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Publication Date: 5/4/2011
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General Note: "Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis."
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Bentley toured a scene of complete destruction
in the wake of a series of tornados that devas-
tated the state. The number of those dead from
the storms is now at 350 and is expected to rise
as the search continues for those still missing.
Obama did give the people of that community
the assurance that their government will be
with them every step of the way as they struggle
to pick up the~pieces of their lives through all
the mangled wood and debris.
That afternoon, Obama flew to Cape
Please turn to PRESIDENT 10A

President Obama, speaks during
the Miami Dade College, graidu-
ation commencement ceremony
Friday, April 29. The president's
renewed endorsement of the
DREAM Act, drew enthusiastic
applause from more than
3000 graduates.

President shares his

optirnisin with graduates
By Gregory W. Wright
Miami Times writer

This past Friday was an extremely busy day
for President Barack Obama.
He began the morning in Tuscaloosa, Ala-
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who was shot and killed by
Miami-Dade Police two weeks
ago after a four-day manhunt
for the alleged cop shooter.
Ortiz altered Miller's photo
so that the eyes were colored
blood-red and his teeth were
changed into a ghoulish, car-
toon-like snarl. The officer
has admitted to doctoring the
photo but says that it was in-
tended for the view of union
members only not for the
public. During the live radio
broadcast, both Dunn and
Curry were critical of Ortiz
as well as Miami-Dade Chief

of Police Miguel Exposito.
"We did an overview of what
has been going on since the
first of many unresolved po-

BV D. Kevin McNeir

On this week's Tues-
day Talk on Gospel 1490
(WMBM), City Commissioner
Richard P. Dunn, II and show
host Bishop Victor T. Curry,
charged Miami Police ser-
geant and Fraternal Order of
Police Vice President Javier
Ortiz, with fostering an at-
titude of racism within the
Department. Both men say
they are highly disturbed by
Ortiz's doctoring of a jail mug
shot of Durrall Jessie Miller,

CongreSSWoman Frederica Wilson calls for action.

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Survey shows Liberty City residents
dissatisfied with life, fearful of future
By D. Kevin McNeir
kmeneir @miamitimesonline. com

In a recent Gallup survey, conducted as part of an annual
assessment of how citizens evaluate their lives, Miami-area's
Congressional District 17 came in dead last in the report's life
evaluation sub-index and is considered the third-most miser-
able district overall.
In more simple terms the survey means that among 466 U.S.
districts, folks who live in the area encompassing Liberty City,
Carol City, North Miami and parts of southern Broward County
conclude that in five years most will either be "suffering" or
"struggling" while other parts of the nation are "thriving."
But for many of the over 100 local leaders and residents who
assembled in the City of Miami Gardens last Thursday for a
District forurn to discuss the findings, the results were tanta~
mount to "same news, different day."
"The results are bad but not surprising things have been
Please turn to WILSON 10

lation, he promised to
find someone to un-
seat her in 2012.
Campbell and Ran-
dolph exchanged
J ~iPwords about his com-
.4 ments. Campbell is
CAMPBELL now demanding an
apology from Ran-
dolph because of her claim that he
threw papers at her while exchanging
As debate on the House floor contin-

ued last Monday, 30 Republican mem-
bers stood behind her as a show of sup-
port for her bill repealing a law that
requires chairs for all workers.
Campbell's repealer bill, House Bill
7131, became the basis of an argument
that provoked at least 20 minutes of de-
bate on the House floor. The bill would
remove specific language from a state
statute that now makes an employers
failure to provide a seat for certain em-
ployees during business hours, a sec-
ond-misdemeanor offense.

In an unlikely move, a local Demo-
cratic representative is supporting an-
ti-abortion legislation. Last week, State
Representative Daphne Campbell of
Miami (D. 108), upset many Democrats
by speaking out and supporting legis-
lation that would impose more restric-
tions on abortion.
Scott Randolph, Democratic repre-
sentative of Orlando, was one of those
lawmakers opposed to Campbell's posi-
tion. As a result of Campbell's support
of the Democratically-unpopular legis-

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Itate'S attorney delay
IBy Jimrmie Davis, Jr. recent 7News feature. But when ques-
Miami Times writer tions were issued to the State Attorneys
Office (SAO), our reporters were told no
The shooting and resulting deaths of rulings had been made.
seven Black men at the hands of Miami In an e-mailed response from Ed
police officers have been under investi- Griffith, spokesperson for the SAO, we
gation by State Attorney Katherine Fer- were told: "The news report was incor-
nandez-Rundle for .quite a few months. rect, decisions have not yet been made
Now it appears that a resolution, at and all investigations are still open. Of
least on some of the cases, is imminent. course when a decision is made, the
At least that's what was reported in a family would be contacted first so that

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all the family's questions can be appro-
priately answered."
City Commissioner Richard P. Dunn,
II said it was his understanding that
several of the cases had been ruled
"I know the McNeil case remains open
but I was led to believe that the SAO
had made a determination on at least
the DeCarlos Moore case, if not several
Please turn to RULING 10A

Speaking from the White Houses
East Room shortly before midnight,
the president offered the nation
a long-desired moment of closure
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There are more than 200,000
women who are currently in-
careerated, 115,000 in federal
or state prisons and 99,000
in local jails. Nearly one mil-
lion women are on probation
- representing 26 percent of
those on probation and 98,000
are on parole. Black women's
incarceration has grown by
more than 800 percent in the
last three decades, while men's
incarceration has not grown as
Why do women collide with
the criminal justice system?
Twenty-eight percent are there
because of drug-related offens-
es, often associative offenses
(they were in the car with the
drugs, but they weren't theirs);
an equal number are in jail
for property crimes: stealing,
shoplifting, kiting checks, all
crimes that are crimes of pov-
erty. If these women were re-
habilitated and given good jobs
instead of incarcerated, we
might save both money and
Between 66 and 80 percent
of the women who are incar-

cerated are mothers. Most of
them provided primary care
to their children before they
were locked up. Many of the
children whose mothers are
incarcerated are in foster care,
although some remain with
relatives. Some are allowed to
visit their mothers in jail, but
what kind of maternal bond-
ing experience is that? The
children of the incarcerated

percent of those incarcerated.
This is not a "Black thing"
though Black women are so
disproportionately incareer-
ated that it is striking. Why?
Perhaps because the criminal
justice system is a system that
is mostly White male and there
is little sympathy for women of
African descent.
The well-documented reality
of prosecutorial discretion cuts

her rights only to end up in
prison? What kind of bitterness
and anger does this engender?
What does it mean for the next
generation? When mothers
choose to fight for their chil-
dren they should be affirmed,
not jailed, for their tenacity.
When we choose to recklessly
disregard the power of mother
advocacy and motherlove, the
result is a multi-generational
cycle of societal indifference.
that things have gotten
worse, not better, for women
who connect with the criminal
justice system.
The United States incarcer-
ates more people than any oth-
er country -- about 753 people
per 100,000 in 2008. The next
highest countries are Poland,
at 224 per 100,000 and Mex-
ico at 209 per 100,000. Ten
percent of those we incarcer-
ate are women and too many
of them have children. Can we
do better? If we prioritized re-
habilitation over incarceration
we could. And if we can't, we
will have hell to pay next gen-

are likely to be incarcerated
themselves a generation later.
In some ways they serve time
for their mama's crimes. Why,
in some of these cases, is reha-
bilitation not an option?
White women are the major-
ity of those incarcerated, at 45
percent. Black women, just
13 percent of the population,
are 33 percent of those incar-
cerated. Latina women are 16

a break for some women but
not for Black women. Police
officers, prosecutors, parole
officers and judges are dispro-
portionately White male. They
bring all their biases about
Black women to the table when
they arrest, charge, and sen-
tence Black women.
What about the children?
What happens when a child
sees their mother fighting for

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A recent cover of Time maga-
zine featured an illustration of
a crying Abraham Lincoln with
the inscription, "Why We're
Still Fighting the Civil War: The
endless battle over the war's
true cause would make Lin-
coln weep."
While I question whether to-
da'sw Ifor tokreecas teW Cit
supremacist Abraham Lincoln
cry, there is no denial that
much of America continues to
shy away from acknowledging
that slavery was the primary
cause of what revisionists pre-
fer to call the War Between the
States or the War of Northern
A Ha~rris poll conducted in
January showed that while
69 percent of respondents
concluded that the North was
fighting to preserve the Union,
more than half -- 54 percent
-- believed the South was
fighting for states' rights; 46
percent thought the South was
fighting to preserve slavery. In

the 11 states that formed the
Old Confederacy, two-thirds of
Whites claimed states' rights
was the real issue.
In his 1861 Inaugural Ad-
dress, Lincoln was clear: "One
section of our country believes
slavery is right and ought to be

the cause of the Civil War, the
most traumatic and transfor-
mational event in U.S. history,
which left more than 625,000
dead more Americans killed
than in both world wars comn-
As part of the denial, myths

those who were not slat e-own1-
ers to defend slavery. First,
Americans are wondrous op-
timists, looking to the upper
class and expecting to join it
someday. In 1860, many sub-
sistence farmers aspired to
become large slave-owners. So
poor white Southerners sup-
po ted los vec rtehen,o js su
port the extension of George
W. Bush's tax cuts for the
wealthy now.
While many Americans re-
main in denial about the
cause of the Civil War, there
is no denying that more than
180,000 Blacks both free
and runaway slaves served
in the Union Army during the
Civil War. Even a handful, en-
ticed by the promise of free-
dom, fought on the Confeder-
ate side. Those Blacks in the
Union Army were paid less
than white soldiers but some
refused any pay, realizing that
no price could be placed on
their freedom.

extended, while the other be-
lieves it is wrong and ought not
to be extended. This is the only
substantial dispute."
That was quite a statement
from a man who believed
Blacks were inferior to Whites.
In truth, Lincoln's goal was to
preserve the Union, not elimi-
nate slavery. But many Ameri-
cans are not as clear as Lin-
coln was about the Civil War,
Time observed, "Americans
have lost that clarity about

were created to obscure the
The Washington Post, in a
Feb. 26 article headlined, "Five
myths about why the South
seceded," pointed out that
Confederate states opposed
states' rights. The writer's con-
clusion: "Slavery, not states'
rights, birthed the Civil War."
The article further contends
that there were tw~o ideologi-
cal factors that caused most
Southern whites, including


Barry Bonds court case.
Bonds faces up to 10 years
based on his conviction for ob-
struction of justice. This ki nog

for and it remains unclear how
much jail time he will actu-
ally serve, if any. Nevertheless,
when I think about the amount
of money and attention that
has been focused on this case, I
cringe. And I ask myself, toward
what end?
Don't get me wrong, I am
against performance-enhancing
drugs. Still, it: is clear- today that
they were accepted as standard


or anyone else will go to jail.
His career has been wrecked, in
part due to his own arrogance,

bo ds c nda itds f. Othhrepla
ers are ducking for cover. More
than likely this will all fade like
an early morning fog. It seems,
however, that it is far easier for
the powers that be to focus their
attention on one baseball player
possibly involved in question-
able activities rather than on an
industry big finance which
crushed the lives and futures of
so many people who were simply
trying to live an honest life.

the behavior is
,e acceptable, if
outright. Instead
we are treated
,nds show-trial,
es that were put

whether Bonds

the Bonds trial is what sports-
writer Dave Zirin discussed re-
cently in a column. No one has
yet been prosecuted f'or the cir-
cumstances surrounding the fi-
nancial c...~Il IFp 5. of 2008. No one
has gone to jail, and yet millions
of people, yes, quite : ... I al mil-
lions of people were!- affcted by '

actions certainly would have
changed the culture of Wall
The failure to take prompt
and stern legal measures is the
equivalent of Major League base-
ball having taken a pass on per-
for-mance-enhancing drugs for
so many years. When no steps


2A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 4-10, 2011

(ISSN O739-0319)
Published Weekly at 900 NW 54th Stree'
Miami, Florida 33127-1818
Post Office Box 270200
Buena Vista Station, Miami, Florida 3312-
Phone 305-694-6210

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GARTH C. REEVES, SR., Publisher Emesilu
RACHEL J. REEVES, Publisher and Chslrman

Black alums s ow

beauty of HBCU legacy
When The Miami Times was first contacted by the
local alumni group from Shaw University about
the damage the school recently endured during
one of several hundred tornadoes to hit North Carolina,
Alabamna and Mississippi, it wvas apparent that something
needed to be done.
What we could not have known was the kind of love for
their alma mater and dedication to its continued success
that would evoke a slewr of e-mails, phone calls and finan-
cial contributions aimed at getting stranded students safely

bacskohuorm ders know, Shaw, one of the oldest Historically
Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the U.S., was
forced to close for the remainder of the school year following
the tornado that uprooted trees, destroyed entire buildings
and left the campus in shambles. But with the efforts of
E. Dolores Samms, president of the Miami Alumni Chapter
and her chaplain, Dr. S. Frank McKoy, along with the other
officers and alums, the hard work has not only begun but
What is amazing despite the damage to Shaw University,
is the fact that not one student was seriously injured. And
as students continue to share with us, it was a time when
homes were opened, spaces shared for hungry and tired
students and the resilience of the Black community was
clearly expressed.
There is something almost mystical about the Black col-
lege experience. Perhaps it is the way students continue the
legacy of our ancestors, determined to educate young minds
at any cost so that they would be able to compete in the
world. Maybe it's the mentoring that goes on as new stu-
dents come on the "yard" for the first time and are greeted
by professors, students and alumni members wrho all want
to see each student graduate.
Whatever it is, what continues right now on behalf of
Shaw's current student body is a testament to the lessons
learned by each student that ever attended a Black college
or university. We salute them for having learned their les-
sons well.

Edmonson's made her

choice for mayor: -

have you?
With less than three weeks remaining until the
special election that will ask Miami-Dade Coun-
ty voters to decide among six amendments and
select the next county mayor, you would think that there
would be a flurry of activity with candidates shouting to the
roofs as to wvhy they deserve our vote. But that has not been
the case at least not from where we sit.
It's almost surreal -- the "contenders" have participated
in several debates and held the always important fundrais-
ing events and even visited a couple of churches but by-
and-large mayoral candidate sightings have been few and
far between. Perhaps we should pause and clarify that we
are referring to "sightings" that have been witnessed in the
Black community. Yes, that's getting more to the point.
To their credit, County Commissioners Audrey Edmonson,
Barbara Jordan and Jean Monestime have teamed up to
host a town hall meeting on Charter reform this Thursday
at Miami Dade College's North Campus Lehman Theater. At
least we can vote with some intelligence on the amendments
that will be on the upcoming ballot.
But what about the candidates? Edmonson has taken a
calculated risk and endorsed her former classmate from
Jackson High, Roosevelt Bradley, best known as the former
transit director not her fellow County Commissioner Car-
los Gimenez. And Bradley's been working the chitlinn cir-
cuit" particularly in Liberty City and Overtown.
Meanwhile Luther Campbell, the only "rock star on the
ballot," continues to attract the interest of those near and
far including local veteran reporter Michael Putney who re
cently engaged Campbell during a candidates' debate and

asked sUn aLeudke 'r e ws "wherou. 'ckammpbeHl' b l

swer the question affirmatively.
We have heard from. Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina as well
as Gimenez about their platforms the former in a front
page story we published some weeks back and the latter in
a feature to be released in the coming week, along with our
report on Bradley. But that's about all the help we can give
Our readers. Former state Representative Marcelo Lorente
promised to meet with our editorial board but was subse-
quently forced to cancel our interview.
Meanwhile, debates and appearances in predominantly-
Latin communities are piling upt like linker chips eat a L

candidates on the ballot and six who have been identified as
contenders. But we still know very little about them-
We have already seen what happens when we ignore our
duty to vote and allow those who care very little about our
needs get into office (look to Tallahassee for an example).
Perhaps we need to have our own debate or forum some
way to help us become better informed about the candi-
dates. But time is running out. And as our current state
governor has shown us, a lot of good or damage can be done
in just a few months in office. |

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The travails of children whose mothers are in prison it

between 66 and 80 percent of the women who are
incarcerated are mothers. Most of them provided pri-
Bmary care to their children before they were locked up.

Cause of the Civil 'War still under debate

AHarris poll conducted in January showed that while 69
percent of respondents concluded that the North waS
fihting to preserve the Union, more than half 54
percent -- believed the South was fighting for states' rights

What bothered me about the Barry Bonds case
I don't particularly like the at- operating procedure in Major the double-dealing and shenani- are taken, then
titude of former San Francisco League Baseball for years. That gans of Wall Street, thereby los- understood to b
Giants player Barry Bonds. I does not make it right. Saying ing their homes, pensions and not permitted o.
don't care for the way that he today that what was done in the jobs. A crime the scale of the of such actions,
treated his fans and supporters. past was unacceptable when, 2008 financial collapse should to the Barry Bo
I don't appreciate his smugness. in fact, the industry accepted it have been the subject of thor- and the resource
Yet, at the end of the day, that rings of hypocrisy. ough investigations followed by into it.
is not what was at stake in the What really bugged me about a wave of indictments. Such I don't know



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Do you know enough about the candidates running for

Miami-Dade County mayor to make an informed decision?


Did Scott's lawyer make an honest mistake?

lawyer had said and what had
been actually spent. It was al-
ways my understanding when
a lawyer wras arguing his po-
sition to the Supreme Court,
their numbers and research
were factual and correct. .
Trippe. blamed the mistake

its written order leads me' to
believe that this error was
material to the court's resolu-
tion of the case." So based on
Trippe's logic, his group made
a tiny mistake and the mil-
lions of Florida residents who
are impacted by this minus-

ing it."
It is obvious that there was
a fabrication of the truth and
there should be a major inves-
tigation into how a top Scott
legal official could give the Su-
, preme Court bad information.
When a top governmental of-
ficial misrepresents numbers
and facts, he should be fired
and not allowed to work for the
State of Florida.
It is time for -the residents
to demand accountability and
transparency in the state gov-
ernment. When our governor's
legal counsel admits that they
are giving out bad informa-
tion, it is time for them to be
removed. If we cannot trust
the governor's legal counsel,
than whom can we trust?
It is essential for Scott to
take the lead in the investiga-
Stion of the misrepresentation
of facts in the high-speed rail
case. In order to restore cred-
ibility and integrity to his ad-
ministration, the Florida resi-
dents need to know the truth.

?Two weeks ago, Governor
Rick Scott's legal counsel told
the Florida Supreme Court
that he made an inaccurate
representation on the amount
of money spent on the state's
high speed rail project. This
was a key detail that helped
the governor win in the deci-
sion by the Supreme Court to
allow him to kill the high speed
rail project.
In a two-page letter to
Chief Justice Charles Ca-
nady, Scott's .general coun-
sel, Charles Trippe, acknowl-
edged he misrepresented a
central fact in his arguments
last month. Trippe admitted
he was wrong when he told
the justices on the Florida Su-
preme Court that $110 million
of the $130 million authorized
by the Florida Legislature for
the project approved in 2009
had already been spent.
In truth, the Florida Legisla-
ture hacT only spent $31 million
of the $130 million. There is a
major gap in what Gov.'s Scott

on. the Florida Department of
Transportation for giving him
bad information in his letter
to Justice Canady. So I guess
as taxpayers, when we pay a
group of lawyers thousands of
dollars to do a job and they get
the numbers wrong, it's okay.
Even though the ruling may
have hinged on a misrepresen-
tation of facts, again it's okay.
In fact, Trippe concluded and
wrote, "Nothing in the. course
of the court's questioning or

cule mistake should let it go.
There is no way that this
material misrepresentation of
the facts was a tiny mistake.
Senator Thad Altman, one of
the two senators who sued
Scott saying he had exceeded
his constitutional authority
in killing the high-speed rail
project said, "This is a huge
admission. We knew Trippe
was wrong when he gave his
numbers to the court. But we
could not stop him from say-

May 8th is Mother's Day -
a time when we officially hon-
or mothers. Traditionally, we
celebrate this day by taking
mom, out for a ~fancy dinner or
giving her flowers. For some it
will be a day of remembrance
- mothers remembering their
children, children remember-
ing their mothers.
Last year on Mother's Day,
I sat on the side of my bed
contemplating what I spend of
it. The significance of the day
stirred up intense emotions
within me. Therefore, I, began
to pray fervently, asking God
for His guidance just to make
it through the day. After all, it
was still a day that God had
made and I wanted desper-
ately to rejoice and celebrate
in spite of my brokenness and
shortcomings. .
SMy first stop was to a Tlower
vendor to buy two bunches of
flowers for two very special
people in my life. My next stop
was Dade Memorial Park to
visit my son Eviton's grave. I
sat on the ground next to his

grave and placed the flowers
in a vase on his head stone.
I then began to have a short,
one-sided conversation as
though I was speaking to my
son. But reality stepped in
and I ended my visit, promis-
ing to return soon.
Jackson Trauma Center was
my next destination where I
visited my oldest son, Ewan.
Like any mother, my daily

fast ever,
After leaving Ewan, I went to
see my mama to share Moth-
er's Day with her. Although
she is at a point in her life
where she doesn't recognize
her daughters anymore, she
is still my mother. Finally, I
made it back home and began
to prepare for my big night at
the Mother's Day gospel con-
cert with my daughters, Liz

will be no need to sit at home
waiting for your child to call or
stop by with flowers or a gift.
They won't be coming home.
However, Mothers' Day is
a day to celebrate the role of
mothers and the impact they
have made on countless lives.
Let's continue to celebrate the
lives of our mothers and our
children with future genera-
tions. We can celebrate our
mother's passion for learning
by tutoring a child. Or per-
haps we can appreciate her
fondness for music by spon-
soring a local choir or band of
students. There are so many
ways we can remember our
deceased children by volun-
teering our time to mentor a
child or by making a contri-
bution to a community-based
Little League program in the
name of our absent children.
It is important to remember
that a mother's legacy contin-
ues for future generations.
Let's keep the legacies go-
ing. Have a happy mother's

visits to the Center were both
painful and traumatic. How-
ever, I was grateful that I was
visiting my son in a hospital
and not at another grave-
yard. We spent the rest of the
morning in his hospital room
reading the Sunday paper,
watching television and eat-
ing breakfast. This truly was
the best Mother's Day break-

and Monique. This was a time
for us to celebrate all the won-
drous things that God has
done for us throughout our
Some of us are not able to
celebrate Mother's Day in the
traditional way. It may be im-
possible for us to take our
mom out for breakfast, lunch
or dinner. And for others there


In the last year, two Black
judges, one in Broward and one
in Miami-Dade County, have
been approached at gunpoint
by police officers. In both cases,
the judges indicated that they
felt that their treatment would
have been worse if it had not

been discovered that they were
judges. This leads me to wonder
what happens to regular folk. I
warn everyone in my family to
be respectful and do everything
requested because no civilian
can win in a street situation
with a police officer. Officers

are often called upon to face
dangerous situations but does
that mean every traffic stop or
house call should be with a gun
in hand? In light of the number
of shootings, the McDuffie riots,
Rodney King and the myriad of
unnecessary arrests, beatings
and killings, it seems that the
police would realize that pulling
a gun every time they respond
to a call in a Black neighbor-
hood is not the best of ideas.
This is why diversity in po-
lice departments is important.
Black and Hispanic officers tend
not to be afraid of their own as
much. In addition to racial di-
versity, I believe that police of-
ficers who are from the comrmu-
nity are a good choice. An officer
who grew up in the neighbor-
hood will probably know who is
who at least they would know
that drawing a gun on during
an Easter Sunday dinner party
at the judge's sister's home is
not a good idea. Perhaps a local
officer or even an officer who is
engaged in real community po-
licing would also know the resi-
dents of the neighborhood and
would not have to chase an en-
tire family out of a home looking
for a burglary suspect.
Diversity is also needed when
it comes to prosecutors. We
know that a Black teenager
found with a joint is going to
face a tougher time in the crimi-
nal justice system than say a
white teenager from an affluent
neighborhood. This happens all

the time throughout the Coun-
try. To State Attorney Fernan-
dez-Rundle's credit, she has
diversity at all levels of her orga-
nization from Don Horne down.
I am glad to see that State At-
torney Fernandez-Rundle has
placed Breezye Telfair, a Black
woman, in the public corruption
unit and has begun rotating
some of the old heads out of that
unit. Diversity and sensitivity
should be a hallmark of every
unit in a prosecutor's office in
the hopes that cultural sensitiv-
ity and commonsense will pre-
vail when making the-decision
to prosecute.
Now the Federal Prosecutor's
Office should follow the State
Attorney's Office example and
insure that their public cor-
ruption unit has at least one
Black prosecutor. The federal
government has a bias toward
Ivy Leaguers that do not always
serve the community's interest.
I am an Ivy Leaguer and can
state unabashedly that the best
trial attorneys that I have met
in my 24-year career are people
that did not go to Ivy League
schools. In the old day's, the
federal prosecutor picked state
attorneys who had tried cases,
knew the community and could
relate to juries.It's time our new
U.S. Attorney insure that Blacks
that are hired during his tenure
and that current Black prosecu-
tors are promoted and assigned
to plum units like public cor-

Student, Libertry City

not seen any
candidate ad-
vertisements. I
do not know if
they do not re-
spect my vote
or whatever it

we need to know that we can rely
on them to lead us well.

Ullnemployed, Liberty City

I do not ,

people that are
running. It is
partly my fault '
that I have not :
educated my- '
self on their
platforms but I
think they have a responsibility
to get the information out to the
public better too.

Student, Liberty City

Honestly I
do not even T,
pay attention -
to the elec-
tions. I know
that is kind of
bad, but I do
not trust any
of them. I do not think that any
of them have my best interest in

Graduate students, Miamni Gar~dens

I do know who the candidates
are and what they stand for, but
I wish they would put more effort
into campaigning. I read The Mi-
ami Times a lot and so far I have

Ulnemployed, Lirtte Haiti

I know a
little bit abot
the candl-
dates, but I do
not really see
them out in
the commurI-
ty that much
We could aI-
ways know

more about these people because



5A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 4-10, 2011

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week. The abrupt shift by Obama came after years of brush-
ing off claims that the short-form certificate generally is-
sued by the state was somehow not proof enough that he
was born in the United States. After Trump shot to the top
of the polls among Republican presidential hopefuls by talk
ing up the issue, Obama moved to turn it to his advantage
by describing his political opponents as focused on "silli-
ness" while more serious national problems loomed.
A lot of Miami Dolphins were disappointed that General
Manager Jeff Ireland failed to land a much-needed quality
quarterback in the NFL Draft. By not drafting a quarter
back, the Dolphins surrounded Chad Henne, or whomever'
with more weapons. Center Mike Pouncey might anchor
the offensive-line for years, while second-round running
back D3aniel Thomas likely replaces Ronnie Brown. Wide
receiver Edmond Gates complements Brandon Marshall
and Davon Bess.

Movie moguls Tyler Perry and Spike Lee are feuding be-
cause Spike called "Madea's Big Happy Family" buffoon-
ery. "I am sick, of him he talked about Whoopi, he talked
about Oprah, he talked about me, he talked about Clint
Eastwood. Spike needs to shut the hell up!" Perry report-
edly said. Spike may be talking the talk, but Perry is walk-
ing the walk all the way to the bank. His latest movie cost
less than $20 million to produce, but earned $25 million
the first weekend to finish second to No. 1 "Rio" at the box

. t is essential for Scott to take the lead in the investigation of
the misrepresentation of facts in the high-speed' rail case.
In Order to restore credibility and integrity to his administra-
tion, the Florida residents need to know the truth,


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people seeking power.

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Jazz legend returns for Hampton House funidraiser


But we need to raise funds for
the ongoing operations-related
expenses. And then we must pay
honor to Commissioner Edmon-
son for working so tirelessly to
help us raise funds."
For more information about
the event or how to make a do-
nation, call 305-638-5800 or
visit the website, www.histori-

grew out of the Black slavery ex-

Thompkins added that Ed-
monson will be honored because
of her "gallant efforts to raise

funds to restore and renovate
the House."
"The afternoon is a fundrais-
er and w-e hope to raise much-
needed funds for operations for
the House," she said. "Wie have
already raised monies for the
building construction portion.

By D. Kevin Mc~leir
kmenreir@mr iamlitimelsonlin e.com l

In a special "Chew and Chat"
with jazz great Charlie "Doc"
Austin, the Historic Hampton
House will sponsor an afternoon
of conversation, musical enter-
tainment while also giving s~pe-
cial recognition to Miami-Dade
County Commissioner and Vice
Chairwoman Audrey Edmon-
son at Historic Trinity Cathe-
dral, 464 NE 16th Street on
Saturday, May 22nd.
The interview, conducted by
"MC" Edwin O'Dell kicks off at
3 p.m. with a concert of spiritu-
als, gospel and jazz continuing
at 4 p.m. Austin, now in his 70s,
will be joined by gospel/jazz vo-
calist Alice Day and The Ebony
Chorale of the Palm Beaches.
According to Charlayne W.
Thompkins, finance director,
Historic Hampton House Com-
munity Trust, Inc., there are
at least three reasons to attend
the event: outstanding music,
an enlightening interview with
Austin and a special honoring
of Edmonson for her unherald-
ed efforts to assist the Hampton

H'o Austin will discuss
his trials and tribulations as a
Black musician back in the day
and he has a truly great lega-
cy," Thompkins said. "He was
the first Black entertainer on
The Ed Sullivan Show, traveled
abroad with his music and was
the first Black allowed to play
on Miami Beach. As far as the
Historic Hampton House is con-
cerned, he is an icon and one of
the entertainers responsible for
putting the House on the map.
People would come from every-
where when the House was a
mecca for Black entertainment
during the 50s and 60s to hear
Austin and others."
Austin, known for skills as
a flautist and saxophone play-
er, will be joined by two of his
musical protegees: Elvis Pascal
and John McMinn.
And if the spirituals are the
kind of genre that you most
enjoy, Thompkins says there
is no one finer than the Ebony
Chorale' of the Palm Beaches.
Led by founder and director Dr.
Orville T. Lawton, the Chorale
has been hailed by music crit-
ics as "one of South Florida's
finest." Since its debut in 1992,
the group has maintained its
goal of keeping alive an appre-
ciation and awareness of the
Negro Spirituals songs that

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Miami Times staff report

In a concert titled, "Magic
to Do," talented students from
eight Miami-Dade County Pub-
lic Schools (M-DCPS) will be
featured at what has become
an annual celebration and ben-
efit concert sponsored by M-
DCPS Superintendent Alberto
M. Carvalho on Friday, May
The District's top singers,
dancers and artists will show-
case their abilities in the au-
ditorium of Miami Jackson
Senior High School, .1752 NW
36th Street beginning at 7:30

Te event is held to raise
funds for the Foundation for
New Education Initiatives, Inc.,
which supports the Cultural
Passport Program. The Pro-
gram provides K-12 students
with a variety of cultural field
experiences so that by the time
they graduate, students will
have visited museums and art
galleries and witnessed live
musical, theatrical and dance
Students from the following
schools will participate in this
year's event: William Lehman/
Elementary School; Country
Club Middle School; Charles
R. Drew Middle School; Miami
Carol City Senior High School;
G. Holmes Braddock Senior
High School; Dr. Michael M.
Krop Senior High School; New
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Man guilty in deadly DUI crash sentenced to 30 years
A Southwest Miami-Dade man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a
January 2009 drunk driving accident that claimed the lives of all three children
of Hector and Mirian Serrano, ages four, seven and 10.
Forty-three-year-old Gabriel Del Risco, shed tears in court at the Metro
Justice Building as Circuit Court Judge Rosa Rodriguez announced the sentence.
Prosecutors had asked for a maximum 45-year sentence for DUI
manslaughter. They noted that Del Risco's blood alcohol level was nearly three
times the legal limit.
Authorities say Del Risco had just left a bar, when his Chevy Trailblazer SUV
slammed into the back of the Del Risco's minivan, killing all three children.
Del Risco will face another hearing on May 11th in regard to another charge
involving a battery on the paramedic who was treating him on the accident

Man charged with murder in four-year-old's death
A judge has ordered that a Miami man be held with bond after he reportedly
beat a four-year-old girl to death.
Miami police said on April 25 just after 10 p.m. officers and fire rescue
personnel were sent to the 6200 block of NW 3rd Avenue to check out reports
of an unresponsive child.
Fire rescue rushed the girl, identified as Brianna Johnson, to Jackson
Memorial Hospital's Pediatric Trauma Unit where she died.
An examination-of her body found severe trauma to her liver and other vital
organs. The Medical Examiner's Office reclassified her death as a murder.
Police said Johnson had been with her mother's boyfriend 20-year-old
Calvin Lewis. They did not say where the child's mother, 22-year-old Ebony
Lawson, was at the time. Lewis reportedly admitted that he had played her in
a 'rough manner' before she became unresponsive.
Lewis was arrested and charged with first degree murder and aggravated
child abuse.
The Department of Children and Families said they've had no prior problems
with Lewis, but have had prior contact with Johnson and her mother. The
agency declined to give details on the prior circumstances.

Man shot by Miami police faces felony charges
A man shot by a Miami police officer faces two felony charges of aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon.
Authorities said 19-year-old Ricardo Orta Jr. remained in critical condition at
Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center,
Police say Orta drew a gun during a fight with another man recently in Little
Havana. When Orta produced a gun, the other man fled. Someone flagged
down 27-year-old officer Marc Redondo.
According to reports, the officer confronted Orta and shot him multiple times.
Redondo, who has been with the department for four years, was placed on
administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

North Miami police looking for woman who killed another driver
North W~iath~i police are on the hunt for a woman wa'nte'd for inferiffoibriy
driving over another woman and killing her after a fight in a neighborhood bar
parking lot.
According to police spokesman Maj. Neal Cuevas, two women were fighting
in the parking lot of Billy's Pub Too, located at 732 NE 125th Street around 3:47
Police say 29-year-old Maria Tellez and 25-year-old Paola Cordoba were
arguing in the parking lot as Tellez sat in her dark-colored BMW SUV.
Suddenly, witnesses told police, the argument turned physical when Tellez
got out of the SUV and pushed Cordoba to the ground.
Witnesses said Tellez then got back into the SUV, with an unidentified woman
in the passenger stat. Tellez sped out of the parkiing spot before she struck and
drove right over Cordoba, according to police.
It's not known what the argument between the two women was about.
If you know where to find Maria Tellez, please call Miami-Dade Crime
Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

tem is easier, permitting inmates
to exchange email with the pub-
lic helps to reduce the risk of the
introduction of contraband.
Florida prisoners are also faced
with the problem of not being
able to get in contact with people
on the outside by telephone, in-
cluding those who are on their
approved telephone list. Soon the
decreased use of landline phones
is going to force the Florida De-
partment of Corrections (FDOC)
to ask its telephone service pro-
vider to make it possible for calls
to connect with cellphones, while
also putting into place a system
that would allow inmates to join
the trend of mailing.
Some inmates are so far away
from home that they are unable
to receive regular visits from
loved ones. Bust with the.help
of webcams that can be set up
at institutions and probation of-
fices, those loved ones could go
to a probation office in their lo-
cal- area and pay for a 30 minute
to an hour-long webcam visit.
The money that FDOC spends on
installation could easily be re
Some states are already doing
all of this. How long will it take
for FDOC to catch up with the
rest of the world? A world of mod-
ern day technology and commu-

With the abundant use
of cellphones and iPads,
hardly anyone is still in-
terested in the old mail-
ing system anymore. No
wonder why the federal
government has had se-
rious talks 'of shrinking
A~LL the number of post offices
around the nation.
Undoubtedly, the wireless in-
dustry is making it much easier
for people to change their habits,
from shopping and entertain-
ment to daily planning and social
behavior. Most mobile devices in
high production appeal greatly to
those who are always on the go
because the devices enable them
to engage in the worldwide frenzy
of portable computing. The sharp
decrease in inmates receiv-
ing mail from people in the free
world can be attributed to this
widespread trend. It has reached
a point where no one has the
time and energy to undergo the
laborious process of sending out
letters the ancient way -- using
such materials as paper, stamps,
envelopes and pens.
Who can forget those long
walks to the mailbox?
When the decision to actu-
ally write a letter is made, some
people will reveal the way they
communicate in the technology
world by adding splashes of short

hand writing in their sentences
as if they were sending out a text
Recently, my 11-year-old cous-
in Ladajah, did that to me -- at
one point scribbling the word
"2day" in a sentence and add-
ing the LOL acronym following
something funny she wrote in
her letter. I did, however, really
enjoy reading about how she just
started to log into cyberspace.
"It's so cool," she said.
I bet it is,
Unfortunately, Florida prison-
ers are not given the opportunity
to keep up with the outside world
-- a universe moving fastly on a
high speed train towards the ris-
ing consumption of wireless ser-
Most federal and some state
prisons across the country allow
prisoners to mail letters electron-
ically to their friends and family
members, which is a whole lot
cheaper and more efficient than
the processing of letters passing
through institutional mailrooms.
And although there has been
a general reduction in incom-
ing mail, the implementation of
email privileges for inmates al-
lows mailroom staff members to
save time from sorting out pieces
of mail. The greatest advantage
for institutions is that, while
monitoring such a mailing sys-

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

As I approach the end
of 20 long years of incar-
ceration, even Iknow that
everything today is high .
tech -- so much that if one ,
does not pay attention to
the innovative technolog- H1
ical trends occurring constantly
in the world that we live, it would
be like existing in a modern day
version of the dark ages -- free of
smartphones, iPads, laptops and
other devices produced through-
out Silicon Valley.
My grandmother is one of those
people who is not infatuated with
such things as cellphones and
is quite satisfied with communi-
cating,with others via a good ole
fashion landline telephone. But
the number of folks in that par-
ticular group is small and grow-
ing smaller everyday,
Analysts predict that 79.1 mil-
lion mobile users will take part
on social networks in the U.S.
by 2015, which will be nearly
double the amount of users last
year (38.9 million). The aver-
age person with a computer has
three email accounts is enough
evidence to conclude that today's
society is relying more on tech-
nology, even when exchanging
mail -- something that used to be
the postal service's job.

libaly's forces at his strong-
hold but were repulsed,
Meanwhile, thousands of
people from the mainly Mus-
lim areas of Abobo cheered on
Saturday when a commander
told them at a gathering called
by forces backing Ouattara
that the war was over.
Sofi Dosso, t'he leader of the
traditional hunters who live
in tropical rain forests, said
his forces were "ready to help
disarm those who disobey the
president's commands." '
All the factions involved in
the bloody four-month elector-
al conflict are accused of kill-
ing civilians, looting, burning
homes and extorting money.
On Wednesday, former rebel
forces turned their guns on
each other in the southwest co-
coa port of San Pedro, forcing
United Nations peacekeepers
to intervene when they start-
ed firing rockets and mortar
shells in the city's downtown.
"We are ready to help dis~
arm those who disobey the
president's commands," Dosso ~
said. "But right now, we are
needed here to help in the dis~
armament process because we
know the many people who are
holding arms illegally."

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP)
- A renegade warlord recent-
ly that he was ready to lay
down his arms as ordered.,by
the new president, but that it
would take time.
The warlord, Ibrahim Cou-
libaly, commands a heav-
ily armed stronghold within
Abobo, a poor neighborhood
in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's larg-
est city.
President Alassane Ouat-
tara recently ordered Couliba-
ly, who led two coups in Ivory
Coast, to disarm or b'e forced
to do so. .
Ouattara also ordered all
combat units back to their
barracks sending the for-
mer rebel forces who installed
him in power to their strong-
hold in the central city of
Bouake and the troops who
fought for former President
Laurent Gbagbo to their old
military camps.
Ouattara said regular and
paramilitary police officers
would be redeployed to take
over security.
"He said htiy down your
arms," Coulibaly said of Ouat-
tara's order. "We will 1ay down
our arms. It is not a problem."
When asked why he had so

many weapons in his strong-
hold, he said: "You don't dis-
pose of arms in the street.
There has to be a strategy."
Coulibaly said he wanted
his forces to join the new army
but was waiting to be invited.
He said he had ~5,000 men
under his command. But the
actual number appears to be
fewer than 1,000, based oh
The Associated Press's as-
sessments at his Abobo head-
quarters and at a college.there
where his commanders were
training recruits.
Ouattara at first tried to dis-

tance himself from the former
rebels fighting in his name
when they began a lightning
assault that took them to the
gates of Abidjan wLithin days. ~
They had been accused of
atrocities during the offensive.
But when his pleas for an
international intervention to
force Gbagbo from power went
unheeded, he adopted the reb-
els s his forces and now calls
them the Republican Forces of
Ivory Coast.
Ouattara's orders to disarm
were made two days after the
former rebels attacked Cou-

The Afghan pilot who killed
nine U.S. trainers in Kabul re-
cently came from the security
force that has been more close-
ly screened for insurgent sym-
pathizers than any other force.
More than nine in 10 mem-
bers of the Afghan air force had
undergone screening for crimi-
nal, drug and medical problems
as part of program to weed out
unfit recruits or Taliban infil-
The screening, conducted
by the Afghans with help from
NATO, is aimed at improving
the quality of Afghan troops
that will take on increasing re-
sponsibility for security begin-
ning in July, when U.S. troops
are scheduled to begin with-
drawing from the country,
There are 100,000 U.S. troops
in Afghanistan and 284,000
Afghan troops and police. Pres-
ident Obama has asked Con
gress for $12.8 billion to train
and equip the Afghan security
forces this coming fiscal year.
Members of the Afghan secu-
rity forces have killed 39 troops
from the U.S.-led coalition
since the start of 2009. Sixteen
of the deaths have happened
in the first four months of this
year. Fifteen coalition troops
were killed by Afghan soldiers
or police in all of 2010, accord-
ing to NATO.
Infiltration is part of an effort
by the Taliban to retake losses

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-AP photo by Musadeq Sadeq
Afghan soldiers patrol outside a gateway to K~abul's airport af-
ter an officer opened fire on foreign troops.

it has suffered by U.S.-led ef-
forts to clear parts of southern
Afghanistan, said Seth Jones,
an expert on Afghanistan at
the RAND Corp., a Washington
think tank.
The Taliban have stepped up.
assassinations of Afghan gov-
ernment officials and used oth-
er forms of intimidation, Jones
said. He said infiltration was a
common tactic of Afghan fight-
ers known as the mujahedin
who fought Soviet occupiers in
the 1980s. They planted agents
in Afghan forces allied with the
"This is just pulling an old
play from the muj playbook,"
Jones said.

The increase in such at-
tacks shows that the Taliban
is adapting its tactics, said
Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island
Democrat and member of the
Armed Services Committee.
Defense Ministry spokes-
man Gen. Mohammad Zahir
Azimi said the gunman was
Ahmad Gul, 48, an officer who
had served as a pilot in the Af-
ghan military for 20 years. Gul
opened fire at a meeting in an
operations room at the Afghan
air corps at Kabul Interna-
tional Airport following an ar-
gument with foreigners, Azimi
said. It was unclear what the
argument was about.

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Obama's America: No bullying

BV LewNis M. Simons

As an American born and bred
who has spent much of his life liv-
ing and working outside the (J.S.,
I recognize in President Obama
a kmndred spirit.-- someone who
loves his country and who wants
others to admire and wish it well.
Visiting the most populous
Muslim country: President
Obama and First Lady Michelle
Obama tour a mosque in Jakar-
ta, Indonesia with Imam Ali Mus-
tafa Yaqub last fall.
In my case, this perspective be-
gan to grow in early adulthood,
as I traveled from one country
and one conflict to another in the
pursuit of news. Obama was born
to it, the child of a Kansan and
a Kenyan, who later lived abroad
with his mother and Indonesian
Obama's cosmopolitan child-
hood helped make him if not the
first then one of very few U.S.
presidents able to walk comfort-
ably in the other guy's shoes.
This enables him to see events
through the other guy's eyes, as
well as through those of an Amer-

With this huge advantage, he is
able to recognize the contradicto-
ry attitudes many Muslims hold
toward Americans: They want us
to help them, at least sometimes,
but they do not want to feel the
humiliation of being dependent
on us for survival. .'
Obama's insights were appar-
ent .in his carefully calibrated
response to the current rebellion
in Libya. If 14e ordered U.S. forces
to lead the charge for the ragtag
rebels, it would be only a ques-
tion of time before all Libyans,
rebel and loyalist, would come to
despise the United States. This is
what transpired first in Iraq and
then in Afghanistan: You go in,
you fight another people's war for
them, you hand them a country
remade in your image.. And they
hate you for it,
In the longer run, Obama's
understanding of the Muslim
anomaly likely will work to the
advantage of the United States by
dulling the edge of our anti-Islam
reputation. We should embrace it
Unfortunately, his interna-
tional worldview infuriates those
of us, primarily on the far right,
who consider it somehow un-
American for our president to ac-
commodate other cultures, say,
to speak their language or to
greet their sovereign with a re-


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and plastic eggs they could
find, from among 300 that
were secretly hidden through-
out the turf earlier that morn-
ing by the staff from the Parks
and Recreation Department.
At the end of the hunt, sev-
en-year-old Octavius Durden
had accumulated 39 eggs, for
which he was awarded the
largest Easter Basket for col-
lecting the most. Everyone
in attendance was treated to
hot dogs, hamburgers, snow
cpnes, cotton candy and en-
tertainment by DJ Turk and
circus clowns.

Special to the Miamri Tim~es

Opa-locka, FI It was "all
about the hats" and the hunt,
as seniors competed to have
the best head fashion and
children raced to find the
most colored eggs on Satur-
day, April 23rd. Mayor "Lady"
Myra Taylor and the City of
Opa-locka Parks 85 Recreation
Department, in partnership
with Kazah Temple #149 PHA
Shriners, sponsored the An-
nual Easter Egg Hunt at In-
gram Park in Opa-locka.
Children were the focal point

of the program with games
and prizes but this year Tay-
lor engaged 17 senior citizens,
age 55 and up, from the "Se-
niors on the Move" program to
participate in the holiday fun
by wearing their most fashion-
able Easter Bonnets to vie for
prizes in the best hat competi-
While the seniors paraded
their hats and occasionally
boogied to an old school tune
on the basketball court, on
the football field, youth ages
four-13, "scrambled" to grab
as many of the colorful boiled

South A rianpoheostowi aphh r,

iconic photo showing Hector
Pietersort, a 13-ye'ar-old shot
Sby police during the 1976
f, Soweto uprising, in Pretoria,
.., TSouth Africa Wednesday, April
27. Ntima is being honored
-for helping expose apartheid's
~ ~j~ s .brutality to the world with
.. the picture that ended his
career because police were so
enraged by the attention his
photograph drew.
-AP Photo

South African photographer

honored for Soweto photo

Miami-Dade County Depart-
ment of Solid Waste Manage-
ment (DSWM) employee Mark
Brown recently received the
Miami-Dade Police Depart-
ment's (MDPD) Silver Medal of
Valor Award. MDPD Director
James Loftus presented the
award to Brown in recognition
of his heroic actions which
prevented a suspect from leav-
ing the scene of a fatal traffic
accident in northwest Miami-
Dade County earlier this year.

MDPD Director Loftus (1-r), Silver Medal of Valor recipient
Mark< Brown, DSWM Director K~athleen W~oods-Richardson,
DSWM Executive Assistant Yvette Colbourne, Sergeant Ronnie
I~ey and Detective Gerry Bertrand, both with the MDPD Homi-
cide Bureau.

tion,'" Nzima recalled.
The marchers were confront-
ed by a white police officer who
told them he would shoot if they
did not disperse, Nzima said.
Instead, Nzima said, they began
singing, "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika,"
or "God Bless Africa."
"That song, which is the
national anthem today, was
banned then," Nzima said.
The police began shooting,
and Nzima sa'w a boy fall. A tall
boy picked him and began to
run. Nzima took six pictures as
the boy was taken to the n~ear-
est car, driven by a colleague
from his newspaper, and taken
to a clinic. There, he was pro-
nounced dead and identified as
Nzima, working at a time
when restrictions onl reporting
on conflict were draconian, re-
moved the film and hid it in his
sock. Later, police forced him to
expose film in his camera, but
the photos of Pieterson were
"A lot of people ask me, why
didn't I help Hector Pieterson?"
Nzima said. "It was not my duty.
A journalist must do his job. My
job is to take pictures."
And this picture, he said,
made a difference.
"This picture was an eye-
opener for the whole world."

spectful bow.
Some of the same voices call
Obama a weakling for ceding
leadership in Libya to NATO. For
these Americans, the struggle m
Libya and Iraq and Afghani-
stan is not about them but
about us.
Everything, it seems, must be
about us: Most recently, for ex-
ample, less than 72 hours after
the March earthquake and nu-
clear plant explosion in Japan,
our mass news media were re-
porting fears of.radiation envel-

of gunboat diplomacy and spotty
communications, throwing our
weight around didn't have to
worry an expansionist U.S. To
day, when everyone knows what
everyone else is up to in real
time we must exercise far
greater sophistication and sen
Many Americans, though, still
see the world as their ances-
tors did, when the U.S. could
bend other nations to its will
with military muscle rather than
brainpower. ,Ohama, .with. .his

photograph drew, he feared they
would kill him. He left Johan-
nesburg and his newspaper to
become a businessman in a
small eastern South African
town. .
But his photograph continued
to draw attention. Nzima has
spoken to students at a German
high school named for Pieter-
son, and attended exhibitions
that included his photograph
in the United States, Briton
and the Netherlands. Later this
year, he will go to Belgium.
Pieterson was the first to die
from police gunfire after Soweto
students were ordered to dis-
perse. The students were pro-
testing an order that black stu-
dents to be taught in Afrikaans,
the language of the white-mi-
nority rulers.
Hundreds of blacks, many of
them young people, were killed
in ensuing clashes nationwide.
Conflict escalated in the 1980s
and finally led to apartheid's
demise in the early 1990s.
Nzima said he arrived in
Soweto early that morning in
1976, assigned to cover what
he thought would be peaceful
protests. He watched students
paint signs.
"One said, "Afrikaans must
be abolished.' Another, 'We are
being fed the crumbs of educa-

By Donna Bryson
Associarted Press

PRETORIA, South Africa A
South' African photographer is
being honored for helping ex-
pose apartheid's brutality to
the world with a picture that
ended hilb career,
On Wednesday, celebrated as
Freedom. Day in South Africa
because it is the anniversary of
the country's first all-race elec- -
tions,- President Jacob Zuma
will bestow national honors orr:
Sam Nzima for a photograph
reminiscent of the "Pieta" he
took showing a dying Hector Pi-
eterson, a 13-year-old shot by
police during the June 16, 1976
Soweto uprising.
Nzima is receiving the Order
of Ikhamanga, which recogniz-
es South Africans who excel in
arts, culture, literature, music,
journalism and sport. He joins
such past winners as jazz leg-
end Hugh Masekela and novel-
ist Alan Paton.
Nzima said in an interview
Wednesday his photograph seen
around the world "tells the sto-
ry of what happened. You don't
even need a caption to see that
something terrible has hap-
Nzima, 75, said police were
so enraged by the attention his

Visiting the most populous Muslim country: President Obama
and first lady Michelle Obama tour a mosque in Jakarta, Indone-
sia with Imam Ali M ustafa Yaqub last fall.

oping the West Coast.
Such an America-centric take
on the world is mistaken and
harmful to the U.S.
*It produces precisely the op-
posite effect that all Americans,
conservative and liberal, want. It
erodes rather than enhances our
reputation in the world.
*It feeds the hatred so many
non-Americans have nursed
since we intervened in the Viet-
namese civil war more than three
decades ago and which peaked
again when we invaded Iraq.
*It is viewed around the world
as naive at best and, at worst,
as prejudiced, reflecting nativist
notions of American exceptional-
One of the first lessons I
learned as a foreign correspon-
dent is that people~ of all na-
tionalities consider themselves
exceptional. China's name for
itself, zhongguo, translates as
"central kingdom," the center of
the world. Even the benighted
Bangladeshis, for heaven's sake,
insist that they live in a "golden"
In the mid-19th century period

exceptional (though certainly
not exceptionalist) worldview,
realizes that all people must be
permitted their innate sense of
self-respect. In the same regard,
if a people desire freedom, or de-
mocracy, or any other form of
governance for that matter, they
must struggle for it and win it
themselves. No foreign army can
hand it to them and expect it to
survive the test of time.
Yes we can, and arguably
should, help wNhen our best inter-
ests and simple human decency
dictate that we do. But those we
help must emer-ge from the con-
flict believing, that victory was

It was clear from scratch that:
putting the heterogeneous NATO
alliance in charge of the demi-
war in the Libyan desert would
be fraught. Unleashing the full
weight of Air Force bombers and
sending the U.S. Marines back
to the hallowed shores of Tripoli
doubtless would have achieved
the desired effect, and in much
shorter order.

7A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 4-10, 2011

Opa-locka mayor celebrates Easter

County employee receives Medal of Valor


Obama meets with

1968 Memphis strikers

The President met on Friday, April 29 at the White
House with eight participants in the 1968 Memphis Sani-
tation Strike, an iconic campaign in civil rights and labor

rights history, when public workers banded together for
dignity, respect and a better life. Dr. IKing and leaders of
the civil rights movement joined these men 43 years ago
on the picket line, recognizing that economic justice and
social justice are part of the same aspiration for human

The President invited the living participants in the Mem-

phis Sanitation Strik~e to honor their courage, and their
fight on behalf of all workers for safe conditions, respect
in the workplace and a better life for themselves and their
families. As workers across the country continue to face
challenges to their rights, the issues for which these men
fought continue to be relevant and the President remains
committed to the causes for which they marched.


BV LarrV Copeland

One can't wander far in this
coastal community that calls
itself America's oldest seaside
resort town without hearing
people speaking a mysterious,
rapid-fire language that some-
how echoes the West Indies and
The speakers aren't tourists,
'but members of the Gullah-
Geechee culture. Theirs is a
rich, ~uniquely American quilt:
So wide it stretches from the
saltwater creek that has fed gen-
erations here all the way to the
White House and the nation's
first Black first lady. So deep
it encompasses a boat builder
who learned the craft from his
uncle and works without written
They are descendants of Afri-
can slaves who worked the rice
plantations that made South
Carolina one of the wealthiest of
the 13 original American colo-
nies. Their language is a stew
of African dialects, English and
Creole that slaves devised for
secret communication. An esti-
mated 250,000 Gullah-Geechee
people live along a coastal swath
in the Carolinas, Georgia and
As they prepare for their annu-
al rice festival, many are trying
to hold on to the language and
traditions that have endured
for centuries. They are~attempt-
ing to pass on crafts that were
handed down to them through
the years basketmaking, boat
building, hammock weaving,
storytelling to a modern gen-
eration that's much harder to
"This is history," says Vera
Manigault, 63, who makes bas-
kets from sweetgrass, palmetto
leaves and palmetto thorns and
sells them at a roadside stand.
"We're still doing it the old way.

We're still using the same mate-
rials. Once you learn how to do
it, you don't forget."
Yet too few here are learning.
"This culture is dying out," says
Richard Gibbs, 46, whose father
built boats and taught him to
fish, shrimp and clary in Paw-
leys Island creek. "This is more
of the older people's traditions.
The young generation doesn't do
it, and there's no one to teach
In a way, the boat builder il-
lustrates their dilemma.
Willie Dereef, 87, builds boats
without plans or diagrams, do-
ing it the way his uncle taught
him in 1932. "He was the best
'round here at that time," says
Dereef, speaking around a gen-
erous chaw of tobacco. "I was
raised up building boats. Me
and him would go fishing in the
creek and sell them (fish) at the
boarding house on Pawleys Is-
land beach."
Dereef, who tools about town
on his bicycle, learned well: H~e
builds solid, watertight vessels;
one is on display at the state mu-
seum. He finished his latest boat
two years ago but hasn't been
able to sell it: For the $5,000
he's asking, boaters can buy a
sleeker, more modern craft.
Bunny Rodrigues, who owns
the Gullah O'oman museum
here and organizes the annual
rice festival, tried for years to
find someone willing to learn
the craft from Dereef. "This art
form, we're going to lose it," she
says. "It's in his head. When
he's gone, there's no more boat
The celebration here is one of
several in the region; the biggest,
the Gullah Festival in Beaufort,
S.C. is May 27-29.
The pride of Rodrigues' tiny
museum, which she runs with
her husband, Andrew Ro-
drigues, is a "story quilt" depict-
ing Michelle Obama's family's


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--Photo by Brett Rlashnick
Vera Manigault, a traditional Gullah Sweet Grass Basl of the Gullah O'oman Gift Shop in Pawleys Island, S.C.

journey. Her great-great-grand-
father, Jim Robinson, was born
into slavery in Georgetown
County in the 1850s., She dis-
covered her Gullah roots during
her husband's presidential cam-
paign in 2008.
It's a culture that hasn't al-
ways been celebrated. For de-
cades, being a Geechee, as they
were more widely known, car-
ried a stigma. Anyone growing
up in the Southeast has heard
the derisive term "rice-eating
Geechee," usually referring to
someone from Georgia or the
"Technically, the* Gullah
people never used that term
(Gullah) until about the 1980s,
when academicians started us-
ing the term," says Veronica
Gerald, a professor of English at
Coastal Carolina University who
has spent 30 years studying the

culture. "Early on, the term and
the culture did not find prestige
in either African-Arhericain or
white culture, partly because
of misunderstanding. Many
thought that their dialect, as it
was called at that time, was an
inability to speak 'proper Eng-
lish.' So for most Gullah people,
one of their primary effort~avass
to remove evidence of the dialect
from their speech patterns." .
Jannie Greene, 54, an author,
teacher and storyteller, learned
earlyr on to keep her mouth shut.
"I was raised in Georgetown
and grew up speaking Gullah,"
she says. "When I got to public
school, I was speaking Gullah
and they would say I was using
bad grammar. I became like a
turtle going back into my shell.
I started speaking less. It wasn't
until after college that I became
comfortable with the way I talk-

Many modern-day white
Southerners also speak Gullah.
Members of the state's white
gentry learned it from their nan-
nies. It was used by American
soldiers as code during World
War II; the New Testarilent has
been translated into Gullah.
Gerald is a commissioner of -abl
the Gullah-Geechee Cultural
Heritage Corridor, one of 40
such areas designated by Con-
gress. It runs along the coast
from Wilmington, N.C., to Jack-
sonville, Fla., and extends 30
miles inland.
"This is the only corridor that
is a recognition of a living cul-
ture," Gerald says. "It's still
evolving. Our biggest challenge
is to get people to take Gullah
out of that hostile perspective. *
It's an ever-evolving, ever adapt-
ing culture."


*May 6, 1960 The Civil
Rights Act of 1960 was signed
by President Dwight Eisen-
hower. This Voting Rights Act
allowed the federal courts to
use referees to assist Blacks
in registering for federal elec-
*May 7, 1943 The Lib-
erty Ship, George Washington
Carver, was launched.
*May 7, 19)46 Wood-
row "Woody" Strode became
the second Black NFL player
when he signed with, the Los
Angeles Rams.

*May 8, 1858 John Brown
convened an antislavery con-
vention in Chatham, Cariada.
*May 8, 1888 M.A. Cher-
ry, inventor, patented the Ve-
locipede (early bicycle), Patent
*May 9, 1970 Purlie, a
play based on Ossie Davis'
Purlie Victorious.
*May 9, 1974 Rep. John
Conyers, Jr. of Michigan and
Rep. Barbara Jordan of Texas
were among the members of
the House Judiciary Commit-
tee which opened hearings on,

whether to recommend the
impeachment of President
Nixon in the Watergate Con-
*May 10, 1775 Fort Ti-
conderoga was captured by
Ethan Allen, Lemeul Haynes,
Epheram Blackman, Primus
Black and a host of Black pa-
May 10, 1951 Z. Alexan-
der Loobjr, NAACP attorney,
was elected to the Nashville,
TN, City Council. This elec-
tion helped Blackrs make po-
litical advances in the South.

*May 4, 1904 The first
Black Greek-letter organi-
zation, Sigma Pi Phi, was
formed in Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania, at the home of Hen-
ry McKee. The group's pur-
pose was to meet the needs of
Black ~professionals and busi-
ness leaders and to address
social issues.
*May 4, 1961 CORE be-
gan "Freedom Rides." The
ride were designed to test the
South's compliance to the In-

terstate Commerce ,Commis-
sion's order of desegregation.
*May 5, 1905- Robert Seng-
stacke Abbott began publish-
ing the Chicago Defender, the
city's first Black newspaper.
*. May 5, 1918 William
Stanley Braithwaite, poet and
editor, received the fourth
NAACP Spingarn Medal for
his achievement in literature.
S*May 6, 1787 The African
Lodge No. 459 was founded by
Prince Hall in Massachusetts.

8A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 4-10, 2011

Coastal residents aim to

preserve rich African culture ~

Rich traditions ofGullah people reach

all the way to the Wrhite House



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tickets that provided special
discounts on their first pur-
chase. Several restaurants in
the Tallahassee community
participated in the kick off of
e-rattler.com by distributing
tickets to their patrons. The
participating restaurants in-
cluded Zaxby's on Apalachee
Parkway and West Tennessee
Street; Lindy's Fried Chicken
on South Monroe Street; Wen-
dy's on South Monroe Street;
Burger King on South Mon-
roe Street and Kentucky Fried
Chicken on Paul Russell Road.

President James H. Ammons
S(at podium) announced
the launch of FAMU's new
online store during a
preSS Conference.
FAM U students
participated by modeling
some of the specially
designed apparel.



'. .'

line sales will be used to sup-
port the university. The Cintas
Corporation, based in Cincin-
nati, Ohio, provides highly
specialized' services to busi-
nesses of all types through-
out North America. Cintas
designs, manufactures and
implements corporate identity
uniform, prograins, and pro-
vides entrance mats, restroom
supplies, promotional prod-
ucts, first aid and safety prod-
ucts, fire protection services
and document management
services to. approximately
800,000 businesses.
Following the university's
announcement of the store,
a fashion show "Collegiate
Couture: FAMU Swag with
an Ivy League Tag," was held
to showcase the various ap-
parel. Sorne of FAMU's student
modeling troupes modeled the
apparel. As part of the promo-
tional celebration, individuals
were provided with scratch off

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Special to The Miami Timnes

Recently, Florida A&M Uni-
versity (FAMU) launched an
online store, e-rattler.com.
FAMU announced the launch
of its new online store last
week. The online store, pow-
ered and supplied through
Cintas, will afford FAMU stu-
dents, faculty, alumni and
supporters the opportunity to
purchase specially designed
apparel online. Item ranging
from shirts, hats and shorts
can be purchased through the
virtual store.
The university's president
said the new online store will
allow their campus commu-
nity and alumni from all over
the world as well as friends
and supporters to purchase
FAMU attire with the click of
a mouse on their computers.
FAMU will receive 17.5 per-
cent from Cintas for all online
sales. Proceeds from the on-

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Dunbar shared a significant
milestone with her daughter,
Ayonna Dunbar, as they both
graduated from Florida A&M
University (FAMU) last Satur-
day. Nearly 1,400 candidates
joined the Dunbars to receive
their diploma during the Spring
Commencement ceremony in
the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipur-
pose Center and Teaching G\n m
A~tlanta Ala\-or Al. .Kasern Reed
served as the key~note speaker
for the morning ceremony.
Susan Dunbar, 50, stated
that it was a little tough com-
ing back to' school, juggling her
family and church; however,
she does not regret her de~ci-
s10 .
"My family and friends sup-
ported me throughout my ten-
ure at FAMU," she said. "When
I thought that I could not do it,
~they encouraged me."
Susan Dunbar, a nursing
major, graduated from FAMU
28 years ago with a bachelor's
of science in nursing before
enrolling into the master's pro-
gram in 2009; two years after
Ayonna Dunbar started her
first semester and the same se-
mester her son Darius Dunbar,
20, started classes at FAMU.
"The three of us attending
FAMU was an advantage," Su-
san said. "We would check on
each other to make sure we
completed projects and papers,
and often compare our GPA's
[grade point average)."
Ayonna Dunbar, 23, who
was excited about graduating

,, -

Susa'n Dunbar (left) and her daughter Ayonna Du~nbar gradu-
ated together at FAMU's ceremonies last Saturday.

alongside her mother, plans to
get her master's degree in men-
tal health at FAMU. Her pas-
sion for health derives from her
mother's community outreach.
"My mother is known for al-
ways helping someone," said
Ayonna, a senior psychology
major. "She's naturally an hu-
Last year, Susan Dunbar co-
ordinated a health fair in thle
Housing Community in Talla-
hassee where she educated res-

idents and facilitated a variety
of health screenings.
"This is really exciting be-
cause I thought I was going to
experience the excitement of
graduation alone," Ayonna said.
"I'm glad to have my mother to
share this moment with me."
"This is the greatest Moth-
er's Day gift I could ever re-
ceive," said Susan, who gradu-
ated with honors. "Having my
daughter and myself graduate
at the same time is awesome."

Pareriting Classes r, .

Pre-Kt Registration

PrOgrams for Children with Special Needs...
and much more.

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By RandV Grice

"When Mia~mi*Dade College
first opened its doors in 1960, it
became the first community col-
lege in Florida to welcome Black
students. Seven were among the
1,428 who enrolled in that in-
ailgural class," he said. "Today,
MDC is proud to confer more de-
grees on Black students than any
other institution in the country.
On Friday evening, many of those
students listened to a commence-
ment address from the first Black
President of the United States.
This is our American story and
One these graduates will con-
tinue to write it in the years to
come. We're extremely pleased
and honored to have President
Obama participate in our com-
Obama's speech was an addi-
tion to the college's longstanding
tradition of hosting world lead-
ers, renowned speakers and top
thinkers at graduation. Jerry

Crown, MDC graduate said the
president taking the time to
speak to the college was an hon-
"It is not everyday that you see
the president of your country. For
me it is even more exciting be-
cause he is the first Black presi-
dent," he said. "I think he will
be an inspiration to all of us fbr
years to come. We have no excuse
to say why we cannot get things
Stephanie Cannon, another
graduate from Ft. Lauderdale,
said that she is in awe of the
",This is one- of the biggest mo-
ments of my life," she said. "Not
only am l a graduate but I will be
able to tell my kids and grandkids
about the time 'the first Black
president spoke at my gradua-
tion. This is truly amazing."
MDC also awarded President
Obama his first honorary associ-
ate's degree.

It is graduation season and
many prominent figures from
around the country will be de-
scending on colleges and univer-
sities to deliver commencement
speeches. Last Friday Barack
Obama, the 44th and first Black
president of the United States
delivered the commencement ad-
dress for Miami Dade College.
More than 3,000 Miami Dade
College (MDC) graduates were in
attendance at the 7 p.m. gradu-
ation to hear from the president.
The ceremony took place at the
James L. Knight International
Center in downtown Miami. The
commander-in-chief delivered
the address for the spring gradu-
ation ceremony of the north cam-
pus of MDC. Eduardo J. Padr6n,
president of Miami Dade College,
expressed his gratitude for hav-
ing the president to speak at the

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is still much to celebrate as they
mark the 66th anniversary of
one of Miami's environmentall
"~Two years ago the City of Mi-
ami removed the Trust from any
financial contributions money
that was in the past used for our
operations budget," he said. "We
were forced to turn to alterna-
tive means of generating income:

fundraisers, fees for entry into
the park and rental fees. And
while that has been less than ad-
equate, wre have still been mak-
ing it work and keeping the Park
open the Park has been func-
tioning at a high quality."
Forchion notes that one chal-
lenge he and his team have faced
has been the misconception that
once the City removed the Trust

from its budget, that the Park
and the Trust both closed.
"We remain fully intact and
are looking for more organiza-
tions to be sponsors, to use the
Park for their corporate func-
tions and for citizens to consider
our facilities for reunions and
weddings" he said. It's a beauti-
ful landscape and has been 90
percent restored. In addition,

our mission remains the same:
To share the history of this
place, the only beachfront for
Blacks during the days of seg-
regation, that is now available
for all South Florida residents to
enjoy. When you want something
more serene than South Beach,
or are looking for a great place
for the family, Historic Virginia
Key Beach Park is the place."

But Virgenia Key 's director says

park remains "open for business

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park
out of the red. But Forchion,
as the executive director of the
Park's Trust, says that with the
encouragement of an all-volun-
teer Board of Trustees and given
the support of the public, there

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmnlreir@miamntitimesonline. c~om

It's been a challenging 18
months for Guy Forchion, the
46-year-old Miami native who
is now charged with moving the

continued from 1A

nearly a decade after the hor-
rors of the 9/11 attacks.
"Tonight, let us think back
to the sense of unity that
prevailed on 9/11," he said
in announcing bin Laden's
death. "I know that it has,
at times, fr yed. Yet today's
achievement is a testament
to the greatness of our coun-
try and the determination of
the American people .. We
are once again reminded that
America can do whatever we
set our rIhind to." -
Obama was careful not to
gloat about the breakthrough
for the struggle against Is-
lamist terrorism and even
praised his predecessor, for-
mer President George W.
Bush, who Obama had fre-
quently assailed for bungling
that struggle on the 2008
campaign trail. At the same
time, as the smoke begins to
clear from this pivotal mo-
ment, a no-less significant
question lingers: How will the
al Qaeda leader's death alter
the nation's political land-
scape, especially ahead of
next year's 2012 presidential
campaign? -
The short answer, of course,
is that it's far too early to say
for sure. To be suge,as nevs
cameras capture footage of
cheering crowds across party
lines gathering .to celebrate
bin Laden's demise, Obama
seems almost certain to expe-
rience a bump in national ap-
proval for his handling of the
situation. And the country's
mood usually measured in
so-called "right track/wrong
track" numbers will like-
wise trend upward with a
major shot of good news af-
ter weeks of angst over issues

such as rising gas prices and
the struggling economy.
And as the president gears
up for his 2012 re-election bid,
he can take assurance in his
ability to brandish a signifi-
cant foreign policy achieve-
ment: He personally signed off
on a mission to capture the
world's most wanted terrorist
and it was successful. Obama
will be certain to remind vot-
ers about that milestone at
every opportunity knowing
that it's bound to loom larger
in the public mind than the
last several months' worth of
hand-wringing among candi-
dates and pundits over this
administration's approach
to Libya and the tumultuous
war in Afghanistan.
Many of Obama's likely GOP
rivals in 2012 have lambast-
ed him in recent weeks as a
president with a weak foreign-
policy dossier. But on Sunday,
some of his potential oppo-
nents including Tim Pawlenty
and Mitt Romney carefully
offered Obama praise for his
handling of the bin Laden op-
eration. But not all GOP can-
didates were as gracious. Sar-
ah Palitr made no mention of
Obama, instead praising the
In policy terms, the adminis-
tration seems averse to gloat-
in-grser the legacy of his~his-
tonec moment. Obama made
clear ih his remarks that the
war in terror is far from over
and added that bin Laden's
death doesn't mrian an end to
threats to the nation.
"His death does not mark
the end of our effort," the
president warned. "There's
no doubt that al Qaeda will
continue to pursue attacks
against us .. the cause of
securing our country is not

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on the night of February 11,
2011, ICE was conducting a
joint inve stigation/ surveil-
lance into gang activity in Mi-
"ICE conducts these joint
operations with law enforce-
ment partners which include
the city of Miami, Miami-
Dade Police Department as
well as other lawv enforce-
ment agencies throughout
South Florida," said Ortiz-
Delgado from his office in
San Juan, Puerto Rico. "Part
of ICE's mission is to target
gang members and their as-
sociates who are involved in
a number of crimes, includ-
ing drug trafficking, mon-
ey laundering and violent
It was during this sting op-
eration that McNeil was mur-
dered by Miami police gang

others," he said.
Sheila McNeil, the mother of
28-year-old Travis McNeil, the
latest to die in a string of po
lice-involved shootings, says
she is no loilger surprised by
anything that happens here
inM ai
InI'mamot surprised at some
of the cases being ruled jus-
tified by the state attorney's
office she said while taking
a pause from last week's city
commission meeting. "This
was expected. I just pray to
God that the City will step up
and take responsibility."

More details about McNeil's
death have been released to
The Mi'ami Times from U.S.
Immigration Customs En-

-Miami limes photo/Kevin McNeir
McNeil, Rev. Anthony Tate and

confused by the entire pro
cess. Dunn responded to him
and the family.
"Some people say it's going
to be alright, but I disagree,"
said Travis, Jr. "I think about
my dad and the last time I
saw him alive. I should know
more about his death."
It remains a painful situ-
ation for all of the families
that have lost loved ones and
Dunn says it is important to
remain calm no matter what
rulings come down from the

I and ACLU Rep. John Deleon.
unit member Reinaldo Goya.
Ortiz-Delgado declined to
comment further when ques-
tioned as to whether or not
McNeil and Williams were the -
intended prey of .their joint
investigation on the 'grounds
that the shootings were still
being investigated.

McNeil's 10-year-old son
was allowed to address the
city commissioners, clearly

Attorney Katherine
recently-aired state-
.ment that police of- .
ficers are within the
law to shoot a fleeing
victim in the back if
they feel their "lives
are in danger."
"There's clearly no

.trigger-happy police-
We are not condemn
ing the entire Depart-
Sment. It all goes back
to the kind of culture
that Exposito has cre-
ated since becoming
the chief of police.
I Miami. is now a police
state and until the law
is challenged and changed,
officers will always have
a way out of any shooting
- they now have unfettered

continued from 1A

preliminary findings of -Paul
Phillip and the State Attorneys
Office neither of which sur-
prise us Curry said. "This
problem is systemic as you have
ini the City of Miami a culture
where the police categorize peo-
ple [Blacks] as thugs, demonize
them and then send e-mails to
that fact. The same people who
have been hired to protect and
serve us believe that when they

go out into the streets they are
entering the jungle and we are
their prey."
Dunn spoke to The Miami
Times on Monday and said that
he was "outraged by the photo
and the ideology that it corrob-
orates," adding that the altered
Miller mugshot was "the most
racist thing I've seen in my life."

Curry says he fears the worst
for Blacks in Miami, given State

recourse for the average citi-
zen and no checks and bal-
ances," Curry said. "Right
now Blacks are nothing more
than shooting targets for

continued from 1A

bad for Blacks in this area for
years," said Rev. Anthony Tate,
president of P.U.L.S.E. "In Mi-
ami-Dade County, the rich are
getting richer while those of us in
Liberty City continue to get poor-
er. We know there are resources
available -- we just aren't getting
our fair share."
Statistics for the well-being in-
dex are gathered by polling 1,000
Americans every day of the year
except holidays. Respondents
were asked to speak to several
issues including: life evalua-
tion, emotional health, physical
health, healthy behavior, work
environment and basic access to
services related to health.

The forum was organized by
Congresswoman Frederica Wil-
son who now represents District
17, but when the survey was
taken Kendrick Meek was at the .
helm. Still, Wilson says she feels
the pressure and remains ada-

mant about~ facing the problem
with a proactive approach.
"Miami-Dade County is not
g poor county but the evidence
suggests that District 17 is simply
not getting its fair share. Clearly
one meeting is not enough but it
is a start and given the packed
audience we had today, there are
a lot of local leaders and citizens
who are concerned and willing to
take action."
Wilson has proposed a task
force comprised of elected of-
ficials and interested residents
and has asked T. Willard Fair'
president/CEO, Urban League
of Greater Miami, to serve as the
"Local business and commu-
nity leaders have much more
influence over the area's well-be-
ing than I do from Washington,
D.C.," Wilson said. "But I am go-
ing to seek additional resources
at the national level."
District 17 is approximately 17
percent Black. -
County Commissioners Audrey
Edmonson, Jean Monestime and
Barbara Jordan were all in at
tendance and raised their indi-
vidual concerns to Jason Milton,

--Miami Times photo/D).KIevin McNeir
seek< solutions.

this first-of-its-kind forum to-
gether. But let's be honest. All
of the data can be looked at de-
mographically. Those who are at
the bottom of every category and
are experiencing the least of the
best can be "racialized." How to
remove Blacks from the bottom
is the task ahead. And we need
to act fast because pathways to
well-being are continually being
stripped from us. As my grand-
mother used to say, 'when you
view God from the bottom you
see Him differently. '

Eager citizens

the Gallup? senior consultant who
presented the data and answered
questions. Each has apparently
thrown their support behind Wil-
son's proposed task force.
However it was comments from
the Rev. G. Vincent Lewis, An
tioch Missionary Baptist Church
of Carol City, that were the most
"Information is key in this new
global community and economy
so it's good to get this data,"
Lewis said. "My hat is off to Con-
gresswoman Wilson for putting

continued from 1A

be at Miami Dade's graduation
and noted that MDC was one
of the largest, most diverse in-
stitutions of higher learning in
America. He then commended
the school for just being named
one of the top community col-
leges in the nation.
Obama noted that Miami
Dade College has a student
body of over 170,000 students
who come from over 66 differ-
ent countries, speak 94 differ-
ent languages and is 90 percent
minority. "It's fitting that your
motto is, 'Opportunity Changes
Everything!,'" he said.
Obama remarked that he too
was someone who, was.there be-
cause of the chances his educa-

tion gave him. "America will only
be as strong as the opportunities
we provide you [our students]."
Obama warned, "America will
be only as strong as our pursuit
of scientific research and our
leadership in technology and in-
novation He noted how he had
made community colleges a cen-
terpiece of his education agen-
da. "Your accomplishment today
is vital to America reclaiming
the highest proportion of college
graduates in the world by 2020."
The graduation ceremony
alone was done over five sep-
arate commencement cer-
emonies, and included nearly
14,000 students receiving col-
lege degrees.

Obama challenged the grad-
uates to keep the American
Dream alive from one genera-
tion to the next. "That's never
been an easy task," he said.
Obama closed his remarks
with this challenge to the grad
uates: "Pursue success. Do not
falter. When you make it, pull
somebody else up. Preserve our
dream. Remember, your life is
richer when people around you
have a shot at opportunity as
well. Strive to widen that circle
of opportunity as well; strive to
forge that big, generous, opti-
mistic vision of America that we
intierited; strive to carry that
dream forward to future gen-

Canaveral in Central Florida to
watch the historic final launch
of the space shuttle Endeavor.
Due to mechanical problems,
the launch was canceled for the
In the evening, Obama was
greeted here in Downtowrn Mi-
ami, at the James L. Knight Cen-
ter, by thousands of screaming
graduating students, family and
friends from the North Campus
of Miami Dade College (MDC).
After the American flag was
presented by the Carol City High
School honor guard, Obama
said it was a thrill for him to

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When Pastor Jimmie L. Bry-
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tor of Antioch of Liberty City
in 1986, he was 29-years-old.
With approximately 125 mem-
bers, the average age of the
congregation then was ,53.
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and Fredna Frederick, 19. Local youth attend a domestic violence candlelight vigil to re-
member a friend who was killed last year.

( Kristal Rodriguez and Marquis Wells.Iit candles in remembrance of victims of domestic
violence during a special ceremony at the COPE Center, North on Thursday, April 28.

Local Lin-ks chapter hosts seminar on abuse

Seuy ces and the Carrie Meek
According to Love Is. Respect,
the national teen dating abuse
website, one in three teens
knows a friend or peer who has
been physically assaulted 19y
their dating partner, yet only
33 percent of teens in abusive
relationships ever tell about

hM aa hie, the National Cen-
ter for Injury Prevention and
Control reports that dating
abuse occurs more often among
Black students, 13.9 percent,
than Latino, 9.3 percent, or
white, seven percent.
"We want freedom of violence
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to launch a domestic violence
awareness campaign. The
candlelight vigil served as the
kickoff event for a 12-week ed-
ucatiorial program, also named
'Love Doesn't Hurt', in part-
' nership with the Miami-Dade
County Department of Human

classmate as being "a good
friend to have and to hang.
Candy Morilles, 18, also re-
members her frieh~d fondly.
"She was awesome,"' Morales
Shocked by the teenager's

North in Miami on Thursday,
April 28.
The ceremony was in honor of
high schooler, Daniella Cooper,
who was shot and killed last
Eighteen-year-old Kristal
Rodriguez described her late

By Kaila Heard
kheard@miamitimesonline .com

The Miami-Biscayne Bay
chapter of The Links sponsored
a "Love Doesn't Hurt" Candle-
light Vigil and Remembrance
Ceremony at COPE Center

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support while relatives are incarcerated

Barry stayed in Philadelphia.
But one late night while driving
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charged with drunk driving and
served five years in prison.

After being paroled, Barry
worked hard to reclaim his life
and moved to Mia.mi. He began
taking classes at Lindsey Hop-
kins Technical Education Cen-
ter; studying to be an asbestos
inspector and an environmental
technician. He found a job.
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Barry. Growing up, Barry was a .
normal and happy kid. He played
football and he loved music. Even
at an early age, Barry loved play-
ing instruments, all kinds of in
struments. Barry played in his
schools' bands growing up and
later joined th~e band at Temple
Years later Sandra would re-
marry and move to Miami in
hopes of finding more construc-
tion work.

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This is not what Sandra Bryant,
67, pictured her life would be like,
nor the situation she would be in,
Like all mothers, when Sandra
looked upon her newborn son for
the first time, all, she could say
was, "My beautiful son!'
Back then while living in Phila-
delphia, Sandra and her husband
Clinton worked hard to provide a
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with wife, Estella Forston,

Camp Hands, the summer
camp that teaches adolescents
American Sign Language (ASL),
returns for its sixth year. Spon-
sored by the Plantation-based
Christian sign language minis-
try, Speaking Hands, the camp
teaches eight- to 15-years-olds,
who can hear as well as those
who are hearing impaired, how
to communicate by only using
their hands.
"They're going to get a good
introduction to sign language,"
explained Dr. Claudette Bar-
rett, the founder and president
of Speaking Hands.
By the end of the seven week
camp, participants typically
have learned how to conduct
aelxtsic ctonveersatif ras well a
sign language,
Yet while acquiring a new

language is fun, Barrett also
believes that it is a necessary
skill more people should ac-
. clu explained, "We're in a
community where there are
thousands and thousands of


Reverends Jimmie L. Bryant of Antioch of Liberty City.

deaf people and if you are able
,to help them, it's phenomenal."
Camp Hands counselor,
Chand eLewis, is among tho e

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He further explained the
necessity of young members,
"Crying babies in churches is
job security for the church."
To gather newcomers pref-
erably youthful ones into the
church, church members were
asked to reach out and invite
their own nieces and nephews
and other neighbors, loved ones
and family members to the
The initiative worked.
Today the 81-year-old Antioch

of Liberty City has nearly 175
members and its membership
demographics have shifted.
"We've got a good average of
ages now. We have probably
now about 50-60 kids in our
youth department," he said.
Yet, while Bryant, who is now
55, appreciates the growth and
diversification of the congre-
gation, his main focus has re-
mained the same since the be-
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riette Greene, the holiday
will be recognized with a Pre-
Mother's Day Prayer Rally on
May 4 in Liberty Cityr.
The event, which is called the
'Mother's Taking Our Street
Back Rally', offers mothers the
chance to use their near-my-
thologized influence over their
families to ultimately make
the community safer.
"A lot of people don't have
faith because they don't have
a relationship with God there-
fore they do not believe in
holding on," she explained, "if
we fear God then we should
actually do better because we
know that there is hope."

While Greene, a mother of
three, knows that it will take
a lot of effort to change the
community, she advises that
mothers can begin with simple
Families can have meals to-
gether and allow the children
to. talk and say what is on their
minds, she said,

While it certainly would be
amazing to be the mother of a
child who grows up to be the
president of the United States
or a famous scientist, most
mothers have simpler hopes
and dreams for their children.

For Eoline Wilson, her
dreams for her family were "to
have children that are a posi-
tive impact on society."
The mother of three children
Swho are all over 18 years
old says she was pleased
when all of her children, and
her extended family members
as well, turned out to be pro-
ductive citizens.
Now the family talks about
having a "thank you" party
for the kids for growing up so
well, she said with a laugh.

Chris Rock once said that
mothers have been recognized

to a much greater extent than
fathers. Mothers get songs
such as rapper Tupac's "Dear
Mama," while fathers receive
the Temptations' 'Papa was a
Rolling Stone,' he joked.
However, there is some truth
to his jests.
Even in homes where both
Mother's Day and Father's
Day are celebrated, the former
holiday tends to be celebrated
with more pomp and circum-
Married for over five years,
Priscilla Johnson, who has two
children, admits that Mother's
Day is a more celebrated affair
than Father's Day in her home

as well.
But she has her own theory
as to why this is the case.
"It's always the mother who
puts the most time with the
kids," said Johnson, detail-
ing the doctor's appointments,
sporting events and schooQ ac-
tivities that mothers are much
more likely to attend than fa-
One thing all mothers agree
upon though, is that the du-
ties of motherhood, according
to Greene, are "never ending."
But that burden is fine with
"It's all about love," ex-
plained Greene.

By Kaila Heard
kh eard@m1,iamritim eson line .com l

According to mothersday
central.com, the holiday is
the second highest gift giving
holiday after Christmas. While
there is no way to repay the
sacrifices and love given by our
loved ones, many people seek
to at least give their mothers
a symbol of their appreciation.
However, Mother's Day also
offers the opportunity for these
women to reflect and celebrate
their own sacrifices, strengths
and hard won wisdom in a va-
Frit o5w sar-old Pastor Har-

Special to The Miami Times

To get today's teens to focus on anything other
than music, fashion and today's celebs, would
take either an act of Congress, or a mother's love.
The South Miami Chapter of Jack and Jill of
America, Inc. provides the latter.
The South Miami Chapter, a local chapter of
Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a~n organization
consisting totally of mothers, who in addition to
raising their own children, still have the time,
love, and most importantly, energy, to work with
other teens, teaching them the importance of
becoming good humanitariah~s, and community-
minded citizens.
By rraking the motto, "Each One Reach One",
it's driving theme, the South Miami Chapter in-
stills teens in its program with a sense of com-
munity, as well as an awareness of the plight of
those less fortunate. Youth in the South Miami
Chapter work hand-and-hand with youth in
homeless shelters and in other disadvantaged
"Our mission is to make the world a better
place especially for those who may be less for-
tunate than the masses," said Miles Pope, the
chapter teen president,
All activities for the teens involve positive prin-
ciples and practice. The teens in the South Mi-
ami Jack and Jill Chapter worked with other
adolescence and teens at a local homeless shel-
ter on a project, creating unique art and crafts,
including personalized laminated bookmarks.
With the aid of "All About Me Puppets" and
"Here I Am Picture Frames", the Jack and Jill


Sharon Burgess Jones (Member at Large), Joli Cooper (Regional Director), Miriam Shrop"
shire (1st Atlanta Chapter President), Tara Joseph-Labrie (National President) and Tamara
Robinson (National Vice President) of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated attend the chap-
ter's 60th Anniversary Celebration on April 16, 2011 in Atlanta, GA.

Tamela Mann of 'Meet the Browns' fame
.won the best traditional gospel album of
the year award.

Gospel music awards
Shine light on new talent

AP Francesca Battistelli continues her strong
surge as Christian music's biggest star.
Battistelli won artist of the year at the 42nd
annual Dove Awards held in Atlanta for the first,
time last week. She also went home with two
more awards best female vocalist and pop-
contemporary recorded song.
Battistelli, 25, has surged recently with her
second major label album, "Hundred More
Years," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top
Christian Albums chart last month.
"I'm on cloud nine right now," said Battistel-
li after the awards show, which aired Sunday
on GMC, formerly known as the Gospel Music
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teens use these popular motivation tools to play
esteem building games with less fortunate chil-
"The teens recognize that the gift of creating
allows kids of all ages to dream and imagine be-
yond their present ~circumstances a life with-
out limits," said Imani Davis, chapter teen vice-
SEach teen who participated in this Jack and

Jill project began to appreciate the many gifts we
often take for granted, namely the security of a
comfortable home, the blessing of freedom, the
Availability of food, and the lack of restrictions
that they enjoy versus, the limitations of those
living in a homeless shelter-
"They learned that even kids who live in a
homeless shelter still dream of a better tomor-
row," said Miles.

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MOthers Day Musical Feast
The Dade County Outreach Inc., is sponsoring a Mothers Day
Musical Feast, 2:30 p.m., Sunday*, May 8th at Holy Cross M.B.
Church, 1555 NW 93 Terrace in Miami.
Groups appearing are Smiling Jubilairs, S'outh Florida Sing-
ers, Southernaires, Wimberly Sisters, Soul Seekers, Dynamic
Stars, Ministers Singers, Freeman Singers, Southern Echoes
and many more.
Come one, come all. Free food! Free food !

Bible study on Revelations
Bible study on Revelations Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m., 12880
N.W. 7 Avenue.
Ca" 86-704-7500, fr more information.

We have made several changes in our deadlines due to a new-
ly-revis'ed agreement between The Miami Times and our printer,
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Have a happy Mother s Day.
This coming Sunday is I would like to mention a few
Mother's Day. I am sure that in this column this week to
you have women in your life honor mothers and Mother's
who have shown motherly con- Day.
cerbi and love for you, even if There is one woman men-
they were not your own bio- tioned in the Book of Kings,
logical mother. The Bible also who sat for days guarding the
speaks of many women who bodies of her sons who were
were mothers some notable, murdered. King David had
and some are not as familiar these young men killed be-
as others. cause they were descendants



the account of this woman as
told in the Book of 1 Samu-
el. Hannah was a barren wom-
an, and though her husband
loved her dearly, she could not
give him a son. In those days,
barren woman were often os-
tracized. Though her husband
loved her, he took a-second wife
who could bear him sons. This
second wife, Peninah, pro-
voked Hannah constantly to
tears and anguish. Finally,
during one of the Holy Festi-
vals, she went into the temple
to pray and ask the Lord for a
son. The Lord graciously an-
swered her prayer in the birth
of her son, Samuel, who later
became the greatest judge and

priest during those times. In
response to her promise to
God, she gave him up in ser-
vice to Eli, the priest, when he
was just a young child. The
Lord remembered her howev-
er, and she gave birth to other
sons and daughters. She was
another mother who answered
God's call obediently, even at
personal sacrifice.
We know that there are
many others in the Bible
and I am sure, in your own
life. Let's honor these women,
even if they are not related to
you. When you honor and re-
spect Godly mothers, you do
the same to our God.
Happy Mother's Day ladies!

of the former King Saul and
he was instructed by the Lord
to not leave these men alive
to seek vengeance upon him
or his children. This
woman was a con-
cubine, not even one
of Saul's wives, but
when these men were
killed and hung upon
a tree, she sat day g.
and night beneath
the tree and mourn- a
ed them. The Bible
states that she would not leave
the place, and fought off wild
animals and birds that at-
tempted to eat their dead bod-
ies. Finally, when King David
heard of this woman's sacri-

fice, he ordered his men to cut
down their bodies and allow
them to be buried out of re-
spect for this mother.
And we know of Je-
sus' own mother, who
carried her pregnancy
with love and honor,
though it could not
Shave been easy to be
Sin such a state dur-
Sing those times. I am
moved by the tears and
abject pain on the face
of this woman as she stood by
and watched her son arrested,
beaten, and hung on a cross
until His death. I can only
imagine how this mother felt!
And what of Hannah? I love

a.m. and their Ministry In Ac-
tion outreach service that pro-
vides free hot meals, dry goods,
and clothes every Thursday at 7
p.m. Visit www.faithchurch4y-
ou.com or call 305-688-8541.

SYvonne Tate's Women's
Ministry is hosting a one day
revival at the El Palacio Hotel
on May 7 at 1:30 p.m. 786-260-

SMetropolitan African
Methodist Episcopal Church
is offering its free annual Moth-
er's Day Concert and 'Pretty
Hat' Review on 'May' 8 at 4 p.m.
305-691-4572, 305-633-8890.

SAn House of Prayer for All
People, Inc. will hold Prostrate
Prayer every Wednesday at 7
p.m. and Revivial Services every
Sunday at 6 p.m. during April.

s Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ of the
Apostolic Faith Church, Inc.,
will be having 'a workshop on
Homosexuality and the Bible on
June 18, 9 a.m. 4 p.m. RSVP
by May 31. 786-488-2108.

I1 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-

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

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

SRedemption Missionary
Baptist Church holds a Fish
Dinner every Friday and Satur-
day; a Noon Day Prayer Service
every Saturday; and Introduc-
tion Computer Classes every
Tuesday and Thursday at 11
a.m. and 4 p.m. Reverend Wil-
lie McCrae, 305-770-7064 or
Mother Annie Chapman, 786-

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

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

p.m. 954-213-4332, 786-704-

STitus Chapel is celebrating
their 27th Church Anniversary
May 9 15, 7:30 p.m. nightly.

SNew Beginning Church of
Deliverance hosts the "In Time"
Bible Study on May 4 at 7 p.m.
and "Baptism at the Beach" on
May 7 at 6 a.m.

SOmega Power and Praise
1Ministry, Inc. and Team of Life
(Big Momma) host Pre-Mother's
Day Prayer Rally, 'Mother's Tak-
ing Our Street Back' on May 4,
5 p.m. 7:30 p.m., from NW
54th Street and NW 17th Av-
enue to NW 47th Street and NW
17th Avenue. Please wear army
fatigues or dark clothing. 786-

SCross Bridge Church is
hosting a 'Joy at Work Weekend
Seminar' on May 20, 7 p.m. 10
p.m., and May 21, 9:30 a.m. -
4:30 p.m. Tickets $15. 786-

SThe Faith. Church, Inc.
invites you to worship service
on Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11

WSecond Baptist Church of
Richmond Heights celebrates
its .47th Church Anniversary
with services on May 10 13,
7:30 p.m. nightly; May 14, 10
a.m. 3 p.m.; and culminating
on May 15 at 7:15 a.m.; 9 a.m.;
and 10:30 a.m.

SSet Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ of the
Apostolic Faith Church invites
the public to its Mother's Day
Services on May 8. 786-488

SChristian Cathedral
Church Friday Morning Glory
Senior Activities is offering a
free facial and weekly lunch,
9:45 a.m. 12:15 p.rn. 305-652-

SNew Shiloh Missionary
Baptist Church is hosting the
'1000 Women in White Prayer
Vigil' on May 14 at 8 a.m. 305-

SRunning for Jesus out-
reach Youth Ministry is seek-
ing rappers, soloists, group
singers and praise dancers to
perform at their Youth Jubilee
Celebration on May 28 at 7:30

Lata'vea Johnson-Cobb, a Miami-Dade -County Departme'nt
of Health Se vices social service supervisor, was the keynote
speaker at the 'Love Doesn't Hurt' Candlelight Vigil.

Youth learn dating's dangers

continued from 12B

for our girls," said Lucia Davis
Raiford, chairperson for the
Miami-Dade County Domestic
Violence Oversight Board and
a member of the Links' Miami-
Biscayne Bay Chapter.
The 'Love Shouldn't Hurt' class
will be offered to the students
of the COPE Center North. The
program will teach them how to
recognize overt and subtle acts
of abuse as well as provide a def-
inition and relevant models of
what a healthy relationship is.
The program is necessary
"because a lot of girls are con-
:::,t aout ha is abuse
Cobb, a social services su-
pervisor for the Miami-Dade
County Department of Human
In particular one of the warn-
ing signs that girls and women
often' miss is jealousy. So a

boyfriend who constantly texts
or calls to discover their where-
ab outs is considered to be acting
normally. They don't understand
that this is about~ power and
control, Johnson-Cobb said.
The curriculum for the pro-
gram is based on the popular
Expect Respect course that
was created in 1988 in Austin,
Texas. Initial evaluations by
the Centers for Disease Control
have found that the curricu-
lum is effective in increasing
knowledge about warning signs
of abuse and skills for healthy
Several of the COPE students
who attended the vigil said they
wol ake thehi' oe hDoesdn't

Morales said it was unlikely
that she will take the class.
"Daniella was enough. I
learned my lesson," she said.
"But I think the class would be
useful to others."

Now returning to Camp
Hands for the third year as
counselor,. Lewis embraces
another opportunity to intro-
duce more people to sign lan-
"[The campers] are eager to
learn and I love the smiles on
their faces when they realize
they can communicate with
me," Lewis said.
In addition to learning a new
language, children will learn
arts and craft, etiquette train-
ing, photography and academ-
ic subjects such as reading
and mathematics.

However, this year Camp
Hands will also be offering
more physical fitness activi-
ties as well as health and well-
ness sessions.
Seeing the increasing num-
ber of children who are obese
as well as hearing how more
physical fitness classes are
being reduced in schools in-
spired Barrett to help find a
solution. But she is not con-
tent to simply lecture camp-
ers. -
"Let's get the information
out there and make eating
[healthy] fun, let's make work-

ing out fun," she said.
Everyday the camp will offer
campers "something physical"
such as tennis, swimming'
and da~ncing.And there are
also plans to have the chil-
dren,tend their own vegetable
garden and host an end of the
year banquet supplied by what
campers have grown over the
Camp Hands will run from
June 13 to August 5 and costs
$65 per week.
For more information, visit
www. sp eakinghands.org or
call 954-792-7273.

continued from 12B .

In an emailed response to The
Miami Times, Lewis revealed
that she had lost her hearing
when she was nine-months-
old due to .meningitis and
learned to use sign language -
by the time she was four.
However, she does not find
many people in the wider com
munity who know ASL.
"Sometimes it is hard, but I
am patient with people so we
can get our points [across),"
she said.

churches must address the is-
sues harming individuals and
their families.
"Remember that God estab-
lished the family before he
established the church. If we
fail to reach out and touch
our families then everything
else will be affected by it," Bry-
ant explained. "I believe our
churches can only be as or-
dered as our families."
The church's emphasis on
education was natural for a
pastor who once was a Mi-
ami-Dade County teacher. Al-
though he has retired, Bryant
cherishes the opportunity to
teach that pastoring still pro-
vides. He has always seen the
two "callings" as sharing sev-

eral characteristics,
"Preaching and teaching are
really just one in the same," he
explained. "I believe that there
can never be preaching with-
out teaching anyway because
without [a lesson], preaching is
just entertainment."

As a pastor, some of the most
useful advice Bryant gives oth-
ers is to have faith and trust
in the Lord. Especially during
difficult times, the minister
would counsel people to "con-
tinue ,to try to do the things
that you know are right [while]
believing that God will make a
However, nearly 10 years

ago, Bryant found himself
struggling to adhere to that
same lesson.
On a Saturday in August
2001, the Antioch of Liberty
City caught fire. The kitchen
was burned and smoke and
water severely damaged the
remaining structure.
Bryant recalled,. "As a pas-
tor, being helpless was proba-
bly the toughest time because
the whole church is looking at
you, [asking] 'what do we do
now"'T '
Yet eventually Bryant did
follow his own advice and
with prayer and hard work,
the church was rehabilitated
and they were able to use their
sanctuary again within a year.

continued from 12B

Bryant said, The main focus
remains to preach, teach, evan
gelize and make a difference
in people's lives and "being a
community church that people
feel good about coming to."
With those goals in mind,
Antioch of Liberty City contip
ues to reach out to the broader
community offering services
such as a feeding ministry a'nd
a tutoring program for youth
and adults, and workshops
featuring topics such as fiscal
responsibly and debt relief.
The variety of services of-
fered was inspired partly
by the minister's belief that

that long. So Sandra decided
to pay the rent on her son's
house for just a few months
until Barry returned home. -
A year later, Barry is now
39, and still no date of re-
lease has been set.

"I am determined to make
sure my son is ok," said San-
dra. "I'm praying every day!
I'm fighting everyday! I make
phone calls. .
Each year, the number of
Americans jailed or in prison
continues to climb. The 2010
census reported the U.S.
population to be over 308
million, with over 2.3 mil-
lion locked away in Ameri-

can prisons and jails. One in
every 100 American citizen
is behind bars. Black Ameri-
cans, 12.6 percent: of the gen-
eral U.S. population, make
up over 30 percent of the
prison and jail population.
For those behind bars, it is
vital to have the support of
families, according to Clau-
dio M. Perez, president and
C.E.O. of South Florida Jail
Ministries, an organization
in Miami that provides sup-
port services for children of
"Without the support of
the mother, jail is punitive.
There is no rehabilitation.
When the mother is engaged,
the prisoner acts better.

The obey more. Without the
mother engaged, it is difficult
for them to focus and to con
centrate, and there are more
Sandra now lives modestly
in a building for seniors. She
manages her small social se-
curity check as best she can,
with a portion of it going to
pay for an empty house her
son has only lived in for one
day over the past year.
She has faith that eventu-
ally, Barry will get out, and
he must show that he has
someplace to live.
Sandra said, "I do every-
thing I can to show them that
he has someone fighting for
him on the outside!"

continued from 12B

He even saved enough to rent
a house..However, the day af-
ter moving into his new home,
the police came knocking.
While juggling his schedule
to attend classes and to be
at work, the young man had
missed some of his assigned
mandated substance abuse
classes, which was a techni-
cal violation of his parole.
The judge hearing the case
assured her that the problem
was a technical violation, so
Barry would not be locked up
more than three months. The
parole board also assured
her that he would not be in


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Antioch of Liberty City rises from fire's ashes

Mother prays for son's early prison release

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Bishop Long delivers ballsy speech targeting accusers

Ministries allow Christians to share ]health-care costs

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to highlight the benefits of abstaining from pre-mature sex. There are two days of lectures
planned culminating with a hall on Sunday May 15, 2011. The event will include females as well
as males and embraces every religious faith. Class topics include "A Girl and Her Pearls",
"Marriage Material", "The Situation Room", and much more. For more information, visit
jewelstwirlingacademy .com/purityball or call Elder Tanya Jackson at 786-357-49,39 for more info.


prayer for strength, inspiration,
and solidarity.
Prayer has played an im-
portant role in the American
story and in shaping our Na-
tion's leaders. President Abra-
ham Lincoln once said, "I have
been driven many times upon
my knees by the overwhelming
conviction that I had nowhere
else to go. My own wisdoin and
that of all about me seemed in-
sufficient for the day." The late
Coretta Scott King recounted a
particularly difficult night, dur-
ing the Montgomery bus boy- *
cott, when her husband, the
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., received a threatening
phone call aind prayed at the
kitchen table, saying, "Lord, I
have nothing left. I have noth-
ing left. I have come to the point

where I can't face it alone."
Dr. King said, in that moment
of prayer, he was filled with a
sense of comfort and resolve,
which his wife credited as a
turning point in the civil rights
movement. '
It is thus fitting that, from
the earliest years of our coun-
try's history, Congress and
Presidents have set aside days
to recognize the role prayer
has played in so many defini-
tive moments in our history.
On this National Day of Prayer,
let us follow the example of
President Lincoln and Dr. King.
Let us be thankful for the lib-
erty that allows people of all
faiths to worship or not wor
ship according to the dictates
of their conscience, and let us
be thankful for the many other

freedoms and blessings that we
often take for granted.
Let us remember in our
thoughts and prayers those
who have been affected by
natural disasters at home and
abroad in recent months, as
well as those working tirelessly
to render assistance. And, at
a time when many around the
world face uncertainty and un-
rest, but also hold resurgent
hope for freedom and justice,
let our prayers be with men and
women everywhere who seek
peace, human dignity, and the
same rights we treasure here in
Many blessings we enjoy, and
I ask all people of faith to join
me in asking God for guidance,
mercy, and protection for our

By Jennifer LeClaire

After taking considerable flak
for not issuing an Easter proc
lamation, President Obama
has just released a proclama-
tion for the 2011 National Day
of Prayer. The proclamation
comes just about a week before
the hotly-contested National
Day of Prayer on May 5.
In 2010, a Wisconsin federal
judge struck down the National
Day of Prayer as unconstitu-
tional. But on April 14, a U.S.
appeals court overruled the de-
cision. The ruling cleared the
way for Obama to release his
prayer day proclamation.
Here is an excerpt of the text
of Obama's proclamation:
Throughout our history,
Americans have turned to

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know that what they thought
was gonna kill you, didn't kill
you. What they thought was
gonna bring terror to you,
didn't bring terror to you and
you made the enemies public
Local news channel WS-
BTV2 of Atlanta even went
so far as asking a few attend-
ees how they felt now that it
seems Bishop Long is out of
the woods:
Reporter: "Are you now re-
lieved that this settlement is
now going to be~ over?"
Church Congregant: "Yes, I
Second Congregant: "I love
my church, I love my pastor
and I love the service."
And it gets better.
The judge, Johnniy Panos,

By Abena Agyman-Fisher

overseeing the settlement had
this to say about the closing of
the case:
"Why wait till the summer?
Why wait to the fall? Get it
done now, and what better
time to do it but holy week."
I really hope that for every-
one's sake, Bishop Long is in-
nocent, innocent, of every al-
legation that has been laid at
his feet, because the thought
of him being guilty and actu-
ally taking part in raping any
one of these accusers while
they were minors and then get
ting off scott-free is horrifying.
It is horrifying because that
would mean that his family,
his` congregation and even the
named judge who was~ so eager
to get Long off before the end of
Easter weekend were all com-

and sexually assaulting them
According to the lawsuit,
Long alleged:
"Long shared a bedroom and
engaged in intimate sexual
contact with plaintiff Flagg,
including kissing, massaging,
masturbating of plaintiff Flagg
by defendant Long and oral
sexual contact."
But Parris said the most
publicly when he spoke with
MyFox5, saying:
"This man turned his back on
us when he had no more need
for us," Parris said. "That's not
a father, that's a predator.
"We would have to be the
craziest kids in the world to
want to come out and admit to
another man touching on us
publicly. To really believe this

is about money would be abso-
lutely ludicrous. .
"But that man cannot look
me in my eye and tell me we
did not live this pain. Why you
can sit in front of the church
and tell them that you cate-
gorically deny it. You can't say
that to our face. And you.know
this. You are not a man, you
are a monster."
The Black church needs to
take a look at itself. Our pas-
tors are not God; they are hu-
man just like evef-yone else.
Our desire, though, to see
them as holier than the rest
surely blurs the truth and
could mean that we have al-
lowed a ruthless abuser to
have his way with our chil-
dren, making us the only ones
to blame.

While the fnedia has moved
on to to other matters and
most of the cameras have been
put away, Bishop Eddie Long
has returned to a relatively
routine life as the pastor of
New Birth Missionary Baptist
Bishop Long delivered a
rousing sermon on Easter
Sunday, even targeting the
four men who alleged that he
sexually abused them. Seem-
ingly emboldened by the news
that a settlement, regarding
the allegations, will be reached
soon, Bishop Long proclaimed:.
"You ain't messin' with me. I
shall rise again and I ain't go-
ing through this. You have to
go.down there and let the devil

Bishop Eddie Long
plicit in protecting and deliver-
ing a pedophile.
Maurice Robinson, Anthony
Flagg, Jamal Parris and Spen-
cer LeGrande each accused
Long of abusing his position
as an esteemed father figure

By Michelle Andrewns

In hard economic times,
Christian health-care shar-
ing mirfistries, which are often
far cheaper than conventional
health insurance, are proving
more and more helpful.
One of the more popular
health-care sharing minis-
tries is the Christian non-

profit group called Samaritan
Ministries. In a "health-care
sharing ministry" where mem-
bers follow biblical teachings
that they share each other's
burdens in this case, their
medical costs. Each member
pays a monthly fee that var -
ies with family size: Single
members generally pay $135,
-couples $270, single-parent

families $200 and two-parent
families $320. Members pay
the first $300 for any medi-
cal expense they incur; when
they have bills or "needs,"
as they call them above that
amount, they send them to
the ministry's Peoria, Ill.,' of-
fices. The ministry keeps track
of the needs, informing other
members where to send their

monthly check, and letting
those who have made requests
knbw what checks to expect.
If there's a shortfall one
month -- the last one at Sa-
maritan was a little over a year
ago -- every household seeking
help gets a prorated portion
of its needs covered, and the
ministry asks members for vol-
untary contributions to make

up the difference. If the short-
fall continues, members vote
on raising the share amount.
With 56,000 members, Sa-
maritan is the largest such
ministry in the country. Two
other major ministries operate
slightly differently pooling
members' money and sending
checks out from the minis-
try bringing the total num-

ber of people who are sharing
their medical costs to roughly
Health-care sharing min-
-istries aren't for everyone. In
general, members must be
practicing Christians -- attest-
ed to by their pastor in some
cases and abstain from to-
bacco and illegal drug Please
turn to HEALTH 19B

continued from 13B

The poll, conducted by Pub-
lic Religion Research Institute in
partnership with Religion News s
Service, found that although con-
servative Christians and evangeli-
cals tend to want their clergy to
;speak out on issues like abortion
and homosexuality, they also tend
to hold left-of-center views on
some economic issues.
"Throughout the Bible, we see
numerous passages about being
our brother's keeper, welcoming
the stranger, feeding the hungry,
clothing the naked, and healing
the sick," said Andrew Walsh, au-
thor of "Religion, Economics and
Public Policy" and a religion pro-
fessor at Culver-Stockton College.
"The idea that we are a~utono-
mous individuals competing for
limited resources without concerri
for the welfare of others is a phi-

losophy that is totally alien to the
Bible, and in my view, antithetical
to genuine Christianity."
The findings add a new wrinkle
to national debates over, the size
and role of government, and raise
questions abaut the impact of the
Tea Party's cut-the-budget pres-
sure on the GOP and its tradition-
al base of religious conservatives.
The poll found stronger reli-
gious distinctions over the ques-
tion of businesses acting ethically
without government regulation,
and whether faith'1eaders should
speak out about economic con-
cerns such as the budget deficit
and the minimum wage.
White evangelicals (44 percent)
are more likely than other Chris-
tians or the general population
to believe that unregulated busi-
nesses would still behave ethical-

ly, and they place a higher priority
on religious leaders speaking out
about social issues over economic
concerns. .
Minority Christians, in contrast,
believe clergy should be vocal
about both areas---particularly on
the economic issue of home fore-
closures, which 76 percent con-
sidered important, compared to
46 percent of the general popular
"Minority Christians have a
deep theological tradition of con
necting faith and economic jus-
tice, and we see that link in the
survey," said Robert P. Jones,
CEO of Public Religion Research
Institute. "Because minorities
in the U.S. generally continue to
have lower incomes than whites,
economic issues are also more sa
lient in these congregations."

Are Christianity and capital-
ism a marriage made in heaven,
as some conservatives believe, or
more of a strained relationship
itl need of sorme serious couples'
A new poll released recently
found that more Americans (44
percent) see the free market sys-
tem at odds with Christian values
than those who don't (36 percent),
whether they are white evangeli-
cals, mainline Protestants, Catho-
lics or minority Christians.
But in other demographic break-
downs, several categories lean' the
other way: Republican~s and Tea
Party members, college gradu-
ates and members of high-income
households view the systems as
more compatible than not.

Crabb won song of the year for his heartfelt single
"Sometimes I Cry." He also won inspirational recorded
song and traditional gospel recorded song. His father
Gerald Crabb won songwriter of the year.
"Who knew both of us would've come away with an
award," Gerald Crabb said. "This was a big night for
Point of Grace took home country album of the year
and Christmas album of the year and country recorded
song of the year. The all-female trio comprised of Shel-
ley Breen, Denise Jones, and Leigh Cappillino took the
stage with legendary country singer Kenny Rogers to
perform his newest inspirational country melody, "The
Rock of Your Love."
Actress Tamala Mann, who is known for her role as
Cora in Tyler Perry's plays, movies and TV show "Meet
the Browns," won in the traditional gospel album of
the year category over Shirley Caesar. She screamed,
then eagerly pranced down the aisle to accept her first
Dove: Award with her husband, David Mann, who also
co-stars on Perry's.shows.

dowments and investment in-
coine rebound, and more mern-
bers who can help them grow
their way out of deficits.
His theory echoes last
month's State of the Plate report
by the Evangelical Council for
Financial Accountability and
Christianity Today Internation-
al's church management team,
which found smaller churches
had suffered a disproportionate
drop in giving last y~ear.
Roozen's survey, based .on
data from more than 11,000
congregations, found the reces-
sion had hurt congregations
across the spectrum, surpris-
ing researchers who "almost al-
ways find differences" between
evangelical and mainline Prot-
estant churches.
Nine percent of congregations
said the recession had prompt-
ed layoffs or furloughs, and
just over a quarter of congrega-
'tions reported salary freezes or
With about 350,000 congre-
gations in the U.S. employing

about 1.5 million clergy and
other staff, that translates to
more than 500,000 people who
lost jobs or had their salaries
reduced, and about 50,000
prospective employees who
weren't hired, according to the
At the same time, congrega-
tions had to ramp up outreach
services due to the recession's
toll on local communities.
Nearly half of all congregations
experienced an increase in re-
quests for cash assistance,
and nearly one in four received
moderate to major increases in
requests for emergency hous-
"Those congregations whose
finances were hit the hard-
est, a lot of their members
were unemployed, so you had
members who were financially
stressed, you had communities
who were financial stressed, on
top of the fact that the congre-
gations' own financial resourc-
es as measured by income was
down," Roozen said.

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15B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 4-10, 2011

By Nicole Neroulias

Churches recovering from recession

By Nicole Neroulias

The recession was a dou-
ble-barrel blow to American
congregations: directly hurt-
ing their budgets while also
stretching them thin due to in-
creased needs for counseling,
emergency housing and other
social services.
But the worst seems to be
over, according to a report re-
leased recently that found that
one in 10 have begun to recover
from the loss, and more than
40 percent are now stable or
increasing financially.
The "Holy Toll" report, based
on the 2010 Faith Communi-
ties Today national survey of
more than 20 religious groups,
found that more than half (57
percent) of U.S. congregations
reported their income had de-
clined due to the recession.
Researcher David A. Roozen,
director of the Hartford Insti-
tute for Religion Research, said
larger congregations seem to be
recovering more easily as en-




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Board of Trustees approves

new policy to ban smoking

Special to the Miamzi Times

Miami Dade College (MDC) invites students,
faculty, staff and guests to live, learn and
breathe as it institutes a new policy announced
recently that all college facilities are now tobac-
co and srh~oke-free.
"It is a matter of improving our college com-
munity's health," said Dr. Eduardo J. Padr6n,
president of MDC. "We are committed to pro-
viding a healthy environment and to support-
ing our students' and staff's health, and this is

Ad:::t":he rigt dicoancd snmoke-free policy
aligns with MDC's, growing commitment to en-
vironmental sustainability and health. In fact,
one of the college's core values is its commit-
ment to sustainability practices that distin-
guish the college as a leading innovator in ed-
ucating students as contributors to a healthy
planet, and as an institution that accepts its
responsibility to preserve the natural environ-
The policy further supports the college's com-
mitment to providing an exceptional work en-
vironment that makes MDC the "employer of
choice" for an exemplary, diverse workforce
that is engggeil jn~?,an!ckgppountghle~ for thy,gual-
ity of the college's learning environment, and
that benefits from excellent support, state-of-
the-art technologies, growth opportunities and
a competitive compensation program. In fact,
MDC is a multiple winner of theChronicle of
Higher Education's "Great Colleges to Work for"
MDC's move toward becoming tobacco and
smoke-free follows a national trend. The col-
lege is the third higher education institution in
the stt of FIridah nnd o neo mor than 3o

cy. To spread the message, a public awareness
campaign has been launched that explains the
new policy and shares information on quitting
and getting help. What's especially newsworthJy
about MDC's announcement is that it applies to
the nation's largest institution of higher educa-
The ban applies to all college property, in-
cluding buildings, parking garages and lots,
plazas and courtyards, among others. It also
applies to all college visitors and contractors.
The full policy can been viewed at www.mdc.

Virus that causes

10 Alzheimer's

BV Mary Brophy Marcus

Cold sores may be linked to Alzheimer's dis-
ease, new research suggests.
Scientists from the University of New Mex-
ico School of Medicine, Brown University and
House Ear Institute in Los Angeles have devel-
oped a new lab technique that helps them ob-
serve how herpes simplex virus type l (HSV1)
infections grow inside cells. It's a common virus
that infects mucous membranes and causes
cold sores.
Using the new method, the scientists were
able to watch the virus burst out of the cells of
a mucous membrane and enter nerve cells, says
researcher Shi-Bin Cheng of the Alpert Medical
School at Brown University. In theory, the virus
then could travel to the brain and affect demen-
tia plaques.
n"Clinicians have seen a link between HSV1
infection and Alzheimer's disease in patients,
so we wanted to investigate what might be go-
ing on in the body that would account for-this,"
he says. "What we were able to see in the lab
strongly suggests a causal link between HSV1
and Alzheimer's."
Alzheimer's expert Murali Doraiswamy of
Duke Medicine says HSV1 as a cause of Al-
zheimer's "was a fringe theory for many years.
In recent years the link has slowly gained more
attention." It's probably not a cause but one co-

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$5 per child (based on total
amount raised). Additionally,
JWBMS provides educational
programs on nutrition and
exercise to the community
throughout the year.
This free event is designed
with the entire community in
mind and will feature medical
screenings, health education
talks, entertainment, give-
aways, exhibitors and much

a health fair. Registration for
the walk begins at 7:00 am.
The walk will begin 8:00 a.m.
and it will course one mile
through the heart of Over-
town and return to the park
for a health fair.
Walk a Mile with a Child
raises funds for JWBMS'
physical activity program.
The program raises aware-
ness among both adults and
children of the importance

of physical activity, such as
walking, as a part of a regi-
men to attain and maintain
optimal health. The hallmark
of "The Walk" encourages
adults and care givers to
serve as mentors by walk-
ing with the children and
adolescents and provides
non-profit organizations an
opportunity to bring as many
children to participate in
the walk and receive up to

ate intensity physical activity
most days of the week prefer-
ably daily, to achieve good
health. .
Yet children in less wealthy
communities experience
barriers such as poor nutri-
tion, and lack of access to
safe green spaces resulting
in higher rates of obesity.
Expectedly poor communities
have high morbidity and mor-
tality rates from conditions

associated with obesity that
are preventable and treatable,
such as diabetes, stroke,and
The James Wilson Bridg-
es M.D. Medical Society
(JWBMS), a local society of
the National Medical Asso-
ciation propose to hold the
fotarth annual Dr. Nelson
Adam's Walk a Mile with a
Child on Saturday, May 14 in
Historic Overtown; followed by

Special to The Miami Times

In Florida, approximately
60 percent of overweight
children have at least one
risk factor for cardiovascular
disease sul h as high blood
pressure or high cholesterol.
According to The U.S. Depart-
ment of Health and Human
Services, children and ado-
lescents should participate in
at least 60 minutes of moder-

our role to provide guidance to our
members at every step of the adop-
tion process. We will help members
who are prepared to meet the crite-
ria of attestation and receive their
incentive payments," said Lisa
Rawlins, executive director.
Rawlins added that physician
practices that already have certi-
fied electronic health records are
encouraged to join the SFREC to
receive assistance with meeting
the attestation criteria, and the ul-
timate goal, to achieve meaningful
use of the technology. An example
of meaningful use is that rmedi-
cal providers must regularly send,
receive and confirm a percent-
age of their prescription medica-
tion orders and lab tests through
their EHR system. Eligible health
care providers can receive incen-
tive payments of up to $64,500 for
Medicaid providers and $44,000

for Medicare during the next five
years .
During attestation, eligible pro-
fessionals and hospitals report
their meaningful use objectives
and attest that they have success-
fully met the requirements. Once
Providers have completed a suc-
cessful online submission through
the attestation system, they qudil-
ify for a Medicare EHR incentive
payment. More information and
preview screens are available at
the CMS EHR Incentive Programs
website' for the latest news and
updates on the EHR Incentive Pro-
grams. User Guides and educa-
tional webinars that describe the
attestation process in depth will
also be available.
Note that the last dhy to begin
the 90-day reporting period for
2011 incentive payments .is July
3, 2011 for eligible hospitals and

October 1, 2011 for eligible provid-
More than 1,000 physicians
have joined the South Florida Re-
gional Extension Center to improve
and streamline their EMR adoption
process. Doctors who sign up with
the SFREC are guided through the
process of registering for financial
incentives, receiving office readi-
ness assessments, choosing a cer-
tified vendor, implementing a sys-
tem, receiving training and support
and achieving meaningful use of
the systems.
The South Florida Regional Ex-
tension Center is one of 62 region-
al extension centers established by
the Office of N~ational Coordinator
of Health Information Technology
and includes eight counties from
Key West to Vero Beach. For more
information, call (866) 628-9193 or
visit www.southfloridaREC .org.

Special to the Miami Times

South Florida health providers
began their "attestation" period for
the Medicare Electronic Health Re-
cord (EHR) Incentive Program on
April 18. In order to receive Medi-
care EHR incentive payments, pro-
viders must attest through CMS'
web-based Medicare and Medicaid
EHR Incentive Programs Registra-
tion and Attestation System. The
system requires health care pro-
viders to successfully report on
several core measures and clinical
quality measures before they are
eligible for incentive payments.
The South Florida Regional Ex-
tension Center (SFREC), a feder-
ally-funded nonprofit organization
assisting doctors with the adoption
of the electronic health record, is
preparing to assist doctors dur-
ing the attestation process. "It is

Dieting doesn't have to mean
giving up pizza forever, or eating
boring, tasteless foods. You can
enjoy your favorite foods with all
their flavors and still slim down if
you employ these strategies.
~Slice fat from pizza
Always order your pizza with
double tomato sauce and light
cheese because tomatoes are a
rich source of lyrcopene. Reducing
the mozzarella- by just one-third
will save you 20 grams of fat per
pie. That's as much as in a Mc-
Donald's Quarter Pounder.
Order the steak fries
If you love french fries, always

order the steak fries. Large-cut
fries don't absorb as much oil as
shoestring or curly fries, which
lowers the fat count.
Juice a stir-fry
With a can of frozen orange-
juice concentrate, you have a
great way to add flavor to stir-
fried chicken (or beef) and veg-
etables without adding fat. Just a
few spoonfuls will do.
Soften your spread
Soften butter or margarineat
room temperature or in a micro-
wave. Chances are you'll spread
your bread with one-quarter of
the fat and calories you do when

you put it on cold.
Cool your cans
Refrigerate canned meats,
soups, gravries, and other canned
foods containing fat. The fat will
rise to the top and collect, so you
can scrape it off.
Dilute your fruit juice
Fruit juice is sneaky fattening---
,a 16-ounc'e bottle of cranberry-
grape blend, for instance, con-
tains about 275 calories. Dunp
half and store it, then refill the
bottle with water. You'll barely
notice the difference, and you'll
be cutting half the calories.
Oil your potato

To save calories and fat, put a
splash of olive oil on your baked
potato instead of the usual butter
or sour cream.
Say goodbye to rubbery.
To prevent low-fat cheese from
turning to rubber in the micro-
wave, spritz your nachos with a
quick blast of cooking spray, such
as Pam, before nuking them.
A similar trick involves spray-
jing thte inside of a. grilled-ch~eggg
san wt h before you toss it in the
frying pan. This adds just enough
fat to rnake the cheese stay gooey
and creamy as it slowly melts,

BV Liz Szaby

An early screenmng test for au-
tism, designed' to detect signs of
the condition in babies as young
as one-year-old, could revolution-
ize the care of autistic children,
experts say, by getting them' di-
agnosed and treated years earlier
than usual.
The 24-item checklist takes just
five minutes to complete and can
be filled out in a pediatrician's
waiting room, when parents
bring children for their routine
12-month checkup, says a study
ofrnore than 10,000 infants, pub-
lished recently'in the Journal of
The checklist -- available on-
line now asks parents or oth-
er caregivers about their child's
communication skills, from bab-
bling and first words to eye con-
tact. The study was funded by the
National Institutes of Health and
Doctors referred children who
failed the screening for more de-
finitive tests and, if necessary,
treatment. Researchers followed
them until age three.. The screen-
ing acCurately diagnosed about
75 percent of children.
On average, those with autism
began therapy by age 17 months.
That's a huge advance, experts
say. About 1 in 110 children have
autism or an autism-like disorder,
says the Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention. Today, most

autistic children aren't diagnosed
until age five,.the CDC says.
Children diagnosed that late
miss opportunities to get therapy
while their brains are growing and
most easily shaped, says Geral-
dine Dawson of the nonprofit Au-
tism Speaks, which also helped
fund the research. .
Intensive behavioral therapy of-
fers the best hope for.helping au-
tistic children improve language
and behavior, found a recent
analysis'in Pediatrics.
Although the American Acad-
emy of Pediatrics recommends
screening all children for autism
at 18 to 24 months, relatively few
doctors do, Dawson says. .
That could change, thanks to
the success of this study, says
Alison Singer, president of the
Autism Science Foundation, an
advocacy group. '
The study's authors note that
the checklist won't catch all cases
of autism, such as those that first
appear in older children.
But because it is free and easy
to use, .all pediatricians should
quickly be able to begin using
it, .says Singer, who wishes her
daughter, Jodie, now 13, had
been screened early.
"We wasted a lot of time won-
.dering and waiting before she re-
ceived a diagnosis at 2," Singer
says. "I can't help but wonder
where my daughter would be to-
day if she had been identified at
1 year old."

NEW~ YORK Mlore Ui S. w\omen
seem to be using the --morning-
after" pill now~ that the emerrenc!
contraceptive is available o\er -
the-countecr, a new' stud\- finds.
Researchers found that betr\een
2006 anri 2008, about twice as
many wLomen ages 15 to 44~ said
they hadl used em~ergenc! contra-
cepuon, com-parred u\rb fourf to six
years earlier -- whlien at was still
restricted to presenptinon-only.
The emergency iontr~aceptie
Plan B has been available in the
U.S. since 1999. The pills, which
contain the hormone progesiln.
cut' the risk of pregnan~cy after
unprotected sex: b stopping the
ovaries From releasing an~ egg
How~ever. the contraceptive
must be taken' within 72 hours of
having sex -- and the sooner, the
better. After the first 12 hours the
risk of pregnaincy increases by 50
So in 2906. Rlfter years of` polltl-
cal con roveprsy, the U.S. approved
Plan B for "behind-the-counter"
sales to adults -- meaning they
could get It from a pharmacy
without walting lor a prescription
The age restriction was later low-
ered to 17 in'2009.
In the new study, researchers
looked at data from a periodic
government survey to see how
rational rates of emergency-con-
traception use inay be changing.
They .found that of more than
6,300 sexually active Ul.S. wom-
en surveyed between 2006 and
2008, nearly 10 percent said they
had ever used emergency contra-
"It has more than doubled since
the last time the data were collect-
ed," said Megan L. Kavanaugh, a
senior research associate at the
Guttmacher Institute in New York
wvho worked on the study.
Kavanaugh and her colleagues
think that media attention is like-
ly the reason for the increase in

emergency-con traception ulse III
The researchers found no
change ov~er time in the percent-
age of women wrho said their doc
to~rs hadl discussed emergency
contraicpuion with them. In both
surley periods. three percent 01
w~omen said t~ev'd received such
coulnseling In the past year.
That lack of change is not es-
pecially sulrprising, according to
ha;anaugh. since smaller studies
hate suggested that health pro-
viders are not often bringing the
topic up
She suggested that women w~ho
w~ant to learn morre about emer-
genci contraception ask their
doctors - but as: part of a discus-
sion on all of their options fojr pre-
venting planned pregnancy.
Emergency contraception is
not intended as an alternative to
routine, and more effective, bilrth-
control options, like the Pill-
Instead, experts say, it should
bje used as a backup when rou-
tine birth-control fails -- such as
when a diaphragm slips, a con"
dom breaks or a woman forgets to
take her birth control pills. Emer-
gency contraception is also used
in cases of rape.
The hope, Kavanaugh 'noted;
had been that emergency contra~
ception would lower the national
rate of unintended pregnancy.
"But so far there's no evidence
that this is happening," she said.
Regardless, Kavanaugh said>
women should know that emer-
gency birth control is an option.
"I think it's important that the
public be aware that, number
one, einergency contraception ex
ists, and that it's.available over
the counter," Kavanaugh said.
Along with the Plan B prod-
uct One-Stegi, there is a generic
equivalent called Next Choice
available without a prescription.
Side effects of both products in-

B 61 THE MIAMI TIMES MAY 4-10, 2011

Overtown health fair tackles dangers of

South Florida doctors apply for incentives

Eight ways to slash fat without realizing it

Ne~w checkhist able to

detect autism sooner

Study: More U.S. women

using "morning after" pill

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It's easy to suffer an injury in a slippery
bathroom, but taking some precautions
can get rid of potential hazards.
'The Home Safety Council lists theses
rLugge'sions to reduce slips and falls in the
*Install grab bars next to the toilet and
the shower or bathtub.
Use a non-slip mat or non-slip strips
in the shower or bathtub.
Pace a bath mat with non-skid back-
ing on the floor just outside the showeror
*Clean up the bathroom floor regularly,
and quickly wipe up any spills or mois- .
*Put a nightlight in the bathroom and
in the hallways.



eKids an easily slip, fall or burn them-

The American Academy of Pediatrics
lists these suggestions to make your bath-

*Never leave a young child alone in the
*Place a non-slip mat or strips in the
bottom of the tub, keep the toilet lid
closed and cover the bathtub faucet with a
soft protective cover.
*Adjust your hot water heater so that
the water temperature cannot exceed 120
degrees Fahrenheit and remember to
teach older children to turn on cold water
first, then hot.
*Make sure all medications have child-
proof caps, and store them along with
Other bathroom products such as soaps
and cleaners -- out of a child's reach.
*Unplug and safely store any electrical
appliances where children cannot reach

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Dr. Regina Benjamin, United
States Surgeon General,
So who among your loved
ones is suffering from a poten-
tially fatal disease? Many sim-
ply are unaware, which is why
regular doctors visits in con-
junction with a healthy diet and
frequent exercise is so impor-
Fortunately, they can start
now with taking charge of their
health. Events such as free
health fairs, free health screen-
ings and information sessions
.are being held nationwide to
commemorate women's health
and here are a few events held
in South Florida:
.-The Holy Cross Dorothy
Mangurian Comprehensive
Women's Center, 1000 NE 56th
Street in Ft. Lauderdale, is host-
ing the 'Time Out for Women:
Breast Cancer' forum, 6 p.m.-7
p.m., where cancer specialists
will be on hand to discuss fre-

ity and also encourages them
to take steps to improve their
physical and mental health and
lower their risks of certain dis-
eases. This year's theme is "It's
Your Time."
There are several different
diseases that affect women at
higher rates than men. Amongst
Black women in particular, 51
percent are obese, 44 percent
suffer from high blood pressure
and 25 percent of those older
than 55 suffer from diabetes.
Theories about why Black
women are afflicted with these
sort of diseases range from ge-
netics to eating properly and
exercising on a regular basis.
However, for many people ac-
cess to quality health care re-
mains a very important deter-
minant of their health.
"As a doctor I have too often
seen patients put off getting
preventive care even if they
have insurance because they
cannot afford the co-payr," said

quently asked questions about
breast cancer treatments. For
more information, call 954-
13, 10 A.M.-7 P.M.,
-Miamni Beach Community
Health Center proposes to con-
duct events that target to raise
awareness and conduct health
screenings for women in the ar-
eas of diabetes, HIV, and preg-
nancy. Activities will take place
at the following locations: Stan-
ley C. Myers Center at 710 Alton
Road in Miami Beach; Beverly
Press Health Center at 1221
71st Street in Miami Beach;
and Miami Beach Community
Health Center North at 11645
Biscayne Boulevard in North
Miami. For more information,
call (305) 538-8835 extension
1172 or visit www.miamibeach-
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By Kaila Heard

Mother's Day is often spent
with friends and families send-
ing well wishes if far away or
special gifts or dinners' if they
are closer by. Mother's Day has
traditionally allowed beloved
matriarchs to sit back and bask
in the praises, gifts and well
wishes of loved ones for all the
caregiving they have provided
over the years,
While such gestures of grati-
tude are always appreciated,
there's also a chance to actually
help improve your mother's life
this year.
The 12th annual National
Women's Health Week kicks off
on Mother's Day, May 8, 2011
and is celebrated until May 14.
National Women's Checkup Day
is Monday, May 9.
National Women's Health
Week empowers women to
make their health a top prior-

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Quality Improvement Isis tambrana Diaz, RN.

NSM C awarded certification

frOm. The Joint Commission

After undergoing an on-site evaluation
and demonstrating compliance with nation-
ally developed standards for stroke care,
North Shore Medical Center has earned
The Joint Commission's Gold ~Seal of Ap-
proval for certification as a Primary Stroke
Center. "In stroke care time is brain," says
Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., execu-
tive director, Disease- Specific Care Certifi-
cation, The Joint Commission. *
"By achieving' certification as a Primary
Stroke Center, North Shore Medical Center
has proven that it has the ability to pro-
vide effective, timely care to stroke victims
and can significantly improve outcomes for
stroke patients." .
r Each year about 795,000 people experi-
ence a new or recurrent stroke, which is
the nation's third leading cause of death.
On average, someone suffers a stroke ey-
ery. 40 seconds and someone dies of a

stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a lead-
ing cause of serious, long-term disability
in the United States, with about 4.7 mil-
lion stroke survivors alive today. "We're
proud to achieve this distinction from The
Joint Commission," says Manny Linares,
CEO of North Shore Medical Center. "We
are pleased to have The Joint Commission
recognize our commitment to providing the
best possible care to our patients and our
The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke
Center Certification is based on the rec-
ornmendations for primary stroke centers
published by the Brain Attack Coalition
and the American Stroke Association's
statements and guidelines for stroke care.
The Joint Commission launched the pro-
gram--the nation's first--in 2003. A list of
programs certified by The Joint Commis-
sion is available at www.qualitycheck.org.

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By Amanda Chan

Heavy beer drinkers have an increased risk
of gastric cancer, especiallyT if they possess a
certain gene variant, a new study sugge~sts._
People who drink two to three beers a day for
many years have a 75 percent increased risk
of gastric cancer, and those who have the` gene
variant called rsl230025 but aren't heavy
drinkers have a 30 percent higher risk of gas-
tric cancer, compared. with -people who drank
less than a beer daily, the study showed.
But people who are both chronic heavy beer
drinkers and possess rs1230025 have a more
than 700 percent increased risk of gastric can-
cer compared with people who consume less
than one drink a day and don't have the gene
variation, said study researcher Eric Duell, a
senior epidemiologist at the Catalan Institute.
of Oncology in Barcelona, Spain. The gene
variant is common and is present in about 20
percent of the general population, he said.
However, wine and liquor don't seem to car-
ry the same gastric cancer risks, Duell said.
"The share of the risk from total alcoholic.
beverages seems to be dominated by the al-
cohol contributed from beer consumption,"
Duell said. "Consumption of wine and liquor

be more likely to drink beer than other alco-
holic beverages.
The dingss are norltd m ninsg tee is
cer risk, but the results can't speak to whether
one caused the other or some other factor is
The study was presented April 4 at the an-
nual meeting of the American Association for
Cancer Research.

Duell and his colleagues analyzed the alco-
hol consumption and gastric cancer status of
521,000 people ages 35 to 70, who were part
of the European Prospective Investigation into
Cancer and Nutrition in 1992 and 1998. Re-
searchers noted whether the study partici-
pants consumed wine, beer or liquor regularly,
and the location and severity of their gastric
cancer, if any.
Researchers found that people who regu-
larly .consumed more than 60 grams of alco-
hol (equivalent to four to five beers) a day had
a 65 percent higher risk of developing gastric
cancer over the study period than people who
regularly drank 0. 1 to 4.9 grams of alcohol a

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By Mary Clare Jalonick
Associatred Press

The agencies suggest the in-
dustry focus its efforts on foods
that are most heavily marketed
to children, including breakfast
cereals, carbonated beverages,
restaurant foods and snack
The guidelines set parame-.
ters that are stricter than many
( E companies have set for them-
d selves and, if the companies
agree, would eliminate much of
the advertising consumers see
now on television, in maga-
zines, in stores and on the In-
C ternet -- for foods that app ealt chlrn
If many companies sign on to
tlthe~ guidelines, children could
see much less of the color-
ful cartoon characters used to
advertise cereals or other gim-
micks designed to draw their
attention. If the companies
want to continue that advertis-
ing, they would have to reduce
unhealthy ingredients in their
The food industry has been
successful in reducing the
outh number of television ads aimed
at children in recent years, and
much of that advertising has

moved to the Internet, social
media and other digital plat-
forms such as smart phones.
Public health advocates have
argued that the industry's self-
regulation is not enough and
has pushed the government to
set guidelines.
In 2009, Congress directed
the Federal Trade Commis-
sion, Agriculture Department,
Food and Drug Administration
and the federal Centers for Dis-
ease Control and Prevention to
form a working group and de-
velop the recommendations.
The guidelines they wrote are
broad, applying to almost any
promotion a child might see for
a food including text messag-
es, product placement in video
games and celebrity endorse-
The agencies said the pro-
posal, which would be phased
in over five years~and is open for
public comment until the sum-
mer, is "to encourage a market-
ing environment that supports,
rather than undermines," par-
ents' efforts to get children to
eat healthy food.
Please turn to KID)S 19B

cials promoting sugary break-
fast cereals could be put on a
strict diet under proposed gov-
ernment guidelines urging food
companies to limit marketing of
unhealthy products to children.
Under a proposal announced
Thursday by several govern-
ment agencies, companies
would be urged to only mar-
ket foods to children ages two
through 17 if they are low in
fats, sugars and sodium a~d
contain specified healthy ingre-
Specifically, the agencies rec-
ommend that companies only
rylarket foods that have a signif-
icant amount of fruits, vegeta-
bles, whole grains, low-fat milk
products, fish, extra lean meat,
eggs, nuts, seeds or beans.
Foods that have any trans-fat,
more than one gram of satu-
rated fat, more than 13 grams
of added sugars or more than
210 milligrams of sodium in a
serving would not be eligible for
marketing to children.


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Special to thre NNPA

A Stanford University gen-
etricist, Carlos D. Bustamente,
is leading an effort to include
more Hispanics and Blacks in
genetic research critical to de-
termining root causes of many
diseases. He has been critical
of such research that has often
focused largely on White popu-
lations. :
Work by the award-winning
geneticist, who was born in
Venezulela,, has helped to ex-
pand testing in a global study
that is known as the 1000
Genomes project and was

launched in 2008 to map the
genes of at least 1,000 people
worldwide. An international
group of scientists is taking
DNA samples, analyzing them,
and sharing the findings.
The study started with sam-
ples taken in Europe, Asia,
Africa, and the United States.
But, Bustamante immediately
recognized that South America
was missing from the project,
which the .National Institutes
of Health (NIH) is coordinating.
He successfully pressed for
adding Colombia, Peru, Puerto
Rico, and Barbados.
"Wle're one of the groups
'that have really been very

passionate about studying
African-American populations
and studying Hispanic-Latino
populations so that they. get
brought into the fold of medi-
Scal genetics research," says
Bustamante, speaking for
himself and fellow researchers
in his Stanford lab.
Early results from the 1000
Genomes project exemplify the
significance of genetic research
and the severe downside for
populations not included in the
testing. Already, the research
has found that small genetic
variations help to explain why
some groups are more at risk
for cancer and diabetes. .

What's clear is that lack of
diversity has occurred for some
time. A 2009 review of nearly
400 studies worldwide found
that more than 90 percent
have examined only people of
European descent. Duke Uni-
versity researchers counted
26 studies of Asians, three of
Hispanics, two of Native Amer-
icans, and none of Bla~ks. An-
other 11 studies tested people
from a mix of racial and ethnic
Beyond 1000 Genomes,
Charles Rotimi, director of
NIH's Center for Research on
Genomics and Global Health,
says NIH has funded so few

genetic studies, of minorities
for many reasons. Roolmi says
"perhaps one of the biggest
problems" is the small number
of minority 'geneticists, who
tend to "navigate tdwards their
own communities."
"By that alone, -you're go-
ing..to have fewer studies" of
minorities, Rotimi says. A re-
lated reason, he adds, is that
historically Black and His-
panic-serving colleges often
lack adequate labs and other
equipment to make grant ap-
plications by their profes-
sors competitive with those
from researchers at Harvard
and Johns Hopkins Univer-

sity, leading recipients of NIH
S"One of the reasons that re-
searchers say they study White
populations is that they're eas-
ier to stuciy, they're more ho-
mogeneous, blah-blah-blah,"
Bustamante says. :"But, it's
really that they haven't really
done enough to engage minor-
ity populations."
.Dr. Esteban Burchard, ge-
neticist at University of Cali-.
fornia, San Francisco and his
colleagues are also looking for
genetic factors that may ex-
plain disparities in heart and
kidney disease, breast cancer,
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More people of color need to participate in critical genetic research

Arlene Cameron, RN
Stroke Program Coordinator





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1140 Or. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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cause it limits recognition to
organizations that have 501(c)
(3) tax-exempt status and have
shared medical expenses con-
tinuously since at least Dec.
31, 1999. They must also be
audited annually by an outside
accounting firm.
But these criteria won't nec-
essarily stop scammers from
creating fake ministries and
soliciting members, says Prae-
"You have to look at the fine
print to see whether it's truly
one of these [religious] pro-
grams or is it someone trying
to take advantage of that," she
says. "I think we'l1 see more of
that because of the exemption
in the Affordable Care Act."

parks. all because these young
people have beenl persistent
and diligent in their studies.
The Read to Lead program
is an incentive based read-
ing initiative for elementary
school age children and stu-
dents receive scholarships for
successfully completing a 10-
book project in the course of
a nine-week grading period.
Since its inception in 1998,
over 5,000 students from
Miami-Dade County Public
Schools have benefitted from
the Read to Lead Scholarship.
The Read to Lead "Send-
off" Ceremony scheduled for
6 p.m., May 6 is a commu-
nity event and all scholarship
recipients will be recognized
at Brentwood Elementary
School. Brentwood Elemen-
tary School is located at 3101
NW 191 Street, Miami Gar-
For more information on
the Read to Lead program or
scholarship program, please
call 305-343-5006.

At a time when budgetary
shortfalls and questionable
educational policies are erod-
ing the well established norms
of what our society consid-
ers equal access to educa-
tional opportunities, we need
more than ever programs that
would educate and not limit
life chances for many of our
school age children. That is
exactly what the Read to Lead
program is doing for our chil-
dren in Miami-Dade County
Public Schools.
The Read to Lead program
is the brainchild of the late
Miami Dade County School
Board member the Honorable
Robert B. Ingram. The pro-
gram that was originally devel-
oped as a Miami-Dade County
Public Schools, District 1 ini-
tiative has become a county-
wide rites of passage program
that engenders a love for read-
ing through a scholarship pro-
gram that is based on travel.
Reading is fundamental to
all academic disciplines and

travel exposes our children
to otherwise abstract realities
that invariably make reading
meaningful and engaging says
Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro, execu-
tive director of the Dr. Robert
B. Ingram Foundation, Inc.
On Friday, May 6, Dr. Igho-
daro will host a Read to Lead
"Send-off' Ceremony at Brent-
wood Elementary School in
Miami Gardens. The ceremony
brings together six Miami-
Dade County Public Schools
(Auburndale Elementary Com-
munity School, Brentwood E1-
ementary School, Comstock
Elementary School, Goulds
Elementary School, Sweetwa-
ter Elementary School and Dr.
Robert B. Ingram Elementary
School) that are scheduled
to embark on a Read to Lead
Scholarship tour on May 12
and 13.
The Read to Lead tour is an
all-expense paid scholarship
tour of historic St. Augustine,
the first incorporated city in
the United States and cul-

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use. They must agree not to
have sex outside marriage -
and typically cannot seek help
for any medical expenses that
arise from such sexual activ-
ity. Rules vary about when or
if the ministries cover preexist-
ing medical conditions.
One of the most important
responsibilities of an insur-
ance regulator is to make sure
insurers have enough money
to pay claims, says Sandy
Praeger, the Kansas state in-
surance commissioner,
Only long-standing minis-
tries are affected by the new
law's exemption clause be-



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minutes at Islands of Adven-
tures, Orlando, Florida. The
students have an opportunity
to learn about the rich history
of the state of Florida, spend
a night at a world class ho-
tel and enjoy a day of fun at
Universal Studios, one of the
nation's most popular theme

tal and emotional health, nutri-
tion and quitting smoking. For
more information, call 954-712-
St. Paul's Lutheran Church,
10700 SW 56th Street in Miami,
11s hastng a free Hoath Fair fron
mation, call 305-271-3171.

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and Treatment Center, 1401
South Federal Highway in Ft.
Lauderdale, is hosting a free
health event, from 10 a.m.-3
pfoosiwtho ctiiteshandh tocs

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also limited marketing of the
unhealthiest foods. He says
the number of food ads on chil-
dren's shows has fallen by half
since 2004.
"The number of ads for cook-
ies, candy, soda and snacks has
dropped even more dramatical-
ly," he said.
As they have had to move away
from marketing to kids, many
food companies are stepping
up efforts to reach the primary
shoppers in family households,
which are often moms. More ads
are popping up on blogs directed
at mothers and recipe sites.
The food industry's efforts to
change recipes and limit adver-
tising have come as consumers
are increasingly educated and

aware of what they are eating.
The president's wife, Michelle
Obama, also has been leading
a campaign to fight childhood
Still, public health advocates
say they believe a lot of work re-
mains. Margo Wootan, director
of nutrition policy at the advo-
cacy group Center for Science
in the Public Interest, says ad-
vocates hope the guidelines will
make a greater impact.
"As a mom watching television
with my daughter or walking
through the aisles of the super-
market, it seems like nothing
has changed," she says. "If com-
panies applied these standards
it would get rid of almost all
junk food marketing to kids."

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"While the goals (the guide-
lines) would set for food mar-
keters are ambitious and would
take time to put into place, the
public health stakes could not
be higher," the working group
said in a statement. "One in
three children is overweight or
obese, and the rates are even
higher among some racial and
ethnic groups."
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-lowa,
who authored the original bill
asking for the guidelines, said
Wednesday he is pleased with
the agencies' recommendations.
"Kids are being bombarded
daily with ads for unhealthy

foods and it is long past time
that we limit the amount of junk
food advertising," he said.
It is unclear whether govern-
ment pressure will be effective
enough to get many companies
to sign on. Some of the country's
largest food companies, includ-
ing McDonalds, General Mills,
Kellogg, Kraft Foods Global and
PepsiCo, already have joined an
initiative sponsored by the Bet-
ter Business Bureau to limit
their marketing to children. The
standards are similar but not as
Scott Faber, lobbyist for the
Grocery Manufacturers Asso-
ciation, says the industry has
reformulated recipes to adhere
to those standards as it has

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obesity, and types of lung dis-
ease other than asthma.
Such research holds the
medical promise of finding bet-
ter treatments that reduce the
health disparities experienced
by minorities. Still, "genome
wide association studies," as
they are technically known,
have critics.
Troy Duster, a professor of
sociology and bioethics at New
York University, who has writ-
ten academic articles on the

subject, expresses concern that
the genetic studies make racial
differences appear more sci-
entific then they actually are.
"My objection to those kinds of
studies is that they are making
it sound as if race is understood
to be a biological phenomenon,
he says.
Bustamante says he and co-
workers in his lab try to "figure
out ways to increase diversity in
medical genetics research, both
in the U.S. and out" because
otherwise "studies will get de-
veloped and done that don't
benefit everybody."

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ticed that our obituary page has been shorter than usual. The
reason is not that the number of deaths in our community have
suddenly declined but because our newspaper is not getting the
information on all of the deaths.
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formed The Miami Times that they will not submit any more
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MATTIE CHAVIS, 84, seam-
stress, died s~
April 27 at Fran- ''
co Nursing &
Rehab. Center.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the

died May 1 at
Jackson North
Medical Center,
Service 11 a.m., i -
Saturday at New
Way Praise and *
Worship Center,
Survivors in-
clude: her hus- -
band, Darryl; daughter, Proffitess
Kenyatta Baker; son, Darryl, 11.

at Homestead Hospital. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

retired teacher '
died April 23,
Vista Hospice.
Surviv ors
include: a
devoted wife,
Pauline B.,
dau g hter ,
Elestine Allen- '
sister, Inez Johnson; brother '
Alfred; seven grandchildren, three
great-grandsons, two great, great
grandsons, and a host of relatives
and friends. Litany service 7 p.m.,
Friday, May 6. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Historical St. Agnes
Episcopal Church.

Wright and Young
retired, died
April 29, went
home to be
with the Lord.
She leaves
to cherish her
memories sev-
en children, 22
56 great grands, four great great
grands, nieces, nephews, cousins,
other friends and relatives; one
adopted daughter, one god daugh-
ter and one god son. Service 2
p.m., Saturday at Friendship M.B.


Nakia Ingraham
homemaker, died April 24 in South
Carolina. Service 2 p.m., Saturday
at Christ Deliverance Outreach

JOSEPH CHEA, 81, mechanic,
died May 1 at Memorial Hospital.
Service 3 p.m. in the chapel.

Rn nnmoMOarr

In loving memory of,

David M. French, a former
Howard University professor of
pediatric surgery who tended to
the medical needs of civil rights
marchers during the 1960s and
later spearheaded an effort to
strengthen public health sys-
tems 'in 20 African countries,
died March 31 of renal failure at
the University of Virginia hospi-
tal in Charlottesville. He was 86.
French was a founding mem-.
ber and a national chairman of
the Medical Committee for Hu-
man Rights, a civil rights organi-
zation that aimed to stop the seg-
regation of health-care facilities
and pressed for adequate medi-
cal care for patients of all races.
He also played a key role in co-
ordinating first-aid efforts at ma-

lack of quality health care avail-
able to Blacks in the South. With
the aim of improving the public
health of poor and underserved
people, he gravitated from sur-
gery toward a new focus in pre-
ventive and community health,
That interest in took him to
Boston University, where he
started a department of com-
munity health in 1969. He also
established a network of com-
munity health centers in Boston
before moving to Africa in the
For the next decade, he and
his family lived in Ivory Coast,
leading a sprawling effort to
train nurses and improve public
health in 20 countries in western
and central Africa. David Mar-

shall French was born May 30,
1924, in Toledo and grew up in
Columbus, Ohio. He attended
what is now Case Western Re-
serve University in Cleveland for
two years before he was drafted
by the Army during World War
II. The Army sent him to medi-
cal school at Howard, where his
mentor was Charles Drew, the
pioneering doctor who developed
the first large-scale blood banks.
French earned a medical degree
in 1948 and then completed his
residency in surgery under Drew
at the old Freedmen's Hospital.
French's wife of 63 years,
Carolyn Howard French, died
in 2009. Survivors include their
eight children, 14 grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.

jor civil rights protests, including
the 1965 march for voting rights
from Selma to Montgomery (Ala-
bama). The protests gave French
a chance to witness firsthand the

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05/09/1940 06/19/2010

Mother, we're remember-
ing the many joys shared be-
tween us just one year ago as
we celebrated your Birthday
and Mothers Day, know that
you are loved and missed by
many. fnd ru
Wo can fida vi tous
woman for her price is far
above rubies.
Happy Birthday, Mothers
Day, Moml
Angela, Ricarrdo, Tangela,
Therron, Linda, Michael, Hen-
ry and family.

In lemoriam

In loving memory of,



former resident of Miami, FL
and attended Zion Hope M.B.
Church under the leadership
of the late great Rev. Paul
Freeman where she served
as a usher and deaconess for
many years.
Hattie relocated to Birming-
ham, AL to assist her son in
ministry where she served
at the New St. Paul Baptist
Church. She later relocated
to Atlanta, GA to assist her
other son in ministry at Floyd
Chapel Baptist Church and to
be~~~~ c.~l oil ~i, U~6I
tr.u ie rmie misn atane
leaves to cherish three chil-
dren, Evelina Cochran-Lux
of Lakeland,FL, Pastor B.C.
Cochran of Birmingham, AL,
Pastor E.C Cochran of Atlan-
ta, GA and two adopted chil-
dren, Myla Ruth Reizen and
Brett David Reizen. She also
leaves eight brothers and sis-
ters, 13 grandchildren, ad
seven great-grands, and a
host of nieces, nephews, god-
children and friends.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday,
May 7th in Atlanta,GA and
will be conducted by Young
Funeral Home, 1107 Hank
Aaron Drive,SW Atlanta,GA
The viewing on Friday eve~
ning, May 6th. Please contact
Young Funeral Home for any
questions at 404-523-6606.

33, died May 1 at St. Cloud
Medical Center (St. Cloud, FL).
He was a para-professionral at
Maverick High School.
He is survived by his wife'
Aundra; stepson, Aubrey;
mother and father, Precious
Delores and Dudley Clarke;
brothers, Dudley Jr. (DC), Ja-
son and Eric; sisters, Vanessa,
Brittany and Brandy; mother
and father-in-law, Francena
and Randolph McMullen;
brother-in-law, Byron (The-
resa); uncles, Johnie (Mavis),
pnp (T1-rll -i a Ic)
Robert (Lennette),`Ca~rl (Sy1-
via), Vaughn (Sondra), Les-
ter, Brian (Joyce) and Darryl
(Renee) Person; aunts, Valerie
Person-Baker, Karen (Henry)
Person, Lynn White Person
and Earnestine Person. Jon
is preceded in death by his
grandmother and grandfather
Johnie and Bernice Person
and two uncles, Ronald and
Roy Person. He leaves a host
of nieces, nephews, cousins
and friends. Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at True Fellowship
Holiness Church, 4949 NW
17 Avenue. Arrangements
handled by Mitchell's Funeral

Death Notice

April 28 at his residence. Ser-
vice 10 a.m., Saturday at Par-
adise Memorial Funeral Home.

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02/02/61 05/03/08

It's been three years and not
a day goes by that we don't
think of you.
Love forever.
Your Family

Card of ThankS

The family of the late,


wishes to extend their heart
felt appreciation and grati-
tude to everyone who warmed
our hearts and lifted our spir-
its with prayers, cards, floral
arrangements, and all other
acts of kindness,
Thanks to all the family for
your acts of love, concern,
kindness, support, but most
all just being here.
A special thank you to
Dr. Rev. Carl Johnson and
Congregation, Pastor Linda
Hawkins and Congregation,
Ms. Scott, Northeast Trans-
portation, Jack Shay North,
Mr. R. Mathis and Mr. Phil-
The Lee, Benjamin and
Moorer families.

Death Notice

Hospital employee, died April
27 at Jackson Memorial Hos-
pital. Service 12 p.m., Sat-
urday at Paradise Memorial
Funeral Home. Remains will
be interred in South Florida
National Cemetery.

Death Notice

WILLIE DYE, of South Mi-
ami died April 24. Services
were held.

93, retired
teacher, died
April 28 at
Jackson North,
Service 6 p.m.,
Thursday at St.
Peters African
Orthodox Cathe-

County School
Board member,
died April 29 at
Jackson Memo-
Sevc rial Hospital.P~. J

May 14, Satur-
day at Greater -
Bethel A.M.E. -
Church, 245 NW 8 Street.

linary specialist,
died May 1 at
home. Service
11 a.m., at 93rd
Street Com- .
munity Baptist .
Church. ),*

Alphonso M. Richardson

HdOOVaER1B OWN, 78, retired,

tal.Service 2 p.
m., Saturday at
Dayspring Mis-
siona~rh Baptist .

driver. died ApriL 23 at 5i ta Hs
pice. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
New Beginning Embassy of Praise.

Losing someone or some-
thing you love is very pain-
ful. After a significant loss,
you may experience all kinds
of difficult and surprising
emotions, such as shock,
anger, and guilt. Sometimes
it may feel like the sadness
will never let up. While these
feelings can be frightening
and overwhelming, they are
normal reactions to loss. Ac-
cepting them as part of the
grieving process and allow-
ing yourself to feel what you
feel is necessary for healing.

pan. Yu can get t rogh itd

experienced has a potential
for healing that eventually
can strengthen and enrich
life. Here are a couple of sug-
gestions and tips to enable
you to deal with that grief:
1. Get Support Connect-
ing to others will help you
heal so turn to friends and
family members, draw com-
fort from your faith, join a
support group or talk to a
2. Take Care of Yourself

SLooking after your physi-
cal and emotional needs will
help you get through this dif-
ficult time so face your feel-
ings, express your mental
state in a creative or tangible
way, look after your physi-
cal health, don't let anyone
tell you how to feel and don't
tell yourself how to feel, and
finally plan ahead for grief
triggers .


David M. French, physician and activist, dies at 86

Death Notice

Death Notice


How to cope with grief

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.Sw~eet Swreetback was ahead of its time and
the film's political overtones wvere unmistakable
The movie s ominous opening line was immortal
~Sfor the wvay it: articulated the rise of the Black
TF actualization: "This film is dedicated to all the
SBrothers and Sisters who had enough of the Alan.
The protagonist, played by the elder van Peebles,
is lauded primarily for his sexual endowments and
manages to cut a swiath through practically every~
woman in Southern California. Sw~eet Sweertback
was considered novel because of Its impossibly~ lim-
ited budget and imaginati\e visual style.
Please turn to SWEETBACK 10D

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Aretha s command: Respect with new album, new figure

BV EIyea Gardner
NEW YORK If you're invited to tea with the Queen of Soul,
don't expect to stand on ceremony..3.
Holding court in the lobby of a swank
Midtown hotel, Aretha Franklin is a dig- l,PJPjiAiFsdh:
unified but decidedly unfussy presence.
A few passersby stare at the familiar- .--1
looking woman, her newly slimmed-
down figure draped in a long white dress.
But they keep a polite distance, leaving -..
Franklin to her tray of miniature goodies,
"Tea food is one of my favorites," she
says. "Sandwiches, canapes I love 'em."
Franklin is in town to celebrate her 69th '
birthday (March 25), and to promote an
album, intriguingly titled Aretha: A Woman *I .~
Falling Out of Love. The liner notes acknowl- rI
edge that she "blew the possibility of one of
the most exquisite and rewarding relation-
ships ... with a foolish and intended to be
humorous quip.".
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Bootsy Collins
still serving
up the funk

BV Todd Johnson

ist joot 18 ver -old,s t ass;
backing up James Browrn as a
member of the original J.B.'s.
More than 40 years later, funk
music may be closer to him than
it's ever been.
"Funk wasn't something 1
studied or went to school for,
Collins said. "[Funk] wnas in my
head. It was my motivation. I
never wanted
to know the
end result be-
cause the fun
and excite-
ment for me
w~as getting
Collins, who
was inducted
COLLINS into the Rock
and Roll Hall
of Fame in 1997, released his
latest album this week. The
Funk Capital of the World,
It features collaborations with
everyone from Snoop Dogg to
Please turn to COLLINS 2C

AGINtG GR ACEFULLY: Aretha Franklin's new
album, A W~oman Falling Out of Love, is on sale

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Collins contributes four decades to music


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her second parade.
The biggest participation
came from Ebenezer, where
the members lined up behind
the band and marched around
the church.
Rev. Dr. Joreatha .M.
Capers, pastor, added Maudy
Thursday to the celebration
with committee members
Rev. Purnell A. Moody,
Rev. Rodolfo Cassayas,
Vera Fenton, president and
Aggie MV. Reed, program
The scene demonstrated a
quiet presentation of music
and reading of thel scriptures
from JoAnn Brookins, pastor,
Charles Dunbar, Jean A.
Perry, Calvin MclCrea, V.
Deloris Barr-Fisher, Rena
Green, Frederick Toney,
M~arvra Hill, Elbert Vereen,
Minister Eddie Mercado,
Joyce Reid, Esther Thomas
and music from Pernella
Burke and Cynthia Lewis.
Friday service was equally
as religious-as the spirit and
blessings flowed.
Easter Sunday Service
featured Dr. Capers delivering
the sermon, "Because He
Lives," a song written by
Willam, and Gloria Gaithers
'in 1971 which explains
why Jesus lives. It was also
demonstrated by the mass
choir leading the congregation
singing hymns, especially
Valerie Thomas singing
"Because He Lives." Tears were
dropped by T. Eilene M~artin-
Major escorting Jesus with
the old rugged cross to the
Kudos go out to Harold
Jacobs for playing Jesus
being crucified, along with
Adrian Thomas, Zabhrya
Tillman, Crystal Pinder,
Kadeidra Stafford, JB
Dancers and MASK Dancers
Lawrence Josey, Jasmine
Savage, Tashaun Jones, Greg
Robinson and Terry Wilcox.

with Live Music, DJ and Tree
Top one-man band. Also
Ted Garner and the Senords
prepared and served the food.
Members of the Sorority
included Corlett Jackson,
Linette Rogers, Jacqueline
Ortiz, Alicia
Lancaster and
hostess Sylvia
Williams-Garner. Bee
Ettes included Jahnel
Jackson, -Keaud
Stibbins, Akirra
Taylor, Tavalina
Cigar, Saranda
Rossin, Precious WILLI.
Otis, and Ruth Hope.
The men/hosts included Ted
Garner, Brandon Lancaster,
Christopher Tynes,- Amir
Harden, Gregory Gilles, Kobe
Harden and Anthony
898~Boatwright, Jr.
SCurrently, Garner is
~~ planning a Memorial
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SClaudia Slater,
president, Sigma
Gamma Rho Sorority,
OSS Inc. Gamma Delta
Sigma Chapter and
membership provided the
community with ~an Annual
Pre-Easter Talent Showcase,
last Saturday, before family
members, friends, and Buds
of Spring and male escorts for
Eight Buds performed for
the top three prizes and the
judges were Camilla Harris,
musician and Dr. Richard J.
Strachan, choreographer and
musician, while Terriseda
Newkirk took the position of
mistress of ceremony.
She began by having the
audience sing "Lift ~Every Voice
And Sing" and introduced
President Claudia -Slater,
who gave the history of the
Buds of Spring and other
community projects. Following
Slater, the participants in the
talent showcase .performed

entertainingly for the parents
and friends.
Talent included Brady Sims,
vocal solo; Antonia Mobly
and Monica Washington,
poem; Merceades 1Marion,
vocal solo; Chelsea Hadden,
monologue; 1Mickia
(Collins and Sheena
Griffn, liturgical
dance and Kianndra
Kilpatrick, vocal solo.
The winners were:
MVerceades Marion,
third place; Chelsea
Hadden, second place
AMS and Antonia MVoblyr and
Monica Washington,
first place.
Other sorority members in
attendance included Lillian
Davis, Irene Hanford, W.
Doris Neal, Linda Tartt, while
entertainment was provided by
Harris singing "I Love the Lord
and "You're The Sunshine of
My Life." Slater closed out the
program by thanking everyone
for coming.
Palm Sunday, Good Friday,
and Easter for. 2011 will
continue to be discussed in
churches, barber shops, and
beauty salons from people
that enjoyed each celebration.
Beginning with The
Progressive Band providing the
processiorials for the Church
of the Incarnation, Historical
St. Agnes Episcopal Church,
Ebenezer United Methodist,
St. Peters and St; Mary's to
end the 2011 parades.
There were a few additions in
the Church of The Incarnation,
including favorites as Garth
Reeves and gang, Alice
Harrell, Wilbur 1McKenzie and
grandson, Lucille Robinson,
a marching member. Missing
this year were ~Samuel Cleare,
Alice Harrison and more; the
same scene was in Overtown
around St. Agnes. There was
..Lona Mathis 'and daughter
Robin and again Robinson in

Josephine Poitier, M. Athalie
Range, Sally Schechter.
Also Dr. Arthur Teele, Jr.,
Joseph Nicolas Thomas,
Sr., Joseph Nicolas, Jr.,
John Tuckrer, Neil Williams,
James B. Thomas and
Thomas Marshall. Others in
attendance included Loretta
Pieze, Nancy D~awkins,
Mdartha Day, Mary A. MVoore,
Florence and Charles
Flanders, Bea Hines, GwRen
Welters, Carlton Jerkins, Dr.
Richard Strachan, Lynda S.
Roberts, Tillie Stibbins and
Lt. Leroy Smith.
Congratulations to the
Sunshine S10pers of Miami
Gardens, who traveled to
Rome (via England and Spain)
for two weeks. The trip
was planned by Willie
Jackson, president
and Linda C. Taylor.
Arthur "Jake" Simms
shared the trip with his
retired brothers. After
listening to S~imms,
some of the retires were
elated over his story, M
especially seeing the
Pope from a distance. Simms
stated that after going on many
tours, this was his best one.
Some of the S10pers included
Dr. Cathia Darling, Bonnie
Sims, Cecelia Hunter, Dr.
Joseph and Carlene Gay, Jim
and Linda Taylor, tour guide,
Connie Butler, Charles and
Barbara Goflin, Dr. Christie
James and Anne Henry.
Kudos go out to the Etta
Phi Beta Sorority, Senords
(volunteer men), Bee Ettes
(7th graders), Twila Miller,
chairperson, Gertrude
(96-year-old resident)
and Julia Tynes, the first
. president of Etta Phi Beta
Sorority' for providing a Pre-
Easter Luncheon at Sylvia's
Retirement Home, Inc. It is
always a well-planned activity

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The Ahramr TImes ed toial
aIs ran todml Tar CDr a eve
McNeir. Editor for staff
wnters, freelance Jjourahlsts
and columnists. After everyone
was introduced, McNeir
displayed a board with the
a enda for the day.
It was evident how happy
people were in expressing
ter ov ,for The Miami Thmese
new, I challenge them to beat
my record of 18 consecutive
The staff was asked to
critique The Miami Times and
the were unanimous
ine evaluating the
news Ipre as des 1nns

glossy pages, and
inter sting stories.
Everyone was asked
to critique the training
in writing and they all
want more meetings, HA
because the staff has an
opportunity to mingle
together .and many of them
would like for The Miami Times
to recognize special people
and endorse their writings to a
journalist conference for State
Others in attendance
included Donnalyn Anthony,
Seven Akbar, Patricia
Glover, Jimmie Davis, Jr.,
Joanne Gillard, Randy Grice,
Jasmine Johnson, assistant
to MVcNeir, Kaila ]Heard and
Queen Brown.
A special salute goes out
to Josie Poitier, a volunteer
worker for the City of Miami
Police department, for
spending 29 years celebrating
"Good Friday" with a Religious

Or ganiizaion; -- --
the City of Miami
Explorers and lighting candle
for 2011 memorial tributes, at
the Marriott on the Bay.
Chief D~elrish EMoss, Senior
Assistant, was gien the honor
of moderating ld e hrorm

P. Edwards to bring the
invocation and former Dolphin
Larry Little recognized special
youth with a certificate: Rose
Marie Judy Gerrrand, Glory
Barry, Carneal Tyler,
Alice Harrison,
Ryman Mitche~ll
atYolanda Francis,
Jaquan Nelsona,
Wynetta Scott,
Anthony Taylor,
.,Eric Miftchell, Dexter
Bolden, Diamond
SLEMI FinleyT and Davis
Little thanked
Cynthia Stafford for her
support of Youth of America
and he passed the mic over
to N. Patrick Range, Jr.
who handled the lighting
of the memorial candles.
Recognition was given to
Catherine Anderson, Gloria
Dawson, Kamil Dawson,
Howard Gary, D~ebra Haslem,
Helen Mackey, Officer Gaddy
Rawlas, Missionary Poseline
R~ichardson, Alberta LSinclair,
Thirlee Smith, Pat Stafford,
Dr. Lorraine Strachan, Irene
Jerkins, Charles Johnson,
Ida Belle Johnson, Herman
Justice, MVyrna Range Lee,
D~avid Little, George Little,
Georgia Lockett, Hikka
Nygard, Dr. Joseph W. Poitier,

Armbrister, their 42nd on
April 25; Edwin and Gall 1M.
Holland, their 24th on April
25; Alex and Kenyatta B.
Jaramillo, their 8th on April
26; Tellis and (the Reverend)
D~oris Ingraham, their 28th
on April 30.
Congratulations go out to
Elton S.A. and Alesha J.
Clarke on the birth of their
first child and son whom
they named Alexander
Charistopher Isaiah Clarke
born April 19. The very elated
.grandparents are Harold 8.
and Maliney L. Clarke, aunt
Kendraz E.R. Clarke, uncle
and aunt Harold and Andrea
R. Clarke. Very happy for all
of youl
Attorney Sheila Foster,
daughter of Dr. Rosebud
Lightborn-Foster and her son
Tyler Foster of Manhattan,
New York visited their mother
and grandmother for Easter.
Miamians and dear
friends were saddened to
hear of the demise of Calvin
"Ricemouth" Mcginney. H~e
will be greatly missed by his
family and all of his friends.
We all share in your sadness.
Calvin was a member of the
Diplomats, class of 1942.
Also sorry to have heard of
Cleveland Barry Jr.'s demise.
Sympathy to Joyce Barry and
the Barry clan.

Wi n s to n
Scavella. Bobbie
Mumford. David C~I
Thurston, Dr. - -
Albert Rolle and Ira Duncan.
Betty Brice, niece of Louise
Hutchinson-Clear spent
three months with her aunt,
returned home to Nassau on
last Friday. Betty will return
this summer.
Henry E. Puyol has. been
elected as the state of Florida's ~
Grand Emperior Commander
No. 22.
lan and Kayla Johnson.
Williams are here to visit
their mother Ines Mcginney-
Johnson and the MVcKinney
clan to attend the funeral of her
uncle .Calvin "Ricemouth"
MVcKinney. Kayla lives in
Houston, Texas.
A very happy belated
birthday to a lovely lady, Mrs.
Sue Francis who turned 99
years young on Easter Sunday,
April 24. Mrs. Francis is now
at Villa Maria Rehab Center.
Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to the
following couples: Anthony
and Lakeshia R. Taylor,
their 7th on April 24; LTC
Anthony P. and Juanita W.

Dade Count-y Alumnae
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Soron ty. Incorporated held
their Crossing Over Initiation
Ceremony Luncheon atnd
Welcoming Ceremony on
Saturday,- April 23 at the
Hilton- iViami. I will put the
newly-made sorors names
in my column each week
until all names have been
published. Too .many to
put at one time. Natasha
Ashley, Cynthia Barnum,
Laila Brock, Delphine H.
Brown, Takia Bullock, Resha
Burton, Theresa Campbell,
Nikki Cannon, Judith A.
Case, Felicia L. Cauley,
Shirley .Clark, Daniel-le N.
Clark, Cynthia Clay, Tequila
Tiffany Davis, Krystal
MV. Dobbins, Alexa'ndra
Edwards, Sheria Sawyer
Edwards, Santrel Elston and
Altreneasha Erin.
. Get well wishes and our
prayers go out to all: Ines
MlcKinney-Johnson, Cynthia
Garvin Raffe-Clarke, Deloris
Bethel-Reynolds, Leila
Young, M~ary Oliver-Johnson,
Gladys Lynch, Timothy O.
Savage, 1Marian Shannon,

Everyone knows how long
the Grammys can get each
year. So in an effort to cut the
show short, the organizers
announced recently that next
year's ceremony will be short
31 categories.
In the past, 109 awards
were given out, but now art-
ists in only 78 categories will
be acknowledged. That's still
quite a few, but a relief in
time. However, some folks just

might be sadly affected,
The R&B world. took one
of the largest ~hits with the
number of awards reduced
from eight to four. The three
coveted R&B vocal perfor-
mance awards for males, fe-
males, and groups have been
merged into an all inclusive
R&B Performance Award.
The decision to cut so heav-
ily in the R&B category came
due to the reduced number of

But the rap category will
be spared in the cut, for the
most part.
The reconstruction of the
Grammys also includes
this major change catego-
ries will be removed for the
awards year that receive less
than 25 submissions diar-
ing the eligibility process. In
past years the minimum was
only 10.

Collins said he is particu-
larly proud of his new album
because he felt like he had
full creative control from be-
gmmnng to end.
Funk is second nature to
Collins now, but when he first
made his mark in the music
industry in the 1970s, the
genre was just taking shape.
"George Clinton and myself,
we kind of made it cool to be
funky," Collins said of his fel-
low Parliament-Funkadel ic

star. "It's just like saying . .
at one time, it wasn't cool to
be Black. James Brown made
[that] cool and I think we
did the same thing with funk."
Collins and Clinton com-
bined to produce such hits as
"Mothership Connection (Star
Child)" and "Give Up the Funk
(Tear the Roof of the Sucker)."
Collins also went on to have a
successful solo career, which
he doesn't see stopping any-
time soon.

continued from 10

Rev. Al Sharpton.
"It's in my heart," Collins
said of the 'location' implied in
his album title. "It's a person-
al thing and I kinda did it that
way so everybody can take it
personal within themselves.
Whatever [people] desire to go
after, you have to develop that
within yourself. That's what
my funk capital is."

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To our Queen, you are al-
ways and forever in our hearts.
The Family

0 1/05/1940 08/25/2005

We miss and love you always.
Ruth and Denitra Henry.

We love you. We miss you.
Love Darryl' and the Frazier

08/17/36 -02/06/71

We missed you terribly.
Dr. Strachan, Ricky, Reggie
and Lori



02/28/3 1- 05/10/09

It's been two years, and our
hearts are still filled with tears.
Like it was yesterday, but all
we can do is continue to pray.
Because we love and miss
you so very much, and we all
still, yearn for your sweet and
loving touch.
Always and Forever
Your Family


Mom, we miss you, Gail,
Gary, Mark and Chris Quinn
#29 Safety Football Purdue

05/17/36 03/07/70

03/10/32 -03/03/83

We love and miss you.
Your sons and family.

03/13/39 -07/27/O1

We love and miss you. .
Your daughters and family

1O0/22/38 09/10/08

We love and miss you.
Your kids and grandkids.


We love and miss you.
The Family

09/23/38- 10/06/11

Mama, we` love you.
We miss you. The Family.

Love: always in our heart
Sandra, Queen, Leo, Dino.

05/1 1/1928 03/20/2004

We love and miss you mom!
The Family ,

:. :

6/29/7 971- 06/06/2005

What ,wonderful memories
you left us.
The Ford Family


We miss you more and more
each year.
Love, your kids and family.

12/22/4 1- 03/02/06

Mom, we miss you very
much. Love always, Sonya.

Love you and miss you.
Love your daughter and family.

01/3 1/38 12/04/08

H-appy Mothers Day to the
greatest mom and grandma.


4C THE MIAMI TIMES. MAY 4-10, 2011

05/07/72 08/23/07

We miss you and love you.
From your family.


We love and miss you.
The Family

12/25/22 -03/30/08

We love and truly miss you!
Love your family.

0 1/09/48 1 1/7 1/07

Sherrianne, Willie, Shirlenia,
and Willie, Jr.

04/24/28 02/04/71

World's greatest mother.
Love, the family.

02/175/35 12/30/08

Roses are red
Violets are blue

Your oe s iaamathe was

Love, The Family

07/1 1/71 1 /26/09

Today and always
your'e on our
mindnads s brother
You were oe o ak

Love, The Family


~~-- --

12/09/56 -07/25/10

Happy Mothers Day "Diva!"
Love your siblings.

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beaunrful grandklds L:..e .lor.


ChlIdren and grants

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07/07/57- 05/03/08

Love Always,
Husband and kids.



To my dear godmother.
I thank God for you.
Love, Carwell Sims

07/21~/46 -06/25/09

We will forever miss you.
Love, your children and


1 1/12/1969 -04/13/1999

Greatly missed by your kids,
Family and friends!

06/24/42 -05/10/08

We love and miss you.
Love always, Johnny
and family.

05/ 19/32 05/24/04

We miss you.
Love your children,
grands and great-grands.

09/28/7 922 09/1 3/ 1 92

Missed by the gang and a host
of Friends!

1 2/2 1/1 928 03/ 16/1 999

Mom Addie, we love and miss
you. Frorn your family.

01/10;/35 -07/23/10

We. miss you.
Love, The Hicks Fainily


L.:..n?.ng and morllll ..:.u hke ~

1 1/7 1/24 08/2 1/10

We love you beyond words!
Love Anthony, Ruby Sharon
and Pee Wee Red.

07/09/1976 -12/13/2010

We love and miss you.
Love, from your family.

06/12/1926 9/24/1994

We love and miss you so
much. Your family.


04/26/29 1 1/18/09

To our beautiful rose, we miss
you dearly. Always, the family.

Daughter, Babr ade.

04/07/2 1- 02/22/10

We miss you.
Love, The Porter Family

06/ 10/ 7 942 0 1/06/2003

Our rose is gone,
but not forgotten.


World's best everything:
Mom, Friend and home girl.

We miss you with a broken
heart. Marcia, Rachel
and Family.


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1 2/25/25 O1/28/11

We love and miss you.
Mom, the Family.


We love and miss you always.
Your family.

12/29/60 -06/23/07

We miss and love you,
mom. Love, kids and family.

12/ 16/53 1 1/06/08

Although you are gone,
your precious memories still
lingers on; the loving care
you gave me will be cher-
ished throughout eternity.
Your daughter,
Chelsea J. Storr

0 1/20/22 1 2/3 1/99

You are truly missed by your
family. loving you forever.

01/01/30 -03/01/04

We love you and miss you.
The Family


Gone, but not. forgotten.
Love always, your family.

04/07/43 -05/03/99

Very Special Mother!
We Miss You.

08/13/46 b1/10/17

You will always be in our
hearts. love Pumpl~in and


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Happy Mother's Day with love.
From your son.

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You will always be in our
hearts. Michelle and Family.

One year has passed. We
love and miss you so. Arthur
Woodord and family.

03/10/1935- 10/01/2000

Momma, you are truly missed.
Love, your daughters.


Forever Ella, Our hearts still
grieve and cry. Love LaWanda
and kids; Jesse and family.

A tender heart and smile so
sweet. You made us complete.
The Family



Happy Mothers Day!
We love you.
The Dawson and
Wideman Families

01/16/47 -10/02/1996

To the world's greatest mom,
Happy Mother's Day. It's been
almost 15 years since God I~~r
callecl you home. It seems like
a- lifetime. Not a day goes by Bfa~ *
without us thinking about how
much we miss and love you.
Your husband, Willie Flowers;
daughters, Loretta, Dot, Jackie,
Angie, Nita, Mary, Cynthia
and Cassandra; sons, Willie
Jr., Thomas and Joe; 29 grands
and 18 great-grands.


03/03/33 -12/22/70

We love you, Lolita, Harriet,
Angela and glands.


A mothers love never fades.
We still Feel your love.
The Family

1O/15/33 04/04/10

Mother, we love and miss you
dearly. The Family

0 1/12/59 72/15/08

You will always be in my heart.
Miss you. Chrissy Cakes (DAT)

04/0 1/12 12/27/06

We truly appreciate you.
Love your family.

02/09/50 -02/05/06

Love Always. Chaney and
Spinks families.

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Loving and missing you.
Happy Mother's Day.
The Wideman Famlily

Happy Birthday Moml
love and miss you.
Daughters, grands.

05/08/ 194 -03/27/20 ll

H-appy Birthday and
Happy Mothers Day to the
world's Greatest Mother
and Grandmother.
Forever missing you.
Love, your children,
grandchildren, and


03/0 1/69 -08/02/09

We miss you dearly.
Happy Mothers Day.
The Wideman Family

Love Always,
Your Grandsons

08/2 7/L45 -04//07/0

It's the fourth Mother's Day
that you are not here in the
flesh. But, you are always
here with us in our hearts
and spirit. Happy Mother's
Day, Mom.
Love always, Khr'isti, Ber-
nard, Xavier, grandchildren,
9reat-grands ancl Sweet
Heart Herbert.

1 1/02/58 -04/08/97

"Happy Mothers Day to the
Best!" You are never forgot-
ten, and always in our hearts.
We are missing you, your
two caring daughters, Trinese
King and Tashona Lynn; two
lovely grandchildren, Terria
and Terian Lightbourn; a de-

aid and hs tof fay an

7 2/09/56 11/1O/03

To The World's Greatest
Mom ad G Indmother!
SGod gave. us birds;
God gave us trees,
but He called home our
Heavenly Angel that meant
everything. In our darkest hour
thorkscddoeust nihtg eenu he

joy of a morning so bright.
Forever in our hearts, Your
daughter, Wanda and Family.


'02/03/33 -09/7 9/06

Mom you shared.
You carecl.
You were always there-
If mothers were flowers
you're the one we'll pick.
Your Family


08/22/1950 7O/03/2010

We miss and love you!
Your Family

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Happy Mother's Day!
From your children.


God has given unto us a
oneness of pure love always.
Wanda and Mario, Sr.


Happy Mother's Day to the
worlds' greatest godmother.
Love, Trevis and Trevon.

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some of Franklin's personal
items in a section devoted to the
late '60s and '70s.

sinr of 11 tmtehe sy the
hall's chief curator, Jim Henke.
"But we also have things that
show her connection to a broad-
er cultural landscape," among
them a poster of her with Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. in 1967. "A
song like Respect is not only a
great soul song; it became an
anthem for civil rights and for
the women's movement."
Franklin acknowledges that
she had no inkling of Respect's
potential resonance when she
recorded it. "It was just funky
R&B as far as I was concerned.
But looking back, yes, I can see
exactly what it meant to people,
why it became a mantra."
That said, Franklin is keen
that her legacy not be tied to
any historical movement or
era. She counts herself lucky
"to have been .part of every
generation since the '60s," and
stresses that her journey is far
from over musically or oth-
erwise. Famously wary of air
travel since a shaky flight in the
1980s, she recently took a class
to overcome her fears, and shne
hopes to go abroad in the near
futu re.
"I'm going to bite the bullet,
and soon," Franklin says, smil-
ing. "I'll do a short flight to be-
gin with, but then I'd love to go
back to Europe. And to Israel,
and Egypt. To places I didn't go
when I was flying."
She's still tickled, and hum-
bled, by her effect on younger
icons, whether watching fa-
mous singers sa.1ute her at
February's Grammy Awards ("I
saw it on TV, while I was eating
a cup of banana pudding a
small cup," she points out) or
recalling her command perfor-
mance for President Obama at
his inauguration.
"Of course, it was 20-some-
thing degrees that day, and I'm
thinking, 'Why does this bril-
liant moment in history have
to be outside?' Franklin says,
laughing. "But it, was thrilling.
And the president is a very, very
classy man. Vlhen he heard
that I wasn't feeling up to it, he
sent me a very nice, thoughtful
letter. He had sent another one
prior to that, about my dad's
sermons, which I gave him as
a gift during the inauguration."

continued from 10

In person, the tw-ice-divorced
singer provides no further
details other than confirming
that she's single at the mo-
ment. But she does offer this
observation: "It's definitely
harder falling out of love than
it is falling in love. It's like los-
ing weight: You can put it on
in seconds, but it takes weeks
and months to get it off."
Having shed about 85 pounds,
Franklin is chatty on that topic,
and several others. She enthus-
es about the new album, her
first on her own label, Aretha's
Records. Available exclusively
at Walmart and Walmart.com
(though a digital version will be
sold more widely starting June
3), it mixes original songs -
among them compositions by
singer and son Kecalf Frankhin
Cunningham with covers of
My Country 'Tis of Thee and the
themes from The Way We Were
(a duet with Ron Isley) and A
Summer Place. (A~nother son,
Eddie Franklin, sings His Eye
Is on the Sparrow.)
"It's beautifully varied,"
Franklin says. "There's some-
thing for everybody."
Franklin also is eager to dis-
cuss a long-rumored big-screen
biopic, for which she has finally
secured "financial and creative
control," if not a leading lady.
But she is more tight-lipped on
certain subjects particular-
ly her health, which became a
source of public concern after
she canceled concert appear-
ances late last year.
Reports circulated that
Franklin had pancreatic can-
cer, and other rumors held that
bariatric surgery was response
ble for her leaner frame. Neither
was the case, she says: "I have
no idea where any of that came
from. When some people don't
know something, they'll just
invent stuff. But I don't think
it's appropriate to discuss one's

Besides, Franklin says, she's
feeling "excellent" these days.
She'll perform several shows in
May, starting out with a small
private gig in Manhattan before
playing the Chicago Theatre
and then the Seneca Niagara
Casino & Hotel irl Niagara Falls.
The last appearance "was sup-
posed to be the first, but then
the other dates came it, and
my doctor said to go ahead, it
would be fine."
Franklin attributes her physi-
cal well-being in part to the
weight loss, which she says
came about as a result of simple
determination and discipline.
"I realized that I was just too
heavy," she says. "I had a Power


Mama, to the world you
might lust be one person,
but to us you are the wor d!
With love, kids, grands and
great grands.

Weight-loss advice: Natalie Cole, left, once told sktepti-
cal Aretha Franklin to avoid eating after 6 p.m. "But you
Iknow she was correct: That 6 o'clock< thing workss" Frank-
lin SayS.

Rider that I used for exercise,
and I actually broke it I was
that heavy. I didn't know how to
lose weight."
The key, she learned, was
moderation: smaller food por-
tions including selections
from Jenny Craig and Weight
Watchers programs com-
bined with a sensible fitness
regimen. "I'm on the track at
least three times a week, and
the treadmill. I'm up to about
26 minutes on the treadmill
and a mile and a half on the
track. I haven't worked it up to
a run yet; it's more like a slow
Franklin also tries not to eat
after dark. "Many years ago, -I
heard Natalie Cole say that she
didn't eat after 6 o'clock (p.m.).
And at the time I thought, is
she kidding? That's a joke -- I
would starve. But yiou know,
she was correct: That 6 o'clock
thing works." .
The singer says she's hav-
ing more fun with fashion now.
"Some really nice designers are
cutting for me, and I can shop
in places where I couldn't be-
fore, which is really cool," she
But being thinner does have
one drawback for Franklin:
"Your weight affects your voice.
It-does mine, any-way. The tone
is a little fuller, when you're
heavier. At the weight I was at
before what I would call my
fighting weight I had my best,
best, best voice. It's still gener-
ally the same, but I can hear
that little bit: of difference."
Songwriter/producer Nor-
Inan West, a contributor to the

new album, begs to differ. "I've
heard her sing before and after
(the weight loss), and to me it's
the same great Aretha. Having
her sing your music is like be-
ing anointed," he says.
Franklin isn't expecting that
the woman who eventually
plays her on screen will match
that prowess. Though her early
favorite, Halle Berry, has al-
ready declared herself vocally
unfit, Franklin says that she
"never expected (Berry) to sing.
It was more about her likeness,
and the fact that she has (act-
ing) experience. But I guess she
wasn't confident in her ability
to lip-sync." B
Tributes on-screen and off
Two performers who could
likely do their own singing, and
whose names have been ban-
died about --Jennifer Hudson
and Fantasia ? are candidates.
"They're both very good sing-
ers and very good actresses,"
Franklin allows. But she wants
the director "a huge, huge,
Hollywood name, though I can't
tell you who it is" to weigh in.
"My feeling is that we'll end up
with two Arethas, one younger
and one older. And you never
know who we'll find."
While the search goes on,
Franklin continues to accurnu-
late new honors and tributes,
March saw the release of Take a
Look: Complete on Columbia, a
12-disc box set tracing the sing-
er's tenure at that label in the
early 1960s. And an exhibit set
to open May 13 at Cleveland's
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
Museum, Women Who Rock:
Vision, Passion, Power, includes


To the worlds' greatest Mom!
We love you.
Kids, grands and great-
grands. .


We love you Mother.
You have been so good to us.
Love from Shoney and Duane


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High-schoolers who work less likely to finish college


counselor at Sheboygan High
School in Sheboygan, Wis.
Students who work intense
hours "are those students who
typically haven't been success-
ful in the classroom anyway,"
he says.
The opportunity to start
making money may also seem.
alluring but could hurt stu-
dents later on, says Julie
Hartline, a school counselor
at Campbell High School in.
Please turn to COLLEGE 10D

The new study, conducted
at the University of Michigan,
used data from a national
survey of high school seniors
called the Monitoring the Fu-
ture Project. The survey has
followed more than 68,000
students, starting with the
class of 1976.
Researchers found that by
age 29 or 30, more than half
of high school students who
had worked less than 15 hours
a week had completed a bach-

elor's degree. But for every five
additional hours worked over
15 hours a week, students ex-
perienced an 8 percent drop
in college completion. Only
about 20 percent of those who
had worked 31 hours or more
a week in high school finished
But might other factors be-
sides long work hours be to
"There has been an ongo-
ing debate about whether all

these things linked to working
longer hours are the fault of
the work or the fault of other
prior things that predict drug
use, doing poorly in school and
working longer hours," says
lead researcher Jerald Bach-
man, a professor and research
scientist at the University of
For some students, work
may be an escape from an al-
ready failing academic record,
says Steve Schneider, a school

lished in last. month's issue
of the journal Developmental
Psychology, supports other re-
cent- research that has found
high school students who work
long hours are likely to show
increased problein behaviors
and decreased school engage-

By Sophie Terbush

Students who work more
than 15 hours a week in high
school show lower rates of col-
lege completion, suggests a
new study assessing the harm
of high school work intensity.
The study, which is pub-

cents Mr an elctro~nic pay-

estimates that. eliminating
paper checks will save the
government about $1 billion
over 10 years.
In making the' switch from
paper to e-payments, Trea-
sury had to grapple with
two issues:
*Not everyone has a bank
account. About nine million
U.S. households don't have
a bank or credit union ac-
count, the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corp. says. Those

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paid debit card offered
by Treasury and Comerica
Benefits that are de-
livered electronically are
more difficult to protect
from creditors. In general,
banks are prohibited from
freezing or garnishing ac-
counts that contain So
cial Security or veterans'
benefits. However, in the
past, individuals could lose
Please tur nto FUNDS 12D

Funds to go' to direct deposit or

debit ca~rd

By Sandra Block

*If you sign up foI' Social
Security benefits after April
30, be advised: The check
won't be in the mail.
Starting May 1, everyone
who applies for Social Se-
curity or other federal gov-
ernment benefits will be re-
quired to arrange for.direct
deposit of their payments.

The government plans to
phase out paper checks en-
tirely by 2013.
Now, about 85 percent of
Social Security beneficiaries
get payments through direct
deposit, says Treasury as-
sistant secretary Richard
Gregg. But the government
issues more than 120 mil_
lion checks a year, at a cost
of about $1 each, vs. 10

ernment began keeping
.track in 1929.
The income data show
how fragile and govern-
ment-dependent the recov-
ery is after a recession that
officially ended in 'June
2009. ? -
The wage decline has
continued this year. Wages
slipped to another historic
low of 50.5 percent of per-
sonal income in February.
Another government ef-
fort --- the Social Security
payroll tax cut lys lifted
income in 2011. The tem-
porary tax cut puts more
money in workers' pockets
and counts as an income
boost, even when wages
stay the same.
From 1980 to 2000, gov-

ernment aid was. roughly
constant at 12.5 percent.
The sharp increase since
then -- especially since
the start of 2008 reflects
several changes: the ex-
pansion of health care and
federal programs generally,
the aging population and
lingering economic prob-
Total benefit payments
are holding steady so far
this year at a $2.3 trillion
annual rate. A drop in un-
employment benefits has
been offset by rises in re-
tirement and health care
Americans got an aver-
age of $7,427 in benefits
each in 2010, up from an
inflation-adjusted $4 '763

in 2000 and $3,686 in
1990. Thq federal govern~
ment pays about -90 per-
cen't of the benefits.
"What's frightening is the
Baby Boomers haven't re-
ally started to retire," says
University of Michigan
economist Donald Grimes
of the 77. million people
born from 1946 through
1964 whose oldest wave
turns 65 this year. "That's
when the cost of Medicare
will start to explode.,,
Accounting for ~80 per-
cent of safety-net spending
in 2010: Social Security,
Medicare (health insur-
ance for seniors), Medicaid
(health insurance for the
poor) and unemployment

By Dennis Callchon .

Americans depended
more on. government assis-
tance in 2010 than at any
other time in the nation's
history, a USA TODAYanal-
ysis of federal data finds.
SThe trend shows few signs
of easing, even though the
economic recovery is nearly
two years old.
A record 18.3 percent of
the nation's total person-
al income was a payment
from -the government. for
SSocial Security, Medicare,
food stamps, unemploy-
ment benefits and other
programs in 2010. Wages
accounted for the lowest
share of income 51.0
percent since the gov-

BV Martin Crultsinger .
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve
officials are more upbeat about the
prospects for employment for the rest
of this year but foresee higher infla-
tion than they did at the start of the
In an updated forecast released
Wednesday, the Fed projects the
economy will grow 3.1 percent to 3.3
percent this year. That's a downward
revision from their last forecast, .
which saw growth possibly as high
as 3.9 percent. The new forecast
reflects slower growth in the first
tl eermonths of this year because of

The Fed's latest outlook foresees
lower unemployment than wyas
expected in January. The unemn-
ployment rate, which stood at 9.8
percent in November, has fallen to
8.8 percent. The Fed forecasts the
unemployment rate will fall to 8.4
percent to 8.7 percent by the end of

the year.
Fed officials expect a moder-
ate economic recovery to continue .
through this year after weak growth
in the first three months of 2011,

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said at
a historic news conference, the first
time in the Fed's 98-year history
that a chairman has begun holding
regular sessions with reporters.

By William Reed
NNPA Colulmnist

What do Black people want
from Obama? Or, what do you
think Obama is charged to
do for Black people? Do you
think that Blacks will ever get
their "40 acres and a mule"? Is
this generation of the descen-
dants of slaves stupid enough
to trade financial jtistice due
them through reparations
for the .symbolism of hav-

ing a Black man in the White
To win the presidency in
2008 Obama disavowed the
concept of reparations for
Blacks. Black reparations pro-
poses that compensation be
provided to the descendants of
enslaved people in the United
States in consideration of the
coerced and uncompensated
labor their ancestors per-
formed over several centuries,
This compensation has been

proposed in a vari-
ety of forms, from
individual mon-
etary payments to
land-based com-
pensation schemes
related to indepen-
dence. Among the
Obama camp, and
truthfully, among
Blacks, the idea
remains highly con-
troversial and no

how it could be im-
So, now it's back to
politics as usual not
rocking America's
boat of institution-
al racism. Though
he made it a point
to stay away from
the 'hood' the past
couple of years, now
that it's election sea-
son Obama's out glad

Though they've done lit-
tle among the Black mass-
es, there appears to be "no
change" in Obama's 2012 ap-
proach to Black outreach. Be-
fore they unflinchingly vote for
Obama's second term Blacks
have to stop letting him treat
them like his "chick on the
side." The chick on the side
is glad for any time she can
get. She knows she is not the
primary love, but is willing to
settle. But, with double digit

unemployment ravaging Black
communities the time for set-
tling with Obama and his non-
accountability is over.
Blacks got nothing with
Obama. They ask for nothing
and get exactly that in return.
Latinos ask him for something
and they got something. Gays
and lesbians got him to change
'don't ask, don't tell." Jews de-
manded he deal with Israel
and he does, so why is it that
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broad consensus exists as to handing Blacks.


But are jobs the cause or just

another effect?

Thefts rise

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By Gary Strauss

As gas prices approach record
highs, gas-related thievery is on
the rise.
Regular gasoline averages $3.88
a gallon, up $1.02 from a year ago
and likely to climb higher. In-
creasingly, consumers are pump-

pa i~n, sedal ig fo to t er mtor-
ists and ripping off large quan-
tities from municipalities and
Gasoline thefts cost convenience
stores oertaorts, e f hssel abue

USA, more t an $90hmHllion in
2009. "No question thts up'
says National Association of Con-
venience Stores spokesman Jef
lenard "ny business ta st d
allows you to pumpkgas drst an
of en pay can b aen avan age
The pu -first, pa-later gas
outlets are mainly in the Midwest
and West, where some chains,
such as Maverik, are seeing in~
creases in gas "drive-offs." N~ancy
Couch, loss-prevention direc-
tor for the eight-state, 230-store
chain, says drive-offs total about
one percent of sales and typically
increase as gas prices rise. In
Moorhead, Minn., Police Chief Da-
vid Ebinger is stepping up patrols
to combat rising thefts at Stop-N-
Go outlets.
*In Conover, N.C., 280 gal-
lons of fuel were stolen from.eight
trucks ataPenske trucksjenta .

$3,000 on surveillance gear, extra
lighting and security patrols.
*Rusk County, Texas, officials
are investigating the theft of 1,500
gallons of diesel from construction
contractor W.T. Byler Co. The fuel -
was valued at about $5,250.
*In Thurston County, Wash.,
thieves cut locks on fuel tanks
and ~siphoned gas from two county
trucks, making off with more than
100 gallons of gas and diesel fuel.
*San Diego resident Jeff Flowers
and neighbors are planning to put
surveillance cameras outside their
homes after thieves siphoned gas
from four vehicles Easter morning,
It's the second time Flowers was
targeted. TIm going to catch them

*Nashville has experienced
several incidents of bulk thefts.
Two men were' arrested this month
on charges of stealing more than
55 gallons of gas from an eastern
Nashville Mapco station by open-
ing underground tank covers and
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By Julie Schmit

Almost all homeowners in the
path of this week's tornadoes will
hav nuac that 11lcoe
lose anl th damage, bu not
necessarily enough..
Tpic al homeowner enurance
nadoes, so tornado policies don't
have to be bought separately as
the d frm earhuakes e .od

thBt 9w pcen td spho le shaoe ho-
meowners insurance, 64 percent
of U.S. homes are undervalued for
insurance purposes, said a 2008
study from researcher Marshall
& Swift. That leaves homeowners
with enough money to rebuld 81
percent of homes, the study said.
Home values have tanked 33
percent nationwide in the past
five years. That may have led
people to think they didn't need
to upgrade their insurance. But
building costs, in most areas,
have likely gone up, insurance
experts say.
IPeople will not have enough
money to rebuild their homes "
psays Martin Hartley, of Privilege
SUnderwriters Reciprocal Ex-
Schange, which offers insurance
on high-value homes.
Renters will also suffer. Only
43 percent of them have renter's
insurance, says the Insurance

Inst:e her Co President
SObama declares a disaster, the
uninsured or under-insured
could receive federal aid, which
is capped at just over $30,000.
Average payments are likely to be
Much less.
Last year, tornadoes and severe
thunderstorms were the No. 1
Cause of insured losses-from
natural catastrophes in the U.S.
But over much of the past decade,
insured losses from tornadoes
have ranked second behind losses
from hurricanes and tropical
storms, says industry researcher
Insurance Services Office.
Tornadoes generally cause wind
damage. If a roof is blown off and
a ho es aontsentseareddestroayed

dard policies. Homeowners insur-
Sance also covers homes' contents
and living expenses while homes
Share being rebuilt. It doesn't cover
flood damage, which isn't com-
mon with tornadoes, says Amy
"Danise~ of consumer insurance
website Insure.com.

Amer cans depend more on federal aid

Better jobs outlook, higher inflation in 2011

Federal Reserire Chairman Ben Bernanke arrives for the start his first
neWS COn erence.

Blacks have not reached economic equality to that of whites

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May 18. 2011, at 5:00 P.M.

A meeting of the Value Adjustment Board (the "VAB") will be held on Friday, M~ay 20, 2011,
10:00 a.m., Commission Chambers, Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. 1st Street, Miami, to
consider the 'olloY..n3
i. Consideration and adoption of recommendations of Special Magistrates as the written
decisions of the VAB for the remaining uncertified property assessments (folios) for tax
year 2009.
11. Final certification of the 2009 tax rolls (i.e. as to all assessments initially certified on
an unadjusted basis on July 22, 2009 and for which hearings wrere held and Special
Magistrates' recommendations submitted prior to May 20, i011).
III. Such other business as may properly come before the Board.
A list maintained by the Property Appraiser of all applicants for exemption who have had their
applications for exemption either (a) denied or (b) wholly or partially approved, is available for
inspection by the public at the Department of Property Appraisal, Suite 710, 111 N.W. 1st Street,
Miami, Florida, during regular business hours (i.e. from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. weekdays). The types
of exemptions included in the list are: homestead, Sr. Citizen, widow(er), disability, educational,
literary, religious, charitable, governmental, health' and care facilities, renewable energy source
devices, historic properties, 10mes forthe aged, Iow-income housing properties, at'r ergarnzanon0 1
properties, :ornmunily centers, and economic development (enterprise zone) properties.
A person who decides to appeal any decision made by any board, agency or commission with
respect to any matter considered at its meeting or hearing will need a record of the proceedings.
Such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the
testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
Anyone with a disabilit) needing a special accommodation to participate in these proceedings
should -call (305)375-5641. TDD users may contact us via th~e Florida Relay Service at
1-800-955-8771. Note: Sign language interpreter services must be requested at least five (5) days
prior to an appointment date. Transportation is not provided by the Clerk's office.


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Th~1e Miami-Dadfe Expressway Author-ity (";MDX"`) is seeking the
services of a qualified firm with the necessary quialifications and
expertise to assist MDX in the assessment of all its tangible and
intangible assets and to dcyclop and implement a Non-T'oll Revenue
Str-ategic Plan to include, but not be limited to, all -forms of
;l f1~1\ rllilly. namuig rigiltS, COrporate partnership and sponsorships,
aS Well as combination patck.tges. This RFP specifically excludes
any real estate deVelopment deals. F~or a copy of the RFPl with
information on the Scope of' Services, and submittal requir~ementts'
please logon to MD)X's Webs~ite: . .. . to diown~load
the documents unlderr "Doing Business with MDX". or call MDX's
Prlocurementn Depalrtment at 305-6j37-32,77 for assistance. Note:.TIn
order to download any MDX solicitation. you must first be
regSistered as a Vendor with MDX. This can only be facilitated
through MDX's Websitle: www~r.mdcxway .comn. A Pre~-Proposal
Conference is scheduled for May 10, 201.1 at 10:00 A.M. TIhe
'deadline for submitting a Proposal is May 31, 2011 by 2:00 P.M. ,
Eastern Timne. -

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A Hialeah Womens Center
Advanced GYn Clinic
Anthurium Gardens Florist
Calder Casino
City of Miami City Clerk
City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency
City of Miami Purchasing Department
Delori Florist & Gifts
Don Biley's Carpet
Grace Funeral Home
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Jewels baton Twirling Academy
Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Board Division
Miami-Dade County Homeless trust
Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections
WiamiDd ExaptresawaySAuthority

North Shore Medical Center
Sony Pictures
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The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
IUniversal Pictures
Verizon Wireless
Wachovia/Wells Fargo

11:00 A.M., THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

RFP NO. 270254



PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Special Board of Commissioners Meeting
of The Southeast Overtown/Park West is scheduled to take place on Thursday,
May 12, 2011, anytime after 2:00 PM, at Miami City Hall located at 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami, FL 331 33.

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

Deadline for Request for additional information/clarification: Wednesday,

Details of this Request for Proposal (RFP) are available on the City of Miami,
Pu rchasi ng Department, website at www. miamiq ov. com/procu rement. Telephone
SNo. is (305) 416-1958.

NO.1 2271.

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Community Redevelopment Agencies


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is not a commitment to lend. We will be able to offer a loan commitment upon verification of
application information, satisfying all underwriting requirements and conditions, and providing
an acceptable property, appraisal, and title report. Not available on nonconforming products.


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1) DOSign & Construction of a Domestic

Violence Center

2) Operation of a Domestic Violence Center
Miami-Dade County, through the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is requesting proposals from
experienced and capable parties to accomplish the following unique functions:
1. Design and construct a domestic violence center; the proposer shall be an affordable
housing developer with a minimum of five years experience in the design and construction
of affordable housing.
2. Operate a domestic violence center and provide services which conform to the State of
Florida, Department of Children and Families' requirements for certified domestic violence
centers to domestic violence victims and their dependents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;
the proposer shall be'a -ln-oblerporoll ;o-grhlnujlon~l~ with a 501 (c) (3) designation from the
Internal Revenue Service, or a public not-for-profit entity as of the proposal due date.
All parties interested in applying may pick up a copy of the application package beginning
May 9, 2011 at:
Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
111 NW 18T Street, 27th Floor, Suite 310
Miami, Florida 33128
(305) 375-1400
A pre-proposal conference will be held on May 12, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. 1:00 pm at the Stephen
R. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st ST, 10th Floor, Clicenis Independent Transportation Trust Conference
Room, Miami, Florida. Attendance at the pre-proposal conference is strongly recommended.
The duek date for submission of applications is 4:00 p.m. on June 17, 2011 at the Clerk of the
Board of County Commissioners on the 17th Floor, Room 17-202 of the Stephen P Clark Center, 111
NW 1st ST, Miami, Florida 33128.
Mliami-Dade County is not liable for any cost incurred by the applicant in responding to the Request for
Proposals; and we reserve the right to accept or reject any and all applications, to waive technicalities
or irregularities, and to accept applications that are in the best interest of Miami-Dade County.
Miami-Dade County provides equal access and equal opportunity in employment and services and
dosntdiscr &imnt n t bai sof handicap. THIS RFP IS SUBJECT TO THE CONE OF SILENCE,

The contact person for purposes of this RFP is
David Raymond, (305) 375-1490
Sor e-mail: dray~miamidade.gov



Pursuant to Miami-Dade County Resolution Numbers R-214-11, R-215-11, R-216-11, R-217-11.
R-218-11 and R-219;11, adopted on March 24, 2011, Resolution Number R-272-11! adopted on
April li, 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 Cou~nty Commissioners shall:
* Devote full-time service to the Office of County Commissioner and hold no other employment;
* No longer receive the $6,000 annual salary established in 1957, but receive instead the salary
provided by state statutory formula, adjusted annually by the County's population (currently
approximately $92,097); and
* Serve no more than three consecutive four-year terms in office excluding all terms prior to 2012?
Home Rule Charter Amendment
SProhibiting 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 leaving office?
Home Rule Charter Amendment
Relating to Creation, Appointment and Power of Charter Review Task Force
Shjll the Charter be amended to provide for creation of a Charter Review Task Force who shall
meet on presidential election years to propose C h arrr -re ii- .Io:ns Ioj p~rCehtal 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
Shall the Charter be amended to create the Office of Inspector General 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 office's appointment, term, powers, duties and -esponelrtalllines 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 Mayof" form of government approved by the
voters in 2007 by returning the powers and esipin sine Itllljof administering County government
from a "Strong Mayor" to an appointed County Manager who may be removed by the Commission
or the Mayor with Commission jFpproval'
Home Rule Charter Amendment
Regarding Petitions
Shall the Charter be amended to provide that petitions for charter amendment, initiative. referendum
and recall shall no e~nger require a sworn affidavit of a circulator and shall instead only require the
name and address of a circulator?
All qualified electors residing within the boundaries of Miami-Dade County shall be eligible to
vote for the Mayoral vacancy election and County questions. All qualified electors of Miami-Dade
County Commission Districts 7 and 13 shall be entitled to vote for the Commission Districts 7 and
13 vacancies.
Th`E po~~ll, i YI lli be oFe n from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m, on the day of the special elections. These special
elections shall be conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of general law -el.3 nrg to
special elections and the provisions of the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter.
Lester Sola, Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County, Florida

vention's National Center for
Health Statistics. The trend
toward wireless-only homes
shows no sign of slowing
down, it said.
Low-income homes and
those in poverty are more
likely to be wireless-only
homes, according to the re-
searchers, who used data
from tens of thousands of
respondents to the National
Health Interview Survey and
the Census Bureau's annual
American Community Sur-
vey in tracking the state and
national trend. "States such
as Arkansas, Mississippi and
Kentucky have a higher pro-
portion of households living
with low income," Blumberg
says, ."and giving up a land-
line is one way to save mon-
Renters are also more likely
to have wireless-only house-
holds. "That is the reason

we see states such as North
Dakota, Idaho, Nebraska and
Oklahoma near the top of the
list," he says. Those states
have a high proportion of
rentals that come from young
adults, he pointed out.
Even if a home has a land-
line, it is not necessarily used.
In Texas, wireless phones are
the primary means of receiv-
ing calls in 52.8 percent of
homes. Mississippi has 49.8
percent, Arizona has 48.1
percent and Nebraska 47.3
Many are deciding to cut
the landline cord. "All they
get are solicitations, and
most calls are done on a
wireless phone anyway, so it
represents a waste of money,"
says analyst Charles Golvin
of Forrester Research.
More importantly are
young adults who, as "cord-
never-getters," get a mobile

phone when they are young
and "have a number everyone
knows how to reach them on,"
Golvin says. "The last thing
they need wvhen they move
out of their parents' house ...
is a new number they have
to tell everybody about that
doesn't really provide them
much value."
The move to wireless-only
households as a trend is not
likely to be reversed. "Unless
the carriers are able to create
some new applications or ser-
vices such as video calling,"
he says.
Homes that rely on wire-
less phones should check
with their local emergency
preparedness departments to
see if its "Reverse 911" com-
munication systems can in-
corporate cellphones. The
service allows officials to con-
tact residents in case of an
emergency. -

continued from 8D

pumping out fuel.
A lone bright spot:
Sales of locking gas
caps are surgmng.

stant Manufactur-
ing, a Connersville,
Ind., supplier for
Pep Boys and Wal-
Mart, expects sales
to eclipse 2008 sales,
when gas prices hit

all-time highs. "We've
been ramping up
since January," says
marketing chief Chris
Hoffman. "You could
call it our hedge

at school, time spent on
sports and extracurricular
activities, and then anoth-
er five or six hours at a job,
followed by homework, can
put- a significant strain on
students who then feel tired
and have trouble focusing the
next morning.
"It becomes more than just

disengagement," Schneider
says. "The ultimate disen-
gagement would be, 'I'm just
not going to come to school
Though part-time work can
be a beneficial learning expe-
rience for students, counsel-
ors say it's important to help
students prioritize .to keep

alike should take notice if a
student seems to be slipping.
"There may be times when
kids don't make wise choices,
Schneider says. He says that
if a student suddenly wants
more hours at work, it's OK
for parents and employers
to step in and ask "What are
you giving up to have these
hours?" and "Are you sure
you want to do that?"

continued from 8D

Smyrna, Ga.
She says her responsibility
is to get past that adolescent
mind-set to show her stu-
dents the can make more
money la er if they "stick this
But keeping up a routine
filled with six or seven hours

attitudinal disengagement, it them from falling behind,
becomes almost a physical and parents and employers

continued from 8D

when it comes to Blacks we
are persona non grata in po-
litical representation?"
Some naively say nonsense
such as "Barack is the an-
swer to MLK's prayers." Eco-
nomically, Blacks have ben-
efited from advances made
during the Civil Rights era,
particularly among the edu-
cated, Please turn tobut not
without the lingering effects

of historical marginaliza-
tion when considered as a
whole.Inequalities still per-
sist for Blacks. Although the
racial disparity in poverty
rates has narrowed, Blacks
are over-represented among
the nation's poor, this was
directly related to the dis-
proportionate percentage
Sof Black families headed by
single women, whose fami-
lies are collectively poorer.
The median income of

dollar of their white coun-
terparts. Blacks are still
underrepresented in govern-
ment and employment. In
1999, the median income of
Black families was $33,255
compared to $53,356 of
whites. In times of econom-
ic hardship for the nation,
Blacks are always "last hired
and first fired, yet we fool-
ishly let political candidates
pass on the -reparations
debt. Shouldn't a discussion

Blacks be a part of the 2012
political campaign? Despite
successes like Oprah, Mi-
chael Jordan, Bill Cosby,
and Obama, Blacks as a
group have not reached any-
thing approaching economic
equality or equitable oppor-
tunities when comparable
to Whites. When it comes to
real empowerment, Blacks
have to ptop letting candi-
dates play to this country's
structural racism and still
get their vote.


Blacks is 76 cents for every of the economic debt due

continued from 10

Yet the movie's con-
tents were hardly
benign or fami y
friendly. The film was
controversial, even
when viewed through
the advent of the
"sexual revolution"
that took place in the
late 60s and 70s: the
movie was so explicit
that it was slapped
with a rare X-rating.
The movie features a
disturbing and highly
inappropriate scene
in which a young
Mario van Peebles,
playing an adolescent
version of his father,
is deflowered by an
aging prostitute in a
bordello. Legend has
it that van Peebles
contracted an STD
while filming the
movie's raunchy .sex
Shock value not-
withstanding, films
like Sweet Sweetback
helped make blax-
ploitation movies a
cultural fixture. They
also accomplished

something that Holly-
wood's cinematic en-
deavors had, up until
that point in history,
failed to do: introduce
talented Black actors
to the mainstream.
The controversial yet
successful brand of
film-making gave bal-
last to the careers of
some of Black Hol-
lywood's most icon-
ic figures: Richard
Roundtree, Fred Wil-
liamson and Vonetta
McGee were among
the earliest beneficia-
ries of the genre.
And decades before
the world marveled
over Angelina Jolie's
haughty .athleticism,
Black moviiegoers of
the early 70s luxu-
riated in the pres-
ence of the Amazo-
nian super-vixen Pam
Grier. Whether she
was playing Coffy or
Sheba, the bodacious
Grier could tame any
man with a mere
flash of her shapely
legs -- and yet was
still deadly enough to
disarm an adversary
using weapons in her

ample Afro.
Naturally, imitation
is the most sincere
form of flattery in the
entertainment indus-
try. As a result, blax-
ploitation got a new
lease on life iri the
decades far removed
from, its heyday, -with
younger viewers being
treated to parodies
that introduced them
to the genre. Some of
the most noteworthy

of the imitations came
in thie form of the up-
roarious 1988 film,
I'm Gonna Git You
Sucka, and 2001's
Undercover Brother.
But it's perhaps fit-
ting that Sweet Sweet-
back celebrated the
fourth decade of its
existence on the same
weekend that Madea's
Big Happy Family
made its big screen

debut. The nearly
identical themes that
once dominated the
terms of discussion
about Sweet Sweet-
back and other early
Black films still per-
sist to this day es-
pecially when- talk-
ing about Perry's
vehicles. Times have
changed, yet some of
the circumstances
surrounding Black
filmmaking have not.


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

RFP NO. 271251 '

1:00 P.M., MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

Detailed specifications for this RFP are available at the City of Miami, Purchasing
Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement Telephone No. 305-

NO.12271. -

Tony E. Crapp, Jr.
'City Manager

AD NO. 002092

10D THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 4-10, 2011

By Mike Snider

Cellphones are becoming
the only home phones in' an
increasing number of U.S.
households, a trend intensi-
fled by challenging economic
conditions, according to a
new report released today
from the National Center for
Health Statistics.
More than one in four U.S.
homes, or 26.6 percent, had
only a wireless phone as of
June 2010, up from 13.6 per-
cent in 2007. The percentage
of wireless-only homes in-
creased in every state, rang-
ing from 35.2 percent in Ar-
kansas to 12.8 percent in
Rhode Island and New Jersey.
"The phrase 'home tele-
.phone number' is going the
way of rotary dial phones
and party lines," says Ste-
phen Blumberg at the Center
for Disease Control and Pre-

Lower rates of students who work to complete college

Inequality still occurs for Blacks in new era

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Request for Proposals

The South Florida Workforce Investment Board
(SFWVIB) of Region 23 (Miami-Dade and Monroe
Counties) released a Request for Proposals
(RFP) for In-School andlor Out-of-School Year-
Round Youth Services. The RFP solicits program
plans from agencies capable of successfully ad-
ministering educational, work readiness, employ-
ment, leadership and mentoring services to the
targeted youth populations.

The RFP is available to the public for physical
pickup at the fifth floor reception desk of SFWIB
Headquarters, 7300 Corporate Center Drive, Suite
500, Miami, Florida 33126. It is also available on
the agency's website (www.southfloridaworkforce.
*o )

An Offerors' Conference is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.,
Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at SFWIB Headquarters,
fifth floor, Conference Room 3. The conference is
the only opportunity afforded offerers to communi-
cate questions and concerns relevant to the RFP to
SFWIB staff.

Offerors are advised to consult the SFWIB web-
site for more details on the RFP and for potential
amendments to the solicitation schedule. AIL am-
posals must be submitted to the reception
desk at SFWIB Headauarters no later than 2:00
p.m.. Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Proposals submitted
after the deadline will not be considered and will be
returned unopened to the offeror.

Please direct all inquiries to SFWIB Policy Coor-
dinator Phillip Edwards at PEdwards(Ed!southflorida-

Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
S101 A Cvic Center Area I
One bedroom $725
monthly. Two bedrooms
$800-$900 monthly; Ap-
pliances, laundry, FREE
Parking, central air. i
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

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

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. Appliances,
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile. $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1221 NW 61 Street #4
Two bedrooms, two baths, air.
First and last. $750 monthly.
305-6917 56357 488

1228 NW 1 Court
Two bedroom, one bath,
$200 deposit to move in. Call
Sam Johnson 305-300-9764
1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. Free Water.

1298 NW 60 Street
Beautiful one and two bdrms.,
air, gated. Section 8 wel-
come. 786-282-8775
1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Ms. Shorty in #1.

140 NW 13 Street
Two bdrms, one bath
S$500. 786-236-1144

14350 NW 22 Avenue

Ore bWd er 8-b2 7- 6

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, $425.
Ms. Pearl #13 305-642-

1510 NW 67 Street
One bedroom, one bath, se-
curity bars. Call Sam John-
son 305-300-9764
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.
Mr. Gaiter in #1

172 NW 52 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$650. Free water/electric.

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

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

One 190 NW 5 $5 5 t move

20 3W183 Sit6 t -
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438

2040 NE 168 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air,
water included, washer, dryer
facility. Section 8 Welcomel
210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450,
appliances. 305-642-7080
3301 NW 51 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$595 moves you in. Applianc-
es included. 786-389-1686
467 NW 8Street
Efficiencyd$405. A pliances

786- e6- 14

50 NW 166 Street
New four bedrooms, two
baths.$150 2Sect o~n48 OK

5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gift for Section 8 tenants
No deposit. $675 moves
you in,
Jenny 786-663-8862

5545 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $550
monthly, $1100 to move in.
305-962-1 814, 305-758-6133
561 NW 6 Street
One bdm bo~ne b th $495.

572 NW 30 Street
One bdrm, one bath, Section
8 welcome! 954-274-6944.
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
6229 NW 2 Avenue

One and two bdrms, one
bath. Section 8 OK. 55 and
older pr 0 6-7463

UnfunishNd S5SO mnthly

Furnished Rooms

13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
15810 NW 38 Place
$85 weekly. Free utilities,
bath, kitchen, one person
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486'
1761 NW 84 Street
Private entrance, cable. $450
monthly. 305-244-4928
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave oole iailrsand

Call 954-678-8996
1823 NW 68 Terrace
One week free rent! Clean
rooms, includes air, cable,
water, electricity and use of
kitchen. $450 monthly.
1880 AII Baba Avenue
Outreach Program. Beds
bhr ,om e8m- 43-d 0
2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free ,utilities
kitchen, bath, one person'
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
3185 NW 75 Street
$100 weekly. Move in special.
Call 305-439-2906
3271 SW 97 Terrace
Miramar area. Air and cable.
$500 mthly. 954-437-2714
62 Street NW First Avenue
$450 monthly. $900 move in,
Call 305-989-8824

$2506 7owNW11080 wel, air.
.Prestige Investment
305-305-0597 786-252-0245
6835 NW 15 Avenue
UIiis in luded, er $0
$200. Call 786-277-2693
9200 NW 25 Avenue
$325 monthly, $650 move in-
305-691-2703 786-515-3020

L~aRge bed~rom I RblEA
cnral aiprkig uiliti s
i I udedai al 9 4-7 -45e9s4
Rooms, with home privileges.
Prices range from $90 to -
$125 weekly. 305-696-2451

10240 SW 171 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
$1500 Apepliances, central

1045 NW 47 Street
Five bdrms, two baths,
$1 700 mthly. No deposit.
Section 8 786-325-7383
1045 Suitan Avenue
Beautiful three bedroom, two
bath, fenced yard, $1250
monthly, Section 8 Wel-
come. 305-934-9327
11235 SW 189 Lane
Three bedroom, two bath,
Section 8 OK. 786-512-4343
1172 NW 60 Street
Two bdrms, two baths, $1050
mthly. 305-769-2541
12500 E Randal Park Drive

Four bd~rms cetr~al ir,

15645 NW 158 Street Road
Large two bdrm, one bath,
$1000 -nontlhly. 305-297-
0382 or 954-454-1292
1629 NW 125 Street
Two bdrm, one bath. $925
mthly. Section 8 welcome.
1712 NW 66 Street
Two bdrm, one bath, Section
8 welcome. $850 monthly.
954-021 NW 47 Place
Four bedrooms, two new
baths, bars, air, tile. $1,400.
Terry Dellerson, Realtor. No
Section 8. 305-891-6776
T2r1 e~Nr s53rd t edee

Sb r,fenced Ir,00 ron
Realtor 305-891-6776.
Two 40 NW 9b7aStreet t
bars, $70 oenthly dCa y m
Johnson 305-300-9764
2342 NW 97 Street
Three bedroom, two bath,
central air, security bars. Call
Sam Johnson 305-300-9764
2481 NW 140 Street
Three bedrooms, two bath.
$9350 mrnonfrl, 305-267-9449
3350 NW 212 Street
Four bedroom, two bath, al-
most new. $1595. NDI Re-
altors-office at 290 NW 183
Street. Pick up list for others.
570 NW 30 Street
iou 8ed eoos one bath,
8004 NW 10 COURT
Two bdrms none acthm $950

917 1/2 NW 80 St
On the corner, beautiful two
bedrooms. Free water, air,
window bars and iron gate
doo Firs and lat 750

or hl all 786- 7201


228 Jefferson Drive. Three
bedrooms, two baths, central
air, $1500 monthly, Section
8 Welcome. Good schools
other nearby amenlities, avail-
able immediately.
16020 E Bunche Park Dr
Spacious three bedrooms
with a den, 786-541-3621.
Large four bedrooms
two baths, tile, stainless
steel appliances $1650
monthly. Section 8 OK.
Two bdrm, one bath,
Sect on 8 wel 2me.

.Near Miami Central
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
appliances, 305-685-6795
Behind in Your Rent? 24 Hour
notice. Behind in Your Mort-
gage? 786-326-7916
West Brownsville Area
Four bdrm., one bath.
fenced, SECTION 8 WEL-

Near Bus Line/Expressway

17300 NW 27 Avenue
Miami Gardens 33056
305-300-7783 786-277-9369

8233 Harding Avenue #708
Very friendly building across
from the beach, beautifully
remodeled, spacious and
bright two bedrooms, two
bath penthouse with
panoramic city and inter-
coastals views with all
modern conveniences, very
private, no side or top
neighbors, new wood
cabinets and granite counter
tops, jacuzzi, big balcony,
new impact and soundproof
windows, washer and dryer
connection, assigned
covered parking, great-condo
association, one of a kindlll
Selling price $245,000. Call
Mahlis Smith 305-978-9428,

Why Rent?
You Can Own! NW 148
Street and 28 Avenue. Four
bdrm, two baths, everything
new. Try $2900 down and
$635 mthly, P&I FHA (we
have others.) NDI Real-
tors office at 290 NW 183
Street. 305-655-1700 Or

35 Years Experience!
Inside and outside work.
Call 305-491-4515


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Keyboard.and Organist
who plays traditional and
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Sunday Morning Services

10:45 a.m. 305-915-6252
786-315-1 684.





1 852 NW 38 Pa 150
monthly. 305-751-3381
165 NE 65 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 or Miami City welcome!
1695 NW 116 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $800
mthly. Call 770-496-4376
z175 NW 48 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 monthly. Section 8 wel-
come. 305-758-7022
1814 NW 93 Street '
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300 monthly.
1877 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, tiled floors. $900
monthly. Section 8 welcome.

One 1 OrolW 31 li nces
air and water included $680-
$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
cosdtin uI tSh toone el
Welcome! $750 mthly, $1500
to move in. 305-323-5795 or
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$500, appliances, free

3051 NW 134 Street
Section 8 welcome Newly
remodeled, two large bdrms,
one bath, central air, washer

kthen ry thi nd drfrig raw
tor. $1075 monthly
Call 954-557-4567
3075 NW 92 Street

wshebj rero park n, ail
able for immediate occupan-
cles. First, last, security. 305-
624-2336 or 305-625-4262
3151 NW 53 Street

nely oeovted $80 mt i .
First, last and security
3318 NW 50 Street
Two bedroom one bath,.
$725, appliances.

3596 NW 193rd Street
Three bedrooms, one and
half bath, central air and heat.
Enclosed patio and fenced
yard. Section 8 welcome. Call
3 5-29-07715or

38 NE 64 Street
Two beudrorns6 oe ah,I wa-

414 NW 53 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, to-
tally remodeled, tile through-
out,- high ceilings, very
spacious $875 monthly.
Available now. 305-772-8257
4953 NW 15 Avenue
Nice area, two bedrooms,
one bath, air, brand new
wood flooring and blinds
fenced back yard. Section 8
wanted. 954-658-9735
5510 NW 15 AVENUE
Two bedrooms one bath,

neyraeno otd, lrge yard.

5537 NW 5th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $800 monthly.
Section 8 welcome. Driveway
and gated. Call 786-663-0234
5657 NE 1 Court
Two bedrooms, new bath,
appliances, air, water, bars,
$700. Terry Dellerson, Real-
tor. NO 9eini 776

7737 NW 6 AVENUE
Two bdrms, two baths, Sec.
tion 8 OKI 786-277-4395
928 NW 55 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$575. Free Water.

942 NW 103 Street
The berrooams,atw abnac
$1200 monthly. Section 8 OK!
Remodeled, two bdrm, one
Sbath, Section 8 ok, $925
month, call 305-216-2724.


100 NW 14 Street '
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$20 weeektlit pivate kitchen,
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
18102 NW 8 Avenue
769Nice unit fr r- -220
19 NW 52 Street
Nice and clean, ulitilies in-
clude, $550 monthly, $1100
to move in. 305-962-1814
5422 NW 7 Court
Icue lcrc s n atr

$60 mnthy 35 7- 9 4

731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $550 monthly.
Call 786-333-2448

Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ance~s, a dryN ga .SFrom
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day.
.approval. For more
capital re ntal agen cy. com

Easy qualify. Move in spe-
cials. One bedroom, $495;
two bedrooms, $595. Free
water! 786-236-1144

Re Adeed don~eE Rb dom.
$625 to $675. NE 78 Street
305-895-5480 -
Corner of NW 103 Street
Beautiful two bedrooms. $700

Gatnd s Our tO tt lemof o rs
central air. 786-402-0672
Oneb ert ity Areamvs
you in. Call 305-600-7280 or
Overtown Area
One bdrm $400,
Twh ebb m $5790
305-600-7280/ 305-603-9592
Two bedrooms, one bath,

t~udi, on5e95Pd mistast a
security. 305-297-0199
One bdhrm,300ne bath. $8495

$750. Section 8 welcome.
OneC brm great seials.

By Reut~ers

The U.S. Supreme
Court ruled recently
for an AT&T Inc. unit
seeking to require ar-
bitration for a dispute
over cell-phone taxes
rather than allowing
customer claims to be
brought together in a
class-action lawsuit.
y a5-4 vote, the
justices overturned a
ruling by a U.S. ap-
peals court that de-
clared unenforceable
under California law a
provision in AT&T Mo-
bility's customer con-
tracts that required
al ispu es t e se -
tled by arbitration and
that prevented the
pooling of claims in a
class-action lawsuit.
The plaintiffs, Vin-
cent and Liza Concep-
cion, filed their class-
action lawsuit in 2006
and claimed they were
improperly charged
about $30 in sales
taxes on cell phones
that the AT&T wireless
unit had advertised as
AT&T, the No. 2 U.S.
mobile service, was
backed in the case
by a number of other
companies and by the
U.S. Chamber of Com-
merce business group
while consumer and
civil rights groups
supported the Califor-
nia couple.
Companies general-
ly prefer arbitration as
a less expensive way
of settling consumer
disputes, as opposed
to costly class-action

lawsuits, which allow
customers to band
together and can re-
sult in large awards of
Customer arbitra-
tion agreements are
widely used by cell-
phone carriers, cable
providers, credit card
companies, stock bro-
kerage firms and other
AT&T had defended
its arbitration agree-
ments as fair. It said
they required it to pay
at least $7,500 if the
arbitrator awarded
more than the com-
pany's final settlement
offer and to pay all. ar-
bitration costs for non-
frivolous claims.
AT&T had argued
that a federal law that
encourages the use of
arbitration, the Fed-
eral Arbitration Act
(FAA), trumped a Cali-
fornia consumer pro-
tection law at issue in
the case.
In its ruling, the Su-
preme Court majority
"The California law
in question stands as
an obstacle to the ac-
complishment of the
purposes and the ob-
jectives of the FAA.
It is accordingly pre-
empted," Justice Anto-
nin Scalia said for the
majority in reading
his opinion from the
The court's four lib-
eral justices dissent-
The Supreme Court
,case is AT&T Mobility
v. Concepcion, No. 09-

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Plumbing, electrical, roof.
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Hardship Letters. Ask for
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For more information

13725 NE 6 Avenue
One bedroom available. $550
monthly. 786-797-0225
4544 NW 185 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
two-story townhouse, com-
pletl re ot~ed, Sec in 8


725 NW 70 Street
Two bedrooms, one and a
half bath, $1000 monthly

Two erns Ntwo bths,

$1200 monthly. 1000
square feet,
Section 8 Welcome
786-260-5708 Cell
305-652-2257 Office
Three bdrm., two bath with
garage in Aventine. $1700
mthly. 954-434-8576

Town Par 15 NW Place
three bedroom, one and half
bath, $900 monthly.
Town Park 483 NW 19 Street,
two bedroom, one and half

Setion 8 weln .


1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
1293 NW 57 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Sec.
tion 8 OK. 786-277-4395
1393 NW 43Street
Two bdrm, one bath, Section
854welcome, $950 monthly.
1524 NW 1Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080
1542 NW 35 Street
rewly r r otedon Eintso
duplexes, townhouses, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
Set15n81eNW 3B8 P ove-
ly three bedrooms, two baths
central air, fully tiled, appli-
ances. $1300 monthly. Two
bedrooms $900. Call now
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120 THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 4-10, 2011



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida, on May 12, 2011, at 9:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers at City
Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving the
requirements of obtaining sealed competitive bids for the procurement of ser-
vices and replacement parts/equipment for the automated computerized fuel
facility system (FuelOmat fuel management system) located at 1390 NW 20th
Street, Miami, Florida, for the Department of General Services Administration,
Fleet Management Division, from AHA Electronic and Fuel Systems, Inc., sole
source provider, on an as-needed contract basis for one (1) year, with option to
extend for two (2) additional one-year periods with prices fixed and firm for the
three year period.

Orpak USA, Inc.'s (fof-merly known as Rapac Network International, Inc.)
FuelOmat fuel management system is proprietary and its sole source supplier
in the South Florida area is AHA Electronic and Fuel Systems, Inc.

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-92 of the City Code,
of the City of Miami, as amended, and requires a 4/5th affirmative vote of the
Miami City Commission after a duly advertised public hearing. The rbcommen-
dation and findings to be considered in this matter are set forth in the proposed
resolution and in this Code Section, which are deemed to be incorporated by
reference herein and are available as public records from the City of Miami.
The Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled City
Commission meeting at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan Ablerican Drive, Miami,

Inquiries from other potential sources who feel that they might be able to satisfy
the City's requirements for this item may contact Terry Byrnes, Sr. Procurement
Specialist, at the City of Miami Purchasing Department, at (305) 416-1917 or
e-mail: TByrnes~miamiqov~com.

All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning the
proposed sole source determination. 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 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.

(#14890)sc Ila A. Thompson, CMC



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida, on May 12, 2011, at 9:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers at City
Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving the
requirements of obtaining sealed bids for the sole source purchase of portable
weighing devices from Loadometer Corporation, located at 111 Industry Lane,
Forest Hill, Maryland 21050, in the amount of $70,350.

Inquiries from other potential sources of such a package who feel that they
might be able to satisfy the City's requirements for this item may contact Terry
Byrnes, CPPB, Sr. Procurement Specialist, at the City of Miami Purchasing .De-
partment at (305) 416-1917 or e-mail: TByrnesbmimiamiov.com.

All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning such
proposed acquisition. Should any person~ desire to appeal any decision of the
City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that per-
son 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
(#14889) City Clerk



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on May 12, 2011, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of granting the following:
All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning 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 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) 250-54172 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#14892) City Clerk


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General Manager
Ireland said, Mallett
"wasn t the right fit for
us at. this time." Re-
Now tlie Dolphins
must decide whether
any of the free agent
quarterbacks, or
those wvho may be on
the block via trade
are worth pursuing.
It's not exactly like
there are a crop of fu-
ture H-all of Famers
waiting to be snatched
up. Most of these
free agents will get
nothing more than a
yawn from most fans.
Who might be avail-
able? Names include:
Donavan McNabb,
Vince Young, Kevin
Kolb, Alex Smith and

Daunte Culpepper
(just kidding).
For the moment
it looks like Miami
will have to put their
hopes on the less than
sturdy shoulders of
Chad Henne once
again. But word on the
street is that may not
go over very well with
the fans. Henne, as
we all know, is about
as popular as Nick Sa-
ban in South Florida.
Maybe the Dolphins
believe they have ac
quired enough talent
in the draft to improve
Henne's chances of
success this season.
We don't know about
you but we're not go-
ing to do any backflips
- at least not yet.

While the Heat's
big three are well into
their quest to become
the darlings of South
Florida sports fans,
the team that usually
occupies that position,
The Miami Dolphins,
are in the process
of trying to rebuild
fans trust in the once
proud and successful-
organization. The first
step occurred in last
week's NFL, draft with
the team's first four se-
lections being players
the Dolphins hope will
improve their offense
- ranked 30th in the
league last season,
The Dolphins se-
lected Mike Pouncey,
considered the top of-
fensive lineman in the
2011 draft class. They
also drafted Daniel
Thomas, a highly-re-
garded running back
from Kansas State and
then used their 'next
selection, a fourth-
rounder, on Edmond

Gates, a speedy re-
ceiver from Abeline
Christian University.
Fans hope the Fins
will be more explo-
sive on offense this
.season and are a bit
tired of the less than
exciting "ground and
pound" approach the
team has taken in re-
cent years. Wie can all
agree that there is a
need for speed.
Surprisingly, the
one position on of-
fense the team has inot
addressed is the one
some of their most loy-
al supporters wanted
to see them upgrade:
quarterback. Now
that the draft is over,
Miami must wait until
free agency and trades
resume both are
on pause because of
the current NFL lock-
out. It's not as if they
are all that secure
with incumbent Chad
Henne. However, by
the time Miami's

first-round pick came
along at No. 15 over-
all, four quarterbacks
-- Cam Newton, Jake
Locker, Blainle Gab-
bert and Christian
Ponder had already
been selected. For our
money we liked former
Arkansas QB Ryan
Mallett but apparently
the team did not sha-e
those sentiments.

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