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Wilson puts pressure on Feds
Congresswoman optimisticJustice and special Litigation Sec-
Congre oman optimistic -Jte tions of the U.S. Department
of Justice will review all infor-
Department to begin investigation o nation provided before mak-
-ing a decision as to if they

By D. Kevin McNeir
After requesting the "imme-
diate personal assurance and
intervention" of U.S. Attorney
General Eric Holder to con-
duct a thorough investigation
into the shootings of seven
Black men at the hands of
the City of Miami police in
as many months, Congress-
woman Frederica Wilson

(Fl-17) has re-
ceived a favor-
able response -.
- the Feds
have agreed to
initiate a re-
Wilson says
she recently MOORE
received notice
from Assistant Attorney Gen-
eral Ronald Welch who as-
sured her that the Criminal



should exert their authority
and proceed with action.
It may just be a procedural
move at this point but Wilson
believes that with the Justice
Department pledging to be-
come involved, that the truth
behind the multiple police-
involved shootings will come
to light.
"Based on conversa-
tions with my colleagues on
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Drew parents protest Scott's cuts

Governor's education
plan puts local schools
in danger of closing
By D. Kevin McNeir
Lacenda Lowery, 23, is the new
PTA president at Charles Drew El-
ementary School in Liberty City.
With three children, ages 2, 5 and
7, she says that the recent pro-
posed cuts in public education by
Florida's Governor Rick Scott are
simply unacceptable causing her
to "fear for the future of her kids."
That's why she and a group of con-
cerned parents and teachers have
joined forces to let Scott know they
are unwilling to remain silent.
"Governor Scott wants to close
our local schools and turn them
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-Miami Times photo/D. Kevin McNeir
PARENTS FED UP: Members of the Drew Elementary School PTA, teachers and students braved
the hot streets of Miami last weekgto say 'No' to Gov. Scott's proposed cuts in public education.




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On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., perhaps the pre-
mier leader of the civil rights movement in the U.S., was assassi-
nated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He had trav-
eled there to support striking Black sanitation workers who were
being paid wages far below those of their white counterparts and
denied pay when forced to stay home due to inclement weather. Al-
most prophetically, King delivered his now famous "I've Been To The
Mountaintop" address just one day before his death. He was 39.

By Gregory W. Wright
Miami Timte writer
For the life of her, long-
time community activist
Georgia Ayers, 82, says
she cannot understand
the tunnel vision Miamis
Black community has
when it comes to focus-
ing only on the perceived
slights by its police de-
partment when there is an
even greater issue at hand
- the escalating number
of crimes Miami's Black
citizens commit against
other Blacks.
Ayers, founder and ex-
ecutive director of The

Alternative Program. Inc.
(TAPI, minces no words
when it comes to crime
in Miami-Dade County.
particularly in her as-
sessments of the Black
community. During Black
Miami's most troubling
times of riot and unrest,
she walked the streets of
Liberty City and Over-
town, urging calm and
promising citizens that
each issue would be prop-
erly addressed by City and
County officials.
But now she says citi-
zens should be focusing
more on the problematic
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-AP Photo/Gullermo Arias

Haiti's president-elect Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly, greets
supporters after casting his vote during general elections in Port-
au-Prince, Haiti, Nov. 28.

Would Gadhafi accept exile that leaves him open to future prosecution?

By DeWayne Wickham
Now that the U.S.-led air war
has failed to produce a quick
collapse of Moammar Gad-
hafi's government, and his
forces are beating back the ad-
vances of Libya's feckless reb-
els, the word "exile" is being
bandied about as something

Gadhafi is seriously consider-
Uganda says it will give him
exile.Italy is contemplating it,
too, for Gadhafi and his fam-
ily.Even Hillary Clinton, secre-
tary of State, and Susan Rice,
the U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations, have said al-
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exile might be necessary to
stop the bloodshed.
But nobody is saying exile
will guarantee Gadhafi im-
munity from prosecution. And
without an assurance that he
won't end up like former Libe-
rian president Charles Taylor,
whose three-year war crimes
trial just ended, it's a good

bet Gadhafi will fight on un-
til the bitter end. Taylor went
into exile in 2003 as part of a
deal to end Liberia's 14-year-
old civil war. But three years
later, he was handed over to a
special international court for
prosecution for his support of
the bloody civil war in Sierra
Leone, which borders Liberia.

Taylor faces the possibility of
life in prison, a fate he didn't
contemplate when he agreed to
go into exile in Nigeria.
Gadhafi, who many people
think is delusional, would have
to be out of his mind to accept
an exile offer that leaves open
the possibility that he, too, will
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Miami chief of police should

"man up" and take

embers and representatives of one family after
another stepped forward to express their anger,
frustration and even resentment over the length
of time that the City's highly-publicized police-involved
shootings have remained unresolved. The venue was
Miami's City Hall during the recent city commissioner's
meeting. And while the tears flowed freely and voices were
often raised with rage, City of Miami Police Chief Miguel
Exposito, who is being blamed for much of the fiasco, had
very words to say.
When he did speak, the Chief said that he didn't have the
answers for which the families present and we the pub-
lic have sought ever since the death of DeCarlos Moore
started a string of police-involved shootings last July. He
also said he had no problem with locking up crooked cops.
On the surface his responses seem lucid but as the clock
continues to tick it looks more and more like the words of
an artful dodger skilled in double talk. So pardon us if we
are not satisfied with his answers.
Given the magnitude of this ongoing dilemma, logic would
suggest that more than one singular figure should be held
accountable. But then there is a familiar adage that says,
"the buck stops here." And as we approach the anniversary
of the death of the first of seven Black men shot and killed
by the men in blue those who have sworn to protect and
serve the community finger-pointing just doesn't get it.
Like it or not, when you are running the show, you must
take both the credit when things run smoothly and the
blame when things go dreadfully wrong. And for the mo-
ment, Exposito is the man in charge.
Maybe the Chief is holding his tongue at the advice of his
superiors or legal counsel; maybe he really doesn't know
which way to turn. Perhaps he is suffering from pangs
of guilt and is earnestly seeking contrition. He seems to
care about the pain these families continue to endure so
it would probably be inappropriate to describe him as am-
But come on Chief, haven't we played fair and waited
ever so patiently. How do you shoot someone in the back
.ndQsay it was an accident? Is it necessary for officers to
empty their clip to bring a man down? And what about
those brothers who were unarmed what's the excuse for
killing them?
If Exposito lacks the courage to take the weight, maybe
it's time for City Manager Tony Crapp, Jr. to make the de-
cision for him. After all he does have the power.

New blood or long-time

politician, we just want "real"

change in Miami-Dade
The candidates continue to line up, sally forth
along the debate trail and pontificate with the
usual high degree of rhetoric about why they be-
lieve they are the best man to serve as the next County
Mayor of Miami-Dade. And it seems like everyone from
the man next door to County Hall fixtures have thrown
their hats in the ring.
It's a tough job, make no bones about it and a task that
that must be handled with real experience and vision.
But contrary to popular belief those two words "experi-
ence" and "vision" are not oxymorons. In fact, given the
state of affairs here in Miami-Dade County, we need a
mayor that exemplifies both descriptive terms. But how
do we begin to sort through the "baker's dozen" of can-
didates who have filed the required paperwork and are
vying for our vote? What can and should we do so that we
are prepared to make an informed decision when we take
our place at the ballot box?
The simple answer is that we must all begin to do our
homework now.
We face a myriad of monumental issues from schools
struggling to make the grade and Black-owned business-
es holding on for dear life, to a not-so-subtle battle for
power at the County level.
And while Miami-Dade County enjoys bragging about
its diverse population, we know that the opportunities for
education, employment, health care, housing and other
necessities of life are not equally available for everyone
that lives in this community.
Race still matters and like it or not, it impacts us all -
positively or negatively, depending on your hue and your
Each of the candidates claims that they have the an-
swer. Each says he is the one. But before you run out and
and give your vote to the person that looks, walks and
talks most like you, we urge you to find out for what each
of these men really stands. What are the essentials that
make up each candidate's platform? What kinds of con-
tributions have they made to our County and this State
in the past? Forget whether they can "Hablas espanol" or
do the Electric Slide.
If there was ever a time for us to make our voices heard
and our votes count, now is that moment. We can no lon-
ger afford to be complacent. The destiny of this County
rests in all of our hands. Let's not make the same mis-
take we made last November when most voters, especially
Black ones, stayed home and allowed a distinct minor-
ity to usher in a bevy of politicians whose priorities are
clearly based on their own financial futures.

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(ISSN 0739-0319)
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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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The return of Aristide and his impact on Haiti's future

It happened on March 18th.
After more than seven years,
the democratically elected -
yet ousted president of Haiti,
Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned
home. Accompanied by his fam-
ily as well as allies, such as ac-
tor/activist Danny Glover and
noted journalist Amy Goodman,
he returned, in his words, to
make a modest contribution to
Aristide returned immediately
prior to a runoff presidential
election between two individu-
als, a former first lady and an
entertainer, that has about as
much legitimacy as a crap game
with shaved dice. Haiti, the vic-
tim of a U.S.-supported coup in
2004 against Aristide, followed
by occupations and a disap-
pointing administration of Rene
Preval, was not permitted to
have a truly democratic election
for president. The proof? Neither
former President Aristide nor his
party (Fanmi Lavalas) was per-
mitted to participate in the elec-

tion. Permitted by whom? At the
end of the day, by the U.S. Had
George Bush still been the pres-
ident of the U.S., I would have
understood such a position,
even while objecting. But, Bush
is long gone and his successor,
President Obama, not only re-
fused to permit the participation
of Fanmi Lavalas in the recent
elections, but made its objec-
tions to the return of Aristide as
clear as the beautiful blue of the
Caribbean Sea.
Aristide, a former priest
turned leader of the Haitian peo-
ple, was overthrown twice by the
forces that wanted to turn back
the clock in Haiti. First in 1991
and later in 2004, Aristide was
militarily ousted. In 2004 the
Bush administration attempted
to argue that Aristide had vol-
untarily left Haiti but the facts
disputed this tale.
From March 2004 until just
this past March 18th, Aristide
was kept in exile. For most of
that time he resided in South

Africa and despite repeated re-
quests to return to Haiti, he was
refused. Finally, with the sup-
port of the South African gov-
ernment, Aristide flew home.
Glover described the welcome
that Aristide received in deeply
emotional terms. He says thou-
sands of people were there to
meet Aristide and to accompany
him on foot as he was driven to
his compound. Not only did they
provide a massive bodyguard to
ensure his security as he left the
airport but they surrounded his
home over much of the night.
Aristide's return presents
many questions regarding the
future of Haiti. He remains the
most popular leader in Haiti and
his party, despite a myriad of
internal problems, remains the
most significant and grounded
force in the country. In other
words, Haiti will never have de-
mocracy without the full and
unimpeded involvement of Aris-
tide and Fanmi Lavalas.
Haiti's future depends as

much on Ansude's decisions
and the re-emergence of Fanmi
Lavalas as it does on the attitude
of the Obama administration.
The Obama administration has
yet to explain its opposition to
the return of Aristide. It has yet
to explain why it apparently did
everything that it could to dis-
courage the South African gov-
ernment from permitting Aris-
tide's exodus.
The logical explanation is that
Aristide's return would disrupt
the plans of the U.S. elite as
continued by the Obama admin-
istration to put into place a
puppet regime in Haiti. The U.S.
has little strategic or economic
interest in Haiti but it most cer-
tainly has an interest in ensuring
that the example of a truly inde-
pendent Haiti does not resonate.
But based on Glover's descrip-
tion, the Haitian people have no
intention of allowing their future
to be left in the hands of the U.S.
- no matter what administra-
tion is in charge.


U.S. switches back and forth on Gaddafi I

The relationship of the U.S.
with Moammar Gaddafi has
vacillated over the years, at one
time viewing him as a mad dog
leader, then accepting him into
the international community as
a member in good standing and
more recently, depicting him as
an outcast while participating in
coordinated multi-national air
strikes on Libya.
In a speech to the nation re-
cently, President Obama defend-
ed his decision to join France,
the United Nations and now
NATO in launching air strikes
on the African country to protect
The mass protests that led to
the downfall of Egyptian Presi-
dent Hosni Mubarak after 35
years in power and the 23-year
tenure of Tunisia President Zine
al-Abidine Ben Ali have inspired
protests throughout Northern
Africa and the Middle East in-
cluding in Libya, Bahrain and
Yemen and have underscored
the U.S.' inconsistent foreign
While professing support for
democracy around the world, the

U.S. has openly supported dicta-
tors who routinely exploited and
killed their own people, as was
the case in Egypt under Mubarak
and is the case in Bahrain under
King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.
In those and other instances, the
U.S. turned a deft ear to human
rights violations because the

poor, improving hospitals and
schools. Detractors say he runs
an oppressive regime where po-
litical opponents are victims of
public hangings.
Gaddafi became an interna-
tional pariah 25 years ago. In
1986, the Reagan administration
accused Libyan agents of bomb-

ibya, a mostly desert country about four times the size
of California, was divided into three different provinces,
each with deep tribal tension, until a Gaddafi-led revolu-
tion ousted its former king in 1969.

leaders of those countries were
allied with America in the fight
against international terrorism.
In the case of Gaddafi, he has
been considered both friend and
Libya, a mostly desert coun-
try about four times the size
of California, was divided into
three different provinces, each
with deep tribal tension, until a
Gaddafi-led revolution ousted its
former king in 1969. Even Gad-
dafi's severest critics concede
that he has used Libya's newly-
discovered oil wealth to uplift the

ing a disco in Berlin, Germany
in which two American soldiers
were killed. Reagan retaliated by
bombing Libya. In the process,
dozens of innocent civilians
were killed, including Gaddafi's
adopted infant daughter.
Two years later, Libya experi-
enced the wrath of the interna-
tional community after it was
suspected of bombing Pan Am
Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scot-
land that resulted in the deaths
of 270 people. In 1992, the
United Nations applied sanc-
tions against Libya for failing

to turn over two suspects in the
bombing. However, in 1998, Lib-
ya took a series of high-profile
actions to repair its tarnished
international reputation. Presi-
dent George W. Bush, eyeing
Libya as a potential partner in
the war against terrorism, lifted
most U.S. trade sanctions in
2004. Meanwhile, the Bush ad-
ministration quietly built an in-
telligence alliance with Libyan
leader Gaddafi, a onetime bit-
ter enemy of the U.S. that they
had to isolate, topple or kill for
The leaders of Egypt and Libya
have been in power more than
three decades two-thirds of
the 54 countries in Africa have
leaders that have been in power
15 years or less.
The major fear among some
African leaders is that having
joined in the air strikes against
Libya, the Obama adminis-
tration may now use that as
an excuse to support military
intervention in other African
counties, providing a further
setback to sovereignty and self-
governance on the continent.


Rapes of teen girls rise- who's to blame?
Are the recent headline cases a studyby Dr. Christian Molidor kidnapping and rapes of young that police foot-drag in catching
of packs of young men violently found that more than one out of girls by warring factions. The end- alleged rapists when the victims
and viciously raping young girls three teen-aged girls reported that less strike in the Congo has taken are poor Black women. They say
barely past the age of puberty a they were punched, beaten, or the rape of young girls to colossal that if the victims were middle
new and gruesome trend, a case physically intimidated and forced proportions and has drawn the ire class white women or girls po-
of media sensationalism, or proof to have sex against their will. and disgust of humanitarian and lice and city officials would pull
that these attacks are finally get- Another by Dr. Christine Kaestle women's groups worldwide. But out all stops to catch the rapists.
ting the attention that they should found that 13-year-old girls were public attention, shame, and even There's truth to that and more
have gotten all along? There's an six times more likely to have sex- headlines, sensational or not, prosecution of rapists would send
element of truth in all three pos- ual intercourse if a boyfriend was haven't been enough to stop the a strong message that rape is not
sibilities. six years or more older than if she rape plague. just a problem for women and
In two recent cases in Texas and were dating someone her own age. The reasons aren't hard to find. girls it's a social scourge that
California, two 11-year-old girls The odds went down as teens got Rape is, as it's always been, about police, prosecutors, the courts,
were gang raped and the al- older. The studies clearly show power and control over women, educators, religious leaders, par-
leged attackers were young Black that not only is rape, or some And the most vulnerable and de- ents, and, most importantly, men
males. This alone insured that it form of coerced sex, a major crime fenseless of all are young teen and and boys must take responsibility
would be headline news. problem, it poses an extremely le- pre-teen girls. Despite the head- for ending.
But the rape of teen girls is not thai threat to young girls. lines on the rape cases, and in Whether it's Moreno Valley,
new and is far more widespread The race part, though, is over- some cases, long sentences that California, Cleveland, Texas, Af-
than is commonly reported, let played, deliberately, especially have been slapped on rapists in ghanistan, the Congo, Darfur or
alone discussed. Some experts in if the victim is non-Black. The the most heinous cases, rape is anywhere else in the world, rape
fact say that rape is the most un- rapes of young girls cut across all still under-reported and under assaults that occur are a hideous
der-reported serious crime. Police races and nationalities and soci- acted on by police, and in far too stain on any society. And those
and rape crisis groups agree that eties. The news from the wars in many cases under prosecuted that perpetrate sexual attacks de-
probably no more than 20 percent Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya are by District Attorneys. Women's serve the harshest punishment.
of all rapes are reported. However, filled with incidents of wholesale groups have repeatedly charged And they should get it.





Someone with a megaphone blasting from his car was cir-
cling the Metro Center last week with this message: Seijas
is gone. Moss next." Stay tuned.

Now we have two brothers in the race for mayor of Miami-
Dade County former metro transit director Roosevelt
Bradley threw his hat into the ring last week to join busi-
nessman Luther Campbell for the job to replace fired Car-
los Alvarez.

UM President Donna Shalala is going to have a great deal
of trouble trying to convince the people of Overtown that the
University of Miami is trying to do something meaningful
for the poor Black people who live there. The UM is not the
first, not will it be the last, who has has lied and promised
to help the this community. Most people are worried that the
project will be a gentrification catalyst triggering a rise in
rents that will push poorer residents out. Stay tuned,

Most Black people cannot help but feel sorry for the folk in
Japan who suffered that terrible earthquake followed by the
tsunami that destroyed Fukishima Daiichi this month. The
official death toll is now 20,804 with another 16,244 listed
as missing. As bad as these figures sound they pale at the
number of tragedies recorded by the United Nations in the
January 2010 Haitian earthquake which caused more than
222,000 deaths and 300,000 injuries. We hope the Japa-
nese will do a better rebuilding job than the Haitians. As of
the first anniversary, more than 800,000 were still living in
Black lower-level employees of the Miami-Dade Communi-
ty Center Action Agency have really been having a hard time
holding onto their jobs during this recession we're all go-
ing through. There might be more misery on the way. Word
around County Hall is that the Miami-Dade CAP/Head State
Program is scheduled to be privatized out of our communi-
ties. A lot of employees are worried about losing their jobs
and having these vital services not being provided to their
children and families. Stay tuned.

A lot of mayors in this state were green with jealousy when
they learned that a mayor of a small town in South Dade
was being paid $150,000 a year to preside over a city with
only an 11,000 population. Longtime mayor Otis T. Wall
of Florida City also doubles as city clerk, so what's wrong
with getting paid for working two jobs? The mayor of Miami
makes $97,000.
Miami Gardens popular working and dining spot Mahoga-
ny Grill has hung out a "for sale or lease" sign on the build-


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Governor responds slowly to pill mill epidemic

Our new governor is very
controversial when it comes
to making a decision. As I
continue to study the nature
of politics, I have learned that
a good politician must mas-
ter the science of flip flop-
ping. Good politicians learn
to always give themselves
wiggle room if they have to
change their opinion.
Politicians know that when
you negotiate your position,
they will only get a portion
of what they are asking for.
They can ask for the sun,
moon and stars, and they are
satisfied with just the stars,
because they did not expect
to get everything.
Even though, there is more
oxycodone and other addic-
tive painkillers distributed
illegally in Florida than all
other states in the country,
Scott has opposed the fund-
ing of a pill mill database.
Ninety-eight of the one-hun-
dred leading dispensers of
these drugs nationally are
doctors who reside in Flori-
Scott has opposed the da-
tabase that would track

prescription trends and al-
low law enforcement to see
which clinics are dispens-
ing too many prescriptions.
It is important to remember
that he is also the founder
of Solantic, a chain that dis-
penses prescriptions. Again

one of the problem clinics.
Florida State Attorney Gen-
eral Pam Bondi supports the
database and acknowledged
that she and the governor
have a difference of opinion
on this particular matter.
She says, "Right now you can

ast week the governor held a news conference where he
outlined his plan to combat prescription drug abuse. At
the conference he refused to discuss the database con-
troversy ...

there appears to be a conflict
of interest when the governor
makes decisions.
The funding for the data-
base would not have cost the
taxpayers of Florida a penny
because OxyContin maker
Purdue Pharma offered Scott
a $1 million grant to pay for
the database. Many doctors
and politicians understand
that there is a crisis with ad-
dictive painkillers in Florida
because of the loosely reg-
ulated clinics. Maybe our
governor is against the pre-
scription database because
it could identify Solantic as

walk in and get a prescription
for 1,000 or more OxyContin
tablets and that's ridiculous.
No legitimate doctor wants to
do that and legitimate pain
management clinics need to
be protected. They are get-
ting hurt by these drug deal-
ers wearing white coats."
Last week the governor
held a news conference
where he outlined his plan
to combat prescription drug
abuse. At the conference he
refused to discuss the data-
base controversy, however
he did announce the launch
of a statewide "Drug Strike

The force will be composed
of the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement (FDLE),
the Florida Highway Patrol,
the Division of Insurance
Fraud, sheriffs' departments,
community police forces, the
Department of Health and
the Agency for Health Care
Administration. Scott has
directed the FDLE to use
$800,000 in unspent grant
money to help pay for over-
time and other cost ass6ci-
ated with the effort.
It is good that Scott is tak-
ing the initiative to begin
to battle and confront the
prescription drug crisis in
Florida but the "Drug Strike
Force" also needs a database
to support the different law
enforcement officers.
It is time to stop playing
politics in Florida with the
governor. Florida needs a da-
tabase to monitor the clinics
and doctors who dispense
prescription drugs. It is ter-
rible and appalling that our
state leads the country in dis-
tribution of illegal prescrip-
tion drugs.


Bradley's run for mayor: Time for r

Urban legend has it that
Solomon Stinson should have
been Miami-Dade County.
Public Schools' superinten-
dent as he was more qualified
than any other candidate.
The Board did not select him.
As the legend goes, Stinson
ran for the school board and
won and then became the
boss of the person who got
the job that he should have
received. During his ten-
ure on the Board, where he
served as chair Doc Stin-
son insured that diversity
was a priority.
Now it appears that Roos-
evelt Bradley, former direc-
tor of transportation, has
thrown in his hat for mayor of
Miami-Dade County. What is
interesting about his decision
is that like Barack Obama,
Roosevelt may just win this
seat and create history by
becoming the first Black
mayor in the 100+ year his-
tory of this County. With 14
other candidates in the race,
most of them Hispanic, the
Hispanic vote will be divided
among 14 people. If Roosevelt
can get Blacks to the polls, he
will definitely be in the run-

off. And if he can get some
of the white and non-Cuban
Hispanic vote, then he could
crush his opponents and not
even need to be in a run-off.
The question is: Is the
Black community angry
and motivated enough or so
tired of being forgotten that
we will go to the polls? The
Black unemployment rate in

es. As a result, many small
Black contractors, plumb-
ers, electricians, paper sup-
ply companies and computer
tech firms are now out of
business. These companies
once made up the 300-plus
Black-owned businesses of
the Black Business Associa-
tion that hired over 10,000
Blacks in this town.

Now it appears that Roosevelt Bradley, former director of
transportation, has thrown in his hat for mayor of Mi-
ami-Dade County. What is interesting about his decision
is that like Barack Obama, Roosevelt may just win this seat and
create history by becoming the first Black mayor in the 100+ year
history of this County.

the county is close to 19 per-
cent surpassing'the num-
ber of unemployed Hispanics
(12 percent) and whites (nine
percent). We were receiving
less than two percent of the
County's expenditures be-
fore it disbanded it diversity
programs, so our businesses
are now probably getting less
than 1 percent of the millions
spent by the County's pur-
chases of goods and servic-

Based on my limited time
in the Commission's cham-
bers, it seems like every Black
business that was getting
some sort of contract from
the County, has ironically lost
their contract despite a stellar
past performance even af-
ter being the number one bid
on some contracts. I speak
from personal appearance.
After winning 2,499 cases out
of 2,503, my firm was given a

zero by one person on a Coun-
ty selection committee for ex-
perience and qualifications.
Consequently, we lost the bid.
In our neighborhoods we
have: the highest level of
crime; the lowest number of
businesses, and; the worst-
rated schools seem to be in
our neighborhoods. While
not per se a County issue,
we seem to have more of our
young men getting shot by the
police than any other group in
this town even though we are
only one-quarter of the popu-
lation. We top the number of
cases in criminal court, where
our young people seem to be
going to jail at much higher
rate than their Hispanic and
Anglo brethren, again despite
our lower overall population
As someone told me after
this last election, you get what
you deserve. We failed to go to
the polls and now we have the
"joy" of Governor Scott and
his Republican Legislature. If
we fail to support Bradley and
get another mayor who does
not give a damn about our
community, then I guess we
can only blame ourselves.

Does Miami-Dade County need "+new blood" or a

"seasoned" politician to lead us as the next county mayor?
EVELYN WYNN DORTHY HIELD SAUNDERS old method of doing things, so side of the
Retired, Miami Retired, Miami I think we need someone with a box. We need
new approach. those think-
Well I think We do need ers, those crit-
I really would new blood and MARTHA C. DAY ical thinkers
be happier if we, do need Retired, Miami to reach out
we had an op- I people with .. ~ and encourage
portunity to experience. I think we more diver-
hear several And we need need new sity in Miami-
people inter- a little more blood because Dade County.
viewed for the coming to- e need peo-
position as op- gether, a little I ple that will be
posed to being more close- fair to all eth-
rushed to make a choice, ness, in terms of decision mak- nic groups. We
ing. need more op- I for one believe
DR. ZANBRA RUCKER portunities for
Retired, Miami DARLENE GAY Blacks to hold that if you give people a thor-
Retired, North Miami Beach top jobs. i, ,,,i.f. bc .nho
hk d ~ a~ t di vflhat

I think a combination of both.
We need new
blood and
someone who
is serious to
help us go to
the next level
as a commu-

I think the
County needs
new blood.
people who
have been
around for a
while continue
with the same

Retired, Miami

Yes and no. We could use new
blood and we do have some in-
dividuals, including a few of
the county commissioners who
are new and are thinking out-

ougi unersanangll ull wa l
confronts them and the basic
causes that produce it, they'll
create their own program, and
when the people create a pro-
gram, you get action ..."
Malcolm X

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Overtown's response to UM

Dear Editor,

It is amazing that everyone
knows what's best for Over-
town! A recent Miami Herald
editorial, and UM responses
have dismissively cited that
those expressing a desire for
the UM Life Science and Tech-
nology Park/Wexford to com-
mit to a long-term investment
in the neighborhood are 'a few
community activists,' med-
dlers looking for a handout. On
the contrary, there is an entire
neighborhood whose voice is
going unheard! The Overtown
Community Oversight Board
(OCOB) has recently drafted
a resolution on behalf of the
Overtown community, ask-
ing that a Community Benefits
Agreement be drafted and that
residents are represented at the
negotiating table. We are not a
group of agitators, but rather
official community leaders,
residents, business owners and
other stakeholders. Overtown
residents are not interested in
handshakes, backslapping, and
empty promises. An agreement
is the only guarantee that will

assure that each party keeps its
promise. We seek partnership
in a meaningful, long-term rela-
tionship with UM/Wexford and
other developers and business-
es that will receive public funds
to bring about redevelopment in
Overtown. This is a community
that is not looking for something
for nothing; this project is set to
receive a $60 million bond, a
$25 million county grant, $8.33
million New Markets tax credits
- funds only available because
the construction is being done
in the low-income community of
Overtown. Now, the university
stands to receive a rumored $8
million in CRA dollars, which
come from tax revenues gener-
ated in the CRA district. While
there has been some commu-
nity interaction, it falls miser-
ably short of what residents
are asking. Legitimate, credible
leaders have sought to bridge
the disconnect that still exists,
but have not been successful in
reaching those who are the real
decision and policy-makers.

Bishop James Adams





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FAMU Miami-Dade Chapter members at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.

-Miami Times photos/Baljean Smith

Special to The Miami Times *.

Last week, the Miami-Dade
Chapter of the Florida A&M
University National Alumni As-
sociation celebrated their chap- m ..
ter Founder's Observance with
a weekend of events. Chapter
President Romania Wilson led l
the "strike" to make this year's
celebration one to remember.

March 26, the chapter in
partnership with the HBCU
Shuttle chaperoned twenty-
eight 11th and 12th grade stu-
dents from Dade, Broward and
Palm Beach counties to Tal-
lahassee to participate in the
2011 Florida A&M University THREE GENERATIONS OF RATTLERS: Left to right:
Annual Spring Preview. Jada Dixon, Benjamin Dixon Jr., Dr. Art Woodard and Ben-
The Annual Spring Preview -jamin Dixon Sr.

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Left to right: Ron Butler, business manager; Vanessa Byers, immediate past president
(with little Benjamin Dixon); Samuelle Legrand, corresponding secretary; Jada Dixon, vice
president; Romania Wilson, president; Carlton Jerkins, parliamentarian; Denetra Collins,
recording secretary; Canisa Berkeley, publicity director; and Baljean Smith, chaplain.



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Miami-Dade Chapter members pose with Rev. Carl Johnson, center, pastor of 93rd Street
Community Baptist Church.

is an excellent opportunity for
prospective students to tour
the campus and learn about
the academic programs, stu-
dent organizations and life on
"The Hill" at FAMU. Student
services areas and academic
departments (financial aid, ad-
missions, housing and orienta-
tion) were on hand to assist the
students. The trip culminated
with two students traveling
with the group receiving a full
four-year scholarship and one
receiving a $2,000 per year

The Miami-Dade Chapter
kicked off "The Rattler-Que
Membership Drive" cookout at
the Historic Virginia Key Beach
Park on March 26. "We want-
ed to celebrate in a place that
has historic value and share
that history with our younger
alumni," Wilson said.
Once designated a "Colored
Only Beach" when it opened
in 1945, Historic Virginia
Key Beach Park was the fo-
cal recreational space where
the Black community at-large
was allowed to gather. Baljean
Smith, alumni chaplain shared
the history and significance of
Virginia Key Beach with all in
attendance. The bid whist and

spade tables were hot and the
steppers got a real workout!
DJ and alum Ron Wilson de-
lighted the crowd with his ren-
dition of FAMU Way Black
When the music and dances
on "The Hill" from thel950s to
now. Back in the day, families
would share their baskets with
other families at the beach. In
that spirit, chapter members
brought out a bounty of home-
made cakes, pies, conch frit-
ters, fried fish and many other
delectable eats. FAMU alum
Talmadge Frazier, owner of
Brother Frazier's Ribs, catered
the affair.

Saturday evening the chap-
ter attended a concert featur-
ing the Florida A&M Univer-
sity Concert Choir at the 19th
Annual Southeastern African
American Collegiate Music
Festival Grand Finale Concert,
held at Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church of Miami Gar-
The concert featured the
combined college choirs from
Florida A&M University, Ala-
bama State University, College
of the Bahamas, Fort Valley
State University, South Caroli-
na State University and Florida
Memorial University.
After the concert, chapter
members served dinner to

the 55 members of the FAMU
choir. "Words cannot express
how much we appreciate the
Miami-Dade Chapter for their
time and effort in providing
this repast; we are sincerely
grateful," said Mark Butler, di-
rector of FAMU's concert choir.

Closing out the weekend
celebration was the Found-
ers' Observance Worship Ser-,
vice, March 27 at 93rd Street
Community Baptist Church.
President Wilson greeted the
church and her Miami Central
alum Pastor Carl Johnson.
"The Miami-Dade Chapter is
a direct support of the univer-
sity and we are here to assist
in the effort to recruit the best
and brightest for our alma ma-
ter," Wilson said. The chapter
presented Pastor Johnson with
an offering of $250 in support
of the church's youth ministry.
The Miami-Dade Chapter of
the Florida A&M University
National Alumni Association
welcomes all alumni for mem-
bership. Associate member-
ship is also available for sup-
porters of FAMU. Meetings are
every third Saturday of the
month, 10 a.m. at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center,
6161 N.W. 22nd Avenue. The
chapter hotline is 305-761-

The Southeastern African-American Collegiate Music Festival's combined choir at Antioch
Baptist Church.

Fie .

Left to right: Leon Ward, DeAnthony Friday, Romania Wilson, Miami-Dade Chapter presi-
dent; Markl Butler, FAMU Concert Choir director; Katie Turner, Denetra Collins, Verna
Edington and Naomi Smith.


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Senate seeks elimination of "sagging pants" in public schools
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By D. Kevin McNeir

Senate Bill (SB) 228 spon-
sored by Senator Gary Siplin
(D-Orlando) continues to move
swiftly through the Florida
Senate that would prohibit all
public school students from
wearing clothing that shows
their undergarments or that
indecently exposes their body
According to Siplin, the legis-
lation has passed the education
and judiciary committee with a
unanimous vote as well as the
20-member budget committee
and should soon be approved

on the Senate floor. Identical
legislation is being sponsored
in the House of Representatives
by Rep. Hazelle Rogers (D-Lau-

"Sagging" or "baggy pants" -
that is wearing pants with the
waistband around the hips or
lower was not introduced nor
intended to be a fashion state-
ment, although that is what it
has become for many young
people in the U.S. and in other
parts of the world. The sagging
pants origin can be traced to
U.S. prisons and was used as

a code signifying that the man
wearing them was willing to be
the "girlfriend" of some other
man. But it has worked its way
into hip-hop culture after being
adapted by artists like Ice-T,
Too Short and the teen rap duo
Kriss Kross.
By 1995, the style had hit
mainstream America and was
no longer associated with those
who were wannabeee ganstas."
Since then, it has morphed into
an expression of both freedom
and defiance by many of today's
youth. Even older adults and
young women are now sporting
the trend. But those who favor
the style are no longer simply

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sporting the look in stages or
in music videos sagging has
hit every corner from NW 62nd
Street (MLK Blvd.) to 7th Av-

"I have gotten a lot of requests
from church members, senior
citizens, school officials and
especially potential employers
who believe that sagging has
run its course especially
within the Black community,"
Siplin said. "Young people must
matriculate through society
and have to read and write at a
competitive level now many
of them feel they have to dress
in this latest style. But a fad is
one thing--that's what those
from my generation used to do
when we wore platform shoes,
dashikis and afros but our style
of dress wasn't offensive to oth-

to many of us."
Siplin says he acknowledges
the claim for freedom of ex-
pression and First Amendment
rights but says that this bill
is meant to bring order back
to the classroom. He has in-
troduced similar legislation in
previous years but believes that
now is the best time to push
this "pro-education, pro-family
legislation designed to teach
our children how important ap-
propriate attire is to future suc-
Students would be verbally
warned on the first offense and
a parent or guardian would be
notified. On the second offense,
the student would be restricted
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-Photo/Gregory Wright
Young men at 500 Role Models Academy recently completed a ceremony that provided them
instructions on how to properly knot a tie. The boys were assisted and mentored by members of'the
Miami Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Miami Kappas mentor boys at 500 Role Models Academy

By Gregory Wright
Miami Times writer

Across the U.S., there is a
call for Black men to stand up
age4Qk e, to 4tla aid of young
Black boys, hoping to stem the
tide of a high dropout rate cou-
pled with an even higher rate of
Among those answering the
call is the Miami Alumni Chap-
ter of Kappa Alpha Psi Frater-
nity, Inc., who have initiated a
mentoring program at the 500
Role Models Academy of Excel-
lence, an alternative school in
Liberty City for at-risk kids, lo-
cated at 6300 NW 27th Ave.
The young men in the pro-
gram have been treated to
field trips to the movies, high
school football games and even
enjoyed a day of professional
sports as they were taken to a
recent Miami Heat vs. the Los
Angeles Clippers basketball

game. The young men also play
games like Family Feud that
improve their skills in com-
munication, cooperation and
.Torrance Gary, the pqleMarch
(president) of the Chapter says,
"Our Guide Right Program is
what our communities need in
the development of our young
minds of tomorrow."
Miguel Torres, principal of
the 500 Role Model Academy,
says the program is a great as-
set to the Academy and its stu-
dents and is particularly help-
ful in improving the behavior of
the boys.
"They care a great deal about
our students and work very
hard to help them," Torres said.
The Program is led by Guide
Right Committee Chairman
Danyale Dukes. Dukes, a teach-
er at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High
School, volunteers regularly
to help younger kids stay on

the right track. But it's not all
fun and games The Kappas
stress to the boys that to stay
in the program they must show
improvement in both class per-
Sformance and conduct. Being
expelled from the program is a
constant threat for those who
do not take their classroom
performance seriously.
Welton Robinson, II, dean
of,disciplines at the Academy,
says he has noticed an im-
provement with the kids in the
tutorial program.
Jacarri Byrd, an Academy
eighth grader, says he has be-
come more focused in class be-
cause of the program.
And while the Guide Right
Program focuses on elementa-
ry. and middle school students,
the Kappas also have anoth-
er initiative called the Kappa
League that works primarily
with high school-aged young

FAMU elects new student government leaders

Special to the Miami Times

ly-elected Florida A&M Uni-
versity (FAMU) Student Gov-
ernment Association (SGA)
President Breyon Love and
SGA Vice President Troy Harris
say they are ready to'enhance
the educational experience for
students during the 2011-2012
academic year.
Love, 21, a junior business
administration student from
Conyers (FL) said he is excited
about next year.
"I'm excited about the big
things we're going to do next
year," said Love, who currently

serves as the student body vice
president. "I feel I have what it
takes to move the student body
in a positive direction."
Harris, 20, a junior business
administration student from
Decatur (GA) said he is ready
to support Love in all of his en-
"I'm ready and willing to step
in and do what the president
needs me to do," Harris said. "I
feel blessed to be able to serve
in a similar role as I did last
year as.junior class vice presi-
dent but on a larger scale. This
is something I'm very passion-
ate about."
A few of the initiatives of the

-Photo courtesy of FAMU public relations office
Breyon Love (left) is the president-elect and Troy Harris is vice
president-elect for the Florida A&M University Student Govern-
ment Association.

Love-Harris administration in-
clude: extending Coleman Li-
brary's hours'of operation; cre-
ating a 24-hour study lounge
on campus; providing shuttles
for students on campus to
shopping centers and grocery
stores once a month; and sub-
sidizing the price for shuttles
taking students, to Tampa or
Orlando for breaks.
"We're also going to push
raising funds for retention
scholarships for students," said
Love, who will also serve on the
FAMU Board of Trustees.

-Photo/Bethune-Cookman University
Dr. Nelson L. Adams (1-r), Dr. Larry R. Handfield and Eric Knowles, all represent Bethune-Cook-
man University.as members of its Board of Trustees.

Bethune-Cookman appoints County leaders to Board

Special to the Miami Times

Bethune-Cookman University
in Daytona Beach has appoint-
ed -two Miami-Dade County
leaders, Dr. Nelson Adams and
Eric Knowles, to its Board of
Nelson L. Adams, M.D., a na-
tive of Miami ard a product of
its public school system, is a
medical leader passionately
committed to eliminating racial
and ethnic inequality in health

care. An exceptionaj achiever,
earning high recognition both
scholastically and among medi-
cal peers, Adams is the recipient
of numerous awards and hon-
ors and is the chairman of the
Department of Obstetrics and
Gynecology at Jackson North
Medical Center and president of
Nelson L. Adams, M.D. and As-
sociates, P.A.
Eric Knowles, senior executive
of Miami Dolphins Football op-
erations is well known through-

out the Sot1. Flqrid a pcqigMu-
nity. He is the chairman of the
board of trustees for the Miami-
Dade Chamber of Commerce.
Knowles is a native of Ft. Pierce
(FL) and a graduate of Florida
International University.
Dr. Larry R. Handfield is
chairman of the Board of Trust-
ees for Bethune-Cookman
University. He is also a nation-
ally-known trial lawyer, past
chairman of the Public Health
Trust and a Miami native.

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Prisoners second but human beings first

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

If you have time to lend
me an ear, I would love to
share a story or two with
you which I could almost
guarantee will capture
your imagination and
perhaps will move you in HA
some way or another.
Actually,- the eventfulness of
life has provided us all with a-
plethora of interesting stories to
share with the world. For we all
have gone through so much that,
if chronicled, the events and oc-
currences of our lives could be
put together to form a compelling
story fit for Hollywood.
Most of our stories would begin
with the happy-go-lucky years of
a carefree childhood filled with
colorful memories of birthday
parties, skating rings, swimming
pools, the joy of Christmas and
much more. Sadly though, some
stories will start with a tragic
narrative, so traumatizing that
throughout time, those affected
have struggled within themselves

to delete it from their
memory. Unfortunately,
unlike the. stories re-
corded in books, it is not
possible for us to simply
rip unwanted pages from
the days of our lives. We
either learn how to accept
ALL the dark moments of our
past and try to build character
from it, or we allow ourselves to
be adversely effected by the physi-
cal and emotional scars that we
much carry with us until the
coming of the day when we cease
to exist.
But really, how a story begins
is not as important as opposed to
how it ends. Even when tragedy is
involved, the occurrence can be-
come meaningful if in the end it
inspires a positive movement.
Right here in prison, I'm quite
sure that every inmate can reveal
something about their past that
would enable one to view them as
human beings rather than just
counted bodies dressed in tat-
tered blue uniforms. In many cas-
es, if judges were truly receptive

to pre-sentencing investigation re-
ports and the character witnesses
who provide essential accounts of
a defendant's life at the time of his
or her sentencing hearing, per-
haps there would be a less num-
ber of harsh sentences unneces-
sary imposed and more court
orders issued to the Department
of Corrections to specifically ad-
dress the problems that may have
lead to the incarceration of each
inmate as they serve a reasonable
term of imprisonment. For only
through an honest assessment
of a defendant's life story could a
court be judicious in imposing the
appropriate sentence at the pen-
alty phase of a case.
Indeed, a well-told story could
help to better understand an in-
dividual and give more insight as
to any situation in life. But when
spirits are low and yearning for
upliftment, the telling of a deeply
felt .account is really what most
people want to hear.
It would personally make me
extremely happy if I could sit at
the dinner table with my mom

and reminisce on the time when
she hoodwinked me into eating a
plate of spinach after I begged her
to help me become big and strong
like Popeye the sailor man.
If I could travel on the high-
way with my dad in his truck
and flashback to the time when
he came hurrying to my elemen-
tary school to pick me up and
rush me to the hospital after I
broke my arm playing football
on the day I turned seven, that
story, which the scar on my
right arm is a constant reminder
of, would probably bring us two
grown men to tears.
Like in all stories, though,
I guess the moral to this one
would have to be that undoubt-
edly a life experience, when
shared with others, is invalu-
able capable of brightening
someone's day and oftentimes
more entertaining than a televi-
sion sitcom.
Trust me, I know for I've
heard enough of them in con-
finement to keep entertained for

Exonerated inmate won't get $14M

By Brad Heath

Supreme Court made it more dif-
ficult to sue local prosecutors'
offices for courtroom wrongdo-
ing recently, overturning a $14
million verdict for a New Orleans
man who came within weeks of
being executed for a murder he
did not commit.
The man, John Thompson,
was convicted of a 1984 murder
and a separate carjacking. He
was set free 18 years later af-
ter his lawyers discovered that
the prosecutors in his trial had
deliberately concealed evidence
that could have proved his inno-
cence. Prosecutors have a con-
stitutional duty to disclose such
Writing for the court's 5-4 ma-
jority, Justice Clarence Thomas
said that Thompson could not
show that the New Orleans dis-
trict attorney was "deliberately
indifferent" to those abuses be-
cause he could not point to a
pattern of similar violations in
previous criminal cases. With-
out that, Thomas wrote, the
court could not conclude that
the prosecutors' boss, former

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John Thompson was on death row for more than a decade be-
fore being cleared on DNA evidence. Here he poses in his lawyers
offices in New York last September.

district attorney Harry Connick
Sr., was on notice that better
training was needed to prevent
The recent decision is the lat-
est in a series of rulings that
have made it more difficult to
sue prosecutors and their boss-
es over misconduct. The court
decided 35 years ago that indi-
vidual prosecutors are immune

from civil rights; lawsuits for
their work in the courtroom.
The violations in Thompson's
case were similar to those docu-
mented last year by a USA TO-
DAY investigation of miscon-
duct by federal prosecutors. The
newspaper detailed 201 crimi-
nal cases since 1997 in which
judges concluded that federal
prosecutors violated laws or

ethics rules.
Thompson sued Connick's of-
fice after he was exonerated, al-
leging that the former district
attorney had failed to train his
"What it does, unfortunately,
is it sends a message that a pat-
tern and practice like this isn't
going to have economic conse-
quences," said Joe Lawless, an
expert onprosecutorial miscon-
Justices John Roberts, Samu-
el Alito, Antonin Scalia and An-
thony Kennedy joined Thomas.
The court's four liberal jus-
tices -Stephen Breyer, Ruth
Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan
and Sonia Sotomayor- dissent-
Ginsburg pointed to Connick's
role: "Ample evidence presented
at the civil rights trial demon-
strated that Connick's deliber-
ately indifferent attitude created
a tinderbox in which ...violations
were nigh inevitable."
New Orleans District Attorney
Leon Cannizzaro said city tax-
payers should not be on the hook
for the "intentional criminal mis-
conduct" of the individual pros-
ecutors who broke the rules.

Senators decry anti-Muslim violence

By Kelly Kennedy

can and Democratic senators
at a hearing on anti-Muslim
discrimination recently agreed
on one point: Even one case of
bullying, violence or workplace
harassment goes beyond what
Americans should accept.
"Those who use this type of
rhetoric, who burn Qurans
and who engage in other forms
of bigotry and discrimination
may be few in number, but
their bigoted conduct and re-
marks violate the spirit of our
Bill of Rights," said Senate Ma-
jority Leader Dick Durbin, D-
Ill., chairman of the Judiciary
Subcommittee on the Constitu-
tion, Civil Rights and Human
While subcommittee Demo-
crats said special attention
should be paid to hate crimes

committed against Muslims in
the USA, Republicans argued
that Muslim Americans have
not done enough to fight radi-
calism in their own communi-
"Get in this fight," said
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
"You're going to have to help
your country. You're probably
uniquely qualified, compared
to anyone else, to understand
what's going on and fight back."
The hearing comes two
weeks after Rep. Pete King, R-
N.Y., conducted a controversial
House hearing looking into how
extremist groups lure Ameri-
can Muslims to become violent.
A number of Muslim Americans
felt their community was sin-
gled out for the terrorist acts of
a few.
There have been 800 incidents
of alleged violence, threats,
vandalism and arson against

people who were perceived to
be Muslim since the Sept. 11,
2001, attacks, according to
the U.S. Justice Department.
In addition, 14 percent of reli-
gious discrimination cases are
against Muslim institutions,
though Muslims make up one.
percent of the population, Jus-
tice Department figures show.
Durbin called the hearing to
determine whether the Justice
Department has the resources
it needs to address the cases.
Assistant Attorney General
Thomas Perez said the Justice
Department increased commu-
nity outreach, staffing and local
officer training in 2010. Even
so, there has been a "disturbing
trend of violence against mem-
bers of these communities."
Last summer, a couple at-
tacked a South Asian business-
man in Lake Tahoe because of
his race, breaking several bones

in his face; and last month, a
man set fire to a playground
outside a mosque in Arlington,
Texas, Perez said. "The most
frequent complaint is bullying
in schools," he said.

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be hauled before an internation-
al tribunal. But that's exactly
what the U.S. seems to want in
the not-so-small print of any ex-
ile deal.
"Exile may be an option that
he looks at, and obviously that's
not one that we would rule out,"
Rice told CBS News last month.
"But very importantly, from the
point of view of the United States
and the international communi-
ty, is accountability and justice
for the crimes he and those clos-
est to him have committed," she
quickly added.
If that doublespeak is meant
to lure Gadhafi out of Libya and
into the docket of an interna-
tional court, it probably won't
work with the Libyan leader.

And worse, it will make many of
the world's other dictators work
harder to suppress dissent, rath-
er than give in to it.
Nobody knows this better than
Charles Stith, the former U.S.
ambassador to Tanzania, who
now heads the African Presiden-
tial Archives and Research Cen-
ter at Boston University, which
studies democracy movements
in Africa.
"One of the difficulties in ne-
gotiating any settlement to get
(Gadhafi) to leave voluntarily
has to be viewed against the
backdrop of what happened to
Charles Taylor," Stith told me.
"Unless these guys have a way
to transition out that doesn't
amount to suicide, you don't
have a way to talk them into giv-
ing up power without a struggle."
Put another way, the interna-

tional community has to decide
whether holding out for an ex-
ile agreement that gives it the
chance to eventually lock up
Gadhafi for the rest of his life
is worth it while the fighting -
and dying continues in Libya.
It has to determine whether de-
manding that Gadhafi succumb
to such a deal will make it easier,
or harder, for it to dislodge des-
pots in other countries where the
humanitarian crisis is greater
than what the people of Libya
Short of a decision which
the U.S. and its allies have dis-
avowed to try to kill Gadhafi,
something must be done quickly
to end the carnage in Libya. And
as hard as it is for many to swal-
low, an offer of exile that includes
immunity from prosecution for
Gadhafi could be what it takes.

Man, woman shot to death in Miami Gardens
Miami Gardens Police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman who died of
gunshot wounds on April 1.
The incident happened in the area of 830 N.W. 210th Street at the Walden Pond
Apartment Complex.
When police and paramedics arrived, they found a man and woman alive, but with
gunshot wounds, in the parking lot. The woman was inside a Grey Nissan and the man
was outside of the car.
"They were alive when fire rescue responded," said Miami Gardens police Captain
Ralph Suarez. "Fire rescue tried to do everything to keep them alive but they died on
the scene."
Police say both people died of gunshot wounds. Detectives did find a weapon on the
The names of the victims have not been released.

Miami police looking for man in attempted abduction of teen
Miami police are asking the public's help in identifying a man who attempted to ab-
duct a teenager as she waited for the bus recently.
Authorities say the 16-year-old girl was sitting on the bench at the corner of N.W.
42nd Avenue and Seventh Street at around 7 a.m. when a man drove by her trying to
get her attention.
The teen ignored him, but the man reportedly returned a few minutes later. Police
say, this time he got out of the car and grabbed the girl by the arm and tried to pull her
into the car.
Holding on to the bus bench, the girl screamed for help. A female passerby yelled for
the man to let her go. He did, but police say as he left, he blew her a kiss and laughed
.as he got in the car and drove off.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact Miami Police, or call Miami-Dade
Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Fort Lauderdale
Former vice mayor arraigned on corruption charges
Former Fort Lauderdale Vice'Mayor Cindi Hutchinson appeared in court recently for
the first time on 11 public corruption charges that were filed in January.
Hutchinson, 53, is accused of trading her City Commission votes for $14,000 worth of
home improvements and services, including the installation of a new toilet at her home.
Hutchinson was forced off the commission by term limits in March 2009. She has
been unemployed since she was terminated from her job as president and CEO of the
Riverwalk Trust in Fort Lauderdale after the charges were filed. She had served three
terms on the City Commission, starting in 2000.

Suspended Miramar officers' cases are under review
The arrests of two Miramar officers on charges they illegally searched a drug sus-
pect's home has forced the Broward State Attorney's Office to review their involvement
in as many as 52 other criminal cases.
Officers Jean Paul Jacobi and Jennifer Conger already have been ruled out as neces-
sary witnesses in two murders, the State Attorney's Office said.
Jacobi, 38, and Conger, 34, turned themselves in to authorities on Feb. 15. Both
are pleading not guilty to charges that include official misconduct, a felony, said their
lawyer, Alberto Milian.
Jacobi and Conger are accused of illegally searching the home of Reginald Beldor,.
33, after Jacobi arrested him on a marijuana possession charge during a traffic stop
in July.
Jacobi and Conger are suspended without pay.
If they are convicted of the felony charge, they will-not be able to resume police
work. Under Florida law, felons are not allowed to carry guns.

Justice lawyers cleared in Panthers probe

The Associated Press

Justice Department investi-
gators said they found no evi-
dence of politics when depart-
ment lawyers dismissed three
defendants from a voting rights
lawsuit against the New Black
Panther Party.
In a letter to the chairman
of the House Judiciary Com-
mittee, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-

Texas, the department said its
attorneys acted appropriately
and did not commit profession-
al misconduct or exercise poor
judgment in their supervisory
the department investigated
complaints that New Black Pan-
ther Party leaders intimidated
white voters at a Philadelphia
polling place on Election Day in

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Marable brings startling info on Malcolm X "


By William Grimes

Manning Marable, a leading
scholar .of Black history and a
leftist critic of American social
institutions and race relations,
whose long-awaited biography of
Malcolm X, more than a decade
in the writing, is scheduled to be
published on Monday, died on
Friday in Manhattan. He was 60.
His wife, Leith Mullings. said
that the cause was not known
but that Marable, who lRed in
Manhattan, had entered the
hospital with pneumonia in ear-
Iy March. In Jul\ 2010, he had
undergone a double lung trans-
Marble, a prolific writer and
impassioned polemicist, ad-
dressed issues of race and eco-
nomic injustice in numerous
works that established him as
one of the most forceful and
outspoken scholars of African-
American history and race rela-
tions in the United States
He explored this territory in
books like "How Capitalism Un-
derdeveloped Black America"
11983), "Black Liberation in
Conservative America" 119971
and "The Great Wells of Democ-
racy" 1200.31, and in a political
column. "Along the Color Line."
which was syndicated in more
than 100 newspapers.

At nearly 600 pages. "Malcolm
X. A Life of Reinvention." to be
published by kingin, presents a
heft\ counterweight to the well-
known account "The Autobiogra-
phy of Malcolm X."
The autobiography, long con-

civil rights struggle, was an "as
told to"-book written with Alex
Haley and published in 1965.
Marable, drawing on new
sources, archival material and
government documents unavail-
able to Haley, developed a fuller
account of Malcolm X's politics,
religious beliefs and personal
life, as well as his role in the

+ April 6, 1909 Matthew
A Henson reaches the North
Pole. 45 minutes before Com-
mandeer Pearvy.
+ April 6, 1869 Ebenezer
Don Carlos Bassett. Principal
of the Institute for Colored
Youth. Philadelphia. named
minister to Haiti and became
the first major Black diplomat
and the first American Black
to receive a major appointment

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civil rights movement and the
circumstances of his assassina-
He also offers a revisionist por-
trait of Malcolm X at odds with
Haley's presentation of him as
an evolving integrationist.
"We need to look at the organic
evolution of his mind and how he
struggled to flnd different ways
to empower people of African de-
scent by any means necessary."

with Amy Goodman on the radio
- program" Democracy'Now."

Marable's political philosophy
was often described as transfor-
mationist, as opposed to integra-
tionist or separatist. That is, he
urged Black Americans to trans-

from the United Stated Gov-
April 7, 1885 Granville
T Woods patents apparatus
for transmission of messages
by electricity
+ April 7. 1940 The
first U.S. stamp ever to honor
Blacks is issued bearing the
likeness of Booker T Washing-
+ April 8. 1974 Atlanta

Manning Marable in 2001.

form existing social structures
and bring about a more egalitar-
ian society b, making cormon
cause .- ith other minorities and
change-minded groups like envi-
"By dismantling the narrow
politics of racial identity and
selective self-interest, b', going
beyond 'Black' and 'white.' ie
may construct nev. alues, newv
institutions anid new\ '.Isions of

racial categories and racial op-
piession." he.vwrote in the essay
collection "Beyond Black and
White: Transforming African-
American Politics" (1995).
In a telephone interview on
Friday, the scholar and author
Cornel West called Marable "our
grand radical democratic intel-
lectual," adding, "He kept alive

Braves slugger Hank Aaronr
hits 715 home run, surpassing
Babe Ruth as the game's all-
time home-run leader
April 8. 1965 Sixteen-
year-old La\wrene Bradford of
New York Cit\ was the first
Black Page appointed to the
U.S Senate.
+ April 9. 1898 Paul
Robeson. actor, singer, a-ctiv-
ist. born.
+ April 9, 1950 Juanita
Hall becomes the first Black to
uin a Tony award for her role

the democratic socialist tradi-
tion in the Black freedom move-
ment, and I had recat lo\e and
respect fCor h im."

William Manniln2 Marable was
born on Mla 1.3-, 71950. in Day-
ton IOh:io. i: edarnme a bachelor's
de-zree frum E-rlham College in
Rich-mond. ind., and a master's
decree from' the Unr.ersit', of

doctorate fromr the -Uiversit', of
Maryland in 1976
He directed ethnic studies pro-.
grams at a number of colleges,
notably the Race Relations Insti-
tute at Fisk University and the
Africana and Latin American
Studies program atColgate Uni-
He was the. chairman of the

a.s Bloody MNry in the musical
South Pacific.
April 10. 1947 Brook-
lin Dodger Jackle Robinson
becomes first Black to play
major leagLue baseball
+ April 10, 1968 U.S.
Congress pass Cir il Rights Bill
bann-ing racial discrimination
in sale or rental of approxi-
mately 80 percent of the na-
tion's housing.
+ April 11. 166-, -Emrnrett
Ashford becomes first Black
umpire in the major leagues.



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Black studies department at
Ohio State University in the late
1980s and also taught ethnic
studies at the University of Colo-
rado, Boulder.
At Columbia University, where
he became a professor of public
affairs, political science, history
and African-American studies in
1993, he was the founding direc-
tor of the Institute for Research
in African-American Studies
and the Center for the Study of
Contemporar;, Black History.
In addition to his wife. who
teaches anthropology at the
Graduate Center of the City,
University of New York and \who
co-edited several of his books,
Marable is survived by three chil-
dren, Joshua Manning Marable
of Boulder; Malaika Marable Ser-
rano of Silver Spring, Md ; and
Sojourner Marable Grimmett of
Atlanta; two stepchildren, Alia
Tyner of Manhattan and Michael
Tyner of Brooklyn; a sister, Ma-
donna Marable of Dayton: and
three grandchildren.

His other books included
"Race, Reform and Rebellion
The Second Reconstruction
in Black America, 1945-1982"
Il441 and "The Great Wells of
Democracy : The Meaning of
Race in American Life" I 20021.
as well as two biographies pub-
lished in 2005, "W. E. B Du-
Bois Black Radical Democrat"
and "The Autobiography of Med-
gar Evers." which he edited with
lyrlie Evers-Williams, Evers's
\ idow
He was the general editor of
'Freedom on NMy Mind: TJ-e Co-

the African American Experi-
ence" (2003).
In 1992 he published "On Mal-
colm X: His Message and Mean-
ing," a work that prefigured the
consuming project of his later
years. "Beyond Boundaries The
Manning Marable Reader," a se-
lection of his writings, was pub-
lished in January by Paradigm.

+ April 11, 1997 The new
Museum of African American
History opens in Detroit. It is
the largest of its kind in the
April 12. 1983 Har-
old Washington becomes first
Black mayor of Chicago.
April 12. 1787 Richard
Allen and Absalom Jones orga-
nized Philadelphias Free Afri-
can Society which W.E.B. Du
Bois called "the first wavering
step of a people toward a rflore
organized social life."


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By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamnitimesonlinie.con .

while listening to
the Tom Joyner
Morning Show
a few days ago,
which is one of my daily rituals,
I was reminded that one of my
childhood mentors and one of the
kindest men I have ever known,
Marvin Gaye, died on April 1st
(1984). He was only 44-years-old.
Of course the circumstanc-
es surrounding his death were
tragic his own father shot and
killed him after the younger Gaye
had stepped in between an ar-
gument involving his parents.
His last years were sad ones: tax
problems, fewer recording oppor-
tunities and struggles with a host
of personal demons.
But for me, Marvin Gaye will
always be the man I remember
first meeting when I was a sixth-
grade student at Louis Pasteur
Elementary School on the West-

side of Detroit. My baby sitter,
Mrs. Herbert Lee Hunt, had been
hired to care for Gaye's child,
Little Marvin, niece and nephew
- three children in total who
lived with him and his then-wife,
Anna Gordy Gaye. And because
they were only in the first and
second grades, I was tagged with
the "pleasure" of walking the chil-
dren to and from school and play-
ing with them many days after
Gaye will always be known for
his four-octave voice and his abil-
ity to make sisters swoon with
such classic hits like "How Sweet
It is," "Ain't that Peculiar," "Let's
Get It On" and "Sexual Healing."
In fact, I was there, in his all-
white living room when Gaye was
working on what become his opus
- the anti-war-themed album -
"What's Going On."
Do you remember the words?
"Mother, mother, there's too many
of you crying; brother, brother,
brother, there's far too many of

you dying; you know we've got to
find a way to bring some lovin'
here today . Picket lines and
picket signs; don't punish me
with brutality, Talk to me, so you
can see, Oh, what's going on."
On the back of the album, if
you can get your hands on it, is

a poignant photograph of Gave
in the rain, wearing a Shaft-like
three-quarter black leather coat.
There are a set of swings behind
him swings that we played on
almost every day that the weath-
er would allow.
The funny thing about my rela-

tionship with Marvin Gaye is that
I never saw him as an entertainer
or a superstar. He wasn't even
a legend or someone for whom I
felt the need to genuflect. No, Mr.
Gaye was part of my extended
family. He treated us to ice cream
and hamburgers and took us for
long rides in his even longer Sil-
ver Shadow Rolls Royce.
He was the personification of
"cool" and he loved to make chil-
dren smile. In fact, that's what
I remember most about the leg-
endary Marvin Gaye he had a
smile that could light up a room.
And while most of his home was
decked out in white, from a white
baby grand piano, to plush, white
shag carpeting, he always let me
and the other children gather
around the rail that surround-
ed his "work station" so that we
could hum along. He would even
take our musical requests.
I remember Marvin Gaye -
and I smile.
In tribute: Marvin Pentz Gay,
Jr., born April 2, 1939 died
April 1, 1984.

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Michel Martelly is elected Haiti's new president

By Trenton Daniel

The presidential campaign of
musician Michel "Sweet Micky"
Martelly at first seemed like an
afterthought, overshadowed by
the short-lived run of the better-
known star Wyclef Jean and
dismissed as little more than
a sideshow to an election that
featured major Haitian political
But Martelly, who has never
held political office, turned out
to be a serious, skilled and suc-
cessful candidate. He captured
nearly 68 percent of the vote,
defeating. opposition leader and
former first lady Mirlande Mani-
gat, according to preliminary
election results released Mon-

day night.
When initial results of the
flawed first round in November
put him out of the race, Martelly
mobilized supporters to protest
as if he were a veteran of Haiti's
rough politics and a new count
got him a spot in the March
20 runoff. He ran a disciplined
campaign, deftly depicting him-
self as an outsider and neophyte
even though he has long been
active in politics.
Thousands of supporters
danced and cheered in the
streets after his victory was an-
nounced. They ran through the
streets, climbed atop cars and
even fired automatic rifles in
the sky. Carrying posters of his
smiling face and bald crown,
supporters showed up outside

his gated compound in Petion-
ville, a city in the hills above
"Micky is a political animal,
and the political establishment
failed to realize how much of a
phenomenon he is," said Garry
Pierre-Pierre, editor and pub-
lisher of The Haitian Times, a
New York-based newspaper.
"This is a man who literally can
get a million people to move to
his groove."
Although Martelly support-
ers crowded outside his house,.
the pop-star-turned-candidate
made no public statements
except on Twitter, where he
thanked his supporters and
added: "We're going to .work for
all Haitians. Together we can."
He was scheduled to speak

with reporters yesterday. Mani-
gat has made no public state-
To many Haitians, particular-
ly the legions of young and job-
less, Martelly is an outsider who
can bring change to Haiti. But
he inherits a country in crisis,
with hundreds of thousands of
people still homeless from the
January 2010 earthquake, the
internationally financed recon-
struction stalled and a cholera
outbreak that may surge again
with the rainy season.
And he will confront a Senate
and Chamber of Deputies con-
trolled by the party of outgoing
President Rene Preval, whose
chosen successor was ultimately
excluded from the runoff, mak-
ing way for "Sweet Micky."

The son of an oil company
executive, Martelly grew up in
Carrefour, part of the dense ur-
ban mass that makes up the
capital. He attended a presti-
gious Roman Catholic school
in Port-au-Prince and junior
colleges in the U.S., though he
never graduated. He worked as
construction worker in Miami in
the 1980s, a time when he says
he occasionally smoked mari-
juana and crack cocaine.
A few years later, Martelly
found his calling playing
compas, Haiti's high-energy,
slowed-down version of meren-
gue. He became a household
name in Haiti.
Martelly took the rare step in
Haiti of hiring an international
campaign consulting firm to

transform his "Sweet Micky"
alter ego into conservatively
dressed presidential material
and also secured the endorse-
ment of Wyclef Jean after that
popular entertainer's own bid
for the presidency was turned
down because he didn't meet
Haiti's residency requirements.
Critics say Martelly has street
smarts but lacks the book
smarts needed for Haiti's top
job, though he says he will enlist
a team of experts to guide him.
"I can't say he'll solve all our
problems in five years, because
Haiti's problems can't be solved
in five years," said Ernst Nelson,
28, who lives in a camp across
the street from the ruined Na-
tional Palace. "But he can lay
the groundwork."

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increase of Black-on-Black
crime and not giving so much
attention to the police-involved
shootings that have occurred
over the past year. The commu-
nity's "shortsightedness" on the
greater evil of Black-on-Black
crime hits close to home and is
deeply personal for Ayers.
"My brother was murdered in
Miami," she said. "My 'grand-
son was murdered in Miami.
My cousin was murdered in
Broward County. "Nobody
marched for my brother! No-
body marched for my grand-
son! Nobody marched for my
The call for outside help from
nationally known activists is
especially galling to Ayers.
For her, it proves that Miami's
Black citizens and its leaders
cannot control their own com-

"You ain't smart enough to
search your own house?" she
asked. "You have to bring in
outsiders? "I respect Rey. Al
Sharpton and Rev. Jessie Jack-
son, but they don't know our
neighborhood. They can't tell
me what to do about Miami,
about my police department!"
Carolyn Boyce, a Miami Dade
County Community Relations
Board member, wants to see Mi-
ami City Manager Tony Crapp
out in the forefront more, in-
stead of Paul Philip, the former
FBI agent in charge of the Mi-
ami field office, who was hired
to review the Miami Police De-
partment's policies, practices,
and tactics. Both City Manager
Tony Crapp and Paul Philip are
Black men.
Boyce believes that the high
rate of illiterate children in the
Black community is only add-
ing to the Black-on-Black crime
problem. She suggests that a
separate on-campus suspen-

sion area should be provided so
that children cannot roam the
streets and are therefore not
tempted to participate in illegal
activities in the community.

Many church and commu-
nity-based groups are already
participating in specific ef-
forts to address Black-on-Black
crime. Most believe that high
unemployment in the commu-
nity is a major contributing fac-
tor to the crime problem. Brian
Dennis, executive director of
Brothers of the Same Mind,
says he recalls the time when
there was a steady flow of mon-
ey into the community from
county and city projects.
"County Commissioner Au-
drey Edmonson has brought
jobs to the inner city through
county work projects but she is
one of only a few," Dennis said.

""When City Commissioner Ar-
thur Teele was in office, there
was a steady flow of business
and money in the community
from city projects, employing
local residents. Commissioner
Michele Spence-Jones also put
-money on the streets." "But
when Teele and Spence-Jones
were removed from office, the
city projects dried up. When
there are no jobs, the drug
game is almost like an em-
Miami Police. Spokesman
Commander Delrish Moss
noted in a previous Miami
Times article, "There has been
a countless number of con-
frontations between members
of law enforcement and young
Black men. In cases where
a shooting has resulted the
tendency is to automatically
assume that the officer's ac-
tions are unjust we fail to.
examine the actions of the
youth. This of course places us

Parents and teachers oppose education cuts

continued irom lAt '

into charter schools but that's
not what we want, for our chil-
dren," she said. "We are satis-
fied with the teachers here at
Drew and we know how hard
they work to provide a qual-
ity education. This community
needs this school."
Lowery, along with about 30
parents and teachers and chil-
dren, took to the streets last
Thursday armed with petitions.
They stopped cars and cajoled
those walking by to assist them
in their cause.
Their efforts were all part
of a countywide petition drive
and protest according to United
Teachers of Dade (UTD) Presi-
dent Karen Aronowitz that
seeks to inform parents of the
sizable budget cuts that Scott
has proposed.

"We believe in comprehen-

sive education *for all children
but the cuts thLt the Governor
has proposed would eliminate
art, music, physical education,
sports, drama and vocational
classes," Aronowitz said. "There
is no more fat in the system and
these cuts would remove all the
muscles leaving us with just
bones. We must get our parents
informed and involved because
with Scott's plan and the veto-
proof legislation that is now in
power in Tallahassee, we really
fear the worst. The irony is that
Miami-Dade County pay a larger
proportion to the State in school
taxes than it gets back for each
student. We know we have the
support of people like Senator
Larcenia Bullard and Represen-
tative Cynthia Stafford. But they
aren't members of the party in
power right now. Parents need
to call Representative Carlos Lo-
pez-Cantera (305-442-6877) or
Senator Anitere Flores (305-270-
6550) and tell them what you
think about these cuts."
Craig Uptgrow, has been at

Drew Elementary for almost 17
years and teaches iforthl grade
He says both teachers and stu-
dents will suffer if Scott's cuts
are approved.
"Our kids need so much more
you can't put a first-year
teacher in our classrooms and
not given them support," he said.
"And it's unfair to fire them af-
ter one year based solely on test
scores. Florida is already second
from the bottom among the 50
states in terms of teachers' sala-
ries but we are fifth from the top
in terms of students test scores.
I wonder if the Governor even
cares. "
Cheryl Harvin, a community
involvement specialist and par-
ent has been at Drew for seven
years. She says this is just the
beginning of the battle.
"If Scott thinks we're going to
take his cuts sitting down, he is
very much mistaken," she said.
Drew's school grade for 2010
was a D, but in the previous two
years it earned a B (2009) and a
C (2008).

, "Drew Elemenptr\ was once
,an oasIs Ior this community,
said Linda Jordan who teaches
fourth grade. "But we have con-
tinued to see fewer and fewer
dollars invested in our facility
and in our children. It's happen-
ing everywhere in urban schools
and the only way to stop it is to
get parents and voters to tell the
politicians what we want."
Other protests continue to be
led by UTD, SEIU, the Florida
New Majority, Jobs for Justice,
Greater Bethel AME Church and
other organized labor groups
and members of the faith com-
"I don't want them to close my
school and I don't want to go any-
where else," said. Cassandra St.
Hilaire, 11, who is a fifth grader
at Drew. "I like it here and I am
learning a lot from my. teachers
- they care about me."
Young Cassandra's comments
not withstanding, as Aronowitz
points out, "public education
and children are an easy target
because kids can't vote."

Seven shootings in seven months "inconceivable"

continued from 1A

Capitol Hill, when the Jus-
tice Department responds as
quickly as they have in this
particular case, they consider
the situation to be extremely
grave," she said. "Their Depart-
ment has a backlog that is at
least six months long so the
people of Miami can feel con-
fident that the powers that be
are already utilizing every con-
nection they have to provide us
with answers.".

Wilson added that she finds
it "inconceivable" that seven
Black men have been shot and
killed by City of Miami police in
seven months and yet, not one
case has been resolved.
"No can argue the fact that
we have a serious problem and
some serious issues to face here
in Miami," she said. "When you
see publications like The New
York Times picking up our story
and television networks high-
lighting our concerns you know
there's something going on."

But does she fear that Black
citizens may rise tip in po-
tentially violent ways as their
frustrations rise and anger
"I must be honest and say
that I am concerned about the
mental state of our citizens in
Miami this is a lot for any-
one to handle," she said. "But
I am confident that our com-
munity has matured well be-
yond the point of responding
violently. I was born in Over-
town and raised in Liberty City.
I have seen leaders like Rev.
Dunn, Bishop Curry and the
P.U.L.S.E. organization and all
of them have been at the fore-
front of this battle ever since
the very first shooting [DeCar-
los Moore] last summer. As po-
litical and community leaders
we have learned the importance
of quick intervention. We real-
ize that getting thd word out to
our people is vital to maintain-
ing calm. That's the role that
Curry's radio station [WMBM]
or publications like The Miami
Times play telling the real
story telling the truth."
Wilson" says she is now orga-
nizing a forum that will take

place later this month so that
all stakeholders can come to-
gether, talk about what has
happened so far and offer their
recommended solutions.
"We have to get to the bottom

of this police issue and their ex-
cessive use of force," she said.
"But rest assured, when the
Justice Department gets in-
volved, they mean business. We
will have some answers."

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in the same position every few
months, while another person
lies dead in the streets."
Consider this snapshot of the
predominantly Black areas of
the City of Miami, consisting of
Model City, Little Haiti (Lemon
City) and Overtown:
S62 percent of the people
murdered, or a total of 45 peo-
ple, were killed in the predomi-
nantly Black neighborhoods in

70 percent or 114 people
were shot in predominantly-
Black neighborhoods in 2010
71 percent or 130 people
were shot at in predominantly
Black neighborhoods in 2010
In the first three months of
2011 alone, 64 percent or nine
people have already been mur-
dered in the predominantly-
Black neighborhoods of Miami.

Schools face "sagging" ban

continued from 5A

from participation in extracur-
ricular activities for no more
than five days and a parent
meeting would be held. On the
third and subsequent offenses,
the students would receive up
to three days of in-school sus-
pension and would be restrict-
ed from participation in extra-
curricular activities for up to
30 days.
"We must have rules and reg-
ulations as part of the general
,procedure.in otr public school
classrooms," he said. \\'e in-
tend to have uniform and pro-
gressive penalties for violating
the dress code and wearing
sagging pants."
But what do youth say about
this infringement on their
"A law may be the only way to
enforce such a policy and it's a
change that we need to bring
to our schools right away," said

Richard Hill, 24, a William Tech
graduate living in Mirimar.
Whether we realize it or not,
people are making comments
when they see someone with
their pants hanging down. My
dad and I saw this one brother
who had to change the way he
normally walked just to keep
his pants from falling down.
We can't expect anyone to hire
us for a job if we come to their
office dressed in such a man-
But another young Black
brother, James Ragland, 20,
iYtf'ariintdiView this write~itfct-
duccted ~ year or so ago, said
he sags for comfort and self-
expression, while realizing it
could cost him employment op-
"I always wear my jeans two
or three sizes larger and it's
comfortable for me," he said.
"It's my decision to sag or not
but I know that sometimes it
may cost me a greater opportu-
nity like getting a job."

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Obama begins 2012 run with challenges, advantages

He'll have money and a big base, but

economy, wars loom
By Susan Page & Richard Wolf

long shot when he launched his
race for the White House four
years ago. This time, he's the
Surprising no one, President
Obama made it official early
Monday, sending an e-mail to
supporters that he will seek re-
election in 2012.
"Today, we are filing papers
to launch our 2012 campaign,"
the president wrote in the e-
Obama pledged to focus "on
the job you elected me to do."
The papers are to be filed
with the Federal Election Com-
mission, launching his bid for
the second term.
He starts his re-election cam-
paign in one of the stronger po-

sitions of sitting presidents over
the past four decades. His job-
approval rating at this point in
his tenure is higher than that
of Bill Clinton or Ronald Rea-
gan, presidents who won sec-
ond terms, and the nation's job-
less rate, now 8.8%, has been
slowly declining.
But as he turns 50 this year,
Obama must traverse some per-
ilous landscape. The economic
recovery is fragile, and the U.S.
military now is involved in three
controversial military cam-
paigns in Afghanistan, Iraq
and now Libya that draw sig-
nificant opposition from war-
weary Americans. What's more,
the big legislative achievement
of his presidency, an overhaul
of the health care system, fails
to win majority support in na-
tional public opinion polls more

-White House Photo/Pete Souza
President reads a document in the Outer Oval Office as he pre-
pares for a press conference with Prime Minister Stephen Harp-
er of Canada, Feb. 4

than a year after he signed it.
"He'll have a lot of advantages
as the incumbent not chal-
lenged for his party's nomina-
tion and with an unlimited
campaign fund," says Frank
Donatelli, a former White House
political director for Ronald
Reagan and top aide to John
McCain in the 2008 campaign.
"On the other hand, we're still
in very tough economic times,
and his approval rating has
been below 50% for a year now."
Donatelli puts the odds at
Obama's re-election at "slightly
better than 50-50," but adds,
"The Republican nomination is
clearly worth having."
Here's a look at the political
landscape as Obama seeks to
become the 17th president to
win a second term. ,

History is on Obama's side.
For more than a century, a po-
litical party that wins back the

White House almost always
holds it for at least eight years.
The only exception was in 1980,
when Jimmy Carter lost his re-
election bid.

The jobless rate is down.
For most of his first two years
in office, Obama looked vulner-
able on the economy. No mat-
ter how much he blamed his
predecessor, George W. Bush,
for job losses, the economy was
Obama's burden.
The stark facts remain nega-
tive: The nation has lost about
3 million jobs since Obama
came into office. But in the last
year, the trend has been re-
versed, with about 1.4 million
jobs created nearly 500,000
this year alone.
"To the extent that things
are getting better, it's going to
be difficult for (Republicans)
to make a case," says Obama
strategist David Axelrod.

Report: Investment in medical marijuana could pay off

By James H. Kelleher

CHICAGO It- has been
called a lot of things over the
years: grass, Mary Jane, wacky
weed. Now, researchers are
suggesting a new moniker for
marijuana: alternative invest-
A report out this week on the
U.S. medical marijuana mar-
ket estimates the unconven-
tional business already gener-
ates $1.7 billion in economic
activity a year. But that market
could grow fivefold in short or-
der, researchers say, as the list
of states that legalize pot for
treating a variety of illnesses
grows and as more patients try
.it and switch.
The study, conducted by See
Change Strategy for the Ameri-
can Cannabis Research Insti-
tute and Deal Flow Media, a
fip ar 'i- resTpLrch fi r m, .sp: id -
izing in unusual assets, says
that of the nearly 25 million
Americans who are potentially
eligible to use medical marijua-
na based on their diagnoses,

rienced executives, downward
pricing pressure and a complex
- and contradictory web of
state and federal rules. All this
makes investing in marijuana a
risky proposition.
There's also the very real
potential for conflict with the
criminal gangs that control the
much larger $18 billion a year

fewer than 800,000 currently
That makes the nascent mar-
ket a potentially attractive one
for investors looking for an al-
ternative to the more tradition-
al investment alternatives like
art, antiques, wine or coins,
one with an upside potential
that makes China's current
growth rate look anemic.
The opportunities, the au-
thors say, aren't confined to
cultivation and distribution -
the riskier parts of the busi-
Many perfectly legal products
and services, from software
and security to hydroponic
infrastructure to marketing,
communications and consult-
ing, will offer money-making
opportunities in the coming
But the authors, who sur-
veyed 300 medical marijuana
industry insiders, point out that
the fsr-grohing marke1?aces a
daunting 'number of hurdles.
These include inadequate ac-
cess to legal capital, unfavor-
able tax status, a lack of expe-

illegal U.S. marijuana market.
These conflicts with criminal
gangs tend to get settled out-
side the judicial system.
Still, the study says the U.S.
medical pot market could be
nearly half the size of the illegal
S. market ,bput $8.9 billion.-
in just five years. .
"That's assuming there are
no obstacles," said Ted Rose,
the editor of the study. "I'm riot
weighing in on whether that's

likely or not. But that $1.7 bil-
lion is the real money that's be-
ing made this year."
To put that in perspective,
Lipitor, Pfizer Inc's cholesterol-
reducing drug and the world's
best-selling pharmaceutical,
'had U.S. sales of $5.33 billion
in 2010.
More than a dozen U.S.

states and the District of Co-
lumbia have legalized the use
of marijuana to help patients
with chronic illnesses, includ-
ing cancer, AIDS and multiple
The survey found that 34
percent of the medical ri-
juana businesses sad regula-
tory compliance not custom-
er demand or securing supply
- was the top challenge they
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A Professor Marvin Dunn stands before
one of the local gardens which provide
produce for the Roots in the City fresh
By Kaila Heard

For 53-year-old Adrinna Brown, Wednes-
day, March 30 was both a lucky and un-
lucky day.
Her good fortune was due to the fact that
her neighborhood fresh market in Over-
town, Roots in the City, was giving away
much produce that it would normally sell.
Brown, who is wheelchair-bound, shops
at the market for fresh produce.
"It's convenient," she said of market on
Tenth Street and Second Avenue. which is
located across the streets from her home.
On the corner of Tenth Street and Sec-
ond Avenue, Roots in the City has a gar-
den across the road and adjacent from its
tented marketplace, where it grows the
fresh produce it sells.
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By Kaila Heard

According to Bishop Lois Gilm-
ore-Smith of the Church of Unity,
Inc., she had known that her only
child would die.
"God showed me his death 10
years before [it happened]," she ex-
Nevertheless, Smith was unpre-
pared when her son died one day
before his 21st birthday due to en-
cephalitis, which is inflammation
of the brain.
"No, you're never ready for it. Es-
pecially your only child," she ad-
The following five years were
"very very hard time" in her life.

"I use to hate to come home be-
cause there were so many memo-
ries here," Smith recalled.
While some parents become bit-
ter after the death of beloved chil-
dren, Smith instead relied upon her
faith even more.
With time, she noticed that the
pain of her loss had been greatly
"I couldn't believe how God could
take the pain away just like that
and give me joy," said the now
She further explained that she
found comfort with her under-
standing of Heaven and the knowl-
edge that her son was saved, "My
son is with the Lord and I know
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New book sparks old

the nature of Hell
By Kaila Heard

Cataclysmic tsunamis. Nuclear
plant melt downs. Record setting hur-
ricanes. Instances of thousands of
fish washing ashore dead and nearly
as many flocks of expired birds falling
from the sky.
With so many disastrous events
seemingly piling up, a popular topic
among religious circles is trying to de-
code which events are true signs that
humanity is living in the End Times.
However, what most failed to foresee
would be the impact that publishing
of the book, "Love Wins: A Book about

religious debate about

Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every
Person Who Ever Lived."
The book, which is currently the No.
2 bestseller on the New York Times
Best Sellers list, raises questions
about salvation, eternal life and even
Bell raised several questions.about
God and salvation. Among the 'Love
Wins' many [questions] are "If there
are only a selected few who go to
Heaven....how does a person end up
being one of the few?"; and Is it what
you say or what you are that saves
Yet the'open-ended question that
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South Florida honors Freedom's Sisters

Armenthia Dozier-Hodge (left, rear),
educator, with members of Embrace
Girls Foundation, Inc.

Special to the Miami Times

On Saturday, March 19, in recogni-
tion of Women's History Month, Ford
Motor Company Fund, in partnership
with a Miami Gardens based non
profit mentoring program, The Em-
brace Girls Foundation, Inc., hosted
its South Florida Freedom's Sisters
Luncheon at the Hollywood Beach
Marriott recognizing 20 remarkable
Ford selected the honorees after
conducting a citywide search for ex-
ceptional women who exemplify ded-
ication to social causes and humani-
tarian efforts attributes possessed
by the 20 phenomenal ladies who are
part of the original Freedom's Sisters

national exhibition.
"We were amazed by the inspira-
tional stories of the extraordinary
women who touched the lives of
people in the South Florida commu-
nity," said Pamela Alexander, Direc-
tor, Ford Motor Company Fund and
Community Services. "It was a chal-
lenge to select just 20 South Florida
Freedom's Sisters as all of the nomi-
nees truly embodied the spirit of the
nationally recognized Freedom's Sis-
"I was shocked to not only learn
that I was nominated but actually
selected said, Armenthia Dozier-
Hodge, Teacher and Kindergarten
Department Head at Beacon Hill
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began co-pastoring Ebenezer Baptist Church with his father, Martin Luther King Sr. in 1960.

MLK church home celebrates anniversary

By M.B. Pell

Barbara Smith has attended
Ebenezer Baptist Church for
the past 52 years. Martin Lu-
ther King Jr. baptized her when
she was nine, an event she re-
calls with pride. She remem-
bers sermons by his father,
Martin Luther King Sr., and the
tragic passing of King Jr.
"After church my father would
take us out for ice cream, if we
were quiet during the sermon,"
she said.
Recently, Smith and hun-
dreds. of others gathered to
worship as the congregation's
members have done more than
6,500 times since the church's
founding in 1886, yet this Sun-
day also was a celebration of
the church's 125th anniver-
enzer SerFior PastcrRa-
phael G. Warnock encouraged
his parishioners to enjoy the
moment, but also to look to the
"Part of the challenge of lead-
ing a church like Ebenezer,
that has a great history, is re-
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member awarded the Presiden-
tial Medal of Freedom, and Sen.
Leroy Johnson, the first Black
elected to the Georgia Senate
since reconstruction, were sa-
luted during services.
"Without this church there
would be no Martin Luther
King Jr.," Lewis said. "He be-
came the embodiment of this
Lewis was married in the
church in 1968 and has been a
member since then.
King was the first Ebenezer
congregant to receive the Presi-
dential Freedom Award. King
was baptized in the church and
served as pastor of the down-
town institution from 1960
through 1968, until he was as-
sassinated in Memphis.
The church was founded in
1886 on Airline Street,by Rev.
John A. Parker, who was born
into slavery. Since then, the
church has earned a reputa-
tion for social activism, evi-
dent in its nickname, Freedom
"One hundred twenty-five
years is not a history of bricks
and mortar; it's a history of
people," Warnock said.

for more activism," Warnock
said after the sermon. '2
He wants to motivate a gen-
eration that shared in the vic-
tories of the civil rights move-
ment to strive for greater social
justice. Warnock is uniquely
suited to this task, born after
the civil rights movement.
He said the church plans to
tackle poverty with the same

vigor and success that its
Members attacked racism in
the past. The church will serve
not just Blacks and urban resi-
dents suffering from poverty,
but white and rural residents
as well.
The church honored mem-
bers for their past actions. U.S.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who
became the second Ebenezer

Adventists grow as other churches decline

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Rest on the Sabbath. Heed
Old Testament dietary codes.
And be ready for Jesus to re-
turn at any moment.
If these practices sound
quaint or antiquated, think
again. They're hallmarks of the
Seventh-day Adventist Church,
the fastest-growing Christian
denomination in North Ameri-
Newly released data show Sev-
enth-day Adventism growing by
2.5 percent in North America,
a rapid clip for this part of the
world, where Southern Baptists
and mainline denominations,
as well as other church groups
are declining. Adventists are
even growing 75 percent faster

than Mormons (1.4 percent),,
who prioritize numeric growth.
For observers outside the
Seventh-day Adventist Church,
the growth rate in North Ameri-
ca is perplexing.
"You've got a denomination
that is basically going back to
basics ... saying, 'What did God
mean by all these rules and
regulations and how can we fit
in to be what God wants us to
be?'," said Daniel Shaw, an ex-
pert on Christian missionary
outreach at Fuller Theological
Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.
"That's just totally contrary to
anything that's happening in
American culture. So I'm say-
ing, 'Whoa! That's very inter-
esting.' And I can't answer it."
With Saturday worship ser-

Progressive Officers Club

offers academic scholarships

Progressive Officers Club
(POC) is comprised of Police
and Correctional Officers as
well as civilians in Miami-
Dade and Broward counties.
A historically African-
American non-profit oigani-
zation, the POC has grown
and diversified, now having
members from various eth-
nic and racial backgrounds.
POC scholarships of $1000
will be awarded from our Ed-
ucational Assistance Award
African-American high
school students residing in
Miami-Dade and Broward
counties who are in good
academic standing and will
be receiving a high school di-
ploma during a commence-

ment ceremony for the 'Class
of 2011' are eligible to apply.
Applicants must have been
accepted to an institution of
higher learning as a full-time
student for the upcoming fall
semester (2011).
POC members with grad-
uating high school seniors
may also apply for a schol-
arship from the Roslyn Mc-
Gruder-Clark Scholarship
Applications for scholar-
ships can only be requested
via mail (letter or postcard)
no later than Friday, April
29, 2011 to: Progressive Of-
ficers Club, P.O. Box 680398,
Miami, FL 33168, Attention:
Education Assistance Award

vices and vegetarian lifestyles,
Seventh-day Adventism owns
a distinctive niche outside the
Christian mainstream. But be-
ing different is turning out to
be more of an asset than a li-
Since the mid-19th century
when the movement sprang
up in New Hampshire, Sev-
enth-day Adventism has had
an urgent mission to bring the
gospel-with a distinctive em-
phasis on Christ's imminent
second coming-to the ends of
the earth. Adventists find the
essence of their mission in Rev-
elation 14:12, where the end of
the age "calls for patient endur-
ance on the part of the people
of God who keep his commands
and remain faithful to Jesus."

Pastor emeritus


The New Saint Paul M.B.
Church cordially invites all to
our Pastor Emeritus celebra-
tion program for Rev. Roosevelt
Johnson, Sr.
-The program will begin 4
p.m., April 10th at 4755 NW
2nd Avenue.
Reverend E. Ponder of Pilgrim.
Rest M.B. Church will render
the service.
Please come and have a
blessed time.

The church's traditional,
global focus is now bearing fruit
in new ways. Newly arrived im-
migrants in the United States
often come from parts of Latin
America or Africa where Sev-
enth-day Adventism has long-
established churches, schools
and hospitals.
SImmigrants aren't the only
ones embracing Seventh-day
Adventism. Many in the general
public have noticed Adventists
tend to be superstars of good
,health and longevity; research
shows they tend to live 10 years
longer than the average Ameri-
can. With strong track records
for success in health and edu-
cation, Adventists find they get
a hearing among skeptics who
share those priorities.

Rev. Roosevelt Johnson, Sr.

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

By Eryn Sun

A surprising new link be-
tween obesity and regular re-
ligious participation has been
discovered amongst God-fear-
ing believers.
The study conducted by Mat-
thew J. Feinstein found that
young adults who regularly at-
tended religious services were
50 percent more likely to be-
come obese by the time they
reached middle age.
As the first longitudinal study
to examine the development
of obesity in the religious, re-
searchers tracked 2,433 men
and women who were between
the ages of 20 to 32 for eighteen
years. Forty-one percent of the
participants were Black and
mostly women.
Attending a religious func-
tion at least once a week was
defined as high frequency of re-
ligious participation.
"We don't know why frequent
religious participation is as-

sociated with development of
obesity, but the upshot is these
findings highlight a group that
could benefit from targeted ef-
forts at obesity prevention,"
shared Feinstein.
Cautioning that their findings
did not mean frequent religious
involvement made people more
obese or that the religious had
overall worse health statuses
compared to the non-religious,
the authors highlighted that
previous studies have also
shown that religious people
tend to live longer because they
tended to smoke less.
Other studies have indicated
that churchgoers were happier,
had an increased lifespan, and
avoided unhealthy behaviors
like smoking and drinking.
So aside from these posi-
tive health markers, what was

the explanation for the extra
Feinstein believed that one
possible explanation could be
that some religious gatherings
centered on unhealthy or high-
calorie meals.
"It's possible that getting to-
gether once a week and asso-
ciating good works and hap-
piness with eating unhealthy
foods could lead to the develop-
ment of habits that are associ-
ated with greater body weight
and obesity."
Kenneth Ferraro, who con-
ducted a similar study in 1998,
postulated that in America,
gluttony was a more acceptable
vice to indulge in, according to
the Purdue study.
"The religious lifestyle has
long been considered a healthy
one, with its constraints on
sexual promiscuity, alcohol
and tobacco use," noted Fer-
raro. "However, overeating may
be one sin that pastors and
priests regularly overlook. And

as such, many firm believers
may have not-so-firm bodies.
"American churches are vir-
tually silent on excess body
weight, despite a Biblical dic-
tate for moderation in all
things," the sociology profes-
sor observed. "In the Book of
Proverbs, gluttony is listed with
drunkenness as a sign of mor-
al weakness, but few religious
groups have any proscriptions
against overeating."
Presented at the American
Heart Association's Nutrition,
Physical Activity and Metabo-
lism/Cardiovascular Disease
Epidemiology and Prevention
Scientific Sessions 2011 in At-
lanta, Ga., the study is chal-
lenging believers to start their
quest to reclaim their bodies,
not just their minds and hearts,
for God.

Ebenezer Baptist Church was founded in Atlanta in 1886
during the Reconstruction Era following the end of slavery.



7:3 p m


Coming to
Church Of The Ascension
11201 SW 160th Street
Miami, Florida 33157

Thursday, April 14, 2011

7:30 p.m.

In a concert of Negro Spirituals,
Contemporary Church Music,
Works by African America Composers, and
Traditional Choral Works of the great
Classical Music Masters

A fund raising event to benefit the Building Project ,
Ticket Sale Prices:
Adults $10
Children under 12 $5



13B THE ,i,.,.l TIMES, APRIL 6-12, 2011


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Are you still standing tall?

I have a good friend who
loves 'American Idol.' As I was
'channel surfing' last night, I
came across the popular tele-
vision show. A young woman
was singing the Elton John
hit 'I'm Still Standing.' Ap-
parently, it was 'Elton John

N The Gospel Zion Singers
and United Christian Fellow-
ship Community Ministries
Inc. will host a Pastor Apprecia-
tion Service, April 12-17. 305-

B Running for Jesus Min-
istries is seeking singers, rap-
pers, dancers and more for their
Youth Jubilee Service on April
23 at 7 pm. 786-704-5216, 954-

M Apostle Faith Church of

Night' on the show. Now I don't
know what Sir Elton had in
mind when he penned that
song, but I can certainly iden-
tify with it spiritually. As is
my habit, even with Christian
songs, I listen to the words. I
like a good beat as well as the

Jesus is hosting a Holy Ghost
Revival, April 6 8, 7:30 p.m.
nightly. 786-447-6956.

New Life Family Worship
Center will be hosting a Bible
Study every Wednesday at 7
p.m. until April 27. They also
welcome everyone to their "Atti-
tude and Me" Seminar on April
23 at 1 p.m. Registration is $10.

1 The Business and Profes-
sional Ministry of Mt. Olivette

next person, but even when a
foot stomping, hand clapping
Gospel song is being played, I
still like to listen to the words
of the song. Just the
title of Elton John's
song says a lot about
my spiritual life and
maybe yours as well.
As I wrote in a pre-
vious column, 2010
was not an easy year.
Though I entered i-
2011 with hope, ex-
pectation and excitement, I
still limped in. Though I'm
not complaining, because I do

Baptist Church invites the com-
munity to their celebration wor-
ship service at 11 a.m. on April
10. Julia Rowe, 305-651-2404.

New Beginnings Church
of Deliverance of All Nations
welcomes you to their "End of
the World Bible Study" on April
6 at 7 p.m. and a Movie Theater
Field Trip on April 9 at 10 a.m.
for homeless and single parents.
SFredricka Thomas, 786-287-

God's Storehouse Minis-
tries is hosting their fifth an-
nual Mother's Day Breakfast on
May 7 at 8 a.m. Tickets are $30.

know that things could have
been a lot worse, I feel that
the enemy really put a whip-
ping on me in many ways. He
tried to get me to doubt
Swho I was, who God
was to me, and if what
I was doing was what
S God really wanted me
to do. Okay, I believe
that there will be some
heads nodding as some
of you read this. Just
give me a 'high five' in
the spirit!
I felt like a boxer getting
hit time and time again. I felt

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-

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 11
a.m. and 4 p.m. Reverend Wil-

myself being knocked to my
knees, and sometimes, even
knocked flat out. And though
it was not always easy with
the help of the Holy Spirit,
good friends, and a whole lot of
prayer and praise I was able
to get up out of that pit and
stand ready to stay in the bat-
tle. So when I heard that song
'I'm Still Standing,' I thought
that title was quite appropri-
ate for me. I might be a little
bit battle worn and torn, and
a little bit battle scarred, -but
hey, I am still standing!!
The Lord does care about

lie McCrae, 305-770-7064 or
Mother Annie Chapman, 786-

E A Mission with a New
Beginning Church mem-
bers invites the community to
their Sunday Worship service
at 11:15 a.m. on Thursdays,
Prayer Meetings at 6:30 p.m.
and Bible Class at 7 p.m.
E Come along and join Saint
Cecelia's chapter of Saint Ag-
nes Episcopal Church on
Thursday, May 26-30, 2011 to
Atlanta, Georgia and Shorter,
Alabama. If interested sign up
with Betty Blue, Florence Mon-
cur and Louise Cromartie. 305-

how I look he cares that I'm
still standing. In Matthew
10:22, He warned his followers
that they would be hated be-
cause of their loyalty to him,
but he said to them, as he says
to us today that "those who
stand firm until the end will
be saved." So dear ones get
up off the ground; dust your-
selves off; and stand. Even if
you have to hold the hands of
another saint, stand!
The Bible encourages us
again by proclaiming that
when we have done all that we
can then just stand.

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

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

Church Notes (faith/family
calendar): Submit all events by
Monday, 2 p.m. phone: 305-694-
6216;fax: 305-757-5770; e-mail:

Will new vision of after life change society?

continued from 12B

has caused so much' debate -
"will everybody be saved, or
will some perish apart form
God forever because of their
choices" was left deliberate-
ly ambiguous.
Bell, writes that that was
"We don't need to resolve
[these questions] or answer
them because we can't, and
so we simply respect them,"

he explained.
Nevertheless, the book
calls the popular Chris-
tian theory that only a few
Christians will be called to
Heaven, leaving the rest to be
punished in hell "misguided
and toxic."
However, much of the up-
roar was caused among evan-
gelical leaders and believers.
For many others, the book
failed to sway their opinions.
"[The Episcopalian church]
believes that people need to

accept Christ," said the Dio-
cese of South Florida's Bish-
op Leo Friday.
"I think in general Epis-
copalians believe that the
love of God is so powerful,
so great that even those who
have been bad will be even-
tually redeemed by the love
of God," he explained.
However, other clergy mem-
bers maintain that sin and
rejection of God continue to
have eternal consequences.
According to Reverend

Phillip Readon, of Bible Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, The
idea that everyone will be
saved is "not a biblical sound
doctrine that actually goes
against what the scriptures
He explained further, "The
Bible says that the wages of
sin is death and it also says
that we all have sins....Then
that same verse says that the
only way to avoid of going to
hell is accepting Jesus Christ
as your savior."

Rev. Smith: I was called to preach at birth

continued from 12B

that I must go to him, but he
cannot come to me."

Nowadays, Smith's faith and
trust in God may surprise her
younger self.
Although, "I always knew
God was for real, I just didn't
know how to get to him," she
The fifth of nine children,
Smith enjoyed attending par-
ties and other secular enter-
However, with sudden reli-

gious inspiration, Smith be-
came a devout Christian in
She soon realized that she
had been called to preach and
immersed herself in various
church activities.
Looking back, she thinks
the desire to preach and serve
has always been with her.
"I was called from my moth-
er's womb," Smith said.
She established what is now
the Church of Unity, Inc. in
The ministry has slowly
morphed over the years and
has entailed an active street
ministry to the more tradi-

tional church in sanctuary
"I think the hardest thing
for me was praying that the
people would believe what I
was saying," she said.
But, she further explained,
"I found that God had deliv-
ered me from people. I spoke
the truth and I don't apologize
for what he has to say. But I
speak the truth in love."
In 2006, she received a vi-
sion that she was to move to
Until the remainder of the
congregation finds another
pastor or decides how to pro-
ceed with their future, she

will conduct services- using.
technology such as telephone
conference of web telecasting
such as Skype.
Meanwhile, for Smith her-
self the plans for her ministry
in Sarasota are unclear. She's
unsure if she will maintain the
ministry or start a brand new
one. In the meantime, Smith's
future will include writing in-
spiration books from disciple-
ships to personal memoirs.
But she has no regrets of un-
finished business concerning
her church in South Florida.
"I feel pretty good because I
know I've done my duty here,"
she said.

Freedom's Sisters honors local Black women

continued from 12B

Preparatory School where she
has taught toddlers for 30
"It is an honor to be here to-
day everything is so beauti-
ful and its always so special
to me when I am in the pres-
ence of children and they are
inspired, it brings joy to my
heart," said Dr. Sonia San-
chez as she signed auto-
graphs and took pictures with
the more 100 guests in atten-
dance who patiently waited
for their moment with her
and the true Queens of the
Day official 2011, South Flor-

ida Freedom's Sisters; Nich-
ole Anderson, Police Chief
of South Broward County,
Alison D. Austin, CEO Ta-
colcy Center, Marleine Bas-
tien. CEO FANM Haitian
Women of Miami, Armenthia
Dozier-Hodge, Educator, Bea-
con Hill Preparatory School,
Dorothy Jenkins Fields, CEO,
The Black Archives History
and Research Foundation of
South Florida, Inc., Karen
Andre, Legislature, Georgia
Jones Ayers, Director, Alter-
native Program Inc., Felicia
M. Brunson, Vice Mayor, City
of West Park, Audrey M. Ed-
monson, Vice Chair, Miami
Dade County Board of County

Commissioners, Persephone
Taylor Gary, Facilitator, Youth
Advisory Council, Shirley
Gibson, Mayor, City of Miami
Gardens, Rosie Gordon-Wal-
lace, Director, Diaspora Vibe
and Diaspora Vive Cultural
Arts Incubator, Barbara J.
Jordon, Miami Dade Coun-
ty Commissioner, District 1,
Dr. Sonjia Kenya, Professor
of Family Medicine and Com-
munity Health at the Universi-
ty of Miami, Frederica S. Wil-
son, Congresswoman, CEO,
5000 Role Models, Thelma
Gibson, CEO, Theodore R.
Gibson Memorial Fund, Ca-
mille Jones, Director, Hands 2
Help, Inc., Sharon Kendrick-

Johnson, Founder, Pumps,
Pearls and Portfolios (PP&P),
Saliha Nelson, Vice President,
URGENT, INC., and Kathleen
Wood-Richardson, Depart-
ment Director for Miami Dade
County Department of Solid
Waste Management.
The Freedom's Sisters na-
tional exhibit features 20 Af-
rican-American women who
fought for justice and free-
dom during the civil rights
movement. The South Florida
Freedom's Sisters enhanc-
es their contributions Interna-
tionally. South Florida is the
fifth celebration to honor lo-
cal women for their service in
their respective communities.

Al Sharpton's organization

celebrates 20th anniversary

Special to The Miami Times

Rev. Al Sharpton, President of
National Action Network and one
of the country's foremost leaders
for civil rights, announced that
National Action Network will
mark its 20th anniversary April
6-9 in New York City.
A star-studded dinner hon-
oring Muhammad Ali, Earvin
"Magic" Johnson, Samuel and
Latanya R. Jackson and others
will kick-off four-days of power-
ful workshops, seminars, and
addresses that will be televised
and on live radio featuring top
government officials, civil rights.
leaders and academicians. Dur-
ing the Convention NAN will
host its 13th Annual Keepers of
the Dream Awards on Wednes-
day, April 6th.
The awards given each year
in April to mark the anniver-
sary of Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr.'s death honor those who
have continued to advocate
for the principles for which Dr.
King gave his life. The Keepers
of the Dream awards are given
by members of the civil rights
community who have commit-
ted themselves to fairness and
racial harmony. Among the
honorees this year are: Muham-
mad Ali; Samuel and Latanya
R. Jackson, The Samuel and
Latanya R. Jackson Founda-
tion; Sylvia Rhone, President,

Universal Motown; Phil Griffin,
President MSNBC; Earvin "Mag-
ic" Johnson, Magic Johnson En-
terprises, Lee Saunders, Secre-
tary-Treasurer of the American
Federation of State, County, and
Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO;
Lamell McMorris, Founder, Pe-
rennial Strategy Group, Peren-
nial Sports and Entertainment,
and Perennial Law Group; Jim
Brown, NFL Hall of Famer, Am-
er-I-Can Foundation. There will
be a keynote address by Dr. Wil-
liam Cosby.
The convention will close with
a televised symposium entitled:
Measuring the Movement: Black
Leadership's 12-Month Action
Plan featuring Black leaders of
constituencies across the coun-
try who will for the second year
assess where we are and what
they and their respective orga-
nizatiois will pledge to do over a
12-month time-frame to further
critical issues impacting.people
of color including, but not lim-
ited to, education reform, un-
employment, health care and
The collective will discuss the
real problems and how we will
not only hold the President and
Administration of the United
States accountable, but how
we will hold ourselves account-
able and tangibly measure our
movement over a 12-month pe-
riod to enact change.

Will food market in Overtown expand or be forced to close down?

continued from 12B

in Overtown had grown, sold
and given away much of the
garden's produce, according to
its market manager and pro-
gram trainer, Maggie Pons.
"They don't mind. They're'
here to provide food first and
make money second," she ex-
Unfortunately, the mar-
ket was giving away the food
last Wednesday because it
no longer had the right to
sell its wares according to
the City of Miami. Two weeks
ago, the Roots in the City re-
ceived a $250 daily fine cita-
tion for illegal sale of fruits

and vegetables.
According to the non-profit
organization's founder, Profes-
sor Marvin Dunn, they would
have to purchase a special-
use permit that would only
allow them to conduct street
sales twice a year.
However, according to Code
Enforcement Director Segio
Guadix, the Roots in the City
fresh market would need to
purchase a once a year $250
certification use permit -
which is normally only waived
for non-profits and a $73
warrant to operate a business,
which will allow the market to
sell every Wednesday.
However, according to Pro-
fessor Dunn, the decision to

issue the marketplace which
has been in operation for two
years already a citation at all
is suspicious.
"They come here and all of a
sudden there is a permit prob-
lem?" he said.
To continue to protest the
closure of the marketplace,
Dunn scheduled a rally on
Saturday, April 2 as well as a
tentative meeting with city of-
ficials and is now requesting
$3 million from the City of Mi-

The following day, the Miami
Herald published an article
covering the circumstances
surrounding the Roots in the

City fresh, market.
According to the Herald, the
program is also facing ques-
tions of funding shortages
when its $100,000 yearly con-
tract with the Overtown/Park
West Community Redevelop-
ment Agency runs out in late
April; City Commissioner Rich-
ard P. Dunn, the chairman of
the Overtown CRA wanted the
market to partner with the
owner of a Liberty City based
produce distribution center to
become more viable; and ac-
cording to Professor Dunn the
city is maneuvering to make
this partnership a reality.
The same day, Commission-
er Dunn called a press confer-
ence to dispute many of the

claims made in the article.
"I was totally angered by
that because it asserted that
I was trying to push Mar-
vin Dunn to work with John
Townsend," Commissioner
Dunn explained.
The city official himself be-
lieves that the statements were
written in the article to dis-
credit him.
"It was totally designed to
imply that I'm doing something
to violate the public's trust
with public dollars," he said.
The reverend stated explicit-
ly that he and John Townsend,
the owner of the produce dis-
tribution center, were not
friends, nor had the business-
man ever attended his church

or campaigned for him.
In regards to the Roots in the
City program, Commissioner
Dunn confirmed that he would
have preferred funding them
if the non-profit organization
teamed up with another orga-
nization with similar goals.
"[Professor Dunn] has not
produced at the level he should
be producing with the money.
he has received," he said. "We
need jobs out here."
The continued CRA funding
of the Overtown fresh market
is still up in the air, according
to Commissioner Dunn.
"It doesn't look good for Dr.
Dunn. At this point, I'm in-
clined to fund someone else,"
he explained.


-Ilk Il

T.D.Jakes: Beware of a udas in your church

By Lillian Kwon

Bishop T.D. Jakes commu-
nicated a poignant message on
last week, warning pastors and
leaders about betrayal.
Hoping to help those attend-
ing the 2011 Pastors and Lead-
ership Conference in Orlando
not make the same mistakes
he did, the influential Texas
pastor and entrepreneur cau-
tioned that there is likely a
Judas in their church or busi-
"Every major ministry that
has collapsed, collapsed from
somebody on the inside," Jakes
'told the conference crowd of
thousands. "Your enemy is
never on the outside. Your en-
emy is on the inside."
In line with the conference
theme "What You Don't Know

Can Hurt You!" Jakes vehe-
mently urged leaders to choose
their teams wisely.
Even one Judas could destroy
the entire ministry, he warned.
It's a warning he often gives
young pastors.
Pastors and other leaders
who are just starting out have
the weighty responsibility of
building a team of people who
can carry out the same vision
together. But for pastors who
are starting from scratch, it's
a difficult and even dangerous
A trustworthy and effec-
tive team is especially impor-
tant today when the culture is
constantly changing and the
church has to put in place new
strategies to reach more people.
"I am concerned for you be-
cause many of us are using

Bishop T.D. Jakes

yesterday's pattern to build
today's ministry," said Jakes,
who leads some 30,000 people
at The Potter's House in Dallas.
"Today, people shop for
churches like they shop for
For ministries that have been
successful, the charismatic
preacher cautioned that suc-
cess can be deceptive, just .as
it was for Blockbuster, which
filed for bankruptcy.
"You can either spend the
rest of your life trying to get
somebody to come into Block-
busters and get a DVD or you
can get a Netflix ministry and
be effective and reach the
world with the power and the
influence of God," he stressed.
"This is good news for the
church today because it's not
about who can afford Christian

television [anymore]. You can
reach as many people over the
Internet at a fragment of the
cost ... if you understood that
the generation that you need to
touch today is no longer even
watching TV."
The three-day Pastors and
Leadership Conference, which
concluded Saturday, was de-
signed to help prepare leaders
deal with the dynamics that
comes with running a church
or business in today's climate.
The event featured such speak-
ers as John Hagee of Corner-
stone Church, Bill Hybels
of Willow Creek Community
Church, Paula White of With-
out Walls International and
Joshua Dubois of the White
House Office for Faith-based
and Neighborhood Partner-


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Pilgrim Baptist Church, 3301 S. Indiana Ave. was bulit in 1890-91. The architect was Da
mar Adler and Louis Sullivan.The church was designated a Chicago Landmark: Decembe

Birthplace of gospel to,be rebuild

The Associated Press Louis Sullivan.

The on-again, off-again reconstruction of a
landmark Chicago church known as the birth-
place of gospel music is on again.
Church leaders have announced work to
rebuild the fire-ravaged Pilgrim Baptist Church
will begin in earnest this summer.
A 2006 fire ignited by workers repairing the
roof devastated the 120-year-old structure de-
signed by famed architects Dankmar Adler and

Officials announced a $37 million rebuild-
ing plan in 2008, but nothing came of it. Pastor
Tyrone Jordan says a first construction phase
set for a 2012 finish will,"prove to the'world" the
church will rebuild.
The four-phase project is expected to cost at
least $30 million.
Mahalia Jackson, Sallie Martin, the Rev.
James Cleveland, and the Staples Singers are
among those who have sung at the church.

Will Israel become a religious state?

By Ben Hartman

Israel is on its way to becom-
ing a religious state a reality
that would pose a threat to its
survival, according to a report
released by the University of
Haifa recently.
The report, entitled "Israel
2010-2030, on the Path to
a Religious State," examines
the demographic factors set
to change Israel in the coming
years, through a comparison
of the religious, haredi, secu-
lar and Arab birthrates in the
The report concludes that
by the year 2030, the majority
of Israel's Jewish population
will be religious a reality that
could lead to several different
results, including an increase
in poverty, the annexation of
the West Bank settlements
and Israel's deterioration into
an anti-democratic country.
The report, which was com-
piled by Prof. Arnon Soffer,
who holds the Reuven Chai-
kin Chair in Geostrategy at
the University of Haifa, also
concluded that by 2030, the
haredi population will reach
more than a million people,
which will place an especially
high economic burden on the
secular population.
"As long as the haredi per-
centage of the population in-
creases, the economic gaps
between the haredi population
and the remainder of the pop-
ulation will continue to grow,
requiring a greater transfer of
funds [from the secular popu-
lation] to support them.
"Their differential participa-
tion in the workforce not only
creates a situation of total

dependence on the income-
earning population, but also
inequalities that only continue
to grow as well as higher dis-
satisfaction, bitterness and
feelings of suffocation among
The report, a continuation
of Soffer's 2008 study "Isra-
el: Demography and Density
2007-2020" also finds that the
higher haredi birthrate and
their increasing demographic
weight will strengthen the vot-
ing power within their commu-
nity and the legislative influ-
ence of the haredi parties.
"The public agenda, the pub-
lic square and the cultural as-
pects of the country stand to all
reflect the spirit of the haredi
and religious world," it stated.

"Education will become Torah-
based,'courtswill be opei-ated
according to Jewish religious
law and much of the media
will undergo a transformation
in which a large amount of the
content it broadcasts will dis-
The report states that these
-changes will lead to greater
emigration of secular Israelis
from the country, further de-
grading the quality of life in
the country.
Calling for greater govern-
ment investment and empha-
sis on teaching democratic
values in the Israeli education
system, the report warns that
if current demographic trends
continue, Israel could cease to

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Elderly parent's personality

changes may be caused by disease

By Aisha Sultan

Dr. George T. Grossberg, di-
rector of geriatric psychiatry
at St. Louis Uiniversity School
of Medicine, said he frequent-
ly hears from family member
concerned about elderly par-
He says there are a few pos-
sible explanations.
Typicall',. in similar situa-
Stio:rns, there \will be some e''i--
dence. of memory or cognitive
changes as well. he says. De-
cisioin-makring, complex prob-
len soling and controlling
impLlses are executive brain
ank- fnctcons There are certain.
r 18, less common t\pes of brain
disease that affect the frontal
lobe of the brain, disorders


that can lead to impulsive
behavior and a loss of inhibi-
tion, he said. But two-thirds
of dementia cases are related
to Alzheimer's disease, the
hallmark of which is memory
The most common person-
ality change is \ithdrawiing
socially and becoming more
isolated. he said. He tells Iami-
lies to become concerned if an
elderly relauve starts to drop
activities they, have enjoyed
and cuts back on time with
If a parent starts to lose in-
hibitions. are they also rmak-
ing Lunw.ise investments?
'You ha'.e to look at other
things, as v.ell." he said
But. man', times older vid-

ows or widowers will marry
someone much younger soon
after a long marriage, he ex-
"It may not look good to the
adult children, but that's what
can happen. It's doesn't mean
they have a brain disease."
The death of a loved one can
be a liberating experience for
some people. he said. It gives
them an opportunity to start
over; and they may have al-
ready grieved .the loss of a
husband or wife while caring
for them during a prolonged
Just because :,our exper-
ence showed thLem to be a cer-
tain way. it does t mean they
aren t going to act differentl'"
he said

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A million women strong for heart tests

New initiative urges them to be their

'own best advocate' and get screened

- and the tell others

By Anita Manning

Pamela Serure and Carole Is-
enberg are on a mission to get
one million women tested for
heart disease.
Serure, who had a heart at-
tack in 1998 at age 47, and
Isenberg, who has heart dis-
ease in her family, founded a
non-profit, Events of the Heart,
which harnesses the talent and
creativity of actors, musicians
and artists to raise awareness of
women's risks for heart disease
and to inspire women to take
control of their health. Since
2007, the group, funded with
grants and corporate sponsor-
ships, has staged theater per-
formances and other events to
get the word out.
Now, Serure says, the group
is bolstering its message of ed-
ucation with one of action by
launching a Million Women's
Heart Project.
The campaign kicks off
Wednesday in New York City
at an event for invited guests,

including celebrities such as
S. Epatha Merkerson, Brenda
Strong and Donna Karan, and
leaders in business, medi-
cine, technology and educa-
tion. Its goal is to encourage
women to learn their personal
risk for heart disease by get-
ting screened for high blood
pressure, cholesterol and blood
sugar, and to urge their friends
and family to be tested, too.

"Most women don't think
heart disease is their No. 1
health threat," says Isenberg,
a former teacher and producer
(The Color Purple, The Wom-
en of Brewster Place). "One of
our biggest missions is edu-
cation, because women's big-
gest health threat is 80 percent

The Million Women's Heart
Project "is the action step to the
awareness we've been plant-
ing," says Serure, a speaker
and writer. She wants women
to know "you are your own best
Patricia Livelsberger, 63, of
Jonesboro, Tenn., needs no
convincing. In February, while
visiting her daughter in Spring-
field, Va., she started to have
heart palpitations and light-
headedness, and felt pain that
went from her chest down her
The pain lasted only a min-
ute, but her daughter, Melissa

Anderson, who is a critical care
'cardiac nurse, got her to an
emergency room right away.
Livelsberger was having angina,
pain often caused by restricted
blood supply to the heart, and
was referred to a heart special-
ist for a thallium stress test,
which found her arteries were

Spotlight on



Risk factors that

you cancontrol

Family history and increasing
age are among heart disease
risks you can't change, but
here are some you can treat
or modify:

* High blood pressure
* High cholesterol levels
* Obesity or o eri- eight
* Physical inactivin'
* Diabetes

70-90 percent blocked. She had
quintuple bypass surgery the
next day.
Had she not been with her
daughter, where she still is vis-
iting, she might have brushed
off her symptoms.

"Luckily I was here, because
otherwise I wouldn't be here,"
she says. Now she's recovering,
and, with the restored blood
flow to.her heart, she passed
a recent stress test with flying
Livelsberger knew she had
risk factors, including high
blood pressure. Her father died
at 39 of a heart attack, so her
family history of heart disease
was a red flag. But she didn't
realize that the heartburn arid
heart palpitations she'd been
having for several months
meant anything, "because it
wasn't a great pain. You know,
just like heartburn in the cen-
ter of my chest."
Cardiologist Naghmeh Teby-
anian of the Inova Heart and
Vascular Institute in Falls
Church, Va., where Livelsberger
was tested, says that's not un-
"We want women to be aware
they can develop heart disease,
and that it can present dif-
ferently in women," she says.
"Women get chest pains that
are very atypical, and when
they go to the ER, they're often
dismissed because (symptoms
are) so vague."
Thankfully, that's changing,
she says. "Now we're getting

better as a community of doc-
tors. We're more aware of heart
disease in women. But women
also need to be able to identify
symptoms that are different -
unusual fatigue, chest pain,
jaw pain, exercise intolerance. If
you were exercising two weeks
ago and were fine, and now you
are feeling you can't go on, that
could be heart disease."
Serure says that of every
1,000 women tested, 750 will
have risk factors, such as obe-
sity, smoking, high cholesterol,
diabetes or high blood pressure,
and, armed with that informa-
tion, most will be able to take
steps to protect themselves.
The Million Women's Heart
Project is teaming up with hos-
pitals and US Wellness, which
manages health education and
screening events, to offer tests
free to women, with costs paid
by sponsors. The project in-
tends to collect data on the test
results, along with women's
stories about their lives and
"There is a connection be-
tween allowing ourselves to be
heard and being empowered,"
Serure says. "We can create a
new reality if we can get women
to tell their stories, get tested,
and pass it on."

Go fishing' for eight ounces a week

Don't le the 'bad

rap' spoil all of

the benefits

By Michelle Healy

The world's oceans may hold
a bounty of food essential to a
healthy diet, but far too few of
us take advantage of it.
Though 45 percent of Ameri-
cans say they eat seafood once
a week, only 22 percent say
they eat it twice a week, ac-
cording to a 2008 report in the
Journal of Food Service.
But the benefits of fish and
seafood are so great that the
government's recently released
2010 Dietary Guidelines for
Americans recommend that av-
erage Americans increase their
seafood intake to at least eight
ounces a week, or about two
servings. The guidelines, from
the U.S. Department of Agri-
culture and the Department of
Health and Human Services,
say adults now consume only
about 3/2 ounces a week.
Among reasons for seafood
resistance: complaints about
taste, cost and limited access
to stores that sell a variety of
fresh seafood; concerns that

seafood is difficult to cook; and
confusion about contaminants,
especially mercury, which oc-
curs naturally in soil and rocks
but can be released into the air
through industrial pollution.
"Many Americans are scared
of fish, and that's very under-
standable," says Aliza Green,
a chef, food writer and author
of the new book The Fishmon-
ger's Apprentice. "They have so
many questions that they get
overwhelmed and don't buy it
or limit themselves."
Adds Julianna Qrimes,
Senior food editor at Cooking
Light magazine: "Fish has a
bad rap for being difficult to
cook. But it really comes down
to lack of familiarity."
Grimes and others say that
armed with a little confidence,
curiosity and guidance, more
Americans can learn to indulge
in a valuable food source that's
low in saturated fat and rich
in high-quality protein and
In particular, omega-3 fatty
acids are found in all seafood
to varying degrees and are as-
sociated with reducing the risk
of dying from heart disease,
says registered dietitian Beth
Thayer of the American Dietetic
They also are "beneficial


When preparing seafood focus
on heart-healthy methods: grilling,
broiling, baking or sauteing
instead of frying, sa,; E6ethi
Thayer of the American Dietetic
Association.The fish should be
cooked until internal temperatures
reach 145 degrees.
Frozen-fresh fish is a good
option, thanks to improved
freezing techniques, she says.
Often it can be better than some
things sitting behind the fish
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during fetal growth and during
infancy and early childhood in
terms of brain development,"
she says.
Research also suggests that
omega-3s may help fight eye
problems, depression, Al-
zheimer's disease and arthritis,
among other conditions.
These fatty acids are found
in other sources, too, including
flax seed, canola oil, walnuts
and omega-3-enriched eggs.
But various fish species -
especially oily or dark meat
such as salmon, Atlantic and
Pacific mackerel, sardines, her-
ring and troit are especially

good sources.
For all their benefits, some
people, especially pregnant
women and nursing mothers,
continue to shy away from
seafood because of the health
risks associated with methyl
mercury, a heavy metal that
can damage nerves in adults
and disrupt development of the
brain and nervous system in a
fetus or child.
According to the Environ-
mental Protection Agency,
mercury that falls from the air
can accumulate in streams
and oceans and is turned into
methyl mercury in the water.
It is this type of mercury that
can be harmful to fetuses and
children. As they feed, fish
absorb the methyl mercury,
which builds up more in some
types of fish and shellfish than
others, depending on what the
fish eat. That's why mercury
levels vary.
The new dietary guidelines
say that most types of fish
can be eaten safely during
pregnancy or breast-feeding
with the exception of four
varieties swordfish, shark,
king mackerel and tilefish -
because of their high methyl
mercury content. For the same
reason, it's recommended that
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By Kim O'Donnel

March has closed up shop,
and this gal is admittedly late
to the Women's History Month
party. In my book, it's never too
late to acknowledge the amaz-
ing (and often unsung) accom-
plishments of women from all
walks of life. My list of (s)heroes
encompasses both the living
and the dead -Amelia Earhart
and Ella Fitzgerald among them.
In keeping with word count
(and the family kitchen theme),
I share my admiration for three
remarkable women in food.

For many new college grads,
that first job typically is an
entry-level gig with little fanfare
or responsibility. For Seattle-
area native Helena Bottemiller,
it's been anything but lacklus-
ter. Shortly after she graduated
from Claremont McKenna Col-
lege in June 2009, food-safety
lawyer Bill Marler snapped her
up to be part of his new online
publication, Food Safety News.
The website launched in Sep-
tember 2009; by its first anni-
versary, Bottemiller had covered
the Food and Drug Adminis-
tration's 85 food recalls (that's
more than one a week), includ-

ing the infamous salmonella
outbreak that resulted in a half-
billion egg recall last August.
She has covered several other
high-profile stories, including
seafood safety in the wake of
the BP oil spill and congressio-
nal hearings for the FDA Food
Safety Modernization Act, which
passed in December. At just 24
years old, Bottemiller is becom-
ing something of a Lois Lane in'
food journalism.

In the city of Baltimore, where
the poverty level is roughly 19
percent, Kim Gregory is fighting
hard not to become a statistic.
She's 48, a single mom and a
former client of The Franciscan
Center, a homeless and indigent
assistance facility that includes
a soup kitchen. It is in this
very kitchen where Gregory,
now a center employee, and I
first meet. As we roast eggplant
for ratatouille (both a first for
her), volunteers are dishing up
her baked rigatoni as part of
the center's inaugural Meat-
less Monday menu. Through
the center's partnership with a
local farm, Gregory is becoming
intimately acquainted with fresh
produce she had previously only
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Rae Goodman tries on a wedding dress at Bridal Sense
in Sandy Springs, Ga., a month before her wedding. She
lost 87 pounds so she could wear a size four dress.

What's your wedding

weight-loss story?

By Nathan for USA TODAY

It's just a month until the
Royal Wedding of Prince Wil-
liam and Kate Middleton,
and just a few months until
June, when many Americans
couples wed.
Many brides-to-be and
grooms are working hard to
lose extra weight and get in
shape before they get mar-
If you managed to slim
down for your big day and
would like to inspire those
struggling to do the same,
send us your before and af-
ter photos, and your wedding
picture for a photo gallery.
Tell us how you did it -

and how it felt to be svelte
on your wedding day. E-mail
your story, name, hometown
and contact information to
By submitting your re-
sponse and photograph, you
are ensuring that the sub-
mission is an original image
of you, and grant USA TODAY
the rights to use the mate-
rial in print, electronic and
other media platforms, and
you represent that you have
all rights necessary to grant
USA TODAY such rights.
We will send you a link to
the gallery once it becomes
available. Thanks again for
your willingness to be a real
voice in our coverage!

Overweight kids face

widespread stigma

In study, children of normal

weight did not

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -
Ovenreight children are stig-
matized by their peers as
early as age three and el en
face bias from their parents
and teachers. gi'.ing them a
quality ,of life cifdafable o
people \ith cancer, a new
analysis concludes.
Youngsters who report
teasing, rejecuon, bullying
and other types of abuse be-
cause of their weight are two
to three times more likely to
report suicidal thoughts as
well as to suffer from other
health issues such as high
blood pressure and eating
disorders, researchers said.
'The stigmatization direct-
ed at obese children by their
peers, parents. educators
and others is pervasive and
often unrelenting," research-
ers with Yale University and
the University of Hawaii at
Manatoa wrote in the July
issue of Psychological Bul-
The paper was based on
a review of all research on
youth weight bias over the
past 40 years, said lead
author Rebecca M. Puhl of
Yale's Rudd Center for Food
Policy and Obesity.
It comes amid a growing
worldwide epidemic of child
obesity. By 2010, almost 50
percent of children in North
America and 38 percent of
children in the European
Union will be overweight, the
researchers said.
While programs to prevent
childhood obesity are grow-
ing, more efforts are needed
to protect overweight chil-
dren from abuse, Puhl said.
"The quality of life for kids
who are obese is comparable
to the quality of life of kids
who have cancer," Puhl said,
citing one study. "Thesq kids
are facing stigma from every-
where they look in society,
whether it's media, school or
at home."
Even with a growing per-

centage of overweight peo-
ple. the stigma shox\s no
signs of subsiding, accord-
ing to Puhl. She said televi-
sion and other media con-
tinue to reinforce negative
This is a form of bias that
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Puhl said. It is rarely-chal-,
lenged: it s often ignored.'
The stigmaizaLon of over-
weight children has been
documented for decades.
When children were asked
to rank photos of children as
friends in a 1961 study. the
overweight child was ranked
Children as young as three
are more likely to consider
overweight peers to be mean.
stupid. ugly and sloppy.
A growing body of research
shows that parents and edu-
cators are also biased against
heavy children. In a 1999
study of 115 middle and high
school teachers, 20 percent
said they believed obese peo-
ple are untidy, less likely to
succeed and more emotional.
"Perhaps the most surpris-
ing source of weight stigma
toward youths is parents,"
the report says.
Several studies showed
that overweight girls got less
college financial support
from their parents than aver-
age weight girls. Other stud-
ies showed teasing by par-
ents was common.
"It is possible that parents
may take out their frustra-
tion, anger and guilt on their
overweight child by adopting
stigmatizing attitudes and
behavior, such as making
critical and negative com-
ments toward their child,"
the .authors wrote, suggest-
ing further research is need-
Lynn McAfee, 58, of Stowe,
Pa., said that as an over-
weight child she faced trou-
bles on all fronts.
"It was constantly im-
pressed upon me that I
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Cereal may



By Lynne Peeples

Starting each day with a bowl of cereal -
especially a whole-grain variety could trim
up to 20 percent off your risk of developing
high blood pressure, according to preliminary
research presented at an American Heart As-
sociation meeting in Atlanta.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, can
be caused or worsened by a range of factors,
including obesity, lack of exercise, too much
sodium, and stress. Although cereal alone won't
keep blood pressure in check, eating it regularly
may be an easy and practical way to prevent
hypertension, the researchers say.
"Cereal is something that people can easily
get into their diet and that they enjoy," says
lead researcher Jinesh Kochar, M.D., a geriat-
ric specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center, in Boston. "And it costs a lot less than
the drugs you'd have to take if you had hyper-
Cereals made from whole grains appear to
protect against hypertension slightly more
than those made from refined grains, the study
Julie Miller Jones, Ph.D., a professor of nutri-
tion at the College of St. Catherine, in Minne-
apolis, says that cereal may be a better source
of whole grain than bread and other foods
because of how it tends to be served. "Usually
with cereal you don't add a source of saturated
fat, while you might add something like sausage
to bread," says Jones, who points out that the
study did not control for saturated-fat intake.
Jones was not involved in the new research.
In addition, the nuts, raisins, or fruit often
added to cereal contain fiber and potassium,
both of which can help lower blood pressure.
Milk's effects on blood pressure can't be dis-
counted either, Jones says. "It may be more
about the way you put the breakfast together
than anything magical about breakfast cereal."
Kochar and his colleagues analyzed data on
more than 13,000 men who were part of the
long-running Physicians' Health Study, which
is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
All the participants had normal blood pressure
and averaged 52-years-old at the start of the
study. Over the next 17 years, more than half
developed hypertension.
Compared with men who never ate cereal,
those who averaged one serving per week had a
seven percent lower risk of hypertension. Those
who consumed cereal more frequently had even
greater reductions in risk: Two to six weekly
servings were associated with an 11 percent
lower risk, and one or more servings per day
were associated with a 19 percent lower risk.
Although the food questionnaires used in
Please turn to HYPERTENSION 18B


SHeartbreak hurts people physically, too

/ 1

Breaking Iup is hard on your health
By Nanci Hellmich

Romantic heartbreak hurts, and researchers
now have a better understanding of why.
The same regions of the brain
that are activated when people
experience pain in their
bodies also become ac-
tive when people feel
rejected by someone
they love, new re-
search shows.
--.- The findings
-suggest that peo-
P pie whose feelings
are crushed in a
romanticc breakup
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also may feel actual physical pain, sa ys Inver-
sity of Michigan social psychologist Ethan Kross,
lead author of the study reported Monday in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Kross, an assistant professor in the psychology
department, teamed with his colleagues and re-
searchers at Columbia University and the Univer-
sity of Colorado-Boulder to recruit 40 people who
had gone through a romantic breakup during the
past six months. All said their breakups led to in-
tense feelings of rejection and pain.
Participants underwent functional magnetic
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Intense experience of social rejection acti-
vates regions of the brain that are involved in the
sensory experience of physical pain, according to
new findings.

For many, 'D in vitamin D means deficit

One-third aren't

getting benefit for

heart, bones

By Mary Brophy Marcus

About one-third of Americans
are not getting enough vitamin
D, a government report says.
The report, out recently from
the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), parallels
what many other studies have
suggested in recent years: that
a large chunk of the popula-
tion is at risk for low vitamin D
About two-thirds had suf-
ficient levels, but about a third
were in ranges suggesting risk
of either inadequate or defi-
cient levels, says report author
Anne Looker, a research scien-
tist with the CDC.
Late last year, the Institute
of Medicine recommended
new daily intakes for calcium
and vitamin D when it comes
to bone health. They also
defined four categories based
on results from a common
vitamin D blood test, called
a serum 25-hydroxyvitamin
D, or 250HD. Looker applied
the institute's four categories
(vitamin D sufficiency, risk of
deficiency, risk of inadequacy
and levels that are possibly
too high) to data from the

Good sources of vitamin D
Few foods are naturally vitamin D-rich; fortified dar, and cereal products
often are your best bets. The Instu'tue of Ioledic;rIe re'..mnireind 601.C Inter-
national Units (IUs) a day for adults:

* Cod liver oil (1 Tbsp.)
* Salmon (3.5 oz., cooked)
* Mackerel (3.5 oz., cooked)
* Sardines (1.75 oz., canned in oil drained)
* Tuna (3 oz., canned in oil).
* Milk (1 cup vitamin D-fortified)
* Margarine (1 Tbsp. fortified)
* Egg (1 whole)
* Liver, beef (3.5 oz. cooked)
* Swiss cheese (1 oz.)

lUs per serving

Source: National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements

National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey to get the
Sufficient levels are 20 to 50
nanograms per milliliter. Inad-
equate (unhealthy) levels are
12 to 19 ng/ml. Below 12 ng/
ml flags a deficiency; bones
are at risk for disease.
The results aren't surpris-
ing, says vitamin D researcher
Marian Evatt, assistant pro-
fessor of neurology at the VA
Medical Center and Emory
University in Atlanta.
"The known risk factors for
having low vitamin D levels
include getting older, being
overweight and having chronic
conditions. We're an aging,
increasing-girth demographic,"
she says.
Numerous health problems
have been linked to low vita-

min D levels, including bone
fractures, Parkinson's disease,
diabetes and certain cardio-
vascular outcomes, cancers
and autoimmune conditions,
Evatt says.
Foods rich in vitamin D
include fortified orange juice,
cereals and milk, as well as
salmon and eggs, says Holly
Clegg, author of the Trim &
Terrific cookbook series. Also,
exposure to sunlight triggers
the body's production of vita-
min D, Evatt says.
Looker says the report.
shows the risk of vitamin D
deficiency differs by age, sex,
race and ethnicity.
"Deficiency was lower in peo-
ple who were younger, male
or non-Hispanic white, and in
pregnant or lactating women,"
she says.



Five simple steps can help lower your risk of
heart disease, says a leading expert on preventive
About 58 million Americans have heart disease
and more needs to be done to educate people
about risk factors and prevention, said Dr. Holly
Anderson, director of education and outreach at
the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute of New
York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical
She offered the following heart health tips:
Know your numbers. Ask your doctor about
what are considered normal numbers for blood
pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides.
Start exercising. Walking for just 20 to 30
minutes a few days a week can reduce the risk of
premature death by more than 50 percent. Physical
activity reduces blood pressure, improves choles-
terol, reduces stress, improves sleep, boosts mood,
improves cognition and prevents memory loss.
Laugh. Just 15 minutes of laughter equals about
30 minutes of aerobic exercise in terms of cardio-
vascular health. Research has also linked laughter
with reductions in pain and anxiety, health func-
tion of blood vessels, and increased levels of brain
hormones that improve your mood.
Pay more attention to your waistline than your
weight. The waistline is a better measurement of
overall health than weight because the amount
of fat around your waist is directly linked to high
blood pressure and high cholesterol and can in-
crease your risk of diabetes.
Get adequate sleep. Lack of sleep boosts blood
pressure, induces stress, increases your appetite,.
slows your metabolism, dampens your mood and
decreases cognition.

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ST. PETERSBURG- More U.S. teenag-
ers are using birth control pills, accord-
ing to a new study by Thomson Reuters
released recently.
Eighteen percent of teenage women
ages 13 to 18 filled prescriptions for oral
contraceptives in 2009, a proportion that
has steadily risen since 2002, the study
The number of commercially insured
teens filling birth control prescriptions
from 2002 to 2009 increased 63 percent,

aid rose 38 percent.
Older teens account for the bulk of the
prescriptions, the study found. Among
Medicaid recipients, 27.1 percent of
18-year-olds were prescribed oral contra-
ceptives in 2009, compared to 3.7 percent
of 13-year-olds.
The birth control pill Yaz, made by
Bayer, was by far the most popular brand
in 2009 for women ages 13 to 18, accord-
ing to the Thomson Reuters MarketScan
Commercial Claims and Encounters

database and the Thomson Reuters Multi-
State Medicaid Database, which include
more than 3 million individuals.
The subjects "were women ages 13 to 33
with at least six months of enrollment in a
year and prescription drug coverage from
2002-2009," a Thomson Reuters state-
ment said.
Patients' share of the medication costs
has remained largely unchanged, the
study found. Their share was $12.79 in
2009 and $11.90 in 2002, according to
the study.

Methods to assist with dry eye occurrences Eat cereal to help heart problem

continued from 17B

We need tears to cleanse our
eyes and they're necessary for
clear vision. They also contain
proteins, electrolytes and vita-
mins and protect our eyes from
infection. Dry eye occurs when
the tears either do not form,
evaporate too quickly, or don't
have all the necessary compo-
nents to develop. A doctor can
test your rate of tear production
to see if you have dry eye.
According to the National Eye
Institute (NEI), dry eye can af-
fect people of any age. The
NEI estimates five million peo-

ple in the U.S. have dry eye;
women are disproportionately
affected. That's because hor-
monal changes can affect tear
production as well as in women.
However, the symptoms may be
a part of lupus, Sjogren's syn-
drome or rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Ira Udell in Long Island,
New York, also a clinical cor-
respondent for the American
Academy of Ophthalmology, of-
fers these tips once a diagnosis
of mild dry eye is made:
*Try eliminating (or altering)
factors in your environment,
like smoke or a dry, windy lo-
cation- even air conditioning
blowing across your face- that

can aggravate the symptoms.
Certain medications, including
antihistamines, birth control
pills and antidepressants can
also cause dryness.
*Use artificial tears. The
thinner ones tend not to last as
long in relieving symptoms as
the thicker ones, but the thick-
er ones tend to blur vision.
One containing eye whitener
is not recommended for use on
a chronic basis. If the artificial
tears are irritating your eyes,
try a preservative-free kind.
*Fish oil, omega fatty ac-
ids, and flaxseed may make
a subtle difference. Con-
sult with your doctor before

taking these.
*Consider your doctor put-
ting in something called a
punctual plug in the tear
drainage canals in each eyelid.
These can be temporary or per-
manent. They try to preserve
the tears that you are able to
make by reducing the amount
of tears draining from your eye.
*One FDA-approved prescrip-
tion drug is available, Restasis
eye drops.
Udell stresses that overall,
mild dry eye is not a serious
condition. However, patients
need to make sure their symp-
toms are not due to something

continued from 17B

the study did not ask about spe-
cific brands of cereals, popular
brand-name cereals made from
refined grains include varieties
of Corn Flakes, Special K, and
Rice Krispies, while examples
of whole-grain cereals include
Cheerios, shredded wheat, and
More research will be needed
to determine whether cereal is
associated with a lower risk of
hypertension in women, too,
Kochar says. Although previous
studies have shown that wom-
en derive heart benefits from
whole grain, the findings can't

be immediately generalized be-
yond men.
Roughly one in three adults
in the U.S. has hypertension,
which is a major risk factor
for heart attacks, strokes, and
kidney problems. The AHA es-
timates that hypertension costs
the country an estimated $90
billion in health-care and other
costs each year.
Kochar presented his findings
at the AHA's annual confer-
ence on nutrition, physical ac-
tivity, and metabolism. Unlike
the studies published in medi-
cal journals, the research pre-
sented at the meeting has not
been thoroughly vetted by other

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Let's box cancer out of the ring

By Sharon Bacon for Myrtle Corbin

It took all I had to hold my displea-
sure when the nurse told me I had to
wait an extra hour to receive my che-
motherapy treatment. After all, my
nerves were already on edge because of
the chemo and plus, I wanted to hurry
up and leave the Cancer Center. I had
things to do. But when I found out the
reason, my heart sank. My appointment
was delayed because a six-month-old
baby needed emergency chemo. A baby
needing chemo shocked me because I
had become accustomed to hearing the
tribulations of adults getting treatment.
Prior to my breast cancer diagnosis in
2007, I was one of the family caregiv-
ers for my baby sister. For 15 years,
my dear baby sister fought back, in and
out of remission, as her cancer traveled
throughout her body. I was by her side
when she received her breast cancer di-
agnosis and until the end of a long, hard
battle ending June, 2010. My oldest sis-
ter finally reached her time to retire as a
nurse in California and was looking for-

ward to the free time to travel and live
a leisurely life. However, she landed in
the boxing ring with breast cancer six
months after her retirement. She suc-
cessfully recouped from her breast can-
cer surgery and again looked forward to
her time to travel. However, cancer re-
visited her body and again, she had to
undergo treatment for colon cancer. I am
proud to share that she will be with us at
the 2011 Dania Beach Relay for Life for
which I serve as the chairwoman.
It is my personal mission to stay in
the ring and fight back. The American
Cancer Society has led the way to help
me and million others across the world
to celebrate more birthdays. The re-
turn on the monies raised from local
Relays across the world have resulted in
new laws, medications, prevention, and
treatment, all leading in the reduction of
cancer deaths and incidences. To date,
44 cancer researchers have been chosen
for the Nobel Prize. In addition to phone
lines, online support, clinical trials
matching service and one-on-one guid-
ance, ACS has established Hope Lodges

offering lodging and emotional support
for cancer patients and families, Man
to Man a confidential educational and
support program for men with prostrate
cancer; Cancer Resource Rooms in many
local communities; I Can Cope an educa-
tional program; Road to Recovery trains
volunteer drivers to transport patients
to/from cancer treatments; R.O.C.K.
(Reaching Out to Cancer Kids) camp pro-
gram, Families R.O.C.K. Weekend, and
a college scholarship fund for students
with cancer. Out of each dollar raised, 95
percent is invested in these programs.
Join the survivors, caregivers and sup-
porters at the Dania Beach Relay for
Life on Friday, April 15 starting with the
opening ceremony at 6 p.m., followed by
the survivor, caregiver and Relay team
walk, Survivor and Caregivers dinner,
and Luminaria candlelight ceremony.
On Saturday, the 18-hour walk will end
by noon with breakfast for Relay par-
ticipants and closing ceremony. I look
forward to the day I can celebrate more
birthdays without wearing my boxing
For more information, contact Myrtle
Corbin at 954-540-8716, Sharon Bacon,
team development coordinator at 954-
249-6988 or visit www.relayforlife.org.

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Weight-bound discrimination and the children that face it

continued from 16B

wasn't going to get anywhere in
the world if I was fat," McAfee
said. "You hear it so often, it be-
comes the truth."
Her mother, who also was
overweight, offered to buy her a
mink coat when she was eight
to try to get her to lose weight
even though her family was
"I felt I was letting everybody
down," she said.
Other children would try to
run her down on bikes to see
if she would bounce. She had
a hard time getting on teams in
the playground.
"Teachers did not stand up

for me when I was teased,"
McAfee said.
A study in 2003 found that
obese children had much lower
quality of life scores on issues
such as health, emotional and
social well-being, and school
"An alarming finding of this
research was that obese chil-
dren had (quality of life) scores
comparable with those of
children with cancer," the re-
searchers reported.
Sylvia Rimm, author of "Res-
cuing the Emotional Lives of
Overweight Children," said her
surveys of more than 5,000
middle school children reached
similar conclusions.
"The overweight children felt

less intelligent," Rimm said.
"They felt less popular. They
struggled from early on. They
feel they are a different spe-
Parents should emphasize a
child's strengths, she said, and
teachers should pair up stu-
dents for activities instead of
letting children pick their part-
McAfee, who now works for
the Council on Size and Weight
Discrimination, said her child-
hood experiences even made
her reluctant to see a doctor
when she needed one. She re-
called one doctor who said she
looked like a gorilla and anoth-
er who gave her painkillers and
diet pills for what turned out to

be mononucleosis.
"The amount of cruelty I've
seen in people has changed me
forever," McAfee said.
The Yale-Hawaii research
report recommends more re-
search to determine whether
negative stereotypes lead to
discriminatory behavior, citing
evidence that overweight adults
face discrimination. It also calls
for studying ways to reduce
stigma and negative attitudes
toward overweight children.
"Weight-based discrimination
is as important a problem as ra-
cial discrimination or discrimi-
nation against children with
physical disabilities," the report
concludes. "Remedying it needs
to be taken equally seriously..."

Disappointing moments can take a physical toll on a person

continued from 17B

resonance imaging (MRI) scans
while they:
Viewed photos of their ex-
partner and thought about
how they felt during their
Viewed a photo of a friend
and thought about a recent
positive experience with that
Wore an arm device that
created tolerable pain sen-
sations to measure physical
pain reactions.
Researchers compared the

findings with 500 scans of
other people's brain respons-
es to physical pain, emotion
and other psychological pro-
"We found that the intense
experience of social rejection
activates regions of the brain
that are involved in the sen-
sory experience of physical
pain," Kross says.
The study builds on previ-
ous research that shows both
rejection and physical pain
activate another set of brain
regions involved in negative
emotions. "The mind, brain
and body are tightly linked,"

Kross says. "These findings
may offer insights into how
heartbreak and rejection can
lead to different types of phys-
ical illness and disorders."
Mark Leary, a professor of
psychology and neuroscience
at Duke University who has
studied hurt feelings, says
the connection between pain
and heartbreak makes sense:
"We're motivated to maintain
good relationships and try to
repair them when problems
arise because breakups and
rejections hurt. It's a way of
keeping us ... attuned to the
quality of our relationships."

Naomi Eisenberger, an as-
sistant professor of psycholo-
gy at UCLA, says her research
shows that taking Tylenol, a
physical pain reliever, dimin-
ished the pain of hurt feelings
and social exclusion.
She hasn't studied its use
for the intense feelings of
heartbreak, but she says the
latest research "continues
to highlight the fact that hu-
mans are an extraordinarily
social species so much so
that social rejection is inter-
preted by the brain as being
as harmful as damage to the
physical body."

Dietary Guidelines recommend increasing your seafood intake

continued from 16B

pregnant or breast-feeding
women limit consumption
of white (albacore) tuna to
6 ounces a week. But the
guidelines set no limit for

other adults.
And a large government-
sponsored study in last
week's New England Journal
of Medicine is the latest to
suggest that for most adults,
the benefits of seafood out-
weigh potential risks.

Choosing a variety of sea-
food "can reduce issues of
safety, and it encourages
people to try different things
in their diet" that are im-
portant for health, such as
whole grains, fruits and veg-
etables, and reducing salt,


says Ralph Sacco,president
of the American Heart Asso-
ciation, which recommends
that adults eat two or more
servings a week.
"We really need to be think-
ing about a balanced diet,"
he says.

continued from 16B

read about; now she's taking
lessons learned on the job to
share at home with her teenage

daughters. When she's not pre-
paring up to 500 meals a day,
Gregory is pursuing a bach-
elor's degree in social work at
Baltimore's Sojourner Doug-
lass College.

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78, retired
school teacher,
died April 2 at
home. Survi-
vors include:
daughter, Heidi
Taylor (John);
Tanisha, John
Jr., and James;
nephews, Craig Curry(Josephine);
Twyman E. Bentley Jr.(Robin);
niece, Paula Bentley; great-niece,
Monique Curry and Nicole Ed-
wards; great-nephews, Craig
Curry II, Christopher Curry and
Twyman E. Bentley III, and a host
of loving relatives, neighbors and
friends. Viewing 6 to 8 p.m., Friday
at Macedonia Missionary Baptist
Church Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Macedonia Missionary Baptist
Church, Coconut Grove.

67, retired
educator, died
March 31 at
Jackson South.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Christ Episcopal
Church of
Coconut Grove.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
died April 1 at
Vista Hospice.
include: brother,
Albert; nephew,
K e n neth ,.
(Debra) Albert;
nieces, Loretha
McQueen and Gloria Albert; a host
of other family and friends. Service
10 a.m., Saturday in the chapel.
You will always be missed.

CAROLYN WALKER, 72, retired
nurse, died
March 27 at
University of

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Sunday, Aprile.d
10 at Gamble
Mem ori al
COGIC, 1898 NW 43 Street;
Miami, FL 33142. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to the

retired, died
April 4 at Vista.
Viewing on
Friday. Service
10 a.m.,
Saturday at
St. Matthews
Freewill Baptist
Church, 6700
NW 2nd Avenue.

Wright and Young
55, nurse died
March 27 at i

Miami Hospital.
Survivors: hus-
band, Escott
Beckford; ex-
husband, Alfre-
do Telles; son,
Alfred Telles; mother, Larcina Rob-
inson; sisters, Beverly Williams,
Regina "Gina" (Alex) Sinkfield, Ju-
dith "Cookie" Braxton; brother, Fel-
ton Robinson; host of family and

PAUL L. CATO, 95, driver, died
March 29 at Kin-
dred Hospital
South. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at St. Luke .
Missionary Bap-
tist Church. :

March 28. Ser-
vice was held.


surance agent,
died March 27
at The Miami
Jewish Health
Center. Service
10 a.m., Satur-
day at the King-
dom Hall.

MARY THOMAS, 105, domestic,
died April 3 at
Aventura Hos-
pital. Service 11
a.m., Tuesday
in the chapel. .

SON, 76, landscaper, died March
29 at the South Pointe Plaza Nurs-
ing Home. Service 11 a.m., Friday
in the chapel.

JR., died March 16 at Memorial
West Hospital. Services were held.

died M


Gregg L. Me
"FLAT," 58, T-
warehouse driv- ,
er, died April 1 at
Jackson North
Hospital. View- I
ing 4 to 9 p.m.,
Friday. Memo-
rial service 12
p.m.,- Saturday
at The Kingdom Hall, 1

retired teacher,
died March 29 in
Baptist Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at The
Bethel Church, ,
14440 Lincoln
Blvd., Richmond.

In Memor

In loving memory

larch 16 at Memorial West
al. Services were held.

Hadley Davis
14. Ser- -. .

vice 2 p.m., r *'
Saturday in the
Chapel. ;

KEVIN WHYMS, 58, long shor-
men, died March
30. Survivors
include: wife,
Pastor Carolyn
Whyms; mother
Ruth Whyms;
sons, Eric
Whyms, Gerald ;
Robinson, Kevin
Whyms Jr., Tyrice Aronald, Chad
Whyms; daughters, Angelique
Mozone, LaTronda Robinson. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday at Ebenezer
United Methodist Church.

veyor opera-
tor, died March
28. Service 12
p.m., Saturday
at Open Bible ,'"
living Word

ALFREDA J. EVE, 55, retired
County schools
transportation :
worker, died' ,
March 28 at
St. Anthony's
Hospital. View-
ing 4 to 8 p.m.,
Friday. Service ------
2 p.m., Saturday at First Baptist
Church of Brownsville.

Death Notice
CALVIN HALL, JR., 57, main-
tenance worker,

Vista. Survivors
include: wife, ,
Annette Hall;
son, Calvin Hall,
Ill; and daugh-
ter, Lakevia
Hall. Service
will be held in Gainsville, FL.

Nakia Ingraham
mechanic, died March 24 at Bro-
ward General Hospital. Service 3
p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

JOYCE WILSON, 77, housewife,
died March 29 at home. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Coral Springs
Church by the Glades.

CEDRIC TELASCO, 21, student,
died March 29 at home. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at St. Clements
Catholic Church.

08/27/57 04/09

Its two years nov
loved you from won
Pooh, If tears coul
stairway and memory
I'd walk right up t
and bring you home
So until we meets
will always have my
True LOVE never
HATERS wonder WH
Love you, Nett



Almena Lomax, pioneering

Blackjournalist is dead at 95

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Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


Gone but not forgotten
Happy Birthday.
Daughter and The Family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

06/22/30 04/07/10

It's been one year already.
How the time has passed. You
are gone but will never be for-
We miss you so much and
will always love you.
Love always,
Carolyn and family

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to take this time
out to say thank you.
Thank you to the Miami
Dade Corrections and retire-
ment organization; Jackson
Memorial Hospital Finance
family; Zion Hope Baptist
Church; Church of The Har-
vest in Georgetown, TX; Royal
Funeral Home, Mr. Bland and
staff; United States Postal Ser-
vice employees; United States
Marine Corp.; City of Miami
Fire Department; Diversifire
Systems; Levitt Weinstein Fu-
neral Home, to friends, family
and neighbors.
A special thank you and
appreciation to Pastor Erik
Cummings and New Life Bap-
tist Church family and Lamar
May God bless all of you is
our prayer.
The Jones Family



4:30 P.M., TUESDAY

C-." '*

Almena Lomax, longtime civil
Rights activist, journalist and
former editor of the Los Ange-
les Tribune, died on March 25,
in Pasadena, California, after a
5101 NW short illness. She was 95, and is
survived by four children.
Hallie Almena Davis was born
on July 23, 1915, in Galveston,
Texas, the second of three chil-
MORE, 77, dren of a seamstress and a post-
al worker. She attended public
schools in Chicago, where her
family moved when Lomax was
two to escape Jim Crow, finally,
like many others during the De-
pression, settling in California.
L Despite a more enlightened ra-
cial climate in Chicago, Lomax's
mother, whose father was white,
found it necessary to pass for
white to work as an expert fit-
riam ter and alterer in the exclusive
women's dress shops lining
of, Michigan Avenue, which had a
,-,,, profound effect on her daugh-
ter's life.
A graduate of Jordan High
School in Los Angeles, she stud-
ied journalism for a year and a
half at Los Angeles City College,
S .. many of whose journalism stu-
dents went on to staff Los An-
geles' major daily newspapers.
"They were taking them out of
there as fast as they learned
Swho, what, when, where...and
how," Lomax said in an oral
history recorded for California
State University at Fullerton in
1967, . and nobody would
hire me." So, in 1938, she went
ENRY to work at a Black weekly, the
California Eagle, under Char-
/09 lotta A. Bass, pioneering jour-
nalist and future Independent
v, Pooh I Progressive Party vice-presi-
rb to the dential candidate, reporting,
proofreading, selling ads and
d build a subscriptions, and making up
ies a lane, the paper, all for ten dollars a
o heaven week. She left in 1940 as her
again, reputation grew, she began a
again you popular twice-weekly news and
heart! interview program for Gold Fur-
DIE and niture Company on Los Angeles
[Y? radio station KGFJ, and Bass
gave her an ultimatum: choose
between the newspaper and the
radio program.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,



We think of you always but
especially today.
You will never be forgotten
although you are gone away.
Your memory is a keepsake
with which we never part.
God has you in his keeping;
we have you in our heart.
The Family

was featured in "Harper's" and
"The Nation," as well as in many
After her return to California,
she became the first Black per-
son to work on the city desk of
the San Francisco Chronicle,
then moved to the paper's rival,
the San Francisco Examiner, as
a reporter covering the turbu-
lent social and political environ-
ment of the late 1960s and early
1970s in the San Francisco Bay
Area, including the kidnapping
of her boss, Randolph Hearst's,
daugh-ter, Patty,. by the Symbi-
onese Liberation Army. Lomax
once described her most fearful
day as a journalist being not in
Alabama but in Oakland, during
the Black Panthers' heyday. Lo-
max was credited with ferreting
out the hiding place of the Black
revolutionary Angela Davis, who
was accused and acquitted of
providing guns and ammunition
to inmate George Jackson in the
1970 Marin County Courthouse
shootout, leaving four dead.
Lomax was preceded in death
by her daughter Melanie, for-
mer president of the Los An-
geles Police Commission and a
prominent civil rights attorney,
who died in an auto accident
in 2006. She is survived by her
children, Michael L. Lomax, na-
tional president and CEO of the
United Negro College Fund, of
Washington and Atlanta; Mark
W. Lomax, an attorney, of Los
Angeles; Mia D. Lomax, of Los
Angeles; and Lucius W. Lomax
III, of Austin, Texas, four grand-
children and four great-grand-
children. Another daughter,
Michele Leslie Lomax, one-time
film critic for the San Francisco
Examiner, died in 1987.
A fervent agnostic, Lomax
nonetheless believed in Biblical
retribution for wrongs commit-
ted against her people. She later
justified a hard-nosed political
style as being required by the
times in which she lived.
"I'm not Jesus Christ," she
was fond of saying. "If you
slap me, I don't turn the other

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

l I

!. ,- : '3T*


would like to extend a sin-
cere thank you for acts of love
and support shown during
our time of bereavement.
Special thanks to Rev.
Kinchen and Mt. Carmel Mis-
sionary Baptist Church and
Wright and Young Funeral
Home staff.
The Coffee, Cason and
Brooks families.


During the past several weeks, our readers might have
noticed that our obituary page has been shorter than usu-
al. The reason is not that the number of deaths in our
community have suddenly declined but because our news-
paper is not getting the information on all of the deaths.
For some reason, 14 of the 34 Black funeral homes have
informed The Miami Times that they will not submit any
more death notices to our newspaper for publication: Bain
Range/Range, Gregg L. Mason, Poitier, D. Richardson, A.
Richardson, Mitchell, Jay's Hall-Ferguson-Hewitt, Kitch-
ens, Wright & Young, Pax Villa, Stevens, Carey, Royal &
Rahming and Royal.
This newspaper continues to publish all death notices
submitted to us as a public service free of charge as we
have been doing for the past 88 years.
If your funeral home does not submit the information
to us, you may submit it on your own. Please consult our
obituary page for further information or call 305-694-6210.

Almena Lomax
She left the Eagle, starting the
Los Angeles Tribune in 1941
with $100 she borrowed from
her future father-in-law, Lucius
W. Lomax, Sr., proprietor of the
legendary Dunbar Hotel on Los
Angeles' Central Avenue, a man
of wealth with extensive busi-
ness interests, both legitimate
and illegitimate,
With the $100, Lomax bought
a weekly newsletter called the
Interfaith Churchman for $50,
and with the remaining fifty,
printed the first issue of the Tri-
bune in July 1941, eventually
trans-forming the newsletter
into a 24-page, five-column tab-
loid, full of news, lively opinion
pieces, book and movie reviews,
and political commentary, with
a circulation of 25,000 at its
After her divorce from Lucius
W. Lomax, Jr., Lomax closed the
doors of the Tribune in 1960,
and between 1961 and 1965,
took her children on several
trips to the South, including At-
lanta and Tuskegee and Mobile,
Alabama, places where she and
her children lived for months at
a time, all during the height of
some of the most intense civil
rights battles of the decade. Her
return to her Southern roots,
what she called "a journey to the
beginning," proved a fertile time
for Lomax's writing, and also al-
lowed her to observe the prog-
ress of the civil rights strug-gle
up close. Her published work


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Lifesty e



Black-on-Black film "I Will Follow"

By Nikki Woods

"I Will Follow" is a movie
written, produced, directed
and distributed by a Black
woman. It's about Black
women and it is getting high
praise from critics, including
Roger Ebert, who is married
to a Black woman.
Yeah, you heard me. On the

heels of Black History Month
and as Women's History
Month comes to an end, Los
Angeles-based writer and di-
rector Ava DuVernay is mak-
ing her own kind of history
with "I Will Follow," her first
feature-length film.
"I Will Follow" is about a
family tragedy that brings
some people together while

forcing others to
examine matters
they've preferred to
ignore. It boasts a
smart, well-written
script that explores
an array of emo-
tions, is touched
with sadness, but
ultimately results
in inspiration and



hope. Salli Richardson
Whitfield, Blair Un-
derwood and Omari
Hardwick lead up an
all-star cast and bring
not only their talent
but an obvious pas-
sion for the project.
Without question, "I
Will Follow" is a full
dose of humanity that

- a sure classic

makes me proud to be a Black
woman. But what makes me
even prouder is that DuVer-'
nay has created a vehicle to
help others by offering a new
model to independent film-
DuVernay attributes her
success to the many Black
film festivals held annually
throughout the country. Re-

alizing that these festivals
were the key to widespread
distribution for Black films,
she decided to launch the
Black Film Festival Releasing
Movement (AFFRM) a col-
laboration of Black film festi-
vals brought together to help
independent filmmakers re-
lease their projects in select
cities across the nation.




Rhythm and rhyme: The glue that

holds poetry together

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitime .cinline.corn

Most of you remember those painful elementary ,,
school lessons when your teacher first sprung Maya Angelou
words on you like "meter, metaphor, simile, al-
literation," or tongue twisters like "onomatopoeia" and .
"iambic pentameter" for which William Shakespeare '
became famous. No matter what their race, the ma- ,..
jority of students were anxious to get through that 1 P
tedious walk down poetry lane. However, a solitary ,
few would find solace, even joy. in expressing ,
themselves as fledgling poets. ,
And with the objective of introducing .
new poets to America while illustrating a /
the fact that the art of poetry is still"
alive and well, our country pauses
once more this April in honor of '-'. f

National Poetry Month
The month-long, national
celebration began in 1996 by
the Academy of American
Poets and continues to build
on the poetic-heritage of
American writers. In book-
stores, libraries, schools and
other public venues, attention
is given to the ar- of poetry,
to living poets and to recent
poetry books and antholo-
gies. In addition, there
Please turn to POETRY 4C

Langston ughes


First food, then sneakers

By Chloe Malle

Marcus Samuelsson, 40, is an award-winning chef a
cookbook author, a philanthropist, founder of the new
Web site FoodRepublic.com and the owner of the restau-
rant Red Rooster Harlem, where President Obama held
his Democratic National Committee fundraiser, on March
17 I wore my green low-
top Converse sneakers
for St. Patrick's Day.
Sneakers for me are the
ultimate. Growing up in
Gothenburg, Sweden,
they were the one thing '
my mom and my grand-
mother couldn't just
make; so they developed
an amazing importance.
Today was the first warm
day. I paired these very
soft Nudie jeans with a 1 *
nice Barneys shirt; it's
blue-checkered with a
little brown in it, and a- Ji,
vintage gray vest on top. :
I don't wear a watch or
any jewelry because it ',
gets so hot in the kitch-
en and I'm sweating.
was on "The Early Show"
on CBS this morn-
ing and then headed
straight to the airport
with my wife. We're go- '
ing to Toronto to visit her
sister. I wore the same GLOBAL SHOES:
vintage gray vest as yes- Harlem.
terday but with a purple
tie and a purple checkered shirt from Burberry
and a blue scarf with a very funky pattern by
Psycho Bunny. It's very rare that I wear double-
breasted, but this jacket is fun and sort of retro;
it's by Acne and it's warm. I also wore maybe
my favorite pair of sneakers: Paul Smith, they
have yellow, green, blue and red stripes down

the side so they're sort of the Ethiopian-Swed-
ish-American flag.
SATURDAY, MARCH 19 I wore the Brook-
lyn Nikes white with burgundy suede but
I'm only wearing these until the Harlem ones
come out. It's a lot colder in Toronto so I wore a
black long-sleeve undershirt with a turtleneck
sweater by this great Swedish designer, Junk
de Luxe. Then a green
leather pilot-style jacket
that I bought at a vin-
tage store in Finland.
Also a Paul Smith scarf
that I love because it's
Slight but still really
warm, blue with sort of
the Burberry checked
pattern. All my clothes
have stains on them:
fat, oil, beet juice, red
wine, pork, vinegar.
That's my imprint on
20 We flew back to '
SNew York. I wore the
Sesame Nikes as yester-
day with a pair of deep
blue Levi's 501 jeans, a
yellow T-shirt with Af-
rica in red, a soft white
Filippa K sweater and
S" '~ I over it this thick black
Valentino cardigan that
I have black and white
t pins in. There's a great
Vintage store in Aspen
across from the Jerome
At the Red Rooster Hotel, and every year
when I go for Food &
Wine I stop there and
buy some luggage. The ones we have on this
trip are old brown leather Ralph Lauren bags
and one burgundy Louis Vuitton. Every city I go
to, I try to find a good local vintage store. I like
visiting the B-sides of America; you become very
patriotic, like an old Springsteen album.
Please turn to FOOD 6C

Musical dialogue beyond embargoes

Nikki Giovanni

Artists exhibit work in South Africa

By Carley Petesch
Associated Press

sculptural bust made of dis-
carded bullet cartridges has
a protruding belly with a hole
in it. Another bust encased in
a large glass case has holes

in its heart, belly and thigh.
"The hole represents life,"
Freddy Tsimba, 43, said of
the busts he made using tens
of thousands of bullet car-
tridges he has collected over
more than 10 years of war in
his native Congo.
Tsimba and 10 other re-


Congolese artist Freddy Tsimba poses for a photo in
front of one of his three busts made of tens of thou-
sands of bullet cartridges he has collected from over
more than 10 years of wars in his home country, at the
opening of an art exhibition.

nowned Congolese artists ex-
hibited work in South Africa's
commercial hub recently for
"Art for Peace," a show whose
proceeds will support victims
of sexual violence in eastern
"Through the arts we hope
to contribute to the healing
process," said South African
Minister of Arts and Culture
Paul Mashatile. "We reach
out to the women and chil-
dren of eastern (Congo) who
have been scarred and whose
scars will last a lifetime."
Exhibitors said the money
will benefit a hospital in
Bukavu, a large city in east-
ern Congo. Panzi Hospital
specializes in the treatment
of reproductive trauma and
trauma from sexual violence.
Violence is reaching new
levels of savagery in this cor-
ner of Congo, where competi-
tion for control of mineral re-
sources has drawn in several
armed groups, including the
Congolese army.
Various groups of fighters
there haveha used rape as a
Please turn to ARTISTS 4C

By Larry Rohter

After a decade-long drought
imposed by the vestiges of
cold-war hostilities, New York
is about to be flooded with Cu-
ban music. The appearance
Saturday night of the Afro-Cu-
ban All-Stars from Havana will
be followed March 31 by the 1Si ,
Cuba! arts festival, which, over
the next three months, will
feature performances by or
films about more than a dozen
Among the festival sched-
ule's highlights are appear
ances by Los Munequitos de
Matanzas, who have not per-
formed in New York since 2002
and are considered Cuba's
Please turn to MUSICAL 4C


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Los Mufiequitos de Matanzas performing
at the National Theater in Havana in January

Arsenio Rodriguez, a Cuban composer,
bandleader and musician, pictured in a re-
cording studio in the 1950s.

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The invitauon was extended
by Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis to
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright,
Jr. to speak at The Church of
the Open Door for its Annual
Amistad worship service. The
Amistad Committee selected
honorees Terri Page, JoLinda
I. Herring, Frederica J.
Walker, Elodia Preston,
Gregory Major and Dr. Larry
R. Handfield.
Dr. Enid Pinkney rendered
the occasion, followed by
Sumner Hutcheson
introducing the honorees
and presenting each
one with a plaque and
Deacons Marteen
Levarity and Stephen
Taylor singing "Safe in
your Arms." Hutcheson
introduced Page who was
born into rich Bahamian- S
Miami culture. She
was reared by an industrious
mother, Betty Sands Page,
who left a tremendous legacy
in the Miami-Dade County
School System upon her return
to Clark Atlanta in Atlanta,
Page became involved in real
estate and became successful
in the business her mother left
her while staying in it for 20
years. She lost the desire and
looked for another challenge.
She found it with Community
Action Agency as Public
Information Officer, but took
time to oversee her patent in
Electronic Check Verification

graduated from
Flonda State
University '
College of Law --
in 1996 and
obtained a MBA in finance
from Vanderbilt University. She
also served as a Bond Counsel,
creating the Florida Municipal
Loan Council and the Florida
Rural Utility Financing
Commission. She is actively
involved with the National
Bar .Association,
National Association
Bond Lawyers,
Gwen Cherry Black
Women's Lawyers
S Association, and a
trustee at Florida
Memorial University.
Wa lker,
MITH affectionately known
as Fred, was born
and raised in Miami where
she graduated from Miami
Carol City and pursued higher
education at Dillard University
in New Orleans. Upon her
return to Miami, she joined
Cox Media Group that houses
some of South Florida's #1
radio stations: 99 Jamz, Hot
105, 97.3 and the Freddie
J's Lifestyle Report. Service
is a number? one priority for
Walker, who learned that
every door opened and every
opportunity sought after
became a reality through her
relationship with Christ, as
well as confidence in the spirit.
She earned a Masters degree

I- I, An

in Business Administration his family.
from NOVA University. She Dr. Handfield, Esquire,
is also the CEO of her own graduated from Miami Carol
marketing consulting firm, City and Aever considered
Apple Dumpling Solutions, a finishing high school until he
member of Alpha Kappa Alpha met yours truly in 1972. He
Sorority, Inc. and a choir received a full scholarship from
member at Greater Love MBC. Samuel Blank with a promise
Preston is the daughter to be the drum major in his
Hannah and Rev. Sumner junior year. After graduating
Hutcheson and attended from Bethune Cookman, he
Dunbar, Douglas, Booker enrolled at Howard University
T. Washington, Hampton where he received his law
University and joined the U.S. degree and passed the state
Army to further her career in pxam. He started in the U.S.
nursing. She joined the service Attorney's office and used that
in 1941 and returned training to open his own
in 1945, where she establishment.
began her legacy at P His career took, and
Christine Memorial i was put in a leadership
Hospital in Labor role beginning with
and Delivery. She Attorney General Janet
also worked at Mount Reno, Gov. Robert
Sinai and the Virginia Martinez and Gov.
Hospital, as well Charlie Crist. He
as Cook County in BARNES was appointed by the
Chicago. She opened Statewide Sentencing
her own Living Facility called Guideline Commission,
The Hannah's Boarding Home. Chairman of the Public Health
Major is the son of Louis Trust, City of Miami Citizen's
F. Duty, first Black Sergeant Investigative Panel and he has
in the City of Miami and his won over 360 criminal cases
mother is Yvonne, a long- since he has been practicing.
serving funeral director at He has shown love to
Range Funeral Home. He was a Bethune Cookman by donating
graduate of Houston Tillotson large sums of money for
University and became an auto special projects: The Dr. Larry
salesman at William Lehman R. Handfield Music Building
Hyundai for the past 20 years. and Athletic Training Center.
He also serves with the M. W. And he was the first graduate
Cypress Grand Lodge, Ancient to become Chairman of the
Free and Accepted Mason of Trustee's Board.
Florida and former Worshipful ***************
Master of Joseph Lodge #5 Kudos goes out to Constance
and is the Noble of Rahman Bass-Robinson, pageant
Temple #29. He is a member director, and her Team 5
of St. Mark MBC, where pageant producers, Helena
Pastor Joseph Williams was Poleo, Stefanie Fernandez,
funeralized last Wednesday at Nancy Acebal, Sarah Ingle
his church. Prayers go out to and Maria Rios. They

collaborated to produce the
first Annual Miss Overtown
and Miss Overtown Teen
U.S.A., last Sunday at Booker
T. Washington Senior High
School for the eleven selected
The candidates were Jasmine
Barnes, Chanel Bostic,
Samantha Godfrey, Skky
Godfrey, Jasmine Lattimore,
Daniela Mcvea-Smith, Paris
Battle, Franficise Henry,
Mycah Richardson, Aschae
Spencer and Leonie
Wagnac. The pageant
included swimsuit
competition, evening '
gown competition and
performance by Henry
Barnes was crowned
Miss Overtown Teen, 1st
runner-up is Mcvea- LATTI
Smith and Lattimore,
2nd runner-up. For
interested young ladies to be
apart of the 2012 pageant,
contact Nancy Acebal at 786-
390-8488 or Alvaro A. Niebles
at 305-448-8995.

When Shirley Freeman was
growing up in Liberty Square,
she started a knack for Bid
Whist. Now at 73, Bid Whist
is still her favorite past time
and she spends her spare
time finding people to play
with her. Recently, she was
informed about a Bid Whist
Tournament held in Miami
Gardens. After several rounds,
the championship trophy was
presented to her. For more
details, call Shirley Daniels,
A special salute goes out
to T. Eilene Martin-Major,
president; Veronica Rahming,

director; Mary Thomas-
McCloud, chairperson and
other members of The Egelloc
Civic and Social Club for
Men of Tomorrow Etiquette
Luncheon for 2011, last
Sunday at Violines Banquet
Hall in Hialeah.
Khambrel T. Dawkins,
president, was the emcee for
the program. Matthew Cinbe,
chaplain; Ezell Gordon,
Jr. and Juwan Dames, vice
president, presented Dawkins,
3rd place essay winner,
Imir Hall, 2nd place
S and Curtis Holland,
recorder, 1st place.
One of the keynote
speakers was Dr.
S Richard J. Strachan,
choreographer, who
gave the young men
AORE and ladies tips on how
to conduct yourself
when going out on a
formal dinner.
Dr. Enid Pinkney, founder,
African-American Committee
in Association with Dade
Heritage has struck again from
her last program at Lemon City
Cemetery. Now she, Maude
Newbold and Leome Culmer
are preparing for the Annual
Commemorative Service on
Sunday, May 10 at the City
Cemetery at 3 p.m.
Honorees to be recognized
will be London Blackstone, an
African-American who was on
the charter for the City of Miami.
Speaking of Blackstone,
those who are members of his
family should call Dr. Pinkney
at 305-638-5800, for more
information. Other honorees
include: Juanita Price Wilson,.
Wilhelmina Jennings and Dr.
Lorraine F. Strachan.

The brothers of Beta
Beta Lambda Chapter of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
Inc., have welcomed the
following new members
into their ranks: Adrian
Brockington, Charles
Johnson, Alejandro
Navarro, Dante Fillyau,
Sheldon Mclean, Kevin
Brown and Jean Alcime.
Congratulations gentlemen
Sympathy goes out to
the families of Erica Rolle,
Harold McCartney, Gaddy
Rawls and Robert Jones.
All of their funerals were
held the weekend of March
Get well wishes goes out to
all of you: Jestina Brown,
David Thurston, Inez M.
Johnson, Frances Brown,,
Deloris Bethel-Reynolds,
Naomi Adams, Gladys
Lynch, Natalie Reid,
Larcenia Bullard, Bonnie
Stirrup, Jesse Stinson,
Virginia Williams, Mildred

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Ashley, Calvin
C. McKinney,
Prince Gordon,
Dr. Albert Rolle,
Mary Allen and Demetra
Dean-Washington. May
you soon return to good
Joyce Major-Hepburn
returned home after
spending a few days in
North Carolina with her
daughter Brenda H. Eaddy
and her granddaughter
and family in Atlanta, GA.
Welcome home classmate!
Congratulations go out to
Shannon C. Walton who
married Dean D. Daly II on
March 18. Shannon is the
daughter of Ida Fulmore
and the granddaughter of
Josephine Walton.
Everyone of you are
invited by the Miami
Alumnae Chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc.'s event "Cooking Gents
Affair." Our theme this year

is "Food for the Soul-Sweet
16." May 14 is the date for
this event, stay tuned for
more information.
A very happy birthday
(sorry it is belated) to Sybil
Johnson, who celebrated
her 90th birthday on
March 20 with her family
and friends.
Hearty congratulations
go out to all women all
over America in honor of
Women's History Month.
The national theme
was "Our history is our
strength" which celebrated
health, wellness,
entrepreneurship and
the many contributions
women make everyday.
I want to congratulate
Alonzo "Zo" Mourning for
all of the niany good things
he has done and continues
to do for the boys and girls
of our city. His newest
initiative, the Support-A-
Student campaign, aims
to expand programs like
those at the center to other
areas of our country to help
other students improve
academically and socially.

Spring, romance in the air for celebrities

Spring a time of rebirth
and renewal, a time for a fresh
start. For some stars, it's a
welcome opportunity to leave
their problems in the past and
turn toward the future. USA
Today's Cindy Clark takes a
look at stars who seem to have
a newfound spring in their

Moving on from: A messy
custody battle over her three-
year-old daughter, Nahla, with
ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry,
34. Berry dated the French-
Canadian model from Novem-

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Halle Berry

ber 2005 until their breakup
last spring.
Recent recharge: Berry offi-
cially stepped out with her new
boyfriend, actor Olivier Marti-
nez, in October at the Carousel
of Hope Gala, but she has been
keeping her head up lately by
staying in the spotlight with
Martinez. The Academy-Award
winning actress and her
French beau, 45, have painted
the town red, attending Oscar
parties, going on lunch and
dinner dates and taking long
strolls on the beach. The pair
met on the set of their upcom-
ing thriller, "Dark Tide."

S. Epatha Merkerson back on TV with new series

By Wilson Morales

S. Epatha Merkerson, who
spent 17 seasons playing
NYPD Lieutenant Anita Van
Buren on the long-running
NBC police procedural dra-
ma series 'Law & Order' un-
til the show was cancelled in
2010, will be returning to TV
on CBS' untitled Susannah
Grant supernatural medical
drama pilot.
Jonathan Demme ('Be-
loved,' 'The Manchurian Can-

didate') is directing the pilot,
which centers on Michael
(played by Patrick Wilson),
an ultra-competitive surgeon
whose life is changed forever
when his ex-wife (played by
Jennifer Ehle), a doctor run-
ning a free clinic, dies and be-
gins teaching him what life is
all about from the hereafter.
Merkerson will play Michael's
assistant, Rita, stated Dead-
Without her help, he prob-
ably wouldn't make it through

the day as she is really the
person running the office.
Sassy and strong-willed, Rita
is not someone you should
Merkerson, who also won
an Emmy Award, a Golden
Globe Award and an NAACP
Image Award for Best Actress
for her role in the HBO film
'Lackawanna Blues' will next
be seen on the big screen as
one of the leads in the upcom-
ing Tyler Perry film, 'We the

L.A. Reid to judge Simon Cow4

By EURweb.com

Island Def Jam chairman Anto-
nio "L.A." Reid has been recruited
by Simon Cowell to serve as a
judge on his U.S. version of "The X
SFactor," scheduled to air later this
year on Fox.
Sources tell The Hollywood Re-
porter "it's a done deal." However,

an official announcement will be
made later this week, according to
an insider.
Reid, whose contract with. Uni-
versal Music is up in December,
will get an early release so that he
can take part in the talent series,
which awards a Sony Music re-
cording contract worth $5 million
to the winner.

ell's 'X Factor'
Reid is expected to be one of
four judges. It is also believed that
he will land a position at Sony Mu-
sic, which is about to undergo a
major management restructuring
when current UMG chairman Doug
Morris steps in as CEO of Sony Mu-
sic on July 1.
Auditions for "X Factor" began
on March 27 in Los Angeles.
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for special meals. A savory leg of lamb or
a dish with succulent lamb loin chops is a
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American lamb pairs beautifully with a variety of
wines. Wineries such as Kendall-Jackson have a wide y'-. ',
selection of wines that bring out lamb's mild, meaty
flavor and make it even more irresistible.

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Beyonce's dad says business split shows

By Nekesa Mumbi Moody
AP Music Writer

Knowles says Beyonce's deci-
sion to part ways with him
as a manager was part of her
growing up.
In an, interview with The
Associated Press recently,
Knowles called his daughter
a "very, very smart business-
woman" who is ready to take
control of her own career.
"It should come as no sur-
prise that at 29-years-old,
almost 30, that she wants to
have more control of her busi-

ness," he said.
Beyonce announced recently
that her father would no lon-
ger manage her career. He had
done so since she was a child,
and took her from multiplati-
num success with the group
Destiny's Child to a superstar
solo career, with blockbuster
albums, top movies, a cloth-
ing line and lucrative endorse-
ment deals under her belt.
The Grammy winner didn't
indicate who her new manager
might be, but Knowles said he
hoped that person would sus-
tain his daughter's "level of

In this Feb. 8, 200

to, singer Beyonc

arrives at the 46

Grammy Award

father and manage

Knowles in Lo

"Beyonce, I feel is
artist in the world
he said. "And that
feeling, as a father
Knowles said he
hands full with

her growth

4 file pho- World Entertainment label and
its burgeoning gospel roster,
e Knowles which includes Trin-i-tee 5:7,
th An Micah Stampley and Vanessa
th Annual Bell Armstrong, so he won't be
s with her tempted to offer Beyonce un-
solicited business advice.
er Mathew However, he noted that he's
still manager for Destiny's
s Angeles. Child. Although the trio of Be-
yonce, Kelly Rowland and Mi-
the No. 1 chelle Williams officially "re-
right now," tired" a few years ago, Knowles
t's a great said they might reunite one
and man- day.
"Hopefully one day they'll
:'s got his surprise us all and have an-
his Music other tour," he said.

Dionne Warwick's

By Elysa Gardner

NEW YORK It has been
nearly 50 years since Dionne
Warwick began recording the
songs of Burt Bacharach and
Hal David. But she remains
their most famous interpreter,
as she is regularly reminded.
"What I'll usually get is some-
one asking me, 'Do you know
the way to San Jose?' War-
wick, 70, says with a chuckle.
"And I'll say, 'Yeah, I finally
found it.' "
On her new album, Only
Trust Your Heart, the singer
salutes an iconic songwriter of
an earlier era: lyricist Sammy
Cahn. The collection includes
such standards as I Fall in Love
Too Easily, The Second Time
Around and I'll Never Stop Lov-
ing You.
Warwick's label, MPCA Re-
cords, was "looking for a voice"
for a Cahn tribute, Warwick ex-
plains. "They sent me his entire

Deep musical roots: Dionne
Heart is a salute to songwriter S

catalog, and I'll admit I didn't o
know half the songs." t
She did, however, know the
performer associated with s
many of them: Frank Sinatra- b

not slowing down

There was never a time that I
called him for something I re-
ally needed where his answer
wasn't, 'Where and when?' "
Listening to recordings of
Cahn's material, Warwick
heard another singer that she
had known well. "There was
Sarah Vaughan's version of
Wonder Why- which was just
spectacular, of course. She
went to school with my mother,
so I grew up with her around.
o Aunt Sass, I called her."
.'. Pop and jazz critic J.D. Consi-
.. dine, a contributor to Canada's
'The Globe and Mail, considers
". 1 Warwick a worthy inheritor to
such giants. She is "the Meryl
Streep of singing she has
Warwick's Only Trust Your tremendous technique and the
Sammy Cahn. ability to convey a character
through a song, but never lets
or "Poppy," as Warwick affec- you see her doing that. She's
ionately remembers him. not given to histrionics."
"He was like a surrogate dad," Not in life either, apparently.
she says. "We share the same Warwick admits that between
birthday, you know (Dec. 12). Please turn to WARWICK 8D

Cuban music popular in American culture

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greatest rumba ensemble, and
the Septeto Nacional de Ig-
nacio Pifleiro, the group that
claims to have invented salsa
nearly 80 years ago. So now
might be the perfect time to
get acquainted with the termi-
nology and the various styles.
of Cuban music.
That's not as daunting a task
as it might seem, The songs
may not be sung in English,
but Cuban musical influences
have become embedded in all
corners of American popular
music, from ragtime and jazz
to rock and soul, especially in
its rhythmic foundations.
"American pop music is full

of musicians working the Cu-
ban feel into what they do,"
said Ned Sublette; 'the-'author
of "Cuba and Its Music" and a
founder of the Qbadisc record
label. "It's in Chuck Berry and
Bo Diddley, it's in the rumba
beat of Buddy Holly's 'Peggy
Sue,' and it's in the Rolling
Stones' 'Satisfaction,' which
is a straight up cha-cha-cha.
You can't get away from it."
The fundamental build-
ing block of Cuban music, as
well as several other forms of
Latin music, is the five-beat
pattern called the clave, from
the Spanish word for "code" or
"key." For convenience's sake
many musicians and musicol-
ogists, especially those outside
Cuba, like to break that pat-

tern down into cells of 3-2 or
Si The Faewbear-wa rtwgrally-
kept by a pair of wooden sticks
called claves. But as the mu-
sic evolved, that task could be
transferred to other percussion
instruments, like the gourdlike
giiro, or to the bass which
often plays a repetitive rhyth-
mic pattern called the tumbao
- a piano player's left hand or
even saxophones.
There are also many different
ways and places to put accents
on the clave, different time sig-
natures and different ways to
configure a clave-based band.
But whether a group is playing
son, mambo, rumba, salsa,
cha-cha-cha, guaguanc6 or
timba, all of which are styles

that are part of the repertory of
the Afro-Cuban All-Stars, who
will be playing-at the Concert
Hall in Manhattan, not stray-
ing from clave is essential.
"You have syncopation in
Cuban music, with everyone
doing their own thing rhyth-
mically, so the clave holds it all
together and keeps everything
on time," said Ed Castafteda,
who runs the Web site Ha-
vanaNewYork.com, dedicated
to promoting Cuban music
and performers here. "It's very
easy to go out of clave if you
don't pay attention, and that's
a problem with a lot of musi-
cians. So that's how you can
tell a really good Cuban band
- when they all stay on the

Before there was rap . there was poetry

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are annual literary conferences
and festivals held throughout
the State of Florida, including
the Key West Literary Seminar,
Kalliope and The First Coast
Writers' Festival and the Palm
Beach Poetry Festival.
Depending on your personal
tastes, you may be led to pull out
an anthology or go online and
enjoy the poetic masterpieces of

Black poets like Paul Laurence
Dunbar, Phillis Wheatley, Nikki
Giovanni, Langston Hughes or
Maya Angelou. But in the wider
canon, one should not forgot
writers like Carl Sandberg or
Robert Frost, vwho took 20th-
century poetry to a completely
new level of achievement.
Among Florida's greatest
poets are: Nathaniel Mackey
(born in Miami in 1947), a
Black scholar and novelist with
degrees from Princeton and

Stanford whose many works
of poetry have been described
as "a brilliant renewal of and
experiment with language of
our spiritual condition and a
measure of what poetry gives
in trust 'heart's/meat' and
the rush of language to bear it;
Donald Justice, a Pulitzer Prize
winner and former instructor at
the University of Florida; Eliza-
beth Bishop, who moved to Key
West in 1937 where she wrote
about the tropical landscape

that would be her temporary
home; and Edmund Skellings,
who was chosen as Florida's
poet laureate for life in 1980.
One thing is for certain, with-
out the rhythm and the rhyme
of poetry, rap masters like Big-
gie and Tupac could never have
come up with their ingenious
lyrical contributions words
of wizard-like genius that con-
tinue to live and inspire us even
after their deaths.
Poetry rocks.

Art exhibit proceeds support assault victims

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strategy to intimidate, punish
and control the population.
The United Nations says hun-
dreds of thousands of people
have been raped or sexually
abused in Congo. The pervasive-
ness of rape in the Congo is part
of what makes it so horrifying
- one-third of Congo's rapes in-.
volve children, and 13 percent of
victims are children under the
age of 10.
The biggest U.N. peacekeep-
ing force in the world of 18,000
troops has been unable to end
the violence in Congo. At least
8,300 rapes were reported in
2009, but aid workers say the
true toll is much higher.
Survivors of sexual assault in
eastern Congo face many chal-
lenges getting help because of

displacement, political insecu-
rity and a lack of facilities.
Asa Runstrom, a spokeswom-
an for Panzi Hospital, said they
give free treatment to all victims
of sexual violence. She said con-
tributions would help them con-
tinue their work and help vic-
tims when they return home.
"We are not here to cry but
to look at the strength of these
women," said Willy Yav, who
helped curate the exhibit with
The Pygma Group, an Africa-
based consulting group.
The works, chosen by the 11
all-male artists, ranged from
pastoral to shocking.
Painter Doudou Mbemba
Lumbu said his work depicts life
as it should be. One piece shows
four colorfully dressed women in
conversation and at ease, carry-
ing fruit bowls on their heads.
Sculptor Alfred Liyolo, 68, said

Congolese artist Alfred
Liyolo poses for a photo in
front of one of his scuptures
depicting a woman carrying
a child.

his art depicts human relations.
"I am an artist of calm, of

peace and sensuality," he said,
showing off his sculpture of a
woman carrying a child. His
work, modern with smooth lines
and minimalist detail, evokes
movement through the space it
carves out.
Other works drew mixed re-
actions from the crowd, such
as a painting by Mavinga Ma
N'Kondo Ngwala that depicts a
priest reading a pornographic
magazine. Next to the priest sits
a Bible and a vase with a cross
on it.
Another painting by Ngwala
depicts a harsh image of life in
Congo: three men on a street,
one passed out on a table, an-
other haggard and sitting on
the ground. A third man bears
a blank expression, with a ciga-
rette in his mouth. Nearby, chil-
dren play with a worn-out soc-
cer ball on a dirt field.

E Open-call auditions for
season one of The X Fac-
tor in Miami will be held
on Thursday, April 7 at the
Bank United Center, 1245
Dauer Drive, Coral Gables,
FL. Wristbands will be dis-
tributed to auditioners from
6 a.m. on Wednesday, April
6 to 6 a.m. Thursday, April
7. Once auditioners obtain
their wristbands, they will be
asked to return to the Bank
United Center by 8 a.m. on
Thursday, April 7 for their

The Booker T. Wash-
ington Class of 1964 will
be meeting Friday, April 8 at
6:30 p.m. at the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Center,
6161 N.W. 22nd Avenue. For
further info, contact G. Hunt-
er at 305-632-6506.

The Overtown Rhythm
and Arts Festival will take
place on Saturday, April 9 on
the main street of N.W. 3rd
Avenue in the Historic Over-
town District. It is a free event
sponsored by the Greater Mi-
ami Chamber ol_. C rce
andth'1 Sou Foria rog-
ress Foundatiorn. For more
information, visit www.over-

Revelation Commu-
nity Education Center will
be having a event-praise ex-
travaganza, silent auction,
spring open house and new-
recruitment luncheon on
Sunday, April 10 from 4-6
p.m. at the Sellers Memorial
United Methodist Church/
Revelation Christian Acade-
my, 8350-90 N.W. 14 Avenue.
For more info, contact.Joyce
Reid at 305-758-5656.

Miami-Dade Public Li-
brary System celebrates Na-
tional Library Week on April
10-16. For more information,
visit www.mdpls.org or call

B Miami Gardens Coun-
cilwoman Lisa Davis is host-
ing a Mother's Day contest
for City of Miami Gardens
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 N.W. 167 Street,
Building 5 Suite 200, Miami
Gardens, FL 33169. For more
info, call 305-622-8000.

The B.T.W. Class
of 1961 will meet Satur-
day, April 16th at 3pm at the
Cultural Arts Center. Topic:
The 50th Reunion. Please
plan to be there. For more
information, call 305-688-

N Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will meet on
Saturday, April 16 at 4 p.m.
at the African Heritage Cul-
tural Arts Center. For more
info, contact Lebbie Lee at

South Florida Urban
Ministries program ASSETS
will be hosting free Business
Training classes every Thurs-
day until April 21 from 6:30-
8:30 p.m. at the United Way
Center for Financial Stability,
11500 N.W. 12 Avenue. For

more info, call 305-442-8306.

Family and Children
Faith Coalition is currently
seeking mentors to partici-
pate in the Amachi Mentoring
Coalition Project. Free train-
ings will be held April 26 in
Miami-Dade and April 30 in
Broward. Spaces are limited.
For more information, call
Mary Wakefall at 786-388-
3000 or maryw@fcfcfl.org.

The Florida A&M Uni-
versity National Alumni
Association (NAA) annual
Convention is scheduled for
May 18-22 in Orlando, Fl. For
more information, call 850-
599-3413 or email public.re-

P.U.L.S.E. (People Unit-
ed To Lead The Struggle for
Equality) will be hosting their
30th annual convention on
Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m. at
the Apostolic Revival Center,
6702 N.W. 15 Avenue. Regis-
tration begins at 8 a.m. For
more information, call 305-

ThfT1"8Titg LaIfE'W
Elegance Inc. will be having
their 2nd Annual Community
Business Block Party on Sat-
urday, June 4 at Amelia Ear-
hart Park, 401 E. 65 Street.
For more information, con-
tact Catherine Cook Brown at
305-652-6404 or leadinglad-

The Belafonte Tacolcy
Center will be hosting "Real
Men Cook," a fundraiser
to assist with the positive
growth of children. The event
will take place on Sunday,
June 19 at the Tacolcy Cen-
ter, 6161 N.W. 9 Avenue from
12-6 p.m. For more info, con-
tact Akua at 305-751-1295
ext. 134.

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-

E Looking for all former
Montanari employees to get
reacquainted. Meetings will
be held at Piccadilly's (West
49 Street) in Hialeah, on the
last Saturday of each month
at 9 a.m. We look forward to
seeing each and every one of
you. For more information,
contact Loletta Forbes at
786-593-9687 or Elijah Lewis
at 305-469-7735. *

There will be a free first-
time homebuyer educa-
tion class held every second
Saturday of the month, at
Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church, 21311 N.W. 34th Av-
enue, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information, call
305-652-7616 or email fgon-

Family and Children
Faith Coalition is seeking
youth ages four-18 to con-
nect with a caring and dedi-
cated mentor in Miami-Dade
or Broward County. Get help
with homework, attend fun
events and be a role model for
your community. For more
information, contact Brand-
yss Howard at 786-388-3000
or brandyss@fcfcfl.org.


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Haiti election results delayed

By Randy Grice

The announcement of the preliminary Haitian
election results, originally expected at the end
of March, is being delayed until early April. The
preliminary announcement
over who will be the coun-
try's new president from the
March 20th run-off elec-
tion between Michel "Sweet
Micky" Martelly, 50, against
former first lady Mirlande
Manigat, 70, was due last
week. However, election of-
ficials released a statement MANIGAT
revealing that there would be a delay in the re-
sults. Officials cited the volume and verification
of the vote as reasons that required the four day
delay in the announcement. Although the pre-
liminary process is being held up it is believed

that the delay will not bring any controversy to
the belated election.
"I do not think that any negativity from the
Haitian people, they will wait for the results as
long as it takes," Farah Juste, local Haitian ac-
tivist said. "After the news of the delay I have
not heard any bad things,
we are still waiting."
During the initial round,
on an estimated 10 percent
of the tally sheets were in-
spected. Now, more than
15,200 or 60 percent of all
the tally sheets that arrived
in the voting tabulation cen-
MARTELLY ter following the runoff have
been set aside for inspection of fraud. Garson
Jefferys, with dual citizenship in Haiti and the
U.S., said he is pleased with the extra time the
officials are taking.
"I went home a few days before the election
Please turn to ELECTION 10D

Children's chorus to help Haiti

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By Randy Grice

This weekend, the Miami Chil-
dren's Chorus (MCC) will put
on a relief effort for Haiti called
Give Us Hope. The weekend will
be a culmination of yearlong
community service efforts by
the children of Miami Children's
Chorus. Analy Mendez, repre-
sentative of the chorus said the
children are the driving force
behind putting on this event.
"This event was initiated by
the children of the Miami Chil-
dren's Chorus. They had the
idea to create a project, where
they could reach out to the Hai-
tian community and come to
their aid," Mendez said. "The
idea behind this event is not
only to raise funds that are
much needed in Haiti, but also
to create awareness within our
own South Florida Haitian com-
munities and our Miami Chil-
dren's Chorus community, to
begin making bounds and con-
nections with all of our South
Florida Community."
Give Us Hope is a three-
day event that kicks off with a



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free Lecture & Demonstration
on Friday, April 8 at the Little
Haiti Cultural Center at 7 p.m.
The weekend will feature mu-
sic by Haitian-American com-
poser Sydney Guillaume and
Argentinean composer Oscar
Escalada. Both composers have
been commissioned to write
works for the chorus through
the MCC commissioning proj-
ect New Works for Children's
Voices. Both Guillaume and Es-
calada will discuss their music
with the community on the eve-
ning of April 8. Following this
symposium will be an open re-
hearsal on Saturday, April 9 at
Riviera Presbyterian Church at

1:30 p.m. The final event will be
held on Sunday, April 10 at the
Byron Carlyle Theater in Miami
Beach at 5:00 p.m. This con-
cert will be the result of a year's
work for the Miami Children's
Sophie K. Felder said she ex-
pects the MCC to show her a
good weekend.
"This is young people doing
something at extremely posi-
tive. I am proud of them all and
I know we will have an awesome
weekend," Felder said.
This type of event is a new
frontier for the MCC.
"This is the first time that we
have an event like this one,"
Mendez said.
Mendez added that the MCC
would be starting a new effort
in helping children succeed in
"We are starting a new proj-
ect titled We Will Sing, which
is a series of six week choral
institutes where children will
have the opportunity to devel-
op their musical abilities, cre-
ate long lasting relationships
and develop life skills such as
Please turn to CHORUS 8D



6C THE lMiAM' TIMES, APRIL 6-12, 2011

Search begins for actor to portray Tupac

"Brooklyn's Finest").
The film will be produced by James G.
Robinson, David Robinson and LT Hutton
and executive produced by Tupac's moth-
er, Afeni Shakur.
The screenplay was written by Stephen
J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson and
Steve Bagatourian. Universal Pic-
tures distributes in the Urn.ed
States and co-distributes with
Morgan Creek International *"
overseas. ^ "
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ments for the lead role in
the biopic. Pro.du'.:l r Da-
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By BlackAmericaWeb.com Staff

Morgan Creek Productions and Skee.
TV/Karmaloop.TV have announced an on-
line casting call for the highly anticipated
motion picture "Tupac" based on the life of
the legendary icon Tupac Shakur directed
by Antoine Fuqua.
The casting call, which began on Friday,
March 18, allows individuals who exem-
plify Tupac to upload their video audition
to www.InSearchOfTupac.com.
Fans and entrants are encouraged to
check the website often as important an-
nouncements and additional opportuni-
ties will be unveiled during the course of
the month-long audition.
"We are excited to partner with Morgan
Creek on this innovative casting call,"
said Scott "DJ Skee" Keeney, founder of
"This audition process is a great example
of utilizing today's ever-evolving technol-
ogy to reach fans and actors around the
world to pay homage to a hip-hop legend."
"Tupac" chronicles the life and legacy of
Tupac Shakur including his rise to super-
stardom as a hip hop artist and actor, his
imprisonment and controversial time at
Death Row Records where he was steeped
in the East Coast /West Coast rap war.
"Tupac" will be directed by Antoine
Fuqua ("Training Day," "Tears of the Sun,"

TV, radio

By Dorkys Ramos hop and R&B stations in
New York, Boston and Phila-
The TV/radio personal- delphia. He also appeared
ity was shot near home on in movies including 2005's
March 27. -. I, f State Property 2 alongside
Police reports that radio ',' rappers Beanie Sigel and
and TV personality DJ Mega- N.O.R.E.
tron has been shot and killed *,.- Witnesses say they heard a
near his Staten Island home i single gunshot in the Clifton
at 2 a.m. Sunday during a ifTifll area of Staten Island and he
late run to a store. He was was later: pronounced dead
found dead with a gunshot ... on the scene. No arrests have
wound in the stomach. The -- been made at this time, but
32-year-old, born Corey Mc- :. police are investigating the
Griff, had become a fixture in s :.'. ,,shooting. An NYPD official
recent segments of "What's would not say if they would
0B"-ARmINB6 & Park" inv)-s B ,-Corey McGriffn: outlookk iinfo allegations thataa.
addition to working for hip DJ Megatron commenter on Megatron's

than just looks and personality."
Over the course of the campaign. www.
InSearchOfTupac.com will feature rare
video footage and exclusive interviews
from Tupac Shakur's life as seen on the
official website www.2pac.com.

YouTube videos accusing him
of owing money might have
been behind the murder.
"It's just earth-shattering,"
his mother, Louvenia McG-
riff, 60, told the Daily News
over the phone from her
Georgia home. "Words can't
describe how my husband
and I feel right now. I just
don't know how we're going
to make it without him. He
was our golden child."
The family plans to launch
a scholarship fund in his
three children's name, whose
-ages range from. !1 years. tn

The South Florida party promoter who claims Michael Vick skipped out on a Hallan-
dale Beach bash last year is suing the NFL star.
The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was supposed to have hosted a May 28, 2010
party at the Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino for $10,000 plus travel expenses, but
ended up being a no-show.
Promoter Darnell Aponte says he's out a good $20,000 between Vick's costs and
advertising, not to mention all the people who left the party at Mi6 early.
"He borrowed a lot of money to launch this venture," said attorney Jeffrey Needle.
"This was devastating."
Aponte says he paid Vick half of the $10,000 fee and spent another $15,000 on ad-
Vick's booking agent said at the time that bad weather kept him from attending. Vick's
first flight, from Newport News, Va., to Charlotte, N.C., was delayed two hours, and Vick
missed his connection to Fort Lauderdale.
"There is a duty to make every possible effort to fulfill your obligations under the
contract," said Needle. "It does not appear as though he made any effort."
The booking agent, Fred Grant, said that Vick arrived the next day and was ready to
live up to his end of the bargain.
"It was our understanding.we were rescheduling the event," Grant said.

Rapper Rick Ross was arrested for possession of marijuana on March 25 in Shreve-
port, Louisiana.
A strong smell of marijuana led police to Ross' hotel room around 11 p.m. According
to the police report, upon entering the room officers saw approximately one gram of the
drug in plain view.
Carol City-raised Ross whose real name is William Leonard Roberts II was
charged with possession of marijuana.first offense and released on a misdemeanor

Foxy Brown's has once again landed in hot water -- this time, she was booted off a
Royal Caribbean cruise because she flipped out after missing her at-sea manicure ap-
Passengers on the cruise tell TMZ, Foxy set up a nail appointment on the cruise ship
recently a day after the cruise took off and showed up three hours late.
We're told the people at the salon couldn't accommodate her when she rolled around
and Foxy went completely ballistic.
According to sources, security removed her from the salon and sent her back to her
room where she remained under supervision until, when the ship dropped anchor
somewhere in the Cayman Islands and authorities kicked her off.

I,'13.jii P3'q: i'u.3'-. d;eiljf3iati rn Il.ji',ut 3gQjrsi h',lb liTm e bc.rring, rival Floyd Mayweath-
.r r..i nd 'thi re ristl ri fir alle-. l.tion5 and can continue, a Nevada federal judge said
i.i j coiur I orde.J r rte: ntl, tlhat ,enriedj jia m on to dismiss the case.
Pacquiao claimed comments by Mayweather, his father, Floyd Sr., and trainer, Roger
.'I a,. e-atjrir,r .,-er part of a defamation campaign against him.
U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks said Pacquiao has sufficient evidence to continue his
lawsuit that allege. r.l., .ve.trher and others acted with malice by accusing the Filipino
boxer in a series of interviews of using performance-enhancing drugs.
Pacquiao claimed in the suit that he has never tested positive for any performance-
enhancing drugs, but that Malyeatuirr, Mayweather's father and uncle, Oscar De La
Hoya ard ,Golden BE, Proniotuiin' Pich.rd Schaefer embarked on a campaign to make
people think he used drugs.
Paiquij,.'.:'' atrrney, Dan Petrocelli, said his client's professional career would suffer
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Lupe Fiasco on why he considered suicide

Despite the success of
Lupe Fiasco's current album,
L.A.S.E.R.S., the rapper has
admitted in the past that his
struggle with Atlantic Records
to get the album released nearly
pushed him to commit suicide.
Now Fiasco is opening up and
giving details about his suicidal
In an interview with Tavis
Smiley, Fiasco explained that
he feels he mishandled his
problems with his record label,
allowing himself to sink into a
deep depression, one that inevi-
tably pushed him to grow as a
"You know, I contemplated
suicide," he said. "I contemplat-
ed some things that I shouldn't
have but I thought it was a part
of the process. It was part of the
process of maturing. It's like,
between this record, it became
less about completing this re-
cord arid completing this proj-
ect and more about completing
yourself as a human being."
Fiasco further reveals that
his suicidal thoughts stemmed
from more than just his record
label woes, but also the loss of

loved ones.
"It wasn't all music business
stuff," he said. "It was personal
tragedy, trauma, depression
carrying over from the loss of
my father and losses of a few
other people along the way. For
me, it was like, this is too much
to bear, just life in general.
Like, if this is a small example
of it, I didn't see any light. "
To cope with his depression,
Fiasco explains that he found
solace in connecting with the
works of late American author
Hunter S. Thompson, who com-
mitted suicide in 2005.
"I went through it very aca-
demically," Fiasco explained.
"I was reading a lot of Hunter
S. Thompson at the time and I
was trying to rationalize it and
make it make sense ... if I can't
deal with this world then [may-
be I should] go on to the next
However, Fiasco says that af-
ter taking time to re-evaluate
his life and his career, he be-
gan to see worth in living once
"It really took me literally [to
think], 'You liked it [life] before

Lupe Fiasco
music?' I was like, 'Yeah I do. So
you can't do that if you're dead.'
I was like, 'Yeah, you're right
so let me not do that then. Let
me not go down that route,'" ex-
plained Fiasco. "I became very
human, very aware of my mor-
tality, very aware of the respon-
sibility that I have here and the
people that I'm connected to, in
that sense."

Award-winning chef has a thing for sneakers

continued from 1C

an old pair of Levi's; they're or-
ange but when you look at the
seams and the cuffs you can
see the blue underneath. They
scream spring and they're fun.
With them another turtleneck
sweater by Junk de Luxe, my
grandfather's overcoat, which
has his name inscribed in-
side, and a checkered leather
Japanese cap. I'm not really
an umbrella guy because I lose
them and I don't mind getting
a little wet when it's raining. I
designed a pair of chef's shoes
for Mozo, and I wore those to-
day. They're black and between
sneaker and professional shoe.

on a blue, green and red check-
ered shirt with these Pony
rooster-red high-top sneakers
and a pair of blue G-Star pants,
which are a nice combination
between jeans and slacks for
when it's this kind of in-be-
tween weather. I also wore a
striped vintage Dior blazer; it's
part of a full suit that's one of
my favorites because it's wool,
so it's warm when I head out
of the house at 7:30 a.m. But
when I have to go on ABC later
in the day I can slip it on and it
looks sharp. On top of the blaz-
er I wore this old leather jacket
that's straight out of "Shaft."
It's sort of beige-brown with
this fun fake-fur collar. I got it
at a flea market in Gothenburg

and I just took it to my tailor
to have the inside replaced, so
now the lining is brand new
but the outside is just totally
beat up and worn.
I wore these military green
John Varvatos high-top Con-
verses that are good for rainy
days. Also a pair of blue Burb-
erry pants with a strong Burb-
erry pattern on them, with a
white tuxedo shirt with some
fun green embroidery. The
shirt has French cuffs so I
wore a pair of Ethiopian cuf-
flinks with the Ethiopian lion
on them. On top of the shirt I
layered a Fred Perry beige car-
digan and then this old-school
vintage black tuxedo jacket
.that I got in Stockholm.


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Tyra Banks headed to Harvard School

By Nicholas Robinson UCLA and USC and instead i serve them, I needed the best. Although her new academic
By TRC nn' T hb.. bLU LI ~ . P .t h n I r r om to shock

More than two decades ago,
Tyra Banks walked away from
her college dreams and be-
came one of the world's most
powerful supermodels and
television personalities. But
now the mogul is revealing
that, once again, she's chasing
her academic dream, having
been enrolled at Harvard's
Business School since last
As Banks explains, attain-
ing a college degree is a dream
that has been long deferred,
ever since she decided to skip
out on scholarships for both

traveled to Pans to pursue
"And the day that I put
college on hold because I got
discovered to go to Paris and
try this whole modeling thing,
it was one of the most difficult
decisions of my entire life,"
said Banks.
That tough decision has now
lead Banks back to her origi-
nal academic dream, which, as
she explains, will now help her
run her growing multimillion-
dollar media empire.
"In order for my company
to grow and be the best, and
to reach these women, and to

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Tyra's Harper's Bazaar photo shoot about two years ago
ignited the spark within her. Tyra once posed as Michelle
Obama, donning a Harvard sweatshirt in one of the photos.

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Being part of the best also
requires paying a steep cost.
As a student enrolled in the
elite Harvard Owner/Presi-
dent Management Program,
designed for the busiest and
most successful entrepre-
neurs, Banks spends three
weeks on campus a year for
three years and shells out
$31,000 a year in tuition, ex-
actly $1,750 per day of class.
"It's pretty exclusive," she
said. "It's quite expensive. But,
I feel like it is worth it. I feel
like it is so, so worth it."

to many, Banks explains that
she's just happy she can prove
that models aren't the air-
heads that many believe them
to be.
"You know, [it] got out that I
was in school at Harvard and
it's like, 'Well, oh my god, why
is a model going to Harvard?'"
she said. "But that's actually
a good thing, because when
people have low expectations,
you're just constantly go-
ing, 'Ta-da!' And they're like,
'Wow.' It doesn't take a lot to
wow them when they have low

How to choose an accountant

By Catherine Carlock

With the ever-increasing num-
ber of registered and specialized
certified public accountants, busi-
ness owners may find themselves
at a loss to determine which firm
best meets their needs.
Identifying potential candidates
through references
or recommenda-
tions is a good first
step, says Jim Met-
zler, vice president
of small firm inter-
ests at the Ameri-
can Institute of
Certified Public Ac-
countants. METZLER
Metzler, who is a
CPA, recommends asking around
for referrals from an attorney,
banker, another business owner
i,.paitrade organ.zation,Thi'.,ndi -.
vidual CPA or CPA firm should fit
the size of the business that re-
quires the service.
"You want to get a firm that's
experienced in similar-size com-
panies but also similar-size in-

dustries," Metzler says.
So a manufacturing com-
pany, for example, would
seek an accounting firm
which specializes in manu-
facturing, while a construc-
tion-sector firm needs a
CPA with construction firm
experience, and so on.
After gathering resumes C
from referrals, narrow down
the pool to three to five candidates
and bring them in for in-office in-
"The better CPAs are the ones
that ask all the questions of the
business, versus the business
asking all the questions of the
CPA;" he said.
Once the basic information -
background, education, etc. -- is
covered in the interview, a com-
pany should take an accountant
through a line.ofsit,utional qe4sT,
.tions, Metzler said.
"Questions like, 'What's the
toughest situation you've had with
a client, and how have you worked
the client through it?,'" he said.
These questions, almost like a

Case study, will help de-
I termine if an accountant
can provide the specific
S work a business needs.
S Beyond the interview, a
good place to determine if
a CPA has the competence
or skills your company
needs is a peer review.
)LSON Virtually every state re-
quires a CPA firm to have
a peer review, typically on a tri-
annual basis, says Robert Colson,
a national accounting consultant
and Grant Thornton LLP retiree.

The search for an accountant
should also start with determin-
ing your company's specific needs,
Colson says.
If your company needs an au-
dit, you're limited to strictly a CPA
firm, i C)s no y,ai Andiif a small
business has accepted state funds
or has participated in an incentive
program from the federal govern-
ment, an audit may be necessary.
However, small businesses may
require a host of other financial

advice such as keeping books
straight, implementing a cost-
accounting system or preparing
tax returns that may call for a
bookkeeper or consultant, but not
necessarily a CPA, Colson says.
The kind of accounting work
your firm needs will have a signifi-
cant impact on cost, says Salome
Tinker, director of accounting and
financial reporting at the.Associa-
tion for Financial Professionals.

SKnowing exactly
and specifically,
what your firm
needs could save
thousands. Tin-
ker estimates that
while a bookkeep-
er may be hired for
$10 to $15 an hour,
Tno''RN SB, o-j:.a CPA could chaggP...
$250 an hour or
"The CPA's price doesn't drop
because you need a bookkeeper,"
Tinker said.
Please turn to ACCOUNTANT 10D

House OK's ban on union dues deduction

GOP-controlled Florida House passes

bill to ban paycheck deductions ofpublic

employee union dues

By Bill Kaczor
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE In a blow to
public employee unions, the Re-
publican-controlled Florida House
passed a bill recently that would
ban payroll deductions of dues
and require labor organizations to
get individual members' OK before
using their payments for political
The Florida legislation, which
still needs Senate approval, is part
of a Republican push in several
states to curtail the power of pub-
lic-sector unions that generally
support Democratic candidates.
The efforts follow GOP election
gains in November.

Republicans insisted in floor de-
bate that the bill's intent is not to
harm unions but to empower pub-
lic employees by giving them more
control over how their dues are
spent and to separate government
from politics.
"We don't need to be involved
in the collections of union dues,
which then can be used for par-
tisan political activity," said Rep.
Chris Dorworth, a Lake Mary Re-
publican who sponsored the bill.
"It affords members of labor unions
the right to determine whether or
not they want to be part of the po-
litical agenda of the union."
Democrats responded that the
legislation is about union-busting,
class warfare and winning elec-

"What's the
real reason for
this bill?" asked
House Demo-
cratic Leader
Ron Saunders of
Key West. "Two
words: political
Union leaders
pointed out that

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even the House

staff analysis says the bill likely
would make it more difficult for
unions to collect dues for political
and other purposes.
"The lawmakers who voted for
this bill have signaled their desire
to use the power of government to
single out and attack the hard-
working men and women who
serve Florida in public employ-
ment," said Andy Ford, president of
the Florida Education Association,
the statewide teachers union. "It's
simply un-American."
Rich Templin, legislative and po-

litical director of the Florida AFL-
CIO, said unions are unfairly being
singled out because the legislation
doesn't affect payroll deductions
for about 300 other entities such
as charities and insurance compa-
nies. Some of these groups make
political contributions that dwarf
those of organized labor, he said.
"This isn't just about elections,"
Templin added. "This is about
keeping working people out of the
(legislative) process because if
there's not a strong organization
with the resources necessary, the
Chamber of Commerce and the
other special-interest groups are
the only ones here."
Unions have been in the forefront
of opposition to other high-profile
GOP-sponsored legislation. These
include bills that would reduce
benefits for unemployed workers
and a new law, signed Thursday by
Republican Gov. Rick Scott, that
links teacher merit pay to student
Please turn to UNION 8D

Consumers must call a halt to find inflated gas prices

By James Clingman
NNPA Columnist

War! What is it good for? That
question was posed in a song by
Edwin Starr during an earlier
generation and we are asking that
same question now. Well, it's good
for raising the price of oil, gaso-
line and diesel fuel, isn't it? It's
good for hypocritical politicians
to rail against the same actions
they refused to challenge when
their guy was spending a billion
dollars per week in Iraq 5,000
Americans dead because of a big
lie. So, now we ask what good is
this latest war? The answer: "Ab-
solutely nothing," just like Edwin
Starr refrained back in 1969, that

is, unless you are a war
Yes, here we go again
with this never-ending
charade of managing
the world, dethroning
dictators we don't like,
interfering in another
country's internal af-
fairs, getting in the
middle of a civil war and
the resulting benefit of CLIN
that old stand-by: price
gouging. Tax payers are paying
for the wars and the result of
wars. We are suffering through
one of the worse depressions in
history while our heads of state
are slashing budgets in an effort
to balance them on the backs of


the poor and so-called
middle class. And, we
believe Libyans have it
Remember when fuel
prices were sky high
a few years ago? We
blamed George W.
Bush, suggesting he
could make a few calls
to his Saudi buddies
GMAN and get those prices
down to a reasonable
level. Who are we to call upon
now? Oh yes, that's right, Barack
Obama. Funny, I haven't heard
him speak out about the high
price of gas lately. How about
those vaunted reserves we keep
hearing about.

The real kicker is the fact that
Libya's share of the world's oil
market is a mere two percent.
How can prices at the pump rise
by 75 cents in such a short period
of time simply because the people
in Libya rebelled against their
leader? Could it be manipulation,
or maybe just greed? I wonder
how high the price has get before
we take some kind of collective
action against our local gasoline
I don't know about you, but I
am sick and tired of the conve-
nient wars, the lies, the hypoc-
risy, the billions spent (or stolen),
and most of all, the lives lost or
destroyed because of oil.
Please turn to GAS 10D

U.S.' CEOs

looking to

boost hiring

By Scott Malone

BOSTON U.S. chief executives' view of the
economy brightened in the first quarter, with
more than half now ready to add jobs -- a criti-
cal step if the economy's recovery is to gain
The Business Roundtable's quarterly CEO
Economic Outlook survey found that 52 per-
cent of CEOs plan to add staff in the United
States over the next six months -- the highest
reading since the group began doing the survey
in late 2002.
The CEO outlook index also hit a record high.
"Our CEOs see momentum in the U.S.
economy. We col-
vleatively are expect- I '~ r

ing increased sales
and as a result
expect to do more
investing and hiring
over the next six
months," said Ivan
Seidenberg, CEO
of Verizon Com-
munications Inc.,
who serves as the
group's chairman.
But he cau-
tioned that many
of the survey

Barack Obama

responses came in before the March 11 earth-
quake that set off Japan's current nuclear
crisis, and noted that the after-effects of that
event, as well as oil's rise back over the psy-
chologically important $100 per barrel mark,
would weigh on corporate confidence.
"The question of how deep this goes through-
out the economy is a different question. And
there we still need a lot more information," said
CEOs' changed views on hiring would be very
good news for an economy that has struggled
with high unemployment even since its last
18-month recession officially ended in June
Please turn to HIRING 8D

Treasury: Tax credit will

support one million jobs

By Reuters

WASHINGTON A plan to expand and make
permanent a popular research tax credit will
support one million workers, the Obama ad-
ministration said in a report released recently.
"The credit is a significant incentive to
conduct research that would not otherwise be
performed here in the U.S.," Michael Mundaca,
assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy, told
reporters on Thursday.
The proposal is included in Obama's 2012
budget and is popular among businesses and
both parties, though paying for the cost to
fund the credit will likely push enactment out
several years.
The credit is one of the few areas of agree-
ment between most Democrats and Republi-
cans in Congress, but its cost has relegated its
renewal to an annual funding fight.
The push to expand the subsidy comes as the
Obama administration and Democratic law-
makers battle Republicans over budget cuts for
fiscal 2012.
Mundaca said there are enough revenue rais-
ers in the budget to cover the some $6 billion
in costs.
Regardless, congressional investigators have
criticized the credit saying most companies
that got tax breaks were already going to do
the research anyway. Treasury argues that
Please turn to TAX 10D




Coming to used car lots: Sticker shock
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By Chris Woodyard

Used car prices already rising
- could soar as buyers are driven
to seek alternatives due to a pre-
dicted shortage of some new vehi-
cles in the wake of the continued
disruption of Japanese auto pro-
duction, experts predict.
Price increases at the wholesale
level already are being seen for the
compact and midsize used cars
from Japanese brands and of rival
models that would be the closest
substitutes for the more popular
Japanese new cars.
"If you have a small car and want
to get rid of it, now is the time. The
prices are just going crazy," says
Jonathan Banks, analyst for Na-

tional Automobile Dealers Associa-
tion Used Car Guides.
Over the past couple of weeks,
the NADA pricing service says it
has observed an 11 percent rise
in the wholesale prices of three-
to five-year-old compacts such as
the Toyota Corolla and the similar
Ford Focus.
Midsize cars went up 8.5 percent,
the service says.
Trade-in values for smaller cars
already were rising because of
higher gas prices. Banks says they
now could shoot up even more
by the end of the month. He says
that's when reduced Japanese auto
factory output will begin to really
show up as a shortage of the more
desirable models on dealers' lots.

Prices are rising due to Japan plant closu s


A Hialeah Women Center Family Planning
Advanced GYN Clinic
BP Oil
Brother Job Israel Ministries
Brown, Arun
City of Miami City Clerk
City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency
Don Bailey Carpets
Jewels Baton Twirling Academy
Keiser University
Miami Dade County Supervisor of Elections
Miami Dade County Government Information Center
Pinckey, Latavis
Platinum Public Adjusters
Precision Roofing Corp.
South Florida Workforce
The Episcopal Church of the Ascension
The Law Office of Peter Loblack
The Mortgage Mitigators Network LLC
Universal Pictures

Chief executives ready to increase employment

continued from 7D

2009 and for the administra-
tion of U.S. President Barack
Obama, who has faced criti-
cism for his handling of the
It is also in line with other
recent data, including a re-
cent report from payrolls pro-
cessor ADP, which showed
that the U.S. private sector
added 201,000 jobs in March.

That news helped boost
U.S. stocks in early trad-
ing continuing a rally that
has seen the broad Standard
& Poor's 500 index rise 12
percent since the start of the
A key factor driving CEOs'
increased confidence is sales
growth, which 92 percent
said they expected over the
next six months. Sixty-two
percent of the 142 CEOs who
responded to the survey said

they planned to boost capital
spending over that period.
CEOs now look for U.S. real
gross domestic product to
rise 2.9 percent in 2011, up
from their prior forecast of
2.5 percent growth.
SThe Roundtable's quarterly
CEO Economic Outlook in-
dex -- which measures all
these variables -- surged to
113, the highest in the nearly
10 years the group has been
doing the poll.

Investors will get a more
detailed read of corporate
America's economic outlook
over the month, as big com-
panies from Alcoa Inc to Gen-
eral Electric Co to JPMorgan
Chase report on their first-
quarter results.
The Roundtable, whose
member companies collec-
tively generate close to $6 tril-
lion in annual revenue, con-
ducted the survey between
February 28 and March 18.

FL House votes to ban automatic deduction

continued from 7D

test scores and eliminates
tenure for new hires.
The dues bill passed 73-40
with just three Republicans
- Reps. Ed Hooper of Clear-
water, Ana Rivas Logan of
Miami and Mike Weinstein
of Jacksonville joining
all Democrats in opposition.
A fourth Republican, Rep.
MaIrti, Coley of Marianna,

added her negative vote after
the roll call.
In the Senate, a similar
bill (SB 830) narrowly won
approval by a single. vote in
one committee and is await-
ing action by two more pan-
House Republicans ar-
gued that unions don't need
payroll deductions because
new technology gives them
other ways to collect dues,
such as internet links and

direct bank deposits.
"A 14-year-old could come
up with a system in less
than 10 minutes that could
make it probably easier and
less restrictive and less ob-
structive as having govern-
ment do this job for our
friends in unions," said Ma-
jority Leader Carlos Lopez-
Cantera, R-Miami.
Democrats said union
members have not asked
fortthe,abiity to restrict how

their dues are used. They
also argued workers already
have the power to stop sup-
porting political activities
by quitting their unions at
any time without losing their
jobs, a right guaranteed by
existing law.
"Please don't put lipstick
on this elephant," said Rep.
Janet Cruz, D-Tampa. "This
bill is about one thing. It's
about silencing the voices of
working men and womenn"

Art exhibit featured Haitian painters and artists

continued from 5C

Romuald Blanchard, art afi-
cionado over the project, said
the project is showcasing
Haitian talent.
"This art production exhib-
its works from the Saint Solei
Movement and its influence
on generations of Haitian
painters and artists," said
The Saint Soleil Movement
began with Jean Claude Ga-
route and Maud Guerdes Ro-
bard. The two men founded
the Saint-Solei post-naive
school of Haitian painting.
The school was born in the

1970s when they offered art
material to farmers in Sois-
son-La-Montagne, a rural
area near Port-au-Prince. The
farmers that had never pant-
ed before were given drawing
and painting materials in an
experiment on spirituality,
spontaneity and art.
The organization is a net-
work of artists and entrepre-
neurs engaged in the market-
ing and promotion of art o
alleviate the tough conditions
and economic hardship that
often characterize the life of
artists in the third-world.
"We aim to create a hub
where the public gets,the op-
portunity to be exposed to

great works of art and where
the artists entertain the pros-
pect of steady income and de-
cent living," Blanchard said.
"We propose to advocate for
this art, expression of the dai-
ly joy and afflictions of a vola-
tile nation. We are self-taught
artists for the most part, yet
our finished products and
creations make the pride and
honor of Haitian art and cul-
tures around the world."
Benjamin Pierre, art con-
noisseur, said he enjoys the
art he gets to experience
Blanchard's shows.
"I always have a good time
when I am at art shows, es-
pecially shows that show the

talent of Haitians," Pierre
said. "There are a lot of tal-
ented Haitian artist and for
me being a Haitian artist my-
self getting to see other Hai-
tians being successful in art
has no better feeling."
Blanchard said a main
reason they organize these
shows is to support Haitian
"Art is one positive and im-
portant aspect of Haitian cial-
ture," Blanchard said.
The organization also has
a permanent exhibit at the
Center for Haitian Stud-
ies, 8260 N.W. 2nd Avenue;
they organize shows all year

Sylvio Cator stadium home for Haitian citizens

continued from 5C

earthquake that brought the
country to its knees spared
nothing for the beautiful
"Our national headquar-
ters collapsed in just a few
seconds," he said. "Of the 50
people present at the time of
the earthquake one dozen
were injured and 32 found
"We also lost inventories
of national equipment; the
federation's archives were
not recovered. Our trophies,

the awards we have received
throughout the history of the
federation, pictures of wit-
nesses of our glorious years
were not found in the rubble.
It was a complete disaster.
"On top of it all, right af-
ter the earthquake all fields
were occupied by millions of
refugees of the earthquake
who had lost everything.
Currently we no longer have
any soccer field that we can
use in Port-au-Prince and
surrounding towns for a de-
cent game."
This represents a big prob-
lem for the country, whose

passion for football is de-
scribed by soccer's governing
body FIFA as "amongst the
most intense on the planet."
Yet despite the infinite
challenges, the HFF. have
worked tirelessly to get soc-
cer back on its feet and were
still able to launch their do-
mestic league and cup tour-
naments, if a little later than
Just two months after the
tragedy, and despite losing
their coach Jean-Yves Laba-
ze to the earthquake, Haiti's
under-17 women's team com-
peted in a qualifying tourna-

ment for the World Cup.
This courage of purpose
saw the team given FIFA's
Fair Play award at a recent
ceremony, where the team
captain, Hayana Jean Fran-
cois, summed up the coun-
try's feeling towards soccer
when she told the audience:
"If there was no football, we
would be nothing."
It is this enthusiasm that
has been the catalyst for re-
covery according to many, al-
lied with offers of assistance
from the likes of Guyana, the
United States, England, Qa-
tar, Spain and Canada.

No sign of stopping for singer Dionne Warwick

continued from 4C

her activism on behalf of
AIDS research and her per-
forming 'schedule, which
still includes about 200
shows per year, "I pull my-
self in about 97 different
directions. But I just don't
stress about things."
Her home life in New
Jersey is "very quiet, very
relaxed," centered on
her favorite TV shows -
among them Wheel of For-

tune, Jeopardy!, CSI and
Bones- and old buddies.
"I still have some very dear
friends from school, and we
get together whenever pos-
She stays in touch with
family as well, including
cousin Whitney Houston,
with whom she performed
at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy
Awards gala in February.
"She's doing exception-
ally well," Warwick says of
Houston's health, adding,
"A lot of prayers went up

for her."
Warwick also continues
to promote her memoir, My
Life, As I See It, published
in November. "I had said be-
fore that I'd never write an
autobiography because I've
been around, and there's a
lot that I've seen and heard
that stays with me. That's
just mine. I didn't want to
do a kiss-and-tell, as some
of my peers have. But I got
to do the book I wanted to
do. I wrote it on the road,
and had the best time."

A country album may
be next, a suggestion of
Warwick's son, producer/
songwriter Damon Elliott.
"Country music is so relat-
ed to gospel," she says. "It
seems I could go down that
road pretty easily." Clearly,
the singer has no plans to
cut back on her travel any-
time soon.
"I've had some incredible
moments in my life thus
far," Warwick says point-
edly. "I hope a lot more are

Miami Children's Chorus to support Haiti

continued from 5C

leadership, self-con-
fidence, and disci-
pline," Mendez said.
"Children will have
a chance to work
with MCC staff and
members of the MCC
Advanced Chorus.
MCC, in partnership

with various youth
organizations, will
work in underserved
communities and
create opportunities
for children who oth-
erwise may not expe-
rience the joy of sing-
To purchase tickets
for the final concert
on April 10, visit tick-

etmaster.com and
search Miami Chil-
dren's. Chorus. Adult
tickets are $20 and
student/senior tick-
ets are $10. For more
information regard-
ing the Miami Chil-
dren's Chorus and
its concert schedule,
visit www.miamichil-




RFQ NO: 11-003

The CRA is seeking the services of an Engineering or Architecture firm(s) to
provide professional services for planning, design, cost estimating, permitting,
bid assistance and construction engineering/inspection services for the
development of portions of the Overtown/Park West Greenway. The Proposer
and its Sub-consultants must be able to perform every element of the scope of
services as outlined in the RFQ package.

Completed Responses must be delivered to the City of Miami City Clerk's
Office, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133 no later than 11:00 AM,
on Friday, April 29h, 2011 ("Response Submission Date"). Any Responses
received after the above date and time or delivered to a different address or
location will not be considered.

RFQ documents may be obtained on or after Wednesday, March 30th, 2011,
from the CRA offices, 49 N.W. 5th Street, Suite 100, Miami, Florida 33128, or
from the CRAwebpage (www.miamicra.com). A Non-mandatory pre-submittal
meeting will be held on April 13th, 2011 at 10:00 am in the CRA offices located
at 49 NW 5th Street, Suite 100, Miami, FL 33128. It is the sole responsibility of all
firms to ensure the receipt of any addendum and it is recommended that firms
periodically check the CRA webpage for updates and the issuance of addenda.

The CRA reserves the right to accept any Responses deemed to be in the
best interest of the CRA, to waive any minor irregularities, omissions, and/or
technicalities in any Responses, or to reject any or all Responses and to re-
advertise for new Responses, in accordance with the applicable sections of the
CRA Charter and Code.


Pieter A. Bockweg, CRA Executive Director

Toyota and Nissan said this week
that they don't expect to get back
to full production in Japan un-
til at least April 11, a month after
the earthquake. Many Japanese
plants remain closed, and several
Japanese makers' U.S. plants are
operating on reduced hours to con-
serve parts that are sourced from
Small cars started "to command
a premium" on price at auction last
month, says Tom Webb, economist
for Mannheim, one of the nation's
largest wholesale auction houses
for car dealers.
Dealers are preparing, thinking
that shoppers are likely to turn to
recent-vintage used models if they
can't buy what they want new.
At Toyota of Hollywood in Los
Angeles, general manager Don




RFQ NO: 11-001

The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency
("CRA") is seeking proposals from qualified Art Gallery Operators for the
operation and management of the newly renovated Ward Rooming House.
The Proposer and its Sub-consultants must be able to perform every element
-of-thescope ofservices as outlined,in,theRFQ package,...-... ,, -..,

Completed Responses must be delivered to the City of Miami City Clerk's
Office, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133 no later than 3:00 PM,
on Thursday, April 21, 2011 ("Response Submission Date"). Any Responses
received after the above date and time or delivered to a different address or
location will not be considered.

RFQ documents may be obtained on or after Wednesday, March 23, 2011, from
the CRA offices, 49 N.W. 5th Street, Suite 100, Miami, Florida 33128, or from the
CRA webpage (www.miamicra.com). It is the sole responsibility of all proposers
to ensure the receipt of any addendum and it is recommended that proposers
periodically check the CRA webpage for updates and the issuance of addenda.

The CRA reserves the right to accept any Responses deemed to be in the
best interest of the CRA, to waive any minor irregularities, omissions, and/or
technicalities in any Responses, or to reject any or all Responses and to re-
advertise for new Responses, in accordance with the applicable sections of the
CRA Charter and Code.

(#14874) Pieter A. Bockweg, CRA Executive Director

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Mushin says he is focusing on get-
ting more midsize and compact
models for his used car inventory.
He says he mostly can't find used
Toyota Prius hybrids, though, and
when he comes across one, it's
priced too high for him to be able
to resell at a profit.
Mushin also is avoiding vehicles
with big engines for fear they'll lan-
guish on the sales lot.
"We're staying away from any-
thing with a V-8 in it," he says.
Though higher prices are bad for
buyers, they're good for car dealers
who have suffered through the re-
"It will help everybody in the
used car business," says Terry Me-
gee, who runs Floyd A. Megee Mo-
tors, a Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram
dealer in Georgetown, Del.

9D THE .' TIMES, APRIL 6-12, 2011

The family who gets a $54K tax refund

By Blake Ellis

couldn't believe the news when their
tax preparer called to tell them they're
getting a $54,000 refund this year.
Thelma Ward was speechless. She
had to hand the phone to her hus-
band so she could dance around the
living room floor in shock.
"I was thanking God like never
before," she said. "We're just over-
whelmed that amount was so huge
it was unbelievable."
Even their tax preparer said she
had to check the math 10 to 15
"We couldn't believe it when we to-
taled everything up. We were like,
that can't be right," said Dee Carter,
owner of the local H&R Block where
the Wards have brought their taxes
for more than 10 years. "We had nev-
er seen anything like it before, so we
had to check it over and over again."
So what's bringing this windfall?
The federal adoption tax credit.
In the past few years, the Wards
have expanded their already big clan
of seven children by adopting five new
kids. For each of these adopted chil-
dren, they are eligible for a one-time
tax credit of up to $13,170.
The credit has been around since
1997, but this tax season it is refund-
able for the first time which is the
tax equivalent of hitting the jackpot.

tor of The Tax Institute at H&R Block.
"It's not a large population who can
claim it, but for those who do, it can
really change their lives."
A typical private adoption runs
about $30,000, so the credit was in-
tended to help families by reimburs-
ing expenses, such as court fees. But
the tax law allows parents who adopt
"special needs" children to receive the

David and Thelma Ward have adopted five children, which is netting
them a $54,000 refund.

A refundable tax credit lets you get
the cash even if you owe no taxes. A
non-refundable credit just offsets any
taxes you owe, and then rolls any-
thing remaining to the next tax year.
The Wards adopted the five children
over a span of three years, so they've
filed for the tax credit each year. But
because they didn't make enough
money, the tax credit simply rolled
over from year to year and accumu-
This year, because the credit be-
came refundable, they are getting all
the previous years' leftovers in a lump

sum. (The couple had an earlier adop-
tion, in 2004, but unused credits can
only be carried for up to five years.)
While the Wards haven't received
the refund check yet, H&R Block
calculated that the unused adoption
credits from the past five years add up
to $45,560 making up the majority
of the $54,000 refund they're expect-
"When this was first coming through
the tax reform legislation, we just kept
looking at it going, 'Wow, this is really,
really significant for people adopting,'"
said Kathy Pickering, executive direc-

entire credit even if they had no ex-
All of the Wards' foster children
qualified as special needs, so Thelma
was able to claim the full credit even
though there were no adoption ex-
penses. This is not unusual for foster
children; about 80 percent of these
kids are considered to have "special


The Miami City Commission seeks to fill vacancies on the Planning, Zoning
and Appeals Board. Specific qualifications and eligibility requirements are set
forth in Section 62-63 of the Miami City Code and require that members must
be electors of the City of Miami. Applicants must possess the knowledge, ex-
perience, judgment, background, ability and desire to act in the public interest.
Additionally, as of January 14, 2010 board members are required to have com-
pleted an ethics course within ninety (90) days of taking office or within at least
one (1) year prior to taking office. Individuals representing the various social,
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American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133, in writing, the names and addresses of
persons and their qualifications for consideration as prospective appointees to
fill present vacancies on said board.

The City Commission will consider filling existing vacancies at its meeting on
May 12, 2011. The list of interested individuals will be available for public review
at the Office of the City Clerk on Friday, May 6, 2011, following the scheduled
deadline for receipt of said applications on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM.
Application forms will be available from the Office of City Clerk and the Clerk's
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WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Florida, under and by virtue of Sections
100.101 and 100.141, Florida Statutes, and Section 15(d) of Article III of the Florida
Constitution, has called a Special Election for filling the vacancy of the office of State
House of Representatives, District 110, and has also called a Special Primary for
selecting nominees of the recognized polhtica parties for such elections, and
WHEREAS, the dates for such Special Primary and Special General Election have been
fixed bythe Governor as follows:
Special Primary: May 24, 2011 Special General: June 28, 2011
WHEREAS, Section 100.141, Florida Statutes, provides that the Secretary of State shall
fix the dates for candidates to qualify for such Special Primary and General Election and
the dates for candidates to file campaign reports, and
WHEREAS, candidates seeking to qualify by the petition method must obtain valid
signatures as lohi:'.':
149 valid signatures
WHEREAS, petitions for candidates q.j aifyirig by the petition method must be submitted
to the supervisor of elections in the county in which signatures are collected no later than
5 p.m., April 6, 2011, in order that the supervisor of elections can verify the signatures
and certify the results to the Division of Elections no later than 5 p.m., April 8, 2011.
Qualifying fees for those candidates not qu .lihiyng by the petition method are as follows:
Partisan: $1,781.82 No Party Affiliation: $1,187.88
THEREFORE, I, KURT S. BROWNING, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do
hereby fix and declare that the date on which candidates may qualify for said Special
Election shall be from 8:00 a.m., April 11. 2011, through Noon, April 12, 2011, and the
dates for candidates to file campaign reports are as follows:
Report Due Dates Cover Periods
SF1 4-29-11 Date appointment filed 4-22-11
SF2 5-20-11 4-23-11- 5-19-11
SG1 6-10-11 5-20-11 6-03-11
SG2 6-24-11 6-04-11 6-23-11
A final report is due 90 days after the candidate becomes unopposed, is eliminated, or

CG E i under my hand and the Great Seal of the State
of Florida, at Tallahassee, The Capitol, this 25th day of
March. A. D.. 2011.



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Applications are now being accepted for the Board of Trustees of the Public Health Trust
of Miami-Dade County, the governing authority for Jackson Health System. Trustees serve
without compensation for staggered terms of three years. There are six vacancies for the
2011 appointment process. The PHT Nominating Council will contact selected applicants for
interviews and a background check. The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, upon
recommendation of the Nominating Council, will make appointments to the Board of Trustees.
Application forms may be obtained from the County Executive Office, 111 NW 1st Street,
Suite 2910, or online at www.miamidade.gov. All applications must be submitted with a
current resume or curriculum vitae and must be received by Diane Collins, Division Chief,
Clerk of the Board, at 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 17-202, Miami, Florida 33128 no later than
April 18, 2011 by 4:00 pm. Emails or facsimiles of the application will be accepted and
can be sent to clerkbcc(S)miamidade.qov or faxed to 305-375-2484. It is the responsibility
of the applicant to ensure electronic receipt of the application by calling the Clerk of the Board
at 305-375-1652. For additional information regarding the application process, please call

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Rose is right about
Jalen Rose has a point about the
exploitation of Black college athletes.
In the fall of 1991, I (Ed Freeman)
was a freshman at Florida A&M Uni-
versity. This was a very exciting time
in my life. I was excited about start-
ing college. I was excited about audi-
tioning for the "Marching 100." I was
excited about being on my own and
showing my mother that I was indeed
grown and responsible. But there
was something else that was excited
about that had no connection to me
whatsoever. It was happening on the

Black exploitation
campus of another college about 982
miles to the north of Tallahassee. I
had never been to ann Arbor, Michi-
gan but I was excited about the "Fab
Five" Michigan's highly-touted
freshman group of basketball players
that were making their mark on the
college basketball landscape.
The main attraction to them was
because we were all members of the
Class of 1991. I didn't know Jimmy
King, Jalen Rose, Ray Jackson, Chris
Webber or Juwan Howard from Adam
(or Eve). But I felt a connection to

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g0 H

those guys, my "classmates." They
represented me and my year of grad-
uation. The connection with those
guys, even though I've only met one of
the five (Juwan Howard a few weeks
ago at a Miami Heat charity function)
has lasted all of these years and was
reignited upon watching the recent
ESPN documentary on the group.
A lot has been made of the docu-
mentary, especially the comments
from Jalen Rose when he spoke
about his dislike for Duke University
and its Black basketball players. He
said "schools like Duke didn't recruit
players like me. I felt like they only
recruited Black players that were
Uncle Toms." His words set off sports
writers, scholars and bigots all over
the country. Controversy surrounded
Rose and his lackluster recanting of
the feeling that Black players at Duke
were "Uncle Toms." He stated that as
a 17-year-old Black male growing up
with a single mother and a missing

Results to be announced

father, he resented the well-to-do,
well-off Blacks that went to Duke.
Some segments of the media all but
ignored that those were his feelings
20 + years ago and implied that he
felt like that today.
Rose's comments raise a bigger
issue in American sports that is of-
ten masked by our allegiance to a
school the issue being race and
the exploitation of the college athlete.
Could Rose have played at Duke?
Would they have recruited him like
they did Chris Webber, if Rose's fa-
ther had been in the picture? If his
father was in the home, would he
have called Grant Hill and others
"Uncle Toms?" We'll never know the
answers to those questions. But I do
know that although they never won
the big one, the "Fab Five" changed
the college basketball landscape and
the way the game is played today
and for that I'm glad to call them my

ing all of the bags of
ballots and verifying
the voting identifica-
tions with barcode
readers. The bags
and tally sheets are
also inspected for
tampering. Another
factor that is contrib-
uting to the delay is
a number of recom-
mendations the Or-
ganization of Ameri-
can States asked
elections officials to
put in place follow-
ing the chaotic and
fraud-ridden first

Ex-Auburn football players: We were paid

By Erick Smith and Thomas O'Toole

Less than three months after win-
ning its first national title in football in
53 years, Auburn again finds itself em-
broiled in controversy.
Four former Tigers football players, on
an episode of HBO's Real Sports with
Bryant Gumbel that aired Wednesday,
said they received money while being re-
cruited and during their playing careers.
The allegations, made by players who
were at Auburn roughly between 2002
and 2007, come as the NCAA continues
to look into 2010 Tigers quarterback

and Heisman Trophy winner Cam New-
ton and an alleged pay-to-play scheme
masterminded by his father while New-
ton was being recruited by Mississippi
Southeastern Conference Commis-
sioner Mike Slive released a statement
before the show saying the NCAA has
been notified and that the "institutions
and the NCAA staff will pursue the al-
legations in a timely manner."
Defensive lineman Stanley McClover
detailed being paid $4,000 after having
four sacks vs. Alabama and receiving
money from a booster to pay for his car.

He also told of getting money at recruit-
ing trips to Ohio State, LSU and Michi-
gan State and being offered sexual ser-
vices at Ohio State.
Former Auburn players Troy Reddick,
Chaz Ramsey and Raven Gray also de-
tailed impermissible benefits.
Tommy Tuberville, now at Texas Tech,
was Auburn's coach during that time.
Texas Tech assistant athletics director
Blayne Beal told USA TODAY that Tu-
berville would not comment. Auburn
President Jay Gogue said his school
"will investigate these allegations thor-
oughly and completely."

Tax payers suffering from high gas prices

GAS citizens in Tulsa, $5.00 per gallon gas our behavior the rip- with oth
continued from 7D Oklahoma's Green- next year. We know offs will continue, for a lower

Our sanctimonious
approach to other
countries where inter-
nal violence occurs is
something to behold.
Our memory is very
short however. Kent
State, Fred Hamp-
ton, Amadou Diallo,
Kenneth Walker, and
Roger Owensby, just
to name a few. And,
if you go back to the
1920's, what about
the hundreds of Black
folks killed by govern-
ment supported White

wood District, better
known as Black Wall
Yes, the hypocri-
sy abounds without
shame. The money
keeps rolling in and
the ignorant consum-
ers keep falling for the
same three-card Mon-
te trick that fills the
pockets of the affluent
and keeps those less
fortunate wondering
how to pay for a fill-up.
The bad news is that
forecasters say we are
definitely looking at

Hiring a bookkeeper

continued from 7D

Tinker suggests po-
tentially hiring a book-
keeper and engaging a
CPA on a monthly or
.quarterly basis to re-
view the bookkeeper's
However, Metzler-
notes that the lowest-
cost solution isn't al-
ways the wisest ap-
proach for choosing a
CPA. He likens finding
a good accountant to
finding a good brain
"Most business peo-
ple, especially small-
business people, they
personally guarantee
loans ... Bad financial
information and bad
advice can be as bad
as bad brain surgery,"
he says.

Metzler notes that
while small businesses
typically need tax ad-

vice, accounting needs
often extend into ad-
vice and counsel on
situations such as how
to acquire financing,
how to select the right
health insurance, how
to select the right em-
ployee benefits, the
correct 401(k) plan,
That mix of services
only grows with a larg-
er private firm, a pub-
licly traded company,
or a second- or third-
generation business,
Metzler says, into is-
sues such as planning
for a personal finance
There is some risk
that companies will
get stuck in a rut, Tin-
ker suggests. Just be-
cause an accountant
did your taxes last
year and the year be-
fore does not mean he
or she needs to repeat
the process this year.
If the company isn't
meeting your needs,
move on.

Workers to benefit from credit

continued from 7D

the credit in fact
spurred more research
at the firms.
In 2008, more than
12,700 corporations
claimed $8.3 billion
in research credits,
the most recent data
shows. Of that, man-
ufacturers claimed
nearly 70 percent. Sci-
entific, professional
and technical services
trailed with about 10
percent of the overall.
The country's is

struggling with persis-
tently high unemploy-
ment and the White
House is under pres-
sure to push policy
that will help create
jobs and aid the eco-
nomic recovery.
So far, two programs
to bolster small busi-
ness lending have
been established. One
provides low-cost capi-
tal to qualified small
banks and the other
is designed to help
small manufactures
and businesses obtain
loans from the private

the politicians will
not stop the senseless
wars, so what are you
prepared to do about
this economic crisis? I
still say that until
consumers change

Until we start shut-
ting down some gas
stations on a lo-
,cal level by refusing
to buy from them,
thereby, gaining the
leverage to negotiate

er stations
r "collective"

price for our affin-
ity groups, gas prices
will drive us to the
poor house. Start your
own gasoline war and
you'll know what it's
good for.



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on April 14, 2011, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of granting the following:
All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning these
items. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361 (voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding, or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC ''
City Clerk. L




PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE THAT a meeting of the City of Miami Commission
has been scheduled for Thursday, April 14, 2011, at the City of Miami City Hall,
3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133. A private attorney-client ses-
sion will be conducted under the parameters of F.S. 286.011(8) [2010]. The
person chairing the City of Miami Commission meeting will announce the com-
mencement of an attorney-client session, closed to the public, for purposes
of discussing the pending consolidated litigation cases of: MARGARITTE
pending in the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade
County, Florida, to which the City is presently a party. This private meeting will
begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. (or as soon thereafter as the Commissioners'
schedules permit) and conclude approximately one hour later. The session
will be attended by the members of the City Commission: Chairman Wifredo
(Willy) Gort, Frank Carollo, Marc David Sarnoff, Francis Suarez and Richard P.
Dunn, II; the City Manager, Tony E. Crapp, Jr.; the City Attorney, Julie O. Bru;
Deputy City Attorney Warren Bittner.; and Assistant City Attorney Henry J. Hun-
nefeld. A certified coirt reporter will be present to ensure that the session is
fully transcribed and the transcript will be made public upon the conclusion of
the above-cited, ongoing litigation. At the conclusion of the attorney-client ses-
sion, the regular Commission meeting will be reopened and the person chairing
the Commission meeting will announce the termination of the attorney-client

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk




A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on April 14, 2011, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of granting the following:
All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning these
items. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361 (voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding, or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk




A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on April 14, 2011, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of granting the following:
All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning these
items. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361 (voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding, or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#14877) City Clerk



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on April 14, 2011, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of granting the following:
All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning these
items. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361 (voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the.proceeding, or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#14880) City Clerk


continued from SC

just so I could vote.
This election is very
important to me
and the family and
friends I have in
Haiti that are suffer-
ing and need help,"
Jefferys said. "It is
a very. good thing
that they are taking
a good l6ok at each
ballot, we do not need
another corruption
situation in Haiti."
During the delay,
workers will be open-




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
101 A Civic Center Area
One bedroom $700-$725
monthly. Two bedrooms
$800-$900 monthly; Ap-
pliances, laundry, FREE
Parking, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

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
1221 NW 61 Street #4
Two bedrooms, two baths, air.
First and last. $750 monthly.
305-691-2565 or
1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $450
monthly $700 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
12400 NE 12 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
Laundry room. Section 8 Ok!
$675 mthly. No security!
305-498-2266, 954-744-6841
125 NW 18 Street '
One bedroom, one bath.
$395 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-

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

135 NW 18 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$495 month. $750 to move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LDC TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1398 NW 61 Street
Beautiful one or two bdrms.
Section 8 OK. 786-486-2895
140 NW 13 Street
$500 MOVE IN. Two
bdrms, one bath $500.

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.
Ms. Pearl #13

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

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

1725 NE 148 Street
Studio $543-$595, One bdrm
$674 plus, two bdrms, $888.
First and security
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.

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

210 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$450. Two bedrooms, one
bath $550. 305-642-7080

2121 NE 167 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$650. Appliances, free

2229 NW 82 Street # B
One bdrm, one bath, central
air. $775 mthly. 305-685-9909
2335 NE 172 Street #1
Two bdrms, one bath, air.
Laundry on site. $950 mthly.
First and last. Section 8

2515 NW 52 Street #3
One bedroom, tiled,central
air, appliances. $550 monthly.
2701 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom,one bath.
$459 monthly. $700 move
in .All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call

3301 NW 51 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$595 moves.you in. Applianc-
es included. 786-389-1686
411 NW 37 Street
Studio, $395 per month.
All appliances included.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency $405. Applianc-
es, free water and gas.
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
6091 NW 15 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $450.
Two bdrms, one bath $550.

731 NW 56 Stfeet
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $550 monthly. Call

750 NW 56 Street
Two bdrm, one bath. $650
monthly. $975 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call
Joel 786-355-7578

8261 NE 3 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$550 monthly. All applianc-
es included. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Joel 786-355-7578
8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrm. Section 8 OK.
850 NW 4 Avenue
Nice and clean, one and
two bedrooms, includes free
water and gas, washer and
dryers on premises. Close to
Downtown Miami. First and
Call 305-213-1139
90 Street NW 25 Aveune
Two bedroom, one bath.
Light, water, air included.
Arena Garden
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more

First month rent free!
Beautiful one and two bed-
room apartments from $490
- $594 in Miami with win-
dow bars and free water at
all locations. Some in gated
communities. Some near
bus lines and/or across from
Brownsville Metrorail Station.
First month rent free! Good
until 4/30/11. For more infor-
mation call 305-638-3699 or
apply at
2651 NW 50 Street.
Easy qualify. Move in
special.One bedroom, one
bath, $495, two bedrooms,
one bath, $595. Free water!

Leonard 786-236-1144

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


191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
8323 NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, appliances and
water included. Monthly
fee negotiable. Section 8
Preferred. 305-345-7833
Two bdrms, one and a half
baths, central air, appliances.
$1200 a month, first and last
move in. Call 786-683-6029

1078 NW 100 Terrace
Three bdrms, two baths. Two
bdrms, one bath. Section 8
welcome. 786-315-8491
11620 NW 17 Avenue
Three bedrooms. Section 8
O.K. $1200, 305-879-2009
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1405 NW 55 Street
One bdrm, one bath, air and
heat, free water and appli-
ances. Section 8 OK
1519 NW 58 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
very large, central air, $800
plus, water free.
Call Rod 786-290-4625
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080
1603 NW 51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
Section 8 OK. $1,100 mthly.
1735 NW 50 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, carpet. $800 mth-
ly. First, last and security.
18 Avenue NW 94 Street
Approved Section 8 one bed-
room, $900 monthly.
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$500, stove, refrigerator, air,
free water and gas.

2285 NW 101 Street
Orie bedroom, water, tile, air,
bars, $700. Terry Dellerson
Realtor. No Section 8.
2742 NW 49 Street
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath, lawn service.
275 NE 150 Street
Quiet, two bdrms, one bath,
air, all appliances. $1,900 to
move in. 678-447-2237
2967 NW 48 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
fenced, central air, bars, $975
mthly. Call 5-6 p.m.,
3075 NW 91 Street #2
One bedroom, one bath.
Section 8. 305-299-3142
3962 NW 165 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $975 mthly.
305-685-9909, 305-776-3857
470 NW 23 Place
Two bedrooms, 1 bath.
$1200. Appliances, washer
and dryer. 305-642-7080
5502 NW 12 Court
Two bdrm, Section 8, near
bus line, nice. 305-751-7323
8125 NW 6 Avenue
Remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath, water included,
$875 monthly. 786-306-7868
86 Street NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms. Section 8 OK.
Call 305-754-7776

and kitchen, security gates
$135 $150 weekly. Call
Kevin 786-800-1405
Appointment Only!


Remodeled one bdrm. $625
to $675. 534 NE 78 Street
Corner of NW 103 Street
Beautiful two bedrooms. $700
monthly. $1000 to move in.
Gated, security, tiled floors,
central air. 305-696-7667
Liberty City Area
One bedroom. $500 moves
you in. Call 305-600-7280 or
Overtown Area
One bdrm $400,
Two bdrm $595,
Three bdrm $700.
305-600-7280/ 305-603-9592
One bdrm, one bath. $495
monthly. 305-717-6084
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750. Section 8 welcome.
Tenant Eviction Services
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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
Two bdrms, one bath,
Section 8 accepted,


100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
12325 NW 21 Place
Efficiency available.
Call 954-607-9137
1235 NW 77 Terrace
Spacious, available immedi-
ately! $500 monthly. First and
security to move.
13377 NW 30 Avenue.
$120 weekly, private kitchen,
bath, free utilities,
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1756 NW 85 Street
$475 moves you in.
Call 786-389-1686
19710 N.W. 11th Court
Three room efficiency, water
and light not included. $1200
mthly. Call 786-487-2689.
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.
NW 91 Street and
22 Avenue
Furnished with air, light and
water. 305-693-9486
Utilities included, near
transportation, $600 monthly,
first and last. 786-514-0175

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
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
15341 NW 31 AVENUE
Large room, full bath, private
entrance. 305-687-8187
15810 NW 38 Place
$85 weekly. Free utilities,
bath, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1722 NW 77 Street
$115 weeklynew carpet,
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1814 NW 68 Terrace
One week free rent! Clean
rooms, includes air, cable,
water, electricity and use of
kitchen. $450 monthly.
210 NW 43 Street
Full kitchen, use of whole
house, utilities included. $450
monthly, $150 security, $600
to move in, call 305-836-5739
or 305-335-6454.
2106 NW 70 Street
Room for one person. $135
Weekly. Private Bath.
2810 NW 212 Terrace
Nice rooms. $125 weekly.
Call 786-295-2580
2905 NW 57 Street
Small, clean, $285 monthly,
$670 to move in, kitchen
available. One person only.
305-989-6989, 305-635-8302
6835 NW 15 Avenue
Utilities included, air. $90
weekly. Move in special
$200. Call 786-277-2693
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room, private entrance
$140 weekly. 305-215-8585
$600 monthly. Water and
electrical included
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable, air, 305-688-0187.
Large furnished room with ca-
ble, air, light cooking and use
of pool. 305-621-1669
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly.
8013 NW 10 Court
Central air, new bathrooms


1385 NE 133 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1250. Section 8 welcome.
14200 NW 3 Avenue
Two bedrooms, two baths, air
1478 NW 43 Street
Three bdrms, one bath, air,
tile floor, Section 8 OK.
1510 NE 154 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air, tile floor. $950 monthly.
16400 NW 20 Avenue
Section 8 Two bedrooms, one
bath, central air, tile, huge
fenced yard, utility room and
washer hook-up. Security
$1000. $1000 monthly.
1782 NW 47 T., race
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, appliances. First,
last and security.
18002 NW 47 Place
Three bedrooms, one bath,
bars, air, tile, den,'$1,350.
Terry Dellerson Realtor. No
Section 8. 305-891-6776
18715 NW 45 Avenue
Section 8 OK. Three bed-
rooms, one bath, central air,
tile floors. A beauty. $1295
Joe 954-849-6793
271 NW 55 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$950 mthly. 786-326-6869
2725 NW 53 Street
Three bedroom, two bath.
$1400. Appliances, central
air, 2 car garage

5851 NW 9 Avenue
Remodeled. Four bdrms, two
and a half baths, central air.
$1375 mthly. 305-992-7503
725 NW 42 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 welcome. Contact
Mary 305-305-6701 or Junior
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.
917 1/2 NW 80 Street
On the corner, beautiful two
bedrooms. Free water, air,
window bars and iron gate
door. First and last. $750
monthly. Call 786-380-7201
Three and a half bedrooms,
two baths, central air. $1,200
monthly 786-286-2716
5719 NW 5 Court
Large one bedroom, one
bath. Private entrance. $649
monthly 786-210-7666.
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Ydur
Mortgage? 786-326-7916

2461 NW 152 Street
Miami Gardens home, two
bdrms, one bath, air, fenced
yard. First last and security.
$1000 mthly. 305-986-8395


rose 1.7 percent. Much
of that strength came
from the purchase of
new cars. Still, spend-
ing on nondurable
goods rose 1.5 per-
cent, reflecting higher
prices for gasoline.
Tax cuts should
boost spending in the
coming months, even
in the face of higher
energy prices.
The big rise in
spending and smaller
increase in incomes
pushed the household
saving rate down to
5.8 percent of after-tax
incomes last month.
That compared to 6.1
percent in January.
An inflation mea-
sure tied to consumer
spending that is fol-
lowed by the Federal
Reserve rose 0.4 per-
cent in February. But
excluding food and
energy, this inflation
gauge was up a more
moderate 0.2 per-
cent. Over the past 12
months, core inflation,
which excludes food
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