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VOLUME 88 NUMBER 42 MIAMI, FLORIDA, JUNE 22-28,, 2011 50 cents (55 cents in Broward)

Cr app quits post

as city manager

Resignation effective "immediately"
By D. Kevin McNeir
kmecneir @miamitimesonline.com y

It's been less than six months, but for Miami's City Manager
Tony Crapp, Jr., 38, it may have seemed like a lifetime. Crapp.
the second Black to hold the position and the third city man-
ager in 16 months, stepped down on Monday from, the City's
top administrative position. He has accepted an offer from a
Broward County firm as a lobbyist. He was unwilling to
name the company. But he did say that his decision r
was the best move for him professionally and for his \
"Every city manager will always have their own
set of challenges and issues to face," he said. "Mine
included the police-involved shootings and a huge
budget deficit, but I never felt any real pressure.
Actually we made great progress despite having
such a short amount of time -- we increased and
improved the dialogue between City administration
and the City police chief and after I took office, we
Please turn to CRAPP 10A

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmeneir @miamitimesonline.com

--c. cF ~- I I I L ,

Tempora Mutantur Et Nos Mutamur In Illis

--Miami Times photo/D). Kevin McNeir
CELEBRATING 68 YEARS OF SERVICE: With the theme of "Celebrating
Children," the Urban League of Greater Miami held its 68th annual meeting and
Educational awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 15th at Bethany Seventh-Day
:Adventist Church in Liberty City. Pictured are members of the board of directors
Swho, under President T. Willard Fair (center), hope to continue promoting initia-
*tives that improve the quality of life for us all.

N I :I' -L'r Cr me BIILS ca a esU~f~ Liberty City continues to be ground zero
for Miami's escalating Black-on-Black crime
threatens rates the most recent and tragic example
being a drive-by shooting on a busy north-
ia~~IIllu*?,'I r Iaeyfl west thoroughfare that ended in the death of
SG 8t O G19-year-old Jacorey Nathaveil Aaron.
Jacorey was standing with a group of other
men early Thursday morning (June 16th) at
an often-frequented convenience store (North-
west 13th Avenue and 62nd Street) when, ac-
crigto police, a 1997 white Nissan Maxi-
Sma drove past and at least one person began
frn.Four men were shot, including Jacorey
who died shortly after being transported to
x Please turn to CRIMES 10A

Braynon updates constituents on the rocky road ahead

damage caused by hurri-
canes and windstorms.
"Residents had up to five
years to file their .insurance
claims," said Monte Stevens,
director of Governmental Af-
fairs for the Florida Office of
Insurance Regulation. "The
amount of time to file a claim

By Jimmie Davis, Jr,
Miami Times writer

The 2011 legislative session passed
some very tough bills that are go-
ing to dramatically affect Blacks in
Miami-Dade County. State Senator
Oscar Braynon, II, recently hosted
several town hall meetings through-
out District 33 to inform his constit-
uents of the turbulent times ahead.
Braynon, 34, took a backseat and
invited representatives from the in-

surance industry, elections
department, immigration co-
alition and healthcare field 5
to address citizens.
Living in Florida, residents 5
are faced with criminals van- ~ii :
dalizing their homes and all
types of inclement weather
so there's a need to have BRA'
property insurance.
The Property Insurance SB 408/
HB 803 that passed, sets a three-
year window for filing claims for

eral years later. That's why it's im-
perative to have regular home in-
Election Law SB 2086/HiB 1355,
reduces the number of days for early

"This bill reduces the days of early
voting from 14 down to eight days,"
said Gary T. Hartfield, deputy su-
pervisor of elections f or Miami-Dade
County Elections Department. "This
Please turn to BRAYNON 10A

has been scaled back to three years."
He said a homeowner could pos-
sibly have damage to their property
and not find out about it until sev-

That's why she was willing
to face potential harassment
from her colleagues and side
with State Republicans on a
bill that would have allowed
abortions to be conducted in
a woman's third trimester of
"As a nurse for 30 years and
Please turn to CAMIPBELL 10A

19200 W Country Club
Drive; Miami Beach City
Hall, 1700 Convention
Center Drive; West Flagler
Branch Library, 5050 West
Flagler Street; Coral Gables
Library, 3443 Segovia
Street; South Dade Regional
Library, 10750 SW 211th
Please turn to VOTE, 10A

By D. Kevin McNeir
State Representative Daph-
ne Campbell (Democrat-
Miami Shores) believes that
one's faith, beliefs and life
experiences should inform
and impact the decisions
one makes as a politician.

Early voting for the run-off
election for the next Miami-
Dade county mayor began
last week Saturday, June
18th and is set to continue
through this Saturday, June
25th. Early voting is open
each day from 7 a.m. to 7
Election day is scheduled

for June 28th.
Here are the early voting
precincts and their loca-
tions: North Dade Regional
Library, 2455 NW 183rd
Street; North Miami Pub-
lic Library, 835 NE 132nd
Street; Lemon City Library,
430 NE 61st Street; Aven-
tura Government Center,

900 790

910 190

899 7 o

899 79,

89" 79"


900 19.

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The newly-enacted bill also streamlines the time that
third-party groups have to submit voter registration forms
and reduces the time that signatures on citizen-led ballot
initiatiVOS are valid"


Early voting for county

mayor through June a5th

Campbell stands firm

in anti-abortion stance

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wo lde BCo ka al rn aioa anta rr sam en t acrd to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal nights Haigng no person, leanlng no person,
the Black Press strives to help every person In the firm belief
that all persons are hurt as long as anyone Is held backe

rus off the 'real' issues

Diversions take foc
What do Democratic Con- burns, running our
gressional representatives to the ground and do
Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Was- lutely nothing about
serman Shultz have in com- President Obama
mon? Each has taken time to blamed for this econ
comment on the predicament he is in the positic
of New York Congressman tempting to fight a wa
Anthony Weiner, but none of any weapons. With
them has mentioned the fact he could do more job
that the average unemployed
person has now been out of
work for a whopping 40 weeks. PreSident Ob
Somehow, our Democratic and he is in
leaders have allowed them- .
selves to get caught up in the Without any
minutiae of the misadventures
of their clearly disturbed col-
league, without referencing the but with a debt ceilin
economic disturbances that (and no action taken
too many Americans are liv- there is no money fo
ing through. Should they have ation. If Democrats de
said nothing and risk the ire out, the whole lot of
of Republicans? Probably not. be turned out from C
But I'd have liked to hear them year or so from now.
say that Weiner's problems are ers have been caught
simply not the nation's most bilitating distraction
pressing problems. As Con- of essential urgencie~
gressman Charles Rangel said, It is tempting to b
Weiner's actions, however rep- debilitating distractio
rehensible, are not law break- media, but the fact is
ing. But there ought to be a law media" is as capit
against fiddling while Rome driven as every othe


IS LeBron
My mind is still unable to w1
itself around how LeBron Jan
went from being considered
be a great athlete and con~
entious athletic ambassador
becoming one of the most ha
athletes in all of sports. I h
people talk about him like h
the devil or a man who deser
to spend a year or two in pris
For years, he was advised
get out of Cleveland. He was
big of a star to play in a re
tively weak market for a te
without the money necessary
get the kinds of players neec
to compete for an NBA cha
pionship. But like a man w
ca't stop loving his high sch
sweetheart, he remained lo
to Cleveland, giving away se~
years of his life that could h;
been spent creating a Kobe B
ant-like resume for himself.
won no championships and
everything in his power to
come the Superman he had

tion in our nation. If we .didn't
watch garbage, they would not
broadcast garbage. If we col-
lectively said that we are not
interested in those members
of Congress who behave bad-
ly personally, focusing more
importantly on those who be-
have badly professionally, the

our fellow AmencalEPPr
If you have a job. can you
imagine being unemployed
for 40 weeks? Forty week'is is
almost 10 months; about the
same amount of time it takes
for someone to gestate a baby.
Most people don't have enough
savings to take them through
40 weeks of unemployment, so
how do they survive? Can't we
get our priorities straight? If
we made the economy a popu-
list issue, our Congress would
feel more motivated to deal
with it.
I am not suggesting any
abdication of morality; I am
saying that there is a moral-
ity that says we should feed
the hungry, clothe the riaked,
employ the jobless, house the
homeless. This is the essential
and Biblical morality that says
we should treat others the way
we would like to be treated.
That means we tmnust look at
those who are econothiically
disadvantaged with more sciu-
tiny than we choose to loolfat
those who are woefully and
publicly morally flawed.

,ing abso-
is being
lomy and
on of at-
ir without

media would let it go. Weiner
ought to be the fodder of the
late night talks that feature
comedians like Jay Leno and
Conan O'Brien, not serious
conversations on programs
like Meet the Press,
I am far more disturbed
about the state of our economy
than I am about these men be-
having badly. What if we failed
to be titillated by grown folks
acting like adolescents and in-
stead got agitated by the eco-
nomic challenges so many of

g looming
Son that)
r job cre-
on't watch
them. will
congresss a
Yet lead-
:up in de-
s instead
,lame the
,ns on the
That "the
:r institu-


James just an arro ~ant Negro?
rap be in order to single-handedly Girls Clubs o erica. Rather the public's respect. eo`L
mes elevate a mediocre team to the than congratulating him on his ron, there were others like Ter-
to NBA's elite. charity, some chose to hate him rell Owens, Tiger Woods, Bar'ry
sci- When LeBron left Cleveland for for being an arrogant negro. Bonds, Michael Vick and along
to Miami, some felt offended that he It's incredibly rare that a white list of NCAA athletes who have
ted chose to exercise his personal la- athlete is convicted of the crime the audacity to request compen-
ear bor rights. The owner of the Cay- of arrogance. But at least once a station for their own labor.
are's aliers, Dan Gilbert, played to the year, there is some Black male Of course, LeBron's recent re-
ves marks about the fans who dce-
on, spise him were ill-advised, but
to he bottom line is that LeBron James is not a criminal, I personally see the comments
too daba atuwl etr rdu dit esa to rtfpresent the frustration of a
ela- dedetdd hg iebae rdu dit eS8 26-year-old man who desperate-
am. young father who loves his family .. ly wants the world to like him.
rto The bottom line is that LeBron
ded James is not a criminal, dead-
mn- lynch mobs and spoke of LeBron athlete who is treated like a com- beat dad, thug, wife beater, or
iho as if he were a disloyal runaway mon criminal for showing a little drug addict. He's a young father
tool slave who should be shot be- too much confidence or doing who loves his family, cares about
,yal fore being allowed to cross the what's best for himself and his his team and badly wants to win
ven Mason-Dixon Line. Some inter- family. The white male-dominat- an NBA title. All of the value
ave preted LeBron's televised an- ed sports media places irrespon- judgments that come from me-
Iry- nouncement, "The Decision," as sible and destructive value judg- dia and fans who've been trained
He the ultimate media crime, and ments on young, hard-working to express consistent disdain for
did failed to even consider the fact men as if they are dastardly, dys- Black males are reflective of the
be- that James gave the proceeds of functional, sub-human savages poisoned psyches that produce
to the ESPN show to the Boys and who don't deserve an ounce of this kihnd of hatred.

Bradley and Uncle Luke should

Ignore finger-pointing foes
One thing about politics in South Florida is cer-
tain it's sure to include a lot of intrigue, mn-
Onuendoes and often unsubstantiated statements
from opposing political camps, disgruntled wannabeess' or
community rabble rousers eager to get some free publicity.
And we think that's exactly what went down after both
Luther Campbell and Roosevelt Bradley, the top two vote
getters among Black candidates in the primary race for
county mayor, gave their endorsement to candidate Julio
For the record, we were not privy to those quiet dinner
meetings or board room showdowns where the two candi-
dates, Robaina and Carlos Gimenez, each had a chance
to state why they were the best candidate to represent
the Black community and to take control of the almost
30,000 votes that were collectively garnered by Campbell
and Bradley.
However, we have had numerous conversations and in-
terviewcs with both of these brothers and are comfortable in
saying that we 'don't believe the hype." Politics always has
the element of compromise at its core. That would suggest
that give and take is key for any politician's success. But
under the table, illegal deals are things that we do not en-
dorse. And while we believe that both Campbell and Brad
ley would do almost anything for their beloved community,
we don't believe they would intentionally break the law as
a means of justifying the ends. .
Campbell may have had folks shaking their booties many
years ago but he's just not a crook. As for Bradley, he
seems more appropriate as the father figure for a Black
version of The Brady Bunch than a scheming, caught-in-
the-act politician.
Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
Maybe when it comes to Black folks, such laudable poli-
cies that form the foundation of our Democratic society,
are placed on hold.


ist nast
buffed all calls for th 1'op
licly apologize for the church's
long, stubborn and dogmatic
defense of alleged biblical en-
coded racism. religion.
It's not the Mormon faith's
racial past or the recanting of
that past, though, that makes
Romney and Huntsman non
starters with most Blacks.
It's their politics. They are
right-wing conservatives. That
stems not just from their party
allegiance but their religious

aRome ad Hntsman have
repeatedly said that religion
shouldn't be an issue in de-
termining who is fit to sit in
the White House. But given
the long and suspect history
of Mormons on race, the two
candidates are kidding them-
selves if they think that their
church's history won't be an
issue. Put simply, Mormon-
ism has for most of that his-
tory been no laughing matter
for Blacks.

reli ion's rac:
that declared Blacks were now
But the revelation came
years after the heyday of the
civil rights movement and
when discrimination and ra-
cial bigotry had become a le-
gal, political and social taboo
in America. The Mormon lead-
ers counter-attacked against
the claims that despite the rev-

Republican presidential
nominee Mitt Romney has
made no public comment on
"The Book of Mormon" musi-
cal that's been knocking them
dead on Broadway. Romney, of
course, would be mum on it for
two good reasons.
First, it lamnpoons and ridi-
cules the Mormons on their
holy book, history, practices
and doctrinal statements.
But most importantly, the
play skewers Mormons for
the chch' dd ades iof rac a

gious proselytizing activities
in Africa. The satire could just
as easily apply to the history of
Mormons' long-standing pur-
ported curse of Ham teachings
about Blacks.
The other reason that Rom-
ney would be mum on anything
that tosses an ugly glare on his
Mormon faith is that there's no
way at this stage of the elec-
tion game to say whether his
Mormonism will help or hurt

him, or mean nothing to voters,
Polls have been mixed.
But faith, religious and per-
sonal beliefs and prejudices
aside, Romney, and newly de-
clared Republican candidate
Jon Huntsman, despite the
intense efforts of the church's
ruling elders to make its racial
past go away, are still saddled
with the heavy burden of the

religion's racial history.
For more than a century the
Mormons rigidly enforced their
policy that Blacks could not be
priests, serve on missions or be
married in their temples. The
Mormons finally backed away
from their ban after church
leaders claimed they got a
revelation from God in 1978

elation on race, they were still
closet bigots. They touted their
much-publicized genealogical
research on Black families,
their aggressive missions in
Africa and the increased num-
ber of Blacks that serve in the
important church body known
as the Quorum of the Seventy
to prove it. However, they re-


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Votmng is the best way to

make your voice heard

lack folks are great at assuming a seat in the "amen
things great and small. But unfortunately, it's not
preachers that set public policy or vote on crucial bills that
responsibility rests with our elected officials. And as anyone
with an ounce of sense will tell you, all politics is local.
Are you unhappy about your property taxes? Are you dis-
mayed with the lack of affordable housing or healthcare?
Are you tired of urban public schools being forced to play
:mcnd fdodl ho the nmoe presdgi u dscho osutrom e coudly:

munity being adequately addressed? Are you tired of burying
your loved ones because of unprecedented levels of violence?
Well, grumbling about it with your favorite barber or beau-
tician may help you feel purged because you've gotten your
frustrations off of your chest. But it won't alter the status
quo. Business will continue as usual. And for far too many
cases that means many Blacks in Miami-Dade County will
continue to feel like they are Third World natives living in a
foreign land.
But if we get off our behinds and go to the polls, in mas-
sive numbers of course, we can show the pollsters, political
pundits and elected officials that we mean business. We can
begin to take control of our own destinies instead of hoping
for handouts and leftovers.
Miami-Dade County has one of the largest budgets of any
metropolitan area in the country. The county employs more
people than many U.S. cities and millions are made by busi-
nesses that are lucky enough to get contracts for their vari-
ous services. Blacks are poorly represented on all fronts.
Voting can change that.
We have heard the murmurings from the 'hood' about the
two candidates that want to become our next county mayor.
Some say neither man represents their interests. Others say
the two candidates both come from the establishment and
are unlikely to promote needed reform. Some say there's no
point in voting as it won't matter anyway.
To all of those comments we say they are nothing more
than excuses,.A~nd-as;one writer said, "Excuses are monu-
ments of nothing that build bridges that lead to nowhere.
Those who use these tools of incompetence are masters of

nSttp making excuses people. Shake off the dust and go
vote! Then we can start calling for and expecting to see real

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lama is being blamed for this economy
the position of attempting to fight a war


MOrmnon candidates face

ts not the Mormon faith's racial past or the recanting of that
past, though, that makes Romney and Huntsman non start-
Iers with most Blacks. It's their politiCS.

I ~~

for, now I think we are smarter
than that.

~~4 ((ggskt IIins
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Luther Campbell and Roosevelt Bradley have endorsed Julio

Robaina for county mayor; will that influence Black voters?


BY QUEEN BROWN, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, Queenb2020@bellsouth.net

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that sensationalize criminal
behavior, continually-emerg-
ing technology and the unprec-
edented popularity of reality
television. In the media South
Florida is portrayed as home
to continuous murders, homi-

South Florida. Unfortunately,
this is how the world views
South Florida and this image
is not because of Urban Beach
Week. As residents of South
Florida we know that these im-
ages do not depict how most

it would be to our benefit If the
neighboring cities and local
municipalities in South Flori-
da come together and address
the issue of the Annual Urban
Beach Week. Although, the
City of Miami Beach has made
it a point to disassociate itself
from the event and has made
it absolutely clear they are not
promoters of the event, it would
be in the City's best interest to
become the event host. They
should also be willing to take
the lead and collaborate with
other neighboring .cities to
make this a successful and
safe annual event.
Let's take the advice of our
elders and put an end to dra-
matizing our social ills as real-
ity entertainment for the world
to see as a normal day in South
Florida. Let's come together
.and work to restore the posi-
tive image of our multi-cultur-
al community.

The City of Miami Beach of-
ficials are desperately trying to
justify their actions during the
2011 Urban Beach Week disas-
ter. However, the images say it
all -the streets of Miami Beach
were just as dangerous as the
streets in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Heavily-armed forces lined the
streets of South Beach creating
an element of fear and intimi-
dation. By no means is this the
typical hospitality extended to
preferred vacationers.
The City of Miami Beach
was once revered as a first
class tourist destination but
not any more. Those days are
long gone. Miami Beach's once
stellar image as a haven of sun.
and fun has been tainted. We
can thank the creators of real-
ity television for our new vil-
lainous image. South Florida's
image of being a vacation para-
dise began to diminish during
the evolution of music videos

of us live, worship, work and
raise our children. However,
with these images we can see
just how one can misconstrue
life on South Beach..
Let's face it, most people out-
side of South Florida do not
separate Broward from Miami-
Dade and Miami-Dade from
Miami Beach when one is
portrayed as negative all of our
communities suffer. Therefore,

cides, thugs, drugs, lewdness,
whores, dope dealers, Medicaid
fraud and career criminals.
Television shows are inun-
dated with scenes from South
Beach of scantly-dressed bi-
kini models gyrating their hips
and wealthy entertainers act-
ing as thugs all while living in
South Florida. We even have a
violent video game bearing the
name of a local community in

ceiling rY
ried women of all races giving
birth to illegitimate children.
We all knou; that two incomes
are better than one, and that
children ai-e less likely to fall
into poverty themselves when
they see their mother's and
father's unwavering commit-
ment to work.
Congress can pass no law
to mandate solid marital re-
latiornships and President
Obama cannot sign an execu-
tive order to raise academic
achievement. But the President
can play a larger part in rein-
vigorating our broken values
system. Congress can create
tax breaks for married couples
and welfare reform that dis-
courages single parenthood.
And vouchers can help raise
the quality of stagnant school
Raising America's debt ceil-
ing is certain to push our na-
tion closer to insolvency. Rais-
ing its moral ceiling can make
people happier, more produ'c-
tive, increase saving and pos-
sibly help work down our debt.
With the latter, there is no-
where to go but up.

a child in the way they should
.However, I must admit that
the blame goes to our men as
well. Because a lot of us are
unemployed and the first thing
we want to do is impregnate
these vulnerable women that
are already in a financial bind
knowing very well that we're
not ready to take on those re-
sponsibilities. We got to get up
from the typewriter and ap-
proach these issues in person
where their liable to occur.
When people see you come in
their communities and speak
on subjects, such as prison, it
only gives them a sign of truth-
worthiness and credibility.
Can you imagine how rnany
people will stand behind you?

Benjamin Moorehead
SJasper, FL

ber to 45 percent. The Black
unwed birthrate is 72 percent
(compared with 41 percent
overall), Black unemployment
was over 16 percent in April
and there are the persistent
problems of drugs and the al-

As the White House lobbies
to raise the nation's debt ceil-
ing, wihy not instead help ~raise
its moral ceiling? After decades
of rewarding bad behavior, it's
in the government's best in--
terest and perhaps even its
duty to promote the morals
and values that made our na-
tion great.
The Obama Administration
wants Congress to raise the
debt ceiling so our government
can borrow more than the al-
most $14.3 trillion currently
allowed by law. Conservatives
want any debt increase tied to
spending cuts, and a recent
vote shows Obama lacks the
political capital to ram through
an increase as he might have
in the past,
Instead of raising the ceil-
ing for more debt to support
unwed motherhood, broken
families and failing govern-
ment-run schools, we should
raise America's moral ceiling
to promote the institution of
marriage, hard work, saving
and quality education.
Reinvigorating these' virtues
could effectively cut spending

by lessening the need for gov-
ernment entitlements now cer-
tain to bankrupt America.
There's been a precipitous
moral decline in America since
the 1960s. No subgroup seems
to have been affected more

than families in the Black
community, where the notion
of family has been redefined.
Marriage no longer holds the
same appeal and divorce rates
have skyrocketed. Twro-parent
homes and academic perfor-
mances suffer chronically
while crime and illegitimacy
In his 1965 report, The Negro
Family: The Case for National
Action, future senator Daniel
Patrick Moynihan expressed
alarm that approximately a
quarter of Black households
were headed by women. The
2000 census raised that num-

lure of crime.
The result? Profound impov-
erishment and neighborhoods
in which shattered families
are often housed by HUD, doc-
tored by Medicaid, taught by
Head Start and fed by food
stamps. Misery and the most.
shrunken scope of existence
endorse a poverty that is eco-
nomic, moral and spiritual.
So much of our nation's debt
exists from the massive safety
net our government has cre-
ated. We have turned our so-
ciety on its head in an idle
attempt to cope with the now
shameless scores of .unmar-

Dear Editor,

I I'ead an article in your
newspaper recently written
by NNPA Columnist. Julianne
Malveaux, concerning mothers
in prison. Well, being a father
of two and incarcerated for
21 years for a crime that I did
not commit, is definitely a epi-
demic among our Black men.
I feel as though without a fa-

their figure being in their chil-
dren's life are very important
of how that child grows up. If
the child- is a male and grow-
ing up without that masculine
influence, it will cause him to
take on responsibilities that
he's not prepared for.
"We the people" need to start
getting up and voicing our
opinions concerning the in-
appropriate dealings of these

prosecutors throughout our
judicial system. When I went
to trial in 1991, my mother
was the only one who showed
up. And I'm still her-e in prison.
I've written to the President,
NAACP and the Senator of
Florida, but to no avail. Black
folks will never understand the
power of unity. This unity must
first start at home amongst
our families. Just like we pack
the church, we need to pack
the courtroom...that's the only
way that justice will be served
in its proper, perspective. Be-
cause you can best believe that
our everyday decisions will de-
termine our destiny. When we
birth these beautiful children,
we must deal with them equal-
ly. Don't shop for one and dis-
regard the other because what
you are creating is prejudice at
a young age. We must train up

Retired, Overtown

Disable, Liberty City

Ituall depends.
think that .
their endorse- ;
ment will have
some type of ~
impact on the ~~~!
way Blacks r

Nulrse, North Miami

Probab ly,
Blacks seem
to lean to- 3
ward what the
Black leaders
are saying.
I think that d l~
Luke's voice 4. ~;~

does matter in our community.

Ulnemnployed, Liberty City .

Their en-
dorsement will
have some im
pact on the
Black vote.
They are Black
leaders and
Blacks follow them.

Retired, Overtown

I don't think
so. Back It
in the day,
Blacks use to
vote for who
Black leaders
said to vote wi

itNaolnotereall ,
on the indi- i

a lot of people '
think Luke "
Campbell is -
joking about it .
but he is dead '
serious about it. I'd vote for him.

Social Worker, Liberty City

No, because
Luke couldn't ,
even sway the
Black vote for
himself. No
one is taking
him seriously.


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legal community and courts
for many years," said Daryl
*rrawick, 51, a 13-year circuit
court judge. "He has been a
general magistrate twice before
and did well in both positions.
And he is highly-respected by
his peers. But most important,
we need more Black represen-
tation on the bench. I am one of
five Black judges on the circuit
court and there are four Black
county court judges. Nine sim-
ply doesn't adequately reflect
the number of Blacks that live .
in this county."
Trawick adds that the ap-
pointment of Murray would be
a smart move for Scott. b"We
need more Black judges so that
the community feels they have
a voice on the bench some-
one wyho can understand and
relate to theii plight," he said.
"And then among the judges
collectively, having more Black
judges helps those who non-
Black to gain more clarity and
insight as to the Black perspec-

Attorney Gordon Mhurray seeks

appointment to county court bench

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmeneir@miamitimneson line. com

Gordon C. Murray, Sr., 50,
is anxiously waiting for word
from the Judicial Nominating
Committee, to see if he is one
of approximately 20 lawyers
who have been recommended,
after careful examination of his
resume and credentials, as a
worrthy candidate for openings
obn the County Court bench.
He's already been down this
road once before but failed to
make the final cut, which in-
cidentally rests with Governor
Rick Scott. But he says he re-
mains "optimistic" that both
the Nominating Committee and
Scott will this time rule in his
"This would be my first time
officially on the bench but I
bring experience as a general
magistrate (judge) for the Child

Supportive Division and Civil
Traffic Court," he said. "Both
positions were quasi-judicial
seats aird were for a fixed
amount of time. I have always
liad an interest in and pas-
sion for law and was born and
raised in Miami-Dade County
so I know the issues and con-
The Carol City High School
graduate (1978) was one of the
very first Golden Drum Award
recipients and attended the
University of Miami (UM) on a
full scholarship before going on
to the UM School of Law. Mur-
ray has been a practicing at-
torneyr for over 25 years, begin-
ning his career as an assistant
state attorney for Monroe and
Miami-Dade counties and then
establishing a private practice
in North Miami in 1993.
Murray recently received the
Florida Bar President's Pro

--Miami Times photo/D. Kevin McNeir
.LEGAL EAGLES: Circuit Court Judge Daryl Trawick, supports Attorney Gordon C. Murray, Sr.,

in his aspirations for the bench.
Bono Service Award (2010) in
recognition of the hundreds
of hours that he has amassed
for his pro bono legal work in
the community. In addition, in

April he was recognized as a
"living legend" by the Miami-
Dade Graduate Chapter of Al-
pha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
He has been a member of the

fraternity for close to 30 years.
"Gordon is one of the hard-
est-working lawyers brot~h-
ers I know, a real professional
and one who has served the

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By Associated Press

healthy-looking Nelson Man-
dela met with Michelle Obama
and her daughters on Tues-
day, an unexpected encounter
between the first lady and the
former South African president
and anti-apartheid icon who
has largely retired from public
A photo provided by the
Nelson Mandela Foundation
showed the 92-year-old Man-
diela sitting on a couch next
to Mrs. Obama, pen in hand
to sign an advance copy of his
new book, "Nelson Mandela By
Himself: The Authorized Quo-
tations Book." Mandela was
wearing one of his trademark
shirts, richly patterned and
buttoned at the neck.
Obama, daughters Malia, 12,
and Sasha, 10, and her mother,
Marian Robinson, were view-
ing some of Mandela's personal
papers at his foundation when
he sent word that he wanted to
meet thenriat his home in a leafy
Johannesburg neighborhood. It
was the first meeting between
America's first black first lady
and the political prisoner who
later became his country's first
black president
Obama's entourage spent
about 20 minutes with Mande-
la and his wife, Graca Machel,
who is a former first lady of Mo-
Obama's niece and nephew,
Leslie Robinson, 15, and Avery
Robinson, 19, who are traveling

MIgTrIWS given cash to return
SANTO DOM\IINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) M~ore than
2,000 Haitians who fled to the Dominican Republic after a
devastating earthquake are returning home under a newr pro-
gram that offers migrants cash as an incentive, officials said
It is the first time Dominican officials. with help from the
Inte4natio nal O rga n it'r *fro'rM ig~frratitfn z~g~ are'trtWrgifty
willing migrants back to Haiti as part of an organized effort.
.Under: the programeaqhdamily member is paid $50 to re-
Lurn. t-TMI)-i.'Additional payments mean each~ family receives
a minimyn~mi of $250.
According .to United Nations' statistics. Haiti's GDP per
capital was $949 a y'ear before last year's earthquake and now-
is less, meapmig a fewr hundred dollars can be a powerful mo-
tivration to mnove
..It is a population that has been displaced twice." Interna-
tional Organtization for Migration spokesman Jean-Philippe
Antolin told The Associated Press, ex-plainmng that most. of the
migrants who crossed the border Into the Dominican~ Republic
Wiere already internal migrants in Haiti.
The program is financed by the nonprofit organization and
other agencies, including the Ui.S. State Department. he said
it is unclear how much money Is available for the program,
which began several weeks ago.
Officials have distributed at least $65,000, w~ith nearly
1,300 Haitians transported back to their native country, An-
tolmn said. An additional 832 Haitians have signed up for the
An estimated 200.000 Haitians fled to the Dominican Re-
public after the earthquake, with some 50,000 migrants alone
settling in the city of Santiago just north of the Santo Domin -
go, the Dominican capital, Antolin said.
This week, officials escorted 1419 Haitians from Santiago to
Ouanamlnthe In northern Haiti, where a religious group is
helping them reintegrate into communities.

.Mandela spent 27 years in
prison for his role in the move-:
ment against apartheid, South
Africa's now-abolished syStem
of racial separation,
Obama began a weeklong
goodwill visit to South Africa
and Botswana on Monday.
Earlier Tuesday, the first lady
met with Nompumelelo Ntuli-
Zuma, a wife of South African
President Jacob Zuma, wrho has
three of them. She and her fam-
ily were ending the day with a
tour of the Apartheid Museum.

with her, were also invited to
meet Mandela.
White House officials had
no immediate comment on the
meeting. No aides, except for
photographers for the founda-
tion and the White House, wit-
nessed the meeting,
Mandela, who stepped down
in.1999 after serving one term
as president, is i-arely seen in
public anymore. At age 92, he
is in fragile health and was
briefly hospitalized in January
with an acute respiratory infec-

tion. But he apparently felt well '
enough Tuesday to invite the
Obama family to visit.
Obama is traveling without
President Barack Obama,. who
met Mandela on a previous visit
to Africa when he was a U.S.
senator. Obama and Mandela
have spoken by telephone sev-
eral times since Obama took
office, most recently last June,
the White House said. Obama
also wrote a foreword for Man-
dela's book, "Conversations
with Myself."

He says he should have pushed
the federal government for
someone to be put in charge of
the recovery sooner, a job that
went to Army Lt. Gen. Rus-
sel Honore after several days.
And he says a 50%
jump in the suicide
rate shows he should
have devoted more -
resources to mental
health services.
Dana Perino, who
was President Bush's
deputy press secre-
tary at the time, says
the confusion was
evident in a meet- NA
ing on Air Force One
with Bush, Nagin and Louisi-
ana's governor then, Kathleen
"President Bush asked,
'Who's in charge of security?"'"
Perino says. "They both point-
ed at each other, the governor
and Nagin."
The former TV executive,
now working on disaster pre-
paredness and green energy,
recalls, "I had to keep pinch-
ing myself to remind myself
that we were in the United
States. I never would have
thought that this could have
The book covers the first 30
days after the storm. The out-
spoken Nagin says he chose to
self-publish on CreateSpace, a
division of Amazon.com, after
contacts with publishers left
him worried about the edit-

ing process, feeling uncertain
"that my voice would come out
at the end of the day."
Amid the horrors, the storm
and aftermath also. brought
`"lessons from God," he says. At
one point, the crowd
outside the Super-
dome began surging
1;3against police bar-
ricades held by Na-
c~ tional Guard troops,
demanding supplies
and transportatiori
out of the city, Nagin
recounts. They were
on the verge of riot-
"Right when this
started, rain cloud came over
the Superdome, and it cooled
the people off," he recalls. "The
tensions were reduced, and we
lived to fight another day."
In some ways, Nagin says,
New Orleans is better off:
*More educated young en
trepreneurs are moving in'
and homeownership is up in a
city once dominated by rent-
*The public school system
has been rebuilt in an innova-
tive way that could not have
h ppened "if it wasn't for Ka-

*The city's infrastructure
is being rebuilt, including
streets, parks, playgrounds, a
new medical center downtown
and a levee system that Nagin
says will withstand a Katrina-
like event.

has a lot of good things going,
he says. "And in some respects
better because of katrina."

By Oren Dorell

In a new memoir, former
New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin
recalls the chaos that reigned
after Hurricane Katrina hit on
Aug. 29, 2005. .
The storm had overwhelmed
the city's levees and flooded it.
The federal government was
indecisive, a Republican presi-
dent quarelling with a Demo-
cratic govertfor. City residents
were rioting. Surrounding
communities had closed their
"Hurricane Katrina left us
on a quarantined island of
sorts where we were surround-
ed by evil and ill intentions,"
Nagin writes in Katrina's Se-
crets; Storms After the Storm,
Vol. 1, due Wednesday. "Our
neighbors were not very neigh-
borly when it really counted.
They along with others helped
make an intolerable Katrina
experience akin to being in
hell without ice water.
While he uses the opportu-
nity to throw missiles at fed-
eral, state and local authori-
ties, Nagin also acknowledges
mistakes of his own.
it sall had issues, because
historic event," he says. "We
all did some good things. We
all had shortcomings."
Nagin faults himself for not
calling a mandatory evacua-
tion before the storm eight to
10 hours earlier than he did.

5A THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 22-28, 2011

Mlichelle Obama meets with Mlandela ""*.

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-Photo courtesy of Nelson Mandel Foundation
Nelson Mandela and Michelle Obama read from his authorised book< of quotations.

"In a lot of respects, the city
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Bond set for clinic owner
Bond was lowered to $100,000 for a he~althl cllnic ow~ner who Was
arrested, along with two Miami-Dade public school employees after
allegedly defrauding the county's medical Insurance plan.
Once he posts bond, he'll be required to wear a GPS monitor.
The owner of Operator Health Clinic and Leon Global Center Is Yaslel
Reyes-Gonlzalez, 22, who prosecutors say billed the school district for care
of about 100 schools employees, most of them school bus drivers, for
services never performed.
He is charged with seven counts of patient brokering, each count
punishable by up to five years In prison.

Man sentenced to life in tourist killing
Convicted earlier this year of killing a tourist from Chicago In cold blood,
a Miami-Dade ludge has sentenced 26-year-old Brandon Rolle to life In
prison without parole.
The lury had recommended a death sentence, but Judge Dennis Murphy
overrode their decision last week.
Rolle was found guilty of robbing and killing Chicago tourist 54-year-old
Ronald Gentile, in July of 2006 after Gentile stopped him and asked for
Gentile was In town to celebrate his son's 17th birthday.
Police say Gentile, unfamiliar with M/iami-Dade, asked for help from a
stranger and was robbed and shot while inside his rental car.
Gentile would have been heading back to his ex-wiffe's home In the
Dadeland Mall31 area, when police say he likely headed toward downtown
Miami and ended up in the Grove.
Witnesses told police they saw Gentile roll down the window of his
rented white Chevrolet Cobalt, then Rolle robbed and fatally shot Gentile.

FBI looking for Miami hank robber
The FBI is asking the public's help In Identifying a robber that held up a
_Regions Bank recently.
The man entered the Regions branch, located at 10! NW 42nd Avenue in
Miami around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15 and handed the teller a not
demanding money.
After taking the undisclosed amount of cash, the robber fled the bank on
foot. N~o one was injured during the robbery.
Anyone who can Identify the robber Is urged to call the FBI at 305-944-
9101 or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Police arrest man for murder
Police have arrested a man they say fatally shot one man and attempted
to kill another over a dice game.
Antonio Fountain, 19, is being held without bond for his alleged role
In both cases.
Fountain became a suspect In the murder of Herbert Charles Gross
III. Gross died on April 3rd, Northwest 14th Avenue and 63rd Street
after officers heard gunshots in the area. They spotted a blue Mercury
Sable driving off and crashing into a pole. Inside, Gross, 27', was found
unconscious In the driver's seat.
On April,5th,488e..Gross40amily..pleaded.forr the.pybllc's help to nd~t~

"";:,::'arrested Fountain late Sunday and said they have evidence to
charge him In both cases.
Fountain appeared before a bond court ludge recently, where a lurdge
ordered him held no bond.

Police arrest mom after toddler suffers severe burns
A deaf Miami mother is lacing aggravated child abuse Icharges after her
one-year-old child was found with severe burn marks all over her body.
Police arrested the child's mother Kamesha Seymour, 20, after being
qluestioned In sign tenguage to explain the child's injuries.
Miami police said she could not providee an explanation." The child was
In her care at the time of the incident, Miami police said In a report.
Police were called atter a Miami Fire Rescue ambulance took the child
to Jackson Memorial Hospital at 6 a.m. on June 9, from her home on the
7800 block of NE 2nd Avenue to be treated for severe burns. An ofhcer
Interviewed a doctor who said the child's injuries are evidence of abuse.
Seymour appeared before a bond court judge recently. The judge set
her bond at 550,000.

U.S. puts Al-Qaeda leader on notice



thanking God for allowing me
to keep hope alive by keeping
me alive.
When there is a hopeful fu-
ture in view, death is something
that we all try hard to avoid.
Personally, I can not say that
I'm ready to move on because
unlike Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., my eyes have not seen the
mountain top. Perhaps this
will always be until I am fi-
nally able to fulfill my dreams.
Part of that fulfillment must
come from me being released
from prison someday and re-

We never know when our time will come
By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr. freee, I do realize that as health is promised nor guar- uniting and spending quality
no one is capable of un- anteed. For that reason, every time with my loved ones.
The chances of me ravelling the mysteries morning when I arise out of my But certainly after paying a
being mowed down in of life, it is impossible sleep, I make it a point to look debt to society worth almost
a hail of bullets, while for me to know exactly out of the back window of my twenty years, my list of things-
incarcerated are slim 45 when my time to leave cell where I could see the for- to-do have gotten to be very
-- unless, of course, I Bk lif this world will come. est and occasionally catch a ve- long. The question is will God
decide to make a dash 18ell The harsh reality is that hicle driving along the highway grant me enough time to do it
for it and attempt to HALL the life of man can come across the prison gates, silently all?

climb over the barbwire fence
surrounding the compound.
While prison can be extremely
dangerous at times, I'm defi-
nitely not going to put myself
in a position to be murdered in
here or indulge in the kind of
lIehavior that would invite HIV/
AIDS into my life. So, as safe as
a place could be, most likely I
should make it out of here alive
and even a little well-preserved.
While it is true that I am tre-
mendously confident that I ivill
survive my years of incarcera-
tion before ultimately being set

to an abrupt end at any given
moment, not to mention in
ways we can not foretell. -
We may plan elaborately, but
at some point in life, our plans
will surely be interrupted. For
the untimeliness of death will
unexpectedly bring about a
change of plans.
You can never tell when trag-
edy will strike -- sometimes just
when everything is starting to
go well. You never know when
your body will decide to fail you
because, with the exception of
death, nothing regarding our

With every breath that I
take, as I move closer and
closer to an unknown destiny,
I can only hope and pray that
my days here on Earth will not
.expire on this side of the fence.
But if it does, I should hope
that those who handle my
body, will honor the last goal
written on my things-to-do list
which to donate my body parts
to research and to those who
are in need of my organs in
order that I may do one final
good act and perhaps live on
through others.

By Rafael A. Olmeda

The trial of two Pompano
Beach brothers accused of
kidnapping and raping a Fort
Lauderdale woman ended in a
hung jury recently.
The two male and four fe-
male jurors were unable to .
agree on whether Guy Cheru-
bin, 34, and his brother Har-
old Cherubin, 32, forced the
woman into a car outside the
Voodoo Lounge nightclub on
Dec. 16, 2006, brought her to
Lauderhill, and raped her.
The victim testified during
the trial that she didn't know
the defendants, didn't want
to go with them from a park-
ing lot outside the Voodoo
Lounge in Fort Lauderdale to
an apartinent in Lauderhill,
and didn't consent to having
sex with them.
Prosecutor Antonya Johnson
showed jurors that the DNA

question we all had." Delibera-
tions ended after about four
Broward Circuit Judge Jef-
frey Levenson declared a mis-
trial and set a hearing for next
Wednesday to schedule a new
The suspects remain in cris
tody. Bail for Harold Cherubin
is set at $100,000. Guy Cheru-
bin, who is also a suspect in
two other rape cases, is being
held without bail.
The two men face up to life in
prison if convicted on the rape
Levenson also granted Guy
Cherubin's repeated requests
to dismiss his lawyer, Maurice
Graham. A new lawyer will be
appointed to defend him.
But their lawyers said that
only proved there was sex,
not sexual assault. Jurors de-
clined to comment as they left
the courtroom.

Guy Cherubin (left) and Harold Cherubin

that more than one juror felt
there was too much reason-
able doubt to convict, the juror
said. '
"How did she get in the [de-
fendants'] car?" said the juror,
who asked not to be named for
fear of reprisal. "That was a

taken from the woman's body
was identified as belonging to
the Cherubin brothers.
One juror said in a tele-
phone interview that the. al-
leged victim forgot too many
key details. She left so many
inconsistencies and omissions

By Shalini Ramachandran and
Cameron Mcwhirter

ATLANTA -.Republican Gov.
Nathan Deal suggested that
unemployed people on proba-
tion fill thousands of jobs that
farmers say have been left va-
cant by laborers frightened off
by Georgia's tough new immi-
gration law.
His suggestion, made recent-
ly, came as the state released
a survey showing a shortage
of about 11,000 farm laborers
at the beginning of the har-
vest season for many crops.
The new law, set to go into ef-
fect July 1, requires businesses
with 10 employees or more to
use a federal database to en-
sure employees are legally al-
lowed to work in the U.S. It also
gives police more authority to
investigate suspected illegal
Several industry groups in
the state, including farming,
poultry, construction and tour-
ism, lobbied against the new
law's passage. Many farmers
also say they oppose the proba-

ages and their losses could
total $300 million this year if
some crops aren't harvested.
The governor said last week
that "the agriculture industry
is the No. 1 economic engine
in Georgia, and it is my sincere
hope to find viable and law-
abiding solutions to the current
problem our farmers face."
Deal said he had asked the
state's Department of Correc-
tions to work with the Depart-
ment of Agriculture to identify
probationers who might be able
to toil in the fields. Many of the
state's 100,000 prbbationers
are unemployed, he said. "I be-
lieve this would be a great par-
tial solution," he said.
Probationers have been used
in the past for agricultural
work, but "this is the first time
we've done something to this
scale," according to Kristen
Stancil, spokeswoman for the
corrections agency. State agri-
culture, labor and corrections
officials are working on a pilot
program in which three farms
in southwest Georgia would
use probationers, said Com-

missioner Gary Black.
The exact timing, (pay and
Other details of the voluntary
program for probationers are
still being worked out, he said.
"It's incumbent upon us to pur-
sue anything that's close to fea-
sible," Black said.
D.A. King, president of the
Dustin Inman Society, an anti-
illegal immigrant group, said he
favored the probation proposal,
and also noted that farmers
could hire immigrant laborers
through federal guest-worker
programs. "Once you have paid
your penalty for violation of a
crime, you should have an even
shot at employment," he said.

Georgio Governor
tioner idea.
SBarbara Lawson, co-owner of
a farm in southwest Georgia,
said farmers "would be scared
to death to let ex-convicts work
on their farms" because of their
criminal past.
A total of 233 farmers, polled
from 76 of Georgia's 159 coun-
ties, responded to the state's
voluntary survey abput labor
shortages. According to a an-
other survey by the Georgia
Agribusiness Council, 46 per-
cent of respondents said they
were experiencing labor short-

BV Tom Vanden Brook

indications that al-Zawahri may
be viewed with suspicion among
some Al-Qaeda terrorists be-
cause he is Egyptian. Bin Laden
was born and raised in Saudi
Al-Zawahri was bin Laden's
longtime deputy in the organi-
zation. Al-Qaeda announced al-
Zawahri's promotion in a Web
statement Thursday.
Adm. Michael Mullen, chair-
man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
said the military will "do the
same thing with Zawahri" that
it did with bin Laden.
Gates noted that leading Al-
Qaeda is not a "position that
anybody should aspire to, given
the circumstances."
Gates on other topics:
*The strategy in Afghanistan
is "succeeding," he said. He ac-
knowledged that war weariness
"rests heavily on all of us." But
he added that the cost of the
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
has declined significantly in the
past year from $159 billion
to $117billion annually and

Al-Qaeda's new boss lacks the
"peculiar charisma" of Osama
bin Laden and was not as in-
volved in planning attacks, De-
fense Secretary Robert Gates
said last week.
Yet the announcement that
Ayman al-Zawahri has been
selected to take charge of the
terrorist network responsible
for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks
shows that the organization
remains a viable threat to the
United States.
Navy SEALs killed bin Laden
in a raid last month in Pakistan.
"Despite having suffered a
huge loss with the killing of bin
Laden and a number of others,
Al-Qaeda seeks to perpetuate it-
self, seeks to find replacements
for those who have been killed
and remains committed to the
agenda that bin Laden put be-
fore them," Gates said.
Gates, in his final news con-
ference before he retires at the
end of the month, said there are

6A THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 22-28, 2011 1




Hung jury in rape case against Pompano brothers

Georgia governor says hire jobless probationers

BV D. Kevin McNeir

Middle school can be a tough
time for many students, as
they make that transition from
being little children to their
teenage years. Classes be-
come more demanding, peer
pressure begins to mount and
their interest in the opposite
sex grows with each passing
day. They are also required to
become more self-reliant and
more focused. But they need to
acquire the proper skills..
That's why Miami Edison
Middle School, in partnership
with Project Pass, the Junior
Leadership Corps and the U.S.

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United Nations says most refugees live in'poor nations

Community Action Agency's

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the State of Florida and Miami Dade County's Community Action
Agency (CAA) to provide weatherization assistance to low
income multifamily rental properties. CAA is now accepting
applications for low income multifamily dwellings of two stories or

To qualify, 66% of the occupants of the property must meet the
U.S. Poverty Guidelines. Additional qualifications, guidelines and
application are available online at:
http://wwwl .eere.energy.gov/wip/multifamily_guidancehm
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Applications must be returned to CAA's Main Office no later than
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701 NW 1st Court, 10 Floor
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Charitable giving in U.S. rebounds a bit after drop


Parents of student achievers celebrate.

--MiamiTimes photoS/D. Kevin McNeir
Cadets Tatiana Hutchinson (1-r) and Dwayne Mannings were
presented awards for outstanding achievement.

Army JROTC, combined their
efforts this year to establish a
junior cadet program for stu-
dents. The results, according to
Dr. Isolyn Hillhouse, principal,
were nothing short of amazing.
"l have seen their self-esteem,
confidence, pride and grades
all increase quite significant-
ly," she said. "At the core we see
how our kids respond to the
JROTC's requirement that all
participants live according to
the Cadet Creed. Our students
have flourished and we already
have a.very long waiting list for
next year."
SAccording to Dr. T. Willard
Fair, president and CEO, Ur-
ban League of Greater Miami,

Hillhouse says that she has
noticed an added "pep in the
step" of her students when they
don their uniforms on special-
ly-designated days. Each cadet
was honored with a medallion
for service. In addition, special
awards were presented to two
cadets for outstanding' achieve-
ment in physical fitness and
drill ceremony: Cadet Dwayne
Mannings, 16 (8th grade) and
Cadet Tatiana Hutchinson, 14
(7th grade).
"As I watched the Edison stu-
dents demonstrate their newly
acquired leadership skills, I
could not help but think how
important it is to validate our
students, their lives, their cul-
tures and futures,'' said Dr.
Lawrence S. Feldman, vice
chair, M-D County School
Board. "The PASS Program has
proven to be the type of experi-
ence that links education, pas-
sion and determination to the
acquisition of skills taught in
the classroom. I am proud of
what this value-added program
and the young people partici-
pating in it."

Project Pass was successful
because of different commu-
nity and public school leaders
worked together for a common
cause improving the educa-
tion for all students.
"Children want discipline
and they want to become lead-
ers we have to show them
the tray," Fair said.
Marlyn Paris Lawson, Ad-
visory Council Chair, empha-
sized the importance of pro-
viding young children with
"When you speak to anyone
who become successful, in al-
most every aspect of their lives
they' talk about the mentor
or mentors who have guided
them," she said. "It's not just
about improving test scores for
Dr. Hillhouse or Dr. [Pablo] Or-
tiz [Miami Edison Senior High
School principal it's about
finding people who are will-
ing to work with our children
that are positive examples. It's
about the many people in our
community who do more than
just talk the talk they walk
the walk."

Pass program supporters.

Aside from the 15.4 million
refugees a small increase
of 153,000 since 2009 UN-
HCR also counted 27.5 mil-
lion internally displaced
people and 850,000 asylum
seekers last year. In total,
there are 43.7 million forc-
ibly displaced people world-
wide, it said.
Palestinians make up one-
third of the world's refugee
population a total of almost
five million people many of
whom have lived in neigh-
boring countries all their
Afghans, meanwhile, con-
stitute fifth of the refugee
total, having fled successive

wars since the 1979 Soviet
invasion. Many live in dire
conditions in Pakistan and
Other major sources of ref-
ugees are Iraq, with almost
1.7 million, Somalia, with
770,000, and Congo, with
UNHCR says many refu-
gees risk lifelong hardship
unless they are integrated
by their host countries or of-
fered resettlement elsewhere.
"It's quite often the case
that neighboring countries
don't want to grant citizen-
ship for political reasons,"
UNHCR spokesman Adrian
Edwards said.

trialized countries are being
vastly overblown or mistake
enly conflated with issues of
migration," U.N. High Com.
missioner for Refugees An-
tonio Guterres said. "Mean-
while, it's poorer countries
that are left having to pick
up the burden."
Guterres visited the Ital-
ian island of Lampedusa on
Sunday, where together with
UNHCR goodwill ambassa-
dor Angelina Jolie, he met
with migrants and refugees
who have fled Tunisia and
Libya in recent months.
The Geneva-based agen-
cy said the situation had
changed drastically from its
foundation in 1950, when
its focus was on the 2.1 rnil-
lion Europeans uprooted by
World War II.

By Frank Jordans
Associated Press

Four-fifths of the world's
15.4 million refugees are
hosted in poor countries,
where their prospects for
citizenship are slim and eco-
nomic opportunities are lim-
ited, according to a U.N. re-
port released recently.
More than a quarter are in
just three nations: Pakistan,
Iran and Syria.
Those figures don't include
the latest wave of people
displaced by this year's un-
rest in North Africa, most
of whom have fouid refuge
in neighboring countries as
European nations try to stop
them reaching their shores.
"Fears about supposed
floods of refugees in indus-

-AP Photo/UNHCR, JasonTanner
Actress and goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commis-
sioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie, meets with young refugees,
June 17, during a visit to the Altinozu refugee camp in Turkey.
Jolie met with Syrian refugees who have fled their government'S
bloody crackdown.

Among categories of recipi-
ents, churches and religious or-
-ganizations received the largest
share of donations 35 percent
of the total. The amount, $100.6
billion, was virtually the same
as in 2009.
Gifts to education rose by 5.2
percent and gifts to arts, culture
and humanities groups rose by
about 5.7 percent, while gifts
to foundations, human service
charities and the health sector
changed only slightly from 2009.
Gifts for international relief and
development groups rose by 15.3
percent, due in part to generous
giving for relief efforts related to
the earthquake in Haiti.
Falk said Americans, on av-
erage, gave about two percent
of disposable personal income
to charitable causes a level
that's been consistent over sev-
eral decades,
"Today, they may have to dig
deeper as their income and

wealth have declined, but they
have shown they are willing to
do that," she said. "They may
give to fewer organizations or
they may temporarily decrease
their overall giving but they
still give."
Some giving patterns seem
to have changed, according to
Falk, who suggested that indi-
vidual donors and corporations
were increasingly concentrating
their giving on the causes most
important to them. She also
said many foundations have
been reluctant to take on new
prograins or fund new organiza-
tions during the recent econom-
ic turmoil.
Thomas Mesaros of the Giv-
ing Institute, a consultant to
many nonprofits, said charities
should be grateful that Ameri-
cans remain generous even in
economic hard times, and he
advised them to be creative in
rousing donor enthusiasm.

By David CrarV
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Charitable
giving by Americans rebounded
slightly in 2010 after two years
of sharp declines resulting from
the recession, according to an
annual survey being released
Total contributions from indi-
viduals, corporations and foun-
dations were estimated at $290.9
billion, up from $280.3 billion in
2009, the Giving USA Founda-
tion reported. That represented
growth of 3.8 percent in current
dollars and 2.1 percent in infla-
tion-adjussted dollars.
"That's good news following a
combined drop of over 13 percent
in 2008 and 2009," said Patrick
Rooney, executive director of the
Center on Philanthropy at Indi-
ana University, which conducted
research for the report.
"But the sobering reality is

that many nonprofits are still
hurting," Rooney said. "If giving
continues to grow at that rate, it
will take five to six more years
just to return to the level of giv-
ing we saw before the Great Re-
The report included recalcu-
lated estimates for 2008 and
2009, based on the latest data
from the IRS. Edith Falk, chair
of the Giving USA Foundation,
said the new figures showed
that the drop in contributions
for those two years was the larg-
est in four decades.
Giving by individuals which
accounted for 73 percent of all
gifts grew only slightly in
2010, according to the report.
But corporate giving rose 10.6
percent and charitable bequests
were up 18.8 percent, a phenom-
enon that New York tax lawyer
Andrew Grumet attributed to
more focus by nonprofits on
their donors' estate planning.


Teachers sue

governor and

The Florida Education Association (FEA) announced Mon-
day that it has filed a class action lawsuit against Governor
Rick Scott and other trustees of the state retirement plan. In
the suit, that was field in Leon County, the group claims that
Scott and the trustees unconstitutionally imposed a three
percent pay cut on teachers to balance the budget. In total,
11 workers from across the state. including two nurses and a
social worker in ML~iami-Dade Cou~nty, a custodian In Madison
County and a social studies teacher in Hlllsborough County
are involved In the suit. The Police Benevolent Association,
the largest union of law enforcement officers in the state,
joined the lawsuit as well
The workers are asking the court system to freeze more
than $1 billion dollars while the the suit works it way out in

ing Increase on their retirement benefits. The suit alleges that
state has breached its contractual obligation to state work-
ers when it shifted money from worker pay to replace sore
of the state's obligation to pay into the Florida Retirement
System (FRS). The union said state law' specifically says that
employees do not have to contribute part of their salaries to
the state retirement system, and that the shift in that directly
violates those rights.
Scott and the state legislature argue back that changes
was needed in order to a line state retirement accounts more
closely w~ith the private sector, which requires workers to con-
tribute into their retirement accounts.
Dwright M. Bullard, Florida House of Representatives Dis-
trict I18, supports the FEA's fight.
*I applaud the actions taken today by the Florida Education
Association in bringing a lawsuit against the State of Florida.
Republican leadership's attempt to disregard teachers and
the middle class by rendering a contractual agreement with
state employees null and void violates Florida's constitution,"
he said. "We cannot balance our budget on broken promises.
The state of Florida has a contractual obligation with all cur-
rent participants in the Florida Retirement System. Mlan-
dating a three percent contribution to the. FRS violates this
contract. in contrast to w'hat Republican leaders are say-ing,
this three percent mandatory 'contribution' does not paral-
lel the private sector's retirement contribution. Private sector
employees have the option of contributing, not a mandatory;
obligation. If we are going to be fair, let's make this contribu-
tion optional for public sector employees as well. Anything
less than an option is an income taxi"
The FRS collects retirement money for more than 655,000
active employees throughout the state and provides benefits
to 219,000 retirees. Workers have not paid into the plan since

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Negro League star finally gets tombstone
CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) One of the greatest
Black baseball players of the 1800s, no longer
lies in anonymity in a New Jersey cemetery.
The Negro Leagues Grave Marker project has
erected a marble headstone at Frank Grant's
grave in East Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clifton.
The project's founder, Jeremy Krock, told The
Record newspaper Grant died a poor man in N~ew
York at age 71 in 1937.
The International League and Negro League
second baseman was inducted into the Baseball
Hall of Fame in 2006.
Hall of Fame librarian Jim Gates told the
newspaper Grant was unique because he played
on segregated and non-segregated teams.


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ground, there's no way Pratt
would have been convicted."
California lost its appeal -to
nullify Judge Dickey's decision
in 1999, and the Los Angeles
County district attorney ruled
out a new trial. In 2000, Pratt
received $4.5 million from the
federal and local governments
as settlement in a wrongful-
imprisonment suit.

Pratt said he would have pre-
ferred to press the matter in a
trial so he could air the govern-
ment's "evil scheme," but decid-
ed to accept his lawyers' advice
and take the settlement.
Elmer Gerard Pratt, the
name he rejected at 20 as that
of a "dirty dog" slave master,
was born on Sept. 13, 1947,
in Morgan City, La. His father
was in the scrap-metal busi-
ness. Elmer liked to shoot rab-
bits and sell them. He was a
high school quarterback, then
joined the Army, serving two
tours in Vietnam, earning two
Purple Hearts and emerging a
Pratt attended the Univer-
sity 'of California, Los Angeles,
where he studied political sci-
ence and joined the Panthers.
He rose to lead the Los Angeles
branch. He moved to Tanzania
because he had friends there
and had always wanted to live
in Africa.
He is survived by a daughter,
three sons, two sisters and two
brothers. He was godfather to
the slain rapper Tupac Shakur.

By Douglas Martin

Elmer G. Pratt, a Black Pan-
ther leader who was impris-
oned for 27 years for murder
and whose marathon fight to
prove he had been framed at-
tracted support from civil
rights groups and led to the
overturning of his conviction,
died recently in a village in
Tanzania, where he was living.
He was 63.
Pratt, who was widely known
by his Panther name, Geron-
imo ji-Jaga, had liigh blood
pressure and other ailments,
his longtime lawyer, Stuart
Hanlon, said. Hanlon said he
did not know the exact cause
of death.
To his supporters among
them Amnestyt International,
the N.A.A.C.P. and the Ameri-
can Civil Liberties Union -
Pratt came to symbolize a po-
litically motivated attack on
the Black Panther Party for
Self Defense and other radical
groups. But from the start, the
grisly facts of the murder of a
27-year-old teacher dominated
discussions of the case, includ-
ing those of the parole board
that denied parole to Pratt 16
The teacher, Caroline 01-
sen, and her husband, Ken-
neth, were accosted by two

young black men with guns on
Dec. 18, 1968, in Santa Mon-
ica, Calif. They took $18 from
Mrs. 01sen's purse. "This ain't
enough," one said, according
to the police, and ordered the
couple to "1ie down and pray."
Shots were fired, hitting Ol-
sen five times and his wife
twice. Mrs. Olsen died 11 days
later.. Pratt was arrested.

The case against Pratt in-
cluded evidence that both
the pistol used as the murder
weapon and the red-and-white
GTO convertible used as the
getaway car belonged to him.
An informant wrote an eight-
page letter asserting Pratt had
bragged to him that he com-
mitted the murder,
Fellow Panthers did not sup-
port Pratt's alibi that he was in
Oakland, more than 300 miles
away, at the time of the killing.
A witness identified Pratt as
one of two men who tried to rob
a store shortly before the mur-
der. And Olsen identified Pratt
as the assailant.
Pratt was convicted of first-
degree murder on July 28,
1972, and sentenced to life im-
prisonment a month later.
Information gradually sur-
faced that the jury had not
known about when it reached

its verdict. Olsen had identified mo Pratt case is one of the most
someone else before he identi- compelling and painful exam-
fied Pratt. Documents showed ples of a political assassination
that the informant who said on an African-American activ-
that Pratt had confessed to him ist."

had lied about himself. Wiretap
evidence that might have sup-
ported Pratt's alibi mysteri-
ously vanished from F.B.I. files.

A public debate erupted over
the extent to which Pratt and
the Black Panthers had been
singled out by law enforcement
agencies. J. Edgar Hoover, di-
rector of the F.B.I., called the
Panthers a threat to national
security, and an F.B.I. report
spoke of "neutralizing" Pratt.
Others saw the Panthers and
their leaders as a voice of Black
empowerment and as a service
group that provided free break-
fasts to the poor.
In an interview with The New
York Times in 1997, John Mack,
president of the Los Angeles Ur-
ban League, said, "The Geroni-

As Pratt languished in soli-
tary confinement, his sup-
porters shed light on his case
by hanging a banner from the
Statue of Liberty. His lawyers,
led by Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.
- fanried for defending O.J.
Simpson assembled ammu-
nition for an appeal.

In 1997 a California Superior
Court judge, Everett W. Dickey,
vacated Pratt's conviction on
the grounds that the govern-
ment informant, Julius C. But-
ler, had lied about being one.
Moreover, it was learned that
the Los Angeles Police Depart-
ment, the F.B.I. and prosecu-
tors had not shared with the
defense their knowledge that
Butler was an informant.
A juror, 'Jeanne Rook Hamil-

merged. With both boa rds agree-
ing to the consolidation recon-
mendation, Clark Atlanta Uni-
versity was born.
*June 25, 1941- Asa Philip
Randolph called off a scheduled
march when President Franklin
Roosevelt issued Executive Or-
der 8802 forbidding racial and
religious discrimination in war
industries, government training
programs and government in-
*June 25, 1979- Amalya Lyle
Kearse became the first woman
appointed to the U.S. Court of

*June 26, 1950- Peter Mlar-
shall Mlurray, a Howvard Univer-
sity Scho~ol of M~edrcine graduate
(1914) and head of Harlem Hos-
pital's OBGYN department, be-
came the first Black: to serve in
the American Medical Associa-
tion (AMA) House of Delegations.
*June 26, 1964- Franklin H.
Williams was appointed to the
Economic and Social Council by
President Lyndon Johnson. Wil-
liams was the first Black U.S.
delegate to the United Nations.
June 27, 1890- George "Little
Chocolate" Dixon won the World
Bandtam~weight Boxing Champi-

onship, becoming the first Black
to win :he World Boxing Chamn-
*June 27, 1979- The Supreme
Court ruled (Weber v. Kaiser
Aluminum and Chemical Corp.),
that unions and employers can?
use voluntary programs and
quotas, if necessary, to help mi-
nority employment.
*June 28, 1964- Malcolm X
founded the Organization for Af-
ro-American Unity.
*June 28, 19.71- The Supreme
Court unanimously overturned
the draft evasion conviction of
Muhammad Ali.

*June 22, 1822- Denmiark
Vesey,; slave revolt leader, was ar-
rested in Charleston. SC.
*June 22. 1938- Joe Louis,
famous boxer, knocked out Ger-
man boxer, Max Schmellng.
Louis note becarne the first Black
national sports hero. He w~as
iomrmemorated on a U.S. postage
staimp on this date in 1993.
*June 23, 1970- Adam Clay
ton Powerll, Jr.'s political career
ended w~hen Charles Rangel de-
fealed Powell in the Democratic

primary In Harlem~. NY.
June 23, 198?2- Colemnan Al-
exander Young, DeFtrolt, Mi's first
Black mavor, wca elected Prest-
dent of the UiS Conferetnce oF
maj ors
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T Washington, educator and
founder ofi Tuskegee Institue, re-
ceiled an~ honojra~ry dgree fro~m
Harva rd Uin ie rsi, I:
*Julne L)4, 1988- ~1Atlana Umn-
\ersity and Clark Collrege twro of
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7 p.m. in compliance with the new rules, racial profiling bill," said Badili aged-care networks, will now bid
This gives voters 12 hours of they will face sanctions such as Jones of the Florida Immigration with the state on managing any
voting but his office will have to monetary fines. Coalition. "The bill didn't pass number of 11 regions in the state.
pay employees 70 hours of over- "This is one of the worst laws in because protesters from different "The Medicaid reform- bill
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party groups have to submit voter bill is illegal." coordinator for SEIU Healthcare come an incredible gravy train
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didn't have to deal with any
more pdlice-involved shoot-
ings. They took place in other
jurisdictions but nQt in the City
of Miami "
Crapp proudly points to his
roots in Liberty City and says
that while he is moving on to
another job, that he remains
committed to seeing crime

reduced and the community one politician, one preacher or

from the Black community and
then being the second Black
city manager created all kinds
of new dynamics. But at the
end of the day, I remain proud
to have held the position and
stand on my accomplishments.
It's now time to start the sec-
ond phase of my career. And I
am ready."
Assistant City Manager
Johnny Martinez will replace

made safer for all citizens.
"We need more educational
programs arid more mentoring
opportunities for youth so that
they can begin to realize that
there are alternatives to being
on street corners where violent
crimes tend to occur," he said.
"Even in my stead as city man-
ager, I realized that I was only
orie man. And it is going to take
a whole lot more than one man,

even one community leader to
solve the many problems that
our City now faces."
Crapp leaves City Hall after a
15-year history of service and
says he has no regrets.
"Actually, 15 years is much
longer than the average tenure
and it's been unique -- there
have been some fascinating
political issues at play. I would
admit that being Black, coming

as it relates to raising their chil-
"Children deserve their rights
but not to the detriment of their
parents," she said. "I could not
endorse a bill that would have
allowed a minor to undergo an
abortion~ without the physician
notifyiing the parents. For me it
is a prevention issue. We have
taken away the rights of parents
to effectively raise their children.
That's why we continue to see
more Black children under 18

having babies and more Black
youth being incarcerated. Again,
this is about families and family
values -- that was- the basis of my
platform when I ran for office and
it remains my first priority."
As for the criticism she has en-
dured since her vote, Campbell
says "I don't pay it much atten-
"Did I do something wrong?"
she- asked. "I don't believe so.
If my colleagues really want to
serve their constituencies, like I

try to do each day, they'll focus on
bringing jobs to our communities,
they'll work for more affordable
housing, they'll work on closing
the educational achievement gap.
I can't use tinie for negative con-
versation. Our office has.created
a task force to deal with the is-
sues facing our district and I have
to be accountable to the people
who voted for me. I guess I would
say that I am just a people person
not a politician. Let the naysityers
talk. I don't plan to go anywhere."

continued from 1A

a mother who went through a
complicated, life-threatening
pregnancy, I believe that all chil-
dren are precious. And yes, even
at six months that fetus is a baby
to me. This is not about religious
beliefs it's just common val-
Cam~pbell's vote also sided with
those who believe that parents
should have more specific rights

tween the ages of 15 and 24, the
situation is even more grave. The
latesF ~st~atist~Iics show that thejr
are more likely to be killed as a
result of Black-on-Black violent
crime than by any other means.
The story is the same in almost
every urban city in the U.S. -
from Little Rock where 79 per-
cent of their homicides were the
result of Black-on-Black crime
to Boston which has seen a 40
percent rise in murders of young
Black men, 14 to 17 years of age.
City of Miami Chief Miguel Ex-
posito says while the police will
continue its enforcement efforts,
the community's help is sorely
needed. .
"Just before I took over in 2009,
Miami was already plagued by
Black-on-Black crime," he said.
"The bloodiest situations on re-
Cord were in Overtown. at a party
where 11 were shot or killed and
in Liberty City where nine were
shot or killed. Community lead-
ers begged us to do something
about the violence and we have
used a variety of strategies in-
cluding conducting probation
violation inspections, making
multiple arrests at public hous-
ing facilities for trespassing and
just a few months ago, initiating
walks with pastors and other ac-
tivists in places where crime is
prevalent, like Liberty Square.
Most people want to see their
neighborhoods cleaned up but
in order to catch perpetrators we
need tips from witnesses. The po-
lice cannot do it alone."
City Commissioner Richard P.

Dunn II says the recent drive-by Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at
in Liberty City just ~points to how 305-471-8477 or the Miami po-
;"brazen young~r Scrifiinals h*:~~ve~~ ~;licetat '"""'30S-603-635. '"-"
"We must take proactive' mea-
sures immediately to help make
our streets safer," he said. "En-
forcing the teen curfew will help "P~
but we also have to make it more
difficult for groups of young
Black men to loiter, especially
past curfew hours, regardless of
their age. This is usually done in
front of Mom and Pop stores at
strange hours in our neighbor-
hoods." I ~~~rB~ ~We neel

"Parents must become more in- f U
volved and as Peggy Quince once fr O R
said, 'we need to goback to those com Richamn~l COflUI
old-fashioned values and instill
them in our children,'" said State Julio Robaina is the only choice to give
Representative Cynthia Stafford. to our community. Julio is a proven lear
"Second, we need to see the re- has stood with us. He nas been there w
turn of the beat cop who gets out needed help fighting alongside us to
of his patrol car and walks the bring county funding to improve neighb
neighborhood. We have a: num- and create jobs.
ber of challenges to fade but we' Julio helped push for more choices and
have traditionally been a com- opportunities for our children in school.
munity of resilience. It will take a why so many local leaders are supportll
stronger community approach to Robaina for Miami-Dade County Mayor.
turnthins aound Tothatnd, While others lust talk, then make excus
we may need to be creative and Jullo Robaina gets hne job done. He's p
unselfish in providing whole-. with his actions.
some, positive outlets for our
young people this summer."~
City of Miami police spokes-
person Kenia Reyes urges any
citizen that may have witnessed j*
or have knowledge about the E'.~ 1""- ipopcto~r'I Cor~
shooting that claimed the life .
of young Jacorey Aaron to call I~~:: .

continued from 1A

Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Terry K. Brown, 43 and William
B. Hadley, 18 both required im-
mediate medical attention and
were hospitalized while a fourth
victim, Collins E. Stanley, Jr. 27,
was treated and released. Two
other men were treated at the
scene with minor injuries,
City of Miami Polibce have been
unable to determine a motive
thus far for the random act of
violence but have since recovered
the vehicle and say they believe
that evidence left at the scene
will help them find the killers.
In a public appeal last Friday,
Elton Duncan and Frances Aar-
on, the parents of Jacorey, talked
about their son and shared their
anguish over his death and the
risha~g violence that has taken
over their community.
"No matter where you go, the
violence is going to be there,"
Duncan said. "It needs to stop."

Nationally, Blacks make up
13.5 percent of the population but
account for more than 45 percent
of all murder victims 90 per-
cent of those are killed by other
Blacks. And everyone is affected,
whether it be socially, politically,
economically or -psychologically.
An estimated 4.5 billion dollars
are spent annually on healthcare
related to violence.
As for young Black men be-

10A THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 22-28, 2011 1

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their are some very, very poor
statistics about their out-
come. Many of them turn to
drugs, alcoholism and home-
lessness. So we want to maky
sure these kids get adopted
and this concept started 10
years in New Mexico. It has
grown and grown and grown
and we now more than 125
art galleries across the coun-
The Children's Trust Miami
Heart Gallery is a traveling
museum-quality exhibit fea-
turing portraits of children
in Miami-Dade's foster care
system who are available for

adoption. The celebration had
a Mediterranean flare to ac-
centuate locations through-
out Coral Gables. More than
400 guests attended the
event, including many of the
19 children featured in the
exhibit, as well as several of
the award-winning photogra-
phers who donated their time
and talent for this project.
Hundreds of community
leaders, child advocates and
people who have expressed
an interest in adoption were
also in attendance.
Jamarcus Williams, 10,
and waiting to be adopted,

said he is doing fine.
"I am happy," he said.
Tasha Cillv10rt, 16, said
she feels hopeful.
"I hope alI get a good fam-
ily, I think I will," she said.
Approximately half of the
155 children who have been
featured in The Children's
Trust Miami Heart Gal-
lery in the past three years,
have either been adopted or
are in the process of being
adopted. A couple who ad-
opted a child from the ex-
hibit spoke publicly about
their experience, and others
joined them with their newly

By RandV Grice

Last week, an event was
held to bring awareness to
the needs of adoption par-
ents in the Miami area. The
Children's Trust re-launched
its adoption awareness initia-
tive for the fourth consecu-
tive year at a reception at the
Coral Gables Museum.
"We really need to get these
kids adopted," said Emily
Cardenas, senior communi-
cations manager of The Chil-
dren's Trust. "Kids that do
not get adopted turn 18. and

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SUCCESS: The Davis men (recently-adopted son and father.).

adopted children to receive ~
their. child's portrait to take
This initiative is a partner-
ship between The Children's
Trust and Our Kids of Mi-
amni-Dade/Monroe, Inc., the
local lead agency for child,
welfare in Miami and the

Keys. According to the state
of Florida, there are 800
children in Florida who are
available for adoption. These
children have been removed
from their biological par-
ents for reasons of neglect or
abuse with no possibility of
family reunification.

By RandV Grice
rgrice @m iam itimneson lin e.com

Recently the Miami Central
Senior High alumni associa-
tion held an awards ceremony
to congratulate the school's
football team on winning the
school's first state champion-
ship. For the first time in the
school's 5S1-year-old history,
Miami Central was able to
clinch the state championship.
"The alumni association
along with other people in the
community helped to raise in
excess of $30,000 to supply
championship rings and jack-
ets formthe football teme" said

of Central's alumni associa-
1in Tiheaawarod ceremn twas
Clark said the ceremony was

important to keep up school
"We wanted the young men
and the parents and the rest of
the community to experience
an event that they haven't ex-
perienced at this school since
they have been here," he said.
"We apked everyone to come
clean with ties and suits."
Darryl Holseandeolph,
who is also an alumni of Mi-
ami Central, was the brain-
child behind the idea of hav-
ing a ceremony for the state
"We felt it was a great year,"
he said. "The school moved
uhpetosa 'C' grades adsw w n
we wanted to end on a good

no .seandeolph also added
that football was not the only

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beats the odds

By Randy Grice

Last week, Academy for
Community Education (ACE)
held its graduation at Horace
Mann Middle School in E1 Por-

taorothy Williams, 18, was
the class valedictorian.
"I feel that this was very
hard to achieve but I did it,"
she said. "It is a great honor
because I never thought that
I would be here, but I'm here
Although Williams has seen
success at ACE, she admits
that she did not always enjoy
her time there.
"At first I did not think I
was going to survive at this
school, but as time flew by
it began to be like a regular
high school," she said. "The
school was small, like 80 stu-
dents and I was use to going
to a 'school with more thah
500 students. When I met the
teachers they were mean, but
things changed. I began to get
along with teachers and my
classmates were cool, it began
to be a fun school to attend."
Williams did not attend ACE
all four years of high school.
As a freshman, she attended
Coral Gables Senior High

School but transferred to
ACE because of her poor at-
tendance record. Williams is
the ninth out of her mother-'s
10 children. She said that she
used her siblings as motiva-
tion for academic success.
tel 11of my br ah gr anda esd
with their diplomas," she said.
, All of them have inspired me
by telling me to keep going to
school and not to drop out. All
of them pushed me to keep
going to school. The only one
that has not graduated is my
little brother and that is be-
cause he is only 10-years-old.
My big brothers and sisters
have been a great help to me."
Her family was not the only
factor that contributed to her
success. She said her teachers
helped to guide her as well.
"Some of them had more
hope in me than I have had
for myself," she said. "Some-
times I would doubt myself
saying that I could not do
something because it was too
hard but my teachers, basi-
cally all the teachers, helped
me. They would say keep go
ing, don't give up, you're going
to make it. Everyone there was
very helpful, at ACE academy
teachers really show you at-

sport recognized at the cer-
emonyexpanded the awards
from just a football celebra-
tion to include all sports "-

Back in January, Miami
Central upset Dr.4Ph 1ip See
Class 6A final game played in

Miami Carol City Senior High Schooi recognized several students
during their Academic Signing Doy Ce~remony a ferr weeks ago.
This is a complete list of all the strudents that received recognition.

Sherrell Louis

Shayla Malcolm

Danielle Murray

Amanda Norman

Stephon Outten

Willie Parker .,

Peterson PierreLouis 5 '

Shanelle Benjamin:
Salver Knights nominee

Stephanie Jennings
5~rier Knlghts wirnner

Aaron Beharie

Antionetta Brailsford

Runlya Brown

Shatavia Bussey

Shelbry Butler

Quatasha Davis

Joseph Gentle

Shellie Goff

Laresia Golden

Tavarus Green

Ba'Carri Johnson
5th~ rr Zrnights honorable ment on

Adrianna Mozel
Silver knightg honorable mention

Silver is ~rriommee ;

Sherrell Louis

Se'kayla Harr~j

.Sarah Fox

Jamie Frye

Jazmin Lightbourn

S11A THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 22-28, 2011

--Photos courtesy of The Children's Trust
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. rings and trophies; For the

first time in the school's

51-year-old history, Miami

'.3r!~Lc;Central was able to clinch

the state championship.

-Photos by William DC Clark

Alums honor Central football team

Milami Central champs sign footballs at awards ceremony.

By Kaila Heard

For most Christian ministries, service: gen-
erally requires only a time commitment and a
good attitude. .
Rarely does such commitment require faith-
ful servants to surround themselves with
people who have been convicted of crimes
from robbery to murder. Yet for those who
serve in prison ministries, such environments
are normal.
Some prison ministry volunteers have also
described feeling a personal connection to the


work and inmates.'
"From the first moment that I stepped on
the compound, it just felt like this was the
place for me," said Patricia Glover, a member
of the Kairos Prison Ministry International.
Glover, who is also the columnist for the Mi-
ami Times' "Spiritually Speaking," has worked
in 'prison ministry for 21 years.
And with America boasting one of the high-
est prison populations in the industrialized
world, it is fortunate that there are those who
do extend themselves to minister to the incar-
cerated. Statewide, according to Florida's
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Grace in Motion, the prison outreach arm of the LD Ministries, visits several prisonS
throughout the state to offer hope and worship services to inmates.

By Kaila Heard

Curry said he would choose a
successor before hne ever retired.;
"I really believe in secession. I
really believe that it's more bibli-
cal," h~e said.
Founded on the principal that
churches should be able to mih-
ister to any problem a person to
is undergoing, New Birth Baptist
Church was started with a hand-
ful of believers whio met at first at
Curry's apartment.
Since then, the congregation
itself has grown to include over
13,000 members and the church
now has over 60 ministries.
The church's interest now
include a Christian bookstore,
an employment ministry, a non-
profit community development
organization, Vision to Victory
Human Services Corporation, the
SChristine Curry Child Develop-
ment Center, the John A. McKin-
'ney Christian Academy and the
Dr. E.V. Hill Bible College.
Beyond the pulpit, Curry can
be found in the community, host-
ing his own talk show, teaching
at the ~bible college, and leading
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Nearing the end of the month-
long celebration for New Birth i
'Baptist Church Cathedral of
Faith Iriternational's 20th Anni-
versary, founding pastor Bishop
Victor Ctirry took a moment to re-
flect on the journey of his church
and its eventual future without
"I'm appreciative of every single
member-past present and future-
because all of them have contrib;-
uted, not just monetarily, but the
whole nine yards," Curry told the
Miami Timles.
Yet, Curry is also considering
the church's future without him
as the overseer.
He explained further, "Me per-
sonally, I'm trying to work myself
out of a job."
While he has no immediate
plans to retire, awareness about
in-fighting amongst congregants
rafter a popular pastor leaves, has
him. planning for t~he future.
)" To help ease afty future ten-
t sions as well as continue the
principles upon which New Birth
Baptist Church was founded,

The smooth rhythms of R&.B. the booming bass of reggae-
ton, the melodic soul of' soca. the measured beats of rap and
the flowing ly~rics of reggae could all be heard at the Oasis
Church M~iami on Saturday,. June 18
No, the Oasis Church had not dedicated one night to secular
music, instead, the sanctuary- offered attendants a worship
experience as they hosted the first annual Urban Gospel Fest.
Urban Gospel refers to a di\erse gen re of music that is often
a Christian version of secular urban music including hip-hop,
reggaeton. dance hall, and merengue.
"Urban Gospel music is music derived from. urban com-
munities around the world. y;et reclaimed for the pui-pose of
spreading the gospel of Jesuls Christ. It is essentially music
from the streets," stated Tiiffanl Know~les. in an emailed in-
qu iry. Knowqles Is t he ma nagi ng editor of N EWlD Magazine, one
of the event s sponsors.
In addition to Oasis Church and NEWVD Mlagazine, the con-
cert wras sponsored b\ Soul M~o\ement Crewr, F-N- P Live and
Vision Mlusic. Since t he begin ning of 2011. sponsors have been
planning the Urban Gospel Fest in order to bring together a
variety of Christian music styles.
According to Kinowrles, the Urban Gospel Fest brought a rare
opportunity~ to showcase an oft- ..shunned" musical genre.
While [urban gospel carries the same message of a Sun-
day sermon or a choir's rendition, it is packaged mna .way
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Local community organization

celebrates 25th anniversary 't

By Kaila Heard

Saturday, June 18 was proclaimed
Miami-Dade County Links Day dur-
ing the Dade County Chapter of the
Links, Inc.'s 25th Anniversary Gala
at the InterContinental Miami. The
black-tie affair was one of a series of
festivities, as the chapter celebrated
their 25th anniversary during the
June 17-19 w~eekend.
According to Tammy Reed, the
communications and public relations
chair of the chapter, the hotel held
special significance for the chapter,
because it was the original location

where the organization was chartered
25 years ago.
Through out the years, the chapter
has participated in numerous com-
munity service projects and support-
ed several local institutions. Among
some of their current projects are the
Clara B. Knight Scholarship, which
annually awards funds to graduating
senior high school students in Miami-
Dade County and the Carmen Hamm
Davis Endowed Scholarship Fund at
Florida Memorial University.
"I believe the organization's com-
mitment to the Arts, Services to
Youth, National Treh~ds and Services,
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T|Wenty-five years ago,
28 women joined

together at the
Inter continental Miami,
what was then known

as the Pavilion, to
found the Dade

County Chapter
of the Link~s.

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By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times Writer
gemjucledavis81 @yahoo .com l

South Florida's economy is
in the midst of a downturn,
but there's no recession for
the children of God, thanks to
a recent conference sponsored
by Dr. T.B. Boyd III, chair of
the National Baptist Congress.
The 105th annual session
of the National Baptist Con-
gress was held at the Broward
County Convention Center
in Fort Lauderdale during
the week of June 12-17 and
brought an estimated $5 mil-
lion to the area.
The mission of the Con-
gress is to promote the Sun-
day school and young people's

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The times are especially hard
for teenagers and young adults
and that's why Boyd has
formed a distinctive division
within ~the convention the
Youth Congress -that's de-
signed for children and young
adults, from four to 24. The
Youth Congress featured drill
teams and dance ministries
from various churches across
the country and gave youth a
chance to become actively in-
volved in the Christian experi-
ence, while at the same time
keeping them off the streets.
"We must invest in our youth
because they are our world of
tomorrow," Boyd said. "Many
of our people are smart enough
to rap, but they are not smart
enough to read and that's a

Rev. Anthony Burrell of Pom-
pano Beach's Mt. Calvary Mis-
sionary Baptist Church was
the host pastor.
"We just love all the people
coming from different cities to
worship and praise God with
us," he said. "The other sig-
nificant thing is that we are
bringing economic stimulus to
The last time the National
Baptist Congress held their
convention in Florida was in

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--Photos courtesy of Kelvin Braxton.
T.B. Boyd, III addresses the 105th annual session of the National Baptist Congress, held last
week< at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center,

organizations within Baptist
churches and it's here where
the Boyds have found a niche
market and became the con-
glomerate R.H. Boyd Publish-
ing Corporation.
During the event, members
of the Congress were present-
ed with the opportunity to take
advantage of classes in several
areas of ministry such as Black
Preaching, Christian Evange-

lism and Church Growth,
"No other race of people in
these modern times have had
to endure what Black people
have undergone and still come
out on top," said Boyd during
the Annual State of the Na-
tional Baptist Congress Ad-
dress. "We are gathering in
Fort Lauderdale to equip our.
selves to meet the challenges
of these difficult times."

By Katherine T. Phan

Bishop T.D. Jakes, chief
pastor of The Potter's House,
a 30,000-member nondenomi-
national megachurch in Dal-
las, Texas, has been called the
"Black Billy Graham."
In a recent interview with
The Chn'stiart Post, Jakes
spoke about a number of is-
sues including fatherhood,
gospel music and, how Chris-
tians should .respond in the
Eddie Long settlement case.
How has the face of Gos-
pel music changed over the
Jakes: I think the amazing
thing about Gospel music is
that not only does it lift up the
death and resurrection of our
Lord, which is consistent with
the Gospel, but it is unique-
ly communicated depending

upon the generation. It's not
locked to sheet music, it's not
held in a box. Many times the
singer will take it someplace
on stage and everybody falls
into it. So there's going to be
diversity. And there are rooms
for traditional and contempo-
rary and hip hop Gospel mu-
sic. The methodologies are
always different but the mes-
sage should be the same.
How should Christians re-
spond to Bishop Eddie Long
settling out of court?
Jakes: We should still pray
We have no other authority
but to pray. The New Birth
church is a church unto itself
who has a board and it has a
membership. How they choose
to handle their leadership is-
sues it's not something that
we can control regardless of
which side you stay on that

What are your tips for be-
ing a good Christian father?
Jakes: I think being a good
Christian father, your respon-
sibility varies with the age and
the stage that your children
are at. Instilling values of faith
at an early age is important.
Listening them through ado-
lescence comes more impor-
tant than teaching because if
you haven't instilled in them
at early ages now it's time to
listen and get ou!r yeport card
and let them find their way
and then as an adult let them
stand aside. My children are
now adults and just kind of
.guide them while they allow
you to have input in their lives
without controlling them the
way you did when they were
toddlers. These are good steps
to use for fathers at each step
of their children's lives,

I think being a good Chris-
tian father, your responsibil-
ity varies with the age and the
stage that your children are at.
Instilling in them the values
of our faith is important at
early ages. Listening to them
through adolescence becomes
more important than teaching
because if you haven't instilled
in them at early ages now' it's
time to listen and get your re-
port card and let them find
their wgy.3'
Then as an adult to stand
aside, as my children are now
adults and just kind of guide
them as they allow you to have
input in their lives without try-
ing to control them in the way
that you did when they were
These are good steps for fa-
thers to use at each stage of
their children's lives.

issue. It is their church issue
and their responsibility and
their response. And I'm say-

ing what I always said that we
,should just keep on praying for
the New Birth church family.

President's views


By Stephanie Samuel

Rumblings from his admin-
istration have some conser-
vatives concerned that I resi-
dent Barack Obama may be
planning to endorse same-sex
marriage this week or next as
a gesture honoring Gay Pride

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end ahGH ise conception at
Although he has already
signed a proclamation this
month, as Obama has done
every year he has been in of-
fice, declaring June as lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender

"don't ask, don't tell," the 1993
ban on open homosexuality in
the military. In February, the
Department of Justice, with
authorization from the White
House, discontinued its de-
fense of the Defense of Mar-
riage Act's constitutionality.
Obama himself has indi-
cated that he is moving away
from his 2008 statements.
He told AMERICABlog last
ya "Bu I also hink yo're
right that attitudes evolve, in-
cluding mine. And I think that
it is an issue that I wrestle
with and think about because
I have a whole host of friends
who are in gay partnerships.
I have staff members who are
in committed, monogamous
relationships, who are raising
children, who are wonderful
"And I care about them
deeply. And so while I'm not
prepared to reverse myself
lure, sitting in the Roosevelt
Rom at 30 in the afternoon,
I think it's fair to say that it's
something that I think a lot
However, an unnamed Dem-
ocratic strategist said that
President Obama "is clearly a
president who is interested in
making big historical chang-
es .. I think this issue has
moved into that context for
Meanwhile, the president of
The Southern Baptist Theo-
logical Seminary, Dr. Albert
Mohler, says the president's
aspirations shows how politics
have been corrupted by sin.
"Such a move would repre-
sent nothing less than a moral
revolution," he asserted. "Fur-
thermore, the one who makes
such a move would be nothing
less than a moral revolution-

By B. Denise Hawkins

Thomas A. Farrington
wasn't looking for cards or a
tie this Father's Day. What he
really wants, he says, is for
other Black men sitting in the
pews with a prostate cancer
diagnosis to know they're not
Two years ago, Farrington,
the founder of the Boston-
based Prostate Health Ed-
ucation Network (PHEN)
launched Father's Day Ral-
lies Against Prostate Cancer
to raise awareness -- and
emotional support -- in Black
churches and civic groups.
Any given Sunday, he said,
"you can be sitting next to a
fellow member and not know
that you both have prostate
cancer or that he has survived
what you're going through."
Like the stigma that women
once carried with breast can-
cer, Farrington said prostate
cancer has rendered too many
Black men silent or,, worse,
driven them to their. graves.
The lack of knowledge and
support about prostate cancer
is "needlessly causing deaths
and suffering, which must be
changed," Farrington said.
Prostate cancer dispro-
portionately affects African-
American men; according to
the American Cancer Society,
Black men have a prostate
cancer rate that's 60 percent
higher than white men. Black
men are more than twice as
likely to die from the disease,
including a projected 5,300
deaths in 2011.
Farrington said church-
based awareness, which can
lead to treatment, is "one of

the most critical pieces of the
The Rev. Frank Tucker,
who in May marked his ninth
month as a cancer survivor,
Shas made his diagnosis and
surgery a regular part of Sun-
day morning worship services
at his' First Baptist Church in
For a long time, "a cancer
diagnosis was as hush-hush
as an HIV/AIDS diagnosis is
today," he said. "I want to let
my congregation know that
you're not doomed and you're
not damned if you're diag-
nosed with prostate cancer."
Tucker's own candor has
encouraged openness in oth-
ers, including one parishioner
who asked- Tucker to accom-
pany him to an oncology ap-
"I probably wouldn't have
even known about his diagno-
sis if he hadn't come forward
to share it with me,", says
Tucker, 72. "I've found out
that a number of men have
cancer, but who wouldn't have
told me if I hadn't first shared
my story."
At last year's first-ever Fa-
ther's Day Rally at Grace Bap-
tist Church in Mount Vernon,
N.Y., associate pastor William
Mizell praised the men in the
pews in their crisp suits and
ties -- all of them in signature
blue, just as pink has come to
symbolize breast cancer.
"You look good in your blue
today," Mizell said as he sum-
moned cancer survivors to
the front of the church, fol-
lowed by men "going through"
prostate cancer, along with
the newly diagnosed and their

(LGBT) month, many expect
Obama to do something grand

for the meetings-
An anonymous Democratic
strategist close to the White
House told The New York Times
that preparation is underway
in anticipation that Obama
may possibly make a state-
ment endorsing gay marriage.
The move, if done, would be a
complete reversal of his 2008
campaign statements that he
opposed gay marriage.
Yet the White House denies
any such revision of Obama's
opinion of gay marriage.
Despite the White House's
denials, others believe that the
White House is well down the
road of endorsing same-sex
Last year, the Obama admin-
istration successfully pushed
for the legislative repeal of

BV AudreV Barrick

While belief in God remains
strong in the U.S., the Gallup
poll also found that non-belief
has risen from one percent in
1944 to seven percent recently.
The percentage of Americans
who affirm their belief in God
has decreased slightly from 96
percent in 1944 to 92 percent
The survey, released recently,
was conducted between May 5
and 8 among more than 1,000
adults .

Notably, those least likely
to believe in God are 18- to
29-year-olds. Only 84 percent
' agreed that they believe in God
compared to 94 percent of older
Liberals, Americans from the
East, and those with postgrad-
uate education were also found
to be less likely to believe in
God, though a majority (more
than eight in 10) still do.
While the Gallup report not-
ed that belief in God has. been
relatively constant over the last
Please turn to GOD 14B

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T.D. Jakes speaks about Eddie Long controversy

Will Obama endorse gay marriage?

Black churches fight

RgainSt prostate cancer

"And I think that [same' sex marriage] is an issue that I
wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of
friends who are in gay partnerships," said Obama in an inter-
view with AMERICABlog last year.

Belief in God still strong in U.S


Community service organization promotes sisterhood


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versary and will feature a Ju,
bilee Praise and Rap Celebra-
tion on June 25 at 7:30 p.m.

SNew Life Family Worship
Center hosts a Bible Study ev-
ery Wednesday at 7 p.m. 305-

SAll That God Is Interna-
tional Outreach Centers in-
vites the community to their
Grlory of God Anointed Choir's
'The Way, The Truth and the
Life Church of Praise' musical
on June 25 at 6 p.m. A $15
donation is requested. 786-
255- 1509, 786-709-0656.

SGod Filled Days God
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PattersoninGA rCome cleb~rte


SThe Faith Church, Inc.
invites you to worship ser
vice on Sundays at 9 a.m.
and 11 a.m. and their Minis-
try In Action outreach service
that provides free hot meals,
dry goods, and clothes every
Thursday at 7 p.m. Visit www.

faithchurch4you.com or call
SThe Youth In Action
Group invites you to their
"Saturday Night Live Totally
Radical Youth Experience" ev-
ery Saturday, 10 p.m. mid~
night. 561-929-1518.

SRedemption Mission-
ary Baptist Church holds a
Fish Dinner every Friday and
Saturday; a Noon Day Prayer
Service every Saturday; and In-
troduction Computer Classes
every Tuesday and Thursday at
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Reverend
Willie McCrae, 305-770-7064 or
Mother Annie Chapman, 786-

SA Mission with .a New

invie stng co chnity ntem tee?
Sunday Worship service at
11:15 a.m. on Thursdays, Prayer
Meetings at 6:30 p.m. and Bible
Class at 7 p.m.

Church Notes (faith/family
calendar): Submit all events by
Monday, 2 p.m. phone: 305-694-
62 1 6 fax: 305-757-5770, e-mail:
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help ex-offenders
teous man his thoughts and
let him return unto the Lord
God Yahweh for He will abun-
dantly pardon."
Israel describes this ef-
fort as providing a support
network for Hebrew Israel-
ites that has previously been
lacking in the prison system.
For those who are interested
in having Israel's Bible study
hosted at their incarceration
facilities, please write to the
Galilee Foundation, P.O. Box
390695, Snellville, GA 30039
or visit the website, www.gali-

SZion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church is hosting an
Ecumenical Prayer Walk on
July 8 at 5 p.m. to decrease
community violence. The walk
will end at the Peace Park at
5:45 p.m. 786-541-3687, 305-

SJordan Grove 1Mission-
ary Baptist Church's Youth
Revival concludes on June 22
at 7 p.m.; Youth and Young
Adult Day, which will feature
the Young Adult Diamonds, will
be held on June 26 with 7 a.m.
and 11 a.m. services. 786-262-

SHouse of Bethlehem, a
Place of Bread Ministry invites
you to an Ordination Service on
July 10 at 4 p.m.

SThe Historic Saint Ag-
nes' Episcopal Church pres-
ents their 27th Men and Boys
Day Observance on June 26 at
10 a.m. 305-573-5330.

SMt. Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church invites youth
to attend their Vacation Bible
School June 27 July 1, 9 a.m.
- 12 p.m. 305-751- 5846 .

SNew Beginning Church
of Deliverance of all Nations
welcomes you to their Teen
Bash on June 25. They also
host Sunday School Services
at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Bible
Study every Wednesday at 7
pm.; Prayer Service at 7 p.m.
on Friday; and Sabbath Ser-
vice on Saturdays at 11 a.m.
every week. 786-398-7074.

SCenturion Apostolic In-
ternational MVinistries, Inc.'s
Poetry In Motion presents "A
Night of Dance" on June 24 at
6 p.m. A donation of $10 for
admission, is requested. 305-

SRunning for Jesus Out-
reach Youth Ministries will
be celebrating their first Anni-

St. John's Day Gospel Singing program
|St. Andrew' Grand Lodge is On program are Faithful
hosting the St. John's Day Gos- Few, Spiritualettes, Southern
, pel Singing Program at St. Mark Echoes, Second Chapter, Won-
Baptist Church, 1470' NW 87 during Songs sind others.
Street, Sunday, June 26th at 4 Contact Ellison Hixson, 786-
p~m 219-7052.

Amenicans believe mn God

God's existe 1p ol hoe

that 73 per: cent were convinced
that God exists while 14 per-
cent said God "probably exists"
and had little doubt. Another
five percent chose the option
that God probably exists but
they have a lot of doubt. And
three percent said they were
convinced God does not exist.
Compared to the rest of the
globe, the U.S. is still found to
have strong belief in God. An
Ipsos Social Research Instit~ute
survey earlier this year found
that just over half (51 percent)
of people worldwide express be-
lief in God.

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six decades, it also highlighted
that when Americans are given
Other options (such as univer-
sal spirit or higher power) or the
ability to express doubts, then
the percentage of those certain
in their beliefs drops.
A 2010 Gallup poll revealed
that 80 per cent said they be-
lieve in God while 12 percent
opted belief in a universal spirit
or higher power.
When provided with more
options about their belief,
fewer Americans were found
to be absolutely certain about

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and International Trends and
Services, has made a tremen
dously positive impact on im-
proving the quality of life for
thousands of African-Ameri-
cans and all Americans," said
Dr. Geneva Knowles Woodard,
the chapter's parliamentarian
and charter member.
When asked what would be
the future focus of the Links'
community service efforts, Dr.
Barbara Edwards, president of
the chapter, responded, "The

same focus we have had over
the years: A commitment to
enriching, sustaining, and
ensuring the identities, cul-
ture and economic survival
of all people of African origin
through cultural, educational
and civic programs." .
Throughout the years, sev-
eral prominent professional
women have become members
of the Dade County Chapter of
the Links, Inc. Among some of
the better known members are
Miami-Dade Commissioner
Audrey Edmonson, Congress-
woman Frederica Wilson and

former Miami-Dade County
Commissioner Betty Fergu-
Yet while the organization
has amassed an impressive
roster of past and present
members, as well as several
accomplishments, for many
members, it is the support and
camaraderie of sisterhood that
they treasure most.
"For me, having a men-
tor someone who has tray-
eled the same path that I now
travel and who understands
the challenges and obstacles
along that path is beyond price

or measure there really is no
substitution," Reed said,

The Dade County Chapter
of the Links, Inc. was founded
25 years ago, when 28 women
came together under the or-
ganizing prowess of DoLores
Washington, Jessie Stinson
sind Knowles Woodard. In the
ensuing years, the member"
ship has grown to include 55
professional women who vol-
unteer an estimated 2,500
hours of community service
every year.

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that is palatable and relat-
able to young, urban music-
lovers. This rubs churches
and church leaders the wrong
way because they feel these
artists are "copying: the world
instead of upholding a stan
dard of holiness," Knowles ex-
SYet Yannick Jackson, found-
er of Soul Movement Crew, be-
lieves that the perception of
UbaalGospel music is chang-

hasE irehseudg oe the ye
for Urban Gospel music, some
people and church groups still
consider it as unholy or not of
God," Jackson said via email.
To help others become more
acetn of Urba G sel
Jaco gadoises p ople toosp-,
proach the musical style with
an open min .d

She explained further, "We
encourage people to go be-
yond the beat and take the
time to listen to~ the lyrics.
Once they do that, they would
understand that the content
consists of the message of the
Gospel, someone's testimony
and/or songs geared to en-
courage the listener to live a
lifestyle of righteousness."
Featured artists at the event
included Miami's. CUDS Mu-
sic, Ft. Lauderdale's Mark Lee,
Trinidad's former Soca King,
Nige Lis, kH i's LaVie, and
Since the be inmi of 2011,
the sponsors have b en plan-
ning the Urban Gospel Fest.
"This year, we asked artists
in our network to be a part of
this event. These artists really
have a heart to use their mu-
sic as tool to evangelize and to
make a positive impact in the
lives of their audience," Jack-
son said.

rights advocate, he said that
he was worried about how he
would cope with the role of fa-
The father of three girls had
never known his own father
and was concerned that de-
spite his desire to be one, he
wiiould fail. So Curry sought
outside counsel.
"I didn't know how to be a
father, so I prayed and I asked
the Lord," he recalled.
The answers he received told
hriemtsto treat them le kwoGd

God is present, protects, and
disciplines. That wisdom has
paid off.
"I've always had a very, very
good relationship with my
daughters," he said.
In conclusion of their cel-
ebratory festivities, New Birth
Baptist Church invites the
public to a special service to
be held at Miami Northwest--
ern Senior High School, where
the church once held, servic-
es, on June 26 at 7 p.m.

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the Miami-Dade Chapter of
the NAACP.
Yet Curry sees his various
roles as being a part of the
tradition of Black pastors.
"A lot of our pastors have
always moved out of the four
consecrated walls," he said.
One of the characteris-
tics that have allowed him t~o
thrive is his transparency, ac-

core gtoxlur .ing is about
accountability. People don't
mind giving if they see where
their money is going," he said.
But that transparency,
along with his heightened
prominence in the public have
come with a cost.
Many times people have as-
sumed that they know Curry
when they first meet him. But
the bishop says they are mis-
"They know Bishop Curry.
Very few people know Victor,"

he explained. "I know it sounds
crazy, but I have to compart-
mentalize myself like that."
According to Curry, "Victor
is very, very, very shy, doesn't
talk a lot, doesn't engage a lot,
and would rather be home."
To help manage stress in
his life, Curry prefers to drive
alone in his car.

"It's just me time. It's very
therapeutic," he said.

While Curry has been able
to handle the responsibilities
that come along with being a
pastor, entrepreneur and civil

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Department of Correction,
there were 102,232 inmates
present in the Florida prison
system as of June 30, 2010, the
most current record available,
Of those, the majority were
males, 93 percent. Blacks made
up 49.3 percent of that popula-
Reverend LaTousha Daniels
was inspired to found Grace
in Motion, the prison outreach
division of LD Ministries, six
years ago partly because of a
pattern that she began to ob-
serve among inmates.
"There were so many of the
inmates that looked like me,"
she recalled. "I saw so many
that looked like my sister, my
cousin, my mother."
But beyond the familiar fac
es, Daniels saw something else,
"I saw a lot of hunger and the
need for ministry," she said.
Now Daniels and an estimat-
ed 50 volunteers for Grace in
Motion visit prisons through-
out the state of Florida their
"home base" is the state facility
for women, Lowell Correctional
Institution in Ocala.

Like churches, every prison
ministry has different goals

and programs for participants.
For example, Brother Job
Israel of Job Israel Ministries
in Miami, wants his fledgling
prison ministry to address the
spiritual needs of members of
the Hebrew Israelites sect who
are incarcerated "because no-
body is coming to help them
"[Job Israel Ministries *will
be] going into the prison and
teaching the Bible," explained
Israel, once his ministry begins
to visit local correctional facili-
In addition to spiritual needs,
inmates often have their own
issues unique to that popula-
tion that need to be addressed.
In. Glover's prison ministry
experience she says she often
sees inmates who have nega-
tive life philosophies.
"It's really a problem with
attitude more than anything
else," she said. "The attitude
that either they can't do it be-
cause they've been told that or
that their failure is actually at-
tributable to someone else re-
lieving them from fault are the
major attitudes inmates hold."
Glover may have witnessed
the result of behaviors that are
unique to the incarcerated-
Several studies have been
conducted that prove that
prisons often force inmates to
adapt to their environment in

variotts ways. One of the more
famous adaptions is when in-
mates develop a dependence on
institutional structure, a mode
of behavior better known as
"institutionalization ." .
According to one report, "The
Psychological Impact of .In-
carceration: Implications' for
Post-Prison Adjustment," in-
mates may also become hyper-
vigilant, distrustful of others,
socially withdrawn or psycho-
logical distant, among other
coping measures.
Yet once an inmate address-
es these various emotional and
spiritual issues to better them-
selves, they are still facing the
lack of either viable work skills
or living skills needed to sur-
vive -outside of a correctional
Fortunately there are pro-
grams that address and pro-
vide transitional training ,for

Glover began directing a
community-based program
called LEAP (Ladies Empower-
ment and Action Program) last
In partnership with Barry
University, the five-month
program teaches its students
job and life skills, including
anger management and prob-

lem-solving techniques. It also
works towards changing their
attitudes and is housed at the
Broward Correctional Insti-
Glover explained, "We try to
work with changing the mind-
set. [Because] it doesn't mat-
ter whatever else you give to
someone, if the mindset doesn't
change nothing will change."
The program also works with
inmates up to a year after they
have been released from pris-
One of the program's recent
graduates is Shawana Dennis,
who was released from prison
this May. Incarcerated since
she was 15-years-old, the now
31-year-old Dennis had been
convicted of second degree
murder. When she enrolled in
the LEAP program, Dennis was
willing to learn any skills her
instructor was able to teach.
"Before I got into the pro-
gram, I didn't have a goal," she
said. "I didn't even know how
to set a goal. But through the
Leap program I was not only
able to set goals for my life but
I was able to learn things abut
Yet as much as Dennis says
she's grown, her teacher states
she has learned just as much if
not more. Glover said she was
able to witness the far reach of
God's love.

14B THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 22-28, 2011

Hebrew Israelites
Since starting his ministry,
Brother Job Israel has rec-
ognized the need to educate
Hebrew Israelite brothers and
sisters before they leave the
prison system .so they can
become productive members
of society upon their release.
According to Israel, his inspi-
ration for this prison ministry
is taken directly from the Bi-
ble's Isaiah chapter 55, vers-
es six and seven: "Seek Ye the
Lord Yahweh while he may be
found call ye upon Him while
He is near. Let the wicked for-
sake His way and the unrigh-

Bishop Curry: Very few people know 'the real' Victor

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New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International
is located at 2300 NW 135 Street in Miami.


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speaker will be Betty Gardner Norman.

Lil Rev appreciation programs
Lil Rev invites you to an ap- Special guests: Lil Rev and
preciation program June 26, the Second Generation and oth-
2011 at 4 p.m. at Jesus Christ ers.
Church Apostolic, 5007 NW 22 For more information, call
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in breeds an increasing self-concern and
inward focus.
The good news is, we don't need mas-
turbation to prepare for marriage and sex
- if God has those-ahead for us. There
are many ways to grow in loving others
well without being in a romantic relation-
ship, and the more we learn to love like
Jesus, the better for all of our relation-
The hard part is that a life without self-
supplied sexual release is one in which
loneliness, uncertainty, and libido can
take on a starker, sharper reality. There
is no escape, no cushion, no numbing
But a funny thing happens when you
cry out to God in such places, where
before you would have turned to a screen
or your hand. In all those efforts to pro-
vide for yourself, there's a fundamental
aloneness and isolation. But the minute
you turn to God in your hunger, there's
communion. That doesn't make the
circumstances easy or the night shorter,
but in fighting through unsatisfied sexual
longing with God, it's possible to gain a
measure of what so draws us to real sex
in the first place: intimacy.

Advice for single ladies

BV Anna BroadwNay

Cultural mores are changing, The New
York Tirres reports; once available mainly
in dimly-lit sex shops, vibrators for wom-
en are now being sold in national chain
drugstores, a supposed sign of women's
empowerment: comfort with discuss-
ing and pursuing not just sex but that
sometimes-elusive hallmark of "success,"
an orgasm.
With the ranks of single Christian
women unlikely to shrink anytime soon,
it's doubtful we have entirely opted out of
buying into this trend, since we navigate
the same cultural milieu as women out-
side the church. Aren't we, too, struggling
with some measure of sexual disappoint-
ment and frustration?
I have ultimately reached the conclu-
sion that masturbation is an unwise and
probably sinful practice. What, after all,
is one of the most fundamental themes
and values of the Bible? Self-giving love.
Over and over, the biblical authors stress
that God's love is unconditional, sacrifi-

cial, and self-donating (John 3:16, 1 John
4:7-10, etc.). And this is not just the love
He has for mankind, but the love within
the Trinityr that we, too, as God's image
bearers, are called to imitate. There is no
higher standard for human relationships.
But not only is masturbation inherently
focused on the needs of the self, it also
involves trying to provide for those needs
by oneself, instead of trusting God to
know best whether the sexual intimacies
of marriage are truly needed or best at
the present stage.
There, as they say, is the rub. For
therein lies the great if, the fundamental
lack of control over what form that "best"
might take. And the older you get, the
harder the desperation and anger are to
fight, never mind the curiosity and sheer
physical hunger that sometimes sweep
through like the desert's flash floods.
But masturbation fixes none of that,
Instead of hope, it brings ~emptiness.
Instead of moving you from loneliness
and self-absorption to things that are
excellent, praiseworthy, and encouraging
(Phil. 4:8), it takes the mind to increas-
ingly dark places. And instead of foster-
ing greater self-sacrifice toward others,

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By Jesus Musik

faves. A Dallas-based MC
named Sivion simply reveling in
the joy of a lazy weekend with
his wife and kids.
"Daddy Did MVe" Thi's1
Unfortunately, many rappers
didn't grow up with a strong
paternal presence. However,
most of them desperately want
to change that and avoid mak-
ing the sitme mistakes their dad
did. Here, Thi's1 lays out his
plan to break that sick cycle.
"Inspiration" Von Won
I was happy to capture this
video of Houston rapper/singer
Von Won at a local show before
he moved off to Arizona (and
then back again) for a minis-
try job. Over a sample from the
band Chicago, he raps words of
love and affirmation to each of
his three kids.
"LYou Are" Bless't
In a similar vein, Houston's
Bless't lays out a love song to

his two little girls with an assist
from Bruce Takara.
"A Grief Observed" MVuse
Fatherhood can also bring
tears and frustration. -Wit-
ness Muze One's recount of
the struggle he has with his
daughter's illness and how he
personally handled it as a dad
and husband.
"Unborn Child" Willie
The pain can even be greater
for those who tiever met their
"Lord You" Sean Slaugh-
ter featuring Alvinp Slaughter
Father/son associations can
often become strained even
if your pops is a famous gos-
pel singer. Watch and listen
to this clip as APvi~'nard ~Sedft
Slaughter put their relation-
ship under the microscope for
us to observe.

"Pops Song" LA Syrnpho-
SThe artsy Cali-collective
also expounds on the ups and
downs of dealings wyith their
dads in this single from Disap-
pear Here.
I love these lines from Joey
the Jerk:
My mom at work / my father
check our homework every eve-
I was deceiving / F's and D's I
was receiving
I didn't get whippings / I got
African beatings
"Domesticated" theBREAX
featuring Blame One &G Braille
And just so we bring it full
circle and end on a happy note:
Blame One, Braille, & the-
BREAX rhyme about the joys of
being a goodij d-~i~Sh~thchi shrid
Perhaps the only rap video youtl
ever see with a dude dancing
with vacuum cleaner.

Below is a list (which is nei-
ther perfect nor exhaustive -
but still intriguing and enter-
taining) of ten great tracks from
faith-based MCs that celebrate
fatherhood or provide a Godly
perspective on the way this role
introduces fear, fascination,
and fulfillment in their lives.
"Parent Me" J'Son featur-
ing JR
To set the stage, let's review
the important role parents play
in developing their children.
This song and video dropped
last year and rocked most of
us with its stark illustration of
that dependency. Told from the
viewpoint of several different
youths, itl1 certainly make you
[6 %jnd think'.'~ '
"Songbird Saturday" Sivi-
This is one of my all time

By Tabin Grant

Political scientists often re-
fe-r to a "God Gap' in American
polities. noting the tendency
for religiouspeople to be more
conservative and v'ote Repub-
hean wVhile those wbho are less

cial justice policies.
A new study finds the differ-
ence between these two types
of Christians is what theyl
think it means to be a ''good
Christian." For some, being
a good Chnstian might mean
greater pietism. a focus on

40%~ 50%~

0% 10%s 20%8 30%

observant lean left and prefer
the Democratic Party.
Newr research suggests there
are actually twro God Gaps.
For some Chnsuians, being
more religious makes them
more conservative on social
issues. For others. going to
church. praiing, and doing
other religious activites actu-
sl~ ua s t emi ur .liberal
Previous polls have sho~n
the God Gap has been limited
to social issues, issues that
focus on individual morality.
People who are more religious
tend to hold more conserva-
tive posiuons on social Issues
like abortion and same-sex
manage. but there wras no
God Gap on issues like wrel-
fare, health care, or other so-

eliminating individual sins.
Nearly all Chnstian~s said
there had been times in their
iv-es when they had "tned to
be a good Christian" (94 per-
cent). But Chnstians differed
in how they tried to be a good
Christian. Chrisuians were
given tw~o cholces- avoidd do-
ing sinful things" or 'help oth

Ch st an trq to o bthm bu
the researchers forced them to
make a choice in order to see
which was most important.
Overall. one-third of Chrls-
tians said they had tried to be
a good Chnstian by sinning
less, but there w~ere differ
ences among religious groups.
Nearl\ half.of Black Protes
tan~ts said being a good Chris-
tian meant sinning less com-

pared to about four-in-ten
white evangelicals wrho said
the same thing. '
The survey also asked peo-
ple who thought being a good
Christian meant helping oth-
ers if they did so by helping
people one at a time or~ if they
ivorkecl with groups helping
people. Two-thirds of Chns-
in sa tried tolVherlpneopap
estants and Black Protes-
tants w~ere more likely~ to try
to work with groups helping
many people instead of trying
to help people one at a time.
The researchers found that
the onginal God Gap may be
overstated. Being more reli-
gious9 makes 'avoiding sir?"
Christians more conservative
on social Issues bke abor-

tiojn, gay rights, or the role
of women in society. "Help-
ing others" Ch~ristians do not
become more conservative
on abortion or gay nights. In
fact, these Chnstians become
more liberal on issues related
to women.
As these 'helping others"
Christians become more reli-
gou they asos bem m r

to the poor, welfare spending,
government health insurance,
government aid to Blacks, and
unemployment aid. Being a
more observanti "avoiding smn
Chnisuan has no affect on how
the\ view these issues with
one e:4ception--the more reli-
gious an "avoiding sin" Chris-
tian~ is, th~e more they oppose
government health insurance.

God has given us more than
800 Scriptures about money.
Nearly all them of them indicate
that having debt is bad to say
the least.
Yet the following Christian
counselors explain why debt
is bad for your emotional and
spiritual well being.
According to Ron Blue, presi-
dent of Kingdom Advisors,
which advises Christian finan-
cial professionals, debt could
impede God's plans for us.

"Isaiah 55:8-9 says God's
ways are not our ways, that
his plans are higher than ours.
When we use credit card debt
as a quick solution, we effec-
tively deny ourselves the op-
portumity to let God meet our
needs," Blue explained.
Financial choices and pre-
dicaments are always symp-
tomatic of other issues. Some of
the more common issues that
lead to credit card debt include
a lack of contentment, a lack of

self-discipline, the search for
security, and the search for sig-

Mary Hunt, author of several
books on financial responsi-
bility, explained, "God wants
to develop us into savvy stew-
ards. That doesn't necessarily
mean never accruing debt. If
that were true, what would we
do with Scriptures that suggest
that lending is a part of daily

life (Ps. 112:5; Luke 6:34-35;
Ps. 37:21)?"
Yet while the Bible does not
forbid debt, its emphasis on
stewardship suggests some
rather strict guidelines:
1. The borrower should have
resources readily available to
repay the debt. With a mort-
gage, the collateral held by the
lender (the property) secures
repayment of the loan. But
credit card debt is unsecured.
Please turn to DEBT 16B

15B THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 22-28, 2011




Where Christianity meets sexual deisire

Best Christian hip-hop songs about fatherhood

Artist Thi'si wrote a song describing his own hopes and
dreams to be a better father than his was to him.

What makes you a 'good" Christian?

Evangelical Irotestant

Gione but not forgotten?

'What's spiritually wrong with credit card debt?

Florida workers suffering from pesticide poisoning


measuring about 10 miles in
diameter, Lake Apopka is the
state's fourth largest lake. In
1941, as part of the wartime
effort to produce more fruits
and vegetables, farms were
created that were then heavily
sprayed with chemical fertil-
izer and pesticides. InI the off
season, they allowed the lake
to flood the fields to replenish
the soil and prevent wind ero-
sion and weed growth. With
each cycle, the water picked
up poisons and fertilizers that
had been spread on the fields.
15y 1996, the situation had
become so dire that the Flor-
ida government bought out
the big landowners and closed
down the farms. The 14 land-
owners were paid $103 mil-
lion for property and equip-
ment. The workers, who often
had families that lived with

them on the land, got nothing
other than the order to clear
Today, even though a dozen
seasons have come and gone
since the last pass of a pes-
ticide-spraying tractor, signs
read, "Warning. Visitors must
stay on roads. No fishing al-
lowed on this property. These
lands were former agricultural
land that were subject to reg-
ular use of agricultural chem-
icals, some of which, such as
DDT, are persistent in the en-
vironment and may present a
risk to human health."
Lee and her peers received
no such warnings when she
went into the fields to pick
corn, cabbages, carrots,
greens, and tomatoes, receiv-
ing 12 cents to pack a box of
corn, 15 cents for a box of

NO relief for Black farm laborers

a transplant. She also had two
corneal implants. Asked what
caused her woes, she didn't
hesitate: As a farm laborer
on the shores of Lake Apopka
in the 1970s and 1980s, she
was routinely exposed to ag-
ricultural chemicals as she
worked in the fields.
"Plenty of my old friends and
neighbors got what I got, and
a lot of them got stuff I don't
want to get," she told me.
In a survey of workers con-
ducted in 2006, the Farm-
worker Association of Florida
found that 92 percent of the
agricultural workers in the re-
gion had been exposed to pes-
ticides through a combination
of aerial spraying, wind drift-
ing from applications on ad-

BV Barry Estabrook

To save a pittance on the
state's budget, Governor Rick
Scott, vetoed a bill earlier this
month that finally would have
brought relief to 2,500 over
ty-plagued Black farm labor-
ers. Over the course of five
decades, these people were
poisoned on a daily basis by a
witch's brew of pesticides.
A few miles northeast of
Orlando, 57-year-old Linda
Lee, one of the afflicted work-
ers, matter-of-factly listed her
medical conditions: diabetes,
lupus, high blood pressure,
emphysema, and arthritis.
Her hip had to be replaced
and her gall bladder removed.
Her kidneys failed, so she had

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Linda Lee is one of thousands of Black farm laborers who
have suffered from kidney failure, birth defects, and worse--
and Florida isn't compensating them.
jacent fields, touching plants ka workers had a child born
still wet with pesticides, and with a defect.
inhaling pesticides. In a state Scott's veto is the latest
where the average incidence tragedy in one of the country's
of birth defects is three per- biggest environmental boon-
cent, 13 percent of the Apop- doggies. Roughly circular and

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.By Janice Lloyd

SOlder people who regularly
exercise at moderate to intense
: levels may have a 40 percent
lower risk of developing brain
*damage linked to strokes, cer-
tain kinds of dementia, and
mobility problems.
New research published re-
cently in the journal Neurol-
ogy says the MRIs of subjects
. who exercised at higher levels
. were significantly less likely
. to show brain damage caused
Sby blocked arteries that inter-
: rupt blood flow markers for
Strokes than people who ex-
.ercised lightly.
*There was no difference be-
. tween those who engaged in
light exercise and those who
*did not exercise at all.
Until now, studies have
Shown exercise helps lower
Blood pressure, bad cholesterol
- and insulin levels, all risk fac-
. tors for strokes causing brain
Damage. Treating those condi-
Stions is helpful, but some brain
Damage is not reversible.

"It's not good enough just
to exercise, but the more (in-
tense), the better," says study
co-author Joshua Willey, a
physician and researcher at
Columbia University's Depart-
ment of Neurology. "The hope is
with lower risk of having these
events you'd also be at lower
risk of dementia or stroke."
The research involves 1,238
participants in a study started
in 1993 at Columbia and the
University of Miami, and it fo-
cuses on risk factors for vascu-
lar disease.
Participants completed a
questionnaire about how of-
ten and intensely they exer-
cised at the beginning of the
study and then had MRI scans
of their brains six years later,
when they were an average of
A total of 43 percent of par-
ticipants reported that they
had no regular exercise; 36
percent engaged in regular
light exercise, such as golf,
walking, bowling or dancing,
and 21 percent engaged in

regular moderate to intense ex-
ercise, such as hiking, tennis,
swimming, biking, jogging or
The American Heart Associa-
tion's guidelines for cardiovas-
cular health include 150 min-
utes of moderate-intensity or
75 minutes of vigorous-inten
sity exercise weekly.
"We did not want this to dis-
courage anyone from exercis-
ing, even if it's light exercise,"
Willey says. "The benefits of ex-
ercise are proven. We feel that's
an integral part of general good
More research is needed,
says Joseph Boderick, a stroke
specialist at the University of
Cincinnati who was involved in
the study. .
The research did not look at
One of the major reasons
people don't exercise, he says,
is because they're obese.
"Maybe the people who ex
ercised less already had some
(damage) and were less steady
on their feet," he says.

When you think of your risk of de-
veloping breast: cancer over the next
one year from age 40 through age
70, the numbers are much smaller,
though they do increase each year.
For age 40, the risk is pne in 1040
(one-tenth of one percent). For age
50, risk is one in 519 (one-fifth of one
percent). For age 60, risk is 1 in 343
(three-tenths of one percent).
The numbers can be confusing,
and you have a right to understand
what professionals may be telling
you about your health. So don't hes-
itate to ask them to explain until you
really get' the message.

By thze National Cancer Institute

Sometimes it can be difficult to
understand people talking about
cancer, especially doctors, scientists
and reporters. Part of the reason is
because they use so many numbers
and statistics without explaining ex-
actly Jwhat they mean. For example,
many of the numbers you will see
or hear about Black women's risk of
breast cancer are a statistic known
as incidence. This is a general num-
ber that tells you what is happening
out: in the world right now. It looks
at a group of living people a group

that is large and general enough to
be considered "average" and tells
you how many of them got the disease
you are talking about. Many statis-
tics use percentages, which means a
fractional piece of 100 100 percent
of something always means all of
it. So if you went to lunch with nine
friends, and only three of you had
wine, that would be 30 percent. The
incidence of breast cancer in Black
women in a recent year was 126 in
100,000, which means that far fewer
than one percent of all Black women
got breast cancer in that year. For
2011, this translates to an estimated

26,840 new cases in the U.S.
But what is the chance that you
will get breast cancer? What about
your own personal risk?
If breast cancer runs in your fam-
ily, your risk will be higher than that
of someone who is your same age,
if that woman doesn't have close
relatives with the disease. This is
because family members share im-
portant genes and they also tend to
live in similar environments. Other
personal risk factors, such as your
weight, alcohol use and use of hor-
mone therapy for menopause, can
also affect your risk.

Researchers looking back over
years of data found that one in 10
Black women will develop some form
of breast cancer in their lifetime.
Thus, if you forget about the other
risk factors mentioned in the last
paragraph, your lifetime personal
risk is 10 percent. .
But, this number doesn't tell you
what your own risk might be because
you cannot: forget about all of those
other factors that raise or lower your
risk. But, if you include only your
age (with all other personal charac-
teristics averaged out), there are ac-
curate statistics to consider.





By Diane C. Lade

The same technologies that track your
stolen car, power your cellphone and give
you driving directions are increasingly be-
.ing repurposed to to monitor South Florida
Alzheimer's patients.
The region is home to almost 150,000
people with Alzheimer's and other diseases
that affect cognitive abilities and memory.
Private companies and nonprofit organiza-
tions are rolling out a growing array of high-
tech tracking devices resembling bracelets,
watches, and cell phones.
LoJack, a name synonymous with vehicle
security, now covers all of South Florida
after expanding its SafetyNet radio frequency
bracelet program into Miami-Dade County
last month. And Alzheimer's Community
Care in West Palm Beach is negotiating to
bring in EmFinders, a Texas company offer-
ing a wristband-like device that uses cellular
phone signals. o ,
Mary Barnes, Community Care's president
and CEO, said the agency is starting a pilot
project with EmFinders and anticipates more
will get into the Alzheimer's monitoring game,
given the devices' potential. "Looking down
the road, we thmnk it will be the fast grow-
ing service we provide," said Barnes, whose
agency offers adult day programs, caregiver
support and other services.
Alzheimer's experts promote putting an

away from homes or residential facilities. But
it's unclear how big the market is for high-
tech monitoring. The companies interviewed
for this story declined to release enrollment
or revenue figures.

IS debt a lack of faith?*

continued from 15B

Here is the test: If you do not have enough
money to pay your entire credit card bill mna
single month, you've violated this guideline.
You've allowed yourself to slip into the lend-
er's bondage.
2. The cost of the debt should be reason-
able. The average credit card interest rate is
currently 16.82 percent, a rate that could
hardly be considered reasonable.
3. Borrowers should pay off debt as soon as
possible. It is difficult to fit long-term credit
card debt within this guideline.
Carrying credit card debt within the guide-
1mnes is, at best, difficult, but the test is sim-
ple: Am I able to pay the entire balance in full
in a single month? If the answer is no, you
need to put that card far, far away until the
day you've reached a level of financial stabil-
ity that allows you to operate within biblical
guidelines. Otherwise, I believe your debt will
become immoral.

intense exer cise

Itect aging brain

Ahhh. Those lazy, hazy days of summer.
The kids are running around outside, and
the smell of food sizzling on the grill drifts
through the air. Summer has officially
arrived. But wait before you cool off

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A migraine commonly causes an overwhelming,
throbbing pain on one side of the head.0Other symptoms
--ve icud o nasa, hiio problems, and a heightened
While your doctor may prescribe medication to
prevent or ease migraine symptoms, the womenshealth.
gov website says lifestyle changes also may ward
off these painful episodes. The site offers these
*Learn what triggers your migraines, and limit these
factors as much as possible.
*Go to bed and wake up tit the same time each day,
regardless of day of the week.
*Don't skip meals, and choose healthy, nutritious
Exercise regularly.
Cut back on caffeine and alcohol.
Do your best to manage stress.


When a health condition such as Celiac disease re-
qurs lte:"f ree diet, you may not be aware of what
aThe U.S. National Library of Medicine mentions
these staples of a gluten-free diet:
*Cereals that don't include barley malt or
Vegetables and fruits.
Fresh fish, poultry and meat that don't
include breading or typical gravies.
*Dairy products and milk.
*Beans, corn, rice and potatoes.


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For Black men of all ,ages. the t~p
ten causes of death included heart
disease, cancer, stroke;. d!iabt--te~s. Ioter
respiratory disease, kidne~c, drisea- e
and perinatal conditions,i acco:rdmng
to the Centers for Disease Con,!trol.
Unintentional injuries andr~ homicide
are third and fourth. respectely;l on~
that list.
Most men alreadi- knro dile st ida d
prescription now givecn to preventnoet
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According to the Centers for Disease
Control, sex and race are the leading
indicators of how long someone will live.
Males in general live nearly five years
less than women.
But when race is also considered,
that gap widens into a gulf. Black males
live, on average, to th~e age of 70.2,
while white males live to be nearly 76-
To raise awareness, about the
health issues that men face, June
was officially designated Men's Health

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overall eating patterns in re
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individual foods, and over ~
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June issue of the Archives
diatrics 8< Adolescent Medic
Berz and his colleagues e
ined data from 2,237 girls,
ing at age nine, who partici
in, the National Growth and
Health Study and were folle
for up to a decade. Data
Please turn to DASH 18

By Maureen Salamon

An eating plan originally tout-
ed to reduce high blood pressure
in adults has been found to keep
adolescent girls trimmer between
the ages of nine and 19.
Researchers report that girls
whose food intake most re-
sembled the Dietary Approach to
Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet
had the smallest gains in body
mass index (BMI) over 10 years,
and the lowest BMIs at the end
of the follow-up period.
The DASH diet emphasizes


higher consumption of low-fat
dairy products; fish, ~chicken
and lean meats; and nuts, fruits,
whole grains, vegetables and
legumes. Multiple studies have
indicated the diet, long promoted
by the American Heart Associa-
tion, leads to significant blood
pressure ,reduction.
"I think these were the re-
sults we were hoping to find,"
said study author Dr. Jonathan
Berz, an assistant professor of
medicine at Boston University
School of Medicine. "It's true,
on the one hand, that this is

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Apples named mo st

contaminated food

By Janice Lloyd

Apples.are at the top of the list of produce most
contaminated with pesticides in a report pub-
lished recently by the Environmental Working
Group (EWG), a public health advocacy group.
Its seventh annual report analyzed govern-
ment data on 53 fruits and vegetables, identify-
ing which have the most and least pesticides
after washing and peeling. For produce found to
be highest in pesticides, the group recommends
buying organic.
Apples moved up three spots from last year,
replacing celery at the top of the most-contami-
nated list; 92 percent of apples contained two or
more pesticides.
"We think what's happening to apples is more
pesticides and fungicides are being applied after
the harvest so the fruit can have a longer shelf
life," says EWG.analyst Sonya Lunder. "Pesticides
might be in small amounts, but we don't know
what the subtle, long-term effects of many of
these pesticides are yet."
The worst offenders also include strawberries
(No. 3) and imported grapes (No. 7).' Onions top
the "clean" list, found to be lowest in pesticides.
By choosing five servings of fruit and vegetables
a day from the clean list, most people can lower
the volume of pesticides they consume daily by
92 percent, the report says.
Please turn to APPLES 19B

your family

to eat 11ore


By Nanci Hellmich

If you want y-our fam ily to
be more ph-sically~ active and
increase their fruit anld leg-
etable intake at the same time.
try planting y;our oym~ gairden,
l-isiting a farth to pick lour r
outs fruit or w-alking through a
farmers market to explore new
These are suggestions tor to-
day s challenge from registered
dietitians Liz WCeiss and Januice
Newell Bissex, co-authors of
No Whine with Dinner: 150
Healthy. Kijd-tested Recipes-
from the Meal Mlakeover Moms.
They; have worked wiith thou-
sands of parents on creating
realhoerr teas et ch the 0-
Most people consume less
than tw'o cups of fruits and
vegetables a da!, far beloit- the
four to six cups recommended
i!~theel vrn men t's dletary
Here are some ideas from
Weiss and Bissex on how to
increase the amount of fruits
and vegetables you~r family
is eating, while doing some
exercise: -
*Take your children-to a
farm where they can pick
their own fruit such as
strawberries, blueberries or
raspberries. "Y'ou ~can t beat
the taste w~hen It s iresh, and
kids are more likel: to eat fruit
they have picked themselves."
Bissex says.
*Plant a vegetable garden
in your backyard, or if you
don't have the space, try a
container garden. Get the
kids involved in the plant-
ing, tending, harvesting and
cooking. Nothing tars e better

cumbers and tomatoes they've
grown themselves. "Even if it's
just planting one container
with some herbs and a to-
mato plant, it's a motivator for
everybody to eat something
they've never eaten before,"
Weiss says.
*Take your kids to a
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Raising awareness of health problems among men

Methods of having an enjoyable summer, without going to the hospital


spiritual health:
1) Prayer; silence and soli-
Spending time in God's pres-
ence, with or without words,
empowers us. It is a privilege
and a gift to be able to com-
mune with God through prayer,
2) Listening to God; spiri-
tual journaling:
Listening-paying attention-to
God's whispers in our hearts
reminds us that God is active in
our lives. Writing down prayers,
thoughts, questions, longings
and hopes proves meaningful to

many people of faith.
3) Private and corporate
Praising God opens us to the
Holy Spirit, reorders our pri-
orities and redirects our paths.
Worship connects us to God on
a holistic level.
4) Bible-reading and study:
Meditating on God's Word
keeps us focused on God, rath-
er than on our problems and
wants. Through the Bible God
speaks to us and guides us per-
Please turn to HEALTH 19B

By Mari-Anna Stainacke

Spiritual health means that
we are alive and vibrant in
Christ. For that, we need some
disciplines to help us stay on
the right track, focused on God
and not on our own problems or
There is no standardized list
of prescribed spiritual practic-
es, but here are ten disciplines,
or habits, (not in any particu-
lar order) that many Christians
throughout the centuries have
found helpful in boosting their

continued from 17B

was gathered annually and
each participant was given a
DASH food group score based
on how closely their diet re-
sembled the DASH diet.
The girls logged their food
intake once a year in three-
day diet records extending for
two weekdays and one week-
end day. They were trained
by a nutritionist to record the
information using standard
household measuring instru-
ments to estimate portion
Girls with the highest DASH
scores gained the least weight.
They also ate more fruits,
whole grains and low-fat dairy
products than other partici-
pants. At age 19, more girls in
the lowest DASH score group
had an average BMI greater
than the threshold for being
Dr. Mitchell Roslin, chief of
bariatric surgery at Lenox Hill
Hospital in New York City, said
young people tend to have bet-
ter success at weight control
with behavioral therapy and
dietary education. But he feels
the message of the study is

probably lost on most Ameri-
cans, who continue to grow
heavier despite the prevalence
of nutritional information.
Seventeen percent of Ameri-
can children are overweight,
according to the study, and
more than two-thirds of adults
are either overweight or obese.
"I don't necessarily feel the
results are earth-shattering
or incredibly impressive, but
I think people have to give up
on the (idea) that we can edu-
cate ourselves out of the obe-
sity epidemic," Roslin said.
One benefit for young peo-
ple who follow the DASH diet
will be better overall health as
they age, said Dr. Joseph Dia-
mond, a fellow at the Ameri-
can Society of Hypertension.
"There's going to be less
likelihood to Progress to hy-
pertension, either if they't-e
genetically prone or because
of poor lifestyle," said Dia-
mond, also director of nucle-
ar cardiology at Long Island
Jewish Medical Center in New
Hyde Park, N.Y. "It's going to
help prevent heart attack at
that classic middle age, where
it's so prevalent. And I think
starting between nine and 19
is, the right time to do it."

vegetables is key. Every time
you eat think about ways to
include vegetables and fruits.
For example, on your next
submarine sandwich, ask
for more lettuce, tomatoes
and other veggies. The next
time you have hamburger,
skip the fries and ask for the
apples instead (most fast food
restaurants now offer a fruit
serving on the menu.)
STo get more exercise, find a
way to work it into your day
by parking further away from
your destination which forces

you to walk, take the stairs
instead of the elevator.
These simple steps will add
up to benefit your overall

Getting screening tests is
also one of the most important
things that men can do for
their health and to help them
live longer lives. Screening
tests can help doctors detect
diseases earlier, often before
there are symptoms and
when they are easier to treat.

The Florida Department
of Health recommends that
men talk to their doctors
about screenings for:
abdominal aortic aneurysm;
diabetes; high blood
pressure; high cholesterol;
prostate,colorectal and skin
cancers; and HIV and sexually
transmitted infections.
The sooner a disease is
diagnosed, then the more
effective, and often cheaper,
treatment will be.
For more information, visit
www. menshealthnetwork. org.

continued from 17B

of these common disease. The
Bureau of Chronic Disease
Prevention and Health
Promotion, recommends not
smoking, being physically
active, eating a healthy diet,
and getting regular check
Such recommendations
may sound more difficult to
initiate than they actually are.
To help balance your
diet, eating more fruits and

continued from 17B

until you're thirsty to drink.
Heat cramps, often calised by
dehydration, can progress to
heat exhaustion and potentially
fatal heat stroke. To protect
yourself against the heat, stay
indoors as much as possible,
wear loose-fitting, lightweight
clothes; eat well-balanced, light
meals; and avoid strenuous
work during extreme heat.
Be water wise and teach
your children to swim. At
the pool, swim under lifeguard
supervision and obey all rules.
Stay away from water intakes,

drains or filters in pools and hot
tubs since long hair or clothing
could become entangled. At
the lake, river or beach, swim
only in designated areas. Don't
dive into shallow water and
risk neck injuries or paralysis,
If you get caught in an ocean
current, swim parallel to shore
and wait for the current to
lessen. Remember that alcohol
and water don't mix when it
comes to swimming, diving and
Bake a cake, not your skin.
Try to limit sun exposure
during peak times (generally
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and apply
sunscreen at least 20 to 30

minutes before you hit the
beach' or pool and reapply
every two hours. If you do have
sunburn, try taking a cool bath
or shower, applying aloe gel or
other soothing lotion, or taking
aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce
inflammation. Redness and
pain associated with sunburn
may not appear immediately,
but you could feel the effects
of blisters and peeling skin
for days. Severe reactions,
which can include fever, chills,
nausea or rash, may require
medical attention.
Have fun throwing the ball,
not throwing out your back
or shoulder. Before you start

exercising to get in swimsuit
shape, check with your doctor.
Then make sure you have the
right equipment, including
properly fitting shoes. Start
slowly to avoid overuse injuries
such as tendonitis and be sure
to drink lots of water. Don't
forget warm-up and stretching
exercises. Oops if you overdo
it, first aid begins with P-R-I-
*Protect the injured area by
not using it
Rest the injured area
Apply ice to limit swelling
Compress the injured area
Elevate the injured body

Pass the salad please, but
hold the salmonella, shigella
and E. col. Food poisoning can
ruin a good time, so watch what
you eat. Cook meat, poultry,
fish' and shellfish thoroughly
and make sure prepared salads
(such as egg, tuna, potato or
chicken) are not left out at room
temperature for more than two
hours. Don't eat raw oysters or
undercooked mussels, clams
or other seafood. Wash fruits
and vegetables carefully. Avoid
eating raw or undercooked eggs.
Common signs and symptoms
of food poisoning include
abdominal cramps, diarrhea,
nausea, vomiting and fever.

Enjoy a juicy slice of
watermelon, dive into a cool pool
and build your best sandcastle.
You can't remove all the risks
but by putting safety first and
following a few simple steps,
you can enjoy your summer and
make lots of happy memories.
And if an accident does hap-
pen, North Shore Medical Cen-
ter's emergency room is avail-
able 24-hours a day to get you
and your family back on track
for summer fun. For more infor-
mation about North Shore Med-
ical Center's Emergency depart-
ment please call 305-835-6190
or for a physician referral please
call 1-800-984-3434.

We believe in healthcare that cares about you. That's why we've
built Miami's first brand-new, non-replacement hospital in over 35
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18B THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 22-28, 2011

Top ways to boost spiritual health A diet fo adolescents,,

I 19B THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 22-28, 2011

continued from 17B

"Consumers don't want pesti-
cides on their foods," says EWG
president Ken Cook. "We eat
plenty of apples in our house,
but we buy organic when we
Rankings reflect the amounts
of chemicals present on food
when it is eaten. Most samples
were washed and peeled be-
fore testing. Washing with a
"produce wash" is unlikely to
help remove pesticides because
they're taken up by the entire
plant and reside on more than
just the skin, the report says.

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

Mt. Zion A.M.E. {hurch
15250 Nr.W. 22nd Avenue

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Antioch Missionary Baptist
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93rd Street Community
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2330 N.W. 93rd Street

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2300 N\.W. 135th Street

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

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Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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as a family
To give this idea a try, the Am-
mer family of Dayton, Ohio -
Bryan, 40, Amanda, 40, Reid,
8, and Neil, 6 did several ac-
tivities, starting with going to a
fruit farm near their home and
picking strawberries together.
"It was like a scavenger hunt
to try to find the good berries,"
Bryan says. "We stuck to our
rows and tried to find as many
as we could. The boys came up
with a quart each.
"We ate them when they got
home, and they were delicious,"
Bryan says.
Afterward, the family went to
the pool to cool off. There they
snacked on apples, cherries
and carrots. They usually bring
their own food because the con-
cession stand at the pool offers
mostly candy and junk food,
Bryan says.
From there they headed home
to make dinner, which included
two new recipes: bean-zucchi-
ni quesadillas and frozen fruit
pops. (Find recipes for those
two dishes at recipes.usatoday.
comn) The boys helped cut up
the veggies and assembled their
own quesadillas.

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

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

continued from 17B

Hosanna communityy
Boptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street


lent or actively opposed civil
rights through the 1970s, and
many congregations excluded
Blacks. It was not until 1989
that convention declared rac-
ism a sin.
In 1994, the convention
elected its first Black to an ex-
ecutive position when the Rev.
Gary Frost was named second
vice president. In 1995, the
denomination issued an apol-
ogy to Blacks for slavery. That
same year, Luter was elected
to succeed Frost as second
vice president.
Luter said it doesn't make
him uncomfortable that peo-
ple want to see this as a mile-
stone for Blacks.
"There's no way we can get
around it. Here's a convention
that started on slavery. Years
later you have an African-
American one step away from
the presidency. I can't deny
that," Luter said'

By Terry Tang and
Travis Loller

Members of the Southern
Baptist Convention elected a
Black pastor to its No. 2 po-
sition for the first time last
week, signifying an effort to di-
versify its leadership and flock
at a time of declines in overall
membership and church at-
Fred Luter Jr., the head pas-
tor of Franklin Avenue Baptist
Church in New Orleans, was
elected with 1,558 votes, or
77 percent. Some of his sup-
porters had expected him to
be unopposed, but he picked
up a local Arizona challenger
in Tuesday's session. Rick
Ong, a deacon at First Chi-
nese Baptist Church in Phoe-
nix, received 441 votes, or 23
percent, according to results
from the Baptist Press,
The move to elect Luter

"non-Anglo" members in the
life of the convention, particu-
larly in leadership roles.
Luter's church is one of
an estimated 3,400 Black
churches in the nation's larg-
est Protestant denomination,
a small minority of more than
45,700 total SBC-affiliated
churches with about 16 mil-
lion members total.
His election also sets up the
potential for his election to
the top position of president
when the denomination holds
its annual meeting next year
in Luter's hometown of New
It's a big step for a denomi-
nation whose history is rooted
in a split over race. The de-
nomination originally formed
in 1845 in a split with the
American Baptist Convention
over the question of whether
slave owners could be mis-
sionaries. The SBC was si-

farmers market and choose a
vegetable no one in the family
has ever seen or tried before.
Take it home, look on the Inter-
net or in cookbooks or maga-
zines for recipe ideas, and then
cook away. It's a great family
outing, and the kids can talk
to the farmers and learn more
about where the food comes
from, Weiss says-
Another way to work fruits
and vegetables into summer
*Hide vegetables in quesa-
dillas. "Almost anything tastes
good in a quesadilla," Bissex
says. "It's a great vehicle for get-
ting vegetables into kids' diets.
You can add leftover zucchini or
other vegetable, beans, cheese
and a few spices for a last-min-
ute dinner."

The goal of today's Family
Fitness Challenge is to step up
your intake of fruits and veg-


Jordon Grove Missionary
Baptist (hurch
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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

For shoppers who cannot af-
ford organic food, which often
is more expensive, Cook says
the lists offer alternatives.
Can't find organic apples? Buy
pineapples, the top fruit on the
clean list, or avocados or man-
Fewer than 10 percent of
pineapple, mango and avocado
samples showed pesticides. For
vegetables, asparagus, corn
and onions had no detectable
residue on 90 percent or more
of samples.
Pesticides are known to be
toxic to the nervous system,
cause cancer, disrupt hor-
mones and cause brain damage

in children. Pregnant women
are advised to avoid foods con-
taining pesticides.
A study by Harvard School of
Public Health found children
exposed to pesticides had a
higher risk of developing atten-
tion deficit hyperactivity disor-
Lunder says pesticides were
measured in six different ways
to calculate overall scores:
*Percentage of samples test-
ed with detectable pesticides.
*Percentage of samples with
two or more pesticides.
*Average number of pesti-
cides found on a single sample.
*Average amount (level in

parts per million) of all pesti-
cides found.
*Maximum number of pesti-
cides found on a single sample,
*Total number of pesticides
found on the commodity.
Eating five servings of fruits
and vegetables from the "dirty
dozen" list would mean you'd
get an average of 14 different
pesticides. By choosing five
from the clean list, you'd con-
sumer fewer than two pesti-
"With the increased emphasis
on eating more fruits and veg-
etables, we need to be vigilant
about the food we're producing
and serving," Lunder says.

7) stepping out in faith
when urged to do some-
Trusting in God's guidance
strengthens our faith. When
we dare to step out in faith,
we learn that God is with us
wherever we go and that God
is more powerful than our fear.
8) Fasting, not necessarily
from food-perhaps from TV or
something else:
Finding time or space to pay
attention to God by giving up
something else blesses us be-
yond measure. We need to
guard our hearts as well as our
time from distractions.

continued from 18B

5) Obeying God's com-
Putting our faith into prac
tice increases our joy. This is
one of the paradoxes of faith:
when we submit ourselves to
God, we find ourselves-and in
an odd way, we are freed.
6) Loving God and our
Surrendering to God leads
us to a life of love. God is love,
and when we live and senre in
Christ, we experience love our-

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comes at the same time the
SBC is making a push for
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208 THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 22-28, 2011

Carey Royal R m'
JOE CROMARTIE, 88, retired
supervisor r,
died June 18 at
Jackson Hospi-
tal. Daughters,
Joann Park and
Linda Harden;
son, Joseph 1
Cromartie. Ser- :~c
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Metropolitan A.M.E.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt

Hadley Davis
neer. died June
8. Service 12
p.m., Thursday
in the chapel.

DARRIN SMITH, 18, student.
died June 12.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the

The family of the late,

By Ben Sisario

Clarence Clemons, the saxo-
phonist in Bruce Springsteen's
E Street Band, whose jovial on-
stage manner, soul-rooted style
and brotherly relationship with
Springsteen made him one of
rock's most beloved sidemen,
died on Saturday at a hospital
in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 69.
The cause was complications
of a stroke he suffered last
Sunday at his home in Singer
Island, Fla., a spokeswoman
for Springsteen said.
In a statement released Sat-
urday night, Springsteen called
Clemons "my great friend, my

that picture, a spent yet elated
Springsteen leans on a shoul-
der to his right for support,
the flip side revealed that it be-
longed to Clemons.

Clarence Anicholas Clemons
was born on Jan. 11, 1942, in
Norfolk, Va. His father owned
a fish market and his grand-
father was a Southern Bap-
tist preacher, and although he
grew up surrounded by gospel
music, the young Clemons was
captivated by rock 'n' roll. He
wras given an alto saxophone
at age 9 as a Christmas gift;
later, following the influence
of King Curtis whose many

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01/18/1923 06/01/2011

Perhaps you sent a lovely
card of sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a floral
piece, if so wre saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the
kindest words any friend
could say.
Perhaps you were not there
at all just thought and prayed
for us that day.
Perhaps you brought some-
thing to drink, a covered dish
or a tasty pound cake.
Perhaps you just gave us
your time when it seemed
more than we could take.
Whatever act of kindness
you have truly played your

A from this day until for-
ever you will remain always in
our hearts.
Thank you,
The Allen Family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

44, died June 13
at Jackson Hos-
pital. Viewing
2, of Miami 1-8 p.m., Friday.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Calvary M.B.
Church, 1140 4
NWV 62 Street.

died June 13.
Service 9:30
a.m., Saturday -
at Emmanuel
Haitian Baptist

pro fe ssional
football player
died June 10th.
Service 11 a.mn.,
Saturday at
Antioch Baptist

" ~ig


~5 MATTHEW R. HOWARD, 84, re-

tired, died Ju e
16 at V. A. Honse
pital. Service 11
a.m. Friday in
the chapel --

worker, died
June 16. Ar-
rangemen s are

R ange (coconut Grove)

"With Clarence at my side,
my band and I were able to tell
a story far deeper than those
simply contained in our music,
he added. "His life, his memory
and his love will live on in that
story and in our band."
From the beginnings of the E
Street Band in 1972, Clemons
played a central part in Spring-
steen's music, complementing
the group's electric guitar and
driving rhythms in songs like
"Born to Run" and "Tenth Av-
enue Freeze-Out" with muscu-
lar, melodic saxophone hooks
that echoed doo-wop, soul and
early rock 'n' roll.
But equally important to the
group's image was the sense of
affection and unbreakable ca-
maraderie between Mr. Spring-
steen and his sax man. Fewi E
Street Band shows were com-
plete without a shaggy-dog sto-
ry about the stormy night the
two men met at a bar in Asbury
Park, N.J., or a long bear hug
between them at the end of the

Clemons also became some-
thing of a celebrity in his own
right,. acting in Martin Scors-
ese's "New York, New York" and
other films, and on television
shows like "Diff'rent Strokes,"
and jamming with President
Bill Clinton at the 1993 inau-
gural ball.
A former college football
player, Clemons towered over
Springsteen at 6 feet 4 inches
and about 250 pounds his
self-evident nickname was the
Big Man and for most of its
history, he stood out as the sole
black man in a white, working-
class New Jersey rock band.
(The keyboardist David San-
cious, who is also Black, played
with the group until 1974.) On-
stage he had almost as much
magnetism. as Springsteen, and
even if much of his time was
spent hitting a cowbell or sing-
ing backup, he could still stir
up a stadium crowd with a few
cheerful notes on his horn.
For many fans, the bond be-
tween Springsteen and Clem-
ons was symbolized by the
photograph wrapped around
the front and b~ackncovers of the

credits include the jaunty sax
part on the Coasters' 1958 hit
"Yakety Yak" he switched to
the tenor.
"I grew up with a very reli-
gious background," he once
said in an interview. "I got into
the soul music, but I wanted
to rock. I was a rocker. I was
a born rock 'n' roll sax player.
Clemons was also a gifted
athlete, and he attended Mary-
land State College (now the
University of Maryland East-
ern Shore) on a scholarship for
football and music. He tried out
for the Dallas Cowboys and the
Cleveland Browns, but a knee
injury ended his hopes for a
football career.
He was working as a youth
counselor in Newark when he
began to mix with the Jersey
Shore music scene of the late
1960s and early '70s. He was
older than Springsteen and
most of his future band mates,
and he often commented on.
the oddity even the liability
- of being a racially integrated
group in those days.

"You had your Black bands
and you had your white bands,"
he wrote in his memoir, "and if
you mixed the two you found
less places to play."
But the match was strong
from the start, and his saxo-
phone soon became a focal
point of the group's sound. In
an interview with The New York
Times in 2005, Jon Landau,
Springsteen's manager, said
that during the recording ses-
sions for "Born to Run," Spring-
steen and Clemons spent 16
hours finessing the jazzy sax-
ophone solo on that album's
closing song, "Jungleland."
Clemons's charisma and ec-
centricity extended offstage.
Wherever the band played, he
made his dressing room into a
shrine he called the Temple of
Soul. He claimed to have played
pool with Fidel Castro and won.
And by many accounts, includ-
ing his own, he was a champi-
on partier on the road. He was
married five times and divorced
four. His fifth wife, Victoria,
survives him, as do four sons:
C11arence Jr., Charles, Christo-

ell (Myra); a TESSIE C. WHITE, 80, died
nds. Viewing June 19 peace-
Service 11 fully at home
ace Mission- after a long ill-
500 NW 17th ness. Tessie
was a devoted -g
wife, mother, "~~
AMBROSE and grandmoth-
er and a retired
school teacher
of Miami Dade Pub ic Schools.
Memorial services are sched-
uled for 7 p m., Friday, June 24th
at Christ Episcopal Church in Co-
conut Grove; 3481 H-.' q-s Srtreet,
Miami, FL 33133. .
Eucharist of the Resurrection
nnie Payne. (funeral services) 11a.m., Satur-
Sp.m., Friday day, June 25th at Christ Episcopal
12 p.m., Sat- Church in Coconut Grove. The
AME Church Family has requested that in lieu
of flowers, financial donations are
sent to Christ Episcopal Church
SOLOMON Endowment Fund, for maintaining
--------I community and church services in

STELLA SCOTT, 86, dietit an
died June 18. a.
*** o
Servicell a.m., -*
Friday in the
cape .

driver, died June
17. Service 10
a.m., Saturday
in the chapel. IIB-E

June 13. Service is private.

son, Wallace J. Harr~
host of family and frier
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday.
a.m., Saturday at Pe~
ary Baptist Church, 11L

died June 19
at home. Survi-
vors includes:
children, Joe,
Dot, Deborah,
Tyrone, Gail,
Mark and Reau.
chean; sisters,
Ella Jean Smith and A
Viewing 5:30 p.m.-7:30
at the church. Service '
urday at Mt. Hermon ~
in Miami Gardens.

school teacher '
died June 18
in Savannah,
GA. Service 12
noon, Monday
at Peaceful Zion
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

01/24/55 06/17/07

Beloved husband, father,
and Papa.

which she was involved.
Tessie is survived by her hus-
band of 57years, Dr. David A.
White; children, Gregory Vance
(Charlotte), Zachary Albert (Gina),
Stacy Alphonso (Lynn), Kelsey Da-
vid, and Kay Blount (K(elly); grand-
children, Emma, Marcia, Monica,
Brittany, Jamie, Jonathan, Jas-
mine, Justin, Kelci-leanne, Amber,
and lan; her parents, Albert and
Martha Coleman,

nursing aide,
died June 19 at
Heartland Nurs-
ing Home. Ser-
vice 10 a.m.,
Sunday at Oreb
7th Day Adven-

HOMER FORD, 81, engineer,
died June 13
at University of .
MIami Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday at the ~I~E
Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah's W~it-
nesses in Quin- u
cy, Florida.

nurse assistant
died June 15 at
St. Catherine's
Hospice. Ser- P
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Westvierwh Bap-
tiCu c.

gineer, died June 13 at Dorminy
Medical Center in Fitzgerald, GA.
Service 2 p.m., Saturday in the

June 16th. Service 2 p.m., Satur-
day at St. Mark Missionary Baptist

In loving memory of,


Sadly missed. Wilfred,
Lynette, Sharne' and Ken-







driver, died June
16 at Jackson
Me mo r ial
Hos p it al .
Service 2 p.mn.
Saturday in the
cha el -a

Card of Thanks ClareHCe Clemons, Springsteen's

retired salesper-
son for Macy's
Store died June
19. Survivors C~
include daugh- r
ters, Cassandra ,
Norton and Ida
Lyons (Michael);
sons, Jerome Norton, Jr. (Antio-
nette), Britt Norton (Norma), Larr
Norton, and Stanley Norton; a
host of other relatives and friends.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at New
Hope M.B. Church.

SOUful Sideman, dies at BS

Gardens, former

Roy Mizell &

Wright and Young
Lighthouse for
the Blind award
wnner, wroiraend

died June 15 at

Dora C. Parks

Clarence Clemons performed with the E Street Band during
the Super Bowl half time show in Tampa in February 2009.



Special Happy
Fathers Day

In Memoriam

" SQ UEA KY, "
51, painter,
died June 15
at Jackson
Me mo ri al
Ho s p it a .
Viewing 2-9
p.m. Friday at
Royal Funeral '
Home. Service 2 p.m., Saturday
at Antioch Baptist Church of Carol

"CROW", 66,
retired Lo-
cal Union 725
Dade County
School Board
zone mechanic,

dem rea We t
Hospital. Ser-
vice 12 p.m., Saturday at Mt. Zion
A.M.E. Church.


53, bus operator, died June 16 at
Baptist Hospital. Services were

died at Homestead Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday.


Local PBS

station to

feature San



Goal is to make classical

music accessible to all

By D. Kevin McNeir

If classical music sparks your interest, whether its
Bach, Beethoven or Brahms, then you may want to
check out the latest episode of "Keeping Score" on PBS
that will air on June 23rd arid 30th at 9 p.m. here in
South Florida. The show is a nationally-acclaimed se-
ries developed by the San Francisco Symphony and its
music director, Michael Tilson Thomas.
Each series features one composer with fascinat-
ing tales of their life and includes performances of the
composer's most beloved compositions.
"We walk in [the composer's] footsteps and visit the
places and sounds that influenced their life," Thomas
The new episode will feature the music of G~ustav
Mahler and mark the centenary of both his death
and the birth of the San Francisco Symphony. Mahler
(1860-1911) was one of the leading conductors and
composers of his generation whose own music gained
wide popularity only after many years of neglect that
included a ban on its performance in Europe during
the Nazi era. After 1945, the music was discovered and
championed by a new generation of listeners. Since
then Mahler has become one of the most frequently
performed and recorded composers of our day.
."In his compositions he made reference to many
styles, building his huge symphonies from materi-
als abstracted from songs, dances and marches from
many cultures," Thomas said. "His symphonies repre-
sent the many ways that people make music and w~hy
they make music."
More than six million viewers have tuned into the
critically-acclaimed episodes of "Keeping Score" on
PBS, with previous programs about composers that
include: Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Beethoven and
Shostakovich. And to facilitate greater learning for all
ages, the program provides interactive web content and
training and lesson plans for teachers.
The two one-hour documentary-style episodes were
shot on location in the Czech Republic, Austria and
New York, along with concert footage shot in San Fran-
The "Keeping Score" series can also be heard on ra-
dio. For more information go to www.keepingscore .org.

"I know how had

bullying can hurt. I
was bullied whenI
was a kid."

Stevie Wonder inducted
1010 Aposllo Hall of Fame
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -- The first time
Stevie Wonder performed at the
Apollo, he was just a child, and he
remembers being so nervous, he
dropped his bongos on the stage
Wonder had no such butterflies
last Monday night as he was hon-
ored during the
famed theater's
spring gala with
induction into
the Legends
Hall of Fame, 4C
which includes
Aretha Frank-
lin, Michael
Jackson, E11a
Fitzgerald and
James Brown.
Though Won- WONDER
der was the
main attraction, the audience was
also wowed as he collaborated with a
cast of friends and admirers includ-
ing Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Paul
Shaffer and Doug E. Fresh.
"It's a moment to cherish and re-
member, relishing in the memories of
the times that I've been at the Apollo,
as well as this night, the great people
that came out to support me being
hiere," Wonder said in an interview.
"It's a great thing to be one of those
Please turn to STEVIE 2C

By Arienne Thompson
Tracy Morgan is making the
rounds with his mea culpa
following the homophobic rant
in a recent stand-up act in
Nashville that's landed him in
hot water. With the help of his
friend Russell Simmons and
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance
Against Defamation (GLAAD),
the 30 Rock star is trying to
clean up the scandal.
"Of all the sicknesses, there
is probably none more abusive
than homophobia," Morgan
told Simmons in a Global
Grind interview. "What I am
most sad about is the com-
ments I made about kids and
bullying. I would never want
any young person to think
that I wasn't on their side and
if any young person thinks
they can bully a young gay
kid, come see me at 30 Rock.

O~n the corner. I wrou ld be
happi, to meet you. Or Brook-
lyn, If you can't make It into
Ironically, Morgan says he
knows the sting of homopho-
bic bullying, as his family was
ostracized when his father
died of AIDS.
"I know how bad bullying
can hurt. I was bullied when
I was a kid," he tells GLAAD.
"My family knew what it was
like to feel different. My broth-
er was disabled and I lost
my father to AIDS in 1987.
My dad wasn't gay but I also
learned about homophobia
Then because of how people
treated people who were sick
with that. ... I hope that my
fans gay, straight, whatever
forgive and I hope my family
forgives me for this."
Through GLAAD, Morgan
and Simmons will meet with

ga\ teens In Neir YIork \r hate beetn left homeless after
their parents disowned them.
The due will also travel to
Nashville, where Morgan
will apologize to the audi-
ence he offended.
"In the years that I
have known Tracy, I've
only ever known him
to want to make people
happy," Simmons tells
GLAAD. "This experi-
ence might be a bless-
ing. The amount of pain
he caused has resulted
in a new sensitivity for
him that he can now use
to bridge communities.
I'm proud to be a straight
American who spends time
advocating for the LGBT
community and for marriage
equality. I'm happy to have
another ally in Tracy. People
Please turn to TRACY 2C


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COmedian helps with gay group


2C THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 22-28, 2011

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under Rev. W. O. Bartley and
Leon Turner as president.
Now the officers are: Delaine
Bois, president; Corine
Bradley, vice / president;
Hortense Collier, secretary;
Annie Mae Nelson, treasurer;
Timothy Smith, captain;
Calvin McCrea, vice captain;
Eleanor Taylor, chief; Rose
Myobley, asst. chief; and
E~sther Thomas, chaplain.
Membership consists of
Jacquelyn Burroughs,
James Dell, Reginald Davis,
Gwenada Foxxr, Flora Owens,
Joyce Reid, Priscilla White,
Priscilla Wilson and D~orethea
Wolf. Honorary members
include Lena Collier, Julia
Jerkins, Armestice Scott,
Margaret I. Smith and
Christopher Smith.
The Class of 1963 witness
Rev. Dr. Capers introducing
Rev. Joann Brookings,
who has just returned
from the West Coast,
-where she became
license to preach and
40 members from the
church supported on the
S trip. Her dialogue came .
from "Blinded by Satan"
AE and she used Saulf
Paul to explain her
sins when she was doing
e\-er!hing the Devil tempted
on her. She concluded by
stating she can now see and
she wIill obey God until the end
Kudos go out to the Class
of 1963, such as Pat Taylor,
Isabelle ~Everett, Betty
Williams, Willie Fluges,
Claudette Farrington, Portia
Huleman, Willie Smith,
Franklin Pinkney, vice
president; Cynice Floyd,
.Jackie Mitchell, Willie
Mum~ford, Barbara Talway,
Bettie. Holtcheo, William
Richard, Hermaine Baillou,
Prissy White and Barbara
Shivers Potter.

Barbara M~ason-Gardiner,
chairman; Kay Sullivan,
president of the Gamma Zeta

friends. Very sorry I was
unable to, attend, thanks
for the invite.
Hearty congratulations
goes out to former Miam-
ian, Attorney Clarence D.
Armbrister, better known
to his friends as "Clay,"
who has been appointed
to the position of Senior
Vice President and Chief of
Staff of John Hiopkins Uni-
versity. He is presently the
Chief of Staff to Philadel-
phia's Mayor and the for-
mer Executive Vice Presi-
dent of Temple University.
Clarence is the son of
the late Leo` and Viola
Higgs-Armbrister and the
brother of Ltc. Anthony
Paul and brother-in-law
of Jaunita 'Williams-Arm-
Most of us in Miami were
sadden on Sunday night
when our Miami Heat bas-
ketball players lost the
basketball game to the
Dallas Mavericks. Perhaps ~
next year, Dwyane Wade,
Chris Bosh and LeBron
James along witl; the oth-
er Miami Heat players will
have another opportunity
(we hope) next year., Best
of luck Miami Heat!

Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, Inc., begin
its first regularly scheduled
Life Skill Workshops. This
joint effort is for women
residents at the Jefferson
Reaves Residential Treatment
Facility, which is a part the
Jessie Trice Family Health
Center. The facility houses
women and women with
children up to five years
of age. The goal of the
program is to make the s
clients self-sufficient
and prepare them to
live -productively upon
leaving the program.
You can participate -
by donating to Frank HA
Collins, 305-637-6498.
The "Buildling 'Esteem"
presentation by mother and
daughter include Mi. Leigh
Toney, "Goal Setting," Anna
~Maria Eillis, "Work Ethics,"
Rebecca Fuzz and Vanessa
Murray, "Employment
Preparing", LaToryn Gay
and Donna Payne, "Personal
Grooming," Dorothy Blake,
"Managing on a Budget,"
Tonya Torres, "Health/
Nutrition," Rosetta Peterkin,
"Stress Reduction/Exercise."
The WISH (Women Involved
in Service to Humanity)
Foundation other officers are
Verna Endington, vice chair;
Rebecca Fuzz, secretary;
Tona Torres, asst. secretary;
Vanessa Murray, treasurer;
Linda Johnson, asst.tcreasulrer.
Norma Stiles, financial
secretary; Dr. Susie Robinson,
historian; Dorothy' Blake,
chaplain; and Jacquelyn
Davis, parliamentarian,
Members are Sandra
Jackson, Erica Poscal,
Priscilla Dobbs, Yvonne
Edwards, LaTaryn Gay, Ann
Henry, JuanitaMiller, Bertha
Milton, Tara Paschal and
Edna Williams.
The Gamma Delta Sigma
Chapter of Sigma Gamma
Rho Sorority, Inc.'s recently
held their Bud .0f Spring 48th

Annual Rhomania under the
theme: "Expression of Love and
Peace," at the Maurice Gusman
Concert Hall at the University of
Miami. Buds and male escorts
included Mickia Collins and
Charles Simpkins, D~eveni
Gibson and Christopher
Joseph, Sheena Griffin
and Juwan Wooks, Chelsea
Nicole .Hadden
and M~alik Gumbs,
SCierra Diamond
Howard. and Devon
V Jenrette, Kifaundra
Kilpatrick and Darizs
John, Mercea'dez
Devonishia 1Marion
and Kirstoxi Clifton,
RVEY Charissee Mellison
and Aaron Jackson,
Antonia Mlobley and Brandan
Fisher, Brandy S~ims and
Brashad Lewis, Dynasty
Jamaya Tynes and Aaron
Wanliss, Breana Janae 'Walker
and Corey Wheeler, MVonica
Washington and Jamie
The program began with
Dr. Edward G.Washington,
leader of the Instant' Attraction
Band providing the music for
Terriceda Newkirk, presiding;
Claudia Slater. president; and
the singing of "Let There be
Peace on Ea-h." Dr. Gwendolyn
Robinson, presenter for the
Essay Contest Mwanamugimu,
gave out first place prize to
Monica Denise'Washinton,
second place, Kjaundra L.
Kilpatrick: and third place.
Mercea'dez Devonishia
M~arion; Budpreneurs
presenters were Linda Tart
and Annette Bradley. They
awarded first place to Antonia
Mobley. second plape to
Kjundra Kilpatrick, and
third place to MVercea 'des
Devonishila Marion: the talent
presenter was Genevieve Paul,
who awarded first place to
Antonia Mobley and Monica
Washington, second place to
Chelsea Hadden and third
place to M~ercea'dez Marilon.
Dr. Julie Mlyers had the
honor of presenting the 20!11

Buds and Escorts to the public,
while Robert Slater's "I'm. A
Bud of Spring" was played
and the buds danced to "Isn't
She Lovely," choreographed
by Nicole Robinson and the
boys did a routine to "My Cheri
Amiour" to complement the
Buds of Spring.
Kudos go out to the officers
and committee for a job well
done. They included Claudia
Slater, Basileus; Shirley
Paremore, first Anti.; Dr.
Rosena Wright, second
Anti.; Ntiense Onokon,
third Anti.; Dr. Julie Myers,
GHrammateus; Britney
Cochan, first Anti. Gramm.;
Terriceda Newkirk, second
Anti Gramm.; Linda Tartt,
Tamlochus; Katie Williams,
epistoleus; Michelle White,
chaplain; and Lillian D~avis,
Committee members include:
Shirley Paremore and
Terriceda Newhirk, Rhomania
chairs; Annette Brantley and
Linda Tartt, Journal chairs;
Britney Cochran, Wilm'a
Council, Lillan Davis, Irene
Hansford, Juliette Higgs,
Genevieve Paul, Gwendolyn
Robinson, Ed.D.; Reatha
'Whitehead and Rosena
A~cknow~ledgefment went out
to supporters: Total Change
and Empowermenlt Ministries,
Bishop Curtis R. Brown, Holy
Redeemer' Catholic Church;
Father John Cox, Florida
A~lemonal Universit\, Yvonne
Bendross. Vernon M~rartin,
Camille Harris. Dr. Richard J.
Strachan, Ruthie Poole Glass,
Joyce Herrivedux, Patricia
Watson. Rich Formal Wetar,
Nicole Robinson. Bernice
Crosby. Dr. Edward G.
Robinson, My Dream Pnnting.
Inc.. Columbus Lee and Casa
Parents, if your daughter is
going to the ninth grade for
2011-2012, sign her up by;
calling Ms. Slater at 305-691-
0699 to participate in Buds of
Spring 2012.

O~n June -4, 201 1 the weIIdding
of the century too~k place
between Harvey Lockhart and
Lashonda Laneice Brown
at The Church of the O3pen
Door before a crowd of family
members, church friends and
The bride and groom chose
Travaulya Wallace, recording
artist/friend to provide the
music and she sang the
couple special songs as the
lighting of candles took place,
beginning with the seating of
Leah Sands, grandmother of
the groom; Caroline Williams,
aunt of the: bride; Dahlia and
Harvey C. Lockhart, parents
of the groom; and a ceremony
trumpet fanfare to bring in the
bridal party.
Bridesmaids and groomsmen
included Tashanda Carter
and Brandon Douglass,
Amber Covington and
Joshua Lockhart, Shauntrell
Johnson and MVichael
Lockhart, Caroline Lockhart
and Joshua M~ontgomery;
Krystal Fuller, maid of honor;
Douglass Sands, best man;
Stacy Lewis, Ashli Little,
Stefanie MlcDonald and
Tiffanie 1McDonald, hostesses;
Iliatrick McKeithen and
Ronnie Simon, hosts; and
Gwendolyn Smith, wedding
With the playing of "It's Just
Beginning," the bride entered
wearing an extra-10ng gown
carried by Faye Lockhart-
Smith and Shirley Archie.
The couple participated in a
call to worship, the charge
of joining the husband in
matrimony, declaration of
intent, The Homily, prayer and
communion with singing "The
`Lord's Prayer," followed by the
sacred vows and presentation
of- Mr. and Mrs. Harvey

The reception
took place with
thel wedding
cOoordiiinator I
the wedding
party and the first dance of
the newlyweds and the bridal
party joining the two. After
cutting the cake and disposal
of the bouquet and garter belt,
the newlyweds continued to
dance until the wee hours
of the morning. The closing
included paying a tribute in
memory of Brenda N, Brown,
mother of the bride; Brittany
N. Brown, sister of the bride;
and Kenneth Wilflams,
grandfather of the
groom. The nevdlywed
couple celebrated
their honeymoon in
England. ..

The Miami
Northwestern Class
of 1963 was led by
John. Cleavers' AL
spokesperson, as he W L
addressed Rev. Dr.
Joretha Capers, pastor of
Ebernezer UMC by informing
the congregation how the Class
of 1963 feels at home whenever
it attends the church. They
enjoyed the singing by the
Choraliers and the superb
liturgical routine by M.A.S.K.
Francena Hall Scott,
founder of the Dr. A~aron Hall
Scholarship Fund, was moved
by God to present a $2,000
scholarship to Davidian
Larmond, who will attend
the University of Florida and
Adrian Thomas, who will
attend Spelman College in
Atlanta, Ga.
The pastor recognized the
Sentry Usher Board which
celebrated 68 years of service
as usher board number two
and was establish in 1943

By Terry Fernando Newtron Mliarni, FL

My Life
Ancestors drums beat, deep within my heart
Opening new horizons, deep inside my soul
This fire burns restless, thoughts lost inside
SMy infinite
My breathing is somewhat labored
As I picture people, I never seen in my mind
Restless thoughts
Endless nights
Strange fruits, hanging from a tree
Ancestors, drums beat.

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Hearty congratulations
to Bernadette Paitier,
president of Spelman Col~
.1ege Alumna. Soror Poiti-
er, your Delta sorors are all
proud of youl By the way,
Soror Poitier is a member
of a pioneer family: her fa-
ther was Dr. Joseph Poitti-
er, a pharmacist and her
mother was' Josephine
Spicer-Poitier, a teacher.
Hats off to Alonzo and
Tracy Mourning for all of
the good things they do for
the Overtown Youth' Cen-
ter. The girls and boys love
you dearly, I am sure.
Don't tell mre-it cannot
be done Zamiah Wad-
leyT, Kyah ~Lewis, Sha-
nia Wlallace and Tatiana
Barnes,- made the honor
roll throughout the entire
school year and success-
fully passed the FCAT.
Very sorry I missed your
fabulous birthday party,
Curlene Brice-Carter. I
hope you and the gang
had a wonderful evening. I
am sure it was fun to see
old friends and classmates
once again. May you live a
long time and never grow
old Curlene!

Please, join Saint Agnes
men and boys and our
congregation, as ive ob-
serve our 27th Annual Ob-
servance of Men and Boys
Day at 10 a.m. on June
26th. Our guest speaker
is The Honorable Oliver
G. Gilbert, III Council-
man District 6 City of Mi-
ami Gardens. The hon-
oree is Garth C. Reeves,
Br., Publisher Emeritus of
the Miami Times. Harold
MVeadows is the chairman
and Lemuel R. M~oncur,
co-chairman. The theme
is: "Let the light of Christ
rekindle your Spirit and
renew your sense of com-
Happy wedding anniver-
sary greetings go- out to one
of my former students who
I love dearly, Dr. Sharrie
Dean-Collins and her hu~s-
band Minister Earl Col-
lins, who celebrated their
first wedding anniversary
on May 12.
Get well wishes and
our prayers go out to all

of you: Ra- 8j$
chel Reeves, p~
MainShan- ~
non, Winston
Scavella, Inez McKinney
Dean-Johnson, ~Nathan-
iel Gordon, Lessie Paige
Smith, Louise H. Cleare,
Mary Allen, Naomi Allen-
Adams and Willie Reed
Do'ril and Bertha Sneed,
were elated to have their
grandson Doril III and his
wife LaTasha and their four
siblings visiting the family-
Doril and his family live
in Ashville, North Carolina
and are. in our city as the
houseguest of The Sneeds,
The Reeds, The Jean and
Solomnon family. Vonke-
va Sneed, Bert and Doril
granddaughter, along wlith
her two children are also
visiting family members
and friends.
Happy belated birthday
goes out to Lovonia Free-
man Robinson, who re-
centl~y celebrated her 80th
birthday with family and

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children. She prides herself
in having raised them, and
sent them out in the world,
and they have made a suc-
cess of themselves. But none
of her children will speak to
her. This season will address
For financial reasons, Mem-
pis Beat sho ttssprim rilybi

deal in Tennessee that we're
not there," Woodard says,
"and we hear from our fans all
the time. But we try to bring
the flavor of Memphis, and we
visit and listen to dialects."
Throughout her career, Wo-
odard seems to have spent
more time on the road than at
home. "I've never been a sub-
urban type," the Oklahoma-
born sa ress says. "I like the
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ducer Roderick Spencer 27
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and Duncan, 17.
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says. "Until they were about
six, they'd pack their little
roll-on bags and come along."
But as her daughter and son
grew older and became more
.involved in organized sports,
they would remain at home
with Spencer, and Woodard
would return frm location

nea 1pt 0n to Memphis
Beat, Woodard has, a recur-
ring role on HBC)'s True Blood
as Ruby Jean Reynolds. "I'm
definitely still Lafayette's
mom," she says, referring to
Nelsan Ellis' character. "But I
can't say that you will see me
After all, she has a lot going
on in real life as a member of
President ,Obama's Commit-
teson the Arts and Humiani-
Artists for South Africa.
The projects involve travel
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avi watching those crime

continued from 10

people in the Hall of Fame for
the Apollo."
Bennett presented the honor
to Wonder, who in turn laud-
ed the legendary crooner for
his commitment to the Apollo
and to civil-rights causes.
"As much as I may never see
the color of his skin, I'm able
to feel the color of his spirit,"
Wonder told the audience.
"When it was not fashionable
to hang out with the brothers
and sisters, you did."
He then recalled Bennett
singing one of Wonder's sig-
nature songs "For Once in
My Life." As Wonder began to
sing the tune, Bennett joined
in for an impromptu per
formance that ended with a

standing ovation. It was one
of several during a concert
that featured Raphael Saa-
diq, gospel singers Yolanda
Adams and Kim Burrell, Mel-
anie Fiona, ?uestlove, Corea
and others.
Beatboxer Fresh joined
Wonder on an unusual and
riveting performance of Won-
der's classic "All I Do," while
Wonder played the harmoni-
ca as Corea led on piano dur-
ing a rendition of Wonder's
"Pastime Paradise." Wonder
also sang some of his other
classics as well as a Barbra
Streisand cover, "People."
Wonder, 61, has been mak-
ing hits for five decades, get-
ting his start as a child prod-
igy and then evolving into
one of the most lauded and
respected artists in music.

He's also an activist, lead-
ing fights against racism
and other social problems.
He was one of the integral
figures in getting Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr.'s birth-
day recognized as a national
Wonder didn't forget his
political side during his ac-
ceptance speech, calling for
better health care and criti-
cizing those who fail to help
When asked about his com-
ments, he later joked: "I just
did it, I wasn't even thinking
about it. It was on mly mind. I
kind of did the Kanye (West)
and expressed myself."
But he lamented the di-
visiveness in much of the
country and was critical of
the media for focusing on

things that he considered
trivial, and distracting from
larger issues.
"This is happening too fre-
quently, too much, ~things
that have nothing to do with
the real issue. As opposed to
talking about global :warm-
ing and what's happening to
our oceans and what's hap-
pening to the changes in the
weather, they want to talk
about what's happening un-
der somebody's clothes, and
to me it's just silly," he said.
"I just think that people need
to focus on what is really im-
portant to the people."
The Apollo spring: gala
raised over $1.2 million. The
funds will be used for its
educational programs and
to preserve the historic the-
ater's legacy, organizers said.

munity. GLADD president
Jarrett Barrios is pleased
with the steps the comedian
is taking to repair the dam-
age his words caused.
"By not only apologizing,
but sending a message of
support for gay and trans-
gender people, Tracy will
help many realize that no
one should be treated differ-
ently or subjected to violence,"
Barrios says.

continued from 10

like Tracy Morgan need to
speak out against homopho-
bia and I hope more leaders
within the Black commu
nity and everywhere speak
out in support for marriage
equality like he has."
Morgan will also film a
PSA for GrLAAD, voicing his
support for the LGBT com-

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talking about structure; we're
talking about episodes with
a script you cannot see, so
you're doing everything mo-
ment by moment. It's the total
opposite of film.
How did you get the role
on "H~awthorne?"
I've been hearing about
"Hawthorne" for a while. I
think I was out of town, and
then [someone mentioned it to
me.] So I Tivo'ed it, and then a
week later, I get a call from my
agent saying that "Hawthorne"
is seeking you out. .This cast-
ing director pitched me for the
show. So that's how I got it. I
should be sending her flowers
right now.
Is this your first time
working with Jada? What
has that been like?
Actually, I've seen Jada be-
fore in passing, and we were
always friendly. But I have a
lot of respect for Jada because
in mny house, my wife wears
so many different hats. You
know, from production, and
she's an actress as well. On
TV right now, Jada's like the
only Black female lead, and I
see her wearing many differ-
ent hats. On the side of that,
We're pretty cool, so I really,
really enjoyed working with
her because she has a great
work ethic.

By Tonya Pendleton

Derek Luke is joining the
cast of "Hawthorne" for its
third season, which began on
Tuesday, June 14th. Luke, the
talented actor who's starred
in "Notorious," "Glory Road,"
"Miracle at St. Anna," and
"Ant~wone Fisher," is joining
the cast as Dr. Miles Bourdet,
a Chicago doctor being men-
tored by Dr. Tom Wakefield,
played by Michael Vartan,

and movies?
Derek Luke: It's actually
fun. It's interesting. What I
love about being on the right
project is collaboration. Be-
fore it wasn't okay for actors to
come on TV from film, but just
in 'the last few years, it's been
an open passport. There's so
many people that I love and
admire that come from TV,
and I always said the two ar-
eas that I wanted to go back
to were TV and theatre. So I'm

'Hawthorne' guest star Derek< Luk~e is enjoying moving
between TV and film. .

Luke will be~ playing an
older man interested in Jada
Pinkett Smith's character
(Christina Hawthorne) young
(but legal) daughter, Camille.
We caught up with the hand-
some actor recently and asked
him about joining the cast,
You're doing TV now.
What's the biggest d~if-
ference between TV

kind of excited.
Were there any innate
challenges coming from the
movies that you didn't ex-
In TV, you deal more with
the writers, and sometimes
the writers might have lan-
guage different than the di-
rectors on a movie. The direc-
tors speak a language that

Takes more time off from music

geles. "I don't know if I'm the
most fertile woman in Ameri-
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in California, where she
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1998's The Miseducation of
Liauryn Hill, Awhireh won her

By Chris Witherspoon

ha ntso wat aarb nlo ger f a
new a bun concert recently
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ence that sche lis pS enan~tdwiti

crowd at Detroit's Chene park
that she was performing in
the last show on this leg of her
tour "lI'm going to be taking

tim Id d he og term boy-

friend Rohan Marley are par-
ents to Zion, 14, Se-
oahn13, JoshS a, 9
th ee-year s-dumrs

have circulated that
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and she has hinted H
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on the way.
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Lauryn Hill to have sixth child

Ever-embattled comedian/actor Katt Wallams is back in the news because he
was arrested recently, and his booking photo is being compared to the classic crazy
shots that actor Nick Nolte and the late James Brown took a few years back.
The reason Williams was jailed in the first place is because of an incident in Palm-
dale, California on Saturday, June 11. According to TMZ, Williams was busted after
a heated standoff with a tractor driver.
Authorities said a man doing tractor work on a home in Palmdale where Williams
was staying claimed three women approached his vehicle and began attacking him
with rocks and dirt clods.
The man, who says he suffered facial injuries in the attack, called his wife to pick
him up, but when she arrived, Williams pulled up in an SUV and blocked their exit,
so she called 911. The L.A. County Sheriffs Dept. arrested the women for assault
with a deadly weapon and then arrested Williamsfer felony untimidatmg a witness.
Williams was booked and bail wassetat$50,000. He was released later that night.

Gary Dourdan was arrested again on drug charges acr:ordrng to TMZ. The ex-
"CSI" actor was arrested in Los Angeles lor what police call "a few pills"of the drug
ecstasy. Dourdan was arrested when police received a report that he crashed his
car into two parked cars around 3:30 a m. During the investigation, the prils were
found and he was arrested on a drug Dossession charge.
He was later released on 510,000 ball.

Jamascan reggae singer Bulu Banton is asking for a shorter prison sentence.
The Grammy winner was convi.:ted rn February of conspiring to sel up a cocaine
deal in Flonda in 2009. He faces a mandalory manlmum of 15 years in prison at his
sentencing hearing June 23 Ira Tampa federal cour [.
In court documents filed recently, Banton's attorney, David Markus, said a 15-
year sentence is "way more than necessary" in Banton's case.
He Contends that Banton's limited participation in the drug buy, his charitable
work in Jamalc3 and his otherwise clean record entitle the singer toa reduced
The documents include letters of support for Banton from actor Danny Glover,
reggae singer Stephen Marley and Atlanta Hawks basketball player Etan Thomas.
Banton also seeks an acquittal and a new trial.

Miami Heat star Chris Bosh has been sued in a civil suit filed in a Florida court,
accused of spreading laise and defamatory information about a former garifriend in
an effort to get her droDped from the East of the third season of TV's "Basketball
Wives,"areality show.
The suit, filed recently m the ilmth Circuit Court in Orange County, Florida on
behalf of Alison Mathis, alleged that Bosh and agents acting on his behalf told Shed
Media, a production company for the VM1 network program, that Mathis was barred
legally from appearing on the show and that allowing her to do so would be in viola-
tion of several court orcers, threatening to see Shed Media li Mathis continued to
appear on 'Basketball Waves."
Mathis alleged she was subsequently dismissed from the cast -- at a loss of more
than $250,000 in compensation.
The suit seeks compensation for lost ancorne, damage to her reputation and Inter-
ferehce with her ability to earn a Ilving.

4C THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 22-28, 2011


Making screen magic is in the family script

Pinkett Smith credits husband as

parent, business partner

hit in 2010 ($177 million do-
mestic gross) and a true family
affair with Will, 42, and Jada,
39, producing and son Jaden,
12, starring.
Production in a challenging
foreign country.took its toll.
"I would say the most stressed
we ever were was during Karate
Kid," says Pinkett Smith, man-
aging a smile. Us producing
that together was hell."
She adds with a laugh: "I will
never produce a movie with him
in China ever again."
Though making the movie
was tough, it also proved to be
a learning experience for the
couple, who have been married
for a 14 years staggering by
Hollywood standards. Rather
than discourage future co-proj-
ects, it onlye made them raise

By Bryan Alexander
Last season, Will Smith was
on the set of Hawthorne most
every day offering his unique
insight. Heading into Season 3,
the husband of the sh ecutive producer is in New York
shooting Men in Black III.
But you can bet he remains
very hands-on.
"Everything we're involved
in, we involve each other," says
Jada Pinkett Smith.
His forte from afar is punch-
ing up the script for each show.
"We have different strengths.
I'm really strong in character,
and he's really strong in story,"
she says. "When we come to-
gether, it's a beautiful meld."
It's not always easy. The Ka-
rate Kid was a true box-office

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Jada Pinkett Smith, with son Jaden and daughter Willow.

Vartan says he's impressed and
floored at the same time when
watching Smith on these with
his children.
"He's an awesome dad," says
Vartan, who married Lauren
Skaar in April. "I just got mar-
ried and we're talking about
kids. If I'm half the dad he is,
I'll be good to go."

ers this week. You'll enjoy your feelings
more if you are straightforward about re-
fusing a less than appetizing assignment.
Trust your feelings and.say "No, I won't.,,
Clear bound444 help you define yourself.
Lucky Numbers: 13, 39, 41
Let happiness flow inside and outside
of you this week. Refuse to be drawn in-
toany pseudo-crisis and you'll stay happy.
Stay quietly on task and you'llhave ac~
accomplished much by the end of this busy
week. Lucky Numbers: 16, 28, 52

A dream in which you already are what
you hope to be will offer much insight into
your current situation.Take some practi
cal steps to keep the focus on this won.
derful vision. You know you can be what
you see! Lucky Numbers: 15, 23, 50
Do you realize that you are the only one
who can tell you what to think and how
to feel? Let go of any behaviors that are
keeping you from achieving the things you
want to achieve. Be creative and positive
this week. Lucky Numbers: 14, 31, 42

their game.
"The one great experience
we had from Karate Kid is that
we know what each other's
strengths are," she says. "Now
we completely allow the other to
dominate that area."
There are few who dispute
their joint parenting domina-
tion. Hawthorne star Michael

Work.You like work.You have faith in the
results it produces. Luck is important, but
getting the job in front of you done to the
best of your ability will put you ahead of
the game this week.Workat love, or rather
work for those you love. Lucky Numbers: 1,
Don't ask yourself when the answer will
come. It is on its way, but it will not get
here this week. Yield not to frustrations.
Don't fly off the handle and create prob-
lems for yourself later on. Chill. Time will
provide the best medicine for anything
that ails you this week. Lucky Numbers:
22, 30, 53
letting the wealth inside yourself produce
emotional dividends. Get in touch with the
forces that work behind the scenes that
produce the bright facades that every-
one enjoys. Take comfort in the fact that
you know these forces are eternal. Lucky
Numbers: 27, 35, 41
Set a limit on what you can do for oth-

You may find that discussions at home
have taken a sudden, spiritual orienta-
tion. Give everyone room to express their
personal beliefs without trying to preach
your point of view. Your open-mindedness
helps you with deep learning this week.
Lucky Numbers: 31, 32, 54
Feeling bold, are we? Well, go with the
flow of your feelings! No other sign can
call on inner courage as easily as you.
Whether at hpme, at work, or out on the
town, let your personal statements be
stylish and bold! Lucky Numbers: 23, 38,

Tempers may flare around you this
week but it's nothing personal, so keep
your mind on your own work and let oth-
ers act up. You'll be doing yourself a big

favor if you get some exercise this week!
Lucky Numbers: 28, 32, 50 .
Restless feelings may arise over health
matters, or perhaps education or the lack
of it. Do what you need to do to Teel com-
fortable with yourself. If it involves seeing
a dentist or taking a class, what's stopping
you? Self-improvement can be a very en-
joyable game! Lucky Numbers: 12, 14, 21
Eternal optimist, eternity is now. Get
in touch with your hopefulness and be a
beacon to others. Try not to be taken in
by promises made by others or promises
you've made to yourself. Concerning your
own affairs, avoid contemplating lofty sub-
jects and seeking long ranged solutions.
Lucky Numbers: 4, 8, 39

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mation, contact Clarateen
Kirkland-Kent at 305-323-
5551 or Glenda Tyse at

SMerry Poppins Day-
care, 6427 NW 18th Av-
enue, will be having sum-
'mer camp, Monday-Friday
7 a.m.-6 p.m. for ages five-
12. For more information,
contact Ruby P. White or
Lakeyshe Anderson at 305-
693-1008. .

SThe Miami North-
wesitern Class of 1962
meets on the second Sat-
urday of each month at 4
p.m. at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center 6161
NW 22nd Avenue. We are
beginning to make plans for
our 50th Reunion. For more
information, .contact Evelyn
at 305-621-8431.

SThe South Florida
Workforce is having their
annual Young Adult Sum-
mer Employment Program.
South Florida Workforce
will assist young adults to
enhance their .work; skills
and pursue the best jobs
possible for the summer. If
you are 14-24 years of age,
live in Mliami-Dade or Mon-
roe County, a U.S. citizen or
eligible to work in the U.S.
and have low income, you
may qualify to participate.
If interested, visit .www.
website and click oni "Young
Adults Register Here."

SWork from home and
earn money. The CLICK
Charity, 5530 NW 17th Av-
enue, is offering free com-
puter web design classes
for middle and high school
students. Work at your own
pace and receive one-on-
one instruction in learning
a very valuable trade. Reg-
istration and classes are
free! Open Monday-Friday,
2-7 p.m. Dori't wait call,
email or come by today:
305-691-8588 or andre@

II Free child care avail-
able at Miami-Dade
County Community Ac-
tion .Agency Headstart/
Early Head Start Pro-
gram .for children ages
three-five for the upcoming
school year. Income guide-
lines and. Dade County resi-
dence apply only. We wel-
come children with special
needs/disability with an
MDCPS IEP. For more infor-
mation, 'call 786-469-4622,
M~onday-Friday from 8 a~m.-
5 p.m.

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

SThe Cemetery Beau-
tifications Project, locat-
ed 'at 3001 NW 46th Street
is looking for volunteers
and donations towards the
upkeep and beautification
of the Lincoln Park Ceme-
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contact Dyrren S. Barber at



Program on Thursday, June
30 from 4-7 p.m. at the
Betty T. Ferguson Center,
3000 NW 199th Street in
Miami Gardens. To avoid
waiting in line, pre-regis-
ter at www.miamisao.com
or fax a clear copy of your
valid picture i.d. and phone
number to 305-547-0273.
F~or more information, call
305-547-0724 .

SThe West Perrine
Black Alumni of Miami
Palmetto Senior High,
presents an All Class Re-
union (Classes 1969-1975)
on July 1-3. The three day
event includes a Meet and
Greet and a' worship ser-
vice. The main event will be
celebrated Saturday, July 2
at Jungle Island's Tree Top
Ballroom from 7 p.m.-mid-
night. For more informa-
tion, contact 3ohnnie Vance
at 305-989-1674 or email

. Speaking Hands An-
nual Christmas in July-
Toy Drive for deaf and
hard of children. Bring all
new unopened toys need-
ed for kids ages newborn
to 12 years, to the Speak-
ing Handso fce, Wsga e
Plaza,. 127 N. State Road 7,
Plantation, FL now until luly
20th. For more information,
call 954-792-7273 or 305-

WThe Miami-Dade Pub-
lic Library System will be
hosting a Business Resource
Open House on Thursday,
July 21 at the Main Library,
-101 West Flagler Street
from 12-7 p.m. For more
information on this event,
contact the Business and
Science Department at 305-
375-5~231. z

SThe Miami Carol City
High Class of -1991 will
celebrate its 40th Class Re-
union on July 22-24 at the
Embassy Suites in Ft. Lau-
derdale. Activities will in-
clude: a meet and greet, bus
tour of new MCCHS, dinner
dance, worship service and
picnic. For more informa-
tion, go to www.carolcityse-
nior71.com or on Facebook
"Miami Carol City Sr. High
Class of '71 Reunion Info."
Contact Gwen Thomas Wil-
liams at 305-625-7244 or
email gwenO525@aol.com.

II The City of Miami
Gardens Youth Sports
(CMGYS) Football and
Cheerleading program is
now accepting registrations
for the upcoming 2011 sea-
son. The program is avail-
able for youth ages four-15.
For more information on
registrations and payment
options, call 305-622-8080
or visit www.cmgys.com.

WI Summer BreakSpot,
part of the USDA Summer
Food Nutrition Program, will
be open how until August
2011 at hundreds of sites
across Miami-Dade County,
providing free n utriti ous
meals -- breakfast, lunch
and _snack -- all summer,
long for kids and teens, 18
and under. To find a Sum-
mer BreakSpot Site near
you, visit www.summer-
foodflorida.org or call 211.

SMiami Northwestern
Class of 1972 Scholar-

SThe Girl Power Pro-
gram, 6015 NW 7th Av-
enue, will have their Girl's
Rites of Passage Summer
Program from 3une 20-Au-
gust 12. The deadline to
sign up is June 24. For more
information, contact Melo-
nie Burke at 305-757-5502,

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

SThe Booker T. Wash-
ington Class of 1964 will
be meeting. on F~riday, 3une
24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Af-
rican H-eritage Cultural Arts
Center, 6161 NW 22nd Av-
enue. Final plans for their
upcoming trip will be dis-
cussed. For further infor-
mation, contact G. Hunter
at 305-632-6506.

SMajestic Youth & Arts
Academy, Inc., will have a
Talent Show on Saturday,
June 25 at the Betty T. Fer-
guson Recreaition Center,
3000 NW 199th Street. For
more information or to sign
up to be apart of the tal-
ent show, contact Phyllis W.
Simpkins at 786-443-3277
or email phyllis@majesticy-

W The Metropolitan
Dade County Section of
the National Council~ of
Negro Women, Inc., The
Faith Church and Mt. Ta-
bor Missionary Baptist
Church will hold an obser-
vance of National HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day on Satur-
day, June 25 from 2-4 p.m
at The Faith Church, 12555
NW 17th Avenue. The free
forum will include impor-
tant information, poetry
that focuses on HIV/AIDS
in the Black community and
a Candlelight Vigil. For po-
ets that wish to participate,
contact Kameelah Brown at
305-815-6216 or for addi-
tional information, contact
Alma Brown at 305-754-
6319, -

SMazaja the Writ-
ing Network offers open
mic to the Muslim commu-
nity. The next show will be
on Saturday, 3un'e 25 at 6
p.m. at the Masjid Ibrahim
Community Center, 6800
NW 7th Avehue. For more
information, contact Zarifa
Muhammad El at 786-380-

The Booker T. W~ash-
mngton Class of 1965,
Inc. will worship on Sun-
day, 3une 26 at 11 a.m. at
Saint Stephens AME Church,
3400 NW 215th .Street in
Miiami Gardens. For further
information, contact Lebbie
Lee at 305-213-0188..

SEmpower "U," Inc.
will be having free health
screenings for Blood Pres-
Sure, Blood Sugar, Choles-,
terol, HIV/AIDS, etc. on
Monday, lune 27 from 8
a.m.-2 p.m. at the Miami-
Dade County Court House,
1351 NW 12th Street.

SThe Miami Dade
State Attorney's Office
will have a 'Second Chance'
Sealing and Expungement

By Scott Cacciola and
Jared Diamond

A lot of people were really
mean to LeBron James re-
After decamping from
Cleveland last summer for
the promise of greater things
in Miami, and then failing to
lead the Heat to an NBA title
against the Dallas Mavericks,
James awoke to an unprec-
edented level of vitriol for a
modern athlete.
T-shirt vendors mocked

I hope to someday w II

mySelf t0 SUCCeed as

effeCtively aS willed

LeBron James
Zachary Traxler, the owner
of Traxler Tees in Columbus,
Ohio, was watching Sunday's
Game when his twin brother,
Alex, offered some advice. "It
would be stupid for you not to
do a LeBron shirt," Alex told
The concept for the shirt was
simple: James's face with the
words "Maybe Next Year" float-
ing above him. Traxler said he
arrived at his shop at 5 a.m.
Monday to begin producing the
shirts. By Monday afternoon,
Traxler said, sales had already

Le Bron James to fail.

SOm ~cards

Electronic-greeting-card company joined in the mocking
of LeBron James.

him with fresh messages like
"Still Ringless" and "Maybe
Next Year," while one elec-
tronic-greeting-card company
unveiled a design~that said
"Thanks for being less dis-
appointing at your job than
LeBron James." In a nod to
the player's ineffectiveness in
Finals games' fourth quarters,
Twitter denizens proclaimed
Monday "National LeBron
James Day," a day on which
celebrants were encouraged to
leave work 12 minutes early.
.Ohio Gov. John Kasich, act-
ing on behalf of jilted Cleve-

ik "o oaery ioaa. /In
a dig, Kasich even praised Dirk
Nowitzki, the team's star for-
ward, for "keeping hi's talents
in Dallas."
Such was the fallout for
James, who failed to win an
NBA title in his seven seasons

T-shirt vendors mocked LeBron James.
with the Cavaliers. And James
did himself no favors after the olitpaced ones devoted to Osa-
recent loss, when he said'ithat ma bin Laden and Jim Tressel,
those rooting for him to fail who recently stepped down as
"got to wake up tomorrow and Ohio State's football coach.
have the same life that they "Just placed an order for 800
had before." more," Traxler said.

"Green Lantern" is based on
the popular DC Comics series.
The Green Lantern corps are
pilots in another galaxy who
help keep order with special
rings that give them super-
powers. Hal Jordan (played by
Ryan Reynolds) is the first hu-
man Green Lantern, and he is
charged' with helping defend
the Universe when an enemy
power threatens it. As in the
case in many superhero sto-
ries, the human Green Lantern
brings the corps a new ability
to fight evil. As Kilowag, Dun-
can must train the new human
recruit on how to harness the
pov~er of his ring.
"When you wear that ring,
whatever you perceive in your
mind, that's what you can do,"
Duncan said, "because when
you're fighting something evil,
like this force that's coming,
you have to be ready for every-
thing. Everything [Jordan] goes
through in training will come
in to play later. So, while it may
seem hard, the constructs are
going to help him.

By Tonya Pendleton

Michael Clarke Duncan must
like green not just as in cash,
but in movie roles as well. First,
he starred in 1999's "The Green
Mile" with Tom Hanks; now,
he's among the cast of "Green
Lantern," the film adaptation of
the DC Comics superhero story.
Unfortunately, you won't ac-
tually see the big man in this
movie. Duncan voices Kilowag,
a drill sergeant trainer of new
Green Lantern corps recruits
from the planet Bolovax Vik.
.But his character in the film is
certainly big and, of course,
Duncan, as it turned out.
knew the character and already
related to it.
"I was a big Green Lantern
fan, as I was of DC Comics, all
the comics back in the day,"
he said. "I was pretty familiar
with Green Lantern. Kilowog
was one of my favorite charac-
ters because he was the only
one I could really identify with
(Laughs); he was the biggest

Michael Clark~e Duncan
One. A lot of people don't know
that Kilowog is a nice and gen-
erous person. He looks big and
tough, but he's a nice guy -
hint, hint (Laughs)."
Angela Bassett also stars
in "Green Lantern," and you
don't have to experience her in
a green body. She gets to show
her intellectual side, playing
government scientist Amanda



By Lynn Elber .

rence Fishburne is closing the
file on his "CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation" career,
The actor won't be back on
the CBS crime drama this
fall, according to a person
with knowledge of the situ-
ation. The person spoke on
condition of anonymity re-
cently because CBS had yet to

announce Fishburne's LL his movie career made
departure. a long TV tenure un-
Fishburne joined the .likely.
"CSI" cast as Dr. Ray- "CSI" returns for its
mond Langston mid- fi I 12th season this fall
way through the 2008- and continues to rank
09 season. He stepped among the 20 top-rat-
in to replace departing ed shows.
star William Petersen. FISHBURNE Fishburne's credits
The person says include "The Matrix"
CBS and the show's produc- films, and he's in the upcom-
ers are taking Fishburne's de- ing "Contagion" with Matt Da-
parture in stride, aware that mon.

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Michael Clarke Duncan goes 'green' again

Fishburne closes 'CSI' case, exits series

Goodibranding: There's power in a 'name'

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By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Rebuilding your life af-
ter bankruptcy includ-
ing your credit rating, fi-
nances and your emotional
well-being can sometimes
seem like an overwhelming
It's important to realize
that there' is life after bank-
ruptcy. And it doesn't have
to be a life where you're
treated 'like a financial out-
cast and banished to years
of credit exile.
On the contrary, life after

Rebuilding your life after bankruptcy

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I *


Black baby boomers face tough financial prosepcts

More businesses

look t eve op

positive identztzes

BV D. Kevin McNeir

In the business world, a
'brand' that is the identity
of a specific product, service
or business can often be as
important to sales and one's
profit margin ars the actual
goods being delivered to the
market. A brand can take
many forms, including a name,
sign, symbol, color combine

tion or slogan. For consumers,
there are some brands that
spark instant recognition -
like Coca-Cola, Starbucks,
Nike, Apple and Harley David-
son. But how do fledgling busi-
nesses develop their brands?
What is the process and how
do business owners know
when they have come up with
a successful company brand or
The founders and CEOs of
two Black theater companies,
Nial Martin of No Jive Produc-
tions, Inc. based here in Mi-
ami, and Jackie Taylor of Black
Ensemble Theater in Chicatgo,
talked about their efforts to
make their production com-

panies "household
"The community
understands our
message of love and
our efforts to facili-
tate dialogue within ,
families we bring ,
a strong message of
forgiveness which
starts from the I1I
heart," Martin said. TY
"Since our incorpo-
ration in 1996, we have pro- .
duced plays that deal with the
hardships and realism of life.
Our audiences say they can re-
late to the subjects we address
in our shows."
Martin admits that he and

his board members
are still fine-tuning
the best brand for No
Jive, but for now most
people see him as the
S. 'face' of the company.
"We get so many
letters from fans who
have seen our shows
and say they have
been encouraged and
inspirede" he said.
"When you can touch
someone with your work you
know you're doing something
worthwhile. As we continue to
expand our user loyalty we will
use blogs, e-blasts, newrspa-
pers, radio and old-fashioned
word-of-mouth to get our mes-

sage to the public." *
Taylor started Chicago's
Black Ensemble Theater in
1976, fashioning it after the
Negro Ensemble in New York
City. Because of her childhood
experiences in Chi-town, she
says she wanted to utilize the
theater to eradicate racism
and to educate the masses on
the significant contributions of
Blacks to society.
"My productions are muSiical,
educational and uplifting I
believe they inspire commu-
nication and understanding
that help us to recognize that
as human beings we are for
more alike than we differ," she
said. "As to our brand, I think

it is based on the fact that it
doesn't matter what production
you see at the Black Ensemble
Theater you, walk awvay a
little more knowledgeable and
feeling good about life."
Both Martin and Taylor
have committed themselves to
bringing stories to the Black
community in particular and
society in general that move
their audiences just a little
bit closer from brokenness
to wholeness, from sorrow to
joy and from pain to redemp-
tion. And their brands reflect
the inspiration they continue
to provide for their communi-
ties. There is indeed power in a

Other South FlIorida cities may fazce some of the same tough choices

According to the state
auditor general's office,
77 local governments in
Florida met the~ state's
definition of a "financial
emergency" by the fall
of 20j09, the most recent
year examined. That rep-
resents a three percent
increase over the year be-
fore. And 99 had "deterio-

rating financial conditions," a
30 percent increase.
In South Florida, Hollywood
has laid off 31 workers in an
effort to address a $10.3 mil-
lion revenue, shortfall this
year. The city's manager re-
signed last week in t he face of
harsh criticism from the may-
or over~the budlget~woes,
Please turn to BUDGET 10D.

Byj Megan O'Matz

SIn boom times, like many other
cities in South Florida, Lauderdale
Lakes spent liberall!, opening four
new parks, a new pool and a com-
bined library; and cultui-al center,
But the 50-year-old cit, right in
the middle of Broward County, didn't


react fast enough when the bot-
tom fell out of the housing market
and tax revenues plummeted. In-
stead, it trimined expenses slightly
and dipped into savings, muddling
through without taking drastic ac-
Now Lauderdale Lakes has a $9
million deficit and is struggling to

survive pleading with Broward
County for a bailout, cutting staff
and salaries and taking police offi-
cers off the street. In some ways, it
may be the canary in the coal mine,
showing the tough choices that lie
ahead for other South Florida mu-
nicipalities that have outspent their
ability to pay. .

By Dana Mattioli

For Xerox Corp. Chief
Executive Ursul'a Burns,
the future of the venerable
printer and photo-copy ma-
chine maker isn't in mak-
ing copies,
Burns has spent the
nearly two years since she
took on the CEO role trying
to transform Xerox into a
services-based business, as
the rise of digital tech~nol-
ogy has cut into the com-
pany's traditional hardware
line. In three years, two-
thirds of company revenue
will likely come from "ser-
vices," or' contracts to man-
age other companies' back

office operations such as
printing, human-resources
and other areas of their
business, she says.
The cornerstone of
Burns's strategy, Xerox's
2010 acquisition of Dallas-
based services company Af-
filiated Computer Services
for $6.4 billion, was initial-
ly criticized by sharehold-
ers and industry observers
for being too costly in the
midst of a recession and too
large--ACS had 74,000 em-
ployees to Xerox's 54,000 at
the time.
A year later, the 52-year-
old Burns has been lauded
for the move. The service
Please turn to BURNS 8D

BV Arden Dale

Mistakes happen when doing tax
returns. But for many taxpayers,
discovering a mistake leads to an'
inevitable question: What do you
do now? Do you file an amended
return?. Or do you wait until next
year to let the government know
about an item that fell through the
.:hr cos sus die Do t lt
caught have increased, thanks
to the sophistication of the IRS's
electronic systems. Put your head
in the sand, and "sooner or later
the government is going to catch
up with you," says James Guarino,
a partner at MFA Moody, Fami-
glietti &r Andronico LLP, a Boston-
area accounting and consulting
An Internal Revenue Service
spokesperson says the agency may
correct math errors and accept re-
turns with certain forms or sched-
ules left out. Don't file an amended
return in the case of a math error
that doesn't change the amount
you owe, the agency says. Do file

an amended return if the original
filing status, income, deductions or
credits were incorrect.
Failure to correct one of these
types of errors is likely to lead
the government to re-examine the
whole return--and possibly con-
duct an audit. Penalties are often
applied when an error leads to
underreporting of tax owed.
Generally, there's a penalty for
eahamn wh ns tx bem itn:
technical manager at the American
Institute of Certified Public Ac-
countants. There can also be more
penalties for big understatements
or underpayments of estimated
income tax.
The bright side is that the IRS
may waive a penalty if a taxpayer
can prove there was a reasonable
cause for the error, and that it
wasn't willful neglect, Labant says.
In preparing an amended return,
be thorough. The more informa
tion provided to the IRS about the
corrected item, the less chance
there is that the agency will decide
to do an audit.
Please turn to TAXES 10D






bankruptcy can be enor-
mously rewarding but
only, for those who strat-
egize properly and commit
themselves to not wasting
the second chance that
bankruptcy can offer. Ul-
timately, how well you re-
bound from a bankrupt-
cy filing depends on the
post-bankruptcy steps you
take to safeguard yourself
against future financial ca-
Here are steps to speed
up your recovery after

How do you get to a
healthier place emotion-
ally if you're disappointed
about the past and perhaps
experiencing regrets about
choices you made?
Once the dust has settled
after your bankruptcy, do
some soul searching, rec-
ommends Chris Bridges,
owner of Vision Credit Ser-
vices LLC in the Washing-
ton D.C. metropolitan area.
"You really need to ask
yourself several key ques-
tions," Bridges says, "ii-

eluding 'How did I get here?
What could I have done dif-
ferently? And what have I
learned from all of this?' "
Your answers will help you
create a better financial af-
terlife in the wake of bank-
Additionally, enlist a
great support system, Fea-
zell suggests. "Friends,
family, your church or
members of civic organiza-
tions can all provide you
with an emotional charge
when you need it, or even
Please turn to LIFE 8D[

By Nayita W~ilson .

le,~i retirement a boom or bust propo-
sitiojn for Black baby boomers? A~s the
78 million boomers more than nine
million of them Black -- continue to
make a gradual, but highly visible
exit from the workforce, data show
that pre-retirement factors, such as
income and planning, are key deter-
mmnants of how well off they will re-
main financially in their later years.

But how much is enough for retire-
ment? Financial planners typically
say retirees will need replacement
income of 70 to 80 percent to con-
tinue living as well as they did~prior
to exiting the workforce. Social Secu-
rity replaces only about 40 percent of
workplace earnings on average. Also,
public employees in many states are
not eligible for Social Security and
must rely entirely on their employ-
ment pensions, investments and say-

Today-. of course, many
Teachers and other pub-
1'ic service employees are
~under new pressures, as
many states aim to reduce
their budget deficits partly
by requiring workers to
contribute more to their
healthcare and pension
Whether in public or

private jobs, though, it is
recommended that workers
take advantage of employee
incentives and remain in
good jobs as long as pos-
sible. For retirement, says a
recent AARP report, Black
Baby boomers are less likely
than others to contribute to
a pension plan, when one is
available. (Employer-based
WILSONpensions are now offered to

about one in three U.S. workers.)
One suggestion, particularly if you
are relying on Social Security, is to
invest and find opportunities to make
your money grow even if it's just
$10 a month. The key is to begin say-
ing now.
For Blacks and other ethnic groups
with low savings rates and a greater
portion of individuals in low paying
or government jobs, working longer
Please turn to BOOMERS 10D

Th~ ia4.



Budget woes may banlkrupt Lauderdale Lakes


Iffdlyou goo ed on your

tRXeS, iX It. NOW.

Xerox CIEO Ursula Burns says the company isn't
abandoning hardware, especially color printing, for

First-quarter revenue, in billions First-quarter profit,* in millions

134,100 130,100

Greater patient access to records proposed

Xerox's CEO is looking towards the future of the company

A GYN Diagnostic Center
Advanced GYN Clinic
Baptist Health South Florida
Blue Cross Blue Shield of FL
Brown, Raymond
C. Brian Hart Insurance
City of Miam Beach Housing Authority,
City of Miami City Clerk
City of Miami Civilian Investigative Panel
City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency
City of Miami Purchasing Department
Divas & Dudes Hair and Body Spa
Julio Robaina Campaign
King Photography Studio & Graphis Art Services
Miami-Dade Community Action Agency
Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections
"::',-DId hWater and Sewer
MODA-1 Fashion Wholesaler~s
.Nashan Photography
Shima Hair, Inc.
The Georgia Witch Dictor
Unijersal Pictures
Value Pawn and Jewelry
Verizon Wireless

Applications are now being accepted to fill vacancies on
t:, MimiDae onty :.:".nit dA n Agncy noad
areas of business, industry, labor, religion, law enforcement,
social welfare and education. Board members serve
without compensation for terms of two years. There are
nine vacancies for the 2011 appointment process. The
Community Action Agency Nominating Committee will
contact selected applicants for interviews. Those applicants
selected for interview will be subject to a background check.
The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, upon
recommendation of the Nominating Committee, will make
appointments to the Community Action Agency Board.
Application forms may be .obtained from the County
Executive Office, 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 291-0, or
online at www.miamidade.qov. All applications
must be received by Christopher Agrippa, Transitional
Division Chief, Clerk of the Board, at 111 NW 1st Street,
Suite 17-202, Miami, Florida 33128 no later than
Friday. July 8, 2011 by 4:00 p.m. Emails or facsimi es
of the application willix, pe tcCe~d and can be..nent to.
clerkbec(;3miamidade.qov or faxed to (305) 375-2484.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure electronic
receipt of the application by calling the Clerk of the Board at
(305) 375-1652.

Notice is hereby given of the'following permanent
polling place change. This change has been' made
by the Supervisor of Elections pursuant to Section
101.71, Florida Statutes.


Pinecrest Branch Library
618/6455835 SW 111th Street

Lester Sola
Supervisor of Elections
IMiami-Dade County


8D THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 22-28, 2011

person's right to know how their Spears' medical records without
health information has been used being directly involved in her care,
or disclosed," said Rachel Seeger, Under the new rule, Spears could
spokeswoman for HHS' Office of see who accessed her records.

PriVacV COmpllain'S

A proposed rule that would allow consumers to see who has accessed
their electronic medical records is expected to increase the number
of reported violations under the Health Insurance Portability and Ac-
countability Act. ,

Adam Greene, who was the pri-
mary author of the proposed rule
before leaving HHS for a private
law firm, said the department be-
gan hearing anec~dotically that
people wanted answers: Has my
ex-husband, who works at the hos-
pital but wasn't part of my care
team, seen my medical records?
H-as my neighbor, the community
gossip who works at an insurance
company, takeri a peek?
"This was the information people
were most interested in, so it should
be tracked correctly," Greene said.
Since 2005, health companies
Please turn to RECORDS 10D

By Kelly Kennedy

WASHINGTON Aproposed fed-
eral rule would require hospitals,
doctors' offices and health insurers
to tell patients of anyone who has
accessed their. electronic medical
~records, if requested.
Under the rule proposed by the
Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS), health-care-relat
ed businesses must list everyone in
their firms from doctors to data-
entry clerks -- who has accessed
a patient's electronic records and
"It is important to protect a

Civil Rights.
For example, in 2008, the UCLA
Medical Center fired several emp-
ployeess who looked at Britney

Other cases where a person might
want to know who has seen their
electronic records involve identity
theft and divorce battles.

"Understanding your bud-
get means you try to live
below your means and stop
keeping up with the Jone-
ses," says Dawn Brown, a
certified financial planner
and senior financial advisor
with Altfest Personal Wealth
Management in New York
City. "Your budget should
also have a line for saving, so
you can pay yourself first."
Brown and other experts
say having ain emergency
fund is vital to deal with fu-
ture emergencies or unex-

pected events that can derail
even the best of budgets. .
Also, make it a priority to
pay all your current bills in
a timely manner. Set up au-
tomatic bill payments, and
remember to pay your rent
on time since rent payments
are now being tracked by
the credit bureau Experian
and will affect your -credit
Repaying your existing
bills as agreed will be one
of the single, most powerful
things you can do to restore

your finances and .your
credit, according to Bridges,
who~ has also written the
free e-book Your First Step
to Credit Restoration.
If you can't pay everything
that's due, says Bill Hard-
ekopf, CEO of LowCards.
com, "prioritize your ex-
penses. Pay the ones neces-
sary for survival first, such
as food, housing and utili-
ties. This also helps protect
your credit score, because~ a
missed mortgage payment
can hurt your credit' score."

continued from 7D

just a shoulder to lean on,"
he says.
It's important to have
the right people around
you, Feazell adds, because
"positive people who are
in your corner, telling you
that you can overcome
this, can help you deal
with all the bumps, pla-
teaus and valleys you may
experience after bank

After a bankruptcy, you
must become extra vigi-
lant about your finances,
Even if you've never created
- or stuck to a budget in
the past, now is the time to
get serious about doing so.
Your budget will act as your
spending plan, helping you
to manage cash flow and
preventing you from racking
up unnecessary debt.

er business is Banco
Santander. So we'll
follow Telef~nica and
Banco Santander and
we'll provide to them.
WSJ: Companies
across a range of in-
dustries have been
grappling with high-
er commodity costs.
Which ones are Xerox
most exposed to?
Burns: Oil. It's a
base commodity that
goes into some of our
toners and inks. And,
we move a lot of stuff
all over the world. It's
a significant pressure
on supply chain costs.
The other "commodity"
that's risitig in cost is
labor in just about ev-
ery part of the world
outside of the U.S.
WSJ: Are you con-
sidering raising pric-
Burns: A lot of people
think you could just
raise prices (laughs].
If you're not competi-
tive, customers will
go to the guy who is.
So we just can't raise
prices outside of some

significant movement
by everybody else in
the marketplace. We'll
raise prices occasion-
ally if we have to, but
(look] at the rest of
the cost structure in
the business and keep
squeezing that down.
Everything from the
supply chain, renegoti-
ating contracts, try to
look at our processes
and lean it out, try to
automate as much as
we can.
WSJ: So, will you
utse technology to
downsize the work
Burns: Downsiz-
ing the work force is
frowned upon, but
we'll do some of that

for sure.. But more im-
portantly as our busi-
ness grows, we want
to move more volume
through the same
number of human be-
WSJ: What's the
biggest headwind Xe-
rox is facing now?
Burns: The bigger
issue for us in 2010
and so far this quarter
that's lightening a little
bit is currency move-
ments. [We're affected
by] the yen to euro and
dollar, and euro to dol-
lar in translation. Over
the last four years
we've had $2 billion in
extra costs that we've
.had to outrun and
we've done it.

continued from 7D

side of the business
now brings in nearly
half of the company's
total revenue. Profits
in the services seg
ment were $266 mil-
lion in the first quarter,
up from $203 million
the previous year. Part
of the previous year's
quarter doesn't include
ACS results, since the
deal hadn't yet closed.
Burns, who has been
,with Xerox since 1980
when she started as
an intern, spoke with
The Wall Street Jout-
nal about the future of
the printing industry,
rising oil costs and the
company's push into
emerging markets.
WSJ: What does
[the move to ser-
vices] mean for the
hardware side of the
Burns: We're not
throwing a thing away
for as long as clients
need to print. You have
to have a photograph,
you have to put a label
on a package some-
where, you have to cre-
ate a package--that is
a printing business.
Most people look at it
as an 8.5-by-11 sheet
that's black and white
that I typed in my of-
fice. That's long been
~gone as the primary
source of page growth,
WSJ: So- hardware
will remain as a part
of the equation for
Xerox? .
Burns: Color print-
ing hardware will
for sure. I think that
the black-and-white
hardware market will
morph into a color-
capable market. Then
the question is what
happens to that color-
capable market.
WSJ: Services is a
hot space right now
with lots of competi-
tors, big and small,
entering the realm.
How do you protect
your margins?
Burns: There are
two different types
of services that we're
concerned about. One
is a set of managed
print services that are
really close to the doc-
ument technology, so
that's our Document
Outsourcing business.
Dell and Lexmark [In-
ternational] are get-
ting there, but we are
the largest in the busi-
ness. We have $3.3
billion in the business
and growing.
The next part, the

fastest growing space
for us, is business
process outsourcing.
This diversified BPO
market is ripe for in-
novation and consoli-
dation, which is why
we acquire a little bit
every year.
WSJ: As the compa-
ny moves more and
more toward servic-
es, should we expect
lower gross margins?
Burns: Yes. You will
see higher operat-
ing margins. The only
way to logically think
about' this business is
to think about it from
an operating margin
perspective. We will
continue to report on
gross margin because
people still want to
hear it. But, it would
literally be like speak-
ing in French when ev-
eryone else is listening
in English.
WSJ: Where does
Xerox want greater
Burns: Brazil. We
have a good brand in
Brazil, but our ability
to extend our reach in
the document technol~
ogy outsourcing space
and definitely in BPO is
really something that
we're pushing hard. It's
a relatively untapped,
underdeveloped mar-
ket and we have a good
position there. Mexico
is next. We're well po-
sitioned and have a
strong team operating
there so we'll do the
exact same thing.
WISJ: Are countries
you're pinpointing at-
traictive because they
have [multinational
corporations], or be-
cause of local, small
Burns: They have

Ursl Burns
multinationals there,
they have governments
that are fairly well-
organized and rule of
the law counts, and
they need these ser-
vices themselves. They
also have a good, small
and midsize business
One of the biggest
providers of services
in [Brazil and Mexico]
is Telef~nica. It's huge.
We should be able to
do business there with
TelefC~nica, which we're
trying to do. Anoth-


Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk

Steps to rebuiling your credit, finances and emotions



FLORIDA, 33133.



A copy of the proposed ordinance is available for review at the Office of Hearing Boards, 444 SW 2nd Av-
enue, 7th Floor, during regular working hours. Phone: (305) 416-2030.

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or represented at this meeting and
are invited to express their views. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter to be considered at this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made including all testimony and evidence upon which any.appeal may be based (F/S

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, all persons who require special accommo-
dations in order to participate in this meeting should contact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361
(Voice) at least two business days prior to the proceeding, or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three
(3) business days prior to the proceeding.


The Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP), an agency of the City of Miami, providing
independent citizens' oversight of the Miami Police Department, seeks quali-
fied applicants to fill vacancies on its thirteen-member Panel. Members must
be either permanent residents, own real property, work or maintain a business
in the City of Miami and have a good reputation? for integrity and community
service. Members shall not have a record of a felony conviction; nor be a cur-
rent or former City of Miami police officer.

Application forms may be obtained at www.miamigov.com/cip, from the CIP
office at 970 SW 1 St., Suite 305, Miami, FI. 33130 or by calling 305-960-4950/
fax 305-400-5399. Completed applications should include a brief resume or
biography and are to be mailed or delivered to the attention of Carol Abia at
the above address. Recruitment will remain open until a sufficient number of
applications are received.

Adv. # 002655

Bayside Foundation to assist minority students


Bids will be received by The Housing Authority of
the City of Miami Beach (HACMB) for IFB #2-2011
Roof Replacement at Rebecca Towers South and
North, at 150 and 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach FL
33139, until- July 25, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. The IFB
package will be available from HACMB Executive
Office, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
starting on June 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. A manda-
tory pre-bid conference will be held on July 7, 2011
at 10:00 a.m. at Rebecca Towers North, Multi-Pur-
pose Room, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Florida
33139. Questions may be directed in writing to
Matthew Garwick, Director of Housing Program~s/

Note that bidder is required to pay workers on this
project the minimum wages as determined in the
Wage Determination Decision included in the Bid-
der's package; and that the contractor must ensure
that employees are not discriminated against on the
basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national ori-
gin, or disability.

This project is also a Section 3 covered activity.
Section 3 requires that job training, 'employment
and contracting opportunities be directed to low and
very-low income persons or business owners who
live in the project's area.

The HACMB reserves the right to accept any
proposal deemed to be in the best interest of the
HACMB, to waive any informality in any proposal,
to reject any or all proposals, or to advertise for new
proposals. The HACMB does not discriminate on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national
origin, or disability.


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Scholarship to help minorities succeed

Bayside Marketplace. This
type of program is very im-
Nearly 50 percent of all un-
dergraduate students at FIU
receive financial aid and close
to 60 percent of those recipi-
ents come from families with
an annual household income
less than $30,000. More than
7,000 FIU students are the
first in their families to attend
college. As a recognized mi-
nority serving institution, FIU
is ranked first in the nation in
awarding bachelor's degrees
to minorities. Patrick O'Keefe,
FIU's student' body president,
says the scholarships make a
real difference for students.
"First generation is a major
priority of ours and about two
years ago student government
began its involvement with
the first generation scholar-
ship," O'Keefe said. "This is
something that wie really pri-
oritize we have someone
within our cabinet that is
dedicated to it."

By RandV Grice
rgirice @mniam2itimesonline.com

Last week the Miami Bay-
side Foundation announced
a gift of $203,000 to Florida
International University to
support access to higher edu-
cation for City of Miami resi-
dents. With state matching
funds, the gift will result in
a total impact of $353,000.
The scholarships will sup-
port the establishment of an
endowment for students inter-
ested in business and entre-
preneurship, as well as funds
to facilitate access to higher
education for first generation
students from~ the city of Mi-
ami. *
"It's the epitome of what Mi-
ami Bayside Foundation is all
about," said Pamela Weller,
senior general manager at
Bayside Marketplace. "Actu-
ally we collect money through
the Bayside Marketplace, 10

percent net distribution is
what we give. Last year Bay-
side Marketplace donated
$308,000. The Foundation
is designed to advance eco-
nomic development through
the support of minority busi-
nesses. The three goals are
giving money to businesses in
the city of Miami, educational
scholarships and educational
Founded in 1988, the Miami
Bayside Foundation seeks to
stimulate economic develop-
ment in the City of Miami and
provide educational oppor
tunities. As part of this mis-
sion, their donation will pro-
vide talented students within
the city the resources needed
to pursue their academic and
professional goals at FIU.
"We endowed two scholar-,
ships wiith Florida Interna-
tional University," said Nathan
Kurland, education chairman
for the Miami Bayside Foun-

FIU business students break< in between classes.
dation. "We gave $100,000 to We focus 'specifically on mi- the elem
their general endowment fund norities because of the vision permissi
and $100,000 to their first of the original creator of the was to p


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ion to build this place
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%rammin' iHUOlUBS

unauthorized fees
B V Mike Snider

As many as 20 million Americans
may havet unauthorized charges
hidden on their land-line telephone
bills, the Federal Communications
Commission estimates.
This practice of "cramming"
charges, typically from $1.99 to
$19.99, for unauthorized giroducts
or services onto monthly state-
ments often goes unnoticed ... for
months,' says FCC Chairman Ju-
lius Genachowski. "Consumers too
often get bilked out of hundreds of

G~enachowski plans ,to propose
that the FCC craft and adopt an-
ti-cramming rules. "This is both
about making sure consumers
aren't getting ripped off and also
about fostering trust in communi-
cation services," he says. "Practices
that hurt the trust and confidence
consumers have in communication
services are bad for our economy."
The FCC and Federal Trade
Commission stepped up their in-
vestigation of cramming in recent
months after complaints to the
FCC jumped, Genacho~wski says.
For every victim of cramming,
there are perhaps another 19 who
don't notice that they are being
victimized on their bills, the FTC

Phone service providers and
third parties are typically the cul-
prits, often improperly charging
for voice mail or long-distance ser-
irices. Genachowski cited as an ex-
ample a St. Louis woman who was
charged for 25 month's of long-dis-
tance service she never authorized
or used. .
"We've seen people getting charg-
es for yoga classes, cosmetics, diet
products, and, yes, psychic hot-
line memberships," he say. "These
mystery fees are often buried in
bills that can run 20 or so pages,
and they are labeled with hard-to-
decipher descriptions like U-S-B-

The investigation resulted last
week in the FCC issuing $11.7

million in fines to four Pennsylva-
nia-based companie's: Main Street
Telephone; VoiceNet Telepho~ne;
Cheap2Digital Telephone; and
Norristown Telephone. ,
The Senate Commerce Commdit-
tee plans a hearing on cramming
and will soon issue a report on the
practice, says the paner's chair-
man, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.
The FCC launched a tip sheet at
www.fcc.gov/consumers and urged
consumers to review their bills ev-
ery month, and report discrepan-
cies to their phone company. "We
all want to send a clear message: If
you charge consumers unauthor-
ized fees, you will be discovered,
and you will be punished," Gena-
chowski said.

reports on the senti-
ment of business, own-
ers and leaders show
a sharp difference in
the outlooks of large
companies~ and their
smaller brethren. .
More than half of
the chief executives
of large U.S. compa-
nies said they expect
to spend and hire
more over the next six
,months despite slow-
er economic growth,
according to the lat-
est Business Round-
table survey, released
recently. The report
showed 51 percent of
CEOs polled expect to
increase hiring. Last
quarter's level of 52

percent had been the
highest since the trade
group began surveying
its members in 2002. .
More than 60 per-
cent plan to buy more
goods such as comput-
ers, software and ma-
Most CEOs seem
confident- about their
own company's pros-
pects nearly 90 per-
cent forecast higher
sales. But they expect
the economy to grow
a mpdest 2.8 percent
in 2011, down from an
earlier forecast of 2.9
Business Round-
table represents CEOs
from the nation's 200
largest companies. The

poll, from May 16-
June 3, received 135
A separate survey
released, however,
showed small busi-
ness sentiment in the
United States fell for a
third straight month
in May, landing
squarely in recession-
ary territory due to
consumer reticence,
high unemployment,
and inflation worries.
"The most apparent
reason for the weak
optimism is the weak
recovery," the Nation-
al Federation of Inde-
pendent Business, a
trade group, said in
its May report.
Indeed, U.S. eco-

nomic growth is likely
to remain soft for the
foreseeable future,
but the economy is
unlikely to slip back
into recession, ac-
cording a survey of
bank economists con-
ducted by the Ameri-
can Bankers Associa-
tion. The group sees
growth picking up in
the second half of the
year following an ane-
mic first quarter that
has seen employment
,growth grind lower.
Consumer spending
is weak, especially
for services, an area
in which small busi-
ness plays a major
role, the NFIB said. It
cited weak job market

indicators and invest;-
ment plans that are at
recessionary levels.
Smaller firms have
not experienced the
same profitability as
their larger siblings.
"Only the big banks
and the big manufac-
turers are winning,"
the NFIB said. "Earn-
ings trends for small
business are distress-
ingly negative and the
recovery is two years
Almost two-thirds
of business owners
polled view the cur
rent period as a bad
time to expand, and
71 percent of those
blamed the weak

Rising prices con-
tributed to the gloom,
with one in 10 busi-
nesses citing it as
their most pressing
business problem.
For a5 months,
more owners reported
cutting average sell-
ing prices than rais-
ing them, the NFIB
said. In February, this
changed, with a net
five percent reporting
raising average selling
prices. That increased
to 15 percent in May,
the group said.

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BV Chris Woodyard

Despite months of high
gas prices, a bevy of new
fuel-stingy cars with con-
ventional gas engines may
be eating into sales of prici-
er gas-electric hybrids.
Sales of high-mileage,
high-value convention-
al compacts such as the
Hyundai Elantra, Ford Fo-
cus and Chevrolet Cruze
are hot, while hybrid sales
have stagnated.
The hybrid share of U.S.
auto sales peaked at 3.6
percent in July, 2009, Ed-
munds.com says. Last
month, it was 1.6 percent,
depressed also by produc-
tion cuts for some models
dlue to the Japan disaster,
but not enough to, account
for all the drop.
The new conventionally
powered cars use various
strategies to boost gas mile-
age to near hybrid levels -
without the batteries and

electric motors that can
add $6,000 on average to a
vehicle's cost, according to
J.D. Power and Associates.
"Even with the fuel say-
ings, it doesn't make sense
to buy a hybrid" for many
buyers, says Power Senior
Manager Mike Omotoso.
"This year, we had $4 gas
(in many cities) but we saw
the introduction of com-
pacts that get 40 mpg. All
of these cars are consider-
ably cheaper than hybrids."
While the nation's top-
selling hybrid, the Toyota
Prius, has a 50 mpg com-
bined rating, other hybrid
sedans get less:
Ford's Fusion hybrid gets
41 mpg in the city and 36
mpg on the highway; Hyun-
dai's Sonata hybrid gets 35
city and 40 highway.
Meanwhile, all Elantras
and at least some Focus,
Cruze and Honda Civic
models are rated at 40 mpg
or more on the highway.

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Tony E. Crapp, Jr.
City Manager

Ford dealer Annette Sy-
cora of Smith South Plains
in rural Levelland, Texas,
all says hybrids have seen
huge demand, but the new
crop of high-mpg sedans
like Focus now has caught
buyers' eyes. "Our custom-
ers are thrilled," she says.
A study by consultants
AutoPacific found inter-
est in buying a hybrid -
or even conventional com-
pa~cts didn't soar with
the increase in gas prices
this year the way it did
when prices shot up to a

peak past $4 in July 2008.
Don't be so quick to count
out hybrids, says Toyota
division General Manager
Bob Carter. With a wagon
about to join the sedan in
the Prius lineup, more mod-
els will mean more sales.
"There are three things
you can carve in stone:
death, taxes and expansion
of the hybrid market," Cart-
er quips. He says hybrids
have gone mainstream as
more people are attracted
by rewards of gas savings
and environmentalism.


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the Southeast Overtown/Park West and Omni Community Redevelopment
Agencies is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 27, 2011, @ 5:00 PM, at
The Doubletree Grand Hotel located at 1717 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL

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

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with American Ex-
press chief executive
Ken Chenault.
"Our objective for
this first set of rec-
ommendations was to
identify areas where
the private sector and
the administration
could accelerate job
creation immediately

without the need for
major legislation from
Congress or actions
that would have a long
runway," the two men
"Over the next 90
days, we will turn to
addressing the actions
needed to make a more
significant, longer-

term impact."
With congressional
Republicans deter-
mined to cut govern-
ment spending in re-
turn for raising the
country's $14.3 trillion
debt himit, there is little
Likelihood of additional
public cash to finance
fresh hiring.

that the recovery must
be strengthened as
part of a solution to fis-
I, cal problems.
S"We need to solve our
medium and long-term
debt and deficit prob-
lems, not for abstract
reasons, but because
they are a concrete
impediment to growth
and jobs," Obama said.
The proposals to in-
crease hiring included
cutting red tape so in-
frastructure construc-
ma tion projects could pro-

ceed quickly, boosting
training for manufac-
turing skills through
partnerships between
the private sector and
community colleges,
and improving visa
processes to win mar-
ket share for U.S. tour-
Making commercial
buildings throughout
the United States more
energy efficient would
also create jobs, Im-
melt wrote in an opin-
ion piece co-written

petitiveness council,
said his panel's "prog-
ress report" outlined
ways to increase hiring
in manufacturing, con-
struction, healthcare,
and tourism sectors.
Obama met the jobs
council during a trip
to North Carolina re-
At the meeting,
Obama said that the
U.S. -debt and deficit
are a "concrete im-
pediment" to economic
growth and hiring, and

By Reurters .

Washington should
streamline permitting
for construction proj-
ects and make it eas-
ier for tourists to visit
the U.S. to help boost
hiring and spur the
economy, a top adviser
to President Barack
Obama said.
Jeff Immelt, chief
executive of General
Electric and head of
Obama's jobs and com-

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continued from 7D

w"'"" a roeter: 't-
million deficit for
2012. And Boca Ra-
ton is staring at an
$8 million~budget gap
between projected rev-
enues and expenses.
"These are very bad
times for government
tal entities and very
kew of them in Florida
are flush," said U.S.
Rep. Alcee Hastings,

Barack Oban

Hastings, whose dis-
trict includes Lauder-
dal Ltak s,n wa nd
the federal govern-
ment, which is $14 tril--
lion in debt itself, can
do to rescue it or other
cities. About all he can
offer, the congress-
man said, is a sympa-
thetic ear. He's prom-
ised, with Lauderdale
Lakes officials, to host
"an old fashioned-type
town meetirig with

the citizens.
Perhaps then, a
"solutions-based ap-
prah, "a eHoa gs
Though numerous
South Florida cit-
ies have, experienced
devastating drops in
revenue because of
the collapse of the
housing market, cinly
Lauderdale Lakes is
heading into the final
stretch of the 2011
13udget year on the
verge of bankruptcy.

ties trade information closely
and pick up a lot of errors
this way.
Karen M. Lydon, a certi-
fled public accountant at
Raphael and Raphael LLP in
Boston, says her firm works
with a lot of people who need
to amend forms after making
errors doing returns them-
selves with various tax-soft-
ware programs.
Depreciated rental prop-
erty is a common source of

trouble, as are investments
in hedge funds.
Dividends can be a prob-
lem, too. A financial institu-
tion may report on a Form
1099 that a dividend is ordi-
nary, due to a lack of informa-
tion provided by the payer by
the reporting deadline. Later,
an amended Form 1099 may
be issued to change the ordi-
nary dividend to a qualifying
one, which will be taxed at a
lower rate.

to make the IRS's job as easy
as possible so that nobody
has to do "any heavy lifting
to see if the amended return
is legitimate."
Taxpayers often drop the
ball on the state return. Any-
one who corrects an error on
a federal return and does not
check to see whether a fix is
also needed for the state is
asking for trouble in the form
of a possible penalty. Fed-
eral and state tax authori-

continued from 7D

Form 1040X, the amended
return form, includes a nar-
rative section. Taxpayers of-
ten make the mistake of sim-
ply jotting down a sentence
fragment like, "to correct
my mortgage interest deduc-
tion." Instead, put down what
caused the .error and give as
full a story as possible.
The idea, says Guarino, is

know that they could
HHS listed the pro-
posed rule on the Fed-
eral Registry for pub-
lic comment by Aug.
-1. If approved, the
rule would go into ef-
fect in January 2013.
If someone has vio-
lated the privacy law,
then people can file
a complaint with the
health organization
or HH-S' Office of Civil
Rights, which could
lead to a fine or a
criminal charge with
the Justice Depart-

continued from 8D) .

directly involved in a
patient's Pcare, such
as hospitals, have had
to keep an internal log
of who accesses elec-
tronic records. .
Providing the re-
port to patients could
prove difficult. If a
patient makes the re-
quest of a large hospi-
tal for the past year,
the report could in-
clude records from
several departments
and include dozens of

."The burden could
be significant," Greene
said, though a patient
could ask whether a
specific person has
viewed a record or
who has looked dur-
ing the past month.
The federal govern-
ment asked 90 large
health organizations
how many patients
have asked for such
records, and found it
was fewer than 20 re-
quests at each since
early 2003, he said.
Greene said the low
number may be be-
cause people did not

for whites.
Even though some Blacks
are earning more money, too
few are executing strategies
to help build wealth, such
as saving, eliminating debt,
increasing income streams,
creating a financial plan
and building an estate for
the next generation, said
Horace Sinclair, a personal
financial coach.
"We are lagging behind
as a people because we are
not putting enough money
aside," Sinclair said.
The reality becomes most
apparent at death when

some Black families scram-
ble to find funds to cover fu-
neral costs. .
"In other populations,
buying [life] insurance is a
way to build wealth for the
next generation. For most
Blacks we buy just enough
to bury the person that's
it." -
He urges Blacks wor-
ried about their retirement
future to read business
articles, attend financial
seminars, find a financial
mentor and establish a plan
that "will attract a lot of in-
come, assets, and wealth."

continued from 7D

or re-entering the workforce
after initial retirement may
become the norm, say ex-
perts in aging.
Because Blacks face dif-
ficulty in the labor market
throughout their working
lives, says a recent AARP re_
port, "The disadvantages are
just as serious for workers
age 50 and older as for their
younger counterparts." The
report also confirms that
Blacks tend to earn less.
The median annual income

of adults ages 50 to 61 was
$44,000 for Blacks, $50,000
for Hispanics, and $72,300
for whites. One reason for
this income disparity is that
Blacks have lower marriage
rates than Latinos or whites
and married couples tend to
have more income,
The study also shows that
although older Black work-
ers made important income
gains in the 1980s and
'90s, their average incomes
dropped by 12 percent from
1999-2008, compared with
three percent reductions for
Hisljanics, and five percent

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Three bedrooms, one bath'
tiled floors, central air, $1200
monthly, 786-223-3353.
20115 NW 9 Avenue
Three bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral air, Florida room, fenced-
Section 8 OK! $1600 mthly.

Two bledrom~s6 ree bth,
Section 8 accepted.
CALL Gigi 786-356-0487 or
Lo 786-356-0486
2'130 Wilmington Street
FouSr bedrooms, one bath,
CALL Gigi 786-356-0487 or
Lo 786-356-0486
2250 NW 170 Street
The bea oons, td" bat~h
Terry Dellerson, Realtor
NO Section 8. 305-891-6776
2336 NW 56 Street
Thre bedruoms, two baths

ed, Section 8 vouchers wel-
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2520 NW 55 Terrace
Won't <1 t!e Sedtiocoz8y we -

bedrooms, one bath, fenced.
carport, quite neighborhood
or 305-305-8688
2540 NW 152 Terrace
Updated three bedrooms, one
bath, tile, central air. $1325
monthly. 305-662-5505
2724 NW 61: Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
No Section 8. $1250 monthly.
Bi-lingual accepted.
2950 NW 49 Street
.Three be Monms, Section 8

3148 NW 50 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths
central air. Ready to move
in. $1,400 monthly. Section 8
Welcomed 305-651-1179
3630 Percival Avenue
Coconut Grove
Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1300 mthly
4980 NW 32 Ave
Beautiful home three bed-
rooms, two baths, central air
and heat. More information-
Section 8 website $1300
monthly 786-290-4925
5551 NW 15 Avenue
Section 8Welcome
b hree bdronoorntw II
appliances Included Free
19 inch LCD TM Call Joel ~

T586bNWr 83 Stree bAt.
$900 monthly. 786-488-2264
7753 NW 2 Court
Two bedroom, one bath

cehn rl air Oamlpl acs
inluded. Fre 19 inch LCD

Call Joel 786-355-7578.

Tree eros twa ba 5
Monthly. Section 8 Welcomel
9012 NW 22 Avenue
Small two bedroom
Two and three bedrooms.
Section 8 okay.
Four bedrooms, two baths,
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Completely renovated three
bedrooms Section 8 house.
Laundry, central air. Every-
thing new. Ready to move in.

Completely renovated. Sheton
8 okary, $1495a air month.

14200 NW 38 Avrene
Eight bedrooms, six baths,
air.el 305-978-132 Set

$20 downy and $68 month-

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183 Street. C 305-655-1700.

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2253 NW 94 Street Rear
For one person. Furnished.
Includes water and lights.
431 NW 75 Street
Clean spacious efficiency.
$600 mthly, includes light,
cable and water. $1200 move
in. 786-200-1672

$400 mtNy 6ist arndtast.
9000 NW 22 Avenue
Air, electric and water includ-
ed. Furnished, one person
only. -L A 16AREA

One bedroom, $425 monthly,
call 305-754-1100.
On t rasonodairt aipplia ces,
$500 mthly. 305-879-2440

Availableo imdAt l! $500
monthly. First and security to
moveO CK 3 A583-5 A

Move-in Special! $375
monthly. Call 305-717-6084.

1055 NW 114 St~reet
Furnished room for rent
in rear. No kitchen, micro-
wave only. $150 down, $300
monthly. 786-663-4064
13377 NW 30 Avenue .
Extra large, $100 wkly, utill-
ties, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1541 N.W. 69th Terrace
Clean room, $350 a month.
Call 305-479-3632.

$85 8eky kNFre etiltes,
bath, kitchen, one person-
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations-
Call 954-678-8996 .
4625 N. Miami Avenue
Free utilities. First and secu-
rity required. Must seel. Call
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, an'd use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
6835 NW 15 Avenue
Utilities included, air. $90
weekly. Move in special $200.
Call 786-558-8096
83 Street NWE18 7Avenue

p 9200 NW 25 Avenue.
'$325 monthly, $650 move in.
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Cliian room, side entry, patio,
cable, air, 305-688-0187.
Oni bedroom. Weekly or
mdnhthly 954-292-5058
:OPA LOCK 2 "0 Washington Avenue
Clean coomsm $110 weekly, ~


10240 SW 171 Street
Four bedrooms, two bath,
$1500, appliances, central
air, fenced yard.
1052 NW 48 Street
doirleel rn vtd Thhree '

8010 3 NW 706St ion 8
Five bedrooms, two baths,

central ai.N$ 3757Tmonatchey.

Four bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral ar rdenred yar Section 8
954-441-9028 or Gregory

11210N 753 6eet
Two bed~room on~e bath, air.

1417 NE 152 Street
Section 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, one bath
house Si400 monthly. Free
19 InCh LCD TV. Call Jpel

Two rsN onle bath n, air
condition units, tile floor. $900
monthly. 786-489-4225
15430 SW 106 Ave
Three bedrooms, one bath,
Florida room, remodeled bath
and kitchen, $1400 monthly.
Section 8 welcome. 786-285~
5530 or 786-370-2149
1785 NW 67 Street
Th e bedrooms, one bath

welcome IIl 7 6-277- 434.
1800 Rutland Street
Newly remodeled three bdrms,
one bath, central air. Section 8
welcome. 786-356-1457
18201 NW 2 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
near buses. 305-621-7036
1840 NW 69 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 OKI 786-262-7313

1850 NW 55 Street
Three bdrms, two baths, den,
Section 8 OK. 786-344-4407

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2804 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, $595
monthly, $900 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call
Joel 786-355-7578

La31e46 NW 13 dStroeet #2ne
bath, air. Remodeled. Water
included. $650 monthly.
Call 786-853-8313
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gif o Setio 85tenan s
you in
Jenny 86-663-8862

5510 SW 32 Street
Two and one half bdrms, one
bath, living room, aher and
dry5 conne o r: First an
last. 786-370-0832
5545 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $600

m005 9h -18114, 3 5-7m8 61
561 NW 6 Street
One bdrm, one bath $495.
5927 NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom, new applianc-
es, tiled floors. $575 monthly,
$1150 moves you in-
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
8295 N.E. Miami Court
Large one bdrm, one bath,
bath ,ak ini c otc n d
monthly. 305-793-0002
8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrrns. Section 8 OK.
9200 NW 25 Avenue
One bedroom, air. $650
monthly. 305-691-2703 or
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Ovron Liet sl .
Aparlinrnns. Duplexes
Houses One, Twoand
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.
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Downtown Miami

ui s, includes aol a pli ncss
close to shopping, Bayside
Market Place and beaches.
$500 deposit, Section 8 wel-
come. 305-758-2114
FROM $400.00

Rwo th e ndm tdobah

Office 1023 NW 3 Ave.
Easy qualify. Move in spe-
cials. One bedroom, $495;
two bedrooms, $595. Free
water! 786-236-1?44


$5e0 m nthy. 05-717-6b0


mOnthy $00 to 7oe in
Gated, security, tiled floors,
cential air. 786-402-0672
On Liberty City5A~reamvs
you in. Call 305-600-7280
305-603-9592 646-542-9022
Over town Alea,
one bdrm, $400
305-603-9592 305-375-0673
Call Mon-Fri 9am 4 prn
One b~drm, o0 bath. Special

Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750. Section 8 welcome.
New apartments, one bed-
room, one bath $800; two
bedrooms, one bath, $1,000.
1613 N.W. 1st Place
rall ?n+. own anna

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

1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495
free water. 305-642-7080'

Really 42e N~e~w5y Stvated
two bdrms, air and some utili~
ties, $850 monthly

Four 1eroNWs 4tw u aths.
$1400 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. Call 305-621-
7883, 786-385-8174.
172 NW 52 Street
One bdrm, nedtiath, $ 50,


1853 NW 74 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air and heat. $750 per
month. 305-318-3420 or
1890-94 NW 74 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances, air condition, fans,
water, $750 monthly, $1900
to move in. 305-232-3700
19 Avenue NW 31 Street
One bedroom. Appliances, air
and water included $675 and
up. Call 305-688-7559
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$500, appliances, free gas.

1984 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath, appli-
ances. Section 8 OK. 305-
333-4104or 305-335-5544
2 NE 59 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. 786-237-1292
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms, air, remod-
Seled, $895. NDI Realtors
office at 290 NW 183
Street. We have others-
247 NE 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,

$67 mnhly. 7621pa 3
ue275 NE 1w500bS one
bahai, llapline $975
batmonh. ir $ 9(3 tno moe In

One b~edroom ,30-60 6555

Two 3b2 r~oos,1 udebath,
covered driveway. $750
monthly. By Appt. Only
3318 NW 50 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$725, appliances. ~

Three 3b~drmW 1 toT ba ec-
tion 8. $1400. 305-620-8009
4427 NV) 23 Court
Four bdrms, two baths,
$1500, appliances, central air,
fenced yard. 305-642-7080
4520 NW 14 Avenue '
Three bedrooms, two baths,
laundry room, central air and
heat. $1000 monthly. Call
D.P., 305-778-3160
Tw553 dNW 5th Avenueat'

Two do ms, noeu bath,

cetora tir er,0 mnh
305-te. al 89-676 -23

one 7 bat,9 r 8656-457

Two bedrooms, onew bath,ai,
tppiecaret, fence yatrd, wars
ter. incldd90 Section 8
al 305-3891-4011
86 Stree NE 20 Avene
Tewobdrems5Sel one860K.
7920 NW 55 Teurrae
Twoe bedroms, one bath. $0
$875 monthly. 305-219-2571
7928 NW 55 Teurrae
TOn bedrooms, one bath. ar

$575om. Fthre Waiter ai
al 305-68942-080
93 Street NW 18 Avenue
com br5m 4Se tin 8 OK
96 tre NW 55 Avenae

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

laundry, FREE WATER '
ing, central air
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

1150 NW 1 Place
One bedrom, on bath,

1192 N W 65 STREET

$00 m onhy. 05- 5e-3bath,
1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. Appliances.
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two b~dms, gh ed securit ,

m ve in. 305-696-7667
1245 NW 58Street
Studio. $395 monthly. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

125 NW 18 Street
tnebhrm .7n~e bath. $350
AII appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

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

1317 NW 2 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Ms. Shorty in #1.

135 NW 18 Street
Two~ bedrooms, one bath.
$450 month. $700 move
in. AII appliances included.
Free 19 inch LDC TV. Call

IRL4o NW 13 StreM, ~
Trio arms, one bath
$500! 786-236-1144

Hugle4 0n Ndrm6 Cn ath,
with air in quiet area5016350

14350 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Free Water 786-267-1646

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.
IMs. Pearl #13

1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $395
monthly. $600 move in.
Newly renovated. AII ap-
pliances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.
Mr. Gaiter in #1

One erNom1 Cnoeu ath
$495. Two bedroom, one
Sbath $595.BApp iances'

1801 NW 2 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$50 moA ply a$5n o
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

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

Two ber5Nms2 Cre water.
rn0 ovt 7n $50 5ep st.

200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450,
appliances. 305-642-7080
2295 NW 46 Street

renOvtd ab pmli cs ic ud-
ed. Call Tony 305-213-5013
2701-NW11 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 monthly. $700 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV
Call Joel 786-355-7578

2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849

percent of Generation
Y respondents and
91 percent of Gen X
respondents would
financially support
their parents even if it
took away from their
savings and retire-
ment goals.
Even if you aren't
helping out your kids
or your parents, plen-
ty of you will be work-
ing longer because of
the recent recession.
The survey, con-
ducted in March and
April, found that
around one-third of
respondents have
stopped or reduced
their retirement say-
ings as a result of the
recent recession.
Plenty of us .seem to
be aware of the reper-
cussions. About half
of the approximately
1,000 adults survy ed
said they plan to retire
later than expected as
a result of the current
economic conditions.
We may not be say-
ing enough, but we
sure are frettmng about
it a lot.
A separate Gallup
poll released recently
found that Ameri-
cans' biggest financial
worry is retirement:
66 percent of us are
worried we won't have
enough money for re-

By Allison Linn

We may not always
like our family mem-
bers, but many of us
love them enough to
make a major sacri-
fice: Working longer.
A new survey from
TD Atheritrade found
that more than half
of all baby boomers -
defined as those born
between 1946 and
1964 would be will-
ing to financially sup-
port their adult chil-
dren, even if it took
away from their own
savings goals, includ-
ing retirement.
That's not neces-
sarily just a theoreti-
cal idea. The survey
of about 1,000 adults
found that 44 percent
. of boomer parents ex-
pect they will have to
provide some fnan-
Scial support for their
children, and most
would- feel obligated
to help if they were
asked. About half of
the baby boomer par-
ents also said they
have had children 25
or over live with them
for three months or
The good news: The
kids are more than
hp to return the
favor, even at their
own expense. The
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WNBA reaches a milestone with its 15th season

Tiger loses more grip as attention swings away

120 THE MIAMI TIMES, JUNE 22-28, 2011


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be back.
"I thought, 'I don't even know
if I'll be able to play again.' And
then there was a time where
4 it was like, 'Tennis doesn't
even matter; I just want to get
healthy,"' Williams said. "Then
came a point where I thought,
p'Okay, I can definitely play
again. I just have to have pa-
SShe's scheduled to fase
" 61st-ranked Aravane Rezai
of France in what will be Wil-
liams' first Grand Slam match
in 50 weeks.
"This is definitely a stepping
stone," said Williams, who is

seeded No. 7, because of her
past success. "To be compet-
ing again is great. It definitely

I always say life's a journey, not
a destination, and I'm not going
to reach my destination today
or tomorrow. But this is just a
step for the rest of my career."
The 29-year-old American of-
ten has found time to pursue
her other interests, including
fashion design and acting, but
ant now she has a fresh apprecia-
tion for her sport.
"I've always known that I love
tennis and I really enjoy it but
... I never thought I would miss

it as much as I did," she said. "I
always said I've had other jobs
but this one's my main job. But
it just takes a whole new mean-
ing now."
Williams said she was given
a doctor's all clear after a scan
of her lungs showed no clots
about two and a half months
ago "Or else," she noted, "I
wouldn't be here" and she
stopped taking blood thinners
regularly about three weeks
'But she still needs to inject
herself with blood thinners be-
fore taking long flights, such as
her recent trip from the United
States to Europe.
Williams' mother, Oracene
Price, kept checking in to make
sure she took the medication.
"She's been really worried,"
~Williams said. "And she's been
calling me a lot. just like, 'If
you have any pain or you feel
you can't breathe, come off the
court.' I'm like, 'Okay. I'll be
okay.' "
Willianis, as intense a com-
petitor as her sport knows, was
asked whether she really would
heed Mom's advice and stop
during a match if 'she didn't
feel well.
"Nah," came the reply. "I'd
have a heart attack first."

BV Howard Fendrich

- Serena Williams revealed
the scar that starts atop her
right foot and meanders up her
It's a jagged, several-inch
remnant of two operations to
repair the damage Williams did
when cut by glass while leav-
ing a German restaurant last
July, just days after winning
Wimbledon. That was the first
in a series of health scares that
wound up sidelining her for
about 11 months.
Then, early this year, she was
treated for blood clots in her
lungs and began taking blood
At the end of February, she
returned to the hospital for
another procedure, .which she
called the "low point" remov-
ing a hematoma, a large gath-
ering of blood under the skin
on her stomach.
It wasn't until about a month
ago that she was able to start
practicing at full force, and
she's only played two matches
heading into Wimbledon, not
exactly ideal preparation as the
grass-court Grand Slam gets
started this week.
But she is relieved simply to

ii -

caine pouring in. Mi-
ami Heat star Dwy-
ane Wade sent' along
his respects via Twit-
ter: "@DwyaneWade:
RIP Clarence Clemons.
Great musician but an
even greater person.
We will miss you at the
AAA." Marlins Presi-
dent David Samson
issued the following
statement: "The Florida
Marlins are deeply sad-
dened by the untimely
passing of the greatest
saxophone player in
music history. His com-
mitment to South Flor-
ida sports was strong

and he was a faithful
and devoted~fan of ours
and the other teams in
Clemnons was sup-
poped to play the na-
tional anthem before
Game 6 of the NBA
Finals in Miami, but
suffered a stroke on
June 12th. It was only
two months ago that he
performed the national
anthem at the season
opener for the Flori-
da Marlins. He also
performed numerous
times for~the Miami
A South Florida icon

and big time Sports
fan, .he will be greatly
In more depressing
News: It seems as if los-
ing has finally taken its
toll on Marlins Man-
ager Edwin Rodriguez,
who resigned this past
Sunday. Only weeks
ago, the Marlins were
Snipping at the heels of
NL east leader Philadel-
phia and were among
the surprise stories in
Now everything has
gone south sirce then,
As of this past Sun-
day, the fish won only

one game during the
entire month of June.
Ace hurler Josh John-
son could be -done for
the year, after a great
start. Hanley Ramirez
is a mere mortal after
barely hitting an av-
erage of .200. Leadoff
man Chris Coghlan,
was demoted to Triple
A and word is he did
not take that too well.
With the new base-
ball stadium making
its .debut in 2012, the
timing of all of this
seriously stinks.-For
nice guy Edwin Rodri-
guez, he simply could

not take it anymore.
Rumors were rampant
about his job security
and always a proud
man who would not al-
low himself to be the
scapegoat, Rodriguez
resigned and preserved
his dignity.
Hopefully by the time
you are reading this,
things will have begun
to change for the Mar-
lins, otherwise, sports
fans in South Florida
might be digging in
the closet and brush-
ing the dust off those
Canes and Fins jer-

It was not unusual
to see legendary saxo-
phonist Clarence Clem-
ons atany South Florida
sporting event. Always
a huge fan of our local
teams, Clemons was
often sought out by the
various sporting fran-

chises to perform the
national anthem before
games. Best known as a
central figure in rocker
Bruce Springsteen's E
Street Band, we knew
we were witnessing
greatness every time
he performed at a ven-

ue. Sadly, the big man
succumbed to compli-
cations from a recent
stroke over the week-
end and passed away
at the age of 69.
Immediately the~re-
action from the sports
world in South Florida

BV Vin A. Cherwoo

Lisa' Leslie remembers her
surprise at the big arenas and
luxurious locker rooms. Penny
Toler and Teresa Weatherspoon
recsrll th~e excitement of finally
getting to play before family
and friends. For everyone in-
volved in the WNBA's first game
in 1997, there was also plenty
of nervousness to go around.
With the New York Liberty
facing the Los Angeles Sparks,
the matchup falls on the anni-
versary of the game the teams
played to begin the league's in-
augural season. Now in its 15th
year, the WNBA has outlasted
an early rival, endured a strug-
gling economy and overcome
naysayers perennially predict-
ing its doom.
Leslie wasn't expecting much
when she was one of the first
players -- along with Sheryl
Swoopes and Rebecca Lobo -

to sign with the new league.
";I had no idea we would have
the opportunities to play in
such first-class arenas," said
Leslie, a three-time MVP and
nine-time All-Star who retired
after the 2009 season. "I really
thought it would be .a summer
league where we'd probably
wear reversible jerseys and play
in much smaller gyms."
To her surprise, her Sparks
played at The Forum, then the
home of the Lakers. The Lak-
ers moved to Staples Center
two years later and the Sparks
joined them there in 2001, win-
ning titles in their first two sea-
sons in the building.
"I really thought the WNBA
would be nothing more than a
summer league," she said. "So
I was totally not prepared for
the first-class treatment, the
opportunity to play on such a
grand stage as The Forum, to
share the same locker rooms

as Magic (John-
son) and Kareem ;
and Coop (Mi-
chael Cooper) and
those guys poured
champagne on
each other, and I
saw that on televi-
Toler holds the WEATHERS
distinction of scor-
ing the first basket in league
history, a baseline jumper with
just under a minute gone.
"The good thing about that,"
she said, "records will be bro-
ken, but that's one that never
will be broken."
As part of the festivities, the
Sparks will be showing a video
and the league will announce
the 30 finalists for the All-
15th Anniversary team, ivith
the 15 players to be selected
in fan voting.
That the WNBA has made

this far is a source of
pride for those there at
the outset. .
S. "I don't think we were
mn any way consider-,
ing not being around,"
,. said Sparks star Tina
Thompson, the only
player in league history
i to have played in every
OON Season. "I don't think
I thought I'd be play-
ing 15 years, but I definitely
thought the WNBA would be
Thompson, in her third sea-
son with Los Angeles, began
her career with the Houston
Comets and helped them win
the league's first four champi-
The founding players are.
pleased with the evolution of
the game. They note the in-
creased versatility of today's
young stars, ~believing the in-
creased exposure to the wom-

en's game has helped their de-
"The players are better now,.
stronger, they're more athlet-
ic, they're more skilled, LoboJ
said. "I think that s because
they watched women s baisket-
ball played at the highest level
since they were you ng k Ids
It's a whole different sports
world that young girls
have been able to groi\ up
with the last 15 years
Weatherspoon. <\rho
coaches the women s
team s4t Louisiana Tech.
"Everyone can play,
inside, outside, shoot
the ball, extend de- i
fenses," she said it s
good to see that e\ -.
ery year it gets better,
every year someone ~1
tries to change :heir ~;~
gamne to look
even better."

BETHESDA, MD. Dear Tiger,
So how did yiou enjoy the U.S. Open?.
Between us, did you throw anything
at the television set? The guess is you
were ready to bite through a seven-
iron shaft for a couple of reasons,
First, there was this new kid who
everybody keeps saying is your new
replacement. The one with the Irish
accent. The one who had a few of your
records gift-wrapped to take bapk
home as souvenirs.
One minute, everyone was saying
how much the U.S. Open missed you.
How there was this void in golf the
size of the Sahara. The next minute,
throngs were chanting, "Let's go Ro-
ry!" and NBC was getting Nicklaus on
the phone for an endorsement. Tiger

"He's a nice kid,"Nicklaus said of
Rory McIlroy, and this was like heair-
ing Zeus give his thoughts on a new
godling who hardly ever missed a
fairway. "He has a pleasant person-
ality. He's humble when he needs to
be, and he's confident when he needs
to be." -
Everybody was saying what a swell
lad this is, and let's hope he never
changes. Uh, Tiger. When's the last
time anyone said that about you?
But let's face it, he managed to win
a big golf tournament without trying
to strangle a single photographer, or
melting on-course microphones with
,a fety adjectives. Friendly and ap-
proachable afterward, too.
So in one weekend, to listen to all
the rhetoric, your era became as ob-

solete as the Berlin Wall. That might
be putting the golf cart a little ahead
of the horse.
If memory serves, Tiger, you still
have a slight edge in majord' 14-1.
But you' know what they say out
of sight, out of mind, and this week
had to be a jarring reminder of just
how out of 'sight you are. Especially
when some 22-year-old is tearing
up a major, with a smile that makes
mothers everywhere want to offer
him a plate of cookies. The public just
loves new faces,
Did you see what Steve Stricker
said? "When Tiger was going well,
that's as good as I've ever seen. I
think Rory is in the same boat."
I always got the idea you always
preferred rowing alone.

You were probably also wondering
why,~ when you were trying to win
this thing on one good leg, the United
States Golf Association didn't have a
course with the teeth of a goldfish.
Everyone thought they'd see Arnold
Palmer dressed up like Lady Graga
before they'd see a guy go 45 straight
holes in the U.S. Open' without a bo-
gey, and not get a sniff of the lead.
But Jason Day did, and didn't.
Someone asked Day what he would
have thought if someone had told
him he'd shoot eight-under par
and lose by eight strokes. "I'd have
said yrou were nuts," he answered.
The players didn't mind the easy
greens. Fewer 77s to explain. "I don't
know how you couldn't like this one,"
Lee Westwood said.

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-AP Photo/Alastair Gr;
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates a point win over Russia's Vera Zvona-
reva during their women's singles final at the AiI England Lawn Tennis Championships at
Wimbledon, Saturday, July 3, 2010.