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Edison and Central

will remain open

Protests buy more time for iconic Black schools
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Less than one week ago, two Liberty City high
schools, Miami Edison and Miami Central, who
had both improved their previous failing school
grades from "Fs" to "Cs," faced immediate closure
or conversion to charter schools, after officials
from the State Board of Education concluded
that neither school had demonstrated the re-
quired improvements as outlined by a controver-
sial state ruling.
Please turn to SCHOOLS 8A

-Miami Times photo/Donnalyn Anthony
CLOSURE IS NOT AN OPTION: D.C. Clark, Miami Central High School alumni pres-
ident, denouncing efforts by the State to close his alma mater. He is joined by State
Representative Daphne Campbell (1-r), M-DCPS Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall and State Representative Cynthia Stafford.

Left: M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho (c) expresses anger over State
efforts to close iconic Black schools in Liberty City. He is joined by Rev. Richard P
Dunn II, city commissioner (far right).

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wins coveted



Reasserts itself as nation's

top Black newspaper
By D. Kevin McNeir
Over 110 Black newspaper publishers from across
the U.S. gathered recently at the Drake Hotel in Chi-
cago for their yearly meeting discussing the fu-
ture of the National Newspaper Publishers Associa-
tion (NNPA), also referred to as the Black Press of
America. The highlight of the events was the NNPA
Merit Awards Gala, held on Friday, June 24th, that
honored Xernona Clayton, founder, president and
CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation and Garth
C. Reeves, publisher emeritus of The Miami Times.
Please turn to AWARD 8A

chairperson Dorothy R. Leavell (1) and Joceyln K. Allen,
General Motors director of Regional, Grassroots and Diver-
sity Communications (r), congratulate Garth C. Reeves, pub-
lisher emeritus, The Miami Times, as he accepts the Russ-
wurm Award trophy.

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for this photograph at South African former president and
Nelson Mandela's hometown in Qunu, South Africa on Mon
ebrate his 93rd birthday. Mandela (front left) is joined by h
Madikizela-Mandela (second from right) and is surrounded I
his extended family as they prepare to enjoy his birthday ca
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world-renowned icon,
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by several members of
ake. See page 19B for

Obama picks

Meek for

U.N. position

By D. Kevin McNeir
ki~rietr~'n icmirinie sorintIi.".c ni

4-t ffc reitLl, ucc In noMiiIted by Presidenti
Barack Obama to assume a key administrative
post. Pending confirmation by the Senate For-
eign Relations Committee, he will take over as the
Representative of the U.S.A. to the 66th Session of
the General Assembly of the United Nations, effec-
tive September 11th.
"It is an honor to serve under President Obama
as an assistant delegate to the U.N. and to also be
able to continue to address issues that are of key
importance to those in my home state of Florida,
specifically the continued recovery efforts for Hai-
ti," Meek said. "Having served South Florida in
Congress, I believe that the diversity of thought
and cultures that exist represent the future of
America and I will speak to these issues now at
the national and international levels."

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-Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
EDUCATION MATTERS: President Barack Obama
recently hosted an education roundtable with busi-
ness leaders and America's Promise Alliance Chair
Alma Powell (c) and General Colin Powell, founding
chair (I) to discuss what businesses can do to ensure
we have a skilled and competitive workforce.

How to get best teachers in worst schools? Combat pay

By DeWayne Wickham

What would you think if the
person tapped to replace Af-
ghan war commander Gen.
David Petraeus announced he
was firing scores of officers
for poor performance on the
battlefield in an area of that
bedeviled country where the
fighting is fiercest?

How would you react if Pe-
traeus said he's giving medals
to officers in another part of
Afghanistan, where the fight-
ing was never as intense, for
doing an outstanding job -
but rejects the idea of send-
ing some of these medal win-
ners to replace those who were
What would you say if I told


you such a scenario is unfold-
ing in Washington, D.C. not
Kandahar or Kabul?
A few days ago, the school
system in the nation's capital
announced the firing of 206
teachers for poor performance,
using an evaluation system
that most negatively impacted
teachers at schools in the city's
most poverty-ridden neighbor-

hoods. Teachers who were rec-
ognized for being "highly ef-
fective" in the classroom were
disproportionately in schools
located in the toniest sections
of Washington, according to
The Washington Post.
While "good" teachers are
allowed to transfer out of low-

performing schools in poor
neighborhoods, the Post re-
ported in November, reassign-
ment to those troubled schools
in the past has been used to
punish some teachers.
Maybe that's true; maybe
not. What's certain is this: The
fight in Washington and
other urban school districts -
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2A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 20-26, 2011

Judge Johnson's light

will forever shine on the

Black community
J ust a few months ago, the Honorable John D. Johnson
was being presented with gifts, accolades and visits
from friends and local organizations, expressing their
thanks for all that he has done for the citizens of Miami-Dade
County, particularly the Black community.
To say that he was took an active role in demanding justice
for all would be an understatement. One can only imagine the
difficult situations he faced as one of our first Black attor-
neys and later, as one of only a handful of Blacks that would
ascend to the bench as a circuit court judge for the State of
Florida. But based on the testimony of those who knew him
best, Johnson was a trailblazer, an advocate for equality and a
man who loved the Black community.
News of his death spread quickly and has saddened us all.
However, we can all be proud of the fact that "his honor" never
used race as an excuse for failing to do his very best to learn,
to lead and to evoke much-needed changes in our legal and
political systems.
Those of us born in a later time than Johnson may be unable
to conceive of a world where being Black meant you had to
cow-tow to the white establishment and hold your tongue de-
spite constant reminders that you were not considered equal
based solely on your skin color. Yet somehow he successfully
maneuvered the quagmire of racism with grace and dignity.
The doors of the former Miami Negro Municipal Court over
which he presided have been closed since segregation was fi-
nally deemed to be illegal in the U.S., but the halls still echo
with evidence of his rulings and his intervention in the lives of
countless Black citizens.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just before his death, said that
he wanted to live a long life like anyone else, but that he was
content because he had "been to the mountaintop and seen
the promised land."
Surely, our beloved Judge Johnson could say the same. In
fact, he led us to the mountaintop and continued to pull oth-
ers, especially young Black lawyers, to enjoy the view with
He may be gone but he will never be forgotten.

Did someone know about

Olinda Park's ,r'ed sokl?1
Blacks have grown to mistrust the government and
public health officials ever since the truth was fi-
nally revealed behind the Tuskegee syphilis experi-
ment. Our trust, or lack thereof, became even more strained
when cases of HIV/AIDS make a sudden and disproportion-
ate leap to impact both Haitians and Black gay males in the
Now Blacks in Miami-Dade County face another potentially
disastrous situation this time being dangerously-high lev-
els of lead and other toxins in Olinda Park here in Liberty
City that and which experts say affect Black children in ways
far beyond our imagination.
The park is now closed and the County Health Department
is offering free rapid lead blood testing for children who may
have visited the site or to live close by. Senator Bill Nelson
met with officials at the Jessie Trice Community Health Cen-
ter on Friday, where the testing is being done and has re-
quested both the federal environment and health agencies to
monitor the situation and be prepared to help, if necessary.
But once again, it looks like someone turned a blind eye to
this situation. One has to wonder why the public was not im-
mediately contacted when the park was closed and deemed
to be dangerous to the health of children who were playing
there as well as to those who live within close proximity to
the tainted grounds.
A recent study from the University of Michigan found that
of those children diagnosed with lead jii-ininig, only half
of them receive any kind of follow-up care or testing. In ad-
dition, the same report indicated that Blacks are five times
more likely to be poisoned by lead. For developing young
brains, only a minute amount of lead is needed to cause
learning and behavioral problems, stunted growth, aggres-
sion and memory and hearing loss. Developing fetuses are
similarly affected.
Community activists, health officials and parents were right
to complain and demand answers, a cleanup and the testing
of children. But until we see some kind of mandatory regu-
lations enforced for home and commercial improvements,
where lead blows freely in the wind, many more families,
construction workers and babies will suffer the consequenc-
es of benign neglect. This situation must not be tolerated -
in Black communities or anywhere else.


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Blacks should seek their own solutions

While a Department of Edu-
cation program embraces "a
race to the top," our nation's
current stance toward our 14
million officially unemployed
people represents nothing
less than a race to the bot-
tom. We are content to report,
month after month, unem-
pl.., ir nit rates in excess of
nine percent, to use ques-
tionable language to describe
tepid performance, and to as-
suage ourselves with myths
that the economy is in recov-
ery because GDP growth is
Fourteen million people are
just the tip of the iceberg.
When we look at those who
are discouraged, dropped
out of the labor market and
all of that, we are looking at
something closer to 20 mil-
lion people. Among Blacks we
are looking at more than one
in four without work, and in
inner cities we are looking at

nearly one in two men who
do not work. Employers won't
create jobs, government won't
create jobs and rhetoric won't
put people back to work.
Then, what are we to do?
If traditional job creation

who created jobs and oppor-
tunities for themselves and
for others through entrepre-
neurship: Elizabeth Keckley,
Thomas Day, Elijah McCoy,
A.G. Gaston are just a few
examples. All these folk are

Fourteen million people are just the tip of the iceberg.
When we look at those who are discouraged, dropped
out of the labor market and all of that, we are looking at
something closer to 20 million people.

will not fill the void, we must
consider the possibility of en-
couraging entrepreneurship
so that people can be trained
to create jobs for themselves.
Enslaved people were some
of our nation's original entre-
preneurs. What kind of job
creation ability did it take for
some of us to purchase our-
selves? Throughout our histo-
ry, there are people who never
joined the Fortune 500, but

Black, many are little know
and each of them is a story of
inspiration for someone who
is out of work.
Entrepreneurship will not
replace traditional employ-
ment; indeed, entrepreneurs
create employment opportu-
nities for those who do not
have them. Even as this ad-
ministration grapples with our
tepid economy, it seems that
there ought to be some con-

versation about .encoura igitng
entrepreneurs to create value
in an economy that seems to
devalue the lives, and efforts
of at least 20 million of our
citizens those who want to
work but can find nothing.
Our economy is racing to
the bottom because we have
failed to pay attention to the
details, to the small stuff, to
the individuals who are being
ground down and spit out by
this economy. But the very
folks who have been margin-
alized have to be the ones
who will rise up and make
a difference in our nation's
direction. Just as there are
those who formed the Tea
Party, what would happen
if the galvanized marginal-
ized formed the Unemployed
Party, the Worker's Party, or
the Economic Justice Party?
Then the race to the bottom
might turn into an explosion
at the top.


No room tor extojimon in debt ceiling vote
Rarely have the divisions in benefiting working and middle the most trustworthy and pow- ending some tax breaks for the
U.S. politics been more clear class citizens while protecting erful government in the world. wealthy.
or more onerous. In less than a exorbitant tax breaks for oil And, it is no way to honor the So far, the President and
month, on August 2nd, if Con- companies, corporate jet own- hard work and sacrifices of its sensible members of Congress
gress refuses to raise the na- ers and hedge fund manag- people. have stood firm in their refus-
tion's $14.3 trillion debt ceil- ers. They say this is the only The Obama administration al to give in to ideological ex-
ing, the U.S. economy could way they will agree to increase is not oblivious to the need tortion. As the President said
be thrown into a fiscal tailspin the debt limit. If they get their for spending cuts.For months, last week, "Any agreement to
that would eviscerate this na- reduce our deficit is going to
tion's credit rating, lead to sky- majority leaders in the House and minority leaders in the require tough decisions and
high interest rates, rip a giantSl e I the u ii balanced solutions. And, be-
hole in the social safety net, Senate have taken unprecedented step linking fore we ask our seniors to pay
jeopardize the well-being and M a raise in the debt ceiling to the debate about deficit more for health care, before we
savings of millions of working reduction and spending cuts. cut our children's education,
and middle class citizens and before we sacrifice our com-
result in the loss of hundreds mitment to the research and
of thousands of jobs. way, fiscal experts warn se- Vice President Joe Biden has innovation that will help cre-
Majority leaders in the vere disruptions will occur. led bipartisan negotiations ate more jobs in the economy,
House and minority leaders Social Security checks may aimed at agreeing on a sen- I think it's only fair to ask an
in the Senate have taken the be halted. Medicare, Medicaid sible deficit reduction plan. oil company or a corporate jet
unprecedented step of link- and unemployment benefits But, recently several members owner that has done so well to
ing a raise in the debt ceiling may stop. Troops in Iraq and of the so-called "Gang of Six" give up a tax break that no oth-
to the debate about deficit re- Afghanistan may not get paid. walked out of the negotiations er business enjoys." We agree.
duction and spending cuts. And, hundreds of thousands because of ideological resis- Raise the debt ceiling, but not
In effect, they are attempting of government workers may be tance to balancing spending on the backs of working and
to extort hio cuti. in programs laid off. This is no way to run cuts for the middle class with middle class Americans.


Governor makes good impact on pill mills
There is a prescription was the easiest to obtain pre- mon for one doctor to see ting down pill 1-
drug epidemic in Florida be- scription drugs, to now make 80 patients in one day, and saving lives and
cause pain-clinic operators it the hardest. This program give out 20,000 pills a day. communities sa
were able to sell pills to the is in its infancy stage and 85 It is not possible to blame all live. In Decembi
public and there was no ef- percent of prescription drugs the doctors for this behavior, new Florida date
fective enforcement in the in the country are dispensed but many of the doctors op- online and this

state. Under a new state law
that just took effect, clinics
and doctors can only write
prescriptions for pain drugs
which now must be filled at
pharmacies. Leftover pills
can be returned to distribu-
tors or given to the state to
be destroyed.
Governor Scott and his
statewide Drug Enforcement
Strike Force are cracking
down on pill mills. The goal
of this project is to make
Florida which at one time

Scott says that by shutting down pill mills, we are saving
lives and making our communities safer places to live. In
December 2011, the new Florida database comes online
and this will be another tool in the state on the crack down of
prescription drugs.

in Florida. According to the
state, more than 2,500 peo-
ple in Florida die each year
from painkiller abuse.
Before the new law was
passed, it was not uncom-

rated from a profit point of
view. The question that was
raised in many circles was
whether the doctors were
"healers or dealers."
Scott says that by shut-

m ills, ,..'e are
making our
fer places to
er 2011, the
abase comes
will be an-

other tool in the state on the
crack down of prescription
While no system is fail
proof and there are always
individuals trying to cheat
or circumvent the system,
the good news is that there
is finally a system in place
to enforce and control drug
distribution. Because as it
now stands, the prescription
drug epidemic impacts every
culture, community and age
group in Florida.

ith liandi imes
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3A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 20-26, 2011


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Lessons to learn from the Casey Anthony trial

In John Grisham's first
novel, "A Time to Kill, a pre-
teenaged Black girl is brutal-
ly raped by two drunk white
men. After raping the girl,
the men throw full beet cans
at her breaking several of her
bones. To cap of this sense-
less violent act, they urinate
on the poor child. In the book,
the father, a Vietnam veteran,
shoots the rapist and acciden-
tally wounds a deputy. The tri-
al causes major racial tension
in the small southern town in
which they all live. Ultimately,
an all-white jury must decide
the fate of the father. One of
the jurors, a white woman,
tells the jury to imagine that
the girl is white then the
jury deliberates.
In recent weeks, the U.S.
and even the world have be-
come obsessed with the Casey
Anthony trial and many peo-
ple are upset that the jury did

not find her guilty. Based on
the statement of the jurors,
they say the prosecution did
not prove its case beyond a
reasonable doubt I am okay
with the jury's decision. It ap-
pears that they were people
,of conscience who based their
verdict on the facts and the
I personally did not follow
the Casey Anthony trial be-
cause it had become such a
media circus. In fact, I was
at how much media attention,
this case generated.
Being a cynic, I wondered
what would have happened
if Caylee Anthony had been
a little Black girl? Would the
media still care? Would there
be crowds of people outside
the courtroom screaming for
a guilty verdict? We have a lot
of Black children who disap-
pear, who are injured or killed
in drive-by shootings and who

die in tragic circumstances
but never make the news. In
fairness, I am sure many other
white and Hispanic children
suffer tragic endings without
their stories ever being told.
However, I cannot imagine
that the media would have fol-
lowed the Anthony trial to the
extent that they did had the
persons involved been Black.
* The only bright spot in this
tragic situation to me was the
fact that the courtroom was
a reflection of the diversity
of our society. Judge Perry, a
Black man, did a superb job.
Attorney Baez, while rela-
tively inexperienced, got an
excellent result. He showed
that perseverance is still an
important trait. He fought
long and hard to get his bar
card and whether you like or
dislike his client, he got her
a good result. The courtroom
also had gender diversity.

To many younger people
this diversity is natural and
to be expected. I remember
when I first began to prac-
tice and I could name every
Black attorney in Miami. We
recently lost one of our legal
pioneers, a member of Al-
pha Phi Alpha, Inc., Judge
Johnson, the second African
American judge in Miami,
who presided during a time
when Black lawyers were as
rare as dinosaurs. I was for-
tunate enough to have had
the opportunity to speak with
Judge Johnson and learn
from him what it was like to
be a lawyer when no one in
the courtroom.was Black, ex-
cept perhaps the defendant.
The younger generation does
not know how incredible it is
to have minority' and wom-
an lawyers and judges in a
courtroom; they have no idea
how lucky they are.


Teacher, Liberty City

We should
not idly stand
by and allow
this institution
of learning to
be gutted from
our students
and commu-
nity. So what do you do if you
have a problem? You fix it! We
all must collaborate on all levels
to have a positive impact for our

Teacher, Liberty City

We as a whole community, not
just the Black community need
to come together and develop
caucuses. Perhaps we need to

meet with the
school system
to see what
their position
is in terms of
the schools in
danger of be-
ing shut down.

Retired, Liberty City

We just need
to ban together "'
and keep both
of these high
schools open.
Both Centfal
and Edison
need to stay open.

Retired, Liberty City

Make no mistake we are a talented

The great Roman poet Horace
lived almost 2,000 years before
the first student walked through
the doors of Miami Central or
Miami Edison High Schools, but
his words ring as an omen to
their future sustainability: "Ad-
versity has the effect of eliciting
talents, which in prosperous cir-
cumstances would have lain dor-
The possibility of closure at
Central and Edison incited our
community to take action in sup-
port of education in a way not
seen in many years. The very
notion that the hard work of our
children could be ignored, their
schools be closed and they then
be uprooted from their communi-
ties was too much for many peo-
ple to bear.
There was a time in American

history when students passed
several schools to attend a school
that accepted children of their
race or ethnicity. Most Americans
found this situation untenable
and we made great sacrifices to
effect change.
p.a The fight for equality in educa-
tion was at the crux of the Civil
Rights Movement. This cause, as
much as any other in the move-
ment, brought together a diverse
group of supporters. No matter
how you feel about the action
the State Board of Education
might take in relation to Central
and Edison, their pending action
has created a unity that we have
failed to achieve otherwise.
It is exciting to see elected offi-
cials from all levels of government
and political parties put aside
their differences because they re-

alize the future is not decided by
votes it is decided by prepara-
tion. Groups from different races
have joined hands because they
understand that the words in a
text book do not change because of
the ethnicity of the reader. People
from all economic backgrounds
have come together because they
realize the fight to provide hope to
our children is priceless.
A strong argument can be made
that we squandered the wealth of
talents that were exposed by the
adversity of the Civil Rights Move-
ment. That is no discredit because
the fight for equal rights was dif-
ficult, but it can be reasoned that
we might have faired better if we
have fully answered a simple que-
ry: "What now?"
Simply put, talent is the ability
to do something in a special way.


Equity in county contracting requires
Miami-Dade County must be There is no commitment to contracts anywhere near our
committed to creating a con- Black business in Miami-Dade proportion of the population
tracting process that is fair to County. Our dismal record in of residents or businesses. The
everyone, regardless of their contracting with Black and same is true for women and for
race, gender or ethnic origin, other minority-owned" busi- other ethnic minorities.
I am determined,, along with nesses is evidence of that. What In an effort to correct his-
some of my colleagues on the success we have achieved in toric disparities, Miami-Dade
Board of County Commis- past years has 'been destroyed County implemented a series
sioners, to ensure that equal by the determined actions of a of preference programs in the
opportunity is the policy and few. The result is that Blacks 1980's and 90's. The programs
the practice of Miami-Dade and other underserved popu- provided unprecedented op-
County. Please join with us to lations are less able to secure portunities for Blacks, His-
encourage our new mayor and county contracts today than panics and women to compete
all of the county commission- they were in the past. for and win county contracts.
ers to-* implement immediate Black people are nearly 18 The results were significant.
and long term efforts that will percent'of Miami-Dade's popu- Between January 1, 1993 and
ensure equity in county gov- lation and 15 percent of busi- June 30, 1997, a period for
ernment contracts for Blacks, nesses in Miami-Dade are which complete data is avail-
women and other historically- Black-owned. But Blacks do able, Black-owned businesses
underserved populations. not receive a share of county were awarded prime contracts

valued at $168 million, about
seven percent out of the total
$2.4 billion and sub-awards
valued at nearly $99 million,
about 41 percent out of $241
million. Clearly, these pro-
grams were helping to reduce
historic disparities in county
Compare that to the current
level of minority participation
that is revealed by data from
the Small Business Depart-
ment (SBD). During the last
four years, ending December
31, 2010, Black-owned busi-
nesses were awarded only one
percent of the county's prime
contracting expenditures and
14 percent of the county's
sub-contracting expenditures
(about $120 million and $140
million, respectively). The to-
tal prime contracts awarded
by the county were valued at
around $12 billion and the
sub-awards at around $1 bil-
lion. Out of the total $13 bil-
lion, Black-owned firms re-
ceived only about $260 million.
Due to a series of lawsuits,
M-D County's Black, Hispan-
ic and Women Business En-
terprise Programs were shut

Well one
thing we can
do is unite. If
all of the par-
ents in the.
unite, then
they may be
able to keep
the schools
open for the children.

Unemployed, B,... i, '

We need to -
ride like we
did for North-
western. They
were trying
to threaten .V
a while back
too./ .v

Unemployed, Liberty City

I think we need come together
to save these
schools. People

with these
schools to give
them a fight-
ing chance.
Not only would
it not be fair
to close these
schools because they are public,
but it' would be a major disser-
vice to us as Blacks.
.. 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

Talents not used are worthless
and usually lost. The decision by
the State Board of Education not-
withstanding, let us take our tal-
ents that this issue has exposed
and apply them to helping our
Now that the TV cameras are
shuttered, join me in walking
the halls of Central, Edison and
our other public schools to see
the hope in the eyes of students.
Now, that the ink has dried on the
newspaper articles, we need to
share with our students how we
were able to overcome obstacles
similar to those they are facing,
thereby confirming their feelings
of hope.
Now, more than ever, we need
to share the greatest talent this
issue has exposed that is our
love and concern for our children.


leaders [
down in 1997. Federal court:
found that these minority pro-
grams were unconstitutional
because the county had not
demonstrated that discrimi-
nation had occurred. In order
to resume these types of race
and gender-conscious activi-
ties, the county must conduct
a disparity study or show other
strong evidence that there are
inequities in the opportuni-
ties available to underserved
populations. The county must
also design a program or pro-
grams that are narrowly tai-
lored toward remediating the
problems identified by the evi-
I started the process to se-
cure data for a disparity study
two years ago and, along with
Commissioners Moss, Edmon-
son and Monestime, our col-
lective efforts are gaining trac-
I believe that a lack of com-
mitment to underserved com-
munities reflects a failure of
leadership. There have been
valiant efforts over the years
on the part of a small group
of elected officials, adminis-
trators, business leaders and
concerned residents. But, it
has not been enough. The
commitment to equity must
come from the top and it must
be unequivocal. All the stud-
ies and good intentions in the
world will not make the pro-
cess fair and inclusive until we
want it to be fair and inclusive.
Our residents have a respon-
sibility as well. County resi-
dents must demand that our
county government implement
effective strategies that will
level the playing field. Voters
must hold our leaders account-
able for ensuring that there is
equal opportunity for all.
It is time to act. And, there is
much work to be done.

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As state officials consider closing both Miami Central and Miami Edison High

Schools, what should the Black community do to keep these institutions open?



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By Dan Vergano
HOUSTON The astronauts of Atlantis continued on
their final mission of the space shuttle era recently, \work-
ing with the International Space Station crew to unpack
supplies and perform a little plumbing on an aging toilet.
Although the shuttle era is ending, would-be astro-
nauts should t lose heart. NASA seems to be thinking
about recruiting more space explorers, who would be
based here at the Johnson Space Center "Houston has
asked to recruit more astronauts," NASA chief Charles
Bolden said at a congressional hearing
With the retirement announcement of astronaut Mark
KeLly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giflords. D-Ariz., the
active astronaut corps stands at 61. "the number it was
prior to the first flight of the space shuttle 30 years ago.
said NASA's Jarnet Ka'.andi, director uf flight crew opera-
tions. "We are presently investigating the need to make a
new selection' of astronauts, she said.
r The space agency last selected a class of astronaut
"t trainees in 2009. nine men and women expected to grad-
uate this fall Bolden mentioned the need for more at the
hearing in response to bipartisan criticism, aimed-at NA-
SAs delay in releasing plans for its next hear y rocket, one
that would carry astronauts into deep space.
Atlantis is to land early Thursday, ending the last space
shuttle mission.
The demand for astronauts in the near future % ill
certainly be less than during the shuttle era, but there-
ill continue to be a need," said space police expert Scott
Pace of George Washington Unikersit% in D.C Depend-
ing on attrition and training cycle rale.,. I could see the
as.tronaiLt office recruiting a small number of new candi-
dates even fe.'w years.
\stronauts work for a number of programs at the space
agency. in addition to flying in space
About half 'f all astrona',it training now takes place
Sin Russia, on the So ,.iz LapIsules w. which will ferr', astio-
nauts to the space -tatii.n until al least 2015 Aboard the
space station. astronauts V.tent fr-,om Tuesdays spacewalk
to Wednesdr', s workada' duties, unloading a supply
module and dealing with a plumbing problem.
"That's the great thing about space flight, crew member
Michael Fossium said. One da', vou are doing the most
outrageous thing an astronaut can do. spacewalking.
The next day you are fixing toilets and packing."
The international crewA is about halfway through its
main mission task of unpacking clothes, food and equip-
I I- t ment. and stow.1ing trash, including an old -excrcise bike.
for return to Earth.
That's all in the life of an astronaut,' said space sta-
tion flight director Chris Edelen 'Were pleased to report
the space station s toilet is fully operational."
..'" .'t" Last Thursday, the shuttle crew enjioyed a half-day off
'- for its seventh day aloft
We v.e been working them pretty hard,' Edelen said.
The shuttle mission is ahead of schedule in all of its
planned tasks. After completing the packing, and with
the help of visits by Russian rockets, the station should
have enough supplies to last through 2012, Edelen adds
By then, private space rockets should be resupplying the
space station

tals recently and called the ear-
ly effort a "monumental achieve-
ment." He said the team is using
the money to build Obama's
campaign infrastructure coast
to cast.
Messina said more than
552,000 donors helped fill
Obama's coffers, including
260,000 who gave for the first
time. The average donation:
$69, he said.
"This should end any Wash-
ington chatter about whether
our grass-roots base will be en-
gaged," Messina said Wednes-
day. "Our people are back and-
energized, and there's a new
generation of supporters who
have joined our organization."
He said the campaign is pre-
paring for a "close and com-
petitive election" and predicted
newly formed outside Repub-
lican groups would spend as
much as $500 million working
to defeat Obama.
Republican candidates col-
lectively have raised roughly
$34 million for their cam-
paigns, though Minnesota Rep.
Michele Bachmann, a prodi-
gious fundraiser in her House.
re-election campaigns, has
not yet reported her second-
quarter total. At this point in
the 2008 election, 10 GOP can-
didates already had collected
more than $100 million, and
Obama had raised $58.6 mil-
lion, Federal Election Commis-
sion records show.

By Fredreka Schouten

Obama defied a sluggish econ-
omy to collect a whopping $86
million for his re-election cam-
paign and the Democratic Party
in the past three months, shat-
tering his fundraising goal and
establishing early dominance
over the field of Republicans vy-
ing to oust him.
Still, political analysts say.
Americans' perceptions of the
economy likely will trump fund-
raising strength in deciding who
wins the presidency in 2012.
"The economy is concern No.
1, 2, 3, 4 and 5," said Jack Pit-
ney, a government professor at
Claremont McKenna College in
California. "A good campaign
can push you over the finish
line, but it takes a good economy
to get close to that finish line."
Obama took in more than $47
million from April 1 to June 30
for his campaign, Obama. for
America, and he raised more
than $38 million for the Dem-
ocratic National Committee,
which plays a crucial role in
advertising and mobilizing vot-
er turnout. Obama's campaign
had set a $60 million combined
fundraising goal for the quarter.
By contrast, Mitt Romney, the
top fundraiser so far in the Re-
publican field, collected $18.25
million during the same period.
Obama campaign manager
Jim Messina announced the to-

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5A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 20-26, 2011


HUD to allow ex-offenders to live in public

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

Many ex-offenders have
found it nearly impossible to
get back on their feet after
being released from prison -
homeless because of policies
that made it illegal for them to
move in with family members
who inhabited public housing.
But that policy has recently
been changed by the the De-
partment of Housing and Ur-
ban Development (HUD), the
agency that oversees public
housing throughout the U.S.
According to a recent letter
from HUD Secretary Shaun
Donovan to all executive di-
rectors of Public Housing Au-
thorities (PHA), the agency has
reversed this discriminatory
policy and now supports the
notion of ex-offenders living in
government housing with rela-
"The Department is engaged
in several initiatives that seek

a balance between allowing
ex-offenders to reunite with
families that live in HUD sub-
sidized housing," Donovan
writes. "The Department en-
courages you to allow ex-of-
fenders to rejoin their families
in Public Housing."
Research demonstrates that
ex-offenders that don't obtain
stable housing and employ-
ment are more likely to return
to prison.
And this is the sole reason
why Shawn Williams, 28, in-
vited her brother Michael, 23,
to move in upon his release
from prison.
However, when the authori-
ties at the Brownsville Hous-
ing Project found out Michael
was residing with his sister, he
was asked to move.
"Michael had to move be-
cause of his criminal back-
ground record," Shawn said.
"This made me feel really bad
because he had to go back on
the streets."

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Gregg Fortner, executive di-
rector of the Miami-Dade Pub-
lic Housing Agency says any-
one moving into their units
will have to submit to a screen-
ing process, which involves a
criminal background check.
He's ready to comply with

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thinks it's a good move.
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ex-offenders to rejoin their
families comes as good news
to Shawn who's eager to have
her brother move back in with
"This makes me feel real


good," said Shawn. "Michael
can come and stay with me
now and get off the streets."
Ex-offenders being allowed
to move into PHA's are. part
of President Obama's vision
to award second chances to
individuals in society. He be-
lieves that young men such as
Williams who have paid their
penance to society should be
granted another opportunity
at becoming a productive citi-
However, the changes in
HUD's policies do come with
one caveat: PHA's must estab-
lish a lifetime ban on admis-
sion to the Public Housing and
Housing Choice Voucher pro-
grams for individuals found
guilty of manufacturing meth-
amphetamine on the premises
of federally-assisted housing
and sex offenders are subject
to a lifetime registration re-
quirement under a state sex
offender registration program.

East Africa's drought batters Somali children

The Associated Press

DADAAB, Kenya Malnu-
tritioni stole most of Habibo's
eyesight and left the one-year-
old close to death. Medical per-
sonnel tried to pump life back
into the toddler, but she moved
only when her stomach fitfully
As her mother tried to feed
her, her frail hands tried to re-
sist the small cup placed be-
tween her lips.
"My prayer is 'God, heal my
daughter,'" said Habibo's moth-
er, Marwo Maalin.
East Africa's drought is bat-
tering Somali children, hun-
dreds of whom have been left for
dead on the long, dry journey
to the world's largest refugee
camp. recently, UNICEF called
the Somali drought and result-
ing refugee crisis "the most se-
vere humanitarian emergency
in the world."
Thousands of Somalis are
walking days and sometimes
weeks to reach the refugee com-
plex in hopes of finding food.
The journey is claiming scores
of children as victims.


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Sarura Ali covers her eyes from wind blown dust as she stands with her six children'outside a f
distribution point in the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya on July 5. Sarura, her husba
and their children arrived at the camp early on July 5 after having trekked for eight days from th
home in Sakow, Somalia.

S.;' Young, lifeless bodies aban-
doned by their parents lie on
the path to the camp. In other
cases, parents perish during
the journey, leaving children in
the wilderness alone. UNICEF
says that more than a half-
million Somali children face
life-threatening conditions with
long-lasting consequences for
their physical and mental devel-
Habibo was suffering from
a lack of vitamin A, which can
lead to blindness, according to
Luana Lima of Doctors With-
out Borders which was treating
"We are finding children who
are arriving in very poor condi-
tions. It is clear that families are
waiting until the last moment
to leave their homes, once they
exhausted all their resources,"
said Allison Oman, a United Na-
tions nutritionist.
Muslim jihadist groups have
made matters worse in the re-
AFP gion. The al-Qaeda-linked al-
ood Shabab, which seeks a strict
and Islamic state in Somalia, has
heir been banning aid groups from
operating in the territories it

controls in southern Soma-
lia since 2009. This month the
group said aid groups could re-
Recently, UNICEF made what
appears to be the first outside'
aid drop to the al-Shabab-con-
trolled town of Baidoa, flying in
food, water-cleaning equipment
and medicine. The agency said
the supplies would provide ma-
terials for 10 health facilities
and reach up to 100,000 people
over three months.
"We are ready to work any-
where in Somalia, provided we
get unhindered access to reach
the most vulnerable children in
need" said Rozanne Chorlton,
the UNICEF representative to
Back at Kenya's Dadaab
camps, more than 380,000 peo-
ple have crammed into a camp
built for 90,000. More than
1,000 people are arriving here
every day in search of help.
Edward Chege, director of a
Doctors Without Borders facil-
ity here, said 13 children died of
malnutrition in the hospital last
month, the highest one-month
toll since 2009.

Q&A: What if U.S. defaults on debt?

By Richard Wolf

WASHINGTON If the United
States runs short of cash to hon-
or its obligations 18 days from
now, the economic impact would
be fast and furious.
The country almost certainly
would not default on its loans'
to bond holders, but all other
payments would be thrown into
doubt. That could start a cas-
cading effect on jobs, loans, in-
vestments, prices virtually ev-
ery facet of Americans' financial
Some Republicans in Congress
dispute the level of chaos that
would ensue, charging that the
Treasury Department is trump-
ing up the potential repercus-
sions. They include Rep. Michele
Bachmann and former governor
Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, both
presidential candidates, as well
as prominent senators such as
South Carolina's Jim DeMint
and Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey.
Prominent economists and ac-
countants, business leaders and
veterans of Republican admin-
istrations disagree, pointing to
potentially calamitous results if
the nation's $14.3 trillion debt
ceiling isn't raised by Aug. 2.
"The federal government will
run short of money and be un-
able to pay approximately half of
its non-interest bills," says Jay
Powell, a Treasury undersecre-
tary in President George H.W.
Bush's administration. "Those
who believe otherwise have been
Here are some of the grim re-
Q: Would we really default on
our Treasury bonds?
A: Almost definitely not. There
would be plenty of money to pay
interest to investors, thereby
avoiding a technical default.
Q: Who wouldn't get paid
A: It could be anybody, under

,House Majority Leader
a prioritizationn" scenario that
Treasury has been unwilling to
discuss because officials insist it
simply must be avoided.
Q: What would happen to So-
cial Security recipients?
A: More than half of the na-
tion's beneficiaries are due to
receive their monthly payment
on Aug. 3, and three smaller
payments are due later in the
month. President Obama said
this week that he could not
promise they would get paid -
though politically speaking, it's
likely that they would.
Q: Couldn't we pay for all the
essential things and just cut
the waste?
A: Not unless you believe 41
percent of the federal budget is
a waste. In August, for instance,
the government will take in $172
billion but will owe $307 billion.
That's $135 billion that could
not be paid. Assuming that $29,
billion in interest on Treasury
securities is paid, you're left with
about half the money needed.
Q: So what would be the pri-
A: It's anybody's guess. If
Treasury paid for Social Secu-
rity, Medicare, Medicaid, unem-
ployment insurance and defense
contractors in August, it would
be out of money. That would
leave out the military and veter-
ans' programs, other safety-net

benefits and virtually every gov-
ernment agency and employee.
Q: Would there be broader
economic effects?
A: Almost certainly. The most
likely is a rise in interest rates,
prompted by a decline in the
number of bidders for new Trea-
sury bonds. That would raise
the costs of home mortgages,
student loans, credit cards and
auto loans. It also would in-
crease the federal deficit by rais-
ing interest rates on the debt.
Q: What about personal in-
A: If the economy goes into
a swoon, the stock market will
feel the effects, and your 401(k)
and other accounts could take a
"It's going to be negative," says
.David Walker, former U.S. comp-
troller general. "The question is,
we just don't know how much."
Q: How about jobs?
A: Again, it depends on how
deep the economic impact, but

certainly the unemployment
rate could increase because of
the federal dollars that are miss-
ing and the jolt to financial mar-
Q: What would happen to the
government's triple-A bond
A: All three major ratings
agencies have sent warnings,
but it's unclear whether they
would downgrade the ratings
unless the United States actu-
ally defaults on its bonds, which
is unlikely.
Q: How does our situation
compare to other countries
with debt problems, such as
A: It's not nearly as bad but
the trends are headed in that
direction. The U.S. public debt
- what we owe to private inves-
tors, much of it held overseas
- is about 70 percent the size
of the economy. Counting state
and local debt, it's 93 percent. In
Greece, it's about 130 percent.

Poll shows Scott's approval

rating plummets to 27 percent

By Tim Kephart

MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) -
Florida Governor Rick Scott's
polling numbers continue to fall
harder than the Florida Marlins
in the month of June.
The latest Sunshine State
News poll gave Governor Scott
an approval rating of 27 percent.
On the flip-side, Sunshine State
News found that Scott's disap-
proval rating stood at 58 percent.
Scott's problems with voters
reach across party lines and all
age groups. Scott's never been
popular with Democrats, but his
approval rating among Republi-
cans has now dropped below 50
percent and his disapproval rat-
ings have jumped to 34 percent.
Central Florida, which typical-
ly gave Scott good numbers due
Tea Party fervor in the region,
has even turned against Scott.
Sunshine State News found that
in Central Florida Scott's ap-


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proval rating was 28 percent and
his disapproval rating was 54
The bigger problem for Scott
and Florida Republicans will be
getting a base excited about the
2012 election if so many people
disapprove of the GOP-led legis-
lature and Scott. It would give
Democrats an opening to secure
the state of Florida for President
Barack Obama. .
The question for Republican
presidential candidates will be
how much they want to be asso-
ciated with Scott if his poll num-
bers remain weak. Given the
expected tightness of the race
and the swing-state status of
Florida, if Scott's poll numbers
turns into an albatross he'll be
persona non grata in 2012.
For comparison's sake, the
only politician who polled above
40 percent in the Sunshine
State News poll was former Gov-
ernor Charlie Crist.



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Things to do, places to go and people to see

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

Being that I'm only
human, never will I try
to operate heavy ma-
chinery or work myself. .
as hard as a cockeyed )'
mule. I will, however, re-
main fully committed to HA
getting the most out of my wak-
ing hours.
With hardly no real respon-
sibilities other than complying
to rules set forth by the insti-
tution, it would be very easy
for me to allow myself to be
lulled into a life of repetitive
acts that contribute absolutely
nothing to success. This is not
to say that there is anything
wrong with someone in my po-
sition playing cards, dominoes,
a game of chess, watching TV,
or spending time exercising.

What should be frowned
S upon is the over indul-
gence of these activities,
especially when an ex-
cessive amount of time
has been killed with no
showing of productivity
.. at the end of the day.
LL Institutions give in-
mates the freedom to decide
what they want to do with their
own time. As long as there is a
display of behavior which does
not warrant placement into,
confinement, with the excep-
tion of faith-based and re-entry
oriented camps, most institu-
tions throughout the state are
indifferent to each inmate's,
level of assertive participation
and how they apply themselves
while incarcerated. The pri-
mary goal is management and
control and the development

of character the process of
administering imprisonment is
If inmates do not utilize their
time constructively, chances
are they may never be forced
to do so. What is obligatory
for correctional facilities is the
putting into place of a number
of positive outlets where in-
mates can go to interact if they
choose, such as the library,
.education building and cha-
pel, particularly since inmates
live in an environment where
it does not require much effort
for the devil to capture an idle
Recently, after being at my
current institution for two
years, I noticed that there was
a family relationship class, self-
worth seminar and a disciple-
ship class, all taking place at

Now free, what is next for Casey

Bob Brenzing

The next photo of Casey An-
thony may be on the cover of
a book that could make her
Anthony is. out of sight for
now, but her story reverber-
ates like the chop-chop of
news helicopters that hovered
over her heavily guarded re-
lease from the Orange County
(Fla.) Jail on Sunday morning
with $537.68 from her prison-
er account.
A jury found Anthony not
guilty of murdering her two-
year-old daughter, Caylee, but
the 25-year-old woman was
convicted of four counts of ly-
ing to police.
"We all have to recognize she
has been found innocent by
a jury. To treat her as guilty
would not be fair, and I do
believe people are entitled to
write books and sell their sto-'
ris," R015ert G'ottlieb," presi-
dent of the Trident Group of
book agents, said Sunday.
"Trident would be interest-

ed," he said. "This is a story
with biblical overtones a
mother and a daughter and
a murder. What untold thing
happened here?"
The attorney for Anthony's
parents said negotiations are
underway for George and Cin-
dy Anthony to do their own
book. Mark Lippman said
Sunday that any profits would
go to a foundation, to be in-
corporated today in Florida, to
promote grandparents' rights,

efforts to help missing chil-
dren and passage of "Caylee's
Law," which would make it a
crime to fail to report a miss-
ing child within 48 hours.
Beaufort Books, which pub-
lished the O.J. Simpson book
If I Did It, is "absolutely not
interested" in publishing an
Anthony book, President Eric
Kampmann said.
In 2006, the original pub-
,lisher,. HarperCollins,, can-
celed Simpson's book billed
as a hypothetical account of
how Nicole Brown Simpson

the chapel once a week. While I
am dedicated to keeping myself
fairly busy, I decided to sign up.
The first thing I observed were
those inmates who did not at-
tend. It all goes back to the in-
dividual deciding to make the
active hours of his or her life
count for something, whether
in prison or the free world. We
have to ask God to give us guid-
ance and then put our lives in
order according to the plan that
has been revealed to us.
Finally, when we lay our
heads down to sleep, we should
be able to look back at the end
of each day and recall some-
thing that we did positive to-
wards achieving our goals. For
each day that we are blessed
with the gift of life is a golden
opportunity for us to experi-
ence personal growth.


and Ronald Goldman died.
A court eventually gave the
manuscript rights to the Gold-
man family.
Since it was published in
2007, the best seller has made
the Goldmans more than $1
million and still counting,
Kampmann said. On the cov-
er, the word "If" was in tiny
type so any quick glance at
the jacket appeared to say I
Did It.
"I thought I was doing the
right thing. With Casey An-
thony, there is a wrong thing
.to do, (though) you might
make a lot of money," Kamp-
mann said.
Pablo Fenjves said Sunday
that he wrote the original
Simpson manuscript because
"the O.J. story was about an
all-American hero who fell
from grace. That's a real story
with all the makings of a great
tragedy." But Casey Anthony?
S'I"ham-just not interested, in
her on any level," Fenjves said.
Still, he predicted any Antho-
ny book would be a best seller.

Clemens mistrial is deja vu all over again

By Ronald Blum
Associated Press

NEW YORK -Seems you can't
put a baseball star on trial with-
out a mistrial.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clem-
ens remain perfectly bookended,
each with seven major awards,
one mistrial and no guilty ver-
dict assured of sticking.
Victor Conte, whose Bay
Area Laboratory Co-Operative
sparked the government inves-
tigations of drugs and athletes,
has had enough.
"It's a huge waste of federal
taxpayer dollars at this point,"
he said last Thursday during
a telephone interview with The
Associated Press. "I don't know
the tab, but probably tens of mil-
lions of dollars at this point."


Three months and a day af-
ter Bonds walked out of a San
Francisco court room following
a three-week trial and a mud-
dled verdict that could result in
a retrial, Clemens hustled out of
a Washington, D.C., court room
when a judge ruled federal pros-
ecutors botched their case on
Day 2, saying they made a mis-
take unworthy of a "first-year
law student."
As baseball's gray eminence,
Yogi Berra, would say, "it's like
deja vu all over again."
When facing off against base-
ball players and their best-in-

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the-business legal teams, the
Justice Department has strug-
Conte, the BALCO president,
was sentenced to four months
in prison and four months'
home confinement after plead-
ing guilty in 2005 to one count
of steroid distribution and one
count of honey laundering.
Bonds was a BALCO client, its
most famous.
Conte has two points to make
on Clemens.
"Let me just say it's my opinion
and only my opinion that Roger
Clemens is guilty," he offered.
But that doesn't mean he
thinks it should be a criminal
"I believe that there are higher
and better tasks than these tro-
phy hunts of trying to take these
big-name athletes and make
examples of them," Conte said.
"Regardless of whether or not I
think he's guilty or not, we've
reached a point where enough
is enough and it's time to move
on. Back in 2003 or when they
brought the case against myself
and Barry Bonds, that was a dif-
ferent economic climate than it
is today, post 2008."
When IRS Special Agent Jeff
Novitzky, surfing through BAL-

CO's trash in 2002 or 2003,
found a photograph of Conte and
Bonds together in the magazine
Muscle & Fitness, it sparked a
legal pursuit that's still ongoing.
Like a Rube Goldberg ma-
chine, one led to another. The
BALCO investigation led to the
book "Game of Shadows." A week
after the book was published in
March 2006, baseball Commis-
sioner Bud Selig hired former
Senate Majority Leader George
Mitchell to investigate steroids.
Mitchell published his report
in December 2007, implicating
Clemens based on statements
from the pitcher's former trainer,
Brian McNamee, who was forced
to cooperate by federal agents
after he was tied to steroids by
former Mets clubhouse atten-
dant Kirk Radomski. Clemens'
denials over the following week
prompted a congressional com-
mittee to ask the pitcher and
McNamee to testify, leading to a
February hearing where Clem-
ens repeated that he had never
used performance-enhancing
drugs. The was followed by a
referral to the Justice Depart-
ment, a grand jury investigation
and an indictment last August.
The federal government
charged the seven-time Cy
Young Award winner with one
count of obstruction of Con-
gress, three counts of making
false statements to Congress
and two counts of perjury. Now,
the government faces a Sept. 2
hearing when it likely will try
to persuade U.S. District Judge
Reggie Walton to allow a retrial.
Across the country, a differ-
ent set of prosecutors face an
Aug. 26 hearing when Bonds'
lawyers will argue that U.S. Dis-
trict Judge Susan Illston should
throw out the one conviction
against the seven-time Most
Valuable Player that he ob-
structed justice when he gave an
evasive answer to a grand jury
in December 2003. -
Bonds' prosecutors haven't de-
cided whether to retry the three
hung counts. The jury couldn't

come to a unanimous verdict
on charges he made false state-
ments when he denied using
steroids and human growth hor-
mone and said he allowed only
doctors to inject him: But it con-
victed him of giving an evasive
statement when asked whether
his trainer, Greg Anderson, ever
gave him "anything that re-
quired a syringe to inject your-
self with?"

Judge denies bond for Miami Iman
A federal judge has denied bail -or ar, e'lderlk MuliiTm 'miam charged with aiding
Pakistani terrorists..
U.S. District Judge 1Ad-lberto Jordan recently denied 76-year-old Hafiz Khan's
I )tr-I reque .'t [ tLbe released Ironm le Fed-eral Decen-,tion Center The ludge said the
Or,:,se,:,ti, '. .:a e .4 "Liarticularlv strong."
h hI'u'i i ITiji'C ol ihe Flaler I'.Al quue in Ai M aniil He ard hli. Olher: were charged
in '.v 'Il'l 'tth ..' r ;,n pirng to r sup 'rt the Pakistani Talitarn Those, h irgtd include hit,
i V;i, l-,',,tr-,.lid h l'-ir Khan, i.'ho is an imamr in Pro'.:a.rd Counti .
inlli' n riuliig, .Iurd.ar i tijd the elderly nimjam's ani trjrni.ai:,ris and recorded
pho'iuie con'1eri' nations. He noted that Ihran "wishes harm upon this c:iounjtry."
Jordan delarI:1 d a. dej isljri n 1r,- liar Krhan's bond request, ajyirg he Fieeds to hear
,,ore e,idern:e brlore ruhiig

Miami Gardens Police seek help after body found in van
l.liamii Gard-.-i [r i'c:e iS : kirn g t ir the pijubhiic' help alter a irrian' bod '.va
dio:'.'cert' inside an ii a residential neighborhood.
AcLo:rdi;lg 1, IC'1,i',:, a 1il ald- Oij dqgef Ci raj.n i.'as3 located at an abandoned
house n t : l lt i'ji) blt eul 168th Terract in Mliami Gardens recentlI/.
r..imi Gardens. Police Chlrel Matthew.j Boyd said the vani w:,. there iinC:e last
,',eel' aJid iipo n:i.e .ee called '.*jhehn a ioul '-duor v'3. noticed.
"We r a,:,n :ejd a oul odrr and '.ue siaw a male in baJ.- i1 the .'ehile," Eioyd said.
Hours atler it was discovered, p police took it to the MiarniDade medical
e amirn i '5 ,tttCe for prroi:esiriy.
Eupld i i'ued .j rile1, tioI the public.
"li anvnre sa.,w arVnyonie round this *.,ihi:le, .\ve'd li'e :, kno'," hie a3id. "If you
sa- it ary'. here i.iith .an African Arrieri :an per'.-:i ,around it, :,Time should give us
a tjll."
Bi.od 3jl [Ihe deprarmrnieni [ i' lo l.ig for aiiver'.
l[' i r:i[ I.'ri:'jn I he'- Iro n him i'iam3Dad- ,or Bro'.'ard arid he may have been killed
-'., : e'.vh,:re -Ahi tli h n r ur, i mi Gjrderi .
Anyone wlith inil'rm.lrrilicn- i-. IId to i: Iiiia il M ,iaT -1.'Jde '.rime St. ,nQ eri i 1t 305-

All charges dropped in alleged gang rape case
Three ChjIillrii '-rniei .acr.used ol gang raping a .oman at a Miari Beaih hotel
l3.t r.,'lirc:h Jari noi. in the :lear
Touring .a .:rourt hearing recently, all ch1are: w*ert dropped against 22-vear-old
Paul Thoringlon, 3-year-old Anthrony Albano and 23-,ea3r-al Ray L3ranrjl
Ar','rding to j piclre- report, the men met ihe .orman un on larch 23rd 31 a JO01
party heli.1 at thc- -.helborne Hotel. She reportedly agreed to go t,': the roon.m where
the men 'i.'ere staying 31 the Fiortairiebleau Hotel Sn she ,iould drop orl her pur'-e.
Ther.,. the viClini t'-'ld pOlhte, the three mTien held her d, .'-i On the bed and each
had se wwith her.
Alter thl ir arrest, the trio was allowed to return t: C alifornia Vwhere they
rernane,-d on house arrest
Tre -tate atltorey' i r.lice decided not to pursue charges after the victim told
them ihe had uiirelated health issues arid wanted to avoid the -stress of trial, pre-
ronteren:ce hearing' arid deposilons as reQuired ti, the courtr t systeTm.

Doctor cleared by recording

of alleged sexual assault

The criminal case -against
a distinguished Broward
physician accused of sexu-
ally attacking a female patient
during an office exam has col-
lapsed, thanks in large part to
the same evidence once cited
as proof of the doctor's guilt,
prosecutors announced last
Dr. Edwin Harvey Hamil-
ton, 79, was exonerated by the
very audiotape that Broward
Sheriff's deputies originally
thought had captured his sex-
ual assault on a 37-year-old
woman at his Pompano Beach
practice on May 11.
Everything about the record-
ing, from its convenient exis-
tence to its contents, point to
Hamilton's innocence, accord-
irng to a report from the Bro-
ward State Attorney's Office
outlining its reasons for drop-
ping the case.
"The taped conversation
sounded like a flirtation be-


tween the two of them that
probably led to a consensual
encounter," Assistant State At-
torney Christine Adler wrote,
"The conversation, and the
fact that it was .* ''.- -' -- .-
taped, sounded ir w :i. : I
sional opinion as if s-e was
making sure she had, ev ience
to implicate himt.."

. 2 ..

County announces new elderly-only housing options

Online applications due July 29th relatively painless process. cess and will be assigned a and struggle to maintain de- the County.
According to Annette Mo- randomly selected ranking cent and safe housing." It is important to note that

By D. Kevin McNeir

Finding affordable housing
has become a growing con-
cern and challenge for many
citizens, regardless of race,
creed or age. But there are
some new opportunities for
seniors that are 62-years-
old or older, or who will have

reached 62 by December
Miami-Dade Public Hous-
ing Agency (M-DPHA) has re-
cently announced an online
project-based waiting list for
both efficiencies and one-
bedroom units. And while
seniors may be reluctant to
use the Internet, housing
representatives say it is a

lina, contact person for M-
DPHA, all applications will
be considered at the same
time, so as long as an inter-
ested senior completes the
online form by the deadline
date of July 29th, they have
a chance of being selected
for one of the units. All pre-
applications will go through
a computerized lottery pro-

"Our elderly citizens over
62 years of age are a very
important- and vital part
of Miami-Dade County,"
said County Mayor Carlos
A. Gimenez. 'This wait list

For those who may need
assistance in filling out the
online pre-application, there
is an applicant leasing cen-
ter, located at 2925 NW 18th
Avenue, open daily from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m.. and until T

opening will provide much p.m. on July 26th. M-DPHA
needed affordable housing property management of-
opportunities for our seniors fices are also open in north.
who are on fixed incomes south and central parts of

only one pre-application per
household is permitted and
one must have a social se-
curity number. For more in-
formation go to www.miami-
dade.gov/housing or call the
applicant leasing center at
Updates to applicants will
be sent in written form by
September 30th.

Black Women Lawyers Association swears in new board

On July 7th, the Gwen S.
Cherry Black Women Lawyers
Association (GSCBWLA) swore
in its 2011-2012 executive
board. Eleventh Judicial Cir-
cuit Court, Judge Daryl E. Tra-
wick did the honors. Attorney
Marcia Narine was honored for
her outstanding contributions
to the Association.
GSCBWLA, formerly known
as the National Bar Association
Women Lawyers Division, Mi-
ami-Dade County Chapter, was
formed in 1985. The organiza-
tion seeks to promote diversity
in the legal profession, end dis-
criminatory practices toward
women and minorities, advo-
cate for minority law students

and facilitate the development
of its members. In 2005, the
name was changed to honor
Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry who
was the first Black woman law-
yer to practice in Miami-Dade
County and the first Black
woman to serve in the Florida
Pictured are: Kymberlee Cur-
ry Smith, (1-r) president (solo
practitioner); Nexcy De La Rosa,
second vice president (solo
practitioner); Teddra Joy Gad-
son, secretary (Miami-Dade
County Public Schools School,
Board -Attorney); Olanike Ade-
,bayo, president-elect and the
2010-2011 Member of the Year
(Office of the State Attorney);

Trawick; Nikki Lewis Simon,
board member (shareholder,
Greenberg Traurig); Tanya J.
Brinkley, board member (solo
practitioner); and Cheryl Linton
Robinson, past president (solo
practitioner). Not shown: Robin
Haze, first vice president (as-
sociate, Ruden McClosky); Te-
nikka Cunningham, treasurer
(associate, Carlton Fields); and
board members Ria Chatter-
goon (associate, Jackson Lewis
LLP); Stacey DeVeaux (associ-
ate, Binder & Binder); and Opal
Lee (solo practitioner).
For further information
contact the Association at
305-793-0701 or visit www.

A gathering of Miami's Black legal minds

Washington D.C. fires 204 teachers for poor performance

528 more put on probation

By Stephanie Banchero

Washington, D.C., school offi-
cials fired 206 teachers recent-
ly for poor performance and
put an additional 528 on notice
that if they don't improve, they
will be gone next year.
This is the second year offi-
cials have dismissed educators
based on a controversial evalu-
ation system that rates teach-
ers, in part, on student test
scores. The evaluation program
was developed under former
schools chancellor Michelle
"Under any good human-cap-
ital system there are going to be
people who don't meet our stan-
dards, and our children deserve
that we operate with a sense of
urgency in moving them out,"
said Kaya Henderson, who, suc-
ceeded Ms. Rhee as chancellor.
Henderson also noted that
663, teachers, out of a total of
4,116, received the highest pos-
sible rating and are eligible for
bonuses ranging from $3,000
to $25,000. "This is not only
about firing teachers," she said.
All told, 321 teachers. lost

,their jobs, including 94 who
were working on temporary cer-
tificates but failed to earn per-
manent licenses. Twenty-one
educators were dismissed af-
ter they had been laid off from
teaching jobs during the 2009-
2010 school year and were giv-
en last school year to find per-
manent placement but couldn't.

Nathan Saunders, president
of the Washington Teachers
"Uhion, called' the evaluation
process flawed.
"Unions aren't in the busi-
ness of protecting ineffective
teachers," he said. But he said
the evaluation program should,
have been tested before sa'nc-
tions were attached.
The teacher dismissals, come
as states and districts nation-
- wide have begun to overhaul
teacher evaluations. More than
a dozen states passed laws in
the past two years that link
teacher evaluations to student
test scores and make it easier
to fire ineffective educators. The
movement was sparked, in part,

by President Barack Obama's evaluated five times a year are offered coaching for im-
Race to the Top $4.35 billion by school administrators provement, district officials
education initiative, which and master teachers on such said.
awarded grants to states that things as creating coherent According to the rating
adopted education overhauls, lesson plans and engaging system, about 15 percent of
students. teachers landed in the highly
RATING SYSTEM After an initial observa- effective category, 67 percent
In the system developed tion, teachers receive a plan were "effective," 13 percent
under Rhee, teachers are detailing weaknesses and were "minimally effective"

and two percent "ineffective."
Those who landed in the
"minimally effective" have
next year to shape up.
. Nearly 60 percent of "mini-
mally effective" teachers in
the 2009-2010 school year
showed enough improvement
last year to keep their jobs

BP to tighten practices as it tries to rebound

By Julia Werdigier
British Petroleum said re-
cently it is changing its deep-
water- drilling 'standards -in the
Gulf of Mexico as it seeks to re-
pair its reputation and resume
offshore operations after last
year's disastrous oil' spill.
' The changes, which the oil
giant promised in a letter to
U.S. regulators, focus mainly
on carrying out extra safety
measures to avoid the prob-
lems that led to the oil spill.
The company stopped short of
any far-reaching and more gen-
eral safety changes for BP as a
The measures include clos-
er supervision by BP of work
conducted by contractors and
the installation of additional
safety features on subsea blow-
out preventers, bulky pieces of
equipment that sit on the ocean
floor and are supposed to stop
the flow of oil from a well if an
accident occurs.
In the April 2010 gulf spill,
the blowout preventer malfunc-
BP also outlined its commit-

ment to having more people and
. equipment ready to respond to
any spill.
"The commitments we have
outlined today will promote
greater levels of safety and pre-
paredness in deepwater drill-
ing," CEO Robert Dudley said
in a statement.
The changes were sent Fri-
day in a letter to Michael Brom-
wich, the director of the Bureau
of Ocean Energy Management,
Regulation and Enforcement,
which regulates offshore drill-
In its. letter to Bromwich, BP
also said it would set up a drill-
ing operations center in Hous-
ton and pledged to control its
wells more thoroughly. BP said
itexpects "to share information
on these standards with regu-
lators and operators in other
countries as part of its ongoing
sharing of lessons learned."
Separately, BP won two le-
gal victories in cases related to
the 2010 spill. A federal judge
dismissed racketeering claims
.made by plaintiffs suing BP
for damages over the spill. The
judge also postponed a lawsuit

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between BP and Anadarko Pe-
troleufm, one of its minority
'partners in the well.
Bromwich is working on
strengthening regulation of off-
shore oil drilling but has said
that insufficient funding made
that difficult. Some environ-
mentalists have criticized the
agency, saying that only cos-
metic changes were made since

the explosion at BP's Macondo
well in 2010, which killed 11
people and spewed millions of
barrels of oil into the gulf.
BP is seeking permission to
continue drilling at 10 exist-
ing deepwater production and
development wells in the Gulf
of Mexico and also hopes to re-
sume new drilling in the spill


-The Washington Post/Getty Images
A second-grade class at Washington's Bruce-Monroe Elemrnen-
tary School.

Civil r-ights groups fight

Arizona immigration law

Associated Press

PHOENIX Civil rights
groups were preparing to fight
controversial anti-immigration
laws introduced in Arizona.
Gov. Jan Brewer ignored criti-
cism from President Barack
Obama and signed into law a
bill on Friday that supporters
said would take handcuffs off
police in dealing with illegal im-
migration in Arizona, the na-
tion's busiest gateway for hu-
man and drug smuggling from'
With hundreds of protesters
outside the state Capitol shout-
ing that the bill would lead to
civil rights abuses, Brewer said
critics were "overreacting" and

that she wouldn't tolerate racial
"We in Arizona have been
more than patient waiting for
Washington to act," Brewer said
after signing the law. "But de-
cades of inaction and misguided
policy have created a dangerous
and unacceptable situation."
The reaction was swift. Wil-
liam Sanchez, president of the
National Coalition of Latino
Clergy and Christian Leaders
Legal Defense Fund, said his
group was preparing a federal
lawsuit against Arizona to stop
the law from being applied.
The group represents 30,000
Evangelical churches nation-
wide; including 300 Latino pas-
tors in Arizona.

New York broker in

By Steve Eder & Josh Barbanel

Louisiana public pension funds
have filed requests to withdraw
their full holdings in a New York
hedge fund after the fund re-
sponded. to partial withdrawal
requests with promissory notes
rather than cash last month.
Soon after the hedge fund,
Fletcher Asset Management, sent
promissory notes rather than
cash payments to two of the pen-
sion funds, those funds submit-
ted written requests to redeem
the rest of their investments. One
fund also took issue with the
note, saying it "reserves its right
to seek either judicial or regula-
tory relief, or both."
The fund, the Firefighters'
Retirement System of Louisi-
ana, said in a June 27 letter to
Fletcher's counsel that the two-
year promissory note "does not
comply with the provisions" of.its
agreement with the hedge fuhd
and 'does not satisfactorily dis-
charge the obligations related to
the request for redemption sub-
mitted by" the firefighters.
A spokesman for Fletcher de-
clined to comment. Previously
the firm told The Wall Street
Journal it wasn't required to dis-

tribute redemptions in ca
that the promissory note
in accordance with its agr
with the pension funds.
All in, the three fund
Louisiana firefighters' fur
Municipal Employees'
ment System of Louisiar
the New Orleans Fire-
fighters' Pension and
Relief Fund-have re-
quested withdrawals of
their entire investments
including profits, which
together total at least
$143 million, according
to fund documents and
interviews with a fund
official and -a consul-
tant to the funds.
The three public pension
separately invested, a tc
$100 million in Fletcher
Management in 2008 in
rangement in which they v
fered a minimum of a. 12 p
return and up to a maxin
18 percent, backed by thi
ings of other investors, acc
to their documents. The J
last week wrote about the
ments, which experts sai
The June 27 letter fro
Louisiana firefighters fun
reviewed by The Wall Stree

trouble over hedge funds
ish and nal as part of a -public-records other funds.
es were request. The letter included the An outside investment con-
eement Logisiana firefighters' request sultant for the three funds, Joe
for full redemption of its invest- Meals of Memphis-based Con-
ds-the ment, which includes the $45 suiting Services Group, said in
nd, the million it initially invested with interviews before the Journal's
Retire- Fletcher, plus about $20 million article last week that the initial
na and in accrued profits, the pension $32 million in redemption re-
fund's records show. quests was part of a reallocation
In March, the Loui- of fund investments. Meals has
siana firefighters and advised the three public pen-
the municipal employ- sion funds on their investment
ees' fund put in initial decisions, including the one with
S'redemption requests Fletcher, according to him and
for a total of about $32 pension-fund minutes.
million, their records In a joint statement recently,
show. According to their executives for the three public
FLETCHER meeting minutes, the pension funds said the response
firefighters discussed they received to their redemption
the Fletcher fund in a requests "gives rise to questions
i funds closed session at their February regarding the liquidity" of the
total of meeting; the board of the mu- Fletcher fund in which they in-
Asset nicipal employees' fund agreed vested. They said they were as-
an ar- at their January meeting to sub- sembling a team of experts to
were of- mit its redemption request, their examine the firm's books and
percent minutes shbw. financial statements.
mum of The municipal employees fund The statement from the pen-
e hold- requested a full redemption on sion-fund executives said the in-
:ording June 22, according to a letter re- vestments have accrued the ex-
ournal viewed through a public-records pected return as verified by the
invest- request. The executive director' auditors. But the firm's decision
d were of the New Orleans Firefighters' to pay the redemption in notes in
Pension and Relief Fund said in lieu of immediate cash prompted
im the an interview his fund asked for them to take a deeper look at
id was a full redemption after learning Fletcher's books, the statement

t Jour-

of the promissory notes to the



I 7A THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 20-26, 2011



Black community unites to save their schools

continued from 1A

However, on Tuesday, July
19th, both schools were grant-
ed a reprieve and placed on
waivers by the Florida Board of
Education. Holmes Elementary
School was also approved for a
waiver at the Board's meeting
in Tampa. The waivers allow
the schools to continue their
academic progress as tradition-
al public institutions under the
direction of the Miami-Dade
County Public Schools (M-
DCPS). Tuesday's meeting also
addressed the performance of
other schools that are currently
being watched by the state un-
der "intervene" status.
Early last week, M-DCPS
Superintendent Alberto Carv-
alho held a press conference to
speak out against the State's

plan to close Edison and Cen-
tral. School board members,
local politicians, community
members, teachers and stu-
dents gathered in the media
center of Miami Edison to ex-
press their concerns over the
potential school closures.
Their message was simple:
they were unwilling to see the
doors shut on their schools.

"There is a stronger chance
of the crown of Spain reclaim-
ing Florida than us shutting
down Central and Edison Se-
nior High School; it will not
happen," Carvalho said. "There
is no way on God's green earth
that we will ignore the progress
that has been observed and
witnessed by this community."
The press conference was

flooded with eager students
ready to show their school spir-
it and stand up for their educa-
"I feel sad that this is happen-
ing to our school," Andrew Ca-
nadles, a 14-year-old 9th grade
Edison student, said. "This is
a great school, I really like it.
This school has helped a lot of
kids go to college. If this school
were to close it would be a sad
day for the community."
Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mind-
ingall, District 2, M-DCPS
board member, was also in at-
tendance and echoed the su-
perintendent's sentiments.
"I want you to know that my
past experiences have prepared
me to deal with situations such
as this," Bendross-Mindingall
said. "I prQmise you that we
will fight to the bitter end to
make sure that these schools
don't close. I want to know if

you are willing to take a blow
for our children."
But more protests were to fol-
low later that day when state
Senator Oscar Braynon III
called for a similar press con-
ference on the steps of the Dis-
trict's school board adminis-
trative building. There he was
joined by other elected officials
including: County Commis-
sioner Jean Monestime; State
Representatives Daphne Camp-
bell, Barbara Watson and Cyn-
thia Stafford; and School Board
Member Dr. Wilbert T. Holloway.
D.C. Clark, president of the
Central Alumni Association,
was visibly upset.
"Governor Scott and the rest
of them in Tallahassee don't
give a damn about our stu-
dents," he said. "If Central were
privatized we estimate that
more than 500 would be unable
to return. Where would they go?

On the streets. They would add
to the unemployed youth of Mi-
ami. And most would probably
end up in jail which have also
been privatized. It's a case of
one hand washing the other.
There's plenty of Title I money
that could help Central and
Edison continue to improve.
We want to know where it is
and why it isn't be used prop-
erly in our own schools."

The concerns and arguments
from the Black community ap-
parently did not fall on deaf
ears. The deal that was agreed
upon between the Florida
Board of Education and M-
DCPS allows the three schools
to remain open under the fol-
lowing conditions: 1) by August
5th, an event shall be held at'
-each school to showcase avail-

able school choice options to
parents; 2) the County must
hire and work with an indepen-
dent, effective management or
turn-around firm to assist in
improving the performance of
the schools; and 3) both high
schools must fully participate
in the Florida Department of
Education's Race to the Top
While both schools improved
from F's in 2005 to receiving
C's in the 2009-2010 school
year, they faced closure
because of their failure to
meet the federal requirements
under the No Child Left Behind
Law. The schools have been
on the Florida Department of
Education's list of struggling
schools for the last three
years. School grades for the
2010-2011 school year have
not been released. -kmcneir@

Miami Times takes five national newspaper awards

AWARD to the newspaper that accumu- he showed was heartfelt. It was Russwurm, along with Rev. the paper's editors. Although others spoken for us . we
continued from 1A lates the most number of points obvious that he was apprecia- Samuel Cornish, were two well-intentioned white citizens wish to plead our own cause."
from among a potential 19 cat- tive of the hard work from the prominent free Blacks living in sometimes defended the hon- The Miami Times stands in a
But there was more good egories. staff and most of all his daugh- Boston in 1827 who started the or of Blacks in public forums, similar position pleading the
news in store for the 88-year- "I am very proud of my staff ter's expertise in producing the first Black newspaper, Free- Cornish and Russwurm stated cause of the Black community
old. family-run newspaper, and all of their hard work," said best newspaper in the U.S." dom's Journal, and became in the first issue, "Too long have in Miami.

now led by Publisher Rachel J.
Reeves, the daughter of Garth
C. Reeves.
The Times garnered five
awards including: Best En-
tertainment Section (Second
Place), written and coordinated
by D. Kevin McNeir and Mitzi
Williams; Best Church Page
(First Place), written and coor-
dinated by Kaila Heard and St-
angetz Caines; the Ida B. Wells
Award for Best News Story,
written by McNeir; the John
H. Sengstacke General Excel-
lence Award (First Place); and
the most prestigious of all -
the John B. Russwurm Award,
given to the number one Black
newspaper in the country.
The Russwurm Award goes

Rachel J. Reeves. "They con-
tinue to work very hard and
to continue the legacy that my
grandfather and father .estab-
lished and to which I am now
equally dedicated addressing
issues that matter on the local
front for the Black community."
Dorothy Leavell, former
NNPA Foundation chairperson
and publisher of the Crusader
Newspapers (Chicago, Gary)
said the following after hear-
ing of the Times' awards: "I was
personally pleased to learn that
The Miami Times was the recip-
ient of the John B. Russwurm
Award ... I feel the publication
is very deserving. But more
than that, when Garth Reeves
accepted the award the pride

Peestudents need-top teachers

continued from 1A

to educate children requires
that our best field command-
ers are in those places where
the problems are most intense.
But Kaya Henderson, the
head of Washington's school
system, said she won't reas-
sign top-performing teachers
to troubled schools against
their will. Her battle plan to re-
ward some teachers and pun-
ish others was written by Mi-
chelle Rhee, the controversial
educator who preceded her in
the job. Rhee is the darling
of a long list of right-wing Re-
publican governors and edu-
cation reformers. These back-
ers believe the improvement
in student performance on
standardized tests during her
stormy tenure proves that her
tactics work.
Far less attention has been
paid to a USA TODAY investi-
gation about the rise of those
test scores on Rhee's watch.
More than half of Washing-
ton's schools had abnormally
high "erasure rates," result-
ing in answers being changed
from wrong to right. "The odds
are better for winning the
Powerball grand prize than
having that many erasures by
chance," statisticians told this

Instead of clinging to Rhee's
questionable strategy and
results Henderson needs a
better war plan.

She should reward good
teachers who agree to work
in low-performing schools in
much the same way that the
military gives combat pay
to soldiers who serve in war
zones. While bonuses up to
$25,000 are paid to "highly
effective" teachers, too few of
them teach in the neediest
The incentive pay should
go to those who are willing
to make the biggest sacrifice.
Teachers who excel in schools
where the job of educating stu-
dents is not hampered by ex-
ternal factors are simply earn-
ing their pay.
Those good teachers who
take on the job of educating
young people in neighbor-
hoods where the body count
of underachieving students ri-
vals that of Afghanistan's kill-
ing fields deserve combat pay.
As their commander, Hen-
derson has to find a way to get
her best troops into the fight,
or risk defeat in her part of a
war America can ill afford to


Like U.S., Florida is going gray

By Ana Veciana-Suarez

Road signs will be bigger and
curbs wider. High school stu-
dents will study the aging pro-
cess along with math and Eng-
lish. And single-story homes
will be hot commodities, espe-
cially if they boast grab bars in
bathrooms and hallways wide
enough for walkers,
Welcome to the future, as pre-
dicted by aging experts. The
2010 Census has confirmed
what many have long known -
America is graying and Flor-
ida will be at the forefront of a
slow and steady transformation
in housing, transportation and
While the 2010 Census re-
ports that the median age of

Americans is now 37.2, up from
32 just 20 years ago, Florida,
weighing in at 40.7, is one of
only seven states with a median
age over 40. It has eight coun-
ties with a median age of 50 or
older, mostly in the state's inid-
section, and it also claims five
of the nation's top ten cities with
the highest median age, includ-
ing two in South Florida: Fort
Lauderdale and Hialeah (both
with 42.2).
"What sets Florida apart,"
says Amy Baker, executive di-
rector of the Legislature's Office
of Economic and Demographic
Research, "is not only the me-
dian age but also the quantity of
people in that age group. Florida
is a big stage for all this to play

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How unions are stifling American growth

By Julia Vitullo-Martin

As America tries to fight its
way out of the economic morass
of this recession, it is unable to
use the approach that helped it
emerge from the Great Depres-
sion- countercyclical public
works projects employing hun-
dreds of thousands of workers
to build airports, roads, bridges,
tunnels, civic buildings and park
facilities all over the country.
Indeed, if anything, the coun-
try seems to be going back-
wards on public works. The
long-planned second rail tunnel
under the Hudson River between
New York and New Jersey, for ex-
ample, has been scrapped. Even
though the tunnel would have
taken some 22,000 cars off the
streets at rush hour and surely
stimulated the economies of both
highly congested states. New Jer-
sey Gov. Chris Christie said his
state's share of the cost had risen
to an unacceptable $3.5 billion,
and would go higher. Every in-
dustrial state has seen the elimi-
nation of similar projects, such
as Wisconsin's cancellation of
high-speed rail on the congested
corridor between Madison and

What has gone so wrong that
the country that made itself the
wealthiest on earth in the 19th
and 20th centuries in part by
building the Erie Canal, a net-
work of railroads and the inter-
state highway system would
now give .up?
One answer is labor has be-
come increasingly unproductive.
Decades of. government-sanc-
tioned work rules and regula-
tions that impede productivity
while hindering management's
ability to manage have caused,
construction costs to soar and ef-
ficiency to plummet. This is not a
criticism of the high salaries and
benefits earned by the skilled
construction trades; their work is
dirty and dangerous, and it's fair
that they be well-compensated.
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Organized labor needs a 21st century
makeover, shedding dated and self-serving.
rules that work against the public.

labor's legacy of work rules, juris-
dictional disputes and unproduc-
tive practices that cause costs to
soar through delays and over-
Egregious but contractually
authorized waste can occur
.even on the most socially signifi-
cant jobs, such as the rebuilding
at the World Trade Center site in
downtown New York. Take the
operating engineers. The eight
tower cranes plying the huge
site are operated by licensed
engineers who are members of
Locals 14 and 15. The Local 14
contract requires that a so-called
master mechanic be on hand to
make repairs whenever three
tower cranes or five pieces of
heavy equipment are in use. That
made sense long ago, when mas-
ter macs actually worked on the
equipment. But today's advanced
machinery is repaired by the
crane owner or the manufacturer
- not by the union. Master macs
have virtually nothing to do.
Nonetheless, the master mac is
paid his $135,000 base annual
salary a minor cost, however,
compared with his guaranteed
overtime. Ground Zero's rigor-
ous rebuilding schedule of 12-16
hours a day for six days a week
pumps the master mac's annu-

al take up to roughly $405,000
a year, says a study by the Real
Estate Board of New York. Ben-
efits, pension payments and
insurance can produce an adi-
tional $300,000 for a total
of $700,000. REBNY estimates
that the three master mechanics
at Ground Zero will cost an un-
necessary $6.3 million through
That's not all. Local 14's con-
tract also requires' a station-
ary equipment operator paid
about $110,000 annually for
every compressor, welding ma-
chine and spray fire-proofer in
use. Local 15's contract requires
the presence of a crane oiler, who
makes about $100,000 annu-
ally. A remnant of the days when
equipment needed constant lu-
brication and care, oilers do little
more than start up the oil-free
Altogether, REBNY calculates
that no-work jobs at Ground Zero
will cost about $96 million over
the life of the rebuilding.
The unions have made no pub-
lic response to REBNY's num-
bers. And why should they? The
operating engineers are confident
that they're invulnerable because,
no high-rise construction project
can go forward without them -

and they can shut down almost
any construction site, public or
private, by leaving their cranes
on the top floor and walking off.
But in New York, increasing
numbers of union developers and
contractors are fighting back by
reluctantly going open shop -
or even non-union altogether.
This trend picked up speed in
mid-2008 as new construction
permits started to plummet- to-
day they are a mere 22 percent
of what they were at their peak
in 2005. Unemployment among
union construction workers is
at least 30 percent, even as an
extraordinarily high number of
union labor contracts (26) recent-
ly expired, leaving the industry
vulnerable to chaos.

Union contractors, who are
increasingly losing projects to
non-union contractors, are in-
tent on getting contracts that

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-By Win McNamee, Getty Images
President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. 1st
Class Leroy Petry. Petry is the second living recipient from the
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Soldier gets Medal of

Honor as 'essence of America'

ce a lully productive By Mimi Hall & David' Jackson ry of the day Petry could have
workday earning an died: When intelligence came in
paycheck. This means WASHINGTON .Sgt. 1st suggesting that a top al-Qaeda
the contractual over- Class Leroy Petry, representing leader was in the compound,
mandating that two the warriors who have fought Army Rangers loaded into heli-
'orkers do the work of for a decade to prevent another copters for a risky mission to try
n workers are voting 9/11, received last week the na- to take him out.
on recently negotiated tion's highest military honor, When they landed, Petry and
proposing work rule re- the Medal of Honor. another Ranger moved in, and
"Today, we honor a single act the enemy opened fire. Petry
precisely this kind of of gallantry," President Obama was shot in both legs. "He's
overstaffing that near- said as he presented the award bleeding badly, but he summons
ie automobile industry, to Petry, of Santa Fe. Petry has the strength to lead the other
to Paul Ingrassia, who been deployed eight times to Iraq Ranger to cover, behind a chick-
sh Course: The Ameri- and Afghanistan. As the 10th en coop," Obama said. "He ra-
nobile Industry's Road anniversary of the 2001 terror- dios for support. He hurls a gre-
y to Disaster. He ar- ist attacks approaches, "this is nade at the enemy, giving cover
40 years ago, unions also an occasion to pay tribute to a third Ranger who rushes to
he line between pro- to a soldier and a generation their aid. An enemy grenade ex-
orkers from employer that has borne the burden of plodes nearby, wounding Leroy's
protecting inefficiencies our security during a hard de- two comrades. And then a sec-
destroyed jobs." He cade of sacrifice," Obama said. ond grenade lands this time,
hat the workplace cul- Petry's remarkable sacrifice only a few feet away."
e in which everything was on display at the ceremony As Obama said, "every human
ion, and that manage- in the form of the prosthetic impulse would tell someone to
allowed to manage. In- right hand he 'received after his turn away."
tecting mediocrity has own was blown off during a raid Instead, "this wounded Rang-
*ganized labor's prior- on an insurgents' compound in er, this 28-year-old man with
remote Afghanistan in 2008. his whole life ahead of him,
need a new economic Petry's wounds make it hard for this husband and father of four,
hat puts their employ- him to stand for long periods of did something extraordinary,"
activityy and economic time, and his most recent de- Obama went on. "He lunged for-
the top of their agenda ployment to Afghanistan, last ward, toward the live grenade.
he bottom, as it is all year, was in a non-combat role. He picked it up: He cocked his
today. Obama told the terrifying sto- arm to throw it back."

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-Photo by John D. Glover
Booker T. Washington Class of 1957 Foundation, Inc. stand for
a group photo.


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Camper Jeffery Larkins takes a snap shot near the dolphin pool.

By Randy Grice

Recently 12 graduates of
Booker T. Washington (BTW)
Senior High School in Over-
town, proudly advanced to-
wards the realization of their
dreams of a college education
as a result of receiving schol-
arship awards announced
by the Booker T. Washington
Class of 1957 Foundation,
Inc. This is the foundation's
eighth consecutive year of
giving scholarship awards to
BTW graduates.
"We believe that the schol-
arships motivate the recipi-
ents to maintain good grades
in' college," said John D.
Glover, president and CEO of
Booker T. Washington Class
of 1957 Foundation, Inc.
"The students must provide
us with their transcript after
each semester to be awarded
the scholarship in the follow-
ing year."
The awards ceremony was
held on May 18 at BTW's au-
ditorium. The organization
has been awarding annual
scholarships since 2003. The
scholarships. awarded are for
four years.
Glover said students can
apply via BTW school coun-
"Counselors have copies of
our .scholarship application
and assist the seniors in com-
pleting them. Our volunteer
at the school monitors these
activities, ensuring the schol-
arship information is general-
ly well known at the school,"
Glover said. "After we receive
the applications, a Scholar-
ship Committee reviews the
scholarships, interviews the
students and recommends
candidates to the Founda-
Students are evaluated on
several criteria and a point
system. Financial need plays.
a factor which accounts for
45 points, scholastic achieve-
ment accounts for 30 points,
employment accounts for 10
points and Leadership and
community involvement ac-
counts for 10 points. A re-
quired essay rounds out the
criteria worth five points.
The number of new scholar-
ships the group awards in
any particular year can vary
depending upon the amount
of money raised. Since all of
the foundation members are
volunteers almost 90 per-
cent of the funds raised go for
scholarships. Students apply
during the spring and are se-
lected prior to the awards cer-
emony in May of each year at
the school. Glover also adds
that they are always welcome
to more supportive volun-
"We embarked upon annual
fund raising and membership
drives. One does not have to
be a member of the Class of
1957 to join the foundation,"
he said. "One only needs to
share our goal of assisting ex-

cellent, but financially needy
BTW graduates. Our schol-
arship is unique in that we
award the scholarship to the
student for four consecutive
years as long as the student
remains in school and in good
academic standing with the

The following is a
list of the 2011 -
LaAnqensie Kemp, was
the recipient of the $1,500
Irene B. Ford and Margaret F.
Noel Memorial Scholarship.
LaAnqensie, whose focus is
on a career in dentistry, is off
this fall to study at the Uni-
versity of Houston.
Molina Milfort, who
received the $1,500 Dade
County Federal Credit Union
Scholarship, will pursue a
course of study leading to a
degree in Architecture at the
University of Florida this fall.
Tatianna Johnson was
awarded the $1,500 James
and Elsa Hunt Community
Scholarship and she will en-
roll in the fall at Miami Dade
College, where she will major
in Education.

The nine $1,000 continuing
scholarships were awarded to the
following previous
BTW graduates:
Moise Julot, a 2010 BTW
graduate, is a Sophomore at
Florida International Univer-
sity, where he is pursuing a
Pre-law curriculum.
Tavarous Parks, a 2009
BTW graduate, is a Junior
at the' University of Florida
studying Events Management
preparation for the operation
of his own business.
, Tianna T. Lawhorn, a
2009 BTW graduate, is a Ju-
nior at the University of Mi-
ami, where she is majoring in
Elementary Education.
Tanetna A. Wallace, a
2009 BTW graduate, is a Ju-
nior studying Criminal Jus-
tice at Florida A&M Univer-
Kristin L. Barrett, a
2008 BTW graduate, is a Se-
nior pursuing a Pre-Law cur-
riculum at Miami Dade Col-
Robensky Theodore, a
2008 BTW graduate, is a Se-
nior at Florida A&M Univer-
sity, where he is completing
work leading to a B.A. degree
in Business Accounting.
Britney Pace, a 2008
BTW graduate, is a Senior
at Florida State University,
where she majors in Interna-
tional Affairs and minors in
Chinese and Japanese.
Jasmine Lattimore, a
2008 BTW graduate, is a Se-
nior at Alabama State Univer-
sity, where she is in pursuit of
a degree in Theater and Com-
Jamie Brown, a 2008
BTW graduate, is pursuing a
degree in Business Adminis-
tration at Florida Internation-
al University.


fun for

special kids

By Randy Grice posed to."
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Special needs children will
not be left out this summer.
Miami Lighthouse for the
Blind and Visually Impaired
is offering summer fun for
children with disabilities.
The camp is set to run for
six weeks, from June 13 to
Friday, July 22nd.
"Our camp focuses on
brail literacy, physical fit-
ness and social activities,"
said Nihusa Oviedo, chil-
dren's program coordinator.
"This year we did judo, some
of our other kids did rowing,
that is a part of out physical
fitness. We also do person-
al management, arts and
crafts, we have different ac-
tivities scheduled through-
out the day and we also go
on field trips."
As a part of the camp, the
children had the opportu-
nity to experience a private
interaction with dolphins,
sea turtles, stingrays and
birds through the Miami
Seaquarium's touch tour.
With the help of trainers
and animal keepers, attend-
ees will be using their other
senses and hands to learn
more about local and foreign
wildlife. The students were
exposed to a multi-senso-
ry experience by feeding,
playing with and petting
the animals at the Miami
Seaquarium. Every stu-
dent, whether blind or visu-
ally impaired, will be able to
see the aquatic life through
touch and interaction. For-
ty Miami Lighthouse stu-
dents will experience this
exclusive wildlife tour that
will not only help educate
the participants, but it will
also help them gain the
confidence needed to learn
through their other senses.
Media is invited to observe
as these ambitious students
experience a unique lesson
in wildlife education and
"Our program is open to
children who are blind or
visually impaired," Oviedo
said. "This year we also
opened it up to siblings
of those children. This is
important for the kids be-
cause they get to use their
since we do focus a bulk of
our program around brail.
They also get to experi-
ence opportunity that they
would not normally be ex-

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kids. Many of the camp-
ers are referred by the De-
partment of Blind Service
(DBS) along with return-
ing campers from previous
"This program really does

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nity to experience some-
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Black engineer reflects

on locomotive lifestyle, j
By Kaila Heard
kheard@miamitimesonline.com -

The Civil Rights Movement during the
1960s helped usher in a tidal wave of
changes for Blacks and other minori-
ties. Specifically, the movement advanced
citizenship freedoms, such as the right to
vote. Yet in addition to the civil changes
won by the movement and subsequent '
legislation, the movement also ushered
in new opportunities for Blacks in the
Thomas Frederick started working at
the Florida East Coast Railway Company
for the same reason a lot of other people
took railroad jobs.
He explained, "Because of the pay, it
was a good job."
Yet at the time, Black workers v.ere rel-
egated to laboring positions such as hose
cutters or firemen, but never engineers.
Being an engineer was considered just
too prestigious or that the Black man
wasn't qualified or intelligent enough [for
it]," his son, Samuel, explained.
However as attitudes changed, Florida
East Coast Railway began promoting mi-
norities and Frederick would become the
first Black worker to qualify to become a
locomotive engineer in February 1965.
Now retired for over 25 years, the
89-year-old Frederick admits that he was
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Summit allows women, girls to

Women hears
locals concerns
By Kaila Heard

For girls and women of all
ages, Saturday, July 9th pro-
vided the chance to participate
in the first Girls and Women's
Summit, sponsored by the Mi-
ami Gardens Commission for
Women. It was a unique op-
portunity for them to enjoy one
another's company and speak
out about issues directly related
to and impacting women. The
theme for the summit, which
was held at the Miami Gar-
dens Council Chambers, was
'Empowering All Women with
a Voice and the Resources to
Thrive and Survive.'
According to Dannie McMil-
lion, the chairperson for the
Commission for Women, the
event was held to serve two
major purposes: to learn more
about local women's concerns

and to raise the community's
awareness of the Commission.
The summit was created so
that.women could "come togeth-
er and think about some issues
and concerns so that we can
have an idea of some projects
that we might work on in the fu-
ture," said McMillion.
The event drew an estimated
165 attendees.
"I think that everybody was
absolutely overwhelmed by the
attendance; the room was over-
flowing," said Lillie Q. Odom,

liaison for the Commission for
Women. "What I was really im-
pressed with was that we had
almost a 50/50 mix of young
girls and women."
Among some of the issues that
attendees wanted to address
were volunteering opportuni-
ties, relationships and domestic
Odom recalls how the young
women and girls were particu-
larly concerned about the lack
of manners and respect exhib-
ited by young men today.

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speak out
"They are quite concerned
about that," she said. "I would
have thought that would be a
concern of older women, but it
was the young girls who brought
it up."
The summit also provided
additional information about
programs and objectives of the
Commission for Women.
"A lot of women don't know
that the commission exists,"
McMillion observed.
Established in 2008, "the
Miami Gardens Commission
for Women is committed to ob-
taining equality in economics,
health, education and access to
community resources [for girls
and women]," McMillion added.
Their current programs in-
clude: a beautification project in
which roses are planted in vari-
ous vacant lots in the commu-
nity; nutrition workshops; and
business seminars developed to
educate women who aspire to be
On October 1st, the Miami
Gardens Commission for Wom-
en will host a Domestic Violence
Prevention Walk.





By Kaila Heard

On Sunday, July 17th the sanctuary of the Pentecostal Tab-
ernacle in Miami Gardens was filled with people who came to-
gether to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the independence
of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Once the country was granted complete independence by
Great Britain on July 10, 1973, the Bahamas became a sover-
eign island nation.
For Florida Consul General of the Bahamas, Rhoda Jack-
son, a native of the Bahamas, the day's festivities brought
forth powerful memories.
The annual celebration "gives me a sense of nostalgia," she
said. "I recall as a child attending the ceremony at Clifford
Park where we took down the Union Jack [the British flag]
and hoisted up the Bahamian flag."
And while the celebration allows people who were alive dur-
ing the transition to complete independence a chance to recall

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Mayor Andre Pierre of North Miami, presented a proc-
lamation to the Florida Consul General of the Bahamas, -
Rhoda Jackson during the celebration of Bahamian Inde-
pendence held on Sunday, July 17.
the past, today's younger generation can also benefit from the
annual ceremonies.
"I think [the celebration] is something that young people see
the older people participating in and they want to be a part of
that feeling," Jackson explained.
This year was the first time the annual independence
church service was held at the Pentecostal Tabernacle in Mi-
ami Gardens.
"People from the Bahamas have been such an integral part
of the community that we certainly wanted to have an oppor-
tunity to celebrate the community and to celebrate the people
from that country who have contributed here," said Reverend
Robert Stewart, Pentecostal Tabernacle's senior pastor.
The church's approximately 900-member congregation is
diverse with a mix of ethnicities, the largest being Blacks
from the U.S., followed by a significant percentage of Baha-
mian Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there
are 31,984 Bahamians living in the U.S. over 20,000 live in
Additional Bahamian festivities will be held this month in-
cluding the Bahamian Celebration featuring the Royal Baha-
mas Police Force Band on Saturday, July 23rd and the Family
Day Beach Picnic at the Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah on
Sunday, July 24th.
Among the honored guests who reportedly attended the af-
fair was T. Brent Symonette, the deputy prime minister and
minister of foreign affairs of the Bahamas.

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At the Iota Phi Lambda Inc.'s Leadership Luncheon, Pro-
fessor Bennie L. Marshall of Norfolk State University [R],
the event's featured speaker, stands with the national presi-
dent of the sorority, Dr. Doris Browning Austin [L].

Iota Phi Lambda holds

national convention
By Kaila Heard
Professor Bennie L. Marshall of Norfolk State University was
the featured speaker at the Leadership Luncheon hosted by Iota
Phi Lambda, Inc., a national professional women's sorority, at the
Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles on Saturday,
July 16.
The luncheon was one of several activities during the sorority's
five-day 82nd Anniversary National Convention held from Please
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The cleansing

power of faith

By Kaila Heard

Tales of addiction do not normally end in stories of glory and
triumph, however, for Pastors Ann G. and Victor C. Foster of
New Beginning Life Christian Center, theirs did.
Married in 1984, the union seemed the perfect solution for
young people who were struggling to put their lives on track.
However, within a few years the pair had become dependent on
crack cocaine.
"The first seven years of our marriage was an addiction,"
recalled the 47-year-old Ann.
"It had gotten so bad that I realized that things weren't going
to get better without God."
Fortunately, her husband had also reached the same conclu-
sion and the two decided to seek help. But there was an ad-
ditional complication: they had small children at home at the
time, making it impossible for both to enter rehabilitation pro-
grams. They decided that Victor would enter rehab, while Ann
would stay Home and seek spiritual guidance.
"My husband went to rehab and I went to church," she said.
Eventually they both became clean and sober and Ann main-
tained her faithful church attendance, but it was still a difficult
time for the couple.
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13B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 20-26, 2011

Churches lead opposition to immigration law




By Jay Reeves
Associated Press

For some believers and church
leaders, opposing Alabama's
toughest-in-the-nation law
against illegal immigration is a
chance for Bible Belt redemp-
During the civil rights move-
ment of the 1950s and '60s,
many state churches didn't
join the fight to end Jim Crow
laws and racial segregation.
Some cross-burning Ku Klux
Klan members took off their
hoods and sat in the pews with
everyone else on Sunday morn-
ings, and relatively few white
congregations actively op-
posed segregation. Some black
churches were hesitant to get
involved for fear of white back-
Now that Alabama has passed
what's widely considered the
nation's most restrictive state
law against illegal immigra-
tion, mainstream churches,
faith-based organizations and

individual members are lead-
ing opposition to the act. Some
see their involvement as a way
to avoid repeating mistakes of
the past.
"I think what happened in
the '60s may be a stimulus for
the action that you have seen
many of the churches taking
on this," said Chriss H. Doss,
an attorney and ordained
Southern Baptist minister.
Matt Lacey, pastor of a Unit-
ed Methodist church once at-
tended by Birmingham's in-
famous segregationist police
commissioner Eugene "Bull"
Connor, said there are all sorts
of reasons Alabama Christians
are opposed to the law. Making
amends for the past inaction
of religious groups is among
them, he said.
"For me, as pastor of a church
that was engaged in that bat-
tle, it is very important," said
Lacey. "If we take redemption
very seriously, then it not only
covers our sins but our past
actions as a church. I think for
some, there is a tendency to

-AP Photo/Jay Reeves
Now that Alabama has passed what's widely considered the nation's most restrictive state
law against illegal immigration, mainstream churches, faith-based organizations and indi-
vidual members are leading opposition to the act.

want to be on the side of right
on this issue. ... I would like to
think the church just wants to
do what's right."
At 56, the Rev. Al Garrett
is old enough to recall some
faith communities sitting on
the sidelines during the civil
rights movement. Garrett, who
helped organize a prayer rally
that drew a few hundred peo-
ple Sunday night in Huntsville,
said the difference now is up-
"I've thanked God that I've
been here to see the way people
of faith are taking a stand on
this," he said.
After a prayer for wisdom,
members of the Birmingham
City Council recently passed a
unanimous resolution calling
for the repeal of the law. That
same day, ministers and lay
people gathered to discuss op-
position to the law in the same
church where, more than 50
years ago, white segregation-
ists gathered to form a group
to oppose white and Black chil-
dren going to school together.

Rmi: While celebrating
her 86th birthday, Dr.
Eunice Harvey also
premiered her first
book, "Florida, State
of My Birth, Pompano
Beach, My Home-
town," on Saturday,
July 9. Sponsored by
the Elders Council of

the African-American
Research Library and
Cultural Center in Ft.
Lauderdale, the pre-
miere also allowed
Harvey to speak about
living in South Florida
as well as to autograph
copies of her book.



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Sherri Hicks, neo-soul gospel singer the show.

The transforming power of gospel

Jesus Ministries Brass Band

On Saturday, July 9, the African Heritage by alto saxophonist, Nathaniel Knight III
Cultural Arts Center held the Transforming and violinist, Nickalus Knight. M.J. Smith
Praise Gospel Showcase. Among the eve- from WMBM served as the event's host.
ning's stand out performances were the The Transforming Praise Gospel Showcase
neo-soul gospel singer, Sherri Hicks, the was a fundraiser for the African Heritage
Jesus Ministries Brass Band, comedian Cultural Arts Center, which was spon-
Monte Benjamin, spoken word artist, Re- scored by the Joint Alumni Coalition of Mi-
becca "Butterfly" Vaughns, and selections ami Dade.

Blacks most religious group, study finds

By Pete Winn

Black Americans are the most
religious in the United States,
according to a newly released
Gallup Poll.
In a daily tracking survey re-
leased recently, Gallup found
that 53 percent of Black Ameri-
cans were identified as being
"very religious," with 33 percent
saying they were "moderately
That stands in contrast to the
39 percent of white Americans
who said they were "very reli-
gious" and the 26 percent who
said they were "moderately re-
Only 1.3 percent of Blacks
said they were "nonreligious,"
versus 34 percent of whites.
Hispanic Americans were the
second most religious ethnic
group, with 45 percent saying
they were "very religious," and

Poll finds that 86 percent of Blacks
"moderately religious."

33 percent "moderately reli- Asian
gious" a total of 78 percent religious,
religious. exhibition
Just 22 percent of Hispanics age of
said they were nonreligious. themsel

say they are "very" or

Americans were far less
s, according to Gallup,
ng the highest percent-
any group identifying
ves as "nonreligious" --

29 percent of Asians said they
were "very religious," 32 per-
cent were moderately religious"
and 39 percent "nonreligious."
According to Gallup, the
three religious groups "very
religious"/ "moderately reli-
gious"/ "nonreligious" are
defined by a combination of
how important .respondents
say religion is to them and how
often they say they attend reli-
gious services.
The findings are based on
Gallup Daily tracking inter-
views conducted January
through May of this year, with
a random sample of 145,618
adults, aged 18 and older, liv-
ing in all 50 states and the Dis-
trict of Columbia. Among those
adults, 115,577 were non-His-
panic whites, 10,704 were His-
panics, 10,174 were non-His-
panic Blacks and 2,407 were

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Celebrating local Black history




When your blessings take flight

By Thornm Patterson

It may be the first prayer
ever uttered by a space trav-
eler: "Dear Lord, please don't
let me f- up."
Dubbed "Shepard's Prayer,"
this brief, irreverent plea is
often attributed to the first
American in space the late
Alan Shepard although he
reportedly said he was mis-
Shepard s Prayer speaks
volumes about the wide
spectrum of religious beliefs
among the relatively few men
and women who've risked
their lives by traveling into
Here are just a few of the re-

Pilgrim New Hope Bap-
tist Church's 'Convening of
the Evangelist' will be held at
the Palm Beach County Con-
vention Center, August 17-20.

New Providence Mission-
ary Baptist Church welcomes
everyone to their Family and
Friends Day on July 24 at 4

New Corinth Missionary
Baptist Church is celebrat-
ing their Deacons, Deaconess,
Mother Board and Home Mis-
sion's Anniversary, July 24 at
4 p.m. 305-633-7353

The Women's Department
of Mount Hope Fellowship
Baptist Church presents their
annual '100 Women in White
Celebration' on July 31 at 4

The Southern Echoes
are holding a Pre-Anniversary
Service at Emmanuel Mission-
ary Baptist Church on July 23
at 7:30 p.m. and their 18th
Anniversary Service at the
-Holy Cross Missionary Bap-
Thdrfrf ic t O t8 oI or ,"

ligious highlights surrounding
human space travel:
February 1962: "Godspeed,
John Glenn," says fellow as-
tronaut Scott Carpenter as
Glenn becomes the first Amer-
ican to orbit the Earth.
Christmas Eve, 1968: The
crew of Apollo 8, the first hu-
mans to orbit the moon, read
from the Bible's book of Gene-
sis during a lhve TV broadcast
to Earth.
July 1969: Apollo 11 Col.
Buzz Aldrin becomes the only
person ever to receive com-
munion on the moon A Pres-
byterian, he administers the
sacrament himself while in-
side the lunar landing vehiclee
Shortly afterward. Aldrin be-

tist Church on July 24 at 3
p.m. 786-663-7065, 954-432-

Lighthouse Holy Ghost
Center, Inc. invites everyone
to their Intercession Prayer
Service on Saturdays at 10
a.m. 305-640-5837.

Bethany Seventh-Day
Adventist Church is host-
ing a Revive Alive 2011 revival
meeting to be held every Fri-
day, Saturday and Sunday at
7:30 p.m. until July 30. Free
transportation and nightly
Children's Ministries provid-
ed. 305-634-2993.

The Speaking Hands Min-
istry welcomes the community
to donate toys until July 20 for
their Annual Toy Drive. 954-
792-7273, 305-970-0054 or
visit www.speakinghands.org.

Macedonia Mission-
ary Baptist Church's Usher
Ministry is hosting a Fashion
Show and Musical Program
on August 21 at 4 p.m. and is
currently seeking models. 305-

comes the second human to
set foot on the moon.
April 1970: President Nixon
leads nation in prayer for the
safe return of Apollo 13 crew
members after their space-
craft is damaged en route to
the moon.
February 1986: Pope John
Paul 11 prays for God to accept
the spirits of the se-en crew
members killed in the explo-
sion of the shuttle Challenger
February 2003: israeli as-
tronaut Ilan Ramon. who was
killed with six others aboard
the shuttle Columbia. brought
with him a tiny microfiche
Bible given to him by Israel's
president, according to The
New York Times. He also cop-

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

The International Prayer
Center is hosting their Pastoral
Anniversary, Aug. 11-14. 954-

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 clothes. Visit www.faith-
church4you.com or call 305-

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

God Word God Way COGIC
invites those who would like
to experience shut-in all night
tarring service. 786-326-3455.

Running for Jesus Out-
reach Youth Ministries invites
the community to their Jubilee
Praise and Rap Gospel Celebra-
tion on July 23 at 7:30 p.m. The

ied the traditional Jewish
blessing Shabbat Kiddush
into his diary so he could re-
cite it aboard the spacecraft
and have the blessing broad-
cast to Earth, according to the
Jerusalem Post.
August 2005: While in or-
bit, shuttle Disco er., s Eileen
Collins commanding the first
mission after 2003's Colum-
bia disaster says a prayer
in honor of Columbia s seven
crew-tmembers killed during
reentry. The prayer is adapted
from a poem "For the Fallen.'
b\ Laurence Binyon.
October 2007: Malaysian
cosmonaut Sheikh Musza-
phar Shukor a practicing
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church is also looking for addi-
tional praise dancers, choirs,
and soloists to participate in
their Gospel Back to School
Summer Jam Fest on August
27 at 7:30 p.m. 786-704-5216,

Christian Cathedral
Church is hosting a Christmas
in July raffle. 305-652-1132.

The Youth In Action
Group invites you to their "Sat-
urday Night Live Totally Radi-
cal Youth Experience" every
Saturday, 10 p.m. midnight.

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

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

Depression claims many ministry leaders

By Subodh S. Lal

Pastors, the spiritual shep-
herds of the faithful, are not
supposed to burn out. Ministry
leaders, the CEOs in charge of
efficient organizations, are not
allowed to feel low. Christians,
especially Christian leaders,
must never be depressed.
Yet according to an esti-
mate, as much as 80 percent
of pastors feel unqualified and
discouraged in their role as
In a recent post on The Gos-
pel Coalition blog, Paul Tripp,
the president of Paul Tripp
Ministries, said he was con-
vinced that there are important
changes needed in pastoral
culture and shared four "po-
tential setups of this discour-
agement/depression cycle in
Year after year my students
seemed to forget the two things
that consistently make pastoral
ministry hard. What are they?
The harsh reality of life in a
dramatically broken world and
what remaining sin does to the
hearts of us all.
Finally, churches also forget
that they have called a person
who is a man in the midst of
his own sanctification. This

Many ministry
leaders have felt
unqualified and
discouraged in
their role as

tends to drive the pastor into
hiding, afraid to confess what
is true of him and everyone to
whom he ministers. There is
a direct connection between
unrealistic expectations and
deepening cycles of disappoint-
There is often a significant
gulf between the public per-
sona of the ministry family and
the realities of the day-by-day
struggles in their home. We
almost assume that the pastor
will feel regularly torn between
ministry and family and will be

often forced to make "lesser of
two evils" choices. This tension
between family and ministry
robs pastoral ministry of its
joy, and its seeming insur-
mountability is a sure set up
for depression.
Fear of man is actually ask-
ing people to give you what
only God can deliver. This then
causes me to watch for and
care too much about the reac-
tions of others, and because
I do this, to feel like I get way
more criticism than I deserve.
Each new duty begins to be

viewed as another forum for
the criticism of others and with
this, the emotional life of the
pastor begins to spin down-
It is very tempting for the
pastor to do his work in pur-
suit of other glories than the
glory of God and for purposes
other than God's kingdom.
Personal acclaim and reputa-
tion, power and control, com-
fort and appreciation, are the
subtle little kingdom idols that
greet every pastor. In fact, I am
persuaded that much of the
ministry opposition that we at-
tribute to the enemy is actually
God getting in the way of the
little kingdom intentions of the
pastor. It is God, in grace, res-
cuing the pastor from himself.
Depression in the pastor
may be set up by the culture
that surrounds him, but it is
a disease of the heart, and for
that we have the presence,
promises, and provisions of
the Savior. No one cares more
about your suffering than the
one who suffered for you. In
your despondency, don't run
from him, run to him. Jesus
really does offer you the hope
and healing that you can find
nowhere else.

Co-pastors use personal testimonies for outreach efforts

continued from 12B

"My husband relapsed after
rehab," she admitted.
However, she was determined
that he would overcome the
addiction. For the next five
months, Ann dedicated herself
to "speaking words over his life,
calling him over to Christ." She
made sure to tell her husband
that "he would be a man of
God, [he] would be the head of
the house and not the tail."
Eventually, he accepted the
"Once we were both clean we
decided we would both attend
church," she said.

The pair became active
members who even helped
their church establish an
evangelist ministry. In the ear-
ly 1990s, the ministry workers
could often be seen canvasing
the streets of Miami reaching
out to anyone to speak to them
about the glory of Jesus.
"We realized that if God had
rescuied us out of the streets
than He could use us to rescue
someone else," she said.
Through their outreach ef-
forts, Ann was invited to serve
at another church. In the
meantime, while Ann served
as interim pastor, Victor also
assisted as a deacon. Both
were ordained and licensed

in ministry in 1994. Unfor-
tunately, conflicts with the
church eventually caused
them to leave before the year
That decision led to the cou-
ple becoming co-pastors of
their own ministry, the New
Beginning Life Christian Cen-
ter, Inc. They began their min-
istry with only 10 members
16 years ago but have since
grown to over 150 members.
The church has several min-
istries including a Children's
Ministry, Bereavement Minis-
try, Substance Abuse Minis-
try, Leadership Training and
Marriage Counseling.
For couples that Ann coun-

sels, she usually advises the
importance of spouses being
able to accept one another as
unique individuals.
"A lot of times, couples think
they can change one another,
but -the truth is that only God
can do that," she said. "If He
doesn't do the changing then
it's not going to happen."
Despite the many programs
their church now sponsors,
the pair remain committed to
On Saturday, July 30th,
New Beginning Life Christian
Center, Inc., located at 1050
S. 56th Avenue in Hollywood,
will host a Women's Fellowship
Tea at 2 p.m.

Irvin speaks outforgay rights

Michael Irvin was never shy
in speaking out on the football
field, whether to remind an op-
ponent that he had just been
beat, or to rally his teammates
on the sidelines. Now, Irvin is
lending his voice to the fight for
equality, appearing on the cov-
er of this month's issue of Out,
a gay men's magazine.
Irvin says in the ar- i- _
ticle that his relation-
ship with his brother -tL
Vaughan, an openly .
gay man who died of
stomach cancer back
in 2006, did a great .
deal to mold his views VI
on same-sex relation- IRVII
ships. According to the maga-
zine, Irvin became aware of his
brother's sexuality in the seven-
ties, after discovering Vaughan
wearing women's clothing, an
experience that deeply affected
the Hall of Fame receiver. Irvin
has since reflected on the ap-
pearance with the help of Dal-
las Bishop T.D. Jakes.
"And through it all we real-
ized maybe some of the issues
I've had with so many women,
just bringing women around
so everybody can see, maybe
that's the residual of the fear I

had that if my brother is wear-
ing ladies' clothes, am I going
to be doing that? Is it genetic?"
Irvin said to Out, per ESPN
Dallas. "I'm certainly not mak-
ing excuses for my bad deci-
sions. But I had to dive inside
of me to find out why am I
making these decisions, and
that came up."
Irvin's credits his fa-
ther, Walter with champi-
oning a tolerant brand of
Christianity and accept-
ing his gay son. Now, the
Hall of Famer is asking
the Black community to
support marriage equal-
ity for same-sex unions.
"I don't see how any African-
American, with any inkling of
history, can say that you don't
have the right to live your life
how you want to live your
life," he said. "No one should
be telling you who you should
love, no one should be telling
you who you should be spend-
ing the rest of your life with.
When we start talking about
equality, and everybody being
treated equally, I don't want
to know an African-American
who will say everybody doesn't
deserve equality."

Sorority plans for future

continued from 12B

Wednesday, July 13 until Mon-
day, July 18.
"We have such a rich lega-
cy," said Dr. Doris Browning
Austin, the sorority's national
But, "we're at this point where
we are moving into the 21st
century. The challenge is being
able to meet all the other chal-
lenges of the [this] century."
Yet Austin also sees reason to
be hopeful about the progress
of women in the professional
"Women are prepared more
so than ever to go into the fields
that were once primarily domi-
nated by men," she explained.
Established in 1929 by Lola
M. Parker, Iota Phi Lambda So-
rority, Inc. was founded with
the specific goals of improving

the status of women, promot-
ing the importance of business
education to youth, and en-
couraging children and young
adults to become involved in
civic and social service activi-
ties. As of today, the sorority
has an estimated 5,000 mem-
bers among more than 100
chapters in over 31 states and
the Virgin Islands.
Each chapter works toward
fulfilling the'principles of -the
South Florida's chapter,
Gamma Alpha, focuses on
these key issues with such
activities as annual scholar-
ships, teen pregnancy aware-
ness campaigns and youth
career guidance, according to
the chapter's president, Nikki
Gamma Alpha also served as
the host chapter for the five-
day National Convention.

Frederick: I was very qualified

continued from 12B

not looking to become a trail-
"I was planning on doing just
what I was doing which was
[being] a hose cutter," he said.
As an engineer, Frederick
would be responsible for ensur-
ing the timely departure and
arrival of a train, as well as the
safe arrival of the passengers.
Frederick benefitted from the
changing times but his son
points to the fact that his father

had always been a talented and
hardworking man.
He was promoted "not as a
token, but because he was re-
ally good at his job," Samuel
Today, Frederick reminisces
with pride about his fascinat-
ing career.
"I'm happy I was a qualified
engineer," he said.
In total he would spend 43
years working for the railway
before retiring as the super-
intendent road foreman of en-
gines in July 1985.

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Why pastors can sometimes give bad sermons

By Reverend Mary M. Brown

A Lilly-endowed study of
more than 10,000 Christian
laypeople revealed that while
78 percent of them have never
discussed a sermon with their
preacher, church members do
have strong opinions and deep
hopes for their pastor's preach-
ing. The study found that:
Laypeople listen to a ser-
mon expecting inspiration to
encourage spiritual growth.
Laypeople look to preach-
ing for spiritual leadership, es-
pecially as it relates to current
life and societal issues.
Laypeople rely on preach-
ing for serious spiritual con-
tent about the Bible and not
good advice that can be found
in a self-help book.
Laypeople listen to preach-
ing expecting a long-lasting
impact. When this happens,

listeners are motivated to re-
turn for another church ser-
Laypeople come to church
hoping for a sermon that will
make a difference in their
hearts and an impact on their
lives. Unfortunately too often
they spend the sermon passing
their time by doling out lifesav-
ers to their children, doodling
on the bulletin insert or mak-
ing a mental "to do" list for the
upcoming week.
And yet, the truth is I have
never met a pastor who wanted
to preach a bad sermon. Most
preachers are genuinely de-
voted to their craft, striving to
compose meaningful and life
changing messages week after
week. But this desire must be
paired with the reality of con-
gregational life. Clergy stand on
the frontline of life in its harsh-
est form. In any given week, a

PREACHING IN STYLE: Marvin Sapp delivers his sermon at
Lighthouse Full Life Center.
death, an unexpected illness, a The critical time a pastor has
parishioner crisis or commu- carved out for sermon prepara-
nity disaster can simultane- tion is quickly filled with their
ously fall upon one or several important calling to be present
members of a congregation. and offer much-needed pasto-

ral ministry. Caregivers often
put themselves last. Clergy are
no exception.
When Saturday night rolls
around, a pastor can be ex-
hausted from the week's un-
anticipated emergencies and
still have hours of preparation
to complete for Sunday morn-
ing's message. It's no wonder
the sermon isn't what s/he
had hoped to preach, even with
a myriad of good intentions.
The best preaching conver-
sations I have observed are
between a pastor and his/her
own people. For a sermon to
be a public discourse, it takes
a pastor and a congregation.
The shape and form of these
conversations cannot be pre-
scribed. In a community of
faith where there is trust and
openness, they will develop or-
ganically between the pastor
and the people. Some pastors

distribute comment cards to a
few or everyone in the congre-
gation, inviting their feedback
immediately after a message
is delivered. Other preachers
choose to study the weekly
text with a group of laypeople,
in addition to or instead of a
clergy study group, in prepa-
ration for Sunday's sermon.
Whatever the method, the goal
of these preachers is to dig
deep into the Biblical text and
then make even deeper con-
nections with the hearers of its
proclamation. Pastors need to
know their preaching matters.
When a pastor and a congre-
gation share the ministry of
preaching, God will do a new
thing through the proclama-
tion of the Word. Lives will be
changed, but, more important-
ly, our perspective the world
and our place in it will change


Does it matter what faith a president is?

By Thomas Sowell

The U.S. Constitution is
specific when it prohibits a
"religious test" for "any office
or'public trust" Article VI,
Paragraph III.
That doesn't mean voters are
prohibited from considering a
person's faith (or lack thereof)
when deciding for whom they'll
vote. No law could stop them.
Past elections have been de-
cided when some Catholics
voted for a Catholic politician
because of their shared religion
and Protestants voted against
a Catholic because they did
not share that faith. Now come
Mormons Mitt Romney and
Jon Huntsman and evangelical
Christians Tim Pawlenty and
Michele Bachmann.
There is confusion and divi-
sion within once nearly solid
"evangelical ranks over what to
do. Some evangelicals say they
wouldn't vote for a Mormon for
president even though Rom-
ney and Huntsman seem to fit
with many of the political view-
points of the majority of politi-
cally conservative Christians
on social issues such_as abor-
tion and same-sex "marriage"
(though Huntsman favors "civil
unions" and Romney has been
on both sides of this issue, as
well as abortion, more than
Does it really matter what
faith a president or presiden-
tial candidate has or should
everyone, regardless of their
religious background, focus on
their competence to do the job?
Shouldn't the question answer

resident Barack Obaa praying.
President Barack Obama praying.

I would vote for a competent
atheist who believes in issues I
care about over the most con-
servative Christian or Ortho-
dox Jew who lacks the experi-
ence, knowledge and vision to

do a good job as president.
Religion can and has been
used as a distraction to dupe
voters. Jimmy Carter made
"born again" mainstream dur-
ing the 1976 presidential cam-

paign; many evangelicals voted
for him on the basis of his de-
clared faith. Yet Carter later re-
vealed himself to be a standard
liberal Democrat in virtually
every category that mattered,
from abortion and civil unions
to the economy and weakening
America's defenses and image
What about Barack Obama's
self-declared Christian
faith? He attended the Chi-
cago church of Rev. Jeremiah
Wright, whose sermons fre-
quently condemned America
and contained what some took
to be racial slurs. The presi-
dent's faith has not distin-
guished his positions on any
issue that matters from that of
a standard liberal Democratic
If a candidate says faith is
important, shouldn't that faith
take the person on a different
path than what someone of lit-
tie or no faith would propose?
If not, what difference does
faith make and why should it
be of concern to voters?
Not every declared "believer"
delivers on evangelical voters'
expectations. Even the "saint-
ed" Ronald Reagan raised tax-
es, signed an amnesty measure
and named two Supreme Court
justices who voted to preserve
the abortion status quo. And
yet, to this day, most evan-
gelicals believe Reagan was
one of our greatest presidents,
though he rarely attended
church. Carter regularly at-
tended church and even taught
Sunday school but came to be
reviled by most conservative
Christians. .

Nurses provide check-ups to congregations

Growing number of churches hiring

nurses to motivate the faithful

By Kate Santich

Going to church may nourish
your soul, but until recently it
didn't offer much for your cho-
lesterol level or body-mass in-
Now, a growing number of
congregations are hiring nurs-
es to help inspire churchgoers
to eat better, exercise, manage
chronic medical conditions and
in general regard their physical
bodies as a gift from their cre-
"Health care should not be
like a body shop where we just
take our vehicle in to be fixed.
It's a matter of body, mind -
and spirit," said Susan Chase,
associate dean for the graduate
program at the University of
Central Florida College of Nurs-
ing. "We have to address all of
that in order to prevent disease
and help people heal."
With Americans facing an
epidemic of obesity, heart dis-
ease and diabetes, health offi-
cials say it makes sense to try
to reach them through their
houses of worship.
"We need to integrate health
into where you work, where
you play and where you wor-

ship," said Diana Silvey of the
Winter Park Health Founda-
tion. "One of our nurses found
that she could tell patients the
same thing their doctors did,
but people were more receptive
to the nurse because she was
part of that faith environment.
It's a good fit."
Parish or faith-community
nurses were once mainly in-
tended to treat congregants
who fell ill during Sunday ser-
vice. But in recent years they
have expanded their practice to
include a range of church ac-
tivities from teaching health-
ful-cooking classes to leading
weight-loss challenges to run-
ning support groups for those
with depression.
During the past year, the
Winter Park Health Founda-
tion has awarded $500,000 in
grants to support local faith-
community nursing programs,
including hiring nurses for Re-
deemer Lutheran Church and
First Congregational Church,
both of Winter Park, and First
Presbyterian Church of Mait-
land. The grants cover 100 per-
cent of the nurses' salaries for
the first year, 80 percent the
second year and 60 percent the

third year. Florida Hospital pro-
vided training through its Par-
ish Nurse Institute.
Though religion's role in med-
icine can be traced to ancient
civilizations, churches in more
modern times have not always
been exemplars of healthy liv-

ing. As recently as April, re-
searchers at Northwestern
University reported that young
adults who regularly attend re-
ligious activities are 50 percent
more likely to become obese by
middle age than their nonreli-
gious peers.
You can blame some of that
on church traditions of Sunday
morning donuts and fat-laden
potluck suppers, particularly
in Southern congregations.

That's why one mission of
faith-community nurses is
to encourage more-healthful
choices, both at those church
get-togethers and at home.
."I spend a lot of time as a
health coach and counselor,"
said parish nurse Tonja Wil-


S.' -


liams, who has worked at
Macedonia Missionary Bap-
tist Church in Eatonville since
October 2007. "But one of the
first things I had to do was get
people to develop that level of
trust. In the African-American
community, we are often very
reluctant to share [personal]
information. But you have to
overcome those barriers to
reach a point where you can
really get things done."

Praise and rap bash celebration
-Photo credit: Running for Jesus Ministries
Listening to performers during the Praise and Rap Bash
Celebration often caused audience members to leave their
seats and join in the festivities.

Public buildings as 'portable

churches' challenges

Use is drawing legal

By Cathy Lynn Grossman
and Natalie DiBlasio

Praise the Lord and pass the
crates with the pre-fab pulpit
and the portable baptistery in-
side. The Forest Hills Commu-
nity Church is moving into P.S.
144 sort of.
Every Sunday morning, the
elementary school in Queens,
like dozens more schools in New
York City and thousands more
nationwide, is transformed into
a house of worship for a few
There's no tally of how many
churches, synagogues and
mosques convert public school
spaces into prayer places for
the nominal cost of permits
and promises to make no per-
manent changes in the school
setting. What's clear. is that
there has been a steady rise in
numbers as congregations find
schools are available, afford-
able and accessible to families
they want to reach.
But critics, including some
courts, are concerned that
these arrangements are an un-
constitutional entanglement
of church and state. They say
these bargain permits effec-
tively subsidize religious con-
gregations who would have to
pay steeply higher prices on the
open market. They also note
that the practice appears to
favor Christian groups, which
worship on Sundays -when
school spaces are most often
Caught in the middle: church-

es such as Forest Hills, which
spent $3,000 for a permit to use
P.S. 144 from February through
June and just. renewed for July
and August. For September
and beyond, however, nothing
is certain.
The city's Department of Edu-
cation, which has been trying
for a decade to oust the con-
gregations and end the week-
end worship practice, won the
latest legal round ifs June. As
the case winds its way through
more appeals, an injunction al-
lows about 60 congregations to
remain in place and the permit
process to continue.
So Forest Hills' evangelical
founder and pastor, Jeremy
Sweeten, still rises early each
Sunday, hitches up a 20-foot
trailer packed by Portable-
Church.com with every bit of
paraphernalia needed to cre-
ate a sanctuary and children's
Bible classes, tows it to the
Arriving at P.S. 144, the trailer
is swarmed by volunteers such
as Bible college student Bill Du-
pree, who hoists the trusses for
the sound stage in the cafeteria,
and Nicki Stepp, who organizes
a little classroom between col-
orful plastic snap-together par-
titions in the gym.
By 10 a.m., the Assemblies of
God congregation of about 60
, adults is raising their voices in
song and prayer.
Then about 1 p.m., as swiftly
as they came, they're gone. Ev-
ery offering basket stashed. Ev-
ery Bible coloring book boxed.
Every sign that a church meets
here whisked away, so P.S. 144
looks like its Monday-morning
self once more.

Southern Echoes 18th anniversary

The Southern Echoes 18th
Anniversary Sunday, July 24, 3
p.m., Holy Cross M.B. Church,
1555 N.W. 93 Terr., Dr. W. L.
Strange, pastor.
Special guests from Savan-
nah, GA; Deacon Roland Mc-
Carr and The Gospel Travelers,
Lil Rev. Faithfulfews, Dynamic,
The Wimberlys, The Carnations,

Spiritualettes, Southernaires,
Minister Taylor, Heavenly Lites,
Zion Singers, Wright Singers,
Chosen One, Galiliee, Shining
Stars, Heavenly Angels, Zio-
nettes, Golden Bells, Annointed
Voices and many others.
For information, call Sister
Curley at 786-663-7065 or 954-

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

Colon cancer deaths, new cases drop :

CDC credits an increase in

screening, urges even more

By Mary Brophy Marcus

Colon cancer screening
is up, and new cases and
deaths from the country's No.
2 cancer killer are down, a
new study shows.
"It's good news today. Co-
lon cancer deaths are down
significantly and even more
progress is possible," Cen-
ters for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) Director
Thomas Frieden said at a
news briefing recently.
According to the CDC re-
port, new cases decreased by
66,000 from 2003 to 2007,
and deaths dropped by near-
ly 32,000 during that time.
Frieden said that though
there's been "a remark-

able increase in the level of
screening" over the past de-
cade nearly two-thirds
of Americans ages 50 to 75
were screened by 2010, com-
pared with 52 percent in
2002 the numbers appear
to be leveling off.
He said that for the 22 mil-
lion Americans who are un-
screened, the doctor-patient
dialogue isn't where it should
be. "The strongest risk fac-
tor is not being told to be
screened by your doctor,"
Frieden said.
The report drew from state-
level data from a2002-10 sur-
vey to determine the number
of people screened for colon
cancer. Numbers of new cas-
es diagnosed between 2003

Massage therapy may be better than
medication or exercise for easing low
back pain in the short term, a new
government-funded study suggests.
Seattle researchers recruited 401
patients, mostly middle-aged, female
and white, all of whom had chronic
low back pain.
Those who received a series of either
relaxation massage or structural mas-
sage were better able to work and be
active for up to a year than those get-
ting "usual medical care," which in-
cluded painkillers, anti-inflammatory
drugs, muscle relaxants or physical
therapy, the researchers found.
Lead study author Daniel Cherkin,
director of Group Health Research
Institute, said he had expected struc-
tural massage, which manipulates
specific pain-related back muscles
and ligaments, would prove superior
to relaxation or so-called Swedish
massage, which aims to promote a
feeling of body-wide relaxation.
Structural massage, which fo-
cuses on soft-tissue abnormalities,
requires more training and may be
more likely to be paid for by health
insurance plans, which may equate
it with physical therapy, said Cher-
"I thought structural massage
would have been at least a little bet-

and 2007 are from CDC's
National Program of Cancer
Registries and National Can-
cer Institute data. Deaths are
based on information from
the CDC's National Vital Sta-
tistics tracking system.
Oleh Haluszka, chief of
gastroenterology at Temple
University School of Medi-
cine in Philadelphia, said:
"Every time I see a new co-
lon cancer patient, I look at
it as a failure. This shows
the system is breaking down

A' .
ter, and that's not the case," Cher-
kin said. "If you're having continuing
problems with back pain even after
trying usual medical care, massage
may be a good thing to do. I think the
results are pretty strong."
The study, funded by the National
Center for Complementary and Al-
ternative Medicine, part of the U.S.
National Institutes of Health, is pub-
lished in the July 5 issue of Annals of
Internal Medicine.

somewhere. The vast major-
ity of cases are totally pre-
Some patients are difficult
to reach, Haluszka and other
experts said. Some only see
their health care provider
when they're sick, and those
with poor or no health insur-
ance do not go at all, said
Roshan Bastani, professor
of public health and associ-
ate director of cancer preven-
tion and control research at
UCLA's Jonsson Compre-

Participants were randomly as-
signed to one of the three groups:
structural massage, relaxation mas-
sage or usual care. Those in the mas-
sage groups were given hour-long
massage treatments weekly for 10'
At 10 weeks, more than one-third
of those who received either type of
massage said their back pain was
much better or gone, compared to
only one in 25 patients who received

Colon cancer cases
(per 100,000 people)

i Colon cancer deaths New cases

2003l 52.3

2007 45.4
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Note: Latest data available

usual care, the study said. Those in
the massage groups were also twice
as likely in that period to have spent
fewer days in bed, used less anti-in-
flammatory medication and engaged
in more activity than the standard
care group.
Six months out, both types of mas-
sage were still linked to improved
function, Cherkin said, but after one
year, pain and function was almost
equal in all three groups.
Noting that most Americans will ex-
perience low back pain during their
lifetime, Cherkin said another benefit
of massage is its relative safety.
"Maybe one of 10 patients felt pain
during or after massage, but most of
those thought it was a 'good pain,"'
he said. "A good massage therapist
will be in tune with the patient and
will ask what hurts."
One of the study's weaknesses was
that those who were assigned to usu-
al care knew that others were receiv-
ing massage therapy and may have
been disappointed to be excluded,
tainting their reported improvement,
said Dr. Robert Duarte, director of
the Pain and Headache Treatment
Center at North Shore-LIJ Health
System in Manhasset, N.Y.
"I think massage therapy can be
useful for patients with back pain,
but more as a. . supplemental ther-
apy," Duarte added.

Americans continue to pack on the pounds

By Nanci Hellmich

People may still be tighten-
ing their belts because of the
economy, but too many con-
tinue to let them out because
of weight gain.
The percentage of obese
adults increased in 16 states
over past year and didn't de-
cline in any state, a report
says. In addition, the number
of adults who say they don't
do any physical activity in-
creased in 14 states this past
"The bad news is the obesi-
ty rates are really high," says
Jeff Levi, executive director
of the Trust for America's
Health, a non-profit group
that prepared the report
along with the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation.
"But if you are looking for
a silver lining it's that only
16 states showed an increase

Adult obesity rates

Adult obesity rates rose in 16 states over the past year. Per- "- .. 'I
centage of obese adults, based on 2008-2010 combined data.

this last year, and in the past,
more states had increases,"
he says.
The South still has the
highest percentage of people
who are too heavy. Nine of
the 10 states with the high-
est obesity rates are in the

South, the report says.
Mississippi continues to be
the state with the highest lev-
el of obesity at 34.4 percent;
Colorado has the lowest rate
at 19.8 percent.
The South may be hit hard-
est by obesity because of high

rates of poverty and a tradi-
tional diet that is unhealthy,
Levi says.
This report is based on
state-by-state obesity data
from Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC)
in which people self-report
their height and weight. Be-
cause people tend to underre-
port their weight, the percent-
age of people who are obese
is probably higher than the
statistics indicate.
CDC data from studies in
which people are weighed and
measured indicate that about
34 percent of U.S. adults, al-
most 73 million people, are
obese. A person is considered
obese if roughly 30 or more
pounds over a healthy weight.
Extra weight raises the risk of
diabetes, heart disease, can-
cer and other problems.
"If you lose 10 percent of
your weight, we know you

For midlife American women, the s.

By Gail Sheehy

Why do Americans in midlife rank
lowest in well-being and highest inr
depression? They eat more, smoke
more and are developing serious
chronic diseases earlier than in the
past, according to the latest find-
ings of the Gallup-Healthways Well-
Being Index.
Here's a good guess about the
cause: Most of them can t afford
to keep up their payments on the
American dream. Our economic
success formula is still as bold as
a double shot of espresso for top
earners, who get tax breaks to fly
corporate jets. But for middle-class

women in particular, that formula is
being watered down to decal tea.
Almost 70 percent of Boomers are
providing some financial support to
their adult children and grandchil-
dren. They are picking up the piec-
es as their sons and daughters lose
jobs and bail out of over-mortgaged
homes Layer on top of that the cost
of long-term health care for their
parents, who are living into their
80s and 90s with multiple chronic
illnesses. The average farJly care-
giver is a woman in her iate 40s who
still has at least one child at home
and works outside the home while
providing an average of 20 hours a
week of hands-on, care for a loved





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dramatically improve your
health, even though techni-
cally you may still be classi-
fied as obese," Levi says.
Other findings of the report:
About 33 percent of adults
who did not graduate from
high school are obese com-
pared with 21.5 percent of
those who graduated from
college or technical college.
Nearly 34 percent of
adults who earn less than
$15,000 a year are obese,
compared with 2,4.6 percent
of those who earn more than
$50,000 a year.
States with the highest
rates of obese 10- to 17-year-
olds are Mississippi, Georgia,
Kentucky, Illinois and Louisi-
States with the lowest
rates of obesity for 10- to
17-year-olds are Oregon, Wy-
oming, Washington, Minne-
sota, Iowa and Hawaii.

ky is falling

one. There you have the recipe for
the Club Sandwich Caregiver.
The toll on emotional health for
women in the core group of Baby
Boomers now mid-40s to mid-
50s has a significant impact on
our economy and the health of our
nation. Startling data gathered by
Healthways since 2008 reveals that
even women who still have jobs
are feeling increasingly dissatisfied
with their work environment. These
women are reporting increases in
sadness, stress, worry and lost
"If you're sad, stressed, worried,
and tired, you won't have enough
Please turn to WOMEN 18B

hensive Cancer Center. She
pointed out that two-thirds
of those going unscreened
fall into the lower-income
After age 50, Frieden said,
there are three ways to get
Colonoscopy, done ev-
ery 10 years. A doctor uses
a scope to detect and remove
polyps in the entire colon.
Flexible sigmoidoscopy,
done every five years. A doc-
tor uses a scope to detect
polyps in first third of colon.
At-home stool kit, done
annually. The doctor-provid-
ed kit is returned to a lab for
results. It detects blood in
the stool and is used in com-
bination with other tests.
People with a family history
should talk with their doctor
about having screening tests
sooner and at more regular
intervals, Haluszka said.

Phone cancer

risk uncertain

By Ben Hirschler

Despite a recent move to classify
mobile phones as possibly carcinogen-
ic, the scientific evidence increasingly
points away from a link between their
use and brain tumors, according to a
new study released recently.
A major review of previously pub-
lished research by a committee of
experts from Britain, the United States
and Sweden concluded there was no
convincing evidence of any cancer con-
It also found a lack of established
biological mechanisms by which radio
signals from mobile phones might trig-
ger tumors.
"Although there remains some un-
certainty, the trend in the accumulat-
ing evidence is increasingly against
the hypothesis that mobile phone use
can cause brain tumors in adults," the
experts wrote in the journal Environ-
mental Health Perspectives.
The latest paper comes just two
months after the World Health Organi-
sation's (WHO) International Agency
for Research on Cancer (IARC) decided
cellphone use should be classified as
"possibly carcinogenic to humans."
Anthony Swerdlow of Britain's In-
stitute of Cancer Research, who led
the new review, told Reuters the two
positions were not necessarily contra-
dictory, since the IARC needed to put
mobile phones into a pre-defined risk
"We are trying to say in plain English
what we believe the relationship is.
They (IARC) were trying to classify the
risk according to a pre-set classifica-
tion system," Swerdlow said.
Other things deemed by the IARC to
be possibly carcinogenic include items
as diverse as lead, pickled vegetables
and coffee.
Mobile phone use has risen hugely
since the early 1980s, with nearly 5 bil-
lion handsets in use today, and contro-
versy about their potential link to the
main types of brain tumor, glioma and
meningioma, has never been far away.
The largest study to date, published
last year, looked at almost 13,000 mo-
bile phone users over 10 years.
Swerdlow and colleagues analyzed
its results in detail but concluded it
gave no clear answer and had several
methodological problems, since it was
based on interviews and asked subjects
to recall phone use going back several

Diet soda

makes you fat

By Laura Kelly

Everybody knows drinking regular
soda will pile on the calories. But a
new report says diet soda may be just
as bad for us, calorically speaking.
Self.com has reported on research
that "artificial sweeteners in soda may
interfere with your body's ability to
estimate how many calories you've
ingested, so you eat more than you
need." Studying rats, animals that ate
fake sugar consumed more calories
overall and gained weight, compared to
those that didn't eat artificially sweet-
ened treats.
Says Self editor-in-chief Lucy Dan-
ziger: For every diet soda you sip daily,
your risk of becoming overweight can
rise by 37 percent, according to the
researchers at the University of Texas
Health Science Center in San Antonio.


Massage beats meds for lower
By Maureen Salamon -I ; ..


By Mikki Reiken
Diabetes Educator
North Shore Medical Center

A sizzling steak with buttery
mashed. potatoes,
mouth-watering green
beans and hot apple 'f
pie. Mmmm. Now /""
that sounds like a
good hearty meal. Not '
so fast. If you have
diabetes, you may
need to rethink your
menu choices. But
don't worry. You can
still find appetizing
restaurant foods REID


Sponsored by North Shore Medical Center
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Food for



Among the res-
taurant chains par-
ticipating in the Kids
LiveWell program:

Au Bon Pain
Bonefish Grill
Burger King
Carrabba's Italian
Chili's -Grill & Bar
Corner Bakery
Cracker Barrel
El Polio Loco
Joe's Crab Shack
Outback Steak-
Silver Diner
T-Bones Great
American Eatery

Meals in the Kids Live Well program must
meet the following requirements:

And Equal to or less than:

calories from
saturated fat

trans fat

calories from sugar


Hold the fries and pass the carrot
Beginning today, kids will find some
cool new choices on their restaurant
menus choices that will make their
parents happy, too.
More than 15,000 restaurants in
the USA representing 19 chains, in-
cluding Burger King, Cracker Barrel,
Chili's, Denny's and IHOP, are partici-
pating in a voluntary new initiative
called Kids LiveWell.
It's being unveiled by the National
Restaurant Association and Healthy
Dining, the company that runs
Many meals that fit into the pro-
gram will carry an icon of a red apple.
They must include an entire, side dish
and beverage and contain 600 calo-
ries or less, plus meet other nutri-
tional criteria. Some meals that meet
the guidelines:
Burger King's breakfast muf-
fin sandwich with fresh apple fries

(slices) and fat-free milk.
Corner Bakery Cafe's half turkey
sandwich served on harvest bread,
with a side of baby carrots, fruit med-
ley and low-fat milk.
Cracker Barrel's kids' chicken
n' dumplings
with organic
apple juice. It's OK to eat fries
These and sometimes, but
other meals
"meet the gold not all the time.
standard in
terms of nu-
tritional content," says Anita Jones-
Mueller, founder of Healthy Dining.
"Kids can eat french fries, ham-
burgers and fried foods some of the
time when they are eating out, but
not all the time."
Some restaurants have only a
couple of kids' meals that meet the
criteria now, but they are working on
developing more, Jones-Mueller says.
Dawn Sweeney, president of the Na-
tional Restaurant Association, says
Please turn to MEALS 18B


diet may be

key to healthy


By Cari Nierenberg
The pain of paying in cash can curb spend-
ing on unhealthy foods, new research suggests.
Shelling out your hard-earned moolah appears
to put a crimp in buying "vice products," such as
cookies, ice cream, and chips.
Using plastic either a credit or a debit card
- at the supermarket led to more impulse., pur-
chases of these guilty pleasures.
In the first of several experiments, published
in the Journal of Consumer Research, research-
ers looked at register receipts over a six-month
period from a random sample of 1,000 loyal
shoppers in one-family households at a North-
eastern supermarket chain. (They used single-
family households to be sure the same person
was doing all the food buying, which is less clear
in larger families.)
The researchers looked at what types of foods
were purchased in 100 different food categories
as well as the payment method. Before analyzing
the register receipts, they had other consumers
rate foods based on whether they perceived them
to be healthy or unhealthy, and impulse buys or
planned purchases.
The study found that payment method ap-
peared to weaken impulse control: Shoppers
bought more food items considered impulsive
and unhealthy when paying by plastic than
when ponying up the dough. Researchers also
noticed that consumers who shop on weekends
were less likely to be impulsive and tended to
stick to a list.
"We were surprised to find that debit cards had
the same psychological effect as credit cards,"
says Manoj Thomas, an assistant i.r.f.: -.- -
marketing at Cornell U ii, i:r r Ir' r i '.: '.
Although debit cards are equivalent to cash sifice
Please turn to DIET 18B

When your face throbs or you feel a dull
ache, there are a number of possible causes to
The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists
these possibilities:
Abscessed tooth.
Migraine or a cluster headache.
Facial injury.
Shingles or cold sore infections, both of
which are types of herpes viruses.
Conditions such as sinusitis, sinus infection
or myofascial pain syndrome.
The nerve disorder tic douloureux.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

Babies that cry frequently for hours at a time
and are fussy for reasons you or your doctor can't
explain may have colic.
While doctors don't know what causes colic, and
there is no known cure, the Nemours Foundation
offers these suggestions to help calm a colicky
Walk with baby, rock in a chair or try other
positions to see if any of them make baby happy.
Burp baby frequently during feedings.
Place baby across your lap, belly-down, and
rub baby's back.
Place baby in a swing or seat that vibrates, or
put baby in an infant carrier and go for a ride in
the car.
Play soothing music.
Run the vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, clothes
dryer or white noise device to see if this calms
your baby.

The key to healthy eating for
diabetics is moderation. Follow
the same portion size and food
content rules that you would
follow at home. You can keep
track of what you eat
and make healthy food
choices while limiting
portion sizes. Avoid the
T supersize, all-you-can-
eat, jumbo, deluxe or
value meals. Instead,
opt for the regular
or lunch-size menu
choices. If there is still
too much food on your
plate, share with a
EN dining partner or take

that will fit in with your overall the leftovers home to eat later.
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HIV drugs drastically cut transmission risk

Pills hailed as a breakthrough in bid

to halt spread of AIDS

By Thomas H. Maugh II

LOS ANGELES -- Taking a
daily pill containing either one
or two anti-HIV drugs can re-
duce transmission of the viruti',
by as much as three-quarters
among heterosexual couples,
two studies in Africa have
shown a breakthrough find-
ing that promises to trigger a
new focus on AIDS prevention.
The results were so compel-
ling that the larger study was
halted early and the drugs giv-
en to all the participants, re-
searchers said recently.
In the absence of a vaccine to
protect against the virus, this
new approach, termed 'pre-
exposure prophylaxis, may be
the best hope for slowing or
even halting the spread of the
deadly plague throughout the
developing world.
The findings "are two more

nails in the coffin of HIV," said
Mitchell Warren, executive di-
rector of the New York-based
AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Co-
alition. "We are seeing similar
results in different popula-
tions, and that gives us more
certainty that these results are
A study in gay men reported
in November 2010 showed that
one of the drugs in the new tri-
al could reduce the spread of
HIV by as much as 70 percent
when taken regularly by unin-
fected individuals.
But a study released earlier
this year found that the drugs
did not show a similar benefit
among uninfected heterosexu-
al women.
The strength of the new
findings suggest that the ear-
lier study in women may have
been flawed. "Our results pro-
vide clear evidence that this

A Kenyan nurse prepares medicine for AIDS at a clinic in Kenya that performs HIV counsel-
ing.Two studies, one on populations in Kenya and the other in Botswana, significantly slowed
HIV infection.

works in heterosexuals," said
Jared Baeten of the University
of Washington, co-chair of the

new study.
Given those and other devel-
opments, "we find ourselves

in a place where we have an
extraordinary opportunity to
radically alter the trajectory of

the epidemic," Mr. Frost said.
"The science is in place. We
could do it with the tools we
have available. It's no lon-
ger a question of, 'Can we do
this?' The question is, 'Will
we do it?' "The new results
are scheduled to be presented
next week at the International
AIDS Society Conference on
HIV Pathogenesis,. Treatment
and Prevention in Rome, but
they were released early.
The two drugs are marketed
as Viread and Truvada, re-
spectively, by Gilead Sciences
Inc. of Foster City, Calif. They
are available generically in
many countries for as little as
25 cents per pill, according to
the World Health Organiza-
Dr. Jonathan Mermin, di-
rector of the CDC's Division
of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said
the agency will immediately
begin working with other pub-
lic health groups to establish
guidelines for using the drugs
prophylactically in this coun-

Healthy eating information for those who are diabetic .r

continued from 17B

It's okay to substitute items
with your meal. Instead of fries,
you can ask for a side-salad
with fat-free salad dressifig
or an order of vegetables.
Switch mayonnaise or creamy
sandwich sauces for mustard or
ketchup. You also may request
that sauces, dressings or gravy
be served on the side of your
plate so you can add only the
amount you want to your meal.
Many restaurants, feature
heart-healthy items or list
calorie and fat information
on their, menus.. You also may
notice foods that are identified
as being lower in cholesterol,
fat and sodium, and higher

in fiber. When making menu
selections, it is better to
avoid fried or breaded items.
Instead, order food that is
broiled, roasted or grilled. Low-
cholesterol eggs, whole-grain
breads, skinless chicken and
thin-crust vegetable pizza are
other smart choices.
You will need to skip the
double hamburgers and go
easy on the cheese, but you
can choose grilled or broiled
sandwiches with lean roast
beef, turkey or chicken breast.
Salad bars are a good option
too, but don't load up on bacon
bits, cheeses or croutons..
You can end your meal 'with a
tasty sugar-free, fat-free frozen
yogurt or a fresh fruit cup.
If you are on a low-salt diet,

remember to ask that no salt or
MSG be added to your food.
Because high-calorie drinks
are usually a no-no for
diabetics, you may need to
watch1'out for the continuously
refilled soda glass. Instead,
order water (regular, sparkling
or mineral), diet soda or
unsweetened ice tea. If your
diabetes is controlled and your
doctor allows it, you may have
an occasional alcoholic drink.
Options with fewer calories
and carbohydrates include
light beer, dry wines and mixed
drinks made with diet soda or
tonic, club soda or seltzer.
Diabetics who take diabetes
pills or insulin shots need
to watch the clock to make
sure they eat on time. When

possible, call ahead and make
reservations. Plan your meal so
you don't have to wait too long
for a table by avoiding times
when the restaurant is very
By making health food
choices and limiting portion
sizes while eating out, you can
enjoy yourself -and manage
your diabetes at the same
time. For more information
about eating out for diabetics,
visit the American Diabetes
Association Web site at www.
For more information about
North Shore Medical Center's
Diabetes Center please
call .305-694-4844 or for a
physician referral please call

Health issues associated with middle-age women

continued from 16B

energy to exercise and you're
not going to make healthy eat-
ing choices," concludes Janet
Calhoun, director of innova-
tion at Healthways, which
offers specialized health and
wellness programs.
The toll that midlife wom-
en's low well-being is taking
on this country will be felt not
just in continued spiraling

The history of

continued from 14B

Muslim prays regularly during
his eleven-day stay aboard the
International Space Station.
Because the orbiting outpost
goes through several "sun-
rises" daily, Islamic scholars
must determine special rules
regarding how to face Mecca
and how many times- to pray
each day.

Eating habits

continued from 17B

The prevalence of unhealthy
weight-control behaviors re-
mained constant among the
younger girls during the study
period. It decreased as the girls
aged, but remained very high
(61 percent to 54 percent).
For males in both age groups,
the prevalence of unhealthy
weight-control behaviors re-
mained constant, the study au-
thors noted.
Extreme weight-coritrol be-

healthcare costs. Calhoun
reports "very compelling data
that shows individuals with
low well-being have much
lower productivity and per-
formance, and that is a huge
economic drain."
No wonder the psychic anx-
iety is driving up depression.
There is no time for, women
in the Club Sandwich gen-
eration to get fit with exercise
and slow. food. So what can
we do about' it?

prayer in space

March 2011: Discovery pilot
Col. Eric Boe leads astronauts
in prayer before lifting off on
Discovery's final mission. Boe
told spacelaunch.com: "We
had a huddle as a team, we
just said a quick prayer and
just said looking forward to
mission and let us do well. It
was a good way to get ready
for the mission and to give us
some focus before we get on
the rocket to go."

We now face the very real
prospect that the game of
chicken between Congress
and the president over the
deficit will not avert an eco-
nomic calamity. Big Foots in
finance and political pundits
agreed with one another at
the recent Aspen Ideas Fes-
tival: The sky is falling and
most of the American pub-
lic didn't get the memo. The
last best hope is for citizens
working through collective

action. But the only kinds of
grassroots activism you can
find on the Internet comes
from Tea Party conservatives
or anti-capitalist liberals, the
same divide that strangles re-
alistic solutions in Washing-
So, send a memo to your
friends: Let's organize citizen
action and get radical about
working together across
the divide to save the
American dream.

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of teenagers can continue into adulthood

haviors increased significantly
in both female age groups, from
eight percent to 20 percent in
the younger group of girls and
from 13 percent to 21 percent
in the older group.
Among the older males, ex-
treme weight-control behaviors
increased from two percent to
seven percent, the investigators
The study is published in the
July issue of the Journal of the
American Dietetic Association.
"The findings from the cur-
rent study argue for early and

ongoing efforts aimed at the
prevention, early identification
and treatment of disordered
eating behaviors in young peo-
ple," lead investigator Dianne
Neumark-Sztainer, a professor
in the division of epidemiology
& community health at the Uni-
versity of Minnesota's School of
Public Health, said in a journal
news release.,
Dietitians and other health
care providers should ask pa-
tients about their dieting behav-
ior in childhood and through
young adulthood, she added.

"Given the growing concern
about obesity, it is important
to let young people know that
dieting and disordered eat-
ing behaviors can be counter-
productive to weight manage-
ment," she said. "Young people
concerned about their weight
should be provided with sup-
port for healthful eating and
physical activity behaviors
that can be implemented on a
long-term basis, and should be
steered away from the use of
unhealthy weight-control prac-

Children offered with more healthier options at restaurants

.continued from 17B

the group is planning to ex-
pand the program to thousands
more restaurants in the coming
Margo Wootan of the Center
for Science in the Public In-
terest says offering healthier
kids' meals at restaurants is
important because children
are getting about a third of
their calories from eating out,

and eating out is a big contrib-
utor to obesity. "Kids' meals
have become synonymous
with junk. They are usually a
hamburger, a slice of pizza or
fried chicken tenders with a
side of french fries and a soda.
"We need to get to the point
that the kids' meals are the
healthiest meals, because kids
are growing and developing
and forming eating habits that
are going to affect their health
for the rest of their lives."

Find Kids LiveWell meals on
healthydiningfinder. com.
"This is an exciting begin-
ning for parents who eat out a
lot. This is opening the door to
much healthier cuisine.
"This (program) is just go-
ing to make it easier to eat
healthy when you eat out, and
for those of us who eat out a
lot that's an important for liv-
ing a healthy lifestyle," she
"Almost every restaurant we

talked moved very quickly to
identify foods that meet the
criteria, and some modified
their menu items to meet the
nutrient guidelines," Jones-
Mueller says.
The meals that qualify were
reviewed by a team of regis-
tered dietitians from Healthy
Restaurants can get kids ex-
cited about eating healthfully,
and letting them enjoy the
fresh, healthful taste of foods.

Making effective decisions
about the care of a loved one of-
ten takes more time than expect-
ed and requires an understand-
ing of the long-term-care system.
But a proactive approach can
yield better options when the
time comes and can head off a
family emergency, says Jody
Gastfriend of Care.com, an on-
line resource that connects fam-
ilies with trusted care providers.
Talk early and often.
Understand your parents'
preferences as they age. Don't
make assumptions about what
type of care they may or may not
accept. Instead, ask.
Respect autonomy.
Rather than starting off with
an admonition (for example,
"You have to ..."), lead with an
empathic statement such as, "I
am worried about you because
... if you continue to live alone,
you may fall and break your
Learn about the different
types of care and payment op-
Many caregivers panic when
they realize Medicare won't pay
for long term care in a nursing
home and the average price tag
is $75,000 per year.
Be prepared.

Realize that resistance is com-
mon, so introduce support mea-
sures incrementally. Try first
suggesting a caregiver once a
week so the help feels comfort-
Seek out expert help.
The assistance .of a social
worker, geriatric care manager,
financial advisor or elder law
attorney can go a long way in
guiding you through the legal,
financial and emotional chal-
lenges of caregiving.
Be proactive about caregiv-
Set the stage to enjoy the pre-
cious time to just be together as
your parents age and require
help. Someday, you may be com-
forted to know that as a result of
planning ahead, you were bet-
ter able to provide the best care
possible and wisely navigate the
caregiving journey.
And remember, take care of
yourself first.
As simple as it sounds, many
caregivers skip this important
step and burn themselves out.
You cannot care for others if you
neglect your own needs. Neglect-
ing oneself is the quickest way to
snapping which leads to guilt
- which leads to more neglecting

Healthiness through cash-only food

continued from 17B

the money gets deducted from
your bank account almost im-
mediately, Thomas says the
"mere abstractness of plastic
payments can reduce the pain
of payment and influence con-
sumer's purchase decisions."
In other words, we don't feel
the same sting in the wallet
with either type of plastic as we
do when peeling off the bucks.
But perhaps these spending
patterns are more a function of
cheapskates versus big spend-
Researchers investigated
this question by observing 125
students doing a computer-
simulated shopping task. They
observed that tightwads were
more likely to buy impulsive
products when using a credit
card than cash, but payment
method had little influence on
spendthrifts impulsive buys.
-Interestingly, payment method
had no effect on the purchase
of "virtue" products healthy

foods such as fat-free yogurt or
whole grain bread.
"Vice spending is more sus-
ceptible to pain of payment,"
suggests Thomas, the study's
lead author. But it's a double-
edged sword psychologically:
It brings out positive feelings
from a visceral desire to con-
sume the product and nega-
tives ones from anticipated re-
gret after eating it.
Virtue products don't elicit
these regrets and you can eas-
ily justify spending money on
So, is a cash-only diet the
new secret to a slimmer waist-
"Those consumers who find it
difficult to control their impul-
sive consumption might find
it helpful to use cash instead
of plastic," says Thomas. "The
self-control related advantages
of paying in cash might out-
weigh the disadvantages for
some consumers."
Do you think you make more
spontaneous food purchases
when paying with plastic?

Preparing a loved

one for long-term



Mandela's 93rd bir da



19B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 20-26, 2011

Is South Africa


By Robyn Dixon

Reporting from Alexandra,
South Africa- A highway
and a mile-wide valley divide
the glittering retail towers
and leafy suburbs of Sandton
from the exuberant chaos
and squalid poverty of Alex-
andra township in South Af-
But on Mandela Day, the
birthday of the nation's best-
loved liberation hero, the gulf
seems less impossible.
Nelson Mandela celebrated
his 93rd birthday Monday
with family at his home vil-
lage of Qunu in the Eastern
Cape, while adoring compa-
triots rolled up their sleeves
and did some good.
It's a day when people in
South Africa try a little kind-
ness 67 minutes' worth -
in honor of the 67 years that
Mandela worked for equality
in the African nation, from
1942 until his retirement
from public life in 2009.
Even on South Africa's
most optimistic day, the dif-
ferences are stark. In Sand-
ton, bling-adorned shoppers
wheel shopping carts laden
with consumer' luxuries. In
Alexandra, a shabby father
pushes his two toddlers in
one. Goods are laid out on the
township's sidewalk or sold
from the back of trucks, and
women fry dough in pots over
open fires. Torn posters tout
$200 loans and abortions.
On this Mandela Day,
South Africa's bitter winter
season of chill winds and
wildcat strikes seemed to re-
cede. The sun shone.
At Itlhokomeleng Old Age
Home in Alexandra, a peek

and those acts of kindness
will eventually break down
the barriers and mistrust be-
tween the races in this coun-
One Mandela Day cel-
ebrant's contribution was
to tweet inspiring Mandela
quotes all day. Another made
sandwiches, another did fin-
ger painting with children,
and yet another took children
At the Itlhokomeleng home,
72-year-old resident Adam
Nonyane, paralyzed in a traf-
fic accident and unable to live
at home, said Mandela Day
was a sad event because it

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, center, with family members, from left, Za-
ziwe Manaway, Ziphokazi Manaway, Princess Zenani Dlamini, Zamaswazi Diamini and Zamak
Obiri at Mandela's hometown in Qunu, South Africa.

into a tiny purple room re-
vealed two small beds with
love-worn teddy bears on
the pillows. Residents sat in
wheelchairs and moth-eaten
couches in a small yard be-
hind the communal dining,
Laid out before them for-
Mandela Day was a feast of
cupcakes, pies, chicken legs,
sausages and sandwiches,
like a Thanksgiving table.
In one of many similar
events across the country,

a group of retailers, a radio
station and the government
electricity supplier delivered
a large pile of donated food,
blankets and gift bags to the
home and changed all the
light bulbs for low-energy ver-
"There's Sandton, and
here's Alexandra, right on the
doorstep. If we can bring the
two together, as we have tried
to do today, then we'll have
achieved something," said
Dennis O'Donnell, station di-

rector of event sponsor SAFM
radio, which ran a national
campaign for donated food.
"One lady phoned in and
said that of her own initia-
tive she was visiting chil-
dren's [nurseries] in under-
privileged areas and bringing
them cakes or snacks," he
said. "It's that kind of thing:
acts of kindness. I think it's
hugely important because it's
part of the catharsis. There's
a lot of healing that needs to
take place in this country,

reminded him of the suffering
Mandela endured during his
27 years of imprisonment un-
der apartheid.
Zodwa Khumalo, who uses
a wheelchair, sat at the back
in the sun, her body sway-
ing to the songs, her arms
waving, a look of ethereal joy
sweeping her.
"It's beautiful, that was
beautiful," she said, a huge
smile on her face. "I love Man-
dela Day! I can't forget that
man. Mandela, he says South
Africa has one flag, and the
people, black and white, now
their blood is one.
"I feel proud! Proud!"

Southern Florida Jurisdiction

13th annual Holy Convocation

The South Florida Jurisdic-
tion Church of God in Christ
cordially invites the community
to its 13th Annual Holy Con-
vocation July 25-31 at Gamble
Memorial COGIC, 1898 NW 43
Street, Bishop Julian C. Jack-
son is Senior Minister and host
The convocation will com-
mence with a musical extrava-
ganza Monday night at 7:30
p.m. Tuesday through Satur-
day, evening Sessions will begin
at 6 p.m. with Vacation Bible
Classes/ Enrichment and wor-
ship services at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday services will con-
vene at the Church of God by
Faith,16969 NW 23 Avenue,
Sunday School at 9 a.m. and
the official morning worship
service at 11 a.m.
The Jurisdictional Prelate
Bishop Julian C. Jackson will

deliver the official day sermon.
For additional information call
305-821-3692 or 305-757-

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2300 N.W. 135th Street

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13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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5129 N.W. 17th Avenue
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Hadley Davis
ENA BERNAL, 93, administra-
tive assistant,
died July 14.
Service 10 a.m.,
Wednesday at
Kingdom Hall
Jehovah Wit- f

OSIE SMITH, 80, CNA, died
July 14. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Wednesday at
New Bethel Mis- i n
sionary Baptist
Church. .

76, housewife, :
died July 12.
Service 11 a.m., .
Saturday at -
New Birth Mis-
sionary Baptist

MARY BULLARD, 57, house-
wife, died July -
16. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at New Birth
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

MARTHA VAZQUEZ, 57, house-
wife, died July -
14. Service 10
a.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

HARRIET MILLER, 49, teacher,
died July 18. '.
Service 11 a.m. ..
at 93rd Street
Missionary Bap-
tist Church. .

died July 16. '
Service 2:30
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

CORINE HENDRIX, 81, nurse,
died July 15 at
home. Service .
12 noon, Satur- ,;..
day at Jordan i.-
Grove Mis- .
sionary Baptist

died July 18 at North Shore Medi-
cal Center. Arrangements are in-
complete. _

installer, died i
July 12. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at Mt. Olive
Fire Baptized ,, =

environmental -
specialist, died .

Shore Hospital.
Service 6 p.m.,
today in the cha-

payroll clerk, died July 5th. Servic-
es were held.

MARTIN, 21 weeks, died July 9th
at Palmetto Hospital. Services
were held.

July 13. Preced-
ed him in death, .
Willie Williams,
father; Vina Wil-
liams, mother;
three sisters, ..
one brother and
son, Fletcher .-,._
Williams, Jr. .- -
He is survived by his wife, Marjo-
rie Williams of twenty years; three
daughters, Vina Williams, Jackie
Williams and Crystal (Prine) Oli-
ver; four stepchildren, Bill (Candy)
Rose, Ted Rose, Tonee Sweet, and
Darcey Lindsley; 13 grandchildren,
one daughter-in-law, Johnnie Mae
Williams; stepbrother-in-law, Floyd
(Ana) Warren and step sister-in-
law, Sandra Warren. A host of
nieces, nephews, other relatives
and many friends. Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

months, died
July 12th at his
daycare center
in Homestead.
Viewing, 6-8
p.m., Friday at ..
Covenant Bap- 1Z
tist Church.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Covenant Baptist
Church in Florida City.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
retired, died
July 12 at Hos-
pice Hialeah.
Survivors in-
cludes: Jesse
LeCounte, Shel-
don, Sedrel, -.
Shaneetra and '
Steven. Ser- -- -
vice 12 noon, Saturday at Bethel
Apostolic.Temple, 1855 NW 119th

died July 8th at
Jackson Hos- "'
pital. Services I
were held.

salesman, died
July 15 at North '
Shore Hospital.
Memorial, 2
p.m., Thursday
in the chapel.

43, driver, died
July 17 at home. i

Hatcher Peoples
DOUGLAS M. DAVIS, 80, retired
school teacher, ---
died July 13 in f
Thomasville, .
GA. Doug-
las graduated i
from Booker T.
Washington Sr.
High School in
1949 and taught
at Miami Northwestern Sr. High
School for 31 years. He is survived
by his loving children Allen L. Davis
and Denise Davis Dean, his grand-
children, and a host of family mem-
bers. Services were held.

July 18 at Homestead Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

Death Notice

Death Notice

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FERGUSON, 76, wife of
the late Pastor Jessie
Ferguson, died July 14 at
home. Survivors includes:
daughter, Crystal Jones; son,
Willie Lattimore. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church.
Arrangements entrusted to
Mitchell Funeral Home.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


Service arrangements for
The Honorable Judge John D.
Johnson are as follow: Range
Funeral Home, public view-
ing, Friday, 3-6 p.m..
From 6:30-8 p.m., prayer
and reflections from friends
and neighbors. Presentation
nf rr l mqtinq qd l -nhi

ol piroc a aLaons ano-a. resou-
tions; Alpha Phi Alpha Fra-
51, retired, ternity's Omega Service; meet
FIBBP M R-nrl nlreof fomi -

and Service 2-3:3u p.m., Sat-
urday, July 23rd at Over-
town's Greater Bethel AME
Church, 245 NW 8th Street.
In lieu of flowers, all dona-
tions should be made payable
to Beta Beta Lambda Edu-
_ cation Foundation, which is
a 501(c)(3)). Reference The
Knights of Gold C/O Hon.
D, 77, car John D. Johnson in the memo
section. Sponsored by Beta
Beta Lambda Chapter, Alpha
Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
The Knights of Gold Program
focuses on college prep and
S teaches life skills to young
U J men grades 9-12, founded
by the late Alpha James Gay.
Donations should be sent to
Beta Beta Lambda Chapter,
SMALL, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
P.O. Box 12447, Miami, FL

Service 12
noon, Saturday
in the chapel. .

42, restaurant
arena hostess,
died July 12 at
home. Survivors
includes :
h u s b a n d ..
Andrew Dowdy;
Kanneisha and Leroy Thompson
III, Garrick Adams and Katorria
Stockton. Viewing, 6-9 p.m.,
Friday, July 22nd. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Bible Fellowship
Church, 2390 NW 87 Street.

Wright and Young
retired veteran,
died July 12.
Viewing: 10 .-. .
a.m.-8 p.m., ,
Friday, July _
22. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Pembroke
Park Church
of Christ, 3707 SW 56th Avenue,
Pembroke Park, FL 33023.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

01/10/1935 07/23/2010

If We Could Get You Back

If tears could build a stair-
way and memories were a
We would walk right up to
Heaven to bring you home
No farewell words were spo-
ken, no time to say good-bye,
You were gone before we
knew it, and God knows why.
Our hearts still ache inr
sadness and secret tears still
What it meant to lose you,
no one will ever know.
Love always,o
The Hicks Family

04/26/55 07/23/08

Three years has gone by and

v,. v,-n here with us.
iou will for-'- e- rumssed.
From your loving husband,
Jessie; loving daughters,
Seneca and Rhiana; loving
parents, Edward and Ella
Jean Smith.

Burial fees surge on

high costs, low revenue

By Jim Carlton

MOAB, Utah The Grand
County Cemetery Maintenance
District, running low on funds,
is turning to a new revenue tac-
tic: raising the prices of plots
and burials as much as 400
"This is just crazy," said
Sheldon Hefner, a former local
mortuary owner, of the public-
cemetery fees that stand to
jump to as much as $700 from
$150 this month. "Families
here don't need to be exposed
to those high costs."
The proposed rate increase
is just one of the controver-
sies breaking out nationwide
as cities and counties increase
burial fees at publicly owned
cemeteries to offset rising costs
and declining or stagnant tax
In May, Brunswick, Ga., more
than quadrupled its weekday
fee for digging and filling a grave
to $900 from $200 in its mu-
nicipal graveyards amid budget
cuts. Effective July 1, Edmond,
Okla., ratcheted up burial fees
at the city-owned Gracelawn
Cemetery by as much as 75
percent to offset rising costs,
among other factors.

Public cemeteries are in a fi-
nancial squeeze. Costs for fuel
and equipment, among other
things, have soared, while tax
revenue has increased slowly or
decreased amid a weak econo-
my. At the same time, cemeter-
ies have been hit with a surge
in cremations, which bring in
less revenue than traditional
"You have to be tight and
watch what you do," said Brian
Dawson. who is sexton, or di-
rector. of Oak Grove Cemetery
in ?To-_ague, Mich., which
raised its burial fees five years
ago. "It is, I guess you can say,
a money pit."
Many public cemeteries are
being hurt by declining gen-
eral funds available from mu-
nicipalities. In Ovid, Mich., the
Maple Grove Cemetery Associa-
tion fell $52 into the red last
year as its revenue of $26,046
from a town general fund and
services fell short of its $26,098
in expenses, according to the
agency's financial report. Reve-
nue was down 29 percent from
$36,394 in 2009.

Unlike their public counter-
parts, private cemeteries can
collect fees on such things as
headstones, vases and funeral
services. Many public cemeter-
ies collect mainly for plot space
and burial or cremation fees. In
Utah, the $150 cost for a plot

in Moab's public cemeteries
compares with the $500 rate
for many private cemeteries in
the state.
"Municipal cemeteries really
don't have many options," said
Robert Fells, executive director
of the International Cemetery,
Cremation and Funeral Asso-
ciation in Sterling, Va.
In this city of 5,000 in Utah's
canyon country, Grand County
Cemetery Sexton Jim Madden
warned his board last May
that the district could eventu-
ally run out of money to water
lawns and do other upkeep of
the town's two graveyards. He
said the district had a 2010
surplus of about $10,000 on
an annual budget of around
$200,000, just half the surplus
of about $20,000 the agency
had been running in since
2002. The district's revenue
comes mainly from property
Madden said one added cost
has been the expansion of
Moab's Sunset Memorial Cem-
etery from seven to nine acres
over the past five years to ac-
commodate the town's rate of
about 50 interments a year.
The district has another 40
acres of undeveloped land to
expand on but won't be able to
expand without more money,
he said.

In 2009, the board froze the
pay of Madden and the dis-
trict's two other full-time em-
ployees. This June, the district
announced plans to raise pric-
es to $500 from $150 each for
plots and burials of residents,
to take effect after July 12. An
even steeper increase is planned
for nonresidents, whose burial
fees are to jump to $750 from
$150 while the fees for plots are
to jump to $600 from $150.
"We're not trying to snooker
anybody," said Pat Holyoak,
chairman of the cemetery dis-
trict and a Grand County coun-
cilwoman. "We're trying to keep
from going in the red."
All of that hasn't sat well with
residents, who packed into a
June 10 district meeting to pro-
test the increases. Among other
things, they complained that the
increases were unfair to long-
time residents who had already
paid for upkeep of the cemeter-
ies through their property taxes.
Although the levies total as little
as $11 a year, they said that
adds up over many years.
"Don't screw the little old lady
down the street who can't pay
her rent," said Manuel Torres,
61, a local contractor who at-
tended the meeting.
Their arguments were likely
to come to naught. "They can
ask questions, but it's a done
deal," Holyoak said.






During the past several
weeks, our readers might
have noticed that our obit-
uary page has been short-
er than usual. The reason
is not that the number of
deaths in our community
have suddenly declined
but because our news-
paper is not getting the
information on all of the
For some reason, 14
of the 34 Black funeral
homes have informed
The Miami Times that
they will not submit any
more death notices to our
newspaper for publica-
tion: Bain Range, Gregg
L. Mason, Range, D. Rich-
ardson, A. Richardson,
Mitchell, Jay's, Hall-Fer-
guson-Hewitt, Kitchens,
Wright & Young, Pax Villa,
Stevens, Carey, Royal &
Rahming and Royal.
This newspaper contin-
ues to publish all death
notices submitted to us
as a public service free of
charge as we have been
doing for the past 88
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not submit the informa-
tion to us, you may submit
it on your own. Please con-
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Music of ABBA returns in

smash hit "Mamma Mia!"

By D. Kevin McNeir
Ten years on Broadway
is evidence enough that
you have a highly success-
ful show on your hands.
Perhaps that's why the
smash hit musical Mamma
Mial has become so popular
to audiences here in South
Florida, where it returned
on Tuesday (July 19th),
marking its fifth on-stage
The Associated Press calls
Mamma Mial "quite simply,
a phenomenon," and with
music based on the legend-
ary and timeless songs of

ABBA, including "Dancing
Queen" and."Take a Chance
on Me," and with a power-
fully moving story penned
by Catherine Johnson, this
play is one that will make
you roll with laugher all
night long.
But it is also a tale about
family and friendship that
unfolds on a small Greek
island as a young woman,
on the night before her
wedding, becomes deter-
mined to uncover the real
identity of her father before
she says, "I do." How? She
invites the three men from
her mother's past to the
island the same island

Oprah Winfrey promotes

herself to CEO of OWN
By Ann Oldenburg

Oprah announced recently that she is
now chief executive officer and chief cre-
ative officer of the Oprah Winfrey Network.
effective in fall, reports USA TODAY's Gary
Levin. Peter Liguori, former Fox chief and
current COO of Discovery, has been inter-
im CEO for last few months, since Chris-
tina Norman's exit in spring.
OWN also announced that Erik Logan
and Sheri Salata, current presidents of
Harpo Studios, will now become presi-
dents of OWN. tLogan will be based in L.A.;
main based in Chicago.)


Salata will re

Please turn to WINFREY 2C

that each visited 20 years
Mamma Mial comes to
the Broward Center for
the Performing Arts in Ft. S
Lauderdale, now celebrating
"20 years of applause," ar.d a
is presented by the Florida
Theatrical Association and
Broadway Across America.
The show runs through
Sunday, July 24th.
As the play celebrates its
10th year on Broadway at
the Winter Garden Theatre.
an interactive video contest
is currently underway that
will allow lucky fans to win n
special prizes and even
Please turn to ABBA 2C

Pharrell to

open youth

r Pharrell Wil-
liams is opening
his own youth
center in his native
Virginia to pro-
vide youngsters
with an outlet for
their creativity. '
The artist has re-
- cruited renowned ar-
chitect Chad Opp n he1 t
Please turn to PHARRELL 6C

Actress Viola Davis was

hesitant about 'Help' role



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Congratulations to Pastor
JoAnn Brookins who joined
Ebenezer UMC when she was
child and grew rapidly from
a member to establishing
Exodus 12 Steps to Jesus, an
organization that engendered
prior offenders to include
God in their thrust to stay
clean, while entering the
ministers' class and means
to a successful end. as a new
Pastor Brookins' legacy
began as a Sunday School
teacher, Bible Study teacher,
bus driver, and Food Bank
supervisor. Forty members
followed her to the United
Methodist Conference in St.
Petersburg and observed her
being certificated as a Pastor.
Since that time, she was given
two churches: Carol City UMC
and Opa-locka UMC to begin
her journey.
A special program was
organized with William 0.
Francis, presiding; procession
of the honoree; praise and
worship by the mass choir;
Betty Bullard, prayer;
Bertha Martin, occasion; Pat
Bryant and Norma Sank,
musical selection; MASK,
liturgical dance; and Karri
Brookins and Lawrence
Josey, a special salute to
the honoree. The honoree
took to the mic to thank
God and the membership for
their prayers, support and
encouragement. According
to Jean Perry, kudos go out
to Karri Brookins, Beverly

Doughty. Larry iB
Josey, Gregory
T h e 1 m a
Hayden, and Priscilla
Rev. Purnell Moody put
it succinctly: "through God
everything is possible for Rev.

The wedding ceremony of
Tiffany L. Robinson and
Steve D. Marcelin was
held last Saturday, at New
Birth Baptist Cathedral of
Faith International. The
couple chose Elder Jeff
Murray, officiant; Pedrina
Guerriet, wedding planner;
and Chandler Williams,
best man. The sand pouring
ceremony included Johanne
Casseus, Takira Fuller, and
Idella Hilbert.
The bridal party included
groomsmen and bridesmaids:
Michealon Smith and Ashley
Gantt, Vincent Thomas and
Simone Forte, Andre Gaudia
and Keasha Maddock,
Charlie Perez and Karen
Marcelin, Franky Thomas
and Kendrea Woods, and
Renita Johnson, maid of
Also, A. Morrie Bryant,
Mya Wilkerson, and
Daishia Herard, flower
girls; Josiah Marcelin,
ring bearer; Amarri Henry,
announcer; Ka'Naiya Geter
and Romale Henry, Jr. bride

and groom; Mardia Casseus
and Lucreace Herard,
Jacqui Colyer, and Valeria
Thomas, Karen Williams,
Rasheeda Robinson, Pryce
and Bernice Robinson, and
Cherla Narcelin, James
Hudson, honorees.
Also, Kris Eddie, Cedric
Robiou, and Omarr Wallace,
knights; while Adrain Fuller
and Robert Robinson, Jr.
escorted the bride from her
The couple participated in
the marriage prayer,
a challenge from the
Elder, a poem from
Jennifer Donates,
"I Carry Your Heart," >.
exchange of vows,
"The Lord's Prayer,"
and another sand
ceremony, followed
by pronouncement MAR'
of the newlyweds.
At the reception,
the bride and groom thanked
the most high for allowing
them to share this special
day. They continued with,
"We also would like to thank
our family and friends f6r
celebrating with us and to
continue to pray for us on our
honeymoon to Nassau and to
make it back to America."
************** *
Margie and James Fayson
did a double dip when
Margie planned her birthday
celebration on the Fourth
of July, by inviting family
members from several states
and cities. Those who attended
were Beverly Fayson,
niece of James; Christine
William, grandniece of
James; and Bernice Garvin,
James' sister, who all came
from Titusville, Florida for

the celebration.
Added to the arrival of
guests were Clariethia
Washington, who flew in
from Atlanta, G.A.; Fred
and Dr. Malinda Bell who
joined James Bell, organist
at Church of the Incarnation;
Nelson and Fifia Jenkins of
Miami Gardens.
Other guests were Sonia
Henry, Sheila Miller, Bunny
Hall, Gloria Christian, Miami
Oritorio singers, Sammie and
Dorothy Stewart, Seward
and Ann Rogne of El
As everyone listen to
taped music, James
- '" later sang "Happy
Birthday" to his wife.
Margie opened her
many gifts and gave
a different scream
|TIN pending on the size
and quality of the gifts.
It was a great party for
people who love the Fayson's,
especially son, James Jr.
Kudos to the Fayson's for a
great party.

A special salute goes out to
T. Eileen Martin-Major and
Bruce Martin for planning a
80th birthday party for their
'mother, Bertha Martin, last
Saturday at Hadley Park
for her special friends from
Ebenezer United Methodist
As soon as the room was
ready, the Psi Phi Band started
the music and Martin-Major
began to escort the guests
to their seats for the big
celebration and announced
the entrance of the honoree
escorted by Bruce. Bertha
came in with rhythm as the
band played, "When the

Saints Go Marching Home."
She never missed a beat to
her seat and displayed ready
for the party.
Tia Major, granddaughter,
had the honor of welcoming
her grandmother to the
celebration, followed by
the opening prayer. The
honor was given to Minister
Gregory Robinson and
concluded with Eboni Finley,
great-granddaughter and
Lawrence Josey, members
of M.A.S.K. to the music,
"Wait On The Lord." The both
of them received a standing
ovation, while Martin-Major
announced loving expressions
from special people, which
included presenting a red
First was Deacon Archie
McKay, classmate of 1948,
who told the crowd the kind
of person Bertha was. He
indicated how involve she
was with the yearbook,
planning activities around
the school, opinionated on
issues and never took no for
an answer. Pastor JoAnn
Brookins followed by lauding
the honoree for her biblical
knowledge and teaching
her about the bible. Lillian
Thompson added to the
disciplinary she enforced while
teaching Sunday School. Vera
Fenton, president, United
Methodist Women, credited
her for opening the doors to
her to become an officer in the
Methodist Church.
Flora Owens expressed
how Bertha influenced her
to work with the S.H.A.R.E.
Food Ministry and giving out
food to the poor every Monday
during lunch. Shirley
Jackson, youth counselor,


Bertha Terri Martin was
given a fabulous birthday
party by her two lovely
children, Bruce and Eileen
at Charles Hadley Park last
Saturday afternoon from
4-8 p.m. Very sorry that
I could not attend. A very
happy birthday dear friend
and classmate.
Coach Billy Rolle was
surprised by his family and
friends with a fabulous
birthday party at the
home of his mom, Frankie
Rolle in Coconut Grove
last Saturday. Family,
classmates, coworker and
all Coconut Grove friends
joined in the celebration.
His sister Melonie was the
hostess for the elegant affair.
Dr. Roland Burroughs.
returned home last \week
to tend to some .business
matters before returning to
New York on Wednesday.

Welcome home
Dr. Burroughs!
Rev. Carl
M it c h e 1 1
returned home 'to Miami
after a whirlwind of traveling
throughout the country.
Welcome home!.
I received your message
Soror Edyth Coverson, you
will hear from me!
On Friday, July 22, Saint
Agnes will have their Annual
Island Dance and Drawing.
There will be a live DJ and
music for everyone. Enjoy
the fun! Bring your family
and friends.
Congratulations to
Chauncey Edgecombe.
who was appointed Most
Excellent High Priest by his
Lodge brothers.
Maria Davis, daughter
of Etta Mae Taylor, is in
Miami visiting all of her
family members and friends.

Maria is the niece of Elry
Sands and Selma T. Ward.
Shalisa Gee (my niece),
who now lives and teaches
in Atlanta, Georgia was in
her hometown (Miami) to
visit her mother Gayle and
yours truly and will take
her two children Alisa and
Cameron home to get ready
for the opening of school.
Deepest sympathy to
Samuel Rogers and his
daughter Tammie Rogers-
Sandiland in the loss of
his wife and her mother,
Barbara Ellison-Rogers,
who died in her adopted
home of Daytona Beach.
Barbara graduated from
BTW in 1949. She was the
daughter of Wilbur and
Margaree Ellison and
niece of Charles and India
Get well wishes goes out
to all of our sick and shut
ins: Rachel Reeves, Dwight
L. Jackson, Nathaniel
Gordon, Naomi A. Adams,
Sue Francis, Willie
Williams, Ernestine Ross-

Collins, Cleo Braxton,
Doris Lynch, Mildred "PI"
Ashley, Edith Jenkins-
Coverson and Lillian Eulin-
Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to the
following couples: Jamil
and Tami Idun-Ogde, their
7th on July-10; Theodore
and Shirley Johnson, their
30th on July 12.
Nassau, Bahamas has a
birthday. The Bahamas has
been ah independent island
for 38 years. Seems like just
a few years ago, my father
Stanley, my cousins Charles
North and Garth C. Reeves
and most of our family
headed to the Bahamas for
the first anniversary of the
independence. Now 38 years
later, most of our family who
made that trip long to be
remembered are deceased.
May all persons who made
that journey or were living
on July 10, 1973, rest
forever in peace. You all did
your part to make Miami the
great city it is today.

Madafi Pierre is much more than a poet

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Now three years later and
31, Pierre says she is back -
healthy, happy and poised for
a sparkling new future. Her
first-published book has
gained the attention of crit-
ics and educators alike and
they all appear to like what
they see.
"My book was written in the
midst of a really bad time in
my life I suffered a nervous
breakdown and was an artist
that just could not cope with
the range of emotions I was
experiencing," she said. "I
began to write as a release for
the stress and one evening I
read several of the poems to
a best friend who suggested
that I look into publishing

and performing them."
The suggestion, she says,
remained just an idea for
several years because she
found it difficult to move be-
yond the barriers of securing
a publisher that was willing
to take a chance on her.

"I finally decided 'after a
push from a close friend and
comedian who had found
success with his own books,
to do it on my own," she said.
"I put up most of my savings
and my mother helped me
with the rest and started my
own publishing company."
Thus, ifAdam Publica-
tions was born and soon
her book, The Meltdown of a
Sweet Black Cat: a collection
of poems, essays and short

stories, was released (2009).
One of the poems from the
collection, "Our Legs," was
chosen and recited by award-
winning author Edwidge
Danticat during the An-
nual Poetry Month this past
spring. And most recently,
her book was accepted by the
Federal Library System a
real coup because now teach-
ers and students from across
the country will be using her
"I have been doing creative
writing workshops for awhile
here in Miami, including at
Drew Middle School and at
my old high school DASH
and the response has been
amazing," she said.
Pierre says she is proud
to be from Miami and loves
being here with a great sup-
portive network of family and

friends. Her grandparents
have made Overtown their
home for 30 years but she
still has relatives that have
remained in Haiti.
What is her message?
"I am an observer of people
and the kinds of relationships
they develop," she said. "Love
is among the most important
but often people try to mimic
the emotion based on unreal-
istic, fictionalized forms. Love
is different for everyone. And
with all of the troubles we
have in society, the best we
can do is to find a form of love
that works for us."
It sounds like Pierre would
agree with the great William
Shakespeare who advises,
"To thine own self be true."
To reach the author or to
purchase her book, go to

Broadway classic marks fifth appearance in South Florida

continued from 1C

sing their way to Broadway
where the top winner will see
the show and meet the cast,

based on their video perfor-
mance. of one of ABBA's hits
featured in the play.
The cast includes Kaye
Tuckerman, Chloe Tucker,
Mary Callahan and Alison

Ewing. ABBA, whose name is
derived from the first names
of the four founding mem-
bers, topped the charts world-
wide from 1972 to 1982 and
sold over 375 million records,

making it the fourth best-sell-
ing popular music artists in
the history of recorded music.
They were inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in

By Dwayne Wilson Miami, FL

.You're a Superwoman
A pure in heart virtuous woman
The Starlight illuminating the night sky
On the darkest night you are my moonlight
Silky skin clothe in skintight snow white
Sweet as sugar with a cinnamon spice
Radiant hair, alluring eyes
A golden glow,.sound mind
Pearly white teeth, luscious melon lips
'The voice of an angel, sharp as the blade of knives
Long gazelle legs and a supermodel posture
A tailor-made body, reflection of God
A one of a kind divine design
Your x-ray vision is an instrument of vision
You are the peace in the storm at one with nature
Your tornado whirlwind, whips me into a blend of love
You are the mother of all pearls
Your super human strength and unconditional loving charm
Uplifts the hearts of mankind as you wrap your arms around the world
Leather gloves, a golden glow, and knee high boots
Conceal your identity but I know the truth
Your deepest secrets are safe with me
As your love penetrates my heart
I'm consoled in the warmth of your angelic wings
You are truly Adam's Rib and a King's Queen

Mogul works with network

continued from 1C

Additionally, Oprah says
all future television pro-
duction at her former talk
show venue Harpo Stu-
dios in Chicago will be di-
rected exclusively to OWN,
strengthening the alignment
and programming mission
of both companies. Upcom-
ing shows include Rosie,
debuting in October; Oprah
Presents Master Class, In

the Bedroom with Dr. Laura
Berman and Oprah's Next
Chapter, coming in January
"We are in this boat TO-
GETHER in a very real way
now," Oprah told staffers. in
a memo.
"I am ready to dedicate my
full creative energy and fo-
cus as the full time CEO of
OWN," says Oprah in the re-
lease, adding that she wants
to "unleash the full potential
of the network."

Actress speaks on new movie role

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a good message to send to
Black people? No. The mes-
sage is the quality of the
work. That is the greater
She adds, however, that
as a Black woman, she's fa-
miliar with frequently hav-
ing to power through diffi-
cult situations.
"As Black women, we're al-
ways given these seemingly
devastating experiences--
experiences that could ab-
solutely break us. But what

the caterpillar calls the end
of the world, the master
calls the butterfly. What we
do as Black women is take
the worst situations and
create from that point."
And, on a lighter note,
how does she keep that en-
viable figure in shape? "My
husband is an ex-lineback-
er. We hike, work out with
the kettle bells, you name
it. I just want to be my best
The August issue of Es-
sence is on newsstands and
The Help hits theaters on
August 10.

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dittoed credit to Bertha for
her invaluable service.
Martin-Major took over the
microphone and introduced
Althea Tate, comedian for the
skit, "Grandma Tate the Bag
Woman." The audience roared
with laughter, as she went on
with her skit. Her ending was
a song to the honoree, "The
Wind Beneath My Wing."
Loving expressions came
from M.A.S.K. Minister
Pamela Hall Green,
Master Malcolm Major,
grandson; Tiffany Martin,
granddaughter; and the
birthday planners: Bertha's
son and daughter. They
stated, "A long, long time
ago when we were little baby
angels in heaven up above,
God said you must leave me
for a while, but don't worry
you'll still have lots of love! I've
found the perfect woman and
shell give birth to you. I'm
sending many instructions
because I know she .knows
just-what to do. Today, we
thank God for the blessing of
giving us our mother, she is
truly the perfect one for us,
we wouldn't have another."
Rev. Dr. Joreatha M.
Capers was given the honor of
delivering a birthday prayer.
The honoree was on cloud
nine when she was introduced
to thank the people for
showing their love for her. But
the end was remembrance
of her husband, Harry Paul
Martin. His daughter Martin-
Major, led the line for her
father and she was marvelous
at displaying his movements.
Line dancing followed by
the DJ, who kept everyone
dancing until it was time to

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By Javier E. David
Even 20 years later, the first minute of
Bo,- z n the Hood, the near-iconic movie
A boit young Black men struggling to sur-
vi.e the concrete jungle of South Central
Los Angeles, can be a jarring experience.
There are no pictures, just sounds
and words thrust onto a pitch
Black screen that are symbolic
of the bleakness that pervades
the movie. Expletive-laden
crosstalk is followed by the
staccato of gunfire. White-
lettered words float ethe-
really across the screen,
offering grim remind-
ers of how many young
Black men even in
the year 2011 often
meet their sad de-
mise: at the hands
of other young
Black men. The
voice. of a young
boy moaning
about the loss
of his brother
provides a

stark set-up for the remainder of Boyz n
Hood, which turns into an emotion-pac
bullet-riddled ride that doubles as a chil
cautionary tale.
When it debuted in 1991, Boyz n the H
was hailed for its' groundbreaking persf
tive, captured brilliantly by then-novice (
later Oscar nominated) director John Sin
ton..With the benefit of time and hindsi
the movie now functions as something a
to an urban version of Stand By Me or
Outsiders two classic coming-of-age fil
In breathing life into his first cinematic
deavor, Singleton's singular genius in Boy
the Hood was to explore the ravages of ur
violence without appearing to glorify it,
music videos and movies often do.
Quite the artistic feat for a 22-year-old
practical film making experience: The
product is a movie that undoubtedly resonm
even to this day: TIME has ranked Boyz n
Hood as one of 25 most important films ab
race, and the movie occupies rarefied air v
the often brutal critics at Rotten Tomatoes
Set against the thumping bass-infu
Gangsta rap once popularized by.West Cc
rappers, one of the movie's stars, the mi
grabs the viewer right from the outset. IM
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide re,:eiver Hinrp War.l wa':.
arrested recently outside Atlanta on a drunken driving i l
charge, sheriff's officials said. Z.
The former Super Bo,'.'.l ['.'IVP and reigning "Dani ing With I' -
the Stars" champ was booed into the DeFalb Couritv |ail
arid chargedd withll driving under the influence. A jdil official
said he was released on $1,300 bond, though the slerifi's ,
olioice web site said his bond was set at 11,000.
The herifl's ofili:e said it had turned over paperwcirl to the courts and
I -Couldn't release any further inlornation abi:ut the pla-.,er's arrest. Del alb Coun-
ty police did not return repeated emails and phone calls seeking details of the
Atlanta lawyer Andrew Ree issued a statement saying the 35-year-old Ward
:ooper3ted fully with p'lii:e and truthfully anj:wered their Queshons.
"From our preliminary investigation we car, tell you that we are confident that
the acts will show that Hines wias IJOT impaired by alcohol while driving," Ree
wrote. "However, Hines is deeply saddened by this incident and apologizes to his
plans and the Steelers organization for this distraction."
A Steelers spokesman did not immediately respond to a message.

R A judge recently dropped charges that rapper Foxy
Brown violated a court order by mooning her neighbor.
the k, State Supreme Court Justice John Walsh dismissed the
ked, case against Brown, whose real name is inga Marchand.
ling She had pleaded not guilty to criminal contempt.
ood Prosecutors said Brown violated the order in July 2010
oodd tbv screaming at neighbor Arlene Ravmond before bend-
and ing over, baring her buttocks and showing her underwear
gle- while shouting an obscenity.
The Miami rapper Brisco has been charged with aggravated
ims. battery after he allegedly assaulted a former business as-
yz n
ban The charge against the 29-year-old, whose real name is
as British Alexander Mitchell, stemmed Irom an incident last
month in the parking lot of an apartment building.
no According to police, Mitchell went to the apartment
end building where Giovanni Nagy lived on the morning of June
ates 30th after he allegedly threatened him via text messages.
L)out When Mitchell arrived, he allegedly demanded that Ilagy step outside. Ilagy's
with mother went down to intervene or her son's behalf and try to calm Mitchell
s. down.
Lsed Ilagy's mother took pictures of Mitchell with her cell phone as he was beating
oast her son, according to the police report.
ovie l.Mitchell turned himself in to North Miami police recently. During his first ap-
ost pearance in court or, the charge, the ludge set bond at J.7,500.

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Artists lend skills for Haitian band

CREATIVITY: Last Sunday, July 10, Emmanuel Manno Louis,
Pascal Elisson and Haitian-American visual artist Serge Tous-
saint, decorated a vaskin (a horn instrument used in performing
Haitian rara music) for the Haitian band, Rara Lakay.

Budding entrepreneur to revamp modeling

By Randy Grice

The modeling industry can
at times be a .crazy world, but
one ambitious entrepreneur
is taking on the challenge.
Alexandra Dessources, the
25-year-old owner and founder
of Beauty Defines Me Model-
ing Management, has been in
business for about three and a
half years and is still holding
"I believe what separates my
business frord others is the
type of models I'm looking to
attract," she said. "I don't have
a specific look, weight, 'or eth-
nicity I go for. I honestly believe
everyone has a unique beauty
to them in my job is to unfold

that beauty."
Dessources said that she be-
gan her business out of neces-

sity, even though her choice
of business was not seen as a
ideal by hier culture.
"I was once an aspiring
model, but my mother didn't
have the funds to assist me
in furthering my career and
my weight would fluctuate
from time to time which closed
many opportunities," she said.
"I took this as a calling to help
models find ways to make it
to the industry despite weight
or funds. In the Haitian cul-
ture, they believe that owning
a modeling management team
is no way of living or making
money, but I'm blessed be-
cause I have a very supportive
The management firm is. a
full service management team

that specializes in model man-
agement, photography, as well
as planning fashion events.
As a vision for the company,
Dessources plans to develop
a large database of models' for
their clients to have access to.
The'models will be centered
around high fashion runways,
print editorial, promotions,
presentations, and commercial
TV and film projects.
"I would to someday be as
big as ford and other well know
names where I can also work
with kids that are into model-
ing," Dessources said. "I have a
passion for this industry I love
what I do! Just knowing that I
can change someones life and
make them feel important or
beautiful is quite exciting."

-' Louverture was the
leader of the Haitian
j Revolution. His

military genius and
political acumen led
to the establishment
of the independent
Black state
of Haiti.

MDC hosts

screening of

Haitian leader

By Randy Grice
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Earlier last week, Miami Dade College's IMDC1 Center for
Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives and the Center for
Latin American Studies at the University of Miami partnered
to host a three-part event to bring awareness to the life of
Toussaint Louverture, the leader of the Haitian Revolution.
The event included a documentary screening of Egalite for
All. Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, fol-
lowed by a question-and-answer segment and an informal
"The Republic of Haiti is an island nation steeped in rich
history and tradition, and we're looking forward to the
thoughtful discourse this formidable program highlighting
Toussaint Lounrture will inspire." said Dr Jose A V\icente,
president of MDC's North Campus.
This program is presented in collaboration with MDC's
Office of International Education (OIE) and the Office of
Student Life at North Campus. The documentary, Egalite
Liberty) for All, is the story of Louverture's life and as leader
of the 1791 slave rebellion in the French colony of Saint
Domingue, and how his military genius and political acu-
men led to the establishment of the independent nation of
Haiti that eventually transformed an entire society of slaves
into a free, self-governing people.
"This documentary was truly an eye opener to me," said
Paul Batton, MDC student. "I knew his name but now I feel
like I know his legacy."
The success of the revolution greatly affected the institu-
tion of slavery throughout the New World, and eventually led
to Louverture gaining control of the entire island.
"It is amazing to see how one man contributed to much to
the freedom of my country," said Steven Campp, a Haitian-
American MDC student.
Louverture was the leader of the Haitian Revolution. His
military genius and political acumen led to the establish-
ment of the independent Black state of Haiti. The success
of the Haitian Revolutio~ shook the institution of slavery
throughout the New World. Toussaint Louverture began his
military career as a leader of the 1791 slave rebellion in the
French colony of Saint Domingue. He served from 1791-1803
and died in a French jail in 1803.

Haitian prime minister

Martelly delays recovery

By Joseph Guyler Delva

PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) Two months after taking office
with a promise to "wake up" Haiti, President Michel Martelly is
battling to install a new government and the urgent task of re-
building from last year's earthquake is on hold.
Lawmakers have opposed his choices for prime minister in an
early run-in with Haiti's messy political reality for the shaven-
headed former pop star and novice president elected in March. He
has promised to rebrand his nation from a development basket
case into a Caribbean success story.
Diplomats and donors say the Western Hemisphere's poorest
state desperately needs a new administration in place to advance
recovery from the 2010 quake that killed tens of thousands and
wrecked much of the capital Port-au-Prince.
"As long as there is'not agreement on the prime minister we are
completely stuck," said Roland Van Hauwermeirin, country direc-
tor in Haiti for international humanitarian agency Oxfam.
Oxfam says Haiti's leaders urgently need to relocate more than
600,000 quake survivors still living under tents and tarpaulins.
This requires swift decisions to resolve land tenure obstacles and
approve resettlement housing projects.
Other pressing tasks to be dealt with are a cholera epidemic that
has killed more than 5,500 people since October and the threat of
life-threatening winds, floods and landslides as the annual hur-
ricane season moves toward its active phase.
A parliament dominated by supporters of the country's previous
president last month rejected Martelly's first pick for premier. Law-
makers are also opposing his second selection Bernard Gousse,
a former justice minister.
Gousse, accused by critics of once leading a crackdown against
backers of ex-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was to present his
credentials to the Senate for review recently.




The African-American
Research Library and Cul-
tural Center, 2650 Sistrunk
Boulevard in Ft. Lauderdale,
will be hosting a series of
Job Preparation Seminars on
Wednesday, July 20 and Tues-
day, July 26. For more infor-
mation, call 954-625-2810.

Please join a panel of
judges from the Miami-Dade
Courts at an educational
Town Hall Meeting to be held
on Wednesday, July 20 from
6-8 p.m. at the Orange Bowl
Committee Bldg., 14360 NW
77th Court in Miami Lakes.
The Miami-Dade Courts'
"Community Connect" Town
Hall meetings are free and
open to the public. For more
information, visit www.judll.

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, contact
the Business and Science De-
partment at 305-375-523.1.

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 Wolmer's Alumni
Association of South Flor-
ida invites graduates and
friends of the high school in
Kingston, Jamaica, to the As-
sociation's weekend reunion
and summit conference July
22-24. For more information,
visit wolmersouthfla.org or
calf Rex Walker at 786-897-
9749 or email rexwalkerl@

The Beta Beta Lambda
Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc. will host a
social function called Summer
Solstice, apart of their ALPHA-
disiac Series on Friday, July 22
at the Mardi Gras Casino, 831
N. Federal Highway in Hallan-
dale. 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 online at www.
bbl 1906.eventbrite.com.

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. Lauderdale.
Activities will include: meet
and greet, bus tour of new
MCCHS, dinner dance, wor-
ship service and picnic. For
more information, go to wwwv.
carolcitysenior71.com or on
Facebook "Miami Carol City
Sr. High Class of '71 Reunion
Info." Contact. Gwen Thomas
Williams at 305-625-7244 or
email gwen0525@aol.com.

M The Camille and Su-
lette Merilus Foundation
for Haiti Development Inc.
is need of the communities
help for their fundraising ga-
rage sale on Saturday, July 23
from 9 a.m-3 p.m. at 13176
NW 7th Avenue. Donations of
household goods, electronics,
old vehicles and anything that
could help raise money for a
good cause is greatly needed.
For more information, call

The Miami-Dade State
Attorneys Office will have a
'Second Chance' Sealing and
Expungement Program on
Wednesday, July 27 at West-
land Gardens Park, 13501 NW
107th Avenue from 4-7 p.m.
To pre-register, visit www.
miamisao.com or fax a clear
copy of your valid picture id
and phone number to 305-
547-0273, attention Kather-

ine Fernandez Rundle, State
Attorney. For more informa-

tion, call 305-547-0724.

As part of the Discover
Art! Family Festival, Afua
Hall and the Little Haiti Cul-
tural Center announce: The
Games We Play, an evening
of multicultural dance curated
by Afua Hall on Friday, July 29
at 7 p.m. at 212 NE 59th Ter-
race. The admission is free to
the public. For more informa-
tion, call 305-960-2972.

The Miami Northwest-
ern Class of 1967 will fel-
lowship on Sunday, July 31 at
9 a.m. at New Shiloh Mission-
ary Baptist Church, 1350 NW
95th Street. The attire is ca-
sual dress. For more informa-
tion, contact Elaine Patterson
at 305-757-4471.

The City of Miami
Gardens Youth Sports
(CMGYS) Football and Cheer-
leading program is now ac-
cepting registrations for the
upcoming 2011 season. The
program is available for youth
ages four-15. For more in-
formation 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.sum-
merfoodflorida.org or call 211.

Chai Community Ser-
vices, Inc. in collaboration
with A Betta-Dry Cleaning &
Laundry, Inc. will host its 7th
Annual Back to School Bash-
School Supply giveaway on
SaturdaV, August 1-3'from 1-5
p.m. at 2971 NW 62nd Street.
For more information, call
305-691-0233. ,

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will meet Sat-
urday, August 13 at 4:30 p.m.
at African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center. For more infor-
mation, contact Lebbie Lee at

"Laughs for Literacy"
presented by the Seminole
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to
benefit The Russell Life Skills
and Reading Foundation on
Saturday, August 13 start-,
ing with a reception at 5 p.m.
and dinner, drinks and com-
edy show at 6:30 p.m. at
the Seminole Hard Rock Ho-
tel & Casino/Seminole Para-
dise, 1 Seminole Way in Hol-
lywo'od. To purchase tickets,
visit www.russellreadingroom.
com, call 954-981-5653 or
email events@russellreading.

The African-American
Research Library and Cul-
tural Center willbe hosting
free empowerment workshops
on Saturday, August 20 from
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (pre-regis-
ter by August 12 for "Starting
your own nonprofit") and Sat-
urday, September 3 from 11
a.m.-4:30 p.m. (pre-register
by August 26 for "Grant Writ-
ing"). For more information
and/or to register for these
'workshop, contact Norman
Powell at 954-624-5213 or
email posimo@aol.com.

Great Crowd Ministries
presents South Florida BB-Q/
Gospel Festival at Amelia Ear-
hart Park on Saturdays August
27, September 24 and Octo-
ber 29 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
The park fee is $6 per car. All
artists and vendors are en-
couraged to call. For more in-
formation, contact Constance
Koon-Johnson at 786-290-
3258 or Lee at 954-274-7864.

Chai Community Ser-
vices, Inc. in collaboration
with A-Betta Bail Bonds, Inc.
will host its annual CCS Career
Expo (Job Fair) on Saturday,
August 27 from 10 a.m.-6
p.m. at the DoubleTree Ho*
tel & Exhibition Hall, 711 NW

72nd Ave. For more informa-

', r mow'. .'. -

Street) in Hialeah, on the last
Saturday of each month at 9
a.m, We look forward to see-
ing each and every one of
you. For more, information,
contact Loletta Forbes at 786-
593-9687 or Elijah Lewis at

Music producer establishes youth center

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to create a modern tree house-
style space in Virginia Beach
that will provide an escape
for local kids while nurturing
their artistic talents,
Williams tells design maga-
zine Wallpaper, "I wanted to
provide people with the same
opportunities I got. My teach-
ers didn't let me go until I had
realized my potential. They

taught me to fight my way out
of a paper bag.
"Children, need guidance
and creative discipline and
someone to be there when they
fall. They also need a safe ha-
ven. At the moment, arts or-
ganizations across the U.S.
are having their funding cut
and we can't let that happen.
There's so little regard for cre-
ative skills. Where would we be
without design?"
Williams hopes to eventually

take this project nationwide, if
the Virginia launch is a suc-
"This is just a prototype. If all
goes well, we will look at set-
ting it up in other cities across
the U.S. as well, such as Mi-
ami," he said.
The eco-friendly Pharrell Wil-
liams Youth Center, which will
also help to raise funds for Wil-
liams' charity, the From One
Hand to Another Foundation,
is expected to open in 2012.

tion, call 786-273-0294.

Miami Northwestern
Class of 1972 Scholarship
Fundraiser Bus Trip to Atlanta,
GA for FAMU Classic on Sep-
tember 23-25. For additional
information, contact Clarateen
Kirkland-Kent at 305-323-
5551 or Glenda Tyse at 954-

Rainbow Ladies and
Beta Phi Omega Sorority
are sponsoring a Health Expo
for lesbians, bisexual and
transgendered (LBT) wom-
en of color on September 24
at the Pride Center in Wilton
Manors. Free screenings and
health promotion education
will be provided by several
local agencies and organiza-
tions. Everyone is invited.
There will be food, entertain-
ment and raffles. For more in-
formation, call 305-772-4712,
305-892-0928 or visit www.

Calling healthy ladies
50+ to start a softball team
for fun and laughs. Be apart
of this historical adventure. 24
start-up player% needed. For
more information, call Jean at
305-688-3322 or Coach Ro-
zier at 305-389-0288.

Knoxville College, a
136-year-old Historic Black
College, is kicking off a three-
year, ten million dollar cam-
paign to revitalize the Col-
lege under the leadership of
its new President Dr. Horace
Judson. All alumni and the
public are asked to donate to
this campaign. To secure do-
nor forms, go to www.knoxvil-
lecollege.edu and scroll down
to K.C. Building Fund. Click on
it for the form or call Charlie
Williams, Jr., president of the
local alumni chapter at 305-
915-7175 for more details.

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. contarct,Rub.y P,
White or Lake,,snhe Anderson
at 3 5-693-1008.

The Miami Northwest-
ern Class of 1962 meets on
the second Saturday of each
month at 4 p.m. at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center,
6161 NW 22nd Avenue. We
are beginning to make plans
for, our 50th Reunion. For
more information, contact Ev-
elyn at 305-621-8431.

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 Brandyss
Howard at 786-388-3000 or

Work from home and earn
money. The CLICK Charity,
5530 NW 17th Avenue, is of-
fering free computer( web de-
sign classes for middle and
high school students. Work
at your own pace and receive
one-on-one instruction in
learning a very valuable trade.
Registration and classes are
free! Open Honday-Friday,
2-7 p.m. Don't wait call, email
or come by today: 305-691-
8588 or andre@theclickchar-

Free child care is available
at the Miami-Dade County
Community Action Agency
Headstart/Early Head Start
Program for children ages
three-five for the upcoming
school year. Income guide-
lines and Dade County resi-
dence apply only. We welcome
children with special needs/
disability with an MDCPS IEP.
For more information, call
786-469-4622, Monday-Fri-
day 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

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but has become the voice of a
generation. However, the South
Yonkers-bred singer admits she
still finds it difficult to over-
come some of the self-esteem
issues that took root during her
"It's not as hard as it used to
be, but it gets hard sometimes,"
said Blige, 40. "You wish that

your mom didn't work so much
so that she could give you the
parental guidance that you
needed, you know? You wish
that your dad didn't walk out
on you so he could tell you
that you were beautiful, and
so you wouldn't have to look
for some man to tell you that
you were beautiful, or have low
self-esteem. So now, I'm con-
stantly working on myself ev-
ery day to believe that, which

I'm believing. I'm beginning to
believe it."
Blige says she gets tons of
positive reinforcement from
her husband, family and close
friends, as well as an over-
whelming amount of uncondi-
tional love from her fan base.
In the bonus audio below,
Blige recalls how two fans in
particular continue to serve
as the biggest reminder of her
musical gift.

The importance of iconic 'Boyz N The Hood'

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interesting is how much of the
cast which included Angela
Bassett, Laurence Fishburne,
Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris
Chestnut and Nia Long, among
the notables went on to be-
come fixtures in the firmament
of Black Hollywood.
In that vein, Boyz n the Hood
shares much in common with
The Outsiders, as both films
were instrumental in launch-
ing the careers of their young
stars. And like the S.E. Hinton
classic, Boyz n the Hood's pri-
mary themes responsibility,
awareness, self-sufficiency and
restraint still ring true.

Even still, Boyz
n the Hood spends
much of its nearly
two hours assault-
ing the senses with
wanton violence
that punctuates
the streets of South
Central. Ricky Bak-
er's tragic death
and the chaotic af-
termath drive home
the importance of


family: Mrs. Bak-
er turns on Ricky's brother
Doughboy (played by a brood-
ing Ice Cube, with a 40-ounce
bottle of beer as his ever-pres-
ent prop) While Ricky's mom
blames his wayward brother
for his demise, Furious shows

how a level head -
Si and strong parenting
can prevail upon a
EN young impressionable
Doughboy's words
at the end of the mov-
ie are prescient: the
violence that felled
his brother and was
meted out to such
devastating effect in
rON retribution does go "on
and on. The next thing
you know somebody might try
and smoke me."
Boyz n the Hood seems to
ask this still relevant question:
Sure we all have to go some-
time, but does it have to be at
the business end of a firearm?




Blige: Self-esteem is crucial to success


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M-DPLS to help assist small businesses Miami-Dade

Business get tools for success

By Randy Grice

economy and are vital in facili-
tating our economic recovery,"
said Victoria Galan, public af-
fairs officer. "We hope to expand
the knowledge of our customers
as to the vast number of quality
sources of business assistance
the Miami-Dade Public Library

information on companies that
they might wish to do business
with, either as sources of supply
or purchasers of their goods and
services. One session will con-
centrate on the use of Reference
USA as a job finding tool. Anoth-
er presentation will concentrate

"Small businesses are the backbone of the American econo-
my and are vital in facilitating our economic recovery."
-Victoria Galan
Public Affairs Otflicte

System has to offer. These in-
clude both governmental and
private sources, available in vari-
ous formats. We also want the
local business community to be
aware of the kinds of information
we can find or gather for them.
The' library system seeks to en-
courage the community to seek
whichever types of information
they might need."
The forum will address Refer-
ence USA, a program that en-
ables small businesses to obtain

on using the official U.S. Patent,
and Trademark Office website to
determine whether an invention
has been already patented. The
open house also aims to positive-
ly impact Black business, owners.
"Black business owners will
certainly benefit from the open
house," Galan said. "The tools
and services discussed will
provide them with numerous
sources of knowledge and assis-
tance at the local, state, and
Please turn to M-DPLS 10D


values drop

By Toluse Olorunnipa

The average residential property in
Miami-Dade had a value of $196,953
in 2010, according to data recently -
released by Property Appraiser's Of-
Countywide, property values
dropped 2.8 percent in 2010, with
the largest declines taking place in
the apartment sector. Single-family
properties shed 2.6 percent of their
value last year, while condos lost 0.9
percent. Small apartments (under
10 units) saw market values decline
8.8 percent while large apartments
fell 6.4 percent. Data for Broward
County was not immediately avail-
Of Miami-Dade's 724,264 residen-
tial properties, 429,984 claimed a
homestead exemption in 2010, ac-
cording to the Property Appraiser.
Average market values ranged
Please turn to PROPERTY 10D


Obama jobs council devising plans for job creation

By Susanne M. Schafer
As isociLaed Press

GREENVILLE, South Carolina -
The chairman of President Barack
Obama's jobs and competitiveness
council said recently there is no
magic potion to jobs creation, but
the panel is devising pragmatic
plans to put people back to work.
General Electric Co. Chairman
.and CEO Jeffr.ey .m melt spoke .with
employees and reporters during a
visit to his company s gas turbine
plant in Greenville. which employs
3.300 people including 1.700 engi-
Immelt said his four months on the
Obama advisory panel has taught
him that even his company can be
held accountable for where it cre-
ates jobs. He said the panel is work-
ing on devising a hundred different

business plans for every sector of
the economy, with practical steps to
help create jobs.
It's very unlikely the jobs coun-
cil's going to find something that will
be a magic potion to create jobs," he
said. But he noted there are things
that can be done. For example, he
said, America suffers from a short-
age of engineers.
He said the panel has asked all
Fortune 500 companies to double
their hiring of engineers over the
coming year, but that the two dozen
business leaders in the group believe
even more can be done to educate,
train and hire engineers.
GE will hire around 1,000 engi-
neers during that time, Immelt told
reporters in comments later in the
GE relies on engineers to develop
innovative products and produce the

President Barack Obama and GE Chairman Jeffrey Immelt.

items that can be exported around
the world. The gas turbines at the
Greenville plant are all produced for
export. Immelt said. India and Saudi
Arabia are its biggest customers.
Immelt said all high-tech firms
should double their hiring of engi-
That would send a powerful mes-
sage," Immelt said, adding it would
tell technical schools, universities
and workers that an education leads
to employment
"This is the wa, to generatejob se-
curity," he said.
The U.S. economy has generated
only 18,000 net jobs in June and the
unemployment rate rose to 9.2 per-
cent. the government reported last
week. In May. employers added only
25,000 jobs.
Immelt said. however, that for a
Please turn to JOBS 8D

How jobs growth

forecast was done

Economic consulting firm
Moody's Analytics has fore-
casted U.S. job growth by
geographic region and by
industry. This interactive was
updated June 30, 2011. We will
update it each month.
This graphic shows actual
job growth through first-quar-
ter 2011 and Moody's Analyt-
ics' forecasted job growth for
second-quarter 2011 through
first-quarter 2015. It covers
every state, the District of
Columbia and 384 metro ar-
eas, broken down by fourteen
industry sectors. The data are
seasonally adjusted.
National, state and metro
data through first-quarter
2011 are averages of monthly
data from the Bureau of Labor
Statistics' Current Employ-
ment Statistics (CES) survey.
The CES survey tracks the
number of people employed full
and part time by industry. It
excludes proprietors, self-em-

played people, unpaid family
or volunteer workers, farm-
workers and domestic work-
ers. Government employment
covers only civilian workers.
Employees are counted where
they work, not where they live.
The CES survey is based on
a sample of businesses and
government agencies and is
subject to sampling and nons-
ampling error. As a result, pre-
cise employment rankings are
not possible for all geographies
and industry sectors. Industry
sector estimates, especially for
smaller geographies or indus-
tries, can be volatile due to
smaller sample sizes.
The data for second-quarter
2011 through first-quarter
2015 are forecasted by Moody's
Analytics. Demographic trends
such as population growth,
migration patterns, the age
composition of populations,
cost of living and business
Please turn to GROWTH 8D

Jobs growth forecast

One-year forecast change in jobs: United States: All sectors: 1.8%

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As politicians debate debt ceiling, Blacks fall farther behind

By James Clingman

It is certainly intriguing to watch
politicians squabble over raising the
U. S. debt ceiling. The posturing,
the' pontificating, the postulating,
the predictions, the placating, and
that's just the P-words we can use to
describe their insincere, uncaring,
condescending attitudes toward the
issue, has until now been a'n almost
automatic move by Congress.:

Under George W. Bush the debt
ceiling was raised five times, there-
by increasing the national debt from
$5.9 trillion to $9.8 trillion. Several
of the politicians who are railing
against raising the ceiling voted all
five times to do the same thing under
George W.
We have seen politicians like this
current bunch do the same things
year after year, causing their con-
stituents to suffer. Yet, we vote them

right back into office. We
have stood by and watched
those we elect say and do
nothing to improve our eco-
nomic situation while they
wallow in wealth and all the
perks that come with being
our "representatives." .
What we have here is
a stand-off, one that will
probably go to the eleventh

hour when both sides will


come out and say how
it was their idea and ef-
forts that "saved" the day
for the country or they
will hunker down in their
positions and we will sink
further into economic de-
This country is rapidly
moving toward a two-
tiered society in which
one group has tremendous

resources and the other group has
little or no resources. If economic ca-
tastrophe occurs and hyperinflation
takes hold, those who have will be
able to load up their wheelbarrows
with money and buy that proverbial
loaf of bread. For example, many cor-
porations have hoarded the trillions of
dollars they received or heisted in the
past two years or so; they won't have
too much of a problem, which is why
Please turn to DEBT 8D

8D TEMAMIIE, UY2-2,21-11A. -1' ON H Il RQ\I ErN

Chance for home loan help


By Julie Schmit

More than two mil-
lion homeowners hit
by a foreclosure in
2009 or 2010 can de-
mand reviews of their
cases and they'll re-
ceive letters explain-
ing their rights, bank-
ing regulators said
The letters are in-
tended to help iden-
tify homeowners who
believe they were
harmed financially
because of improper
foreclosure practices
by mortgage services,
said Julie Williams,
chief counsel of the

Office of the Comptrol-
ler of the Currency, at
a congressional hear-
ing recently.
* The number of af-
fected homeowners in-
cludes those who com-
pleted a foreclosure in
2009 or 2010 or who
had one in process
then, the OCC said.
The review is one of
the more significant
requirements that
banking regulators
announced in April
after a probe 'of fore-
closure practices at
14 major companies
found that they some-
times violated foreclo-
sure laws and rules

Debt argument continues

continued from 7D

the politicians can af-
ford to posture and
threaten one anoth-
er. They won't suffer;
we will.
But those without
resources will suffer
tremendously. Yes, we
can do wonders with a
pot of beans and some
cornbread but what
about the long run? In
our current economic
state people are break-
ing into homes to steal
a couple of pounds
of copper piping that
they can sell for about
$2.00 per pound.
Our children's fu-
ture is in a tug-of-war
right now; they are the
ones who will surely
take the hit for the
games you are play-
ing now. They are in

schools where teachers
were laid off and ac-
tivities cut in response
to budget shortfalls or
in colleges mounting
up enormous student
loans with few pros-
pects for securing em-
ployment after gradu-
We can only pray
that this high-stakes
game of econom-
ics will come to an
end soon and that
those who are play-
. ing it come to their
senses before it's too
late. This is not merely
about the. debt ceiling;
it is about the future
of this country and
economic foundation
upon which our chil-
dren and grandchil-
dren will stand. They
are the ones who will
suffer from this latest
elephant-donkey fight.

Creation of more jobs

continued from' 7D

huge multinational
company like GE,
"business is good."
Growing energy de-
mands in countries
like Saudi Arabia,
Brazil and Russia re-
sult in interest in his
company's energy-re-
lated products, includ-
ing alternative energy
sources like wind and
solar power products.
Immelt also defend-
ed his role on the pres-
ident's panel, saying
American business
leaders should help
their country. Obama
tapped Immelt to lead
the Council on Jobs
and Competitiveness
in January.
"I think there's noth-'
ing wrong with Ameri-
can business lead-
ers helping their own
country, particularly
at a time like this," he
Asked about the
fuss over the Nation-
al Labor Relations
Board investigating
aircraft maker Boeing
for opening a plant in
South Carolina, Im-'
melt said he was total-

Predicting fu

continued from 7D

costs, and the global
orientation of regional
economies are key fac-
tors in its forecasts.
The forecasting mod-
el reflects the industry
makeup of regions and,
the growth outlook for
those industries. For
example, the industri-
al Midwest takes into
account the problems

ly supportive of Boeing
in the matter, given
that the company is a
major jobs creator.
"I can't see one rea-
son why we'd want to
go down that road,"
he said. Immelt added
that he felt his compa-
ny has worked on im-
proving relationships
with unions, saying,
"They are hungry for
Getting good union-
employer relation-
ships requires an ad-
justment, he said. "It's
taken change on both
The NLRB sued Boe-
ing in April, saying the
aeronautics giant ille-
gally retaliated against
unionized Washington
state workers when it
opened a 787 passen-
ger jet manufacturing
line in South Caro-
lina, a right-to-work
Boeing hopes more
than 1,000 non-union
workers will eventu-
ally build three of the
aircraft per month
at the' $750 million
South Carolina plant,
the largest industri-
al investment in the
state's history.

ture jobs
in the auto industry,
and the relative suc-
cess of the technology
industry is reflected
in forecasts for Cali-
fornia's Bay Area and
Moody's Analytics'
model also takes into
account policy deci-
sions made by the
Federal Reserve and
the specifics of govern-
ment stimulus and as-
sistance programs.

even though loans
were generally seri-
ously delinquent.
The services, in-
cluding giant Bank of
America, must submit
plans to revamp fore-
closure processes by
Wednesday. The look-
back is part of that.
Once the OCC ap-
proves a plan, a com-.
pany has 120 days to
complete reviews, said
Bryan Hubbard, OCC
The requirements
could also change
based on the outcome
of settlement talks
that the Department
of Justice and state

attorneys general are
having with services
to address alleged
foreclosure abuses,
officials say. Justice
spokeswoman Jessica
Smith said negotia-
tions are progressing
but that no settlement
is expected before the
filing deadline.
In addition to getting
letters, homeowners
will be notified of their
rights through local
and national advertis-,
ing campaigns, Wil-
liams said.
Mortgage services,
meanwhile, will hire
independent auditors
to conduct the re-

views. They'll decide
whether homeowners
should be financially
compensated if, for
example, foreclosures
were unlawful or fees
were unjust.
They'll also look for
borrowers at high risk
of poor foreclosure
practices, including
people denied loan
modifications, Wil-
liams said.
Servicers were to
submit new plans a
month ago. The DOJ
asked for a 30-day
extension to see if a
settlement could be
reached before plans
were due.


Miami Dade College -
Wolfson Campus
Chiller Plant Upgrades

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.
One Harvard Circle, Suite 100
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Jorge Gutierrez
T: 561-832-1616
F: 561-832-6775

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc., Construction Manager, will receive
prequalified subcontractor bids at the above address for Miami-Dade College
Wolfson Chiller Plant Upgrades. All bids must be sealed, in an opaque
envelope with the bidders name on the envelope, delivered to the abovead-
dress on or before 2:00 pm on Friday, August 5, 2011.

This project consists of various upgrades to the Chiller Plant at the Miami-
Dade College Wolfson Campus. Drawings and specifications will be made
available through Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. on or about July 19,

There will be a mandatory pre-bid meeting held at 8:00 a.m. on July 21, 2011 at:

Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami, Fl 33132
,;'. Located south of.the-new Student .... ...
Support Center Project Site

Prequalification applications will be accepted until one week before respec-"
tive bid date. Send notification to iotto(dtsuffolkconstruction.com to receive a
prequalification package.

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. is committed to affirmatively ensuring
that there is intent to increase the awarding of construction subcontracts to
contractors and vendors who meet the criteria of Miami Dade College Minor-
ity Business Enterprise Statement of Intent procedures.



The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on July 28th, 2011, at
9:00 AM, to consider the award of a contract in the amount of $68,758.00 to
Amigos Together for Kids,'Inc. (d/b/a Amigos for Kids) $43,776.00 to Arts for
Learning/Miami, Inc., $86,281.00 to Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership
Inc., all Florida not-for-profit organizations listed below, through pass-through
funds from The Children's Trust, for the 2011-2012 contract period, for the pro-
vision of art-teacher management, literacy based curriculum/instruction and
teacher supervision, family days, field-trips and other similar activities in con-
junction with educational and Parks' services, to be provided at five (5) of the
.City's parks, African Square Park, Juan Pablo Duarte Park, Shenandoah Park,
West-End Park, and Jose Marti Park in conjunction with a grant from The Chil-
dren's Trust called "The Children's Trust Grant for Parks, 2011-2012" and to
consider the City Manager's recommendation and finding that competitive ne-
gotiation methods are not practicable or advantageous regarding these issues:

School-year Out of School Service Activities relating to the
Heart of Our Parks/Children's Trust Out of School Program,
Amigos Together for Kids, Inc., Arts for Learning/Miami, Inc.,
and Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership, Inc.

Inquiries regarding this notice may be addressed to Lacleveia Morley, Admin-
istrative Aide II, City of Miami Department of Parks & Recreation, at (305) 416-

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-86 (A) (3) (c): services
related to educational services and activities provided by non-profit organiza-
tions within City parks of the Code of the City of Miami, Florida as amended.
The recommendations and findings to be considered in this matterare set forth
in the proposed resolution and in this Code-Section, which are deemed to be
incorporated by reference herein and are available as public records from the
City of Miami. The Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly
scheduled City Commission meeting of July 28th, 2011, at Miami City Hall, 3500
Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, at 9:00 AM.

All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may comment on
the proposed issue. 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 an appeal may be based.

In accordance with the American with Disabilities 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 (VQice) 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.

(#15408) Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk

Request for Proposals

The South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB) of Region 23 (Mi-
ami-Dade and Monroe counties) released a Request for Proposals (RFP)
for Workforce Services. The RFP solicits agencies capable of successfully
delivering an integrated menu of workforce programs and/or services (e.g.
Workforce Investment Act, Jobseeker, Business, Welfare Transition, Trade
Adjustment Assistance, Wagner-Peyser, Reemployment and Eligibility As-
sessment, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Veterans and Unemployment

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

An Offerors Conference is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at
SFWIB Headquarters, fifth floor, Conference Room 3. The conference is the
only opportunity afforded offerors to have their inquiries addressed by SFWIB

Offerors are advised to regularly check the SFWIB website for potential
amendments to the solicitation schedule. All proposals must be submitted
to the reception desk at SFWIB Headquarters no later than 5:00 p.m.,
Friday, August 5. 2011. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be
considered and will be returned unopened to the offeror.

Please direct all questions and/or concerns to SFWIB Policy Coordinator Phil-
lip Edwards at PEdvwardsfasouthfloridaworkforce.com.




Copies of the proposed Resolution are available for review at the Public Works
Department, Survey and Land Records Section of the Construction Division,
,-located at 444 SW.2irdaAvenue, 4th.Floor, during regular working hours. J, Fone

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 Disabilities 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.

(#.15411) Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk '



The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on July 28th, 2011, at
9:00 AM to consider the award of contracts to the for-profit and not-for-profit
organizations listed below through -pass-through funds from The Children's
Trust, for the 2011-2012 contract period, for the provision of literacy instruction,
teacher supervision, mentoring, family activities, community workshops and
other such activitiesin conjunction with education services to be provided in
conjunction with the following grant from The Children's Trust to the City, and to
consider the City Manager's recommendations and finding that competitive ne-
gotiation methods are not practicable or advantageous regarding these issues:
School Year Out of School Service Activities, "Holmes
Elementary, Miami Learning Zone" Program-Mad Science
South Florida, Inc., Arts for Learning/Miami, Inc., On Target
Mathematics Educational Products and Services, Inc., and
Strong Women, Strong Girls, Inc.
Inquiries regarding this notice may be addressed to Esther Balsera, Education
Initiatives Coordinator, City of Miami Office of Grants Administration, at (305)

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-85 (A) of the Code of
the City of Miami, Florida as amended (the "Code"). The recommendations and
findings to be considered in this matter are set forth in the proposed resolution
and in Code Section 18-85 (A), which are deemed to be incorporated by refer-
ence herein and are available as with the regularly scheduled City Commission
meeting of July 28th, 2011 at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami,

All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may comment
on the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the
City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, that
personal shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made includ-
ing all testimony and evidence upon which an appeal may be based.

In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing

special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the Of-
fice of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (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.


Prnsilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk


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Players set to receive $16o million from escrow

By Jeff Zillgitt and
J. Michael Falgoust

NBA players will receive near-
ly $160 million from an escrow
account they funded last sea-
son in case their salaries ex-
ceed 57 percent of basketball-
related income, according to
league and union officials with
knowledge of the situation. TlT
officials requested anonymity
because they were not autho-
rized to speak publicly until the
financial audit is complete.
During the 2010-2011 sea-
son, eight percent of player sal-
aries were withheld and placed

in escrow. However, player
salaries for the 2010-2011 fell
short of the 57 percent of BRI
due to them under the collec-
tive bargaining agreement that
expired July 1, the day the
league locked out its players.
The National Basketball Play-
ers Association revealed in late
June the NBA asked to keep
that $160 million, a request
players disregarded.
Players see the return of
money as a sign that owners
are controlling costs on their
own and drastic changes to the
last CBA are unnecessary.
The league disagrees, arguing

Brian Shaw joins the Pacers as an associate head coach next
season. Shaw was an assistant with the Lakers last season.

last season was an anomaly be-
cause teams cleared salary cap
to lure big-name free agents in
the summers of 2010, 2011 and
2012 resulting in lower sala-
ries. It is the only time owners
have had to return money to
players since the escrow sys-
tem was created in 2001-02.
Owners maintain the previ-
ous system doesn't work and
seek further cost containment
with a hard salary cap and a
reduction in player salaries.
The NBA projects nearly $300
million in losses from last sea-
Sixers sale near:Philadelphia

76ers owner Comcast-Specta-
cor, led by chairman Ed Snid-
er, is close to selling the team
to private equity billionaire
Joshua Harris and other inves-
tors, including private equity
executive David Blitzer and ex-
Sacramento Kings front-office
executive Jason Levien.
Comcast-Spectacor, which
also owns the Philadelphia Fly-
ers, is selling only the 76ers,
.not the Flyers or the Wells Far-
go Center, where both teams
play home games.
The sale must be approved
by the NBA's Board of Gover-

Public library hosts business open house

continued from 7D

national levels. The
Small Business, Ad-
ministration and its
various partners and
related agencies such
as SCORE, the Small
Business Development
Centers, the Minority
Business Development
Agency, the Women's
Business Centers, and
the Veterans Busi-
ness Outreach Centers
all have the potential
to become valuable
sources of expertise
and other forms of as-
Galan also adds that
outside of this open
house small business
owners can still seek
"Miami-Dade Coun-

County real

estate prices,


continued from 7D

widely among the
various cities. Val-
ues were the lowest
in Florida City, where
the average home was
worth'- 52,402. The
locale with the high-
est values was Indian
Creek, a collection of
30 homes where the
average home was
worth $8.9 million.
In the city of Mi-
ami, where there are
90,624 residential
homes, the average
property was worth

ty's Department of
Small Business Devel-
opment (SBD) works
to increase the par-
ticipation of small
businesses on County

contracts," he said. portunities and tech-
"The department co- nical assistance to aid
ordinates and imple- these firms in their
ments various small growth and contribu-
business programs to tion to South Florida's
provide business op- economy."



The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on July 28th, 2011, at
9:00 AM to consider the award of contracts to the for-profit organizations listed
below through pass-through funds from The Children's Trust, for the 2011-2012
contract period. Families First parenting program is designed to incorporate lit-
eracy skills, parent-child activities, strengthen oral language development, give
parents a venue to share concerns, learn new behavior strategies, and connect
parents to a variety of support services and other such activities in conjunction
with the following grant from The Children's Trust to the City, and to consider
the City Manager's recommendations and finding that competitive negotiation
methods are not practicable or advantageous regarding these issues:

School Year "Families First Parenting Program", various
childcare centers throughout the City, Exceptional
Consulting for Educational Leaders, Inc. and Conee, Inc.

Inquiries regarding this notice may be addressed to Esther Balsera, Education
Initiatives Coordinator, City of Miami Office of Grants Administration, at (305)

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-85 (A) of the Code of
the City of Miami, Florida as amended (the "Code"). The recommendations and
findings, to be considered in this matter are set forth in the proposed resolution
and in Code Section 18-85 (A), which are deemed to be incorporated by refer-
ence herein and are available as with the regularly scheduled City Commission
meeting of July 28th, 2011, at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami,

All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may comment
on the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the
City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, that
personal shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made includ-
ing all testimony and evidence upon which an appeal may be based.

In accordance with the American with Disabilities 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



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

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

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

(#15410) Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk,

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Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. '$199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
101 A Civic Center Area
Two bedrooms $800 -
$850 monthly. Appliances,
laundry, FREE WATER
bedroom $675. Parking,
central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

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

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. Appliances.
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
125 NW 18 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $350
monthly. $575 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 month. $700 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LDC TV. Call

140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$500. 786-236-1144 or

14100 NW 6 Court
Huge one bdrm, one bath,
with air, in quiet area, $650
monthly. 305-213-5013
425 NW 60 Stieet -
Nice one bedroom, one bath,
$570 mthly. Includes refriger-
ator, stove, central air, water.
$725 Move In. 786-290-5498
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 bath, $350
monthly. $575 move in. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

167 NE 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath; two
bedroom, one bath; three
bedroom, one bath. Section 8
welcome. 954-914-9166
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425
Mr Gaiter in #1

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

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

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

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

18550 N.W. 38th Court
Very beautiful spacious stu-
dio, brand new refrigerator
and stove, utilities and cable
included. Private entrance.
1927B NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms. $700 mthly,
first and last. Free Water.
200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438

2000 NE 135 Street
Completely remodeled wa-
terview apartment one bed-
room and one bath $1000,

parking secure, near FlU.

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450,
appliances. 305-642-7080
2295 NW 46 Street
One bedroom $550, two
bedrooms $725, appliances
included. Call Tony
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

5120 NW 23 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath, wa-
ter included. $550 monthly.
George 305-283-6804
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gift for Section 8 tenants.
$300 deposit. $675 first
month, $975 moves you in.
Jenny 786-663-8862

561 NW 6 Street
One bdrm, one bath $495.
5755 NW 7 Avenue
Large one bdrm, parking.
$580 monthly. $850 to .move
in. Call 786-728-1772
585 NE 139 Street
One bedroom, $680-mthly.
First, last and security.
60 and 61 Street
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
6229 NW 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms, one
bath. Section 8 OK. 55 and
older preferred.
765 NW 69 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$600 monthly.
Call 305-759-1250
8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrm. Section 8 OK.
One Month Free Rent
Two bdrms. starting at $916
Restrictions Apply
,Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Aparmrnents Duplexes
Houses One. Two and
Tnree Bedrooms Same day
approval Call for specials.
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FROM $400
Remodeled efficiencies, one,
two, three bdrms; two baths.
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 and two bdrms.
1250, 1231 NW 61 St
6820 NW 17 Avenue
One and two bedrooms.
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, two, three bdrm,
1558, 1710, 1730 NW 1 PI
1130, 1132, NW2Ave
Please Call 305-603-9592
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice one bdrm., air, window
shades, appliances. Free
HOT water. Senior Citizens
property. $410 monthly plus
* $200 deposit. 305-665-4938
or 305-498-8811

6301 NW 6 AVENUE
Newly renovated barber
shop, $1250 monthly.

16851 NE 23 Avenue
Two bedrooms, two baths,
$1200 monthly, section 8 OK.
786-277-4395 or 305-624-

191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776

] .* .

725 NW 70 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750 monthly. 786-399-8557

1138 NW 58 Terrace
Two bedroom, one bath, bars
on window and doors, central
air, ceiling fans, fenced yard,
washer/dryer hookup, Sec-
tion 8 OK, $900. 305-389-
1228 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1369 NW 40th Street
Two bdms, one bath, central
air, tiled floors, Section 8 OK!
1396 NW 102 St #1A
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air. 786-286-2540
1422 N.W. 51 TERR.
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath. Totally remodeled, new
appliances, security bars,
central air. Section 8 OKI
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080
1542 NW 35 Street
Really nice, two bdrms, air
and some utilities, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
15614 NW 2 Avenue
Three bdrms, two baths.
$700 deposit. $1350 mthly..
Section 8 OK! 786-955-3071
15812 NW 38 Court
Section 8 ready, extra big and
beautiful, four bedrooms, two
baths, utility room, applianc-
es, security bars, tile, fenced.
$1450 monthly.
Call now 305-788-0000
1747 NW 40 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $750
Appliances 305-642-7080
1747 NW 50 Street
Two bedrooms. $300 deposit
for qualified section 8 ten-
ants. Call 305-871-3280
175 NE 70 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath;
three bedrooms, two baths
I'totally remodeled.
1826 NW 46 Street
New remodeled two bed-
rooms, one bath, central air,
appliances, section 8 wel-
come. 305-335-0429
1855 NW 74 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air and heat. $775 per
month. $1,550 to move in.
305-318-3420 or
19201 NW 34 Court
Three bedrooms, one and
half baths no section 8.
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$500, appliances, free gas.

2401 NW.95 ST #B
Two bdrms, one bath,
washer, dryer, central air.
Section 8 OK. $1,175 mthly.
Matthew 954-818-9112
2561 York Street
Three bdrms, two.baths, air,
Section 8 OKI $1300 mthly,
$700 deposit. 786-955-3071
2905 NW 135 Street
Three Dorms one bath.
$1000 Appliances central
air 305-642-7080
3658 Grand Aveune -
Coconut Grove
One bedroom, one bath du-
plex apartment, central air,
ceiling fans, securitywindows
and doors, private entrance
and parking, private front
porch and yard nice kitchen.
Section 8 welcome.
Call 305-696-2825
3849 NW 157 Street
Two bdrms., one':bath,
$1,050 mthly. 305-751-3381
4427 NW 23 Court
Four bedrooms two baths
$995. Appliances, fenced
yard 305-642-7080
645 NW 5 COURT
Two bedrooms, one bath with
wash room. 786-287-6005
7619 NE 3 COURT
One large bedroom apt.
7633 NW 2 Court
Large one and three bed-
rooms, two baths, applianc-
es, $650 and $950.
7737 NW 4 Court
Spacious three bedrooms,
two baths, $1,150 monthly.
First and last. Section 8 ap-
proved. 305-450-0320
7929 NW 12 Court
Three bdrms, one bath, $900
monthly. Call 305-757-2632
86 Street NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms. Section 8 OK.
Call 305-754-7776
928 NW 55 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$575. Free Water.

93 Street NW 18 Avenue
Two bedrooms, Section 8
welcome. 305-754-7776.

Two bdrms, one bath. Utility
room with washer/dryer hook
up, window air unit. $850
mthly. Call 786-316-8671
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750 monthly. 754-423-3714

1709 NW 55 Street
Newly remodeled one bed-
room, central air, fenced
parking, $675 monthly and
$700 deposit.
17200 NW 42nd Place
Large efficiency for rent.
9000 NW 22 Avenue
Air, electric and water includ-
ed. Furnished, one person
only. 305-693-9486
New floor and fridge. Air,
utilities, cable. $600 monthly.
$1200 move in 305-751-

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1161 NW 139 Street
$120 weekly, $240 move in.
Includes cable, central air.
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
2373 NW 95 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-915-6276, 305-691-3486
5500 NW 5 Avenue
$85 wkly, free utilities, kitch-
en, bath, one person.
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
6835 NW 15 Avenue
Utilities included, air. $90
weekly. Move in special $200.
Call 786-558-8096
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Air, kitchen privileges, $125/
week, one person. $250
move in. 786-488-3045
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable, air, 305-688-0187.
Large furnished room with ca-
ble, air, light cooking and use
of pool. 305-621-1669
Clean and nice, air. $100
weekly, $200 to move in.
NW 24 Avenue and 52 St.

1009 NW 42 Street
Two bedrooms, den, central
air, $975. We have others.
Office at 290 NW 183 Street.
10240 SW 171 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1345. appliances central
air, fenced yard

1285 N.W. 129th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1300. Section 8 welcome.
13140 NW 18 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath.
No Section 8. 786-344-9560
1417 NE 152 Street ,
Three bedrooms, one bath
house, $1200 monthly All
appliances included Free
19 nch LCD TV. Call Joel

1527 NW 100 Street
Big rooms for rent. $125
weekly, air included, Section
8 OK.
1822 NW 68 Street
Three bdrms, two baths, Sec-
tion 8, $1080. 786-263-1590
1827 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air.
1850 NW 55 Street
Three bdrms, two baths, den,
Section 8 OK. 786-344-4407
20115 NW 9 Avenue
Three bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral air, Florida room, fenced.
Section 8 OKI $1600 mthly.
20783 NW 41 Ave. Road
Three bdrms, two baths, all
appliances with washer/dryer.
Section 8 OK! First, last and
security required. Contact
office 786-295-7224
2113 NW 76 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 accepted.
CALL Gigi 786-356-0487 or
Lo 786-356-0486

2130 Wilmington Street
Four bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 accepted.
CALL Gigi 786-356-0487 or
Lo 786-356-0486
2257 NW 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$750. Appliances, free

2530 NW 162 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, tile,
appliances, air, $900 monthly,
first and last. 305-458-1642
2540 NW 152 Terrace
Updated three bedrooms, one
bath, tile, central air. $1275
monthly. 305-662-5505
2770 NW 194 Terrace
Section 8 OKI Three bdrms,
one and a half baths, cen-
tral air, fresh paint. $1455 a
month. Call Joe
6730 NW 5 Avenue
Completely renovated five
bdrms., two baths, section
8 participants welcome. Call
Mrs. Curry 305-965-0671.
810 NW. 84 Street
Updated three bedrooms,
one bath, tile, central air.
$1250 monthly 305-662-
9012 NW 22 Avenue
Small two bedrooms
916 NW 60 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air, SECTION 8 OKI $1,350
mthly. 305-491-1994
920 NW 50th Street
Four bdrms, two baths, Sec-
tion 8 okay, 305-338-1281.
Three bdrms, one bath,
fenced, air, appliances,
Renovated, available now.
Near Bus Line/Expressway
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.
Miramar AREA
Four bedrooms, two baths,
three car garage, $1400
monthly/sale. 888-202-9908.
One Four Bedrooms, No
Sect 8 Broker: 786-955-9493.
Three bdrms, one bath, air,
all tiled, fenced yard. Section
8 OKI $1,300 monthly. First,
last and security.
21425 SW 119 Avenue
SECTION 8, three bdrms,
one bath, central air, appli-
ances, laundry room and
large back yard, quarter
acres. $1350 monthly, $1000
deposit. 305-628-3806
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916

12630 NW 22 Ave.
Miami, FL
305-300-7783 786-277-9369

178 and NW 15 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
.central air, garage Try $3500
down and $635 monthly P
and I. We have others. NDI
Realtors, 290 NW 183
Street. 305-655-1700.
Two bedrooms, den, central
air. Try $1746 down and $251
monthly P&I. We also have
others. NDI Realtors
4915 NW 182 Street
Four bedrooms, three baths,
$1400 monthly. First and
last. 305-600-8603
901 NW 49 Street
Renovated three bedrooms,
two baths. Owner financing.
Low down payment.
No closing costs. Call Molly

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PLEASE ALL. TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of
the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency is
scheduled to take place on Monday, July 25, 2011, @ 5:00 PM, at Frederick
Douglass Elementary 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.


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


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of the Omni
Redevelopment District and Midtown Community,Redevelopment Agencies is
scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 28, 2011, @ 12:00 PM or thereafter,
at Miami City Hall located at 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133.

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

(#15415) PieterA. Bockweg, Executive Director
Southeast Overtown/Park West, Omni and Midtown
Community Redevelopment Agencies

. D


12D THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 20-26, 2011



Despite U.S. loss, everyone wins

At the rate these
feel good sports sto-
ries have been com-
ing in, we may have
to rename this col-
umn the sports
"Mother Theresa's."
This week, the entire

world watched as the
heavily favored U.S.
women's soccer team
prepared to face un-
derdog Japan in the
women's World Cup
final in Germany.
What a great game it

was, with more twists
and turns than an
Agatha Christie nov-
The U.S. at times
appeared to have
won the Cup, only to
see Japan snatch the

championship away
from their grasps. Yes
the Japanese women,
though far less physi-
cally imposing and
experienced than
the Americans, kept
fighting back until
the game ended in a
2-2 tie. The game was
eventually taken by
the Japanese team -
by a 3-1 score in the
dreaded penalty kick
We hate losing, and
when it happens you
are usually very up-
set and highly disap-

pointed. Just like U.S.
player Hope Solo who
later said, "I felt like
it was going to go our
way this entire time
and I felt like this was
our tournament to
win. I think we played
great soccer tonight."
And they did, still the
U.S. came up short
and that sense of
"what if's or if only's"
will weigh heavily on
their minds for a very
long time. Now with
that being said, how
could anyone not feel
at least a little sense

of joy for Japan? A
country with only
25,000 female soc-
cer players, a country
that had advanced
out of the first round
only once before in six
Women's World Cups,
a country that hadn't
beaten the mighty
U.S. in 25 previous
"I'm sure their
country is very proud
of them. It's obviously
heartbreaking. Ja-
pan played well, they
never gave up," said
Abby Wambach, who

a week ago was the
U.S. savior with her
impossible header
against Brazil.
"We lost to a great
team, we really did.
Japan is a team that
I've always had a lot
of respect for, and
I truly believe that
something bigger was
pulling for this team,"
said Solo.
Choking back tears
and being the class
act that she is Solo
was able to utter
what many of us were
thinking as well.

"As much as I've al-
ways wanted this, if
there was any other
team I could give this
to it
would have to be
Japan," Solo said.
"I'm happy for them
and they do deserve
Yes we lost the
game, but Japan de-
spite all that nation
has endured finally
had a moment to feel
good about, if any of
you felt good about
that as well, it's ok we

Star quarterbacks push for lockout resolution

Braddy, Brees,

Manning say

they're eager to


By Gary Mihoces

NFL labor talks continued
recently as three top quar-
terbacks in a statement
filed jointly like their lawsuit
against the league said
they want the lockout to end.
But just like fans, the play-
ers can only wait and hope.
There were no fans picket-
ing outside the Times Square
office tower where talks re-
sumed between an NFL con-
tingent led by Commissioner
Roger Goodell and a player
team led by NFL Players As-
sociation chief DeMaurice

But news media represen-'
tatives, including television
camera crews, were camped
outside of the building,
prompting several passersby
to inquire, "Are you making a
Smith and his team left the
talks about 11 hours after the
start of session.
"Just taking a break long
day," Smith said,
The players' team never re-
turned, while GQodell and his
team of negotiators, including
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry
Jones and lead negotiator Jeff
Pash, walked out a few hours
later about 10 p.m. Talks are
scheduled to resume today.
Meanwhile, next month's
scheduled start of the exhibi-
tion season hangs in the bal-
And the game's stars are
Tom Brady, of the New Eng-
land Patriots, Peyton Man-

-AP Photo/Nancy Lane
Players association chief DeMaurice Smith, left, and
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stop to talk to report-
ers as they leave a hotel in Hull, Mass., Thursday June 23,
2011, after a negotiation session.

ning of the Indianapolis
Colts and Drew Brees of the
New Orleans Saints, all star
quarterbacks, are among 10
players who have brought
an antitrust suit against the
Brees told a California ra- '
dio station that he was con-
sidering joining the discus-
sions today in New York.
The quarterbacks issued a
joint statement through the"
players association to the As-
sociated Press.
"We believe the overall pro-
posal made by the players is
fair for both sides, and it is
time to get this deal done,"
they said. "This is the time of
the year we as players turn
our attentions to the game on
the field. We hope the owners
feel the same."
The NFL agreed it is time to
make a deal.
"We share the view that now
is the time to, reach an agree-

ment so we can all get back
to football and a full- 2011
season," league spokesman
Greg Aiello said via Twitter.
"We are working hard with
the players' negotiating team
every day to come to an agree-
ment as soon as possible."
But how quickly the two
sides agree on such matters
as a wage scale for rookies
and the new rules of veteran
free agency remains to be
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ar-
thur Boylan has scheduled
a meeting with the two sides
in Minneapolis. The own-
ers have planned a meeting,
where they hope to ratify an
agreement three days later in
The first scheduled pre-
season game would be the
Aug. 7 Hall of Fame Game in
Canton, Ohio, between the
Chicago Bears and the St.
Louis Rams.

NFL retirees seeking inclusion in talks

Associated Press

leaving them out of the labor
talks. The retirees say a federal

ees say they have fresh
complaints against the
league and players they
accuse of negotiating a
new labor deal without "
Hall of Fame defensive
end Carl Eller is the lead
plaintiff for the retirees.
Attorneys for the Eller Spea
plaintiffs asked a judge Carl El
recently for permission better
to update an existing
complaint signaling their intent
to sue both sides for allegedly


king out:
ler seeks

Harrison recants

caustic comments

By Bob Velin

Pittsburgh Steel-
ers all-pro lineback-
er James Harrison
has already begun
making excuses for
his explosive and
inflammatory com-
ments regarding
teammate Ben Ro-
ethlisberger, among
several others, in-
cluding NFL Com-
missioner Roger
Goodell, who were
ripped by Harrison.
,Harrison told ES-
PN's Merrill Hoge,
via NFL reporter
Adam Schefter, that
he told Roethlis-
berger some of his
comments in next
month's edition of
Men's Journal mag-
azine, which were
made public recent-
ly, were "twisted" by
the article's writer,
Paul Solotaroff, and
that he did not in-
tend to criticize his
Harrison had said
this of Roethlisberg-
er's performance in
Super Bowl XLV, a

Steeleers' loss to the
Gree Bay Packers:
"Hey, at least
throw a pick on
their side of the field
instead of asking
the D to bail you out
again. Or hand the
ball off and stop try-
ing to act like Pey-
ton Manning. You
ain't that and you
know it, man; you
just get paid like he
Hoge reported that
Roethlisberger told
Harrison he's taking
him at his word and
their relationship is
"just fine."
It should be noted
that there were no
reports of Harrison
taking back what he
said about Goodell,
such as calling him
"the devil," a "crook,"
and using an anti-
gay slur against
him. He also said he
"hates" Goodell, who
fined him more than
$100,000 last sea-
son and made Har-
rison the poster boy
for illegal hits in the

court decision uphold-
ing the lockout is one of
the reasons an update
is needed and so are
the "unlawful" ongoing
talks that don't include
The. retirees say the
NFL and, NFLPA "have
conspired" to set low
retiree benefit .and
pension payments.
A hearing has been
scheduled for Aug. 8

in Minneapolis on the retirees'


Miami-Dade County is soliciting proposal packages to disburse funds allocated to this metropolitan
area via the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009, as amended.
Experienced public or private (not-for-profit and for-profit) health planning agencies, consulting
firms, consultants, and other service providers who are experienced in health care and/or HIV/
AIDS related issues are needed to provide professional staff support services to the Miami/Dade
HIV/AIDS Partnership to include: 1) assessment of HIV/AIDS service needs in the community; 2)
preparation of a comprehensive plan for the delivery of health and support services for persons
living with HIV/AIDS disease; 3) grant writing; 4) staff support functions to facilitate the work of the
Partnership on a daily basis; 5) outreach and public relations activities to recruit new Partnership
members and promote the work of the Partnership; 6) on-going training of Partnership members;
and 7) development and maintenance of the Partnership's website.
Proposals are also solicited for professional quality management, services for the Ryan White
Program to include: 1) the development of a Quality Management (QM) and Continuous Quality
Improvement (CQI) plan consistent with the requirements of the Ryan White Act and involving
the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, the Miami-Dade Office of Grants Coordination, funded
service providers, consumers of Ryan White services, and other stakeholders, as appropriate; 2)
the development of outcome measures for health and social support services funded under Ryan
White and corresponding QM and CQI technical assistance activities targeted to funded providers
and the Partnership, as needed; 3) evaluation activities to determine the quality and impact of
Ryan White services on the health status of persons living with HIV/AIDS; and 4) the review of
client records with the objective to document compliance with standards of care and Public Health
Services guidelines and to ascertain the need for system and site-specific improvements, In
addition, the County is soliciting proposalsfor the development, implementation, and documentation
of a comprehensive training program for Ryan White direct service providers (i.e., funded medical
case managers, medical staff, etc.) to enhance the quality of services provided to clients and the
effectiveness of service delivery.
Interested parties may obtain a copy of the Request for Proposals [NO. 0312], which will be
available after 1:00 P.M., Friday, July 22, 2011, by calling or visiting the Miami-Dade County
Office of Grants Coordination, 111 NW 1st Street, 19th Floor, Miami, Florida 33128, (305) 375-
4742 or by downloading the application from OGC's website at www.miamidade.gov/Grants/
RFPno0312. The deadline for submission of proposals Is 4:00 P.M. (E.S.T.), Wednesday,
August 31, 2011 at the Miami-Dade County, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners,
111 N.W. 1st Street, 17th Floor, Suite 202, Miami, Florida 33128-1983.
A Pre-Proposal Conference will be held at 1:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) on Friday, July 29, 2011 at the
Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. 1st Street, 19th Floor, Director's Conference Room, Miami,
Florida 33128-1983, Attendance at the Pre-Proposal Conference is strongly encouraged. In
order to maintain a fair and impartial competitive process, the County can only answer questions
at the Pre-Proposal Conference and must avoid private communication with prospective proposers
during the proposal preparation and evaluation period. This RFP is subject to the Cone of Silence
Ordinance 02-3.
Miami-Dade County is not liable for any cost incurred by the proposer in responding to this
RFP, and it reserves the right to modify or amend the proposal deadline schedule if it is deemed
necessary and in the best interest of Miami-Dade County. The County also reserves the right
to accept or reject any or all proposals, to waive any minor technicalities or irregularities, and to
award the contracts in the best interest of Miami-Dade County.
The contact person for this RFP, Ms. Theresa Fiafio, Assistant Director, Office of Grants
Coordination, may be contacted at (305) 375-4742.
Miami-Dade County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age,
gender, race, or disability.


FLORIDA, 33133.

Copies of the proposed Resolution are available for review at the Public
Works Department, Survey and Land Records Section of the Construction
Division, located at 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 4th Floor, during regular working
hours. Phone 305-416-1248.

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

(#15412) Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk