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VOLUME 88 NUMBER 45 MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 6-12, 2011 50 cents (55 cents in Broward)

Gimenez pulls off a close win in mayoral race

Community leaders "disappointed with Black turnout"

By D. Kevin McNeir

It was a close race but
Carlos Gimenez has taken
over as the mayor of Miami-
Dade County. Now, the real
work begins.

The former Miami city man-
ager and Miami-Dade County
Commissioner defeated Julio
Robaina, former mayor of Hia-
leah by a little over 4,000 votes
last week, taking over the
seat vacated by former mayor
Carlos Alvarez who was sent

packing in a recall vote. And
while some lament over the
lack of Black voter turnout,
Gimenez points to three rea-
sons why he was able to win,
despite being outspent by his
opponent: overwhelming sup-
port from non-Hispanic white

Gimenez has little time
to celebrate with a dead-
line looming of July 15th
for his proposed budget
for the new fiscal year
that begins October 1st.

voters (3:1 margin), solid en-
dorsement by the Hispanic
majority and an adequate nod
from Black voters.
What may have come as a
surprise as the results were
tallied, was the fact that
Gimenez took more than three
times the number of cities and
Please turn to MAYOR 10A

.- Casey Anthony found

: not guilty of murder
By Kyle Hightower

-Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade young Democrats
Front row: State Representative Dwight Bullard (D-118), State Senator Oscar Braynon, II (D-33), State Rep-
resentative Cynthia Stafford (D-109), State Representative John Patrick Julien (D-104), State Representative
Barbara Watson (D-103) and State Representative Franklin Sands (D-98) join young Democrats as they gear up
for the 2012 campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama.

No room for apathy

_ Leislt -rs urge young Watson, 61, joined a group of Black elected officials
and shared their views at the Young Democrats of
voters to get involved now Miami-Dade County's Fired Up event held last week.
"My advice to them was to go use every means pos-
By D. Kevin McNeir sible Facebook, Twitter, you name it to get folks
kmcneitr( amiumiimesonline.com to the polls," Watson said. "We, especially Blacks, have
-to be concerned with the regular, local and state elec-
State Representative Barbara Watson celebrated tions not just every four years when it's time to elect
both our country's independence and her birthday on the president. We are leaving too much up for grabs
July 4th. But she says that when it comes to recent and right now the Republicans are making the deci-
bills passed in Tallahassee, she, along with her fellow sions because they have a huge majority in the Florida
Democrats, has very little to celebrate. Please turn to YOUNG VOTERS 10A

ORLANDO, (AP) A Florida jury has acquit-
ted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old
daughter Caylee.
Anthony began crying when the jury's verdict
was read yesterday after more than 10 hours of
deliberations. She hugged her attorney afterward
and a prosecutor shook his head in disbelief. She
could have received a death sentence if she had
been convicted of first-degree murder.
She was found guilty of lying to investigators.
Judge Belvin Perry will sentence her Thursday.
Shp could receive up to a year in jail for each

Caylee disappeared in June 2008 and her body
was found in woods near her grandparent's home
six months later.

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U.S. Rep. fights for vet
By Randy Grice

Recently jailed war veteran
U.S. Army Specialist Elisha
Dawkins received some much
needed help from an elected offi-
cial. Frederica Wilson, U.S. Rep-
resentative, 17th District, wrote
Janet Napolitano, homeland
security chief, last week ask-
ing for authorities not to deport
26-year-old Dawkins.
"Mr. Dawkins grew up in Mi-
ami, Mr. Dawkins went to school
in Miami and Mr. Dawkins ELISHA DAWKINS
Please turn to FIGHT 10A U.S. Army Specialist

Mo nment pays ... Former City auditor

trute to life of clueless about firing
tribte o lie o

By Randy Grice

Last week family, friends and community members
gathered at Sherdavia Jenkins Park Place, located on
the corner of NW 12th Avenue and NW 62nd Street in
Liberty City to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the
death of nine-year-old Sherdavia Jenkins.
A time capsule like monument was dedicated in her
honor on the premises of the park.
"Young Sherdavia lost her life here in Liberty Square,"
said Gene Tinnie, Kuumba Artists Collective of South
Florida. "She became a symbol of all the children and we
are here to remember all those children that we lost to '
violence." ---Miami Times photos/Donnalyn Anthony
David Jenkins, the father of Sherdavia, was also in at- PRAYER WARRIOR: Toddrese Sutton, 5, shares a prayer in the memo-
tendance at the ceremony. ry of Sherdavia Jenkins, while Carib-Indian tribal queen, Catherine Hum-
Please turn to JENKINS 10A mingbird Ramirez and others listen in.

S Former City of Miami audi-
Stor Victor Igwe was terminat-
Sed from his post of
* 12 years with little
. to no explanation
* outside of the ex-
* piration of his con-
"The personnel
director gave me a
: letter informing me
that I was termi-
Snated and I really IGI
don't understand
why," he said.
Igwe, 59, had developed a
reputation for being some-
what of a whistle blower over
Sthe years for uncovering the
misdeeds of city workers.

Over a decade ago, he found
that the director of the Bay-
front Park Trust was misus-
ing city funds. In a separate
audit, Igwe discovered what
he believed to be
improper payments
from a city commu-
nity redevelopment
agency, which even-
tually led to inves-
tigations involving
Arthur Teele Jr.,
former city com-
missioner. Accord-
IE ing to a termination
letter from Employ-
ee Relations Director Beverly
Pruitt and Deputy City Man-
ager Luis Cabrera, Igwe was
being fired because the city
commission had not taken
Please turn to FIRING 10A

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Blacks who don't vote: Talking

loud and saying nothing
here are several ways to bring about change in
America but the most formidable means is through
Sthe ballot. Like it or not, those who represent us as
our elected officials really do have a great deal of power -
just look at the bills that Florida's Governor Rick Scott has
pushed through that took effect on July 1st.
What's that? You don't know what the new legislation in-
cludes or how it will impact your life? That's the problem.
Blacks allow others to become empowered as our state
representative, congressman, governor or most recently,
county mayor, and throw up our hands as if we were pow-
erless in the process. That may have been true in the past
but it isn't today. However, when we do not exercise our
right to vote and it is a right we may as well be pre-
pareD for our communities and our families to be over-
looked, left out, sidelined and ignored.
There simply is no excuse for the lackluster turnout of
Blacks in the county mayor's race. But you can be sure
that folks will complain if County Mayor Carlos Gimenez
fails to make life better for Blacks in Miami-Dade County.
When you consider the long struggle that our ancestors
faced just to make sure they could vote, it's enough to
make you shake your head in shame. And shame is the
most appropriate word here.
Republicans have taken back our government on the lo-
cal and national front. Members of the Tea Party are suc-
cessfully pushing their agenda through, effectively turn-
ing back the clock. Meanwhile, Blacks busy themselves
with mundane issues instead of dealing with the fact that
we lead the way in the number of unemployed, the num-
ber of those living with HIV/AIDS, the number of unwed
mothers, the number of men in prison, the number of high
school dropouts and the number of individuals dying due
to homicide.
All of that can be addressed if we have the right kinds of
folks representing us at the various levels of government.
But until Blacks wake up from our decades-long slumber,
we will continue to hold our place at the back of the line,
in the worst of all neighborhoods and with little chance to
ever access and enjoy the so-called American Dream.

AIDS is NOT a gay disease

it's a Black epidemic

When HIV/AIDS first hit a small group of men in
New York City and Los Angeles, most people felt
they had nothing to fear. After all, the strange
and dreaded disease only impacted "homosexuals, heroin
addicts, hemophiliacs and Haitians." But as we all know,
such beliefs were based on ignorance and prejudice.
The real truth is HIV/AIDS is an equal opportunity dis-
ease that is impacting the lives of Black women and young
Black males at an alarming rate. That means that we are
losing the potential to to continue our race. And we con-
tinue to act as if we were immune. But the statistics say
That's why it's so difficult to understand why so many
Black adolescents and adults in Miami and across the na-
tion are still unaware of their HIV status. Health officials
say that Blacks tend to live in a state of denial or so-called
blissful ignorance. However, we think it's just fear. And
that is the real tragedy because whether you are positive
or negative, it's not fear that is your enemy, it's not taking
care of yourself.
Certainly no one wants to be HIV-positive, but it is no
longer a death sentence. People are living much longer
lives, managing their disease with better nutrition and
sometimes with a daily regiment of medicines. But they
are living and some say they are living well.
None of that is possible, however, if you don't know your
We applaud the efforts of young adults in our area colleg-
es and universities, as well as our sisters in Orlando who
have persuaded over 88,000 Black women to get tested
since Sistahs Organizing to Survive (SOS) was founded in
We can no longer afford to waste our time pointing fin-
gers at our brothers and sisters. No one "deserves" to get
HIV/AIDS. But there are still ways to protect one's self.
And it begins with education and awareness. Get tested,
know your status and ... be safe.



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Black mayors bolster war on unemployment | ^A
The recent elections of Alvin pirations until a Jacksonville background as the former mer to work in Ma'3 or Freden-
Brown as Jacksonville, Flor- pastor co-signed for a loan to president of the Denver Ur- co Pena's office. After gradu-
ida's first Black mayor and keep him in school. ban League and his two- ation he earned his Master's
Michael Hancock as Denver's Brown earned his B.S. and terms as president of the in public administration from
second Black mayor, provide M.B.A. from Jacksonville Denver City Council with in- The University of Colorado-
much needed new hope and State and completed post spring his run for City Hall. Denver.
leadership in the war on un- graduate study at Harvard's He won a run-off election on Hancock started his career
employment. Both Brown and in the 1990's, holding down
Hancock have strong Urban two jobs at the Denver Hous-
League roots and both have n May 19th, Alvin Brown, a former president of the ing Authority and the Na-
made job creation in their cit- Greater Washington Urban League Guild, shook up the tional Civic League. He joined
ies job number one. political establishment of Florida's largest city when he Metro Denver's Urban League
On May 19th, Alvin Brown won election as Jacksonville's first Black mayor. affiliate in 1995 and in 1999,
a former president of the at the age of 29, became the
Greater Washington Urban youngest Urban League presi-
League Guild, shook up the Kennedy School of Govern- June 6 and becomes the sec- dent in America.
political establishment of ment. He served as a senior ond Black mayor in the his- When asked about his pri-
Florida's largest city when he urban affairs advisor for both tory of the Mile High City. orities as Mayor, Hancock an-
won election as Jacksonville's President Bill Clinton and Wellington Webb was the first, swered, "Growing jobs, with-
first Black mayor. Mayor- Vice President Al Gore. As ex- serving from 1991-2003. out question. Everything we do
elect Brown's long arc to City ecutive director of the White Hancock had a tough child- will be about the sustainability
Hall began in the working House Community Empower- hood. Growing up, he and of jobs in this city. Nothing's
class neighborhoods of Jack- ment Board, he managed a his nine siblings experienced more important ..."
sonville, where he was raised $4 billion initiative to create periods of homelessness. A Brown and Hancock know
by a devoted mother and jobs in urban America. Upon brother died of AIDS. A sis- what it means to beat the
grandmother who worked two winning the election, Brown ter was killed by an estranged odds. They are also both com-
jobs to raise him and his sib- said, "My first priority is jobs. boyfriend. Through it all, mitted to creating good jobs
lings. He worked as a meat We must invest in the inner Hancock has always been a so that more Americans like
cutter at the local Winn Dixie city and create public-private leader, both in his family and them have the chance to real-
while attending Jacksonville partnerships." in the Denver community. He ize their dreams. We congrat-
State University. Hard times Denver Mayor-elect, Mi- attended college in Nebraska, ulate them on their victories
almost derailed his college as- chael Hancock, credits his returning home every sum- and wish them all the best.

SBY GARY L. FLOWER, r"'" ".T ':

Blacks need consciousness not cookouts

As the United States cel-
ebrates another Indepen-
dence Day (July 4), recogniz-
ing a principled stand by early
American colonists against
the tyranny of England's King
George, we should learn from
the words of Frederick Doug-
las, who in 1852 eloquently
cited the hypocrisy of our na-
tion to celebrate the liberty of
independence amidst the in-
stitution of slavery.
While Blacks are free from
the brutality of physical bond-
age, our minds, in the words of
Douglas, seem to ".. chime
in with the popular theme .
." of hot dogs, hamburgers,
John Phillip Sousa and fire-
In short, we need to place

consciousness over cookouts.
Douglas' contemporary,
Harriet Tubman, prophetically
said that worse than the in-
stitution of slavery may have
been the reality of many Black
people who did not recognize
their state of enslavement.

since 1865
76 percent of seniors test-
ing positive for HIV
70 percent of un-wed births
60 percent of U.S. home
50 percent high-school
dropout rates

et, despite a fearsome fire burning our heritage house of
honor we joyfully eat, drink and be merry cooking out-
side in the yard. We must put the family fire out.

July 4, 2011 may well mark
the most perilous position for
Blacks in America since slav-
ery. For example:
The first generation less
educated than the previous

50 percent of U.S. jail pop-
Yet, despite a fearsome fire
burning our heritage house
of honor we joyfully eat, drink
and be merry cooking outside

in the yard. We must put the
family fire out.
What must we do short of
canceling cookouts? First, we
must know our history trag-
ic and triumphant. Second, we
raise our conscious level from
the basement of "Dancing with
the Stars" and "American Idol"
to the rooftop relevant pur-
suits that lift one another.
Lastly, we must turn to each
other and not on each other.
WE is a lot stronger the ME.
If Black people to not recog-
nize that all of us-the wealthy
and the without are still
seen as the wretched by most
of America we should have an-
other cookout. Only this time
we may find ourselves served
up as seared slaves again.


Ostracizing Black leaders who criticize Obama

The Bible is filled with char-
acters who started out on
shaky ground: Paul, David
and Solomon, among them
- before being transformed
into epic figures. But it seems
that Black leaders who dare
to criticize President Obama
don't get second chances. In-
stead, they are the object of
widespread ridicule and con-
I spent some time last week
with two such leaders Cor-
nel West and Jesse Jackson
- at the National Newspa-
per Publishers Association
(NNPA) national convention
in Chicago. Although their
standing among Blacks has
slipped, their analysis of
where Blacks have been and
need to go is as incisive as
Neither Jackson nor West
should be viewed in isolation.
The Black community does
not want to hear anything bad
about Barack Obama, even if
it's true. If a White president
had been as dismissive of
Blacks' interests as Obama

has been, Blacks would have
been ready to march on the
White House. As Michael Eric
Dyson says, "This president
runs from race like a Black
man runs from a cop."
Even so, many Blacks treat
him like royalty.
The problem with West and

In Jackson's case, he has
been largely excommunicat-
ed from the race for a com-
ment that reeked of envy.
After an interview on Fox
News in 2008, he told a fel-
low guest that he wanted to
cut Obama's private parts off.
He also used the N-word in a

Still, Jackson was correct to point out that sometimes
Obama speaks down to Blacks, especially when he lec-
tures Blacks on moral responsibility but does not make
similar speeches to White audiences.

Jackson is their critiques,
however valid, were wrapped
in language that was offen-
sive to many Blacks. To call
Obama the Black mascot of
Wall Street oligarchs, a term
most people hadn't heard
since their last high school
civics class, is over the edge.
There are some Black Anglo-
Saxons who deserve to be
called mascots and worse
and I've called them that. But
Obama is not in that category.

conversation that he did not
know was being picked up
by the microphones. Jackson
later apologized, but many, if
not most Blacks, haven't for-
given Jackson for his crude
Still, Jackson was cor-
rect to point out that some-
times Obama speaks down
to Blacks, especially when
he lectures Blacks on moral
responsibility but does not
make similar speeches to

White audiences. West is cor-
rect in stating that the admin-
istration does not pay enough
attention to the needs of the
poor and Blacks.
Despite overwhelming evi-
dence of disproportionate
Black suffering during this
recession, Obama refuses to
target the specific needs of
Blacks. Yet, it was not a mis-
take to address the specific
needs of Wall Street. He can
speak to the specific agenda
of gays and lesbians without
it being considered a mis-
take. It was not a mistake in
Obama's mind to speak to
the specific needs of the au-
tomobile industry. It was not
a mistake to speak to the spe-
cial interests of banks. But
when it comes to the needs
of Blacks, we are supposed
to wait for progress to trick-
le down to and upon us. We
have far more serious issues
facing Black America. And we
need the voices and analysis
of all of our national leaders,
even after they have put their
foot in their mouth.

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

The pen is
Florida Governor Rick Scott
has shown us that the pen
is indeed mightier than the
sword. Since taking office,
the Governor and his pen
have wreaked more pain and
suffering on the people than a
sword-wielding ninja. He has
used his pen to slash Florida's
education budget and to cut
other social programs which
serve some of Florida neediest
citizens. The massive budget
cuts are not only adversely af-
fecting the children, the dis-
abled and the elderly popu-
lation in Florida. In fact, all
of Florida's public sector em-
ployees are feeling the wrath
of the Governor's pen.
Since taking office, Scott
has signed some very con-
troversial bills into law. On
May 31, he signed the Welfare
Recipients Drug Testing bill
HB 353, which will require
Florida residents applying for
welfare assistance to submit

I support anyone who sup-
ports diversity. City Mayor Re-
galado to his credit appointed
Tony Crapp to the city man-
ager position and kept Larry
Spring as CFO, and for that
act of inclusion the Mayor gets
my endorsement.. However,
the City seems to be falling
apart at the seams under his
regime. The CFO departed fol-
lowed by the city manager in
the midst of a budget crisis.
The we find that Regalado
requested a $200,000 check
cut payable to City Police
Chief Exposito as a pay-out
package. In the legal profes-
sion, the rule of thumb is that
settlement negotiations are
confidential. So it seems like
Exposito is a snake who nego-
tiates a settlement check and
then uses it to embarrass the
other side.
Now Exposito is calling for
yet another investigation of
the mayor. Can we get out of
the tit-for-tat investigation
game? There are a lot of real

still mightier than the
to and pass a drug test in or- And if a parent is using drugs
der to qualify for benefits. If and applying for public assis-
an applicant fails the drug tance, the case worker needs
test, there are options avail- to know. There are agen-
able for children to receive cies and programs available
their benefits. This move is a throughout the State of Flor-
step in the right direction for ida for anyone that wants to

ince taking office, Scott has signed some very contro-
versial bills into law. On May 31, he signed the Welfare
Recipients Drug Testing bill HB 353, which will require
Florida residents applying for welfare assistance to submit to and
pass a drug test in order to qualify for benefits.

the residents of Florida, espe-
cially for dependent children.
Critics of this bill have been
very vocal in their claim that
this bill implies that all wel-
fare recipients are drug users.
This is absolutely incorrect. I
am a former welfare recipient
and I never used drugs. How-
ever, this is not to say that
all welfare recipients are all
drug-free individuals either.

address their drug problem.
Often times drug use is the
reason behind an individual
being unemployed or in need
of public assistance. I have
lived in communities stricken
with poverty and substance
abuse. I have watched fami-
lies struggle to try and get
the bills paid when the head
of household has a drug ad-
diction. It was common for

crimes that have not yet been
solved that we regular citizens
would rather see attended to
- or is that too much to ask?
It's time to end the soap op-
era and help Exposito find a
new home. Under his tenure,
there have been more ques-
tionable shootings of Black

after shooting, so let me spell
it out. Blacks are tired of hav-
ing their young men gunned
down under your administra-
tion. Not only are we tired of
it, but we are getting really
pissed off, temperatures are
beginning to boil and we just
don't need this pot to boil over.

Now Exposito is calling for yet another investigation of
the mayor. Can we get out of the tit-for-tat investigation
game? There are a lot of real crimes that have not yet
been solved that we regular citizens would rather see attended
to ...

men than under any police
chief in the history of the
City of Miami. His continued
presence is' detrimental to
the relationship between the
Black community and the
City of Miami Police Depart-
ment. Perhaps he is too far
removed or has not noted the
anger in community meetings
where he and his staff go to
attempt to explain shooting

When the pot boils over and
some real estate is torched
and tourism is impacted to
the tune of couple hundred
million dollars, then maybe
some of the power brokers
will notice that there is a poor
and undeserved community
in this town that needs atten-
tion and not the attention that
ends in the unfortunate death
of our young people.

sword ,4
children in my community to
ask me and other neighbors
to help them get their mama
out of the crack house with
the food-stamps or the money
for the electric bill before the
moneywas smoked up. By no
means am I saying that all
welfare recipients are drug
users or fiscally irresponsible.
What I am saying is I agree
with Scott on this one.
Many critics denounce the
drug testing of welfare ap-
plicants as an invasion of
privacy or say they are sus-
picious of the governor's mo-
tive. None of us knows for
certain what is behind the
governor wanting to test wel-
fare applicants. But one thing
is certain millions of South
Florida children stand to gain
from living with a drug free,
self-supporting and indepen-
dent parent. And for me that
is enough. I will accept those

Blacks in this town are pa-
tient and we continue to give
the system a chance, but at a
certain point when the system
fails the lion will arise from
his slumber and God help ev-
erybody, because it will not be
I am hoping that someone
can convince the powers to
be to really investigate the
shootings and stop clear-
ing every single person who
guns down a Black man. We
have grown tired of every re-
port stating it appeared that
the suspect had a weapon.
If you are a Black man and
you get stopped by our city
police here's my recommen-
dation: Very slowly show your
hands, don't run, don't blow
your nose and don't reach for
your registration in the glove
department. Living in the
City of Miami puts you at risk
for getting shot in a justified
shooting. Exposito needs to
leave, along with his trigger-
happy pals.


Voter ID is not modern-day Jim Crow

Having experienced the psy-
chological pain of Jim Crow laws
firsthand, I won't allow those
who likely only read about Jim
Crow in history books to trivial-
ize it.
That's why I'm outraged about
a recent edition of TV One's
"Washington Watch" in which
host Roland Martin and Rep-
resentative Debbie Wasserman

Schultz (D-FL) compared state-
level voter identification rules to
Jim Crow.
To the contrary, requiring val-
id identification in exchange for
something as sacred as a ballot
is a pragmatic approach to gov-
It's an insult to the intelligence
and integrity of the American
people, especially Blacks, to play


the race card where race is not
an issue.
We are required to have a
state-issued driver's license for
many daily activities. Besides
specifically verifying a person
can operate a motor vehicle, it's
used for everything from access
to buildings to birthday dis-
In most cases, voter ID laws
allow multiple forms of photo ID
(including workplace ID badges)
and some states even accept
utility bills. When valid ID is
lacking, almost all states allow
provisional ballots or votes cast
after someone signs an affidavit
or provides personal information
available on voter rolls.
I've been voting since 1970,
and I've always taken my driv-
er's license with me to the poll-
ing place to identify myself to the
election judges. It seems like a
common sense thing whether it
is required or not.
I find it appalling and uncon-
scionable, if the claim is true,
that 25 percent of voting age
Blacks lack valid government-
issued photo ID. It's not like
they're hard to get. My 12-year-
old daughter got one for airport
security. It would seem harder to
avoid having proper identifying
documentation than not these
The problem with liberals is
they want to be paternal and
involve themselves in the ma-
nipulation of Blacks' right to life,
liberty and the pursuit of hap-
piness. If 25 percent of Blacks

don't have valid
ID, they obviously don't want
one. The onus should be placed
on them to obtain one. It is
their personal responsibility to
be productive citizens. If cost is
a problem, as some claim, why
aren't deep-pocketed liberals
making this problem their char-
ity of choice?
Wasserman Schultz and Mar-
tin born in 1966 and 1968,
respectively never had the
opportunity to experience Jim
Crow. They lack the credibility to
discuss such an assertion much
less throw it out there.
I experienced Jim Crow as a
young boy traveling through the
segregated South. Even though
we were decent and had mon-
ey, we couldn't stop at roadside
restaurants and be served like
other people because we were
Black. We carried our food on ice
in the car: fried chicken, bolo-
gna, pops, vegetables and fruit.
When we went to the movies in
Pensacola or DeFuniak Springs,
Florida, we had to sit in the bal-
cony because we were black. I
quit going to the movies because
I refused to give the racists my
father's hard-earned money.
People such as Wasserman
Schultz and Martin need to stop
playing the race card in hopes of
stirring up racial discontent and
scoring political points. There
are real issues of discrimination
in this country such as access
to capital for Black businesspeo-
ple and access to the financial
markets for their businesses.

Do you believe that new County Mayor Carlos Gimenez will

adequately address the needs of the Black community?
ERIC PEAVEY, 23 KAROLYNE FLEMING, 59 but he is just .^ MARY DEZERN, 77
Correction Officer, Miami Retired, Miami Gardens another politi- Retired, Liberty City
I ________ cian.
No I don't 'ik-n. It is hard to I Itin he will be the r

think so. I
don't agree
with his poli-
cies. I'm not
exactly sure,
but it just
doesn't seem
to look that way.

Longshoreman, Liberty City
Well, yes. .---
The new may-
or seems like
he is a good
and honest

read a politi-
cian because
you have not
had a close ,
enough expe-
rience with
them and usu-
ally the only-----
time you see
them is at a church service pri-
or to being elected.

Retired, Liberty City

No, I don't think he is aware
of what is going on. I feel like he
is just another politician and
we do have some exceptions,

Retired, Liberty City

No, most of the leaders in
Miami-Dade County are Cuban
and they look -
out for the Cu-
ban people,
they are not ., '.,
interested in .
us as far as I 'i.P".
can tell. .*',-' .

7___ _

person to ad-
dress our is-
sues. So far
he appears to
be the right
person and I
do hope that
he will do the
right thing as
an elected of-

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


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Where government isn't the boss

By Ken Paulson

There's not a lot of free
speech in most workplaces.
The First Amendment pro-
vides that government can-
not limit our speech, but we
don't enjoy the same liberty
where we work.
If you doubt that, you may
want to try to petition your
boss for a redress of griev-
ances and then organize a
march to his office to make
your point. Chances are your
free speech will end up giv-
ing you more free time than
you ever intended.
But what happens when
legislators not bosses -
try to limit what you say
while you're on the job? For
doctors in several states and
teachers in Tennessee, that's
not an abstract question.
In recent months, unprec-
edented legislation has been
introduced that would curb
the conversation of profes-
The Florida Legislature
passed a law prohibiting
doctors from asking patients
whether they own guns. Pe-
diatricians frequently ask
about guns and other poten-
tial safety hazards to kids.
Similar legislation has been
introduced in North Carolina
and Alabama.
A bill was introduced in
the Tennessee Senate that
would have barred teachers
from talking about homo-
sexuality in middle or ele-
mentary school. A version of
the "Don't Say Gay" bill was

Do youi

a in

Can state lawmakers tell professionals that some questions are off-lim-
its? Not if we want to uphold the First Amendment.

approved by the Senate after
being amended to bar lesson.
plans or teaching material
concerning homosexuality.
This is new turf. Can state
lawmakers tell professionals
that some questions are off
limits? More specifically, can
a state ban an inquiry such
as "Do you have guns in your
home? Are they safely locked
away from the reach of chil-

Supporters of the Florida
bill said that patients are
made to feel uncomfortable
when asked about guns at
home, and that it chills their
Second Amendment rights.
"We take our children to pe-
diatricians for medical care,
not moral judgment, not pri-
vacy intrusions," said Nation-
al Rifle Association lobbyist

Marion Hammer.
Maybe I'm going to the
wrong doctors. Every gen-
eral practitioner I've had has
asked me personal questions
about what I eat, how much I
exercise and whether I drink,
a question that chills my 21st
Amendment rights.
This isn't a' policy debate,
about whether doctors should
or shouldn't talk to patients
Please turn to FREE SPEECH 7A

Legal battles looming over political maps

Politicians fight changes passed by voters to redraw districts

By Aaron Deslatte

TALLAHASSEE Florida law-
makers tasked with redrawing
the state's political maps are
professing they'll follow the con-
stitutional amendments passed
last year to strip partisanship
from the redistricting process.
Meanwhile, their lawyers are try-
ing to invalidate them in court.
- A federal lawsuit set for a July
29 hearing in Miami is one of
the major wild cards in Florida's
politically charged process of
redrawing legislative and con-
gressional maps during the next
year. Lawmakers need to appor-
tion a decade-long population
increase of about three million
people across 40 Senate and 120
House seats, while adding two
new congressional districts to
the existing 25.

Lawmakers last week launched
the first round of hearings to get
public feedback on how they'll
draw the lines, especially under
the Fair Districts constitutional
rules requiring the maps to be
drawn compactly, without favor-
ing incumbents or political par-
At all four meetings, lawmak-
ers said they planned to follow
"the will of the voters." Citizens
who showed up urged them to
do just that, even as they com-
plained.that there were no maps
already drawn for them to com-
ment on. And virtually all of
them questioned why legislators
were still fighting in court over
reforms passed by 63 percent of

"We need to stop wasting time
and money by fighting these
amendments and just do it,"
complained Paula Montgomery,
with the Pensacola Bay Area
League of Women Voters.
Left largely unmentioned:
Lawyers with the Orlando-based
GrayRobinson firm to defeat the
congressional standards also
traveled to the hearings, gather-
ing their' own input for the wave
of litigation that could loom.
GOP lawmakers stress they in-
tend to follow the law.
"My job is to abide by the law,
and no judge has told me differ-
ently," said House Redistricting
Chairman Will Weatherford, R-
Wesley Chapel.
But that could happen as soon
as next month.

A day after Florida voters
passed Amendments 5 and 6 in
November one applied to legis-
lative redistricting, the other to
congressional lines U.S. Reps.

Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville,
and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Mi-
ami, filed suit, alleging that
the congressional amendment
infringed on the power of Con-
gress to regulate elections.
Both lawmakers represent
"minority-access" districts
drawn to cobble together a
large-enough plurality of Blacks
or Hispanics to reliably elect mi-
nority lawmakers; Brown's dis-
trict spans nine counties, from
Jacksonville to Orlando. Both
want to preserve the Legisla-
ture's power to draw such dis-
House Speaker Dean Can-
non who personally argued
his chamber's unsuccessful Su-
preme Court challenge to the
amendments last year ordered
the House to join their suit last
spring. That means taxpayers
are paying for both the House's
challenge and the Department
of State's defense of the new
"The House has a considerable
interest in establishing the un-
constitutionality of the amend-
ment," the chamber's outside .
legal team wrote last spring,
adding, "The precedential effect
of an adverse ruling could im-
pair the House's interests in fu-
ture litigation, including litiga-
tion regarding the validity of any
forthcoming redistricting plan."
Joining the fight in defense of
Fair Districts is the National As-
sociation for the Advancement
of Colored People, Democracia
Ahora, the American Civil Lib-
erties Union and the League of
Women Voters of Florida, along
with five Democratic legislators.

They argue that the lawmak-
ers are really seeking to main-
tain the status quo: the ability
to gerrymander districts to keep
their party in power.

"The incumbents are'not go-
ing to be easily plied away from
their ability to draw their own
seats. But we're convinced it's
the right thing to do," said Fair
Districts general counsel Dan
Gelber, a former. Democratic
legislator from Miami Beach.
Preserving minority-access
districts of- even adding more
- could make it easier for Re-
publicans to maintain their su-
permajorities in the Legislature
and Congress even though reg-
istered Democrats outnumber
Republicans by 600,000. 'The
reason: Reliably Democratic-
voting minorities tend to live in
more densely populated urban
areas. By grouping them, leg-
islators "bleach" surrounding
districts, leaving them more
white and more Republican.




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If we really intend to update NCLB, let's help the boys

By RiShawn Biddle
and Richard Whitmire

The good news is that the na-
tion's school reform law, No Child
Left Behind, may soon get its
long-overdue update. The bad
news is that nowhere on the list
of fixes offered up by Congress or
Education Secretary Arne Dun-
can is the one change likely to
trigger real school improvements:
Make schools boy-friendly.
Why focus on the boys? Be-
cause our sons are flunking out
of school and into economic fail-
ure. Far too many boys drop out
of high school at a time in which
what you know is more important
for success than what you can do
with your bare hands.

Many boys who do graduate are
either unready or uninterested in
college. That's why women earn
62 percent of all two-year degrees
and 57 percent of all four-year de-
Currently, No Child pretends
that boy troubles don't exist. By
holding schools accountable for
just racial- and poverty-based
achievement gaps, it ignores the
fact that women are doing better
than men in school. Black women,
for example, earn two out of ev-
ery three college degrees awarded
to Blacks, while white girls from
working-class families are faring
far better than their brothers.

We know what you're thinking:

I ,

Fixing NCLB is supposed to less-
en the accountability burden for
schools. Forcing schools to keep
track of student progress by gen-
der would only add to their bur-
Point taken. But many expect
that the new law will greatly nar-
row the accountability focus,
probably to the lowest performing
five percent of schools. That will
lessen the accountability burden
for most schools. As for the bot-
tom five percent, those are the
schools with the biggest gender
Consider the downside of ignor-
ing boys.
Boys account for three out of
every five high school students
who drop out of school. Boys are

also more likely to be labeled
learning disabled and relegated
to special education classes than
their female peers; 12 percent of
boys and young men ages six-21
were labeled learning disabled in
the 2007-08 school year, vs. six
percent for female peers.
Boys, regardless of race, eth-
nicity or economic class, are
also more likely to struggle in
reading. Forty-one percent of
Asian fourth-grade boys eligible
for free-or-reduced lunch were
functionally illiterate vs. only 29
percent of their female peers; 43
percent of Black boys who aren't
eligible for free lunch were func-
tionally illiterate compared with
just 32 percent of their female


pitched as needed

economic patch

By Alan Gomez

WASHINGTON The last rime the Obama adminis-
tration made a hard push to legalize some of the chil-
dren of illegal immigrants, officials focused on some of
the inspirational and sympathetic stories of honor stu-
dents who could gain legal status through the Dream
As Democrats renew their push for that act in a Sen-
ate hearing recently, the sales pitch will also focus on
how those children can help the nation's foundering
The Dream Act provides legal residency and the even-
tual chance for illegal immigrants brought into the U.S.
as children to become full-fledged citizens. These immi-
grants, under the proposed law, could become citizens
if they maintain a clean criminal record, graduate from
high school and plan on attending college or joining the
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said recently he
will continue to support passage of the law by explain-
ing how the hundreds of thousands of people who could
benefit from the act would contribute to the economy.

Because they would be getting better jobs, they'd be
paying more taxes, starting businesses and creating
jobs, all of which would infuse a much-needed kick-
start to the economy and help drive down the national
debt, Duncan said.
"This could be a piece of a solution to a number of the
challenges our country faces," Duncan said.
.Whatever the argument, it will be a hard sell.
The Dream Act, or the Development, Relief and Edu-
cation for Alien Minors Act, passed the Democratic-
controlled House in December, but fell short of the 60
votes necessary to win passage in the Senate. Since
then, Republicans have taken over the House, and GOP
leaders have said they won't consider the Dream Act
until the U.S.-Mexico border is secure and Congress
examines the legislation alongside other enforcement

Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican who chairs
the House Judiciary Committee, said the economic ar-
gument would not help because U.S. citizens are most
concerned about their own jobs.
"Americans don't want a jobs bill for illegal immi-
grants, they want an opportunity to go back to work,"
Smith said in a statement.
But Duncan pointed to the fact that there are three
million unfilled jobs in America in the fields of in the
fields of science, technology, education and mathemat-
ics that these students could help fill.
Senate Democrats are well aware of the difficulty in
passing the act through the new House, which leads
some to believe that the renewed push for the Dream
Act is designed simply as a political ploy to show His-
panic voters ahead of the 2012 elections that the Demo-
crats are working for them.
"They have to try that to cover themselves, even
though they know it's not going to go anywhere," said
Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations for
NumbersUSA, a group that wants to limit both legal
and illegal immigration.
Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat who has spent
years trying to pass the Dream Act, said recently he
doubts he has the votes needed to get it passed through
the Senate. But he's sponsoring the bill again because
enough Republicans have told him privately that there
are ways they could support it, so he's confident a
compromise can be reached even though so many other
immigration-related issues remain divisive.
"I always felt it was kind of in a special category,"
Durbin said. "I face these young people all the time and
I can't turn around and I can't quit."



Prisoners support idea of self-empowerment

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr,

Never can I recall a
time in my younger
years when bigotry or
hatred towards anoth-
er race of people was
taught in my family's
household. H
And although I definitely
grew up feeling that it was im-
portant for me to have pride
and interest in the cultural
values that constitute the Af-
rican heritage, I can not for
the life of me remember ever
being under the influence of
the kind of training at home
emphasizing a strong need for
me to pursue and achieve self-
The truth is that it did not
even occur to me until later in
life how vital the empowerment
of self is to one's existence. By
observing different scenarios
regarding the privileged and
underprivileged, I learned
on my own that the level of a
man's power to act or influence
can mean the difference be-

tween freedom and cap-
tivity, self-reliance and
self-betrayal and ulti-
mately life and death.
And when a person or
group of people are fail-
ing socially, there is a
doorway that will most
ALL likely lead them to a
path of subjugation and power-
lessness, particularly towards
the life-altering decisions that
affect their community but are
authorized by others.
The typical Jewish family
encourages their kids to get
involved with the family busi-
ness at a very young age be-
fore finally sending them off
to college to later become doc-
tors, lawyers and politicians.
They learn early in life about
the value of self-empowerment
and pass the lesson on to their
As the struggle continues,
the general challenge how-
ever for Blacks' have been to
improve efforts on attaining
self-empowerment and taking
on the role of leadership. The

same energy being put into
excelling in sports and enter-
tainment should also be put
into establishing within our
community, a collective action
that will give us all the power
to accomplish a purpose.
Naturally, as a Black man
who possesses pure African
lineage, the idea of seeing more
qualified Blacks in power ap-
peals to me. In my immediate
environment, when I discover
a correctional officer or high
ranking official who I could
identify with racially and cul-
turally and find that they are
dutifully impartial towards
their own kind as if making
it be know that they are down
with the struggle, I appreciate
the fact that they are able to
represent the Black communi-
ty and utilize their power in an
honorable way. And as much as
I would like to keep the focus
on the good, I can not fail to
point out the bad and the ugly
in those Black officers who
are comfortable with being
harsh towards Black inmates

and sometimes will even make
you want to say that the worse
thing that you could ever do is
give a Black man some power.
This is only a kind sugges-
tion -- whenever you're not too
busy, please take time out to
open up your mind to the lyr-
ics of Maze featuring Frankie
Beverly and realize that we are
And yes we can.
I'm personally looking for-
ward to four more years of be-
lieving in Obama's cry to the
American people -- so much
that I have decided to donate
$5 out of my inmate bank ac-
count to his 2012 presidential
It would also be so encourag-
ing to see more qualified people
who look like me in positions
of power, climbing to the top
with a sense of commitment
to the communities in which
they come from. We need more
Black folks to become politi-
cians, judges, law enforcers,
correctional officers, adminis-
trators and entrepreneurs.

Senegal cracks down on riots

By Will Connors

Senegal deployed its mili-
tary recently to clamp down
on antigovernment riots after
protesters attacked govern-
ment buildings and burned
tires, following a week of spo-
radic protests that have jolted
the leadership of one of Afri-
ca's most stable countries.
The military deployment in
the capital, Dakar, appeared
to have cleared the streets of
protesters, though some have
vowed to continue agitating
against the government of oc-
togenarian President Abdou-
laye Wade.
Recently, the military sent
troops to guard several sites
around the city, including a
$27 million statue seen by
many as a symbol of govern-
ment waste. Protesters said
they aimed to topple the 164-
foot statue, African Renais-
sance, which was built by a
North Korean firm.
Protests were triggered last
week by a proposed change
to the constitution by Wade
that critics say would have
eased his path to a third
term. Thousands of protesters
took to the streets, prompting
police to fire tear gas in at-
tempts to disperse them.

Protesters also reacted vio-
lently to prolonged power
cuts, and on Monday thou-
sands of rioters attacked gov-
ernment buildings, including
the state power utility, which

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kar street, shown recently following protests against Abdoulaye

later apologized for electricity
outages across the country.
Deploying the military is
"a short-term strategy," says
Mwangi Kimenyi, a senior
fellow and director of the
Africa Growth Initiative at
the Brookings Institution in
Washington. "This is not go-

ing to be sustainable. As long
as you have issues people feel
they can blame on the gov-
ernment, these riots will con-
Another chief target of the
protests has been the presi-
dent's son, Karim Wade. The
French-educated banker
heads five different ministries
in Senegal. Opposition fig-
ures say he is being groomed
to succeed his father.
As they marched through
the streets last week, some
demonstrators held signs
saying: "Senegal is not a dy-
The unrest is a major set-
back for the government of
Senegal, a country that has
never experienced a coup and
is a favored hub for foreign
companies and tourists.

Government officials say
criminals have taken advan-
tage of the protests to loot
A spokesman in the presi-
dent's office, reached by
telephone on Wednesday,
declined to comment on the
After last week's protests,
President Wade canceled a
proposed change to the con-
stitution that would have
allowed presidential can-
didates to win in the first
round with only 25 percent
of the vote. Senegal is set to
hold a presidential election
in February.
Wade himself was a long-
time opposition leader who
won his first term in 2000.
Today, some opposition fig-
ures say they have become
frustrated with what they
call the undemocratic ap-
pointments of the younger
The president's 42-year-old
son lost a 2009 bid to be may-
or of Dakar. But President
Wade later named his son
minister of infrastructure
and of aviation; Karim Wade
also holds the international
cooperation and regional de-
velopment portfolios., More
recently, the younger Wade
was given another key min-
istry, energy.

Doctors sentenced to 20 years for Medicaid fraud
A Miami-Dade doctor will be spending the next 20 years in prison after
being convicted of embezzling over $1 million in a Medicaid fraud.
Dr. Rene de los Rios, 72, was sentenced recently by U.S. District Judge
Joan Lenard.
De los Rios teamed up with Damaris Oliva, owner of Metro Med
of Hialeah, and billed Medicaid a total of $46.2 million for HIV therapy
between 2003 and 2005. De los Rios falsified hundreds of patient records
to justify writing fraudulent prescriptions for two Miami-Dade clinics:
Metro Med of Hialeah and J&F Community Medical Center.
The clings received $19.7 million dollars from the phony claims.

Man accused in three rapes found guilty of one
A Miami-Dade lury found 29-year-old Pleadro Jermaine Scott guilty of
raping a 17-year-old girl recently.
The victim took the stand in court and testified that in Feb. 2008, she
was attacked by Scott while walking to her aunt's home from her job at
Target in Midtown Miami.
Scott is also accused of raping two other teens in Feb. 2008, including a
19-year-old and another 17-year-old. Jurors were not told about the other
Jurors also found Scott guilty of kidnapping, armed robbery, and
possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Four killed in South Dade robbery investigation
Miami-Dade police officers shot and killed four people on Thursday, June
30 when a team of officers in a robbery investigation detail confronted four
armed men leaving a car wearing ski masks in Southwest Miami-Oade.
Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said officers in the
investigation had been joined by the SWAT team, because the people they
were investigating were known to have a violent criminal history.
In the area of SW 216th Street and SW 189th Avenue, Zabaleta said the
officers were waiting when the four men, who police have identified only
bytheir race and approximate age, attempted to get out ot the vehicle they
were driving.
Miami-Dade has not released the names of the officers involved in the
shooting, or any details of who first opened fire.
The suspects were identified as all middle aged men, three white and
one Black.
Zabaleta did not say why the officers were in the area or why the
suspects were expected to be there.

Nigerian man sneaks on

plane with invalid pass

By Eileen Sullivan
Associated Press

man boarded a Virgin Ameri-
ca airplane last week with an
invalid boarding pass mak-
ing it through a federal secu-
rity checkpoint where travelers
must show identification and
their boarding passes.
After the man, Olajide Oluwa-
seun Noibi, got through securi-
ty, the airline let him onto the
plane even though his boarding
pass was for a flight the day be-
fore, according to the FBI.
The identification check at
airport security checkpoints
was put in place as one of many
new security measures after the
Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against
the United States. These fed-
eral document checkers have
basic fraudulent identification
Mid-flight from New York to
Los Angeles, a flight attendant
noticed Noibi was sitting in a

seat that was supposed to be
vacant. Noibi showed the at-
tendant the expired boarding
pass that was in someone else's
name, and then showed him a
University of Michigan identifi-
cation card with his picture on
University of Michigan
spokeswoman Kelly Cunning-
ham said that Noibi is not a
current student, but was en-
rolled as an engineering stu-
dent at the Ann Arbor univer-
sity between 2004 and 2006.
The boarding pass belonged
to a man who said his board-
ing pass went missing from his
pocket on his way to the airport
June 23. Noibi boarded the
plane with the expired pass the
next day.
Noibi was arrested recently
when law enforcement officials
saw him trying to board an-
other flight and discovered he
had more than 10 other expired
boarding passes belonging to
others in his bag.

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On Sunday, June 19, the RealMen Cook event took place at the Belafonte TACOLCY Center.
Real Men Cook involved fun activities and tasty treats created by chefs, community leaders
and local celebrities.

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Catering promote organic living for a healthier lifestyle.

Mayor TomAs Regalado and
guests at Real Men Cook.

Commander Delrish Moss serve

Has Liberty City hit rock bottom?

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

Residents of Liberty City,
Overtown and North Central
Dade would like their elected
officials, law enforcement per-
sonnel, civic leaders, clergy,
educators and developers to
know they have a shared vi-
sion of how the community at-
large should be distinguished.
The Alliance for Urban Re-
vival has been formed to
bring an assortment of orga-
nizations together to navigate
their aspirations and hosted a
forum on Thursday, June 23
at Church of the Open Door,
6001 NW 8th Avenue in Lib-
erty City.
Countless issues challenge
these neighborhoods such as
poverty, unemployment and
community safety.
Rosalie Whiley believes her
community has hit rock bot-
tom, because of all the dispar-
"We are at the bottom of the
pit," she said. "That's why the
kids are killing each other."
Whiley, a member of Low
Income Families Fighting To-
gether (LIFFT), said there's
just too much unemployment
in the neighborhood.
Vivian Tutt, 73, expressed
similar concerns and said
there's too much drugs, vio-
lence and abandoned proper-
ties in Liberty City.
She said the community can
and must do better at restor-
ing sanity back to the com-

munity, because the future of
the kids are at stake.
"We need to have some
marches with banners to-let
the community and police
know that we are fed up with
all the violence," she said.
"These abandoned buildings
can be revitalized and sold as
low income homes."
Horace Roberts, a social
worker who attended the
meeting, is also disappointed
in the way things are going in
Liberty City.
He said that politicians are
not stepping forth to develop
the community to the level it
should be.
"We are a dying community,"
he said. "We are not growing
Will Brown, a member of the
alliance, said he is sick and
tired of the crime that's taking
place in his neighborhood and
the police and elected officials
need to address community
safety issues.
"Crime is out of hand," he
said. "It saddens me and we
have to do something about it."
Grady Muhammad uttered
trepidation over community

wealth and said Liberty City
should develop a Community
Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
"The taxes can be used.to
create wealth," he said. "We
need to develop acres in our
neighborhood to build houses,
because Habitat for Humanity
does not give ownership. They
only lease."
Community activist Renita
Holmes said the churches
must be held accountable for
some of the things that are
happening in the Black com-
She said the presence of
the church is missing from
the community even though
there's practically a sanctu-
ary on every corner in Liberty
"When are these churches
going to take their ministries
to the streets?," she asked.
"Ask your church when are
they going to evangelize into
the streets?"
T. Willard Fair, president of
the Urban League of Greater
Miami, visited the forum to
learn and hear the anxieties
of members of the alliance.
"The concerns that were ex-


pressed today must be part of
our value system," he said.
"We just can't make pro-
nouncements and go home
and watch TV."

First Amendment rights

continued from 5A

about gun use. It's a con-
stitutional question of
whether lawmakers can
override the First Amend-
ment so that patients won't
feel uncomfortable being
asked about the Second.
The answer will come
in the courts. Earlier this
month, three doctors'
groups filed suit in federal
court challenging the law.
"Patients have a right to
trust that doctors are pro-
viding their honest and
best advice about matters
of health and safety," said
the doctors' attorney, Doug
Hallward-Driemeier. "The
Florida Legislature can-
not require
that doc- FR
tors first put
thar advice
through a SPE
approved fil- ZO
In Tennes- 8:30
see, the law
might be a TO 5::
closer consti-
tutional call
if challenged.
Courts will
typically show deference to
state legislatures in school
curriculum matters, and
the bill's sponsor did back
away from direct limits on
what a teacher can say,
focusing instead on the
teaching materials they
may use.
Even so, giving state law-
makers the right to forbid
topics in classrooms would
seem to invite a laundry
list of unneeded restric-
In Tennessee, there are
already limits on sex edu-
cation before high school,
and the Tennessee Depart-
ment of Education says
the topic of homosexuality

couldn't be taught unless
it were part of an approved
curriculum and it isn't.
In other words, these in-
fringements on free speech
are not tackling pressing
problems. They certainly
have political appeal in
some quarters, but they
attempt to micromanage
the work of professionals
who work daily to protect
the health and education
of our children.

Limits on the speech
of professionals do exist,
but they're almost always
designed to maintain the
high ethical standards of
the profession and pre-
S vent the real
threat of cor-
EE eruption or
ECH For example,
lawyers are
NE barred from
about the
AM kind of re-
W0 PM suits they can
achieve in a
and real es-
..- tat.e agents
can't try to sell property by
suggesting that a change
in the racial makeup of
a neighborhood is taking
place. These are very nar-
row limits designed to pro-
tect the public from real
When it comes to free
expression on the job, the
person who signs your
paycheck makes the rules.
But it's important to re-
member that the people
whose paychecks we figu-
ratively sign the men
and women on the public
payroll have no right to
control what Americans
say, write or think on the
jobs or in their homes.

Atlanta adopts pension changes

By Cameron Mcwhirter

ATLANTA The Atlanta
City Council unanimously
passed sweeping changes re-
cently to retirement benefits
for city employees, shrinking
pension liabilities and estab-
lishing a 401(k)-type plan for
A late compromise, however,
preserved the pension system
from being set on a course for
total elimination.
The changes are expected to
save the city about $25 million
in annual retirement benefits
payments, Mayor Kasim Reed
Faced with $1.5 billion in

overall pension liabilities,
Reed had backed a proposal
that would have prepared the
way for the gradual elimination
of pensions altogether, giving
all new hires a 401(k)-type plan
and Social Security, in which
the city has never participated.
Unions objected and secured
amendments to the legislation
last week that preserved pen-
Most people hired in the fu-
ture by the city will get a much
smaller pension and accept a
401(k)-type plan.
Last week Reed called the
compromise a "major step to-
ward reforming the city's un-
sustainable pension plan."

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A railroad to freedom





By Adam Goodheart

JUNE 27,1861
At twilight, the three exiles
walked up Main Street si-
lent, weary, silhouetted against
the gathering darkness like the
ghosts of some long-vanished
past. They were fugitives from
Virginia, and from slavery. And
the most uncanny thing about
their escape was this, accord-
ing to a local newspaper: "They
trudged along with their heavy
bundles unmolested, and, in
fact, almost unnoticed."
The scene would have been
unimaginable just months ear-
lier not to mention its being
reported, so openly and mat-
ter-of-fact, in the press. South-
ern Pennsylvania, lying atop
the Mason-Dixon Line, had of
course long been an avenue of
escape for slaves, a way station
on the path to ultimate freedom
in Canada. But it had been an
avenue of pursuit, and some-
times a field of battle, for the
slave catchers, too. Fugitives
had bounties on their heads
that many Pennsylvanians were
eager to claim. And local mag-
istrates were sworn, after all, to
uphold federal law.
So the Underground Rail-
road had always even in the
most antislavery regions of the
North been a clandestine af-
fair, a network operating un-
der cover of darkness, in root
cellars and haylofts and in the
shadow of abandoned grist-
mills. Here in the state capital
and its surrounding region, a
single glimpse or misstep had
often led to disaster. Ten years
ago this spring, a man, woman
and child had been seized in a
nearby town, hauled before a
Harrisburg magistrate and sent
back into bondage, leaving the
couple's 10-month-old infant
Yet now, less than three
months into the Civil War, it
seemed that the Underground
Railroad was emerging if
not into broad daylight, at least
into the pale summer dusk. The
passage of those three fugitives
on Main Street was no solitary
occurrence. Back in late May,
more than 100 escapees had
arrived in Harrisburg over the
course of just one Wednesday
and Thursday: an astonishing
figure, given that only some 800
fugitives were believed to have
escaped from the entire South

-Library of Congress

Effects of the Fugitive-Slave-Law (1850)

throughout the previous decade.
"They say that no attempt is
made to arrest runaway slaves,"
reported, the abolitionist news-
paper the Liberator, adding that
the mountains of northwestern
Virginia, just across the Penn-
sylvania border, were full of
others awaiting just the right
moment to make a dash for
free soil. "Many fugitive slaves
from Maryland and Virginia
have crossed the line and are
receiving aid and comfort from
Pennsylvanians ... of all shades
of political belief," wrote a cor-
respondent for the New-York Tri-
bune on June 1.
Similar stories were being
reported elsewhere across the
North all that spring and sum-
mer. In Kansas long a battle-
ground between pro- and an-
tislavery forces an escaped
Black Missourian named Ste-
phen was arrested in August
by a federal commissioner un-
der the fugitive slave codes and
hauled before a magistrate. A
crowd of sympathetic whites
gathered outside the court-
house while a defense attorney
bickered with a lawyer repre-
senting Stephen's owner. While
these two legal minds contested
an obscure point of federal law,
according to the Leavenworth
Times, "Stephen observing that
the spectators, attorneys, of-
ficers, etc. were engaged in

earnest conversation, quickly
slipped out the door, ran down
the stairs, passed the guard,
and 'made tracks' as fast as
his legs would carry him. The
escape was very skillfully ex-
ecuted, and the crowd laughed
and hurrahed." The reporter
added that as of press time, the
red-faced authorities' pursuit of
Stephen "has thus far been un-
What, exactly, was going on?
By this point, many hundreds of
enslaved Blacks the so-called
"contrabands" had escaped
into the Union Army's lines at
Fort Monroe, Va., and elsewhere,
and often been given asylum.
But now, it seemed, myriad were
taking flight even where there
were no Yankee troops to shelter
Many of the runaways had
their own good explanation: they
understood, even if many whites
still did not, that this war might
soon turn into a struggle for
their freedom. In late August, a
correspondent for the New-York
Tribune interviewed two recent-
ly escaped Virginia slaves who
were passing through Philadel-
phia. The white journalist was
astonished to find the two Black
bondsmen quite well-informed
on current war news and politi-
cal developments. He added:
They say all the negroes now
want is for our Government to

arm them. Let such a fact be
once generally known the will-
ingness of [Abraham Lincoln] to
receive, train, and arm them -
and he can have, almost immedi-
ately, more men thar [Jefferson]
SDavis has or ever can muster.
They are longing to be permitted
to fight for freedom. They fully
understand the nature of the
contest going on.
Even far below the Mason-
Dixon Line, on the isolated cot-
ton plantations of the Missis-
sippi Delta, the struggle over
secession had fanned the em-
bers of the slaves' long-smol-
dering dreams of freedom. "The
runaways are numerous and
bold," wrote a Vicksburg woman
on June 19. "The house servants
have been giving a lot of trouble
lately lazy and disobedient,"
she recorded on another occa-
sion, noting that they seemed
to be anticipating a Union de-
cree of emancipation when Lin-
coln reconvened Congress for its
emergency session on .July 4.
(Independence Day, she noted
with relief, came and went with-
out any such inconvenient lib-
A revolution was taking place
within the hearts and minds of
many whites, as well. For de-
cades, millions of Northerners
had frowned on slavery but still
disapproved of abolitionism,
which they considered a danger-

ous and fanatical doctrine that
threatened to deprive Southern-
ers of their property and split
the Union apart. But as soon
as the first shots were fired
at Fort Sumter in April 1861,
such objections began quickly
evaporating. Why worry about
abolitionism splitting apart the
Union, when the Union had al-
ready split? And why defend the
"property" of people who were
now sworn adversaries in a ter-
rible war?
As early as June 4, the New
York World a Democratic
newspaper far from being a
bastion of abolitionism pub-
lished an editorial headlined
"The Growing Anti Slavery Sen-
timent." The anonymous author,
like countless other whites,
found his views on the subject
quickly shifting:
Whether it be deemed a good
thing or not, the fact is unmistak-
able that the northern people are
fast learning to hate slavery in
a way unfelt before. ,.. It comes
home to every loyal man, with a
force not to be resisted, that the
sole cause of this most wicked
treason the world ever saw, is
SLAVERY; and, just in proportion
as the treason itself is abhorred,
in just that proportion do hatred
and detestation attach to its
cause. ... Slavery has undertak-
en to destroy the Union. It is this
very day straining every muscle
to do this. Even the-best men
are beginning to think it intoler-
able that ... slavery should aim
its deadly blows at the Union,
and the Union be compelled all
the while to stay its hand from
To be sure, the shackles of
bondage were not dissolving
overnight far from it. At the
same time that some Northern
whites grew more sympathetic
to abolitionism, others hated
with renewed passion the dogma
that they believed had destroyed
their nation. And even as some
enslaved Blacks escaped into a
sympathetic North, others found
no such welcome.
A month after the trio of fugi-
tives walked down Main Street
in Harrisburg, a Black man and
woman, passing through anoth-
er Pennsylvania town on their
way to Canada, were chased
down and captured. "As they
were being conveyed South, well
guarded," the local newspaper
reported, "much sympathy was
manifested for them, but there
was no rescue attempted."

Historic Pa. railroad site linked to freed slaves

historic western Pennsylvania
railroad that drastically reduced
the time it took to travel from
Philadelphia to Pittsburgh has
now also been recognized as
a site on the National Under-
ground Railroad Network to
Freedom, used by blacks who
were fleeing slavery in the 19th
Researchers at the Allegheny
Portage Railroad Historic Site in
Cambria County determined the
tiny railroad was an important
part of a network that helped

slaves escape to free states.
The 36-mile railroad was in-
tended to help travelers get over
the Allegheny Mountains from
the Holliday Canal Basin to
another canal spot near John-
stown. The railroad operated
from 1834 to 1854 and included
the first railroad tunnel in the
state before it was purchased
by the Pennsylvania Railroad in
1857. Before it was built, horse-
drawn wagons took about 23
days to cross the state; using
canals and railroads, the trip
was cut to four days.

I JULY 6, 1853 The National
Council of Colored People was
formed. The group's purpose was
to improve vocational training for
0 JULY 6, 1957 Althea Gibson,
tennis legend, won the women's
Wimbledon Singles Championship,
becoming the first Black to do so.
0 JULY 7, 1976 Ntozake
Shange's play, For Colored Girls
Who Have Considered Suicide/

When the Rainbow Is Enuf, opened
in New York.
0 JULY 8, 1879 Alexander Wal-
ters, the first President of the AME
Zion Church was ordained as a Dea-
0 JULY 8, 1924 William DeHart
Hubbard became the first Black to
win an Olympic Gold Medal when he
won the broad jump (24.5 ft) in Paris.
3 JULY 9, 1893 Dr. Daniel Hale
Williams performed the world's first

successful open-hearl surgery with-
out anesthesia at Provident Hospital
in Chicago, IL
3 JULY 9, 1955- E Frederic Mor-
row became the first Black to hold ar
executive position among the White
House staff Morrow was named Ad-
ministrative Aide to President Dwight
-I JULY 10, 1964 James Thom-
as was elected Bishop of the pre-
dominately white Iowa district of the
Methodist Church.
D JULY 10, 1974 Mary McLeod
Bethune, educator, civil rights leader

and founder of Bethune-Cookman
College was honored with the unveil-
ing of a National Monument on the
grounds of the Capitol in Washing-
ton, DC.
l JULY 11, 1905 Black intellec-
tuals and activists, Including W. E. B.
Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter,
organized the Niagara Movement at
a meeting near Niagara Falls The
organization demanded the abolition
of all distinctions based on race.
O JULY 11, 2000 The Rever-
end Vashti Murphy McKenzle was
named as the first female Bishop

of the African Methodist Episcopal
(AME) Church.
0 JULY 12, 1940 inventor, pat-
ented a Shock-Proof Relrigeration
Device, This refrigeration device en-
abled the transportation of food with-
out having to use Ice to keep it cool.
0 JULY 12, 1976 Texas Con-
gresswoman Barbara Jordan, be-
came the first Black person to give
the keynote address at a national
political convention by speaking at
the Democratic National Conven-






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MAGICAL INCE: Charles Drew Middle School Dance Company.

Youthlead celebration

of their Caribbean heritage


By D. Kevin McNeir

June 2011 marked the sixth
anniversary of National Carib-
bean American Heritage Month
- an annual campaign that
reminds all Americans of the
contributions made by Carib-
bean immigrants and how the
destinies of the people of the
Caribbean and the American
continent are and have long
been extricably bound.
And to illustrate the diversity
and cultural richness that is
represented within the thou-
sands of students who attend
the Miami-Dade County Public
Schools, School Board mem-
bers Dr. Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall and Dr. Wilbert
"Tee"' Holloway joined forces.
to bost this \ear's celebration.
The program took place in
the auditorium of the School
Board Administration Building
and attracted many of our lo-
cal elected officials, consulate
leaders from Trinidad-Tobago
and Jamaica and those who
are proud to trace their roots to
the various islands of the Ca-
ribbean, including Haiti and
the Bahamas.
"We wanted to give you a
small taste of the talented stu-
dents that are in our school
district and hope that after see-
ing how amazing they are, that
you will be led to sign up and
volunteer to go visit one of our
schools and see for yourselves
what they are doing," Bendross-
Mindingall said.

I--Miami Times photos/Donnalyn Anthony
ENJOYIN THE CELEBRATION: School Board member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall and
special guess participate in the festivities.

Superintelent of Schools
Alberto M. trvalho, who even
showed offis dancing prow-
ess later inhe program, said
that since t! 16th century, the
story of thCaribbean people
in the U.S. as featured some
amazing inviduals and that
"we must )ntinue to share
their story."
"Colin Poell, Cicely Tyson,
Malcolm XSir Sidney Poitier,
David Patrson, Alexander
Hamilton Ad Jean Baptiste
DuSable arall part of a great
history thaspans generations
of nen and'omen whose roots
can be foul in the Caribbe-

an," he said. "Many of our stu-
dents share that same heritage.
And we are connected to them
as well, from the curry in their
food to the courage in their
Performances were given
by the Charles Drew Middle
School Dance Company, a
group of students that took
first place in the recent Dade
County Dance Competition;
the Laissez-Fair Dance Ensem-
ble; spoken word artist Kidjie
Boyer, a ninth-grade student
at the New World School of the
Arts; internationally-acclaimed
singer and a 2002 graduate of

Miami Northwestern Senior
High Jenny Love; and William
Stewart, president of Solutions
in Music Corporation and a
former percussionist for Third
World, who led the audience in
a mini-workshop on musical
"Music through education
balances the whole child -
that's why I am adamant about
keeping the arts in our public
A soul food buffet was served
following the program includ-
ing delicacies from some of the
area's leading Caribbean res-

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Minaja Lherisson and Ms. Cherry Doctor
MDC School of Education Adjunct.

--Photos by Cherry Doctor
(HS Sponsor) and

AVID tutors lyanna Pierre-Louis and Ralph Valentin.

NHS students selected as AVID tutors

By Randy Grice

Recently, three North Miami
Senior High School students
from the National Honor Society
(NHS) where chosen to be Ad-
vancement via Individual Deter-
mination (AVID) certified tutors.
lyanna Pierre-Louis, Ralph
Valentin and Minaja Lherisson
are the students selected to be
"It is great," Valentin said in
reference to being a tutor. "This
is an experience that I will nev-
er forget. I will never forget this
program. Some of the students

actually to] me that I am be-
ginning to wve have a positive
impact on em already. They
said that si:e I've begun to tu-
tor them th are already doing
better in cl!."
The AVIDjtors focus on help-
ing student tat have B and low
C grades. Ai the key subjects
like math, Iglish, social stud-
ies and sciie are covered by
the tutors.
"I think tit kids need to re-
alize that yd grades do matter
and that it'sbt a done deal that
you're smai this shows them
that your 1jdes equal money
and they vi be able to get a

job once they finish," Cherry L.
Doctor, National Honor Society
sponsor, said of her students be-
ing selected to be tutors. "A lot
of them can't afford to go off to
school just yet, so they have to
sit here and find ajob. Through
this experience I'think the stu-
dents will develop enhanced
people skills, learning tech-
niques and learn tolerance for
other people."
Now that the students are
certified by the Miami-Dade
County Public Schools (M-
DCPS) AVID Department, they
are eligible to be hired at any
state college or university they

decided to attend. This is the
first year that the AVID pro-
gram has been implemented at
North Miami. In order for the
students to be eligible to be
AVID tutors, they had to have a
grade point average of 3.0 and
above and complete a 16-hour
training that is provided by
Eva Regueira, AVID supervi-
sor for M-DCPS. The students
completed the training over a
two-day period.
Valentin is proud of the work
he is doing.
"I have impacted these stu-
dents careers and it makes me
feel good," he said.



for academic


By Randy Grice

Recently several students were recognized for their aca-
demic excellence. Nearly $100,000 in scholarships and gifts
were awarded to 26 South Florida high school graduates. The
scholarships, given by the Nat Moore Foundation, will as-
sist the students in paying for expenses associated with their
higher education, including tuition and fees, housing, books
and equipment.
"The Foundation's scholarship programs honor students
who have not only excelled academically, but those who have
participated in multiple school activities, yet find the time to
give back to their communities through volunteer services,"
said Nat Moore, former Miami Dolphins wide receiver and
founder of the Nat Moore Foundation.
Six students received a four-year $10,000 award and will
receive $2,500 per year for four years, through the Founda-
tion's 2011 Urban Scholarship Program. Seven students re-
ceived other various awards ranging from a one-time $1,000
award to four-year $2,000 awards through the Foundation's
2011 Clear Channel Outdoor-Nat Moore Foundation Scholar-
ship program, which were awarded to graduates from Miami
Edison, Miami Jackson and Miami Northwestern Senior High
"We received more applications this year than we have had
over the last three years combined," said Bob Pechon, vice
president of the Nat Moore Foundation and chair of the Schol-
arship Committee. "All the students were outstanding."
The Foundation awarded six students with a four-year
$4,000 award, $1,000 per year, for four years and seven stu-
dents received their choice of either an Apple iPad or a Toshiba
Satellite laptop computer.
"I appreciate the Nat Moore Foundation's investment in me,"
said Amy Diaz, a recipient of the Urban Scholarship Program,
who attended South Miami High School and graduated with a
3.82 non-weighted GPA and more than 1,000 hours of com-
munity service.
The Nat Moore Foundation was founded with the mission
of Helping Kids Help Themselves. Since 1998, the Foundation
has distributed nearly $2 million to various youth and social
service organizations. The Foundation has helped more than
60 students attain their higher education, as well as provided
support services to hundreds of children and youth through
academic, cultural, recreation, fitness and life-skills pro-

Gov. Rick Scott

expands charter

school initiative

By Randy Grice

In support of the charter school market, Rick Scott, gover-
nor of Florida, has signed legislation that will strengthen and
expand charter and virtual schools. Scott visited Hope Char-
ter School in Ocoee last week to highlight education reforms
that are aimed at expanding the charter and virtual school
arena and increasing scholarship opportunities to attend
charter schools.
"One of the critical components of creating jobs and turning
Florida's economy around is to
make sure our state has the best
educated workforce, ready to work .
in our 21st century economy," he
said. "The legislation I sign today
moves our state closer to having'
world-class schools that graduate
students ready for these jobs."
In total, the governor signed
five bills including SB 1546,
charter schools; HB 7197, virtual
education; HB 1331, opportunity
scholarship; HB 1329, McKay
Scholarship; and HB 965, Florida
tax credit scholarship program.
While the governor is focused on RICK SCOTT
bringing Florida's education sys- Governor of Florida
tem into the 21st century through
the private sector, others are skeptical of his vision.
"We should not be focusing on creating more charter schools
or any other alternatives, we need to focus on and fix our
broken public school," said Kellen Walker, Miami-Dade Public
Schools teacher. "Our kids are being failed by our broken
system and it seems like he is just giving up on them rather
that trying to help the situation."
Jessie Clark, III, a 12th grade student at Miami High said
he has faith in public schools.
"I have been going to public.school all my life and thus far
I am OK," she said. "Next year this time I will be in college
at Morgan State University. My teachers have taught me well
and I feel that I am well prepared for any challenges that may
come my way."
Earlier this year, the first bill Scott signed into law was the
Student Success Act. That piece of legislation encouraged
merit pay which determined teachers earnings through the
performance of their students. The governor also made stops
at St. Petersburg Christian School and North Broward Acad-
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Why do criminals keep returning to prison?

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

Once a criminal pays penance to
society, the criminal justice system
doesn't expect to see them back in
front of the judge facing another
conviction, but this is what's hap-
pening within three-years of their
The Pew Center recently released
a comprehensive report that dem-
onstrates prisons are not making
the grade at breaking the cycle
of inmates returning back to the
"Offenders still return to prison
within three-years of their re-
lease," said Adam Gelb, director
of the Pew Project. "The system
designed to deter them from con-
tinued behavior clearly is falling
The report was done in col-
laboration with the Association of

State Correctional Administrators
(ASCA) where information was
submitted from various states over
a three-year period from 1999 to
According to the survey, 45.4
percent of inmates that were re-
leased from prison in 1999 and
43.3 percent of those sent home in
2004 were locked back up within a
three-year period.
Gelb says that offenders nor-
mally return back to prison for
one of two reasons: they commit a
new crime or for a violation such
as breaking terms of their parole.
Between 2004 and 2007 Cali-
fornia released 118,189 inmates,
which resulted in the highest re-
cidivism rate of 57.8 percent.
During the same time dispen-
sation Oregon released 4,202 in-
mates, which produced the lowest
recidivism amount of 22.8 percent.
Jennifer Laudano, senior officer

of the Pew Center, said that policy
makers must exercise caution and
should not try and compare one
state's recidivism numbers with
another one.
"A low recidivism rate does not
always reflect the use of sound
release strategies," Laudano said.
"Recidivism rates can also be in-
fluenced by social and economic
When most states release in-
mates from prison, they generally
serve several years on parole and
if they commit another crime, then
the likelihood of them returning
back to prison is excessive.
The report shows how some
states are successful in reducing
recidivism by introducing legisla-
tion that stipulates that correc-
tional programs receiving federal
funding must be evidence-based
in their design and delivery. For
instance, inmates are targeted

with risk and needs assessments
that include case management
and detailed transition planning
-that begins six months before re-
This is a key component be-
cause here in Florida after the
typical convict is released from
prison, he has no place to live, no
job for income, no money and little
As a result of the lack of these
resources in a manner of time the
ex-offender usually resorts back to
a life of crime and ends up back
behind bars.
"Many states are already imple-
menting a line of attack that's prov-
en to break the cycle of recidivism,"
Gelb said. "These initiatives involve
coordination of offender services
with other government agencies
such as mental health, housing
and faith-based organizations."

Will Gimenez prove to be the better man?

continued from 1A

towns than Robaina, including
Aventura, Miami Beach, Coral
Gables and Homestead.
How many voters turned out?
The run-off election drew about
16 percent of the County's 1.2
million registered voters -
200,740 votes in total, including
absentee ballots.
Robaina won an expected ma-
jority in his former town of Hi-
aleah where Cuban-American
showed up in record numbers.
He also took Miami Lakes, Mi-
ami Gardens, Opa-locka and
North Miami where the major-
ity of residents and voters are

Gimenez has little time to cel-
ebrate with a deadline looming of
July 15th for his proposed bud-
get for the new fiscal year that
begins October 1st. He has prom-
ised to reverse the property tax-
rate increase that was approved
by city commissioners last year
under Alvarez's watch. In addi-
tion, he says he will reduce the
County from its top-heavy 50 de-
partments to about 25.
"We've come a long way in the
past three months with our com-
mitment to do away with govern-
ment waste, fraud and corrup-
tion in exchange for lower taxes,
integrity and reform," he said in a


-Miami Times photo/D. Kevin McNeir
VOTING MATTERS: Oliver Gilbert, III, Shirley Gibson, Henry
Crespo, Sr. and George Rae talked about County politics as the
results of the race for county mayor were announced.

prepared statement. "[People] are
fed up with political doublespeak.
They are tired of the disconnect
between career politicians and
the people they are supposed to
serve. We can reclaim our govern-
ment, we can conquer the chaos
. . and we will restore our com-

Some leaders in the Black com-
munity say we failed to really
assert ourselves in this election
and that we may pay the price
sooner than we know.
"I am so disappointed in our
community too many of us
stayed home once again," said
Dr. Lolida Dobbs. "We may have

removed the chains from our
feet but now they are firmly en-
trenched in our minds. Why do
we keep allowing the same kinds
of people to get elected who don't
look out for our interests?"
Miami Gardens Mayor Shir-
ley Gibson shared similar senti-
"We just did not show up and
some said they didn't vote be-
:cause neither candidate repr-_,,
sented their interests," she said.
"But that's just a weak excuse.
You can't ride the fence. No can-
-didate will ever represent our
needs 100 percent. We still have
to be responsible citizens and
part of that responsibility means
we have to vote. We have to really
get things together before 2012."

Oliver G. Gilbert, III, council-
man for City of Miami Gardens
says apathy has taken over the
Black community.
"Blacks must become actively
engaged in our governance," he
said. "If we don't believe in our
elected leaders, we have the pow-
er to remove them from office. We
can remake our government into
a more desirable form but only if
we vote.".
Rev. Gaston Smith, pastor
of Friendship Missionary Bap-
tist Church, says he will hold
Gimenez accountable.
"We don't want crumbs and we
will not accept them," he said.
"We want a piece of the pie from
.the very start and anticipate full
access to the new county mayor's
Meanwhile, George Rae, 29, a
young Black entrepreneur said
with the recent vote and Black
voter turnout, he thinks that his
time in Florida may soon be over.
"I cannot recall Gimenez ever
doing anything to benefit Blacks
here in Miami-Dade County -
certainly not when he was a
county commissioner," Rae said.
"Some Blacks may have voted
for him, but his outreach to our
community was very limited
during the race. Young, educat-
ed Blacks like me don't see the
kinds of opportunities or salaries
we need and deserve in Florida.
Many of my peers have already
left. I'm wondering if I should fol-
low suit."

Wilson advocates for jailed military veteran

continued from 1A

served his nation honorably be-
fore returning back to Miami," she
said. "This is a man we should be
Dawkins is in a Miami lockup
on a passport fraud charge and
fears deportation to his mother's
native country of the Bahamas.
Federal prosecutors indicted and
then put out an arrest warrant on
Dawkins earlier this year while
he was working as one of Guan-
tanamo's most recognized public

affairs photographers. Authori-
ties allege that Dawkins failed to
report in a 2006 state department
application for a passport that he
had earlier started the process of
applying in 2003.
"His situation is more than un-
fortunate; it is inexplicable," Wil-
son said. "This is a man we should
be celebrating, not deporting.
I have not spoken to him today.
People are being contacted in the
community to raise bail includ-
ing those from the Bahamas and
other members of the Caribbean
diaspora. We have gotten word

that we need to have $10,000 to
bond him our of jail. We have also
learned that homeland security
won't deport him; we are holding
them to their word."
A federal judge gave Dawkins
until Friday, July 1, to accept
or refuse a settlement with the
government to avert prosecution
and a possible felony conviction,
which could imperil his chanc-
es of becoming a U.S. citizen if
Dawkins is proven to be an un-
documented immigrant. Dawkins
refused the deal.
Wilson points to a June

17th Obama administration ad-
ministrative to U.S. immigration
officials that asked that they use
prosecutorial discretion in decid-
ing which cases to bring against
unlawful aliens, noting that ser-
vice in combat or the military
should be given consideration.
"Mr. Dawkins is not someone
who should fins himself in a de-
tention center," she said. "It is a
disastrous situation and it does
not make any sense at all. It is
just an injustice anyway you look
at it. We as a community must
stick together."

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Gene Tinnie, Kuura Artists Collective of South Florida, places items
into the monument t(ommemorate the life of Sherdavia Jenkins.

Remenbering Sherdavia

continued from 1A

"I would like to.ank every-
one that is here, rat here and
right now," he sai'If it wasn't
for the help ancaupport of
the community th would not
have been possible I am very
grateful, not just f the people
of this communityut also for
people far away Icause this
is only one step tft I'm tak-
ing. I vow that I aitaking my

streets back from all the vio-
Community members were
invited to place items in the
monument dedicated to Sher-
"It is a pleasure for me to be
here today," said Catherine
Hummingbird Ramirez, Car-
ib-Indian tribal queen, who
shared encouraging words and
prayed over the life of slain
children. "We are standing on
sacred ground."

Igwe considers lawsuit

continued from 1,

any action since is contract
expired on April 3th of this
year. After Igwe approached
the City asking fc new con-
tract, he was to) that City
Commissioner Fnk Carollo
would review hisompensa-
tion and report ick to the
City within 60 da.
Carollo did not turn our
"I'm thinking bout tak-
ing legal action; gal action
in terms of whetir it was a
legal terminatiorand what
I'm actually entitle to," Igwe

said. "Then I will decide what
the best line of action for me
to take is."
Igwe's last contract with the
City was signed four years ago
in 2007; he had a salary of
$172,000 a year. His contract
calls for a severance payout
of six months if he's fired, but
the payments are not auto-
matically established. Before
any payments can be made
to Igwe, the city commission
must approve it.
"I worked very hard for the
City protecting its money," he
said. "I at least deserve an
explanation of why I'm being

Democrats called to action by young activists

continued from 1A

House. With their numbers
dwarfing the Democrats 81 to
39, there is no such thing as
compromise or negotiation and
that allows for them to steam-
roll their initiatives through."
Jonathan Moses, 19, is a
FAMU student that serves as
an intern in Tallahassee.
"I am disheartened by the
number of young adults who
have no interest in the outcome
of political races we are im-
pacted whether we vote or not,"
Moses said. "Many Blacks look
to others to tell them how to
vote or who is the best candi-
date but we have to take the
responsibility to educate our-
selves. I think we tend to fo-
cus on the wrong things in the
Black community. Voting has
not always been our right. Now
that we have it we must exer-
cise our ability to make our
voices heard."
Young Democrat Board Mem-
ber Francesca Menes, 26, be-
lieves that the younger voters
of the County have yet to be
"We have about 1.2 million
registered voters in Miami-

Dade County those are huge
numbers with great potential,"
she said. "But in these midterm
elections we still can't seem to
convince people of how impor-
tant it is that they come out
and vote. The other side did
their part. Somehow we have to

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find a way to energize minori- you exercise your rights," Wat-
ties, youth and all those who son said. "We cannot afford to
are remaining silent. There are go back to the times of slavery
a lot of voters 18 to 25 who are when we didn't have a vote, a
still not'involved." voice or a choice. We can re-
"We may not be on the win- move people if we don't like the
ning side every time we vote, job they are doing in office if
but at least when you do vote we get to the polls."

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LEGACY LIVES ON: Friends and family of the late Michael "Doo"Wright remember him on the first anniversary of this death.

Michael 'Doo's' legacy lives on

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

Just walk through the Pork
and Beans Housing Project and
ask anyone if they have heard of
Michael "Doo" Jerome Wright,
and they will tell you that he
was the "mayor" of Liberty City.
And while Michael "Doo" died
one year ago at the age of 51,
he's still a household name. His
wife Felicia says she aims to
keep her late husband's legacy
alive by reminding the commu-
nity of his accomplishments.
The husband/wife duo 'are
still known throughout Miami
for keeping it R.E.A.L. (Read-
ing, Educate, Athletes 4 Life),
a non-profit group that gained
notoriety for its youth outreach
work done in collaboration with
pro football greats Edgerrin
James and Santana Moss.
"My husband looked out for
the football players to make
sure they could teach and show
kids in the community the
right thing to do," Felicia said
during a candlelight vigil that
was held last week. "When you
make it big you are supposed to
come back and share what you
learn and that's what James
and Moss have done."
She added that her husband's
main focus was to assist chil-
dren in passing the FCAT while
also teaching them to respect
and honor their parents.
"My husband is gone but we
have to keep his vision alive,"
she said. "That's why we are
here today. I-miss- and-love
Gerald McNeil, 56, was
friends with Michael "Doo" for

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MICHAELS MAIN SUPPORTERS: Wife, Felicia Wright and
NFL great Edgerrin James share a special moment during the
over 40 years and says he re-
members his colleague because
of all of the work that he did for
the community including ev-
ery Christmas at Charles Had-
ley Park when he would pass t
out over one -hundred bicycles i' II
to students who had made the
honor roll.
Kendra Cash, 43, remem-
ber her friend because had the
courage to speak to many young
men who were caught up in the
drug game.
"He told them to finish their at
education, to go get a job and
stop selling dope," she said. "A
lot of them followed his advice."
Michael "Doo's" compassion p
knew no bounds, according to
Ivfary Brunson, 55, who says
she lived as an addict for al- CANDLELIGHT: Community
most 35 years. evening tribute begins.

"He told me that I needed Je-
sus," she said. "I went to God and
I've been clean for two years."
Lashan Williams, 41, said he
was good at telling a person the
truth even if they didn't want
to hear it.
And Gail Michel, 31, recalls
being pregnant when Michael
"Doo" gave her $100 to open up
a bank account for her then un-
born son, later buying him his
first pair of shoes.
James says he met Michael
"Doo" while playing football at
the University of Miami and that
he was like a father figure for ev-
"We grew tighter and tighter
every year," he said. "I miss
him very much. We need more
people like him in the world."
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youth light their candles as the

First lady, Michelle Obama

Michelle hits political

stride as first lady
By Darlene Superville she does realize her power as first
Associated Press lady and says it's a time-stamped
opportunity that she doesn't want
GABORONE, Botswana After to waste.
more than two years as America's "I have the advantage of really
first lady, Michelle Obama won't being able to set my qwn agenda
say she's hit her stride, and not having to deal with the
Her performance on a good will day-to-day challenges that ... just
mission to Africa, including an keep coming at you," she said,
emotionally rousing speech about speaking of President Barack
youth leadership and a packed Obama. "That's a privilege and
itinerary that rivaled her hus- there is real opportunity there."
band's traveling schedules, said Her signature issue both in the
otherwise. states and around the world is
On her second overseas busi- encouraging young people to be-
ness trip without the president, come the next generation of lead-
and to the Black motherland, ers and problem-solvers. It's a ma-
America's first Black first lady jor reason why she spent a week
was warmly received everywhere visiting the model democracies of
she went, often with song and to South Africa and Botswana, her
the point of almost being moved to first visits to those countries. In
tears. Africa alone, nearly two-thirds of
She spoke, passionately about its population is younger than 25.
her causes, tickled and danced Obama also promoted educa-
with some of the youngest Afri- tion and uses the story of her up-
cans, and sat with presidents and bringing by working-class parents
first ladies, including Nelson Man- in Chicago to inspire high school
dela, South Africa's former presi- students.to dream big.
dent and a hero of the anti-apart- She lately has taken to arrang-
heid movement. ing for groups of students, par-
She held 20 public events in ticularly those who aren't from the
five days, landed on newspaper best backgrounds but who have
front pages and was fashionably shown academic promise, to spend
dressed, as usual, including out- a day at a top university. She held
fits with an African connection, such as session at the University
In between all that, Mrs. Obama of Cape Town for 50 South African
squeezed in dinner with gal-pal high school students, following up
Oprah Winfrey, who was in South on one last month at the Univer-
Africa for unrelated business. sity of Oxford in London.
It was the first lady's biggest "I want to make sure thatyou all
moment on the world stage. see the promise in yourselves," the
She was reluctant to grade her-, first lady told the.youngsters. "It's
self, telling reporters that it em- so clear to me and so many others.
barrasses her to "talk about my Theechallenge is to make sure you
stride and being on my game." But see it in yourselves."

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AARLCC recreates 'glory days'of

businesses in Black community

By Kaila Heard
It's not uncommon for an elder to
look at their surrounding neighbor-
hood and speak longingly of days
- usually by their accounts much
better than modern times that
are now long past.
Fortunately. for those who re-
member, or simply want to witness
for the first time, the "glory days"
of Black businesses in Ft. Lauder-
dale will be brought back to life
this fall at the African-American
Research Library and Cultural
To celebrate their 10th anni-
versary, the library will premier
a tribute to the Black community\
of Ft. Lauderdale during the late
1940s that will include a recreation

of NW Fifth Avenue from Browa rd
Blvd. to Sistrunk Blvd including
the street's popular Black busi- ;
nesses of the time.
"We wanted to celebrate a corn-
bination of the Ft. Lauderdale
Centennial and our upcoming
tenth anniversary," explained the
director of the African-American
Research Library and Cultural
Center, Elaina Norlin. "So, we de-
cided to do a year-long exhibit."
Norlin explained that while the
Black community had to endure
the injustices of segregation ar.d
intolerance, that era also produced
a strong business community and
close knit neighborhood.
"From what the elders have told -
me, during that time period the
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By Kaila Heard

"There are very few things that we can do in our life-
time to directly save the life of another human being,"
said Dr. Bruce Lenes, the medical director of the Com-
munity Blood Centers of Florida.
One of those life-saving actions "is to donate blood on
a routine basis or donate bone marrow."
Donations of bone marrow, the center of the bone
where blood cells are made, are commonly used for

Garth C. Reeves, Sr., publisher emeritus of The Miami Times and
Harold Meadows.

patients fighting illnesses such as sickle cell disease,
leukemia, and lymphoma.
Yet it's an action that minorities do not often take.
Of the nine million people who have signed up to be
potential donors in the Be The Match Registry, a listing
of potential bone marrow donors, only seven percent are
Black. Since matches between donor and recipients are
most commonly found among those who share the same
racial and ethnic heritage, the lack of minority donors
has wide spread consequences.
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hope in a


By Kaila Heard .
Ten years ago, Reverend Anth
ny Dawkins decided that he had
seen enough. The ordained minis-
ter was then working as a pa ra-
legal and an investigator and saw
first hand how few resources Ior
local juveniles. The scarcity frus-
trated him, yet the 48-year-old
minister says it was the shooting
of a local five-year-old that was
the final "spark" of inspiration to
found a crime prevention pro-
gram for youth in 2001.
So, Dawkins founded the Proj-
ect Hope Ministries.
In the beginning, the minister'
was only an after-school sports
program (which today, offers
basketball, football, track and
cheerleading) and a mandatory
tutoring program for kids ages
five to 16.
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Saint Agnes

salutes its men

The Historic Saint'Agnes Episcopal Church held their
27th Annual Men and Boys Day Observance on Sunday,
June 26. During the ceremony, Garth C. Reeves, Sr.,
the publisher emeritus of the Miami Times, was hon-
ored for his commitment to service. The observance also
'featured the city of Miami Gardens Councilman Oliver
Gilbert, III as a speaker.

Photos courtesy of Marvin Elliott Ellis


Garth C. Reeves, Sr., Harold Meadows, Oscar
Braynon, Jr., and Lemuel Moncur.

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The Links recognized for community programs

Members of Greater Miami
Chapter of The Links, Incor-
porated traveled to New Or-
leans, Louisiana for the 41st
Southern areas Conference,
May 25-29. During the confer-
ence, Greater Miami Chapter
was recognized for outstand-
ing community programming
in two Links Facets The Arts
and International Trends and
Services; and for their Child-
hood Obesity Prevention initia-
"For over 55 years, Greater
Miamni Chapter of The Links
has consistently demonstrated
its commitment to educational,
civic and intercultural initia-
tives through community pro-
gramming and we look forward
to continuing The Links legacy
of friends committed to ser-
vice," said Chapter President
Renee S. Jones.
Greater Miami Chapter's
Links Educating Talented Stu-
dents to Draw (LETS Draw)
received a Third Place Pro-
gram Award in The Arts for the
Southern Area of The Links.
Launched in partnership with
the Alonzo Mourning Overtown-
Youth Center (OYC) in 2008,
LETS Draw was developed and
designed to educate minor-
ity youth (grades 2-12) with
exceptional artistic ability in
the visual arts; increase their
knowledge of the visual arts;
build self confidence in draw-
ing skills; and provide career
exposure in the field of visual
Additionally, Immigrant
Women of the African Diaspora
received a Third Place Program
Award in International Trends

If President Barack Obapg is
re-elected to four more years in
the White House, at least one
Black civil rights organization
vows to help him escalate his
focus on the crisis in the Black
The Rev. Dr. Howard Creecy
Jr., the new president of the
Atlanta-based Southern Chris-
tian Leadership Conference,
says he intends to help Presi-
dent Obama to focus on issues
especially pertinent to Black
progress if he gets re-elected in
4 November of 2012.
"When A. Philip Randolph
used to visit with the President
of the United States, he would
say, 'President Roosevelt, the
Black community needs this
and this is a social reality in
our community. You've got to
do this, you've got to that and
this must be a priority," Creecy
said. "And then the President
would say back to A. Philip
Randolph, "I agree with you. I

see it. Now make me do it."
Reflecting on the past three
years, Creecy says Obama has
been dealt levels of disrespect
like no other president be-
cause of his race. Yet, Obama
has "swam against the cur-
rent" to accomplish what no
other president has a na-
tional health care policy.

Still, nearing the end of his
first four years, the Black un-
employment, incarceration,
and poor educational rates
are as bad as or worse than
they were under former Presi-
dent Bush. Creecy speculates
that there is a clear reason for
"He couldn't get to step 10
until he's gone through steps
one through five," he says.
Creecy speculates that Obama
had to tend to the woes of
America as a whole before get-
ting specific. "I think his heart
is in the right place. I think
his head is in the right place
and I think that the next ad-
ministration, he will do steps
six through ten. But, we will
help him do it by continuing
to encourage him."
Creecy, SCLC president
since January, is working to
revive the organization which
has been beleaguered with
legal battles over the past

several years. The SCLC was
founded by Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. alongside other Black
preachers in 1957.
A member of the board,
Creecy took the helm of the
54-year-old civil rights orga-
nization late last year after
the Rev. Bernice King decid-
ed to bow out. She had been
elected president the previous
year, but her presidency never
took affect amidst court bat-
tles and rancor between board
Regardless of who wins, the
SCLC will work for the best
interest of the Black commu-
nity, he says.
He concludes, "We've got to
move from simple empower-
ment to equality to have some
equity. And we can only have
some equity if we get a chance
to sit at the table and partici-
pate in the dialogue and the
discussion before the pie is

Study: Major opinion differences

among global religious leaders

By Michelle Boorstein

Evangelical leaders from
the "Global North" (Europe.
North America. Japan, Aus-
tralia and New Zealand) in
many ways see a different
world than their counterparts
in the "Global South' (sub-
Saharan Africa, the Middle
East, North Africa, Latin
America, much of Asia). And
the Global South is where
the populations, and Christi-
anlty. is really booming.
The Northern leaders see
evangelicalism's influence
dramatically waning, while
the South sees it rising. The
majority of them oppose the
Bible being the law of the
land. while the majority of
those in the South support it.
They disagree sharply and
in surprising ways -- about
Islam, as well as about the
role of women in marriage.

The findings of the Pew
Research Center's Forum on
Religion &. Public Life come
from its palling of nearly
3,000 evangelical leaders
from around the world in late

The survey raises challeng-
ing questions lor religious
Ninety-five percent ol
evangelical leaders say it's
not possible to be a good
evangelical and believe that
there is any other path to
salvation than Jesus Christ.
58 percent of Southern lead-
ers believe the Bible should
be the law' of their lands:

28 percent of those in the
North believe the same. Solid
majorities hold unfavorable
views of other global faiths:
Buddhism (65 percent unfa-
vorable), Hindus (65 percent).
Muslims (67 percent) and

atheists (70 percent).
In a globalized world, such
massive gaps will no longer
be relegated to academia and
missionaries. We live in an
era in which countries like
India and Nigeria send mis-
sionaries to the United Slates
and the fastest-growing parts
of Christian denominations
like Methodism and Mor-
monism are in Africa and

Asia. Power dyn-amics have
changed. Culture clashes are
not avoidable.
The survey hints at the
complexity of these issues
While 98 percent of the
leaders agree the Bible is the
word of God. they're split
virtually down the middle on
whether scnpture should be
taken literally. Despite their
views against atheism, they
are split down the middle
again on whether you can be
a moral person who doesn't
believe in God.
Ninety percent of evan-
gelical leaders who live in
Muslim-majority countries
say the influence of Islam
is a major threat (compared
with 4 I percent of those who
live elsewhere), but leaders
who live in Muslim-majority
countries expressed more
positive views of Muslims
than did those elsewhere.

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Regina Jollievette Frazier, ninth National President of The
Links, Incorporated congratulating Anne T. Herriott, newly
elected Southern Area Secretary.

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Following recognition for Programming, Greater Miami Chapter members pose with 17th
Southern Area Director Mary F. Currie and BlueCross BlueShield VP Sharon Wamble-King
who donated $35,000 to Southern Area for future Childhood Obesity initiatives. (L-R) Jen-
nifer Grant, Angela Bellamy, Chapter President Renee S. Jones, Southern Area Director Mary
E Currie, Regina Jollievette Frazier, BlueCross BlueShield VP Sharon Wamble-King, Sabrina
Solomon and Rene Beal.

and Services for the South-
ern Area. Realizing women of
color relocating to the United
States in the Miami area are
displaced and usually without
family and friends, approxi-
mately five years ago, Greater
Miami Chapter developed pow-
erful workshop entitled Im-
migrant Women of the African

The program provides the
tools to empower women to
build and sustain relation-
ships for assimilation to a new
life and personal success. Dur-
ing 2011, it was successfully
introduced to international
students attending Florida Me-
morial University. Immigrant
Women of the African Diaspora
also provides an opportunity

for The Links, Incorporated
and Greater Miami Chapter
to share with the community
the organization's mission and
demonstrate the value placed
on friendship and helping oth-
The Greater Miami Chap-
ter was recognized during the
public meeting on Childhood
Obesity Prevention for All

About Me ~ Healthy, Happy &
Fit. Introduced at four pro-
gram sites Linda Lentin K-8
Center, Frank C. Martin K-8
Center, Arcola Lake Elemen-
tary School Steppers and
FCAA After School Program,
All About Me Healthy, Hap-
py & Fit was developed to in-
crease awareness and expand
the knowledge base of child-
hood obesity prevention among
Black children. Greater Miami
Chapter was one of only seven
chapters in the Southern Area
to receive a grant from the Kel-
logg Foundation to address the
childhood obesity prevention.
Meanwhile, the individual
honors received by chapter
members during the Southern
Area Conference included: the

election of Anne T. Herriott as
Southern Area Secretary 2011-
2013; recognition as 40 year
members of The Links Regina
Jollivette Frazier and Juanita
B. Johnson; and recognition as
25 year members Juanita A.
Lane, DanySu Francis Pritch-
ett and Frederica S. Wilson.
Greater Miami Chapter Links
and family members traveling
to New Orleans included Chap-
ter President Ren6e S. Jones,
Rene Beal, Angela Bellamy,
Carmena Bostic, Regina Jol-
livette Frazier, Jennifer Grant,
Anne T. Herriott, Denise John-
son, Stanley Johnson, Beverly
E. Nixon, Margaret McCrary,
DanySu Pritchett, Sabrina
Solomon, Jorge Diaz-Cueto &
Vandra G. Woolfolk.

.st gospel award

Big' is riot just the name of a
song it's a movement," said
Tina Atkins-Campbell to NPR.
The awards show also in-
cluded a tribute to the late
Walter Hawkins, who died in
July 2010 at the age of 61 due
to pancreatic cancer. As part
'of the tribute, tf "Calit~ iian
sisters, Erica and Tina Atkins-
Campbell performed alongside
Donnie McClurkin and Deit-
rick Haddon, singing "Thank
You Lord."
Patti LaBelle, 67, who re-
leased her first gospel album
in 2006 after a three decade
music career, was awarded the
Lifetime Achievement Award.
Singer Gladys Knight, who
made news when she per-
formed "His Eye Is On The
Sparrow" and "The Lord's
Prayer" at the funeral service
for Michael' Jackson, present-
ed the award to LaBelle.

During last Sunday night's
BET 2011 Awards, the Gram-
my-award winning duo Mary
Mary nabbed the Best Gospel
Contenders in the category
included Byron age, Deitrick
. Haddon, Karen Clarck Sheard,
Sand BeBe & CeCe Winans.
Since the release of the sis-
ter duo album, "Something
Big," it ranked No. 28 on R&B/
Hip-Hop Album Charts on Bill-
boards and No. 3 on the Gos-
pel Album Chart as well as top
spots on the Billboard Top 200
Albums Charts.
"When we started off with the
album titled 'Something Big,'
we didn't know all that it would
evolve into, but we knew it was
something that was put in our
hearts and our heads and our
minds," they say. "'Something

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States want to keep peace at funerals

Buffers proposed

at ceremoniesfor

fallen troops
By Tracy Loew

Ryan Ripp, a sophomore .at
McNary High School in Keizer,
Ore., got angry after seeing a TV
news report about members of
the Westboro Baptist Church of
Topeka picketing a military fu-
neral earlier this year.
"I was just infuriated. I could
not understand why people
would want to protest at funer-
als," he said.
Ripp, 16, who has relatives
who are veterans and says he
plans on enlisting in the Ma-
rine Corps, asked Oregon state
Rep. Kim Thatcher to intro-
duce the legislation to try to
protect military funerals from
Thatcher, a Republican,
agreed, and Ripp researched
what other states were doing,
visited other lawmakers to

Bethany Seventh Day
Adventist Church is hosting
their Revive Alive 2011 revival
meetings at 7:30 p.m. every
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
until July 30. 305-634-2993.

Centurion Apostolic In-
ternational Ministries is
hosting the Survivors Summit
2011 on July 8 at 7:30 p.m.
and July 9 at 9 a.m. RSVP re-
quired for seminars. 305-638-

drum up bipartisan sponsors,
and testified in support of the
bill in March.
"I told them how it impacted
families and how it was abso-
lutely constitutional for them
to be able to limit time, place
and manner. It doesn't limit
free speech at all," he said.
Oregon is among 25 states
this year to consider ways to
shield military funerals from
outside groups by creating or
expanding buffer zones around
military funerals.
The effort follows a Supreme
Court decision in March strik-
ing down a lawsuit against
the Westboro Baptist Church,
which pickets the funerals of
U.S. servicemembers, as part
of its claim that God is punish-
ing the United States for sup-
porting homosexuality.
The court ruled that such
protests are protected speech
under the First Amendment,
but states hope to get around
that by creating protest-free
buffer zones, or reserved areas,
around funerals and routes to

All That God is Inter-
national Outreach Centers
invites everyone to their Chris-
tian Fellowship and Open Mic
Night every Friday at 7:30 p.m.
786-255-1509, 786-709-0656.

The First Baptist Church
of Brownsville is hosting a Re-
vival July 6-8, 7 p.m. nightly.

The International Prayer
Center is hosting their Annual

-By Christopher Berkey, AP
Margie Phelps and her nephew Gabriel Phelps-Roper of
Westboro Baptist Church protest before a 2006 service at
Fort Campbell.

"They can protest away, but
it doesn't have to be in every-

Pastoral Anniversary, Aug. 11 -
14. 954-448-4634.

The Faith Church, Inc.
invites you to their service on
Sunday at 11 a.m. and their
MIA outreach service that pro-
vides free hot meals, dry goods
and free clothes. Visit www.
faithchurch4you.com or call

Mt Olivette Baptist
Church will honor their pas-
tor's 32 years of service with
services on July 10 at 3 p.m.;
August 7 at 3:30 p.m.; and at
11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Au-
gust 14.

body. else's face," Thatcher said.

Running for Jesus Out-
reach Youth Ministries in-
vites the community to their
Jubilee Praise and Rap Gospel
Celebration on July 23 at 7:30
p.m. 786-704-5216, 954-213-

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes ev-
eryone to their Family and
Friends Service on Sunday at
11:30 a.m.

Christian Cathedral
Church presents Friday Morn-
ing Glory, 10 a.m.-12 noon and
is also hosting a Christmas in
July raffle. 305-652-1132.

Arizona, Arkansas, Nebras-
ka, North Dakota, Oklahoma,
West Virginia and Wyoming al-
ready have passed such laws
this year, according to the Na-
tional Conference of State Leg-
Laws are pending in 14 oth-
er states, including California,
Maryland, New Jersey, New
York, Oregon and Texas. They
have failed in Florida, Missis-
sippi, Nevada and Utah.
Local jurisdictions in New
York and Maryland also have
proposed laws to protect mili-
tary funerals.
Congress is also considering
federal legislation. The Sancti-
ty of Eternal Rest for Veterans
(SERVE) Act would increase
the quiet time before and after
military funerals from 60 min-
utes to 120 minutes; increase
the buffer around services
from 150 feet to 300 feet; in-
crease the buffer around ac-
cess routes to services from
300 feet to 500 feet; and in-

Zion 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,

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

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center hosts a Bible
Study every Wednesday at 7
p.m. 305-623-0054.

crease civil penalties.
The federal bill was intro-
duced April 13 and referred to
the Senate Veterans' Affairs
Committee. It is sponsored by
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine,
and has 25 Senate co-sponsors.
"We think it's a step in the
right direction," said Peter Gay-
tan, executive director of the
American Legion in Washing-
ton. "One day, hopefully, we can
make it decidedly illegal to take
advantage of these funerals to
Westboro Baptist Church
members say they plan to chal-
lenge any new restrictions.
They already have suits pend-
ing in Oklahoma, Missouri, Ohio
and Kentucky, said Fred Phelps
Jr., a Kansas lawyer and son of
the pastor heading.the church.
"What they really want is for
us to shut up. We're not going to
do that," he said.
The Supreme Court, in its
decision,. suggested that such
buffer zones would be constitu-
tional, said First Amendment
Please turn to PEACE 19B

The 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.

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church holds a Fish
Dinner every Friday and Sat-
urday: a Noon Day Prayer Ser-
vice every Saturday; and In-
troduction Computer Classes
every Tuesday and Thursday
at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rever-
end Willie McCrae, 305-770-
7064 or Mother Annie Chap-
man, 786-312-4260.

Community asked to loan artifacts for upcoming exhibits

continued from 12B

particular area just sort of
forced people-to branch out to
become entrepreneurs and
because they were very close
knit at. the time," she ex-
Planning to open the ex-
hibit since January 2011,
the AARLCC has been gath-
ering and collecting different
memorabilia since early this
And while they have made

great headway, have gath-
ered nearly enough material
to open the exhibit, they are
asking for community mem-
bers to donate or temporar-
ily loan the museum various
items from the late 1940s.
"We wanted to make sure
that we have any kind of ma-
terials that kind of support.
the storeto add a little more
depth and dimension to the
facade," Norlin said.
Among some of the items
that the AARLCC is looking
for are photos and memo-

rabilia of these particular
1. Victory Theater
2. The old Windsor Club
3. Benton Funeral'Home"
4. Northwest Drug Store/
Selig's Drug Store
5. Tansy's Beauty Parlor
and Avant's Barber Shop
6. Information on church
activities and copies of flyers
and program booklets.
In addition to these arti-
facts, community members
are welcome to provide copies
of the newspaper, "The Col-

ored Bulletin," "The Florida
Spur" plus documents, deeds
and souvenirs from the busi-
nesses located on Northwest
5th Avenue in the late 1940s.
The museum will be ac-
cepting materials for the ex-
hibit throughout the summer.
The exhibit is scheduled to
open this fall at the African-
American Research Library
and Cultural Center located
at 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard
in Fort Lauderdale. For more
information, call 954-625-

Project helps local youth pursue excellence in schools

continued from 12B

Dawkins explained that the
program featured sports be-
cause of the results it has pro-
vided among youth.
"For many years, [sports] has
been the only real outlet that
could be used for an avenue for
crime prevention," he said.
But because of the rule that
stated players must maintain
a certain GPA, the initial reac-
tion by many people to Project
Hope was less than enthusias-
Dawkins remembered how
some people viewed the pro-
gram as "crazy," but he would
not be swayed.
"We understood the clear vi-
sion that God gave us which is

order. When there is order and
direction, people will change.
So we knew if we stayed the
course that the mandate would
produce fruit."
They were right.
The program gained support
as more parents, community
members and even children be-
gin to see the wisdom of devel-
oping youth who were "student-
In addition to. monitoring
children's grades, the program
now also check's absentee
rates, homework completion
and most recently, if partici-
pants are involved in any vio-
lent disruptions in school.
Despite Project Hope's suc-
cess, Dawkins realized that
something was missing.
"We found' through further

assessments that there were
greater needs that weren't be-
ing met," Dawkins explained.
"So we increased those servic-
es in the program to help meet
those needs."
The program has slowly
grown to provide other services
such as classes for youth self-
esteem building, violence and
drug prevention workshops,
parenting and life skills class-
es, FCAT assistance, and adult
education courses. And Project
Hope often has a waiting list
for students to be placed in the
program. Currently, there are
107 families on the list.
The program is specifically
meant to serve adults and chil-
dren living in zip codes 33142
and 33137. Yet Dawkins is well
aware that the issues that his

students face are endemic to
the wider community.
"I think we face an uphill
battle," he said.
Yet, according to Dawkins,
the chance that these issues
will be solved in the wider com-
munity, will arise from other
community institutions. "Our
goal is to train other communi-
ties that would be in support of
adapting the kind of program
that we use."
In the meantime, Project
Hope continues to hone and
expand its services and plan
for the coming years.
In the future, Dawkins has a
vision to build a Project Hope
Academy for student-athletes
with a curriculum that places
an emphasis on education as
well as health and wellness.

More Blacks needed as potential bone marrow donors

continued from 12B

According to the Be the
Match Marrow Registry, Black
patients are 66 percent likely
to find a donor in the registry.
Meanwhile, white patients are
93 percent likely to find a will-
ing donor.
To help encourage more
Blacks to become donors, July
was designated "African Amer-
ican Bone Marrow Awareness
So, how exactly does one
save a life by donating bone
Step One: Be the Match
To become a donor you must
first sign up for the Be the
Match Registry. A person can
sign up in one of two ways.
They can either visit their local
community blood center where
a swab of their cheek is test-

ed. To sign up by the website,
visit www.bethematch.org. A
free swab kit will be sent to you
for you to mail back a sample.
Step Two: Waiting for the call
Once someone is registered,
they then have to wait for
someone who matches their
bone marrow exactly to need a
donation. It is a call that some
people on the registry may
never receive.
"The overwhelming majority,
greater than 95 percent, of the
people who sign up to be in the
registry will never get a call to
donate," explained Lenes.
Marie Moore, the marrow
program director for Commu-
nity Blood Centers of Florida,
also agrees that matches are
"Chances of finding a match
are one in 20,000," she said.
Yet having as many regis-
tered donors as possible, in-

creases the likelihood that
someone who needs a bone
marrow donation will find a
Step Three: Giving life
If a donor is found, they will
be given a counseling session
describing what exactly the do-
nation will entail.
Donors are asked to sup-
ply their marrow in one of two
methods. The most common
method is an outpatient proce-
,dure called PBSC (peripheral
blood stream cells) where your
blood is removed through a
needle in one arm and passed
through a machine that sepa-
rates out the blood forming
cells. The second method is
considered a surgical outpa-
tient procedure, since it re-
quires a direct marrow dona-
tion. At a hospital, donors are
given anesthesia then doctors
use a needle to extract liquid

marrow from the back of a per-
son's pelvic bone.
Among some of the common
side effects are fatigue, aches,
bone pains, nausea as well as
possible complications from
"I think everyone experienc-
es some form of side effects but
they are very mild and nothing
that will put you in the hospi-
tal," Moore explained.
Although donors bodies' gen-
erally replenish the donated
marrow in four to six weeks,
the blood center will continue
to follow up and see how they
are doing in upcoming months
and even years.
According to Moore, people
are allowed to give bone mar-
row donations a maximum of
three times.
For more information, visit

Calif. bishop bows out under pressure

Catholic bishop in Northern
California who has
been embroiled in'
priest sex abuse
cases recently is
resigning from his
The Vatican an-
nounced Thursday
that Pope Bene-
dict XVI accepted
the resignation
of Bishop Daniel i
Walsh of the Santa
Rosa diocese.
Diocese spokeswoman
Deirdre Frontczak says
Walsh is "ver- tired" after a
"difficult decade."
Walsh's resignation comes

a year short of his manda-
tory retirement at age 75.
The Santa Rosa
diocese has beeh"
hit with two law-
Ssuits under Walsh's
I tenure involving
alleged child sex
? abuse by former
S priests.
In 2006, Walsh
Swas threatened
with criminal
ALSH charges for fail-
ing to report the
alleged misconduct of the
Rev. Xavier Ochoa, allowing
him time to flee to Mexico.
Walsh agreed to participate
in counseling and was not



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For 76 percent, parent

is in house, too

By Sharon Jayson

The number of children who live with
a grandparent increased 64 percent over
the past two decades, a Census report
about living arrangements said recently.
Using 2009 data, the U.S. Census
found that 7.8 million out of the 74.1
million children in the USA lived with at
least one grandparent, up from 4.7 mil-
lion in 1991.
By race and ethnicity, the patterns
vary from 1991 to 2009; there's a bump
among white children but lesser increas-

By the numbers
Percentage of children who live with at
least one grandparent:
11991 2009 11%

By race

15% 17%

ite Black' Hispanic
Census Bureau

Source: U.S.

es among Blacks and Hispanics. White
kids living with at least one grandparent
jumped from five percent to nine per-
cent; for Blacks it rose from 15 percent
to 17 percent; and for Hispanic children
it increased from 12 percent to 14 per-
Among all children living with a grand-
parent, three-quarters also had at least
one parent in the household.
"There's absolutely no question it's
been on the rise because of the reces-
sion," says Gary Drevitch of New York,
editor in chief of the website Grandpar-
.ents.com. "What's been interesting is
that in the past, you imagine grandpar-
ents moving in with their adult children
and grandchildren because they could
no longer maintain their own home. The
trend during the recession has been
multigenerational households created
because adult children have moved in
with the grandparents. It's adult chil-
dren struggling in the economy."
Donna Butts, executive director of
Generations United, a group that focus-
es on intergenerational programs and
policies, says the recession accelerated
the trend toward shared living quarters.
"If there's anything good that's come
out of this economic time, it's that we
realize we need each other," she says.
The report, based on the Survey of
Income and Program Participation,
examines the varied arrangements
in which children grow up today. Co-
author and Census family demographer
Rose Kreider says the data are so
detailed, they show "how everybody in
this household is related to everybody
Among other 2009 findings for
children under 18:
69 percent lived with two parents.
4 percent lived with both a mother
and father not married to each other.
59 percent who didn't live with a
parent lived with a grandparent.
7 percent lived with an unmarried
parent who was cohabiting.
16 percent lived with a stepparent,
stepsibling or half sibling.

Feeding hungry kids in summer

By Christie Garton

With the official start of summer
and the school year ending, many
kids are rejoicing. Yet for some,
summer brings a new set of difficult
challenges not typically faced dur-
ing the school year.
Consider these statistics:
20 million low-income children
get government-sponsored free or
reduced-price lunches during the
school year, according the U.S. De-
partment of Agriculture, but that
number drops to three million dur-
ing the summer, causing fears of
children going hungry this summer.
With more free-time on their
hands, it's no surprise that young
people ages 16- to 24 seek em-
ployment in greater numbers dur-
ing the summer months while many
American families rely on this extra
income to help pay bills during the
year. Despite this increase in de-
mand, unemployment among youth
in 2010 increased by 571,000 from
April to July in 2010, according to
the U.S. Department of Labor.

To help alleviate some of this need,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) is once again rolling out its
"Summer Food Service Program" in
partnership with churches, chari-
table organizations, state and local
agencies and the Boys and Girls
Club of America. When school is
out of session, these local organiza-
tions are important partners in get-
ting breakfast and lunch to those
kids most in need, the agency says.
"As school programs are reduced
in the summer, we lose. those re-

End of school year means
many children are going hun-
gry because they are no longer
receiving free meals such as
lunches and breakfasts.

affairs, said.
The hunger portion of the sum-
mer campaign is an extension of
Wal-Mart's $2 billion commitment
to fight hunger in the U.S.
There is also a role for all Ameri-
cans to play in helping these kids,
the USDA says, providing these
tips on its website:
If you are a part of a faith-based
or community-serving organiza-
tion and you want to find out more
about how you can help promote
the USDA's Summer Food Service
Program, consider joining Let's
Move! Faith and Communities as a
Conduct Community Out-
reach with the National Hun-
ger Hotline: Help ensure families
know about the Summer Food
Service Program and where kids

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liable institutional sites," Kevin
Concannon, USDA undersecretary
for food, nutrition and consumer
services, told Reuters a couple of
weeks ago. "We've eased some of the
regulatory burden associated with
the program so that more sponsors
can come in."
The government cannot address
all of these needs alone.
Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foun-
dation announced recently a $25
million, giving campaign "aimed
at filling the gaps created when

schools close for the summer," ac-
cording to a news release. The pro-
gram will provide funding to more
than 350 non-profit organizations,
helping expand nutrition, learning
and employment services for el-
ementary, middle- and high school
students this summer.
"Kids should have every opportu-
nity to grow into successful adults,
and we're doing our part to make
sure that's the case this sum-
mer," Leslie Dach, Wal-Mart's ex-
ecutive vice president of corporate

can go to receive a nutritious
meal. Contact the National Hun-
ger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY
or 1-877-8-HAMBRE, or contact
your local Summer Food Service
Program State Agency to find a
participating site in your commu-
nity. Summer Food Service Pro-
gram State Agency contacts can be
found at www.summerfood.usda.
gov/. Encourage sites and spon-
sors in your community to register
and promote their site using the
National Hunger Hotloine.' ' *- '

How to better discipline your kids

By Claire McCarthy

Making mistakes is part
of being a parent, and dis-
cipline is an area where we
slip up constantly. It's one
of our most daunting tasks,
and to do it well we have to
make clear, sensible, big-
picture decisions at exactly
the same moment when we
are angry, frustrated, or
embarrassed. And that's
just as hard as it sounds.
1. Thinking one size fits
Friends and Grandma
love to tell you what worked
for them. And there is defi-
nitely something appealing
about the simplicity of a-
one-approach-fits-all strat-
But some children freak
out when you speak to
them sharply, while others
are unaffected. Some learn
the first time you tell them
something; others need so
much repetition, you de-
spair of their ever learning.
Some listen right away;
others need time to scream
it out before you can talk to

Understanding where
they are in life is key to
picking the right approach
to discipline, and prevent-
ing desperation (yours).
2. Overdoing it
The punishment should
S.. fit the crime, not your frus-
tration level. And it needs
to be something feasible,
that doesn't overly affect
siblings who've done noth-
.,r. ing wrong.
A friend taught me a
great trick. If one of the
kids is doing something he
'. shouldn't being mean to
a sibling, for example I
S say, "There will be conse-
quences." Over the years,
it's been shortened to "Con-
'ssequences!" with the appro-
priate firm-but-not-yelling
voice, furrowed brow, and
I'm-totally-serious gaze.
3. Being inconsistent
Once you've said no to
something, like "No throw-
ing sand," you have to con-
tinue saying no. You can't
give in sometimes. Kids
tS make the get confused and pick up
quickly on the fact that

they have, well, latitude.
Since you don't want to
say no to everything, pick
your battles and decide
what's really important to
4. Always focusing on
the negative
When you've got a kid
who has trouble with rules,
it can make for a really dif-
ficult relationship when all
you seem to do is repri-
mand her.
The solution is to catch
your child being good. If
she goes a solid 15 minutes
Without picking on her sis-
ter, she should get kudos.
So the next time your
child is the one throw-
ing sand in the sandbox,
take a deep breath. As you
scoop her up and think
about what might work
this time (since your last
method didn't), remember
that she is little and has
so much yet to learn. And,
most of all, remember that
you love her. Because that,
more than anything else,
is what discipline is really

How teens can put summer to work for them

By Lee Bierer

Summer is the best time for stu-
dents to separate themselves from
the rest of the pack. Lots of other
students applying to college look
just like they do, with similar stan-
dardized test scores and identical
GPAs. As the number of college ap-
plicants increases, so does the need
for students to set themselves apart.
What should a student do to get
Explore an interest: Follow an
academic or nonacademic passion
by taking a course, finding an en-
richment program or interning with
someone in a career field of inter-
est. Unpaid internships often pro-
vide great learning experiences for
students. Contact the human re-
sources department at companies or
organizations and ask about intern-
ship opportunities. Start now; there

may be applications, interviews and
training sessions.
Get involved in community
service: Identify several nonprofit
organizations and find out about
the kinds of summer opportuni-
ties they offer to volunteers. Think
outside the norm and contact the-
ater groups, nursing homes, animal
shelters, preschools/camps, po-
litical organizations, environmental
groups, etc. Many college scholar-
ships are geared toward community
service involvement.
Be a leader or entrepreneur: Col-
leges know that student leaders in
high school frequently transfer their
skills to college. Start your own
business, find a niche that is unmet
in your neighborhood or identify a
cause you care about. Work on your
own or collaborate with friends: Cre-
ate a logo and fliers, design busi-
ness cards and a website, write a

Summer break allows time for
teens to explore enriching aca-
demic and nonacademic pursuits.

business plan and then execute it.
Adults are always impressed with
young energetic entrepreneurs; use
your youth to your advantage. The
kinds of skills you hone over the
summer are life skills that will stay
with you and will serve you well in
college and beyond.
Focus on a sport: Play on a sum-
mer travel team because college
coaches scout players at tourna-
ments and showcases.
Get working: Colleges appreciate
students who work and contribute
to their family's household income
or pay for their own expenses. Paid
employment demonstrates respon-
sibility, dedication, time manage-
ment and teamwork skills. Receiving
a strong letter of recommendation
from an employer can help a stu-
dent's candidacy. Additionally, some
employers offer scholarships or tu-
ition assistance to their employees.

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Showdown at FDA over cancer

By Alicia Mundy

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precedented hearing is set February 2006: Avastin gets its first approval from the FDA for colon cancer,
this week for Roche Holding ---- .--.. when added to existing chemotherapy. Approval for lung and kidney cancers, as
AG's cancer drug Avastin, t *_ f well as a brain cancer, follow over the next five years.
with Food and Drug Admin- V
istration scientists fighting to December 2007: An FDA advisory committee votes 5-4 against Avastin for
have their decision to revoke breast cancer, questioning a company supported study showing a delay of five
Avastin's accelerated approv- months in tumor regrowth with Avastin.
al for breast cancer upheld. -2 F
The decision by an FDA '' February 2008: FDA officials grant accelerated approval for breast cancer
appeals panel, and ultimately conditioned on the completion of two more studies.
FDA Commissioner Margaret
Hamburg, is likely to affect July 2010: An FDA advisory committee votes 12-1 against Avastin for breast
the agency's program to al- cancer, saying the two studies don't show more than a couple of months delay in
low conditional approval for tumor sprad.
potentially life-saving drugs.
FDA officials describe Avastin December 2010: FDA officials announce plants to revoke approval for breast
for breast cancer as a clas- cancer, saying the drug will remain on the market for of her cancers, and for
sic case of a drug that lOoked s'c breast-cancer use "off label." Genentech appeal follows.
promising but turned out to
promising but turned out to June 2010: FDA conducts a hearing on the approval status.
carry high risk with minimal
benefit. They want to pull ap-
proval for breast-cancer use the first company to formally like hearing Tuesday and preside over testimony about
after provisionally granting it oppose such a withdrawal Wednesday at the FDA at the drug and its test results.
in 2008. decision, the agency says. which an agency official with FDA scientists from the
Roche's Genentech unit is That has led to a trial- no ties to controversy will Center for Drug Evaluation
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and Research will argue their
case, while Genentech and a
group of researchers, some of
whom have received company
support, will defend its use.
A panel of independent
experts chosen by the FDA is
expected to vote on the issue
Wednesday afternoon,, with
the final decision up to Dr.
No matter the result,
the drug will remain on
the market because it is
approved for four other
cancers, and it can still
be prescribed by doctors
to treat breast-cancer
patients even if the label
is changed. Insurance
companies and Medicare
are likely to continue paying
the $88,000-a-year tab for
Avastin even for breast-
cancer patients, say some
oncologists and analysts.
Still, the event is being
closely watched by the


industry as a barometer of
policy on cancer drugs and a
test of whether Genentech's
aggressive lobbying on
Capitol Hill can sway agency
Genentech and FDA
drug officials have fought
bitterly over seemingly small
details, such as whether
pro-Avastin witnesses must
present financial disclosure
information. The Cancer
Letter, a monthly newsletter
called it the "Greatest
oncology show on earth."
The controversy has
taken on a political cast,
with several leading House
Republicans criticizing the
FDA. They say the agency is
trying to withhold lifesaving
drugs from women, and they
link the action to the Obama
administrator's healthcare
overhaul, which they say will
encourage rationing of care
by federal bureaucrats.

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al L a record low, study shows

Cases double to 347 million

The Associated Press

LONDON-The number of
adults worldwide with diabe-
tes has more than doubled in
three decades, jumping to an
estimated 347 million, a new
study says.
Much of that increase is
due to aging populations-
since diabetes typically hits in
middle age-and population
growth, but part of it has also
been fuelled by rising obesity
With numbers climbing
almost everywhere, experts
said the disease is no longer
limited to rich countries and is
now a global problem. Coun-
tries in which the numbers
rose fastest include Cape
Verde,'Simnoi. Saudi Arabia,
Papua New Guinea, and the
United States.
"Diabetes may well become
the defining issue of global
health for the next decade,"
said Majid Ezzati, chair of

Growing Risk
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prevalence for selected nations,
through 2008

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global environmental health at
Imperial College London, one

of the srudy authors.
He noted the figures don't
reflect the generations of
overweight children and young
adults who have yet to reach
middle age. That could create
a massive burden on health
"We are not at the peak of
this wave yet," he said. "And
unlike high blood pressure
and cholesterol, we still don't
have great treatments for
Still, in Britain and else-
where in Western Europe,
despite growing waistlines,
there was only a slight rise
in diabetes. Experts weren't
sure why and said there could
be several reasons, including
worse deteotiom .oLna kedaseaae#
genetic differences, or perhaps
the Europeans were better at
getting heavy people to reduce
their chances of developing
Women in Singapore,
France, Italy and Switzerland

remained relatively slim and
had virtually no change in
their diabetes rates. Numbers
also stayed flat in sub-Saha-
ran Africa, central Latin Amer-
ica and rich Asian countries.
Type 2 is the most common
type of diabetes and is often
tied to obesity. It develops
when the body doesn't pro-
duce enough insulin to break
down glucose, inflating blood
sugar levels. The disease can
be managed with diet, exercise
and medication but chroni-
cally high blood sugar levels
causes nerve damage, which
can result in kidney disease,
blindness and amputation.
For their estimate, Ez-
zati and colleagues exam-
ird more than 150 national .
health surveys and studies
that tracked Type 2 diabetes i
in adults older than 25 in 199
countries and territories. They
used modeling to estimate
cases for another 92 coun-

Drug makers tout two new studies


By Jennifer Corbett Dooren

SAN DIEGO A new dia-
betes drug from Bristol-Myers
Squibb Co. and AstraZeneca
PLC was effective in lowering
blood sugar, but patients had
a higher rate of certain infec-
tions, the companies said.
The companies are hoping
to market the drug. dapa-
gliflozin, as the first in new
class of pills designed to
lower blood sugar by increas-
ing the amount of glucose
excreted in the urine.
The drug is under review at
the Food and Drug Adminis-
tration, and an FDA advisory
panel will consider the drug
at a meeting July 19.
London-based AstraZeneca
and Bristol-Myers, of New
York, released two stud-
ies and a safety update on
dapagliflozin over the week-
end at the annual meeting
of the American Diabetes
Association. One of the stud-

ies looked at three doses of
the drug and a placebo, or
sugar pill, when added to
a common diabetes drug,
metfermin. The other study
compared dapagliflozin with
glipizide another common
diabetes treatment.
Both studies showed
that dapagliflozin was
more effective at lowering
A1C hemoglobin levels, a
common measurement of
blood glucose, compared with
patients on a placebo and
other diabetes medications,
and that dapagliflozin-created
patients lost a small amount
of weight compared with
patients receiving a placebo.
The companies said genital
and urinary-tract infections
were more common in
patients taking dapagliflozan
than in patients taking
placebos and other diabetes
drugs. The rate of such
infections was about 12
percent to 14 percent for

patients being treated with
dapagliflozan, compared with,
about five percent for those
taking metformm.
The companies said there
was no difference in rates of
all types of cancer, through
rates of bladder and breast
cancers were higher in people
on the new drug. Most of the
cancers were diagnosed in
the first year of the studies,
which the companies said
makes it unlikely the drug
played a role.
Joel Zonszein, the director
of the Clinical Diabetes
Center at Montefiore Medical
Center in New York, said
patients with diabetes,
generally have higher rates of
cancer compared with people
without diabetes.
Diabetes affects about 26
million Americans and is
characterized by high blood
glucose levels caused by
the body's inability to either
make or properly use insulin.

Type 2 diabetes, the most
common form of the disease,
generally comes around
middle age and often is
associated with weight gain.
Dapagliflozan is the most
advanced candidate in a
new class of drugs known
as sodium-glucose co-
transporter-2 inhibitors.
Johnson & Johnson.
Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH
and Astellas Pharma, Inc.
also are developing such
If approved dapagliflozan
is likely to be added to a
regimen of other drugs that
have different mechanisms,
including Merck & Co.'s
The FDA this month
warned that another diabetes
drug.'Actos, might increase
the risk of bladder cancer
when used for more than a
year. Takeda Pharmaceutical
Co. is studying bladder-
cancer riskes over 10 years.

FDA compliance

checks cited as

factor in decline

By Jonathan Shorman

Tobacco sales to minors fell
to an all-time low in 2010 after
increasing in 2009, a new re-
port shows.
Retailers in the USA sold
tobacco to minors 9.3 percent
of the time, the report by the
Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) shows. The statis-
tics are gathered as part of the
Synar Amendment program,
a federal-state partnership to
curb tobacco sales to minors.
The 2010 rate of 9.3 percent is
the lowest in the program's 14-
yeat history.
"It's really good to see the
rate go down, especially after it
went up last year," says Danny
McGoldrick, vice president of
research at the Campaign for
Tobacco-Free Kids.
In addition, 34 states had
violation rates of less than 10
percent in 2010, up from 22
states in 2009.
Violations increased in 14
states, despite the national
downward trend. Idaho, Mary-
land and New Hampshire,
states with some of the highest
rates of violations, saw rates
increase from 2009.
The record low follows an
uptick in tobacco sales to
minors that occurred in 2009,
where 10.9 percent of retailers
had violations. The increase
was the first in the program's
history. It was also the highest
rate since 2005.
Susan Marsiglia Gray, Synar
coordinator for SAMHSA, says

a tough economy led some
states to make cuts to under-
age tobacco enforcement pro-
grams, which may have helped
lead to the increase in under-
age sales.
Gray attributed a return to
sales decreases in 2010 in part
to the Family Smoking Preven-
tion and Tobacco Control Act,
signed by President Obama in
2009. Under the act, the FDA
helps states conduct compli-
ance checks of retailers. Gray
also says some smaller outlets,
which may have been more
likely to sell to minors, have
gone out of business.
The statistics are gathered
through random, unannounced
inspections of retail outlets.
Under the Synar program,
states must have a violation
rate of 20 percent or less to be
in compliance. The year 2010
marked the fifth year all states
have been in compliance.
Though states have been in
compliance for several years,
efforts to decrease actual to-
bacco consumption by minors.
has stalled, Gray says. Minors
may not be able to buy to-
bacco from retailers, but older
siblings and friends still can.
While taking away minors'
retail access to tobacco is an
important part in lowering
consumption, it's not the only
thing needed.
"States really need to take
a comprehensive approach in
reducing youth tobacco use,"
Gray says.
States with a low rate of
violations tend to attack the is-
sue at several levels, including
merchant education and com-
munity pressure. Parents also
play an important role. "We
know one of the best ways to
affect kids is to affect adults,"
McGoldrick says.

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Bayer drug shows early promise in treating prostate cancer

By Erin Schmidt

A new study indicates a
drug used to treat prostate
cancer looks promising in
early trials. The study was
presented at the June 6, 2011
annual meeting of the Ameri-
can Society of Clinical Oncol-
The drug seems to be
particularly effective against
metastatic prostate cancer
tumors in this case, tumors
that have spread to the bone
- says Dr. Maha Hussain of

the University of Michigan
Comprehensive Cancer Cen-
ter, one of the study's lead
The study involved 171 men
with prostate cancer. More
than 75 percent of them had
metastatic prostate cancer.
Among these patients, bone
scans showed 76 percent
experienced reduction of the
tumors after being treated
with the experimental drug.
Twenty-one patients in the
study showed bone tumors
that completely resolved

with treatment.
In three cases, metastatic
prostate cancer worsened;
symptoms of the disease
remained stable in 21 percent
of cases. More than 60 per-
cent of patients in the study
showed reduction in tumors
that had spread outside the
Metastatic prostate cancer
can cause bone fractures and
severe pain. The drug may of-
fer relief; 56 percent of men in
the study reported decreased
pain. Among those taking nar-

cotics for pain management,
56 percent either needed re-
duced dosages of the narcot-
ics or stopped taking them.
The drug is taken orally.
Side effects of the experimen-
tal drug included:
Gastrointestinal symptoms
High blood pressure.
This study was part of the
middle phase of drug testing.
The drug's manufacturer is
currently conducting random-
ized clinical trials on another

test group. The drug will
also be studied further by
researchers at the University
of Michigan, who will look
closely at its effects on bone.
The drug works by blocking
some of the channels cancer
cells use to spread and cut-
ting off the blood supply to
tumors. It's also being tested
in patients with thyroid and
ovarian cancers.
After skin cancer, prostate
cancer is the type of can-
cer most commonly seen in
U.S. males. About one in six

American men will develop
prostate cancer in his lifetime,
and approximately one in 36
dies of the disease.
The American Cancer
Society recommends men
at average risk for prostate
cancer begin getting prostate-
specific antigen screenings
(PSA test) at age 50. A PSA
test measures the amount
of prostate-specific antigen
in the blood. Starting at age
40, men should discuss their
individual risk and need for a
PSA test with their doctors.



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Fight obesity in children five and under

committee that prepared the
report. She is director of the
Center for Childhood Obesity
Research at Pennsylvania
State University.
About one in five kids are
overweight or obese before
they go to kindergarten, with
higher rates among low-
income children and African-
American and Hispanic chil-
dren, the report notes.
Government data show a
third of school-age children
are overweight or obese.
Many young children don't
grow out of their baby fat, and
that extra weight increases
their risk of obesity and other
chronic diseases such as heart
disease later in life, Birch
says. The first years of life are
a critical time to begin obesity
prevention, she says.
The report is aimed at child
care regulatory agencies, child
care providers and early-child-
hood educators, but much
of the advice could apply to

Better sleep,

less screen time

among strategies

By Nanci Hellmich

Take the TV set out of
children's bedrooms. Teach
them to eat only when they're
hungry. Don't restrict playtime
as a punishment.
These are among the recom-
mendations in a new report
from the Institute of Medicine
(IOM), one of the first com-
prehensive studies analyzing
what should be done to help
prevent obesity in kids five
and under.
In recent years, experts have
emphasized fighting weight
problems in school-age kids,
but the obesity epidemic has
not spared even our young-
est children, says Leann
Birch, chairwoman of the IOM

Older people

make the

most of life
By Brandon Smith and
Victoria Rodriguez

Think you are happy now? Just
wait. The best emotional times come
later in life. according to the Gallup-
Healthrwavs ell-being index.
The oldest group outscored the other
three age groups in emotions, which
was one of six categories measured in
a sweeping study on well-being. Out
of a possible score of 100, the 65-and-
older age group scored 83. Those 45-
64 had the lowest score, 76.
Credit experience, says Kay Mc-
Curdy, 72, of Springfield, Va. "You
shift your idea of what a good life is
into what you can have as a good life,"
McCurdy says. "You get realistic."
Elisabeth Burnett, 73, a neighbor of
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parents, too.
Among recommendations:
Increase physical activ-
ity in young children. Kids
should have the chance to be
physically active throughout
.the day.
Adults should avoid using
restriction of play as a dis-
ciplinary measure, and kids
should have opportunities for
daily outdoor time for physical
activity whenever possible.
Decrease sedentary time
for young children. Activities
for toddlers and preschoolers
should limit sitting or stand-
ing time to no more than 30
minutes at a time.
Encourage age-appro-
priate sleep. There is a lot of
data establishing a connection
between shorter sleep dura-
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Birch says.'
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Your baby's teeth can decay from going to
bed with a baby bottle or poor oral hygiene.
The American Dental Association lists these
suggestions to help prevent baby bottle tooth
Moms, practice good oral hygiene and
'don't share utensils or put your baby's pacifier
in your mouth.
Wipe baby's gums with a clean, damp
cloth after each feeding.
Brush teeth with water and a child's
toothbrush as soon as teeth break through the
Begin using fluoride toothpaste at about
age two, or when baby can spit. You will need
to brush your child's teeth until at least age
Only formula, milk or breast milk go in
baby bottles never juice or other sugary
Don't put your child to bed with a bottle.
Make sure pacifiers are clean (with soap
and water) and never dip them in honey or
other sweeteners.
Limit sweet treats, provide exposure to
fluoride and introduce baby to a sippy cup by
the first birthday.


Anxiety disorders may be mental health
conditions, but they can cause a number of
physical problems.
The University of Maryland Medical Center
lists these physical complications that can
arise from anxiety disorders:
Heart disease.
Risk factors for heart disease, including
thickened blood vessels, high blood pressure
and high cholesterol levels.
Irritable bowel syndrome and other
gastrointestinal problems.
Respiratory conditions, including asthma.
Allergies, including food allergies, hay fever,
eczema and other allergic conditions.

treatment according to nation-
ally accepted standards and
"With a stroke, time lost is
brain lost, and the Get With
The Guidelines-Stroke Bronze
Quality Achievement Award
addresses the important
element of time," said Marny
Linares, chief executive officer,
North Shore Medical Center.
North Shore Medical Center

has developed a comprehensive
system for rapid diagnosis and
treatment of stroke patients
admitted to the emergency
department. This includes al-
ways being equipped to provide
brain imaging scans, having
neurologists available to con-
Sduct patient evaluations and
using clot-busting medications
when appropriate.
Please turn to NSMC 18B

Strict new safety codes for cribs go into effect

The Associated Press

It's one of the biggest purchases
for soon-to-be parents: a crib for
baby..Beginning Tuesday, a new
generation of cribs, designed to be
safer, will be the only ones ap-
proved for sale in stores, online,
and even at neighborhood yard
Ushering in one of the most sig-
nificant changes in child safety in
decades, the rule taking effect this
week bans the manufacture, sale
and resale of drop-side cribs. Drop-
sides have a side rail that can be
raised and lowered to allow parents
to more easily place or lift a baby,

I ..I but they have been blamed in the
deaths of several dozen children.

new federal standard mandates
more rigorous safety tests for
market. In the past, manufacturers
'were allowed to retighten screws
and bolts on a crib in the middle of
hardware testing meant to mimic
how a child might rattle a crib --
8 8p 'by jumping up and down or shak-
ing a rail.
While the tests were intended to
simulate a toddler in a crib, they
don't mimic .the reality of the par-
Bumpers are usually sold in bedding sets, often with matching quilts ent. It's a rare parent who would
as shown here.This is an example of a recalled crib with a bumper. Please turn to CRIBS 18B


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Rita Hess; Chief Nursing Officer for NSMC; Manny Linares, CEO of NSMC;Ann Mroz of the
American Heart Association, Isis Zambrana-Diaz, Director of Clinical Quality Improvement at
NSMC; and Arlene Cameron, Stroke Coordinator at NSMC.

North Shore Medical Center receives

GWTG Stroke Achievement Award

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Flesh-eating cocaine hits cities across U.S.

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer
gemjuledavis81 @yahoo .con

Drug dealers are using Le-
vamisole as a cutting agent to
add bulk and enhance the eu-
phoric effect upon the central
nervous system. But several
days after smoking crack or
snorting'cocaine that's laced
with this compound, the skin
starts to rot off.
Levamisole, which is ad-
ministered by veterinarians to
treat worms in cattle, sheep
and pigs, attacks the blood

vessels in humans and leaves
the skin without blood, which
results in a state of necrosis
(death of the skin).
"The Levamisole in the co-
caine causes inflammation of
blood vessels and they mani-
fest in the skin with Black-
purple patches of the cheeks,
ears and other locations of the
body," said Dr. Noah Craft,
associate professor of Derma-
tology and Infectious Disease
at Harbor UCLA. "The purple
patches generally" progress to
necrosis, or death of the skin

He says the drug doesn't
discriminate based on race,
but there is cause for alarm
for Blacks that use cocaine
tainted with Levamisole.
"In dark-skinned individu-
als, the rash may present it-
self with deep red to brown or
purple macules and papules,"
he said. "Purpura is difficult to
detect in extremely dark skin."
The drug doesn't show
favontism against someone's
socioeconomic status either.
For example. Andrew Koppel,
son of legendary news anchor-
man Ted Koppel, died of an

apparent drug overdose with
Levamisole in his system.
Levamisole has been used in
the past to treat humans for
parasitic worm infections and
has been studied in combina-
tion with other forms of che-
motherapy for colon cancer,
melanoma, head and neck
But the drug was banned by
the FDA in the U.S. in 2000
because of very serious side
Craft and his colleagues first
started to notice peculiar cas-
es of skin necrosis, when they

compared notes and tested the
patients' blood and urine for
They concluded that the use
of cocaine was a common vari-
able in all of the patients that
demonstrated signs of pur-
puric eruptions involving the
ears, nose, cheeks and other
various locations.
The findings are reported in
the Journal of the American
Academy of Dermatology.
The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC)
estimate that approximately
70 percent of the cocaine in

the U.S. may be contaminated
with Levamisole.
Even though a lot of co-
caine may be polluted, Craft
says not everyone will have
the same reaction and when
patients come for treatment,
prednisone is. used to calm
down the skin reactions until
they recover.
"If you stop the contami-
nant, the process should
resolve with scarring," he said.
"However, most patients come
to the hospital because it is
severe. We only treat the se-
vere cases with prednisone."

FAMU and Havana community establish health center

cials from Florida A&M Univer-
sity (FAMU), alongside Florida
State University's College of
Medicine, are working with the
Gadsden County School Board
and the Gadsden County
Health Department to develop
a 4,000 square feet state-of-
the-art Health and Wellness
Service and Training Center at
Havana Middle School.
To provide quality health
care for students, Havana
School Board employees and
the citizens of Havana are at
the forefront of Shirley Aaron's,
chair of the steering commit-
tee, agenda. Aaron is working
tediously to congregate FAMU,
FSU, Tallahassee Community
College, Gadsden County of-
ficials and the community to
decrease the number of indi-
viduals affected by inadequate
healthcare in Havana. A large
population of the community is
living without insurance or re-
ceives Medicaid.
"It has been my dream for a
long time to have a health and

wellness center that serves the
people who are underserved, or
served in a limited way in Ha-
vana," said Aaron.
According to Aaron, there is
one practicing medical provid-
er in Havana, which does not
provide medical services for in-
dividuals receiving Medicaid.
"We decided to create a cen-
ter where we have students
from pharmacy, allied health,
dental hygiene, nursing, physi-
cal therapy and medicine work-
ing together," said Dr. Maggie
Blackburn, a committee mem-
ber and director of rural health
in FSU's Department of Family
Medicine and Rural Health.
In December 2010, Yvonne
Nelson-Langley, program coor-
dinator for FAMU Community
Health Alliance, was brought
on board bridging the gap be-
tween the committee and the
"FAMU President [James H.
Ammons] and Provost [Cynthia
Hughes Harris] really thought
it was important that FAMU
be involved in health initia-




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Reviewing three prospective floor plans inside the soon-to-be Health and Wellness Center
are Shirley Aaron (I-r),Yvonne Nelson-Langley and Maj.Willie Jackson.

tives that are going on in the munity service."
community so that we can pro- Langley provided an addi-
vide support and technical as- tional fraction that was neces-
sistance," said Langley. "Also, sary for the committee to move
we want to know what is hap- forward with restructuring the
opening as we provide different vacant space into a sustain-
types of training for students able state-of-the-art facility
as well as activities and com- by bringing officials from the

FAMU School of Architecture
to the table.
In addition, the committee
received a grant from the De-
partment of Health's Office of
Minority Health to conduct
focus groups in Havana to get
input from the community on

what their needs are. Langley
plans to have three graduate
students from FAMU's School
of Allied Health, the Depart-
ment of Social Work and the
Institute of Public Health to
participate in conducting these
focus groups.
"I'm making sure that FAMU's
interest is involved and that
there is a voice advocating for
our students; I am that voice,"
said Langley. "I'm not only ex-
cited, but I feel it is imperative
that we are involved."
The program is current-
ly awaiting feedback on two
grants that will provide fund-
ing for the projects. The New
Access Point grant from the
Health Resources and Ser-
vices Administration includes
funding for the project as well
as supplemental funds to fi-
nance renovations. The com-
mittee anticipates the facility
will open August 2011; initially
providing services for Havana
students and employees before
branching out to the local com-

Tougher crib requirements to prevent related accidents

continued from 17B

know when to retighten obscure
pieces of hardware on a crib
during normal use by a child.
The retightening of screws
and bolts during durability
tests on cribs ends Tuesday,
as part of the new rule ap-
proved last year by the Con-
sumer Product Safety Com-
mission. Stronger mattress
support systems and crib slats
are also a major part of the
new testing.
"After 30 years of having
outdated standards, CPSC de-
livered on its promise and cre-

ated the toughest crib safety
standards in the world," Com-
mission Chairman Inez Te-
nenbaum told The Associated
Press. "Parents can now shop
for a crib with confidence."
New cribs on the market
won't really look different oth-
er than the obvious absence
of a movable side that drops
down. Now, all four sides will
be fixed and the cribs should
be sturdier because of the
tougher testing requirements.
Drop-side cribs have been
around for decades. But they
have increasingly come un-
der scrutiny in recent years
because of malfunctioning

hardware, sometimes cheaper
plastics, or assembly problems
that can lead to the drop-side
rail partially detaching. That
can create a dangerous "V"-
like gap with the mattress in
which a baby can get caught
and suffocate.
Drop-sides are blamed in
the deaths of more than 30 in-
fants and toddlers since 2000
and suspected in about a doz-
en other infant fatalities. Since
2007, more than nine million
drop-sides have been recalled
including cribs from Evenflo
and Pottery Barn Kids.
The end of drop-side cribs
marks a long-awaited day for

Susan Cirigliano, who lost her
six-month-old son, Bobby,
when his drop-side slid off the
tracks in 2004, trapping his
head and neck between the
mattress and the malfunction-
ing side rail. He suffocated.
"It's bittersweet. It is not go-
ing to change my life as far as
what has already happened
to us," said Cirigliano, who
lives in North Bellmore on New
York's Long Island. "But hope-
fully, it will save many more
children. I am sure it will."
While drop-side cribs will no
longer be made or sold, they
are still being used in homes
across the nation.

Local hospital honored with prestigious medical award

continued from 17B

To receive the Get With The
Guidelines-Stroke Bronze Qual-
ity Achievement Award, North
Shore Medical Center consis-
tently followed the treatment
guidelines in the Get With The
Guidelines-Stroke program
for 90 days. These include
aggressive use of medica-
tions like tPA, antithrombot-
ics, anticoagulation therapy,
DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol
reducing drugs, and smoking
cessation. The 90-day evalu-
ation period is the first in an
ongoing self-evaluation by the
hospital to continually reach
the 85 percent compliance
level needed to sustain this

"We commend North Shore
Medical Center for its suc-
cess in implementing stan-
dards of care and protocols,"
said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D.,
chair of the national Get With
the Guidelines Steering Com-
mittee and director of the
TeleStroke and Acute Stroke
Services at Massachusetts
General Hospital in Boston.
"The full implementation of
acute care and secondary pre-
vention recommendations and
guidelines is a critical step in
saving the lives and improving
outcomes of stroke patients."
Get With The Guidelines-
Stroke uses the "teachable
moment," the time soon after
a patient has had a stroke,
when they are most likely
to listen to and follow their

healthcare professionals' guid-
ance. Studies demonstrate
that patients who are taught
how to manage their risk fac-
tors while still in the hospital
reduce their risk of a second
stroke. Through Get With The
Guidelines-Stroke, custom-
ized patient education materi-
als are made available at the
point of discharge, based on
patients' individual risk pro-
files. The take-away materials
are written in an easy-to-un-
derstand format and are avail-
able in English and Spanish.
In addition, the Get With The
Guidelines Patient Manage-
ment Tool provides access to
up-to-date cardiovascular and
stroke science at the point of
"The time is right for North

Shore Medical Center to be fo-
cused on improving the quality
of stroke care by implement-
ing Get With The Guidelines-
Stroke. The number of acute
ischemic stroke patients eli-
gible for treatment is expected
to grow over the next decade
due to increasing stroke inci-
dence and a large aging popu-
lation," said Linares.
According to the American
Heart Association/American
Stroke Association, stroke is
one of the leading causes of
death and serious, long-term
disability in the United States.
On average, someone suffers
a stroke every 40 seconds;
someone dies of a stroke every
four minutes; and 795,000
people suffer a new or recur-
rent stroke each year.

Staying (men
School-based mental
health services are valuable
because they place the point
of care where the children
are. Now a new study of 796
middle school students in a
small city in Louisiana finds
that Black students are more
likely than their white class-
mates to make use of those
school-based systems.
Researchers from the Teen-
Screen program at Columbia
University in New York and
York University in Toronto
said that 45 percent of Black
students were identified by
screening tests as being at
risk, compared to 33 percent
of white students. The study
was published online in the

tally) healthy
Community Mental Health
When-referred to services;"'-
both racial groups used com-
munity serves at equal rates.
However, the Black students
were more likely (93 percent)
to use school-based services
than whites (76 percent).
Many mental disorders
make their first appearance
by age 14, and early screen-
ing and access to treatment
may help minimize their se-
For more about the avail-
ability of mental health care
for children and adoles-
cents, see Psychiatric News
at pn.psychiatryonline.org/

Make the most as you get older

continued from 17B

McCurdy's at the
Greenspring retirement home
in the Washington metro area,
says having a strong emo-

tional life takes a hefty dose
of true grit. Burnett has a
daughter going through a
divorce and has had to bury
another grown child, yet she
says she looks ahead with
hope and joy.

Preventing childhood obesity

continued from 17B

allowing no screen media in
rooms where kids sleep. Cur-
rently, about 40 percent of chil-
dren ages four to six have TVs in
their rooms.
Limit screen time and ex-
posure to food and beverage

marketing. Child care providers
should limit television viewing
and use of computers, mobile
devices and other digital tech-
nologies to less than two hours a
day for children ages two to five.
Monitor and track weight
and length or height on growth
charts from birth to age five at
every well-child visit.

A mericans love their
bicycles. We buy more
than 18 million bikes
each year and spend
nearly $6 billion dollars on bicycles,
related parts, and accessories. But
before we hop on our new wheels
and go for a ride, we need to slow
down and learn about the rules of
bicycle safety.
Rule 1. Check your equipment.
Tires should be inflated properly
and the chain oiled regularly. Check
brakes for frayed cables and replace
worn break pads. Adjust the bike to
the proper height. Allow one to three
inches of space above the top bar
when standing with both feet flat on
the ground. The bike seat should be
level and seat height should allow
for a slight knee bend when the leg
is completely extended. Handlebars

should be adjusted to the same
height as the seat. If you have
a child seat on the back of your
bicycle, make sure you have spoke
guards to prevent your child's foot
from getting caught in the spokes.
Rule 2. Dress appropriately.
Wear brightly colored, neon, or
fluorescent clothing so others can
see you on the road. Watch out for
backpack straps, shoelaces, loose-
fitting clothes, or flared pant legs
that can get caught in the bike
chain. Don't ride barefoot and avoid
shoes that don't grip the pedals,
such as flip-flops, heels, or cleats.
Wear sports glasses to protect your
eyes from dust or bugs.
Rule 3. Always wear a helmet.
Straps should form a "V"
underneath each earlobe and no
more than one finger's width should

fit beneath the strap. The helmet
should be worn level and cover
the forehead, with the rim resting
approximately one to two fingers
width above the eyebrows. Straps
must be fastened when riding. Never
wear a hat under the helmet. A child
riding in a carrier seat also should
wear a helmet.
Rule 4. Follow the rules of the
Go with the flow of traffic, and
look both ways before crossing a
busy street. Stop at all stop signs,
cross at intersections, and yield
to pedestrians or traffic when
appropriate. Ride in a straight line
and use correct hand signals with
turning or changing lanes. Don't
ride too close to parked cars in case
a door opens suddenly.
Rule 5. Ride smart.

Keep at least one hand on the
handlebars at all times and watch
out for obstacles that could cause
you to lose bike control, such as
potholes, storm grates, railroad
tracks, cracks, puddles, wet leaves,
or rocks. Carry books or other items
in a bike carrier or backpack. Be
aware of cars around you, and don't
wear headphones or stand up while
riding a bike. Avoid riding at dusk
or in the dark.
Riding a bike is good exercise and
is easier on the joints than jogging.
It can help you get in shape, reduce
your risk of health problems, and
lose weight. Following the rules of
bicycle safety, helps ensure you
can bike for miles and stay safe on
two wheels. For more information
about bicycle safety, visit the
Please turn to SAFETY 19B






Can female leaders still be obedient wives?

By Libby Copeland

How can a woman who be-
lieves in submitting to her
husband's will aspire to be
president of the United States?
This apparent contradiction-
-how you can be leader of the
free world and yet subordinate
to some guy has proved no
less confusing to the nation's
conservative evangelicals.
The solution to the "Palin
Predicament," as it's been
called, is laid out on the web-
site of the influential Coun-
cil on Biblical Manhood and
Womanhood. The council,
which was established in 1987
to fight "the growing movement
of feminist egalitarianism," es-
pouses something called com-
plementarianism-the idea
that while men and women are
equal they nevertheless must
play different (read: unequal)
parts. Men are destined to oc-
cupy leadership roles in home
and at church, while women
are obliged to "grow in willing,
joyful submission to their hus-
bands' leadership." But the
civic sphere is distinct from
home and church and gov-
erned by different rules, these
evangelicals reasoned, and if

the Bible didn't explicitly "pro-
hibit [women] from exercising
leadership in secular political
fields," neither would they.
Still, the compromise was an


uneasy one. R. Albert Mohler
Jr., president of the Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary,
said that while he liked Pal-

in's political views, he worried
about the effect of her candida-
cy on her domestic priorities.
"It would be hypocritical of me
to suggest that I would be per-
fectly happy to have Christian
young women believe that be-
ing Vice President of the Unit-
ed States is more important

than being a wife and mother,"
he wrote two months before
the 2008 election.
It's tempting to think that

Women balance role of servant-

leadership in the home, office

Gov. Scott team to study assisted living facilities

Just weeks after ordering
a crackdown on troubled as-
sisted living facilities, Gov.
Rick Scott is launching a rare
task force to search for ways to
improve homes that have left
frail residents to fend for them-
selves in squalor and danger-
ous conditions.

The governor ordered
the special panel at
the same time he an-
nounced another rare
move: his veto of legis-
lation that was cham-
pioned by the powerful
industry to help ALF
owners get around red

tape and regulations.
Both actions repre-
sent a dramatic reversal
S for a state that has long
I' been stripping away
S protections at assisted
living facilities, now the
L signature homes for
SCOTT frail senior citizens and

Floridians with mental illness.
"There have been recent re-
ports of certain facilities falling
short of what is currently re-
quired by statutes and rules,
and what should reasonably
be expected by residents," the
governor wrote in a statement
explaining his veto.

19B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 6-12, 2011

Three Night Revival at First

Baptist of Brownsville

First Baptist Church will be in
revival for three nights July 6th,
7th and 8th starting at 7 p.m.
nightly. The guest evangelist
will be Elder Benjamin Adams,
Jr., pastor of St. John Primitive
Baptist Church, Clearwater, FL.
Rev. Andrew Floyd, the newly
elected pastor of First Baptist
states "this community is in
need of a revival as there are
many lost wandering souls that
don't know Jesus. We must go
out and invite, excite and re-
unite the community at large to
join us as this anointed man of
God brings powerful messages
from on high." Elder Benjamin Adams, Jr.

Important bicycle safety rules

these evangelicals have mere-
ly found their way, in round-
about fashion, to a view of
gender that feminists reached
a long time ago.
Except they haven't. Soft pa-
triarchalism and feminism are
incompatible, even when they
look similar. Moderate evangel-
ical and ethicist David Gushee
pointed out this fundamental
hypocrisy during the debate
over the Palin Predicment:
If his fellow Christians sup-
ported a woman in a position
of civic leadership, they should
logically support the notion of
women exercising leadership
in church and at home but
most of them don't.
According to Karen Seat,
a religious studies professor
at the University of Arizona,
some conservative evangelicals
argue that women's deference
is itself empowering, because
it's what God intends, and be-
cause it is the fullest expres-
sion of womanhood. In this
world of opposites, submis-
sion is strength and inequity is
proof of equality. It's quite pos-
sible that a President Michelle
Bachmann would primarily
define herself not as the first
female president of the United
States, but as a wife and moth-
er. And she would not see that
as anything less than prog-

able 24-hours a day to get you
and your family back on track
for summer fun. For more in-
formation about North Shore
Medical Center's Emergency
department please call 305-
835-6190 or for a physician
referral please call 1-800-984-

Keeping order at military funerals

continued from 14B

expert Steven Shiffrin, a law
professor at Cornell University
in New York.
Shiffrin said he has concerns.
"To me, this turns First
Amendment values upside
down. Someone could be carry-
ing a sign praising the deceased
or the courage of the family and
that would be precluded," he
The laws also might be vul-
nerable because they are di-
rected only at military funerals,
rather than all funerals, Shif-
frin said.

The American Civil Liberties
Union of Oregon objects to the
state's bill, legislative director
Andrea Meyer said.
The proposal violates the
state's guarantee of free expres-
sion, which state courts have
interpreted more broadly than
the First Amendment, Meyer
"When you draft legislation
targeting the particular speech
of a particular party because
you find that speech abhorrent,
you run into real risks under
the federal and state constitu-
tions," she said.

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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2300 N.W. 135th Street

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2171 N.W. 56th Street
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5946 N.W. 12th Avenue
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Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

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3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

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

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4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
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Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

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Missionary Baptist
5129 NW. 17th Avenue

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tired educator,
died June 26 at
home. Service
was held.

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died June 29
at the Jewish
Home and Hos-
pital Final rites I

86, retired


and burial in
Dublin, (.A oun
Friday, July 8
entrusted to Dudley's Funeral

tiled nuise died July 1 at Merllo-
iial Regional auuth Service 2 p.m.
Saturday in the chapel

ALICE DuPONT Id, retired
business ownei died June 26 at
home. Service 12 p.m Saturday at
St. James Catholic Church.

June 28 at Memorial Regional Hos-
pital. Service was held

Hadley Davis
WILLIAM BROWN, 72, math tu-
tor, died June
24. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Banner of
Love Church.

ROBERT LEE, 70, died July 4.
are incomplete.

July 3. Arrangements are incom-

Nakia Ingraham
SR. 60. Assis
tant Principal at
Robert Rericuk
Center and re.
tired Lt. Col
U.S. Army, died
on June 29 at
Memorial West
Hospital He is sur vived by his wife,
Dorothy Jean DeWitt Viewing 6.
8:30 p.m. Friday, July 8 at Nakia
Ingram Funeral Horme Service 10
a m Saturday, July 9 at Mt Zion
A M. E. Church, 15250 NW 22 Av-
enue, Miami Gardens.

MDCPS retired
cook, died July
2 at home. Sur-
vivors includes:
daughters, Jac-
quline, Pauline,
Joan, Michelle,
and Andrea;
sons, Eddie and
Livingston; nieces, Cynthia and
Dale; nephew, Johnnie Williams
of Jacksonville, FL; cousins, Fred,
Cuda, Barbara, Mary Moffett of
Pompano, FL, Jay of Macon, Geor-
gia; aunts, Myrtle Banks of Macon,
Georgia, Amy Moffett, Polly Degree
of Pompano, FL.

Eric S. George
FAGLE TUCKER, 52, retired
died June 29
at Jackson
Memorial Hos-
pital. Viewing
6-9 p.m. At the
church. Service
1 p.m., Friday
at World Deliv-
erance Church,
4501 NW 17Ave.

Wright and Young
a retired con--
struction worker,
died June 30 at
home. Family
will receive visi-
tors at Wright
and Young Fu-
neral Home Fri-
day, July 8 from
6 to 8 p.m. Service 1 p.m., Satur-
day at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

80, retired,
died June 24 at
home Service
11 a.n., Satur-
day at Rock of
Ages, 2722 NW
55 Street.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
STANLEY N. BAIN, 33, manag-
er/truck driver,
died June 27 at
home Viewing
2-8 p m., Fnday
in the chapel
and Wake 6-10
p.m. at The
Building, 4760
NW 7th Ave.
Service noon, Saturday in the cha-
pel. Repast immediately after ser-
vices at 4760 NW 7th Ave.

SANDRA L. MIKELL, 57, died
July 3 at Jack-
son Memorial
Survivors in-
cludes: mother,
Leola Wells;
daughter, De-
miah Strive;
son, Bullrce --
L. Mikell; granddaughter, Sha-
Nkia Cogdell; grandson, Arritius
White; great granddaughter, Sha-
Miah Slade; great grandson, Sha-
Mauri Slade; sisters, Diane Owens
and Karen Franklin; brother, Greg-
ory Wells; special friend, Shirlene
Lassiter; a host of other sorrowing
relatives and friends.

Jackson Me
morial Hospi-
tal employee,
died June 15
at home. Survi-
vors includes-
two sons and
theii mother
daugylter, birth
ers, sister, aunt, cousin, nieces,
nephews, and a very special friend,
Sheldon Culliel Services were


THOMAS ROLLE, 76, sanitation
worker, died -
July 3 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
2 p.m., Saturday . '
at St. James
A.M.E. Church.

pervisor, died July 1 at Memorial
Regional Hospital. Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the chapel

water engineer, died June 30 at
Unity Nursing Home. Service 11
a.m., Saturday in the chapel.

cook, died June 24 at Aven-
tura Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
Wednesday in the chapel.








Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to express our
heartfelt gratitude to our
friends, co-workers, co labor
ers in the Gospel, and neigh
bors. You have been there in
our time of bereavement. Your
concern and compassion lets
us know that you loved our
mother, grandmother, aunt,
and sister as much as we do.
We greatly appreciate the
Staff of Royal Funeral Ser-
vice, Inc., Pastor John F.
White II and the Mount Her-
mon A.M.E. Church family for
their hospitality; Reverend
Johnny L. Barber, Senior Pas-
tor/Teacher of Mount Sinai
Missionary Baptist Church
and the Mount Sinai Church
Family; and Bishop Victor T.
Curry, Senior Pastor/Teacher
of New Birth Baptist Church
Cathedral of Faith Interna-
tional and church family.
Thanks and may God richly
bless each and every one of
The Ferguson, Floyd, and
Greene families.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

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extend their sincere grati-
tude for your prayers, calls,
visits and other expressions
of love and concern during
this difficult time. We thank
all that came and helped us
celebrate and memorialize
his life, and those that could
not come, but had us on their
Thanks for sharing your gift
Ms. Crystal Mortley. Thanks
to our family and friends in
Overtown; neighbors, fam-
ily and friends in Miami Gar-
dens; BTW family, friends and
the Class of '59; our Military
family and his special friends
that served with him in HQ
1-124 Infantry Brigade Main-
tenance Platoon; our Postal
service family and friends in
the Transportation Dept. and
the North area stations he
serviced as VOMA. Thanks to
all the friends that stayed in
contact through the years.
Our thanks to Bishop
James B. Flowers, Rev. Moth-
er Theresa Smith, Rev. Moth-
er Yvette Hamphill; Christ
The King AOC Church, Tem-
ple Baptist Church, Ebenezer
United Methodist Church,
The African American Com-
mittee of Dade Heritage
S*;'> .i1-n ,in C ; i Corn i c'
Dr. Enid Pinkney, Broward
County South Satellite Court
House-T&M Dept; also Royal
Funeral Service.
May your thoughtfulness
find its way back to you.
The Bain and Whitehead

Death Notice

Happy 40th Birthday, 40
candle lights of wishes dis
n playing blessings with love
and cherished memories on

your special day.
Love your kids and the

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,
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ized June 7, 2011 and buried
in Vidalia, GA.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,



would like to express their
heartfelt thanks to everyone
that shared loving gestures
of kindness during our time
of loss. Burdens are lightened
when they are shared with
people that care.
The Glass, Ingraham, Bou-
dreaux and Eleby families.

Place your


Lorenzo Charles dies at 47

By Douglas Martin

Lorenzo Charles, whose dunk
in the final seconds of the 1983
National Collegiate Athletic As-
sociation national champion-
ship game propelled North Caro-
lina State University to victory
over Houston and himself to the
realm of basketball legend, died
Monday when the charter bus
he was driving crashed .,
in Raleigh, N.C. He was
North Carolina State
announced the death.
It occurred on Inter-
state 40 as Charles was
driving a bus for Elite
Coach. News reports
said the bus, which had
no passengers, veered
off the highway and
sustained heavy damage to its
front end.
The police did not immediate-
ly comment on how or why the
accident occurred. Charles had
been a bus driver for 10 years.
His moment came in his soph-
omore year, when he leapt to re-
bound a teammate's shot that fell
short of the basket and jammed
the ball through the hoop, giving
the Wolfpack a 54-52 victory.
Like the clutch performances
of Michael Jordan for the Univer-
sity of North Carolina the year
before and Christian Laettner for
Duke in 1992, Charles's game-
winner has become emblematic
of the N.C.A.A. tournament. It
has been shown thousands of
times on television, as has the
image of the victorious N.C.
State coach, Jim Valvano, dart-
ing across the court looking for
someone to hug. Charles said

that not a day passed that he
was not asked about it.
"At the time, I didn't realize
the magnitude," Charles said in
a 1996 interview with The Daily
News of New York. "I didn't real-
ize what I had done."
Lorenzo Emile Charles was
born in Brooklyn on Nov. 25,
1963, and grew up in the Star-
rett City housing project near
Jamaica Bay. Grow-
ing to 6 feet 7 inches,
he played basketball
for Brooklyn Techni-
cal High School, from
which he graduated.
In 1983, before ad-
vancing with his team
to the N.C.A.A. finals,
Charles sealed a 71-
'jj 70 victory in an At-
lantic Coast Confer-
ence tournament game against
Wake Forest with a 3-point play.
In the N.C.A.A. tournament, he
hit two free throws with 23 sec-
onds left to beat Virginia, 63-62,
in the West Region final.
Charles played two more years
at N.C. State, finishing with
1,535 points. He was the 41st
pick in the 1985 National Bas-
ketball Association draft, by the
Atlanta Hawks. He played only
36 games for the team, averag-
ing 3.4 points.
Charles then played profes-
sionally in Europe and South
America and for minor league
teams. In the early 2000s, he
coached the Fargo-Moorhead
Beez, a North Dakota team in
the Continental Basketball As-
He is survived by his parents,
a sister and a daughter, an N.C.
State spokesman said.

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vens, Carey, Royal & Rahming and Royal.
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Your Family





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By D. Kevin McNeir

Some readers may not con-
sider .June 30th to be a date
of significance, but for those
who follow the genius of Black
female vocalists, it will forever
be remembered as the day that
Phyllis Hyman, then 45 and
only days away from her 46th
birthday, committed suicide in
a New York City hotel.
Born July 6, 1949 in Phila-
delphia, Hyman was a bonafide
jazz/R&B vocalist who, un-
like her predecessors includ-
ing Mariah Carey or Whitney
Houston, and similar to other
Black singers like Jean Came,
Marlena Shaw and Angela Bo-
fill, found it much more diffi-
cult to hit the top of the charts
and remain there. In fact, her
career was marked with spo-
radic recording contracts, in-
frequent touring opportunities
and multiple bouts with de-
Hyman's career actually be-
gan in New York City, when the
deep-voiced, statuesque song-
stress was spotted by producer
Norman Connors and two fe-
male up-and-coming artists
of the day, Carne and Roberta
Flack. Hyman was invited to
sing the lead on Connor's next
album, "You Are My Starship,"
for a rendition of the Stylistics'
classic hit "Betcha By Golly
Wow." The song would become
one of her most famous tunes.
One of the ironies of her life
is that she battled substance
abuse and mental health is-
sues throughout most of her
career, while at the same time
binging in order to lose weight.
She was well over.six-feet tall
in her stocking feet and often

wore lose-fitting dresses to
hide her size. Clive Davis (Aris-
ta Records) helped her early in
her career but would turn his
attention to another chanteuse
whom he began to groom and
who was destined for stardom
named Whitney Houston. It
was just one of the many times
that Hyman felt abandoned by
men in her life.
Hyman's struggles may be
summed up in the title to her
1986 project, "Living All Alone,"
which gave her fans such clas-
sics as "Old Friend" and "You
Just Don't Know." While it was
one of her best pieces of work,
record sales slowed at around
465,000 just shy of her
achieving one of her lifetime
goals a gold record.
She would not record again
until 1991. But by that time
she was facing a mountain of
debt, trying to survive from a
failed marriage and suffering
from her lowest points ever of
self-esteem. As she tipped the
scales at over 300 pounds,
Hyman felt she was ugly and
unloved. Her friends could not
persuade her otherwise and
life for her, it appears, became
.She, like Billie Holliday, Di-
nah Washington and Esther
Phillips before her, began to
die a slow death. However,
each of these remarkable en-
tertainers should be heralded
as Black women who some-
how managed to rise above
the many challenges of being
a woman of color in an indus-
try and a world that placed
more value on their sexuality
than their talents. They leave
us with treasures that we can
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Akon: Recreating music and self

By A.R. Shaw

At the Doppler Studios in
north Atlanta, Akon made his
way to the sound board with
Konvict Muzik's new artists
Money Jay, Billy Blue, Verse
Simmonds and Young Swift
in tow.
Much like a seasoned sales-
man introducing a new prod-
uct, Akon presented each
artist and demonstrated his
support by dancing, rapping
and singing along to their
music as if he were listen-
ing to the greatest songs ever
recorded. Akon plans to in-

troduce Konvict Muzik's new
artists in similar fashion in
several major cities around
the country. Such are the
priorities for an accomplished
recording artist who has
transitioned superbly into a
mega mogul.
The legend that is Akon
achieved heights that would
seem unfathomable for a
guy who had little interest in
making music six years prior
to releasing his first major
hit, "Locked Up."
He has since released three
platinum albums (Trouble,
Please turn to AKON 2C

Ameriie weds in Anguilla

By EURweb.com

R&B/pop singer Ameriie got hitched to
her longtime boyfriend, former Colum-
bia Records executive Lenny Nicholson
on Saturday, June 25. They announced
their engagement last year.
And just where did the couple tie the
knot, you ask? That would be Anguilla in
the British West Indies, reports People.
"This is such an exciting time for me.
This is my first marriage, and I am over AMERIIE.
the moon," Ameriie who added the extra
i in her name last year told the magazine. "I look for-
ward to a loving and enduring marriage. This day couldn't
come any sooner for me."
People says the bride, 30, wore a dramatic Monique
Lhullier gown with a cathedral train, along with baby blue
Yves Saint Laurent Tribute sandals, while the groom was
decked out in a Hugo Boss tuxedo.

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Tia Mowry welcomes baby
By Kelly Fisher

Tia Mowry is the proud mom to a
bouncing baby boy, Us Weekly reports.
'The Game' actress and her hus-
band, actor Cory Hardrict, welcomed
their first child on Tuesday, June 28
their rep confirmed. No name has been
SMowry and Hardrict announced they
were expecting in January through a
TIA joint statement. "We are both so excited
to be parents. We have been wanting this
a long time" the couple said.
Earlier this month, the actress celebrated at a baby
shower thrown by her 'Sister, Sister' co-star and real life
twin, TEimera, as well as her 'Game' co-stars.
"Tia looked gorgeous and very happy at her shower cel-
ebration. She was very excited about how things turned
out," a source said about the party.


to hit the stage with this mate-
Mo has been off the scene as a
musician, but continued to work
in the industry, hosting a radio
show on WPGC in Washington,
D.C., called fittinglN enough "The,
Lil Mo Show." She says that the
gay community also kept her rel-
evant, continuing to support her
even without a hit record on the
radio, Despiti: her f.inail' 's church
background, she si,. she has no
issues whatsoever with her gay
supporters. :S.h- recently per-
formed at Capitol Pride Fcstr IvI. a
GLBT event in D.C.

But the apple doesn't fall-too far
from the tree. After a contentious
breakup with her first husband,
Al Stone, with whom she had two
daughters Heaven and God'iss,
she is now remarried to gospel
artist Philip Bryant and has a
son, Justin.
"My kids keep me pretty l\iely."
Mo told D.C.'s Metro Week Ih. "I'm
[like] a little rabbit. Just in gen-
eral, .,-r.lI.w'hl. says I'm always
on 100. On st.iL I don't think I
know how to calm down. Music
just does m.ic t illiilg to me. And I
see what it does to me, it does to
Pl.-,iz' turn to LIL MO 2C

By Tonya Pendleton

If you were wondering what
happened to the diminutive
singer with the tattoos and the
big voice, the who provided the
lead vocal on two ofJa Rule's
biggest hits, "Put It On Me" and "I
Cry." well. wonder no more. Cyn-
thia "Li'l Mo" Loving has returned
to the music scene with a new
hit single. "On the Floor." with a
remix version featuring Fatman
Scoop. The single is from her new
album, 'P.S. I Love Me," slated -.o
be released independently.
"Scoop really brought sonic

extra heat to the track that was
produced by my hot new fam-
ily production team. the B-Boys,
Phillip and Daniel Bryant," Mo
says. "I can't wait to perform this
for my fans and drop it low to the
flow. I completely scrapped an
entire album, 'Tattoos and Rosez,'
because 1 did not like the direc-
tion, nor the feel, and I didn't
want my hiatus to end with that.
'P.S. I Love Me' is the album I was
looking for and am proud of. I
have features from Dawn Ri I I
ards of Diddy Dirty Money, Tweet,
Maino, Scoop and PJ Morion. The
album is just insane. I can't wait


Singer Lil Mo back with new single

2C THE M l MI I|t.lME, JULY 6-12, 2011

It v as A si.ulri, a.iftrlliooun
v.'hern the bride aril h1er
entourage arrived n1 Irolint
c I' First Prlrnitl.e .JT-rLi l,.rri
Baplist Chur irch in a l.klitie
limousine. As the early guests
waited on the inside, the bridal
party engaged in a
photo shoot.
The bride
followed through
and announced for
everyone to line up
for the processional
Leading the
processional were
Bernadine Lynch
and Kirol Augustin, WHI
parents of the bride;
Mabel and Allen Phillips, Jr.,
parents of the groom; Pastor
Kelon Dukes, officiant; Allen
Phillips, III, groom; Esther
Augustin, maid of honor; and
Kareem Phillips, best man.
Other members of the
wedding party included the
bridesmaids and groomsmen:
Shekeyua Phillips and Pierre
Petit, Ava j' Auvergue and
Jean Ceant, Vera Lynch and
Kenny Jean-Gilles, Angela
Blake and Sammuel Knight,
Ester Charley and Sidney
Prospere and Tatianna
Pemberton and Lorain
Roberson, ushers.
With the playing of "All My
Tomorrow" by Kenny G. the
bride entered on the arm of
her father, who took her to her
husband to participate in the

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Biblical R..ading
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Vows, Blessing
of the Rings, Declaration and
Blessing of the Marriage,
and Jumping of the
Broom as the music
moved to "Golden" by Jill
During the reception
the newlywed couple
S stated being appreciative
to their parents, family
-members, friends for
S their support and
encouragement. They
concluded. by stating how
happy they are on this day, as
well as being happy on their
honeymoon all the way in
St. Martin. The Guests stood
throwing rice as they passed
on the way to the limo with a
big smile.

A surprise birthday party
was held recently in honor of
former Judge Ralph Person
at the Omega Activity Center
in Miami Gardens. Person
settled himself down from such
a shock as the audience sang
"Happy Birthday" and his wife
Cheryl, led him to the special
table prepared by his children:
Andre, Lori, Ariane, Dena and
More than 300 people had
gathered for the event and

it started by his daughters
engaging the guests by asking
them questions about the
honoree. the guest by raising
questions about the honoree.
More importantly, the event
brought the families together
under a friendly event and
gave the young members an
opportunity to hear the Psi
Phi Band. Some of those in
attendance were: Dr. Loretta
and Angelo Amica, Frankie
and Franklin, Christine
Mitchell with Marcia Mia
and Korey, Pricilla Smith
and Patrice, Adriana, Kevin,
James, Jr., and Paul; Dr. Inez
Rowe with Cheryl, Shawn,
J.T. and Nemiah, O.J.
and daughter.
Special guests were
Dr. Wilber T. and
Linda Hollaway, School r
Board. Clinton Pitts,
Esq. Anita and Jimmy J
Harrell, Beverly and
Lamar Johnson, Dr.
Malcom Black, Arnold WI
Knight and Willie
**** ***** **
Carol Weatherington,
president of the Miami-Dade
chapter of Bethune-Cookman
University Alumni, joined the
National Alumni recently at
Paradise Hotel in Nassau,
Bahamas, for the annual
National Convention for four
days of plenary sessions
surrounded with fun, frolic and
Joining Weatherington
were Charlie and Dorothy
Davis, Chiquita Davis, Atty.
Shirlyon McWhorter, Dr.
Larry Handfield, president

of the BCU Trustee Board;
Congresswoman Frederica S.
Wilson, Robin Moncur, Ms.
Alumni of 2007-08; Elestine
McKinney, Trustee Audley
Coakley and the Sophisticated
Sabies from Richmond Heights,
led by Patricia Harper Garrett,
Tommie Gaiter, Rosalyn
Poole and Ella Williams.
Other distinguished members
included: John Williams,
former National Alumni
president; Annette Williams,
wife; Rubye Simms and Angie
Activities began on Thursday
where the luncheon was held
for BCU President Dr. Trudie
Kibbe Reed and her
staff. Audley Coakley
was the moderator,
; while Dr. Reed gave
''^ an update on the
University life and
growth for the new
S dormitory, athletic
training center,
SLON basketball arena
and more. Coakley
was given credit
for fundraising, along with
Williams via the local alumni.
A welcome reception was held
later that evening featured a
live Bahamian Band, Junkanoo
Band and a guest performance
of a special dancer.
Friday morning was
the Dr. Mary McCleod
Bethune Breakfast featuring
Congresswoman Wilson,
keynote speaker, who
familiarize the audience
with her responsibilities in
Washington and with her 5000
Role Models of Excellence
in Miami-Dade County, for

which she is planning a trip
to Congress to be placed with
each of the 408 members of
Friday evening was set aside
for Alumni Coronation Night.
It was also the time for alumni
vie for financial prestige for a
year of raising money for the
The Miami-Dade
Chapter Alumni had
been at the top many
of years, and of course,
the feeling among the
group was optimistic.
Jamie Bain of Palm
Beach County reported
$20,000 to win the
Ms. Alumni Contest STRAC
and Chiquita Davis
reported $8,000 for the runner-
up spot. The convention drew
over 300 registrations, making
it the largest in years.
Saturday was the picnic
and the conventioneers were
transported to Nirvana Beach
for swimming, eating, listening
to music and dancing the limbo.
Many of them practice since
the last limbo dancing and won
the prizes. The winners were
Elsie, McWhorter, Coakley
and Annette Williams. On
Saturday night, the banquet
was held and awards were given
out to deserving individuals
for their efforts. Miami-Dade's
Mae Brooks was awarded
the Associations Edward R.
Rodriguez Award, Palm Beach
Chapter won "Chapter of the
Year" and Volusia Chapter
came in third. Deana Gregory
from Lake City, Florida.
Sunday at church, 70 alumni
were memorialized and each

name was recognized, especially
Lola Martin, Dr. Lorraine F.
Strachan, Roziland Sparks,
Charles Munnings, Dr. Walter
Oden, Quentin L. North and
Willie C. Lawrence. The trip
will be long remembered.
*** ** **********
The demise ofTessie C. White
shocked the people in Coconut
Grove and especially
her husband, Dr.
David White who had a
blissful marriage for 57
years. She was laid to
rest on Saturday, June
25 at Christ Episcopal
Church, where a vigil
for the late Tessie C.
;HAN White was sprinkled
with the ritual of the
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Tributes also included Dr.
Mona Bethel-Jackson, New
Testament Reading; Plaques
from The City of Miami, Miami-
Dade County and Florida House
of Representatives/Senate
from Maurice Regalarto,
Homer Whitaker, and Rep.
Dwight Bullard; Mary Jessie,
a friend; Fredricka Brown,
Community Leader/Food
Pantry; Thelma Gibson, a
neighbor; and Jihad Rashid,
community activist.
She is survived by her
husband of 57 years, Dr. David
White; children, Gregory
Vance and Charlotte,
Zachary Albert and Gina,
Stacy Alphonso and Lynn,
Kelsey David, Kay Blount and
Kelly; grandchildren, Emma,
Marcia, Monica, Brittny,
Jamie, Jonathan, Jasmine,
Justin, Kelci-leanns, Amber
and lan.

My & w

Wedding anniversary
greetings to the following
love birds- Samuel E. III and
Taneka G. Rolle, their 12th
on June 26; Donald R. and
Jacqueline L. Cooney, their
3rd on June 26; Stephen C.
Sr. and Lucy Newbold, their
26th on June 29; General
and Mary J. Robbins,
their 46th on July 2; and
James and Evangeline C.
Rambeau, their 34th on July
Hats off to Harold Meadows
and Lemuel R. Moncur.
So very sorry I missed the
27th Annual Men/Boys Day
Observance on Sunday, June
26. Gentlemen of our beloved
Saint Agnes and my beloved
cousin Garth C. Reeves, Sr.,
hearty congratulations to
you as the honoree. Congrats
to all!
Get well wishes go out to all

of the sick and
shut-ins: Rachel
Reeves. Mrs. ,
Sue Francis,
Naomi Allen-Adams, Bonnie
Newbold-Stirrup, Thedore
Dean, Inez McKinney
Dean-Johnson, Dwight L.
Jackson, Sr. and Lionel
Ferguson. Prayers go out to
all of you.
Traveling last week on the
fabulous Carnival Freedom
last week on an enjoyable
eight-day cruise down in the
beautiful Caribbean which
was enjoyed by all of us.
Before I list those persons
who enjoyed the glorious
cruise with Elda, of One
World Travel, making our
total arrangements for us,
we thank you.
Now for those who went
and enjoyed San Juan, St.
Thomas, Antigua, Tortola

and Nassau: Fr. and Mrs.
Richard L. M. Barry,
Francena Robinson, Fred
Brown, Gloria Lynch,
Erma Beckles, Hildred
Tuten, Margaret Moncur,
Paulette Johnson,
Vennda R. Gibson, Sheila
Rolle, Arnett Hepburn,
Cupidine Dean, Eddise
Gwen Thomas, Janelle
Hall, Jacqueline Taylor,.
Lauryn Howard, Reyneaud
Gerbier, Lunea Gerbier,
Chanel Jackson, Eleejah
Kitchell Bush, Phillip
Wallace, Netter Wallace,
Sylvia Rolle, Sharon
Anderson, Jeannie Brown,
Harold Clark, Shirley
Clark, Joyce Kelly,
Draqhwon Kelly, Samuel
Rolle, Joan Lee, Jaunita
Bailey and myself.
Very sorry to have heard of
Geneva Ambrose-Williams
death, upon my return
home. Deepest sympathy to
her sister Annie and their
Happy belated birthday

to Joycelyn Burroughs-
Smith, who now lives in
New York with her son, Dr.
Roland Burroughs and
his family. Best of wishes
from your St. Agnes Guild
members, your church
family and old time friends.
We all are looking forward to
your returning home soon.
Brenda Hepburn-Eddy,
Roland Sands of North
Carolina, George Wilkerson
of New York, Elva Heastie-
Gamble of Detroit, Grace
Heastie-Patterson of
Washington, D.C., Naomi
Allen-Adams and daughter
Sceiva Holland of Tuskegee,
AL all send a big hello to
relatives and friends here in
Now that the time is near
for a new school year, be sure
to: 1) Eat the appropriate
amount of fruits, vegetable
and grains; 2) Don't eat after
9 p.m.; 3) Drink lots of water
and 4) Exercise (it gives you
the energy you need, so you
won't be too tired to learn).

Beyonce's album off to strong start despite bad buzz

continued from 1C.

But in typical Beyonce fash-
ion, she lets a bit of steel creep
in with the sensitivity, just to
be sure it's not mistaken for
weakness. On current single
Best Thing I Never Had, for ex-
ample, she kisses off an arro-
gant guy before he ever gets to
the point of having his things
in the box "to the left, to the

A battalion of name pro-
ducers and songwriters (The-
Dream, Babyface, Kanye West,
Jeff Bhasker. Ryan Teddler,
Diane Warren) have been en-
listed, and they generally
keep the tracks spare enough
so as to not get in the way of
the singer's \oice, which is
stronger and more assured
than e\er.
There are some purely fun
elements sprinkled in, such as
the staggering Countdown,

in which she boasts of all the
ways her guy is lucky to have
her, and the West-produced
Party, which features an al-
ways welcome rhyme from the
seldom-heard Andre 3000.
At 29, the still-in-her-prime
Beyonc6 seems a little young
to be worrying about her lega-
cy, as she does on the Warren
power ballad I Was Here. But
she puts so much feeling into
it that it winds up being the
album's most moving song.

Compared with Beyonc6's
three previous albums, which
arrived on a wave of hit sin-
gles, the release of 4 seems
relatively quiet. Neither lead
single Run the World (Girls)
nor Best Thing I Never Had
has caught fire on the charts.
But after Fierce's dual-
ity, Beyonce does not seem to
need to make a cutting-edge
statement. This time, she's
content to stay in her comfort

Inside the mind and music of hip-hop artist Akon

continued from 1C

Konvicted, Freedom) and owns
two clothing lines (Konvict Ap-
parel, Aliaune Clothing) and
two record labels (the afore-
mentioned Konvict Muzik and
Kon Live). Kon Live is home to
the nation's biggest pop star to-
day, Lady Gaga.
Akon once joked that he
could retire after signing Lady
Gaga. However, he' under-
stands that his success means
very little if he fails to provide
an opportunity for other aspir-
ing artists and entrepreneurs.
Here are some of his views on
the industry and life.
Breaking new artists can
be tough. What methods do
you use to make music fans
aware of your new artists?
We keep the same format.
While some people are doing

things differently, we haven't
changed ho.w e break artists.
'We have street teams active,
and we keep a connection with
the deejays so that they get
the exclusives on what we're
doing. Outside of mix-tapes
there are also a few blogs and
we use other cre.ai',e ways to
get in front of people. Also, we
partner v.i h different brands.
While they are trying to get ac-
customed to the hip-hop audi-
ence, we're trying to use their
money to make ourselves more
familiar to a bigger audience.
How does Lady Gaga fit
into the equation?
Lady Gaga is on the Kon Live
side. That is the pop and in-
ternational side ,f the label.
She represents the future.
She's a gift and i.ou can't de-
scribe what that is. It came at
-he perfect time. She defines
-.,here music should be go-

ing. She's creative, daring and
that's something missing in
the business.
Beyond music, why is it
important for you to strive
to become a great entrepre-
We want to show people that
you can be a creative, Black
entrepreneur who is young
and understands what busi-
ness is. Sometimes, they ste-
reotype us and try to put us
in an ignorant box. They don't
realize how much hip-hop has
brought to corporate Ameri-
ca. Our marketing skills are
amazing, and they're paying
us for it. We have to be in a po-
sition to apply that same gift
to ourselves and generate in-
come from it.
How did fatherhood change
your life?
Being a father changed my
life because I know I'm not

working for myself anymore.
Everything I do now is for the
kids. Children are everything.
You have to understand that
the responsibility is something
special. Outside of supplying
money, you have to be there
and encourage them.
What are you currently
working on when it comes to
your music?
I'm currently in the studio
with Alicia Keys. I'm work-
ing on projects for myself and
doing some projects with No
Doubt. My new album, Sta-
dium, will be coming out in
September. It's a worldwide re-
cord, and I'm excited about it.
This album brings everything
together. It's more of a tour-
ing album with high-energy
records fop concerts and tours.
The next album, I'm bringing it
back to how I started from the

By Ben Moorill Miami, FL

32 Dad?
At 32, I could make a change for the better sending long distance love letters.
I knew in my heart one day it will be all true, instead of everyone feeling so
I said what's new, compliments of how you seen me through.
I purchased that mini-mansion for the punification, liberation and rejuvenation
of you and those radical things you do.
I -i,,,,i.-it i'd never get the opportunity to appreciate you.
Mom loves like a blanket with various degree of softness she knew her son
was her only accomplish.
She said baby always pay respect to the Lord but be mindful of the thought of
detaching structured cords.
How are we binded by cords?
She spoke of a symphony of piano cords.

Singer back on the map with single

continued from 1C

my kids. Whenever your favor-
ite song comes on, it just does
something to your whole mind,
body and soul."
Mo says she stays in constant
touch with Missy Elliot, even
dedicating a song, "Big Sis-
ter," to her on her recent mix-
tape. She says Elliot was truly
touched by the gesture, as no

one had paid musical tribute
to her before. Mo says she re-
corded it because from the be-
ginning, Elliot was a supporter
and true friend.
"[The year] 1999, I had a beep-
er back then," Mo told Urban-
bridgez.com, "and she was like,
'Do you want to go on tour?'
That doesn't happen no demo,
no phone conversation, she had
just heard my voice on some of
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Patti countersues in beating case

By Juan A. Lozano
Associated' Press

diva Patti LaBelle says in a
countersuit filed against a West
Point cadet who claims she or-
dered her bodyguards to beat
him up outside a Houston air-
port terminal that the alter-
cation began after the cadet
hurled racial insults at her.
But an attorney for the cadet,
Richard King, denied his client
ever said any racial slurs to La-
King's attorneys say he was
waiting to be picked up by fam-
ily outside one of the terminals
at Bush Intercontinental Air-
port on March 11 when three of
LaBelle's bodyguards attacked
him without provocation.
King, who was in his home-
town of Houston while on
spring break from West Point,
filed his lawsuit earlier this
month, naming Labi:i:, the
three bodyguards, one of whom
ic the singer's son, and two oth-
ers as defendants.
King's lawyers say the alleged
attacked resulted in a concus-
sion and lingering dizziness and
headaches for the cadet. A sur-
veillance video from the airport
that was previously released
by King's attorneys shows the
23-year-old cadet being pushed




Patti LaBelle claims that a man her bodyguards attacked
on March 11 was hurling racial slurs at her.

and punched by two men and
a woman, all alleged to be La-
Belle's bodyguards.
LaBelle filed a countersuit
last week, accusing the cadet of
attacking her bodyguards after
he directed profane and racial
slurs toward the singer.
In the countersuit, LaBelle's
lawyers accuse King of being
intoxicated, staggering around
outside the terminal, scream-
ing obscenities and trying to
enter the singer's limousine.
King was politely asked to walk
away from the vehicle, accord-
ing to the countersuit. King's
attorneys have said the cadet
had a few drinks on the flight
to Houston but denied he was
"King directed profane and
racial slurs towards LaBelle.
When LaBelle's son (Zuri Ed-
wards) heard the profanity and
racial epithets, he informed
King that the woman in the
limousine was his mother," the
suit said. "Without warning or
provocation, King violently and
deliberately punched Edwards
in the face."
The surveillance video, which
has no audio, shows King talk-
ing on a cell phone when one of
LaBelle's bodyguards appeared
to push up against him. It ap-
peared that King then pushed
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Missy Elliott diagnosed with Graves Disease

By Erika Ramirez

Missy Elliott has revealed
that she's been suffering with
Graves' disease an auto-
immune disease that affects
the thyroid as of 2008.
Missy reportedly shared
details of the diagnosis with
People Magazine, saying that
the symptoms including
mood swings and weight loss
--- affected her quickly and
"I was [driving and] try-
ing to put my foot on the

brake, but my leg was jump-
ing. I couldn't keep the brake
down and almost crashed,"
Elliott said. "I couldn't write
because my nervous system
was so bad I couldn't even
use a pen."
Elliott has been going
through radiation and exer-
cising, which fortunately has
improved her condition. "I'm
30 pounds lighter because
I've been exercising." Elliott
continues. "My thyroid is
functioning, so I haven't had
to take medication in about

nine months. [But] you live
with it for the rest of your
As Mi.-', continues as a
champ, fihliln, through her
disease, which unfortunately
has no cure as of yet, she's
working on new music with
long time friend and collabo-
rator, Timbaland. Elliott will
be featured on VH1's 'Behind
the Music,' further discuss-
ing her battle with Graves'
disease, weight issues, and
being sexually molested as a

According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Miami rapper Rick Ross is in hot wa-
ter for the death of a three-year-old Yorkshire Terrier named Banks.
The heavyweight hip hop star, one of the performers at the 2011 BET Awards,
ran afoul of a n-iihbor dfter three of hi, r'itbulls:, e'.jd rhi Atlanta home and
entered the n-eirlto' '. property. The pirbulls r-ep:'rt.:edly jlt.j:tel the terrier.
who suffered t,:.r I jrge tbte ./:undidi the back and neck. The dog's owner r was
A.rhi ili forced 'i eul-th iini:-e it.
Ross received a ticket frunii the p-ih,:e as a result of the incide-it, but the
woman who lost her dog still 'w3nts justice. She is seeking $15,000 in damages.
and court costs.

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Young Jeezy was slapped .atr j il'.'.uit ,jn Fridaj for ifiing 1 t)o howj up to a
concert in the Virgin 1I.'lanJi. A..x:. ringi t trhe suit, Paid 4 Ent.rtr tanment booked
".h ATL r.:iper f:i Summer Splash 2011 back in March, but les than t. v.o weeks
before the e ent vi n urp:'iJed to take place on June 18th, Jee::, and hii people
backed out due ic, a conflict.
Pid Ent.~-tjlrink i.rnt 3,' tiiey renegotiated to have Jeezy perform Cn the
I- '.l l'g Jy.1- -.n rprov idrin him with a private jet in order to a31i the tripr, but
ie n-v.,.r lh':i'owed ilup l:Ir rhe light, according to TMZ.
The company is :e-0 iI. 'i.7S,000 I, damages for fraud and other charges.

One verse with Kanye

West was a big moment

Now there's no

refraining 'Finally

Famous' rapper
By Korina Lopez

Finally Famous: That's the
name of Big Sean's debut al-
bum, new this week, which fea-
tures collaborations with Kanye
West, Wiz Khalifa (they're on
tour together), Lupe Fiasco and
John Legend. First single My
Last No. 3 on USA TODAY's
urban airplay chart features
Chris Brown, and the two hit
the stage together at Sunday's
BET Awards. But he wasn't al-
ways so well-connected. The
album's title refers to years
of working and waiting and a
chance encounter with West.'
The Kanye connection: For

Big Sean, 23, whose real name
is Sean Anderson, meeting
West was a huge breakthrough.
"I had a job working as a tele-
marketer, and I was standing in
line at the bank waiting to cash
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By Randy Grice

This month marked the fourth
installment of Big Night, Little
Haiti. The festivities were held on
June 17 at the Little Haiti Cultur-
al Center (LHCC), 212 NE 59th
Terrace. Big Night has been go-
ing strong in the Little Haiti com-
munity since March of this year,
with no signs of slowing down.
Evecrythine came together for a
total, perfect night," said Laura
Quinla, Rhythm Foundation di-
rector. "What was especially cool
was that there were a lot of dif-
ferent kinds of people of all back-
grounds and ages having a great
time together."
The June edition of the third
Friday free concert and art se-
ries, offered up a real treat for the
community. The Magnum Band,
that has been bringing the kom-
pa party for more than 30 years,
offered up a classic old school
kompa music style to the com-
munity. Founded in 1976, on the
island nation of Haiti, the band is
one of the longest running musi-
cal ensembles Haiti has ever pro-
A',abonmbe, an eight-member
Haitian racine (roots) music and
dance group also hit the stage.
The group performed more than
20 traditional Afro-Caribbean

rhythms to form the beat of this
vibrant ensemble, led by compos-
er and founder Marc Joseph and
percussionist Patou Lindor. The
event also offered one-hour walk-
ing tours of Historic Little Haiti
provided by Urban Tour, the
tours were $10.
"The little tours of Little Haiti
that they had was really a new
twist," said Benjamin Prat, Big
Night attendee and Hallandale
resident. "That was my first time
coming to Big Night and I really
did enjoy myself. I am not Haitian
so shamefully, I do not know a lot
about the culture of my Haitian
brothers and sisters. Big Night
really helped me to understand
the Haitian culture right here in
my own backyard."
In addition to music, the
monthly celebration offered art.
The gallery featured the Contem-
porary Haitian Textiles exhibit,
presented with the Haitian Cul-
tural Arts Alliance and hands-on
art activities for children in the
"I have been going to every Big
Night event so far and it is just
amazing how it keeps growing
and getting better," said Brandie
Jefferson, Little Haiti resident
and attendee. "I like to see the
community' come together for
things like this that are super

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Appeal to


* By Randy Grice

'Last weekend Haiti's President Michel Martelly made a visit
* to Miami for the first time as the Caribbean nation's presi-
dent. Martelly visited South Florida to encourage the Haitian
S diaspora to support Haiti in its recovery. Martelly stressed his
point of how much Haiti needed their help to a crowd of over
S 150 people.
S "Everyone here has an important role," he said at Florida In-
ternational University's Biscayne Bay campus in North Miami.
S In reference to Martelly's appeal, Marleine Bastien, execu-
tive director of Fanm Ayisyen Nan
* Miyami, Inc. (Haitian Women of
Miami), said she believes Haiti
. needs to treat its supporters bet-
* ter. .
"That sounds good," she -
* said. "Just saying it is one thing
but how do you go about insuring
* that? Haitians that are sending
a money should have a say in what
* is going on in Haiti. The Haitians
* that have been giving are treated
c as a cash cow but we have no
Representation. On one handHthey
S ask us to contribute but they
Sshow no respect for us. The older MICHEL MARTELLY
E generation are the ones that toler-
ate this, the younger generation aitin ent
* will not."
S Jeffery St. Louis, a Liberty City resident and Haitian com-
munity advocate, who went to hear Martelly speak, said he
w believes in Martelly's misison.
"I think he is doing the right thing by coming back to this
* country and calling on the Haitians he for help," he said. "We
* are doing better that they are in Haiti and it should be our
mission as Haitians that are to doing better to reach back and
* help our brothers and sisters in need."
Earlier this week, Haitian lawmakers rejected Martelly's
* choice for prime minister, businessman Daniel-Gerard Rouzier,
a considerable setback for the new administration. Currently,
m the unemployment rate of the nation is above 70 percent and
t hundreds of thousands of Haitians remain homeless dur-
Sing this hurric ane season that is predicted to be one of the
* worse. This was not Martelly's first appeal to the Haitian
diaspora. In May, Martelly touched down in Miami to speak
* with media and community leaders at the Little Haiti Cultural

Violence, anger grows
0 o
Sin Haiti's quake camps
S Haitian President Michel Martelly, who came to power in
: mid-May, must urgently rehouse homeless quake survivors
* still living in camps nearly a year and a half after the disas-
ter, and meet the basic needs of those who remain in urban
* slums, says a r~e,. report from the International Crisis Group
T The Brussels-based think tank warns the new government
* faces an '"immediate ciisis' amid the growing frustrations of
l these vulnerable groups in the capital, with 650,000 people
* still waiting for permanent housing in more than 1,000 un-
" stable emergency camps dotting Port-au-Prince.
With the onset of .the hurricane season, storms have already
flooded 30 camps. dri. ing people to abandon their tents.
Forced evictions, some violent, along with the reappear-
ani ,-of criminal gangs in those camps and slums, add to the
* 'l.,tile mix," says the report, released this week.
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Ethnic pharmacy caters to the Haitian community

By Randy Grice

Last Wednesday marked the
opening of Navarro Discount Phar-
macy in North Miami. The grand
opening of the chains 29th store,
located at 13250 Biscayne Blvd. in-
side the North Miami Arch Creek
Shopping Center, was kicked off
early at 8 a.m.
"We are really excited, we have
had really good cooperation with
the city of North Miami," said Steve
Kaczynski, CEO of Navarro. "This
is our first split store that caters
to both the Haitian and Hispanic
communities. Half of our employ-
ees are Haitian Creole and Eng-
lish speakers. The majority of our
employees were selected from a
job fair created by the city council
right here in North Miami."
Dovan Scott-Campbell, a North
Miami resident, who has a family
member employed at the new store

said the store is good for Haitians.
"I think the store is a major
benefit to the Haitian communi-
ty," Scott-Campbell said. "My cous-
in came from Haiti and seven years
ago and this is the first real job she
has had, so I am thankful for that."
The new 14,000 square foot store
has products that cater to the lo-
cal Haitian and Hispanic commu-
nity and features Navarro's new
merchandise layout, new colors,
enhanced signage and services
for customers such as a pediat-
ric window for busy parents, free
compounding pharmacy services,
a free diabetes club for adults ai d
children with diabetes and free
prescription delivery for all cus-
"I am very happy about the new
store in our community," said Mag-
gie Joseph, a Haitian-American
North Miami resident. "My grand-
mother from Haiti lives with me
and this store will probably help

me out a lot. She doesn't know that
much English, but since a lot of
Haitian people that know Creole
work here, I think I would feel more
comfortable about letting her shop
here alone."
The opening featured giveaways
of free shopping bags with prod-
ucts to the first 100 customers and
food cooked by celebrity spokes-
man Chef Pepin. Headquartered
in Miami, Navarro Discount Phar-
macy was founded in Havana,
Cuba in 1940 and opened its first
store in the U.S. in 1961. With 29
stores and approximately 1,500
employees in Miami, Navarro is the
largest Hispanic-owned drugstore
chain in the U.S. The store cater
to ethnic markets and further dif-
ferentiate themselves by .. ii,, I
many products and services that
are not found in traditional drug-
stores such as wireless phones,
designer fragrances and in-store
healthcare clinics.

-Photo by Jeanne Becker
City of North Miami Andre Pierre (I-r), Steve Kaczynksi, CEO, Navarro Discount Phar-
macy; City Manager Russell Benford, City of North Miami; Mike Harton,Asst. Executive
Director, North Miami Chamber of Commerce; Ron Welsand, Executive Director, North
Miami Chamber of Commerce; State Rep. Daphne Campbell; and Jim Thatcher, COO, Na-
varro Discount Pharmacy at store opening.

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Family and Children
Faith Coalition is currently
seeking mentors to partici-
pate in the Amachi Mentor-
ing Coalition Project. A free
training session will be held
on Saturday, July 9 from 10
a.m.-1 p.m. at 5911 W. Fla-
gler Street. Spaces are limit-
ed. For more information, call
Mary Wakefall at 786-388-
3000 or maryw@fcfcfl.org.

There will be a chartered
bus going to Tallahassee,
Florida to the campus of Flor-
ida A&M University for their
summer band camp. The bus
will depart from Miami on Fri-
day, July 8 at 9 a.m. and will
return from Tallahassee on
Sunday, July 17 at 9 a.m. For
additional information, call
Mr. Philip Glenn at 786-873-

City of Miami Gardens'
Councilwoman Lisa Davis
of District 2 invites you to
Adopt-A-Tree on Saturday,
July 2 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Get up to two free non-citrus
fruit or ornamental shade
trees courtesy of Miami-Dade
County (rain or shine) at Bet-
ty T. Ferguson Recreational
Complex, 3000 NW 199th
Street. For more information,
call 311 or visit our website

The City of North Mi-
ami, The Russell Life Skills
and Reading Foundation
and State Representative
Daphne Campbell, Dis-
trict 108 will be sponsoring
a Community Health and Re-
source Fair on Saturday, July
16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at
the Sunkist Grove Commu-
nity Center, 12500 NW 13th
Avenue. The event is free and
open to the public. The Fair
will entail free eye exams for
children, crime prevention
tips, safety information, etc.
For more information, call
305-895-9840 or visit www.

Women in Transition
of South Florida sponsors
its Third Annual "Lil Princess
Tea Party" on Saturday, July
16 at 3 p.m. It is an event for
girls ages three-12 years. For
more information, call 786-

Booker T. Washing-
ton Class of 1965, Inc. will
meet on Saturday, July 16 at
4:30 p.m. at the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Center. For
more information, contact
Lebbie'Lee at 305-213-0188.

The Miami Central
High School Band will begin
band camp on Monday, July
18 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the
track field. For more informa-
tion, call the band director at

Speaking Hands An-
nual Christmas in July-Toy
Drive for deaf and hard of
children. Bring all new un-
opened toys needed for kids
ages newborn to 12 years, to
the Speaking Hands office,
Westgate Plaza, 127 N. State
Road 7, Plantation, FL now
until July 20th. For more in-
formation, call 954-792-7273
or 305-970-0054.

The Miami-Dade Public
Library System will be host-
ing 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

The American Senior
High School Alumni Asso-
ciation is active and running
for all classes 1977-Present.
The next alumni meeting will
be held Thursday, July 21 at
7 p.m. at Denny's Restau-
rant, 19780 NW 27th Avenue
in Miami Gardens. For more
information, visit the official
website www.classreport.
Facebook. American Senior
High Class of 77-82 Reunion
Group; or email, american-

The Beta Beta Lambda
Chapter of.Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc. will host a
social function called Sum-
mer Solstice, apart of their
ALPHAdisiac Series on Friday,
July 22 at the Mardi Gras Ca-
sino, 831 N. Federal Highway
in Hallandale. Happy hour/
networking will be from 6-10
p.m. and dancing from 10
p.m.-3 a.m. Tickets are $15
in advance, $20 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased on-
line at www.bbll906.event-

The Miami. Carol City
High Class of 1971 will cel-
ebrate its 40th Class Reunion
on July 22-24 at the Embas-
sy Suites in Ft. Lauderdalle.
Activities will include: meet
and greet, bus. tour of new
MCCHS, dinner. dance, wor-
ship service and picnic. For
more information, go to www.
carolcitysenior7l.com or on
Facebook "Miami. Carol City
Sr. High Class of '71 Reunion
Info." Contact Gwen Thomas
Williams at 305-625-7244 or
e-mail gwen0525@aol.com.

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

Summer BreakSpot,
part of the USDA Summer
Food Nutrition Program, will
be open now until August
2011 at hundreds of sites
across Miami-Dade Coun-
ty, providing free nutritious
meals breakfast, lunch and
snack all summer long for
kids and teens, 18 and under.
To find a Summer BreakSpot
site near you, visit www.
summerfoodflorida.org or call

Great Crowd Ministries
presents South Florida BB-Q/
Gospel Festival at Amelia Ear-
hart Park on Saturdays Au-
gust 27, September 24 and
October 29 from 10 a.m.-9
p.m. The park fee is $6 per
car. All artists and vendors
are encouraged to call. For
more information, contact
Constance Koon-Johnson at
786-290-3258 or Lee at 954-

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1972 Scholarship
Fundraiser Bus Trip to At-
lanta, GA for FAMU Classic
on September 23-25. For
additional information, con-
tact Clarateen Kirkland-Kent
at 305-323-5551 or Glenda
Tyse at 954-987-0689.

Merry Poppins Day-
care, 6427 NW 18th Avenue,
will be having summer camp,
Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
for ages five-12. For more
information, contact Ruby P.

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him back. King's attorneys
have said King did not push
back but was protecting him-
self from a punch.
The bodyguards told Hous-
ton police King attacked
King's attorney, John Raley,
said LaBelle's claim that the
cadet hurled racial slurs at
her is part of her "attack" on
"an innocent man by telling
the same false story they told
the police."

"Several eyewitnesses saw two officers who were seen on

and clearly heard the inci-
dent. The counter-claim is
completely without merit,"
Raley said in a statement.
The case, which was origi-
nally filed in Houston state
civil court, has been moved to
federal court by LaBelle's at-
torneys, Raley said.
The initial police investiga-
tion named King as the sus-
pect in the case. But since the
lawsuit was filed, the Houston
police department reopened
its investigation and it is also

looking into the actions of Awards.

the surveillance video taking
photos with LaBelle after the
alleged beating.
Raley said the incident was
reported to West Point, which
suspended the cadet for at
least one year and ordered
him to go on active duty.
King's lawsuit and LaBelle's
countersuit are asking for
unspecified damages.
LaBelle's singing career has
spanned more than four de-
cades and includes several
hit records and two Grammy


'Georgia' on her mind

Best-selling chick-lit author '" :
Jennifer Weiner has much to
celebrate: the 10th anniver- l a
sary of her hit novel Good in
Bed, which made plus-size
heroines fashionable; a new S ..
novel, Then Came You, out
July 12; and her headfirst ,
jump into producing State I --
of Georgia, a new TV show
starring Raven-Symone (airs
Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. on
ABC Family).
Raven-Symone, who plays
Georgia, is a larger-than-life,
bubbly, exuberant, confi-
dent young woman who was
convinced of her own worth
even when the world couldn't
even wheni the world couldn't Raven-Symon6, left, Loretta Devine and Majandra Delfino
what we hive with Raven. star in State of Georgia. Executive producer Weiner says

She's this incredibly natural it mixes Laverne andl Shirley, Sex and the City and Ally
comedienne. McBeal.

Blair Underwood to make Broadway debut

White or Lakeyshe Anderson
at 305-693-1008.

The Miami Northwest-
ern Class of 1962 meets on
the second Saturday of each
month at 4 p.m. at the Af-
rican Heritage Cultural Arts
Center, 6161 NW 22nd Av-
enue. We are beginning to
make plans for our 50th Re-
union. For more information,
contact Evelyn at 305-621-

Family and Children
Faith Coalition is seeking
youth ages four-18 to con-
nect with a caring and dedi-
cated mentor in Miami-Dade
or Broward County. Get help
with homework, attend fun
events and be a role model
for your community. For more
information, contact Brand-
yss Howard at 786-388-3000
or brandyss@fcfcfl.org.

The South Florida
Workforce is having their
annual Young Adult Sum-
mer Employment Program.
South Florida Workforce will
assist young adults to en-
hance their work skills and
pursue the best jobs possible
for the summer. If you are
14-24 years of age, live in
Miami-Dade or Monroe Coun-
ty, 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.southfloridawork-
force.com website and click
on "Young Adults Register

Work from home and
earn money. The CLICK
Charity, 5530 NW 17th Ave-
nue, is offering free computer
web design classes for mid-
dle and high school students.
Work at your own pace and
receive one-on-one instruc-
tion in learning a very valu-
able trade. Registration and
classes are free! Open Mon-
day-Friday, 2-7 p.m. Don't
wait call, email or come by
today: 305-691-8588 or an-'

There will be a free first-
time homebuyer educa-
tion class held every sec-
ond Saturday of the month,
at Antioch Missionary Bap-
tist Church, 21311 NW 34th
Avenue, from 8:30 a.m.-5
p.m. For more information,
call 305-652-7616 or email

Free child care is avail-
able at the Miami-Dade
County Community Action
Agency Headstart/Early
Head Start Program for
children ages three-five for
the upcoming school year.
Income guidelines and Dade
County residence apply only.
We welcome children with
special needs/disability with
an MDCPS IEP. For more
information, call 786-469-
4622, Monday-Friday from 8
a.m.-5 p.m..

Looking for all former
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-

The Cemetery Beau-
tifications Project, located
at 3001 NW 46th Street is
looking for volunteers and
donations towards the up-
keep and beautification of
the Lincoln Park Cemetery.
For more information, con-
tact Dyrren S. Barber at

and socialite Blanche
DuBois, who moves in
with her sister Stella
and her husband Stan-
ley (Underwood).
Streetcar was.last on
Broadway in 2005'with
Natasha Richardson,
Amy Ryan and John C.
Underwood's the-
ater credits include the UND
2004 workshop of one-man
show IM4: From the Moun-
taintop to Hip-Hop, which he
created and was written by
his brother Frank. He has
also starred in the New York


revival of Purlie op-
posite Anika Noni
Rose, Measure for
Measure, El [..gro
en Peru, The Game
of Love and Love
Letters with Alfre
He has been
nomnin:iatd for a
Golden Globes for
his roles in HBO's

In Treatment and L.A. Law,
and in addition to The Event,
has starred in Dirty Sexy
Money, Sex and the City and
The New Adventures of Old

Rapper 50 Cent working on anti-bullying novel

By IThe Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Rapper
50 Cent's newest work of fic-
tion will have an anti-bullying
The Penguin Young Reader
Group has signed up 50 Cent's
novel, "P1., r-n.ii :] The pub-
lisher announced recently
that the book is a semi-auto-
biographical young adult novel

about bullying that will come
out in January 2012. The
34-year-old rapper, whose real
name is Curtis Jackson, has
acknowledged a violent child-
hood and dealing drugs at an
early age.
He's also released a memoir,
"From Pieces to Weight," and
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Blair Underwood has found
a new gig following the cancel-
lation of NBC's The Event..
He will make his Broadway
debut as Stanley Kowalski in
Tennessee Williams' A Street-
car Named Desire, to be di-
rected by Emily Mann.
A Streetcar Named Desire,
from Front Row Production,
will premiere on Broadway in
the spring 2012. The theater
has yet to be announced.
Streetcar is set in New Or-
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Entrepreneur makes

',*nusic his business

_t: Jamal Engram is banking on the sounds of money

By Randy Grice
,61. ,,,a inniamitiimesonline.com

While many people are shying away from
entrepreneurship in this time of economic
downturn, some are stepping up to the chal-
lenge. Jamal Engram, CEO and founder of
J Global Entertainment, is betting that his
business savvy skills will bring him success.
Engram, 26, started his business two
years ago after parting ways with another
business venture.
"Initially I was a part of another entertain-
ment company which inspired me to launch
my own entertainment company which is J
Global Entertainment," he said.
J Global Entertainment is a multifaceted
entertainment company focused on creat-
ing global talent through music, model-
ing, sports marketing and production. It is
an entertainment company with a roster
of international diverse recording artists,
male and female models who rip the runway
with style and professional athletes that the
company markets. J Global covers a variety

of music genres including pop, rap, rhythm
and blues, alternative rock, jazz, gospel,
urban and new adult contemporary. Every
businessman has his difficulties in the in-
dustry, and Engram is no exception.
"I would say the most difficult part about
the business is managing, setting up shows.
booking models for gigs and scheduling
meetings," he said. "I overcome my dif-
ficulties by practicing time management,
prioritizing, and following up on various
assignments. Being a Black businessman is
a great feeling and it is rewarding. However.
it comes with many responsibilities because
of who I am as a young Black male. Mean-
while, there are a lot of challenges and ob-
stacles to face and quite a few road blocks :o
cross but it is worth all of the effort. Being a
Black businessman is an advantage because
I am one of the few that wants to face the
challenges in our economical crisis that we
face today in our country."
Engram said his business is growing just
as he expected it to.
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Dads work more than other men

Retailers have been complain debit card fees are too high.,

Fed softens rule to cut

debit card swipe fees


put in longer

hours, suffer

work-life conflict

By Sharon Jayson

Dads who have kids at home
work more not less than
men who don't, according to
a new report about men's in-
creasing work-family conflict.
These fathers work, on av-
erage, 47 hours a week, com-
pared with 44 for men who
either don't have children or

don't live with them, or whose
kids are older than 18. And
42 percent of the dads with
kids under 18 at home work
an average 50 or more hours
a week; only 33 percent of the
other men work such hours.
"Men are working longer to
bring in more money for their
families," says Ellen Galin-
sky, president of the non-profit
Families and Work Institute,
which produced the report.
"In open-ended questions.
. their answers were about
earning more money. I think
the breadwinner image is a
part of it, particularly for men
with children."
Galinsky will present the

Weekly work hours

4 hours per week
Fathers living with a child under
18 at least half the year.

h4': hourS per week
Other men, including those whose
children don't live with them.
Source: Families and Work Institute 2008 Na-
tional Study of the Changing Workforce

report recently at the Interna-
tional Conference of Work and
Family in Barcelona.
The new analysis is based
on responses from 1,298 em-

played men who live with at
least one family member, such
as a spouse or partner, a child
or other relative. Of those, 75
percent have a spouse or part-
ner who also works, and 49
percent have a child under 18
living at home.
Their responses were part
of the National Study of the
Changing Workforce, which
surveyed 3,500 employed in-
dividuals in 2008 and found
men are more conflicted over
work-life balance than in
years past.
The new analysis focuses
on reasons for the increase in
men's conflict and appears to
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Move displeases

banks, retailers

By Sandra Block

In a move that disappointed
both sides of the contentious
issue, the Federal Reserve
Board voted recently to soften
a rule that will cap the fees'
banks charge retailers when
consumers use debit cards.
The Fed voted to set the cap
on so-called swipe fees at 21
cents, up from the 12-cent
cap it proposed late last year.
That's still down from the cur-
rent average debit card trans-
action cost of 44 cents.
The rule also allows financial
institutions that comply with
fraud prevention standards to
charge a slightly higher fee. Fi-
nancial institutions that meet
all the requirements could
impose a maximum fee of 24

cents per transaction.
The Fed also voted to delay
implementation of the cap until
Oct. 1. It was scheduled to
take effect July 21.
The broad financial reform
legislation Congress enacted
last year required the Fed to
impose "reasonable" limits on
debit card fees. Since then,
banks and credit unions have
spent millions on lobbying and
advertising campaigns aimed
at gutting the rule.
The retail industry dis-
patched hundreds of small-
business owners to Capitol Hill
to lobby for the cap. They now
say the Fed caved to pressure
from banks.
"The Fed essentially took
what had been a win and
turned it into a loss," National
Retail Federation general coun-
sel Mallory Duncan said. "They
took $6 billion a year away
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Costly colleges have some explaining to do

Education Department posting

lists of most expensive online

By Mary Beth Marlden and
Luke Kerr-Dineen

These are rankings no col-
lege wants to top. The Edu-
cation Department unveiled
a website on which it is pub-
lishing for the first time lists
identifying the nation's most
expensive colleges.
The lists, which also in-
clude the least expensive col-
leges, were created to help
students and families make
informed decisions and to
hold colleges accountable for
rising tuition.
"We hope this informa-
tion will encourage schools

to continue in their efforts
to make the costs of college
more transparent," Educa-
tion Secretary Arne Duncan
said recently.
The lists, which do not in-
clude current tuition charg-
es, available at collegecost.
ed.gov/, are based on data
colleges report annually to
the federal government. The
rankings are broken down
into sections for private, pub-
lic, for-profit and community
The Education Depart-
ment gave colleges a peek at
the data this week, but most
haven't had a chance to digest

Topping lists at collegecost.ed.gov

Public in-state



Penn State
Main campus

Bates College


it, said Terry Hartle, chief lob-
byist for the American Council
on Education. He said it will
be of limited use to families,
in part because the method-
ology is "f'-iii l, complex." But
the rankings have raised con-
cerns among college officials.





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"Any time somebody does
this sort of a prioritizing ...
a big deal, particularly if it
has the weight of the Depart-
ment of Education behind it,"
said Roland King, spokesman
for the National Association
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Methods to making yourself recession-proof

By Farrah Gray
NNPA Columnist

Recent news headlines have been
dominated by tales of the recession
and continuing economic woe. This
week, the Federal Reserve (June 22,
2011) announced slower growth in
the U.S. economy anticipated focus-
ing on high unemployment and rising
inflation. Notably, however, the Fed
Committee will monitor the economic

outlook and financial developments
and will act as needed to best foster
maximum employment and price sta-
The bleak economic outlook adds
up to increasingly troubling statistics
at a time when individuals have fewer
financial options at their disposal.
Unquestionably, great emotional
and psychological upheaval result
from the loss of one's home and job.
The fact that the loss is through no

fault of one's own does little
to assuage feelings of aban-
donment, rejection, and dis-
Rationally, people under-
stand that the economic
downturn and its conse-
quences are beyond their
The bright lining to this
unfortunate situation is
that it affords you the lux-

ury of taking control of
,E your financial destiny and
S creating a different out-
t* i look for yourself. Focus
S i on a change of job or ca-
-..:. I reer, with the possibility
'!'' of reversing your current
fortunes and ultimately
making yourself recession-
A..* proof:
... Men and women of ain
GRAY entrepreneurial bent have

been able to make money from their
own homes, garages, or yard sales.
Although s -lf niipl'-'. ni-, i has many
appealing qualities, it does require an
enormous level of self-discipline, con-
fidence, and time-management skills.
Before taking the leap into self-
employment, first inquire about any
required business permits. Next, buy
or lease the equipment your particu-
lar venture requires. One of the most
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Contracts for May home purchases rise

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON The number of
Americans who signed contracts
to buy homes rose sharply in May,
pushed higher by the usual spring
The National Association of Real-
tors said recently that its index of
sales agreements for previously
occupied homes rose 8.2 percent
last month, to a reading of 88.8.
That followed April's seven-month
low of 82.1.
A reading of 100 is considered
healthy by economists. The last
time the index reached that level
was in April 2010, the final month
when buyers could qualify for a
federal tax credit. Signings are now
17 percent above June 2010's read-
ing of 75.9, the lowest figure since
the housing market went bust
nearly four years ago.
Contract signing are typically
a reliable indicator of where the

1housirg market is headed. That's
because there's usually a one- to
t..o -month a1 be. t ween a sales
con tract and a completed deal.
But the Realt,-rs group says a
growing number ol buyers have
cancelled contracts ahead of clos-
ings after appraisals showed the
homes were ".o:rth less than they
bid. A sale isn't final until a mort-
gage is closed.
Homes are nov. the most afford-
able they %e been in years. But
bargain prices and super-low mort-
gage rates have do:.ne little to boost
sales. Economists say it could be
several years before the nation's
housing market recovers.
Mixed reports on the struggling
housing market an increase in
contract signing, a rise in home
prices, slumping sales of re-sold
homes and huge numbers of fore-
closures in waiting have left
many economists puzzled. But one
thing is clear: The housing market

won't see a significant recovery
this year.
"The persistent weakness in the
housing market is frustrating, and
we have noticed a growing ten-
dency of many observers to jump
on any bit of good news, or even
not so bad news, as a reason to
declare we are near a bottom," said
Mark Vitner, senior U.S. economist
at Wells Fargo. "We wish this were
Pierre Ellis, senior managing di-
rector of Decision Economics, said
the housing market is in such a
state of flux that "the absence of bad
news about the economy amounts to
good news nowadays."
Sales of previously occupied
homes sank in May to a seasonally
adjusted annual rate of 4.81 million
homes. That's far below the 6 mil-
lion sales per year that economists
say is typical in healthier times.
And it:s worse than the 4.91 mil-
lion homes sold last year, the worst

showing in 13 years.
Meanwhile, contract signing in
May increased in every region of the
country: It rose 12.9 percent in the
West, 10.5 percent in the Midwest,
7.3 percent in the Northeast and 4.1
percent in the South.
The trade group said Wednesday's
report "implies that home values in
many localities are or will soon be
Still, high unemployment, hard-
to-get loans and a lingering fear that
home prices will just keep falling
are keeping many Americans from
buying homes. And waves of fore-
closures could soon hit the housing
market soon as more Americans de-
fault on their mortgages.
Nearly 2.2 million homes are in
foreclosure and another 1.9 million
homes are more than 90 days past
due on their mortgages, according
to LPS Applied Analytics. But many
foreclosures are being delayed as
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of FL
C. Brian Hart Insurance
City of Miami City Clerk
City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
J&K Roofing
Jesus People Ministries Church International, Inc.
Law Offices of Daniel J. Schwartz, P.A.
Miami-Dade Aviation Department
Miami-Dade Office of Strategic Business Mgmt.
Miami-Dade Water & Sewer
Miracle Cloth
North Shore Medical Center
Shima Hair Inc.
Universal Pictures
Verizon Wireless

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Living together is no predictor of economic benefit

By Sharon Jayson

Moving in together
doesn't automatically
mean higher house-
hold income, says a
Pew Research Cen-
ter analysis of U.S..
Census Bureau data
released recently. It
finds that cohabiting
translates to econom-
ic benefits for college
graduates but not
for those with less ed-
"There's a percep-
tion that moving in
with a partner is likely
to result in economic
gain, and we're say-
ing that's not true for
all people, especially
those without college
degrees," says D'Vera
Cohn, a Pew senior
writer for the report.
The number of co-
habiting couples is at

an all-time high of 7.5
million, according to
the most recent Cen-
sus data. That's a 13
percent increase in a,
year's time, up from
6.7 million couples in
Pew focuses on ages
30-44, "a time of life
when most adults have
completed their educa-
tion, gone to work and
established house-
holds," the report says.
Pew's analysis is
based on 2009 data
from the American
Community Survey
and focuses on eco-
nomic well-being and
median household in-
come adjusted for a
household of three.
The analysis finds
that for the college-
educated, cohabiting
offers greater eco-
nomic advantage than

Who's living


Partnership status by
Married, 5S':8
Contlu3tor, 7%"
Nro partner, 35':.
Not a college
carrieded 5 '..
Cohabitor, 8%9
No partner, 38. ,
College graduate:
Slarried, 68''".
Cohabitors, 4%
No partner, 23':;
JNotes Based on 30- to
44-yiear-olds "No partner"
includes th0sF living with-
out an oppo':sIir-.e, p. jrirer
or spouse.
Source: 2009 American Community
Survey, Pew Research Center

for married couples or
those who don't live
with an opposite-sex
Median adjusted
household incomes of
college-educated cou-
ples were $106,400 for
cohabiters, $101,160
for married couples
and $90,067 for adults
with no opposite-sex
But for less-educat-
ed couples, cohabit-
ing is an arrangement
that looks a lot like
marriage and may well
include kids: Incomes
were $46,540 for co-
habiters, $56,800 for
married couples and
$45,033 for adults
without opposite-sex
"It would seem that
cohabitation would be
associated with great-
er economic well-being

than living without
a partner because of
the economies of scale
achieved by combining
two households. Yet
adults without college
degrees who cohabit
are no better off than
those who live with-
out opposite-sex part-
ners," says the analy-
"This is about fam-
ily formation," says
social demographer
Sharon Sassler, who
studies cohabitation
at Cornell University
in Ithaca, N.Y. "Every-
body is marrying later,
but the less-educated
start their families
earlier. If they marry,
they might already
be divorced and be in
a different living ar-
Among those with-
out partners, 74 per-

cent live with other
adults, such as family
members or children.

By education, 44 per- compared with 20
cent of the college- percent of non-college
educated live alone, graduates.

The most expensive universities

continued from 7D

of Independent Col-
leges and Universities.
"There are so many
chances for misinter-
Under federal law,
colleges with the fast-
est-rising published
tuitions and net prices
- about 530 will
now have to explain
to Education Depart-

ment officials why
their costs went up
and what steps they'll
take to reduce them.
Among reactions
from those schools:
California State
University system
spokesman Mike
Uhlenkamp said fast-
increasing tuitions
posted by 'several
campuses "are a di-
rect reflection of the
budget situation in

Paul Panesar,
president of Coleman
University in San Di-
ego, said the data
cast his institution in
an undeservedlyy bad
John Bassett,
president of Heritage
University in Toppen-
ish, Wash., said he is
undisturbed: "If any-
thing our tuition is
still too low."

Survey: Workload heavier on men with children

continued from 7D

dispel notions that dads duck
out of the office for child-re-
lated issues and don't pull
their weight at work.
"For many years, there was
a strong focus on women and
their work-family conflict,"
Galinsky says. "This study

shows it's not just women,
it's men."
The survey included work-
ing both at the office and at
home but did not calculate
them separately.
"People are working in
different ways," says David
Gray, director of the Work-
force and Family Program
at the New America Foun-

dation, a Washington-based
think tank.
"I do a lot of work in the eve-
nings," says Gray, the father
of four under age five, includ-
ing infant twins. "I know a lot
of people who work from nine
to midnight, and I'm one of
Kathleen Christensen,
director of the Workplace,

Workforce and Working Fam-
ilies Program at the Alfred P.
Sloan Foundation, says she's
not surprised that dads are
working longer hours.
"They feel a very deep and
abiding responsibility to take
care of their families," she
says. "The father's identity as
breadwinner is so ingrained
in who they are."

Guidelines less stricter for those with debit cards

continued from 7D

from the public and put it
into the pocket of the biggest
banks in the country."
The financial industry,
meanwhile, said the modified
cap still goes too far. It falls
short of covering the cost of
processing debit card trans-
actions, National Association

of Federal Credit Unions Pres-
ident Fred Becker said.
The rule still represents a
45 percent loss in. swipe-fee
revenue for banks that is used
in part to "provide low-cost
accounts to our customers,"
American Bankers Associa-
tion CEO Frank Keating said.
He warned that consumers
will still feel the impact of this
"direct transfer of costs from

big-box retailers to everyday
Americans" in the form of
higher fees for basic banking
Duncan said he talked to
retailers recently who were
coming up with "creative
savings for their customers."
They now have to "rethink"
their plans, he said.
The Fed rule exempts
small banks and most credit

unions from the cap. Repre-
sentatives of those financial
institutions argue, though,
that the carve-out is unwork-
able. "This harsh, below-cost
price cap will be incredibly
detrimental to community
banks and their customers
over time," said Sal Marran-
ca, chairman of the Indepen-
dent Community Bankers of

Preparing for challenges that come with the recession

continued from 7D

important things a home
business needs is a good net-
working system. This allows
you to contact individuals
who can offer you work or re-
fer you to others.
Aside from the challenges
involved, it is possible for
anyone to start a small busi-
ness. 'However, it is critical
that you know what you are
getting into. For those who
are undecided, a logical first
step is to list potential areas
of expertise, special training,
educational and job experi-
ence, and special interests
that could be developed into
a business.
You must possess the nec-
essary drive to succeed, es-
pecially when long hours
and difficult decisions are
needed. There is no one type
of person guaranteed to ei-
ther fail or succeed in small

business. Starting a small
business is not a decision to
be entered into lightly, and
should only be made after
serious study, selfrexamina-
tion, and counseling. The
key to your success is de-
tailed preparation and long-
term planning.
Before starting a busi-
ness, you need to identify
what type of entrepreneur
you wish to be. Many types
of entrepreneurs are needed
to help the country, and its
economy, to grow. Listed be-
low are but a few of the pos-
1. Self-Employed: Indi-
viduals perform all the work
and keep all the profit. This
can often be a full-time job
because no one else is in-
volved and you are responsi-
ble for all aspects of the busi-
ness jo'.jrself.
2. Opportunistic Entre-
preneurs: Those individuals
who start a business and ex-

pand it in order to hire oth-
er employees that have the
necessary expertise that the
owner lacks.
3. Inventors: Those with
particular inventive abili-
ties who design a better or
unique product and then
create companies to develop,
produce, and sell the item.
4. Economy of Scale Ex-
ploiters: Those who ben-
efit from buying in volume
and offering discount prices
while operating with very low
5. Buy-Sell Artists: Those
who buy a company for the
purpose of improving it so
that they can sell it again for
a profit.
6. Speculators: Those who
purchase a commodity and
resell it for a profit. Art and
antiques are typical specula-
tor items.
7. Franchisee: A fran-
chisee is an individual who
starts a business for which

a widely known product im-
age has already been estab-
Try to list up to 10 busi-
nesses in your community
that you consider efficient,
smart, lucrative or suitable.
Since there may be more
than 10 small businesses in
your particular community,
concentrate instead on the
types that most interest you
as possibilities for self-em-
ployment due to high profits.
Don't leave out any possibili-
ties just because you feel you
don't have the capabilities or
expertise necessary for suc-
cess. If you don't possess all
the necessary skills or abili-
ties, you can likely develop
them or hire others who have
them to help you out. In-
clude every possibility that
seems appealing.
Once you decide, you need
only to work out the details
and plan for an outcome you
have control over.


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE -that a Special Board of Commissioners Meeting
of the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency is
scheduled to take place on Monday, July 11, 2011, @ 5:00 PM, at Frederick
Douglass Elementary located at 314 NW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33136.

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



Pieter A. Bockweg, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West, Omni and
Midtown Community Redevelopment Agencies






Copies of the proposed Resolution are available for review at the Public Works
Department located at 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 8th Floor, during regular working
hours. Phone 305-416-1200.

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or rep-
resented 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 considered at this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and evidence upon
which any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC ,
City Clerk 4.






Obama administration floats 56.2 mpg target

By James R. Healey

The Obama administration
is suggesting a fuel-economy
standard of 56.2 miles per gal-
lon average for an automaker's
whole fleet by 2025, boosting
the price of a new vehicle at
least $2,100, the government
That rating in EPA testing,
converted for real-world driv-
ing, would translate to a win-
dow-sticker rating of about 37
mpg for combined city/highway
driving. The best gasoline-elec-
tric hybrids already beat that,
and some gas-only small cars
are close, rated 33 or 34 mpg in
city/highway driving.
The 56.2 target "is not a very
heavy lift," argues David Fried-
man, vehicles specialist at the
Union of Concerned Scientists,
which favors 62 mpg.
General Motors North Ameri-

can President Lloyd Reuss
called a 56.2 fleet average "very
challenging" but said automak-
ers should "dig in and support
things that enable clean air and
fuel economy and unleveraging
ourselves from foreign oil."
Hyundai spokesman Jim
Trainor, while declining to
comment directly on 56.2 mpg
as a new standard, noted that
CEO John Krafcik often says
that "50 is do-able with a lot of
hard, smart work."
The number emerged after
White House talks last week
with U.S. automakers, the
United Auto Workers union
and lawmakers. Foreign auto-
makers are to be briefed this
A new regulation won't of-
ficially be proposed until Sep-
tember. The range being con-
sidered is 47 to 62 mpg.
A 56.2 standard, "while not


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Obama administration considering requirement of 56.2 mpg by 2025.

as ambitious as the level we
have been advocating, is a dou-
bling in fuel efficiency from to-
day's average passenger vehicle
and would cut drivers' fuel bills
in half," notes Roland Hwang of
the Natural Resources Defense
Council environmental group.
The current rule requires au-
tomakers to average 35.5 mpg
by 2016. Credits for carbon-
cutting air conditioning coolant
make that close to 34 mpg in
EPA tests, meaning a window-
sticker rating of about 25 mpg
in combined driving. The gov-
ernment adjusts lab test results
to get what it believes drivers
actually achieve, and that is
the number that goes new car
price stickers.
Friedman says the air-condi-
tioning credit could cut 56.2 to
50 mpg, or about 37 mpg on the
window sticker after the "real-
world" adjustment.

Ford to triple US 'electrified'

vehicle production by 2013

By Jeff Cobb

Ford announced re-
cently it would raise
its annual U.S. pro-
duction capacity for
"electrified" vehicles
from 35,000 to over

to be responsible for
220 new green tech-
nology jobs at three
Michigan plants.
These will include 170
positions at the Raw-
sonville and Van Dyke
Transmission plants,

in hybrid will utilize
lithium-ion batteries.
The latter will use a
larger battery pack,
but Ford did not spec-
ify capacity for either.
Ford did say the C-
Max Hybrid will be

Ford C-Max hybrid:
the side doors swing'

, -. ..... open rather than
/ "sliding open.

100,000 by 2013.
While the Focus EV
is due later this year,
the spotlight was also
on four other hybrid
and plug-in hybrid ve-
hicles. Central among
these will be Ford's
five-passenger C-Max
Hybrid and C-Max
Energi plug-in hybrid
which for the first time
were announced that
they would be offered
in North America. A
seven-passenger in-
ternal-combustion en-
gine version slated for
the U.S. however will
not be offered.
The car has proven
a hot seller overseas,
and in a separate
statement, Ford said
it will increase C-Max
production in Valen-
cia, Spain to continue
to fill strong Europe-
an demand. Since its
late 2010 launch, Ford
said it has sold 70,000
units in Europe,
and taken orders for
30,000 more.
The company said it
is now convinced the
U.S. market is ready
for American-made
versions which will
complement a broad-
ened selection of elec-
trified vehicles.
"This is a big deal
for us because we are
seeing a huge growing
appetite for fuel effi-
cient green vehicles,"
said Jim Farley, Ford's
group vice president of
marketing, sales and
service. "The number
of people indicating
fuel economy is the
main reason contin-
ues to rise."
The C-Max line is
expected to compete
with the Toyota Prius,
Chevrolet Volt and Nis-
san LEAF. In all, Ford
has committed $135
million to build its
five electrified vehicles
which include also a
version of its Transit
Connect van and an-
other model not yet
announced (possibly a
hybridized 2013 Ford
Escape crossover).
The initiative is said

and more than 50
new "electrified-vehi-
cle engineers" which
have come on board in
Dearborn during the
past year.
Ford however said it
canceled plans for a
North American sev-
en-passenger C-Max
"multi-activity vehi-
cle" with a four-cylin-
der gasoline engine,
meaning the C-Max
will be one type or an-
other of five-passenger
hybrid only.
Estimated mileage
for the new vehicles
was not announced,
but the C-Max Hy-
brid's efficiency will
reportedly exceed that
of the Ford Fusion
which is rated at 41
Both the C-Max Hy-
brid and C-Max plug-

able to travel at a high-
er all-electric speed
than the Ford Fusion
Hybrid's 47 mph, al-
though it did not say
how much higher.
Another critical de-
tail lacking in Ford's
press announcement
was pricing, but it did
say it will reduce pro-
jected MSRP thanks to
an estimated 30-per-
cent cut in production
costs next year. Part
of the cost savings is
because Ford has de-
signed the hybrids'
components in-house,
and will assemble
their systems itself.
In contrast, the
transmission in the
2011 Ford Fusion,
2011 Escape and 2011
Lincoln MKZ are sup-
plied by Aisin Seiki
Co., of Japan.

The Public is advised that a Public Hearing will be held on
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 9:30 A.M., by the Miami-Dade
County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) in the County
Commission Chambers located on the Second Floor of the
Miami-Dade Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. First Street,
Miami, Florida, at which time the BCC will consider:
An Ordinance establishing a Redevelopment trust
fund for the NW 79th Street Corridor Community
Redevelopment Area; providing for appropriation of
funds and calculation of increment for deposit into
fund; setting forth obligation to appropriate to fund
and duration of obligation; providing for limited County
approval of debt; providing for review of financial
records and right of audit; providing finding of public
purpose; and providing severability, inclusion in code,
and an effective date.
A Resolution adopting a Community Redevelopment
Plan for the NW 79th Street Corridor Community
Redevelopment Area and making certain findings with
respect to such Redevelopment Plan.
The NW 79th Street Corridor Area is generally described as
being bounded on the east by NW 7th Avenue, on the west by
NW 37th Avenue, on the north by NW 87th Street, and on the
south by NW 62nd Street.
All interested parties-may appear and be heard at the time
and place specified above. Copies of the ordinance and
resolution may be obtained from the Clerk, Board of County
Commissioners, 17th Floor of the Miami-Dade County Stephen
P. Clark Center.
A person who decides to appeal aty decision made by the Board.
Agency or Commtission with respect to any matter considered at
this meeting or hearing will need a record of the proceedings. Such
person may need to ensure a verbatim record of lthe proceedings is
made, including the testimony and evidence upon which appeal is
to he hosed. MAiami-Dade County provides equal access and etqual
opportunity in the emponyment and services and does not discriminate
on the basis of handicap. Sign Language Interpreters are available
upon request.
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Defunding efforts cause cuts at Planned Parenthood
State laws stem flow of funds money ran out this Cockrum, president Walker in Wisconsin that provides family curtail government hood is consider
week of Planned Parent- is expected to sign a planning services to funding for Pla n

By Heather Gillers
and Andrew Scoggin

The consequences
of efforts to prevent
taxpayer dollars from
going to Planned Par-
enthood are now be-

income generation:
By Julie Schmit

Cash buyers are snapping
up homes in markets na-
tionwide, betting that deals
won't get much better.
Last month, all-cash buy-
ers accounted for 30 per-
cent of existing home sales,
up from 25 percent in May
2010, and 12 percent two
years ago, says the National
Association of Realtors.
Cash buyers, who are
mostly investors, accounted
for at least 30 percent of
existing-home sales for the
fifth-straight month, the as-
sociation says. They hit 35
percent of buyers in March.
The cash buyers are en-
ticed by low prices and po-
tential rental income, econo-
mists say. But while their
activity has helped curb
price drops, price increases
have yet to follow.
In May, the median price
of an existing single-fam-
ily home fell 4.5 percent to
$166,700 from a year ago,
the association reported re-

continued from 4C

my $120 check when my
friend called to tell me that
Kanye was at the radio sta-
tion (102.7 FM in Detroit),"
says Big Sean, then a junior
in high school.'"I grabbed my
demo CD and went to the sta-
tion." ,
How it played out: What
happened next is the stuff of
dreams. Before one of West's
security guards "slammed
me, I asked (West) if I could
rap for him," Big Sean says.
"He said, 'You have 16 bars,'
the equivalent of a verse,
'and you have to do it while
we're walking.'" Those 16

ing felt.
In Indiana, Planned
Parenthood will stop
treating Medicaid pa-
tients and lay off two
of three specialists
after $100,000 in do-
nations it had been
using to replace state

A state law cutting
off Medicaid funding
to Planned Parent-
hood of Indiana took
effect May 10.
"Our 9,300 Medic-
aid patients ... are go-
ing to see their care
disrupted," said Betty

cently. Volume also dropped.
Existing home sales in the
month including single
family, condos and town-
houses were down 15 per-
cent from the previous May,
when a federal tax credit
boosted sales.
Without cash buyers, "We
would be in much worse
shape than we are," says
Jim Gillespie, CEO of Cold-
well Banker Real Estate.
"They recognize that this is
the smartest time to buy,"
because U.S. home prices
are 33 percent below their
2006 peak.
Cash buyers are especially
prevalent in markets where
prices have fallen the most,
often areas hard hit by fore-
In Las Vegas, the foreclo-
sure capitol of the U.S. for
the past four years, cash
buyers accounted for 49 per-
cent of first-quarter sales vs.
20 percent in the first quar-
ter of 1997, says data from
real estate site Zillow.com.
In that area, home prices

bars turned into 10 minutes
after West' stopped, started
bobbing his head and even
ad-libbed. "I was so scared, I
was rapping to the pavement,
but when I looked up, I-saw a
big crowd had gathered. And
everyone cheered. It was my
Leading up: That pivotal
point wasn't just luck. "The
radio station let me in the
door because I was doing a
show the night before (An-
derson and pal Pat Piff had
been winning weekly rap
battles at the station), and I
said I forgot my phone," he
Different paths: A few
months later, West's G.O.O.D.

hood of Indiana.
Legislatures in In-
diana, Kansas, North
Carolina and Wiscon-
sin have voted to de-
fund Planned Parent-
hood. The moves are
law in the first three.
Republican Gov. Scott

Cashing in

Percentage of cash buyers
for homes sold in the
first quarter 1 in select
City Pct.
Chicago 25%
Las Vegas 49%
Los angeles 21%
Miami/ 63%
Fort Lauderdale

Phoenix 44%
San Diego 25%
San Francisco 23%
Seattle 1A%
Stockton, Calif. 33%
Tampa 53%
Washington, 15%
1-includes single family, condos, townhomes,
co-op. Source: Zillow.com

are almost 60 percent off
their 2006 peak.
In the Miami-Fort Lauder-
dale area, 6-3 percent of first-

Music label flew the pair to
New York City to perform for
executives. Piff moved away
after high school graduation,
and Big Sean pursued a ca-
reer as a solo artist, signing
with West's label in 2007.
While waiting for his debut,
he built his reputation with
three mixtapes and collabo-
rations with Mike Posner,
Drake and Chiddy Bang.
Keeping the faith: "I gave
up everything, my scholar-
ships to Michigan State, just
for the idea that Kanye would
call me," he says. "I went
through some of the toughest
times of my life for this, but
it makes now seem so much

state budget with a
similar provision by
June 30.
Although an effort
in Congress to end
th6 flow of federal dol-
lars to the organiza-
tion failed, funding
of a federal program

quarter buyers paid in cash,
vs. 39 percent in 1997's first
quarter, Zillow says.
Phoenix is also seeing
more cash buyers, 44 per-
cent in the first quarter up
from 25 percent in the same
1997 period, Zillow data
The big numbers are
"positive news," says Stan
Humphries, Zillow chief
economist. "These are peo-
ple who're . getting back
into the market because
they see good value."
Cash buyers often get bet-
ter deals because sellers
know their offers won't fall
through for lack of financ-
ing, says Walt Danley, presi-
dent of the luxury real estate
firm The Walt Danley Group
in Arizona. A discount of up
to five percent is typical, he
While Danley sees many
foreign buyers paying cash,
investors looking for rentals
are also big cash buyers.
Given low prices, they can
buy homes, rent them and
be immediately cash-flow
positive, says Paul Dales, an
economist for Capital Eco-

"Throwing my life away":
"When I told one of my high
school teachers that I want-
ed to be a musician, she told
me I was throwing my life
away. Now that same teacher
wants me to come back and
speak to the school about be-
ing successful."
Coming up: Big Sean
has plenty of plans. He has
teamed up with Adidas for
an ad campaign featuring
his I Do It, and "after this
tour with Wiz, I'm going to
go on my own tour," he says.
His ambitions extend beyond
his music brand: "When I'm
home, I cook my own dinner,
all organic. "Maybe I'll have
my own cooking show."

low-income women
was reduced. Federal
funding of abortions
is illegal.
Cuts in feder-
al funds mean six
Planned Parenthood
clinics in Minnesota
will close Aug. 1. "I'm
outraged,".said Sarah
Stoesz, president of
Planned Parenthood
of Minnesota, North
Dakota and South
Barbara Lyons, ex-
ecutive director of
Wisconsin Right to
Life, called efforts to

Parenthood "far past
due." It could "decide
to get out of the abor-
tion business and
they would not be as
controversial as they
are now," she said.
The next battles
could be in court.
U.S. District Judge
Tanya Walton Pratt
will decide by July 1
whether to suspend
enforcement of In-
diana's defunding
law while she hears
Planned Parenthood's
Planned Parent-

Inga Iga unallcilgel
in North Carolina,
where the Legislature
voted this month to
override Democratic
Gov. Bev Perdue's veto
of a state budget that
strips money from
Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parent-
hood of Kansas and
Mid-Missouri also
might sue, President
Peter Brownlie said.
Its Kansas clinics lose
funds July 1 but will
stay open. "If we're
not able to reverse
this," he said, patients
will pay more.

Contracts to buy homes rise sharply

cotninued from 8D

federal regulators, state attorneys
general and banks work out the de-
tails of a massive settlement over
charges they unfairly pushed peo-
ple out of their homes during the
worst of the housing crisis.
Prices rose in 13 of the 20 cities
tracked by the Standard & Poor's/

Case-Shiller home-price index, ac-
cording to the April report released
recently. The increase in April was
the first rise since July.
But the positive data came with a
notable caveat: The figures weren't
adjusted for seasonal factors, such
as the buying that normally picks
up in spring. Once the numbers
are adjusted, prices actually fell in

J. Global Ent. making a name for itself

continued from 7D

"My business is progressing as
planned," he said. "I've made sev-
eral contacts. My artists, athletes,
and models have made great ac-
complishments through appear-
ances and performances. For ex-
ample, one of my models Shannon

Williams, who moved on to Tyler
Perry productions starred in Tyler
Perry's Big Happy Family play. My
artist Leonard Starke (Sage) has
had many performances on South
Beach. Sage has also performed at
Udonis Haslem's 6th Annual Chil-
dren's Foundation Toy Drive, Club
Play, Sobe Live and Booker T. Wash-
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Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnishec
units available. $199. Tota
move in. 786-488-5225
101 A Civic Center Area
Two bedrooms $800 $850
monthly. Appliances, laun-
VERY QUIET. Parking,
central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Mr. Willie #6
1192 NW 65 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$600 monthly. 305-751-3381
1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. Appliances.
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly; $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 monthly, $700 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV.
Call Joel

125 NW 18 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $350
mnonitly 55"5 to move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

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

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

135 NW 18 Street
Two bedroom, one bath.
$450 moniny $700 mote
in. All appliances included
Free 19 inch LDC TV. Call
786-655 ~i-a

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

14350 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Two bdrms, one bath $525
Ms. Jackson 786-267-1646

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Two bdrms, one bath $525

1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm one balh $350
montrrly S575 move in. All
appliances included Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1542 NW 35 Street
Really nice, two bdrms, air
and some utilities, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
1648 NW 35 Street
One bdrm, one bath, Section
8 OK. 786-355-5665
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm one bath T425.
Mr. Gaiter in #1

172 NW 52 Street
One bedroom one bath
$650 Free water' lectrcity

1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom one batn
3495 Two bedrooms one
barrh 595 Applances
Ms Bell #9

1801 NW 2 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly $850 lo
move in. All appliances
included. Free :9 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786355-7578

1818 NW 2 Court
One bdrm one bath. $425
Appliances. Mr Hinson #6
305-6-12- 780

1835 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms. Free water.
$900 move in. $450 deposit.
$450 monthly. 786-454-5213
1920 NW 31 Street
One bedroom. Section 8
welcome. 305-688-7559
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


2701 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
S $450 monthly. $700 move
S in. All appliances included.
S Free 19 inch LCD TV
Call Joel 786-355-7578

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

411 NW 37 Street
Studio, $395 monthly.
One bdrm, one, bath, $495
monthly All appliances
included. Call Joel

5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gift for Section 8 tenants.
$300 deposit. $675 first
montr $975 moves you in.
Jenny 786-663-8862

561 NW 6 Street
One bdrm, one bath $495.
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
729 NW 55 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $600.00
mthly. Ms. Bell 786-307-6162.
749 NW 61 Street
One bedroom, one bath. Free
water 786-290-3398
781 N.W. 80th Street
One bedroom, one bath. Call
786- 295-9961
8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrm. Section 8 OK.
8951 NE 8 Avenue
One large bedroom, private
parking, pool and laundry
$885 monthly. Section 8 OK!
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
-Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.

Plus water! Spacious, one,
two bdrms. 786-486-2895
FROM $400.00
Remodeled efficiencies, one,
two, three bdrms; two bath.
Central air, laundry, gated.
Office 1023 NW 3 Ave.
Easy qualify Move in spe-
cials One bedroom. $495
two bedrooms $595 Free
water' 786-236.1144

One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-717-6084
One and two bedrooms.
Remodeled one bedroom.
$625 to $675. NE 78 Street
Corner of NW 103 Street
Beautiful two bedrooms, $700
monthly, $1000 to move in.
Gated, security, tiled floors,
central air. 786-402-0672
Overtown Area,
One bdrm, $400
305-603-9592 305-375-0673
Call Mon-Fri 9 am 4 pm
Two bdrms, one bath, $868,
one bedroom, $704, studio
$543, deposit. 305-297-0199
One bdrm, one bath. Special
$475. 305-717-6084
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
Call 305-948-4842

191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
725 NW 70 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 monthly. 786-399-8557

SDuplexes .-

1228 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one tath $450.
1257 NW 100 Terrace
Two bedrooms, new bath
tile, bars, appliances, $900
Terry Dellerson, Realtor.
NO Section 8. 305-891-6776
1422 N.W. 51 TERR.
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath. Totally remodeled, new
appliances, security bars
central air. Section 8 0 OK!
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080

1747 NW 40 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $750
Appliances 305-642-7080
175 NE 70 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath;
three bedrooms, two baths
totally remodeled,
18 Avenue NW 94 Street
Section OK
One bedroom, $750 monthly.
1817 NW 41 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, air.
$800 mthly. $1900 move in.
Section 8 OK. 305-634-5794
1876 NW 69 Street
Two bedrooms, one
bath. $750 monnly

1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$500, appliances, free gas.

21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedroom, air, remod-
eled, $895. We have others.
247 NE 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
.appliances, water, parking.
$650 monthly. 786-216-7533
2530 N.W. 97th Street
Two bdrms., one bath, $900
mthly, 786-985-1624
2905 NW 135 Street
Three bdrms, one bath,
$1000. Appliances, central
air. 305-642-7080
3143 NW 53 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
newly renovated, $800 mthly.
First, last and security.
3312 NW 49 Street
Two bedrooms, $800
monthly 786-290-7333
3503 NW 8 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tile, air, Section 8 preferred.
4427 NW 23 Court
Four bdrms, two baths,
$995, Appliances, fenced

5422 NW 14 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath,
large yard. $650 monthly, first
and last to move in. Contact
Dwayne at 954-652-8365.
5603 NW 15 Aveune
Two bedrooms, free water
$775 305-992-7503
5657 NE 1 Court
Two bedrooms, new .bath,
appliances, air, water, $700.
Terry Dellerson, Realtor. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 305-891-6776
7000 NW 5 Place
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$875 mthly. 786-399-8557
726-728 NW 70 Street
Two bdrms, one bath.
786-506-5364, 786-301-2171
7737 NW 4 Court
Spacious three bedrooms,
two baths, $1,200 monthly.
First and last. Section 8 ap-
proved. 305-450-0320
8005 NW 24 Court
Newly renovated one bdrm.
Appliances included. Section
8 OK. 305-632-8164.
827 NW 48 STREET
One bedroom, one bath.
$675 monthly. 786-290-7333
86 Street NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms. Section 8 OK.
Call 305-754-7776
874 N.W. 70th Street
New three bedrooms, two
baths, Section 8, $1400.
Call 305-495-0884
928 NW 55 Terrace
One bedroom one baln
$575 Free Waler
305-642. 7080

93 Street NW 18 Avenue
Two bedrooms, Section 8
welcome. 305-754-7776.
96 Street NW 5 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air, washer hook-up, $850
monthly. 954-430-0849
One bdrm., $750 and three
bdrms., $1200, Section 8
OKAY! 786-355-5665
Remodeled, two bdrm, one
bath, Section 8 ok, $925
month, call 786-797-1523 or

Section 8 welcome,

Efficiencies ..
100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1709 NW 55 Street
Newly Remodeled, Centra
air, fenced parking, $565
monthly and $600 deposit.
S 786-270-1888
2565 NW 92 Street
Lights, air and water includ-
ed. Nice neighborhood. $525
monthly, $1575 move in or
$263 bi-weekly, $788 move
in. 305-624-8820
2905 NW 57 Street
Small, furnished efficiency.
$550 monthly plus $100
security deposit, first and last
month. $1200 to move in.
47 N.E. 80th Terr #3
$400 monthly, first, last and
security. Call 305-621-4383.
5541 NW Miami Court
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN),from
$185 wkly to $650 monthly.
9000 NW 22 Avenue
Air, electric and water includ-
ed. Furnished, one person
only. 305-693-9486
Furnished. Utilities included.
Call 786-663-5641
New floor and fridge. Air,
utilities, cable. $600 monthly.
$1200 move in. 305-751-
Move-In Special! $375
monthly. Call 305-717-6084,

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
13377 NW 30 Avenue
Extra large, $100 wkly, utili-
ties, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1426 NW 70 Street
Utilities included. $350
monthly. 305-836-8378
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator.
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1973 NW 49 STREET
Newly decorated room. In-
cludes air, cable, water, elec-
tricity and use of kitchen.
$450 monthly.
$199 MOVES YOU IN!!!
2169 NW 49 Street, Free Air,
Direct TV, only $75 weekly.
Call NOW! 786-234-5683.
3042 NW 44 Street
Big rooms, air, $115 weekly,
move in $230. 786-262-6744
3370 NW 214 Street
$130 Weekly. Private en-
trance. Jay, 305-215-8585
5500 NW 5 Avenue
$85 wkly, free utilities, kitch-
en, bath, one person.
305-474-8186 305-691-3486
6257 NW 18 Avenue
$250 down, $100 weekly, air.
Prestige Investment
305-305-0597 786-252-0245
6835 NW 15 Avenue
Utilities included, air. $90
weekly. Move in special $200.
Call 786-558-8096
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable, air, 305-688-0187.
SOne bedroom. Weekly or
monthly. 954-292-5058
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055
Free cable, air, 786-277-
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly.

1009 NW 42 Street
Two bedrooms, den, central
air, $975. We have others.
10240 SW 171 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1345, appliances, central
air, fenced yard.

1417 NE 152 Street
Section 8 Welcome
Three bedroom, one bath
house, $1200 :ninthi, All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1480 NW 69 Street
Four bedrooms, one bath, air.
Section 8 OK. 786-487-6047
1547 NW 100 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,

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1785 NW 67 Street,
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1150 monthly, Section 8
welcome, call 786-277-3434.
2257 NW 82 Street
S Two bedrooms, one bath
S $750. Appliances, free

2445 NW 170 Terrace
I Three bedrooms, two baths,
Sair, tile, den, $1,300 NO Sec-
tion 8. Terry Dellerson, Real-
tor 305-891-6776
2871 NW 196 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
404 NW 43rd Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$800 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel
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 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, two
bath. $1200 monthly. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

7753 NW 2 Court
Two bedroom, one bath
house, $700 monthly,
central air, all appliances
included. Free 19 inch
Call Joel 786-355-7578

781 N.W. 77 Street
One bedroom with air, $600
monthly. 305-742-1050
850 NW 83 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
9012 NW 22 Avenue
Small two bedroom
Remodeled four bdrms, two
baths, $1200 mthly.
16020 E Bunche Park Dr
Spacious three bedrooms
with a den, 786-541-3621.
Four bedroom, two bath.
No Section 8. Call 305-624-
1137. Ask for Carl
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, living room furniture,
plasma TV included. Section
8 welcome. 305-834-4440,
others available.
Three and two bedrooms,
Section 8 is welcome. Call
after 1 p.m., 305-796-5252.
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tiled, fenced
yard. Section 8 OK! $1350
monthly. 786-360-1574
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
appliances, 305-685-6795.
10935 Perry Drive. Three
bdrms, one bath. Section 8
OK. $1400. 305-528-3570

$250 monthly all utilities
included. Call 305-722-4433.

18th Ave and 119 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
beautiful lakeview, $120,000,
call 786-344-8139

17801 NW 15 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, garage Try $3500
down and $635 monthly P
and I. We have others. NDI
Realtors, 305-655-1700.
Lets make a deal! Large,
waterfront, three bedrooms,
two baths, 305-812-5202. ,,

All Around Movers, Inc.
looking for a sales repre-
sentative with a minimum
of two years experience.
Contact Daniel at:
786-487-7061 or

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Positions Available!
The right individual must
be aggressive, comfort-
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By Reuters

New U.S. claims for
unemployment ben-
efits fell less than ex-
pected last week, a
government report
showed recently, sug-
gesting the labor mar-
ket was struggling to
regain momentum.
Initial claims for
state unemployment
benefits edged down
1,000 to a season-
ally adjusted 428,000,
the Labor Department
Economists polled
by Reuters had fore-
cast claims dropping
to 420,000. The prior
week's figure was un-
revised at 429,000.
It was the 12th
straight week that
claims have been
above 400,000, a level
that is usually associ-
ated with a stable labor
market. Employment
stumbled badly in May,
with employers adding
just 54,000 jobs -- the
fewest in eight months.
Nonfarm payrolls
are expected to have
increased 90,000 this
month, according to a
Reuters survey, with
the unemployment rate
edging down to 9.0 per-
cent. The employment
report for June will be
released on July 8.
A Labor Department
official said one state
was estimated, noting
there was nothing un-
usual in the state-level
The continued eleva-
tion of claims could
raise concerns that the
economy is in a pro-
longed soft patch. The

U.S. small business

borrowing surges

By Ann Saphir

rowing by small U.S.
businesses rose at a
record pace in May,
data released by
PayNet Inc recently
sho\ved, a sign that
economic growth is
poised to pick up in
coming months.
The Thomson Re-
uters/PayNet Small
Business Lending In-
dex, which measures
the overall volume of
financing to U.S. small
businesses, rose 26
percent in May from
a year earlier, PayNet
The index is now at
its highest since July
2008, two months be-
fore the collapse of
Lehman Brothers and
the near derailment
of the world financial
Borrowing by small
businesses is seen as
a harbinger for the
broader economy be-
cause they account
for as much as 80 pet-
cent of new hiring. The
loans PayNet tracks
are typically used to
buy or update plants
and equipment.
The Federal Reserve
has kept rates near
zero since December
2008 to try to pull
the c'i-.nlriri. from the
worst downturn since
the 1930s.
Last week Fed of-
ficials reiterated their
promise to keep rates
low for an extended
period, but predicted a
Spring would give way
to faster. growth later
this year.

Dallas Fed Presi-
dent Richard Fisher
on Tuesday said he ex-
pects 4 percent growth
in the second half,
more than twice the
1.9 percent pace in the
first quarter.
Thursday's data
on small business
borrowing bears up
that optimistic view.
Changes in the index
typically signal devel-
opments in the overall
economy two to five
months in advance.
"If small business-
es are taking these
kind of chances, tak-
ing risks, making long
term investments, they
are seeing some long-
term opportunities on
the horizon," PayNet
founder Bill Phelan
said in an interview.
"That's got to be a big
positive sign for the
Separate data also
released on Thursday
showed small business
loan defaults at their
lowest in five years, ty-
ing records set in April
and May 2006.
Accounts in mod-
erate delinquency, or
those behind by 30
days or more, fell in
May to 1.95 percent
from 2.06 percent in
April, PayNet said on
Accounts 90 days or
more behind in pay-
ment, or in severe de-
linquency, fell to 0.59
percent in May from
0.63 percent in April.
Banks with improv-
ing asset quality out-
numbered banks with
deteriorating asset
quality by four to one,
Phelan said.

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economy slowed sig-
nificantly as the year
started and continued
to lose momentum
through the second
quarter, hit by high
gasoline prices and
supply chain disrup-
tions after the March
earthquake in Japan.
However, many econ-
omists and the Federal
Reserve believe activity
will pick-up in the third
quarter, benefiting
from falling gasoline
prices and an easing of
supply disruptions as
the situation in Japan
The four-week mov-
ing average of un-
employment claims,
a better measure of
underlying trends,
nudged up 500 to
The number of peo-
ple still receiving ben-
efits under regular
state programs after
an initial week of aid
fell 12,000 to 3.70 mil-
lion in the week ended
June 18. So-called
continuing claims cov-
ered the survey week
for the employment re-
port's household sur-
vey, from which the
unemployment rate is
The number of peo-
ple on emergency un-
employment benefits
climbed 1,471 to 3.30
million in the week
ended June 11, the lat-
est week for which data
is available. A total of
7.51 million people
were claiming unem-
ployment benefits dur-
ing that period under
all programs, down
30,701 from the prior

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:Woods: Won't rush return

o By Steve DiMeglio a ;. .

By Bebeto Matthews, AP
Derek Fisher, center, and Union Executive Director Billy Hunter say NBA players oppose
a hard salary cap but have proposed a $500 million reduction in salaries

Sharing is big sticking point

NBA owners, players far apart on

revenue split

By Jeff Zillgitt

The NBA and players have
scheduled an afternoon of la-
bor negotiations recently.
At the end the meeting, there
are three possible outcomes be-
fore the collective-bargaining
agreement expires at midnight
The two sides will have
reached a new CBA.
They will have made consid-
erable progress and extend the
expiration deadline.
The owners will lock out
The first option is unlikely
unless one side or both dra-
matically alter their bargain-
ing position. The second is a
possibility and the third is the
likely reality given the chasm
between owners and players.
There is considerable fear a
lockout will drag into autumn
and result in the NBA's first
loss of regular-season games
since the 1998-1999 season
when a labor stoppage forced a
50-game schedule.
A protracted lockout with the
loss of games could halt the
momentum gained in the 2010-
2011 season that included im-
pressive TV ratings, strong at-
tendance and an increase in
merchandise sales.
At the NBA's Board of Gover-
nors meeting Tuesday in Dal-
las, owners did not vote to au-
thorize a lockout but gave the
league's labor relations com-
mittee, chaired by San Antonio
Spurs owner Peter Holt, the

support to do what is neces-
sary after Thursday's session.
What do owners want? They
seek a radical change in the
current collective-bargaining
agreement with the National
Basketball Players Association,
led by executive director Billy
Hunter and Los Angeles Lakers
guard Derek Fisher.
Their proposal includes a
limit on team payrolls, a sig-
nificant change in the flow of
revenue to owners from the
players of at least $700 million
- a big decrease in salary for
players and the reduction in
the length of guaranteed con-
tracts. The owners proposed a
10-year deal that ensures play-
ers at least $2 billion in sala-
ries each season.
In the current CBA, players
receive 57 percent of basket-
ball-related income about
$2.2 billion during the 2010-
2011 season and the league
gets 43 percent. In the next
CBA, owners want a complete
reversal, if not more, of that
annual 57-43 split.
The owners' plan is aimed at
achieving competitive balance
and profitability. The NBA says
it will lose nearly $300 million
and 22 of 30 teams will lose
money this season.
What do players want?
They like the current system
but have acknowledged the
league's financial shortcom-
ings and have made conces-
sions. At a recent bargaining
session, players proposed a
$500 million reduction in sala-

ries over the course of a five-
year deal. They believe that is
one way owners can avoid fur-
ther financial losses.
Players adamantly oppose
a hard salary cap and do not
believe it is a viable way to
achieve competitive balance.
They have suggested owners
devise a revenue sharing plan
amongst themselves that ad-
dresses some teams' ability to
spend more money on salaries.
What is the state of reve-
nue sharing? The owners are
shaping a plan separate from
the CBA and need a new CBA
to proceed. Players prefer that
revenue sharing is a part of
collective bargaining but that
is not the case right now.
The NBA's current revenue-
sharing plan includes taxes
paid by teams who spend more
than $70 million on player
payroll, the national TV deal
and merchandise sales.
Local TV deals and ticket
prices are not part of revenue
sharing the Los Angeles
Lakers make considerably
more money in those two cat-
egories compared to the Mem-
phis Grizzlies, but owners want
a better revenue-sharing model
without digging too deep into
the pockets of money-making
Players prefer that own-
ers share more money with-
out skimming too much from
What happens if there is
a lockout? The two sides can
continue to negotiate, follow
the NFL's path and head to
court or both.
The NBA's summer of discon-
tent nears.

- Tiger Woods is hitting golf
balls again.
Woods, sporting a beard
and talking recently at Aron-
imink Golf Club on behalf
of the AT&T National which
benefits his foundation, is
no longer wearing a protec-
tive boot for his left foot and
isn't using crutches anymore
to alleviate stress on his in-
jured Achilles' tendon and
left knee. Despite saying he is
getting stronger, Woods, who
last won on the PGA Tour
in September 2009 and last
played when he withdrew af-
ter nine holes in the opening
round of The Players on May
12, is not playing the AT&T
this week and doesn't know
when he'll return to competi-
tive golf.
"There's no timetable,"
Woods said. "That's hard for
me. I've always been very
goal-oriented about when
I'm going to play, how I'm go-
ing to peak, how I'm going to
get ready, how my practice
schedule is going to be, and
I'm not doing that this time.
In retrospect I came back
probably too early at The
Players, and it was borderline
whether I should play or not.
"I've played hurt, I've
played in pain. That's just
part of playing sports. And I
felt that was the same thing.
Unfortunately I pushed it too
hard and hurt myself, and
this time around I'm not go-
ing to do that again."
The winner of 14 majors
and 71 PGA Tour events did
not rule out playing in the
Open Championship at Royal
St. George's .in two weeks,
but it sounds doubtful. The
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By Matt Rourke, AP
Tiger Woods smiles during a news conference for the
AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown

Square, Pa.
season is the PGA Champi-
onship at Atlanta Athletic
Club starting Aug. 11. Woods
missed the U.S. Open two
weeks ago and finished in a
tie for fourth at the Masters
in April, his best finish in six
starts this season.
While he can only putt,
Woods said he is in the gym
working out up to three
times a day, with each ses-
sion between 20 minutes to
an hour long.
"It's not just the leg, it's
the whole body. I've got to
keep everything going," said
Woods, who has had four
surgeries to his left knee,
the most recent coming eight
days after winning the 2008
U.S. Open when doctors per-
formed reconstructive sur-
gery on the anterior cruciate
ligament and repaired carti-
lage damage. "It's been ardu-
ous, but then again, I've done
this before. We're testing (the
leg) every day. You and push
it as far as the leg will go

and then if it doesn't feel any
good then you bring it back.
And each day it's gotten bet-
ter. We haven't had any set-
backs, which has been good,
but still, it's not as explosive
or as strong as I'd like to be.
"I'm going to do it differ-
ently this time. I am going
to come back when I'm 100%
ready, which is different for
Still, despite not setting
a timetable, Woods said he
would be surprised if he
didn't play again this year.
"I'd be very surprised be-
cause I'm progressing," he
said. "If I had knee surgery
and I was out for a while,
then it's a totally different
deal. I haven't gone under
the knife. I'm just strength-
ening and trying to get this
thing stronger and explosive
again, so that's a totally dif-
ferent deal. This is not like
what it was my previous
operations because I didn't
have one."

What drafted guard has the best upside?

By Reid Cherner

We don't want to be like a
lot of NBA draft experts and
tell you whether this was a
weak draft or not.
Give us three-five years for
Besides, the top part of the
draft was filled with foreign
players that we had to rely
on ESPN's Fran Fraschilla to
separate for us.
But that doesn't mean we
don't have have an opinion on
every pick.
We are intrigued, especially
by the guards. After Duke's
Kyrie Irving went No.1 overall
to Cleveland, the next six
picks were big men before five
guards went back-to-back-to-

Is it possible that Irving
won't be the best Duke guard
in this draft (Nolan Smith
at No.21 to Portland was the
Did the best guard come
in the second round (Butler's
Shelvin Mack went No. 34 to
Washington)? As we've seen
with Mark Price, Gilbert
Arenas, Monta Ellis, Michael
Redd, Carlos Boozer and
Manu Ginobili, good things

come to you late whatever
the position.
The draftniks seem to like
Irving at No. 1 but had a res-
ervation or two about other
lottery picks and high-profile
draftees, No. 8 Brandon
Knight, No. 9 Kemba Walker
and No. 10 Jimmer Fredette.
So now the the opinion
we crave is yours. In a draft
full of guards, who was your
What drafted guard will
be the best NBA player?
No. 1 Kyrie Irving........... 15%
No. 8 Brandon Knight.....17%
No. 9 Kemba Walker........23%
No. 10 Jimmer Fredette..23%
No. 11 Klay Thompson......4%
No. 12 Alec Burks.............2%
No. 21 Nolan Smith...........5%
No. 34 Shelvin Mack........10%

One-legged wrestling champ to receive Jimmy V Award

Arizona State's

Robles embodies

Valvano's values

By Gary Mihoces

Weeks before his death from
cancer in 1993, Jim Valvano
spoke these moving words as
an honoree at the first ESPY
Awards: "Don't give up! Don't
ever give up!" Anthony Robles,
who embodied that spirit ev-
ery time he hopped onto a
wrestling mat, is working on a
speech of his own.
Born with no right leg, Ro-
bles won the NCAA 125-pound
title in March to cap a 36-0 se-
nior year at Arizona State. On
July 13 in Los Angeles, he will
receive the Jimmy V Award for
Perseverance at the 2011 ES-

."I'm super excited. It's a
huge honor," says Robles, 22,
of Mesa, Ariz. "I'm trying to
make a good speech for the ac-
ceptance. So hopefully it goes
This will be a prime-time
moment on ESPN, but Robles
is no stranger to public speak-
ing. Since his NCAA title, he
has traveled the country as a
motivational speaker, address-
ing wrestling camps and youth
groups. He graduated in May
with a degree in business com-
munications. He chose that
major because he had motiva-
tional speaking in mind.
At the NCAAs, his fam-
ily wore t-shirts lettered with
"Unstoppable." The theme of
his motivational talks is "How
to Be Unstoppable."
"We all wrestle with our own
opponents in life," he says.
"Some of us have physical
things. ... I just share through

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Arizona State wrestler Anthony Robles will be honored
with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2011
ESPY Awards.

my message that no matter
what, we always can be un-

stoppable in our lives."
Robles' parents, Judy and

Ron; his four siblings, and his
girlfriend will be in Los An-
geles for the ESPYs. Thic r.'
flying everybody out, which is
awesome," he says.
On June 2, Maura Mandt,
executive producer of the ES-
PYs, called Robles and his
mother to tell them he'd been
chosen by ESPN to receive the
fifth annual Jimmy V award.
"That's one of the best things I
will ever get to do in my life in
my job," says Mandt. She says
Robles' mom wept with joy. "It
was hard not to cry myself,"
says Mandt.
The award is dedicated to
the spirit of Valvano, former
basketball coach at North
Carolina State. According to
ESPN's website, the award is
give to a "member of the sport-
ing world who has overcome
great obstacles through physi-
cal perseverance and determi-

Maridt says Robles exempli-
fies that. "He knows even if he
does something well, it's not
good enough, and he's going to
do something better," she says.
"He's just a really remarkable
kid that has a great spirit."
Robles didn't excel immedi-
ately when he started wrestling
as a ninth-grader. He says he
was "terrible." But he was
sixth in the state as a sopho-
more, then won the Arizona
state title as junior and senior.
In college, he was fourth in
the NCAA as a sophomore and
seventh as a junior. He put it
all together last season.
The finals were in Philadel-
phia. That morning, Robles
and his family visited the
"Rocky steps" at the entrance
of the Philadelphia Museum
of Art. Those were the steps
Rocky Balboa ran up dur-
ing his training in the movie

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