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VOLUME 88 NUMBER 28 MIAMI, FLORIDA, MARCH 9-15, 2011 50 CENTS


Town Hall


meeting dispels


closure rumors

Bendross-Mindingall says Miami
Central is "on the right track"
By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

Miami Central Senior High School has
had its share of turmoil in the last sever-
al years from a revolving door of prin-
cipals to consecutive school grades of
"F." But poised for a visit from President
Barack Obama, still celebrating its first
ever 6A State Football Championship in
its 51-year history and after earning the
school's first "C" school grade in nearly a, ..y
decade, it appears that the Rockets are
finally "flying high."
However, in spite of all of the recent
good news, members of the school's BENDROSS-MINDINGALL
alumni association and concerned par-
ents assembled at Central last Wednesday for a Town Hall meet-
ing, anxious to determine if rumors indicating that the District
planned to close their hallowed halls were true.
The bottom line, says School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Ben-
dross-Mindingall, who represents the high school as part of her
Please turn to TOWN HALL 10A


Community marches to police HQ


By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

Family members of the seven men
who were fatally shot and killed by Mi-
ami police officers, friends, community
residents, activists and clergy includ-
ing those from the the Nation of Islam,
marched in solidarity last Thursday
from Gibson Park to the City of Miami
Police Headquarters to demand that
City Manager Tony Crapp along with
the City Commissioners reach consen-
sus and fire City of Miami Police Chief


Miguel Exposito.
"It's time for the Black community to
stand up to the violence that's taking
place in our neighborhood," said Delisa
Jamison as she marched in the protest
along 3rd Avenue on her way to the pre-
cinct. "We want the chief to resign or be
fired."
More and more voices from within the
Black community are calling for the re-
moval of Exposito but as he has shown
no inclination of resigning the com-
munity has been making moves to put
pressure on the city manager and com-


missioners to oust him.
On the forefront of the battlefield is
City of Miami Commissioner Richard
P. Dunn II, asking for the firing of the
chief because he says Exposito is not
the right person for the job based on his
inability to perform his overall duties.
Dunn says that the Chief has given his
officers the mentality that it's okay to
shoot a Black man first and ask ques-
tions later.
"I'm here in this march to support the
victims that have been going through
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President Barack Obama greets students during his visit to Miami Central Senior
High School in Miami, Friday, March, 4.

Obama inspires Central students


-AP Photo/ Kevin Glackmeyer
Congressman John Lewis, center, walks arm-in-arm with Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), left center Senate
Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), right, on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., Sunday, March 6,
on the 46th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.


Racism in Selma, 46 years ago


1965: A dark moment in nation's history
By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

On Sunday, March 7, 1965, 600 mostly-Black
protesters gathered in Selma, Alabama with plans
to peacefully march from the racially-divided city
to Montgomery, the State Capitol. The march was
led by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Council
(SNCC) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern
Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
Planners of the march hoped to accomplish sever-
al things. First, they wanted to draw more attention
to their thwarted efforts for Black voter registration


drives in Selma, which was part of Dallas County.
Second, they wanted to voice their concerns over
the shooting of an unarmed Black protester, Jimmy
Lee Jackson, 26, who was shot and killed by Of-
ficer James Bonard Fowler on February 17th after
moving to defend his 82-year-old grandfather and
mother, Viola, from being beaten by Fowler and his
colleague, both Alabama State Troopers.
As the marchers approached the Edmund Pettus
Bridge over the Alabama River, they found their way
obstructed by state troopers and local police. They
were ordered to turn around, however, they refused.
Officers then responded by shooting teargas into the
crowd and then wading into the temporarily blinded
Please turn to SELMA 10A


By Randy Grice and D. Kevin McNeir

It's not every day that the President
of the United States shows up at your
high school. But that's just what the
nation's first Black commander-in-
chief, President Barack Obama, did last
Friday when he visited Miami Central
Senior High School. His appearance
marked the kickoff of a nationwide tour
in which he will promote his agenda for
education reform.


FMU president:

Goals include more Black male
students and State support
By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

Former Florida A&M University
(FAMU) Dean and Professor in the Col-
lege of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical
Sciences, Dr. Henry Lewis III is now
Florida Memorial University's (FMU)
newest president. In a recent conver-
sation Lewis, 61, was upbeat and op-


Central was selected because of the
success it has had in using federal and
local dollars and support programs to
improve the performance of the school
and its students. Obama was joined by
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Dun-
can along with an unlikely supporter,
Republican and former Florida gov-
ernor, Jeb Bush. Obama says he and
Bush have found common ground on
the issue of education both endorse
Please turn to OBAMA 8A


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timistic about the future of the school
- one of Florida's four Historically
Black Colleges and Universities (HB-
CUs). [The others include: Bethune-
Cookman University, Edward Waters
College and Florida A&M University].
"FMU opened this academic year
with its highest enrollment ever with
over 1,900 students," he said. "Last
year for the first time in several years,
we had a positive surplus of dollars
and we project that for the fiscal year
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OPINION


BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


Sharpton takes no prisoners

in critique of Miami's woes
Many wondered what Rev. Al Sharpton's recent vis-
its to Miami could achieve, besides a few inquisi-
tive fans and eager photographers. But with his
homework clearly completed and his "Baptist whoop" firmly
in tow, the civil rights icon engaged local leaders, concerned
citizens and news-hungry reporters alike as if it was just
another walk in the park.
Truth be told, this is a more composed, leaner and dare
we say "new and improved" Al Sharpton that came to town.
He has learned from earlier controversies, most notably the
Tawana Brawley case. But more than that, it appears that
he has come to realize, unlike far too many of our local,
self-appointed spokespersons, that criticism without sound
recommendations is nothing more than an opportunity to
hear one's self speak or as we recall from Shakespeare's
Macbeth, "tale(s) told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
signifying nothing."
Among Sharpton's suggestions to the Black community is
for us to establish a standard of accord that is applicable to
both sides of the equation police offices and Black citi-
zens.
And like Sharpton, we assert that given the far too fre-
quent occurrences of police-involved shootings of young
Black men all of which remain unresolved, we can no longer
afford to wait on either the State Attorney's Office or the
City of Miami Chief of Police to provide us with answers. We
must look to outside experts, presumably from the Depart-
ment of Justice individuals who can assess the situation
with keen insight and total objectivity.
In one moment of friendly banter, Sharpton challenged
those who have referred to him as a trouble maker. In sum-
mary he said that given the slew of problems currently fac-
ing Miami, he believed the invitation was issued with the
hopes that he could stop some of the trouble not add to
the list.
Sharpton has helped in bringing national attention to our
dilemma but Miami is not unique. What is transpiring
here as police and young Black men find themselves caught
up in a 'deadly dance' is a scenario that is playing out over
and over in urban cities across the U.S.
And with each shooting, we see so many Black leaders,
from Miami to Michigan, who are eagerly charging out of
gate but with no clear destination in mind. Call it a knee-
jerk, emotional or impulsive response if you like. No matter
how you slice it, you have to wonder, how does one know
they have arrived at their required location if they never
knew where they were going?



Where would we be

without Black women?
aya Angelou describes the resilience of Black
women in her brilliantly-conceived poem "Still,
I Rise." She writes, "You may write me down in
history with your bitter, twisted lies; you may trod me in the
very dirt but still, like dust, I'1 rise."
Her words are apropos as we enter the month of March
and mark the beginning of Women's History Month in the
U.S. As we know, throughout our past it has been Black
women who have picked up the pieces after tragedy and
turmoil, chaos and calamity and made "a way out of no
way."
Women have watched their men and sons castigated, hu-
miliated, beaten and murdered, having no other way to re-
spond than with their tears. Women have fought for the right
to own property, to vote, to receive education and to make
decisions about their own bodies battling judges, public
opinion and in many cases, their own fathers, husbands
and brothers. And while victories have been achieved, they
have not come without a cost. Women have scrubbed floors,
cooked meals, changed diapers and raised generations of
children without thanks. But most say they wouldn't have
it any other way.
However, the worst of all indignations is without ques-
tion the fact that our women have often been disrespected,
physically and emotionally abused and in the worst of situ-
ations, murdered by their own Black brothers. They have
bent but not broken and then, they have risen again to
stand strong and face another storm.
Yes, Black women are amazing creatures their looks as
diverse and beautiful as the flowers in a garden. History af-
firms the contributions they have made in every facet of our
world but for all of those sisters whose names have been
recorded there are millions more whose sacrifices will never
be known.
Where would we be without Grandma, Mommy, Big Mom-
ma and Sis? We hazard to even guess. The world has be-
come a meaner place in this new millennium while the op-
pressors of our country as well as the "principalities and
powers" seem to be hell-bent on destroying the final vestig-
es of the Black family. Still our women rise, gathering their
loved ones in the folds of their skirts and pushing on with
the greatest of resolve.
We call you Edna, Evelyn, Dorothy, Frederica, Annie Mae,
Audrey, Cynthia, Carrie, Gwen, Karen, and yes, Rachel too.
And there are many more. The world is a better place be-
cause you have loved us and loved yourselves. We salute
you today, tomorrow and forever.


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- BY BILL FLETCHER, JR NNPA COLUMNIST


Why we should care about Arab revolt
The momentous democratic governments in North Africa and ligious revolts or religiously in- by hearing about or reading
revolt sweeping the Arab World the Middle East that demon- spired revolts. They have been about uprisings in other coun-
has captured the interest and state not a shred of respect for a response to the economic and tries, who have taken their re-
imagination of millions. The en- democratic rights, political injustices that people spective futures into their own
ergy and courage of the partici- Therefore, what is important have suffered for years. In fact, hands. This step is monumen-
pants has inspired movements for us to understand is that it is in a courageous and historic act tal, thus making this what is
in other parts of the world, in- quite possible that the U.S. may of solidarity, Coptic Christians often called a "teachable mo-
cluding in the state of Wisconsin lose key allies in North Africa in Egypt protected Muslims ment." We can learn from the
(with the fight against the gov- example of the Arab people, for
ernor's attacks on public sector he Arab democratic revolt has the instance, that despite immense,
workers). if not overwhelming difficulties,
The Arab democratic revolt global politics. This is absolutely no exaggeration. The that it is possible to successfully
has the potential to change glob- governments that are facing their people's wrath are resist and create a better world.
al politics. This is absolutely no with the exception of Iran and to some extent Libya -govern- We not only have much to
exaggeration. The governments L learn from the Arab democratic
that are facing their people's ments that have been in the pocket of the U.S. revolt, but we should also find
wrath are with the excep- ways to offer our support. If his-
tion of Iran and to some extent and the Middle East and, for the during a Friday prayer against tory is any standard, the U.S.
Libya -governments that have first time in decades, actually the forces of then-dictator government will do what it can
been in the pocket of the U.S., have to negotiate new relation- Mubarak. There had been a fear to win the new governments
in some cases for decades. They ships based on mutual respect that during prayer Mubarak's back into the fold of the West
have been allies of various U.S. with countries that they have internal security units would at- rather than treating these new
administrations and have helped treated as vassal states, tack. The Coptic Christians in- governments as sovereign part-
the U.S. government to move It is also important to recog- dicated that they would not let ners who have chosen a different
otherwise unpopular policies nize that the Arab democratic that happen. course. Obama and Congress
in North Africa and the Middle revolt has been Al Qaeda's worst Finally, these revolts are not need to accept this understand-
East. While various U.S. admin- nightmare. Consider for a mo- revolts that were the result of ing and they will if and when
istrations have mouthed about ment that the revolts, although outside forces. The reality is Black America and other people
democracy, they have been quite including Islamist forces (in that it has been the people of of good will speak out in a cho-
comfortable holding hands with many cases) have not been re- these countries, often inspired rus of millions.


BY JULIANNE MALVEAUX, NNPA COLUMNIST


No 'green
Months ago, we knew that there
would be no Black Oscar winners,
mainly because we knew there
were no Oscar nominees. What
a denouement from that glorious
year when both Denzel Washing-
ton and Halle Berry were winners
for films that, if flawed, celebrated
their artistic genius. While the
Oscars have not been an equal op-
portunity experience, there have
been celebrated nominations and
wins that have lifted up Blacks in
film, and it may be a mistake to
take just one year and turn it into
a trend.
What do films depict? In some
ways they are reflections of our
hopes, dreams, visions, fantasies
and realities. Those who "green
light" films offer opportunities to
films that resonate a stuttering
king, a troubled ballerina. Those
of us who know writers and think-
ers in the Black world know there
are equally compelling figures,
but those who see film often re-
flect the sensibilities of their own


lights' for Blacks at Os
age. In other words, what did it Or if a king is so compelling,
take for someone to decide that what about a queen? Why not tell
The Great Debaters would be a the stories of the Black women in
film that resonated? Why has Ty- Black history who have made tre-
ler Perry had to go the indepen- mendous contributions. If we can
dent route? Who interprets cul- talk about Ray Charles through
ture and reality? Through which Jamie Foxx, what about Cathy


f I had my way, I'd ask someone to dramatize the story that
lyanla Vanzant tells in her latest book, Peace from Broken
Pieces.


prism do they view the world and
what do they see?
If I had my way, I'd ask some-
one to dramatize the story that
lyanla Vanzant tells in her latest
book, Peace from Broken Pieces.
How does a nationally-acclaimed
spiritual leader, teacher and com-
mentator emerge from a woman
who has been broken, battered,
abandoned and then some? Isn't
there some drama there? Why not
tell that story?


Hughes through Angela Bas-
sett? Imagine the resonance of
an entrepreneur so dedicated to
her dream that she slept in the
radio studio when she could not
afford rent so she could keep her
dream alive. Or what about Mag-
gie Lena Walker, the woman who
founded Penny Savings Bank in
Richmond, a woman with a scant
second grade education? Can we
get some drama from the story of
Elizabeth Keckley, the seamstress


BY GARY L. FLOWERS, NNPA COLUMNIST


If unions fall. Black workers sure to


What the U.S. has witnessed
over the past three weeks in
Wisconsin is extremely historic
and should not be viewed in
isolation.
Following the election of
Governor Scott Walker (R) leg-
islation was introduced with
austerity measures included
to streamline the state bud-
get. Aside from asking public
workers to reduce their benefit
packages an unusual provi-
sion was inserted that would
radically change the process of
collective bargaining by state
workers. Of course, Governor
Walker said such was neces-
sary to balance the budget.
But clearly this is a politi-
cal attempt to weaken unions,
in this case public ones, that
include teachers, firemen and
police. And, while some Wis-
consin unions who supported
Walker were exempted from the
legislation restricting collec-
tive bargaining, the attack on


workers is no less venomous.
Teachers, in particular, are one
segment of the American work-
force that need a reduction in
benefits the least. In most pub-
lic school districts teachers are
excruciatingly underpaid and
violently overworked. They


al Education Association and
teachers' unions are to blame.
However, the fact is, student
achievement may well have as
much to do with a federal com-
mitment to fund public educa-
tion as any other factor.
Currently, the U.S. govern-


n the face of sub-standard educational attainment by U.S.
students (as compared to students around the world) some
politicians like Walker would suggest that the National Edu-
cation Association and teachers' unions are to blame.


are asked to fill the function
of parent, psychologist, truant
officer and fight referee, in ad-
dition to their primary purpose
of teaching.
In the face of sub-standard
educational attainment by
U.S. students (as compared
to students around the world)
some politicians like Walker
would suggest that the Nation-


ment only funds nine percent
of public school funds while
our global competitors (Chi-
na, India, Pakistan, etc.) fully
fund their public education
systems. In fact, of the 118 in-
dustrialized nations, the U.S.
is the only one that does not
fully fund public education.
Worse still, there seems to be
little support for full funding of


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who supported a dissipated White
master and his 17 relatives with
her needle, a woman who bought
her own freedom, became the con-
fidant of First Lady Mary Todd
Lincoln and only fell out with her
when she wrote a book because
she needed the money?
Popular culture does not lift
these women up, no matter how
dramatic their stories, because we
have not often been able to bridge
the racial divide in drama, culture
and entertainment. Whatever is
compelling in these stories is of-
ten muted by the racial aptitudes
that shackle our nation. Thus, it
is more interesting to learn of a
British king who can't speak the
King's English than an enslaved
man like Frederick Douglas whose
elocution inspires a nation. We
could put the Frederick Douglas
story on film but they we'd have to
deal with the miscegenation that
makes many uncomfortable the
Black man, the White wife and the
cultural barriers.





follow
American education from U.S.
Education Secretary Arnie
Duncan.
The idea of reducing the
power of unions is not new as
union busting attempts fill the
annals of American elitism. As
a result of the blood shed by
union workers our workers en-
joy several employment privi-
leges: five-day work week ; 40-
hour work week; eight-hour
work day; safe and healthy
workplaces; and child labor
protections.
If Walker and his wealthy
friends have their way in state
governments across the na-
tion the U.S. will be less of a
democracy than capital-lacy
wherein the wealthy rule and
everyone else are the mules.
Working people must realize
that the evil plan is an attack
on unions, then you. All who
believe in justice and fairness
must take a stand for righ-
teousness.














LOCAL


OPINION


BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN0\ DESTINY


5A THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 9-15, 2011


CORNER


- BY ROGER CALDWELL


Will Governor Scott buckle under lawsuit?


There is no use denying that
our new governor is one tough
cookie. On Friday, March 4th.
Florida Supreme Court issued
a brief and unanimous deci-
sion siding with Governor Scott.
The lawsuit from two Florida
State Senators turns out in fa-
vor of the governor, therefore
when the governor says "no, he
means no."
This week Thad Altman, a
Republican from Melbourne
and Senator Arthenia Joyner,
a Tampa Democrat, filed a law-
suit in the state's highest court.
The bipartisan action from the
two Florida Senators is claiming
that the governor overstepped
his authority in rejecting $2.4
billion in federal funds to build
a high-speed rail link in Florida.
They want the court to order
Scott to expeditiously accept the
federal money.
On the other hand, the gover-
nor has responded to the law-
suit stating that he has execu-
tive authority to make decisions
how money will be spent in the
state.


"My position remained un-
changed," Scott said. "I've yet
to see any evidence that Flor-
ida taxpayers would not be on
the hook. Senators Altman and
Joyner's disrespect for taxpay-
ers is clear by their lawsuit try-
ing to force the state to spend
money."


ors from Lakeland, Tampa, and
Orlando held a news conference
and discussed their actions in
partnership with the U.S. States
Department of Transportation
and sent a letter to Scott. They
reiterated that the plan will not
put taxpayers at risk.
There has been a coalition of


he battle lines have been drawn and both sides in the
state's highest court argued their positions. In the final
analysis the Supreme Court made the decision and Gov-


ernor Scott has won this battle.


In order to make this project
work the governor will have to
be on board because he con-
trols the Florida Department
of Transportation and the land
that the rail would be built. Both
sides are arguing about the sep-
aration of powers, but the gov-
ernor has executive power. With
executive power he has the pow-
er to veto laws and help direct
how money and resources will
be utilized.This week the may-


community-based, faith and
labor organizations supportive
of the Florida high-speed rail
released a public statement on
the governor's recent actions
with the project. The Florida
Transportation Coalition (FTC)
shares their disapproval of the
governor's decision to derail the
project from moving forward.
"Governor Scott's arrogant
move will eliminate 23,000'
overalljobs in construction, op-


eration, and maintenance of the
railroad; building construction
for the new train stations and
intermodal centers; and the ex-
pansion of bus transportation
services," FTC said.
The battle lines have been
drawn and both sides in the
state's highest court argued
their positions. In the final anal-
ysis the Supreme Court made
the decision and Governor Scott
has won this battle.
The governor is very deter-
mined to manage the state from
his mindset. He believes that he
has the answers for the state
and he is not afraid to make en-
emies along the way. There is
a large cross-section of people
across the state that are angry
because of his decision. At this
point, the court system has spo-
ken and there is nothing that
the public sector, business or
political leaders can do. The fed-
eral government has decided to
give the money to another state.
There is time bomb in Florida
and many are waiting for it to
explode.


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When Holder plays the race card, justice suffers
Washington, D.C. Members example of how radical and out of case to past government defenses portedly ordered career attorneys
of the Project 21 Black leadership touch this presidency is with the of civil rights, adding, "I think it at the Justice Department to set
network are appalled that Attor- American people." does a great disservice to people tie the case.
ney General Eric Holder used the Holder engaged in racial poli- who put their lives on the line for Holder's March 1 outburs
race card to block congressional tics during a subcommittee hear- my people." came after Culberson referred t(
inquiries into the Justice Depart- ing of the House Appropriations "Holder's comment about 'my comments made by veteran civi
ment's silence and possible mis- Committee on March 1. Repre- people' illustrates how the At- rights activist Bartle Bull, an eye
handling of a race-fueled voting sentative John Culberson (R-TX) torney General sees the world witness at the polling place. In ar
rights case. brought up that the U.S. Depart- through a color-coded lens," said affidavit, Bull wrote: "I have neve:
"Eric Holder is sending a con- ment of Justice was uncoopera- Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli. encountered or heard of another:
sistent and unfortunate message tive with investigators from the "Accordingly, it's not surpris- instance in the United States
that we should expect justice to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights ing that the Justice Department where armed and uniformed mer
be applied only on the terms set regarding allegations that po- under his leadership has not ag- blocked the entrance to a poll
by him and President Obama. litical appointees intervened in a gressively pursued the voter in- ing location." Bull considers th(
This disregard for the rule of law voting rights case against mem- timidation case regarding the 2008 incident the most serious
is made worse by divisive rheto- bers of the New Black Panther Philadelphia members of the New act of voter intimidation he ha.
ric that is anathema to his sworn Party charged with restricting the Black Panther Party." ever seen. Former career attor
duties to uphold our Constitution access of white voters.to a Phila- The three members of the New neys in the Justice Department's
as Attorney General," said Project delphia polling place on Election Black Panther Party were on the Civil Rights Division also clain
21's Jerome Hudson. "Holder's ap- Day 2008. Holder harshly criti- verge of being sentenced for the an environment of incivility exist:
parent willingness to turn a blind cized scrutiny of the case, calling apparent voter intimidation when toward cases involving minority


eye to equal justice is one more


it "inappropriate" to compare this


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I rest on my record of service


Dear Editor,

I ieed your support to keep
Miami-Dade County intact and
able to deliver the services our
community needs. Yes, there is a
recall campaign against me, but
what is happening is larger than
any one person. Never before has
it been more important to get in-
volved and say. "NO". This ugly
chapter -in Miami-Dade County
began with a budget that pre-
served services and kept com-
mitments to the public employ-


ees who provide them. It was a
budget designed to maintain the
quality of life of all residents and
invest in our future. As a resident
of this community for 50 years
and a public servant for 35, I was
not willing to be the Mayor who
compromised public safety, so-
cial services, park programs and
projects that create jobs. When it
comes to service delivery, it has
taken us too long to get where
are. Reverting to the so-called
good ol' days when services fell
short, and the gap between the


With all of the police related shootings of Black men, do

you think Miami is on the verge of a riot?


WILLIE EVANS, 65
Retired, Liberty City

Yes, we are
going to have
a riot. When
I was com-
ing up here
if a patrol
car comes, a
uniform car
comes you re-
spected that cop, you can
respect those guys that
you to get on the ground.

QUALA FULLINGTON, 49
Retired, Liberty City

Don't about
a riot but they
need to try to
come togeth-
er, a riot will
not solve any-
thing. We do
I _


not have anything in our com-
munity now so what will that
solve? It does not make any
sense.

SANDRA GRIFFIN, 40
Bus driver, Liberty City


Yes, be-
cause it does
not make
any sense,
the shootings
that they are
doing are ri-
diculous. It is
very ridicu-


lous, for them
to do that some type of retali-
ation will come back behind
that.


ROSA MARIETHINIZY, 65
Retired, Liberty City


I hope not, .
but you ne v-
er know, but -
I hope that
does not hap-
pen. We have Y
too much to
lose, we do not V
have anything
now. I am just
hoping and praying that does
not happen.

BLANCHE FULLER, 71
Retired, Liberty City

I think so, I
have been in
a lot of riots,
since the ear-
ly 60s. Every-
thing is com-
ing up to the
situation at
hand. People
are over rest, worried and it is


just at a boiling point where it
is eventually going to boil over.

AUDREY SIMMONS, 60
Retired, Liberty City

No, not nec-
essarily. It
does not call
for a riot it
just calls for..
an investiga-
tion and a
little more of I ____ _ _
watching the
police department.

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


have's and have not's was more
glaring than ever, was unaccept-
able to me. It is no secret who
suffers most when services are
cut those most in need. Now,
a billionaire has stepped in to
"save us", and he's. playing on
people's anger and fear during
a very uncertain economy. Mind
you, he doesn't rely on public
transportation to get to work. He
doesn't need affordable housing.


And who knows when if ever -
he set foot in a county park. He
offers plenty of attacks, but not a
single solution. On March 15th,
say "NO" to the recall.and send
a message that county services
and those who provide them
matter.

Carlos Alvarez
Mayor
Miami-Dade County


Florida's prisons need

reform now!


Dear Editor,

Recently an editorial in
your publication highlighted
the problems facing Florida's
troubled prison system. As a
Florida inmate, I wish to share
my views. According to some
reports, the State's crime rate
is down. However, with ap-
proximately 91,000 of Florida's
102,000 inmates to be released
at some point, how safe will
Florida be without interven-
tion? Florida's mandated goal
of punishment and rehabilita-
tion has proven ineffective. Re-
habilitation means "to restore
to a former condition." Why re-
store offenders to their former
lifestyle? Reformation is the
key!
Other states seem to have
the right idea: curb prison
costs and reduce prison popu-
lations through "risk analysis"
to identify inmates suitable
for release and to employ both
more innovative sentencing
and effective programs. There
are many Florida inmates who
are remorseful for their ac-
tions, have sought genuine
change and are deemed safe
for release.


But how should we evaluate
so-called "rehabilitative pro-
grams" mandated by Florida's
former administration that in-
clude: reentry programs, tran-
sition programs, etc.? How ef-
fective can such programs be
that force inmate participa-
tion? Moreover, many of these
programs are antiquated.
On the other hand, the ad-
ministration here at Sumter
C.I. seems to have the proper
focus and intent to bring about
inmate reformation by offer-
ing voluntary programs. Many
Sumter inmates are volun-
teering for these programs; as
such, should your tax dollars
be utilized on inmates volun-
tarily seeking reform, or wasted
on those.with no such interest?
As Governor Scott continues
to push for a more productive
government, let's hope that he
will focus on sensible and ef-
fective programs resulting in
inmate reformation. Rehabili-
tation equals re-offending; ref-
ormation equals reduced re-
cidivism while saving Florida's
taxpayers millions of dollars.

Steven Craig Best
Bushnell, FL


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BLI.\CKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


4A THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 9-15, 2011


L-R: Claudia D. Slater, Ruby T. Rayford, Richard Williams, Mia Laurenzo, Mayor Daisy Black, Enid C. Pinkney, Sattie Narace, Katie -
L. Williams, David Green. Richard Williams, Mia Laurenzo and Claudia Slater.




Macy's and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority



sponsor Black History program


Gamma Delta Sigma Chapter
and Dadeland Macy's present-
ed a unique Black History pro-
gram on the fourth Saturday of
February. The community fo-
rum and luncheon held in the
culinary area on the second lev-
el was decorated in an authen-
tic African motif. Twelve-inch
hand Woven Rwanda bowls of
yellow and blue with an earth
tone trim adorned each table.
The tables linen was of Afri-
can colors. All items including
the design display and gifts for
each guest were either made in
Africa or Haiti.
The program began with
heartwarming greetings by Da-
vid Green, manager of Macy's
Home Store and Mrs. Claudia
D. Slater, Basileus of Gamma
Delta Sigma Chapter. An A+
performance was given via The
One Man Show of Dr. Edward
G. Robinson entitled "The Cre-
ation of music from Africa."
The historical viewing'of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.: Foot-
prints through Florida with re-
flections from Ms. Mia Lauren-
zo, producer (WLRN/Channel
17) and Dr. Enid C. Pinkney,
founder/CEO of The Hampton
House Trust Inc. concluded the
impressive Black History pro-
gram.
The event showcased the cu-
linary talents of Chef Sattie
Narace. The Dadeland resident
chef prepared a healthy mean
as per Dr. Ian Smith's Healthy
Diet Plan of The 50 Million
Pound Challenge publication.


Chapter members greeting
the overflowing guests includ-
ed Claudia D. Slater, Basileus;
Lillian Davis, Ruby T. Rayford,
Enid C. Pinkney, Terriceda
Newkirk, Julia Myers, Shirley
Paramore, Rosena Wright, Wil-
ma Council, Ericka Perry, Mary
'G. Williams, Jenell Whyte, An-
'iette Branrley and katie t. WiT-
liams the chapter's program
and projects chair.
Guests including Daisy
Black, mayor of the Village of
El Portal, departed after the
'two-hour event with expres-
sions of encore. Each with a gift
bag containing an authentic re-
versible tote bag (linen/African
print) made in Rwanda, other
gifts and printed educational
items.
Basileus Slater had earlier in-


formed guests that their inter-
national gifts (tote bag, basket,
picture frame) were financially
supported by Macy's Initiatives.
African and Haitian families
use the income from Macy's Ini-
tiatives to enhance nutrition,
education and healthcare.
In conjunction with the grand
'I chapfer s r4~tionl'andl global
initiatives, Gamma Delta Sig-
ma chapter currently supports
humanitarian efforts in Africa
and Haiti.
The sisterhood of Gamma
Delta Sigma Chapter express
sincere gratitude to Mr. David
Green, Mrs. Sattie Narace, Ms.
Mia Laurenzo, Dr. Edward G.
Robinson and Mr. Richard Wil-
liams, manager of CVS Phar-
macy for a abundance of edu-
cational publications.


Dr. Edward Robinson admires the bag of Claudia Slater, Basileus.


Attendees at the program.


Governors scramble to rein in Medicaid costs


By Sara Murray, Janet
Adamy & Neil King Jr.

More than half the states
want permission to remove
hundreds of thousands of
people from. the Medicaid in-
surance program, a move that
would represent a rare cut to
a national social program.
The push sets up a show-
down between states strug-
gling with fiscal 2012 budgets
and the Obama Administra-
tion, which says it may lack
the authority to allow such
cuts. That means Congress
could be forced to settle the
matter.
Nearly every state has
nipped at parts of the pro-
gram, which currently insures
53 million Americans. Ari-
zona stopped covering certain
organ transplants, Washing-
ton pared vision and dental
services and South Carolina
has eliminated coverage of
circumcisions.
But governors say those
aren't enough to control a
program that swelled during
the downturn and is'now tied
with education as their top
expense.
Created in 1965, Medicaid
was designed as a federal-
state partnership to provide a
health coverage for the poor-
est Americans, particularly
those with children.
As of 2009, states on average
cut off working parents earn-
ing more than $11,616 a year,
according to the Kaiser Family


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Foundation, although in some
states the income threshold is
as high as $48,400.
About eight million Ameri-
cans joined the Medicaid
rolls between 2007 and 2010,


many because they lo
The federal government
up 57 percent of state
icaid tab, on average.
July, $26 billion in ad
federal Medicaid fund


expire, leaving states to plug a
big budget hole.
At issue is a provision in the
health-overhaul law enacted
in 2010 that says states can't
M" limit Medicaid eligibility, or
else they'll lose federal fund-
ing.
.- t As a result, every one of
the country's 29 Republi-
can governors has asked the
federal government to waive
S the requirement, with New
.A. Jersey penciling a waiver
into its budget. Some states
with Democratic governors,
including Washington, are
also quietly pressing for the
change.
"We're asking for coopera-
tion...so that we can work
our way through what is a
very challenging time for us,"
Washington Gov. Christine
Gregoire said at a meeting of
r>. the National Governors As-
sociation in Washington this
R! weekend, where curbing Med-
a ,s: icaid costs was a top issue.
S The Obama administration
M; v-r recently moved toward allow-
Ss.< ing a small cut in eligibility
and greater cost-sharing for
enrollees, but gave no sign it
will allow larger reductions.
Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
told states earlier this month
they should close their Medic-
)st jobs. aid budget gaps through oth-
nt picks er means, such as via higher
;s' Med- copayments and by purchas-
But in ing prescription drugs more
ditional efficiently.
ing will "An eligibility cut or even a


provider cut can potentially
bring in some savings, but it's
really not going to get where
the big dollars are," said Cin-
dy Mann, director of the fed-
eral Center for Me.dicaid and
State Operations.


States disagree, contending
federal rules hamper them
from touching the real cost
drivers of the program, such
as long-term care. Medicaid
funds nearly two-thirds of all
nursing-home residents.


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5A THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 9-15, 2011


BLACKS MLST CONTROL THEIR OW.\ DESTINY


Bullard pushes for anti-bullying bill


By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

State Representative Dwight
M. Bullard (D-118), a ranking
member on the House Edu-
cation Committee, recent-
ly joined students, parents
and interested citizens on
the playground of the Frank
C. Martin K-8 International
Center to announce his sup-
port for a new piece of legisla-
tion that will cyber bullying in
schools.
If passed, House Bill (HB
213) will redefine the term
"bullying" to include emotion-
al hurt and would prohibit
bullying or harassment of a
student or school employee
by use of any computer, com-
puter system or computer net-
work that is physically located


on school property, regardless
of ownership.
Bullard, 34, whose district
includes Homestead, Florida
City, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay
and portions of unincorporat-
ed Miami-Dade County, says
the bill is an attempt to catch
up with the latest technology.
"We have rules against
physical and psychological
bullying but we are lacking
statutes that address cyber-
bullies," he said. "That's why
this bill was necessary. Stu-
dents are using their cell
phones and the Internet as a
way of harassing their fellow
students."
There are many suggestions
that experts give to protect
young people, and adults,
from cyber-bullies but the best
thing to do is for students to


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they experience any problems
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Garth Reeves, Sr. slated for NNPA

Lifetime Achievement Award


Miami Times Staff report

The Black Press of America,
through the National News-
paper Publishers Association
Foundation (NNPAF), will honor
Garth C. Reeves, Sr., publisher
emeritus for The Miami Times,
next week in Washington, D.C.
The award will be presented
as part of the NNPAF's annu-
al observance of Black Press
Week. Reeves was selected
through a secret ballot by mem-
bers of the National Newspaper
Publishers Association (NNPA)
who felt that given his many
years of outstanding leadership
and guidance as the former


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GARTH C. REEVES, SR.,
Publisher emeritus of The Miami Times


publisher and now publisher
emeritus of the Times, that he
should be recognized.
Other highlights that will
take place during the Black
Press Week include: a celebra-
tion of the 184th anniversary of
the very first Black newspaper,
"Freedom's Journal," a news-
maker dinner and gala and ad-
ditional awards for newsmaker
of the year, the political leader-
ship award and the Northstar
community service award.
The dinner and gala at which
Reeves will accept his pres-
tigious honor will be held at
the Omni Shoreham Hotel on
March 17th.


Oil well device may have been flawed


The Associated Press

There may have been a funda-
mental safety design problem with
the pods that controlled the mas-
sive device that failed to stop the
Gulf oil spill, federal investigators
4'Meaif-teemntly as they : ked that
more testing be done to confirm
that.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board
has objected to the government's
decision to halt testing of the
blowout preventer on Friday.
The Associated Press obtained a


copy of a letter the board sent to
the team that has been oversee-
ing the testing since November at
a NASA facility in New Orleans.
The team is jointly run by the U.S.
Coast Guard and the Bureau of
Ocean Energy Management Regu-
ltion and Enforceme'nt. n .
The safety board has been
among the groups allowed to
monitor the testing.
The Norwegian firm doing the
testing, Det Norske Veritas, is ex-
pected to submit its findings by
March 20.


A spokeswoman for the joint
investigation team, Melissa
Schwartz, said in an e-mail to the
AP that the scope of the work done
by DNV was developed in coordi-
nation with other interested par-
ties, including the safety board,
andt in ccni'ultiEtiof with the Jus-
tice Department. She said there
have been no other objections.
She said the team believes DNV
has performed the tests neces-
sary to determine why the blow-
out preventer did not function as
intended.


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Christians locally and abroad pause

for Ash Wednesday observances
LENT BEGINS: Acolyte Tyreke Spann, 10, receives ashes a symbol of a Christian's willingness
to turn away from sin and repent from Father Horace Ward of Holy Family Episcopal Church
in Miami Gardens. Ash Wednesday is the first of the traditionally 40 days, not including Sundays,
before Easter.


Pressures mount to resume oil drilling


By Tennille Tracy & Ryan Tracy

WASHINGTON-Interior
Secretary Ken Salazar plans to
meet with oil industry execu-
tives in Houston Friday to as-
sess the industry's readiness
to handle a major offshore oil
spill, amid growing pressure
from congressional Republi-
cans and a federal judge to
resume deep-water drilling in
the Gulf of Mexico.
Salazar is expected to meet
with representatives of an in-
dustry-led consortium, Marine
Well Containment Co., and
Helix Energy Solutions Group
Inc., a company that aided BP
PLC with BP's response to last
year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The Obama administration
has said the oil industry must
demonstrate it can quickly
contain a large offshore spill
before it will allow companies
to resume drilling in waters


deeper than 500 feet.
The recent jump in world oil
prices and U.S. gasoline prices
following unrest in Libya has
spurred renewed calls from
many Republicans and Gulf
Coast Democrats in Congress
to allow more domestic pro-
duction. One House committee
is scheduled to hold hearings
on drilling policy next month.
Crude. oil futures pulled
back recently after hitting the
highest levels in more than
2 1/2 years on fears that the
chaos in Libya would disrupt
supplies.

RELEASE RESERVE
Separately, three Demo-
cratic lawmakers called on
the administration to consider
releasing oil from the govern-
ment's strategic petroleum re-
serves to tamp down gasoline
prices.
White House spokesman Jay


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KEN SALAZAR
Interior Secretary


Carney said recently that the
U.S. "has the capacity to act
in the event of a major disrup-
tion" in oil prices, but did not


take a position on the lawmak-
ers' request.
"We are in touch with the
IEA -and oil-producing coun-
tries about the developments
in the market," Carney told
reporters, referring to the In-
ternational Energy Agency, a
body that the U.S. and other
countries use to coordinate oil
reserves.
Clearing the way for more off-
shore drilling would do little in
the near term to increase do-
mestic oil supplies. But it could
insulate the Obama administra-
tion from Republican charges
that the White House is denying
access to domestic supplies at a
time when markets are increas-
ingly jittery about the security
of Middle Eastern' oil supplies
amid the unrest across the re-
gion.
Since last summer's Deepwa-
ter Horizon disaster, the worst
offshore oil spill in U.S. his-


tory, the Obama administra-
tion has questioned whether
the oil industry can prevent an-
other such accident or contain
a large-scale spill. After lifting
a moratorium on new deep-wa-
ter drilling last fall, the Obama
administration has yet to issue
a permit for a new oil and gas
well.

NEW DEVICE
Last week, the industry con-
sortium, led by Exxon Mobil
Corp., said it was ready to de-
ploy a device that can capture
up to 60,000 barrels a day of
oil gushing from an underwa-
ter well-approximately the
amount the government esti-
mates was leaking from the BP
well.
"I'm on my way to Houston
now to go examine the latest on
the sealing caps that have been
prepared by the two different
companies on oil spill contain-


ment," Salazar told reporters
at the Center for American
Progress, a Washington-based
think tank. He left the event
without elaborating on the pur-
pose of the trip.
Salazar also faces some legal
pressures to act. Last week, a
federal judge ordered Salazar's
department to decide within
30 days whether to grant a set
of five permits for deep-water
drilling projects in the Gulf of
Mexico, saying the administra-
tion's inaction on the requests
is "increasingly inexcusable."
The ruling by Judge Martin
Feldman of the U.S. District
Court f6r the Eastern District
of Louisiana came in response
to a lawsuit filed by London-
based Ensco PLC.
Recently, a spokeswoman
for Salazar declined to com-
ment on how the department
will respond to Judge Feld-
man's ruling.


Bullard seeks to end misuse of the FCAT


Special to the Miami Times

Representative Dwight Bul-
lard filed legislation this week
to improve student perfor-
mance and school quality with
a new education accountabil-
ity plan for Florida. House Bill
1341 phases out that in four
years the use of the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment
Test (FCAT) would not be the
only tool used for determin-


Daylight saving
Daylight saving time
(DST) is upon us once
again. This year DST will
start on Sunday, March
13. In the U.S., DST be-


ing student and school per-
formance in most grades. The
FCAT would be replaced with
an accountability plan that
considers the entirety of what
students. learn throughout
the year instead of the current
practice of judging perfor-
mance on one standardized
test. House Bill 1341 would
end the high stakes nature of
all standardized testing that
can now be used to retain a


child in his or her grade, keep
a middle school student from
being promoted to high school
or prevent a high school stu-
dent from graduating simply
for doing poorly on one test.
Under the bill, students and
schools would be judged the
entirety of their work in these
and other subjects to give Flo-
ridians a true picture of the
quality of the entire public
school system.


time starts Sunday, March 13


gins on the second Sunday
in March of each year and
ends the first Sunday in
November. Remember that
your clock should be moved


forward by one hour at 2
a.m. eastern standard time
- this is from where the
saying "Spring Forward"
comes.


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Citizenship/Natrualization Investment/Business Visas
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using their cell phones and
forms of social media includ-
Sing Facebook to post notes to
Others' wall that are deroga-
( tory and that must be ad-
dressed," Bullard added. "In
one survey 42 percent of the
-' children polled said they had
-',' been bullied online. Before
that number grows even larger
S we wanted to make sure that
Florida students get the pro-
tection they need and deserve."
Bullard will introduce the
legislation during the new ses-
sion which began on Tuesday,
March 8th. He encourages
MRD citizens to contact their state
118) representative and voice their
[For a support.
www. "We want to make sure this
link to become law before the short
session ends in early this
nts are summer," he said.


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BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


6A THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 9-15, 2011


*I PRIS()N RAP

It is what it is a new phrase with positive meaning


Being nosey, I once
overheard two guys hold-
ing a conversation about
whatever they were dis-
cussing. But it wasn't the
conversation itself that
grasped my attention -
it was the fact that ev-
ery time one of the guys H
would end a statement, the other
would say "it is what it is."
I admit that I was quite fas-
cinated with the apparent joy
found in asserting those five
words with such frequency. In
my mind, I also had to question
whether the fixation of the term
was consciously spoken with a
deliberate conveyance of mean-
ing or thoughtlessly uttered out
of mere habit. Obviously, only
the user of the term can answer
that question. But whatever the
motivation was behind the re-
peated phrase, one thing can be
said is that it certainly is catchy.


Even if without real-
izing it, whoever came
up with that one actu-
ally created a positive
expression that may be
used to psychologically
combat any negative
situation in life. When
ALL we are able to recite the
words "it is what it is," we es-
sentially put ourselves in the
state of mind to accept life and
the circumstances surrounding
life for exactly what it is. In do-
ing so, the negative aspects of
life become much easier to cope
with. On the other hand, not be-
ing able to adopt the attitude of
acceptance is the leading cause
of a mental, spiritual and often
behavioral collapse.
Everyday, like most inmates
in prison, I am confronted with
a long list of challenges that re-
quire for me to react with accep-
tance in order that I may be able


to take things in stride. When
those challenges arise. I simply
say "it is what it is."
When the institutional count
procedure is long and drawn
out, thereby restricting the
movement of inmates for an ex-
tended period of time it is what
it is. When the food in the chow
hall is prepared so poorly that
most inmates would rather give
it away to someone at their table
or dump it in the garbage it is
what it is. When I stick my ID
card into the canteen window
and promptly have it slid back to
me after being told the embar-
rassing news by the canteen op-
erator that my account has zero
balance it is what it is. When
I go pick up my legal mail and
open it up, only to find out that
my plea for freedom has been de-
nied once again it is what it is.
Indeed it is what it is, but don't
get it twisted. Having accep-


tance of the many challenges
of life does not in no way trans-
late into a lack of optimism. The
ability to accept whatever is
thrown your way only serves as
a temporary shock absorber. For
when unfavorable situations in
life present itself, one must also
live with a strong belief that, if
humanly possible, a change will
surely come. But until the day
that change cometh it is what
it is.
After developing a habit of in-
serting the expression into my
daily conversations, I began to
clearly see for myself why it was
so irresistible to use by others.
Right now, some of you are
faced with your own personal
struggle through life. I invite
you to join me in accepting that
struggle with a positive mental
attitude by making it a habit to
repeat out loud that "it is what
it is."


Even in sex abuse cases, families have rights


By Chris Gottlieb

We are constantly at risk of
forgetting the most basic les-
son of civil liberty: It is precisely
when we feel most threatened
that we must be most vigilant
against the abuse of govern-
ment power. recently, the Su-
preme Court heard arguments
in a case where the temptation
to limit liberties is great be-
cause the potential threat is so
heinous.
At issue in Camreta v. Greene
is the extent to which we are
willing to allow state officials,
rather than parents, to make
decisions affecting the health
and well-being of our children.
"S.G.," a nine-year-old girl, was
taken from her class to be in-
terviewed by a police officer and
a caseworker because of vague
allegations ,that her father had
sexually abused her. The deci-
sion to force the girl to discuss
intimate sexual details with
strangers without notifying
her parents was not made by a
judge who thoroughly reviewed
the evidence, as the Constitu-


tion requires, but by a govern-
ment employee.
A new exception?
Prosecutors argued on Tues-
day that this action was perfect-
ly appropriate. They urged the
court to create a new exception
to longstanding constitutional
protections that recognize chil-
dren's privacy rights and ensure
that parents get to make deci-
sions for their children except
when certain, specific findings
are made by the judiciary.
An emergency exception to
this general rule already exists
in cases where a child is at im-


minent risk of being abused,
but that is not what this case is
about. The state employees in
Camreta waited three days af-
ter they received the allegations
before interviewing the child,
leaving plenty of time for judi-
cial review. The proposed new
exception would mark a signifi-
cant shift in constitutional law
by allowing government employ-
ees to override parental rights to
raise and protect their children
based on an unsubstantiated,
uninformed or malicious tip.
Under most circumstances,
everyone agrees that parents
are best able to make the deci-
sions that affect their children
and that government institu-
tions are particularly ill-suited
for the nuanced decision-mak-
ing that children deserve. But
our deep-seated commitment to
leave child-rearing to parents
is shaken to its core when the
possibility is raised that a par-
ent has sexually abused a child.
A delicate balance
Sex abua by a.parent is a
violation of the sacred trust we
place in caretakers. We know it


happens and must take steps,
to prevent it. But the potential
threat, as horrible as it is, can
be effectively addressed without
eliminating important rights
that belong to children as much
as they do to parents.
Make no mistake, question-
ing a child about sex abuse is
a drastic intrusion. It involves
strangers discussing sexual
topics with a child and, in
many cases, introducing the
child to knowledge of sex for the
first time. Questioning children
about sex abuse can trauma-
tize them and, if done without
training and skill, make it im-
possible to ever find out what
happened. Circumstances
sometimes require such ques-
tioning, but most often it should
be done with the consent of,
and under conditions chosen
by, a parent. When parents are
.implicated, our law requires
that the state official go before
a judge and give reasons that
can withstand scrutiny before
we allow government intrusion
into the protected realm of fam-
ily life.


County commission proposes laws aimed at felons with guns


Special to the Miami Times

On March 1, the Miami-Dade
County Commission approved
two pieces of legislation spon-
sored by Commissioner Jose
"Pepe" Diaz to provide more
protection to law enforce-
ment officials. The items, both
spurred by the deaths of Offi-
cers Roger Castillo and Aman-
da Haworth in January, would
provide harsher sentencing for
felons who would harm police
officers.
The first resolution asks the


Florida Legislature to require
minimum term of five years
imprisonment for convicted
felons in possession of a fire-
arm, ammunition, or electric
weapon or device like tear
gas guns or chemical devices.
While Florida law provides that
a felon in possession of a fire-
arm be charged with a second
degree felony resulting in im-
prisonment not to exceed 15
years, there is no mandatory
minimum term that a convict-
ed felon must serve. 'Amending
state law to require a mini-


mum sentence will ensure that
convicted felons possessing
firearms would stay in prison
for a minimum of five years; no
discretion will be allowed.
In addition, Commission
Diaz is urging that State law-
makers impose a mandatory
minimum sentence of 20 years
imprisonment when a law en-
forcement official is the victim
of aggravated assault or aggra-
vated battery with a firearm.
"I'm happy my colleagues
recognized the dangers our
police officers face every day


Deputies: Boy beaten to death after wetting pants
ORLANDO (AP) A judge An autopsy revealed blunt
has denied bail for woman .--- force trauma to the boy's
accused in the beating death .4 head.
of her three-year-old son af- Officials say the mother
ter he wet his pants. confessed to the attack after
Authorities say 26-year-old being confronted with autop-
Robin Greinke and 33-year- sy results. The woman told
old Steven Neil were arrested deputies she was concerned
Thursday. They each face about her son, but ate pizza
charges of first-degree mur- and watched a movie with
der, aggravated child abuse Steven Neil and Robin Gre- her boyfriend after the Mon-
and child neglect. An Orange day night beating.
County judge ordered Gre- inke The names of attorneys
inke to stay in jail Saturday. investigators say Noah Fake representing the pair were
Orange County Sheriff's died last Tuesday morning, not immediately available.


Police: DNA confirms suspect 'East Coast Rapist'


By John Christoffersen
Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut -
DNA testing has confirmed that
an unemployed truck driver is
the East Coast Rapist suspected
of terrorizing women with sexual
assaults in at least four states
over 12 years, police said.
Lt. Julie Johnson said Satur-
day that DNA was collected and
subsequently matched by the
state police forensic lab confirm-
ing 39-year-old Aaron Thomas
was the East Coast Rapist. He
was arrested Friday in Connecti-
cut.
On Saturday, Thomas tried
to hang himself in his cell and


was briefly hospitalized before
he was returned to jail, New Ha-
ven police Officer Joe Avery said.
Thomas is scheduled to appear
Monday in New Haven Superior
Court.
New Haven police have a war-
rant charging Thomas with
first-degree sexual assault and
risk of injury to a minor and
he was being held on $1 million
bond, Johnson said. Authori-
ties in Prince William County,
Virginia, are charging him with
being a fugitive as well as rape
and abduction charges and use
of a firearm while committing a
felony.
The East Coast Rapist is want-
ed for 17 rapes and other at-


tacks in Connecticut, Maryland,
Rhode Island and Virginia that
began in 1997. The cases were
linked by DNA.
Authorities recently put up
electronic billboards in the states
where the attacks occurred and
neighboring states. U.S. Marshal
Joe Faughnan said a tip from
Prince William County, Virginia,
directed them to Thomas, who
had been scheduled to appear in
court on Monday.
Thomas' family and neighbors
expressed surprise at his arrest.
"It's just shocking to me," said
15-year-old Dashawn Golding,
who said his mother is Thomas'
girlfriend. "She's crying a lot,"
he said of his mother.


and hope our State legisla-
tors take the recent deaths of
Officers Castillo and Haworth
and the St. Petersburg officers
who were killed, into account
when considering these items,"
Diaz said. "Violent offenders
need to be kept off the streets
with serious jail time if we ex-
pect to protect out law enforce-
ment and the community as a.
whole."


MIAMI
MAN IN FRAUDULENT LANDLORD CASE CLEARED OF CHARGES
A 27-year-old man accused of fraudulently collecting rent from numerous
tenants in North Miami will not be prosecuted.
The state attorney's office announced recently that they would not pursue
grand theft charges against Benthola Sincere after one victim failed to present
testimony against Sincere.
Police first learned about the fraud on January 7th when officers responded
to a call at King Apartment Complex at 13055 NE 6th Avenue.
On February 22nd, prosecutors were forced to drop the charges after the
alleged victim in the case failed to appear. Police say other alleged victims also
chose not to cooperate.
At the time, several people alleged Sincere misrepresented himself saying he
was the property manager, entering into fraudulent verbal lease agreements
with them and accepting cash deposits and payments, North Miami police said.
North Miami police were called out to evict the tenants who claimed to be
victims.
It's not known where the renters relocated to.

POLICE SEARCH FOR KILLER IN MIAMI GARDENS
Miami Gardens Police say they're looking for a killer after the deadly robbery
of a store owner.
Investigators released surveillance of the robbery and murder of Salim Ullah,
34, who owned Fast Cash and Urban Wear at 2572 NW 207th Street.
Police said on February 15th a man walked in pretending to look around, and
then pulled a gun on Ullah.
The two struggled and Ullah was shot. Meanwhile, Ullah's wife, Sabhia Ullah
watched from a bulletproof room that her husband had quickly directed her to
when the gunman entered the store.
Authorities say if you have any information about this crime, please call Mi-
ami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

PEMBROKE PINES
PINES MAN CHARGED IN ARMED ROBBERIES
A Pembroke Pines man charged with three armed robberies was ordered
held without bond recently as police investigate a string of other recent crimes,
authorities said.
Anthony Rizzi, 25, was arrested last week on four counts of robbery with a
firearm, for incidents at a Dairy Queen, a Quiznos sandwich shop and Crystal
Liquors.
During a court appearance, Broward County Judge John "Jay" Hurley or-
dered Rizzi held without bond.

MIRAMAR
MIRAMAR HIGH TEACHER FACES FIRING OVER ACCUSATION OF
SEXTING STUDENTS
A math teacher at Miramar High School is accused of sending sexually ex-
plicit messages to two female students last year.
The Broward County School Board will consider whether to fire Kerry Clark,
42, for making "inappropriate comments and communications," including about
20 text messages, to students during the 2009-10 school year, according to an
administrative complaint filed by the school district.
Clark was removed from the classroom on Dec. 1, Drew said. Initially, Clark
was reassigned to a non-school location, but later was moved to his home,
with pay, she said. Schools Superintendent Jim Notter is recommending unpaid
suspension and termination for Clark. He included suspension in case Clark
appeals his ruling.

Suspect caught after stabbing on bus


Special to the Miami Times

A fight involving two men
occurred Thursday morning
on a Miami-Dade Transit bus
heading east on Northwest
Seventh Avenue and 58th
Street in Miami. The victim
was stabbed several times
and sent to the trauma center
at Jackson Memorial Hospital,
where he remains in stable
condition, Miami Officer Ke-
nia Reyes said.
The suspect in custody is be-


ing questioned by detectives.
"There was a perimeter set
because witnesses saw the
direction the man was fleeing
and we got an immediate de-
scription," Reyes said.
"Fortunately, the people
aboard the bus were able to
assist officers and help the
man that was on the bus," she
said. "Time and time again,
we tell the community to come
and help us and this was the
very time they were able to
help officers."


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8A THE MIAMI TIMES. MARCH 9-15, 2011


Rodney King, 20 years later


By Jim Kavanagh

The beating of Rodney King
20 years ago last Thursday
marked the end of a 100-mph
car chase and the beginning
of a chain of events that would
forever change Los Angeles, its
police department and the ra-
cial conversation in the U.S.
King, then a 25-year-old con-
victed robber on parole, admit-
tedly had a few drinks under
his belt as he headed home
from a friend's house.
When he spotted a police car
following him, he panicked,
thinking he would be sent back
to prison.
So he took off.
"I had a job to go to that Mon-
day, and I knew I was on parole,
and I knew I wasn't supposed to
be drinking, and I'm like, 'Oh
my God,'" King told CNN in a
recent interview.
Realizing he couldn't outrun


police but knowing what they
were likely to do to him when
they caught him, King said he
looked for a public place to stop.
"I saw all those apartments
over there, so I said, 'I'm gonna
stop right there. If it goes down,
somebody will see it.'"
It did go down.
Four police officers, all of
them white, struck King more
than 50 times with their wood
batons and shocked him with
an electric stun gun.
"'We are going to kill you, nig-
ger,'" King said police shouted
as they beat him. The officers
denied using racial slurs.
King was right in his expecta-
tion of a beating, but his hope
of having a witness was ful-
filled in a big way.
Not only did somebody see it,
somebody videotaped it still
a novelty in 1991, before people
had cell phone cameras.
The video showed a large


lump of a man floundering on
the ground, surrounded by a
dozen or more police officers,
four of whom were beating him
relentlessly with nightsticks.
One officer's swings slow
down as he appears worn out


Educator says FMU is "diamond in


FMU
continued from 1A

2010-2011 we will have ad-
ditional surplus for operating
expenses. You could say we are
doing quite well."
Lewis adds that he has been
charged by the University's
board of directors to dou-
ble student enrollment in 10
years. To accomplish that goal
he says he will focus on stu-
dents from South Florida, from
the State of Florida and across
the U.S.
"We will also be utilizing the
over 1,000 churches that work
with FMU to serve as recruit-
ers for us," he said.
Lewis will also direct an initia-
tive which he prepared and that
has just been adopted by the
Board called "Vision 2020: Train-
ing Tomorrow's Leaders . To-
day."
"The plan, among other
things, describes how we want
FMU to look by the year 2020,"
he said. "It will focus on orga-
nizational and economical im-
pact assessments, dealing both
with the operations side of the
University and the economic
impact that our University has
both on the Miami Gardens
area and South Florida."


CONCERNS INCLUDE THE
DECREASE IN BLACK MALE
ENROLLMENT AND
GOVERNOR'S BUDGET
One of Lewis's concerns is
the proposed budget by Flori-
da Governor Rick Scott, which
calls for the elimination of the
University's academic and re-
tention' grants. He says that
money is needed to help stu-
dents as they work to meet aca-
demic standards and remain in
school.
"We are talking about $2 mil-
lion dollars and it would mean
a loss of 17 jobs mostly sup-
port positions that help those
in our Freshman Studies Pro-
gram and our overall student
retention efforts," he said.
"Clearly we aren't happy about
the Governor's recommenda-
tion but we are working at all
levels with our state legislators
to make sure the funding is re-
stored."
Lewis also plans to address
both he and board members'
concerns about the drop in
Black male enrollment at FMU.
He says that while only 33 per-
cent of the University's 1,900+
students are males, the nation-
al rate for Black males (18- to
34-years-old) is at 25 percent
and climbing.


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DR. HENRY LEWIS III
FMU President
"We have several programs
already in place including our
Explorers Program and a new
initiative, They Call Me Mis-
ter, that is a collaborative effort
with Clemson University and a
few other colleges," he said. "We
have yet to realize the impact
that. a continued downward
trend of Black males going to
college will have on our future
including the Black family in
particular and American soci-
ety in general."
Lewis is clearly a "hands-on"
administrator and says that as
South Florida's only HBCU he


by his nonstop flailing. King
was beaten nearly to death.
Three surgeons operated on
him for five hours that morn-
ing.
The dramatic video of the ep-
isode appeared on national TV
two days later. At last, Blacks
in L.A. and no doubt in other
parts of the country had evi-
dence to document the police
brutality many had known but
most of America had always
denied or tolerated.
"We finally caught the Loch
Ness Monster with a cam-
corder," King attorney Milton
Grimes said.
Four LAPD officers Theo-
dore Briseno, Laurence Powell,
Timothy Wind and Sgt. Sta-
cey Koon were. indicted on
charges of assault with a dead-
ly weapon and excessive use
of force by a police officer but
were acquitted of state charges
on April 29, 1992.


I the rough"
believes FMU will continue to
impact the area, particularly
Black pockets of the region, in
ways no other entity can.
"The operations of this great
school and its legacy have been
placed in my hands," he said.
"I am responsible for what hap-
pens on this campus and I
take that role quite seriously.
There will be negative situa-
tions no matter where you are
but I intend to keep those at a
minimum while accentuating
the many positive things that
are going on at Florida Memo-
rial University. The welcome I
have received has been tremen-
dous and I am looking forward
to being a part of this commu-
nity. We have the capacity and
should continue as an integral
partner in this community. We
want to be a "communiversity."
The Tallahassee native re-
ceived his Doctor of Pharmacy
degree from Mercer University,
is an accomplished biomedi-
cal researcher with a focus
on sickle cell anemia and has
r' -arriedrqsnniamerous awaqidst .arnmc
his contributions in educa-
tion, research and local gov-
ernment. He is married to Dr.
Marisa Lewis, former head of
the Health Care Administration
Department at FAMU.


Gates warns against wars like Iraq and Afghanistan


By Thom Shanker


WEST POINT, N.Y. De-
fense Secretary Robert M. Gates
bluntly told an audience of West
Point cadets recently that it
would be unwise for the United
States to ever fight another war
like Iraq or Afghanistan, and
that the chances of carrying out
a change of government in that
fashion again were slim.
"In my opinion, any future de-
fense secretary who advises the
president to again send a big
American land army into Asia
or into the Middle East or Africa
should 'have his head examined,'
as General MacArthur so deli-
cately put it," Gates told an as-
sembly of Army cadets here.
That reality, he said, meant
that the Army would have to re-
shape its budget, since potential
conflicts in places like Asia or
the Persian Gulf were more like-


ROBERT M. GATES
Defense Secretary
ly to be fought with air and sea
power, rather than with conven-
tional ground forces.
"As the prospects for another
head-on clash of large mecha-
nized land armies seem less like-
ly, the Army will be increasingly
challenged to justify the number,
size, and cost of its heavy forma-
tions," Gates warned.


"The odds of repeating anoth-
er Afghanistan or Iraq invad-
ing, pacifying, and administer-
ing a large third-world country
- may be low," Gates said, but
the Army and the rest of the gov-
ernment must focus on capa-
bilities that can "prevent fester-
ing problems from growing into
full-blown crises which require
costly and controversial -
large-scale .American military
intervention."
Gates was brought into the
Bush cabinet in late 2006 to
repair the war effort in Iraq
that was begun under his pre-
decessor, Donald H: Rumsfeld,
and then was kept in office by
President Obama. He did not di-
rectly criticize the Bush admin-
istration's decisions to go to war.
Even so, his never-again formu-
lation was unusually pointed,
especially at a time of upheaval
across the Arab world and be-


yond. Gates has said. that he
would leave office this year, and
the speech at West Point could
be heard as his farewell to the
Army.
"Men and women in the prime
of their professional lives, who
may have been responsible for
the lives of scores or hundreds
of troops, or millions of dollars
in assistance, or engaging or
reconciling.warring tribes, may
find themselves in a cube all day
re-formatting PowerPoint slides,
preparing quarterly training
briefs, or assigned an ever-ex-
panding array of clerical duties,"
Gates said. "The consequences
of this terrify me."
He said Iraq and Afghanistan
had become known as "the cap-
tains' wars" because "officers of
lower and lower rank were put in
the position of making decisions
of higher and higher degrees of
consequence and complexity."


President's visit continues to motivate Central


OBAMA
continued from 1A

the growing number of charter
schools, determining teacher ef-
fectiveness based on student per-
formance on standardized tests,
accountability and setting high
standards. They also have agreed
that education is a key ingredient
to making the U.S. competitive
again.
"This is not about a Republi-
can or a Democratic agenda -
it's about the future our children
and this country," Obama said.
As part of his reform strategy,
Obama has instituted "turn-
around" grants for struggling
schools. And there are several
possible futures for struggling
schools including: the restart
model that converts a school
or closes it and re-opens it as a
charter school or places it un-


der an education management
organization; the school closure
method which would close the
school and send the students to
higher-achieving schools in thle
district; or the transformation
model that calls for the replace-
ment of the principal and seeks
to improve the school through
comprehensive curriculum re-
form, professional development,
extending learning time and en-
gaging the community and fami-
lies.
Obama proposed an additional
$900 million in grants for school
systems dedicated to improving
failing schools. In a phone facili-
tated press conference, Melody
Barnes, a domestic policy advi-
sor said under this reform, test
scores alone will not measure the
success of students. "We want to
focus much more on growth and
gain more so than tests," Barnes
said. "We have to look at multiple


measures."
Miami Central is experienc-
ing what some may refer to as a
"Cinderella story." With $790,000
in grant. money and changes at
the principal's office and in the
classrooms, the school has con-
tinued to improve on multiple lev-
els. Adrien Sparks, a 16-year-old
junior says he can see the differ-
ence.
"Before I did not feel like we
were getting the best education
possible it was really that bad,"
he said. "Now since we have these
new teachers and are doing better
with the state stuff we feel better
about our school; I know I do."
The President reminded the
Central students that giving .up
and dropping out is not an option.
"Over the next 10 years all new
jobs will require a level of educa-
tion beyond a high school degree,"
he said. "That means you can't
even think about quitting. You


are going to need a quality edu-
cation in order to secure a good
job."
His sentiments were echoed by
Central High Principal Rennina
Turner, 42, as she continues to
encourage her students to reach
for success.
"The presidential visit was an
exciting experience not only for
me but for the students as well,"
she said. "His visit continues to
motivate our students and fills
them with pride. Where they
are and what they will continue
to do is all about success. They
want to reach higher to show
the President that he made
the right choice in coming to
Miami Central. The President
has boosted our morale they
want to show him that they
can move from an "F" to an "A"
school and increase the gradu-
ation rate from 66 percent to
100 percent."


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Same-sex couple Stuart Gaffney, left and John Lewis in San
Francisco.

Shift on gay-marriage law

will effect array of policies


By Geoffrey A. Fowler S Evan Perez

The Obama administra-
tion's decision to no longer
back the Defense of Marriage
Act won't immediately enable
married gay couples to receive
federal benefits, but is already
shaping battles in the courts


and in Congress
that could affect a
range of government
policies
Attorney General
Eric Holder on re-
cently said the Jus-
tice Department
would stop defend-
ing the law., known
as DOMA, which
defines marriage as


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the union of a man and wom-
an. But Holder, in a letter to
House Speaker John Boehner.
said federal agencies would
continue to abide by the act.
"The President has instruct-
ed Executive agencies to con-
tinue to comply with [the law].
consistent with the executive's
obligation to take care that the
laws be faithfully executed,
unless and until Congress re-
peals Section 3 or the judicial
branch renders a definitive
verdict against the law's con-
stitutionality," Holder wrote.
Still, the move 'will have
a vr.1 "ign ficait~"'impacr'
because it is easier for the
courts to say 'e think this
law is unconstitutional' if an-
other branch is already saying
that." said Jon Davidson, the
legal director of Lambda Le-
gal. one of the groups that has
challenged the law in curt
He pointed to an order is-
sued recently by U.S. District
Judge Jeffrey White in the
Northern District of Califor-
nia in a case about grant-
ing health benefits to the gay
spouse of a federal worker in
California. a state that briefly
allowed gay marriage in 2008.
The Obama administration
believed a federal law defin-
ing marriage as the union of
a m.n and a woman violated
the Constitution, in a major
reversal that could stand as
a landmark in changing LI S.
attitudes toward gay, rights
Video of Fox News
In the order. Judge White
asked lawyers defending the
U.S. Office of Personnel Man-
agement, "How does the Ex-
ecutive IBranch] reconcile
the position that it intends to


enforce a statute that it has
affirmatively declared to be
unconstitutional and deemed
inappropriate to defend?"
A Department of Justice
spokeswoman declined' to
comment on the case.
The next move is in the
hands of Congress, which
could defend the
,... law itself in ongo-
_,.-i.i, ng legal challenges
in states including
Connecticut, New
York and Nlassa-
chusetts. Boehner's
office had no com-
.' ment about whether
the Ohio Republican
MA would get involved
in the legal fights.


On Wednesday, his spokes-
man questioned whether this
was the 'appropriate time to
stir up a controversial issue.
Brian Brown, president of
the National Organization
for Marriage, which opposes
same-sex marriage, said his
group had already been meet-
ing with members of Con-
gress to ask them to mtervene
in the DOKLA legal challenges.
'The Obama administration is
not going to live up to its duty,
and now it is in Congress' lap
to defend DOMA," he said.
Beyond legal challenges.
- U.S-.' l twmaker could-take up -<
DOMA directly. Some Demo-
crats have already indicated
they planned to challenge the
law. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of
California said in a statement
she intended to introduce leg-
islation that "will once and for
all repeal" the 1996 law.
Meanwhile, actions involv-
ing gay couples continued in
individual states, which hold
the power to grant marriages
and have their own laws on
the issue. 'Maryland's Sen-
ate on Thursday passed a bill
that would legalize same-sex
marriage. On Wednesday, Ha-
waii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a
Democrat, signed a bill legal-
izing civil unions for same-
sex couples beginning next
year.
Linda McClain, a family-law
professor at Boston University
who has followed the gay mar-
riage issue, said Holder s legal
language, citing discrimina-
tion against gays and lesbi-
ans, signals a major change
in federal policy even if the
practical effects await court
rulings.


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By Simone Gill
Miami Times writer

In a ceremony honoring "Pil-
lars of the Community," the
City of North Miami Beach
paid tribute to one of Miami's
strongest defenders of human
rights and justice in the Black
community, Ms. Georgia Jones
Ayers, on Monday, March 1,
2011 at a luncheon held .in
City Hall.
Ayers, who is a native of Mi-
ami was born in October 1928,
and graduated from the Dors-
ey High School in 1945. She
still recalls when racism was a
fact of life in Miami. The family
home where she was born, lo-
cated at 1331 N.W. 46th street


Ayers: S
in Miami was seized without
compensation by the City of
Miami to open the first white
high school in that area and is
now known as Allapattah Mid-
dle School.
"Today there is major chang-
es in the City of Miami as far
as race relations and oppor-
tunities for women. Women
are involved in every field of
endeavor and have shattered
many barriers, but they must
continue to fight for their
rights and place in society,"
she stated.
Ayers began her career as an
agent for Atlanta Life Insur-
ance Company from 1953 to
1975. She served as area coor-
dinator for Dade County Model


seasoned activist still going strong


Cities from 1968 to 1971 and
as Regional Center Director
for the Miami-Dade Commu-
nity Action Agency from 1971
to 1882. In 1982, she became
the Founder and Executive Di-
rector for the Alternative Pro-
gram, Inc. In 1976, she devel-
oped the Miami-Dade Police
Department Community Rela-
tions Council.and'the Miami
Police Department Communi-
ty Relations Council.
Most of her life however, has
been one of fighting for justice
for the people in her commu-
nity. "I have taken on the po-
lice chief of North Miami, this
use to be one of the most racist
towns". Ayers did not mention
the details of her .struggles


GEORGIA AYERS
with the police department in
North Miami, but the injustice


in this town led her to form a
partnership with the police to
explore solutions for the crime
and police violence that was
rampant in the community.
The mother of six children
and grandmother of 10, stated
that her fight for justice ex-
tends beyond the Black com-
munity to all people. "We must
leave a better world for our
children and we are all God's
children," I embrace all those
who are fighting for a better
life and have the courage to
do the right thing". Ayers ex-
plained that the source of her
inspiration and role model was
her grandmother; a strong
Black woman who lived to be
100-years-old. "She always


said to me that I should treat
others the way I would like to
be treated, and this has been
my guide throughout my life.
If you follow this golden rule
you can excel beyond your
wildest imagination."
Her greatest challenge in life
has been to convince people
that she is for real. "I have of-
ten said that I do not defend
my community for money,
whatever I do is because I re-
ally care."
She encourages women to
continue to strive, because
success only gives back ex-
actly what you put into it. "If
you give all that you possess,
then, success is certain," she
said.


Gwendolyn Cherry:


A WOMAN OF MANY 'FIRSTS'


State of Florida.
"In its beginning, the Dade County


Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry, a wom- Bar did not include Blacks and I don't
an of many firsts, was born in Mi- think it included women," said Marva
ami (1923), taught in the Miami-Dade Wiley, the Association's immediate past
County (then Dade) Public Schools for president.
22 years and later became a pioneer for "At the time our organization was
the State of Florida's legal profession, founded, you could just about count the
She earned an undergraduate degree number of women practicing in Dade
from Florida Agricultural and Mechani- on one hand," she said. "They had to
cal University (FAMU) where she later somewhat kick the doors in on their
returned to complete her Juris Doctor- own and that created a certain cama-
ate degree and serve as a professor at raderie and kind of friendship as they
its law school. She was admitted to the went through it together."
Florida Bar in 1965.
The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women CHERRY MADE HISTORY ONE
Lawyers Association (GSCBWLA), for- ACHIEVEMENT AT A TIME
merely the National Bar Association Cherry was the first Black woman law
Women Lawyers Division Dade County student to attend the University of Mi-
Chapteriwa~s formetif 8A&615wfhv a mnis-- --ami and'the first Black womaii tdiprac-
sion to address the concerns of women tice law in Dade County. She was one
lawyers as they relate to the social, eco- of the first nine attorneys who initially
nomic, political and moral needs of the served at Legal Services of Greater Mi-
community-- it currently represents ami in 1966.
over 350 men and women law students, In 1970, Cherry was elected as a
lawyers and judges throughout the state representative, becoming the first


Black woman to serve as a legislator for
the State of Florida. While in the State
House of Representative, she intro-
duced legislation including the Equal
Rights Amendment and the Martin
Luther King, Jr. state holiday. She was
elected to four terms and served until
1979.
Wiley said that over the years the
GSCBWLA has created a great value in
relationships.
"There is a certain identification and
support that comes with Gwen Cherry
that does not necessarily come so freely
in other organizations," she said. "We're
all in it together and must work collec-
tively to assure that our progress con-
tinues."
In February 1979, Cherry died in a
eoar-aaoident~inr allahaEts'ee:.-- --- .j ''
On June 5, 2008, the FAMU College
of Law announced the dedication of
the Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry, Esquire
Lecture Hall, which will be used for
classrooms and practices for mock trial
competitions.


Gala celebrates role of women inHaiti's rebuilding


Special to the Miami Times


As Women's History Month
continues, the Haitian Women
of Miami (FANM) will hold their
18th annual Spirit of Justice
Gala on Saturday, March 12 at
the Biscayne Bat Marriott, be-
ginning at 7 p.m.
The theme for this year is "A
Celebration with Style for the
Benefit of the Community" and
during the program FANM will
honor women who have made a
difference in Haiti's rebuilding
efforts following the devastat-
ing earthquake the nation ex-
perienced one year ago.
Women who will receive spe-


cial awards 'include:
Dr. Angelot Gousse;
Dr. Lumane Claude;
Commander Franzia
Brea-Burden; Dr. Yves
Jodesty; Dr. Marie
Etienne; and the Hai-
tian-American Nurses
Association.
FANM claims an


BASTIEN


unusual history of combining
strong organizing/advocacy
with community services. It
has partnered with a host of or-
ganizations throughout South
Florida on issues that include:
immigration; health care ac-
cess; affordable housing, and
workers' and women's rights.


In 2000, FANM
transitioned from a
volunteer to a commu-
nity-based organiza-
tion. FANM President
Marleine Bastien, left
Jackson Memorial
Hospital after 13 years
of work in HIV/AIDS
and sickle cell anemia


to become the group's execu-
tive director. Since its inception
in 1991, FANM has gone on to
become one of the largest and
most influential agencies as-
sisting Haitians and immigrant
communities in South Florida.
For more information call
305-756-8050.


Women gain in education and longevity


Study: Gaps still exist in pay scale, health care


By David Jackson and Mimi Hall

WASHINGTON Women still
make only three-fourths the pay
that men do but have caught up
to and even passed men on edu-
cational attainment, says a new
report from the White House.
The administration describes
"Women in America: Indicators
of Social and Economic Well-
Being" as the most comprehen-
sive federal report on the subject
since 1963. It focuses on the sta-
tus of women in five areas: peo-
ple, families and income; educa-
tion; employment; health; and
crime and violence.
"The Obama administration
has been focused on address-
ing the challenges faced by
women and girls from Day One
because we know that the suc-
cess of women and girls is vi-
tal to winning the future," said
Valerie Jarrett, who heads the
White House Council on Wom-
en and Girls. "Today's report
not only serves as a look back
on American women's lives but
serves as a guidepost to help us


move forward."
In a conference call with re-
porters, Jarrett said the report
will be used to guide government
policies and programs. She noted
that when women earn less than
men or affordable child care isn't
available, it impacts everyone in
a family. The statistics, she said,
will be a "tool" for government
departments as they put policies
and programs in place.
She said, however, that giv-
en the government's "financial
challenges," there will be no ag-
gressive push for'new programs
or laws aimed at helping women.
It's "really important that we
spend our money smartly."
Among the findings detailed in
the report:
Women have caught up with
men in college attendance, and
younger women now are more
likely than younger men to have
a college or a graduate degree.
Likewise, in the workforce, there
are now nearly as many wom-
en as men, a trend that means
women's earnings make up a
larger share of family income


than previously.
Despite gains in education
and work, women still aren't paid
as much as men. At all educa-
tion levels, women earned about
74 percent of what their male
counterparts made in 2009.
Women also are more likely to
live in poverty than men, partly
because of lower earnings and
partly because unmarried and
divorced women are more likely
to'have responsibility for their
children. Such economic inequi-
ties are even more pronounced
among minority women.
Women-live longer than men
and are less likely to suffer from
heart disease or diabetes but
they are more likely to endure
certain health problems, such
as arthritis, asthma, depression,
obesity and other ailments that
affect their mobility.
Women engage in less physi-
cal activity.
Women also lose out when it
comes to health care. One out of
seven women ages 18 to 64 have
no regular health care, and the
share of women in that age range
without health insurance also
has increased.


By Cynthia A. Robey


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Collaborative approach key to school's turn around


TOWN HALL
continued from 1A

District 2 responsibilities, is
that Central is not scheduled
to close.
"The meeting went extremely
well and I think the audience
was both interested and satis-
fied with the answers they re-
ceived," Bendross-Mindingall
said. "Principal Rennina Turn-
er spoke eloquently and helped
the community and alumni un-
derstand that Central plans to
do two things: keep doing what
they have done to improve and
rev things up to an even higher
level of accomplishment. Cen-
tral is an example of what can


be done when students, the
community, alumni, parents
and staff are all on the same
page."

DISTRICT REMAINS
COMMITTED TO
CENTRAL HIGH
Nikolai Vitti, ETO Assistant
Superintendent for Miami-
Dade County Public Schools,
along with Turner, used a Pow-
erpoint presentation to address
the rumors. According to their
report, the district is not clos-
ing Central nor does it support
converting Central to a charter
school. At the present, Central
has earned an Intervene sta-
tus, a level related to the Presi-


dent's Race to the Top program
and the School Improvement
Grant. However, due to its In-
tervene status, the scenario
could have been that had the
school not improved its school
grade, it could have been con-
verted to a charter school or
closed altogether. Techni-
calities not withstanding, the
District says it is committed
to continuing with its existing
plan for Central and to build
on previous progress.
Turner was unavailable for
comment, however, she con-
tinues to be lauded as the
key reason for the school's
improvement. From the Presi-
dent, who sang her praises


during his visit on Friday to
Bendross-Mindingall and
Miami Central Alumni As-
sociation President William
"DC" Clark, they all say that
she has the right plan and
vision for Central. As for the
students at Central, their
appreciation for Turner was
clear during the President's
visit they stood to their
feet, calling her name and ap-
plauding her.
"Central has been able to
rebound in such an impres-
sive manner because it has
an excellent leader [Turner],
it has improved the quality
of its teachers and because
the entire community got in-


volved," said District Super-
intendent Alberto Carvalho.
"This drive to turn things
around for nine of our more
troubled schools began 2 1/2
years ago when we talked to
the teacher's union and had
some harsh conversations
with several principals. Cen-
tral, Edison and Holmes have
all made great strides they
are all "C" schools after years
of failing grades."
And while Obama did not
mention the seemingly om-
nipresent alumni association
during his comments, Clark,
whose membership continues
to be both active and vocal,
downplayed the omission.


"Principal Turner, her sup-
port staff and most of all the
parents and students, deserve
the lion's share of the credit,"
he said. "We are glad to have
built a tremendous support
system to compliment what
the school board and the on-
site administrators are doing
to elevate the overall status of
the school."
As for the excitement that
was felt by everyone interested
in Central Senior High's fu-
ture, Clark added the follow-
ing.
"Just hearing the President
say Miami Central over and
over again was a dream come
true."


Dunn: Police have taken on a "shoot first, ask later" mentality


MARCH
continued from 1A

a tremendous crisis over the
deaths of their loved ones,"
Dunn said. "We are here to
make a statement to the Miami
Police Department."
Many citizens are particu-
larly outraged with the now
infamous video of "Miami's
Finest" where Exposito in-
structs his officers to go out
and be "predators."
Their latest "prey" was
Travis McNeil, 28, who was
gunned down by a Miami po-
lice officer several weeks ago.
His cousin, Kareem Williams,
30, survived his injuries and
is now pursuing legal action.
Sheila McNeil, the mother
of the slain young man, at-
tended the demonstration, but
has concerns about the lack
of attention of some political
leaders over the deaths of the
seven Black men.
"How many elected officials
besides Commissioner Dunn
have reached out to these
families?" she asked.'"We
need help now I don't want


-MiamiTimes photo/Jimmie Davis Jr.
Angry protesters want a change in police tactics and policies.


another mother to suffer like
I have."
P.U.L.S.E. President Rev.
Anthony Tate promoted the
protest from the park to police
headquarters and said he was
disappointed that several lo-
cal officials failed to show up
despite being invited to attend.
He added that if Exposito does
not resign and is not fired,
the Black community should


institute practices of the civil
rights era.
"We have to hit them where
it hurts," Tate said. "We might
have to boycott hotels, restau-
rants and the malls."

FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE
SLAIN AWAIT JUSTICE
The voices of agony were
heard throughout the protest
in which over 200 people par-


ticipated.
Yolanda Harrold, 35, aunt
of Joel Lee Johnson, 16, says
that Miami Police Gang Unit
Officer Ricardo Martinez who
shot and killed her nephew
should be declared unfit for
duty.
"He was a dirty cop," Harr-
old said. "My nephew will get
his day in court."
Lynn Cone, father of Lynn
Weatherspoon, 27, said that
he's in an awful lot of pain
and that it hurts every time
he thinks about his son being
shot and killed by the police.
"We are hurting right now,"
Cone said. "The police think
that they are going to get
away with it but justice will be
served. I pray that the police
officers who killed my son and
the other men can sleep well
at night."
Aaron Foster, father of Bran-
don Foster, 22, echoed the
sentiments of hurt, pain and
anguish during the protest.
"This fight is not ours it is
God's battle," he said. "We just
have to keep our heads up and
justice will be served."


Last week civil rights activ-
ist Rev. Al Sharpton came to
Miami to bring the national
spotlight on what has become
an all too familiar occurrence
- the shooting of Black men
by Miami police.
U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson
has asked Attorney General
Eric Holder of the Department
of Justice to review the shoot-
ings of the seven Black men.
Garthian Muhammad, as-


sistant minister of Muham-
mad's Mosque #29, says that
in the eyes of some police a
Black man's life has no value.
He says the reason we are
encountering all of this up-
heaval is because the govern-
ment has abandoned God.
"The government has de-
parted from God," Muham-
mad said. "We can't expect
people who slay us to raise
us.


Police attacks on protesters

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crowd, wielding their billy
clubs with legal force.
Over 50 people were hospi-
talized and King found him-
self in a tug-of-war between
members of Congress who
wanted him to delay further
marches until a court could
decide on whether the protest-
ers should be given federal


protection and civil rights ac-
tivists who continued to pour
into Selma and demanded ac-
tion.
It would take two other at-
tempts before the march
across the Pettus Bridge was
successful, with federal pro-
tection. And on August 6,
1965, the federal Voting Rights
Act was passed marking
the culmination of many of
King's actions and strategies.


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Faith


SECTION B


MIAMI, FLORIDA, MARCH 9-15, 2011


MIAMI TIMES


FAMU
Special to the Miami Times

Phillip Washington, 22, a
fourth-year science/pre-phys-
ical therapy student at Florida
A&M University (FAMU), par-
ticipated in the Fourth Annu-
al President's Tour: "FAMU Up
Close and Personal" at Miami
Carol City Senior High School
on March 8 at 6:30 p.m.
The tour provided President
James H. Ammons the oppor-
tunity to meet with students,
parents, business executives


president
and alumni and award schol- lB a
arships on the spot to stu- me
dents who meet presidential the
scholarship requirements. *- Cc
The FAMU Connection, the "I
university's performance be
group, accompanied Ammoris -
on the tour to assist with the fri,
recruitment process. thE
Washington, 22, who is from thE
Miami, said it is an honor to AMMONS wh
recruit students to a school he wa
describes as a family, spectful."
"FAMU teaches you life's Washington was
lessons," said Washington, his grandmother


visits Carol Cit3


first-year
ember with
e FAMU
connection.
just love
ing here
from the
endliness of
e people to
e advisers
ho are very
Irm and re-

s raised by
after his


mother's death when he was
in the ninth grade. Following
his grandmother's passing
last month, he has looked to
his FAMU family for support.
"I never met so many people,
no matter what day, no matter
what time of the hour, who are
always here to uplift me and
keep me in good spirits," said
Washington, who pays for his
education with a partial track
scholarship and financial aid.
Washington said he is pas-
sionate about this year's Pres-


ident's Tour and excited to re-
cruit scholars from his area.
"It feels great to recruit stu-
dents who have similar back-
grounds as me because I can
relate to them more," he said.
"I can tell them, 'There is hope;
you can do it. If I got through
it and through this struggle,
so can you. You just have to
be that first step.'"
The FAMU Connection is
a touring company that pro-
vides entertainment for uni-
versity recruitment events.


i High
It is comprised of university
students from various disci-
plines.
"The FAMU Connection is
an important recruitment
factor because we have- infor-
mation that if you present it
to an adolescent, it's not just
a lecture," Washington said.
"When we finish performing,
it feels good when someone
says, 'Hey, I saw you in the
Connection, I have a question
about FAMU.' I know I at least
touched someone."


A love to heal us all-

Reverend George McRae speaks about how
compassion is the foundation for all progress


By Kaila Heard
kheard@miamitimesonline.com

The way Reverend George
E. McRae, senior pastor of Mt.
Tabor Baptist Church in Mi-
ami, sees it, the greatest issue
facing the Black church today
is its ability to address the
"triangle of death" facing the
Black community.
The "triangle" is caused
first by drug abuse, which in-
creases a person's chances of
being imprisoned, which then
multiplies their chances of be-
coming infected with AIDS,
explained McRae.
"Today African Americans
kill more African Ameri-
cans than anybody. We are
the greatest killer of African


Americans," said the 69-year-
old.
In the nearly 22 years since
he has been the pastor at the
church, McRae has helped es-
tablish and oversee numerous
outreach ministries including
the Substance Abuse Ministry
(which sponsors daily 12 step
meetings), the AIDS Ministry
and a Prison Ministry.
"[The church] has a lot to do
and we can't do it all on Sun-
day morning," he explained.
Perhaps his continual,desire
to help others is why McRae of-
ten is inspired to preach about
love ("I think that before you
can help someone, you have to
love them," he said) during his
sermons.
Yet, in spite of this belief,


McRae admitted that he has
sometimes struggled to em-
brace the biblical principal to
love thy enemy.
"Because I could see so
many reasons why I should
feel the opposite of that," ex-
plained McRae citing instanc-
es of racism, violence and oth-
er injustices that impeded his
acceptance.
Yet by "seriously ask[ing] for
God's help," McRae was able to
begin to "love those who spite
you."

CRISIS OF FAITH
"My faith has been shaken
several times," he said.
Early during a pastoral ca-
reer that spans four decades,
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the Seminola Community, Mayor
Julio Robaina and the Hialeah
City Council attended a special
dedication ceremony for monu-
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When the Bible becomes a weapon


DURING THE CIVIL WAR, SUPPORTERS OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH INVOKED THE GOOD BOOK TO
MAKE THEIR RESPECTIVE CASES REGARDING SLAVERY. TODAY, THE HOLY WORDS ARE TOO
OFTEN INTERPRETED, OR EVEN BENT, TO ADVOCATE SOCIAL CAUSES


By Henry G. Brinton

While previous anniversaries
of this conflict rekindled old
Yankee-Rebel debates about
who had better soldiers and
greater generals, times have
changed and this anniversary
is likely to be different. It of-
fers a chance to re-examine
crucial events and beliefs from
new angles. As a minister, I am
fascinated to reflect on how the
Bible was used and misused
- to fuel the Civil War.
It makes me wonder wheth-
er we are making many of the
same mistakes today, with is-
sues such as gay marriage,
the environmental movement
or even the death penalty. Are
we allowing a literal reading of
the Bible which understands
homosexual activity to be an
abomination, encourages hu-
mans to subdue the earth and
says man should not kill to
push religious discussions in
one's favored direction?


In January, megachurch pas-
tor Joel Osteen told CNN's Piers
Morgan that homosexuality is
wrong because "the Scripture
shows that it's a sin." Osteen
isn't the first, nor will he be the
last, to make this observation,
of course.
In our ever-shrinking world,
the tentacles of religion touch
everything from governmental
policy to individual morality
to our basic social constructs.
It affects the lives of people of
great faith or no faith at all.
This series of weekly columns
- launched in 2005 seeks to
illuminate the national conver-
sation.
And then there's our tutelage
of God's earth. Conservative
Christians have long interpreted
Genesis 1 as divine permission
to use nature not necessar-
ily protect it and evangelical
radio minister John MacArthur
has written that the environ-
mental movement is wrong to
try to preserve the planet for-


ever because the Lord is going
to destroy it."

GOD SAID SO
In the 1860s, Southern
preachers defending slavery
also took the Bible literally.
They asked who could question
the Word of God when it said,
"slaves, obey your earthly mas-
ters with fear and trembling"
(Ephesians 6:5), or "tell slaves
to be submissive to their mas-
ters and 'to give satisfaction
in every respect" (Titus 2:9).
Christians who wanted to pre-
serve slavery had the words of
the Bible to back them up.
The preachers of the North
had to be more creative, but
they, too, argued ,God was on
their side. Some emphasized
that the Union had to be pre-
served so that the advance of
liberty around the world would
not be slowed or even stopped.
One Boston preacher, Gilbert
Haven, sermonized, If America
Please turn to BIBLE 14B


Small tech firms tap into churches


Entrepreneurs find churches are a savvy and

profitable network to target


By Sarah E. Needleman


SWhen Jim Elliston, a former
nondenominational pastor, de-
cided to start a technology com-
pany in 2007, he turned to a
customer he knew best the
church to win initial busi-
ness.
Elliston says his firm, Clover
Sites Inc., of Newbury Park,
Calif., has since sold its web-
site templates and Web-hosting
services to more than 4,500
churches in the U.S. He also
counts those institutions' mem-
bers among his company's cli-
entele, crediting referrals for
providing a steady stream of
leads.
He started out promoting his
business by placing an ad in a
booklet for an annual church-
leader conference. From there,
he says the business started
growing through word of mouth.
Some 95 percent of his busi-


ness now comes from churches.
"It's a very connected mar-
ket," says Elliston, who also
promotes his business by in-
vesting in Google Inc.'s Ad-
Words for search terms such as
"church website" and "church
Web design."
Prior to building Clover Sites,
Elliston says he didn't come
across any website-develop-
ment firms trying to appeal spe-
cifically to churches. "We real-
ized there was a huge gap," he
says.
The number of U.S. church-
es has been growing steadily,
while at the same time becom-
ing increasingly tech savvy.
There are roughly 350,000
churches in the U.S. today, up
12 percent from a decade ago,
according to Infogroup Inc., an
Omaha, Neb., database compa-
ny. These include some 7,900
mega churches those whose
congregations number at least


2,000 attendees on Sundays.
Small firms that provide an
array of services from audio/
visual expertise to website de-
velopment are finding that
houses of worship can be a lu-
crative market.
Among them is Clark Inc.,
which designs and installs au-
dio, video and lighting in Al-
pharetta, Ga. Regardless of
their denomination, churches
often refer the company to oth-


er churches, says co-founder
Hofiston Clark. "It's network-
ing above and beyond what we
would typically experience in
the secular market," he says.
Brad Weston, owner of Re-
newed Vision LLC, also in Al-
pharetta, agrees. "It's some-
what uncommon for churches
to think of another church
down'the street as a competitor,"
says Weston, who has sold his
Please turn to RELIGION 14B


Bishop Eddie Long takes 40 percent pay cut


By Sheila M. Poole '

Bishop Eddie Long told
members of New Birth Mis-
sionary Baptist Church dur-
ing his 11 a.m. Sunday service
that he recently took a 40 per-
cent pay cut.
The economy, he said, has
tightened the budgets for
many churches, and the Li-
thonia-based megachurch is
no exception.
Recently, the church said it
was forced to lay off two full-
time staffers and cut salaries
by 10 percent. Additionally,
the church said it had adopted
a pilot program that adjusted
the work week from five days
to four.
Spokesman Art Franklin
confirmed that Long and his
wife, Vanessa, voluntarily re-
duced their compensation"
but I am unable to confirm the
amounts at this time."
Long has been embroiled
in several sexual misconduct
lawsuits, filed by four men
who allege he coerced them
into having improper rela-
tions. The church, which has


about 25,000 members, is also
named in the four lawsuits and
its LongFellows Youth Acad-
emy is named in three. The
first mediation session in ef-
forts to resolve the case before
it goes to trial recently ended
and more could be scheduled.
Long said his compensation
is determined by an indepen-
dent board, in accordance
with IRS regulations. Addi-
tionally, the members' supple-
mental (love) offering goes into
the general operating fund. He
said the church was "not hid-
ing anything."
Money wasn't the only thing
on the pastor's mind. He spoke
out against the media and said
New Birth is ''uler
which brought cheers f-rn,.
many in the sanctuary.
The bulk of his sermon dealt
with maintaining faith through
adversity. He said people often
ask him how he can get up
and go to church on Sunday
mornings when people are
talking about him:
Long said, "Nothing can take
away my integrity; nothing
can take away my faith."


Seminola pioneers honored

Special to the Miami Times

Seminola Community pioneers received long due recogni-
tion when Mayor Julio Robaina and the City of Hialeah City
Council dedicated a park and monument sign for Ethel Pri-
mus Park recently in the Seminola community. The celebra-
tion served as an honoring and commemoration ceremony to
the Pioneers of the Historic Community of Seminola,, recog-
nizing the historic, religious, and cultural institutions of the
neighborhood.
The monument describes Primus' contributions to the City
as an educator and school principal. In addition, the monu-
ment identifies city designated historic sites in Seminola and
mentions other sites of cultural and historic significance. The
City of Hialeah worked closely with the Black community to
provide this enhancement of Ethel Primus Park and entrance
to Seminola at the comer of West 23 Street and West 4 Av-
enue.
This ceremony also memorialized the Seminola Pioneers,
many of whom were present, and the 85 years of Black his-
tory in Hialeah. Those years represent four generations since
January 15, 1925, with the opening of Hialeah Race Track
that was constructed with the efforts of recently arrived Black
workers to then incorporated City of Hialeah from Georgia,
North Carolina and South Carolina.
The dedication ceremony recognized pioneers that worked
at the City of Hialeah Parks and Recreation, Water, and
Streets Departments as well as those that worked the Hialeah
Park when it started.


Old tyme revival at Millrock
Millrock Holy Missionary Baptist Church is having an old tyme
revival on March 16, 17 and 18. Everyone is invited.
We are asking all to come out and hear the word of God
through Pastor Aaron Jackson at Millrock Holy Missionary Bap-
tist Church, located at 2575 NW 65 Street at 7 p.m.
Come out and be blessed as God use this awesome man of
God!


Essay writing contest
There will be an essay writing contest for full-time college stu-
dents. The grand prize will be $250. The contest begins March
11 and the deadline is April 1.
For more information, contact Troy Fields at 954-699-8444 or
e-mail troylfields@bellsouth.net.


Local choir holds annual Black history concert

The second annual Sunshine Acapella Black History Choir Concert,'Believing Without Seeing,' was held at 3 p.m.
on Feb. 27 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center.


BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


15B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 9-15, 2011









BLACKS MUST CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY


B 41 THE MIAMI TIMES MAR 1


Are you a cross-wearer or cross-bearer?


Recently I attended the funer-
al service for Sadie Belle Dames
Barry. Though I had known
Mrs. Barry for over 16 years,
I didn't really KNOW her. Mrs.
Barry was the great-grand-
mother of my granddaughter
Kierra. Over the years I usually
saw her when my granddaugh-
ter was at her home, and I was
either picking up or dropping


off Kierra. I cannot remember
if we ever had a conversation
other than about Kierra. But
on last Saturday, her eulogy
was given by a man who did
know her quite well the Rev-
erend Canon J. Kenneth Ma-
jor, retired. As in the case of
most eulogies, he expounded
on her many virtues which in-
cluded her dedication and love


to family, friends and especially
church. However, what caught
and held my attention was a
statement that he made. He
said that Sadie Belle Dames
Barry was not simply
a 'cross-wearer' but a
'cross-bearer.'
This statement has
stayed with me long
enough for me to know
that I had to write this '
week's column about
it. Being a cross bear- -
er is not just a tribute
to Sadie, but what all believers
should have as a part of their
spiritual resume. In Matthew
16:24, Jesus said that whoever
wanted to be his disciple must


take up their cross and follow
him. This is not a suggestion,
but a command. Unfortunate-
ly, some who wear a cross see
it simply as a piece of jew-
elry, and if you asked
Them what the cross
means in relation to
the Christian lifestyle,
many would probably
be hard pressed to do
so. These are cross-
wearers. Cross-wearers
Scan also be Christians
who serve because they
feel that it is their duty. Some
serve with an absence of joy.
Some do not serve faithfully.
Their service is based on their
relationship with the Pastor, or


what is going on in their lives at
a given time.
Cross-bearing requires com-
mitment and faithfulness no
matter what is going on in your
life. If the spouse and the kids
and the boss are behaving won-
derfully, or if they all seem to
be crazy people dropped into
your life from another planet.
Cross-bearing requires being
in sync with the Lord. His vi-
sion is your vision. What he
wants is what you want. Cross-
bearing requires loving the un-
lovable. This is not just a cute
saying there are lots of people
who make it really hard to love
them. Cross-bearing requires
us to do so anyway.


Cross-bearing does not mean
that you do nice things be-
cause as a believer you know
you have to. Cross-bearing
means that you do what you
do because even if you don't
particularly care for someone,
or something, you do love the
Lord. I pray that at my homego-
ing celebration (I want it to be a
party because God knows I will
certainly be in a better place!),
someone will be able to stand
before my friends and family
and say without reservation,
and in all honesty and serious-
ness, that I led a Cross-bearing
life. And I sure hope that every-
one out there who knew me will
nod their heads in agreement.


704-5216.


The Youth In Action
Group invites you to their
"Saturday Night Live Totally
Radical Youth Experience" ev-
ery Saturday, 10 p.m. mid-
night. 561-929-1518

Greater Bethel African
Methodist Episcopal Church
is celebrating its 115th Anni-
versary on March 13 at 10 a.m.

St. John African Meth-
odist Episcopal Church is
hosting a free Grief Semi-
nar to teach coping skills for


home, divorce, or financial loss
among others on March 12, 10
a.m. 12 pm. 305-667-7937.

The Church of the Open
Door invites the community
to a Jazzy Bahamian Breakfast
on March 12 at 10:00 a.m. and
their annual Amistad Service
on March 13 at 10:30 a.m. 305
759-0373.

N Tree of Life is hosting a
Gospel, Praise, Dance and Rap
Concert on March 20 at 5 :30
p.m. 954-213-4332 or 786-


Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church invites every-
one to their Family and Friends
Day Service at 11 a.m. 954-
213-4332 or 786-704-5216.

Running for Jesus Out-
reach Ministries for Youth
invites the community to their
first anniversary on March 26
at 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Mis-
sionary Baptist Church. 954-
213-4332 or 786-704-5216.

B Greater Holy Cross Mis-
sionary Baptist Church is
hosting the New Life Mission-
ary Baptist Association's Sec-
ond Annual Session, March 8


11. 786-262-6841.


Soul Harvest Creative
SPraise Ministries invites
you to their Revival 2011 on
March 17th -18th, at 7:30
pm nightly. 786-985-2566 or
visit www.soulharvestcreative-
praise.org.

Churches United for
HIV/AIDS Prevention will, be
hosting various events in hon-
or of National Week of Prayer
for the Healing of AIDS, March
6 12. 305-978-7100, 305-
244-7128.

A Mission with a New
Beginning Church will be
feeding the hungry every sec-


McRae: Before you help someone, you have to love them


McRAE
continued from 12B


McRae became gravely ill soon
after assuming leadership of a
church in Daytona Beach. The
illness shocked and bewil-
dered the married father, who
now has seven children.
Explaining his confu-
sion, the minister said, "You
feel that you got this call to
preach and then you're con-
fronted with your own mor-
tality," then, "why call me
and put me through all this
stuff...and I'm not even able
to help someone."
I Lookiidlgiabck, he now sees
the. time as preparing him
for being able to counsel and
empathize with others who
are gravely ill themselves.
Now, "I can tell them from
experience 'don't throw in
the towel because you've got
to want to make it,'" he said.
McRae has numerous gems
of wisdom to share about
what he's learned from life.
However, one of his most
important life lessons he


i "







Mt. Tabor Baptist Church ,is located at, 1701 'NiW. 66th
Street, in Miami.


shares is that "you have to
'be willing and ready to take
advantage of opportunities
that present themselves..You
may not always understand
what's happening, but you
got to check it out," he said.
One of his best examples
was his decision to enroll in
Bethune Cookman Universi-
ty (then college) in the 1970s.


The thought of pursuing a
higher education, from a man
who was once a school boy
who much preferred playing
football to studying academ-
ics, might have seemed like
unlikely. Yet McRae said he
followed his instincts anyway
and enrolled. He would go
on to graduate in 1976 with
a bachelors in religion and


philosophy. He continued his
pursuit of education over the
years and eventually received
his doctorate of religion.
Yet, even McRae admits that
while being open to opportuni-
ties can enrich your life, they
can also lead to some unusual
situations. When McRae en-
rolled at the school during the
same that his eldest son was.
While at times being in the
same class with his son was
awkward, he says it worked
out for the best as they were
sometimes able to study to-
gether. The pair graduated in
the same year.
-And McRae believes that fol-
lowing this advice has allowed
him to enjoy and learn from
many different opportunities
including the decision to be-
come the pastor of Mt. Tabor.
He said, "I am so grateful to
God that He gave me a chance
to serve at Mt. Tabor and the
magnificent way my family
has been accepted and loved
at Mt. Tabor is something that
I can never totally express my
gratefulness for.".


Churches prove religion, technology are good partners


RELIGION
continued from 13B

company's audio and visual-
presentation software to more
than 9,000 houses of worship.
"It was straight through word
of mouth that I got more and
more customers."
Churches are increasingly
embracing technology. Many
now have websites and social-
media profiles, and some rely
on audio and video tools to aid
congregants seated far from
the pulpit.
Germantown United Meth-
odist Church in Germantown,
Tenn., uses the services of sev-
eral small technology provid-
ers, says Donna Thurmond,
communications director.
These include a Web-hosting,
information-technology, vid-
eography and software com-


pany. The church, founded in
1840, has YouTube, Facebook
and Twitter profiles. "We pre-
fer to work with a small busi-
ness if we can," says Thur-
mond, adding that the church
has about 1,000 regular at-
tendees on Sundays. "It's a
trust issue and the feeling
that we're talking to the per-
son who's going to be doing
the work and not someone
who's three levels away."
Barbara Kahn, a marketing
professor at the University
of Pennsylvania's Wharton
School of Business, says pro-
moting products or services
to a specific demographic is a
wise strategy for small busi-
nesses. "They don't have the
resources to go broad," she
says. "It's easier to focus than
to try and get everybody."
By narrowing their efforts


this way, small businesses
are likely to "develop an ex-
pertise," a rationale that ap-
plies to all types of clients,
including churches, adds
Kahn. "You can imagine if I
do it one time for a church,
and there are things I learn,
I can apply that knowledge to
the next church I work with,"'
she says.
Targeting houses of wor-
ship can be especially effec-
tive because these offer the
added potential of exposing a
business's offerings to each of
their members. Getting a pas-
Stor or church leader interested
is key, says Mara Einstein, a
professor of media studies at
Queens College in New York.
"Who better to sell your prod-
uct or service than the man or
woman standing in front of
[the congregation] on a weekly


basis? It's someone they have
a relationship with, and more
importantly, it's someone they
trust," she says.
To be sure, mariy churches
haven't been immune to the
effects of the recent recession,
and even for those that are fi-
nancially stable, entrepreneurs
trying to get a foot in the door
may find it difficult if they lack
religious affiliations.
And as much as referrals can
help businesses, bad work can
put their reputations at risk
among the congregation.
"Anything that provokes an
emotional reaction because it's
done wrong can result in bad
word of mouth, particularly
when you have groups that
value each other's opinion,"
says Kahn. "People tend to
talk more about dissatisfac-
tion than they do satisfaction.


ond Saturday of the month.

The Universal Truth Cen-
ter is hosting mini-workshops
for youth ages 11 -18 during
their Seasons for Non-Violence
on March 19, 12:30 p.m. 2:30
p.m. 305-624-4991.

New Mt. Zion Missionary
Baptist Church is sponsoring
a trip to the Holy Land park in
Orlando on March 19. 786-303-
.3797.

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-
312-4260.

Holy Ghost Assembly of
the Apostolic Faith invites ev-
eryone to their Assistant Pastor
Appreciation Program on March
19 at 8 p.m. 305-836-6258.

New Life Family Worship
Center is hosting a free Wom-
en's Workshop on March 26 at
1 p.m. and invites the commu-
nity to their Bible Study Class
at 7 p.m. every Wednesday.
305-623-0054.


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

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

Shady Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church now of-
fers a South Florida Workforce
Access Center for job seekers
open Monday Friday, 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Maggie Porcher, 305-
448-8798

The True Word of the
Holiness Church invites you
to attend worship services on
Thursday nights at 8 p.m. and
Sunday at 10 a.m. 305-681-
4105.

Christ The King AOCC
Church in Miami Gardens 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.


JHV Shiloh Ministries hosts open forum
JHV Shiloh Ministries, Inc. is having a community meeting 6
p.m., Monday, March 14.
This open forum is to address issues and concerns that affect
the Liberty City community.
Your participation is necessary.


Dinner sale
/
Dinner sale 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 5575 NW
7 Avenue.
For more information, please contact 305-757-2727 or www.305-
757-2727.com.


Prayer provides needed information


AIDS
continued from 12B

years ago.
"It just came to my atten-
tion that the disease was still
around," she said. "I had not
been hearing about it because
the church community was not
talking abut it and the people
in the community were like
hush hush. No one was open to
really discussing it."
Now at various health fairs
and workshops that her church
sponsors, the 76-year-old Da-
vis makes sure that AIDS will
not remain.a silent epidemic by
educating anyone who attends.
In honor of the week's ini-
tiative, God's Amazing Grace
Outreach Ministries, 285 N.W.
199th Street in Miami, will be
hosting an HIV/AIDS Sympo-
sium on Thursday, March 10
beginning at 7' p.m. that will
offer dinner and free testing
for all attendants.


Other remaining highlights
for the week include a work-
shop at Ebenezer United Meth-
odist Church, 2001 N.W. 35th
Street, Miami, on March 9 at
6 p.m.; a Sing for a Cure Con-
cert at Bethel Apostolic Tem-
ple, 1855 N.W. 119th Street,
Miami, on March 11 at 7:30
p.m.; arid community out-
.reach events at Tree of Life
Ministries, 16321 N.W. 47th
Street, Miami, on March 9 at
11 a.m. and Hosanna Commu-
nity Baptist Church, 2171 N.W.
58th Street, Miami, on March
12 at 4 p.m.
All events are free, open to
the public and provide confi-
dential testing.
Baxter of Bethel Apostolic
Temple is optimistic about the
such event's impact on the
public.
"If we continue to have these
conferences," he said, "we're
praying that the healing will
begin."


Past events demonstrate Bible often twisted to defend personal ambitions


BIBLE
continued from 13B

is lost, the world is lost."
Historian James Howell Moor-
head of Princeton Theological
Seminary points out that other
ministers drew on the Book of
Revelation and suggested that
,a Northern victory might pre-
pare the way for the Kingdom
of God on earth. Still others
preached that God would not
allow the North to win until
it ended slavery. The Battle
Hymn of the Republic poeti-
cally summed up such Union
beliefs:


In the beauty of the lilies
Christ was born across the
sea, With a glory in His bosom
that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy,
let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
Theological shots were being
fired, from both the South and
the North.
They were bringing the words
of George Washington to life,
a warning written 70 years
earlier,. "Religious controver-
sies are always productive of
more acrimony and irreconcil-
able hatreds than those which
spring from any other cause."


But then another president,
Abraham Lincoln,. offered the
most constructive perspective
on religious warfare. "My con-
cern is not whether God is on
our side," he said. "My greatest
concern is to be on God's side."
That's the question that we
are left with today, in the mid-
dle of our contemporary civil
wars: Are we on God's side? We
will not be able to answer this
question by assuming that the
Bible is going to give us clear
guidance on every moral and
political issue. The Civil War
shows us that the words of the
Bible have been used to defend


what history later determined
,was indefensible.
Peter Wood, emeritus pro-
fessor of American history at
Duke University, suggests that
in revisiting the Civil War, we
need to remember not only
the' preaching of white min-
isters from the North and the
South, but also the perspec-
tive of African Americans, so
absent during the Centennial.
"In Frederick Douglass' world,"
says Wood, "devout black be-
lievers and numerous white
abolitionist allies, violent and
non-violent were quick to
see slavery as a sin and a de-


filement of New Testament val-
ues that had to be rooted out."
New biblical perspectives are
needed today, including those
of gays and greens, as we dis-
cuss contentious issues. Yes, it
is true that the Old Testament
says, "You shall not lie with a
male as with a woman; it is an
abomination" (Leviticus 18:22),
just as it says that God killed
Onan because he "spilled his
semen on the ground" (Genesis
38:9). In both these cases, rela-
tionships that did not produce
children were condemned, be-
cause the Israelites were under
orders to "be fruitful and mul-


tiply" (Genesis 1:28).
But perhaps reproduction
is no longer the goal of every
person and every marriage.
Many couples choose not to
have children, or marry late
in life when they are unable
to produce children. The ,New
Testament values of faithful-
ness, love, sacrifice and prom-
ise-based commitment can be
practiced by heterosexual cou-
ples without children and by
same-sex couples as well. Dis-
cussions of gay marriage can
focus as much on scriptural
equality as on the ability to re-
produce.


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WAYS T"O GET' YOUR KIDS T'O CLEAN UP


Stick to a routine. Preschoolers learn that tos are picked up after plav.Time o:r that mats must be stored away'
after naps. At home, you can do the same Before I start dinner, *.'.e 11 put '.our b::ooks bac :Lk on the shelf or After
you get into pajamas, you put your clothes in the ham-per
Give advance warning. Jane Lannak, Ph D., who dir-ects B':.r.t,:n iniversir, :. E.arl, Chtldhoo:d Learning Lab.
gives a two-minute warning to help students ma-kee rh- mental tr:Lansit!n IrorTm pla,-Time t[i pick-up Or tell them
what they have time to do "Three more puzzle pieces before ,le-anup!
Think small chunks. Leeds say's s a r,:om lull :of t:.';, is '.er', inreresirn ,:ind distracune, anid
preschoolers are not eo:'d picker-upper;. Lrt childr'ren pic:k Lp ':for five minutes, take a
break, then come back to, the task Or .u t If':.cu' cn cone rhinrig. the stuffed animals, the
crayons, etc.
SWork some magic. Say I heard abt:.ut a I.ariil:, h'.'.h had some '.cnderlul cleanup
magic in their house. .ad lses Cponnie Gillies. a forrrer preschool teacher in
SNissequogue. NY You c'-n w-aJk b', and say I wish our house had some of
^ ^ H f J that. Later. when a Ie'-v tY,: -. are put a'..a,. say, Oh. we are so lIuckv The
W r, magic is in our hou-e! The classic motliator for the. preschool set,
she sa. a s.. is reverse psychology
Show them how it's done. Younger toddlers
-,., dcan get confused with colmma-nds like Clean
up V'our to',s. That s a cr-oncept that does t
1 Come nraturally. Hall advises parents to show
V 9',- Ioune children what they mean: Now it s time
Sto put the blocks in their container' or 'Watch
"" hj\w I m placing the cars on the shelf. Would
C,o i plea-e help me?'


Five tips for soothing a crying baby


While no soothing strategy
will work all of the time, these
tried-and-true calm inducers
work for many babies, much of
the time. Experiment and see
what's most likely to push your
little one's relaxation reflex.
Method: Get in touch
How to Do It: Massage her,
swaddle her in a blanket, or
"wear" your baby in a front car-
rier or sling. Other takes: Gen-
tly stroke your baby's cheek or
scratch her back. The touch of
warm water from a bath can
work, too.
Method: Rock and roll
How to Do It: Rocking her in
a chair, using a mechanical in-
fant swing, dancing, taking a
stroller ride, or going for a car
ride can all work. Variations
include bouncing gently on a
fitness ball while holding your
baby, or putting him in a carrier
and climbing on a treadmill or
stair machine.
Method: Pucker up
How to Do It: Take advantage
of this reaction by providing op-
portunities for sucking other
than just at mealtime. Offer
your baby a pacifier at bedtime
to help him learn to self-soothe,
or when he's out of sorts or
overstimulated at, say, a noisy
family 'gathering. Sucking on
your finger or your breast-


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.even when it's not feeding
time-can also do the trick, but
be forewarned: Too much com-
fort nursing can make mince-
meat out of your nipples.
Method: Noisy does it
How to Do It: Turn on a fan,
hair dryer, vacuum, dishwash-
er, or other similar appliance,
or play a soothing-sounds CD
(such as waves splashing), or a
musical instrument like a gui-
tar, piano, or flute. Some say
making shushing sounds in
your baby's ear works (especial-
ly combined with movement),
as does running water in a sink
or shower. You can also make a
tape or CD of a vacuum cleaner
running (but your house won't


Open house informs community

about environmental safety habits

Miami Times Staff Report

On Saturday, Feb. 26, nearly 350 people attended the University
of Florida/Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension's first Open
House at the John D. Campbell Agricultural Center in Homestead.
The environmental/agricultural program's open house featured
interactive demonstrations, guided tours, displays, a plant clinic,
and seminars about such topics as Florida-friendly sustainable
landscaping, vegetable gardening, and tropical fruit trees.


be nearly as clean).
Method: Indulge in eye candy
How to Do It: Lay your baby
down in ,a spot where he can
look at an overhead mobile; let
him stare at a brightly colored
pat- tern on a sofa, a comforter,
or a colorful painting; or give
hi ynae, chang, of ( i:'en by
moving to a different room or
going outside. Keep in mind
that too much visual stimula-
tion can also freak out a baby,
so consider your nursery de-
cor if your baby has frequent
trouble settling-maybe those
tartan plaid sheets or the busy
patterned quilts hanging on
the wall are driving him ber-
serk.


Shaking up

story time

By Melody Warnick

Is your baby more inter-
ested in gnawing on The \er,
Hungn- Caterpillar than Is-
tening to youl read it" Luck-
ily. a wnggly infant does t
need to sit through pages of
text to reap the benefits of
beine read to. which come
from hearing new words ex-
ploring pictures. and snug-
gling with you. i've seen far
too many parents try to read
to their baby 'the right way,"'
says Susan Straub, coauthor
of Reading With Babies, Tod-
dlers and Twos. "But there is
no right way. You just have to
keep at it and enjoy it." Be-
cause the magic of Go, Dog,
Go! can wear off for you, too,
after 256 readings, here are
some fun ideas to bring story
time to life for both of you:
1. Create your own wild plot
for the pictures in the book.
(Maybe Goodnight Moon is
really a mystery.)
2. Cover a picture and ask
"Where's the bunny?" Then
lift your hand and say "Peek-
a-bool"
3. Substitute your baby's
name for a name in the book,
such as "The Runaway Em-
ily."
4. Make it real, grabbing an
orange or a rattle to compare
to the pictures in her book.
5. Stack books like blocks,
or put them in a wagon to
pull into another room. The
more your baby interacts
with books as playthings, the
more she'll enjoy discovering
what's inside.


By Aisha Sultan


Most kids never report get-
ting bullied. Not to their parents
or school. Yet their silence does
not change the fact that they
are being harassed. Jackie Hu-
mans, author of "15 Ways to ZAP
a Bully!" shared these five steps
for parents to educate and arm
their children before it gets out of
hand.
Step 1: Parents should bring
up the subject of bullying by
making it clear that NO ONE de-
serves to be bullied, no matter
how imperfect or flawed they may
be.
Help the child realize how piti-
ful a person who takes pleasure
from bullying really is.
This realization does two
things: first, it helps kids to stop'


responding in an angry or upset
way, which is the kind of reaction
bullies thrive on, and secondly, it
makes room in your child's brain
to start viewing the bullying in a
dispassionate, intellectual way.
Reaching this stage of the game
is literally half the battle.
Step 2: Remind your child
how important it is to be aware
of the power of their body lan-
guage. Kids should be reminded
that what they say isn't anywhere
near as important as the way
they say it. When standing up to
a bully, appearances count for
everything. A child who stands
just a little too close to the bul-
ly, with their shoulders squared,
and making strong eye contact
while saying, "Watch it!" is going
to make a much stronger impres-
sion on the bully, even though


their actual words may not be
particularly eloquent.
Step 3: Now that your child
understands how important body
language is, help them come up
with their own comebacks. Start
by brainstorming together with a
"no holds barred" .approach. En-
courage them to suggest as many
responses as they can before
you start winnowing down the
unsuitable ones. The ones that
make the grade are safe to use,
aren't terribly hurtful, and are
easy to recall.
If your child has trouble getting
started, it's OK to suggest simple
responses such as, "So?" When a
target just keeps repeating, "So?"
while looking bored, it's demoral-
izing for the bully because now
they're the one who's starting to
look pretty uncool.


INVESTING IN KIDS: EARLY CHILDHOOD

PROGRAMS PROMOTE SUCCESS IN SCHOOL

In today's society, it is imperative that all children attain the best education which will allow them to function effec-
tively in a global and competitive society. Therefore, the implementation of effective early childhood programs and
strategies from pre kindergarten through elementary school has shown positive results based upon numerous studies.

According to Timothy J. Bartik author of Investing in Kids: Early Childhood Programs and Local Economic Devel-
opment, "State and local economic development officials need new strategies, ones backed by fact and evidence."
Bartil documents the link between economic development and investing in young children. His bookmakes an excel-
lent case that increasing our investment in a continuum of early childhood programs pays off when examined from a
business and economic perspective.

Programs such as Head Start and More at Four are nationally recognized early childhood models that have shown the
value of early interventions in a child's success in school.

Head Start is a federal program in early childhood care and education. It provides a range of comprehensive educa-
tion, health, nutrition, parent involvement, and family support services and has primarily served at-risk children
and their families since 1965. Head Start consists of two programs Head Start and Early Head Start. Head Start
is a comprehensive early childhood.development program primarily serving at-risk preschool-age children and their
families. Early Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood program serving primarily at-risk children prenatal to
age three, pregnant women, and their families. Head Start and Early Head Start programs serve children in famiilies
earning income at or below the federal poverty level. The rate of participation in these programs is as follows:

Race:
White (40%)
Black or African American (29%)
Bi-Racial or Multi-Racial (8%)
American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (6%)
Unspecified Race (6%)
Other (11%)

Ethnicity:
Hispanic or Latino Origin (36%)
Non-Hispanic or Non-Latino Origin (64%)

According to the National Association of Head Start, the Early Head Start Impact Study showed that children who
attend early Head Start programs on average had a higher cognitive development score than those who had not at-
tended Early Head Start. Also, Early Head Start children at age three had larger vocabularies and demonstrated a
higher level of social-emotional development than those who had not attended an early head start program.

Studies demonstrate that Head Start and Early Head Start programs improve the health of children and their fami-
lies. Recent research reports that the mortality rates for five-to nine-year-old children who had attended Head Start
are 33 to 50 percent lower than the rates for comparable children who were not enrolled in Head Start. The Head
Start Impact Study demonstrated that a much higher proportion of children received dental care and attending head
start reduces the frequency and severity of problem behaviors. Research also suggest that Head Start reduces obesity
and parent of participates reported that their children have greater quality of life satisfaction, increased confidence in
coping skills and decreased feelings of anxiety, depression and sickness.

The economic benefits of Head Start and Early Head Start programs includes increased earnings, employment, family
stability, decreased welfare dependency, lower crime cost, less grade repetition, and special education. The Head Start
Impact Study data suggests that Head Start yielded a benefit-cost ratio of $7 to $1-- a figure that is often cited for
model early childhood programs.

School readiness programs are designed to prepare children for school. Early childhood programs are intended to
serve as a preventive measure for children at risk of future school failure. In conclusion, the benefit of investing in
children early to a curriculum that promotes schools readiness ensures their success throughout their lives.


Submitted by
Betty Joseph
Owner and Director of Sunshine Sunset Daycare


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Steps to teach your child how to deal


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Young drug users unaware of risks A


Sharing needles in growing numbers


By Jerome Burdi

Young drug users are sharing
needles in growing numbers, ac-
cording to a study of illegal drug
use in South Florida.
The study conducted by
Jim Hall, director of the Center
for the Study and Prevention of
Substance Abuse at Nova South-
eastern University also found
that cocaine and crack are among
drugs falling out of fashion and
that South American suppliers
have watered down the purity of
those street drugs.
Data were compiled from us-
ers who are still alive, rather than
studying the problem through
overdose deaths, which primarily
affect an older population.
"Here's a generation that's not
that familiar with the high risk of
injection drug use," Hall said. "By
the time they became an adoles-
cent, we passed the major inter-
ventions on AIDS and HIV pre-
vention strategies."
The users crush and inject the
pills because they get a rush out
of the rapid flow of the painkiller
into the bloodstream, experts say.

STARTED USING EARLY
Across the state during the first


six months of 2010, fatal oxyco-
done overdose victims were 35- to
50-year-olds, the study shows.
They likely were part of a group
that started using drugs when'
they were younger, Hall said.
Purdue Pharma, the Stamford,
Conn., manufacturer of OxyCon-
tin, last year started reformulat-
ing its timed-release painkiller to
prevent it from being crushed and
snorted or injected, spokesman
James Heins said.
"We developed it with the in-
tent to stop any intentional
misuse and abuse," Heins said.
However, he added, no data ex-
ist yet to show if that reformula-
tion works.

COCAINE AND CRACK
OxyContin is just one brand
that uses the painkiller oxyco-
done, Hall said.
Between 1999 and 2009, the
fastest growing number of drug
users seeking treatment was
under 30, the study shows. The
study looked at rates for emer-
gency room visits caused by the
illegal use of oxycodone.
It showed that use by people
younger than 30 in Broward
and Palm Beach counties was
above national averages. Emer-


agency room visits were 158 per
100,000 population for people
25-29 in South Florida, com-
pared with 117 nationally. The
rate for those 18-20 in South
Florida was 106 per 100,000,
compared with 74 nationally.
The illegal use of prescription
drugs spiked after 2008, records
show, when pain clinic pill mills
proliferated in South Florida.
"My experience over the years
is the method of drug addiction
popularity changes like dresses
in the fashion world," said Bro-
ward County Medical Examiner
Joshua Perper. "If a new, pow-
erful drug is on the scene, then
addicts jump on it."

ABOVE NATURAL AVERAGE
Cocaine and crack are among
those losing popularity, accord-
ing to Hall's study, possibly be-
cause the drugs' purity has been
tainted. Cocaine-related deaths
in Florida peaked with 2,179
cases in 2007 and have steadily
declined since then to a project-
ed 1,206 in 2010, Hall said.
In recent years, the United
States' war on drugs has caused
drug suppliers in countries such
as Colombia, Peru and Bolivia to
cut the drug before shipping it,
experts said. The drug gets cut
with levamisole, a veterinary


dewormer that can cause blood
defects in humans.
"They are losing product, so
they're cutting it down. If they
lose a load, it's not costing as
much as it was," said Jeff Bea-
sley, a special agent supervisor
for the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement. "It's just a
business thing to keep up with
demand."

STATEWIDE APPROACH
A solution to battling the drug
problem in Florida is closer at-
tention to the deaths it causes,
said Palm Beach County sher-
iffs Detective Gary Martin. His
greatest concern is drug-over-
dose deaths, and, he said, a uni-
fied, statewide approach is the
way to help stop them.
In Martin's vision, an over-
dose-death information clear-
inghouse would keep track of
every death and offer support to
the victims' families, who could
be recruited to bring awareness
and help prevent other fatal
overdoses.
"I truly believe that we can do
something about the number of
overdose deaths," Martin said.
"Someone out there cares for
every single one these victims...
People are dying and the state's
reaction is at best fragmented."


Calorie labeling doesn't change fast-food orders


It doesn 't matter to most customers surveyed in

low-income areas ofNYC


By Sophie Terbush

Calorie labeling in fast-food res-
taurants has no effect on the food
purchases of parents or teens in
low-income neighborhoods, ac-
cording to a new study published
in the International Journal of
Obesity.
The study, led by Brian Elbel,
assistant professor of medicine
and health policy at New York
University School of Medicine,
shows that although calorie la-
Sbels do increase awareness of
calories, they do not necessar-
ily influence food choices or the
number of calories consumed.
The study surveyed custom-
ers and collected their purchase
receipts at four major fast-food
chains (Wendy's, Burger King,
McDonald's and Kentucky Fried
Chicken) in July 2008, before
New York City's implementation
of a new calorie labeling regula-
tion, and again at the same lo-
cations one month after labeling
began.
Both sets of samples were
taken from low-income areas of
the city, including East Harlem,
South Bronx and Central Brook-
lyn; a control group sample was
taken from Newark, an area with
similar demographics and an ur-
ban setting.
Elbel says he assessed low-
income neighborhoods because
they tend to be of more frag-


ile health and at higher risk for
obesity, and they tend to be sur-
rounded by higher concentra-
tions of fast-food restaurants
without other, more healthful
food options.


taurants with their parents (69
percent) or alone (31 percent).
About three-fourths of partici-
pants were from New York City,
and 90 percent were from racial
or ethnic minority groups. Ado-
lescents who visited with parents
tended to be younger and were
not surveyed; instead, the par-
ents completed the interviews.


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At McDonald's locations in New York City, the calorie counts for
each item are printed on the menu.A similar requirement is in the
works for chain restaurants nationwide.


"You'd like to see the effects of
labeling on these at-risk groups,
but it also makes it harder to
see an impact on these groups
because they're also choosing
based on availability and price of
food," not necessarily nutritional
value, he says.
The 349 participants were chil-
dren and adolescents ages 17
and under who visited the res-


The study shows that just over
half of adolescents and adults
noticed the calorie counts after
labeling began in New York, but
only nine percent of adolescents
and 16 percent of adults who saw
the information said it mattered
to them.
"Both populations are seeing
it, but it's not translating into a
change," Elbel says.


People purchased the same
amount of calories before labeling
began and after, the study shows;
for adolescents, it was about 725
calories, and for adults, about
600 calories. Elbel says adoles-
cents who were alone tended
to buy more food than parents
bought for their children.
In the choice of food for teens,
habit, access, price and location
matter some, but "taste is the
most important factor," Elbel
says. He also looked at how par-
ents worked with their children
to make fast-food choices.
In deciding what the children
would eat, 57 percent of par-
ents chose for'. their children,
31 percent let the child choose,
and six percent said they chose
together. Elbel says parents
who chose for their children did
not choose fewer calories than
when the children were allowed
to choose.
A national calorie-posting
mandate also was part of the
Patient Protection and Afford-
able Care Act of 2010. The U.S.
Food and Drug Administration
says it must issue proposed
regulations by March 23 for na-
tional calorie labeling.
That will include restaurants
with 20 or more locations post-
ing calorie counts on menu
boards and in retail stores and
having nutrient information
available in writing upon re-
quest. Vending-machine opera-
tors-with 20 or more machines
also would be required to post
caloric content for certain items.


Is it healthy to drink diet soft drinks?


The


answer,


studies and expe

a bitfizzy

By Nanci Hellmich

For many people, diet
an easy way to enjoy a g
calorie-free sweet treat.
But some recent news he
new concerns about whe
healthy to drink calorie-i
bonated soft drinks.
A study found an increa
for stroke and heart attack
people who drink diet so(
day vs. those who drink
at all.
Many nutrition and h
perts have pointed out
research was an obsei
study that didn't prove ca
effect.
That said, they say d
isn't an ideal drink.
When it comes to be
there are many choices
far better than any type
says Barry Popkin, a r
professor at the Unive
North Carolina-Chapel I


f one of the nation's top experts on
JTom beverage consumption.
S"I prefer Americans drink water
rts, iS or unsweetened or lightly sweet-
ened coffee or tea, but if it is be-
tween diet beverages and juice,
fruit drinks or soda with tons of
sugar in them, diet beverages are
preferred," he says.
soda is Popkin says he has done some
uilt-free, new research showing that many
people who drink diet soda also
as raised are consuming an unhealthy diet
ether it's loaded with high-fat burgers,
free car- fries, chips, pizza and other high-
calorie foods.
based risk But there are also people who
k among eat mostly healthy diets and drink
da every diet beverages, he says.
no soda Several studies that are being
reviewed now for publication in-
eart ex- dicate that diet beverages do not
that the hurt people's health, Popkin says.
rational Diet sodas may not be the ideal
iuse and drink, but they're probably OK in
moderation, he says.
iet soda Compared with regular sug-
ary soft drinks, diet sodas are an
averages, improvement because they don't
that are have 10 to 12 teaspoons of sug-
of soda, ar (per 12-ounce serving), which
nutrition contributes to weight gain, says
:rsity of Michael Jacobson, executive di-
Hill and rector of the Center for Science in


the Public Interest, a consumer
advocacy group based in Wash-
ington, D.C.
But diet soda is no health food,
Jacobson says. Animal stud-
ies have raised cancer concerns
about some of the artificial sweet-
eners in drinks, including,aspar-
tame and acesulfame potassium,
he says. And the caramel color-
ing in colas contains two cancer-
causing chemicals and should be
banned, Jacobson says. There is
"clear evidence of toxicity in ani-
mals."
On top of that, the acids in the
soda can cause dental erosion,
especially for someone who drinks
a lot of it; many people sip on diet
sodas all day long, he says.
The cancer risks in diet soda are
probably small, Jacobson says,
"but there is no reason to accept
any cancer risk in a worthless
junk food, whether it's diet soda
or regular soda.."
Maureen Storey, senior vice
president of science policy for the
American Beverage Association,
disagrees. "People should be as-
sured that diet soft drinks can
be very useful in helping them in
a weight-loss program as well as
maintenance of weight loss," she


There's no "hard and fast
rule" about intake, says regis-
tered dietitian Elizabeth Ward.

says.
A large review of the scientific
literature on aspartame found it
is safe, Storey says.
And the beverage association
says there is no evidence that the
caramel coloring causes cancer in
humans.
So how much diet soda is OK?
Elizabeth Ward, a registered di-
etitian in Boston and a nutrition
blogger at food.usatoday.com,
says diet soda has no redeeming
qualities other than that it pro-
vides fluid, but fluid is good for
you. It also may be a significant
source of caffeine.


Eight myths



about baldness

By Angela Haupt

Nearly two out of every three men will begin
balding by the time they're 60. Most don't part
with their part willingly American males collec-
tively spend $1 billion a year trying to hang onto
those locks. And while there's no cure for a shiny
scalp, there are a lot of supposed causes that men
worry about more than they need to.
Recent research suggests that the most com-
mon type of hair loss, male pattern baldness, can
be triggered by faulty hair-making progenitor cells
in the scalp. Researchers long believed that men
n.hose, air progressively thins starting with
a receding hairline and then- stretching to the
crown lacked a sufficient number of these cells.
Rather, it appears that the cells are merely unable
to complete their normal development and mature
to a fully-funcultlnini state That finding. published
last month in the Journal :f Clinical ln\esugation.
could help researchers develop a treatment that
reactivates and restores the malfunctioning cells.
Other potential contributors to hair loss include
illness, age, genetics and even priirping habits.
NTMlanwhile, a iniirr of myths :contribute to men's
anxiety, if not to baldness itself
"I gret athletes whot think helmets caused their
hair to fall out, and men %-ho say it's because their
mothers rubbed their heads v.ith black tar soap,
sa, s dermatologist Gary Hitzig, author of Help and
'Hope fo 'Hair-loss. V A
Neither helmets nor soap are at fault. he says.
And more blami'e rnai', get heaped on mothers than
-he, desenre.

THE BALDTRUTH
Myth: Hair loss is passed down from your
anotherr s side.
Not entirely true. While the primary baldness
gene is on the X chromosome, which men get only
from their mothers, other factors are also m play
The hereditary factor is slhghtl, more dominant on
the woman's side, but research suggests that men
who have a bald father are more likely to develop
male pattern baldness than those who don't.
Myth: If you're balding, you're old.
iOn the contrary, hair loss can strike in the teens
and is common among 20- and 30-year-olds. The
earlier it begins, the more severe it will likely be-
come.
Myth: Wearing a hat strains hair follicles, caus-
ing hair to fall out.
Hats don't cause any harm but dirty ones can
lead to a scalp infection, which in turn accelerates
hair loss.
Myth: Trauma can cause hair loss.
Partially true. Physical or emotional stress may
cause temporary hair loss, but it tends to grow
back. That said, it can accelerate balding. Rapid
shifts in weight can also contribute to the likeli-
hood of hair loss.
Myth: Treatments like Propecia and Rogaine can
prevent hair loss.
True. "Propecia is probably the most important
advance in hair loss therapy in the last several
decades," says Neil Sadick, a clinical professor in
the department of dermatology at the Weill Cornell
,Medical College. In addition to stalling the pro-
cess, about one-third of men on Propecia will see
some hair regrowth. But it's not the only option:
Rogaine (also known as minoxidil), a topical treat-
ment applied directly to the scalp, also helps slow
hair loss. But both drugs come with drawbacks.
Propecia can reduce libido, or sex drive, in men,
while Rogaine must be applied twice daily and can
irritate the scalp.
Myth: If you want to hang onto your hair, stay
away from gel and hairspray.
No need to forgo the products--they don't cause
balding. But some men tease their hair and use
curling irons, which could speed up the process.
Myth: Exposure to the sun encourages balding.
Not true. Tanning beds also don't have an effect.
Myth: The most sexually active men are the first
to go bald.
This is one of the most popular myths but there
is no truth behind it.


Can't stop eating?
You are not alone. Overeaters Anonymous can help.
No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Everyone is welcome!
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Alzheimer's linked to mom's genes


By Jenifer Goodwin
A new study adds more
weight to research showing
the risk of developing Al-
zheimer's disease is greater
if your mother, rather than
your father, had the disorder.
Brain scans of adult chil-
dren of people with Alzheim-
er's found more shrinkage
in key brain regions of those
whose mothers had the dis-
ease than in those whose fa-
thers had it, the researchers
report. Brain shrinkage is a
characteristic of the age-re-
lated disorder.
"It's consistent with other
studies that suggest there
is something inherited from
mothers that influences risk
more so than what is passed
down through fathers," said
senior study author Dr. Jef-
frey Burns, an associate pro-
fessor of neurology at Uni-
versity of Kansas Medical
Center.
Alzheimer's disease has a
strong inherited component,
according to background
information in the study.
Those whose parents had the
disease are four to 10 times


With Americans living longer, cases of Alzheimer's dis-
ease are soaring in the United States. By 2030, about 20
percent of the total U.S. population will likely have the
disorder, the Alzheimer's Association estimates.


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themselves.
In the study, researchers
created three-dimension-
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known to be affected by Al-
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Please turn to GENES 19B


Female condoms are gaining ground


By Rita Rubin
The female condom, once
the contraceptive that got
little respect, seems to be
making a comeback in U.S.
cities, thanks to a new and
improved design.
On Valentine's Day, San
Francisco's health depart-
ment passed out free FC2s -
short for second-generation
female condom in several
neighborhoods.
That same week, Walgreens
stocked about 10 percent of
its 7,600 stores many in
cities with higher HIV rates
- with three-packs.
And in Washington, where
all 55 CVS stores carry it,
25,000 people used it in the
past year, says Mary Ann


Leeper, founder of its maker,
the Female Health Co. In fact,
she says, the number of FC2s
distributed in the USA tripled
in the past year. It's the only
female condom on the U.S.
market, but it's sold in more
than 100 other countries
and even has a Facebook fan
page.
Health departments in Chi-
cago, New York City and New
York state also have joined
with non-profit groups to
distribute the female con-
dom not only to women but
also to gay men, even though
evidence about its safety and
effectiveness in anal sex is
lacking.
The Food and Drug Admin-
istration approved the first fe-
male condom in 1993. Hun-


dreds of Walgreens stocked it,
but it was hard to find else-
where and it cost more than
male condoms. But it was an
effective, woman-controlled
method to prevent pregnan-
cy and the spread of sexu-
ally transmitted infections.
The FDA approved the FC2 in
March 2009.
FC1 was made of polyure-
thane, Leeper says; FC2 is
made of easier-to-work-with
synthetic latex. Washington
CVS stores sell three-packs
for $6.49, most Walgreens for
$6.99. Online condom retail-'
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the AIDS Foundation of Chi-
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German gene therapy raises hope for AIDS cure


Concept based on AIDS patient who seems


cured by donor blood


By Marilynn Marchione
AP Medical Writer

In a bold new approach ulti-
mately aimed at trying to cure
AIDS, scientists used genetic
engineering in six patients to
develop blood cells that are re-
sistant to HIV, the virus that
causes the disease.
It's far too early to know if
this scientific first will prove to
be a cure, or even a new treat-
ment. The research was only
meant to show that, so far, it
seems feasible and safe.
The concept was based on
the astonishing case of an
AIDS patient who seems to be
cured after getting blood cells
from a donor with natural im-
munity to HIV nearly four years
ago in Berlin. Researchers are
seeking a more practical way to
achieve similar immunity using
patients' own blood cells.
The results were announced
recently at a conference in Bos-
ton left experts cautiously ex-
cited.


"For the first time, people are
beginning to think about a cure"
as a real possibility, said Dr.
John Zaia, head of the govern-
ment panel that oversees gene
therapy experiments. Even if
the new approach doesn't get
rid of HIV completely, it may re-
pair patients' immune systems
enough that they can control
the virus and not need AIDS
medicines "what is called a
functional cure," he said.

FIRST TIME USED
Carl Dieffenbach, AIDS chief
at the National Institute of Al-
lergy and Infectious Diseases,
agreed.
"We're hopeful that this is
sufficient to give the level of im-
mune reconstitution similar to
what was seen with the patient
from Germany," he said.
This is the.first time research-
ers have permanently deleted a
human gene and infused the
altered cells back into patients.
Other gene therapy attempts
tried to add a gene or muffle


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the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.Tebas is leading a study testing gene therapy
as a possible new way to treat and perhaps someday to cure infection with the AIDS virus.
Johnson, who works for an AIDS advocacy and service organization in Philadelphia, took part
in one of the studies.


the activity of one, and have
not worked against HIV.
The virus can damage the
immune system for years be-
fore people develop symptoms
and are said to have AIDS ac-
quired immune deficiency syn-
drome. The virus targets spe-
cial immune system soldiers
called T-cells. It usually enters
these cells through a protein
receptor, or "docking station,"
called CCR5.

2007 BERLIN EXPERIMENT
Some people (about one
percent of whites; fewer of mi-
norities) lack both copies of the
CCR5 gene and are naturally
resistant to HIV. One such per-
son donated blood stem cells in
2007 to an American man liv-
ing in Berlin who had leukemia
and HIV.
The cell transplant appears
to have cured both problems,
but finding such donors for ev-
eryone with HIV is impossible,
and transplants are medically
risky.
So scientists wondered: Could
a patient's own cells be used to
knock out the CCR5 gene and
create resistance to HIV?
Please turn to AIDS 19B


Long-term care 'conversation' can be hard to start


By Janice Lloyd


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People who are told they're overweight by doctors are
more likely to try to lose weight, a study says.


Doctors should dismiss


obesity with patients


By Katherine Hobson

Patients told by their physi-
cians they were overweight
or obese were more likely to
acknowledge a weight problem
and try to do something about
it, a new study shows.
Researchers from the
Medical University of South
Carolina and Imperial College
London found that getting an
honest assessment from a
physician appeared to be a key
factor in whether or not study
participants considered them-
selves overweight.
Among the participants who
were overweight according
to their body mass indexes
and didn't report hearing
that news from a physician,
almost 37 percent didn't think
they were overweight. And 19
percent of obese participants
whose physicians didn't talk
to them about weight said
They didn't think they were
overweight. Only six percent of
Overweight and three percent
of obese participants reporting
a weight-focused conversation
with a physician thought they
weren't overweight. People
with a BMI of 25 or greater are


considered overweight, and
those with a BMI of at least 30
are considered obese.
The study authors wrote:
"Participants who reported
that they had been told by
a physician they were over-
weight were more likely to de-
sire to lose weight and attempt
to lose weight." The research
was published in the Feb. 28
issue of the Archives of Inter-
nal Medicine.
The researchers used data
from the National Health and
Nutrition Examination Survey
that looked at 7,790 adults
between the ages of 20 and
64 who had their body mass
index measured. Participants
answered a questionnaire as
part of the survey. Only 45
percent of those qualifying as
overweight said they'd ever
been told that by a physi-
cian. Among those with a BMI
qualifying them as obese, 66
percent reported being told by
a doctor they were overweight.
Because Americans have
gotten heavier in the past few
decades, people may not "see
themselves as overweight be-
cause people around them are
Please turn to OBESITY 19B


Before her mother's stroke,
Brenda Greene says she did
not need to talk to her about
long-term health care because
her mother was "a young 65."
So she put it off.
Sound familiar? Many fami-
lies avoid these important con-
versations because they are
stressful and threaten the par-
ent's independence, says San-
dy Markwood, chief executive
officer of the National Associa-
tion of Area Agencies on Aging.
Her advice: "Let them know
they're going to make the deci-
sions and not you."
That approach paid off for
Greene and her mother, Mil-
living alone in a rural area,
a big concern for Greene be-
cause the stroke this year left
her mother slightly impaired
mentally and physically.
"She wanted to stay in her
home as long as possible," says
Greene, who lives 60 miles
away in Jonesboro, Tenn. "She
did not want to live in a nurs-
ing home or with family mem-
bers. She did not want to be a
burden to us."
They struck a deal. Gray-
beal, 75, still lives alone in her
own home in Mountain City,
Tenn. despite having treat-
ments for oral cancer in 2007
and a total hip replacement
two years ago with the aid of
services Greene found through


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Greene's goal is to meet her mother's wishes to the best
of her ability. Her mom wants above all else to stay out of a
nursing home, and so far, so good.


the area Council on Aging.
Her meals are delivered, and a
caregiver helps several hours a
week with house tasks.
In return, Graybeal gave her
daughter durable power of at-
torney, a binding agreement
allowing her to make legal and
financial decisions for her.
They talk daily and Greene vis-
its weekly.
"I took it upon myself to say,
'Things are going to be differ-
ent now,' Greene says. "I told
her in anticipation of things
down the road, we're going to
have to get things in order. I
knew I was going to have to be
her legs and mouth to get all
this done.


"I would never make a deci-
sion without discussing it with
her. That's put a lot of stress
on me to meet her goals."
For instance, Graybeal told
Greene she doesn't want ex-
traordinary measures taken
to save her life yet Graybeal
won't sign a do-not-resuscitate
order.
"She always says, 'You're
my durable power of attorney'
when I ask her about a DNR,"
Greene says. "She says she
doesn't want to be hooked up
and kept in a vegetative state,
but this puts an extra burden
on me by not having the docu-
ment."
As Baby Boomers go through


the process with their parents,
Boomers "also need to figure
out what they want for them-
selves," Markwood says.
She says there are four key
conversations financial, le-
gal, medical and long-term
care that need to take place
to make plans in each area.
Figure out when you're going
to have those talks so no one is
caught off guard. Ideally, they
should take place before an
emergency.
Greene, 58, says she and
her husband, Jack, 62, have
had these conversations about
their own futures although
they don't need to have the fi-
nancial talk.
"I know where everything is
after 38 years of marriage," she
says, laughing.
Cardiac disease runs in
Jack's family. He had cardiac
bypass .in January, which led
to the couple's talk about long-
term care possibilities.
"He's also been adamant
about not wanting to live in a
nursing home," Brenda says.
"But there might be times
when it can't be avoided."
She says she might find a
nursing home desirable. When
her father lived in one the last
years of his life, she visited him
daily and found certain aspects
appealing.
"I'm a social person," she
says. "I like to be around peo-
ple. I like to do bingo. I'd hope I
could at least be rolled in."


Plan ahead to deal with these issues


The Eldercare Locator fields
calls from more than 10,000
older adults and adulr chHdren
every nmcrnm about later-life is-
sues, says aging expert Sandy
Markwood who says families
need to plan ahead to deal with
these four issues:

FINANCIAL:
Organize in one place all bank
account numbers and Social
Security and pension informa-


tion. Explore which other pro-
grarrs parents might be eligible
for, she says. "If your parents
don't want to share this informa-
tion with you, ask them to put all
the information in a box and to
tell you where it is located."

LEGAL:
Get documents such as wills,
powers of attorney and do-not-
resuscitate orders while par-
ents can still make their own


decisions.

MEDICAL:
Know all the medicines your
parents take. Find out how
they want to be cared for if they
have a medical crisis such as
a stroke or are diagnosed with
Alzheimer's.

LONG-TERM CARE:
Make plans to modify the home
so they can stay in it longer, or


look at other facilities. Under-
stand that Medicare doesn't
usually cover nursing homes
or assisted living. Medicaid
pays for only low-income in-
dividuals. "You'd be surprised
at .the number of people who
think Medicare covers assist-
ed-living facilities," Markwood
says. "It does not cover those
expenses. The average cost
for assisted living is $3,000 a
month."


Women should heed new heart disease guidelines


By Sandra Jordan
Special to the NNPA

Pregnancy complications
are now included as risk fac-
tors for cardiovascular dis-
ease in guidelines issued
from the American Heart As-
sociation. Serious problems
during pregnancy such as
preeclampsia, pregnancy-in-
duced hypertension and ges-
tational diabetes are noted
as additional risk factors for
heart attack and stroke.


"If women have had a his-
tory of preeclampsia, they
are at twice the risk of hav-
ing cardiovascular disease as
they age," said Dr. Jennifer
Lawton, a cardiac surgeon
at Washington University
and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
"They should be referred to a
cardiologist to be treated as a
patient at higher risk of car-
diovascular disease."
Another change was for
treatment of atrial fibrilla-
tion and stroke in women.


Atrial fibrillation,
an abnormal heart
rhythm, was found
to increase risk of
stroke by fourfold
to fivefold. The
new guidelines en-
courage women to
consult with their
doctor to ensure
they are taking
the right medica-


tions to control atrial


added changes to
daily exercise as the
guidelines indicate
two of three Ameri-
can women are con-
S sidered obese.
-"Overall, these
guidelines indicate a
woman should ask
-: her physician about
JORDAN her glucose levels,
blood pressure, lipid
fibril- levels, find out if weight is at


lation. a normal range and let her
In addition, there were physician know about any


complications with pregnan-
cy so a physician can get a
more global assessment of
risk for the next five to ten
years," Lawton said.
"Improving adherence to
preventive medications and
lifestyle behaviors is one of
the best strategies we have to
lower the burden of heart dis-
ease in women. We also want
to emphasize the importance
of recognizing racial and eth-
nic diversity and its impact
on cardiovascular disease.


For example, hypertension is
a particular problem among
Black women and diabetes
among Hispanic women."
She added, "Cardiovascu-
lar disease is the number
one killer of women in this
country more than all can-
cers combined and women
should know they may have
atypical symptoms compared
to men such as fatigue, ab-
dominal fatigue that many
women may attribute just to
getting older."


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Future of AIDS cure based on

AIDS
continued from 18B


A California biotechnology
company, Sangamo (SANG-uh-
moh) BioSciences Inc., makes
a treatment that can cut DNA
at precise locations and per-
manently "edit out" a gene.
Dr. Jacob Lalezari, director of
Quest Clinical Research of San
Francisco, led the first test of
this with the company and
colleagues at the University
of California in San Francisco
and Los Angeles.

NOT A CURE YET
He warned that it would be
"way overstated" to suggest
that the results so far are a
possible cure.
"It's an overreach of the data.
There are a lot of people out
there with hopes and dreams
around the C-word," so cau-


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Jay Johnson is seen during an interview with the Associated
Press at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.


tion is needed.
In the study, six men with
HIV had their blood filtered to
remove a small percentage of
their T-cells. The gene-snip-
ping compound was added in


the lab, and about one-fourth
of the cells were successfully
modified. The cells were mixed
with growth factors to make
them multiply and then in-
fused back into the patients.


19B THE iMI Ti'ES, MARCH 9-15, 2011


ts... search Bishop Willie J. Leonard celebrates
28th nastnral anniversary


three men received about 2.5
billion modified cells. Three
others received about: fire bil-
lion.
Three months later, five men
had three times the number
of modified cells expected. As
much as six percent of their
total T-cells appear to be the
new type resistant to HIV,
Lalezari said.
The sixth man also had mod-
ified cells, but fewer than ex-
pected. In all six patients, the
anti-HIV cells were thriving
nearly a year after infusion,
even in tissues that can hide
HIV when it can't be detected
in blood.
"The cells are engrafting -
they're staying in the blood-
stream, they're expanding
over time," said Lalezari, who
has no personal financial ties
to Sangamo, the study's spon-
sor.


Be aware of what is in the water you are drinking


WATER
continued from 17B

the water is purified using re-
verse osmosis or distillation
and enhanced with a balance of
minerals for taste.
Lavalle Jackson, 54, who lives
in Miami says he doesn't drink
tap water because he doesn't
trust it and uses Zephyrhills
Natural Spring Water.
"I'm always reading about
how easy it is for the water to
become contaminated," he said.
"The water pipes are always
breaking."
Zephyrhills Natural Spring
Water is among the 10 top-sell-
ing U.S. brands but didn't fare
well with the survey it earned
a "D."
After learning about the poor
grade that was issued to Zeph-
yrhills Natural Spring Water,


Jackson says he plans to switch
to a different brand.
"This report has supplied me
as a consumer with the nec-
essary information to make a
choice on which brand of water
to drink," he said.

FURTHER REASONS FOR
CONSUMERS TO BE AWARE
There's a certain amount of
irony when it comes to Nestle
because not only do they bot-
tle Zephyrhills Natural Spring
Water, but Deer Park Natural
Spring Water, Ice Mountain
Natural Spring Water, Ozarka
Natural Spring Water and Po-
land Spring Natural Spring Wa-
ter and all of them received a
grade of "D."
But should consumers be
concerned with water pipes
bursting and our water supply
becoming infected with cancer-


causing contaminates?
Jennifer L. Messemer, pub-
lic information officer for the
Miami-Dade Water and Sewer
Department, says that there's
no cause for alarm and that
the drinking water here in
Miami-Dade County is safe to
consume because of the De-
partment's rigorous standards
that far exceed the local, state
and federal requirements for
tap water.
"Residents can be assured
that their drinking water is po-
table and safe," she said.
She says that the Coun-
ty residents' drinking water
comes from wells that are lo-
cated in the Biscayne Aquifer,
which is located just below the
surface of the land in South
Florida.
"This water is often referred
to as groundwater or the table

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water and provides virtually
all of the water that is used by
residents, visitors and busi-
nesses," she said. "This water
is generally clean due to the
effects of natural filtration."
In addition, Messemer says
that the water from the wells
are disinfected and filtered
and receives lime to remove
the hardness. It is also tested
more than 100,000 times a
year before it enters the distri-
bution center.
In its summary, the EWG
recommends that individuals
use filtered tap water and says
that it's purer than bottled
water. If you still prefer bottled
water, the EWG strongly sug-
gests that you purchase wa-
ter whose labeling indicates
the use of advanced treatment
technologies like reverse osmo-
sis or micro-filtration.


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St. Matthew Community Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, 3616
Day Ave, Coconut Grove, will
celebrate their pastor, Bishop
Willie J. Leonard's 28th pasto-
ral anniversary, March 7-13.
On March 7th at 7:30 p.m.,
Freedom Temple C.O.G.I.C.,
Reverend Richardo Symonette,
pastor.
On March 8th at 7:30 p.m.,
New Saint Paul Missionary
Baptist Church. Reverend Wil-
liam L. Wilcox, pastor.
On March 9th at 7:30 p.m.,
Community Bible Baptist
Church, Reverend Ronald
Smith, pastor.
On March 10th at 7:30 p.m.,
Moriah Baptist Church, Rever-
end Joseph Turner, pastor.
On March 11th at 7:30 p.m.,


Bishop Willie J. Leonard
New Harvest Missionary Bap-
tist Church, Reverend Gregory
Thompson, Pastor.
On March 13th at 4:00 p.m.,
Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Rev-
erend Emanuel Whipple, pas-
tor.


Know your family medical history


GENES
continued from 17B

with a paternal history or no
family history of the disease.
The regions included the para-
hippocampal gyrus and the
precuneus.
Those with a maternal his-
tory of Alzheimer's also had
one and a half times more loss
in whole brain volume each


year compared to those with a
paternal history or no family
history of the disease.
The study is published in
the March 1 issue of Neurol-
ogy.
A small amount of brain
shrinkage with each passing
year is common among older
adults and not necessarily
a sign of Alzheimer's, Burns
noted.


Patients accepting weight struggle


OBESITY
continued from 18B

overweight," said Robert Post,
an author of the study and now
an attending physician with
Virtua Family Medicine Resi-
dency in Voorhees, N.J. (He
conducted the survey while at
MUSC.)
These results suggest it's im-
portant for physicians to tell


their patients if their BMI puts
them in the overweight or obese
category, even if it would seem
to be obvious, Dr. Post said.
The study can't say for sure
whether it was the conversation
with the physician that caused
patients to alter their percep-
tions of their weight or attempt
to lose pounds. Nor can it say if
people were successful in their
attempts.


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Grace
ANTHONY JENARIUS WIL-
LIAMS, 23, cor-
rectional officer
for the State of
Florida, died
March 4. View-
ing 10 a.m. to 2
p.m., Friday in ",
the chapel and
3-6 p.m., at Mt.
Olive M.B. Church in South Miami.
Service noon, Saturday at Mt. Olive
M.B. Church in South Miami.

JAMES HENRY FLOYD, 52, film


producer, died
February 26 in
Los Angles, CA.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the
chapel.


S.


FANNIE MCDONALD, 102, re-
tired and the Mother of the Historic
Mt. Zion M.B. Church, died March
2 at Pines Nursing Home. Services
were held.

LONG D. DUONG, 51, cos-
metologist, died on February 26 at
Jackson North. Services were held.

DONALD WILLIAMS, 51, con-
tractor, died February 20 at Jack-
son North. Services were held.



Poitier


DEBORAH E.
mestic engineer,
died February
28. Service 12
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.


BROWN, 57, do-


MAMIE COPLIN, 90, foster
grandparent, died March 4 at Vista
Hospice. Service 11 a.m., Friday in
the chapel.



Paradise
ARISTENE POLLOCK, 87, re-
tired cosme-
tologist, slipped
into eternal rest
after a brief ill-
ness on March
3 at home in
Miami. Born in
Bascom, Flori-
da, she moved
to Miami in 1946. A founding mem-
ber of Christian Fellowship Bap-
tist Church, she served fathrrfully
with the Home Missionary Society
and Deaconess Board. She was
also a member of O.E.S. Chapter
197 for many years and served as
Den Mother for the Cub Scouts of
America. Survivors include: sons,
Oscar Pollock, Jr. and Torris Pol-
lock, Sr.; daughters, Sherry Jones
and Ora Lee Pollock; sister, Flo-
rine Williams; 15 grandchildren,
33 great grandchildren, four great-
great grandchildren; and a host of
nieces and nephews. Viewing 2-8
p.m., Friday at Paradise Memo-
rial Funeral Home, 14545 Carver
Drive, Richmond Heights. Services
10 a.m., Saturday at Second Bap-
tist Church, 11111 Pinkston Drive,
Richmond Heights.



Range
EVELYN SIMMONS COLE, 89,
retired educator
for Miami-Dade
County and the
South Carolina
School Districts,
died February -
26. Survivors in-
clude: daughter,
Eugenia Cole-
Russell (Michael); grandchildren,
Michelle, Michael, Jr., and Mia;
sisters, Idna, Beatrice, and lona;
and a host of nieces, nephews and
other family and friends. Viewing
5-8 p.m.,Thursday. Service 11:30
a.m., Friday in the chapel.


Hall Ferguson Hewitt
JOHNATHAN A. LEVARITY,
65, recap
technician,
died March 3 at
Jackson North.
Viewing n
4 p.m., to 9
p.m., Friday.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the
chapel. Repast 1795 NW 58 Street.

MOTHER LUEVERTA REID,
89, died ,-."


February 28 at
Vista Hospice.
Survivors: steps
sons, Eddie and :
Roosevelt Reid;
stepdaughters,
Eula Reid


Alexander and I
Pearlie Reid Brown; son-in-law,
Elder Robert Brown; nieces, Evelyn
and Theresa Hicks; nephew,
Jimmie Hicks, Jr. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at New Providence
Missionary Baptist Church.


Hadley Davis
CHARLES MICKENS, 63, re-
tired mainte-
nance worker, .-
died March 5 at
Memorial Re-
gional Hospital.
Service 3 p.m., ..
in the chapel.



WILLIE THORNTON, 27, labor-
er, died March 1 --.
at University of .-,.,
Miami Hospital.
Service 1 p.m., .
Saturday in the
chapel.




NEOMI GRAY, 74, died March 6
at University of Miami Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.


Godfrey
OWEN DEL?,KA EA--, 7',


retired, died
March 4 in Val-
dosta, Ga. Sur-
vivors include:
loving wife of 49
years, Bernice
Barry; three
sons, Timothy
Washington,


Keith Barry, and
three daughters, i
Maryann Crawfor
seven brothers,
Roy Barry, Cecil
Yul Barry, Glenn
Barry; four sisters
Colleen Harrigan
and Sylvania Kuk
goddaughter, St.
son; and 21 gr
22 great-grandch
p.m., Saturday at
Home, 636 River
Georgia.

Ro
ANNIE VASSA
61, retired,
died March 6 at
home. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at St. Mat-
thew Freewill
Baptist Church.




Richai
TRACEY ROSI
student, died
March 1. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Sat-
urday at Faith
Community
Baptist Church.






Gregg
LINDA SMITH-
business owner, i
died March 6
at University of
Miami Hospital.
Viewing 7 p.m.
To 9 p.m., Fri-
day. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Saint Rose of
Lima Parish close
Greater Bethel A.I


Kenneth Barry;
Cassandra Barry,
rd, Irene Philord;
Rudolph Barry,
Hoyer, Al Barry,
Barry and Melvin
s, Delores Nibbs,
i, Marilyn Barry
;linski; a devoted


Carey Royal Ram'n
MICHELLE DENISE ROBIN-
SON, 48, couri-
er, died March 1
at work. Service
11 a.m., Satur- -,
day at St. Mark
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.




A.J. Manuel


JANIE BELL
March 3 at Kin-
dred Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
New Macedonia
Baptist in West
Park.


Card of Thanks


The family of the late,


In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


* c-..


JACKSON, died


Range


IMANI R. McKINNEY, 32, City
of Miami Beach r
Police and Fire '
Rescue Dis-
patcher, died
March 1 at Uni- L
versity of Miami '.
Hospital Hos-
pice. He was a
1997 graduate
of William H. Turner Technical Arts
High School. Survivors include:
mother, Judy Blocker; father, Har-
old McKinney; grandmother, Geor-
gia M. Jacobs; nephew, Raheem;
brother, Kolei; sister, Aisha; and
one sister, Sophia Jackson, pre-
ceded him in death. Viewing 4-8
p.m., Friday. Service 2 p.m., Satur-
day at Jordan Grove M.B. Church,
5946 NW 12 Avenue.



Nakia Ingraham
SYLVIA HIBBERT, 77, demo
rep., died March 2. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Metropolitan
Baptist Church.




WILLIE "JIT" WILLIAMS JR.,
67, band direc-
tor, died Febru-
ary 23 at Jack-
son Memorial '
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include: -


daugthers, Adri-
enne and Tara;


parents, Mr. and --
Mrs. Willie Williams Sr.; sisters,
Alma, Thelma, Helen, Margaret,
Monica; brother, Leonard; prede-
ceased by brother Sylvester. Me-
morial Service 3 p.m., Monday at
Better Way of Miami, INC. 675 NW
17th Street.


acie Bacon--ai- CLARA REESE DONALDSON
andchildren and MCGLOTHIN, 90, of Miami Gar-
ildren. Service 4 dens, transitioned from this life to
Godfrey Funeral eternity on March 4 at Memorial
Street, Valdosta, West Hospital in Pembroke Pines
after a brief illness and a short stay
at Starlite View Assisted Living Fa-
yal cility in Miami Gardens. She was
A FRANKLI affectionately known as Mrs. Clara
SFRANKLN and Lady Bird by her friends; and
aunt Clarice by her many nieces
and nephews who reside all over
the United States.
Our Aunt Clarice was born in
Owingsville, Kentucky on Febru-
ary 2, 1921. She was the youngest
I daughter of ten children born to the
late George and Hattie (Redmond)
Donaldson. She is preceded in
death by her loving husband, Nor-
rdman McGlothlin in 1993, and all
rdson nine of her siblings.
E GABRIEL, 16, At an early age she moved with
her family from Kentucky to Logan,
West Virginia. Aunt Clarice was
raised in a nurturing household
and excelled in the Logan County
School System.
"' In 1960, she and Norman relo-
.cated to Miami where she lived and
worked for many years until her
death. Over the years she was a
member of Antioch Baptist Church
and the Order of Eastern Star.
MasonAunt Clarice and Norman warmly
extended their hearts and home to
WOODSIDE, 61, friends and neighbors in need. She
Swill always be remembered for her
warmth and generosity.
S Clara Reese McGlothlin leaves
to mourn a host of nieces, neph-
Sews, neighbors and friends. Her
S family extends heartfelt thanks to
Starlight View Assisted Living Fa-
cility, Sandra Hepburn, Ernestine
and Web Washington.
d casket. Repast Funeral arrangements and inter-
M.E. ment will be private.


CYRIL R. TAYLOR
"BOBBY"


would like to extend our
sincere appreciation for your
prayers, love, support and
gracious acts of kindness.
A special thank you to
Range Funeral Home, Bishop
Victor T. Curry and The New
Birth Baptist Church, Kappa
Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and
MNW class of '61.


In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


MICHELLE CHILDRESS
BROWN
11/2/69 3/12/06

Beloved wife, mother,
daughter, granddaughter, sis-

inend who aeparrea this life
five sad years ago.
Deeply missed by husband,
Dearren Jr.; sons, D'von, Dar-
ius and Darrell; family and
friends.


A
- .* S-


FRANK W. COOPER
08/21/34 03/08/09

It's been two years since
you've been gone, missing
you more and more.
God has you in his keeping,
we have you in our hearts.
Your loving wife,
Ivory and family




In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


BISHOP CHARLES E.
CARTY
05/11/55 03/15/10


We love and miss you al-
ways.
Memorial service 4-6 p.m.,
vlarcn 13 at N'ew Bepirning
Church of Deliverance, 6315
NW 2 Avenue, Miami.
Bishop Carty's family and
friends are invited.
The Family


RENFORD STANLEY
GODFREY "FORD"
09/17/1967-03/08/2006

Still being missed.
The Godfrey Family.


Happy Birthday


In loving memory of,


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CHAVARUS D. CURRY
03/10/1990 08/17/2009

Letting go doesn't mean
we've forgotten about you
Chavarus. It means remem-
bering the special memories
and never letting them go.
Beginning another year with-
out you is hard. Just wak-
ing up each day without you
is even harder, but well try.
What really breaks our hearts
that most is that we didn't get
a chance to say goodbye. So,
goodbye son. Happy Birthday.
We love you.
From your parents, Edward
and Tanisha; and family.



Manker
QUINTIN ALEXANDER DAVIS,
18, died March 3 at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital. Service 1: 30 p.m.,
Friday at New Mount Calvary Mis-
sionary Baptist Church.


E.A. Stevens
WILHELEMENA RILEY, 92, re-
tired seamstress, died March 5 at
Jackson Memorial North. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Ebenezer
Baptist Church Hallandale.


Just follow these three easy steps


For 88 years as a community service, The Miami Times has
paid tribute to deceased members of the community by
publishing all funeral home obituaries free of charge. That
remains our policy today. We will continue to make the pro-
cess an easy one and extend this service to any and all
families that wish to place an obituary in The Miami Times.

1) Obituaries follow a simple format and must be in our
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MISSING

OBITUARIES

During the past several
weeks, our readers might
have noticed that our obitu-
ary page has been shorter
than usual. The reason is not
that the number of deaths in
our community have sud-
denly declined but because
our newspaper is not getting
the information on all of the
deaths.
For some reason, 14 of the
34 Black funeral homes have
informed The Miami Times
that they will not submit any
more death notices to our
newspaper for publication:
Bain Range/Range, Gregg L.
Mason, Poitier, D. Richard-
son, A. Richardson, Mitchell,
Jay's Hall-Ferguson-Hewitt,
Kitchens, Wright & Young,
Pax Villa, Stevens, Carey,
Royal & Rahming and Royal.
This newspaper continues
to publish all death notices
submitted to us as a public
service free of charge as we
have been doing for the past
88 years.
If your funeral home does
not submit the information
to us, you may submit it on
your own. Please consult our
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FANTASIA BARRING

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'1 N singer Fantasia Barrino. the winner of the third
season of American Idol' and star of her own
VH1 realit\-show star, has been tapped to
play gospel music legend Mahalia Jackson
in a biopic.
The feature film will be based on the
199.3 book Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jack-
son. Queen of Gospel, which recounts the life of the
late American gospel singer, a civil rights activist who
was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
S Accordina to The Holl\ywood Reporter, the project will
be directed b', Euzhan Palrc (A Dry White Season'j from a
S script b' Jim E\ering She will portray Jackson on her jour-
ne\ from abject poverty\ in New Orleans to her rise as a global
Figure in gospel and earl\ supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The singer died in 19'72 at the age of 60.
Since winning on 'American Idol,' the North Carolina native
has released three albums.
As an actress, the 26-year-old performer starred as
-herself in the 2006 Lifetime biopic 'Life Is Not a Fairy
Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story,' vwhtch wvss based
on her 2005 memoir. She also won rave review for her
performances as Celie in the Broadway musical 'The Color
Purple.'
Before she died of heart failure and diabetes complications.
Jackson \was considered one of the must influential gospel singers in
the world, and was heralded internationally as a singer
id civil rights acti ist; entertainer Harry Belafonte
called her 'the single most powerful Black
woman in the United States.'
The film gces is set to go into pro-
duction in April in Pittsburgh and
Chicago for a December release.


SONNY


ROLLINS


RECEIVES


Meryl Streep, James Taylor among
U.S. cultural medalists
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON President Obama honored
20 artists, scholars and writers from James
Taylor to Quincy Jones, from Philip Roth to
Joyce Carol Oates- in a salute to the arts and
humanities that embraced both celebrity and
quiet achievement.
The president and first lady Michelle Obama
filled the East Room of the White House recently
with an array of talent that transcended genera-
tions and reached into the worlds of letters and
music, history and dance, criticism and film.
"One of the great joys of being president is get-
ting a chance to pay tribute to the artists and
authors, poets and performers who have touched
our hearts and opened our minds," Obama said,
adding with a knowing look, "or in the case of
Quincy Jones and James Taylor, set the mood."
Multiple Oscar winner Meryl Streep and Harp-
er Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, were
also honored, but were unable to attend the cer-
emony.
The president bestowed 10 National Medal of
Arts and 10 National Humanities Medals.
"I speak personally here because there are
people here whose books or poetry or works of
history shaped me," he said. Nodding'conspir-
atorially toward arts medalist and jazz artist
Sonny Rollins seated before him, he said: "I've
got these thumb-worn editions of these works
of art, and these old records where they were


NATION A L M E DA L


President Obama presents a National Medal
of Arts to jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins dur-
ing a ceremony at the White House on March 2.


OF ARTS


still vinyl, Sonny, before they went digital that
helped inspire me or get me through a tough
day or take risks that I might not otherwise
have taken."
Later, Taylor made his way to the White House
press briefing room where he marveled at the
nearly saucer-sized medal around his neck.
"I'm just over the moon, sailing," he said.
Taylor, who campaigned for Obama in 2008
and had to cancel a concert with his son Ben in
Des Moines to attend the recent ceremony cer-
emony, offered the president a bit of political ad-
vice
"I think that the administration has been al-
most too modest in their accomplishments," he
said. "I'm hoping the American public under-
stands who we've got here, what we've got in this
president."
In his salute, Obama noted that the honorees
had contributed to both the intellectual growth
of the nation, but also had provided the nation
with diversion a chance to laugh or escape
from the pressures of the moment.
'"We also remember the art that challenged our
assumptions; the scholarship that brought us
closer to the events of our history; the poetry' that
we loved or at least the poetry that we might
recite to a girlfriend to seem deep," he said. "Of
course, we still hum the great songs by the musi-
cians in this room songs that in many cases
have been the soundtrack of our lives over de-
cades."
As the honorees and guests made their way
out the East Room, the Marine Band, a fixture-
at ceremonies such as this, played some familiar
strains it was a medley of Taylor favorites.


The poem that became our national anthem


By Donna Leinwand

Eighty years ago this week,
President Herbert Hoover signed a
resolution establishing an Ameri-
can anthem: Francis Scott Key's
Star-Spangled Banner.
On Tuesday, in preparation for
its anniversary celebration, Key's


original handwritten poem left the
Maryland Historical Society- its
home since 1953.
The paper, suspended in argon
gas in a specially designed case,
traveled in a Dunbar Armored car
with an escort of police and digni-
taries to the state Capitol building
in Annapolis.


To avoid damage caused by sun-
light, the document is displayed
for only 10 minutes each hour.
On Wednesday, the 80th anni-
versary of the law, it will go on dis.-
play to the public for three months
at Fort McHenry, the site of the
ferocious battle that inspired his
depiction of "the rocket's red glare,


the bombs bursting in air."
Key wrote the iconic words 197
years ago in a Baltimore tavern.
The country was in its second
year of war with the British, and
Key had just witnessed the War of
1812's Battle of Baltimore on Sept.
13 and 14, 1814.
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B ic s u- hrz err a.r,
rei:,rd. Brian E. Clarke .'.ia
ch:,.eri t' e t he k- : I .r:. re'
spal-.ker for The Chur,:h .,!
the Open Door Annual Men
Fellowship Worship Service by
Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis,
Pastor and the Committee for
Men's Day. Brian was born
to the parents of Dr. Cynthia
and William "Bill" Clarke;
became a member of the Men
of Tomorrow; graduated from
American Senior High with
honors and member of the
marching band. He followed
in his parents footsteps and
matriculated at Hampton
University, where he received
his BA degree in English and
included other studies at
Oxford University, University of
Bathe, in England and a Juris
Doctor from the University of
Florida, Levin College of Law.
With a background in higher
government, he served in the
capacity of Sehior Advisor on
Policy .and Legislation to the
Mayor of the City of Miami, as
well as in Legislative Affairs in
Dade County.
It was also ironic when the
Egelloc Civic and Social Club
chose the same Sunday for the
current Men of Tomorrow to
visit The Church of the Open
Door. It was a meaningful day
for them because they heard a


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Brian' ga --.
thcm stome
ammunition he
incurred as a young man by
getting married and relocating
to Jacksonville, FL., where
he began to practice in his
Resolution and Mediation
Services. This profession
came to him in college and
will be added next year to the
profession being apprised to
the current Men of Tomorrow.
Dr. Clarke delved into his
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
Inc., like his father, and served
as the youngest member of
the Gator Bowl Committee. He
indicated holding membership
in the D.W. Perkins the top
40 mediators of the country.
He told the young men about
his experience of being
involved with the Chamber of
Commerce in Miami and ended
to a standing ovation.
More importantly, Dr.
Clarke is happily married to
Dr. Kymberli Mumford who
recently opened for a dentist in
Jacksonville. For his parents'
sake, he will commute between
Miami and Jacksonville and
follow his lead to a permanent
location, while rearing his two
boys: Christian Jayden (5)


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and Bryson Chandler (4).
Others on the program
for Men's Day included the
men's choir, Deacon Harvey
Lockhart and Deacon Astrid
Mack, Men of the Year
2010, Deacons Matthew
Beatty, Lavert Combs, Rudy
Levarity and William E.
Clarke.
Some ofthe Men ofTomorrow
and their parents were in
attendance: Khambrella
Dawkins, president; Juwon
Dames, Curtis Holland,
Matthew Cire, Barrington
H. Jennings, Marquis
Wallace, Lawrence Collier,
Imir Hall, Vernon Kineard,
Jamell Peacock, Dexter
Foster, Marcus Anderson,
Christopher H. Wallace,
Ezell Gordon, Jr., Alexander
McIntosh, Brandon Milliner,
Richard L. Barry, II, Darrius
Albury Williams, Charleston
Jenkins and Tero Powell.
**************
Keith Levarity and The
Church of the Open Door
opened the door to the Starlight
Holy Temple Church II on last
Saturday, for their Annual
Prayer Breakfast under the
words of wisdom, such as "A
Delivered Man & a Delivered
Woman Being Disconnected
from the Spiritual Umbilical
Cord and Reconnected."
Minister Subarea Fletcher
was given the task of being
Mistress of Ceremony and
brought on Minister Randy
Wade for the opening prayer,
the Starlight Holy Temple Praise


of the New Birth Cathedral of
Faith International. Georgia
Ayers. known for her work in
social services and criminal
B J. justice since 1952. She has
S..:-:: worked to improve the lives of
OurI s.mpath od" man, young Blacks and many,
eoes out to the man:, other good things for.all
Ianmil\ and friends of us.
of Sadie Dames- All Booker T. Washington
Barry. Sadie graduated from alumni are saddened by the
Booker T. Washington in 1946. demise of Gerta Graham, class
She was married to the late of 1961. She was a very faithful
Sydney Barry. Her funeral was alumni member who will truly
very well attended on Saturday, be missed by her classmates,
Feb. 26 at her beloved Church alumni and friends.
of the Incarnation with Rev. Fr. William Rudolph Johnson,
J. Kenneth Major doing the brother of Leona Johnson-
homily, Rev. John J. Jarrett Swilley and brother-in-law of
III, officiating and Rev. Fr. Jack Swilley, maternal uncle of
Richard L. M. Barry doing the Leah Swilley-Watts and Saan
Commendation. Watts, funeral was held at'St.
Hearty congratulations go out Timothy's Episcopal Church
tothreepillarsofourcommunity last Monday. Sympathy to all
who were honored at the North family members.
Miami City Hall. North Miami Also to Virla Rolle-Barry
Mayor Andre D. Pierre did and family who had the
the honor to the following funeral of her aunt Priscilla
individuals. Enid Curtis- McPhee-Carey in Nassau last
Pinkney, a preservationist weekend. Diana Barry-Frazier
and local historian who served accompanied her mother to
as the first Black President Nassau for the final rites and
of the Dade Heritage Trust burial.
and founded, the Miami-Dade On October 1, 2011,
County African American Bethune-Cookman University
Committee. Bishop Victor Wildcats will play the University
Curry, minister and founder of Miami Hurricanes at Sun


Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the nat

ANTHEM 1
continued from IC


He crammed four verses
onto a piece of paper smaller
than a school notebook.
"It represents the spirit of
America," says Burton Kum-
merow, president of the Mary-
land Historical Society in Bal-
timore. "To have the document
around is really a remarkable
thing. It's part of the fabric of
America."
Key, an attorney, had been
sent to meet with British of-
ficers on their ships in the
Chesapeake Bay to negotiate
the release of William Beanes,
a physician from Upper Marl-
boro, Md., as part of a pris-
oner exchange. He dined with
the British officers, who even-
tually agreed to the exchange.
But Key and his compan-
ions had spent enough time
on the ship that they were
now aware of the British plans
to attack Baltimore, and they
had seen the strength of the
British fleet.
The British held Beanes,
Key and other Americans on
the ship so they couldn't di-
vulge the attack plans.
Key watched from his van-
tage point in the bay as 50
British warships shelled Fort
McHenry for 25 hours, firing
nearly 1,800 bombs and rock-
ets, Kummerow says. Ameri-
can soldiers.repelled the land
and sea attacks. The British


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Key's original handwritten poem


Life Stadium. The Wildcat
band will be in attendance
also. Keep the date available!
I have tried to bring the
attention of this generation
some of the life skills necessary
for survival in today's fast
world. May I repeat again! We
owe our good life to the most
remarkable people on Earth,
our parents and grandparents.
While they have done
extremely well they have had
some failures. They have not
yet found an alternative for
war, nor for racial hatred.
Perhaps you, the present
generation will perfect the
social mechanism by which
all of us may follow ambitions
without the threat of force, so
that the Earth will no longer
need police to enforce the laws,
nor armies to prevent some
men from trespassing against
others. If your generation
can make as much progress
in as many areas as these
two generations have, also
those who are 50-80 have,
you should solve many of the
world's remaining ills. It is
our hope that you will become
more serious (most of you)
about your school, college and
everyday life and work of all
levels.


;ional anthem

retreated.
When the smoke cleared,
Key could see the Ameri-
can flag still aloft over Fort
McHenry. "He was really tak-
en when he saw the flag was
still flying,' Kummerow says.
"It was one of those incredible,
magnetic moments."
Key wrote the poem that
became The Star-Spangled
Banner the night he was re-
leased, Kummerow says.
"He obviously had it well in
mind," Kummerow says, not-
ing the original sheet of paper
has just two cross-outs.
It was published in several
local papers as The Defence
of Fort McHenry, and became
popular. It was set to music
written in the 1770s.
"Francis Scott Key knew
about the song. He probably
had the song in mind when he
wrote it," Kummerow says.
The Maryland Historical
Society also owns the original
sheet music.
"When Francis Scott Key
wrote this song and the flag
became a great symbol, it re-
ally launched that feeling of
patriotism in the country," he
says.
It caught on as a patriotic
song by the 'Civil War, but it
wasn't until March 3, 1931,
that Hoover signed the law
that made The Star-Spangled
Banner the national anthem.
Kummerow marvels, "It took
more than 100 years."


Emmys to honor civil rights icon


The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Former
U.S. Ambassador to the United
Nations and Atlanta ex-Mayor
Andrew Young is being hon-
ored by the Emmy Awards for
television work more than 50
years ago.
As a young minister liv-
ing in New York, Young made
frequent appearances on the
CBS-TV show "Look Up and
Live" from 1957 to 1960.
The National Academy of
Television Arts & Sciences said
recently that Young was one of
the first Blacks with a regular
television presence. Currently,
he hosts the syndicated show
"Andrew Young Presents."
The academy said it is giv-
ing Young an award for life-


Andrew Young
time 'achievement, presented
by former NBC anchor Tom
Brokaw. The Emmys give out
this award irregularly, with
Walt Disney Co. chief Robert
Iger the most recent recipient
in 2005.


Eddie Griffin gets it in on new DVD


By Tonya Pendleton

Not too many comics would
risk incurring the wrath of a sit-
ting U.S. president in the open-
ing line of their new DVD, but
Eddie Griffin is not most com-
ics. The Kansas City native's
hilariously profane DVD, "You
Can Tell 'Em I Said It," is
aptly titled, as it's chock
full of politically incorrect
moments.
This isn't a DVD for
the holier than thou, the
stuck up, the hung up or
the prudish. It's for the
folks who enjoy their com-
edy with a glass of Henny, G
a blunt or a Newport and
some equally tore-down friends.
Not to say that you have to be
under the influence to find "You
Can Tell 'Em I Said It" funny.
But even Griffin will tell you
that his audience is likely made
up of a certain portion of folks
for whom that's a daily occur-
rence.
Griffin may not be the most
popular of the Black comics
on the circuit today for the
moment, Kevin Hart has that
lane. But Griffin's adept skew-
ering of Christians, his own hi-
larious take on his shortcom-
ings and his embrace of his
own brand of blackness sets
him apart from mainstream
comedians like Chris Rock


and D.L. Hughley, who seem to
enjoy straddling that thin line
between appealing to Black
and white audiences. Grif-
fin is definitively a comedian
for a Black audience, and he
has no problem saying so. He
is also clearly not looking for
any commercial sponsorships,
crossover appeal, or
love from anyone but
folks who can appre-
ciate his uninhibited
take on'comedy.
What's great about
Griffin is that he
doesn't mine the
tired shtick of most
RIFFIN Black comedians,
who have done race
relations, sex, ugly women and
bad kids to death. Griffin man-
ages to do an entire show with-
out any long monologues on
any of those subjects. Instead,
he talks about the police, fa-
therhood and his issues in his
straightforward, if-you-can-
handle-it way.
If you're the kind of person
who gets upset when someone
curses around you, reveres
authority or feels as though
Christianity or the Obama's
can't be made fun of, then "You
Can Tell 'Em I Said It" isn't for
you. Don't even buy it, and if
anyone asks you to watch it,
just say no. It's not for you, and
neither is Eddie Griffin.


If \voi missed S-,ant Agnes
Parish's ',OLIth Black Hist:r,r
Proe-rr on Feb. 27. the theme
was African Amiericans arid the
Civil War. Ladies and gentlemen,
you indeed missed a superb
performance put on by the
children under the direction of
Kim Burrows Wright, Miranda
Albury, Charles Arnold
II, Velma Arnold, Tyosho
Bennett, Earl Collins, Sharrie
Collins, Harold Clarke, Edwin
Holland, Gail Holland, Gizelle
McPhee, Fredra Rhodes,
Herbert Rhodes, Jr., Torin
Wallace and Ronald Wright,
Sr. Excellent! Excellent!
Excellent!
Get well wishes to all of
you: Calvin (Rice Mouth)
McKinney, Winston Scavella,
Carolyn Chatman, Inez
McKinney-Johnson, Dolores
Bethel-Reynolds, Naomi
Allen-Adams, Frances Brown,
Ernest Sidney, Demetra
Dean-Washington, Jesse
Stinson, David Thurston,
Mildred Ashley, Harold Clark
and Horace Johnson.


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and Worship Team, scripture
reading by Candice Wade,
prayer for the community by
Apostle Deborah Jackson,
Praise Dance by Minister
Briana Berryhill, Paris Roper
and Derrick Batson, while
Pastor Shedricka Johnson
gave a delivery that brought
the people into a shouting
mode.
Kudos go out to Apostle J.L.
Murray, Co-Pastor Mary
Murray and hostesses/
chairperson Minister
Charlotte Ingram for a
splendid job well done.
Broadway, which is .
located on N.W. 18th '
Ave. from 62nd to 71st
St, is infested with
people of leisure that DE'
spend most of their time
"hanging out" and enjoying
the camaraderie extending
through communication. The
hottest corner is 63rd Street,
where the Street Burners
congregate on their Harley
Davidson's and other named
motorcycles around a place
founded by Everett "Big E"
Slocum.
Slocum had the vision
to purchase two buildings,
one for the 15 members'
organization and the other
one for the homeless near
62nd Street. Moreover, the
officers are Charles "Shorty
Poo" Slucum, Keandra
"Kixx" Kix, vice president;
Vanessa "Black Venus"
Page, treasurer; Monique
"Goddess" DeVeaux, business


manager; and "Big E" as the
founder in 2000.
Some of the exciting
objectives in the club are
visiting schools, feeding the
homeless in the club daily,
providing an annual banquet
in January, participating in
the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
Parade, traveling every Friday
night on the motorcycles to
places unknown and listen
to "Big E" tell jokes'
during his time at
the club, while the
members shoot pool
to pass the time
away.
The Street Burners
were organized in
1991 and conduct is
VEAUX always cool, calm and
collective. Some of
the members are "Big E," slow
ride champion, Linda Noble,
Jeff Felton, Lydia Noble,
Sheila Rice, Tyrone Slocum,
chaplain; and Laquanda
Everett. For membership,
contact Monique for more info.

Rochelle Lightfoot is
commended for the Egelloc
Civic and Social Club Talent
Hunt 2011, last Thursday,
at the crowded Joseph Caleb
Center before parents and Men
of Tomorrow (MOT). More than
20 participated during the
three hour presentation with
many standing ovations for the
kinds of talent presented by
the 11th grade young men.
T. Eilene Martin-
Major, president; Veronica


Rahming, Director; Lightfoot,
Chairperson and Mary Dunn,
co-chair announced the
winners to a roaring crowd.
Honorable mention went out
to Imir Hall, Ezell Gordon,
Jr., and Darius Albury. Third
place, Matthew Cire; 2nd
place, Dexter Foster; 1st place,
Curtis Holland tap dancing
James Brown's "It's Your
Thing." The History Projects
were also judged the same
night and will be announced
.next week. The judges for
the event were: former MOT
Brian Carter, Larry Williams,
Sabrina Wright, Jonathan
R. Black, Paul Lewis and
Sherwood DuBose.

Annie H. Ross, president/
founder of Northside
Neighborhood Citizens Crime
Watch, took the time in her
Citizen Advisory Committee
(CAC) to recognize Mark Brown
for his heroic deed in the
capture of a hit-and-run driver
that caused death and hurt
two men. He was presented a
plaque for his brave deed. The
CAC members want Brown to
keep up the good work in the
Northside District 2.
Members in attendance
included: Captain Percenta,
Lt. Nunez Giu, Major Gary
Jennington, all of District 2;
C. Brian Hart, Fred Morley,
past president; Terrence
Waldman, Claudia J. Lewis,
Joseph Sinkell, Phillip S.
Days, Artis M. Smith and
Andrew L. Brown.


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BL.A\CKS MLST CONTROL. THEWI O'. \ DE)TI]YI


Film wins Oscar, shows plight of migrant Africans



BOOSED Y OSAR-INNIG DCUMETAR, MIRAN


By Aron Heller
The Associated Press

TEL AVIV, Israel Students
at the Bialik-Rogozin school in
a rundown Tel Aviv neighbor-
hood have survived genocide,
war and famine. But they were
all smiles on Monday after
learning that a documentary
about their plight had won an
Academy Award.
"Strangers No More" puts
a human face on Israel's ab-
sorption of African migrants
- an issue that has divided
the country as the government
plans to deport hundreds of
children, including students


at the school.
When news of the Oscar for
best short documentary ar-
rived early Monday, the school
jumped into action, festoon-
ing the building with balloons
and banners and hosting a
visit by the mayor.

HOPE GOVERNMENT
CANCEL DEPORTATION
Both students and faculty
said they hoped the sudden
attention would persuade the
government to cancel its de-
portation plan.
"Hopefully, thanks to the Os-
car, people will see that these
are children with dreams like
all other children," said vice
principal Mirit Shapiro.
Israel has been grappling
,with how to handle an influx
of migrants since they began
arriving in 2005.


Tens of thousands of Afri-
cans, most from Sudan and
Eritrea, have since infiltrated
across Israel's long desert bor-
der with Egypt.
Since then, Israel has be-
come a magnet for asylum
seekers and migrants des-
perate for jobs in the indus-
trialized world. Many found
their way to the impoverished
neighborhoods of south Tel
Aviv, home to Bialik-Rogozin.
The area has so many mi-
grants that Israelis have
named it "little Africa."
The government has scram-
bled to stop the flood of mi-
grants by erecting a fence


along the 130-mile (220-kilo-
meter) Egyptian border and
a massive detention center in
the remote southern desert.

CABINET DECISION
The Interior Ministry, which
oversees immigration, now
says it is poised to begin im-
plementing a Cabinet decision
to deport thousands of those
deemed to be in the country il-
legally, including hundreds of
children.
Some deportations of adults
have already taken place, and
tens of thousands of Asian
workers who entered the coun-
try legally but have overstayed
their visas are also marked for
expulsion.
The plight of the children
has especially resonated
among Israelis, since the kids
speak Hebrew, consider them-


Children of African migrants play in the yard at the Bialik-Rogozin school in Tel Aviv,
Israel, Monday, Feb. 28. Students at a school in a rundown Tel Aviv neighborhood have
survived genocide, war and famine. But they were all smiles on Monday after learning that
a documentary about their plight, "Strangers No More", had won an Academy Award.


selves Israeli and many have
known no other life.
For migrant advocates, the
Oscar could not have come at
a more opportune moment.
"If they are good enough to
represent Israel at the Oscars,
they are good enough to re-
main part of the country," said
Yonathan Shaham of the "Is-
raeli Children" foundation.
The movie follows the story
of three children at the school:
Mohammed Adam, a refugee
who escaped the genocide in
Sudan's Darfur region; Jo-
hannes Mulugeta, whose first
day at school is captured
in the film; and Esther Aik-


pehae, a girl who fled South
Africa with her father after her
mother was killed in unclear
circumstances.
Karen Goodman and Kirk
Simon's 40rminute documen-
tary details their struggle to
acclimate to life in Israel, slow-
ly unveils their stories of hard-
ship and interviews the dedi-
cated teachers guiding them.
The school had a United Na-
tions feel to it on Monday, with
children dashing through the
hallways and a square interi-
or courtyard featuring the 48
flags of all the students' coun-
tries of origin.
Aikpehae, a, precocious


12-year-old girl with pierc-
ing eyes and long black hair,
speaks fluent Hebrew and ex-
cels in the sixth grade. But
because she has been in the
country less than five years,
she is among those eligible for
deportation. She said her only
hope was to stay in her be-
loved school.
"It's not like every other
school," she said in English.
"There is Muslims, there is
Jews and there are Christians
and we all live in peace."
The movie already appears
to be making an impact, with
some of Israel's most powerful
figures rallying in support of


the school.
Education Minister Gideon
Saar sent his congratulations,
saying the school represented
"education at its finest."
And President Shimon Peres
called the school to send his
best wishes.
"You have brought us a dou-
ble dose of happiness," Peres
said, noting the achievements
of the school and the favorable
depiction of Israel.
Sabine Haddad, a spokes-
woman for the Interior Min-
istry, refused to discuss the
movie.
Israel grants automatic citi-
zenship to Jews but doesn't
have a firm policy for the
migrants. The government
took a step toward resolving
their status by issuing a set
of guidelines in August that
would allow certain families
to remain.
The criteria grant perma-
nent residency visas to chil-
dren of migrants if they have
parents who entered the coun-
try legally, attended school,
spoke Hebrew and resided in
Israel for at least five years.
Haddad could not provide
figures on how many would
qualify.
Adam, the 19-year-old Dar-
furian refugee featured in the
film, says his dream it to study
law in Israel. In Sudan, he
watched his father and grand-
mother shot to death before
his eyes. After just three years
in Israel, he has graduated
from high school, mastered
the Hebrew language and is
now studying at a post-high
school seminar. His status in
Israel remains uncertain, but
he is optimistic.
"It's thanks to the school,"
he said. "Now I want to stay
and get a university degree."


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READ ACROSS AMERICA


S PIT ITS HAT TO


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By Cindy Clark

WASHINGTON First
Obama, the Cat in the Ha
dozen celebrities joined ne
dren recently at the Library
celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthd
the Read Across America c
Actresses Jessica Alba ar
nahan, model/fashion de
Alves, reality TV star Adriel
Super Bowl champion Don;


SeuLss


books, she loves Dr. Seuss, so that will
be fun for her to participate in this event.
lady Michelle ... Her favorite Dr. Seuss book is Horton
it and about a Hatches the Egg, so I've read it about
early 400 chil- 2,000 times."
Sof Congress to Honor climbed into her mother's lap
ay and kick off and in between making silly faces with
campaign. Driver listened as Obama read Seuss'
id Bridget Moy- Green Eggs and Ham to the group of D.C.,
signer Camila Maryland and Virginia public school
nne Maloof and children, who all donned the iconic Cat
ald Driver were in the Hat character's red-and-white-


First Lady Michelle Obama reads Green Eggs and Ham during the kickoff of
the 14th annual Read Across America event, which also marked Dr. Seuss' 107th
birthday.
among the stars who turned up to read to striped hat. Dressed in a long flowing or-
the children. ange skirt and printed top, Obama joined
"I support any literacy program," says the children in reciting a pledge to make
Alba, who arrived with daughter Honor reading a part of everyday life.
Marie, 2. "I read. to my,daughter. We lov&. Late, the .children broke off into small


groups led by the celebrity guest storytell-
ers. Alves read Hop on Pop, Maloof read
The Giving Tree and Alba read The Cat
in the Hat.
Alves says that when it comes to books
in her house, "anything related with
trucks or airplanes" makes the grade.
"Everybody in the house is into reading.'
She arrived solo without either of her two
children with Matthew McConaughey.
"Not today, not this time. I was this close,
but it didn't happen," Alves says. She did,
however, bring a student from the Just
Keep Living Foundation that was started
by McConaughey to promote a healthy
lifestyle for teens.
And before today, it hadn't been long
since Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly
Hills star Maloof participated in story-
time. "Last night, before I left," says the
mom of three boys. "I'm excited to be here,
it's an honor."
The National Education Assosication
held the event to mark Dr. Seuss' 107th
birthday as well as kick off the Read
Across America campaign. "I love that
the slogan is to make reading fun and
not make it feel like this laborious thing,
that it's actually something you enjoy and
can enhance your life," Alba says. "I think
having that mentality around reading is
great." .* ",,W ,, 6


Aretha Franklin interviewwith WendyWilliams


By B.J. Hammerstein

Aretha Franklin chatted with talk-show host Wendy
Williams over "high tea" recently at the Townsend Hotel in
Birmingham, Mich. Williams' interview with the Queen of
Soul airs on Wednesday.
In the interview, Williams asks the 68-year-old Respect
singer about her health.
"The pain was so hard it nearly brought me to my knees,"
Franklin says. "So I said, 'The concerts are over. I have to
go and find out what is wrong.'"
It's unclear from the video clip how much Williams gets
out of Franklin regarding details of Franklin's health and
the surgery of an undisclosed nature she had at a Detroit-
area hospital on Dec. 2.
Williams follows up with a question where she said she
heard the soul superstar had some form of "abdominal
surgery" in December. Franklin responds with "Hmm ...
Is that what you heard?"
Reps from The Wendy Williams Show told the Detroit
Free Press that the interview will feature a wide range of
topics, including her recent weight loss, her love life and
what's next with her career.
Please turn'to FRANKLIN 6C


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ARIES: MARCH 21 APRIL 20
A relationship may be heating up. Make
sure you know what you want, then go
ahead. Minor challenges on the home front
are easily dealt with. Soul Affirmation: The
widest outlook comes from the look within.
Lucky Numbers: 8, 10.34

TAURUS: APRIL 21 MAY 20
You make important progress at work
this week by seizing the initiative and
letting your leadership abilities shine.
What you do makes things better for
everyone around you, so rock steady.
Meetings and conversations go espe-
cially well. Soul Affirmation: The word is
in me. I bring it forth. Lucky Numbers:
10, 31, 42

GEMINI: MAY 21 JUNE 20
Pay attention to the details in your big
bright beautiful picture this week. You'll
handle everything that comes up if you
keep your focus sharp. A grand social
event is in store for the week. Soul Af-
firmation: I am willing to make changes


in my life. Lucky Numbers: 5, 17, 19

CANCER: JUNE21 JULY 20
Things are going your way in wonderful
ways this week. Happy news may arrive
from a distance, and on the home front,
a romantic question may be answered.
'Friends are glad to be with you. All in all,
a very pleasant week! Enjoy! Soul Affirma-
tion: Success is mine because I feel suc-
cessful. Lucky Numbers: 44, 51, 55

LEO: JULY 21 AUGUST 20
Your social life gives big rewards dur-
ing the week. However, give attention to
e-mail contacts. Don't be afraid as your
mental horizon expands into new areas.
Soul Affirmation: You are gifted with the
ability to give Lucky Numbers: 9, 28, 39

VIRGO: AUGUST 21 SEPT 20
Your relationships can receive a big
boost from a trip that beckons. Business
is also -,rihriyt.~]. Your strong mental
energy is sustained through the week.
Work it out by talking it out. Soul Affir-


Aretha Franklin chatted with talk-show host Wendy Wil-
liams over "high tea" on Friday at the Townsend Hotel in
Birmingham, Mich. Williams' interview with the Queen of
Soul airs on Wednesday.


mation: This week is the week the Lord
has made. I rejoice in it. Lucky Numbers:
31, 48, 52

LIBRA: SEPT 21 OCT 20
Get in touch with those who can help
you achieve your goals. Place the ac-
cent on initiative. Romance, passion
and work are singing in harmony this
week and this week. Soul Affirmation:
My love for myself is the most important
love for me to have. Lucky Numbers: 9,
35,41

SCORPIO: OCT 21- NOV 20
Joy this week comes from love. You
are especially attractive. Stage your
week so that you spend time around peo-
ple you want to attract. It is easy for you
to bring harmony into your relationships.
Your ability to communicate is greatly
enhanced. Use it to your best advantage.
Soul Affirmation: The success of others
is the investment I make in myself. Lucky
Numbers: 30, 45, 46

SAGITTARIUS: NOV 21 DEC 20
Are you spending money with little or
nothing to show for it? This is because
you're looking for something that money
can't buy. Now is a good time to spend
some of your emotional currency, and
don't be cheap. You'll create a situation


in which people will work hard to please
you. Soul Affirmation: Friendships are
shock absorbers on the bumpy roads of
life. Lucky Numbers: 16, 50, 52

CAPRICORN: DEC 21 JAN 20
You may like to go to war, but avoid an
argument with a friend; it will slow down
all the wonderful progress you've been
making. Your patience will be tested this
week, stay on task. Soul Affirmation: I
smile and trust in the powers beyond
myself. Lucky Numbers: 2, 20, 23

AQUARIUS: JAN 21- FEB 20
Skip it! Don't sweat the small stuff, it'll
only bring you down. Don't run around
inside your own head this week. Focus
your awareness outside on something
beautiful. Compromise is a key idea this
week. Soul Affirmation: Jewelry reflects
the beauty of my feelings about myself.
Lucky Numbers: 40, 43, 49

PISCES: FEB 21- MARCH 20
Someone in the family is ready to give
you something. Open yourself up to it.
Home improvement mental, physi-
cal and spiritual is this week's best
theme. Seek the simple pleasures from
a neglected hobby this week. Soul Affir-
mation: I love charming, positive head
games. Lucky Numbers: 18, 24, 36


0 Miami Northwestern
Alumni Association and
Miami Jackson Alumni As-
sociation are calling all for-
mer basketball players for the
upcoming Alumni Basketball
game in April. Bulls Alumni
call 786-873-5992 and Gen-
erals Alumni call 305-651-
5599 for more information.

N South Florida Urban
Ministries program ASSETS
will be hosting free Business
Training classes every Thurs-
day starting Feb. 17 for 10
weeks from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
at the United Way Center for
Financial Stability, 11500 NW
12th Avenue. For more info,
call 305-442-8306.

The Miami-Dade Park
& Recreation Department
is issuing its annual call for
seasonal job applicants for
its summer programming and
activities. Applications will be
accepted Feb. 21-March 18,
for summer jobs at Miami-
Dade Parks. To apply, visit
the Miami-Dade County On-
line Employment Application
site www.miamidade.gov/
jobs, also contact the Miami-
Dade Park where you wish
to work. For a list of parks,
visit www.miamidade.gov/
parks. Individuals must be at
least 17-years-old. For more
information, call Miami-Dade
Park and Recreation Summer
Job Hotline at 305-755-7898.

N Miami-Dade County,
Neighborhood Housing
Services of South Flori-
da (NHSSF) and Citizens
for a Better South Florida
(CITIZENS) will be having a
Community Paint & Beauti-
fication Day in the Browns-
ville neighborhood on Satur-
day, March 12 from 8:00 am
to 2:00 p.m. For more info,
contact Maggie Fernandez at
305-375-3008.

Se THe &GHMIBm Asso-
ciation of South Florida
.' (G.A.S.F.) presents a celebra-
tion of Ghana's rich culture
and history. The event is tak-
ing place on Saturday, March
12 at 6 p.m. at the South
County Civic Center, 16700
Jog Road in Delray Beach. For
tickets and additional infor-
mation, call 786-356-7360,
305-746-3101, 561-762-4124
or 954-605-3975.

The Miami-Dade Public
Library System invites all
high school students, as well
as adults who are interested
in pursuing a college degree,
to a free College and Vocation-
al Fair on Thursday, March
17 from 4- 6 p.m. at the Main


Library, 101 West Flagler
Street. For more information,
call 305-375-5799.

The Miami-Dade Coun-
ty Health Department in-
vites you to their Commu-
nity Health Fair on Saturday,
March 19 from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. at 14101 N.W. 8th Av-
enue. For more info, contact
Angelica E. Urbina at 305-
470-5625/5643 or angelica_
urbina@doh.state.fl.us.

The On It Foundation
along with CBS4 sports an-
chor Jim Berry will host a
unique fundraising event -
an afternoon of Chicago-style
steppin' classes on March 19
at the VFW Post 8195, 4414
Pembroke Road in Hollywood.
The beginners' class starts at
11 a.m.; intermediate and ad-
vanced class, 1 p.m. The cost
is $20 per person. To reserve
a spot, call Bill Frazier at 954-
448-8732.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will meet on
Saturday, March 26 at 4:30
p.m. at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. For
more info, contact Lebbie Lee
at 305-213-0188.

Applications are now be-
ing accepted through March
31 for the United States Na-
val Academy Summer STEM
(Science, Technology, Engi-
neering and Mathematics)
Program 2011. The program
is held in three sessions:
June 6-11 (rising 8th & 9th
graders), June 13-18 (rising
10th graders) and June 20-
25 (rising 11th graders) for
those who have an interest in
math and science. For more
info about the Summer STEM
Program and application, visit
www.usna.edu/Admissions/
stem.html or call 410-293-
4261.

The 2nd Annual Take
a Walk in Her Shoes, a 60s
fashion show lunch silent-auc-
tion will take place on Thurs-
day, April 14. Womenade Mi-
ami celebrates women and
mothers from the Community
Partnership for Homeless who
have taken strides to improve
their lives. For more informa-
tion, call 305-329-3066.

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@famu.
edu.


By Shanteria "Poetizer" Gnglen

"Got Guilt?"
It's me ..
My thoughts are scattered and the truth is hesitantly trying
to make its way to the surface.
Another invisible tear has left my pride.
It has shadowed itself into depression.
I'm blaming myself for being ... me.
I don't deserve mercy or grace; my convictions have become
disgusted by my face.
Walking this journey doesn't always feel safe, especially
when guilt weighs on your chest like a hot mental plate filled
with distractions.
The church ain't a safe place for me to confess my sins, the
saints only make you feel like being born again is another load
of heavy sins.
Some act as if they've always been saved and filled with the
Holy Ghost, when the truth is that they worship the devil more
than the lost.
I've already mastered being hurt; I don't need the added in-
centives of gossip within the church.
How am I supposed to run this spiritual race when there's
no earthly faith?
I know that God forgives mistakes, but my guilt makes me
feel like I'm spiritually fake. The devil has tattooed failure all
over my mind, yet God tells me I'm more than a conqueror.
The enemy is not a friend of mine but he stays close to dis-
tract me from my purpose and he'll do anything to cause me
to lose focus.
I've come to understand that I have to allow God to forgive
me, meaning that I can't allow the enemy to haunt me with
self defeat.
Whenever I fall down God is the one who unselfishly picks
me up from the ground and redeems me with His presence.
It's a consuming fire that the devil wants to put out, because
he knows if I get to the top, I will not be stopped and he will
lose his power in my life.
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Recently both candidates
for the Haitian presidency
visited Miami. hMirlande'Mlah'
igat, the front-runner in the
election and Michel Joseph
Martellv, crisscrossed Miami-
Dade County \ving for votes.
Both candidates reached out
to the Haitian community.
While 70-year-old Manigat,
the former first lady was in
town, she addressed'the state
of Haiti along with her plans
to rebuild the country. Ac-
cording to Manigat's camp,
the polls indicate voter intent
for Manigat is at 62 percent.
Martelly, 50-years-old, bet-
ter known as "Sweet Micky,"
hit the ground running with
plans to raise money and
hopes of changing the view of
Haiti in the eyes of the world.
Both candidates were
among the original 19 presi-
dential candidates in the
county's flawed election in No-
vember 2010. The election is
being held on Sunday, March
20. Both candidates were un-
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Broadway planning play on MagicJohnson


By Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) The playwright behind the Broadway pla, -L.-in-iba r Isi m:.-.in
from the gridiron to the hard court.
Eric Simonson is working on "Magic/Bird," a new play that ".!ill ch rr-iil:e Lhe II.es
of basketball Hall of Famers Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larr, Eird
Producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo were encouraged L,. the- re-spronise t:.
"Lombardi" the story of legendary Green Bay Packers coach V nre Lormbardi nr:,.
on Broadway to push ahead with a second sports-themed plaI
"We've been fired on by the experience to keep on going and fe-l that it i.3.n be a
really thriving series," Kirmser said recently.
The story will trace the two basketball stars' rivalry and friendship Irom tLheir da E. :.
as rookies in the NBA to their appearance on the Olympic Dr.-amr T.eam inr 19,-
Johnson and Bird were key parts in the storied struggle ber.'.een the Los 'u-ieles
Lakers and the Boston Celtics during the 1980s.
"Here are these two, amazing at their craft, inspiring to v. at:h, arn d :.ct
they couldn't be more different people," said Kirmser. "There .'..as a heirce
competitiveness between them and yet such a great love and respect -'
The six-character play is scheduled to debut on Broadway in 20 1 2 T he
script is currently in development and no theater or director has beer .
chosen yet. Johnson and Bird will participate in the creative Fprocess
Like "Lornbardi," which benefited from endorsement by the rational ,
Football League, the new play about Bird and Magic will be produced ..
in association with the National Basketball Association.
That means that the NBA's marketing muscle will be deployed and -:
will allow the creative team to take advantage of the association s
film and archives. The producers say the new play will have iore i
action sequences than "Lombardi," which had little actual footba ll
playing on stage. I
Does that mean the audience will see an actor try to drain a
3-point-shot on a Broadway stage? "We shall see," Kirmser said
laughing.
Kirmser and Ponturo have found some success in the '
unlikely combination of sports and theater, and poiht to an
increase in the number of men attending "Lombardi" than
a traditional play.
"For us, it's finding the right property," said Ponturo. "We
do like building this series of sports biography projects, but
at the end of the day, you do have to have something that's
compelling for the theater-goer."


La La, Carmelo Anthony


land VH1 reality show


By Brennan Williams

Now that the Denver Nug-
gets have solidified Carmelo
Anthony's trade to the New
York Knicks, VH1 has an-
nounced plans to chroni-
cle Anthony and wife La La
Vazquez's transition to the
Big Appie. -. '* -
This August, the network
is planning to premiere the
couple's latest docu-series
tentatively titled, 'La La's
Full Court.' The 10 episode,
30-minute show will resume
where their previous series,
'La La's Full Court Wedding'
left off as the two relocate to
their home state of New York.
As the former MTV VJ and
four-time NBA All-Star ad-
just to the bright city lights,
viewers will have the chance
to see Anthony and Vazquez
shuffle between their family
life with son, Kiyan, and pro-
fessional careers including
maintaining their production
company, Krossover Enter-
tainment. Not to mention the
31-year-old aspiring actress


seeking advice from group
of celebrity friends 50 Cent,
Kelly Rowland, Trina, Serena
Williams, Ciara.
"Viewers connect with La
La because despite the fairy
tale wedding and NBA star
husband, she is a real, down
to Earth, hardworking wom-
an who stays true to herself,"
said Executive Vice President
of VH1 programming Jeff
Olde. "The best thing about
the new series is that while
pursuing and realizing her
dreams, La La gets to take
us back to her home in New
York, where her story began."


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JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION
Rapper Juvenile was arrested on Feb. 26 in Louisiana for marijuana posses-
sion as well as driving with a suspended license.
The rapper, born Terius Gray, was pulled over after Sterlington Police Sgt.
Jacob Greer clocked him driving 75 mph in a 65 mph zone. According to Sgt.
Greer, Juvenile passed in the right lane as well, which is illegal in the state of
Louisiana.
The officer explained that when he approached the rapper's vehicle, he
smelled the distinct odor of marijuana. When asked if Juvenile had the sub-
stance in his possession, Sgt. Greer said he handed over a small bag of the drug.
"He was very courteous and respectful as he could be. He asked me if I rec-
ognized him, and I said 'No. Now if you were George Strait I'll probably have
recognized you,'" Greer said.
Juvenile was charged with simple possession of marijuana and driving on a
suspended license. He was released after posting a $750 cash bond. The rapper
has an April 1 court date in Sterlington, Louisiana.

PRINCE SUED BY LAW FIRM FOR LEGAL FEES
A New York City law firm says Prince owes more than $700,000 in legal fees
for services that included helping to settle financial obligations to his former
wife.
The firm is suing the "Purple Rain" singer in state Supreme Court in Manhat-
tan.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler says in a lawsuit filed recently; the musician
failed to pay it for iandlng cases in Ireland, California and New York. The law
firm also says it wasn't paid for representing him in his divorce. It says he has
paid $125,000.
A telephone call to Prince's Paisley Park Enterprises Inc. in Minnesota went
unanswered.
. The 52-year-old singer is best known for 1980s hits such as "When Doves Cry"
and "1999." His full name is Prince Rogers Nelson.

DA BRAT RELEASED FROM PRISON
Rapper Da Brat has finally completed her three-year prison stint for bashing a
woman with a rum bottle after an altercation at an Atlanta club.
Brat, whose actual name is Shawntae Harris, pleaded guilty to aggravated
assault and a no-nonsense judge gave her a three-year sentence behind bars,
seven years of probation, along with 200 hours of community service, comple-
tion of a substance abuse treatment program, a mental evaluation and anger
management classes.


SiX MEN ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING UP WAKA FLOCKA'S TOUR BUS
GALA seum in 2004 during celebra- Chrrlotte polic: have arrested six .me-nn in irinectl:rin with a recent shooting
continued from 5C tions of .Haiti's bicentennial. of Waka Flocka Flame's-tour bus. Andre Sellers, Antoine Washington, Xavier
She said she felt the need of Hoover, David Bellamy, Barry Lawrence, and Antonio Stukes have all been
a 24-year-old supporter. "I am her service to the community. charged with rot bry witr, a dangerous weapon, conspiracy, and two counts of
new to the annual event but I "I felt that it was necessary to felony shooting.
would really recommend this create a legacy for the future ll o th n i h o ,
place to anyone on a regular generations of Haitian Ameri- All of the men are being held on a $200,000 bond.
day, it is fantastic." cans," Pierre said. Recently, According to Waka Flocka's attorney Kali Bowyer, Waka's entourage and se-
Outside of this event, the Pierre received an apprecia- cur;t, ..,ere :.nikl. eating in self-defense. In a statement, Bowyer said that there
museum has visits from Mi- tion award/proclamation from is surveillance footage. "The surveillance shows clearly that they were the ones
ami-Dade County Schools for the Florida House of Represen- being attacked."
cultural workshops and exhi- tatives and recognition from According to police, the men pulled into the parking lot where Waka Flocka's
ShitiopAAs. w.e .a.tIltr isj. 4 Miami-Dade County as a part topbutas gaoark.dapd starte.;,-,,:tirni, Lefti l ~b a,.uifa l0 rt~ujp,of.m-
local art patrons. Pierre first of the Company of \on-,an munition. No one in Waka'scamp was arrested.
became involved with the mu- 2011 Arts & Entertainment.


Demonstrators

protest election

ELECTION
continued from 5C

another ousted former leader
Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duva-
lier who returned home in Jan-
uary after spending 25 years
in France. His return quickly
triggered demands that Aristide
too be allowed to return, forcing
the Haitian government to grant
him a diplomatic passport so he
could travel to his birthplace.


Haitian deportees struggle in native country


DEPORTEES
continued from 5C

to Haiti for a year following the
earthquake, plans to deport
another 700 people convicted of
crimes back to the country this
year, said Barbara Gonzalez, a
spokeswoman for U.S. Immi-
gration and Customs Enforce-
ment.
Hundreds of thousands of
people from Mexico, Colom-
bia, El Salvador, Jamaica,
and other nations have been
deported to homelands they
barely knew since 1996, when
Congress mandated that ev-
ery non-citizen sentenced to
a year or more in prison be
booted from the country upon
release.
Immigration advocates have
pleaded for a halt to the Haiti
deportations, citing. "inhu-
mane conditions" in the coun-


try, where a cholera epidemic
has killed more than 4,000
people since October.
Immigration officials say
they have no choice under the
law: They must release crimi-
nal aliens to their countries
of origin unless that would be
unreasonable. But since they
believe Haiti has improved, de-
portations are now possible.
Michelle Karshan, director
of Alternative Chance, which
has been working with crimi-
nal deportees in Haiti for more
than a decade, insisted that
President Barack Obama's
-administration is knowing-
ly sending Haitians to their
deaths.
"The U.S. State Department's
most recent human rights re-
port acknowledged the extent
of the horrific and unlawful
conditions in Haiti's detention
facilities and their most recent


travel advisories were clear on
the risks of contracting chol-
era," Karshan said.
"Advocates for the immi-
grants, even criminal aliens,
never seem to think that
conditions are right for their
return," said Ira Mehlman,
spokesman for the Federation
for American Immigration Re-
form. "There is no reason why
the. United States should be
forced to release deportable
criminals onto the streets."
Haiti's government doesn't
track how many crimes are
committed by deportees or
how many relapse into crime
and there is no hard evidence
about whether they signifi-
cantly affect crime in the coun-
try, which has an overwhelmed
and ineffective police force.
The first 27 deportees ar-
rived in Haiti before dawn on
Jan. 20.


Wendy Williams interviews Queen of Soul


FRANKLIN
continued from 4C

Williams, who will be part of
the 12th season of ABC's Danc-
ing with the Stars, has heard
from Franklin on two separate
occasions since the soul leg-
end's December surgery.


On Jan. 12, Franklin called
from a casino hotel in down-
town Detroit to let Williams
know her recovery was going
well and that she'd like to be on
"a fabulous beach."
Two weeks later, Williams
shared a note she received from
Franklin that focused on the


singer's desire to have Halle
Berry play her in the upcom-
ing biopic based on her memoir,
Aretha: From These Roots.
Last Monday, when Williams
announced she'd be visiting
Detroit to interview Franklin,
she described it as a "once-in-
a-lifetime opportunity."


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By Julianne Malveaux


Black History Month has often been
a celebration of well-known Black
men, but many women were no less
accomplished in breaking historic
barriers, including in the economic
arena.
Many people know about Madame
C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove,
who founded her own hair care com-
pany and was the first female Black
millionaire in our nation. Most don't
know about Maggie Lena Walker, the
first woman to charter a bank in the
USA. She founded the St. Luke Pen-
ny Savings Bank in 1903. In 1929,
the bank was merged with two other
Black-owned banks in Richmond, Va.,
and Walker stayed on as chairman of
the board.
When people think about Blacks
and the economy, we rarely think
of Black economic history, of those
Blacks who, despite a tilted playing
field, managed to both survive and
thrive. Others included Sadie Tan-
ner Mosell Alexander. the first Black
woman to get a Ph.D. in economics,
and Mary Ellen Pleasant, a San Fran-
cisco millionaire, and manr more.
The point is not to regale riches but
to remind Americans that though the
economic game has been rigged, it is
a game Blacks have played and won
despite the barriers.
In addition to its own editorials, USA
TODAY publishes a variety of opinions
from outside writers. On political and
policy matters, we publish opinions
from across the political spectrum.
Roughly half of our columns come


from our Board of Contributors, a
group whose interests range from
education to religion to sports to the
economy. Their charge is to chronicle
American culture b\ telling the sto-
ries, large and small, that collectively
make us what we are.
We also publish weekly columns by
Al Neuharth. USA TODAY's founder,
and DeWayne" Wickham. who writes
primarily on matters of race but on
other subjects as well. That leaves
plenty of room for other views from
across the nation by well-known and
lesser-known names alike.
And the trails are still being blazed.
Ursula Burns, who started as an in-
tern at the Xerox Corp., is hailed to-
day as the first Black woman to lead
a Fortune 500 company. Less well
known are Carla Ann Harris and Au-
lana Peters. Harris is a senior invest-
ment banker at Morgan Stanley who
was named one of the 50 most pow-
erful Blacks on Wall Street.With the
meltdown of financial markets, the
Securities and Exchange Commis-
sion has been front and center in the
news, but who knows that Peters was
the first Black to serve from 1984
to 1988 as an SEC commissioner?
History belongs to those %women
who hold the pen, who choose to write
themselves or their sisters into the
annals of our nation's history. For
those whose names we hear, we stop
to honor and note their accomplish-
ments. For the scores of others whose
names we'll never know, the country
owes a debt of gratitude that can't be
repaid in a month, but will surely be
remembered for years to come.


Job market may have turned the corner


That would almost cer-
Impressive gains suggest economy That wouldbring theunem-
]Jressive gtainly bring the unem-
Sployment rate, now nine
could soon take off percent, down steadily.
"This is a good harbinger
The Associated Press but many economists are of a healthier job market
now estimating 200,000 to come," said economist


WASHINGTON The
job market suddenly looks
brighter.
The number of people
filing for unemployment
benefits sank last week to
its lowest point in nearly
three years, and retailers
and other service compa-
nies posted strong results
recently for last month.
On the eve of the gov-
ernment's February jobs
report, the news suggests
the economy may be about
to take off despite growing
concerns about inflation.
The stock market had its
best day in three months.
The Dow Jones industrial
average rose more than
190 points, or 1.6 percent,
erasing most of its losses
since the unrest in Libya
began.
And some analysts
raised their forecasts for
how many jobs the econ-
omy created last month.
The consensus is 175,000,


or more, and they expect Sung Won Sohn at Cali-
the pace to hold for the fornia State University.
rest of the year. Applications for unem-


$228,000 for a part-time job? Apparently, that's not enough


Compensation for corporate directors rises sharply


By Gary Strauss


One of corporate America's cushiest
jobs is becoming even more lucrative.
Compensation for corporate direc-
tors is rising sharply, a USA TODAY
analysis of 2011 proxy filings finds.
Behind the gains: higher cash retain-
ers, fees and rising values of stock
and stock option grants.
Most companies say they're raising
pay to keep and recruit directors fac-


ing bigger workloads. But while cor-
porate governance experts say there's
more regulatory oversight and inves-
tor scrutiny in the wake of financial
woes at firms from Enron to GM, seats
on company boards are still consid-
ered plum jobs.
"People are standing in line for these
jobs because of the prestige, the pay
and the opportunities on a part-time
basis," says Eleanor Bloxam of corpo-
rate watchdog The Value Alliance.


Directors at the USA's biggest 200
publicly traded companies received
a median $228,009 in 2009, accord-
ing to pay consultant Pearl Meyer &
Partners, meaning half earned more,
and half earned less. By contrast, the
median income of U.S. households fell
one percent in 2009 to $49,777, ac-
cording to Census Bureau figures.
Board service can be far more lu-
crative. Apple directors averaged more
than $984,000 in 2010. Occidental
Petroleum directors averaged near-
ly $420,000 and Hewlett-Packard's


board more than $381,000.
Overall director compensation has
been relatively flat since 2008 because
of the recession and slumping stock
prices. No longer. Jannice Koors of
Pearl Meyer says 50 percent of boards
could seek pay hikes this year, by up
to 15 percent. USA TODAY's analysis
found bigger gains:
Meredith (MDP) directors' 2010
compensation was valued at'$95,000.
This year, it's up nearly 80 percent to
$170,000. The company's board said
Please turn to JOB 8D


ployment benefits fell by
20,000 to 368,000, the
Labor Department said,
the third decline in four
weeks and the lowest level
since May 2008. The fig-
ures are adjusted to ac-
count for seasonal differ-
ences.
Please turn to MARKET 8D


Boom in South

feeds growth

Minorities now 31

"percent ofpopuflttib

By Mike Chalmers

New residents flocked to Dela-
ware's two southern counties
during the past decade, setting
a growth rate that far outpaced
that of the state's more popu-
lous northern county, according
to Census 2010 figures released
recently.
In Sussex County, where beach-
es and low taxes have attracted
thousands of retirees, the popu-
lation grew 25.9 percent, from
156,638 in 2000 to 197,145.
New Castle County remained
Delaware's most populous by far,
with 538,479 people in 2010. It
gained 7.6 percent over the 2000
figure of 500,265.
Overall, Delaware grew 14.6
percent, from 783,600 residents in
2000 to 897,934.
Delaware's Hispanic popula-
tion nearly doubled, from 37,277
in 2000 to 73,221 in 2010. His-
panics, who can be of any race,
make up 8.2 percent of the state's
population, up from 4.8 percent in
2000.
Census numbers where you live
Asians were the state's fast-
est growing racial group, up 75.6
percent from 16,259 in 2000 to
28,549. Non-Hispanic whites grew
3.3 percent and Non-Hispanic
Blacks 25.8 percent.
The southern part of New Castle
County saw pockets of heavy
Please turn to GROWTH 8D


Blacks must incorporate economic leverage to survive current economy


By James Clingman
NNPA Columnist

Economic leverage is the most powerful tool
available in a capitalistic society and the Col-
lective Empowerment Group (CEG), has pro-
vided glowing examples of that truism for 16
years. Echoing and implementing the "green
ballot" strategy of Booker T. Washington, the
CEG has used the strength of its hundreds of
thousands of members to leverage reciprocal
benefits from banks and other businesses. By
coming together across all superficial bound-
aries, members of the CEG have demonstrated


economic empowerment among Black
churches and their congregants.
Now, moving into its next phase of
development, the group has expanded
its vision and its reach.
Historically, the Black Church at-
tended to most of the needs of Black
people. Many schools were estab-
lished, businesses were started, be-
nevolent societies began, children were
taken in, the homeless were attended
to and the disenfranchised were com-
forted, all by the Black Church. Why


CLINGMAN


not today? Considering how much money Black nomic strength.


churches deposit into banks every
week, as well as the interest paid on
church buildings, topped off by all of
the folks who sit in the pews every
Sunday and the staggering amounts
they spend at various businesses,
Black churches should rightly be at
the front when it comes to economic
empowerment.
The CEG has been at the front
since its inception, always admon-
ishing the Black community to work
together and use our collective eco-


Look around, brothers and sisters, and tell
me you don't see what is going on in this nation
and around the world. Economically, socially,
politically and in the education and health are-
nas, Blacks are suffering. But our situation is
only sealed if we fail to stand up and do some-
thing about it collectively. The President, the
Congress, our local political officials and most
of those upon whom we have been taught to de-
pend are not coming to save us. That's our job.
The assault on. the poor and the so-called
middle class has begun. Layoffs, union-bust-
ing, gasoline price gouging, stagnant wages
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BiACKS MUST CONTROl THEIR O\\ N DESTINY


8D THE MIAMI ilt. MARCH 9-15, 2011


A new hurricane model is broader


ARE SOME


HOMEOWNERS


FROM THE


By Erik Holm

A hurricane-modeling
company that helps in-
surers predict the cost of
megastorms will launch a
new, more sophisticated
model recently that shows
some homeowners living
hundreds of miles from
the nearest ocean are at
greater risk than previously
thought.
While the homes closest
to the coast are clearly the
most likely to suffer seri-
ous damage, the model from
Risk Management Solutions
Inc. increases the estimates
for how much harm a hur-
ricane can do in the hours
after it blows ashore and be-
gins moving inland.
The revisions could cause
insurers to think twice about
the areas where they operate
and re-evaluate what they
have chosen to insure.
The updated model is ex-
pected to double RMS's one-
in-100-years estimate for
insured hurricane losses


OCEAN


in Texas, and increase es-
timates in the mid-Atlantic
by more than 75 percent.
Nationwide, the one-in-100-
years loss estimate will in-
crease by 15 percent to 25
percent.
Importantly, the figures
estimate the entire insur-
ance industry's losses. Some
insurers will fall above or
below the typical range, de-
pending on their areas of
geographic focus. Some, in
fact, will see their loss esti-
mates go down.
The one-in-100-years mea-
surement is commonly used
in the industry to evaluate
an insurer's hurricane risk,
putting a ceiling on storm
claims that has just a one
percent'chance of being ex-
ceeded each year.
Advances in the tools that
measure hurricanes over
the past several years com-
bined with ever-improving
computing power 'and more
information on actual loss-
es from past events to give
RMS 10 times more wind


HUNDREDS


OF MILES


AT GREATER RISK


Ike's wrath in Texas in 2008


data than the last time its
so-called hazard model was
updated in 2003.
"We've really got a much
more informed view because
of all the hurricanes that
have been happening in the
past several years," said
Claire Souch, vice president
of natural catastrophe at
RMS.
The new model includes
a better understanding of
what fuels a hurricane in
the warm waters of the At-
lantic or Gulf of Mexico, and
what causes a hurricane to
lose intensity over land.
"Different hurricane de-
grade over land at very dif-
ferent rates, and that's what
we have more insight into
now," Souch said. "There are
more factors that go into it
than we'd previously been
able to capture."
The factors include the
size of the hurricane and
how much of it is still over
the water, how fast it is
moving, and whether a
Please turn to MODEL 10D


Corporate directors salary rapidly increasing in 2011


JOB
continued from 7D

its compensation had
"decreased in value"
and consultants said it
had fallen to the "bot-
tom quartertile of the
competitive market."
*Allergan's (AGN)
retainers are up 50
percent to $60,000.
Higher share pric-
es are also enhanc-
ing stock and options
grants. In December,
directors got options
worth $185,000, vs.
$163,000 in 2009.
Newly elected direc-
tors got three-year
stock grants valued at


$892,500, up 33 per-
cent over 2009 grants
worth $672,000.
*Raymond James
Financial (RJF) will
double retainers to
$50,000 and raise
meeting, fees 50 per-
cent to $7,500. A com-
pany plan to grant di-
rectors 2,000 shares
annually, worth about
$77,000 at current
prices, is opposed by
proxy advisory Insti-
tutional Shareholder
Services.
*Truck manufac-
turer Navistar (NAV)
raised cash retainers
33 percent to $80,000.
Procter & Gamble


(PG), Whirlpool WHR),
Viacom (VIA), Alcoa
(AA) Adobe Sys-
tems (ADBE), McCor-
mick (MCK), Fastenal
(FAST) and industrial
products maker Cabot
(CBT), among others,
are boosting cash or
stock awards by nine
percent to 100 percent.
Starbucks (SBUX),
which cut board pay
nine percent last year
after the coffee pur-
veyor's tepid perfor-
mance, will restore
comp to $240,000.
Peter Gleason, CFO
of the National Asso-
ciation of Corporate
Directors, notes that


the role of directors
- providing manage-
ment oversight, guid-
ance and a voice for
shareholders is no
cakewalk. "Time is a
huge factor. There's a
lot of prep work. You
have to be dedicated,"
he says. "It used to
take 120 to 135 hours
a year, now its like
225."
"You can't equate it
to an ordinary part-
time job," says Charles
Elson, head of Uni-
versity of Delaware's
Weinberg Center for
Corporate Gover-
nance. "You may have
a handful of meetings


a year, but In terms of
preparation and prob-
lems coming up, you're
always on call." says
Elson, a former direc-
tor of HealthSouth,
the hospital operator
beset by scandal and
management upheav-
al in 2002.
Harvard University
governance expert
Lucian Bebchuk says
paying for savvy board
members to spend
more time providing
management over-
sight is worthwhile for
shareholders. But ex-
cessive pay has draw-
backs.
Above $200,000,


Job market slowly improving with economy


MARKET
continued from 7D

The four-week average,
which smooths out volatility
to give a broader perspective,
fell below 400,000 for the
first time since July 2008.
When unemployment
claims rehiain consistently
below 375,000, that tends to
signal steady declines in the
unemployment rate. The fig-
ure peaked at 651,000 dur-
ing the recession.
"The evidence is just stack-
ing up that the labor market
is picking up decisively," said
economist Jim O'Sullivan at
MF Global.
Americans appear more
confident about spending
money, which could convince
businesses that the time is
right to start hiring more


workers. Stores representing
shopping tastes across the
income spectrum reported
strong sales for February, in-
cluding J.C. Penney, Macy's
and Saks.
And .the U.S. service sec-
tor, which employs about 90
percent of American workers
in fields from health care to
construction, is expanding at
the fastest pace in more than
five years, according to the
Institute.for Supply Manage-
ment.
Productivity did rise in the
final three months of last
year. When workers are pro-
ducing at a higher level, it
makes it easier for business-
es to hold off on hiring.
And there's a big wild
card for the economy ris-
ing prices. Food around the
world is at its most expensive


in 20 years, and gas prices
have been rising for weeks,
with the average for a gallon
nearing $3.50.
For now, though, the econ-
omy is flashing mostly posi-
tive signs, and economists
are optimistic about Friday's
jobs report.
"Often at this stage of the
recovery, when these signals
are in place, we see a surge
in hiring," said John Ryding,
an economist with RDQ Eco-
nomics.
A few economists .are ex-
pecting the government to
report that employers added
300,000 jobs last month, al-
though that's on the high end
of forecasts.
January's figures were ane-
mic -just 36,000 jobs added
- partly because of severe
winter storms that kept busi-


nesses closed. As much as
a quarter of February's job
gains could come from people
returning to payrolls after
the bad weather.
But most people pay more
attention to the unemploy-
ment rate, which fell from
9.8 percent in November to
nine percent in January, the
quickest decline in more than
half a century.
Economists believe the
rate edged up to 9.1 percent
in February. Unemployment
rates often rise when the
economy improves and peo-
ple who haven't been looking
'for jobs start hunting again.
People who aren't looking are
not counted as unemployed.
Economists say it would
take up to 300,000 new jobs
a month to reduce the unem-
ployment rate significantly.


Fewer rate increases seen since credit card regulation


RULES
continued from 7D

down. In January of last year
- just before the regula-
tions took effect cardhold-
ers paid $901 million in late
fees. That amount was more
than halved to $427 million'
by November, according to
the agency. Also, the number
of accounts assessed late fees
fell by nearly 30 percent.
One reason for the drop in
late fees is a new $25 cap on
penalty charges. The fee can
rise to $35 only if there's a
second violation within a six-
month period. That helped
bring the average late fee
down to $23, from $35.
Consumers also benefited
from new rules on interest
rates. Issuers can no longer
increases rates on existing
balances or in the first year


after an account is opened.
Cardholders also must be
given 45 days' notice before
the rate is increased on new
purchases.
Before the regulations,
about 15 percent of accounts
saw rate increases over the
course of a year. That figure
fell to just two percent in the
year after the new rules took
effect, according to data sup-
plied to the CFPB by the Of-
fice of the Comptroller of the
Currency.
A separate survey of the
nine largest card issuers
found that two-thirds no
longer charge over-the-limit
fees.
Before the regulations,
card issuers would often
approve transactions that
caused cardholders to ex-
ceed their credit limits.
The customers would then


be charged fees as high as
$39. Now, customers cannot
be penalized for going over
their limits unless they opt
for such transactions to go
through.
The dropping of o.ver-the-
limit fees shows "much of
the industry has gone fur-
ther than the law requires,"
said Elizabeth Warren, the
Harvard professor who is
charged with setting up the
CFPB. Still, she noted that
some issuers responded to
the regulations by looking
for ways around them.
That's why the agency will
focus on continuing to make
information about card
prices easier to understand,
Warren said.
Consumer Understanding:
The need for greater clar-
ity in pricing was evident in
another survey the agency


conducted among consum-
ers. Although 30 percent of
respondents said they were
not at all familiar with the
CARD Act, most reported
noticing changes that it
brought about. For example,
most consumers noticed
that payments are now due
on the same day each month
and that statements contain
new information about the
projected interest costs of
making only minimum pay-
ments.
About a third of customers
who noticed the new disclo-
sures said it caused them to
take action, either by mak-
ing larger payments or by
curbing spending. Still, a
third of respondents who
carried balances said they
don't know how much they
paid in interest last year on
their primary credit card.


"the goal isn't about
monitoring the com-
pany, but keeping the
income," says Elson.
"You can become be-
holden to manage-
ment. You'll think
twice about making
waves."


Carlos Alvarez tor Mayor
City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency
Don Bailey's Carpet
Family Dentist
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Miami Dade Community Action Agency
Publix
Sunshyne Party Rentals, Inc.
The Law Office of Peter Loblack
Universal Pictures


Enduring the economy


ECONOMY
continued from 7D

and food costs are
going through the
roof. Have you made
plans on how you
are going to fight
back? Or have you
just resigned yourself
to defeat with those
tired words, "There's


no use trying to do
anything; "The man
is not going let us do
that;" and "They gon-
na do what they wan-
na do anyway."
The question before
Black folks is, "What
are we gonna do?" Or,
to make it personal,
"What are you gonna
do?"


Southern population increasing


GROWTH
continued from 7D

growth. The popula-
tion of Middletown,
just south of the
Chesapeake and Del-
aware Canal, nearly
tripled in the past


decade, growing from
6,538 residents in
2000 to 18,871 last
year.
"Everything has
grown," said Milan
Reid, who moved to
Middletown a decade
ago.


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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!


TECHNICAL

SPECIFICATIONS


Models: Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi-3G


By Jordan Robertson & Jessica Mintz
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO Apple is back
with a refined second-generation tab-
let computer that squeezes more power
into a thinner shell while keeping pric-
es in check. It's a three-pronged push 1
that should handily.hold off competi-
tors for another year.
Underscoring the tablet's impor-
tance to Apple, CEO Steve Jobs briefly
emerged from a medical leave Wednes-
day and made a surprising appearance,
to unveil the iPad 2 himself.
With the original iPad, Apple proved
there is great demand for a tablet that's
less than a laptop and more than a
smart phone, yet performs many of the
same tasks. Dozens of copycat touch-
screen devices are in the works, but
so far none has broken into the main-
stream consciousness the way the iPad
has.
"The competition is essentially going
to be picking up the crumbs that Apple
decides to leave behind," said Ashok
Kumar, an analyst with Rodman &
Renshaw.
He said the number of software ap-
plications or "apps" available for
the iPad gives Apple a huge advantage.
"Is the tablet market anything be-
yond the iPad? So far the answer is no."
Sarah Rotman Epps, a Forrester Re-
search analyst, said iPads should make
up at least 20 million of the 24.1 million
tablet computers she expects people in
the U.S. to buy this year.

FEW SURPRISES
Except for Jobs' appearance, little
came as a surprise after months of
speculation about features and up-
grades. The tablet has two cameras
built in for taking photos, recording
video and video chatting. The battery
life will be the same as the original -
about 10 hours of usage or a month on
standby.
The iPad 2 is faster than its prede-
cessor. Ross Rubin, an analyst for the
market researchers NPD Group, said
that should make the iPad better for
creating music, video and other con-
tent, rather than just consuming it.
The iPad 2 is also thinner 8.8 mil-
limeters, or about a third of an inch,
instead of the current 13.4 millimeters.
It weighs just a bit less 1.3 pounds,
compared with the original 1.5 pounds.
With a $39 accessory, people can
connect the tablet to televisions, so
they can watch high-definition videos
on the bigger screen.

COMES IN BLACK OR WHITE
The next-generation iPads will cost
the same as the originals $499 to
$829, depending on storage space and
whether they can connect to the Inter-
net over a cellular network. Apple will
add a white model to the current black.
In the U.S., the iPad 2 will go on sale
March 11 and work on AT&T Inc. and
.Verizon Wireless.
Apple's online store began selling the
original models for $100 off, starting at
$399. Refurbished versions were even
lower, starting at $349.
A reporter who used a white iPad 2
immediately after the announcement
found it noticeably thinner, with a more
rounded back. YouTube video loaded
quickly using AT&T's data service, and
"Toy Story 3" played smoothly. Given


Apple next generation i
processor, front and rear c;


its size, the iPad 2 appeared impracti-
cal for taking lots of photos, but both
cameras will help with video chats -
the front one to show the caller, and
the back one to show what the caller
is seeing.
The iPad 2 shared the spotlight with
the man who presented it Jobs, who
announced in January that he would
take a third leave of absence to focus
on his health. In the last decade, Jobs,
56, has survived a rare but curable
form of pancreatic cancer and under-
gone a liver transplant.
Jobs, looking frail in his signature
black mock turtleneck and blue jeans,
was greeted with a standing ovation.
"We've been working on this product
for a while, and I just didn't want to
miss today," Jobs told an audience that
included bloggers and Apple enthusi-
asts. "Thank you for having me."
He did not address his health or say if
and when he would return.
Tablet computers existed long before
the iPad, but it took Apple to build a
device that made sense to consumers.
Apple simplified the software, designed
a sleek, shiny shell and sold 15 million
of the iPads in nine months.

MANY USES FOR IPAD
The iPad was initially used for check-
ing e-mail, surfing the Web and watch-
ing online video. But as the number
of apps grew, the tablet made itself at
home in offices, shops, restaurants and
countless other settings.
Competitors including Dell Inc. and
Samsung Electronics Co. have been
trying since last year to lure consum-
ers with smaller tablets, without much
success. In February, Motorola Mobil-
ity Inc.'s Xoom went on sale with a new
version of Google Inc.'s Android soft-
ware that was designed for tablets, not
smart phones.
For a moment, the Xoom looks prom-
ising, with a comparably sized screen,
a faster processor and a few other bells
and whistles the original iPad didn't
have. But the iPad 2 catches up again
with dual cameras and a faster chip in-
side. It pulls ahead with a slimmer pro-
file and the ever-expanding number of
tablet-specific apps.

LAUNCHES IN U.S. MARCH 11
After its March 11 U.S. launch, the
iPad 2 goes on sale March 25 in 26
other markets, including Mexico, New


Pad.The ablt deice ontins dul-cor


Pad. The tablet device contains a dual-core
ameras, is 8.8 millimeters thick.




iOS 4.3 preview


Apple introduced iOS 4.3, the latest ver-
sion of the world's most advanced mobile
operating system. New features in iOS 4.3
include faster Safari mobile browsing per-
formance with the Nitro JavaScript engine;
iTunes Home Sharing; enhancements to


AirPlay; the choice of using the
iPad side switch to either lock
the screen rotation or mute
the audio; and the Personal
Hotspot feature for sharing an
iPhone 4 cellular data connec-
tion over Wi-Fi.
"With more than 160 million
iOS devices worldwide, includ-
ing over 100 million iPhones,
the growth of the iOS platform
has been unprecedented,"
said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.
"iOS 4.3 adds even more
features, across three block-
buster devices iPad, iPhone
and iPod touch provid-
ing an ecosystem that offers


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customers an incredibly rich experience and
developers unlimited opportunities."
The Safari mobile browsing experience
gets even better.with iOS 4.3. The Nitro Ja-
vaScript engine that Apple pioneered on the
desktop is now built into WebKit, the tech-
nology at the heart of Safari, and more than
doubles the performance of JavaScript ex-
ecution using just-in-time compilation. With
the Nitro JavaScript engine, Safari provides
an even better mobile browser experience
working faster to support the interactivity of
complex sites you visit on a daily basis.
New iTunes Home Sharing allows iOS 4.3


Zealand, Spain and other European
countries.

NEW FEATURES IN IOS 4.3
Apple also introduced updates to the
software that runs on the iPad, iPhone
and iPod Touch. The company said the
update, iOS 4.3, will work on iPhone
3GS and iPhone 4 models, except the
new version for Verizon Wireless.
Among other things, the new system
turns iPhones and iPads with 3G cel-
lular connections into personal Wi-Fi
hotspots, so you can share the connec-
tion with computers or other devices -


users to play music, movies and TV shows
on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch from their
iTunes library on a Mac or PC over a local Wi-
Fi network. With a simple tap you can enjoy
all the media in your iTunes library wherever
you are in your home. You can stream a


movie from your Mac in one room
to your iPad in another or stream
an iTunes mix to your iPod touch
from the office to the kitchen.
With Home Sharing on your iPad,
iPhone or iPod touch you've got
your entire iTunes library in your
hands wherever you are in your
home.
iOS 4.3 includes enhancements
to AirPlay, the breakthrough
wireless technology that allows
users to stream music, photos
and video to Apple TV. With iOS
4.3 you can stream additional
content including video from
third party apps and web sites,
videos from the Photos app and


previews from the iTunes app to your TV.
The new Personal Hotspot feature in iOS
4.3 lets you bring Wi-Fi with you anywhere
you go, by allowing you to share an iPhone 4
cellular data connection with up to five de-
vices in a combination of up to three Wi-Fi,
three Bluetooth and one USB device. Joining
a Personal Hotspot is easy and once the
feature is enabled a status bar displays how
many devices are currently connected. Every
connection is password protected and when
not in use Personal Hotspot turns itself off to
save battery life. iOS 4.3 will be released on
March 11.


if your wireless carrier allows it. Many
charge additional fees for this service.
Apple also announced new software
designed for the iPad, including a $4.99
version of iMovie for video editing and a
$4.99 version of GarageBand, its music
recording and editing software. Garage-
Band includes instruments that can be
played by touching the iPad 2's screen,
and it can even sense whether you're
tapping quietly or banging on the "keys."
The company also said Random
House became the last major publisher
to agree to sell its titles in Apple's e-
books store.


Size and Weight, Wi-Fi
* Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
* Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
* Depth: 0.34 inch (8.8 mm)
* Weight: 1.33 pounds (601 g)

Size and Weight, Wi-Fi-3G
* Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
* Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
* Depth: 0.34 inch (8.8 mm)
* Weight: 1.35 pounds (613 g)
(Wi-Fi + 3G model)
* Weight: 1.34 pourids (607 g)
* (Wi-Fi + 3G for Verizon model)

Storage
16GB, 32GB, 64GB4


Carriers:
At&t & Verizon


Display
* 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit
glossy widescreen Multi-Touch
display with IPS technology
* 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at
132 pixels per inch (ppi)
* Fingerprint-resistant
oleophobic coating
* Support for display of
multiple languages and
characters simultaneously

Chip
1GHz dual-core Apple A5
custom-designed, high-performance,
low-power system-on-a-chip

Cameras, Photos,
and Video Recording
* Back camera: Video recording, HD
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Automakers cheer 27 percent leap in auto sales


GM, Toyota both report increases of more

than 40 percent


By James R. Healey

Incentives, new models and
cabin fever sent new-car buy-
ers hustling into showrooms
last month. And they walked
out with what they've always
favored trucks, SUVs and
midsize cars despite a jump
in fuel prices late in the month.
Automakers sold 27.3 per-
cent more new cars and trucks
in February than a year ago.
The annualized pace was 13.4
million, the highest since 14.2
million in August 2009, when
the federal cash-for-clunkers
program ignited sales during
the recession.
Part of the pull: The aver-
age per-vehicle incentive rose
five percent in February from
January, to $2,708, according
to'TrueCar, an auto research
website.
Car companies cheered the
fact that retail sales to indi-


vidual buyers were up, be-
cause those sales tend to be
more profitable than discount-
ed, multiple-vehicle fleet sales.
It was taken as a harbinger of
economic recovery and con-
sumer optimism.
February numbers also
salved the superstitious, who
insist that strong sales during
the February Presidents Day
holiday foretell a good year.
General Motors and Toyota
posted eye-popping gains of
more than 40 percent from
February a year ago. But both
had poor sales in the 2010
period, so other automakers'
gains of 10 percent to 30 per-
cent were more faithful sig-
nals.
In much of the U.S., "Con-
sumers went through a winter
shut in because of the (snowy)
January weather, and when
they shoveled themselves out,
there was some pent-up de-


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tle, Del.


mand," says Rebecca Lind-
land, veteran auto analyst and
director of strategic review at
IHS Automotive.


The jump of 19 cents per
gallon in the average price of
regular gasoline the last week
of February came too late to


chill sales of SUVs and other
less-economical models. Some
examples from sales figures
compiled by Autodata:


Chrysler's newest Jeep, the
redone Grand Cherokee, was
up 31 percent, though its best
city/highway combined rating
is 18 miles per gallon.
Chrysler's Ram brand,
which sells only trucks and
vans, was up 55.8 percent,
including the start of sales
for the new, full-size Durango
SUV, rated 19 city/highway
mpg.
GM's Buick brand's best
seller and biggest gainer was
the Enclave crossover SUV, up
37.6 percent. It has a 19 mpg
city/highway rating.
Ford's redesigned Explorer
crossover SUV was up 139.2
percent. It's rated 20 mpg in
city/highway use.
Honda's truck models were
up 31.9 percent, led by the
CR-V crossover, rated 24 city/
highway. mpg. Honda's Insight
hybrid sedan, by contrast, is
rated 41 mpg in combined us.e,
but sales were down 14.5 per-
cent.
Nissan's trucks were up
65.9 percent; cars, just 17.5
percent.


Major sports labor leaders


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DeMaurice Smith
NFLPA executive director

Age: 47
Started:2009
Quaotable: "We will always
take the steps we need to pro-
tect ourselves and to protect
out interests. .We) tell our
players to prepare for the worst
even while you're hoping for
the best."


Billy Hinter
,'BP-l .V','c:v; i', tedctor


Age: 6S
Started: 19l9
Quaotable: "I've been here be-
fore. I'm not new to the pro-
ce-s. I can assure you that while
they make their moves, we're
making our moves as well."


Michael Weiner
.1 ILBP.A ..-. v'w.:i:'c director

Age: -19
Starred: liO)9
Quaotable: "This union has
never looked for a work stop
page, but what we've done is
identified what we thought was
fair and we've dc.ne whatever
it took to achieve a tair agree-
ment."


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Donald Fehr
NHL PA executive direct :r

Age: 62
Started: Dec. 18
Quaotable: "The hibtorv is
clearly different berweer the
hockey and baseball unions,
"but the players are capable of
holding it together and achiev-
ing it just as much."


Players union attempts to keep TV money from NFL


By Pat Borzi and
Richard Sandomir

MINNEAPOLIS A week
before the NFL's collective
bargaining agreement ex-
pires, a federal judge heard
arguments Thursday on the
players union's request to bar
the league from using $4 bil-
lion in television revenue to
finance its operations in the
event of a lockout.
United States District
Court judge David Doty said
he needed more time to con-
sider the evidence before is-
suing a decision, which could
come Friday or early next
week.
SThe NFL Players Associa-
tion says the league has long
planned for a lockout and
extended the television con-
tracts to guarantee income
if games were not played,
in violation of the collective
bargaining agreement that
expires after Thursday. It is


appealing 4.4
a ruling by
the spe-
cial master
Stephen '
Burbank
earlier this
month that
allowed
the NFL LEVY
access to
the broadcast money while
awarding the players $6.9
million in damages, instead
of the $60 million the union
sought for granting an extra
game to NBC during the 2010
season.
Gregg Levy, a lawyer forthe
NFL, said the television rev-
enue was actually a loan that
must be repaid with interest
if games are not played.
Under the terms of a 1993
settlement that led to unre-
stricted free agency, Doty
handles cases relating to the
collective bargaining agree-
ment. His familiarity with


DOTY


the lead
lawyers for
both sides
- Jeffrey
L. Kes-
sler of the
union and
Levy led
to friendly
back-and-
forth ban-


ter.
"Between Kessler and you,
you guys have been around
so long you've got less hair,"
Doty said to Levy at one
point. "So do I."
The arguments were not
so jovial. Kessler and Tom
Heiden, another union law-
yer, accused the league of
building a $4.078 billion war
chest that would allow it to
lock out the players with-
out financial hardship. They
asked Doty to enjoin the
NFL from using those funds,
which would be put in es-
crow.


"The evidence is over-
whelming that the intent was
something else to get a $4
billion lockout weapon to use
against the players," Kessler
said. "They didn't use the ne-
gotiations to maximize rev-
enue."
Levy said the union was
asking the court to "put its
thumb on the scale of the
collective bargaining pro-
cess." He added, "It would be
repugnant to federal labor
law for the court to do that."
Doty said he hesitated
to rule quickly because he
hoped that labor negotia-
tions between the NFL and
the union might make the
case moot.
Doty also agreed to a re-
quest by two Minnesota
newspapers to release re-
dacted versions of the special
master's ruling and briefs in
the case, which had been un-
der seal.


New hurricane model will broaden risk estimates


MODEL
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storm is strengthening or
weakening just before land-
fall. Terrain also plays a role;
a storm will be torn apart by
mountains, but will be able
to gather fuel from swampy
areas like the Everglades in
hurricane-prone Florida.
The model also accounts
for the spike in the cost of
construction materials af-
ter a storm and updates as-
sumptions about the dam-
age that even a moderate
hurricane can do to com-
mercial buildings in some


regions to reflect the strict-
ness of local building codes
- and how well those codes
are enforced.
Hurricane Ike, a Catego-
ry 2 storm that struck the
coast of Texas in 2008, il-
lustrates why RMS needed
to update its model. While
homeowners living closest to
the shore took the brunt of
the damage, Ike didn't lose
steam quickly as it marched
north toward Oklahoma.
It wasn't downgraded from
a hurricane to a tropical
storm until it reached Pal-
estine, Texas, almost 200
miles inland.


How quickly insurers in-
crease prices on home in-
surance if the new model
shows in jump in their loss
estimate is an open ques-
tion. State regulators have
some control over rates, and
competition for customers
may cause companies to
forgo a rate increase. Most
companies combine RMS's
analysis with other models,
which would further limit
the impact of the increase.
"The more qualified opin-
ions you can factor into the
equation, the more accurate
you are likely to be," Dick
Luedke, a spokesman for


State Farm Mutual Automo-
bile Insurance Co., the larg-
est home insurer in the U.S.,
said in January, comment-
ing on the pending new hur-
ricane-cost model. Whatever
the results from RMS, he
said, State Farm will weigh
them against the other mod-
els.
Notably, a typical home-
insurance policy covers far
more than hurricane risk,
so the potential added cost
for the typical homeowner
would be significantly less
than the percentage increase
for a one-in-100-years loss
in their neighborhood.


BYU player dismissed over sex


By Kelly Whiteside and Jim Halley

Amid the enormous attention sur-
rounding the dismissal of Brigham
Young's Brandon Davies from the
Cougars basketball team after a
violation of the school's honor code,
athletics director Tom Holmoe said
the case is "being investigated ex-
actly same way we would have if
there was no media."
In a news conference Thursday,
Holmoe said Davies has been in-
volved with the investigation from
the beginning.
Davies was dismissed from the
Cougars basketball team after
having premarital sex, according
to The Salt Lake Tribune. BYU,
which is owned and operated by
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-day Saints in Provo, Utah, re-
quires its students to "live a chaste
and virtuous life," according to its
honor code.


"Everybody who comes to BYU,
every student if they're an athlete
or not an athlete, they make a com-
mitment when they come," BYU
coach Dave Rose said of a code that
also forbids alcohol and coffee and
requires students to be honest and
attend church regularly. "A lot of
people try to judge if this is right or
wrong, but it's a commitment they
make. It's not about right or wrong.
It's about commitment."
The loss of Davies, the leading
rebounder and third-leading scorer
for the third-ranked Cougars, was
immediately felt Wednesday night
in a 82-64 loss to New Mexico. The
Cougars were outrebounded 45-29,
including 33-22 on the defensive
boards. The team's chances for a
No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament
behind player of the year candidate
Jimmer Fredette, and its chances
of reaching the Final Four, may
now be in jeopardy.


MIAMIDD



REQUEST FOR INTEREST FOR MIAMI INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT TAXI CASHLESS PAYMENT SYSTEMS
PROJECT NO. MDAD-RFI-01-11
.ilar, Dade Aviation Department ( r.C-D ) wishes to obtain information regarding the provision
of a Taxi Cashless Payment System (System) at Miami cIernall.i.:nal Airport i ..!.' Trh is NOT
a -'.:,lL',,:',', but a request to the marketplace for information so that MDAD may determine the
optimal solution for a Taxi Cashless System for Miami International Airport. MDAD may. in the
event it so chooses, in the future develop and prepare a solicitation based on the information
received in response to this Request for Interest. Vendors interested in -:jtrn'.ing information
should send the following to Lenora Allen-Johnson, Aviation Senior Procurement Contracting
Officer, Contracts Administration Division, P.O. Box 025504, Miami, Florida 33102, by close
of business March 30, 2011.
1. Letter of interest rn.!'.. jli, that your firm would be interested in a solicitation of these services
should one be issued.
2. A brief description of the company's experience as it relates to the scope outlined below.
3. A description of the solution -r,'i /,ij:r .:orni.,i,: would be able to provide.
General Scope of Services:
MDAD is seeking a secure and convenient cashless payment solution for both its inbound and
outbound taxi passengers. This solution must be accepted as ride payment by cabdrivers and the
cab companies, The System must be faster, safer and more convenient for both cabdrivers and
passengers than current methods. Training of the cab drivers and company is also required.
Passenger Requirements:
Passenger credit card and personal information needs to be kept completely secure and out of
the hands of the cabdrivers. Passengers need to be in control of the transaction and not reliant
on the driver for aulr...r :i! .i' or approval. Total transaction time needs to be quick, taking less
than 15 seconds. The System must be simple and clear for the passenger use: 24-hour customer
service must be available to field all passenger comments, questions and/or concerns. Staff must
be available to handle any potential passenger banking/credit related issues associated with a
cashless payment System. The Taxi Cashiess Payment System Provider (Provider) must meet the
highest customer service levels and meet or exceed satisfaction as well as provide for adequate
security.
Cab Driver Requirements:
All cab drivers must be eligible to accept this System and have adequate, easy and free redemption
solutions available. Drivers must be able to acquire compensation directly through the cashless
payment System provider or through his or her fleet. Automated driver redemption options needs
to be conveniently located at MIA taxi-staging location and various other locations throughout the
County and transaction times must be kept under 30 seconds. Guarantees must be made to
drivers regarding their payment and compensation. The Provider must meet guaranteed service
-.~l,:. re. j ijr. liability, technical support, and chargeback protection. The Equipment needs to be
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appearance, and a.- erin driver satisfaction.
System Provider:
Cashless Payment System Provider must equip and sni,:ce.ti, train the staff of each cab fleet
to be able to accept payment medium from and provide reimbursement to the driver. System that
enables fleets to get reimbursed for such cashless payments must be easier, safer, faster and less
complicated than existing payment Systems. The System must be Payment Card industry ,FCi
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The point of sale devices that provide this System needs to be secure and include the latest
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devices must also be equipped with remote T .riitCr'r, 1mdiT rI- capabilities and a local serving
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1 NE DADE
One and two bdrms. Fur-
nished units available. Sec-
tion 8 Ok! 786-488-5225 or
305-756-0769
1 NORTHEAST AREA
Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
1140 NW 79 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $525.
Appliances, free water.
305-642-7080

1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 Mr. Willie #6

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
$475 monthly. Stove, refrig-
erator, air. 305-642-7080

123 NW 18 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$395 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel
786-355-7578.

1231 NW 58 Terrace
MOVE IN SPECIAL!
One bdrm, one bath. $450
monthly $700 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel
786-355-7578

1245 NW 58 Street
MOVE IN SPECIAL
One bedroom, one bath.
$495 monthly, $750 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

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

1317 NW 2 AVENUE
$425 Move In. One bdrm,
one bath $425. Ms. Shorty
#1
786-290-1438

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


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

1425 NW 60 Street
Nice one bedroom, one bath,
$600 mthly. Includes refriger-
ator, stove, central air, water.
$725 Move In. 786-290-5498
14350 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
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.
305-642-7080

1500 NW 69 Terrace
Beautiful one or two bdrms.
Section 8 OK. 786-486-2895
1525 NW 1 Place
MOVE IN SPECIAL
One bdrm, one bath, $395
monthly. $600 move in.
Three bdrm, two bath, $550
monthly, $850 to move in.
Newly renovated. All ap-
pliances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel
786-355-7578
156 NE 82 Street
Two bdrm $800. No deposit.
786-325-7383
1718 NW 2 Court
$425 MOVE IN, One bdrm,
one bath, $425.
305-642-7080

1725 NE 148 Street
Studio $543-$595, One bdrm
$674 plus, two bdrms, $888.
First and security
305-297-0199
1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$495. two bedroom, one
bath $595. Appliances,
Ms.Bell #9

1801 NW 2 Avenue
MOVE IN SPECIAL!
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. $850 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

1818 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$425. Appliances, Mr.
Hinson
#6


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


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

210 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$450. Two bedrooms, one
bath $550. 305-642-7080
2515 NW 52 Street #2
Nice one bedroom, tiled, air,
appliances. $550 monthly.
954-522-4645
2565 NW 92 Street
EXTRA CLEAN!
One bedroom, one bath,
stove, refrigerator, water and
lights included. Nice neigh-
borhood. $730 monthly,
$2190 move in or $365 bi-
weekly, $1095 move in.
305-624-8820
2701 NW 1 Avenue
MOVE IN SPECIAL!
Studios, $395 monthly. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV Call Joel
786-355-7578

2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
3669 Thomas Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $525,
appliances. 305-642-7080
458 NW 7 STREET
One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750
50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bedrooms from $490-$580
monthly. 2651 NW 50 Street,
305-638-3699
5120 NW 23 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath, wa-
ter included. $550 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
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
6020 NW 13 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
bedroom, $485 monthly. Win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street
Call 305-638-3699
6091 NW 15 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $450.
Two bdrms, one bath $550.
305-642-7080
7043 NW 6 Court
Two bdrms, one bath. central
air. $750. 305-815-3571
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $550 monthly. Call
786-333-2448.

7601 NE 3 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, re-
modeled kitchen, new floors,
appliances. $750 monthly,
security negotiable. Call
305-525-0338.
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.,
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
ALBERTA HEIGHTS APTS
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call
305-638-3699
CAPITAL RENTAL
AGENCY
305-642-7080
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more
information/specials.
capitalrentalagency.com

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

Jackson Memorial
Hospital Area
One bedroom, $700-$750,
free water, central air, appli-
ance, laundry, ceramic tile
and carpet, very quite. No
credit check. Must have a
job. 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue
L & G APARTMENTS
Beautiful one bedroom, $594
monthly, apartment in gated
community on bus lines.
Call 305-638-3699
MIAMI UPPER EASTSIDE
Remodeled one bdrm. $625
to $675. 534 NE 78 Street
305-895-5480
MIRAMAR AREA
9540 N Sherman Circle
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central' air. Gated and se-
cured at Lake Shore. Appli-
ances included. Section 8
Welcome! $950 mthly. 954-
547-9011


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305-694-6225


MOVE IN SPECIAL
Liberty Clty Area
One bedroom. S500 mo es
you in Call 305-600-7280 or.
305-603-9592.
MOVE IN SPECIAL!
Overtown Area
One, two and three bed-
rooms. S400-S700.
305-600-7280/ 305-603-9592
NORTHWEST AREA
One bedroom. Appliances
included 305-688-7559
SANFORD APTS.
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice two bedrooms, air con-
dition, appliances. Free HOT
water in quiet fenced in com-
munity, $470 monthly, plus
$200.deposit. 305-665-4938
or 305-498-8811

Business Renials

1655 NW 3 Avenue
Overtown
Store for rent next to Metro
PCS. 1200 square feet. New
central air, tile, great condi-
tion. Two months free. Good
for any retail business or of-
fice. $1200 monthly. Call
305-588-9084

Churches

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

Condos/Townhouses

18355 NW 44 Place
Two bdrms, two baths, Sec-
tion 8 welcome.305-335-1377
191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
50 NW 166 Street
NORTH MIAMI BEACH
New four bedrooms, two
baths.$1500. Section 8 OK.
305-528-9964
MIAMI SHORES AREA
Two bdrms, one and a half
baths, central air, appliances.
$1200 a month, first and last
move in. Call 786-683-6029,

Duplexes

10530 SW 176 Street
SECTION 8 OK.
Three bdrms. two bath,
$1200 mthly. 305-978-5060
$500 deposit.
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
305-642-7080

1332 NE 117 Street
Two bedrooms, two bath,
central air, appliances, $1200/
month, $2400/move in, Sec-
tion 8 okay! Call James or
Debra at 305-944-9041
1390 NW 28 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, tile,
central air. $1,000 monthly.-
305-662-5505
1521-23 NW 41 Street
One bdrm, one bath, appli-
ances, tiled, bars, .air, $700
mthly, security. 305-490-9284
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080
16157 NW 39 Court
Two bdrm, $1050 mthly.
305-751-3381
1857 NW 50 Street
One and two bedrooms, one
bath, $550, $595, $695.
C>954-496-5530
1877 N.W. 94th Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $875
mthly. Stanley 305-510-5894
1896 NW 94th Street
Approved Section 8 one bed-
room, $900 monthly.
954-430-0849
1921 NW 59 STREET
Ready to move in. Two
bedrooms with new carpet,
one bath, near schools and
buses. Full, big kitchen with
tile floor, stove, refrigerator,
washer, two reverse cycle air
conditioning units, three ceil-
ing fans included. Section 8
Welcome! $800 mthly, $1600
to move in. 305-323-5795 or
305-653-2752.
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$500, stove, refrigerator, air,
free water and gas.
786-236-1144

205 NW 96 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air, appliances, fenced
yard, washer/dryer hookup.
Section 8 OK, $1100 monthly.
305-790-5026
2170 NW 91 St #A-B
Large two bedrooms, appli-
ances included, air. $1000
monthly. First and security
moves you in. Section 8
welcome. Must see, won't
last! 305-761-6558
2452 NW 44 Street
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12D THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 9-15, 2011


These days, everyone can stand the heat


ANOTHER MIAMI


LOSS SHOWS


LEBRON


8 CO. AREN'T JUGGERMAUT


By Jason Gay

Look, if they were great,
you'd be bored. The Miami
Heat did brush greatness, a
couple of months ago, ripping
off a run of 21 wins out of 22
games in which they thun-
dered through the NBA and
briefly hushed the clamor over
LeBron James's graceless exit
from Cleveland. The Decision
suddenly looked wise; James
and teammate Dwyane Wade
were touted as potential co-
MVPs (cute!). There also was
that widely published, hypnot-
ic photograph from a Decem-
ber game in Milwaukee: a con-
fident Wade in the foreground,
arms triumphantly stretched,
palms open, as James floated
above the rim, the ball curled
at the end of his arm, ready to
hammer a dunk. How could
anyone stop such virtuosity?
The Heat were unstoppable
progress, like the internal-
combustion engine, or micro-
* wavable minicheeseburgers.
There was no sense getting ir-
ritated about them any longer.
But Team Everyone's Got an
Opinion has meekly returned
to the atmosphere. In the last
week, Miami has suffered a
ghastly streak of losses-a
narrow one to the reshuffled
New York Knicks; a comeback
shocker against the Orlando
Magic; a 30-point crushing by
the San Antonio Spurs, the
unfussy, efficient Berkshire
Hathaway of basketball.

SUNDAY LOSS HURT
On Sunday, it grew worse.
The Heat fell 87-86 to Chica-
go-a game in which the most
reliable, Miami star at the
end was the renowned Mario


Chalmers; in which the Bulls
clawed back after the Heat in-
excusably allowed Chicago to
rebound its own missed free
throw; in which both James
and Wade missed final-sec-
onds, game-winning shots.
It was not virtuosity. It wasn't
even Washington Wizardsos-
ity. And away from the glitter of
South Beach, you could hear a
faint snickering sound: Ha, ha,
ha, ha, ha.
The Heat are not what they
hoped to be. They are not
even close. They are a very re-
spectable 43-20, third in the
Eastern Conference, but that
upbeat record masks a 1-9
mark against the NBA's top
five teams. Miami has feasted
largely on previously gnawed
NBA carcasses. They've been
hopeless in close games and
are a distressing 0-3 against
the Boston Celtics, the confer-
ence's first-place team, led by
a collection of declining stars
who joined the league dur-
ing the Nixon administration.
After Sunday, the Heat are
also 0-3 against Chicago. The
smart MVP pick now is Bulls
guard Derrick Rose.

WADE SOUNDS OFF
"The Miami Heat are exactly
what everyone wanted, los-
ing games," Wade said after
Sunday's defeat, which report-
edly had some Heat players in
tears. "The world, is better now
because the Heat are losing."
Should we raise another
banner in Miami? Heat Bas-
ketball: The Schadenfreude is
back.As Wade knows, the only
thing humans respond to more
than hype is hype publicly
punctured, and the questions
that happily kicked around


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Dwyane Wade of the Heat (left) looks on as LeBron James talks with referee Tony
Brothers after committing a foul during Sunday's loss.


when the Heat were 9-8 early
on have returned with gusto.-
Can Wade and James co-exist?
Did Miami undervalue depth?
Who is this Chris Bosh and
what is his purpose? The Heat
have plenty of wins, but to bor-
row a fashionable term from a
current celebrity train wreck
who will not be named, they
are not "winning."
Naturally, this losing streak
has prompted a rehashing of
speculation that Heat president
Pat Riley will Favre his young
successor, Erik Spoelstra, and
return to Miami's sideline to
steer them in the playoffs. The
Heat's problems appear, for the


most part, to be basketball-
related-murky leadership, a
thin supporting cast, a half-
court offense installed by Ma-
dame Tussauds. As the ESPN
radio analyst Will Perdue put it
on Sunday: "When you look at
this Miami Heat team, there's
a lot of standing around."

TOO MUCH CONTROL?
Weirdly, the Heat's spiral co-
incides with renewed worries
that the league is being over-
taken by its stars. After Car-
melo Anthony engineered his
exit from Denver to New York,
upending two teams and cit-
ies, it revived talk that the best


players have too much con-
trol, that small-market teams
have no choice but to unload
beloved faces, that pretty soon
we're all going to be watching
two bespoke franchises: Kobe &
Friends vs. LeBron & Friends.
It's hard to see how stars leav-
ing loyal franchises is a shock-
ing development. What's more
interesting is how much these
current, star-injected teams
are proving the importance of
being, well, a team. The Heat
struggle against well-bonded
units like Chicago, San Anto-
nio and Boston. The Carmelo
Anthony Knicks have lost twice
to the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Everyone seems to agree that
two stars are a prerequisite
for NBA success, but two stars
alone are not enough to offset
a well-rounded enterprise. (Or,
in New York's case, Cleveland.)

SEASON WORTHWHILE
This is probably a good time
to point out that a number of
casual sports fans consider the
NBA regular season to be an
unnecessary appetizer-one of
those overpriced triple-decker
seafood plateaus that nobody
really needs. Why bother, the
argument goes: Everyone that
deserves following will be there
once the playoffs start.
But this NBA regular season
has been surprisingly worth-
while. The Heat and Knicks
have absorbed all the me-
dia energy, but the Bulls and
Spurs are much more formi-
dable. Dallas is eager to van-
quish its playoff ghosts. Or-
lando may be stabilizing. The
defending champion Lakers,
despite recent hiccups, should
be a major threat-just ask the
Spurs, who were thumped by
them Sunday. The Celtics, de-
spite the weird trade of big man
Kendrick Perkins, keep rattling
on. There are intriguing stories
in Oklahoma City, Denver and
Portland. There's even a flicker
of life from the sub-.500 Los
Angeles Clippers, home of the
exciting guy who dunked over
the front end of that car.
What there isn't yet is a
breakout team, a clear favorite
for a title run. For a moment, it
looked like it could be Miami.
Now they're battling like every-
one else. Dwyane Wade had it
wrong: The world isn't better
because the Heat are losing.
But it's getting kind of fun.


LeBron should focus on winning


Karma is defined as
"the cosmic principle ac-
cording to which each
person is rewarded or
punished in one incarna-
tion according to that per-
son's deeds in the previous in-
carnation." It's a word that has
been used many times during


this NBA season. When LeB-
ron James left the Cleveland
Cavaliers via free agency, the
owner Dan Gilbert used e-mail
to blast James and his deci-
sion. He called him "a coward"
and declared that the Cavs
would win a championship be-
fore the Heat would. The Cav-


aliers are currently a league
worst 12-50 and broke records
in the losing column this year.
Many folks say it's a result of
Gilbert's lack of judgement in
condemning James' decision
- Kaima working its magic.
But has Karma worked on
the side of the Miami Heat?
Maybe. Sure this season has
had its ups and downs. There
was the 9-8 start. The infa-
mous "bump" and subsequent
reports of friction between
LeBron and Coach Spoelstra.
Then there was the winning
streak of 21 out of 22. Then a
four game slide. And now, an-
other four game slide coming
at probably the most crucial


time of the season where the
Heat are facing several teams
with records over .500.
If you believe in Karma, one
thing for certain is that it does
not discriminate. With James'
knack for saying and tweeting
things at.random, sometimes
his lack of judgement and
thinking before he communi-
cates, one can say that James
has brought his share of nega-
tive Karma to this Heat team.
Here are some examples;
For example, on one night in
January, the Cavaliers lost to
the Lakers by 55 and LeBron
tweeted "Crazy. Karma is a
b****. Gets you every time. It's
not good to. wish bad on any-


body. God sees everything!"
The next day, the Heat began
a four game slide that saw
LeBron and Bosh get injured
and in which they missed
playing time. By the way he
said the tweet wasn't from him
but something he quoted from
someone.
Or how about this past week
where LeBron once again
tweeted "20+ games left in
phase 2. I'm Refocused! No
prisoners, I have no friends
when at WAR besides my Sol-
diers."
It sounds like a good rallying
cry right? At press time, the
team had lost to the Knicks
who came back from 15 down,


the Magic who came back
from 24 down, the Spurs who
blew them out by 30 and the
Bulls who came back from 12
down and completed a season
sweep of the Heat.
One could just chalk those
instances up to coincidence,
the ebb and flow of the NBA
season, or well . .Karma.
Whatever you choose to be-
lieve I contend that it's prob-
ably time that LeBron James
shut up and concentrate on
helping this team win. At the
end of this year, win it all or
not, this team may just be
judged on its lack of accom-
plishments and the words of
LeBron James.


No tears for Heat's Chris Bosh


By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

It was a game that everyone
thought the Miami Heat would
win -- including LeBron James,
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
But once again, the Heat (43-
20) failed to do the simple
things that matter like block-
ing out the shooter, Luol Deng,
at the foul line. ,
In a game that the Heat led for
most of the way, it came down
to the final seconds. And with
their fourth consecutive loss,
Deng got a gift in a controver-
sial foul after the presumed
defender, Wade, failed to block
him out allowing him to get
in the mix for the ball and a
chance to go back to the line.
Deng made the most of it and
recaptured the lead for his Chi-
cago Bulls, 87-86. Two shots
with the clock winding down,
by James and Wade, both failed
to connect. And so, the Heat
found themselves on the short
end once again.

FANS MOVE FROM
SCREAMS OF JOY TO
OMINOUS SILENCE
During Sunday afternoon's
game, fans were in a party-like
mood, with a heavy infusion of
Latin flavor from the Pepsi-
sponsored Noche Latina, to
drumming by, a Cuban instru-
mental group and the constant
announcement as each quarter
came to a close, "Dos minutes."
There was even one section of


diehard fans in
"nose-bleed coun-
try" who waved the
flag of Puerto Rico a N 4
from the start of
the game until its
surprising end.
With 1:08 left in
the fourth quar-
ter and all tied
up, fans tried to 0 .i .
wish their team to
victory and were Chris
appeared to be
successful as Mario Chalm-
ers completed a string of five
straight points including a long
jumper that put the Heat up by
two, 86-84 with 25.8 seconds
remaining. The crowd went
wild but within seconds
their shouts suddenly ended as
the clock showed what has be-
come commonplace another
meltdown, another loss.

HEAT CAN'T BEAT THE TOP
TEAMS YET
So far the Miami Heat are a
combined 3-11 against the six
top teams in each conference
which includes Boston, Chica-
go, Orlando, San Antonio, Dal-
las and the L.A. Lakers. And
it could get even worse as the
Heat are on the front end of an
11-game stretch pitting them
against winning teams even
though the next six games are
all at home.
Coach Erik Spoelstra, 40,
talked about the state of the
Heat after the game.
"We did enough things but


not enough to
win the game," he
-' said. "This one re-
ally hurt. In fact, a
-. C few of the players
.-.q were in the locker
;- ". room crying after
i the loss. I ques-
tion the last foul
especially because
it turned out to be
the game breaker.
Bosh But we have a lot
more games we
have to remain stubborn and
resilient. It's not a matter of
want it's a matter of doing."
Bosh, the third member of the
media-anointed "Three Kings"
said the team is "stuck on a
treadmill" and that they are
committed to getting off and
back to winning.
"We have to remain poised
despite how much this hurts -
and it does hurt," he said. "We
have to keep our heads. When
you want something so badly
and it keeps slipping away, los-
ing by one, two or three points,
that hurts. We keep having a lot
of third quarter let downs but
before we can solve that we have
to identify the problem."
Bosh says don't count out
the Heat he knows they'll re-
bound in time.
"These are the times that
make or break a team, but when
the smoke clears we'll be there."
As for his teammates cry-
ing after the game, Bosh said,
"What goes on in the locker
room stays in the locker room."


CITY OF OPA-LOCKA

RFP NO. 11-2803100
TAX EXEMPT FIXED RATE LOAN


The purpose of this Request for Proposals is to solicit proposals from qualified banking institutions to
finance a "Tax-Exempt Fixed Rate Loan" in an amount not to exceed $8,000,000. The loan is to
refinance the City's Capital Improvement Series 1994 Refunding Bonds and to provide money for the
City's Capital Improvement Program.
The City plans to refinance its Series 1994 Revenue Refunding Bonds as Series 2011A Bonds and
issue its Series 2011B Bonds for its new money needs.

Proposals for 'Tax Exempt Fixed Rate Loan" will be received until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 28,
2011. Any proposals received after the designated closing time will be returned.

An original and two (2) copies will be sent to the City of Opa-locka and one (1) copy (which may be in
an electronic PDF format) sent to the Financial Advisor.

The original and two (2) copies sent to the City shall be submitted in sealed envelopes/packages
addressed to:
Deborah S. Irby, City Clerk,
CITY OF OPA LOCKA
780 Fisherman Street, 4m Floor
Opa-Locka, Florida, 33054

The copy sent to the Financial Advisor (which may be sent in electronic PDF format) shall be
addressed to:
Mr. Edward Marquez
Sr. Vice President, FirstSouthwest
18851 N E 29 Avenue, Suite 520
Aventura, FL 33180
Email: emarquez@firstsw.com

All packages should be marked Tax Exempt Fixed Rate Loan. Proposers desiring information for
use in preparing proposals may obtain a set of such documents from the Clerk's Office, 780
Fisherman Street, 40 Floor, Opa-Locka, Florida 33054, Telephone (305) 953-2800 or copies of RFP
NO. 11-2803100 requirements may also be obtained by visiting the City's website at
www.opalockafl.gov, (click "RFQ /PROPOSALS" located on the right hand side of the screen and
follow the instructions).

The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all proposals and to waive any technicalities or
irregularities therein. The City further reserves the right to award the contract to that proposer whose
proposal best complies with the RFP NO. 11-2803100 requirements. Proposers may not withdraw
their proposal for a period of ninety (90) days from the date set for the opening thereof.


Deborah S. Irby, CMC
City Clerk