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Scott seeks deep cuts in budget

The governor estimated Medicaid changes big cuts.
The plan "makes the hard
alone would save the state $2 billion a year decisions," Scott said as he
Unveiled the $65.9 billion
budget for fiscal 2012 before a
By Arian Campo-Flores Medicaid program, curbing its packed gathering of Tea-Party
and Jennifer Levitz pension system and trimming groups in the rural town of
government services as he de- Eustis, Fla. "But it makes the
Gov. Rick Scott called Mon- tailed a budget proposal he right decisions for Florida's fu-
day for overhauling Florida's had promised would be full of ture."

The 2012 spending plan re-
flects cuts of $4.6 billion over
the fiscal 2011 budget, and Mr.
Scott outlined more cuts for
fiscal 2013. Ahead of Monday's
announcement, the Republi-
can governor discussed slash-
ing $5 billion from the budget,
while cutting property and
Please turn to SCOTT 7A

North Miami

mayor responds

to critics
By D. Kevin McNeir
Amcueir@ miaminimesonhme.com

A few years ago. Andre
D. Pierre, 41. was an im-
migrations attorney with
his own law firm in the
City' of North Mliami The
Haitian-born businessman
was also the husband of
a school teacher and the
father of two young sons.
He admits that he was not
a politician. But when he
saw an opportunity to do ANDRE D. PIERRE
more for his community, he
says he did not hesitate to toss his name into the hat for
City Mayor. That's when he began what continues to be a
"true learning experience."
Pleaease turn to MAYOR 10A

Change in Opa-locka?
By D. Kevin McNeir
A city with a lot of people but no prestige, is how Opa-
Locka Mayor Myra Taylor says people once.viewed the
community over which she presides. But in her recent
State of the City Address, she invited'residents and busi-
ness owners to take a ride on the "Opa-locka Express and
depart for the dawn of a new day."
Please turn to TAYLOR 10A

West backs gradual Egyptian transition


Egyptian soldiers take positions in front of anti-government protesters next to Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt,
Saturday. Rallies in Cairo and behind-the-scenes diplomacy from President Obama's administration is piling more
pressure on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to make a swift exit.
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By Kareem Fahim, Mark Landler and Anthony Shadid
CAIRO, Egypt The U.S. and leading European na-
tions on Saturday threw their weight behind Egypt's
vice president, Omar Suleiman, backing his attempt
to defuse a popular uprising without immediately re-
moving President Hosni Mubarak from power.
U.S. officials said Suleiman had promised them an
"orderly transition" that would include constitutional
reform and outreach to opposition groups.
"That takes some time," Secretary of State Hilary

Rodham Clinton said, speaking at a Munich security
conference. "There are certain things that have to be
done in order to prepare."
The endorsement came as Suleiman appeared to re-
ject the protesters' main demands, including the im-
mediate resignation of Mubarak and the dismantling
of a political system built around one-party rule, ac-
cording to leaders of a small, officially authorized op-
position party who spoke with Suleiman on Saturday.
Nor has Suleiman, a former general, former
Please turn to EGYPT 10A

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Egyptian protests mirror

Black civil rights struggles
More defiant and disciplined is how one report-
er described the events now taking place in
Cairo, Egypt where millions of mostly young
adults have taken to the streets in protest. Clashes be-
tween police and protesters estimated to be in the tens
of thousands have escalated resulting in the deaths of
a handful from both sides and the injuries of more than
600. But given the huge number of people who have
thrown down the gauntlet, fed up with their country's
oppressive ruler, things have so far remained amazingly
An increasing majority wants to see an end to the op-
pressive regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
as well as a changing of the guard in the nation's Par-
liament a group of legislators that consist primarily of
members from Mubarak's ruling party.
The people want higher wages, a more democratical-
ly-led country and free, unencumbered elections in a
word, they want real change.
But more telling are the words of these 20-something
protesters who have devised their own form of rap and
hip-hop-influenced slogans that illustrate how quickly
apathy can change into a newfound love for one's coun-
try. Sound familiar?
Take a walk down America's memory lane to the
1950s and 1960s when Black youth from "Bombing-
ham" (Alabama) to Montgomery claimed their place in
history, facing police dogs, water hoses, imprisonment
and death, all for the sake of justice.
In the coming days we can only hope that the protests
in Egypt will not move in the direction that America
chose as mean-spirited men from Bull Connor to George
Wallace, clinging to vestiges of the past, responded with
violence. But with club-wielding mobs challenging pro-
democratic protesters in Egypt's Tahrir Square, we fear
*that the situation will inevitably get much worse before
it gets better.
In America, it would take the murder of Dr. King in
Memphis and riots in Watts and Detroit before this coun-
try's white leaders would realize that long-oppressed
Blacks were not going to give up. With admirable re-
silience, the youth of Egypt are making a similar state-
ment. And this time, as Gil Scott Heron so eloquently
stated, "the revolution will not be televised ... it will be

The sad state of Miami's

Black community

Yesterday in two special elections, voters chose
a new state representative and state senator to
represent two mostly Black/Haitian districts in
Miami. The irony is that almost no one bothered to vote.
Maybe it's because we have become so accustomed
to the white and Cuban power structure that rules this
City doling out a few crumbs from time to time when-
ever the "natives become too restless" that we figured
voting wouldn't make a difference. Perhaps we believed
that none of the candidates really cared about us as
much as they cared about using this local victory as a
means of leapfrogging to Congress or other more power-
ful positions.
Our readers may have noticed that we didn't endorse
either of the candidates in Tuesday's elections but
it wasn't because we forgot. We simply were not con-
vinced that any of the candidates could evoke the kind
of change for which our community has hungered for
Businesses are beginning to invest again in Miami and
significant dollars are changing hands once more. But
there isn't enough revenue yet for the all-to-common
"trickle-down effect" to impact communities in Over-
town, Liberty City or Little Haiti.
Now as we brace for a recall election in March and the
probable removal of County Mayor Carlos Alvarez from
office, the list of candidates is growing like brothers in
line for a million dollar lottery jackpot. Of course, you
may need to be able to speak, or at least pronounce
Spanish if you want to discuss those candidates. That's
because there isn't one Black in the bunch. Whatever
happened to leaders like Coleman Young, Carl Stokes,
Richard Hatcher, Harold Washington or Maynard Jack-
son Black mayors who once led major U.S. cities and
made a real difference?
We are a fragmented people, still determined to be
chiefs on our own isolated "reservations" instead of us-
ing our gifts as Indians for the good of the entire com-
munity. There really is more than just one piece of the
pie available as Latinos in Miami realized decades ago.
Meanwhile, like crabs in a barrel, we gnaw and claw at
each, until that one slice has been stepped on, crum-
bled up and become useless to anyone. And we remain
disgruntled, hungry, thirsty and in need.
By the way who won yesterday? Does it really matter?

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

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Booker T. W
It may sound strange but the
most relevant leader of Black
America was born in the 19th
century, wrote his teachings in
the 20th century and those words
are more applicable now in the
21st century. Yes, there are oth-
ers like Frederick Douglas and
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but
the teachings and philosophy of
Booker T. Washington are time-
less and powerful. There have
been great efforts to erase his
teachings and divert his mission,
but still the lessons rise.
Washington, born in West Vir-
ginia, literally walked to Hampton
University in Virginia, hundreds
of miles away, so that he could
begin his formal education. While
there he learned ways to con-
struct the model university for
Blacks and decided that, some-
how, he would develop it. From
the ground up he built Tuske-
gee University, one of the finest

ashington -
institutions in. the world, that
still exists today and cranks out
thousands of Black graduates to
lead our communities. His whole
point was that Blacks can do this
on our own. We just have to get
ourselves together, form the plans

tiative. They formed two dif-
ferent groups within a few
years: The National Association
for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) and the Urban
League. Both of these organiza-
tions were designed to thwart the

Washington died mysteriously in 1915 and the push
for Black economic empowerment sputtered for the
following decades.

and implement them. From edu-
cation we go to capitalism and
commerce. Not only can Blacks
survive, we can thrive. Self-suffi-
ciency is the key and that lesson
still applies today.
While capitalists and Repub-
licans applauded the merits of
Washington's Negro initiative,
White liberals up north were
threatened and enraged. They
plotted against this positive ini-

efforts of Washington and distract
the efforts of Blacks to embrace
capitalism and economic empow-
erment. The NAACP hired W.E.B.
DuBois to debate and to go face-to-
face against Washington wherever
the opportunity presented itself.
Many of the local Negro Business
Leagues that Washington formed
were destroyed and their busi-
ness enclaves were burned down
such as Greenwood, OK and Dur-


Is there really a deficit crisis?

In the wake of the State of the
Union Address there is likely to
be much partisan conversation
about the direction of our nation.
Citing growing deficits, both par-
ties are concerned that spend-
ing is out of control. Yet some
spending is absolutely needed to
create jobs, just as $700 billion
of spending was needed to bail
out banks. It intrigues me that
the same folk who eagerly bailed
banks out have now suddenly
discovered the concept of budget
cuts and are pushing them, even
as they have added to the deficit
by insisting on extending Bush
tax cuts.
President Obama has furthered
the notion that there is a bud-
get crisis by appointing Erskine
Bowles and Alan Simpson to
make suggestions to manage the
federal budget deficit. It is impor-
tant to raise questions about the
nature of the deficit crisis. Is this
a cyclical crisis, connected to the
economic downturn? Is it more
structural, something that would
have occurred without the down-
turn? How should it be man-
aged and will there be equal pain

around curtailing the deficit, or
will only one or two sectors pay
for the challenges the deficit cre-
For example, there has been
talk of raising the social security
retirement age for years, and al-
ways we have looked at an across

creasing the social security retire-
ment age indiscriminately will do"
Similarly, the attack on' federal
employees is an attack that has
a differential impact by race and
gender. Women and people of col-
or are both more likely to be em-

or example, there has been talk of raising the social secu-
rity retirement age for years, and always we have looked
at an across the board age increase, whether workers are
high income or low, whether they have pensions or not, whether

their work is physical or not.

the board age increase, whether
workers are high income or low,
whether they have pensions or
not, whether their work is physi-
cal or not. It's entirely different to
ask a professor to work until 70
than it is to ask a waitress to do
so, but these plans increase the
social security retirement age do
not seem to take these things into
consideration, thus continuing a
class-based economic inequality
that also creates racial inequality.
Is this our goal? To widen gaps
instead of narrowing them? In-

played by the federal government,
but also more likely to get more
equal pay in the public sector
than in the private sector. United
for a Fair Economy released their
annual State of the Dream report
last week entitled, Austerity. for
Whom. The report explores the
ways that so-called budget cut-
ting measures actually hit women
and people of color more severely.
Black men earn 80 cents to the
White male dollar in the public
sector but a scant 57 cents for
every dollar in the private sector.

ham, NC. The Ku Klux Klan and
the nouveau colored groups were
working hand in hand.
Washington died mysteriously
in 1915 and the push for Black
economic empowerment sput-
tered for the following decades. It
wasn't until the end of the suc-
cessful civil rights struggle, led
by Dr. King in the 1960's that
economic empowerment came
back to the forefront of Black is-
sues. Still, things like school bus-
ing and forced integration by the
NAACP and others led to a further
deterioration of our Black com-
munities. Our strong enclaves
turned to ghettos and hopeless-
ness was preached in the white
press and media daily. We were
going in reverse as schools such
as Central High in Mobile, AL and
Crispus Attucks in Indianapolis
were closed because Blacks could
no longer control their own edu-
cational and economic destinies.

Black women earn 73 cents to the
White male dollar in the public
sector but 56 cents in the private
The solution may not be to
maintain a large public work-
force, but any solution will in-
clude an awareness of these dif-
ferences and, perhaps, a strong
Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) to enforce
anti-discriminatibn laws. Who
wants to bet that the EEOC will
be another of the budget cutting
casualties? In an anti-regulatory
climate, the combination of fed-
eral employment cuts and an in-
difference to enforcement of anti-
discrimination laws is designed to
increase the racial unemployment
It makes sense that the deficit
should rise during an employ-
ment crisis. While we should be
careful with our resources, we
should certainly not cut budget
and federally-funded opportuni-
ties significantly in a recession.
The so-called deficit crisis could
be a more complex crisis if we
don't put people back to work, no
matter what it costs.


Blacks can prosper with business ventures in China r

With the recent visit of Chi-
na's President Hu Jintao to the
White House, Barack Obama
has greatly improved the overall
relations between the U.S. and
China. It is strategically impor-
tant for Black business leaders
to explore ways and means to
develop and expand economic
ties with China. Timing is im-
In particular, the Black busi-
ness community should always
be seeking new opportunities
to expand and grow. If we are
ever going to get the major-
ity of Blacks out of poverty, it
will be through education and
economic empowerment. The
world is changing to enhance
international trade and com-
merce. Black spending power
as consumers is a trillion dol-
lars annually. We buy a massive
amount of products that are
made in China. It is past time
for us to see our situation dif-
ferently from an economic per-

The truth is Chinese business
leaders are eager and interest-
ed in developing joint business
ventures with Black business
leaders. Beyond being consum-
ers, we should be ready to move
to be on the productive side of
the U.S. and global economy.

In all of the leading economies
in Africa, China has emerged as
a reliable and substantial busi-
ness partner. South Africa's first
African billionaire is Patrice Ti-
hopane Motsepe, whose busi-
ness interests span a wide array
of diverse ventures including
African Rainbow Minerals that

f we are ever going to get the majority of Blacks out of pov-
erty, it will be through education and economic empower-

What better place in the world
would it be for Blacks and other
minorities to do business than
in one of the world's rising eco-
nomic powers? Today, China is
also the leading trading partner
for all of Africa. African busi-
ness owners are finding profit-
able success through numerous
joint ventures with their Chi-
nese counterparts.

has done extremely well in gold,
ferrous metals, base metals and
platinum and Chinese business
leaders have reached out to him
on a number of ventures.
Champion Motors Internation-
al, Inc (Chamotor) is headquar-
tered in Sunrise, FL and led by
Philippe Lenoir. Chamotor has
regional offices in South Africa
and in China. Chamotor China

has manufacturing plants in
six different provinces of China
and is now a global business
and a leading manufacturer
and distributor of high qual-
ity mass transit vehicles and
industrial equipment. Dr. Wil-
lie Wilson, owner of Chicago's
Omar Medical Supplies com-
pany, is another success model
of how a Black businessman
in the U.S. established a multi-
million dollar business venture
with China. Wilson is role model
not only for business success,
but also for giving back to Black
and other communities. In fact,
Wilson was somewhat ahead of
the pack because he has been
building factories and working
with China for many years.
China is a new economic pow-
er base for African people. Let's
hope that these new business
opportunities in China will help
us to have a stronger hand in
ending poverty in our commu-

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Why do Blacks stay in South Florida?
The official census numbers in South Miami-Dade County arrested than they are likely to by peacefully protesting the kill-
are still unavailable, however awaiting a police officer to re- go to college. The South Florida ing of a young Black father at
the U.S. government is cer- spond to a home burglary at job market is not any better for the hands of convenience store
tain of this fact: the population my address. It was the second Blacks, whether you have a de- clerks. We stay in Miami be-
in South Florida is growing. burglary in as many years and gree or not. Most jobs require cause we truly believe that our
Whether it be due to shifting de- I felt helpless against the rising one to be bilingual, or conver- elected officials will do the right
mographics or a more robust lo- tide of crime and violence in our sant languages that do not in- thing and lead us by adopting
cal campaign to count every citi- thoughtful and well-researched
zen, the number of people living policies and legislation. We stay
in the Magic City is increasing. consider these facts about Black life in South Florida: the in Miami because we know that
And the escalating numbers education system in Miami-Dade County fails our chil- while we remain the minority in
are too large to be explained by dren at every turn. this County, we have friends in
an increase in migrants from the Latin community who will
Cuba and the Caribbean, alone. partner with us to advance the
Early estimates show that the mutual interests -of our neigh-
number of Blacks in South Flor- Black neighborhoods. clude ebonics. Crime statistics borhoods.
ida is booming. More and more Why do we stay, I asked my- remain unbearably high. And We stay in Miami for the very
Blacks are choosing to skip over self? Why not pick up and move let's not forget that many police same reason we stay married to
other predominantly Black cit- to Georgia, where, it is said, the officers consider it open season our life partners because we
ies such as Atlanta and Wash- land is cheap and the political on Black males. know that our tomorrows can
ington, D.C. and are "taking culture is more favorable to- So, given all of this, the ques- be better than our present real-
their talents to South Beach" in wards Blacks? tion remains: Why do we stay? ity. And we have faith that trou-
classic LeBron James style. Consider these facts about While I do not have a defini- bles don't last always and that
But why? Is it simply the sun Black life in South Florida: the tive answer, I do have a few joy will come in the morning.
and the surf that is attracting education system in Miami- ideas. Jason T. Smith is a gradu-
Blacks to South Florida? Or is it Dade County fails our chil- We stay because we believe ate of Howard University and
something else? dren at every turn. The high that we can make our commu- earned his MBA at Florida In-
I recently pondered this ques- school drop-out rate remains nities a better place, either by ternational University. Visit
tion as I sat on the front porch high. Black male youth in this planting a garden in the back- his blog at www.jasontsmith.
of my Richmond Heights home County are more likely to get yard of a Liberty City home, or blogspot.com..


Can Scott really cut $5 billion from state I

Governor Rick Scott is deter-
mined to balance the Florida
State budget and every depart-
ment should get ready to work
harder with less funding. As
Florida's budget this year ap-
-proaches $70 billion, the cuts
will be deep and far from pretty.
Many of our leaders tell us that
there is $3.5 billion shortfall, but
the number is probably closer
to $5 billion. Whatever the true
number is, there is a budget cri-
sis and a need for immediate ac-'
tion. Governor Scott has empha-
sized that the state government
cannot waste a dollar.
Programs are getting ready to
be eliminated or reduced and
salaries will be frozen or re-
duced. "We must bring Florida in
line with the private sector and
nearly every other state in the
country by requiring government
workers to contribute towards
their own retirement," Scott said.
Last week he released his plan

to cut cost in the state's pension
plan with all government employ-
ees being obligated to contribute
five percent of their salary to
their pension. This is a no-brain-
er for our governor because in
the private sector, it is standard
practice for most employees to
contribute a percentage of their
salary to their pension plans.
This is a very ambitious plan
and it would impact the benefits
for over 655,000 current state
and local government workers.
The governor also plans to cut
five percent of the government
workforce by consolidating state
agencies. One of his plans is to
reorganize the economic develop-
ment agencies under a new De-
partment of Commerce.
Scott is also promising cuts
in the Medicaid program for the
state's poor and disabled. He will
approval from the state Legisla-
ture and the federal government
before making major changes in

Medicaid but he is looking every-
where for ways to save.
He also believes that he can
find a way to save one billion
dollars over seven years in the
Florida prison system. The Flor-
ida Department of Corrections is
the nation's third largest prison
system, with more than 100,000
intimates in 139 facilities. Even-
tually, the governor's cuts would
represent more than 40 percent
of the agency's $2.4 billion bud-
"For those costs that remain
out of line, we will look at all
available options, including
privatization," says Scott's tran-
sition spokesman Trey Staple-
All options are on the table be-
cause Scott believes that the cor-
rections system has a bloated
budget. He has maintained that
Florida's per-prisoner cost can
be reduced and he wants to work
with the Department of Correc-


What's Love Got To Do with It?

Do you remember those time-
less words of our very own Tina
Turner? She sang, "I've been
thinking of a new direction; But
I have to say I've been think-

ing about my own protection. It
scares me to feel this way."
From ordering flowers, buying
chocolates and making Valen-
tine's Day dinner reservations,

Are Blacks doing enough to protect themselves from becoming infected

with HIV/AIDS; should we do more for those already infected?

Chef, Liberty City

I am pro-
tecting my-
self, but I
can't speak
for others, so -
I don't know. -. -
But you can't -
really do
anything for
people once
they become infected since
there is no cure. I had a few
friends who got infected. It's
sad. You just kind of fade from
the scene. They get sick, start
to lose weight, then they.can't
walk and then they're dead.
All you can do for them is feel
bad for them.

Student, Homestead

No, we're not doing enough
to protect ourselves because
you see these girls some
who are only 10 or 11-years-
old getting pregnant be-

cause they're "
having un-
protected sex.
We're defi-
nitely not do-
ing enough. .
I'm not sure
about those
who are al-
ready infect-
ed, but we're probably not do-
ing enough for them either.

Unemployed, Miami

I don't know
about other
people, but I
know I pro-
tect myself.
And I don't
know about
other people's
kids, but I
give my kids
condoms.. But I don't think
anybody is trying to help peo-
ple who are infected. It's be-
cause we're still scared of the
virus. And that's messed up

but that's the way it is.

Unemployed, Miami

No, we're
not doing i
enough to
protect our- -.
selves. We
have Black
men who
know that
they're infect-
ed, but don't
care, so they go and give [HIV]
to other women. Then we have
women running the streets
and taking it back home to
their men.

Baker, Miami

Personally, I don't know
anyone who has AIDS, but I
see a lot of young girls who
are getting pregnant because
they're not using protection.
They need to be educated. Ev-
erybody just tells them not to

have sex. But F
they need to
have the in-
explained to
them on their
level so they
can under-
stand why
they should
be using protection.

Commissioner, Miami

We can al-
ways do more.
I believe we
should pro- ..
vide more ed-
ucation, not
only in the
secular com-
munity but
also in our churches.

people all over the country are
thinking about love. During this
time of year, I often marvel at the
things we do in the name of love
and what we call love. So what
does love got to do with HIV/
AIDS? Let's look at some com-
mon reasons why, supposedly in
the name of love, we don't pro-
tect ourselves against HIV.
Why don't we ask our partners
about their HIV status? "Be-
cause I love him," or "because
she loves me," people often
say. Why don't we use con-
doms? "Because I love him (or
her)." While I've heard it all over
the past roughly 30 years, here
are a few of my favorites:
"If you really loved me, you
wouldn't ask me to use a con-
"I love you baby. I wouldn't
ever do anything to hurt you."
"You're the only one. You
know I love you."
"Get tested for HIV? If you
loved me baby, you would trust
I get it. Human beings crave
intimacy. And sometimes there
seems to be no limit to how far
we will go and what we will do in
our quest for it. This is partic-
ularly true for those of us who
have been deprived of intimacy,
marginalized within society or
convinced that we are not de-
serving of intimacy, affection or
love. Women, men who have sex
with men and disenfranchised
youth often share this experi-
ence. As a result, we confuse a
lot of things lust, loneliness,
fear with love. And, that con-
fusion can sometimes be deadly.


tions in looking for ways to bring
costs down.
Calling for billions in spend-
ing cuts, the question must be
raised, "Are the cuts realistic?"
Many of our Legislative leaders
are not sure if the cuts will work
and they want the governor to
explain how much more he will
cut from schools, prisons, roads,
*courts, environmental programs,
libraries, parks and health care.
The governor will surely get
opposition from police unions,
firefighters, teachers, social ser-
vice workers and health care ad-
vocates but he is going full speed
ahead nonetheless. Never before
has a governor tried to so much
from budget in one fiscal year
while also balancing the budget.
It will take time to monitor and
analyze the new budget once it is
presented. But it is hoped that
as he continues to take bigger
and bigger bites, that he will not
bite off more than he can chew.

Self-love is the most impor-
tant kind of love. Looking for
love from someone else prior to
learning to love ourselves is a
very dangerous endeavor. If we
love ourselves, we understand
the importance of protecting
ourselves. We understand that
doing so communicates to oth-
ers that we are worthy of love.
But, most importantly self love
provides a barrier against those
who would do us harm.
Self-love is also the bridge
to being loved by others. If we
don't love ourselves, it is very
difficult for someone else to
truly love us, and, on the rare
occasion when it does happen,
it is almost impossible to iden-
tify. When we love ourselves, we
are better able to distinguish
between true love, fantasies and
the desperate longing for inti-
macy. When we love ourselves,
we know when he says, "Come
on baby, we don't need a con-
dom; you know I love you," he
really doesn't.
Don't get me wrong, I be-
lieve in love. I've ordered and
received more than my share
of flowers and chocolates; I've
made more than a few Valen-
tine's Day dinner reservations
(and Valentine's dinners for that
matter); and my knees still go
weak every time I think about
the first time I fell in love. But,
I've learned over time that the
people who really love us want
the best for us. They not only
respect our decisions to pro-
tect ourselves, they insist on it.
That's what love really has got
to do with it.




Governor Scott hits road to sell his budget overhaul

By Arian Campo-Flores

LEESBURG, Gov. Rick Scott
is crisscrossing Florida this
week, offering glimpses of what
he says will be one of the na-
tion's most fiscally conservative
budget proposals this year.
In his push to close a $3.6
billion budget deficit and make
good on his promise to create
700,000 private-sector jobs in
the next seven years, the Re-
publican governor aims to slash
spending, cut property and cor-
porate income taxes and over-
haul state government, making
Florida an example of limited
Among the proposals he has
unveiled this week is a goal of
cutting $1.4 billion annually
from the budget by requiring
state employees to contribute
to the state's public pension
system for the first time, and
by channeling new hires into
401(k)-style plans that wouldn't
guarantee set benefits upon re-

"We're going to be the model,"
Scott said in an interview at this
central Florida town's airport,
where his personal private jet
was parked. (He plans to sell the
state's planes.)
The 58-year-old former
health-care executive undoubt-

edly faces significant obstacles,
with opposition coming from
unions and environmentalists,
and skepticism from some in his
own party.
Scott's pension proposal
amounts to a pay cut for pub-
lic workers, said Mark Pudlow,
spokesman for the Florida Edu-
cation Association, the teachers
union. "While [Gov. Scott] wants
to cut corporate and property
taxes, it seems he wants to do it
on the backs of state.workers,"
he said.
Environmentalists are howling
about Scott's intention to un-
leash more development.
In the legislature, Republican
dominance of the state House
and Senate would seem to boost
Scott's chances of pushing
through his agenda. Yet some
members of his own party have
cast doubt on his plan to cut
taxes now, along with spending.

"We need to cut spending first,"
said Senate President Mike Hari-
dopolos. "If he can show us the
budget to make-those cuts, we're
all ears." But, Haridopolos add-
ed, "it's one step at a time."
Scott isn't cowed. He is prom-
ising to slash Florida's budget by
$5 billion, a feat he says he will
accomplish by cutting spending
and streamlining government.
Some of the savings are expected

Florida Gov. Rick Scott with first lady Ann Scott and building
contractor Richard Murray during a tour of a home in The Vil-

lages, Fla.
to come from the pension over-
haul, and he says a proposal to
reorganize various state agen-
cies would save $500 million, on
average, a year. Among its provi-
sions: a recommendation to fold
the state's Department of Com-
munity Affairs, which oversees
land planning and development,
into the Department of Environ-
mental Protection.
Scott also wants to purge the
budget of what he considers friv-
olous spending items. He har-
bors particular disdain for "al-
ligator marketing," a $150,000
pet project that lawmakers in-

serted in last year's budget to
help sellers of alligator hides and
other products promote their
goods. "The state shouldn't be in
that business," he said.

Some economists. doubt there
are billions of dollars in waste
lurking in the budget, as Scott
says. Lawmakers have been
hacking at state outlays for
years, as Florida's finances have
steadily deteriorated. "I'm not
sure there's that much left to
cut," said Sean Snaith, a Univer-
sity of Central Florida economist.

Scott's job-creating plans cen-
ter on making Florida the most
business-friendly state in the
U.S. "We're competing with 49
states and a variety of other
countries now where people are
willing to invest their dollars," he
said. "Myjob...is to make this the
place where people want to do
For starters, that means mak-
ing it cheaper to operate in Flor-
ida, he said. He proposes cut-
ting the corporate income tax to
3 percent from 5.5 percent, and
eventually phasing it out. He
also intends to eliminate what he
deems burdensome regulations.
By combining the community af-
fairs and environmental protec-
tion agencies, for instance, he
hopes to create "one-stop shop-
ping," Scott said. "If the state's
going to be involved, then let's
have one place where you can get
the answer" to a permitting issue
and "an honest time frame for
how long it's going to take."

Scott highlighted the frustra-
tions of many real-estate devel-
opers during a visit Monday to
a construction site in The Vil-
lages, a sprawling retirement
community north of Orlando. As
he. tramped through sandy lots
and ducked through the skeletal
frames of new houses, he quizzed
a construction manager about

the number of agencies and per-
mits he had to deal with to get
the project under way. Too many
to count, the manager replied.
"How much should the state be
involved in regulating the growth
in communities when you al-
ready have a county doing it, or
a city doing it?" said Scott after-
Scott has embraced his role as
Florida's pitchman-in-chief. He
says he cold-calls five to 15 chief
executives a day, urging them to
consider setting up shop in the
Sunshine State. One state he
hopes to poach from is Illinois,
which, he noted, recently raised
taxes-and also happens to have
freezing weather. "Let me turn
my air-conditioning down, it's
so hot here," he said he told one
company official in a recent call.
To lure businesses, Scott also
wants to centralize all economic
development activities in'one of-
fice run by one individual who's
accountable to him. "That per-
son will be two offices down from
me," he said, "so then it'll be part
of what I'm thinking about every
Signs that the U.S. economy is
strengthening could help Scott.
"His timing is impeccable," said
Snaith, the UCF economist. "He's
got the business cycle in his fa-
vor right now. I think he will hit
700,000 jobs before seven years,
maybe five."

Time to pray: A 'long haul' to recovery

Giffords' spouse,

leaders exchange

words of hope
By Catalina Camia & David Jackson

the husband of Rep. Gabrielle
Giffords, closed the National
Prayer Breakfast recently and
offered a few words about the
congresswoman's recovery
from a gunshot wound.
Kelly told President Obama
and the audience at the Wash-
ington Hilton that the past
month "has been the hardest
time of my life." He questioned
why his spouse, an Arizona
Democrat, was shot in the head
on Jan. 8. "Maybe it was fate.
I hadn't been a big believer in
fate until recently," he said.
Giffords is now at a reha-
bilitation hospital in Houston,
where Kelly says "she gets a
little better" every day.
'Kelly offered special prayers
sent by Giffords' rabbi, Stepha-
nie Aaron. He also told the au-
dience he hopes that "maybe
something good can come from
all this."
The FBI has said that Gif-
fords, 40, was the target of a
shooting rampage that left six
people dead and 13 wounded.
Kelly, a Navy captain and as-
tronaut, kept vigil by his wife's

-AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet
astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Gif-
fords, D-Ariz., at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington,
Thursday, Feb. 3.

bedside while she was hospital-
ized at University Medical Cen-
ter in Tucson.
She was transferred on Jan.
21 and is now undergoing ther-
apy and treatment at TIRR Me-
morial Hermann in Houston,
where Kelly is based.
Obama, who spoke about
how his Christian faith has
deepened while he has been in
the White House, began his re-
marks with a nod to Kelly and

"We are with them for the long
haul, and God is with them for
the long haul," he said.
Obama says nothing pro-
motes prayer like the presiden-
"Let me tell you, these two
years, they have deepened my
faith," he said.
In discussing how the presi-
dency has "a funny way of
making a person feel the need
to pray," Obama cited the chal-
lenges of the economy, health

care and foreign policy as
well as the fact that his Chris-
tian faith has been "questioned
from time to time."
Though polls have shown
that as many as 20 percent of
Americans say he is a Muslim,
Obama said that as a young
community organizer in Chi-
cago, 'I came to know Jesus
Christ for myself and embrace
him as my Lord and savior."
Faith has sustained him in
high office, Obama said, cit-
ing a quote from a predeces-
sor: "Abe Lincoln said ... 'I have
been driven to my knees many
times by the overwhelming con-
viction that I had no place else
to go.'
Political opponents can come
together in prayer, Obama said.
He pointed out a member of the
audience: Sen. Tom Coburn
of Oklahoma, a conservative
Republican who rarely agrees
with the president on policy.
"Even though we are on op-
posite sides of a whole bunch of
issues, part of what has bound
us together is a shared faith,
our recognition that we pray
to and serve the same God,"
Obama said. Then he joked,
"And I keep praying that God
will show him the light and
he will vote with me once in a
"It's going to happen, Tom,"
Obama added to laughter. "A
ray of light is going to beam

Egypt's vice president agrees to concessions

By Alexandra Zavis

Egypt's Vice President Omar
Suleiman agreed at a meeting
with opposition figures Sunday
to set up a national committee
to consider constitutional re-
forms, according to a statement
read on state-run television.
The statement also said the
government would take steps
to ensure press freedom, re-
lease jailed activists and lift
the country's emergency laws
when security conditions per-
But there was no mention in
the statement that President
Hosni Mubarak would step
down before new elections are
held in September, a key de-
mand of anti-government pro-
Two of the groups represent-
ed at the meeting said the con-
cessions announced Sunday
were only a first step, the As-
sociated Press reported.
"People still want the presi-
dent to step down," said Mo-
stafa al-Naggar, a supporter of
Nobel laureate Mohamed El-
"The protest continues be-
cause there are no guarantees

and not all demands have been
met," Al-Naggar was quoted as
saying by the Associated Press.
"We did not sign on to the state-
ment. This is a beginning of a
dialogue. We approve the posi-
tive things in the statement but
... we are still demanding that

the president step down."
The outlawed Muslim Broth-
erhood, the country's largest
opposition group, said they
too support a continuation of
the protests in Cairo's Tahrir
"The people want the presi-

dent and his regime to step
down immediately," Moham-
med Morsey, a spokesman for
the group, was quoted as say-
ing by Bloomberg News. "We're
in the field, and we're in the
dialogue. There's no contradic-

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House GOP to cut domestic spending

By Associated Press

Even as they take a cleaver
to many domestic agencies,
Republicans now running the
House are barely touching Con-
gress' generous own budget.
A new GOP proposal would
reduce domestic agencies'
spending by nine percent on av-
erage through September, when
the current budget year ends.
If that plan becomes law, it
could lead to layoffs of tens of
thousands of federal employees,
big cuts to heating and housing
subsidies for the poor, reduced
grants to schools and law en-
forcement agencies, and a ma-
jor hit to the Internal Revenue
Service's budget.
Congress, on the other hand,
would get nicked by only two
percent, or $94 million.
Recent hefty increases to the
congressional budget -- en-
gineered by Democrats when
they held power in the House
from 2007-2010 -- would re-
main largely in place under a
plan announced recently by the
chairman of the House Appro-
priations Committee, Rep. Har-
old Rogers, R-Ky.
The plan, developed in close
consultation with Republican
Speaker John Boehner's office,
would cut Congress' budget less
than any other domestic spend-
ing bill, except for the one cov-
ering the Department of Home-
land Security.
All 12 spending bills left un-
finished by Democrats will go

into a single, enormous mea-
sure that Republicans promise
to bring up the week of Feb. 14.
"Charity begins at home, and
Congress should lead the way
with cuts to their own budget,"
said Steve Ellis of Taxpayers for
Common Sense, a Washington-
based watchdog group. "Instead
they're protecting their bottom
line while slashing everyone
The cut to Congress gets a
little deeper, to 3.5 percent, if
it were imposed for a full cal-
endar year instead of the seven
months that will remain in the
current budget year. But so,
too, would the cuts to other
agencies -- growing to 16 per-
When Democrats took over
Congress in 2007, they inher-
ited a $3.8 billion budget for
Congress. That includes money
for members' and leadership of-
fices, House and Senate com-
mittees, and support agencies
such as the Capitol Police and
the Congressional Budget Of-
fice, which crunches numbers
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Financial aid seminar aimed at college bound students

By D. Kevin McNeir

Many young people have
dreams of going to college, mov-
ing out on their own and earn-
ing a comfortable income. But
some face the challenge of find-
ing the means to pay for their
education. And without com-
pleting the proper paperwork,
they are unable to quality for
federal financial assistance.
With that in mind, Miami
Northwestern Senior High
School will host a financial
aid workshop for students and
parents on Wednesday, Feb.
9th from 6 to 9 p.m. in the
school' auditorium. According
to Northwestern's CAP Advisor,
LarMarc Anderson, the work-
shop will clear up many mis-
nomers about the financial aid
process and will get students
on the proper road to secur-
ing money for their advanced
learning goals.
"All students who want to ap-
ply for federal assistance must
complete a FAFSA (Free Appli-
cation for Federal Student Aid),
which determines whether a
student is eligible for aid (in-
cluding Pell grants and work-
study programs)," Anderson
The application is the gate-
way for nine federal student
aid programs as well as state
and local assistance. For stu-
dents in Florida, the deadline
for submitting the application
is May 15th.
"The form has changed sig-

El Portal's,

Black History


nificantly in the last few years
but many of our students and
their parents don't know that,"
he added. "The biggest change
is that the form is only online
but with that one can make
changes on the application as
necessary. Before you couldn't
make any adjustments once
you were done."
Other changes to the process

include the ability for a student
to make a "guestimate" of their
parents' salary, as long as it
has not changed significantly
from the previous year.
"We expect a large turnout
and hold this workshop for ev-
eryone in the community," An-
derson added. "We have 547
seniors this year and so we
thought we had better get an

earlier jump on getting our kids
ready for college. We also invite
anyone from the community
who is interested in going back
to school to come out and see
our counselors."
Ahderson says that most in-
ner city CAP advisors find that
the major reason that students
do not go on to college is be-
cause they have failed to prop-

early fill out their FAFSA.
"Our service is provided for
free and there is one CAP advi-
sor at every public high school,
so there's no reason not to un-
derstand and then follow the
correct process," he said. "I
remember last year we even
had Elder Kenneth Duke, pas-
tor of New Jerusalem Primitive
Baptist Church, bring his high

school seniors to the workshop.
It really makes a difference
when you know what you have
to do and how easy it is to com-
plete the form."
For more information, contact
Anderson or Irene Wisenbaker-
Clark, Northwestern's resource
center coordinator at 305-836-
0991, ext. 2126 and 2124, re-

Special to The Miami Times

The Vilage of El Portal invites
the commu-
nity to their
of El Portal's
Black Histo-
ry. Past and
present resi-
dents who
were pillars .
in El Portal,
County and Mayor El Portal
the State of
Florida will be honored at a
luncheon on Thursday, Febru-
ary 10 at 12 p.m. at the El Por-
tal Village

N.E. 87th
Street. El
Portal will
honor the
late Jesse
J. McCrary,
S,.. first Black
S: Secretary of
the State of
GARTH REEVES Florida; the
Publisher Emeritus late Ignatius
Carroll, first
Black El Portal councilman;
Garth C. Reeves, Sr., publisher
emeritus of
The Miami
Times and
others. For
more infor-
mation, con-
tact the Vil-
lage Clerk
at 305-795-
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Obama sets new tone with business leaders

By Paul Davidson

awkward humor aimed at de-
fusing the tension. Nervous
laughter. Even a tentative em-
brace in the form of a polite
standing ovation.
President Obama's first-ever
speech to the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce Monday had all the
earmarks of a peace offering to
a former ally. And when it was
over, some of the 200 compa-
ny chieftains and industry of-

ficials in the-audience said the
president largely achieved his
goal of at least setting a new
tone with America's business
"I think he really under-
stands you have to cooperate
with business and can't do
it on your own," said Ernest
Green, CEO of E&E Enterpris-
es Global, a 40-employee infor-
mation technology company in
Hampton, Va.
Obama's criticism of the
chamber's lobbying tactics and

President Obama returns from his Chamber of Commerce
speech with, from left, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Chief of
Staff William Daley and National Economic Council Director
Gene Sperling.

his lambasting of Wall Street
bankers as "fat cats" made him
few friends in executive suites.
Business officials are still chaf-
ing over financial and health
care legislation and looming
climate-change rules, which
they say create regulatory un-
certainty while saddling them
with new costs and paperwork.
Noting he understands busi-
ness leaders must answer to
stockholders, Obama said, "I
get it." He also said his admin-
istration and businesses "must
work together" to create jobs
and improve U.S. competitive-
ness. He reiterated his agenda,
which includes building trans-
portation and communication
networks, improving educa-
tion, doing away with outdat-
ed business regulations, and
lowering the corporate tax rate
while erasing loopholes.
Citing the $2 trillion in cash
on corporate balance sheets,
Obama asked company heads
to return the favor and "invest
in America" by hiring to lower
unemployment and in turn,
boosting consumer spending.
"I want to encourage you to get
in the game."
Harry Alford, head of the Na-
tional Black Chamber of Com-
merce, said, "He's treating
businesses not as something
to be run over. I don't think he
understood it two, three years
Matthew Shay, president of
the National Retail Federation,
said hiring "is going to be driv-
en by 70 percent of the econ-
omy that is consumption." He
added, "Retailers saw (sharply

rising sales) at the end of last
year, and that's enough to get
retail businesses to make in-
Juliana Zoto Efessiou,
owner of Z Partners, health
supplement consultants in Vi-
enna, Va., liked Obama's vow
to scrap a burdensome new
bookkeeping rule for small
"He realizes you can't over-

regulate and overtax business
and expect them to expand
and hire," she said.
Some are still wary. Green
wants Obama to do more to
prod banks to lend to small
firms like his. "We can't do
much hiring if we don't have
capital," he said.
Others were unconvinced
of Obama's claim that the
health care law's tax credits

would save small businesses
$40 billion over a decade.
"There is a great deal of
skepticism," says Michael
Hershman, head of Fairfax
Group, which advises busi-
nesses about regulatory com-
pliance. "Others have said
the opposite."
"His intentions sound
great," Efessiou says. "It's the
implementation of it."

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corporate income taxes by about
$2 billion.
Now he has laid out how he
hopes to achieve those results
and fulfill his campaign pledge
to create 700,000 private-sector
jobs in the next seven years.
Scott proposed transferring
Medicaid recipients to managed-
care plans, a move he estimated
would save about $2 billion a
year on average.
The savings would come main-
ly from reduced administrative
costs and cuts to reimbursement
rates for providers, according to
people familiar with the budget.
Several Florida counties are al-
ready experimenting with such a
system and the governor would
like to expand it statewide.
He said he could extract ad-
ditional savings by eliminat-
ing what he believes is wasteful
spending. By renegotiating state
contracts and leases, as well as
cutting unnecessary expendi-
tures, he said, he could save an
average of $330 million a year.
In one of his more controver-
sial recommendations, the gov-
ernor proposed pension-system
changes that would require pub-
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cent of their salaries to the retire-
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fund proposal and some left-
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Stonecipher of the Florida Center
for Fiscal and Economic Policy, a
nonprofit research group.
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tax wouldn't do much to boost
the state's competitiveness, he
said, because "Florida is al-
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She made the big time

Ethel Waters helped redefine how

Black performers were perceived

By Ethan Mordden

We still speak of the "big time"
in show business, but early in
the 20th century there was also
the "white time" and the "Black
time." The white time was en-
tertainment's default setting,
the class of performers that de-
fined mainstream culture and,
at its top, became famous. The
Black time was segregated by
not only race but influence: It
had none, at least not on the
national level, until the 1920s,
when that state of affairs sud-
denly changed, for a number of
reasons. One of the main ones
was Ethel Waters.
As a vocalist, Waters had a
broad emotional range and
wicked spark of humor that
took her right into the heart of
American popular song. Some of
her numbers really were hers-

"Takin' a Chance on Love," "Di-
nah," "Am I Blue." Rival singers
covered them at risk. Waters
embellished vocal lines like an
opera diva on a downtown spree
and toyed with. words: While
putting on a British accent in
her recording of "You Can't Do
What My Last Man Did," she ad
libs, "Come get me, Ethel Barry-
more!" She also inspired song-
writers to top themselves for
her, as when Irving Berlin wrote
"Supper Time"-the lament of a
lynch-mob victim's widow.

But Waters wasn't just a
singer. Eventually she became
a comic actress, then a tragic
actress, earning for her role as
a maid in the stage play "The
Member of the Wedding" (1950)
a comparison to the standard,
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can lives aren't supposed to
have second acts, but Waters
has enough plot for a repertory
Born in 1896 in Chester, Pa.,
Waters suffered the personal
hardships typical of early-20th-
Scentury Black time: a lonely
childhood in poverty and, to
boot, an odd look, for though
slim and pretty she stood taller
than most men before she was
15. At first Waters was strictly a
blues singer, but her agility in
controlling different perform-
ing styles was astonishing. In
the 1933 revue "As Thousands
Cheer," she not only sang the
rhapsodically heartbroken
"Supper Time" but did a turn
imitating Josephine Baker,
complete with spitcurl, ciga-
rette holder and dress to kill:
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U.S. meekly allows despots to return to Haiti

By DeWayne Wickham

While the Obama administra-
tion has embraced the democ-
racy movement that is pres-
suring Egyptian dictator Hosni
Mubarak to end to his 30-year
rule, it seems less certain of
what to do to keep Haiti's fragile
democracy from disintegrating.
"Going back to the old ways
is not going to work. Suppres-
sion's not going to work. En-
gaging in violence is not going
to work," Obama said in the
clearest statement from him so
far that, like the tens of thou-
sands of people who have taken
to the streets of Cairo, he thinks
it's time for Mubarak to give up
But in Haiti, where the United

States has led an international
effort to raise billions of dol-
lars to fund the recovery of that
earthquake-ravaged nation, the
country is increasingly at risk of
giving in to "the old ways."
Last month, as the results of
the first round of Haiti's presi-
dential election were being dis-
puted, Jean Claude "Baby Doc"
Duvalier, the right-wing dictator
who was chased from the coun-
try 25 years ago, was allowed to
return. Now broke after alleg-
edly stealing $300 million from
Haiti's treasure,Duvalier has re-
turned to help Haiti. How? One
of his American lawyers said
(presumably with a straight
face) that Duvalier could assist
in managing the $10 billion in
relief other nations have pledged
to Haiti. While there's no chance

DUVALIER: Ex-president wants hands on Haiti's relief funds

of that happening, he can cause
trouble in another way.
Duvalier has "close friends
and former colleagues" in the
campaigns of the three candi-

dates who were the top finishers
in the first phase of the presi-
dential election, according to
The New York Times.
He was greeted by 2,000 sup-

porters upon his return to Haiti,
and while he was later arrested
on charges of corruption and
embezzlement, it is uncertain
that he will ever be tried.
What seems a better bet is
that' Duvalier's return, and the
anticipated arrival of former
Haitian president Jean Ber-
trand Aristide, will push Haiti
closer to turmoil.
Aristide is a leftist who be-
came Haiti's first democrati-
cally elected president. He was
toppled by a coup in 1991 and
restored to office three years
later with the help of American
troops. Aristide was toppled
again in 2004 by rebel soldiers,
who this time had a lot more
support among the Haitian
people and some believe -
the backing of the George W.

Bush administration.
Haiti, which is still reeling
from last year's earthquake
that killed more than 250,000
people, was rocked by rioting
following the announcement
of the results of the disputed
presidential election and hit
hard by a cholera epidemic
that's taken more than 4,000
With another round of voting
scheduled for March 20, the
thing Haiti needs more than
anything else now is a level of
stability and calm. But what
it's likely to get once Aristide
returns and once he and Du-
valier rally their old supporters
to their side will be a return
to the bloody factionalism that
punctuated their time at the
helm of Haiti's government.

Haiti issues new passport to ex-leader Aristide

AFP The Haitian govern-
ment on Monday said it has
issued a new passport to for-
mer president Jean-Bertrand
Aristide, enabling him to end
his exile in South Africa and
return to Haiti, a government
official said.
"The passport was issued
on Monday. All the formalities
have been completed," the of-
ficial said, asking to remain

told me," Kurzban told AFP
from Miami. Asked if Aristide
-would be back in Haiti soon,
the attorney said: "I think we're
getting closer, but we're not
there yet."
The news, certain to add to
the uncertainty in this quake- -
hit nation, came as about 200
people demonstrated in the
capital Port-au-Prince calling
for President Rene Preval to

A Haitian holds a poster of exiled former president Jean-Ber-
trand Aristide during a demonstration in Port-au-Prince in 2010.
The Haitian government on Monday said it has issued a new pass-
port to Aristide, enabling him to end his exile in South Africa and
return to Haiti, a government official said.

One of Aristide's lawyers, Ira
Kurzban, said he had not re-
ceived the passport.
"If they have (issued a pass-
port for Aristide), they haven't

step down.
"Preval, give back the keys to
the palace, your mission is at
an end," they shouted in front
of the presidential palace, still
* in ruins after the January 2010

earth quake.
Preval had been due to step
down from office on Monday,
but the presidential elections
have been bogged down by ac-
cusations of corruption and
vote-rigging in favor of his fa-
vored successor.
The Haiti election commis-
sion ruled on Thursday that
popular singer Michel Martelly
-- and not the ruling party's
Jude Celestin -- would now
face off against former first
lady Mirlande Manigat in the
second round on March 20.
Preval, who passed emergen-
cy legislation last year extend-
ing his mandate in the event of
an electoral delay, has now said
he plans to stay in office until
the next president and govern-
ment is installed.
It is not yet clear how Aris-
tide's return -- coming so soon
after former dictator Jean-
Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier
ended two decades in exile
-- will impact on the political
Aristide has been living in
South Africa since 2004, and
in recent months has repeat-
edly requested to be allowed to
return home to the Caribbean
nation, but said he had no trav-
el documents as his passport
had expired.
Haiti's first democratically
elected leader who was forced
to flee amid a popular revolt
after two stints as president,
Aristide has said he wants to
return to help his countrymen.
A former priest, Aristide has
long maintained he was forced

Miamians attend funeral of Gail Pinder Roberts

Miami-Dade County was well
represented last Saturday in
Orlando at the funeral of Gail
Pinder Roberts who died Janu-
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was eulogized by her father in
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Carmen and Al Jackson; Sam
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to step down under pressure
from the United States and
"Since my forced arrival in
the Mother Continent six and
a half years ago, the people of
Haiti have never stopped call-
ing for my return to Haiti," he
said in a statement sent to AFP
last month.
"As far as I am concerned, I

am ready. Once again I express
my readiness to leave today, to-
morrow, at any time."
Haiti has been in turmoil
since the January 2010 earth-
quake devastated the impover-
ished country, killing 250,000
people and leaving 1.3 million
Last month, Duvalier's re-
turn some two decades after he

was overthrown in a popular
uprising against his brutal rule
,also fuelled tensions in a nation
which has known years of po-
litical upheaval and bloodshed.
Monday marked exactly 25
years to the day since Duvalier
departed aboard a US air force
plane, bringing to an abrupt
end a lavish and notoriously
corrupt dictatorship.

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Pierre: "City is in best shape ever"

continued from 1A

"I have been representing the
people of this City for 14 years
and was the chairman of the
Greater North Miami Chamber
of Commerce when I decided
to run for office," he said. "Our
community needs help in many
areas and I thought I could do
some good things here."
But since taking office 20
months ago, he says he has
learned one thing about poli-
tics: "Knives will continue to be
thrown at your back."
Pierre's comment speaks to
three specific incidents for which
he has been highly criticized
both by members of the press
and some who live and/or work
in North Miami. He believes the
attacks are because of the suc-
cess he has had and because
"there are others who want my

The latest confrontation found
Pierre pitted against some who
questioned the purchase of 44
badges for City officials. But the
Mayor says that he was follow-
ing the advice of the City's police
chief and doing what many other

mayors have done.
"There was no mystery," he
said. "I did nothing wrong. Our
City officials do not have any
form of credentials and after get-
ting into an altercation with a
gentleman who asked for proof
that I was indeed the mayor, I
went back to the City and asked
about getting IDs. The Chief said
we could get them and explained
that it was a common practice.
I ordered 20 badges some for
my staff and a few for our volun-
teers and interns. I can't explain
how we got a duplicate order
nor can I understand why cer-
tain members of the City Coun-
cil tried to make such a big issue
out of nothing."
Pierre says that he would prob-
ably profit from having political
advisors at his side, but that he
tries to make good decisions.
Sometimes, however, they have
not been the best.
"In the case of the Porsche that
I was using, which was a gift from
a close friend of over 10 years, I
wasn't doing anything that I had
not done before," he said. "The
owner of the car had allowed me
to use the vehicle before and he
has also been a client of my firm
for many years. What I learned
was that when you take on a po-

sition like the Mayor, there are
some things that you shouldn't
do as every action is scrutinized.
Sometimes people come up with
very wrong conclusions. The law
says you have to file a gift disclo-
sure in the quarter that ends the
time that you received the gift. I
did that. I did not file it because
of the news article that appeared.
I filed it at the appropriate time."
As for the funds that his City
raised for his native country of
Haiti, Pierre remarks that the de-
lay was because of two reasons.
"I have to admit there was so
much going on in North Miami
that our fundraising drive for
Haiti took a temporary back-
seat," he said. "I really wanted us
to raise $400,000 and I thought
we could. But the dollars com-
ing in began to slow down. My
attentions were drawn to getting
more people in our City back to
work and getting more federal
funds for our citizens. We never
tried to hold money that had
been earmarked for Haiti."
Pierre has since sent $117,000
in relief efforts in Haiti.

Pierre has also had to focus
on this spring which will mark
election time again for the City
of North Miami. He attributes a
lot of the criticism and efforts to

Taylor says education and jobs are top priorities

continued from 1A

Overly optimistic? Not according
to Taylor, the 60-something wife,
mother and grandmother whose
penchant for using Biblical im-
agery was apparent throughout
her remarks.
"It's time to speak life into the
hearts and minds of the people of
Opa-Locka," she said, referenc-
ing a time not so long ago when
the City was better know for its
availability of illegal substances
at the infamous Triangle.'
"We had residents but no re-
spect; churches but no charge;
children but few champions,"
she remarked.
At one point, four-out-of-five
people in Opa-locka were receiv-

ing government assistance and
and she says, "living just above
the poverty line." But she has
focused on revitalization efforts,

the premier effort now underway
with the assistance of City Man-
ager Clarence Patterson called
The Magnolia North Project a
collaborative effort with County
Commissioner Barbara Jordan,
Habitat for Humanity and Willie
Logan of the Opa-Locka CDC.
"We have secured $26.6 mil-
lion dollars to transform the
once-forgotten neighborhood
called The Triangle' and our
City is getting a long overdue
facelift," she said. "One of the
many things I have learned
since taking office is you have
to be able to put away your
differences that might retard
progress and you also have to
stay focused when gossip and
rumors come your way."
The City Address was a true

celebration for Opa-locka's
16,000 residents, with the
Opa-locka Honor Guard, the
Bahamas-Miami Junknoos
and the marching band from
Miami Northwestern Senior
High School adding their con-
tributions. Local dignitaries
including M-D County School
Board Member Dr. Wilbert
Holloway and former Con-
gresswoman Carrie Meek at-
tended to lend their support.
"We need people from our
community to serve as advi-
sors and board members,"
she said. "When we all get
involved we can really cata-
pult this City from its current
position of stability into one
of rapid growth and develop-

West supports change in Egypt

continued from 1A

intelligence chief and
Mubarak's longtime con-
fidant, reached out to the
leaders designated by the
protesters to negotiate with
the government, opposition
groups said.
The existing government
appeared to be consolidating
its power: The prime minis-
ter said police forces were

returning.to the streets, and
an army general urged pro-
testers to scale back their I
occupation of Tahrir Square. i
Protesters interpreted the
simultaneous moves by the
Western leaders and Su-
leiman as a rebuff to their
demands for an end to the
dictatorship led for almost
30 years by Mubarak, 82,
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denigrate his name to the fact
that others would like to replace
"The City of North Miami is in
the best shape ever and we have
been recognized as one of the
best cities to live in Florida," he
said. "None of our schools are
"F" schools; we have adequate
housing for those on fixed in-
comes; we have regular job fairs
that secure jobs for our citizens;
we engage the Police Athletic
League (PAL) and they are pro-
viding a number of activities
for our young people that keep
them out of trouble. Everything
isn't perfect but a lot has been
accomplished during my ten-
"Tonight well induct the first
Black into the City of North Mi-
ami Hall of Fame Clarence
Meeks a 20-year veteran of
the U.S. military. Hell be the
first Black since our City was
founded in 1926. I have several
opponents that are well-fund-
ed and coming after me. But I
stand on my record. And for the
record, I have never been cited
for any ethics violations."
A quick call to the State of
Florida Commission on Ethics
confirmed his statement.
"I'm getting ready for the May
mayoral race and I intend to
win," he said.

continued from 8A

"longing to be lowdown" in the
jaunty "Harlem On My Mind."

Then, as Hagar in Du Bose
and Dorothy Heyward's play
"Mamba's Daughters" (1939),
Waters pulled off a pure act-
ing feat. Hagar is plain-spoken,
quiet, dangerous-anything but
a showy role. She does end up
strangling the man who raped
her daughter, but generally the
part is devoid of the stagey bits
that feed theatrical legend. Wa-
ters's introverted performance
so befuddled Brooks Atkinson,
the New York Times's critic, that
he undervalued it, arousing an
indignant protest letter from Tal-
lulah Bankhead, Oscar Hammer-
stein, and others in the arts com-
munity. Their outrage prompted
Atkinson to see the show again,
after which he wrote an apolo-
getic recantation.
Waters's power as both musi-
cian and actress affirmed the
white time's growing absorp-
tion of the Blacktime. But more:
She revealed the versatility of
the American performer gener-
ally. In the 1930s, singers didn't
suddenly turn into actors. Yes,
George M. Cohan moved from
musicals to tackle Eugene O'Neill
in "Ah, Wilderness!" But Cohan
had been a theater all-arounder
from the start, as writer, produc-
er, director, actor: He did every-
thing but sell the candy. It was
Waters who implanted the notion
that some artists control a wild
magic. Adaptable and limitless,
they transform themselves as
they enchant the rest of us.

Donald Bogle's "Heat Wave"-
the first Waters portrait on a
grand scale since her own two
volumes of memoirs, published
in 1951 and 1972-gives us Wa-
ters the personality as well as the
performer. A longtime chroni-
cler of Blackentertainers, Bogle
has logged hundreds of hours
of interviews over the years with
those who worked with or simply
knew Waters. These eye witness-
es enhance the factual, data with
a real sense of who Waters was,
though obviously they give her

mixed reviews.
All attest to her great talent-
again, not only as a singer but
as an actress-yet many found
her almost calamitously touchy.
On the set of the movie "Cabin in
the Sky" (1944), Waters seethed
quietly till she finally let fly with
a vast rant that ended the day's
shooting, all because the film's
ingenue, Lena Home, was young
and cute and Waters, at 48, was

Barking and snapping as she
goes, Waters collected enemies'
as if it were a hobby. She came
up tough and trusted no one, es-
pecially whites, producers and
Lena Home. Bogle quotes the
aesthete Carl Van Vechten, who
told her: "Ethel, you never ask for
anything, and you never thank
anyone for anything." Waters
never made the required state-
ments on the racial politics that
overwhelmed the last years of
her life. An inter viewer wanted
to know how Waters would feel if
some restaurant refused to serve
her because she was black-the
pain, the dishonor. "Land, no
honey!" she replied. "I can't stand
white cooking!" Waters didn't be-
lieve in a responsibility to lead,
a stance that confused a public
that paradoxically expects both
arrogance and humility from its
stars. Waters had neither.
At times her behavior-spat-
ting with colleagues over imagi-
nary insults, resenting director
John Ford on the movie "Pinky"
(1949) so intensely that he quit
the film-suggests one of those
gifted disasters who live in a kind
of genius panic, unsure of their
talent. On the contrary: her tal-
ent was the only thing Waters
was sure of. She was among
the few show-business figures-
Fred Astaire, Katharine Hep-
burn and Cole Porter also come
to mind-who made the big time
bigger through the sheer unique-
ness of what they did. During the
tryout of "As Thousands Cheer,"
one of its co-authors, Moss Hart,
asked Waters if she minded fol-
lowing Marilyn Miller and Clifton
Webb in a gala song-and-dance
number that might well stop the
show. "Hell, no, Mr. Hart," Wa-
ters replied. "I like working on a
hot stage!"

Miami-Dade leads state in gang activities

continued from 1A

more people associated with
gangs in Southeast Florida
than any other part of the
state. In a statement issued
just after the report's release,
McCollum said it was meant to
"set a baseline for gang activ-
ity against which to measure
future progress."
, But what do the numbers tell
us? In total, there are 1,403
gangs in the state with 56,000
documented gang members,
associates and suspected gang
members. Further, gangs con-
tinue to recruit new members
with great success between
June 2009 and July 2010, the
amount of reported gang ac-
tivity rose in all seven of the
state's regions studied with a
27.5 percent increase over the
previous year.

South Florida's counties of
Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe
and Palm Beach are part of the
Region 7 Gang Reduction Task
Force, spearheaded by Sheriff
Al Lamberti (Broward Sher-
iffs Office) and Director James
Loftus (Miami-Dade Police De-
partment). The report reveals

that this region encompasses
8,308 verified gang members,
more than any other region
- just less than 30 percent of
the state's gang members and
gangs. The region has 404 doc-
umented gangs.
Meanwhile, in Central Flor-
ida, including the counties of
Brevard, Indian River, Lake,
Martin, Orange, Osceola, St.
Lucie and Volusia, there were a
reported 3,065 confirmed gang
members but the numbers
rise when you factor in 1,494
gang associates and 2,042 sus-
pected gang members. This
area has about 319 gangs in

Detective Aquiles Carmona,
43, is a 20-year veteran with
the City of Miami Police Depart-
ment who first joined the City's
gang unit in 1993. He says that
while Miami does indeed have
a gang problem, he feels that it
"is under control."
"We know most of the play-
ers, where they hang out, and
whether they are a nuisance,
turf or drug gang," he said.
"When actions happen in cer-
tain parts of the City we feel
with our intel we have things
pretty much under control."
Carmona says that while
gang activity has risen here in

Florida, most of the members
are "new to the game."
"Compared to cities like Chi-
cago and New York or to the
state of California, where gang
members are following in the
footsteps of their fathers and
grandfathers, our situation is
much more manageable," he
added. "The majority of our
gang members are first-gener-
ation so they aren't as firmly
Carmona points out that
most of the gangs in Florida are
involved in either drug sales or
fighting for limited amounts of
space turf wars to be exact.
"The challenge we face is
that more gangs are using
guns for protection, con-
trol or intimidation," he said.
"Our unit alone took 88 guns
off the streets last year but the
total Department confiscated
around 1,000 weapons 75
percent of those were stolen.
That's why we don't need to
give greater access to guns in
the City of Miami. Most law-
abiding citizens don't want to
fool with guns and some are
quite frankly uncomfortable
using them. But with our laws
it's pretty easy to acquire one.
And after a gun is stolen, it's
difficult to track where it will
end up."
Carmona adds that while he
has heard projections of there

being 54 active gangs in the
City with 1,200 members and
associates, the numbers aren't
his greatest concern. His De-
partment, he says, remains ac-
tive every day with at least two
scheduled initiatives [stings].
"Sometimes we work with
other agencies and sometimes
we have our own citywide ini-
tiatives but we are very active
in our pursuit of gang mem-
bers," he said.
Ed Griffin, spokesperson
for the State Attorney's Office
says his office continues to rely
on law enforcement to reduce
gang activity.
"We have seen recent growth
in gangs particularly in the
more rural parts of the state,"
hq said. "They potentially im-
pact everyone. In South Flori-
da, these heavily-armed crimi-
nals use highways like 1-95 to
quickly move across munici-
pal and county lines to recruit
members, commit crimes and
exact their revenge. But our
office has' taken the lead in
focusing on street gangs and
gang violence."
Carmona says his fellow offi-
cers are trained and ready.
"Make no mistake, we are
not intimidated by the gangs in
this area," he said. "We will go
wherever is necessary to find
them, to talk to them and to
round them up, if we need to."

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In a previous ACT-SO competition, Karen Feliz of New World School of the Arts won the
Silver Medal for her painting.

'Olympics of the mind' offers prestige,
rewards for participants

Fewer Haitian students arrive in

Miami-Dade County than expected

By Michael Winerip

Last year after the earthquake in Haiti, Alber-
to M. Carvalho, superintendent of the Miami-
Dade schools the fourth-biggest district in
the nation, with 345,000 students expected
to enroll thousands and thousands of survi-
vors arriving from the devastated country.
He was wrong. A year later, his district has
1,403 survivors the highest number in the
nation, but far below what he predicted.
He expected most to be poor; Haiti is the
poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

"I thought they'd need a lot of government ser-
vices," he said. The district made plans to con-
vert an old Baptist hospital in Homestead to
a school for 125 survivors, who would also be
sheltered there.
Wrong again. "They were a higher social sta-
tus," Carvalho said. "Definitely middle and
upper-middle class."
The superintendent was surprised where the
quake survivors showed up, too. He expected
a big influx at Edison High, a high-poverty, in-
ner-city school that for years had the district's
Please turn to MDC 14B

By Kaila Heard

For high school students,
spring semester is often a
time to work pull up grade
point averages, search for
and apply to colleges. It's also
a time to find a way to pay for
their higher education goals.
Toward that aim, the Miami-
Dade Branch of the NAACP's
ACT-SO Competition should
be firmly etched on the cal-
endars of all future scientists,
architects, doctors and math-
The second part of the ACT-
SO Competition which allows
students to compete in medi-
cine, math, architecture and
science areas will be held at
Booker T. Washington Senior
High School on Saturday,
March 5.
The county-wide contest
will determine which 9th -
12th grade students can com-

pete for thousands of dollars
in scholarships and prizes
awarded at the prestigious
NAACP ACT-SO National Fi-
nals to be held in Los Angeles,
California, in July.
In Miamri-Dade County, stu-
dents who are aspiring en-
trepreneurs, performing and
visual artists competed in the
first part of the ACT-SO Com-
petition which was held on
Saturday, Jan. 29.
The local ACT-SO Com-
mittee's co-chair, Hyacinth
O'Rourke Johnson, explained
that the delay between the
two portions of the competi-
tion is an attempt to accom-
modate students' schedules.
"We've had less and less stu-
dent participate in the com-
petition because we continue
to bump heads with activities
like the FCAT and [students]
weren't able to do anything
but study for the FCAT," she

With the change in dates,
Johnson said the committee
is hopeful that more students
will be able to participate in
the contest.
The desire to encourage
more students .also comes
from a desire to win more na-
tional medals. At one time,
Miami-Dade students had ac-
cumulated some of the most
national medals than most
other school districts.
Last year, the county's com-
petitors returned with only
two, according to Johnson.
"We knew we had kind of
fallen off the throne so we are
working hard to get it back,"
she said.
Applications deadlines will
remain open until the date of
the Science, Mathematics and
Medicine and Architecture
ACT-SO Competition, which
will be held on Saturday,
March 5 at Booker T. Wash-
ington Senior High School, 9
a.m. 3 p.m.
To receive more informa-
tion or an application packet,
please visit www.miami-dade-



Helping people overcome obstacles
By Kaila Heard


"I am the type of preacher who is always trying to be better at what
God has called me to be," said Reverend Phillip F. Readon, the senior
pastor of Bible Missionary Baptist Church in Miami.
His "passion" for preaching and teaching is why the 46-year-old min-
ister often spends his free time studying the Bible.
"In my studies, I try to go back to the original [translations] the
Hebrew and the Greek languages that's where I gain the most insight
from the text," he explained.
To Readon, having a strong, personal knowledge of biblical text is
important for every Christian.
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The Readon family.

[L-R] Chelsea, 17,

Janice, Rev. Phillip

Readon and Phillip

Jr., 19.




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Study proves

college not for


By Liz Goodwin

A new Harvard study (PDF) says American
students need to begin to decide in middle
school whether they want to prepare for four-
year college and then a career. The alternative
approach, the study says, is to begin vocation-
al training for a job earlier.
The study is inspired by European systems
of education, and its authors say too many
students are graduating high school without
middle-level skills that could help them land
well-paying jobs as electricians, for example.
About a third of jobs in the next decade won't
require a four-year college education, the study

says, and this program would help American
kids prepare for them.
The study may raise the specter of
"tracking"--the process by which minonty and
poor kids are pushed into vocational programs
at their schools and held to lower expectations.
EdWeek s Cathenrne Ge\wertz notes that the au-
thors seem to anticipate that concern, writing
that students should be able to change their
minds about whether they want to go to college
or try a different career at any time But the
report also argues that "the coursetaking re-
quirements for entry into the most demanding
four-year colleges should not be imposed on
students seeking careers with fewer academic


Grant poses

with her son

Nathaniel Telf-

er, 22 months,

at their home

in Fort


Readers reach out, help

teen mom and charity

Children's Fund story featured

agency aiding young families

A trip to Chuck E.
Cheese's is a luxury Chris-
tina Grant has been able to
afford, thanks to the gener-
osity of strangers.
Grant, 19, and her son
Nathaniel, 2, were featured
in the Sun Sentinel's an-
nual Children's Fund holi-
day editorial campaign. The
story explained how the
Healthy Mothers, Healthy
Babies Coalition of Bro-
ward County helped Grant,
an aspiring nurse, care for
her baby while encouraging
her to continue her educa-
After the article appeared
in print and online in De-
cember, the Grant family
received a generous out-
pouring of support. Read-
ers donated clothes, toys
for Nathaniel and money
to use to fulfill a wish of
Grant's, that trip to Chuck
E. Cheese's.
"I'm ecstatic," Grant said.
"That put a big smile on my
face, the fact that people
were moved, that people

care in general. I feel like
people out there under-
stand my story."
This past holiday sea-
son, readers, sponsors and
foundations contributed
$390,745 to the Sun Senti-
nel Children's Fund, a Mc-
Cormick Foundation Fund.
The McCormick Founda-
tion matched all contribu-
tions at 50 cents for every
$1 raised, making more
than $580,000 available for
All through the year,
grants go to nonprofit orga-
nizations, like the Healthy
Mothers, Healthy Babies
Coalition, that serve fami-
lies and children. There
is funding for food, shel-
ter, emergency assistance,
'mental and physical health
programs, abuse and ne-
glect prevention, education
and cultural arts, and holi-
day activities and toys.
Partners in the campaign
were the Quantum Foun-
dation, Children's Services
Council of Broward County,
JM Family Enterprises and

Healthy Mothers, Healthy
Babies chapters in Broward
and Palm Beach counties
match women in need with
case managers who over-
see their care. They focus
on helping teenage mothers
and working with impover-
ished adults to get prenatal
care and Medicaid.
Many people contacted
the Broward chapter want-
ing to help after Grant's sto-
ry appeared, said Babette
Ferre-Kosar, director of de-
velopment for the agency.
She said sometimes peo-
ple in the community offer
"negative feedback because
a family is indigent or the
mother is a teen mother
and they [feel those fami-
lies] might not be entitled to
the same type of respect ...
as other families."
But this time, the com-
munity reaction was differ-
ent. ,.- ,
"I was really touched by
the response we got," she
said. These mothers "are
doing the best they can. As
a community we [need] to
support them for the health
and well-being of the child
and to stop cycles of teei

Chur s ning lo Facebok

By Bob Allen

Nearly half of more than 1,000 Protestant
churches polled by LifeWay Research in Sep-
tember indicated they are using Facebook as
a ministry tool.
The research arm of the Southern Baptist
Convention publisher LifeWay Christian Re-
sources said increasing numbers of churches
are turning to social networking, and Face-
book is far and away the most-used network-
ing tool.
Forty-seven percent reported using Face-
book, 28 percent used other services like
MySpace, Ning or a church-management
software, while 40 percent said they are not
using any kind of social networking utility.
"Churches are natural places of interac-
tion," LifeWay Research Director Scott McCo-
nnell said. "Congregations are rapidly adopt-
ing social networking, not only to speed their
own communication, but also to interact with
people outside their church."

The most popular use of social networking
(73 percent) is interacting with the congrega-
tion, followed closely with 70 percent who
use it only to distribute outbound news and
Church staff members are also turn-
ing to mobile devices like smart phones
to access e-mail (53 percent), access
calendars (33 percent) and update and
respond to Facebook posts (32 per-
cent). Fifteen percent each said they
use mobile devices to blog and tweet.
Three-fourths of churches (78 per-
cent) maintain a website. Most (91
percent) use the website to provide
information to potential visitors,
while eight in 10 (79 percent) use it
to provide information to members
of the congregation.
Fewer than half (43 percent) use
their websites to obtain and distribute prayer
requests, and 39 percent allowed people to
register online for events and activities.
Please turn to FACEBOOK 14B

As Cuban economy falters, evangelicals rise

By Shasta Darlington

For decades, Cuba's evangelicals
met behind closed doors, holding
services in living rooms and con-
verted garages.
But as the country confronts hard
times, followers have come out of
the shadows, turning to religion to
meet both economic and spiritual
On a recent Sunday morning,
worshipers packed a Pentecostal
church set up on the second floor of
an apartment building in a working
class suburb of Havana.
They swayed back and forth to
the raucous music amid shouts of
"amen!" and "hallelujah!"
The Rev. Marcial Miguel Hernan-
dez is the church's pastor and the

president of Cuba's National Coun-
cil of Churches.
"The crisis is an opportunity for
faith," he told CNN. "Crisis is God's
opportunity for the church to show
its solidarity and love for our neigh-
Faced with a mounting budget
deficit, Cuban President Raul Cas-
tro announced last year that the
state needs to eliminate more than
one million jobs, or about one-tenth
of the workforce.
He also gave the green light for
more private businesses, in an ef-
fort to help hire the unemployed.
But many people are also looking
to God for help to fill the void.
"You can't be romantic about the
situation," Hernandez said. "There
are going to be a million people,

maybe more, who will be unem-
ployed. The church is getting ready
for this."
He said attendance at evangeli-
cal churches had jumped in recent
Rita Suarez, a television worker
who frequents Hernandez's Free
Evangelical Church, said many peo-
ple were seeking spiritual guidance.
"When we have faith, we find the
strength to make things work in this
new scenario," she said.
Maria Elisa Ramon found finan-
cial support from the church when
the government granted her a li-
cense to open a private restaurant
in her home.
"My pastor has been a big help,"-
she said. "He lent me money and en-
couraged me when I wanted to give

up. He told me God was on my side."
After decades of hostility, Fidel
Castro began to mend relations with
the country's many churches in the
1980s, as churches showed their
willingness to work with the state.
That process accelerated after the
fall of the Soviet Union, as the Cu-
ban government searched for new
The government's efforts have
been focused largely on the Catho-
lic Church, which claims the big-
gest share of adherents in Cuba.
The program was helped by Pope
John Paul II's visit to Cuba in 1998.
Since the 1980s, the number
of evangelicals in Cuba has more
than tripled to one million, ac-
cording to the National Council of

Gay parenting

takes off in

Bible Belt

By Rich Phillips

Latisha Bines and Misty Gray cheered like
any other parents at a recent middle school
soccer game.
They're the two soccer moms in 13-year-old
Darion Bines' life. The women and all three
of Latisha's children operate as a family. And
they've turned to their church for support,
suggesting a changing face of the Bible Belt.
Data from the most recent U.S. Census
shows that the South has the largest share of
gay parents in the country.
"There are more of us coming out," Bines
said. "We're feeling more comfortable about
who we are. I guess it gives us more of a
chance than back in the '80s, when you had to
stay in the closet because you were ridiculed."
Bines came out after having three children.
She and Misty were joined as life partners in
2010 commitment ceremony. They live in part
of the conservative Deep South, where many
communities have not been receptive to so-
called gay families.
"Gay and lesbian people tend to come out
later in life, in those areas, which means they
are more likely to have children from a previ-
ous relationship earlier in their lives," said
Gary Gates, a demographer with the Williams
Institute at the University of California, Los
Angeles, School of Law.
Gates analyzed the data from the American
Community Survey from 2005-09, which is
administered by the Census Bureau. His anal-
ysis also showed that across the country, gay
parents are more likely to be black or Hispanic
than they are to be white.
According to the survey, San Antonio, Texas,
leads the country in gay parenting, with 34
percent of same-sex couples raising children.
That's followed by Jacksonville, Florida at 32
When word of Jacksonville's gay parent
ranking in the census began to spread, one
pastor asked for everyone to pray.
Pastor Vaughn McLaughlin, of the Potter's
House Christian Fellowship, said, "I find it to
be over and against what I actually have found
the truth of the Bible to be," said McLaughlin.
However, Gates, the demographer, said a
cultural or religious support system might
allow people to be more honest about their
sexual orientation on a government.survey.
"People are more willing to indicate on these
government surveys that they are part of a
same-sex couple, even in the more conserva-
tive parts of the country," said Gates. "It's a
sign of progress."

Health clinic opens

for Pompano Beach

homeless residents

Special to the Miami Times

For too many people the idea of healthcare
is just a dream; this fact applies even more
to the men, women and children who.are
homeless in our community. The Broward
Outreach Center in Pompano, a division of
the Miami Rescue Mission, took one giant
step toward making that dream a reality with
the grand opening of the Pompano Outreach
Health Clinic.
The grand opening ceremony included
speakers from the Miami Rescue Mission/
Broward Outreach Centers such as President
Rev. Ronald Brummitt, Broward Outreach
Centers Director James Whitworth, Broward
Outreach Centers Director of Social Services
MaryAnn Diamond, Director of the Mission's
Health Clinic Dr. Pete Gutierrez as well as the
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Armando Ferrer, Presi-
dent of Miami Dade College Medical Center
During the ceremony, individuals were
honored for their tireless efforts to make the
Pompano Outreach Health Clinic a reality.
Those individuals included Maryellen An-
tonetti, Dr. Alina Valdes, Dr. Marie Etienne,
Dr. Linda Washington-Brown, Nicolas Mas-
simini, Rick Langnas, Jose Villacis, Jennifer
Serra, Amir Serri, Annette Gibson and others.
Dr. Pete Gutierrez, Director of the Mission's
Health Clinic, said, "It will be a blessing to be
able to provide medical service to the home-
less and needy population at the Broward
Outreach Center Pompano." Dr. Gutierrez
went on to say, "This all began because of
the partnership with the Miami-Dade Medi-
cal Center Campus to help open the Miami
Health Clinic in May of 2009."
The Pompano Outreach Health Clinic is a
satellite location of the Miami Health Clinic
that is on the Miami Rescue Mission campus
and made available to the formerly home-
less residents by volunteer doctors, nurses,
physician assistants and lab technicians
who have offered their services. In addition,
partnerships with community organizations
and schools such as Broward College, Nova
Southeastern University, Ross University,
and American University of Antigua are to
thank for the realization of the Pompano Out-
reach Health Clinic.





United Christian Fellow-
ship Community Ministries
Inc. is hosting a Pre-Valentines
Singing Concert on Feb. 13 at 4
p.m. 754-779-0972.

Women in Transition of
South Florida is now offering
free basic computer classes to
women ages 16 and up. 305-
757-0715 for more informa-

Running for Jesus Out-
reach Youth Ministry is host-
ing a Gospel Praise and Rap
Service on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
and is currently accepting ad-
ditional acts. 954-213-4332.

New Mt. Zion Missionary

Baptist Church is sponsoring
a trip to the Holy Land park
in Orlando on March 19. 786-

Soul Saving Missionary
Baptist Church is hosting a
Black History Bash on Feb. 13
at 3 p.m. Jordan Grove Mis-
sionary Baptist Church.

Testimony for Life 18th
Extravaganza is seeking per-
formance artists for their next
event which will be held at the
Faith Evangelistic Praise and
Worship Center on Feb. 20 at 5
p.m. 786-278-3038.

JHV Shiloh Ministries,
Inc. invites everyone to a Com-

munity Awareness Meeting on
Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. 305-953-

An House of Prayer for
All People, Inc. will be having
Community Fellowship Servic-
es Wednesday Feb. 9 and Feb.
16 at 7:30 p.m. 305-474-7430.

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church holds a Fish
Dinner every Friday and Satur-
day; a Noon Day Prayer Service
every Saturday; and Introduc-
tion Computer Classes every
Tuesday and Thursday at 11
a.m. and 4 p.m. Reverend Wil-
lie McCrae, 305-770-7064 or
Mother Annie Chapman, 786-

Holy Ghost Assembly of
the Apostolic Faith invites
everyone to their Annual Wom-
en's Convention Feb. 9 -12, 8

p.m. nightly and on Feb. 13 at
12 noon and their Assistant
Pastor Appreciation Program
on March 19 at 8 p.m. 305-

The Union of Black Epis-
copalians cordially invites you
to join in the service and lun-
cheon on Saturday, Feb. 12,
at the Church of the Incarna-
tion at 10 a.m. For tickets, see
Janelle Hall or Flora Brown.

Bible Missionary Baptist
Church is celebrating its 38th
Church Anniversary Feb. 7 -
11 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 13 at 11
a.m. 305-836-7644.

Bethany Seventh Day
Adventist invites you to a
weekend of spiritual inspira-
tion on Feb. 19 that includes
an afternoon musical extrava-
ganza and a session where stu-

dents can meet representatives
from Oakwood University.

Lively Stones for Jesus
Ministries, Inc. is hosting a
special guest speaker on Feb.
9 10 at 7:30 p.m. 954-685-

New Life Family Worship
Center welcomes the commu-
nity to their Bible Study Class
at 7 p.m. every Wednesday.

0 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.

Shady Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church now of-
fers a South Florida Workforce

Access Center for job seekers
open Monday Friday, 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Maggie Porcher, 305-

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-

Christ The King AOCC
Church in Miami Gardens cor-
dially 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-

Rev. Readon: We should help, not condemn, Christians who are sinning

continued from 12B

To help improve a person's
biblical literacy, he differenti-
ates between reading the Bible
for devotional purposes and an-
alyzing the text.
"It takes commitment. To
study [the Bible], I have to take
a certain passage of Scripture,
and find out what the text means
then understand the principal,"
he explained.

However, while Readon does
enjoy full immersion in the
Word, the married father of two
also enjoys being sociable. "My
biggest joy as a pastor is the fel-
lowship that I develop with the
membership that I am called to
Bible Missionary Baptist
Church has nearly 300 mem-
bers and Readon makes it a
point to speak to or at least be
available to everyone.
And regardless of how large

the 38-year-old church grows,
he plans to ensure that mem-
bers will always feel a sense of
closeness with their fellow con-
gregants. To foster that sense of
intimacy, Readon suggests hav-
ing several smaller groups and
organizations within the church.
He, explained, "In smaller
groups, an individual's needs
might be better met because
they are able to seek help from
areas designated to meet those
areas. "

Bible Missionary Baptist
Church provides several minis-
tries for various interests from
the traditional Men and Wom-
en's Ministries, to a Health Care
Ministry, as well as newer min-
istries such as a Drama Minis-
try, Dance Ministry and even
Marriage Enrichment Ministry.
When he is behind the pulpit,
Readon preaches about a vari-
ety of topics from tithing, evan-
gelizing, and practical living.The
choice of such disparate topics

Exhibit highlights female civil rights activists

continued from 12B

However, to bring greater rec-
ognition of women community
activists, the Embrace Girls
Foundation recently announced
the beginning of the "In Search
of South Florida's Freedom's
Sisters" campaign.
"Women now are reclaiming
their power and understanding
that they have a powerful role,"
Lawrence said.
SSporisbod by the Ford Mo-
tor Company and inspired by
their Fieedom's 'Sisters exhibit,
the campaign seeks to honor

20 local Black women who
have dedicated themselves to
strengthening the South Flori-
da community and their ability
to inspire and empower others.
"People in the community can
nominate their favorite person,"
explained Lawrence.
She sees the open nomination
process as an opportunity to
honor "the small stories or peo-
ple who are not well known."
There is no cost involved and
nominations will be accepted
until Feb. 28. The honorees
will be selected by Ford Motor
Company and will be the guests
of honor at a luncheon hosted

by the Embrace Girls Founda-
tion in March, where the prolific
writer and poet, Sonia Sanchez,
will be the featured speaker.
Also during the luncheon,
guests can enjoy a portion of
the multimedia exhibit, Free-
dom's Sisters.
The exhibit was established
in March 2008 to highlight the
often overlooked contributions
women made to the struggle
for civil rights. The multime-
dia and interactive exhibit fea-
tured 20 women ranging from
important 19th century his-
torical figures to modern lead-
ers. In addition to well known

figures such as Rosa Parks
and Harriet Tubman, patrons
can also learn about Shirley
Chisholm, a politician who
became the firsf major-party
Black candidate for President
of the United States; Con-
stance Baker Motley, a state
senator and president of Man-
hattan; and Septima Poinsette
Clark, a civil rights activist
who helped establish adult
reading programs for Blacks
in the Deep South.
For more information about
the contest or nomination pro-
cess, call the Embrace Girls
Foundation at (877) 466-4769.

Accepting children who are gay or bisexual

continued from 15B

that she had a girlfriend. "She
was popular, captain of the
swim team, class president,"
Wood says. "I thought that this
was going to destroy all of that
for her." She and her husband
urged their daughter not to tell
too many people about her sex-
ual orientation and to try dat-
ing some boys.
Today, she says, they under-
stand that by the time Lauren

talked to them, she,had known
for a long time that boys didn't
interest her in that way.
"They reacted very well, con-
sidering the society in which we
live," says Lauren Wood, now
22. "The first thing they said
was, 'We support you and we
love you.' So I knew it was go-
ing to be OK."
Not everyone gets to "OK"
quickly, Huebner says, but
"we're trying to get parents to
react a little bit better, a little
bit sooner."

To that end, the film offers
the mainstream scientific view
on homosexuality that it is a
normal biological variation, not
a choice or an illness. Some,
but not all, religious groups
label it a' sin, but most also
ask parents to love and sup-
port their gay children, the film
The filmmakers suggest four
specific ways to do that, with
the acronym LEAD:
*Let your affection show.
Keep up the hugs, back pats

and praise.
*Express your pain away
from your child. Talk to un-
derstanding family members,
friends or a counselor.
*Avoid rejecting behaviors.
Even a few cutting remarks
can hurt a vulnerable young
Do good before you feel
good. In other words, do all of
the above even 'if you are hurt,
angry or depressed, Huebner
says: "Fake it until you make
" "1

Flaws within the Chinese education system

continued from 15B

kids," he said.
Still, a growing number of
Chinese students are flock-
ing to the U.S. to get educated.
Most come for college, but some
are also coming for high school.
During the 2009-10 school
year, a record 128,000 Chinese
students were enrolled at U.S.
colleges and universities, a 30
percent increase from the prior
year, according to the Institute
of International Education (IIE),
a group that promotes cultural-
exchange programs.

"People coming to the U.S. es are not just looking at test

are saying that we don't want
to continue just being good test
takers," says Peggy Blumen-
thal, IIE's chief operating offi-
cer. They want classes "that en-
courage them to think critically,
to challenge authority, and be
innovative in research across
Despite the U.S. education
system's weaknesses, one of
its successes is that "we're
producing students who will
succeed at the university lev-
el," according to Blumenthal.
"They may not be the best test
takers, but (American) colleg-

Singaporean Chua Chin Wei,
a former high school physics
teacher, says that students in
Asia tend to be reserved in the
classroom, and shy away from
asking questions.
"We are very strong in the
fundamentals, but we need to
go beyond that to create and in-
novate," Chua says.
This characteristic is due to a
"culture of deep respect for el-
ders that often overrides critical
thinking," says Peter Hill, the
former secretary general of the
Hong Kong Examinations and

Assessment Authority.
But he believes it's wrong to
dismiss Asian nations' strong
academic performance as a
mere product of students' abil-
ity to memorize information.
More than a quarter of Shang-
hai's 15-year-olds were able to
solve complex mathematical
problems, compared with an
OECD average of just 3 percent.
"It's not a matter of creativity
and innovation," says Hill, now
CEO of the Australian Curricu-
lum, Assessment and Report-
ing Authority. "It's whether
they're given free rein to exer-
cise (them)."

Taking advantage of financial aid for students

continued from 15B

encourage them to do it, Kan-
trowitz says.
The confirmation page from
the Department of Education
will include an estimate of the
amount of federal student loans
the student is eligible for, based
on the student's grade level and
dependency status. This addi-
tion may encourage students
to take full advantage of federal
student loans before they resort
to more expensive private stu-
dent loans, Kantrowitz says.

The website for the National
Association of Student Finan-
cial Aid Administrators (nasfaa.
org) offers a long list of common
FAFSA-related errors, from for-
getting to list the college you
want to attend to entering the
wrong address. But probably
the most common error stu-
dents and their families make
is failing to file the FAFSA at
Some 28 percent of families
with college-bound students
didn't submit a FAFSA last
year, according to Sallie Mae,

which provides student loans
and other educational servic-
es. About half of those fami-
lies said they weren't aware of
the form or didn't think they'd
qualify for any aid.
But the FAFSA isn't limited
to need-based aid, says Pat-
rick Kandianis, co-founder of
SimpleTuition, a website that
allows borrowers to shop for
student loans. You may need
a FAFSA to qualify for merit-
based institutional grants
provided by colleges and uni-
versities. You'll also need to
file a FAFSA to qualify for. fed-

eral student loans, which are
available to all full-time stu-
And many families who by-
pass the FAFSA are leaving
money on the table. In an
analysis of federal education
statistics, Kantrowitz esti-
mated that a third of students
who didn't file a FAFSA would
have been eligible for a Pell
grant, the largest source of
federal student aid.
Remember that it doesn't
cost anything to complete the
FAFSA. To download it, go to

is conscious.
He said, "I try to preach what
God would have us to know be-
cause it takes more than one
area for us to be what God wants
to be."
"My first role model is Jesus
Christ himself because I think
He's the model for us to follow
as Christians and as a pastor,"
Readon said.
Mentoring, having someone to
represent the ideals to which a
person can aspire to, is very im-
portant to Readon.
Fortunately,he has had sever-
al ministers to provide solid role
models as well from his father to
Dr. H. David Horton.
"I believe a good Christian
mentor must be a person of in-
tegrity, a person of true faith,

who trusts God," said Readon.
So, "as I saw them live, I saw
how to live in Christ."
Living with honesty and in-
tegrity are some of his great-
est goals in life. However, when
people fall short of such.ideals,
Readon urges that they still be
treated with compassion.
"This is not an issue of judge-
ment. This is an issue of help-
ing. If we see a brother or sister
overtaken in fault than those
who are not then have a re-
sponsibility to help them restore
themselves," he explained.
Bible Missionary Baptist
Church is currently celebrat-
ing its 38th Anniversary, which
includes special services with
guest speakers Feb. 9-11 at 7
p.m. nightly and Feb.13 at 11

City welcomes Haitian students

continued from 12B

biggest Haitian population.
Only six survivors enrolled
at Edison. But at Varela High
in the prosperous suburb of
West Kendall, 51 enrolled,
the second-largest number
among Dade schools. Many
at Varela had attended Ly-
c6e Frangais or Union School,
Haiti's elite prep schools. "We
all knew each other; we'd all
go to the same parties," said
Kevin Lassegue, a junior. "Af-
ter the earthquake, we stayed
in touch through Facebook
and figured out where to go in
Carline Faustin, who works
in Haitian affairs for the Mi-

ami-Dade schools, said it
made sense that the survivors
here were middle or upper
class. "They're the ones who
can afford the visas, the pa-
perwork, the flights back and
forth to establish U.S.. rsiden-
cy," 'austin said.
.According to the latest data
from the Customs and order
Protection agency, in the nine
months after the earthquake,
8,989 Haitians came to the
United States, about the same
number who arrive in a year
with no earthquake. Most,
6,956, landed in Miami. New
York was second with 1,135.
Nationwide, the Haitian-Amer-
ican population is 535,000 -
47 percent in Florida, 27 per-
cent in New York.

Social network spreads gospel

continued from 13B

Four out of 10 churches (42
percent) update their websites
once a month or less frequent-
ly. Forty percent post new ma-
terial at least once a week, and
15 percent more often than
One in four churches (26 per-
cent) use blogs in their online
ministry, but 33 percent said
they expect to be blogging this
time next year.
A quarter of churches (26
percent) said they proactively
look for new technology. Half
(47 percent) are open to new
technology but don't go looking
for it. One in four (24 percent)
admits to being slow in con-
sidering new technology, but 3

percent avoids it altogether.
"Many churches are us-
ing their website like a Yellow
Pages ad characterized by ba-
sic information and infrequent
updates," McConnell said.
"This is in sharp contrast with
churches that use their web-
site like a bustling church re-
ceptionist registering people
for upcoming events, collecting
prayer requests and obtaining
"There is nothing wrong with
using a church website to sim-
ply give directions to the church
or state the church's beliefs,"
McConnell added. "However,
we must realize that more and
more people expect to be able
to interact online without hav-
ing to drive or make a phone
call to the church."

More sober college students

continued from 15B

In 2009, though, the last year
for which numbers are avail-
able, the rate of nondrinking
12th-graders was 48.3 percent
and "it's held pretty level during
those years," Kann says.
The CDC and the Universi-
ty of Michigan note that their
numbers cover all high school
seniors, not just those who go
on to college, as Outside the
Classroom does.
How many students remain
nondrinkers once they are in
college is another issue. Bust-
eed says schools need to fo-
cus on keeping nondrinking
18-year-olds from starting up.
Just as there's a Freshman

15 the number of pounds
incoming freshmen often gain
from eating in the dining hall
- there's also a known "college
effect" of students who didn't
drink prior to coming to college
but start once they get there, he
The number of incoming ab-
stainers has been going up at
Roger Williams University in
Bristol, R.I., says Donna Dar-
mody, the school's director of
health education. In 2009, 19.3
percent of incoming freshmen
said they hadn't had alcohol in
the past year. In 2010, it was
22.8 percent.
For Darmody, even a slight
improvement is good news. It's
"going in the right direction,"
Darmody says.




For kids getting ready for college, a FAFSA is a must

Now's the time to starting filling out

free application
By Sandra Block

Faced with epic budget defi-
cits, states are cutting costs
any way they can., and state
grants for college students
aren't escaping the knife. Some
states have reduced the size of
awards, some have tightened
eligibility requirements, and
some have said that they'll give
out awards "until the money
runs out," says Mark Kantrow-
itz, publisher of FinAid.org, a
financial aid website. And these
days, he adds, "The money
tends to run out pretty quickly."
That means it's more impor-
tant than ever for. families of
college-bound seniors to file
the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid, or FAFSA, as soon

as possible. This application
is the foundation for almost
all forms of financial aid, from
scholarships to student loans.
Filing early
will also en-
sure that you
meet dead-
lines imposed ,
by individual
states and
colleges. If
you plan to
apply to a
state school BL
in Connecti- BL
cut, for ex-
ample, you need to get your
financial aid application in by
Feb. 15. Several other states
impose a March 1 deadline.
Starting this week, families

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Federal student loans $65.8 43%
Pell grants $28.2 18%
Institutional grants $26.0 17%
Federal grant programs $12.0 8%
other than Pell
State grants $8.6 6%"
Private and employer grants $6.6 A4%
Federal education tax $6.0 4%
credits and deductions
Source- College Board

can transfer information direct-
ly from their 2010 tax return
to the FAFSA, using a retrieval
tool provided by the Depart-
ment of Education. This could
save time and reduce errors.
However, you can't use this
tool until you've filed your tax
return with the IRS, and mil-
lions of taxpayers who itemize
will have to wait until Feb. 14 to
file this year (the IRS says the
delay is necessary because of
last-minute changes to the tax
So if you're anxious to get to
the head of the line, don't wait
until you've filed your taxes to
file the FAFSA, Kantrowitz says.
Instead, use your W-2 or
your final pay stub from 2010
if your W-2 hasn't arrived yet
- and your 2009 tax return to
estimate last year's income. You
can update the form after you
complete your 2010 tax return,

Kantrowitz says.
What's new:
You won't have to answer
questions that don't apply to
you. For years, the Department
of Education has talked about
shortening the FAFSA. That
process still has a long way to
go. However, the government
has improved the use of "skip
logic" technology to streamline
the process, Kantrowitz says.
For example, if the amount of
family assets won't affect the
student's eligibility for aid, the
program automatically omits
questions about those assets.
You'll be required to include
the name of the student's high
school, along with the city and
state it's located in. The govern-
ment added this to the FAFSA
in an effort to help high schools
identify students who haven't
submitted the application and
Please turn to FAFSA 14B


By Lauren A. E. Schuker

Hear that? It's the collective
groan of high-school English
teachers across the land.
Reality-show producer Mark
Burnett is teaming up with an
independent movie company
and AOL Inc. to make comedic
videos based on CliffsNotes,
the slim yellow reading guides
that students have used for
decades to quickly glean the
Sgist of lengthy books rather
than read them.
The humorous shorts, based
on CliffsNotes to classics such
as "The Odyssey' and "Ham-
let," will debut this fall on
AOL.com The company plans
to distribute the videos on its
digital platform using an ad-
supported model.
Along with Coalition Films,
Burnett-who created dom-
petition shows like "Survivor"'
and "The Apprentice"-first ac-
quired the rights to CliffsNotes
from John Wiley & Sons Inc.,

which has owned the brand
since 2001. Wiley publishes
CliffsNotes study guides for
more than 300 literary titles.
"The idea is to bring classic
works of fiction to the online
masses by using humorous,
irreverent shorts that still

"We want to use comedy
in these [CliffNotes]
videos to help kids
remember key points and
maybe inspire them to
actually read books."

manage to present the plot,
characters, and themes'to the
viewer," said Joseph Castelo,
who is the president of Coali-
tion Films; '
After Castelo's Coalition
Films and Burnett's compa-
ny, One Three Inc., acquired
the rights to CliffsNotes, they

brought, the concept to AOL,
which agreed to co-finance
the video as well as distribute
them. Coalition and One Three
are also financing the shorts,
which will run about five min-
utes. A shorter one-minute
version will also be made avail-
able on mobile telephones, "as
an emergency refresher before
a test," said Burnett.
Burnett, whose teenage chil-
dren refer to CliffsNotes before
tests, says even CliffsNotes
"can be dry." "We want to use
comedy in these videos to help
kids remember key points and
maybe inspire them to actually
read the books, too," he added.
Initial titles include "The
Adventures of Huckleberry
Finn, Romeo and Juliet.
"Macbeth," "The Scarlet Let-
ter," as well as "The Odyssey"
and "Hamlet."
SAOL is on a drive to pro-
duce more original video con-
tent in an effort to boost its
traffic. Several months ago,

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it launched "You've Gqt," a
short-form series that has
featured Barack Obama and
Matt Damon. It also recently
announced partnerships with
Heidi Klum, Michael Eisner's
digital production venture Vu-
guru, Ben Silverman's Elec-
tus, and the Ellen DeGeneres.
For Wiley, the deal is a bid to
broaden the appeal of its Cliff-
sNotes brand, a cornerstone of
the publisher's business.
"In our culture, the word
CliffsNotes already carries
great meaning and reso-
nance-people use it as a de-
scriptor for being concise,"
said Marc likulich, Wiley's
vice president of brand man-
agement and international
rights. 'Now, with these vid-
eos, we have an opportunity
to help the brand, which:has
a real history, resonate with'
a younger audience as well as
a much larger audience that
AOL offers.

Test scores don't tell the whole story

Critics say Chinese

system has a flaw

By Philippe Lopez

HONG KONG Last month's
announcement that Shanghai
students had outperformed the
rest of the world in math, sci-
ence and reading has sparked
a surprising reaction in parts of
this region: criticism of China's
education system.
The strong showing by Shang-
hai's 15-year-olds on standard-
ized tests administered every
three years by the Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and
Development and considered a
global benchmark of academic
excellence was largely ex-
pected, some experts say, and
is the mark of a society that
values discipline in education.
But critics believe this strength
may mask the Chinese educa-
tion system's shortfall in pro-
ducing innovative and creative

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"What the Chinese are very
good at doing is achieving short-
term goals," says Jiang Xueqin,
deputy principal of Peking Uni-
versity High School, affiliated
with Beijing's Peking Univer-
sity, known as the "Harvard" of
China. "They're good at copying

things, not creating them."
Students from other Asian
regions, including Hong Kong,
South Korea, Singapore and Ja-
pan, also ranked near the top of
the OECD tests, administered
in 2009 to 34 member coun-
tries and 41 partner countries
and economies. Finnish and

Canadian students scored high
marks as well. By comparison,
U.S. students performed aver-
age in reading and science, and
slightly below average in math.
To put the results into per-
spective, "If (the U.S.) doubles
its efforts, it would still take us
decades to catch up to Hong
Kong students" in math, says
John Winn, chief program of-
ficer for the National Math and
Science Initiative, a public-pri-
vate partnership.
President Obama, in last
week's State of the Union ad-
dress, linked the need to im-
prove U.S. competitiveness in
research and technology with
fixing deficiencies in the U.S.
education system, saying the
country's math and science
education lags behind that of
many other nations.
"If we want to win the future
- if we want innovation to pro-
duce jobs in America and not
overseas then we also have
to win the race to educate our
Please turn to TEST 14B

Whether kids are gay

or straight, family

acceptance is key

By Kim Painter

"It was like he kicked me ...
I came home and I cried. ... It
was crushing ... a slap in the
Those are the voices of par-
ents remembering the -day
their children told them they
were gay, lesbian or bisexual.
The parents are featured in a
new documentary film called
Lead With Love. The message
of the film: Such reactions are
common in a world that still
often rejects gay people but
the sooner parents can move
past their shock and offer
their children acceptance and
love, the better.
Acceptance can be a matter
of life and death, says David
Huebner, an assistant profes-
sor of psychology at the Uni-
versity of Utah. He produced
the 35-minute film with col-
leagues and posted it online
a few weeks ago (at lead-
withlovefilm.com) in hopes of
reaching as many parents as
possible. Driving his urgency:
His own studies and others
that show gay youths reject-
ed by their parents, in big or
small ways, are more likely
to abuse drugs and alcohol,
have unprotected sex, be-
come depressed and attempt
suicide. -
In recent months, media
attention has focused on gay
teens who killed themselves
after they were bullied by
peers. But rejection by par-
ents plays an underappreciat-
ed role in the struggles of gay
youths, Huebner says.
"You hear anecdotes about
people who disown their chil-
dren and throw them out,"
Huebner says. But more com-
mon forms of rejection, such
as complaints about "gay''
clothing or pleas for teens to
delay coming out to the wider
world, can hurt more deeply
than parents know, he says.
"Parents don't react badly
because they are. horrible
people or hate their kids," he
says. "They react badly be-

cause they care so much and
they are worried."
Jody Huckaby, executive
director of Parents, Families
and Friends of Lesbians and
Gays (pflag.org), a national
advocacy group, says: "This
film really communicates the
honest struggles that many
families have," while sending
the message that "family ac-
ceptance is the key to young

A daughter's


Lauren Wood. says she had a
good reason for coming out to
her parents:at age 16: "I had a
girlfriend I wanted to introduce
to them."
Wood, now an environmental
studies major at the University
of Utah, says her parents re-
sponded lovingly, but not with-
out a few tears and worries.
"My mom cried ... She was
concerned that I'd never get.
married or have children,"
Wood says. (Today Wood's
mother, Jan, says she fully ex-
pects Lauren to find a life part-
ner and raise kids.)
"My dad wanted to make sure
I didn't pigeonhole myself,"
Wood says. "But he didn't know
I'd already spent four years pro-
cessing what was 30 seconds of
information for him."
Her advice for parents hear-
ing similar news: "Just tell them
that you will always support
them and always love them....
The rest is kind of icing on the

people's success ... and that's
true whether they are straight
or gay."
Jan Wood, 52, a mom from
Salt Lake City featured in
the film, says she was scared
.when her then 16-year-old
daughter, Lauren, announced
Please turn to FAMILY 14B

Parents have stronger relationship

when dad plays with kids

In families where dads play
more with their young children,
couples tend to be more sup-
portive of each other's parent-
ing styles.
But couples who look after
their preschool children to-
gether may have more disagree-
ments than couples in which
mom is the main caregiver, re-
searchers report.
The Ohio State University
study included 112 Midwestern
couples with a four-year-old
child. The couples completed
questionnaires that asked them
how often each parent played
with the child and how often
each parent was involved in
caretaking activities, such as

giving the child a bath.
The researchers then ob-
served each couple for 20 min-
utes while they helped their
child complete two tasks: draw-
ing a picture of the family and
using a toy building set to make
a house.
The study found that couples
had a stronger, more supportive
co-parenting relationship when
the father spent more time play-
ing with their child. However,
couples tended to display less
supportive and more under-
mining co-parenting behavior if
the father participated more in
The findings surprised the
Please turn to KIDS 18B

More start college with clean, sober slate

Teetotalers up in the down economy

By Elizabeth Weise

The tough economy appears
to be having a sobering effect
- literally on incoming col-
lege freshmen. Some new sur-
veys of high school students
suggest increasing numbers
are beginning college as teeto-
Outside the Classroom, an
organization that provides al-
cohol education training at col-
leges, finds that since 2006 the
percentage of incoming fresh-
men who abstain from alcohol
has jumped from 38 percent to
62 percent.

"It's a demographic trend
among students," CEO Bran-.
don Busteed says. His organi-
zation surveys about a third of
freshmen entering four-year
universities and colleges each
Why the number of teeto-
taling 18-year-olds is up isn't
clear. Busteed says the econ-
omy is a big reason. Students
"are taking (college) more seri-
ously because they realize it's
their future," he says.
Students also are realizing
that nothing they do is private.
"A lot of young adults realize
that the quickest thing you can

do to destroy a job interview is
to go in all shiny and polished
up and then they check Face-
book" and there they are "at a
keg stand," Busteed says.
Other groups that track teen
drinking say they see a similar
trend, although not as dramat-
The percentage of high school
seniors who didn't drink in the
past 30 days was up from 54.7
percent in 2006 to 58.8 per-
cent in 2010, according to the
Monitoring the Future survey,
which has been conducted
by the University of Michigan
each year since 1975. Since
1997, the number has risen
11.5 percentage points. This
survey questions about 50,000

students who are in the eighth,
10th and 12th grades about
their behaviors, attitudes and
In contrast, the Centers for
Disease Control and Preven-
tion's Youth Risk Behavior
Surveillance System finds that
while the number of 12th-
graders who abstain from alco-
hol has increased since 1999,
it hasn't moved much since
In 1999, 38.3 percent of
12th-graders reported no
drinking in the previous 30
days, says CDC's Laura Kann,
an expert on youth risk behav-
iors. In 2005, that number had
risen to 49.2 percent.
Please turn to COLLEGE 14B




Florida sidesteps AIDS

6,500 would have lost access to medications

By Bob LaMendola

Florida has averted a major crisis
that would have forced the state to
drop 6,500 uninsured HIV/AIDS pa-
tients from a cash-strapped state pro-
gram that supplies their life-saving
drugs, activists said recently.
State health officials were finaliz-
ing a first-of-its-kind rescue in which
drugmakers would temporarily donate
medicine to two-thirds of the 10,000
Floridians in the AIDS Drug Assis-
tance Program. Half of them are in
South Florida, and about one in eight
are in Central Florida.
Activists who helped arrange the
deal said they were relieved, but they
scolded Florida for cutting money for
AIDS drugs and letting the program
get into deep trouble. The rescue will

drain money from programs that sup-
ply drugs to other uninsured patients.
"None of us is happy with the Flori-
da fiasco," said Lynda Dee, a spokeb-
woman for the Fair Pricing Coalition,
a national advocacy group. "This in-
equitable use of industry [charity for
Florida] could have a very significant,
negative impact on other patients from
other states."
Tom Liberti, AIDS chief at the Florida
Department of Health, who has been
struggling with funding shortages for
a year, issued a brief statement saying
only that the state is grateful for the
Without the deal, the 6,500 patients
would have been left without AIDS
drugs, which cost $10,000 per year.
Interrupting drug therapy is a problem
because studies show that missing

HIV/AIDS patient

in Florida

People living with the
AIDS Virus (Nov. 30)

Florida: 97,587
Broward County: 16,395
Palm Beach County: 7,8:
Miami-Dade County: 25
South Florida: 49,488
Orange County: 7,038
Seminole County: 959
Osceola County: 865
Volusla County: 1,365
Central Florida: 10.725
S r o,., fi .rrJo Dtpa l t ,t ul. H ia'ih

drug crisis for now

even 10 percent of doses can allow the helped broker the rescue.
Lts virus to become resistant. Under the plan, five drugmakers will
The drug program's woes stem from donate $14 million in drugs to a South
rising unemployment that left more Carolina nonprofit group, Welvista,
HIV/AIDS patients uninsured. Federal which will distribute them to same lo-
[IV/ funds that pay for most of the program cations where the 6,500 receive their
remained flat at about $83 million last drugs, Penner said.
year, and a budget crunch led Florida The rescue will stop on April 1,
legislators to trim the state share by when Florida will take back the 6,500.
$1 million, to $9.5 million. Penner said the drug companies were
The state responded by starting a initially reluctant to participate, in fear
waiting list last summer that is now at of encouraging other states to short-
35 3,000 people, as well as covering fewer change drug programs.
drugs and dropping 350 moderate-in- "This is a one-time, emergency, not-
258 come patients. Even so, the program to-be-repeated transaction," Penner
stood about $14 million short of mak- said.
ing it until April 1, when a new year The rescue averts the emergency but
of federal funds starts. The state ex- does not eliminate the waiting list or
pected to drop the 6,500 as of early solve the money shortfall. That will be
February. up to Gov. Rick Scott and the state
"They were up against the wall," said Legislature, Penner said.
Murray Penner, deputy executive di- "Florida dodged the bullet, short
rector of the National Alliance of State term," Penner said. "I would not say
and Territorial AIDS Directors, who that the answers are there long term."

Deadline near for dropping Medicare plans

By Laura Green

The 1 million Florida seniors
enrolled in Medicare Advantage
plans have less time and fewer
options during the drop period
this year.
And some of them don't real-
ize the window is closing.
"It's a big change," said An-
drea Gary, spokeswoman for
the Florida Department of Elder
Affairs' SHINE program Serv-
ing Health Insurance Needs of
Elders. "A lot of the folks who
have been on Medicare for a
long time have become accus-
tomed to what the dates are,
what their options are."
For the first time since the
advent of Medicare Advantage
plans, which are offered by
private providers, beneficiaries
have only until Feb. 14 not
March 31 to drop their cur-
rent plan. And seniors must be
especially careful because, un-
like in previous years, anyone
who drops a plan is automati-
cally opting into government-
run Medicare. Seniors are no
longer permitted to switch to

another Medicare Advantage

"It's a real problem, to be hon-
est," said Ross Blair, chief exec-
utive officer of PlanPrescriber,
a .company. that:.helpsnmatch

seniors with medical and drug
-plans. "There's been very little
publicity about the fact that
the enrollment period has been
shortened dramatically.
Seniors were able to use the
extra time in past years to try
South their plan and ensure that

their prescription 'drugs were
covered and their doctors were
in the network. If they found
they'd made a mistake, they
could switch plans.
Now, Blair said, some seniors
who haven't done their home-
work will have only one option
if they find they're in the wrong
plan. That option is Medicare,
which offers fewer benefits
than many Medicare Advantage
Congress initiated the change
in deadline as part of its health
care reform legislation. It was
intended to create one clear
enrollment period and protect
seniors from predatory sales-
men who used the second en-
rollment period to pressure se-
niors to switch plans.
Seniors who are contemplat-
ing dropping their Medicare
Advantage plan need to keep a
few things in mind.

First, they need to know that
if they drop a plan that includes.
prescription drug coverage,
Please turn to MEDICARE 19B

Some Black people genetically

protected from heart disease

Some Blacks have a gene
that protects them from heart
disease, researchers said re-
About a quarter of Blacks
carry the protective gene,
and if they are lucky enough
to have two copies, -one from
each parent, their risk of heart
disease is 10 times lower that
of other Blacks.
People with just one copy
have five times lower the risk
of heart attacks, blocked ar-
teries and other symptoms of
heart disease, the team re-
ported in the Journal of Hu-
man Genetics.
"What we think we have here
is the first confirmed heredi-
tary link to cardiovascular dis-
ease among Blacks and it is a
protective one," Diane Becker
of Johns Hopkins University
in Baltimore said in a state-
The same gene has been
studied in people from Jagpan,
South Korea, Europe and else-
where but not in Black people.

In fact, few such genetic stud-
ies have been done in Blacks
at all, the researchers said.
The gene is called CDKN2B,
and certain mutations raise
the risk of heart disease. For
instance, Swedish people with
one version of the gene were
more likely to have strokes if
they also had high blood pres-
Becker's team studied 548
healthy Black brothers or sis-
ters of people with document-
ed heart disease. They had
their genes sequenced and
were followed for 17 years.
The researchers noticed a
certain type of mutation called
a single nucleotide polymor-
phism, SNP (pronounced
"snip") for short, on a gene
that had been linked to heart
disease in studies of people in
Korea, Italy and elsewhere.
About 25 percent of the vol-
unteers in Becker's study had
this protective version of the
gene, and six percent had two

Violence is symptom of women New clues to treat prostate cancer

health care dysfunction

By Kevin Pho fronting steadily increasing
rates of crime, including vio-
Last fall, a surgeon at Johns lent crimes such as assault,
Hopkins Hospital was shot by rape and homicide."
the distraught son of a patient Violence is most common
for whom he was caring. The in psychiatric facilities and
man later killed his mother, emergency departments, but
then himself. A week earlier, a can also be seen in waiting
patient in a Long Island, N.Y., rooms, long-term care centers
hospital beat his nurse with a and critical care units. Nurses
leg from a broken chair, caus- are the most frequent targets.
ing serious injuries. The fol- According to a 2010 survey
lowing month, a psychiatric from the Emergency Nurses -1
technician at a Napa, Calif., Association, more than half
state hospital was fatally at- of ER nurses were victims of
tacked on the job. physical violence and verbal D
This snapshot of violence abuse, including being spit on,
against health care workers shoved, or kicked; one in four
reflects a disturbing trend. Ac- reported being assaulted more
cording to a Bureau of Labor than 20 times over the past
Statistics analysis published three years. The survey noted (
last year, almost 60 percent of that the violence seemed to be
assaults in the workplace oc- increasing at the same time


By Ron Winslow

Researchers said they have
identified a combination of four
genes that appear to play a crit-
ical role in determining wheth-
er prostate cancer in its early
stages will go on to become an
aggressive, lethal disease.
The information could en-
able doctors and patients to
make better decisions after the
diagnosis of prostate cancer, a
disease that is commonly over-
treated today, researchers said.
A genetic test based on the
findings is being developed and
could be available within a cou-
ple of years to help decide how
aggressively to treat early-stage
cancer, said Ronald DePinho,
senior author of a paper pub-
lished recently in the journal
Closely held Metamark Ge-


S. . .AM 2A .I

netics Inc., based in Cam-
bridge, Mass., is developing the
genetic test. Dr. DePinho, who
is director of the Belfer Institute'
of Applied Cancer Science at
Dana Farber Cancer Institute,
Boston, said he had equity in
Genomic Health Inc., of Red-
wood City, Calif., which mar-
kets similar tests for breast
and colon cancers, is also de-
veloping one for prostate can-
Dr. DePinho said the four
genes governed processes of
cell division and cell invasion
that determine whether a tu-
mor is aggressive. Similar bi-
ology affects the fate of some
other cancers.
Some one in six men will
eventually get prostate cancer,
according to the American Can-
cer Society. Roughly 32,000 die

of it each year, making it the
second leading cancer killer of
men, after lung cancer.
About 220,000 new cases of
prostate cancer are diagnosed
in the U.S. each year, thanks
to the widely used PSA tests
which can detect the disease
in early stages. But for a large
majority of patients; the can-
cers are slow-growing and un-
likely to cause symptoms or af-
fect survival.
Conventional efforts to pre-
dict which tumors are likely
to progress, based in part on
looking at tumor cells under
a microscope, are accurate
about 60 percent to 70 percent
of the time. As a result, many
men undergo aggressive sur-
gery and radiation treatments
that provide little benefit; some
may delay or forgo treatment
that would help them.

Being overweight could be making you forgetful

Domestic By Mary Brophy Marcus

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curred in a health care setting.
Nearly three-quarters of these
assaults were by patients or
residents of a health facility.

Health care settings have
been traditionally thought of
as "safe havens," open to any-
one as a place to be protected
and cared for. This is a trend
worth watching. The Joint
Commission, a national ac-
crediting agency, soberly not-
ed last year that "health care
institutions today are con-

the number of alcohol-, drug-
and psychiatric-related pa-
tients was rising.
Clearly, we must do better
protecting those charged with
healing the sick. Most hospi-
tals have focused attention on
controlling access with secu-
rity personnel. They've also
trained staff how to recognize
agitated patients, de-escalate
threatening situations and
to routinely report such in-
cidents. Some facilities and
states have taken stronger
steps. Detroit's Henry Ford

Hospital has installed metal
detectors, and Massachusetts
recently strengthened crimi-
nal penalties for assaults on
health care providers.

But I wonder whether the
rising tide of violence against
doctors and nurses is more
emblematic of a dysfunctional
health system. Patients are
learning that health care is
a commodity. I see firsthand
the deterioration of the doc-
tor-patient relationship, as
physicians are pressured to
see more patients in shorter
amounts of time. Patients are
rightly frustrated, and some
are lashing out.
Rita Anderson, a former emer-
gency room nurse, success-
fully spearheaded New York's
1996 campaign that made it
a felony to assault a nurse.
She told CNN, "People are just
tired of waiting, or they are
Please turn to VIOLENCE 19B

Older people who have larger
waistlines, high blood pressure
and other risk factors associat-
ed with a condition doctors call
"metabolic syndrome" may be
at higher risk of memory prob-
lems, a new study suggests.
In the large French study,
older adults with metabolic
syndrome were 20 percent
more likely to have cognitive
decline on a memory test than
those without it.
"Our study sheds new light
on how metabolic syndrome
and the individual factors of
the disease may affect cogni-
tive health," said study au-
thor Christelle Raffaitin, of the
French National Institute of
Health Research in Bordeaux,
France. "Our results suggest
that management of metabolic
syndrome may help slow down
age-related memory loss, or
delay the onset of dementia."
The study, by research-
ers from the University Vic-
tor Segalen Bordeaux 2 and

Sanofi-Aventis, runs in today's
online issue of Neurology. The
authors report that 16 per-
cent of the 7,087 participants
- men and women from three
French cities who were over
65-years-old -had metabolic
Study participants took a se-
ries of tests, including a mem-
ory test, a visual memory test,
and a word fluency test, two
and four years later.
In addition to scoring lower
on memory tests, those with
metabolic syndrome were also
13 percent more likely to show
cognitive impairment on the
visual test.
The study is well done, says
neuropsychologist Felicia
Goldstein, an associate profes-
sor of neurology at Emory Uni-
versity School of Medicine, in
"Besides the large sample
size, the study also controlled
for other risk factors for cog-
nitive impairment, such as
depression, (the gene) ApoE
e4 (associated with increased

risk for Alzheimer's disease),
and cardiovascular disease. In
this way, a direct association
between the vascular compo-
nents that make up the meta-
bolic syndrome and cognitive
decline is even more compel-
ling," says Goldstein.
Gail Musen, a researcher at
Joslin Diabetes Center and
instructor at Harvard Medi-
-cal School, agrees. She says it
begins to look at the separate
components of metabolic syn-
drome to figure out how each
one affects memory. The goal,
she says, is to target the par-
ticular components of meta-
bolic syndrome such as
high "bad" cholesterol or high
blood glucose and prescribe
appropriate medication.
Because over 60 percent of
Americans are overweight or
obese, many are at risk for the
metabolic syndrome, says Su-
san Spratt, assistant professor
of medicine in the Division of
Endocrinology, Metabolism
and Nutrition, at Duke Medi-

Tips for seniors during drop period

Watch the calendar: In the past, Medicare gave you from Jan. 1 to
March 31 to change your coverage. The new deadline is Feb. 14.

* Check it before you wreck it: Before you drop a Medicare Advantage
plan, be sure the coverage you're considering provides the benefits you
need. Medicare Advantage often covers a portion of your doctor visits,
as well as eye exams and other services. Also, make sure your doctor
will accept the new coverage.

* Review your prescriptions: Compare the cost of a Medicare Part D
prescription drug plan that covers your medications with the Medicare
Advantage plan you currently have. There are side-by-side comparison
tools online.

* Consider Medicare supplemental policies: Original Medicare has
cost-sharing requirements and other benefit gaps, so some people who
enroll in original Medicare purchase supplemental policies, also called
Medigap. Source: PlanPrescriber.com

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As Nou get older. :,our health needs charge Are
you ard your doctor keeping up' From STD tests to
colonoscoples, here are the most important health
tests for women. according to Dr. Roshini Raj. med-
ical editor for Health magazine.

1. Complete physical: Get \our first at age 21,
then once ever, five years until age -0. %\hen you
should start getting a yearly physical. Make sure
to get checks on your blood sugar, cholesterol. thy-
roid function, liver/kidney function. vitamin B12
and vitamin D.
2. Pap test: This test can spot the earliest signs
of cervical cancer, when the chance of curing it
ve high. Get the Pap test at y'-'ur \early gyrio
.starting at age 21 At age .30, if ',ou e had
ti,1-R-1r" "C,

three consecutive normal results, you may only
need a Pap 'every three ,ears until age 65.
3. STD tests: Of the 19 million new STD infec-
tons each year, almost hall of them are among 15-
to 24-year-olds. If left untreated, some of these can
lead to infertility down the road Get tested annu-
ally for HIV. Chlamrdia. and Gonorrhea when you
become sexually active lor when you're starting a
new relationship)
4. Skin check: Melanoma is the leading cause
of cancer death for women ages 25-29. The inci-
dence among Noung women has increased by 50
percent over the last 30 years (largely due to the
use of tanning bedsl. See a dermatologist annually
if you have a family history of skin cancer, or semi-
annually if you ha.e actually had the disease.
Please turn to TESTS 19B

Nutrition info coming to front c

By Mae Anderson
NEW YORK Some of the
nutrition information listed in
government-mandated food la-
bels will be repeated on pack-
age fronts under a new system
that 'food makers and major
grocers are introducing.
The Grocery Manufactur-
ers Association and the Food
Marketing Institute recently
announced the industry's vol-
untary new "Nutrition Keys,"
which will list calories, satu-
rated fat, sodium and sugars
per. serving. Manufacturers
may choose to use only one
or two of the figures in small,
package-front icons, or all four.
The icons replace a program
the industry launched and
canceled in 2009 that the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration
said was misleading. It was
called "Smart Choices" and in-
cluded a green check mark on

foods that met some nutrition
requirements set by the indus-
Most U.S. food makers and
sellers are backing "Nutrition
Keys," which the industry is
launching with a $50 million
marketing campaign.
Campbell Soup Co. said that
it plans to add the icons to "ap-
propriately-sized packages" of
beverages, baked snacks and
meals this year and next.
Most food makers will add
Nutrition Keys icons to most of
their packaging by the end of

Nineteen schools help meet First Lady's goal for Let's
Move!; DC gets its first Gold-level school. Industry represen-
tatives said the new labels respond to a request First Lady
Michelle Obama made last March in her effort to fight child-
hood obesity.

Keeping the elderly upright and mobile

By Janice Lloyd
Growing older does not have
to be associated with falling
and losing mobility. New guide-
lines in the January issue of the
Journal of the American Geri-
atrics Society outline how the
elderly and their health care
providers can work together to
prevent falls.
"When approaching the topic
of falls, it's best to talk about
how to maintain independence
and mobility rather than couch-
ing it (a fall) as failure," says
physician Mary Tinetti, a Yale
University professor and co-
chair of the panel that produced
the guidelines.

Finding ways to reduce falls
becomes even more important
as Baby Boomers move into the
ranks this year of older adults.
Falls are the leading cause of
injury and death among peo-
ple 65 and older. The guide-
lines stress improving gait and
strength, monitoring drugs that
can cause dizziness, check-
ing home safety and managing
heart rate.
Physical therapy, tai chi (a
form of gentle exercise and
meditation) and activities such
as dancing can bolster balance,
Tinetti says. "More adult com-
munities are offering tai chi
classes. Or you can do these
exercises at home."

Healthy beverages during pregnancy

By Susan Brady

Keeping hydrated while preg-
nant is important. HealthNews
"Bringing in Baby" columnists
Constance Rock and Aleksan-
dra Evanguelidi encourage cli-
ents to get plenty of good quality
hydration. The ideal quantity of
fluid ounces for each pregnant
woman to consume is at least
50-75 percent of their body
weight in ounces of good qual-
ity water and herbal teas. So,
if a woman is 150 pounds be-
fore pregnancy, she should be
drinking a minimum of 75-100
ounces of fluid a day. That's a
lot of liquid.
Here are a few of the Do's and
DO drink plenty of water. It
can be still or carbonated, fla-
vored or plain.
DONT drink coffee, black or
green teas, caffeinated sodas.
Caffeine not only blocks iron

absorption, but it leaches calci-
um from your blood. Both iron
and calcium are vital for grow-
ing a healthy baby and they're
vital to your health and longev-
DO drink decaffeinated and
herbal coffees and teas. Herb-
al teas are a great alternative,
particularly ginger or mint

tea-which can be helpful with
nausea- and chamomile tea-
which can be calming.
DONT drink sugar-filled bev-
erages: sodas, juices.
DO drink 100 percent juices.
If you don't have a juicer-or
the time and energy-focus on
fresh refrigerated juices at your
grocery store, or those that say

,f food packages

2011 but also keep the manda- because consumer research
tory black-and-white nutrition showed shoppers wanted the
labels on package backs. The information.
new labeling system includes Industry representatives
ways for food makers to name said the new labels respond to
ingredients consumers should a request First Lady Michelle
emphasize and those best to Obama made last March in her
limit, effort to fight childhood obe-
Pamela G. Bailey, president sity.
and CEO of the Grocery Manu- The labels met some criti-
facturers Association, said in a cism, however.
conference call with news or- Nonprofit advocacy group
ganizations that the program The Center for Science in the
is "totally consistent with the Public Interest said they could
existing FDA and USDA regu- be confusing and consumers
lations" and was developed are likely to ignore them.

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* Check medications. Some can cause
* Get up slowly. You may experience
low blood pressure when getting up
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Protein is found to boost memory

By Shirley S. Wang

The hunt for a substance
that can improve memory took
a promising turn recently,
as researchers said they had

found a method that appears
to reduce forgetting in rats.
According to a study pub-
lished in the journal Nature,
scientists from Mount Sinai
School of Medicine in New York

showed for the first time that a
molecule that occurs natural-
ly in the human brain during
memory formation appeared to
help rats enhance the strength
and duration of some types of

Researchers said that when
the substance-known as
IGF-II, a protein-like molecule
important for cell growth and
development as well as tissue
repair-was blocked from the
brain, the rats didn't remem-
ber what they had learned.
The findings are notable
in part because they showed
improvement in an, area of
memory known as declarative
memory-the ability to remem-
ber places, facts and things.
Declarative memory is affect-
ed in Alzheimer's disease and
other forms of-dementia, and
researchers have long sought
ways to improve or preserve it.
It is too early to say wheth-
er IGF-II will be useful in hu-
mans, but the substance may
hold more promise than mol-
ecules that have been studied
up to now, according to Eliza-
beth Phelps, a cognitive neuro-
scientist at New York Universi-
ty who studies human learning
and memory. Dr. Phelps, who
wasn't involved in the study,
Please turn to PROTEIN 19B

Cedar-planked salmon is a grilled dish with a smoky,
woody flavor and impressive presentation. It can be
topped with your choice of flavored butters.

8 ozs of fish in your diet

By Nanci Hellmich

Study links teen suicide and lack of sleep

By Laura Zuckerman

SALMON, Idaho Teenag-
ers who thought about or at-
tempted suicide were more
likely to have suffered sleep
disorders in earlier years, re-
searchers say.
Idaho State University
psychology professor Maria
Wong, who worked on the
study, said the finding should
aid parents, educators and
others in identifying teens at
risk of harming themselves.
She said adolescents are
more willing to talk about
sleep problems than suicidal
thoughts or attempts, giving
adults an opening to discuss
and monitor problems that
may be more serious than
simply a teen's trouble falling
"It's easier to broach the
topic of sleep with patients,
since it's easier to talk about a

Five tips for
"The basic rule is don't do
anything to aggravate the
skin," says Nelson Lee Novick,
M.D.," author of Baby Skin.
"The less you wipe and irri-
tate it, the better." Here's how
to give that extra-special skin
the protection it deserves.
1. A Bumpy Start
Infant acne tiny pink
bumps on a baby's face and
chest usually occurs in a
fifth of all newborns in their
first month of life.
Baby That Skin Just keep
your baby's skin clean and
dry, and don't squeeze the
pimples it could lead to
scarring or apply any lo-
tions or treatments.
2. Bath Basics Dips in the
tub aren't advised until the
umbilical stump falls off and
until a boy's circumcision
heals. Until then, a gentle

physical problem," said Wong,
wvho worked with colleagues
from the University of Michi-
gan on the study, published
in the Journal of Psychiatric
"It's easier for.them to an-

swer questions like, 'Did you
sleep well last night?' and get
into why they are not sleeping
well and how they are feeling
lately," Wong said.
The study tracked 280 boys
and 112 girls from Michigan,
beginning when they were
ages 12 to 14 and ending
when they were between 15
and 17.

baby's skin
sponge bath of the bottom
and genitals is plenty.
Baby That Skin Give your
baby a tub bath twice a week
until she starts eating solids
and crawling getting dirt-
ier. Soap can irritate baby's
skin, so skip it or choose
mild, scent-free products.
3. Wash and Wear Babies,
especially newborns, tend to
have sensitive skin, so the
American Academy of Pediat-
rics (AAP) recommends wash-
ing new clothing and towels
before using them.
Baby That Skin If your
child develops irritation or
a rash on body parts that
his clothes come in contact
with, your detergent could be
to blame. Try switching to a
milder baby detergent or one
that is "free and clear" of al-
lergens, dyes and fragrances.

Participants responded to
such questions as whether
they had nightmares, felt
tired or otherwise had trouble
sleeping. They also were asked
about whether they'had cut or
otherwise hurt themselves.

Not all the adolescents with
abnormal sleep had suicid-
al thoughts, but those aged
15 to 17 who had suicidal
thoughts were more likely to
have had sleep problems in
earlier years.
Sixty percent of teens ages
15 to 17 who engaged in sui-
cidal behavior had trouble
sleeping at 12 to 14. Among

4. Here Comes the Sun
Your first thought is proba-
bly to slather your little bun-
dle in sunscreen. But for ba-
bies under 6 months, that's
not a good idea.Instead, keep
babies under 6 months in
the shade and use protective
Baby That Skin Look for the
words "broad-spectrum" on

those who only thought about
suicide, 47 percent had trou-
ble sleeping in earlier years.
By comparison, only 26 per-
cent of teens with no suicid-
al thoughts or behavior had
trouble sleeping at ages 12 to
Wong said the design of the
research screened for factors
such as depression, unlike
past research in this area. It
also adjusted for alcoholism
and suicidal tendencies by
parents. "
Results from the study are
consistent with previous find-
ings in adults by research-
ers who found strong links
between sleep problems and
Wong stressed that scien-
tists did not prove that sleep
problems caused suicidal ten-
dencies among adolescents,
only that the two things tend
to occur together.

the label of the sunscreen bot-
tle. That means it will block
both UVA and UVB rays. Try
a sunblock with zinc oxide or
titanium dioxide, which offer
the best protection and are
unlikely to cause allergic re-
15. The Bottom Side
Chances are you've already
encountered a diaper rash -
and if you haven't, you will.
The materials that keep dia-
pers from leaking also pre-
vent air from circulating, cre-
ating the perfect environment
for a rash to breed.
Baby That Skin Clean baby
with water and a washcloth
or baby wipe during every
diaper change, then allow his
skin to dry completely before
applying a diaper cream that
contains moisture-blocking
zinc oxidd. Also, give baby
some diaper-free time on a
towel a few minutes every

Americans need to eat more
than twice the amount of fish
they do now to reduce their
risk of heart disease and im-
prove heart health, accord-
ing to the government's new
dietary guidelines, out today.
Currently, people consume
an average of 3/2 ounces of
seafood a week, but adults
should consume at least 8
ounces a week, the guidelines
Why advise such a major
increase in seafood consump-
"Research shows it reduces
the risk of heart disease,"
says Tom Vilsack, secretary
of the U.S. Department of Ag-
Ralph Sacco, president of
the American Heart Associa-
tion, agrees. There s good
scientific evidence that peo-
ple who eat fish have lower
risk of cardiovascular dis-
ease and stroke," he says.
The heart association rec-
ommends eating two or more
servings (about 3V2 ounces
per serving) of fish a week,
Sacco says. "Too few Ameri-
cans are eating enough fish
each week, so we applaud
the USDA for adding this to
their new guidelines."
Seafood contributes nu-
trients, such as omega-3

fatty acids, that are associ-
ated with. reducing the risk
of heart disease. Just how
much a person should eat,
however, has been a mat-
ter of debate because of the
health risks associated with
methyl mercury, a heavy
metal found in seafood in
varying levels.
The guidelines say the
health benefits of eating a va-
riety of seafood outweigh the
risks associated with methyl
Some varieties that are rel-
atively high in omega-3 acids
and lower in mercury: salm-
on, anchovies, herring, sar-
dines, Pacific oysters, trout,
Atlantic and Pacific mack-
erel, flounder, crab, light
canned tuna and catfish.
Elizabeth Ward, a regis-
tered dietitian in Boston,
says, "I am happy that they
are offering this seafood
guideline, but I don't think
it's easily achieved.
"Fish consumption is so
pitifully low now that it will
take time to get it up to the
amount the guidelines are
In the meantime, for those
who aren't eating that much
fish, she suggests they in-
clude foods fortified with
omega-3 fatty acids such as
some brands of eggs, milk
and cheese.

Fathers spend time with children

continued from 15B

researchers and may be disap-
pointing for people who believe
caregiving should be shared
equally by mothers and fathers,
said study co-author Sarah
Schoppe-Sullivan, an associate
professor of human develop-
ment and family science.
However, the study just

shows that there is more than
one way to share parenting du-
"You can certainly have a
solid co-parenting relation-
ship without sharing caregiv-
ing responsibilities equally,"
Schoppe-Sullivan said in a uni-
versity news release.
The study appears in the
January issue. of the journal
Developmental Psychology.

Testing regularly for diabetes can be lifesaving and easy

By Brandon A. Perry

Avoiding diabetes is easi-
er than many people might
think. According to Indiana
University researchers, a
simple blood test can help
stop the onset of diabetes and
reduce long-term medical
costs. The hemoglobin Alc
test, which can be adminis-
tered quickly in a physician's
office during a routine visit,
can accurately and easily
determine if a patient is pre-
diabetic, or at significant risk

of developing diabetes.
The Alc test measures av-
erage blood glucose level dur-
ing the last eight to 12 weeks.
Many researchers believe it is
much more convenient than
typical fasting tests, which
require patients to go without
food overnight and return
for additional testing. Cur-
rently, only seven percent of
all Americans with pre-diabe-
tes have been tested and are
aware of their status, accord-
ing to a report in this month's
issue of the American Jour-

nal of Preventive Medicine.
The Alc test is especially
helpful if the patient has risk
factors such as being obese,
over the age of 45, having
past episodes of diabetes
during a pregnancy or hav-
ing a family history of the dis-
ease. If the test indicates the
person is indeed pre-diabetic,
they and their physician can
make adjustments that are
needed to keep them from
getting diabetes. Sometimes
the adjustments can be as
simple as adding some exer-

cising, modifying one's diet
and losing between 10 and
15 pounds.
Diabetes, especially its type
2 form, is growing rapidly
with the increasing rate' of
obesity and has reached epi-
demic proportions in the U.S.
The report in the American
Journal of Preventative medi-
cine says approximately 60
million Americans, one-third
of the adult population, are
pre-diabetic. Thirty percent
of these individuals will de-
velop type 2 diabetes in less

than a decade, yet most don't
know they are at high risk for
the disease.
According to the U.S. De-
partment of Health and Hu-
man Services (HHS), Blacks
are twice as likely than non-
Hispanic whites to be diag-
nosed with diabetes. Blacks
are also 2.2 times as likely to
die from complications of dia-
"Diabetes is a significant
challenge in the Black com-
munity that must be ad-
dressed effectively," said Dr.

Garth N. Graham, assistant
HHS secretary for minority
health. "They are also more
likely to suffer complica-
tions from diabetes, such as
end-stage renal disease and
lower extremity amputations
- prevention is highly impor-
Many health plans are be-
ginning to pay for pre-dia-
betes treatments, so doctors
now have a more compelling
reason to encourage patients
who have risk factors to com-
plete a screening test.

i ~


Watch what you say around others

Lately, the Lord has really im-
pressed on me to watch what
I say. Not cursing, or profane
language, because he knows
of that I know better! No, he
means what comes out of my
mouth in the presence of non-
believers. In Acts 16, Paul and
Silas were arrested and placed
in prison and chained. Even af-
ter this confinement, and the

beatings prior to their impris-
onment, they still sang psalms
of joy to the Lord. When they
sang, the other prisoners and
prison guards heard them. They
did not hear them complain-
ing or grumbling. They did not
hear them blaming God for their
dreadful conditions. They heard
Paul and Silas praying and



This is what the Lord meant Jehovah Rophe, and he will heal
or me when he told me to watch me." Don't ever leave unbeliev-
'hat I say around others. This ers thinking that there is no
oes not mean that you should hope for your situation. If they
ot honestly answer think that you, a fol-
rhen someone asks lower of Christ, have no
ou how you feel. This hope, then surely they
oes not mean that don't have a chance at
ou cannot share that all!
our home might be The guards and the
n foreclosure, or that other prisoners heard
ou received a negative when the angels caused
port from the doc- -. .- Paul and Silas' chains
or. This means that to be broken, and for
ven when you give news that them to be released. In fact, the
not good, there should be a head jailer heard their release
omma behind that news, not a and automatically believed
eriod. Even you say, the doc- that their release would lead to
or diagnosed me with cancer, their escape. He was prepared
vhat comes after the comma to commit suicide. You see, he
should be "but the Lord is my knew that when the authorities

Changes in Medicare plans for unaware seniors

continued from 16B

they must enroll in a separate
drug plan or lose that cover-
age. To learn if switching to
original Medicare is cost-ef-
fective, they need to determine
the cost of their new drug plan.
If they are on a Medicare Ad-
vantage plan with no monthly
premium, they need to calcu-
late how much their drugs will
cost each month under the
new prescription plan. If the
savings is not more than the

new plan's monthly premium,
they'll spend more in the long
State and local agencies aid-
ing seniors tried to get the word
out to ensure as many seniors
as possible understood their
options and the new deadline
this year.
Gary's organization includes
more than 450 volunteers
statewide who were trained in
the fall. The new timeline was a
major focus of the training.
Patti Guttu, of the local Area
Agency on Aging's SHINE'pro-

gram, said she highlighted the
shorter period in talks she gave
around Palm Beach County .
SHINE volunteers who helped
dozens of seniors choose plans
during the original enrollment
window, which ended in De-
cember, warned them that it
was more crucial than ever to
make a good choice.
But Guttu knows some se-
niors didn't get the message.
When she was contacted to
give a talk this week, the co-
ordinator, who works with se-
niors in assisted living, had no

idea the new deadline is now
in mid- February. "She said,
'You're kidding. I thought they
had till March,' Guttu said.
Agencies assisting seniors
expect some people will be con-
fused by the change in this
year's drop period. But their
bigger concern is next year,
when they must prepare Flor-
ida's roughly 3.3 million Medi-
care beneficiaries for a new en-
rollment period. For years, the
deadline has been Dec. 31. The
new period will open Oct. 15
and end Dec. 7.

Key screenings to keep women of all ages healthy

continued from 17B

5. HPV test: HPV is the lead-
ing cause of cervical cancer and
most sexually active women get
the infection at some point. Be-
ginning around age 30, women
become more prone to infection
because our immune systems
are less robust. Get the test at
age 30 and then with your Pap
every three years if results are

6. Blood sugar test: Any-
thing above normal should be
checked out, so the doctor can
intervene before it becomes full-
blown diabetes. Get tested every
three years until you turn 50,
when you should be tested an-
nually (the risk of diabetes in-
creases significantly with age).

7. Cholesterol test: Start get-
ting physical annually at 40,

and include this test particu-
larly if you smoke or have high
blood pressure, diabetes or fam-
ily history of heart disease.

8. Mammogram: The overall
risk of getting breast cancer
increases with age between
ages 50 and 59, 1 in 42 wom-
en are likely to develop it. This
number climbs to 1 in every 29
for women aged 60 to 69. Early
detection and treatment help

prevent the spread of the dis-
ease and boost your odds of re-
covery. Get one every two years.
9. Colonoscopy: Go in for the
procedure at age 50, then every
10 years to screen for colorec-
tal cancer, the second leading
killer in the U.S. among all can-
cers. Adults 50 and over run the
highest risk of developing the
disease, but studies show that
people who get a colonoscopy
every 10 years have better out-
comes if they do develop cancer.

Increase memory with protein

continued from 18B

called the Nature research "rig-
orous" and thoroughly conduct-
One advantage of IGF-II is
that it can cross the blood-
brain barrier, so it could poten-
tially be administered through
the bloodstream or as a vapor
through the nose, rather than
injected directly into the brain.
And because it exists in the
body already, it's unlikely to be

However, researchers will
watch for unwanted effects on
other cells in the body, said
Cristina Alberini, a neurosci-
ence professor at Mount Si-
nai and the senior author of
the paper.
Certain proteins and mol-
ecules are needed to build and
strengthen connections be-
tween nerve cells in the brain to
form new long-term memories,
and IGF-II appears to be one of
those molecules. But more re-
search is needed, according to
Dr. Alberini.

Violence in health care

continued from 16B

just angry that they're not get-
ting the care they feel is accept-
able. Instead of saying some-
thing, their response is hitting,
screaming, spitting, yelling."
Sometimes the simplest ap-
proaches are the most effective.
Rather than adding security
or installing metal detectors
to prevent hospital violence,
doctors and nurses could do a
better job of empathizing with

patients who are under stress
when they are hospitalized or
are angry because they've wait-
ed hours for medical care. At
the same time, patients must
realize that health care profes-
sionals are doing the best they
can with an overtaxed health
care system and should never
resort to violence or abuse.
That shared understanding
and cooperation is essential if
we hope to restore our health
care institutions to the safe ha-
vens'they were meant to be.

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5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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2300 N.W. 135th Street

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11 a.m., 7 p.m.
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i Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
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740 N.W. 58th Street
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4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue

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discovered that Paul and Silas
escaped, they would torture
and kill him. He preferred to die
cleanly by his own hand than to
be tortured to a painful death.
What a relief when Paul told
him that he and all of the other
prisoners were still there! The
jailer was so relieved at what he
heard that he asked Paul to lead
him to salvation and his family
It is doubtful that this would
have happened if the jailer had
heard only moaning, whining
and complaining.
Later, Paul instructed the
church to "Rejoice always!" You
don't rejoice because of nega-
tive situations, you rejoice in
them. Don't let unbelievers hear
you say "I just don't know

what I'm going to do," or "I have
no idea how things are going to
work for me." Don't put a period
at the end of these sentences. A
few months ago when I spoke
to a sister in the Lord who had
been really going through, she
responded to my query of how
she was doing by saying, "Sis-
ter Pat, I have no idea what I am
doing, but God is faithful!" She
placed a comma after her hon-
est statement of not knowing
what to do about her situa-
tion. She finished the sentence
with a declaration of God's
faithfulness and hers.
Remember, people are always
listening. Make sure they hear
praise, not complaint from your





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We miss you so very much.
We will always love you.
From your wife and family.


07/05/54 02/15/07

Missing you wholeheartedly.
Your loving wife, Diane.

07/11/71- 11/26/09

Thinking of you today
and always.
Love, The family.

10/18/37- 02/12/09

You will always be
remembered in our hearts.
Love, The Family.


Happy Birthday. We love
and miss you much!
The Family.


Your memory lives on
in our hearts.
Love, your family and friends.

Happy Anniversary and

Happy Valentine's Day

Pooh, I love you, I remember when we first fell in love
justthe other day, I was thinking about us and what it was like
falling in love with you.
I cant help smiling each time, I remember it and see your face
its seems just like yesterday. When I think of all we've been
through, the fun times and the not-so-fun...
When I think of all the dreams we've chased, cried, and have
and haven't caught makes me miss you more.
When I think of all the ways that we've been blessed; I know
one thing makes all the difference in my life that you were here
sharing it with me.

Love you Pooh
39 years of loving you.
Your loving wife.

SHALL, 74, re-
tired JMH ER
Unit Secretary,
died February
5 at UM Hospi-
tal. Viewing 4-6
p.m., Monday.
Services 11
a.m., Tuesday at


The Church of the Incarnation.

died February
3 at home. Sur-
vivors include:
daughter, Jane
Hatcherson of
Atlanta, Ga., and
Marsha James; '-"
son, Arnold B.
Butler of Miami;
and a host of grand and great-
grandchildren. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

BENNIE MOORE, 77, former
high school
teacher, coach
and retired ad-
ministrator at
Miami Dade
College, died
February 3 at
University of
Miami Hospital.
Survivors include: wife, Ruth; two
daughters, Karen Patrice Moore
and Kimberly Dawn Moore-For-
ston; two grandchildren, Daryl Pa-
trice Fortson and Benjamin William
Scott Fortson, and a host of other
relatives. Litany Service 6 p.m.,
Thursday at The Episcopal Church
of the Incarnation. Service 11 a.m.,
Friday at the Episcopal Church of
the Incarnation.

Wright and Young
pastor of St.
Matthews M.
B. Church, died
February 2 at
home. Survi-
vors include:
wife Marjorie;
children Rev.
Warren (The-
resa), Imogene Garvin (Calvin),
Lynden (La Tosha), and Tedford;
grandchildren, Tamika, Takeisha,
Nakwesia,Varyn, Brittany, Dani-
elle, Mikeria, Lynden Jr., Malachi,
and Emanuelle; great grandson,
Warren Dominici. Viewing 11a.m.
- until Friday. Memorial service 6
p.m., Friday at St. Matthews M.B.
Church. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at St. Matthews M. B. Church


KERS, 89, re-
tired nursing
assistant, died
February 4 at
Jackson North.
Survivors in-
clude: daugh-
ters, Bertha
Harden and
Ophelia Y. Sakers; sons, Ed "Zek"
Sakers and Fedel Sakers. Viewing
4 p.m.- 9 p.m., Friday. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at The New Birth
Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith

Carey Royal Ram'n
retired, died February 2 at North
Shore Medical Center. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Mt. Tabor Mis-
sionary Baptist Church.

SFormer educa'
STRACHAN was born on Au-
gust 17, 1936 to Charles and
Mary Farrington and joined
Jean Glover, Charlene Fox,
Caroline Lockhart, Charles Far-
rington, Jackie Plummer, and
Dorothy Farrington.
Dr. Strachan married Dr.
Richard J. Strachan and pro-
duced Richard, Reginald, Lori,
Denia and Regina.
Her job experiences included:
assistant principals at Kinlock
Park Elementary, Douglas El-
ementary, Comstock Elemen-
tary, Nathan B. Young Elemen-
tary, North County Elementary,
Director, ESSA Program, vice
president of Humanities at Flor-
ida Memorial University, and
an English teacher at Miami
Springs Senior High, North-
western Senior High and North
. Dade, all from '59 to '94.

wife of Dr. Rich-
ard J. Strachan,
died February
6 in her sleep.
Service 6:30
p.m., Sunday at
Bethany Sev-r
enth-Day ,Ad-
ventist Church.
Final rites 11 a.m., Monday at Beth-
any SDA Church and Southern
Memorial Cemetery. Repast will
follow at the Omega Activity Center
15600 NW 42 Avenue (next door to
Florida Memorial University.)

76, minister, re-
tired educator,
died February
1 at Jackson
Memorial Hos-
pital. Services 1
p.m., Saturday '
at New Birth Ca-
thedral of Faith.

BRIAN BLACK, 53, laborer, died
February 6 at Westchester Hospi-
tal. Service 2 p.m., Saturday in the

died February 5 at home. Service
11 a.m., Wednesday in the chapel.

68, retired,
died February
1 at Plantation
General Hospi-
tal. Service 11

at Miami Gar-
dens Church of

Her educational mobility in-
cluded: salutatorian at Dorsey
High, '55, summa cum laude,
B-CU, '59, NYU certificate in
reading and media, certificate
in journalism, Savanna State,

A.J. Manuel'
died February 2
at home. View-
ing 6-9 p.m.,
Friday at Eman-
uel Church of
God in Christ in
Dania. Service
12:30 p.m., Sat-
urday at Faith
Deliverance Cathedral Church in

SHARON MCGEE, died January
30 at Memorial
Hospital West
in Pembroke
Pines. Viewing
6-9 p.m., Friday
at Trinity Bap-
tist Church in
Dania. Service
10 a.m., Sat-
urday at Trinity
Baptist Church.

JB Jenkin
41, project
manager for
U.S. Marshall
in Washing-
ton D.C., died
February 7 at
Southern Mary-
land Hospital.
Survivors in-
clude: wife, Valerie; chi
ney and Madison; father
siblings, Ericka (DeWa
and April. Final rites an
Landover, MD.

tor, Dr Lorraine Strachan dies

'65, Masters De-
gree, University --
of Florida, '66,
masters, Barry
University, '68,
Doctor of Philos- -
ophy, Nova Uni-
versity, '79, and -' -
seminars, work-
shops, and con- .
ferences, '94. "
Professional '
upward mobility '
included: Chairperson, Miami
Union Academy School Board;
secretary, NNO Programs, Su-
perintendent, Bethany SDA,
Vice-Chair, Bethany SDA Dea-
coness Board; writings include:
Reading through Music, Cre-
ation Approach to Reading and
Literature from East Africa and
Christian Life. Awards and hon-
ors include: over 50- plaques.
An adjunct professor at NOVA
University who critiqued mas-
ters dissertations, '88-'92.
She will be missed by her
mother, sisters, husband, and
children; grandchildren, Mark
Lockwood, Charles Cooper, Ke-

worker, died
Feb. 3 at home.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Greater Fel-
lowship M.B.

sanitary worker,
died February 3
at Mount Sinai
Medical Center.
Service 11 a.m.,


IANII,.U n uRK u, 5O, car-
'Ja- penter, died Feb- ,
s ruary 5. He was
lS born May 29,
ICHARDS, 1962 in Domi-
nica. He was a
loving father and
great friend. Su-
viviors include:
seven children,
Martha, Stan-
islaus Jr., Tellyah, Mayyah, Chanan-
yah, Muriam and Nyemah; six grand-
children, Amayah, Jermori, Iteaktree,
Chananayah Jr., Khaniyah, Saniyah;
Idren, Sid- brother Gabriel; sister, Joan; daugh-
W ter-in-law, Alvina; many relatives and
r, Wam' friends. Viewing 6-9 p.m., Friday.
3yne) Deal Service 10 a.m., Saturday at Em-
id burial in manuel Funeral Home, 14300 West
Dixie Highway, North Miami.

"r nya Capehart, Tetra
Davis, Cameron, Jor-
dan, Jada, and Josh.
Also Taimyr Britta-
ny 'Strachan, Richelle
A. Strachan, Erin J.
Strachan, Daanen,
Shaunda, Daria, and
Derrick Strachan;
Dionne and Dexter
Plummer; Ryan Ellis,
Wrowan White, Ashley
SPlummer, and Ramiah
A host of uncles, aunts, great
grands, The Singing Angels,
Bethany SDA, Ebenezer UMC,
AKA's, the Psi Phi Band, Dr.
Inez Rowe and family.
Dr. Strachan died Feburary
6. Memorial service 6:30, p.m.,
Sunday at Bethany Seventh
Day Adventist Church. Final
Sites and burial 11 a.m., Mon-
day at Bethany SDA Church
and Southern Memorial Cem-
Repast at the Omega Activity
Center 15600 NW 42 Avenue
(next door to Florida Memorial

Hadley Davis
GRACE WILLIAMS, 68, house-
wife, died Feb-
ruary 4 at Jack-
son Memorial.
Service 2:30
p.m., Saturday
at First Bap-
tist Church of

died February 6
at University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

OLLIE HOLLAND, 91, house-
wife, died January 26 at Treasure
Isle Nursing Home. Services were

housewife, died January 30 at
Jackson North. Services were held.

GARNEY SEA, 90, died January
31 at Miami Jewish Home for the
Aged. Services were held.

BETTY WALL, 84, domestic
worker, died February 3 at North
Shore Medical Hospice. Service
12 p.m., Thursday at Liberty City
Church of Christ.

02/18/62 -05/11/07

Happy Birthday to a Sweet
Valentine. We miss you.
Love, your family and friends.

02/15/35- 12/30/08

Happy Birthday. You were the
best mother in the world.
Love, The family.

02/23/35 09/09/07

Happy Birthday
We love and miss you.
From your family.


We miss you dearly! Love, your
children and grandchildren.

02/14/24 02/07/07
Happy Birthday and
Valentines Day.
Love, The Carr Family.

12/04/36- 02/15/10

You will always be
remembered in our hearts.
Love, The Family.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt



The Miami Times




By A.R. Shaw'

or t Shaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith was
L .the biggest star in the room, but
,it was obvious that he was comfortable
4 not being in the spotlight. But Ne-Yo's signifi-
cant other, Monyetta Shaw, dressed in a gorgeous
~- "P pink gown embraced being the center of attention.
While Ne-Yo remained as low-key as Stedman Graham
Ic throughout the night, Shaw graciously welcomed attendees
to preview her new clothing store, Emerlyn & Ester Boutique
S"lbcated in north Atlanta.
C,.. Ironically, Ne-Yo's career in the music industry began with him
doing background work and helping others reach stardom and suc-
cess. First known for his powerful pen, Ne-Yo was the mastermind
behind number one hits for mega-artists such as Beyonce, Rihanna,
Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown and Mary J. Blige. But while his words al-
clowed other artists to capture big hits. it took years for Ne-Yo to break
through as a solo artist.
Signed to Columbia Records in 2001, Ne-Yo's album was shelved after
the president of the label, Donny Iner, was disappointed with Ne-Yo's lack-
luster showcase.
"The record was done," says a former Columbia Records executive who
worked with Ne-Yo at the time. "But the label would not release it. [just
rfs don't think that it was his time. Some of the music was great, but it was
a different era. I don't think the label knew what to do with him. But
the disappointment made him stronger, tougher and [hel concentrated
more on his presentation."
The Las Vegas native finally was able to present himself as a com-
plete package in 2005. Ne-Yo signed with Def Jam records and
released his debut album, In My Own Words. The
critically-acclaimed album topped the Billboard charts and
featured the hit singles "So Sick," "When You're Mad." and
.."Sexy Love." Ne-Yo's success continued with the release
5.0 of the Grammy Award-winning albums, Because of
lo wYou and Year of the Gentleman.
In three years, Ne-Yo positioned himself as
a leading man in R&B. But in spite of
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RonReaco Lee thanks cable

for reviving urban sitcoms

By Jawn Murray

Actor RonReaco Lee has had
roles on a bevy of shows like
'Sister, Sister,' 'The Shield,' 'In
the Motherhood,' 'Do Not Dis-
turb,' 'E.R.' and 'Girlfriends.'
Now the 33-year-old actor
stars on BET's breakout hit sit-
com, 'Let's Stay Together,' the
Queen Latifah-produced show.
The 30-minute series became
the number two show in BET
history with a debut of 4.4 mil-
lion viewers.
"I'm thrilled by the strong
numbers," said Lee. "My hope
is that people will. continue to
check us out as we keep grow-
ing as a show."
The actor shared that 'Let's
Stay Together' is really going to
evolve as the season continues.
"At its core, 'Let's Stay To-
gether' is a show about love and

relationships. We'll continue
to explore those dynamics in a
funny yet real way. I don't want
to give anything away, but know
this, the writers are constantly
sprinkling a little 'funk' on the
story lines to keep things new,"
he offered.
There are no Black sitcoms on
network television, yet BET, TBS
and now TV One are all enjoy-
ing success with the format on
their channels. The Decatur,
Illinois-bred actor believes that
the cable networks understand
the value of the urban-themed
"At the end of the day, it's lu-
crative," he began. "Cable net-
works.have figured that out and
God bless them for itl They're
helping resuscitate the Black
sitcom. We all grew up watch-
ing sitcoms and we all watched
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behind the hits.

By Tonya Pendleton

For some people, fame and recogni-
tion are the unwelcomed byproducts of
their talent. They may excel in an area
that brings them recognition, but they
don't take to it as well as others do.
Such is the case with R&B singer/
songwriter Bill Withers.
His music is the soundtrack to your
favorite memories. Songs like "Grand-
ma's Hands," "Lovely Day" and "Ain't
No Sunshine" aren't just classics; they
are timeless moments of life captured
in three minutes. Withers, the author of
these songs, now 72, is profiled in the
2009 documentary "Still Bill," now out
on DVD or available for download.
What makes a documentary about

a musician now well past his musical
prime who hasn't recorded new music
in over 30 years compelling? It's the
portrait of a man whose gifts sat uneasy
on him, despite his enormous success.
A native of West Virginia, Withers be-
came a star when he was already well
into his 30s, recording demo tapes
while still employed as an assembler in
the aircraft industry. His first hit? "Ain't
No Sunshine" in 1971 a song he didn't
initially believe in. "Ain't No Sunshine"
would not only earn him a Grammy
and sell over one million copies; it be-
came one of the rare records that defied
genre to become a recognized Ameri-
can standard. It has been recorded by
over 100 artists from all over the mu-
sical spectrum, including Latin singer

Jose Feliciano, Michael Jackson, The
Temptations, rockers Jeff Beck and Joe
Cocker, country singer Wynona Judd
and many more.
Withers followed up his initial success
with other songs that became part of
the American songbook from "Lovely
Day" to "Lean on Me" to "Just the Two of
Us." "Lean on Me" was inducted into the
Grammy Hall of Fame. Withers, a three'
time Grammy winner, was inducted into
the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.
Despite the enduring songs and nu-
merous accolades he received through
his short-lived career, Withers re-
mained unimpressed with his own suc-
cess. "Still Bill" reveals that the former
stutterer, who came to fame late in life,
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I~an "exemplary

According to Nikki Young,
President of the Gamma Alpha
Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda
Sorority, Inc., the sorority
recently celebrated their 24th
Annual Apple for the Teacher
Luncheon in association with
American Education Week at
the Rusty Pelican Restaurant.
Vannie D. Barr-Fisher served
as Mistress of Ceremonies
and introduced the honorees:
Denise Beckford, Tanya
Clinch, Marcia Cromartie,
Marjorie Davilmar, Maria
Godoy, Mignon Griffith,
Gwendolyn Moorer,
Velchreana Oliver, Renee
Palmer, Dr. Valorie Smith-
Pethybridge, Earl Tillman,-Jr.
and Tyrone Wright.
The audience participated
in singing "Lift Every Voice
and Sing," followed by Corliss
Sellers welcoming everyone
and giving a brief history of the
occasion. Gigi Tinsley gave
the invocation followed by a
musical selection by talented
saxophonist Shawn Pryor.
JoAnn Jones, the Apple for
the Teacher Luncheon and
chairperson, made a special
recognition presentation to Dr.
Rosa R. Simmons for being

an "exemplary
educator" with
more than
30 years of .
dedicated service
and community
involvement. Another highlight
of the afternoon was the
reading of an essay written
by outstanding student Faith
Cromartie who participated
in Iota's National Essay

Contest. She wrote
a 500 word essay on
the sorority's theme:
"Great Public School;
A Basic Right and
our Responsibility."
Faith is a student at
Dr. Michael M. Krop
Senior High.
After lunch, Mary




the keynote speaker,
Kenneth L. Williams,
Assistant Principal at Hialeah
Senior High School. He spoke
on the importance of school
teachers and education.
Closing remarks were given
by the luncheon chairperson
Jones and 1st Vice President
Dr. Ivis Richardson; while
the "Men of Iota" were credited
for their attendance, Charles

Mitchell, Gary Copee and
Vincent McBee.
************ **
Whenever we honor
outstanding Black women
in South Florida, please
remember Virginia Bostic
in the future. She recently
celebrated 64 years of
administering gospel music
to the world at The New
Beginning Embassy of Praise,
while Barbara Baker gave
a succinct revelation of her
legacy as a sister, friend and
At the age of seven, Bostic
sang "My Record Will Be
There" and received a
standing ovation and
engagements from
the various churches.
At the age of 15, she
began playing piano at
St. Matthews Freewill
Baptist Church, where
she experimented with
MAJOR organizing choirs. She
organized "The Voices
of Triumph" during her
tenure at Bethune-Cookman
University and The Christian
Voices, while developing Craig
Walden, Carl Murray of New
York City, Lorraine Webb,
Johnny Taylor, George
Taylor, Christine Henderson
Walden and The Consolers
with her husband, Willie, on
the guitar. Their group gave rise
to much experience and quality

addition such as Diane and
John Jones who simulated
broadening her horizon by
developing the Community
Action Association Ensemble
singing over 25 years until she
Upon her retirement, she
began to promote groups, such
as the world famous. Dixie
Hummingbirds, The Williams
Brothers of Mississippi, The
Lucky Brothers, Shirley
Caesar, The Mighty Clouds of
Joy, Willie Pittman, Dorothy
Love Coates and Singers,
Inez Andrews, Andre Crouch,
Rance Allen and more.
Virginia extended herself to
recording music and it resulted
in her Stellar Award #1 Album
of the Year, as well as headliner
with the Miami Mass Choir.
More importantly, she is doing
a movie of her life which shall
be released in 2012.
Her life includes two sons
Cedric and Quentin, and her
mother Viola Jackson.
Some of the supporters
at her celebration included:
Gloria Roig, John Roig,
Gema Roig, Rev. Avery Jones
and his Spirit of Life group
consisting of wife Albertha
Jones, daughters Adonnis and
Ashley Jones, Rev. Pamela
Knowles, Rev. Kevin Desire,
Kennedy Stevens and Craig
Walden and Company.
Congratulations Ms. Bostic

and continue to make "Chatter
That Matter" a part of your life.

Kudos go out to James
Moss, founder/president
emeritus of the Bahamian
American Association, who
was honored at the Dr. Martin
L. King, Jr. Unity Breakfast
recently at the Parrot Jungle
by Congresswoman Frederica
S. Wilson and her 5000 Role
Models of Excellence.
His supporting group
included Dr. Gershwin Blyton,
Dr. Gail Brown, Pamela
Thomas, Angio Hudson,
Jr., Sherrie Moss, Janet
M. Williams, Patricia Moss,
Mavis and Harris Kerr,
Sherrie Fouts, Kamora Moss,
Helen Moss, Alva McCloud
and Dana Moss.
Patricia Moss has just
established a Nurse's
Scholarship Foundation for
needy people going into the
field of nursing. If you wish to
donate of find out more about
it, call 305-696-4374.
Pastor Ruby P. White was
very happy to cut the ribbon
for her kindergarten called
Merry Poppins Day Care at
6427 NW 18th Ave., along with
daughters Lakeysha Anderson
and Debra Simmons as a part
of Rocks of Ages MBC, Minister
C. Taylor, Rev. Sammie Davis
and Rev. Derrick Anderson.
***** * *****

T. Eilene Martin-Major,
representative of United
Teacher of Dade Union,
announces from her desk
about the Public Forum to be
held on Thursday, Feb. 10 at
Ebenezer United Methodist
Church, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
in the chapel.
If you are one who is
concerned about the education
of your child, you should
sacrifice your time and be in
attendance. Other issues will be
discussed and a question and
answer period will be set aside
to meet your needs and apprise
you of the many changes in
educating your child.
AteamofUTD Representatives
will be on hand to give you
an answer to your question.
Refreshments will be served at
the conclusion.
Another Public Forum is
the Lemon City Cemetery
dedication on Tuesday, Feb.
15 on 4th Ave. and 71st St.,
beginning at 9:30 a.m. with
the Progressive Band parading
from Miami Northwestern
and a select group of people
.receiving awards for their
untiring service to the project.
In addition, the famous
Arcola Lakes Singing Angels
will provide the entertainment
as well as Dr. Enid C. Pinkney
and Charlayne Thompkins.
For more info, call 305-638-

q P-ly' . Diocese of Haiti. Save the
&+' .date!
Hearty congratulations
goes out to Dorothy
Graham, Delta Sigma Theta,
Elva Heastie-Gamble Tarsha Hill and Sorority's 13th President in
and her husband Vance are Gloria Evans. Dade County who observed
in Miami visiting relatives. Congratulations her 95th birthday and is
Elva now lives m Detroit, to Saint Agnes always present for all of
Michigan. Welcome home elected vestry members as Delta's affairs.
Elval of. last Sunday's election. Very sorry to have heard
Congrats goes out to They are Phillip Wallace, of the death of Arementa
Shirley Johnson who was Angelita Browne, Sharon Hepburn-Frazier, sister of
featured on WLRN (PBS) Anderson and Torin Baldwin Hepburn.
newest documentary, Wallace. The Miami Alumnae
Martin Luther King Jr., Hearty congratulations Chapter of Delta Sigma
Footprints through Florida. to Leome Scavella- Theta Sorority, Inc.
Leola Adams, Patricia Culmer who was honored observed our Founders
"baiiieli, S~ifirre' Johnson by the- New Washington Day Program at the Hilton
and Ronda Vangates have Heights Conference, Inc. on Miami Downtown Hotel.
all been elected to the Board February 4th. St. John, Mt.-' Our national president,
of the Miami-Dade Chapter Zion and Greater Bethel also Soror Cynthia M.A.
of the NAACP. had an honoree. Congrats Butler-McIntyre was our
Get well wishes goes to all of the honorees! elegant speaker. She was
out to all of you: Carolyn Jackie Bell is the executive truly superb! Dr. Gay F.
Chatman, Demetra Dean- director. Outler was chairman and
Washington, Winston Please join all ou beloved president is
Scavella, Naomi Allen- Episcopalians as we worship S alyon McWhorter-
Adams, Gail Pinder, Inez together at The Church of Jon'es. This year was
McKinney-Johnson, Jesse the Incarnation to celebrate Deltas 98th Founders Day
Stinson, Yvonne Gaitor, Absalom Jones Annual observance. Our focus this
Delores Bethel-Reynolds, Observance on Saturday, year was to recognize and
Frances Brown, Fred Feb. 12. The preacher is honor individuals in our
Johnson, David Thurston, the right Rev. Jean Zache community and sorority
Irene Brown, Sadie Barry, Duracin, Bishop of The who were and are diligently

serving as beacons and
trailblazers. Our honorees
Were: Judge John D.
Johnson, Judge Lawson
E. Thomas, Judge R.E.S.
Toomey, Judge Wilkie
D. Ferguson, Judge Leah
Aleice Simms, Herbert
Ammons, Gwendolyn
Sawyer Cherry, Attorney
Edwin Lamar Davis, John
E. Culmer, Dr. Ira P. Davis,
Dr. Olivia Love-Edwards,
Rev. Canon Theodore R.
Gibson, Attorney G.E.
Graves, Frank Jones,
former Congresswoman
Carrie P. Meek and former
City Commissioner M.
Athalie Range.
Glad to have seen Jaunita
Jackson at church last
Sunday. Hang in there Nital
Deepest sympathy to Rev.
Father Nelson and Mrs.
Marian Pinder in the loss of
their beloved daughter who
died last week in Orlando,
Join Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority as we present
our annual Jabberwock
on March 26, honoring
Michael Jackson.

Bill Withers, the man behind the music

continued from 1C

simply had his fill of the music
business and retired to be a
full-time husband, friend and
father. It shows more of With-
ers as a man than as a mu-
sician, going along with him
to a high school reunion that
takes place' on his 70th birth-
day, as well as an appearance
at a school for children with
speech problems.
The married father of two
children, Withers lives a quiet
life with his wife in Southern
California. He is humble and
unassuming about his career
and his towering talent, which
his offspring inherited. One of
the more poignant scenes in

the documentary is Withers
in his home studio, singing
along with his daughter Kori,
who has a stunningly beauti-
ful voice of her own.
As a portrait of a musician
who struggles with the fame
that his gifts have brought
him, "Still Bill" is a remark-

able effort. While it gives the
viewer a look at Withers' 70's
musical heyday, it's much
more the portrait of a simple
man who eschewed the lime-
light, instead preferring a sim-
ple life. Many artists profess
that family is their true joy
while spending over 300 days

a year on the road and record-
ing. Withers is that rare artist
who actually lived that choice
and feels little regret about it.
He is proud of his accomplish-
ments, but has no interest in
trading on them for any more
time in the spotlight.
While former band mem-
bers talk wistfully about
Withers' return to active per-
forming and recording, it's
clear that it's wishful think-
ing. Withers is "Still Bill," but
he's fine with his life just as
it is. It may be music's loss,
but not everyone's success is
defined by gold records and
award shows. For that reason
alone, "Still Bill" is a fascinat-
ing look at the man behind
the hits.

R&B singer Ne-Yo is in a league of his own

continued from 1C

himself bored with the state
of the music industry. So to
challenge himself artistically,
he created a concept album
that incorporates his love for
comics, science fiction and
"I feel like entertainment
is on its simple stupid stage
where people don't care about
it unless it's sex or dancing,"
Ne-Yo said. "I decided to step
away from the pack and do
something that requires more
Inspired by a short story

that he wrote, Libra Scale
features a play-like story-
line that provides insight on
how power and fame can af-
fect true love. But while Libra
Scale is undoubtedly Ne-Yo's
most creative album to date,
it's considered a commercial
disappointment after selling
only 112,000 in the first week
of its release. Ne-Yo admits
that Libra Scale was not his
best work and that his fans
deserved better. He is cur-
rently working on new mate-
rial and will get back to the
basics of making love songs
for his upcoming album.
Ne-Yo is also focusing on

establishing his new record
label, Compound Entertain-
ment. He signed a joint ven-
ture with Island Def Jam and
will hone the skills of artists
such as Loren Allred, FDM,
Lisa Tucker and Jadyn Ma-
ria. His label is also the home
of producers Chuck Harmo-
ny, Miyk Snoddy and Heavy
On Nov. 12, Monyetta gave
birth to the couple's first
baby, Madilyn Grace.
Shortly after Madilyn's
birth, Ne-Yo tweeted, "As my
life transforms due to the new
life sprung up on me. It's good
to know my folks support.

She's happy and healthy."
The creator of several of the
best love of songs of his gen-
eration went on to say that he
was in love for the very first
time. Ne-Yo's ability to under-
stand and interpret the unde-
niable connections of love al-
lows him to exist in a league
of his own in the music indus-
"I would like for people to
realize that love conquers
all," Ne-Yo says. "Even when
love may seem like the wrong
thing to do, it will always
mean more in the end. Money,
power and fame are all tem-
porary. But love is eternal."

Former First Lady of Turks and

Caicos resurrects acting career

By Bridget Bland

TV One announced at the
Television Critics Association's
winter tour presentation that
actress LisaRaye McCoy's top-
rated reality series would be
getting a second season. 'Lisa-
Raye: The Real McCoy' follows
the former first lady- of Turks
and Caicos as she resurrects
her acting career, works on
getting an alimony settlement
from her ex-husband and rais-
es her daughter.
The show debuted this past
April and became the network's
most watched series premiere,
drawing over one million view-
TV One, who will kick off its
first scripted series 'Love That
Girl' starring Tatyana Ali on
Jan.10 also announced that
their popular documentary se-
ries 'Unsung' and 'Life After'
will return in 2011, as well.
Twelve new episodes of 'Un-
sung,' which highlights the
lives of under-appreciated mu-
sicians, were ordered and ten
new episodes of the behind-the-
scenes of life after fame series,
titled 'Life After' were ordered.
TV One Senior Vice President
of Original Programming, Toni
Judkins, said that both shows
will air this summer.
The Black cable network also
has plans to air a three-week
primetime special 'Way Black

LisaRaye McCoy
When' highlighting Black pop.
culture across the decades of
the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s
and hosted by Sinbad,, Niecy
Nash and Christopher 'Kid'
Reid. 'Way Black When' will de-
but on Jan.31.
Also of note at the TCA pre-
sentation, TV Land announced
that their 9th Annual TV Land
Awards will honor Bill Cosby
and the entire cast of 'The Cos-
by Show' will receive this year's
Impact Award. Cosby, Phylicia
Rashad, Malcolm-Jamal War-
ner, Sabrina Le Beauf, Tem-
pestt Bledsoe, Keisha Knight
Pulliam, Raven Symone, and
even Lisa Bonet, are confirmed
to attend the award show,
which will tape in New York
City in April 2011.

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Trumpet awards salute achievement

By Portia A. Scott

The 2011 Trumpet Award
highlighted many celebrities
and icons as it made its 19th
debut at the Cobb Energy Per-
forming Arts Center, last week,
before a full audience of well-
dressed mostly Blacks. The
event also marked an array of
top entertainers and hosts that
led to it being one of the best
to date.
Founded through the vision
of Xernona Clayton, the eve-
ning moved through a live tap-
ing that will be aired in April,
thanks to the humor and jokes
by Atlanta's own comedian,
Jonathan Slocumb. The em-
cees for the evening were actor
Boris Kodjoe, his wife Nicole
Ari Parker, and TV celebrity

You are too kind this week and it's a
wonderful thing. By doing things for others
without thought of a reward, you're racking
up beneficial vibrations for your future! Take
personal pleasure in what you do for others
this week. Soul Affirmation: Moving slowly
is often the fastest way to get there. Lucky
Numbers: 7,49, 55

Change your routine this week. Even
a minor change in the way you approach
your week will enable you to feel happier
and more adventurous. Try something
new, and you'll be happy with the out-
come. Soul Affirmation: I know that my
life is full of good things. I enjoy! Lucky
Numbers: 18,28,46

Create a map in your mind to chart a
course through unfamiliar waters. You'll
be as happy as you make up your mind
to be. Because you are so wise, you'll
be at peace with all outcomes. Soul Af-

Niecy Nash.
A top entertainment line-
up included Eric Benet, who
turned out the evening; Angela
Brown, Richard Smallwood,
James Ingram; Ledisi; Melvin
M. Miller; SILK featuring Angie
Stone, Kelly Price and Kandi
Burruss; Donnie McClurkin;
Charlie Wilson, and the Stax
Academy of Music All Stars.
The group SILK sounded just
like the Ojay's and performed

firmation: I give thanks for who I am this
week. Lucky Numbers: 11, 52, 53

It's a good week to reflect on your per-
sonal network of friends and co-workers.
You are surrounded by supportive vibra-
tions, and you'll be counting your bless-
ings by the end of this busy week! Soul
Affirmation: It's bad only if I see it that
way. Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 29

Find a way to love the work you do this
week. Use your creativity and wonder-
ful sense of humor and you'll be finished
with chores early enough to relax. Use
your energy wisely. Soul Affirmation: I let
worry fly away. Lucky Numbers: 3, 12, 21

You have wonderful ideas about in-
terior decorating. Be ready to accept a
great opportunity at work. Money doesn't
matter this week. Don't make finances
more important than they need to be.

their numerous hits like "Fam-
ily Reunion," "Let Me Make
Love To You," and "Don't Let
Money Change You," Cry, Cry,
Cry Together," and "We Were
Made For Each Other."
Trumpet awardees Al Sharp-
ton and Judge Greg Mathis,
were candid about those who
paved the way for the young
to enjoy the Trumpet Awards
occasion. Judge Mathis, who
received the Humanitarian
Award, said he would stop
talking about his incarcerated
past, when "the men incarcer-
ated today can change their
hearts and minds" and be free.
Both honorees acknowledged
the celebration of our achieve-
ments and thanked Xernona
Clayton for her vision and the
Trumpet Awards Foundation

Soul Affirmation: I appear to others what
I know myself to be. Lucky Numbers: 21,

Keep all your ducks in a row this
week. No mixing work with fun or busi-
ness with pleasure. Save your affection
'for the home front and stay focused on
the work in front of you on the job.Things
are working out perfectly. Soul Affirma-
tion: This week I find joy in the gifts that
life has already given me. Lucky Num-
bers: 11, 18,54

Why not take each perfect moment
as it comes? You are struggling to find
a solution that time can and will provide.
Perform your tasks cheerfully this week
and let the future take care of itself. Give
yourself the opportunity to enjoy each
now moment. Soul Affirmation: Worry
will only create more worry. I stop all
worry. Lucky Numbers: 31, 40, 51

Your anxiety about an important issue
can now be seen as needless. You don't
have to worry! Have faith that things are
working out perfectly and they will! This
week especially consider all options be-
fore you make decisions. Soul Affirma-

Board of Directors, for choos-
ing them.
Other honorees were: Dr.
Andrew Keith and Dr. Kev-
in Churchwell, for medicine;
Richard Roundtree for the
arts; U.S. Atty. General Eric
H. Holder Jr., legal; Chief Jus-
tice Georgina Wood, Supreme
Court of Ghana, W. Africa, in-
ternational; Paula Madison, for
corporate leadership; Alfred C.
Liggins III, son of Radio and
TV magnet Cathy Hughes, for
media; and The Ojay's, includ-
ing originals Eddie Levert and
Eric Grant, for lifetime achieve-
ment award. Rev. Al Sharpton
received the Trumpet Award for
civil rights.
The Trumpet Awards will
air on Sunday, April 24th on

tion: I am.uplifted by the presence of
friends. Lucky Numbers: 12, 17, 28

You can be discreet and cut down on
some of the envious comments you are
attracting. Or you can continue to flaunt
it since you've got it. Ybur choice this
week! Watch for a pleasant change in a
romantic partner's attitude. Soul Affir-
mation: The winner is me. I smile for the
cameras. Lucky Numbers: 3, 39, 41

Take advantage of bursts of energy all
week. Body and mind are in sync. Don't
take things too personally this week,
you might get your feelings hurt. If you
do, night time is a great time to make-
up. Make the call. Soul Affirmation: My
hunches are right more often than not
this week. Lucky Numbers: 16, 26, 29

Lucky! Your natural ability to shine is
magnified this week. You'll be garner-
ing positive attention on a project you
recently completed. Bask in the glow of
public admiration! Be daring you'll find
much support for the things you want to,
do. Soul Affirmation: This week I forgive
myself for everything that has happened.
Lucky Numbers: 12, 13, 28

Valerie Joyce Wilson Turks, 31, has recently filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles
Superior Court against Diddy for one trillion dollars.
In her lawsuit, Turks 'accuses Diddy, 41, his ex-girlfriend Kim Porter and
LAPD brutality victim Rodney King, holding them responsible for the collapse
of the World Trade Center.
She is seeking a restraining order and is requesting $900 billion dollars in
child support and $100 billion dollars for loss of income.
The judge refused to issue a temporary restraining order and recently set
a date for a hearing.

Chris Brown has completed the 52-week, court-mandated domestic vio-
lence counseling in connection with the 2009 assault against Rihanna, and
recently asked a judge to lift the restraining order that still remains in place.
Brown's attorney Mark Geragos told judge Patricia Schnegg that the or-
der, which stipulates that Brown not have any contact with Rihanna for five
years, "makes it difficult at award shows and such."
The judge did not grant the request, but told Geragos he could modify the
order with the cooperation of Rihanna's attorney, David Etra. Etra said he'd
have to speak with Rihanna before making any modifications.

Halle Berry is planning to take ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry to court to fight
for custody of their two-year-old daughter Nahla. The Oscar winner, 44,
cleared her schedule by pulling out of the star-studded flick, "New Year's
Eve," which is set to begin filming in New York City.
"Halle Berry was forced to pull out of a film production this week due to
pending custody litigation involving her daughter," her rep said in a state-
ment. "She has attempted to resolve these custody issues amicably with her
daughter's father, Gabriel Aubry, directly, but given his lack of cooperation,
Halle has no choice but to seek swift judicial intervention."

Former Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin has settled a Florida lawsuit
filed by a woman who claimed he sexually assaulted her at a hotel in 2007.
The confidential settlement was announced recently at a hearing before
a Miami federal judge, who still must approve it. The woman's attorney de-
clined comment. Irvin is listed as representing himself but did not attend
the hearing.
The woman had claimed Irvin assaulted her at the Seminole Hard Rock
Hotel and Casino in Hollywood in July 2007. Prosecutors declined to file
charges after reviewing the case.
A lawyer for Irvin has denied the changes, and Irvin himself has said he
was pleased but not surprised that no changes were filed.
The lawsuit was filed on the eve of last year's Super Bowl in Miami, which
Irvin worked as an NFL Network analyst.

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Cholera causing more Haitian deportations

The Associated Press

JIMANI, Dominican Republic The Dominican Re-
public has deported thousands of illegal immigrants in
recent weeks, sowing fear among Haitians living in the
country and prompting accusations its government is
using a cholera outbreak as a pretext for a crackdown.
In the largest campaign in years to target Haitians
living illegally in the Dominican Republic, soldiers and
immigration agents have been setting up checkpoints
and conducting neighborhood sweeps, detaining any-
one without papers and booting them from the country.
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians live at least part-
time in the Dominican Republic, enduring frequent
discrimination and the constant lear of being deport-
ed. A cholera epidemic inHaiti that has killed at least
4,000 people and sickened 200,000 has made matters
Dominican officials eased border controls and halted
deportations for humanitarian reasons after the Jan.
12, 2010, earthquake near Port-au-Prince that killed
an estimated 316,000 people and devastated the al-
ready impoverished nation. But right at the one-year
anniversary of the quake, the deportations resumed
with greater enforcement than has been seen since
More than 3,000 people have been handcuffed and
sent across the border in the past three weeks, includ-
ing some legal residents who were simply caught with-

out their documents, according to migrants and advo- have property. They only ask them for their docu-
cates. ments."
'They grab them from the streets," said Gustavo To- The government denies that
ribio of Border Solidarity, an orga- any legal residents have been
ni za- .-rI'T1 deported. Dominican immi-
..-a iSt. a gration chief Sigfrido Pared
".i. defended the deportations,
S ra saying his country cannot be
an escape valve for Haitians
fleeing extreme poverty and
A- political Instability.
The United Nations es-
timated,c before the earth-
quake 'that some 600,000
Haitians were living ille-
gally in the Dominican Re-
public, which has a total
population of nearly 10
sno'~"" million. Dominican au-
rtibonite reion thorities say that num-
in the Central Artibonite region authorities
cholrautbekoriginatingI and iected more than ber has since grown to
of haitirhas killed around 3,600 people and infected more than er milin, most of them
hask rolie ots in thethere illegally.
Pwatiaents with Cholera cts itarca.h "It is very easy for
170,000. L'Hopit St. Nicholas in Marcsome countries or
overcrowded Stsome organizations to criticize the
t i o n situation in the Dominican Republic," Pared said. "No
that provides assistance to migrant (other) country in the world has a border with Haiti. No
workers. "They don't care if they have children, if they country in the world has a Haitian problem like the Do-

minican Republic has."
Dominican officials say the immigration crackdown
is necessary to prevent the spread of cholera from
Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the
Dominican Republic.
So far there have only been, about 300 known chol-
era cases in the Dominican Republic with one fatal-
ity, a Haitian migrant believed to have contracted the
disease back home. Even in Haiti, the disease has
slowed in recent weeks amid a nationwide treatment
and education campaign.
However infectious disease -specialists warn that
cholera could still rebound in Haiti, and the Dominican
Health Ministry says it cant afford to take any chances.
Pared denied that officials are repatriating migrants
who have been in the country for a long time.
In addition to the deportations, Haitians say the
crackdown is making their lives difficult in other ways.
Bus and taxi drivers are now reluctant to transport
them because authorities have been impounding ve-
hicles carrying illegal migrants and handing out $270
fines. The increased border security not only makes
it harder to cross but also has driven up the price of
bribing Dominican border guards and migrant smug-
glers' fees. Darker-skinned Haitians are frequently dis-
criminated against and the Dominican Republic denies
citizenship to people of Haitian ancestry born in the
country by claiming they are "in transit" even when
many have been there for generations.




How hip-hop changed the world


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By Steve Jones

Hip-hop now has a historical
tome as bold and colorful as
the larger-than-life people who
built its history. Long before
Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem
or Lil Wayne ruled the billion-
dollar-a-year industry, the path
was paved by DJ Kool Here,
Grandmaster Flash, Grand-
wizard Theodore, LA Sunshine
and Kurtis Blow.
Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey
is a luxury, large-format book
from ARIA Multimedia that
traces the genesis, evolution
and global influence of hip-hop
culture since its humble be-
ginnings in the New York City
Given hip-hop's influential
37-year history, "it needed to be
celebrated in a size and scope
that would be as impactful as
the culture itself," says editor-
in-chief Jordan Sommers.
The 420-page, 16-pound
opus is stuffed with hundreds
of rare photos and 70 essays
that cover 30 aspects of the
culture and profile 40 icons,
from Blow to Nicki Minaj, who

jI ,.. By Chi Moau ODversemrages
Pioneers: Grandmaster Flash, left, Afrika Bambaataa and
Kool Here are among the iconic figures profiled in Hip-Hop:
A Cultural Odyssey.

1 i

Bishop Wellington Sr. and Mable Ferguson

60th wedding anniversary

Bishop Wellington and Mable Ferguson were united in
marriage on February 15, 1950.
It is our honor to share with you our parent's "Diamond
Anniversary." The happy years of sharing life together,
making lasting memories and watching dreams come
Only Wellington and Mable can truly know the depth
and richness of such a remarkable commitment. Today,
all who know you honor and celebrate your sixty years of
sharing life and love.
We love you both dearly, your children, Wellington Jr.,
Linda Pearl, Ralph Adam, Fronda Evonne, Rita Lynn,
Eartha Maria, and Theresa Ann.
We will rejoice with a celebration for this happy occa-

New urban sitcom on BET

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them slowly disappear. When
'The Game' wasn't renewed on
the CW a couple of years ago,
I had this feeling of, 'what do
we do next?' It didn't take long
for us to figure it out. First
TBS with Tyler Perry and Ice
Cube, then TV One with Mar-
tin Lawrence and now BET
with Queen Latifah and the
creators of 'The Game."'
'Let's Stay Together' shoots
in Atlanta and Lee is enjoy-
ing being back in the city so
much, he's contemplating re-
locating there from Los Ange-
"I grew up in Atlanta and al-
though the city has changed
a lot in regards to its nightlife
scene, it'll always be home to
me. When I'm not working, I'm
usually with my family and
friends. Having said that, does
a brotha get out and about in
the 'A' every now and then and
try and party like a rock star?

Absolutely! There is fun to be
had there and I try to indulge
every now and then," he ex-
pressed, before adding: "Not
too'much though!"
In addition to celebrating
the success of his new show,
Lee is also enjoying life as a
newlywed. Shortly before pro-
duction began on 'Let's Stay
Together,' the actor wed his
girlfriend Shea.
"It's great," Lee beamed
about married life. "It's been
a little different in that I've
been working. Grinding real-
ly! As soon as we jumped that
broom, I was in Atlanta on the
set of 'Let's Stay Together.' As
soon as we wrapped, I was off
traveling again for work. The
biggest difference is that mar-
riage has forced me to step up
my game. It's notjust about me
anymore. I now have a family
to take care of and that, well
that changes the game."
Lee is currently in Bogota,
Colombia working on a movie
for USA Networks.

"changed the game." There are
also more than 150 first-person
accounts by participants in the
"It was very important to us
that this story wasn't told by
outsiders, but by the people
themselves," Sommers says.
"The writers that we hired were,
if not right smack in the middle
of things from day one, people
who had 15 to 20 years as doc-
umenters of hip-hop culture."
The $300 book goes on sale
Tuesday at hiphopculturebook.
com. A book launch Tuesday
night at the Gramniy Museum
in Los Angeles coincides with
the premiere of an Odyssey-
based exhibit on view through
May 4. It boasts portraits, vid-
eo, interactive mixing stations,
Tupac Shakur's handwritten
lyrics, Everlast's private hip-
hop sneaker collection and
iconic outfits.
Afrika Bambaataa, the
South Bronx DJ and former
gang leader whose block par-
"ties helped spawn the culture,
is credited with giving hip-hop
its name. He also identified the
Please turn to HIP-HOP 10D


By Tom Weir

Way back in the '80s I thought
it was pretty lame when I saw
Sammy Davis Jr. using cue
cards as he sang the nation-
al anthem at an NFL game at
the Los Angeles Coliseum. But
Christina Aguilera no doubt is
wishing she had a cheat sheet
after turning the anthem into
the Star-Strangled Banner last
The odd thing about Agu-
ilera's choke job is that her
first tastes of stardom came
as she' sang the anthem 'as a
kid' in Pittsburgh at Steelers,
Pirates and Penguins games.
That included taking a bow at
the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals.
Guess singers can lose a step
as they age, too.
Best line on Aguilera came
from Knute Babcock's tweet:
"Don't care what anyone says -
I think Phyllis Diller did a great
job on the national anthem."

Christina Aguilera
The other big loser was
Home Field Advantage. Only
one of the last six Super Bowl
winners has been a No. 1 seed
that had HFA throughout the
*And just remember, if the
NFL operated the way the BCS
does, last night's game would
have been Atlanta vs. New Eng-



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Miami Northwestern
Senior High will be hosting
a Financial Aid Workshop
on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from
6-9 p.m. in the CAP Busi-
ness Computer Lab.

The Liberty City
Farmer's Market will have
a free health screening and
monitoring by Barry Uri-
versity School of Nursing
on Thursday, Feb. 10 from
12-6 p.m. at Tacolcy Park,
6161 NW 9th Ave.

The Beautiful Gate
Cancer Support and Re-
source- Center presents "A
Gateway for African Ameri-
can Women," and are calling
all men to attend our special
breast cancer support group
meeting on Thursday, Feb.
10 from 6-8 p.m. at the City
of Hallandale/Austin Hep-
burn Center, 750 NW 8th
Avenue, Hallandale Beach,
FL 33009. For more info and
to RSVP, call 305-758-3412.

The Booker T. Wash-
ington Class of 1964 will
be meeting Friday, Feb. 11
at 6:30 p.m. at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Cen-
ter, 6161 NW 22nd Ave.
For further info, contact G.
Hunter at 305-632-6506.

Broward Health Coral
Springs Medical Center
(CSMC) is hosting its 6th
Annual Race for Women's
Wellness with a 5K Run/
Walk on Saturday, Feb. 12 at
7 a.m. at the Coral Springs
Medical Center, 3000 Coral
Hills Drive in Coral Springs.
For more info, call 954-344-
3344 or register online at
srace or gflrrc.org.

... Miami Jackson Class
of 1975 will host a class
reunion registration/meet-*
ing on Saturday, Feb. 12 at
5030 NW 17th Ave. between
the hours of 1-4 p.m. Please
contact Annette Daniels for
further information at 305-

South Florida Urban
Ministries program AS-
SETS will be hosting free
Business Training classes
on every Thursday starting
Feb. 17 for 10 weeks from
6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Unit-
ed Way Center for Financial
Stability, 11500 NW 12th
Avenue. For more info, call

2Up's Golf Club of Mi-
ami will be hosting a Black,
History Charity Golf Tour-
nament on Saturday, Feb.
19, 9 a.m. at Country Club
of Miami, 6801 Miami Gar-
dens Dr.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will meet for
elections on Saturday, Feb.
19 at 4:30 p.m. at the Afri-
can Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. All members are
asked to please be present.

Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc., Pi Delta
Omega Chapter, presents
"The Ebony Chorale of the
Palm Beaches" in a free con-
cert on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 4
p.m., at The Bethel Church,
14440 Lincoln Blvd., in
Richmond Heights, in cele-
bration of the chapter's 25th
anniversary. For more infor-
mation, call 305-519-6001.

Women in Transition
of South Florida is offering
free Basic Computer Class-

es to women ages 16 and
up. Registration is open,
but class size is limited. Call
305-757-0715 for more in-

The Florida A&M Uni-
versity National Alumni
Association (NAA) Annual
Convention is scheduled
for May 18-22 in Orlando,
Fl. For more information,
contact the Public Relations
department at 850-599-
3413 or email public.rela-

Booker T. Washing-
ton Senior High School,
will host the 33rd Annual
demic, Cultural, Technolog-
ical and Scientific Olympics)
Academic Competition on
Saturday, March 5 (Module
II) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For
more information, includ-
ing guidelines for participa-
tion and application form,
log on to www.miami-dade-
naacpact-so.org or contact
Art Johnson, Chairperson at

The Ghanaian Asso-
ciation of South Florida
(G.A.S.F.) presents a cel-
ebration of Ghana's rich cul-
ture and history. The event
is taking place on Saturday,
March 12 at 6 p.m. at the
South County Civic Center,
16700 Jog Road in Delray
Beach. For tickets and addi-
tional information, call 786-
356-7360, 305-746-3101,
561-762-4124 or 954-605-

The 2nd Annual Take
A Walk In Her Shoes, 60s
fashion show lunch silent
action will take place on
Thursday, April 14. Wom-
enade Miami celebrates
women and mothers from
the Community Partnership
for Homeless who have tak-
en strides to improve their
lives. For more information,
call 3p5-329-3066.

The Liberty City Farm-
ers' Market will be held on
Thursday from 12-6 p.m.
until April 2011 at Tacolcy
Park, 6161 NW 9th Ave.

Women in Transition
of South Florida is offering
free Basic Computer Class-
es to women ages 16 and
up. Registration is open,
but class size is limited. Call
305-757-0715 for more in-

The Cemetery Beau-
tiflcations Project, located
at 3001 NW 46th Street is
looking for volunteers and
donations towards the up-
keep and beautification of
the Lincoln Park Cemetery.
For more info, contact Dyr-
ren S. Barber at 786-290-

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

Beta Tau Zeta Royal
Association offers after-
school tutoring for students
K-12 on Monday-Friday.
Students will receive assis-
tance with homework and
computers. Karate classes
are also offered two days a
week. The program is held
at the Zeta Community Cen-
ter in Liberty City. 305-836-




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Financial plans evolve with life

Circumstances guide

money management

By Adam Shell

NEW YORK Carving out a
winning personal finance plan
today is increasingly less about
how old you are and more about
what stage of life you're in.
The cookie-cutter approach
to managing money has be-
come outdated and unwork-
able for many Americans, as
massive demographic shifts,
fast-changing lifestyles and the
fallout from the recent financial
crisis have upended even the
best-laid financial plans.
No longer do most people go
to college and marry in their
20s, have a family and buy a
home in their 30s, work for one
company for life, and retire fi-
nancially secure in their 60s.
Life is more complicated,
more unpredictable and more
unsettled today.
Indeed, financially disruptive
stuff seems to happen more fre-
quently these days and at much
different stages of peoples' lives
- often when they least expect
it and are most vulnerable.
A job loss and bleak job pros-
pectd, for instance, mean fall-
ing behind on bills, devouring

Brittany Rose, center, CEO of More Than Cheer, with assistants Desire Branch-Ellis, left,
and Jenne Nurse, right. Rose, 22, started the business when she was a marketing major in

savings and maybe even mov-
ing back in with parents or
starting your own company
out of necessity. Americans are
living longer, and that means
more adult kids are support-
ing or caring for aging parents.
Marrying later or more than
once and having kids or a
second family later in life mean

bigger expenses, such as col-
lege tuition, while retirement
inches ever closer. College, once
a rite of passage for teens, is
now both a lifeline and a big
unexpected bill for the forty-
something set returning to col-
lege in large numbers in a bid
to retool their careers and stay
economically viable.

All that added complexity
is causing fresh money head-
aches for people ranging from
those just embarking on their
'life journey as well as those en-
tering or already enjoying their
golden years.
Ron McElhaney Jr., 46, of
Savannah, Ga., for example,
Please turn to PLANS 8D

Gov. Scott reappoints

Ronald Brise to PSC

By Julie Patel

Gov. Rick Scott announced re-
cently he has reappointed utility
regulators Eduardo Balbis, Ron-
ald Brise, Julie Brown and Arthur
Scott had until March 7 to de-
cide. But the news came less
than two days after he withdrew
the four newest members of the
state's Public Service Commis- BRISE
sion along with 164 other ap-
pointments to state boards made by former Gov.
Charlie Crist from a list that would have gone to
the Senate for confirmation.
The PSC's five members, who are paid about
$130,000 a year, are responsible for ensuring util-
ity rates are reasonable and the service is safe and
The newest commissioners still need Senate ap-
proval. Still, the decision may come as a relief to
utilities and their investors, who prefer regulatory
certainty and stability, and the commission has al-
ready been reshaped twice in the past year and a
What it will mean for consumer is still unclear. So
far this year, the commission ordered FPL to beef
up its energy conservation programs and it rejected
allowing its staff to start a separate review of FPL's
profit on shareholders' investment in case custom-
ers are owed refunds at some point.
If they're confirmed by the Senate, Balbis and
Brown, who joined the commission this year, will
serve until 2015, and Brise and Graham, who were
appointed in July, will serve until 2014.

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Private employers

added 187,000

jobs in January

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK U.S. private employers
added more jobs than expected in Janu-
ary, underscoring views the employment
picture is slowly improving.
The private sector added 187,000 jobs
in January compared with a downwardly
revised gain of 247,000 jobs in December,
a report by payrolls processor ADP Em-
ployer Services showed recently. The De-
cember figure was originally reported as
a gain of 297,000 jobs.
"Bottom line, even with the Dec down-
ward revision, the two month average is a
solid 217,000 and certainly a positive for
economic activity," said Peter Boockvar,
equity strategist at Miller Tabak & Co. in
New York.
The January ADP figure was also above
economist expectations for job gains of
The ADP figures come ahead of the
government's much more comprehensive
labor market report on Friday, which in-
cludes both public and private sector em-
However, ADP figures last month turned
out to be much stronger than what the
government report showed, adding to
doubts about the reliability of ADP as a
predictor of payrolls.
Even though most economic indicators
lately have suggested the United States is
picking up steam, job creation has been
slow since the end of the recession in
June 2009.
Please turn to JOBS 8D

Jackson Hewitt sues H&R Block over ads

By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK Jackson Hewitt Tax
Service Inc. sued H&R Block Inc.
to stop a new advertising campaign
that it said misleads customers
about tax refund loans and dispar-
ages Jackson Hewitt's competence.
The lawsuit comes on the eve of
the main U.S. tax filing season, a
crucial period for the largest U.S.
tax preparation companies because
the February-to-April quarter ac-

counts for roughly three-fifths of
annual revenue and much of their
H&R Block did not immediately
return requests for comment.
The lawsuit relates to so-called "re-
fund anticipation loans," which for a
fee. allow taxpayers quick access to
expected refunds, rather than have
to wait for the Internal Revenue Ser-
vice to send them checks.
Last month, H&R Block suffered a
setback when the U.S. Treasury De-

apartment's Office of the Comptroller
of the Currency ordered a partner,
HSBC Holdings Plc, to stop making
tax refund loans to H&R Block cus-
Jackson Hewitt said that unlike
its larger rival, it also offers taxpay-
ers access to as much as $1,500
within one day.
According to the complaint, H&R
Block falsely claimed that its "Sec-
ond Look Review" program, which
reviews past tax returns prepared

by rivals, found that two-thirds of
prior returns prepared by Jackson
Hewitt contained..mistakes.
"H&R Block's 2 out of 3 claim nec-
essarily implies the false claim that
two out of three Jackson Hewitt cus-
tomers who are entitled to refunds
have been short-changed due to
Jackson Hewitt errors or incompe-
tence," the complaint said.
Jackson Hewitt also said H&R
Block gives its agents a script de-
Please turn to SUE 8D

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Technology that will break the car industry mold

As the auto industry faces tougher fuel-econo-
my standards, engineers are working on longer- Carb n bets made like kn*ltt A IOaal engine design
term fixes for what ails today's models: too much yarn could ct the weight of body called the Sudt,* whih dt-
parts uch as trunk lids and roofs vides up the tasks done by
weight, inefficient engines, a troubled fuel source b about ch as thirds. t. the ylndes promttse byo
for gasoline-powered cars and recalcitrant batter- bout tohl.
ies in electric ones. Here's a look at four technolo- bo st fe colfmy 50~.
gies that could make cars more environmentally

Cutting a car's weight is one of the best ways to
boost fuel economy. And one way to reduce weight .
is to replace some of the steel in a car's body with
a material called carbon fiber.
But carbon fiber is too expensive for widespread
use-it costs at least four times as much as steel
by weight. That's why its use has been limited to MOlfirw mad* from isawtdut or Devies called ultracapacit
luxury vehicles such as the Audi R8 and racing wood chips offers a way to break could tor power for electric rs
cars, along with some airplanes and golf clubs. the grip of oil while being more en mare tcheat than batteries aMW
Now, researchers hope to make automotive- virwm talry fiend offir longer drvilg ra9nge
Please turn to TECHNOLOGY 10D


Many U.S. cities and states facing economic crisis

By Starla Muhammad

(FinalCall.com) Anywhere from 50
to 100 cities in 2011 may be declared
bankrupt. This bold prediction, made
by financial analyst Meredith Whit-
ney last year in media reports, cou-
pled with mounting debt facing cities
and states has financial budget offi-
cers and legislative officials on state
and local levels in a panic. States
are frantically implementing auster-
ity measures, cutting important pro-
grams that leave the most vulnerable
residents even worse off.

Camden, N.J. cut one-half of its po-
lice force and one-third of its firefight-
ers in a city known for high crime and
where more than 40,000 of its 80,000
residents live in poverty. Oakland re-
duced its police force by 10 percent,
leaving fewer than 700 officers in a
city with a population of more than
Tulsa, Okla. could potentially lay
off 147 firefighters, whereas Trenton,
N.J. avoided having one-third of its
fire department axed due to receiv-
ing a $13.7 million grant from FEMA.
Layoffs in sanitation departments

from Bessemer City, Alabama to New
York City have resulted in hardships
for many. Cuts in city services are
just the tip of the iceberg, analysts
"The deficits that these tax cuts
help create are being used to justify
a host of austerity measures that will
harm Americans of all races, but will
hit Blacks and Latinos the hardest,"
said Brian Miller, executive director
of United for A Fair Economy. "With
42 percent of Blacks and 37 percent
of Latinos lacking the funds to meet
minimal household expenses for even

three months should they become un-
employed, cutting public assistance
programs will have devastating im-
pacts on Black and Latino workers."
Cuts have also adversely affected
other underserved groups. Analysts
report states have spent as much as
half a trillion dollars more than they
have collected in taxes and have been
barely "getting by" on federal stimu-
lus money.
The New York Times recently re-
ported, "policy makers are working
behind the scenes to come up with a
way to let states declare bankruptcy

and get out from under crushing
debts, including the pensions they
have promised to retired public work-
This mounting financial crisis has
led to cuts in health care, education,
police and fire services and social
service programs. Some local and
state governments are in such dire
conditions there are murmurings
from some the situation is a similar
yet eerie precursor to the eventual
debt crisis engulfing Europe and the
subprime mortgage debacle that hit
the U.S.







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continued from 8D

Analysts have closely
watched data on pri-
vate payrolls, which
tend to show the bulk
of new job gains.
The recent Labor De-
partment report is ex-
pected to show a rise
in overall non-farm
payrolls of 145,000
in January, based
on a Reuters poll of
analysts, but a rise
in private payrolls -of
A separate report
showed the number
of planned layoffs at
U.S. firms in January
rose 20 percent from
the previous month to
38,519, but the tally
was still the lowest
for a January since at
least 1993.
Noting that January
was typically a month
of large job cuts, global
outplacement compa-
ny Challenger, Gray &
Christmas said in its
report that the slow-
down in job cuts that
began in the latter half
of 2010 appeared to be

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continued from 7D

signed to deceive them
about its loan service.
Saying the ad cam-
paign is causing "ir-
reparable harm," Jack-
son Hewitt is seeking
to halt the alleged im-
proper ads. It is also
seeking compensatory
and punitive damages.
H&R Block's adver-
tisements "are designed
to undermine trust in
Jackson Hewitt," Jack-
son Hewitt Chief Ex-
ecutive Philip Sanford
said in a statement.
Jackson Hewitt said
it prepared 2.53 mil-
lion U.S. tax returns
in 2010, and is based
in Parsippany, New
Jersey. H&R Block pre-
pared 20.1 million U.S.
returns in its 2010 fis-
cal year, and is based
in Kansas City, Mis-
The lawsuit is Jack-
son Hewitt Inc. v.
H&R Block Tax Ser-
vices LLC, U.S. District
Court, Southern Dis-
trict of New York, No.

plans not

ons of just one to more pressing
"The stages a
ttany Rose, 22, cumstances of
i-year student lives often trui
iriia Common- sonal finance
University, says Tony Og,
her own busi- Ogorek Wealth
few years back agement, a fi
sophomore be- planning and
of a lack of job management f
unities and as a Buffalo. "You
take some of the be creative in
al pressure off ing people today
cents. social mores

increasing fre-
these disrup-
nplanned life
ire forcing more
tear up or reca-
their financial
Favor of an up-
ilan that better
ses their situ-
Money once in-
for one financial
ust be diverted

based on age, but where you are in life

g needs.
and cir-
mp per-
orek of
i Man-
irm in
have to
ly. With

ing, we no longer have
a traditional life cycle
to point to. There are
no more pre-set stages
anymore. The Burger
King model of 'serve it
up your way' ,is where
the whole (personal fi-
nance) planet is going."
Shifting demograph-
ics, including the aging
of the Baby Boom gen-
eration, is one major
factor turning the Per-
sonal Finance 101 play-

book upside down, says
William Frey, a demog-
rapher at the Brookings
The world in the wake
of the financial crisis is
less financially friendly
for Boomers. That real-
ity has forced them to
rethink retirement and
how and where they
There has been a big
downturn in the mi-
gration of Boomers to
different parts of the
country to retire, Frey
says. He attributes that
to the housing bust,
which has reduced the
amount of equity in
their homes and made
it more difficult for
them to sell. Despite a
stock market rebound,
the drop in 401(k) re-
tirement balances has
also resulted in less
financial flexibility for

those on the cusp of re-
These negative finan-
cial factors mean the
"trend of people work-
ing longer" is likely to
be extended further
into the future, says
The fact that many
Americans are now liv-
ing into their 80s also
places greater finan-
cial pressure on Boom-
ers' adult kids, many of
whom act as caregivers,
provide financial sup-
port or monitor their

parents' care at nurs-
ing homes.
"We haven't faced
these issues in such big
numbers before," says
To get a clearer pic-
ture of how societal
changes and economic
upheaval have created
new personal financial
issues, consider some
of the money challeng-
es faced by a number of
folks at different stages
of their lives.


With nearly one out
of 10 Americans unem-
ployed and job growth
sluggish, many college
students are no longer
attending campus job
fairs or sending out re-
sumes in hopes of land-
ing entry-level jobs.
Instead, they are
starting their own busi-
nesses. Meet the twen-
tysomething CEO.
Take Rose, the Vir-
ginia Commonwealth
University student.
She's not even out of
college yet but spends

most of her time build-
ing her own business,
More Than Cheer,
which specializes in
upgrading the skills of
cheerleaders through
classes, camps and
Her upstart business
pays the rent, helps
offset her tuition bills
and helps pay off stu-
dent loans and credit
card balances, which
run higher because she
used credit to help get
her business off the


The Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach (HACMB) Is accepting pre-applications for its
Public Housing Program Rebecca Towers South waiting list for 0, O-ADA, 1, 1-ADA, and 2 bedroom
units. Use the pre-application form provided below. Photocopies of the form may be used. The
waiting list will close on February 16, 2011.

= Pre-applications must be completed and mailed via U. S. Postal Service regular or Certified mail
only to the following address: HACMB. ATTN: RTS Pre-Applications, 200 Alton Road, Miami
Beach, FL 33139.
" Pre-applications must be mailed and postmarked by February 16, 2011 and received at the
HACMB no later than February 28, 2011.
* Any pre-application that is not fully and accurately completed, is not signed and/or is postmarked
after February 16, 2011 or received after February 28, 2011 will be voided.
* The HACMB will not be responsible for any error or late mail delivery by the U. S. Postal Service.
* All eligible pre-applications received will be numbered. A computer lottery will be held to
randomly select the pre-applications to be placed on the waiting lists.
* Only one pre-application per household will be considered throughout the entire process. Any
household that submits more than one pre-application will be voided.
* The total number of pre-applications that will be selected by the random computer lottery for each
unit size is as follows:
0 Bedroom 400
0 Bedroom (ADA) 100
1 Bedroom 200
1 Bedroom (ADA) 100
2 Bedroom 100

S2010 Income Limits:

At the time of the actual application process, family eligibility must be further established in
accordance with Section 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Additionally, the following requirements will be considered to determine program eligibility:

a Applicants and all household members must be 62 years of age or older at the time of pre-
application submission.

A local preference will be given to applicants who possess one of the following conditions:

o The applicant or a family member currently lives or works in the City of Miami Beach
o The applicant is a U. S. veteran or is the surviving spouse of a U. S. veteran

To receive a local preference, the applicant must answer the appropriate question on the pre-
application form.

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Mail completed form via US Postal Service regular or Certified mall gp9y, to HACMB ATTN: RTS Pre-Applications, 200
Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Pre-applications must be postmarked no later than February 16, 2011
and received at the HACMB no later than February 28, 2011. Please print neatly in Ink. All fields must
be completed. Submit this form only. Only one pre-appllcation per household will be considered
throughout the entire process. Any household that submits more than one pre-application will be
voided. Incomplete or unsigned applications will be disqualified. Applicants and all household
members must be 62 years of age or older at the time of pre-application submission. The maximum
number of residents allowed per unit is 1 person for a 0 bedroom unit, 2 persons for a 1 bedroom unit,
and 4 persons for a 2 bedroom unit. The HACMB will not be responsible for pre-appllcations
lostldelaved through the mail.

Head of Household Contact Information
First Name Middle Initial Last Name Social Security Number

Address Age Date of Birth

City/Town State Zip code Telephone (Include ares code)

Including you, how many person will live In the unit?

Gross annual household Income *
Indicate the approximate amount of the household gross (before taxes) annual Income. Include all sources of income, Income
Includes: interest and dividends, wages, self employment, unemployment benefits, SS, disability, workers comp, pension or
retirement benefits, welfare Icome, veteran's income alimony and ny other Income sores.

Have you or any family member ever been arrested or convicted of a crime? Yes Ao
Are you married? Yes No
Do you currently or have you ever lived in a federally-subsldled housing program? Yes No
Have you ever been terminated from a federally-subldized housing program? Yes No
Is any household member a full-time or part-time student at an Institution of higher learning?
Yes__ No_
Do you require a unit equipped for moblllty-mpalrment/accessibility? Yes No
Have you lived In another state or U.S. Territory since the age of 18? Yes No
Apollcanta reuestina a local reference must answer the anmoorlate oestlion below:
Do you or a family member currently live or work In the City of Miam Beach? Yes No
Are you a U.S veteran or the surviving spouse of a U.S. veteran? Yes __ No

Certification of Applicant Please read this statement very carefully. By signing, you are agreeing to Its terms.
I hereby certify that the Information I have provided In this pre-application is true and accurate. I understand that:
any misrepresentation or false Information will result in the disqualification of my pre-application,
this Is a pre-application for waiting list placement and Is n an offer of housing, and
additional Information will be required In accordance with federal housing regulations.

Signature of Head of Household Date


The Miami City Commission seeks to create a membership applicant pool for
prospective vacancies on the Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board. Specific
qualifications and eligibility requirements are set forth in Section 62-63 of the
Miami City Code and require that members must be electors of the City of Mi-
ami. Applicants must possess the knowledge, experience, judgment, back-
ground, ability and desire to act in the public interest. Additionally, as of January
14, 2010 board members are required to have completed an ethics course with-
in ninety (90) days of taking office or within at least one (1) year prior to taking
office. Individuals representing the various social, demographic and economic
elements of the city are encouraged to apply.

Additionally, public, professional or citizen organizations within the area having
interest in and knowledge of the planning and plan implementation process
are encouraged and solicited to submit to the Office of City Clerk, 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133, in writing, the names and addresses of
persons and their qualifications for consideration as prospective appointees to
fill present vacancies on said boards.

The City Commission will consider filling vacancies as they may occur. The list
of interested individuals will be available-for public review at the Office of the
City Clerk on Friday, February 25, 2011, following the scheduled deadline for
receipt of said applications on Thursday, February 24, 2011, at 4:00 PM. Ap-
plication forms will be available from the Office of City Clerk and the City Clerk's
website (http://miamigov.com/city_clerklPages/Board/Board.asp).

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#14864) City Clerk



In compliance with Sections 62-186 and 62-187 of the Miami City Code, as
amended, the City Commission of the City of Miami, not earlier than thirty (30)
days from this day, will consider the appointment of members to the City of Mi-
ami Historic and Environmental Preservation Board. Board members must ei-
ther be permanent residents of the City of Miami or work or maintain a business
in the City of Miami or own real property in the City of Miami. As of January 14,
2010 board members are required to have completed an ethics course within
ninety (90) days of taking office or within at least one (1) year prior to taking of-
fice. Code Section 2-884(e) stipulates that no employee of Miami-Dade County,
Florida, or any municipality therein other than City employees, shall serve on
or be appointed to any board of the City (this restriction may be waived by a
four-fifths affirmative vote of the City Commission, provided the individual is a
resident of the City of Miami). Board members must be appointed according to
the following qualifications:

One member shall be an architect registered in the State.
One member shall be a landscape architect registered in the State.
One member shall be a historian or architectural historian qualified by
means of education or experience and having knowledge and inter-
est in county history or architectural history.
One member shall be an architect or architectural historian having
demonstrated knowledge and experience in architectural restoration
and historic preservation.
One member shall be an experienced real estate broker licensed by
the State.
One member shall be a person experienced in the field of business
and finance or law.
Three members shall be citizens with demonstrated knowledge and
interest in historic and architectural heritage of the City and/or con-
servation of natural environment, and may also qualify under any of
the above categories.
One alternate member shall qualify under one of the above catego-

The public and professional or citizen organizations having interest in and
knowledge of historic and/or environmental preservation are encouraged and
solicited to submit to the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 3500 Pan Ameri-
can Drive, Miami, Florida, 33133, a completed nomination form indicating the
name, address and qualifications of persons for consideration as prospective
appointees to the Historic and Environmental Preservation Board. Application
forms will be available from the Office of City Clerk and the City Clerk's website

All nominations must be received by Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 4:00 PM.
The names and qualifications of persons submitted to the City Clerk, together
with any names and qualifications submitted by members of the City Commis-
sion, will be available for public review in the Office of the City Clerk on Friday,
February 25, 2011. The City Commission will consider making said appoint-
ments at the City Commission meeting presently scheduled for March 10, 2011.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#14863) City Clerk




Market watchers raising warning flags

Some fear that complacency

could signal trouble ahead

By Adam Shell

Stocks have been on a
roll. The Dow is flirt-
ing with the attention-
grabbing 12,000 level.
Investor optimism
is on the rise. Main
Street is buying stocks
again. Bull market
cheerleaders are more
plentiful than they've
been in a long time.
Time to buy?
Hmmm. Maybe not.
All this investor gid-
diness smacks of
complacency and is a
big reason why some
market watchers say
stocks may be vulner-
able to a drop of five-
percent, 10 percent or
A sell-off recently on
a handful of weak prof-
it reports and worries
about political unrest
in Egypt knocked the
Dow Jones industri-
als down 1.4 percent
to 11,824 and sent the
broad Wilshire 5000
index to its worst drop
since August.
A growing number of
investment shops are
identifying' warning
flags that in the past
have been precursors
to sell-offs. The near-
term buying power is
"slowly eroding," which
is worrisome given
that stocks are near
29-month highs amid
an improving economy
and corporate earn-
ings rebound, says
Christopher Verrone
of Strategas Research
The number of stocks
making fresh 52-week
highs is declining,,_,

trading volume related
to rising stocks has
fallen sharply and tra-
ditional bull market
leaders such as small-
company stocks have

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started to break down,
Verrone says, trends
that often signal a loss
of near-term momen-
tum. But he thinks
downside would be
limited to five percent
to seven percent.

Wednesday, 2/16/11
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Kevin Lane of Fu-
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Tuesday, 2/22/11 1. Public Inspection of absentee ballots
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Thursday, 3/3/11 1. Provisional ballots processing, if needed
Canvassing: 2. Certification of Offcial results, including
4:00 p.m. to completion Provisionals
3. Post-count logic and accuracy test of the
optical scan system used for absentee and
provisional ballots
4. Audit Process starts Race/Question and
_Precincts Selection for State Audit
Monday, 3/7/11 1. Audit process continues until completion
10:00 a.m. to completion

All proceedings will be open to the public. For a sign language interpreter or other accommodations,
please call 305-499-8405 at least five days in advance. In accordance with Section 286.0105,
Florida Statutes, a person who appeals any decision by the canvassing board with respect to any
matter considered at a meeting, he or she will need a record of the proceedings and therefore will
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made.
Lester Sola
Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County



Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami, Office of the City Clerk, City
Hall, 1st Floor, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133-5504, until
11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, for the project entitled:


Scope of Work: The project consists of cleaning the canals and waterways in-
cluding mowing, litter pick up, herbicide and pesticide spraying, removal of large
objects and growing vegetation inside the canals and waterways. The project
is located citywide and includes the right of way of Wagner Creek, Lawrence
Waterway, waterfront at Antonio Maceo Park Blue Lagoon, Comfort Canal,
NE 20 21 Street and NE 28 Street Coves, Ademar, Davis and Seybold Canals,
and the Bayfront of Rickenbacker Causeway on Bjscayne Bay. The contractor
is responsible for bagging the clippings, picking up the debris and removing all
debris from each location. The debris shall be disposed at the nearest Miami-
Dade landfill facility. The City will provide reimbursement for the tonnage of
debris removed. Each ticket must be signed by the City Inspector in order to
obtain re-imbursement. The contract term is for a two (2) year period with option
to renew for three (3) additional one year periods subject to the availability of
funding and contractor's performance.

Minimum Requirements: Prospective Bidder must have a current certified
Contractor's license from the State of Florida Construction Industry License
Board for the class of work to be performed, or the appropriate Certificate of
Competency or the State Contractor's Certificate of Registration as issued by
Miami-Dade County Code, which authorizes the Bidder to perform the pro-
posed work. The selected contractor and subcontractors shall hold a license
in the appropriate trade and a spraying herbicide/Sonar license. The work per-
formed by the subcontractors cannot be more than 10% of the total work speci-
fied in this contract.

A 100% Performance and Payment Bond for Total Bid (twice the Base Bid)
is required for this project.

A 5% Bid Bond of Total Bid (twice the Base Bid) is required for this proj-

Bid packages containing complete instructions, plans and specifications may
be obtained at the Public Works Department, 444 S.W. 2nd Avenue, 8th Floor,
Miami, Florida 33130, Telephone (305) 416-1200 on or after February 7, 2011.
Bid packages will be available in hard copy form and a non-refundable fee of
$20.00 will be required. A bid package can also be mailed to bidders upon writ-
ten request to the Department, and shall include the appropriate non-refund-
able fee plus $10 for shipping'and handling using regular U.S. Mail.

All bids shall be submitted in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. Bids
must be submitted in duplicate originals in the envelope provided with the bid
package. At the time, date, and place above, bids will be publicly opened. Any
bids or proposals received after-time and date specified will be returned to the
bidder unopened. The responsibility for submitting a bid/proposal before the
stated time and date is solely arid strictly the responsibility of the bidder/pro-
poser. The City is not responsible for delays caused by mail, courier service,
including U.S. Mail, or any other occurrence.


Tony E. Crapp, Jr.
ACity Manager
ADD. No DP-007624 '




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The Miami-Dade County Canvassing Board will convene at the Office of the Supervisor of
Elections, 2700 N. W. 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida. The Canvassing Board is convening on
these dates in preparation to conduct the Special General Election to be'held on March 1, 2011.






Reverse mortgages turn ugly

Thousands of older home-
owners in Florida who tapped
the equity in their paid-off
homes to boost their income
now face the possibility of fore-
closure as the number of de-
faults on such "reverse mort-
gages" skyrockets.
More than 30,000 U.S. hom-
eowners are in "technical de-
fault" on their reverse mortgag-
es and could lose their homes
because they have failed to
pay their property taxes or
property-insurance premiums,
according to a new research
report based on the latest gov-
ernment data.
Florida leads the country
in terms of the number of de-
faults, with nearly 5,300, or
about 18 percent of the U.S. to-
tal, according to the CredAbil-
ity Group, a nonprofit consum-
er-credit counseling service

based in Atlanta.
Florida's reverse-mortgage-
default rate stands at about 8
percent, compared with a na-
tionwide rate of 5 percent.
Reverse-mortgage defaults
generally have more than dou-
bled during the past two years,
as cash-strapped homeowners
have fallen behind in paying
the insurance, taxes and other
household-upkeep expenses
required by their loan terms,
said ,Sue Hunt, CredAbility's
director of reverse-mortgage
Federal housing officials and
government-certified counsel-
ing groups such as CredAbility.
have begun to intervene, offer-
ing free help to keep the trou-
bled homeowners from losing
their properties.
The Federal Housing Admin-
istration, which insures most

reverse mortgages, would be
on the hook for millions of dol-
lars owed to lenders and inves-
tors if the loans fall into fore-
"We are just starting to look
at the problem and assess the
extent of it," Hunt said. "What
we have is an accumulation of
several years of possible de-
faults that have never been ad-
dressed. The hope is that, by
working with people, we will be
able to solve most of the prob-
lems, and that will leave only
-a small bucket of them still in
Borrowers can get more in-
formation about the counseling
initiative by calling CredAbility
at 1-888-395-2664, the U.S.
Department of Housing and
Urban Development at 1-800-
569-4287 or HUD's Orlando
field office at 407-648-6441.

Evolution of hip-hip

continued from 6C

elements of the cul-
ture: DJ music, break-
dancing. graffiti art

seminal stars Blow,
Run-DMC and LL Cool
J and who co-founded
Def Jam Recordings,
says the book not only
documents hip-hop's

and MCs. growth but
"The book also exam-
did a great ines its global
job of going reach.
from the true "People want
school days to talk about
to the now how hip-hop
school," says as expanded
Bambaataa,y into fashion or
who wrote the SIMMONS sneakers or
introduction. "It gave soft drinks, but let's
attention to all four talk about how there
elements and also the couldn't be a President
fifth element, which is Barack Obama with-
the quest for knowl- out hip-hop," Simmons
edge. We .hope this says. "Hip-hop cul-
book will keep people ture is what tore down
looking at the culture." so many of the racial
Russell Simmons, walls in this country
profiled as a game- that would have other-
changer who managed wise stood in his way."

Carbon fibers in cars could advance the car industry

continued from 7D

grade carbon fiber us-
ing a process similar
to how knitting yarn is
created. The develop-
ment could lower the
price of carbon fiber by
as much as 25 percent.
And reducing weight
in one vehicle part can
cut weigh elsewhere
by allowing the use of
lighter-weight support-
ing parts. "For every
pound you take out
of a vehicle, there is
usually a correspond-
ing 30 percent reduc-
tion in the need for
weight in other areas
of the vehicle," said
Jay Baron, the direc-
tor of the Center for
Automotive Research
in Ann Arbor, Mich.,
who is a materials ex-
pertCarbon fiber is a

thin strand of repeat-
ing carbon molecules
lined up in parallel,
an arrangement that
makes them incred-
ibly strong. These tiny
filaments are wound
into strands that are
subsequently turned
into a fabric. The fab-
ric is then combined
with a glue-like chemi-
cal and hardened into
the final shape of a car
part, such as a hood or
trunk lid.
The knitting-yarn
breakthrough was de-
veloped at Oak Ridge
National Laboratory in
Tennessee. Research-
ers later persuaded a
yarn factory in Lisbon,
Portugal, to set up a
portion of its plant to
produce the product,
said David Warren, the
manager of transpor-
tation materials at Oak

Ridge Lab.
Carbon fiber and
acrylic yarn both are
made from a chemical
called polyacrilinitrile.
The chemical is treat-
ed and screened into
strands that are used
to make fiber. Mr. War-
ren's team found that
auto-grade carbon fi-.
ber could be made by
altering .the process
at the knitting-yarn
factory by adding ad-
ditional screening and
chemicals, but not at a
great expense, he said.
Meanwhile, anoth-
er part of the cost is
turning the carbon fi-
ber into fabric. Much
of that comes in energy
use and the length of
time needed to treat
the material in a sort
of baking process, Mr.
Warren said. BMW AG
is trying to overcome


Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office located
at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the following:

IFB NO. 249236



Deadline for Reauest for Additional InformationlClarification: 2115/2011
at 3:00 P.M.

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Purchasing
Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement, Telephone No. (305)

NO. 12271.

Tony E. Crapp, Jr.
City Manager

AD NO. 004775


The City of Miami is seeking to fill regular and youth member vacancies and
prospective vacancies on the OAB/Overtown Community Oversight Board.
Specific qualifications and eligibility requirements are set forth in Ordinance
12858 amending Article XI of Chapter 2 of the City Code. Applicants shall be
persons of knowledge, experience, mature judgment and background, having
ability and desire to act in the public interest in order to make informed and eq-
uitable decisions concerning the Overtown Area.

Members must be 18 years of age or older, and be a resident of the Overtown
Area; or own property or operate a business in the Overtown Area; or be an
employee or board member of a community development corporation or a com-
munity based organization located in and providing services to the Overtown
Area; ot operate or be an employee of a business in the Overtown Area. Youth
members shall be more than 14 and less than 19 years of age, reside in the
Overtown Area and attend an accredited educational institution in the Overtown
Area. Additionally, as of January 14, 2010 board members are required to have
completed an ethics course within ninety (90) days of taking office or within at
least one (1) year prior to taking office.

The City Commission will consider filling existing youth vacancies at its meeting
of March 10, 2011. The list of interested individuals will be available for public
review at the Office of the City Clerk on Friday, February 25, 2011 following the
scheduled deadline for receipt of said applications on Thursday, February 24,
2011 at 4 PM. Application forms will be available from the Office of the City
Clerk and the City Clerk's website (http://miamigov.comlcity_clerk/Pagesl

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk


the issue by producing
carbon fiber at plant
near Spokane, Wash.,
where inexpensive
electricity is created by
hydropower. BMW has
a contract to buy pow-

er at three cents per
kilowatt hour, about
a third the going rate
across the U.S. and
much cheaper than in
The carbon fiber

fabric made there is
shipped to Germany
to be formed into car
parts. BMW is doing
the work in a partner-
ship with SGL Carbon
SE of Germany.

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Miami Dade College
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One and two bdrms. Fur-
nished units available. Sec-
tion 8 Ok! 786-488-5225 or
One bedroom $700 monthly
Two bedrooms $800-$900
Free water, central air,
appliances, laundry.
Quiet Area
Must Have Job We
Can Verify
Call 786-506-3067
1545 N.W. 8th Avenue

1140 NW 79 Street
Efficiency, one bath. $495.
One bdrm, one bath. $525.
Appliances, free water.
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.

1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $450
monthly $700 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call

12400 NE 11 Court
. Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1100. Appliances,
Free water. 305-642-7080

1241 NW 53 Street
Two bdrm, one bath. $1000
monthly. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1246 NW 58 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath,
$495 monthly $750 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$525. Free Water.

1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. Free Water.

1298 NW 60 Street
Beautiful one and two bdrms.,
air, gated. Section 8 wel-
come. 786-282-8775
1317 NW 2 AVENUE
$425 Move In. One bdrm,
one bath $425. Ms. Shorty

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $450.

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

,14350 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Two bdrms. one bath $525
Free Water 786-267-1646

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

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.

1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $395
monthly. $600 move in.
Three bdrm, two bath, $550
monthly, $850 to move in.
Newly renovated. All ap-
pliances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1718 NW 2 Court
$425 MOVE IN, One bdrm,
one bath, $425.

1801 NW 2 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. $850 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:

Joel 786-355-7578

1803 NW 1 Court
Two bdrm, one bath, $595
monthly, $900 to move-in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $475.
Appliances 305-642-7080
1920 NW 31 Street
One bedroom, water, air, and
appliances included. $675-
$735 monthly. Section 8 ok!
200 NW 13 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$425. 305-642-7080.
2040 NE 168 Street
One bedroom, one bath
water included, washer, dryer
facility. Section 8 Welcome.
210 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$475. Call 305-642-7080

2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one bath
Appliances, free water.

2701 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, $450
monthly, $700 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call
Joel 786-355-7578

330 NW 82 Terrace
Rear Apt.
One bdrm, one bath cottage,
all new, $685 mthly. Must
have verifiable income. 305-
3669 Thomas Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $525,
appliances. 305-6427080
411 NW 37 Street
Studio, $395 per month.
All appliances included.
Call Joel 786-355-7578
439 NW 9 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$750 move in, $450 mthly.
Call 786-294-6014
5520 SW 32 Street
Pembroke Park Florida
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850 monthly, $1700 move
in. 786-370-0832
5551 NW 32 Avenue
One bdrm, $750 monthly.
Water and light included.
First and Last. 305-634-8105
5755 NW 7 Avenue
Large one bdrm, parking.
$580 monthly. $850 to move
in. Call 954-394-7562
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
6091 NW 15 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $450.
Two bdrm, one bath $550.
6300 NW 15 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
central air. Water included.
676 NW 48 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Section
8 welcome. 305-431-8981
between 5pm and 9pm
7619 NE 3 Court
One large bedroom apart-
ment, also efficiencies avail-
able. 786-286-2540
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
Arena Garden
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more

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

One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-717-6084
Remodeled one bdrm. $625
to $775. 534 NE 78 Street
Liberty City Area
One bedroom. $500 moves
you in. Call 305-600-7280 or
Overtown Area
One bedroom. $400 moves
you in. 305-600-7280/
140 SW 6 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$600 monthly. 305-267-9449

N. MIA. 1720 NE 149 Street 6913 NW 2 Court
Studio $533-$595, One bdrm Built in 2006, three bed-
$656 plus, two bdrms, $888. rooms, two baths. $1325
First, last, security monthly 305-662-5505
305-297-0199 726 NW 70 Street
NORTHEAST AREA Two bedroom, one bath. 786-
Section 8 special. One and 506-5364 or 786-301-2171.
two bedrooms. Furnished 7817 NW 10Avenue
units available. $199. Total Two bedroom, two bath, $950
move in. 786-488-5225 monthly. Call 305-336-0740
Move In Special! 7820 NE 1 Avenue

Spacious three bedrooms,
one bath, tile, central air,
laundry room, $850

Spacious two bedrooms,
one bath, tile, $695

One bedroom, one bath,
$500 786-439-7753

Special, two bedrooms, one
bath, Section 8 welcome.
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice two bedrooms, air
condition, appliances. Free
HOT water in quiet fenced in
community, $470 monthly,
plus $200 deposit. 305-665-
4938 or 305-498-8811

2683 NW 66 Street
For more information
Call 786-277-8988

191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
50 NW 166 Street
New four bedrooms, two
baths.$1500. Section 8 OK.
8323 NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, appliances and
water included. Monthly
fee negotiable. Section 8
Preferred. 305-345-7833

1015 NW 108 Terrace
Two bdrm, one bath, central
air, appliance, washer and
dryer, water included. $975
mthly. 305-978-7119 or
1080 NW 100 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths.
1086 NW 55 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $875.
Appliances. Free water.

1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1236 NW 46 Street
Two bdrm, one bath, central
air, $1500 to move in. $925
monthly Section 8 OK. call
Frank Cooper Real Estate
13415 NW 31 Avenue
Newly remodeled one bed-
room, one bath, tiled floor,
washer, dryer access, $595
mthly. Section 8 Welcome!
135 NE 80 Terrace
Newly remodeled, huge one
bedroom, one bath, central
air, $750 monthly. Section 8
welcome. 954-818-9112.
1452 NW 53 Street
Beautiful one bedroom, one
bath, air, $750 monthly, first
and security deposit. Call
305-710-1343 or 786-486-
1521-25 NW 41 Street
One bdrm, one bath, appli-
ances, tiled, bars, air, $700
mthly, security. 305-490-9284
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080
1542 NW 35 Street
Newly renovated one and two
bdrms, air and some utilities,
duplexes, townhouses, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
207 SE 10 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
air,'water, and appliances
included. 305-685-8770
2240 NW 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
newly remodeled, central air,
$900 monthly. 954-687-2181
255 NE 58 Terrace
One bdrm,one bath. $550.
3075 NW 91 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
Section 8 Welcome
3623 NW 194 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1400 monthly, Section 8
welcomed! 305-761-5256
5330 NW 31 Ave
Three bedrooms, $450 de-
posit for Section 8 tenants.
Water and washer/dryer in-
cluded. Call 305-871-3280.
5511 NW 5 COURT
Two bdrms, one bath, all
appliances, air, security bars.
$800 mthly. $600 security.
305-979-3509 after 5 pm

Two bdrms, one bath.
$775. Appliances, free

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 OK!
96 Street NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
washer hook-up, $900
monthly. 954-430-0849

100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
vkly, $650 mthly.
676 NW 46 Street
$500 monthly. One month
plus deposit. 786-308-6051
New floor, fridge. Utilities plus
cable. $600 monthly. $1200
move in. 305-751-7536
Close to buses. References
required. 305-945-9506

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1722 NW 77 Street
$115 weekly, new carpet,
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1823 NW 68 Terrace
One week free rent! Clean
rooms, includes air, cable,
water, electricity and use of
kitchen. $115 weekly. $230
move in. 786-286-7455 or
1887 NW 44 Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2831 NW 159 Street
Quiet, clean house, air.
3290 NW 45 Street
Clean room, $350 monthly.
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
East Miami Gardens Area
Clean furnished rooms. $425
monthly. Move in, no deposit.
Call 305-621-1017 or
Cable TV, utilities included,
$550 monthly. 305-687-1110
Clean and nice, air, $100
weekly, $200 to move in.
Rooms, with home privileges.
Prices range from $90 to
$125 weekly. 305-696-2451
NW 24 Ave and 52 St.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly.
Room in Christian Home
Call NA at 786-406-3539
Senior Citizens welcomed.
Now offering shared rooms
starting at $85 weekly.
Call 786-468-6239
2158 NW 5 Avenue, Miami

12520 E. Randall Park Dr.
Three bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 ok! $1100 mthly.
No security! 786-586-2248
1370 NW 69 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, plus bonus room,
$1200 mthly. Not Section 8
affiliated. Call 305-829-5164
or 305-926-2245
144 NW 47 Street
Newly remodeled, three bed-
room, one bath, central air,
washer/dryer hookup, $1300
monthly. Section 8 OK. 954-
1476 NE 154 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air. $1300 mthly. Section 8
OK. 786-586-2894
1723 NW 68 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
Call 305-267-9449

1851 NW 67 Street
Four bdrms, two baths. $995.
18715 NW 45 Avenue
Section 8 OK. Three bed-
rooms, one bath, central air,
tile floors. A beauty. $1295
Joe 954-849-6793
2030 Rutland Street
Three bedroom, two bath,
$1100 monthly. 305-267-
20625 NW 28 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
all tile, central air. No Section
8. 786-277-4395
2130 Service Road
Two bdrm, one bath, air, tile,
Section 8 OK. 786-277-4395
2324 NW 85 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths,
appliances included. $1000
monthly. First and last. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 305-219-0827 or
3011 NW 55 Street
Three bdrm, two bath, central
air and heat. Section 8 OK.
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Riley's plan working as Heat wins mount

Watching the Miami
Heat continue their
winning ways lately
has been like watch-
ing a great plan slowly
come together. Some-
where the master-,
mind behind this dy-
namic team, Pat Riley
must have a smile on
his face as the wins

continue to pile up.
Sure there were the
struggles early on as
one training camp on
a military compound
was just not enough
to develop the team
chemistry needed to
win in this league.
Patience was urged
as fans watched in

bewilderment at a
team with all-stars
like Dwayne Wade,
LeBron James and
Chris Bosh actually
losing games. How-
ever, now we see the
pieces beginning to
come together while
the "things to improve
on list" keeps getting

The two "alpha
dogs," Wade and
James look like they
can actually play
pretty well together
and co-exist with just
one basketball. Bosh
Shas finally emerged
as the glue that holds
the Big 3 together.
This team is really
starting to jell and it
seems that everyone
has bought into the
program. More re-
cently, the Heat has
displayed that men-
tal toughness it takes
to close teams out -
something that isn't
easy when playing
on the road against

quality teams. To
their credit the Heat
have responded like
a championship team
should. Factor in the
injury bug that has
bit this team losing
Udonis Haslem and
Mike Miller for part of
the season and some
folks are beginning to
dream of that parade
down Biscayne Boule-
vard once again.
Head coach Eric
Spoelstra deserves a
lot of the credit but
in those initial days
many doubted hi de-
cisions. Lately Spo
has been experiment-
ing with a lineup that
plays almost the en-

tire fourth quarter:
Joel Anthony, sharp-
shooter Eddie House,
Bosh, James LeBron,
and Wade. James has
even had the chance
to display his unique
versatility by playing
a little point guard
with Bosh playing
more at the top of the
key and allowing him
to break the defense
down either by driving
hard or with that but-
ter-soft jumper. This
lineup is dangerous
and instead of playing
the wildly-inconsis-
tent Mario Chalmers
at crucial stretches in
games, the Heat have
been sitting him and

giving teams a differ-
ent look that is even
more explosive offen-
sively and does not
lose much on defense.
They look really com-
fortable together and
now that the Big 3
are back and House,
Miller and Jones have
taken turns bombing
threes from deep, Heat
fans are loving what
they see. But there
are still major tests
this team must pass.
This Sunday they face
the conference big
boys in green the
Boston Celtics. The
Celts are 2-0 against
the Heat this sea-
son and for the most

part controlled both
games. However this
weekend's game could
be a little different as
it appears this Heat
team has changed a
lot since those two
early season match
ups. Either way, this
much remains abun-
dantly clear while
fans are excited about
the chemistry build-
ing and all of the win-
ning going on recently
the Heat still must
go through Boston to
play in June. If the
Heat can pass this
test, then Riley can
continue to sit back
in his office . and



By Barry Wilner
AP Pro Football Writer

DALLAS Deion Sanders al-
ways was Prime Time. Now he's
All Time.
Sanders and Marshall Faulk
led a class of seven voted into
the Pro Football Hall of Fame
on Saturday. Joining them
were Shannon Sharpe, Richard
Dent, Ed Sabol, Les Richter and
Chris Hanburger.
As talkative as he was tal-
ented, known as much for his
celebration dances as his in-
terceptions and kick returns,
Sanders was an outstanding
cornerback and sometime wide
receiver with five teams. He's
a two-time Super Bowl winner
and was the Defensive Player of
the Year in 1994.
Sanders reacted to his elec-
tion with typical Neon Deion
bravado. He said he's grateful,
but theh made sure to explain,
"what you feel about me has
nothing to do with how I feel
about me."
Then he broke into the open
"Next to the Bible, my favor-
ite book was 'The Little Engine
That Could.' I read that story
so many times, I know it by
heart," he said. "And a couple
trains passed that engine un-
til he started saying to himself:
'I think I can. I think I can. I
think I can.' And that's what
I modeled my career after. I
mean, it sounds arrogant, it
sounds brash, it sounds cocky.
But it was real."
Sanders also played major
league baseball. But football
clearly was his calling.
"He was an electrifying per-
former who put fans on the
edge of their seats every time he
manned his cornerback posi-
tion or dropped back to receive

a kickoff or field a punt," Fal-
cons owner Arthur Blank said.
"Deion is, without question, one
of the greatest players in the
history of the NFL."
Sanders got in a comical dig
at Faulk and Sharpe.
"Man, this is real," he said,
"and I got to see Marshall Faulk
and Shannon Sharpe cry."
Faulk won a Super Bowl with
the 1999 Rams, was the 1994
Offensive Rookie of the Year,
2000 NFL MVP and a three-
time Offensive Player of the
Year (1999-2001). Faulk is the
10th leading career rusher with
12,279 yards, and for a half-
dozen seasons was the most
versatile back in football, as
much a threat as a receiver as
a runner.
"I wanted the ball in my
hands so I could so something
with it," Faulk said, recalling
how he briefly played quarter-
back in high school and didn't
find it exciting enough.
Faulk got teary-eyed when
asked how his mother reacted
to his election.
Sharpe starred for Denver
and Baltimore for 14 seasons
and won three Super Bowls in
a four-year span, two with Den-
ver, one with Baltimore. He held
league records for a tight end in
receptions, yards and touch-
downs when he retired in 2001.
"If I had a thousand tongues,
I couldn't say how happy and
proud I am," Sharpe said. "I
don't know what I did to de-
serve this.
John Elway knew.
"This caps off a tremendous
football career by a guy who
truly was self-made and worked
his tail off to become one of the
best players in the history of
the NFL," said Elway, who was
Sharpe's quarterback in Den-

Sharpe always knew football
was going to be his profession.
"If you are going to have let-
ters behind your name, I wasn't
going to have M.D. or PhD. HOF
is pretty good," he said.
Bears defensive end Dent
was the MVP of the 1986 Su-
per Bowl and finished with 137
1/2 career sacks. He was the
top pass rusher on one of the
NFL's greatest defensive units.
Dent became a starter in 1984,
beginning a 10-year period
in which he made 10 or more
sacks in eight of 10 seasons.
"It was a long time coming, I
am very happy," Dent. said. "If
you can do your thing the way
(Walter Payton) did his, you can
be in the Hall of Fame. I am so
thankful for this."
Dent also won a Super Bowl
in 1994 with the 49ers.
Richter played linebacker for
the Los Angeles Rams from
1954-62. They traded 11 play-
ers for him and waited two years
while he was in the military be-
fore he suited up. He made the
wait worthwhile going to eight
straight Pro Bowls. He also was
a center and kicker.
Richter died last June.
Hanburger spent all 14 pro
seasons with the Redskins and
played in nine Pro Bowls. He
played from 1965-78 and was

Recent 111 million watch Super Bowl

Super Bowl sets

markfor viewers

By Michael Hiestand

As networks struggle to
keep prime-time audiences,
the drama of Sunday's Su-
per Bowl on Fox helped the
game set a record as the most-
watched TV show with 111
million total viewers.
Sunday's game also capped
the NFL's most-watched sea-
son, when all but one of the
fall TV season's top shows
were NFL games. And view-
ership has been building:
Super Bowl totals have in-
creased for six consecutive
"The Super Bowl continues
to be in a category of its own,
with an appeal that tran-
scends sports and extends
even to the commercials,"
said Pat McDonough, a senior
vice president for the Nielsen
Co. "Because of the cliff-
hanger nature of the game,
viewers were tuning in until
the very end, driving viewing
levels to new heights."
While Super Bowl XLV gar-
nered the most viewers, it did
not score the highest Super
Bowl rating. The Green Bay

Packers' victory against the
Pittsburgh Steelers on Sun-
day averaged 46 percent of
U.S. households, making it
the highest-rated Super Bowl
since Steelers-Dallas Cow-
boys in 1996.
However, the number of
viewers can grow in part be-
cause the USA's population is
always expanding.
"It helps to have the fan in-
terest in betting and fantasy
leagues, the promotion from
sponsors and the networks
and the Super Bowl coming
in the doldrums of midwin-
ter," sports business consul-
tant David Carter says.
"The NFL realizes they need
to sell entertainment, not sell
sports," Carter says.
While a hit on TV, Super
Bowl XLV had hiccups on
the ground, including icy
weather, a botched national
anthem by Christina Aguilera
and about 400 ticketed fans
who weren't seated because
their seats hadn't been prop-
erly installed. The NFL will
pay them three times the face
value of their tickets and'give
them seats at next year's Su-
per Bowl in Indianapolis.
The ratings also under-
scored what's at stake as NFL
owners and players head into
an offseason labor showdown:

the future of TV's biggest hit.
Fox Sports chairman David
Hill has suggested a labor im-
passe that leads to a lockout
would be a "great tragedy"
given that "we all know what
happens after a strike or lock-
out. Fans turn away, and it
takes awhile for them to come
The NFL has an insurance
policy in its TV deals. Though
they would be reimbursed
eventually, networks carrying
NFL games would have to pay
their TV rights fees if games
were canceled next season.
Those networks, Adweek es-
timates, could collectively
lose as much $3 billion in ad
revenue from a lost NFL sea-
son. They could recoup some
of that from replacement pro-
But could it really come to
"There are two schools of
thought, that the sport is so
popular it could withstand a
backlash from fans, or'you're
simply killing the golden
goose," says Marc Ganis, a
consultant who has worked
with NFL teams on stadium
"I'm pretty confident nei-
ther party will blink. So they
should sit down and negotiate
a deal."

called "The Hangman." He was
known for using clothesline
tackles that eventually were
"It's wonderful. I am just
overwhelmed. It's such a tre-
mendous honor to be nominat-
ed, let alone get in," Hanburger
said. "Have to think of all the
men who played before me and
'all the men I played with."
Sabol founded NFL Films and
was selected as a contributor.
Under his guidance, NFL Films
received 52 Emmy Awards.

DEOIN SANDERS, a native of Fort Myers, was
one of NFL's best cover corners.

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