The Miami times.
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Title: The Miami times.
Uniform Title: Miami times
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Language: English
Creator: Miami times
Publisher: The Magic Printery,
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Publication Date: 8/3/2011
Subjects / Keywords: African Americans -- Newspapers. -- Florida
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General Note: Editor: H.F. Sigismund Reeves, <Jan. 6, 1967-Dec. 27, 1968>.
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Will decision benefit community at-large?

By D. Kevin McNeir

County Court Judge
Teretha L. Thomas has issued
a final judgment in the case
of Miami-Dade County versus
Greene Dreams Shoe Care
Center, Inc., and awarded the

plaintiff, Tyrone Greene [own-
er] a sum of $13,000. Greene
was fighting eviction by the
County and hoping to remain
on NW 7th Avenue and 62nd
Street in a building that
has housed his family-owned
business for almost 50 years.
Greene will be allowed to re-

In a

main until 2014 but
will be responsible
for roof repairs.
Greene's conten-
tion is that the pro-
posed NW 7th Av-. .
enue Transit Village
Project did not in- -
clude existing small EDMONSON

separate but relat-
ed case, the Mi-
ami Workers Center
(MWC) reached a set-
tlement with County
attorneys that will al-
low the non-profit or-
ganization to stay in
its 7th Avenue build-
ing through the end
of their lease which

ends February 2012.
MWC must pay back rent
in the amount of $10,000,
has agreed to withdraw
its claim for an alleged
$30,000 in repairs to the
facility and must remain
current in its $2,100
monthly rental fee. I
"You can't just build
something in the Black com-
munity and not guarantee


that the local
Residents and
S-- businesses be
the ones to ben-
efit," said Greene
in a prepared
statement. "I will
not be bought off
DREENE or bullied by the
County. This is
a multi-million dollar corner
Please turn to RULING 10A

N'western principal:

Fifth in six-year period

Aristide to bring a new vision I

-Miam Times photo/Jimmie Davis, Jr.
CONCERNED PARENTS: A full house of parents and friends joined coaches and leaders of the North-
side Optimist Club in a meeting with law officials where they demanded increased police protection fol-
lowing the recent drive-by shooting at West Little River Park that injured four children.

Optimist Club calls for

more police protection

Parentsfear for kids'safety
at West Little River Park
By Jimmie Davis, Jr.

Bang, bang, bang is what Northside Opti-
mist football coach Eduardo Barnes, 42, and
a group of children heard as they attended
football practice one week ago last Tuesday at
West Little River Park (2326 NW 84th Street).
But as they turned and noticed everyone run-
ning for cover, they soon realized that what
they heard were not firecrackers but gunshots
ringing in their ears.
Barnes' daughter Zamara, 15, and her

nephew, Jabhari Payne, 3, were both shot by
masked gunmen who jumped out of a dark-
colored vehicle and unleashed a hail of bul-
lets from an AK-47 and a .40 caliber handgun,
while dozens of kids were on the football field.
Debonair Blake, 14, and an 11-year-old were
also wounded. Luckily, there were no casu-
alties this time anyway. However, things
could have been much worse.
"Daddy, daddy I got hit," is what Zamara
told her father as she bled from a gunshot
wound that entered her stomach and came out
through her back.
Zamara was carrying her nephew and as
the bullet exited from her back it struck him.
Please turn to SHOOTING 10A

Activist "Ricky"

Thomas dies at 79

Richard "Ricky" Thomas, who spent 40 years
in this community as a musician, newspaper
columnist, radio commentator and political
activist, died Monday at Memorial Hospital in
Pembroke Pines. He was 79.
Funeral will be held one o'clock, Saturday at
Mt. Hermon AME Church in Miami Gardens.


By Randy Grice

The search for a new prin-
cipal at Miami Northwestern
Senior High has ended and
the new leadership was cho-
sen from in-house. Wallace
Aristide, the four-year-plus
veteran vice-principal of the
school, will take the reigns as
the new principal.
"Everyone has been sup-
portive and I am extremely
impressed," Aristide said. "I

really feel good about that
and I see a lot of good things
happening at Miami North-
western Senior High School. I
am deeply honored and hum-
bled to build on the tradition
of excellence and community
pride at Miami Northwest-
The Bahamian-born,
47-year-old said he has a dis-
tinct vision for Northwestern.
"I intend to build up a col-
lege-going culture," he said.
"I want our kids to begin

to think long-term. I want
our students to think about
Please turn to ARISTIDE 9A

Miramar player's death


Laurencin's death:
Eighth teen athlete
fatality since 1992

By D. Kevin McNeir

The sudden and tragic death
of Miramar High football play-
er Isaiah Laurencin, 16, who
died last Wednesday after be-
ing overcome during an eve-
ning workout with other team-
mates, marks the eighth death

of teen
da sine

dangers of heat
whether his death could have
been avoided, but with the
first official day for fall sports
Practices slated for Monday,
August 8th, Miami-Dade ath-
letic officials say they have
put coaches on alert and re-
Siterated policies related to
safety in their efforts to avoid
similar tragedies. It should
be noted that Laurencin was
not participating in a prac-
tice that is to say he was
AIAH LAURENCIN not using helmets, pads or
athletes in South Flori- engaging in full contact. How-
ce 1992. ever, even engaging in less
stions remain as to Please turn to HEAT 10A

Who profits from Poinciana's fall?
By D. Kevin McNeir and demolition crews soon.
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com There has been much discussion about the

The Poinciana Village in Overtown [201 and
269 NW 7th Street] was built in 1990 and tout-
ed as one of the first Black-owned condomini-
ums in Miami. But now with 50 of its 64 units
already sold or in the final states of closing,
it looks like this landmark will face bulldozers

once-proud Overtown community and given its
proximity to downtown Miami, it has always
been a coveted location for residents, busi-
nesses and developers alike. The former thriv-
ing area was once the only section of Miami
where Blacks could live, work and play and
Please turn to VILLAGE 9A

GOP's disrespect of Obama goes beyond debt fight

By DeWayne Wickham

What should be clear to
the whole world watching the
debt-ceiling battle is that the
Republicans are far more in-
tent on taking the president's
scalp than balancing the na-
tion's books. They had ample
opportunities to do the lat-
ter during the eight years of
George W. Bush.
Sen. Mitch McConnell,
R-Ky., the minority leader with

the greatest cunning limit increase. Even
and sharpest knife, then, two years out
signaled his party's from the next presi-
true purpose last dential election, the
year when he pro- j Alabama-born sena-
claimed: "The single tor said the top goal
most important thing of GOP lawmakers to
we want to achieve is oust Obama.
for President Obama
to be a one-term IT'S PERSONAL
president." It was not MCCONNELL House Major-
to undo the health care leg- ity Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.,
isolation Obama signed into has been especially relent-
law, or to block another debt less in the debt-ceiling fight.

He attacked this first Black
president with a palpable dis-
respect not only for Obama
personally, but also for his es-
teemed office.
Following what Senate Ma-
jority Leader Harry Reid, D-
Nev., called Cantor's "child-
ish" display during a meeting
with Obama, the House ma-
jority leader complained that
the president had cut short
the meeting and stormed out
of the room. "He shoved back

and said, 'I'll see you tomor-
row' and walked out," Cantor
snidely told reporters as
though the president needs
his permission to end a White
House gathering.
That encounter might have
reminded Obama of the open
letter Frederick Douglass, a
runaway slave and abolition-
ist who became one of this na-
tion's first Black diplomats,
wrote to his slave master.
It would be "a privilege"

to show you "how mankind
ought to treat each other,"
Douglass told the man who
had badly mistreated him. "I
am your fellow man, but not
your slave."
Douglass' words might have
prompted another reflec-
tion when, during a critical
point in the debt negotiations,
House Speaker John Boehner,
R-Ohio, contemptuously wait-
ed more than half a day to
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Kids don't stand a chance as

long as cowards rule

he hail of bullets that upended football activities
for a group of young boys and girls at West Little
River Park less than two weeks ago reminds us
that Black men no longer rule our communities it's
cowardly brothers strapped with guns and assault weap-
And they operate just like the bad guys in the movies -
shooting at anything and anyone that may be moving or
standing in their way. Along the way, we continue to see
the innocent shot down like animals. And we continue to
do nothing.
What ever happened to those days when Black men
were respected in our neighborhoods? Even if your father
was no where around, there were plenty of coaches, po-
lice men, teachers, doctors, lawyers, sanitation workers,
Boy Scout leaders and preachers who stood in the gap.
They were our mentors, they provided us with wholesome
activities and they kept us safe whenever we were away
from the watchful eyes of our mothers.
But a lot of those kinds of men seem to have either dis-
appeared or headed for the hills living it up in swanky
homes in the suburbs with three or four cars, well-man-
icured lawns and no apparent concerns on their plates.
Meanwhile, here in the urban village, from Liberty City to
Little Haiti, only a few good brothers remain, fighting to
help our youth believe that they have a future, that the
dreams of little Black children can still come true while
walking with them as they reach towards adulthood.
But the silence continues to be shattered by those who
care so little about themselves or the future of the Black
race, that they come to city parks for a shoot-out, regard-
less of who may be hurt. Our race has survived so much
since 1619 when the first of our ancestors were inducted
into this country's system of legalized slavery. We have
overcome lynchings, Jim Crow, segregation and blatant
forms of racism. We have shown the world that we are
more than conquerers.
Surely we can handle the bad apples that live among us.
We do not advocate vigilante actions or retaliation in any
form, but we sure wish a few good brothers would take to
the'streets''iince fi re' to keep the children safe. Talking
has done nothing it appears. Maybe the time has come
for sacrifice. If we aren't willing to do that for those who
cannot protect themselves, our little Black boys and girls,
then perhaps we should just throw up our hands and give
our cities over to hoodlums for their own enjoyment.
No! We have worked too hard for that. This is our city
Miami. Let's find a way to reclaim it. We may just save
some wayward young adults in the process.

Not worried about Social

Security? Black seniors

should beware
Most senior citizens are covered by Medicare and
are in fact, dependent on the program to pay
for their health care needs. And then there is
Social Security, which is based on earnings and provides
essential monthly benefits for seniors, as well as for de-
pendents, surviving spouses and the disabled. When
President Franklin D. Roosevelt established Social Secu-
rity in 1935, it was the government's way of making sure
the old, sick and needy could face the financial and medi-
cal challenges of life.
And no matter what critics may say, it was Social Se-
curity that bailed out millions of U.S. citizens during the
Great Depression. So why are elected officials in Washing-
ton, D.C., talking about cutting these programs as they
try to reduce the national deficit and juggle with numbers
associated with 'the national debt?
Blacks will tell you that while economists say this is just
a recession, many of us feel like it's the second coming of
the Great Depression. More Black youth are unemployed,
more single mothers are drowning in debt as they attempt
to take care of their children, more Black men who want to
work are standing hopelessly on city corners while more
senior citizens are being forced to make a choice between
buying food or purchasing sorely needed medication.
Sure, there are some Black seniors who have a tidy nest
egg stored away and don't rely as heavily on Social Secu-
rity to help them survive. But according to the AARP, 49
percent of those currently on Social Security rely on those
benefits for half of their annual income.
Can you imagine reducing your annual income by 50
What happens to our grandmothers, grandfathers,
aunts, uncles and parents who worked honest jobs for
20, 30, 40 or even 50 years? Blacks can ill-afford to hope
for white benevolence to help us make it through. If there
were ever a time that we should be calling Congress while
at the same time flooding our elected officials' offices with
letters and e-mails, now is the time.
If we fail to act now, what we may see is a new under-
class a new group added to those already wallowing in
abject poverty that look just like us Black. And they'll
be left with few options to get out of that dark hole where
hunger looms, sickness stands ready to pounce and lone-
liness is their only friend.

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world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal rgnts Hating no person, fearing no person,
the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief
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The power of Black self-consciousness 3
Whatever is on your mind or hood, myth and destructive freedom and justice univer- self-interests. The problem is
in your spirit and soul, it is an stereotypes of white suprem- sally not only for all people of when we as a people appear to
expression of your conscious- acy, both in its historical and African descent, but also for all be hesitant or reluctant to state
ness. Your state of mind should contemporary institutionalized people in the diversity of God's clearly and strategically an
be governed about how you feel forms. Of course, the Black creation. agenda for the empowerment
about yourself, family, com- consciousness movement in The purpose and focus of this of the Black community Each
munity, race, tradition, history, the 1960's also had its anteced- column is simple: Blacks can- generation of Black people in
humanity, values and princi- ents in the Pan African move- not afford to be idle spectators America and throughout the
ples and the overall quality of world must rise to the occasion
your life in the context of your unapologetically to state our
quantitative ability and capac- another fundamental purpose of the evolution of the Black priorities, issues and interests.
ity to provide for yourself and cCnsciOusness movement was to expose the falsehood, Our situation can and will
love ones. Fifty years ago, back myth and destructive stereotypes of white supremacy change for the better, but it will
in the 1960's, in particular for m require much more to raise the
Blacks, there was an emerg- consciousness of Blacks with
ing, self-determined Black con- ments for Black solidarity, lib- while others in America have a a stronger spiritual fortitude
sciousness movement that first eration, self-determination, clear agenda for power, money, together with an irrepressible
affirmed the humanity of Black freedom, justice and equality prosperity and empowerment, sense of self-determination and
people in America, Africa, the during the previous 500 years both politically and economi- Black consciousness. Before
Caribbean and throughout the of the systematic slavery, colo- cally. In other words, we need Steve Biko (Black Conscious-
Pan African world. It is timely, I nization and oppression of Af- to be re-awaken to the impor- ness Movement in South Afri-
believe, to ask the question to- rican people throughout the tance of having a Black con- ca) was beaten to death by of-
day: "What is the state of Black world. Any study of the history sciousness and perspective ficials of the apartheid regime,
consciousness in 2011?" of Black literature, our writings about all that we do and desire. he wrote a truth that warrants
Another fundamental pur- and spoken words over the last The truth is we should not be repeating now: "The greatest
pose of the evolution of the six centuries shows the central upset with other ethnic and ra- weapon in the hand of the op-
Black consciousness move- theme of the love and passion cial groups when they express pressor is the mind of the op-
ment was to expose the false- of Black people for liberation, and organize around their own pressed."


Blacks struggle for strong, healthyminds

Amy Winehouse seemingly
had everything to live for. An
exceptionally talented song-
bird, a phenomenal writer,
with two best-selling albums
under her belt, she was also
manic-depressive and amaz-
ingly troubled, living out her
issues in the headlines. Every
time she had an "episode," you
wanted to just scream at her
"get help." She had been in
and out of rehab for her drug
and alcohol addictions, but
apparently didn't get the help
she needed for her mental ill-
ness. And her tragic death
reminds me that particularly
in the Black community, we
don't talk enough about men-
tal health and mental illness -
and yet we must.
The National Institute of
Mental Health says that com-
munities of color are under-
served by our nation's mental
health system. Only one in
three of the Blacks who need
mental health services is re-
ceiving them. We love to tell
jokes about "crazy" people, but

some of those crazy folks re- pression and other mental ill-

ally need help. Yet we have a
cultural bias against seeking
it, thinking prayer, a good chat
with a friend, or something else
is a substitute for talk therapy
or medication.

I am especially concerned
about mental illness in this
down economy, since so
many of us are challenged
with dealing with the results

Mental illness still has a stigma attached to it. Some
believe that it is a matter of will to simply feel better,
when chemical imbalances often cause depression
and other mental illnesses.

To be sure, the mental
health system has biases as
well. There is very little cross-
cultural competency among
psychiatrists and other men-
tal health professionals. Some
folks can't see clearly enough
to serve people of color, es-
pecially Blacks, and we are
sometime misdiagnosed by
therapists who miss important
cultural clues about us.
Mental illness still has a stig-
ma attached to it. Some be-
lieve that it is a matter of will to
simply feel better, when chemi-
cal imbalances often cause de-

of unemployment and un-
deremployment. The average
unemployed person has not
held a job for 40 weeks, or 10
months. Nearly a third of those
who are unemployed have been
looking for work for more than
a year. While I do not suggest
that very unemployed persona
is mentally ill, I have talked
to too many unemployed peo-
ple who've lost their spark,
their verve, their energy and
even the possibility of positive
thinking. One wonders how ef-
fectively they can actually look
for work when they are feeling

down and downtrodden.
Much has been written about
health disparities in the Black
community. We know that
we are more likely to be over-
weight, to experience diabetes
and high blood pressure. These
are important facts, but it is
equally importance for us to
know that our community has
been underserved and under-
treated for mental illness. It is
also important for us to under-
stand, in this sick economy,
that lots of people are hurting
and to realize that Blacks are
not the only ones hurting.
The talented Amy Winehouse
has,. perhaps, found' the peace
that she sought all her life in
her untimely death. Those who
find treatment for mental ill-
ness can find peace without
the alcohol and drugs to which
Winehouse was addicted. We
don't do people with mental ill-
ness any favors by telling jokes
about craziness and minimiz-
ing the real medical problems
that are associated with men-
tal illness.


Can a woman raise a boy to be a man?

A new survey reveals that
Black men and women have dif-
ferent perceptions on what it
takes to turn a boy into a man.
The survey finds that while most
Black men do not believe that a
woman can raise a boy to be a
man without male intervention,
nearly half of all Black women
believe that they can.
Survey participants were
asked, "Can a woman raise a
boy to be a man without male
intervention?" Among the men,
only 31.6 percent said that a
woman could raise a boy to be
a man, while the majority (57.9
percent) said that she could not.
Another 10.5 percent of all men
were not sure.
The women had a different
point of view. Nearly half of all
women (49.6 percent) said that a
woman could raise a boy to be a
man without male intervention,
while 42.1 percent said that she
could not. Another 8.2 percent

said that they were not sure.
This is a complex question
that serves as an intriguing
and critical point of discussion
within the Black community,
especially given that 70 percent
of Black children are now being
raised by single parents (usually
women). There is no generally-
accepted definition of what it
means to be a man, so this adds
another level of complexity to
the results.
As a child, my biological father
left me behind, but I was fortu-
nate enough to be raised by an-
other man from the age of three.
He taught me nearly everything I
know about manhood, including
the importance of being strong,
responsible, and navigating my
life among the other males I
would encounter. I am not sure
if my mother could have taught
me these same lessons.
There is a gender bias in this
difficult question, given that it's

hard to "know what you don't
know." If I were to raise a girl by
myself, there are many subtle-
ties of being a woman that would
go right over my head, like the
importance of getting your hair
done regularly, or the idea that
women tend to be much cleaner
than men in nearly every way.
These are broad generalizations,
but the point is that I can't imag-
ine myself being able to teach a
girl everything she needs to un-
derstand about managing the
complex world of womanhood.
Being a man requires in-
stincts, skills and abilities that
end up determining whether
other men respect you or not.
A boy's mother may not always
understand why her son might
have to confront the bully to
earn his respect or why he really
wants to play football in spite of
the danger there are rights of
passage for men that sometimes
only other men truly get. It's

hard to know if you've failed to
raise your child to succeed as a
man or woman, for life doesn't
exactly grant you a final score
for your performance. Many of
us raise children who struggle
in nearly every aspect of life,
and we are somehow led to be-
lieve that their struggles are the
result of bad luck or a society
that is stacked against them.
But we'd be lying to ourselves if
we didn't acknowledge that the
majority of the young Black men
in prison were raised without fa-
thers in their lives.
With that being said, the role
of both parents can be of equal
importance when seeing a child
to adulthood. The job of parent-
ing is incredibly difficult, and
while it is tempting to believe
that we have all the answers and
always know what's best for our
kids, we may also have to have
the humility to consider other
points of view.


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The message of "don't snitch" needs

The violence continues
as young men and women are
slain in the streets of South
Florida. On July 27th, gun-
men sent a disturbing mes-
page by spraying a neigh-
borhood park with bullets
as young children practiced
football. When the gun-
fire erupted, the children
dropped to the ground to es-
cape any serious injuries or
death. Unfortunately, on July
25th, the results were differ-
ent for Julian Soler, 23, and
Kennia Duran, 24, who lost
their lives when they stopped
at a Mobil Gas Station in Mi-
ami Gardens. Within a two-
week span, five shootings
were reported in Miami-Dade
County, which claimed the
lives of five people and left
eight wounded.
The rash of drive-by shoot-
ings began on July 16th,
when Shabazz Newman,
16, was shot outside of his
apartment building by three
gunmen wearing ski masks

that fled in a White Nissan.
He was later taken to Ryder
Trauma Center, where he re-
mains in critical condition.
Less than twelve hours
later and two miles from the
first incident, a second drive-
by shooting claimed the life
of Rudolph Sawyer, 23, and

our help in solving these and
other crimes, which makes
the community unsafe. The
families of the victims need
closure as well.
The message of "don't
snitch" has been largely as-
sociated with the young hip-
hop, urban rap culture. Some

Before the week came to a close, another shooting took
place. Last Thursday morning in the area of NE 55th
Street and NE 2nd Avenue, one victim died at the scene
and another victim was transported to Ryder Trauma Center.

Demetrius Owens, 29. Sev-
enteen-year-old Jaykia Pitts
and Marquis Warren were
also wounded in the shooting.
Before the week came to a
close, another shooting took
place. Last Thursday morn-
ing in the area of NE 55th
Street and NE 2nd Avenue,
one victim died at the scene
and another victim was
transported to Ryder Trauma
Center. As always, police need

rap artists and entertain-
ers have warned listeners
through music of the conse-
quences of reporting crime
or snitching. Therefore, it is
believed that witnesses and
victims are unwilling to re-
port crime out of fear and in-
timidation. However, it is not
so much the fear factor why
some witnesses or victims are
reluctant to speak up. Often
times it is the bond that ex-


Governor Scott adding 85,ooo.jobs in I
In the first six months of ity of these reports in the Wall are working, but still over

Governor Scott's term in of-
fice, his administration has
added 85,000 new jobs to
the state. In January 2011,
when Scott took office the un-
employment numbers in the
state was 11.9 percent. Based
on the present numbers in
June 2011, unemployment
stands at 10.4 percent. The
state of Florida was the third
highest in the country for un-
employment, and now it is the
The situation and condi-
tions in Florida are improv-
ing, and Governor Scott is
taking full credit on his web-
site. Florida was one of the
hardest hit states during the
subprime mortgage crisis,
and lost 750,000 jobs. States
with a large construction in-
dustry were hurt, but Florida
is beginning to rebound.
Governor Scott promised
when unveiling his plan
to streamline government,
his creation of an econom-
ic department would help
stimulate the economy. By
consolidating into a single de-
partment all economic devel-
opment, workforce training,
and community development
functions, state government
would be more efficient. "To
grow Florida jobs, we will con-
solidate our state's economic
develop programs under one
roof and make our efforts
more efficient," he said:
There are many politi-
cal pundits and experts who
would question the authentic-

Street Journal, which posted
its, list for the 10 most im-
proved states for job growth
in the country, in the first six
months of 2011. Florida is
listed as the third best state

900,000 Floridians are un-
employed and thousands are
under-employed. There is still
a crisis in unemployment in
Florida and people need work,
With Governor Scott's ap-

Governor Scott is ecstatic with this news on unemploy-
ment and job growth in the state. It appears that some
of his plans for economic and job growth in the state are
working ...

for job growth in the country.
Governor Scott has also
claimed that his plan would
create a globally competitive,
market-based approach to
economic development that
has the flexibility to imple-
ment strategies that grow to-
day's businesses. His plan
would create new jobs, and
take full advantage of oppor-
tunities created by develop-
ing markets, by effectively
responding to the changing
needs of the economy.
Without a doubt, the first
six months of Scott's tenure,
there have been rocky mo-
ments and many mistakes.
Nevertheless, the construc-
tion industry is starting to see
more activity, and the manu-
facturing industry has seen
a net gain in jobs for the first
time in five years.
Governor Scott is ecstatic
with this news on unemploy-
ment and job growth in the
state. It appears that some
of his plans for economic
and job growth in the state

Is gay marriage, as one of our columnist considered last week, a "blow to the

Black family?"

Liberty City, Retired

No, it just
depends on j
how you look
at it. People
have different
opinions on it.

Liberty City, Unemployed

I don't think
it's ruining ]
the communi-
ty, Black fam-
ily. I think it
is fine, every-
one should be ,
married and _
be happy.

North Miami, Retired

I know that tt t
gay relation-
ships are not
only ruin-
ing the Black ii
family, but it
is also ruin-
ing the nation
because it is contrary to God's
word. He states that it was an
abomination for the same sex
to be in a relationship because
in the beginning he made male
and female.

Liberty City, Unemployed

I have nothing against gay
people or what they choose to
do, but in some ways it is a

blow to Black
families. Some
people are un-
dercover and
you just don't
know where
they are com-
ing from.

North Miami, Student

I don't judge
people but it
is written in
the Bible that
it should not
be happening.
But in the end
I can not judge

Allapattah, Librarian

I don't think
its ruining
Black fami- l
lies. If you
are not gay it
doesn't affect

ever. It's not
like a person decides to be gay,
it really does have no affect on
the Black family.

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

proval of the Sun Rail, there
will be an immediate creation
of 10,000 to 15,000 construc-
tion jobs. This would help im-

to stop P!
ists between the community
and the perpetrator why wit-
nesses and victims choose to
remain silent. Yes, good peo-
ple sometimes do bad things.
However, that is no excuse for
us to remain silent.
The shootings and crimes
are being committed by
some dangerous individuals,
who need to be taken off the
streets. And the sooner we
come forth and identify the
killers and cooperate with
the justice system, the safer
our community will be. Let's
face it, we are not protecting
our lives by allowing killers
to exist among us. It is to the
contrary. The reality is no one
is safe if a killer is allowed
to remain free and coexist in
our community where they
feel confident there will be
no consequences for their ac-
If you have any other in-
formation about these shoot-
ings, call City of Miami police
or Crimestoppers.

prove Scott's job performance
rating, as he continues to
make Florida a friendly busi-
ness state. "I continue to strive
every day to make Florida the
No. 1 state for business and
international trade," he said.
The controversy with Gov-
ernor Scott is not subsid-
ing, and will always be front
and center. He has run oh a
platform for jobs and bring-
ing business to Florida. In his
first six months he and his
administration have brought
85,000 new jobs to Florida,
and he is not stopping. He is
keeping his promise and he
has a right to brag.

I Le i -frirf Edihir -

Another year of facing the

country's budget deficit dilemma

Dear Editor,

Currently, our country's
leaders, as it has been in
years past, appears to be at,
yet again an impasse, on how
to handle our country's debt.
An increase in the debt
ceiling appears to be inevi-
table, as well as cutbacks or
complete closing of programs
we've become dependent upon
and more taxes. Or an agree-
ment may not be made, caus-
ing even more uncertainty in
the recovery process of these
United States of America.
Therefore, I ask each and ev-
ery one of you who care about
our country, your future, your
children and grandchildren's
future to take a few moments
and really think about what
these United States of Ameri-
ca will become, if this debt is-
sue isn't some way controlled
I see a not-so-powerful-na-
tion, which has led me to pon-

der our late President, John
F. Kennedy's quote "Ask not
what your country can do for
you -- ask what you can do for
your country."
I am believing in the peo-
ple of these United States of
America to step up and save
our own wonderful country,
after all we. have come togeth-
er during other times of di-
sasters, her and abroad. Our
country is suffering a finan-
cial disaster. Perhaps each of
us should consider a financial
pledge toward our country's
deficit and forwarding that
amount to our local Congress-
Let's show that we the peo-
ple do indeed have a new way
of thinking about our country
and personal financial fu-
tures. Let's be diligent!
Hopeful for a better United
States of America,

Juanita Vickers

Tbe Htamt' Timtg
One Family -- Serving Dade and Bioward Counties Since 1923

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BP pays little of $2o billion Gulf oil spill

By Rick Jervis

Robert Campo once believed
the TV commercials by oil gi-
ant BP that promised to "make
it right" and compensate those
along the Gulf Coast who lost
work during last year's disas-
trous oil spill.
More than a year after the
spill ruined his oyster beds,
however, Campo is still waiting
for what he believes is full pay-
ment. The $20 billion fund cre-
ated by BP to compensate those
ruined by the spill has offered
him less than one-third of what
he requested. He's still waiting
to hear why.
"I'm not looking for a handout.
I'm just looking for them to make
right what they did wrong," says
Campo, an oyster fisherman
from St. Bernard Parish, La.
"It's taken way too long."
Campo joins a chorus of lo-
cal fishermen, seafood proces-
sors, hoteliers and others who
say that nearly a year since it
opened its doors, the Gulf Coast
Claims Facility that administers
the BP fund has not moved fast
enough to pay those hurt most
by the spill. Last week, Attorney
General Eric Holder ordered an
independent audit of the fund.
Kenneth Feinberg, the fund's
administrator, has agreed to the
audit, scheduled for sometime
this year.

The Gulf Coast Claims Facil-
ity has paid nearly $5 billion in
claims to about 200,000 claim-
ants, one of the largest payout
efforts in U.S. history, according
to the facility.
The fund was started in the
wake of the explosion and sink-
ing of the Deepwater Horizon
rig in April 2010, which killed
11 workers and unleashed more
than 170 million gallons of
crude into the Gulf. BP leased
the rig and assumed most of the
responsibility for its aftermath.
Local officials and some
claimants say the facility has
improved in recent months af-
ter earlier complaints of taking

Deepwater Horizon oil rig, owned byTransocean and leased I
BP, on fire in the Gulf of Mexico before it sank. The explosic

killed 11 people.
too long to'process claims and
not clearly explaining why some
were rejected. Customer service
at the facility's Gulf Coast of-
fices, for example, has improved
and claimants are at least get-
ting answers on the status of
their claims, says Tony Kennon,
mayor of Orange Beach, Ala., an
early critic of Feinberg and the

"Some aspects of the pro-
gram have gotten better," Ken-
non says. "We still don't feel like
we're, where we should be, but I
do appreciate (Feinberg) moving
in our direction."
Critics of the facility say the
process still appears bogged
down and random: Some boat
deckhands are getting paid full
compensation while business
owners with full documentation
are receiving only a percentage
of their losses.
George Barisich, a Louisi-
ana shrimper and president of
the United Commercial Fish-
erman's Alliance, says he has
produced ta" documents and
other receipts showing he lost
$200,000 last year. The facility
offered him $25,000.
Every 'weeklReility workers

One of his deckhands received
$75,000, while another was
paid $49,000 -- both more than
his payout even though he owns
the boats.
"It's a joke," says Campo, a
third-generation oysterman.
"You have this big question
mark hanging over your head.
You don't know what's going to
happen to this industry."
Feinberg says he tweaked the
process after fielding repeated
complaints from locals, in-
cluding adding 700 workers to
speed up the process. The fund
also is allowing oyster harvest-
ers to get a bigger payment, be-
cause the future of some oyster
beds is in question, he says. He
says he welcomes an indepen-
by dent audit as long as it doesn't
on slow the process.
"It's not perfect. People will
complain," Feinberg says. "But
SI think the program has worked
as intended."

But it's still not fast enough or
transparent enough, Mississip-
'pi Attorney General Jim Hood
says. Hood filed a federal law-
suit earlier this month, asking
Sa judge to allow his office to sift
through Feinberg's files.
"To keep dragging them out
is just frustrating," Hood says.
KENNETH FEINBERG "There has to be a third-party
BP fund administrator set of eyes to look over this pro-
cess at some point."
ask him for more documen- Feinberg says his workers
station, Barisich says. "It's a must carefully review docu-
game," he says. "The game is: ments to spot fraudulent or in-
Starve these poor (fishermen) valid claims.
out until they're ready to take His workers have received
whatever's offered." nearly one million claims from
The bays he shrimps in still all 50 states and Canada and
delivers fat nets full of brown Mexico, from veterinarians to
shrimp. But dock prices have chiropractors to Las Vegas res-
dropped since the spill because' taurants, all purporting dam-
of public unease about the safe- age from the spill, he says. One
ty of Gulf seafood, he says. business asked for $20 billion
the entire amount of the
Campo says he has filed doc- Given the challenges, Fein-
uments with the fund showing berg says he's happy with the
he harvested $309,000 worth of pace of payouts. Most of the
oysters in 2008 and $252,000 fund could be spent by the time
in 2009. The BP fund's offer his contract with BP expires in
for last year's losses: $41,4QQ,- 013,4e"ays. -- .

Only 58 percent of NYC teachers

Mayor says automatic tenure day over

By Sharon Otterman

The era of automatic tenure for
teachers in New York City is over,
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said
Under tougher evaluation guide-
lines that the city put into effect
this year, 58 percent of teachers
eligible for tenure received it, the
mayor said at a news conference
at the Department of Education.
A decision on tenure was deferred
for 39 percent of eligible teachers,
up from eight percent a year ago.
Three percent of eligible teachers
were denied tenure outright in
both years.
Five years ago, roughly 99 per-
cent of eligible teachers those
who had completed their third
year on the job received tenure,
mirroring statistics in school dis-
tricts around the nation.
While state law outlines the
general procedures for awarding
tenure to teachers, the details are
left to individual districts. "We've
turned what had been a joke in-
terpretation of the state law,"
Bloomberg said, "to make it some-
thing that you have to work hard,
earn, and show that you are bet-
ter than the average bear" to get.
Under the city's new standards,
teachers are rated on a four-point

scale as highly effective, effective,
developing or ineffective, based on
students' tests scores, classroom
observations, feedback from par-
ents, and other factors. (Previous-
ly, they were simply rated satisfac-
tory or not.) Principals, who make
recommendations on tenure, and
supervisors, who make the deci-
sions, were allowed to give tenure
only to teachers who were rated
effective or better for two consecu-
tive years.
But as city officials predicted
that the new policy would im-
prove the quality of the teaching
force, the results raised questions
about its current state since so
many teachers up for tenure were
not rated effective.
The teachers' union, defend-
ing the performance of its work-
ers, objected to the way some of
the evaluations by administrators
were performed, and said it did
not find the results, in terms of
tenure, credible.
Many teachers, said Michael
Mendel, the secretary of the
union, the United Federation of
Teachers, believed that their prin-
cipals recommended against ten-
ure for reasons not directly tied to
Mandel said principals were
told by supervisors that if they

Mayor of New York
did not do enough teacher ob-
servations, they "didn't see them
enough times to be able to judge."
Principals new to their schools,
Mandel said, were told that be-
cause they had been there a year
or less, they "didn't have enough
time to make a decision."
The city said that it had given
no such guidance, and defended
its system as accurate.
Some teachers complained that
the evaluation standards were
unclear. At one middle school in
Manhattan, for example, teach-
ers were given two weeks to pre-
pare portfolios of students' work,
with little guidance.
One math teacher who has a
business background said she
had rushed to put together a
three-inch binder of student work

get tenure
to submit along with other data,
including a number of satisfacto-
ry evaluations. But she may have
been penalized, she said, be-
cause her students' standardized
test scores dropped in her second
year. Speaking anonymously be-
cause she feared retribution, she
said that a decision on tenure
for her had been deferred. Only
about 15 percent of those who
qualified for tenure at her school
got it.
"We all decided that if it looks
this way again in January," she
said, "we will just all quit and the
principal will be left holding the
The percentage of teachers not
granted tenure in the city has
been steadily rising. In 2005,
less than one percent of the
roughly 6,250 teachers up for
tenure failed to get it. By 2009,
11 percent of teachers up for ten-
ure were passed over. That shift
is being driven mostly by teach-
ers who are given an extra year
of probation. Outright tenure de-
nials the equivalent of being
dismissed remain rare. Even
as the number of teachers given
an extra year of probation leapt
to 2,024 this year from 465 in the
2009-10 school year, the number
of teachers denied tenure dropped
to 151 from 234 in the 2009-10
school year.

South Florida U.S. Rep. House Speaker

Tea party blast

West for backing

Boehner bill

By William E. Gibson

a backlash from his friends
in the tea party movement,
South Florida U.S. Rep. Allen
West is helping House Speak-
er John Boehner try to secure
passage of a deficit-reduction
plan to avert a government de-
Though known more for
confrontation than compro-
mise, West has been playing
a conciliatory role among fel-
low Republicans to rally them
behind the Boehner bill. West
and Boehner call it a compro-
mise plan, though it is op-
posed by most Democrats and
appears doomed in the Senate
even if it clears the House.
Republican leaders post-
poned a vote on the bill Thurs-
day evening, apparently be-
cause they lacked enough
support to pass it.

"Everyone keeps talking
about, the radical tea party
freshman and that's what
everyone has labeled me as,"
West,' R-Plantation, said in an
interview. "But look, there are
things in this that I don't like
and I don't agree with, but this
is a plan I'm supporting."
TFie'retifrd Army lieutenant
colonel and Iraq war veteran
put the matter in military
"If you try to over-plan and
put together the 100-percent
solution, guess what, the en-
emy has already attacked and
beaten you while you were sit-
ting around planning," West
said. "So let's get the good
strong 70- to 75-percent plan,
go out and execute it very well.
And that's what we have with
the Boehner plan."


Ironically, the Boehner bill
is opposed by the most liberal
members of the House as well
as some of the most conserva-
Democrats say it would cut
deeply into programs that af-
fect senior citizens and the
poor while sparing the rich
and big corporations from tax
hikes. U.S. Rep. Debbie Was-
serman Schultz, D-Weston,
called it a "dead-on-arrival
bill" and urged Republicans
to resume negotiations with

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President Barack Obama.

Conservatives and much
of the tea party movement
think the Boehner bill does
not cut government spending
nearly enough. The bill and
the fact that West is backing
it prompted a wave of phone
calls and messages to Capitol
Hill on Thursday from conser-
vative activists who sense be-
"I've seen some support (for
the Boehner plan) grow inside
the conservative movement,
but a majority of us are still
upset," said Everett Wilkin-
son, chairman of the South
Florida Tea Party. "They just
don't think there are real cuts
"I don't know why he (West)
took on this role without talk-
ing to his constituents," he
said. "Constituents are very
upset that he did that. They
feel a little betrayed."
Wilkinson, who lives ift
West's district, said movement
leaders are talking about how
to respond. "There will be re-
percussions," he said.

"Do we not support him in
the upcoming election?. Do
we make-sure-someone-chal--
lenges him .in the. primary,
or make sure there is an in-
dependent challenger in the
election? Everything is on the
West's office got more than
a hundred calls or messages
'on Thursday, most from up-
set tea-party people. "It's been
pretty civil," said spokeswom-
an Angela Sachitano. "The
calls are considerable."
Other Republicans includ-
ing Florida Reps. Steve South-
erland of Panama City and
Connie Mack of Fort Myers -
oppose the bill even at risk of
"If there is a default, you
will see a strong ripple effect,"
Mack said. "But there's a real
good possibility that even if we
pass a debt-ceiling increase,
you will see an impact be-
cause the debt is too high."
Mack said he has not been
strong-armed by Republican
leaders. "I learned early on
that if you stand for something
and articulate what you stand
for, people are less likely to
push you around. They know
where I am on this."
Since he came to Congress
in January, West has consis-.
tently said he does not want
the government to default on
its obligations.
"Never," he said this week.
"Why would I? The No. 1 thing
I don't'want to see is interest
rates go up, you know, be-
cause the American people
are already suffering, and the
folks down in South Florida
are already suffering. Increas-
es in mortgage loans or regu-
lar old bank loans we don't
need to see that happening."


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giving on

the rebound

By Haya El Nasser

After two years of less giv-
ing, Americans have been feel-
ing more charitable amid glim-
mers of an economic recovery.
A Giving USA Foundation
report out recently shows a
slight uptick in charitable con-
tributions in 2010, a modest
but significant turnaround
after two straight years of de-
Individuals, corporations


and foundations gave $291 bil-
lion, up 3.8 percent from 2009.
After adjusting for inflation,
giving was up 2.1 percent.
Giving peaked in 2007. De-
clines in contributions in 2008
and 2009 were the largest in
more than 40 years.
"The good news, and let's
celebrate this, is that it did
bottom out and now it's re-
turning," says Thomas Mesa-
ros, chair of Giving Institute:
Leading Consultants to Non-
Profits. "People are still pretty
About $1.4 billion went to
earthquake relief in Haiti.
"It would take six more years
at this growth rate to get back
to where we were in 2007,"
says Patrick Rooney, executive
director of Indiana University's
Center on Philanthropy, Giv-
ing USA's research partner.
Report highlights:
Individual donations were
up 2.7 percent to $212 billion.
Charitable bequests rose 18.8
percent to $22.8 billion.
Corporations gave $15.3
billion, up 10.6 percent. Foun-
dation grants were down
slightly to $41 billion.
Religion received $101 bil-
lion, 35 percent of all giving.
Gifts to education rose 5.2 per-
cent to $42 billion.
Giving to foundations rose
slightly to $33 billion.
Money to arts, culture and
humanities rose to $13.3 bil-
lion, giving to environment/
animal groups dropped to
$6.76 billion and human ser-
vices received $26.5 billion.

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Two people in love who are two worlds apart

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

They say that true
love stays the same
and it never changes.
The question is, when
it comes to love waiting
to unite or reunite with
someone who has been HA
shipped off to prison, does that
same reasoning apply?
In a situation where couples
are divided by prison gates,
there are many deciding fac-
tors. But no matter what fac-
tors exist, both parties must
ultimately decide if the rela-
tionship is worth holding on
to in spite of being two worlds
apart for an allotted period of
Normally, when two people
fall in love, promises are ex-
changed and a diligent effort
towards making the relation-

ship work is exercised.
A call for respect, honor
and loyal commitment
is naturally implement-
ed into the equation,
which when the love is
real becomes easy to
uphold. But even when
ALL the love is genuine,
there are certain, discouraging
barriers that may make it diffi-
cult, but not impossible for any
loving relationship to maintain
life -- such as one involving a
prisoner and a person in the
free world.
For obvious reasons, a pris-
oner in love -- trapped and
confined in an enclosure of
barbwire fences, with no way of
physically connecting with that
significant other at will is going
to feel the frustration of being
challenged by such a predica-
ment, It's probably even more of

a greater test for the person on.
the outside of the fence to find
themselves in a love affair with
a prisoner, especially when
that person who is physically
free has access to other human
beings in the free world who
they could otherwise be in love
with. In addition to that, the
time spent apart, in some cases
years, may serve as moments in
the relationship that will either
strengthen it or weaken it, de-
pending on how long-suffering
the two individuals are.
So the question remains: is
a relationship involving two
people, one who is incarcerated
and one who is not, worth hold-
ing on to? And if so, how is it
humanly possible to faithfully
hold on, and if necessary, wait
for ten years or more to finally
achieve an unrestricted physi-
cal connection with the one you

Like in all romantic associa-
tions, it would probably be the
overwhelming power of true
love that exists in the hearts of
both parties that causes them
to remain interested in each
other forever in spite of being
physically separated by time,
distance and space.
But no matter how some may
look at it when looking from the
outside in, it will nevertheless
always be difficult to imagine
how two people can willingly
embrace this sort of relation-
ship and feel good about it. Per-
haps only those involved could
explain it best -- maybe in the
same words of the 70s R&B
group LTD: "What we have is
much more than they can see."
And then again of course,
anything worth having is cer-
tainly worth waiting for.

AWOL soldier charged in bombing plan

Evidence found in Texas motel

By Kevin Johnson

An AWOL soldier who was al-
legedly plotting a bombing at-
tack on fellow soldiers near Fort
Hood, Texas, was charged in
federal court Friday with pos-
session of an illegal firearm
that was to be used in the as-
Naser Jason Abdo, 21, was
defiant during his first court
appearance on Friday, yelling
out the name of the Army psy-
chiatrist blamed in the 2009
deadly shooting rampage at the
same Texas base;
According to the federal com-
plaint filed against Abdo, the
Fort Campbell, Ky., infantry-
man intended to assemble and
detonate two devices inside
an unspecified restaurant fre-
quented by soldiers from Fort
Io-tiwere Army psychiatrist
Nidal Hasan killed 13 people.
Federal investigators in a
search of Abdo's Killeen, Texas,
motel room recovered a number
of bomb-making components,
including six bottles of smoke-
less gunpowder, shotgun shells,
two clocks, spools of wire, an
electric drill, two pressure

cookers and an article titled,
"Make a bon1b in the kitchen of
your Mom."'
Under questioning by federal
agents, Abdo "admitted that he

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-AP photo/Texas Police Department
SPfc.' Naser Abdo. Abdo, 21,
was arrested last Wednesday
and agents found firearms and
"items that could be identified
as bomb-making components,
including gunpowder," in his
motel room, according to FBI
spokesman Erik Vasys.

planned to assemble two bombs
in the hotel room using gun
powder and shrapnel packed
into pressure cookers to deto-
nate inside an unspecified res-
taurant frequented by soldiers
from Fort Hood," the court doc-
uments state.
Abdo refused to stand up dur-
ing Friday's court hearing when
asked. As he left the room, he
shouted: "Nidal Hasan Fort
Hood 2009."
Killeen, Texas, police ar-
rested Abdo without incident
last Wednesday after they were
alerted to the soldier's suspi-
cious activity at a local gun
store, the same shop where
Hasan purchased a weapon
prior to the 2009 Fort Hood as-
If convicted Abdo faces up
to 10 years in prison and a
$250,000 fine.
According to Army records,
Abdo was reported AWOL from
Fort Campbell Juilyl4, after he'
was referred for a military tri-
al on charges of possession of
child pornography.
Prior to the filing of those
charges, Abdo had been ap-
proved for conscientious objec-
tor status due to his religious
convictions as a Muslim. Abdo's
lawyer involved in the objector

request, James Branum, said
his client had "reclaimed"' his
faith after entering the military
in March 2009.
Greg Ebert, a former police
officer who works at the Guns
Galore shop where Abdo went,
said Abdo acted suspiciously
when he went to the store Tues-
day afternoon to buy.six pounds
of gun powder.
"First of all, the youngster ar-
rives in a (taxi) cab and wants
to buy something he knows
nothing about," Ebert said.
"There was very little conver-
sation. The kid was downright
rude. I thought it would be a
good thing to call it in to police.
We're just grateful that the au-
thorities responded as quickly
as they did."
FBI spokesman Erik Vasys
said there was no evidence to
indicate that others were work-
ing with the suspect.
Branum, who is not repre-
senting Abdt on this latest ar-
rest, said his client believed the
military issued the pornography
charges to block his discharge
as a conscientious objector.
The attorney said the infan-
tryman claimed objector status
based on his Muslim faith, as
he faced the prospect of deploy-
ment to Afghanistan.

Attack suspect battles own lawyers

By Stephanie Simon

Abdulhakim Muhammad
wants the world to know him
as a jihad warrior. His law-
yers, however, say he's men-
tally ill.
In a trial that began Monday
with jury selection, Muham-
mad faces the death penalty
for opening fire on a military
recruiting station in Little
Rock, Ark., in 2009. He con-
fessed to authorities that he
carried out the attack, which
killed one Army private and
wounded another.
In a series of articulate, im-
passioned letters to the court,
Muhammad has sought to jus-
tify his "jihadi operation" as an
"act of war" to avenge what he
sees as U.S. mistreatment of
Islamic nations. And he denies
he is or ever was insane.
His lawyers, Claiborne Fer-
guson of Memphis and Patrick
Benca of Little Rock, say they
plan to argue that their client
suffers from mental problems.
They have filed under seal
reports from two medical ex-
perts who found Muhammad
to have "organic brain dam-
age," though in interviews they
declined to explain precisely
what that means.
Muhammad, a 26-year-old
Tennessee native who changed
his name from Carlos Bledsoe
after converting to Islam, has
repeatedly tried to fire his at-
torneys so he could present
his "act of war" defense.
Pulaski County Circuit
Judge Herb Wright has insist-
ed that the lawyers stay on the
case, ruling in May that there
wasn't time for a new defense
team to get up to speed and
declaring on Monday, when
the issue was raised again,
that Muhammad was not ca-
pable of defending himself.
The U.S. Supreme Court has

-Associated Press
Abdulhakim Muhammad says attack on military base was jihad;
his lawyers say he is mentally ill.

ruled that defendants who are
competent to stand trial are
not necessarily competent to
represent themselves in court.
But that doesn't mean that
Muhammad's lawyers can use
an insanity defense over his
objections, said Stephen Gill-
ers, a law professor at New
York University.

"This is one of the few deci-
sions that belongs to the ac-
cused, not his lawyers," Gillers
He noted that a similar issue
arose in the Unabomber case,
when lawyers for Theodore
Kaczynski hoped to use the in-
sanity defense, but he refused.
Kaczynski ended up pleading

guilty in 1998.
Muhammad offered to plead
guilty early in his proceed-
ings, Ferguson said, but state
law bars such pleas in capital
cases, and prosecutors have
refused to rule out the death

Brother charged with accidentally shooting sister
A Miami man has been arrested in the accidental shooting of his 12-year-
old sister.
According to police, Tyrone David Harris, Jr., 21, was charged last Friday
with one count of carrying a concealed weapon.
The young girl remains hospitalized after being shot in the leg outside of
her Miami home last Thursday evening.
Miami Police spokesperson Kenia Reyes said they received a 911 call from
the home on the 400 block of Northwest 6th Street.
Reyes said the girl and.her brother'were arriving home when a gun the
brother was carrying accidentally went off, hitting the girl in the leg. The girl's
brother stayed on the scene until police arrived. Neighbors said he was very
concerned over what happened.
Miami Fire Rescue took her to Jackson Memorial Hospital's pediatric unit
in stable condition.
Police say they have recovered the gun and are working to determine who
is the registered owner.

Brothers jailed, accused of attacking pilot
Two brothers remain in the Miami-Dade County lail after M-D police say
they attacked an American Airlines pilot who kicked them off his plane at
Miami International Airport.
Luis and Jonathan Baez were on an American Airlines flight which was about
to take off from MIA for San Francisco last week when a flight attendant
noticed Jonathan Baez, 27, was sleeping and not wearing his seat belt.
When the pilot was notified, he returned the plane to the gate and woke
up the sleeping passenger in order to tell him he had to leave the plane due
to his condition.
Baez and his brother, states the affidavit, became belligerent as they
departed the plane and even threatened the pilot.
Both men left the plane but Jonathan Baez re-entered moments later and
punched the pilot in the face. A flight attendant tried to break up the fight and
she was also hit in the shoulder.
The pilot, who has not been identified, tried to get away by running through
the terminal but the men ran after him and continued to beat him.
Eventually, other flight crew members and passengers held down the
brothers until police arrived.
Jonathan Baez was held on $9,000 bond on charges of battery and
aggravated battery. Luis Baez, 29, was held on $12,500 bond on charges of
aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Two arrested in NYC detective shooting on South Beach
Miami Beach Police have announced that they have arrest two men involved
in the attempted robbery and shooting of a New York City police detective.
Relatives of wounded detective Harold Thomas, 48, were so grateful that'
they came to Miami Beach Police headquarters to thank that city's police
force for their work.
"We give them all our thanks," said his sister Cynthia Thomas. "They
worked and worked on this case and they never stopped. Thank God that
even with all my brother went through, his life was spared."
"It's terrible that it happened this way," said the detective's son Brandon.
"We want to thank everyone here and ask that everyone keep him in their
prayers. It's been tough on the family, but my father is a strong man."
Thomas, a 27-year veteran of the New York police force, was in Miami
Beach celebrating a birthday with two fellow officers last weekend when the
shooting happened.
Police said the two men were waiting for him in a courtyard by his hotel at
12th St. and Collins Ave. around 7 a.m. when he returned from another hotel
after walking there with his friends.
Those who were involved were Mustafa Lee, 28 and Francisco Henriquez,
35, both wounded in the process during the robbery.



Cornel West flunks the president





By Andrew Goldman

What's with the black suit,
white shirt, black tie outfit you
always wear? Do you have any-
thing else in your closet?
I've got four black suits that
I circulate, and they are my
cemetery clothes my uniform
that keeps me ready for battle.
Your cemetery clothes?
It's ready to die, brother. If I
drop dead, I am coffin-ready. I
got my tie, my white shirt, ev-
erything. Just fix my Afro nice
in the coffin.
So let me ask you: in 2007,
you introduced Barack Obama
as your "brother, companion
and comrade." But in May, you
referred to him as "the Black
mascot of Wall Street oligarchs"
and the "head of the American
killing machine." What in the
world happened?
It was a cry from the heart.
What happened was that greed
at the top has squeezed so
much of the juices of the body
politic. Poor people and work-
ing people have not been a fun-
damental focus of the Obama
administration. That for me is
not just a disappointment but a
kind of betrayal.
But you have also acknowl-
edged that this is more than
just political you've said that
after campaigning for him at 65
events, you were miffed that he
didn't return your phone calls
or say thank you.
I think he had to keep me at a
distance. There's no doubt that
he didn't want to be identified
with a Black leftist. But we're
talking about one phone call,
man. That's all. One private
phone call.
He was running a success-
ful candidacy for president. He

might have been busy.
So many of the pundits as-
sume that it's just egoism:
"Who does Cornel West think
he is? The president is busy."
But there's such a thing as de-
cency in human relations.
O.K., but did you also have
to say that Obama "feels most
comfortable with upper-mid-
dle-class white and Jewish men
who consider themselves very
It's in no way an attempt to

devalue white or Jewish broth-
ers. It's an objective fact. In his
administration, he's got a sig-
nificant number of very smart
white brothers and very smart
Jewish brothers. You think
that's unimportant?
When Larry Summers was
president of Harvard, he told
you your rap album was an
"embarrassment" to the uni-
versity, and you quit soon af-
ter. He was one of Obama's first
appointments. Did that strike
a particular feeling in your
I couldn't help it. I'm a hu-
man being, indeed. Given the
disrespect he showed me? Oh,
my God. Again, it's political
much more than it's personal.
Summers was in captivity to
Wall Street interests. But it's
personal too.
You have 30 seconds of pri-
vate time with the president -
what do you say to him?
I would say: "Look at that bust
of Martin Luther King Jr. in the
Oval Office and recognize that
tears are flowing when you let
Geithner and others shape your
economic policy, when you re-.
fuse to focus on poor and work-
ing people or when you drop the
drone bombs that kill innocent
civilians. Tim Geithner does
not represent the legacy of Mar-
tin King."
How can Obama be the presi-
dent you want him to be when
he's facing this Republican
I'll put it this way, brother:
You've got to be a thermostat
rather than a thermometer. A
thermostat shapes the climate
of opinion; a thermometer just
reflects it. If you're just going to
reflect it and run by the polls,
then you're not going to be a

One very well-informed 'Candidate'

Bv Craig Wilson

having her photo taken, and not
just by the photographer from
A group of Asian tourists has
noticed the tall, stately, well-
dressed Black woman sitting or.
a bench across from the White
House. Could it be...? they won-
der, clicking away. Could it ac-
tually be the first lady of the
United States?
No, it could not, but the scene
amuses Goff, 31, who is in town
on a book tour for her debut
novel, The GQ Candidate (Atria,
$24.99). As someone who has
covered political campaigns for
a variety of media, she is aware
that your life is not your own
when you decide to make a run
for the White House. Or sit on
a bench across from it, for that
"If you go to the supermarket,
someone will tweet a photo of
you. There's no going back now,
and I'm not sure that's a good
thing," she says of the 24-hour
surveillance on candidates. "Is
it fair what we ask of our public
servants these days?"
Or even what we ask of first
Goff believes Betty Ford, who
died on July 8 at 93, would not
be accepted as an outspoken
first lady today. "It was a fluke
that she even got there," Goff
says, referring to the fact that
Gerald Ford was never elected
president. Even Michelle Obama
has had to tone it down and is
now dressed by her advisers in
traditional conservative sweater
sets, says Goff, a former White
House intern for Hillary Clinton
who was educated at NYU and
Goff knows whereof she
speaks. She's contributing edi-
tor for theloop21.com, the trendy
Afro-centric website; she posts
on The Huffington Post; and
she wrote the 2008 book Party
Crashing: How the Hip-Hop
Generation Declared Political
Independence. She is a frequent
guest on CNN, Fox, MSNBC and
NPR, commenting on the politi-
cal scene.
But covering politics is one
thing. Finding out what is re-
ally going on behind the scenes
is another. It's the back story
that intrigues Goff. She's al-
ways been more interested in
the people who surround the

. "' I'

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-By H. Darr Beiser
Tough road to the White House: Political commentator and au-
thor Keli Goff created a fictional Black candidate who was ad-
opted and raised Jewish.

candidates than the candidates
themselves, so it's no surprise
they are the characters who
populate her novel, a tale of
what happens to a candidate's
friends as he runs for office.
"I've always been curious
about what conversations
they're all having once they get
back to their hotel suites," she
Goff, who is single and was
raised in Missouri City, Texas,
now lives in New York City and
uses her firsthand experience
and observations to add authen-
ticity to her novel.
"I have the memory of an el-
ephant, and 'there were times
I'd tell a really funny story from
the campaign trail (McCain vs.
Obama), and friends would al-
ways say I should write it down,"
she says, revealing that what

she included in the novel was
"just the tip of the iceberg. You
would not believe the absurdi-
ties of the things you see. ... So
much of it can be so petty."
She made her candidate, Luke
Cooper, a charismatic Black -
who could that be? but she
also tossed in some twists. He
was adopted and raised Jewish.
Goff believes there are certain
things that contribute to a can-
didate's success or failure, reli-
gion being one of them. Others
include fashion (hence the GQ
reference), race and, friendships.
"I'm fascinated by the fact
religion is the last bastion of
prejudice," she says. She thinks
that the incorrect belief among
some Americans that President
Obama is Muslim is much more
of a problem than his race.
Goff calls herself a "recovering
Democrat, a recovering parti-
san," although she says she still
tilts to the left on occasion.
Her mail, she says, is equally
divided between praise and vit-
riol. "So I must be doing some-
thing right."
So would she ever, ever run
for office herself?
"Absolutely not!" she's quick to
Why not?
"Read the book. I would be a
consultant's worst nightmare."

transformative president. Lin-
coln was a thermostat. John-
son and F.D.R., too.
You lament in your book
"Race Matters" that there's a
lack of Black leadership. You're
smart, very charismatic why
did you never become what we
would consider a Black leader
in the mold of Martin Luther
King or Malcolm X?
Well, one, it's because we
live in an age where there are
no movements. But second,
and most important, I have
to be true to my calling. Mar-
tin King's calling was to be a
Christian preacher. Mine is
much more linked to the life
of the mind and being able
to move back and forth. This
weekend I was with Bootsy Col-
lins at B.B. King's. We wrote
two songs together on his new
album that's just one context
where I try to play a very impor-
tant role outside the academy.
But my calling is still one of be-
ing an intellectual warrior and
spiritual soldier.

Bei \lNAAC
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NAACP foc ts on o

By Christina Hoag
A.i WCaied Preis

LOS ANGELES (AP) NAACP President Benjamin Todd
Jealous says the Black community must mobilize to fight
restrictive voting laws that have surged since the election of
Barack Obama to the White House.
In a speech Monday to the annual convention of the Na-
tional Association for the Advancement of Colored People,
Jealous likened legislation in 47 states to Jim Crow laws that
sought to disenfranchise Blacks prior to the 1960s.
Jealous also says rescuing Black men from high rates of
incarceration and unemployment is a priority issue
Jealous promises to fight to save Black families by working
to defeat unfair sentencing laws and improving urban educa-
The NAACP's 102nd annual convention is taking place in
downtown Los Angeles until Thursday.





Oldest living member of the

Negro Leagues honored

By Mike Phillips
Associated Press

PLAINS, Ga. Look into
Roosevelt Jackson's face, and
you'll see it.
You don't have to look long or
hard. You'll see it.
It's the light. It's there, beam-
ing, burning, spilling over and
washing onto everyone who
touches Jackson, a man who
has touched so many for so

Jackson, a living, walking-
talking testament of courage
and perseverance, was brighter
than ever Friday night as he
spoke to an audience at the
Jimmy Carter National Histor-
ic Site, where Georgia and the
former president embraced the
oldest living member of the Ne-
gro Leagues.
"We're grateful you came,"
said former President Jimmy
Carter. "It brings back a re-
minder of how great the Negro
League players were, and you
are one of our neighbors."
Jackson's voice broke a bit as
he answered the former presi-
"You don't know what those
words mean to me," he said.
The two men posed for a pho-
to together, and Jackson smiled
and said: "I hope I can get one
of those."
Jackson, 93, lives in Buena
Vista. His very roots run deep
into the Georgia clay. He was
born in Gay on Dec. 20, 1917,
and has been honored by the
state of Georgia as well as the
USA, which came out with a
postage stamp as a tribute
to Jackson, who was recently
named to the Negro League
Baseball Hall of Fame.
He was moved on Friday.

"I'm the grandson of slaves,"
he said. "I feel so good to be
here. I can't hardly tell you
how I feel. It's past the limit of
how good I feel ... I am so over-
whelmed I can't explain how
I feel. It will be days, maybe
months maybe a month or
two before I will be able to put it
into words."
Jackson wore a light yellow
suit and a gray baseball cap
that read "Negro League" on
the front and was covered with
the emblems of many teams
from the league that changed
civil rights in America.

The popularity of the Negro
League and the talent of its
amazing ball players opened
doors in America's race re-
lations that' had never been
jarred. Players such as Josh
Gibson, Satchel Paige, Cool
Papa Bell, Buck Leonard and
others forced baseball to end
segregation in an era when few
cared about pro basketball or
football and baseball was ev-
erything in America.
The Negro League forced
white America to take notice,
and the courage and determi-
nation of players such as Jack-


-AP Photo/Albany Herald, Joe Bellacomo
Former President Jimmy Carter, left, talks to former Negro League baseball player Roo-
sevelt Jackson, 93, Saturday, July 23 at Plains High School Museum and Visitor Center in
Plains, Ga. Jackson is the oldest living Negro League player.

son created a new day in the
country that finally integrated
the national pastime in 1947
when Branch Rickey signed
Jackie Robinson to a major
league contract to play for the
Brooklyn Dodgers.
A documentary of Gibson's
life, which included interviews
with Jackson, was shown be-
fore Jackson spoke to the audi-
"It's a shame the (Black)
players couldn't have contrib-
uted earlier," said Carter, his
voice filled with sadness. "It's
good for all of us (to have this
evening to honor Jackson and
the Negro League). If you love
baseball now, it's good to be re-
minded of how great the Negro
League players were, and the
role many of the Southern play-
ers had in the Negro Leagues.

"There were many (like Jack-
son and Gibson, who is also
from Georgia)," he said. "Hank
Aaron is a friend of mine and
has talked about how grate-
ful he is for what Josh Gib-
son meant to him. There were
so many Southern players. Of
course, Jackie Robinson is
from Cairo."
Carter was moved by Jack-
son, and so was the audience,
many of whom met Jackson af-
Jackson's road to Plains was
a long one, playing for teams


August 3, 1897: L. P. Ray,
inventor, patented the dust pan,
Patent #587.607.
August 3, 1957: Archibald
T. Carey, Jr., lawyer, clergyman,
judge and diplomat, was ap-
pointed as the first Black Chair-
man of the President's (Dwight
D. Eisenhower) Committee on
Government Employment Poli-
August 4, 1810: Robert
Purvis, Sr.. abolitionist and
civil rights leader, was born in
Charleston, S.C.
August 4, 1931: Dr. Dan-

iel Hale Williams, educator and
pioneer heart surgeon, died.
Without using anesthesia, Wil-
liams performed the world's first
successful open-heart surgery
at Provident Hospital in Chi-
cago, IL, in 1893 a hospital he
August 5, 1928: William
A. Scott, III founded the Atlanta
Daily World. It became the first
contemporary Black daily news-
August 5, 1966: Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. was stoned dur-
ing a Chicago, IL march against

such as the Miami Globetrot-
ters, Florida Cuban Giants, the
Lucky Stars and the Danny
Dodgers obscure teams in for-
gotten leagues in an era that's a
part of baseball and this coun-
try's very fabric.
He started off as a boxer at
the age of 14, but when he was
19 he got his nose broken.
"I wanted to be a boxer, but I
guess God didn't want me to be
one so I got my nose broken,"
said Jackson, who fell in love
with baseball early in his life
and was still on the diamond in
*his late 50s.

"I was managing a team in
Fort Lauderdale, and I put my-
self in the game and pitched
an eight-inning no-hitter when
I was 59," Jackson said. "I al-
ways loved baseball and man-
aged teams up into the 1970s."
He started out playing second
base, but was so fast he would
often roam into the outfield to
catch fly balls.
"My coach told me that I
was going to go out there (in
the outfield) too far and would
miss a fly ball," Jackson said.
"Finally one day I did, and my
coach told me to just stay there.
That's how I became a center
The first team Jackson played
for was called the Mack Junk-
ins Tar Buckets.

August 6, 1861: Congress
passed the Confiscation Act.
This Act allowed property of
rebel slaveholders, including
slaves, to be appropriated.
August 6, 1969: Gordon
Alexander Buchanan Parks' The
Learning Tree, the first contem-
porary film directed by a Black
person, opened.
August 7, 1948: Alice
Coachman, Tuskegee track
star, set an Olympic record in
the women's high jump when
she jumped 5' 6 1/2" in London.
.Coachman was the first U.S.
woman to win an Olympic Gold

"The man who owned the
team was named Mack Junk-
ins," he said. "And we were the
Tar Buckets, because when
the ball hit our glove it stayed

Jackson played in hundreds
of games and remembers mak-
ing running catches in right
field, left field and center field.
"I could run down balls in
all the fields," he said. "I would
just get to everything from one
side of the outfield to the other,
but the play I remember the
most is when we were playing
the Belle Glade Redwings, and I
was playing left field. They had
a runner at first and second,
and the guy hit a drive to cen-
ter field. I ran all the way over
there and made a shoe-string
catch. They couldn't believe I
got to the ball. Both of the run-
ners had taken off, and I threw
it to second and he threw it to
first for a triple play. I've seen a
lot of triple plays over the years,
but they are all in the infield.
I've never seen another triple
play from the outfield. That's
the play I won't forget."
Jackson roamed the outfield
and pitched for four decades,
and remembers the feeling that
there was no way to reach the
big leagues.
"I remember going to see the
Boston Braves in spring train-
ing when I was playing in (the

August 7, 1970: A court-
house shooting in Marin County,
CA, left Judge Harold Haley and
three others dead. Angela Da-
vis was initially alleged to have
played a role in this shooting but
was later found not to have been
August 8, 1893: Clement
G. Morgan was admitted to the
Massachusetts Bar. Morgan
holds the distinction of being the
first Black person to hold two
degrees from Harvard Univer-
sity. He earned both a Bacca-
laureate and Master's in Law.
August 8, 1997: Robert




Negro League)," he said. "We
couldn't play against them,
but we could watch them, and
I watched their outfielders run
after balls they couldn't get to.
I was thinking, 'they can't even
get to those balls, and I would
have those fly balls in my hip
But he wasn't bitter at the
"Back in those days I just
never thought about (the Major
Leagues) at that time," he said.
"I just love playing baseball.
It was something I loved and
wanted to do.
"I never thought I would get
past first base (in baseball), but
I have gotten so much," he said.
"And here I am with the presi-
dent and doing what I'm doing
today. I never thought I would
be in the Negro League Hall
of Fame or have a stamp. It's
amazing to me, just amazing.

Jackson was playing for a
semi-pro team when Robinson
broke the color barrier in 1947.
"It changed everything," said
Jackson, who was later hired
as a scout by the Philadelphia
Phillies. He played, managed
and scouted, and believes to-
day's young players do appre-
ciate the era he played in and
what it meant to the civil rights
"I definitely believe they ap-
preciate it," he said. "They give
me respect, and I have been
honored so much. I believe peo
ple do appreciate it."
Jackson does have charisma
and more.
"Every time he opens his
mouth it's wisdom," said Sher-
ryl Snead, who is Jackson's for-
mer paster. "He's an inspire

Jackson has a long road
ahead of him, even at 93.
"My father lived to be 106,
and my grandfather lived to be
101," said Jackson, who signed
several autographs afterward
and joked and mingled with his
newest fans.
"It's amazing to me that this
has happened for my father,"
said Jackson's son, Lavelt, 32.
"My dad has always been a
great guy, a genuine guy. I ap-
preciate everything he (and
others) had to bear for us.
It was that kind of night in
Plains, and as Carter said- a
night to remember.
All you had to do is look at
Jackson. Light was everywhere.

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lawyer says she

was misquoted

By Jim Dwyer, John Eligon
and Anahad O'connor

A lawyer for the hotel house-
keeper who accused Domi-
nique Strauss-Kahn of sexu-
ally assaulting her in May said
recently that taped conversa-
tions, two of them made a day
after the encounter, prove that
his client had no intention of
exploiting the charges against
Strauss-Kahn to make money.
The lawyer, Kenneth P.
Thompson, and the housekeep-
er, Nafissatou Diallo, spent
much of the day at the district
attorney's office in Manhattan,
where they listened to a' re-
cording of conversations Diallo
had with a fellow African im-
migrant in an Arizona jail af-
ter she said she was attacked.
Law enforcement officials told
Thompson and The New York
Times last month that Diallo
could be heard saying on the
tape "words to the effect of:
'Don't worry, this guy has a lot
of money. I know what I'm do-
ing.' "
But after listening to the
recording on Wednesday,
Thompson told reporters at a
news conference that Diallo's
statements had been mischar-
acterized. He said that at no
point did she raise the issue of
Strauss-Kahn's wealth or sta-
tus in the way that prosecutors
had described it. Rather, he
said, the man she was speak-
ing with, who initiated the
calls to Diallo, remarked dur-
ing one conversation that Di-
allo could stand to gain money
from the case, but she quickly
dismissed the idea and said it
was a matter for her lawyer.
Of even greater importance,
Thompson said, during the
first of the calls, her descrip-

tion of the encounter with
Strauss-Kahn was consistent
with what she told investiga-
tors a. day earlier. In sexual-
assault cases, people who hear
an early account of an attack
are called "outcry witnesses,"
and are often used to but-
tress the credibility of a person
making an accusation.
"She told the guy that some-
one tried to rape her at her job,"
Thompson said in an interview
after his news conference.
"She said: 'I didn't know who
he was. We fought each other.
Because he wasn't able to take
off my clothes, he put his penis
in my mouth. He touched me.
They took me to the hospital,
and they arrested him.'"
In a recent statement, Erin
M. Duggan, a spokeswoman
for the Manhattan district at-
torney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr.,
said: "This is a pending crimi-
nal case. We will have no com-
ment on evidence, or on any
meetings between prosecutors
and witnesses, civil attorneys

-Michael Appleton
Nafissatou Diallo after a meeting in Manhattan.

or defense counsel."
According to Thompson, Di-
allo said during her first con-
versation with the man in jail
that her attacker was a power-
ful person, but that she was
now with the government, pre-.
sumably a reference to protec-
tion provided by investigators.
"The first call that the guy
in prison made to Nafi Diallo
corroborates that Dominique
Strauss-Kahn violently at-
tacked her and tried to rape
her," Thompson said.
It was during the second call
that the subject of money came
up, the lawyer said.
"The guy in jail called back
several hours later, express-

Kenneth P.Thompson, a lawyer for Nafissatou Diallo, spoke to
reporters after meeting recently with prosecutors.

ing concern, 'Are you O.K.,'
and she says she is," Thomp-
son said. "During the second
conversation, she said, 'People
from France keep calling me
and saying he's rich and pow-
erful.' "
The man then expressed con-
cern about her, the lawyer said,
asking whether she was safe.
"She told him she was in
Manhattan, that a lawyer was
coming to see her it was not
me," Thompson. said. "She said,
'Don't worry, I know what I'm
At some point, the man told
Diallo that by moving forward
with the case, "you'll get a lot
of money," Thompson said. But
he insisted that Diallo made it
clear that was not her inten-
"She said, 'Stop, stop.' He's
going on and on on the phone
about it, she didn't want to deal
with that. She said, 'Please
stop. Wait, wait. The lawyer
will get it.' Meaning, the lawyer
would deal with it."
But prosecutors did not see it
that way. Thompson said that
in a phone conversation late on
the afternoon of June 30, he
was told by a senior prosecutor
that the conversations created
"big problems" for the case,
and that the prosecutor mis-
characterized Diallo's state-
ments as implying that she
intended to exploit the charges
for money.

Are Blacks being treated fairly

at Poinciana Village condos?

continued from 1A
they did so with great fanfare.
Hotels and jazz clubs welcomed
Black citizens and visitors alike
and treated them like "people."
But when plans were approved
for the construction of the inter-
state highway, Overtown's homes
and businesses were razed, leav-
ing it a shell of a community
while quickly turning it into one
of the City's poorest neighbor-
Several lawsuits are now pend-
ing as to Who owns some of the
most desirable blocks of land,
specifically both sides of North-
west Second Avenue between
Sixth and 10th streets. The City,
County and Carlisle Develop-
ment Group are each involved in
at least one of lawsuits as they
all seek control, therefore receiv-
ing the green light to move for-
The question remains whether

moving forward will really bene-
fit those men and women who as
Black elders chose to purchase
their condos with the expecta-
tion of enjoying the remainder
of their lives in property they
owned not rented.
O.R. Dean, president of O.R.
Dean Construction, says that
word on the streets is that those
tenants who have agreed to sell
or already sold out may not have
been given the best possible of-
Were scare tactics employed by
big business? Is it true that resi-
dents were told that low income
housing was going to be built
in their midst, causing a drop
in property value and concern
over their personal safety? Have
County and City commissioners
been part of the problem or so-
lution for, the Poinciana Village
One thing is for sure: Someone
is going to get rich by building in
Overtown. The question is: Who?

Northwestern gets new leadership

continued from 1A
graduating from college. I also
have a plan for our incoming
ninth graders, class of 2015.
They will sign a pledge and
we will commit to each other
that we will have a 100 percent
graduation rate. I also have a
mission to help with literacy;
we 'want' to improve what we
are doing in reading -that's
one of our big goals. Right now
our kids are at 19 percent in
reading but our goal this year
is to reach 30 percent."
Last year Northwestern re-
ceived a school grade of "D"
and the school is currently be-
ing watched by the State under
the auspices of the Educational
Transformation Office. Aristide
said he has no concern about
Northwestern falling in the
same situation as Miami Cen-
tral and Miami Edison Senior

High Schools.
-I don't see that occurring, I
think we are very fortunate."
he said. "I think that we have
a community, a staff and kids
that are totally focused. I think
we have had opportunities
to have a lot of success and I
think we are going to continue
to build on that. I only see us
improving to get better and
better. We are under the edu-
cational transformation office
and based on that there are
some guidelines we have to fol-
low that are very strict pertain-
ing to preparing our students
for FCAT testing. I'm very sup-
portive, I believe in team work."
Recent principals before
Aristide include: Steve Gallon;
Guillermo Munoz and Paulette
Coven-Fredricks who served
together; Dwight A. Bernard:
and Charles Hankerson. Han-
kerson announced his resigna-
tion in 2010.

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Officials say athletes' safety is County's "first priority"

continued from 1A

strenuous "workout" activities
that include drills while wear-
ing shorts and t-shirts can
sometimes be fatal.

Even before the promising
senior offensive lineman at Mi-
ramar was stricken from foot-
ball-related heat stroke, high
schools like Miami Edison
have been instituting policies
aimed at protecting athletes
from the potential dangers of
heat exhaustion and dehydra-
"We just completed required
physical for all potential ath-
letes and are now in the midst
of two weeks where no con-
ditioning is allowed it's a
dead period that helps athletes
gradually adjust to the heat
and to prepare themselves for
the tough workouts ahead,"

said Taj C. Echoles, athletic
director, Miami Edison Senior
High School. "Hydration is our
number one priority even when
students are participating in
voluntary workouts. In the old
days coaches would push their
players and not allow them to
take water breaks. Such poli-
cies have been proven to be
extremely dangerous so you
have to make sure there is al-
ways water and other liquids
on hand and give kids timely
As to the difference between
practice and workouts, Echo-
les says in a state like Florida
athletes-are led to push them-
selves to the extreme because
of the competition.
"Football is number one in
Florida and a lot of the boys
include weight training as part
of their preseason condition-
ing," he said. "It's all about get-
ting bigger, stronger and fast-
er. When our coaches call for
conditioning and workouts, it's
strictly voluntary and, is not

--Miami Times photo/D. Kevin McNeir
WORKOUT: Booker T. Washington High football players go
through conditioning drills earlier this summer.

tied into the boys' performance
or participation in the sport."

Echoles adds that there are
often preexisting health con-
ditions from which some stu-
dent athletes suffer that could

negate even the most arduous
safety precautions.
"It's tough to admit but
sometimes these tragedies just
happen we do all we can to
make sure they don't," he said.
Cheryl Golden, heads M-D
County Public Schools as the
instructional supervisor in the

Division of Athletics and Ac-
tivities. She says it's important
to remember that all fall ath-
letic practices begin next week
and with that certified trainers
will be on hand at every school
as another pair of eyes, mak-
ing sure coaches adhere to the
"The first three days will
take all athletes, boys and
girls, through an acclamation
process so that they can be-
come accustomed to the heat
and the regular workouts,"
she said. "As a former athletic
trainer, I know how important
it is to have liquids on hand
at all times. Here in Miami-
Dade County, all schools with
competitive sports programs
must have a certified train-
er on school grounds they
are licensed -at both the na-
tional and state levels. No one
wants to punish a child who
may have asthma or sickle cell
anemia, but we need to know
if these are part of a child's
medical history so we can take

extra precautions. The prob-
lem sometimes is that parents
try to hide such information."
Golden adds that dehydra-
tion is something quite com-
mon among high school stu-
dents whether they are
involved in sports or not.
"Just consider how many
kids get up in the morning for
school without eating," she
said. "They may grab a snack,
they may hit the water foun-
tain and may even get some
milk or juice by lunch time.
They tend to eat on the run.
Then they go out in 95 de-
gree heat, put on gear, sweat
and have physical contact but
don't have enough fluids or
nourishment to withstand the
physical exertion their body
suffers. We have one of the
nation's model athletic train-
ing programs in, this district
and' it's paying off. But stu-
dents and parents also have to
make sensible decisions before
kids are allowed to take to the
court or the field."

-Miami Times photo/Jimmie Davis, Jr.
CALMING THE CROWD: Optimist Club President Terry Joseph and Major Garry F. Jeanniton
(M-DCPD) address concerns of parents after recent shooting at West Little River Park.

Joseph: "Run the bad guys away"

continued from 1A

Barnes says he had little time
to act, taking both to a waiting
ambulance and then calling
Shandrea Barnes, 20, [Jab-
hari's mother] to inform her
that her son had been shot.
Both were taken to Jackson
Memorial Hospital.
"I was in shock," said Shan-
drea. "I just wanted my son
back. I was more scared than

Area residents and members
of the Optimist Club say they
need a plan to ensure the safe-
ty of their children, and orga-
nized a community forum last
Thursday asking the police to
help them keep their children
safe during football activities.
The park remains open but so
far football games have been
"Will you provide police pro-
tection at the park while our
kids are playing football?"
asked Kandy Rose.
"I can't make any commit-
rment for any park," said Major
Garry F. Jeanniton of the Mi-

ami-Dade Police Department.
"I can't do that."
Rose says she has told her
son, Jermaine Johnekins, Jr.
12, that he won't be allowed to
play football at the park any-
more because it's dangerous
and the police can't guaran-
tee the children's safety.
Jeanniton says the Depart-
ment is tinder budget con-
straints and if he provided
around-the-clock protection
at West Little River Park dur-
ing football activities then he
would have to do the same for
other parks.
Artavis L. Woods, Sr. says
he is very much concerned
about the recent drive-by
and saddened because par-
ents bring their children to
the park to play while offering
them a positive environment
free from guns, drugs and
"I don't want any of my five
kids to become a statistic,"
Woods said. "I'm thinking
about getting a firearm to pro-
tect my family."
Lt. Denise Bernhard said
it's unfortunate that her de-
partment wasn't at the park
at the time of the shooting
and believes that the children

who were shot were innocent
bystanders and not the in-
tended victims. However, she
says the community can help
as it appears the shooters
were aiming for several men
on a nearby basketball court.
"I need the names of the
guys who were playing bas-
ketball," she said. "These guys
weren't completely surprised
when they were fired upon."
County Commissioner Jean
Monestime attended the fo-
rum and also asked for the
community to come together
and help the police bring the
shooters to justice.
"I need your assistance to
help solve this shooting," he
said. "I will relay your mes-
sage to the county mayor to
get more police resources for
your area."
Terry Joseph, president of
the Optimist Club, said his
people represent the good
guys and that they shouldn't
have to be the ones being run
away from the park.
"We haven't done anything
wrong and we've got to run
the bad guys out of the park,".
he said. "It's only by the grace
of God that we are not attend-
ing four funerals."

Battle between GOP and Obama continues

continued from 1A

return a call from the presi-

Or, Obama might have
heard Douglass' words ring-
ing in his ears after acting
House Speaker Steve LaTo-
urette of Ohio had to warn
his GOP colleagues during a
heated debt-reduction debate
on the House floor to stop
making disparaging remarks
about Obama.
This total lack of respect
is downright contemptible
- if not unpatriotic. Such
contempt, I'm convinced, is
rooted in something other
than political differences.
Today, you might not see the
overt actions of racist south-

ern governors like Ross Bar-
nett or George Wallace in the
1960s. But the presence of
Jim Crow, Jr. a more sub-
tle form of racism is there.
Douglass viewed such be-
havior as "an outrage upon
the soul." In this present case
it is the soul of our nation,
which still struggles to get
beyond the awful ripple ef-
fects of its haunting history
of human bondage.
McConnell, Boehner and

Cantor are the vanguard of a
political force of a dying era
- one that looks more like
the nation's past than its fu-
Obama is the second presi-
dent of this millennium, but
the first chief executive of the
America of new possibilities -
a multiracial, multicultural
nation whose emergence the
old order is working nfrghtily
to forestall in its desperate at-
tack on his presidency.

Edmonson angered with setback

continued from 1A

and I want the community to get everything it

Vice Chairwoman and County Commissioner Au-
drey Edmonson has been a leading advocate for the
Transit Village Project and maintains that it would
be bring opportunities for the entire community,
along with a much-needed facelift and become a real
business center. She says she is disappointed by the
court's decision.
"This will hurt the Liberty City community be-
cause after many years, we finally had the funding
and were ready to move forward," she said. "In es-
sence because of one person and one organization,
a project that could have spurred real economic de-
velopment for an entire community has been put on
hold. I understand the reluctance in moving from a
site that has been a fixture for so many years and it

Transit Village rendering
was never said that Greene could not return. But he
was unwilling to relocate. I was thinking of the ben-
efits to the larger community not to one business.
For the record, when criticism comes from citizens
who say they don't see evidence of economic develop-
ment happening in the Black community, I will point
them to this incident. We are our own worst enemy
when we continue to let one or two people speak
out under the contention that they are represent-
ing all of us."

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celin, Mia Michel-Taylor, Mya Michel-Taylor, Porsha Maxwell, Briana Burke and Zaire Golden.

Program teaches girls to L.E.E.D.

By Randy Grice

In today's world; young
women sometimes need that
extra push to gain the self-
confidence they need to be
successful. On Saturday, Aug.
6, Emerging Butterflies will
hold its first annual intro-
duction ceremony for its 2011
summer L.E.E.D. (Leadership,
Excellence, Etiquette and
Discipleship) mentorship pro-
gram for girls. The event will
be held at Newport Beachside
Hotel & Resort, 16701 Collins
Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach.
"In the program the girls
have learned different leader-
ship skills and what it means
to actually be a leader," said
Eunise Chery, co-CEO of Re-
new Revive. "We've gone over

trying to teach the girls that
everything they do they should
do it with a spirit of excellence
no matter what aspect of their
lives it involves. We also had
an etiquette instructor that
came in to teach them the ba-
sics of dining, place setting
and personal appearance,
those types of things."
The program is aimed at
young ladies ages 10-17.
"We find that a lot of the
skills that we are trying to
implement in the program are
not being taught in the home
these days," Chery said. "A lot
of these skills are missing in
society today and just have
been overlooked. These young
girls are not getting the skills
that are required to be a suc-
cess in life. We find that there
is a gap in society and the

community as a whole."
The main goal of the pro-
gram is centered on leader-
ship and making positive con.-
tributions to the community.
"We wanted to make sure
that we bought to the fore-
front what the true definition
of leadership is," said Ebonie
Mukasa, co-CEO of Renew Re-
vive. "As for us, we explained
that leadership simply means
that you influence or you have
the ability to influence."
The event is being spon-
sored by Renew Revive. Renew
Revive is an event planning
and management company
that creates opportunities for
women to be stimulated in
their lives spiritually, mental-
ly and physically. The group
has been in existence since

M-DCPS to receive $952,381 in grants

Interim Commissioner of
Education, Dr. John L. Winn,
approved Miami-Dade County
Public Schools (M-DCPS) as
an award recipient for two of
seven Race to the Top Assess-
ment Grants to develop as-
sessments and assessment
items for hard-to-measure
content areas, which include
visual arts and physical and
health education for K-8 stu-
dents. Each district, including
Miami-Dade, was required to
submit a revised budget and
an amended proposal contin-
gent upon the awarded bud-
get for year one (2011-12) and
the evaluation by the peer re-
view. The Race to the Top As-
sessments Office will send an
award letter to the district.
The total funding for M-DCPS
is $952,381 in year one, for
each of the two projects. The
grants are renewable for two
additional years, based on

satisfaction of prior year's per-
formance. Florida is eligible
to receive $700 million
in Race to the Top
funding over four
years.. According
to Florida's grant
application, the
funds will be =
used to increase
student achieve-
ment; decrease
achievement gaps
between subgroups
in reading/language arts
and mathematics; increase
high school graduation rates;
and increase college enroll-
ment and the number of stu-
dents who complete at least a
year's worth of college credit
that is applicable to a degree
within two years of enrollment
in an institution of higher ed-
ucation. The U.S. Department
of Education sponsors Race to
the Top to provide $4.35 billion

to states that will lead the way
with ambitious yet achievable
plans for implementing
coherent, compelling
and. comprehen-
Ssive education
reform. Florida
Swas selected as
A ws one of 16 final-
I ists for Phase I
Sof the Race to the
Top grant, having
been awarded the
fourth highest num-
ber of points for its appli-

According to
Florida's grant
application, the
funds will be used
to increase student

-Photos by Tony Brooks

Youth participate in Zo's

Summer Groove activities

ISSUES: In the photo shown
above, youth line up to ask
questions at the Youth Empow-
erment Summit. The Summit
was held on Saturday, July 23rd
at Signature Grand in Davie. It
allowed teens the opportunity
to interact with celebrities,
athletes, leaders in the commu-
nity, business professionals and
peers. The Summit was one of
multiple events held during the
annual Zo's Summer Groove


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Gibson Charter School hosts

back to school health fair

By Randy Grice

In an effort to get students
healthy and prepared for
school Theodore R. and Thel-
ma A. Gibson Charter School is
hosting its first back to school
health fair. The fair, titled Gib-
son's Back to School Health
Fair, is set to take place this
Saturday, August 6th from 9
a.m-4 p.m. in the school's caf-
eteria located at 1682 NW 4th
Avenue in Overtown.
"We are proud to have the
support of Heiken Children's
Vision Program," said Fareed
Khan, principal.
The vision program is also

expected to provide free vision
screenings for students pre-
paring to return to school this
fall. The resources at the fair
will be offered free of charge
to all Overtown community
members with school-aged
"I am thankful that pro-
gram like this exist for people
like me," said Sonta James,
Overtown resident. "My son
is seven and I admit that I am
not always in the financial
state to get him the healthcare
check ups that he needs. At
least when we go on Saturday,
he can be seen for free like it
should be, I am really grate-
ful." '

James isn't the only com-
munity member who is happy
about the free health screen-
"We should have free health
screens like this every month
or so," said Peter St. Charles,
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Dolphins make new moves

The Miami Dol-
phins began their
season almost iden-
tical to the way they
ended the 2010-11
season, mediocre
and clumsy. During
the offseason, we saw
owner Stephen Ross
and General Manag-

er Jeff Ireland make
a trip to court and
visit Stanford football
coach Jim Harbaugh
into being the ninth
coach of this storied
franchise, only to be
given a stiff arm by
Harbaugh and travel
back to Miami to ex-

tend to coach Tony
Sparano a few more
years with the team.
The Dolphins had
a draft where they
passed on a few repu-
table quarterbacks
and a Heisman-win-
ning running back to
draft a "sure thing"

center/guard in Mike
Pouncey, as well as
some speed from a
few unknowns.
Now we are here
at the beginning of
the 2011-12 season.
A season that was
on the brink of not
happening. Fans
and NFL players are
ecstatic to be back
at work. This past
week of free agency
has been exciting
and riveting, rivaling
the NBA free agency
from a year ago. But
the Dolphins free
agency moves have
barely made a shift

in Dol-fans scale of
excitement. Signing
running back Reg-
gie Bush to a two
year deal for $10 mil-
lion dollars, got little
applause from the
masses. Kudos to the
Dolphins for having
all of their rookies
signed and in camp.
But the head scratch-
er comes in the failed
attempt at trading for
current Denver quar-
terback Kyle Orton
and the acquisition
of quarterback Matt
Moore from the Caro-
lina Panthers.
Apparently, the two

sides could not agree
on the draft compen-
sation for the trade
and a stare down
commenced. Orton
was looking for big
time money in this
deal, which is some-
thing the Dolphins
were not in the posi-
tion to do. Judging
from the calls and
emails we receive on
our radio show, Dol-
fans were not terri-
bly impressed with
Orton, but he would
have been a respect-
able backup to Chad
Henne, or a starter
if Henne falters any

time this season. So
in comes Matt Moore,
a guy who has some
upside and is con-
sidered a good pick-
up in some circles,
but doesn't have the
resume that many
would like.
Outside of the sign-
ings, the revelation of
wide receiver Bran-
don Marshall's bout
with BPD (borderline
personality disorder)
has the community
buzzing. BPD is de-
scribed as an "emo-
tional disorder that
causes emotional
instability, leading

to stress and other
Marshall says the
condition is the rea-
son that he's had so
many personal and
professional prob-
lems, and that he is
speaking out about
it now so that he can
salvage his marriage
and get the word out
so that others may
get help as well.
We can only hope
that with his revela-
tion, he can begin to
turn his life around
and help the Dol-
phins get some suc-
cess on the field.

Tunisian rappers express peace, respect

cotninued from 4C

For El General, the
words proved person-
ally prophetic. As the
Jasmine Revolution
gained momentum,
he wrote another
song entitled "Tuni-
sia Our Country." Its
blunt condemnation
bordered on treason.
At 5 a.m. on a cold
winter day, govern-
ment security forces
showed up at his door
in Sfax, a former com-
mercial center on the
Mediterranean coast.
"Some 30 plain-
clothes policemen
came to our house
and took him away
without ever tell-
ing us where to," his
brother told news
agencies. "When we
asked why they were
arresting him, they
said, 'He knows why."'

The young rapper
was taken to a prison
in Tunis. He was put
in oaftts' "' 'ot1ite '
ment and repeatedly
interrogated about
possible political con-
nections, according
to news reports at
the time. But in the
breathtaking speed of
the first Arab revolt,
the revolutionary an-
them had already
made him famous.
Demonstrators be-,
gan demanding his
release as well as the
president's resigna-
"They, asked me,
'Please stop singing
about the president
and his family, and
then we'll release you,'
" he later recounted to
Time magazine.
The government let
him go after three
days, as a concession
to the demonstrators.
Little known before
his protest song, El
General had become
almost as famous
as Bouazizi. "That's
when I realized that
my act was really
huge, and really dan-
gerous, because the
police got so many
calls about my in-
carceration," he said.
"Once I stopped be-
ing scared, I had this
huge pride."
Morocco's Soulta-
na raps about peace
and respect.
Two weeks after
the Tunisian presi-
dent abruptly fled, El
General performed
in public for the first
time. Wearing the
Tunisian flag draped
around his shoul-

ders, he belted out his
anthem for a crowd of
His appearance
brought the Jasmine
Revolution full circle.
Mannoubia Bouazizi,
the mother of the
young street vendor
whose self-immola-
tion launched the up-
rising, had traveled
to Tunis to share the
stage. The two young
men had transformed
political activism in
Tunisia-and in turn
the entire Arab world.
El General's song

became the anthem
of revolutions across
the region. It was
sung in street demon-
strations from mighty
Egypt to tiny Bah-
rain. Through Face-
book, he had many
requests to join the
protesters at Cairo's
Liberation Square.
He had no passport,
so he opted to work
instead on a rap ode
to Arab revolution.
Across the Islamic
world, hip-hop has
now created an al-
ternative subculture

among the young.
Rap is its voice in a
4/4 beat. Muslim rap
is replete with beeps,
bops and beatboxes,
although without the
materialism, misog-
yny, vulgarity and
"gangsta" violence of
much Western hip-
The messages of
Muslim rappers are
just as bold and
blunt, however, and
the names they take
are defiant. DAM and
Rapperz were early
Palestinian groups.



In accordance with Miami-Dade County Resolution 511-04 and Section 1.03 of the Home Rule
Charter, the County is in the process of updating the Commission District boundaries to comply with
federal, state and local requirements.
Public meetings will be held throughout the County to provide information and receive input from
the public regarding the local redistricting process. Please plan to attend an upcoming Community
Outreach Meeting in your area,
More information on the County's Redistricting effort can be found at:
District 1 District 2 District 3
Commissioner Commissioner Commissioner
Barbara Jordan Jean Monestime Vice-Chair
North Dade Regional Library Faith Community Baptist Audrey Edmonson
2455 NW 183rd St Church City of Miami Legion Park
September 1, 2011 10401 NW 8th Avenue Community Hall
6:00 PM September 7, 2011 6447 NE 7th Ave
6:00 PM September 21,2011
6:30 PM
District 4 District 5 District 6
Commissioner Commissioner Commissioner
Sally A. Heyman Bruno A. Barreiro Rebeca Sosa
Gwen Margolis Community Hispanic Branch Library Miami Springs Community
Center 1398 SW 1st St Center
1590 NE 123rd St August 30, 2011 1401 Westward Dr
September 19, 2011 6:00 PM August 17, 2011
6:30 PM 6:00 PM
District 7 District 8 District 9
Commissioner Commissioner Commissioner
Xavier L. Suarez Lynda Bell Dennis C. Moss
Frankie Rolle Center South Dade Regional Library South Dade Government
3750 S Dixie Highway 10750 SW 211th St Center
August 18, 2011 September 29, 2011 10710 SW 211 St
6:00 PM 6:00 PM September 15, 2011
6:00 PM
District 10 District 11 District 12
Commissioner Commissioner Commissioner
Javier D. Souto Chairman Joe A. Martinez Jose "Pepe" Diaz
West Dade Regional Library West Kendall Regional Library City of Virginia Gardens
9445 Coral Way 10201 Hammocks Blvd City Hall
September 28, 2011 August 24, 2011 6498 NW 38th Terr
7:00 PM 6:00 PM August 15, 2011
_6:00 PM
District 13
Esteban Bovo, Jr
Goodlet Park
4200 W 8th Ave
August 23, 2011 -6:30 PM

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provided for you at no charge. To arrange for translating services, please call the Zoning Agenda
Coordinator's Office at (305) 375-1244 at least two weeks in advance of the meeting date.
If further information is desired, call 3-1-1 or visit our website at
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opportunity in employment and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs or
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ment at-Risk (CMR) firm(s) for a continuing agreement (Phase II). The selected firm(s) will provide CMR
services for miscellaneous projects with construction values not to exceed $2 million per project. The
CMR firm(s) will be contracted for a period of four (4) years with extension years at the option of the Board.
Project assignments will be based on the alignment of construction values with each firm's capabilities, pre-
qualification certificate amounts, workload and performance on previous assignments. The Board does
not guarantee any minimum number of projects or any specific construction value. The Board reserves the
right to limit the number of concurrent CMR Miscellaneous agreements held by a single firm. The Board
also reserves the right to utilize alternate delivery methods other than CMR.

DUE DATE: Firms or companies desiring to participate in the CMR selection process shall respond with.
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12, 2011 to the attention of:

Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Department of A/E Selection & Negotiations
Ms. Nazira Abdo-Decoster, Executive Director, RA, LEED AP
1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Room 305
Miami, Florida 33132

Firms that submitted responses to the previous solicitation (due on August 2, 2011) need not resubmit un-
der this solicitation. The complete Request for Qualifications (RFQ) package including the Procedures for
Selection of the CMR (with all pertinent information and forms) as referenced in School Board Policy 6330
can be accessed on-line at http://facilities.dadeschools.net/ae solicitations/sp/CM.pdf or picked up at the
above address. Proposers must submit in the format and forms prescribed in the procedures in order to
be considered. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) reserves the right to request clarification of
information submitted and to request additional information of one or more proposers.

Only one submittal will be accepted per proposer, either as a single prime firm or as part of a joint venture.
Proposers submitting as a joint venture must be licensed as such by the Florida Departmejt of Business
and Professional Regulation. Proof of licenses) and an executed copy of the joint venture agreement must
be submitted with the RFQ response. Percentage participation of fees must be clearly stated for each joint
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agreement, must be pre-qualified by the Board priQr to submitting their RFQ response to this solicitation.
Contact the Office of Contractor Pre-Qualification at 305-995-4565 for information regarding Contractors'
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In its best interest, the Board reserves the right to waive any formalities and to accept or reject any or all
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three (3) years, shall not be considered under this RFQ.

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General and shall result in the disqualification of the potential vendor from the competitive solicitation pro-
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Senior Citizens Concern Care Group, Inc.



25th anniversary at Bible Baptist Church Christians

On Sunday, July 31, residents of Sylvia's Retirement Home,
Inc. celebrated 25 years of community service for seniors and
disabled at Bible Baptist Church with the Senior Citizens
Concern Care Group, Inc. an organization founded by Sylvia
Williams.The organization was founded on July 26, 1986. Its
objectives are to encourage other Assisted Living Facilities
(ALF) administrators to continue to provide quality care to our
residents. This is includes outdoor activities, while they reside
in our homes away from home. A small monetary gift was given
to the church. Attendees were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur and Hen-
rietta Carswell, Mr. and Mrs. John and Bertha Carswell, Dora
Williams-Moten, Shirley Stoval, Ceola Adams, Nanette Ogburn,
Phyllis Black, Lilian Bodie, Rita Hope, Gertrude Burnett, David
Terry, Lee Sawyers, and the caretaker.

(L-R) Sylvia D. Williams-Garner, residents, Rita Hope, Lee Sawyers, David Terry, Gertrude
Burnett and the caretaker.

Mr. and Mrs.Arthur'
and Henrietta Carswell


Mr. and Mrs.John and
Bertha Carswell

(L-R) Lilian Bodie, Phyllis Black
and Dora Williams-Moten.

Jesus' baptismal site reopens for tourists

By Chaim Levinson

The Jordan Valley site where
Christians believe Jesus
was baptized was reopened
to the public at large last
week, in a ceremony hosted
by Minister Silvan' Shalom.
The site is one of the
holiest in Christianity.
As. the speeches of thanks
were being made in the 40-de-
gree Celsius weather, the
hundreds of guests glanced
at the Jordan River, where
believers are still baptized.
For Christians, the re-open-
ing of Qasr al-Yahud is indeed
a celebration. Jesus' baptism
by John the Baptist symbol-
izes the beginning of Jesus'
public ministry and spiritual
purification. For the Eastern
churches, which put greater
emphasis on Jesus' resur-
rection and less on the im-
maculate conception, this
baptismal site is particularly
important. On the Epiph-
any, on January 6, tens of
thousands of pilgrims go to.
the river clad in white and
observe the baptismal rite.
Qasr al-Yahud ("Castle of the
Jews") had essentially been
closed for 44 years. It was
abandoned following the Six-
Day War in 1967. Baptisms

Before the site was reopened, an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian marked the feast of the
Epiphany by praying in a tub filled with water from the Jordan River at Qasr el Yahud, on the
western bank of the Jordan River in Israel.

renewed at the site only in the
1980s. Now, following restora-
tion and development, it will be
open to all, on a regular basis.

Sister Nicolida, one of the
people present, could hard-
ly contain her excitement.
She is responsible for guid-

ing pilgrims at the site, and
says she is waiting for an in-
flux of Romanian pilgrims.
"This is very important for

us," she said. "We generally
go to Yardenit [a small baptis-
mal site near the Sea of Gali-
lee] but now we will be able
to come here all year round."
But like everything else in the
West Bank, here too there was
a great- deal of political agita-
tion behind the scenes. The site
was reopened at the initiative
of Regional Development Min-
ister Shalom, who put a great
deal of effort into the project.
Meanwhile, Tourism Min-
ister Stas Misezhnikov has
been responsible for promot-
ing tourism there. And in-
deed the site was funded
by the Tourism Ministry.
Meanwhile, they are con-
stantly competing. The re-
opening of the baptismal site
earned Israel kudos from
churches, and the clergy-
men in the VIP tent could
be seen excitedly thanking
Shalom after the ceremony.
As a matter of cau-
tion, the site will be oper-
ated personally by the Co-
ordinator of Government
Activities in the Territories,
and visits to the site will be free.
The settlers from the sur-
rounding communities, who
had hoped to be given per-
mission to operate the site,
boycotted the ceremony.



By Kaila Heard
kheard@Fmiamitumesonline corn

Finally, a survey was
recently released that
has confirmed what most
working people already
have discovered during
their careers depending
on the type of environment
and what sort of work you
do your job can often feel
like heaven or hell.
Yet keeping to a more
upbeat tone, the 2011
Best Christian Workplaces
in the United States Sur-
vey only focuses on jobs
that will provide the most
positive experience for
In 2011, the Best Chris-
tian Workplaces for Higher
Education included Ap-
palachian Bible College in
West Virginia, Lancaster
Bible College in Pennsyl-
vania, Lincoln Christian
University in Illinois. Phoe-
nix Seminary in Arizona,
and the Olivet Nazarene
University in Illinois.
Among missionaries and
parachurches that were
considered outstanding
this year were the Ameri-
can Bible Society in New
York, Apartment Life in
Texas, Coalition for Chris-
tian Outreach in Pennsyl-
vania, CRISTA Ministries
in Washington, and Joni
and Friends in California.
Meanwhile, Fairbridge
Church in Texas, Mt.
Sylvan United Methodist
Church in North Carolina,
and Southland Christian
Church in Kentucky were
the some of the better

slanctraries. *- *
Since 2002, the Best
Christian Workplace Insti-
tute, a subsidiary of Best
Workplaces Institute, Inc.
which itself is a research-
based organizational de-
velopment consulting firm,
has conducted surveys of
various Christian organi-
zations that have included
8,700 employees from
more than 85 institutions.
Now surveys represent
several different types of
Christian organizations
including missionaries,
churches, and schools and
even media.
The survey, which is
voluntary although orga-
nizations, asks employees
such questions as their
satisfaction in areas about
reward for performances,
health care, diversity, fair-
ness and integrity as well
as adherence to bibhcal

Ranks of unpaid caregivers rising Our deadlines have changed
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CARE OF ELD ERLY RELATIVES support and ask you to adjust to these changes, ac-
By Anita Creamer unpaid home care in 2009, says AARP. Still, taking care of loved ones can exact cordingly. As always, we are happy to provide you with
That's more than the country's total Medic- a toll. excellent customer service.
Jeris Baker lives with her 91-year-old fa- aid spending that year more, for that mat- Statistically speaking, the average care-
ther in his Land Park home and takes care ter, than WalMart's total sales in 2009. giver is a 49-year-old woman who works Le H enin (calnar
of him. It's also 20 percent higher than unpaid full time and spends 20 hours a week e happenings ( nar
She pays his bills. She doles out the 17 home care totals for two years earlier, helping her elderly mother for five years' Submit all events by Friday, 2 p.m.
medications he takes every day for issues "If the family caregiver were no longer time. She makes 15 percent less than col- Phone: 305-694-6216; fax: 305-757-5770;
ranging from dementia to heart problems available, we'd see an immediate rise in leagues who don't take care of aging rela- e-mail: jjohnson@miamitimesonline.com
and macular degeneration. She watches nursing home use and rehospitalization," tives, according to U.S. Census data.
over him at night, worried about his sleep said Susan Reinhard, AARP senior vice As she juggles her responsibilities, she's
apnea. She takes him to the doctor and president for public policy, likely to reduce her work hours or quit. Church Notes (faith/family calendar):
deals with the maze of his medical insur- "Being a family caregiver is becoming a During the recent economic crisis, says Submit all events by Monday, 2 p.m.
ance. She makes sure he has a comfortable fact of life, and it's becoming more compli- the National Alliance for Caregiving, she Phone: 305-694-6216; fax: 305-757-5770;
life. And she's grateful. cated because of the increasing demands was 20 percent more likely to consolidate
e-mail: kheard@miamitimesonline.com
"I'm glad I have time with my dad," said of health care." households with her elderly loved ones to ema kheardmiamitimenline.
Baker, 46, a Sacramento art teacher whose For two-thirds of older adults, family save money.
latest pink slip was recently rescinded, members are the only source of care. And she's so stressed, researchers have Classified advertising:
"Once they're gone, you don't have a sec- They step up to help, because that's found, that she may lose up to 10 years Submit all ads by Tuesday, 3 p.m.
ond chance." what families do. Some like Sacramento off her own life expectancy.
She and many of the other 62 million fam- resident Deborah Terry, whose 80-year- Linda Bachini helps care for her late
ily caregivers in the United States couldn't old mother, Marie Thomas, has dementia mother's elderly brother and sister, who Family-posted obituaries:
pay for the quality of care they give their and lives with her don't even think of live together in Rocklin. Recent medical Submit all obituaries by Tuesday 4:30 p.m.
loved ones. And according to an AARP re- what they do as caregiving. problems sent Bachini's aunt, 91-year-
port released last week, the nation couldn't "I think of it more as, my mom had old Helen Payne, into a nursing home or e and oitarie e
pay for it, either. problems, and I'm helping her," said Ter- temporarily, the family hopes. Now Ba-
Family caregivers increasingly, middle- ry, 61, who works in accounting. "Care- chini's uncle, who is 84 and suffers from the following:
aged offspring taking care of their elderly giving sounds like a nurse, you know? macular degeneration and kidney dis- Phone: 305-694-6225; Fax:305-694-6211

Sylvia D. Williams-Garner of Sylvia's Retirement Home,
Inc. says a speech for the Senior Citizens Concern Care
group, Inc. 25th anniversary at Bible Baptist Church, Sun-
day, July 31 at the 10:45 a.m. worship service.


She's just my mom."

ease, is alone.

parents provided $450 billion worth of



Ways to make your marriage thrive right now

By Jeff Schapiro

It's wedding season and Dr.
Jacqueline Del Rosario, also
known as "America's Marriage
Doctor," is out to help couples
and their marriages succeed.
Everyone, she said, goes
into marriage with a "vision"
for what it should be like,
but when things don't go as
planned many couples end up
Del Rosario offered some key
points for maintaining a stable
"I think that most people
start off with a vision for their
relationship," she said, "but
they don't know how to bring
that vision to manifestation.
They lack the skill. They lack

the knowledge. And they just
lack the tools to make those
She suggested that that the
typical American view of mar-
riage is not what God had in
mind for the union of a man
and his wife.
"I think that God's vision for
marriage is one that's not pol-
luted or diluted by the mysti-
fied concepts that we have that
are all around passion and ro-
mance," she said. "God's vision
is really about commitment
and love . So commitment
has nothing to do with how I
feel, it has to do with my inten-
tions. And then love has to do
with sacrifice and selflessness."
There are five keys to creat-
ing and maintaining a stable

ROSARIO is also known as
'America's marriage doctor.'

marriage relationship, Del Ro-
sario said, and they are as fol-
1) Compatibility "That's
the absolute, ultimate key,"
she said. "Being congruent
with your mate; being a suit-*
able, compatible mate for a life-
long relationship."
People should check to see
if they're compatible with their
mates before getting married,
but they should also continue
to do so even during marriage.
"We can purposefully and wise-
ly ensure that we're navigat-
ing .. through some of those
channels of life, or courses of
life, in unison."
2) Communication "Com-
munication is sharing, talking,
stay on the same page."

3) Authenticity "Authen-
ticity is just being yourself,"
she said. "I think that we need
to be able to be loved as the
person that we really are. And
we remove a lot of the barri-
ers when we're just really our-
selves and we give a clear pic-
ture of who our mate needs to
4) Intimacy "Intimacy,"
she said, "is becoming a lost
art with Twitter, Facebook,
and texting. People are forget-
ting how to connect. Intimacy
is about building value and
closeness ... on that level that
transcends flesh. Those are the
types of encounters that we
must continue to populate our
marriage with."
5) Acceptance "Acceptance

is accepting people for who
they are, and accepting things
for what they are, and they're
not always ideal."
People don't know how to go
about making the vision for
their marriages become a real-
ity, Del Rosario noted. Her mis-
sion is to help those people by
giving them the tools they need
to have successful relation-
"I want to heal families, and
I want to do that by healing
marriages because I think that
we've let go of a lot of great re-
lationships because we didn't
know how to maintain them.
The burden of my heart is to
address marriage so that we
can have healthy families," she

Number of clergy couples continue to increase

By Colette M. Jenkins

The Rev. Leah Schafer reluc-
tantly accepted a dinner in-
vitation more than five years
ago from one of her clergy col-
"I didn't want to ruin a friend-
ship," said Schafer, pastor at
St. Jacob's Evangelical Luther-
an Church in Lake Township,
Ohio. "We had been working to-
gether planning a very success-
ful camp for junior high school
students and had become good
friends. I didn't want to jeopar-
dize that."
Schafer's acceptance led to
what is now a five-year mar-
riage to the Rev. Arthur Cub-
bon, pastor at St. Stephen

Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Stow, Ohio. They are part of
a growing phenomenon in reli-
gious communities the clergy
Although the number of cler-
gy couples is on the rise, the
concept is not new. The Salva-
tion Army has been ordaining
husband-and-wife teams in the
United States since 1880. Pen-
tecostal churches have been or-
daining women (some who have
been part of clergy couples)
since the early 20th century.
Judy Hoshek, an assistant to
the bishop in the Northeastern
Ohio Synod of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America,
correlates the growing num-
ber of clergy couples in Main-


As more women are answering the
choosing to serve as co-pastors.

call, more

line Protestant denominations
to the increasing number of
women enrolling in seminary.
Hoshek helps local congrega-
tions in their search for pastors.
"Many of the clergy couples
that I have come into contact
with met in seminary, and a
generation ago there were fewer
women in seminaries," Hoshek
said. "When I think about it,
it's kind of a natural fit because
they each understand the pro-
fession and the incredible time
commitment that goes along
i with it."
One of the biggest challenges
of their co-pastorate has been to
avoid bringing their work home.
couples are Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, who
also serves with her husband

in ministry, said while clergy
couples have the challenges
of balancing the needs of their
families and those of their con-
gregations and of finding pas-
torates in the same geographi-
cal location, having a partner
who knows the demands of
ministry lessens the burden.
"We tell our clergy couples,
and all clergy for that matter,
to be very intentional about set-
ting boundaries when they are
having time with their families
and when they are having time
with their congregations. Con-
gregations that are served by a
member of a clergy couple must
also understand that the spouse
of their pastor can't always be
at the church," Eaton said.


Greater St. Luke Primi-
tive Baptist Church invites
everyone to their 50th Anni-
versary Concert on August 12
at 7:30 p.m. 954-391-8395,
-54-966 .

* Holy Ghost Assembly of
the Apostolic Faith invites
the community to special ser-
vices on August 4-5, 8 pm.
nightly and Sunday School at
10 a.m. and Sunday Service
at 12 p.m. on August 7.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church invites the
community to Family and
Friends Worship Services at
7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. every
Sunday. 305-696-6545.

Christian Cathedral
Church presents their Morn-
ing Glory service that in-
cludes senior citizen activities
and brunch every Friday at
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 305-652-

Mt. Olive Primitive Bap-
tist Church invites the com-
munity to celebrate their 30th
Pastoral Anniversary on August
14 at 11 a.m. 305-607-2015.

New Mission Worship Cen-
ter hosts "REAL 2011" Young
Adult Conference and concert,
August 4-6. 786-277-9103.

Pilgrim New Hope Bap-
tist Church's 'Convening of the
Evangelist' will be held at the
Palm Beach County Conven-
tion Center, August 17-20, 7:30
p.m. nightly. 561-863-9192.

Lighthouse Holy Ghost
Center, Inc. invites everyone
to their Intercession Prayer Ser-
vice on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Macedonia Missionary
Baptist Church's Usher Minis-
try is hosting a Fashion Show
and Musical Program on August
21 at 4 p.m. and is currently

seeking models. 305-445-6459. also looking for additional
praise dancers, choirs, and
All That God is Interna- soloists to participate in their
tional Outreach Centers in- Gospel Back to School Sum-
vites everyone to their Chris- mer Jam Fest on August 27 at
tian Fellowship and Open Mic 7:30 p.m. 954-213-4332.
Night every Friday at 7:30
p.m. 786-255-1509, 786-709- U The Youth In Action
0656. Group invites you to their
oa rg "Saturday Night Live ';tally
SThle International Prayer "Radical Youth Experience" ev-
Center is ;hosting their Pasto- ety Saturday, 10 p.m. mid-
ral Anniversary, Aug. 11-14. night. 561-929-1518.
E Redemption Missionary
The Faith Church, Inc. Baptist Church holds a Fish
invites you to their service on Dinner every Friday and Sat-
Sundays at 11 a.m. and their urday; a Noon Day Prayer Ser-
MIA outreach service that pro- vice every Saturday; and In-
vides free hot meals, dry goods production Computer Classes
and clothes. Visit www.faith- every Tuesday and Thursday
church4you.com or call 305- at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rever-
688-8541. end Willie McCrae, 305-770-
7064 or Mother Annie Chap-
Mt. Olivette Baptist man, 786-312-4260.
Church will honor their pas-
tor's 32 years of service on Au- 0 A Mission with a New
gust 7 at 3:30 p.m. and at 11 Beginning Church mem-
a.m. and on August 14 at 3:30 bers invites the community to
p.m. their Sunday Worship service
'at 11:15 a.m. on Thursdays,
Running for Jesus Out- Prayer Meetings at 6:30 p.m.
reach Youth Ministries is and Bible Class at 7 p.m.

Publisher shows the enduring power of faith

continued from 12B

"I just asked the Lord to give
us strength, self-esteem and to
protect us."
Soon after her husband's de-
parture, Hart was hired as by
the weight loss company, Jen-
ny Craig, where she eventually
became the number one sales
person throughout the U.S.
and Canada.
She notes that her children
have fared just as well. All but

one of them went on to receive
college degrees, while the sixth
became a successful entrepre-
Hart praises her children
saying, "They are just awesome
kids because they are humble
and they believe in God and
they are all in their own way
giving back to the community."
Meanwhile, her ability to
survive domestic violence and
thrive as a single parent, in-
spired the story for her first
novel, "Crosses to Bear, Love

to Share."
Readers have found her sto-
ries to be inspirational and up-
"[Crosses to Bear] is a road
map for women who get into
relationships and choose to
ignore the signals of a trou-
bled man or individual," said
60-year-old Marcia O'Connor.
"It should really be a prereq-
uisite for young women to read
this book."
As of today, Six Hearts Pub-
lishing has published three

original titles by Hart. And
while her business is thriving
with four additional titles by
other authors expected to be
released by year's end, she ad-
mits that creating an income is
still a struggle for her company.
But, "guess what? I've never
been happier because I think
now I'm doing what I think I I
was put on this Earth to do,"
she said.
For more information about
the author, visit www.ninahart.

Rev. Floyd: Forgiveness is key to releasing guilt, shame

continued from 12B

people, but Floyd realized that
at the time, it was just what he
"Sometimes you got to lose
yourself to find yourself," he
said. "I am so grateful for that
time. That was when I really
surrendered [to God] and I
haven't looked back since."
After he was released he soon
joined the 93rd Street Commu-
nity Missionary Baptist Church
in Miami, where he was even-
tually licensed in ministry in
It was during this period of
time that Floyd himself learned
the importance of forgiveness
and mercy.

He explained, "I had to come
to grips that I had done some
stuff to hurt others," he said.
"I had to ask for forgiveness
in order to get past the guilt
and shame because guilt and
shame will hold [a person]
However, the minister, who
has been married for 12 years
and is the father of two sons,
warns that receiving forgive-
ness from other people cannot
be coerced.
"You have to give people the
time to get past things and
move on themselves," he said.
"Meanwhile, you have to move
on regardless if people forgive
you or not."
The 87-year-old First Baptist
SChurch of Brownsville has an

active membership of over 300
people which supports a thriv-
ing Mission Department and
Youth Department.
Now as the senior pastor,
Floyd, who previously served
as one of the church's associ-
ate pastors, plans to reach out
to even more people of various
ages and backgrounds.
"If I have to put on a hat, flip
it on backwards and go to a
park where the young people
hang out, I will," he said of his
ministerial style.
In addition to the youth, Floyd
also intends to bring more men,
a traditionally underrepresent-
ed group in church, into the
pews. Floyd has his own view
as to why men attend church in
fewer numbers.

"Most men were raised to be
macho to not show their sen-
sitive sides to others," he said.
"And when it comes down to it,
religion is a lifestyle where emo-
tions are prevalent, it touches
the deepest areas of your in-
And while he's enthusiastic
about pastoring to as many
new people as he can, Floyd
also notes that pastors should
always mind the flock that they
already lead.
"It's not only about reaching
those who are lost but keep-
ing those who are saved en-
couraged to stay in the will of
God," he said. "Because we're
living in tough times and even
the strongest of Christians can

Revival at

Gospel Tabernacle
It's Revival Time at Gospel
Tabernacle of Faith Deliverance
Church of Miami, 3301 NW
189th Street, Miami Gardens.
Pastor Bob Pulley of Outreach
for ChriSt of Virginia Beach,
Virginia is back by ,popUlar
demrand"on Tuesday, Aug. 9thi
through Friday, Aug. 12th; 7:30
p.m. nightly.
All seating is free.
For additional information,
call the church administrative
office at 305-626-9162.

Wimberly Sisters 41st anniversary

Wimberly Sisters are cel-
ebrating .their 41st Singing
Anniversary, Sunday, August
7 at Holy Cross M.B. Church,
1555 NW 93 Terrace at 2:30
Groups appearing, Gospel

Angels of Delray Beach, FL,
Freeman Family, Dynamic
Stars, Soul Seekers, Minis-
ter Singers, Smiley Jubiliairs,
South Florida Singers, South-
ern Echoes, Golden Bells,
Spiritualets, and many more.



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Grandson of WWII hero has very own Captain America

By Charles M. Blow

My grandfather spoke to me
this week. That would've been
unremarkable if not for the fact
that he died four years ago.
I had ducked into a movie
theater to escape the madden-
ing debt-limit debacle. I chose
"Captain America: The First
Avenger." Surely that would
reset the patriotic optimism.
But as I watched the scenes
of a fictitious integrated Ameri-
can Army fighting in Europe at
the end of World War II, I be-
came unsettled. Yes, I know
that racial revisionism has be-
come so common in film that
it's almost customary, so much
so that moviegoers rarely balk
or even blink. And even I try
not to think too deeply about
shallow fare. Escapism by its
nature must bend away from
reality. But this time I was
forced to bend it back. It was
The only Black fighting forc-
es on the ground in Europe
during World War II were seg-
regated, including the 92nd
Infantry Division: The now fa-
mous "Buffalo Soldiers." My
grandfather, Fred D. Rhodes,
was one of those soldiers.

The division was activated
late in the war, more out of
acquiescence to Black leaders
than the desire of white policy
makers in the war department
who doubted the battle worthi-
ness of Black soldiers. It was
considered to be an experi-
ment, one that the writer of the
department's recommendation
to re-establish it would later
describe as "programmed to
fail from the inception."
For one, as the historian

Daniel K. Gibran has docu-
mented, the soldiers were
placed under the command
of a known racist who ques-
tioned their "moral attitude
toward battle," "mental tough-
ness" and "trustworthiness,"
and who remained a military
segregationist until the day he
died. In 1959, the command-
er commented in a study: "It
is absurd to contend that the
characteristics demonstrated
by the Negroes" will not "un-
dermine and deteriorate the
white army unit into which the
Negro is integrated."
Yet they did show great
toughness and character, in-
cluding my grandfather. This
is how his 1944 Silver Star ci-
tation recounts his bravery:

"On 16 November, while pro-
ceeding towards the front at
night, Sergeant Rhodes's motor-
ized patrol was advanced upon
near a village by a lone en-
emy soldier. Sergeant Rhodes
jumped from the truck and as
a group of enemy soldiers sud-
denly appeared, intent upon
capturing the truck and patrol
intact, he opened fire from his
exposed position on the road.
His fire forced the enemy to scat-
ter while the patrol dismounted
and took cover with light casu-
alties. Sergeant Rhodes then
moved toward a nearby build-
ing where, still exposed, his fire
on the enemy was responsible
for the successful evacuation
of the wounded patrol mem-
bers by newly arrived medical
personnel. Sergeant Rhodes
was then hit by enemy shell
fragments, but in spite of his
wounds he exhausted his own
supply of ammunition then,
obtaining an enemy automatic
weapon, exhausted its supply



re ,' is
Fred Rhodes, right, a wounded war hero, kept his accom-

plishments to himself.

inflicting three certain casual-
ties on the enemy. He spent
the rest of the night in a nearby
field and returned, unaided, to
his unit the next afternoon."
Astonishingly, his and oth-
ers' efforts were not fully rec-

My grandfather's actions
were the first among the Buf-
falo Soldiers to be recommend-
ed for a Distinguished Service
Cross, according to surviving
records. That recommenda-
tion was declined. In fact, only

four enlisted soldiers from the
92nd were recommended for
the service cross. They were all
denied. It was given to just two,
Black members of the unit,
both officers, and only one of
those officers received it dur-
ing the war. The other received
it nearly four decades after the
war was over because of the
investigative efforts of another
As the 1997 study "The
Exclusion of Black Soldiers
from the Medal of Honor in
World War II" pointed out, by
mid-1947 the U.S. Army had
awarded 4,750 Distinguished

Service Crosses and only
eight, less than 0.2 percent,
had gone to Black soldiers
and not a single Black soldier
had been recommended for
a Medal of Honor. (Roughly
1.2 million Blacks served in
World War II and about 50,000
were engaged in combat.) Un-
til 1997, World War II was the
only American war in which no
Black soldiers had received a
Medal of Honor. President Bill
Clinton changed that that year
by awarding Medals of Honor to
seven of the men who had been
awarded the Distinguished
Service Crosses, the only ones
whose cases were reviewed for
the upgrade. Just one of them,
Joseph Vernon Baker, a lieu-
tenant in my grandfather's reg-
iment, was alive to receive it.

Even when this news of the
Buffalo Soldiers was mak-
ing headlines in the '90s, my
grandfather never said a word.
There's no way to know why.
Maybe it was the pain of risk-
ing his life abroad for a freedom
that he couldn't fully enjoy at

home. Maybe it was the mis-
ery of languishing in a military
hospital for many months and
being discharged with a limp
that would follow him to the
grave. Or maybe it was simply
the act of a brave soldier living
out the motto of his division:
"Deeds Not Words."
Who knows? But it wasn't
until after he died that I learned
of his contributions. My moth-
er came across his discharge
papers while sorting through
his things and sent me a copy.
On a whim, I Googled his name
and division, and there he
was, staring out at me from a
picture I'd never seen and be-
ing extolled in books I'd never
read. My heart swelled, and my
skin went cold. I wanted to tell
him how proud I was, but that
window had closed.
It illustrates just how quickly
things can fade into the fog of
history if not vigilantly and ac-
curately kept alive in the tell-
That is why the racial history
of this country is not a thing
to be toyed with by Hollywood.
There are too many bodies at
the bottom of that swamp to
skim across it with such in-
difference. Attention must be
shown. Respect must be paid.
So as "Captain America"
ended and the credits began
to roll, I managed a bit of a
smile, the kind that turns up
on the corners with a tinge of
sadness. I smiled not for what
I'd seen, but for what had not
been shown, knowing that I
would commit it to a column
so that my grandfather and the
many men like him would not
be lost to the sanitized vision of
America's darker years.
This is my deed through
words, for you, Grandpa. Youll
never be forgotten.

Former foster child gets free car

Tor helping otherfoster children

By Wayne K. Roustan

LAKE WORTH- State care
may end once foster children
turn 18, but a former foster
child is helping others like
himself. Because of that, he
received a free car from a Lake
Worth-area dealership on Sat-
Emmanuel 'Manny' Oliver,
24, was given the keys to a
2004 red Kia Spectra provided
by Offlease Only and arranged
by the Best Foot Forward edu-
cational advocacy group.
Oliver works %kith the Depart-
ment of Children and Fami-
lies and Florida Youth Shine
to counsel foster children in
the system and those who find
themselves on their own after
age 18.
"They don't always want to
talk to boring adults, they want
to talk to the ones who have
been through it," he said.
Oliver is the oldest of five
children whose 39-year-old
mother died on June 19 after
years of battling a drug addic-
tion, he said. Oliver found him-
self trying to care for his sib-
lings despite being in the foster
care system since the 1990s.
Caring for other foster children
seemed a natural extension of
that, he said.

"I get such a great feeling
about it that I don't want to
stop doing this," he said. "I
want to do this forever."
Debbie Ellman, the co-found-
er of the Boca Raton-based
Best Foot Forward foundation,

said the organization helps fos-
ter children with their studies
and life skills from ninth grade
through community college.
It got a tutor for Oliver -so he
could earn his GED and then
teamed with Offlease Only for
the first of what Ellman hopes
will be a regular giveaway.
"The Strive To Drive Chal-
lenge is a partnership where
[foster] kids will be nominated
in Palm Beach County and will
come to Offlease Only each
month and receive a car," Ell-
man said.
Offlease Only general manag-
er John Giasullo thinks Oliver
is just the right guy to help find

those candidates.
"He's a genuine good kid
[who] hasn't had it so easy
but he's made good choices,"
Giasullo said. "No matter how
many times he got knocked
down he stood right back up
again so the young man defi-
nitely deserves this."
Oliver suspected something
was up when he was repeated-
ly asked about the roadworthi-
ness of his 1995 Saturn. 'Its
kind of exciting," he said.

A crowd of friends, support-
ers and on-lookers cheered
when Giasullo handed the keys

to Oliver.
"As good as Manny feels be-
ing the recipient, I can tell you
it feels good to be the one doing
the helping," Giasullo said.
Best Foot Forward does not.
support students financially,
but it does connect them with
agencies that provide the ser-
vices they seek, Ellman said.
Prospective free car candi-
dates must be full-time stu-
dents or full-time employees
who demonstrate financial re-
sponsibility and have no legal
problems, she said. To nomi-
nate someone, contact Offlease
Only at 561-222-2277 or Best
Foot Forward at 561-470-8300.

^ .. -^ - :i l
Manny Oliver, 24, is all smiles as he looks over is new car Saturday. Oliver received the
first car in the Strive To Drive Challenge, a new program from Best Foot Forward, an educa-
tion advocacy group for youth in foster care.

'Stayover relationships' is the new marriage

Young adult couples are re-
defining dating by staying over
with each other without taking
the plunge into cohabitation,
which could help explain drops
in marriage rates among young
people, according to a univer-
sity study.
College-educated people in
their 20s have shown a growing
trend toward "stayover relation-
ships," spending at least three
nights per week together, while

still having the choice of stay-
ing at their individual homes,
Tyler Jamison, a University of
Missouri Ph.D. student, found.
While an undergraduate
at Miami University in Ohio,
Jamison saw that students
were staying over with people
they were dating. When she
came to Missouri for graduate
school, she saw the same be-
havior among undergraduates

"I had some anecdotal evi-
dence that it was happening,
so I wanted to enter it into re-
search," she said.
Having both convenience and
independence is a major draw
for young adults who choose to
stay over instead of cohabiting,
Jamison found through inter-
views with 22 college-educated
young adults in committed re-
lationships. And getting out of
a relationship is easier for cou-

ples in "stayover relationships,"
since they don't have to worry
about a shared apartment lease
or other major elements of their
lives that are bound to each
Many young adults also are
at transition points in their
lives and don't want to be tied
down with long-term commit-
ments, Jamison said.
Some participants in the
Please turn to STAYOVER 16B

Barry Black, chaplain of the Senate said his prayer "reflects
the environment in Capitol Hill."

With waters 'coming in'

chaplain floats a prayer

By William Douglas

stalemate over raising the fed-
eral debt ceiling dragged into
Sunday, Senate Chaplain Bar-
ry Black called upon a higher
power to help break the log-
"Save us, O God, for the wa-
ters are coming in upon us,"
Black said in his prayer that
opened the Senate's session.
"We are weak from the struggle.
Tempted to throw in the towel.
But quitting is not an option."
He concluded: "You are our
strength and shield, and out
hearts can safely trust in you.
Save your people and bless
their inheritance."
Black, a retired Navy rear ad-
miral and former Navy chief of
chaplains, has been the Sen-
ate's chaplain since 2003. He
is the Senate's first Black chap-
lain and the first Seventh Day
Adventist to hold the position.
Perhaps with the exception of
the heated debate over revamp-
ing the nation's health care
system, Black said he's never
seen a more difficult time on
Capitol Hill.
"I can't think of a time when
more was at stake," he said.
The pointed sense of urgen-
cy reflected in Black's opening
prayers has grown as the debt
ceiling crisis lurches along in
both houses of Congress, mak-
ing domestic and internation-
al financial markets nervous

as Tuesday's deadline for the
United States to raise its debt
limit or risk defaulting on its
loan obligations.
"We're obviously facing some
very challenging times," Black
said. "If you've heard my
prayers in the last few days,
they've increased in intensity.
My prayer reflects the environ-
ment on Capitol Hill."
Black said that intensity is
also reflected in the telephone
calls his office has received and
in comments from lawmakers
who knock on his door to chat
or ask for spiritual advice.
Prayer has already been in
the spotlight during the heat-
ed debt ceiling debate. Last
Thursday, several conservative
Republican members of South
Carolina's House delegation re-
treated to the House chapel to
pray for guidance after Speaker
John Boehner, R-Ohio, tried to
persuade them to support his
two-stage plan to raise the debt
ceiling and cut spending.
"They're human beings,"
Black said of congressional
lawmakers, "and obviously
when we are faced with the re-
ality of the limitations of our
resources, we look towards di-
vine resources."
Prayer is a regular routine for
several senators. Black said a
bipartisan group of about 25
get together to pray on Wednes-
days, and another 25 or so par-
ticipate in a Bible study group
that he holds on Thursdays.




Florida refuses millions of dollars

By Kevin Sack

comes to pursuing federal lar-
gess, most of the states that
oppose the 2010 health care
law have refused to let either
principle or politics block
their paths to the trough. If
Washington is doling out dol-
lars, Republican governors
and legislators typically figure
they might as well get their
Then there is Florida. De-
spite having the country's
fourth-highest unemployment
rate, its second-highest rate
of people without insurance
and a $3.7 billion budget gap
this year, the state has turned
away scores of millions of dol-
lars in grants made available
under the Affordable Care Act.
And it is not pursuing grants
worth many millions more.

In recent
months, either
Gov. Rick Scott's
or the state's
trolled Legisla-
ture has rejected
grants aimed at
moving long-term
care patients
into their homes,
curbing child
abuse through
in-home counsel-
ing and strength-
ening state regu-
lation of health

Gov. Rick Scott

premiums. They have shunned
money to help sign up eligible
recipients for Medicare, edu-
cate teenagers on preventing
pregnancy and plan for the
health insurance exchanges
that the law requires by 2014.
While 36 states shared

$27 million to
counsel health
Florida did not
apply for the
grants. And in
drafting this
year's budget,
the Legislature
failed to au-
thorize an $8.3
million federal
grant won by a
county health
department to
expand com-
munity health

In interviews, Scott, a Re-
publican, and state legislative
leaders were clear about their
rationale. They said they de-
tested everything about the
federal health law, which was
declared unconstitutional by

a federal judge in a case filed
by the state. Unless ordered to
do otherwise by an appellate
court, they said, they had no
intention of putting it in place,
even if that meant leaving
money on the table.
"There are a lot of programs
that the federal government
would like to give you that
don't fit your state, don't fit
your needs and ultimately
create obligations that our
taxpayers can't afford," said
Scott, a former hospital com-
pany executive who rose to po-
litical prominence by financ-
ing an advertising campaign
against the health care legis-
State Representative Matt
Hudson, the chairman of the
Health Care Appropriations
Subcommittee, said his cham-
ber's leadership felt the same

Summer fasting can be difficult


By Rahsa Madkour

AP The Muslim holy month
of Ramadan falls during the
long, hot days of August this
year, and Muslim Americans
are getting ready to accommo-
date the daylight fasts required
during Ramadan with adjust-
ments in their schedules and
eating habits.
It can be even tougher for
Muslims in America than for
their counterparts in majority-
Muslim countries, where busi-
ness and society change to
accommodate Ramadan, says
Dr. Elizabeth Rourke, an inter-
nist at Boston Medical Center.
"In the U.S., everyone is re-
quired to do what they would
do ordinarily, the entire
month," Dr. Rourke says, "so
it makes the fast much more
mendindg-for Am iggilpus- 4
Mubarakah Ibrahim, a per-
sonal trainer, hopes to cram
all her clients in the morning
when she has the most en-
ergy. Shell serve vegetables
as the first course when her
family breaks their fast in the
evenings to make sure they
get their nutrients for the day.
And shell buy her four chil-
dren ranging in age from 10
to 17 shiny new water bottles
as a reminder to hydrate dur-
ing the hours they're not fast-
"We know spirituality can get
you through anything," says
Ibrahim, who lives in New Ha-
ven, Conn. "But the choice re-
ally is, you can suffer through
it and still do it, or you can do
it and do it efficiently without
making your health suffer."
Ramadan requires avoidance
of food and water during day-
time hours. This year Rama-
dan begins Aug. 1, when the
period from dawn to sunset in
the continental U.S. can range

-Photo courtesy of Jessica Hi
Personal trainer Mubarakah Ibrahim, who is Muslim, is plan-
ning on re-arranging her training schedule to mostly morn-
ings during Ramadan when she has the most energy.

from about 14 hours to about
16 hours. The Islamic calendar
follows the lunar cycle, which
is shorter than the sun-based
Gregorian calendar, so Rama-
dan creeps up 11 days every
year. Ramadan can last 29 or
30 days, again depending on

the lunar cycle.
Fasting during Ramadan is
one of the most important du-
ties in Islam, one that even
the not-so-religious typically
observe. Children are not re-
quired to fast until they hit
puberty, though many start

o, .nursing, :and people, with
chronic medical conditions.
But even for healthy Mus-
lims, the daily fast from dawn
until sunset can be grueling.
Sheikh Ali, a college student
from Boca Raton, Fla., tries to
ease his body into Ramadan
mode by fasting intermittently
the month prior, a practice of
Muhammad that some people
The premed chemistry major
also extols the benefits of eat-
ing a high-fiber breakfast, like
whole grain cereal, especially in
the pre-dawn meal before fast-
ing to help keep him feeling full.
Still, many Muslims say they
won't do much differently this
year and they're not too worried
about the summer Ramadan.
"Once you've done it for this
long," says Natasha Chida, a
medical resident at the Uni-
versity of Miami who has been
fasting since she was in middle
school, "it's not really some-
thing that's physically difficult,
it's just about continuing to
learn self-restraint."

Strokes rise among pregnant women, new moms

Strokes have spiked in the
U.S. among pregnant women
and new mothers, probably be-
cause more of them are obese
and suffering from high blood
pressure and heart disease, re-
searchers report.
Hospitalizations for pregnan-
cy-related strokes and "mini
strokes" jumped from about
4,100 in 1994-95 to around
6,300 in 2006-07, a 54 percent
increase, researchers said, ex-
trapolating from figures in a
large federal database.
"That is a very, very alarm-
raising statistic that we need to
take extremely seriously," said
Dr. Olajide Williams, a neurolo-
gist at Columbia University and
Harlem Hospital and an Ameri-
can Stroke Association spokes-
man. "We need to be more ag-
gressive in screening these
women for these risk factors."
The number of strokes is
small, considering that around
four million babies are born
each year in the U.S. But preg-
nancy raises a woman's risk
of a stroke because of all the
hormone and blood changes

'If you plan a pregnancy, try
to see your physician before
you get pregnant" to be as-
sessed for stroke risks, she ad-
vised. And if you are pregnant,
"try to start your prenatal care
as early as possible.

that occur. If she starts out un- ter pregnancy, said Dr. Elena
healthy, with a problem like di- Kuklina, a stroke prevention
abetes or high blood pressure, expert at the Centers for Dis-
she doubles her risk of suffer- ease Control and Prevention.
ing a stroke during or right af- She led the study, published

recently in the American Heart
Association journal Stroke.
Researchers used records
from a sample of hospitals in
nearly all states, covering up
to eight million hospitaliza-
tions each year. They looked
at the number of women hav-
ing strokes or transient isch-
emic attacks TIAs, or "mini
strokes" while pregnant or
in the three months after child-
Rates were highest in the
South and lowest in the North-
Researchers also looked at
the prevalence of high blood
pressure and heart disease,
health problems closely related
to obesity, and concluded that
this accounted for nearly all
the rise in stroke-related hos-
pitalizations. Researchers also
noted that women are having
children at later ages, and the
risk of a stroke rises with age.
Sometimes pregnant women
and new moms are so focused
on the baby's health that they
neglect to consider their own,
Williams said.

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go to ER each year

for exercising in heat
Heat-related illnesses that not lead to further hospital-
strike during a sport or rec- izations nearly 92 percent
rational activity send nearly of people were treated and re-
6,000 people in the U.S. to leased.
emergency rooms every year, The most common activi-
according to a report released ties leading to' these ER visits
July 28 by the Centers for were football (24.7 percent),
Disease Control and Preven- and exercise such as walking,
tion. jogging and calisthenics (20.4
These illnesses include heat percent). However, among
exhaustion and dehydration, those over 45, the most com-
and males between the ages mon activity that led to heat
of 15 and 19 had the highest illness was golf.
incidence, the report said. Early symptoms of heat ill-
All heat illnesses are pre- ness -include dehydration,
ventable, the CDC said, and nausea, vomiting, headaches
the findings highlight the and dizziness, the CDC said.
need for effective heat illness Coaches of sports teams
prevention messages to target should schedule frequent
all physically active people, breaks and encourage ath-
including those who partici- letes to drink fluids, espe-
pate in unstructured sports cially on hot, humid days, the
and recreational activities, CDC said. To allow athletes to
and especially teens, get used to the heat, practices
Heat illnesses have been that begin during the summer
recognized as a leading cause should increase in their dura-
of death and disability among tion and intensity gradually.
high school and college ath- People participating in rec-
letes, however, the rates of rational activities should be
such illnesses among younger aware of the risk for heat ill-
children and other adults was ness and potential prevention
not known, the report said. strategies.
Males accounted for 72.5 The report was limited in
percent of these ER visits, the that it included only non-fatal
study showed. The age group illnesses, and its conclusions
accounting for the highest are extrapolations from data
number of visits was 15 to 19 gathered from 66 hospitals,
year-olds, with 35.6 percent. the CDC said.
Those 10- to 14-years-old ac- The report is based on data
counted for- 18.2 percent ,of from 2001- to 2009 fromthe
visits, while 20- to 24-year- National Electronic Injury
olds for 10 percent. Surveillance System, which
Without prompt treatment, monitors injuries in hospital
heat illnesses can lead to or- emergency departments. ER
gan failure, brain damage and visits for heat illnesses that
death, the CDC said. Most of were related to work or mili-
the ER visits in the study did tary training were excluded.

Redefining young commitment

cotninued from 15B

study, published in the "Jour-
nal of Social and Personal
Relationships," said they
would never cohabit before
marriage, but had no problem
staying over. Even couples

who stayed over seven nights
a week don't consider them-
selves cohabiters, Jamison
"They definitely considered it
a separate behavior," Jamison
said. They think, "If I can go
home or send them home, I'm
not a cohabiter," she said.

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Black children lead nation i

in drowning fatalities

ORLANDO Summer is here.
arid as pool and beach trips
surge, black children rerrmuaii the
most likely group to haL'e latal
swimming accidents. Accord-
ing to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the
drowning rate of Black children
is three times that of white chil-
dren. That fact is likely due to
the 70 percent of Black children
that cannot swim, and the even
higher percentage that are not
proficient in the water. Aimed at
reducing these numbers, Camp
LifeSavers (CLS), a Florida non-
profit, is taking on the challenge
to teach anxious Black chil-
dren to be at home in the water
through however unlikely -
spiritual training.
"The Earth is 70 percent water;
our bodies are 70 percent water;
water is clearly meant to be a vi-
tal part of our lives," said Shun-
da Wilkin, president and CEO of
Camp LifeSavers. "Blacks fiave
such a long history of being fear-
ful of water and never learning
to swim that generation after
generation grows up with this
fear implanted in their heads.
My goal is to stop the cycle en-
abling our people to connect
with water as they should."
Founded in 2009, Camp Life-
Savers operates the "I Can
-Swim".program designed to in-
troduce water safety and swim-

By Rudolph Poindexter
Executive Chefl Food & Nurrition Services
North Shore Medical Center

-Photo courtesy Sonshine Communications
Black children, like the young girl featured here, are more at
risk of drowning while swimming than other race.

ming habits in a safe, encour-
aging environment. So far the
program along with Wilkin's
for-profit Sunny Days Swim
School, has graduated more
than 550 students, including
an American Red Cross Water
Safety Certified Instructor now
working with her. Wilkin per-
Ssonally.developed,'a unique, les-
son plan with components both

in and out of the water to ease
timid students of all ages into
comfortable water experiences.
An empathic Christian, Wilkin
uses spiritual tie-ins, allowing
God to do a "new thing" in her
"Water is the realm of God in
our world, just as the air we
breathe and -ground. n e -v .1l'l
on," she added. "My desire is to

Shunda Wilkin
help others learn to replace the
fear of water with respect for
water so they can learn to love
to swim. I've heard every excuse
in the world, from 'I don't know
what to do with my hair' to
'Blacks have no business in the
water! How much longer will
we put our children at risk of
death before we do something
about it?"
Wilkin says she intends to
erase this epidemic of fear so
that children can have fun and
enjoy the water safely.
For more information contact
Wilkin at 407-694-6168 or visit
the Camp LifeSavers website.at-

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Mouth-watering barbecue, tempting potato salad, delicious
apple pie, and juicy watermelon wedges. These may be just
a few of the delectable items gracing the picnic table this
summer. But before you start loading up your plate and sitting
down for a memorable meal, you might want to follow a few
simple steps to make sure you don't accidently serve yourself
some helpings of salmonella, E. coli or listeria.
Food poisoning, or food borne illness, is more common
during the warm summer months. That's because those nasty
little bacteria that are always present in the environment grow
faster in temperatures from 90F to 110"F; and since bacteria
also like moisture, high humidity can help them flourish.
To avoid the unwanted and quite uncomfortable side-effects
of food poisoning, here are a few ways to keep your food safe
from the time you buy it at the store, to the time you put
Please turn to SAFETY 18B

'Dignity therapy gives

comfort to dying patients

By Jonathan Shorman

Helping terminally ill pa-
tients pass on their final
thoughts may help give them
a better quality of life, a new
study suggests.
Canadian researchers found
that terminally ill patients
reported higher quality of
life and a greater will to live
after participating in "dignity
therapy." In dignity therapy,
patients are guided through
a conversation with a trained
interviewer about their life,
feelings, memories and their
hopes and dreams for their
families. Recordings of the
conversation, which usually
takes around an hour, are

then used to create an edited
transcript that is given to pa-
tients that they can share with
In the study, published in
The Lancet Oncology online
July 7, patients were asked,
"What are the most important
roles you had in life?" or "What
have you learned about life
that you would want to pass
along to others?" among other
"In a phase one trial using
dignity therapy, 68 percent of
patients reported an increased
sense of purpose and 67
percent an increased sense of
meaning after participating in
the therapy."
Please turn to THERAPY 18B

Alzheimer's survey finds 'considerable optimism'

Fear of disease is

high, but denial is

on the decline

By Mary Brophy Marcus

Attitudes about memory-robbing
Alzheimer's disease are evolving in
a positive direction, a five-country
survey suggests.
The findings, presented by Harvard
School of Public Health researchers
recently at the Alzheimer's Associa-
tion International Conference in Par-
is, indicate that most people would
visit a doctor or take a loved one for
evaluation if they noticed memory
troubles or symptoms of confusion
- early hallmarks of Alzheimer's
"The purpose of the study is to

understand people's value of finding
a diagnosis if they have early symp-
toms of memory loss and confusion.
Would you want to get a diagnosis
of Alzheimer's or not? We found a
large-scale response of people being
interested in 'finding out. We're not
completely sure why ... There was
considerable optimism," says study
author Robert Blendon, professor of
health policy and political analysis at
the Harvard School of Public Health.
The phone survey included 2,678
adults ages 18 and up in France,
Germany, Poland, Spain, and the
Responses show that Alzheimer's
is the second most-feared disease
after cancer, except in Poland, where
it's third, behind cancer and heart
disease. Eight in 10 respondents said
they would go to a doctor if they ex-
perienced confusion or memory loss.
As many as 99 percent would take a

Percentage of people who
answered "yes" to the question
"Do you think Alzheimer's disease is a
fatal disease or not?"
(Correct answer is "YES"):

France 44.4%

-- _.. .+:
Poland 34.3%

Source: Harvard School of Public Health:
Alzheimer Europe

family member with memory loss to
the doctor.
Although fear of the disease is
high, denial is lessening, says Maria
Carrillo, Alzheimer'.s Association
director of medical and scientific
relations: "Ten years ago, even five
yearseago, a lot of people didn't really
understand what Alzheimer's was.
They didn't want to talk about it or
go to the doctor, but that's changed,"
Carrillo says.
"People understand that the value
of a physician visit is not simply to
write prescriptions for memory pills
but to help a patient and family
make sense of memory loss and, as
a result, relieve their suffering," says
Jason Karlawish, professor of medi-
cine in geriatrics at the Perelman
School of Medicine at the University
of Pennsylvania.
The survey also found that many
people, especially outside the U.S.,

don't know Alzheimer's is fatal. Also,
27 percent-63 percent believe there
is now an effective treatment to slow
Alzheimer's and make the symptoms
less severe, and between 38 percent
and 59 percent think there is a reli-
able test to determine if a person is
in the early stages of Alzheimer's, but
neither is true.
"Though encouraging regarding
public awareness of the enormity
of the public health problem that
is Alzheimer's disease, the finding
that a significant number of people
believe we have substantively effec-
tive treatments talks to the need for
further public education," says John
Ringman, associate clinical profes-
sor at UCLA Department of Neurol-
ogy Easton Center for Alzheimer's
Disease Research.
Non-profit Alzheimer Europe com-
missioned the survey; it was funded
by an educational grant from Bayer.

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Health tips for the new school year

As the new school year gears up
and to-do lists get longer, make sure
to put your child's health on the list.
Updating vaccinations, schedul-
ing annual physical and alerting
your child's school about allergies
and illnesses are crucial steps to
ensure their academic success, ac-
cording to the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP).
"Children need to feel their best in
order to learn, and schools need to
be able to provide for students' dai-
ly health issues as well as special
needs, accidents and emergencies,"
says O. Marion Burton, MD, of the
You can ensure a safe and happy
year for both parent and child with
a little planning.

Thanks to immunizations, most.
children in the United States to-
day lead much healthier lives than
generations past. And while vac-
cines have reduced many infectious
diseases to low levels in the United
States, vacationers can bring old
and new diseases back into the
country. Measles, for example, is
still prevalent in other parts of the
world and has been linked to recent

outbreaks in the U.S. Unvaccinated
children are at risk.
That's why routine, up-to-date
vaccinations are as important today
as they have ever been. There may
be tears, but the pain associated
with most immunizations is minor.
Consult your pediatrician about
keeping your child's vaccination
schedule up to date.

If your child suffers from food
allergies or other health issues
that require management during
the school day, be sure to contact
the school nurse and update your
child's health plan at school. This
will ensure that proper steps are
taken if the child develops symp-

toms while at school, and that his
or her activities are not restricted
A child's health can change from
year to- year or even month to
month, so make sure the school is
well aware of how to handle new
conditions or restrictions. Parents
should also check that you have
provided the school with any special
medications your child needs.

Along with your child's regular
annual physical, aspiring athletes
should get a sports physical before
the start of the season. Children's
bodies are vulnerable to injury,
and as youngsters move through
middle childhood -becoming big-
ger, stronger, faster, and more ag-
gressive the incidence of injuries
Make sure your athlete wears
a well-fitted helmet, mouthpiece,
face guard, padding, eye gear, pro-
tective cup, or- other equipment ap-
propriate for the sport. Of course,
regardless of whether your child is
on a competitive team or not, par-
ents should promote physical ac-
tivity for all kids.

Keeping food safe, avoiding food poisoning during the summer

continued from 17B

leftovers away in the refrigerator.

Check expiration dates for meat,
poultry or fish. Put meats in plastic
bags so juices do not leak onto other
items in the cart. If buying eggs,
make sure none are cracked. Buy
refrigerated items last. Avoid fruits
with broken skins, unpasteurized
milk, ciders or juices, and pre-
stuffed fresh turkeys or chickens.

Wash your hands before preparing
food. Cook or freeze raw meat,
poultry or fish within two days.

Clean all fruits and vegetables with
water to remove any pesticides, dirt
or bacterial contamination. Remove
the outer leaves of leafy greens,
such as spinach or lettuce. Do not
put cooked food on a dish that was
holding raw meat, poultry or fish.
Marinade food in the refrigerator.

Use a thermometer to cook foods
to proper internal temperatures,
such as 160"F for red meats and
180"F for poultry. Fish should
flake easily when cooked properly.
Avoid partially cooking food ahead
of time since this allows bacteria to
survive and multiply to the point
that subsequent cooking does not
destroy them.

Do not leave food that requires
refrigeration out for more than
two hours (one hour if over 90F).
Keep food in insulated coolers at
40"F or below until ready to eat.
Place coolers in the shade and
avoid opening the lid too often.
Keep foods hot by using chafing
dishes and food cold by nesting
dishes in bowls of ice. Avoid
serving dairy products at picnics.

Refrigerate leftovers as soon as
possible. Do not over pack the
refrigerator because that inhibits
air circulation and slows down
the cooling process. Eat leftovers
in three to five days. If leftovers

are frozen, eat them within two
All foods can become
contaminated, but properly
handling, preparing and storing
food can reduce the risk of food
poisoning. If you have any doubts
about the safety of food, throw it
out. Better to be safe than sorry.
For more information about safe
food handling, visit the United
States Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection
Service website at www.fsis.usda.
For more information about
North Shore Medical Center
please call 305-835-6000 or for
a physician referral please call

Study: School

soda ban may

affect Black

students most
State policies designed to eliminate junk
food from school concession stands may be
reducing disparities in soda consumption
among teens of different racial and ethnic
groups, a new study suggests.
The study finds that in states banning or
discouraging the sale of junk food at schools'
concession stands, daily soda consumption
has dropped by twice as much among Black
students as among all students.
Overall soda consumption by students
in these states dropped by an average 0.09
servings of soda per day. But among Black
students, it dropped by 0.19 servings per
day, equivalent to .50 fewer calories, the
study said,
"Soda is widely considered to be a con-
tributor to the increase in obesity because.
it has been associated with excess energy
intake and weight gain" in several studies,
the study authors wrote. "It became a larger
source of energy intake among adolescents
during the same period that obesity preva-
lence increased."
However, the researchers found no decline
in students' body mass indices (BMIs) after
the policies, adopted in response to a grow-
ing trend of adolescent obesity, were imple-
It may be that the 50-calories-a-day reduc-
tion is too small to change students' body.
weight, or it could be that students are com-
pensating for the drop in soda consumption
by increasing their intake of other foods or
beverages, the researchers said.
The study was limited by its reliance on
self-reporting by students about their soda
consumption and about their height and
weight, which were used to calculate their
BMIs, the researchers said.

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welcome! Meeting every Monday at 7 p.m., at
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Call Helen at 305-751-4079.

Youth at no greater risk of brain cancer

continued from 17B

National Cancer Institute who
wasn't involved in the study.
"It's very reassuring," Linet
Researchers, led by Denis
Aydin of the Swiss Tropical
and Public Health Institute,
looked at their data in sev-
eral ways, searching for pos-
sible trends with long-term
use. They found no increase in
brain tumors among children
who had used cellphones for
five years or more, according to
the study, funded by European
health agencies.
Some scientists and consum-
ers have been concerned about
cellphones' health effects, es-
pecially on developing chil-
dren, because cellphones emit
energy close to the brain.
In the study, Aydin and col-
leagues note that radio fre-
quency electromagnetic fields
created by cellphones pen-
etrate deeper into children's
brains than adults' brains,
mainly because kids' skulls are
smaller, the study says. Recent
studies have suggested that
small children's brains absorb

about twice as much mobile
phone energy as adults' brains.
But authors also point out
that this energy unlike the
radiation given off by X-rays
or CT scans isn't strong
enough to damage DNA, cause
mutations and lead to cancer.
And while many people are
concerned about cellphones,
no one has ever come up with a
way to explain how the devices
might cause cancer, Linet says.
If cellphones caused brain
tumors, researchers might ex-
pect to find those tumors on
the side of the head where kids
hold their phones. In the new
study, however, children had
the lowest risk of tumors in
the part of the brain exposed
to the most cellphone energy,
write scientists John Boice and
Robert Tarone in an accompa-
nying editorial. They note that
there has been no increase in
brain tumors among kids
or adults since cellphones
came into widespread use in
the 1990s. In their editorial,
they note that there were 285
million cellphone subscrib-
ers in 2009 in the U.S. alone.
If cellphones really did cause
brain tumors, doctors would

likely have noticed this by now,
they write.
But the study also produced
some mixed signals.
In a subset of children, re-
searchers found a higher risk
of brain tumors in children
whose cellphone subscriptions
had.begun more than 2.8 years
Overall, however, parents
should find these results reas-
suring, says pediatrician Ra-
chel Vreeman, of the Indiana
University School of Medicine,
who summarizes- recent cell-
phone research in her book,
Don't Cross Your Eyes... They'll
Get Stuck That Wayl: And 75
Other Health Myths Debunked.
"This is a good piece of evi-
dence that parents don't need
to be panicked about cell-
phones and cancer," Vreeman
Concerns about cellphones
were renewed last month,
when a branch of the World
Health Organization, the Inter-
national Agency for Research
on Cancer, reversed its previ-
ous position. In the past, the
agency had said there was "no
conclusive evidence" linking
cellphones to brain tumors.

Therapy for those who are terminally ill

cotninued from 17B

Lead researcher Harvey Chochi-
nov of the University of Manito-
ba says on every single measure
of self-reported well-being, dig-
nity therapy outperformed con-
trol groups who received stan-
dard end of life care. The study
involved 441 patients and ages
ranged from 18 into the 90s,
with an average age of 65.
Chochinov called the pa-
tients' experiences extraordi-
nary. One man, who had bat-
tled alcoholism much of his
life and was estranged from
most of his family, wanted his
grandchildren to know who he
was so they could choose a dif-
ferent path.
In another case, a man want-
ed to let his wife know that
she had his blessing to remar-
ry after his death because he
wanted her to be happy. In yet
another instance, a woman de-
scribed how she had decided

to name her daughter after the
name of a character in a for-
eign film she had seen when
she was young.
"Everybody's story is pro-
found because it's genuinely
theirs," Chochinov says.
Behind dignity therapy is the
idea of "generativity," which the
study defined as the ability to
guide the next generation, and
how patients may be comfort-
ed knowing they are creating
something that will last beyond
their death.
Families of patients may also
benefit from the production of
the transcript, allowing them
to reconnect or hold onto the
words of their loved one after
death. Chochinov says a sepa-
rate report examining families'
experiences with dignity thera-
py will be forthcoming.
"Psychotherapeutic interven-
tions, such as dignity therapy,
offer timely opportunities for
patients and families to ad-
dress important existential is-

sues," Cheryl Nekolaichuk, a
Canadian doctor, writes in a
commentary published along-
side the study.
There are some limitations
regarding who can benefit
from this kind of therapy. The
study ruled out individuals
who are depressed or suicidal
or have some form of cognitive
impairment as they may have
difficultly giving articulate or
meaningful answers.
The therapy is also most ef-
fective when a patient's an-
swers are presented in written
form. Chochinov says that al-
though the interviews are au-
dio-recorded, the written word
can maintain its robustness
throughout time. He says some
patients did not want their an-
swers presented as recordings
because their voice or appear-
ance gave away their sickness,
which they did not consider to
be their true selves. "The au-
dio-visual can convey elements
of being ill," Chochinov says.


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First woman priest in Episcopal clergy dies at 85

By Daniel E. Slotnik

The Rev. Mary Michael Simp-
son, the first Episcopal nun to
be ordained a priest and the
first ordained woman to preach
a sermon in Westminster Ab-
bey, died last Wednesday in
Augusta, Ga. She was 85.
The cause was kidney failure,
said Sister Carol Andrew of the
Order of Saint Helena, of which
Canon Simpson was a member.
Canon Simpson was ordained
a priest on Jan. 9, 1977, and
installed as a canon of the Ca-
thedral Church of St. John the
Divine in Manhattan later that
year, when the role of women
in the Episcopal Church was a

matter of heated debate.
Even though the Church of
England said it had no official
objection to women joining
the priesthood in the Anglican
Communion which includes
the Episcopal Church lay
opinion and the private views
of the clergy were often more
conservative. By 1978, women
had become priests in Angli-
can Communion churches in
the United States, Canada and
New Zealand, but not yet in the
United Kingdom.
Canon Simpson addressed
the issue directly in a sermon
at Westminster Abbey on April
2, 1978, in which she asserted
that the church treated women

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The Rev. Mary Michael Simpson at Westminster Abbey in

like "second-class Christians."

"Christian creativity for the
present age must not depend
on male leaders," she told a
gathering of about 700 people.
"Woman's contribution from
women properly trained and
authorized is essential."
Now, women may be ordained
in nearly all dioceses of the
Episcopal Church, and its cur-
rent presiding bishop, Katha-
rine Jefferts Schori, is the first
woman to lead the church.
And other groups are involved
in their own struggle for par-
ity. The Anglican Communion
is currently deeply divided over

same-sex marriage and the or-
dination of gay bishops.
Mary Michael Simpson was
born on Dec. 1, 1925, in Evans-
ville, Ind. She was raised a
Methodist but was drawn to the
Episcopal Church in college.
Canon Simpson said her pa-
rishioners responded both to
her arguments for a more in-
clusive church and to her own
role in it.
"Many people men as well
as women say that though
they themselves don't want to
be ordained, it means so much
to them to have me at the altar.
'It means that the church really
accepts me I'm not a second-
class citizen,'" she wrote.

Howard Creecy Jr., rights leader, dies at 57

By The Associated Press

Howard Creecy Jr., the presi-
dent of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference, died
on recently, seven months af-
ter taking office. He was 57.
The cause was apparently
a heart attack, said Damien
Conners, the organization's
national program director.
Creecy, pastor of the Olivet
Church in Fayette County,
Ga., was elected president of
the civil rights group in Janu-
ary after the position was de-
clined by Bernice King, daugh-
ter of its co-founder, the Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Before that, Creecy had been

the interim president
of the conference,
which was founded
in 1957.
According to his
biography on the
Olivet Church Web
site, Creecy, a na-
tive of Mobile, Ala.,
was a third-gener-
ation preacher who CRE
shared pastor duties
at Olivet with his father, the
Rev. Howard Creecy Sr., from
2002 until his father died in
2008. Creecy was a graduate
of Morehouse College and re-
ceived a doctor of divinity de-
gree from Abotra Bible Insti-
tute and Seminary.
Creecy was senior pastor of


Saint Peter Mission-
ary Baptist Church in
Atlanta for 26 years
before going to Olivet.
In addition to his
duties at Olivet, he
was director of the
Office of Chaplain
Services for the At-
lanta Fulton County
iCY government, the or-
ganization's highest-
ranking ecclesiastical position.
He was the first Black to serve
in that capacity.
In a statement released re-
cently, the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference said
Isaac Newton Farris Jr., Dr.
King's nephew, would assume
the role of interim president.

Church gives facility to Black congregation

By Jeff Kunerth

The Florida Baptist Wit-
ness reports on how two
Southern Baptist churches
in Gainesville one white,
one Black united in a time
of transition for both church-
Lighthouse Baptist Church,
with a predominately white
congregation, had seen its
neighborhood become in-
creasingly Black. At the same
time, the historically Black
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
found itself in a neighborhood
that was becoming home to
University of Florida students
and young professionals.
Lighthouse's Pastor Mike
Killean and Pleasant Hill's
Pastor Willie Mayberry knew
each other well. Their church-
es shared a Thanksgiving ser-
vice two years ago. When Kil-
lean's church voted to disband
about four months ago, the
congregation decided to give

its 1,000-square-foot sanctu-
ary, fellowship hall, and six
acres of land to Pleasant Hill,
which was meeting in a rick-
ety old building in downtown
On June 26, members of
both churches marched to-
gether to Pleasant Hill Bap-
tist's new home, singing "We're

Summer Revival

at St. Matthews

Annual Summer Revival at
St. Matthews Free Will Bap-
tist Church, 6700 N.W. 2nd
Avenue, Monday, August 8
through Friday, August 12, be-
ginning at 7 p.m. nightly. Our
evangelist is Reverend Joseph
Toles of Berea Missionary Bap-
tist Church.
We invite the community to
come out and worship with us.
Bishop Abe Randall is pastor.

Marching to Zion."
"It was a great day for our
God and a great day for South-
ern Baptists," Mayberry said.
Killian said Pleasant Hill is
the right church in the right
place now: "They will reach a
part of this community where
we could not even scratch the
surface. The Lord knew that."

Reverend Joseph Toles

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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Services
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Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

Order of Services
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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
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St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

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

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

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


---- Order of Services
I Sunday Schoul 945am
S Worship Io ar
S Bible Sudr Thursday 7 30 p m
Y Ioulh Minilr,
I Mon Wed 6pm

Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue
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Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

_ Order of Services
Sunday Morning 8a m
Sunday Srhool IO a om
Sunday eveningg 6 p m
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rhij Fello.Isip 10 dam

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

Order of Services
S Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Television Program Sure Foundation
My33 WBFS/Comcast 3 Saturday 7:30 a.m.
www.pembrokeparkchurchofchrist.som pembrokeparkcoc@bellsouth.net

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street

Hour of Order of Services
Hour of Payer 6.30 a m Early Morning Worship 7.30 a.m.
Sunday School 9 30 a m Morning Worship II a.m
Youlh Minislry Study, Wed 7 p m Prayei. Bible Study. Wed 7 pm
Noonday Alhai Prayer (MrF)
Feeding the Hungry every Wednesday I a m I pm
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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

Order of Services
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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue

Order of Services

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Minister Brother Job Israel
(Hebrew Israellites)

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

Order of Services
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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

Order of Services
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Suw ado [lad Mt6r '?lud 5pm
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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

Order of Services

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Hall Ferguson Hewitt
71, retired
Miami Dade
County School
died July 26 at
St. Catherine's
Nursing Home.
She was a
member of The Church of God
Tabernacle (True Holiness), where
Bishop Walter H. Richardson is
the pastor. Survivors include:
her husband, Deacon Rodney
E. Poitier; daughter, Angela R.
Smith-Robinson; and many other
relatives and friends. Service
10 a.m., Saturday at New Shiloh
Missionary Baptist Church, 1350
NW 95 Street. Hall, Ferguson,
Hewitt Mortuary is in charge of

JAMES, 92,
retired inventory
specialist, died
July 27 at North
Shore Hospital.
Survived by
his wife, Maria
James; and
eight surviving
children. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at New Birth Baptist Church.

GENTY, 43,
LPN, died
August 1 at
North Shore
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

Hadley Davis
EUGENE HAYES, 60, parks and
recreation work-
er, died July 25.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the

ARTAE PEARSON, 32, student,
died July 25. q
Service 1p.m.,
Saturday at
Truth Worship
Church Center.

July 31. Arrangements are incom-

clergyman and
retired TSgt.
of the USAF
died July 30 at -
home. Viewing,

p.m., Friday, i
August 5th at
Jay's Funeral
Home (Perrine), and 6-8 p.m. at
Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist
Church. Services 1p.m., Saturday,
August 6th at Mt. Pleasant
Missionary Baptist Church, 11591
S.W. 220th Street in Goulds.


ANTHANY D. WATTS, 27, own-
er, died July 28.
Service 6 p.m.,
Wednesday in
the chapel.

Ray Williams
CALVIN C. SMITH, 84, hous-
ing inspector,
died July 27 in
Tampa, FL. Ser-
vice Tuesday,
August 2nd in
Tampa, FL.

Wright and Young
DEVANTE QUINN, 17, student
died July 25 in
Miami Gardens.
Survivors are
mother, Sher-
reba Campbell;
father, Willie
Jones; step-
father, Patrick
Campbell; step-
mother, Tiffany Brown; brothers,
Larry Antoine, Jr., Solomon Camp-
bell, Willie Jones III, Wilvon Jones,
Wilshod Jones, Wilzavier Jones,
Wilkhar Jones; sister, Jurnee Hum-
phrey; two grandmothers, Patricia
Quinn and Janice Jones. Service
11 a.m., Thursday at Greater New
Bethel, 17025 NW 22nd Ave.

25, customer
service repre-
sentative, died
Aug.1 at Jack-
son Memorial
Hospital. Survi-
vors are mother,
Johnnie Mae
Wilson; one sis-
ter, Nikeisha James; special uncle,
Anthony Wilson; two nephews, one
niece, and a host of relatives. Ser-
vice 2:30 p.m., Saturday at New
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

TIMOTHY BAILEY, 80, retired
roofer, died
July 27 at Coral
Gables Hospi-
tal. Survivors
include: mother,
Daisy Johnson;
daughter, Daisy .
Copeland; son, 4
Timothy Bailey,
Jr.; sisters, Josephine Anderson,
Naomi Stewart; brother, Robert
Lee Bailey; and a host of grandchil-
dren, relatives and friends. Wake
6-8 p.m,. Friday, August 5, at Mt.
Olive Baptist Church, 6316 S.W.
59th Place, South Miami. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Mt. Olive Bap-
tist Church. Repast will be at 6280
S.W. 58 Avenue, South Miami.

musician, died
July 28 in Miami.
Service 12
noon, Saturday
at St. Mark
Baptist Church.

homemaker, died July 28 at UM
Medical Center. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Second Canaan
Baptist Church.

38, security officer, died July 30 at
home. Arrangements are

retired, died
July 24 at home.
include: his
wife, Patricia
A. Johnson;
sons, Aubrey
and William, Jr.;
daugthers, Valerie and Bridgette.
Viewing 4-8 p.m, Friday, Aug 5th.
Service 12 noon, Saturday in the

retired, died July
24th at Jackson
H o s p i ta .
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at First
Baptist Church
Of Brownsville.



Death Notice

MCCOGGLE, 79, died July
20, 2011. Memorial service
will be held from 6-8:30 p.m.,
Thursday, August 4 at Sweet
Home Missionary Baptist
Church, 10701 SW 184th
Street, Perrine, FL; Rev.
Jeremy Upton, pastor.

Card of Thanks

Card of Thanks Hollywood pioneer Pinder dies

The ex-wife of the late,

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take this opportunity to ex-
press our gratitude to our
many relatives, friends,
neighbors, church members
and other organizations for
the many acts of kindness
extended during our bereave-
Your prayers, visits, calls,
cards, and many other ex-
pressions of sympathy helped
to make our loss easier to
Special thanks to New Birth
Baptist Church and St. Mat-
thews M.B. Church.
May God bless each of you
is our prayer.
The Bullard Family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

1 a5

04/16/50 -08/09/08

We love and miss you,
Mama. You are always in our
Love, Tangela, Brian and

Card of Thanks


would like to thank her fam-
ily and friends for their love
and support during our be-
reavement. Our friends from
Overtown, Pork 'N Beans,
61st St Crew, Opa Locka,
Carol City friends and neigh-
Thanks to Hope Ministries,
El Bethel, Divine Love, An-
tioch, Wright and Young Fu-
neral Home. Special thanks
to the Washington family for
letting me pick out my ex-
husband's casket, suit and
He will be remembered
by his ex-wife, Nevada Blue
Washington; sons, Dre, Law-
rence, Lester and Lawan;
three sister-in-laws, one
brother-in-law, 13 grandkids,
three great grandkids, eight
nephews and eight nieces.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

The family of the late,

08/01/56 -09/27/01


gratefully acknowledges your
kindness and expressions of
Your visits, prayers, cards,
telephone calls, monetary do-
nations and covered dishes
were appreciated.
Thanks to New Birth Bap-
tist Church.
May God bless each of you
is our prayer.
The Bullard Family






Happy birthday JB, it's
been a long 10 years. We miss
you dearly.
Love you, The Brady Bunch
and family


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our community, The Mi-
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obituary notices submit-
ted by area funeral homes
at no charge.
These notices include:
name of the deceased,
age, place of death, em-
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Additional information
and photo may be includ-
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The deadline is Monday,
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the deadline is Tuesday, 5

PINDER, 88, of Hollywood
(Liberia) died at the Peninsula
Adult Living Facility in
Hollywood, Florida on Friday,
July 29th, after a short illness.
Mr. Pinder was born in Miami
and raised in the Bahamas
until the age of 18 when he
was drafted to the U.S. Army.
He was a pioneer of the Liberia
(Hollywood) community
and was one of the featured
pioneers in the book, Race and
Change in Hollywood, Florida
complied by Kitty Oliver. His
taped interview is included in
the video archives and diversity
training materials used in
Broward County Schools. .He
was also the father of NFL
player, Cyril C. Pinder.
Besides his son, he is sur-
vived by his daughters, Loretta
Pinder of Miami, Shirley Pin-
der Cook of Plantation, Jac-
queline Dula of Greensboror,
NC, Grace Pinder Turnquest
of Plantation and Teresa Pin-
der of Hollywood; daughter-in-
law, Barbara and son-in-law,
Leslie Dula; six grandchildren,
Terrence Dula, Stephany Dula

Strong, Meghan Nowell, Britta-
ny Turnquest, Cyril M. Pinder
and Calttin Pinder; one great-
grandson, Christian Donnings;
first cousin and close friend,
Rev. Degrando Franks, sr.
and his family. He was prede-
ceased by his wife of 48 years,
Murline Saunders Pinder. He
also leaves a host of extended
family members throughout
South Florida and the Baha-
mas to mourn his death.
Viewing 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Fri-
day, August 5th at the Dania
Church of God/CalvaryResto-
ration Ministries, 715 SW 7th
Terrace, Dania
Service 11 a.m., Saturday,
August 6 at the Dania Church
of God/Calvary Restoration
Ministries with Interment at
West Lawn Cemetery of Dania.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions are welcome and
should be mailed to the CRM
Help Center, Inc., 715 S.W. 7th
Terrace, Dania, Florida.
Arrangements are entrusted
to A.J. Manuel Funeral Home,
2328 North Dixie Highway,
Hollywood, FL 33020; 954-

Activist Richard "Ricky"

Thomas, 79, dies

One of Miami-Dade's most
popular public figures died
Monday, July 30 at Memorial
Hospital in Pembroke Pines.
Richard "Ricky" Thomas, 79,
who for more than 40 years,
has served as the conscious
voice of Miami-Dade's Black
community. Always at the helm
of political and social issues,
Thomas has consistently forced
local leadership to address the
crippling impediments plaguing
inner-city mobility.
Thomas began his media ca-
reer in 1970 through an article
he wa--*e weekly in The Miami
Times titled "Out of the Dark"
with his opinion on the many
topics that overwhelmed our
community. Additionally, he
stimulated heated debates and
forced residents to react to in-
justice during his daily com-
mentaries on WMBM-1490
AM. Truly "a legend in his own
time," Thomas was well re-
spected for his political and so-
cial views since the beginning of
his broadcast career in 1974.
Thomas' strong community
activism began in 1956, the
year he graduated from Florida
A&M University with a bach-
elor's degree in political sci-
ence. Overcome by Miami's civil
rights struggle, he relocated to
the area with a vision to em-
power Blacks politically and
create dominance in local gov-
ernment. Thomas believed that
socio-economic progression
would come for Blacks when
they become more active with-
in the political arena. Thomas
continued to fight for political
equity by working with a bevy of
candidates who have gone on to
hold such prestigious positions
as mayor of the City of Miami
and also assuring the election
of the first Black to hold seat on

the Miami-Dade School Board.
For many years he held a ca-
reer as a musician who wrote
and recorded many songs and
played with local greats Eric
Knight, Sam Harrison, El-
liott Flanders, Rudy Ferguson,
Charlie Austin and many more.
After he decided that he would
place all his energy in making
a change for his community
he worked tirelessly to help get
William "Bill" Turner elected to
the school board and became
his administrative assistant for
eight years.
In 1978, he went to work with
the Comprehensive Employ-
ment and Training Act (CETA)
program. After the 1980 riots
in Liberty City, officials formed
Metro-Miami Action Plan Trust
(MMAP), an agency that was to
help reduce disparities between
white, Black and Hispanic resi-
dents and promote equal access
for all of Miami-Dade. Ricky
ended his career with the City
of Miami through MMAP in
2001 but contributed to remain
a voice for the Black commu-
nity until he took ill in 2007.
Thomas was a member and
trustee of Mt. Hermon A.M.E.
Church of Miami Gardens.
He leaves a wife of 45 years,
Patricia Smith Thomas; six chil-
dren, Rory Thomas (Bridgette)
of Sanford, FL, Gregory Robin-
son (Helen), Rodney Robinson,
Lori Gullie, Darlene Cordero
and Richelle Lumpkin (Ardon-
nis); 17 grandchildren and six
Final arrangements are be-
ing handled by Range Funeral
Home. The viewing and me-
morial service will be held on
Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m.
at Mt. Hermon A.M.E. Funeral
will be held on Saturday, at 1

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Lifesty e


Native son premiers film about

life in Opa-Locka in "Baghdad"

Curtis Ballard's compelling tale based on life of a former dealer

Best-selling author, Sapphire, signs copies of her lat-
est novel, "The Kid" at Miami Dade College in Downtown
Miami on Wednesday, July 27.

Author of

Sapphire holds

book signing

Fans learn offate of beloved
character, "Precious"

By Kaila Heard

"Twenty-seven years is not a
lot of time, but it's all the time
it gave our sister, Precious,"
read best-selling author Sap-
phire, during a special book
signing event held at the
Wolfson Campus of Miami
Dade College on Wednesday,
July 27.
Within the first few pages of

the author's latest book, "The
Kid," the sequel to the best-
selling urban fiction novel,
"Push," readers learn that
the heroine Clarice "Precious"
Jones has died.
Sapphire's 1996 novel,
"Push" which later became
the Academy-Award win-
ning film, "Precious," touched
millions of hearts with its
gritty tale of an illiterate,
Please turn to SAPPHIRE 2C

By D. Kevin McNeir

Controversy aside, Ballard's
film based on the real life
story of a former Opa-Locka
street soldier and drug dealer,
DeLo, who beat the odds and
turned his life around to be-
come a successful rap artist,
is a movie worth seeing. Bal-
lard not only wrote the script
in five days, after a chance
meeting with DeLo, but also
persevered over the past 18
months to direct and produce
the film using a shoestring
budget and "a lot of prayer."
"The movie, 'Baghdad,' is
about four children who at-
tend the same church and the
challenges they face as they.
become young adults and at-
tempt to put the broken pieces
of their lives back together,"
Ballard said. "Two of the char-
acters are brothers, DeLo and
K.O., but all four come to very
different ends. It's a look at
the impact that environment
has on Black youth. The story
takes place in the projects in
Opa-Locka but it's not really
about that community. It's
about urban life."
Ballard says he was moved
to write the script after a con-
versation with DeLo who said
if he had a million dollars,
he would "buy and fix up the

"That answer really im-
pressed me I could actually
see the roses growing out of
the concrete."
Film is about urban life -

not Opa-Locka
Of course, most readers
are aware of the challenges
facing public housing venues
throughout South Florida and

the "Triangle" in Opa-Locka
is no different, having been
featured in shows like 20/20
and other news reports. What
makes this first-time full
length feature so good is the
plot as well as the standout
performances by a cast that is
almost entirely from this com-
munity, representing close to
80 percent novice actors.
"Chaos, known locally as
a member of the rap group
Grind Mode who had a hit
with 'I'm So High' took on
his first acting job and stars
as DeLo he was amazing,"
Ballard said. "Acie Mitchell
plays one of the bad cops and
then we have model-turned-
actor Lloyd Dickenson who
plays K.O. and will be featured
soon in another movie. Bennie
Spencer plays the drug king-
pin in the film and is actually
a sanitation worker. We gave a
lot of local folks a chance and
they all came through."
Ballard is a native of Miami
and a graduate from Miami
Killian Senior High School
who has worked as a camera
operator and assisted in mak-
ing music videos for artists
including: Pitbull, Rick Ross,
Lyfe Jennings and Plies. At 17
he built his own recording stu-
dio which he ran for 15 years.
But he says that filmmaking
has always been his first love.
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Chris to star in Act Like a

Lady, Think Like a Man'


By Elyea Gardner

Kelly Rowland, Here I Am
S*1/2 (out of four) R&B

Destiny's Child alumna Rowland
turned 30 in February, just months after
signing a new record deal. Given those
"Nactors, not to mention her new album
title, you might expect the singer's latest
solo effort to be an assertion of new-
found maturity or autonomy.
As it turns out; Here I Am is some-
th!ig both safer and cannier than that.
Capitalizing on her successful collabo-
ration with pr.ducer/DJ David Guetta
with whom she teamed two years
ago on the International dance hit When
Love Takes Over- Rowland empha-
sizes electro-savvy grooves and sleekly
sensual production over introspection
or chutzpah. "You wish I'd be your girl/
But I could do without," she declares on
the Sassy opener, I'm Dat Girl. But on
most of the following tunes, she's either
clinging to love (or lust) or lamenting its
Supported by high-profile producer/
writers and guests including Guetta,
Aodney Jerkins, Rico Love and Big
.Sean;Rowland traverses the gamut
iof :Reicfable romantic scenarios
:,prtt e enough. And when the mood
astrkes her, as on the thumping Down
M:fo~'Watever, she parties like it's 2009.
let's get creative," she coos on
i thl ~ib-ready track; alas, Here I Am
';pr vds a lot more cautious than that
-d Suggests.

By Dodai Stewart
The terrifyingly titled Steve
Harvey book 'Act Like a Lady,
Think Like a Man' is being
turned into a movie. And
starring in that movie
will be everyone's fa-
vorite convicted felon,
Chris Brown.
Harvey, who is on
his third marriage,
has explained of his
book: "Men are not
bad people. But wom-
en think we're bad be-
cause they don't get us
at all. We're very, very B
simple. We all think alike.
We all basically think alike
when it comes down to com-
mitment, love, relationships,
money, sex, whatever it is. We
all about basically think the
same." Hear that, dudes? You
are all the same. Congrats.

By the way, Harvey's book is
for women, not men: "Unless
men change, I will not write a
book for men, because I don't
want it just sitting on the
shelves." See, it's not a man's
job to change -
that's a woman's
ity. (Apparently
there's also a
chapter on "in-
Just to get you
more familiar
with Harvey's
IOWN work, here are
some choice sentences from
an excerpt:
Men aren't in the talking
business; we're in the fix-it
business. From the moment
we 'come out of the womb,
we're taught to protect, pro-
fess, and provide.

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Pastor/Teacher John B.
Hicks, Jr. and First Lady
Sandra Hicks of New Bethany
M.B.C. celebrated eleven years
of Divinity, last Saturday, at
the Church of the Open Door
with a special program before a
capacity-filled banquet room.
The program included a
processional of the honorees
with their escorts, liturgical
dance by the Praise Dances,
welcome by Sis. Pamela
Watson, selections from the
Rock of Ages Choir and New
Bethany M.B.C. youth choir,
blessing of the food by Pastor
Johnny White, poem by
Kimberly Polidor and remarks
from the honorees.
Those who
sent written
messages to
the honorees
Deacon James
Pastor r
"Chris" Allen, PASTOR AND

covered Commander
Bobby Wright and the
Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 8175 at

West Park (Hallandale), ..
where President q
Gloria Allen, Wanda Star Williams
Ashley and National Congress of
Chris "Beatz" Black Women Broward
Allen, Millicent 4 and West Palm Beach GRE(
Hicks, Mother chapter, headlined
Thomas, Mother Dick Gregory, a legendary
Katie Brown, Rodney Russell, comedian. Gregory flew in from
Sheneka Jenkins, Jorden St. Petersburg, along with Dr.
Cannon, Joshua Dalmond, E. Faye Williams, president of
Renard Traylor, Sonaa the National Congress of Black
McFadden, Renae Women.
Christopher, Mikail More than 300 people
Watson, Donta Gay, filled the area. Some of
Pamela R. Davis, I those who attended were:
Mance Watson, Mike Rev. Dr. Jimmie Brown
Florvil, Christian A. A and wife Michelle,
Powell, Marion Lewis, Rev. Larry Lovett, Pat
Jr., Joseph Carter,; Range of Range Funeral
Jonathon Dalmond, Home, Chico The Virgo
Mary Lammons, COLE of Hot 105, Joann


and Ranisha
Franklin, Sonya
Traylor and
those who were'
baptized by the

A crowning

Marie Payton and
husband, Charles Johnson,
Commissioner Elisha White
of West Park, Claudia Slater,
president, Sigma Gamma Rho;
Terriceda Newkirk, Lashona
Victor, Miss South Florida
winner on her way to Dallas
for the finals; and former
Councilman M. L. Bratton.



Credit goes out to Dr.
Williams for organizing
the program and
bringing to the stage:
Daryl Cole, a look-
a-like Nat King Cole
who opened the show
singing "P.S. I Love You"
and everyone's favorite,
"Unforgettable." He was
followed Tony Wilson

a.k.a. James Brown.
Then came The Starletts
consisting of Wanda Williams,
Mariea Broomfield and Dorcas

presenting a sparkling
tiara and placing it on
the head of the honoree.
Her parents, Edward
and Laurita Robinson,
lectured to the princess
on how to live as a lady
before accepting the
Minister Dr. Pamela ROBIN
Hall Green provided
the birthday prayer and
included the honoree bonding
with respect, obedience, Jesus
Christ, immediate family
support, and a summary

Gregory discussed- coming from Rev.
President Obama, the i i Purnell Moody.
White House, Congress, Some of those in
Tiger Woods and his attendance included.
women, having a quality Heddie Vereen,
family and other topics. Shirley Jackson,
*************** ITimothy Strachan,
T. Eileen Martin-Major Jazmine Savage,
never ceases to amaze me Alkean Smith,.
and she independently PULIDOR Tashaun Jones,

ministers to her M.A.S.K.
group at the church and away;
the youth being trained to sing
together; planning trips away
from the church; and effecting
the "The Rite of Passage" for
13-year-old Miss Aribelle J.
Robinson in a royal ceremony,
which included her uncle and
aunt, Jon and Nital Cole,

Loreen Gillchrist,
Bernita Cole, Rose Moorman,
John Thomas, Marva Hill,
Vera Fender, and others.

Last Friday, tributes were
given at Range Funeral Home
during the wake of Judge
John D. Johnson. Adding to
the pomp and circumstance


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The National Convention
of Business and Professional
Women's Club met in
Greensboro, N.C. Those.
ladies in attendance from
Miami were Kathy Daye-
Thurston (president of the
Miami chapter), her mother,
Martha C. Daye and Nicky
Baker. Ann Morman, a
member of the Broward
,County chapter, was also in
Vince Carter, Peggy
Green's grandson summoned
all of his immediate family
members to his Windermere
home in Orlando's millionaire
district, to visit with him
for a few days. After an all
day Sunday poolside family

picnic, the
group visited
Disney World, a
trip requested
by grandmother Peggy.
Peggy said she wanted
to particularly visit the
attraction, House of
Presidents, to see her beloved
President Barack Obama.
The group traveled in
Vince's newly-acquired party
bus. Visiting from Miami
were Keith, Jennifer and
Clement Cooper, Errolyn
and Kevin Deverow and
Grandma Peggy. Vince's
cousin, Tiffany Sholtz, came
to Orlando from Tallahassee.
Wedding anniversary
greetings goes out to

Benjamin and Bethany J.
Addison, their 41st on July
Get well wishes go out to
all of our sick and shut-ins:
Naomi Allen-Adams; Lillian
E. Davis, Sue Francis,
Dwight L. Jackson, Sr.,
Fredricka Fisher, Doris
Lynch, Nathaniel Gordon,
Inez McKinney Dean-
Johnson, Frances Brown
and Winston Scavella.
In Newark, New Jersey last
weekend to attend the funeral
of Irna All-Banks, were
Francina Lewis-Robinson,
Samuel Grant and his wife,
Trish. Irna was a graduate of
Booker T. Washington class
of 1939. She also attended
Bethune-Cookman and
received her associate degree
in Elementary Education.
Cupidine Davis-Dean was
in New Orleans, Louisiana

attending the National
Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa,
Inc. At it's 88th Anniversary
Conclave last week. Welcome
You are cordially invited
to Saint Monica's chapter of
Episcopal Church Women's
Summer Extravaganza
Luncheon featuring
"Fashions and Babies" on
Saturday, August 13 at
12 p.m. in Blackett Hall at
the Historic Saint Agnes'
Episcopal Church. There will
be lots of fun in store for you.
Old Miamians were once
again sadden to hear of the
demise of Attorney Harold
Braynon, who died last
Monday, July 25. The funeral
was held last Saturday at
Saint Paul A.M.E. Church.
Harold graduated from
Booker T. Washington in

Up to Gainesville, Florida
to attend their family
reunion last week were
Nancy Dawkins, her brother
Earnest, his wife Alice
Pearl Sidney and their niece
Ashantie Thurston.
Reverend Father Bernard
M. Griffith, priest of Christ
Episcopal Church, wardens,
vestry and congregation
cordially invite you to
their celebratory dinner on
Sunday, September 18 and
their service of Thanksgiving
on Sunday, September 25.
Springing into summer
reflects on a very special
socialite, our very own Sybil
Johnson, who continues to
celebrate her 90th birthday,
throughout the year. Mrs.
Johnson's spring party, held
at her spacious Opa-locka
home, consisted of colors of
yellow, pink, red, lavender

and green, depicting various
meanings of happiness, love,
faith and strength. Special
guests who delighted in the
various spicy salads with
the touch of Bahamian
bread and deserts were: Fay
Lockhart Smith, Catherine
Jackson, Mary Mitchell,
Brenda Freeman, Gwen
Welters, Angenora Paschal,
Allyn Nicholson, Yvonne
Goggins, Jaunita Johnson,
Mizie Hanna, Ruthel Blake,
Shelain Welters, Mercita
Wimberly, Pauline Sutton,
Esterlene Colebrook,
Maud P. Newbold, hostess
Katrenia Reeves, Darlene
George, Sybil Burse and
Jaunita Miller (daughter
of the honoree). Of course,
all the lovely guests left
with love tokens from our
dear hostess, Mrs. Sybil

VHl's 'Single Ladies' renewed for

By EURweb.com

"Single Ladies" is coming
back next year.
VH1 announced recent-
ly that it has renewed its
breakout hit starring Sta-
cey Dash, LisaRaye McCoy
and Charity Shea as three
best friends in the world of
Atlanta fashion, fame and

music. It's the network's
first hourlong scripted se-
"Our viewers have fall-
en for 'Single Ladies' and
its honest, modern take
on love, female friendship
and dating," said Jeff Olde,
VH1 s executive vice presi-
dent of original program-
ming. "We're extremely

Second season
pleased to give the audience
another great season of the
series they love."
Executive producer Queen
Latifah added: "We knew
from the beginning this
show was going to appeal to
people everywhere; it's fun-
ny, sexy and smart."
Season two is slated for a
2012 premiere.

Author Sapphire writes sequel to "Push"

continued from 1C

HIV-infected Black teenaged-
girl who was emotionally and
sexually abused by family
members, overlooked by a
overloaded and somewhat
callous social service sys-
tem and suffering under the
weight of self- hatred, who
manages to overcome these
seemingly insurmountable
odds. Yet the sequel reminds
readers that a "happily ever
after" ending only exists in
Hollywood. In this world, the
chains of poverty and low
self-esteem have holds on
every generation. "The Kid"
follows her son, Abdul Jones,
as he searches for material
and emotional security while
being bounced from foster
care to orphanages.
Abdul, like his mother, is
on a journey of self-discov-
ery and healing, except his
story seeks to find out if the
arts can be used to help an
individual heal from their
traumatic past.
"Dance enables [Abdul] to
endure his reality. Dance
takes him out of a painful
past and uncertain future
and connects him to the
now," Sapphire explained.
In addition to her novels,
Sapphire is also the author
of two volumes of poetry.
But it is her debut novel for
which most fans still remem-
ber her.
Zoe Lattimer, a social
worker in Miami, read
"Push" when it was first pub-
lished in the mid-1990s.

"I thought it was probably
one of the most powerful
books I ever read," she said.
"[Sapphire] did a wonderful
job of being able to become
the pain and tell the story of
someone who is a survivor."
While the popularity of her
previous, work drew many of

Sapphire's fans to the down-
town campus, most said they
were also looking forward to
her latest novel.
"She's a pretty good writer. I
can't wait to read ["The Kid"],
but I still like her poetry the
most," said local probation
officer, Theresa Bradman.

By Erika Bailey Miami, FL

I Heard the Bullet
I heard the bullet
That pierced this young man's heart
The bullet that made it beat no more
I heard the bullet that made his parents cry
I heard the bullet that made his parents cry
I heard the bullet that was the heart of many why's
I heard the bullet that exploded inside of him
A legacy ending before it had time to bloom
But who witnessed has last earthly breath
Who witnessed the blood escape his iel? heart?
Who heard the scream he cried?
Who saw the tears fall from his eyes?
Who cries their self to sleep because their babies dead?
SO, I asked myself who's to blame for the misfortune of another Black brother,
a quickly rising death of a community, a nation.
A life for power, status, and fame.
A life for an iced out chain.
A life for a kilo of coke.
A life for an ego stroke.
A life for an ego stroke.
A life for the new J's.
A life for a life.
A life for initiation to a gang.
A life just to past the time.
A life taken without reason or rhyme.
A time to laugh, a time to cry.
But, who are you to decide when it's time to die?


By Dr. Richard Strachan



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were Trever Wade and
55 Alpha Phi Alpha
brothers of South
Florida, whose tributes
signaled a strong love
for the judge.
The state-of-the-art
funeral continued with
distinguished people
ISON reading resolutions by
S Circuit Judge Scott
J. Silverman, Chief Judge
Joel H. Brown, Dr. Enid C.
Pinkey, Dr. Timothy Barber
and Gwendolyn Welters,
Black Archives; School
Board member Dr. Dorothy
Bendross-Mindingall, Judge
Marcia G. Cooke, Judge
Wendell M. Graham and Gwen
Cherry Black Women Lawyers
The final rites were at Greater
Bethel A.M.E. Church with Rev.
Dr. Joaquin Willis, Church of
the Open Door, officiating; the
mass choir from the church
and Bea Hines filling the
church with her rendition of
"My Tribute (To God be the
He will be missed by his
family, brothers of Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Inc. of South
Florida and members of the
Circuit Courts of South Florida.

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Family time can get lost when the family
calendar is filled up with activities,
practices, meetings and homework. It's.
important to carve out some special time
each week to slow down and enjoy making
some fun memories together.
Food and games are two great ways to connect as
a family and keeping things simple makes it easy
to really focus on each other and have fun. These
activities are easy and can involve everyone in the
family. And these dessert recipes take advantage of
the versatility of Sara Lee Frozen Pound Cake it
can be used to make something simple with the family
or something a little more elaborate when company
comes over. Either way, you get a scrumptious dessert
the whole family can dig into.
You can find more ways to create family
moments and more dessert recipes at www.
saraleedesserts.com and

Family Activity: Cooking Show
Put on a show in the kitchen!
* Gather your family in the kitchen, and put on
your chefs hat and apron.
Set up a video camera to record your cooking
Choose a fun and simple recipe, like Fun-to-do
Fondue, to demonstrate to the
"home viewers."
Make sure the kids explain each step aloud.
While eating the finished product, replay the
video recording and rate how good '
your TV chef skills are Bon Appetit!

Taste-of-the-Islands Banana
Foster Trifle
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4-6'servings
1 10.75-ounce package Sara Lee Frozen
Pound Cake thawed
1 8-ounce can pineapple tidbits in juice
1 3.4-ounce package instant coconut or
banana cream pudding
and pie filling
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons coconut extract, divided
1 cup caramel topping
3 bananas thinly sliced
2/3 cup shredded coconut toasted
1/3 cup macadamia nuts finely chopped
Cut pound cake into 1-inch cubes. Set aside.
Drain pineapple; reserving juice.
Place pudding mix, whipping cream, sour cream.
sugar, reserved pineapple juice and 1 teaspoon
coconut extract in a large bowl. Beat at medium-
high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks
Combine remaining 1 teaspoon coconut extract
and ice cream topping in microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave on High until warmed.
Layer pound cake cubes in 4 martini or dessert
glasses. Drizzle caramel topping mixture over pound
cake. Top with coconut cream mixture and bananas.
Garnish with pineapple tidbits, toasted coconut
and macadamia nuts.
This recipe also works well in a trifle bowl.

Taste-of-the-Islands Banana Foster Trifle

Once you know, there's

only one place to go.

Perhaps you've been running all over town to save

a little bit here and a little bit there. When all the

time, you could save just as much at Publix, and

enjoy the shopping experience,

too. So relax-we've

got you covered. Go to publix.com/save right

now to make plans to save this week.

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1 ^ s H Tunisial El at home with his parents. For
Tunisia's rappers, the only reg-
General ular gigs were on the Internet.
S" Rapper So he recorded the song under-
"I had two friends," he lat-
er explained. "One filmed my
-bo- songs on a small video camera,
and the other edited the videos
a h and put them up on YouTube."
B It raged against the problems of
poverty, unemployment, hun-
ger and injustice-and boldly
blamed them all on Ben Ali.
i The four-minute video was
haunting and raw. It showed
the young rapper sauntering
.. through a dark, sewage-strewn
alley on his way to a makeshift
studio with graffiti spray-paint-
S', ed on the wall. He beat out the
song in front of an old-fash-
S ioned mike, with no one else in
sight, and then ambled back
h down the alley into the night.
So His face was never in the
h| light, his identity remained
T h e h unclear. Going public was too

El General's song was an in-
stant sensation. Its outrage
rhythm-- of

Arab revolt




By Robin Wright

The Arab Spring is widely
known as a Twitter rebellion,
but underground hip-hop art-
ists also played a very impor-
tant role. Robin Wright, author
of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and
Rebellion Across the Islamic
World," talks with Jerry Seib
about the phenomenon.
In November 2010, a young
Tunisian rapper who called
himself El General posted a
song on his Facebook page and
YouTube. He had no alternative.

The government of President
Zine al-Abidine. Ben Ali had
virtually banned hip-hop. Its
musicians were not on gov-
ernment-approved playlists for
state-controlled television or
radio. They were rarely able to
get permits to perform in pub-
lic. And most were barred from
recording CDs.
El General-whose real name
is Hamada Ben Amor-had no
resources of his own. At age 21,
he faced the problems of many
young Tunisians. He was with-
out reliable work and still living

resonated, especially among
the young. It broke through
the climate of fear in a country
where no politician had dared
to criticize a president in power
for almost a quarter-century.
His incendiary rap registered
hundreds of thousands of views
on YouTube and across other
social networks. The amateur
video was even picked up by
Al Jazeera, the 24-hour Arabic
news channel.
A few weeks after the song
began circulating, a govern-
ment inspector demanded a
bribe from Mohamed Bouazizi,
a street vendor in Sidi Bouzid.
She confiscated his produce
and his scales. When he could
find no recourse, he set himself
on fire over the same problems
that echoed through the plain-
tive rap lyrics.
As protests over Bouazizi's
plight spread across the coun-
try, El General's rap became
the rallying cry. Verses were
sung by tens of thousands of
Tunisians in street demonstra-
tions demanding the presi-
dent's ouster.
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raps about
peace and


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The Chicago crooner reportedly owes over $837,000 in de-
linquentfederal taxes, according to records recently obtained
by DETNEWS. The IRS filed an $837, 442.59 lien against the
singer on January 6,
R. Kelly recently had his debt to Uncle Sam lightened when
the IRS lifted a.$1,036,858 tax against him last month, but
still has the $837K tab.
The singer also faces possible foreclosuree on his $2.9 mil-
lion Chicago mansion.

After a fruitful partnership with "Autotune" makers, An-
tares Technologies, that ended in June, T-Pain is now suing
the company for continuing to use his likeness and image in
marketing its products. The rapper producer also claims that
the audio company licensed his name and image to third par-
ties to promote Iheir own products without his permission.
T-Pain, whose real name is Faheem Nalm, ended the en-
dorsement with Antares and formed his own company with
Izotope to create a line of audio effects called "The T-Pain
Elfect" as well as an upcoming "I Am T-Pain Mic." He filed the lawsuit recently in the
U.S. District Couri of Northern District of California claiming the above and that their
violation could confuse consumers and potentially damage sales for his products.
He's seeing at least $1 million in damages, an account of sales related to Antares'
infringing products and an injunction that would prohibit the audio company from us-
ing or connecting him to their "Autotune" products.

It might be an honor to play a concert with Lauryn Hill, but
the privilege may not necessarily come with a paycheck. Jay
Gore. a session guitarist who played shows with Hill back in
2007, is suing the hip-hop legend for failing to compensate
him for his services.
Gore says he was owed $3,590 for the shows, but the pay-
day never came. The suit has been filed in a small claims court
in L.A., according to TMZ.

Damon Dash is still being plagued by deep debt, according
to a June 30 tax lien filed by the IRS. The Detroit News re-
ports that the music mogul currently owes nearly $3 million
in back taxes.
Dash, the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records and Ro-
cawear clothing, has been attempting to re-establish himself
since he fell intolinancial trouble in 2008, losing cars, condos
and his wife, fashion designer Rachel Roy, in the process.
Dash has since founded the record label Damon Dash Music
Group, with the rapper Curren$y as its flagship artist, and opened the recording stu-
dio and art gallery DD172 in Manhattan.
The 40-year-old executive has missed tax payments before. Three years ago, he
owed New York State $2.1 million in taxes.

By hJhPA

Your agreement with co-workers
should improve as you take steps to
strengthen emotional connections.
Keeping things to yourself will not pay
off for you this week. Love waits for you
if you ask. A message from a distant
source contains a clue. Soul Affirmation:
Communication is a skeleton key that fits
many doors. Lucky Numbers: 48, 51, 54

Dealing with smaller issues is the or-
der of the week. Your soul vibrations will
not attune easily to lofty subjects, long
ranged plans and the other aspects of
the bigger picture. Attention to details
will however, give a sense of accom-
plishment. Soul Affirmation: I enjoy look-
ing at the road of life sweeping just in
front of me. Lucky Numbers: 33, 49, 51

Matters relating to health need atten-
tion. Prevention is more valuable than
cure. Rest and eat well this week. Your
stress will be lower by knowing that you
do not have to fix a relationship that has
gone sour. Feel your'independence and
ability to travel alone. Soul Affirmation:
People love me, yes. they do. Lucky Num-
bers: 18, 22, 40

Use better judgement with regard
to financial matters. Stop rationalizing.
Money is important. Do something about
the fact that you might find yourself
broke more often than you wish. Con-
tinuing to deny it will delay doing some-
thing about it. Soul Affirmation: I find
comfort in the familiar.Lucky Numbers:
1, 14, 19

Move slowly concerning relationships
this week. People are a little edgy and
they don't know exactly where you are
coming from. Make full explanations.
Don't assume that they know what's on
your mind. Most of all, stay positive no
matter what. Soul Affirmation: Cling-
ing to the old will inhibit my growth this
week. Lucky Numbers: 6, 8, 20

You can't be right all of time. Instead
of always trying to be right, try to find the
logic in other's viewpoint whether you hap-
pen to agree or not. Endear yourself to a
loved one real soon, by really listening to
what they have to say. Don't be so stub-'
born, that you deny yourself what you re-
ally want. Soul Affirmation: I celebrate will
those around me. Lucky Numbers: 19, 27,

This week is a good week to dump
any extra baggage that has been pulling
you down. You have too much potential
to throw away and waste your time on
issues that will amount to nothing. Stay
focused on your goals. Meet and spend
time with people who will be able to
help you reach them. Soul Affirmation:
The truth is in me. I bring it forth. Lucky
Numbers: 12, 27, 44

Your spiritual vibes will give you in-
sight on a situation that's been on your
mind. Share your thoughts with some-
one close to you. Spend time with
friends and family that will provide sup-
port and guidance when you make an
important decision.Soul Affirmation: I

enjoy looking at the road of life sweep-
ing just in front of me. Lucky Numbers:
30, 40, 55

Your careless ways with money are
going to be apparent this week. Finan-
cial mistakes you've made in the past will
be especially painful. Don't conceal the
pain from yourself. It is a warning that
you should take steps to prevent future
financial crisis. Soul Affirmation: I let my
friendships guide my way. Lucky Num-
bers: 13, 22, 35

Take advantage of the great weather
and spend time outdoors enjoying and re-
laxing with Mother Nature. Learn a new
sport, and spend time with family and
friends. Don't take travel matters into
your own hands. Seek a professional who
will be able to plan a wonderful vacation
for you without breaking your bank. Cook
up some goodies for your loved ones.
Soul Affirmation: I change who I am by
changing where I am going. Lucky Num-
bers: 2, 12, 23

Stay positive, don' t let negative
people get inside your head. You know
that things will work out well. Ease rap-
idly away from anyone who is a naysayer.
During the week, things may seem hard
at times but soon life will be filled with
fun. Enjoy! Soul Affirmation: The slow-
ness of my week gives me time to refresh
my energy.Lucky Numbers: 15, 26, 36

The bond that you established with
your spiritual side works well in your re-
lationship with a special person. Speak
of the reality of the intangible qualities
of life. Your lover will understand. Keep
attention on the financial matters you've
been dealing with. Soul Affirmation: I
obey the rules this week and avoid has-
sles. Lucky Numbers: 1, 14, 24

Local filmmaker shows the real deal in Opa-Locka

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But don't just take our word
for it ask the over 500 folks
who showed up last Saturday
evening at the Joseph Caleb
Auditorium what they thought
and why they stood to their
feet to salute Ballard, 37,
along with his film crew and

"I grew up right off 22nd Av-
enue in Opa-Locka and even
remember the first two Black
men who served on the po-
lice force," said Jo Marie Pay-
ton, 61, known for her star-
ring role as Harriet Winslow
in the Family Matters sitcom
and who has recently moved
back to the area. "This is tre-
mendous work by a young
Black man from our commu-

nity. And he deserves both our
praise and our support."
"Baghdad" examines the
struggles Black youth face
when they have dreams and
want to escape the misery of
the 'hood' but find that the
'hood' won't let them go. And
in the end, we see that while
happy endings may be rare,
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The Miami-Dade County
Health Department, Special Im-
munizations Program will be pro-
viding free Back-to-School immuni-
zations to children between the ages
of two months through 18 years
of age. Parents need to bring their
child's immunization record and a
picture ID. For more information,
call 786-845-0550.

There will be a meeting about
the Memorial Day's Urban Week-
end in August by the City of Miami
Beach. Persons interested in attend-
ing should email lindasimmons43@
yahoo.com, African-American Foun-
dation of Greater Miami.

B Zoo Miami will show its appre-
ciation during August to those who
have served and are serving in the
military. Any active-duty member or
veteran presenting a valid military ID
will be able to take advantage of one
of these offers: Enter the zoo with a
"buy one, get one free" admission.
This offer is valid for up to six people
and expires August 31. Also, 15 per-
cent off the Annual Pass to Zoo Mi-
ami valid for 365 days of admission.
Zoo Miami provides a 25 percent off
regular adult or child admission for
all military members year-round.
Identification is required at time of
admission purchase.

The Miami-Dade Public Li-
brary System continues to cel-
ebrate its 40th anniversary with a
flashback to the books, movies and
music of the 1990s! This summer,
the Library System kicked-off its
look back at the 1990s, which will
run through September. Special sto-
ries, classic board games, crafts and
more, as well as '90s trivia contests,
book clubs and quilt making will be
held throughout the month of Au-
gust. All events are free and open
to the public. To find an event near
you, visit www.mdpls.org and click
on Calendar of Events or call 305-,

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" h~d'at seiaeral folations from
7-8 p.m.: Wednesday, August 3 at
Hialeah Senior High School, 251
East 47th Street; Thursday, August
4 at Aventura Government Center,
19200 West Country Club Drive;
Thursday, August 11 at Miami Gar-
dens City Hall, 1515 NW 167th
Street; "Miami Art Museum, 101
West Flagler Street; and Thursday,
August 18 at Coral Gables Country
Club, .998 North Greenway Drive.
For more information, visit www.

Commissioner Jean Mones-
time is inviting residents from Dis-
trict 2 to attend a town hall meeting
in order to update his constituency
on upcoming projects and address
questions, comments and concerns.
The towh hall meeting will be held
on Wednesday, August 3 at the Mar-
tin Luther King Office Building, 2525
NW 62nd Street at 6 p.m. For more
information, contact Commissioner
Monestime's office at 305-694-

B Superintendent of Schools
Alberto M. Carvalho, school and
district administrators and Com-
cast executives will be meeting on
Thursday, August 4 at 9 a.m. at
Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School,
1801 NW 1st Place. Comcast will be
launching their program Internet Es-
sentials, which allows students re-
ceiving free lunches to be eligible for
low cost Internet access. For more
information, contact John Schuster
at 305-995-1126.

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 En-
terprise, 8400 NE 2nd Avenue. Re-
ception/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 Walker
at 786-312-5205 or visit www.mur-

Theodore R. and Thelma A.
Gibson Charter School is hosting
its first Back to School Health Fair on
Saturday, August 6 from 9 a.m.-4
p.m. in the school's cafeteria, 1682
NW 4th Avenue. There will be free
health screenings and testing. Also
parents will receive information and
referral services for immunization
and additional health programs in
Miami-Dade County.

lBack to School Greenfest:
The Tacolcy Center in partner-
ship with the Fairchild Tropical

Botanic Garden, the National
PTA Urban Family Engagement

Initiative and Urban Green-
Works present this fun-filled, edu-
cational and healthy day for fami-
lies on Saturday, August 6 from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. at TACOLCY, 6161 NW
9th Avenue in Miami There will be
free backpacks, school supplies,
haircuts, workshops and more. For
more information, call Isheka Harri-
son at 305-751-1295 ext. 139.

B Vice Chairwoman Audrey
M. Edmonson is helping students
get a head start with her 5th Annual
Back-to-School Fun Day. On Satur-
day, August 6 at Jefferson Reaves
Park, 3090 NW 50th Street, Vice
Chairwoman Edmonson and volun-
teers will distribute free bookbags
filled with school supplies and good-
ies to students from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
For more information, contact Vice
Chairwoman Edmonson's office at

There will be a back to school
Health Fair on Saturday, August 6
from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bethel Bap-
tist 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.

In an effort to educate youth,
South Dade Boycott Committee
will sponsor and host a Non-Violence
Rally on Saturday, August 6 from
1-6 p.m. at Sgt. Joseph DeLancy
Park in Richmond Heights. There will
be free food, beverages, music and
activities for youth of all ages. South
Florida Workforce will be onsite for
those who need employment as-
sistance. The Gun Bounty Program
will be available as well. Along with
local leaders, Rep. Dwight Bullard
will speak about recognition and
prevention of bullying in the com-
munity, For additional information,
contact Keisha L. Culmer at 786-
728-5687 or Nadine McMillion at

CHARLEE Homes for Chil-
dren ensures that children who
have been abused, abandoned or
neglected and are in foster care are
prepared to begin the school year
with the School supplies they need.
Donations can be dropped off at any
BankAtlantic branch in Miami-Dade
County or at the CHARLEE office be-
tween August 8th-August 19th. The
CHARLEE office is located at 155 S.
Miami Avenue, Suite 700. Contact
Hans Grunwaldt at 305-779-9697 or
hans.grunwaldt@charlee.org for fur-
ther information or to coordinate the
drop off of your donation. Donations
are fully tax deductible.

Miami-Dade County State
Farm Agents are collecting school
supplies at their offices to help thou-
sands of needy families and children
in our community. To make a dona-
tion, you can visit any participating
State Farm Office. All donated sup-
plies will be given to the Miami Res-
cue Mission and Teach For America
Miami. It will run until Tuesday, Au-
gust 9. For a list of offices near you,
visit online2.statefarm.com/b2c/sf/

The City of Miami Gardens
Code Compliance Division has
partnered with the Greater Miami
Gardens Chamber of Commerce to
host the 4th Annual Business Expo
on Thursday, August 11 from 9
a.m.-12 p.m. at the Betty T. Fergu-
son Recreational Complex, 3000 NW
199th Street. Are you a business
owner in the City of Miami Gardens?
Are you seeking an opportunity to
expand your business? Join us and
get the information that will get you
organized and ready for the next
steps to success.

B The Miami Jackson Class of
1976 will meet on Thursday, August
11 from 6-7:30 p.m. The meeting
will take place at Range Park, 525
NW 62nd Street. Please be on time.
For more information or directions
to the Park, contact Kevin Marshall
at 305-519-8790 or Karen Gilbert at

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 305-691-0233.

Booker T. Washington Class
of 1965 will meet on Saturday, Au-
gust 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center. For
more information, contact Lebbie
Lee at 305-213-0188.

"Laughs for Literacy" pre-
sented by the Seminole Hard Rock
Hotel & Casino to benefit The Rus-
sell Life Skills and Reading Founda-

ing with a reception at 5 p.m. and
dinner, drinks and comedy show
at 6:30 p.m. at the Seminole Hard
Rock Hotel & Casino/Seminole Para-
dise, 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood.
To purchase tickets, visit www.rus-
sellreadingroom.com, call 954-981-
5653 or email events@russellread-

Tooth Tales Pediatric Den-
tistry is hosting a back to school
drive until Monday, August 15th
to collect supplies for the Broward
Education Foundation. The drive will
take place at the Tooth Tales office,
12781 Miramar Parkway Suite 306.
Donations can be made at the office
Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information visit mytooth-
tales.com or contact Sara Shake at
954-336-3275 or sara@exposed-

Representative Dwight M.
Bullard will be hosting "The Future
of Florida's Public Education Forum"
on Monday, August 15 at 6 p.m. at
Southridge Senior High Auditorium,
19355 SW 114th Avenue. Thirty
minutes prior to the forum, parents
and students are invited to the "Em-
powerment Hour." Organizations
will provide information to students
and parents, increasing their, level
of preparedness for this school year
and graduation.

The Miami-Dade Chamber
of Commerce presents Mission
Possible: Cracking the Code: Busi-
ness Technology, a Business Em-
powerment Network Series 2.0 on
Wednesday, August 18 from 9 a.m.-
1:30 p.m. at Jungle Island's Treetop
Ballroom, 1111Parrot Jungle Trail.
The networking series is open to the
public, $20 for chamber members
and $30 for non-members. Atten-
dants are required 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 Satur-
day, August 20 from 11 a.m.-4:30
p.m. (pre-register by August 12
for "Starting your own nonprofit")
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 workshops, contact Nor-
man -Powell at 954-624-5213 or
email posimo@aol.com.

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

Miami-Dade County Park
and Recreation Department and
Miami-Dade County Commission
for Women celebrate Women's
Equality Day on Friday, August 26
from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. held at the
Roxcy O'Neal Bolton Women's His-
tory Gallery at the Women's Park,
10251 West Flagler Street. For more
information, call 305-480-1717.

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-

B Playing the Game of Life
(PGL), a turn-key program for
teaching social skills through an
arts-based curriculum, invites the
community to a free back to school
event for children four-12 years
old on Sunday, August 28 from 11
a.m.-1 p.m. at the PGL Enrichment
Center, 7144 Byron Avenue in Mi-
ami Beach. For more information,
call 305-864-5237 or email info@

P.H.I.R.S.T. Impressionz, a
dinner poetry event returns at Oasis
Cafe, 12905 NE 8th Avenue in :Jorth
Miami. It will be held on ,Sundays,
August 28, September 25, October
30, November 27 and December 18
at 7 p.m. Admission is $10, which
includes performance, dinner and
drink. Anyone interested in partici-
pating needs to contact at least one
week in advance. 786-273-5115.

The Bohemia Room presents
The Acoustics featuring Philly Soul
Diva and Indie Soul icon Jaguar
Wright on Wednesday, August 31.
The doors open at 8 p.m. Admis-
sion is $15. The event will be held

at V Midtown Lounge, 3215 NE 2nd
Avenue. For more information, visit
www.jaguarwright.com or www.the-

N The City of Miami Gardens
Youth Sports (CMGYS) Football
and Cheerleading program is now

accepting registrations for the up-
coming 2011 season. The program
is available for youth ages four-15.
For more information on registra-
tions and payment options, call 305-
622-8080 or visit www.cmgys.com.

Summer BreakSpot, part of
the USDA Summer Food Nutrition
Program, will be open now until
August 2011 at hundreds of sites
across Miami-Dade County, provid-
ing free nutritious meals -- break-
fast, lunch and snack -- all summer
long for kids and teens, 18 and un-
der. To find a Summer BreakSpot
site near you, visit www.summer-
foodflorida.org or call 211.

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 collect-
ing first-aid supplies and emergency
items for Emergency Kits. These
kits will be distributed to the elderly
community of Miami for use during
this hurricane season. If you are in-
terested in donating and contribut-
ing first-aid supplies, call 305-992-
3332 before September 17. If you'd
like more information about this or-
ganization, contact Linda Adderly at

Miami Northwestern Class
of 1972 Scholarship Fundraiser
Bus Trip to Atlanta, GA for FAMU
Classic on September 23-25. For ad-
ditional information, contact Clara-
:een Kirkland-Kent at 305-323-5551
or Glenda Tyse at 954-987-0689.

Women First Body Care and
Mama Senna Essence, a natural
beauty company based in Dallas,
Texas will present its first South
Florda "Saturday Pamper Me Work-
shop" on Saturday, September 24
from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts Cen-
ter, 6161 NW 22nd Ave. The work-
shop, including all materials cost
$40 and registration and payments
can be made for the workshop by
visiting www.womanfirstbodycare.
shop.html. For more information,
call 817-770-2029 or visit www.

Rainbow Ladies and Beta Phi
Omega Sorority are sponsoring a
Health Expo for lesbians, bisexual
and transgendered (LBT) women of
color on Saturday, September 24 at
the Pride Center in Wilton Manors.
tree screenings and health promo-
tion education will be provided by
several local agencies and organiza-

tions. Everyone is invited. There will
be food, entertainment and raffles.
For more information, call 305-772-
4712, 305-892-0928 or visit www.

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

Calling healthy ladles 50+ to
start a softball team for fun and
laughs. Be apart of this historical ad-
venture. Twenty-four start-up play-
ers needed. For more information,
call Jean at 305-688-3322 or Coach
Rozier at 305-389-0288.-

Knoxville College, a
136-year-old Historic Black College,
is kicking off a three-year, ten mil-
lion 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 se-
cure donor forms, go to www.knox-
villecollege.edu and scroll down to
K.C. Building Fund. Click on it for
the form or call Charlie Williams, Jr.,
president of the local alumni chapter
at 305-915-7175 for more details.

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

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, 6161 NW 22nd
Avenue. We are beginning 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, con-
tact Brandyss Howard at 786-388-
3000 or brandyss@fcfcfl.org.

Work from home and earn
money. The CLICK Charity, 5530
NW 17th Avenue, is offering free
computer web design classes for
middle and high school students.
Work at your own pace and receive
one-on-one instruction in learn-

ing a very valuable trade. Regis-
tration and classes are free! Open
Monday-Friday, 2-7 p.m. Don't wait
call, email or come by today: 305-
691-8588 or andre@theclickchar-

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

Free child care is available at
the Miami-Dade County Commu-
nity Action Agency Headstart/
Early Head Start Program for
children ages three-five for the up-
coming school year. Income guide-
lines and Dade County residence
apply only. We welcome children
with special needs/disability with
an MDCPS IEP. For more informa-
tion, 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 Hi-
aleah, 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 305-469-7735.

The Cemetery Beautifica-
tions Project, located at 3001 NW
46th Street is looking for volunteers
and donations towards the upkeep
and beautification of the Lincoln
Park Cemetery. For more informa-
tion, contact Dyrren S. Barber at

0 Xcel Family Enrichment
Center, Inc. will be celebrating
it's 2nd Annual Black Marriage Day
Walk on March 24, 2012. Xcel op-
erates as a privately-owned 501(C)
(3) not-for-profit community based
organization that provides so-
cial services to low/moderate in-
come families. Its main focus is to
strengthen marriage and families
from a holistic approach. Xcel is
seeking donations for this event in
the form of monetary, talent, mar-
riage counselors (as a speaker),
DJ, etc. Xcel is registered with the
Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services Solicitation
of Contributions Division. Your dc
nation is tax deductible. For more
information, call Ms. Gilbert at 786-

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Applications for jobless

aid drop below 400,000

By Christopher S. Rugaber
Associated Press A .. .&

ber of people seeking unem-
ployment benefits dropped
last week to the lowest level
since early April, a sign the
job market may be healing
after a recent slump.
The four-week average,
a less volatile measure,
dropped to 413,750, the low-
est since the week of April 23.
Applications had fallen in
February to 375,000, a lev-
el that signals healthy job
growth. But they then surged
to an eight-month high of
Please turn to JOBS 8D

Workers seeking employment at a job fair.

Hudson named FAMU's vice

president for Student Affairs



Midmi's DJ

brings the

business heat

By Randy Grice

DJ Irie, birth name Ian Gro-
cher, can been seen mixing it
up on the Is and 2s any night
out the week, but he has also
managed to spin himself into
a businessman. As the offi-
cial DJ to Jamie Foxx and the
2006 NBA World Champion
Miami Heat, the 35-year-
old knows no boundaries
and has mastered the art of
being the ultimate business-
"That fact that I have an
NBA Championship ring from
'06, the only DJ to ever own
one of those, that's pretty
cool," he said. "But what's re-

ally, really cool is that we've
created an opportunity. It
matters because before we
came along there was no of-
ficial DJ in an NBA team, any
NBA franchise, any NFL fran-
chise or any NHL franchise, it
just didn't exist. We did it in
Miami and we were able to be
successful, I've been with the
team now for 11 seasons."
Irie currently has two enter-
tainment companies, Irie Mu-
sic Corp and Artist Related.
Artist Related, established in
2005, is a DJ and talent book-
ing agency with a 15 DJ roster.
Irie Music Corp., established
in 1999, which has two com-
ponents, is focused on Irie's
DJing gigs and the other fo-
cuses on the business's spon-
sorships and partnerships.
"At the end of the day my
core business is DJing, which
is going out and performing,"
he said. "As that relates to
our cooperate partnerships.
the way we stay relevant is

ida A&M University (FAMU)
President James H. Ammons
Shas appointed William E.
Hudson, Jr. as vice president
for Student Affairs
"I am confident that Dr.
Hudson will provide strong
leadership for the Division of
Student Affairs," said Am-
mons. "He has the experi-
ence and the background in
higher education to help us
achieve a level of excellence
in the area of student support
services. We look forward to
him implementing initiatives
* that will help our students to

William E. Hudson, Jr.

become well-rounded citizens
and leaders."
Hudson shared his
thoughts on how honored he
is to lead the Division of Stu-
dent Affairs.
"I feel very honored in my
selection as the vice president
for Student Affairs by Presi-
dent Ammons," said Hudson.
"It has always been my desire
to give back to the institution
that assisted in my develop-
ment. I have many mentors
that helped me to mature and
transition as an undergradu-
ate to graduate student. It is
Please turn to HUDSON 8D

State approves tax-free weekend


Tax-free weekend is returning to eager shoppers in
Recently, the Florida Legislature passed and the
Governor approved a tax-free period that will run from
August 12-14. No sales tax will be collected on the
sale of clothing, wallets, or bags, including handbags,
backpacks, fanny packs and diaper bags, but exclud-
ing briefcases, suitcases and other garment bags, hav-
ing a sales price of $75 or less, or on sales of certain
school supplies having a sales price of $15 or less.

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To become ultimately successful, practice makes perfect

By Farrah Gray
NNPA Columnist

Education and training are critical,
as they are the second component to
"doing the knowledge." What is re-
quired is root knowledge, not merely
branch knowledge. You cannot mas-
ter a subject by making a cursory
glance of it. To obtain a comprehen-
sive knowledge requires digging deep,
even if you are ahead of the game

because of a natural aptitude for a
particular subject. There is no such
thing as too much knowledge. How-
ever, you can have too little, and a
little knowledge is usually dangerous.
That's when you're likely to take un-
calculated risks and enter a minefield
ill-equipped and unprepared.
After defining your goals and vi-
sion, you need to learn what is neces-
sary to achieve it.
Take the time to study your chosen


Such knowl-

edge can be obtained either
in school or in life. Mentors
and teachers come in to play
here. They can provide you
the information you need to
move forward, especially in
the beginning.
Even the best of the best
have coaches, teachers, and
mentors. Famous singers
have singing coaches. Olym-


pic athletes have trainers
and coaches. Actors have
acting instructors. Best-
selling authors have edi-
tors. Dancers have chore-
ographers. Professionals
like lawyers, doctors, and
scientists all have men-
tors-those senior to them
who have more experience,
and can inspire new ways
of thinking. We all need

someone who can help us develop our
raw talent. We also need people who
can challenge our thinking, and get
us to acknowledge a different per-
spective from time to time.
As observers of the success of oth-
ers, typically we only see the end re-
sult rather than all of the hard work
and practice. When we watch a star
perform on the stage or the football
field, we forget to consider everything
Please turn to PRACTICE 8D





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Rehab programs approved in West Perrine CRA


sponsors reso

for Board
Miami-Dade County Cc
er Dennis C. Moss has
legislation that was ado]
Board of County Comn
acting in the capacity o
Perrine Community Red
Area (CRA), approving a
rehabilitation grant pro
a -residential rehabilita
program to be implemer
the boundaries of the W
Community Redevelopm
The adopted West Pe
Redevelopment Plan encc
creation of grant and loan
to assist commercial and
property owners within
area to enhance their

r Moss It also encourages the creation of
grant and loan programs to assist
lution with major upgrades to residential
property in the CRA Area with a
preference to owner occupied prop-
ommission- The West Perrine CRA approved
sponsored the implementation of two grant
pted by the programs, the Residential Reha-
imissioners bilitation Program ($100,000) and
of the West the Commercial Rehabilitation
development Program ($50,000) to be financed
commercial through Tax Increment Financing
ogram and (TIF). All grants are subject to the
ition grant approval of the CRA and require a
nted within 50 percent match of the total costs
'est Perrine for improvements to be provided by
ent Area. the applicant. In the event of ex-
*rrine CRA treme hardships the CRA can con-
ourages the sider exceptions to the match re-
n programs quirement.
I industrial Residential Rehabilitation Pro-
Sthe CRA gram Provides up to $15,000
properties, per applicant for repairs to exist-

Dennis C. Moss
Miami-Dade County Commissioner

ing detached single family or duplex
homes. To be eligible the home must
be the primary residence of the ap-
plicant, all property taxes must be
current, and standard property in-
surance must be maintained.
Eligible work for both residential
and commercial rehabilitation pro-
grams include: exterior painting;
roof repairs; lighting; parking lot re-
pair; landscaping; sewer hook-ups;
improvements under the Americans
with Disabilities Act.
Commercial Rehabilitation Pro-
gram- Provides up to $25,000 per
applicant for upgrades to existing
structures or property in the area.
To be eligible a building needs to
have a commercial space on the
ground floor with street frontage
and direct pedestrian access form
the street. Buildings with code vio-
lations are only eligible if the scope
Please turn to PROGRAMS 10D

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A GYN Diagnostic Center
Advanced Gyn Clinic
All Motors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of FL
C. Brian Hart Insurance
Div. of Procurement/Miami-Dade School Board
Doctor Raymond
Family Dentist
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
J&K Roofing
Law Office of Daniel Schwarz, P.A.
Miami-Dade Clerk of the Board
Miami-Dade Dbpt. of Planning and Zoning
Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
Miami-Dade Office of Strategic Business Management
North Shore Medical Center
Precision Roofing Corp.
Richmond Perrine Optimist Club
Suffolk Construction
The Children's Trust
Total Bank
Universal Pictures

Do what it takes to become successful at work

PRACTICE intend to do. derestimate the power amination. Make cal- category instead of the
continued from 7D For those who re- of gut instinct when culated moves. Like known-skills category.

that went into that
winning moment. We
don't consider the
hours upon hours of
missed attempts and
practice that helped
that dazzling perfor-
mance of talent. We
are in awe of the out-
come but fail to ac-
knowledge and appre-
ciate all the in-come
leading up to it.
For example, every
singer has a sound
check before a perfor-
mance. So will you
before you go out and
do whatever it is you

quire greater structure
and a process to han-
dling decision-making,
let me share with you
my Practice Makes
Perfect methodology.
It can help you to men-
tally track your op-
tions and stay in tune
with yourself:
1: Assess risks from
an educated stand-
point. Conduct the
research necessary to
learn all the potential
risks involved in a pur-
suit. Don't overlook
any of them.
2: Hear what enters
your mind. Don't un-

weighing pros and
cons and taking on
honest look at risks.
3: Evaluate
thoughts and po-
tential solutions to
problems. Take your
time thinking through
what you need to do
in order to move for-
ward. Think through
every step and direc-
tion you decide to take.
Consider other options
along the way. Be
open to circumstances
that change your sur-
4: Act based pn ex-
perience and self-ex-

the game of chess, see
if you can act with your
third move in mind.
5: Discern between
what's working and
what's not working
to continue forward.
This is when you need
to perhaps plan a new
direction. We all hit
walls once in a while.
That doesn't mean we
have to stop. We turn
around and find an-
other way onward. We
have to be willing to let
go of ideas and pur-
suits that clearly aren't
working. They should
be placed in the desire

If you hit a wall, but
there's an open road
to be taken elsewhere
with another set of
skills innate to you.
You can employ the
Practice Makes Perfect
method at any time. It
can be used for small-
scale decisions, such
as what to wear on a
job interview or where
to enroll in a class that
will help you master a
skill set. It can also be
used for those larger,
life-changing deci-
sions like where you
choose to live, work,
Sand start a family.

FAMU appoints Hudson as Student Affairs vice president

HUDSON He also plans to con- selling education from
continued from 7D tinue the strong tra- FAMU. He went on to
edition of developing earn a specialist de-
because of those influ- leaders and promot- gree in counseling
ences I am passionate ing positive critical and human services
about helping students thinking in students. and a Ph.D. in reha-
and pad-fMts gor TnII *)" o create te A-'*bilitation counseling
generation." mosphere of a global from Florida State
Hudson said some community, all stake- Uni\versit\.
of his goals in this holders, students, fac- He has extensive
new position include ulty and staff must be experience counsel-
developing university- involved; we definitely ing students with aca-
wide collaborations support a team ap- demic, personal and
to improve customer proach," he said. career issues. He is
service by leveraging Hudson received his a specialist in the re-
technology, improving bachelor's degree in cruitment and reten-
retention, progression psychology and mas- tion of minority stu-
and graduation rates. ter's degree in coun- dents and provides

consulting to small
colleges and univer-
sities. As an adjunct
professor at FAMU,
he educates students
on rehabilitation, dis-
ability, vocational
training and services,
community transition
and empowerment.
He is a certified re-
habilitation coun-
selor, a member of
the American College
Counseling Associa-
tion, National Asso-
ciation of Academic
Advising Association

(NACADA), and the
Florida Association
Educational Opportu-
nity Program Person-
nel (FAEOP), among
other professional or-
"I will work hard
and encourage input
from students, faculty
and staff," said Hud-
son. "Positive change
does not occur over-
night, but in time you
will definitely see im-
provements that will
ultimately produce
significant results."

Applications for unemployment assistance decrease

continued from 7D

478,000 in April and
have declined only
slowly since then.
Some of the drop
may reflect special fac-
tors. Applications rose
earlier this month be-
cause of temporary
layoffs in the auto and
other manufacturing
industries, which are
ending. Many auto
companies close their
factories in early July
to prepare for new
Analysts forecast
that the economy
grew in the April-June
quarter by only 1.7
percent, the second
straight quarter of
anemic.expansion. The
government reports on
second-quarter growth
Hiring has slowed
in recent months. The
economy added only
18,000 net jobs in
June. That's the few-
est in nine months
and below the average
of 215,000 jobs per
month that the econo-
my added from Febru-
ary through April. The
unemployment rate
rose to 9.2 percent last
month, the highest lev-
el of the year.
Manufacturing had
been a bright spot in
the economy since
the recession ended
two years ago. But it
has stumbled in re-
cent months. Orders
for long-lasting manu-
factured goods fell 2.1

percent in June, the
Commerce Depart-
ment said. It was the
second drop in three
Economists had ex-
pected orders to in-
crease, noting that
temporary constraints
have eased. In partic-
ular, gas prices have
come down slightly
since peaking in the
spring. But manu-
facturing output has
also been slowed by
the Japan earthquake,
which has disrupted
global supply chains
and created a parts
shortage in the auto
and electronics indus-
Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Ber-
nanke and many pri-
vate economists expect
growth to pick up in
the second half of this
year, predicting those
temporary factors will
fade. Gas prices, for
example,, averaged
$3.70 a gallon recently,
down from their peak
of nearly $4 in early
But some are grow-
ing more concerned
that the economy's
weakness will persist.
The Fed said recently
that its survey of eco-
nomic activity found
growth slowed in eight
of its 12 regions in
June and early July.
The report, known as
the Beige Book, was
the weakest this year.
Many economists are
becoming more pessi-
mistic about the sec-

ond half of this year.
Goldman Sachs re-
cently cut its estimate
for growth in the Ju-
ly-September period
to 2.5 percent, down
from 3.25 percent.

JPMorgan, mean-
while, reduced its es-
timate to 2.5 percent
from three percent.
Growth of about
2.5 percent is barely
enough to reduce the

unemployment rate.
The economy would
need to grow five per-
cent for a whole year
to bring down the rate
by one percentage

Interns provide service

continued from 7D

from the ages 16-21 to
get a taste of the work-
ing world through
paid Internships with
various businesses in
District 1. Already in
its sixth year, 27 stu-
dents were selected
this summer to learn

business etiquette,
financial literacy, re-
sume writing, as well
as tips for improving
interviewing skills. As
part of the program,
the interns also have
a community-build-
ing exercise that they
must fulfill.
"Learning job skills
is important, but the

Hialeah Senior High School
251 East 47th Street
Hialeah, FL 33013

Aventura Government Center
19200 West Country Club Drive
Aventura, FL 33180

to Jackson

SYII Program goes
beyond that. I re-
ally want my interns
to understand the
value of helping oth-
ers in their commu-
nity, which is why the
service component is
such a vital part of
the internship," said
Commissioner Jor-

eCOUNTY i ngT x s*a d

Miami-Dade County will hold a public meeting in your area to discuss proposed
-adjustments to taxes and/or 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
Proposed Budget.

Thursayulyi8 21 7:0m Te Ag

Kendall Village Civic Pavilion
8625 SW 124th Avenue
Miami, FL 33183

Little Haiti Cultural Center
212-260 NE 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137

Palmetto Bay Village Hall
9705 East Hibiscus Street
Miami, FL 33157

Miami Gardens City Hall
1515 NW 167 Street
Miami, FL 33169

Miami Arts Museum
101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

Coral Gables Country Club
997 North Greenway Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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MDX WORK PROGRAM NO(S).: 83618.011

The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority ("MDX" or "Authority")
is seeking the services of a qualified firm ("Proposer" or
"Consultant") with the necessary qualifications and expertise to
submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) to provide Project
Development and Environment (PD&E) Studies for State Road 836
Southwest Extension from NW 137Lh Avenue to SW 136th Street.
For a copy of the RSOQ with information on the Scope of Services,
Pre-qualification and submittal requirements, please logon to
MDX's Website: www.mdxway.com to download the documents
under "Doing Business with MDX: Vendor Login", or call MDX's
Procurement Department at 305-637-3277 for assistance. Note: In
order to download any MDX solicitation, you must first be
registered as a Vendor with MDX. This can only be facilitated
through MDX's Website: \v. nl\.i. coinm under "Doing
Business with MDX: Vendor Registration". A Pre-Proposal
Conference is scheduled for August 9, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. The
deadline for submitting a SOQ is August 31, 2011 by 2:00 P.M.
Eastern Time.

All of these sessions are free and open to the public. For further information, please call
Anita Gibboney at 305-375-5414, For sign language interpreter services and for materials
in accessible format, call 305-375-5143 five days in advance of the meeting you plan to


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

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

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

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


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Black and gay in corporate America






By Carolyn M. Brown ro describe individuals he has dated
during casual conversations with col-
Sabin D Blake 34. has leagues
navigated the professional "Being a double minority you choose
obstacles of being Black what '._-u present. I could hide being
and gay throughout his gay, I definitely couldn't hide being
career. Blake. a dealer Black." says Blake who kept his sexual
organizational manager, orientation hidden.for several reasons
Northeast region, for Gen- including fear for his personal safety.
eral Motors Corp.. is no "I had these relationships with people
longer in the closet. That where I 'would be going to dinner with
hasn't always been the their families. I was involved in their
case though; for years. lives but I wasn't being who I really
he lived a double life us- was."
ing non-gender specific Once keeping the secret became too
pronouns such as "they" disheartening, Blake made the deci-
sion to gradually reveal
his sexual orientation
to fellow GM employees
and business associ-
.Le ates.
"It was hurtful not be-
ing authentic," he said.
"And my energy was
being sucked away."
But each time he told
someone he was gay it
became easier for him.



"It freed me," he said. "It allowed me to
be more productive, more creative and
more innovative at work."
Blake attributes his level' of comfort to
GM's workplace and the high visibility of
gay senior-level executives and straight
"I know that GM has strong language
in their anti-discrimination policies and
very strong support of their employee
network groups."
His experience resonates with Black
corporate executives who identify them-
selves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans-
gender (LGBT). For those who choose to
"pass as straight," they expend a great
deal of time and energy covering up
their personal lives or avoiding certain
colleagues and company events.
Racial discrimination, in the workplace
is prohibited by a number of federal and
state laws, but gay rights activists say
anxiety around denied promotions, dis-
missal, discrimination and harassment
for being gay is all too real since there's
no federal law that protects LGBT indi-
viduals on the job except in the federal

CRA approves
continued from 8D
of work addresses the
This item authoriz-
es a memorandum of
understanding with
the West Perrine CRA
for improvement to
Ben Shavis Park, a

rehab programs
County-owned park.
(10395 SW 179th
Street). The CRA will
provide the Parks
and Recreation De-
partment a total of
$250,000 over the
next two fiscal years
to be matched by
$50,000 of District 9
QNIP funding.

Rep. Bullard brings federal official to South Dade

U.S. Department of Ag-
riculture Deputy Assistant
Secretary Fred Pfaeffle
and State Representative
Dwight Bullard held a joint
roundtable discussion with
members from the agricul-
tural communities of South
Florida to consider various
issues affecting minorities
in the local industry.
Secretary Pfaeffle's ad-
dress highlighted an al-
location of approximately
$1.3 billion by the federal
government to compensate
Hispanic and women farm-
ers and ranchers who have
been denied access to farm
loans between 1981 and
2000. The Black Farmers
Discrimination Litigation
Settlement and claim proce-

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Dwight Bullard leads discussion on business oppor-
tunities for Black farmers.

dures were also addressed.
Between $50,000 and
$250, 0000 is available to

Black farmers who expe-
rienced discrimination in
acquiring farm loans dur-

ing those years. Claims for
Hispanic and women farm-
ers and Black farmers can-
be settled through a non-
adversarial process.
The roundtable also ad-
dressed the potential ef-
fects of E-Verify and other
immigration legislation
considered in the Florida
Legislature. Representa-
tive Bullard believes these
proposals are detrimental
to small farmers and will
result in a decline in the
number of laborers avail-
able for harvesting crops.
Members of the agri-
cultural community ex-
pressed concern about cuts
to WIC and SNAP-federal
programs designed to re-
duce hunger and poor nu-

trition among low-income
citizens, and called for ef-
forts to increase urban ag-
ricultural innovation.
"I want to thank Deputy
Pfaeffle for listening to the
South Dade community,"
said Representative Bul-
lard. "I think the dialogue
and information shared
was positive and will re-
sults in action from the
federal and state Govern-
ments. As a member of the
Florida House Agriculture
and Natural Resources
Subcommittee, I look for-
ward to addressing the
concerns that were raised
during the roundtable
when the 2012 legislative
session convenes in Janu-

NW 7th Ave CRA Meeting
The Public is hereby advised that a Meeting of the
NW 7th Avenue Corridor Community Redevelopment
Agency Board of Commissioners will be held on
Monday, August 8, 2011, at 5:00 PM, at the
Edison/Little River Neighborhood Center, located at
150 N.W. 79th Street, Miami, Florida.
The NW 7th Avenue Corridor Community Redevelopment
Area boundary is generally defined as N.W. 79th-Street on
the south, N.W. 119th street on the North, Interstate 95 on
the east, and the westernmost property line of all those
parcels of land that abut the westerly right of way line of
NW 7th Avenue on the west.
Information about the meeting of the CRA Board can be
obtained by calling (305) 375-5368. Miami-Dade County
provides equal access and opportunity in employment
and services and does not discriminate on the basis of
handicap. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon
request. Please call (305) 375-5368 in advance.
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Commissioner Edmonson speaks

with residents on gang violence
Commissioner Audrey Edmonson joined social and economic service providers,
young people and the staff of the Walking One Stop Center on a door-to-door walk
of the 1400 block of NW 60th Street in Miami on July 25th to meet and talk with
residents about the proliferation of gangs and gang violence.
The One Stop Center is a component of the Miami-Dade Anti-Gang Strategy and
Coalition which helps frequent victims of gang violence with referrals to social
service providers and criminal justice system personnel to help them cope and
survive. The Coalition, which aims to reduce gang-related violence, is the collab-
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Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Mr. Willie #6

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Appliances.

1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1229 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$500. Appliances, free

1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 monthly, $700 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call

12400 NE 11 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1,000. Appliances, free
water. 305-642-7080

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

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

140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$500, 786-236-1144 or'
14350 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $450
Two bdrms, one bath $550.
Ms. Jackson 786-267-1646

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

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

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

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

176 N.E 60th Street
One bdrm apt., $275/month.
Call 786-277-6430 or 954-
1835 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms. Free water.
$900 move in. $450 deposit.
$450 monthly. 786-454-5213
19278 NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms. $700 mthly,
first and last. Free Water.
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$475 Appliances, free gas.

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

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450,
appliances. 305-642-7080
2565 NW 92 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
stove, refrigerator, water and
lights included. Nice neigh-
borhood. $730 monthly,
$2190 move in or $365 bi-
weekly, $1095 move in.
2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
security gate, $650 monthly.
Call 786-423-0429

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

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

One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency $425. Appliances
and free water.

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

540 NW 7 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$500. 305-642-7080

561 NW 6 Street
One bdrm, one bath $495.
60 and'61 Street
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
60 NW 76 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$500 and $600, Appliances,
free water. 305-642-7080
6324 NW 1 Place
Two bdrms, one bath, cen-
tral air, rear, second floor apt.
$785 monthly. 305-206-1566
699 NE 92 Street Apt 2
Beautiful one bedroom. Half
block west of Biscayne Boul-
vard. $750 monthly. First and
last to move in. 786-399-7724
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
800 N.W. 67 Street
Large one bedroom, utilities
included. $800 moves you in.
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
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.

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 qualify. Move in spe-
cials. One bedroom, $495;
two bedrooms, $595. Free
water 786-236-1144

One and two bdrms.
1250, 1231 NW61 St
6820 NW 17 Avenue
Remodeled one bedroom.
$625 to $775. NE 78 Street
Corner of NW 103 Street
Beautiful two bedrooms, $700
monthly, $1000 to move in.
Gated, security, tiled floors,
central air. 786-402-0672
Overtown Area,
One bdrm, $400
305-603-9592 305-375-0673
Call Mon-Fri 9 am 4 pm
One', two, three bdrm,
1558, 1710, 1730 NW 1 PI
1130, 1132, NW 2 Ave
Please Call 305-603-9592

64 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1600. Section 8 OK.

Three bedrooms, two baths,
section 8 welcome.

1228 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $
1322 NE 146 STREE
Two bedrooms, one
front unit. Section 8
come Call 973-762-205
1342 NW 58 Terrac
Two bedrooms, one
central air. Section 8 On
1510 NW 65 St #3
Two bdrms., one bath
and water, $850, Sect
okay, 305-490-9284.
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $4
free water. 305-642-71

172 NW 52 Street
One bedroom, one be
$650. Free water/electr
1747 NW 40 Streel
Two bdrms, one bath $
Appliances. 305-642-7
1810-12 NW 50 Stre
Two bdrms, $875 me
305-525-0619 305-331-:
1826 NW 46 Stree
New remodeled two
rooms, one bath, center
appliances, section 8
come. 305-335-0429
1850 NW 42 Stree
Two bedrooms, one
appliances, central air,
included. Call 786-290-(
1920 NW 31 Stree
One bedroom unit. Sect
welcome. 305-688-75
2375 NW 82 Stree
Two bdrms, one bath.
tion 8 ok. 305-903-29
2452 and 2464 NW 44
Two bedrooms, one ba
$995; Three bedroom
two baths, $1095 mon
central air, 786-877-53
247 NE 77 Street
One -bedroom, one
appliances, water, pa
$6P0 monthly. 786-216-
2734 NW 47 Stree
Two bedrooms, two I
$750 monthly, includes
3151 NW 53 Stree
Two bedrooms, one
newly renovated $800
First, last and security.
3359 NW 51 Stree
Two bedrooms, one batl
big back yard. $775 mo
plus deposit. 786-210-76
414 NW 53 Street
remodeled two bdrms,
cious, large totally f
yard, available now,
5328 NW 31 Avenu
Three bedrooms, washed
free water. Very clean.
6304 NW 1 COUR'
One bedroom, one bath
throughout. 786-285-88
6935 NW 6 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, c
air, bars, Section 8 Ok!
mthly. 305-751-5533
726-728 NW 70 Stre
Two bdrms, one bat
786-506-5364, 786-301
822 NW 60 Street
Two bedrooms, one b
$700 Monthly, $1400
move in. 305-282-79
928 NW 55 Terrac
One bedroom, one bi
$525. Free Water.

94 NE 59 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, c
air, bars, $900 mthly. Se
8 OK. 305-490-928
Three bedrooms, two b
tile, central air, $1,2(
SECTION 8 OK! 786-3

100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, p
bath and kitchen, utilities
cable (HBO, BET, ESPI
hour security camera,
wkly, $650 mthly.
1168 NW 51 Stree
Large efficiency, part
nished, quiet area, utility
eluded. $650 monthly,
to move in. Mature p
preferred. Call 305-633
12325 NW 21 Plac
Efficiency available
Call 954-607-9137
1473 NE 148 Stree
a month, $550 deposit.
CALL 561-305-043
1756 NW 85 Stree
$450 moves you ir
Call 786-389-168E
2905 NW 57 Stree
Small, furnished efficie
$550 monthly plus $'
security deposit, first ar
month. $1200 to mov
47 N.E. 80th Terr #
$400 monthly, $1200 to
in. Call 305-621-4383.


ency. 305-267-9449
100 2441 NW 104 STREET
nd last Three bedrooms, one bath.
e in. Section 8 Welcome! Call 973-

S Air, utilities, cable.
$600/$1200 move in

15810 NW 38 Place
ET Private entrance $90 weekly.
bath, Free utilities, bath, kitchen,
Wel- one person.
4 or 305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1601 NW 50 STREET
e Air, washer/dryer and cable.
bath, $450 monthly, no deposit.
ly! 786-317-3892
1823 NW 68 Terrace
Remodeled, utilities included.
h, air $500 mthly. 702-448-0148
ion 8 1973 NW 49 Street
Remodeled, utilities included.
$450 mthly. 702-448-0148
S3370 NW 214 Street
475, Clean rooms, $120 Weekly.
080 Jay, 305-215-8585.
5500 NW 5 Avenue
$85 wkly, free utilities, kitch-
ath. en, bath, one person.
city. 305-691-3486
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
t TV, free cable, air, and use of
;750 kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
080 6835 NW 15 Avenue
et Utilities included, air. $90
enthly weekly. Move in special $200.
3899 Call 786-558-8096
bed- Air and cable. $500 mthly.
al air, 954-437-2714
Large bedroom, cable,
t central air, parking, utilities
bath, included. Call 954-274-4594
6750 Private entrance, all utilities
t included. 516-847-4520
559 Rooms, with home privileges.
t Prices range from $90 to
31 $125 weekly. 305-696-2451
4 St -
as, 1014 N.W. 60 St
ithly. Three bedrooms, one bath,
358. central air, heat, all appli-
ances, alarm system, washer
and dryer. $1150 mthly. Sec-
bath, tion 8 Welcome.
rking. 786-229-9488
33 10240 SW 171 Street

baths, Four bedrooms, two baths,
water. $1345, appliances, central
air, fenced yard.
t-- 305-642-7080
mthly. 1042 NW 49 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
$900. 954-687-2181
t 1172 NW 60 Street
h, tile, Three bdrms, two baths,
monthly $1050 mthly, first, last, and
666 deposit $200. 305-769-2541
12845 NW 17 Court
geous Three bedrooms, new bath,
spa- bars, air, tile, $1,000. No Sec-
enced tion 81 Terry Dellerson, Real-
$875. tor, 305-891-6776
S 12920 N.W. 22nd Avenue
ae Two bedrooms, one bath,
er and central air, security bars,
spacious yard, ceiling fans,
stove, refrigerator, asking
r $1100, first, last and security.
i, tiled Call 786-312-0882
72 13140 NW 18 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath.
centrall No Section 8. 786-343-2618
$800 1344 N.W. 68 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
eet Section 8 OK. 305-693-1017,
h. 305-298-0388
-2171 1417 NE 152 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath
ath. house, $999 monthly. All,
'to appliances included. Free
)53 19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel
e 786-355-7578
1490 NE 152 Street
Thtee bedrooms, one new
bath, tile, air, bars, $1150. No
section 81 Terry Dellerson,
entralRealtor. 305-891-6776
action 1580 NW 64 STREET
-A Three bedrooms, two
baths,$1500 monthly, central
>aths, air, garage. All appliances
00. included. Call Joel 786-355-
355- 7578
15925 NW 22 AVENUE
E Three bedrooms, one bath,
tile, central air $1250 monthly
16415 NW 23 Court
privatee Updated two bedrooms, one
s and bath, tile, central air $1100
N). 24 month. 305-662-5505
$185 1800 Rutland Street
Newly remodeled three bdrm,
one bath, central air, Section
It 8 welcome. 786-356-1457
y fur- 1886 NW 85 Street
ies in- Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1000 den, tile, air, $1200, No sec-
'erson tion 81 Terry Dellerson, Real-
-1157. tor. 305-891-6776
:e 2130 Service Road
e. Two bdrm, one bath, air, tile,
Section 8 OK. 786-277-4395
et 2130 WIlmington Street
$550 Four bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 Accepted.
'2 CALL Gigi 786-356-0487 or
it Lo 786-356-0486
n. 221 NW 82 Terrace
6-- Two bedrooms, one bath, in-
st eludes water, $850 monthly.

Betlind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916


10941 SW 217 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
spacious lot and nice area.
Call Nettie Murphy at 305-
635-3651 or 305-915-9212.
Two bedrooms, den, central
air. Try $1750 down and $251
monthly P/l. We also have
others. NDI Realtors
820 NE 131 STREET
Three bedrooms, central air,
remodeled. Try only $2,900
down and $464 monthly
P/I-FHA. NDI Realtors

We do it all, no job to big or
to small. 786-350-5874

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2520 NW 55 Terrace
Won't last! Section 8 wel-
come. Nice and cozy two
bedrooms, one bath, fenced,
carport, quite neighborhood.
or 786-290-6333
2770 NW 194 Terrace
Section 8 OK! Three bdrms,
one and a half baths, cen-
tral air, fresh paint. $1395 a
month. Call Joe
2950 NW 49 Street'
Three bedrooms, Section 8
OK. 305-693-1017
3066 NW 94 STREET
Updated two bdrms, new
kitchen, central air. $975 mth-
ly. 305-662-5505
3550 NW 194 Street
Three bdrms., two baths,
Section 8 only, 786-704-6595
3879 NW 207 Street Rd.
Four bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral air and heat. Section 8
OK. Terry 305-965-1186
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
Two bdrms, one bath, Florida
room, central air and heat.
Section 8 OK. 786-277-2790
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, living room furniture,
plasma TV included. Section
8 Welcome Others available.
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tiled, fenced
yard. Section 8 OKI $1350
monthly. 786-360-1574
Two bedrooms, big yard,
quiet area. Refrigerator,
stove, air. Section 8 O.K.

21425 SW 119 Avenue
SECTION 8, three bdrms,
one bath, central air, appli-
ances, laundry room and
large back yard, quarter
acres. $1150 monthly, $1000
deposit. 305-628-3806

Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices. 14130
N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565.
General Home Repairs
Plumbing, electric, applianc-
es, roof. Call King




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because they get the
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Opportunities now exist for appraisers and attorneys who are licensed in the State of Florida, and
meet the following criteria to serve as Appraiser Special Magistrates or Attorey Special Magistrates
for the 2011-2012 Value Adjustment Board.
1. No applicant may be an appointed or elected official or employee of Miami-Dade County, the
State of Florida or any other taxing jurisdiction.
2. Real estate Appraiser Special Magistrates must be state certified general appraisers. Tangible
personal property Appraiser Special Magistrates must be designated members (i.e. either real
or personal property designation) of one of the following professional organizations:
A. Appraisal Institute (MAI Sr. only; SRPA & SREA designations)
B. American Society of Appraisers (Fellows & Sr. members only)
C. National Society of Real Estate Appraisers
3. Appraiser Special Magistrates must have at least five (5) years experience in the area of
appraising real property and/or personal property, and over 50% of their time must be devoted
to appraisal activities.
All Appraiser Special Magistrates must be qualified and willing to hear personal property and/or
all types of real property valuation cases, including income producing properties.
4. Attorney Special Magistrates must be licensed in the State of Florida, must have practiced law
for over five (5) years and must have at least five (5) years experience in the area of ad valorem
5. All applicants should generally be computer literate and sufficiently competent to enter their
findings directly into the VAB computer system (i.e. after a brief training session).
6. No Special Magistrate may represent a taxpayer before the Board in any tax year during which
he or she serves as a Special Magistrate.
7. Special Magistrates will be paid a flat fee of $700.00 per 8 hour, daily hearing session.
8. All qualified applicants will be personally interviewed by the Board. Qualified individuals wishing
to serve may obtain an application form and file same on or before 4:00 p.m., Wednesday,
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mostly in small com-
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according to published

The Greater Miami Convention
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looth -

Local senior citizen

celebrates milestone birthday
Mattie Wells celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by
over 120 family, friends and loved ones at the Violines Banquet
Hall in Hialeah Gardens on Sunday, July 31.
The party's theme was "If It Had Not Been for the Lord On
My Side."
Born on July 27,1911 in Midville, Georgia to Robert and
Mattie Jones, she eventually migrated to South Florida.Wells
married and had two children, the late Willie Wells, Jr. and Clara
Campbell, whom she currently lives with. For several years,
Wells served on her church's Usher Board as well as led Sunday
School classes. She remains a member of the Antioch Baptist
Church of Brownsville. According to her daughter, Campbell,
"She still enjoys reading her Bible and praising the Lord."

Kids find that

reading pays off

With school out for the summer,
JetBlue and PBS KIDS launched
a new, free literacy program, Soar
with Reading, which will help
keep kids reading throughout
their vacation time. On Thursday,
July 21, JetBlue's Ft. Lauderdale
crew members hosted a program
for children which featured per-
formances by PBS KIDS' Mr.
Steve and story telling by popular
children's book author, Dan Yac-
carino, at the South Regional/BC
Library in Pembroke Pines.
The Soar with Reading pro-
gram is a joint project of JetBlue
and PBS KIDS. Children travel-
ing on JetBlue flights this sum-
mer will receive a free activity
kit with reading games based on
PBS KIDS educational program-
ming. With help from PBS KIDS
animated host Hooper, the cam-
paign will also encourage kids
to learn about the world around
them through imaginative travel:
reading books and playing learn-

ing games on SoarwithReading.
com at home or at their local li-
The SoarWithReading.com
website allows to download a
free reading activity kit, create a
summer reading list that features
recommendations from Random
House Children's Books and log
their children's reading minutes,
among other activities. For every
reader who registers on Soar-
withReading.com, JetBlue will
make a book donation to a child
through First Book, up to 10,000
The Soar with Reading program
will also award $10,000 worth of
Random House Children's Books
to one lucky community's li-
brary. Another library will receive
$2,500 worth of books and five
other libraries will receive $500
worth of books, courtesy of Ran-
dom House Children's Books and
JetBlue. To nominate a library,
visit SoarwithReading.com.

Lori Jones Gibbs married her husband, Kenneth, nearly According to author, Lori Jones Gibbs, husbands and
31 years ago and says that today, she would still say yes if wives are the foundation of healthy families.
he asked her to marry him again.

Relationship book provides

positive Black male role models

By Kaila Heard
According to most news reports, Black
romantic relationships are in grave dan-
ger. Even when discussions focus on the
children that sometimes come as a result
of romantic unions, the talk tends to re-
flect the negative over the positive.
For Lori S. Jones Gibbs, a vice president
with a financial services company, hap-
pily married for 30 years and the mother
of three, she says she had seen enough.
"I prefer to focus on the positive," she
said. "If 42 percent of Black women have
never been married, then why don't we
talk about the 58 percent that are mar-
In particular, Gibbs believes that "good
Black men" in particular are not receiv-
ing proper acknowledgements.
So, she wrote, "Yes, I Would Marry Him

Again: Wives Salute Their African-Ameri-
can Husbands."
"I have never come across a book that
served as a tribute to husbands, espe-
cially African-American husbands," she
said. "I believe they are the foundation of
the family, for it is the husband-wife re-
lationship from which solid families are
Her book is a compilation of interviews
with more than 30 wives about their hus-
bands and their marriages. Among some
of the notable unions featured in "Yes, I
Would Marry Him Again" were an elderly
couple that began dating when they were
13-years-old and pastor and gospel art-
ist, Shirley Caesar.
While the book includes a wide range
of marital experiences and personalities,
Gibbs noticed that there was one common
denominator among the happy unions.
"All of these women have a sense that

their husbands were there for them," the
author found. "It doesn't mean that [the
husbands] are perfect, but they are just
there for their wives."
Gibbs was one of the featured panelists
at a symposium at the African American
Research Library on Saturday, July 30.
The event's theme was "Is Black Love
Alive and Well?" and included mental
health specialist, Dr. Shirley Pierre Rob-
ertson, and professional matchmaker,
Malcolm Perry.
According to Gibbs, most modern re-
lationships are plagued by confusion of
Yet the author does not draw the divide
along traditional male/ female or hus-
band/wife roles.
Instead she advises individual couples
to decide what their talents and strengths
are and choose which person accom-
plishes what task based on that criteria.

Recruiting men for God's army

By Kaila Heard
kheard@miamitimesonline.com .'
Recently installed as the senior pastor of First Bap- ".
tist Church of Brownsville, Reverend Andrew Floyd' .
Sr. finds that he tends to preach about God's love and '
His mercy the most. ..
"My message is that God can pick you up and turn
you around because I experienced it first hand," said
the 46-year-old minister.
Although Floyd had received the call to minister
when he was in his early 20s, he spent the next few
years following a "party lifestyle." It was one that
led to taking several drugs. Eventually, Floyd was
arrested and served a year in prison due to a drug-
fueled domestic violence incident in 1996.
Prison is not an ideal location for many young
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