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-Miami Times photo/D. Kevin McNeir
County workers remove contaminated soil from the Annie Coleman
Public Housing projects. Residents continue to live in the complex.

Liberty City is

faced with more

contaminated soil

County clean up underway at Annie
Coleman public housing development
By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer
According to the Department of Environmental Resources
Management (DERM), the contaminants that led to the recent
closing of Olinda Park are not the same type of soil contamina-
tion next door at the Annie Coleman #14 Public Housing De-
velopment [2130 NW 54th Street] in Liberty City. Nonetheless,
more problems with contamination have been confirmed.
"One thing I want to make clear right away is that the con-
tamination at Olinda Park has nothing to do with Annie Cole-
man," said Luis Espinoza, communications program manager
Please turn to SOIL 5A

Former judge, L'iv-iaL

Harold Braynon dies
Services for Harold L.
Braynon will be held 10 a.m.
Saturday at St. Paul AME
Church. Braynon died July
25 at the University of Miami
Hospital. He was 79.
The son of pioneer Miami
parents, he graduated from
Booker T.Washington High
School in 1949 and earned his
bachelor's degree at Howard
University. He graduated from
Howard Law School in 1962
and opened his law practice
here in Miami the same year.
Braynon was active in the HAROLD L. BRAYNON
civil rights struggle and repre- parents of Monroe County in
sented the NAACP and Black Please turn to JUDGE 6A

.. Football


v., Former Florida college football
greats Calvin Harris (I-r), Gerard
Daphnis and Hinton "Goo" Battle,
spoke to boys from Liberty City's
NFL YET Center about the thrills
i of sports and the challenges of life.
They will join other former gridiron
greats next month during the four-
day Legends Alumni Classic Week-
end. See the full story on 12D.

-Miami Times photo/D. Kevin McNeir
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Jordan goes on

the offensive

With several issues looming over Mi-
ami-Dade County's Black community
at least one county commissioner is
sounding off. Barbra Jordan, District 1
county commissioner, has recently re-
invigorated her fight on two issues she
says continue to plague Blacks.
"I have been advocating for this my



entire political career," Jordan said. "Head Start is more
threatened today than it has been in the past. I think the
public needs to know because it is such an important
program in our community. People need to know that we
have approximately 395 employees that are going to be
laid off and about 85 percent of them are Black."
Under County Mayor Carlos Gimenez's proposed 2011-
2012 budget, Head Start employees would be among the
first programs to be cut as a result of it being converted
to the private sector.
Head Start is not the only issue on Jordan's agenda.
Please turn to JORDAN 6A

Young, gifted,

Black and


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Nina Simone, one of the greatest Black classical and
jazz vocalists of all time, was best known for her moving
song, "Young, Gifted and Black." But when the youth in
question is a young girl that finds herself pregnant, the

road to success becomes
much harder to achieve.
And with the pregnancy
rate among teenage girls
rising in the U.S. for the
first time in more than
a decade, officials at the
federal and local levels
are pondering their next
move. Some speculate
that the blame for more
teen pregnancies can be

SMany of the girls
have been in and out of
trouble because of fighting,
shoplifting and associating
with the wrong kinds
of people ... LYNDALL

traced to sex-education pro-

grams that focus on abstinence instead of birth control.
Here in Miami-Dade County there are two stellar pro-
grams for high school students one residential and the
Please turn to PREGNANT 10A

Will Blacks fare better with Gimenez in charge?
New county mayor says he has a plan been hammering out a bal- V straw in a bevy of missteps jor concessions from the labor
y mayor e anced budget a task that and poor decisions that led unions totaling somewhere in
By 0. Kevin McNeir ty Mayor Carlos Gimenez has has dominated most of his to the former county mayor's the vicinity of $200 million,"
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com had his hands full since his time. demise. But as the "new kid he said. "Hopefully we won't
narrow victory in June in a Gimenez, 57, has already on the block" seeks conces- reach an impasse but if we do
Facing a $400 million bud- heated special run off elec- gotten the nod from Miami- sions and salary reductions, the process ends at the feet
get hole and with only a few tion that pitted him against Dade County commissioners many Blacks are wondering of the county commissioners.
months remaining before the former Hialeah mayor, Julio to eliminate the highly-con- .how their quality of life will We may have no other choice
new fiscal year begins on Oc- Robaina. By his own admis- tested property tax-rate hike be impacted but to move forward for one
^ni 1t i ,,. i ^, sion, his-rimnarrconrnr has that many say was the final "We are going to need ma- Please turn to GIMENEZ 10A


How good could come from Murdoch's 'low journalism'

By DeWayne Wickham
To save his media empire and
cleanse his badly stained repu-
tation, Rupert Murdoch should
mimic Henry Luce. In 1942,
the Time magazine founder
asked University of Chicago
President Robert Hutchins to
head up a commission to ex-
amine the role and duties of
this nation's mass media. This
came at a time when "low jour-

nalism" (sensational
reporting unfettered by
truth or facts) seemed
to be on the rise.
Reeling as he is from
accusations that em-
ployees at his larg-
est-selling British
newspaper, the now- MUR
shuttered News of the
World, hacked the cellphones
of thousands of people, Mur-
doch needs to do more than

igHBa just apologize. Closing
S that newspaper and
'' repeatedly saying he's
sorry won't be enough
to salve the wounds
opened by that despi-
cable act of "low jour-
nalism." As the rot in
OCH Murdoch's worldwide
media empire threat-
ens to reach across the Atlan-
tic with reports that the FBI
has opened an investigation

into allegations that his em-
ployees tried to hack phones
of victims of the 9/11 terror-
ist attacks, the need grows for
the 80-year-old media mogul
to make a selfless, grand ges-
As important as it is to chase
out of journalism those who
were responsible for the News
of the World's abuses, it is even
more important for the news
media to purge their ranks of

people who think of news as
the journalistic extension of
the ideological right or left.
To make this effort credible,
Murdoch should give a dis-
tinguished academic leader
freedom to empower a non-
partisan (which is to say not
rabidly ideological) committee
and the funds to carry out its
work. Simply stated, its mis-
sion should be to ask what sort
of self-policing is needed to

fulfill what Hutchins said was
"the responsibility of the press
to raise the level of American
culture" and to supply citizens
"with correct and full political,
economic, and social informa-
Doing this would send a
message to the news indus-
try and the world that is
more useful than the bloodlet-
ting Murdoch's media empire
is undergoing.

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Troubled schools remain

open because Blacks

stepped forward
here is something to be said about the power of many
voices coming together with one collective, unified mes-
sage. We saw the evidence of such power when Black
parents, politicians, educators, youth and a host of others all
joined forces and rallied behind several iconic Liberty City public
schools who were facing closure at the hands of state officials.
Behind the leadership of people including D.C. Clark, Oscar
Braynon II, City Commissioner Richard P. Dunn II, School Board
Members Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall and Dr. Wilbert T.
Holloway and several state representatives including Cynthia
Stafford and Daphne Campbell, a series of press conferences
were held almost two weeks ago with one goal: organize the com-
munity and take as many busloads to Tampa as possible and
refuse to allow state officials to close Edison and Central High
One can only imagine the thoughts that ran through some
state officials' heads when they heard that buses full of angry
Black parents and students were headed their way. But while
they were angry and understandably upset, they were organized
and peaceful.
It was reminiscent of the kinds of public protests that were the
mainstay of the civil rights movement. And it was a beautiful,
albeit rare sight here in Miami-Dade County.
Of course, the success should not be celebrated for too long be-
cause this time next year, unless things change at both schools
and the list is indeed long we will face the same potential
outcome. And then, not even a band of marauding banshees may
be able to save our schools.
So now that we have the time, it is vital that parents get more
active in their children's lives, making sure that academics come
first. Community leaders need to heed the suggestion and invita-
tion of Bendross-Mindingall and visit these schools. Those who
can should make themselves available as mentors and tutors for
our children. Each child should have someone reaching out to
them so that they can improve their daily performance.
Finally, we cannot say enough about the successful efforts of
team building that occurred with those from other ethnic groups
M-D County Public School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
and hundreds of members of the United Teachers of Dade being
just two examples.
But at the end of the day, this was a victory for Blacks where
we finally showed up and showed out all for the betterment of
our children. We should all take a bow.

Offenders deserve a second

chance at life
It is a daunting task for ex-offenders, particularly con-
victed felons, to leave prison and get a fighting chance at
making something of their lives. The statutes, the poli-
cies and the many barriers they face almost suggest that we
would rather see them continue to raise the recidivism rate
and rejoin their former brothers and sisters behind the walls
of the prison industrial complex.
That's why we pause to acknowledge the decision by the
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in
its recent reversal of the formerly discriminatory policy that
make it illegal for ex-offenders to live in government housing
with relatives.
Greg Fortner, who serves as the executive director of the
Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency has made it clear that all
ex-offenders who want to move in with their families will be
required to submit to a screening process, including a crimi-
nal background check. And he adds that he thinks the deci-
sion is a positive one, as there are often "mitigating circum-
stances" that often are the reason for one having a criminal
But the real winners are the mothers, fathers, sisters,
brothers and children who will now be able to work towards
rebuilding their families after years of painful separation. The
Black community continues to be devastated by the dispro-
portionate number of young Black men, and a growing per-
centage of Black women, who are going to prison each day.
And while there is no real excuse for purposely breaking the
law, all of us, and all of them, deserve second chances.
The move by HUD is part of President Barack Obama's vi-
sion to grant former offenders another opportunity to become
productive citizens.
Preachers might say something like, "there but for the grace
of God go I."
Now, we urge politicians to take further action to make
things a little easier for ex-offenders to complete their educa-
tion, to continue their careers and to be the kinds of men and
women that they were destined to be. If we don't speak up for
them, who will?


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Literally millions of people
on each continent throughout
the world paused on July 18th
to recognize and celebrate the
birthday of the living legend,
Nelson Mandela. I joined the
ranks of the African National
Congress (ANC) more than 40
years ago while I was a young-
er Black community activist
and organizer for the Southern
Christian Leadership Confer-
ence and the United Church of
Christ Commission for Racial
Today, at the age of 93, Man-
dela still stands tall as a liv-
ing symbol of the triumph of
the long protracted struggle of
humanity for freedom, justice
and equality. Even during his
long unjust imprisonment for
over 27 years, he never lost his
sense of perspective about the
importance of his family and
the leadership of the ANC in-
vesting the spirit and ideology
of the freedom struggle in the

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Debt situation requires sense not games
Exactly how long have we Mitch McConnell said he could spend a penny when we want The unfortunate trout t
known that August 2nd is the offer a compromise that would to establish peace at home. slashing entitlements and so-
drop-dead date to increase the allow President Obama to raise Thus the forces to suppress cial programs will not fix our
lebt ceiling? If we don't do it, the debt ceiling while reducing democracy here in the U.S. are nation's financial challenges.
iur nation will precipitate an the deficit, but in separate ac- thriving. In preparation for the Investing in the next genera-
nternational crisis by default- tions, I felt that the logjam had 2012 election, there are delib- tion will. Our young people find
ng on debt that dozens of other broken. I am also amused by a rate acts of voter suppression. doors slammed in their faces,
countriess carry and by signaling even for unpaid work, while
hat the nation that still sees it- their counterparts in China
self as the biggest and the bad- he unfortunate truth is that slashing entitlements and and India are allowed to soar. If
lest is nothing more than the Social programs will not fix our nation's financial chal- we had a five-year plan, a 10-
shallowest and the weakest. Of lenges. Investing in the next generation will. year plan, or a generational
coursee we can avert the crisis; plan we'd move forward. The
here are still two weeks to go Tea Party is living for the week-
3efore it all implodes. But why plan that will force President On one hand, some congres- end, living for the opportunity
tep off on the brink of disaster, Obama to take responsibility sional representatives would to embarrass President Obama.
*xcept to make a point? Why for rising debt in the middle of cut social security. On the oth- Haven't they gotten it
attempt to diminish our nation, a recession (that some say is er hand, those who are most yet? Embarrassing Obama is
xcept to be so shortsighted over, but ask Pookie). Who ever likely to preserve it elderly embarrassing all of us. This
.s to think that diminishing a asked President George Bush to people, especially the elderly of debt ceiling budget brinkman-
'resident has no impact on the take responsibility for his prof- color are finding there vot- ship simply baffles and be-
iation. Does the tearful John ligate spending? And speaking ing rights imperiled. Similarly, wilders the rest of the world
3oehner, that House Speaker of profligate spending, why are there have been attacks on the and makes us wonder what
vho claims to so love his coun- cuts in the defense budget off unemployed, the hungry and happened to a once-great na-
ry, plan to ruin it because he the table for so many? We can those with health challeng- tion. We have a few days to
imply cannot compromise spend money like it is water es. These are the very people put a band-aid on the prob-
vith Democrats? What in the when we are seeking "democra- who might, in 2012, roar back lem. How long will it take for
vorld is going on? cy" and "order" in Afghanistan, voting vengeance on those who us to get to the root of our dys-
When Senate Minority Leader Iraq and Libya, but we can't sip tea. function?

youth of South Africa. Mande-
la embodies what it means to
be an African transformation
visionary who not only fought
hard and long to free South
Africa from the ruthless apart-
heid regime, but also who be-
came the first Black President

to summon a common, inclu-
sive, transformative and partic-
ipatory agenda that takes the
nation forward in the face of
fierce "reactionary" head winds
that are determined to take the
nation backwards.
The current divisive debate in

today, at the age of 93, Mandela still stands tall as a living
symbol of the triumph of the long protracted struggle of
humanity for freedom, justice and equality.

of South Africa with a universal
sense of global dignity, integrity
and respect.
I believe today that the first
Black president of the U.S.,
President Barack H. Obama,
can learn from the legacy of
Mandela. Yes, there are vast
differences between the two
countries. However, Obama
has a similar trial and tribula-
tion that Mandela had: how to
unite a divided nation in order

the United States on increas-
ing the national debt limit to
avoid economic default and ca-
tastrophe is yet another clas-
sic example of politicians put-
ting their narrow political and
economic views over the com-
mon good for the nation. But,
some would join me in saying
that this was exactly why the
majority of people who voted in
the U.S. elected Obama be-
cause they believed he could

rise to every occasion to help
the nation move forward and
not backward. The global econ-
omy needs global leadership
that views and values diversity,
but bonds and binds the global
community together with the
best of governmental, as well
as grass roots, leadership and
empowerment for all.
The greatest resource on
Earth is not diamonds or gold
but rather humankind the
youth, families, communities,
villages and neighborhoods
where people want and deserve
the best of life. The elders in
every society should always be
consulted by the youth leaders
in every community. We should
learn from history, not repeat
history. Obama can and should
gain an invaluable insight from
Mandela. We have to overcome
our "weary years and our silent
Nelson Mandela continues to
show us the way.


Is gay marriage a blow to the Black family?
When Governor Andrew love and a strong male pres- clearly and emphatically right and I believe ci rights
Cuomo signed same-sex mar- ence that is often filled by states that homosexuality is should be extended to every-
riage into law in New York, street gangs. This fosters a wrong. So why do so many body."
his action highlighted our violent lifestyle, confirmed Blacks endorse the liberals' Besides being highly offen-
country's deep moral decline, by the fact that the number- progressive, secularist agen- sive, Bond is wrong.
What consenting adults do in one cause of death for Black da? Black scholar Shelby Steele
the privacy of the bedroom notes: "[G]ay marriage is sim-
is not my business nor con- controversial issues such as same-sex marriage will al- ply not a civil rights issue. It
cern. My objection to same- is not a struggle for freedom.
sex marriage comes from a ways stir up passions. We are blessed to live where we It is a struggle of already free
deep Christian faith, love of can have these debates. people for complete social
country and concern for the acceptance and the sense of
future of Blacks. normalcy that follows thereof
How does same-sex mar- males, 15-30 years of age, is The truth that needs to a struggle for the eradica-
riage affect Blacks in the now homicide, be acknowledged is that the tion of the homosexual stig-
U.S.? Consider this June As a woman ages, she is proponents for gay marriage ma.
23rd Associated Press ex- less likely to ever marry. In have equal rights to live their Controversial issues such
cerpt: Preliminary census es- some Black communities lives as they choose in our as same-sex marriage will al-
timates also show the share there is a negative birthrate great country. However, they ways stir up passions. We are
of Black households headed due to abortion. It portends a do not have the right to de- blessed to live where we can
by women mostly single bleak future for Black Amer- mand that we redefine the have these debates. I have
mothers now exceeds ica. only definition of marriage, sincere empathy for homo-
Black households with mar- Why add same-sex mar- Former NAACP Chairman sexual' desire to live without
ried couples, reflecting the riage to the mix? With the Julian Bond endorses same- stigma, ridicule or threats
trend of declining U.S. mar- Black family in free fall, why sex marriage by comparing it of physical violence. At the
riages overall, redefine and diminish the to the civil rights movement same time, I also desire em-
There is already an entire value of marriage? Christian in which he participated, pathy for those who don't
generation of angry and dis- faith helped sustain Blacks He says: "It just seems like want traditional marriage
illusioned young men look- during the dark days of slav- something right to do. The changed by a vocal minority
ing for acceptance, parental ery and Jim Crow. The Bible right to be married is a civil seeking social acceptance.


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Who's to blame for low Black

turnouts at the
Dear Editor,

After this recent mayoral elec-
tion, some Black leaders are
pointing the finger at Blacks
as being uninterested and le-
thargic about voting. While
that may seem to be true, does
anyone know why some Blacks
may feel this way? It may have
something to do with the fact
that when you look around our
community, you do not see any
real changes. We have been
electing Black leaders for years
but don't have a lot to show
for it. The Black leaders could
not even get together to elect a
mayor and were divided. Since
Luther Campbell received most
of the Black votes, it would
seem like the others would
have lined up behind him and
his endorsement, but only Mr.
Bradley did. Wilbur Bell, Eddie

Lewis, Carrie Meek and Andre
Williams went with Gimenez.
What about the will of the peo-
ple? What about what the vot-
ers want? I sure didn't see the
respect for their choice, so may-
be that is why the turnout was
low. Blacks know what is going
on. Some of these people have to
be getting something out of the
deal since the community sure
isn't. Don't blame Black voters
for the outcome put a lot of the
blame on elected Black leaders,
past and present. Seven men
dead, shot by Miami police,
only one Black elected leader
I heard say a word was Dunn.
All the others silence. When
Black elected leaders look out
for Black people, maybe Blacks
will come back to the polls.

Linda Simmons
North Miami


Johnson's legacy pushes me to do
Judge John D. Johnson was hard. In a period of overcrowd- died as many cases as I should
the second Black judge in Mi- ed dockets, it seems ludicrous have taken on. My generation
ami, in a time when the only to make such criticism, but it and those who have followed
Blacks in court were the de- was nevertheless leveled. Can us have had it easy and have
fendants and the cleaning you imagine the criticism lev- not had to risk our lives and
staff. He surely faced unbeliev- eled at a Black man in power careers fighting that insidi-
able discrimination from the when Judge Johnson sat on ous monster called racism. We
inception of his career when the bench? have enjoyed the benefit of the
judges, opposing counsel and Johnson was also one of the sweat and blood of our prede-.
even his own clients automati- preeminent fighters in the civ- cessors and have shamefully
cally doubted his competency il rights era of the 60's when not given back to our com-
because of his race. I recall fighting such battles came at munities. Some of us are quite
stories that he told of the dis- great personal risk. Due to his successful financially and po-
respect that he received from efforts and those of so many litically powerful, but do not
white lawyers, even as a judge unsung heroes we now com- take any risks or make any
and how he always smiled and placently accept that we can effort to help our community.
maintained his decorum de- use public restrooms, eat any- Some might argue that the
spite the disrespect. I wonder where we want in a restaurant battle has been fought and
if I would have had the guts to and that a Black person can won but I would dispute this
challenge a system that was even be president of the U.S.A. contention. We have recent-
so heavily-weighted against His death has made me re- ly been fighting on behalf of
Blacks. consider my role as a Black Black homeowners who are
I know what Black judges lawyer and the roles of my dying of cancer because toxic
face now the subtle but peers. In personal retrospec- dumps were placed in Black
snide comments that are tion, while I have handled neighborhoods in the 50s and
tossed out. One black judge some civil rights cases, I feel 60s. It was a form of economic
was criticized for working too that I have probably not han- discrimination. Whites would

not allow smelly trash dumps
in their neighborhoods, so the
dumps were placed in Black
communities. The result is
that generations of Black
people have been exposed to
carcinogens and have quietly
been dying. Discrimination
continues and .our commu-
nity is still suffering from eco-
nomic discrimination which is
reflected in the lack of busi-
nesses including stores, gas
stations, hotels, etc.
Reflecting upon Judge John-
son's life has shamed me into
realizing that I must do more
to help my community. I chal-
lenge other Black profession-
als, business persons, jour-
nalists, politicians, preachers
and particularly the younger
generation to stop simply pur-
suing the good life and start
remembering that each gen-
eration owes it to the next to
make life better on this planet.

BY QUEEN BROWN, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST. Queenb2020@bellsouth net

Sacrifice has many different meanings 4J
It is amazing how much of offering. He taught his disciples sion to donate his entire sala- pease a few who believe that
our lives have been shaped it is not the amount of what ry to charity as an example to ordinary people who work in
by the great men and women you give but rather the value of other wealthy Americans hold- the County are not deserving
of faith who helped to develop your giving that makes it a sac- ing public office, of their jobs?
our character, instill mor- rifice. It took a great amount of Our newly-elected mayor has Unfortunately, it is the 800
als and teach values through sacrifice for the widow to give made good on his promise that Miami-Dade County employ-
the word of God. One valuable everything that she had. he would balance the county ees slated to be laid off who are
Sunday school lesson was, Millionaires being elected to budget by eliminating jobs and the ones that will be making
"The widow's offering." As hold public office are not un- reducing employee's salaries, the real sacrifices. Most of the
the story goes, one day Jesus common. Since taking office And if laying off employees and targeted positions slated for
and his disciples watched as a County Mayor Carlos Gimenez creating greater unemploy- termination are not eligible for
crowd of people put their offer- made a decision to reduce his ment is an innovative strategy, a hefty severance package nor
ing in the temple treasury. As salary package of $310,000.00 then we have selected the right will they have hefty six-figure
the wealthy people approached by 50 percent. His commitment person, pensions on which they can
the treasury they were admon- amounts to his salary package Cities and counties across rely. And of course like most
ished because they gave abun- being reduced to $160,000. It America are making tough workers they have families and
dantly. However, there was a is not uncommon for a wealthy decisions in order to balance dependents that rely on them
poor widow who approached politician to forgo his salary budget deficits. However, the for support.
the treasury and gave a meager as a public servant. However, trend is to cut the exorbitant Will County employees be
offering of two coins. No one in what is uncommon is when benefits to save jobs and vital given the chance to make
the crowd noticed her meager public employees are being services. Amazingly, it seems some sacrifices to keep their
offering. But Jesus noticed ana asked to sacrifice just as much as though Miami-Dade County fellow co-workers gainfully
taught his disciples a valuable as their wealthy highly paid employees are making sacri- employed? I wonder if the new
lesson about giving and sacri- executive leaders. Wealthy pol- fices in order to preserve ex- mayor ever thought of asking
ficing. He referenced the poor iticians and leaders can learn ecutive benefits. Are County the other county employees if
widow and her offering as being a lot from former President employees being used as sac- they would like to sacrifice for
greater that any wealthy donor John F. Kennedy and his deci- rificial lambs in order to ap- their co-workers?


Budget balanced on those most vulnerable
County employees charged household and mostly mir-:rit, around 50 to 25, with a con- to take reposses
with preparing young children workers a good proportion of current reduction in high paid privately-run pro
for success-at-school may be whom are the parents of chil- executive staff needed to run of mismanageme
among the first to lose their jobs dren formerly served by the pro- them. But before submitting a and decreasing
under the 2011-12 budget pro- gram. So why are Chairman Joe plan for the downsizing of the vices. Addition
posed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Martinez and members of the county bureaucracy, we see the Start Regional
It is extremely troubling to me Board of County Commission- budget ax raised over the heads nancial consult
that half of the workers slated ers (BCC) so eager to go along? of some of our most vulnerable complain that t]
for lay-off are those operating Gimenez promised a reorga- employees, rely on the nun
43 Head Start and Early Head nization of county government These are not the kind of cuts Start cost overrun
Start Centers serving low-in- that would consolidate leader- that I believe are in the best in- because the col
come children and families, ship, eliminate duplication and terests of our community. I am provided to then
It is unacceptable that we are -reduce administrative costs. disappointed that a majority of ing and are extra
considering the lay-off of 395 The number of county depart- the members of the BCC sup- to follow and veri
portthe ayors prposa. Th

mostly women, mostly heads of

ments would be reduced from

What should County Commissioners be doing to ensure that Blacks get a fair

chance at County contracting?

North Miami Beach, Grad student

The Coun-
ty can assist
more Blacks
obtaining a
job by having
a hiring con-
vention in the
Black areas.

Miami Gardens, Retired

In order for
County to at- .
tract more
Black con-
tracts, I feel
there should
be a media -

blast to let them know about it
because a lot of times the Black
community finds out about
things too late.

Downtown Miami, Truck driver

I think they
should dis-
tribute the b
more equally
to the Black"
They'll get
them out more
evenly. Right now, other people
are reaping the benefits, but
not us.

Miami, Recreation leader

I think that
they need to
better adver-
tise oppor-
tunities to
Blacks. Maybe
if they do that,
we as Black
people will
have a better

North Miami Beach, Nurse

I think the
ers need to
help more
Blacks get
contracts with .
the County,
I just don't
know what at

this time.

Lil Haiti, Fast food employee

They need ', ^ "-
to advertise
the opportu-
nities better. .
They should ,
put postings
in school and
post them
where you
know people will get the infor-

.. I for one believe that if
you give people a thorough understaud-
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

port the Mayor's proposal. The
BCC voted on July 14th to au-
thorize the county administra-
tion to prepare a plan for priva-
tizing all of the Head Start/
Early Head Start slots cur-
rently operated by the county
by delegating them to another
agency or agencies. Alternative
strategies were rejected, includ-
ing revenue enhancements,
having Head Start live within
its means, partnering with the
Miami-Dade County Public
Schools and even reducing the
number of days that centers are
open, (a plan for which parents
The Mayor estimates that the
savings to the county will be
$3.57 million in general fund
match to the $56 million in fed-
eral grants the county receives
for Head Start/Early Head Start.
His budget proposal states that
the transfer of county-operated
Head Start slots to another pro-
vider will save the county mon-
ey while maintaining the same
number of program slots and
days of service. This assessment
is smoke and mirrors.
The reality is over the past
18 months the county has had

sion ':, se. eral
grams because
nt, rising costs
quality of ser-
lly, the Head
Office and fi-
nts constantly
hey can never
ibers for Head
uns or savings
unty numbers
m keep chang-
remely difficult

Teachers, teacher assistants,
custodians, social workers,
family service workers, cur-
riculum assistants, food service
workers and center directors
hold the 395 jobs proposed for
elimination. These county em-
ployees currently provide ser-
vices to Head Start children,
who are three- and four-years-
old and Early Head Start chil-
dren, who are under three. The
centers are located in communi-
ties assessed to be in the great-
est need in Miami-Dade Coun-
ty. Last year, nearly one out of
every five of the county's Head
Start/Early Head Start employ-
ees were the parents of former
Since Miami-Dade began op-
erating Head Start in 1971,
hundreds of parents have been
employed, working their way
out of poverty and becoming ef-
fective advocates for their own
children and families and lead-
ing members of their communi-
ties. Generations of these coun-
ty workers have benefited from
the health and life insurances,
education opportunities and
retirement benefits that county
service provides.

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American's current 737s have 148 or 160 seats. Both
planes are twin-engine models with a single aisle in the
cabin and are used heavily on routes within the U.S.

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American Airlines plans to purchase

460 planes from Boeing, Airbus

Long time partner loses exclusive status

Associated Press

FT. WORTH, Texas-Ameri-
can Airlines is buying at least
460 new planes over the next
five years from Airbus and
Boeing in a record order that
breaks Boeing's exclusive grip
on American's fleet.
American said recently that
it a ill bu', 260 planes from
Airbus, 200 from rival Boeing.
and take options to buy hun-
dreds more. it expects the new
jets to provide much-needed
savings in fuel costs. Ameri-
can's current fleet is among
the least fuel-efficient in the
The deal is a major boost
for Airbus. which hadn't won
an order from American since

the 1980s. Boeing did salvage
one of its biggest sales ever --
a huge consolation consider-
ing that it w'as in danger of
losing the whole order to its
European rival.
The lets carry a sticker
price of more than $38 bil-
lion, although big airlines
regularly get discounts and
routinely play one aircraft
maker off the other to get bet-
ter deals.
Analysts said American's
bold strike would put more
pressure on other airlines
with aging fleets to buy new'
planes, too
Gerard Arpey, chairman
and CEO of American s par-
ent. AMR, sat between the
leaders of Airbus and Boeing

as he discussed the unusual
deal at an airport news con-
ference. He called it "a water-
shed event, certainly, for our
corpan -and, indeed, for the
airline industry."
American's order covers
models in the Airbus A320
family, whichh seat from 100
to 185 or more pa.-selgcrs.
and Boeing's \.nrkhorse 737
jet. American's current 7.37s
have 148 or 160 seats. Both
planes are twin-engine mod-
els with a single aisle in the
cabin and are used heavily
on routes within the U.S.
AMR also announced that
it plans to spin off regional
carrier.American Eagle as a
separate company in another
cost-cutting move.
In recent weeks, the airline
industry was riveted b3 the
drama of Airbus and Boe-

ing competing to overhaul
American's fleet, which cur-
rently consists of all Boeing
In discussions that last-
ed long into Tuesday night,
American decided to buy 200
of the Boeing 737s, with de-
lieries starting in 2013 Half
are expected to be equipped
with updated, more fuel-ef-
ficient engines. The airline
said it will take options for
another 100 737s
American also will buy 260
planes from Airbus A320 se-
ries with deliveries starting
in 2013, and take options
and purchase rights for 365
more. Starting in 2017, Ame-r-
ican will get the first of 130 of
a new Airbus plane called the
A320neo -- for new engine
option -- which is scheduled
to go into service in late 2015

California to require

gay history in schools

By lan Lovett

LOS ANGELES California'
will become the first state to re-
quire public schools to teach.gay
and lesbian history.
As expected, Gov. Jerry Brown
signed a bill recently that man-
dates that the contributions of
gays and lesbians in the state
and the country be included in
social science instruction and in
textbooks. School districts will
have until next January to be-
gin implementing the new law,
which was also promoted in part
as a way to combat bullying of
gay and lesbian students.
"This is definitely a step for-
ward, and I'm hopeful that other
states will follow," said Mark
Leno, California's' first openly
gay state senator, who sponsored
the bill. "We are failing our stu-
dents when we don't teach them
about the broad diversity of hu-
man experience."
The state already requires
schools to teach students about
the contributions of some oth-
er minority groups, including
black people and women. But
until now, gay figures like Har-
vey Milk received little mention
in state-approved textbooks.
The Democratic-controlled
Legislature passed a similar bill
in 2006, but Arnold Schwar-
zenegger, a Republican who was
then the governor, vetoed it.
This time, however, Califor-
nia has a Democratic governor,
and the legislation came on
the heels of a highly publicized

string of suicides among gay
teenagers, including a 13-year-
old boy from the state's Central
Advocates for the legislation
said they believed the shift
would help make schools safer
for gay and lesbian students,
who are often ostracized.
"There is an increasing
awareness in the public and
among elected officials that we
have to do something to ad-
dress the problems of bullying,
and the negative consequences"
for gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender students, said Car-
olyn Laub, director of the Gay-
Straight Alliance Network.
Some conservative lawmak-
ers, however, continued to
oppose the bill, saying that
curriculum should be left to in-
dividual school districts.
"It's a sad day for our republic
when we have the government
essentially telling people what
they should think," said Tim
Donnelly, a Republican state
assemblyman from San Berna-
dino. Donnelly said the law pro-
hibited schools from presenting
gays and lesbians "in anything
other than a positive light, and
I think that's censorship right
Though the new law will take
effect in January, state text-
books and curriculum will not
be updated for several years.
In the meantime, local school
districts will have to use sup-
plemental materials in the cur-

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KABUL, Afghanistan The
Taliban say hackers are spread-
ing false reports that the group's
leader is dead.
The insurgents in Afghanistan
claim their cell phones, official
website and spokesmen's e-mail

der to send out the reports claim-
ing Mullah Mohammad Omar is
The group's cultural affairs
commission says Omar is alive
and on duty. It accuses "the ene-
my, led by American spies," of be-
ine behind the false reports that

were sent to a number of foreign
and Afighan rri'-di.

usual act," the commission says
it shows that the U.S.-led coali-
tion's mission has failed.
Mullah Omar ruled most of Af-
ghanistan as leader of its Taliban
government before the U.S. and
its allies toppled the regime in
the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Photo by Ethan Miller
An advanced image technology millimeter wave scanner dis-
plays potential threat items on a monitor instead of passenger-
specific images.

TSA: Airport

screening more



By Gary Stoller

The Transportation Secu-
rity Administration said last
Wednesday that it has begun
installing software to give pas-
sengers more privacy when
they're screened b', some of the
full-body s':arnning machinesat
airport checkpoints.
The TSA says the software for
millimeter-wave body-scanning
machines, which use electro-
magnetic waves to screen pas-
sengers, replaces a passenger's
image with a generic one that
will still expose any dangerous
items that could be hidden.
It also says that the software's
automatic detection capability
eliminates the need for a TSA
agent to look at a passenger's
image in a viewing room.
Many fliers have objected to
having their "naked" images
viewed by TSA personnel.
"This software upgrade en-
ables us to continue providing
a high level of security through
advanced imaging technology
screening, while improving the
passenger experience at check,
points," TSA Administrator
John Pistole said.
The TSA says it' expects all
241 millimeter-wave machines
at 40 U.S. airports to be up-
graded by the end of the year.
The agency plans to test sim-
ilar software in the fall for its
247 body-scanning "backscat-
ter" devices, which use high-
speed X-rays and emit a low
dose of radiation. The backscat-
ter machines are at 38 airports.

The move doesn't appease
some consumer and privacy ad-
vocates who say the machines,
are a waste of money and repre-
sent an unlawful, virtual strip
search of passengers. They also
are concerned that radiation
from the X-ray devices could be
"The machines are not ef-
fective, so the' new software
is- throwing money at a solu-
tion that's not a solution," says
Kate Hanni, executive director
of FlyersRights.org. "The ma-
chines won't find low-density
powdered explosives, liquid ex-
plosives or much more than
the old metal detectors."
- TSA spokesman Nicholas
Kimball says the machines "are
the best technology currently
available to detect well-con-
cealed non-metallic explosives,
which are among the most sig-
nificant threats to our national
security today."
Ginger McCall of the Elec-
tronic Privacy Information Cen-
ter a group that focuses at-
tention on civil liberties issues
- says it's unclear whether
the new software will eliminate
privacy concerns. She says the
TSA must be more transpar-
ent about the capabilities of the
"If the software is simply an
overlay which still permits the
machines to capture, store or
transfer the graphic naked im-
age, then it doesn't solve the
privacy problems created by
these machines," says McCall,
a lawyer for the group.










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Utilities ready crews

before usage peaks

By Dan Vergano

Americans withered under
yet another day of searing sun
Friday as a heat wave spread
into the heavily populated East
Coast, setting air conditioners
humming and electrical utilities
bracing for heat that will again
test the strength of the electri-
cal grid.
Temperatures were forecast
near or above 100 degrees Fahr-
enheit Friday and into the week-
end for many cities. The high
temperatures and smothering
humidity will force up the heat
indexes. Washington, D.C.'s 103
degrees Fahrenheit could seem
like 116 degrees Fahrenheit.
Across the U.S., emergency
room visits were way up, ac-
cording to public health offi-
cials, mainly because of people
suffering from heat exhaustion
and heat stroke.
The intense heat wave that
has killed at least 22 people
across the central and eastern
USA is likely to continue at least
into the weekend for the North-
east and even longer for the
scorched and drought-plagued
southern Plains, according to
Weather Channel meteorologist
Tom Moore.
Along the Eastern Seaboard,
Moore says, extremely hot tem-
peratures and high humidity
levels will grip most of the re-
gion through at least Saturday,
with high temperatures in the
90s to near 105 forecast Friday
and Saturday from New Eng-
land to the Carolinas.
At least six heat-related deaths
were reported last week, includ-
ing a Michigan restaurant cook
who suffered a heart attack af-
ter being sent home from his job
and a teenage boy who drowned
while swimming at summer
camp in the same state.

Officials were keeping their
fingers crossed hoping the
country's electrical grid would
be able to handle the load.
"So far, so good, but we just
have to make it through this
*weekend," said David Botkins of
Dominion Power in Richmond,
Va., which provides power to
2.4 million homes in Virginia
and North Carolina that face
115-degree heat index numbers
this weekend.
"We have crews ready," Bot-
kins said.
Overall, the electrical grid
covering the heat-afflicted East
Coast and Midwest has han-
dled power demands. The grid
can manage usage as much as
15 percent higher than the ex-
pected "peak" demand, says
John Moura of the North Ameri-

can Electric Reliability Corp., a
group that monitors the grid.
Because of the economy,
Moura adds, nationwide peak
summer power demand is down
about 35 gigawatts, a 4 percent
drop from industry estimates.
made in 2008.
"Right now, the power grid
That operates in Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, and Maryland is
in good shape, and we do not
anticipate any problems," says
Chris Eck of Akron-based First
Energy Corp., which provides
electricity to those states.
Minneapolis and some Michi-
gan towns did see power fail-
ures this week.
In New York, people looking
to beat the heat were thwart-
ed by warnings urging them
to avoid city waterways after

a wastewater treatment plant
disabled by fire began spew-
ing millions of gallons of raw
sewage into the Hudson River.
Officials cautioned against
swimming and bathing at city
beaches, especially for people
with medical conditions.
A Pittsburgh man slipped as
he worked on the roof of his
cousin's home on Thursday
and' found himself stuck for
nearly two hours because of
the hot tar he'd been using.
Lamont Robinson said the
slick tar kept him from climb-
ing to safety after he slipped.
He said he was "baking like a
turkey" before his rescue.
In Connecticut, a dozen Girl
Scouts were treated for heat-
related problems at a scout

Talk about heat! Social media burn up over temps

Online water coolers let the masses blow off steam

By Casey McDermott

The nation's worst heat wave
in years has people virtually
sweating it out and trying to
cope on social media.
Facebook, Twitter, blogs
and other online forums have
racked up more than 4 mil-
lion references to hot weather
this month, and that number
is increasing rapidly, says Joe
Schab, president of Master-
mind Marketing, which tracks
social media chatter.
Even Justin Bieber can't
compete: On Twitter, usually a
stronghold for "Bieber Fever,"
the heat is nearly four times as

popular a topic as the 17-year-
old pop singer, Schab says. Sor-
ry, President Obama, but heat
updates are outpacing conver-
sations about the nation's debt
ceiling 24-to-1, he says.
The heat wave has been
linked to 22 deaths and made
life miserable for millions of
Americans as far north as Min-
nesota, south as Texas and east
as Maine.

Although Schab says most
posts are complaints, they're
not all hot air. From offering
safety tips to broadcasting hot
deals, folks are using social
media to:

WARN. Hundreds of Ameri-
can Red Cross local chapters.
are transforming into online
heat wave "cheerleaders," en-
couraging people to visit cool-
ing centers and stay hydrated,
says Wendy Harman, director
of social strategy at Red Cross
EXPERIMENT. The National
Weather Service in Sioux Falls,
S.D., set out to test whether it
was hot enough to fry an egg
on a sidewalk, posting the find-
ings on Facebook.
Though the egg wasn't ready
for the breakfast table, meteo-
rologist Jenni Laflin says video
experiments like this are atten-

tion-grabbing while still under-
scoring hot-weather hazards.
CONNECT. Maine resident
Coleen Daskoski never saw her'
dream of becoming a weather
girl come true. But The Weath-
er Channel's Facebook page
helps feed her appetite for the
latest heat wave news. "If I can't
be in the weather department,
at least I can do something on
their websites," Daskoski says.
SELL. One New York City,
food truck, the Cupcake Crew,
sold out of several $5 cupcake
and iced coffee "heat wave
specials" marketed on Twit-
ter and Facebook. "We have to
do something to jazz up sales,"
says owner Frankie "Cupcakes"

Were housing residents kept in the dark?

continued from 1A

for DERM. "They are both
completely different types of
contamination and there is
no spread of contamination,
from property to property."/
He says the only thing
they have in common is
that they were both found
around the same time from
the test his office conducted
in the area. The source of
the park being tainted with
lead and arsenic has been
traced to it serving as old
ash pit that dates back to
the 1930s.
Espinoza says the prob-
lem at Annie Coleman #14
stems from petroleum prod-
ucts from parked cars in
the grass..
How 'soon were residents
in the community notified?
According to Annette Mo-
lina, intergovernmental
relations officer for Mi-
ami-Dade Public Housing,
Agency, as soon as DERM
informed them of possible
contamination, signs were
placed throughout the
housing complex.
"The signs were posted as
a precaution to advise the
residents of the potential
exposure to the contami-

nated soil," she said. "The
County is taking a proac-
tive, conservative approach
to eliminate any risk by
cleaning the site."
But for some people in the
housing project, those signs
were not enough.
Residents like Ariel Rob-
inson, 28, a father of two
daughters said he noticed
men digging in his yard
and was told the soil was
contaminated with lead and
that it could possibly affect
his kids.
He says the County and
the housing authorities
know what's going on and
that if the park had not been
closed then no one would
have checked on them.
"They just came up out of
the blue and put up signs,"
Robinson said. "It's like they
don't care about us here in
the projects."
Wilbur Mayorga, chief of
DERM, says he's doing ev-
erything in his power to
expedite the cleanup at the
park because he wants the
kids in the community to
have a place to enjoy them-
"Not only are we remov-
ing and replacing the soil,
but we are going to restore
the whole park," he said.
"I want the kids to have a

place to play basketball."
Mayorga says it's going
to take between three-to-
four months to complete
the project, which includes
a new irrigation system,
storm water' system and
electrical lighting.
As for Annie Coleman
Housing, the w6rk is al-
ready under way as the
contaminated soil is being
removed and access control

measures are being imple-
mented so cars can't park
and/or change their oil on
the grass.
"We took 100 samples and
found the problem," Mayor-
ga said. "Our speed of work
is excellent as compared to
other states when it comes
to the removal of soil con-

-AP phur.:.TonV nGulierr-:
After falling 45 cents to $3.54 a gallon from May's $3.98
a gallon peak, prices have unexpectedly surged the past two
weeks to a national average of almost $3.70 a dollar higher
than levels a year ago.

Gas prices turn up, could

put damper on economy

By Gary Strauss

So much for relief at the pump and some much-needed fuel
for the sputtering economy.
After falling to $3.54 a gallon from May's $3.98 peak. prices
have unexpectedly surged the past two weeks to a national aver-
age of almost $3.70 a dollar higher than levels a year ago
Industry analysts say prices could climb higher short-term,
curbing skittish consumer spending, the main driver behind eco-
nomic growth.
"This is just dismal news for the consumer. There's a lot of fa-
tigue already." says IHS Global Insight economist Chris Christo-
pher, who notes consumers are fretting over jobs. a weak housing
market, Europe's looming debt crisis and Washington's political
impasse on the debt ceiling.
Signs of economic strength helped boost benchmark West Tcx-
as crude oil above $100 a barrel last Thursday before closing at
$99.13 on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the highest settle-
ment since mid-June. "Prices shouldn't be this high. But rumors
and speculation just spook the market.' says Patrick DeHaan.
senior analyst with price tracker Gasbuddy.com.
Most analysts expected prices would be curbed by slower sea-
sonal demand, a broader commodities sell-off and last month's
news that the United States and the International Energy Asso-
ciation would sell oil from strategic reserves.
"The market just kind of shrugged that news off," says Naveen
Agarwal, CEO of Pricelock. a hedging adviser who forecasts $4.05
gas by year's end, close to 2008's all-time high of $4.11.
Near-term. pnces are likely to remain below $4 a psychologi-
cal barrier that spooks consumers. Christopher says.
Un ess its~'nt-r\en not on the o t the lod o another
.major run-up." says Oil Price Information Service analyst Tom
Kloza. "I still think 30 days from now, we I1 probably be anywhere
from $3 50 to $3.75 a gallon."
Analysts expect prices to begin falling in mid-September, as
long as the hurricane season and heightened unrest in Libya or
the oil rich Middle East don't disrupt supply.
Still, rising demand will push prices up heading into 2012.
"Next year, you could see $5 gas," says Francisco Blanch, head of
commocdty strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "The only
way the consumer can win is by reducing consumption.'

Air Force Reserve to conduct

mosquito spraying over M-DC

BASE A comprehensive aerial
mosquito abatement program
has began on Tuesday, July 26
in various areas across South-
ern Miami-Dade County. County
public health personnel have de-
termined areas on Homestead
ARB and surrounding commu-
nities where mosquito numbers
have reached nuisance levels.
Specially equipped C-130H
cargo planes from the Air Force
Reserve Command's 910th Air-
lift Wing, Youngstown, Ohio, will
commence a routine aerial spray-
ing operation using the U.S. En-
vironmental Protection Agency
registered pesticide Dibrom (also
known as Naled), which is regis-
tered for use in Florida. The 910th
is home to the only full-time,
fixed-wing aerial spray unit with-
in the Department of Defense.
Adult mosquito control will oc-
cur during the final two daylight
hours prior to sunset and up to

30 minutes after sunset. Resi-
dents should not be alarmed.
This is a routine operation that
has been conducted successfully
and without incident in other ar-
eas that have experienced exces-
sive amounts of mosquito popula-
Residents should be alert to
the large four-engine propeller
aircraft during this period and
expect to see planes at or above
150 feet above ground level dur-
ing the actual spraying applica-
tion. The amount of insecticide
in the air should not affect people
or animals. Beekeepers are asked
to keep their bees covered during
the spraying operations in their
particular area.
Concerned citizens should
contact the Miami-Dade Coun-
ty Mosquito Control Division at
305-592-1186 or dial 311. They
may also contact Timothy Norton
at the 482nd Fighter Wing Public
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One man's way of doing his own time

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

Dennis is known to
walk around with the
"good book" in hand
- totally oblivious to
his surroundings and
minding his own busi-
ness. He is a soft-spo-

ken inmate who has found an
interesting way to pass the
time: Habitually reading God's
word aloud.
Bible-toting as he may be,
Dennis is the kindest person
you could ever meet. But like
all of us, his life has a dark side
to it. When asked what brought
him to prison, he first stutters
something about probation
violations and then mentions
something about alcohol all in
the same breath, "but definite-
ly not for nothing like robbery."
After I assured him that my


questions were not in-
tended be judgmental,
but instead to satisfy
the curiosity of one
wondering how some-
one as harmless as
him could wind up in
prison, he relented. Vis-
ibly relieved, the word

robbery rolled slowly out.of his
-mouth again.
Of course, I was now com-
pletely confused as to his re-
sponse because I was almost
certain that Dennis had only
seconds before denied being
incarcerated for such a crime.
Not wanting to put any men-
tal energy into trying to figure
him out, I simply gave him the
benefit of the doubt, deciding
to myself that he probably had
a legitimate reason for the.con-
flicting statements. But frank-
ly, one way or another, it really

didn't matter to me whether he
was truthful about what led"
him to prison the inquiry
was merely made in an effort to
somehow find where the con-
nection was between his path
to prison and the path that he
has now chosen to walk.
In his early 50s, Dennis is
the dormitory laundry man. He
is responsible for making sure
that the laundry cart in his
quad is taken to and from the
center gate and then issues out
laundry to inmates housed in
his immediate living quarters.
He. knows the cell location of
everyone in his quad and has
no problem personally deliver-
ing their laundry to them in-
stead of requiring them to walk
to the laundry room to pick it
up. Surprisingly, this little ser-
vice with a smile for the com-
munity in which he lives is ab-

solutely free of charge.
I've never seen Dennis go to
the canteen, get on the tele-
phone, or receive apy free world.
mail, so it's safe to assume that
he doesn't receive any support
from the outside. Strangely,
for a man who is obviously ob-
sessed with the sound of scrip-
tural words, I can not recall
ever hearing him going out of
his way to preach to anyone.
Sounding like a Southern Bap-
tist church deacon, he says, "I'd
rather for someone to come and
ask me about God and then I'll
tell them."
Dennis is a short-timer -
scheduled for release in 2012.
He has changed quite a bit and
for the better. Sometimes it is
not the reason why we get into
trouble but how we work to
make sure such we don't make
the same mistakes again.

Islamist group steps up fight across Nigeria

A powerful bomb explodes inside a police car park in Abuja, the capital, killing at least two people.

Amiesty: least 5 killed during military raid

LAGOS (AFP) At least 25
people were killed during a Nige-
rian military raid after a bomb
blast blamed on Islamists and
many others have been reported
missing, a statement from Am'-
nesty International said Friday.
The statement referred to an
incident last weekend in the
northeastern city of Maiduguri,
which has seen a wave of at-
tacks attributed to an Islamist
sect known as Boko Haram and
where hundreds of troops have
been deployed.
"In Kaleri Ngomari Custain, in
Maiduguri, on Saturday 9 July
at least 25 people were killed and
at least 45 wounded, including

women and children, when the
Joint Military Task Force cor-
doned off a bomb site and went
from house to house, shooting
and arresting people living in
the area," the organisation said.
"Many men and boys have
been reported missing. Accord-
ing to eyewitnesses, the secu-
rity forces burnt down several
houses, forcing their occupants
to flee."
The military had reported 11
dead in the wake of the incident,
saying all were members of Boko
Haram. Residents alleged that
soldiers shot civilians and burnt
down houses, but the military
denied targeting innocent peo-

There has been extreme ten--
sion in Maiduguri, hit by almost
daily attacks in recent weeks.
Soldiers were accused of again
shooting civilians on Friday fol-
lowing a bomb blast that wound-
ed eight policemen, which the
military denied.
"Reports say members of the
security forces have repeatedly
threatened to shoot everyone in
the area if they fail to tip them
off about future bombs," Amnes-
ty said.
"As a result thousands of
people living in Maiduguri have
already left the city, and many
more continue to do so.

"Amnesty International calls
on the Nigerian government
to investigate the killings and
bring to justice anyone found
responsible for these heinous
"Allegations of rape of women
by members of the Joint Task
Force should also be investi-
The military has also denied
the rape allegations.
The sect claims to be fight-
ing for the establishment of an
Islamic state in Nigeria, a coun-
try of some 150 million people
roughly divided in half between
Christians and Muslims.
It re-emerged last year with a
series of hit-and-run shootings
targeting politicians, commu-
nity leaders, police and soldiers,
before turning to bombings,
which have intensified in recent
weeks. The attacks have also
become increasingly deadly.
-Amnesty said more than' 140
,people have been killed by Boko
Haram bombings in Nigeria's
north since January.
There has been intense specu-
lation over whether some of the
violence has been politically mo-
tivated and whether Boko Ha-
ram may have links to Islamist
groups outside of Nigeria.
Most of the violence has oc-
curred in Maiduguri and oth-
er areas of the mainly Mus-
lim north, but a bomb ripped
though a car park at national
police headquarters in Abuja
last month in an audacious at-
A group of elders in Maiduguri
havYe called for the withdrawal of
troops from the city, saying the
deployment has only worsened
the situation.

Miami woman, hit man accused in husband's death
Two arrests have been made in an unsolved murder Lase from eight years
ago. Prosecutors have charged a Miami woman with hiring a hit man to kill her
husband for his insurance money.
Last week, Janet Barr, 42, Javon Quentin Robinson, 32, were charged with
first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder Both pleaded not guilty
Police say Jeffrey Ricardo Barr was shot to death outside hi North Miami-
Dade duplex in November 2003.
A relative who had been jailed in Escambia County came forward with details of
the murder plot, saying his cousin had tirst asked him to hkll her husband.
Detectives suspected Barr was involved in the slayrig. Records show the
motive for the killing didn't appear to be robbery because Jelfrey Barr's gold
necklace and bracelet were not taken.
According to the arrest affidavit, it vas not known how much insurance money
Barr collected.

Carjacking suspect captured
A man accused of carjacking a father and his two-year-old son faced a bond
court judge recently and was ordered held without bond.
Police say the incident happened on July 17th at 697 fN. Miami Avenue, when
the father and son pirled a 2007 Merr.edes Benz at that address.
Police say that the man pulled out a black gun and pointed it at the father and
his car as he was trying to unbuckle hi; son. Fearful the gunman would d harm him
or his son, the lather complied with the gunman's demands.
Police identified the gunman as Leo Moss, 24. The victim said Moss wanted the
car keys and his wallet. Moss also pointed the gun at the boy and told the victim
to get bark into the car with his son.
Hours later, police caught up with Moss who wa ws ill t,'o other men in the car,
who were eventually caught after police set up a perimeter.
The car was eventually found alter it had crashed into a building at NW 7th
Avenue and 20th Street.
Moss was also charged with two counts ol attempted murder against a law
enforcement officer for attempting to drive toward the officers.

Children found naked and hungry, mother arrested
A North Miami woman has been charged with multiple counts ol child neglect
after her children were found home alone naked and hungry.
According to police, an officer was tasked to a Department of Children and
Families worker to check on Gardine Toussaint, 26.
Toussaint allowed them inside, which the officer described as "deplorable."
The officer noted that there were bags of garbage on the floor and the apartment
was infested with roaches.
The officer said all four children, whose ages ranged from seven months to 11
years old, were not wearing any clothing, appeared to be malnourished and did
not appear to have a place to sleep.
Toussaint was arrested and charged with four counts ol child neglect. She was
released on pre-trial conditions. Itfshe fails to meet those conditions, she will be
sent back to tail on a $30,000 bond.
All four children were taken into DCF custody. The agency confirmed that they
have a history with Toussaint.
During a hearing recently to decide who will take care of the children, their
father Elias Medredy said he would take them. Medredy told the judge that he and
Toussaint have been separated for several years and she didn't allow him to see
them. The judge ordered that the children remain in state care.

Casey Anthony computer expert backs

off claims on 'chloroform' web searches

By Kyle Hightower
Associated Press

ORLANDO, A computer ex-
pert who testified in the Casey
Anthony trial refused recently to
comment on a newspaper report
that said he claims evidence of-
fered about extensive chloroform
searches on the family's com-
puter was inaccurate.
In a statement released last
Wednesday, a Michigan attorney
representing computer software
designer John Bradley said his
client disputes "erroneous me-
dia reports" that claim he in-
sinuated any wrongdoing on the
part'of prosecutors.
Bradley was quoted by The

New York Times in a story last
week as saying he told prosecu-
tors that an analysis using his
computer software incorrectly
showed that someone at the
Anthony family home searched
a website for "chloroform" 84
times. The story also insinuated
that prosecutors did not prop-
erly report his findings to the
The prosecution suggested at
trial that Anthony used chloro-
form to render her two-year-old
daughter Caylee unconscious
before suffocating her with duct
tape. Anthony was acquitted of
the child's murder on July 5. She
left jail early Sunday and has
not been seen in public since.

-Jordan weighs-in on proposed County budget

continued from 1A

The equity of Blacks get-
ting County contracts is
a major concern for her as
"In terms of contracting,
this is something that is very
critical to the economic de-
velopment of the Black com-
munity," Jordan said. "We
all pay taxes in the County
and we need to make sure
that there is equity in the
distribution of the resourc-
es. There are opportunities
to provide employment and
business opportunities to
small businesses that are
formed, as well as contracts
in other parts of County
government. These two is-
sues are important in the
Black community as they
affect our overall economic
Jordan adds that she is not
the only commissioner that
feels strongly about these
issues. She said she has the
support of other commis-
sioners, particularly among
her Black colleagues.
"I think that other mem-
bers of the commission, es-
pecially Black also support
me," she said. "Commis-
sioner Dennis Moss has of-
ten raised the same issues
and so does Vice Chairwom-

an Audrey Edmonson. All
of the Black commission-
ers are very much on top of
these issues and advocate
on behalf of our community.
I think that when you look
at County leadership or gov-
ernment in general, there
has to be a commitment on
behalf of the administration
to do the right thing when it
comes to contracting. There
has to be a commitment
from the top down for it to
flow from the bottom up."
Jordan was first elect-
ed to the District 1 seat of
the Board of County Com-
missioners on November 2,

Braynon led
continued from 1A

the public school desegregation
cases in 1968 in the Florida Su-
preme Court.
Braynon filed one of the first
public accommodations suits
under the Civil Rights Act of
1964 in Florida winning the
case, Major vs Burger Fare, in
Key West in 1965.
The popular attorney had one
of the first radio talk shows
called "Hot Line on WEME. In
1969. Braynon was appointed
Municipal Judge of the City of
Braynon also served in vari-

2004. She was re-elected
for a second term on Au-
gust 26, 2008. Her current
term ends in 2012 and she
says she plans to seek re-
election. Jordan represents
the cities of Opa-Locka and
Miami Gardens and the fol-
lowing communities: Carol
City, Norland, Crestview,
Rolling Oaks, Bunche Park,
Scott Lakes and Andover.
Portions of North Miami
Beach and North Miami
also lie within her district.
Currently, Commissioner
Jordan is vice chair of the
Infrastructure and Land
Use Committee.

by example
ous positions including: Special
Counsel for Veterans Affairs,
Assistant Attorney General and
as a member of the Judicial
Counsel of the National Bar As-
In 1969.' he organized the
first Black law firm in Miami -
Matthews. Bra\ non and Mapp.
PA. He retired from the practice
of law in December 1997.
Visitation will be held at the
Range Funeral Home on Friday
from 6 to 8 p m.
He is survived by his children,
Harold. Jr., Diedra Braynon-Es-
se, Derek. Holland and LaTaryn
Eddington-Gay; and a great
aunt, Albertha Jackson.




Allen West and Wasserman Schultz in political

By Anthony Man

Congressman Allen West's
red hot response to a 14-second
comment from Congresswoman
Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent
political partisans into over-
drive recently, a day after their
mutual dislike boiled over pub-
Many saw an element of en-
tertainment to the kerfuffle.
Former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley,
R-Palm Beach Gardens, said it
was "almost made for the Jerry
Springer show."
"I've never seen anything quite
like that," said Kevin Wagner, a
political scientist at Florida At-
lantic University.
Immediately after West spoke
last Tuesday on the Republicans'
"Cut, Cap and Balance" budget
plan, Wasserman Schultz had
her turn at the mic. She ex-
pressed astonishment that the
"gentleman from South Florida"
- she didn't mention his name -
was supporting something that
would hurt his constituents on
Medicare. "Unbelievable for a
member from South Florida."

Within 25 minutes, he fired
back in an e-mail calling Was-
serman Schultz "the most vile,
unprofessional and despicable"

member of the House, labeled
her a "coward," told her to "shut
the heck up," and said she had
"proven repeatedly that you are
not a Lady."
Conservative radio talker
Joyce Kaufman, a West support-
er who was his first choice for
his chief of staff, told listeners
on her WFTL-AM 850 show that
his response should be viewed
in the context of the pair's his-
tory. "You just don't keep pok-
ing this guy in the chest. If you
want to poke him in the chest,
eventually he's going to bark.
And that's what happened."
West and Wasserman Schultz
are at opposite ends of the po-
litical spectrum, but their feud
is clearly personal.
Wasserman Schultz nee-
dling West over the fact that he
lives in her congressional dis-
trict and not in the one he was
running to represent issued a
tongue-in-cheek plea two weeks
before the election imploring
him, as her constituent, not to
vote for her on Election Day.

Then, shortly before the
election, Wasserman Schultz
headlined a protest march out-
side West's Deerfield Beach
campaign headquarters. She
charged that West was associ-


ated with vicious, degrading at-
titudes toward women because
he contributed a column to a
biker magazine that contained
words and images about women
that some found misogynistic
and offensive.
That really bothered West. He
brought it up during an April
interview on the WSFL-Ch. 39
program "Inside South Florida,"
then again in his fiery email.
West's spokeswoman, An-
gela Sachitano, said Wednes-
day nothing he directed toward
Wasserman Schultz was moti-
vated by gender.
"Congressman West does not
hate women. He has been mar-

completely inappropriate." Lat-
er Wednesday, her campaign
launched a "West hates women"
website. The other Democratic
candidate, Patrick Murphy,
said West is "truly unhinged
and incapable of controlling
State Democratic Chairman
Rod Smith called on West to

da Federation of Republican
Women launched a campaign
for supporters to email thank
you cards to West for taking on
Wasserman Schultz.
The lasting effect, though,
may be limited, Wagner said.
"It's good red meat for the
base of both of them. It's mo-
tivational for the supporters of

A / 'apologize for his "angry tirade" Wasserman Schultz who think
,I and later used it as the basis that West is inappropriate. And
Sfor an email fundraising pitch. of course attacking Wasserman
i I!The West campaign also used Schultz is always good for a tea
'/ the. incident to solicit money party Republican -- but maybe
i from donors, and the Flori- not in those terms."
TOb.lE A VLA "" ,
ried to a PHD for 20 years, he _
has two teenage daughters, and
he has said over and over again. il
the biggest influence on his life
was his mother Snooks, whose
8-by-10 picture sits in his con- '
gressional office," she said.
West's email provoked an av-
alanche of coverage across the ,
Internet last Tuesday night. On "
Wednesday, political spinners
went to work.

Lois Frankel, one of two
Democrats seeking the nomi-
nation to challenge West next -
year, called his comments "out
of control, rude, sexist and

Obama outpaces GOP

field in filling war chest

-AP photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh
Jerry Rawlings, African Union envoy to Somalia, walks past
displaced people during a visit to camps in southern Mogadishu,
Somalia on last Wednesday.

I L ....... .* ..*..


-Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images,
, ,,Somali refugees wait to0register Wednesday at a settlement in
Dadaab, Kenya.The camp is designed for 90,000 people but holds
about four times that number, according to the U.N., which has
officially declared the food crisis in Somalia a famine.

By Fredreka Schouten

Obama has outraised his Re-
publican rivals in six of nine
key battleground states that
he won in 2008, a USA TODAY
analysts of new campaign-fi-
nance reports shows.
In North Carolina. one of
nine states won by President
Bush in 2004 that Obama
captured in 2008, supporters
donated more than $300,000

spokesman Ben LaBolt touted
the total number of donations
Obama has received more
than 552,000 as a mea-
sure of broad support. "Our
grass-roots base doesn't stop
at donations.' he said. "Our
supporters are organizing in
their communities and engag-
ing their networks."
The USA TODAY analysis
shows traditional donor-rich
states dominating giving, with
California leading the way.

U.S. vows relief for starving Somalis
A r ... .... .- -,, .1 -. interfere with aid distributions,

$28M more on condition re e

The Associated Press

Tens of thousands of Somalis
are feared dead in the world's
worst famine in a generation,
the U.N. said recently. The U.S.
said it will allow emergency
funds to be spent in areas con-
trolled by al-Qaeda-linked mili-
tants as long as the fighters do
not interfere with aid distribu-
Exhausted, rail-thin wom-
en are stumbling into refugee
camps in Kenya and Ethiopia
with dead babies and bleeding
feet, having left weaker family
members behind on the way.

"Somalia is facing its worst
food security crisis in the last
20 years," said Mark Bowden,
the U.N.'s top official in charge
of humanitarian aid in Soma-
lia. "This desperate situation
requires urgent action to save
lives. It's likely that conditions
will deteriorate further in six
The crisis is the worst since
1991-92, when hundreds of
thousands of Somalis starved
to death, Bowden said. That
famine prompted, intervention
by an international peace-
keeping force, but it eventually
pulled out after two U.S. Black

Hawk helicopters were shot
down in 1993.
Since then, Western nations
have mainly sought to contain
the threat of terrorism from
Somalia -- an anarchic nation
where the weak government
battles Islamist militants on
land and pirates hijack ships
at sea.
Oxfam said $1 billion is
needed for famine relief. On
last Wednesday, the U.S. an-
nounced an additional $28 mil-
lion in emergency funding on
top of the $431 million in assis-
tance already given this year.
As long as the Islamists don't

those new U.S. funds aren't
restricted under rules imple-
mented in 2009 designed to
keep food and money from be-
ing stolen by the insurgency.
"If (the insurgents) are willing
to allow access, we are willing
to stand fully with the humani-
tarian actors," said Raj Shah,
head of the U.S. Agency for In-
ternational Development..
Aid groups have repeatedly
called for the restrictions to be
lifted and say the rules limited
their operations in the past two
years. U.S. humanitarian con-
tributions in Somalia fell from
$237 million in 2008 to $29
million last year.

-Ethan Miller 'Getty imTiages
Mitt Romney greets a volunteer at his "National Call Day"
fundraising event at the Las Vegas Convention Center on May
16 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He raised $10.25 million that day,
more than half of the amount he'll report for the entire fund-
raising quarter.

Gaddafi government confirms
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) Rep- forward all the time," he told tempt to take the oil terminal
resentatives of Moammar Gad- reporters in the corridors of the on the front lines of the civil
hafi's embattled government hotel where foreign journalists war.
held face-to-face talks with U.S. are required to reside. The government spokesman
officials in neighboring Tuni- He described it as a "a first- said the rebels attacked by
sia over the weekend, a Libyan step dialogue" to see about re- sea using boats and along a
government official said Mon- pairing relations between the desert highway and the main
day, describing the meeting as two countries, which he said coastal road, but were bloodily
a first step in opening dialogue, had been damaged by misin- repelled in every case.
A U.S. State Department offi- formation. "In these waves of attacks,
cial confirmed the meeting took The U.S. was an active par- unfortunately, 520 of the reb-
place but said it was only to de- ticipant in NATO airstrikes el forces have been killed in
liver a clear and firm message against Libyan forces that be-
that Gadhafi must step down. gan March 19 and were autho-
The U.S. official said it was not rized under a U.N. mandate to
a negotiating session and no protect Libyan civilians from
future meetings were planned. Gadhafi's advancing forces.
The talks came after Friday's The U.S. later turned over
decision by the United States command of the air cam-
and more than 30 other nations paign to NATO and now plays
meeting in Istanbul to recog- a largely logistical role in the .
nize the eastern-based rebels continuing airstrikes.
fighting Gadhafi's government Fighting continued Monday
as the country's legitimate rep- around the eastern oil port of
resentatives, added the official, Brega. An Associated Press re-
who spoke on the condition of porter on the scene witnessed
anonymity because they were rocket duels between the op-
not authorized to discuss the posing sides and the thick
meeting publicly, black smoke of burning oil ter-
Libyan spokesman Moussa minals blanketing the sky. BUSINESS MINDS: Nationl
Ibrahim told reporters in Trip- In Tripoli, Ibrahim claimed President/CEO Harry C. Alfor(
oli that the talks were held Sat- that more than 500 rebels r J r C a
urday in Tunisia but he refused had been killed in five days err Jenfer Carrol and Wa
to say which officials took part. of failed assaults against the ticipants last week during the
"This is a first step and we strategic town. Rebels, howev- tion here in Miami.The theme
want to take further steps," he er, have only reported a hand- Friendly."Topics included: proct
said. "We don't want to be stuck ful of casualties and maintain tal and broadband development
in the past; we want to move fighting continues in their at-

U.S. talks
these five days," he said. "This
huge number came because of
the lack of experience on the
rebels' part."
Rebels have reported not
more than two dozen dead
in the last several days and
scores wounded, but nowhere
near the amount claimed by
Ibrahim. They also maintain
they have partial control of the

r.I .in T~ nes iph0lo D.:inr.,lyrn Anwh.riv
al Black Chamber of Commerce
d (1-r), Florida Lieutenant Gov-
yne Huizenga Jr., were all par-
Chamber's 19th Annual Conven-
was "Making the World Business
urement, access to business capi-

to Obama during the April-
to-June fundraising period,
about twice the amount of
individual contributions that
flowed to the top GOP fund-
raiser, Mitt Romney. In Indi-
ana, which Obama won by 1
percent, the president out-
raised Romney 3-to-1.
Ferrel Guillory. an expert
on politics at the University
of North Carolina, said it's no
surprise Obama \would domi-
nate fundraising. 'Incumben-
cy has advantages, and one of
them is money," he said.
He said the Obama team
also has lavished attention on
North Carolina. The president
has visited the state six times
since taking office, according
to a recent USA.TODAY re-
view of White House records.
The 2012 Democratic Na-
tional Convention is planned
for Charlotte, and Michelle
Obama makes a return visit
to the Tar Heel state to guest-
star in a reality TV show,
ABC's Extreme Makeover:
Home Edition. The first lady
will help expand a community
resource center for homeless
veterans in Fayetteville.
"The Obama campaign is
doing all the day-to-day kinds
of things they have to do to
keep North Carolina in play,"
Guillory said.
In an e-mail, Obama

From Golden State donors
alone, candidates raised more
than $9 million, more than 10
percent of the campaign funds
collected by Obama and eight
Republicans in the April-to-
June fundraising quarter.
Overall, Obama's fundrais-
ing haul, $46.3 million, out-
paced the campaign money
collected by the entire Repub-
lican field.
Obama has outraised his
rivals in 36 states and the
District of Columbia. while
Romney is ahead in 11, in-
cluding three swing states,
Colorado, Florida and Nevada,
where Romney staged a one-
day, fundraising call-a-thon
in May.
Romney outraised all other
presidential candidates in
Utah, collecting $1.3 million
from the state where he ran
the 2002 Winter Olympics in
Salt Lake City and courted
donations from fellow Mor-
mons. Even so, that's a big
drop from the $2.7 million
Romney raised from Utahns
during the first three months
of the 2008 presidential cam-
This time around, former
Utah- governor Jon Hunts-
man. has joined the Republi-
can field. Hunstman will not
report his fundraising until
Oct. 15.






By Kate Taylor

It's been 10 years since L.
Douglas Wilder, the nation's
first elected Black governor,
unveiled a plan to build the
United States National Slav-
ery Museum on 38 acres
here. It was to be the only in-
stitution of its kind, housed
in a soaring glass-and-trav-
ertine building and illumi-
nated at night so that cars
passing on 1-95 could see the
full-scale replica of a slave
ship in its atrium.
Today the land remains va-
cant and is drowning in tax
The museum owes more
than $215,000 in property
taxes and fees, dating back
to 2008. This month the city
announced it is putting the
land on the auction block.
"It just seems that noth-
ing has been happening, and
nobody's answering any of
the mail we send to them,
so we're just doing the same
thing to them that we'd do
to anybody else," said G. M.
Haney, the city's treasurer.
The museum's director has
departed, its board no longer
meets, its offices are aban-
doned, and the museum's
state license to solicit dona-
tions has lapsed. Some peo-
ple, who,.donated.a.rtifacts to
the museum years ago have
demanded them back.
Wilder's only response
has been a defiant posting
on his Web site in Febru-
ary that said the museum
is not dead and that all the
artifacts are "being held
safely in storage."
Since then he has not
responded to inquiries
about the museum and
did not respond to mes-
sages left with his assis-
tant this week. In the post
on his Web site in Febru-
ary he described the mu-
seum as a casualty of the
recession and said it would
go forward as soon as the
economy picked up. His op-
timism is not shared, how-
ever, by a museum board
member, the Rev. Lawrence
A. Davies, who said he has
not heard from Wilder in
more than a year.
"We tried on one or two.
occasions to get in touch
but to no avail," he said.
"There doesn't seem to be
much evidence for hope at
this point."
Under Wilder's plan an
estimated two million visi-
tors a year were expected
at the museum. There was
to be a library, a theater,
classrooms, a garden fea-
turing tobacco and cotton
crops, and galleries featur-
ing subjects like the Middle
Passage, slave family life
and the Civil War.
Wilder commissioned
the architect C. C. Pei, a
son of I. M. Pei, to design
the museum. Pei's designs

are still visible on his firm's
Web site and on a faded and
curled sign at the proper-
ty that sits on a dead-end
road, just beyond a stretch of
chain stores. The only devel-
opment at the site is a small
garden that Wilder opened in
2007 as a kind of marker for
the future. A stone sculpture
of a person lifting two hands
toward the sky still stands
in the garden, which is now
padlocked, amid overgrown
weeds and a few flowers.
The museum's design called
for a nearly 300,000-square-
foot building; Wilder had
estimated the construction
cost at $100 million. But in
its last tax filing, from 2007,
the museum reported just
$115,000 in assets, aside
from the land.
The collapse of the ambi-
tious plan has left a trail of
anger and bewilderment.
Therbia Parker, 62, who
gave Wilder part of his col-
lection of slavery- and Jim
Crow-era artifacts, called his'
handling of the situation "a
slap in the face of every Afri-
"I get angry ever time I
think about it," Parker said.
Parker said he has tried to
get in touch with Wilder un-
successfully for more than
two years. He would like his
,nmterials back and has no
idea where they are being


July 27. 1880: A. P. Ash-
bourne, inventor, was awarded a
patent for refining the coconut oil
July 27, 1958: Rafer Lewis
Johnson, U.S. Decathlon cham-
pion, set a world record in the de-
cathlon by scoring 8.302 points.
July 28, 1868: The 14th
Amendment (ratified by Congress
July 9, 1868). granting citizenship
to Blacks, was adopted.
July 28, 1917: The New York
City Fifth Avenue March, a march

organized by the NAACP with
10,000 Blacks marching in silent
protest of lynchings and racial in-
equalities. W. E. B. Du Bois and
James Weldon Johnson were
leaders in the march
July 29, 1919: The National
Association of Negro Musicians
met for the first time in Chicago,
IL. The group convened under
the direction of Clarence Cam-
eron White for the purpose of
advancing Black music and the
careers of Black musicians.

held, he said.
He said the only response
he received was from Wilder's
secretary, who mailed him
a copy of the letter Wilder
had posted on his Web site,
Wildervisions.com, assert-
ing that the museum dream
lives on.
Larry Sabato, the director
of the University of Virginia
Center for Politics, said that
given Wilder's career, his be-
havior in relation to the mu-
seum has been -a mystery.
While serving as governor
of Virginia, Wilder briefly
aspired to be president but
dropped out before the 1992
primaries. From 2005 to
2009 he served as mayor of
Richmond. Today, at 80, he
remains an active political
commentator who teaches
at Virginia Commonwealth
University and routinely
fires off editorials, blog posts
and tweets about topics of
the day.
"Anyone who knows Wilder
and who has listened to him
about this understands that
he cares about this," Sabato
said of the museum plan.
"Why it's ended up in this
way I just can't tell you, and
I've never heard anybody ex-
plain it."
Wilder had not been alone
in thinking big about the
project. Of the $4 million the
museum has raised since

July 29, 1991: Bernard A. Har-
ris. Jr. officially became a NASA
astronaut on this date. Harris had
previously served as a NASA
clinical scientist and flight sur-
July 30, 1822: James Varick
was consecrated the first Bishop
of the AME Zion Church.
July 30, 1985: About 300
Black employees, denied promo-
tions because of racial discrimi-
nation, were paid $3.5 million in
back pay by the U.S. General Ac-
counting Office (GAO).
July 31, 1874: Father Patrick
Francis Healy, the first Black man

The overgrown garden on the 38 acres
where a museum was to be built.

Museum board member

to receive a Ph.D.. was named
president of Georgetown Univer-
sity. Healy became [me first Black
president of a predominately
white institution.
July 31, 1960: Elilah Muham-
mad called for the creation of a
Black state within the boundaries
of America at a meeting in New
August 1, 1920: The National
Convention of Marcus Garvey's
Universal Improvement Associa-
tion (founded six years earlier to
the day) was opened in Liberly
Hall in Harlem. Garvey presented
his "Back to Africa" program dur-

-Photo by Brendan Smialowski
in Fredericksburg, Va.,

2001, according to tax re-
cords, $1.2 million came in a
donation from his friend Bill
Cosby. In 2004, speaking at
a gala here for the museum,
Cosby said the museum
would allow Black children
"to see the strength of their
Through a spokesman
Cosby declined to be inter-
viewed this week about the
museum, referring questions
to Wilder.
A version of the museum
Wilder first envisioned in
1992 after a trip to Africa is
now being built on the Mall
in Washington: the National
Museum of African Ameri-
can History and Culture. Un-
der the umbrella of the feder-
ally financed Smithsonian
Institution, the $500 million
project is receiving half of its
funding from Congress and
will have a section devoted to
an exploration of slavery.
,By the time Wilder got the
land for his museum, in
2001, plans for the Smithso-
nian project in Washington
were already being actively
discussed, which may have
diminished potential donors'
sense of the need for a similar
museum only an hour south.
Haney, the city treasurer,
said that the museum has
30 days to pay its tax bill. Af-
ter that, he said, the process
of selling the property could
take six to eight months.
Haney said the city would
probably go to court to lift a
restriction that was placed
on the property at the time
of transfer to the museum.
The former owner, a devel-
oper named Larry D. Silver,
stipulated that it could only
be used for a charitable or
educational purpose.
Stephen Farnsworth, an
associate professor of com-
munication at George Ma-
son University and a former
resident of Fredericksburg,
said he thought Wilder would
have had an easier time rais-
ing money for a museum in
Richmond or Washington.
"The idea of the project was
well received in Fredericks-
burg," he said, but "a nation-
al museum like this requires
much more than the support
of a community to get off the

ing this two-day conference.
-August 1, 1944: Adam Clay-
ton Powell, Jr. was elected as the
East's first Black Congressman.
August 2, 1966: The Charles
R. Drew University of Medicine
and Science was chartered in
Los Angeles, CA. The school was
named for Dr. Charles Richard
Drew, a pioneer in blood plasma
August 2, 1982: Jackie Rob-
inson. the first Black baseball
player in the major leagues, was
commemorated on a U.S. post-
age stamp on this date -- the fifth
in its Black Heritage USA series.







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Gimenez asks for time in solving County's problems

continued from 1A

year while negotiations con-
tinue. We have to balance the
budget. Otherwise we'll have no
choice but to cut workers from
public safety and the fire de-

Blacks voters did not go out
in droves to support Gimenez
as compared to non-Hispanic
white voters who chose him over
Robaina by a three-to-one mar-
gin. But he made a respectable
showing, tallying 44 percent of
the Black vote versus Robaina's
56 percent. "Our polls right be-
fore the election showed us win-
ning 2:1 in the Black community
but the race became much clos-

er after my opponent pulled off a Blacks say they feel like they
highly-effective get out the vote are strangers here I ask them
strategy," he said. "We hear he to give me some time so that we
poured out about $200,000 as can change that through ac-
compared to my $20,000 tion," he said. "Every
[countywide] in our out- voice counts, every need
reach efforts to Black matters."
communities. That's how
he got so close. Now the BLACKS RESPOND TO
task is reaching all seg- GIMENEZ'S PROMISES
ments of the County. "I decided to vote for
This is not just about one -a Gimenez, believing that
race or one group we CAMPBELL he possessed the right
have to connect with all leadership skills, knowl-

of the communities in
Miami-Dade County. We are go-
ing to use all kinds of mediums
in what I call a full court press
approach. "My team will need to
be an answer to all of my con-
stituents and I want to make
sure that it reflects our diverse
County that is a priority," he
"I have heard that some

edge and experience to
address the County's budget
and policy-related issues and
because of his opposition to
funding the Marlins Stadium
and for committing to immedi-
ately cut his own salary," said
Cedric McMinn, former presi-
dent, Miami-Dade Young Demo-
Former Congresswoman Car-

rie Meek, 85, said she
never really considered
anyone else.
"I watched him during *
his time on the county
commission and think
he is fair but tough,"
she said. "That's what
we need. We need to do M
our homework so we can
hold him accountable. Blacks
are part of the voting public and
it's our duty to keep the new
county mayor's feet to the fire.
We can no longer afford to be
Political consultant Howard
Willis, 37, from Miramar, was
vocal'throughout the election in
his support of Gimenez. He says
being from Miami, he has seen
it all and believes that the new
county mayor will bring a rare
quality to his office: honesty.
"The reality is that we are

facing some tough eco-
nomic times so reducing
the tax rate helps every-
S one right away," he said.
"What else he can do
S right away remains to be
seen because the money
L just isn't there. I know he
EEK is serious about listen-
ing to what Blacks and
Haitians have to say. We need to
be willing to get involved, to say
what we need and to trust that
he will do the right thing."
Faye Davis, 52, a lifelong Mi-
ami resident and fire captain,
has been employed by the Coun-
ty for 24 years. She says that she
fears that Blacks will still suffer
the most as cuts are made.
"I am not anti-Gimenez but I
am against all forms of privati-
zation because no matter what
you say, the Black community
will and always does take the

hardest hits. No one wants to
pay more taxes but we need
services to continue. We have
already gone through a mayor
who was arrogant and cared
very little about Blacks. I just
hope that this one will listen
to more than just his Hispanic
Former mayoral candidate Lu-
ther Campbell says it is too early
to tell whether Gimenez will fol-
low through on his promises but
he's willing to be patient for
"The first concern is clearly the
budget but after that we need to
see more jobs and economic op-
portunities for the Black com-
munity," Campbell said. "I want
him to do the right thing and
I want him to succeed. But we
will be watching him carefully.
He will have to either put up or
shut up."

Unwed teen mothers get help in overcoming long list of odds

continued from 1A

other non-residential that
help young girls and their in-
fant babies as they seek a bet-
ter quality of life so that they
do not end up as another un-
fortunate statistic.
Dr. Lillian Cooper is the prin-
cipal at COPE Center North, a
public school in the County
that serves approximately 165
girls and 110 babies year-long.
But at its peak, the number of
girls hovers close to 234. It's
a regular school but with ad-
ditional programs that assist
unwed mothers.
In comparison, AMIkids
Wings South Florida, located
in the Goulds community, is a
residential program for at-risk
teens mothers and their ba-
bies and pregnant teens who
have had problems with the
law on numerous occasions.
The school offers behavior
modification and counseling
and-ther.Ap: -for the teens and
their babies so the mothers

will have successful crime-free
lives once discharged.
Lyndall Lambart, a partner
with the law firm of Holland
& Knight LLP, serves as the
chairman of the board; Karen
Markus is the facility's execu-
tive director. Their capacity is
about 20 girls and 12 babies.

"We work hard at creating
a positive community for our
girls and their babies," Markus
said. "The state provides funds
for the girls but not for their
babies so we are always fund-
raising, looking for ways to cut
costs and above all, provide
the infants with everything
they need."
Lambart adds that in the
counseling phase of the pro-.
gram, they address the kinds
of behavior that got the girls in
trouble and try to change their
way of thinking and acting.
S'Man:, of the girls hlaye been
in and out of court because

of fighting,
and associ-
j eating with
the wrong
kinds of peo-
ple like
riding in
stolen cars
COOPER with their
she said. "We want to address
the recidivism rate and keep
them from getting into further
trouble. So many of the girls
come from broken homes while
others have even become preg-
nant by a family member. The
challenges are significant but
our staff and volunteers are
committed. This is their home
now and we make sure it is
one in which they learn how
to care for their babies, how to
love themselves and how to ap-
preciate and show respect for
Girls from Wings come from
-all parts of the State, so an ad-
ditional challenge is helping
the girls overcome homesick-


-Miami Times photo/D. Ke'
GIRL POWER: Helping teenage mothers succeed at the
South Florida facility are Earlique Edwards, nurse and

Jones, team leader.

ness. The goal, as stated ear-
lier, is to help put the girls on
the right track and avoid hav-
ing their children placed in the
foster care system.
For Cooper, whose school is
the larger of two county pub-
lic school programs (the other
being the Dorsey M. Wallace
COPE Center South), she and
her staff must help students
juggle a schedule that includes

both the traditional aca
courses and teen par
"There is no real
school but many of ou
come from Central, Nort
ern, Norland and Carol
Cooper said. "We are
co-ed school, but many
fathers of the babies don
to attend even though we
it would be so much be

they did (five fathers were stu-
dents at last count)."
COPE Center North has three
main academies: fashion de-
sign, business and nursing as-
sistants. Students can receive
certificates for specific skills
S and they are encouraged, per-
of sonally and financially, to go
on to college.
"Even when the girls have to
take time off to deliver their
r'-:. babies, we send packets home
to them and continue to con-
in McNeir nect them with their counsel-
Wings ors and teachers," she said.
Tonya "They cannot afford to fall
behind that's when the
risk of dropping out becomes
ademic greater. These girls deserve
renting the chance to succeed we
cannot let their being unwed
feeder mothers stop that success. But
r girls it means hard work and disci-
hwest- pline. Some of them come to
SCity," us very angry and hurt. Most
also a know nothing about having or
of the raising a child. Whether it's
't want residential or non-residential,
think we have a lot of work that must
better if be done."

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Charter school to host new engineering program

By Randy Grice ter hosted its inrauguiral Er lginm-eri ng nd Ro- i: A
I I atoiii n Itiiiiiiilii '.di~ ri . rnl butics Dinner for parents, students, cormmu-
nit:, members, Starb,t Inc stafl and honiorId
In an attempt to foster 1,oiun: students inter- guests from MACOC Corporation lerngineerin
ests, one school is stepping up to the plate with first.
additions to its curriculum. The Theodore R. -I am excited that my bo\ can h.ive a oppor-
and Thelma A Gbson Charter School rccentIl tunrit like this." said Charles Perr,, who has "
added a Engineering and Robotics program to a child at the school "This is really gi. ing our -Tr.-,:,,i, Irna jTr, v ;i c ;...,,':urr- .,..i
its curriculum The K-8 Charter School's im- children some higher order thinking skills." Students, teachers and parents at the inaugural Engineering and Robotics Dinner.
plementation of the new summer program has The MACO Corp donated and helped t, spon- ,
given a group of students the opportunity to sor a portion of the summer and soon to ci.me The-odore and Thelma Gibson Charter School place on Saturday, May 321. financially, sup- j
venture into the world of robots as they learn fall program. The students have attended sscv- are full committed to its success." Khan said. ported bI Carrrllton School of the Sacred
about electronics, light sensors and power eral field trips to enLineering sites in the corn- "We ih'." sonme i exceptional p.-rtners work- Heart in Coconut Grove. As the summer prog-
sources while building robots that they will be munitv as well as on urirmersit', sites. These iin' \ ith us and are collaborating to have the ress, students ill continue to participate in
able to take home trips provide an opportunity for students to whole engineering community, both profes- this distinguished program. The hands on a
"This is the beginning of a whole new wa\' of witness firsthand the work of Ml'Cihanical, sional and educational behind us '" activities, field experienc-es and small group
learning to be problem solvers and global lead. Electrical. Civil, industrial. Aerospace and To initiate this outstanding project. Gibson :earning furthers the students' readiness
ers" said Fareed Khan. principal of the school. Bio-Medical Engineering hosted a iell attended Siaurda' workshop on for the Eneineering and Robotics program r;
In celebration of this program. Gibson Char- The students parents and supporters nl the The Light Spider Robot building which took planned fcr the )01 --012 s. :hool year

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Students pr

Upward Bound students
By Randy Grice "T hi
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In an effort to preserve public education Teen
local teens recently. took to the streets to prm- about
test statewide bu'dgct cuts. .round 50 stu- ing to
dents hbet\een the aes of 1,3 ~-ini IS at T.i-. The- c
Lipward Bound organized in front of -lnill \ '' ainte
Dollar. 13521 N\V 2.th Avetrnu in Opa-liicka., duca
from 1-3 p.m. The

otest public education cuts

s hit the streets
s is in response to the educatiionol
:hat are coming out of Ta.llahassee."
Jermell Jenkins. site coordinator at
p'..ard Bound. "We have been talking
the Ciits with the kids ind cxplain-
them how it alffcts their ediluctalion
Camr up with th-is situation w\htre thr','
d to hav,? their \ oi'i s l-ari d about the
tonal c ts and Ilo. it aillecit- th(i i '
entire goal of the prote t '.as centecred

around bringing awarenesS r j the Statc of
Educatliol and he. the currentt budget cuts
are harmful t their future. Th-_ students
flooded the streets with signs aid fact sheets
with key points to speak 'A ith people abo ut
"We are pr-itesting the- proposed bIudret
cuts." said Mrakayla Mills, a 14-y, ar-old M.-t-
i.'r Ci-irter High School proitesier. "This 'if-
fecis rri? bec:-iuse I am ciurrentlv' in school
I il educatition is tilmpl.rit..i [i c mi-."
Chil Clarke. 14--',ear-iold Miami Carol
Cit-w, Middle School pr-tester agre-es

-I in iin sc:hol and educaation is really im-
port to me. I ianit to go. to college too." he
The students are also part of the Chil-
dren's Defense Fund, a national reading
uiirriculumn that assists students to lo1.e tC'
read. The eight v.c-k program alis teaches
children about the civil rights mo'.emeint
rind po:sit' e rulen models in Teen Lipwvard
Br.und is i 501|cil.?.I teen ad',:,:ac., pr'-grarcii
that assists teenagers in readmn' anid life

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Councilman sets students up for school

By Randy Grice

In the spirit of getting stu-
dents prepared to conquer the
next level after high school
some community leaders are
stepping up to the challenge.
Recently Oliver Gilbert, City
of Miami Gardens council-
man, presented new laptop
computers to five graduat-
ing seniors from Miami Carol
City Senior High School. The
presentations of the comput-
ers were made at the school's
Annual Awards Ceremony on
Tuesday. May 31 at 6:30 p.m.,
in the school's auditorium, lo-
cated at 3301 NW 183rd Street
in Miami Gardens. These stu-
dents were identified by Mi-
ami Carol City High School as
most deserving of the rewards
for the academic excellence
they exhibited during their
high school matriculation.

When these kids get ready
to go to college they need help
also," Gilbert said. "There are
kids that have done all the
right things, why shouldn't we
help them? I had the idea that
we could do this and I went out
and I raised the money. We are
also sponsors that were will-
ing to be helpful and we were
able to make it happen."
Wal-Mart, located, at 19501
NW 27th Ave., partnered with
Councilman Gilbert to sup-
port his commitment to high
academic standards for Miami
Gardens' students. This ini-
tiative was designed to. reward
academic achievement by stu-
dents who will be attending
college this fall.
"The kids and the parents
were exceedingly happy," he
said. "They were very grate-
ful and really I am grateful
to them. Too often we tell the
stories of the kids who are

doing the wrong things but
anything that showcases the
kids that are doing the right
thing is always positive. If
ever I can be helpful to them
and their families I always
want to be."

grade levels for their out-
standing achievement.
"We are going to be doing
this every year, were going to
do the laptop give away every
year," Gilbert said. "I gave
away five laptops this year,

Tavarus Green, who has a 4.2 GPA and plans to
attend the University of Florida this fall.
Jazmin Lightbourn, who has a 4.0 GPA and plans
to attend West Carolina University this fall.
Peterson Pierrelouis, who has a 4.8 GPA and plans to
attend the University of Florida this fall.
Se'Kayla Harrell, who has a 4.8 GPA and plans to
attend the University of Florida this fall,
Runiya Brown, who has a 4.4 GPA and plans
to attend the University of Florida this fall.

The annual awards cer-
emony is an event dedicated
to acknowledge scholarship
winners and students of all

next year I will give away 10.
As they keep doing better we
will match them and keep do-
ing bettef-."

M-DCPS increases LGBT student protection
Three years after Florida will now include sexual orienta- C.J. Ortuno, executive direc- Florida LGBT Project Attorney,
passed the Jeffrey Johnston tion and gender identity provid- tor of SAVE Dade. SAVE Dade said. "Although the state anti-
Stand Up for All Students Act, ing clearer protections for LGBT worked with their partner the bullying law clearly prohibits
which prohibits the bullying or students. ACLU of Florida in developing bullying and harassment of any
harassment, including cyber "For the past year we've fo- the policy's new language. students, it is imperative that
bullying, of any public K-12 stu- caused on strengthening Miami- "The most common forms of individual school district poli-
dent or employee, Miami-Dade Dade's anti-bullying policy as a bullying and harassment in cies make clear that bullying
County Administration amend- way to create a climate where Florida schools, and across the and harassment of LGBT stu-
ed their policy to be explic- bullying a student because of country, are based on actual or dents is prohibited and will not
itly inclusive of students who their real or perceived sexual perceived sexual orientation, be tolerated. This is a critical
are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and orientation and/or gender iden- gender identity, and physical ap- step in making Florida schools
transgender (LGBT). The policy tity is no longer tolerated," said pearance," Shelbi Day, ACLU of truly safe for all students."

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Student walks

in lawmakers


This summer, over 250
outstanding middle school
students from across the
U.S. took part in an extraor-
dinary leadership confer-
ence in Washington, D.C.
Themed Voices of Leader-
ship: Reflecting on the Past
to Create the Future. Bre-
anna Rolle, daughter of
Samuel Rolle and Dianne
Hicks-Rolle, 8th grade stu-
dent at Miami Springs Middle
School was nominated by her
teacher, Douglas Dennis to
attend the leadership confer-
ence. When it was noted that
she was accepted but did not
have the funds to attend, sev-
eral people from the commu-
nity, family, institutions and
friends made contributions
to her church, St. Peter's Af-
rican Orthodox Church to as-
sist with her expenses. Bre-
anna said that the trip was
"It was a life changing ex-
perience because it taught me
about leadership," Breanna
The Junior National
Young Leaders Conference
(JrNYLC) introduces young
people to the rich tradition
of leadership throughout
American history, while help-
ing them to develop their own
leadership skills.
"The aim of the Junior Na-
tional Young Leaders Confer-
ence is to inspire students to
recognize their own leader
ship skills, measure their
skills against those of cur-
rent and former leaders and
return home with new confi-
dence in their ability to exer-
cise positive iiiflll 'ni i, within
their communities," said
Marguerite Regan, Ph.D.,
dean of academic affairs for
the congressional youth lead-
ership council (CYLC), the
organization that sponsors
,JrNYLC. "Yotung people arie
not oinly w\elcomle in Wash-
ington, D.C., they actually
keep this city and our coun-

try running."
During the six-day pro-
gram, from June 18-23; stu-
dents took part in educational
activities and presentations
and explored relevant sites,
such as Harpers Ferry Na-
tional Historical Park in West
Virginia and Washington,
D.C.'s museums and memori-
als. In addition to examining
notable U.S. leaders and his-
toric figures, students study
the impact of leadership
throughout critical periods of
American history including
the Civil War and Reconstruc-
tion, World War II, the Great
Depression and the Civil
Rights Movement. Upon com-
pletion of riiJ'i LC, students
will have gained a greater
sense of the role of individu-
als in American nii'.i irai '.,
as well as the responsibilities
of being a leader. CYLC is a
iiiro p.ii t;i- iii educational or-
ganization. Since 1985, the
Council has inspired more
than 200,000 young people
to achieve their full leader
ship potential. Members of
the U.S. Congress joined the
commitment by serving on
the CYLC HIonornry Congres
sional Board of Adv\isors. In
addition, mtlore than 40 em-
bassies participate in the
Council's HIlonorary Board of


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More women


the call
By Kaila Heard
lictheirdri tta, ,,','i' .it' i, )line.Ci)it
While the Black Church has been at the forefront of the
fight for several civil rights and social justice issues, the
Church's stance on gender roles has been decidedly lacklus-
ter and in some cases even downright regressive
But the times are beginning to change. A study recently
released by the Baptist Women in Ministry finds that women
are making steady advancements in ministry positions with-
in Baptist churches.
The report states. "While women still face challenges in
finding pastoral roles, the increases in both the numbers
and the percentages indicate that incremental change is tak-
ing place."
The research revealed that an average of 64 women become
ordained ministers every !ear. According to the fourth state
of Women in Baptist Life. an estimated 2.200 Baptist women
have been ordained in ministry since 1964.
The changing role of women in the church can provoke dif-
ferent reactions from laypeople and ministers alike.
Reverend Mlartai McCullough of Brownsville Missionary
Baptist Church said. "I'm totally for it God charged us all
to head to the highways to teach and preach the Gospel He
didn't discriminate against men or women."
Thiirt--six-year-old Valencia Brown, who attended Baptist
churches in her youth, also approves of the growing numbers
of female ministers
"I have no problem w.'ith it." said Brow n, who is now a mem-
ber of the non-denominational Impact Church in Pompano
But some still find it difficult to accept female clergy.
The trend Lo.ards acceptance of women in the ministry
Please turn to SISTERS 14B

Muslim holiday

offers chance

for prayer,

With a world wide population estimated at over one bil-
lion Muslims, millions are expected to observe Ramadan, an
annual month of fasting, which will begin around Monday,
August 1 and will continue until around Tuesday, August 30.
In South Florida, thousands of Muslims will also be par-
There are about 70,000 Muslims in Palm Beach, Broward
and Miami-Dade counties, up from about 45,000 in 2001,
according to the Florida chapter of the Council on American-
Islamic Relations.
For approximately. 30 Muslims who choose to honor the
holiday ill refrain from eating, drinking and sexual activi-
ties from dawn until sunset.
The fast is intended to teach Muslims the virtues of pa-
tience humility and spirituality it is also time for Muslims
to offer more prayer than usual. During Ramadan, they will
ask forgiveness for sins committed in the past, as well as
pray for guidance and to help choose not to commit common
e\ erdday eills. The holiday is also seen as a way for Muslims
t(, p'ur.ify themselves v. ith good deeds and self-restraint.
SFinally, the holy month is also intended to teach Muslims
empathy for the less fortunate.
To prepare for the fasting, Muslims wake up before dawn
to eat a small meal before the taj r, c:r first prayer for the day.
Muslims break their fast at sunset prayer time with a meal
called Iftar. Afterwards, Muslims may continue to eat and
drink after the sun has set until the next morning's fajr
prayer call.
In addition to fasting, Muslims are encouraged to read the
entire Quran.
Finally, Ramadan culminates with the feast of Id al-Fitr,
(also spelled as Eid ul-Fitr).


the words

of faith
Reverend Eddie Lake, the
senior pastor of Greater
Bethel African Methodist
Episcopalian Church, lead-
ing the Wednesday noon day
Bible study course at the
historic Overtown sanctuary.


Rev. Rose: The

church needs to

let God be God
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i'i uiLin:tle .; .1 minister to perform laying on of hands'
fill' h ., l ,i i ,) i 11| eR ,
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tan ce ,)II I II,. I ..,. I
"I'm a i, I Is n i l i .iin ,v'. i ti-'the -tctaLht. of who God is
to work in the church," said Rose, who who will relinquish
any p s i,,' i I ,iii' -. if he feels the Spirit moves him.
In spite of the initial -tliit utlti.-., Rose has managed to
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T.D. Jakes to remake, 'Sparkle'

By Brian McCollum
and Julie Hinds

"Sparkle," a feature film
about a musical sister act in
1960s Detroit, has been ap-
proved for $3.1 million in
Michigan film incentives.
The Sony Pictures movie,
which has not yet been cast,
is in preproduction and will
likely start shooting this fall
in Detroit.
The fictional story will fol-
low a trio of sisters as they
take their careers from small
clubs to the Fox Theatre. It's
a remake of a 1976 cult movie
starring Irene Cara, Philip Mi-
chael Thomas and Detroit na-
tive Lonette McKee that was
set in such New York loca-
tions as Harlem and Carnegie
The new story and setting
- a rags-to-riches tale on
the Detroit R&B scene of the
'60s will invite inevitable
comparisons to the long-run-
ning musical and Oscar-win-
ning 2006 film "Dreamgirls."
But it was "Sparkle" that is
widely thought to have in-
spired "Dreamgirls," which

The original 'Sparkle' movie is said to have inspired the leg-
endary musical,'Dream Girls.'

premiered five years after the
film's release.
Both mirrored the real-life
story of the Supremes, the
Motown trio that emerged
from Detroit's Brewster Proj-
ects to become the best-sell-
ing girl group in history.
There's still no word on the
new film's musical direction,
but it is unlikely to include

songs from the Motown cata-
log, whose rights are adminis-
tered by EMI Publishing. The
1976 version featured music
written by Curtis Mayfield,
who produced an accompa-
nying album with Detroiter
Aretha Franklin on vocals.
One of those Franklin tracks
- "Something He Can Feel"
- topped Billboard's R&B

chart during the bicentennial
month of '76.
The new "Sparkle" will be
directed by Salim Akil, who
helmed this spring's roman-
tic comedy "Jumping the
Broom." Producers include
Hollywood veteran Debra
Martin Chase, megachurch
pastor T.D. Jakes and Akil
and his wife, Mara, who were
creative partners on the pop-
ular BET series "The Game."
Producers expect to spend
about $7.4 million in the
state, according to the Michi-
gan Film Office.
"Sparkle" is the 14th project
approved for film incentives
this year. The film will tap the
spirit of Detroit's musical her-
itage, said film office director
Carrie Jones.
"The music and atmosphere
that was the heart and soul
of Motown in the 1960s is as
much a character in this film
as the individuals portrayed
throughout the story," Jones
said in a statement Thursday.
"This is an incredible oppor-
tunity to highlight one of De-
troit's most significant cultur-
al exports of the last century."

More 'instant churches' sprouting up
More instant churches' sprouting up

By R. Leigh Coleman

Churches are holding wor-
ship services in public places
with greater regularity than
some might think. It is not un-
common today to see portable
church signs outside public
buildings and schools on Sun-
Thousands of bebevers to-
day are gathering more of-
ten in public schools, skating
rinks, parks and empty build-
ings to.avoiAl the.financla~iPu--
As additional housing opens
and property rental fees go up.

churches often rent non-tra-
ditional spaces until they can
build a permanent facility or
develop a congregation large
enough to support one.
A recent study looked at the
five largest and five fastest-
growing school districts in
the nation and found that all
granted permits for religious
cong regatons to hold worship
services, according to USA To-
Pastor Dustn Boles of Mo-
saic Church in Ocean Spnn~s
NMiss begaj a litle- more mh'an
three v,-ars ago with just 19
people on board. Now it has

more than 1,500 members.
The church is built within
a 24-hour period every week
inside a giant skating rink. An
empty floor space is instantly
transformed into a place of
Parlong signs, podiums,
a stage, hundreds of chairs.
and a PowerPoint screen are
Just some of the items that are
pulled out by a team of work-
ers for worship every weekend.
Their unconventional pas-
tor, Reverend Boles, said the
members have committed to
be a debt free church
"The lease of an already ex-
isting facility keeps costs low,"
he said.
"i is ;.ery mu'fch non-
churchy It is casual and dis-
arming to those who have

had not-so-good experiences
in church And, it keeps us
focused outward and not on
keeping up 'our beautiful
Non-traditional worship
sites are popping up all over
the country including the Do-
munion Fellowship Church.
which holds Sunday services
at Rymfire Elementary school
every Sunday. Palm Coast
Chnstian Church worships at
Buddy Taylor Middle School,
Lighthouse Bible Church
calls Belle Terre Elementary
home, The First AME Church
of Palm Coast used to meet at
Old Kings Elementary before
it moved to the African-Arrer-
icj CulCral enter aiid M It
Church on the Rock used to
meet there too

Why Christians must spread the gospel

By Greg Stier

I was asked by someone not
too long ago why Christians
were so obsessed with pros-
elytizing others. I paused and
thought about his excellent
Although we may prefer to
use less inflammatory terms
to describe this process like
"sharing your faith", "making.
disciples" or even "evangelism"
the concept is still the same.
Bible believers are obsessed
with converting people from
their belief systems to Chris-
tianity. If they're not they
should be. Here are 3 reasons
When Jesus reminds his
disciples that repentance
would be preached to all na-
tions he was telling them to
convert others from their way
of thinking to his. Repentance
(changing your thinking) is
at the core of conversion and
proselytizing (trying to get
people to change their way
of thinking) is the essence of
evangelism. Dress it up, put
it in cooler terms but it's still

the same. We want people to
set aside their belief systems
and embrace Jesus and Jesus
alone as the way of salvation.
The word gospel actually
means "good news." It's the
ultimate good news that Je-
sus died in our place for our
sins and that through simple
faith in him we have the gift
of eternal life. Through Christ
we have won the war against
an invading enemy. Satan was
defeated at the cross and sin
has been put to the chase.
This is the good news we must
bring to the ends of the Earth
and our blocks.
The Bible makes it clear that
those who die without believ-
ing the gospel message go to
Sometimes Christians tell
me "Well, I'm more into The
Great Commandment than
The Great Commission. I be-
lieve loving our neighbor is
central to what Jesus called
us to do." My response to
them is this: if we truly love
our neighbors we are not go-
ing to let them go into eternity

without Jesus. We are going to
do our very best to save them
from hell if we truly love them.
Why? Because friends don't
let friends go to hell!
So let us proselytize. Let us
do so in love. May we never
use it as an excuse to be ob-

noxious, unloving or manipu-
lative. Instead may we speak
the truth in love, earnestly
pleading with those around
us to repent, embrace Jesus
alone for their salvation and
then start sharing that same
good news with others.

What is the role of Black Chrisitan women?

By Angela Watkins

The message of Esther 4:14
speaks some important truths
to this Church Age.
As you recall, Esther was an
orphaned child (I myself can
relate to being an orphan--my
mother left me on March 7,
2000). Esther was Jewish and
with other Jewish people, she
lived in captivity under a Per-
sian Rule. Under the tutelage
of Mordecai, Esther became
queen of Persia.
In our targeted scriptures
(Esther 4:14) we hear the words
of Mordecai at he appeals to
Esther to use her power and in-
fluence to save her people.

What is the role of the Black
Christian woman in times like
We are to be a light bearer of
the time as Esther was a light
bearer of her time. She is a
woman of true Christian char-
acter exemplifying daily Christ's
redemptive work in her.
The Black Christian woman
is sensitive to the time she lives
in. She seeks to do what Paul
said in Ephesians. She seeks
to redeem the time. She is not
idle, for idleness is a handmaid
of Satan.
Black women must use her
influence for the good of others;
such as her children. Morde-
cai reminded Esther that God

has a plan for her life. We must
be mindful that God has given
us influence to be used for His
I need you to ask this search-
ing question: How do you use
your influence? Remember, we
will be held accountable for how
we have used our influence.
Sometimes, we make some
great mistakes as God blesses
us with position and power. We
forget who we are, where we
have come from and who gave
us what we have. By nature we
are covetous.
We must be prayer warriors.
Upon heeding the instruction
of Mordecai, Esther called for a
fasting and praying time. She

knew that whatever would be
accomplished, it must be done
by the power of the almighty
Women of color, if our homes
are to be saved, if our commu-
nities are to be saved, if our
children are to be restored--We
must pray without ceasing.
Prayer must assume a prior-
ity in your personal and family
life. Without prayer there is no
power. With much prayer, there
is much power.
Women of the Lord must in-
vest in the Kingdom of God.
Do not let the TV, newspa-
pers, other forms of media, etc.,
tell you who you are. Read and
study the Word of God.


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HERE TO HELP: Gerard Butler stars as Sam Childers, a for-
mer criminal turned crusader for Sudanese orphans, Souleymane
Sy Savane, back left, co-stars.

Gerard Butler is one

deadly serious 'Preacher'

And he's 'a guy of our times'

By Susan Wloszczyna

Gerard Butler has never
shied away from real-life war-
riors, both heroic (Spartan ruler
Leonidas in 300) and villainous
(the heinous Hun in Attila).
But as the God-fearing, fire-
power-toting Sam Childers in
Machine Gun Preacher, the
Scottish actor, plays a man
whose ongoing 13-year quest
to end atrocities committed
against the children of Sudan
sometimes places him on the
moral divide between right and
"Those other roles were
based on historic characters
who became the stuff of leg-
end, but Sam is a guy of our
times," Butler says of the
Pennsylvania-based crusader
who founded an orphanage
in Africa as a haven for the
abused would-be recruits of
the Lord's Resistance Army.
"There is more complexity in a
modern-day character who's a
drug addict and a biker turned
businessman, mniissionary and
soldier. You don't get roles like
this very often."
Especially one that gave him
the somewhat daunting oppor-
tunity to do research in person.
"When I walked into Sam's
house, he had been so built

up by everyone, I didn't know
what to expect," Butler says. "I
met this absolutely dominant
alpha male who on one hand
loves the attention but on the
other hand loves the company
of his family and friends. This
is his story and this is his mo-
ment to tell it to the world. I
had to bow down to that. But
there is a darkness in him as
well. He could not go through
all the things that are in the
movie by being Mr. Nice Guy."
Director Marc Forster (Mon-
ster's Ball) was eager to present
an imperfect hero on-screen.
And he felt Butler was the per-
'fect choice. "He's one of those
movie stars today that I feel is
a real man. There are very few
around. He has this incredible
As effective as Childers is
as a savior, his use of violent
means has made him contro-
versial, and Butler says that
can make him seem like a self'
appointed vigilante.
But all the actor had to do to
remind himself of the reason
behind his character's extreme
actions was to flip through a
book with photos of rescued
children, many mutilated by
their captors. As he says, "They
are some of the most beautiful
children I have ever seen."

PNBC, Inc. turns 50!

By Dr. Leonard N. Smith

During August 7-12, dele-
gates from across the globe will
convene in the nation's capi-
tal for the annual gathering of
The Progressive National Bap-
tist Convention, Inc. (PNBC).
It is one of the largest histori-
cal Black Baptist conventions
in the world and is made up of
over 2,000 churches and 2.5
million members globally.
This year, however, is unlike
any other, because it will mark
50 years of PNBC's existence.
There are enormous and excit-
ing plans for the week-long se-
ries of activities/events, includ-
ing an opening musical with
special guest artists (sponsored
by the Host Committee), inspi-
rational preaching, lectures and
classes, Evangelism and Mis-
sions Night, Youth Night, The


Dr. Carroll Baltimore
President of PNBC

Dr. Gardner C. Taylor Hour,
President's Night, and a 50th
Anniversary Gala Banquet.

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Sharing your testimony

Do you know why the enemy
tries so hard to attack you and
beat you down? We know that he
hates whom the Lord loves. We
know also that he hates obe-
dience. He was a disobedient,
prideful angel when he resided
in heaven, and he really hates
humble, obedient servants of
the almighty God. He will at-
tack what he hates. He will at-

tack those whom he feels lifts
up the Lord instead of him. But
take a moment to read Revela-
tion 12:11. I'll write it here so
that you won't have to turn to
it "And they overcame him be-
cause of the blood of the Lamb,
and because of the word of their
testimony; and they loved not
their life even unto death." Did
you read how the devil is defeat-

[spiiBtually peakin

ed by the blood of the lamb,
and the word of their (our) tes-
We do not have to, nor are
we able to, pro-
vide the blood of
the lamb. That was
Christ's job, and he
performed it so mar-
velously back on
calvary. We can do
nothing to add to his
death. It was done, i.
and no one else's
blood is required to be shed for
eternal life. But that verse does
tell us what our responsibility is
in bringing down the devil the
word of our testimony. We have
no testimony if we are defeat-

ed. There is no testimony in the
life of a beaten down, broken
down, hopeless person. What
testimony can be offered for
that kind of life? Even if
our bodies are attacked
physically, financially,
emotionally and in any
other way, we still can
testify as to God's great
goodness if we choose to.
The goal of the devil is to
Seat us down, and keep
us down and silence
us. He does not want songs and
prayers of praise and thanks-
giving to come forth.
The devil wants to kill us. But
here's where he is wrong. Even
a person who dies in the Lord

is a testimony, and speaks vol-
umes. My friend Constance
died a few days ago. Yes, in
the natural, Constance can no
longer speak to us. But spiri-
tually, Constance's life speaks
to many. I can tell anyone and
everyone whom I meet of the
joy and sense of humor radi-
ating from my friend. Oh, the
jokes and fun that we shared
as we served together over
many years on prison ministry
teams. There are many who can
tell how kind, compassionate
and loving she was. Her family
and many friends can speak on
and on about the life that she
dedicated to her Lord and Sav-

Homosexual conversion therapy becoming less popular

By Dan Gilgoff

While many evangelicals
once viewed conversion thera-
.py as key way to deal with ho-
mosexuality, many of the re-
ligious movement's leaders
'and organizations have cooled
to the pracuce in recent years.
as more science suggests that
homosexuality may be innate
and as new therapeutic ap-
proaches have emerged.
"Evangelicals, in quiet ways,
are shifting to this position to
where there is just not a lot of

support for the change para-
die-m" said Warren Throck-
morton, an influential voice in
the world of Chrstian coun-
seling, referring to so-called
change therapy.
The head of the Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary.
meanwhile, a leading conser-
\ative Christian, has recently
chided some evangelicals for,
characterizing homosexual-
ity as a choice that's relatively
easy to change
"We have spoken carelessly
and unkno\wledgeably in the


Now Faith Ministries
welcomes the community to a
Revival, July 18 29, 8 p.m.
nightly. The church is also
hosting '300 Women in White',
August 1 at 8 p.m. 954-

New Mission Worship
Center hosts "REAL 2011"
Young Adult Conference and
concert, August 4-6. 786-277-

Island Faith Ministries is
hosting a dinner poetry event
July 31 at 7 p.m. at the Oasis

Holy Ghost Assembly of
the Apostolic Faith invites
everyone to attend their Fam-
ily and Friends Day service on
July 31 at 2:30 p.m.

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.

E 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 Ser-
vice at Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church on July 23 at
7:30 p.m. and their 18th An-
niversary. Service at the Holy
Cross Missionary Baptist
Church on July 24. at 3 p.m.
786-663-7065, 954-432-1680,.

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

N 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 provided.

Macedonia Mission-

past to just say. "Just change.
Just decide right nov.' your
pattern of attraction is not ho-
mosexual but heterosexual,' "
Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary President Al Mohler
said. "We have to krno better."
The Amerncan Psychological
Association adopted a resolu-
tion condemning conversion
therapy in 2009, saying that
"mental health professionals
should avoid telling clients that
they can change their sexual
orientation through therapy or
other treatments."

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.-

All That God is Interna-
tional Outreach Centers in-
tites 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

Running for Jesus Out-
reach Youth Ministries is also

But the same resolution also
encouLiagecd therapists to con-
sider the religious beliefs of cli-
ents who say such beliefs are
important to their views of ho-
Some Christian counselors
ha\e moved away from repara-
tne therapy and have adopted
a therapeutic approach that
Throckmorton describes as a
"congruence paradigm." The
model encourages counselors
to appreciate a client's wishes
to harmonize their values, of-
ten shaped b\ religion, and

looking for additional 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, 954-213-4332.

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.

Ministry honors Make A Wish Foundation

their sexuality
Under the congruence ap-
proach, a religious person who
considers homosexuality sinful
could attempt to square their
beliefs and sexuality by trying
to remain celibate. A bisexual
client '\ho perceives a similar
conflict could try to focus on
heterosexual relationships.
But under the congruence
model, it's up to the client not
the therapist to decide howt
to \iew his or her sexual on-
entation. 'If they say '1 think
being ga\ is OK and it's what

i want to pursue,' well work
with them to do that, too." said
Evangelical re-examination of
conversion therapy is part of a
larger conversation under way
among conservative Christians
on how to respond to homosex-
uality at a time when more gay
people are coming out. when
there's a new awareness of the
bullying that many young gay
people face and when the gay
rights movement is making
some big stndes, including, in
Please turn to THERAPY 19B

Church focuses on family

continued from 12B

grow and even prosper during
his nine-year tenure at Greater
Fellowship MBC.
He commented, "The church
has really grown tremendous-
The church now has several
vibrant, active ministries in-
cluding the Extended Hands
Ministry that feeds the needy
every Thanksgiving and Christ-
mas, a thriving Music Minis-
try, Kitchen Ministry, Women's
Ministry, Couple's Ministry and
Mission Ministry.
In particular, Rose believes
churches should focus on re-
storing the family.
i'One of the challenges that
we [ministers] have is to help
[people] realize how important
the family structure is," he
said. "Even if these are families
that are no longer together and
the parents are divorced, it's

still important that both par-
ents play an integral part in the
rearing of their children."
Rose himself has been mar-
ried for 18 years to his high
school sweetheart. In his youth,
he had declared that he would
one day make her his wife when
he first saw her.
"I didn't know how powerful
the claim was until we actually
got into our relationship and
the relationship grew."
Given his maturity and expe-
rience he counsels couples to
take their time.
"I would say take your time
and get to know one another,"
he concluded.
Finally, one of the most im-
portant facets of Rose's vision
for the church is that the con-
gregation should reach out to
help absolutely anyone.
"It doesn't matter what your
pedigree is or where you come
from- this ministry will em-
brace you all."

continued from 12B

of 99 Jamz on Saturday, July
16th, the benefit's theme was
"All in This Together: Dancing
Towards Knowledge."
According to Genevieve Car-
vil, the founder and director of
D.C.L.A.R.E., the decision to
host the event was a personal
matter for the members of the
"The idea for a benefit con-
cert came after our December
concert when we realized that
one of the dancers could not
use a particular hair product
because of celiac disease," she
said. "The ministry had never
heard of the disease and we
figured that others might not
know about it either."

Celiac disease, a little-
known digestive condition, is
triggered by a person's body
absorbing gluten a sub-
stance commonly found in
bread, pasta and other foods
containing wheat, rye or bar-
"After researching celiac dis-
ease we surveyed the ministry
and found that we also had
dancers suffering from sickle
cell anemia and diabetes so
we included all three diseases
in the benefit concert," she ex-
The event's topic was appro-
priate since several of the dis-
eases disproportionately affect
minorities. According to the
Office of Minority Health, 51
percent of Black women and
38 percent of Black men are
considered obese. Not surpris-

ingly, Black people also tend
to be disproportionally affect-
ed by obesity-related diseases
such as diabetes, stroke and
heart disease. Meanwhile, one
in every 500 Black-people will
develop sickle cell anemia, the
inherited blood disorder that is
characterized by chronic ane-
mia as well as periodic bouts
of pain.
But in addition to raising
awareness about these disor-
ders,- the benefit concert also
shed light on the good works of
the Make A Wish Foundation
of Southern Florida.
The choice to host the ben-
efit concert came naturally
to the dance ministry troupe.
D.C.L.A.R.E. has hosted vari-
ous awareness concerts before
and they also minister at con-
ferences, celebrations, church

services as well as at com-
munity and corporate special
Originally founded as a min-
istry based in a single church,
they have since evolved into a
community ministry with over
40 members representing ap-
proximately seven churches.
The Opa-locka-based min-
istry also provides classes
teaching a combination of con-
temporary dance, modern bal-
let and mime.
teaches a unique style of dance
that combines classical dance
training with liturgical dance
and dramatic presentations of
issues and themes that affect
the church as well as the world
at large."
For more information go to

Will women choose obedience or submission?

cotninued from 12B

may be growing but within
the Baptist faith, the majority
of ordinations occur in more
progressive churches, while
more conservative organiza-
tions continue to discourage
women from stepping into the
"Well, if people want [female
pastors], then I would have to
say yes," said Reverend Doug-
las Cook of Jordan Grove Mis-
sionary Baptist Church.
However, the Liberty City
pastor said that he could not
give his full approval of the
growing trend.
"The Book says that wom-

en should not have authority
over men," he said, explaining
his reluctance.
Still, more female ministers
does not automatically mean
that more women are able to
fulfill pastoral roles, accord-
ing to Baptist Women in Min-
The lack of female leader-
ship reveals a contradiction
in that while the institution
tends to be supported by a
majority of women it remains
hesitant to place them in po-
sitions of authority. Instead of
serving as a church's pastor
or co-pastor, women are often
placed in staff positions such
as ministers of youth, educa-
tion, and children.

Even such high profile indi-
viduals like the Rev. Bernice
King, the daughter of Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr., found it
more prudent to leave New
Birth Baptist Church in At-
lanta, where she was an elder
on staff to recently start her
own ministry.
The report found that in
2010 there were 135 Bap-
tist women pastors. But that
doesn't mean they don't con-
tinue to face challenges.
"Some of the obstacles that
I've heard from other women
were that they were not read-
ily embraced by their male
counterparts and were not
able to receive the same privi-
leges and resources," said

Evangelist Nichelle L. Early.
Early founded the website
Preaching Woman.com that
provides tremendous support
to female ministers of all de-
nominations. But in spite of
the obstacles, the minister
says she has seen her col-
leagues grow more confident
in their calling.
"I think that women aie
taking the stance that obedi-
ence is "better than submis-
sion," she said.
In other words, "[women
ministers] have to keep in
mind the main thing which is
spreading the gospel of Jesus
Christ. And when [they] do
that then they can stand in
front of any crowd."

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The devil would have loved it
if he had shut up Constance so
that she had no testimony in
life, and I know that he is angry
that even in death, Constance's
life is still declaring the glory of
I know that life can be diffi-
cult and we endure trials and
tribulations, but please dear
readers, do not allow the enemy
to stop your testimony. Every
testimony brings him closer to
his ultimate defeat! Don't shut
up! Every day, before your feet
hit the floor, thank him that
you are among the living, and
when that is no longer the case,
allow your life to continue to


How do kids learn good manners?

By Diane Harris

Good manners don't come
naturally. Left to their own de-
vices, young children will quite
happily slurp their soup and
talk with their mouth full. The
same is true of financial eti-
quette: Unless they're taught
otherwise, kids will inevitably
brag about their newest toys,
run around in stores, divulge
information about their fam-
ily's finances, or ask other
people direct questions about
"What's considered polite
when it comes to money often
involves going against a child's
instincts," says etiquette col-
umnist. Carol McD. Wallace,
author of Elbows Off the Ta-
ble, Napkin in the Lap, No
Video Games During Dinner:
The Modern Guide to Teaching
Children Good Manners. "It's
up to parents to explain rules."
Chances are good that you'll
find a receptive audience.
"Children often worry about
doing the wrong thing or being
laughed at, so they really want
to know how to behave correct-
ly," says Wallace.
Some of the key skills they

What kids need to know:
Don't race around the store or
yell out to parents or friends.
Don't handle the merchandise,
unless there's a chance you
may buy the item.
How to teach them: Tell your
child exactly what's expected
of her. "Even three- and four-
year-olds can understand the

How to discuss safe sex with yourl

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about anything with their co:mmunit, of i. women that feel \ersation about sex and sexu-
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blasphemous to discuss some- Question- Whv are mothers z en hcibnorrmna lor a mother
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of shame and e.lit attached

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the time \i le-e it s awkv'. ard be-
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Author Joyce McFadden explains why having an 'awk-
ward' talk about sex with 'your teens can be a chance to

Study links youth bullying to social status

By Eryn Brown

Scientists have confirmed an
axiom of teenage life: Kids in-
tent on climbing the social lad-
der at school are more likely to
pick on their fellow students.
The finding, reported in last
week's edition of the American
Sociological Review, lends an
air of authenticity to TV shows
like "Gossip Girl" and the 2004
movie "Mean Girls." More im-
portantly, it may suggest that
efforts to combat bullying in
schools should focus more
closely on social hierarchies.
"By and large, status in-
creases aggression," said soci-
ologist Robert Faris of UC Da-
vis, who led the study.
Faris and a colleague stud-
ied the relationships among
3,722 middle and high school
students over the course of
an academic year and found
that the teenagers' propen-
sity toward aggression rose
along with their social status.
Aggressive behavior peaked
when students hit the 98th
percentile for popularity, sug-
gesting that they were working
hard to claw their way to the
very top.
However, those who were
in the top two percent of a
school's social hierarchy gen-
erally didn't harass their fel-
low students. At that point,

New study find that the more social status someone has,
then the more likely they are to bully others.

they may have had little left to
gain by being mean, and pick-
ing on others only made them
seem insecure, Faris said.
The researchers quantified
this by administering surveys
to eighth-, ninth- and 10th-
graders in 19 schools in North
Carolina in fall 2004 and again
in spring 2005. Students were
asked to name up to five best
friends. They were also asked
to name up to five students
they had picked on in the pre-
vious three months, and up to
five students who had picked
on them.
In cases where aggression
occurred, students classified

the events as physical attacks,
direct verbal harassment or
indirect offenses like spread-
ing rumors or ostracizing
The surveys also asked
about the students' grades,
participation on sports teams,
dating history, race and family
The results allowed Faris to
create "social maps" of each
school, charting all the posi-
tive and negative relationships
among students.
At the beginning of the
school year, 40 percent of stu-
dents said they had harassed
another classmate; in the sec-

ond survey in the spring, 33
percent said they had done
so. Higher social status de-
fined as occupying the hub of a
school's social network rather
than the periphery in the
fall predicted higher rates of
aggression in the spring.
On average, each student
was aggressive toward 0.63 fel-
low students at the end of the
school year. A few particularly
aggressive students social-
ly-central athletes harassed
as many as nine kids apiece.
Though the study reinforc-
es popular stereotypes about
social cliques in schools, it
contradicts academic notions
about aggression, Faris said.
"For a long time, there was
emphasis on seeing aggression
as a product of the home envi-
ronment," he said. "Here we're
getting a different picture."
The findings suggest that
anti-bullying programs need to
'focus on the role of the nonvio-
lent majority of students, said
UCLA psychologist Jaana Ju-
vonen, who studies bullying in
"It's really critical for by-
standers to speak up," said
Juvonen, who wasn't involved
in the study. "If there's an ag-
gressive kid everyone bows
down to, it sends a signal to
the bully that what they're do-
ing is working."

basics, as long as you put it to
them in their language," says
Maura Graber, director of the'
RSVP Institute of Etiquette,
which offers manners classes
for children throughout South-
ern California. In the case of a
shopping trip, Graber suggests
discussing the rules for polite
behavior before you leave the
house; perhaps compare the
experience of visiting a store to
visiting someone in their home.
Be prepared to gently remind

your youngster about the rules
before each shopping expedi-
tion. And don't expect complete
compliance on every outing,
especially among the preschool

What kids need to know: Wait
your turn on line. Have your
money ready, so you don't keep
others waiting. Say "please"
and "thank you" to the cashier.
How to teach them: Describe

the procedure, step by pains-
taking step, before you ven-
ture out to the store. Explain
to your child that he'll need
to take the item he wants to
the register, wait on line, and
when it's his turn, set the item
on the counter and say to the
cashier, "I'd like to buy this,
An entertaining way to make
the point: Play a few rounds of
pretend store, being sure to
take turns being the customer.


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Single parent struggles offer chance for children to learn
several hard, but helpful lessons.

How single parents

can beat the odds

By Angela Thomas

Of all my single-parent strug-
gles, what I hated mostwas the
suffering my children would
face, as the four of them became
"kids from a broken home."
Others quoted discouraging
statistics for kids of divorce and
recommended books about the
failures of adult children who
come from broken homes. But
in my heart, I kept reminding
myself, God has to be bigger
than the world's statistics. I am
certain He is the God who holds
our futures, and He must be
able to heal the brokenness in
my children.
It has now been 10 years, and
I have lived almost eight of them
as a single mom. This is what I
can tell you about my children:
They are covered by the blood
of Jesus, and they are becom-
ing really great people who love
and serve God.
Here are some of the lessons
I've learned about keeping my
single-parent home focused on
Jesus and His love for us:
Children follow. I learned
that my kids followed the exam-
ple of my attitudes and choices,
so I had to lead with integrity,
laying down any inclination to-

ward bitterness, learning to live
with love and a positive outlook.
Children need. My kids
needed me to parent them from
my fullness, not from a bitter
emptiness. I realized that I had
a responsibility to my kids to
pursue spiritual and emotional
healing for myself.
Children heal. In the years
since my divorce, my four
children have suffered many
wounds from the labels'
they've worn, the words they've
heard and the painful events
that have transpired. But God
has come with healing for each
child, and what's been broken
is being put back together.
Children believe. I learned
quickly that my kids believed
what I told them about our fu-
ture. When I told them we were
going to be OK because we be-
longed to God and then lived
like that, they believed me.
Now when I think back to the
question, "What about the chil-
dren?" I wish I could go back
and tell everyone, "God keeps
His promises! He has been our
rescuer, healer, protector, re-
deemer and friend. I know my
children's future is decided by
God, not by the world's statis-

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Have you forgotten

so soon about your departed

loved one? Keep them in

your memory with an

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Up to half of worldwide cases
of Alzheimer's disease could be
due to modifiable lifestyle risk
factors, according to a study
released recently based on a
mathematical model.
The theoretical analysis sug-
gests that seven known behav-
iour-related risk factors, taken
together, account for 50 per-
cent of the more than 35 mil-
lion cases of dementia world-
The findings "suggest that
relatively simple lifestyle
changes such as increasing
physical activity and quitting
smoking could have a dra-
matic impact" on the number
of Alzheimer's cases over time,
said lead researcher Debo-
rah Barnes, a professor at the
University of California in San
.The study, presented at an
international Alzheimer's con-

By Leslie Wade

Is it harmful to your child's
development to have your tod-
dler sleep with you? Experts
can't seem to agree on whether
it's a good thing or bad but a
new study finds that it may not
be harmful to children as long
as the child is at least a year old.
It's called bed-sharing, where
parents and a child sleep in the
same bed. It's not as common in
the U.S. as in other countries,
but it's more prevalent among
certain ethnic groups.
According to the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), it's
not advised for parents to ever
sleep with infants before the age
of six months. That's the time
when babies are most at risk for
sudden infant death syndrome.
But the study authors and the
AAP agree that once a child is
12 months old, co-sleeping or
bed-sharing with parents is re-
ally up to the preference of the
family. However, the goal for
any sleep arrangement is to
get safe, adequate sleep. If bed-
sharing is getting in the way of a
good night's sleep or is danger-
ous in any way for your child,
then it's not a good idea.
The study authors set
out to find out whether tod-
dlers who slept with their par-
ents would have social or de-
velopmental issues by the time
they reached kindergarten. The
researchers interviewed 944
low-income families and looked
at whether children between the

ference in Paris, is among the
first attempts to link risk fac-
tors with the degenerative
brain disease, which causes
memory loss, disability and
eventually death.
Only a tiny percentage of
cases about one percent -
are clearly caused by genetic
Otherwise, while the pro-
cess by which the disease at-
tacks nerve cells in the brain is
well known, its origins remain
poorly understood.
Barnes and colleagues used
a statistical method to mea-
sure the percentage of cases
which might be attributable, at
least in part, to each of the risk
factors assessed.
Worldwide, they found that
a low, level of education was
linked to 19 percent of cases,
smoking to 14 percent, physi-
cal inactivity to 13 percent,

them that their persistence
will le rewarded with a trip
to your bed.
The best approach is to
discover the underlying
cause or causes for your
child's behavior. At some
level, your child knows why
she doesn't want to sleep
n her own bed, even if she
isn't able to articulate what
she is feeling. If you ask her
outright what she is feeling,
you may not get any valu-
able information.
A great way of discovering
what your child is feeling is
to play with her using dolls
or action figures to repre-
sent members of a family.
Have the characters act out
several typical family situa-
tions: mealtime, going to the
park. driving in the car, etc.
Enact several of these non-
threatening situations, and
let your child put words into
Please turn to SLEEP 18B

Up to half of worldwide cases of Alzheimer's
could be due to modifiable lifestyle.

depression to 11 percent, mid-
life hypertension and obesity
to five and two percent, respec-
tively, and diabetes to two per-
When combined, these seven
modifiable risk factors contrib-
ute to as many as 17 million

Alzheimer's cases worldwide,
and about three million in the
United States, the study found.
While eliminating harmful
lifestyle habits entirely is likely
to remain a theoretical exer-
cise, the more realistic goal of
reducing them by a quarter

would cut the number of cases
globally by three million, the
researchers calculated.
"The next step is to perform
large-scale studies with people
to discover whether changing
these lifestyle factors will ac-
tually lower Alzheimer's risk,"
Barnes said in a statement.
The number of people afflict-
ed by Alzheimer's is expected
to more than triple by 2050 as
populations across the planet
The disease is characterized
by unwanted proteins that
form plaque in some areas of
the brain, ultimately destroy-
ing neurons and leading to ir-
reversible brain damage.
Typical symptoms are mem-
ory loss, erratic behaviour and
extreme agitation.
Alzheimer's affects 13 per-
cent of people over 65, and up
to 50 percent of those over 85.

Genetic Alzheimer's detectable 20 years before onset

By Marlowe Hood

Inherited forms of Alzheimer's disease
is likely detectable up to 20 years before
loss of memory and impaired thinking
appear, according to a study released
Measurable changes in brain chemis-
try show up years before these signature
symptoms of the degenerative brain dis-
ease set in, researchers reported at the
Alzheimer's Association International
Conference in Paris.
The findings only apply to a small
fraction less than one percent of
Alzheimer's patients afflicted with a

rare variant that generally strikes at a
comparatively young age.
But the ability to identify early chemi-
cal warning signs in the brain holds out
the prospect of preventative treatment
not just for these patients, but possibly
those struck with more common forms of
Alzheimer's as well, the researchers said.
"We want to prevent damage and loss
of brain cells by intervening early in the
disease process, even before outward
symptoms are evident because by then
it may be too late," said lead research
Randall Bateman, a professor at Wash-
ington University School of Medicine.
The type of Alzheimer's examined in

the study arises from a genetic muta-
tion that guarantees a person will devel-
op the disease, even if only one parent
transmits it.
In the vast majority of Alzheimer's cas-
es, however, the disease arises through
a complex interaction of genetic and en-
vironmental factors that remains poorly
Worldwide, more than 35 million peo-
ple are afflicted with the full spectrum
of the disease's variants, a figure that
is expected to triple by mid-century as
populations age.
Because the disease is so rare, the
data had to be gathered by an interna-

tional network of 11 research centers in
the U.S., Britain and Australia, known
as the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer
Network, or DIAN.
As suspected, the DIAN subjects in
their 30s who carried the genetic muta-
tion showed both characteristics, where-
as their non-carrying siblings did not.
"This suggests that we can measure
brain chemistry abnormalities in the
Alzheimer's gene carriers that begin at
least 10 years, maybe even 20 years, be-
fore the age that their parents saw Al-
zheimer's symptoms and when they too
would be expected to see them," Bate-
man said.



The verdict's in: Bed sharing with a toddler Sleepy people
-- blame others

Many parents who are
having an awful time en-
couraging their children to
sleep in their own beds. In
order to get any rest they
just give in and allow the
children to sleep in the
same bed with them. This
is a major problem for the
entire family. Many fami-
lies throughout history have
chosen a "family bed."
In fact, in most cultures
around the world today, a
"family bed" is the norm. If
that is a family's choice, it
can work very well. How-
ever, having a "family bed"
is not for everyone. It also
works well to teach children
to sleep in their own beds.
Here are some tips on how
to help. children sleep in
their own beds:
It does not work well to tell
children to sleep in their bed
and then relent when they
act up. This only teaches

ages of one ana tree slept in tme
same bed as their parents. The
experts found no signs that
children who shared a bed with
their parents had developmen-
tal problems at age five. The
study was published recently

in the journal Preiatrics.
"When you compare moth-
ers of the same ethnicity and
the same levels of education,
whether they bed-share or
not, does not predict a differ-
ence in cognitive or behavioral

A new U.S. study has found no connection between tod-
dlers who share a bed with a parent and cognitive and behav-

iour problems at age five.
outcomes in their children,"
explains study author Lauren
Hale, Ph.D., associate professor
of preventive medicine at Stony
Brook University in Stony
Brook, New York.
Hale and other researchers/
measured math, early literacy
and social skills in the children.
They even looked at levels of
hyperactivity and found no cog-
nitive or social differences be-
tween children who bed-shared
and those who did not.
"There are a number of rea-
sons why parents decide to
share a bed with their children
such as safety, security, to fa-
cilitate breast-feeding, in re-
sponse to sleeping problems,
to provide emotional support,
living conditions, etc. Under-
standing those reasons can
provide clues to the outcomes of
bed-sharing on children's later
behavior and cognition," said
Dr. Lynne Haverkos with the
National Institutes of Health,

the organization that funded
the study.
Experts agree that what's
most important, is that every-
body gets a good night's sleep.
For some families bed-sharing
disrupts both the parents' and
the child's sleep. For others it
works well.
"If a family is going to bed-
share, both parents must agree
to it," explains Brett Kuhn, as-
sociate professor of pediatrics
and psychology at the Univer-
sity of Nebraska Medical Cen-
ter in Omaha. "Make sure it's
planned and intentional and
that you do it from the begin-
ning of the night to the end of
the night. You're not going to
play musical beds when the
child fusses."
Bringing a child into your bed
to stop repeated episodes of cry-
ing may not only interrupt pa-
rental sleep but interfere in the
child's ability to soothe himself
to sleep.

How to get your children

to sleep in their beds

New report recommends free birth control coverage

of women stand to gain free ac-
cess to a broad menu of birth
control methods, thanks to a
recommendation issued re-
cently by health experts advis-
ing the government.
An Institute of Medicine pan-
el recommended that the gov-
ernment require health insur-
ance companies to cover birth
control for women as preven-
tive care, without copayments.
Contraception along with
such care as diabetes tests
during pregnancy and screen-
ing for the virus that causes
cervical cancer was one of
eight recommended preventive
services for women.
"Unintended pregnancies
carry health consequences for
the mother psychological,
emotional and- physical and
also consequences for the new-

born," said Dr. Linda Rosen-
stock, panel chairwoman and
dean of public health
at the University of
California, Los Ange-
les. "The overwhelming
evidence was strongly ,
supportive of the health
benefit" of contracep-
A half century after
the introduction of the
birth control pill, the
panel's recommenda-
tions may help to usher C
in another revolution.
Medical experts say easier ac-
cess could start a shift to more
reliable forms of long-acting
birth control, such as implants
or IUDs, which are gaining ac-
ceptance in other economically
developed countries. Emergen-
cy contraception, known as the
morning-after pill, would also


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The IOM panel said recently that all FDA-approved forms
of birth control should be covered.

be covered.
All but one member of the
16-person IOM panel support-
ed the final recommendations.
President Barack Obama's
health care law already re-
quires most health plans to
provide standard preventive,
care for people of both sexes
at no additional charge to pa-
tients. Women's health recom-
mendations were considered
new and politically sensitive
territory, so the nonpartisan
institute was asked to examine
the issue.
Nonetheless, a fight over so-
cial mores is brewing. Catholic
bishops and other religious and
social conservatives say preg-
nancy is a healthy condition
and the government should not
require insurance coverage of
drugs and other methods that
prevent it. (Most health plans

already cover contraception.)
The conservative Family Re-
search Council said the rec-
ommendations could lead to a
federal "mandate' for abortion
coverage, since emergency con-
traceptives such as Plan B and
Ella would be covered. But the
Food and Drug Administration
classifies those drugs as birth
control, not abortion pills. Pan-
el member Alma Salganicoff,
women's health policy director
for the Kaiser Family Founda-
tioii, said abortion drugs are
not included in the recommen-
Short of repealing part of
the health care law, it's un-
clear what opponents can do"
to block the recommendations.
A final decision by Health and
Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius is expected
around Aug. 1.

for everything

By Kimberly Hayes Taylor

The next time your boss
scolds you for low production
and claims that as the reason
for not giving you a well-de-
served raise, she may not be
unfair She may be sleepy
A new study shows that
when people, in this case col-
lege students, are sleepy they
are more likely to think about
how events could have turned
out differently and ponder how
situations could have been bet-
ter. Depending on the outcome,
they may blame others and
even seek revenge. Researchers
call this sleepy thinking 'coun-
Irritability, moodiness and
complainingare well researched
side effect of sleepiness, but the
new study is believed to be the
first to explore how people actu-
ally think when they're sleepy,
says principal investigator Da-
vid Mastin, associate professor.
of psychology at the University
of Arkansas at Little Rock. He
presented the abstract last
week at SLEEP 2011, the 25th
anniversary meeting of the As-
sociated Professional Sleep So-
cietes in Minneapolis.
'We need to realize that sleep
deprivation is debilitating,'
he says. It causes people to
have car accidents and make
poor judgments. Would you
want your supervisor review.-
ing you for a promotion when
they are sleepy? They may say,.
'Quarterly sales were down lhst
month and whose fault was.
that?' If they are sleepy, they
are more likely to seek revenge
and not give you that raise.
"You hope the state trooper
who pulls you over has had
enough sleep. Now we can
imagine how important it can
be to understand how not hav-
ing enough sleep affects us, the
impact it can have on our mar-
riages, the way we treat people
in the workplace. During voir
dire. should law' ers ask jurors
how sleepy they are?"
Sherri Williams, a first-year
mass communications Ph.D.-
student at Syracuse Universi-
ty, says she realized her think-
ing was stinking last week af-
ter she stayed up overnight to
complete class work. She found
herself mad at the world.
1I was extra aggravated by ev-
erything people did," acknowl-
edges Williams, 38. "1 was
mad at the phone company
for chargmg me $120 to talk
and text, and for having to pay
$100 to watch TV each month.
Then I remembered I had been
awake for 27 hours."
Mastin says other cultures,
such as Latin cultures, seem
to understand what Americans
don't: Getting enough sleep is
vital for a quality life.
"They have siesta periods;
in our culture we almost re-
gard taking naps as childish,"
he says. "As psychologists, we
want to understand the human
condition, and we should know
what's going on when people
are sleepy."
These study results mean
researchers will focus more at-
tention on people in professions
that often require them to sac-
rifice sleep.


Lifestyle changes may cut Alzheimer's risk

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Runner's knee is an umbrella term for any
condition that causes pain in the front of the
knee. It's common among skiers, bicyclists,
soccer players and others whose knees are under
frequent strain.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic
Surgeons suggests how to reduce the risk of
runner's knee:
Get regular exercise to stay physically fit-and
avoid weight gain.
Gently stretch your muscles before any
Increase the intensity or duration of your
workouts gradually not all at once.
When you run, wear appropriate running
shoes with a sturdy, supportive construction.
Practice good form when running. Bend your
knees and lean forward slightly.


Rosacea is a recurring condition in which
the facial skin becomes inflamed and red. The
harmless condition most often affects the cheeks,
nose, chin, forehead and eyelids, the ADAM
Encyclopedia says.
Here's ADAM's list of factors that increase
your chances of developing rosacea:
Having very fair skin.
Blushing easily.
Being a woman.
Being between 30 years and 50 years old.

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i-, orth Shore Medical Center, a 357-
:'*'- bed acute care hospital in Miami,
b orn hosted a preemie reunion party on
"J ;: Sunday, June 26th for all babies
born at North Shore Medical Center and
cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
(NICU). Over 50 families attended and were
able to reunite with NICU staff and physicians
at North Shore who cared for them or their

family for the past 26 years.
"It was an honor to welcome back so many
families we have cared for through the years,"
said Manny Linares, CEO of North Shore
Medical Center. "Having families reunite with
our staff and physicians is exciting it's won-
derful to see how our staff interact with young
adults that they cared for as tiny babies."
Guests were treated to entertainment, face

painting, refreshments and of course, time to
mingle. North Shore Medical Center's NICU
is the only Level III NICU in Northern Miami-
Dade County. Services include 24-hour cover-
. age of certified neonatologists, perinatolo-
gists, specially trained and certified neonatal
nurses and respiratory therapists, advanced
pediatric care, board certified neonatal sur-
geons and pediatric specialists.


Could you be diabetic and not know it?

By Dr. Smith Joseph
Internal Medicine Physician
North Shore Medical Center

Most people have heard of diabetes.
You might even know someone who
has the disease, which affects more
than 23 million people in the United
States. What you might not know
is that nearly six million of these
diabetics do not even know they are
Diabetes develops when the
pancreas, does not make enough
insulin (a hormone that helps sugar
get into the cells of the body) or the
body cannot use its own insulin as

well as it should. This causes sugars
to build up in the blood and can lead
to serious health problems, including
heart disease, blindness, kidney
failure, lower-extremity- amputations
and even death. Diabetes is the
seventh-leading cause of death in the
United States. It mainly occurs in
two forms:
1. Type 1 diabetes develops
when the pancreas makes little to
no insulin. This form of diabetes
was once called juvenile diabetes.
It is usually diagnosed in children,
teenagers or young adults.'
2. Type 2. diabetes occurs
when the body is resistant to the

effects of insulin or the pancreas
produces some, but not enough
insulin. Between 90 and 95 percent
of all people who have been diagnosed
with diabetes have type 2.
One of the reasons diabetes goes
undiagnosed in so many people is
that type 2 diabetes develops slowly.
Many people will have this form
of diabetes for as long as 10 years
without noticing any symptoms of
the disease. In the meantime, the
disease can do irreparable damage
to the body. Diabetes can also go
undiagnosed because many of its
symptoms may appear harmless and
may vary from person to person.

Two common symptoms of the
disease are increased thirst and
frequent urination. Other warning
signs include:
Flu-like symptoms
Weight gain or loss
Blurred vision
Slow-healing sores or
frequent infections
Nerve damage
Red, swollen, tender gums
Doctors and researchers do not
fully understand why some people
develop diabetes while others do
not. However, there are certain
factors that may increase your risk.
Please turn to DIABETIC 18B


Want to eat less?



Try a bigger fork

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas of the Uni
-si t of Utah
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Workout tips to beat the heat

By Janice Lloyd

Playing smart is
safer when shaping u
summer heat acnd h
says Doug Casa. a
man for the National
Trainers' AssocIiation.
'People pet into
\when th,' think the\
as fast or perform an
ityL as well dunng the
heda.' Casa says "it
not going to happen
There are some exc
of coII'rsi ice vests
collars have helped C
caliber athletes train
and compete at pea

r but Casa s goal is to keep
people health, and: alive.
* always "The best thing to do is find
.p in the some shade to work out in,
umidity, or do your v ojrkotIt early in
spokes- the day or later." Casa says.
Athletic "But still kno\\ that you can't
handle the intensity you are
LtroLble used to.'
can run Hear-relatcd illnesses are
i, act]',- the No I weather-related kill-
extremie er. accounting for about 700
is just deaths a year, sa s the Cen-
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and ice expect of yourself and how to
)l mpic- identify heat illIn'ss can be a
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Study shows how binge

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production of a steroid, that the. Journal of Neuroscience.
interferes with brain fautc- found that large amounts of
tions critical to learirig and' alcohol affect the hippocam-
memory, according to re- pus and other areas of the
searchers. . brain involved in cognitive
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First lady teams up with grocers nationwide

By Nanci Hellmich and
Melanie Eversley

A collection of retail heavy-
weights will join first lady Mi-
chelle Obama's campaign to
bring fresh fruits, vegetables
and other nutritious foods to
the USA's "food deserts" im-
poverished areas with little ac-
cess to healthy foods. '
National chains, including
Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Su-
perValu, and some regional
retailers have agreed to open
or expand more than 1,500
stores to bring more nutritious
and fresh food to underserved
* communities. The companies'
executives joined the first lady
at the White House recently to
make the announcement.
These changes will serve
about 9.5 million people and
could create tens of thousands'
of jobs, says Melody Barnes,
director of the Domestic Policy
Council. Currently, 23.5 mil-
lion Americans including 6.5
million children live in low-
income areas that lack stores
that are likely to sell affordable
and nutritious foods, she says.

As part of the efforts:
*Wal-Mart will open 275 to
300 stores in food deserts be-
tween now and 2016, and al-
ready has opened 218 stores
in such neighborhoods since
2007 says Leslie Dach, execu-
tive vice president of corporate
affairs. "The Walmart custom-
er deserves to have access to
healthy food at prices they can
afford," Dach says.
The expansion is part of a
comprehensive push by the
retailer based in Bentonville,
Ark., to promote healthier eat-
ing that also includes lower
prices for premium products,
such as whole wheat pasta, and
support for charities.
*Walgreens will expand its
food offerings to including fresh
fruits and vegetables and other
healthful choices at least 1,000
The all-purpose chain based
in Chicago has begun pilot
projects at stores in its home-
town and in San Francisco to
sell fresh, loose fruits and veg-
etables, prepackaged salads
and fruits as well as sandwich-
es and partially prepared foods

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks as she joins business leaders from Walmart, for an an-
nouncement impacting food formulation, availability and affordability in Washington, DC.

that can be cooked at home,
Walgreens spokeswoman Tif-
fani Washington.
*SuperValu will build 250
Save-A-Lot stores over the next
five years in areas that have
little to no access to fresh pro-
The Department of Agricul-
ture defines a food desert as
a Census tract where 33 per-
cent or 500 people, whichever
is less, live more than a mile
from a grocery store in an ur-
ban area or more than 10 miles
away in a rural area.
"We know from the research
that when people live in com-
munities that have greater ac-
cess to supermarkets, they
consume more foods like fresh
fruits and vegetables," Barnes
Penny Gordon-Larsen, a nu-
trition researcher at the Uni-
versity of North Carolina, says,
"It's wonderful to provide great-
er access to underserved areas,
but providing access alone may
not be enough. These efforts
need to be coupled with promo-
tion, education and incentives
for purchasing healthier foods."


Why heart disease is more deadly for Blacks

By Randy Dotinga

A new study hints at one reason
that Blacks are at a higher risk of
death from heart disease than whites:
Blacks appear to have higher levels of
a certain type of plaque that builds
up in arteries and is not detected in
standard screening.
This so-called "non-calcified plaque"
- which consists of soft deposits that
accumulate deep in the walls of arter-
ies can rupture and send out blood
clots that can lead to heart attacks.
The new study looks specifically
at non-calcified plaque, not calcified
plaque, which is commonly moni-
tored in coronary screening tests. The
study authors said ordinary calcium
Screening tests such as CT scans may
not be as valid for blacks since they
miss the non-calcified plaque.
"For a long time, physicians have
searched for explanations as to why
Blacks have higher rates of heart dis-

ease and higher cardiac death rates,
but less coronary artery calcium than
Caucasians," said study co-author
Dr. U. Joseph Schoepf, professor of
radiology and medicine and direc-
tor of cardiovascular imaging at the
Medical University of South Carolina
in Charleston, in a news release. "We
show that one possible explanation
for the discrepancy may be found in
the higher rate of less stable, non-
calcified* plaque in the heart vessels
of African Americans."
Federal statistics show that Blacks
are more likely than whites to be di-
agnosed with heart disease and die of
In the study, researchers screened
301 patients for both kinds of plaque
using two kinds of technology: CT
and contrast-enhanced coronary CT
angiography technology. Half the pa-
tients were black and half were white,
and a third were male. The average
age was 55.



Researchers found that non-calci-
fied plaque was much more common
in Black patients: 64 percent of them
had it, compared to 41 percent of
whites. Blacks also had more of the
plaque in their arteries.
Whites, on the other hand, were
more likely to have higher levels of
calcified plaque than Blacks (45 per-
cent vs. 26 percent).
Dr. Keith Ferdinand, chief science
officer of the Association of Black
Cardiologists, said it's important to
remember that CT angiography is not
a perfect test, especially in patients
with diabetes and obesity, which are
common among Blacks.
Ferdinand added that it's difficult
to pinpoint the specific effect that
race has upon health as this study
attempts to do considering how
many differences that may exist be-
tween different racial groups.
The study appears in the journal

Study: HIV risks

rise with some

birth control

ATLANTA (AP) For the first time,
researchers have found that HIV-
infected women are more likely to
spread the AIDS virus if they are on
hormone-based birth control.
The Africa study found that women
were about twice as likely to transmit
HIV if they were on the pill or getting
hormone shots, compared to women
not on that kind of birth control.
The research also found that un-
infected women were about twice as
likely to catch the AIDS virus from
their infected partners if they were on
hormonal contraception, compared
to those who were not. That finding
echoed results of earlier studies.
University of Washington research-
ers led the new work. The findings
were presented recently at a meeting
in Rome of the International AIDS

How much food you eat depends on the fork size Children with sleep issues

continued from 17B

well-defined goal of satisfy-
ing their hunger. This makes
them more willing to invest
energy and resources to meet
that goal, such as making
menu selections, eating and
paying the check.
"The fork size provided the
diners with a means to ob-

serve their goal progress," the,
investigators explained in a
journal news release. "The
physiological feedback of feel-
ing full, or the satiation sig-
nal, comes with a time lag. In
its absence, diners focus on
the visual cue of whether they
are making any dent on the
food on their plate to assess
goal progress."
The research team put their

conclusion to the test by vary-
ing the portions of food. They
found that when served larger
portions, diners, with small
forks ate significantly more
than those with larger forks.
In contrast, when customers
were served smaller portions,
the size of their fork did not
affect the amount of food they
The study authors pointed

out that their findings apply
to restaurant customers only
-not people eating at home
who may not have the same
goals of satiating their hunger
as restaurant customers.
To avoid overeating, the re-
searchers suggested that peo-
ple learn to better recognize
and understand their hunger
cues and how much food they
should eat.

Half of key brain receptors are blocked by alcohol

continued from 17B

brain are blocked and later
others are activated, produc-
ing steroids that undermine
long-term potentiation (LTP),
a process that strengthens the
connections between neurons
and is essential to learning and
"It takes a lot of alcohol to
block LTP and memory," study
senior investigator Dr. Charles
F. Zorumski, the Samuel B.
Guze Professor and head of the
Washington University School
of Medicine in St. Louis's De-

apartment of Psychiatry, said in
a university news release. "But
the mechanism isn't straight-
forward. The alcohol triggers
these receptors to behave in
seemingly contradictory ways,
and that's what actually blocks
the neural signals that create
"It also may explain why in-
dividuals who get highly intoxi-
cated don't remember what they
did the night before," he added.
The study's authors pointed
out only about half of these key
brain receptors are blocked by
alcohol. Some are' activated,
which triggers the production

of the steroids that interrupt
memory formation.
"Alcohol isn't damaging the
cells in any way that we can
detect," explained Zorumski.
"As a matter of fact, even at
the high levels we used here,
we don't see any changes in
how the brain cells communi-
cate. You still process informa-
tion. You're anesthetized. You
haven't passed out. But you're
not forming new memories."
The researchers also not-
ed that consumption of other
drugs,' along with alcohol, is
more likely to cause blackouts
than either substance alone.

The researchers found, how-
ever, that by blocking the pro-
duction of steroids with drugs
used to shrink an enlarged
prostate gland, they could pre-
serve the LTP crucial to memory
formation in the rats.
"We would expect there may
be some differences in the ef-
fects of alcohol on patients tak-
ing these drugs," said Izumi.
"Perhaps men taking the drugs
would be less likely to experi-
ence intoxication blackouts."
The researchers plan further
study of these drugs to deter-
mine if they could play a role in
preserving memory.

Exercising in extreme weather conditions

continued from 17B

The early warning signs of
heat illness are cramps, dizzi-
ness and headaches, nausea
and thirst. Listen to your body,
stop exercising, get out of the
sun and cool off, Casa says. If
you keep going, you could set
yourself up for heat stroke,
which can damage the brain
and other organs and quickly
lead to death.
During heat stroke, the body
temperature rises above 103
degrees Fahrenheit, the CDC
says. The skin becomes red, hot

and dry, and the body can no
longer cool itself off. Emergency
help is essential because the
body's temperature can quick-
ly escalate to 106 degrees and
damage organs or lead to death.
The speed in which heat ill-
ness can strike is why Casa says
adult supervision of children
and teens is crucial when they
are involved in team sports.
"You really have to heed those
early warning signs," he says.
"What happens as heat illness
progresses is the brain often be-
comes confused and you can't
rely on it to tell you when to
stop. "

Summertime, and the work-
out is easy? Not necessarily
so, says fitness expert Barbara
The dangerous heat wave
moving into many sections of
the nation does not have to cool
off your desire to shape up. The
editor of the American College
of Sports Medicine's new book,
Complete Guide to Fitness &
Health, says to think outside
the heated box.
"If it is too hot outside, consid-
er doing a power yoga workout
inside using a DVD from your
local library," says Bushman.

"Or try a balance ball workout
or dance video."
Or turn up the AC and set
new goals by doing a Wii work-
out such as EA Sports' Active
2, billed as having aerobic, flex-
ibility and resistance training.
Other exercise alternatives
Bushman suggests:
Get some wheels. Create
your own breeze by biking or
Get all wet. If you're not a
swimmer, try' water aerobics or
aqua running.
Gett under cover. Take a dog
and head out for a power walk
at a shady park.

continued from 16B

the figures' mouths. When you
get to bedtime, if your child is
hesitant to talk, you can try
speaking for the characters. If
your child has gotten into the
play, she will correct you if you
give the characters motivations
that are inaccurate from her
Another approach is to en-
courage your child to color or
paint while she tells you about
what she is creating. Be sure
to allow her lots of time to open
up and don't react negatively if

No set cure

continued from 17B

Family history Your
chance of developing type 1 or
type 2 diabetes increases if you
have a parent or sibling with
the disease.
Weight Being
overweight is one of the main
risk factors for diabetes. Eight
out of 10 people with type 2
diabetes are overweight.
S Inactivity The less
active you are, the greater
your risk of diabetes. Physical
activity helps control your
weight, uses up glucose, makes
your cells more sensitive to
insulin, increases blood flow
and improves circulation in
even the smallest blood vessels.
Age Your risk of type
2 diabetes increases as you get
older, especially past the age of
Race Type 2 diabetes
is more common among Black,
Hispanic and American Indian
communities. Type 1 diabetes,
oni the other hIand, is more
common in \\white Americans
and in European countries
such as Finland and Sweden.
If you have risk factors for
diabetes and are experiencing

she says something you don't
want to hear.
The things you are most
likely to find are: your child
has night time fears, i.e. she is
afraid of the dark, being alone,
closet monsters, etc.; she is
jealous of one parent or a sib-
ling; she is afraid of losing your
affection if she "grows up"; or
some variation of one or more
of these.
You will need to take some
time for your child's feelings
to change before you can move
her into her own bed. When
you do, you may need to make
the change in several stages.

for diabetes

any of the signs and symptoms
of the disease, see your doctor
immediately. A fasting blood
glucose test, which measures
your blood glucose after eight
hours without eating, will
probably be administered. If the
results are positive, a second
test will most IL': I, be run on
a different day. Do not assume
your doctor will automatically
test you for diabetes. Doctors
do not usually screen for
diabetes during routine visits.
There is currently no cure for
diabetes. However, the disease
can be managed by monitoring
blood sugar levels, maintaining
a healthy lifestyle comprised
of diet, exercise and a healthy
weight. Medications may also
be used when these treatments
are not sufficient. Diabetics
w'ho follow these treatments
can often lead relatively normal
lives. Those who remain
undiagnosed run the risk of
developing life-threatening
diseases, disabilities and
For more information about
North Shore Medical Center's
Diabetes Center please call 305-
694-4844 or for a physician
referral please call 1-800-984-



N.Y. rings in i

Some groups hold protests seek

referendum on state law

By Tina Susman

NEW YORK -- There were
the usual wedding-day jitters,
tears and hiccups. One groom's
leg twitched nervously. Rings
had to be squeezed onto fingers
swollen to sausage-like propor-
tions from the heat and humid-
ity. A name or two got jumbled,
and witnesses were coralled at
the last minute to validate some
of the ceremonies.
There were even a few objec-
tors, but none loud enough to
be heard by hundreds of gay
and lesbian couples Sunday
as they married in chapels and
courtrooms, beneath chuppahs
and shade trees, even along-
side Niagara Falls as New York
became the sixth state to recog-
nize same-sex weddings.
From the satin gowns and
tailored tuxedoes to the jangled
nerves and champagne toasts,
those marrying and those of-
ficiating said the ceremonies
showed that gay, lesbian, trans-
gender and bisexual love is no
different from anyone else's.

But nobody could deny that
these vows signified more than
just weddings. They were the
beginning of what gay rights ad-
vocates hope is a renewed push
for marriage equality in other
states now that New York has
become the most populous to
legalize same-sex marriage.
"It was a privilege to be part of
this achievement in civil rights,"
said the New York city clerk, Mi-
chael McSweeney, who presided
over the city's first same-sex
wedding, between 76-year-old
Phyllis Siegel and 85-year-old
Connie Kopelov.
The white-haired couple ar-
rived in blue button-down
shirts and trousers, Kopelov in
her wheelchair and Siegel at her
side. To take her vows, Kopelov
stood up and leaned on a walk-
er. Siegel stood beside her, her
right hand covering Kopelov's
left, which clutched the walker.
After McSweeney declared them
married, he and their witnesses
erupted in loud applause. Siegel
wiped away tears.
Minutes later, the couple ex-



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Rhonda Otten, left and Debra Curtis of Montclair, N.J. kiss
in front of a backdrop of New York's City Hall before their
marriage ceremony at the City Clerk's office in New York Sun-
day, July 24, 2011. Hundreds of gay couples were expected to
marry in New York and across the Empire State on the first
day same-sex marriage ceremonies.

ited the clerk's office onto the
street, where Kopelov trium-
phantly displayed their cer-
tificate of marriage. Asked how
long they had been together,
Siegel replied, "Twenty-three
years, and we're looking for 23

Hundreds of other couples
stood three deep in a line that
stretched down a city block,
waiting their turn inside the
marble-floored lobby of the
clerk's office in Manhattan. Al-

together, the city issued 659
marriage licenses Sunday in all
five boroughs, officials said.
The Rev. Anthony Evans of
the Washington, D.C.-based Na-
tional Black Church Initiative,
a coalition of Black and Latino
churches that opposes same-
sex marriage, warned that New
York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would
face problems when he and his
fellow Democratic legislators
seek re-election. "You're going to
need the black church," Evans
said at a Manhattan protest.
When Cuomo "went against God
... we have a moral right to go
against him."
The protests did not disrupt
any weddings, nor did they faze
couples such as Daniel Her-
nandez and Nevin Cohen, who
exchanged rings in 2001 on a
beach in California, Hernan-
dez's home state. He moved to
New York to live with Cohen,
and on Sunday, the pair wore
yellow orchids tucked into their
matching navy sports coats as
they tied the knot.
"Love just transcends hate,"
said Hernandez, his voice
breaking, as a small group of
protesters yelled from a distant
Maggie Gallagher of the Na-

tional Organization for Mar-
riage, which called protests in
Manhattan, Buffalo, Syracuse
and the state capital, Albany,
said the group wanted a referen-
dum. "We want to let the people
of New York decide the future of
marriage," she said.
But there was no indication
that New York would follow the
path of California, where vot-
ers in November 2008 ended
gay marriage after the state Su-
preme Court had legalized it.
Passage of Proposition 8 ended
six months of same-sex wed-
dings but did not invalidate
the 18,000 marriages that took
place in California from May
2008 until the election. A fed-
eral judge has declared Propo-
sition 8 unconstitutional; that
decision is under appeal.
New York voters are over-
whelmingly Democratic, and
they elected Cuomo last year af-
ter he made same-sex marriage
a centerpiece of his campaign.
The state is home to about
65,000 same-sex couples, ac-
cording to the Williams Institute
of the University of California-
Los Angeles, which studies gen-
der-based law and social policy.
Its estimate is based on 2010
U.S. census figures.

The high cost of wavering faith

God has given believers per-
sonalities, abilities, and spir-
itual gifts which will equip
them to accomplish His spe-
cific plans for their lives. But
each one must choose to step
out in faith and obedience
Let's learn from the Is-
raelites who made several
choices that led to unbelief.

Listened to the wrong
voices. To walk obediently
with the Lord, we need to
guard ourselves from being
swayed by those who don't
understand the greatness of
our God.
Relied on human per-

Let feelings overcome
Every challenging call to
obedience is a fork in the road
of our lives. To go the way of
unbelief will lead to a lifetime
of regret, but to courageously
trust God will result in the
greatest blessing of your life.
The choice is yours.

Evangelicals fear a mass exodus

continued from 14B

some states, legalized gay mar-
Another factor behind the
new evangelical conversation
around homosexuality and con-
version therapy is a generation-
al shift on attitudes toward the
issues. Recent polls show that
young evangelicals are much

more supportive of rights for
gay partners than their parents
are, even as they mirror their
parents' opposition to abortion.
"Retaining young people is
crucial, and a more accept-
ing generation will not toler-
ate business as usual when
it comes to the debate over
homosexuality," wrote Jona-
than Merritt, a young evangeli-
cal leader, in a recent opinion

piece. "Pastors need not com-
promise their convictions, but
they can expect congregants to
call for a more accepting, for-
giving message a more Chris-
tian message.
"If Christian leaders can't
make that transition and
quickly instead of an awaken-
ing," Merritt wrote in the Chris-
tian Science Monitor, "evangeli-
cals may be facing an exodus."

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1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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2300 N.W. 135th Street

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15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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North Shore
Medical Center.
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worker, died
July 19 at home. i
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

died July 22 at
Good Samari-
tan Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the

specialist, died
July 18 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
3 p.m., Satur-
day at Antioch
of Brownsville.

teacher's aide,
died July 20 at
home. Service
12 noon, August
4 in the chapel.

Hadley Davis
LAUZAR CURRY, JR., 19, stu-
dent, died July
20. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at New Begin-
nings Mission-
ary Baptist

HUBERT WILKES, 73, aircraft
mechanic, died '. I

TOM BRYANT, 82, maintenance
worker, died
July 20. Service
12 p.m., Satur-
day in the cha-

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hairstylist, died
July 23. Service
1p.m., Saturday
at Holy Temple l;i
Worship Center.

JONES, 48,

skycap, died
July 22 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
11 a.m., Friday
at St. Paul AME

bus driver, died July 22 at Miami
Jewish Home. Survivors are
brothers; Thomas Smith and
Bennie West; sisters, Tammy West
and Patricia Beasley; cousins,
Dorothy Mobley and Willie Mae

Robinson. Arrangem

tired foreman,
died July 20 at
Select Special-
ity Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Holy
Ghost Assem-
bly of Apostolic
Faith, Inc.

weeks, died July 17. Se

veteran, died July 2'
were held.

56, chauffeur,
died July 17
at Cedars
Hospital .
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Olivette M.B.

75, retired homemake
22 at home. Arrange

Marvin C. Za
65, died July 18 in C
Service 11 a.m., SatL
chapel in Apopka, FL.

EUGENE HAYES, 60, parks
recreation worker, died July 25. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

MARY BULLARD, 82, registered
nurse, died July 16. Services were

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
80, retired Liber-
ty City Elemen- : .
tary teacher, :-i..
died July 22 at
home. Service
11 a.m., Satur- A
day at Ebenezer
United Method-
ist Church, 2001
NW 35 Street, Miami, FL 33142.

"BIGGA," 71,
retired, died July
25 at Jackson
Hospital .
Survived by
wife, Naomi
Dugger; three
daughters, four sons. Viewing 5-8
p.m., Friday in the chapel. Service
11 a.m., Saturday in the chapel.

R.J. GainoL


74, retired
died, July 16 at
Parrish Medical
in Titusville
F l o r i d a a
Service 1 p.m.
Saturday at
Antioch Christian Fellowship
Baptist Church in Titusville Florida.
Survivors include: husband, Bishop
Willie B. Johnson; daughter, Elder
Linda Williams (Elder Ervin); and
sons, Willie B. Johnson Jr. and
Timothy James Johnson.

VIRGINIA GASKIN, 75, retired,
died July 21 at
home. Service
10 a.m., Satur-
day at First Bap-
tist Church of


Wright and Young SANDRA L. DRINKS, 66, retired
teacher, died
SHANEITAALLEN, 43, hairstyl- July 21 at Uni-
ist, died July versity of Miami
18 at Aventura Hospital. Sur-
Hospital. Ser- vivors are sons,
vice 11 a.m., Vincent P. Drinks
Saturday at and Mark Z..
Bethel Temple. Drinks. Service
S11 a.m., Thurs-
day at Greater Faith Temple Deliv-
erance Center in Coconut Grove.

S 80, community
activist, died
July 20 at
HT, 86, re- K endured

Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
New Jerusalem
Primitive Baptist Church.

57, retired roof-
er, died July
24 at Aventura
LISI, 21 Hospital. Sur- "J
arvices were vivors are son,
Andre Washing-
ton; six sisters,
85, retired three brothers,
1. Services and a host of
grandchildren. Visitation 10 a.m.-8
p.m., Friday, July 29 in the chapel.
S Service 1 p.m., Saturday at Peace
Missionary Baptist Church.
Carey Royal Ram'n
FORT, 51,
died July 24 at
Memorial Hos-
pital. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Mt. Tabor
SE FLOYD, Baptist Church.
_r ,.1 1''i.

r, died July
ements are

)rlando, FL.
irday in the

plumber, died July 21 at Memo-
rial Hospital South. Services were

MATTHEW BROWN, 64, retired
teacher, died July 23 at Oakridge
Nursing Home. Arrangements are


Pan Am Airlines i
mechanic, died
July 21 at VA
Hospital. View-
ing 4 p.m, Fri- .
day at Mitchell
Funeral Home.
Service 2 p.m., .
Saturday at
Pembroke Park Church of Christ.

SISTRUNK, 51, died July 18 at
Homestead Hospital. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Mt. Sinai Mis-
sionary Baptist Church in Perrine.

11, died July 26 at Miami Children's
Hospital. Arrangements are incom-



4:30 P.M., TUESDAY

In Memoriam Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

07/30/30 11/2001

We miss and love you. Kim
Washington, Joel Waller,
Courtney/Patrick Cox, Walter/
Kacee Coleman, Brandon
Coleman, Barbara Kirnes,
Lolitta/Channing Thornton
and Dr. Apryle Kirnes.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


wishes to express sincere
thanks to everyone during our
alnOe'-e .-rvstal oJones

Card of Thanks

In loving memory of,
-- --

'Big Red'
07/25/70 06/29/09

It's your Birthday and
though you are no longer with
us, we want to wish you a
Happy Birthday. We love and
miss you.
Love, your family

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

would like to express their
heartfelt gratitude to each

kindness during our time of

Our burdens are lightened
because of people like you
that truly cared.
We greatly appreciate the
staff of Wright and Young
Funeral Home and Rev. Billy
Strange, Jr. and the Mt. Cal-
vary Baptist Church family
for their comforting services.
Mrs. Corrine Melton and the
entire Melton family.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


We wish you were here to
celebrate with us celebrating
But your memories will last
a lifetime.
Our hearts long for your
Filled with questions why
you left so soon.
We must not lean to our own
understanding. But trust in
the Lord.
Now we are putting away our
selfish feelings and say to you.
Happy Birthday Mama. You
are forever loved and deeply
Enjoy yourself in Heaven.
Your loving children, Earl,
Trina and Andre.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

05/03/26 07/25/10

It has been one year and we
still miss you.
Love, your wife, Ida and

Jey's ; ilorist


wishes to extend a thank you
to everyone who sent flowers,
telephone calls and their con-
May God bless each of you
is our prayer.
The Fuller Family

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

(Local orders only)

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who died on June 1st wishes
to express our sincere thanks
to relatives and friends who
extended their kindness dur-
ing our bereavement.
Happy Birthday, Gloria
Gone, but not forgotten.
Always in our hearts.
Love your family and friends.


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For nearly a century, the Newark Museum has been a pioneer among U.S. muse-
ums in the collecting and display of African art.

$1 million grant for African art
By Kate Taylor allow the museum to hire a new assistant The museum is also planning an expan-
curator, doubling the size of its African sion and reinstallation of its African art
The Newark Museum has received a $1 art department, and to engage additional galleries, which will open in 2015. It re-
million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon scholars for research, the museum's di- ceived a $500,000 challenge grant toward
Foundation to support initiatives related rector, Mary Sue Sweeney Price, said in a that project from the I Jar,:n.l Endowment
to its African art collection. The grant will telephone interview. Please turn to ART 2C

Dinosaurs take Los Angeles

A NEW DINOSAUR HALL opens to the public recently at
the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, featuring a num-
ber of never-before-displayed skeletons. Curator Luis Chiappe
says one of his favorite features is a 43-foot-long glass case
containing nearly 100 specimens, including eggs, footprints and
teeth, designed to show how paleontologists piece together fos-
sils to understand the life of a dinosaur.
The T-Rex growth series in the newly renovated Dinosaur
Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.
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The H i. t..ricaI H.-mF to:.
Hoile Trr.iu r Juk', m,..nthli,
Board meeting ,.,. ia !'ac.rn u rted
b', Dr Enid C. Pinkney.
president, i the absence o1
Dorothy "Dottie" Johnson,
chairman, and a formative
group from Landmark
Construction Associates that
led their support to placing.
emphasis on demolishing the
apartments in the back to an
ultramodern appearance.
Pinkney called on Richard
J. Strachan to bring
meditation in the absence of
Rev. Jesse Martin, chaplain;
followed by the.reading of the
minutes by Isabella Rosete,
secretary, who asked for
acceptance and addition to
the minutes.
As for the president's, report,
the record of her meetings
included: Virginia Key Trust,
Lemon City Cemetery, Rev.
Dr. Errol Harvey and Jeff
Ranson, Dade Archeologist;
prepared a news release for
Mosaic Concert with Penny
Lambeth and planning a
Black History tour for 25
visitors from Latin America.
Charlayne W.
Thompkins gave the
treasurer's report in
the absence of Dr.
Edwin T. Demeritte
which engendered
the Landmark Group
toward the necessity
and why the demolition
of the apartment was PIN
so important to the
Hampton House rebuilding. It
was brought out that approval

worthwhile cause.
It is vitally important
that those students N
not bridging the gap,
should put forth
extra effort and

1, thc H-iH H -A V^41 stop depending on \.
'..'a. e\\'-n t'. tl I- someone else to carry
cun'. bak inP '/ the load for you. If
l1 10 .c ar other schools are WIL
ag..-, nd th -..........-.. improving their test
fight continues scores, find out what they
to bring its closure, are doing for success and get
Soie of the speakers at the on board.
meeting included: Franciso ********
Suarez, Hugo Velasques, Kudos go out to David
Francisco Rojo, "Smith from the
Barbara Gomez, -W parents of Timothy
Margurita Diaz, and Clara Smith on
Gladys Diaz, Rosete, .e his 45th birthday
Ruby Rayford, -- celebration. The party
Strachan, Dr. Larry i was an "all white
Clapp, etc. The saga affair" with 90 percent
of the Hampton of the guest attired
House continues. in all white. David
*************** DEMERITTE arrived in a white

The news of the
possibility of Miami Edison
and Miami Central being
closed due to test scores,
brought the community
closer together in protesting
the decision. Kudos go out
to Alberto M. Carvalho,
superintendent of Miami-
Dade County Public Schools;
Lester Winn, commissioner
of Education; Dr. Wilbert
"Tee" Holloway and Dr.
Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall,' school
board members;
Fredericka S. Wilson,
Karen Aronowitz,
UTD president;
Helen Williams,
retired' teacher; and
KNEY D.C. Clarke, alumni
president. This is
the system of people making
the right decision for a

limousine and did not
make his appearance until
the formal party began with
Donna Burke announcing
the honoree of the evening. It
was a classy affair.
Photographer Vanessa
Fleming, who flew in from
Atlanta, busied herself taking
snapshots of David hugging
his invited guests, while two
Smith DJ kept the music
Donna called upon Kathy
Lynes-Jordan (cousin) to
give the prayer, followed
by Marsha Wallace, who
indicated directing the
choir rather than singing a
solo. Jack and Tim 'Smith
(brothers) expressed their
observation of David growing
up singing and dancing in
the house, while a video
presentation was shown on a
big screen TV reminiscing his



growing up.
T. Eileen Martin-
Major paid tribute to
the honoree through
words and liturgical
dancing by M.A.S.K.,
who gets better at
every performance.
Dr. Strachan was
called upon to
congratulate David on

his accomplishments with the
HIV/AIDS project going into
the 9th year, as well as his
unique personality.
Pernella Burke took to

over the games. Those who
participated in the games
were Fredricka Williams,
Milo Williams, Marcus
Williams, La Shay Smith,
Carla Franklin, Moses
Corley, Donnell Franklin,
Katrina Carter Jenkins,
Elijah Evans, Kathy Carter
House, Raysheuna House,
Cherrie Tillman and Jaylen
Those who participated in
the line dancing included
Crystal Pinder, Jarvon
Brown, Latrice Johnson,

the mic and gave her Chris Stafford,
knowledge of David. It Kadeidra Stafford,
brought laughter in the Stephanie Russell.
room and she closed out Shirley Jackson,
by blessing the food, Betty Bullard and
just before David took Rena Mae Green
to the mic. He began by leading the line.
introducing his adopted Those who won
son, Akeem Smith. prizes were Marva
Family members in HOLLOWAY Hill, Karen Ford,

attendance included
Anthony Dukes, Rosa Smith,
Doc Smith, Sonya Nixon,
Kathy Smith, Stephanie
Smith, Coky Smith, Dwayne
Brooks, Bertha S. Brooks,
Candice Chester, Peggy
Chester, 'Julia Thomas,
Sonia Prieto, Shana
Goldberg, Tisha Mann, TK
Star, Tanqula J. Milbry,
Patricia Myles, Kimberly
Smith, Tameka Wardlaw,
Tama Hardy, Jason and
Tosha Smith, Kaitlyn
Roker, Sankenie Wallace,
Javia and Lee Wallace and
Minister Gregory Robinson.
*************** **
The family of Gracelyn
Thomas got together last
Saturday to celebrate Adrian
Thomas'. trunk party, as
she packs to matriculate
at Spelman College, in
Atlanta. Gracelyn took

Valerie Thomas,
Gerda Dorce, Nye Dee Yah
Lovain, Tanika Morgan
Crawford, Anthony Mack.
Antrinika Mack [Bethune-
Cookman), Donna Godfrey,
Maxie Graham, Zabhrva
Tillman, Keisha Williams.
Jade, Jason, Jason Mills, and
John Thomas (grandfather).
Adrian was gi'en the
opportunity to open her gifts.
Adrian was told by Gracelyn



to make good grades at,, Cornmunirt, Choir of
Spelman and come and. The Potter's House on
come to Miami when Saturday. July 30. at
you graduate, planning .. t. t he African Heritage
your wedding to a Dr. lCultural Arts Center
***************** / at 8 p.m. John Pryor
Congratulations go is a retired playiwnght
out to Dr. Mildred from Miamiand is well
E. Berry, professor knoi-n as an actor
at Florida Memorial MINDINGALL before he started
University and avid' working for the Lord.
jogger at Arcola Lakes Park. For more information, call
who celebrated her 70th 786-315-1078.

Our beloved Pnest, Fr. These classes
Richard L. Marquess \\ill be held on
Barry was among those Saturdays in j-Of.
invited to the White the Parish Hall,
House for the Florida located in the back of the
Community Leaders church at 10 a.m.
Briefing Conference. His Wedding anniversary
name was submitted by greetings go out to the
Congresswoman Frederica following couples: Delone
Wilson. Fr. Barry accepted and Maureen Mathis, their
and reports an enjoyable 11th on July 22; Darron L.
visit on July 14 and 15th. and Renee Toston, their
Making the sad journey 5th on July 22; and Donald
to Daytona Beach to attend and Jaunita J. Jackson,
the funeral of Barbara their 53rd on July 23.
Elison-Rogers were: Happy Independence Day
Garth C. Reeves, Dewey to the Commonwealth of the
and Sabrina Knight, Bahamas. In attendance
Israel Milton, Percy in Miami last week at the
Oliver, Astrid Mack, 38th Anniversary held at.
Alma McCutchins, John the Pentecostal Tabernacle
Brown, Margaree Raiford, were: Counsul General
Rosa Lee Jenkins, Rhoda M. Jackson,
Evelyn Wynn, Gwendolyn The Honorable C. Brent
Johnson, Joe Adams, Symonette and Deputy
John Williams, Argretta Prime Minister and
Jenkins and Portia Oliver. Minister of Foreign Affairs
Get well wishes to all of The Bahamas.
of you: Rachel Reeves, Last week Judge John
Naomi Allen-Adams, Sue D. Johnson died in Miami.
Francis, Dwight Jackson, Judge Johnson was the
Veronica Smith, Harold son of the late Sam and
Braynon, Nathaniel Ida Johnson, pioneers of
Gordon, Edith Jenkins- our city. The Johnson's
Coverson, Doris Lynch, had seven children: Dr.
Willie Williams, 'Mary Samuel Johnson, Jr., a
Allen, Mildred "PI" Ashley, medical radiologist; Elaine
Lillian Davis, David Dean, J. Adderley, teacher at
Jean Adderley-Rolle, Booker T. Washington;
Fredericka Fisher, Joyce Fred, a math teacher
Gibson-Johnson and at B.T.W. and Dorsey;,
Bonnie Newbold Stirrup. Roberta, P. E. teacher at
A free six weeks fashion Phyllis Wheatley; Dorothy,
modeling, and etiquette teacher at Phyllis Wheatley;
manners workshop for and Dr. Kenneth Johnson,
boys and girls ages five who is alive and lives in
to 18 at the Historic St. Maryland with his children
Agnes Episcopal Church. and grandchildren. Judge

Johnson's funeral was held
last Saturday at Greater
Bethel A.M.E. Church.
Irna Ali died in Newark,
New Jersey on Monday,
July 18. Her funeral was
held in New Jersey on July
25. Irna graduated from
BTW in 1940. She was 89.
To our many children
who will soon return to
their respective schools
next month, I want you
to remember a few very
important facts: 1) You are
in school to learn all that
you can and you cannot do
so being the class clown.
2) Our education system
is changing rapidly. 3)
Parents: Sometime during
the school year, visit each
of your child's teachers
other than when there
are problems. 4) Respect
your child's teacher
and teacher's, respect
your student's parent or
parents. 5) Encourage your
child to remain in school.
Our streets shows your
child no future. 6) Your best
days are your school days.
Try to get along with each
other. You should want a
favorable recommendation
to follow you to college. 7)
Talk with people who have
graduated from college.
You can learn a lot. 8) It
is important to remember
the do's and don't of college
life. 9) Remember the man
or lady on the desk in
the dormitory is the boss
and not you. 10) Have
an enjoyable elementary,
middle, high school and
college year Don't forget to
learn all you can, graduate
and enjoy the world of
work. All we want for you is
nothing but the best.

Jones uses local actors in first feature film

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and Briant Washington, 'a
hulk of a man who is a
bodyguard by profession.
and was chosen because he
had the "look" that Jones
needed when he was look-
ing for the hardcore drug
dealer that runs the "hood."
"I have my role models in
the business but my mom
[Menora Scott] is my first
example of what it takes to
work hard and make your

dreams come true," Thom-
as said. "It hasn't been easy
to go to school and then to
rehearsals, learn' my lines
and give the director what
he wanted, but after seeing
the final product it makes
me proud. Now, I am just
waiting for more opportuni-
ties and the right calL"
Robinson actually spent
several days living on the
streets as a homeless wom-
an apparently hooked on
drugs so that she could un-
derstand how such people

are treated by others. She
clearly brings that new-
found knowledge and pain
to the screen.
"I had to get ugly for this
role but there's so much
pain in the world that we
have to expose it for what it
is and then make a way to
help people be healed," she
Jones hopes to one day
open a motion picture stu-
dio here in Miami. And with
"The Magic City," he is cer-
tainly on the right track.

Member of 'Housewives' leaves TV series

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shown what I really do. I've
had a salon for over 25 years
and they just refuse to show it.
It does n t make sense," he ex-

Although he's not quite satis-
fied with the results of the show,
there may be another shot for
him in the future to show off
his talent on television. Accord-
ing to the stylist, he may have
his own show.
"They're still trying to 'figure

out what to do with me," he
says, explaining wh:, his hair-
focused reality show has yet to
finish filming. 'You have to re-
alize: I'm 50 years old. There-
fore, it has to be something
that makes sense and has sub-

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birthday recently at Church
of the Open Door, where
Keith Lavarity and Dr. Gwen
Robinson added the d6cor
with balloons, china and floral
Keith Allen had the honor
of welcoming the guests,
followed by Adrienne D.
Berry, the occasion and
Rev. Wendell Paris and Leo
Green, associate pastor,
Jordan Grove MBC, adding a
musical selection. As a slide
presentation of the honoree
was shown, Dormmicka
Claire read a poem and Dr.
Jeffery Swain blessed the
Tributes were given
by Ricky Collins, as a
Christian; Dr. Astrid Mack,
as a supporter; Lachanze
Thomas, as a teacher; Amy
Taylor, as a jogger; Cassandra
Mitchell Smith, as a friend;
Don Jackson. as a traveler;
Dr. Christine Nucci, a Dean
of Education; Jeffrey and
Charles Berry, as a mother;
and remarks from others
including the honoree. She
expressed herself seeing the
number of people who wanted
to share her birthday She
never stopped smiling.
Tillie Stibbins is presenting
Professor Jerome Trapp
ard Christ Jesus Christ



Spike Lee to reprise role in new film
By Chris Witherspoon ,.

Fans of Spike Lee should be
all smiles because a new "Spike
Lee Joint" is on the way.
Recently Spike Lee tweeted
details on his new film project.
"Wake Up. I been up since
430am. On the way to the set of
The New Spike Lee Joint. Today
is 1st Day of Shooting."
The new "Spike Lee Joint"
is reportedly titled Red Hook
Few plot details of Lee's new
film are known, but sources are
saying that the story is about
and man from Atlanta who
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Spike Lee bringing Mookie character back in new

'Summer' film.

Trey Songz to star in 'Texas

Chainsaw Massacre 3D'

By Nicholas Robinson
Singer Trey Songz is no
stranger to belting out
hits and, now, the R&B
heartthrob is gearing up
to stretch his talents as
a star in Texas Chainsaw
Massacre 3D, an upcom-
ing remake of Tobe Hoop-
er's classic 1974 slasher
According to
The Hollywood
Reporter, Songz
will play the
male lead and
boyfriend of
cast actress
Daddario as
they face

against Leatherface and
his cannibalistic family of
backwater bumpkins.
The producers of the
flick are hoping, once
again, to reboot the de-
cades-old franchise as well
as introduce to Hollywood
a new crop of fresh-faced
stars including the Pas-
sion, Pain and Pleasure
The film, written
by Adam Mar-
cus and Debra
Sullivan, will be
directed by John
and produced by
*5 Image. Shooting
f for the horror flick
will begin later this
month in Shreveport,
Texas Chain-
saw Massacre
| 3D will be
released by
Lionsgate on
October 5,

Prosecutors say rapper Tone Loc has pleaded not guilty to a felony domestic.
violence charge stemming from an arrest earlier this year.
The artist, whose real name is Anthony Smith, entered the plea in a Burbank,
Calif., courthouse recently. Known for the hits "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Me-
dina," Smith was arrested in the city which is north of Los Angeles on June 18.
He also faces a felony possession of an assault weapon charge because Bur-
bank police discovered the rapper has an unregistered Colt AR-15 rifle.
He returns to court on July 28. /
Police have released few details.about the 45-year-old's arrest, saying only
that he was taken into custody after a woman accused him of assault.

Foxy Brown has plans to sue New York City for $100 million. Her lawyer Sal-
vatore Strazzullo told the New York Post that he was planning on filing a lawsuit,
claiming that Foxy was treated maliciously by the Assistant District Attorneys
Office. Foxy was in court earlier this week for violating a order of protection
against her neighbor Arlene Raymond after allegedly "mooning" her in July of

A longtime songwriting- partner of Aretha Franklin has sued her publishing
company, claiming it did not sign a royalty agreement for a song on her recently
released album.
The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit by Norman D. West also accuses
Springtime Publishing Inc., of copyright infringement over an earlier song and
seeks unspecified damages to ensure future royalties.
West said no royalty agreement was signed for "Put It Back Together Again."
That song and "New Day," which West said he co-wrote, appear on "Aretha: A
Woman Falling Out of Love." The CD was released this spring her first studio
album in about eight years.
West, 45, and Franklin have worked together on songs for more than 20
years. His lawsuit asks a judge to order Springtime Publishing to sign the roy-
alty agreement.
The lawsuit was filed, West claims, after private attempts to settle the dis-
pute failed over the past year.
West's copyright infringement claim is over an earlier song, "Watch My Back."

Ja Rule was sentenced to an extra 28 months in prison recently on tax eva-
sion charges that will run concurrent with his current sentence. "I was a young
man who made a lot of money. I didn't have the best people guiding me. I made
mistakes. Things fell on hard times for me. Things kind of spun out of control" Ja
Rule told the federal judge.
The rapper is already serving two years for weapons possession.

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LHCC welcomes a night of dance

By Randy Grice

On Friday July 29th, The
Games We Play, an evening
of multicultural dance will be
held at The Little Haiti Cul-
tural Center, 212 NE 59th
Terrace. The free event will
take place at 7 p.m. and fea-
tures the collaborative talents
of renowned dancers from
New York, California and
South Florida as part of the
Little Haiti Cultural Center's
Discover Art! Family Festival.
"We expect the turn out
for this event to be strong,"
said Marie Vickles, visual
arts and crafts coordinator
at the Little Haiti Cultural
Center. "We have a variety of

artists performing and each
one has a dedicated follow-
ing that is looking forward
to seeing their favorite danc-
ers! We have the pleasure of
announcing a special guest
artist Weiselande Yanui Ce-
sar, who will grace the stage
with her presence."
Afua Hall, curator, pres-
ents choreography by South
Florida based choreographer
and dancers Sandra L. Por-
tal-Andreu, Asha Darbeau,
Anasthasia Grand-Pierre,
Ronderrick Mitchell, Annie
Hollingsworth, Mayami Folk-
lorico, Petagay Letren, Ana
Miranda, Megan Swick and
Natasha Williams. Also on
the bill are Oakland, Califor-
nia's Jacinta Vlach and Mil-

licent M. Johnnie, formerly of
NYC's Urban Bush Women,
whose choreography will be
performed by Miami's trea-
sured dancer Stephanie Bas-
"I can't wait for Friday I am
a huge fan of dance," said By-
ron Patts, North Miami resi-
Vlach, will be dancing her
solo The Quetzal in Flight,
which. addresses the culture
liabilities incurred when Lat-
in American immigrant wom-
en seek a path into North
American idealism.
The'Games We Play, refer-
ences the multiple entendres
associated with games as
well as the practice of cov-
ering and sampling classic

works, such as reggae art-
ist Bob Andy's interpretation
of Joe South's 1969 classic
song, The Games People Play.
The evening of dance per-
formance offers a diversity of
style, content and form, many
of the choreographers are ex-
ploring new territory between
traditional and contemporary
dance styles from West Af-
rican, Afro-Caribbean, Fla-
menco, Tap, contemporary/
modern and ballet.
"I am a teacher by profes-
sion and dancer by heart,"
said Jamie Paul, a dancer
from Liberty City. "This event
will be great I know it. I have
been to going to dance shows
my entire life, dancing is my

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Camp Discovery,. a summer arts
camp at the Little Haiti Cultural Arts
Center. displayed art and installation
work by their art students during the
Big Night in Little Haiti event held last
"The children participate in a vari-
ety of visual and performing art ac-
tivities that include ceramics, painting
and drawing, mixed media installa-
tions and creative movement classes
all instructed by seasoned teaching-
artists," said Marie Vickles. visual arts
and crafts coordinator at the Little
Haiti Cultural Center.
'The children's work is currently
featured in the center's gallery space
in an exhibit entitled Discovered and
Uncovered: Inspirations from Art &
Nature on display through July 22nd.

Themes for this year incllud
about important artists
tory. how\ nature inspires
art and the conliectiuni
between art and sci-
ence. \Ve have taken
field trips to Miami Art
Museum, Fairchild B:,
taniical Gardens and
Miami Science Mu-
scum. The children
ha.'e also worked
with the MLK Mural .
project at Littli- Haiti
Soccer Park, point- '
ing at the mural in '
the park with lo cal ii.
and guest .airt is. "
"These kidi-, -ire
absolutely talented,' saic
Martin Lewis, attendee at th
can barely draw a circle. Thi
the future that we need to s

"It is important that the young people

in Miami appreciate and understand how

the arts impact their lives and how they

are a part of the creative process, both

individually and in their communities."

d learning ouLI young people "
in his The camp was started b' \'ickles
-..,. jat ilie Little Haiti Cultural Center. It
'.ai' 's crea,.-ied to provide the
; residents of Mliami with
T_ n affordable, high-quality
arts baied camp for young
. "Th'- vsi.ton ot Camnp Dis-
S, ov-r', and tlhe '.isiual Arts
pro' r.l.'" -, is ft',r -vo, i p'--ople at
Little Hair Culttur.l Center, is
r. impart the 'nergy and ex-
po"'JuLre of Mtliar as an global
'r it -lt c it ,' tihe ',,iluth in a real
'. arnd irte!-:,.:tive v..' '..Lickles
'.:,-nl "it 1': im |:orT., tit th.-it the
.. ii pet.pl' in Mi..tmi I)ppreci-
n,.. ,- .I -LIi t:lcr-t ind h.o'. the arts
d-' I pacL thiu hvlcs and hoiv they
ie event. "I are a part of the creative process,
ey kids are both individually and in their commu-
ee in all of nities."

Michel Martelly, center, rides atop a vehicle accompanied
by Charles-Henri Baker, right, and musician Wyclef Jean.

President Martelly

honors Wyclef Jean
By Jeff Mitchell

President Michel Martelly has bestowed a distinguished title
upon one of Haiti's most famous sons, Wyclef Jean, for his work
as a roving ambassador for the troubled Caribbean nation.
Wyclef, 41, a Haitian-American who rose to fame as the front-
man of hip-hop group the Fugees, was made a Grand Officer of
the National Order of Honor and Merit in a ceremony recently at
the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince.
Wyclef, who had his own bid for the presidency denied last year
for residency reasons but then strongly backed Martelly, played a
key role in keeping attention on Haiti after the devastating Janu-
ary 2010 earthquake.
The singer aided projects through his Yele Haiti Foundation
and has brought in a steady stream of Hollywood stars, includ-
ing Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon, to keep the des-
perate plight of Haitians in the media spotlight.
"I have great joy in solemnly honoring a son of this earth who
has assumed with force, conviction and humanity, his Haitian
quality," Martelly said.
This distinction is awarded "as a sign of the utmost appre-
ciation for his dedication to the promotion of Haiti across the
world," he said.
Martelly praised '.', I.- f for his initiatives to help the estimated
1.3 million Haitians -- one in eight of the population -- rendered
homeless by the quake, which killed more than 225,000 people,
according to official figures.
"You are one of the Haitians who make us proud," the presi-
dent said.
Wyclef, who was made a roving ambassador for Haiti in 2007
to help improve its image abroad, moved to the United States
with his family at the age of nine. His uncle, Raymond Joseph,
served as Haiti's ambassador to the U.S. Martelly is struggling
to form a government two months after being sworn in and faces
a huge task to rebuild a nation shattered by decades of misrule,
the 2010 earthquake and a lingering cholera epidemic.
The new Haitian leader is himself a former singer and carnival
entertainer, still known to the masses by his stage name "Sweet
Micky," and his unexpected rise to power capped a stunning
transformation from pop star to president.



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The Miami-Dade State At-
torneys Office will have a 'Sec-
ond Chance' Sealing and Expunge-
ment Program on Wednesday,
July 27 at Westland Gardens Park,
from 4-7 p.m. Only cases that oc-
curred in Miami-Dade County at
State level will be reviewed. 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 Kath-
erine Fernandez Rundle, State At-
torney. For more information, call

The Miami Jackson Class
of 1976 will meet on Wednesday,
July 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. The
meeting will take place at Range
Park located at 525 NW 62nd
Street. The meeting will start
promptly at 6 p.m. So please be
on time. For more information or
directions to the Park, call Kevin
Marshall at 305-519-8790 or Kar-
en Gilbert at 786-267-4544. *

Vice Chairwoman Audrey
M. Edmonson is inviting District
3 residents to voice their opinions
on recommendations made by the
Hospital Governance Task Force to
manage the County's major public
'hospital, Jackson Health System.
It will be held on Thursday, July
28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Joseph
Caleb Center. For more informa-
tion, contact Vice Chairwoman Ed-
monson's office at 305-636-2331.

As part of the Discover Art!
Family Festival, Afua Hall and
the Little Haiti Cultural 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
Terrace. The admission is free to
the public. For more information,
call 305-960-2972.

N George Washington Carv-
er High School Class of 1961
will celebrate their 50th Class Re-
union Banquet and Dance on Sat-
urday, July 30 from 7-11 p.m. It
will be held at the Dadeland Mi-
ami Marriott- Le Mirage room. For
more information, call Ms. Bain at
30-323-7269 ..

The Miami Northwestern
Class of 1967 will fellowship on
Sunday, July 31 at 9 a.m. at New
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
The attire is casual dress. For
more information, contact Elaine
Patterson at 305-757-4471.

P.H.I.R.S.T. Impression,
a dinner poetry event returns at
Oasis Cafe. It will be held on Sun-
days, July 31, August 28, Sep-
tember 25, October 30, Novem-
ber 27 and December 18 at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10, which includes
performance, dinner and drink.
Anyone interestedd in participat-
ing needs to contact at least one
week in advance. 786-273-5115.

0 The City of Miami Gardens
Youth Sports (CMGYS) Football
and Cheerleading program is now
accepting registrations for the
upcoming 2011 season. The pro-
gram i< available for youth ages
four-15. For more information on
registrations and payment op-
tions, call 305-622-8080 or-visit
I wwv.cmto, s.":om.

l' Summer BreakSpot, part
of the USDA Summer Food Nutri-
tion Program, will be open now
until August 2011 at hundreds of
sites across Miami-Dade County,
providing free nutritious meals -
breakfast, lunch and snack all
summer long for kids and teens,
18 and under. To find a Summer
BreakSpot site near you, visit
www.summerfoodflorida.org or
call 211.

Miami-Dade County Mayor
Carlos A. Gimenez is hosting a
series of Budget Town Hall Meet-
ings, where residents will be able *
to ask about the proposed Fiscal
Year 2011-2012 County budget.
It will be held at several locations
from 7-8 p.m.: Tuesday, August 2
at the Little Haiti Cultural Center;
Wednesday, August 3 at Hialeah
Senior High School; Thursday,
August 4 at Aventura Government
Center; Thursday, August 11 at
Miami Gardens City Hall; Miami
Art Museum; and Thursday, Au-
gust 18 at Coral Gables Country
Club. For more information, visit

Muforgo (Music For God)
Production is celebrating their
one year anniversary "Lights,
Camera, Action" Red Carpet Event
on Friday, August 5 at 8 p.m. at
New Birth Enterprise. Reception/
pictures to be taken at 7:15 p.m.
Tickets are on sale for $35. The
event is after five attire. For more

information, contact Robert Smith

at 786-216-4910 or Pamela Walk-
er at 786-312-5205 or visit www.

Back to School Greenfest:
The Tacolcy Center in partner-
ship with the Fairchild Tropical
Botanic Garden, the National PTA
Urban Family Engagement Initia-
tive and Urban GreenWorks pres-
ent this fun-filled, educational and
healthy day for families on Sat-
urday, August 6 from 10 a.m.-2
p.m. at TACOLCY. There will be
free backpacks, school supplies,
haircuts, workshops and more.
For more information, call Isheka
Harrison at 305-751-1295 ext.

SThere will be a back to school
Health Fair on Saturday, August
6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bethel
Baptist Church, 17601 NW 2nd
Avenue in Miami Gardens. There
will be free health screenings for
adults, teens and children of all
ages. The health fair will provide
free backpacks for school-aged
children. First come, first serve to
get a bag.

Chai Community Services,
Inc. in collaboration with A Betta-
Dry Cleaning & Laundry, Inc. will
host its 7th Annual Back to School
Bash-School Supply giveaway on
Saturday, August 13 from 1-5
p.m. at 2971 NW 62nd Street. For
more information, call 305-691-

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will meet on Sat-
urday, August 13 at 4:30 p.m. at
the African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center., For more information,
contact Lebbie Lee at 305-213-

S"Laughs for Literacy" pre-
sented by the Seminole Hard Rock
Hotel & Casino to benefit The Rus-
sell Life Skills and Reading Foun-
dation on Saturday, August 13
starting with a reception at 5 p.m.
and dinner, drinks and comedy
show at 6:30 p.m. at the Semi-
nole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino/
Seminole Paradise. To purchase
tickets, visit www.russellreadin-
groom.com, call 954-981-5653
or email events@russellreading.

The Miami-Dade Cham-
ber of Commerce presents Mis-
sion Possible: Cracking the Code:
Business Technology; a Business
Empowerment Network Series 2.0
on Wednesday, August 18 from 9
a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Jungle Island's
Treetop Ballroom. The networking
series is open to the public, $20
for chamber members and $30 for
non-members. Attendants are re-
quired to bring a laptop with them
for interactive portions of the
event. For more information, call
The Chamber at 305-751-8648 or
visit www.m-dcc.org.

The African-American Re-
search Library and Cultural
Center will be hosting free em-
powerment workshops on Sat-
urday, August 20 from 11 a.m.-
4:30 p.m. (pre-register :iy August
12 for "Starting your own non-
profit") and Saturday, September
3 from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (pre-
register by August 26 for "Grant
Writing ). For more information
and/or to register for these work-
shops, contact Norman Powell at
954-624-5213 or email posimo@

* Great Crowd Ministries
presents South Florida BB-Q/
Gospel Festival at Amelia Earhart
Park on Saturdays August 27,
September 24 and October 29
from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The park fee
is $6 per car. All artists and ven-
dors are encouraged to call. For
more information, contact Con-
stance Koon-Johnson at 786-290-
3258 or Lee at 954-274-7864.

Chai Community Services,
Inc. in collaboration with A-Betta
Bail Bonds, Inc. will host its an-
nual CCS Career Expo (Job Fair)
on Saturday, August 27 from 10
a.m.-6 p.m. at the DoubleTree
Hotel & Exhibition Hall, 711 NW
72nd Ave. For more information,
call 786-273-0294.

Epsilon Alpha and Zeta Mu
Chapters of Alpha Pi Chi Na-
tional Sorority, Inc., of Miami
are completing a project of Red
Cross Readiness. The chapters
are collecting first-aid supplies
and emergency items for Emer-
gency Kits. These kits will be dis-
tributed to the elderly community
of Miami for use during this hurri-
cane season. If you are interested
in donating and contributing first-
aid supplies, call 305-992-3332
before September 17. Call Linda

Adderly at addlmh@aol.com.

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Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services Solicitation of
Contributions Division. Your do-
nation is tax deductible. For more
information, call Karen Gilbert at

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0 Miami Northwestern Class
of 1972 Scholarship Fund-
raiser Bus Trip to Atlanta, GA
for FAMU Classic on September
23-25. For additional information,
contact Clarateen Kirkland-Kent
at 305-323-5551 or Glenda Tyse
at 954-987-0689.

N Rainbow Ladies and Beta
Phi Omega Sorority are spon-
soring a Health Expo for lesbians,
bisexual and transgendered (LBT)
women of color on Saturday, Sep-
'tember 24 at the Pride Center in
Wilton Manors. Free screenings
and health promotion education
will be provided by several local
agencies and organizations. Ev-
eryone is invited. There will be
food, entertainment and raffles.
For more information, call 305-
772-4712, 305-892-0928 or visit

Coming this fall, a charter
bus leaving the Miami area going
to FAMU campus for the students.
For more information, call Phillip
at 786-873-9498.

Calling healthy ladies 50+ to
start'a softball team for fun and
laughs. Be apart of this historical
adventure. Twenty-four start-up
players needed. For more infor-
mation, call Jean at 305-688-3322
or Coach Rozier at 305-389-0288.

B Knoxville College, a
136-year-old Historic Black Col-
lege, is kicking off a three-year,
ten million dollar campaign to
revitalize the College under the
leadership of its new President Dr.
Horace Judson. All alumni and the
public are asked to donate to this
campaign. To secure donor forms,
go to www.knoxvillecollege.edu
and scroll down to K.C. Building
Fund. Click on it for the form or
call Charlie Williams, Jr., presi-
dent of the local alumni chapter
at 305-915-7175 for more details.

Merry Poppins Daycare,
6427 NW 18th Avenue, will be
having summer camp, Monday-
Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. for ages
five-12. For more information,
contact Ruby P. White or Lakey-
she Anderson at 305-693-1008.

The Miami Northwestern
Class of 1962 meets on the sec-
ond Saturday of each month at 4
p.m. at the African Heritage Cul-
tural Arts Center. We are begin-
ning to make plans for our 50th
Reunion. For more information,
contact Evelyn at 305-621-8431.

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

Work from home and earn
money. The CLICK Charity, is
offering free computer web design,
classes for middle and high school
students. Registration and classes
are free! Open -londay-Friday,
2-7 p.m. Don't wait call, emaii or
come by today: 305-691-8588 or
andre,'.,tihe i.:ckchanrty.com.

There will be a free first-
time homebuyer education
class held every second Saturday
of the month, at Antioch Mission-
ary Baptist Church, from 8:30
a.m.-5 p.m. For more informa-
tion, call 305-652-7616 or email

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

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

Xcel Family Enrichment
Center, Inc. will be celebrating
it's 2nd Annual Black Marriage
Day Walk on March 24, 2012.
Xcel is registered with the Florida

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Newark Museum's African arts collection, curated by
Christa Clarke, who is shown at a prior glass beads exhibit,
will receive a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon

community," Price said. "The can survive the current eco-
result, I hope, will be a stronger nomic downsizing in the wider
and more vibrant museum that cultural world."

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comes to spend the summer in
the Red Hook section of Brook-
lyn, NY.
According to Blackfilm.com, in
Red Hook Summer Lee will re-
prise his famous role as 'Mook-
ie' from his 1989 film Do the
Right Thing, which was nomi-
nated for an Academy Award for
best screenplay. In the film Lee
played a pizza delivery man in
Brooklyn, who clashes with his
boss over racial issues.
Lee's last major feature film
was 2008's World War II drama
Miracle at St. Anna. The war
movie received mixed reviews
and grossed less than $8 million
in domestic box office sales. The
director made headlines last
week when he scored big along
with fellow producers of the film.
A French production company,
Tfl Droits Audiovisuels was or-
dered to pay $46 million dollars
to Miracle at St. Anna producers
for failing to distribute the World
War II film internationally.
In 2006 Lee produced and di-
rected the crime-drama Inside
Man starring Denzel Washing-

ton, Clive Owen, Willem Defoe
and Jodi Foster. In a recent in-
terview with Charlie Rose, Lee
acknowledged Inside Man as his
most successful film and also
explained why he hasn't made a
film in years.
"Inside Man was my most suc-
cessful film [financially], but we
can't get the sequel made. And
one thing Hollywood does well
is sequels. The film's not getting
made. We tried many times. It's
not going to happen."
Lee added, "First of all, what
in this world does not revolve
around money? But money is a
big part of film, unlike a lot of
other art forms."
Lee went on to explain why he
feels that Academy Awards don't
"In 1989, Do the Right Thing
was not even nominated [for
best picture]," said Lee, with
some mock outrage. "What film
won best picture in 1989? Driv-
ing Miss mother f**kng Daisy!
That's why [Oscars] don't mat-
ter," said Lee. "Because 20 years
later, who's wat:lhine Dri'.inr,
Miss Daisy?"
"There are many times in his-
tory where the best work does

not get awarded," he said. "And
I'm not even talking about my
own work. So that's why [the Os-
cars] don't matter."
Although as of late, he hasn't
produced feature films for the
big screen, Lee has stayed busy
over the last few years work-
ing on the documentaries Kobe
Doin' Work as well as If God Is
Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise,
a follow up to his acclaimed
Hurricane Katrina documen-
tary When the Levees Broke: A
Requiem in Four Acts.
Recently Lee teamed up with
Carmelo Anthony to make the
mini-movie Be Heard about the
basketball star's return to the
Brooklyn streets where he once
Last month Lee announced
that he was joining Mike Tyson,
Doug Ellin, and John Ridley to
direct a drama series titled Da
Brick for HBO. The series is said
to be inspired by Tyson's youth
and is being described as a "con-
temporary exploration of what it
means to be a young, Black man
in supposedly post-racial Amer-
The cast of Red Hook Summer
has not been announced.


for the Humanities, which re-
quires the museum to raise an
additional $1.5 million from
private sources. Price said the
museum was making progress
toward that goal and would an-
nounce some major gifts in the
next few months.
The Newark Museum, which
has long received a major por-
tion of its funding from the
State of New Jersey, has had to
cope with a more than 50 per-
cent reduction in its state sub-
sidy in recent years. Last year
it let go 15 percent of its staff
and closed for a month in the
late summer. "The institution is
doing what all institutions are
doing, which is focus on your
core strengths and bring those
forward and work with your



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Event planner beats hurdles

By Randy Grice

When it comes to bouncing back, Dontavia
White-Beck, 25, is probably the definition. The
event planner has had her fair share of set
backs. After losing a full scholarship at Florida
Memorial University and having a child as a
teen, she refused to give up.
"I had a four-year scholarship to Florida Memo-
rial University, but then I had a baby at 19," she
said. "I lost my scholarship there, then I got
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Patricia C.
Hodge is the new superintendent of
Florida A&M University Developmental
Research School (FAMU DRS).
"I am very excited about the oppor-
tunity," said Hodge, a Pompano Beach
native. "This school has a long history
of educating African-American students
and I am excited to be a part of that."
Hodge, who previously served as the
principal for Florida Atlantic University
Schools, said some of her goals include
increasing the research opportuni-
ties for FAMU faculty and FAMU DRS
faculty; expanding the educational op-

portunities for students at DRS, such as
dual enrollment; increasing advanced
placement type programs; and increas-
ing the early education programs for the
school's pre-K and elementary students.
"Dr. Hodge will be a remarkable ad-
dition to FAMU DRS," said Provost and
Vice President for Academic Affairs Cyn-
thia Hughes Harris. "She is very driven
and dedicated to education. Her com-
mitment to students makes her a perfect
match for the research school. We are
fortunate to have her leadership and
look forward to working with her to
Please turn to HODGE 8D

Obama appoints lead consumer agency


By David Jackson

President Obanma officially
nominated Richard Cordray re-
cently to head up the new Con-
sumer Financial Protection Bu-
reau, while warning Republicans
he would resist efforts to water
down" new rules targeting un-
scrupuloLus \Wall Street practices.
'The fact is the financial crisis
and the recession ',.ere not the
result of normal econrjmic cycles
or lust a run of bad luck. Obama
said during a Pose Garden cer-
emom. There w-re- abuses and
there v.as a lack of smart regulia-
So we're- not Just aCing to
shrug our shoulders and hope it
doesn't happen aiain.'

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President Obama announces the nomination of former Ohio
Attorney General Richard Cordray, right, to serve as the first
director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Senate republicanss, mean-
v'hill, warned Obama that the,
would fight confirmation of Cojr-
dray or another nominee until
changes are made to the Con-
sumer Financial Protection Bu-
Without proper oversight. the
CFPB will onil' multiply the kind
of ccuriltless buird,-nsoine reiilla-
tions tha t are holding our econo-
mil back r!-it now. said S,:nate
Minoritri, Leader RMitch McCon-
nell. R-Ky 'It will ha\e count-
less unintended consequences
for individuals arid small busi-
nesses that constrict credit, stifle
griow\tl, and dcestro', jubs."
Obama.i sa3:l thet. nrie financial
r e u! .i at-,ins passed last year were
Please turn to CORDRAY 8D

Jobless claims rise above expectations

By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The
number of Americans filing new
claims for unemployment ben-
efits rose more than expected last
week, pointing to a labor market
that is struggling to regain mo-
Initial claims for state un-
employment benefits increased
10,000 to a seasonally adjusted

418,000, the Labor Department
said recently.
Economists polled by Reuters
had forecast claims rising to
410,000 from a previously report-
ed 405,000.
"We're just stuck in this trend
between 410,000 and 430,000.
Generally we're just really not
seeing any improvement but also
not much worsening," said Jeffrey
Greenberg, an economist with No-

mura Securities in New York.
Stock index futures held ear-
lier gains after the data, while the
dollar extended losses against the
, The claims data covered the sur-
vey period for the closely watched
nonfarm payrolls count for July,
which will be released on August
Initial claims fell 11,000 be-
tween the June and July survey

periods, suggesting a modest im-
provement in payrolls after June's
paltry 18,000 gain.
Job growth has faltered in the
last two months, in line with the
generally weak tone in the econ-
A rise in layoffs held.back pay-
roll growth in May, according to
the department's latest Job Open-
ings and Labor Turnover Survey,
Please turn to CLAIMS 8D


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Black seniors will need more than Social Security to survive

By Wilhelmina Leigh, Ph.D.
NNPA Columnist

Times have changed since your par-
ents retired with a pension and a gold
watch after 25 years on the job. For
today's working adults, retirement is
more likely to be based on the safety-
net level of benefits from Social Se-
curity, supplemented with personal
savings and investment. The catch
is, however, that too many Blacks are

saving too little for retirement. The
fact that 70 percent of Black work-
ers had saved less than $25,000 for
retirement (according to the Employ-
ment Benefit Research Institute) sug-
gests there will be little "gold" in our
golden years.
Traditionally, retirement income
has come from three sources (Social
Security, employer pensions and per-
sonal savings and investment) and,
thus, has been characterized as a

three-legged stool. How-
ever, the disappearance of
employer-sponsored defined
benefit pensions and their
replacement by employer-
sponsored defined contribu-
tion retirement plans sug-
gests that the retirement
income stool will soon have
only two legs.
Nearly two of every five
Blacks (37 percent) in a 2009

- .


Joint Center poll indicated
that they expected Social
Security to be a major
source of income during
their retirement. This ex-
pected major source of re-
tirement income, however,
provided average monthly
retirement benefits at the
end of 2009 of only $1,120
for Black males and $960
for Black females. These

monthly average benefits generate an
annual income only slightly greater
than the federal poverty threshold for
persons 65 years and older ($10,458).
Over the next 75 years, if no modi-
fications are made to the Social Se-
curity program, its pay-as-you-go fi-
nancing system will be challenged by
national demographics and payments
will fall below their already modest
levels. But there's more bad news:
Please turn to SENIORS 8D

D .

Fewer college-

linked credit

cards issued

2009 law limited their


By Brian Tumulty

WASHINGTON -The number of credit
cards issued through colleges and alumni
associations declined 17 percent last year,
according to a survey released last week by
the Federal Reserve.
Consumer advocates say the decline re-
flects a 2009 law that limits the marketing
of credit cards to undergraduates.
The Fed survey also showed that the
number of marketing agreements between
credit card companies and colleges, univer-
sities and alumni associations declined by
41 to 1,004, a four percent drop from 2009.
The 2009 Credit Card Act bars students
under 21 from obtaining a credit card un-
less they prove they can make payments or
they get a cosigner. The law also prohibits
gifts for opening accounts.
The number of credit cards issued
through colleges and alumni associations
declined by 340,409 last year from just
over two million in 2009 to 1.7 million last
year, according to the Federal Reserve'.
Colleges and alumni associations re-
ceived $73.3 million last year from credit
card marketing agreements, down 13 per-
cent from $84.5 million in 2009.
College affinity cards are especially
popular among alumni of schools such as
Penn State, the University of Texas, the
University of Michigan and the University
of Southern California.
The Penn State Alumni Association
earned $4.29 million last year from its
marketing agreement with FIA Card Ser-
vices, which had 70,060 alumni accounts.
The Cornell Alumni Federatiodnreceived
$904,575 from its marketing agreement
last year, according to Federal Reserve
data. The money was used for a scholar-
ship fund, to support alumni programs
Please turn to CARDS 8D


again pay for

dot.com stocks

By Matt Krantz

Some analysts fear investors who have
forgotten history are doomed to repeat it
when it comes to Internet IPOs.
Just 11 years after the dot-com bust, one
of the biggest periods
of wealth destruction
ever on Wall Street,
investors are paying
rich prices for newly .
minted Internet stocks
again. '-.
The renewed furor .:
was clear recently,
when real estate web- .
site Zillow jv ir i.ped 79
percent in its first day
of trading. That's the ZUCKERBERG
latest sign of inves- Focebook CEO
tors' growing eagerness
to get a piece of new Internet companies,
*Escalating valuations for recent IPOs.
Investors are paying $135 for each $1 in
profit earned by home rental service Ho-
meAway, and more than $1,000 for each $1
in profit at professional networking service
LinkedIn, says Standard & Poor's Capital
IQ. In Zillow's case, the company isn't even
Please turn to STOCKS 8D

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Local event planing business caters to client's specific needs

continued from 7D

back in school at Florida Interna-
tional University where I graduated
wit my bachelors degree at 23. I
teach writing at Miami Dade College
part-time and my business is basi-
cally full-time. I like to be my own
boss and I don't like to have a limit
on my creativity. I set my own hours
and I just really like to work for me,
I feel like I work harder for myself."

As an event planner, she has de-
veloped a certain talent for catering
to the Haitian community.
"I have done a couple of Haitian
events," she said. "I have done
fashion shows, weddings and baby
showers. I work with all cultures.
My clients range from caucasian to
of course my own people, African-
Americans. I've done weddings from
as small as $2,500 all the way up
to $20,000, you don't have to spend
a lot of money to have a nice and

elegant event."
Her business, Xxclusive Events
is a full-service event planning and
designing company. She set up shop
about two years ago but has been
devising her plan for six years. The
businesses specializes in creating
memorable experiences for their cli-
ents. The main goal of the company
is to create unique events that cater
to meet each client's specific needs.
White-Beck's business is also fo-
cused on being economical. They of-

fer customized packages that keep
customers well within their budgets.
"We do everything," White-Beck
said. "Corporate events, corporate
retreats, meeting, launch parties,
grand opening, music tours. I have
been music tour lately, I do promo-
tion events, I do everything. I give
people options. If they are not able
to meet the budget sometimes I'll
change the theme around or I'll
sit down with a client and see the
things that we can do without."

Baby Boomers will need more help for life after retirement

continued from 7D

The solvency of the So-
cial Security system may
be in grave danger due to
the following: the retiring
of the large Baby Boom
population (those born
between 1946 and 1964);
an increase of the life ex-
pectancy of the "older" old;
and declining birth rates.
The landscape of em-

ployer pensions and retire-
ment plans does not look
promising for Blacks, who
are more likely to be unem-
ployed and underemployed
than other racial/ethnic
groups a fact that has
been unchanged for many
decades. When employed,
Blacks are hit hard by the
shrinking availability of
employer-sponsored re-
tirement plans.
The landscape of em-

ployer pensions and re-
tirement plans does not
look especially promising
for Blacks, who are more
likely to be unemployed
and underemployed than
other racial/ethnic groups
- a fact that has been
unchanged for many de-
Personal saving and in-
vestment independent of
employment (for example,
Individual Retirement Ac-

counts, or IRAs), thus, be-
comes the major source
of income to supplement
Social Security retirement
benefits. A key issue for
Blacks is having the dis-
posable income to save. A
2009 Joint Center poll
found that 53 percent of
Blacks at all income levels
- and 65 percent with in-
come of $35,000 or less -
"wanted to save but did not
have enough money to."

Raising our current re-
tirement income status
from only 30 percent who
have saved $25,000 or
more for their retirement
should become a priority
for Blacks. Otherwise, our
definition of retirement
may become confined to
working (either full-time
or part-time) until the day
we die, or eking out an ex-
istence on Social Security
benefits alone.

A Hialeah Women's Center
Advanced GYN Clinic
All Motors
Anthrium Gardens Florist
Blue Cross Blue Shield of FL
C. Brian Hart Insurance
City of Miami Beach Housing Authority
City of Miami Purchasing Department
Don Bailey
J&K Roofing
Law Office of Daniel Schwarz, P.A.
Love Doctor
Miami-Dade County OSBM
Mike Gomez Construction Consulting, Inc.
North Shore Medical Center
Office of Commissioner Audrey M. Edmondson
Perry's Florist
Precision Roofing Corp.
Richmond Perrine Optimist Club
Suffolk Construction
Universal Pictures
Verizon Wireless

Labor market struggling, more apply for jobless benefits

continued from 7D

which was released last week.
Layoffs were probably be-
hind the downshift in em-
ployment growth in June as
A major consumer food
producer, PepsiCo Inc, tem-
pered its full-year outlook
on Thursday due to .econom-
ic uncertainty, sending its
shares down slightly in pre-
market trading.
The maker of Pepsi-Cola,
Frito-Lay snacks and Quaker
oatmeal said it now expects
2011 earnings to grow at a
high single-digit rate.
The company said the
new goal reflects greater
uncertainty regarding mac-
roeconomic and consumer
trends for 2011, high global
6?:,nmmoodii-: ,-, os( i n tT ti.,r
ard ongoing investments in
emerging markets and brand


Youth Opportunity (YO!) Academy student Samira
Gardner, 20, stands in front of a poster about resumes
on a wall at the Westside Youth Opportunity Center. The
15 percent unemployment rate for 20- to 24-year-olds
in March was more than double the rate for those over
age 55, according to Labor Department data.

A government shutdown in
ITiffin t r,:,lt,- ,,g .:; u.A -r
impasse resulted in an addi-
tional 1,750 state employees

filing claims for jobless ben-
efits last week, the Labor De-
: itrneint -ii'Th I';;ti:. iih
ended this week.
Initial claims have now

been above the 400,000
mark for 15 straight weeks.
That level is usually associ-
ated with a stable labor mar-
The four-week moving av-
erage of claims, considered a
better measure of labor mar-
ket trends, slipped 2,750 to
The number of people still
receiving benefits under reg-
ular state programs after an
initial week of aid dropped
50,000 to 3.70 million in the
week ended July 9.
The number of Americans
on emergency unemployment
benefits declined 80,133 to
3.15 million in the week end-
ed July 2, the latest week for
which data is available.
A total of 7.33 million peo-
ple were claiming unemploy-
ment benefits during that
period under all programs,
down 159,000 from the prior

FAMU appoints new superintendent of research school

continued from 7D

take FAMU DRS to the next
Hodge earned her bach-
elor's degree in 1986 from
the University of Florida in
Gainesville; her master's in
1989 from Atlanta University
in Atlanta, Ga.; a specialist
degree in educational lead-
ership in 2000 from Florida
Atlantic University (FAU) in
Boca Raton, FL; and her doc-
torate in 2008 from FAU.
Prior to serving as the prin-
cipal for FAU Schools, she
worked as the assistant prin-
cipal for the school system.

While working with Lloyd
Estates Elementary School
in Broward County, her ma-
jor functions were adminis-
tration, supervision, fiscal
management, grant writing
and parent and community
During her tenure, from
2002-2004, the school
achieved an A+ school rating,
achieved AYP annually and
created the Targeted Assis-
tance Program, which helped
students who were having
difficulties with their aca-
demics. She also supervised
all expenditures, authored
various competitive grants
and served as the interim

chair of transition for the
School Advisory Board.
She is a member of the
Education Law Association,
Florida Association of School
Administrators, National
Association of Elementary
School Principals, National
Association of Laboratory
Schools, Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc., National So-
ciety of Collegiate Scholars,
and Kiwanis Club Interna-
Founded in 1887, FAMU
DRS, formerly known as
Lucy Moten, was estab-
lished as a Teacher Training
School for FAMU. The mis-
sion of the K-12 school is to

conduct research, demon-
stration and evaluation of
the management of teaching
and learning. FAMU DRS
places ct~rriculum empha-
sis on mathematics, science,
technology and foreign lan-
guages. The faculty and staff
are committed to providing
a quality education for stu-
dents by promoting rigor
and innovative strategies for
.teaching and learning.
"I will be calling everyone
on campus as soon as I get
the opportunity," she.said. "I
hope they can speak with me
so we can begin to work to
make FAMU DRS the school
I know it can be."

More investors participating in internet stocks

continued from 7D

turning a profit.
SSurging prices for compa-
nies yet to go public. Facebook
isn't expected to go public un-
til at least next year, yet on
private markets, the company
commands a value of $82.4
billion, according to Shares-
Post. That exceeds the value of
Disney at $74 billion.
*Rising supply of Internet
stocks. So far, 25 of the year's

79 IPOs are technology firms,
IPOScoop says. And 14 of
those tech IPOs are Internet
companies with more to come,
including coupon site Grou-
pon later this year, Renais-
sance Capital says.
Investors "don't look at ra-
tional valuation metrics," says
Francis Gaskins of IPOdesk-
The same thing happened in
the tech bubble. Among 10 of
the most high-profile Internet
IPOs from the sizzling 1998-

to-2000 period, none made
money for investors, and.some
produced massive losses, My
Private Banking says. For in-
stance, shares of social-net-
working pioneer TheGlobe are
down 99 percent from their
Some experts say the mania
hasn't reached 2000 levels yet.
This year's 14 Internet IPOs
pale next to the 272 in 1999
and 152 in 2000, says Jay
Ritter, professor of finance at
the University of Florida. And

unlike 1999 and 2000, when
many dot-coms didn't even
have revenue, all the Internet
companies that went public
this year do, Renaissance's
Paul Bard says.
But while the latest crop of
Internet stocks may not crash,
investors still may be disap-
pointed, Ritter says. When in-
vestors pay such rich prices,
even if the companies succeed,
"with such high valuations,
the possibility of a big upside
just isn't there," he says.

Number of college-related credit cards decrease

continued from 7D

such as class reunions, and
for an alumni grant program
to spur 'innovation, accord-
ing to Richard Banks, the
school's associate vice presi-
dent for alumni affairs and
development administration.
Ed Mierzwinski, director
of the consumer program at
the National Association of
State Public Interest Research
Groups, thinks the 2009 law
and increased transparency
have encouraged colleges and
their trustees to move away
from marketing agreements

that involve undergraduates.
"I don't think the industry
has given up on students, but
some colleges have eliminated
students from their ongoing
contracts," Mierzwinski said.
Even before the 2009 law,
Cornell banned credit card
marketing kiosks at hockey,
lacrosse, basketball and foot-
ball games, Banks said.
"We were probably ahead of
the curve," he said.
Previously, Cornell's mar-
keting agreement with Chase
had provided the company
with free tickets to sporting
events for its employees to
staff the kiosks, and they had

permission to give away T-
shirts and other merchandise
to new customers.
Chase stopped using stu-
dent mailing lists nationally
in 2006, according to spokes-
man Steve O'Halloran. It also
stopped on-campus market-
ing to students in 2007 and
ended alumni-focused ath-
letic marketing in 2008.
More recently, Chase in-
formed Cornell it no longer
intends to market the affinity
cards, even to alumni, Banks
The company ranked third
in college marketing agree-
ments in effect last year with

28, far behind FIA Card Ser-
vices' 848 and U.S. Bank As-
sociation ND's 54.
One controversial aspect of
the deals that hasn't changed
is that they pay many col-
leges and alumni associa-
tions more if customers carry
more debt, according to Josh
Frank, senior researcher at
the Center for Responsible
The deals help alumni as-
sociations financially, but
they "are not necessarily a
good deal for a student with-
out a job and without in-
come," said Ruth Susswein of
Consumer Action.

President appoints CFPB director

continued from 7D

needed because in the
past "the tables were
tilted against ordinary
people in the financial
"When you get a home
loan, it came with pag-
es of fine print," Obama
said. "When you got
a credit card, it was
as if the contract was

written in another lan-
Cordray, a former at-
torney general of Ohio,
has been the enforce-
ment chief for the new
In selecting Cordray,
Obama passed over the
new bureau's creator,
Harvard professor Eliz-
abeth Warren.
Republicans had also
vowed to oppose War-

ren's nomination.
Today, McConnell
said he wanted to "re-
mind" Obama that
"Senate Republicans
still aren't interested
in approving any one
to the position until
the president agrees to
make this massive new
government bureau-
cracy more account-
able and transparent to
the American people."

Project MCC-M-018-A
MIA-South Terminal Improvement Penthouse 17

Mike Gomez Construction is soliciting bids for this project at Miami-Dade Avia-
tion Department.

This project consists of upgrade to HVAC system and fire evacuation to include
electrical work and painting. Packages bidding are: Pkg. "A" General Concrete
Work (CSBE), Pkg. "B" HVAC (CSBE), Pkg. "C" Painting (CSBE), Pkg. "D" Elec-
trical (CSBE).

Pre-bid Conference (Mandatory): Thursday, August 4, 2011 @ 10:00AM
Bids Due: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 2:00PM
Pre-Bid Location: 4200 N.W. 36th Street, Bldg. 5A, 4th Floor, Conf. Room

For more information, call Ginny Mirabal or J. Caballero @ 305-876-8444.

Project MCC-Q-103-A
MIA-Temporary Shoring of Bridges 3062 B & C

Mike Gomez Construction is soliciting bids for this project at Miami-Dade Avia-
tion Department.

This project consists of installing support structure for two bridges leading to
short term parking lot. Packages bidding are: Pkg. "A" Site Construction (CSBE),
Pkg. "B" Structural Steel Columns (CSBE), Pkg. "C" Concrete Footings (CSBE),
Pkg. "D" Painting (CSBE).

Pre-bid Conference (Mandatory): Wednesday, August 3, 2011 @ 10:00AM
Bids Due: Thursday, August 11, 2011 @ 2:00PM
Pre-Bid Location: 4200 N.W. 36th Street, Bldg. 5A, 4th Floor, Conf. Room "F".

For more information, call Ginny Mirabal or J. Caballero @ 305-876-8444.


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 above ad-
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 '.'.iI 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 appfir': tl-ns will be accepted until one week before respec-
tive bid date. Send n.:.i.:, ai:,lln to iotto(@suffolkconstruction.com to receive a
prequalification package.

S~uffoeI 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.



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FAMU will host the C.E.O. experience

- The former president
of Motown Records
joined Florida A&M
University (FAMU) of-
ficials during a press
conference to an-
nounce the Creativity
Education Opportunity
(C.E.O.) Experience, a
music and entertain-
ment industry confer-
ence scheduled for No-
vember 3 and November
4 on the campus. The
conference will offer
new artists, producers,
journalists, .graphic
designers, public rela-
tions and business stu-
dents direct access and
inside information on
launching and sustain-
ing a successful career
in the music and enter-
tainment business.
"As Florida A&M
University moves to-
ward its 2020 vision
with courage, we are
charged with provid-
ing pedagogical ex-
periences that appeal
to the interests of the
current and future
FAMUans," said FAMU
President James H.
Ammons. "This new
Music Industry Stud-
ies program addresses
the industry's. need
for technically quali-
fied, socially and liber-
ally educated individu-
als who are trained to
work in interdisciplin-
ary settings in a fast-
changing global work-
Music industry exec-
utive Al Bell announced
plans to establish a
partnership with the
university, which will
provide resources for
the FAMU Institute for
Hip Hop and Music In-
dustry Studies as well
as scholarships for stu-
dents pursuing careers
in music and enter-
tainment industries.
Bell will be the key-
note speaker for the
C.E.O. Experience
conference. Bell, who
started in the enter-
tainment business as a
radio broadcaster, be-
came owner and chair-
man of Stax Records
and former president
of Motown Records. He
is recognized as one
of the "Most Influen-
tial African Americans
in Radio" and was re-
cently honored with


Julian White (I-r), chair of the Department of Music and di-
rector of Bands; Al Bell, former president of Motown Records;
President James H. Ammons and Kawachi Clemons, director of
the Institute of Hip-Hop and Music Industry Studies.

the Grammy Trustee
Award for his signifi-
cant contributions to
the recording field.
"And history will
show that Florida Agri-
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cal leadership needs of
our American society,
American culture and
the American music in-
dustry," said Bell.
Conference session
panels will include

discussions on the fol-
lowing: career develop-
ment, the digital age of
media, video produc-
tion, record companies
101, and public rela-
tions. The Professional
Networking Fair al-
lows participants the
opportunity to meet
and greet representa-
tives from various mu-
sic and media compa-
James Hawkins,
dean of FAMU's School
of Journalism and
Graphic Communica-
tion, expressed how
this will be a wonder-
ful opportunity for
"The School of Jour-
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Communication is
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Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office located
at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the following:



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

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



Detailed scope of work and specifications for this bid are available at the City
of Miami, Purchasing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement
Telephone No. 305-416-1958.

Deadline for Receipt of Reauests for Additional Information/Clarification:
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Hawkins. "Bringing
leaders from the mu-
sic and entertainment
industry to campus
will foster the cultiva-
tion of internships and
other opportunities for
our students."
Hip-hop icon Chris-

topher "Play" Martin,
of Kid 'n Play fame,
who currently serves
as a professional-in-
residence with the In-
stitute for Hip Hop and
Music Industry Stud-
ies, stated how hon-
ored he is to be a part

of the conference.
"I am very excited
and honored to not
only be a part of an
event like this, which
is long overdue, for the
advancement of the
music industry," said



Bids will be received by The Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach
(HACMB) for IFB #3-2011 for the Leonard Turkel Residences New Construc-
tion of Affordable Housing at 234-246 Jefferson Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida
33139, until September 2, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. The IFB package will be available
from the HACMB Executive Office, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
starting on July 11, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. A non-refundable fee of $500.00 in the
form of a check, cashier's check or money order made payable to the HACMB
will be required to obtain a bid package. A mandatory pre-bid conference will
be held on August 2, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Rebecca Towers North, Multi-Pur-
pose Room, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, and a site visit will
be conducted at the conclusion of the pre-bid conference.

The HACMB reserves the right to accept any proposal deemed to be in the best
interest of the HACMB, to waive any informality in any proposal, to reject any or
all proposals, or to advertise for new proposals. HACMB does not discriminate
on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. For
TDD users, please dial 1-800-545-1833, ext. 773.


Miami-Dade County will hold a public meeting in your area to discuss proposed
adjustments to taxes andlor fees. On each of the dates and locations listed below, the
Office of Management and Budget will make a presentation to discuss the FY 2011-12
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Hialeah Senior High School Miami Arts Museum
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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

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
1326 NW 1 PLACE
Clean, one bedroom, one
bath. $430 monthly.
135 NW 18 Street
Two bedroom one bath
$450 month S700 move
in All appliances included
Free 19 inch LDC TV
Call Joel

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

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

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

1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $350
monthly. $575 move in. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

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

172 NW 52 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$650 Free waierieleciricity

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 5850 to
move in All appliances
included Free 19 inch LCD
TV Call
Joel 786-355-7578

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

200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one Dan h 425
Ms Shorry 786-290-1438

2000 NE 135 Street
Completely remodeled water-
view apartment one bedroom
and one bath $1000, parking
secure, near FIU. 786-663-
210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450.
appliances. 305-642-7080
2230 Fillmore Street
Refrigerator, stove, ceiling
fan, bath and shower.
305-816-6992, 786-262-4701
243 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, central air,
free water $500.
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

3090 NW 134 Street #3
One bedroom, one bath.
$600 monthly, $1000 to move
in. Section 8 Welcome.
3090 NW 134 Street #4
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750 monthly, $1150 to move
in. Section 8 Welcome.
3301 NW 51 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$595 moves you in. Applianc-
es included. 786-389-1686
4470 N.W. 203 Terrace
Two bedrooms apt., one large
bedroom, one bath, walk in
closet,, fenced in yard. 305-
812-3773 or 305-401-7227.
One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750
561 NW 6 Street
One odrm one bath S-195
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.
6300 NW 15 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
central air. Water included.
7527 North Miami Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
Renovated, new appliances,
parking. Section 8. HOPWA
OK. $725, plus security. Call
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. No calls after
7 p.m. 305-754-7900.
781 N.W. 80th Street
One bedroom, one bath. Call
786- 295-9961
One bdrm, tile, central air,
water included. $750. Section
8 OKAYI 786-355-5665
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
One Month Free Rent
Two bdrms. starting at $916
Restrictions Apply
Oienown. Liberty City,
Opa-Locka. Brownsville
Apartments Duplexes,
Houses One, Two and
Three Bedrooms Same day
approval Call for specials
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Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three -
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
Easy quality Move in spe.
cals 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.
Remodeled one bedroom.
$625 to $775. NE 78 Street
Overtown Area,
One bdrm, $400
305-603-9592 305-375-0673
Call Mon-Fri 9 am 4 pm
One, two, three bdrm,
1558, 1710, 1730 NW 1 PI
1130, 1132, NW 2 Ave
Please Call 305-603-9682 .
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice one bdrm., air, window
shades, appliances. Free
HOT watdr. Senior Citizens
property. $410 monthly plus
$200 deposit. 305-665-4938
or 305-498-8811

16851 NE 23 Avenue
Two bedrooms, two baths,
$1200 monthly, section 8 OK.
786-277-4395 or 305-624-
64 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1600. Section 8 OK.


Three bedrooms, two baths,
section 8 welcome.

1045 NW 37 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, security bars. Sec-
tion 8 Welcome.
11250 N.W 11 Ave
Two bedrooms, one bath, se-
curity bars, air, tile, new car-
peting. $875 mthly.
1228 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1250 N.W. 44th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750 mthly, 305-625-7843.
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080
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
1810-12 NW 50 Street
Two bdrms, $875 monthly.
305-525-0619 305-331-3899
1826 NW 46 Street
New remodeled two bed-
rooms, one bath, central air,
appliances, section 8 wel-
come. 305-335-0429
1850 NW 42 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances, central air, water
included. Call 786-290-6750
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$500 appliances free gas.

1984 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath, appli-
ances. Section 8 OK. 305-
333-4104 or 305-335-5544.
2375 NW 82 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 ok. 305-903-2931
2452 NW 44 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, $1200 monthly.
2561 York Street
Three bdrms, two baths, air,
Section 8 OK! $1300 mthly,
$700 deposit. 786-955-3071
S2905 NW 135 Street
Three bdrms, one bath,
$1000. Appliances, central
air. 305-642-7080
3151 NW 53 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
newly renovated $800. mthly.
First, last and security.
3186 NW 135 Street
One bdrm, one bath, $650
monthly. Call 954-704-0094
3623 NW 194 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1250 monthly, Section 8
Welcome! 305-761-5256
4427 NW 23 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths
$995, Appliances fenced
yard 305-642-7080
5603 NW 15 Aveune
Two bedrooms, free water
$775 305-992-7503.
574 NE 65 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths.
$900 mthly. 786-488-2264
645 NW 5 COURT
Two bedrooms, one bath with
wash room. 786-287-6005
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
8090 NW 5 Court
Two bedrooms, central air,
fenced yard, free water, $800.
822 NW 60 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$700 Monthly, $1.400 to
move in. 305-282-7953
928 NW 55 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$575. Free Water.

Three bedrooms, two baths,
tile, central air, $1,200. SEC-
TION 8 OK! 786-355-5665
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air. 786-286-2540
Two bdrms, one bath. Utility
room with washer/dry."r hook
up, window air unit. $850
mthly. Call 786-316-8671
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750 monthly. 754-423-3714

1756 NW 85 Street
$550 moves you in.
Call 786-389-1686
47 N.E. 80th Terr #3
$400 monthly, first, last and
security. Call 305-621-4383.
Air, utilities, cable.
$600/$1200 move in

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1973 NW 49 Street
Remodeled, utilities included.
$450 mthly. 702-448-0148
2373 NW 95 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-915-6276, 305-691-3486
3271 SW 97 Terrace
Miramar area. Air and cable.
$500 mthly. 954-437-2714
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
7749 NW 15 Avenue
Kitchen, utilities, air, cable.
$400 mthly. 305-218-4746
Large front bedroom. Weekly
or monthly. 954-292-5058
Clean, quiet room with
security bars. $65 weekly.
Call 305-769-3347
NW 24 Avenue and 52 St.

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

1101 N. W. 58 Street
Four bdrms, two baths, small
deposit. Call 407-256-4038.
1282 NW 45 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, totally remodeled,
$1400 monthly. Section 8
welcome. More properties
available for rent.
1344 N.W. 68 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 305-693-1017,
1417 NE 152 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath
house, $1200 monthly. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1490 NE 152 Street
Three bedrooms, one new
bath, tile, air, bars, $1000.
No section 8. Terry Dellerson,
Realtor. 305-891-6776
1527 NW 100 Street,
Big rooms for rent. $125
weekly, air included, Section
8 OK.
1800 Rutland Street
Newly remodeled three bdrm,
one bath, central air, Section
8 welcome. 786-356-1457
1840 NW 69 Street
Three bedroom, one bath,
Section 8 OKI 305-305-8494
1886 NW 85 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, tile, air, $1200, no sec-
tion 8. Terry Dellerson, Real-
tor. 305-891-6776
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 OKI First, last and
security required. Contact
office 786-295-7224
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

2520 NW 55 Terrace
Won't last! Section 8 wel-
come. Nice and cozy two
bedrooms, one bath, fenced,
carport, quite neighborhood.
or 305-305-8688
2770 NW 194 Terrace
Section 8 OK! Three bdrms,
one and a half baths, cen-
tral air, fresh paint. $1455 a
month. Call Joe

2821 NW 171 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $1,400 ri.ii i, .
2950 NW 49 Street
Three bedrooms, Section
OK. 305-693-1017
3045 N.W. 68 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 OK. 954-704-0094
U 3066 NW 94 STREET
Updated two bdrms, new
kitchen, central air. $1,000
mthly. 305-662-5505
586 NW 83 Street #A
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly. 786-488-2264
7501 N.W. 4th Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$725 monthly. 786-200-1672
810 NW 84 Street
Updated three bedrooms,
one bath, tile, central air.
$1250 monthly 305-662-5505
819 NW 45 STREET
Updated three bdrms, one
bath, family room, central air.
$1,250 mthly. 305-662-5505
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.
One Four Bedrooms, No
Sect 8 Broker: 786-955-9493.
North Shore Area
Remodeled two or three bed-
rooms, one bath, air, $850
per month. With option to buy
2271 NW 81 Terrace
SNice neighborhood. Spacious
two bedrooms, one bath,
central air and Florida room.
Must see to appreciate. First,
last, and security to move
in. $975 monthly. Need past
references and decent credit.
Section 8 Welcome!
Call Lorenzo 786-222-8380
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances. $800 monthly. No.
Section 8. 305-836-7306
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
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Social Security


Proposed price gauge

would reduce cost of living


By Scott Patterson

A new measure to
calculate inflation
that's catching on in
Washington, D.C.,
would have a big irm-
pact on how much
cash is distributed by
Social Security.
More important for
politicians debating
how to fix the nation's
bloated budget: Ana-
lysts say it would cut
the deficit by $200
billion to $300 billion
over the next decade.
The bipartisan "Gang
of Six" plan presented
by six senators last
week proposed shifting
to a so-called chained
consumer price index.
The traditional CPI
simply tracks a basket
of goods, everything
from cars to kitchen
utensils. The basket of
goods doesn't change.
The chained CPI
shifts goods in the
basket every few years,
based on consumer
preferences. The idea
is that if the price of
a good such as beef
shoots higher, con-
sumers will start buy-
ing more chicken. The
basket would then give
a larger .',eichtirin to
chicken '.h-, i 1, '- if
The result: The infla-
tion rate doesn't rise as
quickly because people
are buying more inex-
pensive chicken and
less expensive beef.
The impact on So-
cial Security benefits
would be substantial,
experts say, although
there would be little

pain for seniors early
The annual cost of
living adjustments that
Social Security imple-
ments based on infla-
tion would change.
Economists estimate
that the chained CPI
would likely rise by
about 0.3 percentage
points less a year than
the current CPI.
That means se-
niors would receive a
0.3 percentage-point
smaller increase per
year. The immediate
impact would be small,
but over time it would
add up. Dean Baker,
co-director of the liber-
al Center for Economic
and Policy Research in
Washington, D.C., esti-
mates that benefits 10
years from now would
be 3% lower than they
would be under to-
day's formula. After 20
years, benefits would
be 6% lower.
The change would
save the government
billions in payouts.
"It would have a sig-
nificant long-term
impact on the viabil-
ity of the Social Secu-
rity system," says Bill
Reichenstein, a pro-
fessor of investing at
Baylor University and
expert on retirement
Critics such as Rep.
Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.,
say the shift would
pinch the elderly who
face burdensome
health care costs,
which tend to rise fast-
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12D THE r11!.;l TIMES, JULY 27-AUGUST 2, 2011

Football is back to

.. ..and the NFL
Players Association
voted and said. . let
there be football!"
These words, or
something similar
to them were heard
around the nation
this past Monday

as the final hurdle to
getting football back
was cleared. The play-
ers association met
over the weekend and
voted on Monday to
accept the terms of
the new collective bar-
gaining agreement

us again

(CBA). You will re-
member that late last
week, the owners got
together and voted,
strategically putting
the ball in the players
court as almost to say
"hey, we did our part
now it's your turn."

The players were not
going to be trapped in
a corner and just vote
because the owners
voted. They did the
right thing, took their
time and researched
everything before
raising their hands in
Now in principal,
the deal is agreed.
There are some tech-
nical matters to go
through to ratify this
deal, such as all the
players voting on this
new deal as they re-
port to training camp.
But from what I hear,

this is just a formality.
Player reps will give
the others the "Cliff
Notes" version and
they will vote yay or
nay (but more likely
Now all that's left
to be done is squeeze
three months of
normal off season
work into one week.
Here's how the time-
line breaks down,
per Adam Schefter of
Teams began sign-
ing their free agents
on Monday afternoon.
Teams began talk-

ing to UFAs (undraft-
ed free agents) Mon-
day afternoon.
Teams began sign-
ing UFAs Tuesday at
Teams began talk-
ing trades on Monday.
Any trade made would
not become official
until Saturday.
Contracts for
UFA's would not take
effect until August 2.
Ten teams would
report Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday,
with the Jets and Tex-
ans reporting on Sun-

New league year
would start August 2
at 4 p.m.
Last year, sports
fans had the NBA
free agency to look
forward to, and it did
not disappoint. It was
spread out over sev-
eral months, culmi-
nating with "The De-
cision" on July 8th.
Now take a decision
program and put it on
every day for the next
week or more. Pure
The Miami Dolphins
will be- active in this
free agency time pe-

riod. There are so
many questions left
unanswered. Who will
be brought in to com-
pete with Chad Henne
at quarterback? Will
Ricky be resigned? Or
will it be Ronnie? Does
Jason Taylor return
for a 3rd stint with
the Dolphins? Is this
a make or break year
for the coaching staff
and Jeff Ireland? Dol-
fans will be watching
closely to see what
this team does.
But one thing is for
sure . we are all
glad football is back.

Former college

S football stars

tell boys "do

the right thing"

Liberty City youth to benefit from

SLegends Alumni Classic

By D. Kevin McMeir

t Four former college I o:'tball stars, Randall Hill, Calvin Har-
Sris. Gerard Daphnis and Hinton "Goo" Battle, made
the dreams of _25 Liberty City boys come true
v hern they visited the youth in
i i a r prise visit last week to the
Miami NFL Youth Education
V --- To ,. n (YET) Center, located
c,^ at 7090 NW 22nd Avenue.
And while the four athletes
ilked about their careers, they also pro-
-\ !i ded inte resting conversation as friendly
r i' als frn-m two of the State's top college football
proerams- Florida State University and The University of
Hov I ever, their primary purpose for spending time with
the bo.'s w.as, to encourage the youth to stay committed to
sports programs Ilke those sponsored by the YET Center,
S.-. :, -.:1 n f:, i .i: 11 '.k:e crime and drugs that often derail
; ...-.; ..i. athletes from similarly-impoverished
-. .. -i'.m crr mI niri s snd to "talk to a parent or adult mentor
l ie henn confronted with tough decisions."
All of the boys will be invited to a series of free
Se ents th it will take place during the first an-
Snual Legends Alumni Classic Weekend, sched-
i ruled for August 5 8. Events will be open to
both boys and girls ages, 7 to 18 and include a
sports camp/clinic for football play-
ers and cheerleaders, a health fair
with the opportunity for screen-
Sings, sports physical for camp
participants and more.
Everyone will have a chance to
watch over 60 former college rivals
engage in a friendly game of flag
football. And for eager alumni and
other interested adults, there will be a celebrity golf tournament and tailgate party,
"We can talk about football and sports all day long but we have to also share information with you
boys about life," Harris said. "For many of you some of the best things you can look forward to are
life's opportunities but it's the decisions that you make now and every day that will determine whether
you can one day make your dreams come true. Each of us was once where you are now but we prac-
ticed hard and stayed out of trouble. It wasn't easy but we had great people around us and so do
Daphnis admitted to the boys that when he was growing up he often found it hard not to follow the
"It's a lot harder to be a leader than it is to be a follower," he said. "Playing high school and college
football helped me to grow up. And even if you don't make it to the pros, and the chances are slim that
you will, you need to stay focused and give your very best."
Battle, now a highly-respected business man, says he wants young boys to see that there is more to
the game than just playing on the field.
"I never played pro ball but I have had the chance to mentor hundreds of young men who were all
part of the Florida State football program," he said. "Some of you will be tempted to get involved in
drugs, robbery and other negative activities. We want to encourage you to think carefully about the
decisions you make. There's nothing that says you can't be the owner of an NFL team one day."

Hill, a former Miami Dolphin who
has since become a federal agent,
told the boys that what matters
most is thinking about life after
sports is over.
"All four of us had great fun and
success in football but now we are
doing other things with our lives,"
She said. "You have to get your edu-
cation too because one day you will
have to move on with your career.
Football only lasts for so long."
The proceeds from the weekend
will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of
Miami-Dade and Tallahassee and
the NFL Yet Center. For more infor-
mation go to www.legendsalumni-


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-By Mike Groll, AP
Pat Gillick,.left, Roberto Alomar, center, and Bert Blyleven hold their plaques
after their induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Parade of enshrinees

respected executives in the
Pat Gillick, former GM
of the Toronto Blue Jays,
Baltimore Orioles, Seattle
Mariners and Philadelphia
Phillies, became the fourth
executive inducted into the
Hall of Fame, and longtime
executive Roland Hemond
received the Buck O'Neil
"This was my first time
here, and probably my last,"
said Phillies scout Gordon
Lakey, who has worked
with Gillick for 28 years.
"The best testament Pat
is that here we are, in the
heart of the trade season."
It was the biggest influx
of executives to attend an
induction ceremony, Hall of
Fame President Jeff Idelson
In addition to celebrating
his career, Gillick, 73, field-
ed questions about his fu-
ture. A special assistant for
the Phillies, he denied Sun-
day that he was interested
in becoming the Chicago
Cubs general manager.
"I wouldn't be interested
in being a GM," he said. "If
there was a possibility of a
presidency or something
like that, then I'd take a
look at it."

Alomar, Blyleven and Gillick

enter Baseball Hall of Fame

By Bob Nightengale

The fans and family mem-
bers furiously waved. their
Puerto Rican flags Sunday
in honor of second baseman
Robert Alomar.
The Minnesota Twins
chanted, "Circle me, Bert,"
to pitcher Bert Blyleven.
And the Blue Jays fans'
cheered every time Pat Gil-
lick talked about Canadian
pride and winning back-to-
to-back World Series cham-
pionships in Toronto.
The National Baseball
Hall of Fame induction cer-
emony for the first time
in years, and perhaps last
time in awhile focused
on nothing more than base-
There was no talks of
steroids. No mention of the
recent trials of Roger Cle-
mens or Barry Bonds. The
debate on whether Peter
Rose should be in the Hall
of Fame didn't even come
"It was just a beautiful
weekend," said Chicago

Cubs Hall of Famer Billy
Williams says. "Baseball,
just baseball."
In addition to focusing on
Alomar, Blyleven. and Gil-
lick, Hall of Famers and
.others in attedance talk-
ed of those honored here
who died in the past year
-Sparky Anderson, Bob
Feller, Duke Snider, Dick
Williams and Harmon Kil-
"This is the first time I've
come back where there have
been so many people that
have died," Hall of Fame
pitcher Don Sutton says.
"It's like there are huge
holes in a family reunion."
They offered prayers for
Hall of Fame catcher Gary
Carter, who's battling brain
cancer. "Gary, keep battling
the way that you always
have," Blyleven said during
his induction speech.
With the trade deadline
approaching, this is one
of the busiest times of the
year for baseball general
managers and scouts, but
they did find time Sunday
to honor two of the most

Shaq disses Chris Bosh, calls

the Miami Heat the 'Big 2'

By Amir Shaw

Shaquille O'Neal is pre-
paring for life as an NBA
commentator months before
the start of the NBA season.
O'Neal, who recently became
a member of "Inside the NBA"
on TNT, set the tone of being
a controversial commentator
by dissing Chris Bosh.
When asked his thoughts
about the Miami Heat re-
turning to the NBA Fi-
nals during a segment on
NBATV, O'Neal said, "The
Miami Heat, they've got a
lot of great players, the 'Big

Shaquille O'Neal

Two.' They will be back."
Obviously, the 'Big Two' is
Dwyane Wade and LeBron
James. Bosh often strug-
gled during the season with
the Heat, and he didn't find
a rhythm with the team un-
til the playoffs.
O'Neal has taken a ver-
bal jab at Bosh in the past
by calling him the "RuPaul
of Big Men." By joining the
zany antics of Charles Bar-
kley and Kenny Smith on
"Inside The NBA," fans can
expect more controversial
remarks from O'Neal in the

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