 50 Cent.
Lawyers for Tyron Simmons, an Atlanta rapper who goes by "Caliber," filed a
copyright infringement lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn.
The lawsuit names 50 Cent, jicng with the producer who created the instru-
mental beat for the 2007 hit song, "I Get Money," and a host of music industry
companies.
The lawsuit seeks damages and says Simmons had bought exclusive rights
to the instrumental track, and that 50 Cent and others infringed on his rights by
using it.
A representative for 50 Cent's record company declined comment.

EX-MANAGER SUES SINGER FOR $20 MILLION
A production company is suing R&B songstress Chrisette Michele and her Is-
land Del Jam label for i20 million. The compajn is claiming that she, along with
family members 3nd other record comparin e'iecs, engaged in unlawful business
pra.tic:es with the intent of Jetfrg Michele out of her contract with the produc-
ers.
Douglas "Biggs" Ellison, CEO of Four Kings Productions Inc.; filed the lawsuit
agairnit Tland Def Jam Music Group, Shail Berry (A&R) and Michele's parents
ILynette and Lemuel Payne.J in June ,I 2008. He alleges that the defendants
conspired to break the Grammy-nominated artist's exclusive contract with his
Queenr, lJew '.ork-ba:ed ic'lolnv.
kMi hele filed a lawsuitt against Four Kings in 2007 but later decided not to pur-
sue it.

RAPPER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR ONE YEAR
Court officials in Arizcna say the rapper known ai DM' has had his probation
revoked and is heading to prison for one year.
The Maricopa County Superior Court issued the ruling recently against the rap-
per, whose real name is Earl Simmons.
Simmons was arrested last month for violating probation. He told KSAZ-TV in
Phoenix he was kicked out of a drug treatment program because he had a drink
at a Scottsdale club during a performance.
Court documents allege Simmons failed to submit to drug testing and drove on
a suspended license.
Simmons was placed on probation last year after convictions for attempted
aggravated assault for thrujwing a food tray at a jail guard, and theft for trying to
using a fake name to avoid paying a $75001 hospital bill.




Haitian children start new lives


ADOPTIVE
continued from 5C

at Christmastime." Adop-
tive father Barque Partube
called the arrival "a very,
very nice Christmas gift."
The flight to Paris' Charles
de Gaulle airport recently
brought the first group of the
more than 300 children who
are expected to start a new
life in France. Another flight
is expected soon.


The French government
had been under pressure
from adoptive families to
speed up the complex pro-
ceedings.
International adoption is a
sensitive subject in Haiti. Af-
ter the earthquake, a group
of U.S. missionaries tried to
take 33 children out of the
country without proper doc-
uments, claiming they were
orphans. They all had at
least one living parent.


Haitian school founder sentenced


ABUSE
continued from 5C

14th birthday in 2004. He said
he struggled with feelings of
shame and thought about sui-
cide, especially when he read
the Bible.
"I am here today to tell the
truth. Because of the truth, I


can find justice," he' said. "He
hurt us a lot."
Prosecutors had asked the
judge for a prison sentence
of nearly 20 years, saying
Perlitz preyed on some of the
world's most vulnerable: Hai-
tian street children with little
or no family support or edu-
cation.


Singer anticipants upcoming concert


INDEPENDENCE
continued from 5C

independence, Juste presents a
concert that attracts Haitians
from all over the world.
'Every Haitian looks forward
to this concert and besides our
own community here in South
Florida, we always have broth-
ers and sisters from Montreal
and New York City among other
cities, who come to take part in
the celebration," she said. "It's
a time of many reunions when
friends gather and we all drink
the delicious 'soup joumou' -
the soup of Haitian freedom."
Juste was born and raised in
Port-au-Prince and says she be-
gan singing when she was only
seven-years-old. As she grew
older she began to write poetry
and political songs denouncing
the Duvalier regime. After im-
migrating to Montreal, she be-
gan to sing her songs in public.
Her first album as a solo artist,
produced in 1977, received crit-
ical acclaim, establishing her


on the Haitian musical scene.
In 1983 she moved to Miami
where a new Haitian communi-
ty was beginning to find its own.
identity. She became a commu-
nity activist, speaking out on
behalf of recent Haitian immi-
grants. She also began to work
with small children, founding a
day care center, Farah Angels
in North Miami. She calls her-
self an activist, a militant and
a fighter.
"The theme of this year's con-
cert is 'Haiti Stand Up,'" she
said. "My concern is to make
sure that the concert be a re-
flection of what has happened
during the previous year in
Haiti. Right now Haiti is laying
down and we want to encourage
our country to get up. The show
will start with a stretcher being
carried out on stage. A Haitian
flag will be the patient. In a
choreographed piece we will il-
lustrate how Haiti is dying. But
then Haiti will rise to its feet.
That's the message: it's time for
Haiti to stand once more."


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African nationals in Miami to join alliances


By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times Reporter

Business leaders from a col-
lective of African nations were
in Miami recently, seeking in-
vestors to help build up their
economic infrastructures. The
Allied African Nations Cham-
ber of Commerce (AANCC) held
its annual business conference
at the downtown Hyatt Regen-
cy, with representatives from
countries that included Angola,
South Africa, Ghana, Uganda
and Madagascar, just to name
a few.
"Everyone is focusing on
Latin America to conduct busi-
ness," said Luis Castillo, direc-
tor of Global Trade and Financ-
ing. "There are a lot of projects
available in Africa to invest in."
Castillo says the whole pur-
pose of the conference was to let
the community know about the
different types of investment op-
portunities that are available in
Africa. For example, Madagas-
car is the number one importer
of rice while Uganda stands as
the largest coffee producer in
the world.
Timothy Rakotonirainy, Mad-


agascar Consulate, was present
at the conference and says his
country is very rich in gold and
that the country's new presi-
dent wants to deal directly with
investors.
"We want to live like Ameri-
cans," Rakotonirainy said. "We
need energy supply companies
so we can have air conditioning
and televisions."
Peter S. Nielsen, Honorary
Consul Republic of Uganda, ex-
pressed his sentiments about
America's missing out on a lot
of opportunities because .they
are not on the forefront doing
business with his country like
China is doing.
"Where are the Americans?"
he asked. "The Chinese are here
wanting to refurbish the rail-
road from Uganda to Sudan."
JC Eric Germain, Represen-
tative of the Republic of Mauri-
tius, was on hand as well and.
mentioned that his country is
looking for investors to come
over and set up food processing
plants.
"We are looking for foreign
investors to serve the region,"
Germain said. "We need meat
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Peter S. Nielsen, Honorary Consul Republic of Uganda (I-r); Timothy Rakotonirainy, Madagascar Expert, Madagascar
Consulate in New York City; JC Eric Germain, Founder and International Coordinator, Christian Chamber of Commerce
Mauritius; Anthony A. L. Adjasse, President/CEO, Allied African Nations Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Govan, Business
Development Manager, South African Consulate General in New York City; Florida State Senator Anthony C. "Tony" Hill,
Sr.; Office of Economic Development and International Trade of Miami-Dade County, International Trade Coordinator,
Desmond Alufohai; and Bryant Salter, Director Enterprise Florida, Inc. African Trade Expansion Program.


Tax chores to take care of before Dec. 31


Growing up a few

loose ends now can

pay off on April 15

By Sandra Block

Year-end tax tips used to be fairly
straightforward, at least by the tax
code's byzantine standards, but this
has been no ordinary year. For most
of 2010, taxpayers didn't know what
their tax rates would be in 2011. Now,
thanks to the compromise agreement
President Obama signed last Friday,
taxpayers have some clarity. Unless
your personal situation will change
next year you're retiring, for exam-
ple, or expect to get a big raise your
tax rate probably won't change. With
that in mind, here are steps you can
take before Dec. 31 that could lighten
your 2010 tax bill:

DEFER INCOME
This is a standard year-end tax tip,
and because tax rates will remain un-


TAX LAW: President Obama signs into law an $858 billion bill extend-
ing for two years Bush-era tax cuts. Vice President Biden, left, and
members of Congress and administration officials attend the Dec. 17
ceremony.


changed next year, it's still valid. You
won't have to pay taxes on income
earned after Dec. 31 until the spring
of 2012, when you file your 2011 tax
return.
And this year, there's an additional
benefit to deferring income, because
income ear*i1d in 2011 will be subject
to a hlo,'er pay roll tax, says Melissa
L.banrt. technical manager for the
American Institute of Certified Public
Accountants. Social Security taxes for
workers will drop to 4.2 percent from
6.2 percent for wages up to $106,800.
Self-employed, workers, who pay 100
percent of their Social Security taxes,
will see their payroll tax reduced to
10.4 percent from 12.4 percent, La-
bant says.
If you're employed, you probably
can't persuade your employer to hold
onto your paycheck until Jan. 1. But
executives who receive bonuses or
stock options may have some say in
when they receive the money, Labant
says. And self-employed workers can
ask clients and customers to wait un-
til January to pay their bills.
Please turn to TAX 8D


Dollar stores


keep trucking


Low-cost retailers

hold on to trade-down

set even as economy

recovers

By Leslie Eaton and
Ann Zimmerman

Loading shopping bags into the
back of her white Lexus, Corlette
Coleman says she is spending a lit-
tle more for the holidays this year.
But Ms. Coleman, a 35-year-old
director of a medical-training pro-
gram, is still shopping in the same
place: the no-frills dollar store.
Please turn to DOLLAR 8D


Middle class falls short on retirement funds


NEW YORK The average Ameri-
can has saved less than 7 percent of
his desired retirement nest egg and
will likely have to keep working in re-
tirement to supplement his income.
Middle-class Americans think they
need $300,000 to fund their retire-
ment, but on average have only saved
$20,000, according to a survey re-
leased recently by Wells Fargo & Co.
"Middle class" is defined as those
aged 30 to 69 with $40,000 to
$100,000 in household income or
$25,000 to $100,000 in investable as-
sets and those aged 25 to 29 with in-
come or investable assets of $25,000


to $100,000.
"Too many Americans have their
heads in the sand in the face of obvi-
ous savings deficits," said Laurie Nor-
dquist, director of Wells Fargo Insti-
tutional Retirement Trust. "Barring
a miracle, a winning lottery ticket or
a big inheritance, they're going to be
forced to dramatically cut back their
lifestyles after retirement."
Even those fast approaching retire-
ment age are not well-funded. Re-
spondents aged 50 to 59 have saved
an average of only $29,000 for retire-
ment.
Consequently, more than a third of


respondents believe they will have to
work during retirement in order to af-
ford the things they want or just to
make ends meet.
Many are also still relying on Social
Security to fill the gap, though confi-
dence in this funding varies consider-
ably by age.
Seventy-seven percent of respon-
dents aged 50 to 59 believe that So-
cial Security will contribute to their
retirement income, while only 22 per-
cent of 30-somethings thought there
would be enough left in the pot to
fund their retirement.
The vast majority of respondents


admitted they need help figuring out
how much money they need to live
on in retirement and picking invest-
ments for their 401(k)s. But in a nega-
tive twist for financial advisers, more
than two-thirds said they were not
willing to pay for this advice.
This puts more responsibility on
employers to offer advice and plan-
ning tools through their workplace
401(k) plans, said Nordquist.
"If people aren't willing to pay for
advice they are going to get a more va-
nilla approach to planning," she said.
"But a simple plan is better than no
plan."


Minority-businesses in U.S. are booming


By David Hinson
Special to the NNPA

The U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics just released the lat-
est details on the American job
market. The report mixed good
news with bad private-sec-
tor firms created 159,000 new
jobs in October, but the unem-
ployment rate remains persis-
tently high, at 9.6 percent.
Policymakers continue to
search for ways to help those
looking for work to find jobs.


The minority business com-
munity should be at the center
of that conversation. Minority
firms have been an engine of
job growth for the U.S. econ-
omy in recent years, outpac-
ing growth within the general
business community for most
of the last decade.
According to the U.S. Cen-
sus Bureau, the number of
people employed at minority-
owned businesses jumped 27
percent from 4.7 million to
5.9 million between 2002


and 2007. Job growth for non-
minority-owned firms was less
than one percent during that
time.
In those five years, the num-
ber of minority-owned firms in
the U.S. grew 46 percent, to
a total of 5.8 million. Mean-
while, the number of firms in
the overall economy expanded
at less than half that rate.
Minority businesses are
emerging as leading export-
ers, too. They exported to 41
countries on six continents


between 1992 and 2009, ac-
cording to the U.S. Export
Import Bank. With these fig-
ures in mind, there's no doubt
that minority entrepreneurs
will lead the American busi-
ness community's charge to
double exports within the next
five years, as the president's
National Export Initiative has
challenged them to do.
While minority-owned
businesses are growing at
a breakneck pace, dispari-
ties continue to exist between
minority- and non-minority-
owned firms. Just 800,000 of
the nearly six million minority


firms in existence have more
than one employee. And, the
annual revenue for the average
minority-owned firm is about
$300,000 less than that of a
non-minority-owned firm.
Closing the entrepreneurial
revenue gap between minority-
and non-minority-owned busi-
nesses based on the share of
the adult minority population
would add $2.5 trillion to our
nation's economic output, cre-
ating 11.8 million more Ameri-
can jobs, and unleashing the
innovation of an economic sec-
tor that has long been under-
valued.


Corporate America can
strengthen its efforts to make
minority-owned businesses a
larger part of its global supply
chain and minority business
owners can and should do a
better job of embracing aggres-
sive growth models and capi-
talizing on opportunities for
alliances, mergers and strate-
gic partnerships.
Minority-owned firms don't
have to pursue these growth
strategies blindly. The Minor-
ity Business Development
Agency at the U.S. Depart-
ment of Commerce supports
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Big-bucks college presidents aren't earning their pay


By Mark Schneider

The Chronicle of Higher Educa-
tion recently identified 30 presi-
dents of colleges or universities
whose compensation exceeded $1
million in 2008. While the pay is a
pretty good deal for the university
presidents, what about for their
students?
To find the answer, I compared
these top-paid presidents with
two measures of student success:
1) the graduation rate of students
who obtain a bachelor's degree in


six years, and 2) the percentage
of borrowers who default on their
student loans within two years of
graduating or dropping out. The
graduation rate is as fundamental
a measure of success as there is.
The default rate is one of the only
measures we have of how well stu-
dents do in the labor market upon
leaving school.
The 30 schools on the Chronicle's
list are distinguished by the high
compensation received by these
university presidents. For that kind
of money, one might expect them to


have led their students to top aca-
demic performance. But this isn't
the case.

A $4.8 MILUON PAYDAY
One school Touro College in
New York- stood out. The college
is classified in Barron's maga-
zine's exhaustive Profiles of Ameri-
can Colleges as "very competitive,"
which means its students ranked
in the top 10 percent-20 percent in
high school.
Truly stunning, though, is that
in 2008, Touro paid its president,


Bernard Lander, a totalcompen-
sation of $4.8 million (about three
times higher than the average of
all school presidents making more
than $1 million). Yet Touro's six-
year graduation rate was only 57
percent, eight percentage points
lower than the average perfor-
mance of all four-year colleges in.
the "very competitive" category. In
addition, Touro's student loan de-
fault rate, according to the U.S.
Department of Education, is more
than twice its peer group average.
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City of Miami Purchasing Dept.
Don Bailey's Carpet
Family Dentist
General Motors Cadillac Division
Graves, Olivia
JMH Health Plan
Macy's
Miami Dade Public Housing
Miami Dade-Water & Sewer
New Luster Carpet Cleaning Service
Poitier Funeral Home
Publix
United Teachers of Dade


Dollar stores continue to thrive in suffering economy


DOLLAR
continued from 7D

"There are a lot of bar-
gains," she said, standing
outside a Dollar Tree Inc.
store. "The little ornaments
that look like crystal and can
cost 15 bucks are just $1 in
there."
Dollar Tree, Dollar Gen-
eral Corp. and Family Dollar
Stores Inc. have been some
of the biggest winners dur-
ing the recession, even as
most retailers suffered. And
though some luxury shops
are now reporting better
sales of expensive baubles,
analysts are predicting that
Christmas 2010 will be an-


other good one for dollar
stores.
Still-frugal shoppers like
Ms. Coleman are just one
of the reasons the stores
seemed headed for continued
success this year, after post-
ing strong sales increases
last Christmas.
Rick Dreiling, chairman
and CEO of Dollar General
Corp., told an investor con-
ference last week that up-
per-income shopper are still
turning up at the stores, and
promise to stick around.
"For the second year in a
row," he said, "95 percent
of our trade-down custom-
ers are saying that, regard-
less of what happens to the


economy, they're going to
continue to shop with us."
Last year, for the quarter
that included the holiday.
season, Dollar General's
same-store sales were up 7.4
percent.
Dollar stores also continue
to haVe a large pool of cus-
tomers who don't have the
option of trading back up.
The slow and uneven eco-
nomic recovery means that
a lot of core-customer low-
income families continue to
turn to them for deals.
And there are more such
shoppers: Census data sug-
gest that the number of
households with incomes
under $35,000 has jumped


by almost 1.8 million since
2007, before the recession
started.
Among consumers sur-
veyed SymphonylRI, a Chi-
cago-based market-research
firm, 18 percent of respon-
dents said they planned to
shop at dollar stores when
buying food and drink for
their holiday festivities.
(There aren't year-earlier
comparisons for the data.)
The long-term outlook
for dollar stores could dim
as the economy recovers
but the chains are press-
ing ahead with plans to add
hundreds of stores to the
thousands that they already
have.


Steps you can take to lighten your 2010 tax bill


TAX
continued from 7D

ACCELERATE
DEDUCTIONS
This strategy allows
you to lower your tax-
able income sooner
rather than later,
which is usually a
good idea. Deductible
expenses' ,that-can be
prepaid before year's
end include state and
local taxes and real es-
tate taxes that are due
in early 2011.
Before you start
prepaying your bills,
though, make sure
you're not going to
be hit by the alterna-
tive minimum tax this
year, says Greg Rosica,
contributing author
for the Ernst & Young
Tax Guide 2011. The
AMT is a parallel tax
system that eliminates
many deductions and
credits, resulting in a
higher tax bill. It was
originally intended to
prevent wealthy tax-
payers from using
loopholes and deduc-
tions to avoid paying
any taxes, but the in-
come threshold was
never indexed to infla-
tion. In recent years,
Congress has enacted
a temporary fix each
year to limit its growth.
The tax compromise
includes another tem-
porary fix for 2010, so if
you didn't pay the AMT
in 2009 and your
circumstances haven't


changed you proba-
bly won't have to pay it
in 2010, Labant says.
But if you were close to
the AMT threshold last
year, you should ask a
tax professional to run
the numbers before
you prepay some of
your bills. Real estate
and state income taxes
aren't deductible under
the AMT, so there's no
benefit to accelerating
those deductions if you
won't be able to claim
them on your 2010 tax
return, Rosica says.

PRUNE TAXABLE
INVESTMENTS
The tax compromise
will also leave capital
gains rates unchanged
in 2011, so you don't
need to sell some of
your top-performing
investments by Dec.
31 to take advantage
of current low rates,
says Justin Ransome,
a partner in Grant
Thornton's National
Tax Office. But if you've
got some turkeys in
your taxable portfolio,
you may want to get rid
of them before Dec. 31.
You can use those loss-
es to offset any capital
gains you've earned
this year. And if you
don't have any gains to
offset, you can deduct
Sup to $3,000 against
your income, Rosica
says.
Another popular
strategy this time of
year is to give securi-


ties to charity. When
you donate securities
that have risen in val-
ue to charity, you can
deduct the value of the
securities and avoid
paying taxes on the
gains.
Don't donate securi-
ties you've owned for
less than a year, Rosi-
ca says. If you do, your
deduction will be lim-
ited to the amount you
paid for the securities,
not their current value,
he says. And don't do-
nate securities that
have declined in value,
he says, because you'll
give up the ability to
claim the loss. A better
plan: Sell the securi-
ties, give the proceeds
to charity, take the
charitable deduction,
and use the losses to
offset your gains.

DON'T FORGET
EDUCATION-RELATED
BREAKS
Many states allow
residents to deduct
contributions to state-
sponsored 529 college
savings plans from
state income taxes. In
New York, for example,
residents who contrib-
ute to the state's 529
plan can deduct up
to $5,000 from their
state income taxes, or
$10,000 for a married
couple. Making a con-
tribution by Dec. 31
will enable you to claim
the deduction on your
2010 return.


Already have a
child in college? If
you haven't taken
full advantage of the
American Opportunity
Credit, consider pay-
ing spring college tu-
ition before Dec. 31,
says Kathy Pickering,
executive director of
the Tax Institute at
H&R Block. That way,
you can claim the full
credit on your 2010 tax
return.
The American Op-
portunity Credit pro-
vides a tax credit of up
to $2,500 per student
per year. Parents can
claim the credit for up
to 100 percent of the
first $2,000 in quali-
fied college costs and
25 percent of the next
$2,000. To get the full
credit, you'll need to
spend at least $4,000
on qualified expenses.
Forty percent of the
credit is refundable,
so a low-income family
that doesn't owe feder-
al taxes could receive a
check for up to $1,000.
If you can't come up
with the cash to pay
for next year's tuition
by Dec. 31, don't wor-
ry. The tax compro-
mise extends the credit
through 2012, so you'll
still be able to claim it
on next year's tax re-
turn.

MAXIMIZE HEALTH-
RELATED INCENTIVES
If you have a flexible
spending account for


unreimbursed health
care expenses, make
sure you've emptied
it by Dec. 31. Flexible
spending accounts al-
low workers to pay for
co-payments, deduct-
ibles and other unre-
imbursed medical and
dental expenses with
pretax dollars. Most
companies require you
to forfeit money that
isn't spent by Dec. 31.
This year, you can
use money in your
flex account to pay
for over-the-counter
drugs, such as aspi-
rin and cough syrup.
But starting Jan. 1 you
won't be able to use
flexible spending ac-
count funds for over-
the-counter drugs un-
less you have a doctor's
prescription. If you've
got money left in your
flex account, Pickering
says, "You may want to
stock up."


Minority firms are growing


MINORITY
continued from 7D

more than 40 busi-
ness centers around
the country to help
minority-owned firms
secure access to capi-


tal and contracts and
assistance in entering
growing foreign mar-
kets.
As we look for ways
to create more jobs
for Americans still
desperately in need,


shining a light on the
economic potential
of the minority-busi-
ness community can
significantly benefit
the American people
and the U.S. econo-
my.


ALL FORMERSCOTT AND CARVER HOMES RESIDENTS
If you were residing in Scott or Carver Homes as of September 16, 1999 and
have not received a letter and form via certified mail from Miami-Dade Public
Housing Agency (MDPHA) concerning new optional housing opportunities within
the Expanded HOPE VI Target Area, please contact us immediately at
786-469-4121 or 786-469-4119, so that we can provide you with this important
information. (Note: Deadline for return of form to MDPHA is January 15, 2011).





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African business group seeking local investors


ALLIANCES
continued from 7D

processing plants."
According to Anthony C. Hill
Sr., State Senator for district 1
representing Jacksonville says
that Florida is the gateway to
Africa and notes that because
the needs in Africa are so great,
doing business there is unlike
doing business anywhere else
in the world.
"It's important for us if we
can connect the dots from Flor-
ida to Africa," Hill said. "Our
doors are open and the oppor-
tunities are here."
South African Consulate
General Jeff Govan says that
as South Africa so goes the
rest of the African nations.
He points out that growth has
been difficult over the past two
years because of the recession


but adds that his country has
done well because of a grow-
ing, new middle class of Blacks
who are able to purchase hous-
es and cars.
"It could have been worse,"
he said. "South Africa is a good
place to do business."
But South Africa is not the
only African nation where
business is going well Ni-
geria is experiencing a robust
economy too.
For the last several months
Priscilla B. Dames of Wing-
span Seminars [based out of
Miami] who is a professional
trainer in the area of conflict
and crisis resolution, has been
involved with the Nigerian gov-
ernment to resolve domestic
disputes. She's currently en-
gaged in the Nigerian Amnesty
program that grants amnesty
to ex-militants that are em-


broiled in the conflict over oil.
Dames says the United Na-
tions got drawn into the quar-
rel between rebel forces and
the Nigerian government over
oil.
"I provide non-violent train-
ing and job skills so the ex-
militants can start a new life,"
she said. "What I thought was
going to be a two-week job has
been going on for six months."
Desmond Alufohai, CMP,
international trade coordina-
tor for the Office of Economic
Development & International
Trade for Miami-Dade County
says the goal of the conference
and beyond is to promote Mi-
ami as a global gateway to Af-
rica.
"I'm very proud to let visitors
know we have a vibrant and
robust relationship with many
ports in Africa," he said.


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9D THE 'h.I TIMES, DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 4, 2010


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Jackson honors employees



for stellar achievement


Special to the Miami Times


During the Public Health
Trust Board of Trustees meet-
ings in October and Novem-
ber 2010, two employees were
honored with an Achiever
Award consecutively by En-
eida 0. Roldan, M.D., M.P.H.,
M.B.A, president and chief
executive officer of Jackson
Health System; John H. Co-
peland, III, chairman of the
Public Health Trust Board of
Trustees and Angel Medina,
Jr., vice chairman of the Pub-
lic Health Trust.
Achiever awards are pre-
sented to employees who best
exemplify the values of Jack-
son Health System: service
excellence and quality, com-
mitment, compassion, team-
work and communications,
integrity and stewardship,
respect, confidentiality, and
who celebrate the cultural
diversity of oui patients and
staff. The winners are select-
ed out of Jackson Health Sys-
tem's 11,266 employees.
The employee honored with
an Achiever Award for Octo-
ber 2010 was Lyzia Forcheney,
a patient finance coordinator,
in the Corporate Business Of-
fice at Jackson Memorial Hos-
pital.
Forcheney was nominated
by a patient's daughter for


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November 2010 Achiever Award Winner Bernie Cartaya,
M.D. (I-r), pediatric neonatologist in the neonatal intensive
care unit, Jackson North Medical Center, stands with Sandy
Sears, chief administrative officer of Jackson North Medi-
cal Center.


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October 2010 Achiever Award Winner Lyzia Forcheney
patient finance coordinator at Jackson Memorial Hospit
proudly shows her award.

service excellence and quality ployee not only for her exc
who said, "I would like your lent communication skills 1
hospital to recognize this em- for the compassion and em]


By Brian Stelter

Which product was sold in
stores first: Post-it Notes or
the Sony Walkman?
Gabe Okoye, left, and Brit-
tany Mayti with Kevin Pollak,
the host of "Million Dollar
Money Drop," in its premiere
on Fox.
Okoye, 25, and his girl-
friend, Brittany Mayti, 23,
were the contestants on the
very first episode of "Million
Dollar Money Drop," a Fox
game show that had its pre-
miere last week. Okoye was
confident about the Post-it
Notes so confident that he
persuaded Ms. Mayti to go
along. Together, they wagered
$800,000 of the $880,000
they had banked, out of the
$1 million the show's produc-
ers had challenged them to
keep at the beginning of the
program.
They were wrong, Fox said.
True to the show's title,
wads of hundred-dollar bills
dropped off the table with a
loud whoosh. The studio au-
dience gasped, and Mr. Okoye
hung his head in his hands,
bent over as if he had been
punched in the stomach.

EMBARRASSING TURN
"It's O.K., baby," Ms. Mayti
told him, "we still have more
money." Minutes later, they
lost the remaining $80,000
and went home not only emp-
ty-handed, but "devastated,"
she said, about the loss of so
much money.
Okoye thought to himself, "I
have to make it up to her one
million dollars' worth."
But he was right about the
Post-it Notes.
In an embarrassing about-
face, the show's producers
acknowledged recently that
they had "incomplete infor-


thy she had for me at my time
of need. With the stress of the
recession being present in all
of our lives, it is rare to find a
genuine pearl in the riff of life.
You definitely have a gem."
The employee honored with
an Achiever Award for Novem-
ber 2010 was Bernie Cartaya,
M.D., pediatric neonatologist
*""- in the neonatal intensive care
unit, Women's Services De-
partment at Jackson North
Medical Center. As his nomi-
nator said, "Dr. Cartaya was
heaven sent. Our baby girl was
born with congenital CMV. It's
a virus that passes through
the umbilical cord and severe-
ly affects unborn children. Dr.
Cartaya noticed that some-
thing was unusual with her.
r, a He examined her quickly and
tal, soon discovered the intensity
of her condition. He was there
day and night, whenever we
needed him. I thank God for
cel- putting the care of our daugh-
but ter in his care along with the
pa- care of the nurses in NICU."


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Fox.
mation" about the history of
Post-it Notes, and they invited
Okoye and Ms. Mayti back to
try again. They did not, how-
ever, return the $800,000.
The couple said they har-
bored no grudge toward Fox,
and had not decided whether
to accept the invitation. "To
go through that again -
maybe to lose again that's
a lot of stress," Okoye said by
telephone recently.

ON A ROLL
Up until the Post-it Notes
question, the couple had been
on a roll. Only two questions
still loomed. "There's no way
to recreate the type of situa-
tion we had, the adrenaline
we had," Ms. Mayti said.
"We'll just never know," he
added.
Capitalizing on the holiday
season, Fox scheduled "Mil-
lion Dollar Money Drop" for
four nights in a row this week.
It is scheduled to return for a
few nights in January.
"Sometimes people can
conceive the fact of having


that much money," Okoye
said, "but once it's right in
front of you you can touch
it, you can smell it it be-
comes much more real."

WEB CONFIRMS
There was a spike in Google
search traffic for the term
"Post-it Note" immediately
after the telecast last week
night, and by last Tuesday
morning, message board
threads had popped up about
the topic and viewers had
prodded television reporters
to investigate.
Web searches confirmed
that the Walkman had
reached store shelves in 1979,
but there was uncertainty
about the introduction of
Post-it Notes. The notes were
invented by 1977, but were
not sold nationally until 1980.
Okoye did some searching,
too, but "I didn't trust Wikipe-
dia," he said.
"I was just like, 'Little old me
can't be right over a big com-
pany like Fox.' It's that type of
doubt," he said.


Buyers usually come out in

droves week after Christmas

By Jayne O'Donnell

Car dealers are bracing for one of their.biggest
sales periods of the year this week as many con-
sumers shift their attention from what's under
the tree to what's in their garage.
Many dealers do up to 70 percent of their De-
cember business in the week after Christmas,
says James O'Sullivan, CEO of Mazda North
America. Some don't even bother to advertise
much until right before Christmas, recognizing,
that it would be hard to get most consumers' at-
tention, O'Sullivan says.
"December is not the biggest selling month of
the year," says O'Sullivan, but Dec. 26 to Jan.
1 is the "most intense selling week of the year."
Several factors make the post-Christmas/
pre-New Year's period a bountiful one for the
car business. Some, including big stock mar-
ket gains, make it likely this year will be busier
than usual. Most important, many people are off
work and kids are home from college, so there's
time for families to shop.
"In the car business, weekends are our big
volume days," says Shaun Del Grande, whose
San Jose-based dealership chain sells brands
including Honda, Toyota, Subaru and Mazda.
This week, "Every day is like a weekend."
There's also pent-up demand among consum-
ers who held back on big-ticket purchases dur-
ing the recession, says James Bell, executive
market analyst at Kelley Blue Book. And many
people know that "at the end of the month deal-
ers are a little more willing to wheel and deal."
Those hoping to get a tax deduction for a new
model bought or leased for business also may be
rushing to buy before the end of the year, Bell
says.
People are clearly still in the mood to shop af-
ter Christmas. Kathy Grannis, spokeswoman for
the National Retail Federation, says Dec. 26 is
one of the busiest shopping days of the year and


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the week after Christmas can account for up to
15 percent of holiday sales for non-auto retailers.
Luxury-car sales will likely get the biggest
bump for the car business this week, thanks to
stock market indicators that hit two-year highs
last week, says Paul Taylor, chief economist for
the National Automobile Dealers Association.
Luxury-car buyers typically own the most stock
outside of their retirement programs, Taylor says,
and are most likely to feel more confident when
the markets are up. Luxury-vehicle sales were
already up 21 percent last month over November
2009.
Don't expect the incredible deals of 2008 and
'09. Car dealers don't have to resort to the deep
discounting like they did during the recession.
Still, there are plenty of zero-percent financing
or no-money-down lease deals, even on vehicles
like the Honda Odyssey minivan that are new
for 2011.
"It truly is the 'perfect storm,' Del Grande
says. "It's like our version of Black Friday, but we
get it for a whole week."


Consumer spending in
October, earlier reported to
have risen 0.5 percent, was
revised to show a stronger
0.7 percent gain. As a result,
even if spending does not
increase at all in December,
it is on track to grow at an
inflation-adjusted 4 percent
annual rate in the fourth
quarter, which would mark
its fastest pace since 2006.
Meanwhile, an index of
consumer sentiment from
the University of Michigan
rose to 74.5 this month,
from 71.6 in November.
Shoppers at Jones & Lang
Sporting Goods in Colum-
bia, Tenn., are still being
more cautious with their
money than they were. be-
fore the downturn, said
owner Daniel Pollard, often
opting for cheaper base-
ball bats and gloves than


they used to. But they are
becoming more confident,
he said. After slipping last
yeai, sales at the store are
back to their 2008 levels.
"To be back on par with
our 2008 numbers, we feel
like we're in a good situa-
tion," Pollard said.
The strength in consumer
spending, which represents
about two-thirds of demand
in the economy, sh iuld
translate into stronger ovrc-
all economic growth. Bar-
clays Capital's Maki said re-
cent data suggest that gross
domestic product is grow-
ing at least at a 3.5 percent
annual rate in the fourth
quarter, stronger than his
current forecast of 3 percent.
Economists at Morgan Stan-
ley boosted their GDP fore-
cast to 4.5 percent from 4.3
percent.


By Justin Lahart

The U.S. economy gathered
steam heading into the end of
the year, with consumers lift-
ing spending as businesses
have become more willing to
hire.
Consumer spending rose
0.4 percent in November
from October, adjusting for
inflation, the Commerce
Department said recently.
Separate reports showed
job-market improvement, a
pickup in business orders
for new equipment and im-
proved consumer senti-
ment.
"It looks like we've transi-
tioned into a period of solid
consumer spending," said
Barclays Capital economist
Dean Maki. "That makes
it hard not to be optimistic
about economic growth."


Gabe Okoye, left, and Brittany Mayti, moments after wagering $800,000 on "Million
Dollar Money Drop" and being told that the answer was wrong. They've been offered a
second chance.



Right on the $800,000




question, they lost anyway


Gabe Okoye, left, and Brittany Mayti with Kevin Pollak,
the host of "Million Dollar Money.Drop," in its premiere on


Car dealers get happy before the new year


U.S. economy gathering steam











BL.ACK.S MU I CONrIROL I HEIR O\\ N rDIMINY


100 : MIAMi TIMES, DECEMBER 29-JANUARY 4, 2010


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Our gifts for the sports figures in our midst


Happy Holidays
from the Sports
Brothers. We hope
that each of you got
what you wanted for
Christmas and that
you did a little giving
back of your own. For
our final column of
2010, we'd like to give
gifts to individuals
in the sports world.


Sure, we're a little late
but don't blame us.
Blame it on your mail
carrier. Here goes.
For Miami Dolphins
owner Stephen Ross
- $12 million dollars.
That is exactly the
amount of money Bill
Parcells stole from the
Dolphins. He left a
franchise in disarray


and probably in the
worse shape it's been
in since he acquired
it three years ago. By
the way, Parcells' con-
tract allowed him to
leave at any time and
get his full amount of
money.
For Dolphins Coach
Tony Sparano The
classified section from


The Miami Times. If
(or rather when) the
team loses to New
England Patriots this
coming Sunday, Tony
will need it to find an-
other gig.
For Dolphins Of-
fensive Coordinator
Dan Henning an
express ticket to a
retirement home in
Arizona. Not all of the
Dolphins offensive
woes can be placed
on his shoulders, but
he should take a lot
of blame for inconsis-
tency and bad play
calling. Happy retire-
ment Dan. After this
season the only thing
you will be calling will


be the numbers from
a Bingo game at the
senior home.
For Randy Shan-
non A second
chance with another
program. There's no
doubt that Shannon is
a motivator, father fig-
ure and great mentor
to young men. Unfor-
tunately in the busi-
ness of college foot-
ball, you can be all of
those things but if you
don't win you'll be out
of a job. At Shannon's
next stop, let's hope
he has assistants and
players that won't let
him down. He'll also
need an administra-
tion without an itchy


trigger finger.
For new UM coach
Al Golden the off
the field success of
Randy Shannon with
the on the field suc-
cess of Jimmy John-
son, Dennis Erickson
and Howard Schnel-
lenberger.
For Chad Henne -
Confidence, consis-
tency and the Soul
Train DVD set to give
him some rhythm.
The man is too stiff in
the pocket.
For Dwyane Wade,
LeBron James, and
Chris Bosh Plenty
of rings.
For Donavan
McNabb a pair of


balls. You've gotten
benched in Philly. You
got traded from Philly.
You've gotten called
out in Washington for
not being in shape or
knowing the playbook.
They gave you a bogus
contract supposedly
worth $78 million, but
in reality you will only
get $3 million when
they cut you after the
season. Finally you
get benched for Rex
Grossman and you're
demoted to third
string. Yet in all of
those moves, you have
remained profession-
al and calm. BLEEP
THAT!! Please go off on
someone anyone.


It's time you showed
your behind. You are
respected and loved in
many circles, so going
off one time won't ruin
your rep. But come on
man, say something
and stop taking those
mental beatings.
For Tiger Woods -
The end of your skid
and a return to your
winning ways.
Finally for our Mi-
ami Times readers
- We will continue
to give you the best
that we can on a
weekly basis. Thanks
for reading our col-
umn and listening to
our show. Happy New
Year!


enral i ooballcoachall eoak ee lls Cinderella-like season


Says 'winning it all still sinking in' I


By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miatnitimesonline.coin

Like the little engine that could,
Central High's football team has
climbed the arduous and elu-
sive mountain towards the state
championship several times in
its recent past. But this year, af-
ter losing their opening game to
Camden County in a close one,
42-45, the team went undefeated,
including two victories against
their crosstown rival, Northwest-
ern High. And for the first time
in the school's history, they have
captured the Class 6A state cham-
pionship, trouncing Orlando Dr.
Phillips, 42-27 in a come-from-
behind victory.
Telly Lockette, 35, now in his
third year as the head coach and
a former standout at Northwest-
ern High and Idaho State where
thewent All-American, talked
about his team and the commu-
.nity. Amazingly, he remains reluc-
tant to take any of the glory.
"Last year after losing to Miri-
mar in the playoffs, our team was
obviously very disappointed," he
said. "I gave the kids a week off
and then we went back to work.
That's how you make it happen -
with hard work. We were knocked
around pretty badly by the end
of the season last year and so I
knew that first we had to get in the
weight room so we would be ready.
We had to be prepared to stay the
course."
Lockette says he felt that this
would be the year Central could
take it all the way.
"We had the right players at the
right time," he said. "People talk
about Devonta Freeman and Ra-
keem Cato as well they should -
they are both great athletes and
students. But in the playoffs our
offensive and defensive lines re-
ally did the job. Senior leaders
like Charles Jackson, John Miller
and Marquis Lucas gave us the
push we needed. They are some of
the unsung heroes on our team.
There are others too Miles Pace,
Dwight Jackson Jr. and Ladell


Pleasure who are our all-purpose
players. This was just a great
team."
Lockette says that when the
team was down 17-0, his only
thought was to keep his players'
heads in the game.
"I told them to remain calm and .
not panic," he said. "I knew if I
could keep them calm we
would be okay. I reminded
them that we had been
down like this before -
Northwestern had us 18-0
at FIU Stadium and we
came back with 29 un-
answered points. And
we could do it again."
As the clock ticked
off, Lockette says it
still didn't register
that Central High had
finally made history.
"Three years into my ,:
hiring I don't think people
believed we could get the job
done," he said. "But Dr. Cla,
took a chance on me and ga r:
me this opportunity and 1
owe him my gratitude. As for
Central, I am just happy for
our kids and the community.
We have great chemistry on
this team and I believe that
now we have become one of ..
the elite teams in the state. : ",-
I want the kids to bask in the
glory it's their time and the
community's time to celebrate."
Of course, Lockette, is already
preparing for next year and knows
that all eyes will be on Central
High."
"The bullseye is on us now but
that's okay because our team can
handle it," he said. "This is about
restoring pride in our community :
and in our school. We just got a
"C" on the FCAT and so we are cel-
ebrating academic and athletic ex-
cellence. It's a good time to be part
of the Central family."
Look for more coverage on Cen-
tral as the date for signing col-
lege scholarships approaches in
February. Last year 13 students
signed letters of intent and were
awarded scholarships.


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In MVP race, can Michael Vick catch Tom Brady?


By Sean Leahy

With two weeks left in the
NFL season, the race for the
league's MVP award has
come down to two main con-
tenders: New England Patri-
ots QB Tom Brady and Phila-
delphia Eagles QB Michael
Vick. Here is a look at the
two candidates.
Tom Brady, Patriots QB:
The leading MVP contender
for most of the second half
of the season, Brady has
just four INTs this year and
hasn't thrown one since Oct.
17. has led the Patriots,
who are just one win away
from clinching home-field
advantage in the AFC, to
an NFL-record six straight
games without a turnover.
He leads the NFL with a
passer rating of 109.9 and 31
TD passes.
"I think he's playing lights
out right now. He is the MVP,"
says NBC analyst Rodney
Harrison, a former team-
mate of Brady.


Brady, who won back-to-
back AFC Offensive Player of
the Week awards in Weeks
12-13, has been working with
a changing cast of receivers
this year too. He has transi-
tioned the Patriots from an
offense dependent on deep
threat Randy Moss to a more
versatile attack that blends
rookie TEs Aaron Hernandez
and Rob Gronkowski with
sturdy veteran hands in De-
ion Branch and Wes Welker
and young dynamic running
backs Danny Woodhead
and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Brady makes the Patriots a
threat to score on every drive
with his pinpoint accuracy.
The MVP award often is won
based on final-month per-
formance, and Brady could
have one disadvantage if the
race is tight into the final
weekend. The Patriots can
wrap up the No. 1 seed on
Sunday, which could have
the team interested in rest-
ing Brady in Week 17.
Michael Vick, Eagles QB:


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MICHAEL VICKS
After leading a 21-point
comeback in the final 8
minutes for a 38-31 win on
Sunday against the Giants,
Vick provided yet another
highlight for his comeback
season. He had 94 of his 130
rushing yards in the fourth
quarter (a performance that
won him his third NFC Of-
fensive Player of the Week
award of the season), as the
Eagles seized sole possession
of first place and put them-
selves one win away from the
NFC East title. Vick account-
ed for four TDs on Sunday,
and has produced 28 TDs in
just 10 games this season
"Vick was unbelievable in
the second half against that


pressure," NBC analyst Tony
Dungy said. "All these differ-
ent blitzes, he's making peo-
ple miss. He's playing lights
out."
Dungy's "lights out" sum-
mation of Vick which mir-
rored Harrison's analysis of
Brady could foreshadow
how closely MVP will con-
sider both players. Vick has
thrown just five INTs this
season and his passer rat-
ing of 103.6 third in the
NFL would smash his
previous personal best (81.6
in 2002). With 613 rushing
yards, Vick is a two-tiered
threat, as he showed with
his runs against the Giants.
He missed four games in Oc-
tober with a rib injury but
MVP voters may be persuad-
ed to vote for Vick anyway
because of how he changes
Philadelphia's offense. The
Eagles host the Vikings and
Cowboys in the final two
weeks and Vick may still be
motivated to clinch a playoff
spot or a bye in Week 17.


Big payout for college presidents


COLLEGE
continued from 8D

Within Barron's "highly competi-
tive" category, the graduation rates
of more than half the universi-
ties that had paid their presidents
more than $1 million a year lagged
behind their peers. The Univer-
sity of Tulsa, for instance, paid its
president $1.6 million, though the
school's graduation rate was 12
percentage points lower than the
average of its peer institutions. Its
student loan default rate was more
than twice the average rate of its
peers.

WEAK RESULTS
In Barron's "most competitive"
category, about half the universi-
ties whose presidents reached the
$1 million-plus threshold lagged
behind their peers. While the pres-
ident of the University of Miami
was paid less than average for the
group of 30 (a paltry $1.18 mil-
lion), her school's graduation rate
was 13 points lower than others in
the same Barron's group. In addi-


tion, among the "most competitive"
schools, 10 universities among
them Yale and New York Univer-
sity- have above average student
loan default rates.
What does all of this mean? Well,
university boards of trustees rely
on many factors when they set
presidents' compensation levels.
Success in fundraising, building
a good football team and moving
a school up in the much-hated,
but much-watched, U.S. News and
World Reportrankings all figure
into these calculations. Nonethe-
less, student success measured
by both a timely graduation and
labor market prospects should
figure into compensation as well.
In view of these findings, it seems
unlikely that student results count
much.
At a time when tuition increas-
es are out of control, it's an added
insult that students are under-
writing the big salaries for college
presidents who aren't delivering
results. Trustees must exert better
oversight. Students and their fami-
lies deserve better.


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Apartments

101A CIVIC AREA
One bedroom $700 monthly
Two bedrooms $760-$850
monthly
$500 security despoit if you
quality.
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

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 INI 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
HOMESTEAD
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$500 monthly
Call:305-267-9449
14100 NW 6 Court
Huge one bdrm, one bath,
with air, in quiet area, $650
monthly 305-213-5013
1425 NW 60 Street
Nice one bedroom, one bath,
$600 mthly. Includes refriger-
ator, stove, central air, water.
$725 Move In. 786-290-5498
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


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

1835 N.W. 2nd Court
Two bedrooms. Free water.
$900 move in. $450 deposit.
$450 monthly. 786-454-5213
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


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
3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
401 NW 4 Avenue
Hallendale, FL.
Two bedrooms, $750.
786-209-0768 or
786-357-8885
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
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
61 NE 59 Street
Move In Special. Cozy, clean
one bedroom, one bath, air.
$475 monthly. 305-757-8596
65 NW 27 Street
(1st Ave. and 27th St.)
Five bedrooms, three baths.
$1000 monthly, all appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TVI Call Joel
786-355-7578

731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $550
monthly. Call 786-333-2448.
750 NW 56 Street
MOVE IN SPECIAL
One bdrm, one bath. $495
monthly. $750 move in.
Two bdrm, one bath. $650
monthly. $975 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
924 NW 29 Street
SECTION 8 OK. Two
bedrooms, one bath. Water
included 786-262-7313
Arena Garden
Move in with first month rent
FREE BASIC CABLE
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
305-374-4412.



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CAPITAL RENTAL
AGENCY
305-642-7080
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more
information/specials.
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
MOVE IN SPECIAL
Liberty City Area
One bedroom. $500 moves
you in. Call
305-600-7280/786-360-4439
MOVE IN SPECIAL
Overtown Area
One bedroom. $400 moves
you in. Call Ms Wilder
305-600-7280/786-360-4439
N. DADE Section 8 OKI
One and two bdrms. Move in
special! 786-488-5225
NORTHWEST AREA
Two bedrooms, one bath,
nice quiet home. Good area.
305-710-0615
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
MIAMI GARDENS
Three bedrooms, one bath,
beautiful townhouse. Section
8 accepted.
Call 954-614-0280
Miami Gardens
Two bedrooms, two baths,
recently renovated. $1150.
Section 8 OK. 786-319-3353
MIAMI GARDENS AREA
Spacious Three bedroom,
two baths, like new built in
2006, gated. $1300 monthly.
First and security to move in.
Others available.
941-883-1761



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
11254 NW 22 Avenue
Three bedrooms, air. $975.
786-306-4839
1180 NW 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 786-258-1843
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
305-642-7080

1260 Sesame Street
One bedrm, one bath,
appliances,water included,
$630.
Call Marie 305-763-5092
1289 NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$825 monthly, with applianc-
es. $1250 move in. Call Frank
Cooper 305-758-7022
13415 NW 31 Avenue
Newly remodeled one bed-
room, one bath, tiled floor,
washer, dryer access. $625
mthly. Section 8 Welcomel
954-557-4567
16159 NW 39 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$1100 monthly. 305-751-
3381
1965 N.W. 50th Street
Two bdrms., one bath, $1100
mthly, central air, tile, security
bars and laundry room. Sec-
tion 8 only, 786-285-4056.
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms. Remodeled.
$895. 786-306-4839

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


3503 NW 8 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath, tile,
air, Section 8 preferred.
305-301-4347
4522 NW 14 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
laundry room, central air and
heat. $1000 monthly. Call
D.P., 305-778-3160
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
4625 NW 15 Court
Two bedroom, air, new paint.
$795. 786-306-4839
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
5603 NW 15 Aveune
Two bedrooms, $775
305-992-7503
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

86 Street NE 2 Avenue
One and Two bdrms. Section
8 OK. Call 305-754-7776
942 NW 103 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, all appliances.
$1200 monthly. Section 8 OKI
954-260-6027

Efficiencies
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$120 weekly, private kitchen,
bath, free utilities, 305-474-
8186,305-691-3486
1480 NW 195 Street
Fully furnished, air, cable, no
utilities, $650 mthly.
786-317-1804
2424 NW 44 Street- Rear
One bedroom, one bath, air,
free utilities. $600 Ti,:.ntijS
$600 to move In.
305-613-0596
MIAMI GARDENS
Furnished, private entrance.
786-287-0864,786-306-4519

Furnished Roon
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
305-835-2728
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
16431 NW 17 Court
$120 weekly, $240 to move
in. Air and cable included.
954-274-4199
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
you in. 305-303-0156.
2050 NW 194 Terrace
$300 move in. $600 monthly
with meals. 786-286-7455 or
702-448-0148
211 N.W. 12th Street
$100 moves you in. Weekly.
Cable and air. 786-454-5213
2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
300 NW 47 Street
TV, cable, park,nonsmoker,
one person. $375 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.
6816 N.W. 15th Avenue
Clean and nicely
$400 monthly
MIAMI GARDENS
Utilities included. $125 per
week. Call 786-853-6664
OPA LOCKA AREA
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly.
786-277-3434,786-298-4383
Houses
10310 SW 175 Street
Like new three bedroom, two
bath, fenced, Section 8 wel-
come. $1200 monthly.


17141 NW 29 Place
Beautiful four bedrooms, two
baths, den. Section 8 OK.
786-797-7878, 786-326-5067
1723 NW 68 Terrace
Miami. Two bedrooms, one
bath, $750 monthly.
Call 305-267-9449
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
$1075. 305-642-7080
2130 NW 44 Street
Three bdrms, two baths, air.
$1,350. Section 8 Welcomel
954-940-2916
2834 NW 152 Terrace
Three bdrm, two bath, $1200
monthly. 786-399-8557
786-207-4939
2581 York Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
title, central air, $1000
monthly. 305-662-5505
366 NE 159 Street
Four bedroom, two and half
bath, $1700. 305-751-3381
3833 NW 209 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1095, Appliances.
305-642-7080

4390 NW 174 Drive
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, tile. $1400.
Terry Dellerson, Realtor
305-891-6776 No Section 8
6240 NW Miami Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel 786-355-7578
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
665 NW 132 Street
Updated two bedrooms, one
bath, title, central air, $1150
monthly. 305-662-5505
6722 NW 6 Aveune
Three bedroom,,900
305-992-7503
6804 N.W. 15th Avenue
Three bdrms., one bath, $600
monthly, security $600.
7 NE 59 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$995. Appliances, free
water.
305-642-7080

7709 NW 21 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath, air,
fenced yard, water included.
305-331-5399
LIBERTY CITY AREA
Remodeled four bdrms, two
baths, $1260 mthly. Section
8 OK. 888-238-6102
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, two baths
single family house, central
air, renovated. Section 8 Wel-
come. Call Zac 305-984-5795
MIAMI GARDENS AREA
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, living room furniture,
plasma TV included. Section
8 OK. 305-490-8844
MIAMI GARDENS AREA
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air. Newly renovat-
ed.$1200 monthly. Section 8
Welcome 786-838-2956
MIRAMAR AREA
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, central air, $1500
monthly. 786-468-0198
NORTHWEST
MIAMI DADE
Four bedrooms. Call Sean
305-205-7738




Houses

NO QUALIFYING-NO
CREDIT CHECK
NE 4 Avenue and 179
Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
plus den. Everything has
been remodeled. Only
$1100 monthly with $7000
down. NDI Realtors 305-
655-1700
SHORT SALE IN CONY-
ERS, GA
Five bdrms, three baths with
basement. Price $75,000.
Call Ellen at 786-200-0889




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




CHILDCARE TEACHERS
Three years or more experi-
ence, director credentials
preferred. 305-812-2723


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


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.
LEON CUSTOM TAILOR
FASHION BOUTIQUE
7910 NW 7 Avenue
Alterations for men and wom-
en. Same day service. Cus-
tom make all your designs.
305-758-5015 or
786-853-6221
Super Clean Carpet
Cleaning Service
Entire house $75. No ap-
pointment necessary. Call
Mr. Charles 786-273-2248








NEW LUSTER CARPET
CLEANING SERVICE
Furniture Cleaning and
Flood Service
305-999-3856/786-663-5302
12/29/10



Richard Faison









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Robert Lawson Photo
TURNAROUND: Henry
Frazier leaves Prairie
W HO'S View to take up residence
B !at North Carolina Central
B A DI.! as its new head coach.

2010 BAAD TEAM OF ALL-STARS UNVEILED;
FRAZIER TAKES THE HELM AT NC CENTRAL




UNDER THE BANNER
WHA'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS

UMES HONORS GOLF PIONEER:
During its 2010 winter commencement exercises.
the University of Maryland Eastern Shore awarded
an Honorary Doctor of Public
Service Iegree to Renee Powell
*',.. in recognition of her pioneering
spirit and accomplishments as
Sa sportswoman and philanthro-
_e A-~<' pii id a c pih ansa


Pn I'-
PCSfWl:i II


w w-I- r Powell is the second African-
Ameriican woman to play on
the Ladies lProfessional Golf
Association tour after pioneer-


i ing professional tennis and golf
legend. the late Althea Gibson.
"1 am honored and humbled to be recognized by
L. --," .said Powell. "['his is my first honorary degree
from :i college in the U.S. and all because of my dad's
vision of teaching me the game of golf."
At age three, Powell picked up a golf club her father
had cut down to fit her tiny hands. She entered her first
tournament at age 12 and won her division. It was a sign
of ltin,-,. to come. She went on to play golf at Ohio Uni-
versity and The Ohio State University. serving as captain
of the woment's golf team at each institution.
She debuted on the LPGA tour in 1967 and competed
in 250 professional golf tournaments. She won the 1973
Kelly SI Si ; Ik .I Open in Brisbane, Australia.
In the early 1970s. Powell visited Vietnamt as part of'
a I.ISO 1 --. ,t. il tour. In 1979, she made history when she
became the first woman to be named head professional at
a golf course, in the United Kingdo.rn
Powell finished her LPGA career in 1.980 and taught
golf in Africa and Europe. She eventually returned home
to the Canton area. where she currently serves as the head
professional at (learview. where she learned the game. In
2001 .Clearview-thee course her father. William, built from
scratch was named to the National Rc iSi.-i of Historic
Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Also in 2001, the Powell family established the Clear-
view Legacy Foundation to promote education, preserve
the golf course for future generations. develop improved
facilities for teaching golf and expand i .ii fl -, research.
Powell received the Professional Golf Association's First
lady of Golf Award in 2003.


FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB Matthew Johnson, Sr.. Bethune-Cookman; RB Frank Warren, Sr.,
Grambling State; Walter Sanders, Sr., St. Augustine's; WR Raymond
Webber, Sr., Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Ronnie Childs, Sr., Albany State; TE
- Tony Davis, Jr. Fort Valley State; OL Josh Harrison, Jr.. SC State; Natiel
Curry. Jr.. Bethune-Cookman: Charles Smith, Sr., Texas Southern; Edward
Coughman, Sr., Shaw; Sanford Banks, So.. Grambling State; PK Blake
Erickson, Sr., SC State; KR Larrdne Moore, Delaware State

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL Derrin Nettles, Sr., Morehouse; Kenrick Ellis, Sr., Hampton; Malcolm
Jenkins, Sr., Eliz. City State; Brandon Peguese, Sr., Hampton; LB Dejuan
Fulghum, Jr. Texas Southern; Keith Pough, So., Howard; Cliff Exama, Sr.,
Grambling State; DB Moses Ellis, Jr., Prairie View A&M: Mario Fuller,
Sr., Albany State; Michael Williams, Sr., Bethune-Cookman; Qier Hall, Sr..
Florida A&M; P Ronnie Partridge. Jr., Stillman;


Walker Johnson


Harrison


Erickson


SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB Casey Therriault. Sr.. Jackson State; RB DeAngelo Branche, Sr. RB. Norfolk State;
Nicholas Cooper, Jr.. Winston-Salem State: WR Joseph Jean-Pierre, Jr, Virginia Union: Jer-
maine King, Sr., W, Va, State: TE Renty Rollins. Jr., Jackson State: OL Johnny Culbreath.
Sr. SC State; Charles Smith, Sr.. Texas Southern; Miles Strother, Sr. Morehouse: Jamal Lewis,
Sr., Hampton, Mike Mavromichalis. Jr Albany State PK Kemar Scarlett. Sr., Morgan State; KR
- Tyron Laughinghouse. So., St. Augustine's
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL Andre Carroll. Jr,, Delaware State; Jacob Hardwick, Sr, Albany State: Ibrahim Abulahi. Sr,
Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Marquis Jackson, So., Texas Southern; LB Ryan Lewis, Jr,. Bethune-Cook-
man. David Erby, Sr, SC State: Steven Stanback. Sr.. St. Augustine's; DB Prathon Wilkerson,
Sr., Albany State; Kejuan Riley, So., Alabama State; Zack Gallow, Jr., Texas Southern; Arkee
Smith. Sr., Bethune-Cookman: P Josh Duran, Jr.. Southern
THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
QB Stanley Jennings. Jr., Albany State; RB Daronte McNeil, So., ECSU. David Carter. So..
MHC: WR Shaun Stephens. Sr., PVA&M: Jeremy Franklin. Sr., JCSU; TE Jone' Harris, Sr.,
St. Augustine's: OL Davis Mims. Sr., Virginia Union; James Dekle, Jr., Prarie ViewA&M: Travis
Walker, So..Albany State; Bennie Peoples, Jr., Grambling State: Justin Wells. Sr., St. Augustine's:
PK William Griswold, Fr.. Southern; KR Kiare Thompson. Sr., Grambling State
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE
DL- Ryan Davis. Jr,, Bethune-Cookman; Jonathan Hollins, Jr. Texas Southern; Charles Deas, Jr..
Shaw; Jason Thompson, Sr., Fort Valley State LB Fred Sparkman, Sr,, Shaw; Rlcky Johnson,
Sr., Fort Valley State: Jery-ann Harris. Fr.,Arkansas-Pine Bluff DB Curtis Thomas, Jr, Texas
Southern: lan White, Sr., Virginia State; Ricardo Silva, Sr., Hampton; Justin Ferrell, Jr., NC A&T.
P lan Mullen, Sr., Morehouse


Jenkins
Jenkins


Ellis Fulghum Moore


Nettles


Warren, Nettles, Jenkins lead the way


LUT WILLIAMS
BCSP Editor
The selection of the 2010 13 .ACK
Co( .F1 it;l. Si, )a's PA, ii" Baad Team" of
f. ,t'it..ll.il ,.1 l i hI culmination of
another outstanding season of black
college football.
T hii e. r Iin l L 'l r .'sl.' 'i ,ipi ii -
ingteams and outstandingindividual s
that made their mark on tihe national
football scene.
Perhaps tops among tlhe indi-
vidual per-formers was Grambling
State senior running back Frank
Warren who led a conti ngent ofnitine
1.000-yard rushers in 2010 black
college football with 1,537 yards, a
139.7 yards per game average, and
18 rushing touchdowns.
His rushing numbers, which
included eight 100-yard rushing
games, were foutlli best in the IFoot-
ball Cchampionshi p Subdivision and
his 19 overall touclidowns and 114
points ranked third nationally.
Warren. who ended his outstand-
ing Gramblilng career as the South-
western Athletic Conference's
second all-time leading rusher with
3,951 yards, is the BCSP's 2010
Offensive I'1.I\.i of the Year and
the leader of the first team "Band"
offense.
But Warren had plenty of com-
petition for the POY award.
Joining him in the first earn
backfield is St. Augustine's senior
Walter Sanders, the Central Inter-
collegiate Athletic Associartion's
Offensive Playe roft lhe Year. Sianders
ran for 1.377 yards (137.7 ) p ) arnd
15 touchdowns in ten games to finish
just behind Warren in rushillg stats.
Senior quarterback Matthew
,Johliisin led hl i i. in i "1 ll* ili p 1 ii ..n 1 t
of the 2010 season. Bethune-Cook-
man, to ain unexpected ten 'i.i.i'li
wins, a 10-1 regular season record
and to the top of the Mid Eastern
Athletic Conference standings.
While .ohnson didn't put up gaudy


numbers, it was his proficiency
.iil, i.'l lKiil' \i l 111 1 111111in new head
coach Brian lenklins' offense that
earned him the MEAC Offensive
Player of the Year award and our
first team designation.
Johnson was second in the
nation (FCS) in passing efficiency
(155.69), ... iiiiile ii g 65.4% of his
throws for 2,053 yards, 14 touch-
downs and only five interceptions.
He also ran for 70K) yards from
under center and another 7 TD)s.
His total offense numbers of 2.753
yards were fourth best among black
college Il l. It 1Intcr
Johnson beat out Jackson
Stale junior quarterback Casey
Therriault, the SWAC's New-
comer of the Year, wiho did put up
gaudy numbers. In the tradition
of prolific SWAC QBs like Steve
McNair (Alcorn State), Willie
Totten (Mississippi Valley State)
Bruce Eugene (G;i.mbllng) and
.1SU's own Robert Kent,Therriault
brought back the fearof the pass. In
his first season of SWAC football,
he passed for 3,426 yards. 31 TiDs
with just 8 interceptions as the chief
catalyst of the resurgent Tigers' 7-
4 finish. Therriault, who finished
second in the FCS in total passing
yards and third in total offense, is
the second team QB.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior
receiver Raymond Webber was
also among the offensive player of
the yearcandidates. Webberwas far
inld.'.,r, 111.bl.t. k t. ll C le .IdI cr ii
receptions with 10i. a number that
was second best (9. 1 per game) int
the FCS. The nearest black ,tllce'e
receiver was West Virginia State
senior Jermain King, whlo hauled
in 69 passes.
Wehber was one of only two
black college receivers to top the
1.000-yard mark this year, finish-
ing with an FCS best 1.429 yards.
129.0 i..id- pci g.ir e AlbanyState


senior Ronnie Childs, who hauled
in 45 passes for 1,005 yards (22.3
yards percatch) and 12 touchdowns,
was the other. Childs joins Webber
as a first team receiver. King is on
the second team.
Fort Valley State junior Tony
Davis is the first team tight end after
!ti tigiig in 50 receptions for 611
yards and 2 TDs..He beat out Jack-
son Statejuntior Renty Rollins, our
second team tight end. who hauled
in 30 passes fromTIherriailt for 336
yards and six touchdowns.
T'he first team offensive line is
anchored by South Carolina State
senior Josh Harrison a three-time
all-MEACselectee whowas named
the MEAC's outstanding lineman
this year.
The first team defense features
several players that were national
statistics leaders.
SIAC Defensive Player of the
Year Derrin Nettles, a senior from
Morehouse, led all of NCAADiv. I1
in tackles forloss with 24.5. The 6-3,
.1 -1l i d [ I'in.. l Iinem in ,\ .]..l' .11 >. ,. ,id
inll the nation in forced fumbles (6)
and second in the Southern Inter-
collegiate Athletic Conference
with 9 sacks. Nettles takes home
the BCSP Defensive Player of the
Year award.
Others on the first team defen-
sive line arc Elizabeth City State
senior defensive end Malcolm
Jenkins. who topped the CIAA
and was third nationally in D)iv. II
with 13.5 sacks. Hampton senior
Brandon Peguese, who was second
in the FCS with 21 tackles for losses
and fellow Hampton senior Kenrick
Ellis. perhaps the most dominant
player in black college football who
many project as a high NFL draft
choice.
Howard sophomore Keith
Pough is on the first team at line-
backer after a season where he led
the FCS in tackles for losses with


28.5 (2.59 per game) and was also
among the sack leaders nationally
with 10.5. Joining him at linebacker
is SWAC Defensvie Player of the
Year, Dejuan Fulghum of SWAC
champion Texas Southern and
senior Cliff Exama of Grambling
State. Fulghnum led the SWAC with
11 sacks and was third in total tackles
with 101.
Prairie View senior Moses Ellis
led the FCS in interceptions with 7
and leads the defensive secondary
selections. Hard-hitting Mario Fuller
of SIAC champion Albany State
joins seniors Michael Williams of
Bethune-Cookman and Qier Hall of
Florida A&M in the backfield.
Stillman junior Ronnie Par-
tridge led all of Div. 11 in punting
averaging 45.4 yards per kick and is
the first team punter. Larrone Moore
of Delaware State was the top kickoff
returned in the FCS at 34.8 yards per
return with two he returned for TDs.
SC' State junior Blake Erickson
converted 18 of21 field .Jt.ul .I11enips1
and 39 of 43 extra points to nail down
the placekicking position.
BCSP coach of the year candi-
dates were many including Johnnie
Cole of SWAC champTexas Southern
(9-3), James "Mike" White of Al-
bany State ( 11- 1) who led his team to
an undefeated icguil. season. SIAC
title and NCAA Div. II playoff berth
and Connell Maynor of Winston-
Salem State, who took over the Rams
after 0-102009 season and led them
into title contention in WSSU's first
year back in the CIAA.
But Bethune-Cooknman's Jenkins
wins the award. His Wildcats (10-2)
were picked to finish eighth by league
coaches in the prcscson but ran off
ten straight dominating wins to gain
a share of the league's regular season
title and earn the automatic berth into
the FCS playoffs.


DEFENSE
ANTOINE BETHEA, S, Indi-
anapolis (5th season, HOW-
ARD) Four solo tackles, one
assist and an interception in
win over Jacksonville.

DRAYTON FLORENCE, DB,
Buffalo (6th season, TUSKE-
GEE) Led Buffalo with 7 solo
tackles in win over Miami.

ROBERT MATHIS, DE, In-
dianapolis (8th season, ALA-
BAMA A&M) Two solo tack-
les, one of them a sack, two
assists in win over Jackson-
ville. Mathis is up to 9.5 sacks
on the season.

OFFENSE
JACOBY JONES, WR/KR,
Houston (4th season, LANE)'
- Seven receptions for 50
yards and one punt return for
seven yards in loss to Tennes-
see.


BCSP Notes

Frazier signs on at North Carolina Central
One thiing is for sure Henry Fmrazier III left Prairie View A&M
better than he found it.
A we-kL if'Ici rI.-'i -':iiiL to leave the Prairie View job to his top assistant,
Heishma Northern, the football coach that turned the Panthers from the
.... ...worst team in the Southwestern Athletic Confer-
ence wienl he took over in 2lt Ii to a championship
in 2009, was named last week as the new head coach
at North Carolina Central University.
Frazier was introduced last Th''ursday at a press
S conference in the William Jones 3Building on the
I 'i NCCU canlpuLs.
-i-_ t' i' Frtazier compiled a seven-year record of 43-30
-S at P prairie View producing four straight winning
F"seasons after the school had not produced one oln
FRAZIER the gridiron since 1976 and had gained the dubious
distinction as one of the worst programs in the nation after a record-setting
80-game losing streak that stretched from 1989-98.
Frazicr's 2009 SWACcht nlmpionship gane \'i i I:, i. 'ipl. l.i \ii -il, i'. 1.d
straight 9-1 season.
Following his title season, in addition to being named SWAC coach of
the year and repeat selected as AFCA Region Ill coach of the year. Frazier
became tle first coach from a historically black college program to wtin
the Eddie Robinson Award given annually by The Sports Network to the
top coach ill the Foottball Chiampionship Subdivision,
)Depite returning 18-starters this season and being flavored to repeat.
key injuries were llg,., I responsible for his team's 7-4 overall record.
I He takes over at NCCU from Mose Rison who was relieved in the
middle of this season, and from interim coach Darryl Bullock, who took
over after Rison's firing. According to a release issued by N.C. (Cenrtral.
-razier has 'agreed to a live-year "tern" worth $225.000 annually.
Frazicr, 42, is 69-54 overall in 12 years as a head coach. including
five seasons at his alma Imater, Bowie State. where lie compiled a 26-24
record.


Photo by Robert Lawson
IN THE EAGLE FOLD: NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nels (I.) and Athletic Di-
rector Ingrid Wicker-McCree (r.) present a NCCU hat and pin to new head
football coach Henry Frazier III (c.) last Thursday during the announcement
of his hiring.

UAPB names Fulton to AD position
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Chancellor )r. Law-
rence A. Davis, J.t has lnalled Willie Fulton Interim Athletic Director.
F:ullton steps into the vacancy created when Louis "Skip" Perkins left to
become e athletics director at Howard.
"tle is experienced. knows how to handle t dlthe administrative end and
works well with the rest of the Athletics staff." says Davis.
I'11 very pleased with Chancellor Davis' selection." Fulton said. "I
want to thank the athletics staff and all those that have supported ime. This
is a great opportunity." Fulton and his family have been in Arkansas for
Itmore than 25 years and has been ervingl as associate athletic director for
business the last 3.5 years.
Fulton joined the UAPB athletics staff in 1987 as defensive coordina-
tor. A graduate of' Mississippi Valley Slate. he was also taught accounting
courses for several years. He is also a certified public accountant.


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