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finally speaks

Celebrates bribery acquittal

-Miami Times photo/D. Kevin McNeir
INFORMING THE PUBLIC: County Commissioners Audrey Edmonson (1-r), Bruno Barreiro and Joe Martinez field ques-
tions from the press on Monday at downtown's Clark Center.

Heat is on for

commissioners to set election date

By D. Kevin McNeir

Miami-Dade County Commission
Chairman Joe A. Martinez, along with
Vice-Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson
and Commissioner Bruno Barreiro

met with the press on Monday to ad-
dress mounting concerns from citizens
about the outcome of the recent recall
election and spoke to the direction the
commission will now take.
Martinez indicated that the Board
will meet this Thursday at a special

session where they will set the date
for a countywide special election to fill
the vacated seats of county mayor and
District 13 commissioner. They will
also schedule a date for run-off elec-
tions, should they be necessary. And,
Please turn to HEAT 10A

By D. Kevin McNeir
Former City Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones was re-
cently cleared of bribery and
grand theft charges,
after a jury decid-
ed she did nothing
wrong in 2006 when
she asked a devel-
oper for a charita-
ble donation while
he was waiting for
a commission vote.
And while she was
upbeat, celebrating MICI
the victory with fam- SPENCI
ily members and sup-
porters, she knows she has at
least one additional hurdle in

her way a separate grand
theft case awaits her.
Spence-Jones spoke with
The Miami Times about the dif-
ficult times she has faced since
first being indicted in March
2010 and her plans
for the future.
"After being acquit-
ted last week I feel
grateful to almighty
God for giving me the
strength to defend
myself against these
lies and false charg-
es," she said. "I am
HELLE also innocent of the
E-JONES second grand theft
charge. The prosecutor's with-
held evidence from Barbara
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By Gregory W. Wright
Miami Times writer

The public's attention has been captured
by recent headline-grabbing cases.
Seven Black men have been shot and
killed by local police agencies. Two officers
were gunned down while serving an arrest
warrant in Model City. The Department of
Children and Families failed to protect the
life of a young girl, despite numerous warn-
ing signs of abuse. Several young children
have been murdered, their bodies callously


Alvarez top aide

is new interim


Former mayor says he

stands behind his decisions
By D. Kevin McNeir

It's been a week for the record
books after Miami-Dade County
voters handed County Mayor Car- .
los Alvarez and longtime County
Commissioner Natacha Seijas
their walking papers marking
the biggest recall of a local politi-
cian (Alvarez) in U.S. history.
It took the County Canvassing .
Board less than 30 minutes to cer- ALINA TEJADA HUDAK
tify last Tuesday's recall election Interim Chief
results. The final tally: 183,652
voters chose to recall Alvarez 24,796 voted to keep him in
Please turn to CHIEF 10A

thrown into a South Flr I'tl. cna l
Yet, in the midst ,if Ih'.-. IIuLiblesomi'c
cases, the Miami-Dale ,i P oili D-piii
ment (M-DPD) has one itIc.Ig- ii w nts T I
share with citizens: l hc c ii ni rate in Ni
ami-Dade County ha.e-, t Ituill gone duown
over the past five year-
In a joint press conicrence. .Nlami-Dadc
Mayor Carlos Alvarez, prior to being re-
moved from office b\ '.otcr recall, along
with Miami-Dade Police Director James
Loftus, touted several crime statistics
Please turn to CRIME 10A

From 2006-2010, the
county has seen a 22
percent decrease in the
number of violent crime
cases. This includes:
murder, forcible sex4
offenses, robberies ands
aggravated assaults



Candidates lining

up for Miami-Dade

mayor's seat

Official number won't be
known until election date is set
By D. Kevin McNeir

The list continues to grow as more candidates step forward
with their intention to succeed former Miami-Dade County May-
or Carlos Alvarez, after he was booted from office by an over-
whelming majority in last week's recall election.
And most of the candidates say that they plan to continue
in the direction set by the voters with initiatives that include:
reforming the county charter; streamlining expenses, lowering
Please turn to SEAT 10A

Moss brings new

art center to South

Dade community

By D. Kevin McNeir
km cneir@mianitifimesonline.coirn

It's been 19 years in the mak-
ing but South Dade is finally set
to open a state-of-the-art cultural
center in Cutler Bay that will fea-
ture a 966-seat theater, a multi-
purpose rehearsal space and
smaller areas where artists can
connect with the community. The
county will mark the opening of
the South Miami-Dade Cultural
Arts Center, which is situated DENNIS C. MOSS
on six acres on Southwest 211th County Commissioner
Street, just east of U.S. 1, with a
children's festival on April 23rd.
Much credit is given to County Commissioner Dennis C.
Moss, who developed a comprehensive plan for revitalizing
the area, eventually known as the "Moss Plan."
Please turn to MOSS 10A

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Voters have their say at polls -

but too few bothered to show up
What is it about all these special elections here in
South Florida with three down and at least one
more to go? And why do the majority of voters
chose to remain ambivalent holding on to our voter's reg-
istration cards like ostriches with their heads in the sand
and refusing to vote?
Maybe it's all these darned sunny days that keep us from
going to the polls since we can't blame it on the snow.
Perhaps we have just grown weary of having to trudge to the
mail box to send in those absentee ballots. It could be that
in these days of excessive multi-tasking we just have too
many things on our "to do" lists to take advantage of over
a week of early voting opportunities. Maybe . we have
just grown apathetic with the entire voting process and our
elected officials.
Whatever the reason, we just cannot chime in with local
billionaire Norman Braman and a host of others who are
celebrating the landslide vote that kicked former Coun-
ty Mayor Carlos Alvarez out of office, along with longtime
County Commissioner Natacha Seijas.
For the record books the recall election will go down as the
biggest recall of a local politician in U.S. history. Still, we are
not impressed. In fact, we are more than a little discontent
with the outcome.
Why, you ask? Because despite the 88 percent vote that
bounced the Mayor out of his 29th floor digs, that number
only equates to roughly 17 percent of all registered voters in
Miami-Dade County, which is estimated at over 1,213,928
voters. County workers, whose numbers total over 28,000,
didn't even "represent" to keep their boss in office.
If you are of the mindset that it really doesn't matter, think
again. What we are experiencing in the changes occurring
before our eyes is our future being driven by a select minor-
ity those dedicated registered voters who still believe that
their vote counts. And they're right. Because as any elected
official will tell you, politics in the final analysis is always
And guess what? We're not done yet. Now we have a May
or June special election, the date to be determined soon by
the County Board of Commissioners, for county mayor. And
given the current strong mayor position that is now up for
grabs, it is vital that we all show up at the polls in record
number -- including B!cks l ,'h hs t, h :* i r i'
for taking "siestas" during Election Day.
Miami-Dade has an annual budget of $7.5 billion dollars
and runs the Port of Miami, Miami International Airport and
most points in between. Our county is larger in number and
revenue that most cities in the U.S. That's equates to a great
deal of power and responsibility.
Speaking of responsibility, it's high time that all of the
people have their say, take their stand and draw the prover-
bial line in the sand. But it won't happen if we don't vote.

Black jobless rate is a crisis

of epidemic proportions

It may sound like the same old song with just a dif-
ferent tune and we won't argue the point but here
in South Florida and in most parts of the U.S.,
there's an epidemic that is raging. It has the potential to
wipe out entire families and generations of hard-work-
ing, home-owning Blacks. It's called "unemployment."
To show his concern for the working class, our own
State Governor Rick Scott has chosen to save money so
that businesses can "hire more employees" by cutting
unemployment benefits from 26 to 20 weeks that's
if you qualify, are not an ex-felon, etc., etc., etc. Most
people will tell you that collecting food stamps and un-
employment is no way to live but for some it's the only
way they survive.
What are the alternatives for young men and wom-
en who have a high school diploma but no experience?
What are the options in South Florida if you want to
work in the tourism industry or along South Beach but
can't speak Spanish? What does the future hold for a
young man or woman who may have made one wrong
turn early in life that earned them a prison record when
they go to apply for a job? We don't need to answer
these questions because most of you already know them
the prognosis is not good.
Now with our Republican-led State Legislature we are
seeing more bills that are draconian in nature and are
moving rapidly back to "the bad old days" than any one
could have imagined. One thing is certain more cuts
and cutbacks are on the way. And for Blacks, who have
become the perennial "scapegoat" in hard, economic
times, we know that our state's current unemployment
rate, now just under 16 percent, is bound to rise.
Meanwhile, without technical programs available for
youth or frustrated older workers to gain much-needed
skills to enter or reenter the job market, we fear there
will be more bad decisions being made by desperate citi-
zens. Of course with the prison industrial complex now
being a for-profit venture, we know that adding more
brothers to the lines in jail won't make too many of the
rich and famous unhappy. In fact, it will just add to
their profitable bottom line.
It's too bad that the majority of our elected Black poli-
ticians, who enjoy an impressive salary and outstand-
ing benefits, don't seem overly concerned. But then, as
the saying goes, "politics makes strange bedfellows."

Qet joiami Times;|

(ISSN 0739-0319)
Published Weekly at 900 NW 54th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127-1818
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Buena Vista Station, Miami, Florida 33127
Phone 305-694-6210

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

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Our federal government is too big to manage

We have a big problem. Our
deficit (total debt) is approach-
ing $14 trillion and it is still
growing by the interest it ac-
crues alone. Worse yet, the
debt holders are nations such
as China, Japan and Saudi
Arabia, who have no interest
in a "happy landing" for our
future. Our nation is running
on risky business and the
future for our children and
grandchildren does not look
bright at all. It is imperative
that we begin to address this
problem straight up and not
try to ignore or go into denial
as Congress and the White
House appear to be doing. We
don't address a federal deficit
with a budget that goes into
the red itself. Increasing the
deficit does not improve the
deficit. Any third grader could
figure that out.
Where do we go? We have
to cut our annual spending.

The federal government is too
big and wasteful no debate
there. We have been talking
about it for decades. Let us
start doing something about
it. The solution lies in shrink-
ing the federal government. As
President Thomas Jefferson
stated, "the government that
governs least, governs best."
This nation was built on four
federal agencies: The Depart-
ments of Justice, Treasury,
Defense and State. Anything
else should be evaluated for
its actual effectiveness and
the original four should be
shrunk to necessity and re-
move the largesse.
The prime candidate for cut-
ting is the U.S. Department of
Education, which is the most
wasteful and ignorant agency
the federal government has.
Those of us who were edu-
cated before this agency was
established in 1979 did all

right. There are only 5,000
employees which makes it the
smallest federal agency. How-
ever, it is gobbling up a "lion's
share" of the annual budget.
In 2009 it spent $32 billion
and $56 billion in 2010 and
the estimated portion for 2011
will be $71 billion. But wait, it
gets worse. The Stimulus Bill
added $102 billion in 2009;
$51 billion in 2010 and $23
billion in 2011. That is $335
billion in three years. What
do we get for it? A third world
educational system. Eliminat-
ing this agency would cut our
deficit by $1 trillion dollars
during the next 10 years.
As we start to look at cutting
our superfluous agencies that
do nothing to progress us for-
ward but drain our money we
should evaluate the four origi-
nal agencies. The Department
of Defense should certainly be
looked at as it accounts for

almost half of our total bud-
get. We take too many things
for granted with this agency.
World War II ended 66 years
ago and the Korean War end-
ed 57 years ago. So, why do
we still have 36,000 military
personnel, in Japan, 52,000 in
Germany, and 29,000 in Ko-
rea? Let's not forget the 9,000
in Italy and another 9,000 in
Britain. The need for these
personnel is nonexistent and
we should bring them home
and save the billions of dol-
lars we spend on it. We must
conclude the never ending
struggles in Iraq and Afghani-
stan and cut hundreds of bil-
lion dollars from our annual
Now is the time for true
leaders to come forward and
address this very critical situ-
ation we find ourselves in.
We owe it to our children and
grandchildren to correct it.


tender equity is everybody's business

March is V,'.I'n.-in's History
Month, and the White House
Council on Women and Girls,
led by Valerie Jarrett, commem-
orated it by releasing a report on
the status of women. According
to the report, we've come a long
way sisters, but we've still got a
long way to go. Despite the fact
that we out-enroll men in col-
lege, we under-earn them in the
workplace. There are so many
phenomenal women accom-
plishing amazing things and at
the same time there are so many
women whose economic attain-
ment is constrained by gender.
We in the Black community
must be concerned with the so-
cial construction of gender and
the ways that patriarchy shapes
the futures of our young people,
both young women and young
men. The face of Black leader-
ship, mostly all male, sends a
signal to young women. It sug-
gests that women's voices don't
matter, that we have to scrap our
way to the table. It denigrates
the enormity of Black women's

From this perspective, I ami
grateful that Roslyn B31-ock is
the chairman of the board of the
NAACP. The sister exhibited lher
leadership chops when she gave
her chairman's award at tilh
NAACP Image Awards to Sur-

der shape the way that health
care services are delivered and
we look forward to the ways that
Dr. Benj.iamin will share that
witli the nation.
Nearly a century ago, Anna
lulia Cooper said. '.VIiij and

We must claim this month, not simply as a statement
of history, but also as an opportunity to remind the
nation and the world that gender equity is a human

geon General Dr. Regina Ben-
jamin and lifted up a stalwart
medical leader who has, against
all odds, given of herself. That's
women's history.
Benjamin stands on the
shoulders of other outstanding
Black surgeon generals, includ-
ing Dr. David Satcher, Dr. Joc-
elyn Elders and others. She has
the opportunity to deal with the
crushing effects of health dis-
parities and she has the experi-
ence to illuminate the many in-
equalities that shape our health
care system. Both race and gen-

where I enter, the interests of my
race and my gender come with
me." Today. the same is true.
Yet. for many this women's his-
torv month is not about us, not
about women of African descent.
But, it can be our month, if we
assert it.
We must claim this month, not
simply as a statement of history,
but also as an opportunity to re-
mind the nation and the world
that gender equity is a human
imperative. In other words, we
don't just want pay equity for
women, but we want pay equity


For Black America, the issue is jot

From March 29th through the
31st, the National Urban League
will take its fight for urban jobs
to Capitol Hill with its 2011 Leg-
islative Policy Conference. This
year's summit will make the
case for targeted action to tack-
le the persistent unemployment
crisis in Black America. The
conference also serves as the
backdrop to the release of the
National Urban League's land-
mark annual publication, The
State of Black America, being
held this year at historic How-
ard University, with a Town Hall
event featuring Howard stu-
dents, r.,LAli', and others and
moderated by Jeff Johnson and
Roland Martin.
The highlight of this year's
legislative summit and State of
Black America report is jobs,
jobs, jobs. The great recession
is officially over. But, with over-
all In'l l i .,..,, -ni now at 8.9
percent and 13.7 million people
still out of work, the recovery

has been painfully slow and has
yet to make a significant visit to
communities of color. The U.S.
Department of Labor's February
jobs report shows Black unem-
ployment at 15.3 percent. The
rate is 16.2 percent for Black
men and 11.6 percent for His-

fails to bring jobs and prosperity
back to urban and communities
of color is a recovery ini nnme
only. America can only succeed
if its cities and the people wiho
live and work in them have ac-
cess to jobs and are fully pre-
pared to excel and innovate in

ur report will also unveil the National Urban League's
2011 Equality Index, our annual comparison of the so-
cial, political, and economic status of Blacks and Lati-
nos to that of Whites.

panics. Clearly, the jobs crisis
persists in urban America and
an immediate national response
is long overdue.
In the past, our nation has
declared war on poverty, war
on drugs, even war on obesity.
Today, we must call on Wash
ington to declare wa\r lo unieme
ployment and the first line of ide
fense nuist be turban Aimcric.
The truth is. anIy t't'oci thlat

those jobs. That is the key mes-
sage of this year's State of Black
Our report takes an honest
look at the reality and underly-
ing causes of double-digit job-
lessncess in Black America. But.
we don't just point out the prob-
lem, we oflter a solution with a
12 -point blueprint for quality
job rt'atioll, Our plan recog-
iii. ts thltl as thle nation takes

for families and for a nation.
When women aren't well paid,
families aren't well cared for.
When women are kicked to the
curb economically, children suf-
fer and we experience genera-
tional reverberations. Fair treat-
ment of women is an investment
in the growth, development, and
success of our nation.
Women represent less than one
percent of the Fortune 500 lead-
ers, are nearly absent in the civil
rights leadership and are fewer
than 20 percent of our elected
national leaders in the House of
Representatives and the Senate.
We must celebrate this scarce
leadership and more importantly
commit to find new leaders -
young women who have been
nurtured and encouraged to step
up and step out into leadership.
The status of Black women
cannot be ignored. We lead too
many Black families, are respon-
sible for too many of our children
and are paid too inequitably to
be able to manage. Gender equi-
ty is not a women's imperative, it
is a community imperative.

steps to reduce our ballooning
deficit, we must make tough
choices. But if, as the Presi-
dent has said, we are going to
"win the future," this is no time
to cut investments in our peo-
ple. That means, among other
things, we must invest in sum-
mer jobs for teens, broadband
and green jobs for their parents
and direct job creation for cities
and states.
Our report will also unveil the
National Urban League's 2011
Equality Index, our annual com-
parison of the social, political,
and economic status of Blacks
and Latinos to that of Whites. It
highlights some successful job-
creating initiatives by the Ur-
ban League and others. And, we
make it clear that every aspect
of life in America is connected to
jobs. Education is a jobs issue.
Healthcare is a jobs issue. In-
ternational trade is a jobs issue.
Housing and transportation are
jobs issues.








CII- For whom does Governor Scott really work?

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I Letter to the Editor

Attorneys need to be

made examples of

Dear Editor,

When discussing issues with
lawyers, three local public fig-
ures come to mind that exemplify
the problem of why people cannot
trust attorneys: Henry "Hank"
Adorno, Richard Scruggs and
'Julie O. Bru. All three have be-
trayed the public's trust.
The Hank Adorno scandal be-
gan in the late 1990s, when the
near-bankrupt City of Miami cre-
ated the fire rescue fee to fill bud-
get gaps. Many sued, but Adorno
misled the City, the class litigants
and his clients in accepting a set-
tlement through a trick. It is only
fitting that he was suspended,
but we wait to see the ruling on
his disbarment. He should be dis-
barred, if he is not, it will send
the wrong message.
Julie O. Bru is the current City
Attorney of the City of Miami. She
has kept a low-profile, but her
lack of professionalism and eth-
ics cannot be ignored. She and
her assistants have assisted Ex-
posito in bloody reign as Chief of
Police of the City of Miami. As the
top legal officer, the police rou-
tinely consult with Julie Bru and
her assistants regarding policy,
protocol and the legalities of their
It has been reprehensible that
rather than helping to correct im-
proper police action in the crimi-
nal and civil arena, Bru promotes

it and gives legal advice that al-
lows officers and detectives to find
ways to justify the many unjus-
tified police shootings that have
taken place during Bru's watch.
That is not to say that all of the
shootings have been unjustified
- some of them were quite valid
and unavoidable, but many were
unacceptable. Notwithstanding,
why the Florida Bar refuses to
seriously investigate her leads to
many questions about politics in
the Florida Bar.
Finally, there is Richard Scrug-
gs, the prosecutor of former Com-
missioner Michelle Spence-Jones.
While no one is calling Spence
Jones a saint, I.k.,ll. she's com-
mitted no crimes. The targeting
of her is purposeful and political.
Scruggs' actions are as bad as
former D.A. Michael Nifong with
the Duke lacrosse team case. Ar-
mando Codina repeated in depo-
sition as well as on the witness
stand that Scruggs lied to him
and tricked him into going along
with the prosecution initially.
Scruggs should be investi-
gated, and ultimately suspended
and disbarred.
These attorneys give lawyers
everywhere a bad name and
make it tougher for the rest; they
need to be made examples of.

Adrean Lans

Governor Rick Scott is an
enigma. He has no track record
in politics but his track record
in business is phenomenal and
transformational. After two and
a half months in office, there is
no telling what he will do but
based on his business success
it will revolve around cost-cut-
ting and cost-control.
Everyone knows that Scott
is a multi-millionaire and is a
shrewd businessman. When a
candidate spends $73 million
of his own money to become
the governor of a state, he has a
strategic plan. Some candidates
run for office for benevolent rea-
sons: they want to move the city,
state or nation forward. Others
run for office to increase their
bank accounts and expand
their careers or businesses.
Based on Scott's business
track record, he has the ability
to take a small idea and grow
it into a multi-billionaire busi-
ness. In 1987, he started with

a Dallas law practice that spe-
cialized in healthcare mergers
and acquisitions. Scott and his
silent partner, Richard Rainwa-
ter, put up $125,000 to start
a company named Columbia
Hospital Corporation.
In 1988, the company bought
two hospitals and by 1989 it
was running four hospitals
Eighteen months later it was
running a chain of 24 hospitals.
Thirteen months later he owned
99. hospitals and 12 months
later he was running 196 hos-
pitals worth $10 billion. Shortly
after this activity, his company
announced another merger that
would increase the number
of hospitals to 300 with other
health-related enterprises.
At this point, Rick Scott's
company was worth around
$15 billion and the secret to his
company's success was its cost-
cutting strategy. His philosophy
was to use less-skilled, lower-
paid people, while consolidating

services and renegotiating sup-
ply contracts. They were able to
go into markets and negotiate
contracts based on volume and
drive down the cost of providing
services in the market.
Scott expects absolute ac-
countability from his execu-
tives but in 1997, he resigned
as CEO of Columbia/HCA amid
a federal billing fraud investi-
gation. Although the company
admitted to criminal wrongdo-
ing was was fined $1.7 billion,
Scott was never charged.
Scott stared a new urgent care
chain in 2001 named Solantic,
in Jacksonville. The company
has 32 clinics in Florida and
most of its business comes from
people who pay cash. Many of
the customers have high-de-
ductibles or no insurance.
Many in the state believe
that there is a conflict of inter-
est and an ethics problem with
our governor and his business
Solantic. The ethic law states

that a government official can-
not work nor have a contractual
relationship with an entity that
does business, directly or indi-
rectly with the state and regu-
lated by a government agency.
When Scott ran for office, he
put his Solantic ownership in
his wife's name; therefore he is
not involved with the running
of his company. Nevertheless,
Solantic is regulated by state
agencies and the governor ap-
points the agencies secretaries.
The healthcare industry is al-
ways evolving and many of the
governors are asking for waiv-
ers so they can control the way
the government money is spent.
Solantic is in a position to grow
exponentially overnight, based
on the waivers. There will al-
ways be the question of whether
Scott is concerned with solving
Florida's problems or actually
more focused on growing and
expanding his different compa-
nies' financial bottom lines.


What do you do with a 'Richard Scruggs?'

Several months ago, I wrote
about the emotional trauma
that good people suffer when
they are subject to prosecu-
tion, particularly when every-
one turns against them and
judges them guilty simply be-
cause the Miami Herald slants
a story in a certain manner
and prosecutors file an in-
dictment. In the case of Mi-
chelle Spence-Jones, justice
has not been swift but it has
been certain. From the out-
set, I fi.lt her prosecution for
alleged bribery when not one
dime of the money went into
her pocket was far-fetched at
best. Apparently, my viewpoint
was shared by Judge Rosa Ro-
driguez and the jury. When
did a public official's solicita-
tion of contributions for char-
ity become a crime? Moving
from indictment to innocence
is a long, torturous walk and
Spence-Jones, many "friends"
backed away from her as she
was publicly humiliated and
stripped off her office on two
occasions. For the most part
she has fought the long fight
alone with a few close friends
and family members who re-
mained by her side.
Now it seems that the tide
has turned. More and more
people are questioning the
honesty and integrity of the
prosecutor, Richard Scruggs,
that launched this attack.
Scruggs was apparently criti-
cized by Armando Codina, who
basically stated that Scruggs
lied to him about the use of

his donation and made him
feel that some sort of fraud
had taken place. Codina was
not afraid to testify under oath
that he was misled by Scruggs.
Likewise, former Commission-
er Carey-Shuler was misled by
Scruggs, when he showed her
a letter from her office with
her signature stamped on the
page and inferred that she did
not send the letter. Spence-
Jones's attorney, Peter Raben,
uncovered the truth behind
this puzzle. But again, Scruggs
misled a witness in the hopes
of achieving a "win."
The New Times has written
several stories on Scruggs,
including one where he was
chastised by a judge for with-
holding information in the Rev.
Gaston Smith trial and for ly-
ing to a New Times reporter. He
was also chastised by a judge
for failing to c (iplI. with a
public records request. How-
ever, it appears that Scruggs
is willing to leak stories that
will paint his targets in a nega-
tive light. He allegedly released
sensitive information about
Commissioner Arthur Teele to
a reporter that led to the late
commissioner's horrific sui-
In addition, a number of blogs
are springing up that show that
Scruggs may have a history of
bending the truth including his
allegedly being charged with a
crime by the Costa Rican gov-
ernment because he kidnapped
an alleged drug dealer and took
him secretly out of the country

The voters have had their say and County Mayor Alvarez is out

of office; what major issues should the next mayor address?
BALGENE CHINN, 51 Black-on-Black .crime, the E. H. HURCLE, 29 and people need help. I know
Truck driver, Liberty City young-on-young crime, there is Computer tech, Liberty City many friends of mine that need
.T just too much violence going on help, the economy is tough but
The new. '.- /b in the community, that is what I'm not too the new person has to give us
mayor needs / I want addressed, sure of what something.

to address
equality and
justice. Equal-
ity meaning
that this city
needs to be
equal based
on finances and race. Not just
by race because now if you look,
the Hispanics have the head

Bus driver, Liberty City

of issues. Gun
violence, it is
just too much
of that going
on in the com-
munity. There H .
is too much .. _

Retired, Liberty City

I want the -
new mayor to
address all of
the citizens of
County and ,'
our issues and
give us the
same atten-
tion and have
.some of things they have in
South Miami and Miami Beach
over here in the Liberty City,
Overtown areas. The new may-
or also needs to address crime,
but really to address crime that
has to start in the household.

the new may-
or should ad-
dress but he
will have his
plate full.
There are so
many issues -- ----
that people
need help with, so who ever be-
comes mayor needs to be ready
and have real solutions to real

School tewlcher,
Liberty City

I want the
new mayor
to address
every 'issue,
we are hurt-
ing out here

Computer tech, Liberty City

I want the --
new mayor, i
who ever it is,
to get serious
about the peo-
ple of Miami-
Dade County.
We showed
our voting
power and
we are not afraid to flex some
muscle again if it comes to that,
hopefully it won't.
.. I t.'.lr olle Ielieve 1111' if
yo u give ie'ople I1 tloroutgh untllers tindiing
ol' WviIaiI onll'rolnts thetai d tlhe bsic' causes
IhIl p~.roduce it. they'll create their own
proL.llll ulnd when ll ie people crV'le Ia pro-
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without following Costa Rican
extradition procedures. If he
returns to Costa Rica, he is
apparently subject to prosecu-
Prosecutors are supposed to
serve the people and be indi-
viduals of integrity. The bottom
line: prosecutors determine
who is going to be charged
that is based on the evidence
and the law. Perhaps Scruggs
is not dishonest but simply a
person who wants to win at all
cost regardless of the facts he
twists or the laws he bends.

People are questioning the in-
tegrity of State Attorney Fer-
nandez Rundle and her chief
public corruption prosecutor,
Richard Scruggs. When the
State Attorney allows a rogue
prosecutor to mislead witness-
es, hide evidence and be less
than honest, then the entire
justice system is adversely im-
pacted. Ultimately, if the State
Attorney's Office pursues cas-
es that have no merit, there
may come a time when there is
a reckoning and the prosecu-
tors become the defendants.

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* B amg ILuciniy

If the Jackson Health System is in a financial tight spot why
are they offering a new CEO $300,000 more than they are
paying the present chief executive, Dr. Eneida Roldan? Will a
higher salary solve our problems? Anyhow, here are the four
finalists: Myles Lash, a veteran consultant and hospital chief
executive, is a specialist in turning around troubled systems;
Jodi Mansfield is a veteran administrator, mostly recently
with Shands hospitals in Central Florida; "Ram" Raju is
chief operating officer of the New York City Health and Hospi-
tal Association, a huge public hospital system; and William
Vanaskie is chief operating officer with Mariposa Integrated
Health System, a safety net hospital group in Phoenix.

One of the most interesting lawsuits is about to unfold in our
city. Four companies targeted by Miami police for possessing
illegal gambling machines said cops unlawfully seized their
property. The police department's stance sparked political
upheaval at City Hall in December when Police Chief Miguel
Exposito accused Mayor Tomas Regalado of meddling in the
raid and suggested the politician was in bed with organized
crime associated with the machines. Stay tuned.

Now that County Mayor Carlos Alvarez has been kicked
out of office, it didn't take more than a day for County Manag-
er George Burgess to resign his cushy position as the highest
paid "public servant" in Miami-Dade. But George is shedding
no tears over leaving office because he will get a severance
p.l h1c'lck and benefits that will allow him to retire for life.
Some of the goodies include: one year of his full base salary
of $326,340; medical coverage for him and his family until
he's 65; deferred compensation of $22,000 to be paid in 2012;
an executive benefit payment of $10,000 paid bi-weekly over
the coming year; a $1,500 payment for senior management
supplement retirement; a $3,000 monthly expense allowance
and $600 car allowance for one year; an $8,000 payment to
cover premium on life insurance and disability insurance for
2012 with 2011 already paid for; a payout of about $79,892
for unused sick time; and a payout of about $78,777 for un-
used annual leave or vacation. Stay tuned.
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the former priest who became
Haiti's first democratically-elected president before being
forced into exile twice, returned home Friday. He arrived from
his adopted home in South Africa as voters prepared to go
to the polls Sunday for a presidential runoff intended to end
months of political discord. Aristide, a polarizing figure, de-
fied American efforts to keep him out at least until the runoff.
American officials feared that his return would disrupt the
election after the fraud in the November voting.

It looks like we are headed for a court showdown between
the Miami police chief and CIP attorney Charles Mays. Mi-
ami police have rejected a demand from a citizens' oversight
panel to turn over all information on last summer's police
shooting death of DeCarlos Moore, likely leading to a court-
room showdown that could determine just how much pow-
er the publicly-created panel can wield. Two weeks ago the
11-member City of Miami Civilian Investigative Panel ordered
Chief Exposito to turn over all records related to the Jiul
5th shooting of Moore, the first of seven Black men shot and
killed by police in the inner city over a seven-month period.
Stay tuned.


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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister
House residence, Wednesday night, March 16.

Racial disparity grows

for graduation rates


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Naoto Kan of Japan from the Treaty Room office in the V\

Japan weighs need to bur:

nuclear power plant

By Shinichi Saoshiro and
Yoko Nishikawa Shinichi

TOKYO (Reuters) Japa-
nese engineers conceded on
recently that burying a crip-
pled nuclear plant in sand
and concrete may be a last re-
sort to prevent a catastrophic
radiation release, the method
used to seal huge leakages
from Chernobyl in 1986.
But they still hoped to solve
the crisis by fixing a power
c.bl two reactors by Sat-
urday to restart water pumps
needed to cool overheating nu-
clear fuel rods. Workers also
sprayed water on the No.3 re-
actor, the most critical of the
plant's six.
It was the first time the fa-
cility operator had acknowl-
edged burying the sprawling
40-year-old complex was pos-
sible, a sign that piecemeal
actions such as dumping wa-
ter from military helicopters
or scrambling to restart cool-
ing pumps may not work.
"It is not impossible to en-
case the reactors in concrete.
But our priority right now is to
try and cool them down first,"
an official from the plant oper-
ator, Tokyo Electric Power Co,
told a news conference.
As Japan entered its second
week after a 9.0-magnitude
earthquake and 10-meter (33-
foot) tsunami flattened coast-
al cities and killed thousands,

) .1

Cabinet Secretary Yukio
no told a news conference
Japan also raised the s
ity rating of the nuclear c
from Level 4 to Level 5 oi

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S,. -. :.
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ellite image provided by Geoeye shows the Fukushima Dai Ichi
nuclear power plant taken Thursday March 17.

the world's worst nuclear cri-
sis since Chernobyl and Ja-
pan's worst humanitarian
crisis since World War 'Tvo
looked far from over.
Around 6,500 people have
been confirmed dead from
the earthquake and tsunami
while 10,300 are missing,
many feared dead.
Some 390,000 people in-
cluding many elderly are
homeless and battling near-
freezing temperatures in

makeshift shelters in north-
east coastal areas. Food, wa-
ter, medicine and heating fuel
is in short supply.
The government signaled
it could have moved faster in
dealing with the multiple di-
"An unprecedented huge
earthquake and huge tsunami
hit Japan. As a result, things
that had not been anticipated
in terms of the general disas-
ter response took place," Chief

seven-level INES international
scale, putting it on a par with
America's Three Mile Island
accident in 1979, although
some experts say it is more se-
(.iernolvl was a seven on
the INES scale.
Tourists, expatriates and
mlalnny vlnpalelste continue to
leave 'I'okyo, li hiring a blast
of radioactive material froll
the nuclear' complex 2110 kml
(150 miles) to the north, even
though health officials and
the U.N. atomic \watchdog
have said radiation levels in
the capital were not harmful.
That is little solace for about
30)0 nuclear plat work
ers toiling in tlhe radioactive
wreckage, wearing masks,
goggles and protective suits
with seams sealed off by duct
tape to keep out radioactive
particles. "My eyes well with
tears at the thought of the
work they are doing," Kazuya
Aoki. a safety official at Ja-
pan's Nuclear and Industrial
Safety Agency, told Reuters.
Even if engineers restore
power at the Fukushima Dai-
ichi plant, the pumps may be
too damaged from the earth-
quake, tsunami or subsequent
explosions to work.

ORLANDO (AP) A study
released Monday shows grow-
ing disparity between gradua-
tion rates for white and Black
players at schools in the men's
NCAA basketball tournament.
An annual report by the
University of Central Florida's
Institute for Diversity and
Ethics in Sport found a two
percent overall graduation
rate increase to 66 percent for
Division I players, but showed
the rates for white players is
Increasing at a higher rate.
S The gap has grown from
22 percent in 2009 to a cur-
rent level of 32 percent. White
players show a 91 percent
graduation rate, which is up
seven percent. Black play-
ers have a graduation rate at
59 percent, up three percent
From last year's study. This is
the third straight year the gap
has increased.
Richard Lapchick, the insti-
tute director and primary au-
thor of the study, said the gap
S makes it hard to celebrate the
'-tl overall progress.
'etesooiza "To say that it's troubling
Vhite is an understatement," Lap-
chick said. "It is a stagger-
ing gap, but I think you've
seen an increased percentage
S among African-American ath-
letes over the years because of
Ythe (Academic Progress Rate)
thresholds. Losing scholar-
ships is a big lever there. But
I think now you have to raise
the expectation level of the
Eda- Information was collected
C. by the NCAA from member
ever- institutions for the study. The
crisis institute reviewed the six-
1 the year graduation rates of each

school's freshman class that
enrolled in 2003-04, then cal-
culated a four-class average.
Princeton was not included
in the overall graduation rate
figure because it, like other
Ivy League schools, doesn't
report graduation rates.
Only five schools (Boston
University, Northern Colora-
do, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh,
North Carolina-Ashville) have
graduation rates for Black
players that were higher than
their figures for white players.
The NCAA created the APR
in 2004 to improve graduation
rates, disciplining schools in
the form of lost scholarships
when they don't meet the
NCAA standard for academ-
ic performance. Teams that
score below 925 equal to a
graduation rate of 50 percent
- can lose up to 10 percent of
their scholarships. Poor per-
formance over time could lead
to harsher penalties.
Lapchick said he would like
to see the NCAA standard
go up to 60 percent. Only 10
teams in this year's tourna-
ment show APRs below 925,
with 41 teams with an APR of
950 or higher and 36 teams
with an APR of 960 or higher.
"I think that would help
also put pressure on athletes,
including African-American
basketball players, and the
schools will have to be more
accountable to make sure
they have the opportunity
to be successful in finishing
their degrees," Lapchick said.
A report on the teams com-
peting in the women's NCAA
tournament was released

Libya offers cease-fire

after U.N. no-fly zone vote

By Hadeel Al-shalchi & Ryan Lucas
A\..ociated' l'r.

TRIPOLI, Libya Libya de-
clared ; immediate cease-
fire recently,. trying to fend off
international military inter-
\'entioin after the U.N. autho-
rized a no- Ivl zone and "all
necesslary measures" to .pre-
ven\t the regime from striking
its own people. A rebel spokes-
man said Moanumar Gadhafi's
forces were still shelling two
The' cease-fire announce-
ment by the Libyan foreign
minister followed a fierce gov-
ernment attack on Misrata.
the last rebel-held city in the
western half of the country. A
doctor said at least six people
were killed.
Mustafa Gheriani, a spokes-
man for the rebels, said the
attacks continued well past
the announcement.
"He's bombing Misrata and
Adjadbiya from 7 a.m. this
morning until now. How can
you trust him?" Gheriani said.

The U.N. Security Council
resolution, which was passed
late Thursday after weeks pf
deliberation, set the stage
for airstrikes, a no-fly zone
and other military measures
short of a ground invasion.
Britain announced that it
would send fighter jets, Italy
offered the use of its bases,
and France was making
plans to deploy planes. The
U.S. had yet to announce its
role. NATO also held an emer-
gency meeting.
With the international
community mobilizing, Liby-
an Foreign Minister Moussa
Koussa said the government
would cease fire in line with
the resolution, although he
criticized the authorization of
international military action,
calling it a violation of Libya's
"The government is open-
ing channels for true, serious
dialogue with all parties," he
said during a news confer-
ence in Tripoli, the capital.
He took no questions.

Census: More Blacks in South moving to suburbs

in the South are shunning city
life for the suburbs at the high-
est levels in decades, rapidly in-
tegrating large metropolitan ar-
eas that were historically divided
between inner-city Blacks and
suburban whites.
Census figures also show that
Hispanic population growth for
the first time outpaced that of
Blacks and whites in most of the
South, adding to the region's ra-
cial and ethnic mix.
"All of this will shake up the
politics," said Lance deHaven-
Smith, a political science profes-
sor at Florida State University in
Tallahassee. Because the South
is a critical region for Republi-
cans in presidential elections,
"all the Democrats have to do is
pick up a couple Southern states,
and Republicans are in trouble."
The share of Blacks in large
metropolitan areas who opted to
live in the suburbs climbed to 58
percent in the South, compared
to 41 percent for the rest of the
U.S., according to census esti-
mates. That's up from 52 percent
in 2000 and represents the high-
est share of suburban Blacks in
the South since the Civil Rights
Act passed in the 1960s.

The South also had iii.l.i.
gains in neighborhood integra-
tion between Blacks and whites.
Thirty-two of the region's 38
largest metro areas made such
gains since 2000, according to
a commonly used demographic
index. The measure, known as
the segregation index, tracks the
degree to which racial groups are
evenly spread between neighbor-
hoods. Topping the list were rap-
idly diversifying metros in cen-
tral Florida, as well in Georgia,
Texas and Tennessee.
Among the new Black subur-
banites are Ray Taylor, 34, and
his wife, Marcia, 33. Four years
ago, they moved from Atlanta to
the northern suburb of Alpharet-
ta, Georgia, about 20 miles (30
kilometers) away, seeking bet-
ter schools and a wider range of
community activities. They now
have two small children, ages
four and one.
Taylor, a political independent
who voted for Democrat Barack
Obama in 2008, said he also
liked having more exposure to
people of different racial and po-
litical backgrounds. Compared
with Atlanta, Alpharetta has a
broader mix of whites and His-
panics and tends to lean more

"We wanted to be close enough
to access tlie city and have the
best of both worlds," he said.

Census figures also show that
Hispanics contributed more to
population gains than Blacks in
13 of the 16 Southern states over
the last decade, compared with
seven states for Hispanics from
1990-2000. It was a clear sign of
the shift under way for a region
in which Blacks have been the
dominant minority group dating
back to slavery.
In all, Hispanics accounted for
roughly 45 percent of population
gains in the South over the last
decade, compared with about 22
percent for whites and 19 per-
cent for Blacks.

"It's clear that Black growth
continues to locate in the sub-
urban South, leading to declines
in their historic segregation,"
said William Frcy, a demogra-
pher at Brookings Institution
who did a broad analysis of the
census data. "'This new dis-
persed growth of Blacks, cou-

pled with the new waves of His-
panic growth, are changing the
region's longstanding 'Black-
white' image and heralding the
beginning of a more diverse re
Thl latest race figures offer
hint of some of fthe coming po-
litical wrangling in fast-growing
parts of tle South, where His-
panic immigration as well as an
influx of Blacks froln thle North
- two minority groups which
tend to lean Democratic have
the potential to shift historic
voting trends.
Next year, the South will be the
site for the Republican National
Convention in Tampa, Florida,
and the Democratic National
Convention in Charlotte, North
Carolina, both states Obania
carried in 2008 due partly to
a large minority turnout. 13oth.
Charlotte and Tanmpa last year
became cities in which whites
now make up less than 50 per-
cent of the population.
DeHlaven-Smnitl said thie high
cr levels of Black residential in-
tegration could make it harder
for states lo maintain majority
Black districts wIhen they re
draw political boundaries in the
coming mIonths.

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Another role for buses in civil rights history

talking about civil rights-era
buses and it's all Rosa Parks
all the time.
Museums are dedicated to her
role in the boycott in the mid-
1950s that forced Montgomery
to stop banishing Blacks to the
back of city buses. Schools and
stamps bear her name. There is
a Rosa Parks cookie jar and a
Rosa Parks app.
But no one talks much about
Worcy Crawford, who died in
July at age 90, leaving a grave-
yard of decaying buses behind
his house on the outskirts of
His private coaches, all of
them tended by Crawford al-
most until the day he died, do
not have the panache of the city
buses that the Rev. Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. refused to
ride. But they have significance
With their cracked windows
and rusting engines thick with
brambles, they are remnants of
something that was quite rare
in the South: a bus company
owned by a Black.
Crawford's work was simple.
He kept a segregated popula-
tion moving. Any Birming-
ham child who needed a ride
to school, a football game or a
Girl Scout outing during the
Jim Crow era and beyond most
likely rode one.
So did people heading to doz-
ens of civil rights rallies in-
cluding the 1963 March on
Washington where Dr. King
delivered his "I Have a Dream"
speech during a time when
chartering a bus from a white-
owned company was impos-
sible and driving past the city
limits was dangerous for a bus-
load full of Blacks.
Now, Mr. Crawford's only re-
maining child is trying to keep
his father's much more humble
dream alive.
"Dad felt he was never real-
ly given any recognition," said
Donald Crawford, 62, a long-
time Birmingham high school
barid instructor and jazz mu-
sician. "I don't think they in-
tentionally left him out of the
history books, but because he
operated so under the radar
they didn't know what he did."
To try to make things right,
his son sat Crawford down a
few years ago and recorded his
story, turning it into a self-pub-
lished book. He titled it "The
Wheels of the Birmingham Civ-
il Rights Movement," which is
what a pastor called Crawford

By Charles Babington
Associated Press

Obama rode a wave of voter pas-
sion in 2008 fed largely by in-
tense dislike of President George
W. Bush and the Iraq war, plus
excitement among young and
minority voters at the notion of
electing the nation's first Black
Now, as Obama cranks up his
re-election campaign, all those
factors are absent.
The president has many tools,
of course, for inspiring and ex-
citing potential voters. But he
faces a different landscape, one
in which key supporters are dis-
appointed by concessions he has
made to Republicans, and dis-
couraged by huge Democratic
losses last fall.
Obama acknowledged the
challenge last week in Boston.
"Somebody asked me, how do
we reinvigorate the population,
the voter, after two very tough
years?" he told Democratic do-
nors. "How do we recapture that
magic that got so many young
people involved for the very first
time in 2008?"
One answer, the president said,
is to persuade hardcore liberals
to swallow their anger over politi-
cal compromises the administra-
tion reached with Republicans,
even when Democrats controlled
both chambers of Congress.
Obama's concessions include
dropping his proposed public op-
tion for health insurance, and
extending Bush-era tax cuts for
the wealthiest.
"There's no weakness in us
trying to reach out and seeing
if we can find common ground,"
the president said.
Despite his pleas, many Obama

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by his father. The buses were a lifeline for Blacks during the civil
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"I don't think they intentionally left him out of the history books, but because he operate
under the radar they didn't know what he did," said Donald Crawford, on his father and his bus

at an appreciation the commu-
nity held for him in 1999.
It is sold at a local Black-
owned bookstore (though the
digitally inclined can find it on
Amazon.com) or from the trunk
of Donald Crawford's car. iHe
thought about sending a copy
to Oprah Winfrey, but his cous-
in in Chicago said she thought
it was unlikely to reach her.
Copies made their way to the
Birmingham Civil Rights In-
stitute, where curators store
Crawford's oral history.
That is about where formal
interest in Crawford ends. But

supporters clearly are disap-
pointed. When he was inaugurat-
ed, 83 percent of Democrats said
they expected his presidency to
be above average, and nearly half
predicted it would be "outstand-
ing," an AP-GfK poll found. Two
years later, 68 percent of Demo-
crats rated it above average so
far, and just 20 percent called it
Last fall's elections were a di-
saster not only for the hundreds
of Democrats voted out of Con-
gress, governorships and state
legislatures. They raised ques-
tions about Obama, too.
Thirty-seven percent of vot-
ers told exit pollsters they cast
ballots explicitly to oppose the
president, while 23 percent said
their votes represented support
for him.
Top Obama aides say things
will look better by mid-2012, for
several reasons.
They say GOP-led efforts to end
state workers' collective bargain-
ing rights in Wisconsin and else-

like people who ran the grocery
stores and doctors' offices and
other essential businesses in
t lhe crn when Il'ks were not
allowed to mix with whites.
Craw'ford was an essential
part of daily life for Black Bir-
"This is the only bus com-
pany Ithat we had in tle (lays
of the segregationist era,"
said Ilo race l luntI, wlho
recently retired as a proves
sor of African-American his-
tory at the University of Ala-
bama at Birmingham and
was a board member at

) fire up his base
where are dramatically galvaniz-
ing the labor movement, a key
Democratic constituency. Some
union activists wish Obama
would speak up more forcefully
for them. But campaign aides
say they think he is walking the
right line by supporting unions
without appearing unduly be-
holden to them.
Another key group, gays and
lesbians, may shrug off several
disappointments and work hard
for Obama's re-clection because
he signed legislation beginning
the repeal of the Pentagon's
"don't ask, don't tell" policy,
which barred gays frolin serving
openly ill the military.
Former White I louse press see-
retary Robert Gibbs said in an
interview that the president will
be able to show solid progress
on the economy, education and
other topics that will persuade
dispirited Democrats to fight for
Obama's re-election.
These issues will "continue to
animate core supporters of the
president," Gibbs said, and "get
them passionately involved."
He predicted that Republicans
will help by focusing on undo-
ing Obama initiatives, such as
the 2010 health care overhaul,
rather than offering an appeal-
ing alternative agenda. "Being
against something is only going
to get you so far," Gibbs said.
Several Democratic activ-
ists acknowledged that some
black voters are disappointed
in Obama, wishing he would do
more for impoverished Ameri-
cans. But these voters might be
far more outraged and energized,
the activists say, by people who
say the nation's first Black presi-
cldent was born in Kenya and has
no legal right to be in the While

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Lesser necessary if Black people were
I. to move from point A to point B
in any semblance of numbers,"
Dr. Huntley said. "The impor-
tance of it goes without saying."
Crawford's first job in the
transportation business was
taking the popular Ensley All-
Stars Black baseball team to
games around the South in a
truck he used to haul coal. He
traded the truck for a bus in
"As far as I knew I was the
only Black person that had a
bus," he told his son.
That he could start a bus
line occurred to him when
his mother-in-law asked him
to take her and her church
friends to a Seventh-day Ad-
ventist convention.
He added another bus and
started transporting other
church and school groups,
sometimes free. But when he
went to the county clerk's office
for a commercial license, city
Officials used a racial slur and
laughed him out of the office.
Crawford figured out that if
Lesser he "sold" his buses to church-
d so es in name only, he could get
line. a special permit and operate
a commercial line in a kind of
and legal gray area. It was cheap-

er, and he did not have to pay
"This was the one time rac-
ism really worked in my favor,"
he said in the book.
His bus line grew, and Jim
Crow laws faded. Crawford's
drivers started taking weekend
partiers to New Orleans, Pana-
ma City, Fla., and other cities.
Eventually, the company was
cited for improper permits and
other violations.
In 1979, after a series of le-
gal hearings and protests from
established interstate bus com-
panies, he got his interstate
commercial permit, according
to interviews he gave.
"Didn't nobody know who I
was," Worcy Crawford told The
Birmingham News in an inter-
view a few years before he died.
"And to this day some people
still don't know who I am. I
say that's the way the Lord
planned it."
Today, 18 of Crawford's buses
sit in various states of repair on
a grassy lot behind his house.
Family members still charter
two newer coaches, keeping
his legacy alive. The others are
being sold for parts or kept for
reasons of nostalgia.
One of them, a tan GMC bus
built in 1958, is nicknamed the
Rosa Parks.

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personal goodness starts one step at a time
a. This is a perfectly fine national training classes or oth- engrossed with the reports re-
arrangement for most er more constructive programs, guarding events occurring in the
inmates, especially so most inmates wind up play- free world. Before I realize it I
those who would rather ing basketball or gambling to have killed about an hour and
spend their time doing pass the time. a half manicuring the lawn
something else other .Somehow I am still able to while listened to a substantial
than dedicating even 30 find it within myself to perform amount of news while jamming
minutes a day working my work assignments diligently to a number of old school and
HALL for "the man." Besides. and with great effort. The truth R&B tunes.

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

At times, doing some-
thing good just for the
sake of doing it can be
We face an interesting
phenomenon here at my
state prison: there are
simply too many inmates a
institution and not enough
to spread around, not to
tion enough staff member
supervise the various world
tails. Their only solution
assign about 65 percent o
inmates to one low skill jol
signment: cutting grass, sw
ing sidewalks, picking up ti
Inmates must then check ii
riodically but still receive
full monthly work gain tim

given the excessive sentences
imposed on more than half of
the Florida inmate population,
the Department of Corrections'
current work gain time system
offers no real benefits to in-
mates even the smallest of
hygienic products cannot be
And beyond the GED pro-
grams operating at most in-
stitutions which have limited
openings, there are very few vo-

of the matter is that I am not
doing it for them I'm doing it
for me.
When I exit the dormitory in
the mornings when work call is
announced over the intercom,
there's a small sense of having
a purpose in life that I experi-
ence. Upon arriving at my as-
signed job, I plug in my head-
phones and tune in to NPR. It
is at that moment when I am
no longer in prison. I become

But more important, I have
managed to spend quality time
with myself mapping out my
next move in life while exer-
cising my body, and above all,
staying away from negative in-
fluences. At the end of the day
when it's time for me to walk
away from the seemingly good
work that I have done for the in-
stitution, the paradox is that I
have actually achieved a great-
er good that only I can claim.

Media fights for free press in new nation

By Maggie Fick
Associated Press

JUBA, Sudan Six weeks
after Southern Sudan voted
for independence in a widely
praised referendum, security
agents stormed the region's
first printing press and arrest-
ed a top journalist, the latest
assault on reporters fighting to
create a free press here.
Newsman Nhial Bol said he
was detained last month as
he gave Norwegian diplomats
a tour of his new press, which
was partly paid for by Nor-
way's embassy and took years
to build. He said he was criti-
cizing the government's repres-
sive media politics at the very
moment two dozen plainclothes
agents armed with AK-47s ar-
The men told the diplomats to
leave. Bol said the agents put
him in the truck and drove him
around for two hours before he
was released without charge.
Bol later said he believes the
harassment was retaliatory. He
had recently argued in a col-
umn in The Citizen, one of the
few publications in the south-
ern capital of Juba that regu-
larly criticizes the government.
that citizens' freedoms are
threatened by security forces
that operate with impunity and
no legal mandate.
Journalists in Juba have
been pushing for years for the
government to pass freedom
of information laws and laws
that protect journalists from
intimidation. Ironically, the day
before Bol's arrest, the govern-
ment pledged to pass media
laws before the south declares
independence on July 9.
Southern reporters said in
a statement a year ago, in the
run-up to Sudan's first mul-



Southern Sudan's best-know newsman Nhial Bol stands next
press, the first to be built in Southern Sudan in Juba March 16.

tiparty elections in 24 years.
that working as journalists was
like "playing football without
rules." Last year. police raided
two radio stations that inter-
viewed opposition candidates.
A Mexican minn who iilmangied
a Catholic station was arrested.
David De Dau. executive di-
rector of the Agency for Inde-
pendent Media in Juba. said
he is not optimistic about the
south's prospects for press
freedom, despite the vice presi-
dent's pledges that media laws
would be enacted by July. De
Dau noted that Sudanese jour-
nalists are often discouraged
from taking on contentious
topics due to the fear of arrest
and legal fees particularly
since many journalists are not
salaried and earn only $15 per
"The media situation here is
not a free one," he said.

Tom Rhodes of the New York-
based Committee to Protect
Journalists said the impor-
tance of a watchdog press in
Southern Sudan can inot Ibe
stressed enough, particularly
since one politlic',il p il'IV olo i
nates the government. lie noted
lihe region has never had an inf
dependent press.
'Accustol med to 22 years of'
civil war, politicians and citi
zens alike will need to under
standl that journalists with
probing questions should not
be considered spies or enemies
of the state simply for carrying
out their profession." lhe said.
Bol said the southern govern-
ment has helped weaken the
press. Asked to name a televi-
sion station that reports inde-
pendently on government is-
sues, he scoffed.
"There are no independent
TV stations," he said. "The

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government has taken all the
best civil society leaders and
appointed them as ministers.
They have robbed civil society
of its leadership and it is the
sauc problem \\'ith the timedia

HIlt southern officials insist-
edl tlilv support a 11 open' society
\with an inldepeledent press.
\\'e have been fighting flor
freedoms and basic h111uman
righlits forw lit last so many yeal's
whlen we waged lihe struggle,"
Minister of Information B1arna-
hIa NlM.rial lH-njamin said. "We
have heeln the cl'halmpiolls for
delmoertat izaat ion."
()nly 15 percent of people
in Southern Sudan read and
write, making trained journal-
ists hard to come by. Reporters
willing to risk their lives and
livelihoods to write stories ex-
posing government misconduct
are even rarer.

cal device maker St. Jude
Medical says Chief Executive
Daniel Starks was detained
by airport police in India re-
cently after they found a sin-
gle ammunition shell in his
The company said in a
statement that the "shell was
inadvertently left in an item of
his clothing." Starks is no lon-

ger in police custody, accord-
ing to the company. He was
not carrying a gun.
"Mr. Starks is respectful of
the local process and has de-
cided to remain in India un-
til this misunderstanding is
completely cleared up," a com-
pany spokeswoman says.
The spokeswoman could not
confirm where Starks was de-

Arizona says it has supply of execution drug

PHOENIX'(AP) --The state
of Arizona still has a supply
of a sedative used during ex-
ecutions and plans to use it in

two upcoming cases,
growing concerns
about the drug in
other states, offi-
cials said.
Federal Drug En-
forcement Adminis-
tration agents seized
Georgia's supply of
sodium thiopental
last Tuesday, but Ar-
izona officials said
last Wednesday they
hadn't been contact-
ed by the agency.
Texas announced
abandoned use of





it had

thiopental because of supply
concerns and would use an-
other drug instead.
Arizona has enough of the
sedative for at least three ex-
ecutions and plans to use it
while executing Eric John
King on March 28 and Daniel
Wayne Cook on April 5, As-
sistant Attorney General Kent
Cattani said.
The drug is the first of three
administered during an ex-
Arizona officials have dis-
cussed what to do if it runs
out of the drug, and would
likely switch to another as
Texas did or to a one-drug ex-
ecution method recently ad-
opted by Ohio, Cattani said.

Both options would be legal
under Arizona law, but the
state prefers to keep its pres-
ent method because appeals
courts have approved it.

'We certainly
have had discus-
sions about what theIl
options would be if
the drug is no longer
available," Cattani
said. "And I think
the options are fair-
ly straightforward
and along the lines
of what these other
states are doing."
The Arizona Su-
preme Court recent-

ly denied two motions by King
seeking to put his execution

on hold, and it re-
jected a petition to
review his case. One
additional request
for reconsideration
is pending at the tri-
al court.
King, 47, was sen-
tenced to death after
he was convicted of
two counts of first-
degree murder in a
1989 Phoenix conve-
nience store robbery.

cause him pain.
His attorneys have also filed
last-minute appeals with the
state Supreme Court, argu-
ing Cook had post-traumatic
stress disorder and organic
brain damage and the trial
(court tlIunjstly dc lined to
hold a Ihearing about his rec
cent diagnoses.
DI)A agents have ntot said
exact ly why they seized
Georgia's drugs, except t iot
there were questions about
how it was imported into the
U.S. Defense attorneys have
claimed it came from a fly-by-
night British supplier operat-
ing from the back of a driv-
ing school in a gritty London


On Wednesday, the 9th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals de-
clined to stop Cook's execu-
tion, turning aside his argu-
ments that the state's supply
of sodium thiopental was
possibly ineffective and could

Arizona has said it
legally obtained its
supply of the drug
-from Great Britain
but has not dis-
closed the company
manufacturing it. -
State officials said
anti-cdeath penalty
groups would likely
pounce on the com-
pany and potential-
ly cause it to stop

making the drug.
Corrections spokesman
Barrett Marson cited a state
law that says the identity of
anybody who participates or
performs a ancillary functions
in an execution are confiden.-

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k de-
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Man arrested in Minnesota for 2008 North Miami Beach murder
A man in connection to a 2008 North Miami Beach murder has been arrested in
Minnesota, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Abraham Mpaka, 46, was taken into custody at a library in the St. Paul suburb of
Police say he is wanted in connection of the killing of Coty Paul, his estranged
girlfriend. Paul, was stabbed in the heart as she watched television on Dec. 26,
Mpaka had been featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted" three
times before his arrest, according to the FBI.
Mpaka was turned in by an unidentified woman who read a story about him on
the show's Web site and thought he looked like a friend's boyfriend. She called the
show's tip line to put authorities on his trail.
Mpaka is waiting extradition back to South Florida.

Man accused of burning girlfriend denied bond
Jesus Alvarez, the man suspected of lighting his girlfriend on fire and causing
her subsequent death, appeared bruised and bandaged before a bond court judge
last week.
Alvarez was denied bond.
Alvarez was taken into custody March 12 and charged with first-degree murder,
according to Miami-Dade spokesman Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.
Alvarez's girlfriend Margarita Blanco died from her injuries sustained in the
March 9 incident, police said.
Blanco was allegedly being beaten by Alvarez, outside her mobile home on the
2200 block of N.W. 27th Avenue. and ran inside for protection. Alvarez followed her
inside and that is where the alleged burning took place.

Fort Lauderdale
Man involved in fatal crash with Miami Heat dancer arrested
A man has been arrested.on two DUI manslaughter charges in the death of a
Miami Heat dancer killed last year on her motorcycle.
Mario Careaga, 43, was being recently held in the Broward County Main Jail.
The crash happened in Fort Lauderdale in the 700 block of East Sunrise Boulevard
the night of Sept. 10.
Careaga was driving west on Sunrise in his 2009 Mercedes when he veered out
of his lane and struck motorcyclist Nancy Lopez-Ruiz, 22, of Plantation, from behind,
police said.
Theimpact threw Lopez-Ruiz off the motorcycle, killing her.
At the crash scene, police said Careaga told them he had consumed two vodka
drinks moments before the collision.
Lopez-Ruiz, who grew up in Bradenton, had joined the Miami Heat dance team
last June.

Reward increased for information on fiery attack
Hoping to trigger some new leads, the reward for information on a man accused
of setting another man on fire behind a Ft. Lauderdale Burger King restaurant has
been increased.
Family and friends of the victim, 51-year-old William Stouffer, are kicking in an
additional $4,000 for information which leads to the arrest of 59-year-old John Gib-
According to investigators Gibbons and Stouffer got into a fight behind the Burger
King in the 2900 West Commercial Boulevard on February 18. As the fight escalated,
Gibbons allegedly splashed Stouffer.with somn kind qf acelerant andlit hiMpVire.
Stouffer was rushed to Broward General Medical Center; from there he was air-
lifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital for burn treatment. Stouffer is currently listed
in critical condition.
Anyone with further information is urged to contact Detective Almanzar at (954)
828-5546 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

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It's official: Voting rights withheld from ex-felons
Tallahassee makes it harder or. f rmner inmates to ,get on ,with/ l any offenses," Scott said. "There up in Liberty City, was one of died to vote and now they are
Swill be waiting periods before the fortunate individuals to taking that right away again."

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times Reporter

During the Jim Crow era poli-
ticians circumvented the law to
stop colored folks from voting
by enacting legislation such as
the villainous "poll tax" where
Negroes had to pay a fee before
they could vote.
Now that Gov. Rick Scott has
stopped automatic restoration
of civil rights, ex-felons don't
have to pay with money they
must wait between five and sev-
en years to apply after they are
released from the criminal jus-
tice system.
And after the time lag, there's

still no guarantee that their
voting rights will be returned
because they have to be cleared
by the Board of Executive Clem-
ency that voted unanimously to
end it in the first.place.
"This is un-American and in-
humane," said Sen. Gary Sip-
lin, D-Orlando, chairman of the
Florida Legislative Black Cau-
cus. "To many people it's wick-
Siplin says the importance of
felons having their civil liber-
ties restored is much more than
being able to participate in the
electoral process.
"The significance expands be-
yond voting rights," he said. "It's

also about the right to get an
apartment, job and insurance."
Former Gov. Charlie Crist re-
instituted the renewal proce-
dure that allowed tens of thou-
sands of felons the opportunity
to vote in the last presidential
What's more they were af-
forded the privilege of sitting on
a jury and getting certified for
various state licenses without a
lengthy investigation. However,
things are going to be just the
opposite under the amended
rules that Scott and his Tea
Party colleagues have endorsed.
"Restoration of civil rights will
not be granted automatically for

felons are eligible to apply."
The Florida Parole Commis-
sion, which examines felons
applications for mercy has a
backlog of cases that reached
100,654 as of February 1st.

Many felons can't find jobs
after they are released from the
penal system and Siplin prays
that this won't discourage them
from becoming productive citi-
zens in life.
"Let's pray that they will not
lose hope," he said. "Prayer
changes things so let's pray."
Donald Walker, 50, who grew

have been granted clemency
from the Crist administration
in 2008 and can now go to the
polling precinct and vote his
Now that he can vote, Walker
says he's very disappointed with
the decision that Scott has ren-
dered adding that as ex-felons
pay taxes they should also be
entitled to vote.
He believes he knows the rea-
son that Scott has overturned
the automatic restoration for
"Gov. Scott is putting Blacks
back in the same position as
they were during slavery,"
Walker said. "Our ancestors

Walker contends that Scott's
decision rests on Republican
efforts to reduce the number
of those who would more than
like support President Barack
Obama's reelection effort in
"Felons need their rights re-
stored now so they can vote for
Obama in the upcoming elec-
tion," he said. "I agree we are
going backwards."
It is important to note that
the Board of Clemency is an all-
Republican committee: Scott;
Attorney General Pam Bondi;
Chief Financial Officer; and
Jeff Atwater and Agriculture
Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Spring Break 2011 brings thrills to Miami

By D. Kevin McNeir

Spring break has ended for
the thousands of Miami-Dade
County Public Schools stu-
dents, teachers and admin-
istrators and from the photos
seen here it was indeed a won-
derful week. With tempera-
tures soaring in the 80s and
not a cloud in the.skies, even
those Miamians who weren't
on "break" took advantage of
some of the happenings in the
For over 40,000 R&B fans,
Miami Gardens was the place
last Saturday and Sunday,
when Gladys Knight, Al Jar-
reau, En Vogue, The Isley
Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Char-
lie (Gap Band) Wilson and
Heads of State (aka, John-
ny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and
Bobby Brown), along with a
host of others swooped down
with their classic tunes. The
event was the 6th Annual
Jazz in the Gardens with
hosts Michael Baisden and
Miami Gardens Mayor Shir-
ley Gibson keeping the party
-going. Most impressive per-
formance? Toss up between
Heads of State and "Uncle
Charlie" with his dancing
team decked out in their pur-

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Charlie Wilson takes center stage, dazzling the audience with
his amazing repertoire of hits.

ple hot pants.
Younger children between
the ages of nine and 12 got
a free four days of basket-
ball skills development, along
with workshops focusing on
nutrition and hygiene, teen
pregnancy prevention, free
dental service and eye ex-
ams, haircuts and blood
pressure screenings. It \wxas
all part of Camp R.E.D. Bas-
ketball Clinic, hosted by
Dwyane Wade, City of Mliami
Mayor Tomas Regalado. The'

Conimiiunir t y lRed(ve'lol)me'int
Agency a;ld Youth IC'ommuni-
ty Help Srvi'ces, Iinc. Celeb-
rit dads aild ilnomllis including
Noel Bosh, Michael I3Besle'y.
Sr. and Luther R. Canmpbell
were also part of 'the lineup.
The r c';il winners were' t li
over .100 inner city youth whoi
had a week they'll never for
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Enjoying one of the Fair's more exciting rides are Ali, 4 and Davon 12.

Fair & Exposition, Inc., con-
tinues to enrich the South
lloridal commun ity promot-
itg tduI nation, agriculture
while showcasing stand re-

warding youth achievement.
The Fair, with live entertain-
inent, state-of-the-art rides,
skill games and plenty of
food, runs through April on

Home Depot hosts "Retool Your

.Sl'Cil to, t' I .elianm I inm 's

FIlori(l;i .\.&M Univ'ersitv is
co'tmpeting in tilte Homne Dlepot
"Retool Your School" project.
The competition is a part of
The IlHome Depot's efforts in
support of the Black commu-
nity. The grant money will go
towards a school improvement
project that will help with the

lbeaulitiication of the school's
campllus. )One $50,000 grant
and ten $10.000 grants will
be awarded. To win either the
$50,000 or one of the $10.000
grants, a school must receive
more online votes than any
other Historically Black Col-
lege and University (HBCU) in
the competition.' Last spring,
FAMU was awarded a $10,000

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(right), 12, is a student at Da-
vid Lawrence K-8 center and
Ali, 4, attends Phyllis Miller

School" project
grant, which assisted in the
creation of the university's
first "Green Space."
Online voting is now open
and ends Friday, April 22, at
11:59 p.m. Each individual
may vote only one time per
day until the deadline. To
vote for your favorite HBCU's
grant proposals, go to www.

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Highways to honor Black leaders, military heroes

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eral stretches of Mississippi
highways have been renamed
to honor Black leaders and mil-
itary heroes.
Alcorn State University
thanked Republican Gov. Hal-
ey Barbour in a recent news re-
lease for signing into law a bill

honoring long-time educator
Walter Washington.
Barbour has signed a series
of highway designations into
law this month, including one
for Martin Luther King Jr.
Also included among the hon-
ors was a stretch of highway for
Sgt. Todd Partridge, who served

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Historically Black college to celebrate founder

Rev. Benjamin D. Snoddy will
be the featured speaker at a
founder's day celebration at Co-
lumbia's Benedict College.
The historically Black col-
lege said in a news release that
Snoddy will speak at the rally
Saturday at Antisdel Chapel on
the downtown Columbia cam-
pus. The program is free and
open to the public and will in-
clude performances by the col-
lege's concert choir and the Mt.
Moriah Baptist Church choir.
The day pays tribute to mis-
sionary and abolitionist Bath-
sheba A. Benedict, who founded
the Benedict Institute in 1870.
Snoddy is a 1969 graduate of
Claflin University in Orange-
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Mount Moriah Baptist Church
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Suburbs vow to fight schools merger

By Cameron Mcwhirter and
Timothy W. Martin

Officials in the suburbs of
Memphis, Tenn., said recently
they would fight what they see
as a shotgun marriage that
joins its school system with that
of the city, claiming the move
will harm academic standards
and increase bureaucracy.
City residents voted over-
whelmingly to merge its school
system-the largest in Tennes-
see-with the system run by
surrounding Shelby County.
The two systems operate as
separate entities and adminis-
trations, but draw money from
the same county-wide tax-rev-
enue base-rare for school dis-
The move by the Memphis
schools, which still faces a fed-
eral lawsuit, has drawn the ire
of suburban politicians.
"We will proceed, whether
through legislative or judicial
channels, to try to undo what
we believe has been an ill-
conceived and poorly executed
plan to take over the Shelby
County school system," said
David Pickler, chairman of the
Shelby County school board.
Creating a large school sys-
tem from the two existing
boards would likely hurt aca-
demic achievement, expand
bureaucracy and burden tax-
payers, said Pickler. Large
school systems in the U.S. had
suffered, not excelled, in recent
years, he said.
Supporters of the merger dis-
agreed. Memphis City Schools
Superintendent Kriner Cash
said the view that the city's
schools are failing and ineffi-
cient was outdated, pointing to
their 70.8 percent high-school
graduation rate.
Pickler said he would com-
ply with state law to create a
transition team to oversee the
two-and-a-half-year process of
merging the 103,000-student
city system with its 47,000 stu-
dent suburban counterpart.
Republican Tennessee Gov.
Bill Haslam called for the two
sides to pull together, declar-
ing, "Now comes the time for
city and county leaders-in
government, in education and
in the community-to come
together to develop a compre-
hensive plan to create a unified
school district."
In December, the cash-
strapped Memphis school
board voted to dissolve its char-
ter and hand management of its

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schools to the wealthier Shelby
County system. Recently, al-
most 67 percent of city voters
supported a call to merge the
two systems, according to the
Shelby County Election Com-
mission. Suburbanites in Shel-
by County weren't allowed to
participate in the referendum.
Tennessee Senate Majority
Leader Mark Norris. a Repub-
lican who represents those
suburbs, said a merger "could
be a very good thing." but time
would be needed to make sure
it is handled properly and to
heal wounds caused by "ugly,
outmoded" racial remarks
made recently.
The comments section of the
Memphis Commercial Appeal's
online story on the referendum
contained heated remarks on
race. Memphis and its schools

are predominantly Black while
the suburbs are mostly white.

Memphis Mayor A.C. Whar-
ton Jr.. who supports the mnerg-
er and is confident it will clear
all legal hurdles, said a unified
school sysltm would reduce ibu-
illreaucr(' y. It \wouldn'l result inl
a mass exodus olf NMeilphis city
stuldelns moving to sluburbanl
schools, hle addede. "Th'' days of
bussing oult lor racial balance,
that stiff is gone," lhe said.
While race and politics have
played a large role in the dis
pute, the core issue is tax mon-
In the 1800s, Memphis set
up its own school system with-
in Shelby County as a way to
fund better schools in a city
that was then more prosper-

ous than the rural county.
Today, Memphis is the largest
city in the state but has grown
poorer, while the suburbs have
flourished and developed a
healthy tax base.
Currently, school taxes are
raised by the county and dis-
tributed to the two systems
based on how many students
attend each. In recent years,
the city system has suffered
financial problems.
At the same time, subur-
ban leaders have pushed for
special districts in the sub-
urbs, which would have their
own taxing authority. Many
Memphis residents saw the
moves as a way to reduce the
county's financial payments
to the citv schools. When Re-
publicans won commanding
majorities in both houses of
the state legislature last fall.
as well as the governorship.
Meinmphis school board mem-
hers voted to hand control to
Shellby Coiunty to stop new
special districts..
In IctFbruait\N. Hlie Slhelby
County Iolard of Etduication
filed a federal lawsuit against
the MNlemhis ('ity hoard of
Edullcatlion challenging til
board's surrell er of its char-
ter. That casett is spending.
D)ianle George, a nlmember
of the Shelhb County school
board, said both sides should
seek a smooth transition.
"We've got to be mature about
this and we've got to stop us-
ing our children as weapons,"
she said.

After cheating scandal, a school

learns lessons on how to take tests

Michigan now monitors

testing at charter school

By Chastity Pratt Dawsey,
Peggy Walsh-Sarnecki and
Kristi Tanner-White

teachers and principal at George
Washington Carver Academy,
a charter school, have learned
firsthand what happens when an
official probe concludes that the
staff cheated on a standardized
Monitors sent by the Michigan
Department of Education have
watched over teachers here for
the past two years as state tests
have been administered. As a
group, teachers have been forced
to review, line by line, all of the
state's testing rules.
During the two weeks of the
2009 tests, a state monitor col-
lected student test booklets and
answer sheets daily and locked
them in another building, to pre-
vent any tampering.
Celestine Sanders, the princi-
pal hired at Carver a year after
cheating was discovered on the
2008 state math and English
tests, said she was dismayed
when she saw a report detailing
how the school cheated. "I think
they were afraid for their jobs,"
she said, referring to the teach-
ers' actions.
Educators at Carver cheated on
the tests in many ways, stopping
just short of giving students the
answers, the state investigation
found. Plastic-wrapped exams
were opened days before the state

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Second-grade teacher Eileen
Carver Academy last week.
allowed, so students could be
coached. Teachers gave students
hints during the exams in class-
rooms where interior windows
were covered with paper to keep
anyone from looking inside. And
when students asked questions,
teachers showed them how to get.
the right answer, the state said.
The state opened the investiga-
tion after someone at the school
reported the cheating. Fourth-
and fifth-grade students inter-
viewed by the Michigan Depart-
ment of Education innocently
described how teachers helped
them answer questions.

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"We had the test booklet," a
fifth-grader told investigators
about the writing test. The teach-
er "was teaching us how to do it.
It was nice and clear."
A fourth-grader called the test
"pretty easy" because the teacher
"gave us ideas for the topic sen-
tence and the ending sentence. ...
She was trying to help us do our
The state lEduclt'ion Depart-
ment invalidated Carver's 2008
fourth- and fifth-grade English
and math scores. As a result, the
school did not meet federal an-
nual yearly progress, or AYP, per-

formance standards.
Sanders, hired as principal at
Carver in 2000), said all of the
administrators and 11 of the 12
teachers interviewed during tlie
slate investigation are no longer
at the school. It's unclear whether
they left because of the scanllal
or because of a new ullmaigementiit
company al the charter school.
Monitors sent by1 the stilt' dui-
ing exam lime have been hellful,
Sanders said. "It does make a dif
feretnce wheln people are watch
ing. It's made us closer. The slate
told ine we've malde leloniis outl of

By Tamar Lewin

For investors, it was an im-
pressive story: Bridgepoint
Education used seed money
from Warburg Pincus in 2005
to buy a struggling religious
college with 300 students in
Clinton, Iowa, and turned it
into an online behemoth with
78,000 students and $216 mil-
lion in profits last year.
But the saga of Bridgepoint's
Ashford University, retold at a
hearing on recently before the
Senate Health, Education, La-
bor and Pensions Committee,
was instead presented as a
case study in how a for-profit
higher education company can
put profits ahead of education
- and how poorly the accredi-
tors are keeping up with the
rapidly expanding industry.
Using data from federal fil-
ings and documents provided
by Bridgepoint, Senator Tom
Harkin, the Iowa Democrat
who is chairman of the com-
mittee, described an institu-
tion that gets 86 percent of
its revenues directly from the
Federal government; but sees'
the vast majority of its stu-
dents drop out, burdened with
student-loan debt. Of the stu-
dents who enrolled in 2008-
9. for example. 84 percent in
the associate degree programs
were gone by September 2010
(63 percent had left the bach-
elor's programs).

Bridgepoint employs 1,703
recruiters, the senator said,
but only one employee is
charged with job placement.
The amount spent on in-
struction per student was
above $5,000 before Bridge-
point. but has since dropped
to about $700 a student -
about a tenth as much as at
Iowa State. According to Har-
kin, for each Bridgepoint stu-
dent. $2,700 went to recruit-
ing and $1,500 to profits. Its
chief executive, Andrew Clark,
earned $20.5 million in 2009.
"From a strictly money-mak-
ing perspective, this is a high-
ly successful model," Harkin
said. "But from an educational
perspective, from the perspec-
tive of public money and an
ethical perspective, I think it's
a highly disturbing model."
Clark declined Mr. Harkin's
invitation to appear at the
committee hearing, and Mari-
anne Perez, a spokeswoman
for Bridgepoint, declined to
comment. But recently, the
company posted a Web site
presenting its views on the is-
sues raised at the hearing.

Regarding the ratio of re-
cruiters to career services
staff, for example, the Web
site said, "Because 74 per-
cent of Ashford University
students and graduates are
already employed, traditional
placement services are not
necessary." And as to the high
dropout rates, the Web site
explains that they include
students who may have at-
tended only the first night or
week of class.
The site also makes the
point that for-profit colleges
are actually cheaper for tax-
payers thap public colleges,
because they receive no tax
Many of the points on the
Bridgepoint Web site have

been made by the career-
college groups fighting the
Department of Education's ef-
forts to regulate the for-profit

For example, the Web site
emphasizes that for-profit
schools are essential to meet-
ing President Obama's goals
for a better-educated work
Senator Michael B. Enzi of
Wyoming, the ranking Re-
publican on the committee,
repeated his criticisms that
-career colleges were being
singled out for scrutiny, even
though, he said, the same is-
sues exist across higher edu-
nately, by only
focusing these ,
hearings on
individual ex-
amples of a
problem in one
sector of higher
education, we
-,have no undero.,. EEN1 311-),
standing of the
true extent of the problem, nor
have we heard any construc-
tive solutions for solving that
problem," Enzi said.

Harkin introduced into evi-
dence hundreds of complaints
from Bridgepoint students,
many saying they were de-
ceived by the company's re-
cruiters, or found out after
leaving that they owed the col-
lege more money.
The Higher Learning Com-
mission, the private nonprofit
body that accredits Ashford,
also came under fire.
Harkin was critical of the
commission for its finding that
everything was "basically fine"
at Ashford even though 84 per-
cent of the students were drop-
ping out; He raised questions
abpyJ.the commission's review
team of one representative
from a nonprofit college and
two from for-profit colleges.
"Was that good peer review?"
the senator asked Sylvia Man-
ning, president of the commis-
"No," she said.

Dr. Manning acknowledged
that her agency had gotten
"a bit behind the curve" be-
cause of the rapid growth of
online distance education and
groups like Warburg Pincus
investing in for-profit higher
"Because it was a new phe-
nomenon on the face of the
earth, we didn't have the poli-
cies and procedures to deal
with it," she said.
The commission has since
made major policy changes
and tightened its oversight of
distance learning, she said.
Harkin was skeptical that
the accreditation system was
up to overseeing multistate,
billion-dollar education busi-
nesses. The for-profit higher
education industry is like the
subprime housing industry,
he said, but worse.
"The difference between the
subprime and this is at least
in the subprime, you could
walk away from your home,"
Harkin said. "These students
with these debts can't walk
away from them."

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Miami's Zetas honor community women

By Randy Grice

This past Saturday, Zeta Phi
Beta Sorority Inc. Beta Tau
Zeta chapter held its 2011 Na-
tional Women's History Month
observance with the 65th An-
nual Finer Womanhood Com-
munity Fellowship Awards
Luncheon at the Hilton Miami
Downtown Hotel. This annual
celebration honored women
throughout the city of Miami
and its surrounding communi-
"We are honoring these wom-
en because they are extraordi-
nary women who have made a
difference in the Miami com-
munity," said Marietta Bullard,
chairperson of the sorority's
Finer Womanhood Committee.
"These woman have an inspira-
tional path with stories of lead-
ership, politics, education, em-

ployment, economics, health
issues, work environment busi-
ness and community service."
The honorees included: Ruth
Braddock, Arva Moore Parks,
Frankie S. Rolle, Eugenia B.
Thomas, Dorothy M. Wallace,
Lenora B. Smith, Darlene T.
Sparks, Judge Shirlyon Mc-
Whorter-Jones, Allyson. Love,
Regina Grace, Emma White
Curry, Wanda Hewitt, Lori Ford
Bailey, Katie Williams, Cath-
erine Gipson, Ruby Rayford,
Veldora Arthur, Euphemia Fer-
guson and Jheanel Hayes.
According to Bullard, each
woman was chosen because of
their continued commitment to
their community.
"They were chosen because
they are unsung heroes." Bul-
Katie Williams, an honoree
and former educator, said she
feels humbled to be recognized

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by the sorority.
"I believe that the concept
by the Beta Tau Zeta chapter
of Zeta Phi Beta Inc. is unique
and I'm honored to be one of
their recipients," Williams said.


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"I think that them honoring
women across the divine nine
is a unique concept. For the
year 2011 I think it should be
a trend. Regardless of greek af-
filiation individuals should be


honored for their accomplish-
The 2011 honorees include
women who have educational
institutions named in their
honor; have spearheaded spe-

cial programs for youth and
their families; and have dedi-
cated timeless hours of com-
munity service. Each year the
sorority's effort through this
event allows them to award
scholarships to young women
pursing vocational, college and
university degrees and certifi-
cations. Bullard also noted the
significance of the event.
"This is the first time we have
honored women from each of
the Divine Nine woman orga-
nizations and combined our
annual Finer Womanhood cel-
ebration with Women's history
month," Bullard said.
The divine nine are the nine
historically Black Greek let-
ter organizations (BGLOs) that
make up the National Pan-Hel-
lenic Council. The honorable
Judge Karen Mills-Frances
presided as the mistress of cer-
emony for the event.

The legacy of Eugenia B. Thomas

By Randy Grice

Mrs. Eugenia B. Thomas,
native of Atlanta, Georgia,
was born on November 24,
1924. She relocated to Mi-
ami in 1929 when she was
just five-years-old where the
Bell family adopted her. Mr.
Bell was a prominent deacon
in Miami-Dade County and
was married to Sarah Bell.
Thomas attended Booker
T. Washington High School
where she graduated., asE
class valedictorian in 1940.
She went on to attend Flor-

ida Memorial College, now
university, where she gradu-
ated with honors in 1945.
Thomas' thirst for knowl-
edge did not stop there. She
then graduated from Bis-
cayne Development Execu-
tives and Fordham School
of Public Speaking. As a ca-
reer woman Thomas hit the
ground running as a Miami-
Dade County administrator,
later transferring her skills
to become a legal secretary
for many years.
.,,.Thonmas was also instru-
mental in helping Gwendo.
lyn Cherry in opening the

first Dade County offices of
the legal services depart-
ment. Thomas maintained
a stellar career and com-
munity service for nearly 30
service until she retired in
1966. She was also the wife
of the Honorable Lawson
E. Thomas, the first Black
judge in the South since
Reconstruction, who served
with distinction on the mu-
nicipal court for Miami-
Dade County. He would use
his influence and expertise
to advance the cause of the
civil rights mIovcillenlt.
Over the years, Tl'lhomns'

efforts have not gone unap-
preciated. She has received
awards from The City of
Doral, Sigma Alpha Beta So-
rority, Inc. and the Beta Tau
Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. of which she is
a member. Her dedication
and community work, es-
pecially her work on behalf
of children, has been hon-
ored through the naming of
the nii...llii.i B. Thomas K-8
Center in the City of Doral.
Thomas was contacted for
an interview but was not
able to co(mnlontI due to dec
lining health.

How Black women became powerful

By Dayo Olopade

In 1992, President George
H.W. Bush held a closed-door
meeting at the White House to
discuss law and order after the
race riots in Los Angeles. Bush
and the other lawmakers in at-
tendance received an
unexpected visitor in
Rep. Maxine Waters,
then a freshman rep-
resentative from South
Central Los Angeles,
who had invited her-
self into the delibera-
tions. The gatekeepers
were taken aback, but
Waters was unfazed. "I
don't intend to be ex- OBA
eluded or dismissed,"
she said then. "We have an aw-
ful lot to say."
Waters, currently one of 13
Black female members of the
111th Congress, is part of an
American tradition stretch-
ing back to the times
before slavery ended.
But what role does
the outspoken Black
female play in today's
First Lady Michelle
Obama, the nation's
most visible symbol of
Black female power,
has shown a stud- I---- -
ied neutrality when WIN
it comes to political
engagement. (The Harvard-
trained lawyer and hospital
executive has stuck to hula
hoops and vegetables since hit-
ting Washington). Nevertheless,
at a spring ceremony honoring
Sojourner Truth in the
U.S. Capitol, she let
the veil slip: "One can
only imagine what So-
journer Truth, an out- ,
spoken, tell-it-like-it-is
kind of woman- and
we all know a little
something about that,
right -just to imagine
what she would have
to say about this in- TRI
credible gathering."
What would Sojourner Truth
think of women's political for-
tunes in the age of Obama?

In the 19th century, abolition-
ist leaders like Truth, Harriet
Jacobs, Harriet Tubman and
Frances Ellen Watkins Harp-
er, were eloquent and activist
spokeswomen for their race and
Gender. Harper, an au-
thor who by the 1860s
had become a regular
on the anti-slavery
speaking circuit and
an ally of suffragettes
like Elizabeth Cady
Stanton and Susan B.
Anthony, expressed a
clearly feminist phi-
AMA This rejection of the
romantic and embrace
of the intellectual still holds
up as a manifesto for Black fe-
male political empowerment.
Yet for decades, these women
remained outliers in the nar-
rative of Black political his-
tory. Before and af-
ter women won the
right to vote in 1920,
it was Black men who
first broke into formal
politics. Free Black
Joseph Rainey was
elected to Congress in
1870 and it was not
S until a full century lat-
-. er, in 1969, that Shir-
FREY ley Chisholm became
the first Black female
elected to Congress, represent-
ing New York state.
This delay can be under-
stood in part as a function
of antiquated gender roles in
American society. Politics has


rarely been considered
"women's work." For
most of the 20th cen-
tury, political scien-
tists accepted a mod-
el wherein "political
participation" meant
running for office, or
the back and forth in
Congress over a par-
ticular piece of legisla-
tion. Now, according to
Zenzele Isoke's recent

work on gender, race and poli-
tics, the academy now analyzes
"a long strand of variables such

as voting, d.tiii lini. money, novel and totally natural. "The resented in college and in pro- ny. Con
campaigning for an elected of- civil rights activism was on one fessional life. Ursula Burns of first Bl

ficial, protesting, con-
tacting elected offi-
cials, attending board
or community meet-
ings, or formally affili-
ating with a political
organization." In oth-
er words, what Black : ,
women in the United
States have been up to "
since the days of Harp-
er and her sisters. BAI
The modern women's
movement took shape
after World War II, when fe-
males began to populate the
factories and office spaces once
reserved for men. Black women,
who had long had to work and
keep homes, were early entrants
to a more political, more calcu-
lated second wave of----
feminism that would .. .
later he embraced by '5
white counterpart s.
The women activists of
the 1940s and 1950s -
- Ella Baker, Fan- k
nie Lou Hamer, Rosa
Parks and others -
became the backbone
of a civil and social
rights movement that DAN
was surprisingly in-
tegrated by gender. While men
were standard-bearers- the
ballot or the bullet ordinary
women marched side by side
with them in Montgomery, Scl-
ma, Greensboro and beyond.
Women like the politically-savvy
Parks (who "didn't get arrested
by accident," said one acquain-
tance) cleared the collective
throat of the Black women who
followed their example. By the
1960s, women like Angela Da-
vis and Kathleen Cleaver could
command a megaphone with as
much authority and notoriety
- as their male counterparts in
the Black Panther movement.

With the historic overhaul of
civil rights in America under-
way, the ascension of women
into formal positions of gov-
ernmental authority was both

track and the elec-
S toral process was on
another track," says
Carol Moseley Braun,
the first and only
Black woman to serve
in the U.S. Senate.
"They came together
in the aftermath of the
marches in the South.
And I think I was part
KER of that impulse," she
"I remember when it
was just Cardiss Collins and
Katie Hall before Eleanor
[Holmes Norton], Barbara Rose
Collins, Maxine [Waters] and
Carrie Meeks," adds Donna
Brazile, a longtime Democrat-
ic organizer and legatee of the
civil rights era. "Then
the explosion of Black
women from all over."
In Congress, this in-
cluded Chisholm (also
the first Black woman
to run for president,
in 1972) and Barbara
Jordan, who gave a
barn-burning speech
at the 1976 Democratic
VIS National Convention.
Indeed, the end of the
20th century was a heady time
for Black women in national pol-
itics. Sharon Pratt Dixon Kelly
was the mayor of Washington,
having taken over from an em-
battled Marion Barry. Though
there wasn't then a women's
bathroom near the Senate floor,
Moseley Braun was represent-
ing Illinois in the upper cham-
ber. Shirley Franklin made his-
tory as the first black woman to
run Atlanta. In 1992, following
what many women viewed as
gendered mistreatment of Anita
Hill during confirmation hear-
ings for Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas, 54 women -
and 11 Black women swept
into Congress.
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Yet for all of the women in
the spotlight and behind the
scenes, lew actually made the
push for elected office -- even
as Black women are ovelrcp-

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Commissioner takes lead in anti-gang initiative

continued from 1A

ranging from violent crimes,
nonviolent crimes, burglaries,
sexual offenses, vehicle theft
and narcotics. According to
statistics released by the M-
DPD, each of these major crime
categories have experienced a
drop in the number of reported
crimes over the five-year period

During the same period, the
population of Miami-Dade has
risen by 132,066 residents, to a
total of 2,563,885 residents. Yet
the growth in Dade's popula-
tion has not caused an increase
in crime.
The news of a lower crime
rate in Miami-Dade County is
surprising, considering that
population growth, along with
the current economic reces-
sion, are two ingredients which
often produce a "perfect storm"
for an increase in the number
of crimes committed.

From 2006-2010, the county
has seen a 22 percent decrease
in the number of violent crime
cases. This includes: murder,
forcible sex offenses, robber-
ies and aggravated assaults.
In addition, nonviolent cases,
including burglaries, larcenies
and car theft, dropped during
the period by six percent.
"In some categories, like rob-
beries, we are seeing historic
lows," Alvarez said.
In the five-year period, work-'
ing with other police depart-
ments in a multi-agency task
force, 60 narcotics and gang
sweeps have netted over 1,200
arrests and seized 537 fire-
arms. They have also taken
off the streets 263 pounds of
heroin, 118 pounds of crack co-
caine and over 6,000 pounds
of marijuana. In U.S. currency,
the police department seized
over $233,00 during the same

Credit was given to those men

and women of the M-DPD, who
have "stepped up to the chal-
lenge of protecting our resi-
During the past five years,
the county's Tactical Narcotics
Teams arid Robbery Interven-
tion details have targeted the

county's most violent offenders.
A reality television show fol-
lowing the police tactical unit
called Miami-Dade SWAT can
be seen on the Discovery Chan-
Key to the reduction in crime
has been the involvement of

county residents in reporting
and notifying police of crimes.
Following the shooting deaths
of county Officers Amanda
Haworth and Roger Castillo, the
two officers recently gunned
down in the Model City area
while serving an arrest war-
rant on suspected killer Johnny
Simms, there has been an un-
precedented level of community
"Residents are not only ask-
ing, but demanding to stand
with law enforcement to control
crime and root out senseless vi-
olence in our communities," Al-
varez said. "We need their help"
The county's police depart-
ment is not planning to slow
down on its enforcement efforts.
Currently underway is the cre-
ation of a task force that will
target the most violent, wanted
criminals in Miami-Dade Coun-
ty. The goal of the task force is
to take 3,000 of the county's
worst offenders off the streets.

County Commissioner Bar-

County Manager Burgess resigns following voter revolt

continued from 1A

office. In Seijas's district (13),
17,677 people voted to remove
her while 2,485 wanted to see
her retain her seat.
In his last order of business,
Alvarez, who officially left of-
fice last Friday, gave the nod to
Alina Tejada Hudak, 51, a Cu-
ban-American, 27-year county
veteran who becomes the first
woman to run Miami-Dade
"I have known Alina for a life-
time and can honestly say that
she is a perfectionist that de-
mands the same in others," Al-
varez said. "She, along with the
executive staff, will hold things
together until the next mayor is
elected. But she is not an inter-
Sim she is the manager."
0 ."Thrsg hayv beer some ugh
., s,for all of up yho are com-
mitted to public service and I
know there will be significant
challenges ahead," Hudak said.

gap. I have no alternative now
but to say I was wrong the vot-
ers have made that crystal clear.
And while it cost me my job, I
can't say that I would have done
. things any differently if I had the
chance to do it over again. I don't
believe I could have lived with
the cuts that would have been
County Manager George Bur-
Sgess added that for him and his

Former Miami County Mayor Former County Manager
"But this is the U.S. govern- istrators but also raised taxes.
ment and we will transition with However, Alvarez says he pro-
grace and elegance. After work- posed the budget based on what
ing for eight county managers citizens were demanding.
and multiple county mayors, I "We had almost 200 people at
think I know what to expect." our final budget meeting and
the majority of those who spoke
ALVAREZ SAYS HS DECISIONS .said they wanted us to retain all
W VWERE FO WTHE PEL.E 1 of tli,.M'4ftih .'n '-1 -he 0 4I.1
. SoIe.say ,the straw th~t broke ,"I iuc there would be problems
"the camel's back was the recent with and opposition to the bud-
county budget that not only gave get but for the past four years we
raises to some county admin- have faced a whopping budget

Edmonson says the people have spoken

continued from 1A

sensing the mood of county vot-
ers, the Board will also look at
several suggested amendments
to the county charter including
term limits, change in salary
and redistricting.
"The commission has been
criticized in the past for put-
ting charter changes in special
elections when the number of
voters tends to be much lower,"
Martinez said. "I want to get as
many voters as possible to have
their say regarding these cru-
cial changes."
Barreiro says he has long been
a proponent of charter changes
and says it makes more sense to
have amendments to the char-
ter made in a general election.
However, he realizes that means
dealing with more delays as
both the presidential primary
and general elections are not
scheduled until 2012.
Reform, or more specifical-
ly allowing the public to vote
on amendments to the county
charter, has been something
that commissioners have tradi-
tionally opposed until now.

But given public sentiment and
the general mood demanding
swift change in how the county
does business, the commission-
ers seem to be changing their
Edmonson says she has her
own perspective on the key is-
sues but ultimately would yield
to the desires of her constitu-
"I would love to see a ballot
that proposes a change in the
strong mayor language so we
can have that removed from
the charter," she said. "We have
seen in the past where people
have been removed from office
without just cause or where
directors and staff have been
pulled out of meetings for no
apparent reason. There simply
is no checks and balances pro-
cess as it relates to the current
powers of the county mayor."
Edmonson went on to say
that she is against any lim-
its on outside employment
because it would essentially
"place a cap on one's potential
earning." She, along with her
two colleagues present at the
press conference, favors term
limits but thinks 12-year lim-

its are more appropriate than
eight-year limits.
"I am working on a transit
village project that was already
underway when I first came on
the county commission," she
said. "With a county the size of
Miami-Dade, it takes upwards
of eight years to get some proj-
ects done, especially major
ones. That being said, I think
three terms makes more sense
but it is up to the voters."
There are some complexi-
ties within the county's cur-
rent charter that may add to
the confusion for voters and
more effective decision mak-
ing by the commissioners. For
example, the commission must
set an election date for the new
mayor within 45 days of decid-
ing to hold a special election,
but they cannot submit char-
ter questions to a vote until
60 days have passed. Making
changes to the charter is no
easy task. In fact, it is easier
for citizens to initiate a coun-
ty recall (four percent of voter
signatures) than it is to put a
question up for referendum (10
percent of registered voter sig-
natures is needed).

Voters prepare for yet another special election

continued from 1A

taxes; reducing the power of
the county commission; and
eliminating corruption.
But as Alvarez pointed out
in his last official statement to
the public, given these chal-
lenging economic times, it is
much easier to "make prom-
ises from the sidelines than to
live up to them once in office."
One of the challenges facing
the candidates, is that with
the voters' recent decision to
remove Alvarez from office, the
timeline has shifted abruptly
- from an 18-month run for
office in 2012 to three or four

months of campaigning. In ad-
dition, there are several inter-
ested candidates who say that
despite the "surprise" recall
of Alvarez, they will wait until
the scheduled countywide vote
early next year.
Here's the list of potential
candidates: Luther Camp-
bell; Darrin G. Ellis; Carlos
A. Gimenez; Lazaro R. Gon-
zalez; Joshua Larose; Marcelo
Llorente; Julio Robaina; and
Santiago Portal. And in an un-
confirmed announcement, we
have been told that Roosevelt
Bradley has also entered the
ring. Current County Commis-
sion Chairman Joe Martinez
says he will run in 2012 but

not in the upcoming special
The winner of the special
election, or interim county
mayor, will finish out Alvarez's
current term, which ends No-
vember 2012. In a recent poll
by Miami-based Bendixen &
Amandi International, Inc.,
the majority of voters said
they wanted someone who was
"honest and ethical" as the
county's next mayor.
Look for candidate profiles
and interviews in The Miami
Times, following the establish-
ment of a date for the special
election for county mayor by
the Board of County Commnis-

family, the last few years have
been particularly stressful.
Now, he said, it's time to move
"Everything must have a be-
ginning and an ending," he
said. "I just plan to take some
time to rest and evaluate the fu-
ture. Being in this position for
the past eight years has given
me the opportunity to do what
matters most to me: to be of

service to the people of Miami-
Dade County."
"You learn something new
every day," Alvarez said. "The
voters have decided the direc-
tion in which they want the
county government to go. As for
the next county mayor, I think
they will soon see that it's a lot
easier to offer an opinion from
the sidelines than it is to sit at
the top."

to power
youth), Parks never tried to play
the inside game. Of her initial
involvement in the civil rights
movement and the NAACP,
Parks noted: "I was the only
woman there, and they needed
a secretary, and I was too timid
to say no." And before her death
if V005, Bshqmnaintained tijt
se'hadad no interest in bolitlis.
'But today, the bariss loWer
and women's rights more solid.
The real obstacles to elective
office may be less about rights
and more about belonging to
the right club.

continued from 9A

Malveaux, president of Ben-
nett College, a Black women's
college, and Princeton politi-
cal science professor Melissa
lHarris-Lacewell, are dynamic.
rmpc-#dadrRci acnt,;,
President Bl3rak Obama's cab-
inet is full of high-flying women
like senior adviser Valeric Jar-
rett. UN ambassador Susan
Rice and EPA administrator
Lisa Jackson. But many of tlie
Black female Ipower wielders.

including Brazile, who was the
top manager of Al Gore's cam-
paign for president in 2000,
have stuck to consulting and
organizing rather than run-
ning for office. Even Oprah
Winfrcy stayed out of politics
until 2008.
Up Tl -^ '* W.4N % W nqr
through Black history. hy
didn't Ro'sa run? After 'jecoin-
ing a celebrity in her own right,
with the political chops to
change the nation (at the time
of her arrest, she was planning
a major conference for Black

Arts center coming to South Dade

continued from 1A

"South Dade's citizens have
heard a lot of promises includ-
ing an arts center, a hospital to
replace Kendall Hospital and ex-
panding public transportation."
he said. "Art Teele was the only
Black commissioner and one of
only a few people who lobbied for
such improvements in service to
the South Dade community years
ago. Once I was elected to the com-

mission. I continued his fight. And
let me tell you, there was plenty of
Moss adds that after Hurricane
Andrew destroyed much of South
Dade in 1992. it was apparent that
rebuilding would be necessary if
not inevitable. Now he says the
community has bus service, Jack-
son South Hospital and the new
arts center.
"We had glitches at the start
with the contractor but I was de-
termined to see things through,"

he added. "We now have a venue
that can host the most elegant
play while also providing a space
for community events and activi-
ties. And the architectural firm
responsible for the Center gave us
just what we wanted an iconic
symbol that can be seen from the
turnpike that immediately indi-
cates the purpose of the building.
We embrace diversity in South
Dade and want all of the people
who live there to have the oppor-
tunity to participate in the arts."

Jones: "I am innocent of all charges"

continued from IA

Carey-Shuller and claimed
that I forged her letter to
MMAP .IMetro Miami Action
Plan) thatu authorized a grant
to Karyvin Ventures, miy fan-
ily's business. My attorney,
Peter Rabin discovered her
handwritten draft. We are
grateful to Carey-Shuler who
told the truth after seeing her
draft in which she authorized
the request for the grant."
Spence-Jones was asked
if she felt like she had been
the victim of a "witch hunt"
- her response was most en-
"There are people that feed
the State Attorney lies, ru-
mors and innuendos to dis-
tract them from their own
acts of public corruption in
the City of Miami," she said.
"My demand that Overtown
receive $500 million dollars
for neighborhood redevelop-
ment before I would support
the construction of a nlew
Marlins baseball stadium an-
gered many )powerful people
in this town and they wanted
me rlemloved from office."
As for the Miami press, she
added, "I think Illicyl should
do their due diligence before

assuming guilt and should
endeavor to be fair. "
Should Spence-Jones be
cleared of all charges, she
could challenge her suspen-
sion from her former District
Five seat currently held by
City Commissioner Richard
P. Dunn 11. But what will she
"When 1 am found not guilty
of the remaining charge, the
governor is required by law to
revoke the suspension and re-
store me to the office in which
1 was elected to serve," she

said. "This whole ordeal has
really changed my perspective
on being a public servant. I've
learned despite the attacks
and unfounded charges, you
must continue to trust in God
because the truth will always
prevail. I also have to thank
P.U.L.S.E. and the countless
number of citizens who kept
me in their pilaveis And for
standing on the front lines in
the fight for justice and truth,
I have to thank Investigate-
Miami.com and Strawbuyer.

Black women's rise

bara Jordan (District One) has
given her support to the Miami-
Dade Anti-Gang Coalition.
"We've got to catch our young
people before they get involved
in gangs and violence," she
said. "I know these words echo
the long-held hopes and aspira-
tions of many in this commu-
nity. For others, it's all about
stopping the murders of so
many of our young people, and
not-so-young people, by brazen
acts of criminal violence in our
community. I believe we have
taken a critical step toward
saving the lives and protecting
the futures of many of our resi-
dents with the inauguration of
the new Miami-Dade Anti-Gang
Wayne Rawlins is the lead
consultant hired by the county
to implement the strategy that
brings together residents, law
enforcement, social and eco-
nomic service providers, ex-
offenders, victims and private
sector partners to provide a
multi-pronged approach to re-
ducing gang violence.

11A THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 23-29, 2011


Business owners can

prevent worker defections

By Joyce M. Rosenberg
Associated Press

NEW YORK As the econ-
omy improves, small busi-
ness owners are eager to sign
new customers and get their
companies back to where
they were before the reces-
But their next meetings
should have nothing to do
with deals or contracts. They
need to be with staffers who
have waited patiently for the
economy to improve and who
may already be looking for a
new job. As the government's
February jobs report showed,
companies are creating jobs.
And that means workers who
have waited in vain for rais-
es and put up with heavier
workloads now have options.
Leigh Branham, owner of
Keeping The People Inc., an
Overland Park, Kan., human
resources consulting firm,
says bosses need to sit down
now with staffers individu-
ally and have honest discus-
sions about how the workers
feel about their jobs. If not,
small companies may see an
exodus of employees, includ-
ing the ones they want to

"People are worn out from
being so productive and do-
ing more with less. They're
restless and fatigued and
looking for new opportuni-
ties," Branham said.
Many employers have had
no choice but to demand
more of staffers and to freeze

or cut their pay the past few
years. Companies have been
strapped for cash and unable
to hire. Workers may know
that and understand. But
given the chance for a bet-
ter work situation someplace
else, many are likely to go for
Some owners might think
that because staffers have
hung in there, there's no
reason to worry that they'll
leave. Branham says it's a
mistake to take any worker
for granted these days.

Owners need to go into a
talk with a staffer prepared
to hear painful things about
the company, maybe even
about the owner. They need
to listen with an open mind
and take the employee's point
of view seriously.
Don't ask a staffer, "what
do you want?" and leave it
at that. Branham suggests
owners start by saying, "I
want to hear anything that's
a source of dissatisfaction for
you. Let's. get it out on the
table and see if we can ad-
dress it, because I don't want
to lose you."
You should also sketch out
for staffers the plans you
have for the company, and
how you think employees
will fit with them. Ask staff-
ers for their opinions about
what they have.to offer. Ask
for ideas to help the company
do better. Be sure this part
of the conversation is a true
After the talk, the boss

needs to try to meet the staff-
er's needs. Of course, some
things may be impossible to
do. But if you say to a staff-
er, "let's find a way to make
it work," and then follow up
with some substantive ac-
tion, you may be able to keep
this employee.

Many companies still don't
feel that they're in a position
to give raises. Owners need
to give staffers a sense of
what the company needs to
achieve before they can get a
raise. And what workers can
do to help make that happen.
Many staffers will be hap-
py if they can get more time
off or more flexible sched-
ules. Owners often find that
will help a staffer to stay, al-
though the truth is, a high-
er salary is going to be very
tempting to someone whose
household budget is strained.
If possible, give staffers a tar-
get date for when they can
expect a raise.

Branham says it's possible
for a boss to hold on to staff-
ers about half the time when
they say they're leaving. To
try to salvage the situation,
an owner needs to be willing
to give a staffer more reasons
to stay than to leave. Bran-
ham suggests, for example,
that if an employee is unhap-
py with a manager, the own-
er offer to have the staffer
report directly to him or her.
The employee's a.isigirnmnl

Many companies still don't
feel that they're in a position
to give raises. Owners need to
give staffers a sense of what
the company needs to achieve
before they can get a raise.
And what workers can do to
help make that happen.

may need to change.
As you talk to the staffer,
ask for one or two days to
work out a solution. And if

you can persuade the em-
ployee to stay, be sure to
have periodic talks about
how things are going. If staff-

ers feel they got a lot of prom-
ises that weren't kept, there'll
be no keeping them the next
time they say they're leaving.

Proposed CA law would bill banks for foreclosures

California state assemblyman
is introducing legislation that
would bill banks $20,000 for
every home foreclosure they
execute in the state.
San Fernando Valley-based
Assemblyman Bob Blumen-
field's office said in a fact
sheet released recently that
the bill would help make up

for costs associated with fore-
closures, such as property tax
The money collected would
be used for school districts,
police and fire departments,
small-business loans and oth-
er applications.
Amy Schur, who directs
advocacy group Alliance of
Californians for Community

Empowerment, which is sup-
porting the bill, says its lan-
guage is currently being vet-
ted by the legislature's legal
Blumenfield spokesman An-
thony Matthews did not re-
turn a phone call. A message
was left with Mortgage Bank-
ers Association spokesman
John Mechem.



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Girl Power's, a non-profit preventlor
intervention social change program,
enth annual 'It Takes a Village' Confe
is returning to Miami on Saturday, N
The 'It Takes a Village' Conference
inspired by the popular African prove
takes a village to raise a child." Howeve
conference expanded upon the idea to
gest that 'it takes a village to keep comic
ties safe, protected and spiritually gro
"A large number of adolescent girls
up without the support, love and guida
positive female role models and are the
never afforded the opportunity of rea
their full potential. It is our responsibi
support and nurture those young girl
are less fortunate than we are," said
ma Campbell, founder and president
Power! and It Takes a Village Conferen
With thit in mind, the free all day c
ence will provide a variety of positive a

teem building workshops including 'Moth-
er/Daughter Relationships,' 'Lovin' the Skin
You're In,''Mentoring is Powerful,'"It's Hip to
i and be Fit,'and 'Building Healthy Relationships.'
sev- "We bring young girls and women togeth-
rence er and provide opportunities fo( bonding,
larch growing, loving and celebrating our mutual
trials, tribulations, triumph and stepping ,
e was stones for bigger and brighter days," said *
rb, "it Campbell. "
er, the The overall theme for this year's confer- .
a sug- ence will be "Pay it Forward." Based upon
mnuni- the concept of repaying the benefits you
ound- have received to someone else, former con- f
gresswoman Carrie P. Meek will be the key- .. .
grow note speaker.
nce of Throughout the day, attendants can also
before enjoy "Pamper Me" sessions which include
ching mini-facials and massages, yoga classes
lity to and hip-hop dance demonstrations.
s that The 'It Takes a Village Conference' will
Thel- be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Satur- .,-. Al
of Girl day, March 26 at Girl Power Headquarters,
ice. 6015 N.W. Seventh Avenue in Miami. For
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Saturday nights have attained the reputation of being evenings
of scandalously good times, both legal and illegal.
However, Reverend Dr. Mattie Nottage is attempting to reclaim
the reputedly hedonistic night.
For the past few weeks, from 10 a.xn. until midnight, her Youth
in Action Group, a non-profit mentoring and empowerment or-
ganization, has been hosting the 'Sai-
urday Night Live Youth Experience' a
the Youth Hub in Miami Gardens.
The free event provides gospel musil
cal acts, dance groups, inspirational
personal testimonies, and food, ac-
cording to Nottage, the founder of the
Youth in Action Group.
"We wanted to create an environ-
ment where kids can come and have
a good time without being involved in
any deviant behavior," she said.
While the decade-old Youth in Ac-
tion Group has sponsored various REV. MATTIE NOTTAGE
youth events for years, this is the first
time that they have held "Saturday Night Live Youth Experience."
Nottage, who also pastors the Miami Gardens-based Believ-
ers Faith Breakthrough Ministries, e plained that the decision
to sponsor these weekend events was inspired by a desire to ad-
dress the high rates of crime, domestic violence and even sexually
transmitted diseases such as HIV/AID in the South Florida.
"These things are happening at key times during the weekend
[because] a lot of these kids have nothi g to do," she explained.
Hence, the creation of the 'Saturday Night Live Youth Experi-
The "experience" opens its doors and welcomes nearly all ages.
The event is open to youth as young as 13 years and as old as,
well, "if you think you're young, you c4n be a part of it," said Not-
tage, who further explained that the event always provides several
chaperones to ensure the environment t remains wholesome and
So far, the event is proving popular among South Florida youth

with the last "Youth Experience" attracting an estimated 150 at-
Mario Campbell was among that youthful crowd last week.
The 20-year-old Atlantic Technical Center student said that on
Saturday nights he normally stays at home because of the lack of
clean, youth-oriented entertainment venues in Florida.
"I was so excited about [the Saturday Night Live Youth Experi-
ence] because it was somethingnew and different," he said.
Campbell's favorite part of the evening were the opening Praise
and Worship section, as well as the closing remarks made by Not-
"I was so happy to be there. It [was] a good and safe environ-
ment," he said.
The Saturday Night Live Youth Experience is held at the Youtlh
Hub which is located at 4724 N.W. 165th Street in Miami Gardens.
For more information, please call 561-929-1518 or e-mail youtlhin-

Mt. Sinai MBC's Johnny Barber




By Kaila Heard

As the senior pastor for Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
in Miami for almost nine years, Reverend Johnny Barber, 39.
understands how little pastoralship resembles a more tradi-
tional 9-to-5 job.
"Realistically, you're never off the clock. You never take off
the collar and stop being the pastor," said the married father
of three children.
From giving sermons, providing counsel, assisting various
ministries, and participating in other community organiza-
tions, a pastor's time is rarely their own.
Recently, Barber's duties were increased when he was se-
lected to serve as the moderator for the Florida East Coast
Baptist Association, which has over 100 member churches
within a territory that stretches from Florida City to Cocoa
So. how does he handle all of these responsibilities?
"It's called technology and it's called [having] a to-do list
and when you have people around you who help," he said with
a laugh.
For peace of mind, Barber said that self-confidence and
self-awareness are very important traits for ministers to have.
"If I was everything that everybody wanted me to be then
that would put. me in the insane asylum because I would have
multiple personalities," he explained. Instead, "you have to
find a balance and know who you are. You can't please ev-
Please turn to BARBER 14B


13B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 23-29, 2011

Local minister celebrates 55-year anniversary

Faith Temple COGIC hosts pastoral celebration

Special to the Miami Timtes

On April 1, Pastor Freddie
Dykes, founder of Faith Temple
Church of God In Christ (COG-
IC), will be celebrating 55 years
in ministry.
Faith Temple COGIC, located
at 1520 N.W. 79th Street in Mi-
ami, has been serving the Lib-
erty City neighborhood under
his leadership for over 33 years
since its opening on February
4, 1973. Dykes' first sermon

that opening Sunday was spo-
ken from Ezekiel 22:30: "God
is looking for a man to stand
in the gap and make up the
Dykes is recognized by
his peers for his support in
strengthening communities,
helping to reduce neighborhood
crime, and helping to break
the cycle of drugs and poverty
within his community. He is a
member of the Miami Ministe-
rial Alliance, a superintendent

with the Eastern Florida Juris-
diction of the Church of God in
Christ, and currently serving
with Church of God in Christ's
national security team.
During his many years of
ministry, this servant of the
Lord has met the needs of
many. He has sacrificed his
time, family and money to as-
sist others. The Miami minister
has long since retired from his
secular job but continues to be
faithful in the work of the Lord.

Consequently, during his time
in ministry, he has produced
several spiritual sons and
daughters in the gospel. Dykes
is a trailblazer and teacher in
the ministry, as well as a father
and husband with strong fam-
ily values. He is married to his
sweetheart, First Lady Sammie
Dykes, and they will celebrate
their 64th wedding anniversa-
ry in August.

Dykes entered the ministry
as a young man in his thir-

ties and today, at age 82, he
is still preaching the gospel.
He is a faithful servant of the
Lord. He can still be found in
Sunday School and Sunday
Services on Sunday morn-
ings, Bible study on Sunday
and Tuesday evenings and at
mid-week services on Thurs-
day nights. His favorite words
upon being greeted are "By
the grace of God..." His min-
istry has inspired many, and
many have been saved and
healed by this Servant of the

To honor and show their
love for him, the Faith Temple
family is hosting a banquet
to honor and show love to
Dykes and his wife on April
1 and invites the community
to join them for an evening
of fellowship, elegance and
excellence. The "Celebrating
A Legacy of 55 Years in Min-
istry" event will be held at the
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
Hotel. For more information
and ticket purchases, please
visit www.faithtemplemiami-

America's churches can help

change the world


By Oliver Thomas

Black History Month set me
to thinking about America's
churches. Some led the strug-
gle for civil rights. Others lined
up on the wrong side. In the
1970s, a phrase was coined
by historian John Lee Eigh-
my to explain why so many
white Southern churches got
it wrong: Churches in Cultural
Captivity. Turns out my fellow
Southern Baptists my own
family included were South-
ern first and Baptist second.
But has the problem of reli-
gious organizations being co-
opted or compromised by the
broader secular culture gone
away? And is it limited by ge-
ography or political boundar-
Consider the issues that
most threaten humanity's
common future: global ter-
rorism, climate change, over-
population, and the political
ad4&s-I6ctal ufitffbtaused by
economic disparity. :'-THse
problems transcend national
boundaries and beg for inter-
national solutions. Yet politi-
cal leaders have generally been
unwilling or unable to find so-

So here's where churches

come in. Or should.
Religious leaders are the
goad or conscience of a soci-
ety. From the ancient Hebrew
prophets to Jesus. Moham-
med, Gandhi and Martin Lu-
ther King Jr.. we count on our
spiritual leaders mnl con(i-
inutities for moral guithtlnrte.
Conversely, people have been
known to engage in horren
dously immoral behavior if
their religious leaders tell them
it's OK. Witness the shamic
ful role religion has played in
propping up the Confederacv.
Nazi Germany or global terror
ism. Simply put. religion mat.
ters. If not to the so-called new

atheists, at least to ordinary
But now we're back where
we started: Cihrchres inl ciul-
tural captivity.
Despite the biblical coin
inand to give 10 percent of uri
illT cim lac, 'k to o)(d (l -.il I't
'charity''). ltor exampletc, tih'e ,
eraie churchii iliember ,i\ 'es
lihree peircint. \Ve. comlplainl
about tile record lieatt as ourI
;ir conditioners ru1111n full blast
anld coltiinue liaiing ias man
childrcnl as we want soetM
tillies at the clcolitraiget'llleit
of oi re ligiouis lel'ers dci
spite thie impillact oln tlie ienvi
roninenit. ()Our elected officials

even give us tax breaks for
crowding the planet.
And, while the nation is
right-center, as we were re-
minded on Nov. 2, political
and theological liberals ap-
pear just as captivated by the
broader culture. Too many of
us join the excessive American
frenzy to consume, continue
tuning into the sleaze that has
become prime-time television
and utter not a word when the
government spends money we
do not have.
Still, we don't know enough
about the future to be totally
pessimistic. To the contrary.
there are glinimers of hope. In
Maryville. Tenn., the Presbyte-
rians are serving a meal Tues-
day nights to anybody who
wishes to come -- the poor, el-
derly or just plain lonely. The
Methodists are doing the same
thing cn lThursdays. An even
Ibroadcer coalition of churches
has joined forces to build Iab-
it.i! houses and ereate-'shr-
'cin *\ sheltcr lor Lhe l.oineless.
,l',naIill Prominse they call it.
.\nd it s not just in Mary'ville.
It's in Atstin ;ind Youngstown.
Ohio. Colnluibus anld Sanl
Flraicisco. local conlgreg;itions
are bridgliing tlle chasni be
l\(tw en the coi( nlllillitv of faith
and those who need us. Th'yc
are inviting the hun11gr'y and
Please turn Ito CHURCHES 14B

Guide to preventing church lawsuits
By James Cobble

Years ago church leaders
didn't have to worry about liti-
gation. Churches simply were
not likely to be sued. Times
have changed. With today's
churches facing. huge ver-
dicts on high-profile lawsuits,
board members cannot af-
ford to be uninformed about
the legal liabilities facing the
church. Consider these litiga-
tion trends among churches:
Lawsuits involving church-
es cover almost every area of
church life. The most common
lawsuits stem from personal
injury cases. Other common
areas include employee dis-
putes, membership disputes,
employment problems with
clergy, lawsuits over title to
property, litigation with zon-
ing boards, tax and IRS dis-
putes, and violations of se-
curities law. In recent years,
church board members have
also been named as defen-
dants in cases. For example,
church board members have
been called on in cases relat-
ing to the negligent selection of
church workers who later mo-
lested a child.
Lawsuits involving children
require particular attention.

Past studies have shown that volunteers aInld paid slaoff clirCis surveyed had no

nearly one church in 100 re,
ported responding to an alle
gation of child molestation in
a church-sponsored program.
Research indicates that when
child molestation occurs, 10 to
20 percent of the time, there
are multiple victims. Church-
es are at great risk ofa lawsuit
when an allegation of child
sexual abuse is made.
Embezzlement is on lthe
rise. Past studies have shown
that as many as 15 percent of
churches reported having had
problems with theft among

mleiibelrs. This pe'cenlllagte is
rapidly inireasiig.
Un forltuinaItely, itn imany
churches nothing is being
done to reduce these major
legal liabilities. Research hlas
shown that:
Approximately 75 percent
of chlurchel s do nothing to as-
sess liiblilily risks.
Most clircihes cuse no
formal employment applica-
tion auld less tlhan one foutrlt
screen staff Ic'eiinbe'rs whol
work willi'cllildren.
Almost 90 percent of

sexual hara;issilmenlt policy.
Less thIlan one in three
chirchics liid anlt eployee
haillbook, audl of those that
did. oily 10 Ipercent' had been
reviewed by Ian ;at tornley. The
vast majority of church lead-
ers don't even know of an at-
torney that can help them
with respect to thle unique le-
gal needs of churches.
As a board member, make it
your inission to stay informed.
Your vigilance will become
your church'l s greatest protec-
tion fironilegal entanglements.

Florida religious leaders rally for immigrants

Florida religious leaders are
holding a prayer service to
denounce bills recently intro-
duced in the Legislature they
fear will hurt immigrants,
particularly those in the
country illegally.

A recent interfaith prayer
service at the First Preslbyte
rian Church in Tallahsseec
targets bills moving iin lic
Florida House and Secnate.
The religious leaders dislike
-proposals that would require
law enforcement to enquire

about individuals' iilliigra
lion status during on arrest.
'TheIy ;say ill doiestiic ablise
iscass all tIllosc involved aI '
frceqitcicl ly ar;re(stc( initiially,
so tlie Iill woiilld dtiscouranpc
vict tins ill tle coi tr n ll y il'leg lyv
from talking will autllorihiets.

They also oppose a 'propos-
al toi require all employers to
isce lic Icderal I 'ov;erninenl's
system Ido electronically check
whether somieoine is eligible
to work. T'IIey sa;y thel syste'ii
cmiakes toomil nl:iiy mistakes iiand
could lurlt le'al inminigralits.

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c; ,c'




Priest forced to

give up 40 days

By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian

The Rev. Steve Lawler should have just given up chocolate or
television for Lent.
Instead. Lawler. the part-time rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal
Church, decided to adopt the rituals of Islam for 40 days to gain a
deeper understanding of the faith.
Two days after it began, he faced being defrocked if he continued
in those endeavors.
"He can't be both a Christian and a Muslim," said Bishop George
Wayne Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. "If he choos-
tcto practice as< ,WW %iftwt voulit, "fi
Christian identity and priesthood in the church."
lawler didn't foresee such problems when he came up with the
idea. I le nierely wanted to learn more about Islam, he said, espe-
cially in light of the ongoing congressional hearings on the radi-
calization of tlie faith.
(n A\sh \Wednesday, the first day of Lent. he began performing
"salah" five times a day, by facing east. toward Mecca, and pray-
ing to Allah. He also started studying the Quran and following
Islamiic dietary restrictions by abstaining from alcohol and pork.
During Holy Week, he planned to fast from dawn to sunset as
Muslims do during Ramadan.
But in Smith's eyes. the exercise amounts to "playing" at some-
one else's religion and could be viewed as disrespectful.
Plus. he said, "One of the ways (Lawler) remains responsible as a
Christian leader is to exercise Christianity and to do it with clarity.
and not with ways that are confusing."
Smith said Lawler would face punitive actions if he continued
with the rituals.
Lawler said he only planned to take his idea so far-he did not
intend toembrace one of the Five Pillars of Islam that requires
Muslims to declare a belief in the oneness of God and to accept
Muhammad as God's prophet.
"I could have sat down and read scholarly literature on Islam,
but that's still stepping back from it rather than encountering it,"
he said, over a cup of tea in the office of St. Stephen's Church.
"You can think about doing something, but once you do it, you
really reflect on it."
Yet Lawler learned the Episcopal church is more rigid than he
had thought. After hearing the objections of the bishop, Lawler
reversed course, giving up the Islamic rituals.
"I believe what he's trying to accomplish or says he's trying to
accomplish, which is to deepen his understanding of Islam, is ad-
mirable." the bishop said. "But you dishonor another faith by pre-
tending to take it on. You build bridges by building relationships
with neighbors who are Muslim."

Georgia Senate ok's letting

churches choose on guns

ATLANTA (AP) The Senate has approved legislation
that would let the owners or members of a church decide
whether they want to allow weapons on their campus or in
their place of worship.
The measure passed by a vote of 41-11. Republican Sen.
Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga says the bill treats churches
like any other private property and offers smaller churches
a way to protect themselves.
The proposal passed with four amendments, including
two which would allow gun owners with permits to have a
concealed weapon in authorized county or municipal gov-
ernment buildings.
That would include
elected officials.
SRepublican Sen.
Frank GinlI of
SDanielsville says
elected officials
are now con-
fronted daily with
violence" and have
a right to defend

I ~

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14R THF MIAMI TIMES. MARCH 23-29. 2011

Do unanswered prayers exist?
I am sure you have heard your is not a new term. Certainly I
share of sermons, messages, have heard the phrase countless
conference themes, and tapes times previously, but this time,
on the subject of prayer. I have reading the phrase caused me
heard and read about all kinds to pause. Is there really such a
of prayer. However, I read a short thing as an 'unanswered'prayer?
article recently on the subject of I might not be the brightest bulb
unanswered prayer. Well, this in the box, but I am going to go

out on a limb here to say that
unanswered prayer is prayer
that has not been answered!
My first question has to be is -
unanswered by whom?
Okay, I know that it
probably sounds like
a silly question, but
there are times that
we say that we are
praying to God, and ..
we even use his name
in the prayer, but are '-
we really expecting
him to answer? As soon as we
finish the prayer, we look for
the banker, employer, spouse or

doctor to answer the prayer. God
does use people to bless us no
doubt about it. But even when
a person is the conduit for the
blessings that the Lord
is channeling your way -
it's still him. If you have
Been out of work, called
in for an interview, and
subsequently offered the
job, then you will shake
the hand of your new su-
Spervisor and thank him
or her for the job, as you
should, but it is still the Lord's
However, if the request is

made for a job and someone
else is hired, this is not an un-
answered prayer. There was an
answer it was 'not this job at
this time.' It might not be the
answer that you were expect-
ing or hoping for, or even want
- but it was an answer Yes, the
Bible does speak of times that
God is silent. Daniel was a great
prophet, but at times he had to
wait for his answer. Those an-
swers might not have come right
away, but they did come eventu-
ally. Even when God is silent, he
is not ignoring us, or uncaring,
but he is waiting. He is waiting

for his perfect time to answer
that prayer. Sometimes he is
waiting for usl
We get hung up sometimes
on prayers being answered the
way that we want them to be
answered when we want them
to be answered and in the ex-
act way that we want them an-
swered. 'Yes' is an answer to
which we look forward. But dear
ones, 'no' is an answer, and so
is 'maybe.' You might not pre-
fer those answers, but they are
answers nonetheless and if it
is God's answer, it has got to be
the right onel

What a God-inspired foreign policy looks like


By Thomas S. Kidd

In her relatively short history,
the United States has stood as
the world's beacon of freedom,
defender of democracy and pil-
lar of principled power. An ex-
ceptional country, one blessed
by the very hand of God. Right?
Well, sort of.
The truth, of course, is much
more complicated, and the
revolutionary dominoes of the
Middle East have exposed for
all the world to see the ugly
underbelly of American foreign
policy, which supposedly bal-
ances pragmatism and moral
Regrettably, our policies in
the Middle East since World
War II have become far too
embedded in pragmatism.
Successive Republican and
Democratic administrations
- including the Obama White
House- have indulged dic-
tators such as Egypt's Hosni
Mubarak and Libya's Moam-
mar Gadhafi, so long as- they
repressed Islamists and kept
the cheap gas flowing.
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-

Pragmatism focuses on eco-
nomic and strategic interests,
and it often requires us to
choose the lesser of two evils.
Moral vision calls for us simply
to embrace what is good and
right, even if it might under-
mine some national interests
in the short term. Today's sea-
son of upheaval presents an
opportunity for America to re-
turn to a foreign policy based
on "fundamental principles," as
the Founders would have put
it, principles that tell us who
we are as 'a country, and that
guide us on the world stage.
America's founding was cen-
tered on the moral principle of
human equality, a postulate
which like it or not is root-
ed in belief in the creator God.
Today we fight about whether
theistic language, or talk of
good and evil. even belongs in
public life. (Remember Presi-
dent George W. Bush's "axis of
evil" reference in a State of the
Union speech that so offended

much of the commentariat?)
But the belief that God has
made us equal has always been
the strongest basis on which
to argue for universal justice.
Though we have routinely
fallen short of our own values,
clear moral vision has inspired
the finest moments in U.S. his-
tory. Compromises with op-
pressive regimes, conversely,
have raised legitimate ques-
tions about the consistency of
the American commitment to
justice for all people.
The patriots of the American
Revolution understood the call
to a higher purpose. Pragmati-
cally, they had little hope of
defeating the British Empire.
But moral vision steeled them
for revolution. The patriots also
crafted the core belief of Amer-
ica's moral vision, the idea that
"all men are created equal." It
Sis a distinctly American princi-
ple, but not exclusively Ameri-
can: Before God, everyone has
a fundamental dignity that no
person can justly deny. Yet
even the patriots struggled to
reconcile their moral vision
of equality with the reality of
American slavery.
"I tremble for my country
when 1 reflect that God is just."
mused Thomas Jefferson, a

slaveholder himself.

People still crave moral vi-
sion, even in foreign affairs.
Twenty-eight years ago this
March, President Reagan gave
the speech to the National Asso-
ciation of Evangelicals in which
he called the Soviet Union an,
"evil empire." His words elicited
guffaws from cultural elites:
The New Republic mocked the
president as "Reverend Rea-
gan" and said that he misun-
derstood the "secular charac-
ter of democracy." But Reagan
touched a chord that resonated
with average Americans as
well as Eastern European dis-
sidents who knew that the
Soviets' oppressive regime was
indeed the malevolent power of
the Cold War generation.
To be fair, even Reagan's re-
lationship with Middle East
dictators was mixed at best:
Beginning in 1981, he em-
braced and supported Egypt's
new president. Mubarak, while
he maintained an adversarial
role with Gadhafi, who in those
years was more openly engaged
in terrorist plots. In a "the en-
emyI of my enemy is my friend"
world, the Reagan administra-
tion had cordial relations with

Iraq's young leader, Saddam
Hussein, who was locked in
a bloody war with Iran. Prag-
matism reared its head once
Yet in the Cold War,. Reagan
demonstrated that a clear wit-
ness against evil does not re-
quire precipitous military ac-
tion, a lesson that George W.
Bush's administration forgot as
it barreled into Iraq. For Rea-
gan, the combined pressures of
military strength, international
unity with free nations, and
the Soviet Union's own moral
bankruptcy finally brought
communism to its knees.

So amid the turmoil of 2011,
and this weekend's military
intervention in Libya, we need
clarity about our guiding prin-
ciples. Yes, the situation in the
Middle East is highly complex.
That complexity makes moral
vision all the more necessary.
The list of our non-negotiable
values is not long, but they
include the right of peaceful
assembly, freedom of speech
and of the press, and religious
liberty for all faiths. Our com-
mitment to these freedoms his-
torically derived from the confi-
dence, as Jefferson wrote, that
Please turn to POLICY 15B

How people can help Japanese earthquake recovery

The Associated Press

U.S. organizations are accept-
ing donations to assist Japan
after the earthquakes and tsu-
nami that have devastated the -
country. Americans can send
donations to:
Adventist Development and
Relief Agency (ADRA)
Donations: 800-424-ADRA

Donations address: ADRA
International, 12501 Old Co-
lumbia Pike. Silver Spring MD
All Hands Volunteers
Donations: 919-830-3573
Donations address: P.O. Box
546, Carlisle MA 01741
Website: www.hands.org/do-
American Jewish Joint Dis-

tributlon Committee
Donations: 212-h87 0,200
D ioations address: 132 E.
43rd St I'.O. Box 530. New York
NY 10017
Website: jde.org
American Red Cross
Donations: 1-800-RE)-
Donations address: P.O. Box
37243, Washington DC 20013
Website: www.redcross.org.

Rev. Barber: Everything can be found in Christ

continued from 12B

In spite of the stress and
workload, Barber appreciates all
of his pastoral duties. However, he
especially enjoys the teaching as-
pects of the post.
"After you hear somebody say
that a lesson you taught really
helped [them] that really brings
a sense of gratification that you
helped somebody," he said.

With a congregation of more
than 500 members, Mt. Sinai Mis-
sionary Baptist Church's mission
statement expresses the belief
that "everything can be found in
Christ. So, all that we need should
also be found in Christ," explained
And in Barber's vision "every-
thing" includes activities from

counseling, daycare, tax prepara-
tion services to gym membership.
He hopes that the 94-year-old Mt.
Sinai MBC will be able to address
many of the community's issues in
the future.
"I really believe that the church
should be a full service [institu-
tion]," he said.
Founded in 1917, the church
currently has a balanced mixture
of younger and older members,
with the largest demographic
group being from 28- to 48-years-
The ability to appeal to younger
members is a matter of practical-
Young people have to be shown
how the Bible is relevant to their
lives, he explained.
Yet every individual is hoping
to address a different need when
they come to church. What are
some of criteria that people should

consider when they are seeking a
spiritual home?
"There is no cookie cutter an-
swer for that," Barber said. "I
think that some of the reasons
that we have a plethora of pastors
and churches is because of hu-
man taste."
For those who are still search-
ing, Barber says they should be
aware of "key components" to look
for in a church home. But, these
clements are very different for
each( person.
Sle (cxli)aine furl her "It should
ci a; place wh ere yotl are Omll)('ll'ld
to no longer he I 'pew 'llmember,'
but you're called to hle a disciple.
Your heart and your soul will give
these indications that [you] re
ally enjoy this work, that [you]
really enjoy this message."
Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist
Church is located at 698 N.W.
47th Terrace in Miami.

Social justice should begin in the church

continued from 13B

the homeless into their kitch-
ens and classrooms. They are
wrapping their arms around ref-
ugee families and sending them
to college. If they're not careful,
they might shake off their privi-
leged American cultural trap-
pings and become real churches.
But it's still not enough. Local
solutions though important -
do not constitute a global move-
ment. There must be commu-
nication between these various
points of light, and the ecclesi-
astical structures that knit local
congregations together must be-
gin to speak with one voice. As
we did with apartheid in South

As a young denominational at-
torney in the late '80s, I watched
Desmond Tutu of the South Af-
rican Council of Churches join
with Joan Brown Campbcll of
the World Council of Churches -
and other clergy from through-
out the world to organize an
international boycott against
the South African government
as well as against companies
doing business with that gov-
ernment. World leaders joined
in, and soon, we had brought
the repressive all-white South
African regime to its knees. But
it started with the churches.
The same was true of the civil
rights movement a generation
earlier. It was King and his net-
work of Christian and Jewish

clergy who laid their jobs and,
in some cases, their lives on the
line until my fellow Southerners
were too ashamed and embar-
rassed to continue their wicked-
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15B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 23-29, 2011

Bethany SDA celebrates its heritage

By Dr. Sharon R. Lewis 4 \
Special to the Miami Times

Miami's Bethany Seventh-
day Adventist Church cel-
ebrated Black History Month
with a special service on Feb.
19 that paid tribute to two of
the oldest Black Institutions in
the Adventist faith; Oakwood
University in Huntsville, Ala-
bama and Message magazine
in Hagerstown, Maryland, the
most widely circulated reli-
gious journal addressing eth-
nic issues in America.
Bethany served as the host
church for those traveling with
the Hope Cruise, sponsored by
Message magazine, and pro-
vided transportation for the
travelers from their hotel to
the church. The church also
provided a delicious meal for
the entire church. Dr. Sharon
Lewis, the Women's Ministry
Leader, coordinated the day's
event and noted that Bethany
made history by having the
two institutions at the same
worship service.
It was an honor to recognize
the leaders of these two great
institutions; Dr. Leslie Pollard,
President, Oakwood University
and Dr. Washington Johnson,
Editor, Message. Because of his
global vision for the university,
a beautiful, global plaque was
presented to Pollard by Pastor
Barry Bonner, his wife, Mrs.
Bonner, and Erica Biddings,
Education Secretary all are
graduates of Oakwood Univer-
sity. Johnson was also present-
ed with a plaque of the Janu-
ary/February framed cover of
the Black History Issue of Mes-

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The South Florida Christian Orchestra and the Bethany Sanctuary Choir performed dur-
ing the Black History service on Feb. 19.

"If this is what heaven is all
about, I want to be there," said
Pollard who was the divine
hour speaker.
The worship experience in-
cluded a Sabbath School mini-
concert, moderated by Dr. An-
gela Choate. Sabbath School
members were treated with
soul stirring music from Betha-
ny's Praise Team, the Words of
Wisdom quartet, Dania Beach;
Bob Wells, Delray Beach; and
Miami's Laverne Anderson. Dr.
Joyce Johnson, the wife of the
Message editor, did. a dynamic
job of encapsulating the Sab-
bath School Lesson. "Resil-

ience". Afterwards, Johnson,
the Message editor wrapped
up the Sabbath School with
an enlightening perspective on
the history and mission of the
Divine worship began with
the singing of the Negro Na-
tional Anthem by Laverne An-
derson. The entire service was
filled with spiritually inspired
music throughout the wor-
ship from the special guest
orchestra; The South Florida
Christian Orchestra; Bethany's
Sanctuary Choir: the renowned
violinist, Jose Cruz. and Dr. Je-
rome Symonette from Florida

Memorial University.
The afternoon services
brought a greater understand-
ing of Oakwood University
when Dr. Prudence Pollard,
the assistant vice president for
Leadership & Quality, gave par-
ents and students the "bottom
line" for registration and admis-
sion and other vital information
they would need in planning to
attend the university.
The Sabbath day was con-
cluded with a musical ex-
travaganza from Miami Union
Academy's senior band and
choir, under the directions of
Elie Pierre, Rence Hodge and


Ossie Randal, an Oakwood University graduate, hosted
Bethany Seventh Day Adventist Church's Black History ser-

Principal Regina Harris. These
young people represented the
future of higher education. It
was truly a day of celebration

for Black History and education
- an education that should give
us a better understanding of
God and his saving grace.

The slow, demise of Eddie Long's career

By Mo'Kelly

That gurgling sound is
Bishop Eddie Long's ca-
reer circling the drain as we
Long closed out the decade
with four sexual coercion law-
suits, stories surrounding the
alleged previous abuse of his
first wife, and a spot on the
"50 Most Loathsome Ameri-
cans of 2010" list according
to the Buffalo Beast website
- checking in at No. 31, sand-
wiched between George W.
Bush and LeBron James.
Long seems more akin to
King Belshazzar than David
who slew Goliath. In Febru-
arv news broke that members ;

of the New Birth/Lithonia,
Ga. congregation lost as much
as $1 million in a failed gam-
ing investment venture with
entrepreneur Ephren Taylor.
Taylor reportedly gained ac-
cess and the confidence of the
members through the bless-
ing (literally) of Bishop Long.

So churches are now trying
to turn a profit in the gam-
ing industry? Were legalized
prostitution and alcohol dis-
tribution already taken? The
congregation is upset about

Apostolic Revival Cen-
ter invites the community to
its 41st Church Anniversary
March 22 25, and concluding
on March 27.

Valley Grove Missionary
Baptist Church invites every-
one to their Deacon and Dea-
coness' Anniversary on March
27 at 3:30 p.m. Sister Pat Rob-
inson at 305-298-8937.

True Vine Baptist Church
is hosting an informational
meeting for the Miami-Dade
Interdenominational Ministers'
Wives and Widows Council
on April 2 at 3 p.m. 305-691-

Holy Ghost Assembly of
the Apostolic Faith is host-
ing a dinner sale on March 26,
12:30 pm. to 3:30 p.m. 305-
836-6258 or 305-458-7998.


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New Beginning Embassy
of Praise is hosting S.D. James
Evangelistic Assoc. Internation-
al Women Conference, March
23-27. Services will be held 8
a.m. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

0 Apostolic Revival Cen-
ter is hosting,a basic comput-
er skills class which will begin
Tuesday, April 5. Classes are
10 a.m. 1 p.m., Tuesday and
Wednesday. Class size is lim-
ited, so register early. 305-835-

The Youth In Action
Group invites you to their "Sat-
urday Night Live Totally Radical
Youth Experience" every Satur-
day, 10 p.m. midnight. 561-

Running for Jesus Out-
reach Ministries for Youth
invites the community to their

first anniversary onii Miarhi 26
at 7:30 p.m. at l'niiiiiiaii el Mis
sionary 13aptist Church. 95'l
213-4332 or 786-704-52 16.

A Mission with a New Be-
ginning Church will be feeding
the hungry every second Satur-
day of the month.

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 1 1
a.rn. and 4 p.m. Reverend Wil-
lie McCrae, 305-770-7064 or
Mother Annie Chapman, 786-

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

0 A Mission with a New Be-

ginning Church members invite
thle commllnlllity to their Sunday
Worship service at 1 1:15 n.m.
oil TI'lursdays, Prayer Meetings
at 6:30'p.m. and Bible Class at
7 p.mn.

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
Moncur and Louise Cromartie.

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

The True Word of the
Holiness Church invites you
to al(tend worship services oni
Thursday nights at 8 p.m. and
Sutndays at 10 a.m. 305-081
4 105.

Smoking a bad 'wager' on gam-
ing machines?
Evidently, some vices are
not only acceptable at New
Birth/lithonia; they're even
;a preferred source of revenue.
Homosexuality is bad; gam-
l bling is good. Homosexual-
ity is an abomination; a full
house or royal flush is cause
flor c'leblration.
But I digress. Days later,
13ishop Long, his lawyers and
church insurance representa-
tives sat down with the four
men and their counsel to be-
gin mediation of the highly
publicized charges of sexual
coercion. Published reports
have alleged that the pro-
ceedings are contentious andr

confrontational. To date, no
settlement has been reached.

In March, New Birth/Li-
thonia announced company-
wide layoffs and salary reduc-
tions, effective immediately.
No word on whether Long was
also forced to take a pay cut,
but cynicism suggests the ob-
vious hell no.
New Birth Ministries has
argued that such cost-cutting
measures were in response to
a decrease in tithes and offer-
ings in this sluggish economy.

N Christ The King AOCC
Church in Miami Gardens
cordially invites you to Bible
study class to be held on the

Harvest Time Appointed Gos-
pel Singers will host a trip to
Wauchula, Florida to see the
story of Jesus come to life.
The bus will depart at 12
noon, Saturday, April 16. The

And the horrendous press
since September 2010, in-
cluding four major lawsuits,
was not a factor?

If Long is a 'victim' in any
way, it's falling from grace too
late in history. Long's scandal
comes at a time when Ameri-
ca has already grown tired of
the unrepentant, megachurch
pastor, embroiled in scandal
dripping with hypocrisy.
Will Eddie Long's 'ministry'
continue? Sure. Don't expect
him to disappear into obscu-
rity. At the same time, don't
expect him to ever command
a level of fame or respect ap-
proaching what he once knew.
He forfeited any chance at re-
turning to the top when he
opted for a private settlement
instead of public vindication.
Part of a minister's job de-
scription is to offer wise coun-
sel, encouragement and bibli-
cal perspective during trying
times of a congregation mem-
ber's life. Given the param-
eters of any mediation agree-
ment, Long will be unable to
provide any of the aforemen-
tioned during the most impor-
tant moment of his ministry
and the life of its congrega-

first and third Mondays from 6
-7 p.m. 305-621-1513 or 305-
621-6697. Liz Bain, 305-621-

cost is $47.00 round trip and
includes snacks, movies on the
bus and reserved seating.
Call 305-332-9812. 786-256-
2822 or 305-794-7102, for tick-
ets and reserved seating.

Christian foreign policy

continued from 14B

those "liberties are of the gift of
Belief ii God-given liberty is
still ltic most compelling rea-
son to dlefend freedom around
the world. We should marshal
all ourii influence and ineans
of diplolatic ptressulre, speak-

ing with one voice, to promote
liberty in the new Middle East.
The region's protesters continue
to call for relief from decades of
oppression. Our politicians will
typically react to these pleas in
one of two ways: The pragmatist
will hedge and stutter, while the
moral leader will cast a vision
for what a good and just future
might hold.



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16B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 23-29, 2011

By Charlotte Plantive

MTUBATUBA, South Africa (AFP)
- A tiny prick made a drop of blood
on Nkosi Minenhle's finger, as the
15-year-old underwent an HIV test
in a mobile clinic .set up on her
high school grounds.
A few minutes later a single
black bar appeared on the test kit:
She was not infected.
"I feel happy, I am able to tell my
mum," she said, with a small, ner-
vous smile. "And I know how to be-
have to remain negative."
The test was conducted by Mpi-
lonhle, a charity that has since
2007 brought teachers, social
workers and nurses to schools in
Only a handful of organizations
organise HIV tests in schools in
South Africa, the country hardest-
hit by the virus that infects 5.7 of
the 48 million population. Nine
percent of people younger than 20
have HIV.
Hoping to improve treatment for
youths, the government in Febru-
ary decided to expand testing, pro-
posing that all students older than
12. get checked.
Children's advocates immediate-
ly called for caution, fearing that
students would feel forced to take
the test, even if they weren't emo-
tionally prepared for a positive re-
"We underestimate adolescents'
knowledge. They are far more
knowledgeable than we give them
credit for," said American pediatri-

By Kerry Grens

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Having
three or more drinks of hard liquor each
day is linked to a greater risk of dying from
pancreatic cancer, according to a study
published this week.
The researchers focused on people who
were non-smokers, and found that the
risk of cancer death was 36 percent higher
among those who drank liquor heavily.
Beer and wine were not linked to pan-
creatic cancer deaths.
Susan Gapstur, the vice president of epi-

By Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben

First Aid/CPR training teach-
es that lay responders cannot
administer asthma inhalers or
EpiPens. Sufferers must self-ad-
minister. Asthma and anaphylax-
is are life-threatening. How can
we help children cope with these
conditions in public situations?
Here are FAQs about asthma, al-
lergy and children.
How many children have asth-
ma? The CDC states that 17.5
million people have asthma, in-
cluding 9.6 percent of children
(7.1 million nationwide). Most
children develop asthma symp-
toms before age five. NASN (Na-
tional Association of School
Nurses) reports that Asthma is
the "most chronic illness in child-
hood" and that pediatric asthma
has been on the rise for the last
15 years. NASN lists reasons for
this increase: "better recognition
and diagnosis of the condition
at younger ages; changes in the
prevalence and distribution of
risk factors (obesity, single parent
families, poverty, racial minority
status, and decreased physical

CDC: Kidney
ATLANTA (AP) A New York City
patient was infected with the AIDS
virus through a kidney transplant
from a live donor in what health
officials are calling the first con-
firmed U.S. case since the 1980s.
The case is considered extremely
rare, but some health officials not-
ed that there is no strict policy for
when live donors should be tested
for the AIDS virus before a trans-
In reporting the New York case
recently, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention recom-'
mended that organ donors have
sophisticated tests for HIV within
a week of surgery.


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A nurse takes a blood sample at a mobile clinic set up to test students for HIV
at Madwaleni high school near Mtubatuba in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Only a
handful of organizations organize HIV tests in schools in South Africa, the country
hardest-hit by the virus that infects 5.7 of the 48 million population.

cian Michael Bennish, who found-
ed Mpilonhle, which means "Good
health" in Zulu.
"All adolescents, by definition,
have elements of maturity and im-
maturity. With proper support and
good counselling which is friendly
to them, they can make a mature
About one quarter of the stu-
dents offered testing by Mpilonhle
declined to take it.
At Madwaleni high school, one
17-year-old girl turned down the
test. Her face drawn and downcast,

she said she had sex with an older
man and fears the possible result.
"I am afraid," she said. "Once I
know that I am positive, my school
work will be affected "
Mpilonhle's top educator Gugu
Zulu said such stories highlight
the need for testing in schools.
"You can't pretend that these
teenagers are not sexually active,
when they are. They are no longer
innocent angels," she said.
Half of South Africans lose their
virginity at age 16, and girls some-
times have relations with older

men in exchange for small gifts.
"Because most parents are un-
employed, to get things, the kids
will go out with sugar daddies to
get money from them," said Andile
Zulu, a social worker for Mpilo-
That leaves girls more exposed to
the virus. Six percent of 12th grade
girls tested by the group were posi-
tive, compared to less than three of
boys in the same grade.
Despite the health risks, talking
about sex remains difficult within
"Some mothers, if they are asked
about sex, they can .punish you
or not answer you," said Victoria
Makhunga, 18. "They will say, you
are too young to ask about this."
Bennish says that's why it's im-
portant to provide another outlet
for questions on sex, in individual
conversations or in group discus-
"It is complex to do (testing) at
schools, but from our experience, it
works best when it is part of a com-
prehensive programme," he said.
The challenge for South Africa is
that the programme Bennish pro-
motes costs 50 dollars per student,
and would need to target six mil-
lion students, in a nation already
struggling to meet its youths' edu-
cational needs.
"We always have to make sure
that it doesn't interrupt the other
missions of the school in terms of
academic activities," he said. "But,
point emphasized, academic activi-
ties are no good for a dead person."

demiology at the American Cancer Society,
and the lead researcher on this study, said
it's unclear whether it's the type of bever-
age that matters, or the amount of alcohol
in the drink.
Gapstur and her colleagues used survey
data from more than a million people, in-
cluding more than 400.000 who had nev-
er smoked. The participants completed a
questionnaire each year starting inl 1,082.
as part of the American Cancer Society's
Cancer Prevention Study II.
People in the study reported how many
Please turn to CANCER 19B

activity); increased time spent in-
doors in tightly sealed buildings;
increased exposure to air pollu-
tion; and an increased prevalence
of allergies "
How is asthma treated? Mayo
Clinic describes treatment plans
which include self-administered
inhalers and bronchodilators
(pills to reduce bronchial swell-
ing). Early intervention, patient
education and self-monitoring are
important treatment factors.
What is anaphylaxis? Anaphy-
laxis is characterized by anaphy-
lactic shock (severe allergic reac-
tion to food in which airways swell
and obstruct breathing). Treat-
ment typically includes an epi-
nephrine auto injector (EpiPen) or
epinephrine inhaler.
How many children have ana-
phylaxis? Three million children
have food allergies. Not all chil-
dren who have food allergies are
at-risk for anaphylaxis. However,
ARCH reports that anaphylaxis
could potentially affect as much
as 15.4 percent of the population.
How can parents and students
with asthma and allergy self-
monitor their conditions? Doctors

Three million children have
food allergies. Not all children
who have food allergies are at-
risk for anaphylaxis.

are urging allergy and asthma pa-
tients and their parents to create
plans to manage asthma. These
plans help patients, caregivers,
schools, teachers, coaches and

activity leaders understand treat-
ment needs. The ALA has created
several Asthma Management Plan
templates. The OCSF has created
a printable waiver that parents
can print and sign. This waiver
outlines treatment and grants
permission for trained caregivers
to administer asthma inhalers or
EpiPens in an emergency.
This waiver must be authorized
by a healthcare professional and
included in the treatment plan.
Can students self-monitor in
school? As of 2010, with South Da-
kota signing on, all 50 states have
right-to-carry laws permitting
children to carry asthma medica-
tions and 45 allow students with
anaphylaxis to carry epinephrine
auto-injectors in school. This is a
positive step toward asthma and
allergy self-management.
How can educators and non-
professionals help students with
asthma and allergies? The CDC
has compiled a comprehensive
package of resources to help cotn-
munities respond proactively to
asthma. These resources include
videos, CD guides, printable ma-
terials and forms and guidelines.

transplant spread HIV from live donor

In this case, the
male donor was
tested for HIV about
10 weeks before he
donated a kidney
ahd the results were
negative. Health of-
ficials believe he was
infected between that test and the
2009 surgery; he reported having
unprotected sex with another man
during that time.
Neither the donor nor the re-
cipient knew they had HIV until
about a year after the transplant,
according to the CDC report. No
other details about the donor or
recipient or their relationship were

Health officials
say both are receiv-
ing HIV treatment.
"We don't know
how frequently this
is happening and
we need better sur-
veillance," said Dr. Matthew Kue-
hnert, a CDC official who co-au-
thored the report.
At least one similar U.S. case
has been reported in the media.
An Orlando woman last year filed
a lawsuit, saying she was infect-
cd with HIV through a 2007 kid-
ney transplant in Florida. low-
ever, CDC officials say they have

not been asked to investigate and
could not confirm the report.
Italian doctors reported a case
in 1989.
Living donors are routinely
screened as are organs from de-
ceased donors for HIV, hepati-
tis and other infectious diseases.
Testing for HIV began in 1985.
Kidneys from live donors are be-
coinig increasingly common. In
1988, about 32 percent of kidney
transplants came from live donors.
1y last year, it was more than 46
percent, according to federal data.
The report is being published in
the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality
Weekly Reporl.

AIDS tests come to South Africa's schools


Heavy drinking tied to

pancreatic cancer deaths

Helping children cope with asthma and allergy in school

Can't stop eating?
You are not alone. Overeaters Anonymous
can help. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Every-
one is welcome
Meeting every Monday at 7 p.m., at Jessie
Trice Health Center, 5361 NW 22 Avenue.
Call Helen, at 305-751-4079.

Aging mom's

illness catches

us off guard

By Joyce King

Last year, my family began noticing that
my 73-year-old mother was starting to for-
get things, repeating herself and becoming
easily irritated.
As a precaution, we had a neurologist
evaluate her. While the doctor didn't think
Mom had Alzheimer's, he prescribed medi-
cation and continued observation. We were
relieved to hear that the doctor was right,
and that she thus far has only minor men-
tal impairment. But that doesn't mean
Mom is out of the woods.
And just like that, I've be-
come very knowledgeable
about a subject that I had
barely given a thought to.
Mom's doctor diagnosed her
with mild cognitive impair-
ment (MCI), which means KING
that she has an increased
risk of developing Alzheimer's. I've since
learned, too, that Blacks are about twice
as likely as whites to have Alzheimer's, ac-
cording to the Alzheimer's Association.
In fact, mental ailments tend to target the
aging among us: from Alzheimer's to Par-
kinson's to the more common depression.
There's another lesson, though, and I
suspect it's one that can apply to millions of
American families: Mom's diagnosis was a
good wake-up call for us. My family clearly
hadn't thought about, or planned for, Mom
getting older. It just sneaks up on you.
As is often the case with unexpected ill-
nesses of loved ones, my mother's situd-
tion and my father's recent death has
forced me and my three siblings to refocus
pur priorities. While my mom lives with my
sister in Louisiana, my two brothers and I
live in Texas. So we Texans take turns com-
ing in to take her to doctors appointments.
We have also discussed what-if scenarios,
so that the burden of making a quick deci-
sion doesn't fall solely on my sister. But I
have to admit that if Mom lived with me,
I would find it difficult to still work, write
and raise my son.
We 70 million Baby Boomers are the gen-
eration in the middle with parents to
care for and offspring to support. According
to the Pew Research Center, one out of ev-
ery eight Americans ages 40-60 is raising a
child as well as caring for a parent at home.
And seven million to 10 mriflidn aduilfg ar"
caring for their aging parents from long dis-
My mom's illness caught us off guard.
But that need not be the case: A family
can smooth a parent's transition into the
golden years by planning and coordinating
just-in-case care before the crisis hits.
My mom deserves as much. And I'm sure
yours does, too.

Kids can rebound

quickly after mom's

depression lifts

Successful treatment of major depression
in mothers also leads to improved mental
health for their children, according to a new
Children of parents with major depression
are at increased risk of being diagnosed
with psychiatric disorders.
This study included 80 women with
depression and their children ages seven
to 17. The mothers were enrolled in a U.S.
National Institute of Mental Health trial de-
signed to help patients with depression who
didn't respond to the first, second or even
third treatment attempts.
The researchers found that the children
of women with early remission showed
improvement in both mother- and child-
reported symptoms of psychiatric disorders
and in overall psychosocial functioning at
home and at school. Children of mothers
whose depression took longer to go into .
remission showed improvement in several
of the symptom measurepnents, but not in
Children of mothers whose depression
did not respond to treatment over two years
showed no improvement in symptoms of
psychiatric disorders and had an increase
in outward-directed symptoms, such as
disruptive behaviors.
The findings appeared March 15 online in
the American Journal of Psychiatry.
"This study shows that [depression]
remission, even after several months of
treatment, can have major positive effects
not only for the patient but also for her
children," researcher Myrna Weissman said
in a journal news release.

The Miami Times



23-29, 2011


Exercise hel

An expert on how we grow old learns to

live what she teaches others

By Janice Lloyd

Toni Miles knows better than most
how the aging body declines. She
has written dozens of articles on the
topic, and she teaches the physiol-
ogy of aging and disability assess-
ment to medical students at the Uni-
versity of Louisville.
Going to the campus gym, lining
up to use the weight machines and
doing laps in the swimming pool are
all part of the workout routine she
follows in an effort to ward off age-
related problems such as muscle
loss and loss of mobility.
But that has not always been the
case. It took a trip to the emergen-
cy room to set this gerontologist on
the fitness path. Two years ago, she
says, when she was 54, she got a
wake-up call.
"We talk to our patients about hav-
ing. teacbable,,i mqqlrs. ,el~,,, I,was,
having a teachable moment," she
says. "Spasms between my shoulder
blades woke me up in the middle of
the night. When you're that age, you
don't know if it's a heart attack or
Her heart was fine. Miles had
pinched a nerve, she says, from
the strain of moving herself into an
upstairs apartment in downtown
Washington, D.C. She was relocat-
ing there temporarily for a fellow-
ship with the U.S. Senate Finance

Committee to help with research on
health care reform.
"There I was with all these younger
staffers and fellows and I was hob-
bling around," she says. "It was pret-
ty sad."
Thanks to the advice of the emer-

er age swimmingly

have depression, arthritis, heart dis-
ease or diabetes benefit from regular
exercise, according to the National
Institute on Aging.
Exercise also helps people with
high blood pressure, balance prob-
lems and difficulty walking. It's nev-
er too late to start exercising, but al-
ways check with your physician first
The physical therapist told her she
was out of shape and her core was
weak, gave her an exercise plan and

S/ "We talk to our patients about
Shaving teachable moments.
-Well I was having a teachable
moment." -TONI MILES

agency room doctors and a physical warned her it would take a year to
therapist, she has dedicated her- get in shape. "Before then, my hus-
self to a workout routine and also band and I kept putting it off," she
nudged her hus~l nd of..2S ,c,.il,. says. "We hlad several fits and starts
A.'.'. Miles. to join her. "PHl.-.il for four or five years. We never had
function is the holy grail in geriat- the right clothing. We couldn't get
rics," she says. "Maintaining the the timing down."
ability to live the life you want is Now, they walk together twice a
pretty much determined by physical week and go to the gym twice a week
and cognitive prowess. We will all die to lift weights and exercise. Then,
someday. Living until that moment while he works out on exercise ma-
is the goal." chines, she swims freestyle, making
Regular exercise and physical ac- good use of her arms, shoulders and
tivity can reduce the risk of develop- back to help keep them strong. She
ing some of those diseases and dis- swims 1,500 meters, bench-presses
abilities that develop as people grow 100 pounds and does squats with
older. Studies show that people who 120 pounds.


The thyroid is a small gland at the base
of the neck that helps regulate your body's
A medical problem that affects the thyroid
can disrupt these key bodily processes. The
Web site womenshealth.gov mentions these
risk factors for thyroid disease:
Having had thyroid surgery or radiation
therapy directed at the thyroid.
Having an existing thyroid condition.
Having a goiter.
Having type 1 diabetes.
Having hair that turned gray prematurely.
Having rhe skin ncndirinn virilion

"Now my back doesn't hurt me,"
she says. "My knees bend and I have
The American Heart Association's UNDE
recommendations for physical activ-UN
ity include 150 minutes of moderate OST
intensity exercise or 75 minutes of
vigorous intensity, resistance train- Osteopenia is th
Osteopenia is th
ing twice a week and stretching.
The Mileses are proud of meeting density. A diagnosis
those requirements. "While I am al- risk of a more seven
ways looking to shed a few pounds, called osteoporosis
I am most satisfied when I can push Osteoporosis Foun
the limits of my performance," she If you have ostec
says. Their blood pressure is con- your bones from ti
trolled with the "minimum amount lower your bone de
of medication." of a fracture.
She says there are two medically The foundation
important numbers that will quick- bearing exercises, g
ly respond to changes in diet and and vitamin D, lin
exercise: fasting glucose and total avoiding smoking
cholesterol. "Mine are 83 and 145, aoidig smoki
Some people wit
respectively, maintained with a sole s
focus on diet and exercise without start taking medic
medication,"she says. loss of bone mass.
medication," she says.
She zeroes in on food labels when lar doctor visits an(
shopping. She eats mostly fruits and to your doctor abo
vegetables, and she allows herself mends.
meat two to three times a week.
"After .1'11.iL, II Dlefense of Food
by Michael Pollan, I went on a tear
and took everything out of the house
that had high-fructose corn syrup in 1
it because it raises triglyceride lev- "
els. My husband loves soda, which "
is full of corn syrup." High triglyc- '
eride levels can increase the risk for .
heart disease and other illnesses.
including diabetes.
The Mileses aren't diet saints,
she acknowledges, and "we still
have some famous food fights."


e medical term for low bone
s indicates you may be at
re form of thinning bones
, according to the National
openia, it's time to protect
inning even more. The
density, the greater your risk

suggests performing weight-
getting plenty of calcium
citing alcohol intake and

:h osteopenia may need to
action to stabilize or reverse
They may also require regu-
d bone density tests. Speak
ut what he or she recom-

. o i r i : '/..'.r u n :-Ian

The worst supermarket rip-offs

By David Zinczenko
with Matt Goulding

Walking into your average
supermarket is a lot like being a
contestant on "Jeopardy!" If you
think hard, choose wisely, and give
all the right answers, you can go
home with a carload 6f cash and
prizes. But make a few mistakes
and you'll leave with an empty wal-
let not to mention a lot of empty
"In fact, even the lowest-priced
supermarket in your neighborhood
is brimming with complete rip-offs
- health foods that aren't healthy,
gourmet foods that aren't gourmet,
specialty items that just aren't that
special. Here are just some of the
foods you're overpaying for, com-

pliments of Eat This, Not That!
Supermarket Survival Guide
and Cook This, Not Thatl
Organic Onions and Avo-
cados: The Environmental
Working Group, an organiza-
tion that studies pesticide
contamination, ranks onions
and avocados as the most
pesticide-free vegetable and fruit,
respectively even when grown
conventionally. As a general rule,
anything you have to peel before
you eat (such as bananas or gar-
lic, for example) is relatively low
in pesticides. If you want to eat
organic, splurge on produce with
permeable or edible skin, such as
peaches, lettuce and apples.
Funyuns: Does a bag of Fun-
yuns look like a bargain to you?
At about $4, it holds 6.5 ounces
of snackable corn inside. Now
consider this: a large ear of corn
will run you about a buck and
weighs just over five ounces. So
the Funyuns bag contains the
food equivalent of 1 /4 ears of corn.
Part of the reason this bag con-
tains so little actual food is that it

contains massive amounts of air.
The corn is puffed and the bag is
puffed so you're buying mostly
puffery. Even a regular bag of po-
tato chips, which is by no means
a bargain, contains more actual
food than this.
Swordfish: A pound of swordfish
can cost more than $20. Why?
Supply and demand: Because it's
scarce, it's viewed as a luxury.
But you should consider its high
cost a blessing. Due to abnormally
high levels of mercury, experts
recommend that children and
women (who could potentially
become pregnant) cut swordfish
from their diets entirely. A better
seafood option: halibut. It has all
the flavor, with 40 percent fewer
calories, a much lower cost and
it's one of the cleanest fish out
Five-Hour Energy: There's a
lot of hype in this bottle but the
only ingredient that provides any
significant energy is caffeine, of
which there are 135 grams in
each bottle. That's less than you'd
find in al 4-ounce cup of coffee

(Dunkin' Donuts 14-ounce me-
dium has 164 grams of caffeine).
Cost for a cup of coffee: A buck
or two. Cost for 5-Hour Energy:
Between $3 and $4.
Tenderloin Steak: This is consis-
tently one of the most expensive
cuts of beef but all you're buying
is a little bit of tenderness. In fact;
tenderloin isn't a particularly fla-
vorful steak.
So why does it cost so much? Be-
cause there aren't many tenderloin
steaks on a cow. Switch to top sir-
loin instead. It's one of the leanest
cuts on the cow and it packs in far
more rich, deep, beefy flavor. And
depending where you're buying, it
might end up costing you about
half as much.
Anything with a Cartoon on the
Box: A grinning cartoon character
on the front of a box is a surefire
sign of two things: 1) The box is
filled with mostly cheap carbohy-
drates; and 2) Most of the money
you spend on it will end up in the
pockets of marketers. You might as
well just eat your money at least
that's sugar free.

Regular exercise

has powerful,

proven benefits

More than 20 percent of older adults
have at least five chronic conditions, in-
cluding heart disease, diabetes, arthritis,
osteoporosis and dementia, the American
Geriatrics Society says.
Regular exercise and physical activity
can reduce the risk of developing some of
those diseases and disabilities that devel-
op as people grow older.
Studies show that people who have
depression, arthritis, heart disease or
diabetes benefit from regular exercise, ac-
cording to the National Institute on Aging.
Exercise also helps people with high blood
pressure, balance problems and difficulty
It's never too late to start exercising, but
always check with your physician first.

training twice a
week is
And don't forget

E. Coli found on 50 percent of shopping carts

By Linda Carroll

Every day, parents drop their tod-
dlers into the baskets of shopping
carts, never giving a thought to who
might have had their hands on the
handle last. Preliminary results from
a new study show that. may be a

Researchers from the Uii'.i rsitJ, of
Arizona swabbed shopping cart han-
dles in four states looking for bacte-
rial contamination. Of the 85 carts
examined, 72 percent turned out to
have a marker for fecal bacteria.
The researchers took a closer look
at the samples from 36 carts and
discovered Escherichia coli, more

commonly known as E. coli, on 50
percent of them along with a host
of other types of bacteria.
"That's more than you lind in a su-
permarket's restroom," said Charles
Gerba, the lead researcher on the
study and a professor of microbiol-
ogy at the University of Arizona.
"That's because they use disinfecting

cleaners in the restrooms. Nobody
routinely cleans and disinfects shop-
ping carts."
The study's results may explain
earlier research that found that kids
who rode in I1 ''10l '1i' I carts were
more likely than others to develop
infections caused by bacteria such
as salmonella and campylobacter,

Gerba said.
Shopping cart handles aren't the
only thing you need to worry about
when you go to the local supermar-
ket, Gerba added. In other research,
he's found that reusable shopping
bags that aren't regularly washed
turn into bacterial swamps. "It's like
Please turn to E. COLI 18B





HPV is a male responsibility

By Brian Alexander

The human papillomavirus is a
man's issue.
A recent release of a new report
revealed that half of American men
might be infected with human papil-
lomavirus. Until then, HPV was
thought by most to be a woman's
virus because it causes cervical
cancer. That was never true; HPV,
which is spread through sexual
contact, should always have been
as much a male concern as a female
In the past, social conservatives
tried to make HPV a culture-war
cause, arguing that parents and

schools should only teach absti-
nence and that comprehensive sex
education and condom use were
false promises. Condoms don't
protect against HPV, they said. That
was a lie condoms offer signifi-
cant protection against HPV. But
now there is an even better weapon
against HPV, the new anti-HPV vac-
And guys, it's time to get one.
The vaccines, a miracle of cancer
prevention, were approved for fe-
males and everyone breathed a sigh
of relief. When they were approved
for boys and men ages nine to 26,
the news was largely met with "Why
bother? Women can get the vaccina-

tion." Now, though, it's obvious to
everyone that HPV is a male issue,
too. So get vaccinated or if you are
the parent of a boy, have him vac-
cinated (parents of girls should have
them vaccinated too, of course).
First, unlike for women, there is
no approved screening test for HPV
infection in men. You can't go to a
clinic and find out if you carry it.
You won't know until a lesion shows
up on your penis, in your mouth or
throat, or in your anus. (Be sure a
dentist checks your mouth for can-
cer at every checkup.) One strain,
HPV-16, is thought responsible for
cancers iin men at all these areas
Please Iirn to HPV 19B

Smokers declining Millions of people care for Alzheimer's patients
By Amanda Gardner

Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, and those
who do smoke are on average smoking less,
according to a new study in the Journal of
the American Medical Association.
Smoking rates in the U.S. have dropped
dramatically over the past several decades,
falling from 40 percent in 1965 to about 20
percent in 2006. Much of that decline is due
to a disproportionate decrease in the number
of people who smoke at least a pack a day,
the study found.
In 1965, 56 percent of all adult smokers
consumed 20 cigarettes or more per day. By
2007, that figure had fallen to 41 percent.
In California, which has a history of unusu-
ally aggressive antismoking programs, the
decrease was even larger: Only 23 percent of
all smokers smoked at least a pack a day in
2007, according to the study, which mined
data from two long-running government sur-
These declines appear to be caused by a
combination of heavy smokers quitting alto-
gether and fewer young people ramping up to
a pack-a-day-habit, the researchers say.
The decrease in smoking rates "is all com-
ing out of heavy smokers," says John P.
Pierce, Ph.D., the lead author of the study
and the director of cancer prevention and
control at the University of California San Di-
ego's Moores Cancer Center. "The population
[of smokers] is changing."
The decline in heavy smoking appears to be
linked to a subsequent decline in lung can-
cer. In 1993, when the deaths caused
by lung cancer peaked in the U.S.- about 15
years after the rates of heavy smoking peaked
--one in every 855 deaths was attributable
to the cancer. By 2007, lung cancer was re-
sponsible for just one in every 980 deaths.
"We knew that lung cancer was caused al-
most entirely by smoking, and it's the amount
you smoke that matters," Pierce says. "It was
always the heavier smoker that was getting
lung cancer."
The findings are "great news," says Nor-
man Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer of
the American Lung Association. "This shows
the dramatic effect of our smoking cessation
and prevention programs.

By Angela Haupt

Nearly 15 million Americans
are caring for a loved one with
Alzheimer's or another form of
dementia--a consequence of a
rapidly graying population. That's
a 37 percent jump from this time
last year, according to a report
published recently by the Alzheim-
er's Association, a Chicago-based
nonprofit. About 5.4 million people
are currently living with Alzheim-
er's, an incurable, mind-destroying
disease that snatches the ability to
do even the simplest daily activi-
ties. It is the sixth-leading cause
of death in the United States. Last
year, these caregivers--typically

Adults infected with HIV particu-
larly adults between 25 and 54 are
at increased risk for bone fractures
compared to the general population, a
new study has found.
It's known that low bone mineral
density is common in people with HIV,
but there is little data on bone fracture
rates in this group of patients.
In this study, researchers compared
rates of bone fractures in 5,826 HIV-
infected patients between 2000 to 2008
and people in the general U.S. popula-
tion between 2000 and 2006. The an-
nual bone fracture rates were between
1.98 and 3.69 times higher among the
HIV-infected patients.
The findings appear Mar. 11 in the
journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
"We confirmed that several estab-
lished risk factors for fracture, such
as age, substance abuse, hepatitis C
co-infection and diabetes were associ-

family members, occasionally
friends--provided 17 billion hours
of unpaid assistance to Alzheim-
er's patients, a contribution valued
at more than $202 billion, accord-
ing to the report. Sixty percent of
them were women, and most were
older than 55. Sixty-one percent
reported experiencing high to very
high emotional stress, and one-
third had symptoms of depres-
sion. Nearly 60 percent said they
also dealt with significant physical
stress. That's why it's important
for caregivers to make sure they're
taking care of themselves, too,
the report authors say. "We are in
the early stages of an epidemic,"
Bill Thies, the association's chief

ated with fractures among HIV-infected
patients." study author Dr. Benjamin
Young of thet Rucky Mountain Center
for AIDS Research, Education and Ser-
vices in Denver said in a journal news
"This study also highlights for the
first time a potential association
between fracture risk" and CD4 cell
count, Young added. (CD4 cells are im-
mune system cells that HIV infects and
"The optimal clinical management of
bone health in HIV-infected individu-
als is not well defined and remains
controversial," Young said. The findings
"support the need to develop guidelines
that address screening for -- and cor-
recting reversible causes of low bone
mineral density and fall risk," he added,
noting that these activities "should be
incorporated into the routine care of
HIV-infected patients."

medical and scientific officer, told
Reuters. "It is only going to get
worse over the next four years,
and these costs are going to con-
tinue to grow."

Bearing the responsibility for an
aging parent or spouse can be-
come an increasingly thorny task--
and not necessarily because of the
need for more and more complex
care. Caregivers themselves can
sustain emotional, mental, and
physical blows that may go unat-
tended in the name of duty to their
loved one. Sleep is lost; stress

mounts steadily; and something
just might give. In the case of car-
ing for someone with dementia,
says research published in the
British Medical Journal, some-
times that lapse comes in the form
of psychological--or even physical-
-abuse. More than half of family
caregivers surveyed in the study
reported some abusive behavior
toward the person they cared for.
The burden felt by caregivers is
real and can manifest itself in a
constellation of ways, U.S. News
reported in 2009. Phyllis Brostoff,
president of the National Associa-
tion of Professional Geriatric Care
Managers, suggested ways to cope
with caregiving.

93rd Street CBC to host

church growth conference

The 93rd Street Community
Baptist Church, 2330 N.W.
93rd Street, invite you to their
annual church growth confer-
ence March 28-29. Workshops
are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and
worship services start prompt-
ly at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
Rev. Kito March, senior
pastor/teacher of Mt. Nebo
baptist Church and Rev.
James Kitchen, senior pastor/
teacher of Mt. Carmel Baptist
Church will be the conference
The Florida General Baptist
Convention State Evangelism
Department will have worship
service 7 p.m. nightly, March
31-April 1 at 93rd Street CBC.
Pastor Robert Smith of Detroit,
Michigan will be the guest

Rev. Dr. Carl Johnson
The conference is free and
everyone is invited to attend.
For more information, call

Bacteria can be found on your local shopping cart BETHEL APOSTOLICTEMPLE

continued from 17B

wearing the same underwear
every day," Gerba said.
The best way to keep kids
safe, Gerba said, is to swipe
the shopping cart handle with
a disinfecting wipe before you
pop your kid into the basket.
"We saw that this was some-
thing our customers were con-
cerned about," said Libba Let-
ton, a spokesperson for Whole
Foods Market stores. "So we
make disposable wipes avail-

able for customers coming into
the store with shopping carts."
Letton said the company
doesn't routinely wash down
carts themselves unless some-
thing has been obviously
spilled on them.

One thing Gerba couldn't
say was how likely it was that
a child would get sick from
touching or even sucking on
- a contaminated handle.
As far as Dr. Neil Fishman is
concerned, that risk isn't very

big. "I'd be worried if there was
any evidence of any disease
outbreaks related to shopping
cart use," said Fishman, an in-
fectious disease expert and di-
rector of health care epidemi-
ology and infection prevention
at the University of Pennsylva-
nia Health System. "There isn't
- and we've been using them
for a long time."
While there may, indeed, be
bacteria on shopping cart han-
dles, they can also be found on
doorknobs, countertops and a
host of other items we touch

every day. Fishman said. "My
guess is that there are more
bacteria on a car seat than on
a shopping cart," he added.
Ultimately, your only defense
against germs is to keep your
hands and your kids' hands
- squeaky clean. Fishman
"While you can't sterilize
your 'enviroitllent, you can
limit exposure by practicing
good hand hygiene," he added.
"For most cases, alcohol hand
rubs are the best for every day

celebrates 55th church anniversary

Bethel Apostolic Temple
will be celebrating their 55th
church anniversary March 24-
Special guests include: Elder a
R.A. Baker, Rev. Robert Mar-
tin, Jr.; recording artist, Lu-
cinda Moore. Francine Ealey l
Murphy, Derek Smith, Johnny
Sanders and more.
Call 305-688-1612 or visit
www.bethelat.org, for more in-
formation.Re. C l
Rev. Carol Nash-Lester

S ia lal a 'a' a i a l ii

Some diseases labeled as 'rare' are increasingly impacting Blacks

By Larry Lucas
NNPA Columnist

Many in our community have
dedicated their lives to addressing
issues that others felt powerless to
change from someone as prolific
as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and
the civil rights movement to the ev-
eryday hero feeding the hungry in
the toughest neighborhoods. When
it comes to helping the 25 million
people suffering from rare diseases,
the spirit to overcome must contin-
When a disease is categorized as
"rare," many assume it's a faraway

problem or something you only hear
about in the news. But, that is
not necessarily the case: There are
nearly 7,000 rare diseases. In fact, a
disease is considered "rare" if fewer
than 200,000 people suffer from it
- hardly a small number. What's
more, those that impact Blacks are
often genetically linked and difficult
to prevent.
Some rare diseases, like Al-
zheimer, are well known and have
a strong advocacy community sur-
rounding them. Though technically
considered "rare" today, the number
of Alzheimer's patients is expected
to rise to 13.5 million by 2015-

moving it decidedly into the "com-
mon" category. Other rare diseases
are less visible to the general public
- but extremely visible within our
Sickle cell anemia is a rare, ge-
netic blood disorder nearly 72,000
Americans live with, most of whose
ancestors came from Africa. In fact,
one in 12 Blacks carries the sickle
cell trait, according to the U.S. De-
partment of Energy Biological and
Environmental Research. Sickle cell
anemia affects hemoglobin, the red
blood cell component that carries
oxygen from the lungs to your organs
and tissues, then IrctutI niMn carbon

dioxide to the lungs. When someone
suffers from sickle cell anemia, de-
fective hemoglobin causes red blood
cells to stiffen and misshape, clog
narrow veins and block the oxygen-
filled blood from reaching the body's
organs. Whereas healthy red blood
cells live about four months, sickle
red cells typically die within three
weeks. Some sickle cell patients
suffer more mild side effects, such
as hand or foot swelling, slight fever
and skin discoloration. But others
can suffer from extreme pain, blind-
ness or stroke. Sickle cell patients
are much more vulnerable to infec-
tions and have a harder time fight-

ing them.
Like many rare diseases, there is
no cure for sickle cell anemia today.
But, there is hope. Just 20 years
ago, patients had no prescription
options to manage the disease's ef-
fects. Today, there are many differ-
ent treatments. For sickle cell ane-
mia and many other diseases the
future is promising: a new survey
released by the Pharmaceutical Re-
search and Manufacturers of Amer-
ica (PhRMA) reveals that there are
400 new medicines in development
for rare diseases by America's bio-
pharmaceutical research and man-
uffact tII inlg companies.


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Adults with HIV at increased risk

of bone fractures, study finds


18B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 23-29, 2011


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19B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 23-29, 2011



trial sermon

Rev. and Mrs. Samuel (Mau-
rene) Atchison are proud to
announce that their young-
est son, Deacon Vernon Keith
Atchison, Sr., was given a spe-
cial assignment ordered by the
He will be giving his trial ser-
mon on Tuesday, March 29
at Ebenezer Missionary Bap-
tist Church, 816 NW First Av-
enue, Hallandale; Rev. Joseph
C. Johnson is the pastor. The
service will begin at 7:30 p.m.
We are inviting all who wish

: ry'

Deacon Vernon K.
Atchison, Sr.
to join us and share this spe-
cial evening that has been set
aside for this blessed occasion.
Deacon Vernon Atchison is
a life long member of the Mt.

Rev. and Mrs.
Samuel Atchison, Sr.

Calvary Missionary Baptist
Church and served as past
Laymen President of the FEC-
MBA Ministers' and Deacons'
Uniou, under the leadership of

;_. : ". -..: .. -. .-:-,-
Rev. Joseph C. Johnson

Rev. C. P. Preston.
We look forward to seeing
you for we know that the Lord
has ordered his steps in His

Alcohol consumption increases pancreatic cancer risk

continued from 16B

drinks they had each day, but
not how much alcohol was in
Gapstur said previous research
suggests that people tend to pour
more hard liquor than what is
considered the standard amount
for one drink, a shot and a half.
"Those who drink hard liquor

imay be consuming more alcohol
per drink" than those who drink
beer or wine, Gapstur told Re-
uters Health.
Pancreatic cancer is rare:
About 11 people out of every
100,000 are diagnosed with it
each year.
Gapstur said that while it may
be only the 10th most common
cancer diagnosis, it's the 4th
most common cause of cancer

death. Of the one million peo-
ple included in the study (both
smokers and non-smokers),
nearly 7,000 died of pancreatic
cancer by 2006.
Previous studies have shown
that smoking and obesity are
linked to pancreatic cancer,
but researchers have disagreed
about alcohol. The new study,
while : ,i -tir._-, a link, does not
prove that heavy drinking causes

pancreatic cancer, or vice-versa.
Gapstur said the previous lack
of clarity on the issue was due
to the difficulty in separating
heavy drinking from smoking
in these kinds of studies, be-
cause the two often go hand-in-
hand. Her study, which included
thousands of non-smokers who
drank heavily, was large enough
to tease out the effect of alcohol

Guys, man up and get vaccinated for HPV, other STDs

continued from 18B

Head and neck cancer, and
anal cancer, are on the rise
all over the world because we
have a lot more anal and oral
sex these days.
Second, if you are or plan
to be sexually active at any
point, you are going to be ex-

posed to HPV. According to
the Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention, about 80
percent of all Americans who
have had sex have been, and
some scientists say privately
the actual figure is more like
100 percent.
The good news is that most
HPV infections prompt the
body's immune system to de-

velop antibodies and to clear
the infection no harm, no
foul. But Anna Giuliano of
Tanmpa's H. Lee Moflitt Cancer
Center & Research Institute,
who led the new study, told
lme that men take longer to
clear 1PV- lO, and that some
minti do inot clear it. "These anl-
tihodices do not seen to be pro-
t ctlv in mieni...It appears to

us that antibodies in men do
not confer protection," the way
it does in women, she said.
According to Giuliano, six
percent of men in her study
tested positive for HPV-16
DNA which may or may not
signal active infection. That
makes HPV a male responsi-
bility that cannot, and should
not, be ignored.


Revival Center

41st anniversary

The Apostolic Revival Center,
6702 NW 15 Avenue, will be
celebrating their 41st church
anniversary starting Tues-
day, March 22 through Friday,
March 25 and concluding on
Sunday, March 27.
All are invited to be a part of
this soul saving event.

Installation servii
Mt. Vernon MBC cordially in-
vite all to the pre-installation
and installation services for
their newly appointed pastor,
Reverend Cleophus Hall, Sr.
Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30
p.m., Rev. Steve Caldwell and
the Heart of God Ministries
Thursday, March 24 at 7:30
p.m., Rev. Ricky Scott and the
New Hope MBC family.
Friday, March 25 at 7:30
p.m., Rev. Newell Tucker and
Gethsemane MBC family.
Sunday, March 27 at 11 a.m.,
Rev. T. J. Lewis of Covington
Tennessee and pastor of Great-
er St. John Baptist Church.
Rev. Dr. Alphonso Jackson,
Sr., pastor of Second Baptist of
Richmond Heights and Modera-
tor Seaboard Missionary Bap-
tist Association will render the

Pastor and First Lady
Gilbert S. Smith

at Mt. Vernon

Rev. Cleophus Hall, Sr.
installation closing.
All services will be held at
Mt.Vernon MBC, 1323 NW 54th
For more information, call

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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

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

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2171 N.W. 56th Street
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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue
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Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

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

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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

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15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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Antioch Missionary Baptist
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2799 N.W. 46th Street

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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue

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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street
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5129 N.W. 17thAvenue
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Church of Christ
4561 N.W 33rd Court

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740 N.W. 58th Street i 1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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20B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 23-29, 2011



THOMAS MOSBY, 89, died
March 14 at
Vista Hospice.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at i ''" "
New Hope Mis-
sionary Baptist

KAVAR BAIN, 30, laborer, died
March 8. Ser-
vice 12:30 p.m.,
Saturday in the

died March 15.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

rity guard, died
March 13 at
home. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at El Bethel
Tabernacle. ? r

died March 17
at Holy Cross
Nursing Home.
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday at
Northside Sev- ,
enth Day Ad-
ventist Church. 1

operator, died March
Maria Nursing Home.
p.m., Saturday in the ch

Wright and Y
penter/painter, -
died March 17
at Unity Health
and Rehabilita- 'E
tion. Service 4
p.m., Saturday
at Pembroke
Park Church of

retired deputy clerk, die
at Memorial Mi-
ramar. Survivors
include: daugh-
ters, Elizabeth
Summers (Der-
rick) and Amy-
Terese Smith;
sons, Carter
Keel (Evie), Au-
brey Smith, Sr., and a he
and friends. Viewing 9 a
Thursday. Service 1 p.m
Upper Room Ministries.

Bain Ranc
died March 18 at
Mercy Hospital.
include: seven
Viewing 4-8
p.m. Service 2
p.m., Saturday--
at St. Paul A.M.E., 368
Avenue, Coconut Grove

March 16 at North Bea
Center. Service was hel

homemaker, died March
was held.


person, died
March 18 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
April 2, Satur- Y
day in the cha-

PEGGY A. OWENS, 56, admin-
istrator, died
March 21 at
Claridge House
Nursing and Re-
habilitation Cen-
ter. Service 10
a.m., Saturday
at Mt. Calvary
Baptist Church.

NORMAN WEST, II, 33 laborer,
died March 17
in Hialeah. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the
chapel. -'

61, laborer, died March 21 at Jack-
son Memorial Hospital. Service 3
p.m., Sunday in the chapel.

ESTHER THOMAS, 75, teacher,
died March 17 at Vista. Service
was held.

Death Notice
DANNY CURRY, 65, retired Di-

Relations &
Workforce Com-
pliance Depart-
ment for Jack-
son Memorial
Hospital (JMH)
died March 15.

Services were held.
RIS, 82, Prior to working at JMH, Danny
was employed by the US Depart-
ment of Labor (LMSA. FLRA) as a
Compliance Oiicer, and latest Lin
Equal Opportunity Commission as
a Senior Investigator in the Sys-
temic Division.
He served in the United State
Army and was a veteran of the Viet-
nam War era. He was a Life Mem-
ber of the Tennessee State Alumni
86, freight Association and the NAACP; Char-
16 at Villa ter Member of the M.W. Cypress
Service 3 Grand Lodge, A.F. & AM of Florida;
lapel. Board of Directors with the 5000
Role Models of Excellence Project
and South Florida Human Rights
Council and a member of Alpha Phi
young Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
S, 64, car- Danny is survived by his wife,
Emma; sister, Jacqueline Rucker;
S children, Sandi, Lisa, and Danny
A; a devoted adopted brother, Je-
*,, rome; and 11 grandchildren. He
was deeply loved by all who knew
S Danny was a dedicated sup-
porter and role model for the 5000
Role Models of Excellence Project
and its mission of "guiding young
boys along a carefully chartered
KEEL, 81, path and sending them to college."
d March 18 A scholarship has been established
Sin his memory. Donations can be
mailed to the following organiza-
5000 Role Models of Excellence
Project, 1450 N.E. 2nd Avenue -
Suite 227, Miami, Florida 33132.
Attention: Role Model Danny Curry
S Scholarship Fund. Checks should
be made payable to: 5000 Role
ost of family Models of Excellence Project.
.m.- 7 p.m.,
i., Friday at
ge medical techni-
cian, died March
HUS, 87, 17 at home.
.-w Service 1 p.m.,
"'. Wednesday in
the chapel.

68, freelance
writer, died
March 16 at
home. View-
69, died ing 6 p.m. 9
ach Rehab p.m., Friday at
d. 14300 West
Dixie Highway. '
3SELL, 81, Service 12 p.m., -
9. Service Saturday House of God Miracle
Temple 1425 NW 59th Street.

Hadley Davis Poitier

died March
23 at Jackson

are in complete.

Gregg L. Mast

LS, 77, retired
City of Miami
police officer,
died March 17.
Son Glen Rawls
preceded him in
death. Survivors
include: wife,
Cleora Albury


Rawls; daughters, Shirlyr
and Dr. Valerie Cherry; so
dy Rawls, Jr. and Gerod
16 grandchildren; and thr
grandchildren. Viewing 6
Friday. Service 11 a.m.,
at New Life Baptist Church
City, 5005 NW 173rd Drive

Death Noti

LIAMS, pastor of St. Mark
Missionary Baptist Church,
Viewing 4 p.m., and memo-
rial service 6 p.m., Tuesday,
March 29 at St. Mark Mis-
sionary Baptist Church. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Wednesday,
March 30 at New Birth Bap-
tist Church The Cathedral of
Faith International. Memori-
al service 5 p.m., Friday, April
1 at Pincland Missionary Bap-
tist Church in Madison, FL,
Reverend Charlic Barficld is
pastor. Burial service 11 aI.m.,
Saturday, April 2. Please co-n
tact Sister I.)ai:; I. lolln s ;at

Carey Royal Ram'n
75, teacher's r -
aid/ driver, died .
March 16 at,-
home. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at Trinity
CME Church.

retired correc-
tional officer,
died March 14,
at Jackson Hos-
pital. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at St. Peters A.
O. Cathedral.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
77, retired so- .
cial worker, of
County, CAA.
died March 16
at Aventura
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
three daughters, Debra Moore,
Veverly (Cee-Cee), and Linda (Mi-
chelle). Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Greater Bethel AME Church,
245 NW 8th Street.

MARY J. BROWN, 83, retired,
died March
14 at home.
Viewing 3-8
p.m. Service 11
a.m., Saturday,
at Temple
Balpist Church,
1723 NW 3rd -

OBALUJI R. BROOKS, 36, cook,

01/15 1926 03/27/2000

Eleven years have passed.
We thought of you with love
today, ibut that is nothing
,,,. -', 1 t 10,1n 11,)^ .-ilioi *<"
\ s e t, lid w ul d ift\',-> tlc
that. too. We think of you in
We often speak your name,
all \e have now\ are our niien-

ories Uad your picture in a
fji frame. Your lmenlor-y are our
on keepsake with which we will
never part.
N RAW- CGod has you in his keep-
Sing and we have you in our
hearts. A million times we
cried, 'iflove alone could have
.. saved you, you would not
have died.'
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we love you still, in
our hearts you hold a place no
one can ever fill. It broke our
i Hillson hearts to lose you, but you
ns, Gad- did not go alone, for part of
Rawls; us went with you the day God
ee great took you home.
-9 p.m., From your children, grand-
Saturday children and great grandchil-
of Carol dren.

ce In Memoriam

t In loving memory of,

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

*'! "

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

..." ., '

you left us. We will always,
'you. -, ,

12/31/56 03/20/03

It's been eight years since
you left us. We will always
miss you, we will always love
Your mother Ruby, your son
Desmond and your family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


Happy Birthday

03/17/1952 11/20/2010

Happy birthday, Peter.
Love, Harriett and Joanne.

In Appreciation

The family of the late,


would like to express their
appreciation to Wright and
Young Funeral Home for their
wonderful service in the fu-
neral of Kayshone Wright on
Saturday, March 12.
Special thanks to Terry
Wright as funeral director.
Terry, your expertise and
professionalism made Kay-
shone's home going celebra-
tion a very special and excep-
tional experience.
From Ivadell Hepburn

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

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
office no later than 2:30 p.m. on Monday. All of this is free.

2) Like most publications, obituaries can be tailored to
meet your specific needs, including photographs, a listing
of survivors and extensive family information, all for ad-
ditional charges.

3) In order to make sure your information is posted correct-
ly, you may hand deliver your obituary to one of our rep-
resentatives. Obituaries may also be sent to us by e-mail
(classified@miamitimesonline.com) or fax (305-694-6211).

For additional questions or concerns, please call us at 305-
694-6210 and we will be happy to provide you with quality


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09/10/45 03/21/10

Dear Uncle David,

A year later I still ache to
see you,
To hear you laugh or see
your smile,
I'd willingly bear a harder
Just to talk for a little while.
This is what I will remem-
Your bravery and your love,
That caring, wise and
watchful eye,
Which now peers at us from

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Jamaican singer

has second album
Righteousness sounds luxurious on
"Free Expressions" (VP), the moving and
lustrous second album by the Jamaican
singer Etana. She's got a light, easy voice,
but while she's a warm presence, she's not
polite. Over a sneaky rock-steady groove
on "Retribution" she pokes at hypocri-
sies of the church, "poisoning the minds
of the youths." On "Mocking Bird" she as-
serts, "Poverty is a trap, but not for me/
Oh, my soul is cleaner than the deep blue
sea." Etana spent time early in her career
singing R&B, and while she's let go of the
slinkier parts of the genre, she's kept the
passion and the inflections, making for an
alluring hybrid. And the music on "Free
Expressions" is syncretic
in the way of the best
Jamaican music.
There's tough reg-
gae ("Venting"),
and also clas-
sic soul ("People
Talk"), contem-
porary R&B
('My Name Is"),
.:and even touch-
: es of smooth jazz
e (c'Free"). "Heart Bro-
ken could be a Be-
-Yonce song, and
maybe should
be some-

Janet Jackson

on tour
"Come with me, don't you worry," Ja-
net Jackson coos in "That's the Way Love
Goes," one of the singles driving her "Num-
ber Ones, Up Close and Personal" tour,
which hits Radio City Music
Hall this week. Jackson has
had enough ups and downs
for any pop star. Her most
recent album, "Dis-
cipline" (Island),
was among her
least successful,
and her previous
tour, in 2008, was
plagued by post-
ponements. Then
came the death
of her brother
Michael. So
from one angle,
Jackson's lat-
est live extrav-
aganza with
a set list drawn
from "Number
Ones" (A&M), her
newish greatest-
hits compilation -
might seem like a retreat
into the comfort zone, guid-
ed by the bottom line.

Phaedra's book:

'How to be a Lady'

By Liane Membis

The woman who self-claimed the "south-
ern belle" title on season three of Bravo
Television's The Real Housewives of Atlan-
ta is looking to expand her brand into the
literary world.
Entertainment attorney Phaedra Parks
is reportedly seeking to improve the gentil-
ity of her fans through the publication of
an upcoming self-help book, RadarOnline.
com says.
"It's about being a southern belle and all
the accouterments that go with it," Parks
said. "It's a modern-day twist on etiquette
and being a lady. And it's
alright for women to
embrace their ladylike
Parks believe the
time is right for her "
book to hit the mar-

"It's high time
that women start
enjoying being la-
dies again. People
have moved away
from that," she
said. "I want to
give my tips. So
many people over
Please turn to


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By Marc Myers

Before Aretha Franklin became the Queen of Soul, she was a budding Princess of Pop Fresh "
from Detroit in 1960, the 18-year-old gospel singer signed with Columbia Records and went to .
work recording the American songbook-combining Ella Fitzgerald's lyricism with Mahaliaj
Jackson's earth-moving passion.
On March 22, Sony/Legacy will release he Quen of
"Take a Look: Aretha Franklin CompleteC e CC n
on Columbia"-an 11-CD box plus one Soul is not
DVD that spans Franklin's entire output for "
the label between 1960 and 1965. Two narratives One to
emerge from the music: Franklin developed rap- .
idly as a church-belter of jazz standards, and divulge much.
Columbia didn't know quite what to do with
her-a riddle that would be solved when Frank- -
lin switched to Atlantic in 1966. J. -
From 1960 on, no female singer has matched -
Franklin's ability to sell a song. Over the course of'
her 50-year career, she has recorded an unrivaled
73 Billboard Hot 100 hits, winning 20 Grammys ,
and ranking No. 1 among all female solo artists in -
the pop chart's 52-year history. I
Eight of those hits were for Columbia. Clearly, '..
the pre-"Respect" Franklin could ace anything
the label put before her-from Hoagy Carmi- '
chael's "Skylark" to Neal Hefti's "How to Murder .
Your Wife." But as the years passed, Columbia's '
outdated pop strategy for Franklin gained little J '
Please turn to ARETHA 4C

Chris Rock tries on a new hat:

Star of a Broadway production

He's serious about this role

By Elysa Gardner2S .
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'NEW YORK The title of the ....'
new Broadway play that marks
comedian and actor Chris Rock's
theatrical debut hardly suggests tr W
family entertainment.
Yet Rock's desire to spend more
time with his family was a big fac-
tor in his decision to take on The
Mother ----------- With the
Hat, which previewsed March 15.
"Stand-up is fun, but you have .
to travel," says Rock, 46, nibbling
on fresh fruit at a restaurant near .
the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre,
where Hat opens April 11. "I want-
ed to do something in New York,"
right across the bridge from the
New Jersey home he shares with
his wife, Malaak, and daughters,
Lola, 9, and Zahra, 7.
Rock isn't fazed by the rigorous,
eight-show-a-week schedule that
awaits him. "I do that many shows
when I'm on tour, and I have to flv
every day. Now I'll be able to take- '
my kids to school, cat with them IO':,:" '' :, .
some days, even take them to an V
activity. And I'll be home in time
to watch Letterman." '
Not that Rock expects Hat to be ~ 'T
a walk in the park. The Broadway adA'
debut of acclaimed playwright
Stephen Adly Guirgis, it casts
Rock as "sponsor" to a recover-
ing addict and parolee played by
Bobby Cannavale. "I'm like his Comedian Chris Rock gets serious in a new Broadway play,
Please turn to ROCK 4C The Mother With the Hat, opened March 15.

Ebony premieres redesign of 65-year-old brand

By Yannique Benitez

The April 2011 issue of 'EBO-
NY' marks the debut redesign of
the publication's iconic brand.
The issue is now available on
newsstands and hopes to cater
to and reflect a new generation
of readers. "The new EBONY is
the culmination of many con-
versations with our current
readers to gain a better under-
standing of what they value,
analyzing our competitive op-
portunities and harnessing the
passion and talent of the edito-
rial team that I am so proud to
lead," said Editor-in-Chief Amy

DuBois Barnett.
She has been working on im-
plementing changes to the mag-
azine since her start in May of
2010 and sought the help of the
new Creative Director Darhil
Crooks whojoined from Esquire.
With input from their readers
and staff they've created a sleek
and modern aesthetic. The new
layout consists of a neutral color
palate with pops of bright color
in combination with traditional
elements like the retro fonts.
The logo has changed from its
original bold blocked, sans-serif
letters to the new fresh basic
1920s Jazz-inspired font. The

magazine also now has new sec-
tions including "Connect," which
covers love and relationships;
"Elevate," specializing in well-
ness and spirituality; "Achieve"
covering business and wealth
content and "Live" encompass-
ing home, travel and food.
"This redesign demonstrates
our commitment to carrying for-
ward the 65-year legacy of EBO-
NY while keeping it fresh and ex-
citing for today's consumers and
advertisers," said Group Pub-
lisher Stephen Gregory Barr.
Barnett hopes the new
changes will satisfy their loyal
Please turn to EBONY 2C

Beyonce: She played a private
show for Gadhafi family.

Private shows

are in the

public eye

Thanks to the Gadhafis

By Elysa Gardner

There has been an outbreak of
sellers' remorse in pop's upper ech-
elon: Nelly Furtado, Beyonce, Mariah
Carey and Usher have ruefully ac-
knI'wle.dgedl staging shows financed
by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi
and his family.
"1 was naive and unaware of who
1 was booked to perform for," read a
statement by Carey, who like the oth-
ers vowed to donate money to char-
ity. "This is a lesson for all artists.
S. We need to be more aware and
take more responsibility, regardless
of who books our shows."
Indeed, in their contrition, these
stars also have brought new atten-
tion to a less-scandalous trend: pri-
vate concerts by popular artists.
Industry observers say it's common
practice for musicians to supplement
already substantial incomes with
comnmnd performances for people,
or corporations, who can afford to
shell out big bucks (Furtado's fee: $1
million) for a name attraction.
"Just about everyone does it." says
Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the tour-
ing trade publication Pollstar. "lfyour
dream is to have someone famousu)
sing at y'our birthday or wedding,
and you offer enough monNey, the an-
swer will most likely be yes.
Please turn to SHOWS 2C




Miami Central L\as always the
butt of jokes among students at
other schools because ol their
'F" grade. This prompted Mr.
Rodriguez to transfer %ith
a plan to bring the school's
grade up to an "A." He was
successful in his first year and
Central moved up from an "F"
school, upgrading pride among
the students. This impressed
President Barack Obama
to bring his entourage from
Washington, D.C. last Friday
and put Central in his plan for
The championship team
greeted him in their football
jerseys, sitting together and
standing in unison when he
praised the success of the team.
It was a historical day for all
Rockets when President Obama
indicated how impressed he was
seeing students in the library
and those in the classroom
designing automobiles that he
heard about. The president
spoke for 20 minutes and every
word coming out his mouth was
taken in by those who cheered
him on. He also praised Ms.
Turner, principal, for all the
good work that she is doing.
There were people on the
outside lining up to watch
his limousine drive on 95th
street heading to his Miami
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and his officers, Kenny
Hayes, David Wiggins, Robert
Johnson, Cheryl Lockett,
Richard Barry III, the guys at
Chris Tire Company, the gang
outside of Rockets Grill and
BAWA Groceries.
The talk of the president being
in the neighborhood added
much dignity to the staff and
administrators, students and
band members. Those being a
part of history of being close to
the president, shaking the hand
of the man that millions would
love to touch. Now, the young
set can include their experience
for the rest of their life.
************* *
Kudos goes out to Jackie
Bell for her First Friday
Festival of Women's History
Month Celebration, recently,
at the Plaza in Overtown
where honorees were Patricia
Braynon, Dr. Mae Rene
Christian, Dr. Cheryl Holder
and Commissioner Audrey
If you have been fortunate
enough to know Mama Dot,
specifically known Dorothy

Edwards. You readily without
hesitation, say you have been
in the presence of a superior
Black women that possess a
strong heart, mind and a quiet
temperance showered upon so
many that have traversed the
halls of Booker T. Washington,
Dorsey and Northwestern High
Her legacy included
induction in Florida A&M
Hall of Fame; a diamond soror
for Alpha Kappa Alpha and
Soror of the Year in 2004;
Assistant Principal and retired
from Northwestern;
volunteer at Jackson
Memorial Hospital for
17 years and Who's 4
Who is American
Education. She is also
proud of Oscar II and
grandchildren Troy
and Paula Edwards:
classical musicians, OBA
as well as touching
and remembering every student
under her command.
The next honoree is Lona
Brown Mathis who began her
education in the schools of
Miami-Dade County. In high
school, she also sang in the
chorus and excelled in drama.
She took her skills to Clark,
Southern U., Sarasota, Florida
and Pittsburgh, PA. There, she
became Student Director of
Drama, State President of the
Future Teachers of America
and composed several songs for
Alpha Tau Chapter that are still
being sung.
Mathis found to follow her

mother's footsteps by joining all
of the Female Auxiliaries to the
Master Masons and presently
sings in the choir St. Cecilia's
at the Historical St. Agnes
Episcopal Church and takes
time to feed the hungry.
Honoree Priscilla A.
Thompson currently serves as
the City Clerk in Miami. She
was appointed to the job in 2007
after 22 years of service with
the city, while being certified
after completing the required
program in, 2006. Preceded by
being Administrative Assistant,
Executive Director of
the Civil Service Board,
and Senior Staff Analyst
S in charge of the Budget
for the Fire Rescue
4%0 Department.
Her career included
attending school at
Poinciana, Holmes,
MA Orchard Villa, Lillie
C. Evans, Dorsey and
graduating from Miami Central,
while her higher degrees came
from Barry, FIU and FAU.
She is the proud mother
of a son, who is serving in
the Air Force and the proud
grandmother of two, a member
of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc. and Church of the
Honoree Louise Whitehead
was born in South Miami and
grew up with her grandmother,
Sarah Johnson in Liberty City.
She attended Temple Baptist
Church, while spending time in
Overtown until Urban Renewal
forced her and her family to

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being a barmaid and received
a certificate as a licensed
barmaid. She is also an Eastern
Crystal Lee of radio station
WMBM was instrumental in
bringing the National Week
of Prayer for the Healing of
AIDS to Bethel Apostolic
Temple on last Friday with
Rev. Carol Nash-Lester,' senior
pastor, welcoming everyone
and introducing Miami-
Dade Commissioner Jean
Monestime, who alluded to
educating himself so that he
may transfer his knowledge to
reduce the problem in North
Miami, his district.
The Beyond Believers sung
their favorite songs to the crowd,
followed by true experience
coming from Tijuana Kelly
who admits having the virus
and Roger Bogan who has been
cured by God for three years.
The concert began with
Mt. Herman AME choir,
Bethel Temple Hands of
Praise; Ebenezer UMC choir
entertaining with Walter Clark
and Valerie Thomas leading
"God Is." T-Eilene Martin-
Major and M.A.S.K. brought the
crowd to their feet interpreting
"I Want to Praise Him."
Others followed such as New
Hope MBC, Sister Kimberly
Walker, Dynasty Dance
Ministry, The Anointed Angels,
David Smith who electrified
the audience with his solo "I
Need You Now", and a special

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presentation was given by
Kalenthia Nunally Bain,
executive for the HIV/AIDS
Kudos goes out to Mother
Nettie Murphy, Rev. Glen
Miller and the youth at Bright
Star for the Gospel Gala on
last Saturday evening featuring
Marques Gundy, founder/
director all the way from
University of South Florida in
The outstanding singers in
Rebirth demonstrated much
stage presence and movement.
Some of the singers included
Terrance Brown, Vishauna
Glenn, Jaquay Gibson,
Jaquan Gibson, Taryn Davis
and Kiovanni McKnight.
Some of the Singing Angels
in attendance were Tillie
Stibbins, Mamie Ivory,
Syble Johnson and daughter
Congratulations to the Mass
Choir of Ebenezer UMC for
being selected from South
Florida's outstanding groups to
appear in concert on Sunday,
April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Adrienne
Arsht Performing Theatre in
downtown Miami, across from
the Miami-Dade County School
Board Building.
The 40 voice chorus will
be back by Donny .Fabian,
keyboard, Dr. Richard
J. Strachan, Richard B.
Strachan, percussionist and
alto saxophone player, along
with other musicians. For more
information, call 305-635-1743
for more details.

History, Month, hearty
congratulations go out to
Nancy S. Dawkins, who was
honored by our school board
and soror who is a school
board member, Dorothy
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc.'s two chapters Miami
Alumnae and Dade County
Alumnae were honored with
proclamations for outstanding
services to our community.
Soror Bendross-Mindingall
presented Soror Dawkins,
Shirlyon McWhorter-Jones
(Miami Alumnae) and Janice
Hopkins (Dade County
Chapter). Congratulations!
Also in Nassau to attend the
funeral of Virla Barry's aunt
Mrs. Priscilla McPhee-Carey
were Mary Bivens, Carolyn
Spicer-Mond and Vennda
Rei Gibson.
Get well wishes to all of our
sick and shut-in: Justina M.
Brown, Winston Scavella,
Naomi Allen-Adams,

Natalie Reid,
Gladys Lynch,
Princess Lamb.
Jesse Stinson,
Theodore Dean, Mary Allen,
Ernestine Ross-Collins and
Inez McKinney-Johnson.
Five generations of
Braynons attended the
swearing-in of Oscar
Braynon 1 at the Florida
Senate in Tallahassee, FL on
March 8. The following family
members were in attendance:
Rosemary Braynon (grand
aunt), Former Judge Harold
Braynon, Sr. (cousin), Gia
Braynon (cousin), Oscar
J. Braynon, Sr. (father),
Patricia Jennings-Braynon
(mother), Jina Marie Braynon
(sister), Halle Braynon
(cousin), Lenora Braynon-
Smith (great aunt), Harold L.
Braynon, Jr. (cousin), Oscar
Braynon IM (son), Melissa
Fung-Braynon (wife), Halia
Braynon (cousin), avid
campaign supporters, family
and friends such as Willis
Howard and Reggie Leon.
Congratulations 02!

Forbes declares Diddy the

wealthiest artist in hip-hop

By Matthew Perpetua John clothing line, the Bad
Boy Worldwide record label
Sean "Diddy" Combs is the and the vodka brand Ciroc, a
wealthiest performer in hip- joint venture with Diageo.
hop according to a new list Jay-Z is the second wealthi-
released by Forbes. Using a est rapper, with a fortune of
formula factoring in the val- $450 million including rev-
ue of current holdings, past enue from his albums and
earnings and assorted infor- his stakes in the New Jersey
nation from analysts, law- Nets, the 40/40 Club chain
years and assorted industry and the ad firm Translation.
figures, Combs was deter- The list is rounded out with
mined to have a net worth of Dr. Dre, who has a net worth
approximately $475 million, of $125 million for his work
His empire includes his Sean on his own and with Eminem,

Sympathy to the Bain family
in the loss of their brother
and uncle Lionel Bain who
died in Brooklyn, New York.
The funeral was held March
8. Family members who
attended his 'funeral were:
Leota Sweeting, Esme
Bain, Morris Farrington,
Patricia McNeal, Kim Bain,
Jasmine Sapp, DeMario and
Charnette Spence.
Hearty congratulations
to my sister, niece and her
husband. My sister is a
grandmother for the fifth time.
Gayle Sweoting-Duncombc
returned home from Atlanta,
GA after visiting Antionette
(her daughter) and son-in-law
LaCory Patterson and new
grandson Delvin Anthony.
This is the third son the other
two boys are Damarius and
DaShaun. Antionette also
received her Master's Degree
before the birth of her third
son. Our family members are
very happy for them.
Betty Brice, the niece
of Louise H. Clear is over
from Nassau visiting for one
month. James and Louise
are very happy to have Betty
visiting them at their Rolling
Oaks home. Welcome to
Miami Betty!

Sean 'Diddy' Combs
Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent. 50
Cent himself is tied for fourth
with Cash Money Records co-
founder Brian "Birdman" Wil-
liams with $100 million each.

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Of course, the well-heeled
revelers usually aren't dicta-
tors charged with human-
rights abuses. "In most cases,
there's not much of a stigma
attached," says Rolling Stone
contributing editor Anthony
But stars have made news
by doing business with con-
troversial figures. Elton John
sang at right-wing talk show
host Rush Limbaugh's 2010
wedding. Jimmy Buffett ap-
peared in 2001 at a Roman-
themed bash thrown by then-
Tyco International executive
L. Dennis Kozlowski, later

convicted of misap-
propriation of corpo-
rate funds.
As social media
continues to expand,
such shows are likely
to receive wider ex-
posure. "Part of what
the client is paying for
is exclusivity," says US
Billboard executive
director Ray Waddell. "But it's
hard to imagine that some-
one wouldn't snap a photo or
tweet about it or put it on a
Facebook page."
At the same time, the de-
cline in traditional revenue
streams such as CD sales
and tour grosses makes these
gigs more attractive to art-

ists. "They'll generally
make more than they
do for a public show
and don't have to wor-
ry about interviews or
Promotionn" Waddell
says. "And their ex-
penses are covered."
Given such perks,
HER it's not surprising
that the vetting pro-
cess is, as Carey's quote sug-
gests, less than consistently
"Artists may not ask ques-
tions about the (final) buyer,
beyond whether the money
and production will be up to
par," Waddell says. "We may
see more questions asked in
the future, though."

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subscribers and attract new
readers who she mentioned
were goal oriented, engaged.
stylish and usually between
the ages of 29 and 35.
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the years have asked me
about how to have it all with-
out losing yourself."
Not only is Parks look-
ing to push her brand into
the book business but she
i, also interested in chang-
ing the face of television
with more positive pro-
graiminnng. The former Real
IHousewives star is working

on pitching three new "up-
lifting" and "empowering"
reality television series.
"The first show is a docu-
drama and will take a
group of women and em-
power them," Parks said.
"The second show is more of
a documentary that deals
with serious issues of dat-
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For rapphenom, 23, it allstarts with the beat

By Korina Lopez

Wiz as in wise: He's only 23,
but rap sensation Wiz Khalifa
has gotten more accomplished
than many of his older col-
leagues. "I got the nickname
Wiz because people said I
was wise beyond my years,"
says the rapper, whose real
name is Cameron Thomaz.
"And Khalifa is the Arabic
word for successor." Ambition
and an admirable work ethic
should also get worked into
his stage name; Khalifa has
three albums under his belt.
His hit single, Black and Yel-
low topped the Billboard Hot
100 chart. "I started writ-
ing songs when I was eight.
When I was 13, I put out my
first album," he says. "At 17, I

started working in the studio
with my manager (Benjy Grin-
berg), and Rolling Papers (out
March 29) is our second major
Rootless childhood: As a
kid, Khalifa moved around a
lot because his parents were
in the military. "It was tough
on him, but he found a friend
in music," says Grinberg. "The
process gave him self-con-
fidence." Khalifa calls Pitts-
burgh home, and wrote Black
and Yellow about his beloved
city. "It's not just about (foot-
ball team) the Steelers, but ev-
erything that goes with living
in Pittsburgh," Khalifa says.
"It's .about doing it all on my
own, making it on my own."
Inspirations: For Khalifa, it
all starts with the beat. "With

Wiz Khalifa, rap sensation, is releasing his third
Rolling Papers, on March 29.

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Black and Yellow, I heard the
beat, locked in the loop, and
the song just grew from there,"
he says. "That's how I ap-
proach all my music. I never
write from concept. The beat
is the beginning, and then I
fill in the rest of the song into
what it should be."
Sweet nothings: Khalifa,
who is currently dating Kanye
West's ex, Amber Rose, has a
few songs about relationships
on his new album, but don't
look for any direct references
to Rose. "I wrote the album be-
fore we met," he says.
Being "the man": Of the
great rappers out there, Snoop
Dogg is Khalifa's idol. "He's the
kind of rapper I want to be," he
says. The two allude to mari-
juana in their music. They've
written one song together,
That Good and Khalifa's fea-

tured on This Weed Is Mine,
which will be on Snoop's next
album. The similarities end
there. "I have an idea of who
I want to be, I have a vision
of my own success," he says.
"What makes the difference
between greats and the rest is
hard work and initiative. You
have to be willing to put in the
Next up: Khalifa's ready to
roll out second single, Roll Up,
with a video featuring singer
Cassie. On April 1, Khalifa's
also hitting the road on The
Green Carpet Tour, an envi-
ronmentally conscious cam-
pus initiative. He's pledged to
using biodiesel fuel on his tour
bus and using biodegradable
products backstage. "I'm all
about the message," he says.
"I'm happy to spread aware-
ness and get kids involved."

G-Funk Crooner Nate Dogg dies after long illness

By Tonya Pendleton

West Coast crooner Nathan-
iel "Nate Dogg" Hale, who
served as the singer on many
of the G-funk era's biggest
hits, has died at age 41, the
Long Beach Press Telegram re-
Hale's distinctive vocals an-
chored many a hip-hop clas-
sic, including his breakout
record with Warren G, "Regu-
late." He went on to provide vo-
cals for Dr. Dre's "The Chron-
ic" album, considered by most
to be the era's defining classic.
The son of a pastor, Hale
formed the seminal West
Coast outfit 213 with future
stars Snoop Dogg and War-
ren G. Their demo was heard
by producer Dr. Dre, who loved
his vocals and put him and
Snoop on "The Chronic." "The
Chronic" would go on to criti-
cal and commercial acclaim,

launching the careers of
both he and Snoop and
becoming Dr. Dre's most
significant solo work
thus far. The album
was a hallmark of the
so-called G-funk era, a
phrase made popular by
Warren G, who titled his
1994 album "Regulate D
. The G Funk Era." (G-
funk stands for gangsta funk.)
Hale signed to Death Row
Records in 1993.
The four-time Grammy nom-
inee would ultimately release
three solo CDs but remained
best known for his work on
hip-hop collaborations. All of
his Grammy nods were from
records performed with other
artists and came in either the
Best Rap Collaboration cate-
gory or Best Rap Performance
with Duo or Group.
In recent years, Hale had a
host of legal and health prob-

lems. In 2002, he was
arrested on drugs
and weapons charges
and later pled guilty
and received proba-
tion and community
service in lieu of jail
time. He was once
engaged to actress
OGG Tamala Jones, who
blamed radio person-
ality Wendy Williams for their
breakup after she spread ru-
mors about Jones on her radio
In 2007, Hale suffered a
stroke that left him paralyzed
on the left side of his body,
but was then expected to re-
cover. In the summer of 2008.
he was charged with stalking
and threatening his estranged
wife, but those charges were
ultimately dropped. By fall of
2008, Hale suffered another
stroke and was reportedly in at
rehabilitation facility.

Warren G tweeted recently
that the singer was in therapy
as his health problems per-
Historic rap music station
KDAY in Los Angeles streamed
a live tribute to Hale Wednes-
day, in the wee hours of the
morning, playing his hits.
Ludacris, 50 Cent, Xzibit and
Snoop all tweeted their condo-
Ludacris' tweet said: "There
is a certain void in hip hop's
heart that can never be filled.
Glad we got to make history
From Xzibit: "We lost a sol-
dier. a father, a legend, a
home. My condolences go out
to Ms. Ruth and the entire
Snoop. who tweeted that he
met Nate at L.A.'s Polytechni-
cal HIigh School told his fans
via T\vitter that "We lost a true
legend n hip hop n Rnlb."

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traction with the exploding
youth culture and civil-rights
Yet this set provides an illu-
minating look back at the su-
perstar's awakening. Among
the standouts on the set's
seven previously released al-
bums are "Aretha With the
Ray Bryant Combo" (1961), a
jazz-gospel date that includes
the demanding "Right Now,"
and "Unforgettable: A Trib-
ute to Dinah Washington"
(1964), featuring a slow-mo-
tion "What a Difference a Day
Made" and an arm-swaying

Also included in the set are
two unissued album projects
with Clyde Otis and Bobby
Scott, as well as an unre-
leased compilation and a
disc with her last seven Co-
lumbia recordings. The Otis
sessions are somewhat un-
even, ranging from stirring
gospel smack-downs like "I'11
Keep on Smiling" and "Take
a Look" to all-wrong choices
like "People" and "That's En-
tertainment." The horn-heavy
Scott session faced the same
problem-spiritual gems like
"Here Today and Gone Tomor-
row" co-habiting with "Moon
River" and "Harbor Lights."

The DVD features an appear
ance by Franklin on "Thel
Steve Allen Show" in 1964l.
Perhaps Franklin's finest
album in the box is "Laugh-
ing on the Outside" (1963)-
produced, arranged and con-
ducted by Robert Mersey.
Here, Franklin is framed by
strings and a hushed choir,
delivering standards at the
tempo of your pulse. Her
patient rendition of "Make
Someone Happy" is hair-rais-
ing for its soaring fluidity.
By 1965, Franklin's produc-
ers finally decided to take aim
at her hit-making rivals. On
"Runnin' Out of Fools," pro-
duced by Otis. she covered Di-

onmne Warwick's "Walk on ilyH."
MNLlrv Wells's "My (Guy" and
Hetty t'verett's "'Slioop Shoop
Song (It's illn His Kiss)"- giv-
ing each a gospel wallop.
And then there's "One Step
Ahead," a song recorded in
December 1964. It was to
have been included on "A Bit
of Soul." an album that was
assigned a master number
but mysteriously never re-
leased. Instead, the song was
released as a single. In this
one seductive love song-
treated as a light bolero-Co-
lumbia finally had captured
what would become the famed
Aretha sound. Apparently no
one at the label noticed.

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drug counselor. In New Jack
City, I was the crackhead; now
I'm rehabilitated."

Asked to describe the play
further, Rock quips: "It's a dark,
dark, dark comedy about -
about the human condition. Is
that vague enough?" But seri-
ously: "I read a number of plays,
but when I got to this one, I was
like, 'Whoa.' This is going to
shock the world.
"They made me read for the
part. And after that, I had to sit
with Stephen. Don't let anybody

tell you, 'Oh, we begged him ...'
No, I had to jump through some
hoops to get this thing."
Time Out New York drama
critic and New York Drama
Critics' Circle president Adam
Feldman observes that Rock
is taking a "riskier" path than
comedians such as Will Ferrell
and Colin Quinn, who in their
recent forays into theater drew
on personae and shtick previ-
ously established on TV and in
comedy routines.
"The advance word is that
(Rock's) role has a substantial
dramatic element," Feldman
says. "You have to applaud him
for going into less familiar terri-
tory." At the same time, Rock's

background provides an advan-
tage: "In stand-1up comedy, you
get used to playing with and
responding to an audiencce. You
have that sensitivity and com-
fort level, which sonic Holly-
wood stars don't."

Though Rock won't get to use
those assets for another week,
he has been enjoying rehearsals
"It's an amazing process. You
really take your time and break
down the script. And you don't
make a move without consulting
the writer. When you're doing a
movie, they hate the writer. I
know, having written a movie

or two. It's like, 'Thank you -
goodbye.' ,
Rock has been jotting down
notes for fut ure considerate ion.
"A lot of their play is about re-
Iltionships. and, 'yeah, I'm writ
ing soNie jokes on miy script." lhe
says. Hut lie's nol sure when or
in what context he'll use them.
"I've pretty imtuch suspended
all other operations," Rock says.
"I'm waiting for some scripts to
conic in. And I wouldn't mind
dabbling in some stand-up this
summer, after the play's over -
seeing if I still have a fastball, as
they say.
"But for now, this is it. I wake
up, I work on this play. It's some-
thing new, and it's exciting."

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
stem.html or call 410-293-
-12o 1.

Miami Northwestern
Alumni Association and
Miami Jackson Alumni As-
sociation are calling all for-
mner basketball players and
cheerleaders that would like
to participate in the upcom-
ing 2nd Annual Alumni Bas-
:iLtill Game on April 2. For
more information (Bulls) call
786-873-5992 and (Generals)

N Miami Gardens Coun-
cilwoman Lisa Davis is
sponsoring a Mother's Day
contest for City of Miami Gar-
dens residents. In 300 words
or less, write why your nomi-
nee should be selected for the
Mother of the Year award.
The deadline is April 15. Let-
ters can be mailed to: City of
Miami Gardens City Hall, At-
tention Councilwoman Lisa
Davis. 1515 NW 167 Street,

Building 5 Suite 200, Miami
Gardens, FL-33169. For more
info, call 305-622-8000.

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

0 Miami Jackson Class of
1971 40th Class Reunion
is to be held on June 23-26,
2011 at the El Palacio Hotel.
Call Gail D. Roberts for more
information at 305-343-0839
or Sherry Peters at 305-318-

N Community activist Lee
A. Black, is spearheading the
Claude D. Pepper Fellowship
Foundation, Inc., a Florida-
chartered non-profit corpora-
tion and its Washington-area
Tsunami Fund, of which he
is the founder and chair/
CEO in efforts to raise funds
to support victims of the re-
cent earthquake and tsunami
in Japan. For more informa-
tion, go to vwwv.blackpepper-
watsnamifund2011 .com.

The Liberty City Farm-
ers' Market will be held on
Thursday from 12-6 p.m.
until April 2011 at their new
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Poetry Corner returns to The Miami Times

Inl a tradition that was once much-beloved and always antici-
pated. February marked the return of "Poetry Corner" in The Mi-
amti Times. Each week we \\will feature one poem from writers who
live in our cotunlutity. Whether you are a seasoned scribe or a
novice poet, we want your work. Submissions should be one page
or less and typed. They may either be mailed to Jasmine John-
son (jjohnson(m'mianmitimesonline.com) or faxed (305-757-5770).
Poetry should also follow the example of our best Black poets and
be positive in their message. Please include a photograph (high
resolution), daytime phone number and the city in which you cur-
rently reside. No phone inquiries please. We hope to make this a
-. ,.1.1l addition to our paper but that will be up to you. If you are
"a poet and you know it," we invite you to send us your best work.

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Dance for Haiti brings

awareness to the Winter .

Music Conference ,

By Randy Grice ".-i

On Sunday, March 13, music lovers gathered for Dance for Miami. Miami
Assists joined forces with the Haitian Museum, Papaloko4kids and Cloak Inc.,
to host the benefit aimed at raising funds for organizations helping children
in Haiti. Two organizations in particular benefited from the affair, Ayikodans
and Life for the World. The money collected is set to be used to purchase sup-
plies like food, water and medicine to ship to Haiti. Dance for Haiti was a
part of the launch of Miami Assists and took place during the 2011 Winter
Music Conference.
Carlos Omar, a member of Miami Assists said the sole purpose of the
event was to keep people knowledgeable of needs in Haiti. "Dance for
Haiti was initiated to raise much needed awareness to the continu-
ous dire situation in Haiti,".Omar said.
While this is the first event the group has put on, it will not be their
"This was the first of many to come," Omar said. We are in the
process of speaking with the Adrienne Arsht Center to possible do a
panel forum in May."
The event featured music from Carlos Mena, Djinji Brown, Sabine
Blazin and DJ Bruno.
"I had a great time and the music was fantastic," said Sasha Frank-
lin, one of the attendees. "I am a music lover and when I can enjoy
music at the expense of making a positive impact not only in my com-
munity but overseas where they need it, it is always a pleasure."
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surpasses U.N. predictions

ANI StaffReport

The cholera epidemic in Hai-
ti will exceed U.N. projections,
reveals a new study conducted
by the University of California,
San Francisco (UCSF) and the
Harvard Medical School.
The United Nations' has
estimated that there will be
400,000 cases of diarrhoeal
disease over the course of the
epidemic. But, the study, to be
published in the journal Lan-
cet, predicts that the number
of cases may double and reach
up to 779,000 between March
and November this year.

"The epidemic is not likely to
be short-term, it is going to be
larger than predicted in terms
of sheer numbers and will last
far longer than the initial pro-
jections," The Eureka Alert
quoted UCSF medical resident
Sanjay Basu.
Basu, who conducted the
study with Jason Andrews,
a former UCSF resident, said
that three public health in-
terventions must be used by
the authorities to curtail the
epidemic. People must be pro-
vided clean water, vaccination
and proper antibiotics.
Analysis suggests that an-

tibiotic treatment can be the
most effective way to save
thousands of lives in Haiti.
According to Basu, the high
cost of the antibiotics makes
it difficult to ensure its access
to the people.
Earlier, no cases of cholera
were registered in Haiti, but
due to the devastating earth-
quake in 2010, the disease
has emerged as a major epi-
Last year, between October
and December nearly 150,000
people in Haiti suffered from
cholera, and over 3,000 peo-
ple have died.

-UN Photo/UNICEF/Marco Dormino
A cholera infected child cries after he received medical treatment outside the medical cen-
ter in L'Estere.


6C THE .11iir.1 TIMES, MARCH 23-29, 2011

Michelle Obama to write book

about White House garden

NEW YORK (AP) There's a everyone can take something
new author in the White House: away from," Obama said. "May-
Michelle Obama. be if you're a local gardener
The first lady has signed with yourself, you'll be drawn by the
the Crown Publishing Group pictures of the ... garden in its
for a book about the garden she various stages throughout the
started on the South Lawn of seasons. If you're a kid, may-
the White House and the bene- be you'll pick up the book and
fits of healthy eating. The book, read along with your teachers,
currently untitled, is sched-
uled to come out in April 2012.
Obama received no advance
and will donate all proceeds to
a charity or charities to be de-
The White House said the
garden has yielded more than
2,000 pounds of fresh fruits
and vegetables.
"We've gotten food out of the
garden, and we can eat it and
it's good," Obama said recently
during a brief telephone inter-
view with The Associated Press.
"So we wanted to share the
story with the rest of the na-
tion and perhaps with the rest
of the world, because we get so
many questions about the gar-
den: How did we do it? Why did.
we do it? How do I do this in my
own home or community?"
The first lady, 47, has been
an advocate for locally grown
food and last year started an
anti-obesity campaign, "Let's ".
Move!" According to Crown,
the book will be "inspirational .... .-
and instructive, and will pro-
vide ideas and resources for Michelle Obama and some
readers to get involved in the the White House.
movement to create communi-
ty, school and urban gardens, and look at how we've incorpo-
support local farmers' mar- rated young people in our gar-
kets, and make small lifestyle den."
4 changes to achieve big health Obama is continuing a tradi-
results. tion of first ladies using books
"Mrs. Obama will also share to address a favorite cause.
some of her family's favorite Hillary Clinton had a best-
healthy recipes." seller with "It Takes a Village,"
Editions will include an il- about the importance of com-
lustrated hardcover, an e-book munity in raising children;
and an "enhanced" multimedia and Laura Bush collaborated
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"I hope it will be a beautiful ture book about a reluctant
book, as well, something that -reader, the *popular "Read

All About It!" This is Michelle
Obama's first book and she
said she had begun working
on it. "I don't know why I'm not
really nervous about it. Maybe
I don't know enough to be ner-
vous yet," she said.
Because of her crowded
schedule, Obama plans to

wonderful writer on so m
different fronts."
The first lady, who spoke
fore a Wednesday after
event at the South Lawn to
down crops for the spring pl
ing, eventually will face an
er first lady tradition: mem
after leaving the White Ho

schoolchildren harvests the vegetable patch in the garden of

have help, with details still
to be worked out. Assistance
might be very close by. Presi-
dent Obama has written two
best-sellers, "Dreams From My
Father" and "The Audacity of
Hope," and is widely regarded
as among the most literary
presidents. Both books sold in
the millions.
"I will definitely have him
be involved and look at it."
the first lady said. "Htiarck is
a wonderful writer and he's a

Asked about possible other
books, Obama said her priority
for the moment was on tending
her garden.
"We'll see. I'm not really think-
ing that far ahead," she said.
"Today we're going to plant our
third season, and we're going to
be out on lthe White House lawn
with kids this afternoon. So the
focus is really on right now. in
telling this story well right now.
And we'll sort of see what hap-
pens froii there."


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Prodigy of the rap group Mobb Deep was released from prison on March 7
after serving three years for criminal possession of a weapon. Prodigy, whose
real name is Albert Johnson, was let out on good behavior and will be under
parole until 2014.
Prodigy was pulled over in 2006 for making an illegal U-turn. After police
searched the vehicle and found an unlicensed .22 caliber pistol, Prodigy was
arrested. In October 2007, he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years.

) ia
oth- Akon is suing his former booking agent, American Talent Agency (ATA),
oirs claiming that the company owes him hundreds of thousands of dollars. Akon,
use. who is nowrepresented by Creative Artists Agency and his company Kon Live
Touring, Inc., filed the lawsuit in New York for breach of contract, trademark
infringement, and unjust enrichment.
S In a statement, a spokesperson for Akon said, "ATA has yet to pay Kon Live
Touring at least $750,000 in performance fees for live shows Akon already
,i performed, and it continues to falsely advertise itself as Akon's booking agent
I on the ATA website."
Akon terminated his relationship ATA back in September 2010, instructing
the company to stop using his name, image and likeness. Allegedly, the com-
pany continued to book Akon in countries like Dubai and India behind his back.
According to the lawsuit, Akon was not aware of the bookings and didn't ap-
; prove any of them.

S... D'Angelo has resolved his New York City prostitution case by pleading guilty
I to disorderly conduct.
The Grammy Award-winning R&B singer born Michael Archer entered
his plea recently. The offense is a violation, not a crime.
Prosecutors say he has satisfied conditions they declined to specify. The
singer and his lawyer declined to comment.
The 37-year-old D'Angelo was arrested in March 2010. Police said he tried to
pay $40 for a sex act to an undercover officer posing as a prostitute.

SBy Darryl L. Jenkins

Love Takes Me
My love, there's a love song written within my heart.
Every time I see you,
I'm captured in sight of love.
When I hear your name in the atmosphere,
I fall in love all over again with you.
The heavens have opened.
Love has taken me.
In your presence is love.
I'll always remember true love won't fade away.
There's not a moment, second, nor even a minute
I have not been in love with you.
You'i c ithe light that shines upon my path every day- -
Love is the atmosphere.

Belafonte documentary to be shown on HBO

By Wilson Morales

HBO has picked up the U.S.
TV rights for the documentary
'Sing Your Song,' which tells the
rich story of the life of Harry
Directed by filmmaker Su-
sanne Rostock, the film will de-
but in Fall 2011, exclusively on
Inspired by singer and actor
Paul Robeson, Belafonte rose
to fame as a singer, despite try-
ing tours across a segregated
country, and his provocative
crossover into mainstream Hol-
lywood. Belafonte's ground-
breaking career personifies

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location, the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW
22nd Ave.

U Teenagers and young

the American civil rights move-
ment, while inlpactin-ig many
other developments in social
'Sing Your Song' reveals Bela-
fonte as a tenacious hands-on
activist, who worked intimately
with Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., mobilized celebrities for so-
cial justice, participated in the
struggle against apartheid in
South Africa and took action to
counter gang violence, prisons
and the incarceration of youth.
Belafonte's well of songs in-
clude 'Jump in the Line,' 'Ja-
maica Farewell' and the classic
'Banana Boat Song,' with its
signature lyric "Day-O."

adults, do you need a better
life? If you're between the ages
of 16-24 and meet Job Corp
requirements, come see Mr.
Spencer, Admissions Advisor/
Recruiter. The Homestead Job
Corps is located at 12350 S.W.
285th Street, Building G. For

more info, call 305-257-4864
or 305-924-3487 to set up an

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

Former Haitian president returns to homeland

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heal the country."
Twice elected president and
twice deposed, Aristide is a
popular but also polarizing
figure. The former slum priest
is an advocate of the poor, who
make up the vast majority of
Haiti's more than nine million
people, and he was a leader of
the movement that shook off a
hated dictatorship.
But he has many critics,
who say he led a corrupt gov-
ernment, orchestrated violent
attacks on foes and was as
hungry for power as the lead-
ers he denounced. He was last
ousted in a violent 2004 rebel-
lion that swept the country.

The U.S. and others fear his
presence despite his sup-
porters' insistence that he will
not get involved in politics -
will bring further disarray to a
country struggling to emerge
from a political crisis, a chol-
era epidemic and the devas-
tation of the January 2010

Following his arrival, there
was no sign of any unrest in
the Haitian capital, where life
went on as usual. Many Aris-
tide supporters were simply
"We are going to party," said
36-year-old mechanic Assey
Woy, discussing the news of

the ousted leader's return
with friends on a street cor-
ner downtown. "It will be like
New Year's Day."
Speaking during a refueling
stopover on his journey back
to Haiti, Aristide said his re-
turn fulfills a "dream" of the
Haitian people.
President Barack Obama
has highlighted U.S. concerns
that Aristide's return could be
destabilizing, U.S. National
Security Council spokesman
Tommy Victor said. Inter-
viewed by Democracy Nowl, a
U.S.-based independent news
program, Aristide reiterated
that he wants to work in ed-
ucation in his impoverished
and earthquake-wrecked Ca-
ribbean homeland.





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Third drop in four weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) Fewer peo-
ple applied for unemployment ben-
efits last week, providing support for
the view that there will be stronger
job growth this year.
Applications fell to a seasonally
adjusted 385,000 last week, mark-
ing the third decline in the past four
weeks, the Labor Department re-
ported recently.
The four-week average for claims
dropped to 386,250. That was the
lowest level since July 2008, provid-
ing evidence that the job market is
on a more solid footing.
Benefit applications below 425,000
signal modest job growth. But the
level of applications needs to fall
below 375,000 to be seen as a sign
of sustained declines in the unem-
ployment rate. Benefit applications
peaked at 651,000 during the reces-
Companies are finally hiring more
after months of sluggish job cre-
ation. Employers added 192,000
jobs in February, the biggest gain
in nearly a year. The unemployment
rate dfoppe'd't6 :9 per ent. theT-6iW-'
est point since April 2009.
Stronger job growth was a ma-
jor reason the Federal Reserve this
week offered its most optimistic as-
sessment of the economy since the
recession ended. Fed policymakers
said the recovery was on "firmer
footing" and the jobs market was im-
proving gradually.
At their previous meeting on Jan.
26, the Fed had said that the prog-
ress in lowering the unemployment
rate had been "disappointingly slow,"
a phrase it dropped in the statement
summing up up the meeting.
While private economists also be-
lieve the economy is gaining momen-
tum, they worry about a number of
downside risks. Those range from
a surge in oil prices caused by po-
litical turmoil in oil exporting coun-
tries to a devastating earthquake
and ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan,
the world's third largest economy.
The benefits report showed that
the number of people receiving regu-
lar unemployment benefits fell by
80,000 to 3.71 million. That was the
lowest level since the week of Sept.
27, 2008.
An additional 4.36 million unem-
ployed workers received benefits un-
der the extended programs during
the week of Feb. 26, an increase of
53,000 from the previous week. In
total, 8.95 million people were on
the benefit rolls during the last week
in February.



By Daniel Gross

Do Americans need to be worried
about the U.S. stock market and the
economy based on what is happen-
ing in Japan?
Yes. But as troubling as the events
are, they shouldn't be the cause for
paralyzing concern.
Even though a lot of manufactur-
ing is done in China, Japan is a ma-
jor player in electronics. Isn't that a
problem for the stocks of companies
like Apple and their stocks?

Any company involved in electron-
ics hardware anything with a chip
or a battery or a screen should be
concerned. As Johnny Evans notes
in Computerworld's Apple Holic blog:
"Japan makes more than 40 percent
of the world's electronic components.
Some of the world's largest suppliers
of key materials are based in the di-
saster zone itself, where earthquake,
tsunami and radiation leaks from
the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear
plant have wrecked lives and devas-
tated infrastructure." Production of

silicon wafers has stopped at impor-
tant factories. Companies around
the world rely on Sony, Panasonic
and Sharp to produce batteries and
We live in a just-in-time world
where nobody, at any level of the sup-
ply chain from factories to stores
- likes to keep too much stuff on
hand. That makes operations more
efficient. But it also means that
you're more susceptible to disrup-
tions. So far we haven't seen shortag-
es of LDC televisions at BestBuy and

iPads are still flying off the shelves.
(Apple's stock has been down a bit in
recent days, in part due to concerns
over supplies. But if companies find
that they won't be able to get prod-
ucts in and out of Japan for several
months, the problems could filter
into the retail sector.)
What about other types of compa-
nies and their stocks?
They should be concerned, too.
As the data from the Commerce De-
partment show, Japan is the U.S.'s
Please turn to ECONOMY 10D

Find the best job for your personality

Get matched with careers that is rightfor you

By Tony Moton 5. Enterprising ^,s- 7l
6. Conventional
Character traits can go a long way Keep reading to find your person- i._
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in determining now successful ana
satisfied you'll be on the job.
Just ask career experts Michael
Farr and Laurence Shatkin.
"Your personality type affects your
satisfaction with the job, your pro-
ductivity in it. and the likelihood
that you will persist in this type of
work," write Farr and Shatkin in
their book "Best Jobs for Your Per-
This connection between person-
ality and jobs became the focus of
researcher John L. Holland's studies
in the 1950s. when he developed six
personality types as they related to
1. Realistic
2. Investigative
3. Artistic
4. Social

aitLy Lype. i ien seae wniLii careers
are a good fit for you.

Personality Type #1: Realistic
If you like hands-on work, then
you likely fit into the realistic per-
sonality type. "Doers," as they are
also known, generally enjoy projects
that require tools or machines. Real-
istic personality types are employed
by the largest number of occupa-
tions, .ii c~idini to authors Farr and
Smart career options for realistic
personality types include chefs and
head cooks ($44,240, average annu-
al salary) and computer hardware
engineers ($101,-110).
Careers for realistic personalities
can also be found in the health care
Please turn to PERSONALITY 10D

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Major cities see unemployment rise

The Associated Press

ployment rose in nearly all of the
372 largest U.S. cities in Janu-
ary compared to the previous
month, mostly because of season-
al changes such as the layoff of
temporary retail employees hired
for the holidays.
The Labor Department said
recently that the unemployment
rate rose in 351 metro areas, fell
in only 16, and was unchanged in
five. That's worse than December,
when the rate fell in 207 areas
and increased in 122.
Other seasonal trends, such as
the layoff of construction work-
ers due to winter weather, also
contributed to the widespread in-
Nationwide, the unemployment
rate dropped to nine percent in
January from 9.4 percent the
previous month. It ticked down to
8.9 percent in February. But the
national data is seasonally ad-

justed, while the metro data isn't,
which makes it more volatile. The
metro data also lags the national
report by one month.
The report shows that metro ar-
eas hit hard by the housing crisis
are still struggling with high un-
employment. At the same time, a
strong recovery in the manufac-
turing sector, particularly among
U.S. auto companies, has bol-
stered many smaller cities in the
"The areas that have had very
severe housing market correc-
tions have shown the least im-
provement," said Sophia Koro-
peckyj, managing director at
Moody's Analytics. That's par-
ticularly true for states such as
California, Florida, Arizona and
Nevada. Twelve of the 16 cities
with unemployment rates above
15 percent in January were in
A high foreclosure rate and fall-
ing home prices are contributing
Please turn to RISE 10D

NEW YORK AT&T stunned the
telecom world on Sunday by an-
nouncing that it has agreed to pay
$39 billion in cash and stock for T-
Mobile USA potentially making
AT&T the No. 1 wireless provider
with 39 percent of the market.
AT&T says the combination would
give it the airwave spectrum it needs
to handle the soaring demand for
mobile broadband services as con-
sumers snap up smartphones and
tablet computers such as Apple's
"We have seen over the last four
years on our network alone mobile
broadband traffic climb by 8,000
percent," AT&T CEO Randall Ste-
phenson says. The company expects
that demand to increase as much
as 1,000 percent over the next live
As a result, Stephenson says, "We
as a company have to think dif-
ferently about how we address the
demands that we're seeing." Many

AT&T plans to buy T-Mobile in a
deal that would create an industry
giant by combining the top wireless

consumers blasted AT&T for tolerat-
ing dropped calls after 2007, when
it was the exclusive service provider
for Apple's popular iPhone. Veri-
zon recently also began to offer the
iPhone 4.
AT&T says that the deal with T-
Mobile would increase its broad-
band capacity in some large cities
by as much as 30 percent. T-Mo-
bile, which is owned by Germany's
Deutsche Telekom, uses the same
Please turn to AT&T 10D

Workers march and fight back as wages and rights are threatened

By Saeed Shabazz
Special to the NNPA

NEW YORK (FinalCall.com) William Peter-
son, 46, the son of a Hartsville, South Caro-
lina, brick mason, has worked at the Woodlawn
Cemetery in The Bronx for the past four years.
Now he is in a fight to keep his $24.50 an hour
union job. Management wants to lay him and
23 other workers off, saying it is cheaper to out-
source their work to a private contractor.
"We are taking a stand fighting for what
is ours because if we don't, workers will be
returned to the days of slavery," he said.
The conversation quickly turned to what was
going on in Wisconsin where pro-labor activ-
ists have started street protests and marches to
the state house to protect the right to organize
and fair treatment for young, poor and working
class Americans.

So, from the streets of New York City, to the
state house at Raleigh, N.C., to San Francisco,
California, Des Moines, Iowa, and the Capital
building in Madison, Wisconsin angry work-
ers are on the march, fed up with wage and
pay concessions and angry over efforts to cur-
tail collective action used to improve wages and
working conditions.
For a moment, Clarence Thomas, an execu-
tive board member of the San Francisco-based
International Longshoreman and Warehouse
Association, Local 10 and a member of U.S.
Labor Against the War revisited history. He
recalled that in the 1880s, when workers held
rallies, marches and strikes, the end result was
the eight hour day and end to child labor.
"What is happening today in the Midwest has
been working its way since the days of 'Rea-
ganomics' when organized labor was attacked
- now it is the crisis of capitalism but it

must have been seen as a movement to basi-
cally lower the aspirations of America's working
class," Thomas argued.
"Make no mistake, the next election is the
real target of this anti-public sector union
movement," said Dr. Ray Wimbush, of the Insti-
tute for Urban Research at Morgan State Uni-
versity in Baltimore.
"The real issue for White conservatives is to
knock out the unions, which are driven by Black
membership, in particular AFSCME (American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Em-
ployees) the janitors, the housekeepers -
who contribute he1.i il; to the Democratic Party,
from being able to donate to President Barack
Obama's second-term run," he said. "It is easy
to see that with just seven percent of American
workers now in unions, there won't be any real
public outcry when scab workers arc brought

A well-financed, well-orchestrated, and well-
coordinated campaign is being waged by Re-
publicans, the Tea Party and other right-wing
ideologues, with the backing of corporate dol-
lars to the tune of $5,000 to $50,000 from busi-
nesses such as Wal-Mart, American Express,
Coors, Texaco, GlaxoSmithKline, Philip Morris,
AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, the Corrections Corpo-
ration of America and the Koch Industries.
It is estimated that across the country, about
30 percent of public sector workers are Black.
In fact, it was the civil rights and Black power
movements that brought most Blacks into pub-
lic sector jobs an area some hope to portray
as charity for Black people.
But is a class warfare heating up in the U.S.?
Perhaps as there are cui enthl 16 states that
are weighing laws to trim the power of unions,
iil Ihliiig New Jersey, Michigan, Idaho. Ten-
nessee, Indiana and Florida.

AT&T to buy T-Mobile USA for $39B
By David Lieberman

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Families slice debt to lowest in six years
By Justin Lahart and Since late 2008, he and his wife
Mark Whitehouse Household Finances I U.S famrtes have irrred debt and Increased wealt have slashed their total debt from
Oat--Mr r A y Menearly $1 million to zero by walking
U.S. families-by defaulting on Oda *kmass | ^, s ^.m,. ,am.ra away from the mortgages on four
their loans and scrimping on ex- rental properties and paying off two
penses-shouldered a smaller debt '''''.'an n others, all of which lost about half
burden in 2010 than at any point I1 ... their value in the housing bust. He's
in the previous six years, putting l ll no longer taking up to $4,000 from
them in position to start spending ,,. his monthly income to pay mort-
em i oiio o r e gage interest that the rental income
more. erne *,l,, di, :
Total U.S. household debt, includ- "n didn't cover.
ing mortgages and credit cards, fell 3 Instead, he and his wife are ful-
for the second straight year in 2010 filling their goal of building a new
to $13.4 trillion, the Federal Reserve $350,000, four-bedroom home in
reported recently. That came to 116 the Dallas suburb of Lewisville,
percent of disposable income, down where they plan to retire. "It's a big
from a peak debt burden of 130 per- relief," said Shah. "We went through
cent in 2007, and the lowest level some rough times, but now I'm
since the fourth quarter of 2004. n comfortable and don't have to worry
With the help of rising stock pric- .,,, .. .h m .. .. t.. r,,.. ...... I.*,,,.,,.... about my retirement."
es, the decrease in debts put averageShah isn't alone. Jon Maddux,
household net worth at $505,000 eastern Saudi Arabia. 2011, up from 1.8 percent last year. chief executive of YouWalkAway.
at the end of 2010, up 5.1 percent The shrinking debt burden, Defaults on mortgages and credit com, a California-based company
from 2009, though still well below a though, brings U.S. consumers, cards played a large role in bring- that advises people on how to de-
peak of $595,000 in the second whose purchases make up about ing down household debt, under- fault on mortgage debt, says he's
quarter of 2007, before housing one-sixth of global demand, closer scoring the extent of the financial getting between 200 and 250 new
prices plunged. to the point where they can make distress still afflicting U.S. families, clients a month, up eight percent
But any solace from the improving a big contribution to the world-wide Commercial banks wrote off $118 from last.year and about 50 percent
debt numbers has been tempered recovery, billion in mortgage, credit-card and from 2009.
by worries over rising commodity "You've seen a steady improve- other consumer debt in 2010, the "I thought we were going to be
prices, Chinese trade and the threat ment in household balance sheets" Fed said. That's over half the total done with this in one or two years,"
to Middle East oil supplies, in the U.S., said Joseph Carson, $208.8 billion drop in household said Maddux, who started the firm
The Dow Jones Industrial Average an economist at AllianceBernstein debt, which also includes new mort- in 2008. "Now, we're three years
skidded 228.46, or 1.87 percent, to in New York. "That should set the gages and credit cards, into it, and it looks like it prob-
11984.61 on recently, after new data stage for better consumer spending Morari Shah, a 59-year-old Miami ably will peak this year or next." He
on Chinese trade raised concerns in the year ahead." He expects con- entrepreneur and real-estate inves- said the average client sheds about
that Beijing's export growth might summer spending to grow at an infla- tor, is among those taking a radical $250,000 in mortgage debt.
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'Act 2' opens mobile check in services

Facebook's entry shakes up market

By Jon Swartz

ago, the rage at South
by Southwest Inter-
active were so-called
check-in services -
mobile apps that let
people flag where they
are. These services
promised to spin the
habits of smartphone
users into advertising
But that was before
Facebook plunged into
the market, with Plac-
es, last year. While that
move legitimized the
nascent market, it add-
ed a formidable com-
petitor to the likes of
start-ups Foursquare
and Gowalla.
"We're at an interest-
ing place, with Face-
book involved," Gowal-
la CEO Josh Williams
says. "They' eliminat-
ed the need for basic
(check-in) services, and
shook up the industry."
If last year's SXSWi
here was a coming-out
party for Foursquare
and the entire category,
this year is a matura-
tion of sorts.
It's "Act 2," Williams
says. The emphasis
now is on adding fea-
tures that distinguish
Gowalla and others
from Facebook Places.
Complicating matters,
Google has folded its
Places and Maps func-
tions into the Android
platform, giving it a
check-in look and feel,
says BIA/Kelsey ana-
lyst Michael Boland.
Like social network-
ing on mobile devices,
location-based services
are still in their in-
fancy. Ad spending on
mobile, location-based
services was only $43
million globally last
"There is a novelty
factor that may wear
off, and the robust
growth pattern may
succumb to check-in
fatigue," says Gartner
analyst Ray Valdes.
Yet the upside could
be immense. Noah
Elkin, an analyst at
eMarketer, expects
79.1 million mobile us-
ers will participate on
social networks in the
U.S. in 2015, almost
double the 38.9 million
last year.
What is more, Boland
projects mobile-based
local ad revenue in the

U.S. of which loca-
tion-based services are
just a fraction will
vault to $2.02 billion in
2014, from $404 mil-
lion last year, as na-
tional advertisers grow
more astute at local,
targeted promotions.
What check-in's ma-
jor players are doing to
cash in:
*Foursquare. Despite
heightened competi-
tion, Foursquare has
maintained its lead in
the category. It's at sev-
en million members,

and adding one mil-
lion a month. It is at-
tempting to extend that
lead, with version 3.0
of its app for Android
and iPhone devices. An
"Explore" feature gives
users access to tips on
food, entertainment
and shops from other
Foursquare users -
not just friends. Some-
thing called "Specials"
rewards loyal custom-
ers with the business-
es they frequent.
"Our growth has
doubled since Face-
book launched," says
Foursquare CEO

Dennis Crowley. "We
used to have to not
only work on the ser-
vice but publicize our
field. With Facebook
around, we don't wor-
ry about publicity any-
Loopt. The U.S.-
only service, up to
five million users, just
rolled out a real-time
feature that notifies
consumers via e-mail
and text of up-to-the-
minute deals at their
favorite spots when
they are nearby. "The
move to mobile com-
puting is the freight

train that is moving
real fast," says com-
pany president Steve
Gowalla. Twelve
months ago, the Aus-
tin-based company
was at 100,000 mem-
bers. Today, it's at one-
million with sights
on five million to six
million this summer.
Last week, March 7 it
unwrapped a new An-
droid release with a re-
designed activity page,
featuring friends and
family in one stream,
including Facebook
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Survey: More workers have a gloomy retirement outlook

Survey also shows decline in those savings

By Christine Dugas

More workers are pessimistic
about their retirement future
than at any time in the past
two decades, according to the
Employee Benefit Research In-
stitute 2011 Retirement Confi-
dence Survey.
The percentage of workers'
who are not at all confident
about saving enough money
for a comfortable retirement
reached 27 percent in 2011,
compared with 22 percent last
year. When combined with
those who said they are not too
confident, the total reaches 50
percent of workers.
"That is sobering," says Greg

Burrows, senior vice president
of retirement and investor ser-
vices at the Principal Financial
Group, a partner with the EBRI
survey. "Hopefully this will
spur some action."
Among the findings:
The number of workers who
are saving money for retire-
ment declined slightly from 60
percent last year to 59 percent
in 2011.
Quite a few workers virtu-
ally have no savings or invest-
ments. In 2011, 29 percent said
they have less than $1,000.
And 56 percent said that their
savings and investments, ex-
cluding their home value, totals
less than $25,000.


Survey shows a decline in the number of workers
for retirement and an increase in those dipping int

The number of workers who
have dipped into their savings
to pay for basic expenses or to
take a loan has reached 34 per-
And 22 percent of workers
said their debt is a major prob-
There is some good news. "In
the past, investors in general
*,, .i were clueless about how big of
a nest .egg it takes to accom-
plish their goals," says Harold
Evensky, a financial planner in
Coral Gables, Fla. "The silver
lining of going through a bad
economy is that people are sub-
stantially more realistic about
what they need to do.'
saving Even though workers have not
started making major changes,
0 saV- at least 62 percent of workers
say it is possible for them to

save $25 a week for retirement.
One expectation may need to
be adjusted. Among the 1,004
workers surveyed by EBRI, 74
percent say they plan to work
in retirement to supplement
their savings, but just 23 per-
cent of the 254 retirees sur-
veyed say they have worked in
"There is a disconnect be-
tween people's perception and
the reality," Burrows says.
Among the reasons retirees are
not able to stay in the work-
force are health problems and
work skills that have eroded.
There are no guarantees,
Evensky says. But if someone
starts planning ahead of time,
it's more likely that they can
work longer and save more for

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Grow $10,000 into $100,000 in five years

Q: What stocks would
have turned a $10,000 in-
vestment into a one worth
$100,000 had I bought
them five years ago?
A: The fairy tale Rumpel-
stiltskin featured a young
girl who found a way to do
the impossible: turn straw
into gold. Is the idea of
turning just $10,000 into
$100,000 in five years a
similar fairy tale?
First of all, it's important
to note that turning $10,000
into $100,000 is well be-
yond what investors should
expect from the stock mar-
ket. Stocks, on average,
have returned roughly 9.5
percent a year. That means
a prudent person who was
entirely invested in stocks
might rationally hope a
$10,000 investment to be
worth $15,700 in five years.

And even that return, as
investors learned the hard
way the past ten years,
might be asking a bit much,
at least in a relatively short
time period as five years. In
fact, the Standard & Poor's
500 index returned '28.5
percent, or just 5.1 percent
a year, over the past five
What you're asking for,
though, is off the charts of
what's reasonable. Turning
a $10,000 investment into
$100,000 in five years as-
sumes a 58 percent average
annual return or total re-
turn of 900 percent. That's
an extremely unrealistic
goal to shoot for. Obtaining
that kind of return would
require uncanny timing,
stock selection and luck, or
most likely, all three in tan-

With those caveats dis-
closed, looking back five
years ago, believe it or not, it
was possible to achieve the
seemingly impossible. There
were exactly four stocks in
the Standard & Poor's 1500
index that gained 900 per-
cent or more between Jan.
1, 2006 and Jan. 1, 2011,
according to data from
Standard & Poor's Capital
IQ. Those stocks were:
Priceline.com (PCLN),
up 1690 percent
Questcor (QCOR), up
1316 percent
Green Mountain Cof-
fee Roaster (GMCR), up 992
Ebix (EBIX), up 967 per-
So out of 1500 stocks -
including shares of small,
midsize and large compa-
nies just four would have

generated the gains needed
to hit the lofty $100,000
target. Choosing the right
four stocks, especially giv-
en the intense challenges
their businesses were fac-
ing years ago, would have
been perhaps even more
difficult than turning straw
into gold.
And that's not to men-
tion the uncomfortable fact
that many stocks, once they
rise 1000 percent or more
in such a short period, of-
ten fall back to earth. One
example of that is Green
Mountain C,.it..' Roasters
(GMCR). That stock, which
is the leader in the single-
cup coffee business, had
been a big 1000 percent
winner. However, the stock
has started to crash back to
earth, and is down 12 per-
cent from its high this year.

Chase mulls $50-$100 limit on debit cards

By Becky Yerak

CHICAGO It could
become more difficult
to use your debit card
on shopping trips.
Chase is mulling a
$50 to'$100 limit on
debit card purchases.
The New York-based
bank, owned by JPM-
organ Chase & Co.,
and some other big
lenders have begun
instituting new fees
and restrictions on
checking and savings
The moves come in
response to a federal
crackdown on certain
practices. One rule
that could go into ef-
fect in July is a reduc-
tion in the charge that
merchants pay to card
issuers when custom-
ers make purchases
with debit cards.
Debit card use na-
tionwide exceeds oth-
er forms of noncash
payments, 'according
to a 2010 Federal Re-
serve payments study.
By the number of pay-
ments, debit cards

represent about 35
percent of total non-
cash transactions.
The Fed has pro-
posed a rule that
would cap what are
called "debit card in-
terchange fees" at 12
cents a transaction, a
reduction of about 70
percent from the aver-
age cost in 2009.
That change would
take a bite of $1.3 bil-
lion annually from
Chase's fees, which
also help cover losses
from fraudulent trans-
actions. If banks' abil-
ity to recoup losses on,
say, a $400 purchase
is limited to 12 cents,
then they're more
likely to consider cap-
ping purchases made
with debit cards.
"The proposed rules
give banks little in-
centive to authorize
large debit transac-
tions that will bring
additional fraud risk
but no additional
revenue," Greg Mc-
Bride, senior analyst
at Bankrate.com, told
the Chicago Tribune

Check-in services gaining fame

continued from 8D

Places and Foursquare check-ins; a new book-
marking feature to help locate favorite hangouts;
and improved photo taking and sharing. In the
end, maybe Facebook Places made check-ins the
virtual place to be, says analyst Boland. "Face-
book Places is a sleeping giant, but it will popu-
larize check-ins and help smaller services grow
via social sharing, rather than squash everyone,"
he says.


recently. "New rules
on debit card swipe
fees have the unin-
tended consequence
of making debit cards
a more expensive or
less applicable meth-
od of payment for
many consumers.
People who have
sworn off credit, or
can't get credit, will
resort to cash or
checks if paying with
debit cards isn't an
option, he said.
"Consumers with
credit cards may find
themselves back into
the habit of relying on

them for larger pur-
chases, resulting in
more debt," McHride
The lFed's propos-
al would carry out
the debit card inter-
change fee provisions
of the Dodd-Frank
Wall Street Reform &
Consumer Protection
Act. Public comments
on the Fed's proposal
were due last month
and could take effect
this year.
Bank of America,
Cli, i.-,u's second-big-
gest bank, said it has
"some concerns, spe-

The Public is advised that a Public Hearing will be held on
April 4, 2011 at 9:30 A.M., by the Miami-Dade County Board
of County Commissioners (BCC) in the Commission Chambers
located on the Second Floor ot the Miami-Dade Stephen P.
Clark Center, 111 NW. First Street, Miami. Florida, at which
time the BCC will consider.
A resolution i)lidiri a Finding of Necessity declaring
a geographic area of Miami-Dade County located in an
area of unincorporated Miami-Dade County generally
bounded by the City of Miami Gardens to the north, the
westernmost property lines of the parcels that abut the
westerly right-of-way of NW 7th Avenue to the west,
Interstate 1-95 to the east and the City of North Miami
to the south to be a slum or blighted area declaring
rehabilitation, conservation or redevelopment, or a
combination thereof, to be necessary in the interest of
public health, safety. morals or welfare of residents of
Miami-Dade County.
The existing NW 7th Avenue Corridor CRA is 'i,.,.,l,,
descnbed as being bounded by Interstate 1-95 on the east,
NW 119th St. on the north, NW 79th St. on the south and the
westernmost property lines of the parcels that abut the westerly
right-of-way of NW 7th Avenue on the west.
All interested parties may appear and be heard at the time and
place specified above. Copies of the resolution may be obtained
from the Clerk, Board of County Commissioners, 17th Floor of
the Miami-Dade County Stephen P Clark Center.
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cifically related to th1
l)urbin amendnmelit
named for lllinoi
Sen. Iick Durbin. ii
the Dodd-Frank Act
It's Durbin's amend
ment that would re
quire that debit swip
fees "be reasonable
and proportional." Hi
office declined to com
ment on Chase's pos
sible move.

Richard Faison

A red flag

By Ron Leiber

It is the saddest of
paradoxes: a govern-
ment-backed financial
maneuver intended to
free up extra money for
struggling older people
turns out to have left
some widows and wid-
owers on the brink of
This week, AARP
sued the Housing and
Urban Development
Department over a
handful of reverse
mortgages gone awry.
Lenders, following the
letter of one of HUD's
rules, are requiring
newly widowed people
who want to stay in
their homes to pay off
the balance of their
loans quickly, even if
it is much more than
the value of the home.
Because they can't (or
won't), the lenders are
This is h'il'"p nr;n
only to a small nulm-
ber of people who did
not have their names
on the reverse mort-
e gage for a variety of
" reasons. Some spous-
s es did not put their
n names on the applica-
Stions in order to qual-
ify for a bigger loan,
- without necessarily re-
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Robert Bennett, 69, is a plaintiff in an
AARP suit over reverse mortgage rules that

could make him lose

putting themselves in
Reverse mortgages
were not supposed to
work like this. Instead,
the big idea was to let
people who were cash-
poor but relatively rich
in home equity draw
on some (but not all)
of that stored value.
They'd get a lump
sum, a line of credit
or a monthly check for
either a fixed period
or for as long as they
stayed in the home.
And nearly everyone
thought the rules were
clear: homeowners or
their heirs would nev-
er, even decades later,
owe a cent beyond the
value of the property.
The fact that it
hasn't turned out that
way for some people
is yet another warn-

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product that has the
potential to help those
who have no other
money to draw on in
their old age. Reverse
mortgages, after all,
have historically been
marked by high fees.
Charlatans looking to
extract people's home
equity and put that
money into high-fee
annuities and other
questionable financial
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used reverse mortgag-
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So if you're even re-
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reverse mortgage or
have a parent or friend
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go horribly wrong if
you're not paying close
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Taking care of yourself at 90

By Linda Stern

That may sound like a silly
"problem" the kind of thing
that only an actuary would worry
about. But, in fact, the always-
improving possibility that you
could see your 90s or perhaps
live beyond 100 is what makes it
so difficult to manage that retire-
ment nest egg.
If you knew for a fact that you
were going to die on the day you
turned 80, you could really live
it up for the 15 or 20 years until
then. But not knowing how long
you'll need your money to last
requires you to conserve it cau-
The National Center for Health
Statistics reported on Wednes-
day that U.S. life expectancy has
reached an all-time high. A baby
born in 2009 can expect to live
78.2 years and folks who have al-
ready have made it into their 60s
tend to have higher life expectan-
cies. At 65, the average person
can expect to live to be 83.
To afford life during those so-
called "old-old" years, you have to
live on less in your 60s and 70s.
The so-called "safe withdrawal
rate" the amount of money that
you can presumably withdraw
from your savings every year
and have it last 30 or 40 years
- tends to be right around four
percent. You can get a somewhat

higher return with a lifetime an-
nuity, but they are expensive and
you have to give up a lot of money
to buy an annuity that will pay
you a decent monthly sum for-
Now, there is an insurance
product that addresses that is-
sue. It's an annuity called lon-
gevity insurance and it works
like this: Buy it when you're in
your 60s, and it sits dormant for
a couple of decades. Then it sends
you a fat payment every month,
guaranteed until the day you die.
Dallas Salisbury, president of the
Employee Benefit Research Insti-
tute, an industry-sponsored non-
profit, is a big believer in these
policies and owns one himself.
Salisbury, 61, said that by the
time he retires, the 90 percent
of the savings he had left after
purchasing the longevity policy
should have regrown to equal
100 percent of what he had be-
fore. "And I can spend all of that
money between now and when I
turn 85 without having to worry
about what happens later."
Not everyone is as big a fan as
Salisbury. "Conceptually, they
are a fantastic idea to hedge lon-
gevity," says David Hultstrom, an
Adviser with Financial Architects
in Woodstock, Georgia. "But the
pricing is not good for the client
and they have massive inflation
Please turn to RETIREMENT 12D

Cell phone companies merge

continued from 7D

basic phone service
transmission technol-
ogy that AT&T uses.
Consumer advo-
cates, though, urged
federal antitrust of-
ficials to block the
deal. They warn that
AT&T and Verizon
could create a wire-
less duopoly, resulting
in higher prices and
fewer choices for cus-
tomers. Verizon had
31.3 percent of mobile
subscribers at the end
of 2010, according to
research firm Con-
Score. Sprint, which
was widely reported to

have been considering
a merger with T-Mo-
bile, has 11.9 percent
of the market.
"There is nothing
about having less
competition that will
benefit wireless con-
sumers," says S. Der-
ek Turner, research
director of activist
group Free Press.
AT&T says, though,
that wireless prices
have fallen over the
last decade, even af-
ter the government
approved mergers in-
cluding AT&T with
Cingular and Sprint
with Nextel. Sen. Jay
Rockefeller, D-W.Va.,
urges the Justice De-


apartment and Fed-
eral Communications
Commission to "leave
no stone unturned in
determining what the
impact of this is on
the American people."
But if AT&T and T-
Mobile join forces,
that could lead to a
series of deals. Ve-
rizon likely would "re-
consider a potential
bid for Sprint," says
Dan Hays of manage-
ment consulting firm
PRTM. And Sprint
may "add to its heft
with a roll-up of some
combination of U.S.
Cellular, Metro PCS or
Leap Wireless Inter-


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Finding the right job that matches your personality

continued from 7D

industry, including phar-
macy technicians and physi-
cal therapist assistants

Personality Type #2: Inves-
Do you love to analyze and
solve complex problems? Do
you consider yourself natu-
rally curious? Are fact-find-
ing missions your idea of a
great time? If you answered
yes to any of these ques-
tions, chances are good that
you fall into the investigative
personality category.
Jobs that require work-
ers to exercise their men-
tal muscles like actuaries
($97,450) and personal fi-
nancial advisors ($94,180)
- are best suited for inves-
tigative personality types.
To qualify for these types
of jobs, consider earning
a bachelor's degree in ac-
counting or finance.
Most investigative occu-
pations require looking for
clues and facts in order to
get the job done, making
paralegals ($50,080), who
assist lawyers in research
and investigation, another
great career option. To pre-

pare for this job, earn a cer-
tificate or associate's degree
in paralegal studies.

Personality Type #3: Artis-
As an artistic type, you
find passion in creative ex-
pression. You're big on self-
expression and thinking
outside the proverbial box.
When it comes to following
rules, you're at your best
when working independently
or in situations others find
too disorganized.
Occupations for artistic
types involve working with
forms, designs, and patterns.
Career options for artistic
personalities include graphic
and web designers ($47,820)
and animators ($62,810).
In today's high-tech job
market, workers with an
"artsy" side are finding them-
selves in demand. To train
for jobs in this field, look into
degree programs in graphic
design, web design, or ani-

Personality Type #4: Social
The gift of gab can pay
wonderful dividends if you
consider yourself a social
personality type. Working
with tools and instruments
isn't your best fit. Social per-

sonalities prefer work situ-
ations where they can help
others learn and develop.
Good fit jobs for social per-
sonalities generally revolve
around caregiving and help-
ing others. Registered nurses
($66,530) and mental health
counselors ($41,710) are just
a few examples. Look into
nursing and health care
schools to get the right train-
Another career option for
social personalities is high
school teacher ($55,150).
To get into this profession,
you'll need to earn a degree
in the subject you want to
teach and complete a teacher
prep program.

Personality Type #5: Enter-
Are you a self-starter with
a knack for seeing projects
through from beginning to
end? You may just fall into
the enterprising personality
type. You're most interested
in persuading others to help
your visions become reality.
Rather than thinking about
getting something done, you
go right ahead and act on
your impulses.
Enterprising occupations
are found in competitive
work environments where

strong leadership is needed.
If that type of environment
sounds right for you, con-
sider becoming a financial
manager ($113,730).
Jobs that require sell-
ing or influencing opinion
- like marketing manager
($120,070) or public rela-
tions specialist ($59,370) -
are also good options. To get
into this line of work, earn a
bachelor's degree in market-

Personality Type #6: Con-
A conventional personal-
ity type prefers to follow the
guidelines and rules of tasks
at hand. You do things "by
the book," which means you
are prone to getting the de-
tails just right. When exact-
ing standards must be met,
you are reliable and have the
ability to organize and keep
matters in an orderly fash-
ion. Chaos, most likely, is
the bane of your existence.
Two of the best careers
for conventional personal-
ity types are accountant
($67,430) and bookkeeping
clerk ($34,750). To train for
these jobs and put your con-
ventional skill set to good
use, look into accounting de-
gree programs.

Unemployment increasing in larger cities

continued from 7D

to sky-high unemploy-
ment in the Riverside-San
Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.
metro area. Its unemploy-
ment rate of 14.2 percent
was highest in the nation
among cities with popula-
tions of one million or more.
The second-highest was Las
Vegas, with 13.7 percent.
The number of homes in
foreclosure in Riverside is
double the national rate, Ko-
ropeckyj said. And Moody's
forecasts that home prices
in the city will drop 60 per-
cent from peak levels before
the recession by the middle

of this year.
Meanwhile, several small-
er cities that rely heavily on
manufacturing have shown
significant improvement
since last January. The un-
employment rate in Rock-
ford, Ill., fell 5.3 percentage
points in the past year, to
13.7 percent from 19 per-
cent. That was the steepest
drop in the nation. Year-to-
year comparisons help filter
out seasonal changes.
Chrysler is investing $600
million in an auto plant
near Rockford, which will
start building smaller Fiat
models in 2012. That's giv-
ing a boost to construction
jobs, though it isn't clear if

the expanded plant will add
permanent workers.
And Kokomo, Ind., report-
ed a 7.1 percent increase
in jobs in January com-
pared to a year earlier, one
of the biggest gains in the
country. It's also the site
of a Chrysler plant that is
expanding."There is nothing
about having less competi-
tion that will benefit wire-
less consumers," says S.
Derek Turner, research di-
rector of activist group Free
AT&T says, though, that
wireless prices have fallen
over the last decade, even
after the government ap-
proved mergers including

AT&T with Cingular and
Sprint with Nextel. Sen. Jay
Rockefeller, D-W.Va., urges
the Justice Department and
Federal Communications
Commission to "leave no
stone unturned in determin-
ing what the impact of this
is on the American people."
But if AT&T and T-Mobile
join forces, that could lead
to a series of deals. Verizon
likely would "reconsider a
potential bid for Sprint,"
says Dan Hays of manage-
ment consulting firm PRTM.
And Sprint may "add to its
heft with a roll-up of some
combination of U.S. Cellu-
lar, Metro PCS or Leap Wire-
less International."

More families decreasing their debt value

cotninued from 8D

People are also fixing their
finances the hard way, by
boosting the portion of their
income that they use to pay
down debt. The personal sav-
ings rate averaged 5.8 per-
cent in 2010, up from a low
of 1.4 percent in 2005, and
back to a level last seen in the
early 1990s.
Meanwhile, getting new
loans is difficult as banks
pull back on risk, and the
private securitization mar-
kets that used to support
mortgage lending remain
largely closed.
But consumer debt, such
as auto and student loans,
has started growing again
in recent months, sil'r.tiiLl,

that people might be getting
in the mood to borrow again.
Even as U.S. households
reduce their debt, the coun-
try's overall oblig.iliriis are
rising, with weak tax reve-
nues and efforts to stimulate
the economy translating into
large budget deficits. Total
U.S. nonfinancial debt rose
4.8 percent to $36.3 trillion,
driven largely by a 20 per-
cent increase in federal debt.
Debts of nonfarm, nonfinan-
cial companies rose 5.4 per-
cent as companies took ad-
vantage of low interest rates,
but much of that money went
to boost their cash coffers,
which grew to $1.9 trillion.
Many consumers still have
a long way to go to get their
finances in order. Some
economists believe a healthy

household- debt-to-dispos-
able-income ratio would be
100 percent or lower.
Tougher bankruptcy rules
have made it difficult for
some consumers to shed
their debts, and a weak job
market has left millions with-
out much income to spend.
"I believe the writer is
flawed in his assumption
that because debt levels are
lower, there is not only ca-
pacity to spend, but a will-
ingness to do so. I believe
that part of the new economy
is a realization that tomor-
row's paycheck is not a sure
thing. "
As of January, wage and
salary income stood at
$20,953 a person in the U.S.,
up 2.89 percent from a year
earlier, but still 3.69 percent

below its previous peak in
March 2008, according to
the Commerce Department.
Linda Sharp, a 56-year-
old electronic engineer, filed
for bankruptcy in October
2009 after losing a high-pay-
ing, global sales job for a big
maker of computer peripher-
She managed to cut the
combined monthly debt pay-
ments on her home, automo-
bile and other loans to $3,750
a month from about $6,500
a month, but her total debt
load of more than $500,000
hasn't changed.
She recently found a new
sales job paying less than
one-fifth what she used to
make, and is getting some
support from a friend to cov-
er monthly expenses.

Crisis in Japan impacts economy

continued from 7D

fourth-largest trading part-
ner, behind Canada, Mexico
and China. In January, U.S.
companies exported $5 bil-
lion in goods and services to
Japan, and the U.S. imported
about $10 billion in goods and
services from Japan. So it's
no surprise that many U.S.
companies with substantial
operations in Japan are find-
ing their stocks under pres-
sure this week. (Our parent
company, Yahool, for exam-
ple, has a large ownership
stake in Yahool Japan). Air-
lines that serve the lucrative
U.S.-Japan routes, such as
Delta, Continental and Amer-
ican Airlines, will likely lose
some business as a result.
In addition, as the State De-
partment notes, "Japan is the
third-largest market for U.S.
agricultural exports," import-
ing plenty of grains and soy-
beans. As a result, a sharp
slowdown in Japan, or a sud-
den disruption in the flow of

goods, would be bad news for
America's farmers.
Aren't there some compa-
nies for which the troubles in
Japan might be good news?
If Toyota and Honda can't ex-
port cars to the U.S., doesn't
that create opportunities for
U.S. automakers?
In theory, yes. Americans
are back in a car-buying
mood. And with gas expen-
sive, drivers are kicking the
tires of more fuel-efficient
cars. But if Toyota dealers
can't keep the Prius in stock
(even tough Toyota has facto-
ries in the U.S., the Prius is
made in Japan), buyers might
be likely to give Ford or GM
cars a second look. But the
globalization of the auto in-
dustry means that U.S. car-
makers will likely suffer some
from the events in Japan. As
the New York I'm,.. noted, the
transmission system used in
the Chevrolet Volt is made in
One of the surprising re-
sults of this week has been
that the Japanese yen has

strengthened against the dol-
lar. What does that mean for
the United States?
As I explain in more detail
in the below video, the yen's
strengthening is one of the
many unexpected outcomes of
this event. In the short term,
a rising yen makes American
exports cheaper to Japanese
buyers and Japanese exports
more expensive for U.S. buy-
ers. That could help reduce
the U.S. trade deficit.
We've seen several days
where stocks fell by more than
a hundred points. Should we
get used to more turbulent
Volatility was on the rise -
even before the tsunami. The
VIX index, which measures
stock market volatility, has
spiked in the past few weeks.
And uncertainty and insta-
bility, whether it is in the po-
litical systems of the Middle
East, the bond markets of Eu-
rope, or in the tectonic plates
of the Pacific Ocean, tend to
spook investors. With the
continuing turmoil in Libya,

the continuing fiscal crises in
Greece and Ireland, and the
continuing humanitarian and
nuclear crisis in Japan, the
news flow is likely to be dis-
quieting for the next several
weeks. That means we should
be prepared for bumpy days
in the stock market, and aim
to focus on long-term perfor-
The U.S. economy, now in
its seventh quarter of ex-
pansion, has generally been
helped along by strong global
growth. Could Japan's prob-
lems, combined with the in-
stability we're seeing around
the world, push the U.S. back
into recession?
It's highly unlikely that Ja-
pan, by itself, could knock
the U.S. off its current growth
trajectory. True, the U.S. is
reliant on part for global de-
mand. Exports reached a
record level in January. But
despite all the volatility and
concern, the expansion is in-
tact. The data on employment,
jobless claims and car sales
has been generally positive.


The City Commission will appoint five (5) board members to the Liberty City
Community Revitalization Trust ("Liberty City Trust").

With the exception of the youth board member, the member appointed to
the Liberty City Trust Board must be eighteen (18) years of age, and reflect
the diversity of the community and share technical, professional expertise
or experiential knowledge and interest in the following areas: residential
construction, development, architecture and engineering, planning, zoning
and land use law, economic development, historic preservation and res-
toration, administration, fiscal management and community involvement.

Anyone having interest in and knowledge of the Liberty City area are encour-
aged to solicit and to submit to the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami, Florida, 33133, a completed nomination form indicating
the name, address and qualifications of persons for consideration as prospec-
tive appointees to the Liberty City Trust Board of Directors. Forms are available
at the Liberty City Trust, 4800 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33127.

All nominations must be received by Friday, April 8, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. The city
commission will consider the confirmation of the appointments at the city com-
mission meeting presently scheduled for May 12, 2011.

For further information you may contact Elaine Black, President/CEO at Tele-
phone: (305) 635-2301 ext. 375.

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One and two bdrms. Fur-
nished units available. Sec-
tion 8 Ok! 786-488-5225 or
Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
One bdrm. $700 monthly.
Free water,appliances,
laundry, quiet buidling, we
work with bad credit and
much more. Call 786-506-
3067. 1545 NW 8 Avenue.

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

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
appliances included.
'Free 19 inch LCD TV.
-Call Joel 786-355-7578

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

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

1317 NW 2 AVENUE
$425 Move In. One bdrm,
one bath $425: Ms. Shorty

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

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

14100 NW 6 Court
Huge one bdrm, one bath,
with air, in quiet area, $650
monthly! 305-213-5013
1425 NW 60 Street
Nice one bedroom, one bath,
$600 mthly. Includes refriger-
ator, stove, central air, water.
$725 Move In. 786-290-5498
14350 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
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.

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

1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$495. two bedroom, one
bath $595. Appliances,
Ms.Bell #9

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

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

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

1925 NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms. $700 mthly,
first and last. Free Water.
200 NW 13 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$425. 305-642-7080.
2040 NE 168 Street
One bedroom, one bath
water included, washer, dryer
facility. Section 8 Welcome.
210 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$450. Two bedrooms, one
bath $550. 305-642-7080

2335 NE 172 Street #7
One bdrm, one bath, air.
$725 mthly. First and last.
Section 8 OK. 954-243-
2625 NW 55 Street
One bedroom, attached to a
house. $650 monthly.
320 NW 2 Avenue
Move in Special. One bdrm
only, $575. 305-926-2839
3301 NW 51 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$595 moves you in. Applianc-
es included. 786-389-1686
3669 Thomas Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $525,
appliances. 305-642-7080
One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750
50 Street Heights
First month rent free! Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bedrooms from $490-$580
monthly. 2651 NW 50 Street,
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gift for Section 8 tenants.
No deposit. $675 moves
you in.
Jenny 786-663-8862

60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
First month rent free! Two
bedrooms, one bath, $520-
$530 monthly. One bedroom,
$485 monthly. Window bars
and iron gate doors. Free wa-
ter and gas. Apply at:
S2651 NW 50 Street
Call 305-638-3699
6091 NW 15 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $450.
Two bdrms, one bath $550.
6229 NW 2 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 55 and older
preferred. 305-310-7463
7513 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. Reno-
vated, new appliances, park-
ing. Section 8. HOPWA OK.
$650. Call 305-754-7900. 9
am to 7 pm NO LATER.
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
First month rent Free! One
and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
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Three bdrm $700.
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Clean, secure area, one
bdrm, one bath, $675 mthly.
One bdrm, one bath. $495
monthly. 305-717-6084
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750. Section 8 welcome.

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Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
19458 NW 28 Place
Four bedrooms, two baths
with den. All appliances.
$1350 monthly no section 8.

1015 NW 108 Terrace
Two bdrm, one bath, central
air, appliance, washer and
dryer, water included. $925
mthly. 305-978-7119 or
11277 NW 17 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, air,
laundry. 786-269-5643
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080
15741 NW 40 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1475 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. Call 305-621-
7883, 786-385-8174.
15813 NW 38 Place
Section 8 ready. Big and love-
ly three bedrooms, two baths.
central air, fully tiled, appli-
ances. $1300 monthly. Two
bedrooms $950. Call now
1877 NW 94 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $875
mthly. Stanley 305-510-5894
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
conalonrrng units, three ceil-
ing fans included. Section 8
Welcome! $800 mthly, $1600
to move in. 305-323-5795 or
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$500, stove, refrigerator, air,
free water and gas.

1990 NW 88 Street
Two bedrooms, Section 8
welcome. $900 monthly.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. 786-237-1292
2053 All Baba Avenue
Newly renovated, one bdrm,
one bath, tiled floors, new
appliances, central air, $500,
first and security 786-315-
7358 or 305-332-4426
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms. Remodeled.
$895. 786-306-4839.
We have others.
2605 NW 46 Street
Three bdrms, air, bars, tiled,
fenced, Section 8 welcomed!
Will except two bedroom
voucher. 786-443-5367
3359 NW 51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tile, washer and dryer
Section 8 Preferred. $850
3621 NW 23 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$950 monthly, Section 8
welcomed 786-258-1843
3623 NW 194 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1300 monthly, Section 8
welcomed! 305-761-5256
4953 NW 15 Avenue
Nice area.Two bedrooms,one
bath, air, fenced back yard.
Section 8 Wanted.
714 NW 108 Street
Big two bdrm, one bath, air,
good storage, Section 8 OK.
$850 mthly. 786-361-6096
7820 NE 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath.
$775. Appliances, free

86 Street NE 2 Avenue
One and Two bdrms. Section
8 OK. Call 305-754-7776

93 Street NW 18 Avenue
Two bedrooms, Section 8
welcome. 305-754-7776.
Kingsway Apartments
Two bdrms, one bath duplex-
es located in Coconut Grove.
3737 Charles Terrace
Near schools and buses.
$650 monthly, $650 deposit,
$1300 to move in.
305-448-4225 or apply in
HIaleah Area
Two bedroom, one bath,
$850 monthly. $1500 to move
in. Linda 305-397-3349 or
Two bdrm, one bath. Utility
room with washer dyer hook
up, window air unit. $850
mthly. Call 786-316-8671

12325 NW 21 Place
Efficiency available. Call
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$120 weekly, private kitchen,
bath, free utilities,
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1612 NW 51 Terrace
$475 moves you in. $140
weekly. 786-389-1686
1756 NW 85 Street
$475 moves you in.
Call 786-389-1686
5422 NW 7 Court
Includes electric and water.
$600 monthly. 305-267-9449
5541 NW Miami Court
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN),from
$185 wkly to $650 monthly.
5629 SW Fillmore Street
Hollywood. Large unit. $650
mthly. $1300 to move in.
Utilities included. 786-370-
831 NW 96 Street
Large effic. Appliances and
water. $565 monthly.
New floor, air, fridge, utilities,
cable. $700 monthly. $1000
move in. 305-751-7536
Very large efficiency, every-
thing included, $645 monthly.
NW 91 Street and
22 Avenue
I rnishud with au. light and
water. 305-693-9486

Furnished Rooms

13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities.
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1887 NW 44 Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
62 Street NW First Avenue
$450 monthly. $700 move in.
Call 305-989-8824
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
9119 NW 25 Avenue
$380 monthly. 786-515-3020
In walking distance of
137 St. and N.W. 27
Use of kitchen, washer and
dryer. Call 786-380-7967.

2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly.
Clean, central air. $400
monthly. Call 786-200-0889

Houses I
1265 NW 116 Street
Four large bedrooms, two
baths, hugh living room, Flori-
da room. 786-286-2540
1385 NE 133 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1400. Section 8 welcome.
14200 NW 3 Avenue
Two bedrooms, two baths,
air, florida room.
1478 NW 43 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
title floor, Section 8 OK.
15851 NW 18 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air. Near school and bus
stops. Section 8 Welcomel
18715 NW 45 Avenue
Section 8 OK. Three bed-
rooms, one bath, central air,
tile floors. A beauty. $1295
Joe 954-849-6793
20520 NW 24 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,

central air, den, tile. $1,300
Terry Dellerson, Realtor
NO Section 8. 305-891-6776

2133 NW 43 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
$1300 monthly.
2871 NW 196 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
2947 NW 57 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths
$950 mthly. 305-267-9449
3630 Percival Avenue
Coconut Grove
Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1300 mthly.
5171 NW 19 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $950,
two months security. Call
7121 NW 21 Avenue
Four bdrms, two baths, air.
Section 8 OKI 305-720-7072
7753 NW 2 Court
Two bedroom, one bath
house, $700 monthly,
central air, all appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel 786-355-7578.
Three bdrms, one bath, fam-
ily room, nice back yard.
$1300 mthly. $700 Security.
Section 8 OK. 305-969-2303
Two, three, four bdrms avail-
able. 954-599-1661
Three bdrms, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 O.K. 786-399-5143
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, laundry and dining
room, yard maintenance in-
cluded. Near Calder Casino,
Turnpike, and Sunlight Stadi-
um. First and security. $1500
mthly. Section 8 OK 305-623-
0493. Appointment only.
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, living room furniture,
plasma TV included. Section
8 welcome. 305-834-4440
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air, all tiled, fenced yard.
Section 8 Welcome! $1,400
monthly. $1,000 Security
deposit. 305-965-7827
5719 NW 5 Court
Large one bedroom, one
bath. Private entrance. $850
monthly 786-210-7666.
Behind in Your Rent? 24 Hour
notice. Behind in Your Mort-
9agea' 786-326-7916
Below 54th Street. Com-
pletely renovated. Nice
neighborhood near schools.
Section 8 OK.
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By Shelly K. Schwartz

Homeownership has
long been associated
with investment savvy.
Tax breaks, equity
growth and the sanc-
tity of the American
dream the real es-
tate community has
made a pretty com-
pelling case over the
years for the merits of
purchasing property
versus throwing your
money away on rent.
But as the housing
market redefines it-
self in the wake of the
subprime mortgage
crisis and the ensuing
industry recession, a
number of economists
who follow the indus-
try sti9gI'.st the ben-
efit of buying no longer
applies. Others say it
never did.
Yale economist Rob-
ert Shiller, whose
book "Irrational Exu-
berance" accurately
predicted the stock
market collapse in
2000, notes that U.S.
housing prices posted
roughly a zero percent
gain between 1890
and 1990, after adjust-
ing for inflation.
"That's the remark-
able thing that most
people don't realize,"
he says. "This is not a
financial investment.
It's an investment that
provides you services
and you have to an-
swer for yourself how
you value that."
The biggest dividend
of real estate, says
Shiller, is the lifestyle
it affords. Some are
willing to pay a pre-
mium for kid-friendly
neighborhoods, qui-
et streets, a historic
home or a condo close
to work.
But taking the
plunge today is a big-
ger financial gamble
than it once was.
"If you're doing it
more with investment
motives, then I think
you have to be care-
ful," says Shiller, who
co-founded the Stan-
dard & Poor's Case-
Shiller Index for hous-
ing prices. "I wouldn't
be overly influenced
by the idea that home
prices arc low, and
they might sudden-
ly take off that's
what's coloring some
people's thinking now.
It might be more ac-
curate to wait another
live years."
Or not at all.
Research by Jack
Francis, a former Fed-
eral Reserve econo-
mist and professor at
Baruch College at the

City University of New
York, reveals that resi-
dential real estate has
consistently failed to
measure up with other
asset classes over the
last 30 years.
From 1978 to 2008,
he found, the S&P
500 returned an av-
erage of 11 percent a
year, while U.S. small-
cap stocks produced
an average return of
roughly 13 percent.
Single-family homes
posted less than a six
percent gain.
"For generations,
parents and grandpar-
ents have been telling
us that the way to get
ahead was to buy a
house and keep mak-
ing payments with a
fixed interest rate and
after 20 or 30 years
it would be way up in
value and that was
your nest egg in old
age," says Francis.
"You could either live
in it rent free or sell it
and use the proceeds
to rent an apartment."
That was good ad-
vice until 2006 when
home prices collapsed,
he says, and it "may
become good advice
10 years from now, but
right now it's not."
Even in the best of
economies, though,
some say the advan-
tages of owning resi-
dential real estate only
apply to a select demo-
Take the mortgage
interest deduction.
"To even claim that
deduction you have
to give up the stan-
dard deduction and
it's not worth it dollar
for dollar unless you
are already itemizing
[to claim charitable
deductions or write
off large medical ex-
penses, for example],"

says Russell James,
an associate professor
at Texas Tech Univer-
sity, who co-authored
a study comparing
buy versus rent sce-
narios. "By and large,
most people with lower
incomes are not item-
izing, and even when
they do take the de-
duction it's worth
less to them because
they're in a lower in-
come tax rate."
If you're in the
35-percent tax brack-
et, he explains, then
Sa $1,000 -deduction
is worth $350 to you.
That same deduction
is worth just $100 to
someone in the 10 per-
cent bracket. "The ad-
vantages of homeown-
ership are extremely
skewed to wealthy



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Moving .from an
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increasingly pricey
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Marlins continue on their losing ways

So here we go South Florida,
another Florida Marlins base-
ball season is upon us and as
always there is eternal optimism
regarding the Fish. While Man-
ager Edwin Rodriguez and the
higher-ups in the organization
expect this team to be very com-
petitive with some even specu-
lating about a possible post sea-

son run, we would be somewhat
shocked if that ended up being
the case.
If the spring has been any
indication thus far, there are
some real concerns surround-
ing this baseball team they
have struggled mightily to get
it going. Of course nobody wins
the World Series in the spring

- baseball players often take
a while to get into the "swing
of things." That being the case
there are some things to keep an
eye on. Right after they finally
broke a nine-game losing streak
recently, it was back to losing
for the Marlins last Friday.
Ricky Nolasco got rocked in
his second start of the season,
giving up seven runs on eight
hits in 2 1/3 innings and his
spring ERA shot all the way
up to 24.75. We should all be a
little patient and not panic for
Nolasco, who said he felt three
to four times better than he did
in his first start, when he had
no control of his fastball and hit
two batters while giving up four
runs on four hits in 1 2/3 in-

nings. Rodriguez said he would
wait until after Nolasco's third
start to consider any other op-
tions since he said Nolasco is
still getting the feel for his pitch-
Still, this team has been
plagued by poor pitching, ane-
mic offense and error-prone de-
fense. They have two weeks to
right the ship and head into the
season with a little bit of confi-'
dence and finally got some de-
cent pitching in a 5-0 shutout of
the Mets this past Sunday. That
is a step in the right direction
but it's been a rough spring.
Now, if the pitching can hold up
all may be well, but big batters
may be an even bigger rarity
- the Marlins will surely miss

the power of Dan Uggla who was
shipped to the Braves and will
surely torment us for years to
come. The sad truth is Marlins
batting average is ..256 last
in the NL.
Can Matt Dominguez lock
down the job at third and get
some quality hits? The Marlins
certainly hope so as he is work-
ing to get out of a 1-for-23 slump
that has dropped his average to
.175 and was 0-for-4 against the
Mets on Sunday.
If the slump persists it could
hamper his chances of land-
ing on the 25-man roster and
he may find himself relegated
to TripleA New Orleans to start
the season and wait for his
bat to wake up. In the mean-

time, they could try to manage
things at third using a combi-
nation of players, picking from
Wes Helms, Donnie Murphy and
Emilio Bonifacio.
It appears as if Marlins are
still taking a wait-and-see ap-
proach with Dominguez and
will refrain from calling other
teams to ask about possible
trades for a third baseman.
Hopefully the kid gets it all to-
gether and changes things for
the better by the end of spring
training. But the team will need
a healthy power-hitting Mike
Stanton, consistent pitching
and then find a way to overcome
the Braves' and the Phillies' Hall
of Fame pitching line ups. Good

Where have our Blacks sports heroes gone?

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By Zack Burgess

Life for the Black athlete
in America has drastically
changed in less than half a
century. More money. More
fame. More freedom. More
everything. Yet despite the
multimillion-dollar contracts,
endorsement deals and free
agency, professional athletics
suffer from a huge void.
I grew up during the 1970s
and '80s with superstars who
made our jaws drop whether
they were in uniform or not.
They were champions on the
field.' They were leaders off
the field. I don't see anyone
out there today who fits this
description. Correction: I do.
But when Michael Vick, Kobe
Bryant or Tiger Woods makes
my jaw drop, it's often for the
wrong reason.
This came to me when I saw
that a 69-year-old Muham-
mad Ali, who's handicapped
with Parkinson's disease, had
sent two letters to Iran's su-
preme leader, Ayatollah Ali


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he once went so far as to s.a'.
"Republicans buy sneakers
too," when asked for an impor-
tant endorsement of a Black
Democratic politician. One of
the things that people liked
about him was that he was
ruthlessly unapologetic about
who he was as a person. He
wore tailor-made suits, played
golf, smoked cigars, gambled
and talked in the third per-
son. Let's just face it: Despite
his shortcomings, Jordan was
But his cool and unapolo-
getic personality seems to
have ushered in a new type of
modern athlete, and perhaps
triggered the extinction of the
socially conscious sports icon.
He obviously didn't pass along
to the top athletes of today
what he learned from super-
stars like Magic and Dr. J. You
see, icons are a combination
of charisma, social conscious-
ness and media creation, and
whether it's Jordan or Joe
Namath, they somehow be-
come bigger than life itself.

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Khamenei, seeking the release
of two detained U.S. nationals,
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.
I couldn't help but be saddened
and wonder where the voice of
the engaged, passionate and
socially conscious athlete
had gone. Why does Ali have
to do this? Where are LeBron
James, Donovan McNabb and
Derek Jeter?

Ali was more than a physi-
cal specimen; he was a win-
ner. He was a personality that
created a legacy and spirit of
goodness and humanity. Ali
was an artistic, unrestricted
man of vision and change. But
while Ali was as much a politi-
cal wonder as an athletic one,
Michael Jordan was as close to
superhero status as any man
of our time.
Jordan's was the quintes-
sential image of the '90s, even
though his apolitical stance on
issues concerning the Black
community was legendary and

Derek Jeter has been with
us now for more than 15 years
and has won a surplus of
championships with the Yan-
kees, and yet we still have no
idea who he is as a person.
After eight years in the NBA,
LeBron James either has to
start winning or has an aw-
ful lot of growing up to do.
The public relations fiasco last
summer surrounding his de-
cision to "take my talents to
South Beach" is a prime ex-
ample. Donovan McNabb has
always given the impression
of wanting to please the estab-
lishment first and foremost,
and, well, Kobe Bryant just
doesn't care.
What we presently have
is a plethora of walking and
breathing companies that re-
fuse to come down on the side
of any issue, just like a For-
tune 500 company that con-
tributes to both political par-
ties, no matter the outcome.

But we also have a generation
of athletes devoid of personal-
ity, which makes it even worse.
I wonder how so many sports
stars can live with themselves
and consistently ignore the is-
sues of today. Let's do a moral
inventory of the problems that
have affected, and continue to
affect, us globally.
There are still tremendous
problems in Haiti. And while
Alonzo Mourning has done a
wonderful job with his efforts,
he seems to be alone. AIDS
continues to run rampant in
America and Africa. The high
school drop-out rate among
Blacks is atrocious, poverty
is at an all-time high and the
mass incarceration of Black
men is epidemic. The modern
athlete represents the worst
of the U.S. today: widespread
'selli'lin-ss and a distressing
philosophy of corporate self-

indulgence. Obviously, greed
has changed the games we
love to watch and play.
As March Madness makes
its way into our living rooms, I
can't help wondering what will
happen to these young men
and women after they leave
the confines and comfort of
college sports. And while it's
great to talk about how the
NCAA should work to improve
graduation rates and how stu-
dent athletes should get paid,
the reality is that college ath-
letics affords these kids, Black
and white, an opportunity that
most of us will never see, which
makes me wonder if they, too,
will elect to forgo the opportu-
nity to be agents of change.
At some point, we have to
stop being .scared and get in
the fight. It's the only way that
heroes and icons are created.
They gave us the blueprint.
Don't you think we need to fol-
low it?

Making the most when planning your retirement

continued from 10D

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Inflation is an issue.
"There is no COLA (cost of
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people would need to think
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a purchaser would have to
buy enough coverage to pro-
vide a meaningful monthly
benefit in 20 or 30 years.
So is health. Having
$3,000 a month in buying
power when you're elderly
is significant but it's not
enough to pay all the bills if
you're old and sick and need

a lot of care. So a longevity
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It's personal. The value of
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works best for someone who
has a "middle" amount of as-
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and $750,000. Someone be-
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Couples may also find the
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Interest rates are low. The
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your premium in bonds gets
factored into the price of a
long-term annuity like this.
And right now, interest rates
remain low by historical
standards. Wait a few years
and you might get a much
better quote on the same
policy. Lennox suggests that
folks who want a longev-
ity plan consider "laddering"
into them. They could buy

a smaller plan now, wait a
few years and buy another
small plan. Over 5 years or
so, they could end up with a
few policies priced at differ-
ent (and presumably more
favorable) rates.
It's new. There still aren't a
lot of companies even offer-
ing longevity insurance and
some critics contend that
the product still has some
evolution ahead of it.
"Right now we're in version
1.0," says Christopher Cor-
daro, a financial adviser in
Morristown, New Jci sm \
He also thinks the idea is
compelling in theory but too
expensive in practice.
"You lon't want to buy
software until it's at least


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a regular Boards of Commissioners Meeting
of The Southeast Overtown/Park West and Omni Redevelopment District
Community Redevelopment Agencies is scheduled to take place on Monday,
March 28, 2011, at 5:00 PM, at Frederick Douglass Elementary located at 314
N.W. 12th Street, Miami, FL 33136.

All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information please contact
the CRA offices at (305) 679-6800.


Pieter A. Bockweg, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West, Omni
Redevelopment District, and Midtown
Community Redevelopment Agencies





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