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Curry says Miami is in 'state of crisis'

NAACP seeks federal

inquiry into police-

involved shootings

By Jimmie Davis Jr.
and D. Kevin McNeir

Victor T. Curry spoke as the presi-
dent of the Miami-Dade Branch of
the NAACP on Tuesday morning in
an impassioned plea for justice dur-
ing a special radio broadcast on lo-
cal WMBM. The topic: The police-

involved shooting of two more young
Black men just before midnight on
Friday morning Travis McNeil, 28
and Kareem Williams, 30.
While the case remains under in-
vestigation and many questions have
yet to be answered, what we do know
is that late Thursday night on Feb.
11th, the two men left Little River's
Take One Cocktail Lounge and were
apparently followed by Miami police.
Minutes later, McNeil lay dead at
the scene the seventh Black man
killed by a Miami police officer's bul-
let in the last seven months. Williams
was shot too, critically injured with
three gunshots wounds. At last report

A FAMILY STANDS IN MOURNING: The mother, Sheila McNeil and broth-
er, Ron Robinson, of Travis McNeil, are asking for answers following the police-
involved shooting of McNeil.

he was recovering at Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center.
As Curry reminds us in letters sent
both to Benjamin Jealous, national
president and CEO, NAACP and to
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson,
17th District of Florida, "there have
been to date, at least nine shoot-
ings resulting in the deaths of eight
Black men. To put these in context,
this is approximately 20 times the
rate in New York City and contrasts
with no shootings by City of Miami
Police in the previous 20 months un-
der the management of the previous
police chief... Miami has had a long
Please turn to CRISIS 11A

Vote set for Transit Village

By D. Kevin McNeir

Process, procedure and the
views of political pundits aside,
the 7th Avenue Transit Village ap-
pears to be just a few steps away
from becoming a done deal. But
before the Board of County Com-
missioners (BCC) vote to approve
the developer that they hope will
transform a decaying Liberty City
community into a vibrant busi-
ness section and transit hub they
have a few obstacles to overcome.
Specifically, a small but loud
group of protesters are attempt-
ing to ingratiate themselves into
the decision-making process, re-
questing meetings, holding rallies

and waving banners stating their
But one question must be an-
swered: Is the Miami Workers
Center (MWC), who say they are
fighting for "a fair transit village"
representing the interests of most
of the residents in District 3 or
just an angry minority?

On Friday, Feb. 11th, MWC led
residents and business owners
in the NW 7th Avenue and 62nd
Street community in a rally. At the
top of their agenda was a request
for jobs and economic opportuni-
ties. And with the potential mil-
lions of dollars at stake with the

mixed-use transit village planned
for this busy intersection, MWC
says they want the District's
County Commissioner and Chair-
woman Audrey Edmonson to help
them secure a legally-binding
community benefits agreement
between the community and the
anticipated project developer, the

"We have met with the County
Manager, George Burgess, spoken
with Commissioner Edmonson
and even the Carlisle Group," said
Hashim Yeomans-Benford, lead
organizer for MWC. "We believe
this project is bigger than us and
bigger than the commissioner. It is
critical for democracy to be at work
Please turn to VOTE 11A

Ar local protesters 'activists or antagonists?'

Are local protesters 'activists or antagonists?'

Obama budget plan could Watson wins by slimmest of margins
Recount shows early results were misleading

Create mlilliO S of jobs By D. Kevin McNeir Rep. Oscar Braynon II who
create m illio s of kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com resigned from his position
to run for Frederica Wilson's
But it's fuzy on how $556 billion in projects would be funded If you've ever wondered Florida Senate seat [Braynon

By Paul Davidson

President Obamas proposed fiscal 2012
budget is potentially a massive job-creation
engine, with plans to generate millions of
them by repairing and expanding highways,
bridges and railways.
But the spending plan also heralds an out-
size political battle as it reignites the type of
Repubhcan skepticism over the effectiveness
of such outlays that characterized the 2009
economic stimulus.

More critically, it's fuzzy on how the $556
billion in projects over six years will be fund-
ed. Experts say that makes it unlikely to pass
a deficit-obsessed Congress.
"There's just no way you can get a bill of that
size" approved, says Chris Krueger, an analyst
at MF Global.
The plan calls for $53 billion to build a high-
speed rail system, $336 billion for highways
and a "national infrastructure bank" that
would combine public and private money to
Please turn to BUDGET 1 1A

whether your vote really
counts, just consider last
week's special election where
three candidates were aiming
to take over House District 103
- an area that includes Miami
Gardens, Opa-locka and parts
of Mirimar. The winner, Bar-
bara Watson, won the election
41.7 percent to 41.2 percent.
Her margin of victory was 18
Watson replaces former St.

defeated the other three can-
didates last Tuesday and will
face Republican Joe Celestin
in yet another special election
on March 1st].

In a situation rivaling that of
Dewey vs. Truman in the 1948
U.S. presidential election,
most media outlets in South
Please turn to RESULTS 11A


Detectives' diligence finally pays off



Miami Times Exclusive

By D. Kevin McNeir

It's been more than a de-
cade since the tragic rape and
murder of Cynteria Phillips, a
13-year-old girl who was part
of the foster care system, cap-
tured local and national head-
lines and put a pall over the
City of Miami.
Now thanks in no small part

to the continued efforts of a
small group of homicide detec-
tives from the City of Miami
Police Department, the man
responsible for her death has
been identified
and is await-
ing trial in a lo-
cal jail. A DNA
match fingered
Gregory Lamart
Martin, 40, in jail
A l since December
MARTIN 2009 and pend-

ing a trial for charges of at-
tempting to kill his girlfriend,
as the rapist and murderer of
the young girl. Martin's DNA
also ties him to another stran-
gulation-kidnapping-rape case
in North Miami-Dade County.
The bloodied, naked body of
Phillips was found in August
2000 next to Edison Senior
High School. Martin, a former
Miami-Dade transit worker, is
charged with first-degree mur-
der and sexual battery in Phil-

lips' murder.

Sgt. Eunice Cooper, a 29-year
veteran of the City of Miami
Police Department has been
working homicide for 23 years.
She says that while she and her
colleagues celebrate the cap-
turing of Cynteria's murderer,
they continue to feel pain.
"We are humans just like ev-
eryone else and things do ef-

fect us but we're required to
maintain a certain decorum,"
she said. "That doesn't mean
we don't feel."
Cooper was part of a team led
by Detective Emiliano Tamayo
with Sgt. Ervin Ford and Detec-
tive Rolando Garcia rounding
out the squad. They have con-
tinued to search for clues that
would help them identify Phil-
lips' murder since her untimely
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Is Florida's governor a

leopard or a chameleon?
When Rick Scott first announced that he intended
to run for Florida state governor, many of us were
more than a little apprehensive. Rumors of his
being a tyrannical former CEO hung over his head and he
had no experience in elected politics. But with the determi-
nation of a door-to-door salesman, Scott dished out enough
money to make even Oprah gag and engaged the services
of volunteers and staff that yodeled, yelped and even did
cartwheels all to sing his praises. In the Black community,
many of those from among his "hired help" looked like us
and their job was clear find others willing to take a chance
and bring them over to the Scott camp.
Where he stood on the key issues and the structure of his
political platform became clearer as the election drew clos-
er, but exactly how Scott planned to pull of his miraculous
promises remained disconcertingly vague. Maybe some of us
figured he could always reach into his piggy bank if we got
into a jam. Don't hold your breath
Here at the Miami Times, we reached out to Scott, hoping
to get an interview with him and to pose direct questions
about how his policies would benefit the Black community.
Scott took advantage of photo ops and was a frequent "drive-
by-waver," but he never got around to sitting down with our
editorial staff. After his victory we again contacted his office
urging him to share his plan as we have done with others
before him once again we were rebuffed. But that's not
why we are troubled.
The problem we have with Florida's new governor is he
seems to have mastered the skill of the shape-shifter some-
times barreling forward with single-minded purpose, only to
suddenly backpedal while humming a totally different tune.
During the campaign Scott vowed to make education one
of his top priorities. In recent days he has gone from de-
manding universal school vouchers for all students which
was met with a plethora of legal questions to a plan to boost
the State's number of charter schools. After assuring vot-
ers that he had the magic touch when it came to creating
jobs, he now says that in order to save money he will need
to slash over 12,000 jobs, while at the same time increasing
the budget for the governor's office. Is this Robin Hood in
When state legislators asked Scott for specific details re-
lated to his budget that neither he nor his team could an-
swer, our Governor appears to have become more defiant
"insttead bffe'efit g f negotiate -' bUt tIetr; whoeve'hea rd "of
a millionaire needing to care about the whims of "everyday
We could go on but we think you get the point sometimes
our governor is as predictable as a leopard whose spots nev-
er change. But more often what we are seeing is evidence of
his chameleon-like tendencies an inconstant fellow who
is willing, able and very likely to change his colors and his
position as the situation merits.

There is no excuse for

Blacks who don't vote
In last Tuesday's special elections here in Miami-Dade
County, the majority of voters appeared to be too busy
with other things to go cast their vote. But no matter
what was on your agenda on that less-than-super-Tuesday,
we say there are no valid excuses for failing to cast your bal-
No matter what we may think about the electoral process it
remains the only real way we can invoke change both within
our community and our nation. If you doubt the veracity of
that statement just look at the state of affairs in Florida and
the U.S. after a wave of obtuse businessmen like Rick Scott
or a slew of Tea Party-minded farmers were able to hoodwink
voters all the way to state Capitols or Washington, D.C.
According to the Miami-Dade County Board of Elections, the
number of registered voters who decided to opt out last week
was close to 200,000 people. No, that is not a typographical
error. Even with options like early voting or absentee ballots
now making the voting experience even more user-friendly
and adaptable to our harried schedules, most folks still didn't
For Blacks who had to fight tooth-and-nail even unto death
just to guarantee our right to vote, it's enough to make the
ancestors turn over in their graves.
Several weeks ago for our Street Talk question, we asked
our readers if they were prepared to vote in the upcoming
special elections. Some used their lack of knowledge about
the candidates as the reason why there were staying home -
'whatever happened to reading and doing a little research on
your own?
Others said that they had lost the right to vote because of
their ex-felon status. For now we cannot contest that response
but we must note there are ways to have those rights rein-
stated in certain circumstances. More to the point, why do
we continue to allow white legislators to dictate policies about
voting as it relates to ex-felons. After all, they have served
their time and they are still U.S. citizens why shouldn't they
be allowed to vote?
As M-D County prepares for the recall election of County
Mayor Alvarez on March 15th, we have another prime op-
portunity to not only remove the Mayor if we are indeed dis-
satisfied with the job he has done, but to then put in office
someone whose platform and philosophy are more reflective
of the needs of the Black community.
However, if history repeats itself, months from now we will
hear Black folk lamenting over the County's power structure
and wondering why they don't seem to care about us. In the
final analysis, we will only have ourselves to blame for once
again being treated like Third World citizens in a first class

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The Black Press believes that America can best lead the
world from racial and national antagonism when It accords to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights Hating no person, fearing no person,
the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief
that all persons are hurt as long as anyone is held back.

Are Black voters becg PAC omigST

Are Black voters becoming volunteer

It is incredible how Black pow-
er has gone in reverse in terms
of political empowerment. Gone
are the days when we had may-
ors in San Francisco, Los Ange-
les, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, New
York and New Orleans. As we
rose up, we soon turned around
and started going in reverse. The
Democratic Party has masterfully
engineered us into a slave mental-
ity which many of us can't realize
or gain enough courage to fight
against. We are put into a subser-
vient role and smile.
To paraphrase G. Carter Wood-
son's The Miseducation of the
American Negro: If the colored
door becomes closed and all can
go through a main door, the Negro
will feel uncomfortable and try to
reopen the colored door. He will
ram and bump that colored door
in the back of the building trying
to reopen it.
What is happening now in cities
where we have the demographics
to gain political power is a ser-

vitude to the White operatives of
the Democratic Party. They are
picking the candidates for us and
most times they are not of our ilk
or race. Woe to a people who let
another entity pick their leaders.
The best example of this is Chi-

go. Still Blacks await the anoint-
ment from the White Democratic
Party and bow to it. They are in-
deed volunteer slaves. They cry
about low contracting with Black
businesses and terribly high un-
employment but yet don't seem to

What is happening now in cities where we have the demo-
graphics to gain political power is a servitude to the White
operatives of the Democratic Party. They are picking the
candidates for us and most times they are not of our ilk or race.

cago. Chicago had one of the best
mayors in history Harold Wash-
ington. They have not had the or-
ganization or courage to come up
with an equivalent since. There
are 601,674 Black registered vot-
ers in Chicago which is 52.2 per-
cent of the total. And with the
greatest growth in registered vot-
ers is coming from Blacks with a
growth of 5.25 percent it seems
like a slam dunk for Black po-
litical empowerment in Chica-

realize that the solution is right in
their own hands. They are build-
ing that door in the back.
Gone are the days when gi-
ants like Thomas Bradley, Har-
old Washington, Coleman Young,
David Dinkins, Marion Berry,
Maynard Jackson and other
great mayors made it impera-
tive to create Black millionaires
that would provide thousands of
jobs to our communities. What
is lacking is the follow up to all

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of this courage, blood, sweat and
tears. We have turned it over to
one political party and they have
assigned "party punks" to pla-
cate us. But we are no longer
slaves and it is long overdue for
us to act accordingly. We must
select our own leaders and put
them in office and hold them ac-
countable. The Chicago example
is being replicated throughout
our nation. If we don't wake up
then it is on us.
There is another poison that is
going around. They are trying to
mold our opinions and influence
our thoughts through printed
press. They bought out BET along
with Emerge magazine. Now they
want to kill all of the Black news-
paper publications. The weapons
of choice are coming from publi-
cations sponsored by NBC, the
Washington Post and the Huff-
ington Post. Support our Black
press the real Black press as
the others are of ill intent. Fight
the power.


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The immigration debate has
taken another ugly turn. First,
Arizona passed a law, now un-
der federal challenge, granting
unprecedented powers to po-
lice to stop and demand proof
of citizenship from anyone they
suspect of being in the country
illegally. Now, two U.S. State
Senators, a Congressman and
at least 14 states have pro-
posed amending or reinter-
preting the 14th Amendment
of the Constitution to deny cit-
izenship to U.S.-born children
of undocumented immigrants.
The 14th amendment effec-
tively overturned the Supreme
Court's infamous 1857 Dred
Scott decision, which ruled
that no slave or descendent
of a slave could ever be a U.S.
citizen. Since its ratification in
1868, the 14th Amendment's
clear statements on birthright
citizenship, due process and
equal protection, have formed
the basis for a large measure
of social and economic re-
forms. In fact, the Supreme

Court cited the violation of
the 14th Amendment's "equal
protection" clause as a major
factor in its 1954 Brown vs.
Board of Education decision
ending segregation in Ameri-
can schools.
The law is clear: anyone

ically qualify for the benefits of
U.S. citizenship. Despite the
fact that this rarely occurs,
Senator David Vitter of Loui-
siana and Senator Rand Paul
of Kentucky, have introduced
legislation that would amend
the 14th Amendment and

he 14th amendment effectively overturned the Supreme
Court's infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision, which ruled
that no slave or descendent of a slave could ever be a
U.S. citizen. Since its ratification in 1868, the 14th Amendment's
clear statements on birthright citizenship...

born on U.S. soil, regardless
of race or ethnicity is entitled
to automatic citizenship. For
more.than 100 years, that has
been a fundamental principle
of American democracy. But
recently, anti-immigration
forces across the country have
claimed that large numbers of
illegal immigrants are crossing
the border simply to have what
they derisively call "anchor ba-
bies" children who automat-

deny citizenship to the U.S.
born children of immigrants
unless at least one parent has
permanent resident status, or
is a naturalized citizen or is
serving in the U.S. military.
Last year, in what appeared
to be a mid-term election cam-
paign ploy, a number of con-
servative Senators said they
might call hearings to air their
opposition to automatic citi-
zenship for the children of un-


Hip-hop vote may determine future (

In less than 10 months the fi-
nal countdown to the next na-
tional elections in the U.S. will
begin. The future of America
and to a large extent the future of
the world will be at stake. During
the next year there will be mil-
lions of new young voting-aged
persons that will have to be reg-
istered to vote and mobilized to
go out to the voting polls across
the nation.
It is fact that it was the number
of voters that turned out for the
national elections in November
2008 between the ages of 18 and
30 provided the margin of victory
for President Obama in the key
swing states of North Carolina,
Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Indiana, Florida, Nevada, New
Mexico and Colorado. Overall
voter turnout for the 2008 elec-
tion was the highest in the last
40 years and Obama received the
most votes for a presidential can-
didate in American history and it
was the hip-hop vote that made

the difference.
There is no question that the
use of Internet technology and
social media were effectively uti-
lized in an unprecedented man-
ner in the 2008 elections by the
Obama campaign. But the winds
of regression and negative cam-
paigning against further inclu-

by the technology use factor. It
will be determined by an effec-
tive, protracted grassroots cam-
paign to register and mobilize
millions of youth voters who love
hip-hop music and culture and
who will help to shape the future
of the world.
Timing is important here. In

In the hip-hop community, we all know that you make prog-
ress whether you are in a studio, a corporate suite or in a
street organization by how well and consistent you "grind"
or work tirelessly until you have perfected your gift and talent to
share with the world.

sive political empowerment in
the U.S. are blowing stronger
today than ever before and these
right-wing forces are now also
using Internet technologies and
more social media to mobilize
what appears to be their grow-
ing constituencies nearly in ev-
ery state. Thus, the difference in
2012 will not be determined just

2008 there was a last minute
scramble to get out the youth vote
in many key states. That mistake
should not be repeated. The time
to make the difference is now
for the mobilization of the youth
In the hip-hop community, we
all know that you make progress
whether you are in a studio, a

documented immigrants. Most
observers and scholars think
that a push to amend the Con-
stitution is likely to fail given
that it would require votes
from 67 Senators, 290 Con-
gressmen and ratification by
38 states.
But, that has not stopped
its supporters. On the first
day of the new Congress, Rep.
Steve King of Iowa chose what
he believes is a less arduous
route by introducing legisla-
tion that would outlaw birth-
.right citizenship by amending
the Immigration and Nation-
ality Act. While opponents of
birthright citizenship contend
their intent is to curb illegal
immigration, this is clearly an-
other divisive step that would
weaken America's tradition
and strength as a nation of
immigrants. Our message to
anyone attempting to rewrite
history and the law for their
own political purposes is clear:
Don't mess with the 14th

f U.S.
corporate suite or in a street or-
ganization by how well and con-
sistent you "grind" or work tire-
lessly until you have perfected
your gift and talent to share with
the world. We must start grinding
to get the hip-hop vote now and
keep grinding until we set anoth-
er historic record of the highest
youth voter turnout in American
history in November 2012. This
promises to be the most decisive
election in our history in terms of
whether or not the U.S. will move
forward in the 21st century as a
pluralistic, inclusive democracy
or begin to move backward to
the old divisive, racial, and elit-
ist politics of the past. Hip-hop is
the cultural phenomena that rep-
resents the transformative char-
acter of youth consciousness and
responsible social action. Let's
work to ensure that both the op-
portunity and the challenge of
the youth vote is taken seriously
for the remainder of 2011 as we
prepare for the battle of 2012.






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... 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


Oscar Braynon comes out on top
In a very tough democratic Democrats and Republicans. district are state employees
primary, Oscar Braynon, a And while he paints a broad and he feels it is important to
young dynamo, came out on picture of cuts for his Tea win this fight.
top. He beat three highly- Party compadres, he does It looks like those support-
respected veteran politicians: not provide details of how he ing state employees will have
James Bush, Daryl Reaves plans to implement the cuts, a tough battle. Pension plans
and Philip Brutus. Braynon nor does he provide details of for both private and govern-
thinks that the next general the impact of such cuts. ment employees are disap-
election is an even more im-
portant election for him to believe that in the long run the pension battle will be lost by
win. In the primary, he ad-
mitted that his opponents, all state employees. The State government lost a lot of money
Democrats, had similar vot- ain its investments, faces a massive deficit and must find a
ing records and similar ide- way to reduce spending.
ologies. In contrast, his next
opponent, Joe Celestin, is a
Republican and an avid Gov- Braynon believes that to pearing. Gone are the old
ernor Scott supporter. Scott lose this important Demo- days when you worked for a
has clearly come out and cratic seat will further hurt company for over 20 years
shown his true colors. He the efforts of people of con- and then received a pension
intends to cut state pension science who want to put in that would take care of you
benefits, fire 100,000 state Scott's plans in check. He in your old age. Now, more
employees, reduce funding to notes that while most people and.more companies provide
our already struggling school have to pay into a 401(k), 401(k) plans and require em-
systems and a court system State employees accept lower ployees to match or pay most
overburden by foreclosures paying jobs for the benefit of of their own retirement. Many
as well as cut a myriad of. having a secure retirement, municipal governments are
other important government State employees have not feeling the pinch of the rising
services. He is decreasing received a raise in five years cost of pension plans and are
taxes even though the State and so to now cut their pay moving to 401(k) plans for at
already faces a massive defi- by five percent will further least new employees or at-
cit. Scott's budget has been reduce their net income. He tempting to join larger plans
met with skepticism by both notes that many people in his like the state system. Now


Governor's budget: Unrealistic and incon

Governor Rick Scott has fi-
nally presented his first budget
recommendation and the re-
ception from many Floridians
is chilly and disconnected. He
is proposing a state budget of
$65.9 billion, which is a reduc-
tion from last year's state bud-
get of $70.5 billion of $4.6 bil-
lion in cuts.
Governor Scott unveiled
this budget on Monday, Feb-
ruary 7th saying, "This is a
lean budget that reduces state
spending, cut taxes for Florid-
ians and reforms a regulatory
framework that has stunted
growth." Many of his own party
members after analyzing his
budget have conceded that
Scott's budget is lacking many
Last year in the budget there
were 3,267 line items and in the
governor's first budget, there
were only 469 line items. The
lack of details caused concern
for many of the legislators and
the rearrangement of line items
from Scott has made it hard to
compare apples to apples.
Scott's budget director, Jerry
McDaniel, has admitted to the
Senate Budget Committee that

Scott did not include univer-
sity tuition or fees collected by
clerks of courts in his propos-
al as the legislature's annual
budgets have historically done.
With only 469 line items in this
budget, the legislators will not
be comfortable with the budget
until they understand the de-
Everyone expected that there

2012 which will negatively im-
pact school funding. Coupled
with state forecasters' predic-
tions and budget cuts, Scott's
recommendations if passed,
will have a devastating affect
on class size and teacher em-
ployment. The governor's bud-
get director has acknowledged
that the cuts will force districts
to fire teachers.

Scott's budget director, Jerry McDaniel, has admitted to
the Senate Budget Committee that Scott did not include
university tuition or fees collected by clerks of courts in
his proposal as the legislature's annual budgets have historically

would be cuts but very few
expected that the major cuts
would be in education. Scott
has proposed a $3.3 billion cut
in education when he earlier
promised that he would not
touch school spending. He cut
education on almost every line
item including per pupil fund-
ing, total revenue and general
state revenue.
State budget forecasters say
the state will collect $3.6 bil-
lion less in revenue in 2011-

Who's doing the best job tackling problems of the Black

community: government or local groups?
ARTAVIS MILLER, 34 county gov- l LEONA TAYLOR, 28 They know our struggle. So
Unemployed, Goulds e r n m e n t Home care worker, Miami when the money comes, they

I don't be-
lieve in the
county gov-
We're the mi- ,
nority here as
Black people
in a highly-
Hispanic -_
area. I see the
changes and the upkeep in
the Hispanic and white areas
but that same type of build-
ing up doesn't happen here
in the Black areas. I do think
churches and pastor organi-
zations help out. They keep
on the government and make
sure that things get done for
their people. We've got to take
care of ourselves.

Program director, Miami

That's a good question. I
guess I would say the fed-
eral government because the

hasn't been
able to help
in the past.

Unemployed, Miami

It's hard to say on that one
but I'l go with the govern-
ment. They seem to be doing
good so far
but they need
to lower taxes
to help more.
A lot of peo-
ple are losing
their homes
because they
can't afford
the taxes. If
they did that, then I feel the
government would be doing a
really good job.

I say that be-
cause I believe
that church-
es help you
more. And
even different
agencies help
too. But I don't think the gov-
ernment is helping as much.
Even after the promises the
president made, there are still
not any jobs, especially for ex-
felons. They don't want to give
us any chance.

Auditor, North Miami

I believe in
based orga-
nizations be-
cause they're
for us. They
live in our

make sure it goes to good use.

Auto collision repair, Miami

I don't have confidence. The
system wasn't
made to open
up doors for
housing be-

then there
would be a
lot more first-
time home-
owners. They want to give
money to their own interests.
Tell me they're not looking out
for their own like when the po-
lice officers were killed recent-
ly and they had the money for
that huge funeral but you're
telling me they can't afford to
send our kids to schools?

Based on the information
that the budget director is giv-
ing the legislators, it does not
appear that the governor's "job
budget" is creating more jobs.
An analysis of the cuts reveal
the following: Department of
Community Affairs: 318 jobs;
Department of Transportation:
670 jobs; Department of Cor-
rections: 1,690 jobs; Depart-
ment of Health: 879; and the

that the state pension plan is
under attack, it appears that
workers will no longer enjoy
the benefits of a "free pen-
I believe that in the long
run the pension battle will be
lost by state employees. The
State government lost a lot
of money in its investments,
faces a massive deficit and
must find a way to reduce
spending. Most state agen-
cies have already undergone
major cuts and at a certain
point further cuts will make
it impossible to perform the
services required by these
agencies. I am not sure if the
public school system can en-
dure further cuts. The last
round of cuts was in part
endurable because of federal
funding that came to the aid
of school systems. Neverthe-
less, many extracurricular
programs have been cut, em-
ployees have been laid off and
schools have been closed.
Florida was 48th in funding
per student nationwide and it
appears that soon we will be
dead last.

State will lay off 8,700 people.
Looks like Scott plans to put
more hard-working Floridians
on unemployment.
The governor keeps talking
about doing more with less
but in his budget he wants to
increase the appropriations to
the Governor's Office by $343
million. It just does not make
sense that he needs a larger
budget in order to do his job.
There are a myriad of line
items and cuts that need to be
explained and assessed. But
for certain, cutting services
with no consideration for your
residents or state workers is a
plan designed to fail.
Scott may be hoping to re-
write State history but many of
his budget recommendations
will harm thousands of fami-
lies, students, teachers, the
disabled and senior citizens.
It is too early in the budgeting
process to talk about confirm-
'ing the governor's recommen-
dations but grounded and real-
istic decisions will be essential
before our leaders dare to say

ILetr to th Editor

Always remember

Miami's Black history

Dear Editor,

Blacks have come a long way
in Miami-Dade County but we
should never forget our past,
where we came from and the
pride that has always been a
part of the Black community.
Have you ever wondered what
those spots on the courthouse
ground on Flagler Street are all
about? On the street level of the
building there were once segre-
gated water fountains -today
only their outlines remain but
they are still visible. The outlines
remind us how far we have come.
In years past, Blacks could
shop along Flagler Street and
Miami Avenue but had to be
served food at a window on the
outside of the businesses. The
Trailways bus station on Mi-
ami Avenue across from the old
post office was open for Blacks
to eat, but they had to go to the
rear of the building and ride in
the back of the bus. Downtown
Miami had three movie theaters
on East Flagler Street but they
were for whites only. Each Black
neighborhood had its own mov-
ie theater. In the Grove where I
grew up, we had the Ace The-

ater; Overtown had the Capitol
Theater and Liberty City had
the 15th Avenue Theater. These
were proud times for our peo-
ple. Miami-Dade has grown up
since those days. Dade County
once had a number of segre-
gated schools. Of those, only
Northwestern and Washington
remain as mostly-Black high
schools. The others have be-
come middle schools still
the history remains. Virginia
Key Beach was for Blacks only
where there was plenty of enter-
tainment for the family. When it
came to the night scene, we had
nightclubs including: TIKI in the
Grove, Jet Away and Soul Place
on 36th Street, D. Greens Disco
down South in Goulds, Climax
on 27th Avenue, Tiny's in Liber-
ty City and the biggest of them
all was the Mary Elizabeth. All
of these were great for dancing,
singing and where one could see
our up-and-coming Black stars
perform. They may be gone but
let's not forget them. They all
contributed to the Black history
of Miami.

Johnnie L. Pratt




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Obama 2012 budget close to $4 trillion

By Martin Crutsinger
Associated Press

Barack Obama is sending Con-
gress a $3.73 trillion spending
blueprint that pledges $1.1 tril-
lion in deficit savings over the
next decade through spending
cuts and tax increases.
Obama's new budget projects
that the deficit for the current
year will surge to an all-time
high of $1.65 trillion. That re-
flects a sizable tax-cut agree-
ment reached with Republicans
in December. For 2012, the ad-
ministration sees the imbalance
declining to $1.1 trillion, giving
the country a record four straight
years of$1 trillion-plus deficits.
Jacob Lew, Obama's budget di-
rector, said that the president's
spending proposal was a bal-
anced package of spending cuts

and "shared sacrifice" that would
bring the deficits under control.
Senior administration officials,
who spoke on condition of ano-
nymity in advance of the formal
release of the budget, said that
Obama would achieve two-thirds
of his projected $1.1 trillion in
deficit savings through spending
cuts including a five-year freeze
on many domestic programs.
The other one-third of the sav-
ings would come from tax in-
creases, including limiting tax
deductions for high income tax-
payers, a proposal Obama put
forward last year only to have it
rejected in Congress.
The Obama budget recom-
mendation, which is certain to
be changed by Congress, would
spend $3.73 trillion in the 2012
budget year, which begins Oct.
1 a reduction of 2.4 percent
from what Obama projects will be

spent in the current budget year.

The Obama plan would fall far
short of the $4 trillion in deficit
cuts recommended in a Decem-
ber report by his blue-ribbon def-
icit commission. That panel said
that real progress on the deficit
cannot be made without tackling
the government's big three en-
titlement programs Medicare,
Medicaid and Social Security -
and defense spending.
Obama concentrated his cuts
in the one-tenth of the budget
that covers most domestic agen-
cies, projecting $400 billion in
savings from a five-year freeze in
this area. Some programs would
not just see spending frozen at
2010 spending levels but would
be targeted for sizable cuts.
Republicans, who took control

of the House in the November
elections and picked up seats in
the Senate in part because of vot-
er anger over the soaring deficits,
called Obama's efforts too timid.
They want spending frozen at
2008 levels before efforts to fight
a deep recession boosted spend-
ing in the past two years.
They are scheduled to begin
debating on Tuesday a proposal
that would trim spending by $61
billion for the seven months left
in the current budget year, which
ends Sept. 30. They also have
vowed to push for tougher cuts in
2012 and future years.

While cutting many programs,
the new budget does propose
spending increases in selected
areas of education, biomedical
research, energy efficiency, high-

speed rail and other areas Obama
judged to be important to the
country's future competitiveness
in a global economy.
In the energy area, the budget
would support Obama's goal of
putting 1 million electric vehicles
on the road by 2015 and dou-
bling the nation's share of elec-
tricity from clean energy sources

by 2035.
The biggest tax hike would
come from a proposal to trim the
deductions the wealthiest Ameri-
cans can claim for charitable con-
tributions, mortgage interest and
state and local tax payments. The
administration proposed this tax
hike last year but it was a non-
starter in Congress.

High-speed rail: Obama pledges $53 billion for

By Michael Grunwald

Recently, Vice President Joe
Biden announced a six-year,
$53 billion plan to expand high-
speed passenger trains, a sur-
prisingly aggressive boost for
President Obama's fledgling ef-
fort to change the way we move
around the country. Last year,
the President requested just $1
billion for the program from a
Democratic Congress; now that
Republicans control the House
and have vowed to slash spend-
ing in general and high-speed
rail in particular, he's request-
ing $8 billion for next year.
Judging from the reaction
of the House Transportation
and Infrastructure Committee
chairman, John Mica, who is
actually one of the more sup-
portive Republicans when it
comes to rail, Obama shouldn't
count his winnings yet. "This
is like giving Bernie Madoff an-
other chance at handling your
investment portfolio," Mica
Still, the announcement

made it clear that Obama in-
tends to fight for one of his sig-
nature initiatives even though
it's had a run of.bad press. He
announced in his State of the
Union address that he wants
high-speed rail to serve 80 per-
cent of the population by 2025,
as part of his new push for in-
frastructure investments to
promote American competitive-
ness and help "win the future."
But now he's really pitting his
money or at least his budget
proposal behind the program.
Biden, who has ridden Am-
trak between Washington and
Wilmington, Del., predicted
that a national network of
faster trains would help cre-
ate jobs, reduce dependence on
foreign oil and relieve conges-
tion in highways and airports,
while upgrading the long-term
efficiency and productivity of
the U.S. economy. Just one day
after Amtrak announced it was
resurrecting a recently killed
commuter-rail tunnel to send
more Acela trains into Manhat-
tan, Biden said the Administra-

President Obama intends to fight for
one of his signature initiatives even
though it's had a run of bad press.
He announced in his State of
the Union address that he wants
high-speed rail to serve 80 percent
of the population by 2025 ...


tion was proposing the largest
rail investment since Abraham
Lincoln began the interconti-
nental railroad and promised
a similar impact.
"If we don't seize this future,
how will America ever have the
opportunity to lead the world in
thd 21st century?" Biden asked.
Ih 2009, Obama launched
high-speed rail by slipping $8
billion into his stimulus pack-
age, even though few poten-
tial projects were shovel-ready
enough to provide real stimu-
lus. Eager governors from both
parties made $55 billion worth
of requests for the cash, a re-
flection of pent-up demand,
and in last year's State of the
Union, Obama described the
program as a matter of not just
mobility but also of national
pride as well.
Mica of Orlando and the
House Railroads Subcommittee
chairman, Bill Shuster of Penn-
sylvania, already planned to in-
vestigate the Administration's
previous funding decisions
- and they're not happy with


this one. "The definition of in-
sanity is doing the same thing
over and over again expecting a
different result, and that is ex-
actly what Vice President Biden
offered today," Shuster said.
"If the Obama Administration
is serious about high-speed
rail, they should stop throwing
money at projects in the same
failed manner."
Months after clamoring for
major spending cuts, House
Republicans are especially un-
likely to accept increases to a
signature Obama program.
But the Administration still
believes that public works can
be powerful politics and that
Americans want to think of
themselves as builders. Un-
like health care reform or Wall
Street reform, high-speed rail
doesn't have an obvious adver-
sary in the business world; in
fact, at a conference in Wash-
ington, D.C. recently, the U.S.
High Speed Rail Association
was mobilizing industry sup-
port for the $53 billion expan-

House GOP Chairman outlines sweeping spending cuts

By Andrew Taylor

publicans proposed ending more
than 60 government programs
and cutting hundreds of others
recently in a $35 billion down
payment on their promise to rein
in federal deficits.
Funding for AmeriCorps, fam-
ily planning assistance and the
Corporation for Public Broad-
casting would be wiped out
under the proposal, presented
to the GOP rank-and-file at a
closed door meeting.
As outlined by Rep. Harold
Rogers, R-Ky., the chairman of
the House Appropriations Com-
mittee, cuts would range widely
across the face of government,
including aid to education, food
safety and inspection services,
and high-speed rail, which Pres-
ident Barack Obama wants to
The legislation is expected to
reach the House floor next week.

State AG
By Scott Travis

They tell stories of broken
promises, overly aggressive sales
tactics, harassing phone calls,
bungled financial aid and insur-
mountable debt.
Florida's attorney general is
currently investigating eight for-
profit colleges, which have been
the subjects of 183 consumer
complaints. Two-thirds of the
complaints were against two
schools, Everest University and
Kaplan University, which both
operate large online programs out
of Florida.
The other schools are: the Uni-
versity of Phoenix, 22 complaints;
Keiser University, 21; Argosy
University, 8; Sanford-Brown In-
stitute, 5; MedVance Institute, 4;
and Concorde Career Institute, 3.
The for-profits say they are co-

- .,

Rep. Hal Rogers, R-KY, the
top Republican on the House
Appropriations Committee, is
seen in an undated photo provid-
ed by his Congressional office.
While the political focus is on the
cuts demanded by Republicans,
the bill is also needed to allow
the government to continue nor-

probing 8
operating but insist the number
of complaints represent less than
half a percent of students they
"While we really don't want to
have anyone unhappy, this is a
small fraction of a percentage
point of students we served," said
Kent Jenkins, a spokesman for
California-based Corinthian Col-
leges, which owns Everest. The
school's Florida-based programs
serve about 19,000 students
and were the subject of 63 com-
Most of the complaints the at-
torney general received involved
financial aid or allegations of un-
fair or deceptive sales practices,
such as encouraging students
to get high school degrees from
questionable high schools.
Many former students said
the costs of their education far

mal operations when its fund-
ing authority expires on March
4. Many Republicans, especially
freshmen lawmakers elected
with tea party support, promise
to seek deeper cuts.
Rogers also called for deep cuts
to the Environmental Protection
Agency 18 percent from 2010
levels as well as elimination of
a program that helps local police
departments hire new officers.
An EPA program that gives lo-
calities money for clean water
projects is going to be hit espe-
cially hard.
The package of cuts totals
$43 billion taken from domestic
agency and foreign aid budgets
when compared with levels en-
acted for 2010. Once increases
for the Pentagon are accounted
for, those savings are $35 billion.
They are smaller than promised
in last year's campaign because
the budget year is already almost
five months under way.
Rogers warns that further

cuts sought by conservatives
could lead to furloughs of federal
workers at the FBI and the Drug
Enforcement Agency, or politi-
cally wrenching cuts to health
research, special education
grants to local school districts,
or Pell Grants to disadvantaged
college students.
As it stands, the proposed cuts
are deep indeed. The Women,
Infants and Children program,
which provides food for low-in-
come pregnant women, mothers
and young children, would re-
ceive a $758 million cut, about
10 percent. But since money is
left over from last year, the im-
pact should be modest.
The federal subsidy for the Cor-
poration for Public Broadcasting
would be eliminated. The corpo-
ration funds a small portion of
the budget for National Public
Radio, which is deeply unpopu-
lar with conservatives. An effort
to cut the public broadcasting
budget a few years back also

for-profit colleges

exceeded what they agreed to.
Several students said they be-
lieve their degrees are worthless
because they can't find jobs and
other schools aren't accepting
their credits.
"I have been duped, fooled,
roped in, lied to, deceived,
swindled, misinformed and de-
frauded," Shawna Sallade, of
Melbourne, wrote about Florida
Metropolitan University, which
now operates as Everest.
She complained her credits
wouldn't transfer and her em-
ployer wouldn't agree to tuition
reimbursement because Everest
didn't have regional accredita-
Rita Guzman, 22, of New Port
Richey, had a similar problem.
She wanted to get a second as-
sociate's degree in business. But
she said a representative at Pasco

Hernandez Community College
"basically laughed and said it's a
joke; no one will take the credits
except them."
"Any time you call [Everest],
they say other schools take their
credits," Guzman said. "I honest-
ly believe some of Everest's own
employees don't realize this."
Jenkins said many of the
school's classes are certified un-
der a state course numbering
system, which all public colleges
and universities are required to
accept. He said there have been
misunderstandings by some ad-
missions officials, which Everest
has worked to address.
"There are a very significant
number of courses that do trans-
fer, and we take the steps we
need to make sure these classes
are strong and academically the
same," he said.

under GOP control of Congress
- was rejected after strong ob-
jections from the public.
The day after Obama called
for a six-year, $53 billion invest-
ment in high speed rail, Repub-
licans proposed eliminating the
subsidies altogether.
Republicans account for their
larger reduction amounts by
pegging their recommended cuts
to Obama's requests. They claim
$58 billion in savings through
the end of the year, compared
with Obama's proposals for do-
mestic agencies. That amount
increases to $74 billion after de-
fense cuts are folded in.
The list of cuts contains nu-

merous winners and losers -
and seeks to steer clear of po-
litical land mines. NASA would
absorb a cut of less than one
percent cut from current levels.
And the National Park Service
would be largely spared.
In fact, the FBI would receive
a four percent increase over cur-
rent levels, as would the U.S.
Marshalls Service. The health
research budget would be frozen
at 2010 levels ($31 billion). And
while Republicans are advertis-
ing cuts to community develop-
ment programs of $530 million
from Obama's budget, those
cuts equal a freeze at current

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NY Fashion Week looks to nighttime glamour for day

By Samantha Critchell
Associated Press

NEW YORK There's been
plenty of talk about day-to-
night dressing in these frugal
times. Next season, you might
try night-to-day instead.
Designers at New York Fash-
ion Week flipped the script on
Friday, incorporating nighttime
glamour into daytime clas-
sics instead of leaving women
to glam up their more casual
Jason Wu turned "classic"
around with modern looks that
evoked yesteryear in lace trim,
high necks and full sleeves.
For his contemporary Z Spoke
label, Zac Posen showed a navy
dress that would look great for
daytime with a cardigan but
take off the sweater, and the
back is completely bare. Peter
Som presented beaded evening
pants that could be paired with
a work-appropriate dress shirt.
In the second day of fall pre-
views, designers were veering
away from basics, seemingly
encouraging shoppers to invest
in some fancier pieces and fig-
ure out how to wear them more
often. New York Fashion Week
continues through Thursday.

More than 15 types of lace
were featured, and it seemed
everything was dipped in gold-
leaf embroidery, including the
models' hair.
Silhouettes were modest, al-
most conservative, but colors
ranging from barely there neu-
trals to electric blue and hot
pink added youthfulness and
sex appeal. Strategic sparkle
didn't hurt, either.
Wu made the modern elegant
in a lace-trim hoodie parka, a
feminine tuxedo-inspired shirt
dress and a champagne-col-
ored sheer blouse adorned with
feathers made of beading.
Wu is known for dressing Mi-
chelle Obama, including the
first lady's inaugural gown.
This season, he put into fabrics
the same vibe photographer
Robert Polidori used for his
book "Parcours Museologique
Revister," which traced restora-
tions at Versailles.
The last two gowns on the
runway, a black chiffon with
a huge slit up the front and a
bright pink strapless with gold
embellishment at the bustline
and waistband, seem ripe for
a starlet looking to elevate her

Some of the coolest kids in
town will be wearing heavy-du-
ty layers of tweed, tartan, leath-
er, wool and neoprene when the
fall rolls around, thanks to Rag
& Bone.
The brand's fall collection
borrowed from Eskimos, Inu-
its, Native Americans and Sibe-
rians with a few '70s skiers
thrown in, according to notes
from designers Marcus Wain-
wright and David Neville.
The result was a mashup of
texture, silhouettes and color
that Vogue market director
Meredith Melling Burke said
was one of the duo's strongest
collections. "It fit their cus-
tomers, who really wear street-
style clothes. They can use all
these knits with the denim they
have," she said.
Legwarmers -yes, legwarm-
ers, these with gold zippers up
the back had a strong pres-
ence on the runway in a SoHo
loft space.
Backstage after the show,
Neville picked an orange-blue-
black-and-ivory wool gauze
skirt, worn with a blue-and-
white top and matching leg-
warmers as one of his favorites
and representative of the over-
all aesthetic.

There's something to be said
for getting your glam on every
day. Allow Peter Som to help
you with that.
Pewter-color sequined pants
for work? No problem when
paired with a gray cardigan and
printed blouse. Facing serious
winter weather? A mink-lined
twill parka slides right over an
orange, lace-bonded tweed suit.

The head-to-toe look of a lace
herringbone coat and skirt with
a white crepe shirt, and the co-
ordinated floral-print lining of a
twill-leather-and-fox coat with

a sheath dress, are for women
ready for a polished-yet-un-
stuffy look.
"It's a young luxury," said
Tommy Hilfiger from his front-
row seat. "Peter speaks to a
younger woman, but not some-
one who is flamboyant."
In addition to his own collec-
tion, Som serves as a design

consultant for Hilfiger.
Som might have gotten car-
ried away on some outfits,
though, especially with the fur
sleeves that bulked up some of
his outerwear and a fawn-col-
ored dress with tiers of ruffles
around the bodice that added
fabric where most women don't
want it.

Zac Posen toned it down for
his contemporary Z Spoke label
this season. No big runway pro-
duction for New York Fashion
Week. No wild fruit prints. And
certainly none of the theatrics
that Posen was famous for with
his signature label, which now
gets previewed in Paris.

Instead, editors, retailers
and stylists were invited to his
downtown studio for individual
appointments to see some no-
frill clothes clothes that wom-
en will be likely to buy and wear.
That was the thing about
Posen's grandest moments -
thinking of the tornado and
wheat gowns, for example: They

made beautiful photos, but who
could pull them off anywhere
but the catwalk?
But slim-cut stretch jersey
dresses in navy, black and a
dusty rose with Posen's flatter-
ing technique of piecing togeth-
er fabric are the sort of things
that can be worn over and over


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Reggae star Buju Banton faces life in U.S. prison

By Jennifer Kay
Associated Press "

Grammy-winning singer Buju
Banton checked out some co-
caine, put some on his finger
and tasted it all of it caught
on law enforcement video inside
a Florida warehouse. Now he
has another chance to explain
His second trial was scheduled
to begin on Feb. 14th, just a day
after his 2010 album "Before the
Dawn" won the Grammy award
for best reggae album. The trial
comes five months after a previ-
ous jury hung on federal drug
trafficking charges that could
put him in prison for life.
Banton, whose real name is
Mark Myrie, claims he was en-
trapped by a confidential infor-
mant and got in over his head
while trying to impress the man,
who implied he could help Ban-
ton's music career. The U.S.
government says Banton con-
spired with two associates to
buy a shipment of cocaine from
an undercover officer.
The two other men pleaded
guilty and agreed to cooperate
with investigators. Their sen-
tencing hearings are scheduled
next month.
Banton, 37, was arrested in
December 2009 at his Miami-
area home.
He remained in custody until

Grammy-winning Reggae singer

November, when another Ja-
maican singer, Stephen Marley,
reggae legend Bob Marley's son,
posted his South Florida home
as bond. Banton has been on
house arrest except for a Mi-
ami concert last month to raise
money for legal expenses.
Federal prosecutors initially

charged Banton with drug con-
spiracy and gun charges and
in November added two more
drug-related charges.
"Buju is not guilty. The num-
ber of charges doesn't change
that," Banton's attorney, David
Markus, said in an e-mail. "The
prosecution wasn't happy with
the first trial, so now it is try-
ing to throw as many charges
against the wall in the hopes
something sticks."
Markus has argued the sing-
er, who rose from the slums of
Kingston to massive success in
the 1990s, was a victim of en-
Strapment by an informant who's
been paid $3.3 million for work-
ing with law enforcement over
several years.
During his first trial, the Ras-
tafarian singer, his long dread-
locks tied in a braid, testified
that he talked a lot about co-
caine with the informant, Alex-
ander Johnson. But he said he
was only trying to impress the
man who claimed to have music
industry connections. He said
he had no interest in buying or
selling drugs.
"I talk too much, but I am not
a drug dealer," Banton said on
the stand.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James
Preston argued Banton's con-
versations with the informant
put the conspiracy into motion.
Banton testified that he never

Survey: 16 percent of veterans are homeless

More that 75,000 needed shelter

in single-night analysis

By William M. Welch

Military veterans are much
more likely to be homeless than
other Americans, according to
the government's first in-depth.
study of homelessness among
former servicemembers.
About 16 percent of homeless
adults in a one-night survey in
January 2009 were veterans,
though vets make up only 10
percent of the adult population.
More than 75,000 veterans
were living on the streets or in
a temporary shelter that night.
In that year, 136,334 veterans
spent at least one night in a
homeless shelter a count
that did not include homeless
veterans living on the streets.
The urgency of the problem
is growing as inore people re-
turn from service in Iraq and
Afghanistan. The study found
11,300 younger veterans, 18
,to 30, were in shelters at some
point during 2009. Virtually all
served in Iraq or Afghanistan,
said Mark Johnston, deputy
assistant secretary for special
needs at the Department of
Housing and Urban Develop-
ment (HUD).

"It's an absolute shame," he
President Obama has set a
goal of ending chronic home-
lessness of veterans and others
by 2015.
"This report offers a much
clearer picture about what it
means to be a veteran living on
our streets or in our shelters,"
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan
said.. "Understanding .the na-
ture and scope of veteran home-
lessness is critical if we hope to
meet President Obama's goal
of ending this national tragedy
within five years."
The typical vet in a shelter
HUD, Veterans Affairs and
the Labor Department have
begun a homelessness-preven-
tion test project in five com-
munities near military instal-
lations. HUD is providing $10
million in short-term rental
assistance, the VA is providing
$5 million for medical services
and case management, and the
Labor Department is providing
job training and counseling.
The findings about homeless
veterans are in a joint analy-
sis by HUD and the VA. The

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report, a copy of which was
obtained by USA TODAY, is a.
follow-up to HUD's report on
homelessness last year.
The report analyzed data
from a nationwide homeless
survey conducted around the
country on one night in Janu-
ary 2009 .and a second study
looking at who falls into and
out of homelessness over the

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course of a year.
Of the 75,609 homeless vet-
erans found on a single night
in January 2009, 43 percent
were living on the streets with-
out shelter, and 57 percent
were staying in an emergency
shelter or transitional housing.
Nearly half were in Califor-
nia, Texas, New York or Flor-

- A Georgia father accused of
fatally stabbing two of his sons
and injuring a third has been
ordered held in jail without
Elvis Noe-Garcia was arrest-
ed Saturday and charged with
two counts of murder and one
count of aggravated assault.
He's accused of killing three-
year-old Bradley Garcia and
one-year-old Edward Garcia.
Bradley's twin brother was
also wounded.
Gwinnett County Sheriffs
Sgt. Douglas McKay said that
Noe-Garcia appeared at a
hearing Saturday night and
was ordered held without

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Police found Noe-Garcia with
stab wounds last Wednesday
outside a house near Law-
renceville where the dead boys
were. The 23-year-old Noe-
Garcia was not married to
their mother and was involved
in a dispute with her over cus-
tody of the children.
His defense attorney de-
clined to comment.

More police using video to fight crime

By Judy Keen

Surveillance video cameras
are sprouting in mid-sized com-
munities across the USA as po-
lice borrow the crime-fighting
tool from big metro areas.
Saginaw, Mich. (population
55,238), last year installed 17
video cameras at a water/skate
park and plans to add more
by June in other parts of the
city, says Mayor Greg Branch.
"Crime for us is trending down-
ward, but we still have a lot
more crime than we want," he
says. Another factor: Cameras
are cheaper than hiring more
"Every city is facing bud-
get pressures," Branch. says.
"We can't put more police, on
the street." A $300,000 federal
grant will pay for the new cam-
Big cities such as New York,
Washington and Chicago use
cameras to monitor high-crime
and busy areas, and many busi-
nesses have them inside and
outside. A store security camera*
captured last month's Tucson
shooting that killed six and se-
verely wounded Rep. Gabrielle
Dan Kobil, a constitutional
law professor at Capital Univer-
sity Law School in Columbus,
Ohio, says courts have ruled
that people have no expectation
of privacy in public settings.
As technology allows more

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precise and pervasive images
to be collected, he says, courts
likely will revisit the issue. Al-
though cameras are "an impor-
tant tool for law enforcement,"
he says, "I'm disturbed by it ...
as someone who values my pri-
vacy." Debate over cameras con-
tinues. The ACLU of Illinois this
week asked the Chicago City
Council to halt expansion of its
camera program.

Lafayette, Ind. (population
65,704): The city has about 15
cameras and wants at least 30
more, Police Chief Don Roush
says. The cameras helped solve a
2008 homicide, he says.
Williamsport, Pa. (29,304):
The city is seeking bids for a cam-
era system. Mayor Gabriel Cam-
pana says he wants them in resi-

M' ,
dential areas "where we've had
challenges. ... My No. 1 concern
is public safety."
Salisbury, Md. (28,327): Po-
lice are advising downtown prop-
erty owners who want cameras,
says Allan Hope of Urban Salis-
bury, an economic development
group. "There is a groundswell"
of support, Hope says, and cam-
eras could be in place this sum-
Vineland, N.J. (59,198): The
23 video surveillance cameras
and seven other cameras that
scan license plates to identify
vehicles involved in crimes were
bought with $200,000 in state
grants, says Mayor Robert Ro-
mano. "People had the perception
that downtown wasn't safe, and
perception becomes reality if you
don't keep it in check," he says.
"This makes people feel safer."


wanted nor expected Johnson
to set up a cocaine deal, despite
what he said in the recordings.
Johnson testified that he sur-
prised Banton with cocaine at
an undercover police warehouse
in Sarasota on Dec. 8, 2009.
Surveillance video shows Ban-
ton tasting the drugs.
The singer was not present
two days later when his two
associates, Ian Thomas and
James Mack, were caught on
video trying to buy the drugs at
the warehouse.
His Grammy-winning al-
bum's 10 songs were recorded
in Kingston, Jamaica, before
his arrest. In Jamaica, some
fans have theorized Banton was
framed by the U.S. government
or gay activists who have pro-
tested violent, homophobic lyr-
ics from early in Banton's career
as a brash dancehall singer.
Shows in several U.S. cities
were canceled on his 2009 tour
because of the protests.
Banton jabbed at his detrac-
tors during his Jan. 16th per-
formance in Miami, referencing
one of his controversial songs
and the messiah of his Rasta-
farian faith.
He said: "Why they want to
see Buju Banton cry? Is it be-
cause I said 'Boom Bye Bye'?
Is it because I say Selassie I?
Is it because I'm Black and not

Suspect arrested in home rental scam
A woman was recently arrested, accused of stealing thousands of dollars from
people to whom she rented homes that did not belong to her.
According to the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, Johanna Beltran faces grand
theft charges.
Beltran collected thousands of dollars in rent from the tenants, without the tenants
realizing she lacked the authority to do so and without the homeowners knowing what
was going on, according to the State Attorney's Office.
If convicted, Beltran faces up to 30 years in prison.

Man arrested, charged with five counts attempted murder
A South Florida man wanted for shooting at a group of people in December has
been arrested.
Joshua Ezra Everett of Miami Gardens was grabbed by a U.S. Marshals task force
recently as he got out of aTri-Rail train. Authorities believe he had been hiding in Palm
Beach County.
The 23-year-old Everett was wanted on five counts of attempted first-degree mur-
der and two counts of attempted second-degree murder.
Police say Everett got into an argument with four men on Dec. 26. He walked into
his mother's home, grabbed an assault rifle and fired at least 25 bullets.

Fort Lauderdale
Man charged in death of scooter driver
A 27-year-old man died after being struck by a van and tractor-trailer when he fell
off his scooter recently, according to the Broward's Sheriff's Office.
The victim was heading north on State Road 7 approaching Riverland Road around
2 a.m., when he fell off the scooter and was hit by a Chevrolet van that was following
him. Then, an oncoming tractor-trailer was unable to avoid the victim and also struck
The tractor-trailer driver immediately stopped and remained on the scene, but the
van's driver attempted to flee.
An off-duty Fort Lauderdale officer stopped the van at Southwest 16th Street and
Fairfax Drive where the driver Nicholas Meenan, 47, had swapped seats with his wife.
Meenan is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death.
The victim's name'is not being released pending notification of his family.

Suspect sought in kidnapping, carjacking
Police are searching for a man who kidnapped and carjacked a woman recently in
According to Hollywood police, the man carjacked a 56-year-old woman in the 3800
block of Hillcrest Drive shortly after 2 p.m.
Police said the woman escaped the vehicle and called police, and the man took off
in her 2003 Ford van.
The van was found abandoned at a gas station near Ives Dairy Road and Interstate
'Hollywood police identified the suspect as Wilson A. Thomas, whose last known
address is in Pimbroke Pines. Police said Thomas is known to frequent the Camillus
House at 726 NE First Ave.
- Anyone with information is asked to call Hollywood police at 954-967-4357 or Bro-
ward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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Republicans attack health services to the poor

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times Staff Reporter

House Republicans have
taken measures to cut $1.3
billion in funding to commu-
nity health centers, which
means individuals that don't
have insurance or the inabil-
ity to pay for healthcare will be
left out.
If Republicans are success-
ful in their attempt to stream-
line the budget, 11 million pa-
tients over the next year won't
be able to utilize the services
from America's health centers.
This is another assault
from fiscal Republicans that's
backed by tea party conserva-
tives to disenfranchise the un-
derprivileged who are already
living beneath the poverty
If community health centers
around the country are go-
ing to bite the bullet what
does this mean for impover-

President & CEO of Jessie Trice
Community Health Center
ished residents living here in
Liberty City?
"The African American com-
munity will have less access
to primary care services if the
budget is rolled back," said
Annie R. Neasman, President
& CEO of Jessie Trice Commu-

nity Health Center, Inc. "There
will be longer waits for ser-
vices, individuals will put off
getting preventive services and
therefore use the emergency
rooms more and their condi-
tions will be more severe."
Neasman says that it is pos-
sible to reduce services and'
staff if there's a significant
slash in the budget.
Diminishing services to the
needy is very alarming to ex-
pectant mother Caneema At-
kins, 23, who resides in Lib-
erty City. "This makes me feel
very upset when I hear news
about budget cuts coming to
the Jessie Trice Center," she
said. "They shouldn't cut ser-
vices from the Jessie Trice
Center, because they offer a
lot of different services."
One of the benefits of the
Jessie Trice Center is that
they offer a Women, Infants
and Children (WIC) program,
which provides food for low-in-

CEO of Broward Community &
Family Health Center
come pregnant women, moth-
ers and young children.
But if the House Appropria-
tions Committee has their
way, a monstrous $747 mil-
lion will be cut, which trans-
lates to children not being able
to eat.

"The WIC is for mothers who
can't afford to buy those ex-
pensive formulas, and can't
support their families," said
Neasman says that WIC is
needed to ensure that chil-
dren receive correct nutrition
so they can learn and grow up
to be productive citizens in our
beloved communities.
Community health centers
receive funding through the
Public Health Service Act.
This method is used to make
sure clients can be seen based
on a sliding scale fee and their
ability or inability to pay for
medical services.
Rosalyn Frazier, CEO of Bro-
ward Community & Family
Health Center, Inc. has two
locations, one in Pompano
Beach and the other in West
Park, and she says that the
proposed budget cuts could
put approximately 1,500 pa-
tients at-risk of losing health

"Pompano could potentially
have staff lay-offs," said Fra-
zier. "The West Park site could
Frazier doesn't want her
clients to lose their medical
services, so she has plans to
counter these measures by
sending emails, telephone
calls and petitions to the
House of Representatives ask-
ing them not to support any
legislation surrounding these
proposed budget cuts.
The legislation is expected
to reach the House floor this
week, -and if it's passed, the
bill would go to the Senate for
a vote where Democrats are in
control, and they aren't sup-
porting these proposed cuts.
This means'the bill is in an
indeterminate state and the
Republicans could threaten to
have a government shutdown
like they did in 1995 under
President Bill Clinton.


Only Black Supreme Court Justice keeps 5-year silence

By Adam Liptak

WASHINGTON The anniver-
sary will probably be observed in
A week from Tuesday, when
the Supreme Court returns from
its midwinter break and hears
arguments in two criminal cases,
it will have been five years since
Justice Clarence Thomas has
spoken during a court argument.
If he is true to form, Justice
Thomas will spend the argu-
ments as he always does: lean-
ing back in his chair, staring at
the ceiling, rubbing his eyes,
whispering to Justice Stephen
G. Breyer, consulting papers and
looking a little irritated and a
little bored. He will ask no ques-
In the past 40 years, no other
justice has gone an.,entire term,
much less five, without speak-
ing at least once during argu-
ments, according to Timothy R.
Johnson, a professor of political
science at the University of Min-
nesota. Justice Thomas's epic
silence on the bench is just one
part of his enigmatic and contra-
dictory persona. He is guarded in
public but gregarious in private.
He avoids elite universities but
speaks frequently to students at
regional and religious schools. In
those settings, he rarely dwells
on legal topics but is happy to
discuss a favorite movie, like
"Saving Private Ryan."

He talks freely about the bur-
dens of the job.
"I tend to be morose some-
times," he told the winners of
a high school essay contest in
2009. "There are some cases that
will drive you to your knees."
Justice Thomas has given vari-
ous and shifting reasons for de-
clining to participate in oral ar-
guments, the court's most public
He has said, for instance, that
he is self-conscious about the
way he speaks. In his memoir,
"My Grandfather's Son," he wrote
that he had been teased about
the dialect he grew up speaking
in rural Georgia. He never asked
questions in college or law school,
he wrote, and he was intimidated
by some fellow students.
Elsewhere, he has said that he
is silent out of simple courtesy.
"If I invite you to argue your
case, I should at least listen to
you," he told a bar association in
Richmond, Va., in 2000.
Justice Thomas has also com-
plained about the difficulty of
getting a word in edgewise. The
current court is a sort of verbal
firing squad, with the justices
peppering lawyers with ques-
tions almost as soon as they be-
gin their presentations.
In the 20 years that ended in
2008, the justices asked an av-
erage of 133 questions per hour-
long argument, up from about
100 in the 15 years before that.

"The post-Scalia court, from
1986 onward, has become a
much more talkative bench,"
Professor Johnson said. Justice
Antonin Scalia alone accounted
for almost a fifth of the questions


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Justice Thomas has said he
finds the atmosphere in the
courtroom distressing. "We look
like 'Family Feud,' he told the
bar group.
Justice Thomas does occasion-
ally speak from the bench, when
it is his turn to announce a ma-
jority opinion. He reads from a
prepared text, and his voice is a
gruff rumble.
He does not take pains, as
some of his colleagues do, to ex-
plain the case in conversation-
al terms to the civilians in the
courtroom. He relies instead on
legal Latin and citations to sub-
parts of statutes and regulations.
His attitude toward oral argu-
ments contrasts sharply with
that of his colleagues, who seem
to find questioning the lawyers
who appear before them a valu-
able way to sharpen the issues
in the case, probe weaknesses,
consider consequences, correct
misunderstandings and start a
conversation among the justices
that will continue in their private

SBy the time the justices hear

arguments, they have read briefs
from the parties and their sup-
porters, and most justices say it
would be a waste of time to have
advocates merely repeat what
they have already said in writing.
"If oral argument provides
nothing more than the sum-
mary of the brief in monologue,
it is of very little value to the
court," Chief Justice William H.
Rehnquist wrote in 1987.
Lawyers who appear before the
court and scholars who study it
are of mixed minds about Jus-
tice Thomas's current silence.
His views can be idiosyncratic,
and some say lawyers deserve a
chance to engage him before be-
ing surprised by an opinion set-
ting out a novel and sweeping
legal theory.
Others say they are just as
happy not to waste valuable ar-
gument time on distinctive posi-
tions unlikely to command a ma-
jority in major cases.

Justice Thomas routinely is-
sues sweeping concurrences and
dissents addressing topics that
had not come up at argument.
He asked no questions, for in-

S." stance, in a 2007 case about high
"12 school students' First Amend-
;' ment rights. In a concurrence, he
said he would have overturned
the key precedent to rule that
"- "the Constitution does not afford
students a right to free speech in
Public schools."
Neither side had advanced that
position. The basis for and impli-
cations of his concurrence were
S not explored at -the arguments,
because, by asking no questions,
Justice Thomas did not tip his
No other justice joined Justice
Thomas's opinion. "If Justice
ages Thomas holds a strong view of
S the law in a case, he should of-
fer it," David A. Karp, a veteran
journalist and third-year law
student, wrote in the Florida Law
Review in 2009. "Litigants could
then counter it,.pr yL.todo so. It,

is not enough that Justice Thom-
as merely attend oral argument if
he does not participate in argu-
ment meaningfully."

Justice Thomas's last ques-
tion from the bench, on Feb. 22,
2006, came in a death penalty
case. He was not particularly lo-
quacious before then, but he did
speak a total of 11 times earlier
in that term and the previous
His few questions were typical-
ly pithy and pointed. He pressed
a defense lawyer, for instance, in
a 2005 argument about possible
race discrimination in jury selec-
"Is there anything in the re-
cord to alert us to the race of the
prosecutor?" he asked. "Would
it make any difference? There

seemed to be some suggestion
that there are stereotypes at
Justice Thomas's most famous
comments also came in a case
involving race.
In a 2002 argument over a Vir-
ginia law banning cross burn-
ing, his impassioned reflections
changed the tone of the discus-
sion and may well have altered
the outcome of the case. He
recalled "almost 100 years of
lynching" in the South by the Ku
Klux Klan and other groups.
"This was a reign of terror, and
the cross was a symbol of that
reign of terror," he said. "It was
intended to cause fear and to
terrorize a population."
The court ruled that states
may make it a crime to burn a
cross if the purpose is intimida-


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Stealth was key to civil rights movement "

People write about Martin Luther King and rightly so,
and they write about the bus boycott and rightly so, but
then you had what happened in the 1970s during the

implementation phase ...

By Linda Conley

tin Luther King Jr. and Rosa
Parks drew national attention
to racial injustices, but it was
the quiet heroic work of others
that forced an end to segrega-
tion in the South.
Glen Browder, a white Demo-
crat and former representative
from Alabama, and Artemesia
Stanberry, a Black assistant
professor of political science,
have teamed up to talk about
the work of those unknown
They co-authored a study
and book titled, "Stealth Re-
construction: The Untold Story
of Southern Politics and His-
tory." The authors were part of
a dialogue about race relations
in the 21st century in Hartness
Auditorium at Converse Col-
"Glen Browder was in Con-
gress with Liz Patterson, and
she told us about him and
Artemesia," said Melissa Walk-
er, history professor at Con-
verse. "We are always work-
ing on educating students on
issues and race relations. We
also would like to be a leader in
improving race relations in our
In honor of Black History
Month, the college wants to
create dialogue between Black
and white people. Walker said
the first step is to get people
Browder, a South Carolina
native and professor emeritus
at Jacksonville State Universi-
ty in Alabama, said he started
thinking about the role bira-
cial politics played in the civil
rights movement. He contacted
Stanberry, who worked as his
congressional aide and is now
a political science professor at

North Carolina Central Univer-
sity, to help him with the proj-
"I don't know of any book
that has been written about
the Black leaders and white
politicians who worked quietly
behind the scenes," Browder
said. "The heroic drama in-
volved Dr. King and Rosa Parks
on one side and you had Bull
Connor turning fire hoses on
people and George Wallace
standing in doors of universi-
ties on the other side, but it
occurred'to me a lot of change
was not of that nature. There
where some white politicians
and Black leaders who got to-
gether behind closed doors and
said, We have to do things dif-
The authors said the work
of these leaders was done
"stealthy" or in secret. They
said there had to be a transi-
tion right after the civil rights
movement made up of politi-
cians and leaders interested in
moving the South beyond seg-
regation in the 1970s through
the '90s.
"It had to be done stealthy
because white politicians
wouldn't have been able to get
elected if people knew what
they were doing and Black
leaders couldn't get elected at
that time," Browder said. "Civil
disobedience helped to change
laws in the legal system, but
there was mass resistance. It
took practical politics to help
change things."
As part of the project,
Browder and Stanberry con-
ducted interviews with Black
civil rights leaders and white
politicians. Wherf they started
working on the project, they re-
alized how different their views
were on race and Southern

"He (Browder) is conserva- and book. She now has more
tive, and I am progressive," respect' for the work these
Stanberry said. "I don't want groups were able to accom-
to undermine the struggles aA@ff 5lish. """ *w'

successes of African Americans
during the civil rights move-
ment, but there was a biracial
coalition that occurred."
Stanberry said she had no
idea how much work was go-
ing on between Black leaders
and white politicians until she
started working on the study

"People write about Martin
Luther King and rightly so, and
they write about the bus boy-
cott and rightly so, but then
you had what happened in the
1970s during the implementa-
tion phase," she said. "South-
ern states weren't rushing
to integrate the schools. You



needed politicians to work with
the Black community to imple-
ment these policies so there
wasn't such a ba)9 as'h"' h'
Browder and Stanberry are
in the middle of a speaking
tour on race relations in the
South. They have appeared at
the National Archives and on
C-SPAN Book-TV. They also
have presented programs at
Wofford and Presbyterian col-
leges and Winthrop University.

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This photo provided by the University of Mary Washington shows Freedom riders, Reginald Green arid Joan Mulholland look over an exhibit before they speak at
the opening of-an exhibit at the University of Mary Washington celebrating the 50th anniversary of the freedom rides Feb. 7 in Fredericksburg, Va. The centerpiece
of the exhibit is a bus from the era of the rides displayed with exhibits telling the history of the rides.
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This photo provided by the University of Mary Washington shows Freedom riders, Reginiald Green and Joan Mulholland look over an exhibit before they speak at
the opening of an exhibit at the University of Mary Washington celebrating the 50th anniversary of the freedom rides Feb. 7 in Fredericksburg, Va. The centerpiece
of the exhibit is a bus from the era of the rides displayed with exhibits telling the history of the rides.

By Zinie Chen Sampson
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. Two former
Freedom Riders are helping to
commemorate the 50th anniver-
sary of the trip through the Deep
South that challenged racial seg-
regation in public transportation
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland
and the Rev. Reginald Green
appeared recently at the Uni-
versity of Mary Washington to
honor the Freedom Rides and
their organizer, the late James
Farmer. Farmer was head of the
Congress of Racial Equality dur-
ing the civil rights era and later
became a professor at the Fred-
ericksburg school.
Mulholland and Green partici-
pated in an event to kick off the
school's three-month series of
tributes to the demonstrations.
Farmer, six other Black people
and six white people participated

in the first Freedom Ride, trav-
eling from Washington', D.C., in
May 1961 to test whether south-
ern states were implementing
a U.S. Supreme Court decision
that barred segregation ir pub-
lic-transportation facilities. They
faced violent attacks from white
mobs who opposed desegrega-
tion, and the first Greyhound
bus was firebombed and the rid-
ers beaten in Anniston, Ala.
After news of the violence
spread, hundreds of others in-
cluding Mulholland and Green
joined the Freedom Rides, and
the two were among hundreds
jailed that summer in Jackson,
Miss. The demonstrations be-
came a defining point in U.S.
civil rights history.
Green was a student at Vir-
ginia Union University when he
answered a call to students on
Southern campuses to become
Freedom Riders. He made it as
far as Jackson, where he was

arrested on June 7, 1961. He
and other Freedom Riders were
transferred to the infamous Mis-
sissippi State Penitentiary at
Parchman, a place known for its
He met Farmer at Parchman,
and recalls his booming singing
"It was the music that kept us
going," he said in a telephone
interview recently. "He was a
committed, dedicated, tena-
cious individual."
Farmer was a history and
American studies professor at
Mary Washington from 1985 to
1998, the same year President
Clinton awarded him the Presi-
dential Medal of Freedom. He
died in 1999 at the age of 79.
Green, now 71 and retired
from the ministry, says the an-
niversary gives him a chance to
look back and see what progress
the nation has made since the
summer of the Freedom Rides.

He also says he's getting a
chance to reconnect with other
Freedom Riders and meet some
of them for the first time.
"It also gives you an opportu-
nity to say, 'But for the grace of
God,'" he said. "Where would
we be as a nation had it not
been for these courageous indi-
viduals, rich, poor, Black, and
Mulholland, now 69 and still
living in Arlington, Va., where
she grew up, joined the Free-
dom Rides after a colleague of
hers was arrested during the
initial ride. She was arrested
June 8 in Jackson, spent about
two weeks in the local jail, then
spent the rest of the summer at
Her mother wrote warden
Fred Jones a letter asking if she
could send some medicine to
her daughter. He wrote back to
her that she could, and ques-
tioned her parenting.

"What I cannot understand is
why as a mother you permitted
a minor white girl'to gang up
with a bunch of negro bucks and
white hoodlums to ramble over
this country with the express
purpose of violating the laws of
certain states and attempting to
incite acts of violence," Jones
wrote in a letter, which appears
in the book "Breach of Peace:
Portraits of the 1961 Freedom
Riders," by photojournalist Eric
Mulholland noted recently
that her mother, a native of
rural Georgia, vehemently op-
posed her efforts and nearly dis-
owned her.
"What got me into the move-
ment was my understanding of
Christianity, to love my neigh-
bor as myself, do unto others as
you would have done to you, all
those teachings of the brother-
hood of man," Mulholland said
in an interview.



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Omega Retired Brothers host Valentine's Day luncheon

Special to the Miami Times

Members of the Retired
Brothers of the Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity, Inc., entertained
their wives and sweethearts on
Thursday, Feb. 10th at their
fraternity house in Miami Gar-
Richard Strachan and the Psi
Phi Band kept the 150 mem-
bers and guests entertained
with lively tunes while the ca-
terer prepared a delicious lun-
cheon of baked chicken, mixed
collards and cabbage, candied
yams, dressing and a garden
Luncheon chairman Stacey
Jones and his committee in-
cluding: Peter Harden, Harcourt
Clark and Oscar Jesse, present-
ed special recognition awards
to Arthur "Jake" Simms, Henry
Mingo and Garth C. Reeves, Sr.
The wives of the deceased
brothers were presented with
special Valentine baskets.

Garth C. Reeves, Sr., was presented with a special recognition for his 72 years as an active
member of the fraternity. Shown with him are: Ruby Rankin, Edna Pratt, Mary Bannerman,
Thelma Gibson, Bonnie North, Barbara Johnson, Baljean Smith, Stacey Jones, Nancy Dawkins,
Eura Randolph, Mary Mitchell and Grace Fleming.

Sara Allen, Theodore and Kitty Blue, Johnny Stepherson and Elea-
nor Day.


The retired brothers of Sigma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., serenade their
wives and sweethearts while singing the Omega Sweetheart song, directed by Harcourt Clark.

Wives of deceased brothers of Omega Psi Phi were presented baskets of Valentine treats. The group
included: Bonnie North, Ruby Rankin, Mary Mitchell, Edna Pratt, Mary Bannerman,Thelma Gibson and
Eura Randolph.

Brother Richard Strachan and the Psi Phi Band furnished music for the occasion.

.,"I -Florida Memorial
"" INUniversity Presi-
,I dent Dr. Henry
Lewis III with
SBaljean and
....Naomi Smith.

Charlie P.Albury, Norma Mims, Eddye Gay, Odessa Smith Cook,Verna Edington and Naomi Smith

Texting: The new kids' slang of the 21st century

By Gregory W. Wright
Miami Times reporter

Today, it's not speaking in
tongues that has ministers,
parents, teachers and law
enforcement all in an uproar,
but rather kid's speaking with
their fingers!
Texting has rapidly become
the new slang for today's
youth. The Nielsen Company,
who regularly monitors Amer-
ica's television, radio and cell
phone habits, estimates that
today's youth send or receive
at least 100 text messages a
day. But unlike being a sim-'
ple annoyance, like the slang
of generations past, texting
offers an added concern of
potentially being outright
Since texting requires full
concentration to focus visu-
ally and mentally on a small
keypad, kids are easily dis-
tracted and become oblivious
to their surroundings. This
increases the potential for
vehicle accidents, if they are
driving. The potential for pe-
destrian accidents is also
increased since, in order to
concentrate on the keypad,
drivers are not observing
the traffic flow, nor traffic
laws. Texting, with the added
distraction of music through
earphones, injury is almost

To combat the danger of
texting drivers, new "No-Tex-
ting While Driving" laws are
lining up to be considered in
the 2011 Florida State Legis-
lature. A minimum of six new
bills prohibiting texting while

The bigger question is what
lasting effect is texting hav-
ing on children? More spe-
cifically, are children's ability
to spell hampered because of
their habits of spelling in ac-
ronyms? And what impact, if
any, is texting having on our
children's ability to read?
Oddly enough, recent re-
ports found that regular tex-
ting by kids is not hurting, but
actually helping to improve a
child's reading and spelling
abilities. The British Journal
of Developmental Psychology
explains that the improve-
ment may be due to the fact

driving will be heard and vot-
ed on by the Florida Senate
Local municipalities are
also considering ways to com-
bat sending and receiving text
messages while behind the
This legislative fervor is fu-
eled by such staggering statis-
tics by the National Highway
Travel and Safety Administra-
tion as:
Texting while driving in-
creases the potential of an ac-
cident by 23 percent.
For a driver reading or
writing a text message while
driving, who then attempts to
an emergency, the driver's re-
action time is reduced by 35
At least 21 states have
banned texting while driving.
Studies have shown that
texting while driving has prov-
en to be even more dangerous
than driving under the influ-
ence of alcohol or marijuana.
Surveys show that 50 per-

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cent of American teenagers
admit to texting while driving.

The dangers of texting are
not limited to the streets
and highways. As with all
kid-slang, there is a learning
curve for parents to under-
stand the language, its mean-
ing and how to govern its us-
age. "Parents don't know the
tool," said one school admin-
istrator. "And since kids can
easily and immediately erase
a message, kids are vulner-
able to unmonitored commu-
nication from both known and
unknown sources."
Teachers and administra-
tors are becoming more and
more frustrated with students
texting in class. The inatten-
tion to classwork and friends
texting each other test an-
swers, are concerns in the


that the acronyms used in the
texting language is phoneti-
cally based on how the actual
word sounds. Subsequently,
kids are picturing the word in
their heads.
In 2006, a University of To-
ronto study found that kids
who text have a strong com-
mand of grammar. To calm
parental fears, whether a
child is spelling using acro-
nyms or the actual words;
they are practicing spelling.
But as for texting itself,
parents should note that to
today's technology-driven
youth, ILU is the same as, "I
Love You."




House rejects extensions

of Patriot Act provisions

By Jim Abrams
Associated Press

recently failed to extend the life
of three surveillance tools that
are key to the nation's post-
Sept. 11 anti-terror law, a slipup
for the new Republican leader-
ship that miscalculated the level
of opposition.
The House voted 277-148 to
keep the three provisions of the
USA Patriot Act on the books
until Dec. 8. But Republicans
brought up the bill under a
special expedited procedure re-
quiring a two-thirds majority,
and the vote was seven short of
reaching that level.
The Republicans, who took
over the House last month, lost
26 of their own members, add-
ing to the 122 Democrats who
voted against it. Supporters say
the three measures are vital to
preventing another terrorist at-
tack, but critics say they infringe
on civil liberties. They appealed
to the antipathy that newer and
more conservative Republicans
hold for big government inva-
sions of individual privacy.
Recently, Republicans also
pulled a bill from the floor be-
cause of dissatisfaction about
extending trade benefits for
three South American countries
while continuing a program that
helps retrain Americans who
lose their jobs to foreign compe-
The Patriot Act bill would have
renewed the authority for court-
approved roving wiretaps that
permit surveillance on mul-
tiple phones. Also addressed
was Section 215, the so-called
library records provision that
gives the FBI court-approved
access to "any tangible thing"
relevant to a terrorism investi-
The third deals with the "lone-
wolf' provision of a 2004 anti-
terror law that permits secret

intelligence surveillance of non-
U.S. people not known to be af-
filiated with a specific terrorist
Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-
Wis., the former Judiciary Com-
mittee chairman who authored
the 2001 Patriot Act, urged his
colleagues to support the exten-
sions, saying they were needed
as a stopgap until permanent
statutes could be agreed upon.
"The terrorist threat has not
subsided and will not expire,
and neither should our national

licans may have to bring the bill
back to the floor under regular
procedures that only require a
majority for passage but allow
for amendments. Time is of the
essence: The three provisions
will expire on Feb. 28 if the
House and Senate can't agree
on how to proceed.
The House had pushed for a
nine-month extension to give
lawmakers more time to come
up with an approach that would
give the measures permanent
legal status. The Senate is con-

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A New York City Police Department mobile observation tower
is seen in Times Square in 2010. The U.S. House of Representa-
tives rejected a nine-month extension of counter-terrorism sur-
veillance powers at the heart of the Patriot Act adopted after the
September 11, 2001.

security laws," he said.
But Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-
Ohio, said Republican support-
ers of the tea party movement
should show their opposition to`
big government by joining Dem-
ocrats in opposing the measure.
"How about the Patriot Act,
which has the broadest reach
and the deepest reach of gov-
ernment to our daily lives?" he
The defeat means that Repub-

sidering longer-range ideas.
Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.,
last month introduced legisla-
tion that would extend the three
provisions through 2013 while
improving oversight of intelli-
gence-gathering tools. Leahy
would also phase out, at the end
of 2013, the use of national se-
curity letters, FBI demands for
information that do not need a
judge's approval.

By Elizabeth Williamson

The Obama administration
is accelerating efforts to revive
stalled trade agreements with
Colombia and Panama, aiming
to resolve outstanding issues
this year and send the pacts
to Congress for ratification im-
mediately thereafter, U.S. Trade
Representative Ron Kirk is ex-
pected to tell a congressional
committee last week.
"The president has directed
me to immediately intensify en-

gagement with Colombia and
Panama, with the objective of
resolving the outstanding issues
as soon as possible this year
and bringing those agreements
to Congress for consideration
immediately thereafter," Kirk is
expected to say, according to ex-
cerpts of prepared testimony re-
viewed by The Wall Street Jour-
Administration officials say,
however, that timetable is con-
tingent upon their success in
resolving outstanding labor and

related issues that originally
stalled the agreements.
Kirk is also expected to tell the
panel that the administration
will work to win congressional
approval for an agreement to
grant Russia most favored na-
tion trade status. This change
would let U.S. companies get
the maximum benefit if Russia
is successful in its effort to win
accession to the World Trade
Organization this year, a bid
that has the administration's

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President Barack Obama meets with former President George H.W. Bush in the Oval Office, Feb.

Presidents meet in the Oval Office

mer President George H.W.
Bush returned to his old office
on yesterday for a brief meeting
with President Obama.
Bush, the 41st President of
the United States is in Wash-
ington to recieve the Presiden-
tial Medal of Freedom later this
afternoon in the East Room. He

is one of 15 recipients to receive
the nation's highest civilian
honor. Maya Angelou, Warren
Buffet, German Chancellor An-
gela Merkel, Rep. John Lewis,
and Yo-Yo Ma are some of the
other recipients.
The recent meeting is not
the first for the two presidents.
Obama traveled to College Sta-

tion, Texas in October 2009
to celebrate the 20th anniver-
sary of Bush's 'Points of Light
Institute', and Obama met the
former president, and his son,
former Florida Governor Jeb
Bush, in the Oval Office in
January of last year when they
were in Washington to attend a
dinner at the Alfalfa Club. .

Budget cuts slice programs for ex-inmates

By Kevin Johnson

Cuts in probation and pa-
role programs, to reconcile
state budget deficits could
undermine recent successes
in shrinking bloated prison
populations, criminal justice
officials say.
In some states, the num-
ber of people committing new
felonies while on probation or
parole has inched up, in part
because of cuts to programs
that helped former inmates
stay out of prison. Other states
are weighing substantial bud-
get cuts to all parts of their
criminal justice systems, in-
cluding probation and parole
Adam Gelb, director of the
Pew Center's Public Safety Per-
formance Project, says some of
the most successful criminal
justice programs launched in
recent years are at risk. "The
(financial) hole is so deep,"
says Gelb, whose non-partisan
group has helped develop state
programs for managing offend-
ers outside prison. "Programs
for convicted felons are an
easy target."
Carl Wicklund, executive di-
rector of the American Proba-
tion and Parole Association,
says the fiscal crisis is "push-
ing more people out of prison"
with fewer people to supervise
them and fewer dollars to sup-
port drug treatment, housing
and job assistance. "We're set-
ting these people up for fail-
ure," Wicklund says.
A report recently by the
Council of State Governments
Justice Center, a bipartisan
group that promotes public
safety policy, urged lawmakers
to spare programs that have
been effective in reducing pris-
on costs.
In Kansas, where officials
just two years ago were spot-
lighting the success of the
state's probation and parole
strategy in reducing high
prison costs, an additional
322 probationers returned to
prison for committing new of-
fenses in fiscal year 2010.
Overall, the portion of Kan-

sas probationers who success-
fully completed their terms
dropped to 54 percent in 2010
from 61 percent in fiscal year
2008, according to a January
state report.
Roger Werholtz, Kansas'
former corrections secretary,
says the losses are "a casual-
ty of the economic crisis" and
stricter sentencing policies
that added mandatory prison
time for more offenses.
In the past two years, state

records show, $10.1 million
has been cut from four sepa-
rate funds that support post-
release rehabilitation efforts,
including offender re-entry
programs that match inmates
with jobs, housing, and sub-
stance abuse treatment. An
additional $7.2 million in cuts
have been proposed for fiscal
year 2012, starting July 1.
"I had been getting invited
to talk (to corrections officials
in other states) about what we

did right. Now I spend just as
much time talking about what
we could have done better,"
Werholtz says.
In Florida, the number of of-:
fenders who committed new
felonies while on probation
jumped from 7,164 in fiscal
year 2007 to 9,000 in fiscalyear
2009. The number declined'
slightly, in fiscal year 2010 to
8,440. But Florida Department
of Corrections spokeswoman,
Gretl Plessinger says there is

concern that expected cuts to
plug a $3.5 billion state budget
shortfall could threaten those
slight gains.
Among the most closely-
watched budget battles, Gelb
says, will be in Texas, as the
state tries to close a deficit of
up to $27 billion.
Republican state Rep. Jerry
Madden of Plano says cuts
would threaten some of the
$240 million in treatment pro-
grams for some offenders who,

without those programs, would
have been ordered to prison.

Madden says the programs
also were central to a slight
drop in the number of parol-
ees who returned to prison
for committing new felonies in
fiscal year 2010, from 24,692
in 2009 to 24,239. "We can't
afford to go back (to growing
prison populations)," he says.
"We're not conceding anything

White House to revive Latin America deals







Once-forgotten cemetery

By Simone Gill
Miami Times reporter

It was once abandoned and
neglected but finally hundreds
of Blacks buried at the Lemon
City Cemetery received their
just due. On Tuesday, Febru-
ary 15th, a ceremony was held
to dedicate a memorial garden
and the unveiling of the Lemon
City Cemetery monument. It
comes nearly three years after
human bones were discovered
"This historic event is the cul-
mination of hard work, dedica-
tion and commitment led by a
group of compassionate local
citizens who came together to
honor the memories and to rec-
ognize the first Black pioneer
residents who were buried in
Lemon City Cemetery in Mi-
ami," said Dr. Enid Pinkney,
chairperson of the organiza-

Lemon City Cemetery is lo-
cated at 485 NW 71st Street
in Miami. The community was
among the three earliest settle-
ments in Miami and was initial-
ly the home of Bahamian set-
tlers who migrated to the U.S.
during the 1800's to search for
work. Those early Black set-
tiers cleared the land with ma-
chetes and helped build the
City with their bare hands. But
as whites moved into the area
they forced Blacks out, posting
signs of intimidation. Blacks
moved out of Lemon City and
relocated to places like Liberty
City and Opa-locka. And while
they moved their homes, fami-
lies, organizations, institutions
and churches, they could not
move the bodies of their de-
ceased loved ones.
According to Dr. Pinkney, the
cemetery was eventually for-
gotten and a local YMCA pur-
chased the property and built

--MiamiTimes photo/Donnalyn Anthony
Dr. Enid Pinkney discovers her grandfather's name, John Clark,
on the Lemon City Cemetery Memorial.

a center there. Then the Carl-
isle Group, property develop-
ers, was given permission by
the City to build low income
housing on the property. While
digging the foundation, human

bones were found. When they
were sent to the medical ex-
aminer it was determined that
they were the bones of Blacks.
A committee was formed with
Pinkney at the helm to stop

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further housing development
and have the property desig-
nated as a historic site.
She says that the biggest
obstacle was there was no offi-
cial map of the cemetery the
City did not have any records
of it and legally the Lemon City
Cemetery didn't exist. But as
fate would have it, a realtor
named Ben Pumo, attended
that first meeting and was
armed with a map. The City re-
fused to accept the map but it
was essential in additional re-
search that revealed the names
of 523 people with detailed in-
formation about their burial.
Still the City was unconvinced
of this burial designation.
Then Larry Wiggins, a gene-
alogist, found the names of two
World War 1 veterans who were
buried there, complete with
directions from Flagler Street
to the specific location of the
Cemetery. At last the City was

ts due

convinced and relented.
"This effort became even all
the more significant for me
when I surprisingly discovered
the name of my grandfather
among the 525 people who
were buried there," he said.
In November 2009 Lemon
City Cemetery was designated
a historic site by the Historic
Preservation and Environment
Board of the City of Miami.
Meanwhile the Carlisle
Group abandoned their legal
battles against the Lemon City
Cemetery Community Corpo-
ration and the City stopped
building, joining the group to
make the historic site desig-
nation a reality. The Carlisle
Group has assisted in the
building of the memorial gar-
den, the monument and main-
tenance of the property.
The bones of the deceased
will be reinterred at a later

Victim's mother says "Police misled me and remain insensitive"

continued from 1A

history of eruptions following
police shootings and proactive
responses from the national
level are needed now."


During the broadcast, which
also included the mother and
brother of the slain, young
man, Curry informed listeners
that he has called for the help
of the Rev. Al Sharpton, who is
now on his way to Miami.
"Something has to be done
about this situation quickly
because we are sitting on a
powder keg," he said. "I've been
asked not to bring up race but I

have no other choice when sev-
en Black men have been killed
by Hispanic police. Who's going
to make the Chief accountable
for the police that are out of

Sheila McNeil, the'mother of
the slain young man, said she
has been mistreated by City
"I have not been officially no-
tified yet of my son's death,"
she said. "I have been misled
and the police have been real
insensitive I want to know
why my son is dead."
She attempted to say more
but was too choked up to con-
tinue. But the dead man's
brother, Ron Robinson, who
stood with his mother,. said his
family continues to await an
explanation as to what really
"We just want answers about
my brother's death," he said.
"I miss my brother and never
thought that he would be killed

FED UP: Victor T. Curry, president, Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP, hosted a press confer-
ence at WMBM radio station on Tuesday morning during which he and other concerned citizens
expressed their anger and frustration with the string of unresolved police-involved shootings of
young Black men in Miami.

by the police. He didn't deserve
to die. And we haven't been told
Brian Dennis, 44, execu-
tive director of Brothers of the
Same Mind, was critical of the
number of young police officers

being put on the streets and
believes that could be contrib-
uting to the crisis our city now
,"Many of the young men I talk
to, especially those who are ex-
offenders, feel like they are be-

ing targeted by our police," Den-
nis said. "We have a lot of young
officers on our streets who are
afraid to be in some neighbor-
hoods and have a badge and a
gun. That's a dangerous combi-

Dennis said he does not
blame Police Chief Miguel Ex-
posito for the problems facing
the City but City Commissioner
Richard P. Dunn II believes it's
time to replace the chief.
"The mindset that has been
developed and encouraged
within the City of Miami Police
Department starts at the top -
and it's the reason that these
officers believe they can get
away with shooting Black men
at will. My position remains the
same and this latest shooting
only corroborates what I have
said all along. Our police chief
is incompetent and unable to
lead the Department. He should
either resign or be fired."
In a released statement, Ex-
posito said that all of the facts
involving the shooting would be
turned over to the State Attor-
ney's Office as soon as possible
and promised that he would
work with them to investigate
what transpired.
"It is always unfortunate
when our officers must resort
to this," he said.

Braynon advances to take on Celestin for state Senate

continued from 1A

Florida announced that Sha-
ron Pritchett had won on the
evening of Feb. 8th the day
of the special election. However,
the announcement was made
prematurely as both absentee
and provisional ballots had not
been counted. Once those bal-
lots were verified and subse-
quently tabulated, a new winner
had emerged Barbara Wat-
Following state law and due to
the razor-thin margin of victory,
an automatic machine recount
was initiated. On Friday morn-
ing, Feb. 11, recounts were con-
ducted at both the Miami-Dade
and Broward supervisor of elec-
tions offices. Watson raised
fewer dollars then either of her
opponents but was still able to
secure a sizable margin of vic-
tory in Broward which pushed
her into the winner's circle.
"The Herald said that I won
because of the recount but that
was not the reason I was de-
clared the winner," Watson said.
"There were close to 500 absen-
tee ballots as well as a smaller
number of provisional ballots
that still had to be counted. We

knew that and therefore
I realized that the out-
come could still sway
either way,, depending
on the votes on the un-
counted ballots."
Did Watson ever
throw in the towel? She
says, "not a chance."
"Clearly a race can't


get much closer than
this but even when the first set
of results was posted I remained
optimistic," she said.

There are 209, 939 registered
voters who were eligible to par-
ticipate in the special primary
elections for portions of Miami-
Dade and Broward counties.
But the statewide election re-
sults indicate that voter turn-
out was only 5.12 percent with
10,742 ballots cast.
We asked the two winners in
the primary, Braynon and Wat-
son, to assess this extremely
low percentage. Both said they
did not believe that apathy
was the reason so many voters
stayed home.
"It takes a lot of money to
run an election and I think that
in the case of a special elec-

Obama's budget pror

Continued from 1A

build national or re-
gional transportation
Associated General
Contractors (AGC),
a trade group for the
construction indus-
try, estimates the plan
could create about 5.4
million construction OB)
jobs and 10 million
more jobs in related industries
and the broader economy.
The proposal calls for new
outlays to be offset by new
revenue. So, a trust fund that

now finances highway projects
and raises about $35 billion
a year largely from a gasoline
tax would also pay for
other things. Addition-
al revenue could come
from tolls or other
"It is hard to take
this proposal seriously
when the administra-
tion has yet to iden-
AMA tify how it will pay for
the other programs
it wants to add to the
trust fund," says AGC CEO
Stephen Sandherr.
The blueprint is certain to set
off political battles. Mark Zan-
di, chief economist of Moody's

tion, the State should
also help in getting the
word out to the voters,"
Watson said. "I am not
sure how candidates
and the State can work
together to make voters
more aware but I'd like
to see us really focus
on some possibilities.
We need to find more

creative, and hopefully less ex-
pensive, ways to reach voters.
Above all, we have to get our
people interested in the politi-
cal system and in the candi-
dates who are running. I want
to do more with young adults
- those at least 16-years-old.'
After all they are our future
leaders. They need to be ready
when their time comes to take
Braynon agrees that the ris-
ing cost of mounting an elec-
tion is making it more difficult
for many candidates to reach
the majority of potential voters.
"I am unwilling to blame
the Black community for the
low voter turnout," he said.
"We didn't have much time to
raise money or get out into the
streets after it was clear that
Wilson was headed to Wash-
ington, D.C.

nises jobs
Analytics, says infrastructure
improvements not only cre-
ate construction jobs but im-
prove transportation systems
to increase U.S. economic
competitiveness. A study co-
authored by Zandi concluded
the economic stimulus, which
included $135 billion in infra-
structure spending, generated
8 million additional jobs in
2009 and 2010.
Yet Republicans ripped the
stimulus for not cutting un-
Economist Chris Edwards of
the libertarian Cato Institute
says the stimulus siphoned
bank loans and workers from
more efficient private projects.

Decade-long case finally solved

continued from 1A

"Each of us carried some part
of this case with us: Tamayo
knows Cyntena's birthday and
a lot of small details about
her life: 1 earned photographs
of her with me for all of these
years." she said. "Some people
1 assume eventually forgot
about her and gave up, includ-
ing her mother from time to
time. During those moments
either Tamayo or I would call
her mom and reassure her."
Cooper says that over the
Nears the team followed up on
every lead and tip. Shortly af-
ter Phillips' body was found.

then state-Senator Fredenca
Wilson began to talk about
the case. One businessman
from another state even com-
mitted $150,000 as reward
money. But still the murderer
remained unidentified.
"The new technology that
we have at our disposal was
essential in our being able
to capture Cynteria's mur-
derer," Cooper added. "We ac-
tually knew we had the right
man last October but we had
to make sure we went by the
book.. It was killing us to re-
main quiet but there were
other parts of the investigation
that had to be completed. And
even though he is behind bars

and we are absolutely con-
fident he's the right person,
we still have to let things play
out in court. We've waited this
long we are willing to see
this thing to the end and give
Cynteria Phillips and her fam-
ily the justice they deserve."
Phillips' mother, 52-year-old
Stacey Phillips, was unable to
talk to the Miami Times prior
to our going to press. But in
words shared by Cooper about
her, she says that almost 11
years later, the murder of her
daughter still haunts her and
causes her great pain in
many respects for her and
the surviving family, time
has almost stood still.

Edmonson says she is carrying out "will of the people"

continued From 1A
in this process and there must
be mechanisms in place where
we can hold people account-
Other members of the com-
munity who spoke
during the rally in-
cluded Tyrone Green,
owner and operator of
Greene Dream Shoe
Repair, one of the old-
est Black-owned busi-
nesses in Miami; An-
thony Whitfield, lead
community outreach SCC
director for Destinies
LLC; Renita Holmes, communi-
ty activist; and Kevin D. Scott,
community coordinator for CRS
Community Development, Inc.
"Manna from heaven ain't
happening," Scott said. "To the
county commissioners and to
the Carlisle Group we say we
are fed up with promises. We
need equitable job opportuni-
ties. We are tired of getting tur-
keys and bicycles for our kids.
We want to shape our own fu-
tures. And for that we need to
have a voice in what's happen-
ing here right now."

In many ways, as the Coun-
ty's point person for the proj-
ect, Edmonson has had to face
a barrage of criticisms and in-
nuendoes. But she remains ad-
amant in her claim that
the Transit Village is not
her dream nor her pet
project. It is what "the
people say they want in
their community."
"This has been a com-
petitive process .from
the start and now that
)r County Manager Bur-
gess has made his rec-
ommendation in writing
to the BCC's budget committee
and it has been approved, a
vote is scheduled for our March
1st agenda."
Edmonson continued to ex-
plain the process which is
both lengthy and intricate add-
ing her belief that the Carlisle
Group can bring the Transit
Village project to fruition.
When questioned about the
demands for a signed agree-
ment by community protesters,
however, Edmonson said she
was definitely opposed to such
an action.

"The County has already
signed an agreement with the
developer as part of the re-
quest for proposal and work-
ers from the immediately-tar-
geted urban area will be given
first preference," she said. "In
order, the preference for jobs
then goes to residents of Little
Haiti and Model City; District 3
residents; and residents from
Miami-Dade County. This has
all been stated in the signed
agreement. Why would a devel-
oper or contractor sign another
agreement? My concern is that
we have a group here that has
made themselves the commu-
nity's self-appointed represen-
James Bush III, a former
state representative was also
at the rally and said that while
he applauds the efforts of
MWC, he recognizes the fact
that MWC does not speak for
everyone in the community.
"We have various interests
and concerns as some of us
live here or have businesses
here," Bush said. "But it takes
the efforts of everyone in our
community to make sure our
needs are finally met by the

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Your children and Facebook


By Kaila Heard
v "-.

In'a recent interview, First Lady Michelle Obama revealed
that she did not allow her daughters, Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9,
to use the social networking website, Facebook.
She said because of their positions as the daughters of the
president of the U.S., the girls were not allowed to Facebook.
However, even if they were not living in the White Hquse,
Obama said they would not be on the site because Facebook
is "not something they need." She acknowledged that her po-
sition might change once they become older.
Shayla Thiel-Stern, a University of Minnesota assistant pro-
fessor, whose research focuses upon the intersections of new
media, youth and gender told the Miami Times that she "to-
tally agree[ed] with the First Lady's decision.
"I actually applaud her just for understanding what social
networking is and taking an active interest in controlling the

media that her children use," she said.
The Obamas may be clear .but when determining the ap-
propriate age for young people to have access to Facebook
remains an unsettled subject for many parents.
Still, social networking sites such as My Space and Flickr
are increasingly becoming a common way for people to com-
municate. The numbers vary widely, but Facebook itself now
has approximately 150 million active members. Of those, an
estimated 11 percent are between the ages of 13- to 17-years-
While it may be tempting for some adults to severely re-
strict or outright ban youth internet usage, the 'net' does pro-
vide many benefits for users.
Networks can be one method by which teens, especially
shy teens, connect with peers and form online communities,
Thiel-Stern said.
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Who says you're too old?

'Vaccinesfor teens' come to
Miami Edison Middle School
By Kaila Heard
Growing older has its perks.
For youth transitioning into their teenaged years, it often
means getting taller and gaining height. Aging also means no
longer needing to receive vaccination or booster shots.
Or at least it use to.
In recent years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has
been advising that teens continue being vaccinated particularly
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Miami Heat Forward Juwan Howard holds students
hard at vaccination events.

A church of equals

How churches can empower congregants
to become more active

By Kaila Heard

Apostle Sonja Carter, 45, prefers when the congregants
of Centurion Apostolic International Ministries, Inc. think of
themselves as partners rather than members of the church.
"When you're a partner that means you are a part of the
church and every partner has something that they can offer in
ministry," she explained.
Inspired by Ephesians 4:11, Carter understands that a
large part of her responsibility as senior pastor is provid-
ing guidance and leadership development or "equipping the
saints" as she calls it.
She has found that her ability to delegate has also made
her ministry more effective.
"By me equipping [others], I have a core leadership so
that people's needs are always being met. So when I'm not
available... people are able to call on others for help," she
explained. "And that is why when God calls me home this
ministry will not shut down."
Carter, who is also a certified Chhristian mental health
counselor, also understands the importance of rest and relax-
She has made a habit of exercising, eating healthy and
getting enough sleep and even more to recuperate from the
stresses of daily life.
"Some days I do' only what I want to do which may be noth-
ing. It may just be staying home. I have some of those days to
regenerate," she said.
Centurion Apostolic International Ministries, Inc was estab-
lished in 1997, and draws nearly 100 people to every Sunday
service according to Carter. The church provides several
ministries including a Dance Ministry, Marriage Ministry and
a Divorce Care Ministry.
Carter, who has been divorced, established the 13 week
Divorce Care Ministry
"to help the individual heal properly instead of just moving
on to someone else."
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Start-up Indiana church uses sex to sell message

Joins national trend of edgy marketing

attempts to inspire faith, spread word,

build congregations

By Josh Duke

New Day Church, a year-
old congregation in Hendricks
County, Ind., is finding that sex
helps sell its message of faith.
An edgy marketing campaign
asking, "What happens when
God gets between the sheets?"
promotes a sermon series that
started Sunday focusing on the
link between sex and religion.
Members of the congregation
will hear Pastor Denis Roy dis-
cuss God's take on topics such
as intimacy, pleasure, sexual

preference, pornography, adul-
tery and even sexual healing
during the next four weekends.
Though churches are always
evolving to meet the needs of
parishioners, New Day's efforts
are part of a larger outreach
trend nationwide, says Philip
Goff, director of the Center
for the Study of Religion and
American Culture at Indiana
University-Purdue University
A growing number of mostly
start-up churches, are trying in-
creasingly creative approaches

to appeal to people who have
either strayed from church or
had no interest in organized re-
ligion, Goff says.
"One of the things many of
these new churches are try-
ing to do is imitate culture to
bring in people, instead of sit-
ting back and critiquing it," he
says. "This is a trend that is go-
ing to be with us for a long time,
because preachers are realizing
they may have to turn to non-
traditional means to attract
younger members."
According to the Massachu-
setts-based Institute for the
Biocultural Study of Religion,
U.S. churches need to do more
to attract new followers.
It cited a recent Public Re-
ligion Research survey that
found the number of "non-reli-

gious Americans" those who
report no formal religious affili-
ation doubled from 1990 to
2008, reaching 17 percent of
the population. About 40 years
ago, that number was 5 per-
The Washington, D.C.-based
Pew Research Center's Pew
Forum on Religion and Public
Life conducted a poll of 35,000
Americans in 2007 that found
16 percent described them-
selves as "atheist, agnostic or
nothing in particular."

The sex sermons aren't New
Day's first provocative attempt
to reach out. An earlier series
called "How to Live With Idiots
and Morons" focused on the Bi-

ble's advice on how to get along
with others.
"We knew that when you bring
up the conversation of sex, the
knee-jerk reaction is shock and
awkwardness," Roy says about
his sermon series titled "Sex ...
Not in Church."
"Often there is a disconnect
between people and church," he
says. "Sex is one of those issues
that people are dealing with,
and we believe God has the an-
Other churches have gone
other ways.
Some have services or events
at non-traditional locations,
such as tattoo parlors, mu-
sic venues or even bars. They
may host heavy-metal concerts,
skateboard competitions, mo-
torcycle shows or even body-

piercing events to spread their

Churches have begun to emu-
late popular aspects of society,
Goff says, as a way to attract
and appeal to people whom they
may eventually want to convert.
Bill Payne, a parishioner at
New Day, says he and other
members support the efforts
to draw people in, although he
hopes they don't go too far to
stay relevant and lose sight of
the ultimate goal spreading
the word.
"It has become more neces-
sary to show non-believers we
are just regular people with
the same problems they have,"
Payne says. "We aren't here to

Leading scholar

says Christianity

is overtaking

the globe

By Tim Funk



Pastor attempts to confront the 'elephant in the pew'

By Eric Marrapodi

Nevada pastor Craig Gross counts
professional quarterbacks among
his friends. The same goes for porn
stars and child porn convicts.
And he relied on friends from both
camps in preparing for Sunday,
When Gross used the Super Bowl as

a way t'j get churches around the
These times we live in have been country talking about pornography,
called a lot of things. But perhaps the a subject he calls "the elephant in
most surprising description came from the pes ., "
one of the country's leading religion He is dubbing the effort National
o Porn Sunday. Gross is the founder
scholars of X_.N\hurch, a Christian group attle Seahawks to the Super Bowl in
The most exciting time m Christianity that he says helps people battling 2006, is one of the video's stars.
since the 1st century. pornography addictions. Although he said he has never
Yes. even more thrilling than the Prot- had a pornography addiction, Has-
estant Reformation. Philip Jenkins told THE QUARTERBACK selbeck signed up for the free XXX-
about 75 people at Charlotte's Westmin- Gross recruited NFL players to Church tracking software called
ster Presbyterian Church. join the effort, taping a video that he X3watch.
The reason- The staggering growth says \will be shown at over 300 plus Gross says his campaign is about
in the number of Christians in Asia, participating churches. personal responsibility.
Latin America and especially Africa a Matt Hasselbeck, who led the Se- "If the church stopped consuming
phenomenon he called 'a global reli-
gio.us revolution' and one that "reverses

'Toback up his claim, Jenkins the G od
"'Aufho of a host of influential books, Evangelist Andrew Bullard. Short-
including "The Next Christendom: The faith in transition ly after, the late Bishop J.R. Smith
Rise of Global Christianity' offered served as pastor until 1930. He
a sees of eye-popping statistics and Specilal i oie tliami Times was succeeded by Brother Ed Rolle,
projections. who pastored until about the mid-
Among them: The Ridgeway Church of God of 1930's, when the late Bishop J.R.
In 1900. Europe and North America Prophecy \\ill celebrate their 100th Smith returned and served again
accounted for about 85 percent of Church Anniversary on Sunday, until 1939.
the world's Chrisuans. By 2050, that Feb. 13 Vith special services at 11 The Liberty City church was built
number will have shrunk to about 25 a m. and 3:30 p.m. at N.W. 19th Court and N.W. 62nd
In 1922. Ridgeway Church of God Street on a property donated by
percent. of Prophecy began in a small com- the late Evangelist Andrew Bullard.
During the same penod, he said the mun. called Nazarene in Lemon The late Brother Hermis Ferguson
number of Christians in Africa have, Cit,. a pioneer community in the pastored and was then succeeded
well, skyrocketed seems too tame a northeast section of Miami, as a mis- by the late Bishop Henry Curtis for
word. In 1900. there were 10 million; sion under the ministry of-the late about two years.
in 2000, 363 million. By 2015. Jenkins
expects 500 million. And, by 2050, he
predicted that Africa would become the
first continent to have 1 billion Chris- pe t f p o l Ip
65 percent of people suppo
tians. Put another way: One of every
three Christians m the world will be
African and that's not counting the By Jennifer Riley But less American adults this year
Afrcans who \will have moved to the say religious faith is at least some-
United States or Europe. SLxty five percent of American what important in their daily life
The Welsh-born Jenkins, a profes- adults favor prayerin public schools, compared to last year (73 percent
sor at Penn State and Baylor whose according to a new survey, versus 80 percent, respectively).
And only 24 percent of U.S. adults The new survey finds 54 percent of
books are lauded b both conservative say they are opposed to prayer in Americans say religious faith is very
evangelicals and liberal scholars, was schools. finds the Rasmussen Re- important in their lives, while 23
brought to town by Union Presbyterian ports sur ey released Friday. percent say faith is not very or not at
Seminary at Charlotte. The national telephone survey con- all important in their everyday lives.
On Sunday, he told his audience that. ducted on 1.000 adults from Feb. 3 The issue of prayer in public
right now, the three most Christian to 4 simply asked, "Do you favor or schools has long been a point of con-
regions m the world are Europe. Latin oppose prayer in public schools?" tention for separation of church and
America and Africa in that order. Compared to last year's findings, state activists.
He also stated, "Christianity was born this year's prayer in public school But despite activists' efforts, every
in Asia and Africa and in our lifetimes, it survey results are slightly higher. year millions of students gather at
has decided to go home." Last April, 61 percent of Americans their schools' flagpoles to pray. In
But why? And why now? said they favor prayer in public 2010, more than 3 million students
Part of the answer has to do with schools. participated in the "See You At the
About the same proportion of Pole" grassroots prayer movement
demography population growth, birth Americans who say they pray at that allows students to intercede for
rates, least once every day (61 percent) their leaders, schools, and families.
In 1900, Jenkins said, Europeans support prayer in public schools (65 This year, SYATP will take place on
outnumbered Africans 3-1. But by 2050, percent). Sept. 28.
he said, there will be three Africans for
every European.
Meanwhile, in Europe, population isilA controversy shines li
stagnant. In Italy, the median age is 40, C lick-fl-A controversy shines li-
Jenkins said. In Uganda, it's 14.
And any growth in the ranks of the By Dan Gligoff ahead for Chick-fil-A as it attempts
religious in Europe the continent that to hold onto its conservative Chris-
was the capital of Christianity for mil- The ongoing Chick-fil-A flap tian business culture while expand-
lennia tends to come from migrants: which has gay rights groups blast- ing its chain beyond the Bible Belt.
Muslims from Turkey or Pakistan and ing the restaurant chain for donat- "If you have a faith-based cor-
Christians from Africa or the Carib- ing food to an anti-gay marriage porate identity and you want to
bean. group may be a fleeting controver- function in the national market-
plcyur ongt otnet

Jenkins also pointed to conversions
as a major reason for the tidal wave. In
the 20th century, Africa long a
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sy tor a privately held company that
is more accustomed to fiercely loyal
patrons and generally positive press
But Lake Lambert, author of the
book Spirituality Inc., says the flap
may be a sign of more turbulence

place, you're going to continue to
encounter resistance to those val-
ues because not everybody is go-
ing to share them," says Lambert.
"The only other option is some sort
of secular identity and that's not
where Chick-fil-A is going."

[porn], we would put a huge dent in
it," he said, referring to individual
The 35-year-old Gross, an or-
dained pastor, founded XXXChurch
in the early 2000s after hearing sto-
ries from teens in his youth group
getting involved with pornography.
Today he runs the site full time from
Las Vegas, Nevada.
"I could count the amount times I
encountered it," he said. "You used
to have to work hard to find it. Now
you have to work hard to avoid it."
For Gross, the Bible is clear on
the issue of pornography. He says
it falls into the category of a sexual
sin, pointing to Paul's first letter to
the Corinthians, in which he tells
the church to "run away from sexual
With XXXChurch, Gross has
probably done more to reach out to
the porn community than any other
pastor in the country. Several years

ago he began attending porn con-
ventions and it was there he met
legendary porn star Ron Jeremy.
"If you're a really religious Chris-
tian and you follow the letter of the
law with the bible, you should not
watch porn I agree with Craig on
that one," he said. "I like what Craig
does. He tries to keep people out who
don't belong in porn and don't be-
long watching porn. It's not healthy
for them maybe they're getting ad-
dicted to it."
Gross hopes that churches will
put the issue out in the open.
"Just talking about this once isn't
going to solve your porn problem,"
he said. "A lot of churches feel like
they're not equipped to handle it."
"When the wife confronts the hus-
bands... then you've got the church
dealing with the fall out," he contin-
ued. "A big part of what (Sunday) is
about is prevention. Let's talk about
this ahead of time."

honors century of service

The late Bishop Theophilus Hunt-
er pastored from 1943 to 1944,
followed by the late Bishop J.D.
Williams from June 1944 to June
1962. In 1955 on October 31st, the
late Brother J.D. with his wife, the
late sister Willie Mae Williams, his
son, Carl and Deacon R.M. Barrett
began negotiations on the current
Ridgeway site as a more modern
edifice for the Liberty City Church.
They presented a $150.00 binder
on the site for which Brother J.D.
mortgaged the family home. Pur-
chase proceedings began in 1956
with final mortgage payment being

made in 1959.
Bishop Randolph B. Davis pas-
tored at Ridgeway for nine years
followed by Bishop George H.
Knowles, who pastored for fifteen
years. Knowles was followed by
the current pastor, Bishop Eustace
S. Clarke, who is now in his 28th
year. While serving at Miami Ridge-
way, in 1999, a new move of God
overshadowed him and the vision
for a larger sanctuary was birthed.
Groundbreaking for this endeavor
began in 2000 and by the grace
of God the current "House of God"
was dedicated June 2009.

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rht on restaurant's Christian DNA

The current controversy erupted
when some college campus and gay
rights groups blasted the restaurant
chain for donating free food to a
Pennsylvania organization opposed
to gay marriage.
The Human Rights Campaign, a
major gay rights group, launched a
letter writing campaign to the com-
pany, while the Indiana University
South Bend went so far as to tempo-
rarily suspend Chick-fil-A service in
its campus dining facilities.
The fallout provoked Chick-fil-A

president Dan Cathy to defend his
company in a Facebook video and in
a written statement.
"In recent weeks, we have been
accused of being anti-gay," Cathy
said in a written statement last Sat-
urday. "We have no agenda against
"While my family and I believe in
the Biblical definition of marriage,"
the statement continued, "we love
and respect anyone who disagrees."
The gestures have not mollified
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An House of Prayer for
All People, Inc. will be having
their Community Fellowship
Service on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

The Universal Truth Cen-
ter will host their first "Where
Did You Get That Hat?" con-
test at 3 p.m. on Feb. 19. UTC
is hosting mini-workshops for
youth ages 11 -18 during their
Seasons for Non-Violence on
Feb. 19 and 26 and March 5 and
19, 12:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. The
church is also featuring a Civil
Rights Movement era preacher
on Feb. 20 at 8:30 a.m. and
10:50 a.m. 305-624-4991.

True Fellowship Worship
Center is hosting the 2011 Oil
of Consecration Women's Sum-
mit. Services will be held on

Feb. 20 at 5 p.m.; February 21
- 25 at 7:30 p.m nightly.; a free
Consecration Breakfast on Feb.
26 at 9:30 a.m. and a Morning
Worship Service on Feb. 27 at
11:30 a.m. 954-927-7837, 954-
The Apostolic Revival Center
will be hosting a Holy Ghost
Revival Feb. 14 18, 20, 7 p.m.

0 The second annual Sun-
shine Acapella Black His-
tory Choir Concert, 'Believing
Without Seeing,' will be held at
3 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center.
305-606-2438 or 786-307-

Bright Morning Star
F.W.B. Church is sponsor-
ing a Black History Program
on Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. Sister


Walker, 305-751-8167.

Jesus Kingdom Interna-
tional Ministries, Inc. invites
you to a Kingdom Conference
on Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. and Feb.
20 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. 305-

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-

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-

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 Assistant Pas-
tor Appreciation Program on
March 19 at 8 p.m. 305-836-

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.

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

A Mission with a New
Beginning Church mem-
bers invites the community to
their Sunday Worship service
at 11:15 a.m. on Thursdays,
Prayer Meetings at 6:30 p.m.
and Bible Class at 7 p.m.

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

Brownsville church reflects, honors history

continued from 12B

Since January they have held
a special evening service featur-
ing a guest preacher every first
Wednesday of the month. There
will be a short break in March
during which time Antioch will
host a series of pastoral anni-
versary services.
The 46-year. old pastor be-
lieves that the church's endur-
ing presence can partly be ex-
plained by its administration.
"We've had great leadership
and have typically had pastors
with long tenures which has
contributed to our stability,"
explained Lovett, who cited his
predecessor, Reverend J.W.
Stevenson's 35-year-tenure as
just one example.
Stevenson was also respon-
sible for helping to establish
PULSE (People United to Lead
the Struggle for Equality) in
1981, a grassroots organiza-
tion whose first meetings were
hekd'at the church.
According to former church
secretary, Julia Kearns, the
church has had many com-
munity and political activists
among its members including:
Miami City Commissioner Mill-
er Dawkins; State Represen-

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Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Brownsville is locat-
ed at 2799 N.W.46th Street in Miami.

tative Jefferson Reaves, Sr.;
Neal Adams and C.S. Culver.
Among contemporary politi-
cians, Rep. James Bush III,
former Rep. Daryl Reaves and
Miami Gardens Councilman
Melvin Bratton are part of the
active membership.
From the first church service,
when there were only approxi-
mately 11 members, to a cur-
rent congregation of over 550
members, Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
has continued to thrive.
Seventy-three year old Andy

Walden has witnessed many of
those years. A member of An-
tioch MBC of Brownsville since
1959, Walden says its family
and friends convinced him to
visit the sanctuary. However, it
is the fellowship that continues
to draw him to the sanctuary.
,"After- coming there I liked
being with the people who
were good and very friendly
so I stayed -I'm still here," he
Walden says he has seen the
church and the surrounding
neighborhood change several

There was a time when the
majority of the members lived
in the area," he said. "But as
the members moved away for
various reasons, the church's
membership declined. I would
like to see [the neighborhood]
come back and somehow,
someway I think it will."
That day might be closer
than expected.
"We're actually in a period of
transition right now," Lovett
said. "We are growing from a
very traditional church to a
church that is trying to reach
out and target a younger age
group of 19- to 35-years-old."
To that end, the church will
begin providing a recording of
Lovett's sermons on the gospel
station, WMBM, every Sunday
at 4: 30 p.m.
Antioch now provides a wide
variety of ministries including
a Youth Choir, feeding minis-
try, a clothing giveaway min-
istry, the Brownsville Con-
- nection band -even a liturgical,
dance ministry.
The next 100th anniver-
sary special service will be on
Wednesday, April 6th Rever-
end Gregory Thompson of New
Harvest Missionary Baptist
Church is scheduled to speak.

Social networking offers minor benefits, dangers

continued from 12B

A 2005 Pew Research Study
has found that students use
these types of networks to
build connections and form
relationships with people all
over the world. The study also
found that social networking
sites are a big reason why low-
income students are becoming
as "technologically proficient"
as their more affluent peers.
But there are consequences
to the new social network me-
dium as well.
For adults, online reputa-
tions can follow them into the
real world. One of the more
devastating consequences be-
ing that it can impact if they
are hired or even fired from
certain positions.
Meanwhile, social network-

ing sites pose other problems
for younger users. While cases
of sexual predators preying on
the naive minors online of-
ten make headlines, the more
common threats to minors on-
line are harassment from their
peers, studies have found.
According to Harvard Uni-
versity's Berkman Center for
'Internet & Society,. "Bully-
ing and harassment, most
often by peers, are the most
frequent threats that minors
face, both online and offline."
To help the participants of
the Embrace Girls Founda-
tion program understand the
benefits and dangers of going
online, Velma Lawrence, the
foundation's president, hosts
seminars a few times a year.
The "It's a Girls' World" inter-
net workshops teach the un-
der-18-year-old girls how to

safely navigate online, includ-
ing how to use social network-
ing websites.-
Lawrence said the girls are
taught that if "you're going
to write something or send
something [online] make sure
that'you want the whole world
to know about it and [under-
stand] that [the information]
is going to be out there for-

While science has not prov-
en exactly when young teens
develop the decision-making
skills needed to maturely and
safely access social network-
ing sites, most networks, such
as Facebook, only allow those
13 or older to create accounts.
However, such precautions
can easily be bypassed by in-

putting false date of birth in-
Ultimately, many experts
believe it is the parents' re-
sponsibility to monitor and'
control their children's on-
line activities, so having basic
computer and online skills are
important for all parents.
Dr. Mary-Angie Salva-
Ramirez, an associate profes-
sor at Florida Memorial Uni-
versity said, "It goes back to
being a good parent. You have
to be responsible for your
children and the way they are
Lawrence agrees.
"It's important to start with
your children when they are
young," she said. "Have a con-
versation with the child about
the ramifications related to
the information they are send-
ing out and receiving [online]."

New vaccine campaign created to reach teenagers

continued from 12B

for for meningitis/meningo-
coccal disease; the flu; hu-
man papillomavirus (HPV) and
whooping cough.
To raise awareness of the im-
portance of teen immunization,
Miami Heat forward Juwan
Howard and famed basketball
player Bob Lanier joined NBA
Cares and the Society for Ado-
lescent Health and Medicine
(SAHM) for a special Vaccines
for Teens awareness event at
Miami Edison Middle School in
Little Haiti.
Recent surveys have shown
that more adolescents are be-
ing vaccinated. However, in
Florida, nearly half of those
13- to 17-years-old have not
received their recommended
vaccinations for mieningococ-
cal disease and pertussis, ac-

cording to the CDC.
Lanier said he was not sur-
prised that so many Floridians
are lacking proper vaccina-
"When people have a lack
of knowledge, a lack of re-
sources, it's harder for them
to gain knowledge to prevent
these kinds of diseases," he
explained. "What we're try-
ing to do is get these kids to
make better choices about their
health and wellness."
In the state of Florida, all stu-
dents are required to receive
vaccinations for diptheria-tet-
anus-pertussis (TDap), hepati-
tis B, polio, measles-mumps-
rubella and the chicken pox
by the time they are in seventh
In Miami-Dade County for
the 2009-2010 school year,
seventh graders had an overall
vaccination rate- of 86.2 per-

cent, according to the Florida
Department of Health.
Although vaccinations for
HPV, flu and meningitis are not
required for students, the CDC
began recommending them for
teens because they consider
that age group to be at high
risk for contracting these par-
ticular illnesses.
Some experts say that teens
are especially at higher risk be-
cause of common circumstanc-
es or behaviors such as sharing
drinking glasses or eating uten-
sils and living in close quarters
such as overnight camps or
Dr. Lawrence Friedman, a
spokesperson for the Society
for Adolescent Health and Med-
icine, told the audience that
vaccines are a way to help the
"The immunization helps
protect the person who not only

got the shot but everyone with
whom they come in contact,"
he said.
After the presentation about
15 students were vaccinated.
Each student was due to have
their vaccinations and received
a booster shot for TDap or
whooping cough.
Stanley Dupont said that the
presentation had increased his
awareness about the vaccines,
adding that he thought it was a
good idea.
"Yes, I'd do it [again] for my
health," Dupont said.
The Vaccines for Children
program provides free vac-
cines to uninsured children
and many others with financial
barriers. For help in finding a
local health care provider who
participates in the program,
please visit www.dadehealth.
org/healthcenters.asp or call

Hattitude at Millrock Holy MBC

Pastor Aaron Jackson and
the Millrock Holy Missionary
Baptist Church Pastor's Aide
Board invites you to their Hat-
titude program. The theme
for the event is "Attitude of
a Christian Woman in her
Service starts 3:30 p.m.,

Sunday, February 20 at 2575
NW 65 Street. The guest
speaker is Rev. Pamela Brooks
from the New Union Grove
M.B.C. The Southern Echoes
will render the song service.
Come out men and women
and wear your best hat as we
fellowship in the Lord!

Company juggles faith, profit

continued from 13B

many of the chain's critics,
some of whom are airing their
grievances on Chick-fil-A's,
Facebook page. The Human
Rights Campaign is calling on
the restaurant to begin partici-
pating in the Corporate Equal-
ity Index, which rates compa-
nies' treatment of gays.
Christian culture pervades
many aspects of Chick-fil-A's
operations, from its corporate
purpose which includes "to
glorify God by being a faithful
'ste~iaat' dfalltlnat'id entr'sted
to us" to its policy of clos-
ing restaurants on Sundays
to praying at restaurant open-

According to a recent case
study of the restaurant chain
by the Yale School of Manage-
ment, employees are encour-
aged to attend prayer services.
Chick-fil-A has over 1,500
locations and began moving
beyond the Deep South in the
last decade or so. Recently the
company has expanded its
number of restaurants in the
Northeast, creating a more se-
rious presence there.
Considering Chick-fil-A's
conservative Christian mis-
sion, perhaps the most striking
feature of the recent controver-
sy isohow uLua*ualAt is (d the
company. As the chain contin-
ues to grow, they may find it
more difficult to avoid the cul-
ture war.

Christianity remains dominant

continued from 13B

continent of European colo-
nies, with missionaries run-
ning schools, medical clinics
and churches went from 10
percent Christian to 46 percent
For many Africans, Jenkins

said, the appeal of Christianity
is that the Bible, written many
hundreds of years ago, often
reads like it was written about
and for their societies today,
where poverty is common, and
many never make it to old age.
"Preaching in Africa, when
you talk about idols, you mean
it" literally, Jenkins said.

Minister talks about relationships

continued from 12B

While Carter is a strong pro-
ponent of marriage, she does
have, misgivings with the rea-
sons for why people often decide
to get married. Such reasons
can range from the material to
the spiritual.
Carter explained, "I feel that
a lot of people need to tell the
truth. You're not really looking
for marriage. You 're looking for
a roommate someone to help
pay the bills."
The minister also revealed

that she first got married when
she was 16 because she felt
pressured by her church.
"I want to bring that point
out that the church has been
guilty of pushing people to be-
ing married. The Bible does
say its better to marry than to
burn but I believe that we need
to teach them more so how to
have a relationship with God
because marriage is not going
to solve all your problems," she
However, now the single min-
ister says she resists such con-

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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-

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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.

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will meet with pregnant teens at
6 p.m., every Wednesday. 786-
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Dealing with sibling rivalry

By Teri Cettina

Your first-grader has a friend
coming over for a playdate,
and she's thrilled. So is your

preschooler: She thinks hav-
ing another kid in the house
means extra fun for her, too.
But here's the thing, says
Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D.,

a private-practice therapist in
Princeton, NJ, and a mom of
four kids: Your older child de-
serves and needs some
one-on-one time with friends


hef own age. She won't get that
if you insist on the "everyone
play together" rule.
The ideal solution: Invite a
friend for your younge- child,

too, if you can handle mul-
tiple visitors. "The whole gang
may actually choose to play
together part of the time,"
says Kennedy-Moore, author
of What About Me? 12 Ways
to Get Your Parents' Attention
Without Hitting Your Sister.
Otherwise, a good compromise
is to allow your preschooler to
hang out with the big kids for
20 minutes or so at the start of
the playdate.
Talk to your kids in advance,
and be clear that this is a spe-
cial favor for your preschooler.
She has to behave well: No
whining, crying or pouting. To
be included next time, your
preschooler also needs to ac-
cept the end of "together time"
graciously. "Rehearse with
your younger child how to say
'Bye! Thanks for letting me
play!' and minimize the tears
by immediately steering her
to a fun activity she can play
with you after she leaves the
older kids," suggests Kennedy-


M-DCPS encourages parents to

take state's annual ESE survey

Special to the Miami Times

Miami-Dade County Pub-
lic Schools' Division of Special
Education is asking all parents
of students, who receive spe-
cial education services in Pre-K
through 12th grade, to partici-
pate in the Florida Department
of Education's annual Excep-
tional Student Education (ESE)
Parent Survey. The survey will
be available online from Febru-
ary 1st to June 30th, at www.
The Florida Department of Ed-
ucation is working with school
districts to gather information
on how well parents think their

child's school is partnering with
them. All responses are confi-
dential, and will help improve
services and results for children
and families.
For parents' convenience, all
schools as well as the Florida
Diagnostic and Learning Re-
sources System (FDLRS) north
and south, will have comput-
ers available to complete the
survey, and also provide assis-
tance. If parents cannot access
a computer, paper surveys also
will be available.
For more information or to
obtain a paper survey, con-
tact Keisha Robinson, FDLRS-
South, at 305-754-4081.

By Karen Miles

Gavin Mann, 4, of Ver-
non, BC, is a competent
little guy. Problem is, he
doesn't act it. "He won't
put on his shirt, pick up* .
his toys, or even go pee by
himself!" says his mom,
A kid who acts helpless
might be afraid of mak-
ing a mistake, or wan t
more attention. Or he may
just be used to a lot of
hand-holding. Whatever

the reason, he'll be better
off if ou can help him be
more independent, says
Becky Bailey Ph.D., author
of Easy to Love. Difficult to
Discipline Try these ideas:
Go fifty-fifty at first. Say
for example, You put this
shoe on and then I II put
the other one on for you.'
Then be his cheerleader:
"Wow! You did it all by
Challenge him little At
a calm moment, ask your
child to tell you three

things he can do by him-
self. Then have him dern-
onstrate one. If he hesi-
tates in the middle ("What
if I spill?' I, encourage him
to keep going !'We all spill
sometimes, but you're do-
ing great'").
Make time for fun. Your
child wants your atten-
tion, which his demands
guarantee. But if you play
trucks with him every eve-
ning, having you get him
in his pj's might not matter
so much.

10. tips fora successful parent teacher conference

Be your child's education advocate

By Donna Henderson

One of the perpetual com-
plaints you hear from parents
and teachers when a child is
struggling is a disconnect be-
tween one other. When a child
is having problems in school
parents tend to blame teachers
and teachers blame parents,
but these problems can be ad-
dresses early and remedied
with the cooperation of teachers
and parents.
Donna Henderson, professor
of counseling at Wake Forest
University, says, "A good atti-
tude and a spirit of cooperation
are the keys to successful par-
ent-teacher conferences. Go in
with an attitude of collaboration
and a mindset that everybody is
working toward the same goal."
Henderson provides several
useful advice tips for parents
speaking with their children's
.10 tips for a successful par-

ent-teacher conference
1. Start off on the right foot
by asking teachers what excites
them about teaching a particu-
lar age group or subject. Provid-
ing an opportunity for teachers
to share some of their enthu-
siasm for what they do sets a
positive tone for the discussion.
2. Parents should keep their
children involved by asking
them what they would like
discussed with a teacher and
then providing feedback after
the conference. Ultimately, the
child must assume responsi-
bility for learning, while adults
assume the responsibility for
creating and enhancing those
3. Parents should listen care-
fully to the teacher's concerns
to clearly understand them.
A good teacher will talk.about
the child's strengths and weak-
nesses and suggest ways to
meet learning goals.
4. Ask the teacher, "What are


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some of the things I can do with
my child that would make this
subject come alive?" This can
lead to some concrete examples
of activities like planting a gar-
den or visiting a museum that
may reinforce classroom les-
5. If parents are apprehensive
about meeting with a teacher to
address a problem, they should
turn to the school's counsel-
ing office for help. Often school

counselors will meet with par-
ents before a scheduled confer-
ence to help set goals for the
meeting with the teacher. Or,
the counselor can attend the
conference to facilitate the dis-
cussion between parents and
6. Remember, the focus
should remain on your child's
success, not on arguing with
the teacher. Using negotiation,
listening and good people skills

work better than yelling or be-
ing snide and disrespectful.
Teachers deserve the respect
given other professionals.
7. Clarify what the teacher ex-
pects from the child and from
you before concluding the con-
ference. If there needs to be
continuing contact beyond the
initial meeting, parents and
teachers should establish a
clear plan for doing that.
8. Parents should not commit
to something they cannot do.
For example, if a teacher sug-
gests parents help their child
with math assignments and
they don't have the skills to
do that, they should-ask what
other resources are available to
help the child.
;9. The parent-teacher confer-
ence is only one way to connect
with teachers. Look for other
opportunities during the school
year to build a good relation-
10. Most importantly, give
teachers an opportunity to
share their knowledge about
how to help children learn.

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How to tell if your child is being bullied

By Priscilla J. Dunstan

Understanding what domi-
nant sense your child is will
make it easier to understand
when they are being bullied
and how to understand the
signs. Being aware of behavior-
al exaggerations of their domi-
nant sense, which may be dif-
ferent from your own, will help
you gauge whether parental
'intervention is necessary, and
what is manageable social in-

They will be most sensitive
to physical bullying. They will
be most upset by the pushes,
shoves, the knocking of books
out of one's hands. You may
find that they will be more
physical when they get home,
fluctuating between throwing
their school bag around and

slamming doors; to wanting to
cuddle while watching TV.
They will require more physi-
cal closeness from mom and
dad, perhaps by wanting to do
their homework next to you
or asking you to take them to
school. They may be resistant
to wanting to be outside, al-
though often by doing a physi-
cal activity together, you as
the parent will be able to help
them process the events more

These type of kids will be
most sensitive to the public na-
ture of bullying. You may find
your child complaining about
their nose, refusing to eat or
dramatically changing the way
they dress or style their hair.
Since so much of their iden-
tity is tied up with how they
look'to others, it's important to

support them with changes to
clothes, hair, etc. Make it clear
that these changes are merely
an artistic expression that will
continue to change over time,
and not a reflection on the good
person they are underneath.

They will be completely over-
whelmed by the intent of the
bully. They will try to ratio-
nalize the bully's feelings, and
become immersed and unable
to concentrate on anything
other than "why?" This obses-
sive thought process is the
taste and smell child's way of
coping, so describing situa-
tions where you may have gone
through a similar thing will be
helpful. Unfortunately, all the
intellectual understanding in
the world won't help stop some
people from being nasty, and

this is a lesson the taste and
smell child will just have to

These children will be most
affected by nasty comments,
taunts, name-calling and, of
course, tone. The "sticks and
stones will break my bones,
but names will never hurt me"
rhyme does not apply to an
auditory child for them, words
cause real pain.
An auditory child will need to
repeatedly talk out what was
said by the bully, in order to
comprehend it. The fortunate
thing is that you will know
about the bullying, because
they will tell you about it, over
and over. Be aware that some-
times, simply telling the audi-
tory child that he said the right
thing is all that's needed to feel

By Mindy Berry Walker

If you've been playing "pass
the baby" with admiring visi-
tors, your star may soon boy-
cott. "At about five months,
your baby may tighten her
body and cry when you give
her to a new person," says
Marsha Weinraub, Ph.D., a
professor of psychology at
Temple University, in Phila-
"Compare that to how she
blends into you because she's
so comfortable." What gives?
It's the start of stranger wari-
ness, which peaks around 8
months. Here's how to han-
dle well-meaning baby oglers
and calm your little one, too:
The chatty lady at A&P.
Say to her, "This is Ellie. She

loves peaches." Then show
your daughter a jar of baby
food from your cart. "By
distracting your baby with
something pleasurable, she
may relax," says Weinraub.
An old pal in town. If your
daughter won't leave your
lap, don't force it. Try again
after you let your baby watch
you two chat. By then, she
may even reach for your
Your Saturday-night baby-
sitter. Her resume may reas-
sure you, but not your baby.
Have the sitter first drop by
for a meet-and-greet, and
when the time comes, don't
just disappear. Talk to your
sitter like you would a friend
(see above) and your baby
will likely warm up faster.


Ways to show kids how to be self reliant

Tips to handle baby's

stranger shyness


Four M-DCP

lead nation

in advanced



Special to the Miami Times

Four Miami-Dade County
senior high schools were
among the five Florida
schools that helped the State
achieve a number one rank-
ing in the nation for percent-
age of 2010 seniors taking
Advanced Placement (AP)
exams while in high school,
according to the 7th Annual
AP Report to the Nation by
The College Board.
The schools: Barbara
Goleman, Coral Reef, Design
and Architecture and Mi-
ami Killian senior highs, are
highlighted in the report for
their exemplary programs
to increase access to AP
courses among traditionally
underserved students. The
fifth Florida school is Cy-
press Bay High in Weston.
No other state has as many
recognized schools.
Florida's AP progress con-
tinues to be largely driven
by the solid gains in partici-
pation and performance of
Florida's Black and Hispanic
students who experienced
increases in both the per-
cent taking and the percent
passing AP exams.
More highlights from the
7th Annual AP Report to the
Flonda first-place rank-
ing with 43.5 percent of se-
niors 165.74 11 taking at least
one AP exam during their
high school career bettered
the national average of 28.3
Flonda is third in the na-
tion for the total number of
AP exams taken by students
at 231.632.
Some 22 3 percent of
Florida seniors (33.,712)
passed an AP .eanlM, Nith .,a,,
score of three or higher, ty-
ing the state at SLxth in the
country and exceeding the
national average of 16.9 per-
The states v\ ith the great-
est five-year increases in the
percentage of seniors scor-
ing 3 or higher on an AP
Exam were: Verm6nt, Flor-
ida, Maryland. Maine, Min-
nesota, Colorado, Georgia,
Connecticut, Massachusetts
and Washington.
The top 10 states with
the greatest proportion of
their seniors from the class
of 2010 having at least one
successful AP experience
were: Maryland (26.4 per-
cent), New York (24.6 per-
cent), Virginia (23.7 percent),
Connecticut (23.2 percent),
Massachusetts (23.1 per-
cent), California (22.3 per-
cent), Florida (22.3 percent),
Vermont (21.8 percent),
Colorado (21.4 percent) and
Utah (19.2 percent).
For more information on
the AP report, visit The Col-
lege Board at www.apreport.






for health


The South Florida health-insurance market is
the most competitive area in the state, experts say.
The study found that, in the Fort Lauderdale area,
United Healthcare was the market leader with only
28 percent of the HMO-PPO market, while Aetna
was in second place, with 24 percent of the mar-
If you live in Alabama, chances are that you buy
your health insurance from Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of Alabama, which controls 93 percent of
the health-insurance market in the state. If you
live in Wichita, Kan., you probably buy health
insurance from Preferred Health Systems, which
has 81 percent of that city's market.
In the study, AMA researchers found that 99
percent of health insurance markets in the U.S.
are "highly concentrated." And in 48 percent of the
nation's cities, at least one insurer had a market
share of 50 percent or more.

"The market power of health insurers places
physicians and patients at a significant
disadvantage," said Dr. Cecil Wilson, AMA

"In a state like Florida, you really have to
look at regional markets and whether there's
dominance by one or two health plans," said
Bill Donelan, University of Miami's vice
president for medical administration.

president. "When insurers dominate a market,
people pay higher health insurance premiums
than they should, and physicians are pressured
to accept unfair contract terms and corporate
policies, which undermines the physician role as
patient advocate."
The researchers examined 2008 enrollment in
health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and
preferred provider organizations (PPOs) from 359
metropolitan areas located in 46 states. They
fourdnthat in60 percent of the cities studied thw a
two largest insurers had a combined market share
of '70 percent or greater. On a larger scale, those
same market shares played out in.24 states.
"In a state like Florida, you really have to look at
regional markets and whether there's dominance
by one or two health plans," said Bill Donelan,
University of Miami's vice president for medical

"In Florida, there's not a dominant player," said
Jon Urbanek, vice president of sales for Blue
Cross-Blue Shield of Florida. "There are states
where carriers have upward of 60, 70, 80 percent
market share. That's not the environment we have
Urbanek questions the AMA's data that shows
BCBS with a 40 percent market share statewide.
His data suggests that his company has a 31
percent market share across the state.
In markets where there isn't much competition,
consumers often feel the effects in their
pocketbooks. Having only one or two major
insurers in a market can mean premium costs are
higher than in other cities, Donelan said.
"That's one of the things the federal health
legislation that passed tried to address," Donelan
said. By requiring insures to spend 80 to 85
percent of each premium on health-care costs, he
said the health-care overhaul targeted companies
that dominate a market and charge excessive

Kids exercise improve

thinking, math skills

By Steven Reinberg

When overweight, sedentary kids start to
exercise regularly, their ability to think, to
plan and even to do math improves, a new
study suggests.
In addition, exercise was linked to increased
activity in the parts of the brain associated
with complex thinking and self-control, ac-
cording to brain imaging scans analyzed by
the researchers.
"This implies that chronic sedentary be-
havior is compromising children's ability and.
achievement," said lead researcher Catherine
Davis, a clinical health psychologist at the
Georgia Prevention Institute at Georgia Health
Sciences University in Augusta.
"We know that exercise is good for you, but
we didn't have very good evidence [before
this] that it would help children do better in
school," said Davis.
Although this study was done among over-
weight children, she believes that similar re-
sults would be seen in normal-weight kids.
Davis speculates that these positive chang-
es are a result of a combination of biological
and environmental factors. "There are some
neural growth factors that have been identi-
fied in mice that exercise," she said. These
benefits may include more brain cells and
more connections between them.
But there are also social and environmen-
tal factors, she noted. "[There's] more stimu-
lation when things are moving faster and
when you're moving. So it is cognitively stim-

ulating to move," Davis said.
With one-third of U.S. children overweight,
Davis thinks that exercise needs to become an
essential part of children's lives.
"Make sure your child has a balanced life -
not only that they study, but that they learn
to take care of their bodies as well," she said.
The report is published in the January is-
sue of Health Psychology.
For the study, Davis's team randomly as-
signed 171 overweight children seven to 11
years old, to either 20 minutes or 40 minutes
of vigorous exercise every day after school or
to no exercise. The exercise program focused
on fun and safety rather than competition
and skill, and included running games, hula
hoops and jump ropes. Researchers found it
raised their heart rates to 79 percent of maxi-
mum, which is considered vigorous.
The researchers evaluated the children us-
ing standard achievement tests known as the
Cognitive Assessment System and Woodcock-
Johnson Tests of Achievement III. Some chil-
dren also had magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI) scans of their brains.
The MRIs found that children who exercised
had increased activity in the so-called execu-
tive function area of the brain associated
with self-control, planning, reasoning and ab-
stract thought as well as the prefrontal cor-
tex. The latter is the part of the brain linked
with complex thinking and correct social be-
havior, the researchers noted.
There was also decreased activity in an area
of the brain that's behind the prefrontal cor-

By Cari Nierenberg

Kids who have their tonsils re-
moved seem to gain weight after
the surgery and may be more
likely to become overweight
compared to children who nev-
-er went under the knife, a new
study suggests.
In the research published
in the February issue of Oto-
laryngology Head and Neck
Surger-'. scientists reviewed
data from nine different stud-
* s' sianuti'g 'A y -e 'p9i'd
They looked at the weight of 795
children ranging in age from 0
to 18 years old before tonsillec-
tomy and for up to eight years
after it.
"We found a greater-than-
expected weight gain in normal
and overweight children after
tonsillectomy," said Dr. Anita
Jeyakumar. who led the re-
search ream.
In one analysis of 127 chil-

dren six months to one year
after surgery, the average body
mass index of the kids increased
by about seven percent. In an-
other analysis of 249 children,

50 to 75 percent of kids had
weight gain after surgery. While
most weight gain happened in
the first year after surgery, sci-
entists don't khow definitively

"Itseems a no-brainer to me that for'
," kids' brains to be healthy, they should-
( be encouraged to participate in regular
exercise and given the time and place
for it," Heller concluded.

tex. The shift seems to be tied to faster devel-
oping of cognitive skills, Davis said.
In addition, the more the kids exercised,
the more the intelligence-test scores went up.
An average increase of 3.8 points on scores
in cognitive planning skills was noted in kids
who exercised 40 minutes a day for three
months, the researchers found.
Children who exercised 20 minutes a day
experienced smaller gains.
There were also improvements in math
skills, but not reading ability. "The finding of
improved math achievement is remarkable,
given that no academic instruction was pro-
vided, and suggests that a longer interven-
tion period may result in more benefit," the
researchers said.

whether it levels off after that.
The scientists wonder wheth-
er this post-surgery weight gain
in young people is contributing
to the nation's obesity epidemic.
That's because tonsillectomy is
the most common major opera-
tion done in childhood and more
than 500,000 surgenes take
place each year in the United
States on kids under 15.
'This weight gain has been go-
ing on for a long time, almost
four decades. Now, we neae
ro'fIgure out why its happr4l-
ing,' said Jeyakumar, a pedjlry*i
ric otolaryngologist (ear, nose,..
and throat specialist) at Cardi-
nal Glennon Children's Medical
Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Tonsils are small clumps of in-
fection-fighting tissue found on
either side of the throat. When
swollen, they can cause frequent
throat or ear infections. Their
enlarged size can also block a
child's airways at night.

Early breast cancers may need less lymph node surgery

By Liz Szabo

Some women with early breast
cancers can safely opt for less
surgery, greatly reducing the
risk of painful long-term- com-
plications, according to a new
study that's already changing
standard medical practice.
The study, reported in the
Journal of the American Medi-
cal Association, involved 900
women with early breast can-
cers who had lumpectomies
and radiation, and most got
drug therapy. Although the tu-

mors were small, these cancers
can spread to lymph nodes un-
der the arm, which can allow
the tumors to spread around
the body through the lymph
As a precaution, doctors usu-
ally remove some of these lymph
nodes. But that surgery can be
painful and lead to an incurable
and sometimes disabling condi-
tion called lymphedema, which
causes the arm to swell.
In recent years, doctors have
made an effort to spare women
from this complication by first

removing only one or two cru-
cial lymph nodes, called the
sentinel nodes. If those nodes
contain cancer, doctors remove
many of the other lymph nodes.
If the sentinel nodes are cancer-
free, doctors leave the others in
place, greatly reducing the risk
of lymphedema.
In this study, doctors found
that it's not necessary to take
out additional lymph nodes,
even if they find cancer in the
sentinel ones. About 92 percent
of women were alive after five
years, whether or not the extra

lymph nodes were removed, ac-
cording to the study, conduct-
ed at 115 locations around the
USA and funded by the National
Cancer Institute.
Results of the study were
presented at a medical meet-
ing last summer, and some
surgeons are already changing
their practices. The University
of Washington-Seattle Cancer
Care Alliance began removing
fewer lymph nodes at the end of
last year, "after a faculty retreat
and lots of discussion," profes-
sor Julie Gralow says.

[ H'ATHATH i y arryLuca

, February is a time each year
when hearts take center stage
- every convenience tore from
New York to Los Angeles is vir-
tually covered in heart-shaped
chocolate, candies and cards.
But, there's another heart of
the non-confectionary variety
we should also take time to
think about this month the
one in our bodies.
Like an engine to a. car,
the human heart is respon-
sible for keeping other organs
working and our bodies mov-.
ing. We know how important
it is to conduct regular main-
tenance on an engine to pre-
vent issues with the entire car.
Heart health is no different.
Yet cardiovascular diseases,
which include heart attack
and stroke, are the leading
causes of death in the United
States. In fact, more than 81
million Americans live with
various forms of cardiovascu-

lar diseases, which led to one
quarter of all deaths in the
U.S. last year, according to
the National Center for Health
These numbers are espe-
cially startling for the Black
community where more than
40 percent of all adults suffer
from high blood pressure, one
of the most critical yet pre-
ventable indicators of cardio-
vascular health, according to
the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services. Prevent-
ing high blood pressure could
mean the difference between
life or death: Blacks today are
1.5 times more likely to suffer
a heart disease-related death
than other Americans and are
nearly twice as likely to die be-
cause of a fatal stroke. What's
more: Nearly half of us are un-
aware we're living with high-
blood pressure.
.Alarmed by these figures?

You should bel Let
them serve as a wake-
up call about the
importance of main-
taining your heart's
health. Many common
causes of cardiovas-
cular diseases can be
eliminated by reduc-
ing their major risk
factors, such as high
blood pressure, high
cholesterol, smoking, diabe-
tes, lack of exercise and poor
nutrition, according to the
U.S. Centers for Disease Con-
trol. When it comes to heart
health, lifestyle choices, like
what you eat and how much
you exercise, play a critical
role in preventing potentially
devastating diseases.
As someone who has lived
with high blood pressure for
more than 20 years, I know
a thing or two about lifestyle
choices. I keep my heart


healthy by tak-
ing the stairs
instead of the
elevator, visit-
ing my doctor for
regular cardio-
vascular check-
ups and properly
taking my pre-
scribed medi-
cines. It's these

small steps that
mean the most, and making
the right choices can help
curb the risk of heart dis-
ease, enabling you to live a
longer, healthier life. It'salso
important to remember that
many lifestyle choices that
lead to heart diseases later in
life, like diet and tobacco use,
begin when we're young. It
takes years, and in some cas-
es decades, for them to catch
up with us which is why
young people should know
their future heart health is

shaped by the choices they
make today.
Making healthy choices can
help prevent heart disease,
but there are other risk fac-
tors that you can't control
- like age and family his-
tory. In addition to lifestyle
changes, you and your doc-
tor may decide that prescrip-
tion medicines are the best
way to help keep your heart
healthy. Fortunately, a sur-
vey released this month by
the Pharmaceutical Research
and Manufacturers of Ameri-
ca (PhRMA) reveals that there
are nearly 300 medicines in
development for'heart dis-
ease and stroke by America's
biopharmaceutical research
and manufacturing compa-
nies all of which are either
being tested in clinical trials
or awaiting approval by the
Food & Drug Administration.
Developing these medicines

means very little if patients
in need can't access them.
Luckily, there are programs
available -to help patients find
and pay for their prescrip-
tions. Since 2005, America's
biopharmaceutical research-
ers and manufacturers have
supported the Partnership
for Prescription Assistance
(1-888-4PPA-NOW; www.
pparx.org), which helps con-
nect patients in need to 475
assistance programs that offer
more than 2,500 medicines
for free or nearly free.
In addition to thinking about
your special someone this
month, be sure to keep your
own heart in mind by making
an appointment to visit your
physician to gauge your cur-
rent heart health. Awareness
is the first step in preventing
heart diseases and ensuring
there are many more Valen-
tine's Days to come.

Getting tonsils out tied to kids' weight gain


The Miami Times




Get your motor running without caffeine

By Kim Painter

100: grm ERB0I

A new study links childhood obesity and the introduction of
solid foods to bottle-fed babies before the age of four months.

Child obesity

linked to formula,

early start on solids

Breast-fed babies are not at increased

risk regardless

By Liz Szabo

A new study sheds light on ways to fight childhood obesity -
before infants are even out of the cradle.
Formula-fed babies who begin solid foods too early before
they're four months old are six times as likely to become obese
by age three, compared with babies who start on solids later,
according to a study of 847 in today's Pediatrics. About nine per-
cent of children in the study were obese by age three.
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends
that parents delay introducing solid foods-until ages four to six
months, 26 percent start on solids by four months old, according
to background information in the study.
Breast-fed babies face no additional risk of obesity, regardless
of when they start solids, thd study says. The academy recom-
mends that mothers breast-feed exclusively for the first six
months, combining nursing with other foods for at least a year.
Doctors have long known that breast-fed infants are less
likely to become overweight. Surveys show that only 75 percent
of American babies get any breast milk, however, and half are
nursed for less than four months, the study says.
A 2005 study in the Journal of the American Medical Associa-
tionestimated that switching formula-fed babies to breast milk
could reduce the child obesity rate by 15 percent to 20 percent.
Doctors can't fully explain why breast-feeding is so protec-
tive, say authors Susanna Huh and Sheryl Rifas-Shiman, of
Children's Hospital Boston. But it's possible that breast-feeding
mothers may stop nursing when a baby seems full, rather than
encouraging an infant to finish.a bottle, they say.
Experts note that the study has limitations.
It's possible that the children's obesity is more closely related
to their parents' educational levels than their feeding practices,
given that people with less education may not be informed about
the healthiest time to start solid foods, says Atlanta pediatrician
Jennifer Shu. Obesity is more common among people with less
One positive message from the study is that parents and pe-
diatricians may be able to help reduce obesity simply by delaying
solids until at least age four months, Huh and Rifas-Shiman say.

1 Treat your-
self to the
original energy
drink: Water.

"Even slight dehydra-
tion can leave you feeling
tired and lethargic,"
says Heather Mangieri,
a registered dietitian in
Pittsburgh and spokes-
person for the American
Dietetic Association.
Instead of that giant cof-
fee, energy shot or soda,
"grab an 8-ounce glass of
water," she says. Bonus:
It's free.

DON'T. JSC nap a
^^,o tir desk.

2 Take a

Brisk is best. Outdoors
is ideal. The combination
of movement, sunlight
and fresh air is nature's
energy shot. One study
found that a 10-minute
walk boosted energy for
two hours. Exercising
during the day also can
help you sleep better
at night. And nothing
boosts energy and alert-
ness like a good night's


By Lynne Peeples

NEW YORK Eating more
fruits and vegetables may not
protect children from develop-
ing allergies, according to a large
Swedish study that questions
earlier hints of benefit
Fruits and vegetables are rich in
antio.adants. which are thought
to reduce airwa-, inflammation
So recent studies reporting less
asthma, wheezing and hay fever
among children who consumed
more greens appeared to make
But not all research has found

3 Have a
0 smart

A nibble that combines
protein, complex car-
bohydrates and a bit of
fat will give you the best
boost. Think apples and
peanut butter, yogurt
and berries, or a bit of
cheese on whole-wheat
crackers, says Christine
Gerbstadt, a physician,
registered dietitian and
ADA spokesperson in
Sarasota, Fla.


that link, and the studies that did
may have had a surprising flaw,
said Helen Rosenlund of Karolin-
ska Institutet in Stockholm, who
led the new study.
She said some proteins in fruits
like apples and pears resemble
the pollen parts that trigger hay
fever, meaning that kids might
react to both. In other words, ex-
isting allergies may have caused
them to eat around the greens,
rather than the other way around.
'This could confuse research
findings, explained Rosenlund
in an e-mail, falsely suggesting
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4 Take a

If you are not getting
enough sleep at night,
don't be afraid to nap
during the day -
briefly. Studies show
that 20-minute naps
can improve perfor-
mance and alertness
without ruining night-
time sleep. But it's
best (for your reputa-
tion and your neck) if
you don't just slump
over at your desk:
Instead, find a quiet,
darkened room or a
private nook where
you can don ear plugs
and an eye mask. If
you are very lucky,
you can slip into one
those napping pods
now at some airports
and office buildings.

5 Change

Stop whatever you
are doing and do
something else. A
bored brain is a tired
brain. So if you've
been driving kids
around all afternoon,
don't get back in
the car and run er-
rands: Instead, take
a bike ride or phone
a friend. If you have
been sitting and
typing for hours, go
climb some stairs or
find a fellow human
and have a conversa-
tion perhaps over
a dainty cup of decaf.

' I

Fruits and veggies may

not lower kids' allergy

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States face health care cutbacks

As money dwindles for

programs for the poor,

seniors and disabled,

the demand increases

By Julie Appleby

Lisa Huff says the state-fund-
ed Disability Lifeline program in
Washington state has lived up to
its name, helping her get counsel-
ing for depression, treatment for
diabetes and support for her ulti-
mate goal: getting a job.
Now the program for low-in-
come, temporarily disabled resi-
dents is one of many on the chop-
ping block in Washington, where
lawmakers face, stark choices in
closing a projected shortfall of
$4. billion in their next two-year
budget, 2011-13.
At risk are some of the very pro-
grams seen as national models: a
state-subsidized Basic Health in-
surance plan for low-income resi-
dents who don't qualify for federal
help the first of its kind when it
began 20 years ago and servic-
es that help seniors and the dis-
abled stay out of nursing homes,
as well as insurance for 27,000
undocumented children.
Washington's quandary is
shared by many states: De-
mand for health-related services
is growing, voters don't want to
raise taxes, payments to doctors,
hospitals and clinics have already
been reduced, and states risk los-
ing federal funds if they cut eli-

Found her lifeline: Robert Ravkun, a physician assistant at Rainier Park Medical Clinic, has helped
Lisa Huff get her diabetes under control. Huff says she has seen Ravkun at the clinic since 2008.

gibility for the joint federal-state
Medicaid health program for the-
poor and disabled.

Most states including Wash-
ington have cut services and
budgets during the recession.
Even though the economy is
picking up, state revenue is weak

- and billions in temporary fed-
eral stimulus funding that helped
many governors avoid deeper
cuts dry up June 30.
The next fiscal year is shap-
ing up to be the worst since the
Great Depression, says Michael
Leachman of the liberal Center
for Budget and Policy Priorities
in Washington, D.C. It 'reports

that 44 states and the District of
Columbia project shortfalls total-
ing $125 billion for fiscal 2012,
which begins in July for most.
Governors have asked for more
flexibility on Medicaid, but the
Obama administration has re-
buffed requests for authority to
sharply squeeze eligibility. Fueled
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Obama has officially kicked the habit

Exercising right to

privacy some topics

off limits

The Associated Press

Reverend Anthony Reed

St. John Baptist Church
hosts Unity Day

The Unity Day committee of
the Overtown Historic St. John
Baptist Church will sponsor the
kickoff event 4 p.m.; Sunday,
February 20 at the church.
The sermon for this service
will be delivered by the Reverend
Anthony Reed of Martin Memo-
rial AME Church of Richmond
Heights. Please hear this dy-
namic minister preach the word
of the Lord.
The theme for Unity Day is "We
Are One."
The community is invited to
share in this gospel treat and
fellowship with one another.
Sister Lisa Fitzpatrick serves
as general chairperson. Bishop
James Dean Adams is pastor.
For additional information,
please call the church at 305-

President Barack Obama finally has
kicked the habit, Michelle Obama said
"Yes, he has," the first lady told
reporters at the White House when
asked whether her husband had fi-
nally done what millions of Americans
can't seem to do and quit smoking.
"It's been almost a year."
She offered no details on when he
quit or, more importantly, how he
quit, "because he never smoked a lot,"
and she never saw him light up.
Obama is known to have chewed
nicotine gum to help. After his first
medical checkup as president last
year, the White House physician said
in a statement issued after the exam

Dual holiday: The president daughters Malia, right, and Sasha serenade
the first lady on her Jan. 17 birthday upon arriving at a Washington, D.C.,
school for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day service project.

ress has stalled in the past decade.
The government had hoped to drop
the smoking rate to 12 per cent by last
year, a goal not only missed but now

At the time, Gibbs stopped short of
asserting that the president had quit
outright, but the president's wife was
a bit more direct Tuesday.
"He's always wanted to stop," the
first lady said, explaining that daugh-
ters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, are get-
ting to an age where he wants to be
able to look them in the eye and deny
it should they ever ask him whether
he smokes.
Mrs. Obama said the process of
quitting has been a "personal chal-
lenge" for the president who, when
questioned about it in June 2009, ac-
knowledged that he often sneaked
an occasional puff.
"I constantly struggle with it,"
Obama said. "Have I fallen off the
wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I a daily
smoker, a constant smoker? No."
Obama said he didn't smoke in
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that Obama should stick with "smok-
ing cessation efforts" the use of nic-
otine gum.
One in five adults in the U.S., or 46
million people, still smoke, and tens of
millions more are regularly exposed to
secondhand smoke.
Although the smoking rate in the
U.S. has dropped dramatically since
1964, when the first surgeon general's
report declared tobacco deadly, prog-

, pushed to 2020.

The issue of Obama's smoking last
surfaced in December, when press
secretary Robert Gibbs was asked
about it and said he hadn't seen
Obama smoke in nine months. That
would have put Obama's final puffs
sometime in March.

Central heating may be linked to obesity

Special to the NNPA

A group of British researchers
believe warmer room temperatures
are contributing to ballooning obe-
sity rates.
The analysts, mostly England-
based scientists, reported in an
article, printed last month, in the
journal Obesity Reviews that ex-
cessive exposure to warm indoor
temperatures may cause us to lose
the natural fat-burning tissue,
known as brown fat that we acti-

vate when we're cold.
"All this time spent in toasty in-
teriors may be affecting the levels
of brown fat we carry," Dr. Fiona
Johnson, the report's lead re-
searcher and a fellow at University
College London, told The New York
Times. "It's kind of 'use it or lose
it,' ...If you're not exposed to cold,
you're going to lose your brown fat,
and your ability to burn energy will
be affected."
Despite the misleading word 'fat'
in its name, brown fat-which sci-

entists recently found prevalent
in the upper back and necks of
most adults--consumes our calo-
ries when we are inside rooms with
temperatures in the low 60s or
Residents in the U.S. usually
keep bedrooms set around 68 de-
grees, according to the Times.
Central heating became com-
mon in developing countries in-
cluding the U.S. and U.K. around
the 1960's, and Johnson said that
a "casual link" may exist between

the increased room temperatures
and rising obesity cases.
But all is not lost--Johnson said
individuals might be able to regain
brown fat by lowering their room
To date, researchers have not
tested the correlation between
colder indoor temperatures and
weight loss on humans, but simi-
lar tests on mice-which carry high
doses of brown fat-found that ro-
dents exposed to chronic cold did
lose weight.

Getting tonsils

out tied to kids'

weight gain

By Cari Nierenberg

Kids who have their tonsils re-
moved seem to gain weight after
the surgery and may be more likely
to become overweight compared to
children who never went under the
knife, a new study suggests,
In the research published in the
February issue of Otolaryngology -
Head and Neck Surgery, scientists
reviewed data from nine different
studies spanning a 40-year period.
They looked at the weight of 795
children ranging in age from 0 to 18
years old before tonsillectomy and
for up to eight years after it.
"We found a greater-than-expect-
ed weight gain in normal and over-
weight children after tonsillectomy,"
said Dr. Anita Jeyakumar, who led
the research team.
In one analysis of 127 children
six months to one year after sur-
gery, the average body mass index
of the kids increased by about seven
percent. In another analysis of 249
children, 50 to 75 percent of kids
had weight gain after surgery. While
most weight gain happened in the
first year after surgery, scientists
don't know definitively whether it
levels off after that.
The scientists wonder whether
this post-surgery weight gain in
young people is contributing to the
nation's obesity epidemic. That's
because tonsillectomy is the most
common major operation done in
childhood and more than 500,000
surgeries take place each year in
the United States on kids under 15.
"This weight gain has been going
on for a long time, almost four de-
cades. Now, we need to figure out
why it's happening," said Jeyaku-
mar, a pediatric otolaryngologist
(ear, nose, and throat specialist) at
Cardinal Glennon Children's Medi-
cal Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Tonsils are small clumps of infec-
tion-fighting tissue found on either
side of the throat. When swollen,
they can cause frequent throat or
ear infections. Their enlarged size
can also block a child's airways at
There are several theories about
why some kids may be putting on
One is that when children have
enlarged tonsils, they're spending
more energy (calories) to breathe.
Once they're removed, breathing is
easier and uses less calories, Jeya-
kumar explained.
Another is that when tonsils are
big and swallowing is difficult, chil-
dren may limit the foods they eat or
have less of an appetite. After the
surgery, kids typically feel better
and food probably tastes better, too.

"Our kids are getting to the age where he wants to

be able to look them in the face" and say he doesn't

smoke." -First Lady Michelle Obama

___ ____ __... _. __.

Study: Diet

soda linked

to stroke

A research team from Columbia University and
Miami's Miller School of Medicine found that "people
who drank diet soda every day had a 61 percent
higher risk of vascular events than those who re-
ported no soda.drinking." Researchers asked subjects
at the outset to report how much and what kind of
soda they drank, and followed up with them over the
course of almost a decade. After factoring in the pa-
tients' age, sex, race or ethnicity,. smoking status, ex-
ercise, alcohol consumption, daily caloric intake, and
heart disease history, they say the
"increased risk persisted at a
rate 48 percent higher."
"If our results are
confirmed with future
studies, then it would
suggest that diet
soda may not be the
optimal substitute for
sugar-sweetened bev-
erages for protection
against vascular out-
comes," says Hannah
Gardener, the report's
lead author. To be sure,
correlation does not imply
causation, and the research-
ers admit that self-reporting
studies can be unreliable (people tend to fib a little
about their bad habits). They also caution that the
study "lacked data on types of diet and regular drinks
consumed, preventing analysis of whether variations
among brands or changes over time in coloring and
sweeteners might have played a role."
But whatever, this should be enough for the NYC
Health Department to run with. Better nurse your
baby with Tab now before Bloomberg tears it from
your stroke-paralyzed hands

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More citizens impacted by health care cuts Apostle Dr. Veronica Graham
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by unemployment, Medicaid en-
rollment is at an all-time high.
Medicaid accounts for nearly
22 percent of state spending
when federal matching dollars
are included, according to the
National Association of State
Budget Officers.
While Arizona's decision to
stop paying for organ trans-
plants for its Medicaid patients
has garnered national head-
lines, other states are mak-
ing tough budget choices. As
of this month, dying Medicaid
patients in South Carolina, for
example, will no longer be en-
rolled in hospices. Washington
state in January stopped cov-
ering adult dental programs
and slashed payments to com-
munity health centers.

"No one wants to do these
things," says Joe Antos of the
conservative American Enter-
prise Institute. "But states are
really in fiscal trouble," partly

because of health program
costs, but also because they
have not trimmed back their
state pensions and benefits.
Lawmakers in many states
are working on their upcom-
ing fiscal year budgets and
some vow to try to save some
programs in jeopardy, but they
have few choices.
Projected cuts include:
In California, Gov. Jerry
Brown, a Democrat, proposes
to cut $1.7 billion from the
state's Medicaid program, part-
ly by limiting doctor office visits
to 10 a year and prescription
drugs to six a month. He would
end payment for adult day
care programs that help keep
people out of nursing homes.
Similar efforts in the past have
failed to clear the Legislature,
but the state's budget prob-
lems are dire.
Pennsylvania has notified
42,000 low-income adults that
it will drop their state-subsi-
dized health insurance Feb.
More than 5,300 people are
on waiting lists for help in get-

Fruits don't prevent allergies

continued from 17B

that diets with fewer fruits and
vegetables result in more aller-
gic disease."
To find out if this was the
case, Rosenlund and her col-
leagues looked at data on near-
ly 2,500 eight-year-olds who
had participated since birth in
a larger Swedish study.
Based on blood tests and
questionnaires filled out by
parents, the researchers found
that seven percent of the chil-
dren had asthma. The rates of
hay fever and skin rashes were

more than twice as high.
The average child ate be-
tween one and two servings
of fruit, and between two and
three servings of vegetables
each day.
At first glance, the greens did
seem helpful: Kids with the big-
gest appetite for fruit had less
than two-thirds the odds of de-
veloping hay fever than those
who ate the least amount.
Apples, pears and carrots
appeared to be particularly
helpful, the researchers report
in the Journal of Allergy and
Clinical Immunology, but there
was no link for vegetables.

ting expensive, life-saving HIV/
AIDS drugs from a federal-
state program. This is a 50%
increase since October, data
from the National Alliance of
State and Territorial AIDS Di-
rectors show.
Meal programs for seniors
and the homebound will be
reduced or eliminated in 18
states, an AARP study found.

In Washington state, health
care and social services rep-
resent nearly one-third of the
state's general fund expenses;
education accounts for about
"So it really does fall on so-
cial services and health care,"
says Gov. Chris Gregoire, a
Democrat. "Those are difficult
choices. Do I cut health care to
children or single adults?"
For Huff, the end of Disabil-
ity Lifeline could make her dia-
betes medicine unaffordable.
Untreated, the disease can lead
to a host of expensive and life-
threatening complications. "It's
a slow process, but it can kill

you," Huff, 49, says.
The state's budget gap is
large even though Washing-
ton has trimmed workers and
reduced services, decreasing
spending by more than $5 bil-
lion in the past three years.
Advocates for the poor, se-
niors and disabled are anxious
about the impact of deep cuts.
Home-based care services for
low-income people will be re-
duced, affecting up to 45,000
people. And, unless lawmakers
come up with a way to pay for
it, Basic Health will end this
spring, affecting nearly 60,000
residents who earn less than
$21,660 a year.
"It's a crisis," says Rebecca
Kavoussi of the Community
Health Network of Washing-
ton. A recent survey of com-
munity clinics there found that
40 percent expect they will
have to close at least one loca-
tion if proposed budget cuts go
through, as well as make staff
cutbacks and other changes.
"Our clinics are already getting
calls from patients wondering
if they can still come in."

Church of God in Christ workers

The Southern Florida Juris-
diction invites you to its 12th
Annual Workers Meeting, Feb-
ruary 20-25 at the New Gam-
ble Memorial Church of God in
Christ, 1898 NW 43rd St., Mi-
ami Florida, where the Bishop
Julian C. Jackson is Senior
Minister and Host Pastor.
This year's workers meeting
theme is, "Maintaining Your
Hope in God".
The meeting will commence
with a Musical Extravaganza at
6 p.m. on Sunday evening.
Enrichment sessions begin
Monday through Friday at 6
p.m. nightly.
Evening worship is Monday
through Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Bishop Julian C. Jackson
For additional information,
call 305-821-3692 or 305-757-

Jesus Kingdom International
Ministries, Inc., host Kingdom
Conference 10 a.m., Saturday
and 11 a.m., and 7 p.m., Sun-
day. Hosted by Apostle Dr. Ve-
ronica Graham. 4810 NW 167
Street in Miami Gardens.
Topics are "Understanding
The Kingdom" and "The Power
of Citizenship." The speakers
include: Dr. Richard Pinder -of
Bahamas Faith Ministries In-
ternational in Nassau, Baha-
mas, under the leadership of
Dr. Myles E. Munroe; Dr. Debo-
rah Jones-Allen of Daughters of
Slyyon Ministry.
For more information call

Holy land

Jordan tour
Dr. and Mrs., G.S. Smith in-
vite you on a trip of a lifetime.
12 wonderful days to Israel
and Amman Jordan, from June
20 to July 1, 2011.
You will love Jordan and the
City of Petra.
Call Mrs. Geneva Smith for
a brochure, at 305-891-3570.
Space is limited
We are not going to Egypt.

Apostle Dr. Veronica Graham

305-620-0049 or visit -ww.je-

Dr. and Mrs. G.S. Smith

Eggs not all bad after all

continued from 17B

eat less than 300 milligrams of
total dietary cholesterol a day.
Consuming less than 200 mil-
ligrams a day can help people
at a high risk of cardiovascular
disease, the government says.
To stay below 300 milli-
grams, you could eat an egg
a day and other cholesterol-
containing foods, such as an
ounce of cheese, which has
about 30 milligrams, and three

ounces of fish, which has 60
milligrams, said Dawn Jack-
son Blatner, a spokeswoman
for the American Dietetic As-
The USDA research also
showed that an egg has 41
international units (IUs) of vi-
tamin D, up from 25 IUs mea-
sured several years ago.
There aren't many food
sources of vitamin D, which
is important for bone health,
so it's good that eggs contain
some, Blatner says.

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1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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

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11 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
STuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
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10:45 a.m.

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2171 N.W. 56th Street

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5946 N.W.

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12th Avenue

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

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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023
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Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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

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4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
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Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

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4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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Hadley Davis
dispatcher, died
February 11 at
North Shore
Hospital. Ser-
vices 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the

BESSIE COWAN, 91, retired
nurse, died
February 9 at
Mt Sinai Hospi-
tal. Services 11
a.m., Wednes-
day in the cha-

student, died
February 14 at
home. Services
11 a.m., Satur- .
day in the cha-

retired, died
February 13
at home. For
more infroma-
tion, contact the
funeral home.

dent, died Feb-
ruary 12. Servic-
es 11 a.m., Sat-
urday at New
Mt Zion Baptist


VAUGHN E. RUFF, 58, laborer,
died February 9
at North Shore
Medical Center.
Survivors in-
clude: children,
Vaughn Jr.,
Sheria, Evage-
lina and Shan-
trell Ruff. Ser-
vice 2 p.m., Saturday in the chapel.


born in Jeffery
Town, Jamaica
W.I., 76, tile set-
ter, died Febru-
ary 2 in Lake-
land, Florida.
Services were
held. For more
information call


retired domes-
tic worker, died
February 11 at
home. Survi-
vors include:
three sons, Ben,
Bo and Sheldon;
thirty grandchil-
dren and a host
of great-grands, nieces, cousins
and many, many friends. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Greater Israel
Bethel Primitive Baptist Church.

TRAVIS M. MCNEIL, 28, labor
worker, died
February 10 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at St.
Mark Missionary
Baptist Church,
1470 NW 87

ANN M. NICHOLSON, 71, died
February 14 at
home. Survivors
include: daugh-
ter, Diane Law-
son; son, Loren-
zo Taylor; sister,
Gail Newkirk;
brothers, Wil-
lie and Randy
Newkirk. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist
Church, 1140 NW 62 Street.

BOWE, 50,
died February F
10 at University
of Miami Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday a L
at Peaceful Zion
Missionary Bap- I(
tist Church.

February 10 at Northshc
Center. Service 2 p.m.,
the Chapel.

educator for
County Public
Schools and
Detroit Public
Schools, died
February 10 at
home. Survi-
vors include:
two daughters, Jocelyr
of Miami, Dr. Kathryn
of Charlotte, North Ca
grandchildren, Jonathar
and Jurmelle E. Bynoe
and best friend, Barbar
Cutler Bay, Florida; g
Maurice Wayne Rose
Michigan; cousins, Orio
las and Shirley Dougla.
mons Island, Georgia; an
other family members a
Service 10:30 a.m., S
The Church of the C
United Church of Christ
8 Avenue. For addition
tion contact Dr. Kathryn
305-634-1290 or 980-35

Wright and Y4

retired County
supervisor, died
February 10 at
Oceanside Re-
habilitation Cen-
ter. Survivors
include: wife,
Harriett Cook
Roberts; son,
Nichele C. Roberts; si
Dr. Mae Christian; bro
Anthony Taylor. Service
Wednesday in the chapel

64, laborer, died Febru
rangements are incompl

In Memor

In loving memory o


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ore Medical
Saturday in

79, retired

Card of Thanks

The church family of the late,


Lord in the morning
thou shalt hear
My voice ascending high;
To thee I direct my prayer,
To thee lift up mine eye.
The St. Matthews MBC
Family extends a sincere
thanks for all acts of love dur-
n H. Davis ing our hour of bereavement.
SE. Davis Special thanks to the Atlan-
irolina; two tic Coast Association, Mod-
n R. Bynoe erator Anthony Brown and
; god-sister Pastor of New Bethel MBC;
a Savoy of Rev. Franklin Clark, 2nd Vice
3od-brother, Moderator of the Atlantic
of Detroit, Coast Association and Pastor
)n L. Doug- of Mt. Olivette MBC; Rev. Dr.
s of St. Si- G. David Horton, Moderator
nd a host of Emeritus Seaboard Associa-
ind friends, tion and Pastor of Greater New
Saturday at Bethel MBC; Rev. Larry Wal-
)pen Door thour, 1st Vice Moderator At-
:, 6001 NW lantic Coast Association and
lal informa- Pastor of St. Andrews MBC;
E. Davis at Rev. Leroy Deaveaux, Pastor
55-2286. of Temple MBC; Rev. Grego-
ry Thompson, Pastor of New
4jO Harvest MBC and President
of the AACCC; Rev. Gatson E.
young Smith, Pastor of Friendship
OK II, 78, MBC and President of Baptist
Ministers Council; Rev. Dr.
C.P. Preston, Jr., Moderator
of the Florida East Coast As-
sociation and Pastor of Peace-
ful Zion MBC; Rev. Alphonso
Jackson, Jr., Moderator of
the Seaboard Association
S and Pastor uf Sc~ucou a.Lp;JLst
Church of Richmond Heights;
ster-in-law, Rev. Dr. Willie Strange, Dade
ther-in-law, United Association and Pastor
:e 11 a.m., of Greater Holy Cross MBC;
el. Rev. Cedric Farquharson, As-
sociate Pastor of Salem Union
Baptist Church, Nassau, Ba-
hamas and all other clergy.
Thanks also to the Baha-
ERTRAND, mian American Federation,
jary 2. Ar- Sister Maevis Kerr President;
ete. Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mind-
ingall, Dade County School
Board Member, District Two;
the staff of Wright and Young
iam Funeral Home; the Minister
of Music, Brother Franklin
_f, Williams, musicians, Sister
Dionne Lockett and Brother
James Ryans, III, The Sheph-
ard's Care, Trustees and all
other ministries and mem-
k bers.


You' 11 always live in our
hearts, truly missed and
Mom, son, and family.


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Happy Birthday, from all of
your kids, grand kids, great
grand kids and the rest of the
Alvin's family.
We love you and miss you.

The Associated Press

Cecil Kaiser, a diminutive
left-hander who made $700 a
month at the height of his Ne-
gro Leagues pitching career in
the 1940s, died Monday at the
age of 94.
His son, Tyrone, said Kaiser
died following a fall at his home
in Southfield, Mich.
"He fell, was rushed to the
hospital and his heart stopped,"
said Tyrone Kaiser, who remem-
bered his father as a lifelong
baseball fan who talked about
the game "all the time."

Cecil Kaiser grew up a Yan-
kees fan in New York. With
his path to the majors blocked
by segregation, the 5-foot-6,
165-pounder played outfield
with some traveling sand-
lot teams, eventually rising to
prominent roles with the Pitts-
burgh Crawfords and Home-
stead Grays.
According to the Negro
Leagues Baseball Museum,
Kaiser first appeared with the
Crawfords as an outfielder, but
when the team's pitching staff
suffered a series of injuries,
manager "Candy Jim" Taylor
sent Kaiser to the mound.
A reluctant Kaiser responded
by hurling a complete-game vic-
tory over the Cincinnati Clowns.
Despite his size, Kaiser was
known as a strikeout pitcher
who effectively mixed in a good
fastball with an assortment of

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

S, : a;. .-

08/04/68 -02/20/06

Love always, your mother
Violean Thurston; sons, Cal-
vin and Quinton Jr.; sisters
and brother.

off-speed pitches. He was nick-
named "Minute Man," because
it took him but a minute to
strike out batters.
Last month, Kaiser at-
tended the opening of a Negro
Leagues-themed exhibition at
an art museum in Muskegon,
Mich. There, he described hav-
ing played with the legendary
pitcher Satchel Paige and how
the great Josh Gibson was his
catcher at one time.
"They're pretty much all gone
now. Not too many are left,"
Kaiser told The Muskegon
In 1947, Kaiser made $700
a month with the Grays, with
whom he played through 1949.
He also had success during
a number of stops in various
Latin American and Canadian
Perhaps his best year of win-
ter ball came in 1949-1950,

when, pitching with Caguas of
the Puerto Rican League, he
posted a league-leading 1.68
The Negro Leagues museum
said that upon the demise of the
Negro National League, a draw-
ing was held to determine the
dispersal of players among the
remaining teams. When Kaiser
was assigned to the Clowns, he
refused to report and returned
to Puerto Rico.
After he lost power in his
pitching arm and left pro base-
ball, Kaiser spent five years
with the Ford Motor Co. team in
the Detroit Industrial League.
"Certainly we will remember
him fondly, remember the con-
tributions he made, not only in
baseball," said Raymond Do-
swell, interim president of the
Negro Leagues museum.
Doswell said only about 125
to 150 former Negro League
players are still alive and Kaiser
was known to be among those
who made a point of attending
reunions and other events tied
to their time in baseball.
The Detroit Tigers in recent
years were among those to cel-
ebrate the contributions of Kai-
ser and others.
"Cecil was a great friend to
the Detroit Tigers and was truly
a pioneer to the game of base-
ball," the club said in a state-
ment. "The Tigers are grateful
of Cecil's participation in our
annual Negro Leagues tribute
games. Cecil's warm smile and
presence will be missed."

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

02/1o,0/ 12/1Ui09

Mom, rest in peace.
For your words of love and
wisdom will never cease Love
you dearly.
From the Evans family

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It's been five years since you
left us, but you are forever in
our hearts.
We Miss you.
Love always your wife, chil-
dren and grandchildren.

Cecil Kaiser, Negro League

baseball player, dies at 94

In Memoriam

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Miamis golden

age of boxing

Fifth Street Gym was once the

sport's epicenter

By D. Kevin McNeir

The sport of boxing has lost much of its splendor and fan ,:
appeal when compared to the middle and later parts of the
20th century when it reached its zenith. Before Black box-
ers like Sonny Liston, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Fore- "
man, Sugar Ray Robinson and the amazingly-talented ...........................................................................,.......................

Muhammad All became champions they spent long hours
training in gyms across the U.S.
These facts may be obvious but what readers may not
know is that once upon a time, Miami's Fifth Street Gym,
originally located at 501 Washington Avenue, was con-
sidered one of the premier temples of boxing. In fact,
during its heyday Fifth Street Gym was listed as
one of the places for aspiring boxers to learn
their craft, rivaling the Kronk in De-

New York City.
Now in a new book by Dr. Fer-
die Pacheco often referred to as
the "Fight Doctor," one can walk
down memory lane and enjoy nar-
ratives penned by trainers, boxers
and writers who were there when
boxing held the attention of the world.
Tales from the 5th. Street Gym (Univer-
sity Press of Florida) tells the story of how
the gym was founded by Chris and Angelo
a Dundee two 'Philadelphia-born brothers
who moved their boxing operation south in the
early 50s after tackling the tough streets of the
Big Apple.
Why Miami? Because it was a booming vacation spot
and fertile ground for new boxing enterprises. From their
gym, the two men developed an impressive stable of fight-
ers, Black, white and Cuban, keeping their boxers busy
with weekly shows at the Miami Beach Auditorium.
The text plays down the impact that segregation had
on the City and the sport. However, in one revealing vi-
gnette, we see how even the great Ali, then known as
Cassius Clay, was forced to take lodging in a Black ho-
tel in Overtown despite being the star attraction at the
South Beach auditorium. He was so popular that the
Beatles during a performance in Miami in 1964, sought
him out.
Fifth Street Gym's star shined brightly for more than
three decades and produced a great number of champions.
But as time progressed, it became increasingly difficult to
keep its doors open. The building that once housed the
gym has been torn down to make room for a parking lot.
All that remains is a single plaque that, and the memo-
ries etched in the minds of boxing fans forever.



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BalJean Smith. president
and retired brothers of
JOmrega Pi Phi Fraternir,.
:nc con.c-rgcd at the home
of Bro. Garth Reeves last
Thursday, for the traditional
first Thursday of the month
gathering with Stand Allen,
The brothers enjoyed
the panoramic view of the
Intercoastal Waterway and a
tour of Reeves' boat tied up
near the dock as the aroma of
fried fish filled the air.
Vice-President Earl Daniels
was given the honor of
conducting the meeting. He
is commended for a job well-
Johnny Stephenson,
chaplain, filled the void with
his bellowing voice, as he
blessed the food. Smith was
commended for frying the fish
Stacy Jones commended the
hosts for a great feast and the
love for the brothers who are
the envy of chapters around the
world. Visiting brother Roland
Byrd from Virginia echoed his
compliment from his short
stay while Dr. Ed Braynon,
29th Basileus expressed his

sruong feeling Lie 1
for Omega first
and thnlled The fe
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committees are ------ which
doing to make the sc
the chapter flourish. The
The brothers became elated opportu
over the attendance of visiting up unc
brother James Lamar who whatev
impacted the retired brothers events.
with the chairmanship of sold je
many committees
and his strong desire
to move the chapter
upward. Lamar
indicated transferring
the fundamentals of
this chapter to his
present chapter in
Some of the brothers REEVES
in attendance
included: James
(Jimmy) Anders, Theodore Arcola
Blue, Leon Clark, Earl Phi Ba
Daniels, Elston Davis, Johnny DJ's.
Davis, Harry Dawkins, Peter Phill
Harden, Hansel Higgs, Oscar brought
Jessie, Richard Mitchell, Ric for the
Powell, Johnny Robinson, Lake,
Autaley Salahud-Din, Arthur The Si
Simms, John Shaw, Anthony Gloria
Simons, John Tullis and Dr. "Amazi
David White. Willia

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cum laude graduate of Barry
University. Her experience
includes the first woman of
color at the Miami Beach Police
Department, Communications
Operator, Juvenile Division
and undercover Narcotics Unit.
Her spouse is the former Miami
Police Chief Clarence
SDickson, they have
produced a family of
two daughters and
five grandchildren.
Her dedication to
S Bethel is fundraising

olden salute goes out
ckie Bell, Executive
or of New Washington
ts CDC, for bringing
)wn alive to the Folk
rst Friday Festival each
Friday in the month.
estival began with the
ice of the Junkanoo
brought the crowd to
ene of action.
festival provided an
unity for vendors to set
ler a white tent and sell
ver around the stage
Some of the vendors
.welry, books, clothing,
food, purses and
The event honored:
Seth Crapp, Leome
Culmer, Gwendolyn
Dickson, Elsie
Hubbert, Tony Crapp
Jr., Dr. Dorothy
Commissioner Richard
P. Dunn and the
Singing Angels of
Lakes Park with the Psi
nd and the Future Funk

ip McKinnon, emcee,
it on Alberta Godfrey
e welcome; Rev. Eddie
Pastor of Bethel A.M.E.;
singing Angels featuring
Pacely singing
ing Grace," Mamie
ms and Ruby Allen

singing "Enjoy Jesus," while
Lee Johnson sang "Stand
By Me" in honor of Clyde
Killens who brought America
to the Knight Beat, where line
dancing was created.
Dr. Ralph Ross had the
honor of introducing Seth
Crapp, who came to
Miami in 1948 from
Coleman, Georgia where
he married Pauline in
1951 and they produced
four boys and a set of
twin girls. Among his
family are Larry and
Tony Jr., City Manager
and Office of Black MINDI
Angela Culmer, Esq.
(daughter) and Bell had the
honor of recognizing Leome
Culmer. Leome Francis
Scavella Culmer is a lifetime
and third generation member
of St. Agnes Episcopal Church.
Who along with Father
John E. Culmer produced
a family of five children. She
is also a product of Booker
T. Washington and Bethune-
Cookman University and some
of her affiliations include the
P.T.A., Girl Scouts, Black
Archives, African-American
Committee of Dade Heritage
Trust, Board of Directors
Children's Home Society and
Virginia Key Beach Trust.
Dickson is a Northwestern
Bull, a Hampton Pirate and

$25,000, while
heading the United
Way Board of
Directors, partnering
Biscayne Gardens

Elementary donating supplies
for underprivileged children,
volunteers as a Guardian
Ad Litem, voice in Court for
children suffering abuse and
Elise Hubert is a treasure
to the community. This Warm
Spring, Georgian is a rock of
stability and serenity at Town
Park Village #1. She is also a
mother of five, grandmother of
20 and great-grandmother to
three. She indicated that St.
John is the "People Church"
and she spends her time
broadening the horizon for
young people.
Tony Crapp, Jr., City
Manager, Commissioner Dunn
and Dr. Bendross-Mindingall

were honored in the appearance
of retired Congresswoman
Carrie P. Meek who opened
the doors for all of them. Now
each one vows to uphold the
mission engraved in their job
description with emphasis on
upward mobility for Blacks in
the neighborhood.
Following the recognition,
the famous Hadley Park
Steppers took the stage. Mr.
Seymour, choreographer,
thrilled the huge crowd and
the vendors working furiously
to sell their goods and wait for
the month of March.
Kudos go out to the Florida
State Council of Alpha Pi Chi
National Sorority, Inc. for their
Founder's Day Celebration on
January 10, at the Ramada
Inn in Hialeah. A special
salute goes out to the leader/
president Shirley Walton, a
graduate of North Dade Jr.-Sr.
The three chapters in Florida:
Beta Sigma (Dade City), Epsilon
Alpha (Miami) and Zeta Mu
(Miami), gathered in solidarity
to celebrate 48 years under the
theme, "Women of Vision."
The Alpha Pi Chi National
Sorority, Inc., is a service
and educational organization
comprised of business and
professional women. It was
founded in Chicago, Illinois.
For more info, call 305-979-

. ".. are going to take that next
"': giant step (college) and
--._ _.. I7 ... become genuinely excited
By Aii-about going to school that
you \ill do great. I am still
Several people from Sadie Barry, a believer in this statement
Miami attended the funeral Deloris Bethel- "what is so difficult about
of Gayle Pinder-Roberts. Reynolds, Inez giving up four years of
the daughter of Rev. Fr. Mc K inne y- -----frolicking for something
Nelson and Mrs. Pinder on Johnson, Frances Brown, that will benefit you for
last Saturday in Orlando, Winston Scavella, Jessie the rest of your life." Think
Florida. In attendance were: Stinson and Elizabeth about itl
Garth Reeves, Fr. and Blue. Congratulations goes out
Mrs. Richard L. M. Barry, Happy wedding to Miami Northwestern
Diana Barry-Frazier, anniversary greetings to linebacker Demetrius
Vennda Rei Gibson, Flora Maxene and Nikeia Jean, Allen who will attend Idaho
Brown, Bobbie Brown, their 14th on Feb. 10. State in the fall. Demetrius
Claudette B. Goodman, In Orlando last week is the grandson of Elestine
Rev. Doris W. Ingraham, attending the admission to McKinney Allen and
Rev. Terrance A. Taylor, the Daughters of the King Kenneth Alien, Sr., and
Dr. Gay F. Outler, at The Episcopal Church the great-grandson of
Rev. Simeon Newbold, of Saint John the Baptist Calvin C. and Pauline B.
Catherine Newbold and were Florence Moncur, McKinney. Also to Dwight
Anna Pratt. Margaret Moncur, Robin L. Jackson, Jr., defensive
Welcome back to work Moncur, Bethany Addison end for Miami Central
Matthew Williams. Missed and Fredricka Fisher. who will attend Cincinnati
you, I did not know you Hearty congratulations University. Dwight is the
had been ill! goes out to all our seniors son of Dwight L. Jackson,
Get well wishes goes out in high school who brought Sr. of Richardson
to all of the sick and shut- more glory and praise to Mortuary.
ins: Naomi Allen-Adams, your school. Do hope you On Saturday, January

22, Cathy Clarke
celebrated her 50th
birthday at the Miami
Firefighters Hall with her
family and friends and
featured The Junkanoos.
Everyone in attendance
had a blast. Cathy's mom
birthday was January 19.
Happy belated birthday
Gwen and the honoree's
birthday was January 20.
Cathy is the daughter of
Gwendolyn Ferguson-
Clarke and the late Henry
Clarke'of Coconut Grove.
Very sorry to have
heard of the death of Rev.
Phillip Clarke, Jr. of Saint
Matthew Baptist Church
and Irene Burns-Brown.
Both funerals were held
last weekend.
Congratulations to
the newly elected vestry
.members for The Church
of the Incarnation. They
are Garth C. Reeves, Sr.,
William Anderson, Ruby
Cleare and Olga Van-

Mitchell shines with hearty 'Young & Restless' role

By Wilson Morales

There's an increasing num-
ber of Black actors land-
ing choice roles on daytime
Take Julia Pace Mitchell,
who plays the feisty Sofia Du-
pre on 'Young and the Rest-
less' the former right-hand
woman to billionaire Tucker
McCall and fiancee of Mal-
colm Winters.
In the few months that
Mitchell has been on the
show, she's shown toughness
and vulnerability. Her per-
formance has garnered an
NAACP Image Award nomina-
tion for outstanding actress
in a daytime drama series.
As the daughter of actress
Judy Pace and actor Don
Mitchell, and stepdaughter
of baseball great Curt Flood,
the Los Angeles resident defi-
nitely has the genes to make
it in this tough business.
"I've always been an ac-
tor," Mitchell said. "I've done

Broadway, lots of regional
theater and then my first
feature that got a lot of talk
was 'Notorious' where I played
Jan. I was Biggie's baby mom.
I've always pursued my love
for the arts. I've been dancing
on the table since I was little.
That kind of thing."
Between filming 'Faster'
with Dwayne Johnson and
doing theater in Los Ange-
les, Mitchell found herself a
steady gig where audienc-
es can see her blossoming
skills. I recently caught up
with Mitchell, excerpts from
the interview are below.

It's very rare to see a casting
call for a Black actress to be
on a soap opera. How did you
land the gig?
Julia Pace Mitchell: Hon-
estly, I was just as surprised
when I got the audition be-
cause a lot of times, from my
type; you don't even get the
opportunity to audition for
soaps. So at first I was like,

"Really? Okay." Then I went
in, and I kept getting called
back, and it kind of clicked
for me on the third time that I
might really have a chance to
book this job. I was so grate-
ful that CBS opened a door
for me to be able to represent
a different kind of woman on
the soap.

How would you describe So-
JPM: I would say that she's
actually been changing just
in the seven months that
she's been on the air. I hate
to use the word "bossy," but
I definitely think that she's
bossy. She's a big boss. She's
running things in her re-
lationship and in her busi-
ness life. She recently got
fired from the company, but
I think she might be trying
to get her way back into her
job through her relationship
with Tucker.

Congratulations on your
recent nomination. Are you
excited about the Image
JPM: I am so excited. I'm
very excited that I get to meet
all the other nominees. I
don't know what I'm going to
wear. It's,like every young ac-
tress's dream to get to put on
the beautiful dress and just
be recognized for the work.

Holly Robinson Peete: Celebrating renewal of daytime talk show

By Jawn Murray

Actress Holly Robinson Peete is excited
that 'The Talk,' the mommy-oriented chat
show she hosts alongside Julie Chen,
Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Leah
Remini, has been renewed for a second
"I am beyond thrilled that CBS has de-
livered such a tremendous vote of confi-
dence to 'The Talk' with a renewal pick up
order for 2011-2012," Peete said.
The 46-year-old talent, who had a ca-
reer resurgence since becoming the run-

ner-up on season three
of Donald Trump's i'
'Celebrity Apprentice,'
desires to maintain
quality programming
for their core demo-
"I hope we will con-
tinue to resonate as
authentic mommy- PEETE
friends weighing in
on topical issues with both humor and
heart," she expressed.
Having starred on television shows like

'21 Jump Street,' 'For Your Love,' 'Hangin'
with Mr. Cooper' and 'Love, Inc.,' working
on 'The Talk' was Peete's first foray into
the talk show realm.
"I'm still just a rookie in this daytime
game but I am loving the daily live con-
nection with our viewers," she said.
The Philadelphia-bred talent is married
to retired NFL star Rodney Peete and the
'couple has four children.
Their son, Rodney Jr., was diagnosed
with autism at age three and Peete has
since been on the front lines of raising
awareness for the condition.

Halle Berry's ex-husband engaged

By Marcia Cole Benet says to People. "I sang it
to her, then got down on one
In an unusual case of celeb- knee and proposed."
rity wife swap, Halle Berry's The two have been dating for
ex-husband, R&B singer Eric three years and met at a char-
Benet, announced ity event. Benet, 44,
that he and Prince's proposed to Testolini,
ex-wife, Manuela Tes- who is the founder
tolini, are engaged. of Altru, a fragrance
According to Peo- collection of soy-
pie magazine, Benet based candles, oils
popped the question ". L and incense, which
to the Canadian-born supports her charity,
Egyptian and Italian BERRY In A Perfect World, a
beauty last November non-profit organiza-
after playing a love song from tion that teaches children to
his new CD. become compassionate, social-
"During a romantic dinner I ly conscious leaders, within,
decided to finally let Manuela antique diamond engagement
hear 'Never Want to Live With- ring.
out You,' a song off my new al- The wedding is set for the
bum that I had written for her," summer.

Niecy's wedding to air as two-hour special

Niecy Nash and her fiance
Jay Tucker will have their wed-
ding 'broadcast during a two-
hour long television special
to air on TLC, reports People
Nash, 40, revealed
that the network would
not only air the wedding
itself, but would also
document the lead-up ,
to the big day, including
her search for the perfect
Nash said she would N
need the extra help from
TLC's experts, saying, "I am
telling you, I was so excited to
find the man, I didn't even think
about planning. I am a woman
who does not have the bride
gene. I haven't been planning
a wedding since I was three.
I have to go to the experts to
say, 'What am I supposed to do
Nash compared her wedding

to the forthcoming Royal Wed-
ding of Prince William and Kate
Middleton, joking, "What I do
know is that when Kate and her
guy get married, they're going
to have so much help
to pull it off. Here's
what I think we'll have
in common: We're both
beautiful brides. I
S think the grooms will
be awfully gorgeous. I
think our families will
be pleased. And that's
ASH where it stops."
The comedienne was
previously married to the min-
ister Don Nash, but the couple
divorced in June 2007 after 13
years of marriage.
Nash recently revealed that
her bridesmaids will be "The
View" co-host Sherri Shep-
herd and "The Game's" Wendy
Raquel Robinson. The actress
Sheryl Lee Ralph is set to be the
matron of honor.


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Lee, Rep. Lewis ask for more Black male teachers

lege just a week after Presi-
dent Barack Obama urged
more people nationwide to
become teachers.
Duncan told an audience
that more than one million
educators are .expected to
retire in the coming decade
and that federal officials are
hoping to harness that op-
portunity to create a more
diverse teaching work force,
noting that less than two
percent of the nation's three
million teachers are Black
"Everybody can't be a
business major," Lee told
the auditorium packed with
male high school and col-
lege students. "We have to
educate ourselves. We have
to educate our young Black
Lee, a Morehouse gradu-
ate, said he was influenced
most outside of his own
family by two of his More-
house professors. Both edu-
cators attended the gather-
ing and were asked to stand
up to be honored.
Duncan used the occa-
sion. to promote the fed-
eral TEACH campaign. The
program was launched in
the fall to persuade more
minorities particularly
males to enter education.
The federal government
has launched the teach.gov
website, a one-stop-shop
for anyone wanting to enter
teaching, including profes-
sionals hoping to switch ca-
"If you want to make a
difference in the life of our
nation, if you want to make
a difference in the life of a
child, become a teacher,"
Obama said in a video ad-
dress taped for the event.
"Our country needs you."
The Education Depart-

ment also recorded TV com-
mercials with Oprah Win-
frey, performer John Legend
and others to talk about the
influence of teachers on

forgiveness programs once
they graduate and commit
to teaching, Duncan said.
He urged private organi-
zations to get involved in

I 1)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on teach-
ers jobs. Obama was joined by Education Secretary
Arne Duncan.

their lives. Duncan said he
will visit Los Angeles next
month, seeking to recruit
more Hispanics for teach-
Duncan said that while
many school districts are
confronting layoffs and
tight budgets, there are
many high-need areas such
as science, mathematics
and special education fac-
ing a teacher shortage.
School districts nationwide
hire between 80,000 and
200,000 new teachers each
year, even in tough eco-
nomic times.
Duncan pointed to 8,500
unfilled teaching jobs listed
on the teach.gov website as
of recently.
The government is work-
ing to help students ob-
tain more financial aid for
college and to create loan-

recruiting minorities to
teaching and supporting
them once they're in the
Social activist Jeff John-
son is joining the effort.
The MSNBC contributor
has launched a task force
that aims at putting 80,000
more Black male teachers
in classrooms across the
country in the next four
Johnson told the audi-
ence that being a teacher
isn't considered "cool" in the
Black community and that
perception must change.
"They look at business,
engineering and law as
professions that will make
them better men, but the
very profession that deter-
mines what the next gener-
ation looks like isn't even on
their radar," Johnson said.

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'Old Plantation' artist identified

In 1935 a painting of slaves
dancing by a river arrived at
Colonial Williamsburg in Vir-
ginia. The watercolor, titled
"The Old Plantation," has been
reproduced for thousands of
books and Web sites as an
early view of Southern life. But
for decades the artist, date and
subject matter were a mystery.
A few months ago, Susan P.
Shames (pronounced SHAY-
mus), a librarian at Colonial
Williamsburg, concluded that
around 1790, the South Caroli-
na plantation owner John Rose
painted his own riverfront rice
fields near Beaufort. For proof,
she spent a year poring over
census records, church and
courthouse archives, grave-
stone inscriptions and defunct
newspapers like The Southern
Christian Advocate and The
South-Carolina Gazette.
"There can be no other rea-
sonable interpretation of the
artist's identity," she writes in a
new book, "The Old Plantation:
The Artist Revealed" (Colonial
Williamsburg Foundation). On
Feb. 19, Colonial Williams-
burg will display the painting
at the Abby Aldrich Rockefell-
er Folk Art Museum with two
other works attributed to Rose.
Wall labels explain the detec-
tive work, including analysis of
Rose's paper watermarks and
his handwriting in court docu-
The watercolor originally
came to Colonial Williamsburg
via Holger Cahill, a folk art


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The artist of "The Old Plantation," long unknown, has been identified as John Rose, a
South Carolina plantation owner.

scholar who was sent on buy-
ing trips for Abby Aldrich Rock-
efeller. At an antiques store in
Columbia, S.C., he paid $20
for the painting and then ap-
parently named it "The Old
Plantation." In 1976 two elderly
sisters from the. Copes fam-
ily in South Carolina told Co-
lonial Williamsburg that their
relatives had owned it and de-
scribed it as an ancestor's de-
piction of his own property.
Shames found that a Copes
forebear, John Rose, was in-

deed a noted watercolorist who
kept dozens of slaves along a
For the exhibition, Colonial
Williamsburg is also showing
from its collection a portrait
of an elderly slave named Miss
Breme Jones. In Rose's cursive
handwriting, the image bears a
quotation from Milton's poetry
about a woman treading slowly
with "Dignity and Love."
The Gibbes Museum of Art
in Charleston is lending a wa-
tercolor. of Tranquil Hill, a

plantation near Rose's home;
fluffy trees and grass tufts in
the Gibbes scene resemble the
landscape in "The Old Planta-
Shames, who kept her re-
search secret even from col-
leagues until she was ready
to publish, has already heard
from a naysayer or two. She has
been told that the background
hill contours in "The Old Plan-
tation" could not have existed
near Rose's fields. "There'll al-
ways be skeptics," she said.

In a tradition that was once much-
beloved and always anticipated, Feb-
ruary marks the return of "Poetry
Corner" in The Miami Times. Each
week we will feature one poem from
writers who live in our community.
Whether you are a seasoned scribe
or a novice poet, we want your work.

Submissions should be one page or
less and typed. They may either be
emailed to Jasmine Johnson (jjohn-
son@miamitimesonline.com) or faxed
(305-757-5770). Poetry should also
follow the example of our best Black
poets and be positive in their mes-
sage. Please include a photograph

(high resolution), daytime phone
number and the city in which you
currently reside. No phone inquiries
please. We hope to make this a week-
ly addition to our paper but that will
be up to you. If you are "a poet and
you know it," we invite you to send us
your best work.

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Juelz Santana was arrested on Feb. 2 in New Jersey
on four counts of narcotics and gun possession. Ac- .
cording to the Bergen County Prosecutor, the charges
were brought as a result of a 10-month probe by their
office gang unit.
Cops raided the Dipset rapper's New Jersey record-
ing studio and found two nine-millimeter handguns,
ammunition, 17 bags of marijuana and drug parapher-

Texas rapper Scarface was arrested in October of
last year, and has been imprisoned for almost four
months for failing to pay child support.
A representative for the Montgomery County Jail in
'Texas has confirmed that the Geto Boys founder was
"A arrested on Oct. 13 and is still incarcerated for failing
to pay child support in four separate cases. The charg-
es were filed in Montgomery County, Harris County,
Fort Lynn County and Missouri. In addition to the child
support charges, Face is also facing undisclosed fed-
eral charges, and is being held without bail.

Actor Kristoff St. John of "The Young and the Rest- 'i
less" was arrested on Super Bowl Sunday for an alleged ;
DUI in Los Angeles.
Law enforcement sources say the TV star -- who
plays Neil Winters on "Y&R," was pulled over for speed-
ing ori a freeway early that morning.
CHP officers gave St. John field sobriety tests, but
failed. He was arrested and booked on suspicion of
driving under the influence.
The actor was released on $5,000 bail later that eve-

Just one year after his secret wedding, Terrance
W" Howard is getting a divorce.
Howard's wife, Michelle filed a divorce petition with
Sa Los Angeles court on Jan. 27, the same day they sep-
arated, according to documents.
In her petition, Michelle said she's splitting from the
: 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' star due to "irreconcilable
S 'difference."
S The couple wed Jan. 20, 2010, but the 41-year-old
actor didn't announce it until that May.
Michelle noted in her petition that "there are commu-
nity and quasi-community assets" that they have yet to divide, though she wants
"miscellaneous jewelry and other effects" to be declared separate property.
She is also seeking attorney's fees.

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bourhood of Carrefour-
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ation under threat of eviction by private land-
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tous- cess was the responsibility of the Haitian
lends government, but international agencies
eigh- were being asked to mediate.
iefing "If people are forced to move without a
ttion. proper housing solution, they often have
uake no choice but to move to areas that are
: was insecure or unsafe -- Living in structur-
ssing ally unsound buildings or in areas at risk
d po- of landslides and flooding, said Sara Ri-
)vem- beiro, IOM's protection officer in Haiti.
elec- IOM recommended speeding up repair
and rebuilding in the capital Port-au-
and Prince and other quake-damaged towns
an-off Haiti's volatile political climate is being
stirred by uncertainty over the elections,
work- and by the possible return from exile of
were ousted former President Jean-Bertrand
faced Aristide, following the shock homecom-
iding ing in January of ex-dictator Jean-Claude
"Baby Doc" Duvalier.
arth- There are fears that more instability
is es- could put at risk billions of dollars of re-
st 99 construction aid pledged by donors.

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A man moves boxes away from a fire engulfing stores in a
marker area in downtown Port-au-Prince. Haiti was rocked
by a massive earthquake, January 12, devastating the city
and leaving thousands dead.

The online world's biggest time-waster isn't so
pointless after all.
The World Food Program (WFP) has publicly
thanked the virtual farmers on the wildly popu-
lar Facebook game FarmVille after they raised
well over a million in aid for distressed commu-
nities in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Over the course of a year, FarmVille developer
Zynga has collected over $1.5 million to help re-
build schools destroyed in the disaster. A video
released by the WFP last week showed happy
children finally back in the classroom. All in all,
Zynga has already helped raise in excess of $4
million in Haiti relief funds.
The $1.5 million given to the WFP will go to-
wards rebuilding a destroyed school in Mireb-
alais, Haiti, as well as helping students pay for
food, supplies and other necessities. Over $1
million of the donations came from actual us-
ers, while the rest came from a generous con-
tribution from Facebook Credits as well as a
corporate gift from Zynga.
Last January, Zynga began creating limited
edition items in many of its popular online
games including FarmVille, FishVille and Mafia
Wars that were purchased by users across the
world, with Zynga agreeing to donate all pro-

ceeds to charity.
It's a testament to the power of social gam-
ing and exemplifies the potential for real-world
change through humble virtual beginnings.
Often lambasted for being a waste of time and
designed to exploit naturally addictive human
tendencies, the game has generally been viewed
in a negative light -- in part because of its im-
mense popularity. Critics scold the game for
its drain on human capital while in turn giving
little back.
That Zynga has been able to leverage Farm-
Ville's huge user base towards humanitarian
efforts is a boost for social-media advocates
whose plights have at times been met with
skepticism. For example, Malcolm Gladwell,
author of Blink, The Tipping Point, and Outli-
ers, questioned the actual impact of social me-
dia on activist causes in a much talked about
piece in the New Yorker entitled "Small Change:
Why the revolution will not be tweeted."
Gladwell criticized social-media activism be-
cause of its purported "weak" social ties and
low barriers of entry. How much impact could
a bunch of people clicking on pixels in front of
their computer screen actually have?
Apparently, about $4 million worth.

By Moni Basu

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's first democrat-
ically elected president, who has been living in
exile in South Africa for seven years, has been
issued a new passport to return home, the Hai-
tian interior minister said recently.
Paul-Antoine Bien-Aime said the diplomatic
passport was handed over to Aristide's U.S. at-
torney Ira Kurzban, who picked it up in Port-au-
Prince last week.
That removes a major obstacle that has pre-
vented Aristide from making the journey back.
However, Kurzban said last month that Aristide
would still need the cooperation of South Afri-
ca and the United States to make the journey
Kurzban also said last month that Aristide
had no intention of re-entering politics. But
Washington has already signaled its displea-
"We do not doubt President Aristide's desire to
help the people of Haiti. But today Haiti needs to
focus on its future, not its past," State Depart-
ment spokesman P.J. Crowley said last month.
"This is an important period for Haiti. What it

needs is calm, not divisive actions that distract
from the task of forming a new government."
The former Roman Catholic priest, who be-
came a voice for Haiti's impoverished, remains
a polarizing figure but commands a large follow-
ing in his homeland.
Jacob Francois, coordinator for Aristide's
Fanmi Lavalas party in the United States, pre-
dicted crowds would greet Aristide upon his re-
"It will be the greatest party of this decade,"
Francois said. "Once again the world will see
that President Aristide is the most revered poli-
tician in the history of Haiti."
Aristide left Haiti on a U.S. jet in 2004 after a
bloody revolt by street gangs and soldiers. The
leftist former president says he was shuttled out
by Western powers.
Aristide has long expressed his desire to go
home. He reiterated that wish just days after
former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duva-
lier returned to Haiti in January.
"Once again I express'my readiness to leave
today, tomorrow, at any time," Aristide said in
a January statement. "The people of Haiti have
never stopped calling for my return to Haiti."


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'Empire' unseats Eminem

Jay-Z/Alicia Keys song beats rapper early on L.

By Steve Jones

Eminem lost his third try for
Grammy's album of the year,
despite generating 2010's big-
gest sales with his critically ac-
claimed Recovery (3.5 million
copies). The often-controversial
rapper was considered the fa-
vorite going into the night and
received the most nominations
(10). He wound up winning rap
album for the fifth time and rap
solo for Not Afraid.
"I think Eminem is pretty
happy with how everything else
went in 2010, but it's pretty
shocking that he didn't win,"
says James Montgomery, MTV
News senior writer. "The Gram-
mys are notoriously weird in
selecting winners. But Eminem
will ultimately be OK."
"His loss doesn't take away
from the success he's had with
Recovery," says Devin Lazerine,
editor in chief of Rap-Up.com.
"The 10 nominations alone is a
major victory after his personal
and professional bumps in the
The trophies that the Detroit
rapper did win Sunday bring

his career total to 13. Still, the
most prestigious awards keep
slipping away. He was up for al-
bum of the year in 2001 with
The Marshall Mathers LP, but
lost to Steely Dan's Two Against
Nature, and again in 2003
when The Eminem Show lost to
Norah Jones' Come Away with
His Without Me also lost that
year to Jones' Don't Know Why
for record of the year. In 2004,
his Lose Yourself lost song of the
year to Luther Vandross'Dance
With My Father and record to
Coldplay's Clocks.
Eminem continued a re-
cent trend among artists with
the night's most nominations.
Since 2005, Beyonc6- who last
year won six out of a possible
10 trophies, including song of
the year is the only top nomi-
nee to win more than half the
awards for which he or she was
competing. John Legend, who
won three of eight in 2006, in-
cluding best new artist, is the
only other one to win a major
The experts say Eminem's de-
feat doesn't necessarily reflect

a best-album bias against hip-
hop, despite losses in recent
years by Kanye West and Lil
Wayne: Lauryn Hill's The Mise-
ducation of Lauryn Hill won in
1999 and Outkast's Speaker-
boxxx/The Love Below won in
2004. Both say strong cases

could be made for this year's
other album nominees.
"At this point, saying that (the
Grammys aren't) recognizing
hip-hop, both as an art form
and as a commercial force, is
a ship that has sort of passed,"
Montgomery says.

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added a few other surprises as
well. "I first saw Alvin dance
in 1963 in Philly when he did
"Wade in the Water" [from Reve-

doing what he was conceived 50
years ago perhaps for ballet
but not for modern dance.
"In terms of Robert [Battle] I
got what I wanted. People keep
saying he has big shoes to fill
but when I think about Alvin

Miami residents are poised
to welcome back three home-
town brothers who have risen
to stardom with the Alvin Ailey
American Dance Theatre: Ar-
tistic Director Designate Robert
Battle (Liberty City) and two

of the company's dancers, ris-
ing star Jamar Roberts (Miami)
and respected veteran Amos
Machanic, Jr. (Carol City). Both
dancers will perform principal
roles in Three Black Kings.
Opening night in Miami is

Ailey Dancers

lations] with the original mem-
bers. That made an indelible
impression on me. By the time
I joined the company he had
stopped dancing but was still
demonstrating his generous
nature and embracing every-
one. That was very important
to him, embracing other tradi-
tions not demeaning or reject-
ing them. He believed that our
role as dancers was to elevate
the human spirit. No one was

I say I am not stepping into
his shoes but standing on his
shoulders. Robert jokes that if
I were to step into his shoes, it
would be easy he wears size
13. He is a fabulous choreogra-
pher and has the same focus
that Alvin and I both shared.
Our mission remains the same:
educate, entertain and uplift
and to make sure our Company
stays around for at least anoth-
er 50 years."

Lineage of Leaders: Artistic Directors Alvin Ailey and Ju-
dith Jamison and Robert Battle, artistic director designate.

Jay-Z, John Legend winners at award show

South Florida Urban
Ministries program ASSETS
will be hosting free Busi-
ness Training classes ev-
ery Thursday starting Feb.
17 for 10 weeks from 6:30-
8:30 p.m. at the United Way
Center for Financial Stabil-
ity, 11500 NW 12th Avenue.
For more info, call 305-442-

* 2Up's Golf Club of Mi-
ami will be hosting a Black
History Charity Golf Tourna-
ment on Saturday, Feb. 19,
9 a.m. at Country Club of
Miami, 6801 Miami Gardens

The Visual and Per-
forming Arts Department
at Miami Edison Senior
High School, 6161 NW 5th
Court, will host auditions
for the 2011-2012 school
year on Saturday, Feb. 19
from 9a.m.-1 p.m. For fur-
ther info, contact Tammy
D. Southwood-Smith at
305-751-7337 ext. 2346 or

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.

Florida International
University will host "College
Goal Sunday" to assist uni-
versity-bound students with
financial aid forms on Sun-
day, Feb. 20 from 2-5 p.m.
in the College of Nursing and
Health Sciences computer
lab rooms of the Academic
Health Center (ACH-3) at the
Modesto A. Maidique Cam-
pus, 11200 SW 8th St. For
more info, visit www.college-,
goalsundayflorida.org or call
the FIU Financial Aid Office
at 305-348-7272.

Alpha Kappa Alpha So-
rority, Inc., Pi Delta Ome-
ga Chapter, presents "The
Ebony Chorale of the Palm
Beaches" in a free concert on
Sunday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. at
The Bethel Church, 14440
Lincoln Blvd. in Richmond
Heights, in celebration of the
chapter's 25th anniversary.
For more information, call

Booker T. Washington
Senior High School, 1200
NW 6th Ave., will host the
33rd Annual NAACP ACT-SO
(Afro-Academic, Cultural,
Technological and Scientific
Olympics) Academic Compe-
tition on Saturday, March 5
(Module II) from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. For more information,
including guidelines for par-
ticipation and application
form, log on to www.miami-
dadenaacpact-so.org or con-
tact Art Johnson, Chairper-
son at 305-685-9436.

The Ghanaian Asso-
ciation of South Florida
(G.A.S.F.) presents a cele-
bration 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. Wome-
nade Miami celebrates wom-
en and mothers from the
Community Partnership for
Homeless who have taken
strides to improve their lives.
For more information, call

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

The Liberty City Farm-
ers' Market will be held on
Thursday from 12-6 p.m.
until April 2011 at their new
location, the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Center,
6161 NW 22nd Ave.

Teenagers and young
adults, do you need a bet-
ter life? If you're between
the ages of 16-24 and meet
Job Corp requirements,
come see Mr. Spencer, Ad-
missions Advisor/Recruiter.
The Homestead Job Corps is
located at 12350 SW 285th
Street, Building G. For more
info, call 305-257-4864 or
305-924-3487 to set up an

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

The Cemetery Beau-
tifications 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-

By Terrence Shelto

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true for the night's top winner,
Lady Antebellum. The country
trio was the night's top winner,
earning the song and record of
the year trophies for "Need You
Now." They won five of their six
It was their night on top in
the pop world after a year of
coming in second place. Their
crossover hit, "Need You Now,"
peaked at No. 2 on the pop
charts, and their album of the
same name was 2010's sec-
ond best-selling album, behind

Eminem's "Recovery."
But on Sunday night, they
were No. 1.
"That is the most humbling
feeling in the entire world. It's
going to make us work even
harder to make a better re-
cord," said Hillary Scott, as
bandmates Dave Haywood and
Charles Kelley stood by her
It was the second year in
a row that a country act with
multiplatinum crossover ap-
peal won big at the Grammys:
Last year, it was Taylor Swift,
who got four awards and won
album of the year for "Fearless."

The night's biggest upset
came in the best new artist cat-
egory, as jazz singer Esperanza
Spalding picked up the coveted
best new artist Grammy. Spald-
ing, 26, was the first jazz artist
to win the award and beat out
16-year-old pop phenom Jus-
tin Bieber, along with Drake,
Florence and the Machine and
Mumford and Sons.
Other key winners on the
night included Lady Gaga,
Jay-Z and John Legend, who
all won three awards each.
Gaga performed her new single
"Born this Way" and entered
the stage in dramatic fashion

- as usual. She was encased
in an egg, then "hatched" on-
stage to perform the dance
tune. Her hit song "Bad Ro-
mance" won best female pop
vocal performance and best
short form music video. When
she won best pop vocal album
for "The Fame Monster," she
said Whitney Houston played
in a role in the making of her
new song.
"I wanted to thqnk Whitney
because when I wrote 'Born
This Way,' I imagined she was
singing it because I wasn't se-
cure enough in myself to imag-
ine I was a superstar,' she said.

Can you imagine being taken away from your land
To a place where you're not even considered a man
Forced into slavery and stripped of your pride
And those who rebelled were whipped till they died
They built this whole country on the backs of my people
After 400 years we're still not their equal
They lynched us by putting their ropes to our throats
Then attacked us with dogs because we tried to vote
They love when we're shopping inside of their stores
But they hate when they find out we're moving next door
If you took all the problems that are holding you back
Multiply them by 10 and you'll almost be Black.

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Local financial "guru" wins prestigious award

Grant is first Black to win AXA honor l

By D. Kevin McNeir

Gerald Grant, Jr., 54, is proof of how hard work and commitment to the community
can bring rewards far greater than one can imagine.
Grant, the author of Bold Moves to Creating Financial Wealth, and a highly-
respected financial planner in Miami-Dade County, was recently named the Linner
of AXA Advisors, LLC (Miami), the company for whom he works as branch direct or ol
financial planning, National Honor Associate Award for 2011. He is the first Black to
win the prestigious award.
Born in Jamaica, Grant's family moved to Miami when he was nine-years-old both
because of his mother's health and to take advantage of greater opportunities in
South Florida. He graduated from Miami Edison Senior High School in 1973 and
continued his education at Miami Dade College and Florida International nrii'.ersiry
(FIU), eventually earning his MBA.
Grant, a member of 100 Black Men of South Florida, Phil Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Inc. and a board member for FIU and Florida A&M University (FAMULI. uses his .
banking and investing knowledge and experience to help clients in 1 1 states focus
on estate planning, wealth,accumulation/protection, life insurance and retirement
planning. He has been active in the community for more than 40 years.
And due to the no-nonsense approach he takes in his informative book and
because of his reputation as one of the nation's top financial planners. he was .
recently asked to teach a course this fall based on his text at Miami-Dade College's
Wolfson Campus.
The AXA award, established almost 70 years ago, is given to a "total professional'
selected from among thousands of candidates, that most exemplifies the qualities of -A
community service, loyalty and leadership.
"I have always been committed to getting the job done but more than anything, I I
really care about my community," Grant said. "I believe in giving back in as many
ways as possible because when I needed someone to open a door for me. FiLl was
there. That's why I serve on their board so I can give as many students the same
chance at a quality education that I received. The key to my success \as education.:
Grant says that he was led to write his book because he saw the need to educate
people on how to manage their finances.
"There are a lot of books one could read but I wanted to teach people how,\ to
manage and accumulate money," he said. "Many Blacks don't understand how to
increase the amount of money they have."
He says that one of the biggest errors that people make is failing to pa\ themselves HH
first. '
"You have to pay yourself before you pay others and make sure you have money put 2
aside and ready for those times that opportunities arise," he said. "That's how one
builds wealth." .

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Cash deals rise for home sales

Stricter requirements

for borrowers may be

a factor

By S. Mitra Kalita

Buyers in markets around
the U.S. are snapping up
homes in all-cash deals, bet-
ting that prices are at or near
bottom and breathing life into
some of the nation's most bat-
tered housing markets.
Cash buyers represented
more than half of all trans-
actions in the Miami-Fort
Lauderdale area last year, ac-
cording to an analysis from
real-estate portal Zillow.com.
In the fourth quarter of 2006,
they represented just 13 per-
cent of deals. Meanwhile,
downtown Miami prices rose
15 percent in 2010 from a year
earlier, according to the Miami
Downtown Development Au-
The percentage of buyers in
Phoenix paying cash hit 42
percent in 2010 more than
triple the rate in 2008, accord-
ing to Raymond James's equi-

Richard Stoker, with wife, Jane, is buying three Miami
Beach condos.

ty research division.

Nationally, 28 percent of
sales were all-cash transac-
tions last year, according to
the National Association of
Realtors. The rate was 14 per-
cent in October '2008, when
the trade group began track-
ing the measure.
The jump in real-estate
purchases made with cash
is another sign of the revival
of animal spirits in the U.S.
The Dow Jones Industrial
Average rose 69.48 points

recently, or 0.6 percent, to
12161.63, and the Standard
& Poor's 500-stock index rose
8.18 points, or 0.6 percent, to
The recent announcements
of $13 billion in acquisitions
lifted stocks on hopes of more
deals, share buybacks and
dividends as companies regain
momentum in an improving
The two stock indexes have
soared more than 80 percent
since early March 2009.
The Federal Reserve report-
ed that Americans increased
their use of credit cards in De-

cember for the first time since
August 2008, showing that
consumers are getting less
skittish about opening their
wallets. Investors also were
soothed.recently by encourag-
ing signs in Egypt, including
last weekend's reopening of
Residential real estate has
been slower to bounce back
than stocks, but the presence
of apparent bargains is luring
in newly confident buyers.
Richard Stoker, a retired
sales executive, recently
plunked down cash for two
condominiums in Miami
Beach, and plans to close
on one more in coming days.
He loves the complex's ocean
views, four swimming pools
and activities such as yoga
and Pilates.
But what also motivated the
purchase, said the 73-year-
old, was that "the prices were
just irresistible. Florida's been
hit pretty hard." To pay the
$1.8 million, $1.2 million and
$1 million prices on the con-
dos, Stoker and his wife, Jane,
cashed out of some financial
investments and sold a Roy
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Credit card rates rise

to near all-time high

NEW YORK Interest rates you get a card they can't raise
are now hovering near record the rates, so they're raising
highs, at an average rate of rates on the front end to en-
14.72 percent. And if your sure they get the revenue from
credit is bad enough, you that interest," said Beverly
could even end up with a rate Harzog, credit card expert at
as high as 59.9 percent APR. Credit.com.
That's because while the APRs have climbed more
CARD Act helped crack down than 20 percent over the past
on certain fees and requires two years and hit an all-time
more disclosures, it didn't high of an average 14.78 per-
cap every credit card holder's cent in mid-November, based
worst enemy: interest rates, on weekly data CreditCards.
Sure, the new rules prevent com collects from 100 of the
banks from raising most in- nation's top credit card issu-
terest rates retroactively, but ers.

there's no limit on the rates
they can charge new custom-
"Rates are going up because
card issuers know that once

And there's no end in sight.
While interest rate caps have
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The great recession has expanded the racial economic gap

By George E. Curry
NNPA Columnist

The notion that when whites catch
a cold, Blacks get pneumonia has
been validated in two recent studies
that show the economic gap between
whites and people of color has grown
during the economic downturn.
That's the conclusion reached by a
Center for American Progress report
titled, "The State of Communities of
Color in the U.S. Economy" and by a
State of the Dream report by United
for a Fair Economy titled, "Austerity

for Whom?"
"The great recession of 2007-2009
produced widespread employment
losses for communities of color and
white families alike losses that have
yet to be overcome amid the still ten-
tative economic recovery," the Center
study observed. "All U.S. households
were severely hurt by the recession
but communities of color experienced
larger losses than whites. This also
means that, as the economic recovery
deepens and the labor market recov-
ers, communities of color will have to
climb out of a deeper hole to regain

the same level of economic
security as they had before
the crisis."
But there were signifi-
cant variations even among
people of color.
According to data com-
piled by the Center:
S The unemployment
rate for Blacks was 15.8
percent in the fourth quar-
ter of 2010, compared to
12.9 percent for Latinos, 7.3
percent for Asian-Americans and
percent for whites.

Homeownership rates for
Blacks in the third quarter
of last year was 45 percent,
compared to 47 percent for
Latinos and 74.7 percent for
Racial and ethnic dif-
ference have stayed the
same or worsened during
the recession and recovery.
Unemployment rates rose
CURRY faster for Blacks and Lati-
nos than for Whites while
8.7 homeownership rates fell faster.
In addition, the State of the Dream

report pointed out more bad news for
"Four decades after the Civil Rights
movement,'Blacks still earn only 57
cents and Latinos earn 59 cents for
each dollar of White median fam-
ily income," this year's report noted.
"The contrast is even starker for net
wealth; that is, the total value of in-
vestments, savings, homes and other
property minus any debt. Blacks hold
only 10 cents of net wealth and Lati-
nos hold 12 cents for every dollar that
Whites hold."
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Service employees union step up recruiting Interest rates skyrocketing
Service employees union step up recruiting Interest rates skyrocketing

By Kris Maher

The Service Employees In-
ternational Union is plan-
ning a major campaign to
recruit members and counter
political pressure on public-
sector unions, according to
an internal union memo and
an SEIU board member.
The campaign called
Fight for a Fair Economy-
will focus on mobilizing most-

ly low-wage minority workers
in 10 to 15 cities, including
Cleveland, Milwaukee, Miami
and Detroit, according to the
memo reviewed by The Wall
Street Journal. The SEIU
wants the effort to peak in
the summer of 2012, with
events at primaries, town-
hall meetings and other cam-
paign venues, according to
the memo.
SEIU spokeswoman Inga

Skippings declined to con-
firm that the memo reflected
the final plans of the union,
which has two million mem-
bers, and said its strategy
continues to evolve.
The cities designated for
the campaign have high con-
centrations of SEIU members
and are in states where gov-
ernors have proposed cut-
ting benefits to public-sector
workers amid worries over

pension costs and broader
budget woes. In some of the
targeted states, lawmak-
ers are considering "right to
work" legislation that would
eliminate laws making union
membership mandatory
whenever a union is formed
at an employer.
SEIU President Mary Kay
Henry and other officers pre-
sented the plan in January to
Please turn to UNION 10D

Racial divide increases during recession

continued from 7D

As President Obama and
Congress continue to address
the nation's economic woes,
they should understand how
seemingly neutral changes in
Social Security and reducing
the number of government
employees will have a dispro-
portionate impact on Blacks.
For example, 59.1 percent of
elderly Blacks and 64.8 per-
cent of elderly Latinos depend
on Social Security for more
than 80 percent of their fami-

ly income. Among whites, the
figure is 46 percent. Without
Social Security, 53 percent of
elderly Blacks and 49 percent
of older Latinos would live in
Largely because of limited
job opportunities in the pri-
vate sector over the years,
Blacks have turned to gov-
ernment employment to
advance their careers. Ac-
cording to the Dream study,
Blacks are 70 percent more
likely to work for the federal
government than whites and
30 percent more likely to

Pres. Barack Obama

work in such public sector
jobs as teachers, social work-
ers, bus drivers and public
health inspectors.
This is particularly true
for Black males. Black males
earn 57 cents to each dollar
of white male earnings, the
report states. In the public
administration sector, how-
ever, Black males earn 80
cents to each dollar of white
male earnings. However,
whether working in the pri-
vate or public sector, Blacks
are beginning to see an ero-
sion of past economic gains.

continued from 7D

been proposed including a pro-
posal earlier this month from
New York Congressman Maurice
Hinchey that would limit rates at 15
percent none have been passed
into law so far.
So what do record high interest
rates mean for you? If you have a
terrible credit score, opening a
credit card is going to be painful.
Though rates vary depending on
the card you apply for, with a score
below 599 you'll likely be stuck fac-
ing an APR of 24 percent or higher,
said Harzog. If you can get a card
at all.
In fact, First Premier Bank offers
a Gold MasterCard with a whopping
59.9 percent rate for those people
with "less than perfect credit", ac-
cording to its website. And that rate
is actually down from the 79.9 per-
cent rate it originally charged.
Even with a credit score between
600 to 649 still considered poor,
but not terrible -you're probably
looking at rates around 20 percent.

Harzog recommends staying
away from interest rates above 20

percent and instead getting a se-
cured card from a lender like Or-
chard Bank as a way to build up
credit so that you can eventually
get a card with a decent rate.
With a secured card, you deposit
money into an account and can use
the card like a credit card -- and it
impacts your credit just like a cred-
it card does. But if you don't make
payments, the bank will just take
your own money out of the account.
What's the perfect credit score?
"I don't suggest people ever car-
ry a balance at such high interest
rates," Harzog said. "A secured card
is like a credit card on training
wheels, so it will help you get your
credit back on track."
With a credit score between 650
and 699, you're on your way to
finding better interest rates, likely
ranging between 15 percent and 19
Capital One's Classic Platinum is
a good option for people with fair
credit. Its rate starts at 17.9 per-
cent, with a zero percent introduc-
tory APR until October.
But because 17.9 percent is still
a pretty high rate, Harzog suggests
using the introductory rate as a
cushion to get your balances paid

Bargain hunting boost home prices in depressed underprivileged cities

continued from 7D

Lichtenstein painting and an
Alexander Calder mobile.

Stoker could have taken out
mortgages, but decided to pay
cash. "It was a good time to
lighten up in the art market
and take on real estate at a fa-
vorable price," he said.
The harder a market has
been hit, say economists, the
higher the percentage of cash
deals. Last summer, piano
teacher Virginia Hall-Busch
told a real-estate agent she
met through the Rotary Club
to keep her posted on deals

on historic houses in Stone
Mountain, Ga.
A few days later, Hall-
Busch, 62, got a call about
a 1918 bungalow with three
bedrooms and one bathroom
listed for "short sale," which in
the real-estate world means at
a price lower than what's owed
on it. The home had been on
the market for $159,000, then
dropped to $129,000 and then
to $79,900.
"I offered them 50," she said.
"I figured, it wasn't like I need-
ed a place to live. I can afford
to be a little cocky here."
Hall-Busch closed in Oc-
tober for $52,500 and began
renovations within weeks.
"When you have a bad econ-

omy, it's hard on lots of peo-
ple," she said. "But right now
if you've got, the money to put
down on a house, long term it's
going to be good thing."
Some of the cash purchases
reflect a tight lending environ-.
ment, where even people with
good credit and ample down
payments are sometimes
turned away for conventional
"The rates are great but the
underwriting is brutal," said
Henry Schlangen, an' agent
with real-estate firm Pacific
Union International who buys
and sells for clients, mainly in
Napa Valley, Calif.
"They hang these people up-
side down and shake them till

they see what falls out of their
pockets. So people are buying
with cash and maybe they'll
'refi' later."
Schlangen, who deals in
higher-end properties such as
vineyard estates, estimated
that 95 percent of his deals
last year were all-cash, up
from about half in previous
years. "The deals that are con-
summating, these are buyers
who feel they got a great deal,"
he said, noting a surge of buy-
ers from China.
Cash buyers can often com-
mand five percent to 10 per-
cent more off the asking price
than a potential buyer using
a mortgage, said Mohammed
Siddiq, a realestate 'profes-:

sional in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Sellers prefer cash deals since
they close more quickly and
avoid risks such as a buyer's
job loss or a bank's changing
its mind.
And while many buyers
making low-ball offers dig
their heels,' Siddiq said he has
started to see bidding wars
and slightly increasing prices.

Nationally, it isn't clear
whether prices have bot-
tomed. The Case-Shiller index
of housing prices in 20 cit-
ies showed a steep decline in
prices until 2009, when they
appeared to bottom and began
to trendd upwatd. Bdut in thet

second half of last year, prices
began falling again. A Zillow
index, meanwhile, never noted
the uptick.
Since mid-October, Canyon
Ranch in. Miami Beach, the
development Stoker bought
into,.has sold 35 units, with a
third of the buyers from over-
seas and many others retiring
from the Northeast.
The Stokers have a home in
Potomac, Md., but spend most
of the year in Florida. Stoker
doesn't plan to rent out any of
his new properties, saying he
and his wife -will live in one
with two dogs, his son might
live in another and the third
will house an older dog and
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2011 Chevorlet Equinox judged top SUV

Family-focused SUV face-off

By Chris Woodyard

PASADENA, Calif. The new "fam-
ily car" star of the auto showroom is
technically not a car. It's a compact
crossover SUV.
Sales are booming for small-to-
midsize vehicles that have the space
of a truck but the driving ease and
lighter weight of a car. They are
roomy but not gargantuan. Engines
are peppy but not guzzlers.
"Small crossovers are becoming
the new family car," says Alexander
Edwards, president of consulting
firm Strategic Vision. "With strong
styling cues and added innovative
features ... it is definitely a segment
of vehicles here to stay and one that
will continue to grow."
That's why we picked the segment
for our latest family-focused vehicle
showdown:the $29,000 SUV Shoot-
out, sponsored by auto information
site Cars.com, USA TODAY and PBS'
MotorWeek automotive magazine

The testing by experts
and a family aimed
to see which compact
crossover offers the best
value the best pack-
age of convenience, fea-
tures and performance
at a price within reach of
middle-class families of
no more than $29,000.
That's a higher win-
dow sticker than a typi-
cal midsize sedan, but
families seem to be vot-
ing with their wallets for
the added space and fea-
The goal in the $29,000
SUV Shootout was to pit
nine of the most popu-
lar models against each
other to see which one
has the best combina-
tion of ride, room, fami-
ly-friendly features and
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the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox, followed
by the Dodge Journey, Kia Sportage,
Subaru Forester, Hyundai Tucson,
Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Ford Es-
cape and Toyota RAV4.
General Motors says compact
crossover sales industrywide rose 74
percent last'year. The segment's best
seller, the CR-V, has broken into the
top 10 U.S. sales list over the past

few months. Crossovers overall have
risen in sales share from 14.2 percent
in 2007 to 21.2 percent last year, IHS
Automotive says.
"The vehicle itself is what Ameri-
cans are looking for because they can
carry people, carry stuff, have good
visibility and versatility," says Charlie
Vogelheim, executive editor for Intel-


Florida No. 1 in staged car wrecks

Personal injury protection law aids

By Laura Green an alarming rate.
Suspected stage<
A rental truck and an SUV West Palm Beach s
bumped into each other at Blue in 2008 to 96 in 2
Heron Boulevard ard Military to the most recent (
Trail in Riviera Beach, causing "It's an easy crir
only scratches and some chipped Special Agent Frec
Within weeks, the four occu-
pants of the vehicles visited clinics ,.
that billed nearly $40,000 in treat- "':''
ment for soft tissue injuries a '. ..'.
diagnosis that's tougher for insur-
ance companies to dispute than, .,,
say, broken bones. :-', ,.
Investigators say the crash was a
setup, oine of dozens 'of staged--ac-r .-,ri.i;.-;
cidents each year in Palm Beach the South Florida
County designed to cash in on Fraud Task Force.
loopholes in Florida's no-fault in- a lot of expertise. I1
surance policy, lot of skill. You just
Florida now ranks first in the your car and you're
nation in questionable insurance What makes stag
claims for what appear to be staged so lucrative is Flo
accidents, according to the Nation- injury protection le
al Insurance Crime Bureau. The up to $10,000 in
number of cases grew 77 percent for a person injured
in the first half of 2010 compared without the squa
with the same period in 2009. was at fault, whicl
most states. In Flor
TAMPA, ORLANDO, MIAMI ance company pays
Tampa, Orlando and Miami re- ment even if the ol
main the prime spots for this kind at fault. Only 12 sti
of crime. But the fraud has taken Rico have no-fault i
off in Palm Beach County, too, at FLORIDA Ni

in crime When Florida adopted no-fault
in the 1970s, it seemed perfect for
a state where trial lawyers are not
d accidents in held in high esteem. The idea was
surged from 50 that the legitimately injured could
009, according get their treatment covered without
data available, having to fight in court and pass-
ne to do," said ing on costly legal fees to the in-
1 Burkhardt of surance company and eventually
other policyholders. It was going to

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save money, proponents thought.
But whoever ran the numbers in
the 1970s wasn't as imaginative as
the schemers who have exploited
the law's flaws. A single accident
withtwo cars carrying four pas-
sengers each can cost insurers
And insurance companies are
passing on that cost.

In 2010, Floridiaris paid roughly
$50 per car in a "fraud tax," said
Bob Hartwig, president of the In-
surance Information Institute.
That so-called tax, really the in-
crease in premium attributed to

fraud, is expected to jump to more
than $83 this year if the crime goes
unchecked. That figure, multiplied
by the state's 11.22 million insured
vehicles, means drivers will pay an
additional $946 million in 2011 be-
cause of fraud, the Insurance In-
formation Institute estimates.
Florida Chief Financial Offi-
cer Jeff Atwater has pledged to
strengthen the law to reduce fraud
and "put criminals who commit
this fraud behind bars."
"It is unfair and unconscionable
that every person who buys an
auto insurance policy in the state
of Florida is paying for the thieves
who are gaming the system, and it
won't be tolerated," he said.
Proving that an insurance claim
is a scam recently got harder when
the state Supreme Court struck
down insurance companies' abil-
ity to require people suspected of
fraud to answer questions under
oath and submit to an independent
medical exam, said Ron Poindex-
ter, a director of operations for the
National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Between 2009 and 2010, the
state Division of Insurance Fraud
opened 1,388 investigations into
suspected staged accidents but
closed only 34, an indication of
how easy the fraud is to commit
and how hard it can be to pros-
ecute the offenders.

Two views on Toyota report

Engineers who wrote

it can't 'vindicate'

automaker's system

By Jayne O'Donnell

Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood unequivocally ruled out
electronics as the cause of unin-
tended acceleration incidents in
Toyota (TM) vehicles recently, but
the NASA engineers who wrote the
report on the subject weren't so
Some safety advocates have
linked Toyota's widespread instal-
lation of electronic throttle control
IETC) in the 2000s to increased
complaints and incidents involv-
ing unintended acceleration. Not
so, says LaHood: "The verdict is
in. There is no electronic-based
cause for unintended high-speed
acceleration in Toyotas. Period."
But in its report, NASA said it
is "not realistic" to try to prove
Tovota's ETC does not cause un-
intended acceleration. The report
al so notes a lack of evidence link-
ing ETC to runaway cars "does
not vindicate" NASA engineers
evaluated the electronic circuitry
in Toyota vehicles and analyzed
more than 280,000 lines of soft-
ware code for any potential flaws
that could initiate an unintended

acceleration incident, DOT says.
Electronic glitches, such as
those involving software and elec-
tromagnetic interference (EMI),
can bedifficult to duplicate, engi-
neering experts say. EMI describes
what happens when electrical sig-
nals from sources as diverse as
cellphones, airport radar, even a
car's own systems wreak havoc
with vehicles' electronic controls.
"There are possible electrome-
chanical 'failures that leave be-
hind no trace, and therefore can-
not be ascertained after the fact
with any certainty," says Mukul
Verma, a former top General Mo-
tors safety expert.
Sean Kane of Safety Research
& Strategies questioned DOT's
defense of Toyota's electronics.
Kane, whose clients include plain-
tiff attorneys and technology com-
panies, says Toyota's own docu-
ments show the company was able
to replicate electronic issues.
Keith Armstrong, a United
Kingdom-based EMI and safety
design consultant who has testi-
fied against automakers in unin-
tended acceleration cases, ques-
tions the thoroughness of NASA's
report. He says problems includ-
ing intermittent cable connections
or incorrectly torqued-up ground
connections are among the
problems that could have been

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of Elections, 2700 N. W. 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida. The Canvassing Board is convening
on these dates in preparation to conduct the Miami-Dade County Special Election to be held on
March 15,2011.

Wednesday, 2/23/11 1. Logic and accuracy test of the optical scan and touch
10:00 a.m. screen voting systems to be used for absentee, early
voting, and precinct ballots
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Canvassing: 10:00 a.m.

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4:00 p.m. to completion 4. Provisional ballots processing
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4:00 p.m. to completion 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
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Obama budget to offer domestic spending cuts



By Andrew Zajac

administration will propose a
new budget that will reduce the
federal deficit by $1.1 trillion in
10 years by cutting many popu-
lar programs but said Sunday
that steeper reductions proposed
by Republicans were unwise.
President Obama's budget for
2012 will propose a wide array
of cuts in domestic spending,
including to home-heating pro-
grams, community-development
projects and other efforts. Holds
on federal pay raises and a five-
year spending freeze also will
be proposed in the budget, said
Jacob Lew, the president's bud-
get director, in a CNN' interview
The budget will be formally
presented to Congress on Mon-
But Republicans plan to press
ahead with plans for steep cuts
in 2011 spending and will seek
larger cuts than those sought by
House Speaker John Boehner
repeatedly declined Sunday to
rule out a government shutdown
if Congress and the Obama ad-
ministration can't agree on a
spending plan.
Congress needs to pass a tem-
porary budget resolution by ear-
ly March to keep the government
But lawmakers also are un-
der pressure to authorize an in-



White House Budget Director Jacob Lew, talking with
Printer William Boarman, holds a copy of the 2012 proposal,
wbuld cut the deficit by $1.1 trillion in 10 years.

crease in the government's debt
limit, and some conservative
Republicans have said the debt
ceiling shouldn't be raised un-
less substantial budget cuts are
Boehner, appearing on NBC's
"Meet the Press," said his goal
was "to reduce spending, not to
shut down the government."
But when asked repeatedly if
he would rule out a shutdown,
Boehner declined to take that
option off the table.
"Our goal is not to shut down
the government," Boehner said.
"It's time to cut spending."

Boehner also cri
Obama's blueprint for the
budget,. saying that it's
to continue to destroy jc
spending too much, bor
too much and taxing too n
Boehner dismissed a fiv
freeze on discretionary spc
included in the Obama bu(
inadequate because it wa
ceded by two previous b
with large spending incr
"Locking in that level of
ing is way too much," Bc
Congress never apl
Obama's budget propos




2011, so spending has continued
at previous levels.
Obama's budget also calls for
increases in funding for selected
education and infrastructure
program as part of what the
president calls an effort to "win
4 the future" by making the nation
more competitive.
Boehner mocked that ap-
S proach. "This isn't winning the
S- future," he said. "This is spend-
1 ing the future."
.. Another key House Republican,
Budget Committee Chairman
Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, chided
Obama for not tackling entitle-
ment spending, which makes up
about 85 percent of the budget.
Referring to Obama's appoint-
ment of a commission to study
Public entitlement spending, Ryan, ap-
which pearing on Fox News Sunday,
said, "Presidents are elected to
lead, not to punt."
ticized Obama's budget plan includes
e 2012 cuts to programs favored by
"going Democrats. Lew, who is director
obs by of the Office of Management and
rowing Budget, described it as "a very
iuch." difficult budget" involving sub-
re-year stantial trade-offs.
ending "We're beyond the easy, low-
dget as hanging fruit, to say that it's all
Ls pre- waste and fraud," Lew said.
udgets "We are reducing programs that
leases. are important programs that we
spend- care about," Lew said. "We're do-
oehner ing what every family does when
it sits around its kitchen table;
proved we're making the choice about
al for what do we need for the future."

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Union increasing membership

continued from 8D

the union's 68-mem-
ber executive board
at a meeting in Puer-
to Rico, according to
the board member.
The board adopted
the plan, according
to this person, who
was present. Henry
couldn't be reached.
SEIU spokeswoman
Inga Skippings de-
clined to confirm that
a memo reviewed by
The Wall Street Jour-
nal described the
final version of the
union's plan, or pro-
vide spending projec-
The board member
predicted the effort
would cost "tens of
millions" of dollars;
the SEIU spent more
than $70 million on
the 2008 elections.
SEIU leaders say ef-
fective organizing de-
pends on the political

climate and percep-
tion of unions. "We
can't spark an orga-
nizing surge without
changing the environ-
ment, so that workers
see unions not as self-
interested institu-
tions but as vehicles
through which they
can collectively stand
up for a more fair
economy," the memo
Labor experts say
the SEIU is under
growing pressure be-
cause roughly half its
members are public-
sector workers, like
home health-care
aides, teachers and
bus drivers.
Marick Masters, a
professor of business
at Detroit's Wayne
State University, said
recently elected offi-
cials of both parties
are trying to rein in
budget deficits, mak-
ing those workers vul-
nerable to cuts.

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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.

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
Stove, refrigerator, air
Free Water 786-267-1646

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

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

1725 NE 148 Street
Studio $543-$595, One bdrm
$657 plus, two bdrms, $888.
First and security
186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $475.
Appliances 305-642-7080
1920 NW 31 Street
One bedroom, water, air, and
appliances included. Section
8 okl 305-688-7559
200 NW 13 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$425. 305-642-7080.

210 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$475. Call 305-642-7080
2515 NW 52 Street #2
Nice one bedroom, tiled, air,
appliances. $550 monthly.
2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
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
One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750
5120 NW 23 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath, wa-
ter included. $500 monthly.
George 305-283-6804
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two and three bdrms.
Free gift for

Section 8 tenants.
No deposit. $300 Moves
you in. Jenny 786-663-8862

5545 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $550
monthly, $1100 to move in.
305-962-1814, 305-758-6133
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.
676 NW 48 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Section
8 welcome. 305-431-8981
between 5pm and 9pm
6832 NW 5 Place
Studio $110 weekly, $450 to
move in. 786-286-2540
7523 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. Reno-
vated, new appliances, and
parking. Section 8. HOPWA
OK. $650. Call
305-669-4320, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
7604 NE 3 Court
Efficiency, full size kitchen.
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
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/
Move In Speciall

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.
2683 NW 66 Street
Fof 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
1086 NW 55 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $875.
Appliances. Free water.

1138 NW 58 Terrace
Two bedroom, one bath, bars
on window and doors, central
air, ceiling fans, fenced yard,
washer/dryer hookup, Sec-
tion 8 OK, $950. 305-389-
1226 NW 1 Avenue

Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. S495,
free water. 305-642-7080
1709 NW 55 Street
Bright, newly remodeled one
bedroom, one bath, fenced
parking, $625 plus deposit,
includes water, Section 8 OK.
1737 N.W. 47 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$875 monthly. 305-525-0619
205 NW 96 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air, appliances, fenced
yard, washer/dryer hookup,
Section 8 OK, $1100 monthly.
255 NE 58 Terrace
One bdrm,one bath. $550.
5511 NW 5 COURT
Two bdrms, one bath, all
appliances, air, security bars.
$800 mthly. $600 security.
305-979-3509 after 5 pm
6215 NW 2 Place
Big one bedroom, one bath,
appliances, $630 monthly.
Free water. 786-419-6613
6913 NW 2 Court
Built in 2006, three bed-
rooms, two baths. $1325
monthly. 305-662-5505
745 NW 107 Street
Two bedroom, air, $975. 786-
773 NW 108 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
Section 8 Welcome!
7820 NE 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath.
$775. Appliances, free

8141 NW 5 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, appliances, $850
monthly, 305-984-2162.
86 Street NE 2 Avenue
One and Two bdrms. Section
8 OK. Call 305-754-7776
92 NE 59 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, bars, $900 mthly. Section
8 OK. 305-490-9284
9552 NW 20 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath, tile,
appliances, air, $600 monthly
100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath -and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
12325 NW 21 Place
Efficiency available.
Call 954-607-9137
2565 NW 92 Street
Stove, refrigerator, water in-
cluded. Nice neighborhood.
$730 monthly, $2190 move
in or $365 bi-weekly, $1095
move in. 305-624-8820
5629 SW Fillmore Street
Hollywood. Large unit. $650
mthly. $1300 to move in.
Utilities included. 786-370-
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
Very large efficiency, every-
thing included, $650.
NW 91 Street and 22
Furnished with air and light.
Furnished Rooms
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1887 NW 44 Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2010 NW 55 Terrace
One room, central air, appli-
ances. $100 and $125 wkly.
3290 NW 45 Street
Clean room, $350 monthly.
3633 NW 194 Terrace
Free utilities, $130 weekly,
$130 move in. 305-622-9135
62 Street NW First Avenue
$450 monthly. $700 move in.
Call 305-989-8824
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean, comfortable. Air, kitch-
en privileges. Cable optional.
$115 weekly,
$215 to move in.
East Miami Gardens Area
Clean furnished rooms. $425

monthly. Move in, no deposit.
Call 305-621-1017 or

Rooms, with home r.. ige.:
Prices range from $90 to
$125 weekly. 305-696-2451
NW 69 Street and
North Miami Avenue
Cable and utilities, $160
weekly. 786-587-9735
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
1144 NW 105 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, tile
floors, central air, near all fa-
cilities. $800 monthly. Secu-
rity required. 305-493-9635
1265 NW 116 Street
Four large bedroom, two
bath, hugh living room, florida
room. 786-286-2540
13140 NW 18 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, one bath.
1476 NE 154 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air. $1300 mthly. Section 8
OK. 786-586-2894
15830 Bunche Park School
Three bdrms, $1250 monthly.
Section 8. 305-801-1165
1865 N.W. 45th Street
Three bdrms, one bath.
$1050. 305-525-0619
18715 NW 45 Avenue
Section 8 OK. Three bed-
rooms, one bath, central air,.
tile floors. A beauty. $1295
Joe 954-849-6793
189 Street NW 43 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
den, Section 8, HOPWA.
2030 Rutland Street
Three bedroom, two bath,
$1100 monthly. 305-267-
2130 Service Road
Two bdrm, one bath, air, tile,
Section 8 OK. 786-277-4395
2625 NW 55 Street
Three bedroom, two bath,
$1000 monthly, No Section 8.
3011 NW 55 Street
Three bdrm, two bath, central
air and heat. Section 8 OK.
Terry 305-965-1186
3030 NW 51 Street
Three bdrms, central air,
fenced in yard, tile floors.
Section 8 welcome accepting
two and three bdrm vouchers.
Call 786-443-5367
3060 NW 95 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
carpet, tile, central air, and
appliances. $1400 monthly
negotiable. Section 8 wel-
comed! 305-525-1271
Free 19 inch LCD TV
3102 NW 61 Street
Three bedroom, two bath,
builded 2006, $1375.
3361 NW 208 Street
Three bdrm, one bath, all tile,
Section 8 OK. 786-277-4395
3411 NW 172 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, den, tile, $1300.
Terry Dellerson Realtor
305-891-6776. No Section 8
3520 NW 178 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, den, tile, $1400.
Terry Dellerson Realtor
305-891-6776. No Section 8
366 NE 159 Street
Four bedroom, two and a
half bath, $1700. 305-751-
5010 NW 21 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, security bars,
refrigerator stoves. $1350
monthly. Section 8 Welcome.
665 NW 52 Street
Three bdrm, two bath, air, tile
floors, utility room with wash-
er dryer hookup. Quiet street.
$1300 mthly. 305-625-4515
Three bdrm, two bath, $1300,
Section 8 OK. 954-552-0990
Two, three, four bdrms avail-
able. 954-599-1661
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, laundry and dining
room, yard maintenance in-
cluded. Near Calder Casino,
Turnpike, and Sunlight Stadi-
um. First and security. $1500
mthly. Section 8 OK 305-623-
0493. Appointment only.
Four bedroom, two bath,
newly renovated, cable in-
cluded. Section 8 vouchers
welcome. 786-554-5335
Three bedroom, one bath,
Three bdrm, two bath, $1367
mthly. 305-757-7067. Design
Four bedrooms, one bath,
air, all tiled, fenced yard.

Section 8 Welcome! $1,400
monthly. $1,000 Security de-
posit. 305-965-7827

Behind in Your Rent? 24 Hour
notice. Behind in Your Mort-
gage? 786-326-7916
Below 54th Street. Complet-
ed renovated. Nice neighbor-
hood near schools. Section 8
OK. Call 305-975-1987

Space available at
6600 NW 27 Avenue
Furnished and Unfurnished.
From $200 per month.

1195 NW 134 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Fully renovated, immacu-
late condition, view of park.
$149k. 305-793-0002
4915 NW 182 Street
Four bedrooms, three baths,
$1400 monthly. First and
deposit. 305-600-8603
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General Home Repairs
Plumbing, electrical, roof,
stove, air, 786-273-1130
Plumbing ah'd Carpentry.
305-401-9165, 786-423-7233
Call Thomas 786-499-8708

24 hour childcare center.
Level 2 background clear-
ance required. Flexible
schedules. Call 305-456-
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or e-mail resume to kids-
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Looking For
Compassionate Teachers
40 hours, CDAE or in
School, call Monday
through Friday 10 a.m. to
5 p.m.,

To stand in the background
for a major film! Earn up to
$200/day. Exp. not req.

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

You must be available be-
tween the hours of 6 a.m.
and 1 p.m. Must have reli-
able, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
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Two Part-time
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sional individuals for fast
paced newspaper. Must
type 45 wpm, well orga-
nized and computer literate
with excellent oral and
writing skills. Must have a
minimum of an AA or AS
degree or an equivalent
of five years work experi-
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plumbing, doors, laying tiles,
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this week to their high-
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but the increase isn't
expected to derail
strengthening in the
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time and will require additional evening
hours on Mondays and Tuesdays. You
should have an extensive background in
AP style and be familiar with those who
make up the leadership of Miami-Dade
County. Please submit your resume, a list
of references and salary history to the edi-
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phone inquiries please.

The Miami Times, the premier Black newspaper in
the Southeast is looking for a full-time news report-
er. Experience is a must as is the ability to hit the
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is local news. Candidate should therefore be familiar
with the political, educational and business issues
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4.17 percent in Novem-
Rates would have
to rise much more to
squelch a housing mar-
ket recovery, econo-
mists say. And the fed-
eral government would
likely take steps to pull
rates down if that oc-
curred, they add.
"Nobody is welcoming
a rise in interest rates
but it's not enough to
kill purchases in the
housing market," says
Keith Gumbinger of
mortgage researcher
To discourage large
numbers of sales, rates*
would have to top 6
percent, predicts ISH
Global Insight econo-
mist Patrick Newport.
If they went over 5.5
percent, that would
likely spur government
action, adds Cameron
Findlay, LendingTree
chief economist.
Even though rates
have been rising since
November, they're still
low by historical stan-
dards. For the past 20
years, 30-year fixed
loans have averaged
6.9 percent, Findlay
says. For the past 10
years, they averaged
5.93 percent.
Low rates and low
home prices helped
fourth-quarter home
sales, the National As-
sociation of Realtors
reported Thursday.
Nationwide, fourth-
quarter sales rose 15
percent from the third
quarter. But they were
still 20% below a year
earlier, when federal
tax credits artificially
boosted sales.
Median prices for
single-family homes
were up year-over-
year in 78 of 152 met-,
ropolitan areas. But
they were. up just 0.2
percent nationwide,
the NAR said. Newport
expects prices to drop
further and begin to
turn around midyear.
The association's
data indicate several
larger markets posted
healthy price gains due
to stronger job growth.
In Washington, D.C.,
median prices were up
8.1% year-over-year.
The Boston region
posted a 4.2 percent
rise, and Austin was
up 4.1 percent.
"Sales clearly recov-
ered in the latter part
of 2010," says Law-
rence Yun, NAR econo-
mist. He expects sales
to pick up this year
despite interest rates
he predicts will be 5.5
percent or higher by
year's end.
But job creation "will
trump the rise in rates"
and keep home sales
improving, Yun says.
Higher rates will
have a bigger impact
on refinancing activity,
Gumbinger says. That
fell 8 percent for the
week ended Feb. 4 as
interest rates jumped,
the Mortgage Bankers
Association says.
Mortgage rates fol-
low yields on 10-year
Treasury bonds, which
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The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference i ML AC) an-
nounced a one-year extension for the City ofWi nston-Salem
(NC) to host the annual men's and women's b.i'.tl-.dill
tournament through 2012.
"The \IF- \C is extremely elated to extend our
partnership with the City
of Winston-Salem," said
MEAC Commissioner Den-
nis Thomas.
The (City aof Winston-
Salernm has hosted the nen's
and women's l)ivision I has-
ketball tournament in 2009
and 2010. The 20111 Tournament is scheduled for March
7-12 and will be played at the Joel Coliseum.
Ticket books for the 2011 MEAC Basketball Totrna-
ment can be purchased at all 13 MEAC university ticket
offices, Joel Coliseum BoxOffice.Ticketmaster outlets. the
MEAC Office and online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are
also available by calling the 11 AC at (757) 951-2055 or
Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

The 66th annual Central Intercollegiate Athletic
Association (CIAA) Men's and Women's Basketball
Tournament will take place February 28 h1 iiniih March 5
in Charlotte. N.C.
"We lookforward to returning toCharlotte foroursixth
consecutive CIAA Tournament." says Leon Kerry, CIAA
Commissioner. "We've welcomed back Lincoln and Win-
ston-Salem State University to the CIAA. signed Toyota
as our new automotive partner and continued living up to
our reputation of providing our fans with an action-packed
week'of great basketball and fun-fil led activi ties and events.
Our fan's loyalty is unquestionable. Thcir constant support
of the Conference and our Tournament shows their passion
for the CIAA, which is important as we prepare for the
100th anniversary of the CIAA in 2012,"
At the Toyota Fan Experience. the interactive Toyota
Green Initiative booth will have 4.000 square feet devoted
to sustainability. The booth will house a DJ and Hybrid
technology centered around a 18" foot tree made of sus-
tainable materials powered by a solar generator. TV-One
returns as a television partner for the CIAA, presenting the
men's quarter-finals and the semi-final rounds
Tournament attendees can enjoy theToyota Fan Experi -
ence at the Charlotte Convention Center and McDonald's
Super Saturday at the Time \\.r ii. r Cable Arena free of
charge. The Toyota Fan Experience will feature free con-
certs by national: e.o' 'di nt .arlti-.t, Eric Benet, Donell Jones.
Tank and Jagged Edge, appearances by Tom Joyner, Actor
Lance Gross. and Sister 2 Sister Magazine's Jamie Foster
Brown, the Food Lion Cooking Stage fc.'i,,ui. B. Smith
and the Yolanda Adams Morning Show brought to you by
Other official CIAA events that require purchasing a
ticket includes the McDonald's Step SIt ,.. Throwdown at
the Charlotte Convention C('enter, Sister 2 Sister magazine
presents The Show.hosted by Doug E. Fresh fi.L.itlrii_- DI's
Kid Capri and Biz Markie and the CIAA Post-Tournament
After Party featuring Jeffrey Osborne.
For more information about how to purchase tickets
and a complete list of official CIAA events, visit www.
ciaatournament.org (liI ... '.i. cA,.i.i, 'II i,.ili i'llt '1 and
click on the 'Schedule of Events' tab.

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Virginia Union @ Lincoln
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Fayetteville State @ Shaw
Florida A&M @ Howard
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Laiay Sears, 6.-2 St, STILLMAN- dWae29p ns
W boards T n vsel Pwne
Andreq Nelso 6.6, St..C, TUSKEGEE- Avera.ed
24 oss 1 ]rebo.ndsa"1 i r; riores
Marcus Goode, 6-10. C, BENEDICT Wins tiNd
stragicattcl alt averaging '6 ptns. 11 rebounds
am 55 B6Ks in 2-1 eek Had liRe moine e! '7
pnIts. 'S1 boa'dsaid 10 lOBNCsvs Clain

SWAC A .... ..

Texas Southern
acikson Slate
MIss Valley St
Alatama A&M
Alabama State
Ark Pine Bl8,
Grambing Slate
Praime View A&Mf
Alcorn State

11 1
10 3
10 3
7 5
6 7
4 9
3 9
3 10
3 10

Travello Jones, 6-7, SO., F, TSU Scored Seam-
hNhs Mi 22 prints and t3 rebounds as Tigers
held ol Jackswn Stale Saturday Came back
wivl 10 pwots ar m retains in Monday's mai
owea Gramting
Orlando Smith, 6-5, St., F, MVSU Had doi-
idouNes01d 8 poinsla'nid16rec aldsnmSatrday's
vai oier Acorm State, and 1 co7ts, r3 boards
MA'day's wn over Southicn


Xavier La)
W Va Stale
Central State
N C Central
Tennessee State
Savannah State
Uncoln (Mo)

23 3
!5 7
15 7
11 8
12 11
11 15
8 14
8 18
2 20

C. J, Wilkerson, Sr., G, NCCU Tailed
ta tamgsh 21 pnls in Monday's 77-75 wr
over Coppn State
Landon Clement, Sr., G. NGCU Trei in
19 oenls in win ever Coppin Slat

Basketball Round-Up

Teams are jockeying for tournament seed-
ing as the CIAA and SIAC regular seasons
. head into their final two weeks.

In the CIAA tournament in Charlotte,
N.C. (Feb. 28 March 5), the top two seeds in
.the North and South Divisions get first-round
byes. First-round tournament play begins on Hi
Mon., Feb. 28 for the women. Wednesday,
March 2 tor the men.
So far in the men's race, Bowie State (9-1) and Vir-
ginia Union (7-2) have the two best records in the North
headed to their showdown Monday in Richmond. It's an-
other game-and-a half back to Elizabeth City State (6-
Cleo Hill Jr.'s Shaw Bears (5-2) beat Winston-Sa-
lem State (77-64) Saturday and have won five straight to
move into a tie with the Rams (5-2) atop the South Divi-
sion race. Ft-'ialtesille State (4-'3) is a half-game back.
Hill's troops will face their two nearest competitors
when they host I .t) cLtc, iele State Saturday and travel to
H\ SSt 'Monday.
Johnson C. Smith (2-5), who has lost four of its last
five to drop to the bottom of the South I Ik iion with St.
Augustine's (2-5), has two home iines, this weekend
in an attempt to right its ship, a Saturday rematch with
WSSU and Monday's date with St. Aug's.
Chowan (8-2) has caught Bowie State (8-2) at the
top of the women's North Division. Elizabeth City State
(7-3) is only a half-game back.
Johnson C. Smith (6-1) has a itll -;. .liCI lead on
WSSU (5-2) in the South. WSSU is at JCSU Saturday.

The top three men's regular season finishers and the
top two women's teams get byes in the 78th SIAC Tourna-
ment set for March 2nd thru the 5th in Atlanta.
Five first round SIAC men's tournament games will
be played at Morehouse's Forbes Arena on March 2nd
with four women's games at Clark Atlanta's Epps Gym-


nasium on the same day. Quarterfinals for wom-
en (Epps) and men (Forbes) are set for Thursday,
March 3. The semis and finals will be held at
Forbes on Friday and Saturday (March 4 & 5).
Currently on the men's side, Benedict
(16-4), Stillman (15-4) and Tuskegee (13-5)
have the' best records with Clark Atlanta (1.2-5)
still alive for one of the three byes.
Five teams are still alive for the two la-

dies byes, Albany State (14-4) has a half-game
lead in the loss column over Fort Valley State (13-5),
Miles (12-5) and Tuskegee (12-5) with Benedict (13-6)
another li,jl-.11-j11c back.
The schedule has leaders in both races avoiding each
other this week.
Three weeks are left in both the SWAC and MEAC
regular seasons.

Only the top eight regular season finishers make it into
the \\ ,\(C Men's and Women's Tournaments, to be held
this year at the Dallas Metroplex in Garland, Texas from
March 9-12.
.Texas Southern (10-1) beat Jackson State (70-67)
Saturday to take a two-game lead over JSU in the men's
race. Southern (12-1) has a similar two-game lead over
Prairie View A&M (9-3) on the women's side.

It's getting crowded at the top of the MEAC men's
race as Hampton (9-3), Bethune-Cookman (9-3) and
Mui gaii State (8-3) are virtually tied for first. Not'far be-
hind are Coppin State (7-4) and N. C. A&T (7-5). Two
others are at 6-6 (Norfolk State and Florida A&M).
Saturday, B-CU under Cliff Reed is at Hampton un-
der Ed Joyner Jr. in a showdown for first place.
Hampton (11-1) has a two-game lead over Morgan
State (8-3) on the women's side.
The first five men's and women's teams receive first-
round byes in the MEAC Tournament set for March 7-12
at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.

BCSP Notes

St. Augustine's, WSSU win

CIAA Indoor Track titles
H \MI' I ()N, Va. Saint Augustine's College took its 13th straight
men's title, and Winston-Salem State earned its first women's crown
Sniid,', in the 2011 CIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the
Boo Williams Sportsplex.
Led by men's field MVPOrlando Duffus and men's track MVPJosh
Edmonds, the Falcons scored 155 points to run away with the men's win.
Winston-Salem State was second with 80 points and Bowie State was third
with 68 points.
The Lady Rams of \\ SS11 won the women's championship in their
first year back in the CIAA after an attempted move to Division I. Their
victory snapped Saint Aug's steak of 14 consecutive league titles. Led by
women's field MVP Dedricka Thomas, the Lady Rams scored 99 points
to nip Johnson C. Smith,. which finished second with 95 points. Virginia
State placed third with 70 points.
Both Duffus and Edmonds sparked the Falcon men. Duffus won the
triple jump. tied for third in the high jump and placed fifth in the long
jump. Edmonds won the 200 dash, ran the second leg on the winning
4x400 relay team which included Dahmyir Owens, Jameel Walcott and
Antonio Abney, and placed second in the 400 dash for the Falcons.

Thomas of the Lady Rams finished second in the long jump, high jump
and triple jump. Shermaine Williams of Johnson C. Smith was named track
M\ I' after \ inninim' the 60 hurdles, the 60 dash and the 200 dash.
Other men's individual champions were Christopher Copeland of Saint
Augustine's (High Jump),William Bailey of Bowie State (Long Jump), Ran-
dale Watson of Johnson C. Smith (Shot Put), Andre Collins of Johnson C..
Smith (60 Hurdles), Leford Green of Johnson C. Smith (400 Dash), Ramon
GittensofSaint Aillltiine's (60Dash), Deiu ind % Ivxh.ltfol % ivnton-Salem
State (Mile Run), Fred Boone of Saint Paul's (Pole Vault), Johnny Shuping
of Saint Augustine's (5000 Run) and Matthew Coston of Lincoln (Pa.) (8(.)
Run). The Winston-Salem State team-of Cornell Jones, Elijah Strickland.
Andrew Chebii and \\ ti:_'-'ain won the distance medley relay.
Other women's individual champions were Brittney Killebrew of
Winston-Salem State (One Mile and 800 Dash), Samantha Edwards of
Virginia State (400 Dash). Kirsten Bowens of Saint Augustine's (Triple
Jump), Andrea Powell of Saint Augustine's (High Jump), Dominique King
of Virginia State (Long Jump), and Lakeshia Carney of Bowie State (Shot
Put). The Winston-Salem State foursome of Tyrah Winfrey, Ashley Fraser.
Manuela Rigaud and Killebrew won the distance medley relay and the
Virginia State group of Faith Brock, Jovonne T'.ion-King. Edwards and
Km i took the 4x400 relay.



CIAA (http://www.ciaatournament.org/)
February 28 March 5
Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena

SIAC (http://www.thesiac.com/news/2011/2/15/MBBALL_
March 2 5
Atlanta. GA Morehouse and Clark Atlanta Universities

MEAC (http://www.meachoops.com/)
March 7 12
Winston-Salem, NC Joel Coliseum

SWAC (http://www.swachoops.org/)
March 9 12
Garland. TX Dallas Metroplex

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CIAA A A'i.c-iA'
Chowan 2 10 6 13 11
BowieState 8 2 '1 5 15 8
EI:z C:?ySStaie 7 3 !1 5 18 8
Virgia State 5 3 8 6 14 8
Vira Unon 2 6' 2 11 2 '8
S!'Pa's l 8 1 15 2 23
Lroln 8 1 14 2 20
J C Smil, 1 13 2 20 2
W-SalemState 5 2 10 4 15 8
Shw 3 4 7 7 14 11
S: Atustsne's 3 4 9 5 15 9
Vmngstone 3 4 8 5 14 7
Fayetteville State 1 6 4 10 6 '7
AlBison Slkes, Sr. G. SAC- A7Iag 20 3 cais, 6
r etnniis sS *i 3 5'eels ir "',- e g "reS :rad t ,' l-i
pS 0 a s, C eaI s in ,,' "' a JC S3 :'tti
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pIs 13 'reou- arad 5 sea.Is r w'a c.'r J.0'
Marquilla Evans. Jr.,G VSU -Ae-aeo 'ip":s
6 mooA. mlh:e games
Rachel Buliard, SAC Lio 5 2 "a
!nuMing S an o'.r VSU and JS,'J

M EAC A i-

Morgan State
oanfa0 A&M
NC A&T State
Coppn Sale
"aryanc-Eastern Shore
Delaware Slate
SC Stale
Norfc:k State

JericksaJenkins, 54,Jr.G,CHAMPTON -Aw'aged
1 5$pr'nts 1' 3 ass's. 2 5 steals andrebou ds .n
IA;w 'r Sh11 na 17 IS 11 asFCsr1 5 1'edErlnds
vS NCCU a22pts 9asssslsvs NSU
Kendra Wilkerson, 5-10 Fr, F, UMES AtrageJ
Cheyenne Curley-Payne .5-5 So, G. HOWARD
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Albany State
Fort Vaiey State
Kentucky State


14 4
13 5
12 5
'2 5
13 6

6 13
5 11
6 '4
5 12
2 16

Ryan Herd, Sr.. F LOC- Avsagae 13 Spo sa 0 5a
rebojrds d2 s.eajs ard a t h i n games
RavenWarn Jr..G.KSU- Arag3 S33 awrS 36
as, 5s 2 5. s ard a a ;i'e e52 3
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SWAC sAAr,,. < re;
Southern 12 1 15 8
Pra'ne view AAM 9 3 13 10
AlabamraA&MV 8 4 12 10
Aic'n Slate 8 5 9 13
Grarmb"n Sta e 7 6 1 13
Miss Valley St 7 6 9 15
Jackson Stale 6 7 7 15
Alabama State 3 9 6 17
Texas So-uthem 2 10 4 19
Ark Pire Bluff 1 12 1 23
Takeya Felder, G. JSU Scoied garre-bhig
I- pots anit grabbed 6 eblor s as Lady
Ti, aeCs kroed 1 ret.in -pasce Prairae Vie
.' 'Iday alier sco' iof 2 pnirls in Saduay's
,. o-er SU

Xavier (La) 22
UDC 15
Savannh State 13 '
Central State 8
W Va State 9
Cheyney 6
Tennessee State 7
N C Central 4 ;
Uroln fMo ) 2

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