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Federal program targets Black health
illnesses. U.S. has a coordinated road
Local agencies to get financial resources To address this daunting map designed to give ev- HITI
Dilemma, the U.S. Depart- eryone the chance to live a
for primary and preventive care options ment of Health and Human healthy life, said HHS Sec-
Services (HHS) recently retary Kathleen Sebelius.
By D. Kevin McNeir and new technologies have nic populations. Blacks in unveiled a first-of-its-kind "We all need to work togeth- -l
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com provided U.S. citizens with particular, continue to suf- plan with initiatives and er to combat this persistent _

the increased potential to fer from inequity in health
April is National Minority live longer and healthier care, are less likely to get
Health and Health Dispar- lives, persistent health the preventive care needed
ity Awareness month. And disparities continue to ex- to stay healthy and more
while medical advances ist among racial and eth- likely to suffer from serious

City police, Civilian

Panel remain at odds

strategies for public and
private action to address
health disparities for un-
derserved communities.
"For the first time, the

problem so that we can
build healthier communi-
ties and a stronger nation."
The HHS action plan
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Exposito throws
monkey wrench in
CIP's investigation
By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer
DeCarlos Moore, 36, was shot and
killed by Miami police officer Joseph
Marin on July 5, 2010 in Overtown. Oth-
ers soon followed six to be exact. But
some citizens are now asking what took
the Civilian Investigative Panel [CIP]
such a long time to begin their investiga-

S- tions.
CIP Attorney
S Charles Mays said
that the CIP is not
T authorized to initi-
ate an investigation
without someone fil-
ing a complaint.
"The CIP is not
EXPOSITO empowered to initi-
ate an investigation
on its own accord," Mays said. "Instead,
the CIP can only act after a written com-
plaint has been filed with the CIP, or
after Internal Affairs has concluded its
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Justin Robinson and Roy Hargrove take the lead.

Overtown Fest a

'grand success'


Forty years strong
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) recently marked its 40th anniversary on
Capitol Hill. Since its inception in March 1971, it has remained committed to the
cause of justice and equality. The mostly-Democrat-based Caucus was founded with
13 members and has since grown to 42 including: Founding fathers (left to right)
Louis Stokes, (OH), Walter Fauntroy (DC) and Charles Rangel (NY).

By D. Kevin McNeir
On a beautiful Saturday
afternoon, the residents of
Miami's historic Overtown
community showed that they
are a lot more than aban-
doned buildings, gang wars,
unemployed adults and drug
dealers a whole lot more.
In fact, the historic com-
munity came alive with its
first annual Rhythm and
Arts Festival as lovers of jazz,
art, ethnic cuisine and other

cultural achievements ger-
mane to the Black commu-
nity were showcased during
the day-long event organized
by Team 5 "Magic in Action,"
Leadership Miami, spon-
sored by the Greater Miami
Chamber of Commerce and
The South Florida Progress
The event was held on NW
3rd Avenue and according to
the planners, their goal was
to celebrate and acknowl-
edge the rich history of one of
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Stafford hot over

proposed school

board changes
"Diversity representation is in danger"
By D. Kevin McNeir
Cynthia Stafford may be a new kid on. (F
the block, representing District 109 in the |
Florida House of Representatives in her
first term in office, but she says Miami
has always been her home and she knows
its history. With that in mind, Stafford STAFFORD
believes that legislation (CS/CS/HB 307)
that recently passed along party line
votes in the Education Committee, signals a disturbing
step backwards at it relates to Black representation on the
Miami-Dade County Public School Board.
Stafford recalls a class action lawsuit being filed in the
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FCAT tests: New

changes same

Computer testing now part of the mix
By Randy Grice
Monday morning marked a new era for the Florida Com-
prehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). This week students
will face a more demanding FCAT. For the first time since
the test's creation, two tests at the high school level will
be administered via computer. Instead of taking a general
math exam, most ninth-graders will take a specific end-
of-year exam in algebra, if that is the math class they're
taking. Ninth-graders taking pre-algebra or geometry will
not take the end-of-year test.
In addition, the state recently created new standards for
elementary and middle schools, resulting in the possibility
of students being tested on topics they haven't been taught.
Jerry G. Wells, a Miami-Dade school teacher, said he
Please turn to FCAT 10A

County mayor

election date set

for May 24th

Candidates do last-minute dance to qualify
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On Monday the Miami-Dade County Commissioners of-
ficially reached a decision on the day the special election
for county mayor and district 13 commissioner will be held
That date is Tuesday, May 24th. And yesterday. Tuesday, was
the deadline for any candidate that still wished to qualify.
Early voting will begin May 9th two weeks before election
day, And if no one receives a majority vote and a run-off is
required for either seat, that special election will be held on
June 28th.
The %acant county mayor and commissioner seats became
available after the March 15th recall election headed b\ lo-
cal businessman Norman Bramran. In that election a major-
ity of 88 percent of Mliami-Dade voters agreed that Carlos
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Decisions in Tallahassee

bode poorly for Blacks
It's a foregone conclusion that given the deficit in re-
sources that have hit the Sunshine State over the past
few years that Florida's residents knew they were in for
some cutbacks, reductions and a significant change from
our usual lives on the "sunny" side of the street.
But with the slew of mandates that have come from our
recently-elected governor and his cronies who dominate
the Legislature, it's becoming increasingly difficult to re-
main optimistic. From schools to healthcare and from for-
mer inmates to folks on welfare, it's clear that the times are
not only changing but they have been drastically altered.
And for the majority of Blacks, what we see should have us
quaking in our boots.
As we have emphasized before, this new landscape is
something that we should have seen coming. But like the
proverbial ostrich, we kept our heads in the sand and acted'
as if we would remain immune to the madcap direction that
our country and this state are headed.
Some parents at our local, or one could say mostly-Black,
public schools, have recently banded together with a few
determined teachers to show that they are sick and tired
of being the "last hired-first fired," those that are deemed
insignificant when it comes to guaranteeing an equity in
services and opportunities both for adults, teens and chil-
dren and other unenviable positions. And we salute these
brave few.
But their numbers are too few, their voices are far too
weak and their willingness to let their elected politicians
know how they feel is still too fleeting.
What happened to the activist mentality and grassroots
push that energized the Black community during the 60s
and 70s?
Where is the energy and cohesiveness of the Black com-
munity that fueled the civil rights movement, pushed for
affirmative action and made it possible for us to elect Black
leaders in major cities from Gary and Detroit to Atlanta and
Washington, D.C.?
Where are tomorrow's leaders who are willing to sacrifice
life and limb so that their children and their children's chil-
dren will be guaranteed a place at the table so that they can
participate in the highly-touted "American Dream?"
Is it that those who have been rewarded with the spoils
have retreated to their gated communities, comfortable of-
fices and well-stocked bank accounts while the majority of
our people continue to suffer? That's what it looks like from
our vantage point.
Now we face a rollback in freedom, options and a push to
the selfish mindset that celebrates the achievements of a
privileged few and with the encouragement and support of
many of our State's leaders.
We cannot continue to be silent and hope that hope that
Big Brother intervene it's not going to happen. The good
times are not going to roll at least not for the Blacks
and browns of Miami. We had better wake up and smell the
stench soon or we may well find ourselves reliving those
un-glorious days when being Black was more of a prison
sentence than a statement of pride.

Wilson leads way for justice

but needs a few good friends
Since the first police-involved shooting of young Black
men began last summer, there have been a boatload
of politicians, preachers, parents and persistent oth-
ers who have demanded justice and a full-scale investigation
of the City of Miami Police Department. But for the most part,
all of these requests, no matter how boisterous or relentless,
have added up to nothing.
However, in the past few weeks, one of our sisters from the
hood who is known for her stylish hats and shoot-from-the-
hip form of communication, has gotten the big wigs in D.C.
to listen. And it looks like we will finally get an objective party
with the kind of authority to make significant and needed
change, to take a look at the string of unresolved deaths of
Black men that continue to add up because some of our po-
lice officers believe in shooting first and inquiring later.
To her credit, Wilson has taken to her new post in Congress
like a fish in water making the meetings and forums that
count, doing her research before casting her vote on the floor
and keeping her eye on what's happening in the district that
she represents. It's rare that a novice congressperson adjusts
so quickly and maneuvers on the job on Capitol Hill like a
seasoned veteran, but that's what the Congresswoman ap-
pears to be doing.
We all want answers as it relates to the seven Black men
shot and killed by the City of Miami police but prior to Wil-
son's involvement, there seemed to be a lot of finger-pointing
and evasive actions taken by those who could put this whole
thing to rest but not much more. She may not be a shark
but we have real confidence that Wilson will continue to put
pressure on the Department of Justice until we get just that
- justice.
If you know anything about how the Feds work, they tend to
move very slowly partly because of the backlog of cases on
their plates. At this point we have gotten a written response
and a commitment that they will examine all of the the facts
and testimonies of those with any relevant knowledge. And
that is encouraging news.
Okay, so the posse hasn't circled just yet and the cavalry,
while it may be lining up for its grand entrance, hasn't ar-
rived. But we, like Wilson, believe that a day of reckoning is
coming. And maybe, just maybe, the truth will be revealed
so that shattered families will finally be able to put the pain
behind then the real healing can begin.

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The Black Press believes lhat 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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Unemployment down, Black unemployment up
More than 200,000 jobs were government workers is an at- many people have left the labor about the fact that significant
created last month, 216,000 to tack on equality, because those force because they think they employment has been creat-
be exact and there are those who work for governments are can't find work, or they can't ed two months in a row. But,
who are saying that economic more likely to find a fair deal, afford to look. This is the story there is a cliche that says it
recovery is around the corner, have a good job and be paid for all Americans. It gets worse, takes more than a swallow to
I don't know what corner they equitably. The government is of course, for Blacks. The em- bring spring. In other words,
are standing on, but the Black on the brink of closing down, ployment population ratio for we first of all know that at the
corner took a hit in March and but on their way to down time, adult Black men, at 57.2 per- rate we are going, it is will take
the Black unemployment rate until 2018, seven years from
rose from 15.3 to 15.5 percent. now, for us to get back to the
No other racial/ethnic group he government is on the brink of closing down, with ob- number ofjobs we had in 2007.
saw unemployment rates rise. Secondly, pessimistic econo-
Some will say the slight in- structionist Tea Party members determined to shrink the mists, like former Labor Secre-
crease is statistically insig- size of government no matter what. tary Robert Reich, are suggest-
nificant. Try telling that to the ing that there is the possibility
Blacks who don't have jobs or to of a "double dip" recession and
those who are not in the labor they have not found time to in- cent, is nearly eleven points that numbers could turn back
force. Indeed, while the number troduce one piece of legislation lower than the employment down in a few months if more
of whites who had dropped out that speaks to job creation. population ratio for adult white money is not pumped into the
of the labor force went down, So the situation in other com- men, at 68.0 percent. In some economy. The bottom line is
the number of Blacks out of the munities is getting better but communities, scarcely half of that while some data suggest
labor force went up. better does not mean accept- Black men are working thus economic recovery, the Black
The government is on the able. There are 13.5 million equally a Depression-era level community is still riding on
brink of closing down, with ob- officially unemployed people unemployment rate. Why is the back of the bus. It will take
structionist Tea Party members in our nation and the number this okay? Why has it sparked targeted job creation programs
determined to shrink the size that have not worked for half a no national discussion? What to improve on the new unem-
of government no matter what. year has risen from 43.9 per- does it mean that it is accept- ployment numbers. Is there
They have focused on govern- cent to 45.5 percent in the past able for the employment situ- anyone in Congress who will
ment workers, but too many of month. Labor force participa- ation in an entire community step up to say that these unac-
these workers are Black, Latino tion is at an all-time low of 64.2 can be imperiled? ceptably high unemployment
and female. Yes, an attack on percent which means that too There is joy in some quarters rates cannot continue?


We must protect the health of Black children

A year ago President Obama
signed into law the Patient Pro-
tection and Affordable Care
Act (the "Affordable Care Act"),
guaranteeing access to health
coverage for 32 million unin-
sured people in America, in-
cluding 95 percent of all chil-
dren. Racial minorities are
disproportionately uninsured
today and the Affordable Care
Act will have a particularly pos-
itive impact in communities of
color if allowed to go forward.
The first pieces of the Af-
fordable Care Act to take effect
have brought critical relief to
millions of children and young
adults. As implementation of
the law proceeds insurers can
no longer deny coverage to chil-
dren with pre-existing condi-
tions, impose annual or lifetime
caps on coverage, or revoke cov-
erage when someone gets sick.
Insurers must cover preventive
services for children without
co-payments or cost sharing.
Parents can keep children on
their insurance until age 26,
helping more than 1.2 million

young adults as they graduate
from school and work.
Yet even as we celebrate health
reform, the Affordable Care Act
and one of its cornerstones, the
Medicaid Program, is under at-
tack. Medicaid is a health life-
line for millions of children and
vulnerable people. Opponents
of the Affordable Care Act have

Insurance Program (CHIP) to-
gether provide health coverage
for more than one in three chil-
dren and more than four in 10
In February, the House of
Representatives passed a bill
that prohibits funding for im-
plementation of the Affordable
Care Act. Next week the House

The low cost of covering children compared to the high
costs of dealing with the consequences later is a no

promised to repeal, roll back,
or defund the law and have
targeted Medicaid for "reform"
that would actually cripple the
program and the lives of the
children and low income people
who depend on it.
Medicaid currently covers
close to 60 million people, in-
cluding many children with dis-
abilities or special health care
needs, pregnant women, low in-
come adults and seniors. Med-
icaid and the Children's Health

is expected to take up legisla-
tion that would allow states to
cap spending for Medicaid deci-
mating all current guarantees
of coverage. In a further assault
on children's health care, the
House is expected to consider
legislation to repeal the mainte-
nance of effort provision which
prohibits states from cutting
back on Medicaid and CHIP
coverage for children until 2019.
Medicaid has served as an
important safety net for hun-

dreds of millions of children in
the almost 50 years since it was
enacted and played a critical
role in keeping children covered
during the recent recession.
Children constitute more than
50 percent of total Medicaid
beneficiaries but only about 20
percent of the program's cost.
The program is efficient, with
administrative costs about half
that of private insurers, and
lower per child costs.
The low cost of covering chil-
dren compared to the high costs
of dealing with the consequenc-
es later is a no brainer: efforts to
cut children's coverage by cap-
ping federal Medicaid spend-
ing, repealing the maintenance
of effort provision, or defund-
ing the Affordable Care Act are
all shortsighted and would be
harmful to our nation's future
economic security. Strengthen-
ing our nation financially need
not and must not come at the
expense of our most vulnerable
children's health; strengthen-
ing our nation requires invest-
ing in children.


Manning Marable: Soldi

Professor William Man-
ning Marable's contributions
to Black history remind us of
how important it is to get the
best possible education and
then to use our education to
advance the cause of freedom,
justice, equality and empower-
ment for all. This was the life
and the struggle of Dr. Man-
ning Marable. He was not only
a great analytical historian of
the plight of African people all
over the world, and in particu-
lar here in the U.S., but also my
longtime friend and comrade,
who was a diligent, consistent,
thought-provoking visionary
and champion of the liberation
of the oppressed.
To be a historian is a noble
and important profession. But,
to be a historian in the vein of

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Dr. C.
Eric Lincoln and Dr. John Hope
Franklin is a distinct honor.
Marable was a genius histo-
rian like Woodson, Lincoln and
Franklin who dared to do un-
precedented research, publish
numerous books and to expose
and challenge the complications
and insidious facts about the
nature and history of human
oppression. In 1983, he wrote
the landmark book, How Capi-
talism Underdeveloped Black
America. From 1991 to 2003,
Marable authored nine more
books: Race, Reform and Rebel-
lion; On Malcolm X: His Mes-
sage & Meaning; Beyond Black
and White; Speaking Truth to
Power: Essays on Race, Resis-
tance, and Radicalism; Black
Liberation in Conservative

er of Black history ft
America; Black Leadership; struggles for liberation
Let Nobody Turn Us Around; Marable was a freedom fight-
Freedom: A Photographic His- er who used his skill as a his-
tory of the African American torian to present the truth to
Struggle; and The Great Wells people who cried out for a bet-
of Democracy: The Meaning of ter quality of life. In the Bible
Race in American Life. it says that "The truth will set
It is interesting that today too you free." Marable was about
many of us still get too nervous the task of setting people free to
whenever we hear the "race" the extent to which people are
word used. It is as if some of given more of the truth about
us are ashamed to admit that their social, political, and eco-
our struggle against racism and nomic circumstances. History
class discrimination still exists. informs us how we got to where
Marable was fearless in his so- we are today. He leaves a life-
cial critique of not only the is- time of historical scholarship
sue of white supremacy in all and national leadership that
of its institutionalized forms, will continue to inspire future
but was critical on the issues generations.
of the growing class stratifica- Is the pen is mightier than the
tions within the Black commu- sword? Marable surely proved
nity that either hindered or pro- that to be true today and for
pelled contemporary grassroots generations to come.





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Can we look forward to a West-Bachmann ticket in 2012.?
Glenn Beck, the conservative radio and TV talker, says
his vision for America includes U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-
Plantation, as president. "I want to start a draft Allen West
movement," Beck said on his radio show Monday. And he
said he'd like to see U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.,
as vice-president. "Here it is. Let's put the dream team to-
gether," he said. "It is time to restore honor and I think Al-
len West, I think he's the guy. I think the same thing about
Michele Bachmann. I love Michele Bachmann." He cannot
be serious.
A child pornography probe led to an unusual discovery by
federal agents. FBI agents searched the home and office of
Anthony V. Mangione, the head of Immigration and Cus-
toms Enforcement in South Florida, over the weekend in a
criminal investigation focusing on child pornography alleg-
edly stored on his computer, according to federal sources
familiar with the case. Stay tuned.
This is a crazy legislature that is now in session in Tal-
lahassee. Gov. Rick Scott wants to take over and change
everything, the Legislature wants to seize power from the
governor, the courts, local governments and our voters. This
is the one that should trouble everyone: Prohibit local gov-
ernments from controlling their own destiny by requiring a
super majority vote to change their growth plans.
Broward Schools Superintendent Jim Notter ordered the
firing of Miriam Oliphant last week after finding flaws in
the interview process that led to her hiring. The board up-
held the order Tuesday. Oliphant said she was the victim of
institutional racism. She was the only Black guidance coun-
selor at Dave Thomas Education Center, said her lawyer,
Karen Amlong, adding a discrimination suit may be her
next step. Stay tuned.

State Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, has filed a bill'ban-
ning students from exposing underwear or "body parts" at
school. Call saggy pants whatever you like bad fashion,
disrespectful, a running joke. But calling it illegal is govern-
ment intrusion at its worst. Almost everyone I know share
Siplin's disgust for this ridiculous practice, but the schools
can handle this with their dress code.
After making big financial gains in recent decades, Blacks
and Hispanics are again losing ground. Rather than blam-
ing the lingering effects of the recession, a growing num-
ber of reports point to financial discrimination as a major
cause. We estimate.20 percent of Black and Hispanic home-
owners will lose their homes in this housing crisis more
than twice as high as white households.



More Floridians turned off by Governor Scott

Governor Scott does not
seem to be afraid of contro-
versy and says that he does
not read the paper. Still he
has directed his department
heads to get clearance from
his office before they can talk
to the media. It appears that
transparency no longer is a
focus in the governor's of-
fice and many projects will
be administered or initiated
behind closed doors.
After 100 days in office, the
governor's has an approval
rating of 32 percent and he
has drawn criticism from his
own party. He has made de-
cisions without a complete
analysis of all the facts and
he continues to shift the
debate to what he thinks is
right. His spokesman, Brian
Burgess said, "For the gover-
nor, it's a matter of principle
and doing what he thinks is
Governor Scott is turning
off 70 percent of' the state
and his leadership style is
leading to heckling at pub-
lic appearances and protest
when he travels. Our gover-

nor is part of the new gover-
nors in the country who are
isolated and not connected
to the citizens who may be
hurt and most impacted by
their decisions. For example,
if they feel it is necessary to
cut 10,000 workers in the

As a result of Scott's au-
tocratic leadership style, the
governor finds himself in
court with lawsuits. In his
first 100 days, the governor's
office has been sued at least
three times. For a governor
who is trying to save the tax-

As a result of Scott's autocratic leadership style, the gov-
ernor finds himself in court with lawsuits. In his first 100
days, the governor's office has been sued at least three

state to balance the budget,
it is viewed as a simple cost
of doing business.
From rejecting $2.4 billion
in federal grants for high-
speed rail to killing a pre-
scription drug database and
curtailing the restoration of
felons' rights, Scott is willing
to bring his axe to work ev-
ery day. Even when another
study produces numbers
that indicate that the speed
rail would make a profit the
first year and create 30,000
jobs, the governor tends to
stick to his principles.

payers' money, it gets very
expansive to challenge a new
lawsuit every month.
The most talked-about law-
suit is one that challenge his
authority to reject several bil-
lions in federal grants for a
high-speed rail. The governor
won this lawsuit but many
Florida citizens, leaders and
politicians are upset with the
Florida Supreme Court's de-
Now Florida Legal Servic-
es and Sandy D'Alemberte,
a former president of the
American Bar Association

and Florida State Univer-
sity president are alleging
that- the governor is abus-
ing his power over govern-
ment. rules. In their lawsuit,
they are asking the Florida
Supreme Court to stop the
governor's review of the rules
because it is unconstitution-
al to attempt to change the
laws that direct state agen-
cies how to behave.
In addition, the backers of
the Fair Districts redistrict-
ing constitutional amend-
ments are suing the gover-
nor for delaying submissions
to the Justice Department
for review. Former Governor
Charlie Crist had submitted
a pre-clearance request that
Governor Scott has since
withdrawn. There is no logi-
cal explanation why our gov-
ernor continues to challenge
the courts and continues to
find himself facing lawsuits.
Playing with fire, eventually
one will get burned. In other
words, when you refuse to
play by the rules, you learn
that the rules were put there
for a reason.


Voting is best way to guarantee our

On March 15th, the vot-
ers in Miami-Dade County
made history by recalling
its strong mayor, Carlos
Alvarez and Miami-Dade
County Commissioner, Na-
tasha Seijas, from office.
The showing at the polls
sent a strong message that
the majority of voters were
ready for change. However,
there were no questions
on the ballot to recall any
other county commissioner
nor were there any ques-
tions regarding charter re-
form. How then is it being
touted that the voters in
Miami-Dade County voted
to change the structure of
county government?
I voted in this recent re-
call election to express my
view on whether we should
recall Alvarez not to re-
structure or reform our
county's government. For-
tunately, I was raised by
some wise folks at a time
when it was popular for
parents, grandparents and
the community to train and
teach the children about
making decisions and liv-
ing with them. I was also
taught to be careful what

you ask for because some-
times you might just get it.
And most important, you
better know what it is that
are you asking for before
asking because things are
not always as they seem.
The grass may be greener
on the other side but there's
always a higher water bill
with which one must con-

amount of $6,000 in ex-
change for a ban on outside
employment; the elimina-
tion of the strong form of
government and a two-year
ban on lobbying at County
Hall after leaving office.
Like most people, I agree
we need change in our local
government. According to
management principles if

voted in this recent recall election to express my view on
whether we should recall Alvarez not to restructure or
reform our county's government. Fortunately, I was raised
by some wise folks at a time when it was popular for parents,
grandparents and the community to train and teach the children
about making decisions and living with them.

At a special meeting con-
vened by the county com-
missioners on March 24th,
several charter reform pro-
posals were approved that
will be included on the May
24th ballot as we elect our
new county mayor. The
proposals include: 12-year
term limits for county, com-
missioners (effective 2012
forward); a pay raise to
$92,097 from an annual

Governor Scott's educational reform will create more charter schools in

Miami and close more local schools. Are you in support of this proposal?

Student, Carol City

I think
Scott's pro-
posal is pretty
bad. Granted,
'there are a lot
of problems
with the pub-
lic schools,
but turning
them into
charter schools will not solve
the problem, if anything it will
open a new set of problems.

Secretary, Liberty City

schools would
be a great idea
for Miami. So
many public "
schools are
failing our
kids, especial-

ly Black kids. I just hope that he
does it the right way so we can
have positive results.

Graduate Student, Liberty City

I am not so
sure about
his proposal. I
know that we
have a lot of
problems, ev- "
eryone knows
we have a lot I__
of problems.
He should probably just focus
on making public schools bet-
ter rather than changing them
all together.

Retired, Model City

No, I think the public schools
should remain public. Pub-
lic schools have worked in the
past and when I was coming

through the
public school
system, there
were a lot of
great people
that got a pub-
lic education.

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Minister, Liberty City

That is a bad .
idea, it is just .- .
another one -
of his crooked A ~-
plans to make
more money
off of us, he is '
a crook. He is
thinking how
this will better
him and his people, not how it
will better everyone.

Entrepreneur, Liberty City

No, I do not
agree with
that because I
do not approve ."
of charter
schools. Char- 4
ter schools are .
run by differ-
ent individu-
als and cul-
tures. I do not feel that they
educate us enough.

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

any system is to survive we
must continue to evolve and
change continuously. How-
ever, change can be cata-
strophic if it is implemented
as an "ah-ha" process. Re-
cently, several concerned
citizens proposed chang-
es be made to the County
charter. Keep in mind the

needs 7 4i

Board is not obligated to
embrace any recommend-
ed plan of action from one
or more of their constitu-
ents. At times I too feel as
though I believe I know
what is best for this County
and so do millions of other
people. Not everyone agrees
with what the' commission-
ers have proposed as their
recommended changes to
the charter. Nor does every-
one agree with the people's
Those serving on our cur-
rent Board of County Com-
missioners have been elect-
ed by the people. That being
said, we need to respect the
leadership and allow them
to do their job. There is a
structure of government in
place that allows citizens to
vote on issues which best
represent their interests.
We have another opportu-
nity to do just that on May
24th. Let's continue to uti-
lize the democratic system
to express the will of the

I am "feeling" the Miami Times

Dear Editor,

I would like to commend
you on your paper. I have
been a reader of The Miami
Times for over 30 years.
The change in the past six
months is quite striking.
The glossy pages are eye
catching and the informa-
tion in all of the sections
has vastly improved.
My only suggestion would
be that you solicit more edi-
torials similar to Ron Wal-
ters. Editorials who put a
positive spin on what Presi-
dent Barack Obama is do-
ing. Many editorial contrib-
utors seem to relish in the
negative and refuse to look
at the amount of work that
the president has done.
No other president in his-
tory has had to deal with so
many problems that affect
American life and welfare
as this man has had to deal
It is painful to read week
after week, Ben Chavis and
others complain about un-
employment. They only
see everything in terms
of what Obama is doing
for the Black community.

If anything, the negative
editorialists should have
been down on Black people
for not getting out to vote
in the mid-term elections,
that has made Obama's job
even more difficult in the
face of a hostile Republican
For the problems of the
Black community and the
country as a whole, "as
much as we are obedient
to the commandments,
statutes and judgments of
God, we will prosper in this
land or any other wherever
we are. And as much as we
will not be obedient to those
same commandments,
statutes, and judgments
we will be cut off from the
presence of the Lord." And
thus all his benefits.
As a community, we say
that we believe. But as a
community, we have not
been obedient. Trust and
obey is the key, not just be-
Again, I would just like to
say, good job and keep up
the fine work.

Ronald Harris
Miami, FL


By Judy Keen

At least 15 states have found
trace amounts of radiation
from the crippled nuclear
plant in Japan, but officials
say the levels of radioactivity
are much too low to prompt
health concerns.
Very low concentrations of
iodine-131 were found last
week in a rainwater sample in
Boston. "It is not a problem for
public safety nor is it a threat
to the drinking water supply,"
said Massachusetts Energy
and Environmental Affairs
Secretary Richard Sullivan.
Sullivan ordered the collec-
tion of drinking water samples
from 12 locations Sunday.
Tests showed the water was
"absolutely clean," he said.
No radiation has been dis-
covered in Virginia, but state
Health Commissioner Karen
Remley said she asked that
routine quarterly monitoring
be conducted this week in-
stead of next week as sched-
uled. "I am not worried," she
The Environmental Protec-
tion Agency said Monday that
its nationwide air-monitoring

system found "slightly higher"
radiation levels in some loca-
tions than last week but said
they are "still far below levels
of public health concern."
The March 11 earthquake
and tsunami in Japan dam-
aged the Fukushima Dai-ichi
power plant, prompting ra-
dioactive emissions that have
been dispersed by weather
Iodine-131 ordinarily is not
found in Nevada and can be
linked to Japan because of its
half-life, said Ted Hartwell,
manager of environmental
monitoring at Nevada's Desert
Research Institute.
Iodine-131 "has a very short
half-life of about eight days, so
we know it's from a fairly re-
cent event," he said. Half-life
is the length of time it takes
a radioactive substance to de-
crease in potency by half.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom
Corbett said Monday that
weekend testing found no el-
evated levels of radioactivity in
his state's drinking water. Io-
dine-131 was found Friday in
rain samples.
Aubrey Godwin, director of


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Satellite image of Japan showing damage after an Earthquake
and Tsunami at the Dai Ichi Power Plant, Japan.

the Arizona Radiation Regu-
latory Agency, said he was
not surprised when two sen-
sors 50 miles apart detected
trace amounts of radioactive
material. "We saw the same
thing after Chernobyl," the
1986 nuclear disaster in the
former Soviet Union, he said.
"It shouldn't be concerning to
Case Western Reserve Uni-
versity geology professor Ger-
ald Matisoff said Monday, that
he found trace amounts of io-

dine-131 in rainwater he col-
lected from the roof of a cam-
pus building in Cleveland for
an unrelated study.
Monitors picked up low
levels of iodine-131 at Prog-
ress Energy's nuclear plants
in Hartsville, S.C., and Crys-
tal River, Fla., last week, said
company spokesman Drew El-
Sullivan isn't surprised ra-
diation made its way to Massa-
chusetts. "The world," he said,
"sometimes is a small place."

Inspection amped up at nuclear facilities

By Tennille Tracy

Regulators are stepping up
inspections at three U.S. nucle-
ar reactors in Nebraska, South
Carolina and Kansas after find-
ing the facilities had multiple
problems that could affect safety.
The reactors are still consid-
ered safe, Nuclear Regulatory
Commission spokesman Scott
Burnell said. But each was
ranked level three on a scale in

which level one is good and lev-
el five prompts the NRC to shut
down an operation. There are
104 reactors in the U.S. and all
the other units are rated in the
first two levels.
The level-three rating for the
reactors known as Fort Calhoun
in Nebraska, Robinson Unit
Two in South Carolina and Wolf
Creek in Kansas means they
have multiple problems of low-
level concern, or a few issues of

higher concern, Burnell said.
Some plants have wound up on
the level-three list in the past by
failing to resolve issues over air
pockets in their emergency core
cooling systems, Burnell said.
The level-three designation, also
known as "column three," trig-
gers more inspections by fed-
eral regulators and demands on
plant management to resolve the
The reactors require "signifi-

cant additional oversight but
continue to operate safely," Bur-
nell said.
The Fort Calhoun reactor,
owned and operated by Omaha
Public Power District, was added
to the list in October for short-
comings in its flood-response
plans, said Omaha Public Pow-
er spokesman Jeff Hanson. The
utility has since updated its pro-
cedures for sandbagging and
added floodgates.



Is U.S. a gift or threat to humanity?



By Michael Medved

An indignant Democrat of
my acquaintance accuses con-
servatives of hypocrisy when
they criticize President Obama
for acting with caution and re-
straint in response to crisis.
He accurately points out that
caution and restraint represent
core conservative virtues, and
that most leaders on the right
ripped the president during
his first two years for pushing
too fast for transformational
change. How, then, can they
attack him now for reacting too
modestly, too slowly to Libya,
Egypt, Japan, oil prices, or
anything else?
Beyond fleeting politics of the
moment, this challenge brings
into focus a single explanation
to two. persistent mysteries:
First, how can conservatives
passionately demand a smaller
role for the federal government
in every aspect of American life,
while simultaneously insisting
that Washington should play a
more activist part in world af-
Second, why should liberals
who trust the federal bureau-
cracy to address nearly all our
domestic problems feel such
powerful, palpable reluctance
for that same government to
assume a leadership role in the
international community?
The answer to both questions
centers on contrasting notions
of American exceptionalism.
Nearly all citizens of the U.S.
believe that our country counts
as unparalleled and set apart
from the rest of the world. The
right views America as excep-
tionally blessed and righteous
- chosen by God (or fate, if you
prefer) to inspire humanity with
distinctive ideals of liberty, self
rule and free markets. The left,
on the other hand, expresses
an ,intepsifying tendency to see
the U.S. as exceptionally guilty
(for slavery, "genocide" against
Native Americans and arrogant
imperialism) and exceptionally
backward when it comes to "so-
cial justice." Progressives never
tire of reminding us that the
United States lacks the welfare
state guarantees that charac-
terize other wealthy nations,



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President Barack Obama delivers his address on Libya at the Na-
tional Defense University in Washington, Monday, March 28.

and that it tolerates a vast gap
between rich and poor.

These sharply conflicting
world views (or nation views, at
least) inform dramatically dif-
ferent approaches to domestic
and foreign challenges.
For conservatives, sweeping
federal action is unnecessary
and counterproductive when
it comes to economic or social
problems here in the USA. On
the economy, they argue that
normal business cycles would
bring recovery if only govern-
ment got out of the way. They
point to more than a dozen
downturns, all of which quick-
ly gave way to powerful spurts
of growth except for the
Great Depression which, ac-
cording to the right, FDR need-
lessly extended with his waste-
ful New Deal. Republicans
maintain an almost mystical
faith in the American people
and the powers of the market.
That's why the only federal re-
form programs they promote
with a true sense of urgency
involve tax cuts, allowing more
resources to remain in control
of enlightened private citizens
who dan use those assets to re-
pair problems more effectively

than bumbling bureaucrats.
When it comes to the rest of
the world, however, the right
maintains far greater skepti-
cism. The so-called community
of nations (a musty euphemism
that seems almost laughable
today) can't heal itself without
American direction and as-
sistance. We tried leaving the
world alone to solve its own
problems in the isolationist
1920s and '30s, but then had
to face Hitlerism and Stalin-
ism, along with 60 million
corpses in World War II.

Conservatives passionately
embrace the idea that the Unit-
ed States is better than the
rest of the world, so the Ameri-
can people need a strong hand
from Washington far less than
do beleaguered hordes in less
fortunate societies around the
world. ... ... .
Progressives also believe that
the U.S. stands out from other
nations, but they tacitly or ex-
plicitly assume that we distin-
guish ourselves in a negative
sense encouraging greed,
environmental pillage, mate-
rialism and neocolonialism.
This vision of the United States
gives rise to the claim that

long-suffering citizens of this
republic need decisive, reform-
ist leadership from the nation's
capital in order to drag the be-
nighted USA into the 21st cen-
tury, at the same time that the
nation will fare better in the
international arena by follow-
ing the lead of multilateral or-
ganizations (as in dealing with
Libya) and learning from gov-
ernments with more advanced

These radically contrasting
attitudes toward America and
its position in the world shape
the polarization at the center
of today's politics. The funda-
mental questions that divide
left and right nearly every-
where concern assessments
of the United States. It's those
questions that determine the
point on the spectrum where
individuals locate themselves:
SIs America a gift or a threat
to the rest of humanity?
Do American values count
as nobler or more dysfunc-
tional than, say, European
Should the United States
continue to lead the world or
would the planet benefit from
swaggering Americans learn-
ing from more civilized societ-
ies of Europe and elsewhere?
Given the sharp disagree-
ments about the very nature of
our distinctive national identi-
ty, it's not surprising that con-
servatives want less Washing-
ton interference at home and
more Washington determi-
nation abroad, -while liberals
hope for less influence by the
American government over-
seas along with a more mus-
cular federal role in reshaping
dysfunctional realities of the
In this context, Barack
..Qbama is perfectly .consistent
in demonstrating aggressive
leadership in stateside politics
but a timorous, reluctant role
in foreign affairs. His conser-
vative critics also apply their
own philosophy with unassail-
able coherence by demanding
more American power abroad
but less meddling with citizens
here at home.

-AP photo/Gerald Herbert
P.J. Hahn, coastal zone management director for Plaquemines
Parish, La., rescues a bird last June.

Grappling with BP oil

spill's cost to bird life

By Rick Jervis

of pelicans slathered in oil
during last summer's BP oil
disaster became iconic images
of the event.
How many total birds were
killed, injured or otherwise af-
fected by the millions of gal-
lons of oil that rushed toward
That's one of the major ques-
tions federal scientists and
state biologists are wrestling
with as they approach the an-,
niversary of the disaster. The
Deepwater Horizon rig ex-
Sploded and sank off Louisi-
ana's coast April 20, killing 11
crewmembers and unleashing
more than 170 million gal-
lons of crude into the Gulf of
Mexico. The oil lapped .into
marshes, beaches, barrier is-
lands and other nesting places
for thousands of birds that in-
habit the Gulf.

The official count is 8,065
live and dead birds affected
by the spill, according to U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service re-
ports. That number includes
932 pelicans and 3,300 laugh-
ing gulls, the reports show.
The total count is certain
to spike dramatically,- says
Melanie Driscoll, the National
Audubon Society's director of
bird conservation for the Gulf
of Mexico, who has assisted
in the bird counts, consisting
of birds that volunteers and
workers actually saw. Thou-
sands more hit by the crude
likely sank to an unrecorded
death in the marshes, bayous
and deep waters of the Gulf,
she says.
"Injury to animals is not just-
a death count," Driscoll says.
"It's also something that could
affect their fitness or longev-
ity or reproductive ability for
years to come."

During the 1989 Exxon Val-
dez oil spill in Alaska, biolo-
gists initially counted about

30,000 affected birds, but
that number later soared to
250,000 after calculations
'were made to include birds
that were likely impacted but
not seen, Driscoll says.
"You can't always tell by.
sheer number of birds collect-
ed what effect on the popula-
tion will be," she says.

More than 300 species of
birds live or.pass through the
Gulf Coast each year, includ-
ing some rare and endangered
species, making it one of the
most important bird habitats
in the world, Driscoll says.
Estimating the number of
unseen impacted birds is no
easy task, especially in the
warm, shark-infested waters
of the Gulf of Mexico, scien-
tists say.
Last month, federal and
state biologists began fan-
ning across the Gulf, trying to
come up with a good formula,
Driscoll says.
Many factors are being con-
sidered. For one, the region's
warm temperatures may have
disintegrated many of the re-
mains of birds killed by oil be-
fore they were found, she says.

Biologists at the start of the
disaster agreed not to dis-
rupt sensitive breeding colo-
nies looking for affected birds,
opting ,to wait until after the
breeding season ended in Sep-
tember. That left five months
for birds to die and disappear
without a trace, Driscoll says.
"There are huge areas where
searches could have been done
without finding any birds," she
Another factor is the Gulf's
predatory ecology. Sharks and
other predators lurking below
the surface could have pulled
down pelicans 'or other birds
slowed by the oil, says Peter
Tuttle, a Fish and Wildlife Ser-
vice project leader involved -in
the count.


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Rainwater carries iodine from Japan

Traces found in 15 states pose no health threat :.:.-





County's chief physician honored for service

Dr. Fermin Leguen is 2011 Path Award winner

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times Writer

For some doctors receiving re-
wards can be personally gratify-
ing but awards such as the
Annual Path Award for Public
Health, presented by Florida In-
ternational University (FIU) has
more credence says Dr. Fermin
Leguen, chief physician of the
Miami-Dade County Health De-
partment [MDCHD] and the 2011
recipient of the highly-respected
FIU award.
Leguen says he is thrilled
about the honor because it pro-
vides him the opportunity to al-
low his colleagues to take credit
for the role they have played in

his unit's success.
"It's a great honor to be a re-
cipient of the FIU 2011 Path
Awards, because it is more than
one individual's award," he said.
"I see it as recognition to the in-
valuable contributions made by
the Miami-Dade County Health
Department to this community."
Leguen won the Path Award
for "Epidemiology and Disease
Surveillance" so if an epidemic
ever broke out here in Miami-
Dade County residents wouldn't
have to wait on the World Health
Organization [WHO] to give us
the information we need to pro-
tect ourselves. Before coming to
the MDCHD Leguen served as a
consultant for WHO in Jamaica

and Southern Peru.
He's presently involved with
a community project entitled
"Childhood Lead Poisoning Pre-
vention" because American chil-
dren are still dying from lead
poisoning; .he hopes to receive
a grant from the CDC to imple-
ment the initiative over the next
three years. "Communicable dis-
ease control and surveillance is
my main area of work," he said
Leguen. "I'm also working in the
area of HIV/AIDS surveillance
and the implementation of a
perinatal HIV surveillance pro-
Early in his career Leguen
spent several years in Ethiopia
because he wanted to further

4z l~al

his knowledge of tropical dis-
eases and to learn more in gen-
eral about Africa and its people.
During his surveillance he dis-

covered that the most severe
health issue [disease] that's fac-
ing most African countries in-
cluding Ethiopia surprisingly is
"While in Ethiopia I was deep-
ly involved in the national ex-
pansion of the immunization
program," Leguen said. "I also
trained health professionals."
Cancer, obesity and chronic
diseases such as diabetes, hy-
pertension and cardiovascular
diseases should be of primary
concern to the residents of Mi-
ami-Dade County according to
Leguen says the progression
of these health problems can be
prevented by simply encompass-
ing a healthy lifestyle like eating
a well-balanced diet and main-
taining a regiment of proper ex-

The Path Awards were estab-
lished to recognize individuals
in public health and serve to
raise awareness of the commu-
nity's understanding of the con-
tributions made by health pro-
FIU's Robert Stempel Col-
lege of Public Health and Social
Work presented awards to other
candidates: The Robert Stempel
Award was given to Marisel Losa;
Dr. Florenzia Watson Davis was
awarded for her labors in Di-
etetics and Nutrition; Suzanne
Milano-Berrios for Social Work;
Maribeth Rouseff for Health Pro-
motion and Disease Prevention;
John Farina for Environmental
and Occupational Health; and
Paul Moore for Health Policy and

Blacks see]
By Hope Yen
Associated Press

Blacks moving from city to
suburb, the National Urban
League says it is worried
states may improperly seek
to stem the political clout of
Blacks as they spread into
historically white districts.
The leader of the 101-year-
old organization also says
he is troubled by complaints
from big-city mayors such as
those in New York and Detroit
who contend large pockets of
their residents were missed in
the 2010 census. Blacks his-
torically have been more likely
to be missed in the decennial
count and preliminary num-
bers for 2010 suggest that
could have happened again.
"We have to give consider-
ation. as to whether there is
an undercount," Marc Morial,
president and CEO of the Na-
tional Urban League, told The
Associated, Press.
In its annual "State of
Black America" report being
released recently, the civil-
rights group paints a picture
of Blacks at a crossroads fol-
lowing decades of progress
from the 1964 Civil Rights
It notes growing equality
between Blacks and whites in
employment, even as Blacks'
remain more likely to be
poor and jobless in the cur-
rent economic slump. And it
cites a wider Black influence
in politics particularly in
the South and the suburbs -
that buoyed Democrat Barack
Obama to the presidency in
2008, before waning enthusi-
asm in 2010 led to tepid Black
turnout and widespread wins
for Republicans and tea party
With new census figures
showing Blacks less con-
centrated in inner cities and
spreading to suburban com-
munities, Morial says Blacks
must be vigilant against
subtle discrimination when
states redraw their political
In Michigan, for instance,
mostly Black Detroit could
see its clout diminish in Con-
gress after losing a quar-
ter of its population. Black
lawmakers say they want to
make sure that redrawn polit-
ical maps which are being

Haiti gets $1 m
-A U.S. Navy cargo ship docked
in Haiti recently carrying nearly
$1 million worth of relief sup-
plies for orphanages.
The load of 177 pallets of
canned food and bottled water
was brought by the Navy's high-
speed transport vessel HSV 2
Swift as part of a humanitarian
The donated goods were col-
lected in the aftermath of Hai-
ti's devastating January 2010
But the Navy's aid program
Project Handclasp said the sup-
plies got held up at the U.S. base

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where in the state.
In Virginia, where almost a
fifth of residents are Black,
African-American mem-
bers of the state legislature
are calling for a second U.S.
House district that would
favor Black candidates. But
some redistricting experts
say that redrawing lines to do
that could be difficult, partly
because Blacks are some-
what spread out in the state.
The outcome ultimately may
depend on the Justice De-
partment or a federal court,
which must preapprove redis-
tricting plans in Virginia and
several other Southern states
to ensure that minorities' vot-
ing strength is upheld under
the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
"We will be closely watch-
ing to see if there is an effort
by states to dilute the impact
of the Black suburban vote,"
Morial said.
The "State of Black Ameri-
ca" report also urges Obama

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million supplies
at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, be-
cause of various transport diffi-
culties and the bulk of the food
passed its expiration date and
had to be tossed.
A spokesman for the pro-
gram, Cmdr. Lewis Preddy, said
sending the food on a ship ear-
lier would have meant drawing
down resources from humani-
tarian missions elsewhere.
Catholic Relief Services is dis-
tributing the supplies to Haitian
to orphanages.
In November, the same Navy
ship delivered a mobile medical
clinic and 39 pallets of water fil-
ters to Haiti.

and Congress to increase
federal aid for jobs in the na-
tion's hardest-hit communi-
ties, many of which are dis-
proportionately minority.
Among the recommenda-
Spend $5 billion to $7
billion to hire up to five mil-
lion teens as part of a Youth
Summer Jobs Program that
would improve opportunities
for urban young people, who
have higher rates of unem-
Create "green .empower-
ment zones," which would
offer tax incentives to manu-
facturers of solar panels and
wind turbines if they open
plants in high-unemploy-
ment areas.
Expand small-business
According to census figures
released last week, the popu-
lation of Blacks increased
over the last decade to 37.7
million and ranks as the
third largest racial and eth-
nic group, after whites and
Hispanics. Since the 2000
census, many Blacks have
left big cities such as De-
troit, Chicago and New York
for the suburbs, especially
in the South. Both Michigan
and Illinois saw their first
declines in the Black popu-
lation since statehood.

The Census Bureau's pre-
liminary comparison of the
2010 count to a set of inde-
pendent government esti-
mates based on birth and
death records suggests that
the census figure for Blacks
could have been undercount-
ed by 1.5 to 3.8 percent.
Victoria Velkoff, an as-
sistant division chief of the
Census Bureau's Population
Estimates and Projections,
said in an interview that it
was too early to tell wheth-
er there was a Black under-
count in the 2010 census
without additional analysis,
now under way.
In 2000, the Census Bu-
reau determined it had un-
dercounted Blacks by rough-
ly 2.8 percent, many of them
in dense urban areas. That
assessment was based on the
agency's comparison of the
2000 count to independent
birth and death records.
New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg and Detroit May-
or Dave Bing already have
said they will contest the
2010 counts for their' cities.
Those challenges are mostly
aimed at getting a higher
population count that would
bring a larger share of fed-
eral dollars to their cities for
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nations costliest White House
battle, as he uses the power of
incumbency to raise last sums
lor his re-election campaign.
Outside groups also plan to flex
their new legal power to spend
unlimited corporate and union
money min the election, dramrati-
call, Increasing the price tag of
the 2012 race.
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lion presidential election, and
that's just for the nomineess"
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tive director of the non-partisan
Center for Responsixe Politics.
At that level, candidates
would spend as much to win the
White House as the Walt Disney
Co spent on UiS advertising in
2009. according to Advertising
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mg records in 200 8 when he
collected more than $745 mil-
lion to wirn a protracted primary
and capture the presidency -
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and will aeain in 2012," Demo-
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secretary Hanr Sev.uga.n said.
At the same tune, liberal
groups say they'll capitalize on
the Suprerme Court's decision in
Citizens United v. Federal Elec-
tion Commission to raise large
amounts to aid Obama. The
ruling, denounced by Obama
during his 2010 State of the
Union Address. allows groups
that operate independently
from candidates' campaigns to
spend unlimited amounts of
corporate and Lunion cash in
"In 2010, progressives were
\er', slow to react to Citizens
United, and we got pummeledd"
said Chris Harris of American
Bridge 21st Centur,, a Demo-
cratic group "There's a recog-
nition among operatives and
donors that we can't do that
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say they will spend heavily in
2012. American Crossroads
and Crossroads GPS, two con-
servative groups founded with
help from top Republican strat-
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lespie, raised $71 million to
influence last year's midterm
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FDOC: A warehouse of wasted talent

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

You'd be surprised to
know how much talent
can be discovered right
here in the Florida De-
partment of Corrections.
Sadly, in most cases, the
world will never know. H,
Maybe it's just an exaggera-
tion on my part or not, but when
I walk onto the rec. field and
hear some of these guys rap un-
der the gazebo, my ears register
extraordinary talent. My lack
of exposure to professional tal-
ent existing in the free-world is
causing me to believe that what
I am hearing is the real deal. It
can be that I am simply deceived
by my own isolation from society,
because after all, the R&B, hip-
hop radio station broadcasting
in the rural area where I am in-
carcerated showcases a limited
amount of so-called hit tunes,
most likely courtesy of payola.
Still, I am led to believe that a
selected number of these incar-
cerated wanna-be rap stars ac-
tually have what it takes to suc-
ceed in the music industry.
When the topic of sports is

frequently raised, it's al-
most inevitable that a
very emotional debate
will ensue, often one con-
sisting of sound knowl-
edge and intellect.
It's really amazing how
some inmates are able to
ALL retain an elaborate bank
of information regarding any
given sport. From statistics to
the status of a player -- some are
even able to articulate the long
history of a particular athletic
program. Needless to say, most
of these intense debates usual-
ly take place for the mere sake
of proving oneself right and the
other party wrong; and perhaps
an occasional wager is made.
When I am in the presence of
a fellow convict expounding on
some aspect of sports, whether
caught in a high voltage debate
pr normal discussion, I recog-
nize the potential in that person
to interpret athletics in the ca-
pacity of a professional. For the
skills they possess are no differ-
ent from sports in today's media.
More compelling is the face
that some inmates possess spe-
cial aptitude in areas that are

Ivory Coast standoff takes toll

By Peter Wonacott

As Ivory Coast's incumbent
president hunkers down in .his
fortified basement, defended by
a couple hundred core support-
ers, the people outside are bear-
ing the brunt of a confrontation
with no immediate end in sight.
Still ensconced at his resi-
dence in Abidjan, Laurent Gbag-
bo, the incumbent president, has
been able to repel initial efforts
to take him alive. On Thursday,
much of the fighting focused on
French helicopters shooting at
pickup trucks armed with Gbag-
bo's men, and not the residence.
,French government officials,
who said earlier this week they
hoped Gbagb6 would surren-
der within hours, have become
circumspect as the crisis has
dragged out. Speaking to a Sen-
ate hearing recently, French For-
eign Minister Alain Jupp6 said
Mr. Gbagbo's downfall was "in-
evitable.. in the coming hours,
days, let's be cautious."
International aid workers say
the fighting in Ivory Coast has
rippled far beyond the home of
a president who has refused to
cede power. On the streets of Ab-
idjan, gun-wielding groups loyal
to Gbagbo continue to clash
with soldiers backing President-
elect Alassane Ouattara trap-,
ping residents in their homes
and choking supplies of food
and medicine. The fighting has
deterred even frightened morgue
workers from collecting the dead
from homes, they say.
"There are five million people
in this city," said the Abidjan-
based spokesman for the Inter-
national Committee of the Red
Cross, Kelnor Panglungtshang.
"At any given time, people are
going to be dying, or giving birth
at home, because they are too


Forces loyal to President-elect Alassane Ouattara load prisoners onto a truck in Abidjan on Thurs-
day, April 17.Violence is straining Ivory Coast residents.

afraid to go outside."
Although the United Nations
certified Ouattara as the winner
of the November elections, his
rival has refused to recognize a
victory he says was tainted by
voting irregularities.
In his standoff, Gbagbo has
retained support among pock-
ets of the population as well as
heavily armed youth militias.
About 1,000 soldiers have re-
mained loyal to Gbagbo, in-
cluding a group of about 200
who defend the compound of
the presidential residence, said
French Defense Minister Gerard
Ouattara, meanwhile, has said
he had set up a 2,000-strong
force to gain control of the resi-

dence and capture his rival.
The U.N. operation in Ivory
Coast, known as UNOCI, has
2,250 soldiers; France has
1,700. These forces have been
charged with protecting civil-
Analysts expected Gbagbo
would keep biding his time, at
least as long as he had enough
food and water inside his resi-
dence. Christian Bouquet, a
geography professor at the Bor-
deaux three university and an
Ivory Coast specialist, said Mr.
Gbagbo was also following a
strategy aimed at sowing more
division in the country to spoil
Ouattara's mandate.
In the political tinderbox, loot-
ing and lawlessness have taken

Dozens of bodies found in Mexico

By Nicholas Casey

MEXICO CITY-The bodies
of about 60 people were found
in mass graves on a ranch in
northern Mexico recently, mark-
ing both one of the grisliest finds
by Mexican police this year and
the second time scores of dead
were found in the same secluded
town of San Fernando.
The bodies were found in an
area called La Joya in Tamau-
lipas state, said Ruben Dario, a
spokesman for the state prose-
cutor's office. Eight graves were
uncovered, the largest of which
contained 43 people.
Dario did not comment on the
motive for the crime. A statement
from the state prosecutor's office
released recently said 11 men
had been arrested at the crime
scene, and five people were still
being held captive there when
police arrived.
Investigators were looking into
whether those in the grave were
among a group of passengers
kidnapped on a highway earlier
this year. the statement said.
In the past, such killings have



-AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini
Morgue employees take a body, found in a mass grave, from a
refrigerated trucl into the local morgue in Matamoros, northern
Mexico, Thursday, April 7.

been the work of Mexican crime
groups attempting to extract
ransom money from kidnap vic-
tims who they hold in so-called
safe houses.
In a statement, Mexican Presi-
dent Felipe Calder6n called the
killings an act of "cowardice"
which showed "a total lack of
conscience with which criminal

organizations operate."
The graves-shocking even by
Mexican standards where drug-
related killings have become
frequent-are also bound cause
new difficulties for President
Calder6n who has seen public
support erode for his offensive
against the country's crime

hold, threatening spasms of
violence after the main fighting
Over the weekend, the Inter-
national Committee of the Red
Cross said at least 800 people
were killed in intercommunal
violence in the town of Duekoue,
after an offensive from troops
loyal to Ouattara swept through
the area.

mali man who acknowledged
being a modern-day pirate
and attacked two ships off the
coast of Somalia has been sen-
tenced to 30 years in prison.
Jama Idle Ibrahim was
sentenced last in U.S. Dis-
trict Court. He previously
had pleaded guilty to a failed
assault on the Navy's USS
Ashland and an attack on a
Danish ship called the CEC

Future, for which he and other
pirates got a $1.7 million ran-
Under a plea agreement,
Ibrahim was sentenced to
25 years in the attack on the
Danish ship to run concur-
rently with a 30-year sentence
in the Ashland case.
The case is believed to be the
first time a pirate who success-
fully got a ransom was prose-
cuted in the United States.


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certainly worth acknowledging.
For instance, it's astonishing
how some can decide to cut hair
without authorization from the
institution yet manage to do a
better job than inmates who are
assigned to the barber shop us-
ing only a comb and razor. Then
there are those skilled in repair-
ing digital radios with makeshift
equipment fashioned out of ob-
jects found around the institu-
tion. And what about the ones
who create beautiful artwork
on greeting cards sent' home to
friends and family, not to men-
tion the inmates who help mar-
ket them on the yard along with
other chain-gang commodities.
These are just a few examples,
but the point is that a variety of
skills and talent exist right in
the Florida Department of Cor-
rections. So the question is that
why aren't there any programs
put in place to help promote
growth and development? Why
aren't there any barber shop
classes, electronic classes, busi-
ness classes or art classes made
available to inmates who wish
to earn a certificate in those ar-
eas? Why is it that even talent

shows are obsolete and inmates
have no institutional-sponsored
outlet where they can go to
share their artwork and poetry,
and display their ability.to sing
and dance? It's almost as if DOC
is content with the lack of fos-
tering whatever God-given gifts
that inmates have within them-
selves and would rather see
them languishing in a storage
based environment.
There should be no excuse
for this. We can not allow those
in power to have us to believe
that there is a lack of funds to
finance the implementation of
vocational programs when there
are plenty good, qualified citi-
zens out there who are willing to
volunteer their time and donate
their resources towards making
it happen.
We may never know the real
reason why no programs are
available to afford inmates an
opportunity to hone their skills
and facilities. But the one thing
we do know for a fact is that the
Florida Department of Correc-
tions is not short on spending
money to warehouse good talent
gone to waste.

A 27-year veteran of the Miami-Dade police department has been arrested on drug
According to Miami-Dade Police, Officer Joey Ganem, 47, was arrested and charged with
two counts of possession of cocaine.
Police say internal affairs investigators witnessed Ganem purchasing narcotics in a Co-
conut Grove neighborhood around 3:00 a.m. on April 8.
A short time later, police pulled him over for a traffic stop at S.W. 37 Avenue and 29 Street
where they found the cocaine, said police.
Ganem was arrested without incident and taken to the Dade County Jail.
Ganem was relieved of duty pending the conclusion of the investigation.

A 16-year-old girl who had spent Sunday at church found herself without a ride after
A fellow church member at Church of Gbd, 205 N.E. 2nd Road, offered to drive her home,
but the decision to accept the ride turned out to be a mistake.
Police say 23-year-old Edwin Carrillo-Garcia did not drive her straight home on the eve-
ning of April 3 and instead took her to an unknown, abandoned area in Southwest Miami-
Carrillo-Garcia then asked the victim for sex and when she repeatedly said no, he
stripped her clothes off from the waist down and forced himself on her, according to the
police report.
After the attack, police say Carrilo-Garcia asked the girl for directions to her house and
drove her home. Carrillo-Garcia faced a bond court judge recently who ordered him held
no bond.
Carrillo-Garcia told a bond court judge that he is a part time construction worker. The
judge ruled he must supply his own lawyer.
Carillo-Garcia is a Guatemalan national and is also being held for Immigration & Customs
Enforcement (ICE).

The owner of a Hallandale Beach funeral home was arrested recently and is facing grand
theft charges, police said.
According to the Hallandale Beach Police Department, funeral home owner Kennedy Ste-
vens of E.A. Stevens Funeral Home at 315 West Pembroke Road was arrested and charged
with grand theft. Police said Stevens, 46, was given four checks by a couple for pre-need
funeral services but ended up using the money for "personal use," according to the arrest
Police is requesting the public's assistance in identifying and locating possible victims.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact Detective Chris Grieco of the Hallandale
Beach Police Department Investigative Services Division at 954-924-3122.

The woman charged with engineering the murder of Fontainebleau hotel heir Ben Novack
Jr. his wife, Narcy now stands formally accused of masterminding his mother's mur-
der three months earlier.
Narcy Novack, 54, and her brother, Cristobal Veliz, 57, operated what amounted to a
"criminal enterprise," according to a federal indictment. The goal: kill Novack Jr. for his
money, after first eliminating his mother, Bernice, who had been designated executor of
his estate.
In a sinister twist, they tried to pin Ben Jr.'s killing on Narcy's daughter, May Abad, by
paying someone to falsely claim she was behind the plot to kill Ben, authorities say.
The federal accusations against the siblings include murder, robbery, domestic violence,
stalking, theft, money-laundering, witness-tampering and obstruction of justice.
Bernice Novack, a spry, vigorous 87-year-old, was found dead April 5, sprawled in a pool
of blood in her Fort Lauderdale home. Police and the Broward County medical examiner
called her death accidental, saying it probably stemmed from a fall she had had a week
earlier in a bank parking lot.

Somali pirate gets 30 years in prison

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Welfare recipients face drug testing requirement

By Randy Grice

A Florida House panel has
approved a modified version of
a bill that will impose a man-
date requiring the Department
of Children and Families to
drug-test people applying for
cash assistance. State Rep.
Jimmie Smith (R-43), said he
sponsored the bill because it is
what the voters want.
"I went to areas in the public
and'asked them what their con-

cerns were," Smith said.
Smith is pursing this piece
of legislation despite staff re-
search that shows a similar
program tested in 1999 and
2001 was a failure. A Florida
State University researcher
under contract to evaluate the
program did not recommend
continuation or statewide ex-
pansion of the project. The
overall findings concluded the
program was unwarranted.' In
response to the study's findings
Smith still defends his decision.

"It goes back to the constitu-
ents," he said. "There are other
studies that prove different."

Under Smith's bill, the drug
test would be paid by the peo-
ple seeking assistance. The
Department of Children and
Families estimates a test would
cost $10, plus $25 for a more
advanced series of tests to con-
firm the first results. People

who fail the confirmation test
would be denied benefits for a
one-year period.
"Ten dollars is not a lot to.ask
for the assistance that we are
giving," Smith said.
But not everyone is pleased
with Smith's proposal. State
Rep. Daphne Campbell (D-108)
said she believes Smith is mak-
ing a mistake.
"This is ridiculous," Campbell
said. "This is vicious and ma-
licious for anyone to propose a
bill like this. We have so many

people losing their homes, I am
not for it."
Smith says his plan makes
sense because it proposes us-
ing tax dollars more efficiently
and would help deter drug use.
"The two most beneficial as-
pect of this bill are that we are
making sure that our tax dol-
lars are not going towards buy-
ing someone's drugs and that
people will be deterred from
using drugs if they want to' get
benefits," Smith said.
Geraldine Kemp, 18, Liberty

City, said she believes Smith
proposal will not have a posi-
tive outcome.
"My mom gets cash assis-
tance for our me and my little
brothers," Kemp said. "She is
not on drugs or anything but if
she was it would be a very bad
situation for us. I do not think
[Smith] is looking out for the
best interests of the people that
really need this money. It helps
us to live and with his proposed
process it would further com-
plicate our lives."

U.S. adoption is increasingly

crossing racial and ethnic lines

But 'colorblind' childrearing may not be the way to go

By Sharon Jayson

CHICAGO With 130,000
children adopted each year
in the USA, researchers find
growing numbers involve kids
whose race is different from
their parents'.
The latest data show that
about 40 percent of adoptions
in America involve such fami-
lies. Among children from other
countries adopted by American
parents, 84 percent are trans-
racial or trans-ethnic, says
Adam Pertman, executive di-
rector of the Evan B. Donaldson
Adoption Institute, a non-profit
research, policy and education
Pertman shared the statis-
tics as part of a panel on mul-
tiracial identities at a weekend
meeting here of the Council on
Contemporary Families, a non-
profit group of family research-
ers, mental health practitioners
and clinicians.
"When you form a family with
kids of a different race or eth-
nicity, you become a multira-
cial, multiethnic family," says
Pertman, a father of two adopt-
ed teens.
The most common type of
adoption in the USA is from
foster care, which makes up 68
percent of adoptions, compared

with 17 percent for infants ad-
opted domestically and 15 per-
cent from international adop-
tion, Pertman says.
"The whole gamut of family
issues is being influenced in
a profound way by adoption,"
says Pertman, who lives in New
York. "There are Chinese cul-
tural festivals in synagogues
and A Black kids with Irish last
names at St. Patrick's Day pa-
Pertman is the author of the
newly revised Adoption Nation:
How the Adoption Revolution
Is Transforming Our Families
- and America. He says the re-
vision was prompted by major-
developments in adoption since
the first edition was published
in 2000.
"An immense amount- has
changed in the last decade -
intercountry adoption is plum-
meting, foster-care adoptions
are soaring, a kid was 'returned'
to Russia, the Haiti earthquake
was an object lesson in how not
to do adoptions, openness in in-
fant adoptions really took hold,
and on and on," say Pertman,
whose work focuses on the over-
all adoptive family.
Gina Samuels, an associate
professor in the School of So-
cial Service Administration at
the University of Chicago, has

focused her research on iden-
tity development among trans-
racial adoptees.
A multiracial adoptee who
has worked in child welfare,
Samuels has found the goal of
being "colorblind," which white
parents often espouse, may not
be the best approach for them
to take with their kids of other
"Colorblindness actually cre-
ates discordance," Samuels
says, because parents set their
children up to believe that race
doesn't matter until the chil-
dren find that often race is an
issue in the real world and they
aren't prepared for it.
Her study of multiracial adop-
tees, "Being Raised by White
People: Navigating Racial Dif-
ference Among Multiracial Ad-
opted Adults," was published in
2009 in the Journal of Family
and Marriage. She found that
"colorblind" parenting might
actually be more harmful than
helpful to children.
"Adapting and understand-
ing of equality doesn't require
sameness, so for family mem-
bers to be able to relate to one
another, we don't have to be the
same," says Samuels, who is
part Black; her adoptive mother
was white. "We can be racially
different and we can see the
world and experience the world

Will HB 307 roll back time in Miami-Dade County?

continued from 1A

early 1990s against the Miami-
Dade County School Board al-
leging that the "at-large" elec-
toral system for electing board
members in place at the time
resulted in an impermissible
dilution of the voting strength
of both Black and Hispanic vot-
ers. In response, in April 1994,
the Board adopted a redistrict-
ing plan pursuant to a consent
decree approved by a federal
district court that increased the
number of school board mem-
ber districts from seven at-large
districts, to nine single-member
But House Bill 307 would
change all of that. The school
board governance structure
would be revised from its pres-
ent nine single member districts
to seven single-member dis-
tricts and two at-large member
districts. It should be noted that
HB 307 only applies to counties
with two million or more people
- it would therefore only im-

pact Miami-Dade County.
"The proposed bill would dis-
enfranchise Blacks in Miami-
Dade most certainly ensuring
that the chair and vice chair
would be of Hispanic origin,"
Stafford said. "My concern is
that the move might lead to less
Black representation on the
board. We fought too hard to
get the seats that currently ex-
ist. To tamper with the process
is disheartening and will have
a negative impact. Although the
faces have changed, the game
has not."
Stafford says that she be-
lieves moves like this are in-
tended to push Blacks out and
that. given the current popula-
tion in the County, she believes
that at-large seats would most
assuredly go to Hispanics.
"What this bill is attempting
to do is not fair, not right and
not needed," she said. "There is
already a mechanism in place
to address school board con-
figuration and that process is
through a referendum. And it
this is such a good policy, why

isn't it being applied to all 67
'school districts in the State of
Florida? Why only Miami-Dade
County? The new plan would
require all members to run for
office again, leading to all nine
elections in 2014, instead of
Two of Stafford's colleagues,
both Black, add their concerns.
"To date, Miami-Dade has
not had a countywide African
American serving [in elected
office]," said Rep. Dwight Bull-
ard, a South Miami-Dade Dem-
"With Hispanics comprising
some 65 percent of the popu-
lation in Miami-Dade County,
that "would almost guarantee"
that leadership on the school
board would be Hispanic, said
Rep. Barbara Watson, a Miami
Gardens Democrat.
Stafford says she will con-
tinue to keep her constituency
appraised and hopes that her
colleagues in Tallahassee will
focus on more pressing issues
such as jobs, health care and
education funding.

Black admits being ill-prepared

By Michael Barbara o .. .

A day after her surprise ouster
as New York City's top educa-
tion official, Cathleen P. Black
acknowledged that she was ill-
prepared for the demands and
visibility of running the nation's
largest public school system.
"It was like having to learn
Russian in a weekend," Black
said, "and then give speeches
in Russian and-speak Russian
in budget committee and City
Council meetings."
But in an interview with For-
tune magazine, her first since
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
urged her to step down as
schools chancellor on Thursday,
Black also suggested that gen-
der might have played a role in
her rocky reception over the last
three months.
"If I were a guy, would I have
'had the pounding that I did?"
she asked.
Black, 66, a longtime maga-
zine executive who had no ed-
ucation experience when she
took the job in January, of-
fered few details about why she
had struggled in the job, why
Bloomberg had lost patience
with her or why she had so
quickly agreed to step down.
Although she endured sting-
ing criticism of her manage-
ment style and public statements
as chancellor, she said that she
was particularly irritated by un-
flattering snapshots of herself


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-Photo by Michael Appleton
Cathleen P. Black attended a groundbreaking for a charter
school in Harlem on Wednesday, April 16, a day before her res-

that appeared in the New York
City news media.
"The worst pictures!" she com-
Seemingly chastened by her
experiment with public service,
Black said she was carefully con-

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Alvarez, former county mayor
and Natacha Seijas, former com-
missioner should be removed
from office.
The official slate of candidates
was not confirmed when the Mi-
ami Times went to press. How-
ever, it is anticipated that the fol-
lowing individuals will seek the
office of county mayor: Hialeah
Mayor Julio Robaina; former
county transit director Roos-
evelt Bradley; former state Rep.
Marcelo Llorente; County Com-
missioner Carlos Gimenez; busi-
nessmarn and former 2 Live Crew
front man Luther Campbell; Hel-
en B. Williams, who lost to Al-

varez with 38 percent of the vote
in 2008; and businessman Jose
"Pepe" Cancio. Former county
Mayor Alex Penelas and former
Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez
had earlier indicated that they
might run for county mayor as
well, but on Monday both said
they had changed their minds.
It is estimated that the spe-
cial election will cost taxpayers
plenty: anywhere in the neigh-

sidering her next career move.
"I'm not in a rush," she said.
But she left little doubt that
she would seek to re-emerge,
forcefully, in business or govern-
"I'm a warrior," she said.

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lars, according to election offi-
The May 24th ballot will also
include half a dozen proposed
charter reforms that include:
term limits for -commissioners;
changes in salary; the elimina-
tion of the strong-mayor form of
government; and thle elimina-
tion of outside work for com-

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Descendants deal with ancestors' legacies -- .

By Rick Hampson

Two of every three Americans
have an ancestor who lived
through the Civil War. It helps
explain why so many people -
re-enactors, treasure hunters,
genealogists, collectors, hobby-
ists, preservationists, tourists
and battlefield rats feel so
connected to a war that began
150 years ago.
"It's our war as all the blood
fell on our soil," said Lloyd Gar-
rison, 79, great-great-grandson
of the abolitionist William Lloyd
Garrison. He says the war even
has a contagious, old-time
The great-great-grandson of
the abolitionist's ideological op-
ponent, Confederate President
Jefferson Davis, agrees.
"Americans are fascinated
by the individuals who fought,"
said Bertram Hayes-Davis, 62.
"They want to know more about
what these people did, who
they were and what they went
Today, descendants such as
Garrison and Hayes-Davis un-
derscore our link to a struggle
that shaped the nation as much
as the arrival of the Mayflower
or the victory at Yorktown.

The Civil War ended slavery,
strengthened the federal repub-
lic and allowed settlement of
the West; it pioneered an indus-
trial style of "total war," which
included mass production of
weapons and the systematic
destruction of Southern agri-
culture; it killed about 620,000
combatants nearly as many
Americans as all the other wars
the country has fought com-
Like many other Americans,
descendants of the war's great
figures have discovered and
grown into their Civil War lega-
cies. They raise issues that still
divide us: Why was the war
fought? What did it achieve?
Was Davis a traitor? Was Union
General Ulysses S. Grant a
Over the next four years, the

nation will observe the Civil
War sesquicentennial with cer-
emonies, books, recordings,
films, lectures, exhibitions,
concerts and, encampments.
The war began with the Con-
federate attack on Fort Sumter,
S.C., on April 12, 1861. It ended
with Confederate General Rob-
ert E. Lee's surrender at Appo-
mattox, Va., on April 9, 1865
- six days before the assassi-
nation of President Lincoln.
Roughly 18 million Americans
have an ancestor who fought in
blue or gray a,few have the
kind of forebears who stand on
pedestals and hang over fire-
places. And while Lincoln's last

Photo by Eileen Blass
Gen. Thomas 'Stonewall'
Jackson, left, and great-great-
grandson Henry Shaffner, 75,
of Philadelphia.

direct descendant died in 1985,
other famous lines and names
from the war live on.
Pauline Johnson, 83, says
she didn't even learn she was
the great-grandniece of Un-
derground Railroad conductor
Harriet Tubman until she was-
25. Johnson says she's mysti-
fied why her parents never told
her about the Tubman connec-
tion; she learned from her aunt.
She treasures her one tangible
link to Tubman: a black dress
with white lace sleeves and
collar she found hanging in a
closet in her parents' house in
Auburn, N.Y., after they died.
It had a label with Tubman's
name on it.
Alice Mecoy, 51, wasn't told
she was John Brown's great-
great-granddaughter until she
was 16; her parents were em-
barrassed by the anti-slavery
zealot who in 1859 attacked the

federal arsenal at Harpers Fer-
ry in what is now West Virginia.
When Dred Scott Madison II
was a boy, few outside his fami-
ly realized the kid called "Scott"
was descended from the man
whose 1857 Supreme Court
case strengthened slavery's le-
gal underpinnings and set the
stage for the war. That ano-
nymity is gone, says Madison,
52, an air-traffic controller who
was embarrassed the other day
when a college president in San
Antonio fawned over him when
they were introduced.
"People see the name and go,
'Wow!' he said. "But it's not as
if I did something. "I'm just part
of the gene pool."
Madison tells his kids, in-
cluding Dred Scott Madison III,
22, "Don't blow this up. You've
done nothing yet. Earn your
own accolades."


Kenneth Morris says he re-
alized his great-great-great-
grandfather would not be the
last abolitionist in the family
when he discovered that slav-
ery hadn't ended with the Civil
War. A friend showed him a
magazine article about how
slavery in various forms around
the world, including indentured
servitude, forced labor and sex
slavery, affected more people
than in 1861.
He says it led him to conclude
what better person to fight
modern slavery than a descen-
dant of Frederick Douglass?

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-By Gary Waits
Pauline Johnson, 83, at the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn,
N.Y., says she didn't learn she was the great-grandniece of the
Underground Railroad conductor until she was 25.


Frederick Douglass, a former slave, became an influential

Douglass, a slave who fled to
freedom in the North in 1838,
became the most influential
Black abolitionist .of the, 19th-
century. But to the young Mor-
ris, he was the old man with
"the wild white hair" and the
fierce expression, glaring down
from the painting on the wall.
"It scared me," said Morris,
48. "He looked mean."
The Douglass link was played
down by Morris' parents, pos-
sibly because his own grandfa-
ther, who had struggled to live
in the great man's shadow, had
committed suicide. "There'd
been pressure on males in the
family to be the next Freder-

ick Douglass,"I wondered if I'd
lived during that time, whether
I would have been an abolition-
.ist. I thought so,, but,.I,,could
never prove it."
But when he saw the article
about modern slavery he says
he couldn't walk away.
Morris says he's as motivated
by his two teenage daughters
as his famous ancestor: "When
I found out young girls were in
brothels in Asia forced to be sex
slaves, how could I do nothing
and look my daughters in the
eye? I had this platform my an-
cestor built through struggle
and sacrifice. To not do some-
thing would have been a crime."

Black caddie makes history at the Masters

For 50 years, the Masters Golf
Tournament has had the honor
of employing the same Black
caddie. His name is Carl Jack-
son, also known as Skillet, the
caddie master. Jackson has
owned the record of the most
Masters caddied since 1995 -
this year he marked his 50th
Jackson's career started at
age 11 in Augusta, GA. As a boy,
he would peek through the gate
at the golf course in his Sand
Hills neighborhood. The son of a
poor single mother of nine chil-
dren, Jackson took on the job to
assist with living expenses. He
made 75 cents shagging balls
and up to $1.25 for a shag bag

Carl Jackson's career started at age 11 in Augusta.
Carl Jackson's career started at age 11 in Augusta.

at the course. After two bags, he
could afford to buy dinner at the
local grocery store for the family.
In the first year of joining the
course, Jackson had to qtiit
school because he couldn't af-
ford the uniforms. This caused
a problem with his job qualifi-
cations. With the help of golfer
Jack Stephens and then-club
member President Dwight D.
Eisenhower, Jackson got his
GED and was asked to join the
PGA Tour. His life changed for
S the better: From then on, Jack-
son saw more money than he
had ever seen in his life earn-
ing up to $350 per week.
By 1976, Jackson had con'-
nected with golfer Ben Cren-
shaw on recommendation and
caddied for him for 35 years.

They ended their relationship in
1991 but it was re-kindled when
Jackson was diagnosed with
colon cancer. With Crenshaw's
help, he received the medical at-
tention he needed.
Jackson says that while he
was on the course this year, he
thought of his band of broth-
ers called the Augusta National
Caddies, or "The Old Boys," with
whom he worked with from 1961
to 1983. Most of his fellow cad-
die have died including: Willie
"Pappy" Stokes, Nathaniel "Iron-
man" Avery and Willie "Cem-
etery" Perteet.
After his 50th Masters this
year, Jackson said, "I'd like to sit
under that oak tree and have a
mint julep to the memory of the

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Alexander Clark remembered This week in Black history*

By Mike Ferguson

Muscatine residents and many lo-
wans know the Alexander Clark story
- how he fought to integrate Musca-
tine schools 86 years before the U.S.
Supreme Court ordered it done across
the nation in 1954.
Jacob Rosdail figures the rest of the
nation deserves to know more about
one of Muscatine's favorite sons.
Rosdail, 28, an Oskaloosa film-
maker, is producing a film about
Clark that will be aired not only on
Iowa Public Television next February,
but also on WNET, New York City's
public television station.
The Clark film is being underwrit-
ten by Musco Lighting, Rosdail said.
He said he was drawn to the story
of Clark suing the Muscatine School
Board to allow his daughter, Susan,
to attend the then all-white school

because "race is the American story,"
he said.
"I heard a talk by (filmmaker) Ken
Burns at Coe College recently," Ros-
dail said. "He said that every story
he's ever told eventually comes back
to race. It's our nation's burden, from
the Trail of Tears and elsewhere. It's
what we Americans are ashamed of,
and we've been trying to reconcile
since the Civil Rights movement be-
gan (in the 1960s)."
Once they'd finished with Sissel,
the three-man crew turned its atten-
tion to Dan Clark speaking on Alex-
ander Clark, who was also a post-war
leader in persuading the Iowa Legis-
lature to adopt constitutional amend-
ments to strike "white" from its defini-
tion of "people."
"There was some sentiment in the
local paper for 'colored' rights," Clark
said, but Alexander Clark "was also
characterized as an agitator."

*April 13, 1906- Riots in Brownsville, Texas
result in the discharge of Black soldiers from
the U.S. Army.
*April 13, 1964-Sidney Poitier becomes first
Black to win Academy Award for Best Actor for
Lilies of the Field.
*April 14, 1775- First abolitionist society in
U.S. is founded in Philadelphia.
*April 14, 1969- Student Afro-American Sdci-
ety seized the Columbia College admissions of-
fice and demanded a special admissions board
and staff.
*April 15, 1861- President Lincoln called for
75,000 troops to put down the rebellion. Lin-
Scoln administration rejected Black volunteers.
For almost two years, Blacks fought for the
*April 15, 1896- Booker T. Washington re-
ceives an honorary degree from Harvard.
*April 16, 1965- Maj. Gen. B.O. Davis, Jr.,
assistant deputy chief of staff of the U.S. Air
Force, named lieutenant general, the highest
rank attained by a Black to date in the armed

*April 16, 1973- Lelia Smith Foley becomes
the first Black woman to be elected mayor of
Taft, Oklahoma.
*April 17, 1758- Francis Williams, first U.S.
Black college graduate, publishes a poem book
in Latin.
*April 17, 1990- Playwright August Wilson
won his second Pulitzer Prize for drama with
the play "The Piano Lesson."
*April 18, 1864- More than 200 Black Union
troops massacred by Confederate forces at Ft.
Pillow, Tennessee.
*April 18, 1966- William "Bill" Russell coach-
es the Boston Celtics, making him the first
Black coach in the National Basketball Asso-
*April 19, 1911- The National Urban League is
organized in New York. The civil rights organi-
zation specializes in business and employment.
*April 19, 1972- Stationed in Germany, Major
Gen. Frederic E. Davidson becomes first Black
to lead an army division.

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Students struggle to compete

University competition rises

By Randy Grice

With minimum standards for
getting into college on the rise,
average students are having a
tough time making the grade.
The state's high school gradu-
ation rate has made the jump
from 60 percent to 80 percent
over 10 years, making college
education that much harder to
reach. With a failing economy,
cheap in-state tuition and ben-
efits like Bright Futures Schol-
arships, have attracted many
The average GPA for incoming
freshmen this fall at the Uni-
versity of Central Florida was
3.82, up from 3.62 five years
ago. At Florida State Univer-
sity, 3.9; 3.81 at the Universi-
ty of South Florida and 3.7 at
FIU, all strong A averages. At
the extremely competitive Uni-
versity of Florida, the average
GPA this year was 4.3. Brian
McArthur, a 15-year-old sopho-
more at Coral Reef Senior High
School, said he is interested in
the University of Florida, but

has a lot of work to do to make
his dream a reality.
"I know it takes a lot to get
into college. I want to go to UF
but it know your grades have to
really be on point," McArthur
said. "I know where I want my
grade point average needs to be
and I have two years to get it
there so I should be fine."
At Florida Agricultural
and Mechanical University
(FAMU), the incoming Fall 2010
Please turn to STRUGGLE 11A

Entering students would
have to meet certain

* Be a legal Miami-Dade
County resident.
Graduate from high school
with a weighted grade point
average of 3.0 or higher and
maintain that through
Have MDC entry test scores
indicating they are ready for
Apply for federal student aid.

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Legislature plans charter school expansion
Public school o the ropes and now we may have to pay The Florida House and Sen-
Public sc ol on t ropes for our own retirement," King ate are mulling a cut of

By Randy Grice

In addition to overhauling
teacher pay, evaluations and
contracts, state lawmakers'
have more changes to educa-
tion. Law makers are mak-
ing plans to expand charter
schools and school-vouch-
er programs, and rewrit-
ing rules that could poten-
tially require middle school
students to pass civics and
give schools with poor read-
ing-test scores automatic F
grades. Rick Scott, governor
of Florida, supports this leg-
islation because he believes
charter school expansion will
offer parents more education

options for their children. will w
"And as we know, parents or any
have a better idea of where
their children ought to 6- --"- -
go school," Scott said. (*f',
Pension reform is T
also a looming topic on
the table. Under this ::'
type of reform tens of ~ 's .
thousands of school
employees would be re-
quired to pay a portion
of their retirement.
Darven King, a Miami teach,
school teacher said this type mistr
of reform would be detrimen- for ye
tal to the profession and de- This
ter more people from teach- would
ing. reform
"This is terrible; we do not a dec
make enough money as it forme

At this rate no one
rant to teach in Miami
where else. I think we

aoout seven percent of the
school budget, a loss of be-
tween $423 and $463 per

S' My position is simple, until we level
the playing field and allow teachers
to teach at the public school sec-
tor we cant grant this freedom to charter
schools." -
Dwight Bullard
State representative

ers are being severely
eat and we have been
ars, it is just not right."
s piece of legislation
continue the ideals of
a embraced more than
:ade ago by Jeb Bush,
r governor of Florida.

student. Separately, the pen-
sions shakeup would, cut
state workers' pay by three
percent to help fund their re-
tirement plans. Many demo-
crats and teachers alike have
stepped up to dispute the
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Many high schools not preparing Blacks for military
ham Public Schools to tutor
Blacks falling short ofarmedforces' entry standards young minorities who are fail-
,,1rm~f~r'LVyoung minorities who are fail-

By Sommer Brokaw

The achievement gap is af-
fecting not only Blacks college
and career goals on the civil-
ian side, but also their ability
to join and move up in the mili-
The Education Trust, a
Washington-based education
research and advocacy orga-
nization, released the report
"Shut Out of the Military: To-
day's High School Education
Doesn't Mean You're Ready for
the Army" last December.
The report is based on a
sample of 350,000 high school
graduates from 2004-09 who
took the Army's Armed Ser-
vices Vocational Aptitude Bat-
tery test that assesses candi-
dates' aptitude for enlistment.
Four subgroups make up the
test: math knowledge, arithme-
tic reasoning, word knowledge,
and paragraph comprehension.
According to the national re-
port, 23 percent of test takers
failed to achieve at least 31 out
of 99 percentile score the min-
imum qualifying score. More
than twice as many Blacks as
white applicants failed to qual-
ify. Those that do often have
lower scores, which could ex-
clude them from higher-level
Other branches such as the
Navy, Marines, Air Force, and
Coast Guard have higher quali-
fying scores. Those scoring 50
and higher on the -AFQT are
eligible for Army incentive pro-
grams like college repayment
programs and the Army College
Fund, a monetary incentive
that increases the value of the
G.I. Bill benefits.
In N.C., 35.7 percent of 4,824
Black applicants are ineligible

based on ASVAB scores com-
pared to 15.3 percent of 6,450
white applicants.
"The fact that they've met
the graduation requirements of
high school, four years of Eng-
lish, three years of math, at
least two years of science and
social studies but can't pass
this test is disappointing," said
Christina Theokas, director
of research at The Education
Trust. "That suggests to me our
high schools need to think dif-
ferently about how they're pre-
paring kids, the rigor of class-
es, and courses for students
to be prepared for that option
in the military. A lot of people
think that the military is an
open access employer for them,
that it's that second chance,
but the military is a selective
End-of-grade and end-of-
course tests in N.C. public
schools also show an academic
gap between Black and white
students. In 2008-09, 43.6 per-
cent of Blacks in grades three
to eight passed the EOG math
and reading tests compared to
76.7 percent of whites.
"I think we see those gaps in
the National Assessment of Ed-
ucation Progress or state stan-
dardized achievement tests,"
Theokas said. "We're seeing it
reflected here as well with na-
tional scores or across most
states, you see those disparities
jumping out at you."
The Education Trust study
defies the myth that academi-
cally unprepared students can
always find a place to shape up
in the military. Staff Sgt. Des-
mont Upchurch, a California
military recruiter and Durham
native, said Blacks and other
minorities are hardest hit by

perpetuating this myth be- ing the test at disproportionate
cause they are mostly likely to rates, because they are missing
fail the test. out on what the military has to
He added he would like to set offer like college tuition assis-
up a tutoring program in Dur- tance.

Rita Kiley (right, front) gets a big thanks from the faculty and
staff of Henry E.S. Reeves Elementary School for. her $5,000
donation to the School's media center. The donation was made
in honor of her daughter, Mary Ann Kiley, a former teacher at
Reeves who died from breast cancer.

Reeves Elementary

gets new media center

Donation made in honor offormer educator

Special to the Miami Times

Rita Kiley, 93, mother of the
late Mary Ann Kiley, recently
donated $5,000 to the media
center of Henry E. S. Reeves
Elementary, Academy of Ap-
plied Technology, in honor of
her daughter who lost her bat-
tle with breast cancer.
Kiley, an educator for 22
years, was the school's first me-
dia specialist. She loved books,
traveling, crafts, photography
and most of all her students.
According to Mrs. Kiley, it was
her daughter's hopes to make

the -media center an inviting
place for students, teachers,
parents and the community.
The Center was renamed the
Mary A. Kiley Media Center in
2007 under the leadership of
Mr. Julian E. Gibbs, principal.
According to Gibbs, books
will be purchased in Kiley's
honor as well as additional
materials that will continue
to promote an environment of
reading and learning for ev-
eryone. He added that the en-
tire school and community are
grateful for Mrs. Kiley's gener-

Secretary of Education

addresses National Summit
Special to the Miami Times Schools, Thomas Perrelli, as-
sociate attorney general and
Last Wednesday, Arne Dun- health and David Hansel, hu-
can, U.S. secretary of educa- man services acting assistant.
tion addressed the secretary for the De-
National Summit on apartment of Children
Gender-Based Vio- and Families.
lence Among Young The two-day sum-
People, hosted by mit, was hosted by
U.S. Department of the Department's Of-
Education's Office of fice of Safe and Drug-
Safe and Drug-Free Free Schools. The
School, at the Shera- summit was aimed
ton National Hotel in at bringing together
Arlington, Va. organizations, educa-
Duncan discussed DUNCAN tors and federal, state
the Department's ef- and local leaders to

forts and collaborations with
other federal agencies. Other
participants included Kevin
Jennings, assistant deputy
secretary of the Department's
Office of Safe and Drug-Free

discuss ways to end gender-
based violence among young
people. Specifically, it looked
at research in the field and
discussed new techniques and
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10A THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 13-19, 2011


Jazz great Roy Hargrove shines

- Festival King Campbell is all smiles

continued from 1A

Miami's earliest Black communi-
"For all of the negative com-
ments that we hear about Over-
town, this just proves that there
are many things that are good
and positive about this commu-
nity," said State Rep. Cynthia
Stafford. "We need to focus more
on the history of Overtown and
share it with our children."

From face painting to all kinds
of treats, children were every-
where and clearly having a great
time during the Festival. There
were even contestants from the
Miss Teen USA and Miss Over-
town pageants on hand wearing
their crowns and encouraging
other young girls.
The music, led by Grammy-win-
ner Roy Hargrove and his quintet
was outstanding, so much so that
they returned for several encores
at the crowd's request. Back in
the day, Overtown was known
for hosting such Black stars as
Aretha Franklin, Count Basie,
James Brown and Sam Cooke.
But the community was all but
destroyed when highways came
through in the 1960s.
Luther Campbell, dubbed the
"King" of the Festival, says he
grew up in Overtown and wanted
to participate to show the naysay-
ers that the community is far from



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"We have proven people wrong
today and it's great to see people
from all walks of life and all ages
here to enjoy themselves," he said.
"The folks who came today want to
see positive changes come to the
City of Miami. Overtown has had
its share of negative press to-
day we celebrate the hard-working
families and the many years of
history that must not be forgotten."
Campbell added that many have

tried to take advantal
munity but he and o
steadfast in protection
"The people of Ov
had many disappoint
whole lot of folks who
come in and take over
dents have somehow
hold on," he said. "TI
example of how great
nity can be once mor
Alvaro Niebles, Le
ami, arrived at the v

'N 5 a.m. with his team and said it
IN was non-stop action until the end
VAL of the day. He is one of over 100
young professionals in Greater
Miami who brainstorm and then
work on various projects for com-
munities throughout the City.
"People just kept coming and it
was just a great celebration," he
Said. "This is one of the most suc-
cessful programs we have ever had
from over 70 different ones. It's
just awesome."
Helena Poleo, who assisted with
the media, said she can't wait un-
til next year.
"We had great sponsors includ-
.-ing the Marlins Foundation, the
Miami Dolphins, Walgreens and
AvMed Health Plans, but there
were many others too," she said.
"We are already talking about
making it even bigger and better
next year."
Miami-Dade County School
Board Representative Dorothy
Bendross-Mindingall said she
IT couldn't remember having a better
V/AS.- "I don't really know what to say
ge of the com- about this glorious day but be-
thers remain lieve me, if you weren't here you re-
.g it. ally missed a treat," she said..
rertown have Stephanie Fernandez, repre-
tments and a senting Telemundo, echoed the
have tried to sentiments of others who said
r but the resi- "Overtown's Festival has been
managed to one of the City's top events this
his is just an spring. This is the incubator for
this commu- other programs that will surely
e." follow. And the best thing about
adership Mi- it is it celebrates the people of this
'enue around community."

What took the Panel so long to request information?

continued from 1A

investigation of a complaint."
He says that the only com-
plaint that has been filed is the
one that was recently recorded
by the ACLU and the NAACP.
However, ACLU Attorney
Jeanne Baker says the CIP al-
ready has power to make the
first move on opening up an
investigation without waiting
for a grievance to be filed. She
worked on drafting the Charter
provision and ordinance and
has a different understanding of
the decree than the CIP.
"It was not my intent and I be-
lieve it was not the intent of any
of those of us who worked on
drafting the ordinance, that an
investigation could not be com-
menced unless someone' outside
the CIP lodged a complaint,"
Baker said. "It is that reading
that I view as consistent with
the intent of the drafters."

The CIP was adopted as an
ordinance by Miami city com-
missioners in February 2002
to create a voluntary body of
citizens to provide independent
oversight for the city of Miami
police department. A princi-
pal assignment of the CIP is
to determine whether a police
shooting amounts to miscon-
duct. They are also delegated
to mull over whether police
policies are "constitutionally
flawed," thereby churning out
police misconduct.
City Commissioner Richard
P. Dunn, II says that the CIP
shouldn't have the power to
initiate its own investigation
simply because decisions that
are rendered might be one-
sided. Most of the shootings
have occurred in his district
(5). Additionally, Dunn says
that if the CIP had that type
of control it could wield too

much power.
"It's best to do it this way
because if given the power to
start their own investigations
the board or panel could be
biased," Dunn said. "Most in-
vestigations are launched this
way. It's cleaner and purer
and more objective when it
comes from the public."
Dunn says he applauds the
efforts of the late Travis Mc-
Neil's family for stepping up to
the plate and requesting for-
mal inquiries into the deaths
of the seven Black men who
were killed by Miami police.
The family's action resulted
in the ACLU and the NAACP
lodging a complaint with the

Some believe that City of
Miami Police Chief Miguel Ex-
posito is about to come under
fire from the CIP because he

has refused to hand over all
records related to the shoot-
ing of Moore. Dunn and the
NAACP say they would like to
see Exposito resign or be fired.
But the CIP is in the middle-
of-the-road as is the ACLU.
"Whether the chief should
be fired or should resign is not
within the purview of the CIP,"
Mays added.
According to Mays the scope
of the CIP is to accomplish its
objectives by summoning any
and all persons pertinent to
the CIP's investigation, which
would include both Exposito
and Marin. Mays said that he
doesn't think Exposito is at-
tempting to cover up anything
- he has simply refused to
comply with the CIP's request.
"I do not believe that the
Chief has something to hide,"
Mays said. "It is evident that
he and the CIP have a differ-
ence of opinion regarding the

Health department pledges more preventive care for minorities

continued from 1A

builds on provisions of the
Affordable Care Act and ad-
dresses the needs of racial and
ethnic minority populations
by bringing down health care
costs, investing in prevention
and wellness, supporting im-
provements in primary care
and creating linkages between
the traditional realms of health
and social services.

Health disparities, that is
health differences that are
closely linked to social, eco-
nomic and/or environmental
disadvantages, continue to
plague the Black community.
According to Dr. Garth Gra-
ham, U.S. deputy assistant
secretary for minority health,
not only do Blacks tend to lack
health care, but because of the
infrequent visits to physicians,
they also suffer from serious
illnesses like diabetes or heart
disease that can be effectively
"We see disparities in many
conditions including: cardio-
vascular disease, asthma, dia-
betes, flu, infant mortality,
cancer, HIV/AIDS, chronic low-
er respiratory diseases, viral
hepatitis, chronic liver disease
and cirrhosis, kidney disease,
injury deaths, violence, behav-
ioral health and oral health,"
Graham said. "This five-point
action plan is the most compre-
hensive program every spear-
headed by the HHS and it's
way overdue. Many Americans,
especially Blacks, simply have
not benefited from the improve-

ments in health care and relat-
ed technologies. We know that
there is an inseparable link
between the health of an indi-
vidual and the health of a com-
Graham added that one of
the keys to the success of the
HHS's action plan, is connect-
ing people to care through com-
munity health care workers and
"We have a lot of dedicated
health care workers doctors,
nurses and counselors who
have dedicated their lives to the
cause of equity for all citizens,"
he said. "But unfortunately,
the goal of the highest possible
health has been out of reach for
the great percentage of Blacks.
That is what has sparked this
program and is why we are tar-
geting racial and ethnic minor-
ity populations for the first time
in U.S. history."

What is the big picture for
Blacks in Miami-Dade County
as it relates to specific health
disparities? First consider the
unique demographic composi-
tion of the County, where nearly
three-quarters of all whites are
Hispanic and that data that
distinguishes between Hispanic
whites and non-Hispanic whites
is not always readily available.
Here are the leading causes
of death in Miami-Dade County
for Blacks.
1) HIV/AIDS: Black death
rates are 7.8 times that of
whites; 8.4 times that of His-
2) Homicide: Black death
rates are 4.7 times that of both
whites and Hispanics

3) Infant mortality: Black
death rates are 2.5 times higher
than that among whites; three
times the rate of Hispanics
4) Diabetes: Death rates for
Blacks are about twice the rate
among whites and Hispanics
5) Asthma: Black death rates
are more than twice the rate
among whites and Hispanics.
In addition, Blacks have sig-
nificantly higher death rates for
prostate cancer, cervical can-
cer, stomach cancer, stroke and
breast cancer

Howard K. Koh, U.S. assis-
tant secretary for health, said
the action plan focuses on five
strategies that he believes are

a solid beginning to reducing
current health disparities.
"The plan seeks to increase
awareness and educate the
public about how to live health-
ier lives, invests in youth so
that they can become leaders
in health care treatment and
advocacy, targets cultural com-
petency and also makes pro-
visions for the recruitment of
more minorities into the health
profession," he said. But for us
to achieve real success, we will
hare to find ways to strengthen
and mobilize community health
centers those local hospitals
or small centers that are close
enough and affordable so that
people can get medical care be-
fore their illnesses become life-

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Wilhelmina Minnis [Carter],
will mark her 70th birthday in
October. For her, Overtown has
always been a part of her life -
and she is proud of that fact.
"My father, James Robert Min-
nis, Sr. and Garth C. Reeves, Sr.
were the best of friends when I

was growing up and I remember
all the good they did for St. Ag-
nes Episcopal. They were St. Ag-
nes. People went to my father for
many things: conch, crafts, co-
conuts and sugar cane. He told
me once that an event like this
would eventually come to pass.
I have lived to see history in
the making on 'Turd' Avenue."

FCAT tests begin

continued from 1A

thinks the test modifications
are unfair.
"Some of these changes are
uncalled for and will only com-
plicate the process even more,"
Wells said. "We preach FCAT to
these kids all year long we
get that this test is important.
But like I said, these new ad-
ditions will only complicate the
process that the children have
to endure."
Gisela Seild, administrative
director for assessment, re-
search and data analysis for
Miami-Dade County Public
Schools, said she expects the
two-week long testing to pro-
ceed without any problems.
"We feel that we have done
our best; we have been train-
ing our teachers little by little,"
Seild said. "We do not expect
any glitches."
One of the biggest concerns
is the use of computers for test-
ing. Jerry Hall, a high school
student, said he is not sure
why the computers have been

"The test is already hard
enough without having to be
worried about computers," Hall
said. "I really do not see what
the purpose is maybe it is
just me."
Last year, during trial runs
of the computerized end-of-
course exams, a lot of students
had trouble. Logging in or be-
ing kicked off the system were
two of the major issues. There
were also systemwide glitches
when the state debuted the
computerized versions of the
10th grade retake exams in
The FCAT can deterfnine
whether students advance to
the next grade or graduate. El-
ementary and middle-school
students can anticipate see-
ing test modifications as well.
Last year, the State Depart-
ment of Education overhauled
the Sunshine State Standards
that outline what is expected
of students at each grade lev-
el. The new standards require
students to study fewer topics
than in years past.

Charter schools increasing

continued from 9A

legislation. Dwight Bullard,
Florida state representative,
said the move to expand char-
ter schools would be flawed.
"My position is simple, until
we level the playing field and
allow teachers to teach at the
public school sector we cant
grant this freedom to charter
schools," Bullard said.
The Senate measure, spon-
sored by Sen. John Thrasher,
R-St. Augustine, would force
school districts to accept char-
ters that contract with univer-
sities and community colleges,
eroding districts' power to deny
new schools. That provision

sounds like a double stan-
dard to Democrats, who railed
against the teacher bill for not
giving highly effective teachers
contracts for longer than one
year. Democrats are divided
on the specific that allow more
school vouchers. Most of them
have opposed removing a ban
on public money going to reli-
gious institutions, which could
open the door to vouchers for
parochial-school tuition. They
have supported broadening the
criteria to qualify for the McKay
Scholarship Program for stu-
dents with disabilities. More
than 50,000 previously ineli-
gible students would be able
to use public money to pay for
private-school tuition.

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Students protest County's school expulsion policy

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

Students attending the Miami-
Dade Public School System say
they have been getting unfair
treatment from administrators,
because they have been expelled,
suspended and locked out of
school since they were late for
"The students attending Miami
Jackson Senior High are being
suspended for being late," said
Lashaevia Burns, 15, during a
Power U Forum about zero tol-
erance school policies. "If your
lateness persists it Will lead to
students being expelled or with-
She also said that students at
her school are being locked out of
the classroom and being escorted
to the auditorium where they just
sit there all day and they aren't

allowed to go get their class as-
The meeting was held last week
at the Belafonte Tacolcy Center
in Liberty City to discuss putting
into practice a Restorative Jus-
tice program, which is an alter-
native to expelling and suspend-
ing kids from school.
To help implement this strategy
forum planners have teamed up
with the NAACP including their
state conference president, Adora
Nweze, to discuss their concerns
about the zero tolerance policy.
Nweze says the NAACP will be
visiting every school in Miami-
Dade to address the expulsion
and suspension rates of Black
and Latino students.
"The NAACP has been fight-
ing these policies for a very long
time," Nweze said."We are not go-
ing to allow any school policy to
push our kids out of the door."

k--Photos/Jovan Lamb
Parents and community activists gathered at the Tacolcy Center
to listen to students address their schools' expulsion policy.

- Students voice their concerns about Miami-Dade County
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She says kids shouldn't be sus-
pended when there are other op-
tions such as restorative justice,
which gets to the root of the prob-
lem of why children are breaking
the rules.

City of Miami Police are on
detail at Miami-Dade County
Schools to ensure the safety of
students. But some say question
whether the rights of students
are being violated. "Students are
being maced, searched and ar-
rested and this is not right," said
Keyontay Humphries, communi-

ty youth advocate for the Florida
Youth Initiative, which is a proj-
ect of the Southern Poverty Law
Center [SPLC].
"[These actions] are against the
law they are unconstitution-
al," he said. "Some of these sus-
pensions are an injustice."
Humphries says the SPLC
hopes to partner with commu-
nity leaders to prevent kids from
being suspended, expelled and
"Children are being lost in the
system," Humphries said. "We
don't need to criminalize a child
for making a mistake."
The majority of the Black and

Latino students that are be-
ing arrested and charged with a
crime are referred to the Miami-
Dade Public Defenders Office
for representation because they
can't afford a private attorney.
Marie Osborne, juvenile divi-
sion chief at the Miami-Dade
Public Defenders Office says ev-
ery year there are just too many
students being detained and
charged with crimes that ulti-
mately affect them as an adult.
"There are a lot of strikes for
these kids that come into my of-
fice," Osborne said. "The school
principals are expelling kids that
are arrested."
Kiki Johnson was at the forum
and said her child was recently
suspended for five days and fears
that it will impact their grades.
"Being suspended from school
isn't a working solution for either
party," Johnson said. "I'm for re-
storative justice, because it gives
us a chance to have conflict reso-
Julia Daniel, youth organizer
for Power U says the zero toler-
ance policy is a fiasco.
"The zero tolerance policy is
a failing program," Daniel said.
"All it does is send kids to jail and
puts the police in charge of the
school. Restorative justice gives
teachers and kids the tools they
need to be in charge of their own
Janice Cruse-Sanchez, ad-
ministrative director for the
Educational Transformation Of-
fice for M-DCPS said the meet-
ing was very productive in that
it allowed youth to speak freely
about what's transpiring in their
"This is something we will look
into," Cruse-Sanchez said. "We
have to come up with an alterna-

FMU holds "Real Men" conference to increase graduation rates

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

Florida Memorial University
(FMU) is targeting freshmen
as soon as they arrive on cam-
pus to assist them with the
tools they need to graduate -
a strategy that falls right into
synchronization with meet-
ing President Barack Obama's
plan to increase the nation's
college graduation rate.
Obama's goal is for the U.S.
to become the premier educat-
ed workforce with the highest
proportion of college graduates
in the world by 2020. To fall
into line with the President's
objective, the U.S. will need to
augment the number of college
graduates by 50 percent and

produce a minimum of 8 mil-
lion graduates by the end of the
"We have to make the same
commitment to getting folks
across the graduation stage
that we did to getting them into
the registrar's office," said Vice-
President Joe Biden.

FMU's officials say they real-
ize the importance of 29 per-
cent Black male college gradu-
ation rate that is the average for
Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCUs). To move
towards that goal, the Univer-
sity recently hosted a panel
discussion entitled "Real Men,
Real Talk" to address their

graduation rates and other
concerns that Black males face.
as college students. One of the
issues facing FMU is that is has
a significant population of at-
risk Black males who are first
generation-college students.
"We 'are dealing with more
at-risk students but still have
a very good graduation rate,"
said Michael Moss, Ph.D., se-
nior counselor for the Student
Development Center for FMU.
"We have to target them as
soon as their feet hit the cam-
Moss says Black males are
the ones who are collectively
pulling down the graduation
rate at HBCU's and he says
some of the targeted plans that
work for Black males are men-

tors and role model programs.
That's one of the reasons why
he invited student leaders and
Black men who have obtained
their college degree to demon-
strate to the young men that
they must graduate to become
a productive citizen.
"I have been fortunate to have
absolutely excellent mentors in
my life," Rev. Wendell H. Paris,
Jr., university chaplain said.
"We need to hold each other ac-
countable and raise our expec-
tations of one another. We have
to move forward in faith."
But members of the admin-
istration say they understand
the stress of first-generation
students. "First generation
college students are respon-
sible for setting the examples

Incentives helping students prepare for college

continued front 9A

freshmen class had an aver-
age GPA of 3.0, an average ACT
score of 20.2 and an average
SAT score of 1427. Dr. William
Hudson Jr., interim vice presi-
dent of student affairs at FAMU,
expects the higher require-
ments will become a problem for
Black students. "It is going to
impact Black students severe-
ly," Hudson said. "Specifically
those in low-performing schools
and with bad social economical
LarMarc Anderson, college
assistance program (CAP) ad-
visor for Miami Northwestern
Senior High believes that rising
requirements and lack of money
for college are not the only el-
ements that keep Blacks away
from a secondary education.
"Trying to educate our par-
ents how to use that informa-
tion, so that they can go to
school seems to be an issue,"
Anderson said. "It has been a
very successful process and
I am already starting to see a
huge growth in the application
process for students applying to
go to school and they are get-
ting in."
In efforts to prepare Black
students at the high school
level, Anderson along with dedi-
cated staff have implemented
several strategies. One of them
being a college fair, held annu-
ally, that attracts colleges and
universities from around the
country to Miami in hopes of
recruiting them.

"We had our eleventh annu-
al college fair," Anderson said.
"Each year it grows, this year
we had 93 schools out there."
Anderson also explained that
he organizes financial aid work-
shops between local universi-
ties and his students every year
and demonstrates to students
how to fill out an electronic ap-
plication for college.

Recently Miami Dade College
announced that any student
graduating from a Miami-Dade
public, private or charter school
with a B average or better can
attend Miami Dade College,
free of charge starting in the
fall. Officials said the Ameri-
can Dream Scholarship is the
first of its kind. With $10 to
$12 million dollars backing the
fund, mostly coming from pri-
vate donors, the scholarship
is designed to cover 60 credit
hours that would normally run
a $6,500 tab for student tuition.
James Moody, 16-year-old,
North Miami Beach Senior High
School junior, said he is happy
about Dade's offer.
"That was great news to me. I
want to go to college and I know
that my parents have not saved
for me, I know that," Moody
said. "Right now I am a junior,
I have a 3.0 on the dot. If I can
just maintain that GPA I can go
to college for free? Man, it feels
like some of. my prayers have
been answered."
The scholarship is avail-
able to students that are home
schooled in Miami-Dade as

well. "There is no reason why
you can not go to school, there
is just too much out there,"-An-
derson said. While the schol-

arship caters to a large pool of
students currently Dade stu-
dent do not qualify for the the

for their families," said Roscoe
Warren, director of FMU's En-
rollment Management. "We tell
them if they start something
they must be willing to finish

"America once led the world
in the number of college grad-
uates it produces," said U.S.
Secretary of Education Arne
Duncan. "Now we've fallen to

Duncan delivers keynote address

continued from 9A

ways to use meaningful prac-
tices, especially those that
have shown positive results.
Participants shared their ex-
pertise, gave feedback on exist-
ing federal efforts, and provid-
ed some recommendations on
the future direction of federal
policy and programming.
In 2010, the Department in-
vested $38.8 million in a new
grant program called Safe and
Supportive Schools. The goal
of the grants is to create and
support safe and drug-free
learning environments and to
increase academic success for
students in high-risk schools.

Eleven states are piloting the
program this year. Funds
may be used by state educa-
tion agencies to develop mea-
surement systems to assess
conditions for learning within
individual schools, including
school safety, and to make this
information publicly available.
Using this data, the grant re-
cipients are working in collab-
oration with participating local
education agencies to improve
the learning environment
within schools facing the big-
gest challenges. Beyond this
funding, the Department is
supporting states and districts
in their work to set clear poli-
cies that empower educators to.
take action.

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The Episcopal Church

of the Transfiguration

By Kaila Heard
The Episcopal Church of the
Transfiguration in Opa-locka
was established in October
The church was organized
by Reverend John Culmer,
who was also the rector of the
St. Agnes Episcopal Church in
Members held services at
personal homes before mov-
ing to local schools and then
finally at the sanctuary when
it was completed in 1964. By
that time, the church member-

ship had grown to include ap-
proximately 60 people.
Sylvia Adderley Sands, 65, a
lifetime member, recalled that
the church was "very family
"It was a church of young
mothers and young parents
with children," she said.
Yet the church really began
to grow and prosper in the ear-
ly 1960s under the leadership
of Father Elisha Clarke, Jr.
Seventy-seven year old Mary
Mitchell joined the church in
1976. By that time the church,
according to Mitchell, "was in
full swing."

In its heyday the church School and a youth basketball
had approximately 406 mem- team.
bers and maintained popular Yet once its popular rector,
programs such as a Homeless Clarke, retired in 1993, has
Ministry as well as a thriv- experienced changes as the
ing guilds such as Episcopal church was led by a quick suc-
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NFL player brings positive

message to local FCATpep rally
V, By Kaila Heard
h ihea rd'@miamitimesonline.com

SPreparing for the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive As-
.. sessment Test) often involves several tedious and stress-
I'fu I hours of studying for the test, reviewing essential facts
S- and concepts, and practicing necessary test taking skills.
To help motivate and encourage their students before
the next round of testing, Cutler Ridge Middle School in-
vited Detroit Lions' Kevin Smith as the key note speaker
at their Warrior Pep Rally on Friday, April 8. Smith, a
running back for the Detroit Lions, is a former Cutler
Ridge Middle School student himself.
R : '*"' "We wanted to hold a rally to motivate and in-
S. spire students to let them know that they can
'- achieve so much more," said Theonie D. Beas-
Sley, an SCSI instructor at Cutler Ridge Mid-
dle School.
i, ,- The Title I middle school, which currently
S holds a 'C' grade' missed out on a 'B' by only
:'" .'- t^ / H' 11 points, according to Beasley.
SYet in addition to concerns about raising the stu-
X^ i..' '. dents test scores, the rally was also designed to raise
S ,'the self-esteem and any self-limiting beliefs that a
S. l student may have about their abilities, Beasley said.
-- During the rally, Smith was inducted as an hon-
i ,' : .. orary member into the county-wide mentoring
program, 5000 Role Models. Among his other pro-
S fessional accomplishments are being a contender
S^ Ifor thO 2007 Heisman Trophy as well as being the
Detroit Lions' top rusher in 2008.

Men taking responsibility

Programs teach
men how to
prevent domestic
By Kaila Heard
To put it simply, domestic
violence is a serious public
health issue.
One in four women women
will experience intimate part-
ner violence in their lifetime,
according to the Centers for'
Disease Control.
So, most advice given about
domestic violence is direct-
ed towards women how to
avoid an abusive mate and
how to exit an abusive rela-
tionship. Sound advice, yet
this approach only focuses
on the victim of the violence,
not the perpetrator.
However, there are pro-
grams that recognize the
responsibility and role that
men themselves can play in
ending domestic violence.
"If we're going to end men's
violence against women then
it would end tomorrow if men
decided to stop," said Ulester
Douglas, associate director
of training at the non-profit
organization, Men Stopping
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Atlanta-based organization
working toward ending male
violence against women, pro-
vides a 24-week batterer in-
ter-ention program.
Batterer Intervention Pro-
grams have been around for
over 30 years. Most partici-
pants are court ordered to at-
tend a program and criteria
such as program curriculum
and length varies.
In Florida, programs typi-
cally last 26 weeks, with

about one meeting a week.
An official at the Miami-
Dade Cotmunity Services
which provides, along with
other services, a domestic
violence prevention program,
said, "[Our] program is ca-
tered toward the individual.
It's not a blanket program.'
At the Massachusetts-
based Emerge, one of the na-
tion's oldest batterer interven-
tion programs, the focus is on
re-educating participants,
according to David Adams, a
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Dwell together in unity

Rev. Eddie Lake with wife, Paula, Eddie, Jr. and Jessica

By Kaila Heard
' Reverend Eddie Lake has been
senior pastor of the 115-year-old
Greater Bethel African Method-
ist Episcopalian (AME) Church in
Overtown for approximately four
He and his wife, Paula, and

their three children relocated from
where he was the pastor of the and
his schedule remains hectic as he
settles' in to the new routine.
In addition to juggling the normal
robust schedule filled with pastoral
duties, Lake is still learning about
the the historic Greater Bethel,
meeting congregants, and discov-
ering the ends and outs of the sur-

rounding community.
Yet the 39-year-old Lake takes it
all in stride.
"I find joy because I am fulfill-
ing my purpose. I was created to do
this," he said.
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Muslims protest Quran burning

Florida preacher causes Middle East unrest

Miami Times Staff Report

A 24-year-old Muslim man
desecrated the Bible at the
gates of Saint Anthony's Catho-
lic Church in Lahore recently
in order to "avenge" extremist
American preacher Terry Jones'
desecration of the Quran in
Gainesville last month.
Police arrested the man, iden-
tified as Akhtar Hussain, a resi-
dent of the neigh-
boring district of
The incident .
is the latest in a
series of protests
that have broken
out to protest the "
At least 22
people have been
killed in Afghani- JONES
stan so far in a
series of violent protests against
the burning of the Qurati by two
Florida pastors, according to re-
ports coming from Afghanistan.
The burning initially passed
relatively unnoticed in Afghani-
stan compared to. its volatile
Muslim neighbor Pakistan.
But after criticism from Afghan
President Hamid Karzai and
calls for justice during Friday
sermons, thousands poured

into the streets in several cities
to denounce Jones this week-
Meanwhile, Christian leaders
and civil society activists con-
demned the incident, urging
tolerance, respect and accep-

tance for people belonging to all
Asif Aqeel, director of Lahore-
based Christian non-govern-
ment organization Community
Development Initiative, said,
"Christians are told to turn
the other cheek. They are also

told not to take revenge rather
pray for their enemies. The act
of burning the Quran by Terry
Jones and Wayne Sapp .has
no biblical basis and does not
represent the teachings of the
Christian faith. The Christians
of Pakistan are facing the re-
percussions of their heinous

Secretary General Ban Id-Moon.

He said that Muslims should
realize that the act of two in-
dividuals should not be con-
sidered a collective act of all
Christians. "At the same time
we would say that no civilized
person can imagine to repay

these so-called preachers by
burning the Bible... we con-
demn this act as uncivilized
and similarly devoid of respect
of others," he said.
President Barack Obama
and UN Secretary General
Ban ki-Moon condemned the
attack and also described the
Quran burning as an act of
"extreme intolerance and big-

The Quran burning was car-
ried out March 20 by Wayne
Sapp in a Gainesville church
under the supervision of Ter-
ry Jones, who last September
drew sweeping condemnation
over his plan to ignite a pile
of Qurans on the anniversary
of the September 11, 2001 at-
The event was presented as
a trial of the book in which the
Quran was found "guilty" and
executed." The jury deliber-
ated for about eight minutes.
The book, which had been
soaking for an hour in kero-
sene, was put in a metal tray
in the center of the church,
and Sapp started the fire with
a barbecue lighter. The book
burned for around 10 minutes
while some onlookers posed
for photos, according to media

By Gregory Wright

There were judges, politicians,
proclamations, musicians, hula
dancers, beauty queens, solo-
ists, photographers, friends,
family, fans, well wishers, and
of course, next year's hopefuls.
All gathered to applaud a
young Miami woman, and to
wish her well before she takes
her last walk as Miss Florida
Angelica Spicer, a young Mi-
ami native, received the star
treatment for her final days as
the reigning Miss Florida Es-
sence 2010.
The queen's farewell gala was
held at the Embassy Suites
Hotel near the Miami Interna-
tional Airport. Former State
representative, and local politi-
cal figure James Bush, III read
a proclamation from the City of
North Miami Beach proclaim-
ing the day to be "Ms. Angelica
Spicer Day." A table overflowing
with gifts from local support-
ers and business sponsors was
placed under a photo collage
highlighting the activities and
causes Spicer participated in

and fought for during her year
as the title holder.
Spicer made her final walk
and help crown this year's
Miss Florida Essence 2011 in
a pageant scheduled for April
10th, at the Renaissance Hotel
in Plantation. But before she
does, -Angelica wants to open
up the benefits of pageant life
to young Black girls throughout
the state and across America.
Spicer is a graduate of Monsi-
gnor Edward Pace High School
and is currently a student at
Florida International Univer-
sity, majoring in Criminal.Jus-
The Miss Essence Pageant
has been on the national scene
for the past three years. The
State of Florida Essence Pag-
eant has given local residents
a chance to participate only in
the last two years. Other states
which participate include Ala-
bama, North Carolina and Vir-
ginia. With the motto of "Cel-
ebrating the Essence of Today's
modern woman," the Essence
Pageant gives all women a
chance to compete in a beauty


Angelica Spicer, Miss Florida Essence 2010, enjoys the final
days of her reign.

For Spicer, it's all about help-
ing youth. ,
"I wanted to be a positive role
model for -the younger genera-
tion in the State of Florida,"
she said. "I also knew I could
expose girls of all ages to the
world of pageantry."
You would think that with
her final walk just.two weeks

away, Angelica Spicer would
rest and take the applause
she deserves. Not for Miami's
Miss Florida Essence. On a re-
cent Sunday night, where was
our state's queen? At the Book-
er T. Washington High School
auditorium, helping to crown
in its first pageant ever, Miss
Overtown, 2011.

Gospel singer slims down and comes out

By Aisha Jefferson

Coming out isn't the easiest
process. So imagine how chal-
lenging it would be if you grew
up in a Pentecostal Holiness
church, were a preacher's kid
and belonged to an award-win-
ning gospel group with your'
This was DeJuaii Pace's real-
ity and factored into why she
ignored her same-sex attrac-
tion for so long. In fact, the
45-year-old, who's also a vir-
gin, never discussed her lesbi-
anism with her family, includ-
ing her eight sisters -- seven of
whom, along with her, make
up gospel's the Anointed Pace
Sisters. That changed dur-
ing a taping of the new OWN:
The Oprah Winfrey Network
show Addicted to Food, which
premiered last week. Pace, a
compulsive overeater, is one of
eight eating disorder patients
(both over- and under-eaters)
at treatment facility Shades of
Hope in Buffalo Gap, Texas.

The gospel singer talks about
her weight-loss journey, her
virginity and homosexuality in
the Black church.
TR: Are you at peace?
DP: I'm at peace because I
made peace with God about it. I
did three 40-day fasts to get rid
of the "demon," or "the spirit,"
of the [gay] lifestyle, as we call
it. And [fasting] kept things at
bay, but the temptations were
there when I wasn't deeply
praying and fasting, and when
I re-emerged, the temptations
were still there.
And I kept saying, "God, if
you're a God who delivers from
all manner of [iniquity], then
why is this thing still here?"
Sometimes it's not strong for
years, and then at moments
it's strong. There's something
that God is doing here that we
in the church community need
to take a closer look at. Don't
just say, "You gotta get rid of
TR: You come from a fam-
ily of heavier men and women,


d. .


-; "~1O

DeJuaii Pace is a men
of the gospel singing gi
The Anointed Pace Sist
yet you attribute a lot c
weight gain to being
closet. Why?
DP: I attribute my
gain to not having a v
speak out about thing
were bothering me. A

came home in February [from
Shades of Hope], I weighed
227. As of today, I weigh 215
S pounds [down from 265 when
I arrived at Shades of Hope in
August]. My goal weight is 125
TR: You've known since you
were in the fourth grade that
you were attracted to women.
How do you feel overall since
you've come out?
DP: I feel like a ton, a weight,
has been lifted. I don't have to
hide it anymore; I don't have to
be ashamed. There are times
when I'm like, "Oh God, I'm
literally coming out with this
thing; I'm being open about it.
nber What are people going to say?"
group, And then I have to encourage
ers. myself again. I say, "You know
what? It's up to God to take this
)f your thing and get us right." Nobody
in the has the answers. Nobody can
condemn me about it. There's
weight only one God. I love God dearly
voice to and totally trust that he knows
s that what he's doing, because in
after I such a time as this, I am alive."




Churches prepare

for Palm Sunday

Celebrate the

beginning of

Holy Week

By Kaila Heard
kheard@nmiamitimesonline. corn

This year Palm Sunday falls
on April 17, and marks the
beginning of Holy Week. The
moveable feast celebrates the
triumphant entry of Jesus into
Jerusalem, which was a week
before His resurrection.
The name of the celebration
itself came because of the use
of palms during Jesus' entry
into the city. Often pictures
have depicted the crowd greet-
ing Jesus by waving-- palms
and laying palms in his path-
way because of the vegetating's
symbolic importance. In Jew-
ish tradition, palms were seen
as a symbol of triumph and
According to Biblical ac-
counts, crowds greeted Him

by waving palm branches and
covering his path with palm
According Got Questions.org,
this journey fulfilled a proph-
ecy that had been given nearly
500 years earlier by the Prophet
Zechariah. The Bible states in
Zechariah 9:9, "Rejoice greatly,
O daughter of Zion! Shout, O
daughter of Jerusalem! Behold,
your King is coming to you; He
is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey."
Traditionally churches have
given palm leaves to worship-
pers for the service.
Nowadays, different church-
es celebrate in different ways.
Catholic Churches, and many
Anglican and Lutheran church-
es, bless palm fronds outside of
the church building and then
hold a procession. Sometimes
the palms are saved by many
churches and are burned to
use their ashes in the follow-
ing years' Ash Wednesday ser-

AKA holds South

Florida conference
Special to The Miami Times to support community service
projects and scholarship pro-
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, grams.
Inc. will hold its 58th South At- Hostess chapters for the
lantic Regional Conference April South Atlantic Regional Con-
20 -24 in Hollywood at the Wes- ference, consist of 10 graduate
tin Diplomat Resort and Spa. chapters and four undergradu-
Nearly 3,500 members .... ,. ate chapters from
from Florida, Georgia southeast Florida.
and South Carolina are The South Atlantic
expected to attend and Region is noted as
deliver an economic im- the largest of the 10
pact of over three mil- :FT. regions in the soror-
lion dollars to the local ity. The region, un-
community. der the leadership
During the confer- of Regional Director
ence, members will ad- ; Marsha Lewis Brown
dress economic, health, BROWN of Tampa, Florida;
social justice and hu- is comprised of 160
man rights issues as well as graduate and undergraduate
participate in a shoe drive col- chapters. With a membership
election in partnership with So- of over 200,000 women, the so-
les4Souls, Inc. Other special rority has more than 975 chap-
activities are also planned for ters in the United States, the
family members, guests and the Caribbean, Canada, Germany,
community. Japan, Korea and Africa.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Soror- Special recognition will be
ity, Inc. is the oldest Greek- given to members who have
letter organization established served the sorority for 25, 50
in America by Black women on and 75 years.
Jan. 15, 1908, at Howard Uni- Everyone is invited to attend
versity. Led by International the Public Meeting on Thurs-
President Carolyn House Stew- day, April 21, 8 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
art, the organization connects and the Ecumenical Sunrise
thousands of college-trained Service on Sunday, April 24, 7
women who give of themselves a.m. 8 a.m.

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 organi-
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


Miami pageant

queen paves way

for Black girls

Miss Florida Essence 2010 says

good bye





Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ of the
Apostolic Faith Church, Inc.,
invites everyone to their first
Holy Week Services including
Palm Sunday Service, April 17
at 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Church
and the Last Supper on April
21 at 8 p.m.; Good Friday
Service, April 22 at 12 p.m.
and Easter Service at 5 a.m.,
12 p.m. and 8 p.m. 786-488-

The Miami Announcers'
Guild is hosting a free Fellow-
ship Musical at the Wactor
Temple AME Zion Church on
April 16 at 7 p.m. 954-709-

The Faith Church, Inc.
will host a free block party at
Andover Middle School on April
23, 11 a.m. 3 p.m. The church
also invites you to their worship
service on Sundays at 11 a.m.
and their Ministry In Action
outreach service that provides
free clothes and dry goods ev-
ery Thursday at 7:00 p.m. 305-
688-8541 or 786-351-6443.

Rock of Ages Missionary
Baptist Church invites you to
their Annual Family and Friend
Day at 3p.m. on April 17. Ruby
P. White, 305 345-8800.

The TACOLCY Center in-
vites the community to their

(MI, TNNTrn-

center for a free day of health
screenings, stress reduction,
aromatherapy and health in-
formation vendors, 9:30 a.m.
- 2 p.m., on April 16. 305-751-
1295 ext. 139.

Running for Jesus Minis-
try celebrates first year Gospel
and Praise Jubilee Service on
April 23 at 7:30 p.m. 786-704-
5216, 954-213-4332.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church invites the
community to their 11 a.m.
Sunday morning worship ser-
vice celebrating Palm Sunday.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Opa-locka Episcopal Church reflects on history

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There is currently an estimated
200 members.
The lack of stability contrib-
uted greatly to the church's
declining membership since
people come to church in or-
der to bond with other people,
according to Father Terrence
Taylor, the Episcopal Church
of the Transfiguration's cur-
rent rector.
"If there's not stability then
they can't get that trust,"

he said.
Because of declining,mem-
bership and revolving ros-
ters of clergy members, Tay-
lor was brought about a year
ago to lead both the Church
of the Transfiguration and St.
Kevin's Episcopal Church in
On Sunday, he' holds an
8 a.m. service at St. Kevin's
Episcopal Church, races back
to Church of the Transfigura-
tion for their 9 a.m. service
before conducting the 11:15
a.m. service at St. Kevin's.

Often the two churches hold
events and programs togeth-
er such as their joint weekly
Bible study, Lenten services,
and in the upcoming weeks
they are planning to hold spe-
cial services for Good Friday
and Easter together.
In the future, the Episco-
pal Church of the Transfigu-
ration is hoping to do more
outreach, provide more com-
munity programs, as well as
working to attract younger
In the meantime, Taylor,

a passionate advocate for
youth, advises more adults
to pass along their acquired
wisdom to future generations.
"It's important to say cer-
tain things even if they wont'
get it right away. It may not
register now. It may not even
be important right now. But
it will be in the future.," he
explained. "You can always
serve as a mentor."
This is part one of a two part
article. The next installment
will profile St. Kevin's Epis-
copal Church in Opa-locka.

Church, like other young
adults, Lake found his atten-
dance slackened as a young
adult. Yet during his junior
year as a student at University
of Florida, he rediscovered his
commitment to his faith. The
time came after he had arrived
at the traditional pre-football
game mini-prayer service ear-
He recalled, "I remember
just having an intense moment
with tears streaming down my
face and from that moment,
my life was never the same."
From then on, "no longer
was I living to please myselflf"
he said. "I chose to attempt to
please God."
His recommitment in Oc-
tober of 1993, was followed
shortly by the call to preach in
February 1994. He preached
his trial sermon the following
summer at Mt. Moriah African
Methodist Church in Tarpon

A pastor's responsibilities
are many and varied and in-
clude everything from spiritual
matters to more mundane ad-
ministrative tasks.
Yet for Lake one of his most
trying daily tasks is the con-
stant attempt to communicate
with God.
"I have to be in contact with
God on a daily basis, so that
I can inspire his people to
help them to receive God more

Greater Bethel AME Church is located at 245 N.W. 8th Street in Miami.

openly," he said.
Lake explained that he often
turned to God seeking guid-
ance, strength, and wisdom.
"And I can't do it in a vacu-
um. Faith is found in our ac-
tions. So I have to do those
things that are consistent with
my faith," he said.
For him 'that idea translates
into actions such as treating
people with respect and dig-
nity, praying and meditating
about the Gospel.

When asked what he per-
ceives to be the biggest chal-
lenge facing the Black church,
Lake replied, "unity."
"Because history has re-
corded the fact that unity
causes change."
In addition to seeing the role
that a unified churches played
in the civil rights movement,
Lake was also inspired by
Psalms 133.
In other words, "if there were
unity "God would have ajusti-

fiable right to bring blessings."
For now the new minister of
Greater Bethel AME Church
declined to reveal immediate
future plans for the historic
church, other than to hint that
they will be offering a. summer
program for children.
However, "we don't plan to
go anywhere now and you
can continue to expect great
things from Greater Bethel as
we continue to place our faith
in God," Lake explained.

Stopping intimate violence begins with education

continued from 12B

psychologist and co-director of
"Ultimately our goal is to
teach empathy and respect,"
said Adams, whose program
intakes about 200 people ev-
ery year.
In a program that spans 40
weeks, which is the require-
ment for programs in Massa-
chusetts, participants learn
to broaden their understand-
ing of abusive behavior from
hitting, to include intimidat-
ing, yelling and swearing -
and to change the "negative
thoughts" that often lead to
violent incidents.

Learning such new
thoughts and behaviors for
many participants takes time
and for some the lessons are

never taken to heart.
According to the Florida
Department of Children and
Families Survey about Batter-
er Intervention Programs, out
of nearly 8,000 participants,
nearly 53 percent of partici-
pants completed the program
while the remaining 47 were
Adams advises that while
their partners are in a pro-
gram women set a "bottom
line" about "what needs to
happen before [they] really
are willing to walk away from
the relationship."
In the meantime, they
should monitor if their part-
ner is sincerely modifying
their abusive behaviors or
Among some of the indica-
tors of positive change are:
feeling safe to leave children
with partner and your part-
ner completely stopping say-
ing and doing things that

frighten you. However, if your
partner is telling you that
you are the abusive one; is
demanding another chance;
or is expecting something in
exchange for attending the
batterer intervention program
then they are not successfully
progressing in the program.

Different studies show dif-
ferent rate of success which
generally means repeat of-
fenders or recidivism among
batterer intervention pro-
grams. However, factors such
as longer programs and cur-
riculums combined with "a
coordinated community re-
sponse that includes account-
ability to judicial systems,"
according to "Treatment Pro-
grams for Batterers."
Men Stopping Violence's Ul-
ester Douglas agrees that the

solution to intimate partner
violence will arise from the
Because of the desire to
educate the entire commu-
nity about domestic violence,
MSV offer programs that re-
quire participants to educate
other men in the community
about the dangers of violence
and even hold meetings such
as "Because We Have Daugh-
Douglas explained, "The
real measure of success in
domestic violence work is not
about how many individual
men are not battering any-
more. It's about the extent to
which the community is send-
ing a message that this type
of behavior is [unacceptable]."
For more information, please
visit www.menstoppingvio-
lence.org; www.emergedv.com
or call the National Domestic
Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-

Pastor's 24th anniversary at

New Mt. Calvary MB Church

New Mt. Calvary MB Church,
Rev. Albert Jones Pastor, invites
you to our 24th Pastoral An-
niversary on Wednesday night
April 13 at New Mount Calvary
MB Church, with Rock of Ages
MB Church. Rev. Johnny White
and congregation will be in
charge of the service.
Thursday night April 14
Greater New Macedonia MB
Church, Rev. Sherman Mun-
gins and congregation will be
in charge of the service. Friday
night, April 15, Mt. Everett MB
Church, Rev. Paul Kelley and
congregation will be in charge
of the service. All services start
at 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday April 17, 11 a.m.,
New Mt. Calvary, Rev Bernard
Lang and congregation and at
3 p.m., New Christ Tabernacle,
Rev. Harold Marsh and congre-



.'i. f

Rev. Albert Jones
nation will close out the Pastor's
Come out and be blessed as
these men of God bring the
word of God. Everyone is wel-

First annual Mother's Day dinner

Golden Sol hosts first an-
nual Mother's Day dinner cel-
ebration, 3 p.m., Sunday May
8 at the Hampton Inn in Mira-
mar, tickets are $35-
Proceeds to benefit the

scholarship fund. RSVP by
April 22. For more information
please contact Marilyn Martin
at goldensol@comcast.net or
Berry's Catering at 305-685-

Help your boss to walk more

continued from 15B

increases our well-being, and
our happiness factor. And
then you're also moving and
of course, when we're moving,
we're using up some calories,
we're decreasing stress, maybe
laughing a little bit and it's
just such a win-win."
Larson suggests the website

startwalkingnow.org for other
suggestions and resources,
including 'how to find nearby
walking paths.
"You enter your ZIP code
where you live, how many miles
you're looking to walk, and it
will shoot you all of your options
for that geographic location and
your ability level, what you're
looking for, where to walk, and
it'll map it out for you.

Reverend Lake talks about faith, politics and unity

continued rom 12B

The Reverend Hayden G. Crawford, Rector

Holy Week Schedule of Services

Sunday, April 17th
Passion Sunday: Palm Sunday
8 a.m. The Liturgy of the Palms with Solemn Outdoor Procession
Led by: The Progressive Marching Band
9:15 a.m. Solemn Eucharist with the Reading of the
Passion and Sermon
The Reverend Errol A. Harvey, D.D., Associate

Monday, April 18th through Wednesday, April 20th
12 p.m. The Holy Eucharist

Thursday, April 21st
Maundy Thursday
6:30 p.m. The Holy Eucharist, Stripping of the Altar &

Friday, April 22nd
Good Friday
12 p.m. The Liturgy of the Cross with the Reading of the
Passion & Sermon

Easter Eve, April 23rd
4 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter & Holy Baptism

Sunday, April 24th
Resurrection Day!
6 a.m. The First Eucharist of Easter
Music: St. Cecilia's Choir
9 a.m. Festal Procession, Solemn Eucharist and Sermon

,l ,M


305-573-5330, for more info.

God Word God Way
Church of God in Christ new
class has started position
awareness in minsitry Five fold
insight nine gifts in the spirit
lesson. The Chieftain is taking
you to the next level. Call 786-

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-

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More states offer

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flushing your meds

By Kirsti Marohn

A growing number of cities and
counties are offering an alternative
to flushing old medications down the
toilet or tossing them in the garbage.
Law enforcement and environmen-
tal officials are teaming up to pro-
vide secure drop boxes where people
can dispose of unused or unwant-
ed drugs. The goal is to get leftover
medications out of homes where they
often wind up being abused or sold,
and to prevent them from ending up
in the wastewater stream or a land-
The Safe and Secure Drug Dis-
posal Act, which was signed into law
by President Obama in October, has
made it easier for communities to
start take-back programs, says Gil
Kerlikowske, director of the White

House Office of National Drug Con-
trol Policy. "It is becoming a lot more
common," Kerlikowske says.
Stearns County, Minn., officials are
installing a locked drop box in down-
town St. Cloud's law enforcement
center. Bruce Bechtold, chief deputy
of the Stearns County Sheriffs Office
says people can leave pharmaceuti-
cals during business hours, no ques-
tions asked. Controlled substances
will be incinerated, while others will
be taken to a hazardous-waste land-
Marathon County, Wis., started
a program in January 2010 in re-
sponse to people asking how to dis-
pose of old medications.
The program has collected more
than 1,000 pounds of pharmaceu-
ticals, from antibiotics to Zyrtec,"
plus nearly 500 pounds of controlled
medications such as painkillers.
Residents love it, says Meleesa
Johnson, the county's director of
solid waste management. "We hear
they are very thankful to have this
option," she says.

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Docs warn about teens and 'Facebook depression'

By Lindsey Tanner

CHICAGO Add "Facebook de-
pression" to potential harms linked
with social media, an influential
doctors' group warns, referring to a
condition it says may affect troubled
teens who obsess over the online site.
Researchers disagree on whether
it's simply an extension of depression
some kids feel in other circumstanc-
es, or a distinct condition linked with
using the online site.
But there are unique aspects of
Facebook that can make it a par-
ticularly tough social landscape to
navigate for kids already dealing with
poor self-esteem, said Dr. Gwenn
O'Keeffe, a Boston-area pediatrician
and lead author of new American
Academy of Pediatrics social media
With in-your-face friends' tallies,
status updates and photos of happy-
looking people having great times,
Facebook pages can make some kids
feel even worse if they think they
don't measure up.
It can be more painful than sitting
alone in a crowded school cafeteria
or other real-life encounters that can
make kids feel down, O'Keeffe said,

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because Facebook provides a skewed
view of what's really going on. Online,
there's no way to see facial expres-
sions or read body language that pro-
vide context.

The guidelines urge pediatricians
'to encourage parents to talk with
their kids about online use and to be
aware of Facebook depression, cyber
bullying, sexting and other online

risks. They were published online
Monday in Pediatrics.
Abby Abolt, 16, a Chicago high
school sophomore and frequent
Facebook user, says the site has nev-
er made her feel depressed, but that
she can understand how it might af-
fect some kids.
"If you really didn't have that many
friends and weren't really doing much
with your life, and saw other peoples'
status updates and pictures and
what they were doing with friends, I
could see how that would make them
upset," she said.

"It's like a big popularity contest -
who can get the most friend requests
or get the most pictures tagged," she
Also, it's common among some
teens to post snotty or judgmental
messages on the Facebook walls of
people they don't like, said Gaby Na-
varro, 18, a senior from Grayslake,
Ill. It's happened to her friends, and
she said she could imagine how
that could make some teens feel de-
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The Central Contra Costa Solid
S Waste Authority in the San Francis-
Sa co Bay Area began collecting phar-
maceuticals as a pilot project nearly
two years ago. The program has ex-
r". panded to drop boxes in 11 locations,
Executive Director Paul Morsen says.
Tavares, Fla., launched a pro-
gram in March, and officials say they
already need a larger box. About
three to five pounds of drugs are be-
Sing deposited each week, including
Insulin, penicillin and pain medica-
tions such as OxyContin, says Joyce
Ross, director of public communica-
* The Environmental Protection
- Agency used to advise flushing un-
used medications, but in the past
decade, scientists have discovered
small amounts of pharmaceuticals
in lakes and rivers.
Take-back programs do have a
cost. Stearns County anticipates
spending about $8,000 a year on
disposal. Even so, the program is far
iption- cheaper than installing a costly re-
moval process at a wastewater treat-
amber. ment plant, Morsen says.


Americans not at-risk from radiation

By Matt Sloane

Minuscule amounts of ra-
diation detected in the United
States do not pose any risk to
Americans' health, Centers for
Disease Control and Preven-
tion Director Dr. Thomas Frie-
den reiterated recently.
"We do not expect radiation
to reach problematic levels," he
said on a conference call with
Despite a low-level of con-
cern, Frieden said, agencies
such as the CDC, the Food and
Drug Administration, the En-
vironmental Protection Agency
and the U.S. Department of Ag-
riculture were all actively mon-
itoring the air, the food and the
water supplies in the U.S. for
any evidence of contamination.
Dr. William Jones, acting di-
rector for the FDA's division of
food safety, echoed Frieden's

"There is a great deal of mon-
itoring going on for any prod-
uct that comes into this coun-
try," said Jones. "Anything
contaminated to level where it
could pose a concern would be
Also at issue: Whether
Americans should be taking
or stockpiling potassium iodide
"I understand that there are a
lot of people who want to have
[the pills]," Frieden said, "But I
want to say unequivocally that
there is no reason for anyone in
the U.S. to take potassium io-
dide pills at this time."
Potassium iodide pills (also
known as KI pills) can be help-
ful for people in the immediate
vicinity of a nuclear accident,
by preventing the thyroid gland
from taking in radioactive io-
dine. However, KI pills only
protect the thyroid and are not
recommended for wider con-

sumption, Frieden said, due
to the inherent health risks
associated with taking the
pills, such as allergic reactions,
stomach upset, inflammation
of the salivary glands and cer-
tain thyroid conditions.
"Potassium iodide is part of
the broader strategy on how
we would prepare for exposure
in the event of significant in-
cident," he said, "but we don't
anticipate any scenario where
we would need potassium io-
dide in the U.S. from the inci-
dent in Japan."
Frieden and his colleagues
at the FDA went on to say that
there are no devices or pills
that can protect the entire body
from radiation, despite claims
made by some online retailers.
"There is nothing that is cur-
rently approved as a silver bul-
let," said Patricia Hansen, a
senior scientist at the FDA.
"Those claims are fraudulent."

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By Sharon Rolenc

MINNEAPOLIS People who go to
work today are being urged to tell their
bosses to "take a walk" for better
health, that is.
As part of National Start Walking Day,
the American Heart Association also is
encouraging everyone to wear sneakers
to work-today and get some exercise.
Rachel Larson, a certified personal
trainer and registered dietitian at Hea!-
thEast's Woodwinds Health Campus.
says with so many of our waking hours
spent at work it's important to take a
little time during the day to stretch,
walk and just move your body.
"Take a break. Push away from y' our
computer, push away from your work
station, and walk. Maybe it's jusi- walk-
ing through the building and back to
your desk again. Maybe it's walking
up and down the stairs a few times.
Maybe it's walking down the hall to talk
to a co-worker instead of sending an
Other tips for at-work exercise in-
clude having walking meetings or
taking part of the lunch hour for a
brisk walk. According to the heart as-
sociation, people gain two hours of life
expectancy for every hour of regular,
vigorous exercise even if they don't
start until middle age.
For those who haven't been active for
awhile, Larson suggests starting with
10 minutes of walking and adding five
minutes a day until an ideal time of 30
minutes is reached. Even 20 minutes
per day has benefits, she says.
That helps with reducing t-he risk
of heart disease, it helps with weight
maintenance, it helps reduce stress,
and it's just all-around great to be out-
side and getting some fresh air."
The heart association estimates that
walking an extra 20 minutes a day will
burn off seven pounds of bbdy fat each
If the weather outside is not cooperat-
ing. Larson says, community centers
may have indoor tracks. Some people
walk at their local shopping malls. If
motivation'is a problem, she suggests
setting up a walking date with a friend
or neighbor.
"So now, you've got some time to be
social, which makes us feel good, it
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People who are compulsive eaters show similar ac- '-.
tivity in the same brain regions as people v. ho are ad-
dicted to drugs or alcohol, according to new research.
In particular, exposure to certain food "cues" in, K'^-^-
this case, pictures of a chocolate milkshake act i-
vated the brain's reward circuitry.
"This confirms that addiction to food is tied into
reward centers," said Bonnie Levin, associate
professor of neurology and director, divi-
sion of neuropsychology at the University'
of Miami School of Medicine. "It's a bio- .
logically driven process, not just a behav-' '-f '-.
ioral problem." i
Levin was not involved with the study, .'.
which appeared online Tuesday and in the
August issue of Archives of General Psy- - "
This isn't the first time scientists have
seen clues that certain people may have a
food addiction similar to substance dependence,
especially since both drugs and food trigger the
release of dopamine. However, this is the first .. ..
time the correlation has been noted in people .
who actually qualify as "food addicts" on an ac-
cepted measurement of food addiction.
Here, about 40 healthy young women with
body sizes ranging from lean to obese were
first tested with the Yale Food Addiction Scale,
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tolerate milk
Kids who are allergic to
milk may be able to quickly
develop tolerance by cou-
pling the allergy medica-
tion Xolair with a gradual
increase in their exposure
to milk, known as sensitiza-
tion, a new study suggests.
An estimated three mil-
lion children in the United
States are allergic to some
kind of food. Milk allergy is
the most common food aller-
gy among children, affecting
about 2.5 percent of those
younger than three.
Treatment based on sen-
sitization alone exposing
children to small but pro-
gressively greater amounts
of the food substance to
which they're allergic is
often successful. But it's
usually a slow process that
runs the risk of provoking
allergic reactions.
Seeking a faster and safer
method, the research team
tested a dual approach -
sensitization along with Xo-
lair (omalizumab), a drug
that blocks the action of IgE,
a natural substance in the
body that causes allergic re-
actions -- in a small group of
children. Their findings were
t6 be presented Monday in
San Francisco at the annu-
al meeting of the American
Academy of Allergy, Asthma
and Immunology.
Experts note that re-
search presented at meet-
ings should be considered
preliminary because it has
not been subjected to the
rigorous scrutiny given to
research published in medi-
cal journals.
Treating milk allergies
"could change a child's life-
style for the better," Dr.
Dale Umetsu, a pediatrics
professor at Harvard Medi-
cal School and Children's
Hospital Boston and a co-
author of the study, said
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Breast milk cells may someday predict cancer

By Kathleen Doheny

Examining cells from a wom-
an's breast milk may help eval-
uate future breast health, new
research suggests.
"It looks as if we can use the
cells from breast milk to assess
breast cancer risk," said Dr.
Kathleen Arcaro, an associate
professor of veterinary and ani-
mal sciences at the University
of Massachusetts in Amherst.
She will present her findings
Monday at the annual meeting
of the American Association for
Cancer Research in Orlando,
For the study, she collected
breast milk from 271 women in
the United States.
Most of the women had reg-
istered with the Love/Avon
Army of Women, indicating
they were, willing to engage in
breast cancer research. Others
were recruited from doctors' of-
fices or cancer clinics. All had
either undergone a biopsy of
the breast to check for cancer,
or were scheduled for one.

Arcaro evaluated breast milk
samples from the biopsied and
non-biopsied breasts. She iso-
lated potentially cancerous
cells, known as epithelial cells.
Next, she isolated DNA to look
for signals that regulate tumor
suppressor genes.
She analyzed three genes
among the many known to un-
dergo a process called meth-
ylation in breast cancer. Meth-
ylation in a specific region of a
gene can inhibit or suppress
the expression of a gene, Arca-
ro said, "so it's turned off."
For one gene, SFRP1, the av-
erage methylation was higher
in the biopsied "breast, she
Among the women whose bi-
opsies detected cancer, aver-
age methylation of the RASSF1
gene in the biopsied breast was
considerably higher compared
to the non-biopsied breast.
The researchers presented
results for 182 women whose
biopsy reports were complete
and who had the DNA analysis.
Previous studies of these

methylation patterns in breast
cells used fine nipple aspira-
tion or a technique called duc-
tal lavage to retrieve the cells.
Obtaining the cells from breast
milk is noninvasive and inex-
pensive, Arcaro noted.
It's too soon, however, to as-
sess the cancer detection rate
associated with breast milk cell
examination, she said, but re-
search is continuing.
"We can't say at this point for
two reasons," she said. "One
is, we need long-term follow-
up. And the second really im-
portant reason is, we need to
sample a larger panel of genes."
Eventually, the hope is to
use the breast milk screening
on older mothers soon after
they give birth. The test could
supplement other breast can-
cer predictor tools, such as the
Gail model, which takes factors
such as age into account, Ar-
caro said.
The research has merit, said
Dr. Priscilla A. Furth, a profes-
sor of oncology and medicine at
Georgetown Lombardi Compre-


hensive Cancer Center.
Obtaining the cells seems to
be the easy part, Furth said.
"The question is, how good will
this be? And I think this study
does not yet answer that."
Using it on a large scale for
screening will only be valuable
if its predictive value is high,
she said. .And that number is
still being researched.
The findings should be
viewed as preliminary as they
are presented at a medical
conference in advance of any
publication in a peer-reviewed
medical journal.
Arcaro is continuing the re-
search and will accept milk
samples from any nursing
mother who learns she needs
a breast biopsy. If interested,
contact her at the university,
and she will arrange to have
the sample picked up.

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Restless legs may be sign of heart risks

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research suggests that in some
people, it could be a sign of hid-
den heart problems.
People with very frequent leg
movements during sleep were
more likely to have thick hearts
- a condition that makes them
more prone to cardiac prob-
lems, stroke and death, the
study by Mayo Clinic doctors
"We are not saying there is a
cause-and-effect relationship,"
just that restless legs might
be a sign of heart trouble that
doctors and patients should
consider, said Dr. Arshad Jah-
angir, a heart rhythm specialist
at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in


Restless leg syndrome can signal other health problems,
studies find.

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ence in New Orleans.
Restless legs syndrome is
thought to afflict millions,
though there's argument about
just how many. Some doctors
think its seriousness has been
exaggerated, possibly to help
sell treatments.
The syndrome gained more
scientific respect several years
ago, when several genes were
linked to it. And doctors have
long known that other types
of sleep disturbances such as
sleep apnea raise the risk of
heart problems.
The new research suggests
the same may be true of the
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Exercising gets more important with age

By Janice Lloyd

Sooner or later, it is going
to happen.
Everyone else starts to look
so young. Their walk still has
a bounce to it. Their legs still
slide into sexy jeans. Their
bums are still firm.
So when you find yourself
wanting to skip the workout
and dash off for a pedicure or
hair touch-up instead, don't
go there, dearie.
One person who makes 65
feel like 45 is Jonnye Clark
of Jamison, Pa. She wouldn't
consider skipping a workout.
She works four days a week
as branch manager for an
investment firm, works out
regularly and still finds time
for pedicures. They're "how I
treat myself," she says.
"My philosophy about ag-
ing is you can't hit a moving
Clark maps out her week
around physical activities,
which fitriess experts recom-
mend as a way of strengthen-

ing your body and boosting
emotional and mental energy.
"Make a point of doing
some kind of daily activ-
ity, or at the very least three
days a week, and the more
consistent you are over time,
the better you'll feel," says
Marjorie Albohm, president of
the National Athletic Trainers'
Albohm says it's.never too
late for Baby Boomers and
people in older generation
groups to get going again and
appreciate the rewards.
"Sometimes you gain weight
or it's harder to exercise and
you get discouraged," she
says. "But you have to get to
the point of saying, 'I'm mak-
ing this a part of my life from
this point forward.' "
Clark is the perfect role
model, Albohm says. She gets
regular aerobic activity and
resistance training and works
on flexibility, all prescribed
by the Department of Health
and Human Services in its
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as a way to reduce the risk of
developing chronic diseases
and promote good health.
Studies show exercise and
weight training can also pre-
vent bone loss, a concern for
Clark. "I was already getting
shorter and losing muscle

mass," she says.
A former ballerina who
started dancing when she
was five and continued
through high school, Clark
has had to modify her activi-
ties as she ages. No more bal-
let, for instance.

Health care reform making important changes

By Chris Levister

Congress passed landmark health
care reform that stands as one of the
most important achievements since
President Lyndon Johnson signed
Medicare into law more than four de-
cades ago. This first anniversary is
provoking fresh debate over a law
many Americans still remain confused
about, even as its benefits are already
taking effect.
In 2009, 20 percent of Blacks did
not have health insurance, accord-
ing to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. The new law will help
eliminate health disparities for millions
of Blacks. On the anniversary of the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act reform is charting a new course.
Because of the law, fewer patients will
face dire circumstances.
Insurance companies can no longer

deny coverage to children with preex-
isting conditions. This means a young
girl with cancer or another serious
illness can't be denied the care she
The law prohibits health plans from
placing lifetime caps on coverage. Be-
fore reform, the practice resulted in
seriously ill patients being cut off from
necessary treatment.
In addition,,new health plans must
cover preventive services such as
blood-pressure checkups and routine
vaccinations without co-payments.
This is an important victory; costly
and life-threatening conditions such
as heart disease, diabetes and other
illnesses are often preventable, but re-
search shows most of us avoid preven-
tive care when it's not covered. Over the
next several years, thousands of unin-
sured Americans will gain coverage.
Despite these improvements, reform

faces ideological attacks from conser-
vative lawmakers and Tea Party activ-
ists who claim that the law is an unaf-
fordable government takeover of health
care. Even worse for both sides, a ma-
jority of Americans remain confused
about what the law accomplishes. A
sizable number don't even realize that
it has been passed and signed.
Blacks are still suffering dispropor-
tionately with the problems of this
country's broken health care system.
For example in 2009, while 20 percent
of Blacks did not have health insur-
ance, the number for whites was 10.4
percent in 2007. What's more, 48 per-
cent of Black adults suffer from chron-
ic diseases, compared with 39 percent
of the general population.
Health care reform remains a noble
endeavor. And getting health insurance
will be a big step forward for millions
of Blacks.

U.S. teen pregnancy

rate lowest in 70 years

teen pregnancy rate in 2009,
the latest year for which data
are available, hit its low-
est since tracking began 70
years ago, the Center for Dis-
ease Control said recently.
However, more than
400,000 teen girls still give
birth a year according to the
CDC's Vital Signs report.
"Though we have made
progress in reducing teen
pregnancy over the past 20
years, still far too many teens
are having babies," said CDC
director Thomas Frieden.
"Preventing teen pregnancy
can protect the health and
quality of life of teenagers,
their children, and their fam-
ilies throughout the United
States," he said.
The teen birth rate has de-

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Complaints of a musty smell
has spawned a recall of thou-
sands of bottles of Tylenol.
Johnson and Johnson has
recalled 34,000 bottles of Ty-
lenol 8 Hour Extended Relief
sold in the U.S. from lot num-
ber ADM074. The number
can be found printed on the
bottom of the pill bottle.
This is the sixth time that
the company has recalled

creased 37 percent over the
last two decades. About four
percent of all teenage girls
give birth each year, repre-
senting about 10 percent of
total births, the CDC said.
However, the report says,
the current U.S. rate is still
as much as nine times higher
as that in similar countries.
Forty-six percent of teens
have had sexual intercourse,
the report said. Out of that
number, 14 percent of girls
and 10 percent of boys say
that they do not use any type
of birth control.
The report says teen child-
birth is highest among His-
panics and non-Hispanic
Blacks. Blacks and Hispanic
teen girls are two to three
times more likely to give birth
than white teens.

Ler recalls

- again

over-the-counter medicine
due to costumer complaints
of a foul odor.
The company blamed the
smell on a chemical that is
used to treat the wooden pal-
lets that the bottles are stored
and shipped from.
The pills were manufac-
tured in the same plant,
McNeil's plant in Fort Wash-
ington, PA, that produced
recalled bottles of Tylenol in
December and January. The
plant closed in April of 2010.

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"Parents should definitely
know" about these practic-
Ses, Navarro said. "It's good
to raise awareness about it."
The academy guidelines
note that online harass-
ment "can cause profound
psychosocial outcomes," in-
cluding suicide. The wide-
ly, publicized suicide of a
15-year-old Massachusetts
girl last year occurred af-
ter she'd been bullied and
harassed, in person and on
"Facebook is where all
the teens are hanging out
now. It's their corner store,"
O'Keeffe said.
She said the benefits of
kids using social media sites

like Facebook shouldn't be
overlooked, however, such
as connecting with friends
and family, sharing pictures
and exchanging ideas.
"A lot of what's happening
is actually very healthy, but
it can go too far," she said.
Dr. Megan Moreno, a Uni-
versity of Wisconsin adoles-
cent medicine specialist who
has studied online social
networking among college
students, said using Face-
book can enhance feelings of
social connectedness among
well-adjusted kids, and have
the opposite effect on those
prone to depression.
Parents shouldn't get the
idea that using Facebook
"is going to somehow infect
their kids with depression,"
she said.

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continued from 17B

in a news release from the
Stanford University School of
Medicine, which also partici-
pated in the research. "These
children had significant milk
allergy, and were unlikely to
outgrow it without some type of
"While we recognize that larg-
er trials are necessary, these
results are very promising and
suggest that a rapid and safe
method of food desensitization
might be available for patients

In nthe near future, UlUmetsu
For the study, the children
were first given injections of
Xolair. Over the next seven to
10 weeks, they were exposed
to incrementally increasing
amounts of milk, while con-
tinuing treatment with the
drug. Then, the medication was
stopped but the desensitization
-- in the form of drinking about
two ounces of milk a day -- con-
tinued for another eight weeks.
The researchers noted that all
of the children completed the
full treatment process, which

LllCy attLLIULCeU LU cUaing an aL-
lergy medication to the desensi-
tization regimen. The drug acts
as a "protective blanket," Dr.
Kari Nadeau, an allergist and
assistant professor of pediatrics
at Stanford and a study co-au-
thor, said in the news release.
"Without this treatment, 10
to 20 percent of people who
start oral immunotherapy drop
out, in part due to intolerable
allergic reactions early in the
treatment," he said.
At the end of treatment, nine
of the eleven children could
consume up to 12 ounces of

arly pro ucsLo a u y m
tle or no difficulty, the study
"When you try to go on a
diet that is completely free of
milk, it is very difficult because
many foods have a little bit of
milk protein in them," Nadeau
noted. "From a practical stand-
point, this treatment allowed
these patients to increase all
types of milk products in their
diets: They were able to eat
yogurt, cheese, bread, a muf-
fin. One patient in our study
said, 'I can finally eat goldfish

Study shows that some people are addicted to food

continued from 17B

then monitored with function-
al magnetic resonance imag-
ing (fMRI).
Each woman was first shown
a picture of a chocolate milk-
shake and an image of a glass
of water.
They then were asked to
actually taste the milkshake
(four scoops of vanilla ice
cream, two percent milk and
two tablespoons of chocolate
syrup) or a solution which
tasted like natural saliva
(plain water would have acti-
vated parts of the brain related
to taste).
The researchers picked
milkshakes not only because
they have a high fat and sugar
content (sugar has been most
consistently linked with food
addiction), but also because
they could be consumed rel-
atively smoothly through a
small tube in the mouth. In
contrast, chewing associated
with candy bars or other forms
of sweets would have caused
the participants to move their

head during the scan.
One hypothesis was borne
out almost immediately: Wom-
en with higher food-addiction
scores showed more activity in
the parts of the brain associ-
ated with addiction when ex-
posed to pictures of delectable
chocolate milkshakes.
But, unexpectedly, when
sampling the actual food,
women showed less activation,
which could be because "the
brain just gets flooded all the
time, which shuts down some
of reward reactors," explained
study lead author Ashley N.
Gearhardt, a doctoral candi-
date in clinical psychology at
Yale University's Rudd Center
in New Haven. "You may think
it's going to be the best thing
you ever tasted but it doesn't
meet expectations. That's
maybe why they eat more."
In the study, the authors
noted that one-third of Ameri-
can adults are now obese and
obesity-related disease is the
second leading cause of pre-
ventable death. They also ex-
plained that further research
was necessary to clarify their

results, pointing out, for ex-
ample, that their study did not
measure hunger (which could
have an impact on the scores)
and was confined only to fe-
Despite some limitations,
the researchers felt the spe-
cific nerve patterns of brain
activation in some subjects
suggested addiction, and were
especially worried by the find-
ing that mere images of food
could start the brain racing.
"What I see as a bigger con-
cern is really our food envi-
ronment. If you think of these
cues as starting to trigger the
problem, the worst environ-
ment you could possibly be in
is the one we have," said Gear-
hardt. "All the billboards, all
the vending machines. If you
changed each of these into an
alcohol cue and you were try-
ing to recover from alcoholism,
it would be impossible."
"Advertising is everywhere
and it exerts a powerful influ-
ence over our behavior. But
it can have a positive impact,
too, by helping people develop
more successful self-control

strategies, modulate food
cravings and make healthier
choices," Levin said.
Another concern was that
about 10 percent of people
who didn't necessarily qualify
as food addicts also showed
some activation in the related
brain regions.
"Even though a small per-
centage might be full-blown
food addicts, some may be
showing subclinical symptoms
like a lot of cravings," Gear-
hardt said. "This could have
a widespread cost on public
Gearhardt is hoping that the
study will spur the scientific
community to accept food ad-
diction as a disease, thereby
reducing stigma among heavi-
er people and leading to more
effective ways for them to lose
"We beat ourselves up in
this society: 'This is my fault,'"
Gearhardt said. "When we fi-
nally decided to see alcohol
having the potential to cause
an addictive process, we
stopped blaming people and
started helping people."

Holy Redeemer Church locat-
ed at 1301 NW 71 Street, invites
you to experience with us the
love of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the joy of his resurrection
on Good Friday April 22 for out-
door Way of the Cross.
Come join us in this prayer-
ful experience of the Passion
and Death of Jesus, not only
as it happened 2000 years ago,
but as it happens today in the
poor, the homeless, victims of
The ecumenical service will
begin at Holy Redeemer and
proceed down NW 15 Avenue to
NW 67 Street, going east along
to northern border of Liberty
Square to NW 12 Avenue and
back to Holy Redeemer. Soup
and sharing following In M.
Athalie Range Hall. We welcome


the participation of other Liberty
City churches.
Please contact Fr. John Cox,

Restless legs not good for the heart

continued from 18B

syndrome, famously referred
to as "the jimmy legs" in an old
"Seinfeld" episode.
The study is one of the first
to look at how the syndrome af-
fects health "other than the nui-
sance that it is," said the car-
diology college's president, Dr.
Ralph Brindis of the University
of California, San Francisco.
It involved 584 people diag-
nosed with the syndrome by a
neurologist based on four wide-
ly used criteria. Participants
were given an imaging test that
allowed heart thickness to be
measured three ways, and were
kept overnight so their sleep
could be monitored.
Afterward, researchers divid-
ed them into two groups based
on the frequency of leg twitches.

The 45 percent who twitched at
least 35 times per hour were
more likely to have the thick-
heart condition than the other
55 percent of study participants
who kicked less often.
Looking at all study partici-
pants about three years later,
researchers saw that those with
severely thick hearts about
a quarter of the total group -
were more than twice as likely
to have suffered a heart prob-
lem or to have died.
The study was funded by the
National Heart, Lung and Blood
Institute and a private grant.
People with restless legs
shouldn't panic, but it's worth
talking with doctors about
whether more tests are needed
to look for an enlarged heart,
Jahangir said.
"Don't ignore it. Discuss it
with your physician," he said.

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Apostolic Mt. Calvary Missionary
Revival Center Baptist Church
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue 1140 Dr. Marlin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
n.- 77.7, i lR WI ll
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murder or fervices
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90m 12 pr
MJAiing oie 11 oam
an. WIo,,hp / ijpm
Iv. Prnay a e Mling I 30 p m
Ih 8Ibli '161 i( pm

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

Order of Services

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wed WeD '1 d Pa la 6 9) p
Tbh, Ou' ,i, M. Co .,Apm

Order of Services
Min ihrun n Noon Oia Proyr
R,blb y Iu 1-i pS "
Sundlr Worlhp I II am.
Sunday e hool 9 30 ur a

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

,und 130 J and II a m
v 31a m Sadal Sthaol
lueaw 7 p m P'itn Vdy
8pm Pmaow Melnir'g

Hosanna Community Liberty City Church
Baptist Church of Christ
2171 N.W. 56th Street 1263 N.W. 67th Street
- --- Order of Services Order of Services
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Worshlp II lam
Bible Sludy Ihuriday 730 p m
Yauih Mislry
Mon We 6 pm

Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue
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Eol) Warl'-.p 7 im
.undo, 'haool 9a m
Mb( I0 lom
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(In, lue:da )6 Ip m

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Sundoaf r[ning 6 p m
S Mn ftxellene 1/30 pm
luen Bble (loass /30 pm
lhus Felloaship 10 D m
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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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iiSUNDlA ,Y W ,1iP
i I oMarn.cg 10 o m
S(jr', ~.tol 830 e
Sgdbfei e hidr, Ir ,In
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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

Order of Services
NO tiorh. ~dS, S(hool 8 30
Surday worJnp e v'A e 10 uOm
S Md weekm .~e W4r.md D
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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

,- i Order of Servi
7 30am Emtivt Me g W
III in Mlor. ingWoi
E*er ng Worlp
I & 3rd Sunday 6 p
uI eday IA l i ld i 1p
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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue

Order of Services
Sunday) Sdwl 9 30 o n
Monng Proae,'Worl II am
hr and IUj Sundaw
nm whipo0l16p m
Piayo nng lible SilpI
lueidoy I p m

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

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m.,
11 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

1 (800) 254-NBB(
Fox: 305-685-0705

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

r Order of Services
'f Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m.
'i Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Television Program Sure Foundation
My33 WBFS/Com(ast 3 Saturday -7:30 a.m.
www.pembrokeparkchurchofhrist.com pembrokeparkcoc@bellsouth.net

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

Order of Services

Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

-- 1 Order of Set
SLord dDy Sundq Sdo

*l9 45am

Sunday Mmnig 1Wsip 11 n m
Sndar yMen Bible ~IS 5p m
Sunald) xlod i8e SWf I p pan
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Job Israel Ministries
aein~~liii mh~rmammm

Sharing the
knowledge of the
Messiah Yahweh
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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

SOrder of Services

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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street

Order of Servires
hour of Prayer 6-30 a m Early Morning Worship 7-30 a m
Sunday Sthool 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a m
Youlh hMi'nhiry Study Wed 7 p m Poayer.. Bible Study Wed 7 p m
. -"-," '^ Noonday Alaor Prayer (MF)
:F'dingq he Hungry every Wednesday 11 am .I p m
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20B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 13-19, 2011

Hadley Davis
borer, died April --
5. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Good News
West Little River
Baptist Church.

HUGH THOMPSON, 73, secu-
rity, died April 9.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

tra i

tired trademan,
died April 9 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital.
Service 2:30
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

EUGENE MOORE, 63, laborer,
died April 1 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital.
Service 12:30
p.m., Saturday -
in the chapel

EARNEST HARVIN, 53, laborer,
died April 9. Services are private.

Death Notice
71, retired hair
dresser, died
April 7. Survi-
vors include: .9 ,
daughter, -
Frankie Harrell
(Thomas); son,
Curtis Cannon;
Joy (Andre); grandson, Glynne;
great-granddaughter, Madison; sis-
ters, Evelyn, Lucille and Marjorie;
and brother, Frank. An intimate me-
morial Service Saturday in Cony-
ers, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, the
family is requesting that donations
are made to The "Madison Stewart
College Trust Fund." For further
information, please contact the
family via e-mail at trust4maddy@

HalldlebFigg acMdeliMd itt
CA~TWlRINWRWTl H '4, 4ljedied
AprilqZi*t home
Service 12ao mn
in trictispel. 12
noon in the

Bain Range
ISAIAH DEAN, SR., retired
died April 9
at Aventura
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

March 31 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at An- p
tioch Missionary
Baptist Church
of Brownsville.

Nakia ingral


maker, died April 5 at Aventura
Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Thursday
in the chapel.

MARGIN DALEY, 92, home-
maker, died April 1 at University
Hospital. Service 10 a.m., Satur-
day at Saint Benedict's Episcopal

Wright and Young
tired assembly
line worker, died
April 5 at Hia-
leah Hospital.
Survivors in-
clude: daughter,
Carleen Smith;
son, Lonzo Wil-
liams. Viewing
9-9 p.m., Friday in chapel. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Peaceful Zion
MB Church.

56th Street., 84,
owner of Perry's
Grocery, Died
April 6 at Select
Hospital. View-
ing 9 a.m., to 4
p.m., Friday in
the chapel and 5
to 9 p.m., at Mir-
acle Valley Church of god in Christ.
Service 2 p.m., Saturday at Peace-
ful Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

61, data input
specialist, died
April 7. View-
ing 9 a.m., to 4
p.m., Friday in
the chapel and
5 to 8 p.m., at
Bethel Apostolic
Temple. Service
1 p.m., Saturday at Bethel Apos-
tolic Temple.

ing student,
died April 8 at
Vista Hospice.
Survivors in-
clude: children,
Kenyata Butler
and Tyana Col-
leman. Service .
2 p.m., Saturday
at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist

53, administra-
tive secretary,
died April 5 at
home. Service
1 p.m., Wednes- 2
day at Miami ,
Shores Presby- .,
terian Church.

36, painter, died April 2 at Jackson
MemoriHospital Services were

retired lieuten-
ant, April 10 at
Jackson South
Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Sol-
id Rock Church
19000 SW 112th

March 28 at Memorial Regional
Hospital. Service was held.

died March 29 at Jackson North
Hospital. Service was held.

metro bus op-
erator, died April
10 at Vista Hos-
pice. Services
are incomplete.

BURLEE BELL, 58, homemaker,
died at home.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at Jor-
don Grove Mis-
sionary Baptist *
Church. i

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


nurse, diec
morial Hos
St. John A.

died April 1
vice 11 a.r
A.M.E. Chi

auto mec
died April
ing 5 p.m
day. Servi
a.m., Sat
at Mount C
tist Church

32, housi
died Apr
at Mei
West. Sur

EDWARD COUSIN, 60, The family of Reverend Al-
d April 6 at Jackson Me- vertis Hilton and the members
pital. Service 11 a.m., at of Second Corinth M.B.C. ex-
M.E. Church. tends their heartfelt apprecia-
tion and gratitude to everyone
iREE, 9a caretaker, who warmed our hearts and
10 at Vista Hospice. Ser-
1., Saturday at St. James lifted our spirits with prayer,
urch. cards, calls, floral arrange-
ments and all other acts of
Mitchell Thank you Rev. C.P. Pres-
ton and Peaceful Zion M.B.C.,
E LEE MCKENZIE a.k.a. Rev. Pinkney Hilton and Ephe-
, 79' sians M.B.C., all the pastors,
h9 at i churches, families, friends
View- and neighbors for their acts of
., Fri- love and support during this
ce 10 | time of bereavement.
:urday A special thank you to the
armel employees of Florida Power
Bap- and Light Industrial Service
Center, St. Arthur's Lodge,
IBEW Local 359, Gregg Ma-
Sson Funeral Home and Rev.
Range Jeffery Mack and Second Ca-
EARNESTNE MACK naan M.B.C. Your kindness
Ms RNESTNE-MAC and concerns have been our
wife, -4 source of strength and com-
ril 3 ,' fort during this hour.
moral May God bless you beyond
vivors measure is our prayer.
d e : ..The Hilton family

husband, tI
Norman F.
children, Ahmad, Jaquann,
Kemeisha, Norman Jr., Normeisha,
Quineisha; dad, brothers, sisters
and grandma. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Now Faith Deliverance
Tabernacle 9275 NW 32 Avenue.

LOUIS OLIVER, JR., 71, school
security officer,
died April 4 at i"
home. Service 1
p.m., Saturday .
at Saint Paul -- ;
AME Church.

died April 4 at
Kendrick Hos-
pital in Holly- ~ ~i
wood. Service 4 .
p.m.,Saturday in .
the chapel.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

March 31. Service was held.

SUSAN MCLEAN, 44, secretary,
died April 8 at Aventura Hospice.
Arrangements are incomplete.

St. Fort
OGA DOMINIQUE, 67, died April
6 in Massachusetts. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at St. James Catho-
lic Church.

ANDREW COBY, 28, student,
died April 1 in Miami Gardens. Ser-
vice 12 noon, Friday at Holy Family
Catholic Church.

engineer, died March 26 at Memo-
rial Regional Hospital. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Fulford United
Methodist Church.

4/10/18 04/06/05

Not a day goes by without
missing your presence.
We miss your love, laughter
and kindness.
However, we know that you
are in a heavenly place.
Your children, Betty, Elou-
ise, M. Jacqueline, Alfred,
Carolyn, Mary, Ronald, Deb-
ra, Keith and grandchildren.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

05/07/65 04/12/10

To my dear brother, you
were a mirror to my soul, the
other pea in my pod. There
isn't a moment where I am
not filled with a reminiscent
thought shared of you.
As these thoughts surface
in my mind I know they are
rooted in my heart and en-
graved in my soul. Tears filled
as a reflection of the moments
that were shared. Some carry
laughter and joy, others of
sadness. Yet each tear rep-
resents moments of us. Time
has allowed for the hurt to
diminish but time will never
erase the love I have for you
deep in my heart. I know that
time will only allow for your
memory to grow stronger. I
will forever love you, and will
forever remember you.
Loving you always your big
sister and the other pea in the

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

04/12/79 08/18/10

Happy Birthday "Big Red."
I really miss you.
Love, Dude



4:30 P.M., TUESDAY:

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


05/09/76 04/15/2010

You were my husband, my
friend, my home and my lov-
Words can't explain how
much I miss you.
It's only been one year, but
it feels like eternity.
Love, your wife Lisa forever.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

It has been a year that Otis
has been gone from us. He is
truly missed, by his four la-
dies, Lisa, Ivori, Laytrice, and
Jade; grandsons, Fritz and
Jaymion and the whole Rob-
bin Hood family.
We love you dearly continue
to Rest In Peace.


Our hearts are still burden
with sadness as if "Tweety"
and "Andre" just left us yes-
Within two days of being
deceased on the same day,
the cousins died three years
Our family's pain is so in-
tense; we never stop talking
about them.
Their memories will be for-
ever with us.
You loving family, Joann
(Chocolate), Kim (Lucky),
JoRon, Trennode, Darryl
(Boo), Phyllis, Vonte, Trinese
(Dawn), Ebony .~- ) and un-
cle Bro.


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.

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By Bridget Bland

It's a sunny afternoon and sisters Erica
and Tina Campbell. better known as Mar,,
Marv. are balancing a hectic schedule of
rehearsals for their tour ith Bebe and Cece
Winans next month. while getting the '.'ord
out about their upcoming album. Something
Big. which just dropped this week.
The Grammy Awkard-winning duo had re-
cently reached out to Chris Brown for a pos-
sible collaboration, but things didn't pan out.
"We actually] didn t [get in the studio with
himi. We did connect. We were considering
having him do a remix to Walking. and we
since have decided to go in a different direc-
tion. says Erica.
'Of course, \we heard about all of the things
that have been happening," she continued.
"Our thought process for Chris Brown is
pray for him. Everybody makes decisions
that are not the best and that have backlash,
but some of us make those decisions while

everybody's looking and it's hard t '".e them
dow n "
She continues. I don't think some of the
decisions that were made were the wisest,
and I think the:,, w ill definitely hurt him
more than the, help him. We re prayinge for
The Inglewo':'d. Calif.. natives, %\ho also
are judges on BET's Sunday Best,' say they
hate a wide spectrum of secular artists the',
would love to collaborate with. from Aretha
Franklin and Celine Dion to Mar .J. Blige.
Bevonce and her husband. Jay-Z
I don t knov. how the traditional Mary
Mar\ fan would feel. but it's about their art
I m not checking on them because of the
god the', believe in: Im ju.t looking at what
the:, do, and they do it well. Erica says
"It's always really cool to see a tweet from
Missy Elliott or to see Sherri Shepherd say
something about a Mary Mary song. It's
always really cool. As gospel artists, for us,
Please turn to MARY MARY 4C





In a new interview with Rolling Stone, cover girl Rihanna answers questions re-
garding Chris Brown-and without destroying any dressing room windows, either!
When asked about recently allowing a judge to ease the terms of the five-year
restraining order against her ex, the "S&M" singer says it felt like the right thing to
do, even if it meant being criticized for it.
"You can never please people," Rihanna tells the mag. "One minute I'm being too
hard, and the next minute I'm a fool because I'm not being hard enough."
But she's quick to point out that even though she and Brown are now allowed to
actually interact with each other, she's certainly in no rush to do so.
"It doesn't mean we're gonna make up, or even talk again. It just means I didn't
want to object to the judge," she says. "We don't have to talk again ever in my life. I
just didn't want to make it more difficult for him professionally. What he did to me
was a personal thing. It had nothing to do with his career. Saying he has to be a
hundred feet away from me, he can't perform at awards shows, that definitely made
it difficult for him. That was the only thing it was going to change, so I didn't care."
And while Rihanna seems to be making great strides when it comes to putting
that painful part of her past behind her, that definitely wasn't the case immediately
following Brown's assault on her two years ago.
"I put my guard up so hard. I didn't want people to see me cry. I didn't want
people to feel bad for me," she says. "It was a very vulnerable time in my life, and I
refused to let that be the image. I wanted them to see me as, 'I'm fine, I'm tough.' I
put that up until it felt real."
Thankfully, it sounds like it's finally feeling real.

Bounce TV for Black America

By Karu F. Daniels

While the overall television landscape is
littered with all kinds of specialty channels,
many of which seem redundant and di-
rectionless, what remains clear is that the
medium is in dire need of more diversity.
Even with the much anticipated debut
of Oprah's OWN at the top of the year, the
lane is still fairly wide open for more niche
Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and
a group of businessmen and entertainment

industry luminaries
announced the for-
mation of Bounce TV,
with the aim of pre-
senting the nation's
first-ever, free, over-
the-air broadcast
television network
designed exclusively
for Black audiences.
Set to launch this
fall, the channel will
target Blacks primar-


ily between the ages of 25-54 with 24-hour
programming that will include movies, live
sporting events, documentaries, inspira-
tional faith-based programs, off-net series
and original dramas:
Bounce TV's Founding Group and lead-
ership team include Ambassador Young,
Martin Luther King III; Andrew "Bo" Young
III, television executives Ryan Glover and
Jonathan Katz and filmmakers Rob Hardy
and Will Packer.
"I am proud that our network will deliver
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By Brian Mansfield

S FrIe ,ears after American Idol, Man-
d isa is almost unrecognizable. It's not just
because she has lost 100 pounds since
finishing ninth during the show's fifth
season, it's also because her "Journey to
100." as she likes to call it, has so thoroughly
Permeated her life that it has also transformed
S the message in her music.
:M uc h of l'andisa's third album, What If We
\WVere Re .l is about image -- the images we want
to project to other people, the images we see of
..' oursel,.es. the perfect images that God has in
mind for His creation-- and how those imag-
es fit together and sometimes stand at odds
v. wtit hr each other. "You say lovely, I say bro-
S ': k n, Nlandisa sings in The Truth About Me,
II sa, guilty, You'll say forgiven.' Throughout
the album, Mandisa deals with those issues
of self-iniage with unflinching honesty, and
,w'hen, in Lifeline, she sings, "You are my
rescue, strength in my weakness, light
irn my darkness," she's offering more
than familiar Christian metaphors:
She's acknowledging a power that
reshapes lives.
Stronger: The album leads with
an uplifting pop tune -- probably
a good thing, because Mandisa's
going to get serious fast. Stronger
A offers a note of encouragement
i upfront, but it also sets the stage
for the rest of the album. "When
the waves are taking you under,
hold on just a little bit stronger/He
knows that this is going to make
you stronger, stronger."
What If We Were Real: Idol pre-
sented Mandisa as essentially a
gospel-pop singer, so the rock gui-
tar sounds that start this track
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2C THE It'l. I .!':. APRIL 13-19, 2011


. Congratulations go out to
the Girl Power organization for
having their 7th Annual "It's
Takes a Village Conference."
Middle school students from
Allapattah, Drew, Edison,
Norland and Horace Mann
attended. Kudos also go out to
the leaders of the conference:
Theman Campbell, CEO/
President; Sylvia Person,
chairperson; Andrea
Thompson, vice chair; Leroy
Jones, Carlos Jamison,
Sherri Jones and
Angela Lucas Mumford.
Staff members included:
Charlenia Rutland,
Melonie Burke,
Kerry Bruce, Rashida
Campbell and Shawntae
Sanders. ,
Outside activities
include a summer camp, PE
after-school programs,
dance and drama workshops
under Burke with Yoga and
Meditation, math and science
tutoring and Out of Town
College Tours.
Parents, if you are having
problems with your teenage
daughter, Girl Power is the
program to get her involved.
Contact the counselor at her
school for enrollment.
World Literacy Crusade of
Florida was incorporated in
1997 and later established
the Girl Power Programs in
2000 as a day and after-
school prevention and
intervention social change
program. Girl Power strives to
promote positive behavior and
academic performance and
improve social skills in at-risk
adolescent girls ages 11-17.
The mission is to empower girls
and their families to succeed in
order to protect, restore, and
preserve the family unit. Girl
Power has reduced indoor/
outdoor school suspension
by 85 percent, as well as
improving overall academic
Girl Power participants
had the honor of listening to

Congresswoman -'
Carrie P. Meek, .
meeting Shenell
Welch, Miss
South Florida
Beautiful; Dr.
Mia Merritt, Jolie Glassman,
Maggie DaNenport, Luchi
Estevez and Dr. Sandra R.
Lackings. If you want to help,
call 305-756-5502 and speak
to Ms. Campbell.

According to Chairperson
Marietta Bullard,
the ladies of
Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. Finer
S Womanhood History
SMonth awards
program honored
f extraordinary
woman from the
IRSON Community. A

wonderful program
was planned. The guests were
entertained by the American
Children's Orchestra for
Peace (ACOP). It is under
the direction of Roy Wright
from Seattle, Washington and
founding member Dr. Michael
Nobel, great-grand nephew
of Alfred Nobel of the Nobel
Peace Prize.
The ACOP provide music
instructions to underprivileged
children, in public schools,
community centers and parks
to break the cycle of poverty
and hopelessness. The year-
round program is designed
to provide instruments and'
free lessons to underserved
at-risk children in Miami-
Dade County, using music
to improve individual
achievement, social skills,
parental involvement and
ultimately, children's lives.
Kudos go out to the
committee members: Annie B.
Baker, president; Dorothy P.
Lee, co-chair; May Bell Clark,
Josephine Davis-Rolle, Dr.
Dorothy J. Fields, Barbara
Gardner, Charlene George,
Dr. Sandra Gibson, Patricia
Hill, Lois Lee, Judith



saxophone, Richard B.
Strachan, percussion,
and electric bass
Manny Zurkinnam.
Other members of
the group 'included
Pegy Boule, Jarvon
Brown, Patricia
Bryant; Berthenia
Bullard, Walter
Clark, William Clark,



(ah aiIM aiai

Lewis, Rochelle
Lightfoot, Roselyn
Jackson, Shandella
Johnson, Barbara .
Kirnes, Bonnie
McDonald, Felicia
Greggs-McRae, Dr.
Ivis Richardson,
Lydia Richardson,
Wilma Togers, McWH<
Deborah Taylor,
Jeanette Tullis, Olgan Van
Beverhoudt and Rosetta

Commissioner GailE. Miller,
The Honorable Myra Taylor,
mayor of Opa-Locka; Deborah
S. Irby, City Clerk; and the
association of the Honorables
Commissioner Rose Tydus,
Timothy Holmes, Clarance
Patterson, City Manager; and
Joseph Geller, City Attorney;
orchestrated The
City of Opa-Locka
and Mayor Helen i
Miller's First Annual
Scholarship and
Humanitarian Award, -
last Saturday, at the -
Don Shula's Ballroom
before a capacity- 9
filled ballroom. IRE
The committee
selected the scholarship
recipients: Shanelle
Benjamin, Carol City,
4.36; Jesssica Castillo,
Hialeah Sr., 4.15 GPA;
Chelsea Graham, North
Miami Sr., 4.09 GPA; Larry
Hill, Hialeah-Miami Lakes,
3.5 GPA; and Lashemilya
Woodard, Hialeah-Miami
Lakes, 4.0 GPA; Marshall
Glantz, The Udonis Haslem
2011 Humanitarian Award;
Al and Chantale Ferguson,
Distinguished Award of
Education; Eddie Hernandez,
Business Leader of the Year
Award; and Tyrell Leggett,
Hialeah-Miamni Lakes, Spirit of
Youth Award.
All of the recipients alluded
to the history and the
contributions by Helen Miller.
Glen Curtiss was founder of
Opa-Locka and emulated the
culture of The Arabian Nights
in building designs and streets
spearheaded by Miller, who
was born in Pottstown, Penn
in 1923. Miller and children

1- worked over 20 years
making the city of Opa-
Locka what it is today
; and more.
Former Mayor
Miller, also served as
commissioner, while
serving as a board
member for the Dade
ORTER League of Cities, North
Dade Red Cross; Drum
Major for Justice Award, Living
Legacy Certificate, Center on
Black Aged Certificate, B'Nai
B'rith Award, recognition of all
Blacks in the State of Florida
by joining The NAACP, Urban
League of Greater Miami, The
National Association of Mayor,
and Dade County League of
Cities. For more information,
please consult Deborah S.
Irby, City Clerk.
The recipients received a
$1,500 scholarship
S from the sponsors plus
more gifts, including
Sa 24 page program
filled with historical
information and
pictures to take home
as a souvenir.
*** **********

Samuel Williams.
Others that stayed to the
very end were John
Simms, Gwenado
Foxx, Vera Myers,
Mary Simmons and
Mamie Home.
************** *

Congratulations to
F1 i-.L Ti idlLrL. Shirlv.

v ui1ormer uage L r yon
Ebenezer United J. McWhorter-Jones,
Methodist. Church whose life began in

celebrated 111 years recently,
where its story has been telling
since the pastorate of Rev. W.
O. Bartley, Dr. Aaron Hall, Dr.
Calvin Jennings, Dr. Jimmy
Brown and currently Rev. Dr.
Joretha Capers. Because of
the vision of Minister Pamela
Hall, the Mass Choir was
invited to perform at the Arsht
Performing Knight Center,
last Sunday, before several
thousand lovers of
gospel, along with The
Miami Mass Choir and
Karen Ford, former
member of Ebenezer. :.
Ebenezer UMC Choir : '
rehearsed for two
months in preparation
for the significant
event spearheaded by CAM
Pernella Burke, T.
Eilene Martin-Major
and Valarie Thomas planning,
preparing, and performance.
The 40 voice choir was backed
by Donny Fabian, keyboard,
Richard J. Strachan,
keyboard, Joel Cruz, alto

Wauchula, FL and her
education started in


Hardee High, where graduated
with honors and attended
Bethune-Cookman University
and the University of Florida
with a prestigious Law
Degree. One of her proudest
moments was a telephone
call from Governor Jeb Bush
appointing her to the County
Court of the Eleventh Judicial
Circuit. Because of
Rev. Dr. Pamela Hall-
Green being impressed
with her delivery, she
was invited to speak on
SWomen's History Month
at Ebenezer. UMC.
Norma Sank brilliantly
introduced her.
She spoke on'the topic
BELL "Use What You've Been
Given" and addressed
it to the youth of the church.
She included her experience
growing up as a young girl to
the brilliant woman she is now
with much experience.
Judge McWhorter-Jones'

Carolyn Colebrook, Jason
Colebrook, Vinessa Edwards,
Deloris B. Fisher, Dessalines
Ford, Shirvin Fulford, Erne
Gibbs, Rena Green, -Alice
Hanna, Estelito Jackson,
Ernest Johnson, Cynthia
Lewis, Denise Marsh, Rose
Moorman, Odessa Pinder,
Nathan Rahming, Norma
Sank, Tim Strachan,

ByAnn -- S

The 17th National
President of Delta Sierna
Theta Sorority, Inc. paid
a visit to Miami on March
29, in honor of Miami and
Dade County Chapters
"Delta Dears" Day at the
Don Shula Hotel. Delta
sorors were elated to see
former national president
Mona Humphrey Bailey.
She came to our city and
was in attendance with our
"retired sorors" and "Delta
Dears." Soror President
Shirlyon McWhorter-
Jones presided. Everyone
present had a fantastic
Hearty congratulations
go out to Miami Alumnae
Chapter of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc. for an
excellent job in assembling
an all-star cast of ultra-
talented young people at
our annual Jabberwock
who saluted the King of
Pop: Michael Jackson.
Get well wishes and our
prayers go out to you:
Jestina Brown, George
Brown, Mildred Ashley,
Inez McKinney-Johnson,
Deloris Bethel-Reynolds,
Marian Shannon,
Timothy O. Savage,
Frances Brown, Rev.
Charles Uptgrow, Calvin
(Ricemouth) McKinney,
Virginia Williams, Prince
Gordon, DAvid Thurston,
Jessilyn Brown, Mary
Allen, Maureen Bethel,

Laura Mitchell.
Unethia Fox
and Pauline
What is the problem at
"not the largest but the
best?" Heard our alma
mater is a high school
without a band and our
school is forever changing
the administration. Do we
have a problem? I sincerely
hope not.
Last Tuesday, the
following friends joined the
ASME Union and journeyed
to Tallahassee where all in
attendance enjoyed the day!
Among those in attendance:
Gwen Bouie-Thomas,
Sylvia hands, Fred
Brown, Helen W. McKoy,
Joyce Major, Francina L.
Robinson, Nilsa Baillo,
Michael Sands, Camille
Geir, June Rolle, Thomas
and Gloria Baniister,
Dottie Thompson, Elaine
Symonette, Joseph and
Beatrice Reed.
- Congratulations go
out to Colonel (Retired)
Anthony Armbrister who
returned to his alma mater,
Florida Agricultural and
Mechanical University,
to attend its Gallery of
Distinction Enshrinement
Ceremony in their Grand
Ballroom. Armbrister
was one of the first to be
enshrined in the Gallery of
Distinction. The unveiling
of individual portraits in

the respective galleries of
the honorees took place.
Happy wedding
anniversary greetings go
out to Emma and Robert
Taylor, Sr., their 50th on
April 3.
Jeffrey Burroughs, son
of Dr. Roland Burroughs,
now lives in Los Angeles,
California, with his wife
and children and is
working with the Branding
company in California.
Twenty-eight Delta sorors
from Miami Alumnae
traveled to Jacksonville
for the 2011 Florida and
Bahamas Founders' Day
Cluster. Tara Askew
and Alstene McKinney
facilitated the Collegiate
and PP&D workshop. Kay
Dawson gave the invocation
at the worship service.
Shirlyon McWhorter-
Jones is president of the
Miami Alumnae Chapter.
'Hearty congratulations
goes out to Dorothy
Jenkins-Fields, native
Miamian and founder of
the Black Archives'History
and Research Foundation
who was among those
honored as an outstanding
leader. The gala was held
at' the Ancient Spanish
Monastery, April 9.
Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority Southern Regional
Conference will be held in
Memphis, Tennessee, June
29-July 3, 2011.
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority Southern Region
Conference will be held in
Fort Lauderdale, April 20-
24, 2011.

Sis I a I

legacy began before
S she met her husband
and leans on him
S equipped with working
with the law firm of
Clyne & Self; serving
as an Assistant State
Attorney; Domestic
Violence Court; being
LER president of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority;
and many plaques including
the one she receive at EUMC.
Entrepreneur was an
unknown word to Robert
Jones, Jr..when he was
10-years-old. But he and
Samuel "Sambo" Harrison
built a frame house in the
backyard on 14th Street and
Second Avenue and turned it
into a movie theatre. Harrison
became the projector and
Jones collected the five
cents for everyone to enter. It
gave them something
positive to do.
Jones and
.i. Harrison chose
Yale University and
: received a certificate
for photography. They
came back home and
S open "Labrant," a
meeting place for the
E gang. Jones decided
to organize a 12
piece band, while Harrison
negotiated with the Harlem
Square Club manager to rent
the club on Monday nights for
Jones continued being and
entrepreneur, while Harrison
went into the cabinet building
occupation and continued to
play his tenor saxphone in
combos, while Jones spent
some time as a detective or
guarding North Dade High
School at nightly basketball
or football games. He was at
the peak of his avocation when
the Lord saw it not robbery to
bring home for his final resting
He will be assuredly missed
by his children: Terry Jones,
Miranda Albury, Juanita
and Robert Jones III, Debra
Moreino, Lumiri Tubo,
Arvido and Debra Khahaifa,
grandchildren: Darrius A.
Williams and Robert Jones,





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'"By Wilson Morales And even if Smith doesn't think she's
as funny as more conventional comedi-
Shov. times hit comedy series 'Nurse ans, she is quick to point out that her
Jackie starring Edie Falco returns for a 'Nurse Jackie' character, Gloria Akali-
third season this week, and brings with tus, is hilarious.
it Anna Dea'.ere Smith, who comes back "I think she's funnier. More obviously
to play Gloria Akalitus, the old-guard, funny," says Smith. "You know, my work
by-the-book ER administrator, that I do in the theater is considered so
The Baltimore native and noted play- serious, because it usually has to do with
wright, whose career spans more than social issues. Although there's a lot of
S20 ears and has included several criti- humor in it. I was talking to Chris Rock
'.ca l \ acclaimed one-woman shows, such at a Christmas party and he argued with
.. ..a as Fires in the Mirror' and 'Twilight: Los me that I am funny. So if he thinks I'm
S Angeles, is currently mid-run with 'Let funny, I guess I am."
Me Down Easy' at the Philadelphia The- With her appearances on 'Nurse Jack-
..:. .-ater Company. ie' in the can, Smith is free to redirect
.The pla tells the human side of the her focus on 'Let Me Down Easy,' and the
% ..' -"a! .. ..s "h .. .. .,d of ,

health-care story now unwinding in poli-
tics, by bringing to light questions about
the human body, the resilience of the
spirit and the price of care.
Smith recently spoke about the joy of
'Nurse Jackie' returning to television.
"Oh, well, it's thrilling," she says. "You
know, of course, the thrilling part has
already happened, which is the filming
of it. But I m excited to see how audienc-
S es respond'

City o0 Btrotneny Love.
"I love being in Philly. Last week the
mayor of Philadelphia gave me the Liber-
ty Bell, which is apparently the big hon-
or. And this is a great city. It's clean. It's
a great walking city. I think it's more af-
fordable than New York. I mean nothing
is in New York, obviously. But this city
has got a lot of life and a lot going on."
'Nurse Jackie' airs Mondays at 10 p.m.
on Showtime.

Sinbad returns to TV in It's Just Family'

By Tonya Pendleton

Comic-actor Sinbad has been
around forever, it seems, but
despite his many years in the
business, not much is widely
known about his personal life.
For instance, you might be
surprised to know that Sin-
bad and his wife, Meredith,
divorced and remarried. You
might be surprised to know
that Sinbad had a wife in the
first place or two grown chil-
dren, Royce and Page.
Thanks to the magic of real-
ity TV, you're going to discover
almost all there is to know
about Sinbad and his fam-
ily. His WEtv show, "It's Just

Family," debuted on Tuesday,
April 12 at 10 p.m.
Sinbad's two children are
pursuing their own careers in
show business Paige, 25, is
a singer, and Royce, 22, is a
composer who also dreams of
being a film director and sci-fi
author. As both "kids" are liv-
ing at home, it's a chance for
them to pursue their dreams
without having to maintain
their own households some-
thing that doesn't always sit
well with their father.
"It's Just Family" also pro-
vides some insight into Sin-
bad's life after his hugely suc-
cessful years as a standup
comedian and co-starring role

Comic-actor Sinbad

on the popular '90s sitcom "A
Different World." Things were
great, and then they weren't,
as Sinbad struggled with tax
issues, being "killed" online
and a 1992 divorce.
When it all went wrong,
he regrouped, got rid of the
30-person entourage and went
back to standup. Remarried
to his wife since 2002, Sinbad
is one of the few men who can
say "Meet my former ex-wife."
Six one-hour episodes of
"It's Just Family" will air on
consecutive Tuesday nights,
beginning April 12. For more
information on the show,
please visit www.WEtv.com/

New television station geared towards Blacks

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free programming exclusively
for our underserved commu-
nity and be accessible to all
homes around the country,
and not just those who pay for
television," said Young. "We
look forward to Bounce TV
entertaining African-Ameri-
can viewers for many years to
Hardy and Packer are the co-
founders of Rainforest Films,
one of the film industry's top
Black production companies.
Hardy will serve as chief con-
tent officer for Bounce TV,
while Packer will be chief
strategy and marketing officer.
The newly formed network
also announced that it had ac-
quired the television rights to

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we feel like our music is more
than just Sunday morning,
and it's more than just the
church and the gospel sta-
tion. It is for the world. It's
every day, all day, everywhere
[and] for everybody."
For Tina, their new album,

nearly 400 Black motion pic-
tures in four individual, multi-
year licensing agreements with
NBC Universal Domestic Tele-
vision Distribution, Sony Pic-
tures Television, Codeblack
Entertainment and Image En-
tertainment, respectively.
"[This is] one of the most
significant advances African-
Americans have made in the
entertainment industry," said
Hollywood Black Film Festi-
val founder Tanya Kersey. "It
will be interesting to see how
Bounce's entry into the TV
business will affect the other
networks, as African Ameri-
cans are a large and loyal au-
dience. It has the potential to
dramatically alter the num-
bers for some of TV's top series
who enjoy a large percentage
of African-American viewers."

'Something Big,' truly reflects
the underlying message they
"When I start my day off
with prayer, I'm able to get
through the insanity. I'm at
peace and I feel like I grow in
wisdom and understanding,"
she ays. "That's major. I don't
care if you have all the mon-
ey or no money. I don't care

According to a spokesper-
son, Bounce TV will be ma-
jority owned and operated
by African Americans, with
Young, Hardy, Packer, and
Glover as part of the initial
ownership team. The network
plans to leverage the market-
ing, digital, post-production,
and operational resources
of Atlanta-based CSE one
of the country's leading in-
dependently owned sports,
entertainment and television
production agencies.
In targeting the Black de-
mographic, Bounce TV is
moving into territory already
occupied by basic cable net-
works such as Viacom's BET
and Centric, and TV One,
a joint venture of Comcast,
NBC Universal and DirecTV.
In 2008, the former chart-

if you're happily married or
have been divorced 40 times.
Everything is better when
God is a part of it. That's what
we want to tell everybody."
The platinum-selling ladies
had an R&B crossover 2009
hit with 'God in Me,' which
they are "grateful for," but
for now, they are just mak-
ing sure they touch people in

topping rapper Master P an-
nounced plans for Better
Black TV (BBTV), a network
designated to serve up "posi-
tive" programming for the
Black audience. Oscar win-
ner Denzel Washington was
reportedly a board member
of the network, which never
came to fruition. Three years
earlier, the independently
owned and operated Africa
Channel launched, offering
a mix of English-language
programming from the Afri-
can content.
Former BET producer and
filmmaker Stefanie Frederic
for one thinks Bounce TV
comes at an opportune time,
and is eager to see what it will
offer. "Competition is good,"
says Frederic, "and there's
plenty of room at the table."

their own way.
"We want to do everything
bigger and better and broad-
er, and change the way people
look at God," says Tina. "God
has been misrepresented in a
lot of capacities, and we are
just trying to represent him
in a more excellent way, so
that people respect the god in

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come as a bit of a surprise. (The
net result is an effect not unlike
En Vogue's Free Your Mind).
These lyrics are at the core of
the album's message: "What if
I share my brokenness?/What
if you share how you feel?/And
what if we weren't afraid of
this crazy mess . what if we
were real?"
These Days: Thematically,
this song resembles Francesca
Battistelli's current Christian
hit This Is the Stuff, in that it
deals with the way God shapes
His .creation through things
that annoy the fire out the cre-
ation being shaped. "Nobody
likes traffic, or short nights,
or sit-ups, or long flights, but
sometimes that's just the way
it goes." The best course of
action, Mandisa decides, is

simply to "learn to love these
The Truth About Me: A bal-
lad with a bit of a beat, this
is one of the album's most.
emotionally resonant songs.
Where What If We Were Real
addressed the false fronts peo-
ple often present to each other,
this one cuts even closer to the
bone, dealing with the lies that
hamstring people when they
tell them to themselves: "We
both know it would change ev-
erything, if only I believed the
truth about me."
Say Goodbye: Like a sequel
to The Truth About Me, this
song starts by addressing "the
liar in the mirror," says that
love offers the ability to say
goodbye "to everything that
breaks you down/It doesn't
have to define you now."
Good Morning (Feat. Toby
Mac): Former dc Talk member

Toby Mac adds a rap break-
down to this buoyant, jubilant
track with a catchy sing-along
Waiting for Tomorrow:
"Maybe tomorrow I'll start
over," Mandisa sings over a
piano-pop groove. But if every
day offers a new beginning,
why wait till tomorrow -- why
not start making those chang-
es now?
Just Cry: The album's pow-
erhouse ballad deals with ac-
cepting emotion and recogniz-
ing that tears don't necessarily
represent weakness or a lack
of faith. Mandisa packs every
bit of emotion in her voice into
a bridge that's undeniable in
its impact: "It doesn't mean
you don't trust Him/It doesn't
mean you don't believe/It
doesn't mean you don't know
he's redeeming everything."
Temporary Fills: More En

Vogue-style attitude, over a
groove anchored by acoustic
guitar, as Mandisa sings about
being fed up with things that
don't fill her up.
Free: The lyrics may offer a
timeless message of deliver-
ance, but the music's more like
one of those minor-key dance-
pop tunes from the late '90s,
built around a chant of "F-R-
E-E, Free-ee."
Lifeline: What would a
Christian pop album be with-
out a big, inspirational ballad?
This one's better than most, not
just because Mandisa's a fan-
tastic singer, but also because,
after the emotional wringer
than she's been through on the
previous songs, its message of
celebratory hope" sounds both
honest and hard-won.
My favorite tracks: Stron-
ger, What If We Were Real, Just

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

Miami Gardens Coun-
cilwoman Lisa Davis is host-
ing a Mother's Day contest for
Miami Gardens residents. In
300 words or less, write why
your nominee should be se-
lected for the Mother of the
Year award. The deadline is
April 15. Letters can be mailed
to: City of Miami Gardens City
Hall, Attention Councilwoman
Lisa Davis, 1515 N.W. 167th
Street, Building 5 Suite 200,
Miami Gardens, FL 33169.
For more information, call

Liberty City Health
Fair, free to the public, will
be held on Saturday, April 16
from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at
the Tacolcy Center, 6161 N.W.
9th Avenue. For more infor-
mation, visit www.umdocs.
org or call 305-243-4898.

The B.T.W. Class
of 1961 will meet Satur-
day, April 16 at 3 p.m. at
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center. Topic: The 50th
Reunion. Please plan to be
there. For more information,
call 305-688-7072.

The B.T.W. Class of
1961 invites you to join us in
a day trip to the Hard Rock
Casino in Immokalee, FL, to
help celebrate their 50th re-
union. For more information,
please call 305-688-7072.

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
information, contact Lebbie
Lee at 305-213-0188.

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. 12th Avenue. For
more information, call 305-

Family and Children
Faith Coalition is currently
seeking mentors to participate
in the Amachi Mentoring Co-
alition Project. Free training
will be held Tuesday, April
26 in Miami-Dade. Spaces
are limited. For more infor-
mation, call Mary Wakefall at
786-388-3000 or maryw@fcf-

The Family Christian
Association of America
(FCAA) invites golfers to their
12th Annual Faith-Keepers
Golf Tournament on Thurs-
day, April 28, at the Grand
Palms Hotel and Golf Resort
in Pembroke Pines. For more
information, contact Rosalyn
Alls at 305-685-4881 to regis-
ter for the tournament or get
information on sponsorship.

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1971 is planning our
40th reunion, June 12-16.
Classmates, please join us
at our next meeting on Sat-
urday, April 30 at 4 p.m. at
Piccadilly's, 4600 Hollywood
Blvd. Call Charlyce Woods for
more information, 305-978-

The Children's Trust

Sister gospel duo discuss their new album


e.,,.s- y e

will be having their Family
Expo on Saturday, May 14
from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the
Miami-Dade County Fair and
Expo Center, Coral Way and
S.W. 112th Avenue. For more
information, call 211 or visit

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. 15th Avenue. Reg-
istration begins at 8 a.m. For
more information, call 305-

The Leading Ladies of
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 Center, 6161 N.W.
9th Avenue from 12-6 p.m.
For more info, contact Akua
at 305-751-1295 ext. 134.

The Girl Power Pro-
gram, 6015 N.W. 7th Avenue,
will be having their Girl's
Rites of Passage Summer Pro-
gram from June 20-August
12. The deadline to.sign up is
June 24. For more informa-
tion, contact Melonie Burke
at 305-757-5502.

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

Looking for all former
Montanari employees to get
reacquainted. Meetings will
be held at Piccadilly's (West
49th 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

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 e-mail 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 in-
formation, contact Brandyss
Howard at 786-388-3000 or
brandyss@fcfcfl. org.







By Randy Grice

This Friday, April 15, will mark the second installment of Big Night in
Little Haiti, Third Fridays. Following last month's launch, Big Night is
returning this and every third Friday with a free night of Haitian music,
art, culture, food and fun at Miami's Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212
N.E. 59th Terrace. The April 15 edition features a free concert by kompa
star Zenglen, live in the outdoor plaza. Between Zenglen's two sets, will
be a show by award-winning Haitian masquerade troupe TiChapo, show-
ing off the outrageous costumes of Haitian carnival. The event is being
sponsored by The Rhythm Foundation, a Miami-based non-profit cul-
tural organization. Big Night's first edition last month brought in a large
crowd to enjoy the festivities of the night.
"The launch event in March was really successful. Everything came
together for a totally perfect night," Laura Quinla, Rhythm Foundation
Director said. "What was especially cool was that it was a lot of different
kinds of people of all backgrounds ard ages having a great time togeth-
More than a thousand people attended, including locals from the
neighborhood, hipsters, families, those who have never visited Little Haiti
before and tourists.
Terrance Kelly, supporter of the event, said he expects for the event to
be a major success again.
"This is going to be a big deal again," Kelly said. "I was at the first one
last months and I had a great time. I think a lot of people will come like
they did last time."
Stephanie Franco, a Little Haiti resident, agrees.
"We will have another good night," Franco said. "I live in Little Haiti
and it is really good to see people wanting to come to enjoy my neighbor-
Quinla said she believes Big Night is key in preserving Haitian culture.
"It is important to focus on the wealth of
culture that Haiti has great music, art, dance.
The culture is so rich. Little Haiti also has a lot "It i important to
of nice experiences to offer the general public,"
Quinla said. "We are hoping our night grows great music, art, da
and encompasses all the artist studios, cultural
venues, shops and restaurants in the area. I
think it will be something people throughout
South Florida will look forward to every month."



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focus on the wealth of culture that Haiti has
nce. The culture is so rich. Little Haiti also has
ences to offer the general public ..."
Laura Quinla, Rhythm Foundation director

Last Wednesda\ kicked off
the first day of the exhibition
of photographer Patrick Far-
rell's photographs. His exhibit.
My Heart Won't Let You Go: A
Photographer's View of Haiti,
is on display at AE District.
3852 N Miami Ave The exhib-
it is set to run April 6 through
May 28
Through photos. Pulitzer
Prize winner Farrell is sharing
some of his experiences shoot-
ing Haiti in a solo photography
exhibition. A collection of his
Candid photographs captured
during some of the most dev-
astating moments in Haiti and
its people have endured over
the past two decades Maria
Arellano. key coordinator of
this event said there are three
main reasons AE District is
hosting Farrell's work.
"This is a fundraising ef-
fort for A-ikodans. an a\vard-
winning dance company in
Haiti led by choreographer
and Haitian activist, Jean-
guy Saintus. This company,
who recently celebrated their
25th Anniversary, has a small
dance studio in Port-au-Prince
that was damaged by the Jan-
uary 2010 earthquake," Arel-
lano said. "We wanted to ex-
hibit Patrick Farrell's work as
a photojournalist and an art-
ist. We wanted to make sure
that Haiti's hardship isn't for-
gotten because the reality is,
Haiti still needs our help."
All proceeds from the exhibi-

"Our only goal at AE District is to provoke
thought and inspire self expression, the rest is
up to each person." Maria Arellano, event coordinator

tion will go towards funding
"This photo exhibition is
actually a fundraiser for
Ayikodans, 100 percent of
the proceeds will go to Ayiko-
dans so they can continue
their work without financial
hardship and focus on being
the artistic ambassador for
Haiti to the rest of the world,"
Arellano said.

Jamie Lynn, a local pho-
tographer, said she can ap-
preciate Farrell's effort.
"It is always a good day
for everyone when a person
like Farrell uses his talent
to raise money for people in
need," Lynn said.
Farrell has has been a
photographer at The Miami
Herald since 1987. He is the
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Chef Creole with InterContinental Miami General Manager Robert Hill and InterConti-
nental Chef Alex Feher.
-Photos by Yamila Lomba

Chefs with

a purpose


By Randy Grice
Last week, Chefs with a purpose: Haiti's
grand tasting and silent action was held at
the InterContinental Miami. The charity event
was geared towards raising aid money to as-
sist in efforts to rebuild Haiti after the 2010
earthquake in Haiti.
The event featured over 20 tasting stations,
each offering a signature menu item by the
participating top chefs. The evening's silent
auction featured items ranging from hotel
stays, unique dining experiences, art and oth-
er luxury items. There was also a Haitian art
exhibit by Michele Frisch, a Haitian art cura-
tor and collector. Entertainment was also pro-

Robert Hill, InterContinental Miami gen-
eral manager with Indianapolis Colts wide
receiver Pierre Garcon.

vided by Haitian performers Mushy Widmaier
and Phyllisia Ross.
Chefs with a purpose was conceived after
the devastating natural disaster that occurred
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6C THE I!. :.! TIMES, APRIL 13-19, 2011


Tyler Perry gives Ga. family new home
NEWNAN, Ga. Movie mogul Tyler Perry delivered on a Christ-
mas promise when he handed the keys of a new four-bedroom
house to an 88-year-old woman who lost her rural Georgia home

Rosa Lee Ransby and her seven grand- and great-grandchil-
dren lost their home a week before Christmas.
Perry saw the story on a local television newscast and decided
to rebuild the house. He also fully furnished it.
More than 20 family members attended ceremony in rural
Coweta County recently.
Perry says he wanted to do something for Ransby when he
found out the family didn't have any way to rebuild. He says the
main thing was getting her enough space for the children and for
them to have room to play.

Spend some time thinking about mutual
needs. Just because it's what you want, it
may not be your lover's fond desire. Give
a little to get something that you need
right now --someone to be with. Save the
self-importance for another week. Soul
Affirmation: I enlarge my happiness by
forgetting about myself this week. Lucky
Numbers: 17, 29, 30

Take the lead, especially in romantic
matters. Throw modesty out the window.
Be in shameless pursuit. You know that
your need is great this week. Seek to sat-
isfy it. Your lover might be surprised, but
you can make the surprise a pleasant one.
Soul Affirmation: I hunt for love in all the
right places. Lucky Numbers: 29, 34, 51

Heads or tails! Go or stay! What to do?
This week you'll find yourself pulled in two
exactly opposite directions. There is no
way to satisfy both pulls. Let your friends
decide. Take whatever suggestion comes

first. Soul Affirmation: I let my friendships
guide my way. Lucky Numbers: 41, 47, 50

Don't waste time thinking about the
past. Sure they were wrong, but what
does it matter now. Enjoy the present.
Find .l:,mething good to do for the rest
of the week. Avoid conflict. Nothing is so
important that it needs to be resolved this
week. Soul Affirmation: This week I forgive
myself for everything that has happened.
Lucky Numbers: 23, 28,.49

Stop thinking about work. Sure there
are pressing matters, but they'll wait. Tap
into the fun side of your personality. Get
deep into that side and stay there. Don't
keep pulling back to think about things that
need to be fixed. Soul Affirmation: I give
my mind a big vacation this week. Lucky
Numbers: 30, 37, 42

Let the pleasure principal win the battle
with your sense of duty. Give yourself up to

Wendy Williams dismissed

from 'Dancing With The Stars'

By The Associated Press

dy Williams is saying good-
bye to the "Dancing With the
Stars" ballroom and to
the cross-country
treks she made as
she juggled taping
her daily talk show
in New York and
performing on the
dance show in Los
The TV host was
dismissed recent-
ly from "Dancing WILL
With the Stars" af-
ter coming into the episode
in last place. She earned 15
points out of 30 the previous
night for her foxtrot with pro-
fessional partner Tony Dovo-
Williams said being on the
show was "a wonderful oppor-
tunity" and she thanked the

the sunshine, the fresh air, the outdoors.
Stop talking and get moving. Your own mo-
tion will clear your mind of things that have
been hanging on. Soul Affirmation: I cel-
ebrate freedom of mind this week. Lucky
Numbers: 12, 38, 39

There are so many good things to do
that the challenge will be in deciding what
to do and what to not do. Great place to be.
Count your blessings -all of them and flip
a coin. What a time to be alive. Call some-
one. Let them decide what you should enjoy
first. Soul Affirmation: I know that my life
is full of good :ri-ig;. I enjoy! Lucky Num-
bers: 4, 29,38

Give yourself a chance to know yourself
better. Let others reflect the beauty that is
you and that will-give you added knowledge
of yourself this week. Ask for opinions and
listen closely, making something good
out of whatever is said. Soul Affirmation:
I spend the week celebrating me. Lucky
Numbers: 22, 27, 41

You'll meet someone that you could
come to adore. Make sure you've laid the
groundwork because they might not be
ready for all the adoration that you are
ready to give. Make sure that you don't

judges and her partner for
teaching her how to dance.
"Despite stereotypes, this is
one Black girl who can't even
do the running man," Wil-
liams said.
She struggled
throughout her three
weeks on the show,
regularly landing
near the bottom of
the leaderboard.
Judges' scores are
combined with view-
er votes to determine
which couple is oust-
AMS ed each week.
"The problem is
it's not my personality in the
competition, it's my feet," she
said. "If my personality were
in the competition, I'd win!"
Williams is the second con-
testant eliminated from the
hit ABC show's 12th season.
Radio host Mike Catherwood
was dismissed last week.

adore a bird in the bush while neglecting a
bird in hand. Soul Affirmation: I enjoy the
act of adoring. Lucky Numbers: 16, 23, 40

Being an artist doesn't always mean
painting a picture. This week apply your
artistry to anything that you do. Look at
life as an empty canvas upon which you
have the skill to paint almost any wonder-
ful thing that you want. Soul Affirmation:
My life itself is my greatest creation. Lucky
Numbers: 19, 20, 27

This week is better than last week for
career goals. Think deeply about what you
really want for a career. Clarity is easy to
come by. Charm is an extremely effective
tool for you this week. The smile is needed
more than at any recent time. Soul Affir-
mation: I keep my smile shining, especially
at home. Lucky Numbers: 3, 20, 30

Believe that it is true when a friend or
family member praises you this week.
There is something good happening with
you that you cannot see. Expect good news
about a publishing, educational or legal
venture. Romance is in the air, revel in it.
Soul Affirmation: All the good things said
about me this week are absolutely true.
Lucky Numbers: 1, 43, 50

Culinary skills displayed at Haiti fundraising event

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in January 2010. At the time,
the InterContinental reached
out to its staff to determine how
many were from Haiti or had
family there. Nearly 90 employ-
ees, approximately one-fifth of
the hotel's staff, were affected.
"We found out that we had
more than 80 employes, nearly
90 employees that are of Hai-
tian decent, that is a little over
20 percent, 25 percent of all

of our employees in the hotel,"
Robert Hill, general manager of
the hotel said. "At that point it
kind of became a mission for us
to do something to help because
so many of our collogues here
at the hotel were impacted."
Viola Harvey, attendee of the
event said, she enjoyed every-
"This was a great idea and
this food ready does serve a big-
ger purpose other than getting
us full," Harvey. "These people
are doing a good thing here and

I really do hope I see more of it."
The money raised from the
event will be donated to Haiti
through charitable organiza-
"The money is actually ben-
efiting two organizations. The
first of those two organizations
is International Firefighters As-
sistance, Inc. (IFA), which is
a group that has been doing
work down in Haitian since
2002," Hill said. "The other
group is Project Medishare,
they have been down in Haiti

since 1994 and have been do-
ing great work down there for
a while."
Marcus James, a local busi-
nessman that attended the
event, said he is proud that the
event is in its second year.
"It is very good to see that
this hotel has not forgotten
about the Haitians. It is a year
later and to me it still looks like
January 2010 in Haiti," James
said. "I salute theses people for
their efforts and I hope there
will be a third one next year."

' Administrators of Rick James' estate are suing Universal Music executives over
increased royalties for digital downloads.
Reps for the late funk legend have filed a class action lawsuit against Universal,
claiming the estate is owed 50 percent from digital sales of James' singles, al-
bums and the use of his music for cell phone ringtones, reports Rollingstone.com.
James died in 2004 from pulmonary and cardiac failure.

Rapper Jay-Z and Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz settled their 40/40 Club
lawsuit a day before they were scheduled to duke it out in court.
According to legal documents, the rapper was suing the athlete for allegedly
stealing the title of the 40/40 Club for a similar venue in the Dominican Republic,
his homeland.
"The case has been settled in principle," said Jay-Z's attorney Peter Raymond.
"We have agreed on the outlines of a settlement and need to reduce it to writing."
Ortiz has been trying to settle the case since last June, when the whole thing
basically started, after admitting to knowingly trying to replicate the entertain-
ment mogul's success.
In order to avoid a media frenzy and an unnecessary headache, the two settled
for an unknown amount. The suit, however, was filed for $5 million in damages.

Just days after performing at a club in St. Louis where the security guard was
shot, the rapper was arrested for possession of marijuana.
Following a show in Kentucky, Webbie, whose real name is Webster Gradney,
Jr., was pulled over by highway patrol on April 4 in Tennessee. Cops found two
ounces of marijuana and $13,240 in a cardboard box in his lap. According to police,
Webbie tossed the marijuana out of the window.
Webbie was arrested on drug possession and for tampering with the evi-
dence. The three other people in the car with Webbie were also arrested, on
other charges.
Webbie spent the night at the Marshall County Jail and was released on a
$21,000 bond along with the other passengers.

Miami Beach police arrested Gloria James, the mother of Miami Heat Star LeB-
ron James, at 4:57 a.m. Thursday after she was accused of slapping a valet for
taking too long to bring her car in which she was a passenger, at the Fountaine-
bleau Hotel.
According to the police report, James was "very uncoopertaive" and had "blood-
shot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on her breath."
LeBron James, whose team lost at home lastWednesday to Milwaukee Bucks,
said, "The people around me are helping me and are helping her, and we'll be fine."

By Frantly Jean-Marie

Who are we?

We have climbed the highest mountains.
We have drunk from labeled fountains.
We have scaled the highest heights.
We have staged non-violent fights.
We have stood up to sit down.
We have smiled at times to frown.
We have vision without sight.
We have a dream of what is right.
We are inventors of different things.
We are singers of songs to sing.
We are writers of all kinds.
We are explorers with great minds.
We are sports legends, athletes.
We are bakers of great treats.
We are innovators of lives.
We are husbands, we are wives.
We are believers of all faith.
We are achievers that are great.
We are legacies of the past.
We are the present that will last.
We are humans of different hues.
We are African descendants.

'Soul Surfer' makes very few waves

By Claudia Puig

The inspiring story of
surfer and shark attack vic-
tim Bethany Hamilton de-
serves a better dramatiza-
tion. While well-meaning,
this montage mashup comes
across more like an extend-
ed commercial for Hawaii.
tourism than a stirring tale
of resilience.
A documentary featuring
the real Bethany would have
been far more compelling
than this simplistic version.
AnnaSophia Robb plays
Bethany, a Kauai native who
grew up on a surfboard.

Her sun-dappled life,
marked by a strong Chris-
tian faith, seems golden. As
she rises up the ranks of
Hawaiian surf competitions,
her supportive parents
(Dennis Quaid and Helen
Hunt) and two brothers love
her unconditionally.
Then the unimaginable
happens. Bethany (who was
13 at the time) goes surfing
with best pal Alana (Lor-
raine Nicholson), and out of
nowhere, a shark bites off
her arm.
Strangely, this moment is
the least dramatic shark at-
tack ever put on film.

AE District hosts Haiti photo exhibit

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recipient of the 2009 Pulitzer
Prize for Breaking News Pho-
tography for his photographs
of the devastation in Haiti
caused by a particularly bru-
tal hurricane season. Donald
Williams, a fan of Farrell's
work, said the photos will be
a big hit with the community.
"I think a lot of people will
enjoy his work after all he is a
great photographer," Williams
said. "I have been enjoying
his work for years and years. I
think this exhibit will give him
the shine he needs and intro-
duce him to a new group of Mi-

Arellano said she has no set
expectations for how people
will receive the show.
"The truth is we have no
idea and have never wanted
to dictate people's perceptions
or findings from anything we
produce. The reality is some
people will get something from
this show and some will walk
away actually upset,"Arellano
said. "Our only goal at AE
District is to provoke thought
and inspire self expression,
the rest is up to each person.
It's not a pretty exhibition, it's
an honest exhibition. We hope
people are touched even if it is
just for one night."


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'Double outsider' to CEO

By Lisa Olivia Fitch
Special to the NNPA

In the corporate world-the land of office supplies, paper
cuts, and ink stains-there has long existed a glass ceiling.
At first glance, the mailroom clerk sees the CEO chair within
her grasp, just up the ladder of success. But, alas, there is an
invisible barrier. Maybe they are not the "right" race or sex.
Or both.
Many Black women who aspire to one day furnish an execu-
tive corner office are faced with a "double outsiders" status in
today's organizations.
'-Rtht now there is only one Black woman CEO of a Fortune
500 company; that's Ursula Burns at Xerox," Michael Dut-
ton. director of communications for the Executive Leadership
Council (ELC) said. "Our members have achieved success on
their own terms, and ELC shares their knowledge with leader-
ship development opportunities "
According to the Black W'omer Executives Research Initia-

tives conducted by the ELC, there is a potential road map that
can help Black women executives prepare for "C-suite" roles.
"The C-suite is the staff of the CEO," Dutton explained.
"Those folks (who) support the CEO's decision process-the
chief operating officer, the chief financial officer, the executive
vice presidents and the senior vice president. The CEO is oc-
cupied with reporting to the board of directors. It's his staff
that is managing the business and keeping the CEO informed."
One key finding from the research states that Black wom-
en executives suffer from the lack of comfortable, trusted and
strategic relationships at the senior level with those who are
most different from themselves, most notably White males.
CEOs and Black women executives have different views about
the quality of the relationships between the two groups and
about the Black woman's ability to network.
CEOs believe that Black women spend too little time develop-
ing strategic relationships. They recommend that Black wom-
en be the first to forge stronger relationships with White male
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Job growth suggests resilience of U.S. recovery

U.S. posts a gain

of 216,ooojobs,

a lift for Obama

By Michael Powell

The United States economy
showed signs of kicking into
gear in March, adding 216,000
jobs and prompting President
Obama to proclaim a corner
finally turned.
The president and his fellow
Democrats pointed to the lat-
est jobs report recently, and
to an unemployment rate that
fell a touch to 8.8 percent, as
evidence that their policies,
like stimulus spending and the
payroll tax cut, were working.
All of this, they made clear,
could become ammunition in
their showdown with House
Republicans, who have spoken
of cutting deeply into the feder-

al budget and have threatened
a government shutdown.
An emboldened Obama
spoke of the political implica-
tions before several hundred
workers at a United Parcel
Service shipping center in
Landover, Md.
"If these budget negotia-
tions break down, we could
end up having to shut down
the government, just at a time
when the economy is starting
to recover," Obama told the
workers. "So given the encour-
aging news we received today
on jobs, it would be the height
of irresponsibility to halt our
economic momentum because
of the same old Washington
Administration officials hit
the same points over and over
recently. The private sector has
added, on average, 188,000
jobs in the first three months
of 2011, and 1.8 million jobs
since the recovery began.


Job applicants at a job fair in San Jose, Calif., recently.

March was the 12th consecu-
tive month of private sector job
growth, and the stock market
moved slightly higher on the
report from the Labor Depart-
Manufacturing continued its
unlikely if still modest re-
vival in March, adding 17,000
jobs. Health care added 37,000
jobs in the month, and profes-
sional and business services
added 78,000, although 37
percent of that came from in-
creases in temporary help. The
job figures for January and
February were revised slightly
higher, as well.
Yet March's numbers also
offered more than a few cau-
tionary signs that the national
economy was not cured of all
its ills. The ranks of Americans
who have been without a job
for 27 weeks or more remain
painfully high, at more than
six million. And the labor force
Please turn to GROWTH 8D

Can Obama, Congress make a deal?

Attempts to compromise on spending cuts

meet road blocks

By Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) Pres-
ident Barack Obama and leaders
in Congress will attempt to reach
a spending-cut deal that would
avert a dangerous government
shutdown at week's end.
Mindful of a midnight Fri-
day deadline when temporary
government funding runs out,
Obama called on negotiators to
work around the clock to iron out
"relatively narrow differences"
between Democrats and Repub-
licans over the level of federal
spending between now and Sep-
tember 30.

"I remain confident that if we're
serious about getting something
done, we should be able to com-
plete a deal and get it passed
and avert a shutdown," Obama
told reporters late recently after a
90-minute meeting with congres-
sional leaders.
But there was still no deal by
8 a.m. on Thursday, despite all-
night negotiations, according to
an aide to House of Representa-
tives Speaker John Boehner.
Boehner, a Republican, left a re-
cent White House meeting telling
reporters that while no agreement
was reached, progress was made.
Please turn to DEAL 9D

"I asked Congress to send me a budget that makes some serious
spending cuts," says President Obama.

Payday loans becoming gateway to long-term debt

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

In the latest of a series of re-
search reports, the Center for
Responsible Lending (CRL) has
found that payday loan custom-
ers remain indebted double the
time that the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation recom-
mends. What begins as ustially
a two-week small-dollar loan
becomes a deepening pit of debt
lasting on average 212 days in the

first year of borrowing
and growing to 372 days *
in the succeeding year.
Yet according to FDIC
guidance, no payday
borrower should be in-
debted for more than 90
days in any 12 month '
The report also shows
how the size of these
loans grows over time CROWELL
as well. Although the
first payday loan is typically only day debt

$279, the average cus-
tomer will borrow more
in principal and reach-
es $466 over time. The
catch is that as the
amount borrowed in-
creases, so do the ap-
plicable fees and inter-
est that the borrower
must also pay.
According to CRL,
much of the problem
with fully retiring pay-
is due to the industry

requirement that borrowers pay
the entire loan with the next pay-
check. For most borrowers, this
specific loan term denies them
the ability to financially manage
the rest of their lives.
The financial burden of only
having two weeks to repay can be
insurmountable. For many bor-
rowers, even a $300 loan eats up
all remaining funds after the bor-
rower has paid for just their most
basic living expenses because
Please turn to LOANS 10D

Jobless claims

fall slightly

more than


WASHINGTON (Reuters) New claims for
unemployment benefits fell slightly more
than expected last week, pointing to firming
labor market conditions.
Initial claims for state unemployment
benefits slipped 10,000 to a seasonally ad-
justed 382,000, the Labor Department said
Economists had forecast claims falling to
"The downtrend in initial claims remains
firmly in place, and overall the data point
to a continued gradual improvement in the
underlying pace of layoffs, consistent with
the steady progress that we have seen in the
payrolls data," said Omair Sharif, an econo-
mist at RBS in Stamford, Connecticut.
Separately, retailers were set to report a
drop in March same-store sales, hurt by
Easter falling three weeks later than last
year, which delays some spring clothing
Analysts were expecting a tally of 25 ma-
jor retailers to show a drop of 0.7 percent in
sales at stores open at least a year, accord-
ing to Thomson Reuters.
Financial markets were little moved by
the data, with stock index futures holing on
their slight gains.
The four-week moving average of unem-
ployment claims a better measure of
underlying trends fell 5,750 to 389,500.
The government reported last week that
payrolls increased 216,000 in March, with
the unemployment rate falling to a two-year
Please turn to CLAIMS 8D



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8D THE .1Ir.l fTIMES, APRIL 13-19, 2011

Major cities show population declines

Slowdown hits big metro

areas in '1o

By Haya El Nasser

The 1990s' urban re-
naissance that ended
decades of decline for
many of the nation's
major cities lost steam
the past 10 years when
most of America's larg-
est cities either grew
more slowly or lost
people at a faster rate.
Immigration, which
soared in the 1990s,
also appears to have
slowed in the past de-
cade partly because
of the recession an-
other factor driving the
urban slowdown.
"Many urban schol-
ars saw the 1990s as a
breakthrough decade
for cities, but it may
have been their high
watermark for growth,"
says Robert Lang, ur-
ban studies profes-
sor at the University
of Nevada-Las Vegas
who analyzed the 2010
Census data. "The re-
cession was supposed
to help cities by hold-
ing people in place, but
it appears for now as if
it slowed urban devel-
While some cit-
ies attracted young
professionals and
empty-nesters to new
downtown condos
(Washington, D.C., lost
Black residents but

grew 5.2 percent to
601,723 after losing al-
most six percent in the
'90s), most did not lure
enough to offset other
Lang's research
Fourteen of the 15
most populous cities in
2000 lost population
or grew more slowly by
2010. Philadelphia was
the lone exception, re-
versing a decline in the
1990s. Cities that lost
in the 2000s included
Chicago, Baltimore
and Detroit.
Even booming Sun
Belt cities such as
Phoenix, Dallas and
Los Angeles slowed
dramatically. Phoe-
nix dropped from 34.3
percent growth one de-
cade to 9.4 percent the
next; Dallas from 18
percent to 0.8 percent;
Los Angele's from six
percent to 2.6 percent.
The nation as a whole
grew 9.7 percent, down
from 13.2 percent in
the 1990s.
"The story of this de-
cade is that even a re-
liable growth city like
a Dallas or a Phoenix
is likely to grow slow-
er than the U.S. as a
whole, and that's a big
change for the Sun
Belt," Lang says.
Urban centers of

the 50 largest metro-
politan areas collec-
tively gained 3.7 per-
cent in the 1990s but
declined 1.3 percent
from 2000 to 2010.
Four of 35 cities
that Lang had identi-
fied as rebounding in
Sthe 1990s had their

worst decade since
their postwar declines
began: Birmingham,
Ala.; Detroit, Toledo,
Ohio; and New Or-
leans (lost more than
140,000 people, many
after Hurricane Ka-
trina devastated the

"What we saw in the
'90s would be hard to
replicate," says Audrey
Singer, a demogra-
pher and immigration
expert at the Brook-
ings Institution. "A lot
of places that lost are
places that are expe-
riencing simultaneous

Job economy showing signs of improvement

continued fro 7D

has shrunk .steadily
since the beginning
of the recession, to a
point that just 64.2
percent of adults are
either in the work force
or looking for a job.
That is the lowest labor
participation rate in a
For several months
now, economists have
expressed hope that
unemployed Ameri-
cans will take heart
from signs of new hir-
ing and re-enter the
work force. That did
not happen in March;
the labor participation
rate was unchanged.
"It is still a very in-
hospitable market for
unemployed workers,"
said Heidi Shierholz,
an economist with the
liberal Economic Pol-
icy Institute. "We still
have five unemployed
workers for every
opening, and those are
desperate times."
The average work-
week, too, was un-
changed, at 34.3
hours, and average
hourly earnings re-
mained static. Such
indicators point to an
economy with much
slack demand, hints of
deflation and little up-

ward pressure on wag-
es. Real earnings, the
Brookings Institution
noted on Friday, have
fallen 1.I percent since
last October.
"With excess supply
of labor at very high
levels, it is unlikely
that we are going to
see any meaningful
acceleration in wage
rates anytime soon,"
Joshua Shapiro, an
economist at MFR Inc.,
said recently.
Though the overall
unemployment rate
has fallen to 8.8 per-
cent from 8.9 per-
cent in February and
from a peak of 10.1
percent in late 2009 -
the rate remains espe-
cially high for Blacks,
at 15.5 percent, and
for Latinos, at 11.3
percent. (In 2007,
Black unemployment
stood at 8.3 percent,
and was 5.6 percent
for Latinos.)
In addition, local
governments are expe-
riencing a months-long
bleed-off. Local gov-
ernments have shed
416,000 jobs since an
employment peak in
September 2008, and
dropped 15,000 jobs in
Teenage unemploy-
ment remains off the
charts and long-term

Benefit claims decrease

continued from 7D

low of 8.8 percent.
A LaborDepartment
official said there was
nothing unusual in
the claims data.
Claims have now
held beneath the
400,000 level that is
generally associated
with steady job growth
for four weeks in a row,
with the four-week av-
erage below that mark
for the sixth straight
The number of peo-
ple still receiving ben-
efits under regular
state programs after
an initial week of aid

fell 9,000 to 3.72 mil-
lion in the week ended
March 26, the low-
est level since Octo-
ber 2008. Economists
had expected so-called
continuing claims to
slip to 3.70 million
from a previously re-
ported 3.71 million.
The number of peo-
ple on emergency un-
employment benefits
dropped 25,785 to 3.56
million in the week
ended March 19, the
latest week for which
data is available. A
total of 8.52 million
people were claiming
unemployment bene-
fits during that period
under all programs.

unemployment is only
a tenth of a point be-
low its record peak,
said Heather Boushey,
senior economist at
the Center for Ameri-
can Progress, a liberal
group. "Although, af-
ter years of watching
things get worse, it's
good to see overall em-
ployment growing."
The tension between
Boushey's two views of
the economy, its deep
problems and distinct
signs of hope, can be
seen in a Bureau of
Labor Statistics sum-
mary that breaks the

economy into 16 sec-
tors. It shows con-
struction workers
with a 20 percent un-
employment rate, and
hotel and leisure work-
ers at 13.2 percent. Yet
the jobless rate has
dropped in 13 of the
16 sectors since March
It also poses a poli-
cy conundrum for the
Federal Reserve, whose
governors will meet in
April to consider their
interest rate policy.
How should the board
view the economy: Is
the economic engine at

last beginning to purr,
in which case some ar-
gue for throttling back
and raising rates later
this year? Or are the
weaknesses still pro-
nounced enough that
it makes sense to keep
flooding the motor with
inexpensive money?
The Obama adminis-
tration takes the view
that it's too early to
raise rates. Recoveries
from financial shocks
as severe as that of
2008 are often long
and sluggish, and they
argue against risking
another setback.

Declining growth

Fourteen of the 15 most populous cities grew more slowly
in the past decade than in the 1990s or lost population:

City 2010 population 1990s growth rate 2000s growth rate

New York 8,175,133 9.4% 2.1%

Los Angeles 3,792,621 6.0% 2.6%

Chicago 2,695,598 4.0% -6.9%

Houston 2,099,451 19.8% 7.5%

Philadelphia 1,526,006 -4.3% 0.6%

Phoenix 1,445,632 34.3% 9.4%

San Diego 1,307,402 10.2% 6.9%

Dallas 1,197,816 18.0% 0.8%

San Antonio 1,327,407 22.3% 16.0%

Detroit 713,777 -7.5% -25.0%

San Jose 945,942 14.4% 5.7%

Indianapolis 829,718 8.3% 4.8%

San Francisco 805,235 7.3% 3.7%

Jacksonville- 821,784 15.8% 11.7%

Columbus, 787,033 12.4% 10.6%'

out-migration, lack of
in-migration and ag-
ing. . Immigrants
are naturally going
to suburban areas.
That's where the hous-
ing is, where the jobs
Also, many Sun
Belt metropolitan ar-
eas such as Charlotte,
Nashville and Orlando,
which saw an influx of
immigrants in the past
20 years, are largely
suburban regions.
The urban revival of
the 1990s may not re-
turn, Lang says.
"That could've been
it," he says. "It might
have been as good as
it gets."




RFQ NO: 11-006

The CRA is seeking the services of an Engineering firm to provide professional
services for planning, design, cost estimating, bid assistance and construction
engineering/inspection services for the streetscape development of NW 3rd
Avenue from NW 14th Street to NW 20th Street in Overtown, Miami, FL within
City of Miami right-of-way. 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 laterthan 2:00 PM, on Friday,
May 13th, 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 Thursday, April 11th, 2011, from
the CRA offices, 49 N.W. 5th Street, Suite 100, Miami, Florida 33128, or from
the CRAwebpage (www.miamicra.com). 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

Advanced GYN Clinic
Anthurium Gardens Florist
BP Oil
Brown, Arun
City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency
Family Dentist
Hialeah Housing Authority
Hunt Moss A Joint Venture
Keiser University
Miami Beach Community Development
Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
Miami-Dade Water and Sewer
Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida
Noel's Men & Women Clothing
North Shore Medical Center
Platinum Public Adjusters
Saint Agnes Episcopal Church
The Mortgage Mitigators Network LLC
Universal Pictures


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Bids from General Contractors and / or sub-contractors for Mechanical, Electrical,
Plumbing, Gypsum Drywall Systems, Insulation, Tile Installation and Carpentry
work are requested by Miami Beach Community Development Corporation for the
Interior repairs at the Madeleine Apartments located at 7871 7861 Crespi Blvd,
Miami Beach FL. 33141. Original and (2) copies of the bid package must be re-
ceived at the offices of Miami Beach Community Development Corporation at 945
Pennsylvania Avenue, 2nd floor Miami Beach Florida 33139 on May 6th 2011 at
2:00 p.m.
Bid Documents will be available for pick-up on April 15th 2011 at Miami Beach
Community Development Corporation 945 Pennsylvania Ave. 2nd Floor Miami
Beach FL. 33139 the cost for the plans and specifications is $150.00 non refund-
able fee.
The owner is requesting sealed bids from Qualified Bidders for providing all labor,
materials and equipment for the above specified trades for this project. Qualified
Bidders are defined as contractors / subcontractors who have completed two or
more substantial historic renovations as experience, with sufficient financial re-
sources and having completed similar projects within Southeast Florida. A Bid
Bond equal to 10% of the bid and a payment and performance bond for the total
awarded amount are required for this project. Note that contractors may be re-
quired if applicable to comply with the Uniform relocation Act.
Questions regarding bidding should be directed to Manuel Forero or Arturo Mi-
randa at Miami Beach Community Development Corporation (305) 538-0090 ext.
A pre-bid conference will be held at Miami Beach Community Development Cor-
poration 945 Pennsylvania Ave. 2nd floor Miami Beach FL. 33139 on April 21st
2011 at 10:00 a.m. for all interested parties who have taken out bid documents.
All interested parties must attend. The property is open for inspection with 24
hour notice.
This project, in whole or in part will be funded through the City of Miami Beach
Office of Real Estate Housing and Economic Development, State of Florida de-
lprtment of Community affairs and U.S. Department of Housing and Commu-
nity Development Neighborhood Stabilization Project. Bidders must comply with
Presidential Executive Order of 11246 as amended; Title VII of Civil Rights Act
of 1964, as amended; Copeland (Anti- Kick Back) Act; the Contract Work Hours
and Safety Standards Act and all other applicable federal, state laws and local
ordinances. The requirements are contained in the Conditions of the Contract
Attention is called to the fact that no less than the minimum salaries and wages
as set forth in the Contract Documents must be paid on this project and that
the Contractor must ensure that employees and applicants are not discriminated
against because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
This is a Section 3 covered activity. Section 3 requires that job training, employ-
ment and contracting opportunities to be directed to low and very low-income
persons or business owners who live in Miami Beach, first, City of Miami, second,
and Miami-Dade County, third, or businesses that employ at least 30% of these
persons as employees.
Persons who provide proof of compliance with Section 3 and meet minimum job
requirements will be given preference during recruitment selection process.


I-;_ i- ..

Bids from General Contractors for Interior and Exterior rehabilitation are request-
ed by Miami Beach Community Development Corporation for the Rehabilitation
of the Lottie Apartments located at 530 75th Street, Miami Beach FL. 33141.
Original and (2) copies of the bid package must be received at the offices of Mi-
ami Beach Community Development Corporation at 945 Pennsylvania Avenue,
2nd floor Miami Beach Florida 33139 on May 6th 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Bid Documents will be available for pick-up on April 15th 2011 at Miami Beach
Community Development Corporation 945 Pennsylvania Ave. 2nd Floor Miami
Beach FL. 33139 the cost for the plans and specifications is $200.00 non refund-
able fee.
The owner is requesting sealed bids from Qualified Bidders for providing all labor,
materials and equipment for the above specified trades for this project. Qualified
Bidders are defined as contractors / subcontractors who have completed two
or more substantial historic renovations as experience, with sufficient financial
resources and having completed similar projects within Southeast Florida. A Bid
Bond equal to 10% of the bid and a payment and performance bond for the total
awarded amount are required for this project.
Questions regarding bidding should be directed to Manuel Forero or Arturo Mi-
randa at Miami Beach Community Development Corporation (305) 538-0090 ext.
A pre-bid conference will be held at Miami Beach Community Development Cor-
poration 945 Pennsylvania Ave. 2nd floor Miami Beach FL. 33139 on April 21st
2011 at 1:00 p.m. for all interested parties who have taken out bid documents.
All interested parties must attend. The property is open for inspection with 24
hour notice.
This project, in whole or in part will be funded through the City of Miami Beach
Office of Real Estate Housing and Economic Development, State of Florida de-
partment of Community affairs and U.S. Department of Housing and Commu-
nity Development Neighborhood Stabilization Project. Bidders must comply with
Presidential Executive Order of 11246 as amended; Title VII of Civil Rights Act
of 1964. as amended; Copeland (Anti- Kick Back) Act; the Contract Work Hours
and Safety Standards Act and all other applicable federal, state laws and local
ordinances. The requirements are contained in the Conditions of the Contract
Attention is called to the fact that no less than the minimum salaries and wages
as set forth in the Contract Documents must be paid on this project and that
the Contractor must ensure that employees and applicants are not discriminated
against because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
This is a Section 3 covered activity. Section 3 requires that job training, employ-
ment and contracting opportunities to be directed to low and very low-income
persons or business owners who live in Miami Beach, first, City of Miami, second,
and Miami-Dade County, third, or businesses that employ at least 30% of these
persons as employees.
Persons who provide proof of compliance with Section 3 and meet minimum job
requirements will be given preference during recruitment selection process.



New jobs discriminate against older workers

AGE P REJ U D 142 E 'L Ac-X56f.,_

KE P A *-3-

By Rick Newman

Jobs are back. Just
not for everybody.
Like many other
things in the stutter-
step economic recov-
ery, the job market is
finally recovering but
progress is uneven
and some people are
being left out. The
latest jobs report, for
example, shows that
the economy cre-
ated 216,000 jobs in
March, for a total of
about 1.9 million new
jobs since employ-
ment levels bottomed
out at the end of 2009.
That's a healthy pace
of job growth that will
help bring down the
uncomfortably high
unemployment rate,
and, with luck, ce-
ment the recovery.
But digging into the
numbers reveals some
of the unusual ways
that work and retire-
ment may be perma-
nently changing for
millions of Americans.
Most of the new jobs
created since the end
of 2009, for one thing,
are going to workers
under the age of 34,
or over the age of 55.
Employment levels for
middle-aged workers,
meanwhile, are stag-
nant or still falling.
Here's a breakdown:
Job gains for work-
ers under 35 about
1.2 million in total -
seem to be healthy
and normal for this
point in a recovery.
That's obviously good
news, since recent
college grads will have
an easier time finding
jobs, adult kids will
finally wave goodbye
to their parents and
move out on their own
and young Americans
will form more new
households, which
will help boost spend-
ing and perhaps even
revive the moribund
housing market down
the road. But other
trends are surpris-
ing and even trouble-
some. Here are four
important things that
seem to be changing:
More working se-
niors. Workers over
55 are snagging the
most new jobs, which
says a lot about the
state of retirement
planning in America.
Numerous surveys
show that perhaps
half of all Americans
heading toward their
retirement years lack
enough savings to
maintain their cur-
rent standard of liv-

ing as they age. The
sharp drop in home
values has ham-
mered away at the
household wealth of
many retirement-age
people. Many others
lost a bundle when
the stock market fell
in 2008 and 2009 -

may never be able to
in their current fields.
More female bread-
winners. Women have
played an increasing-
ly important role in
the economy over the
last 50 years and that
trend accelerated dur-
ing the recession. Men

in fields like health-
care and education,
which are more stable
than male-dominated
fields like construc-
tion and manufac-
turing. One likely
outcome of all the tur-
bulence in the job
market is that women

Age group Job gains last 15 months Unemployment rate
All adults 16 and over 1.9 million 8.8%
16 24 490,000 17.6%
25 34 709,000 9.1%
35-44 -143,000 7.2%
45 54 -454,000 7.1%
55 and over 1.3 million 3.1%

and bailed out just in
time to miss the bull
market that followed.
Add to that fears of
cutbacks in Social Se-
curity and Medicare,
due to the skyrock-
eting national debt.
The golden years, for
many, aren't shim-
mery at all. On one
hand, it's good news
that older workers are
able to keep a pay-
check coming, and
build (or rebuild) their
nest eggs--and that
employers are will-
ing to hire them. But
they may also be tak-
ing jobs that would go
to younger workers.
And rising later-life
employment is proba-
bly a sign of economic
stress that could last
A major midlife job
crisis. The overall job
market is clearly heal-
ing, but middle-aged
workers aren't part of
the revival. Workers
between the ages of 45
and 54 are still losing
jobs on net, with a de-
cline of about 364,000
jobs in this age group
so far this year. That
seems remarkable
and worrisome given
that these are people
in their prime earning
years and they also
ought to be at peak
levels of expertise in
their fields or careers.
Yet they're not yet
participating in the
jobs recovery, perhaps
because their pay re-
quirements are too
high in an economy
where employers still
aren't willing to bring
back the most expen-
sive workers. Many
are most likely mid-
dle managers whose
ranks were severely
thinned during the re-
cession, or construc-
tion and manufactur-
ing workers who still
can't find work and

Spending-cut agreement

continued from 7D

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Demo-
crat who also attended the meeting, said, "I
have confidence we can get this done."
Shortly before the White House meeting, a
Democratic aide in Congress said the total
spending cuts for this year in the deal being
negotiated would probably end up being closer
to $33 billion than the Republicans' $40 bil-
lion target.
If Obama and congressional leaders can
reach a deal promptly, it would clear the way
for the House and Senate to vote on funding
the federal government through September 30
and put an end to a months-long fight over
spending for the fiscal year that is now half
Recently, Obama warned of economic harm
if a budget stalemate caused the federal gov-
ernment to partially close for the first time in
15 years.
With the U.S. economy in the early stages of
a recovery from the worst recession since the
1930s, Obama told reporters that a govern-
ment shutdown would have "ramifications all
across this economy," including on small busi-
ness owners, applicants for home loans and
workers who would be left without paychecks
as the result of federal layoffs.

dropped out of the la-
bor force at a faster
rate than women dur-
ing the recession and
women also seem to
be regaining jobs at a
faster pace than men.
Women are slightly
better educated than
men on average and
they also tend to work

will be the breadwin-
ners in more middle-
class families headed
by middle-aged par-
A shrinking labor
force. It's typical for
the number of people
working or looking
for work the stan-
dard definition of

the labor force to
shrink during a re-
cession. Some people
figure they won't find
a job no matter what,
so they do something
else until the economy
improves, when they
start looking for work
again. But that's an-
other pattern that
may have changed.
Before the recession,
about 66 percent of
all adults had a job or
were looking for one
but that's fallen to
64.2 percent. Econo-
mists say that's partly
due to "discouraged"
workers who can't
find work and may re-
main on the sidelines
for good, but also due
to the gradual aging
of the workforce, net
wealth that's higher
than it was in prior
generations (despite
the ravages of the last
few years) and other
demographic factors.
If the U.S. workforce
remains smaller than




RFP NO: 11-004

The CRA is seeking a qualified developer to plan, design, finance, construct,
and manage a mixed used building located at 1201 NW 3rd Avenue in
Overtown, Miami, FL on CRA owned property. The Proposer and its Sub-
consultants must be able to perform every element of the scope of services as
outlined in the RFP 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 2:00 PM,
on Wednesday, May 11, 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.

RFP documents may be obtained on or after Friday, April 8, 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 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

expected, that means
it would take fewer
job gains to bring un-
employment down.
The unemployment
rate -perhaps the
single most-watched

economic indicator -
would fall faster than
expected, which would
be interpreted as an
accelerating recov-
ery. But fewer people
working also means

less overall economic
activity and probably
slower growth. So even
the good news may be
tainted. But it's better
than no good news at



RFP NO: 11-005

The CRA is seeking to procure a qualified and experienced vendor to provide
daily street level maintenance services and to employ personnel from the
community within the Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA area for this
program. The Proposer and its Sub-consultants must be able to perform every
element of the scope of services as outlined in the RFP 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 2:00
PM, on Friday, May 6, 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.

RFP documents may be obtained on or after Friday, April 8, 2011, from the
CRA offices, 49 N.W. 5th Street, Suite 100, Miami, Florida 33128, or from the
CRAwebpage (www.miamicra.com). 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.

(#14883) Pieter A. Bockweg, CRA Executive Director

Invitation to Bid
Hunt / Moss, A Joint Venture

Hunt/Moss, A Joint Venture in conjunction with the Florida Marlins would like to
announce an invitation to bid on the below listed Bid Packages for the construc-
tion of the new Florida Marlins Ballpark.

Any specific questions for this package can be directed to Alex Bolanos
abolanos(Smossemail.com or (305) 325-0577.

Request for Proposal: Professional Services FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures,
and Equipment) Material Procurement

SBE Requirement: 6.98%, to be achieved during the buyout of the pack-

The purchasing agent shall provide a fixed fee to manage all aspects of provid-
ing a complete FF&E package including, but not limited to soliciting and obtain-
ing bids/quotations; issuing and tracking all required purchase orders/contracts
defined by the CM and Developer

Bid documents can be purchased at:
Blue Digital
7920 NW 7th St. Unit 107
Miami, FL 33126

Sealed bids will be delivered to:
Hunt/Moss Construction Managers
1380 NW 6th St. Unit 1
Miami, FL 33125

Requirements of the project and bid are as follows:
Project must abide by the Responsible Wage and
Benefits Code
5% bid bond
100% Payment and Performance Bond
Owner Controlled Insurance Program
County Sales Tax Savings Program


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a regular Boards of Commissioners Meeting
of The Southeast Overtown/Park West and Omni Redevelopment District
Community Redevelopment Agencies is scheduled to take place on Monday,
April 25, 2011 at 5:00 PM, at The Doubletree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne
Bay, 1717 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33132.

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

(#14887) PieterA. Bockweg, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West
and Omni Redevelopment District
Community Redevelopment Agencies




MI)X WORK PROGRAM NO(S).: 87409.050

The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority ("MDX" or "Authority"), requires
the services of a qualified Consultant to provide Construction Engineering
and Inspection (CE&I) Services for the Design-Build Project for SR 874
Mainline Reconstruction. For a copy of the RFQ with information on the
Scope of Services, Pre-qualification and submittal requirements, please
logon to MDX's Website: 1' i to download the documents
under "Doing Business with MDX: Vendor Login", or call MDX's
Procurement Department at 305-637-3277 for assistance. Note: In order to
download any MDX solicitation, you must first be registered as a Vendor
with MDX. This can only be facilitated through MDX's Website:
under "Doing Business with MDX: Vendor
Registration". A Mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference is scheduled for
April 15, 2011 at 9:30 AM. The deadline for submitting a Proposal is
May 10,2011 by 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time.

IO TE IAI IMSAPIL1319 211Bi."Ck, tiST((NTO!I EI i', \Diu N

Helping executive Black women succeed

continued from 7D

executives and in-
crease their risk-tak-
ing, as well as make
themselves more vis-
ible and valuable.
A third finding states
that every aspiring ex-
ecutive must ask: "Do I
really want to do what
it takes to compete for
the top slot?" If the
answer for a Black
woman executive is
"yes," she must have a
plan to get there and
put that plan into ac-
tion at each step of the

way. That's where ELC
comes in.
ELC is hosting a
"Strategic Pathways"
leadership develop-
ment program July
14 and 15 in Del Mar,
California, and appli-
cations are due May 6.
"We had our pilot
launch in 2010," ELC's
Institute for Leader-
ship Development and
Research program
manager Nichele Lu-
cas said. "We had
19 participants from
all walks of busi-
ness. The more we
can get, the further we

feel our reach. Every
person we touch can
create a snowball, a
domino effect."
"We want aspiring
executives to know
that they do have
support," she added.
,"We understand their
plight and what they're
going through."
The two-day Stra-
tegic Pathways pro-
gram is the shortest
of the ELC's training
programs. A second,
"Strengthening the
Pipeline," will be held
in August in Miami for
five days, and "Bright

iaeah Mousing Authority PUBLIC NOTI(

Section 8 Waiting Li

Thie idlaeah Housing Authorrty :("HHA') will accept 2,510 'online or
mailed-in pre-applications from, eligible families to be placed on its
lottery-based waiting 'list for the Section 8 Housing 'Choice Voucher
Program ('lHCVP"). Eligible families imay apply online beginning Apr
21, 2011 at '800 .AM through April 22, 2011 at &D8: PM at
:.' ..'.... : .-'. i .I '.... :. . .: OR by 'mail using the pre-
*application to !be published April 21, 2011 in The Miami Herald, El
Nuevo Herald, The Miami Times and El Diano de las Americas.

Pre-applications must be:mailed to:
Hialeah Housing Authority,

PO Box 110670,

Futures" will be in the
same city for three
The Del Mar event
is designed to as-
sist mid-career Black
senior project leaders,
directors, and new
vice presidents-and
create a strategic plan
for their personal and
professional develop-
"These women have
been six to 15 years
in their careers, and
if they're 20 years
in, that's absolutely
fine, too," Lucas said.


ist Opening

Hialeah, FL 33011-0670

Must be postmarked ty April 27, 2011 after which the application process for this waiting list will be
closed. Applications will not be accepted in person. The HHA will not be responsible for delays in,
'dltivery by the postal service. Any ;preapplication that is not fully and accurately 'completed will be
disqualified Only one pre-application per household will be considered throughout the entire process.

Pre-applications will go through a lottery process and assigned a randomly selected number. At the
conclusion of the lottery, oT'ly random numbers 1-2,500 will be placed 'on the waiting list.

Upon having received a ;placement number on the waiting list the HHA will then apply the local
preferences listed below. If you meet the criteria for any of the aocal preferences, you will be moved
ahead to the top of the waiting list, in the numberr order assigned by the lottery.

Local Preference for Selection of Eliqible Families
Elderly or Disabled Family'
*Elderly: A family whose head, spouse, or sdle member is at least 62 years of age.
*Disabled: A family whose head, spouse, or sole member is a person with disabilities.
Annual Income Limits for program participation
1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4 persoerson s rsons 6 pons ersns 7 persons 8 persons
$24.650 $28.150 $31.650 $35,150 $38 000 $40 800 $43 600 $46.400
HHA does nor discriminate based on race, sex. color religion, national ongin, familial status, disabl;'), sexual
wcrioritaion, ;ge or maritaiI stats
submit more than one pre-application will be disqualified. If any member 'of a family is
included on multiple applications, the applications will be disqualified. Do not call for
updates, all applicants will receive notification by September 1, 2011

"There is a set of ques-
tions on the applica-
tion to make sure that
one of the three pro-
grams is a good fit."
"This is an opportu-
nity for them to start
their goal-setting, to
measure their next
steps-where they are,
where they're going
and where they want
to be."
In addition to the
classroom format ses-
sions with trainers,
there are interactive,
experiential activities
during the two days.
"What we don't want
to do is just have them
sit and talk to them,"

Lucas said. "What the
participants have to
say is just as impor-
tant as what the train-
ers have to say. Hav-
ing dialogues in class
is critical to the suc-
cess of the program."
"We look at their
individual situations
and development
needs," she added.
"What they walk away
with can potentially
help them. They'll
have something ac-
tionable to take back
to their real work life."
Networking-one of
the areas the research
found lacking-is also
a focus.

Loans trapping borrowers in debt

continued from 7D

they have just such a
short-time to pay the
loan back.
"This new report
finds even more dis-
turbing lending pat-
terns than our earlier
reports," said Uriah
King, a senior vice-
president' with CRL.
"Not only is the ac-
tual length of payday
borrowing longer, the
amount and frequen-
cy grows as well. The
first payday loan be-
comes the gateway to
long-term debt and
robs working families

of funds available to
cover everyday living
Other independent
observers reacted
similarly. Rev. Dr. De-
Forest Soaries, pas-
tor of First Baptist
Church, of Lincoln
Gardens in Somer-
set, New Jersey and
profiled in Almighty
Debt, a recent CNN
documentary, also
commented on the
new research find-
"Reputable busi-
nesses build their loy-
al clientele by offering
value-priced products
and services.


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You can receive thousands of $ for those
damages! No up front cost to you.


f you or anyone in your family
is a person with disabilities, and
you require a specific
accommodation in order to fully
utilize our programs and
services please contact the
Housing Authority at: 75 East
th Street, ialeah, FI 330W, or
call (305) 88-9744, Ext 1077 or


Is excited to announce the grand opening of our newest rental community...
The Beacon Apartments

We invest In great people and consider our employees out most valuable asset In fact. our number one key
busir ess -: ..- tis to attract and retain the best talent in the industry! The key to our continued success and
oometitive advantage l, ow people.

We va.e -... ., .ii :i are cowa ted to equal opportunity in employment. We ofter a safe, .-alliy '. ,li-
:ea'.wonntent lo f' en'ptoyeds *r,. 1:. a 'mwrailmenel .t Ii'iL.i'iriI a drug.free workplace,

'.' :: quak*.ed ocai talent t'lat has strong tes to the local market. Qualified .aplicants should

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* Customerservivoe driven
S Able to muilitask
* .,'- in work schedule -s needed as the positions are subject to working all days of the week.

We ,re cur enrily accepting resu mes for the following positions:

Business rtin.iger-. ;.,ui.in I candidates should have at least two years of previous management experience
in the mult-ianiily industry w~th a proven successful track record of achieving results. Additionally. previous
:-.H il. and lease up experience are il 1l,. p:: 'ri rod

Leaoing Consultant-Previous prove n sakes experience is required with a strong emphasis on customer
service. Ai 'i i. .,,-,. prio experience i, ii. i, ii',.i if.'n.cIv 'wili be strongly considered,

Maintenance Supervisor-Atl ..I'; -:, < musl possess a current -P \ HVAC Cert ification Arit,',",,ir. IL.III:.
to service artd maintain HVAC. elecfical. plumbing, ir;:,.rce maintenance, carpentry, and elevator
nmalnenarrce is ,,reoured. A i ninmiumn of two .. :u- of supervisory experience is also a retquiremient of this

Grounds Person-The I.," ':. entails 'I-: ,:.:.- :. upkeep of the community ;r, 'l..:'.i but not ?lnited to picking
up ?>as., piessuIe washing. paitntirg, and cleaning of interior spaces such as hainways ardc amenities. Previous
potter experience is preferre-d.

We offet a total ,i onsatio mfn and benefits package to help with your needs today and build for your future
tomorrow, Our package includes 40 1K, medical, dental and vision benefits,
If you are ready to work hard and be empowered and encouraged to innovate, contribute ideas and
discover solutions to provide current and potential residents with unparalleled. world class customer
service please email your resume to liuet'r.11 'l;.In!': !'- "ni~.' _' -J. Please be sure to note in the
subject line or Itie e-mail ihtch position you are applying for andt that you are submitting a resume for
employment at The Beaton.
t we:. determine there is a match with our position, you will be contacted r' iI,'y by one o1 our hiring managers.



Call 305-694-6225


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10D THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 13-19, 2011

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

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.

14043-45 NE 2 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Section 8 okay.
$950 Other vacancies.
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

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.

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. Hinson

200 NW 13 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$425. 305-642-7080.
2040 NE 168 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air,
water included, washer, dryer
facility. Section 8 Welcome!
210 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$450. Two bedrooms, one

bath $550. 305-642-7080

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

2335 NE 172 Street #1
Two bdrms, one bath, air.
Laundry on site. $950 mthly.
First and last. Section 8

2625 NW 55 Street
One bedroom, attached to a
house. $650 monthly.
2701 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom,one bath.
$459 monthly. $700 move
in .All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call

411 NW 37 Street
Studio, $395 per month.
All appliances included.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency $405. Applianc-
es, free water and gas.

60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
6091 NW 15 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $450.

731 NW 56 Street
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.
Arena Garden
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more

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

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
North Miami Area
One bedroom, one bath,
quite, secure, Section 8 Wel-
come. $199 move in.
NW 2 Ave. and 63 St.
Clean, secure area, one
bdrm, one bath, $625 mthly.
One bdrm, one bath. $495
monthly. 305-717-6084
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750. Section 8 welcome.
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice one bedrooms, air con-
dition, appliances. Free HOT
water in quiet fenced in com-
munity, $410 monthly, plus
$200 deposit. 305-665-4938
or 305-498-8811
Tenant Eviction Services


Business Rentals

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

11620 NW 17 Avenue
Three bedrooms. $1200, first
and last. 305-879-2009
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1278 NW 44 Street
Upstairs one bdrm, one bath,
water included. $550 monthly
Call 786-299-6765
135 NE 80 Terrace
Newly remodeled, huge one
bedroom, one bath, central
air, $750 monthly. Section 8
welcome. 954-818-9112.
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080
1542 NW 35 Street
Newly renovated one and two
bdrms, air and some utilities,
duplexes, townhouses, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
15741 NW 40 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1475 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. Call 305-621-
7883, 786-385-8174.
15840 NW 37 Place
Two bdrms, one bath, $1100
mthly. 305-801-9626.
1732 NW 52 Street
One bdrm, one bath, central
air, appliances, Section 8 OK.
1752 NW 53 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air, $800 monthly. Section
8 welcome. 305-758-7022
18 Avenue NW 94 Street
Section OK
One bedroom, $750 monthly.
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
S$500, stove, refrigerator, air,
free water and gas.

2 NE 59 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. 786-237-1292
205 NW 96 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air, appliances, fenced
yard, washer/dryer hookup,
Section 8 OK, $1100 monthly.
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms, air, $895. We
have others. 786-306-4839.
275 NE 150 Street
Quiet,,two bdrms, one bath,
air, all appliances. $975
monthly. $1,900 to move in.
3151 NW 53 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
newly renovated $800 mthly.
First, last and security.
38 NE 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, wa-
ter included. $650 monthly.
470 NW 23 Place
Two bedrooms, 1 bath.
$1200. Appliances, washer
and dryer. 305-642-7080
6847 NW 2 Court
Little Haiti, super nice,
two bdrm, one bath, very
spacious, central air, tiled,
private, with own fenced yard
and parking, great location.
Available April 15. $950
monthly. Call now 305-772-
8125 NW 6 Avenue
Remodeled two bed-
rooms, one bath, utilities
included,Section 8 O.K.
$950 monthly. ONLY $500

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
One bedroom, one bath. $650
monthly. Two bedrooms, two
baths. $1100 monthly. Three
bedrooms, two baths. $1367


NW 76 Street
Two bdrms, two baths.
Section 8 OK. 305-258-6626

I Efficiencies
100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$120 weekly, private kitchen,
bath, free utilities,
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1709 NW 55 Street
Newly Remodeled, Central
air, fenced parking, $565
monthly and $600 deposit.
19710 N.W. 11th Court
Three room efficiency, water
and light not included. $1200
mthly. Call 786-487-2689.
271 NW 177 Street
$650 monthly, first and secu-
rity to move in. 305-652-9343
5422 NW 7 Court
Includes electric and water.
$600 monthly. 305-267-9449
One bedroom, $425 monthly,
call 305-754-1100.

Furnished Rooms

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
15810 NW 38 Place
$85 weekly. Free utilities,
bath, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1823 NW 68 Terrace
One week free rent! Clean
rooms, includes air, cable,
water, electricity and use of
kitchen. $450 monthly.
1848 NW 50 Street
Utilities included. $425
monthly. Call 305-633-0510
or Robin 786-715-1132
1902 NW 89 Terrace
Private entrance. $75 weekly
and up. 786-356-8818
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.
2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
2831 NW 159 Street
Quiet, clean house, air,
2957 NW 44 Street
Furnished, 305-693-1017,
4220 NW 22 Court
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
62 Street NW First Avenue
$450 monthly. $900 move in.
Call 305-989-8824
6835 NW 15 Avenue
Utilities included, air. $90
weekly. Mdve in special
$200. Call 786-277-2693
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Rooms, central air, applianc-
es. $100 and $125 wkly.
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055
Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 954-274-4594
Rooms, with home privileges.
Prices range from $90 to
$125 weekly. 305-696-2451
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly.
Furnished room with cooking
privileges. 305-681-8326
Room in Christian Home
Call NA at 786-406-3539
Senior Citizens welcomed.


1265 NW 116 Street
Four large bedrooms, two
baths, hugh living room, Flori-
da room. 786-286-2540.
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.
1524 NW 74 Street
Three bdrms, one bath.
Section 8 O.K. 786-487-2286

1547 NW 100 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 welcome, call Roy
16400 NW 20 Avenue
Section 8 Two bedrooms, one
bath, central air, tile, huge
fenced yard, utility room and
washer hook-up. Security
$1150. $1150 monthly.
1743 N.W. 42 STREET
Lovely small one bedroom
rear house with full kitchen,
full bath. All utilities included
for $725 a month. Important
- only call between the hours
of 5 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
18002 NW 47 Place
Four bedrooms, two new
baths, bars, air, tile. $1,500.
Terry Dellerson, Realtor. No
Section 8. 305-891-6776
510 NW 133 Street
North Miami two bedroom,
one bath, tile, central air.
$1125 monthly.
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.
Three bdrms, single rooms,
Section 8. 786-308-5625
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 Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916

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

17300 NW 27 Avenue
Miami Gardens 33056
305-300-7783 786-277-9369
755 NE 140 Street
Private entrances, private
bath. Call 786-326-6869


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Must type 45 wpm, well
organized and computer
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and writing skills. Must
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We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in South Dade, Bro-
ward and Miami Dade.
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looking for volunteers to
act in a church play. If you
know how to act please call
GiGi between the hours of
4 to 8 p.m., 305-316-0034
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cealed. Traffic School, first
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Do you need a Loan Modifi-
cation Hardship Letter writ-
ten? Call 786-333-3884.
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Assisted Living Facility
ALF License #AL5887
24 hr. supervision, house
doctors for the
Call Senior Citizens
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The King of Handymen
Special: Carpet cleaning,
plumbing, doors, laying tiles,
lawn service. 305-801-5690

Beautiful 5-pc Glass
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$300 obo
Call 786-402-8403
Washer repair, refrigerator,
stove, dryer. 786-202-5624

Mortgage rates barely

budge in latest week,

stay below five percent

By Janna Herron

mortgagewere essen-
tially unchanged this
week, as the average
rate on the 30-year
fixed loan stayed below
5 percent.
Freddie Mac said
Thursday that the av-
erage rate on 30-year
fixed mortgages rose to
4.87 percent from 4.86
percent the previous
week. It hit a 40-year
low of 4.17 percent in
The average rate on
15-year fixed mort-
gages increased to 4.10
percent from 4.09 per-
cent. It reached 3.57
percent in November,
lowest rate on records
dating back to 1991.
Mortgage rates tend
to track the yield on
10-year Treasury"
Low rates have done
little to boost home
sales. KB Home was
the latest homebuilder
to report this week
a sharp decline in
home orders for the
quarter. The Los An-
geles company said
Tuesday that its new
home orders dropped
32 percent from a
year earlier, while the
number of homes it
delivered tumbled 28
Last week, Lennar
posted similar results.
Its new orders fell 12
percent in the same
period and home de-
liveries slipped three

Many would-be
buyers are reluctant
to move because of
strict credit require-
ments, unemployment
fears and expectations
that home prices will
fall further, largely
because of the record
number of foreclosure
homes on the market.
To calculate average
mortgage rates, Fred-
die Mac collects rates
from lenders across
Sthe country Monday
through Wednesday
each week. Rates often
fluctuate significantly,
even within a day.
The average rate on
a five-year adjustable-
rate mortgage rose to
3.72 percent from 3.70
percent. The five-year
hit 3.25 percent last
month, lowest rate on
records dating back to
January 2005.
The average rate
on a one-year adjust-
able-rate loan fell to
3.22Percent from 3.26
percent. Three weeks
ago, the rate hit 3.17
percent, lowest level on
records dating back to
The rates do not
include add-on fees,
known as points. One
point is equal to one
percent of the loan
amount. The average
fee for the 30-year
fixed loan, 15-year
fixed loan and the
1-year ARM in Freddie
Mac's survey was 0.7
point. The average fee
for the five-year ARM
was 0.6 point.

Neighborhood Housing Services
of South Florida, a grantee for NSP2
funds, is accepting proposals for In-
ternal Auditing Services. Please visit
www.miamidadensp.org to apply and
for more information.

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