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Preachers, parents partner against crime

City's Black homicide rate: 40 and climbing i L

By D. Kevin McNeir guns out of the hands of youth -
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Gaston Smith, president of Mi-
ami's Ministers Council and pastor
of Friendship Missionary Baptist
Church, is adamant about getting

alone. His colleague, the Rev. Carl
Johnson, pastor of 93rd Street led
a press conference in front of his
church last week vowing to lead
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PREACHERS TAKE TO THE STREETS: Rev. Carl Johnson (center) is
joined by (I-r) Rev. Cecil Lamb, Activist Georgia Ayers and City of Miami
Chief of Police Miguel Exposito as they announce a new crime reduction

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Free community health

fair targets Liberty City

Need rises for care :.
of the uninsured
By Randy Grice


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-Photo courtesy of Marvin Elliott Ellis
REHEARSAL TIME: Filming for a documentary on Haitian dance will start
soon and feature artists including (1-r): drummers Frantz "Luchy" Desire and
Gerald "Azibe" Alexis; and guitarist/composer Ernst Registre.

Liberty City's uninsured and
those who have difficulty get-
ting regular health care took
advantage of a free health fair
last Saturday, April 16, that
came to their own backyard.
The Department of Commu-
nity Service (DOCS) from the
University of Miami's Medi-
cal School were the experts
providing services at the Be-
lafonte TACOLCY Center,
6161 NW 9th Ave. DOCS is a
Please turn to CARE 10A

-Miami Times photo/Randy Grice
HEALTHY ATTITUDE: A Liberty City resident takes time out
on Saturday to have her blood pressure checked during the recent
Healthcare Fair at the Talcolcy Center.

Job prospects remain bleak for unemployed Blacks


Urban League report says "our recession" is not over

By D. Kevin McNeir
The recent annual report
published by the National Ur-
ban League is entitled, "Jobs
Rebuild America: Putting Ur-
ban America Back to Work."
And while its contributing
writers are a veritable who's

who of the country's leading
Black voices, from First Lady
Michelle Obama to Governor
Deval L. Patrick and Donna
Brazile, Miami-Dade's Urban
League Executive Director
T.W. Fair, says he isn't im-
"The report, while well done,
fails to connect the large dis-

parities that are evident in its
2011 Equality Index and the
text's case studies and es-
says," Fair said. "There is just
a large disconnect between
the [written pieces] and to-
day's reality."
So, what should we make of
this report and what exactly
does the Urban League plan


to do to assist unemployed
"To answer that question
would require a complete sec-
tion in The Miami Times," Fair
said. "What the Urban League
and other like-minded organi-
zations must do is work to in-
fluence public policy decision
making. The report is a good cof-
fee table piece but it can't change
polict we must do that. Dou-

ble-digit unemployment existed
before the recession. The elderly
will find it almost impossible to
find any kind of employment.
The newly-unemployed will be
out of work long after their un-
employment insurance runs out
and the most recent unemployed,
if they have a marketable, 21st-
century skill, will be in a fight
to get 'the job.' Even they will
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City Year cleans up 7th Avenue

By D. Kevin McNeir
Those familiar with the history of
Miami's Black community know the
story of Jumbo's Restaurant on 7th
Avenue and NW 75th Street. But oth-
ers may not realize that the 56-year-
old family-owned business was the

first to integrate workers, remained
adamant about staying in the Black
community even when many busi-
nesses fled the City during the Miami
Riots, has been a gathering place for
celebrities and ordinary people alike
in search of a good meal and is still
open 24-hours-a-day. Even more,
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Changing school board

makeup will hurt Black students
Proposed legislation and shifts in perspective., up
in Tallahassee may indicate that Florida's politi-
cians are working hard for those they claim to
represent but it's clear that the concerns and needs of
Blacks are being ignored. Maybe when people don't vote,
they tend to be discounted but that's just a thought.
It's obvious that a changing of the guard has taken
place, not only in the Governor's mansion but in many
Congressional districts. And with this new cadre of righ-
twing politicians, Blacks here in South Florida and across
the state, are being hit with a fury of jabs to the head and
low-blow shots. We're willing to bet that these new lead-
ers are not inclined to sing "We Shall Overcome," if they
know the words to the tune at all and it's doubtful that
they have life memberships with the NAACP.
It is said that you cannot turn back the hands of time,
but from some of the bills and budgets being confirmed
with relative ease by the Republican-dominated House
and Senate, it looks like they're doing a pretty good job
at stopping progress and moving us [Blacks and other
minorities] backwards.
State Representative Cynthia Stafford tells us that
Black representation on the Miami-Dade County Public
School Board is in real jeopardy if House Bill (HB) 307 is
passed. The bill would change the Board's current struc-
ture from nine single-member districts to seven with two
at-large-member districts. And with the large percentage
of Hispanics that constitute the County's current popu-
lation, is it any wonder that those at-large seats will al-
most assuredly go to two Hispanics?
Many of our urban schools are already struggling to
overcome subpar test scores, rising dropout rates and
an alarming number of Black males that are apathet-
ic about education. That's why having seasoned Black
educators like Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall and Dr.
Wilbert Holloway on the Board is so vital to the future of
our students.
And here's a piece of trivia that is far from trivial: HB
307 would only apply to counties with two million or
more people. Miami-Dade is the only county in the state
with such ,numbers.- It's not ironicthat the, Bill, would
impact our schools and our students while destroying
gains we have made in terms of more diversity on the
Board this change is intentional.
One has to wonder who stands to gain from changing
the school board's configuration but one thing is certain
it won't be Blacks.

Overtown festival shows what

"can be done" to save Black

Overtown was once one of Black Miami's shining
stars. It was where everything Black happened,
from inspiring church services and the top en-
tertainers to quaint hotels and out-of-this world restau-
rants. But then some Blacks homeowners and businesses
headed for the suburbs or other newly-built communities
just as the highway plowed through the heart of Overtown
- destroying generations of proud, Black history.
Maybe it's easy to write off communities that have fall-
en onto economic hard times. Crafty businessmen just
watch the property values go down so they can swoop up
real estate at dirt cheap prices then renovate, revital-
ize and make huge profits. Others turn a deaf ear on the
cries of communities like Overtown, hoping that advocates
and politicians will fail in their efforts to secure affordable
housing, job training, health centers and other social pro-
grams and initiatives that help folks rise from poverty and
achieve a respectable quality of life.
Such is the case in Overtown, now known more for its
drug trade and dilapidated buildings then its former glory.
But several weeks ago, on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon,
Leadership Miami in collaboration with the Greater Miami
Chamber of Commerce, led the way with corporate support
and local business leaders to put on the first annual Over-
town Rhythm and Arts Festival.
And with Overtown's favorite sun, 2 Live Crew frontman
turned business mogul "Uncle Luke" back on stage this
time as the king of the event we saw vestiges of Over-
town's former glory.
There is no way of knowing whether business returned
to normal as the Festival came to a close just after 6 p.m.
and those who creep in the moonlight and cause havoc
and mayhem, began to rise from their slumber. But for one
afternoon, we saw how successful we can be in restoring
shattered lives and rekindling hope, when we all come to-
gether for one common goal.
Our historic Black communities are not dead not yet.
And there are plenty of soldiers still on the battlefield, like
Campbell, who refuse to give up on the neighborhoods in
which they were raised. But soldiers need fresh troops from
time to time to lend a helping hand. They need our help.
And for the record, if the police can maintain peace on
Overtown's streets for one entire day and people can walk
the avenues enjoying music and spending their money
with local businesses, then why can't we make these kinds
of days the norm rather than the exception?

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Urban schools in need of reform but still being ignored

In a recent op-ed of Marion
Barry published in the Wash-
ington Post, the former D.C.
mayor says "school reform has
passed low-income neighbor-
hoods by" and he's right.
Barry has strong educational
credentials on which to base
his opinion. Prior to his politi-
cal career and revitalizing the
nation's capital in economic de-
velopment -he was a grade-A
scholar and student leader.
I concur with Barry's philoso-
phy that the most education-
ally needy public school dis-
tricts in America should receive
the most funding. We can look
no further than the example
of water seeping through the
cracks of a leaky wall. Wise is
the repairer who addresses the
portions of the wall that reflect
breaches. The same is true for
educational reform. For start-
ers, school districts in the most
need should receive the most
money. But in the nation's capi-
tal and throughout America,
school reform has by-passed

the poor.
Instead, in many public
school neighborhoods with the
highest per capital income re-
ceive the most funding based on
a property real estate formula.
Such formulas are inherently
weighted to the wealthy. For
example, the so-called school
reform plan proposed by for-

ton on the flimsy legal distinc-
tion that charter schools are
technically public schools. Not
really. Charter schools have in-
vestors who seek a return on
their financial investment. The
irritating irony is that the dis-
parity of funding and the woo-
ing of private dollars for public
education in Washington, D.C.

et, I believe in even more structural educational reform in
the U.S. Congress should enact a Constitutional Amend-
ment to make an equal and high-quality education an indi-
vidual right of all children, regardless of resources

mer D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty
and former school Chancellor
Michelle Rhee put low-income
neighborhoods in the back of
the proverbial funding class.
For example, $225 million dol-
lars in D.C. went to wealthy
wards, while only $93 million
was received in poorer wards.
To add insult to injury, Fenty
and Rhee promoted private cor-
porations to provide funding
for charter schools in Washing-

have taken place under the
nose of the U.S. Dept, of Edu-
Nationally, the federal gov-
ernment only contributes 9
percent of all funding for public
education in the U.S. Nearly ev-
ery industrial country around
the world fully funds its pub-
lic school system except us.
We cannot educationally com-
pete with world powers such as
China and India without a fully


African Union becomes proactive for Libya and Northe

Africa is important to the fu-
ture of the entire world com-
munity. Blacks, in particular,
should be more aware and con-
scious of the progressive role of
the African Union to intervene in
a "non-destructive" manner in
Northern Africa. First it was in
the Sudan, then in Tunisia and
in Egypt. Now it is in Libya. The
cries and struggles for change
are spreading all over this impor-
tant and strategic region of the
African continent. This is not in
the Middle East this is in Af-
rica. Blacks cannot and should
not be silent on these issues.
I am opposed to the bombing
of Africa by the U.S. and now by
NATO. You cannot bring about
freedom in Africa through bombs
and cruise missiles. Humanitar-
ian objectives in Libya aside,
I disagree with the President's
tactics in this conflict. There are
real problems in Africa that need
real solutions. Africans, how-

ever, should have the right to
self-determination to solve their
problems and disputes without
the violent intervention of former
imperialist powers under the
questionable guise of promoting
a "suffering, outside-controlled
democracy." I wonder if the cur-
rent crisis in Libya has anything
to with the presence of high
quality oil.
This is why we welcome the
news now that the African Union
is taking on a proactive leader-
ship role in not only attempting
to help establish a lasting cease-
fire in Libya, but also to promote
a nonviolent path to the political
and economic transformation of
Libya. After meeting in Tripoli
with Libyan government officials
including Moammar Gadhafi,
news wire services reported that
Gadhafi accepted the terms of
the cease-fire proposed by the
African Union.
Although the African Union

has condemned attacks on all
civilians its current leader is
Equatorial Guinea President Te-
odoro Obiang Nguema, who has
been resolute in stating their op-
position to the NATO, American,
French and British foreign mili-
tary intervention in Libya's two-
month-old rebellion. The African
Union's peace and transforma-
tion proposals with respect to
Libya are worthy of our support.
For hundreds of millions of
African people throughout Af-
rica and the global Diaspora of
African people, including Blacks,
the contemporary struggles for
freedom, justice, equality, de-
mocracy and economic empow-
erment are critical, crucial and
of paramount concern. While
the last five centuries were 500
hundred years of European and
Western economic and geopoliti-
cal dominance in the world, the
21st century is the century of
Africa and Asia where the devel-

funded public school system.
As Barry states, effective
school reform should work to-
wards the establishment and
development of high quality
schools in every neighborhood
and include a set of goals and
programs aimed at greatly re-
ducing truancy and dropouts
while increasing graduation
Yet, I believe in even more
structural educational reform
in the U.S. Congress should
enact a Constitutional Amend-
ment to make an equal and
high-quality education an in-
dividual right of all children,
regardless of resources (via ex-
isting legislation sponsored by
Congressman Jesse L. Jack-
son, Jr. (D-IL). Furthermore,
the White House and Congress
should at least support and en-
act, respectively, significantly
raising the percentage of feder-
al funding for public education.
Both are critical in ensuring
equal educational opportunity
for every American student.

rn Africa

oping world is rapidly expaing
economic markets and irrevers-
ibly changing the self-determi-
nation status of African, Latino
and Asian peoples.
We have studied and wit-
nessed moving from the long
devastating periods of slavery,
imperialism and colonialism to
neo-colonialism and apartheid
and from. post-neo-colonial-
ism and post-apartheid to civil
rights, human rights and par-
ticipatory democracy for millions
of people of color. Today, people
of color are crossing the thresh-
old on every continent to have a
more expressed consciousness
and determination to change
the world in the interests of uni-
versal freedom and justice. The
African Union should be saluted
and supported in their efforts to
lead Africa in a more construc-
tive path. Black solidarity and
unity should be with the African


Dr. Manning Marab e made
his transition a few days be-
fore his Malcolm X biography
was released on April 4. The
community of scholars that
admired him was saddened
by his death and also antici-
pated the work that would be
the product of his decades
of research. In many ways,
the product did not disap-
point. Marable interpreted
Malcolm X through a lens that
is both familiar and unfamil-
iar. He decoded Alex Haley's
Autobiography of Malcolm X
like a surgeon with a scalpel,
finding inconsistencies, rein-
ventions and hard truths. At
the same time there were
questions that remain un-
answered, suggesting that
Marable, much like Haley,
could not totally crack the
code called :Malcolm X.
To be sure, the detailed in-
formation about the slit be-
tween the Honorable aliah
Moha:=n-ed and ,Ma'oim
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lalcolm and
tofore. Similarly, information
about the organizations Mal-
colm X founded, the MMI, Inc.
and the Organization of Afri-
can American Unity (OAAU),
provides many of us with more
than we knew before. At the
same time, information about

Much as President Bar
the antithesis of Malc
prince, that bright sta

the environment the Nation
of Islam created that encour-
aged the assassination of Mal-
colm X both reinforces and
reveals. Marable did his work.
Even as Manning Marable
filled in some ac--31:i of the
Malcolm X life, he did not nor
was it his intention to, mini-
mize the meaning of the life
of Malcolmr X, Rea ism did not
trump .Mra s admiration
for vaico; T cause he un-
stood tex n-a r.

powerful meaning
leaders are both fabulous and move us forward, guarantee-
flawed. ing health care, working on
It is important to remember jobs, there are a bunch of folk
Malcolm X now as the attacks who want to move us back.
on the Black man escalate And so our President has been
and the notion of integrity is pushed up against the wall by
parsed. Ossie Davis described those who want to turn the
Malcolm X as "our prince, our clock back, cut spending, even
in a recession when spending
cuts might cause us to double
ack Obama has attempted to be dip. But for those who are de-
termined to shift the course of
colm X, for many he is that black a river, it doesn't matter. They
ar revolutionary, will take our nation down sim-
ply to get their way.
I am thinking about Mal-
manhood." He lifted him up colm X because I am thinking
to lift us all up. And yet we about audacity like he exhib-
are in the middle of a season ited in the contemporary con-
when there is little lifting up, text. Where are the voices to
just stomping down. challenge this Tea Party? Who
Much as President Barack will say that cutting things
Obama has attempted to be like Pell Grants is unaccept-
the antithesis of Malcolm able? How will we reclaim
X, for many he is that Black our nation without audacious
prince, that bright star revo- voices? Marable's biography
lutionary. We are in an era of Malcolm X reminds me of
of backlash turning the a time when social restruc-
clock back because the pres- during was on our collective
rnt is too uncomfortable. Even minds. What happened to a

an : as Obama has attempted to dream deferred?


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Road becoming rockier for headstrong Scott

Our Governor Rick Scott
in the next few months is in
for a rocky road. Last week
protesters gathered at three
Solantic clinics around the
state, and urged motorists to
honk to show their outrage
with the governor. The signs
that the protesters were hold-
ing accused Governor Scott
of secretly planning to profit
from the Medicaid privatiza-
tion plan.
When Scott decided to run
for governor and spend $73
million of his own money, ev-
eryone thought he was crazy.
It is now a few months later,
and many of the Florida resi-
dents understand his strate-
gy. The rich get richer and the
poor get poorer.
Anytime the citizens in the
state vote for an individual
who owns a company that
is fined $1.7 billion, we are
asking for trouble. Governor
Rick Scott has always been a
businessman, who was on a
thin line between legal and il-
legal. There should be no sur-
prise, when we find out that
last year there was a com-

plaint that alleges a number
of wrongdoings at Solantic.
Governor Scott is the
founder, principle stockowner
of Solantic, a chain of health-
care clinics around the state.
These clinics dispense pre-
scriptions and they see state

cess of divesting his family's
shares of Solantic, to elimi-
nate any perception of a con-
flict of interest. I get that peo-
ple think there is a conflict,
but he can't divest instantly."
It is obvious that Governor
Scott is receiving pressure

A nytime the citizens in the state vote for an individual
who owns a company that is fined $1.7 billion, we are
asking for trouble.

Medicaid and Medicaid HMO
clients. The governor's execu-
tive order requiring random
drug testing of state employ-
ees puts his company in a po-
sition to make thousands of
Even though Scott has been
distancing himself from the
company, and he transferred
his controlling interest to his
wife, there are rumors that
a complaint has been filed
against Scott with the Florida
Commission on Ethics. Scott
spokesman Burgess said,
"Governor Scott is in the pro-

from his advisors that there is
a conflict of interest with his
business, and his job as gov-
ernor. At this point the ethics
complaint is sealed and the
public and the media do not
have access to the complaint.
But the complaint concerning
Solantic is public informa-
The complaints against So-
lantic were lodged in August
2010, and alleged over-billing
of Medicaid, Medicare, private
insurance, and TriCare, which
is the government health plan
for veterans. It says insurers

were charged physician rates
when patients were treated by
nurse practitioners, and un-
necessary tests were ordered
and billed.
The Agency for Health Care
Administrators decided not to
conduct a probe, because the
allegations focused on pos-
sible fraud with Medicare and
not with a state-run Medic-
aid. The United States Health
and Human Services can nei-
ther confirm nor deny the re-
ceipt of a complaint.
Nevertheless, Governor
Scott has decided to sell his
interest in Solantic, because
his millions are creating con-
troversy and a conflict of in-
terest. Scott has continued
to tell the media, that he has
been transparent with infor-
mation on his company and
the ownership.
In the months to come the
Florida residents and the me-
dia will find out if the gover-
nor is telling the truth about
his companies. We may find
out that the governor owns
other companies where he
stands to profit as governor.


Recall elections are becoming prudent
All across America people have from 23 in 2009. Fifteen of the 57 County Board of County Cor- mayor. Now is the time for vot-
become very angry and fed up mayors that were being recalled missioners. ers to do their homework and
with elected officials. Officials in 2010 resigned or lost their of- Recalling a public official in get to know know the 11 can-
are making unpopular decisions fices as a result of the recall, office has gone mainstream. Re- didates running for office. And
that do not reflect the needs of On March 15, billionaire busi- calls are sometimes necessary that means more than the can-
the people who put them in of- nessman Norman Braman was but they are not always the most didates' name, race and ethnic-
fice. And to show their discon- successful in his effort to recall effective way of changing elected ity. Before you give your vote to
tentment, Americans are recall- Miami-Dade County Strong May- officials. Recalling an elected of- a candidate it's imperative that
ing elected officers and they are or Carlos Alvarez. His decision ficial is a very expensive, cum- you know who you are voting for.
protesting radical changes. was based on the mayor crafting bersome and time-consuming Voters need to know where the
In Florida, members of the a bill to raise home-owners prop- task. However voters are being candidate stands on key issues
United Teachers of Dade, par- erty taxes and grant Miami-Dade forced to resort to this method affecting our community.
ents, teachers and students pro- We need to know each candi-
tested Republican Governor Rick date's position on issues such
Scott massive cuts to Florida'se need to know each candidate's position on issue as the rights of public sector
education budget. Protesters workers and collective bargain-
boarded buses and took their such as the rights of public sector workers and col- ing unions. Candidates need to
fight to the State Capital in Tal- elective bargaining unions, present their ideas as to how
lahassee.. they will bring meaningful jobs
In Wisconsin, public employees and opportunities into our corn-
opposed Governor Scott Walker County employees' their annual because of the disturbing trend munities. Equally important for
public sector employee union raises. amongst politicians who act us to know, how will the candi-
reform bill by staging daily dem- Last year, Miami-Dade against the will of the people, dates support the rights of ex-
onstrations at the state capital. County county employees As mama would say, "they felons, juvenile dependents and
Unfortunately for many, Florida agreed through their collective done bumped their heads." Yes delinquents? Candidates need
Governor's Scott and Walker con- bargaining unions to forgo all mama, they have. They have vot- to address their plans to address
tinue to move forward with their salary increases, which included ed.against public service unions, high unemployment, poverty,
unpopular reform efforts in spite merit and cost of living, as well rights of workers, public sector homelessness, violence, eco-
of the public outcry. One thing as contribute an additional five employees, education budgets, nomic disparity in Miami-Dade
is certain government is no lon- percent towards their health in- services for children and the County.
ger having the final word when surance to cover the county 2010 elderly. Even historical entitle- Remember, if we get it right the
it comes to the American people. budget deficit. As previously ne- ment programs such as Social first time we will not have to do
Ballotpedia, an organization gotiated in 2010, the 2011 budget Security, Medicaid and Medicare another recall. Voters go out and
that tracks recall elections, re- reinstated employee merit and are now at risk in the hands of vote on May 24. Vote intelligent-
ports that 57 mayors have faced cost of living raises and ben- politicians, ly by voting for the issues. Go
recall attempts in 2010. The efits which subsequently was On May 24, voters in Miami- vote. Your quality of life depends
number of recalls in 2010 was up approved by the Miami-Dade Dade County will elect a new on the quality of your vote.

The school board has cut 200 jobs to reduce cost and it appears that

teachers may be next. How will these changes impact public education?

Secretary. 23. Liberty City

The impact
will be incred-
ible. I think
everyone will
be impact-
ed, both the
teachers and
the students
of this county.

Clerk. 24. Liberty City

If teachers start getting cut,
the educational system will fail
our students even more. Hon-
estlyv, I think it
is all a part of
the governor's
plan to phase
out public

Substitute teacher, 23, Carol City

I am a sub-
stitute teach-
er, these chil-
dren need
help. They do
not need to
lose teachers.
In my opin-
ion we need
to have more
teachers, more dedicated teach-
ers to nurture our students.

Graduate student. 25, Liberrty City

If they cut
teachers jobs
out of the pic-
ture students
will suffer,
point, blank, --..
period. We
need dedi-
cated teach- ___

ers to be with these children.
We need teachers to be able to
teach without the threat of los-
ing their jobs.

Nurse, 22, North Miami

The school
board will be -
failing the stu-
dents if that ,
is actually in .f,
the pipeline. I ""
know we are
living in some
tough times,
I get that. I
agree that we have to make
cuts somewhere but we simply
can not lose teachers.

Pastor. 60. Liberty City

The one thing that I do know
is that anytime there is a cut
somebody is gong to be im-

pacted by it
whether it is '-
the children
or the teach- M
ers. It is not
a good thing
but this is the -.
times that we
are living in \
and I have
grandchildren in school now, it
would impact them a lot.

... 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

if Le, er to the Edito

Life, liberty and happiness

Dear Editor,

This is my response to the ar-
ticle "It's official: Voting rights
withheld from ex-felons" in The
Miami Times during the week of
March 25-29, 2011. The Black
Freedom Initiative had to do
more with life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness than civil
rights. Life, liberty and the pur-
suit of happiness is a natural
right and is not to be legislated
by a body of men. Does civil
rights determine if an animal is

to be caged? Should one's right
to life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness be denied because of
not carrying out society's law?
Those who have the privilege
to decide who should have life,
liberty and the pursuit of happi-
ness must not forget the criminal
history of England. Was it not
ex-felons who were freed from
the jails of England to settle in
the New World called America?

Alphonse Wright
Miami, FL

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Michelle Obama, Jill Biden to help military families

By Mimi Hall

Obara says she is determined
to use the "wonderful mega-
phone" she has as first lady to
hib'l lii,,tI the plight of military
families and encourage Ameri-
cans to do more to help the peo-
ple her husband calls "the force
behind the force."
"We should all be working to-
gether on this," Michelle Obama
said recently in an interview
with USA TODAY after the offi-
cial launch of her new "Joining
Forces" initiative at the White
House. "These are pretty solid
Americans out here that are
making these sacrifices quietly
for all the rest of us."
Left behind when their
loved ones go to war, the
wives,husbands and children
of the military's 2.2 million sol-
diers, sailors and airmen often
face lonely struggles with is-
sues as critical as finding jobs
and changing schools to tasks
as mundane as mowing the
lawn and shoveling snow.
"Unlike our troops, military
families don't wear uniforms so
we don't always see them," the
first lady said during an East
Room ceremony.
Military families will be Mi-
chelle Obama's second signa-
ture issue, following her "Let's
Move" campaign to end child-
hood obesity through exercise
and healthy eating.
She and Jill Biden, the vice

-Photo by H. Darr Beiser
First lady Michelle Obama, left, and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Biden, talk about their new
initiative to help military families on Tuesday.

president's wife, say they intend
to build a program that can
outlast their husbands' tenure.
"Our military families deserve
our respect and support at ev-
ery stage of their lives no
matter who's in office," Obama
The first lady says she plans

to encourage businesses, non-
profit groups, celebrities and
others to pitch in and help.
Biden said individuals also
need to step up. Whether it's an
offer to babysit, make a meal
or car pool the kids, "every one
of us can commit to one small
act of kindness," said Biden,

whose son Beau served in Iraq
in 2008-09 as part of the Del-
aware Army National Guard.
She said in the interview that it
"meant the world to me" when
members of her church read
in the program that Beau was
serving and approached her to
say they were praying for him.

The effort follows a govern-
ment plan released this year
when President Obama in-
structed agencies to step up
housing, education, health and
other programs geared toward
military families. Focused on
helping families cope with is-
sues related to employment,
education and health. "Joining
Forces" will be managed by a
three-member board that in-
cludes retired general Stanley
McChrystal, who stepped down
as commander of U.S. forces in
Afghanistan last year after crit-
icizing Vice President Biden and
other officials in a Rolling Stone
magazine article.

Wal-Mart and Sam's Club
will guarantee a job at a nearby
store for military family mem-
bers who have been transferred
to another part of the country.
Military spouses often have a
hard time finding work because
employers are reluctant to hire
employees they know will be
moving on in a couple of years.
The U.S. Chamber of Com-
merce will hold 100 hiring fairs
around the country to help
50,000 veterans and military
spouses find jobs outside gov-
The YMCA, National Military
Family Association and Sierra
Club Foundation will offer free
summer camp to 7,000 military
kids at camps in 35 states this

Jordan Mingus. a military
spouse and mother of three
young kids whose husband is
in Afghanistan on his third de-
ployment to the Middle East,
would welcome the help. "I pride
myself on being about to do just
about everything." she says.
Thai means driving 90 min-
utes each way from her Have-
lock, N.C.. home to take college
classes, juggling doctor vis-
its related to six-year-old Lilly
Rose's undiagnosed neurologi-
cal problems, picking up four-
year-old Malaki from day care
on time and ferrying 11-year-
old Izabell to far-flung games
with her travel soccer team.
If only she knew how to op-
erate the family lawnmower.
"There are little things I don't
know how to do." says Mingus.
31, whose family has moved five
times in 10 years in addition
to coping with her husband's
multiple deployments. "And we
can't afford to hire somebody."
She says military families are
thrilled that the White House is
paying attention.
"People may not agree with
Obama's politics, but what Mi-
chelle Obama is doing is taken
with open arms," she says.
The first lady, whose patrio-
tism was questioned by some
during the presidential cam-
paign, said that she's not wor-
ried about whether anyone will
think her effort on behalf of
military families is political.

FAMU scholar lands prestigious D.C. position I

Joins Truman National Security Project

Special to the Miami Times

ient of the 2011 Martin Luther
King Jr. Student Leadership
Award at Florida A&M Univer-
sity (FAMU) was recently named
the Florida regional field direc-
tor for the Truman National
Security Project. Tallahassee
native Reamonn Soto, 24, was
selected from a pool of 700 qual-
ified applicants across the coun-
try for a position that typically
requires a graduate degree to be

training his courses and prepar-
ing for summer graduation.
"I received a call from Wash-
ington, D.C. and was asked to
apply," Soto said. "The referral
was based on a networking re-
lationship I established while
interning in D.C. for Congress-
man Kendrick Meeks. The work
I have done with students and
organizing the Get out to Vote
campaign in Tallahassee was
discovered, along with my vol-
unteer work with FAMU Green
Coalition. They saw something
in me that they wanted to har-

Reamonn Soto, a senior at Florida A&M University, speaks dur-
ing a press conference at the Florida State Capitol regarding the
proposed cuts for the State of Florida.

Soto, a senior physics student,
is the organization's youngest re-
gional field director in the coun-
try. His position requires him to
work along side senators, con-
gressmen and congresswomen,
representatives and legislators
throughout the state to get his
bill on the agenda while main-

ness and further empower."
Soto will work with other or-
ganizations to push for a state
energy policy. By consulting
with representatives of the U.S.
Department of Defense and the
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
regarding the facts and figures
and how it relates to national

security, he attained the essen-
tial knowledge needed to do the
job. Since starting his new posi-
tion, Soto has been working on
a proposal that will get Florida's
38 percent jobless-veterans, who
possess the training and skills
in solar technology, to take ad-
vantage of the renewable source
industry. His goal is to get a bill
on the floor before the legislative
session ends .
The Truman National Secu-

rity Project is a national secu-
rity leadership institute, the
nation's only organization that
recruits, trains and positions a
new generation of progressives
across America to lead on na-
tional security. Its mission is
to provide the skills, knowledge
and network to create an influ-
ential force of leaders across the
country that advance strong
progressive national security

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Photo by Mike Groll/Associated Press
Ashonti George of Newburgh, N.Y., left, reacts after leaving a
rose at the door of the family home of Lashanda Armstrong, in
Newburgh, on Thursday.

Mom's posting before

fatal plunge: 'Forgive me'

Associated Press

NEWBURGH, N.Y. The sui-
cidal mother who loaded her
four children into a minivan
and drove it into the frigid Hud-
son River warned in a cryptic
Facebook message just before
the fatal plunge: "I'm so sorry
everyone forgive me please for
what I'm gonna do.... This Is
Her 10-year-old son, who
swam ashore as his mom and
three siblings drowned, says
his mother told her children,
"you're all going to die with me,"
then changed her mind and

tried, too late, to back out of the
river, according to the woman
who found the sopping wet boy.
"I made a mistake, I made a
terrible mistake," the boy quot-
ed his mother as saying.
Just before 8 p.m., Lashanda
Armstrong put her children into
the van and drove into the riv-
er. Armstrong and three of the
children, boys ages 5 and 2 and
an 11-month-old girl, died. Ten-
year-old La'Shaun Armstrong
Meave Ryan was driving past
the boat ramp in Newburgh on
Tuesday evening when she spot-
ted La'Shaun waving his arms.


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Special to the Miami Times

Miami-Dade County Vice
Chairwoman Audrey M. Ed-
monson, District 3, and other
members of the African Ameri-
can Committee of Dade Heri-
tage Trust, dedicated a head-
stone to a Black incorporator
of the City of Miami, London
Blackstone, at the City of Mi-
ami Cemetery on April 10th at
the committee's 18th Annual
Commemorative Service and
3rd Youth Talent on Parade.
The committee also made
presentations to the fami-
lies of Wilhelmina Jennings,

Juanita Wilson, Lorraine Far-
rington Strachan and City of
Miami Commissioner Richard
P. Dunn.
Edmonson joined Charlayne
W. Thompkins, committee
member, and Retha Boone-
Fye, essay contest chair, in
presenting Certificates of
Congratulations to the win-
ners of the African-American
Committee's essay contest.
The winners were (l-r) Bre-
anna J'Shan Evans, Spanish
Lake Elementary School, and
Wallace Chester and Chelsea
Chester, both from Ada Merritt
Middle School.

Gulf oil-spill cleanup got big bucks

Millions of dollar spent on gadgets

Brand-new SUVs. A top-of-the-
line iPad. A fully loaded laptop.
In the year since the Gulf oil
spill, officials along the coast
have gone on a spending spree
with BP money, dropping tens
of millions of dollars on gad-
gets and other gear much of
which had little to do with the
cleanup, an Associated Press
investigation shows.
The oil giant opened its
checkbook while the crisis
was still unfolding last spring
and poured hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars into Gulf Coast
communities with few strings
In sleepy Ocean Springs,
Miss., reserve police officers got

Tasers. The sewer department
in nearby Gulfport bought a
$300,000 vacuum truck that
never sucked up a drop of oil.
Biloxi, Miss., bought 14 SUVs.
A parish president in Louisi-
ana got herself a deluxe iPad,
her spokesman a $3,100 lap-
top. And a county in Florida
spent $560,000 on rock con-
certs to promote its oil-free
In every case, communities
said the new, more powerful
equipment was needed to deal
at least indirectly with the

In many instances, though,
the connection between the
spill and the expenditures
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Deepwater Horizon oil rig, owned by Transocean and leased by
BP, on fire in the Gulf of Mexico before it sank. The explosion
killed 11 people.

Edmonson honors youth and

Miami's Black pioneers


Associated Press


FAMU wins Honda's national academic challenge

Special to the Miami 7imres
A&M University (FAMU) stu-
dents recently scored a coup
as the winners of the 22nd An-
nual Honda Campus All-Star
Challenge (HCASC) and earn-
ing bragging rights as the 2011
champions. Averaging more
than 455 points per game, the
most of any team, FAMU won
the top prize of $50,000 in
university grants for their na-
tional championship win.
FAMU has grown accus-
tomed to winning, coming up
big in other national cham-
pionships including: 2005,
2003, 1999, 1998, 1996 and
"We were very excited to
be able to bring the sev-
enth championship home to
FAMU," said Chuck Hobbs, a
Florida attorney who serves
as head coach of the FAMU
team. "Out of 22 years of hav-
ing the tournament, we have
won a third of the awards
under my mother's leader-
ship and this year under my
own. One of the highlights
was the fact that this turned
into a FAMU weekend. At the
opening banquet, Honda hon-
ored my mother's six national
championship wins."
Vivian Hobbs, a retired
FAMU professor who coached
the team for 21 years, re-
ceived the "Coach of the Year"
award. As the first recipient,
she received the award for
her commitment to coaching
young men and women for the
"This championship is an-
other example that Florida
A&M University has some of
the best and brightest stu-
dents in the nation," said
FAMU President James H.
Ammons. "I applaud [Chuck]
Hobbs and our students for
doing such an outstanding
job. This win is a testament
to their hard work, charac-
ter and commitment as well
as the academic preparation'
they are receiving at FAMU."
The Annual HCASC is the
largest academic competition
of its kind, bringing students
from historically Black col-
leges and universities (HB-
CUs) from around the coun-
try together to participate in
the two-day tournament that
tests their knowledge, skills
and ability to quickly and ac-
curately answer questions on
world history, science, litera-
ture and popular culture.
FAMU's All-Star team in-
cluded Trenton J. Johnson,
the team's captain, who is a
senior majoring in computer
engineering; Dwight Williams
II, a junior mathematics ma-
jor; Stefan Jenkins, a junior
biomedical engineering major
and Paul Kayemba, a junior
English major.
During the annual two-day
tournament in Orlando, 48
HBCU teams competed in a
modified round robin format.
Each school showcased their
skills and intellect by quick-
ly and accurately answering
questions on world history,
science, literature, religion,

Honda Award

for UConn's

Associated Press
NEW YORK Maya Moore of
Connecticut has won the Honda
Sports Award as the top woman
in college basketball.
The senior led UConn to four
straight Final Four appearances
and two NCAA titles in her college
career. The Huskies had a 150-4
record during her four years.
The other finalists were Bay-
lor's Brittney Griner, Xavier's
Amber Harris and Stanford's
Nnemkadi Ogwumike. Moore
was recently selected with the
first pick in the WNBA draft by
the Minnesota Lynx.
Moore becomes eligible for the
Collegiate Woman Athlete of the
Year honor, which will be award-

ed June 27 in New York. She won
the Honda-Broderick Cup last
year, and could join swimmer
Tracy Caulkins (Florida 1982.
'84) as the only athlete to repeat
that honor.

the arts, social sciences, pop-
ular culture and Black history
and culture. The top teams
from the event's eight divisions
advanced to the "Elite Eight
Playoffs" and went head-to-
head in a single-round elimi-
nation. The final two teams
then competed for the National
Champion title in a best 2-out-
of-3 final series.

Since 1959. HCASC has
brought together the rnaion's
best and brightest acaderric
competitors from America's too
HBCUs. Throughout its his-
tory. HCASC has been the onl-
annual academic competition
between the nation's HBCUs.
touching more than 50.000
students and awarding more
than S6 million in grants.

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Left to right: Atty. Chuck Hobbs, head
coach; Vivian Hobbs, FAM U institu-
tional representative; Paul Kayemba,
team member; Dwight Williams II,
team member; Stefan Jenkins, team
member; Trenton Johnson, team's
captain; FAMU President James
H. Ammons and Steve Morikawa,
assistant vice president, Corporate
Community Relations, American
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Old friends when

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

Sometimes I wonder
what ever happened to
all my good friends of
the past -- including the
ones who go as far back
as elementary school.
For some of these peo- HA
pie who I have gotten to know
in life, there is no particular
reason why the desire is in me
to find out about them other
than the fact that I am simply
curious. But for others, learn-
ing whatever I can about the
current events taking place in
their lives would be extremely
meaningful to me -- and even
more touching if I could actu-
ally see them again.
Like a dream that I can only
hope to one day come true,
such is the case whenever I
imagine a time when I will be
able to reunite with my sweet
mother -- the best friend that
I've ever had. Since day one, her
love and support has always
been freely given, and the vivid
memories of her being the only
recognizable face in the court-

room appearing at all
my court dates are truly
On one occasion, as
bashful as she is, re-
alizing that another
man was about to de-
cide my fate, my mother
ALL was even courageous
enough to speak to the judge on
my behalf in front of the whole
courtroom, earnestly begging
him not to sentence me to life
in prison.
Of course, we've seen each
other a number of times in the
visiting park at numerous insti-
tutions throughout the years,
but after spending nearly two
decades without being physi-
cally in her presence out there
in the free world, the lapse of
time between her visits can
make seeing my mother seem
as if it all was merely a figment
of my imagination.
Perhaps seeing her will never
seem real to me until the day I
am finally set free.
When my time for liberation
comes, I will no longer have to
wonder what it will feel like to


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room or at their dinner table had in the free world. is still
surrounded bv all mv loved alive. Or if Tommy is still us-
ones. I could almost already ing drugs. And can't forget my
hear the loud noise -- the joy main man. Rob Love -- I won-
and laughter and the mighty der if he is still living in Long
sound of the O'Javs playing in Beach. California with his wife
the background, and twin boys.
And as people outside of my Unfortunatelyv. when it is fi-
flesh and blood are an essential nalvl my time to be free again,
part of my experiences through I won't be able to see all my
life, so many familiar faces family members who have died
come to mind whenever I think -- just as the many friends and
back to the past. Certainly the foes whose picture I have occa-
list of those who I am curious sionally spotted on the back of
about is long -- for some, the The Miami Times obituary sec-
level of inquisitiveness is higher tion
than others. Nevertheless, as the days and
I just got to find out what nights continue to come and go,
ever happened to that beauti- I will continue to believe with
ful young lady who gave me the conviction that the time will
pleasure of escorting her to my surely come for me to be able
Parkway Junior High School to reunite once again with the
prom. living and eventually even the
Hillary Hosford, where art dead.
thou? Meanwhile, can somebody
Searching for answers to please call your local radio sta-
many of my questions, though, tion for me and ask the D.J.
may require some help from to play "When Will I See You
Google. If I could manage to Again" by the Three Degrees.
locate certain people, maybe It's my dedication to all those
I could find out if Samantha who I miss the most.

Ugandan opposition leader wounded during protest

By Josh Kron

KAMPALA, Uganda A for-
mer presidential candidate and
leading opposition figure was
shot recently by the military
police during a modest street
demonstration over rising com-
modity prices here in the Ugan-
dan capital.
Kizza Besigye, who came in
second to President Yoweri Mu-
seveni in February's presiden-
tial vote, was taken to the hos-
pital, where he was treated for a
wound on his hand after being
hit by what he said was a rub-
ber bullet.
"We found the military police;
there were very many of them,"
Besigye said in an interview at
S't~1e'"hilital' as ca WdS arid riot
police officers massed outside.
"I kept walking toward them."
Besigye organized the small
march the second this week
in Kampala in an effort to
pressure the government into
addressing soaring food and
fuel prices in Uganda. He criti-
cized the government of Musev-
eni for what he called its "reck-
less expenditure," pointing to
the recent purchase of fighter
jets from Russia for about $720
As protests swelled to at least
several hundred people last
Thursday, security forces re-
sponded with an overpowering
display of force, beating pro-
testers and firing tear gas and
rubber bullets into the crowd.
The police said more than 40
people had been injured and
more than 130 arrested.
There were also widespread
accounts of violence through-
out the country, from the
southwestern town of Masaka
to Gulu in the north, the police
and witnesses said.
A report on the East African
news station NTV said that
some tear-gas canisters were
thrown directly into a prima-
ry school classroom and that

Officials cau

continued from 4A

was remote, and lots of money
wound up in cities and towns little
touched by the goo that washed
up on shore, the AP found in re-
cords requested from more than
150 communities and dozens of
Florida's tourism agency sent
chunks of a $32 million BP grant
as far away as Miami-Dade and
Broward counties on the state's
east coast, which never saw oil
from the disaster. BP announced
recently it would give another S30
million to help several northwest
Florida counties promote tour-
Some officials also lavished lu-
crative contracts on campaign
donors and others. A Florida
county commissioner's girlfriend.
for instance, opened up a public
relations firm a fexw weeks after
the spill and soon landed more
than $14,000 of the tiny county s
$236,000 cut of BP cash for a


-Photo by Edward Echwalu/Reuters
Kizza Besigye, leader of the Forum for Democratic Change, spoke outside Kampala Hospital.

several people inside had to be
"The situation is normaliz-
ing," said a police spokeswom-
an, Judith Nabakooba, adding
that a number of politicians
had been involved and were ar-
rested. "It's not serious."
A spokesman for the military
denied that Besigye had been
injured but acknowledged that
rubber bullets were shot into
demonstrating crowds.
Besigye was arrested on Mon-
day along with another former
presidential candidate during
a demonstration that drew a

smattering of participants but
a strong response from the po-
lice, who fired tear gas. Besigye
was charged with inciting vio-
lence and released on bail Mon-
On Thursday, Besigye de-
cided to march again, leaving
his home in Kasangati, outside
Kampala, at 6:30 in the morn-
Soon, he said, the police con-
verged around him and the
few associates who were dem-
onstrating with them. Besigye
said that the police forced him
off the road and that he found

A plainclothes security forces member in Kampala

ght spending oil spill funds

month's work.
The April 20 explosion on the
Deepwater Horizon rig in the
Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers
and spawned the nation's worst
offshore oil spill. As BP spent
months trying to cap the well and
contain the spill, cities and towns
along the coast from Louisiana to
Florida worried about the toll on
their economies primarily tour-
ism and the fishing industry as
well as the environmental impact.

SAll told, BP PLC says it has paid
state and local governments more
than $754 million as of March 31,
and has reimbursed the federal
government an additional $694
BP set few conditions on how
states could use the money, stat-
ing only that it should go to miti-
gate the effects of the spill. The
contracts require states to pro-
vide the company with at least an
annual report on how the money
has been used, BP spokeswoman

shelter in a nearby ditch, which
the police then filled with water
before dragging him out.
When the police moved away
to tend to demonstrators in
another part of town, Besigye
said, he continued on his
march, until he was shot by the
military police.
Besigye said that there was
growing popular discontent
with the government, and that
protests would continue.
"Our people are getting also
more assertive," Besigye said,
"more bold, less intimidated by
a regime's show of power."

A man .',as arrested on animal cruelty charges recently after he hanged his
two dogs, killing one of them, according to police.
Miami-Dade police received a report that a man was hanging two dogs from
a tree in Homestead.
Two witnesses told police they had yelled at Jorge Guzman-Zubiaur to cut
the dogs down from the tree, but he just stood and watched the dogs as they
One of the witnesses told officers that Guzman-Zubiaur did not try to save the
dogs until she yelled that she was calling the police, but he did eventually cut
the animals down, according to the affidavit.
Police said one of the dogs, a Doberman Pinscher, died.The second, a Dalma-
tian, survived but was badly injured.
The witnesses told police that Guzman-Zubiaur put the Doberman into a ve-
hicle and tried to drive away, but officers arrived before he could escape, ac-
cording to the arrest affidavit. Officers said they saw the dead dog in the back
of the vehicle.
Miami-Dade Animal Services arrived and took the Dalmatian and the Dober-
man's body. The Dalmatian was taken to Hollywood Animal Hospital for treat-
Guzman-Zubiaur was arrested on animal cruelty charges. He is being held
on $20,000 bond.

Police are searching for a man connected to a woman's abduction and rape.
Miami-Dade Police released a photo recently of a man believed to be con-
nected to the case. The man is suspected of using the victim's credit cards at
several locations along Coral Way.
The 24-year-old victim last remembered being at Club Mansion in Miami
Beach, on March 26. She said she was taken to a hotel, called La Fuente, on
Southwest Eighth Street against her will, where she was sexually assaulted.
Police are looking for a Hispanic male, between 30 and 40 years old with a
medium build, medium complexion, and short dark hair who speaks fluent Span-
ish. He drives an older model beige or gray Jeep, with a possible model year
between 1993 and 2000.
If you have any information on a person matching this description, call Mi-
ami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Deputies from the Broward Sheriff's Office have released a composite sketch
of a man wanted for beating and robbing an elderly tourist in North Lauderdale.
According to the BSO, 88-year-old Dorothy Carley, of Ridge, New York, was
walking to her hotel in the 5200 block of State Road 7 in North Lauderdale on
Monday, April 12th around 10 p.m. when a man attacked her, hit her in the head
and ripped her purse from her shoulder.The elderly woman was knocked to the
ground. Her arm was broken, and she was left with cuts and bruises.
The violent assailant is described as being about 5-foot-9-inches tall, he has
a slim-to-medium build and wears his hair in dreadlocks or braids.
If anyone has information about this criminal, please contact BSO Robbery
~Detective Cody Gilliat 954-321-4270 or anonymously report information to
Crime Stoppers of Broward County at 954-493-8477 or online at www.broward-

Pembroke Pines Police have arrested a 16-year-old girl for concocting a bo-
gus story about an attempted abduction at a bus stop.
They have charged the teen with filing a false police report.
After hearing the claim by the teen, police released a sketch and asked for
the public's help in finding the man.
The teen said she was standing corner of 82nd Avenue and Florida Drive
recently when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her arm, at-
tempting to pull the girl into a nearby Ford Mustang.
She told police that she was only able to free herself after the man's fingers
became entangled in the rubber bracelets she was wearing.
Authorities say the girl confessed several days later, admitting to making up
the story.

Hejdi Feick said. But it's unclear
what consequences, if any, the
states could face if they didn't

Some of the money BP doled out
to states and municipalities hasn't
been spent yet, but the AP's review
accounts for more than $550 mil-
lion of it. More than $400 million
went toward clear needs like cor-
ralling the oil, propping up tour-
ism and covering overtime.
Much of the remaining chunk
consists of equally justifiable
expenses, but it is also riddled
with millions of dollars' worth of
contracts and purchases with no
clear connection to the spill. the
AP found.
William Walker. executive di-
rector of the Mississippi Depart-
ment of Marine Resources. said
it is clear now that communities
bought more equipment than they
wound up needing. But he doesn't
regret handing out BPs money

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By Randy Grice
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Recently the White House's
Center for Faith-based and
Neighborhood Partnerships
and Miami-Dade County's De-
partment of Emergency Man-
agement (DEM) teamed up to
kick-off Miami-Dade Commu-
nities Organized to Respond
in Emergencies (C.O.R.E).
The program, that is a first-
of-its-kind, is designed to bet-
ter engage faith-based and
community organizations in
planning, responding and re-
covering from disasters. Cur-
tis Sommerhoff, Miami-Dade
County Emergency Manage-
ment director joined Dr. Jan-
nah Scott from the Depart-
ment of Homeland Security's
Center for Faith-based and
Neighborhood Partnerships
(DHS CFBNP), at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Cen-
ter to engage faith-based and
community organizations on
how to better partner to re-
spond to the needs of residents
during disasters. Miami-Dade
C.O.R.E springs from a nation-
al initiative focused on giving
grassroots organizations the
tools to better reach and serve
individuals, families and com-
munities in need.
Sommerhoff explained that
Miami was chosen as a test
city for very specific reasons..
"We are hoping to make a
model for the nation," Som-
merhoff said. "We looked at
the demographics around the
country from cities with diver-
sity. We felt like a combination
of Miami-Dade County's emer-

Dr. Scott explaining C.O.R.E Proj

agency practices they had in
place and diversity attracted
us to Miami."
Non-profits are encouraged
to explore using their facili-
ties as shelters or distribution
points for emergency supplies,
managing donation drives fol-
lowing disasters and provid-
ing neighborhood translation
services in times of crisis. The
kick-off marked the beginning
of a series of engagement ses-
sions with the goal of creating
formal affiliations to strength-
en Miami-Dade's overall emer-

agency preparedness.
"We are promoting the idea
of the whole community," Scott
Tracie Kelly, City of Miami
resident, said she believes the
C.O.R.E. program is good for
"We live in Miami; we have
hurricanes, floods and a load
of other things that could go
wrong in Miami," Kelly said.
"It makes me feel a lot better
to know that there are plans
in place to help the citizens in
this county when a real prob-

-Photo by Ryan Holloway
lem does come up and people
need help."
The Miami-Dade County
Department of Emergency
Management is committed to
working with its partners and
the community to lessen the
impact of disasters and po-
tential catastrophic incidents.
DEM accomplishes its mission
through planning, response
and coordination of infor-
mation and resources. Resi-
dents may access emergency
information online at www.

Last Wednesday, Georgia
Ayers and several pastors, all of
whom I respect, held a press con-
ference with the City of Miami
Police Chief, Miguel Exposito.
Initially I was very encouraged
to see "Preachers, Parents and
Police" standing together vow-
ing to combat crime and help get
guns off the street in the Black
community. This is something
we all want! I was especially en-
couraged to see Chief, who still
needs to retire or resign sup-
porting this initiative with some
of his officers. However, there is
an old "cliche" that says, "the
devil is in the details." When the
Chief got up to speak, he said:
This proves that he has the sup-
port of the Black community.
Excuse me! What planet are
you living on Chief? You would
do worse than former Mayor
Carlos Alverez did in the re-call
election in the Black commu-
nity. Several pastors, though all
told me they were there to un-
equivocally support the initia-
tive not the Chief. People have
told me they do not support the
Chief in the Black community
because of: 1) Your support of the
rash of shootings of eight Black
men by police, which one sur-
vived and three were unarmed.
2) Your comment to me and sev-

eral pastors that no Black was
qualified to be a commander
or major in Overtown. when in
fact, you have surrounded your-
self with unqualified people: 3)
Your endorsement of the trailer.
Miami's Finest that only had
Black people being arrested and
in which you referred to your-
selves as Predators:" 4) Your
futile arrest of Georgia Avers
grandson and others, which was
thrown out by the State Attor-
ney. 5) Your non-cooperation to
work with the Blue-Ribbon Pan-
el and the Civilian Investigative
Panel. 6) Your statistics given to
Paul Philip that compared your
shootings to Chief John Timon-
ey which in essence compared
Black men to dogs! Chief, you
may have one or two support-
ers who have selfish agendas,
but next time ask them to hold a
press conference exclusively for
you that says: "We support the
Chief!" The last time you tried
that only one pastor showed
up! Do you know how many
pastors there are in the Black
community? Hundreds. Oh yes,
Chief and all who may have
been in cahoots with this
scheme, Black people are much
smarter than you think, so don't
try to insult our intelligence by
sending us mixed messages.


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Children from Grace Academy were recently treated to story telling by City of Opa-locka Mayor
Myra Taylor at the City's County Library as part of National Library Week. This was the fourth
year that the Opa-locka Branch, which opened in 2007, has invited leaders to read to children.
County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan also participated and said, "It shows kids the impor-
tance of reading and reminds them of how fun it can be." More fun is scheduled this Saturday at
an Easter Egg Hunt for children 4 to 13 at Opa-locka's Ingram Park from noon to 3 p.m.

National program

continued from 1A

current owner Bobby Flam, serves
over 10 meals each day to the
Perhaps that's why youth volun-
teers from the national, non-profit
program known as City Year chose
Jumbo's as their first stop in a
beautification project that cleaned
up the restaurant's exterior and
other places along the 7th Avenue
corridor last Saturday.
"I am shocked by this wonderful
surprise I'm usually not short
on words but today I just don't
know what to say," Flam said.
"These kids [City Year youth] are
amazing and the work they do for
this city and our communities is
making Miami a better place to

City Year was started in Boston
in 1988 and blends young adults
from across the country in a year-
long program in which they work
with local communities on a vari-
ety of tasks their overall focus is
advocacy and mentorship. Stu-
dents receive a small stipend and
an educational grant of $5,000
upon the completion of their one-
year commitment. Over 60 teens
and corps members in their early
20s showed up to work on Satur-
day and were treated to lunch by
Flam and his crew for their ef-
forts. The program has expanded
over the years to include Wash-
ington, D.C., New York City, Los
Angeles and most urban centers.
But there was no presence in Mi-
ami until Flam's oldest child and
daughter, Cori Meltzer, 40, along
with her husband, a celebrated
author, teamed up with several
friends and marshaled resources
to bring City Year to Miami a few
years ago.
"City Year has become the model

to target M-D high schools in the fall

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City Year corps member and a retired Liberty City resident work together

to spruce up the 7th Avenue corridor.

for other non-profit groups and in
just a short span of two decades
they have already begun to change
the world," Meltzer said. "Their
biggest goal is to stem the drop-
out crisis and research shows that
when you focus on attendance,
behavior and course performance
you can keep kids on track for
graduation. We are close to final-
izing a deal with the Miami-Dade
County Public Schools that would
have City Year become part of
the County's turn around plan.
We will be going into those high
schools that are having the tough-
est time meeting standards and it
will be the first time we have been
primarily in high schools. It's an
exciting opportunity."
Four volunteers talked about
their year of service that is coming
to an end this summer including:
Keisha Powell, 24 (Upstate New
York): Josh Gutter, 24 (Hollywood,
FL); Dexter Moore, Jr., 23 (Oak-
land, CA) and Isaac Cimbler, 13
(Little Havana).
"Working at Miami Jackson
High as a tutor was great for me
because I met so many students
who face struggles that I once had
to tackle being an average stu-
dent and getting lost in the crowd,"

Powell said. "When you see their
grades begin to rise and see them
blossom, it's amazing."
"City Year is about diversity and
bringing young people together,"
Moore said. "Jumbo's was part of
our pre-game ritual every Friday
before Jackson's football games.
We kind of adopted Mr. Flam or
maybe he adopted us."
"We call ourselves the Justice
League from the DC Comics be-
cause sometimes to really make
a difference in the lives of other
young people takes superhero ef-
forts," Gutter said.
But the words of Cimbler were
the most illuminating as to why
City Year matters.
"I have been working with City
Year since it was started in Miami
about three years ago," Cimbler
said. "I go to school at Coral Way
K-8 Center and my friends are
always telling me that I am wast-
ing my time. They want to know
why I don't hang out with them on
Saturday or stay in bed and play
video games. I graduated with
over 100 hours of community ser-
vice completed each year. I do it
because I want to help my com-
munity that's what really mat-

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No myth: The Apollo's power

New York City museum highlights 77-year history

By Will Friedwald

On Wednesday nights at the
Apollo, amateurs traditionally
rub the theater's famous "Tree of
Hope" as they go on. As it hap-
pens, this good-luck talisman
hardly qualifies as an actual
tree, but is merely a preserved
piece of a stump. And it didn't
originate at the Apollo at all,
but at the Lafayette, six blocks
uptown. Still, the rather fanci-
ful idea that this chunk of tim-
ber can magically help someone
win a $10,000 prize and a shot
at stardom speaks to the trans-
formative power of Black cul-
ture. Since 1934, not only has
the Apollo represented the most
famous Black community in
the Western world, but perform-
ers and styles from all over the
country and the world have come
to the Apollo to make their mark.
In an exhibit titled "Ain't Noth-
in' Like the Real Thing" (through
May 1), the Museum of the City
of New York celebrates the three-
quarters of a century that this
iconic theater on 125th Street in
Harlem has "shaped American
entertainment." As dancer Honi
Coles said in a 1983 interview, "If
you could make it at the Apollo,
you could make it anywhere. The
history of Black theater wouldn't
have been the same without it."

The entrance to the exhibit
replicates the experience of en-
tering the theater itself: The fa-

mous Apollo logo, with its red
neon letters, is placed next to a
life-size photo of patrons wait-
ing to enter the theater. One
of the first displays deals with
the theater's early history: The
structure was built in 1914 as
a burlesque house and changed
hands four times in 20 years.
Finally, in 1934, the theater
became a venue for the Black
community featuring what was
billed as "the only stage show
in Harlem." The following year it
was taken over by Frank Schiff-
man, a Jewish owner-manager
who seems to have been genu-
inely loved by the artists he
booked. (Louis Jordan called
him "a great manager," and the
exhibit features personal notes
to Schiffman from both Adam
Clayton Powell Jr. and Martin
Luther King Jr.)
From that point onward, the
theater has been associated with
what were then billed as "Amer-
ica's Smartest Colored Shows."
You'd be hard-pressed to find a
major Black entertainer, singer,
bandleader, dancer or comic who
didn't appear there. There's an
undated playbill (probably from
1936) advertising the dance-
comedy team of Buck and Bub-
bles, headlining a show with
W.C. Handy "and his St. Louis
Blues Band," blues empress Bes-
sie Smith (in what must have
been one of her final New York
appearances), and a half-dozen
other acts.

The displays on the four walls
and the exhibits in the center are
all built around various topics,
like "Counterculture and As-
similation," which offers Miles
Davis's inscribed flugelhorn,
Dizzy Gillespie's bejeweled fez
and a well-worn, road-decorat-
ed steamer trunk from Pearl
Bailey; elsewhere, there's Count
Basie's sporty yachting cap. But
the single most amazing artifact
on display is an actual peg leg
from the legendary one-legged
dancer Peg Leg Bates. Through-
out, the eras and styles of music
(from minstrelsy to hip-hop) are
given equal time, as are the dif-
ferent species of performers-
due attention is paid both to
hoofers and to comedians (often
with carnivorous monikers like
"Pigmeat" and "Hamtree").
Nor are the amateurs ignored:
The Apollo is not only famous
for the heights scaled by some
of its contest winners, such
as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah
Vaughan, but also for the hu-
miliation that losers are sub-
jected to: They are booed by the
crowd, ridiculed by the band,
and marched off the stage by
a costumed figure known as
"the executioner." (Lord knows,
if Simon Cowell were to walk
on that stage, he'd surely get
the hook-at the Apollo, that's
much more than just a figure
of speech.)
One point that isn't men-
tioned in the exhibit is that the
theater, for most of the 1930s

-The Apollo Theater Foundation/Kwame Brathwaite
The Supremes, above, are among the top acts that have played

and '40s, included a movie
along with a very full stage
show of six or seven acts. Also
left unsaid is that white peo-
ple were always welcome. As
Schiffman's son Jack wrote, the
Apollo was "color blind" both in
the audience and on stage-
and non-Black bandleaders
like Louis Prima and Charlie
Barnet felt a particular accom-
plishment in being accepted by
uptown patrons.

As Billy Eckstine said at the
start of each of his shows at the
Apollo, "It's good to be home."
Jack Schiffman has noted that
the need for the Apollo de-
creased as show business be-
came more integrated-when
Black talent was no longer re-

stricted to a single neighbor-
hood. Yet the Apollo was the last
theater in the city presenting
prewar-style live stage shows,
up through the mid-'70s.
The exhibit paints a rosy pic-
ture of the theater's current
state, even though the Apollo
today, aside from the continu-
ing amateur nights, is mainly
used for special events, benefits
and television shows, and no
longer enjoys the same unique
connection with the local com-
munity. But these are different
times. And the Apollo, as rock
star Elvis Costello-who has
taped episodes of his program
"Spectacle" there-puts it, "is
a living, breathing theater, not
just a mythic address."
Friedwald writes about jazz
for the Journal.

Film tells story of KC's once segregated

By Heather Hollingsworth
Associated Press

doctors once posed as jani-
tors to train at Kansas City's
whites-only hospital. And
Black nurses sometimes
used an underground tunnel
to discreetly transport their
sickest patients into the bet-
ter-equipped white hospital
next door.
Kansas filmmaker Kevin
Willniott tells their stories in
a new documentary, "From
Separate to Equal: The Cre-
ation of Truman Medical
Centers." He has examined
racial division previously and
perhaps is best known for his
Sundance entry, "CSA: The
Confederate States of Amer-
ica." The faux documentary
examines the racist nation
that might have resulted had
the South won the Civil War.
Willmott, a professor at the
University of Kansas, stum-
bled across the subject of
his latest film when he came
across a timeline of Kansas
City and health care in the
area while touring Truman
Medical Centers. During the
height of Jim Crowe, Kansas
City operated General Hospi-
tal No. 1 for whites and Gen-
eral Hospital No. 2 for minori-
"There was no double
speak," he said in an inter-
view with The Associated
Press. "Today you can laugh
at it because it's so absurd
and crazy."
The two-tiered hospital sys-
tem grew costly to operate

+ April 20, 1971- The Su-
preme Court ruled unani-
mously, that busing was a
constitutionally acceptable
method of integrating public
schools (Swann v. Charlotte-
+ April 20, 1999- Rosa
Parks won the Congressional
Medal of Honor.
+ April 21, 1878- The ship
named Azor left Charles-
ton, SC, for Liberia with 206
Black immigrants on board.

Kansas filmmaker Kevin Willmott new documentary tells the
story of segregated hospitals in Kansas.
and General Hospital No. 1 souri-Kansas City.
and 2 merged in 1957. In the Willmott remarked the
1970s, Truman Medical Cen- story needed telling. Tru-
ters opened to serve the city's man chipped in the money,
neediest and as a training although it isn't saying how
ground for medical students much was spent.
from the University of Mis- Truman's CEO and presi-

dent, John W. Bluford, who is
Black and was raised in the
south, said he wants people
to know that the blame for
healthcare disparities doesn't
rest solely on the backs of mi-
"Instead, they are explained
in the systematic disregard for
many segments of our com-
munity," he said in a news re-
The film tells of a wounded
Black man who jumped from
a moving ambulance because
he so feared going to the hos-
pital. Willmott said Blacks
were terrified that they would
be the subjects of medical'ex-
periments as they sometimes
were during the days of slav-
ery. The unequal health care
didn't help.
The film talked of nurses
having to jerry-rig incubators
for premature Black babies by
hanging light bulbs over their
basinets and using blan-
kets to trap the heat. Once, a

nurse said in the film, a blan-
ket caught on fire.
But even this was better
than before the Black hospi-
tals when minorities often just
went untreated. Willmott said
the hospitals created to care
for minorities provided a place
for Black doctors and nurses
to train at a time when they
were blocked from working in
white hospitals. In turn, those
professionals provided role
models for Black youth.
The hour-long film is being
aired on Kansas City Public
Television and during pub-
lic showings around Kansas
City. The hospital is inviting
staff, city leaders and law-
makers to watch.
"In the end it tells the sto-
ry of what safety-net hospi-
tals do," said Shane Kovac,
a spokesman for Truman.
"Many have closed over the
years due to financial rea-
sons. We do play a huge role
in any community."

Teaching of Black history in Kansas criticized

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The
Kansas State Board of Educa-
tion has been asked by leaders
of Topeka's Black community to
change the way Black history is
taught in the state's elementary
and secondary schools.
The Rev. Ben Scott, head of the
Topeka chapter of the NAACP,
told the Kansas State Board of
Education recently that the cur-
rent curriculum doesn't tell the
entire story of how Blacks helped
to build the country, The Topeka
Capital-Journal reported.
"We want more inclusion about

This ship was connected to
the Liberian Exodus Joint
Steamship Company that ul-
timately failed due to lack of
+ April 21, 1974- Lee El-
der won the Monsanto Open,
becoming the first Black pro
golfer to qualify for the Mas-
ters Golf Championship.
+ April 22, 1692- In Salem,
Massachusetts, Mary Black,
a slave, was convicted of sor-
cery and jailed after trial.

the contributions of African-
Americans about what this na-
tion was built upon," Scott said.
"As it's taught now, Black history
doesn't cover the totality of the
experiences brought by African-
Americaris in Kansas and in the
United States. It's not enough,
and it's not sufficient."
Kansas law requires the state's
history, government and social
studies standards be reviewed
every seven years. The review is
set to begin this fall, but the re-
vised standards won't likely be
implemented until the 2014-15

+ April 22, 1868- Oscar
James Dunn was elected
Lietenant Governor of Loui-
+ April 23, 1872- Charlotte
E. Ray, the first Black woman
lawyer, became the first Black
woman admitted to practice
before the District Supreme
Court in Washington, D.C.
+ April 23. 1913- The Na-
tional Urban League, founded
primarily by Black socialist
Dr. George Edmund Haynes,
Eugene Kinckle Jones and
Ruth Standish Baldwin, was

school year.
Board member Carolyn Camp-
bell said she wants the board to
discuss the topic during its May
"We've waited so long, and
I want it done now," Campbell
said. "But I understand the pro-
She said she wants Paul Ad-
ams, a Topeka High School histo-
ry and government teacher for 23
years, and James Boyer, a pro-
fessor emeritus of ethnic stud-
ies at Kansas State University,
to be on a committee that would

+ April 24, 1884- The Med-
ico-Chirurgical Society, the
oldest Black medical asso-
ciation in the United States,
was formed in Washington,
D.C. This group was founded
because the AMA refused to
allow Black physicians into
their group.
+ April 24, 1944- The
United Negro College Fund
(UNCF) was founded by Dr.
Frederick Douglass Patter-
son. This non-profit organi-
zation supports historically
Black colleges and universi-

forward any history, government
and social studies recommenda-
tions to the education board.
"Those are people who un-
derstand, who have walked the
walk, and would be a great as-
set," Campbell said.
Other ethnic groups who
want to improve the information
taught about their group's con-
tributions to society will have
to be considered, said Don Gif-
ford, a program consultant with
the Kansas State Department of

+ April 25, 1882- W. B.
Purvis, inventor, patented a
paper bag fastening device.
+ April 25, 1950- Charles
Cooper became the first
Black player to sign with the
Boston Celtics.
+ April 26, 1892- Sarah
Boone, inventor, patented
the ironing board on this
+ April 26, 1991- Maryann
Bishop Coffey is named the
first woman and the first
Black co-chair of the Nation-
al Conference of Christians
and Jews.

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Miami-Dade School Board OKs

By Randy Grice
rvrie ,' inirllon n lllll" ,;;// !t o t i

Last week the .Mirni-Diade
School Board agreed to limni-
nate 200 plus positions from
its facilities department and
slice hundreds of maintenance
workers a 20 percent pay cut.
As a result of the layoffs are a
part of the reorganization ini-

:ai:v'e :hat is expected to save
"he school district S27 million.
-'"e are facing budgetary
S due to our state al-
locations." said Wilbert -Tee"
Hollov.av. school board mem-
ber. -We have had more than
500 million dollars in cuts dur-
ing the last three years, a part
of those cuts have been the
evaporation of stimulus dollars

that :r.,ac oL:e rO-
These r:s are some.e
of the firs. but rnor the
last. With -ederal s:imu-
lus dollars running out
and funding from the
state slimming down.
the district expects to
see its overall S4 billion


budget slashed by at least S100

million. Union leaders
:or for people in the cut
jobs previously spoke
out against the layoffs
because thev felt that
the employees being
laid off were needed to
take care of the dis-
trict's aging facilities.
-Most important, we

are standing by our commit-

ment to protect the classroom.
no teachers. custodians. or
bus drivers are being laid off
through these measures.- said
Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mind-
ingall, school board mem-
ber. "The process is closely
monitored by our unions for
transparency and the layoffs
are strictly dictated by senior-
itv and employment contracts.

These layoffs are due to the
substantial decrease in our
capital funding. We are always
concerned when we have to
layoff employees. They are not
just position numbers or titles.
but they are people with fami-
lies and responsibilities. How-
ever. we are enthralled in one
of the tightest budget seasons
Please turn to LAYOFFS 11A

FAMU offers




By Randy Grice
rgrice@miamitimle. online.crom

Recently, Florida A&M University (FAMU)
Board of Trustees unanimously approved a
one-year contract with the Tom Joyner Online
Education (TJOE) for its distance-learning
program. The online program will offer mas-
ter's degrees in nursing, public health and
FAMU student, Jeffery Williams said the
online course will be an improvement tot he
"Online classes will be great. A lot of people
want to get back in school but circumstance
will not allow them to physically come to the
campus," Williams said.
These programs will commence in August
2011 and university of-
ficials are expecting 271
students during the first ,,
year of the program. The ,,
courses will be hosted on ,
www.hbcuonline.com. '
"The first launch will be
graduate programs in the
fall," said Franzetta D. Fitz, FAMU's Office
of Instructional Technology. "We will offer a
master of business administration, that pro-
gram is a '16-month program. That student
will need five years of work experience with
two years at management level. For the mas-
ter of public health program it is two years
and the student will need five years of public
health or healthcare experience. A student for
the master in nursing program would need
a B.S. from'a nationally accredited program
and one year of documented nursing practice
with the past five years. Those are the three
programs we are beginning with in the fall."
The three graduate programs were select-
ed as the pilot programs because they are in
Please turn to COURSES 11A


brace for




In Florida, Rick Scott,
freshman Republican
governor's budget for
fiscal 2011-12 would cut
state K-12 spending from
$17.3 billion to $16.5 billion, a
decrease of about five percent.

Miami Times Stqaf Report

As law makers around the country
mull over their states' budgets, they
are starting to stare over the edge
of a massive fiscal cliff, the point
where about $100 billion in fed-
eral stimulus money for education
will run out. The expiration of that
money will put states in between
a rock and a hard place and more
than likely lead to thousands of lay-
offs and the elimination of popular
school programs around the coun-
try. A majority of the money, a por-
tion'of a $814 billion pot provided
under the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act passed in 2009,
went to save the jobs of teachers and
other school employees, as state and
local revenue dried up during the
prolonged economic downturn. Leg-
islators in a number of states were
criticized for making big cuts in
state education funding and re-
placing the money with stimu-
lus money to avoid making bud-
get cuts elsewhere. States are
mandated to spend a majority of "
their education stimulus money
by September, and most will ex- '
haust those funds by the end of
the current academic year, budget
officials say.
Even though state economies -
are showing signs of rebounding,
tax revenue is not increasing fast
Please turn to CUTS 11A


Piney Woods

continues legacy

of high-achieving


By A. Ronald Berryman

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. .

In the business of boarding schools, re-
sults matter. Most boarding schools com-
pete for rankings that distinguish their of-
ferings and grab the attention of parents
of potential students. At The Piney Woods
School, 20 miles south of Jackson, Missis-
sippi, striving for results is the rule, but the
results themselves are exceptional.
The proof is in the numbers: the 2010 grad-
uating class was recruited by several col-
leges and universities, including the Univer-
sity of Maryland, Morehouse College, UCLA,
Delaware State and Vassar. At graduation,
$2.6 million in scholar-
ships were awarded to
the 50 graduates. Do
the math. That averag-
es to $52,000 for every -
graduate of The Piney
Woods School who en-
rolled at college. a
"We work to prepare
our students for a life of
exceptional leadership
and service anywhere in
the world, which begins
with preparation for REGINALD NICHOLS
college," said Dr. Regi- Principal
nald Nichols, school
president. "We teach decision-making, re-
sponsibility and engaging academics. Our
students hold jobs, participate in the arts,
sports and service. We develop confidence
and self-esteem and graduate students who
are valued by colleges and universities."
Getting students prepared for college and
geared to be successful in academia and life
is a legacy built more than 100 years at The
Piney Woods School, the oldest continuously
operating historically Black boarding school
in the country. It's a recipe that those inter-
ested in results-based education would do
well to emulate.
The 2,000-acre wooded campus is situ-
ated right outside the state capital. Every
morning the 200-plus young men and wom-
en in grades 9 through 12 get up early, doing
much more than academics. They hold jobs
that can include upkeep and maintenance
of the property and buildings, work at the
school farm, staff the school radio station,
or work alongside one of the faculty, staff, or
administrative mentors. They perform com-
munity service and are required to fill 450
hours before the end of the school year.
In the classroom they are responsible for
Please turn to SCHOOL 10A

Students ride to save education funding

Miami Times Staff Report

With education staring
state budget cuts in the
face, a group of Miami-Dade
County public school stu-
dents recently set off for a
midnight bus ride to Talla-
hassee to have their voices
heard in the state capitol.
The students left from Bar-
bara Goleman Senior High.
14100 N.W. 89 Avenue, Mi-
ami Lakes. In total, 50 stu-
dents left to attend the rally
in the state capitol. Faced
with a nearly $4 billion bud-
get deficit. Rick Scott. state
governor. has proposed cut-
ting educating funding by
10 percent, or about S1.7
At the rallh students were
asked to stand up and fight
for their rights as students:
to plead not just for the core
areas of education, but also
for the art, drama, music
and physical education pro-
grams. Some students even

took it upon themselves to
visit sate representatives at
their offices. The office of
Michael Bilecastate. state
representative. District 117
was one of the legislators
students got to speak to. In
the conversation Bilecastate
had with the students they
quickly learned from him
that the legislature would

undoubtedly have to cut
funds from education. He
explained to them that the
biggest expenditures of the
state government are first
health care and then educa-
tion. He went on to add that
the hard part of dispersing
money is trying to minimize
the impact. The students
also spoke with Rene Gar-
cia, state senator and Este-
ban Bovo. state representa-
tive. Many of the students
wants to know why Miami-
Dade County Public Schools
received approximately S118
less per student than other
Florida counties of compa-
rable size even though Mi-
ami-Dade contributes more
to the pot of money in Tal-
lahassee in the form of sales
tax. Garcia said northern
and southern regional dif-
ferences are the reason for
the disparity. "It's is sort of
an urban versus rural issue
that we are trying to battle,"
he said.

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Efforts aimed at curtailing crime in Black community

continued from 1A

a proactive movement to ad-
dres' crime in the Black com-
The severity of the issue
grows with each passing day.
During last Wednesday's press
conference, City of Miami po-
lice reported that the homicide
rate for Blacks this year has
already reached 38.
"We can point fingers and
wallow in sorrow or we can get
together to make sure we don't
add to our Black murder rate."
Smith's comments appear

The Booker T. Washington
Alumni Association will honor
nine outstanding alumni of
BTW Senior High School, who
have excelled in their chosen
fields/careers and have made
significant impact, not only
within their professions, but
within the community and so-
This recognition will take
place at the BTW Alumni's
Seventh Annual Living Leg-
ends Orange and Black Schol-
arship Gala Awards Ceremony,
Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
Hotel, 1633 N. Bayshore Drive.
Reception 7-8 p.m., dinner and
awards ceremony 8 p.m. 2:30
a.m. Dress: Black tie. Tickets:
$55. Please RSVP for tickets at

to have been prophetic as
two more Blacks, ages 19 and
31, were killed last weekend
in northwest Miami-Dade
County. And just this Mon-
day, 24-year-old Durall Jessie
Miller, wanted for the attempt-
ed murder of two Miami-Dade
police officers, was shot and
killed in Miami Gardens af-
ter refusing to surrender and
threatening to shoot officers
who sought his arrest.
"This is not a new initia-
tive; it is really an addendum
to programs that are already
underway," Johnson said.
"We want to take guns off the

the ticket stations: 305-621-
4319 or 305-759-8225.
Proceeds from the Living
Legends Scholarship Gala
have and will provide at least
five scholarships per year for
graduating seniors at BTW.
The 2011 alumni honorees
are Community/Public Ser-
vice: Dr. Hortense R. Jackson
(1960); Culture/Performing
Arts: Reed Williams (1960);
Education: Dr. Sandra Thomp-
son (1966); Entrepreneurial:
Alfred Williams (1962); Health
Care: Dr. Gladstone Hunter
(1964); Philanthropy: Frank-
lin Clark (1955); Law Enforce-
ment: Major Leroy A. Smith
(1944); Youth: Caronique
While (2011); and Sports: Irvin
Baulkman (1965).


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streets and our of the homes
of those perpetrators who live
with their parents. We will
use the PAPPP plan and other
social programs as a guide.
People respect the clergy and
working in concert with the
City of Miami police depart-
ment, we think this initiative
will work."
Parents, and Police. Preach-
ers, Pupils (PAPPP) is the
brainchild of longtime commu-
nity activist Georgia Avers, 83,
who says she is no stranger to
violence and tragedy. She lost
a son and a brother to gun-
toting Black men. The project
provides leadership and guid-
ance to youth offenders who
have been classified as at-risk
and aims to steer them toward
long-term meaningful reform
and productive citizenship.
"Parents have to make their
children be held accountable
for their own actions," she
said. "I turned my own son's
guns over to the police three
different times. I had to turn
to the police for help because
I couldn't deal with the ille-
gal things he was doing and
didn't have any other way to
stop him. I know that a lot of
other parents are in the same
situation. This is an important
step forward with our preach-
ers taking the lead. It's good to
see some of our clergy practic-
ing what they preach."
Johnson added that once
parents notify the police or
their neighborhood resource

-Miami Times photo D. Kevin McNcir
Different perspectives one goal: Reduce crime

officer, the police will do the
"The police will come out to
our homes to retrieve guns
that parents report as being in
their homes," Johnson said.
City of Miami Chief of Po-
lice Miguel Exposito was also
at the press conference and
said initiatives targeting gun
reduction have been going on
since he was sworn in as chief
in November 2009. But often
the work of the police is con-
ducted with much less fanfare.
"On the heels of my hiring
we were faced with one in-
cident where nine were shot
and killed and another right
after that where 11 were shot
and killed," he said. "We in-
creased the training of our of-
ficers but what we lacked was
the involvement of parents.

That's what's good about this
PAPPP program getting our
preachers and pastors to work
with us to make our streets
and homes safer."
Esposito referred to Opera-
tions Take Back Our Streets
and Hammerhead as two po-
lice programs that he initiated
and that remain in force. And
while some have taken issue
since the statement was made,
during a question and answer
period that followed the an-
nouncement by Johnson and
Smith, Exposito said he be-
lieves he has the support and
endorsement of the majority of
the City's Blacks and preach-
As for the much-cited po-
lice-involved shootings and
the community's complaints
that the cases have remain

unresolved for so long. John-
son said, "We do not condone
inappropriate behavior by po-
lice officers -- but neither do
we condone the actions of our
own people who are commit-
ting crime in our communi-
Brian Dennis, executive di-
rector of Brothers of the Same
Mind and an ex-felon himself,
was critical of the many Blacks
who use guns and commit vio-
"How can we point fingers
at the police when we are the
ones committing the crimes?
he asked.
According to Johnson, a
forum bringing together all
stakeholders police, par-
ents, pupils and preachers
- is being planned now for
sometime this spring.

Jonathan took office last year
only after the country's elected
Muslim president died from a
lengthy illness before his term
ended, and many in the north
still believe the ruling party
should have put up a Muslim
candidate instead in this year's
election. Monday's violence also
was fueled by the economic de-
spair in Nigeria's arid north.
"The region has the worst un-
employment, the most grinding
poverty, the poorest education,
and the shortest life expectan-
cy of any region of Nigeria," the
newspaper Next said Tuesday
in an editorial. "So stark and
repulsive is the poverty, and so
thoroughly alienated have the
people become, that even this
contested election can be seen
as little more than an outlet for
the expression of deep-seated

continued from 1A

b.,, those who frantically fled
amid the chaos.
Authorities and aid groups
ha.ie hesitated to release tolls
iollo, ing the riots across
northern Nigeria for fear of in-
citing reprisal attacks, but the
National Emergency Manage-
ment Agency confirmed there
had been fatalities. The Nigeri-
an Red Cross said Tuesday that
nearly 400 people had been
In a televised address to the
nation late Monday, President
Goodluck Jonathan said that
"nobody's political ambition is
worth the blood of any Nigeri-
an." Hours later, the president
suspended his interior minis-
ter, citing "a number of lapses
in the political leadership of the

On Monday, supporters of
opposition candidate Muham-
madu Buhari set fire to homes
of ruling party members in
several areas across the north.
Police said an angry mob also
engineered a prison break.
In the northern town of Kano,
three churches had been set
ablaze by angry demonstra-
tors. An armed mob at a bus
station also threatened an-
other evangelical pastor before
a Muslim man nearby spirited
him to safety. Thousands have
been killed in religious violence
in the past decade in Nigeria,
which is Africa's most popu-
lous nation. But the roots of the
sectarian conflict are often em-
bedded in struggles for political
and economic dominance.
While Christians and Mus-
lims have shared the same

soil in the nation for centu-
ries, the election result show-
ing the Christian president's
more than 10 million vote lead
over Muslim candidate Buhari
spread accusations of rigging
in a nation long accustomed to
ballot box stuffing.
The unrest is unlikely to sub-
side soon as more elections
loom next Tuesday, said Sebas-
tian Boe, an analyst with IHS
Global Insight.
"Security forces in the north
are unlikely to be able to pacify
the region in the coming weeks,
particularly as the state gov-
ernorship and local assembly
elections are due to go ahead
on 26 April and are likely to re-
kindle animosity between sup-
porters of rival political parties,
as well as further highlighting
and exacerbating religious and
ethnic divisions," he said.


Is_ "''"-

on experience," she said. "This
helps the community and it
helps the students so it is a re-
ally great service to be able to of-
fer everybody.";
People attending the fair were
excited at the opportunity to
receive free health, especially
those with children.
Melissa Kim Brown, 25, who
brought her toddler in to be
treated for a mosquito bite, said
she appreciates the services.
"Today I brought my baby
in to be looked at for a bite he
got on his leg," Brown said. "It
is just a little bite but I did not
want to take any chances. These
people are doing a great job out
here and I really do hope they
take the time out to come again
and have another one of these
health fairs because in strug-
gling times like this we all need
some help."
Sean Bryant, 28, a Liberty
City resident, said he thinks
more free health fairs should be
provided for the community.
"These events are very im-
portant to this community," he
said. "A lot of people cannot af-
ford health insurance," Bryant
said. "Today I was tested for HIV
and I am proud to say that I am
HIV/AIDS is the leading cause
of Black deaths in Miami-Dade
County with rates almost eight
times those of whites and His-

continued from 1A

student-run, non-profit organi-
zation. The Liberty City Health
Fair offered a variety of health
screenings ranging from HIV
testing to mental health issues.
People were able to take control
of their health even if they did
not have healthcare.
"The health fair was aimed at
people that do not have insur-
ance or do not have easy ac-
cess to healthcare," said Naomi
Schersenberg, DOCS represen-
tative. "We do blood pressure
screenings, we check choles-
terol, we check blood sugar for
diabetes and we check for skin
cancer and bone density for os-
teoporosis. We have a station
with a pediatrician to treat the
kids and at the end a student
and a doctor will sit down with
each patient and look over ev-
erything that they have done for
the day."
At the fair the stations were
set up to mimic what a patient
would experience going to get an
annual physical. Schersenberg
said DOCS decided to help out
in the Liberty City area because
of the evident.
"We saw a real need in Miami
for people who do not have in-
surance to get good healthcare
and it is a great experience for
the students to meet patients
and actually get some hands-

the youth summer jobs pro-
gram; and creating urban jobs
"These are tough times in
America and they require a
powerful and immediate re-
sponse," said Marc H. Morial,
the League's national president
and CEO. "The government has
bailed out Wall Street. It's time
to act swiftly and do something
for Main Street, which includes
a strong, focused jobs plan."

continued from 1A

be at a distinct disadvantage be-
cause race will not matter."

Fair cites programs like Chi-
cago's The Black Star Project
that take a no-nonsense ap-
proach to Black unemployment
as being the kinds of initiatives
that he hopes to see in Miami.
"The Project doesn't neces-
sarily have a better read on the
crisis Blacks are facing but they
are non-compromising as they
tell the truth and they make no
apologies for being outraged.

"We need to be outraged too.
Things that are broken in the
Black community: hopeless-
ness, the dismantling of the
nuclear family, children hav-
ing children, the HIV/AIDS epi-
demic, high incarceration rates,
disproportionate representation
in the client base of DCF, chil-
dren killing children and the
dwindling memberships of lo-
cal churches tell me that what's
required to fix us has nothing
to do with public policy. It's not
what we should be saying to our
local politicians but what we
should be saying to ourselves.
Those who want to work must
have an education and a mar-
ketable skill."

The Urban League's 34th edi-
tion of The State of Black Amer-
ica includes a six-point plan for
job creation and an investment
of $168 billion over two years
that includes: direct job cre-
ation; expanding and expedit-
ing the Small Business Admin-
istration's community express
loan program; creating green
empowerment zones; expand-
ing the hiring of housing coun-
selors nationwide; expanding

continued from 9A

mastering the challenging col-
lege preparatory curriculum
and also some basic life skills
courses in personal financial
management. leadership de-
velopment, decision-making.
career development, public
speaking and critical thinking.
It's a carefully crafted academ-
ic plan designed to help each

student reach their academic
potential as well as tackle im-
portant local, national and
global issues.
-Here, we address the whole

individual, from the academic
needs to the social needs, and
their moral responsibility to
look beyond themselves and
make this world a better place,"
Nichols said. "We're all about
results, but on a very deep, per-
sonal level for each student."

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Habitat for Humanity build homes in Liberty City
By Randy Grice .

As part of a continuing effort
of building and refurbishing
homes in Miami-Dade's L .'-r'.
City area, Habitat for Humanity
of Greater Miami (Miami Habi-
tat) held its 13th Annual Blitz
Build from April 4-16.
"Habitat for Humanity has
been building in Liberty City
since 1991 we have built more
than 100 homes here," said Ma-
rio Artecona, CEO of Habitat
for Humanity. "We build there
because that is the area where
we find the biggest need and
area which has traditionally
been abandoned and taken
advantage of. We plan to stay
in Liberty City for a long time
and are projected to complete
our 200th home by the end of
Habitat's ambitious goal is
powered by more than 2,500
volunteers, corporate spon-
sors, Miami Habitat homeown-
ers and Liberty City residents
that help out with the con-
struction of these homes.
Keri Shannon, Liberty City
resident, said she believes
Habitat is doing a good job.
"I think they are giving peo-
ple a foot up in life and that
is pretty good; I can clap to
that," Shannon said. "A lot of
people are struggling, I am
struggling. But on the other
hand, some people do not have
anything. All the volunteers




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Habitat volunteers take a break from their labors

around here and other home
owners are all doing their best
to make someone's life better
and that is great."
Habitat homeowner Italia
Smith said she is thankful for

Habitat's effort as well.
"The Habitat experience has
been a blessing," Smith said.
Blitz Build is a part of Mi-
ami Habitat's Liberty City
Shine campaign, which aims

Politics mustn't silence end-of-life talks

"Would you like to discuss your
end-of-life plans today?"
I ask my patients this question,
though not as often as I'd like.
Talking about death may be un-
comfortable, but it's a conversa-
tion that needs to happen more
In addition to its own editorials,
USA TODAYpublishes a variety of
opinions from outside writers. On
political and policy matters, we
publish opinions from across the
political spectrum.
Roughly half of our columns
come from our Board of Contrib-
utors, a group whose interests
range from education to religion
to sports to the economy. Their
charge is to chronicle American
culture by telling the stories,
large and small, that collectively
make us what we are.
We also publish weekly col-

umns by Al Neuharth, USA TO-
DAY's founder, and DeWayne
Wickham, who writes primarily
on matters of race but on other
subjects as well. That leaves
plenty of room for other views
from across the nation by well-
known and lesser-known names
We heard a bit about this -
recall the whole "death panels"
controversy during the health
reform debate. Now some of the
more responsible players with a
stake in this fight AARP, the
American Medical Association,
the American Bar Association
and scores of others are try-
ing to promote such advance
care planning. This Saturday,
events across the USA will mark
" National Healthcare Decisions
It's striking that such an im-

portant issue has eluded most
Americans for years. We can nev-
er know for sure when a health
crisis will strike, robbing us of
the ability to make our own deci-
sions. More than 40% of elderly
Americans will need to make
crucial medical decisions before
death, yet most will lack the de-
cision-making capacity to do so
at the time. This places signifi-
cant stress on family members,
who then must make life or death
health decisions on behalf of the
patient. When the Annals of In-
ternal Medicine recently looked at
the impact of surrogate decision
making, words such as "painful"
and "overwhelming" were used to
describe the experience for loved
ones. Emotions tended to be less
negative when they had been
aware of the patient's end-of-life
preferences beforehand.

Schools face budget cuts

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enough to recover for the loss.
In Florida, Rick Scott, fresh-
man Republican governor's,
budget for fiscal 2011-12 would
cut state K-12 spending from
$17.3 billion to $16.5 billion,
a decrease of about five per-
cent. The end of $872 million
in stimulus money would boost
that cut to roughly 10 percent
compared with the current
year. The combined weight of
those state and federal cuts

would force Florida's Volusia
County school district to cut an
estimated 900 employees. The
62,000-student district has cut
1,500 positions and $75 million
from its budget in the past two
Even more cuts are aimed at
programs like art, music, and
physical education, as well as
extracurricular and sports
programs. In other states like
Ohio, John Kasich, governor
of the state, has proposed in-
creasing state aid for schools
by one percent to two percent

for each of the next two years.
The evaporation of federal
stimulus money will mean a
net decrease of five percent to.
six percent below current lev-
els. Of about $100 billion in
total education-focused stimu-
lus aid, around $79 billion was
devoted to K-12 programs. The
biggest bulk of funding went to
help states restore school pro-
grams cut because of the re-
cession. Smaller portions went
to special education programs
and federal Title I programs for
poor children.

Board approves recent layoffs

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on record and have to resort to
very austere measures."
Jenny Kennedy, who has
children in Miami-Dade Pub-
lic Schools, said she does not
agree with the cuts.
"I feel bad for those people
that lost their jobs the other
day," Kennedy said. "I blame the
layoffs on the school board peo-
ple. I am sure they could have

made cuts other places; people
do what they want to do. I hope
these cuts do not trickle down
to teachers. The education sys-
tem is already out of hand and
the last thing we need is to cut
our teachers."
In total, 96 project managers,
71 administrative assistants
and four supervisors will lose
their jobs, and 280 computer
technicians will be laid off, al-
though 200 of them will be re-
hired on a temporary basis. The

cuts made came from the capi-
tal side of the budget, which
is reserved for construction
and maintenance. The operat-
ing side of the budget, which is
used for teacher salaries and
classroom expenses, will also
need to be scaled back.
Superintendent Alberto Car-
valho has said he will do his
best to protect teachers, coun-
selors and arts and music pro-
grams, but that cuts may be

FAMU adds online classes

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high demand. According to Fitz.
the university plans to start
with these graduate programs
as the university builds its in-
frastructure to prepare to offer
more online degree programs.
Over the past two years. FAMU
has created a comprehensive
distance education program.
The university solicited infor-
mation from companies that
could provide the technological
infrastructure, costs and mar-
keting support necessary for

the successful delivery of on-
line degree programs.
TJOE was the most qualified
company to take on the task.
FAMU will be provided with
marketing and recruitment as-
sistance, student enrollment'
services, non-academic stu-
dent support, consulting ser-
vices and academic program
development by TJOE. TJOE
will provide 50 hours per year
of consulting assistance dur-
ing the term of the agreement
to the university, in an effort
to better prepare students for
success with distance educa-

tion programs. These consult-
ing services include technology
support. academic program
and faculty management, aca-
demic distance education qual-
ity control, and administrative
and student support issues.
Karen Matthew, a FAMU
graduate, said she is planning
to take advantage of the online
programs the university is now
"I think it is great that FAMU
can offer people a more conve-
nient way to go to school." Mat-
thew said. "I plan on getting in
the business program online."

at building or rehabilitating
150 homes over the next two
years. This year's campaign is
focused on homes in the NW
18th Avenue corridor, also
known as Broadway in the
community. Artecona said in
order for a family to get a home
you simply have to apply.
"The Homes go to families
that apply for them. There is
an application process which
includes credit, background

and employment verification,"
Artecona said.
The selected families then
have to invest in "sweat eq-
uity" which means they have
to spend more than 200 hours
working on not just their
homes but others homes in the
community as well."
While the homes are given to
select applicants, they do have
to pay for them.
"All our homeowners have

to pay for their homes. Our
homeowners are given a zero
percent mortgage, so every
penny they pay in mortgage
generates equity for them,"
Artecona said. "In most cases,
what the homeowners pay in
mortgage, tax and insurance
is less than what they were
paying in rent."
On April 16th, the selected
families received the keys to
their new homes.

The Children'sTrust

Saturday at 10 a.m. on

Important issues about children and families

Topics include

Carolyn Nelson-G
Miami-Dade County

proposed cuts to education.

oedert Fedrick Ingram
PTSA United Teachers of Dade

"Where is the outrage? We must make ourselves heard

until our students and schools receive fair funding"
Carolyn Nelson-Goedert

The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the
lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their futures.

The Miami Times





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community service symposium

By Kaila Heard

For many religious people being
of service to others and the com-
munity at large is simply how they
"As Christians we feel that we
are called to serve our fellow man,"
explained Reverend Olinto Groce,
the senior pastor of Miami's Taber-
nacle Seventh Day Adventist (SDA)
To help others learn how to turn
that passion to help into effective
ministries, Tabernacle SDA Church
hosted the Reach Out Symposium,
a community service training and
certification program on April 16 -

Presented by the Southeastern
Conference of Seventh Day Adven-
tists' Adventist Community Ser-
vices, the two-day seminar boasted
classes ranging from Crisis Care,
Community Development, Disaster
Response, Elder Care, Tutoring/
Mentoring, and YES! (Youth Em-
powered to Serve).
"Whatever area that meets [a per-
son's] particular skill set or inter-
ests, we're going to have the train-
ing there so that they can learn the
skill set and be able to respond in
a particular disaster," said David
Peay, the Southeastern Conference
of SDA's director of Inner City Com-
munity Service.
The symposium drew a reported
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Resurrection Sunday offers many
opportunity to reaffirm their religion

By Kaila Heard
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One of the most important
holy days in the Christian
faith is nearly upon us. Eas-
ter Sunday, also known as
Resurrection Sunday, cel-
ebrates the resurrection of
Jesus Christ three days after
his death on the cross. Pay-
ing for all human sin through
his death, burial and resur-
rection, Jesus was able to
provide everlasting life for all
who believe in Him.
For many, Easter Sunday
is just a part of a series of
services and celebrations to
be celebrated during Holy
Week, the last week of Lent
and the week before Easter.
During Holy Week, many
people choose to honor the
religious holidays of Palm
Sunday, Maundy Thursday
(Holy Thursday), which com-
memorates the Last Sup-
per of Jesus Christ with the
Apostles as described in the

Canonical gospels and Good
Friday, which commemo-
rates the death of Jesus by
crucifixion, in addition to
Easter Sunday.
Different denominations
have various customs and
traditions, they keep dur-
ing Holy Week. For exam-
ple, often churches within
the Anglican/Episcopal,
Methodist and Presbyterian
faiths, choose to perform
the Washing of the Feet rite.
Meanwhile, other churches,
choose to hold the Last Sev-
en Words of Christ Service,
where ministers focus on the
last seven expressions tradi-
tionally attributed to Jesus
during his crucifixion.
As the foundation of the
Christian faith, Easter Sun-
day is also one of the most
popular days and services at
the church, normally draw-
ing in much larger than usu-
al crowds of members and
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Mt. Vernon MBC

strives be a church

of the community

By Kaila Heard

Reverend Cleophus Hall, Sr. of Liberty City's Mt. Vernon
Missionary Baptist Church believes in God's timing.
"I always knew that God had a church for me, but I never
knew it was this church," he said.
Although he received the call preach in 1989, Hall began
serving as an assistant pastor of Mt: Vernon Missionary Bap-
tist Church in 2000 and he succeeded the church's former
pastor on March 27 when he was installed as senior pastor.
Since he began acting as senior pastor in October 2010 the
church has doubled in size and currently has an estimated
110 active members. -And Mt. Vernon MBC currently boasts
several popular ministries including the Praise Team, Litur-
gical Dance Team, Mother's Ministry, Youth Choir and Bible
One of the church's more innovative programs is a youth
group for 16-35-year-olds, Y.E.S. It meets twice a month and
provides an open forum for participants to discuss any topic
they desire from school issues, to teen pregnancy to alcohol-

However, the past few months have not been all joyful
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Getting ready for independence

Camillus House

opens affordable

housing for former

foster care youth
By Kaila Heard

On Tuesday, April 12, Camil-
lus House held an open house
for Emmaus Place, its newly
renovated apartment building
that will provide housing for
up to seven former foster care
Located at 342 N.W. 4th Av-
enue, Emmaus Place, which
was named in honor of the

village near Jerusalem in the
Ne'.'. Testament, offers seven
one-bedroom apartments.
Camillus House partnered
with the child welfare agen-
cy, Our Kids of Miami-Dade
and Monroe, Inc.; the young
women's foster care transition
organization, Casa Valentina
and the affordable housing
development company, Bis-
cayne Housing Group to reno-
vate and run the program for
former foster care clients in
downtown Miami.
While most of the programs
at Camillus House are geared
toward poor and homeless
men, this apartment is part of
their new initiative aimed at
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One of the units at the Emmaus Place in downtown Miami.


St. Kevin's Episcopal Church

By Kaila Heard

The Optimist Club of Opa-
locka was the site where 18
people were gathered by Aime
and Joe Wolf to establish an
Episcopalian church on June
17, 1955.
By 1956, the church had
bought the land on the corner
of 135th Street and Port Said
Road. However, it was not until
the following year that ground
was broken and construction
of the actual sanctuary which
is still in use today began. In
the meantime, services were

held underneath a nearby
tree until a modestly-sized
chapel on the premises was
renovated to be used as St.
Kevin's Episcopal Church's
first lasting house of wor-
By 1960, the church's
congregation had grown to
include about 40 families.

Reverend Terrence
Taylor serves as the
rector for both
St. Kevin's Episcopal
Church and The Episcopal
Church of the Transfiguration.

St. Kevin's Episcopal Church is located at 3280 N.W. 135th
Street in Opa-Locka.

To help establish the St. An-
thony's mission in Carol City,
about half of those families
left. The remaining 20 clans
continued onward and even
managed to start weekly Sat-
urday "rummage sales" to pro-
vide the needy with necessary
clothing and household items

as well as to raise funds for the
church. In later decades, the
weekly market became month-
ly yard sales. In the meantime,
by 1973, the church was under
the leadership of Father Fred
Norman and was once again
.experiencing a time of growth
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New Christian movie promotes abstinence

By Stephanie Samuel

When you are in love, mar-
riage seems like the most
worthwhile thing in the world.
But what happens when your
in-laws get on your nerves? Or
when you and your spouse be-
gin to fight? How about when
your relationship is thrown
into an unimaginable crisis? Is
marriage still worth it?
Dallas megachurch pastor
and film producer T. D. Jakes'
answer is marriage, despite its
difficulties, is a commitment
meant to last a lifetime. Pro-
ducer Jakes, founding pastor of
The Potter's House, tries to get
this message across to movie-
goers in his upcoming comedy
film, "Jumping the Broom."
The film centers on soon-to-
be-married couple Jason Tay-
lor (played by Laz Alonso) and
Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton).
Taylor is caught in a six-
month whirlwind romance that
includes nights at the opera,
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formances from R&B crooner
El DeBarge and proposes to
Watson at the beginning of the
film. Watson, who has to move
to China for business, happily
4 accepts.
The pair believes they are
destined for unshakable hap-
piness when they meet with
Their pastor. Rev. James (T.D.
But doubts about their im-
pending marriage begin to seep
in when they confront difficult
future in-laws, pressure from
friends, and revelations of dirty
In the film, the bride's par-
ents, the Watsons, also have
Problems in their marriage and
appear to be on the verge of di-
Despite the hardships, Sa-
brina Watson and Jason Taylor
are able to save their relation-
ship through prayer and wise
words from the bride's mother,
Claudine Watson (Angela Bas-
gh sett). The older Watson urges
her daughter to "keep on danc-

ing" no matter how the music
of life changes.
The film portrays the young
couple's story in an intention-
ally casual and comedic way in
order to draw viewers in and
introduce them to religious
themes such as commitment.
patience and love.
Laz Alonso. who plays the
main male character, said the
film offers an alternative to pop
culture's view of relationships.
"In today's culture and mu-
sic, [relationships are] more
sexually driven," Alonso said.
"The core of our interactions
between a man and woman
should be about love."
In the name of love, Alonso's
character chooses to abstain
from sex with Sabrina until af-
ter their wedding day.
Patton said of the movie's
portrayal of abstinence. "When
you make a man wait, you
bring his heart much closer to
The movie will be in theaters
on Mother's Day, May 6.




Church helped sign Jackie Robinson to Brooklyn Dodgers

By Jamie Crawford

Sometimes, matters of faith
have a quiet yet powerful way of
influencing history.
Take, for example, the be-
hind-the-scenes story that pre-
ceded the entry of the first Black
player to major league baseball
more than six decades ago.
That player, of course, was
the legendary Jackie Robinson,
who shattered the big-league
color barrier when he debuted
with the Brooklyn Dodgers on
April 15, 1947. The story of
faith belongs to the baseball ex-
ecutive who signed Robinson,
the equally legendary Branch
Rickey, and to a New York min-
ister who played a quiet role in
a major decision.

According to a paper ti-,
tied "Branch Rickey's 'Day of
Decision,'"June Fifield wrote
that her husband, the Reverend
Dr. L. Wendell Fifield, made his-
tory during a quiet, unassum-
ing meeting with Rickey.
Fifield, who was pastor of the
Plymouth Church of the Pil-
grims in Brooklyn in the 1940s,
counted Rickey, then general
manager of the Brooklyn Dodg-
ers, as one of his parishioners.
In a paper titled "Branch
Rickey's 'Day of Decision,'"
June Fifield wrote about a visit
Rickey paid to her husband's
office at the church just before
his decision to sign Robinson.
"Don't let me interrupt, I can't
talk with you," Rickey said as
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office, according to the paper.
"I just want to be here. Do you
Finally, Rickey shattered the
silence the men had been en-
"I've got it," Rickey yelled em-
phatically as he banged his fist
on the desk.
"Got what, Branch?" Fifield
asked. "Wendell," Rickey said,
"I've decided to sign Jackie
June Fifield wrote that as
Rickey regained his compo-
sure he sank into a chair and
told her husband, "This was
a decision so complex, so far-
reaching, fraught with so many
pitfalls but filled with so much
good, if it was right, that I just
had to work it out in this room

with you. I had to talk to God
about it and be sure what he
wanted me to do. I hope you
don't mind."
The article continues that as
Rickey straightened his bow tie
and donned his worn hat, he
offered, "Bless you, Wendell,"
then left the room.
When a well-known journal-
ist of the era told the Dodg-
ers general manager that he
thought "all hell would break
loose" the next day with Robin-
son due to take the field for the
first time as a Brooklyn Dodger,
Rickey disagreed. "My grand-
father immediately responded
to him, I believe tomorrow all
heaven will rejoice," the Rick-
ey grandson and namesake,
Branch said.
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Can Jesus Christ save Detroit?

Prayer rally seeks

for troubled city

By Niraj Warikoo

Thousands of evangelical
Christians packed downtown
Detroit Saturday in a walk to
proclaim that Jesus Christ can
help turn around the troubled
"Jesus is the only hope we
have for the city of Detroit,"
said Phyllis Boles, 52, of De-
troit, as she walked. "He's the
only way. This city was built
on faith, but we've lost our
The march was organized
by a new effort called EACH
(Everyone A Chance to Hear),
an effort by more than 500
churches and Christian orga-
nizations across southeastern
Michigan, many of them evan-
gelical. Starting on Easter
Day, they plan 40 days of ac-
tivities to spread the gospel of
Christ, which they believe can
change lives. They will also
provide medical mobile clin-
ics and distribute thousands
of meals to the needy, among
other efforts.
EACH includes some of
the bigger churches in metro
Detroit, including Kensing-
ton Community Church and
Woodside Bible Church, both
based in Troy, and Second Eb-
enezer Church in Detroit. At
some EACH churches, mem-
bers are being trained on how
to preach the gospel effective-
ly. It's a message that Detroit
needs to hear in order to turn
itself around, organizers said.
"I'm all about spreading the
gospel," said Susan Sherer,
50, with Crossepointe Chris-
tian Church in Grosse Pointe
Woods. "Know that Jesus is
our savior. Trust in him ...
We're here as soldiers on the
ground to share his word."
The walk started at about
8:30 a.m. outside Comerica
Park, where thousands gath-
ered. Many came as families
with their children. Some
carried umbrellas to guard
against periodic rain show-
ers, and some formed prayer

divine intervention

circles to praise God during
the walk.
Some held up signs that
read "Jesus is Lord" and "Give
your heart to Jesus." Others,
like Boles, sang during the
"It's a good day, a mighty
good day to praise the Lord,"
Boles cried out.
But most were quiet during
the walk, some of them snap-
ping photos with their phones
as they strolled down Wood-
ward. Some paused near the
Spirit of Detroit statue to pray.
Behind the iconic statue is
a New Testament verse from

2 Corinthians that refers to
Jesus Christ: "Now the Lord
is that Spirit: and where the
Spirit of the Lord is, there is
Organizers said that verse
shows the importance of Christ
to Detroit's comeback.
After an intense prayer that
included speaking in tongues,
Dyanne Landgrebe, 30, of
Rochester, said of Detroit:
"This city is God's city. We will
see God turn this city around.
He is the only one who can do
The EACH project is thought
to be the biggest effort by
evangelical Christians to help
Detroit in memory, organizers
said. Many of the rally's par-
ticipants were from suburban
communities and churches.

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Happy Resurrection Sunday
You are probably thinking that I have felt embarrassed
that since this is Holy Week, the for one reason or another were
column this week would have nothing in comparison. I think
something to do with the Eas- how fickle men applauded him
ter holiday, and you would be and threw their coats and palm
right. I love this season! It never branches on the ground to
fails to touch me that my Jesus praise and exalt him one week,
was beaten unmercifully and and scream and insist for him
cruelly for me. When I think to be crucified the next. When
of how he was betrayed and rid- I think of this, it does not seem
iculed, I realize that the times to matter as much when people

M The women of Jordan
Grove Missionary Baptist
Church, invites everyone to
their annual Radiant Christian
Women Seminar, "Get Behind
Me Satan and Don't Push!" on
April 23. Registration begins at
8:00 a.m. 305-751-9323.

The New Birth Employ-
ment Services Ministry will be
having a Job Fair and Resource
Expo 2011 on April 28, at New
Birth Enterprise, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
They also prepare job seekers
for the Job Fair/Expo by hav-
ing a Pre-Job Fair Employabil-
ity Skills Workshop on April 21,
9 a.m.-12 p.m. 305-757-2199
ext. 225.

Metropolitan African
Methodist Episcopal Church

presents a Gospel Quartet Sing-
ing Program on April 23 at 7:30
p.m. at the Pentecostal Church
of Jesus Christ. Metropolitan
AME Church is also offering its
free annual Mother's Day Con-
cert on May 8 at 4 p.m. 305-
691-4572, 305-633-8890.

St. Mark Missionary Bap-
tist Church is hosting their an-
nual Easter Pageant on April 24
at 9 a.m. 305-691-8861.

Running for Jesus Out-
reach Youth Ministries cele-
brates its Gospel Praise, Dance
and Rap Jubilee on April 23 at
7:30 p.m. 786-704-5216.

N An House of Prayer for All
People, Inc. will hold Prostrate
Prayer every Wednesday at 7

proclaim: :o care :or -ee on-e cda.
and talk about me -he nex:.
I have heard irn.a:es say ::i-e
and time again :ha: :hey were
arrested. charged and
sentenced based o
the testimony of some-
one who was :heir
friend. but turned
on them. When Je-
sus was arrested. .
all of his disciples
ran away. and Peter ..
even denied that he
even knew him not once, but
three times. Judas worshipped
with him one day, and turned
'State's evidence' the next. His
mother was his only family
member who was there during

p.m. and Revival Services every
Sunday at 6 p.m. during April.

All that God is Minis-
tries, invites you to revival with
Prophet R.C. Mrphy for North
Carolina. Call 252-406-1653.

God Word God Way COGIC
is calling those to learn of God
through spiritual truth that
will help others who recognize
struggles in their ministry. Call
786-326-3455, for more info.

Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ of the
Apostolic Faith Church, Inc.,
invites everyone to their first
Holy Week Services including
Church and the Last Supper
on April 21 at 8 p.m.; Good Fri-
day Service, April 22 at 12 p.m.
and Easter Service at 5 a.m., 12
p.m. and 8 p.m. 786-488-2108.

The Faith Church, Inc.

his .ockery cf a riall ven af-
:er he was beaten with a whip
.-ace o: nr.e s:raos embed-
ded v.-ih s-ore and -.re:ai. and
forced :o carry the in-
s:rurmen: of his death.
-o one stepped i:n o help
im. He bore that heavy
Cross beam through the
streets of the citr. car-
Sryving it on a back that
vwas ripped and shred-
Sded from that horrific
beating. and still no one
stepped up to help him. Tired
of Jesus stumbling and falling
beneath the weight of the cross
carried by a weakened and
hurting body, the Roman sol-
diers enlisted the aid of Simon

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 every
Thursday at 7 p.m. 305-688-
8541 or 786-351-6443.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church is celebrating
its 23rd Church Anniversary,
April 18-22, at 7: 30 p.m. night-
ly and a climax with a service
and Easter Brunch and Egg
Hunt on April 24 at 11 a.m.

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.

of Cvrene to carry the cross the
rest of the way to the hill of Gol-
Here, he was stripped naked
for the world to see, and nails
were driven into his hands and
feet. He hung broken and bleed-
ing until he finally died. I know
that many behave as if Jesus
climbed up on the cross, and
hung there until he just gave
up the Ghost. It minimizes the
extreme sacrifice that my Lord
made for me and for you, to
not realize and acknowledge
that he voluntarily gave himself
to do what none of us could do.
Run with Peter and John in
your mind and spirit, and see
the napkin cloth from his face

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.

0 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

lying on the slab on which he
was laid, and understand as
they did that the linen cloth
lying there had special sig-
nificance. During Bible times,
when the master of the house
finished eating, he placed his
napkin in his plate, and his
servants knew that he was
done and would not return to
the table. But if he folded his
napkin and placed it beside his
plate, it meant that he would re-
turn. Jesus' linen napkin lying
next to the other linens meant
- he was not done! He would be
back! And for all those who be-
lieve, this is our hope and en-
Happy Resurrection Day!

Mother Annie Chapman, 786-

A Mission with a New
Beginning Church mem-
bers invites the community to
their Sunday Worship sen-ice
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 Ag-
nes Episcopal Church on
Thursday, May 26-30, 2011 to
Atlanta, Georgia and Shorter,
Alabama. If interested sign up
with Betty Blue, Florence Mon-
cur and Louise Cromartie. 305-

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-

Holy week services offered at several churches

cotninued from 12B

Here is a brief sample of
Holy Week and in particular
Easter Sunday programs and
services being offered by local
The Glory Temple Church
of God in Christ, 6115 Mira-
mar Parkway in Miramar, is.,
offering their annual' 'Seven
Last Words on the' Cr'rss' ser-
vice on April 22 at 7:30 p.m.
*New Shiloh Missionary
Baptist Church, 1350 N.W.
95th Street in Miami, is offer-
ing a joint Sunrise Service at 5
a.m. at the New Hope Baptist
Church at 1881 N.W. 103rd
Street in Miami, followed by

an Easter Service at 10 a.m.
at their own church.
*Sweet Home Missionary
Baptist Church, 10701 S.W.
184th Street in Miami, is of-
fering a Good Friday Service,
April 22, at 12 p.m. a special
Youth Service on Saturday,
April 23 at 2 p.m., and an Eas-
ter Service, April 24 at 8 a.m.
and 10:30 a.m.
*The Bethel Church, 14440
Lincoln Blvd. in Miami, cel-
ebrates Good Friday, April 22,
with a free music concert at
7:30 p.m. and an Easter Ser-
vice, April 24 at 9 a.m.
*Mt. Tabor Missionary Bap-
tist Church, 1701 N.W. 66th
Street in Miami, is offering
Holy Week Services (April 18

- 23), nightly at 7:30 p.m. as
well as Easter Sunrise Ser-
vice, April 24 at 5:30 a.m.
*New Way Fellowship, 16800
N.W. 22nd Avenue in Miami,
is hosting an Easter Sunrise
Service at 6 a.m. and a 10:30
a.m. Easter Service which will
feature the Children's Pag-
S*Universal Truth. Center,
21310 N.W. 37th Avenue in
Carol City, is offering a service
on Wednesday, April 20 at 7
p.m.; a "Last Seven Words of
Jesus" Service on Good Friday,
April 22 at 7 p.m. and Easter
Services on April 24 featuring
sermons about "One Kingdom"
at 8:30 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.
*St. Agnes Episcopal Church,

1750 Northwest 3rd Avenue
in Miami, is offering several
services including Maundy
Thursday Service at 7:15 p.m.;
Good Friday Service, 12 p.m. -
3 p.m., Holy Saturday Service
at 4:30 p.m. and Easter Servic-
es 6 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and
an Easter Parade and Talent
Show at 4:30 p.m.
*Set Free Ministries through
Jesus Christ of the Apostolic
Faith Church, Inc., 6600 N.W.
7th Ave. in Miami invites ev-
eryone to their first Holy Week
Services including 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. 786-488-2108.

Liberty City church works to serve community

continued from 12B

progress. The former senior
pastor had led the church for
nearly 20 years and his sud-
den death last August was a
shock to everyone.
Hall understood that the
transition of one leader to an-
other would be difficult for
the congregation.
Hall's solution? Love.
From October until De-
cember, his sermons focused
upon some variation of love.
"It was a time of healing,"
he explained.
The message was being re-
ceived as Hall began to see
evidence of greater support
for him and his leadership
style. He also noticed an-
other important development
when he saw members of the
church family began to grow
closer to one another. Com-
munity and working together
is important to Hall and Mt.
Vernon MBC itself, which


Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church is located
N.W. 54th Street in Miami.

holds a motto of, "Team-
work makes the dream work
through Jesus Christ."
Now one of Hall's favorite
parts of a. Sunday come after
the formal service "to see
the love and fellowship when
church is over" when people
simply choose to stay on and
hang out with their church

While Mt. Vernon M
nior pastor now preac
mons about a variety
ics whatever he is
to speak about, he sa
personal favorite serm
ject centers around s
According to Hall,
occurs in three phase
include justification,

cation, to glorification.
"Salvation doesn't happen
overnight, [it's] a process. "It
means god is still working on
me we're not perfect. but we're
striving for perfection," he said.

While Hall is pleased so far
with the growth of Mt. Ver-
non MBC, he wants for them
to strive to achieve even more.
And for a religious institution
that wants "to be a church with
out walls," that means greater
at 1323 community outreach.
Hall hopes the church will
eventually be able to offer
Y FED programs such as Alcoholics
BC's se- Anonymous, Teen Pregnancy
:hes ser- Services, and even job train-
of top- ing.
inspired In the meantime, Mt. Vernon
ys his MBC has begun to establish a
ion sub- Seniors Ministry to provide aid
alvation. and care for senior citizens and
salvation planning to open a summer
es which camp for neighborhood youth
sanctifi- this summer.

Easter program at Trute Worship

There will be a Easter program Sunday, April 24 at 4 p.m. at
True Worship Center, located at 14504 NW 7 Avenue.
Featuring Little Rev and the Original Second Generation and
Call Little Rev 786-447-6956.

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

Local church honors history

continued from 12B

and prosperity. After 10 years,
Norman was succeeded by Rev-
erend John L. Said.
Regardless of the leadership,
the parishoners of St. Kevin's
Episcopal Church remained ac-
tive in service to their church
as well as the wider community.
For example, the Episcopa-
lian Church Women Guilds
including St. Teresa, St. Eliza-
beth and St. Hilda have donat-
ed a piano, built a stage and
even installed a red entrance
door to the church.
Meanwhile, the Sunday
School served breakfast to the
needy and homeless in Miami.
Originally, the congrega-
tion was predominately white,
however as more Blacks be-
gan to move into the area, the
congregation began to reflect
the neighborhood's changing
demographic. Members have
come from as far away as Turks
and Caicos, Aruba, Trinidad
and Tobago, Belize, Costa Rica,
Egypt, and Brazil. Today, the
church's congregation consists

primarily of Black parishioners
who also hail from a variety of
The church has also aided
other churches in the area,
most notably the Episcopal
Church of the Transfiguration
in 1999. Due to renovations at
their sanctuary that prevented
them from conducting their
normal routine, St. Kevin's
Episcopal Church shared their
facilities with the other Opa-
locka Episcopalian church for
over a year. Although the con-
gregation of the Church of the
Transfiguration did return to
their own facility in December
2001, the two churches once
again found their congrega-
tions come together nearly 10
years later.
Because of shrinking congre-
gations and rotating leadership
at both churches, Reverend
Terrence Taylor was chosen
to lead the Episcopal Church
of the Transfiguration and
St. Kevin's Episcopal Church
in 2010. Many times the two
churches hold programs to-
gether such as a popular ongo-
ing, Bible Study.

Learning to help others

Affordable housing provides safety for residents

continued from 12B

preventing homelessness before
it starts.
According to a recent study,
25 percent of youth transition-
ing out of foster care in Miami
become homeless within the
first five years.

In order to apply to become a
resident of Emmaus Place, ap-
plicants must be enrolled in the
Road to Independence program,
a state program for youth aging
out of foster care.
From there candidates are

screened based on eagerness to
participate in the program as
well as social maturity and the
ability to get along with others,
according to Karen Mahar, the
Camillus House Vice President
of Strategy Management.
With a rent of just $325, the
apartment seems like any other
public rental unit asking that
tenants pay on time, not get into
fights, while there is no curfew
and they can have overnight
"They are young adults and
we don't think that we need to
hold their hands," explained
Mahar of the requirements.
While the apartment build-

ing provides as much freedom
as any other, Emmaus Place is
unique because it does provide
its residents with -an on-site
case manger who provides ser-
vices such as counseling, thera-
py and life skills education.
The additional resources and
assistance are "probably the
thing I like most about [the pro-
gram]," said Cliff Innocent, one
of three tenets currently living
at Emmaus Place.
According to the 19-year-old,
who is currently studying for his
GED, living at Emmaus Place is
a way to help him save money,
while learning more life skills
needed for independence.

Primarily, the purpose of the
building and its services is to
provide stability to for its resi-
"Here [tenets] don't need to
worry about where they're go-
ing to sleep next week, so they
can just stay home and study
like 18-year-olds should," said
Currently, there is no time
limit about how long someone
can continue to live at an apart-
ment at Emmaus House, as
long as a resident continues to
further their education and re-
mains, a member of the Road to
Independence program in good

Continued from 12B

1,000 people who came from
as far away as the Carolinas
and the Bahamas, according to

Being able to serve provides
benefits for both the server
and the recipient, explained
Service provides benefits for
both the server and the recipi-
ent, explained Groice.
For the server, "Service pro-
vides a sense of joy, a sense of
fulfillment. A sense of doing
what Jesus has called us to
do," he said.
Meanwhile, service offers an
opportunity for low pressure

evangelism for the recipient.
He further explained, "Our
vision is to reach the needs
of the people and eventually
share Christ with them."
For Tabernacle SDA the
symposium was just a sample
of their usual activities.
Founded in 1977, the
church offers a variety of out-
reach services including Fam-
ily Ministry, Youth Ministry,
Summer Camp, Technology
outreach, community health
screenings and Food Distribu-
tion every third Sunday of the
month and Clothing Giveaway.
"[The SDA] church is a com-
munity church," said Deroy
Moncrieffe, the community
service director at Taber-
nacle Seventh Day Adventist

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15B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 20-26, 2011


New playground opens for homeless children

Special to 77he Miami 7imes

On a beautiful Sunday after-
noon on April 10, the home-
less children and families of
the Broward Outreach Center
in Pompano Beach, a division
of the Miami Rescue Mission,
received a playground fit for
a king, or in this case, many
budding princes and prin-
The playground was funded
by a $20,000 donation by
Spanish River Church which
is located in Boca Raton,
Florida. Spanish River Church
has had a steady volunteer
group come to the Broward
Outreach Center in Pompano
each Sunday since July of
2006 to worship and work
with the homeless men,
women and children who live
at the Center; throughout that
time the members of the vol-
unteer group saw something
missing for the boys and girls
at the Center, a proper play-
"The small playground
was not inviting, it looked as
though it was old and worn,
not something they would be
exciting about playing on,"
said Pastor Dan Myers of
Spanish River Church. "To see
this playground here now, it's
amazing, it looks like a man-
sion and these kids deserve

explainable," said Contant.
"Being able to come home
from school and play is some-
thing so basic but it helps
the homeless children here at
the Broward Outreach Center
maintain a sense of normalcy."
During the ribbon cutting
ceremony, attendees heard
from representatives from both

Spanish River Church as well
as the Miami Rescue Mission/
Broward Outreach Centers,
listened to wonderful music
provided by the Spanish River
Church's ministry band and
were able to enjoy an ap-
propriately decorated cake...
adorned with a toy playground
and toy children playing.


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The Broward Outreach Center in Pompano Beach held a A
grand opening for the newly built playground for the area's
homeless children.
Spanish River Church "In the two previous years,
helped raise those funds, in the funds raised by the race
large part, through the 5k went to oversea efforts, such
River Run/Walk For a Purpose as in Africa... but to be here
that was coordinated by Race and to see the joy coming
Director, Andrea Contant. from these children is un-

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Children playing on the A
Broward Outreach Center's
newly opened playground.

More Blacks headed to Harvard

Ivy university admits record number

of minority students

been rising for the past decade
and high-achieving Black can-
didates are more likely to apply
to Oxford than their white peers

By Jeevan Vasagar

While Oxford draws criticism
for the racial profile of its in-
take, Harvard's latest admis-
sions figures show that 11.8
percent of its new students for
this autumn will be Black and
12.1 percent Latino thought to
be record proportions of the two
minority groups.
Among the 2009 intake, 10.8
percent of students at Harvard
were Black, compared with 8.2
percent at Princeton, and seven
percent at Yale. To put the data
in some context, Black stu-
dents made up 14 percent of
US college enrollments in 2008.
The MP and former higher ed-
ucation minister David Lammy
suggests that part of the reason
Harvard does better on race is
that it writes to every high-
achieving minority student.
The Ivy League institution is
proud of its outreach, sending
admissions officers every year
to schools in every US state.
Its ethnic minority recruit-

This fall, 11.8 percent of its new students will be Black at

Harvard University.
ment is assisted by a team of
undergraduates who handle
campus visits and answer
questions on academic life.
In its defense, Oxford can
point to 1,500 school outreach
events it conducted in 2009, of
which 80 percent were in the
state sector. Applications from
state-educated candidates have

- suggesting that its outreach is
stimulating demand.
However, Harvard also ap-
pears to do better than elite
universities here on a key in-
dicator of encouraging poorer
students. In 2008-09 the pro-
portion of students on federal
Pell grants at Harvard was 15

By contrast, data collated by
the Sutton Trust charity indi-
cates the percentages of pupils
eligible for free school meals
at leading English universities
range from 0.8 percent at Ox-
ford and Cambridge to 5.3 per-
cent at King's College, London.
In a study last year, the
Sutton Trust noted "that the
American Ivy League may be
enrolling higher proportions of
low income students".
This better showing on pov-
erty may boost Harvard's
figures on race. Pell grants,
awarded by federal govern-
ment based on an assessment
of family size, income, assets
and tuition costs, are crucial
to the social advancement of
About 46 percent of Black
undergraduate students re-
ceive Pell grants.
The Ivy League also benefits
from greater wealth from their
lavish endowments than Eng-
land's universities. More than
60 percent of the students
admitted to Harvard this year
will receive need-based schol-
arships averaging more than

Save money while expanding your family

By Shanna Freeman

Some people choose adoption
after learning they're unable to
conceive a biological child. Oth-
ers simply decide it's the best
way to build or expand your
family. Once you start looking
into adoption, however, you'll
soon discover it can be very
expensive. The average cost
of adopting is about $30,000.
However, with careful research
and planning, it's possible to
bring down the cost to some-
thing a bit more affordable.
1. Waiting child or private
The variations in adoption
costs have a lot to do with the
type of adoption you choose.
If you adopt through the fos-
ter care system and work di-
rectly with social services also
known as a "waiting child"
adoption the cost may be
negligible. In fact, some agen-
cies offer grants or subsidies
to cover costs. Going through a
private agency or intermediary
will be more expensive.
2. Domestic or internation-
al adoption
The cost of adopting inter-
nationally differs widely de-
pending on the country. For
example, adopting a child from
Jamaica may cost just a few-
thousand dollars, while adopt-
ing a child from Russia can
cost up to $40,000.

3. About the child
If you want to take home a
baby directly from the hospital
or adopt a newborn, it's gener-
ally going to be more expensive
than adopting an older child.
The same is true for adopting a
child with special needs. Both
older children and children
with special needs are more dif-
ficult to place, so you may be
able to get financial assistance.
Keep in mind, older children
will have memories of previous
caregivers, and children with
special needs will need care
above and beyond the already
high costs of child-rearing.
4. Set a budget
Now that you know how much
money you'll need, take a hard
look at your household expens-
es and create a special savings
account into which you deposit
a set amount each month.
5. Check with your employ-
Many companies offer adop-
tion benefits. These may in-
clude paid or unpaid leave;
assistance with locating an
adoption agency and other re-
sources; and even financial as-
6. Learn about the adoption
The IRS offers an adoption
credit of up to $13,170, which
was recently enhanced for
years 2010 through 2012. The

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exact amount you can qualify
for depends on your income
and exactly how much you paid
for the adoption.
7. Adoption grants
Several nonprofits and chari-
table foundations offer grants.
The National Adoption Founda-
tion is one organization open
to any adoptive parents. Many
others offer grants or loans de-
pending on background and
nationality of your prospective
adoptive child, or even on your

p I

religious faith.
8. Finding extra cash
Some adoptive parents have
financed their adoptions by
adding second jobs, taking on
overtime, or turning hobbies
into money-making ventures.
Finally, don't neglect to spread
the word amongst your friends
and family. They may be able to
come up with additional ways
to meet the financial obliga-
tions of expanding your family
through adoption.

Research shows teaching

kids more may backfire

Preschool drop outs

By Alison Gopnik

Ours is an age of pedago-
gy. Anxious parents instruct
their children more and more,
at younger and younger ages,
until they're reading books to
babies in the womb. They pres-
sure teachers to make kinder-
gartens and nurseries more like
schools. So does the law-the
2001 No Child Left Behind Act
explicitly urged more direct in-
struction in federally funded
Yet two forthcoming studies
in the journal Cognition-one
from a lab at MIT and one from
my lab at UC-Berkeley-suggest
that pedagogy isn't teaching
kids that well. They show that
while learning from a teacher
may help children get to a spe-
cific answer more quickly, it
also makes them less likely to
discover new information about
a problem and to create a new
and unexpected solution.
As so often happens in sci-
ence, two studies from different
labs, using different techniques,
have simultaneously produced
strikingly similar results. They
provide scientific support for
the intuitions many teachers
have had all along: Direct in-
struction really can limit young
children's learning.
Teaching is a very effective
way to get children to learn
something specific-this tube
squeaks, say, or a squish then
a press then a pull causes
the music to play. But it also
makes children less likely to

discover unexpected informa-
tion and to draw unexpected
Why might children behave
this way? Adults often assume
that most learning is the result
of teaching and that explor-
atory, spontaneous learning is
unusual. But actually, sponta-
neous learning is more funda-
mental. It's this kind of learn-
ing, in fact, that allows kids
to learn from teachers in the
first place. Patrick Shafto, a
machine-learning specialist at
the University of Louisville and
a co-author of both these stud-
ies; Noah Goodman at Stan-
ford; and their colleagues have
explored how we could design
computers that learn about the
world as effectively as young
children do. It's this work that
inspired these experiments.
Learning from teachers first
requires you to learn about
teachers. For example, if you
know how teachers work, you
tend to assume that they are
trying to be informative. With-
out a teacher present, children
look for a much wider range
of information and consider a
greater range of options.
Knowing what to expect from
a teacher is a really good thing,
of course: It lets you get the
right answers more quickly
than you would otherwise. In-
deed, these studies show that
four-year-olds understand how
teaching works and can learn
from teachers. But there is an
intrinsic trade-off between that
kind of learning and the more
wide-ranging learning that is
so natural for young children.

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16B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 20-26, 2011

Obesity may be factor in early puberty

Since then, the age at which
Girls are maturing faster than ever, girls begin developing breasts
and_ dahas sr declined much more
and doctors aren't sure why has declined much lore
1 e- rmtcally.

By Liz Szabo

Claudia and Joe's baby girl
has been racing to grow up, al-
most from the moment she was
born. Laila sat up on her own
at only five months old, began
talking at seven months and
walking by eight months.
"All of our friends told us to
cherish every moment," Claudia
says. "When I started planning
her first birthday party, I re-
member crying and wondering
where the time had gone."
Even so, Laila's parents never
expected their baby to hit pu-
berty at age six.
They first noticed something
different when Laila was three,
and she began to produce the
sort of body odor normally as-
sociated with adults. Three
years later, she grew pubic
hair. By age seven, Laila was
developing breasts.
Without medical treatment,
doctors warned, Laila could be-
gin menstruating by age eight -
an age when many kids are still
trying to master a two-wheeler.
Laila's parents, from the Los
Angeles area, asked USA TO-
DAY not to publish their last
name to protect their daugh-
ter's privacy.
Doctors say Laila's story is
increasingly familiar at a time
when girls are maturing faster
than ever and, for reasons doc-

tors don't completely under-
stand, hitting puberty younger
than any generation in history.
About 15 percent of American
girls now begin puberty by age
seven, according to a study of
1,239 girls published last year
in Pediatrics. One in 10 white
girls begin developing breasts
by that age twice the rate seen
in a 1997 study. Among Black
girls, such as Laila, 23 percent
hit puberty by age seven.

"Over the last 30 years, we've
shortened the childhood of girls
by about a year and a half,"
says Sandra Steingraber, au-
thor of a 2007 report on early
puberty for the Breast Can-
cer Fund, an advocacy group.
"That's not good."
Girls are being catapulted into
adolescence long before their
brains are ready for the change
- a phenomenon that poses
serious risks to their health,
says Marcia Herman-Giddens,
an adjunct professor at the
University of North Carolina-
Chapel Hill.
"This is an issue facing the new
generation," says Laila's doctor,
Pisit "Duke" Pitukcheewanont,
a pediatric endocrinologist
at Children's Hospital of Los
Angeles, who treats girls with
early puberty. "Many parents
don't know what is going on."

a .

About 15 percent of American girls now begin puberty by age seven, according to a s
of 1,239 girls published last year in Pediatrics. One in 10 white girls begin developing b
by that age twice the rate seen in a 1997 study.

Researchers don't completely
understand why the age of
puberty is falling, Herman-
Giddens says. Most agree that
several forces are at work,
from obesity to hormone-like
environmental chemicals.
There's no evidence that boys
are maturing any earlier, says
Paul Kaplowitz, author of Early
Puberty in Girls.
But data clearly show that

girls once matured much later,
probably because poor diets and
infectious diseases left them
relatively thin, Steingraber
says. Girls' lack of body fat
may have sent a message to
their bodies that they weren't
yet ready to carry a pregnancy,
she says.
In the 1840s, for example,
girls in Scandinavia didn't
begin menstruating until age
16 or 17, says Kaplowitz, a

pediatric endocrinology
Children's National M
Center in Washingto:
nutrition and living cone
improved, the age at
menstruation occurred
to three months earlier
decade. By 1900, Am
girls were getting their p
at age 14.
While the age of
girls get their first
has continued to fall

Early puberty increases girls'
odds of depression, drinking.
drug use, eating disorders.
behavioral problems and
attempted suicide, according
to the 2007 report. When
these girls grow up, they face
a higher risk of breast and
uterine cancers, likely because
they're exposed to estrogen for
a longer period of time.
Early puberty isn't the only
way that childhood is changing.
In only a generation, children
have become less connected to
nature and, in many ways, less
free, says pediatrician Chris
Feudtner of Children's Hospital
of Philadelphia. Today's
Children rarely, if ever, are
S permitted to roam wild or play
outdoors alone, out of sight
tudy of watchful, worried parents.
breasts Schools are eliminating recess,
even as they install vending
machines in school cafeterias.
ist at No one should be surprised,
medical Feudtner says, that this
n. As generation of children is
editions heavier, less active and more
t first prone to chronic disease and
d two hormonal changes.
r each "It's very concerning that
lerican girls are continuing to develop
)eriods earlier and earlier," Herman-
Giddens says. "We need to look
which at our environment and our
period culture, and what we're doing
slowly to our kids."

Weightloss improves memory, research shows

By Nanci Hellmich

Here's another good reason to
lose weight: It may improve your
memory and concentration, new
research suggests.
Scientists know that overweight
and obese people are at a greater
risk for memory problems and other
cognitive disabilities, but the latest
study is one of the first to indicate
that substantial weight loss im-
proves brain health.
John Gunstad, an associate pro-
fessor of psychology at Kent State
University, and a team of scien-
tists from several research centers
analyzed memory tests taken by
150 people who weighed an average
of 300 pounds. Many had several
health problems, such as high
blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and

sleep apnea.
Of that group, 109 of them then
had bariatric surgery mostly gas-
tric bypass surgery, which creates a
smaller stomach and bypasses part
of the small intestine. The other 41
obese patients did not have sur-
After 12 weeks, all participants
took the same set of memory tests a
second time. Findings:
The surgery patients, who had
lost an average 50 pounds, showed
improvement in multiple cognitive
abilities, including memory and ex-
ecutive functioning, which includes
organization skills.
The morbidly obese patients,
whose weight stayed the same,
showed a mild decline in memory.
The improved memory for the
surgery patients likely is not solely

due to improved blood pressure,
because only a small number went
from being classified as having
hypertension to no longer having it,
Gunstad says.
It appears that there is another
physiological process that is caus-
ing these improvements in memory,
he says. "We've known for a while
that diet and exercise may also
improve cognition, so it's possible
there are several factors that are
causing these changes."
He says it's a logical conclusion
that as the body becomes healthier,
the brain would become healthier
Michael Devlin, another author
on the study and a professor of
clinical psychiatry at Columbia
University, agrees it's important to
emphasize not just losing weight

but also adopting a healthy life-
style -healthy eating and healthy
Duke University Medical Cen-
ter professor Murali Doraiswamy,
an Alzheimer's expert who wasn't
involved in this research, says, this
is "a pioneering study" because it
shows treating obesity might im-
prove memory.
More research is needed to see if
mildly overweight people experience
similar improvements with weight
loss through exercise or diet, he
Gunstad and colleagues will
continue to follow the participants
for two years. The study, published
online this week in the journal Sur-
gery for Obesity and Related Dis-
eases, was funded by a grant from
the National Institutes of Health.

CDC: Half of U.S. adults take vitamins, supplements

By Mike Stobbe
AP Medical

ATLANTA About half of U.S.
adults take vitamins and other di-
etary supplements a level that's
been holding steady for much of
the past decade, new government
figures show.
But the data also show a boom-
ing number of older women are
taking calcium.
Federal officials released figures
Wednesday showing that the use
of dietary supplements has grown
since the early 1990s when it was
about 42 percent. The data shows
use leveled off in 2003 through

2008, with about half of adults
20 and older taking at least one
dietary supplement.
The biggest change was for cal-
cium. Two-thirds of women 60 and
older take it, up from 28 percent in
the early 1990s.
Experts note the ranks of the
elderly have been growing, and
include many women who have
been encouraged for years to take
calcium to help protect against
The information comes from
national, in-home surveys in 1988-
1994 and 2003-2008. The surveys
in the past decade included more
than 2,000 people each year. Inter-

viewers not only asked participants
what supplements they took, but
also asked to see the bottles to
verify their answers.
Use of multivitamins the most
popular supplement crept up to
nearly 40 percent.
Most people who take vitamins
and other supplements are educat-
ed, have good incomes, eat pretty
well and already get the nutrients
they need from their diets, the sur-
veys suggests.
"It's almost like the people who
are taking them aren't the people
who need them," said Regan
Bailey, a nutritional epidemiolo-
gist with the National Institutes

of Health.
Federal surveys have only recent-
ly started asking people why they
take supplements, Bailey said.
The government supports some
supplements as an option for
certain people such as iron for
women who are pregnant, folic
acid for women thinking of getting
pregnant and calcium for older
But health officials say people
should talk to their doctors first,
and consider enriched foods that
can accomplish the same goal.
Much of the new data is in a
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention report released recently.

Perceptions of

weight skewed

Mothers and kids in study

heavier than they thought

By Nanci Hellmich

Many heavyset moms and their kids think
they're slimmer than they are, a study
Researchers at Columbia University Medi-
cal Center in New York asked 111 women
and 111 children a series of questions
about their age, income and body size. They
also measured their height and weight.
About 80 percent were Hispanic.
They were shown pictures of body sil-
houettes representing a range of weights,
including underweight, normal weight,
overweight, obese and extremely obese.
Findings were reported at an American
Heart Association meeting in Atlanta:
66 percent of the mothers were over-
weight or obese, and 39 percent of children
were too heavy.
Most obese women (82 percent) un-
derestimated their weight when looking at
the silhouettes; 42.5 percent of overweight
women did the same. About 13 percent of
normal-weight women thought of them-
selves as thinner than they were.
Most overweight or obese kids (86 per-
cent) underestimated their weight, com-
pared with 15 percent of normal-weight
47.5 percent of mothers with heavy
children thought their kids were at a
healthy weight.
Being overweight is becoming the norm
in some families which skews children's
perception of a healthy weight says lead
researcher, Nicole Dumas, an internal
medicine resident at Columbia.

Diet drug ingredient tied to kidney damage

By Frederik Joelving

NEW YORK (Reuters
Health) In another blow to
diet drugs, Canadian re-
searchers are reporting a link
between Roche's Xenical and
an increase in kidney inju-
Tapping into healthcare da-
tabases from the province of
Ontario, they found that 0.5
percent of new orlistat users
were hospitalized for kidney
problems in,the year before
starting on the drug. Over
the next year, that number
jumped to two percent.
Dr. Matthew Weir, who
worked on the study, said a
few earlier case reports had
found kidney problems in
people on Xenical, but that
it wasn't listed among the

drug's side effects.
"I'd just like to add that this
study should be interpreted
cautiously," he noted in an
email to Reuters Health. "It
is observational and cannot
prove causality."

about $317 million in 2009.
Worldwide sales of Xenical in
2009 hit about 400 million
Swiss francs ($345 million).
Roche did not return calls
for comments in time for this

ayntaigs-ae 'wihlosdrIugs should be

Last year, U.S. health offi-
cials warned about rare cases
of liver damage in patients on
Xenical or GlaxoSmithKline's
Alli. The active ingredient of
both drugs called orlistat
- inhibits the absorption of
fat in the gut.
Alli's global sales totaled

The new study is based on
953 new users of orlistat and
is published in the Archives
of Internal Medicine.
"This is an important study
and it illustrates that anyone
taking so-called 'weight loss'
drugs should be under the
care of a trusted physician,"

said Dr. Donald E. Greyda-
nus, a pediatrician at Michi-
gan State University, who
was not involved in the study
but has written on obesity
"There is no safe panacea
drug that works and that has
no side effects," he told Re-
uters Health in an email.
Alternative treatments for
obesity include diet, exer-
cise, behavior changes and
surgery. but all of them have
their own problems.
"I think the take-home mes-
sage should be that patients
on orlistat should have their
kidney function carefully
monitored," Weir said, "but
since orlistat is available
(over-the-counter) in the US,
this may be easier said than

Study: Genital herpes can

spread between outbreaks

Genital herpes can, in spite
of what most people think,
be transmitted between out-
breaks, according to research
published recently in the Jour-
nal of the American Medical
The work, conducted by the
University of Washington and
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Re-
search Center, involved testing
500 participants who have gen-
ital herpes to determine how
often viral shedding occurred
and whether it coincided with
symptoms of an outbreak.
Viral shedding is when an ac-
tively replicating virus can be
detected that can be transmit-
ted to another person.
Among test subjects who had
symptoms, the active virus was
found on 20.1 percent of the
testing days, compared with

10.2 percent of the days among
the asymptomatic group. Vi-
ral shedding occurred at least
once in 83.4 percent of the
people with symptoms and in
68.2 percent who were asymp-
About 16 percent of U.S.
adults have tested positive for
genital herpes. Some recent
studies have estimated that
as many as 80 percent of all
adults with genital herpes do
not know they have the dis-
Researchers have believed
for some time that people do
not have to have symptoms
to transmit the virus. The re-
searchers noted their findings
argue for the use of preventa-
tive measures including con-
doms and daily use of an anti-
viral medication.




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"Once You Know, It's Where To Go"


By Simone Gill
Miami Times writer

In the past few decades the
little-know disease known as lupus
Ct Ias become a major health con-
Si rn, disproportionately affecting
ks, Hispanics, Native Ameri-
.,- and Asians mostly women.
.-upus Foundation of America


estimates that approximately 1.5
million Americans suffer from
some form of the disease. Both
men and women of all ages are
affected but about 90 percent of
those are mostly women between
the ages of 14- to 45-years-old.
The disease is especially preva-
lent among women during their
child bearing years. And while it is

still considered a deadly disease,
current research and improved
medication now help most of those
afflicted by the disease to live a
relatively normal life.
According to the U.S. Census Bu-
reau and surveys conducted by the
South East Florida Chapter of the
Lupus Foundation almost 35,000
people have been diagnosed with

the disease in South East Florida;
they reside mainly in Palm Beach,
Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee,
Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe
counties. This number represents
"one-third of the total cases in
.South Florida, while Miami-Dade,
Broward and Palm Beach Counties
combined account for 27,066
Please turn to LUPUS 19B

When every minute until treatment counts

By Dr. Kenneth Fischer, M.D. an emergency room and many wait stroke. The most common is called attack that may be a sign that an
Neurologist at North Shore Medical Center much longer, sometimes an entire an ischemic stroke, which are ischemic stroke is on the way.
..d...ay. caused by a blood clot that blocks or Transient ischemic attacks, or
If one of your loved ones was Strokes occur when blood flow to plugs a blood vessel or artery in the "mini-strokes," happen when blood
doubled over with chest pain, the brain is interrupted. brain. These types of flow to the brain is temporarily
having what appeared to be a When a person begins strokes may be treated blocked. Sufferers may experience
heart attack, or witnessed someone suffering a stroke, brain with a drug called t-PA, blurry or lost vision on both eyes;
sustain severe injuries, you would cells in the immediate which dissolves blood tingling or numbness of the mouth,
probably call 911 so they could area begin to die because / clots, if patients receive or are unable to speak clearly. The
receive medical attention as quickly they stop receiving the care within the first effects of TIAs may last only a few
as possible. What if you observed oxygen and nutrients they three and four hours of minutes or even an entire to a day,
someone suddenly lose the ability to need to function. This is "' the stroke. The second but this does not mean they should
speak, move parts of his or her body why immediate medical i major type of stroke is be ignored. TIAs may be predictors
or have trouble seeing? Would you attention is necessary. a hemorrhagic stroke, of strokes. It's estimated that about
react the same way? The answer is Stroke patients who which is caused by a 15 percent of TIA sufferers will have
probably yes, if you recognize the receive treatment within FISCHER blood vessel in the brain a stroke within a year of the TIA
symptoms of a stroke, the first hour of onset have breaking and bleeding experience.
Knowing what symptoms to look the best chance of survival and into the brain. Hemorrhagic Besides TIAs, there are other
for and reacting quickly may save a prevention of disability. The window strokes cannot be treated with t-PA. warning signs of a stroke. They
stroke victim's life and may increase of opportunity to treat the majority Instead, surgery is often performed include:
their chances for a successful of stroke patients is between three to help relieve the pressure or blood Sudden numbness or
recovery. Every minute counts and four hours. After six hours, clots caused by this type of stroke. weakness of face, arm or
when someone is having a stroke, studies show that there may be In both cases, time is of the essence leg, especially on one side of
yet the average stroke patient waits little to no benefit. for successful treatment, the body.
more than 12 hours before going to There are two major kinds of There is one other type of brain Please turn to STROKES 19B

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Dawn Knowles, Director of Behavorial Health Services and
Manny Linares, Chief Executive Officer at North Shore Medi-
cal Center.

NSMC gives President's

Award to Dawn Knowles

By Reuters
NEW YORK Girls who spend
lots of time playing high-impact
sports including gymnastics and
basketball are twice as likely
to suffer a small crack in their
bones than girls who spend less
time exercising, or those who
play low-impact sports, says a
new study.
Stress fractures are especially
worrisome in adolescent girls
because puberty is an important

time for bones to strengthen,
which wards off osteoporosis
later in life.
"I certainly don't want to be dis-
couraging any girls from becom-
ing active," said Alison Field, the
article's lead author who studies
adolescent medicine at Children's
Hospital Boston.
"The problem is there are some
girls that are too active," she
said. When that's the case, "your
body's just not getting the time it
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Manny Linares, Chief Execu-
tive Officer at North Shore Medi-
cal Center, a 357-bed general
acute-care community hospi-
tal, recently announced Dawn
Knowles, Director of Behavioral
Health Services, as the 2010 re-
cipient of the hospital's annual
President's Award for her out-
standing work and accomplish-
ments throughout the year.
Knowles achieved all of Te-
net's 5-Pillars Quality, Cost,
Growth, People, and Service for
In her extraordinary leader-
ship role as Director of Behav-

ioral Health Services, Knowles
is responsible for the adminis-
tration, supervision, and imple-
mentation of clinical standards
of practice in the recently reno-
vated Behavioral Health Unit at
North Shore Medical Center.
"No one is more deserving of
this award than Dawn," says
Manny Linares, Chief Executive
Officer at North Shore Medical
Center. "She has been instru-
mental in the recent opening of
our new Behavioral Health Unit,
and she is always motivated to
find opportunities for personal
and professional growth."



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can use.
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glucose. Then a pancreatic hormone called insulin
is supposed to convert glucose to energy.
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much glucose builds up in the blood, and the
individual cells become starved for energy. And
over time, high blood glucose can lead to serious
complications, such as heart and kidney disease,
stroke or blindness.
The National Diabetes Information Clearing-
house mentions these potential risk factors for type
2 diabetes:
Being overweight.
Having a family history of diabetes or cardio-
vascular disease.
Having high blood pressure or high choles-
Having pre-diabetes.
Being of Asian, African, Pacific Island, Ameri-
can Indian, Alaskan or Hispanic descent.
Being 60 or older.
Having had gestational diabetes while preg-
Exercising fewer than three times per week.

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Inflammatory disease prevalent in Black women Apples can help with cholesterol

continued from 17B

lupus victims that equates to
30 percent of the total number
of cases statewide.

Lupus is a chronic autoim-
mune disease which causes
inflammation of various parts
of the body particularly the
skin, joints, blood and kid-
nri, -. The autoimmune sys-
tem which normally protects
one from disease loses its abil-
ity to identify the difference
between foreign substances
and its own cells and tissue
and basically makes antibod-
ies that attack its own system.
The causes of lupus are un-

known, however scientist be-
lieve that individuals are ge-
netically predisposed to the
disease. Other factors such
as infections, antibiotics, sur-
gery, ultraviolet light, extreme
stress and certain drugs can
also trigger the onset of the
Lupus can range from mild
to life threatening and thou-
sands of people die from the
disease each year. It can be
difficult to diagnose as symp-
toms are cyclic and transient
and may go unnoticed be-
cause the disease tends to
mimic many other illnesses.
Some of its symptoms are
muscle pain, fatigue, a rash
caused by exposure to and
aggravated by sunlight, low

grade fevers. :.air loss. pleuDi-
sy, sores i: : he nose or mouncr
and sensitivity of the fingers
to cold.
There is no cure for lupus
but new research and drugs
are making it possible for
those affected to cope bet-
ter with the disease. The U.S.
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention reports that
deaths caused by lupus in-
creased over a 20-year period
especially among Black wom-
en between the ages of 45 and
54-years-old but the reasons
remain unclear.

In a nationwide study con-
ducted by the Lupus Founda-

tion for -America. 65 percent
of respondents were familiar
with the disease but only 20
percent acknowledged basic
information about the disease.
T'- Lupus Research Insti-
tute (LRI), a national non-
profit organization dedicated
to finding a cure for lupus,
encourages people to get in-
volved in their local commu-
nities in the fight against the
disease. The Lupus Founda-
tion of America (LFA) Walk for
Lupus Now organizes thou-
sands of walks a year to raise
awareness of the disease and
money for research. On May
14th, Hollywood (Florida) will
be the venue for South Flori-
da's walk. For more informa-
tion call 877-910-9779.

continued from 17B

Their levels of good HDL
cholesterol,also increased by
about four percent, according
to the study.
To see the effects apples had
on women's health, Arjmandi
and his colleagues randomly
assigned 160 women ages 45
to 65 to one of two groups.
One group ate 75 grams (about
a one-third of a cup) of dried
apples every day for a year,
and the other group ate anoth-
er dried fruit for a year. Their
blood samples were taken after
three months, six months and
then at the end of the study
At the end of the year-long

period, the women who ate
the apples had lower levels of
bad cholesterol, lipid hydro-
peroxide (the product of toxic
free radicals, which cause cell
damage and death in the body)
and C-reactive protein, an in-
dicator of inflammation in the
body, than when they started
the study, researchers said.
Researchers also found that
the extra 240 calories per day
consumed from the dried ap-
ple did not lead to weight gain
in the women in fact, they
lost an average of 3.3 pounds
over the year, the study said.
Even though the people in
the study ate dried apples, the
effect would likely be the same
if they ate fresh apples, too,
said Keri Gans.

Young female athletes facing health risks

continued from 17B

needs to heal. And that's partic-
ularly true for stress fractures."
The small cracks generally
occur in weight-bearing bones
in the leg and foot and devel-
op over time when bones don't
have a chance to repair them-
selves during ongoing physical
In the current study, pub-
lished in Archives of Pediatrics
& Adolescent Medicine, Field
and her colleagues surveyed
almost 7,000 girls ages nine to
15 over a period of seven years.
Every one or two years, girls re-
corded how many hours a week
they spent participating in a va-
riety of sports and other physi-
cal activities.
At the end of the seven years,
girls' mothers were asked if their
daughters had been diagnosed
with a stress fracture during

the study period. A total of 267
girls, or about four percent,
were diagnosed with a stress
fracture. Spending one to two
hours a day playing any sport
meant that girls were twice as
likely to get a stress fracture
compared to those that spent
about 30 minutes or less being
active every day.
When the authors examined
stress fracture risk by sport,
they found that only partici-
pating in high-impact activi-
ties basketball, cheerleading,
gymnastics and running made
girls more likely to get a stress
fracture. The researchers calcu-
lated that each extra hour spent
playing a high-impact sport ev-
ery week increased a girl's risk
of getting a stress fracture by
about eight percent.
Girls who played sports con-
sidered "medium-impact," such
as baseball or hockey did not
have an extra risk of stress frac-

ture, nor did those who partici-
pated in non-impact activities
such as biking and swimming.
Field said that the findings
were especially troubling given
that more young athletes are
specializing in one sport and
putting strain on the same mus-
cles and bones every season.
The authors did not find

Seventy is

To my family and friends
Each year brings new bless-
Like a flowering vine
But this birthday is special
'cause Seventy is Fine
God has truly blessed me to
see my 70th Birthday
Love, Ann Eva Early

that having low body weight or
symptoms of an eating disorder
were linked to stress fracture
risk, which was a surprise, Field
said. But they did find that girls
who got their period at a later
age were more likely to suffer a
stress fracture and first pe-
riods are often delayed in girls
who are very thin.

Ann Eva Early

Stroke warning signs

continued from 17B

Sudden confusion or
trouble speaking or
understanding speech.
Sudden trouble
walking, dizziness,
or loss of balance or
Sudden severe
headache with no
known cause.
Blurred or double
vision, drowsiness, and
nausea or vomiting.
Remember, not every stroke
sufferer will have all of these
signs and sometimes the
symptoms will go away only to
return again. Call 911 right
away if you or any one you
know have one or more of these
symptoms. The sooner medical

treatment is given, the better
the chances for survival and
North Shore Medical Center's
Certified Advanced Primary
Stroke Care Center combines
the resources of many medical
specialties to quickly evaluate
and treat patients with complex
medical needs.
The stroke team includes
Emergency Department
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Church Dir-VIJAoU

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Services
Wed. Intercessory Prayer
Morning Service II a.m.
Sun. Eve. Worship 7:30 p.m.
Iues. Prayer Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Bible Study 7:30 p.m

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

SOrder of Services
Sunday S school 9:45 a.m.
Sun.maningr n aieIn.
Tuesdy Sble Study
Feeding Minisliy.... 10 a.m.

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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

I Order of Services
Mon. thru Fri. Noon Day Prayer
Bible Study, Thurs 7 p.m.
Sunday Worship 7.11 o.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

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

Order of Services
Sunday 7:30 and 11 a.m.
Worship Service
9:30 a.m Sunday Shool
Tuesday 7p m Bible Study
8p.m PrayerMeeting

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.
ted,,ie jod Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

1 (800) 254-NBBC
Fax: 305-685-0705

Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
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Order of Services
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Worship 11 a.m.
Bible Study, Thursday 730 p.m.
Youth Ministry
Mon.-Wed. 6 p.m.

Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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Early Worship 7 a.m.
Sunday School 9 .m.
NB( 10:05 a.m.
Worship Iamo.. Worship 4 p.m.
Mission and Bible
Class Tueday 6.30 p.m.
PatrDula ok r

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

Order of Services
%iVdll Mr,,r'iin Bearr.
,und. jy Srl-h. 10 o T,
Sunday itn.ngb p m
M6 il illfu 1 10 p f
lue b ble i'.; : 30 p m
rhurs lell.,hp 10 TOo m

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

..- Order of Services
Ey riv unday Worti' '0 oa m
vui r ,-a 'l~ D C .T cr e .I'
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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

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Order of Services
Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Television Program Sure Foundation
My33 WBFS/Comcast 3 Saturday 7:30 a.m.
www.pemibrokeporkchurchofchrist.com pernbirokeparkoc@bellsouth.net

Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 93rd Street Community
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street
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S I SUINDAY: WorshipService 30 D m E.ar, vkinng Wr-,p

Mo ning 10 a.m.
Chur S iool 8:30 o.m.
Feeding Ministry 12 noon
Bible Suidy 7 p.m.

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street
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Order of Services
ChurdhSunday ISdol 830 a nm
Sundy Worship Sernie 10 ai
MideWee SericeWednesday's
Hewo of Power-Noon ODy PNayer
12p.mAl pA.m
F trnqiWnr'h;y 7im

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

.. Order of Services

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Job Israel Ministries

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


Order of Services
Hqrjr of Prayer 6-30 a m Early Morning Worship 7-30 a m
.undi, S h',jl 9 30 a mrr *, Mrn,ng Wl.hrip II a m
r'. .II.I4 r li d, 't.d i p m PrFa, r Ebl: ':udj i 'Ed 1 p m
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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue

p1 Order of Services
Suoday School 9 30 an.
Morning Praie/Worthip 11 am.
Firs and Tiird Sday
evening w aorsip o 6 p m
Praff Meeing &bkD Study
T..ca-.ky 7( Or

Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

Order of Services
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'O )k 'i Im I o r DII a m
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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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ABRAHAM SPANN, 75, retired,
died April 16 at
hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
wife, Roxie;
sons, James
(Kaneesha) and
Darrell; daugh-
ter, Kimberly
(Barry); grand-
daughter, Kimbriana. Service 5
p.m., Thursday at Mt. Carmel Mis-
sionary Baptist Church. Homego-
ing Celebration 12 p.m., Saturday,
April 23 at Pleasant Grove Baptist
Church, Abbeville, AL. Arrange-
ments handled by Lewis Mortuary,
Fort Gaines, GA.

tired Dade
County Public
Schools admin-
istrator, died
April 12. Sur-
vivors include:
wife, Sandra;
sons, Kelly and
Kobie (Joahne);
grandson, Matthew Arron; sisters,
Marie Madison and Lucille Stubbs;
brothers, Syd Carter, Marsh Ray
Carter, Marvin Carter; and a host
of other relatives and friends. Ser-
vices were held.

Hadley Davis
XAVIER ROLLE, 25, laborer,
died April 13.
Service 2:30
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel. ,

; '

LEROY LUMPKIN, 68, trans-
porter, died April
16. Service 10
a.m., Saturday
in the chapel. ;

FREEDIE BRADLEY, 73, roofer,
died April 13.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
New Fellowship

MIXON GRIFFIN, 64, septic tank
cleaner, died
April 17. Service
11 a.m, Friday
at Christian Fel-
lowship Center.

stock worker,
died April 15.
Service 12:30
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

writer and sing-
er, died April 9 at
Jackson Hospi-
tal. Survivors in-
dude: five chil-
dren, Raheem,
Hakeem, Mar-
quis, Amaezja,
and Adaishja;
his parents, Robert E. L
Loreather Lee; three br
roy, Fred, and Harold;
Latisha; his grandpare
Moorer and Herbert PaL
of relatives and friends.
a.m., Saturday at 93rd
munity Baptist Church.

Wright and Y
31, died April
13. Viewing 5-9
p.m., Friday.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at
New Providence

62, retired
clamp driver
for Brandsmart
Company, F

R., 35. song

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A. Patass6 dies at 74; led Central African Republic

The Associated Press

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) -
Ange-Felix Patasse, who led
the desperately poor nation of
Central African Republic for a
decade before being ousted in a
2003 coup, has died at a hos-
pital in neighboring Cameroon,
.ee, Sr. and officials said. He was 74.
others, Le- Patasse returned from exile in
one sister, late 2009 and finished second in
nts, Arlene January's presidential election.
ruling; a host He lost to the current president,
Service 11 Frangois Bozize, who as head of
Street Com- an insurgent army that seized
the capital in a hail of mortar
fire had overthrown Patasse.
S Patasse's spokesman, Guy-
Simplice Kodegue, said the
young cause of the former president's
E BROWN, death was unknown. Hospital

Eric S. George
died April 17 at
home. Survivors
include: Shirley
Roulhac Lump- L ,
kin, Belinda Di-
ane Hampton,
and Jerome
K) MILLER, Roulhac. The
wake, 5-8 p.m., Friday, April 22 at
New Birth Baptist Church Cathe-
dral of Faith International. Service
2 p.m., Saturday at the church.

died April 16
at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.,
Thursday at
Transfiguration Episcopal Church,
15260 NW 19 Avenue.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
DARREN TYLER, 19, died April
13 at Jackson
Hospital .
include: mother,
Phyllis Tyler;
Daruis; sisters, Jacinda, Kendra,
Anquanette, Laquita, Antionette,
Jamilla; grandparents, Ester and
Coleman Tyler, Rev. Johnny and
Ruby White. Service noon,
Saturday at Jordan Grove M.B.

James Boyd
58, tech support
assisted de-

Signer, died April
16 in Ft. Myers.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at St.
John First Mis-
JENKINS, 77, sionary Baptist
S|Church, 2044 Brown Street, Ft. My-
ers, Florida 33916. Contact sister,
Arnetha Thomas at 786-488-4792.


worker, died
April 3 in Buf-
falo, New York.
Survivors in-
clude: sons, Ar-
thur, Roy and
Carl (Rhonda)
Ricks; daugh-
ters, Louise O'Brien,
Robin Ricks; ex-wife, Se
host of family and friend
were held.

IsB I JUNE C. FELDER, 77, teacher,
died April 17
in Hollywood,
FL. Survivors
include: Cullen
C. Felder, Jr.
89, retired (Jereline ),
S rErrol K. Felder
Wayne R.
Felder, Clifford S. Felder (Jennifer),
Darren D. Felder, and June C.
DuRant (Jose); grandchildren,
Aisha, Tririka, Billy, Rodrick, Erica,
Toddra, Chaz, Travis, Shanelle,
Clifford Jr., Rueben, Austin, Darren,
Janice and Eric, Brian, and Jibri; and 21 great
elma Ricks; grandchildren. Service 1 p.m.,
s. Services Saturday at Voice for Jesus, 5325
NW 159 Street.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
April 2 at home. Z
Services were

Nakia Ingraham
ERIC NESBITT, 36, mainte-
nance supervisor, died April 17 at
home. Service 10 a.m., Saturday at
Mount Bethel Ministries.

homemaker, died April 15 at Bro-
ward General Hospital. Service 1
p.m., Saturday in the Dominic Re-

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

officials said he died of compli-
cations of diabetes.
He had been blocked from
leaving the country for medical
treatment on two occasions and
had only been allowed to depart
on Saturday, Kodegue said.
Patasse served as minister
and then prime minister under
the former dictator Jean-Bedel
Bokassa before becoming presi-
dent in 1993 and winning re-
election in 1999.
Opponents accused Patasse
of rampant corruption, and he
survived repeated attempted
coups as well as military mu-
tinies over unpaid salaries and
labor disputes.

Then, in 2003, he was top-
pled in a coup while outside

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

ff4 ..

04/25/1988 04/29/2006

You are no longer with us in
body, but your smile and your
warmth live in our hearts al-
Dad and mom (Dr. Clarence
and Sherry Jones) and family.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


extends their heartfelt ap-
preciation and gratitude to
everyone who warmed our
hearts and lifted our spirits
with prayers, cards, calls, flo-
ral arrangements and all other
acts of kindness.
Thank you to all the families,
friends and neighbors for their
acts of love and support dur-
ing this time of bereavement.
A special thank you to Rev.
Larrie Lovett and the Antioch
M.B.C. of Brownsville, City of
Opa-Locka Motor Unit, Miami-
Dade County Corrections, City
of Miami Spring Public Works
Department, Dirty South Rid-
ers MC Club Inc., Citrus Grove
Elementary School and Wright
and Young Funeral Home.
May God Bless each of you.
The Coney Family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,
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04/03/47 04/22/06

Love always, your wife,
Violean Thurston


04/25/1978 09/16/2010


Ange-Felix Patasse in 2005.
the country and went into exile
in Togo. Thousands of people

could be seen ransacking his
lavish private residence, shout-
ing "Patasse out!" as the invad-
ing fighters looked on.
Patasse was born in Paoua
in the Central African Republic
on Jan. 25, 1937, and was the
country's last surviving former
Central African Republic has
suffered five coups and myriad
army mutinies since indepen-
dence from France 50 years ago.
Despite the nation's wealth
of gold, diamonds, timber and
uranium, Bozize's corruption-
beset government remains per-
petually strapped for cash. Its
authority is mostly limited to
the capital, Bangui, and armed
bandits and insurgents roam
the anarchic countryside.


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, Gregg L. Mason, Range, D. Richardson, A. Rich-
ardson, Mitchell, Jay's, Hall-Ferguson-Hewitt, Kitchens,
Wright & Young, Pax Villa, Stevens, Carey, Royal & Rah-
ming 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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paid tribute to deceased members of the community by pub-
lishing all funeral home obituaries free of charge. That re-
mains our policy today. We will continue to make the process
an easy one and extend this service to any and all families
that wish to place an obituary in The Miami Times.

1) Obituaries follow a simple format and must be in our office
no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. All of this is free.

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clean up

its image?

BET CEO Debra Lee says her cable
channel has righted the ship in terms of
its programming, and she hopes her re-
cent decisions will at least quiet critics.
It's no secret that BET, including its
co-founder Sheila Johnson, has been
the target of public criticism for airing
shows and music videos that many deem
as offensive and degrading to women.
However, over the last few months,
BET has exercised its option not to air
certain content and has even introduced
shows like "Let's Stay Together" and
resurrected canceled CW series "The
Game." In Lee's opinion, those measures
have gone a long way to improving BET's
"I think the criticism has gone away.
The first thing I did, which was in the
works anyway, was to create more origi-
nal programming that shows different
images of women," Lee told FOX Busi-
ness, explaining her agenda once she
took control of BET. "Our sitcoms have
started doing that. We've got more docu-
mentaries. We're going to get into the
drama business."
As for music videos, Lee said that BET
"grew up" by playing less of that content
in order to explore other avenues in its
programming. Of the videos it does play,
the network CEO said that BET has
become more selective.
"We've gotten more strict on what
we allow on air," Lee said. "We used to
live by broadcast standards, but as the
hip-hop industry got a little more risque
we had actually had to bring that back
some and say just because it can be on
the air doesn't mean it has to be on the
Most notably BET has declined to air
the videos for Kanye West's "Monster"
and Ciara's "Ride." Rihanna's raunchy
clip for "S&M" was on the chopping
block, too.
"Rihanna, we've been working with,"
said Lee. "And that's sort of amazed me
a little bit, that I had to say 'no' to wom-
en, but someone had to be the grown-up
in the room. I didn't ask for that job but
someone had to say 'no' in looking at it
from our young audience's perspective."

Lessons from prison
used to make
positive change
By D. Kevin McNeir
kmncneir@ mtliaml it i/ne.online.comn
Tamien "Baing" Bain, 31, is an
Overtown native who has seen his
share of tough times including a 12-
year stint in prison. Many Black men
who take a monumental wrong turn
allow that decision to define the rest
of their life. But not Baing who served
his time, returned home and put his
once negative way of living into more
positive actions and energy all to-
wards making his dreams come true.
Now with a hot new CD, "Ovatown
Legend," that is taking Miami's night-
clubs and radio stations by storm, a
supportive label, Holy G/4LIFE En-
tertainment and a growing posse of
talented DJs and rappers joining the
"family," he says life is good.
"I never got to experience high
school because I got mixed up with
the wrong people and found myself
in prison at 14-years-old," he said.
"They locked me up with adults even
though I was a youth offender but it
was actually a good thing for me. I
learned a lot I realized that it was
not a place I wanted to see once I was
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Toni, Traci, Towanda, Trina,
Tamar and their headstrong
mother Evelyn.


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By Tonya Pendleton

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Toni Braxton may be the most famous of the five Braxton sisters,
but after watching Trina, Tamar, Towanda, Traci and their mom,
Evelyn, it's safe to say she has a lot of competition in the drama
department The Gramm, Award--.. inning s'ongstress is the oldest
of the Braxton children, blu on this sheo.'., Toni's one ':.1 the calmer
persona ti es.
From DUIl's to marriage problems to sibling rialr', to divorce and
its aftermath. -Braxron Farnil, '.alLes" has it ll The sho. airs on
We caught up w ith tV.'., o01 the Braxti''r sisters. Toni ond Taonlr, tu
see \%hat we could ex:pe't from this debut sedasion
There's so much "reality" on TV these days. What makes
"Braxton Family Values" different?
Tanzar i can't say it will be so much driffier(et thi other family
reality sholit.'s. e\cepl that nowt' we hate a. manor .3uperstrar und all her
sisters That s five different strong per.-iona:tites and our nroth r, and
ort'll be able e bl a look at all of that
Before the show, did you guys always spend this much time
together? Do you all live in the same city, or did you come to-
gether specifically to do the show?
Tarmar lie work: together, :0 n'e are usuallil all together, with the
etcEptlion of Traci. who'- not aorolund i s thi often i whichh utt'v are err
toyrniQ Tora. T,'it.'anrda and Thnrm hire in .Atlanrta. and i [ 'i in L A but
I speni d I .:.t of tire in .tilarnto
Toni, you've been through your own share of drama in your
life and career, but on the show, you come across as the voice
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The Habitat for Humanityr
(HH) should be commended for
making an impact in Liberty
City by building expensive
homes for those who apply to
live in a better surrounding.
It was the case of Eiesha
Wallace who heard about
the opportunity to purchase
a home on WEDR 99 Jamz
through the HH. She filled out
the applications while living
with her mother last October
and followed the guidelines
by improving her credit;
being accepted by Citi
Bank; completing 250
hours of workshop
training; and will receive
the keys to her new home
next Saturday when
sponsors and volunteers
show up to build.
Congratulations go out EDM
to the sponsors: Chase,
Bilzin Sumburg, Nissan,
Andrea Schleicler, Sonya,
Ed, volunteers from New York
and Melodie Delancey. The
organization has a huge tent
set up near the work sites and
the supervisor gives out 10
signs to 10 leaders and the
home owner and volunteers
follow them to the homes,
where the building begins.
Included on each team is the
architect, building manager,
blue prints, materials to be
used for that day, the mortgage
holder, and bio about the new
owner. The volunteers work
only on Saturdays, because
they have professional-jobs
during the week.
Others to receive their keys
to their homes are: Sharita
Warren, Kizzy Robinson,
Angela Walker and Kathleen
Hill. All of them indicated not
to add to the beautiful homes.
"I will be happy to get out of
my mother's crowded home
and enjoy life," Wallace said.
She also indicated reading The
Miami Times regularly starting

this week.
Kudos go out
to Matthew
Tisdol and
James Moore
for being a part
of the HH organizing and
assisting applicants to pursue
their dream. You too can join
them by calling Schleicler at

The 18th Annual
Commemorative Service and
The Third Youth
Talent on Parade
honored: London
Blackstone, Black
incorporator of
the City of Miami;
deceased member
Wilhelmenia F.
Jennings; deceased
ONSON member Juanita
Price Wilson; and
deceased member Dr. Lorraine
F. Strachan, last Sunday,
sponsored by Dr. Enid
Pinkney, Dade Heritage Trust
and the African American
Committee of Dade Heritage.
Dwight Jackson, owner of
Richardson Funeral Home, was
given the honor of being emcee
and began the program by
having congregational singing
of "It Is Well With My Soul."
Rev. Jesse Martin, pastor,
Community Outreach Ministry
Baptist Church, followed
with the invocation; Mary
H. Bannerman, scripture
reading; Laurice Hepburn,
occasion; the Honorable
Audrey M. Edmonson bringing
greetings and moderating the
presentation of plaques to the
As plaques were presented,
family members stood or
walk onto the stage, while Dr.
Lorraine F. Strachan was
supported by Tillie Stibbins,
Nettie Murphy, Lonnie
McCartney and Deacon Henry
Small, members of the Singing

Retha Boone-
Fye and her
essav cor-ree:
Co m= rrssi on
Edmonson .
Cecelia Stewart
and Charlayne
W. Thompkins
presented money
and tronhies to
the winners: Jean
Homestead Sr. High
place. Angel Norris.
Edison. second place: B
Hopkins. Turner Tech
place. Other winners in
Breonna J'Shan
Spanish Lake Elem
Chelsea Chester, Ada
Middle; and Wallace C
III, Ada Merritt
Jackson introduced th
hunt winners, such as B
and Breanna Rolle
presenting a liturgical
dance and receiving
$250 for a trip to
Washington, D.C.
Others on the
program were
Laurence Mims,
speech; Deyonn
Danield, dance;
Jaquan Cannon,
poem; Jamel Hudso
Keith Thomas, dance; E
Rolle, piano selection;
Chester, poem; and C
Chester, cello instr
selection. It was refresh
hear such young talent
The program co
with Rev. Purnell A.
performing the ded
and unveiling of Black
headstone as a maj
of the program. Dr. I
gave thanks to all part
on the program, es
Rebecca Roper 1
Penny Lambeth,
Burkeen, director of pa
recreation, Frank P
Horace McGraw and
McKenzie closing a
program with a benedic
On March 26, fami
friends of Dorothy Go
Holmes, a member

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*aw. v.:dow of Dorothy's
late son. Deacon
Kenneth Rolle. New
BEir 3 Church :o sha_-e
JORDAN frendship and kinship
-.ith the special guest
Maxi. "Dot.- over a sumptuous lunch
i. first including a network of friends
Miami on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
3ryanna .-.e menu included: baked
i. third turkey. vegetable rice. shrimp
included pasta salad, and other choices
Evans. to the delight of the guests.
lentary; The former owners of the
Merritt famous "Buckeye Restaurant,"
Chester sisters Jackie Sasser and Rose
Middle. Bivens were representing First
e talent Baptist Church of Brownsville,
Irittane while Clementine Pettigrew
and daughter, Marilyn
S Martin entertained the
guests with nostalgic
S memories of the
S Satellite Lounge, while
representing New Shiloh
Others in attendance
included Helen Bain,
DEMERITTE Lavania Robertson,
Geneva Barnes,
in and Chariotte Krenshaw. Rashad
3reanna and Jamal Rolle, grandsons
Wallace who took the time to rant and
Cheese rave over the honoree. They
mental talked about her unusual smile
shing to well-known around Dorsey
Ls under High and her great class of
1951 which lauded her at her
ntinued retirement from Miami-Dade
Moody County Waste Department. Her
dication response included thanking
stone's her daughter, Linda Atkinson
or part and goddaughter, Vivillora
'inkney D. Perkins-Smith for being
icipants congenial hostesses for her.
specially ***************
Matkov, Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte,
Ernest fundraising chairman, is
irks and spearheading honoring
inkney, Commissioner Audrey M.
Wilfred Edmonson on Saturday,
Great May 21, in a special program
:tion. featuring the legendary jazz
artist, Charlie 'Doc' Austin;
ily and international jazz and gospel
woodman artist, Alice Day and The
of the Ebony Chorale of the Palm

This MNcsaic .l-sical
Concert is held at
Historic Trinity
Cathedral. -154' N.E
16th St. a: 4 p.m.
Edwin O' Dell will
Interview the artists at
3 p.m. and you can be a
part of the session. For
more information, call

A special salute goes
the 26 churches repres
different ethnic groups:
Acting for Community To
(English). Pueblo Act
para Comunidad entire
(Spanish) and Pe'p k'a
pou Kominogte Te't Ar
(Creole). More than
members converged at C
Christi Catholic Church
Monday for the Neh
Action Assembly.
Fr. John Cox
of Holy Redeemer
Catholic Church was
the moderator of the
event. The program
started with a musical
selection from Prince of
Peace Moravian Youth
Band. Their music
added to the stillness of
the audience, while the
ground rules and prepa
for the program was do
Carmen Spelorzi (Holy
Church), while the sumr
were done by her in Sp
and Jean Souffrant ((
from Notre Dame d'Haiti
The statement ofthe pro
included jobs, crime,
and education. The spe
were Rabbi Gary Glick
Cecile Estimphile, An
Gil, Rev. Wendell Paris
Mikal Hamin and Rev. P
Moody, Ebenezer
Also commissioners Ba
Jordan, Audrey Edm<
Carlos Gimenez and
D. Souto aides that ans
"yes" to working for mor
reducing crime and pro
for the youth of today
Kudos go out to
Ebenezer's mass cho

entertaining the
audience at the
-& beginning and the
end. while Rev. Diane
Shoaf. St. Thomas
University gave the
benediction. If you
want to join PACT,
please call 305-572-

For those who are trying
to find scholarships, you
out to have until June 14th to
ending apply for the Jacki Tuckfield
People Memorial Graduate Business
gether Scholarship Fund. This
uando year, Drs. Gloria and Jack
Todos Tuckfield. parents. are offering
ap Aji S50,000 in an association with
isanm The Miami Foundation for 40-
100 $1,250 awards to be added to
Oorpus 311 totaling up to $317,000
h last since it inception.
emiah Eleven Florida universities
have provided the
applicants: Barry,
FAMU, University
of Florida. Florida
University, Florida
. Memorial University,
~,' lorida State
University, Nova
Southeastern, St.
STRACHAN Thomas, University
of Central Florida
ration and the University of Miami.
one by Applicants can come from the
Family other colleges and universities
marines in South Florida.
panish Jacki graduated from Curly
Creole) high and Florida Atlantic
with a master degree. Upon
)blems graduation, she was employed
youth by Cordina Corporation as
eakers an executive manager and
Stein, during the interim, she was a
selmo classical pianist, ballet dancer,
, Iman a runner-up of Miss FAU,
'urnell vivacious with personality
UMC. plus and always smiling. She
arbara died in 1997 during the prime
onson, of her life and her parents
Javier started the scholarship for
swered graduate students to follow
e jobs, Jacki and achieve what Jacki
)viding was attempting to achieve.
ay for For more details, call 305-
371-2711 or 305-693-4144 or
the www.miamifoundation.org or
ir for www.jackituckfield.org.

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The instructional video
is broken down into sever-
al steps or missions to
make learning process sim-
ple. And in an effort to make
the video even more. attractive
to kids, one of the pre-choreo-
graphed steps involves learn-
ing a dance to Cali Swag Dis-

trict's popular 'Teach Me How
to Dougie.'
The Let's Move! campaign
is in partnership with the
National Middle School As-
sociation and the National
Association of Broadcasters
Education Foundation. "I am
excited to become part of this
effort that addresses a public
health crisis," Beyonce said in
a statement last month. "First

Lady Michelle Obama de-
serves credit for tackling this
issue directly, and I applaud
the NAB Education Founda-
tion for trying to make a posi-
tive difference in the lives of
our schoolchildren."
Select schools across the
country will perform the pre-
choreographed dance moves
during a broadcast on Tues-
day, May 3 at 1:42 p.m.

Baing says Miami is new oasis for rap artists

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free. Most of all, I learned the
value of patience."
Baing earned his GED while
'in prison and also took up
several trades. But it was mu-
sic, he says, that has always
been his first love. He used
the years to prepare himself
and to master his craft.
"I am in Overtown trying to
do things right this time and
hoping to make a difference,"
he said. "The CD starts with
an intro by Alonzo Mourning
and it's basically a message
to my community where I was
born and raised. It breaks
down the history of Overtown

and people say they can re-
ally relate. On one cut I use a
Nicki Minaj beat and she sent
me love on Facebook."
Baing says he enjoys life
as an up-and-coming entre-
preneur, recently starting a
promotional company that
designs T-shirts for under-
ground artists. And he keeps
an eye out for untapped talent
from his own community.
"It's all about helping other
artists do their thing and get
exposure," he said. "The thing
we have to do in the Black
community is really be our
brother's keeper it's each
one reach one."
As for the Miami market,
which as part of the south-

ern hip-hop community is of-
ten referred to as the "Dirty
South," Baing believes the
time is ripe for young artists
like him to make their mark.
"We don't have it like they
do in Atlanta yet, but Miami
is taking off for real," he said.
"It's coming and since LeBron
James came to town, a lot of
folks are trying to get here
too. Folks are recruiting art-
ists to their camps. Me? I'm
staying focused and prepar-
ing myself for the next op-
portunity to come my way. I
learned that the hard way -
but I learned."
Check out Baing at www.
baingthelocksmith.com or
twitter. com/baing305.

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of reason. Is that true
throughout the show?
Toni: Pretty much. I'm the
oldest, so I'm kind of like the
second mom. There's a big age
difference between me and
my sisters. Between me and
Traci, it's like four years, and
between me and Tamar, it's
like 11. It's a big difference. So
when I was 20, my next sister
was like, 15.
What's been the biggest
challenge of working to-
gether on this show?
Toni: Just one serving of my
mom and dad together. They
hate each other. After 35 years
of marriage. That's where the
idea of the show came from
when we all had Thanksgiv-

we should be doing. We just
lived our lives, and the cam-
eras followed us.
Toni: Nobody believed us,
but the producers on the show
were telling everyone, "They
were pretty candid, guys; this
is not a reality-based show."
They just told us, "Be who you
are." Other places we consid-
ered want to change us and
have us do buffoonery.
Tamar: They wanted to
make us physically fight, and
that's not who we are. With re-
ality TV being so big, we had
to bring something different to
the table.
Toni, when's the next al-
Toni: I haven't decided. I'm
thinking about retiring be-
cause my health has had me a
little down lately. But I will see.

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a perfect opportunity to sprinkle creativity into special meals by using
staples like pancake mix, syrup and instant mashed potatoes in unexpected
ways to craft new and delicious dishes the whole family will love.
Celebrity Chef Adam Gertler, host of Food Network's "Kid in a Candy Store,"
along with Hungry Jack", have come up with original, easy-to-prepare recipes using
everyday items to create a memorable Easter meal.
"Planning for a holiday meal can be stressful," says Chef Gertler. "But by looking
to your pantry for inspiration, you will find ingredients to make a truly unique and
special meal sure to delight your family and guests!"
Here are ways to use up what you already have to make a complete Easter menu,
including savory Bacon and Cheese Appetizer Bites, Spinach Salad with Warm Maple
Dijon Vinaigrette, Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin, and.a sweet Spiced Mocha Fudge
Cake. You'll create an Easter meal worth celebrating and make your hungry family a
happy one.
For more creative recipes and tips, visit www.useupthebox.com.

Maple Glazed Pork
Makes: 4 servings
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves,
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
leaves, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into



1/2-inch slices
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons Hungry Jack
Original Regular Syrup
1. COMBINE thyme, marjoram, salt,
onion powder and garlic powder in
large resealable food storage bag.
Seal bag and shake well. Add pork
slices. Seal bag. Shake to coat.
2. MELT butter in large nonstick skillet
over medium-high heat. Add pork
mixture. Cook and stir 8 to 10
minutes or until pork is browned and
no longer pink in center. Add syrup.
Cook and stir until pork is glazed.

S Spinach Salad with
t Warm Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Makes: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
1/4 cup Hungry Jack Original Syrup
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves,
minced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
thyme leaves
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup Crisco 100% Extra Virgin
Olive Oil
1 (6-ounce) bag fresh baby
spinach leaves
1 small unpeeled red apple, cored
and thinly sliced
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons crumbled cooked
bacon or real bacon bits
1. WHISK together syrup, vinegar, mustard, thyme, garlic,
salt and pepper in a medium microwave-safe bowl until
well blended. Gradually whisk in oil, stirring until
2. COMBINE spinach, apple, cheese and bacon in a large
bowl. Just before serving, microwave vinaigrette on
HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds or until warm. Drizzle salad
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New Birth Employment
Services Ministry will be
having a Pre-Job Fair Employ-
ability Skills Workshop, to pre-
pare job seekers for their up-
coming job fair. It will be held
on Thursday, April 21 from 9
a.m.-12 p.m. at New Birth En-
terprise, 8400 N.E. 2nd Av-
enue. For more information,
call 305-757-2199 ext. 255 or
ext. 237.

South Florida Urban
Ministries program ASSETS
will be hosting their last free
Business Training class on
Thursday, 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-

The Beta Beta Lambda
Chapter of the Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity will host
its annual Living Legend lun-
cheon on Saturday, April 23 at
11 a.m. at the Jungle Island.
For additional information, call

The Miami-Dade De-
partment of Housing and
Community Development
will be having a 2011 Nation-
al Community Development
Week on April 25-30 to show-
case projects and programs,
educate and involve the local
community their celebration.
For more information, call
786-469-2100 or visit www.

Mazaja the Writing
Network offers open mic to
the Muslim community. The
next shows will be on Satur-
day, April 30 and June 25 at
6 p.m. at the Masjid Ibrahim
Community Center, 6800 N.W.
7th Avenue. For more info,
contact Zarifa Muhammad El
at 786-386-0694.

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

New Birth Employ-
ment Services Ministry will
be having a Job Fair and Re-
source Expo 2011. It will take
place on Thursday, April 28,
at New Birth Enterprise, 8400
N.E. 2nd Avenue from 9 a.m.-
2 p.m. For more information,
call 305-757-2199, ext. 255 or
ext. 237

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

The Miami Northwest-
ern Class of 1961 will cel-
ebrate its 50th reunion, June
11-16. You must confirm your
intent to participate promptly
with Marva at 305-685-8035.
Meetings will be held the sec-
ond Tuesday of each month,
September thru May.

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

The Children's Trust 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 Av-
enue. For more information,
call 211 or visit thechildren-

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.rela-

SA Career and Resources

Job Fair Expo will be held Fri-
day, May 20 from 10 a.m.-2:30
p.m. in the library division of
the African-American Research
Library and Cultural Center,
2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Ft.
Lauderdale. For more informa-
tion, call 954-625-2810.

There will be a town hall
meeting on Friday, May 20 at 7
p.m. at First Baptist Church
of Bunche Park, 15700 N.W.
22nd Avenue.

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, contact
Catherine Cook Brown at 305-
652-6404 or leadingladies@
att. net.

The Belafonte Tacolcy
Center will be hosting "Real
Men Cook," a fundraiser to as-
sist 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 Program
from June 20-August 12. The
deadline to sign up is June 24.
For more information, contact
Melonie Burke at 305-757-

Miami Jackson Class of
1971 40th Class Reunion is
to be held on June 23-26, at
the El Palacio Hotel. Call Gall
D. Roberts for more informa-
tion at 305-343-0839 or Sher-
ry Peters at 305-318-1332.

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 Lo-
letta Forbes at 786-593-9687
or Elijah Lewis at 305-469-

There will be a free first-
time homebuyer education
class held every second Sat-
urday of the month, at Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church,
21311 N.W. 34th Avenue, from
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more in-
formation, call 305-652-7616
or email fgonzalez@ercchelp.

Family and Children
Faith Coalition is seeking
youth ages four-18 to connect
with a caring and dedicated
mentor in Miami-Dade or Bro-
ward County. Get help with
homework, attend fun events
and be a role model for your
community. For more informa-
tion, contact Brandyss Howard
at 786-388-3000 or brand-

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

Live Band, Jazz and
Blues Sundays at the New
Roc Gardens, 1774 NW
183rd Street, Miami Gardens.
If you are looking for a classy,
jazzy place to lounge, dance
and have a good time; look
no further. Roc Gardens has
that and so much more. En-
joy a live band while you get
your party on. For more in-
formation, call Q at 786-443-

First Friday's at Calder
Casino, 21001 NW 27th Ave.,
Miami Gardens. Tickets $10

in advance and $20 at the
door Call at 305-335-3454,
for more info.


This season is predominated with laco-
nicism and simplicity of the 60's. From
here we can draw an image precise and
modern, at the same time there is a light
echo of playful naivety of the 30's of past
century, when light sport style enjoyed
popularity in the whole world, shadows
were natural, lips were slightly touched
by the pomade of red or berry nuances,
face rosy and tanned.
If to speak about characters, the style
corresponds most closely to the image of
the legendary supermodel Twiggi, with
her "open" eyes framed by shiny eyelash-
So, in no way a face should be col-
ored too heavy; the tone should be light,
hardly appreciable. Light black shadows,
no orange blush or bleached lips-at all.
Everything should be much lighter and
more natural: light pink lipstick, nat-l
urally-beige blush, eyelashes are com-
pletely painted over.
Alongside with these tendencies in a
modern fashion, there is a style Glam-
our. It is difficult to draw a parallel with

any character but, as an example, it is
possible to bring images of an advertising
campaign of aromas of fashionable house
Thierry Mugler back in the 80's.
Thus, on a background of light hair-dos
and sports style in a make-up there are
absolutely "made" hair-dos and "made"
make-up. But the make-up must not
make a woman look older than she is.
I allocate this style because last
eight-10 years there was no such strong

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Award winners Chaka Khan
and Jenni-
fer Hudson
are joining
the 2011
lineup for
the Es-

val, which
will be held
over the CHAKA KHAN
Fourth of
July holiday weekend in New
Festival officials said recent-
ly they've also added Kem, Mar-
cia Ambrosius, New Edition,
Hal Linton, Eric Benet, Doug
E. Fresh,
Naughty By
Nature and
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the roster
of artists
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Earlier, Michelle Ebanks,
president of Essence Com-
munications Inc., announced
a group of headliners for the
festival, including Mary J.
Blige, Trey Songz, Jill Scott
and Kanye West.
The event, now in its 17th
year, started in 1995 to mark
the 25th anniversary of Es-
sence magazine and has since
grown into a major national
venue celebrating Black cul-
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put on them. Two-three seasons ago
eyebrows in a make-up were not so
Eyes. Eye lining is not strong, only
to emphasize an eye. It can be created
by means of dark shadows or by eye
pencils. Rigid lines are not required.
They are present either with shading,
or with false eyelashes in glamour
Eye shadows can be as natural
- pink, beige, grayish (all scale of
natural cold shades), and dark grey
- black or gold (a golden peach, ochre
colors or other shades of this precious
metal). A lot of black and white can
be used.
Lips. Light pink lipstick is in fash-
ion this season. Bright lips go as to
the pale skin, so to the tanned. The
versions of pink are varied: cold and
warm, shining and lusterless. The
saturated berry colors are also ur-

influence of 'glamour' on a fashion as
it happens now.
Face. It is not the first season when
the color of skin is natural and trans-
parent. The tone cream is used not
so actively. Two basic tendencies are
1. White, colorless skin. Very light
beige blush or no blush at all.
2. The tanned skin. An interesting
detail! In this season sun-spots are
back in fashion.
These two, absolutely different di-
rections allow any woman to choose
her unique image a diva with a
white aristocratic skin, or a sports
girl, freckled and sunbathed.
Eyebrows. Eyebrows are natural
or elaborate, strongly underlined. It
is the tendency of combination of the
sports style with a fashion of 60th.
The strengthened, well traced eye-
brows should be well seen. Even if
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in various ways, many ser-
vice groups are planning an in-
tricate role. SMILE Project Haiti
and Revive Haiti, Inc., have
teamed up to host a 2011 shoe
drive. Revive Haiti is a non-
profit group dedicated to helping
children in need. The shoe drive
is aimed at getting shoes to chil-
dren in Haiti. The goal of the
project is to collect shoes for 500
children in Haitian orphanages.
The two groups that started the
drive last month is set to accept
donations until April 25 at the
Port of Hialeah. SunJa Leon,
founder of Revive Haiti said the
shoe drive initiative was started
as a result of the needs of post
earthquake Haiti.
"After the earthquake it be-
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is being received well and has
been getting great donations
from the community.
"The turn out was amazing,"
Leon said. "I was able, with the
help of close friends and family
to collect water, food, medical
supplies as well as other items
for the orphanages I visited on
many occasions prior to the
devastating earthquake. When I
traveled to do the distributions,
one thing stood out, most of
these children did not have any
shoes. I knew this was only the
beginning and I had to do more."
James Jordan, a contribu-
tor' to the shoe drive, said he
is thankful for programs like
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is just not possible. Through
programs like this we can all
play a role in helping Haiti, even
if it means just giving shoes."
Shyna Jeffery, another shoe
donor, agrees with Jordan.
"I donated a few of my old
shoes and even some new shoes
that I have and never wore." Jef-
fery said. "I feel like I am doing
my part in a bigger project to
turn Haiti around for the bet-
Beginning May 13. Revive
Haiti will be working with The
SMILE Project Haiti, to collect
donations to build a library at
the orphanage Fille de Dieu. The
kick-off will take place at the
DoubleTree hotel in Miami at
"Bingo-Nite," a popular Haitian
even hosted by Kako Bourjolly.

Michel Martelly greets people after his press conference the day after initial results
from the presidential elections gave him approximately 68 percent of the votes.

Haitians try to leave Port-au-Prince by boat.

Sant La community center offers financial solutions

By Randy Grice
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In the these times of eco-
nomic disparity members of
the Haitian community are
stepping up to address criti-
cal financial issues. The Sant
La Haitian Neighborhood Cen-
ter. 5000 Biscavne Blvd.. Suite

110. offers financial literacy
education to people in the com-
munity willing to learn. Gypsy
Metellus. the executive direc-
tor of Sant La, said the center
has a goal of helping people to
understand the inner workings
of the United State's financial
"We help people to under-

stand the financial institution
in this country." Metellus said.
"We focus on their financial
education and help them grow
their business and create fi-
nancial stability.
Through Teleskopi or tele-
scope. a television program
the center has. they can reach
out to the community right in

their living rooms. The show
focuses on educating people
about smart saving and fiscal
"We have a television program
that helps us to educate people
about financial security," Me-
tellus said.
Jerry Abbott said he knows
about the center's show an

finds the information very in-
"I have seen their show a few
times, actually my wife and
I watch the show to get tips
about saving," Abbott said. "My
wife and I have three children
and I do not want them to have
to struggle in this country like I
did. I think anyone that watch-

es the show can take some-
thing good away from it."
In the past, the center has
received funding to help with
their mission of financial lit-
eracy. With the support of a
$10,000 grant from the Wom-
en's Fund of Miami-Dade, Sant
La Haitian Community Center
empowered Haitian women.

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groups that started the drive last month is set to accept donations until April 25 at the Port
of Hialeah.


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Rock festivals thrive amid downturn

By Steve Jones

When tickets for this week-
end s Coachella Vallev Music
& Arts Festival in Indio, Calif..
went on sale in Januarv, they
sold out in a matter of days.
The same thing happened with
Sasquatch! in February as fans
snapped up tickets for the festi-
val May 27-30 in George, Wash.
The concert industry suf-
fered a serious decline in 2010,
but the festival sector is roar-
ing back, seemingly immune to
the setbacks that music tours
Consumers have shown they
crave an irnmmersive experience
and the smorgasbord of bands
that festivals allow," says Ray



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Live srrugglec vn-irh siow sales.
cancellat:ons aend os:Done-
m..ents. Gross revenue :or the
top 100 tours dropped 13 per-
cent from S2.5 billion in 2009
to S2.2 billion. and ticket sales
fell 12 percent from 40.5 mil-
!ion to 35.7 million. accord-
ing to industry tracker Poll-
star. Meanwhile. festivals like
Coachella (75.000 attendees a
day), Sasquatch!, Stagecoach
(50,000 daily). Rock on the
Range (60,000 fans) and Lol-
lapalooza (240,000 total) set
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Cuba to blame for loss of important barge in Haiti

continued from 5C

affected areas, did not go public
until now because they hoped
their insurance company,
Lloyd's of London, would be
able to pay for their loss. They
say the company declined to
pay out their claim because of
the tugboat's age.
The loss of the humanitar-
ian supplies comes as relief
workers and the Haitian gov-
ernment struggle to house
more than 600,000 Haitians
displaced after the January

2010 quake.
According to interviews and
email correspondence with
Harbor Homes and partner
World Vision, a Christian re-
lief group, a tugboat towing
the barge left Jacksonville,
Florida, on Nov. 17. The tug-
boat captain refueled in the
Bahamas, but officials said
the gas was contaminated
.with water. The vessel's en-
gine eventually died about 13
miles from Cuba's eastern-
most coast.
The barge's GPS tracker then
showed something strange.

"The barge took an un-
natural turn on Dec. 1," Wil-
liams said. A printout of a map
shows the vessel taking a hard
right turn south, just north of
the Cuban shoreline.
Williams contacted the U.S.
Coast Guard and it dispatched
a cutter and a helicopter to try
and pull the boats to safety
until they could find a vessel
to take the boats to Haiti or
bring fresh fuel.
The Coast Guard contacted
the Cuban authorities for per-
mission to enter their waters
but was denied access.

Matthew Batson, vice presi-
dent of Harbor Homes, and
Col. Felix Vargas, a retired
U.S. Foreign Service officer
who worked as a consultant
for the company, traveled to
Santiago de Cuba in Decem-
ber in an effort to reclaim the
barge and cargo.
They said Cuban officials
showed them an eight-minute
video of the wreckage site.
"I could clearly see that the
vast majority of the cargo had
spilled into the ocean," Batson
wrote in an email to World Vi-

Individuals bombarded with calls from presidential campaign

continued from 5C

"The Telephone Consumer
Protection Act, generally pro-
hibits delivery of prerecord-
ed messages to residential
phones and also prohibits the
use of automatic telephone
dialing equipment in certain
situations, such as calls to
emergency lines, hospitals,
and mobile phones. The FCC

enforces these provisions of
the Act," Fiske said.
Donald Campbell said that
he recalls receiving a robo-
call during that time.
"I got a call from his cam-
paign when I was at work,"
Campbell said. "I though it
was something strange about
that the first time when it hap-
pened, but the second time it
happened I got the call on my
cell phone at home and I knew

that was not right."
Penalties for these violations
could amount to $16,000
per violation, according to
the FCC. If the violator does
not have an FCC license, the
commission usually issues a
warning first. Individuals can
seek damages of $500 per vio-
lation. Emmanuel Jones said
he also got some calls from
the campaign.
"I got one call on my cell

phone and I really do not
thinks that is right. It is bad
enough that they can call my
house I do not want the mes-
sages to come to my phone
too," Jones said. I think they
need to be required to pay a
fine or something because if
you let them get away with it
this time, the next thing you
know in November candi-
dates here will be calling my

The actress wvho played a Baltimore drug gang assassin in HBO's "The Wire" has
been released on bond with electronic monitoring as she fights charges of conspir-
ing to sell heroin.
A defense attorney for actress Felicia "Snoop" Pearson says she was released
recently with electronic monitoring that will allow her to leave the state to pursue
her acting career. Baltimore prosecutors say she was granted S50,000 bond.
Pearson is one of 64 people charged last month in "Operation Usual Suspects," a
state-federal prosecution of an alleged east Baltimore drug gang. She is charged in
an indictment with conspiring with two men to distribute heroin.
An arraignment is set for May 5.

Authorities say rapper Gucci Mane has been arrested in a greater Atlanta suburb
and charged with battery.
Jail records show Mane, real name Radric Delantic Davis, was booked recently
into the DeKalb County Jail. A ;,ilc:e report says a woman waiting for a mall store
to open early January 28 was approached by Mane in a Hummer, who invited her
to breakfast. Police say Mane then told the woman he wanted to go to a hotel and
would give her S150, but she refused. Police say the rapper began shoving the
woman and she was forced from the moving vehicle.
Lawyer Michael Holmes, who represented Davis in the past, could not immedi-
ately be reached for comment.

A judge dismissed a drug paraphernalia possession charge against former taii
show host Montel Williams, who was briefly detained at a Milwaukee airport in
January after a search of his luggage turned up the type of pipe commonly used for
smoking marijuana.
Williams, who says he legally uses marijuana to treat chronic pain caused by mul-
tiple sclerosis, was scheduled to stand trial in May on the charge. But a r.ii.;,ji ele
County judge dismissed the case recently at the district attorney's request after the
pipe tested negative for the drug, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
'Aiiiihjnri lives in New York but is participating in experimental treatment at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. He said he forgot the pipe was in his bag, and
apologized for inconveniencing the airport security agents, deputies and court sys-

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt was arrested last week in New Jer-
sey after leading police on a car chase, FOXSports.com reported.
Britt was charged with -ludrng a police officer, lying to an officer hindering ap-
prehension, and obstructing governmental function, police told the website. FOX
reported that the eluding charge is a felony while the other two counts are misde-
According to the police report, Britt was caught driving his Porsche at 71 mph in a
50 mph zone at 4:30 p.m. in his hometown of Bayonne, N.J. As an officer attempted
to pull Britt over, Britt accelerated and began weaving through traffic. Britt later
stopped his car on a local street, where he and a passenger, whom police identified
as Jerel Lord, got out of the vehicle.
Lord was charged with marijuana possession and two other counts. A police
spokesman told FOX that Britt was not tested for possible drug use at the scene.
This is Britt's third incident with police since the start of last year, FOX reported.
He was arrested in January 2010 for failure to pay for three outstanding traffic war-
rants. In October, he was questioned in an assault case in Nashville. Britt was later
cleared by a grand jury in that case.

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baking master

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir mianilmitiine. onlinle.comn

Some skills are acquired through years of study,
practice and on the job training. Others come as part
of a persistent gene pool with certain abilities and
proclivities passed down from our ancestors. Then
there are those who are at the top of their field
because of a combination of dedicated study and Pi
inherited skills. One example is culinary master
ShawnRenee Arthur, 31, whose pastries are be-
ing served by everyone from Chad Ocho Cinco
and Biz Markie to Vivica A. Fox, Lil Wayne and
Keysha Cole. One of her cakes even became
the talk of the town in "Hotlanta" during a
birthday party for the granddaughter of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., little Yolanda.
"Ever since I was a little girl I have always
loved to bake," she said. "I come from a fam-
ily of bakers beginning with my grandfather,
McAdoo Arthur who was a pastry chef in
the service, my uncle Robert Arthur and
my father, Jessie Arthur who owned a very
popular restaurant back in New Jersey
where I grew up. My family teases me
sometimes because I am actually the only
girl that got the cooking bug."
Renee started her own business, Get
Cake Catering LLC, in 2006 and says
she is still amazed at how quickly
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Credit checks used in

25 states want to stop practice

by employers

By Byron Acohido

Battle lines are being drawn
in state capitals over whether
workers should be judged by
their creditworthiness.
In 25 states, 49 proposed
bills are being debated. The
majority of the bills are aimed
at restricting when credit his-
tories can be used in the hiring
process, says Heather Morton,
analyst at the National Confer-

ence of State Legislatures.
Economic stress is the main
trigger. "Legislators are re-
sponding to the impact the
recession has had on employ-
ment," says Morton.
There is also concern about
fairness, says Beth Givens,
director of the non-profit ad-
vocacy group Privacy Rights
"Using a credit report to
make a hiring decision is es-

sentially making a value judg-
ment," says Givens. "The em-
ployer is saying, 'I think you're
an irresponsible and careless
person because you have a bad
credit report.'"
Privacy and civil rights ad-
vocates say employers are un-
fairly using credit histories to
weed out the down and out, es-
pecially people of color.
In California, the foreclo-
sure crisis has combined with
a 12.4 percent unemployment
rate to erode the credit status
of millions of state residents,
says Tony Mendoza, state As-
sembly member who is spon-


scoring California's bill. Yet,
60 percent of U.S. employers
conduct credit checks on job
applicants, according to the
Society for Human Resource
Management (SHRM).
In one example, a Los Ange-
les Black woman lost her ad-
ministrative assistant job af-
ter her medical bills and debt
piled up while she was ill, says
Mendoza. When the woman's
health returned, she found
employers looking to fill office,
service and labor jobs using
her credit history to gauge her
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Profit alone won't "cut the mustard"

Investors want revenue growth

By Matt Krantz

For the first time in years,
investors may watch for some-
thing different this earnings
seasons: the top line.
When aluminum producer
Alcoa kicks off the first-quar-
ter earnings season recently,
investors are looking for signs
of companies finding ways to

boost their revenue, instead of
just Cutting costs to lift profits.
It's expected to be anoth-
er banner quarter for profit.
Standard & Poor's 500 compa-
nies are expected to post 14.4
percent quarterly earnings
growth for the fifth-consec-
utive quarter of higher earn-
ings, S&P says.
But more important, revenue

is expected to be up nearly 13
percent, S&P says. Nearly a
third of companies are expect-
ed to post double-digit revenue
If the top-line growth comes
through as hoped, the first
quarter will mark the first
time revenue grew by a double-
digit percentage since the first
quarter of 2006, says Howard
Silverblatt of S&P. "We take
this as a very, very positive
sign," he says.

Investors will watch for:
Influence of the energy
and commodity companies.
Rising energy and commodi-
ties prices are a big reason for
the increasing expectations
in the first quarter, says John
Butters of FactSet. Materials
and energy companies are ex-
pected to post 40 percent and
29 percent earnings growth,
respectively, making them the
top growers, he says.
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President Obama's deficit-reduction plan that would
cut into entitlements and raise taxes on those making at
least $250,000 per year.

Spending deal faces

rough ride in House

By Naftali Bendavid and
Patrick O'Connor

The 2011 spending deal
sealed to much fanfare by
party leaders faces a rough
ride in Congress this week.
That is especially true in
the House, where many con-
servatives are disappointed
that the agreement does not
cut more than $38.5 billion
this year, and that it doesn't
do more to restrict abortion
or defund President Barack
Obama's health law.
Many lawmakers say the
vote could be close, but they

expect it to pass, if only be-
cause few members of either
party are eager to reopen the
negotiations. But if signifi-
cant numbers on both sides
defect, it could damage the
standing of House Speaker
John Boehner (R., Ohio) and
Obama within their own par-
ties, since both have thrown
their prestige behind the
high-profile deal.
Republican leaders are
bracing for potentially doz-
ens of GOP defections when
the House votes Wednesday,
and they're working hard
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Economic innovation in poor communities will bring prosperity

By Charlene Crowell
.\'V.PA Colmnist

For the 35th consecutive
year, the National Urban
League (NUL) has provided
the nation an objective and
thoughtful assessment of the
Black experience. In 2011, its
annual State of Black Amer-
ica profiled what it means to
be a person of color in the
throes of the worst recession-
ary economy since that of the

1930s Great Depression.
According to the NUL, the
2011 equality index that
compares the experiences
of people of color to that of
whites has an approximate
30 percent gap. From 2010
to 2011, the equality index
fell from 72.1 to 71.5. and
urban and minority com-
munities fell further and
further behind.
However, the real chal-


to do about
0 it? Embrac-
ing the NUL
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ing jobs the
number one
priority, the
Center for
ble Lending
(CRL) adds
CROWELL that consum-
er protec-

lenge is: What do we intend tions go hand-in-hand with

job creation and economic in-
novation. Effective consumer
protections help consumers
get the most mileage from
their earnings and credit. By
avoiding predatory debt, con-
sumers gain a better chance
to build wealth and enhance
everyday living.
For several years, CRL's
research reports have re-
peatedly shown how Blacks
suffer a myriad of economic
disparities. Now the CRL is

calling for the expansion of
proven programs that deliver
sustainable redevelopment.
According to their research,
2.5 million foreclosures have
been completed nationwide.
Further, nearly eight percent
of Black and Latino home-
owners have lost their homes
to foreclosures, compared to
only 4.5 percent of whites. Be-
tween these two communities
of color, an estimated $370
billion of wealth has been

lost. Among homeowners still
current on their mortgages,
nearly one in five is underwa-
ter, owing more money than
their home is worth.
With HUD's Neighborhood
Stabilization program, au-
thorized through the Housing
and Economic Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009,
communities are using these
federal revenues to reverse
the foreclosure effects that
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New claims for unemployment benefits drop again

By Christopher S. Rugaber

WASHINGTON fAPI -- Fewer peo-
ple applied for unemplo:mrnernt en-
efits recerntlv.
The Labor Department said re-
centl:' that the n mrnber of people
filing new claims for unermplo-
ment benefits dropped 10.000 'o
382,000 in the week ending April
2. That's the third drop in four
The four-week average of appli-
cations, a less volatile measure,
declined to 389,500. The average
is just 1,000 aoove a two-year low
that was reached three weeks ago.
Applications near 375,000 are
consistent with a sustained in-
crease in hiring. Applications,
which reflect the pace of layoffs,
peaked during the recession at
The number of people seek-

iiBkiiH .

Job seekers who arrived early to a job fair in Omaha recently, wait
to be admitted.
ing benefits has fallen for several dropped by 28,750, or ric. ,. seven
months. The four-week average has percent, in the past eight weeks.

A- i'e sa=e :.e. businesses are
s-etn:r".. 7~ "-o I0I:.
Er: eloyers added a net total of
2!6.000 obs las-. month, the Labor
De-artr-er- said !ast week, and
the unemplomr.en rate fell from
S.9 percent to S.S percent. Pri-
-,ate emnplo vers added more than
200.000 jobs in both February and
March. the biggest two-month gain
since 2006.
-Businesses are hiring, perhaps
not at lightning speed. but they are
hiring.' said Jennifer Lee, an econ-
omist at BMO Capital Markets.
"And the jobless rate is inching
lower. We're nowhere near 'normal'
but we're taking steps in the right
Still, the number of applications
could move higher in the coming
weeks. Toyota Motor has said that
it may temporarily shut down its.
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Budget deal preparing for huge standoff in Congress


continued from 7D

to persuade their members
to support the bill. They are
stressing that the cuts are
a big win, that the military
will get $513 billion, and the
Senate will vote on repealing
the health law.
In an article in USA To-
day, Boehner said Monday
the House will soon tackle
the more sweeping 2012
budget. "This week, we'll
advance our fight from sav-
ing billions of dollars to sav-
ing trillions of dollars," he
Still, 28 Republicans
voted against a one-week
funding extension that ex-
pires Friday, a technical,
noncontroversial measure
to allow time for the vote on
the longer-term agreement.
That provides a rough ear-
ly gauge of the displeasure
with the 2011 deal.
On another short-term
spending bill, voted on last
month, 54 Republicans de-

fected. "I'd expect the 28
is the floor rather than the
ceiling," said an aide to a
conservative House mem-
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a
freshman Republican from
Kansas, is among those
"disappointed" that the cuts
aren't bigger. "I'm pretty
certain I'll be a no," he said.
"Any time you have a $1.6
trillion deficit, to say, 'How
wonderful to cut $39 billion,'
which didn't meet promises
of the Republican confer-
ence, doesn't make sense."
House Republicans ini-
tially approved $61 billion
in cuts, and many wanted
to stick with that figure.
Huelskamp is also disap-
pointed that many of the
policy measures, such as
measures to block Environ-
mental Protection Agency
rules, restrict abortion, and
cut back on the health law,
were stripped out. Only one
survived-a measure to pre-
vent federal or local govern-
ment funds from going for

abortions in the District of
Many lawmakers said
they would make a final de-
cision after seeing the final
details, expected to be re-
leased near midnight Mon-
day. If the House clears the
bill Wednesday, the Senate
will take it up Thursday.
Republicans hold a 241-
192 advantage in the House.
The great majority of Demo-
crats, who consider the cuts
too drastic, are expected to
vote against the agreement,
though a handful are likely
to support it. GOP leaders
can't lose more than 24 of
their own members before
they must start relying on
Democratic votes.
Only 15 Democrats sup-
ported a measure last week
to keep the government
running another week while
cutting $12 billion-a pos-
sible indication of roughly
how many will vote for the
six-month agreement.
Senate defections also are
likely. Sen. Rand Paul (R.,

Ky.) sent a letter Monday to
members of the Senate and
House announcing his in-
tent to vote "a resounding
"The entire budget cut
plans skim three percent off
the top of our historic $1.65
trillion deficit," Paul wrote.
"That means the side of Big
Government got 97 percent
of what they want."
Liberals are just as force-
ful in arguing that the cuts
are reckless, threaten the
economy and hurt the vul-
nerable. Rep. Jerrold Nadler
(D., N.Y.) complained about
cuts in Head Start, job
training, and Community
Development Block Grants,
among other programs.
"The compromise that was
agreed upon this Friday
dramatically underscores
the extent to which our na-
tion is being held hostage b3l
an extremist social and eco-
nomic agenda carried out by
the most right-wing of legis-
lators," Nadler told reporters
in New York.

Reviving underserved communities with jobs, housing

continued from 7D

have devastated communi-
ties. But federal funding for
multiple foreclosure assis-
tance programs, including
Neighborhood Stabilization,
is in jeopardy. Several bills
filed in the new Congress
propose .to end vitally-needed
During the past decade,
the New Market Tax Credits
program (NMTC) has either
created or retained nearly
500,000 jobs largely in
communities where unem-
ployment rates exceed 1.5

times that of the national
average. The program's at-
traction for investors is that
for every dollar in cost to the
government, $8.00 in private
investment has been gener-
Community Benefits Agree-
ments (CBAs), the third eco-
nomic innovation supported
by CRL transforms tradition-
al adversaries into allies. In-
stead of community residents
feeling displaced and over-
looked in large-scale public
projects, CBAs are negotiated
and legally enforceable con-
tracts that ensure communi-
ty residents are participants

as well as beneficiaries in
major projects. By determin-
ing how exactly communities
will benefit from employment,
training programs, affordable
housing and more, residents'
fears are relieved, municipal
officials no longer feel a tug
of war between investment
and citizens and the projects
benefit all. Recently success-
ful CBAs include Washing-
ton, D.C.'s Shaw District, the
Twin Cities' 'Wireless Minne-
apolis' project, and others in
Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Se-
attle and New York.
As more neighborhoods are
saved from foreclosures and

residents are able to benefit
from jobs created near or
where they live, CRL believes
more people will participate
in the economic recovery.
As CRL's Corbett states,
"We must foster innovative
investment solutions that
lift up entire communities
for growth and development.
First we must stabilize hous-
ing losses that are the result
of massive foreclosures. Next,
we need public-private part-
nerships that leverage re-
sources which on their own
would be insufficient."
And, wouldn't that be a
new state of Black America?

Impact of credit, background checks used in hiring

continued from 7D

"A credit report is an
unfair lens through
which to view job ap-
plicants," says Men-
Adam Levin. chair-
man of the consumer
advice website Credit.
com. advises job seek-
ers to be prepared to
explain mitigating
circumstances about
their personal financ-
Elizabeth Bille. as-
sociate counsel for
SHRM. argues that
employers use credit

reports very judicious-
ly, primarily late in
the hiring process and
mostly for sensitive
managerial positions.
She says many pro-
posed bills are overly
Giant credit bureaus
Experian and Trans-
Union also oppose the
bills. Employers want
to know whether a
job applicant "acted
prudently while (pre-
viously) employed,"
says TransUnion
spokeswoman Colleen
Tunne -Ryan. "A pre-
employment (credit)
report is one tool that

helps them assess
But employers in-
creasingly use credit
reports while filling
low-paying jobs, often

sought by low-income
workers bf color, says
Nat Lippert, research
analyst at Unite Here,
a labor union repre-
senting hospitality and

service workers. "Hir-
ing tools that have a
discriminatory impact
should not have any
part in our economic



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Pan American Drive. In addition, the report is available in the office of the
CRA, located at 49 N.W. 5th Street. Suite 100. and also on the CRA's website.

For further information. contact the CRA at (305) 679-6800.

advertising @miamitimesonline.com

PieterA. Bockweg. CRA Executive Director

Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office located
at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the following:

IFB NO. 261241



10:00 AM, FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

A MANDATORY pre-bid conference will be held on Wednesday. April 27,
2011 at 10:00 AM at the Miami Police Training College, 350 N.W. 2nd Av-
enue. Room #216. Miami, FL 33101. The purpose of this conference is to
allow potential Bidders an opportunity to present questions to staff and
obtain clarification of the requirements of the Bid documents. It is man-
datory that a representative (s) of the bidder attend in order to qualify to

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Purchas-
ing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement Telephone No.


Tony E. Crapp. Jr.
AD NO. 16411 City Manager : .,

P7,rouant to Miami-Dade County Resolution Numbers R-214-11, R-215-11, R-216-11. R-217-11,
S1-218-11 and R-219-11, adopted on March 24, 2011, Resolution Number R-272-11, adopted on
April 11, 2011, and Resolution Number R-273-11, adopted on April 13. 2011, by the Board of County
Commissioners of Miami-Dade County. Florida. notice is hereby given of special elections on
May 24, 2011, with a Special Run-Off, if necessary, on June 28, 2011, to fill the vacancies in the
Office of Mayor and Board of County 'Commissioners, Districts 7 and 13, and for the purpose
of submitting to the qualified electors in Miami-Dade County, for their approval or disapproval, the
following proposals:
Home Rule Charter Amendment
Relating to Salaries, Service, and Term Limits of County Commissioners
Shall the Charter be amended to provide that County Commissioners shall:
* Devote full-time service to the Office of County Commissioner and hold no other employment;
* No longer receive the S6.000 annual salary established in 1957, but receive instead the salary
provided by state statutory formula, adjusted annually by the Countys population (currently
approximately S-' :'-,i and
* Serve no more than three consecutive four-year terms in office excluding all terms prior to 2012?
Home Rule Charter Amendment
Prohibiting Lobbying by Elected County Charter Officer After Leaving Office
Shall the Charter be amended to provide that elected County Charter Officers shall be prohibited
from lobbying the County for compensation for a period of two (2) years after ', ,- i office?
Home Rule Charter Amendment
Relating to Creation, Appointment and Power of Charter Review Task Force
Shall the Charter be amended to provide for creation of a Charter Review Task Force who shall
meet on presidential election years to propose Charter revisions: to prohibit elected County Charter
Officer from serving as member of the task force: and to submit those revisions approved by
two-thirds majority of the task force directly to the electorate on the same ballot as the presidential
Home Rule Charter Amendment
Establishing Independent Inspector General
Sr..'i the Charter be amended to create the Office of Inspector Gereral who shall be independent
and shall, at a minimum, be empowered to perform investigations, audits, reviews and oversight of
County contracts, programs. projects, abuse, waste and mismanagement as well as County funded
contracts, programs and projects and provide inspector General services to other governmental
entities with such offices appointment, term, powers, duties and responsibilities to be further
established by ordinance?
Charter Amendment
Pertaining to Powers of County Commission, County Mayor and County Manager
Shall the Charter be amended to undo the Strong Mayor" form of government approved by the
voters in 2007 by returning the powers and responsibilities of administering County government
from a C ':- Mayor" tc an appointed County Manager wno may be removed by the Commission
or the Mayor ,.th Commission approval?
Home Rule Charter Amendment
Regarding Petitions
Shall the Crater be amended to provide that petitonos for charter amendmert. Irtlia'ie referendum
and recall shal no longer require a sworn affidavit of a c rculator and shal is:cad only require the
name and address of a circulator'

Al qua 'ed electors -esdinog .ihin the bojndares of artam-Dade Cor.ty shai be eligible to
vote for tre M'a/cran /ancy elect or and County -uesironts A-! quaifcede electors of Mia-n-Dade
County Cc-"i:ss on Dstn,,' 7 ard 3 shall be ertit ed "o tore 'or 'e Commissir' Distncts 7 and
'3 iacarn:es
The 7oi s s"ai be open frCm 7 a mn until 7 r. on the day of the special electios. These special
e .ert ns shal be conducted in arccodarnce :ith appicable crov sons of general Iaw relating to
spe-al ei ct"r's and the p-:'c: ors of the '/'am--Dade County Home Rule Charter
Lester Sola, Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County, Florida

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More employers hiring college-educated workers

Hiring's up, but employers prefer

college experience

By Paul Davidson

College-educated workers
are clearly reaping the benefits
of a strengthening job market,
but economists worry that
Americans with lesser skills
could be left behind.
Employers added 216,000
jobs last month, the Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported

recently, the most since the
U.S. Census-inflated growth
last May. Yet the gains aren't
spread evenly. Professional
and business services grew
by 78,000 jobs, the most since
2005, and many require col-
lege degrees.
Jobs are also sprouting for
the less-educated. McDonald's
plans to announce that it's

hiring 5- '--,-, mos:iy par:-tim-
ers in the U.S. on April 19 to
prepare for the summer sales
"We have a lot of people who
have the wrong skills. says
Wells Fargo economist John
Tig Gilliam, CEO of staffing
giant Adecco, says his firm is
handling surging placements
for engineers, computer pro-
fessionals and accountants.
Many employers, spoiled by
a big pool of jobless workers,
now seek college degrees even

for customer service jobs.
Clients still (cani pick and
choose. says Roy Krause. CEO
of staffing firm SFN Group.
Meanwhile, the battle for
skilled workers is becoming
Many job candidates are
getting multiple offers for the
first time in the recovery, says
Evan Davis, chief operating of-
ficer of MRINetwork, an execu-
tive search firm.
That's forcing companies
to beef up recruiting staffs
slashed in the recession, says

Harry Griendling, CEO of
DoubleStar, a staffing consul-
Philadelphia-based chemi-
cal maker Arkema increased
its recruiters from one to three
this year. Vice President Chris
Giangrasso says. It plans to
add 200 engineers and man-
agers to its 2,500 employees
after making big cuts in the
"People who managed 20
people now manage 40," he
says. "We've begun to see how
that's not efficient. Some peo-

ple don't get trained."
Russell Construction of
Davenport, Iowa, is adding
accounting, sales and busi-
ness development executives
to snare market share in a
recovering market for health
care and federal government
building, President Jim Rus-
sell says.
John Daly, 56, newly hired
as vice president of business
development, lost a similar
job at a construction firm in
January but quickly got three
offers. "I felt blessed," he says.

Families feel effect of financial stress for generations

Verbal aggression patterns are

passed down to kids

By Sharon Jayson

CHICAGO Financial stress
can have long-lasting ill effects
on families and set in motion
patterns of verbal aggression
that cross generations, accord-
ing to research based on more
than 20 years of interviews
with rural families reeling from
the farm crisis of the 1980s.
Many of these rural families
either lost their farms or faced
financial ruin due to major
drops in land values. That pe-

riod of uncertainty prompted a
group of family researchers to
launch the the Iowa Projects in
1989 to study how families're-
act to financial stress.
Among the researchers on
the project that began with 550
rural families was Fred Lorenz,
a professor of psychology and
statistics at Iowa State Univer-
sity in Ames. Recently he out-
lined the Iowa Projects for the
nonprofit Council on Contem-
porary Families, which ended
its two-day meeting here.

"What we were interested in sion that parents exhibit to-
is what goes on inside the fam- wards each other shows up in
ily that some seem to survive it parental aggression toward the
very well and others don't," he adolescent, which continues
says. when that child grows up and

"Adult kids behave toward their romantic partners
consistently with the way their parents treated them."
Psychologist Fred Lorenz
Iowa State University

Still, there are repercussions
that may be felt years later,
he says. A study based on the
project, published last year in
the Journal of Family Psychol-
ogy, found that verbal aggres-

has a partner.
"Adult kids behave toward
their romantic partners con-
sistently with the way their
parents treated them," Lorenz
The overall project that be-
gan in 1989 included a seventh

grade child and parents. Two
years later, researchers added
single parents to the study and
both transitioned into the cur-
rent family project. Lorenz says
the adult children are now ap-
proximately the ages their par-
ents were when the study be-
Just under 500 families still
participate and the project, he
says; it has expanded to in-
clude researchers at four other
university campuses Flori-
da State University, Michigan
State University, the University
of California, Davis, and the
University of Georgia.
The next step, he says, is
the hope for a new phase of

research studying the original
parents, now in their 60s as
they deal with retirement.
"We're hoping to trace the ef-
fect of that farm crisis 20 years
later on their ability to retire
comfortably," says Lorenz.
Unlike the current national
housing crisis, Lorenz says,
the farm crisis was regional,
and the families involved felt
a really strong tie to the land,
which he suggests isn't the
case now. Still, any economic
crisis leaves a mark on families
and he says the Iowa Project
researchers are still learning
from those rural families and
may have even more insights
as participants age.

Chef Renee uses family recipes "with a twist"

continued from 7D

things took off. With
a degree in communi-
cations and cooking
and cake decorating
techniques honed at
places like Le Cordon
Blue Atlanta, she has
developed herself into
a topnotch specialty
baker. But what has
people lining up for or-
ders and flying her to
soirees from one coast
to the other?

"I like to speak with
my clients before bak-
ing to get their vibe -
to find out what they
like and don't like," she
said. "I actually try to
become my client while
I am baking for them,
like an actor becomes
the character that
they've been hired to
bring to life. And given
our growing number
of top industry execu-
tives and celebrities
who we serve, I have
had the opportunity to

become quite a few col-
orful characters."

What makes Re-
nee stand out from
many other bakers
are two main factors:
her baked goods are
delicious and liquor-
infused and she ca-
ters to high-end clients
within the entertain-
ment industry. What
are some of her.signa-
ture pastries? Try her

Apple Martini Cakes,
Patron Cakes, Remy
Red Velvet Cakes and
Ciroc Cakes and you'll
see why business is
"We sell our products
wholesale to people in
the entertainment field
as their orders are
consistent and predict-
able," she said. "But
while it keeps our over-
head costs down one of
the challenges we con-
tinue to face is keeping
up with the demand

while still trying to
find new business."
Renee says she is
currently looking for
property in the Black
community so that
folks can walk in and
get a little "taste of
"Of course we'll keep
our clients that spe-
cial order but I want
a place where people
can come in and sit
down and enjoy some
coffee and cupcakes,"
she said.

She says she plans
to one day open a
warehouse for manu-
facturing and distri-
bution purposes.
"At the end of the day
I want to know that I
served people some of.
the best pastries they
have ever had and at
the same time pro-
vided jobs for other
Blacks who want to be
part of this business
that I love so much."

- '

Hip Hop Legend Biz Markie and Chef Re-
nee with his Bday Cake by Get Cake LLC.



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on April 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of considering the following resolution:
As required by Section 255.20, Florida Statutes, and in accordance with Sec-
tion 18-85 (a) of the City Code of the City of Miami, the City Commission of the
City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, will conduct a public hearing to con-
sider whether it is practical or advantageous and in the public's best interest to
waive competitive sealed bids in connection with environmental consulting, as-
sessment, and contamination cleanup services at a City of Miami owned prop-
erty located at 6200 NW 17 Avenue in the City of Miami, FI. The recommended
contractor Cherokee Enterprises Incorporated is uniquely qualified to continue
environmental investigation services and recommend and implement a method
of contamination cleanup services. Funding to cleanup the contamination at
6200 NW 17 Ave is a combination of State of Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection Funding and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
grant funding. A competitive bid process will jeopardize the ability to cleanup
6200 NW 17 Ave within the EPA three (3) year Grant Funding Period. The
EPA as the funding agency has authorized Cherokee Enterprise Incorporated
to complete the cleanup of 6200 NW 17 Ave as required for non-competitive
procurement on Federal grant funded projects via 40 CFR 31.36d4(i)(c).

The City Manager will present written findings to the City Commission which
shall contain reasons supporting the conclusion that competitive sealed bidding
is not practicable or advantageous to the City, in which findings must be ratified
and the contract award approved by an affirmative vote of four-fifths 4/5th of the
City Commission.

All interested parties are invited to appear and may be heard concerning this
item. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk


Hialeah Housing Authority HHA Pre-application for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher

Mail completed form to: Hialeah Housing Authority, P.O Box 110670, Hialeah, FL 33011-0670. Pre-applications must be
postmarked no later than April 27, 2011. Please print neatly in blue ink. All fields are required. Incomplete or unsigned pre-
applications will be disqualified. The HHA will not be responsible for pre-applications lost through the mail.

For information please call (305) 827-5122 for English and (305) 827-5111 para Espatiol.

Local Preference for Selection of Eligible Families
Elderly or Disabled Family*
*Elderly: A family whose head, spouse, or sole 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 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons 8 persons
$24,650 $28,150 $31,650 $35,150 $38,000 $40,800 $43,600 $46,400

ONLY ONE PRE-APPLICATION PER HOUSEHOLD PERMITTED. Families who submit more than one pre-
application either by mail or online will be disqualified. Please do not call for updates; all applicants will
receive notification by September 1, 2011.

Please include all family members that you wish to include in your application starting with the Head of Household.
Applicant / Head of Household information:

Please list all other family members below:
Spouse / other

Applicant Certification Please read carefully. By signing you acknowledge the terms.
1. Have you or any family member listed above ever been arrested or convicted of any crime? Yes_
2. Do you currently or have you ever lived in a federally-subsidized housing program? Yes No
3. Have you ever been terminated from a federally-subsidized program? Yes No

I hereby certify that the information I have provided in this pre-application is true and complete. I understand that any misrepresentation or false
information will result in the disqualification of my pre-application. If you need assistance in completing this application due to disability or mobility
please call (305) 888-9744. HHA does not discriminate based on race, sex. color, religion. national origin, familial status. disability, sexual
orientation, age or marital status

Head of Household Signature

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10D THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 20-26, 2011

The college sport "slave trade"
A recent episode of HBO's fan has no clue or doesn't care
"Real Sports with Bryant what a university can bring
Gumbel" took an inside look at in terms of revenue during
the multi-billion dollar empire one season. But if you knew
that is the NCAA and the prac- the numbers and considered
tice of paying recruits to attend the sacrifices and strict rules
certain colleges. The informa- these collegiate athletes have
tion divulged in the report was to adhere to once they sign on
not surprising. The average the dotted line to attend some
college football or basketball of these schools, it would not

be farfetched to call c':.e-.-:--
sports modern day slavery.
Let s do it like this. Your son
or daughter is a great athlete.
Universities are sending let-
ters, making phone calls and
paying visits to convince your
child that their school is the
one they need to attend. They
want them so badly that a
booster affiliated with the in-
stitution will do the money
handshakes or deliver bags
full of money to that student.
On recruitment trips, they'll
show them a good time, get
them some girls (or boys) and
woo them with the college life.
"Come play for us and get the
exposure you need to take it to

the next level INFL or NBA).
thev say. Your child says yes.
Then three ears later at a
top SEC football powerhouse.
that child and his teammates
have helped the school bring
in S165 million. At a perennial
basketball champion in the
ACC. that child helps bring
in S27 -.*.' ,-. (in one year
or S94 million in one year in
Big 10 football. In return that
child gets exposure and pre-
sumablv an education. If they
don't make it to the next level
to make millions, then they
just get the paper in their hand
that says I graduated" that
is, if they don't drop out first.
In no way am I trying to di-

minish the value of an educa-
tion. A wealthy mind is more
valuable than a Bentley or a
yacht. But I'm also a believer
in making the NCAA give back
more than just an education
to these athletes. I don t have
the solution, just si-gce~l;uon-
Create a payback system for
those who graduate and move
on. Give them a monthly sti-
pend and if it's being done
already then increase the
amount. Put the money from
jersey sales in some sort of in-
vestment or escrow account.
Do something else for these
kids. Don't just have them
bleed, sweat and cry on your
field or court for two to four

years, win you championships
and accolades, make you mil-
lions of dollars and at the end
of it all say. Thanks ... here's
your degree." Doesn't this
sound strangely similar to
what happened in this coun-
try from 1619-1865?
Our friend and sports col-
umnist Jason Whitlock said
"the system is broke and it
needs to be fixed." The ques-
tion is, does the NCAA want
to fix it. I'll bet given the S750
million they make annually
that they don't want to change
a thing.
E-mail Ed and Jeff at
sportsbrothers a790ticket.


Again, a star is prosecuted for his unlikability

By William C. Rhoden

The trial of Barry
Bonds has always been
more than a simple
case of pursuing a bad
guy and proving that
he lied. The chase and
the subsequent trial
have been as much
about a baseball era
driven by vanity and
greed, and fueled by
ing drugs.
But the eight-year
pursuit of Bonds
also reflects Ameri-
ca's discomfort with
prominent, powerful,
wealthy Black men.
That might seem
like an incredible
statement to make in
a nation that elected
Barack Obama as its
first Black president.
But Obama, who has
had his citizenship
questioned and has
been heckled by a
member of Congress,
has a place among
men including Jack
Johnson, Paul Robe-
son, Muhammad Ali
and Bonds.
In good conscience
one could never put
Bonds on par with Ali
or Robeson and cer-
tainly not with the
president of the United
Bonds's historical
antecedent is Jack
Johnson, who became
the first Black heavy-
weight champion in
Johnson lived a fast,
unapologetic lifestyle.

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In closing arguments in Barry Bonds's perjury trial, his lawyer
said, "He was not subservient."

He incensed some
Blacks and enraged
many whites by openly
keeping company ex-
clusively with white
prostitutes and mar-
rying at least one.

In 1910, Congress
passed the White
Slave Traffic Act, bet-
ter known as the
Mann Act. The legisla-
tion forbade the trans-
portation of women in
interstate or foreign
commerce for pros-
titution, debauchery
or any other immoral

Johnson was con-
victed of violating the
Mann Act when he
traveled with a pros-
titute from Pittsburgh
to Chicago.
He was sentenced
to a year and a day
in prison and fined
Johnson had violat-
ed the act in only its
narrowest application
- if that. He was pros-
ecuted because power-
ful forces within the
government felt that a
Black man who lived
such a brazenly bo-
dacious lifestyle was

a threat to America's
racial order and had to
be taught a lesson.
Almost 100 years
later, we have the
Bonds case.
The claim that he
lied to a federal grand
jury investigating the
Bay Area Laboratory
Co-operative steroids
scandal is not the sole
reason the government
so vigorously pros-
ecuted him on perjury
charges. As his lawyer
Allen Ruby told the
jury that is deciding
Bonds's fate in federal
court in San Francis-
co, part of the reason

is that "he was Barry."
Bonds was being
himself: a self-cen-
tered, spoiled brat
who embraced en-
titlement wrought by
fame, wealth and be-
ing born with a silver
spoon in his mouth.
His father was Bobby
Bonds; his godfather
is Willie Mays. As the
most talented player of
his generation, Bonds
played by his own
rules and forced the
news media to abide
by them as well.

Bonds walked with
thunder, crushed egg-
shells and gave con-
temporary meaning.to
Bessie Smith's "'Tain't
Nobody's Business if I
Do." The government
made Bonds its busi-
ness eight years ago.
Ruby was probably
accurate when he said
prosecutors were an-
gry with Bonds's de-
meanor during 2003
testimony in which
he all but mocked the
grand jury.
"He was not intimi-
dated," Ruby said dur-
ing closing arguments
recently. "A lot of the
venom in the govern-
ment's pursuit here
was because he wasn't
intimidated. He was
not subservient. He
was Barry."
Neither Bonds nor
Johnson had a height-
ened social conscious-
ness, but each pos-

sessed a ferocious
sense of independence
and entitlement and
refused to be limited
by social convention
about how a champion
was supposed to be-
Last month, during
the first week of the
Bonds trial, I spoke
to a number of people
about Bonds and his
stature, especially in
the Black community.

It was not a scientific
survey but a series of
"When it comes to
Bonds, in the context
of everything, I just
don't think this is a
big offense," said Zack
Harris, who grew up
in the Bay Area and
followed Bonds from
the time he was a high
school star.
Harris, who attend-
ed Stanford and is a

mechanical engineer,
added: "I know he is
accused of violating
the laws. I don't intend
to violate that law, but
in the context of what
this is about it just
seems really trivial.
I think the gatekeep-
ers of the Hall of Fame
and baseball purists
are pushing this. They
don't feel Barry should
be the guy who gets
the glory."



On April 14, 2011, the Miami City Commission, per Resolution 11-0143, sched-
uled a special meeting of the Miami City Commission for Thursday, April 21,
2011, at 9:00 AM, at Miami City Hall located at 3500 Pan American Drive, Mi-
ami, Florida. The purpose of this special meeting is to consider the following: (1)
an emergency ordinance amending Chapter 62, Division 6, entitled "Billboards"
of the City Code: (2) a resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a
settlement agreement with South Florida Equitable Fund. LLC.. ET AL.: and (3)
a resolution of the Miami City Commission modifying the policy expressed in
Resolution No. 09-0451. concerning the pilot program allowing 1.000 foot spac-
ing of outdoor advertising signs along expressways in the City of Miami. No
other business shall be conducted outside of that for which the special meeting
is called.

Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission with
respect to any matter to be considered at this meeting, that person shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made including all testimony and
evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk



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monthly. $600 to move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

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

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

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

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

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.
Newly renovated. All ap-
pliances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

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,
$525 monthly, $825 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch
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

2701 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
$459 monthly $700 move
in. Al appliances icluded
Free 19 inch LCD TV

Call Joel 786-355-7578

27-" ,' 46 Street

411 N1/ 37 Street

C;e r~-- ....e we'- 5495
85 ::,-5 78 eS

467 NW 8 Street
E" -: e-/ 4i5 Appiianc-
I .- ate a7' gas,
78-236-1 44

5200 NW 26 Avenue
T. r- s cL'e satn. Free
r' Sea on 8 tenants.
,i'o :tcs 6 S75 moves
Je'ny 786-663-8862

5755 NW 7 Avenue
Large ore odrm parking
S58r -rltny/. $850 to move
in CaJ 954-394-7562
60 and 61 STREET
One ard :,vo bdrms, $595
and $695 Cal 954-482-5400
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water $550 monthly. Call

750 NW 56 Street
One bedroom, one
bath, $495 monthly.
3750 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV.I
Call Joel 786-355-7578

8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrm. Section 8 OK.
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrrps, 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

Studio, remodeled. Section
8 welcome. 786-301-4368 or
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
Near Metro Rall. Two, three,
and four bedroom apartments
for rent Cenitral air
CALL 786-543-3872
Tenant Eviction Services
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Business Rentals

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Stere 'cr en r text to Metro
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=e L bee:- crs Sect'on 8
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50 NW 166 Street
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1226 NW 1 Avenue

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1524 NW 1 Avenue
One sr: r e. ba:' -4c,
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1752 NW 53 Street
T',.i c ror one. a 'r --
tra air $r800Q rnthy Se-::
8 welcomern; 305-758-7022
1817 NW 41 Street
Two bedrooms, one oa'h ai-
$850 monthly S2000 tor msv
in. Section 8 Welcome
19 Ave and 31 Street
One bedroom. Appliances
and water included 5680-
$720 305-688-7559
1921 NW 59 Street
Ready to move in. Two
bedrooms with new carpet.
one bath, near schools and
buses. Full. big kitchen with
tile floor, stove, refrigerator.
washer, two reverse cycle air
:, ,; urti- units, three cei-
ing fans included. Section 8
Welcome! $800 mthly. $1600
to move in. 305-323-5795 or
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$500, stove, refrigerator, air,
free water and gas.

205 NW 96 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air, appliances, fenced
yard, washer/dryer hookup,
Section 8 OK, $1100 monthly.
3151 NW 53 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
newly renovated $800 mthly.
First, last and security.
3359 NW 51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, tile,
big back yard. $850 monthly
plus deposit. 786-210-7666
3633 NW 194 Terrace
Three bdrms, two bath, Sec-
tion 8. $1400. 305-622-9135
5657 NE 1 Court
Two bedrooms, new bath,
appliances, air, water, bars,
$750. Terry Dellerson, Real-
tor. NO Section 8.
942 NW 103 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, all appliances.
$1200 monthly. Section 8 OK!
Two bdrms, one bath, Section
8 accepted, 786-389-2118.
One bedroom, one bath. $650
monthly. Two bedrooms, two
baths. $1100 monthly. Three
bedrooms, two baths. $1367
Two bdrm, one bath. Utility
room with washer dryer hook
up, window air unit. $850
mthly. Call 786-316-8671
Two bedroom, one bath,
$750 monthly. 754-423-3714
NW 76 Street
Two bdrms, two baths.
Section 8 OK. 305-258-6626
135 NE 80 Terrace
Newly remodeled, huge one
bedroom, one bath, central
air, $750 monthly. Section 8
welcome. Call 954-818-9112


100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
12325 NW 21 Place
Efficiency available.
Call 954.607-9137
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$120 weekly. private kitchen.
bath, free utilities,
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1756 NW 85 Street
$475 moves you in.
Call 786-389-1686
Furnished or Unfurnished
$150 weekly, cable, air.
Furnished .-"''_,r-.: and
room. Call 786-663-5641

Furnished Rooms

13387 NW 30 Avenue
S85 weekly, free utilities.
kitchen, bath. one person
305-474-8186. 305-691-348
143 Street and 7 Avenue
Private entrance marv ex-
tras S110 week 305-587-
6930 and 786-306-0308
1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave reinge :a:r cC:C
TV 'ree cable ar. ad, se
kitchen Cal 305-835-2728
15810 NW 38 Place
SS5 see. Free t ies
1 bati .;:" n one Sees5
1775 NW 151 Street

2163 NW' 9 Street

2900 NW 54 Street

2957 NW 44 Street
25-s 3 5-893-' t7
3C5-25-C3 88
4220 NW 22 Court
e' r "ee JcYes.

3 5-t7-t- 6 305-591-3486
6257 NW 18 Avenue
S250 dc'-. SlC00 weekly. air
pres: e !nves*,etr t
305-3j5-0597 786-252-0245
6835 NW 15 Avenue
JtUi:ies included air. S80
weekly. Move in special
S200 Call 786-277-2693
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
9200 NW 25 Avenue
S325 monthly. S650 move in.
Rooms. central air, applianc-
es. $100 and $125 wkly.
Cable TV, utilities included,
$550 monthly. 305-687-1110
Quite home with private bath,
close to bus route.
7125 NW 13 Avenue. $110
weekly, air, kitchen privileges.
Rooms, with home privileges.
Prices range from $90 to
$125 weekly. 305-696-2451
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly.
8013 NW 10 Court
Central air, new bathrooms
and kitchen, security gates
$135 $150 weekly. Call
Kevin 786-800-1405
Appointment Only!


11235 SW 189 Lane
Three bedroom, two bath,
Section 8 OK. 786-512-4343
1524 NW 74 Street
Three bdrms, one bath.
Section 8 O.K. 786-487-2286
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. $1.400.
Terry Dellerson, Realtor. No
Section 8. 305-891-6776
1920 NW 69 Terrace
Three bdrm, one bath, Sec-
tion 8, $1300. 305-305-3049
2031 NW 166 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850 monthly. 305-625-7843
20783 NW 41 Ave Road
Three bedrooms, two baths,
all appliances with washer/
dryer. Section 8 welcome.
First, last, and security re-
quired. Contact office 786-
295-7224 or 23.
2950 NW 49 Street
Three bedrooms, Section 8
OK. 305-693-10.17
572 NW 30 Street
Four bedroom. Section 8 wel-
come. Ted 954-274-6944
685 NE 86 Street
Three bdrm, one bath, appli-
ances, central air and heat.
$1000 monthly. Section 8
welcome. 305-751-5533
7121 NW 21 Avenue
Four bdrms, two baths, air.
Section 8 OK! 305-720-7072
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
Call Joel 786-355-7578.

8200 NE 7 Avenue
Four bdrm. three batn. appli-
arces, central air and heat.
Sect on 8 OK. 305-751-5533
8431 NW 12 Avenue
Lae fro nt. Tw:o bedrooms.
re a3- a nal bcaths ce-tral
a. .vasner and dryer. 8i .200
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Mt. Calvary Day Care Cen-
ter has full time teaching
positions available.
Requirements: DCF 45
Hours/CDA, Level 2 back-
ground screening. Forward
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Fax: 305-759-9211

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act in a church play. If you
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IRS audit? Be humble

and don't rush to pay

By Andrea Coombes

Talking with the In-
ternal Revenue Ser-
vice is no one's idea of
a picnic. Whether at
an audit or trying to
work out a payment
plan for a big tax bill,
face-to-face meetings
with an IRS agent
can lead taxpayers
to make serious mis-
steps, experts say.
The good news is au-
dits are relatively rare:
Just 1.1 percent of in-
dividual returns filed
in 2009 were audited
in fiscal year 2010,
and 78 percent of
those were by mail, not
in person, according
to the IRS. Still, that
is 1.6 million returns.
Taxpayers with heftier
earnings should be
more worried: 8.4 per-
cent of returns with
income above $1 mil-
lion were audited.
Here are ways to
avoid some common
taxpayer mistakes
to keep tax pain to a
Rule No. 1: Don't
ignore the IRS
Put yourself in the
IRS agent's shoes, said
John Barrie, a tax
lawyer and partner at
Bryan Cave LLP. "If
you call someone sev-
eral times and they
don't return your call,
you get a little ticked
off," he said. "If you're
an agent with a large
stack of cases, your
sympathy level drops
off if you can't find
Rule No. 2: Stop
You need to commu-
nicate with the IRS,
but that doesn't mean
telling them every-
thing. "We've all seen
somebody who gets a
'yes' or 'no' question
who then wants to jus-
tify [their position] for
10 minutes," said Rob-
ert McKenzie, a part-
ner in the Chicago law
firm Arnstein & Lehr.
"The more they say, the
more follow-up ques-
tions that leads to.
That can lead to more
issues for review."
Rule No. 3: Be
Treat the agent as
an equal. "My view is
that, the smarter my
clients, the more like-
ly [they are] to cause
problems," McKen-
zie said. A doctor, for
instance, may imply
with facial expressions
that: "I'm a doctor-

how dare you ask me
questions? he said.
The agent's unspo-
ken reaction is likely
to be: Ill teach you
who's smart.' McKen-
zie said.
Rule No. 4: Don't
rush to pay.
Don't arrive at an
IRS meeting ready
to write a check and
don't respond to an
IRS letter by dropping
a check in the mail.
Why? The IRS may
be wrong.
"Many times the
taxpayer may not
owe the money," said
Cynthia Jeanguenat,
an enrolled agent in
Virginia Beach, Va.
She said one client
received an IRS let-
ter stating he owed
back taxes because lhe
failed to report income
from a Form 1099.
Jeanguenat gave the
IRS a detailed expla-
nation of where the
income had been re-
ported on his tax re-
turn. "Sometimes it's
a matter of pointing
[the IRS] in the right
direction on the tax
return," she said.
Rule No. 5: Use
When the IRS
does come calling,
Jeanguenat said, ask
yourself: What is it
that they are ques-
tioning, and what can
you provide to prove
your case? Receipts,
canceled checks and
other documentation
"give you more lever-
age in being able to
negotiate," she said,
adding that she walks
into audits with as
much documentation
as she can gather or
reconstruct, includ-
ing copies for the au-
The IRS, for in-
stance, often chal-
lenges mileage claims.
"Even if the taxpayer
has not kept the best
mileage log, we can
reconstruct one," she
said. One tip: Use re-
ceipts from oil chang-
es that show mileage
at that time.
"But the burden is
still on you to prove
your case," said John
Barrie, a tax lawyer
and partner at Bryan
Cave LLP. "If you don't
have the documents,
you're going to lose."
Rule No. 6: Ask
Tap the agent as a
resource in resolv-
ing the issue at hand,

said Jim Camp. chief
executive of Camp Ne-
gotiation Systems and
author of Start with
No. When you talk
with the IRS, they will
lay out for you every
single thing that you
can do. he said. "All
vou have to do is ask.
Some questions
he suggested: What
am I allowed to do?
What are the poli-
cies? Where can I find
more information in
writing? What are the
rules for appealing
Rule No. 7: Don't
go alone.
Consider hiring a
pro a tax lawyer.
certified public ac-
countant or enrolled
agent or, if you can't
afford that, try one of
the IRS' tax clinics for
low-income taxpayers.
If you believe the IRS
has treated you un-
fairly, seek help from
the Taxpayer Advo-
cate Service, an inde-
pendent organization
within the IRS that
represents taxpayers.

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12D THE MIAMI TIMES. APRIL 20-26, 2011

Fewer amount of people filing for unemployment benefits

continued from 8D

North American plants later
this month. That's because of
a shortage of parts from Ja-
pan, where the earthquake
and tsunami have disrupted
production. Other auto com-
panies may also suspend

production, which could
cause temporary layoffs and
a spike in applications for
unemployment benefits.
Unemployment benefits
will continue to be paid in
the event of a federal govern-
ment shutdown, a Labor De-
partment spokesman said.
The benefit programs are ad-

ministered by :he states. If
federal erm.ovees are tempo-
rarily laid off. rhev wi:l appiy
for benefits from a separate
program. the spokesman
The number of people col-
lecting benefits dropped
slightly to 3.7 million during
the week ending March 19.

one week behind the applica-
:ions data. That's the lowest
total since October 2006. But
that doesn't include millions
of people receiving aid under
the e m-e r. -..: unemploy-
ment benefit programs put in
place during the recession.
Overall, 8.5 million peo-
ple received unemployment

:,,n.citr, in the week end-
ing March 19, the latest
data available. That's down
sharply from the previous
week. when nearly 8.8 mil-
lion people collected benefits.
More hiring is needed to
bring down the unemploy-
ment rate at a faster pace.
The economy still has about

7.2 million fewer jobs than it
did when the recession be-
gan in December 2007.
Many companies are step-
ping up hiring this year.
McDonald's said earlier this
week that it will hold its first
national hiring day April 19
as part of its efforts to fill
50,000 job openings.

Companies finding ways to boost revenue

continued from 7D

Hit from disruptions
in Japan. A few companies,
including Gap, Texas In-
struments and AIG, have
mentioned Japan as a fac-
tor, Butters says. But
whether companies are see-
ing hits to their business,

either from a disruption in
supply or in demand, will be
a key element from the quar-
ter, he says.
*Evidence of slowing
growth. While the expected
14.4 percent first-quarter
growth tops the average sev-
en percent growth rate since
1989, it's slower than recent
quarters. Some wonder if

higher energy prices might
crimp non-energy indus-
tries, says Christine Short of
Thomson Reuters.
But investors hope the first
quarter sets the stage for re-
cord earnings in the second
half. Earnings "growth natu-
rally slows down," says Frank
Fantozzi of Planned Financial

Concerts doing well despite economy

continued from 6C

attendance records.
"It's like a Walmart/Costco
kind of scenario," says John
D'Esposito, founder of Bam-
boozle, set for April 29-May 1
in East Rutherford, N.J. "We
are providing so much enter-
tainment. If you added up the

eight bands on everybody's
main stage and put their aver-
age ticket prices together, then
match that to the (entry cost),
it's a value."
Coachella, for example, has
Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire,
Kanye West and The Strokes
at the top of a bill that includes
more than 150 bands. Brand
loyalty also plays a part in get-

Pieter A. Bockweg
Executive Director

ting festgoers to buy tickets
well in advance, often even be-
fore the full lineups have been
announced. Most festivals use
social networking to keep in
touch with fans year-round.
S"Early purchase requires a
bit of an investment by fans
in terms of being part of that
festival's online community,"
Waddell says.





The County Mayor, Miami-Dade County (County). pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes. 2-8.1 and 2-10.4 of the Miami-Dade
County Code and Administrative Order 3-39 and Ordinance 08-92, announces that design-build services are required for the Miami-
Dade Transit Department. Palmetto Station Traction Power Sub-Station. Miami-Dade County, on behalf of the Miami-Dade Transit
Department (hereinafter "TRANSIT), intends to enter into a 1-signr,.t.ulid contract with a responsive, qualified applicant to provide
design and construction services for the Palmetto Station Traction Power Sub-Station which will be located adjacent to 7701 NW 79
Avenue, Miami, Florida 33166.
Pursuant to Ordinance 08-92, this -,oli.ii3lionr is one of the projects within the Economic Stimulus Plan. As such an expedited
solicitation process will be utilized.
The selection process for this design build solicitation is a two-step process, Step 1 Evaluation of Qualifications and Step 2 -
Evaluation of Technical and Price Proposal.
Step 1 is the evaluation of a design-build team's qualifications based on the teams' completed submittal. The Competitive
Selection Committee will attempt to qualify no fewer than three responsive and responsible firms and by majority vote will
determine the maximum number of responsive and responsible firms to advance to Step 2 (the "Advancing Firms").
Step 2 is the evaluation of competitive Technical and Price Proposals from those Advancing Firms who choose to offer a
responsive and responsible proposal.
Pursuant to Florida Statutes 287.055, "A design criteria professional who has been selected to prepare the design criteria package
is not eligible to render services under a design-build contract executed pursuant to the design criteria package." A design criteria
professional includes the design criteria professional firm together with their sub consultants and/or members that participated in the
development of the design criteria package for the Palmetto Station Traction Power Sub-Station will be precluded from rendering
services for this solicitation.
The Design Criteria Professional, EAC Consulting, Inc., is not eligible to render design-build services for this solicitation.
Consultants participating in OCI Project No. E03-MDT-01 The Program Management Consulting (PMC) Services for the People's
Transportation Plan will not be consider for contract award on this solicitation.
This Design Build Services for the Palmetto Station Traction Power Sub-Station, hereinafter referred to as "Project", is described as
The Project will enhance current metrorail operation performance as well as support the new Metrorail vehicles expected by the
second quarter of 2013. The Project will be located at the MDT property adjacent to Palmetto Metrorail Station. The sub-station will
support the existing Palmetto Station facilities and support all traction power requirements between the Palmetto and Okeechobee
stations. In addition, it will interface with the communication system and Central Control. Two dedicated 13.2 Kilo Volts (KV) feeders
from Florida Power and Light (FP&L) are required. This substation must in place before the delivery of the first prototype metrorail
vehicles scheduled by the second quarter of 2013.
The estimated project cost is six million, four hundred and ninety-two thousand, three hundred and seventy-seven dollars ($6,492,377).
The Proposer(s) must design, build and complete the Project within four hundred and ten (410) calendar days after the Owner issues
the Notice to Proceed to the Design-Builder
The Design-Builder shall, not later than the Step 1 Submittal Deadline and at all times thereafter, including the evaluation and
selection process, time of award, and throughout the duration of the contract, meet the requirements stated below. Pursuant to
Florida State Statutes 287.055, a Design-Builder is defined as a partnership, corporation, or other legal entity that:
a. Is certified under Section 489.119, Florida Statutes, to engage in contracting through a certified or registered general contractor
or a certified or registered building contractor as the qualifying agent; or
b.Is certified under Section'471.023. Florida Statutes, to practice engineering; certified under Section 481.219 to practice
architecture; or certified under Section 481.319 to practice landscape architecture.
Those firms submitting as a Joint Venture must provide documentation for each entity participating in the Joint Venture to include
the legal name of the companies participating in the Joint Venture as registered with the State of Florida together with copies of the
Joint Venture agreement and statements of authority as submitted to the State of Florida Department of Professional Regulation
Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB). Copies of the joint venture agreement and statements of authority and proof of
submission to the CILB from those firms submitting as a Joint Venture must be submitted to and received by the CILB prior to the
Step 1 Submittal Deadline. The Joint Venture agreement and statements of authority must be approved by the CILB Board Office
prior to the Step 2 Submittal Deadline for those Advancing Firms.
Failure for a Design-Builder to hold a current valid certificate, as indicated above, or failure for those Joint Venture firms to submit the
required documentation to the CILB by the Step 1 Submittal Deadline may render the proposal non-responsive.
The Joint Venture must be qualified by the CILB at the time of award.
In addition, all interested Design-Builders responding to this solicitation must comply with all applicable federal, state and local
licensing and certification requirements.
2.01 Mass Transit Systems Mass Transit Program (Systems) Management (LEAD A/E CONSULTANT FOR DESIGN
17.00 Engineering Construction Management
2.04 Mass Transit Systems Mass Transit Controls, Communications & Information Systems
2.05 Mass Transit Systems General Quality Engineering
2.06 Mass Transit Systems Mass Transit Safety Cernlfi aTn for System Elements
9.05 Soils, Foundations and Materials Testing Roof Testing and Consulting
9.06 Soils, Foundations and Materials Testing Materials Testing/Co': -ultingr TrarininrI
10.05 Environmental Engineering Contamination Assessment and Monitoring
11.00- General Structural Engineering
12.00- General Mechanical Engineering
13.00 General Electrical Engineering
14.00- Architecture
15.01 -Surveying and Mapping Land Surveying
16.00- General Civil Engineering
One (1)Agreement
20 % Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal (Design and/or Construction Portion)
Deadline for submission of Step 1 proposals is May 27, 2011 at 3:30 RM., LOCAL TIME, all sealed envelopes and containers
must be received at Miami-Dade County, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, 111 NW 1st Street, 17th Floor, Suite
The Consultant Coordinator for this project is Mike Ramos who may be contacted via e-mail at -.:T .':',,;r" r .irr id .J .- .... fax: ;'',.
350-6265 or phone: (305) 375-5215
This solicitation is subject to Miami-Dade Countys Cone of Silence pursuant to Section 2-11.1(t) of the Miami-Dade County Code,
as amended. Please review Miami-Dade County Administrative Order 3-27 for a complete and ..:,..r 3j description of the Cone of
The County may. at its sole and absolute discretion: reject any and all. or parts of any and all proposals: re-advertise this solicitation:
postpone or cancel at any time this solicitation process: or waive any irreguiantres in this solicitation or in the proposals received as
a result of this solicitation.


Property Address: 276 NW 9 Street
Folio: 01-0103-050-1100
Total Lot Size: 7,500 s.f., more or less.
Zoning: T6-8-O
Enterprise Zone: Central
Empowerment Zone: North Central


276 N.W. 9th STREET


Legal Description: MIAMI NORTH PB -
B-41 LOT 10 BLK 35 LOT SIZE 50.00 X '
150 OR 20170-3605 0102 3 OR 00000-
0000 03961 01 .

Improvements: None.Vacantlot.

Utilities: Utilities are available adjacent ', -
to the property including potable water,. .
sanitary sewer, electric power, telephone ' '
and cable television. No determination :
has been made whether the existing utili- i
ties have adequate capacity for new de- ':

Neighborhood: The Property is centrally located in Miami within an older neighborhood, which is over
90% developed. The general boundaries of the neighborhood extend north from NW 5th Street to NW
28th Street, and west from North Miami Avenue to NW 7th Avenue. The neighborhood is further inter-
sected by the 1-95 and 1-395 elevated expressways. NW 3rd and NW 2nd Avenues are major north-south
,traffic arteries through the neighborhood, with local retail shops mixed with residential uses. NW 7th
Street ("Sawyer's Walk") and NW 9th Street ("9th Street Pedestrian Mall") serve as pedestrian-oriented

General Information

Pursuant to Florida Statutes Section 163.380(3)(a), the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Rede-
velopment Agency ("CRA") is declaring its intent to dispose of its interest in the referenced real property
and is seeking proposals from private redevelopers or any persons interested in undertaking to redevelop
or rehabilitate the community redevelopment area or any part thereof. All proposals must be consistent
with the 2009 SEOPW Redevelopment Plan which is available online at www.miamicra.com. Projects that
are consistent with the guideline for the D.A. Dorsey "NW 3rd Avenue" Priority Business Corridor plan are
preferred. The CRA will, however, consider all proposals.

All proposals must include a detailed description of the project, site plan and renderings, background
information on the developer's proposed development team and development expertise, a list of all per-
sons with an interest in the developer, and recommendations from recent clients. Proposals must also
demonstrate the financial and legal ability of the proposer(s) to carry out the project, including information
on the financial status of the developer, a project budget consisting of a detailed pro forma demonstrating
sources and uses of funds, including funding for operations, and a detailed statement of all financial as-
sistance needed from any source. Successful respondents will be expected to enter into a Community
Benefits Agreement.

All available information on the referenced Property may be obtained from the CRA at 49 N.W. 5th Street,
Suite 100, Miami, Florida 33128. For further information, please contact Mark Spanioli, P.E., Director of
Construction and Engineering, at (305) 679-6800 or submit inquiries by email to mspan(f)miamigov.com.
All interested parties are invited to inspect the property. The "cone of silence" does not apply to this RFP,
and thus, communication with the staff of the CRA and the City of Miami is permissible.

Respondents must submit two (2) copies of their proposal to the City of Miami Clerk's Office. 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami. Florida 33133, by 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 5. 2011. Late proposals and/or
proposals submitted at any other location will not be accepted.

The CRA reserves the right to accept any proposal deemed to be in the public interest and in furtherance
of the purposes of Florida's Community Redevelopment Act of 1969. to waive any irregularities in any
proposal, to cancel this Request for Proposals, to reject any or all proposals, and/or to re-advertise for



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