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Publication Date: 5/11/2011
Subjects / Keywords: African Americans -- Newspapers. -- Florida
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General Note: "Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
General Note: "Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis."
General Note: Editor: H.F. Sigismund Reeves, <Jan. 6, 1967-Dec. 27, 1968>.
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State Attorney rules on DeCarlos Moore

By D. Kevin McNeir
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Onr- July, 5. 2010. what should have been a routine traf-
fic stop for a Black, Libertm City resident. DeCarlos Moore,
turned into a life-ending situation. .As ha- been previously
reported. Moore. 36. was suspected of driving a stolen vehicle
- a charge that was later determined to be erroneous. But
in the police report that was subsequently filed, during the
encounter, Moore exited his car, walked towards the police
at Officer Joseph NMarin's instructions, then abruptly turned
around and moved quickly back to the Honda he was
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Claude Pepper

Award goes to

Garth Reeves
By Randy Grice
On Wednesday, May 18th, Garth C. Reeves, Sr.,
publisher emeritus of The Miami Times, will be
honored at the 17th Annual Claude Pepper Me-
morial Awards. Reeves
is being recognized
for his work in public
awareness and media.
Reeves relocated to Mi-
ami four months after
-- his birth in Nassau,
k Bahamas. He attended
SBooker T. Washington
Senior High School and
matriculated at Flor-
ida A&M University.
He went on to serve in
GARTH C. REEVES, SR. the armed forces for 46
mont hs.
Upon his return to Miami. Reeves went to work
for his father at the The Miami Times. He held
several titles at the paper including reporter, col-
umnist, managing editor and publisher. Reeves
used his newspaper as the Black community's
voice. The Times editorials have questioned the
handling of police brutality cases, inequities in
municipal services and funding, desegregation
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-Photo courtesy Commissioner Edmonson
Carrie Meek Clinic opens in Little Haiti
Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson (I-r), former Congresswoman Carrie Meek
and County Commissioner Jean Monestime participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony
for the new Carrie Meek clinic located in Little Haiti at the Villa Patricia Towers, 7801
NE 2nd Ave. The opening also served as a celebration of Meek's 85th birthday.

Unity is the

key at gospel

By D. Kevin McNeir
Overtown's Greater Bethel AME Church was
the site of a gospel brunch program held last Sat-
urday, May 7th, that featured some of the com-
munity's most respected entertainers. And they
all came back home to help celebrate the music,
history and spirit of Overtown.
"What you see today is a cross section of hu-
manity different races and ethnicities," said
City Commissioner Richard P. Dunn, II. "This is
a foretaste of what I believe heaven will be like."
City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff agreed with
"Music is the great combiner of people and as
we see today, it has the power to bring Blacks,
Anglos and Hispanics together," he said. "It is a
great icebreaker and from that one has conversa-
tion which leads to understanding and building
Besides Dunn and Sarnoff, other speakers on
the program included: Dorothy Fields, Luther
Campbell, David Lawrence and Alberto Carvalho.
But what moved the multi-racial crowd of close to
100 to stand to their feet were the inspiring mu-
sical selections that featured members of Over-
town's very own [Betty] Wright family, including
Jaennette, Charles A. and Dr. Phillip Wright,
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River crests in Memphis: worst is

By Adrian Sainz & Matt Sedensky
MEMPHIS, Tenn. The Mis-
sissippi River crested in Memphis
at nearly 48 feet on Tuesday, fall-
ing short of its all-time record but
still soaking low-lying areas with
enough water to require a massive
cleanup. To the south, residents in
the Mississippi Delta prepared for
the worst.
National Weather Service me-
teorologist Bill Borghoff says the

river has already reached 47.85
feet and is expected to stay very
close to that level for the next 24
to 36 hours. Hitting the high point
means things shouldn't get worse
in the area, but it will take weeks
for the water to recede and much
longer for inundated areas to re-
"Pretty much the damage has
been done," Borghoff said.
In states downstream, farmers
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let to come
James Wright
takes a look at
o.. "' floodwater

...I Monday, May 9,
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-AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Voters should review charter amendments with care

By Gregory W. Wright
Miami Times writer

In addition to Miami-Dade voters
soon having their say on who will
replace ousted County Mayor Car-
los Alvarez and County Commis-
sioner Natacha Seijas, there will
also be an opportunity to either

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approve or reject several proposed
amendments to the Miami-Dade
County Charter.
There have been numerous at-
tempts to educate voters on the im-
plications of the six amendments
including a recent town hall meet-
ing on charter reform, hosted by
Miami-Dade County Vice-Chair-

woman Audrey Edmonson (District
3), Commissioner Barbara Jordan
(District 1) and Commissioner Jean
Monestime (District 2) on the North
Campus of Miami Dade College.
They say their objective was to
give the residents of their respec-
tive districts a clearer understand-
ing of what each amendment on the

upcoming May 24th election ballot
will mean both to their neighbor-
hoods and to Miami-Dade County
as a whole. They also brought to
the table representatives from vari-
ous county departments to help ex-
plain the proposed changes and to
answer questions from the public.
However, one has to wonder given

the complexity of the six amend-
ments in question, if citizens can
honestly understand the changes
given their residency in three dif-
ferent, and in some cases quite dis-
tinct, districts?
Citizens would be wise to take
time to review the amendments
carefully before casting their vote.



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9A THF MIAMI TIMES. MAY 11-17. 2011

Whatever happened to our

pal Officer Friendly?
For those of you who are card-carrying members of
the "old school contingency" you probably remem-
ber those exciting days in elementary and junior
high school when Black men in uniforms visited our classes
for annual career day. We were inspired as we got up close
and personal with fireman donned in their flashy boots and
gas masks, soldiers whose broad chests were adorned with
medals of valor, preachers in their starched white collars
and flowing robes and of course, police officers with their
all-access badges and service revolvers safely stowed away
in their holsters.
They were the men who led our communities and told us
that if we studied hard and stayed away from trouble, we
could become the leaders of tomorrow.
But somewhere along the way, the relationship between
young Black boys and girls and these uniformed "saints"
has grown sour. Mr. Police Man is someone that some have
grown to fear if not hate.
Blacks now wonder if we are living in a "police state" as
those who are sworn to protect and serve enjoy using their
free time to alter mug shots of their victims and then pass
those photographs around for a laugh during coffee breaks.
Suffice to say, the job of a police officer is fraught with
intrigue and danger and is certainly not a task for the faint
at heart. Yes, we need police officers in our society and we
cannot imagine what life would be like without them. We
recognize the risks they take each day and we salute those
who are dedicated to the job for all the right reasons.
However, it is clear that there are some rotten apples in
the bunch those who celebrate when they have taken
down a few bad guys from the hood as if they have earned
a badge of honor.
But what lesson does this teach our children? Can they
trust these men in blue who patrol our streets? Should they
feel comfortable approaching a police officer when they are
in trouble or are afraid? In other words, is Officer Friendly
still our friend, or has he become our enemy, simply be-
cause of the color of our skin and the neighborhoods in
which we live?
Once upon a time Black boys dreamed about being police
officers when they grew up.
But in these days of not-so-subtle racism, those dreams
have long since evaporated.

Miami may be on the mend

but not Liberty City
T here is this notion in the U.S. that we can all aspire to
live the good life: a home with a white picket fence, a
two-car garage, children playing in the backyard and a
supportive spouse by our side. At the least, we can acquire a
solid education and secure gainful employment that provides
us with both the necessities and a few of the added pleasures
of life.
But this dream, according to a recent poll of citizens from
Liberty City, Carol City, North Miami and several pockets of
southern Broward County, continues to be nothing more than
a bone waved before our salivating mouths. And as residents
gathered to hear the results of a Gallup survey taken last year,
most came to a similar and unfortunate conclusion: same bad
news, different day.
Maybe that's why sisters and brothers in the hood don't get
all that excited about the future and why so few of our children
are willing to put in the time and effort to prepare themselves
for tomorrow. The City of Miami may be moving forward but
for the majority of residents in Liberty City and other parts of
District 17, there is still no light at the end of the tunnel.
It's difficult to pinpoint when such images of gloom and doom
began to permeate our spirits but one thing is certain we
need to find a way jumpstart the lives of Blacks who have been
at the bottom for so long that moving upward and onward is
nothing short of the impossible dream. And without question
propelling Blacks forward is a task that is long overdue.
Have you ever seen the long lines that form when the lottery
piggy bank has reached ridiculously high numbers? For some
that's their only hope. Gone are the days when education,
hard work and consistent prayer were enough for us to believe
that we could make it and improve life for ourselves and for
our children.
We have heard some politicians say they have an answer.
But given the frequency of candidates who once elected, fail
to produce on their promises, pardon us if we don't celebrate
just yet.

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every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights. Hating no person, fearing no person,
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Demands for
I am glad that President
Barack Obama has a sense of
humor about the birthers but
I don't. In fact, I am disgusted
that Donald Trump, lacking in
both sense and scruples, was
able to push the president to
releasing his "long form" birth
certificate. Now that the birth
certificate has been released,
perhaps, we can get back to
some of the business of gov-
ernment, except for the fact
that those who want to em-
brace their racism and believe
that Obama was not born
here and did not star at Har-
vard did not deserve his elec-
tion will continue to promul-
gate their nonsense.
Meanwhile, Obama was ma-
neuvered into analogously
showing his passbook, the
very same passbook that
Black South Africans had to
show before the end of apart-
heid to prove their citizen-
ship. While I never quite saw
Trump as one of the arrogant
Afrikaners who perpetrated
the apartheid system, his use
of birther logic was similar to



President's "passbook" are insulting .
the logic that white South Af- built, the capital from which challenging the roots of our
ricans used to maintain their they spew their distortions. nation's already flawed immi-
supremacy. The Trump cry If birthers want to see pass- grant history.
to "show me your birth cer- ports, they might want to go The President is a better
tificate" is reminiscent of the to the Underground Railroad American than I am. He put
grandfather clauses that im- Museum to look at the chains Trump and his birthers in
peded equal rights for Blacks slaveholders used to contain their place with an incisive
that were enforced in the U.S. others. In showing the chains, and biting humor while I have
during the post-Civil War we show the passports. been hammering them with a
years. These birthers have a lot of silent rage. That Trump could
Demands for Obama's pass- nerve. They attack immigra- not manage to crack a smile
book not only challenge his tion, but they, too, are the speaks volumes for his nature
and that he would take credit
for pushing the President into
ow, that passbooks have been shown, it is time to get releasing his birth certificate
back to the salt mines. Debt ceiling, anyone? Budget shouts out his shallowness.
Now, that passbooks have
cuts? Back in the day Nero fiddled while Rome burned, been shown, it is time to get
back to the salt mines. Debt
ceiling, anyone? Budget cuts?
legitimacy but the legitimacy descendants of immigrants. Back in the day Nero fiddled
of many citizens of African Just because they rode on while Rome burned. Today,
descent who live in the U.S. the top of the boat (not in the candidate Trump talks trash
and have achieved positions hold, as cargo), does not mean and incites invective while
of power and influence. If the they can claim superiority to the real issues around the fu-
birthers want to see the pass- those who have become im- ture of our nation are neglect-
ports of those who have come migrants just because they ed. Now that the long form
to this country from the Afri- changed borders (remember, birth certificate has trumped
can continent, they might try Texas and Arizona used to be Trump, are there legislators
looking at the footprints of Mexico). In demanding that who will deal with education,
our nation's capital, the same Obama show his birth cer- employment, health care and
capital that enslaved people tificate/passbook, they are human services?


r the best education for Blacks

As the U.S. economy contin- out our country. Studies, sta- ents should always have the who can affo
ues to improve each month, tistics and analyses all point choice of selecting the best children to
there is an open question that to the fact that there are too schools for their children, vate schools.
remains concerning the eco- many schools that are failing public or private. Some afflu- majority of Bl
nomic empowerment status Black children on a daily ba- ent parents exercise school are marginal
of Blacks in 2011. But there sis. We cannot and should not choice more readily because low-come an
is a prior question that will be complacent about this situ- they have the financial means they cannot
have both short term and long ation. Something corrective to do so. Parents who can af- better neighb
range implications for the eco- for private sc
nomic future of Blacks. Unless tional school
we do more now to acquire the y t is important to emphasize that "school choice" places par- believe that a
best education possible for our ents in charge of their children's education. Black parents have the opp
children, there will not be a Ashould always have the choice of selecting the best schools better school
significant economic recovery for their children, public or private. via opportur
in the Black community. We fortheichldren,public orpriate.(most comm
have to be more aware and ac- vouchers), sp
tive to demand nothing less and transformative must be ford it simply do not permit arship program
than the best for our children. done and it must be done now. their children to attend a failed ship tax cred
Too many of our children are Black parents, in particular, school. They often decide to while they foc
attending some of the least- need to be at the forefront of move to a certain neighbor- reforms in
performing schools across the the rapidly increasing school hood because of the quality of cates also be
U.S. Another school year is choice movement, a high-performance traditional should elimir
about to end and the national It is important to emphasize public school or that neighbor- venting the
report card is not good. that "school choice" places hood has a high-performance quality chart<
There is a crisis in the pub- parents in charge of their chil- innovative public charter schools, onli
lic education system through- dren's education. Black par- school. Other parents, those tions and hor

brd it, send their
high-quality pri-
But for the vast
lack parents who
middle-class or
d working-class,
afford to move to
orhoods or to pay
:hool tuition. Na-
choice advocates
11 children should
portunity to go to
s; private schools
nity scholarships
inly called school
ecial needs schol-
rms and scholar-
it programs. And
;us on those three
particular, advo-
elieve that states
late barriers pre-
growth of high-
er schools, virtual
ine learning op-
ne schooling.


Government strategies bode poorly for Black businesses
It is not about race. It is about rewarded. This is where the jobs grants totaled $7.4 billion. De- high speed rail system Inorder
a philosophy and agenda that is come into play as 70 percent of spite notable Black firms apply- to skew it to union shops only he
foreign to his predecessors. The all new jobs come from small ing for these grants not a penny placed the management of this
thought resembles that of the businesses. Our president's am- went to them. Thus, our neigh- in the Federal Railroad Adminis-
late Congresswoman Shirley Ch- bition counters what the U.S. is borhoods will continue to lag be- tration as opposed to the Federal
isholm who addressed a group of all about as many are beginning hind in Internet deployment and Transit Administration which
Black manufacturers with this: to realize. Consider the follow- keep us at a disadvantage, manages all other railway activ-
"I don't give a damn about busi- ing. During Fiscal Year 2010 there ity. Why? Because this way he
nesses. All I am concerned with could avoid the Disadvantaged
are jobs" (what an oxymoron). Business Enterprise (DBE) pro-
Then former Congresswoman during Fiscal Year 2010 there were 64,880 Black owned-firms gram and keep Black business
Cardiss Collins chimed in with in the federal procurement data base. Only 3,990 received any out of the contracting activity -
"Besides, you are all a bunch type of contract activity. Thus only 5.4 percent of the Black again union only.
of Republicans." The fact is, Another shocker: The people
business ownership has no di- business database amounted to 1.5 percent of the total dollars spent by of South Carolina were happy
rect party affiliation. But based the federal government 94.6 percent were on the outside looking in. to receive the news that Boeing
on President Obama's plan to plans to build a new airplane
make a world full of a few gigan- plant there. There is a signifi-
tic corporations, some of which The Stimulus Bill ended up be- were 64,880 Black owned-firms cant Black population in South
are owned by governments with ing a nearly $1 trillion spend fest in the federal procurement data Carolina and our businesses in
workers unionized from top to and Black business got virtually base. Only 3,990 received any that area were equally excited.
bottom, there is little room en- none of the contracting. We were type of contract activity. Thus Then, the federal government
trepreneurs they just get in blocked out as they guided con- only 5.4 percent of the Black steps in to try and stop Boeing
the way. tracts to union shops. Ninety- business database amounted to from bringing tens of thousands
The big problem with the above nine percent of Black businesses 1.5 percent of the total dll..i. of jobs and supplier contracts.
is that the U.S. was founded and are not union so when there is spent by the federal government Why? The plant will not be
continues to be a capitalistic union exclusivity we are out in 94.6 percent were on the out- unionized counter to the Presi-
system where entrepreneurship the cold. side looking in. dent's philosophy. This is anti-
is encouraged and many times The Broadband Deployment The President wants to build a entrepreneurial.


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Governor Scott likes budget compromise
After days of tough negotia- worker pay and cost-of-living rooms, equal to about 7.9 per- lion from enviro
tions between the Florida House increases for their retirement cent or $540 per student. The funds.
and Senate, budget committee accounts. $6,269 spent on students is The hospitals t
members have reached a deal. At this point the information the lowest spent in five years. of 12 percent oi
The package was approved by is sketchy on the details on the Lawmakers have also agreed to in state health
House budget writer Denise budget because the bottom line a base eight percent tuition in- the hospital adm
Grimsley and her Senate coun- sections of the budget are done crease for colleges and universi- happy because
tretart .1Jf Alexander follow- in closed door sessions out of ties. dodged a bullet.

ing an all-night session. The
agreement lets Florida lawmak-
ers end the 2011 legislative
session on schedule.'
Scott praised the budget deal
even though he only got about
one-sixth of the $2 billion that
he had requested in tax cuts.
"These are great first steps
and will move our state in the
right direction, he said shortly
after the deal was completed.
It has already been reported
that there is a $4 to $6 billion
deficit in the Florida treasury
and that expenses will have to
be reduced in order to balance
the budget. These cuts, as iden-
tified by Scott, include but may
not be limited to: education,
healthcare, transportation, the
criminal justice system state

It has already been reported that there is a $4 to $6 billion
deficit in the Florida treasury and that expenses will have to
be reduced in order to balance the budget.

the public's eye.
"This is how it's always been
done in Florida," said Florida
Senate President Mike Harido-
polos. "The fine-point negotia-
tions will be done in public to
decide the extent of Medicaid
hospital cuts, K-12 school re-
ductions or the extent of priva-
tization in Florida's prison sys-
For Florida's 67 public school
districts, there will be a $1.35
billion cut in funding for class-

Florida state employees will
see a reduction of $4 million in
income earnings, equating to
about 5,000 employees losing
their jobs. The 572,000 state
and local workers will start pay-
ing three percent of their pay
into the pension system and a
deferred retirement program
know as DROP ends, with the
retirement age for public safety
workers raised. To pay other
environmental bills, the budget
writers are diverting $50 mil-

onmental trust

ook a large cut
r $510 million
cuts. Many of
inistrators are
they feel they
The lawmakers

decided not to cut an additional
$450 million for the severely ill,
aging and the disabled.
Every state department will
be impacted by the cuts and
with a budget of $70.4 billion,
the process was very challeng-
ing. Lines will get longer and
state employees will be expect-
ed to work harder with less peo-
ple. One can only hope that the
Republicans that control both
houses and are fiscally conser-
vative explored all options.
There is a certain mentality
associated with the dice and
slice method. So if we only fo-
cus on cuts in the budget with
limited creative thinking, state
government efficiency seems
destined to decrease while the
mess only piles up.


Too many Blacks vying for county mayor's seat
In years past, there were sev- period is so short. Bell and Lew- polls but the elderly and church in the County to
eral strong Black women who is also lacks the funds needed going voters will be unable to candidate. If Ca:
had great influence in our comrn- to run a viable campaign. take him seriously, to be a serious p
munity: Ma Range, Carrie Meek Campbell has the name rec- Bradley is quieter, more seri- then he has to st
and Barbara Carey-Shuler. ognition even though he is ous and a former administrator a rap star and beg
Most aspiring candidates would mostly associated with his for- he has the qualifications to a serious person
seek out their counsel and their mer rapping days. His raps were run the County and will know responsible for a $
endorsement made winning filled with derogatory comments how to get things done. Dur- get and the welfa
a cinch. I wish they were still about women and short on any ing his tenure as transporta- lion people. I wou
around. Maybe we could knock printable commentary. But he tion director, he brought in him join forces w
some sense into three of the has clearly grown up and his re- billions of federal funds unlike learn the politic
four Black candidates for coun- cent work with young men is ad- his successor who has run the then launch a
ty mayor. mirable. He has become the dar- department into the red. But paign for elected

With one Black candidate,
our entire community could
support him we could antici-
pate that candidate advancing
to a run off with a real chance
at victory. However, instead of
one viable candidate, we have
four Blacks: Wilbur Bell, Lu-
ther Campbell, Eddie Lewis and
Roosevelt Bradley. It is for cer-
tain that the Black vote will be
divided. I blame it on egos.
In realistic terms, the Black
race will come down to Camp-
bell and Bradley. Neither Bell
or Lewis have the county-wide
name recognition so critical in
a race where the campaign time

Campbell has the name recognition even though he is
mostly associated with his former rapping days. His raps
were filled with derogatory comments about women and
short on any printable commentary.

ling of the press probably due to
his brutal honesty. But as a po-
tential future mayor, Campbell
must mature even further and
learn not to say everything that
comes to mind. Taxing strippers
may be a good idea but it gives
the impression that his mind is
still in the gutter. Young vot-
ers may be attracted to him and
he may get some of them to the

Roosevelt's more reflective style
may not generate the passion
among the less informed who
go for the rebellious image of
Campbell, but he will convince
the elderly and church goers
that he is a serious candidate
and not a source of future em-
barrassment. He also knows
enough people to raise money
and has the name recognition

o be a viable
mpbell wants
public servant,
op* acting like
gin acting like
who would be
$6 billion bud-
,re of 2.5 mil-
uld like to see
'ith Roosevelt,
al ropes and
serious cam-

Alas, we live in a world of egos,
where individualism is king.
As a consequence all of Black
Miami will continue to suffer,
because none of the candidates
will drop out to give one candi-
date a real shot. If we continue
to have an individualistic per-
spective, we cannot obtain the
County resources that should
rightfully flow to our communi-
ties based on the taxes we pay.
Our businesses will continue to
be cut out of County contracts,
our young men will continue
to go to jail at record numbers
and we will continue to lead the
County in unemployment.


Can Herman Cain really win the GOP nomination?

In an age of enlightenment, when
Dr. Martin Luther King's dream has
been so nearly realized with the
election of President Obama, Repub-
licans seem to have reverted to per-
forming minstrel shows starring
the likes of Newt Gingrich, Con-
gresswoman Michele Bachmann,
former governor Sarah Palin and

sadly the two Black men willing to
join them: Michael Steele, the now
former RNC chairman and Repub-
lican presidential hopeful, Herman
Cain. '
For months, Cain, the former
CEO of Godfather's Pizza, has fer-
vently sought a seat at the table for
the Republican presidential nomi-

Has the city of Miami become a "police state"?

Retired, Liberty City

My opinion ,,.
on that is that .
when all the
killings were
going on and
mayhem was
going on our .
elected offi-
cials and some other people in
the community tried to help. I
do not think we are turning to-
wards,a police state. When the
police started doing their work
the people started to say they
are doing it too much.

Unemployed, Miami-Dade County

Sort of, yes, because they po-

lice men are
getting away
with a lot of '
stuff. Back
when I was '
coming up it
was not this
bad. It is- bad
now. Anything
that they want
to do they are allowed to do.

Unemployed, Liberty City

To tell you a
the truth, at-
las with me
it has always
been this '" A
way. They did :
not start do-
ing this, they ..

have been trying to do what
they want to do anyway. That is
how it is since I have been liv-
ing here.

Produce production manager, Liberty City

In a way be-
cause Miami
is one of the
biggest cities /
in Florida and .,
Miami has F-
gone through
a lot of transi- .

Retired, Liberty City

Well I feel like this, things
never have gotten this bad if

the parents
would help.
They need to
train their
children like
their mothers
trained them.
The police are
doing their best that they can

Unemployed, Liberty City

Well, yes, _
need to be
changed be-
cause some
people abuse
the responsi-
bilities of their

nation. He managed to become a
useful Tea Party icon, with his bold
critiques of Obama. After a surpris-
ingly well-received performance at
last week's South Carolina Republi-
can debate, the relatively unknown
radio-talk-show host from Atlanta is
gaining some traction in his effort to
be taken seriously as a presidential
By all measures, Cain is a prod-
uct of a strong Black family and
a living example of the American
dream. Born in Georgia in 1945 to
working class parents, Cain went on
to graduate from Morehouse College
in 1967 and received a master's de-
gree from Purdue University while
serving in the U.S. Navy. He then
embarked on a successful career at
the Coca-Cola Corporation, before
leaving for Pillsbury, where he even-
tually became the executive respon-
sible for Burger King, managing 400
stores in the Philadelphia metropol-
itan area. Under Cain's leadership,
the region became the most profit-
able of all Burger King franchises.
He was promoted and appointed
chief executive of Godfather's Pizza,
which was struggling financially.
Cain delivered again and surpassed
In the first televised debate of
Republican presidential candidate
hopefuls, Cain out-did the compe-
tition. He distinguished himself,
among the anti-Obama, Tea Par-
tiers and the viewers overwhelm-
ingly agreed Cain won the debate.
Interview requests have followed,
political fundraising events are be-

ing planned, but what remains puz-
zling is how and why Cain resonates
with a Republican party which has
over the past two years moved fur-
ther to the right on fiscal and social
Cain has never held elected office
and so has a far way to go in prov-
ing the iabilit, of his candidacy.
But one thing is true: he's a seri-
ous Black candidate in a political
party which remains overwhelm-
ingly white. Cain himself makes
light of the fact, choosing instead to
describe himself at a recent rally as
"the Black guy who keeps winning
Cain's appeal is driven by style
and personality. He likes to be a
member of the gang a regular
guy -- and that has been his call-
ing card. And he is willing to go to
where the people are: traveling to
Iowa at least 15 times in the past few
months. This is a man on a mission,
and his campaign recently said he
intends to make a formal announce-
ment of his bid for the White House.
What is so interesting, is that in
all my research I have found very
little to quote him on. Like Michael
Steele, the former RNC chair, he
seems to speak a lot of jargon, with-.
out saying much of anything. This is
a curious state-of-play in the Ameri-
can political discourse, particularly
since he is Black, and relatively un-
known. Who the Republican Party
nominates remains to be seen, but
Cain fits the bill so far: a great re-
sume, but no sign of being able to
do the job.



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5A THE MIAMI! TIMES, MAY 11-17, 2011


Miami-Dade students dazzle audience at concert

By Simone Gill
Miami Times writer

A sampling of students'
musical and artistic abili-
ties were presented on stage
at the Miami Jackson Se-
nior High School auditori-
um, 1752 NW 36th Street,
Friday, May 6. Students
from eight Miami-Dade
County Public Schools (M-
DCPS) ranging from grades
two to 12 gathered together
in what was a memorable
evening to showcase dance,
song, instrumentals and
musical drama before a
jammed-packed audience.
The talented groups of
performers included Af-
rican, jazz and classical
dancers, choir and solo
singers, jazz and orchestra
ensembles and Broadway-
style performances.
The "Magic to do Con-
cert" included: the Miami

Carol City High School Jazz
Ensemble under the direc-
tion of Michael Scott; the
G. Holmes Braddock Senior
High School Theatre Arts
Ensemble; and the William
Lehman Elementary School
Chorus under the direction
of Andrea Busher.
Lannie Rubio excited the
crowd with her solo perfor-
mance of "Don't Rain on My
Parade," from the Broad-
way Musical "Funny Girl,"
while Haitian dancers from
the Charles R. Drew Middle
School Dance Company of-
fered a sobering interpreta-
tion to "Cry Freedom," de-
picting the tragedy of Haiti's
recent earthquake. Stu-
dents from the Dr. Michael
M. Krop Senior High School
Dance Ensemble delivered
with a dazzling display of
jazz and classical dance.
The Starlight Singers from
the Dr. Michael M. Krop Se-

nior High School blended renditions of "Summon the
soprano and alto tones in a Heroes" from the 1996 At-
medley of songs under the lanta Olympics and Tchai-
direction of Gary Keating. kovsky's "1812 Overture,"
The. final performance under the direction of How-
of the night was the Mi- ard I. Weiner.
ami Palmetto Senior High New World School of the
School Orchestra, in typi- Arts gave a special perfor-
cal big band style, that mance with singers, danc-
gave the audience striking ers and gymnasts taking

over the stage.
Master of ceremonies for
the event was Kevin Corke,
anchor of NBC Miami, who
praised the students for
their excellent performanc-
es and stressed the neces-
sity for the continued sup-
port of the arts within the
Superintendent Alberto M.
Carvalho asked what would
it be like if there were no
one to play this instrument,
pointing to a saxophone he

had placed on the stage?
The annual event helps
to raise funds for the Foun-
dation for New Education
Initiatives, Inc., which sup-
ports the Cultural Passport
Program. The program pro-
vides K-12 students with a
variety of cultural field ex-
periences so that they can
have actual experiences of
visiting museums and art
galleries and witness live
musical, theatrical and
dance performances.

Roosevelt Bradley: Walks quietly but carries big stick
By D. Kevin McNeir North Corridor metro rail ex- cares about this community, are those small business own- pay taxes. I am smart enough
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com tension built, they know the someone who has the experi- ers who have lost substantial to understand that. I may not
monies that I raised and they '. '' ence to bring and create jobs ground in recent years. They raise the most money and may
There are 11 candidates vy- know that the former county .: .. they don't need another politi- are getting less than one per- not make the most promises
ing for Miami-Dade County mayor was opposed to the proj- cian that talks about jobs," he cent of a $7 billion dollar coun- but I can be trusted to do what
Mayor and four of them are ect," he said. "I was fired as a said. "I have shown in the past ty budget. It's small businesses I say. Our campaign is working
acl One nf those men of form of punishment and the I -4 -. that I know how to deliver. Peo- that drive our economy and with and for the people."

color, Roosevelt Bradley, 55,
says he believes that voters
are ready to select a candidate
across ethnic lines who can de-
liver. And he adds, he is the one
that can really do the job re-
gardless of race.
"People aren't looking for a
politician they want an ad-
ministrator they can trust," he
Bradley, a 22-year veteran for
the County and former transit
director, describes himself as
a "political casualty who was
ousted for trying to do the right
"People know the real story
behind my efforts to get the

Black community came out in
my support. It was one of the
first times in history that folks
demanded a name-clearing
But given the challenges of
the past, why does Bradley
want to reenter the foray of
county politics and related an-
Bradley said his campaign
is based on three principles:
Trust, quality of life and jobs.
And interestingly enough,
Bradley chose not to focus on
any of the other candidates. He
believes that the skills and ex-
periences he possesses are rea-
son enough for people to sup-

', \ .

port and vote for him.
"The people of Miami-Dade
County need someone that

ple respect me and they can
trust me. They know I brought
jobs here and could bring jobs
Bradley's campaign is be-
ing energized in the form of a
grassroots movement and he
says that's the way he likes it.
"I am running the campaign
along with students and friends
at St. Thomas University, FlU,
University of Miami and Flor-
ida Memorial University," he
said. "Students as young as
18 have joined our team and
we really have this campaign
motivated. But my primary
supporters, both in the Black
and Hispanic communities,

House passes far-reaching anti-abortion legislation

By Kathleen Hennessey

The House of Representatives
on recently-approved a sweeping
anti-abortion package to further
distance federal funds from the
procedure by solidifying exist-
ing measures and imposing new
The measures stand little
chance of approval by the Sen-
ate but demonstrate the key role
social issues still play in unifying
the Republican Party.
Dubbed the No Taxpayer Fund-
ing for Abortion Act, the bill was
approved along party lines and
endorsed by longtime abortion
foes and the House Republican
leadership, despite arguments
that the GOP lawmakers should
keep a narrow focus on budget
and spending issues.
Republicans demanded the an-
ti-abortion measures as part of
contentious budget discussions

earlier this year, nearly tanking
bipartisan talks and risking a
government shutdown. The provi-
sions were removed in a deal with
the White House to enable pas-
sage of the budget measure on
the condition that a separate vote
be held later to allow members to
get their views on the record.
The House bill would make per-
manent current policies prohibit-
ing federal money from paying for
abortions through Medicaid and
some other federal programs. The
policies, primarily outlined in the
decades-old measure known as
the Hyde Amendment, must be
periodically renewed.
But the bill also goes further,
eliminating what supporters say
are indirect federal subsidies for
abortion providers.
Under the measure, businesses
that offer health insurance poli-
cies covering abortion could not
recoup tax credits under the new

health care law.
S In addition, in-
dividuals could
not deduct the
cost of an abor-
tion when item-
izing health
expenses on
SMITH their taxes, nor
could they use
a tax-exempt savings account to
pay for an abortion.
The bill includes exceptions for
pregnancies that threaten the life
of the mother or result from rape
or incest.
Similar measures were intro-
duced and defeated during the
debate over the health care law in
As Democrats sought to portray
these new provisions as part of
an extreme social agenda, many
Republicans argued the measure
merely reflects the public's will.
Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., the

bill's sponsor and chief advocate,
said he hoped the. bill would limit
access to abortion.
"There is no doubt whatsoever
that ending all public funding fbor
abortion saves lives," said Smith,
a leading congressional abor-
tion foe. "When public funding
and facilitation isn't available for
abortion, children have a greater
chance for survival."
Democrats and abortion rights
advocates argue the legislation
amounts to a tax increase on
small businesses. They said the
tax deduction provision could
force victims of rape or incest to
have to show proof of the crime to
an IRS agent.
"We should not use the tax
code to force women to relive
their ordeal to a IRS agent," said
Rep. Jackie Speier, a California
Democrat who recently revealed
in an emotional floor speech that
she once had an abortion.

Early voting
In case you do not want to
stand in line on May 24th for
the Special Election that will de-
termine both the next mayor for
Miami-Dade County and allow
voters to weigh in on six charter
amendments, you can vote today.

in full swing
Early voting precincts have al-
ready opened, effective this past
Monday, and will remain open
this week through Friday from 7
a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Voting sites include: the Model
City Library at the Joseph Caleb
Center, 2211 NW 54th Street;
Stephen P. Clark Government
Center, 111 NW 1st Street; and
the North Miami Public Library,
835 NE 132nd Street.
For a complete list of early vot-
ing sites, visit www.miami-dade.

Sweeting to receive Sojourner Truth Award

The South Florida Chapter
of the National Association of
Negro Business & Professional
Women's Club, Inc., will pres-
ent long-time Miami Times col-
umnist Anna Grace Sweeting
with a special award this Sat-
urday, May 14th.
According to Club members
and 'friends of Sweeting, she
will receive the Sojourner Truth
Award because of her many
years of service to the com-
munity. An educator by profes-
sion, Sweeting, prior to retiring
from the public school system,
earned the Regional Teacher of
the Year Award.
"She is like Sojourner Truth
in so many ways: She is fearless
and is always ready to speak up
for those who are overpowered
by the majority," said Martha
"When local teachers were on

!<#& ~-i

strike and demanding higher
salaries, she was a UTD rep,"
said Nancy Dawkins. "The
award is perfect for the service
that. she has provided to her
community. She is outspoken,
is never afraid and has been a
leader both at her beloved St.
Agnes and Bethune Cookman
College for more years than I

can count.",
Sweeting had this to say
about her award: "I am elated
that people thought enough of
me to give me such a honor -
I am really ecstatic," she said.
"The wonderful thing about
this is I am alive and well so I
can receive my flowers and en-
joy them. I want to thank the
women of the Club and those
who have read my column each
week for these many years. I
just want to continue to do the
best I can for my community
each and every day."
Sweeting will be honored
along with other communi-
ty stalwarts at the Embassy
Suites Hotel, located at the
Miami International Airport at
a 1 p.m. award ceremony and
luncheon. Proceeds will ben-
efit a scholarship fund and the
Club's service projects.

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CRB criticized for

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

The Miami Community Re-
lations Board (CRB) has been
described as "the eyes and ears
of the neighborhood" whose pri-
mary task is to relay the pub-
lic's concerns to the county
commissioners. But during a
recent meeting held at the Af-
rican Heritage Cultural Arts
Center, some residents say they
wonder if Board members need
glasses and hearing aids as
they seem unable to see or hear
the pleas of the community.
"You are supposed to take the
problems back to the commis-
sioners," said Georgia Ayers,
community activist. "You are
[our] messengers."

According to Ayers and oth-
ers who attended the meeting,
the CRB is not taking care of
business by obtaining and then
forwarding its insight on prob-
lems facing the community.
Bill Diggs, president and CEO
of the Miami-Dade Chamber of
Commerce reiterated similar
dissatisfaction while address-
ing the CRB.
"You have a real bad public
image in the community," he
said. "We have not seen any-
thing about what you have
Getting guns off the streets,
increasing initiatives aimed at
crime prevention and making
the CRB more reflective of the
community in which it serves,
are on the list of things the

The cache of information
seized from the Pakistani com-
pound of Osama bin Laden and
his reliance on couriers sug-
gests that the terrorist leader -
despite nearly a decade spent in
hiding still sought to provide
strategic guidance to terror-
ists within the organization, a
U.S. government official said
The official, who declined to
be identified because the per-
son is not authorized to speak
publicly, said the material con-
tained on about five computers,
100 remote electronic storage
devices, such as flash drives,
and 10 hard drives is one of the
"most significant in the history
of the war on terror."
An initial review of the infor-
mation already has produced
some potential threat informa-
tion, but the official did not
elaborate, saying the review
was in its early stages.


Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano, in testimony
Wednesday before .the Senate
Committee on Homeland Secu-
rity and Governmental Affairs,
said there was no "specific or
credible" intelligence worthy of
a national terror alert.
On Capitol Hill, Attorney

"not doing the job"
CRB needs to do. according to meeting looking for solutions to
former State Representative the problems facing the Black
James Bush. community.
"Our children are being "I'm frustrated that money
blown away," he said. "Kids are and other resources are out
getting killed with AK-47's." here but are not going into the
He said while the community Black community," she said.
once celebrated the announce- "We need to save our commu-
ment of the CRB and its many nity."
possibilities, what people now Mario Artecona, chairman
want to see is some real action. of the CRB, said he was also
Vice Chairwoman Audrey frustrated with huge number of
Edmonson of the Miami-Dade problems that the community
county commission, made a says need to be addressed and
surprise visit to the meeting promised that the Board will fo-
and chose not to respond to any cus on them with due diligence.
of criticisms aimed at the CRB. "There have been a lot of
"I'm here to listen to what great suggestions made and I
the community has to say," she will take them to the [county]
said. commissioners and [county]
Renita Holmes, community mayor," he said. "This won't fall
activist, said she came to the on deaf ears."

I in terror planning

General Eric Holder said re- first cut (review of the informa-
cently that teams of federal of- tion) to make sure there's not
ficials gathered from across the imminent threat information,"
government are reviewing the Hayden said. "Then you parcel
information in the hope that it it out among experts to do a
will offer fresh leads about plots deep dive into it.
and the whereabouts of surviv- "Every individual piece (of in-
ing terrorists, formation) has to be held up to
Holder, in testimony before the light," the former director
the Senate Judiciary Commit- said.
tee, said he fully expected that While U.S. officials were re-
the information analysis, over- viewing the newly seized ma-
seen by the CIA, would yield trial, Napolitano said the De-
new names that will be added apartmentt of Homeland Security
to the nation's terror watch and FBI were reviewing "open
lists, cases" to determine whether
Former CIA director Michael the material could help identify
Hayden, who directed the spy al-Qaeda members or other ter-
agency and the hunt for bin rorists in the United States.
Laden between 2006 and 2009, "The intelligence that's col-
described the seizure as a "vast elected from (the bin Laden kill-
quantity of digital material." ing) is going to enable us to do
"That's really good news," further damage to al-Qaeda,"
Hayden said in an interview said former 9/11 Commission
with USA TODAY. He added member Bob Kerrey. "It's apt
that some of the information to be very positive in terms of
may be encrypted and require making people feel safer, and
additional analysis. not just in the U.S.'but through-
"Fundamentally. you do a out the world."

Al-Qaeda's influence weakens globally

By Jim Michaels

Even before the death of
Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda
was losing relevance in the
Arab world as youth-led upris-
ing swept leaders from power
and left other countries racked
by violence, some experts say.
Al-Qaeda's leadership was so
shocked by revolts across the
Arab world that they were still
struggling with how to respond
when bin Laden was killed by
a secret American raid, said

Amin Tarzi, director of Middle
East Studies at Marine Corps
"It weakens the al-Qaeda
message even more," Tarzi
Al-Qaeda finds followers in
countries worldwide, but the
Arab world has always been its
most fertile ground for jihad-
ists. Nearly all of its major ter-
ror attacks were done by Mid-
dle East Arabs who have have
infiltrated Iraq and Afghani-
stan by the thousands to carry

out suicide bombings and tar-
geted killings, according to the
State Department.
Islamist groups such as al-
Qaeda are now faced with pop-
ular uprisings in places such
as Yemen, Egypt and Syria
that are challenging dictator-
ships and perhaps offering
another way for Arab youth to
look for change, experts say.
The "Arab Spring," as it has
been dubbed, "caught them
totally off guard," said Reuel
Marc Gerecht, a former CIA

case officer and senior fellow
at the Foundation for Defense
of Democracies.
Some analysts said much
of al-Qaeda's strength comes
from its ability to draw support
from disaffected youth.
"Al-Qaeda's argument was
the only way to advance
change in the Islamic world
was through violence and ji-
had against America," said
Bruce Riedel, a former CIA of-
ficer who is now at the Brook-
ings Institution, a think tank.

In prison, college courses are limited

By Kevin Helliker

While serving more than 12
years for robbery, Carlos Rosado
completed the requirements for a
bachelor of arts degree from Bard
College, helping him land a job
after his release last spring from
a New York state prison.
"Most inmates never have the
opportunity to get a college de-
gree," said Rosado, 36, who works
as a field engineer for a recycling
The rarity of that opportunity
was underscored in a survey to
be released Wednesday by the In-
stitute for Higher Education Poli-
cy (IHEP), a nonprofit devoted to
increasing access to post-second-
ary education around the world.
Based on data provided by cor-
rectional officers in 43 states, the
survey found only 6 percent of
prisoners were enrolled in voca-
tional or academic post-second-
ary programs during the 2009-
2010 school year. Of those who
were enrolled, 86 percent were
serving time in 13 states, sug-
gesting other states provide little
access to inmate education.
The survey, funded by the Bill
& Melinda Gates Foundation, ar-
gued for giving inmates greater
access to education-including
Internet-based programs-on
grounds that doing so could re-
duce the overall cost of incarcera-
tion by limiting recidivism. About
2.3 million prisoners in the U.S.
cost about $52 billion a year, the
survey said.
At a time of severe budget con-
straints, any plan to increase
funding for prisoner education
could face political difficulties.
The author of the report, IHEP
research analyst Brian Sponsler,


said, "There is no connection
whatsoever between the founder of
this work and the policy recom-
mendations derived from it. This
is not a Gates Foundation [recom-
mendation] in any sense."
The survey is part of a Gates-
funded research project aimed at
examining ways to increase post-
secondary-education access to
all underserved populations.
The IHEP study found that
most educational opportunities
for inmates take place on site
via instructor visits to prison.
While prisoners in most facili-
ties have long been able to take
correspondence classes through
the mail, access to the Internet is
prohibited in many prisons, both
to protect the public from inmate
scams and to control inmate
communication with the outside
The study argues "federal and
state statutes should be revised
to support the development and
expansion of Internet-based de-
livery" of education. The report
also recommends "federal and

I i

state statutes should be amended
to make specific categories of in-
carcerated persons eligible for fi-
nancial aid."
Inmate education in America
plummeted after President Bill
Clinton's crime bill of 1994 ren-
dered federal and state prisoners
ineligible for Pell Grants, a form
of federal financial aid for college.
Since then, the educational op-
portunities for state inmates have
varied dramatically from state to
state. According to the study, 13
states have made it a priority:
Washington, Idaho, California,
Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Ar-
kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, In-
diana, Ohio, North Carolina and
New York.
"Keeping someone in prison
costs about the same per year
as sending them to Harvard,"
said Max Kenner, founder of the
Bard Prison Initiative, a private-
ly funded nonprofit that brings
Bard College classes to prisoners
in five facilities in New York. Pub-
lished research shows that pris-
oners who obtain post-secondary

degrees are much less likely than
others to return to crime upon re-
lease, Kenner said.

ICrime scene

UM football player accused of rape bonds out
A University of Miami football player bonded out of jail recently, less than 24
hours after being charged with rape.
Coral Gables police say Jeffrey Brown, 19, sexually assaulted a student who
was severely intoxicated.
Brown's attorney says the allegations in the police report are incorrect.
According to Brown's arrest affidavit, Brown helped the victim into her dorm
room and placed a trash can beside her and then left. A short time later he
reportedly came back .to her room and sexually assaulted her, despite the
victim repeatedly asking him to stop. The victim reportedly told police that she
was powerless against Brown, due to his stature and her level of intoxication.
After being read his Miranda rights, police say Brown confessed to the
According to his biography on the UM athletic site, Brown is a 6'3" redshirt
freshman defensive end originally from Evanston, IL.

Man carjacked at North Miami Beach bank
A man was carjacked at gunpoint from a North Miami Beach bank's parking
lot recently.
According to police, just after 10:30 a.m. on May 4, the man had parked his
green 2003 Lincoln Town Car in the parking lot of the Bank of America branch
at 1199 NE 163rd Street. As he.got with bank bag in hand to make a deposit, he
was approached by a gun wielding man who forced him back into the car. The
armed man then got in the driver's seat and drove away from the bank.
As the car headed south of NW 12th Avenue, the victim said he lunged
toward the door, jumped out and then made his way back to the bank where
he called police.
Police are asking for the public's help in locating the man's green Town Car
with the license plate AKN P89.
Anyone who spots the vehicle is asked to called police immediately. Anyone
with information concerning the carjacking is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime
Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Man accused of killing former employee
A Hialeah business man has turned himself into police after he allegedly shot
and killed a former employee.
Adolfo Perez, 61, has been charged with murder in the recent death of
48-year-old Jesus Torres.
According to police, witnesses said they saw Perez park his white Ford
Mustang near the entrance to Torres' condo complex in the 1300 of W. 46th
Street at around 1:30 p.m. Perez then reportedly got out of his car and started
arguing with Torres over money. As the argument grew more heated, police
say Perez drew a gun and shot Torres who collapsed onto the ground. Police
said Perez then left Torres to die on the sidewalk.
Police launched-a massive manhunt for Perez after the shooting but were
unable to find him. He voluntarily turned himself in recently, was taken into
custody and charged.

Police look for suspect involved in teen hit-and-run
A South Florida teen has lost his life, leaving his family to plea with the public
for help in finding the driver responsible for striking him and fleeing the scene.
The hit-and-run occurred near the intersection of NW 27th Avenue and 199th
Street on April 30.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, 14-year-old Andre McCarthy and his
brother were walking home from a Walmart when the driver of a red Ford
F-150 struck McCarthy then fled the scene.
Two passerby's were in the area when the incident occurred and attempted
to help McCarthy before paramedics arrived.
The New Renaissance Middle School student was airlifted to Jackson
Memorial Hospital, where doctors later pronounced him dead.
Police continue to search for the driver responsible for this fatal accident.
According to FHP troopers, the red Ford F-150 involved in the hit-and-run
may have windshield damage.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of the driver, call Miami-
Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

The Historic Hampton House "Chat and Chew" event with jazz legend Charlie
Austin and the concert to follow with the Ebony Chorale, will be held on Satur-
day, May 21st. The date was listed incorrectly in our May 4-10 edition.

In the May 4-10, 2011 edition of The Miami Times, story "Police State?",
Miguel Exposito was identified as Miami-Dade Chief of Police --- a position held
by James Loftus. Exposito is City of Miami Chief of Police.

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By Kevin Johnson and Mimi Hall

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Few can avoid paying

for Social Security

By Matt Krantz

Q: Is. there a way to avoid pay-
ing into Social Security so I can
invest for my retirement on my
A: Given the well-documented
challenges the Social Security
system faces, it's understand-
able some investors might think
they can do better on their own.
The health of Social Security's
Old-Age, Survivors and Disabil-
ity Insurance (OASDI) is subject
to debate and controversy. How-
ever, the last five Trustees re-
ports have concluded the OASDI
trust funds would run out be-
tween 2037 and 2041 based on
the assumptions in the reports.
Given the status of the OASDI
system, it's a prudent idea for
conservative investors just en-
tering the workforce to assume
they won't receive any retire-
ment benefits from Social Secu-
rity and plan accordingly as a
worse-case scenario.
Given some of the questions
about the future of Social Se-
curity, and how reforms might
affect investors, the natural fol-
low up question is how to opt out
of the system. Some investors
think that they'd rather take
the risk of saving for retirement
on their own. And they want to
know if there's a way to prevent
their employer from taking their
money so that they may invest
it.Believe it or not, there are
ways for a very small percentage
of the population to opt out of
paying into Social Security.
The first way to get out of pay-
-ing into Social Security is by
being a member of the clergy,
according to Joe Elsasser, a fi-
nancial planner who specializes
in Social Security and other re-
lated financial topics. Elsasser
strongly advises against this for
reasons to be discussed later
in this column. However, clergy
can opt out of Social Security
by filing- IRS Form 4361, which
is the Application for Exemp-
tion From Self-Employment Tax

for Use by Minister, Members of
Religious Orders and Christian
Science Practitioners.
There's another very limited
way to avoid paying into Social
Security, says Craig Copeland,
senior researcher for the Em-
ployee Benefit Research Insti-
tute. Some federal workers cov-
ered under the old retirement
plan many of whom are ap-
proaching retirement age now -
could avoid paying in, he says.
New and newer federal employ-
ees, though, must pay into So-
cial Security, Copeland says.
There are some state workers
in Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana,
Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada
and Ohio who can opt out of
Social Security Copeland says.
These state have statewide cov-
erage systems that are not part
of Social Security, he says.
There are additional exemp-
tions for other state workers.
For instance, teachers in Con-
necticut, Kentucky, Illinois,
Missouri, Texas and California
do not participate in Social Se-
curity. Some teachers in Rhode
Island, Georgia, Oklahoma and
Minnesota also do not partici-
pate, Copeland says.
However, that's it. If you're
self-employed or work for a pri-
vate company, you must pay into
Social Security, Copeland says.
But rather than dreading pay-
ing into Social Security, most
taxpayers should welcome it,
Elsasser says. Priests and min-
isters should also think twice
before thinking about exempt-
ing themselves.
The reason is that Social Se-
curity provides many benefits
beyond the well-known retire-
ment benefits. Social Security
offers insurance and disabil-
ity benefits that most people
wouldn't buy on their own un-
less they paid into Social Secu-
rity. If a worker were to become
disabled, Social Security bene-
fits might be the only insurance
they have from being completely
.wiped out, Elsasser says.

Forrimer governor

Former governor

Off to a slow start in South Carolina

By Neil King Jr.
& Valerie Bauerlein

COLUMBIA, S.C.-Patrick
Haddon, like a lot of top Re-
publicans in this key primary
state, is feeling a little forlorn.
He just stepped down as
party chairman of Greenville
County, the state's biggest
Republican enclave, making
him a good tour guide for any
candidate seeking to win in-
fluence here. Yet none of the
likely 2012 presidential candi-
dates are actively wooing him.
"Sure, I'm getting some
calls," Haddon said. "But no
one's saying, 'Hey, are you
with us?' It's like everyone's
still on vacation."
On the brink of. Thursday's
first national Republican de-
bate-set in Greenville and
co-sponsored by the state
GOP and Fox News-and just
10 months from its first-in-
the-South primary, South
Carolina is abuzz with tales
of neglect. Pollsters, activists,
political operatives and law-
makers are all scratching their
heads over the 2012 campaign
that just won't get rolling.

Four years ago, the same de-
bate drew 10 contenders and
a last-minute lawsuit from
an 11th who was barred from
the stage. ,

This year, five candidates
are set to show up, including
several who were iffy just days
ago. Most of the big names-
Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich,
Mike Huckabee, Michele Bach-
mann-have sent their regrets.
Those planning to attend
are former Minnesota governor
Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsyl-
vania senator Rick Santorum,
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former
corporate CEO Herman Cain
and former New Mexico gover-
nor. Gary Johnson.
Local polls suggest the race
is wide open. A Winthrop Uni-
versity poll of 600 Republican
and Republican-leaning vot-
ers last month found that 18
percent supported Huckabee,
the former Arkansas governor,
who has given mixed signals
about running for the nomina-
tion'. Romney, the former Mas-
sachusetts governor, received
16 percent. The same share
were undecided. Combined,
the five Republicans debating
on Thursday night drew less
than eight percent support in
the poll.

Coming on the heels of the
earliest nominating contests,
in Iowa and New Hampshire,
South Carolina has earned
a reputation as a pivotal Re-
publican primary. Since the
contest's inception in 1980,

every winner in South Caro-
lina, from Ronald Reagan to
John McCain, has gone on to
become the GOP nominee.
A few likely candidates have
swooped into the state often in
recent months, with Santorum
topping the list. He has made
14 trips since late 2009.
But no one has begun to
build the network of operatives
and paid activists that several
campaigns are now assem-
bling in Iowa and New Hamp-
Only a few candidates have
signed up any prominent
backers. Gingrich, the former
House speaker, has veteran
operative Katon Dawson on
his side, while Jon Huntsman,
the former Utah governor and
U.S. ambassador to China,
has lured longtime strategist
Richard Quinn.
"So far, there's pretty much
nothing going on," said War-
ren Tompkins, a veteran South
Carolina political operative
who supported Haley Barbour
until the Mississippi governor
decided not to run last month.

Republicans cite many rea-
sons for the. sluggishness.
President Barack Obama's
campaign war chest, already
swelling and expected to ap-
proach $1 billion, is putting
an early premium on fund

raising over campaigning.
All the likely contenders face
must-wins in the earlier states
and are not yet looking much
over the horizon.
At the same time, some ac-
tivists worry that the field
lacks a personality big enough
to defeat an incumbent presi-
dent, and are waiting for the
candidates to prove them-
selves or for another promi-
nent name to join the con-
test. "People just don't want to
make a mistake by supporting
the wrong person," said Lin
Bennett, the party chief in
Charleston County.
Longtime South Ca'rolina
donors and activists also say
the party's own leadership
remains rattled by last year's
election of Gov. Nikki Haley, a
tea party favorite who defeated
three prominent Republican
office-holders in the primary.
That has left them unsure
which political forces will pro-
pel the presidential election,
and what sway the tea party
will have in sorting out the
In an interview, Gov. Haley
said the state's tea party fer-
vor remained strong, and that
voters were going to demand
that candidates "put forward
real specifics on policy" on
topics from cutting the na-
tional debt to containing al

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TdardSB an authority on racial matters
The StandardBearer ... than Jackie Robinson once ac-
knowledged that if it weren't for
Louis, "the color line in baseball

By Gordon Marino

is was the king of heavyweight
kings. Born in Alabama in 1914 to
sharecropper parents, the "Brown
Bomber" held the championship
for 12 years (1937-49) with an as-
tounding 25 title defenses.

At a time when boxing is in the
doldrums, it is hard for Ameri-
cans to fathom the magnitude of
this fighter's importance. Randy
Roberts's "Joe Louis" should jog
our collective memory. The author
of superb studies of the boxers
Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey,
Roberts spins a graceful and reli-
able narrative of Louis's life. The
author also gets into the ring with
the question: Why did Joe Louis
matter so much to so many?
Early on, Roberts argues that
Louis must be considered against
the backdrop of Jack Johnson's
reign as heavyweight champion.
In 1908, when discriminatory
Jim Crow laws were in full force
across much of the land, Johnson
became the first Black heavy-
weight champion. He was mar-
ried three times to white women
and mercilessly taunted his white
opponents. After Johnson lost
the title to Jess Willard in 1915,
the color line in boxing was re-
drawn and refortified. The unof-
ficial ban held for two decades,
until the wily, racially integrated
management team for an impres-
sive 23-year-old boxer named
Joe Louis succeeded in. baiting
the current champion, James J.
Braddock, into a bout. At Comis-
key Park in Chicago on June 22,
1937, Louis knocked out Brad-
dock in the eighth round and won
the heavyweight title. As Roberts
notes, though, Louis would not
feel like the true world champion
until he avenged a 12th-round
knockout loss the year before, to

the German fighter Max Schmel-
ing at Yankee Stadium in New
The Louis-Schmeling rematch
came on June 22, 1938, precise-
ly a year after Louis's fight with
Braddock. Whether Schmeling
liked it or not-some claim he did,
others that he didn't-the boxer
known as the "Black Uhlan of the
Rhine" was Adolf Hitler's poster
boy. The temptation to view sports
events as symbolizing matters of
larger significance is too infre-
quently resisted, but the second
Louis-Schmeling fight merits the
distinction. Louis in effect car-
ried the standard for freedom and
democracy; Schmeling was fas-
cism's favorite. In America, patrio-
tism had trumped racism. White
Americans rooted for Jesse Owens
at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, of
course, but the stark prospect of
two men meeting in a boxing ring
showed with particular clarity
how the country's thinking had
changed: A Black man would be
fighting a white man, and most,
though by no means all, white
Americans fervently wanted the
Black man to win.

An added pressure for Louis:
Black Americans regarded him
as a veritable savior. As Roberts
recounts, Martin Luther King Jr.
once told the tale, perhaps apocry-
phal but still revelatory, of a Black
man who went to the gas cham-
ber: "As the pellets dropped into
the container . and gas curled
upward, through the microphone
came these words: 'Save me Joe
Louis! Save me Joe Louis!'"
Even without the daunting po-
litical and social baggage, Louis
faced a tough boxing challenge.
Coming back after being knocked
out is hard enough, and taking
on the guy who put you to sleep is

even more difficult-he just seems
to have your number. By beat-
ing Braddock, Louis had proved
that he had overcome this KO by
Schmeling. But now he was facing
the man himself-again at Yan-
kee Stadium.
After months of mounting ex-
pectations and a frenzy of pub-
licity in the days before the fight,
Louis and Schemling entered
the ring before a crowd of nearly.
70,000. About 100 million people
around the world listened to the
radio broadcast. And in two min-
utes, four seconds it was over:
Louis attacked ferociously from
the opening bell, knocking down
Schmeling three times before the
referee finally stopped it.

As Roberts notes, the author
Richard Wright was at the bout
and later described the jubilation
in Harlem that greeted the radio
broadcast of Louis's victory: "A
hundred thousand Black people
surged out of taprooms, flats, res-
taurants, and filled the streets
and sidewalks like the Mississippi
River overflowing in flood time.
With faces to the night sky, they
filled their lungs with air and let
out a scream of joy that seemed
to come from untold reserves of
Louis would defend his title suc-
cessfully frequently over the next
few years-working his way down
through the list of contenders so
steadily that eventually his chal-
lengers came to be known col-
lectively as the bum-of-themonth
club. Then, in 1942, he enlisted
in the Army. Though civil-rights
historians seldom take sufficient
note of Louis's contribution, Rob-
erts makes it plain that Louis, in
his own discreet way, was a force
for integration in the armed forces
and the country as well. No less

would never have been broken."
As Roberts notes, when Robinson
first put on .a Brooklyn Dodgers
uniform and shouldered the bur-
den of being seen as a representa-
tive of his race, he said: "I'll try to
do as good a job as Joe Louis has
done. ... He has done a great job
for us and I will try to carry on."

Roberts debunks a number of
myths with this biography. For
instance, sportswriters have al-
ways held that white Americans
appreciated Louis because he
was polar opposite of the brash
Jack Johnson. Louis was by na-
ture-and by instruction from his
managers-intensely taciturn.
But as Roberts indicates, whites
also found that demeanor irk-
some. The most famous sports-
writer of his day, Grantland Rice,
described Louis in the ring going
after an opponent "as the Black
panther of the jungle stalks its
prey . [he] accepts and inflicts

pain without a change of expres-
sion"-and, the implication was
clear, without human feeling.
Although he earned millions,
Louis ended up nearly penniless
and a walking argument against
professional pugilism. Much of
winnings went to his handlers,
he was victimized by bad finan-
cial advice and was hounded by
the IRS for unpaid taxes. But as
Roberts notes, Louis was also
a free spender and ultimately
blamed no one but himself for his
The author has much respect
and even affection for his subject,
but he does not pull any punches
when discussing the final rounds
of Louis's life. They were not
pretty. An inveterate gambler, the
former champ developed drink-
ing and alcohol problems, and he
.suffered from severe paranoia to-
ward the end. He died in- 1981 at
age 66 from a heart attack. When
he was buried at Arlington Na-
tional Cemetery, Max Schmeling
was one of the pallbearers.
-Marino teaches philosophy
at St. Olaf College in Northfield,

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The Brown Bomber: Joe Louis posing in June 1938 in Pompton
Lakes, N.J., where he was training to defend his heavyweight
title against Max Schmeling.

Justice chides court on Miss. desegregation case

The Department of Justice said
the federal court overseeing a
desegregation case dating to the
late 1960s against a Mississip-
pi school district has not done
the job of enforcing its diversity
In a motion filed recently, the
U.S. alleges that the district
has failed to dismantle the ves-
tiges of legal segregation of its
schools, something it was or-

May 11, 1895- William
Grant Still, musician, was
born in Woodsville, MS. Still's
"Afro-American Symphony" is
regarded as the first of its kind
by a Black composer.
May 11, 1968- The Poor
People's Campaign began.
SCLC President, Ralph David
Abernathy, along with a del-
egation of leaders representing
the poor and minorities met
on Capitol Hill for conferences
with Cabinet members.
May 12, 1898- The "grand-

dered to do in 1969.
Prior to that order, schools
on the west side of the railroad
tracks that run through Cleve-
land were by law segregated
white schools. More than 40
years later, the justice depart-
ment says students and faculty
at those schools are still dispro-
portionately white. *
Similarly, the department
says, schools on the east side of
the railroad tracks originally

father clause," designed to
eliminate 'Black voters, was
adopted by Louisiana.
May 12, 1955- Samuel
"Toothpick" Jones became the
first Black to pitch a no-hitter
in Major League Baseball. This
was the first no-hit game by
any pitcher in 40 years.
May 13, 1969- (James)
Charles Evers, civil rights ac-
tivist, became mayor of Fay-
ette, MS.
May 13, 1985- Police and
firemen in Philadelphia, PA,

Black schools have never been
integrated. It says they remain
all-Black or virtually all-Black.
In most cases, the schools on
the east side and west side are
less than three miles apart.
According to a statement from
the Justice Department, at-
tempts to work with the school
district were unsuccessful, so,
the government asked the court
to rule that it has violated the
existing desegregation orders

firebombed 61 homes, kill-
ing 11 innocent people, five of
whom were children. This bar-
baric act was supposedly an
attempt to capture members of
a group named MOVE.
May 14, 1913- Clara Stan-
ton Jones, the first Black to
head the American Library As-
sociation, was born.
May 14, 1961- The Freedom
Riders' bus was bombed and
set afire as segregationists at-
tacked the group in Alabama.
May 15, 1916- In what has
been called the "Waco Hor-
ror," over 15,000 people at-
tended a public lynching of a

and federal law. The department
also wants to court to order the
district to devise and implement
a desegregation plan expedi-
"It is intolerable for school
districts to continue operating
schools that retain their racial
identity from the Jim Crow era,"
said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant
Attorney General for the Civil
Rights Division. "If school dis-
tricts are not willing to work

Black man. Jesse Washington
was burned alive in a public
square in Waco, TX.
May 15, 1946- Camilla
Williams, famed opera singer,
performed as "Madame But-
terfly" in New York City. Wil-
liams was the first Black opera
singer contracted with a major
U.S. opera organization.
May 16, 1917- Harry Thack-
er Burleigh, composer, pianist
and singer, received the 3rd
NAACP Spigarn Medal for his
achievements in creative mu-
May 16, 1997- U.S. Govern-
ment finally issued an official

collaboratively to eradicate the
vestiges of de jure segregated
schools, we.will ask the courts
to take the steps necessary to
ensure that students of all ra-
cial backgrounds have the op-
portunity to attend diverse, in-
clusive schools."
Enforcing court-ordered de-
segregation of school districts
is a top priority of the Justice
Department's Civil Rights Divi-

apology for the Tqskegee Syph-
ilis Experiment. President Bill
Clinton promised that this will
never happen again. He also
pledged help to build a memo-
rial for the victims.
May 17, 1875- Oliver Lewis,
a Black jockey, won the first
Kentucky Derby. Lewis rode a
horse name "Aristides."
May 17, 1957- The "Prayer
Pilgrimage," a large civil rights
demonstration for a Voting
Rights Act, was held in Wash-
ington, D.C. Over 15,000 at-
tended with Dr. Martin L.
King, Jr. leading the chant,
"Give us the ballot!"



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Students model their backpacks at the send off ceremony at Brentwood Elementary School.
Students model their baclkpacks at the send off ceremony at Brentwood Elementary School.

Students bound for St. Augustine "read-in"

By Randy Grice

Parents, teachers and
friends gathered at Brentwood
Elementary School on Friday,
May 6th for a send off ceremo-
ny for students participating
in the Dr. Robert B. Ingram
Read to Lead Rites of Passage
&8 Education Excursion. The
students depart on Thursday,
May 12th and are scheduled
to visit St. Augustine and Or-
While in St. Augustine stu-

dents will view several sites
including The Old Florida Mu-
seum and the' Fort Mose Ex-
hibit. An Old Town Trolley/
Black History Tour is also in-
cluded on the students' sched-
ules. The students were se-
lected to attend the trip based
on their progress in reading.
They are required to read 10
books in the course of a nine-
week grading period.
Parent Gina Williams said
she feels the children will
learn a lot from the experi-

"This a great opportunity for
my child and the rest of the
children 'to learn something
about a great city," she said.
Jeffery Peters, another par-
ent, said he is thankful for the
"I am happy programs like
this exist to give children last-
ing experiences," he said.
Students from Brentwood,
Auburndale, Comstock,
Goulds, Sweetwater and Dr.
Robert B. Ingram Elementary
Schools will take part in the

Tasheena Wright, an
11-year-old Brentwood stu-
dent attending the trip, said
she is excited about getting
the opportunity to be a part of
the school excursion.
"I hope this is a successful
trip and I am happy to get the
chance to go," she said.
The Read to Lead program
was initiated by the late In-
gram, former member of the
Miami-Dade County Public
School Board. Transportation
and other expenses are cov-
ered for all students.

Free Spanish

classes absent in

adult ed programs

By Randy Grice

In today's job market being a
bilingual applicant is a require-
ment in many cases. Currently
Miami-Dade County Public
Schools (M-DCPS) do not of-
fer free classes to learn Span-
ish but they do offer free class-
es to learn English. Bobby
Gornto, administrative director
of school operations, said the
district does not offer free adult
education Spanish classes be-
cause legislation does not iden-
tify learning Spanish as basic
"Legislation does not provide
for learning a second language
outside of English," he said.
According to state legisla-
tion, learning other languages
are not a part of the basic ed-
ucational needs of the public.
M-DCPS district is the second-
largest minority-majority public
school system in the country,
with 62 percent of its students
being of Hispanic origin, 26
percent Black, nine percent
Non-Hispanic white, one per-
cent Asian or Pacific Island-
er and less than two percent
of other minorities. The adult
education classes that are of-
fered to learn Spanish will cost
a student around $70 to enroll.
The only free Spanish classes
the district offers is in the stan-
dard K-12 system.

Daniel Stoutman, North Mi-
ami resident, said he thinks the
school district is doing the pub-
lic a disservice by not providing
free Spanish classes.
"Everywhere I go to apply for,
a job I am always asked if I am
bilingual. I am not a English
and Spanish speaking person
so I am at an extreme disadvan-
tage," Stoutman said. "It feels
like the system is still discrimi-
natory and designed for me to
Dr. Wilbert T. Holloway, school
board member said while the
free classes are not offered the
knowledge of Spanish as 'a sec-
ond language is crucial.
"Spanish is a language
that should be afforded through
our school system to adults," he
Rick Beasley, executive direc-
tor of the South Florida Work
Force said being bilingual is a
crucial job skill.
"I think its very important to
know a second language it helps
to make your self more market-
able specifically in this commu-
nity," he said. "Currently there
are no statistics available that
say how much your prospects
of getting a job goes up when
you are bilingual. However we
are. seeing a trend of employ-
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Community looks for clarity, improvement in current laws

continued from 1A

driving. When he reached the
car, witnesses describe Moore as
leaning or reaching into the au-
tomobile through the open driv-
er's side window and then turn-
ing towards Marin. Marin then
fired one shot, striking Moore in
the head and causing his death.
It was later determined that
Moore was unarmed.
Now, some 10 months later,
the State Attorney's Office (SAO)
has officially ruled on the po-
lice-involved shooting of Moore
and determined that Marin was
legally justified in his use of
deadly force.

According to Ed Griffith,
spokesperson for the SAO, the
17-page report that was filed
by his office on behalf of State
Attorney Katherine Fernandez
Rundle, and their conclusion,
come as legal authority only.
"Police policy comes from
their department we do not
call the shots," Griffith said.

"Their policies are indepen-
dent and therefore concerns
can only be addressed to the
Chief or the City Commission.
That's why Rundle supported
Congresswoman Frederica Wil-
son's letter to the Justice De-
partment asking them to look
into current police policies. We
lack the authority to do so our-
Griffith adds that prior to the
announcement, Rundle and
her staff spent close to three
hours with the family of Moore,
both to answer their questions
and "as a sign of respect."
"These sessions are always
draining and difficult," he said.
"The Florida Legislation gives
very broad authority to police
in the use of deadly force. We
continue to advise citizens that
even when they feel they may
have been improperly stopped
by the police, they should fol-
low the officer's instructions to
the letter and should definitely
not turn and run away. There
is no generalized response and
this isn't "Law and Order" or
a John Wayne movie this

is real life. Officers will act on
their beliefs and when a person
does something to supplement
those beliefs, we find that's
when tragedies occur."

City Commissioner Richard
P. Dunn, II was also with the
family when the SAO discussed
their findings, noting that they
had legal representation pres-
ent to represent the civil rights
of their slain loved one.
"The family showed true re-
straint and respect even though
they were not in agreement
with the findings," he said. "I
can only say if they show that
much self-control then certain-
ly the community can do the
same. This was very painful for
everyone present, particularly
for DeCarlos Moore's mother
- she had to relive that day
again. I was drained when I
left the meeting. As for the rul-
ing itself, it is unfortunate but
the law is broad and gray and
in its current form allows law
enforcement who say they are

in fear of their life the ability
to use deadly force. Unless
you have witnesses of strong
character that can prove oth-
erwise, it's difficult to refute
an officer's claim. That's the
harsh reality of the law and
a dead man cannot speak for
Dunn says he has since
been approached by a group
of young Black male citi-
zens pushing for change in
the current law. He supports
their goal but says he is far
from optimistic.
"Given the voices that cur-
rently rule in Tallahassee, I
don't see things changing
any time soon," he said. "In
the meantime we must do ev-
erything in our power to pro-
tect our young Black men. I
want to have forums as soon
as possible that inform citi-
zens so that they know what
to do when they are stopped
by the police. It's imperative
that we respond in textbook
fashion if we want to save
other young men from simi-
lar fates."

Delrish Moss, senior execu-
tive assistant for the City of Mi-
ami Police Department public
information office, said officers
undergo extensive training as
to when and when not to shoot.
But he emphasized that each
case is different.
"The simplest thing is to com-
ply with an officer's directions
if you are stopped follow his
or her instructions and you
should not have a problem," he
said. "The criminal part of the
DeCarlos Moore case is now
closed. However, the internal
affairs review will continue to
investigate the case. The law
specifies under what circum-
stances an officer can shoot
but the police department de-
termines whether given such
conduct, an officer should be
suspended, reprimanded or
even fired. Based on State law,
we have up to 180 days to com-
plete our internal review."
As for the training of officers,
Moss says all members of the
police department are trained

for countless scenarios but
points out that each has its
own nuances.
"We train for each eventu-
ality but once any investiga-
tion is over we always consider
whether we need to make fur-
ther changes in our training
practices," he said. "We real-
ize that we can always make
improvements and continue
to look backwards to see if we
can do things better. Citizens
may not realize it, but under
state law, and that's what the
SAg bases their rulings on, we
have even greater authority as
to the use of force policy. The
Justice Department reviewed
our policies just prior to the
current chief taking over and
determined that our policies
were sound. Chief Exposito
has not changed the policy.
But perception is a tricky
thing. Remember that we went
22 months without a shooting
and then soon .after, another
seven months without a shoot-
ing. I wonder if the Miami-
Dade and Miami Beach police
can say the same thing?"

Overtown legends return to support their community

OVERTOWN blues residency in support of
continued from 1A young talent from Overtown
or Liberty City. The residen- '"
Sr.; Revelation S.E.E.D. featur- cy is projected to be housed .

ing Margaret M. Reynolds; and
Bobby Stringer, formerly of the
Platters (and a Coconut Grove
native). In fact, Overtowht's
Wright family, that grew up
only blocks from the church,
as Dr. Wright reminded those
in attendance, can collective-
ly boast of having once per-
formed with the likes of Sam
Cooke, Patti LaBelle, and KC
and the Sunshine Band.
The program was sponsored
and organized by the Over-
town Music Project (OMP)'
under the leadership of Amy
Rosenberg and was a fund-
raiser that will bring a jazz/

at the Historic Lyric Theater.
OMP's mission is to highlight
the various musical genres
and rich history that were re-
sponsible for Overtown once
being the center of Miami's
entertainment world. Over-
town remains a repository of
Black culture and achieve-
After the program, the
brunch was catered by Jack-
son Soul Food Restaurant,
another proud Overtown
Black-owned business.
The Rev. Eddie Lake is the
newly-installed pastor at
Greater Bethel AME Church.

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MUSICAL SOUL MATES: Entertainers who were once showcased in Overtown and returned to perform include: Charles A.
Wright, Jaennette Wright, Dr. Phillip Wright, Sr., Margaret M. Reynolds and Bobby Stringer.

Mississippi River crests; Tennessee and other states fear the future

continued from 1A

built homemade levees to
protect their crops and en-
gineers diverted water into a
lake to ease the pressure on
levees around New Orleans.
Inmates in Louisiana's larg-
est prison were also evacu-
ated to higher ground.
The soaking was isolated to
low-lying neighborhoods, and
forced hundreds of people
from their homes includ-
ing nearly 500 in shelters
- but no new serious flood-
ing was expected. In many
neighborhoods, foul-smelling
water approached the roofs
of homes, and plastic bottles,
garbage cans and rotting tree
limbs floated on top.
Bob Nations Jr., director
of the Shelby County Emer-
gency Management Agency,
described recently what he
expects to be slow and cost-
ly retreat by the high water:
"They're going to recede slow-
ly, it's going to be rather pu-
trid, it's going to be expensive
to clean up, it's going to be

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The slow-moving disaster
was headed downstream to
Mississippi and Louisiana,
where residents were bracing
On the downtown Mem-
phis riverfront, people came
out to gaze into the river.
High-water marks were vis-
ible on concrete posts, indi-
cating that water levels had
decreased slightly.
Because of heavy rain over

Reeves honored for service

continued from 1A

of public schools and the seg-
regation policies of public fa-
However, his community in-
volvement has not been lim-
ited to publishing The Miami
In 1959, Rev. Theodore Gib-
son, Dr. John 0. Brown and
Reeves led a group of Blacks
armed with their tax bills to
a confrontation with Miami-
Dade County commissioners
to protest the county's seg-
regationist policies on public
beaches. Ignoring a line of po-
lice officers, Reeves and Oscar
Range went swimming. Blacks
have been swimming at Mi-
ami-Dade beaches ever since.
As further testament of his
commitment to his commu-
nity, Reeves is a life member

of the NAACP, Sigma Pi Phi
and Omega Psi Phi fraternities
and a founding member of the
Episcopal Church of the In-
He is the father of Rachel J.
Reeves, publisher of The Miami
Times, grandfather of Garth
Basil Reeves and brother of
Frances Jollivette Chambers.
The Claude Pepper Memo-
rial Awards honor individu-
als and corporations that, like
the Honorable Claude Pepper,
have made a significant con-
tribution to meeting the needs
of the elderly and the disabled
in Miami-Dade County. These
outstanding individuals, in-
stitutions or volunteers dem-
onstrate a powerful commit-
ment to their professions and
communities and serve as an
inspiration to others through
their innovative approaches
and achievements.

the past few weeks and snow-
melt along the upper reaches
of the Mississippi, the river
has broken high-water re-
cords upstream and inun-



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In Tiptonville, Tenn., Michael Young was building a walkway on
Friday over floodwaters that have caused problems in the region.

dated low-lying towns and
farmland. The water on the
Mississippi is so high that
the rivers and creeks that

feed into it are backed up and
that has accounted for some
of the worst of the flooding so

In Louisiana, the Corps
partially opened a spillway
that diverts the Mississippi
into a lake to ease pressure
on the levees in greater New
The Corps has also asked
for permission to open a spill-
way north of Baton Rouge for
the first time since 1973. Of-
ficials warned residents that
even if it is opened, they can
expect water five to 25 feet
deep over parts of seven par-
ishes. Some of Louisiana's
most valuable farmland is
expected to be inundated.
At the Louisiana State Pen-
itentiary in Angola, home of
the state's death row, offi-
cials started moving prison-
ers with medical problems to
another prison as backwa-
ters began to rise. The pris-
oners were moved in buses
and vans under police escort.

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11A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 11-17, 2011


Residents protest Edison Post Office

By Gregory W. Wright
Miami Times writer

If U.S. Postal Service officials
have decided to close the Edison
Center Branch at 760 Martin
Luther King Boulevard in Liber-
ty City, one thing appears cer-
tain: It's not going down without
a fight. On Thursday, April 28,
officials witnessed round one in
the fight to save the only post of-
fice in Liberty City.
With combined support from
local residents, postal employ-
ees, unions, community groups
and activists, political aides
and political hopefuls, a hearty
group protested 'the closing of
a post office that has provided
service to the community for
over 53 years.
Carol Sutton, president of the
American Postal Workers Union
(APWU), Local 172, organized a
coalition that grew from 25 to
over 80 protesters, not includ-
ing drivers who slowed down to
blow their car horns in solidar-
Lovette McGill, president of
the A. Philip Randolph Society,
said people in the community
should not be forced to travel
three miles to the nearest post

Chris Smith
Chris Smith (D-Ft. Lauderdale)
was unanimously designated
recently as leader of the Sen-
ate Democratic Caucus for the
2012-2014 legislative session.
"I am proud of the confidence
my caucus has shown in me"
said Smith. "Florida faces
many problems over the next
few years and I look forward to
leading the Democratic Caucus
as we craft solutions."
Smith, who was elected to
the Senate in 2008, previously
headed up the House Democrat-
ic Caucus from 2004-2006. He
currently serves as Vice Chair
on both the Senate's Banking

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Senior protestor wants
One resident, Emma Ladson,
49, said she came out as a con-
cerned citizen and regular cus-
tomer of the Edison Branch.
"I have a post office box here,"
she said. "I buy money orders
here and send certified mail.
Why do I have to drive when I
live in a business district right
here? We have many seniors
and low income residents that

-Miami Times photo/Gregory Wright
her branch to stay open.
need this post office to remain
open. If the issue is profit, may-
be they can reduce the hours of
service but do it in all offices
not just here in the Black com-
Gloria Barry, district execu-
tive secretary to State Represen-
tative Cynthia Stafford listened
to the crowd and agrees that
closing the station will make it

to lead Senate Democrats

and Insurance Committee and
the Communications, Energy
and Public Utilities Committee.
Acknowledged for his many
awards and distinctions, in-
cluding his pioneering work to
reform Florida's elections laws
following the contentious 2000
presidential recount, Smith is
also a passionate advocate for
civil rights and economic devel-
Smith, who was born in Ft.
Lauderdale, .earned his bach-
elor's degree at Johnson C.
Smith University in Charlotte,
North Carolina. He graduated
in 1995 from Florida State Uni-
versity's College of Law and is

an attorney by trade.
Married to his wife Deso-
rae, the couple have two sons,
Christopher and Christian.


* Westside Branch, Fort Lauderdale
* Hialeah Main Office, Hialeah
* Flamingo Branch, Pembroke Pines
* Hillcrest Finance Unit, Hollywood
* Surfside Branch, Miami
* Miami International Finance Unit,
Miami International Airport, Miami
* Edison Center Finance Station,
* Goulds Finance Station, Miami
* Milam Dairy Branch, Miami
* Blue Lake Branch, Boca Raton
* Downtown Station, Boca Raton
* Lantana Branch. Lake Worth
* Southboro West Palm Beach

difficult for seniors since many
do not drive. Stafford has con-
tacted Congresswoman Frederi-
ca Wilson who has joined in the
fight to keep the Edison Branch
There were plenty of speak-
ers and a lot of horning blowing
from passing cars but commu-
nity activist Renita Holmes ex-
pressed what may have been the
most passionate response.
"Where are the stats that this
post office should be closed?
she asked. "We deliver, why
take us away! Did you ask the
community?" "Did you tell the
community? This is the most
disparaged post office in Miami-
Dade County. Who decided and
based on what statistics? This
is the only sustainable service
in our community other than
the jail."


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To the Editor:

Postal workers take pride in providing prompt, dependable :
mail service to COMMUNITY, which is why we are so con-
cerned about the Postal Service's plan to close the Edison Post
Office in Miami.
Closing this post office would create hardships especially ---'
for senior citizens, those with handicaps, and our neighbors
who rely on public transportation. Area businesses would suffer too.
Although the USPS says the closure is part of a nationwide effort to reduce costs,
former Postmaster General John E. Potter said during an Aug. 5 press conference that
"Some [savings] might result, but it's modest at best."
The cause of the Postal Service's financial crisis is two-fold:.The sharp downturn in the
economy, and a 2006 postal "reform" law that unfairly drains billions of dollars in postage
sales from the USPS bottom line to "pre-fund retiree healthcare benefit," a budgetary
obligation no other federal agency or private business must bear.
Congress repealed the healthcare payment for this year, and the economy will eventu-
ally rebound.
The Postal Service should not close stations and deprive citizens of service based on
conditions that are temporary.
Miami's postal workers encourage citizens and community leaders to oppose closing
the Edison Post Office. We are asking the community to complete the petition inside this
publication or sign the petition to save Edison Post Office at:


Carol Whitehead-Sutton
President, APWU-Miami Area Local
Email: csuttonapwu@hotmail.com

To: The Honorable Congresswoman Frederica Wilson
Steven J. Forte, Senior Vice-President Operations, Washington, DC
Postmaster Robert Carr

We, the undersigned, strongly support keeping the Edison Post Office opened in
1953, located at 760 NW 62 Street, Miami, Florida. Our Edison Post Office serves a
large number of seniors who need a convenient and accessible way to obtain post office

/ Our Edison Office's location has free, convenient parking for car, and
additional transportation access via walking, biking or bus. It contributes to
a greener shopping experience.
/ Our Edison Post Office serves many residents traveling from many neighborhoods.
/ Our Edison Post Office is an anchor for a growing business community'that
includes new Family Dollar, Payless, President Supermarket (grocery chain), and
Metro PCS.
/ Our Edison Post Office serves many P.O. Box customers and small
business owners.



2500 NW 97 Ave, Doral, FL 33172 or fax 305-591-5975



Questions continue to be
raised as to whether the Edison
Branch is really losing money.
Sutton has requested the an-
nual operating information for
Branch. Meanwhile, it should
be noted that the postal service
cannot legally close a post office
based only on financial profit-
ability according to Title 39 of
the Postal Reorganization Act.
Other considerations such as
distance to other post offices
and expanding services must
also be considered. The decision
to close Edison, along with 13
other South Florida branches,
was made by Vice President of
Operations Steven Forte, in
Washington, D.C.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA, MAY 11-17, 2011


By Kaila Heard
kheard@miaminmiesonlin .com
September 11., 2001, the day when the Twin Tow-
ers of the World Trade Center fell, the Pentagon was
attacked and a fourth airplane was heroically pre-
vented from being used as a terrorist's weapon, is a
day that nearly everyone agrees changed our nation.
Nearly 10 years later, Osama Bin Laden, an Al-
Qaeda leader accused of being the mastermind
behind the attacks was killed by U.S. forces during
a firefight. Yet the American public at large is un-
able to form a consensus about what an appropriate
response should be to the news of his death.
Within various faith communities, members hold
mixed feelings about how religious individuals
should respond to the news.
After hearing the news of Bin Laden's death.
Father Horace Ward, the rector of the the Episco-
pal Church of the Holy Family in Miami Gardens,
recalled that he felt "saddened because it brought
back immediately all of the pain and the hurt that
Please turn to BIN LADEN 14B

Prison ministry hosts a So. Fla. "party with a purpose"

LD Ministries, a Florida
based inter-denominational
evangelistic and outreach
ministry, recently hosted a
free Grace in Motion "party
with a purpose 2011" gos-
pel extravaganza and toiletry
drive at New Birth Enterprise.
The event was hosted by Rev.
CJ Kelly of AM 1490 WMBM.
Grace in Motion is the pris-
on outreach division of LD
Ministries and is committed
to assisting in the rehabilita-
tion and transformation of
Florida prisoners' through the
presentation of song, dance
and faith-based teachings.
Its volunteers include: minis-
ters, certified teachers, mental
health counselors, healthcare
workers, nutritionists, entre-
preneurs, musicians and ex-


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With song, dance and faith-based teachings, LD Ministries' Grace in Motion rehabilitates
and transforms Florida's prisoners.
"For the last six years, LD carcerated in the Florida Penal people together from all across
Ministries has conducted System" said the founder, Rev. the South Florida area for an
semi-annual prison outreach LaTousha Daniels. evening of inspirational music
missions during the spring and Their goal was to donate and dance performances from
winter aimed at offering spiri- 1,000 toiletry items to the local youth and adult groups,"
tual assistance, educational women incarcerated at the she said. "But more important,
resources, emotional counsel- Lowell Correctional Facility it'provided an open foruiftand,
ing and toiletries to women in- "This extravaganza brought venue to address and assist in

Nationar!day efbrayer

Millions of people around the at this challenging time." 80 percent of Black
country celebrated the 60th The annual celebration also Protestants say they pray
Annual National Day of Prayer prompted many people to re- once a day, 78 percent of
on Thursday, May,5. The theme flect upon prayer itself. Evangelical Protestants
of this year's National Day of Much research has been done '
Prayer was "A Mighty Fortress over the years over the effec- .. do the same, 71 percent
Is Our God," which is based on tiveness of prayer, although the Of Muslims pray at least
Psalm 91:2, which states, "I will results remain mixed. o nce a day as well,
say of the Lord, He is my refuge Experts have questioned if once a day as well,
2nd mvforre-eodo, ... n fn........ evn qn. onri" te:I""_;k ., and 26 percent of

anct mY iorcress, my o U in
whom I trust."
Michael Calhoun, director
of communications for the Na-
tional Day of Prayer Task Force
said, "Since the days of our
founding fathers, prayer has
been an indispensable part of
our heritage. We must remain
faithful in our commitment to
intercede on behalf of our na-
tion, and its leaders, especially

prayer is even an appr opr ia
subject for scientific study.
"The problem with studying
religion scientifically is that
you do violence to the phenom-
enon by reducing it to basic el-
ements that can be quantified,
and that makes for bad science
and bad religion," said Dr. Rich-
ard Sloan, a professor of be-
havioral medicine at Columbia
Please turn to PRAYER 14B

Students saluted for being drug free

By Kaila Heard
Working for and receiving
good grades and near perfect
attendance are always praise-
worthy accomplishments for
However, the ability to with-
stand peer pressure and live a
life free from substance abuse
should also be recognized as
important life skills for youth.
So on May 5 6, more than
1,000 Miami-Dade middle and
high school students were hon-
ored for their ability to remain
drug and alcohol free at the an-
nual Drug Free Youth In Town
(DFYIT) Empowerment Awards
Ceremony at the Doubletree
Hotel in Miami.
"We're about empowering, ed-
ucating and celebrating youth
that are choosing to remain
drug free," said Micah Robbins,
the executive director of DFYIT.
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-Photo by/Marlis Gonzalez, DFYIT
Horace Mann Middle School took home the Top Club Community Service Award, for the
middle school club that has maintained strong community service programs and hours.

the needed services of prison
Daniels is a native of Mi-
ami and a graduate of Miami
Northwestern Senior High and
Florida Memorial .University.
She has served as a volunteer
chaplain for the Florida De-
partment of Corrections for
the last 10 years. Lowell Cor-
rectional Women's Institution
is located in Ocala and is the
state of Florida's oldest and
largest women's correctional
facility housing youth and
pregnant offenders.
"It is our desire to help incar-

cerated men and the women
through their rehabilitation
process and assist them in
reaching their full potential in
becoming productive citizens of
this state as well as our coun-
try" said Rev. Willie Dixon,
executive director of the Com-
mittee Organizing Assistance
and Commuhnity Help (COACH)
Foundation, Inc. COACH was
the co-host of the extravagan-
Donations are still accepted;
contact Daniels at 305-638-
3338 or visit her website at

Reverend Alphonso Jackson, Sr.
Second Baptist Church
celebrates its 47th
anniversary .



By Kaila Heard
Reverend Alphonso Jackson,
Sr. of Second Baptist Church of
Richmond Heights is not sur-
prised that he often hears how
in some families many mem-
bers are called into the minis-
"In the Bible many of the
priests came out of the same
tribe. It's just something about
when the anointing is in the
family that the mantel doesn't
fall far," he said.
In Jackson's own family that

theory holds true. His father,
the late Arthur Jackson, Jr,
was the pastor of New Shiloh
Baptist Church, his brother
Reverend Arthur .Jackson, III,
pastors Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church of Miami Gar-
dens, and his son, Alphonso Jr,
is currently a youth pastor at
Second Baptist Church.
The 53-year-old minister left
a successful basketball career
when he was called to preach
in 1985. He eventually would
serve as the senior pastor at
St. James Missionary Baptist
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Second Baptist
s Church of Richmond

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Koinonia Worship Center

hosts leadership breakfast

By Kaila Heard
kheard@iiiiaimitimiesonline .coin

The Koinonia Worship Center
and Village and the Design
Group held the OSL-ASL Lead-
ership Breakfast in Hollywood
on Tuesday, May 3.
Sponsored by the company
One Solitary Life (OSL) and
its non-profit organization, A
Solitary Life (ASL), a company
that produces video tributes for
individuals, the meeting was
meant to create and facilitate
partnerships between academ-
ic, social and civic institutions
as well as churches and other
faith-based organizations.
"Not only do we feel a moral

Northwest Christian Acad-
emy's 14-year-old Imani K.
Jennings was selected to serve
as a page for the Florida House
of Representatives.
"It was a great experience. I
was able meet students from all
around Florida and meet many
politicians and get a deep ap-
preciation for their hard work"
said the ninth grader.
Pages and messengers have
been a long-standing tradition
in the Florida House of Repre-
sentatives. Historic journals
mention them as far back as
1865. A lot has changed since
those early years of statehood,
but one thing has not the de-
sire people have to learn more
about their government. The
page program allows a few for-
tunate students that opportu-
nity. Every year approximately
240 students around the state
have the uniqueexperience of
participating in a nine weeks
of Regular Session. Each of
the 120 elected members may
choose one messenger and one
page to serve during session.
Being selected to serve is not
only an honor, it is a privilege.
Many elected officials credit
their interest in serving as an
elected official due to their ex-
perience as a page or messen-
ger and how it helped spark
their interest in government.
Pages obtain a much better
understanding of government.
They learn how a bill becomes

obligation, but we are com-
pelled to help support and
meet the needs of the broader
community," said Charles T.
Forehand, president and CEO
of One Solitary Life, Inc.
Forehand further stated, "It
is the mission of ASL to part-
ner with these various entities
to identify areas of need in the
South Florida community into
which we might sow. These
organizations will be our eyes.
After all, they know best those
in their neighborhoods who are
touching and changing lives."
Once the ASL company
chooses an organization or
cause to support, they will do-
nate financial support as well

as services to sponsor causes
such as health and wellness
fairs and homeless shelters, for
.Among some of .he event's
75 invited guests were mem-
bers of the local chapter of
Alpha Kappa Alpha, the Links,
Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Phi
Alpha and the South Broward
Ministerial Alliance. There were
also representatives from St.
Thomas University, Miami-
Dade College and Florida Me-
morial University.
The OSL-ASL Leadership
Breakfast was hosted by Pas-
tor Eric H. Jones, Jr., senior
pastor of the Koinonia Worship
Center and Village.

Fourteen-year-old Imani Jennings proudly served as a page
for the Florida House of Representatives.

law. They see first hand how
the democratic process works
through their involvement with
one of the three branches of or
Florida government. Imani,
like every page, had her name
recorded in the State Historic
House Journal.
Imani comes from a fam-
ily of public servants and
elected officials. Her father is
Bernard Jennings, former ex-
ecutive director of the Miami-
Dade Democratic Executive
Committee(DEC) and former
candidate for the State House.
His wife is Clevell Jennings an
elected member of the DEC.

Imani's mother, Diaka Tartt,
is a former Miami-Dade school.
teacher, her grandmother,
Ivonne Tartt, is a retired Mi-
ami-Dade County school ad-
ministrator and her grand-
father was the late Miami
activist, Allan W. Jennings.
Meanwhile, Imani's cousins
include the Honorable Os-
car Braynon II, Florida State
Senator and Patricia Jen-
nings Braynon, director of the
Miami-Dade County Housing
Finance Authority. She even
has an uncle who has served
as a New York City assembly

Stepping in faith

Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church's Youth Ministry maintains a vibrantly popular
Performing Arts Department. Their performances provide testimonies and enjoyment
for all who are privileged to witness them.

Cheaters believe in a 'forgiving God'

By Nomi Morris

A new study shows a link
between one's view of God
and willingness to cheat on
a test.
The study, titled "Mean
Gods Make Good People: Dif-
ferent Views of God Predict
Cheating Behavior" was
peer reviewed and published
earlier last month in the
International Journal for the
Psychology of Religion..
In line with many previous
studies, it found no difference
between the ethical behavior
of believers and nonbeliev-
ers. But those who believed

in a loving, compassionate
God were more likely to cheat
than those who believed in an
angry, punitive God.
"The take-home message
is not whether you believe in
God, but what God you be-
lieve in," said Azim Shariff, a
psychologist at the University
of Oregon. Shariff conducted
the study with psychologist
Ara Norenzayan, who had
been his doctoral advisor
at the University of British
They administered a math
test to 100 undergraduates,
advising the students that a
computer glitch meant the

correct answers would pop
up after a few seconds un-
less they quickly pressed the
space bar. The test takers"
also answered a 14-question
survey to determine whether
they believed in God, and if
so, what traits they ascribed
to God.
The experiment was done
in two parts, on two different
groups, to correct for the sug-
gestive, or "priming," influ-
ence that taking the survey
could have on behavior. Shar-
iff said they also corrected for
ethnicity, religious affiliation,
and personality traits that
could skew the results.

Black churches working to save the environment

By Darryl Fears

A historic Black church that
has sat on the same corner in
LeDroit Park for 99 years has
become the first Black church
in the District to rely on renew-
able solar energy for electrical
Florida Avenue Baptist's in-
stallation of 44 solar panels
was hailed at a ribbon-cutting
Tuesday by Environmental Pro-
tection Agency Administrator
Lisa P. Jackson and other gov-
ernment officials as a break-
through in the Black commu-

nity, where the clean-energy
divide mirrors its well-known
high-tech digital divide with the
white community.
"This is an important first,"
said Jackson, whose agency
recently started a faith-based
initiative to increase clean-en-
ergy awareness among religious
groups. "They're saying: We're
going to take the lead in helping
Black homes to become energy
The church's pastor, the Rev.
Earl D. Trent Jr., said the pan-
els' installation, by a North Car-
olina-based company in March,

was important not only because
the church will save money on
its $3,000 monthly electric bill
from Pepco but also because
it will reduce "dirty" coal-fired
energy and enable him to es-
tablish a "green ministry" that
could awaken churchgoers who
know little to nothing about
clean energy and its benefits.
Blacks tend to live in older,
less energy-efficient homes
equipped with older appliances
and, therefore, have higher en-
ergy bills.
According to "Energy Democ-
racy," a 2010 report by the Cen-

ter for Social Inclusion, Blacks
spent an average of $1,439 on
electric bills in 2008, more than
what Latino and Asian Ameri-
cans spent, and significantly
higher than what white Ameri-
cans paid.
"We want to be a model for
green energy," Trent said in an
earlier interview. "I've gotten
calls from pastors who want to
find out how they can do this,"
he added, raising his hope that
the renewable-energy divide
can be bridged.
Black churches have histori-
cally led social change in Black

communities, raising aware-
ness of civil rights in the past
and now, possibly, environmen-
tal justice, Trent said. Helping
to lower coal-energy produc-
tion, even marginally, at power
plants is a symbolic step in a
nation where, he said, many
black people live near such
plants and their smokestacks.
When ministers inquire about
getting panels, they'll learn that
they'll have to spend green to go
At Florida Avenue Baptist,
which has 500 members, the
cost was $60,000. With prayer,

and 12 members of the flock
who were willing to invest mon-
ey in exchange for Solar Renew-
able Energy Certificates, the
cost was overcome.
The church is expected to
save 15 percent, about $450,
on its monthly bill, said Gilbert
Campbell III, a co-owner of Volt
Energy, a North Carolina clean-
energy company.
More money will probably
be saved after an energy audit
of the church and the installa-
tion of energy-efficient doors,
windows and light fixtures, he

Pope John Paul II finally beatified
By Eric J. Lyman step before saint- fastest in modern

Over one million people who
thronged St. Peter's Square on
last week to see John Paul II's
coffin as the beloved pope was
beatified in what could be a step
toward sainthood.
Many people wept at the sight
in the St. Sebastian Chapel.
A mass conducted by John
Paul's successor, Benedict XVI.
The pope gave a blessing in Pol-
ish near the end of the Mass.
"He restored to Christianity its
true face as a religion of hope,"
Benedict said in his homily of a
man he said he came to "revere."
"He rightly reclaimed for
Christianity that impulse of
hope which had in some sense
faltered before Marxism and the
ideology of progress," Benedict
Benedict officially announced
John Paul's beatification, a final

hood, and in Lat-
in said that from
now on, Pope
John Paul shall
be called "The
Blessed," the offi-
cial title for beati-
fied figures.
Near the end of
the Mass, Bene-
dict was pre-
sented with the
John Paul's of-

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Pope John Paul II

ficial relic, a sil-
ver and marble figure centered
on a small glass vial of the de-
ceased pontiffs blood, which
was removed during his illness
in 2005. The sealed casket will
ultimately be moved to a side
chapel inside the basilica next
to Michelangelo's marble Pieta
statue of Mary cradling a cruci-
fied Jesus.
The beatification was the

church history, tak-
ing place six years
and 29 days after
John Paul's death -
15 days faster than
Mother Teresa's,
who 'was beatified
in 2003. As John
Paul did with Moth-
er Teresa, Benedict
waived the five-year
waiting period after
someone's death
before the beatifica-

tion process can begin.
Beatification requires proof
of at least one miracle. For
John Paul, a church investiga-
tion-showed that he inexplica-
bly cured a French nun, Sister
Marie Simon-Pierre Normand,
of Parkinson's disease. Proof of
a second miracle will be needed
for John Paul to be named a


Catholics defy pope, use birth control

By Lauren Keiper

Some 98 percent of sexu-
ally active Catholic women
have used contraceptive
methods banned by the
church, research published
last week showed.
A new report from the
Guttmacher Institute, the
nonprofit sexual health re-
search organization, shows
that only two percent of
Catholic women, even those
who regularly attend church,
rely on natural family plan-
The latest data shows
practices of Catholic women
are in line with women of
other religious affiliations

and adult American women
in general.
"In real-life America, con-
traceptive use and strong
religious beliefs are highly
compatible," said the report's
lead author Rachel Jones.
She said most sexually ac-
tive women who do not want
to become pregnant practice
contraception, and most use
highly effective methods like
sterilization, the pill, or the
intrauterine device (IUD).
"This is true for Evan-
gelicals and Mainline Prot-
estants, and it is true for
Catholics, despite the Catho-
lic hierarchy's strenuous
opposition to contraception,"
Jones said.

Nearly 70 percent of Catho-
lic women use sterilization,
the birth control pill or an
IUD, according to the Guttm-
acher Institute research.
The numbers are slightly
higher among women who
identify as Evangelicals or
Mainline Protestants, re-
search showed.
The latest data is from the
2006-2008 National Survey
of Family Growth (NSFG).
The findings nearly match
previous NSFG data from
2002, which showed that 97
percent of Catholic women
were using birth control, and
are consistent with a trend
tracked over the last decade
by Catholics for Choice.

Miami student chosen as

page for Florida House




Parents remain our first and best role model

By Karen Deerwester

Children may or may not do as
you say, but they are very likely
to do as you do. You are more
than your child's first teacher.
You are your child's most impor-
tant role model. Your child sees
potential through your eyes,
creates connections through
your hands and discovers op-
portunity through your choices.
You are the filter through which
your child learns self worth,
how to get along with others
and how to make a difference in
the world.
Should you be perfect? Ab-
solutely not. Role models don't
pretend to be something they
aren't. Role models do, how-
ever, understand that someone
impressionable is watching, lis-
tening and learning from their

Have you ever been caught
gossiping about a friend, swear-
ing in traffic, cavalierly ignoring

M Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes ev-
eryone to a worship service on
Sunday about 'Building Fami-
lies Together.'

Mt. Clair Holiness
Church is hosting a gospel
music program on May 21 at
7 p.m. 305-684-4633.

M New Beginnings Church
of Deliverance welcomes the
community to their 'Healing,
Deliverance and Prophetic'
Revival on May 17 at 7 p.m.
and their 'Food for the Hun-
gry' distribution on May 13 at


rules or fibbing your way out of
a play-date? Should you give up

12 p.m. 786-287-3235.

New Life Family Worship
Center invites all women to
their Let's Talk Women's Minis-
try meeting on May 21 at 1 p.m.
The church also hosts Bible
Study every Wednesday at 7
p.m. 305-623-0054.

Second 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.

your identity now that you're a
parent? Not necessarily. Just

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

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

Titus Chapel is celebrat-
ing their 27th Church Anni-
versary May 9 15, 7:30 p.m.

Cross Bridge Church is
hosting a 'Joy at Work Week-

be aware of what you're teach-
ing. .

end Seminar' on May 20, 7
p.m. 10 p.m., and May 21,
9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Tickets
$15. 786-388-3000.

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

An House of Prayer for
All People, Inc. will hold Pros-
trate Prayer every Wednesday
at 7 p.m. and Revival Services
every Sunday at 6 p.m. during
April. 305-474-7430.

Set Free Ministries

If you're okay with colorful
language, teach appropriate
context. If you believe "white
lies" are sometimes justified,
teach the difference between
public and private information.
But if there's a negative mes-
sage behind your accidental
slip-ups rudeness, hypocrisy
or hostility you may need to
give yourself a timeout.

Your child's "emotional intel-
ligence" is directly related to
the emotional environment at
home. Researchers believe that
parents who act as "emotion
coaches" raise children who
are most likely to succeed as
To be an effective emotion role
model: -Parents want to express
their own emotions with matu-
rity, especially uncomfortable
emotions such as anger, frus-
tration, disappointment and
stress. -Parents want to learn
which situations push their
buttons to prevent highly reac-

through Jesus Christ of the Ap-
ostolic Faith Church, Inc., will
be having a workshop on Ho-
mosexuality and the Bible on
June 18, 9 a.m. 4 p.m. RSVP
by May 31. 786-488-2108.

SA Mission with a New Be-
ginning Church will be feeding
the hungry every second Sat-
urday of the month.

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

tive outbursts. -Parents want
to follow advice from the book
"Emotionally Intelligent Parent-
ing": Do unto your children as
you would have other people do
unto your children.

Interestingly, children not
only need to see their parents
doing the right things, but they
also need to hear why parents
make the choices they do.
Parents teach problem-solv-
ing skills every time they ex-
plain the values behind every-
day actions: -Children learn
how to interact with siblings
and friends by watching par-
ents interact with one another
-Children learn kindness and
empathy when parents put oth-
er people needs ahead of their
Teachable moments are of-
ten the lessons that happen in
between planned experiences.
Your experience and wisdom is
the bridge that takes your child
from childhood to maturity.

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

U Come along and join Saint
Cecelia's chapter of Saint Ag-
nes Episcopal Church on
Thursday, May 26-30, 2011 to
Atlanta, Georgia and Shorter,
Alabama. If interested sign up
with Betty Blue, Florence Mon-
cur and Louise Cromartie. 305-

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

Religious leaders urge people to have compassion, hope

continued from 12B

had been triggered because of
[Bin Laden's] actions or contri-
butions from the activities of
terrorism going back to 9/11."
Upon hearing word of Bin
Laden's demise, several cheer-
ing crowds gathered across
the country a response that
many religious leaders cau-
tioned against.
Popular author and evan-
gelical pastor, Brian McLaren
stated, "Joyfully celebrating
the killing of a killer who joy-
fully celebrated killing carries

an irony that I hope will not
be lost on us. Are we learning
anything or simply spinning
harder in the cycle of violence?"
Meanwhile, others made
sure to explain the importance
of not equating Osama Bin
Laden and his actions with Is-
lam itself.
"We have plenty of Islamic
brothers and sisters who have
shown themselves through the
years to be friends of Christi-
anity. We cannot think of them
as our enemies. They are [our]
friends," explained Reverend
Johnny Barber, the senior pas-
tor for Mt. Sinai Missionary

Baptist Church in Miami.

Immediately following the
announcement of the death of
Osama Bin Laden, there was a
frenzy of tweets featuring mes-
sages from the Bible. Here are
some of the top Biblical verses
that were referenced:
1. Proverbs 24:17 "Do not
gloat when your enemy falls;
when they stumble, do not let
your heart rejoice."
2. Psalm 138:8 "The LORD
will make PERFECT the things
that concern me"(KJV)
3. Proverbs 21:15 "When jus-

tice is done, it brings joy to the
righteous but terror to evildo-
4. Ezekiel 33:11 "Say to
them, 'As surely as I live, de-
clares the Sovereign LORD, I
take no pleasure in the death
of the wicked, but rather that
they turn from their ways and
live. Turn! Turn from your evil
ways! Why will you die, people
of Israel?"
5. Ezekiel 18:23 "Do I take
any pleasure in the death of
the wicked? declares the Sov-
ereign LORD. Rather, am I not
pleased. when they turn from
their ways and live?"

Club provides positive rewards for youth sobriety.

continued from 12B

DFYIT is a substance preven-
tion program that is provided
throughout Miami-Dade and
Broward County. Currently, the
program is offered at 52 schools
and has more than 7,000 mem-
The program provides infor-
mational sessions, community
service projects, educational

workshops, parent to parent
forums, and also requires drug
testing for all members.
In addition to the core cur-
riculum, DFYIT members are
given .various field trips, youth
summits, and prizes through-
out the year for compliance
with the club's requirements.
"It's basically about reward-
ing positive behavior," said
According to Robbins, a re-

cently released survey found
that the participants of the
program have a sobriety rate of
99.6 percent.
The program's endorsement
of leading a drug free lifestyle
is what appealed to 18-year-old
Amy Diaz when she decided to
join six years ago.
"In middle school a lot of
people that I knew were talking
about [drugs] and I didn't want
to be apart of it," she explained.

Rev. Jackson launches a monthly couple's

cotninued from 12B

Church in Coconut Grove for
15 years before coming to the
Richmond Heights church in
The church, which was
founded in 1964 by Reverend
John Ferguson, is currently
celebrating its 47th anniver-
sary. In the last 10 years, the
congregation has grown from
approximately 600 members
to an estimated 4,000.
Second Baptist Church of
Richmond Heights offers sev-
eral popular ministries in-
cluding a disaster relief min-
istry, street ministry, nursing
home ministry, prison minis-
try, a substance abuse sup-
port group Overcomers Min-
istry, as well as a tutoring
ministry and Bereavement
One of the church's new-
est projects is an off-campus
ministry at the Southland
Mall movie theater. Every

Sunday from 9 a.m. 10:20
a.m., church service is held
and draws an average of 250
people. Worship services are
similar to the ones conducted
at the main campus except
that it tends to be shorter and
the dress code is more relaxed
in order to appeal to those
who avoid traditional service.
Jackson explained, "We felt
like [the off campus ministry]
would be away to further the

When asked what had been
a trying time in his life, Jack-
son responded that two of the
most difficult times in his
ministry had actually hap-
pened around the same time.
Nine years ago, his wife,
Dewana, was diagnosed with
breast cancer and his father
was also diagnosed with can-
"My faith was severely test-
ed at the time. I was literally
going to the doctor with one or

the other," recalled the father
of two.
"These were times where
you just couldn't just talk
the talk, you had to walk the
walk," Jackson said, refer-
ring to his often given advice
of.maintaining your faith re-
gardless of the situation.
Eventually, he found peace
even after his father died from
cancer and his wife survived.
"God saved my father in
death and he saved my wife
from death and I really believe
that," Jackson said.

Married for 27 years, Jack-
son is a firm supporter of
marriage,, especially for min-
isters although he admits that
the institution may not be best
for everyone.
Still, "I think that it's more
effective for a minister to be
married because the Bible
says that there are three great
enemies the world, the flesh

In Miami-Dade County, stud-
ies have shown that 55 percent
of youth have tried alcohol, one
of the most commonly-used
drugs, at least once .
Diaz, who was among the stu-
dents who were honored at the
Empowerment Ceremony, said
the program has taught her a
lot about substance abuse.
"It really shows you the nega-
tive effects that can happen to
you," she explained.


and the devil. Marriage pro-
vides balance," he explained.
Jackson also strongly sup-
ports marriage amongst his
congregants and provides
marital and premarital coun-
seling. He is happy to see
how much available informa-
tion and expert advice there is
nowadays on how to sustain a
healthy marriage.
"There are all kinds of re-
sources. I feel there is no ex-
cuse not to know more," Jack-
son said.
To further aid couples, Sec-
ond Baptist Church will be
hosting a Couple's Hotline ev-
ery first Sunday of the month
beginning May 6, from 9 p.m.
to 10:30 p.m.
During the open conference
call, Jackson will speak about
various relationship issues and
answer questions that anyone
can submit anonymously.
The couple's hotline phone
number is 712-432-1690 and
the pin number to access the
conference call is 362797.

Digital Outreach Month begins

By Jennifer LeClaire

Are you an online evangelist?
Whether you spread the gos-
pel online or you want to get in-
volved in fishing for men on the
Internet, you can get equipped
during the month of May.
Internet Evangelism Day
is May 15-and the organiz-
ers have dubbed May as Digi-
tal Outreach Month. Internet
Evangelism Day is an inter-
denominational international
initiative of the Internet Evan-
gelism Coalition, based at the
Billy Graham Center in Whea-
ton, Ill.
Event organizers are con-
vinced there is a growing poten-
tial to share the good news on-
line in a variety of ways. "You do
not need to be' technical," says
Tony Whittaker, Internet Evan-

gelism Day coordinator. "There
are many simple yet fulfilling
ways of being salt and light in
On May 15, Internet Evange-
lism Day is partnering with sev-
eral major publishers to offer
free e-book downloads of Chris-
tian titles you'd normally have
to pay for. These materials aim
to equip the believers for the
work of web evangelism, social
networking and other areas of
effective communication.
"This is a great opportunity
to explore digital evangelism,"
says Naomi Frizzell, chief com-
munications officer of The Lau-
sanne Movement. "I encourage
Christians everywhere to take
advantage of these free down-
loads to learn how to effectively
share their faith in the digital

Blacks inclined to pray more

continued from 12B

and author of "Blind Faith: The
Unholy Alliance of Religion and
Regardless of the findings,
people continue to pray.
According to the Pew Forum
on Religion and Public Life,
nearly 60 percent of Americans
say they pray at. least once a
day. That figure varies by dif-
ferent religious traditions.
Eighty percent of Black Prot-
estants say the pray once a day,
78 percent of Evangelical Prot-
estants do the same, 71 percent
of Muslims pray at least once a
day as well, and 26 percent of

Jewish people do.
Rice University sociologist Mi-
chael Emerson, author of the
upcoming book, "Blacks and
Whites in Christian America:
How the Legacy of Racial Dis-
crimination has Shaped Reli-
gious Thoughts and Practices,"
reported that Blacks pray more
often than other believers, and
that they have a stronger belief
in the power of prayer.
Even accounting for socioeco-
nomic differences, Blacks tend
to pray more, according to Em-
"They pray more, they believe
it will work more, and they are
more likely to say, I have seen a
miracle," he said.

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Study: One in five moms have kids with multiple dads

By Linda Carroll

One in five of all American
moms have kids who have
different birth fathers, a new
study shows. And when re-
searchers look only at moms
with two or more kids, that fig-
ure is even higher: 28 percent
have kids with at least two dif-
ferent men.
"To put it in perspective,
this is similar to the number
of American adults with a col-
lege degree," says the study's
author, Cassandra Dorius, a
postdoctoral fellow at the Uni-
versity of Michigan Institute
for Social Research. "It's per-
Dorius' study examined data
from nearly 4,000 U.S. wom-
en who had been interviewed
more than 20 times over a 27-
year period.
This phenomenon is impor-
tant to study, Dorius says, be-
cause there are consequences
to both the mom and her chil-
dren. Women with children
from multiple fathers tend to




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be disadvantaged compared to
other moms. "They are more
likely to be under-employed,
to have lower incomes, and

to be less educated," Dorius
Further, this type of family
structure can lead to a lot more

stress for every
part because tl
to juggle the
needs of more t

. "Everyday decisions are
more complex and family rules
are more ambiguous," Dorius
S says. "Families need to figure
,' out who lives with whom and
when, who pays for things like
clothing, who is responsible
for child support."
Earlier studies that looked
at women with children from
different dads focused only on
young or inner-city mothers.
ya The new data, pulled from
the National Longitudinal
Survey of Youth, shows that
this kind of family structure
is found at all levels of in-
come and education. And it's
frequently tied to divorce and
remarriage, not just to single
motherhood, Dorius says. For-
ty-three percent of the women
with kids with multiple dads
were married when their first
babies were born.
Dorius found that a multi-
Sple-father type of family struc-
one involved, in ture was more common among
he women need minority women, with 59 per-
demands and cent of Black mothers, 35 per-
than one dad. cent of Hispanic mothers and

22 percent of white mothers
reporting children with more
than one father.
Women with low income and
little education were also more
likely to have children with
different birth fathers.
Dorius' findings dovetail with
some other recent research,
says Katherine Stamps Mitch-
ell, an assistant professor of
human ecology and sociology
at Louisiana State University
in Baton Rouge.
Studies have shown that,
increasingly, young women
are choosing to become moms
before they are committing to
marriage, Mitchell says.
Mitchell suspects that wom-
en would be less likely to
choose early and single moth-
erhood if they thought they
would have more options in
the future.
"Women with lower expecta-
tions for education, and career
don't see that they will be in a
significantly different place in
10 years. So there's no reason
to wait to have kids," she said.

Preschool attendance up, dollars down

By Jason Schultz

Florida has one of the na-
tion's highest percentages of
four-year-olds in preschool
programs, according to a study
released recently by a nonprofit
educational foundation con-
nected to Rutgers University.
But state and local spending on
those programs is among the
worst in the nation.
"The problem in Florida isn't
quantity, it's quality," said W.
Steven Barnett, co-director of
the National Institute for Early
Education Research, which re-
leased the State of Preschool
2010 report.
The study ranked the 40
states that have voluntary pre-
school programs, where three-
or four-year-olds can get free
access to public preschool pro-

Florida's program is available
only to four-year-olds but the
study showed that in the 2009-
10 school year Florida had
the second-highest percent-
age of eligible children enrolled
in preschool programs. The
state's program is available to
all children, while many states
focus on those from impover-
ished households. Based on the
amount of combined federal,
state and local money spent
per preschool student, Florida
ranked 37th.
And Florida's programs
met only three of the 10 qual-
ity standards used as bench-
marks: The state's programs
had an adequate number of site
visits for monitoring; had com-
prehensive early learning stan-
dards; and had classes smaller
than 20 students.
On standards such as having

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teachers with specialized pre-
school training and having ad-
equate meals for students, the
programs in Florida failed, ac-

cording to the study.
"When you only meet three
out of 10 standards, you have a
problem," Barnett said.

By Christina Quick

In today's world, the mother-
son relationship is the most
fundamental family bonds. Yet
some say it is also the most
overlooked, undervalued and
Hundreds of parenting books
are available for mothers of
girls. Much has been said in
recent years about the crucial
role fathers play in guiding
their sons toward manhood and
proviJ ing a healthy framework
of r:i e love for their daughters.
But comparatively little guid-
ance is available for moms of
Rick Johnson, author of
That's My Son: How Moms Can
Influence Boys to Become Men
of Character, explained, "We
think that in order to have a
healthy masculinity, boys need
to move away from the apron
strings. There are certain stag-
es in a boy's life where he does
have to break away a little bit
from the arms of motherhood,
but that doesn't make a moth-
er's love and involvement any
less important."
Meg Meeker, a pediatrician
and family counselor in Tra-
verse City, Michigan, says close
mother-son relationships are
sometimes viewed as unhealthy
when, in fact, the opposite is

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"There's often a hesitancy to
talk about the fact -that a boy
does need his mother," says
Meeker, author of several par-
enting books, including Boys
'Should Be Boys: Seven Secrets
to Raising Healthy Sons. "It's
such a primal relationship. If
it goes awry, it can wreak hav-
oc on all his future relation-
ships. A mom teaches him, in

a healthy way, how to give and
receive love and trust."
Meeker says boys are most
openly dependent on their
mothers during the first decade
of life. In those early years,
boys naturally turn to their
moms for comfort when hurt
or frightened. As boys progress
into pre-adolescence, however,
the relationship grows more

"That's when boys do some-
thing that's often very pain-
ful for.-mothers," Meeker says.
"They cut away from Morn,
emotionally and psychological-
ly, and gravitate toward male
role models."
Meeker says women should
be careful not to withdraw from
their sons, even when their
sons seem to withdraw from
them. Instead, mothers should
look for new ways to 'connect
with their growing boys.
"Even though their voices are
changing and everything about
them says 'stay away,' they
still need to be adored by their
mothers," Meeker says. "They
may not want to be hugged, and
they certainly don't want to be
kissed in front of their friends,
but they still need Mom."
Johnson says boys are often
uncomfortable sitting and talk-
ing. But they may be more in-
clined to open up while doing
something physical, such as
shooting baskets or taking a
"There's a mom language and
a boy language," Johnson says.
"A wise mom recognizes that
and makes a few changes in
the way she relates to her son.
A boy needs his mom a lot dur-
ing adolescence. He's not going
to articulate that, but it doesn't
make it any less true."

Baptist colleges use football to lure students

By Norman Jameson

Money and men are the two
main reasons several Baptist
colleges are bringing football
back to campus.
Presidents of Baptist schools
like Mercer, Oklahoma Baptist,
Bluefield, Stetson and Camp-
bell believe merging pigskins
with sheepskins will create
enough magnetism to draw
more men to their schools
where enrollments often tip to-
ward 60 percent female. They
also believe the crowds, media
attention and energy attrib-

uted to football will improve
enrollment, increase retention
and add vibrancy to campus.
And, because none of the
Baptist schools are going to
play in the highest profile and
costliest division of college
football the NCAA Division
I BCS or Bowl Championship
Series they believe income
from football will exceed ex-
The Baptist schools will
play in limited scholarship or
non-scholarship divisions. So,
unlike 317 of the 347 universi-
ties in NCAA Division 1 whose

athletic programs lost money
last year, these schools intend
to end up in the black.
They all believe high school
men not yet ready to give up
the competition and camarade-
rie of what is steadily becom-
ing America's favorite pastime
will pay to play the sport in
It worked for Shenandoah
University in Winchester, Va.,
which started football 1 1 years
ago. "Absolutely. There's no
way it couldn't work," said
Shenandoah Athletic Direc-
tor Wayne Edwards, a gradu-

ate of Wake Forest University.
"Faculty that protested the
decision at the time just didn't
understand it."
"The football program has
contributed greatly to the
growth of this institution, in
terms of enrollment, tuition
and awareness," Edwards said.
Despite the cache of campus
T-shirts that say things like:
"DBU Football: Undefeated
since 1940," a growing impulse
on campuses yearns to risk
those records to bring back a
reason to hang around cam-
pus for the weekend.

Teaching prayer to

today's toddlers

By Marie Jones

Prayers offer preschoolers
a chance to talk with God
while simultaneously learn-
ing more about their religion.
Curious, rambunctious and
over-excited preschoolers
often enjoy the practice oaf
reciting traditional prayers
because it is something they
can master. Here are a few
tips to help your toddler say
their prayers:

1. Select a prayer to
teach your child. Teach only
one prayer at a time so your
child does not become over-
whelmed or confused.
2. Write a prayer on a large
poster board. Let your thuild-
help you come up with a pic-
ture to represent each word.
Draw or cut out pictures from
magazines to glue above each
word. The pictures don't need

to be exact, but should rep-
resent the word so your child
can look at the poster and re-
member. For example, if the
word "pray" appears in the
prayer, glue a picture of pray-
ing hands above the word. If
the word "Lord" appears, glue
a small picture of Jesus.
3. Say one word of the
prayer and ask your child to
repeat it. Repeat two words,
then three words. Continue
until your child is able to re-
peat the entire prayer after
4. Discuss the importance
of prayer with your child,
especially if he seems un-
interested in memorizing
prayers. Remir-1 your child
that prayerC helps him feel
closer to God but also unites
him with others of his reli-
gion. Prayer offers comfort,
encouragement and a chance
to meditate and relax.

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Low sodium intake could be riskier than thought

U.S. experts take Belgian study

with a grain of s(

By Nanci Hellmich

Doctors have long encour-
aged patients to slash their salt
intake for good heart health.
The American Heart Asso-
ciation encourages people to
consume no more than 1,500
milligrams a day of sodium to
reduce their risk of high blood
pressure, heart attacks, stroke
and kidney disease. This is less
than half of what people con-
sume now.
One reason for this advice:
Elevated blood pressure is a
major public health problem
approximately 90 percent of all
Americans will develop hyper-
tension over their lifetime, the
heart association says.
But a new European popula-
tion study coordinated in Bel-
gium raises questions about so-

dium and its effect on the heart.
Researchers followed 3,681
people, average age 40, for about
eight years, testing sodium ex-
cretion in the urine. They found
that systolic blood pressure (the
top number) was slightly lower
in those who excreted less so-
dium, but this didn't translate
into a lower risk of cardiovascu-
lar death in fact, those with
lower sodium excretion had an
increased risk of cardiovascular
death. The findings were con-
sistent in participants younger
and older than 60 years.
Jan Staessen, a professor
of medicine at the University
of Leuven in Belgium and one
of the authors of the study in
Wednesday's Journal of the
American Medical Association,
says this study does not sup-
port the recommendation of a

O- Some restaurant
entrees have 2,000
milligrams or more
in one di:-h.
* Fa t-food burgers
* * Cri i h.ve mor'e than
S 1, 000 nilli rams.
IN- Many soups
,are cho:k-fIll of
sodium. So are may
spaghetti sauces,
broths, lunrich meats,
salad dres.irlgs,
cheeses, crackers
and frozert food. .r .

\mount of sodium
Americans consume
a day (about 112

general reduction of salt intake
for everyone, although salt re-
duction could be beneficial in
lowering the blood pressure
of people with hypertension.
"Lower sodium intake is .recom-
mended for people with high
blood pressure
and people 1 500
with heart 1,00
failure, but milligrams
recommend- Maximum daily

ing it to the amor
population by
as a whole, He
I wouldn't do
without proving
it's completely safe,"
he says.

unt recommer
y the America
heart Associati

"If one lowers sodium
intake to lower blood
pressure, this change
in sodium activates
several systems (includ-
ing the renin-angiotensin
aldosterone system) that con-

serve sodium, and those sys-
tems are implicated in disease
processes such as damaging
the arterial wall and kidneys,"
Staessen says,
This study may apply to
Americans of white European
descent, but it might less appli-
cable to Blacks because they
are believed to be more salt
sensitive, he says.

oon 2,300
/Iaximum daily amount recommended
by the government recent dietary
Reduced to 1,500 milligrams
for people who are:
> 51 and older
S- Black
> have hypertension,
diabetes or chronic
kidney disease

Obese people less sexually satisfied

Findings part of

weight-loss study
By Mary Brophy Marcus

Being fat can dampen your
sex life, a new study suggests.
Obese men and women par-
ticipating in a weight loss drug
study reported that they were
significantly less sexually sat-
isfied than the general popula-
tion. The study, published in
the May issue of the Journal of
Sex and Marital Therapy, also
suggests women are less satis-
fied than men.
"Our findings contribute to a
growing body of research that
indicates obesity is associated
with reduced sexual function-
ing and sexual quality of life,"
says study author Truls Ost-
bye, a professor in the depart-
ment of community and family
'itmiCttl-ffin ar Ue Un-iversity
Medical Center, in a statement.
(The findings about weight loss

drugs have not yet been pub- The researchers compared
lished.) the scores for the obese group
The study participants -134 seeking treatment to a group
women and 91 men were all of cancer survivors studied in
moderately to severely obese, 2006 and a general population
with a body mass index (BMI) group. Gadde says obese men's
of at least 30, says study co- satisfaction scores fell between
author Kishore Gadde, direc- the cancer survivors and the
tor of Duke's obesity clinical general population, while obese
trials program. But none were women scored lower than both
so heavy that it would be physi- groups.
cally impossible to be sexually "This is a study that con-
active. firmed 'a lot of what we already
Participants, who were white, know, but it also adds to that
Black and Hispanic, answered literature. It studied both men
an in-depth questionnaire that and wQmen; many weight loss
evaluates sexual interest, de- studies are just in women,"
sire, arousal, orgasm, satisfac- says David Sarwer, director of
tion, behavior, relationships, clinical services at the Center
masturbation and problems. for Weight and Eating Disorders
"The questions were very at the University of Pennsylva-
straight," Gadde says. "There nia School of Medicine. He adds
were no words minced. We that racially diverse groups are
asked them about their desire, not often studied in relation to
whether they would get aroused sex and weight.
when they had thoughts and Sarwer says the study draws
dreams or fAt-ia!4t,' are they-flneded' attention to an area
satisfied with 'their sex life, do most clinicians avoid, and not
they have orgasms?" just with overweight patients.

Baby-bottle use linked to obesity

By Nanci Hellmich

Pediatricians and
dentists encourage
parents to stop giv-
ing their babies bot-
tles by age one to
prevent their chil-
dren s teeth from
A new study
shows another
good reason to
follow that ad-
vice: Kids who are
drinking from a
bottle when they
are two-years-old
are more likely to
be obese by age
five than those who
Researchers at
Temple University
in Pennsylvania

analyzed data on 6,750
children from a federal
survey and found that
22 percent of the chil-
dren were prolonged bot-
tle users still using a
bottle at age two as their
primary drink container
and/or were put to bed
with a bottle with a cal-
orie-containing beverage,
usually milk.
About 23 percent of
the prolonged bottle us-
ers were obese by age
five, making them 33
percent more likely to
be obese than kids who
weren't drinking from a
bottle at age two, accord-
ing to the findings in The
Journal of Pediatrics.
Researchers factored out
other things that might
contribute to obesity,

including the mother's
weight, the child's birth
weight and feeding prac-
tices during infancy.
A two-year-old girl of
average size who drinks
an eight-ounce bottle of
whole milk at bedtime
would get about 12 per-
cent of her daily calories
from that bottle, says
Rachel Gooze, lead au-
thor on the study.
"This is a practice that
has been discouraged
for years because it pro-
motes tooth decay, and
this is one of the first
studies to show that it
may also promote obe-
sity," says pediatrician
Robert Whitaker, profes-
sor of public health and
pediatrics at Temple and
study co-author.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA, MAY 11-17, 2011


Day of the

Midwife Rally

By Kaila Heard


To deliver a healthy baby, mothers need an
experienced obstetrician-gynecologist doctor and
a well-certified hospital, right?
Well, not necessarily.
Mothers who have low-risk pregnancies can
deliver their babies at home with the aid of a mid-
wife instead.
In 2004, there were 24,700 certified nurse-mid
wife assisted births in Florida according to the
National Center for Health Statistics. Overall in
the United States, 7.4 percent of all births were
attended by certified nurse-midwives in 2005.
Giving birth at home with the assistance of a
midwife has become much less popular during
the 20th century in America, but there are still
experienced and qualified midwives willing to
serve mothers.
To raise awareness about the importance and
availability of midwives, Birthworkers of Color
United, a South Florida collective of midwives,
doulas, childbirth educators and breastfeeding
counselors, held a
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Children may become constipated
from a practice experts call "stool with-
holding" -- deliberately not going-to the.
bathroom because of embarrassment,
fear of an unpleasant experience, or the
desire not to interrupt playtime.
The National Digestive Diseases In-
formation Clearinghouse says parents
should be aware of these warning signs
that a child may be constipated:
Having infrequent bowel move-
Displaying posture indicating the
child is holding in a stool, including
squeezing the buttocks or rocking back
and forth.
Complaining of pain or cramping in
the belly.
Having difficulty passing stools.
Passing stools that are large, dry or
Finding stool in your child's under-


Though anyone can become dehydrat-
ed, there are some people who should be
careful to drink enough water.
The American Academy of Family
Physicians mentions these risk factors
for dehydration:
Having a bladder infection or kidney
Being pregnant or breast-feeding.
Spending time outdoors in hot
Having a fever or diarrhea.
Trying to lose weight.

Black men from across the state, including those pictured here, totaled close to 3,000 who received free screenings and important health
information aimed at prolonging their lives.


Black Men's Health and Wellness Expo

By Roger Caldwell
Miami Times writer

On Saturday, April 23, 3,000
Black men and 300 young men
ages 12-18, attended the 15th an-
nual Black Men's Health and Well-
ness Expo in Orlando. The Central
Florida Pharmacy Council, under
the direction of Dr. Angela Adams,
is celebrating its 15th year in help-
ing to improve the quality of life for
thousands of men in the Orlando
The attendance has grown from
250 men to over 3,000 men, who
receive free screenings and impor-
tant health information that can
save their lifes.
The host/moderator for this
year's event was Genesis, a local
comedian."The most important as-
pect of the Wellness Expo is that
the Black man is aware how to be
healthy and remain alive for lon-
ger periods of time. This event is
an awareness, an education, and a
fellowship as well, and something

that is needed in our community,"
he said.
The keynote speaker was Michael
Cottman, a journalist for Black
America Web. Hip speech focpe4
on "A Deeper Dive: The Obama Fit-
n ess M l',-d," where he talked about
health, politics and history.
Cottman believes that Black men
must utilize President Obama's ex-
ercise regiment as a model to im-
prove our health.
Included in the Wellness Expo this
year was an event called "Crossing
Bridges: the Hip Hop Health Sum-
mit" as part of the Men's Health
Summit. Radio personality Monica
May from Star 94.5 was the person
in charge of organizing this section
of the summit.
The Expo included three speak-
ers: Haki Nkrumah, founder/presi-
dent of Young Fathers of Central
Florida; Vikki Hankins, author of
TRAUMA and a prison guard, who
is also a professional women's soft-
ball player.
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Keynote speaker and journalist Michael Cottman (1-r) and Dr. An-
gela Adams, Central Florida Pharmacy Council, addressed the health
crisis facing the Black community during the recent Black Men's
Health & Wellness Expo.

Primary stroke center: Asthma cases up in the U.S.

What it means to you?

If ,ou notice a sudden change in
your vision or maybe one of \our
arms or legs feels heavy, numb
or weak you may be having a
stroke. The siims of a stroke may
include the sudden onset of one or
more of the following symptoms-
Numbness or weakness of
the face. arm or leg
Confusion, trouble
speakingor understanding
Trouble walking, dizziness
or loss of balance or
Trouble seeing in one or
both eyes
Severe headache \with no
known cause
Recognizing the symptoms ol
a stroke and seeking prompt
medical care can great'\ improve
your chances of recovery

Everv 40 seconds in the United
States, someone has a stroke.
and about ever, three to four
minutes someone dies as a result
of a stroke. This makes stroke the
third leading cause of death in the
United States. About 5.1 million
Amertcans are stroke suirviors.
vet many of them have serious,
long-term disabilities.

When someone is having
a stroke, they need prompt
emergency medical care. During
a stroke blood supply to the brain
is 'cut off or disrupted, causing
part of the brain to go without
the ox:een-nch blood it needs.
The longer the brain goes without
blood, the greater the chance a
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By Val Willingham

According to the Centers for
Disease Control, asthma cases
are on the rise. New statistics
show that people diagnosed
with asthma in the United
States grew by 4.3 million be-
tween 2001 and 2009.
A new Vital Signs report
released recently by the Cen-
ters for Disease Control and
Prevention, finds nearly one in
12 Americans were diagnosed
with asthma by 2009. Asthma
costs have escalate from about
$53 billion in 2002 to about $,56
billion in 2007, which is about a
six percent increase.
Asthma is a pulmonary con-
dition that can cause serious
cases of wheez-
ing, breathless- '
ness, chest
tightness, and
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coughing. Patients can control
their asthma symptoms through
medication or by avoiding things
that exacerbate their illness,
including smoking and air pollu-
tion. Asthma triggers are usually
environmental and can, be found
everywhere, including schools,
offices, homes, outdoors, and
any place where mold or allergy
irritants can grow. And even
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Biting insects: Keeping family

and fido safe in spring/summer

Special to The Miami Times

Most people treat their dogs
and pets as members of the
family, but much like a cold
that causes' humans to feel
sick, people need to be aware
of how their pet's health can
be affected by indoor and out-
door insects.
For example, it is easy to for-
get that pets suffer from mos-
quito bites too. Mosquitoes
feed on blood, so anytime your
pet is in an active mosquito
area, they are at risk of being
bitten, which can cause condi-
tions such as heart-worm dis-
ease, which is a slow develop-
ing disease that often proves
fatal for cats and dogs if left
unchecked. In fact, one flea
can bite your pet more than
400 times a day, according to
the U.S. Food and Drug Ad-
ministration's FDA Consumer

magazine. So how can respon-
sible pet owners take precau-
tions against mosquitoes?
Pest experts for Truly Nolen
of America, one of the coun-
try's largest family-owned pest
control companies, suggest
taking an active stand when it
comes to protecting your pets.
Meanwhile, fleas and ticks
are no picnic for pets either.
A flea's saliva can cause ane-
mia, dermatitis and a transfer
of tapeworms to a pet, while
ticks can cause even more se-
vere conditions such as mus-
cle weakness, loss of coordi-
nation and sometimes even
death from. respiratory failure.
Truly Nolen recommends
the following tips to protect
your pets from pests ruining
their spring and summer:
Check your pets regularly
for mosquito bites, flea dirt
and ticks, especially after be-

ing outdoors. Any excessive
scratching, licking or groom-
ing behavior is normally a tip-
off that a bite or infestation
has occurred.
Be aware of tall grassy ar-
eas where fleas and ticks gath-
er and try to avoid them.
Be aware that dawn and
dusk is when mosquitoes are
most active, so try walking
your pets outside of these pa-
Be proactive inside the
home by thoroughly washing
pet ,bedding and regular vacu-
Consult a veterinarian
about heart-worm protection,
as many monthly pill options
exist, and before using any
flea and tick treatment.
If confronted with an in-
door pest infestation, contact
a licensed pest professional to
treat the problem.

North Shore Medical Center honored its physi-
cians with a luncheon on March 30th for Doc-
tor's Day. At the event, CEO Manny Linares
proudly announced the Physician of the Year,
Dr. Moses Alade, a family medicine physician.
Other physicians also honored at the event were
Dr. Ramon Hachavarria, Most Responsive; Dr.
Frederick Bloom, Most Legible Orders; Dr. H.
Vincenzo Patone, Best Bed-Side Manner and Dr.
Paul Fassbach, Best Team Player. Awards were

determined based on votes by the employees at
the hospital.
"North Shore Medical Center is proud to cel-
ebrate the dedication and commitment of its phy-
sicians," says Manny Linares, chief executive of-
ficer, who takes personal pride in working with
such loyal, committed and hard working individ-
uals. "It is our pleasure to honor not only these
physicians, but all of our physicians for every-
thing they do for our patients and community."

Reacting quickly when recognizing a stroke

continued from 17B

disability will occur.
The National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and
Stroke (NINDS) conducted a
five-year study on the use of
tissue plasminogen activator
(tPA), a clot-busting drug. The
study found that patients who
received tPA within three hours
of the first stroke symptoms
were at least 30 percent more
likely to recover with little or no
disability after three months.
When a person is having a
stroke, doctors must first
determine whether the stroke
is caused by a clot (ischemic
stroke) or by a ruptured blood
vessel (hemorrhagic) before tPA
can be used. This is because tPA
can only be used for ischemic
strokes, which account for
about 87 percent of all strokes.

The Brain Attack Coalition,
a group of 14 national
organizations including
the American Academy of
Neurololgy, the American
Association of Neurological
Surgeons, the American
College of Emergency
Physicians, the American
Society of Neuroradiology
and the American Stroke
Association, developed joint
recommendations for hospitals

to create stroke care centers as
a way to improve the quality of
care for stroke patients.
The concept for the stroke
care centers is similar to that
of a trauma center combining
the resources of a number of
specialties to quickly evaluate
and treat patients with complex
medical needs. Like a trauma
center, the stroke center
team works closely with local
emergency medical services
so that proper care can begin
before the patient arrives at the
The stroke team includes
physicians such as neurologists
or neurosurgeons who specialize
in the care of strokes. Nurses
from the hospital's emergency
department or intensive care
centers also are part of the
stroke team. The team is
available around the clock to
respond when a patient with
stroke symptoms comes to the
The goal of a stroke team is
to promptly assess the patient's
condition and order the tests
needed to diagnose the type of
stroke involved. The team also
works to stabilize the patient's
blood pressure, heart rate and
other vital functions. If the tests
show that the patient's stroke
is the result of a blood clot
blocking a vein in the brain,
then tPA can be given to help
break up the clot. The team's

goal is to begin tPA within three
hours of the first symptoms of
a stroke.
After receiving appropriate
emergency care, a stroke patient
is to a stroke unit. The stroke
unit has the equipment in place
for continuous monitoring of
the patient's condition.

According to the Brain Attack
Coalition, hospitals with stroke
centers .have shown improved
treatment times for stroke care
and better patient outcomes.
"We've found that using the
stroke center approach helps us
diagnose and treat strokes more
quickly," said Manny Linares,
CEO of North Shore Medical
Center. "We use evidence-based
medicine to establish written
protocols for stroke care that
are designed to improve patient
care and quickly get them the
care they need. These protocols
have been shown to reduce
the number of stroke-related
complications, which lead to
improved quality of life for our
North Shore, Medical Center's
stroke program has been
awarded certification from
the Joint Commission as an
Advanced Primary Stroke
To learn more about stroke
care, call us at 305-835-6000.

Black men gather to focus on health issues

continued from 17B

Another keynote speaker
during the lunch hour was
Ricky Watters, former NFL
running back that played
for the 49ers, Eagles and

The Wellness Expo was a
wonderful opportunity for 'men
of all ages to learn important
facts about their well-being.
Based on the tenacity and
commitment of Dr. Angela Ad-
ams, the Black Men's Health

and Wellness Expo has be-
come an institution in the
Orlando community. We are
blessed to have Dr. Angela Ad-
ams and congratulation for 15
years of saving Black men's
lives, through improving our


As a FREE Community Service Program by North Shore Mpdical
Center, we are pleased to offer the following informative event:

;.*~ I~

j (

Arlene Cameron, RN I Stroke Program Coordinator
Public knowledge of stroke is low. Learn the signs, symptoms,
and risk factors associated with stroke. Simple prevention and
treatment education can reduce stroke incidence.

9:30am 10:30am

North Shore Medical Center
Auditorium (off the main lobby area)
1100 N. W. 95 Street I Miami, FL 33150

Light refreshments will be served.
Free blood pressure screenings will be provided




Medical Center

Heat cold cuts to 165 degrees to avoid lis

By Elizabeth Weise the American Geriatrics Society and a risk for listeriosis should not eat .
professor of nursing at the University of hot dogs, luncheon meats or deli /
A man weighs lunch meat for a custom- Maryland, knows of no one over that age meats unless they are reheated ,.
er at Pacifica, Calif., store. The elderly are who heats deli meats to that level and until steaming hot. Thoroughly
advised to avoid cold cuts or heat them to says she's never seen a case of listeriosis reheating food can help kill any
165 degrees. in a patient. bacteria that might be pres- 2
The Centers for Disease Control and "Older adults eat -lunch meat all the ent. If you cannot reheat these
Prevention has been saying for at least time, because it's convenient," says the foods, do not eat them," says Neil '
11 years now that people over 50 and es- author of Essentials of Clinical Geriat- Gaffney, spokesman for the U.S.
pecially those over 65 should avoid hot rics. "My own concern would be the qual- Department of Agriculture's Food
dogs, lunch meats, cold cuts and other ity-of-life issue. Do you want people to Safety Inspection Service.
deli meats unless they are reheated to worry and not eat something they really The recommendation is because of
165 degrees "steaming hot" in CDC's enjoy?" a food-borne bug by the name of listeria
words. The government also says you To her mind, deli meats' sodium con- monocytogenes which causes an uncom- '
shouldn't keep an open package of sliced tent is the bigger risk. mon but potentially fatal disease called
deli meat more than five days, all to re- "I have patients that are 103, and listeriosis. About 85 percent of cases are
duce the risk of infection from a bacteria they're probably eating lunch meat ev- linked to cold cuts or deli meats, says
called listeria. But some question wheth- ery day. But they're survivors lunch Mike Doyle, a professor of food microbiol- Im. .c a.. ,.
er the country's been paying attention. meat's not going to get them," she says. ogy at the University of Georgia.
In theory the CDC recommendation But food-safety officials mean busi- And based on FSIS risk-assessmen tat
might be a useful educational point, but ness about the warning. "When it comes data, meats sliced at the store pose a ___raist_ _c us
Barbara Resnick, incoming president of to food safety, we're serious: People at Please turn to LISTERIA 19B I gre.
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Christian Fellowship Recommendation: Elderly should avoid cold cut meats

installs new pastor

Christian Fellowship Mission-
ary Baptist Church, 8100 NW
17 Avenue, proudly celebrates
the installation of Reverend
Benjamin H. Parrott as senior
pastor and teacher.
Pre-installation services will
commence on Tuesday, May 17.
Rev. Joseph Turner and the Mt.
Moriah MBC family will be in
charge of the services.
On Thursday, May 19, Rev.
D.L. Powell and the New Shiloh
MBC family will be in charge of
the services.
On Friday, May 20, Rev. Kito
March and the Mt. Nebo MBC
family will be in charge of the
All week night services will
begin at 7 p.m.
Sunday service will com-
mence at 7:30 a.m., with Rev.
Moses Blackman of Allenhurst,
Georgia. Rev. Charles Cole-


Revival Temple



Pastor Amos Allen and the Ap-
ostolic Revival Temple invites all
to celebrate their 15th Pastoral
and Church Anniversary at their
new address 185 NW 14 Street.
The theme is '"Striving for Perfec-
Nightly services will start at
7:30 p.m., on May 11 and 13. On
Sunday, May 15, service begins
at 5 p.m.

Rev. Benjamin H. Parrott
man, Pastor Emeritus of Chris-
tian Fellowship will deliver the
10:45 a.m. sermon; and at 4
p.m., Rev. Robert C. Stanley of
Hopewell M.B. Church will de-
liver the sermon for the formal
installation of Rev. Parrott as
senior pastor and teacher.

Pastor Amos Allen

continued from 18B

greater risk than meats pre-
sliced at federally inspected es-
tablishments, Gaffney says.
The threat from listeria is
real and not to be ignored,
CDC and USDA emphasize.
"About one of five patients
with listeriosis dies," says

Benjamin Silk, with CDC's En-
teric Diseases Epidemiology
Branch. That's why CDC is
concerned about it, although
the numbers that fall ill are
still relatively low. The CDC
estimates there are about
1,600 cases of listeriosis and
260 related deaths each year,
only half of which are diag-
nosed and reported so peo-

ple are getting sick, but may
not know what sickened them.
It's not just the CDC raising
the concern. listeriosis and
cold cuts were ranked just
last week as the third worst
combination of a food and
a pathogen in terms of the
burden they place on public
health, costing $1.1 billion
a year in medical costs and

lost work days, according to
a study by the University of
Florida's Emerging Pathogen
Pregnant women are one of
the highest risk groups. About
one in six cases of listeriosis
occurs in pregnancy and when
a pregnant woman gets it,
there's a 30 percent chance of
a miscarriage, studies show.

More people now face asthma problems in the U.S.

continued from 17B

though many patients have
been educated when it comes
to their asthma, the explana-
tion for the growth in asthma
rates still remains a mystery.
"Despite the fact that outdoor
air quality has improved, we've
reduced two common asthma
triggers secondhand smoke
and smoking in general asth-
ma is increasing," said Dr. Paul
Garbe, chief of CDC's Air Pol-
lution and Respiratory Health
Branch. "While we don't know
the cause of the increase, our
top priority is getting people
to manage their symptoms

The report finds that asthma
diagnoses increased among all
demographic groups between
2001 and 2009, though a higher
percentage of children reported
having asthma than adults (9.6
percent compared to 7.7 per-
cent in 2009). Diagnoses were
especially high among boys
(11.3 percent), while the great-
est rise in asthma rates was
among Black children (almost
a 50 percent increase) from
2001 through 2009. Seventeen
percent of non-Hispanic Black
children had asthma in 2009,
the highest rate among racial/
ethnic groups.
"Asthma is a serious, lifelong
disease that unfortunately kills
thousands of people each year

and adds billions to our na-
tion's health care costs," said
CDC Director, Dr.Thomas R.
Frieden. "We have to do a bet-
ter job educating people about
managing their symptoms and
how to correctly use medicines
to control asthma so they can
live longer more productive
lives while saving health care
The report coincides with
World Asthma Day, an annual
event sponsored by the Global
Initiative for Asthma.
In an effort to cut asthma
cases the CDC is making the
following recommendations.
Improve indoor air quality
for asthma patients by passing
smoke-free air laws and poli-

cies, in public places, includ-
ing school areas and work-
Teach patients how to
avoid asthma triggers such as
smoke, mold, pet dander, and
outdoor air pollution,
Encourage doctors to pre-
scribe inhaled corticosteroids
for all patients with persis-
tent asthma and to provide
patients with asthma action
plans on how to manage their
Encourage home environ-
mental assessments and edu-
cational sessions conducted by
clinicians, health educators,
and other health professionals
both within and outside of a
clinical or hospital setting.

Will midwife assisted births become popular again?

continued from 17B

rally on the corner of 33rd
Street and Biscayne Blvd in
Miami on Thursday, May 5,
the International Day of the
According to midwife
Jamarah Amani, most mothers
today are not aware that they
even have the option of using
a midwife.
"They think that midwifery is
either something that is long
gone or they think it's only
for an elite group of women,"
Amani said.
Amani, whose a member of

Birthworkers of Color United,
received her certification from
the International School of
Midwifery in January. Licensed
midwives in Florida must
complete a three year midwifery
education program as well as
pass a national certification
examination among other
Among some of the differences
between a birth assisted by
a midwife and a doctor are
their approach to birthing as
a normal part of life rather
than a medical emergency, and
the possibility of giving birth
in familiar settings such as a
home, as well as the lower cost

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of a low-risk at-home birth.
Also, midwives provide
emotional and practical advice
about diet, physical and even
mental health of the baby and
"Midwives tend to provide
more holistic care," Amani
According to some, midwives
are even able to lower the infant
mortality rate, an especially
notably claim in communities
that suffer from higher than
normal death rates.
Although Black infant
mortality rates had declined by
4.3 percent from 2000 to 2006,
the rate, 13 deaths per 1,000
BI "'w


births, is still nearly double the
national average, according to
the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention.
There are conflicting
statistics as to whether
midwives actually lower infant
mortality, however several
studies have shown that
midwifery lowers the rate of
surgical interventions such as
cesarean sections.
For women interested in
using the assistance of a
midwife, contact the The
Florida Council of Nurse
Midwives or the Florida Council
of Licensed Midwifery to refer
them to a licensed practitioner.

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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Services

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

Order of Services
Sunday School 9:45 ain.
Sin Morning rr'; It n am.
ITuv .l,,, > ISl t
WI 1 tI6 13 ,1 I',' ,T,

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

I Order of Seivies
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St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street

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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street

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

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i Early Worship 7a.n
Sunday0Shool 90.m
| NB( 10:05a.m.
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W i Mision ans daibe
Class Tuesday 6:30p.m.

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

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

Order of Services
Flyn, 0.unday Wor-hip 7-10am

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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

S-- --, Order of Services
; jSUNDAY: Worship Servi(e
4 Morning0 o.m.
Church School 8:30 a.m.
I: Feeding Ministry 12 noon
Bible Study 7 p.m.

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street
IKto.ll,1111 o fl,Iit.l,$1, i

Order of Services
Chorth/Sunday School 8:30 a.m.
Sunday Worship Senrvice 10 n.m
Mid-Week Service Wednesday's
Hour oft Power-Noon Day Prayer
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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International

2300 N.W. 135th Stre(
Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m.,
11 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

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


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

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

First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court
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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street

Ordpr o1 Servile,.
Hoe r of Praye 6 30 a m Early Mourming Wtslip i 30 13 a n
.Sunday S(hoorjl 9 30 a m W Morning Wor'.hip I1I a m
Youlh Mini y ",dy wed 7 p m Pray'r Bbl St udy Wed I p m
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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

,- -.. ; Order of Services
Early Sundoy
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Bisho Jae DeaT Adm ," s

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Bishop ictor.i T." C rryiiil Ini fil iSenior1Pastor/Teacher

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ev.. Charles Lee Dinkins



19B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 11-17, 2011

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20B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 11-17, 2011

/ ..-..-.....

WILFRED CASH, 67, inspec-
tor died May
8. Survivors-
include: wife,
Blanche Cash; .
six children and tJ
a host of sor- -
rowing friends.
Services 1 p.m.,
Saturday at New
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

borer died May

p.m., Saturday
in the chapel. -.

WILLIE TAYLOR, 62, truck
driver died May
1. Services 11
a.m., Saturday
at Church of
God by Faith.

SARAH FINCH, 79, nurse aide,
died May 6.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
New Beginning
MBC Church. A.:

WELLS, 81,
school bus
driver, died April
28 in Orlando. ,
She was born
2, 1929 in ..
Stateboro, GA.
to parents Irma -
Watson and Eugene Hendley. Iris
is a graduate of Alabama State
University. She loved fishing and
watching football and basketball.
After 25 years of service as a
school bus driver she retired from
Dade County Public Schools. She
was preceded in death by her
late husband, Chester Wells, Jr.,
grandson, Antuan Laquay Wells,
great-grandson, Eric Wells, Jr.,
and half brother, Eugene Hendley
Jr. Survivor include: daughters,
Deborah Wells Toney, Linda
(Nathaniel) Webster, Pamela (Jack)
Carter, Celeste Wells and Gailynn
Wells; step-sister, Jean Savage;
nine grandchildren, Arrington,
Iris, Eric, Nathaniel, Bryan, John,
Tiffany and Jack; twenty-two great
grands; and a host of cousins,
nieces and nephews. Service 10
a.m., May 14, Saturday at Second
Baptist Church in Richmond
Heights. She will be missed by
all. In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made to the hospice of the
Comforter-Altamonte Springs, FL.


10 a.m., Tuesday in the chapel.

Wright and Young
CARL LEE WATTS, 51, furniture
technician, died .

May 2 at Jack-
son Hospital
North. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at House of

nuclear medi-
cine technician,
died May 6 at
Aventura Hos-
pital. Service
2:30 p.m., Sat-
urday at Church
of God by Faith,

ROLLE, 42, r
died May 6 at
North Shore
Medical Cen-
ter. Service 12
noon, Saturday
at Friendship
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

,i ^
' .

SMITH, JR., 55,


EMMA E. BELL, 85, housewife,
died May 4 at

Survivors z t.
include: three
daughters, '
Maria (Pastor '
Lionel) Reckley, -
D e b o r ah
Jackson, oaa
and Joslyn (Everett) Daley; two
sons, Joshua, (Risa) Bell, and
Derek Bell. The viewing 4-9 p.m.,
Wednesday, May 11 Royal Funeral
Home. Service 11 a.m., Thursday
at Historic Mount Zion Baptist
Church, 301 NW 9 Street.

nutrition service n
worker, died ,
May 3 in Miami '
Gardens. Sur-
vivors include:
children, Tawan- -.
da McNair (Wil- -'
lie Clyde McNair -
Jr.,) Velveeta ,
Tate and Lori Tate; grandchildren,
Alina, Keyondra, Janey, Derrick II,
Keyondra Twyman, Darius, Mar-
cus and Dericka; great-grandson,
Isaiah James; brother, Clarence
Williams; sisters, Ada Britt (George
Britt) and Dorothy Biggers (Hen-
derson Biggers.) Viewing 4-9 p.m.,
Friday. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Jesus People Ministries Church.

70, carpenter,
died May 2 at
North Shore
Medical Center.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

died May 3 at home. Service 1
p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

NATHANIEL MACK, 64, retired,
died May 6 at
Jackson Memo- .
rial Hospital.
Viewing 5 p.m., ,
Friday at Rich-
ardson Funeral
Home. Service 1
p.m. Saturday at
Temple Mission-
ary Baptist Church.

MONS," died
April 21 at North
Shore Hospital
and not Vista
Hospice. i

Lithgow Bennett Philbrick
LOUISE GREEN, 72, domestic
technician, died .h,
April 29. Servic- .
es were held.

Nakia Ingraham
MAY HAMILTON, 78, social
worker, died May 5 at Aventura
Hospital. Service 2 p.m., Thursday
at Mt. Pisgah Seventh Day
Adventist Church.

maintenance supervisor, died May
C at Memorial Hospital. Service 11
a.m., Friday at New Macedonia
Baptist Church.

chef, died May 2 at Broward
General. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
BETTY CAMPBELL, 74, records
custodian, died May 3 at University
of Miami Hospital. Services were

Business X-Press
owner dies

retired nurse and founder of
Business-X-Press located at
2973 NW 62 Street, died on
May 4 at Aventura Medical
She is survived by her
mother, Elizabeth McClinton
Palmer; son and daughter-in-
law, Lloyd and Patricia Mc-
Clinton; three grandchildren,
A'Lexis, Lloyd Jr., and Alzya
Ms. Shirley also leaves
behind many close family,
friends, and clients.
Services 10 a.m., Saturday
at New Birth Baptist Church,
The Cathedral of Faith Inter-
national, 2300 NW 135 Street,
Arrangements handled by
Richardson Funeral Home.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,
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line groups are also a possibil- mix of
Bereavement groups offer ity, particularly if your brother work fo
comfort and support to help lives in a rural area or is un- out. Or
people deal with the death able to attend an in-person groups
of a loved one. Some focus group for whatever reason. bers ch
specifically on the loss of a Look for a group with a qual- selves
spouse or child or elderly par- ified leader, such as a clergy of sessi
ent. There are also groups for member or social worker (or continue
young children who have lost both). A leader moderates, other -
a parent. Groups may be free makes sure one person (or a to wor
or involve a fee. They are avail- few people) don't monopolize a gravi
able at or through churches, the time, and clarifies any in- handle
synagogues and other places correct information offered by and ot
of worship, as well as hospi- a participant. Such groups can birthday
tals, hospices, community cen- help survivors express their the love
ters, caregiver organizations, emotions safely and make new you're
and organizations concerned friends. feels de
with a disease such as the Participants must feel com- such o0
American Cancer Society. You fortable in the group to have less.

can search on the Web to lo-
cate "bereavement groups" in

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

01/03/33 05/14/10

It seems like only yester-
day, when we were together.
You're always with us, but
you're with our Heavenly Fa-
ther now.
We'll always love you, your
loving wife, family, children,
grands and great grands.

Death Notice

02/18/62 05/11/07

Your laughter, smile, and
genuine love for all who knew
you is missed daily. You will
live forever in our hearts.
Love Marcus, family and

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


gratefully acknowledges
your kindness and expres-
sions of sympathy. Your vis-
its, prayers, telephone calls,
cards, monetary gifts, floral
arrangements and covered
dishes were appreciated.
Thanks to St. Luke Mis-
sionary Baptist Church and
Manker Funeral Home.
Special thanks to Marty
Williams, Shirlene Chester,
Kitchen Ministry of St. Luke
Church, Booker T. Washing-
ton Class of 1943, family and
May God bless each of you,
Bessie Cato and family.





died May 7 in Miami. Service
held. Survived by the Wright,
Joseph and Frederique fami-




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or you, you can drop
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work so well that mem-
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d the inscription on
stone to how others
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her special days like
ys or the anniversary of
;d one's death. Knowing
not the only one who
devastated or angry on
occasions can be price-


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basis for new PDSr series

By D. Kevin McNeir

It may have taken 50 years but at long last the
brave band of men and women who faced angry,
white racists in Alabama, Georgia and other
southern states, in their quest to extend the
rights of public travel to Blacks in America, are
now being recognized for their contributions and
From May until November 1961, more than
400 Black and white Americans participated in
the Freedom Rides traveling together on buses
and trains as they journeyed through the Deep
South. Many were savagely beaten and impris-
oned. But they chose to deliberately violate Jim
Crow laws and stood fast to their belief of non-
violent activism. Despite two earlier Supreme
Court decisions that mandated the desegregation
of interstate travel facilities, Blacks in the U.S. in
1961 were still subjected to hostility and racism
while traveling through the South.
Now they are having their say. Close to 183
riders, including several of the original team of
13, were even featured last week on The Oprah
Winfrey Show.
The complete story has been filmed in a docu-
mentary by Black director Stanley Nelson en-
titled, "American Experience presents Freedom
Riders." [Check your local PBS station for the
schedule]. Nelson's piece has been described as
"an astonishing testament to the accomplishment
of youth and what can result from the incredible
combination of personal conviction and the cour
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burning the bus and beating the Black and white occupants
who sought to force the desegregation of bus stations in a
number of southern cities.

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99 new initiates at their
"Crossing Over Ceremony",
last Saturday, at the Hilton
Miami, as well as recognizing
founding members such as
Zandra R. Albury, Margaret
P. Baulman, Cleomie W.
Bloomfield, Bobbie D.
Bowen, Pernella Burke,
Thelma B. Davis, Martha C.
Day, Darlene Gay, Elmer H.
Kilpatrick, Ruth K. Jones,
Juanita A. Lake, Sheba M.
Martin, Maud P. Newbold,
Beverly E. Nixon,
Dorothy H. Saunders,
Marcia J. Saunders,
Dorothy S. Sawyer
and Evelyn H. Wynn.
Honors and
recognition were -
also given to chapter
presidents: Newbold,
1981-85; Baulman, DI
1985-89; Davis, 1989-
91; Angela Robinson
Bellamy, 1991-93; Nadine
Gay Bendroff, 1991-95;
Renee S. Jones, 1995-97;
Karen B. Jordan, 1997-01;
Anne T. Herriott, 2001-03;
Evelyn L. Davis, 2003-05;
Bobbie Jones Wilfork, 2005-
07; Rubye L. Howard, 2005-
07 and Janice P. Hopton,
2009. Special tributes were
given to Janice Hopkin,
president; Michelle Hicks-
Levy, leader; Minerva Circle,
Mayor Shirley Gibson and
Juanita Lane, chaplain.
Kudos go out to the newly
initiated Deltas: Natasha
Ashley, Cynthia Barnum,
Laila Brock, Delphine H.
Brown, Takia Bullock, Rasha
Burton, Theresa Campbell,
Vonesia Campbell, Nikki
Cannon, Judith A. Case,
Felicia L. Caulty, Shirley
Clark, Danielle N. Clark,
Cynthia Clay, Tequil
Tiffany Davis, Krystal

M. Dobbins. --
Ale xa ndria
Edwards 1
Sherie Sawyer -0
Edw ards, ..
Santrel Elston,
Altrenasha A. Ervin, Shi-Mel
Glover Everette, Tamara
Fuller, Ebone' Jackson
Fulmore, Valencia A.
Gabriel, Cinnamon Gadson,
Latwan Gamble, Delphine
Gervais, Annette Gibson,
Shirley Gibson, Ruby
Glover-Hodge, Khristal
Gooding, Geneva Barnes-
Green, Tiffany Green,
Cheree Gulley, Sherron C.
Gutron, Ralphaleetta
_ Hall, Yolanda Hamm-
Johnson, Masheena
Herring, Dinah Hill,
Paula Hill, Jerometta
S S. Ingraham, Adres
Danita Jenkins,
Tonua D. Johnson,
GGS Consuela Jones,
Kiah Jones, Lisa
Jones and Lesa L.
Also, Vernita Kingcade,
Vernatta Lee, Satarria Level,
Janet Lowe, Tranyce McCoy,
Danielle McLaughlin,
Catherine McPhee, Sandra
Merkerson, Tamara Monroe,
Wainimu N. Joroge, Tracy
N. Noarelian, Brenda
Pacouloute, Ami Passmore,
Brittany Phillips, Margaret
Porter-Hall, Joyce Postell,
Tamara Price, Conswella
Quinones, Nicole Ramos,
Sjakettia C. Richie, Blythe
Robinson, LaChauncey
Rogers, Charlenia Rutland
and Renita Samuels-Dixon.
Also, Vanessa Sanchez-
Woodson, Lynsey Saunders,
Tracy Sealon, Rhoda
Shirley, Lisa Skirving,
Yolanda Smith, Monique
D. Spence, Jessica St.
Amand, Latosina Styles,
Lisa D. Sweeting, Lynesa
SC. Sweeting, Antoinette
Symonette, Kieshda

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Thomas, Angela Thompson,
Georgia Thompson, Lillian
Thompson, Shawnyell
Tumbling, Chardeline
Vigne, Saint-Julis Vilnet,
Trameka Wade, Nyree
Washington, Carmen
Watson, Joyce Michelle
Whitaker, Tina Whitaker
and Sherria Williams.

When Rev. Dr. CarlMitchell
was a happy grandfather after
reading a letter from Maritza
Rosado and Matthew Annett,
assistant principals of Dade
Christian School informing
him of his granddaughter,
Emyja' 0. James, being
selected as a Star Student for
2011 at a luncheon sponsored
by Schools of South Florida
(ISSF) and The
Dade Association of
Academics Non-Public
School (DAANS).
So, Thursday,
April 23, the Mitchell
clan showed up with
grandfather, Lola B.
Edge, grandmother;
Alex James, father; JAI
Lynette, mother;
Alfonso Cobb, uncle and
Carlena M. Mitchell, aunt.
While having lunch, the
Mitchell clan was educated
on the history of the private
school. After the award
ceremony, grandfather
Mitchell announced taking
Emyja' and her mother on a
tour to Harvard, Howard, NYU,
Broadway, including a trip
on Amtrak. Congratulations

It is almost time for family
reunions and Thelma
Eloyce Symonette Brantley
is coordinating the family
reunion to include the families
from Coconut Grove, Miami,
Liberty City, Opa-locka and
Miami Gardens. The reunion
will begin, Friday, June 10
and end on Sunday, June 12.
Activities will include
browsing at Bayside, visiting
Hooters, boat rides, Metro
Rail rides, entertainments at
Bayside with family members
paying in advance to -
participate in events reserved,

Cash, Colette and Lavert
Comb, Audrey Goody, Albert
Charlos, Julianna Cash, Rev.
Keith Thompson, Marie
Brown, Gladys Johnson,
Bonnie North, Dorothy
Patterson, Artie Anderson,
Mel Brooks, Evelyn
Campbell, Susan Allen,

rtant Dory Ungo, William and Dr.
222- Cynthia Clark, Herbert and
and Annie Otoy, Thelma Wilson,
Brenda Wilson, Alonzo Bain,
)ared Patsy McDowell, Amona
ttes, Shagod and Julia Von
nard, Kearns.
Before closure,
Marteen opened gifts
and thanked them for
doing what they did.

A special. salute
goes out to the
Beta Beta Lambda
Chapter of Alpha Phi
PINKNEY Alpha Fraternity,

by Brantley. It is impo
to call Brantley at 786-
7618 for specific events
cost of each one.
Families being prep
for consist of Symone
Finleys, Sands, Mayi
Clark, Wemyss,
Rolle, Gibsons,
Bethel, Dupuchj-
Mapollie, Coleman,
Anderson, Bain, Cox,
Barr, Thompson,
Deveaux, Scriven,
Binah, Armbrister,
Butler, Sturrup,
Delance, Trotman,
Morely, Strachan,
Johnson, Major and Rus
Remember, we're all fa
and please work together
calling Brantley.

Marteen Norn
Levarity was giv
surprise 80th birt
party last Mo
at the Banquet
of Church of
Open Door. Jol
MES. given the hone
being the modern
He began giving
invocation and introd
Clarence Hill, .the one-
band, to entertain wil
performance. Deacon Ha
Lockhart blessed the
and supervised the table
Kudos go out to the Levw
family for arranging the r
in less than a week.
include Rudolph and
Katherine Levarity,
Kelvin and Yolanda
Levarity, Keith and
Bonita Levarity.
Other guests included
Latvele L. Torres,
Diane Torres, Todd
Torres, Ovinen Goody,
Jacqueline Cash,
Robert Green, Giouarr

honoree. Samuel L. Gay
is the second child born to
Rev. Samuel and Inell Gay,
founder of Allen Chapel.
Gay was educated at Miami
Northwestern and Tuskegee
Institute. When he returned
to Miami his educational
experience included principal
of Caver Middle, where. he
received recognition being
.the Center for International
Studies and a Blue Ribbon
from President Bill Clinton.
Bro. David Young, Sr.
presented Judge John D.
Johnson, honoree. Judge
Johnson graduated from
Booker T. Washington and
a law degree from Howard
University. During his
practice, he completed over
50,000 cases as well as
admitted to practice before
the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bro. Gordon Murray, Jr.
presented Bro. Gordon C.
Murray, Sr., honoree. Murray
is the senior attorney for 25
years with Gordon Murray,
P.A. His other recognition
include the PRO Bono Service
Award, 2010; Brother of 2010
and married for 25 years with
three children.
Bro. William Clarke,
III presented Dr. Enid C.
Pinkney, honoree. Pinkney
graduated from Booker
T. Washington, Talladega
and Barry University. Her
recognition: include African-
American, Dade Heritage,
Historical Hampton House,
Church of the Open Door as
an orchestrator and Sigma
Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
William CJarke, III also
presented Dr. Solomon C.
Stinson, honoree. He arrived
in Miami during the 60's
with refreshing skills that
catapulted his legacy from
assistant principal, principal,
a Rockefeller Fellow, assistant
superintendent in 1981,
associate superintendent in
1991, deputy superintendent
in 1996, retired and became
District 2 school board
member, Chairman of the
Board .in 2008 and a man
-who thousands of peopleowith
upper mobility.

By nn S peing

Saint Scholastica's
Chapter of Episcopal
Ch'irch women held
their 33rd Youth Day
celebration. Miss Elisha
Laurie Postell (Miss Saint
Agnes) was their speaker.
Hats off to the committee:
Sharon Anderson, Sharrie
Dean, Robin Moncur,
Donna A. Turner, Flora
Brown and Aundra
Goodmond. Angelita
Browne is president.
Happy wedding
anniversary greetings
go -out to Roosevelt and
Yvette E. Meadows, their
13th on May 2.
Very sorry to learn of
two people who passed:
Dolores Bethel-Reynolds,
the last sister of the fifth
avenue clan (once taught
at Dunbar Elementary
before retiring and moving
up north) and Calvin C.
"Ricemouth" McKinney,
former teacher at Poinsettia
Park Elementary, class of
1944 Diplomats of B.T.W.
Get well wishes to all
of you: Sue Francis,
Naomi Allen-Adams,
Frances Brown, Mildred
"PI" Ashley, Timothy 0.
Savage, David Thurston,
Inez McKinney-Johnson,
Rev. Charles Uptgrow,
Marian Shannon and all
of the sick and shut-ins.
It was a pleasure to watch
our 11th grade young men,
Men of Tomorrow, who
were presented by The
Egelloc Civic and Social
Club, Inc., perform at their
best. Some honors went
to the following: Richard
L. Marquess-Barry II,
Business Ingenuity Award
and Honorable Mention
Award; Curtis Holland,
winner of the Essay Award,

the Showcase ".
of Talent Award F
and Honorable
Mention for
the Black Heritage Award;
Khambrel Dawkins,
winner of the Essay
Award, second place
winner of the Business
Ingenuity Award; Darrius
J. Albury-Williams,
Honorable Mention for the
Black Heritage Award and
Honorable Mention for the
Essay Award; Barrington
F. Jennings II, Honorable
Mention for the Business
Ingenuity Award.
Juanita Miller, regional
director of eight states,
will be in our city on
Saturday, May 14 at the
Embassy Hotel to make
presentations at their
annual business and
professional luncheon.
Kathy Daye-Thurston is
On Saturday, April 30
at 8 p.m. at the Marriott
Bay Hotel, "Not the Largest
but the Best" Roberta
Thompson Daniels,
president; Eurnice Davis,
chairperson; Cora White,
co-chairperson; honored
our sixth group of Living
Legends! The following
Tornadoes were honored:
Dr. Hortense Jean
Hyche Jackson, Reed
Williams, Dr. Sandra T.
Thompson, Alfred W.
Williams, Dr. Gladstone
A. Hunter, Jr., Franklin
Clark, Major Leroy A.
Smith, Irvin Baulkman
and Camonique White.
After the presentations,
the honorees and guests
danced the night away.
Congratulations to all of
you and to our scholarship

The ladies of Saint Agnes
Guild cordially invite you
to our Feminine Emphasis
Day on, May 22 at 10:45
a.m. The guest speaker is
Ms. Tammy Lester, who
will speak on "A Reflection
of our past -- the vision
of our future." Miranda
Albury is the chairman
and Julie Edwards is the
Hearty congratulations
goes out to the Gilbert
family. Shedrick and
Wilma Gilbert's grandson
Marcus Gilbert, son of
Jeffrey and Katrina
Gilbert, is now a
professional football
player. Marcus was drafted
to play with the Pittsburgh
Steelers. Marcus is a
product of Saint Thomas
Aquinas High School and a
University of Florida Gator.
Also their granddaughter
Taea Julia Hall graduated
from the. University of
Florida last week. Janelle
Gilbert-Hall is the proud
Here is the continued
list of those who crossed
over into Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc. on
April 23: Shi-Mei Glover
Everette, Tamara Fuller,
Ebone Jackson Fulmore,
Valencia A. Gabriel,
Cinnamon Gadson,
Latwan Gamble, Delphine
Gervais, Annette Gibson,
Shirley Gibson, Ruby
Glover-Hodge, Khristal
Gooding, Geneva
Barnes-Green, Tiffany
Green, Cheree Gulley,
Sherron Cunningham-
Guyton, Ralphaletta
Hall, Yolanda Hamm-
Johnson, Masheena
Herring, Dianah Hill,
Jerometta S. Ingraham,
Andres Jackson-Whyte,
Danita Jenkins, Tonua D.
Johnson, Consuela Jones,
Kiah Jones, Lisa Jones
and Lesa Latimore-Kelley.

.Inc., for recognizing
pillars of the community,
such as Dr. Enid Pinkney,
William Diggs, Dr. Solomon
C. Stinson, Judge John
Johnson, Samuel Gay and
Attorney Gordon Murray,
last Saturday, at its Legends
Luncheon at Parrot Jungle.
Maurice Hurry, foundation
director, spoke on how the
education foundation has
provided financial scholarship
to deserving high school males
in order to successfully obtain
a college degree.
Dana M. Moss, Sr. had
the honor of moderating the
program and introducing Dr.
Joseph Gay who provided.
a solo and President of the
chapter Trever T. Wade
introduced .. the keynote
speaker, Bro. Everett Ward, a
native of Raleigh, N. C., who is a
public administrator, political'
leader and civic veteran with
more than 25 years
of experience. He's
presently the director:
of Historically
Black Colleges and
University (HBCU).
First Bro. Ashanti
Johnson presented
Diggs, honoree. His
VADE work- includes being
chief executive for
The Miami-Dade Chamber of
Commerce, JESCA, Greater
- Miami Convention and
Visitors Bureau, South Dade
Work Force, Dade County'
Urban Task Force and many
prestigious boards.
Bro.' John Gay presented-
Bro. Samuel L. Gay, Jr.,




New twists on fresh summer

Freshen up summer entertaining with some new flavor combinations
that put a twist on traditional favorites and add the perfect touch
when hosting an evening of dessert and drinks with friends.
In these dessert recipes, familiar peaches, berries, honeydew and
pineapple get an unexpected little kick with a dash of hot sauce for a
delightfully sweet and spicy flavor fusion.
If you're looking for the ideal drink pairing for these delicious desserts,
fruit and chocolate are always a winning combination. Godiva Chocolate
Infused Vodka, a perfect combination of rich chocolate and smooth vodka,
is the essential ingredient to create delightful cocktails to serve at any
special occasion. New York-based mixologist Elayne Duke has created
four drinks that are sure to become entertaining favorites.
"Godiva's new Chocolate Infused Vodkas add rich chocolate notes to
any cocktail and mix well with a wide variety of flavors," said Duke.
"They're also smooth and delicious on their own, and can even be enjoyed
over ice for an easy aperitif that's simply chocolate perfection in a glass."
For more fresh flavor ideas, visit www.drinkgodiva.com.






* To help guests keep track of their drinks, buy or make some fun
wine glass charms for stemmed glasses.

* To add a touch of style to your party, serve your drinks
in an array of eclectic glassware. Serving glasses in a variety
of shapes and sizes will provide the unique touch you might be

* Don't stop there: try serving your desserts in some fun cocktail
glasses as well. Serve the Piquant Peach Melba
in a margarita glass, or the Honeydew Granita in a
martini glass.

* To encourage your guests to drink responsibly, prominently
display a pitcher of water with an assortment of colored
tumblers to ensure a glass of refreshing water is never out of
reach. Always have plenty of delicious snacks.


3C THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 11-17, 2011

Piquant Peach Melba
Makes 6 servings
1 pint raspberries
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon original
Tabasco brand pepper
sauce, divided
4 peaches, peeled, pitted
and sliced
3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed
orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange
1 cup blackberries or
Press 1/2 pint raspberries through fine sieve to remove
seeds. Combine this raspberry pure, sugar and 1/4
teaspoon Tabasco sauce. Set aside.
Combine peaches, orange juice, orange peel and
remaining 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce in large bowl; toss
to mix well.
Toss peach mixture with pur6ed raspberry mixture. Stir
in remaining raspberries and blackberries.

Honeydew Granita
Makes 5 cups
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
4 cups honeydew melon
1 tablespoon Tabasco brand
green jalapefio pepper
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon grated lime peel
Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over
medium-low heat; cook until sugar is dissolved. Cool
to room temperature.
Puree melon chunks until smooth in a food processor
or blender. Stir in Tabasco sauce, lime juice, lime peel
and sugar mixture. Pour mixture into a shallow pan.
Freeze 4 to 5 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is
frozen, granular and slightly slushy.

Spicy Island
Grilled Pineapple
Makes 4 servings
1 large ripe pineapple
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed
lime juice
1 teaspoon original
Tabasco brand
pepper sauce
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat grill to high.
Remove skin from pineapple; core and cut into
1/2-inch-thick slices.
Combine lime juice and Tabasco sauce in small bowl.
Combine sugar and cinnamon in shallow bowl. Brush
both sides of pineapple with Tabasco mixture; dip into
cinnanmon-sugar mixture to coat well.
Grill pineapple slices 8 to 10 minutes, turning once
until golden on both sides.
Serving suggestions: Serve as a dessert with vanilla ice
cream or whipped cream.

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By Jerry Shriver

Robert Johnson wasn't the
first blues singer to emerge from
the Mississippi Delta during the
Great Depression, but his 29
recordings have emerged as an
enduring element of American
culture. USA TODAY's Jerry
Shriver gathered perspectives
on the artist and on the state of
the blues from those who have
come under his influence.

On learning to play the blues:
"It takes a long time to get to a
point i- here you aren't analyz-
ing what you'ree playing and are
lust letting it come through. He

got good in such a short time,
and you wanted to know how.
When you're a teen studying
the blues, that's a pretty heavy
thing to process."
Haynes, lead guitarist for
the Allman Brothers Band and
Gov't Mule, will take his Warren
Haynes Band to Greenwood,
Miss., on Saturday to perform
at the Robert Johnson Centen-
nial concerts.

On the future of the blues:
"B.B. King and Buddy Guy are
in their 80s and 70s, respec-
tively, and no figure since (the
late) Stevie Ray Vaughan has
arisen to be the next world icon

of blues. So when those art-
ists are no longer performing,
people will say, 'Is the blues still
here?' (Today's performers) have
to take the emotions and heal-
ing power that blues already
has had and put it in contempo-
rary form."
Iglauer is founder and presi-
dent of blues label Alligator

On her Johnson obsession,
captured on 2006's The Lady
and Johnson: "He was the
mountaintop. I had nothing bet-
ter to add. I strived to recreate
it, crack the code, note for note,
Please turn to JOHNSON 6C

Black-themed film proves word-of-mouth',
By Claudia Puig word-of-mouth, social media .pressive $11,500 per-screen
and boosts from Black film average. "If you're a Black
While Tyler's Perry's comedy festivals, like the Pan African AA person living in, say, Detroit,
Madea's Big Happy Family Film Festival in Los Angeles you'lll ,see what's u nuto bt h *h

from Lionsgate studio is draw-
ing national attention as it
opens this weekend, a com-
pletely different kind of Black-
themed film is quietly wrap-
ping up a successful five-week,
20-city run.
And, if filmmaker Ava Du-
Vernay has her way, it will not
so quietly start to turn the
Hollywood distribution model
on its head.
I Will Follow, a nuanced
drama about a woman top-
ing with the death of her
aunt, opened in Washington,
D.C., this week after playing
across the country to packed
theaters. It's had no studio
backing, advertising or mar-
keting, but it was fueled by

and BronzeLens in.Atlanta.
"It's the polar opposite of
Perry, tonally," says writer/
director DuVernay. "There's
nothing wrong with what Perry
is doing. Our point is there
should be options for filmgo-
ers and not a total monopoly
of Black films. Let the indie
voices be heard. They're not
making it through the studio
system. "
DuVerrnay, also the owner
of a public-relations firm,
decided to approach theaters
directly. She worked out a deal
with AMC to distribute the
film and, boosted by positive
reviews from-critics like Roger
Ebert, I Will Follow gathered
momentum, making an im-

"It's the polar opposite of Mr. Perry": That's how direc-
tor Ava DuVernay describes I Will Follow, starring Salli
Richardson-Whitfield and Omari Hardwick. The intimate
dramwasmade forjust$50,000.

studios," she says. "And this
year the only Black-themed
films were Big Mommas: Like
Father, Like Son and Tyler
Perry's film. There should be
something for people who like
drama and an indie aesthetic.
The only way to get films of
that caliber is to encourage
new voices to write and direct
DuVernay started AFFRM,
the African-American Film
Festival Releasing Movement,
and plans to release films
drawn from festivals. Mean-
while, Black film fests worked
to promote I Will Follow, as did
colleges and churches.
The film, which stars Salli.
Richardson-Whitfield, Omari

s power
Hardwick and Blair Under-
wood, was made for a mere
$50,000. DuVernay says she
has tripled her investment.
"It was all grass-roots
driven," she says.
DuVernay sees AFFRM as
a model for other minority
"I really hope it's a spring-
board," she says. "What we're
doing with AFFRM is saying
Tell that story that's true to
you, tell the story that's in
your heart that the studios
don't want.' "
While such films may not
go on to be blockbusters, they
may find an audience.
"Are you going to make a
million bucks? No," DuVernay
says. "But are you going to get
people to see your film and
appreciate it? Yes. And as an
artist, that feels really good."




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Local muralist paints Miami

By Randy Grice

Art is a form of expres-
sion that can be translated
on many canvases. Serge
Toussaint, 47, local muralist
lets his talents flow -through
massive paintings on build-
ings. Toussaint's work can
be found around Miami
plastered on the walls of
businesses. He has painted
commemorative pieces rang-
ing from the hometown Mi-
ami Heat basketball team to
Barack Obama, president of
the United States.
While Toussaint has had
no formal training outside of
required art classes in high
school he said he developed a
passion for art when he was
"I started drawing when I

was a little kid, but my moth-
er did not want me to do it," he
said. "I did not want to do any-
thing else I would not want to
do my homework when I was
drawing. But my stepfather
convinced my mom to let me
keep drawing. He told her you
never know where that will
take him someday and I have
been doing it ever since."
Toussaint was born on Au-
gust 15, 1963 in Haiti and
grew up there until the age
of 12. He then moved to Co-
rona, Queens, New York with
his father. There he went to
high school and graduated.
He worked in New York for
sometime, working often on
his own artwork and earn-
ing a wage from jobs such as
being a busboy at Sizzler. He
and his family took a vaca-
tion to Florida one winter and

it was during this vacation he
decided to stay in Miami and
work on his career as an art-
ist. Toussaint said that the
influence he has on upcoming
artists keeps him motivated
to stay on his game.
"My influence on other art-
ists is the main reason I keep
going," he said. "I do not want
my name alone to be know.
I do not want it to always be
about Serge, Serge, Serge, I
want to reach back and help."
In attempts to reach back to
the 'community, Toussaint is
also in the process of opening
an art school.
"For me opening this school
will be a legacy when I am
dead and gone," he said. "This
school will help kids to stay
focused. The school will keep
kids off the street,.try to teach
them something better."

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adopt Arizona style

immigration reform

By Randy Grice

With immigration issues on the rise in
many states across the country, Florida
seems to be throwing its bid in. Legislators
are proposing legislation aimed at mim-
icking immigration reform in Arizona. Im-
migration reform is being proposed by law
makers in the house and senate. Neither the'
house nor senate' version has been heard
on the floor. SB 2040, sponsored by Sena-
tor Anitere Flores, R-Miami, is viewed as a
lighter approach to immigration reform than
the house's attempt, which makes being un-
documented a misdemeanor. It is already a
federal civil offense to enter the country il-
The house version, HB 7089, sponsored
by Representative William Snyder, R-Stuart,
requires law enforcement to check the immi-
gration status of any person under criminal
investigation if there is reasonable suspicion
he or she might be undocumented. The sen-
ate bill would require police to check the sta-
tus of inmates. Both bills if made law would
require employers to check the immigration
status of their employees, but the senate
version is more flexible about how to do it.
Flores said she feels the house version of the
bill is more punitive.
"The house bill goes much too far," she
Marleine Bastien, executive director of
Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (Haitian
women of Miami), who helps immigrants
specifically Haitians, said the proposed law
would be a bad move for the state.
"I think it will not be good. I am against
any immigration style proposal in the state
of Florida," she said. "Florida is not Arizona
and we can not afford such a law. If this law
Please turn to REFORM 8D

...... President of Haiti visits Miami

-Rachele Magloire
A deportee arrives in Port-au-Prince from the U.S. Deportees are detained upon arrival in
Haiti and released once their families are identified.

Deported Haitian struggles to adapt
By Allyn Gaestel moratorium.

Dumped in a squalid hold-
ing cell and then shunned by
a society he doesn't know, Pat-
rick Escarment struggles to
learn Creole and build a life in
earthquake-devastated Haiti.
His arrival here this year
was not voluntary. Escarment
was in the first group of Hai-
tians with criminal records to
be deported from the United
States to Haiti after a one-year

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After the January 12, 2010,
earthquake that destroyed
most of this capital and killed
i more than 300,000 people,
S the Obama administration
1 suspended deportations.
-., The practice resumed three
months ago, to the outcry of
human rights activists and
the protest of the Haitian gov-
Escarment was born in the
ENT Please turn to HAITIAN 8D

By Randy Grice

Recently, Michel Martelly,
president of Haiti visited Mi-
ami to speak with members of
the Haitian diaspora. Martel- .
ly met with media and com-
munity leaders at the Little
Haiti Cultural Arts Center.
Martelly called on Haitians in
South Florida and elsewhere
to help him rebuild their
earthquake-ravaged country.
"We need you to bring your
talents back to Haiti. We need
you to bring your skills and
expertise back to Haiti," he
Martelly's appeal to Hai-
tians in Miami came as in-
ternational election observ-
ers back in Port-au-Prince
search through voting ballots
in hopes of avoiding another
Haitian political fiasco over
alleged fraud in the final re-
sults of 18 legislative races.
The United States, United
Nations and others have ex-
pressed concerns about the
final election results that
were announced after an ap-
peals process and signed


off by six of the eight mem-
bers of Haiti's electoral coun-
cil. The final decisions were
a reversal of the preliminary
returns announced on April
4 and largely benefited out-
going Haitian President Rene
Preval's UNITY political coali-
tion. In reference to Martelly's
appeal, Marleine Bastien, ex-
ecutive director of Fanm Ay-

isyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (Hai-
tian women of Miami), said
she believes Haiti needs to
treat its supporters better.
"That sounds good," she
said. "Just saying it is one
thing but how do you go about
insuring that? Haitians that
are sending money should
have a say in what is going
on in Haiti. The Haitians that
have ben giving are treated
as a cash cow but we have no
representation. On one hand,
they ask us to contribute but
they show no respect for us.
The older generation are the
ones that tolerate this, the
younger generation will not."
Jerry Browns, a Haitian im-
migrant, said he agrees with
Martelly's push for unity in
the diaspora.
"I am from Haiti and it was
a major struggle for me to
come to the United States,"
he said. "Now that I am here I
try my best to give back to my
country. So many of my fami-
ly members are suffering over
there and it is a shame that
some Haitians do not feel that
they have a responsibility to
give back to their country
once they are doing better."

BI.Av K S\I ST (' o i OI. THIn R 0\\\ DESTINY

6C THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 11-17, 2011

U l Wyclef Jean to appear at jazz fest

The Miami Northwest-
ern Class of 1967 will meet on
Wednesday, May 11 at 6 p.m.
at the Belafonte Tacolcy Center,
6161 NW 9th Ave. For more in-
formation, contact Elaine at 305-
757-4471. We are planning for
our 45th class reunion.

The James Wilson Bridg-
es M.D. Medical Society
(JWBMS) will hold the fourth
annual Dr. Nelson Adam's Walk
a Mile with a Child on Saturday,
May 14 in Historic Overtown,
followed by a health fair from 8
a.m.-1 p.m. Registration begins
at 7 a.m. at St. John Baptist
Church, 1328 NW 3rd Ave. For
more information, contact Cher-
yl Holder, M.D. at nmajwbms@

The Opa-locka Communi-
ty Development Corporation
will host Homebuyer Education
Workshops on Saturday, May 14,
May 21 and May 28 from 9 a.m.-
5 p.m. at 490 Opa-locka Blvd.
Visit www.olcdc.org to complete
the application. For more infor-
mation, contact Sharon Williams
at 305-687-3545 ext. 243 or
email sharon@olcdc.org.

The Children's Trust will
be having their Family Expo
on Saturday, May 14 from 10
a.m.-6 p.m. at the Miami-Dade
County Fair and Expo Center,
Coral Way and SW 112th Ave.
For more information, call 211 or
visit thechildrenstrust.org.

The Gamma Zeta Omega
Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. will have a Com-
munity Health Fair on Saturday,
May 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at
Charles Hadley Park, 1350 NW
50th Street. The general public
is strongly encouraged to join in
this activity. For more informa-
tion, call 954-232-7946, or visit
the chapter's website, www.ak-

Miami Children's Initia-
tive, Inc. will have a free fam-
ily dinner on Saturday, May 14
from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., the
doors open at 5 p.m. It will be
held at the Joseph Caleb Center,
5400 NW 22nd Ave., Room 110.
There will be free daycare, free
entertainment and a raffle. Res-
ervations-required toeattend. Ar-
rive by 6 p.m. to qualify for raf-
fle. Call 786-368-5185 for ticket

The Florida A&M Univer-
sity National Alumni Associa-
tion (NAA) annual Convention
is scheduled for May 18-22 in
Orlando, Fl. For more informa-
tion, call 850-599-3413 or email
public. relations@famu.edu.

0 A Career and Resources
Job Fair Expo will be held Fri-
day, May 20 from 10 a.m.-2:30
p.m. in the library division of the
African-American Research Li-
brary and Cultural Center, 2650
Sistrunk Boulevard, Ft. Lauder-
dale. For more information, call

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

P.U.L.S.E. (People Unit-
ed To Lead The Struggle for
Equality) will be hosting their
30th annual convention on Sat-
urday, May 21 at 9 a.m. at the
Apostolic Revival Center, 6702
NW 15th Ave. Registration be--
gins at 8 a.m. For more informa-
tion, call 305-576-7590.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will meet Sat-
urday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. at
the African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. For more information,
contact Lebbie Lee at 305-213-

SThe Leading Ladies of El-
egance Inc. will be having their
2nd Annual Community Business
Block Party on Saturday, June 4
at Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E.
65 Street. For more information,
contact Catherine Cook Brown at
305-652-6404 or leadingladies@

B The students of Florene
Litthcut Inner City Children's
Touring Dance Company, a
not-for-profit organization, will
perform their Annual Dance Re-
cital. The recital will be held on
Saturday, June 4, 2 p.m. at the
Joseph Caleb Center Auditorium,
5400 NW 22nd Ave. For more
information, onntact us by email
childrendance@yahoo.com or
call Florene Litthcut Nichols at
305-758-1577 or Tammye Hold-
en at 305-600-7580.

The B.T.W. Class of 1961
will celebrate its 50th Reunion,
June 8-12. Come help us cel-

ebrate on a day bus trip to the
Hard Rock in Immokalee, FL. For
more reunion information, call

The Miami Northwestern
Class of 1961 will celebrate its
50th reunion, June 11-16. You
must confirm your intent to par-
ticipate promptly with Marva at
305-685-8035. Meetings will be
held the second Tuesday of each
month, September thru May.

Speaking Hands Inc.,
presents "Playing with a Pur-
pose!" Camp Hands Sign Lan-
guage Camp, June 13-August
5. An exciting camping experi-
ence for children ages eight- to
15-years-old, who are hearing
and/or hearing impaired. For
more information, call 954-792-
7273 or 305-970-0054.

The City of Miami Model
City N.E.T. and Partners cele-
brates its 10th Annual Juneteeth
Celebration on Friday, June 17 at
the Black Box Theater at Charles
Hadley, 1350 NW 50th Street.
Reception at 6 p.m. and program
starts at 7:30 p.m. If you have
a liturgical dance group and are
interested in participating, call
the office at 305-960-2990. The
deadline is Friday, June 10.

The Belafonte Tacolcy
Center will be hosting "Real Men
Cook," a fundraiser to assist with
the positive growth of children.
A basketball tournament will also
be held. The event will take place
on Sunday, June 19 at the Ta-
colcy Center, 6161 NW 9th Ave.
from 12-6 p.m. For more infor-
mation, contact Akua at 305-
751-1295 ext. 134.'

E The Girl Power Program,
6015 NW 7th Avenue, will be
having their Girl's Rites of Pas-
sage Summer Program from
June 20-August 12. The deadline
to sign up is June 24. For more
information, contact Melonie
Burke at 305-757-5502.

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

Mazaja the Writing Net-
work offers open mic to the
Muslim community. The next
show will be on Saturday, June
,-,25, at 6 p.m. at the Masjid Ibra-
him Community Center, 6800
NW 7th Ave. For more informa-
tion, contact Zarifa Muhammad
El at 786-386-0694.

1The Miami Carol City High
Class of 1971 will celebrate its
40th Class Reunion on July 22-24
at the Embassy Suites in Ft. Lau-
derdale. Activities will include:
meet and greet, bus tour of new
MCCHS, dinner dance, worship
service and picnic. For more in-
'formation, go to www.carolci-
tysenior71.com or on Facebook
"Miami Carol City Sr. High Class
of '71 Reunion Info." Contact
Gwen Thomas Williams at .305-
625-7244 or email gwen0525@

Free child care available
at Miami-Dade County Com-
munity Action Agency Head-
start/Early Head Start Pro-
gram for children ages 3-5
-for the upcoming school year.
Income guidelines and Dade
County residence apply orrly. We
welcome children with special
needs/disability with an MDCPS
IEP. For more information, call
786-469-4622, Monday-Friday
from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Looking for all former Mon-
tanari employees to get reac-
quainted. Meetings will be held
at Piccadilly's (West 49th Street)
in Hialeah, on the last Saturday
of each month at 9 a.m. We look
forward to seeing each and ev-
ery one of you. For more infor-
mation, contact Loletta Forbes at
786-593-9687 or Elijah Lewis at

H There Will be a free first-
time homebuyer education class
held every second Saturday of
the month, at Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church, 21311 NW 34th
Ave., from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For
more information, call 305-652-
7616 or email fgonzalez@erc-

B Family and Children Faith
Coalition is seeking youth ages
four-18 to connect with a car-
ing and dedicated mentor in
Miami-Dade or Broward County.
Get help with homework, attend
fun events and be a role model
for your community. For more
info, contact Brandyss Howard
at 786-388-3000 or brandyss@

B The Cemetery Beauti-
fications Project, located at
3001 NW 46th Street is look-
ing for volunteers and donations
towards the upkeep and beau-

tification of the Lincoln Park
Cemetery. For more informa-
tion, contact Dyrren S. Barber
at 786-290-7357.

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By Chevel Johnson
Associated Press

Jean, Cyndi Lauper, John Mel-
lencamp, Lauryn Hill and Fan-
tasia will make first-time ap-
pearances at the New Orleans
Jazz and Heritage Festival, join-
ing a lineup of familiar acts for
the 43rd annual tradition that
opens Friday at a race track in
this Mississippi River city.
"This is one of our broadest
years, musically speaking,"
said Quint Davis, producer of
the festival that will run seven
days, over the course of two
weekends at the Fair Grounds
Race Course. "We've got im-
portant people coming from all
ends of the spectrum and for
some of them they're all new to
jazz fest."
Along with fresh faces, Davis
said some of the festival's pe-
rennial favorites will return to
perform on the 12 stages set up
around the track.
Jimmy Buffett, the Nevilles,
Jeff Beck, Irma Thomas, Bon
Jovi, these are. some of our fa-
vorite people and they'll be
back, Davis said. "Gregg All-
man returns, but this year he'll
be a different version of him-
self. He's coming with his blues
band, a new project of his."
Last year, musicians from
the Dominican Republic, Mar-

tinique and Senegal performed
at the festival. This year, the
spotlight is on Haiti, still recov-
ering from a deadly January
earthquake. In addition to per-
formances by Jean, a Goodwill
Ambassador to his homeland,
fans can experience Haitian

Broadway's Black stars shine

with Tony Award nominations

By Chris Witherspoon for best performance by an
actor in a leading role in a
The prestigious Tony Award musical and his co-stars For-
nominations, are in! Recently, rest McClendon and Colman
Anika Noni Rose and Matthew Domingo are nominated for

Broderick made the
announcements. In
the ,months to come,
Broadway's best will
wait in anticipation
for the official awards
The predominant-
ly Black cast of The
Scottsboro Boys
cleaned up with a
total of 12 nomina-


tions. The musical based on
the 1930s Alabaina court
case involving nine Black men
wrongfully convicted of rap-
ing a white woman closed in
December of 2010 due to low
ticket sales, but is campaign-
ing for a return to Broadway
after posthumous acclaim.
The show's nominations in-
clude best play and best mu-
sical. One of the show's leads,
Joshua Henry, is nominated

best performance by
an actor in a featured
role in a musical.
Sister Act, a mu-
sical produced by
Whoopi Goldberg
based on her 1992
hit -film, received -a
total of five nomina-
tions. Patina Miller
who plays the leading
role in the stage ad-

aptation is nominated for best
performance by an actress in
a leading role in a musical.
The dramatic play entitled
The Motherf**er with the Hat
starring funnyman Chris
Rock received six nomina-
tions, although the comedic
star was snubbed.
The Tony Awards ceremony
will take place on Sunday,
June 12, 2011 and will broad-
cast live on CBS.

Remembering blues singer

continued from 4C

measure for measure, out of
deep respect. It's like Handel's
Messiah, which they play the
way it was written. It was my
Block played on the Johnson
tribute tour with the Big Head
Blues Club.

On the potency of Johnson's
music: "I don't think Wiz Khal-
ifa or Lil Wayne or any heavy-
metal band has any deeper de-
spair in their music than Robert
Johnson. This handsome man
plays around, likes to drink,
gets poisoned, crawling on his
belly down the street with foam
coming out of his mouth, and
dies. Then you listen to the mu-
sic and it IS that great!"
Berkowitz is co-producer on
the new Robert Johnson: The
Complete Original Masters Cen-
tennial Edition box set.

On blues influences in today's
R&B and hip-hop: "It's in every-
thing. You can't kill it. You can
take a hip-hop beat and sing
Cross Roads to it. I feel it in all
of these pop music variations. It
has taken me a lifetime to real-
ize this."
Miller's Let Your Hair Down
features original treatments of
classic blues songs, including
Johnson's Sweet Home Chica-

On the blues life: "I came up
the hard way. We had no food,
people were robbing and steal-
ing. Your love life wasn't work-
ing right. Heck, I was taught
the blues by people who had the
blues. I don't care if it's rock or
jazz or country, you better be-
lieve the words you're singing."
Sumlin, 79, performed with
the Big Head Blues Clubs' John-
son tribute tour.

On white performers adapt-
ing to the blues: "They've got
good fingers, but most of them
don't have the voice. Let me tell
you something, the blues was
meant to be played slow. And
they play it too fast. The slower
it's played, the more things that
you can pour into it from your
own lifetime of experiences."
Edwards, 95,will play this
weekend at the Johnson festivi-
ties in Greenwood, Miss.

On the fateful connection
between Johnson and Big Bill
Broonzy, another influence
of early rock: "In 1938, (pro-
ducer) John Hammond orga-
nized a Carnegie Hall concert.
He wanted blues represented,
and he wanted Robert Johnson.
When he went to look for him,
he found Johnson had died."
Broonzy replaced him, with
"tremendous success."

rhythms from parading Rara
bands, Konpa big-band dance
music, traditional drumming
and popular contemporary
bands including Tabou Combo,
Ram, Boukman Eksperyans
and Emeline Michel.
There also will be Haitian

master artisans demonstrating
their craft in the Haiti Pavilion,
as well as food demonstrations
and panel discussions on the
historical and cultural connec-
tions between Haiti and New
Please turn to WYCLEF 8D

The new incarnation of Death Row Records does not have the rights to sell Dr.
Dre's iconic rap album "The Chronic" digitally, a federal judge ruled recently.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruling states that the rapper
and producer has received far less money than he is due from online sales of the
1992 album, which also helped launch the career of Snoop Dogg.
The ruling does not call for a halt of digital sales of Dre's music, but entitles him
to receive 100 percent of the proceeds of online sales, his attorney, Howard King,
told The Associated Press.
The rapper, whose real name is Andre Young, sued WIDEawke Death Row Re-
cords last year, claiming it was improperly selling "The Chronic" digitally and using
-some of his music on compilation albums without his permission.
The agreement states that WIDEawake can only sell Dre's music in the format it
appeared in before the deal. Another of Dre's attorneys, Stephen Rothschild, told
Snyder during arguments in court on Monday that meant it could only appear in four
formats: CD, cassette, vinyl and eight-Track.

Internet viral video hit Antoine Dodson is accused of possession of marijuana and
other minor charges in his home state of Alabama.
Dodson was booked on five misdemeanor charges after he was stopped pulled
over for alleged speeding recently in Huntsville. He was booked, but has been re-
Dodson became a reality sensation last year after a televised rant about a break-
in at his sister's apartment was turned into a viral video that catapulted the 20-year-
old into television appearances, blog mentions and other appearances.
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telly in Gonaives, Haiti.

Bus ness

Gas prices may have topped out Generational

Drop in oil could be

blip or a trend
By Gary Strauss

The one-day crash in crude oil pric-
es, holding the promise of lower prices
for gasoline, was apparently too good
to last.
After tanking last Thursday, com-
modities prices, including oil, headed
back up Friday, following a U.S. job
growth report that showed the econo-
my stronger than many thought. And
a stronger economy means higher de-
mand for fuel.
Oil sank recently after a weak U.S.
report on new claims for unemploy-
ment benefits. West Texas Interme-
diate crude plunged nine percent to
$99.80 a barrel on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange, raising hopes that
the soaring price of gasoline had fi-

nally peaked.
Recently, the price of benchmark
West Texas Intermediate crude fell
nine percent to $99.80 a barrel on
the New York Mercantile Exchange,
the first time it has closed below $100
since mid-March.
"If these price levels stick, it's great
news for the consumer and it could
mean we've seen the highs for 2011,"
said Peter Beutel, president of ener-
gy risk manager Cameron Hanover.
"There's a 20 percent to 25 percent
chance we've seen the high for the
Crude oil, dollars per barrel, five
trading days.
But Beutel and others said it was
unclear whether the sell-off was more
than a blip. Gas prices at the pump
rose for 44 straight days until Fri-
day, when they stayed basically flat at
$3.984 a gallon on average, according
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Are Americans

really paying

less taxes?

Analysis finds the burden at its

lowest level since 1958

By Dennis Cauchon

Americans are paying the smallest share of their in-
come for taxes since 1958, a reflection of tax cuts and a
weak economy, a USA TODAY analysis finds.
The total tax burden for all federal, state and local
taxes dropped to 23.6 percent of income in the first
quarter, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis
By contrast, individuals spent roughly 27 percent of
income on taxes in the 1970s, 1980s and the 1990s a
rate that would mean $500 billion of extra taxes an-
nually today, one-third of the estimated $1.5 trillion
federal deficit this year.
The analysis comes as President Obama and Congress
debate whether to cut federal spending, raise taxes or
The latest dip in the tax burden came from a Social
Security tax cut included in a December budget deal be-
tween Democrats and Republicans. It will reduce taxes
$100 billion this year.
"We have a 1950s level of taxation and a 21st-century-
sized government," says Robert Bixby, executive director
of the Concord Coalition, a deficit-reduction advocacy
The fall in taxes is almost entirely caused by a weak
economy rather than lower rates, says Curtis Dubay of
the conservative Heritage Foundation. "It's easy to draw
the wrong conclusion," he says.
Federal, state and local government spending hit a
$5.6 trillion annual rate in the first quarter. That's the
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Mother fills her car with gasoline at a Shell gas station.
Mother fills her car with gasoline at a Shell gas station.

Gas for rental cars hits $9 a gallon

By Gary Stoller

The price of gasoline has
reached more than $9 a
gallon for drivers who don't
pay ahead of time and who
return their rental cars
without a full tank.
A USA TODAY survey of
auto rental gas prices at
13 big airports on April 25
found Hertz was charging
$9.29 a gallon at all 13.
Dollar and Thrifty were
charging $8.99 a gallon at
At $9.29 a gallon, Hertz
customers renting a Ford
Club Wag-6n, whi{h' has a
35-gallon fuel tank, would
owe Hertz $325.15 for gas
if they returned the wagon
with a nearly empty tank
and hadn't prepaid for the
Renters who pay ahead of
time for a tank of gas from
Hertz or another car rental

company, though, may find
the per-gallon price cheaper
than at many local gas sta-
Of 102 prepay prices
charged by the eight big car
rental companies at 13 air-
ports on April 25, 54 were /
cheaper than the average
price at local gas stations
that day. Forty-three prices
charged for prepay gasoline
were higher, USA TODAY's
analysis of rental company
prices and the AAA auto
club's gas-station data
Most or all rental compa-
rnies' prepay prices were'less
than the average at local
gas stations at Chicago's
O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth,
Los Angeles, New York's
JFK and LaGuardia and
Seattle-Tacoma airports.
Though renters who pre-
pay may pay less per gallon
than at local gas stations,

it's questionable whether
they save money by doing
Prepayment is for a full
tank of gas and can benefit
renters who return vehicles
with a nearly empty gas
tank. But many renters who
pay ahead return vehicles
with a substantial amount
of gas in the tank and are
not credited for it.
Most or all prepay prices
were higher than local gas
station prices at the At-
lanta, Denver and Miami
airports. At Boston, San
Francisco and Washington
'Reagan, prepay- piices- t
four rental companies were
lower than the average at
nearby gas stations, while
four were higher.
Although the prices anger
some travelers, rental com-
panies say they're not in the
fuel business and offer gas
as a customer convenience.

battle over

More people rejecting

credit card offers

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

When Katie Simmons went
cold turkey, it wasn't drugs, al-
cohol or cigarettes that she quit.
It was credit cards.
"It was the hardest thing I had
to do," says Simmons, who had
run up $50,000 in credit card
debt on any and everything. "I
had no idea how much I relied
on those darn cards. With those
cards, I always had a plan B,
now my plan B was gone." ,
The worst part of all that
plastic usage: "I have nothing to
show for it," 'she says.
For the last three years, she
has been living the cash-only
lifestyle, and with the help of
CareOne Services, which offers
debt counseling and debt man-
agement, in two and half years,
she has paid off $25,000 of that
$50,000 debt. "I realized that if
I didn't do something, I would
never be able to turn my debt

around," says Simmons of Cor-
nelius, N.C. "It was time to raise
the white flag and get help or I
would be paying off debt for the
rest of my life."
Instead, she is starting to fi-
nally build up a little bit of a
buffer and is saving. A funny
thing happened on the way to
saying no to credit cards. "I plan
big purchases. Nine times out of
10 when I do have the money
ready for the purchase, I usual-
ly don't buy it because I realize
I don't need it," says Simmons.
Somehow, she has been able to
weather the unexpected, like
medical issues with her dogs or
car problems.
"I will never go back to credit
cards," she says firmly.

"There's a growing movement
of people who are just stopping
Please turn to CARDS 8D

CHICAGO A record-low
one in four U.S. teenagers
will land a summer job in the
coming months as a result of a
still-poor job market and lost
federal funding, according to
a report issued recently.
As a consequence, urban
studies experts said cities like
Chicago where summer un-
employment among Blacks
aged 16 to 19 years approach-
es 90 percent could experi-
ence a rise in street violence.
"Both national and local
leadership continue to ignore
the plight of youth who are
most at risk for potential vio-
lence as a result of being left
on the streets in the summer
months when crime is at its
most explosive," Chicago Ur-
ban League President Andrea
Zopp said.
The summer employment
rate among U.S. teenagers
this year was projected at be-

tween 25 percent and 27 per-
cent, based on an analysis of
four decades of employment
trends by Andrew Sum of the
Center for Labor Market Stud-
ies at Northeastern University
in Boston. That would be a
post-World War Two low, while
as recently as 2006 the teen
summer employment rate was
37 percent.
U.S. economic growth has
been sluggish since the reces-
sion ended in June 2009, with
job growth lagging the recov-
ery and unemployment still at
a lofty 8.8 percent.
The long-term impact of
higher summer joblessness
among young people is a less-
experienced work force and
increased government spend-
ing due to lower lifetime earn-
ings, reduced tax revenues
and higher prison costs, ex-
perts said.
Please turn to TEENS 10D

Communities under siege by escalating gas prices

By Jennifer Bihm
Special to the NNPA

Many people at gas stations
have to briefly pause when
asked about how much they're
paying and how they felt, as if
they had almost quit thinking
about it. Some said they cut
out extras like eating out. Oth-
ers cut way down on shopping.
All reported paying between
$40 and $100 a week to fill up
their tanks.

"Gas prices will usually peak
sometime in May," this year
being no exception, said senior
petroleum analyst Patrick De-
Haan. "This is because refiner-
ies are doing maintenance in
late winter and early spring.
By the end of May they're done
and gas production goes full
Full tilt production and a
high demand for gasoline in

the United States seem to have
a major impact on rising gas
prices. According to the U.S.
Department of Energy website,
Americans make use of about
20 million, 42 gallon barrels
worth of crude oil per day. Of
each 42 gallons, 19 are used to
fill up motorists' tanks.
Despite having enough oil
in its own back yard to be the
world's third largest oil pro-
ducer, the U.S. also depends
on foreign oil, mainly The Or-

ganization of Petroleum Ex-
porting Countries (OPEC),
which affects gasoline costs.
OPEC (Libya, Nigeria, Qatar,
Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Angola,
Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq,
Kuwait, the United Arab Emir-
ates, and Venezuela), which
controls almost half of the
world's crude oil supply can
increase or decrease its inven-
OPEC's monthly report for
April 2011, cited factors like

the unrest in Libya and the
disaster in Japan as contribu-
tions to increased oil prices.
Refining costs, taxes (which
can determine gas prices from
state to state or even city to
city), marketing and distribu-
tion and gas station profits
round out the list of gas pric-
ing factors.

L.A. Watts Times (LAWT)
asked DeHaan to clarify some

of the myths and facts.
One myth, he said, is that
certain gas stations are bet-
ter than others. "I wouldn't
necessarily say there is higher
quality gas but many different
refiners add different blend-
ing components and additives,
different detergents," DeHaan
explained. "The government
mandates that all gasoline has
a minimum amount of deter-
gent to make sure your engine
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Summer will bring

high teen joblessness

jobs? Not really

By Joyce King

A character from the film Fried
Green Tomatoes lamented her
midlife crisis with the statement,
"I'm too young to be old and too
old to be young."I know how she
feels. As our economic recovery
continues at its present tortoise-
like speed, desperate job seekers of
all ages, myself included, are being
sucked into a generational labor
war. In my own search for full-time
employment, when I hear words
like "overqualified" and "veteran,"
I wonder whether that's code for
"she wants too much in wages and
Since 2009, 'close to 2.2 mil-
lion jobs have been created or
saved, but not nearly enough to
go around. Some recent statistics
caught my eye, leaving me with the
that one age
group my
own Baby
Boomer gen-
eration not
only isn't find-
ing jobs but
also is taking
the brunt of
layoffs. In the
age 45-54 cat- KING
egory, 454,000' KING
jobs have disappeared in less than
two years.
Employment expert John Chal-
lenger cautioned me about being
too focused on numbers that don't
tell the whole story. He said there's
"-' always a generational,'mhidi set "
that "intensifies during a reces-
sion." Young people, he said, really
are having a tough time. Challeng-
er is right. A look at the current
unemployment rates by age catego-
ry confirms younger Americans are
taking the biggest hit: Ages 16-24,
17.6 percent; 25'-34, 9.1 percent;
Please turn to JOBS 8D


8D THE MIAMI -' :. MAY 11-17, 2011


Debate between generations over jobs continues

continued from 7D

35-44, 7.2 percent, 45-54;
7.1 percent; 55+, 6.8 per-,
When there are fears
about being out of work,
as millions have been for

longer than 27 weeks, the
workforce gets pushed into
what Challenger called
"traditional rivalries." So, I
guess I should be relieved
we Boomers aren't as bad
off as I thought. Still, when
you're turned down for one
job after another, it's hard

not to become a little para-
noid. Age discrimination
exists, said Challenger, but
some Boomer job seekers
need to not only make em-
ployers comfortable enough
to believe we're not more
experienced than they can
afford, but also to continu-

ously update our techno-
logical skills. So many jobs.
openings I see now want
workers with skills in Word,
Power Point and Excel, as
well as social media.
The working world no lon-
ger resembles the one mid-
dle-age people started in. If

you're an American who is
"too young to be old" and
"too old to be young" and
looking for work, don't wor-
ry about the other genera-
tions just focus on your
strengths and reassure any
boss that you can fit in and
work hard.

Deported Haitians adjusting to life in native country

continued from 6C

Bahamas to a Haitian wom-
an trying to move to the
United States. When he was
four, they moved to Florida,.
where he had lived ever
since. He said he got in-
volved in small-time drug-
dealing during real tough
times after his mother's
death and spent 18 months
on probation on a cocaine-
sales conviction.

Because his only paper-
work was Haitian, Escar-
ment was placed on an over-
night flight from Louisiana
and taken to Haiti for the
first time in his 21 years.
He and 26 traveling com-
panions were immediately
carted off to a police station
and placed in a holding cell
in conditions he describes
as hellish.
"The place was so dirty,
mold everywhere," Escar-
ment said. "They don't

give you tissue to use the
bathroom, the toilet is all
clogged.... They don't give
you covers to sleep on,
nothing, we had to sleep on
In a petition filed with the
Inter-American Commis-
sion on Human Rights, the
.Center for Constitutional
Rights and. other groups
likened the deportations
to a death sentence, cit-
ing the unsanitary condi-
tions in the holding cells

New Orleans jazz fest to feature

cotninued from 6C

"We have put together the
largest Haitian culture ex-
position in the United States
since the earthquake," Da-
vis said. "We said, 'Let's re-
mind the world about Haiti.
Let's show the world that
country's culture,, art and
music and remind them
about the indomitable spir-
it of those who live there."
Davis said the response to
this year's lineup has been
"positively overwhelming."
"I think there's something
that everybody likes and
that seems to be the direc-

tion we're moving in. There
are people from all around
here who we've heard from
wvho've never been to the
festival before but are going
now. We feel that the fest
belongs to everybody and
our mission has been to
broaden the music to make
everyone believe that the
festival is for them."
Though the festival draws
plenty of national talent,
Davis notes 80 percent of
the performers are based
"For a lot of years, the fes-
tival was all local, mostly
unknown acts. When we
started having guests, we

were pairing them with lo-
cal artists and now the (lo-
cals) have become known.
We have example after ex-
ample -Trombone Shorty
and the Strokes, Allen
Toussaint and Jimmy Buf-
fett, Irvin Mayfield and
Sonny Rollins."
The festival also looks to
spotlight different cultures
that are in some way linked
to New Orleans.
Last year, the festival
brought in some of the big-
gest Latin headliners and
saw the largest turnout of
Hispanics when Juan Luis
y Guera and his group per-
formed. This year, he said

More people paying for items in cash

continued from 7D

the use of plastic and not using
services that require credit or
debit cards," says David Spad-
er, a financial analyst with sav-
ingsaccount.org. "Everything
is paid in cash or check, or not
at all."
According to a recent Tran-
sUnion study, eight million
Americans gave up using gen-
eral purpose credit cards in
the past year. For sure, some
folks are just sick and tired of
drowning in the bills.

There are plenty of benefits
to the cash-only life. "Stud-

ies show that people who pay
with cash save approximately
20 percent over those who pay.
with credit and don't feel de-
prived," says Gail Cunning-
ham, a spokesperson for the
National Foundation for Cred-
it Counseling.
No debt equals no worries,
less stress. "You learn to live
within your means," adds
Howard Dvorkin, founder of
Consolidated Credit Counsel-
ing Services.
However, there are some
drawbacks. Credit cards can
be conveniently used to track
how much and where you
spend. Furthermore, says
Dvorkin, because you're not
using credit, you're not build-
ing a credit history, which can

How to conserve on gasoline

continued from 7D

stays clean. Some
manufacturers ar-
gue they have more
detergent (therefore)
better gasoline. But,
let's just say all gas
shipped from refiners
are tested for-quality
DeHaan also ex-
plained that yes, us-
ing the air conditioner
and not making sure
tire pressure is up to
par will waste gas.
However, he said, pre-
mium gas as opposed
to unleaded is really
a non-issue. "Buying
premium instead of
unleaded is a com-
plete waste of money,"
he said. "There is ab-
solutely no situation
where a car needs
premium. Now, pre-
mium is generally
used in higher horse
power vehicles or if
you are towing. It
(makes the engine)
less prone to knock-
ing. That's essentially
the only difference."

Driving between 30
to 60 miles per hour,
minimizing acceler-
ating and breaking,

and avoiding idling
are a few steps con-
sumers can take
to keep gas in their
tanks longer. Also,
getting rid of excess
weight (unnecessary
bulky items for exam-
ple) and getting regu-
lar vehicle mainte-
nance can make the
most of gas mileage.
Finally, CBS Con-
sumer Correspondent
Susan Koeppen said
that gas experts rec-
omfmend buying gas
early in the morning

when it's cold and the
fuel is denser, get-
ting more gas into the
Other tips include,
combining trips, tak-
ing advantage of ride
sharing, avoiding
rush hours and driv-
ing .a more fuel-effi-
cient car, if possible.
For more gas sav-
ing tips and locations
visit: www.gassbud-
dy.com, www.fu-
eleconomy.gov, www.
ftc.gov, or www.cali-

stop you from purchasing a
car or house. No credit his-
t._,ri' mean r: no creditit report,
which could negatively impact
job opportunities with many
employers who rely in part on
credit reports when making
hiring decisions, adds Cun-
But those may be small
prices to pay for the financial
freedom that can come with
the cash-only life. To make
the switch, plan for the tran-
sition by putting money aside
in advance. This will get you
started and help keep you
from getting discouraged,
Cunningham says. Also, cre-
ate a budget and set goals
to save money for short- and
long-term goals.

and the cholera epidemic
in the country. One of the
men who arrived with Es-
carment died, apparently of
cholera, shortly after being
released from the holding
"The United States can-
not deport anyone if there
would be a violation of their
right to life, or their right to
family life, especially if they
have children, and their
right to fair trial and due
process," said Sunita Patel,

an attorney with the Center
for Constitutional Rights.
The U.S. deportation pol-
icy applies to noncitizens
who receive sentences of a
year or more in jail. An es-
timated 700 Haitians are
slated for deportation this
year, said Barbara Gonza-
lez of U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement.
This month, Washington
deported a second group
of 19 Haitians convicted of

Wyclef, Lauryn Hill
fans of Alejandro Sanz will Also returning will be
see him perform. "This alligator pies, fried green
man fills stadiums in Spain tomatoes, crawfish and
and the Dominican Repub- shrimp, jambalaya, po-
lic. We wanted to maintain boys, gumbo, boudin and
that connection with that other foods that feed the
community" he said. soul.
And what would the jazz Juan Johnson, of Papa
festival be without'the food? Ninety Catering, said this
Kajun Kettle Foods cre- will be the seventh year
'ates one of the biggest festi- they're bringing boudin,
val draws outside the music crawfish remoulade and
- Crawfish Monica. creole hot tamales to the
"We've had great fun with crowds.
this dish for 27 years," said "It's just a real fun time,"
company spokesman Pierre he said. "There are great
Hilzim. "It's just really good crowds rain or shine -
comfort food with a flavor and it's always fun explain-
profile that makes you want ing to tourists what boudin
to eat more and more." is."

Notice is hereby given of the following permanent .:,lhrg place
changes. These changes have been made by the Supervisor of
Elections pursuant to Section 101.71, Florida Statutes.

015 j,!Imandy Shores Golf Club
2401 Biarritz Drive
Indian Creek Fire Station #4
6880 Indian Creek Drive
Hialeah Moose Lodge #1074
330/378 305 E. 32 Street,

538/595 The Cameron House
538/595 412 NE 21 Street

872/956 Goulds Park
872/956 11350 SW 216 Street

Lester Sola, Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County

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at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the following:

IFB NO. 269276



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

NO.12271. .

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AD NO. 16415 City Manager ..

Advanced GYN Clinic
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
Anthurium Gardens Florist
Atlanta Gas/Florida City Gas
City of Miami City Clerk
City of Miami Purchasing Department
Family Dentist
Florida Department of Health
Grace Funeral Home
Halouba Botanic Temple
Miami-Dade Aviation Department
Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
Miami-Dade Transit
Miami-Dade Water and Sewer
North Shore Medical Center
Sony Pictures
South Florida Workforce
The Children's Trust
The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Universal Pictures
Verizon Wireless


Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) has implemented a
new Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
Software that will ensure compliance with the
Federal Transit Administration 49 Code of Federal
Regulations (CFR) Part 26. All Vendors that wish to
do business with MDT will be required to register
in this system. To assist with this process, MDT will
be offering three (3) FREE training sessions to all
vendors (prime and sub) on Thursday, May 19, 2011
at 3200 N.W. 32 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33142. The
sessions will be offered from 9:00 a.m. Noon, 1:30
p.m. 4:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Please
RSVP by phone to (76) 469-5362 or by e-maii to
tgolden@miamidade.gov or mcox@miamidade.gov
by the close of business Wednesday, May 18th, and
indicate the time you wish to attend.

Notice is hereby given of the following temporary polling place
changes. These changes have been made by the Supervisor of
Elections pursuant to Section 101.71, Florida Statutes.
pct. NewLocaion


Beth Israel Corigregii,:,n
770 West 40th Street

03/03 Miami Beach Police Athletic League
036/039 999- 11th Street

121/134 Allen Park Community Center
121/13 1770 NE 162nd Street

218 New Way Fellowship Baptist Church
16800 NW 22nd Avenue
227 Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church
2961 NW 175th Street
Ruben Dario Park
9825 W. Flagler Street
Iglesia Metodista Unida
548 Wesley-Hispanic
133 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
553 Mall of The Americas
7827 W. Flagler Street
Central.Christian Church
562/633 of Dade County
222 Menores Avenue
William A. McAllister VFW Post 1608
2750 SW 16th Street
601 Coral Gables Cc rigl. iii ir.31 Church
3010 Desoto Blvd.
Herbert Wellness Center
639/640 1241 Dickinson Dr.

South Miami American Legion #31
641/644 7710 SW 59th Avenue

Iglesia Metodista Unida
670 Wesley-Hispanic
133 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Riverside Baptist Church
10775 SW 104th Street
West Kendall Fire Station #57
_770 8501 SW 127th Avenue
West Kendall Fire Station #57
8501 SW 127th Avenue
West Kendall Regional Library
10201 Hammocks Blvd.
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
14260 Old Cutler Rd.

Lester Sola. Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County

For legal ads online, goto http:/Aegalads.miamidade.gov

9D THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 11-17, 2011

Amtrak, 15 states get Fla's $2B in high-speed rail money

By Joan Lowy sengers 30 minutes in "- . -- Republican mem- ly awarded Florida as
Associated Press travel time. bers of Congress have well as other unspent
Nearly $340 million -- .... also opposed funds for money designated for
WASHINGTON will go toward state- high-speed trains, re- trains in budget delib-
Amtrak and rail proj- of-the-art locomotives -- scinding $400 million erations with the ad-
t. ;i 15 states will and rail cars fr Cali- of the money previous- ministration.

ecs in 10 Soa~evWill
get the $2 billion that
Florida spurned when
its governor canceled
plans for high-speed
train ser-
vice, the De-
partment of
Transporta- *,
tion said re-
The larg-
est share of
the money -
nearly $800
million -
will be used SCO
to upgrade
train speeds from 135
mph to 160 mph on
segments of the heav-
ily traveled Northeast
corridor, the depart-
ment said.
Another $404 mil-
lion will go to expand
high-speed rail service
in the Midwest, includ-
ing newly constructed
segments of 110-mph
track between Detroit
and Chicago that are.
expected to save pas-

fornia and the Mid-
west. California will
also get another $300
million toward trains
that will trav-
el up to 220
mph between
San Fran-
cisco and Los
"These proj-
1 ects will put
Thousands of
S Americans
to work, save
TT hundreds of
thousands of
hours for American
travelers every year,
and boost U.S. manu-
facturing by investing
hundreds of millions
of dollars in next-
generation, American-
made locomotives and
rail cars," Vice Presi-
dent Joseph Biden
President Barack
Obama has sought
to make creation of a
national network of

high-speed trains a
signature project of
his administration. He
has said he wants to
make fast trains ac-
cessible to 80 percent
of Americans within
25 years.
The money -. ini-
tially $2.4 billion -
had been awarded to
Florida for high-speed
trains between Tampa
and Orlando. After
Gov. Rick Scott. can-

celed the project, the
Transportation De-
partment invited other
states to bid for the
money. It received 90'
applications seeking a
total of $10 billion.
Scott said he was
concerned that' the
state government
would be locked into
years of operating
subsidies. However, a
report by the state's
transportation de-

apartment forecast
the rail line would be
profitable. The proj-
ect initially had been
approved by Scott's
predecessor, Republi-
dent Charlie Crist.
Two other Republi-
can governors elect-
ed in November have
canceled high-speed
train projects in their
states. Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker turned

down $810 million to
build a Madison-to-
Milwaukee high-speed
line. Ohio Gov. John
Kasich rejected $400
million for a project
to connect Cincinnati,
Cleveland and Colum-
bus with slower-mov-
ing trains. Both the
Ohio and Wisconsin
projects had been ap-
proved by the gover-
nors' Democratic pre-


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Question: My fiance has excellent credit. However, my credit is poor
to fair. I'm afraid that my credit will affect his. Please advise if we
should refrain from joint accounts and tell us anything we should do
to protect his credit. KC
Dear KC,
An all-too-common misperception about marriage and money is that
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merged into one. Unless you live in a state with community property
laws on the books, you can remain individuals as long as you keep
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at 3:00 P.M.

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NO. 12271.,

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Former Freedom Riders reach today's youth

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age to organize against all
The documentary is based on
a book, Freedom Riders: 1961
and the Struggle for Racial Jus-
tice, by Raymond Arsenault, the
John Hope Franklin Professor
of Southern History at the Uni-
versity of South Florida, St. Pe-
tersburg. On Sunday evening,
Arsenault left Washington, D.C.
with a group of students and
some of the original Freedom
Riders bound for New Orleans.
"This time we plan to make
it all the way to Louisiana, re-
membering what happened
to those young riders in 1961
when their bus was bombed

in Alabama," Arsenault said.
"We were fortunate to receive a
grant from the National Endow-
ment for Humanities and have
been able to turn this story into
a multi-media presentation in-
cluding a touring museum, re-
sources for students even live
feeds to classrooms across the
country. It's been a monumen-
tal feat from the time I began
working on the book which took
me 10 years to complete."
Arsenault's text had been
heralded as the finest historical
analysis of the Freedom Rides.
And while most agree that the
Rides were one of the major civil
rights events in the nation's his-
tory, Arsenault says that he was
motivated to take on the project
because "it was a pivotal mo-

ment that had largely been lost
by historians."
Arsenault adds he interviewed
over 100 former Freedom Rid-
ers and reviewed an enormous
amount of material both pub-
lished and unpublished to com-
plete the book, which has been
abridged to become a compan-
ion to the documentary.
"The key to the book and the
documentary is to make sure
today's young people learn this
empowering story," he said.
"Many of the youth that have
already seen the film or talked
with the original riders have
become overcome with emotion
- they wonder how those young
people could muster the cour-
age to fight for justice."

Thomas takes center stage at Miami's First Presbyterian

continued from 1C

specifically and classical
music in general," he said.
"Marian Anderson, Leontyne
Price and Kathleen Battle
have shown the abilities of
Black women but for Black
men it has always been very
Thomas believes that rac-
* ism, albeit subconsciously,
still plays a part in the chal-
lenges of Black men in the

"There is still a level of dis-
comfort that comes when
people think about a Black
man playing the romantic
lead with a white woman,"
he said. "But I get all kinds
of excuses as to why I am not
right for the part."
Still Thomas has been able
to make a name for himself
- even if it means traveling
the European circuit to do
so. Now he says he is focus-
ing on getting better estab-
lished here in the U.S.
"Opportunities are begin-

ning to trickle in and people
are recognizing my talents
but I don't believe I get the
same kind of attention or
respect in the U.S. as I do
in Europe. Many of my col-
leagues were part of the
Young Artists Program with
Florida Grand Opera and
have either been invited
back to audition or to actu-
ally perform. I'm still wait-
ing for their call. I've prov-
en myself as a professional
over the past six years I
think I've earned at least an

The opera star says he doesn't
focus on the negatives and
keeps working at his craft.
He will present a program of
music by Beethoven, Griffes,
Verdi, Britten and Vaughn
Williams. But don't look for
excerpts from Gershwin's
"Porgy and Bess."
"I want to make sure that
I am never typecast so I do
music that shows the full
range of my abilities I am
an opera singer, who hap-
pens to be Black."

Arizona's immigration reform having impact on FL

REFORM Jovens Pierre, resident of are here to make America that will be like the one OL
continued from 6C Little Haiti, said if the state a better place," he said. "At in Arizona."

were to pass it would have a
negative impact on business
and families. I believe that
this state is thriving because
of immigrants."

adopted either version of im-
migration reform the result
would be negative.
"Granted, yes we do have
undocumented or illegal citi-
zens here, but most of them

one point in time I was here
illegally but now I am a le-
gal resident. The state really
needs to take a long look at
what they will be doing to
people if they pass any bill


At the top of the year, more
than 200,000 undocument-
ed Haitians were noted in
Miami as a result of amnesty
given to them after the Janu-
ary 2010 earthquake.

Gas prices continue to increase across the nation

continued from 7D

to AAA. That's more than
$1.05 higher than a year ago.
"Clearly, the falling price
of crude oil is good news, al-
though it's too early to say
that we've turned the tide,"
says Nigel Gault, chief econ-
omist for IHS Global Insight.
"If this sticks, it's worth
about 20 cents off the price
at the pump."
Even if crude oil prices sta-
bilized at Thursday's levels,

consumers wouldn't see any
immediate effect.
"Crude would have to stay
around $100 for five to 10
days before we see gas pric-
es come down," says Darin
Newsom, senior analyst at
energy trader DTN. He ex-
pects seasonal demand to
lift prices to as much as
$4.20 a gallon, surpassing
July 2008's $4.11 record.
"Maybe (Thursday's sell-
off ) puts the brakes on the
big increases we've been
seeing. We'll hold here for a

while until the market fig-
ures out what signals (trad-
ers) were .giving us today,"
Newsom says.
Crude oil peaked this
year at $113.93 a barrel on
April 29. It's all-time high is
$147.27 in July 2008.
Thursday's plunge was
part of a broader selloff of
silver, gold and other com-
modities, which also pushed
prices down on Wall Street.
The dollar also rose, which
helped push oil prices lower.
All that changed Friday,

when the April jobs report
raised the prospect of a
steady U.S. economy.
Anthony Sabino, a for-
mer energy industry execu-
tive who teaches business
at St. John's University in
New York, expects little re-
lief soon, with gas prices
ranging from $4.10 to $4.25
through Labor Day.
"We may be near the peak
with respect to prices," Sa-
bino says, "but there's no
great wave of relief for con-

American pay small share on taxes

cotninued from 7D

highest ever but, as a share of the
economy, slightly below last year.
USA TODAY examined the full
range of taxes that individuals pay
to all levels of government. That in-
cludes income taxes for Medicare,
property taxes for schools and gas
taxes for roads.
At the national average, a per-
son with an income of $100,000
would pay $23,600 in taxes today
vs. $28,700 in 2000 and $27,300 in
The recession of 2001 and tax
cuts championed by President Bush
started a decade-long trend of tax-
ing less income. The 2007-09 reces-
sion and new tax cuts in Obama's
stimulus effort accelerated the
The one-year Social Security tax
cut reduces the worker's rate from

6.2 percent to 4.2 percent or
$2,000 a year on a $100,000 in-
That has boosted the economy
short-term, says Chris Christopher,
an economist at the IHS consulting
"It's helping absorb the cost of
higher gas and food prices," he says.
Other findings:
Taxes per person. Individu-
als paid taxes at an annual rate
of $10,549 per person in the first
quarter about the same as indi-
viduals have paid since 1990 when
adjusted for inflation. Incomes have
grown; tax payments haven't.
* Spending per person. Gov-
ernment spent at an annual rate
of $18,086 per person in the first
quarter. That's up from $13,552 in
2001, adjusted for inflation. The
difference between individual taxes
and spending comes from corporate
taxes, user fees and borrowing.

Jobless teens to rise this summer

continued from 7D

In Chicago alone, nearly 700 chil-
dren were hit by gunfire last year,
with 66 deaths, though the city's
overall murder rate declined, said
Jack Wuest, executive director of
the Alternative Schools Network
which commissioned the report.
"We cannot continue to ignore
the correlation between youth

violence and teen employment,"
Wuest said. "We know if our teens
are in school or at a job they are
not on the streets."
Federal stimulus dollars direct-
ed to cities and applied to summer
jobs programs have run out and
the funding was not renewed by
Congress, meaning 18,000 more
Illinois teenagers will be jobless
this summer, according to the re-

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

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

1212 NW 1 Avenue,
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. Appliances.
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile. $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1228 NW 1 Court
Two bedroom, one bath,
$200 deposit to move in. Call
Sam Johnson 305-300-9764
123 NW 18 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$395 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1245 NW 58 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$495 monthly, $750 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1245 NW 58 Street
Studio, $395 mthly. All
appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV.
Joel 786-355-7578

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

1286 NW 59 Street
Nice two bedroom, one bath,
$800 monthly. 954-709-4458
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Ms. Shorty in #1.

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

140 NW 13 Street
Two bdrms, one bath
$500. 786-236-1144
1425 NW 60 Street
Nice one bedroom, one bath,
$600 mthly. Includes refriger-
ator, stove, central air, water.
$725 Move In. 786-290-5498
14350 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Free Water 786-267-1646

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath,
$425. Ms. Pearl #13
1510 NW 67 Street
One bedroom, one bath, se-
curity bars. Call Sam John-
son 305-300-9764
1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $395
monthly. $600 move in. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1648 NW 35 Street
One bdrm, one bath, $750.
Section 8 OK. 786-355-5665
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 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$495. Two bedroom, one
bath $595. Appliances,
Ms. Bell #9

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

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

200 NW 13 Street

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 Welcome!
210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450,
appliances. 305-642-7080
2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
405 NW 37 Street
One bdrm, one bath,
$495 mthly. All appli-
ances included. Call Joel

467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency $405. Appliances
and free water.

50 NW 166 Street
New four bedrooms, two
baths.$1500. Section 8 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

561 NW 6 Street
One bdrm, one bath $495.
.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 preferred.
8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrm. Section 8 OK.
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,.
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
-Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more

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two bedrooms, $595. Free
vwater! 786-236-1144

Corner of NW 103 Street
Beautiful two bedrooms. $700
monthly. $1000 to move in.
Gated, security, tiled floors,
central air. 786-402-0672
Two bdrms, one bath, $868;
one bedroom, $704; studio,
$595; despoits 305-297-0199
NW 2 Ave and 63 Street
Clean, secure area, one
bdrm, one bath, $625 mthly.
South Miami area, near Metro?
Rail. Two and three bedroom
apartments for rent.
CALL 786-543-3872
One bdrm, great specials.
Call 786-201-4153
2158 NW 5 Avenue, Miami

Business Rentals

Includes grill, tent, lighting
and water. Parking available.
$500 monthly, one month
free. Call Mark by Appoint-
ment only 786-985-7612.
14 space steam table and
sub station inside
supermarket. First month
Call Mohamed
Appointment Only


191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
20600 NW 7 AVENUE #202
One bdrm, one bath, central
air, gated. Call 770-598-8974
725 NW 70 Street
Two bedrooms, one and a
half bath, $950 monthly
Two bedrooms, two baths,
penthouse, ocean view.
$1200 monthly 1000
square feet.
Section 8 Welcome
786-260-5708 Cell
305-652-2257 Office
Three bedroom, two bath,
6805 SW 38 Street, $1300

monthly. All Points Realty,

Northwest Dade
Town Park 1955 NW 5 Place,
three bedroom, one and half
bath, $900 monthly.
Town Park 483 NW 19 Street,
two bedroom, one and half
bath, $750 monthly.
Section 8 welcome.


11277-NW 17 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, air,
laundry. 786-269-5643
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1293 NW 57 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 786-277-4395
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080
15833 NW 38 Court
Two bedroom, one bath, wa-
ter and appliances included,
near two colleges.
15852 NW 38 Place
Two bedrooms, air. $1150
monthly. 305-751-3381.
165 NE 65 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 or Miami City welcome!
1722 NE 148 Street
One bedroom, one bath, all
brand new appliances, $625
monthly. 786-356-6101
1817 NWn41 Street
Two bdrs, one bath, air. $800
mthly. $1900 move in. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 305-634-5794
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$500, appliances, free

21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms. Remodeled.
$895. 786-306-4839.
We have others.
Office at 290 NW 183 Street
2452 NW 44 Street
Two bedrooms, air, $800
monthly. 786-877-5358
2480-B NW 66 Street
Two bdrm, one bath, appli-
ances, air, bars. $850 mthly.
Section 8 OK. 305-444-8908
2482 NW 95 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
stove, refrigerator, air condi-
tioner, water, good location.
Ride-by. 305-948-6913
3051 NW 134 Street
Section 8 welcome! Newly
remodeled, two large bdrms,
one bath, central air, washer
and dryer included. New.
kitchen, bath, and refrigera-
tor. $1075 monthly.
Call 954-557-4567
3318 NW 50 Street
Two bedroom, one bath,
$725, appliances.

38 NE 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, wa-
ter included. $650 monthly.
462 NW 82 Terrace
The perfect 10. Two bdrms,
one bath, appliances.
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
5657 NE 1 Court
Two bedrooms, new bath,
appliances, air, water, bars,
$700. Terry Dellerson, Real-
tor. NO Section 8.'
643 NW 48 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 monthly. Section 8 wel-
come. 305-758-7022
7737 NW 4 Court
Remodeled, spacious three
bedroom, two bath, $1200
monthly. First and last. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 305-450-0320
7737 NW 6 AVENUE
Two bdrms, two baths, Sec-
tion 8 OK! 786-277-4395
928 NW 55 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$575. Free Water.

942 NW 103 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, all appliances.
$1200 monthly. Section 8 OK!
One bdrm., $750 and three
bdrms., $1250, Section 8
OKAY! 786-355-5665
Newly renovated one and
two bdrms, air and some utili-
ties, duplexes, townhouses,
$850 monthly. 786-488-0599

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100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
5422 NW 7 Court

Includes electric and water.
$600 monthly. 305-267-9449

Northside Area
Available immediately! $500
monthly. First and security to
move. 305-836-3577

Furnished Rooms

13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, 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, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1880 Ali Baba Avenue
Outreach Program. Beds
available, three meals daily.
Share a room. 786-443-7306
2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
3370 NW 214 Street
$125 Weekly. 305-215-8585
59 Street NW 17 Aveune
Utilities included. $100 week-
ly. $200 moves you in.
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
East Miami Gardens Area
Furnished room for rent with
own entrance. Light kitchen
privileges. Call 305-621-1017
or 305-965-9616
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cable, air, light cooking and
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study shows

By Reuters

for refinancing home
mortgages were much
more available in pre-
dominantly white sec-
tions of major U.S. cit-
ies than in minority
areas after the recent
housing crash, a study
showed recently.
The study's authors
called for more invest-
ment by lenders in poor
communities and for
improved disclosure
requirements for mort-
gage lenders to protect
unwary borrowers.
"Paying More for the
American Dream V,"
found that in the seven
metropolitan areas in-
cluded in the study -
Boston, Charlotte, Chi-
cago, Cleveland, Los
Angeles, New York City
and Rochester, New
York conventional
mortgage refinancing
in minority communi-
ties decreased by an
average of 17 percent
in 2009 compared with
the previous year.
But in predomi-
nantly white neighbor-
hoods, mortgage refi-
nancing loans jumped
by an average of 129
This, is the fifth in a
series of reports that
began in 2007, com-
piled by a coalition
of nonprofit groups
across the country,
including the Califor-
nia Reinvestment, the
Woodstock Institute in
Chicago and the Ohio
Fair Lending Coalition.
The study also found
lenders "were more
than twice as likely" to
deny refinancing appli-
cations by borrowers
in minority communi-
ties than in majority
white neighborhoods.
Previous reports by
the coalition showed

that during the recent
property boom minori-
ty borrowers were more
likely to obtain high-
risk subprime loans
than white Americans,
even if their credit was
"These findings build
on our past reports,
which have document-
ed ongoing racial dis-
parities in mortgage
lending," Adam Rust,
Director of Research
at the Community
Reinvestment Asso-
ciation of North Caro-
lina, said in a state-
ment. "Lenders are
loosening up credit in
predominantly white
neighborhoods, while
continuing to deprive
communities of color
of vital refinancing
needed to aid in their
economic recovery."
Subprime loans
- offered to borrow-
ers with poor credit
- and risky products
like "stated income,"
or "liar loans" where
banks did not check
borrower's income,
exploded during the
housing boom. Irre-
sponsible lending con-
tributed to a housing
market crash in 2007
that triggered Amer-
ica's worst downturn
since the Great De-
The crash also re-
sulted in an unpopu-
lar bailout program
for the U.S. banking
sector that continues
to have political reper-
A separate study
published in the
American Sociologi-
cal Review in October
found that predatory
lending aimed at pre-
dominantly minority
neighborhoods led to
mass foreclosures and
directly contributed to
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Time off was good for family

By Ellen J. Horrow

Sheryl Swoopes has returned -
but one of the biggest stars in wom-
en's basketball history doesn't see it
as a comeback.
Swoopes, one of the originals of the
WNBA and one of its most successful
players, will be playing for the Tulsa
Shock this summer after a two-sea-
son hiatus.
"There was the misconception out
there that I retired after the 2008
season," Swoopes says, "but that was
never the case. I wasn't done with
basketball yet, and I'm still not done."'
She had won four championships,
collected three MVP awards and
played in six All-Star Games. She
was the first player assigned to the
Houston Comets when the league be-

gan in 1997 and was a mainstay of
the league's first dynasty from 1997
until 2007, when the team disbanded.
Swoopes signed as a free agent with
the Seattle Storm before the 2008
season. But it was a one-and-done
deal and Swoopes found herself with-
out a team and out of the league she
helped put on the map.
"I admit I was pretty bitter in 2009,"
she says. "And I was also confused. I
didn't know what I was supposed to
do. I had never made any plans be-
yond basketball."
Swoopes says it was a spiritual time
for her. She prayed for guidance and
had long talks with her mom about
her future: "I came to realize that God
had other plans for me at that time."
And there were some tremendous
benefits to the forced break. Swoopes
got to spend quality time with her son
Jordan. who turns 14 in June.
1 Jordan Eric Jackson has a
strong connection to the WNBA
as mother and son made de-
buts in 1997. Swoopes
helped lead the Comets to
the league's first cham-
pionship in 1997 shortly
. after giving birth.
Sheryl Swoopes,
shown here at the 2005
All-Star Game, shows off
i her MVP trophy to her
son Jordan. Swoopes

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helped launch the WNBA in 1997, the
same year Jordan was born.
Jackson grew up with the league, a
regular attendee at games who trav-
eled with his mother as a youngster.
But as a full-time WNBA player and a
core member of three Olympic teams,
Swoopes knows she missed out on
some important moments in her son's
"As bitter as I was about my career
(in 2009-10), it was such a blessing
to be able to spend so much time
with my son and really be a full-time
mom," she says.
Swoopes pursued other interests,
making plans to start a sports agency
and forming a medical supply com-
pany, which her brother will manage
while she gets back to basketball.
She played overseas in Greece in
2010 and had come to accept that
her WNBA career might be over. That
all changed earlier this year with a
phone call from an old friend.
Teresa Edwards, an assistant coach
with the Shock and a former Olympic
teammate, called Swoopes in Febru-
ary to inquire if she still wanted to
play professionally. Swoopes was un-
sure. But after a long conversation
with Shock head coach Nolan Rich-
ardson, Swoopes decided to pursue
the opportunity.
Richardson brought Swoopes to
Tulsa for a workout and was con-
vinced she could contribute to the
second-year team.
"Sheryl's been there and done
that," Richardson says. "I thought
her style of play and the way she ap-
proaches the game would be a good
fit for the team. I'm not looking for 40
minutes from her, but I really believe
she can help us ... and she will be a
great leader for the younger players."
Swoopes also believes she can still
be a valuable contributor, even if she
j u s t turned 40 in March. Per-
haps not be a fast as she
was when she dominated
the league on offense
and defense win-
ning three Defensive
Player of the Year awards
Swoopes says her skills are

"hree-time WNBA MVP and four-
le champion Sheryl Swoopes, who
t played with the Seattle Storm in
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Happy return: Sheryl Swoopes, with son Jordan in 2005, helped launch the
WNBA in 1997 and will play for the Shock in 2011. Without a contract the last
two years, she spent more time with Jordan.

still there: And so is her basketball
knowledge, an asset for the young
"I think I have a lot of experience
and a lot of things I can teach some
of these young kids, not just about
basketball but about life," she says.
"I've accomplished everything a
person can accomplish on a basket-
ball court, but I never thought about
the future when I was younger. I
never made plans for the next stage
in my life. It was a wakeup call, and
I don't.want these younger players to
end up in the same boat that I was."
One young player Swoopes could
help mentor is 20-year-old center
Elizabeth Cambage, the No. 2 over-
all pick in last month's WNBA draft.
The 6-8 center from Australia is likely
to be a focal point of the Shock's of-

fense, and Swoopes wants to do what
she can to help take the pressure off
the rookie.
"Cambage has so much potential,"
Swoopes says. "I'm really excited to
get out on the court with her. And I
hope to give her a few assists, both on
the court and off."
Swoopes also relishes the ability to
give back to the fans, then end her
career on her own terms, although
she quickly points out that this isn't
a farewell tour.
"I don't' know how much longer I will
keep playing; obviously this season in
Tulsa will determine a lot," Swoopes
says. "But I wouldn't have signed
with them if I didn't think I could still
play. I may be older, but the competi-
tive fire is still there and I'm excited
about the possibilities."

Emotions can lead to athlete's demise

Emotions can lead to athlete's demise

Emotions are a big part of
sports and the athletes that
play them. They are the fuel for
their fire, so to speak. They can
inspire a batter to hit a home
run in the bottom of the ninth
with the score tied up, a basket-
ball player stepping to the free
throw line to seal the end of a

game or a kicker lining up for a
game-winning field goal.
But what about a player's
emotions off the field that don't
lead to cheers 'and accolades
but instead to embarrassment
and shame? People often- for-
get that players are human too.
While we tend to think that our

favorite athlete is some sort of
superhuman based on the way
they perform on the field or
court, the truth is they are just
like you and me except they
run, catch, and throw a whole
lot better.
Rashard Mendenhall is a run-
ning back for the Pittsburgh
Steelers. Pau Gasol is a forward
for the Los Angeles Lakers. Both
players in the past week went
through some tough times,
brought on by emotions that
were set off away from the field.
On Monday May 2 after re-
ports filled the airwaves that
Osama Bin Laden had been
killed by Navy Seals somewhere

in Pakistan, Mendenhall took
his thoughts to Twitter and let
his emotions tweet, "What kind
of person celebrates death? It's
amazing how people hate a man
they never even heard speak.
We've only heard one side." He
went on "We'll never know what
really happened. I just have
a hard time believing a plane
could take down a skyscraper
demolition style." And finally, "I
believe in God . and I believe
he is the one and only judge.
Those who judge others will also
be judged themselves."
While there are people out
there who share his sentiment
(the part about celebrating

death and how a plane could
take down a skyscraper), taking
his thoughts to Twitter wasn't
the best avenue by which to
share those thoughts, especial-
ly being a person in the public
eye. And if that is the choice
one should be prepared for the
backlash, particularly if the
stated opinion is not a popular
one. It remains to be seen as to
what Mendenhall's future will
be in Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile, Gasol's Lakers got
swept out of the NBA playoffs by
a great Dallas Mavericks team.
But the play of the all star for-
ward has come into question.
Reports leaked that Gasol's fi-

ancee had broken off the rela-
tionship because Vanessa Bry-
ant (Kobe's wife) talked her out
of it. Internal strife and trust
issues dogged the Lakers after
a game one loss at home and it
just got worse from there.
"I have to learn from this,"
Gasol said. "I have to learn that
when something happens off
the court, you have to keep it off
the court."
Gasol may or may not return
to LA next summer.
Athletes have an uncanny
ability to keep their emotions in
check during games. It's in the
game of life that their emotions
can get the best of them.

James, Wade lead Heat past Celtics 98-90o in OT

By Jimmy Golen
AP Sports Writer

BOSTON LeBron James,
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh
are on the verge of doing some-
thing together that neither of
them could accomplish on his
Miami's Big Three combined
for 83 points as the Heat beat
Boston 98-90 in overtime on
Monday night to move within
one game of the Eastern Con-
ference finals. James scored 35,
Wade had 28 and the threesome
also combined for 35 of Miami's
45 rebounds.
"We're the guys. We're the
ones who get all the attention.
We're the ones that get all the
praise," Wade said. "This team
is going to go as far as us three
takes it."
One game after their worst
performance as a threesome,
James, Wade and Bosh had one
of their best. They scored all 12
of Miami's points in overtime;
Bosh and Wade had five apiece
after James' fallaway jumper on
the Heat's first possession of the
extra period gave them the lead

for good.
The Heat lead the best-of-sev-
en East semifinals 3-1, with a
.chance to close out the series in
Miami on Wednesday.
"Wednesday night will be
our greatest challenge that
we've had with this group so
far," coach Erik Spoelstra said.
"We'll get their best games on
Wednesday. And we have to be
better. If we're real about what
we want to do, we have to beat
the Boston Celtics at their best."
Paul Pierce scored 27, Ray
Allen had 17 and Kevin Gar-
nett had seven points and 10
rebounds for Boston. Rajon
Rondo, who dislocated his left
elbow Saturday night in Game
3, played 39 minutes with a
padded sleeve covering what
appeared to be a brace on his

left arm, scoring 10 with five as-
The Celtics would need to win
three in a row two of them
in Miami to have a chance
to defend their Eastern Confer-
ence championship.
"These are those moments. I
look forward to it," Allen said.
"Everybody on this team, we
know what to do. We can't talk
about it; we just have to put our
best foot forward. It's not easy.
It just makes it that much more
special if we're able to do it."
Boston has reached the NBA
finals in two of the last three
seasons, both times knock-
ing James and the Cavaliers
out along the way. The Celtics
eliminated the Heat in the first
round last year, one round af-
ter knocking Cleveland out and
sending James.on the journey
that landed him in Miami.
In all, Wade had lost 11
straight regular-season and
playoff games in Boston. James
had lost 13 of 15, including the
one that ended his Cleveland
"I haven't had much success
in this building," James said.

"We put a lot of pressure on
ourselves to just come out and
do whatever it took."
Boston took an 84-81 lead
with 2:28 left after back-to-
back three-pointers by Delonte
West and Allen, but James hit a
three to tie it and then made a
left-handed lay-in with 48 sec-
onds to play to give Miami an
86-84 lead. Pierce drove to the
basket to tie it, but James lost
control of the ball while he was
dribbling down the clock.
Allen went for it and was
bumped by James Jones, giving
Boston the ball out of bounds
with 19.5 seconds left and the
game tied at 86. Pierce got the
ball, waited out the clock and
then took a high-arcing fal-
laway jumper in the final sec-
onds that rimmed out as time
The Celtics scored just four
points in overtime, shooting 1
for 6 and making four of their
18 turnovers. Garnett started
things off by throwing the ball
away, and then James made
a fallaway jumper as the shot
clock expired to give Miami an
88-86 lead.



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on May 26, 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 two (2)
Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Review Stations and one
(1) year of maintenance from MorphoTrak Safran Group, at an amount not to
exceed $42,740.

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 Maritza
Suarez, Procurement Supervisor, at the City of Miami Purchasing Department
at (305) 416-1907.

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. Thomps
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