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Miami Gardens crime rate is #2 in State

By Gregory W. Wright
Miami Times writer

The City of Miami Gardens is
the County's third largest city
with over 107,000 residents.
Approximately 20 square
miles in diameter, it incorpo-
rates the neighborhoods of
Carol City, Opa-locka, Bunche
Park, Scott Lake, Lake Lu-
cerne and Andover. Its popu-
lation, though diverse, is 76.3
percent Black, making Miami
Gardens the largest predomi-
nantly-Black municipality in
the state of Florida.
But while it is among the
County's youngest munici-

palities, founded in 2003, its
crime rate has it right up there
in the big leagues.
The FBI's annual 2010 Crime
Rate Report has Miami Gar-
dens ranked 40th, out of 400
cities with a population of over
100,000 residents in the ma-
jor crime categories. However,
even more troubling is the fact
that based on its crime rate,
the Report reveals that Miami
Gardens holds the unenviable
position of being the number
two city in crime in the State
of Florida. Only St. Ptersburg
is ranked higher at number 31.
Past crime reports had Orlan-
do ranked the highest in the

City of Miami Gardens
Police Chief
state, but even then,
Miami Gardens was still

ranked second.
These statistics include both
violent crime categories such
as murder, rape, robbery and
aggravated assault, as well as
property crimes burglary and
motor vehicle theft. But in
some categories, Miami
Gardens far exceeds
the state and na-
tional averages for
cities of its size.
According to
H CLRSearch.com, a
nationwide real es-
State research group,
in the category of mur-
der, the risk of being mur-
dered in Miami Gardens (67

The FBI's Annual 2010 Crime Rate
Report Top Ten Florida Cities
in the Major Crime Categories

St. Petersburg
Miami Gardens
Miami Beach
West Palm Beach
Pompano Beach

percent chance) is below the
state average (97 percent) and
national average (100 percent).
However, the risk of a rape,
robbery, assault or burglary,
is over twice the state and
national averages. This crime
data is vital for assisting cities
in attracting potential home-
owners to invest in their com-
In previous public state-
ments, Police Chief Matthew
Boyd has placed the blame
primarily on the areas of low-
income housing and federally-
subsidized housing (Section
8). However, neither Boyd nor
Please turn to CRIME 10A



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Returning to City Hall

With all charges dropped, is there a $25,000 bribe from a local
5? developer, allows her by law to
hope for long-suffering District 5? reclaim her office in City Hall.
Not wasting any time, she
By D. Kevin McNeir nandez Rundle announced says she has already met with
kmcncir'@ta'itutitniest' ttine c.,m0 on Tuesday, Aug. 23rd, that the city manager as well as
the pending felony grand with City Commissioner Rich-
In an unexpected move, theft charge against Spence- ard P. Dunn, II, who has rep-
State Attorney Katherine Fer- Jones, 44, which alleged resented District 5 since her
that she had misappropriated removal and is planning an
d at the time of [her] ar- a $50,000 grant, had been official swearing-in ceremony
ime had been committed dropped. That, along with to be held at Charles Hadley
her acquittal five months ago Park in the next few days.
believe so today..." in an unrelated prosecution "It's over it's really over
-Katherine Fernandez Rundle that claimed she had solicited Please turn to SPENCE-JONES 10A
Florida State Attorney

Europe's largest street festival
Performers take part last Monday in the Notting Hill Carnival
in London. The two-day carnival, launched in 1964, celebrates
Caribbean culture and each year attracts one million revelers.

Dunn reluctantly resigns from city commission

Leaves his options open for future litical office and so by law, Dunn must va- and when I won the election
Leaves s ot ns open r ure po ca ice A cate his office to make room in November 2010, that this

By D. Kevin McNeir

District 5 City Commission-
er Richard P. Dunn, II, once
joked that he was among the
folks in the City of Miami and
Miami-Dade County who held
the record for having run for

political office and lost. But
like the "little engine that
could," he was determined to
keep plugging away and final-
ly scored a win defeating
five other candidates, includ-
ing Alison Austin, his closest
competitor, in last November's

Of course that was after he
had first been appointed to
the seat to replace Michelle
Spence-Jones after then-Gov-
ernor Charlie Crist removed
her from office after she was
charged with bribery and
grand theft. But now those
charges have been dropped


for the vindicated Spence-
It's a bittersweet moment for
Dunn, 49, who has described
the District as being his "life."
"I am still trying to figure
out what happened to me even
though I knew both when I was
appointed in January 2010

whole thing was an open-end-
ed kind of situation," he said.
"I felt my obligation was to the
people of District 5 and that's
why I ran last fall. I viewed
my victory, with 52 percent of
the vote, as a mandate from
the people. I think they were
Please turn to DUNN 10A

Drug testing of welfare applicants a GOP fishing expedition

By DeWayne Wickham

During his 2010 guberna-
torial campaign, Rick Scott
promised to keep drug abusers
off Florida's welfare rolls.
Scott, who called for drug
testing of welfare applicants
with Elmer Gantry-like fervor
and credibility while on the
stump, got his way earlier this
year when the state's GOP-
dominated legislature passed

a law requiring such examina-
"Studies show that people
that are on welfare are higher
users of (illegal) drugs than
people not on welfare," the
Florida governor said on CNN
shortly before the law took
effect in July. While there
are also studies that dispute
Scott's contention, his push
for drug testing has inspired
copycat efforts in at least 26

Florida Governor

other states.
His scheme has also hit an
unexpected snag. So far, just
2% of Florida's welfare appli-
cants have tested positive for
illegal drug use; another 2%
failed to complete the appli-
cation process; and 96% were
found to be drug-free. While
every applicant is required
to pay for their drug test, the
state must reimburse those
who pass.

Even so, Scott-who invoked
his Fifth Amendment right
against self-incrimination 75
times during a 2000 civil suit
brought against him and Co-
lumbia/HCA, the troubled
company he led has shown
no misgivings about treating
poor Floridians like criminals.
That's what happens when
ideology overtakes good sense.
Scott's drug-testing program,

like those championed in other
states, is part of a right-wing
effort to reduce the size and
role of government. It is a fish-
ing expedition to find a reason
to cut the welfare rolls. It is
premised on the hunch that
women with children who are
destitute enough to ask a state
for temporary cash assistance
are more inclined than oth-
ers to abuse drugs. Ironically,
Please turn to SCOTT 10A

Feds cracking down on health fraud

By Kelly Kenned

WASHINGTON New government statis-
tics show federal health care fraud prosecu-
tions in the first eight months of 2011 are on
pace to rise 85% over last year due in large
part to ramped-up enforcement efforts un-
der the Obama administration.
The statistics, released by the non-parti-
san Transactional Records Access Clearing-

house, show 903 prosecutions
so far this year. That's a 24%
increase over the total for all
of fiscal year 2010, when 731
people were prosecuted for
health fraud through federal
HOLDER agencies across the country.
Prosecutions have gone up
71% from five years ago, according to TRAC.
Please turn to FEDS 10A

Need for vigilance on Katrina anniversary
WASHINGTON (AP) President b istration has improved emergency response
Barack Obama says the sixth anniver- to be "more resilient after disaster strikes."
sary of Hurricane Katrina illustrates He said Americans should continue ef-
the need for the federal government to -- forts to make sure that New Orleans and
respond as best it possibly can to natu- the Gulf Coast recover.
ral disasters. Obama maintained a high profile in ad-
He says his administration's improved vance of Hurricane Irene, warning resi-
emergency readiness was evident over ,8 dents along the Eastern Seaboard to be
the weekend in reaction to Hurricane vigilant.
Irene. Katrina struck six years ago OBAMA He said emergency responders will ad-
Monday and became a symbol for government dress the needs of communities hit by Irene "as
failure. Obama, in a statement, says his admin- quickly and effectively" as possible.



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Spence-Jones found

innocent but District 5's

suffering continues

|2e twice-elected and twice-deposed City Commis-
sioner Michelle Spence-Jones has prevailed after a
22-month battle during which time she faced charges
filed by the State Attorney's Office. Had she been convicted
of either of the two charges, grand theft or bribery, she could
have landed in prison for a considerable amount of time. Five
months ago she was found not guilty of soliciting a bribe
from millionaire developer Armando Cordina. Now charges
that she had misdirected $50,000 in public funds to benefit
her own company, the now defunct Karym Ventures, have
been dropped.
But still the whole situation remains stuck in our craw, not
because we sit as a judge and jury to pronounce innocence or
guilt, but rather because once again we have a Black politi-
cian who has allowed themselves to get caught up in some-
thing that looks and smells awfully fishy.
Maybe in dealing with some of the City's powerbrokers, she
got in a little over her head. She says she forced the hands
of the powers-that-be because she wanted her District to be
treated fairly and get its just desserts when the Marlins Sta-
dium deal was under negotiation. That's a commendable ob-
However, it is a bit troubling that as the two cases unfolded,
one witness retracted statements after experiencing bouts of
amnesia while another claimed that they were misled by the
prosecution. Something went afoul in these procedures. We
just aren't sure what.
Even more, what was probably a very good idea at the start
- to bring new businesses and to improve the landscape in
District 5 reasons why the MMAP grant was approved in
the first place never materialized.
District 5 has long been the stepchild among the districts
in the City of Miami, rarely given the same kind of attention
and financial support that other Districts have received. But
we can't point the finger at others when our elected officials
keep making poor decisions or getting themselves stuck in
compromising positions.
For the record, we believe that while he was in office, first
by appointment and then by election, that City Commis-
sioner Richard P. Dunn, II showed himself to be a capable
replacement. But now he has stepped down, leaving his un-
finished projects in limbo. As for Spence-Jones, she only has
two years to complete the vision that she says she.originally
had planned for her District their District.
In the end, once again, it's the little people the families
who reside in District 5 who will inevitably suffer the most
if nothing significantly changes within the next 24 months.

Blacks face more Katrinas

than we deserve
Just a few days ago residents of South Florida and the
Bahamas prepared for the potential onslaught of this
season's most powerful hurricane, Irene. Winds and
rain did hit the Bahamas but there have so far been no re-
ported deaths. As for Miami and other parts of South Florida,
the storm as the old song says, "passed over."
But we cannot forget two other storms that decimated
Black communities Hurricane Andrew, that devastated
Homestead, Florida City and parts of Miami on Aug. 24,
1992 and Hurricane Katrina, which after forming over the
Bahamas and crossing over South Florida as a Category 1
hurricane, causing flooding and a relatively small number of
deaths, stormed its way along the Gulf Coast, before hitting
New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. As the levees gave way, 80
percent of the City was flooded.
What was the cost? About 40 deaths were attributed to
Hurricane Andrew and $30 billion in property damage.
Meanwhile, over 1,800 people died as a result of Katrina with
total property damage at three-times that of Andrew, just
over $81 billion.
Six years since Katrina and 19 years since Andrew, how
much has changed for the Blacks in these communities. We
reluctantly must say very little. Homestead still struggles for
equal education for its Black students and has yet to see real
economic development at least in any sustainable and con-
sistent fashion. As for New Orleans, while Blacks there have
not given up their struggle for a voice or justice, the mostly-
Black Lower 9th Ward has changed very little from when the
hurricane first hit. Meanwhile, the tourist section has seen
a total revitalization. More whites have seen rebuilding take
place more Blacks, those brave enough to return have
witnessed little more than a series of broken promises.
As we consider these two anniversaries where nature un-
leashed its fury on our homes, our communities and our lives,
we can't help but wonder why it takes so long for Blacks to be
treated like equal citizens in a country that has long bragged
about its being "one nation, under God . with liberty and
justice for all."
That has long been our pledge and claim to the rest of the
world. Maybe one day it will become more than just a popu-
lar phrase but instead a given reality. Let's keep fighting to
make it so.

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

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We have been faking the funk too long

"Fake the funk and your
nose will grow." Those words
by Black American poet George
Clinton weren't exactly correct.
We have been faking the funk
but our noses aren't growing.
However, our noses are certain-
ly "wide open." Collectively, we
have had this big love affair with
our current president because
we have proclaimed him Black.
But during his formative years,
there was no Blackness in any
of the aura.
It shouldn't matter what race
our president is but we have
made it very important all of
a sudden. We blindly voted for
him despite the signs of a so-
cial agenda and anti-capitalistic
philosophy. We should start
regarding him for his actions.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
wisely proclaimed "Judge on
the content of one's charac-
ter not the color of one's skin"
but however we have violated

that admonition.
There are not many Blacks
advising him either. There is
a rub here and it is taking its
toll on us. We must mature
and stop giving a pass to peo-
ple whom we assume think like
us when it is clear they don't.

Black America is in a depres-
sion. Our unemployment rate
is the worst it has been in our
life time. There seems to be no
plan. Adam Clayton Powell once
stated, "Vote for the man with
the plan."
Will there be a plan soon?

t shouldn't matter what race our president is but we have
made it very important all of a sudden. We blindly voted for
him despite the signs of a social agenda and anti-capitalistic

It's like a failed marriage. The
more we try to make it work,
the worse it becomes. Even the
Black Caucus is starting to be-
come very frustrated. You know
it's bad when Congresswoman
Maxine Waters and Congress-
man John Conyers start call-
ing the president out. But they
have no choice. America, as
a whole, is in a recession but

There had better be one and it
should be brilliant at a mini-
mum. Our nation is starting to
economically wither and Ameri-
cans must hold our leaders ac-
countable regardless of their
race. If this failure continues we
must consider upgrading. We
cannot let race get in our way.
As Thurgood Marshall once
stated, "Show me a white snake

and then show me a bacsnake
and I will show you two snakes."
I do hope my point is getting
through. There is no time to put
our heads in the sand and hope
things will get better.
Let's be patient and vote wise-
ly as our future and our chil-
dren/grandchildren lives are
on the line here. Blacks are the
pride of the world. People ev-
erywhere admire our resilience
and determination. From that
lineage we will produce more
great leaders. Some will become
entrepreneurs, corporate execu-
tives and yes, great politicians.
We must study each person be-
fore we decide who should lead
us. He or she may not be Black
but there is nothing wrong with
that as true leaders can be of
any color. We should never ac-
cept defeat or poor performance
because of race. Let's stop fak-
ing the funk and address our
economic predicament.


What would
If one were to look up "te-
nacity" in a dictionary, one
might well simply search for
the logo of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity or a photograph
of the MLK Memorial Foun-
dation's Executive Director
Harry Johnson, Sr. In 1984,
the Alphas proposed a na-
tional memorial to Dr. King
and continued to push until
President Bill Clinton signed
legislation in 1996 proposing
the establishment of the me-
morial. They used their con-
gressional juice to get an area
and foundation established
and to take leadership in
raising money for the memo-
rial. One of their own, former
Alpha President Harry John-
son, Sr., has been indefati-
gable in his efforts to take the
King Memorial from concept
to reality. Now, last weekend
on the 48th anniversary of
the "I Have A Dream" speech,
Johnson's dream and the
dream of millions has come
to fruition.
It is tempting to use meta-
phor to suggest that the in-

Dr. King say
clusion of a Black icon on
the Mall suggests inclusion
of Blacks in our society. It
is tempting to use the grand
sweep to discuss how far
Black folk have come. From
segregating to inclusion, with
the inclusion reflected in the
White House, with President
Obama presiding over what
is, unfortunately, a crum-
bling nation and a shattered

about his memorial?

ebrate. He said, "The curse'
of poverty has no justifica-
tion in our age. It is social-
ly as cruel and blind as the
practice of cannibalism at
the dawn of civilization, when
men ate each other because
they had not yet learned to
take food from the soil, or to
consume the abundant ani-
mal life around them." When
he uttered these words, the

From segregating to inclusion, with the inclusion reflected
in the White House, with President Obama presiding over
what is, unfortunately, a crumbling nation and a shattered
economy, we can wax eloquently until the real deal of our national
reality slaps us in the face.

economy, we can wax elo-
quently until the real deal of
our national reality slaps us
in the face.
This is, of course, to take
nothing away from the maj-
esty of the celebration of the
monument. But even as we
relish and enjoy the moment,
it is important to ask, "What
would Martin say" as we cel-

poverty rate was about 10
percent; now it exceeds 12
percent, with the, rate for
Blacks and Latinos flirting
with 25 percent. Shouldn't
some of our celebration of Dr.
King include the continuation
of his fight against poverty?
Somehow poverty isn't often
referenced, the socially blind
cruelty simply accepted. We

cringe 'at those who stand on
streets begging for money,
and moralize that they ought
to get work.
So even as a statue opens
to the public, doors close to
too many Americans. As cit-
ies gird up for fall and winter,
they are grappling with the
reality that many will be un-
able to pay for utilities. Some
were buttressed by federal
funds, funds that must be
cut. Similarly, there are cities
where there is vacant housing
and also homelessness. Why
not put some of the homeless
into vacant homes. Banks are
often special villains, chasing
profit and repelling the people
whose dollars have inflated
their bottom line. You begin
to ask the question, 'Why is it
that people have to pay water
bills in a world that is two-
thirds water?'
While Johnson's dream has
been realized, King's dream
for economic justice, which
means economic restructur-
ing, remains deferred. This is
a dichotomy and a tragedy.


Back to school call to action for Black parents

As parents, families and
communities participate in
"back to school" sales and
special programs, it is criti-
cally urgent to raise the
question about the quality of
the education of Black chil-
dren in the U.S., as well as
the quality of education for
all children. The sheer realty
that Black children have the
highest school drop rates and
the lowest scores on various
national and regional stan-
dardized academic achieve-
ment tests demands that
Black parents and others
speak out, mobilize and take
a stronger stance concerning
establishing more effective
educational options that will
provide the highest quality
education for Black children.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson's
classic book, The Mis-Educa-
tion of the Negro, first pub-
lished in 1933, has particu-

lar relevance for more than families. Black parents espe- mit the education i

45 million Blacks across the
U.S. today in 2011. Woodson
was very critical of the edu-
cational system in the U.S.
because it systematically de-
nied Black children a qual-
ity education inclusive of a

cially today have to move to
the forefront to demand more
options and alternatives to
the many failed school sys-
tems across the nation.
Blacks have not failed the
school systems of today. But

S imply put, there is nothing more important than the edu-
cation of our children. We need remedies and solutions
that have a proven track record of academic success and

truthful and accurate history
of Black people in America
and throughout the world. If
he were alive today, he would
be even more angry and dis-
gusted with the severe pu-
nitive magnitude and gross
disservice that the current
traditional school system has
done to Black students and

it is an irrefutable fact that
the majority of the current
traditional school systems
have failed us. Black paren-
tal responsibility first and
foremost is to establish and
secure the highest quality
education for Black children.
Without apology Black par-
ents cannot afford to per-

of our children to be triage
by those who have become
complacent and implicated
in this massive education
crisis. This is the civil rights
issue that should be at the
top of the agenda of all our
national, regional and lo-
cal organizations. Simply
put, there is nothing more
important than the educa-
tion of our children. We need
remedies and solutions that
have a proven track record
of academic success and
progress. Black parents are
increasingly taking the lead
in renewing this movement
for educational change. Let's
put the interests of our chil-
dren's education first. Now
is the time to rise up and
make a difference. Let's act
together and work harder be-
cause our children deserve
the best education.






Spence-Jones emerges from the fire
During the last several justice. Now like the afore- for the errors of her subor- on an innocent person.
years, I have come to ad- mentioned Job, God has re- dinates. Law is not a sci- Ultimately, I want to con-
mire and respect Michelle stored her. ence but an art. I now have gratulate Commissioner
Spence-Jones, who has I also want to pay respect a much greater appreciation Spence-Jones who has
shown her strength of char- to State Attorney Kather- for prosecutors, who must been cleared of all charges.
acter under the most trying ine Fernandez Rundle, who make the tough decision of I knew she was innocent of
of circumstances. Commis- had the courage to review whether the evidence is suf- any and all wrongdoing. I
sioner Spence-Jones was at have known it for the last
the top of her game she several years and am glad
had just won her election by l any fair-weather friends quickly departed from her that now she has been pub-
a landslide when she was |I side when a black cloud suddenly hovered over her licly vindicated. She shared
indicted and then immedi- liwith me that some people
ately removed from office. W head. Despite this adversity, Spence-Jones, like Job, who stopped speaking to
Many fair-weather friends remained humble... her when the allegations
quickly departed from her arose are now calling and
side when a black cloud wanting to be the best of
suddenly hovered over her the file and make the de- ficient to bring charges. friends again. She says she
head. Despite this adversi- termination that there was In light of the hell that an has learned who her real
ty, Spence-Jones, like Job, insufficient evidence to sup- innocent person undergoes friends really are.
remained humble, main- port prosecution of Spence- when they are indicted or But what is really amaz-
tained her faith in God and Jones. It takes a lot of cour- when there is a "leak" of al- ing about Spence-Jones
endured through the nu- age and integrity to publicly leged wrongdoing- a good is that she is eager to still
merous negative articles admit there was an error prosecutor must be sure of serve her community. Af-
and television reports that in such a high profile case. his/her case before filing an ter all that she has under-
painted her as simply an- Rundle is showing the level indictment. I have a greater gone, she still maintains
other corrupt politician. Her of integrity evidenced by appreciation of the emotion- a servant's heart. For the
husband, family and true her predecessor Janet Reno al and financial hell that an citizens of District 5, you
friends remained faithful. who admitted that she was innocent person endures have your commissioner
Some stalwart friends like responsible for the Waco di- when they are caught up in back and yes, she is ready
Bishop Curry courageously saster. Ultimately, the boss the criminal system. No one to continue to fight on your
spoke out against the in- has to take responsibility should wish this type of hell behalf.


The propose
The old saying goes, "you
don't miss your water until
your well runs dry." This would
best describe the communi-
ties reaction when rumors of
a transit employee sickout was
circulating. The idea of not
having public transportation
for two days .in Miami-Dade
County caused frenzy in the
community and County gov-
Luckily, for us the rumor
turned out to be just that, a
rumor. However, we will not
be so lucky if the proposed
County budget passes. There
will be a reduction in the de-
livery of County services and
programs. And this, my friend
is no rumor. Although the pro-
posed budget is being touted
as the answer to reducing
property taxes and trimming
County government. However,
there will be painful conse-
quences. This may sound good,
but what happens to vital ser-
vices such as Head Start, li-
braries, public safety and fire?
The proposed budget is seeking
to cut spending by consolidat-
ing County departments and
terminating employees. How-
eyer, County employees are
public servants and when you
cut the servant, you cut the
service. It looks as though a
dry well is on the horizon.
Falling. property values and
home foreclosures have con-
tributed to the County budget
deficit. And for the most part,
residents understand that the
County is facing a $409 mil-

5ed budget's affect on M-DC
lion dollar deficit. However, the the benefit will be short lived, accept
question is, has the County Just imagine if county employ- nario i,
considered ways other than ees who are facing salary cuts the Co
terminating 1,300 jobs to re- decided to reduce their house- employ
duce the budget? Why would hold expense by getting rid ly airec
an employer seek to displace of their children and decided the Co

Falling property values and home foreclosures have con-
tributed to the County budget deficit. And for the most
part, residents understand that the County is facing a
$409 million dollar deficit.

employees and add to the
number of dislocated work-
ers in Miami-Dade County?
After all, the unemployment
rate in Miami-Dade County
is 12.5 percent and higher
than 20 percent if you factor
in the job seekers that have
stopped looking for job. Anyone
that attended Congresswoman
Frederica Wilson's community
job fair on August 23, can see
why this move would not be in
the best interest of the County.
Hopefully, our local govern-
ment will follow the lead of
our Congresswoman and ad-
dress the problem of more than
160,000 people in Miami-Dade
County looking for work.
Terminating hundreds
of taxpayers' jobs in order
to balance the County bud-
get will add to the problem of
unemployment, foreclosures,
homelessness, hunger and
bankruptcies. Sure the Coun-
ty will make some short term
financial gain by terminat-
ing County workers. However,

Who is better suited to serve as a City Commissioner,

Michelle Spence-Jones or Richard P. Dunn II?
JAMES BROWN, 66 has the experience and they a lady and LARRY AR
Allapattah, Retired did her wrong. I think that Liberty City,
she needs an-
I would pre- JOHN MARTIN, 76 other chance. To tell

fer to have
on there, she
hasn't done

Overtown, Retired

I just think .
that Spence- ,
Jones would f ,
be the better 0 t
person to con- -f 3
tinue with the
position. She .'

Miam, Retired -

Spence-Jones !
should come
back because
she didn't I
do anything
wrong and I
think that she should get her
job back, simple as that.

Overtown, Unemployed

I would rather see Spence-
Jones serve because she is

I think she is
good, she has
been through

Miami, Retired

To me I
would prefer
to have Dunn.
He seems like .'-
he is doing
a better job
than Spence-
Jones was do-


truth I don't
know, I am -
kind of up in
the air about
but she has
been proven
innocent, so maybe she is good
to have her job back.

to keep their premium cable
channels, high speed Internet
and luxury vehicles. This be-
havior would be deemed un-

the ex
is estir
save m
vital cc
to bala

able. However, this sce-
s no different than what
unty seeks to do to its
ees. Channel 10 recent-
d a story which revealed
unty allows some of its
ees to drive county ve-
to and from work at
pense of taxpayers. It
mated the County could
millions of tax dollars by
eating this unnecessary
e. Sure there are other
s besides simply termi-
employees and cutting
county services in order
ance the budget. Miami-
County employees are
ers and voters too.

SLetter to the Editor

History of Blacks at

Martha's Vineyard

Dear Editor;

President Obama is con-
stantly criticized no matter
what he does. First he was con-
demned for taking a vacation
and when it was realized that
he had taken less days then
others, the criticism shifted to
saying that he should not have
gone to a place such as -Mar-
tha's Vineyard. They tried to
make people think it was simi-
lar to Fisher Island where only
very wealthy live. Not sol While
there are luxury estates, the
island is a very mixed income
area and middle-class tour-
ists thrive among the island.
The average income of. Dukes
County, where the island is
located, is among the lowest
in Massachusetts. When the
president goes to a bookstore
or to buy an ice cream, he is
not walking amongst the rich.
The island's population is very
I am particularly pleased
that he takes his children to
an area that has a long history
of participation of Blacks and
is a magnet for Black summer
residents. In the 1700s, most
persons of African descent
were slaves, but after the Rev-
olutionary War, freedom came
and they became involved in

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

local industries such as whal-
ing even captaining whaling
ships. After the Civil War, they
were joined by migrants from
other areas and immigrants
from the now African county
of Cape Verde. The latter were
associated with the whaling
industry. Towards the end of
the 19th century, both Black
and white tourists began to
visit the island from New Eng-
land cities. Unlike most other
Black resort areas, it was not
developed by a special effort
in response to segregation but
developed as part the estab-
lishment of a general resort
area. In the last century, the
island drew Blacks in from a
wider area and well-known
figures such as Congressman
Adam Clayton Powell. Black
retirees joined the local popu-
lations and others came for
work such as Dr. Kriner Cash
who served as Superintendent
of Schools before coming to
work with Dr. Crew in Miami.
This year, the president
spent an evening at a reception
at the modest summer home
of Professor Charles Ogletree
of Harvard Law School in the
heart of the Black summer
community. I am pleased that
the Obama's believe that it is
important that Sasha and Ma-
lia are exposed to that com-
munity and I expect that they
will also visit stops on the
Martha's Vineyard Black Heri-
tage Trail.

Bradford E. Brown




Rattler spirit and excitement was in
the air last week when the Miami-Dade
Chapter of the Florida A&AM Lni\ersiti,
National Alumni Association hosted
their 2011 New Student Send-Off Recep-
tion at the African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. The Miami-Dade County Rattler
freshman class was showered with gift
cards, baskets and an afternoon of fun,
facts and fraternizing.. Rattler style.
The afternoon led bN chapter president
Romania Wilson, the freshman class of
2011 was off to a great success
Mistress of ceremony alumni Miranda
Alburv led alumni in a rousing rendition
of FAMUL Spirit v.hile keeping the crowd
on the edge of their seats -.ithi anticipa-
tion of the evening Chapter vice presi-
dent Jada Dixon's welcome warmed the
hearts of all in attendance while chapter
chaplain Baljean Smith rendered an in-
vocation that issued a challenge of ex-
pected greatness and grandfatherly ad-
vice to the students
"The Legend of the Hill" the heart and
soul of a Rattler was shared b; alumni
Anthon, Gregor,v, a direct descendent of
Dr Elias G E'ans. the first President
of the Florida A&-M Unikersity Alumni
Association. The evening burst into
high gear when the introduction of our
Miami-Dade County FAMU freshman
class A host of FAMUL upperclassmen in
attendance led the crowd in the "rock-
ing" campus chat "I -epresent The chat
electrified the audience and had Golden
Rattlers Barbara and Jimrnm inders, Dr.
Art Woodard, Baljean and Naomi Smith
all on their feet
The evening escalated with FAMUL trw-

dents were g-.en prizes when answer-
ing questions correctly "It's awesome
to see ho.. much FAML history the stu-
dents knew and how excited they were
to share it," said President Wilson "Life
on the Hill.," the student prospect-ie. v as
shared b\ sophomores, Maurice Jackson
and Jonathan Moses and junior. Raynal
Sands The upperclassmen provided vi-
tal information the Ifreshmen will need
to have a successful campus experience
Alumrrni and author Adrian D. Freeman.
rendered a powerful message to prepare
the incoming freshmen for the best \ears
of their life He shared these tips: 11 Ap-
plied knov. ledgi PwcAri 2 The impor-
tance of building relationships 3lWealth
through Ownership. En trepreneurship
41 Make- good financial decisions 5) Serve
your comn munitc,
The culminating cent of the eve-
ning were book scholarships awarded
by President Wilson "To attend Florida
A&.M University is an honor, remember
,ou represent -your family and yourself.
We expect greatness from all of you,"
said Wilson. The evening ended with the
singing of the FAMUL Alma Mater and a
scrumptious buffet. Rattlers that made
the evening happen. Ron Wilson, Den-
etra Collins. Natasha Stubbs, Vanessa
Woodard Bvers. Jake Sims, Verna Lewis
Edington. Austin Monroe. Thelma Rolle.
Katie Turner. Leon Ward. Alberta God-
irey, Larry Clark, Acquanetta Buggs.
Ron Butler. Bridgette Sharpton. DeAn-
thony Friday, Naha Nixon. Dorothy Mlc-
Cormick, Debra Godelia. Darrius Albur',
Williams and Sterling aoumas.

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Drifting on a memory, reminiscing on the past

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr. For me, riding solo time when my Park- be considered indicative of pro-
has been a direct result way Junior High School moting good health for them to
Contrary to what some may of my circumstances, a buddy, Antonio Lind- indulge in such mental activ-
think about guys in prison, predicament that I cer- say, first introduced me ity because it allows them to
truth is, most of us are still tainly have not endured to Hillary Hosford. Or continue to be human, still
strictly interested in women by choice. So naturally, when I anxiously waited capable of having feelings for
-- and women alone. We invol- just like any other pris- for Samantha Jackson another person.
untarily spend a considerable oner who feels deprived to exit her chorus class As I reminisce on all the
amount of time flashing back and unloved, there are HALL at Miami Carol City Se- girlfriends that I had in my

to all those moments we once
shared with women from our
As it is extremely difficult
for the incarcerated to con-
nect and mingle with people in
the free world, unfortunately
many of us are not currently
involved in a meaningful rela-
tionship with the opposite sex.
In place of that "special kind
of love" that we long for, is the
romantic attachment of a cher-
ished memory that can not
be removed out of our minds.
And although the gas gauge
on those former .relationships
have gone way pass empty,
somehow we have managed to
forge ahead on a distant jour-
ney through time spent incar-
cerated off the fumes of an
affectionate memorable experi-

occasions when I find myself
willing to be held captive by
a nostalgic moment, mentally
rubbing my eyes in an effort
to get the events that occurred
in my yesteryears to come
into view. At times, my mem-
ory is severely obscured by the
thousands of days and nights
separating the present from
a past period in my life. The
irony is that when it comes to
the relationships involving me
and some of the most beauti-
ful women that God has ever
created, my memory is never
blurred nor affected by the
passage of time.
The romantic installments
that usually play in my mind
like the first-time-we-met love
scenes, which are definitely
my favorite. It's amazing how
I could remember so well the

nior High, after deciding that
I would finally make my ap-
proach. Equally remarkable is
my recollection of how the ini-
tial exchange of pleasantries
with a number of others would
lead up to long hours of talking
softly on the telephone, hold-
ing hands between classes, or
meeting at the public library
-- events fresh with innocence,
characterized by pure chemis-
My memory is aroused even
more when I hear all the throw-
back love' songs being played
on the radio while locked in my
cell during the night.
Unlike some prisoners who
are lucky enough to receive
regular visits from that special
someone, for the group of pris-
oners who are left drifting on a
memory, it should nevertheless

younger years, I'm almost sure
that a whole lot of things have
changed since then. But still, I
often ask myself, if today it was
possible for me to see those
former girlfriends again, what
would. I say to them? I prob-
ably would look them straight
in their eyes and acknowledge
that while it is true that our
story began very early in life,
even now as a grown man, you
still have a special place i'n my
heart. And then in the words of
Whoodini, a 1980s rap group,
in one of their hit songs called
One Love, I probably would
thank them for giving me an
opportunity to have loved and
to have loss than to never have
loved at all.
Because otherwise, I would
have nothing beautiful to re-

Suspect shot by Miami-Dade police after chase

Authorities are investigating
a police-involved shooting that
started with a chase. Authori-
ties say Miami-Dade police de-
tectives shot a suspect follow-
ing a chase on Interstate 95
and a brief confrontation.
According to investigators,
detectives from MDPD's Tacti-
cal Narcotics Team (TNT) spot-
ted a car driving erratically in

By Brian Hamacher

Rashell Leaeann Barfield, 21,
was arrested Tuiesday, August
23 and charged with one count
of making a false report of a
crime and one count of obstruct-
ing justice, Miami police said.
Police say Barfield and her
boyfriend had been arguing over
the attention the boyfriend was
giving their son when Barfield
left their home in the 900 block
of NW 49th Street.

the area of NE 79th Street and
NE 2nd Avenue. Detectives
stopped the vehicle and began
to approach the driver, identi-
fied as Johnny A. Outler, Jr.,
34, when he suddenly acceler-
ated and almost struck the de-
The detectives followed Out-
ler onto 1-95 northbound, where
he sideswiped an unmarked

Barfield's boyfriend told po-
lice he received a text message
from Barfield the next day tell-
inhg him she'd' been kidnapped
by two men wearing ski masks
who put her in a white van, put
a hood over her head and drove
her to an unknown location, po-
lice said.
The boyfriend called the po-
lice, and detectives began an
investigation, interviewing fam-
ily members and handing out

MDPD police vehicle.
The pursuit ended on 1-95 at
Ives Dairy Road when the driv-
er crashed into a center divid-
ing wall and tried to run away
in foot.
A detective followed him into
a wooded area, where a con-
frontation ensued. During the
confrontation, officials say the
detective fired, striking Out-

Barfield called her boyfriend
to tell him she'd gotten away
and was hiding in some bushes.
Detetives determined her loca-
tion and officers were sent to the
area -where they found Barfield
Police say Barfield gave a de-
scription of the car her alleged
kidnappers were driving and
police began a search for the ve-
But after hours of interviewing
he, Barfield finally cracked and

ler in the lower abdominal area.
He was taken to Memorial Re-
gional Hospital, where police
say he remains in stable condi-
Detectives were not injured.
Outler has been charged with
aggravated battery against
a law enforcement officer,
and aggravated assault with a
motor vehicle.

confessed to concocting the en-
tire story, police said.

Mexican pilot arrested in Spain on drug charge

Spanish authorities have de-
tained a Mexican airline pilot
suspected-of smuggling more
than 90 pounds of cocaine
into the European country,
the Mexican Embassy said
Aeromexico co-pilot Ruben
Garcia Garcia was arrested
Thursday at the Madrid-
Barajas International Air-
port, according to an embas-

thorities say they have charged
a man who planned to ignite
fireworks on the National Mall
in Washington.
Maryland-National Capital
Park Police say 27-year-old
Glenn Neff of Stuart, Fla., was
taken into custody Monday af-


sy press release.
The embassy said that au-
thorities found 93 pounds
(42 kilograms) of the drug
as they arrested Garcia Gar-
cia. Spanish authorities con-
firmed the arrest, but de-
clined to comment.
Aeromexico issued a state-
ment that custom agents de-
tained Garcia Garcia during
a routine luggage check.
Aeromexico, Mexico's larg-

ter officers spotted him sitting
in a car in an isolated part of
Cabin John Regional Park in
Bethesda. Officials say a large
amount of fireworks were found
inside the vehicle, as well as a
turret and tubes that could be
used to launch the fireworks.
Police say Neff said he wanted

est airline, said Garcia Gar-
cia has been suspended, but
the airline added it has not
been contacted by Spanish
"Aeromexico regrets this
incident," the statement said.
The airline is "ready to help
It's not the first time Aero-
mexico employees have got-
ten in trouble in Spain over
drug charges.

to set off the fireworks to draw
attention to issues he had with
the banking industry, and did
not intend to hurt anyone. He
faces charges including pos-
session of a destructive device,
transport of a destructive de-
vice and manufacture of a de-
structive device.


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By Andrew Demillo
Associated Press

man with the power to grant
pardons in Arkansas says he
doesn't plan to issue one in
the 'West Memphis Three' case
unless evidence shows some-
one else was to blame for the
murders of three Cub Scouts.
Gov. Mike Beebe also told re-
porters recently that he doesn't
consider pardons until all sen-
tences are completed. Damien
Echols, Jason Baldwin and

Jessie Misskelley have 10 years
of unsupervised probation fol-
lowing their release from cus-
tody on Friday. Beebe's term
will expire long before then.
The three men were con-
victed in the 1993 murders
of three eight-year-old boys.
Echols was sentenced to
death. Baldwin and Misskel-
ley were sentenced to life in
They were freed Friday fol-
lowing an unexpected plea deal
that allowed them to maintain
their claims of innocence.

Miami woman lied about kidnapping

Man planned to ignite fireworks at Nat'l Mall

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Former DCF worker charged in food stamp scam
Bond has been set at $835,500 for a former state welfare worker
charged in a $1.3 million scam for stealing personal information to get
food stamps, which she traded for cash.
Meera Gokool Khan's indictment culminates a two-year investigation.
She faces numerous charges including grand theft and racketeering which
she allegedly committed while working with the Department of Children
and Families.
According to the indictment, Khan used welfare victims' personal
information to obtain food stamps. She conspired with "unscrupulous
businesses" to convert the food stamps to cash and collected insurance
premiums and other fees for processing food stamp benefits.
Khan worked with DCF for nine years before resigning.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said residents
"have a right to be frustrated and.enraged" by public employees who
enrich themselves in such a way.

Police arrest fake doctor
A Miami man remains in jail after police say he posed as a doctor at a
Little Havana clinic and officers believe most of his patients are children
who may be at risk of not having proper vaccinations for school..
Teobaldo Humberto Fuentes, 46, is charged with unlicensed practice
of a health care profession, practicing medicine without a license, and
prescription fraud.
Authorities allege Fuentes treated patients at Clinica la Caridad located
'at 285 NW 27th Avenue in Miami.
Miami Police says Fuerntes was taken into custody with the help
of the department's Pharmaceutical Diversion Taskforce, the Florida
Department of Health's Unlicensed Activities Office and the US Food and
Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigation.
Police want to speak with anyone who may have been treated by
Fuentes. They ace also urging those patients to contact a licensed medical
professional for an examination.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime
Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Fifteen-year-old arrested in gas station death
Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy and charged him with the murder
of a popular gas station owner, Miami Gardens police said recently.
The shooting which happened on August 11th killed 58-year-old Shahid
Mahmood. He was shot several times while sitting in his car allegedly by
the teen because the teen allegedly "had beef with him," police said.
Police have identified the murder suspect as Damu Bridgewater who
had just turned 15 on July 25th. Bridgewater lives just blocks away from
Mahmood's Amerika Gas Station, 15685 NW 22nd Avenue. Bridgewater
also faces an attempted armed robbery charge. He is being held at a
juvenile assessment facility.
The shooting occurred at 12:58 a.m. lust as Mahmood had wrapped up
his night shift. He was planning to go home to his family in Miramar. But
he woujd never arrive. Instead, he was shot to death while sitting jn his
driver's seat.
,, A police source said Bridgewater was a regular customer and they had.,
had an argument.

Pardon not likely for convicts of Cub Scout deaths



Recruiters at Black colleges break from tradition

By Sue Shellenbarger

Katy Daugherty enrolled at
Tennessee State University be-
cause of the school's flexible day-
time, evening and online classes
and its new urban-studies pro-
Once on campus at this histori-
cally Black college, where more
than 70 percent of the students
are Black Daugherty, 29, who is
white, became the minority.
"It was definitely different, hav-
ing grown up and been in the
majority, and all of a sudden you
are in the minority," she says.
In what has become a mutually
beneficial relationship for schools
and students, many of the na-
tion's 105 historically Black col-
leges are increasingly wooing
non-Black students. The goals:
to boost lagging enrollment and
offset funding shortfalls.
Some Black colleges are step-
ping up recruiting at mostly
white or Hispanic high schools
and community colleges. Dela-
ware State University is bringing
100 Chinese students to its Dover
campus this fall for cultural and
language training. Other col-
leges are showcasing unique pro-
grams. Florida Memorial Univer-
sity in Miami Gardens promotes-
its chorale, which backed Queen
Latifah in the 2010 Super Bowl,
for example.
Even top-ranked Black schools
such as Howard University in
Washington, D.C., and Spelman
College in Atlanta, are recruiting
more aggressively in the face of
intensifying competition for top
Black students.
About 82 percent of students
at the nation's 105 Black colleges
are Black, a percentage that has
been fairly constant over the past

30 years, according to a data
analysis for this column by the
Thurgood Marshall College Fund,
a New York nonprofit. Increases
in Hispanic and Asian students
have offset declines in whites,
partly because of cuts in federal-
and state-scholarship programs
that encouraged white students
to attend historically Black col-

The Student Body
About 209,000 students
attended a historically black
college or university in the U.S.
last year. A breakdown of the
enrollment: .
I Black
Hispanic /
Asian or Pacific Islander
I American Indian Other*
0.3% 6%
*Race/ethnicity unknown, nonresident alien,
or two or more races
Source: Thurgood Marshall College Fund

leges, says the fund's president,
Johnny C. Taylor Jr. He predicts
growth in white, Hispanic and
Asian enrollment, as Black col-
leges cast a wider net.
Daugherty was looking for a
school that offered flexible sched-
ules. As a teenager, she lost in-
terest in college after three se-
mesters, dropped out and went to
work. In time, she became inter-
ested in city planning and decid-
ed to go back to school. Tennes-
see State's downtown Nashville

-BrandonThibodeaux for The Wall Street Journal
Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell, center, with incoming freshman Ce4ia Soto, left,

and recruiter Jessika Lara, right.
campus enabled her to combine
a full-time course load with her
job as a supervisor at a nonprofit
performing-arts center. As at
many Black colleges, its cost-at
$2,400 a semester-was low as
She quickly found her profes-
sors and fellow students friend-
ly. Race would sometimes enter
the conversation. In one class,
she says, her sociology profes-
sor looked out at the 40 students,
most of whom were Black, and
asked rhetorically, "When did you
first become aware that you were
Black?" She says she locked eyes
with one of the two other white

students, laughed and mouthed
the words, "Today, I guess!"
After graduating last weekend,
Daugherty regards her experi-
ence as a big plus that prepared
her to live in a diverse society. "It
has expanded me as a person."
Tennessee State's interim pres-
ident, Portia Holmes Shields sees
its mission as a public university
to provide a quality education to
students of all races, she says.
While some older alumni are un-
easy with the increasing diver-
sity, younger grads embrace it,
says the former dean of educa-
tion at Howard University.
Michael Sorrell, president of

tiny Paul Quinn College in Dal-
las, says Black colleges must
stay committed to their histori-
cal mission as "beacons of light"
for students who need resources
and support. "My difference is, I
just don't assign a race to that."
After being hired in 2007 to
help solve the school's financial
and accreditation problems, Sor-
rell told alumni that the campus
would soon "look dramatically
different," he 'says. "It doesn't
mean that we've turned our
backs" on the college's histori-
cal constituency. "It means we've
expanded our mission and our
definition of who will benefit," he

says. No alumni hawobjected,
he adds.
Part of his strategis to re-
cruit top students ofl races to
serve as campus lears, by of-
fering personal merring, full
$20,000-a-year solarships
and a post-graduatioob guar-
antee. Among these hand-
picked "presidential.cholars,"
six have been white Hispan-
ic. This fall, Black trollment
among Paul Quinn'200 stu-
dents will likely drop 85 per-
cent from about 94 Icent last
One presidential scholar,
22-year-old Jessika ,ra, who
is Hispanic, completeier stud-
ies in December and)rks now
as a recruiter for thellege. To
lure non-Black recrui she tells
about her own arrivon cam-
pus: "Everybody was open, so
welcoming. They didnee a dif-
ference in me just betse I was
Hispanic," she tells,vbrs.
One of Lara's manlispanic
recruits is incominglshman,
Celia Soto, 19, whoaduated
with honors from a las high
Soto admits that dier first
visit to campus, "I t weird,
like, 'Oh my God, I':he only
one'" who wasn't Afm-Amer-
ican. But after spend time at
Paul Quinn, she says doesn't
really matter if you'rlispanic
or any other race."
Some Black college course,
are doing relatively 1 finan-
cially. Headed for 4ears by
current president Noin Fran-
cis, an adroit fund-ra', Xavier
University of Louisia in New
Orleans has more thdoubled
its endowment sinc!005 to
nearly $134 million, ;er than
that of many Black cges.

Marriage, divorce

rates higher in

the South region

By Sharon Jayson

Where you live may influ-
ence your attitudes and ac-
tions toward marriage and
divorce more than you think,
suggests a federal report out
today that gives the clearest
picture in 20 years about the
evolution of marriage and di-
vorce across the U.S.
The report, from the U.S.
Census, finds distinct region-
al differences, with states in
the Northeast having the low-
est marriage rates and low-
est divorce rates for both men
and women, and states in the
South having the highest. New
Jersey is among those with the
lowest for both sexes; states
with high rates for both men
and women include Alabama,
Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky,
Mississippi, Oklahoma, Ten-
nessee and Texas.
"This does not mean you
should move to the Northeast
if you want your marriage to
last," says sociologist Andrew
Cherlin of Johns Hopkins Uni-
versity in Baltimore, who has
reviewed the data.
In the South, people tend to
marry earlier and often have
less education, both of which
increase divorce risk, he says.
Those in the Northeast tend
to have more education and
marry later. "The lesson here

is that a higher level of edi-
cation leads to more stable
families. Sometimes the data
surprises people because re-
gions we think of as socially
conservative have higher rates
of divorce, but that's largely
because people have less edu-
cation and marry younger."
The analysis is the first
such comprehensive look at
state and national data since'
a 1991 report based on 1988
data from the National Center
for Health Statistics, which
then stopped collecting such
data. After a 20-year gap, Cen-
sus began collecting the data
reflected in this report, based
on three million households in
the 2009 American Commu-
nity Survey.
"It's been such long time
since we've been able to paint
regional and a state-by-state
picture; it really shows differ-
ent marriage philosophies and
how we have different marriage
cultures in the same nation,"
says Census family demogra-
pher Diana Elliott.
Because data were collected
during the height of the reces-
sion, it's possible they might
even understate rates, Cherlin
says. "Single people have post-
poned marriage; married peo-
ple have postponed divorce."
Nationally, though, the most
striking finding is a continued

crease over time in cohabita-
tion not as an alternative to
marriage, but for most people
it is a developmental stage
toward marriage," he says.
Markman says young people/
now focus on their careers
and economic stability more
than in the past and he ex-
pects that to continue as more
women than men seek higher
education. "It will level off at
the point where .women are
starting to feel like they want
to be married and start having

Sometimes the data surprises people because regions we
think of as socially conservative have higher rates of divorce,
but that's largely because people have less education and

marry younger.
clear pattern toward later ages
at first marriage, which have
been inching up for 30 years.
"We're at the point now that it's
higher than before the turn of
the century," says Census fam-
ily demographer Diana Elliott.
In 1890 it was 26.1 for men, 22
for women. The new data put
men at 28.4, women at 26.5.
"What is interesting, I think,
is that it continues to be de-
layed," Elliott says. "I read ar-
ticles in the 1980s when they
were noticing this change in
the age of first marriage and

they didn't know where it was
going to end and we still don't
know. If you look historically,
it hasn't reached the apex yet.
It hasn't started leveling out."
Experts say this upward
trend isn't likely to end just
"I think it will peak no high-
er than around 30 for wom-
en," says psychologist Howard
Markman, co-director of the
Center for Marital and Family
Studies, University of Denver.
"Most of us in the field think
it has to do with dramatic in-

a family."
Cherlin agrees thhe me-
dian age could rise a few
more years before iiaks; in
Spain and Italy, forample,
the ages at first mage are,
around 30.
"It's not going to up for-
ever," Cherlin agre "There
are biological reas why
the marriage age lot go-
ing to rise by morcan few
more years nay men
and women need tore time
to.have children."

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Black researchers face only about
two-thirds of the chance of white
ones of receiving federal medical
research dollars, even with equal
training and research records, ac-
cording to a new analysis of grant
National Institutes of Health
(NIH) officials responded that they
view the finding as a serious prob-
lem and promised to take steps to
make up for the shortfall.
"Not acceptable. This data is
deeply troubling," NIH chief Fran-
cis Collins said at a briefing. "The
problem has been there all along.
Now we know about it and have to
do something."
In the study released Thursday
by the journal, Science, researchers

better than

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led by Donna Ginther of the Univer-
sity of Kansas looked at 83,188 ap-
plications for new "principal inves-
tigator" or heads of laboratories
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from 2000 to 2006.
These grants are the chief way for
biomedical researchers to estab-
lish themselves. About 3,600 are
awarded in a typical year.
In the study, the researchers
compared success rates for whites
relative to Black, Asian and His-
panic grant applicants, who au-
thored 21 percent of the applica-
tions. Adjusting for training and
past scientific productivity, native
Asian and Hispanic applicants had
similar success rates as white grant
applicants, about 29 percent. Yet,
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History made in Peruvian cabinet

Activil Susan Baca is minister of culture .W ff

By James Mckinley Jr.

Success a long time com-
ing for Syna Baca, the Afro-
Peruviari k singer who was re-
cently narl minister of culture
for the nemopulist government
of Preside Ollanta Humala of
Peru. Shethe first Black mem-
ber of theruvian cabinet and
the first rician to hold the po-
Baca w 51 and working in
relative curity when David
Byrne disered her in the mid-
1990s an-ut her stirring ren-
dition of aria Lando" on his
compilatieSoul of Black Peru."
Since ti she has recorded
six albul on Byrne's label,
Luaka Bcand her reputation
as an anssador of Afro-Pe-
ruvian mec to the rest of the
world hasmwn. She won a Lat-
in Gramnn 2002 for best folk
album w! a European label
reissued imento Negro," the
forgotten :ord she had made
at the Egi studio in Cuba in
Critics 'e lauded the plan-
gent qualof her voice and the
way she ys with folk forms,
combininaythms of. different
genres arinkering with tradi-
tional lyrisometimes even set-

ting poetry to folk tunes.
Her new album, "Afrodiaspora"
(Luaka Bop), departs from her
ballad-heavy sets rooted mostly
in Peruvian rhythms. She takes
an up-tempo tour of African-in-
fluenced music across the Amer-
icas, singing not only Peruvian
festejos and lands, but also a
Colombian cumbia, a Cuban son,
a Puerto Rican bomba, a Brazil-
ian coco, a funk tune about New
Orleans, a Mexican son jarocho.
Now 67, Baca has never been
a member of the political or so-
cial elite of Peru, where racial
and class divisions run deep,
though for decades she was an
outspoken advocate for Peruvian
Blacks. Rebuffed as a musician,
she founded the Instituto Ne-
grocontinuo in Lima to preserve
Black folklore and music.
The request from President
Humala, a former general turned
left-leaning populist, to lead the
culture ministry came out of the
blue as she was preparing to go
on a tour of the United States
and Europe to promote "Afrodia-
spora." She will appear on Sun-
day evening at City Winery in the
South Village. She spoke on the
telephone recently about the new
album and her appointment. Fol-
lowing are edited excerpts.

-Robert Atanasovski/Getil iTjqe.
Susa3aca performing in Skopje, Macedonia, in 2004.

-Martin Mejia/Associated Press.
,Peru's culture minister, the folk singer Susana Baca, center, with musicians in traditional dress

this month.

Q. Tell us how you ended up
being named minister of culture.
Did you know before the election
that it was a possibility?
- A. It was a big shock. The min-
isters of culture have always
been archaeologists and anthro-
pologists, sociologists, but never
an artist. I thought about my
mother, and how I would have
liked that she were alive to know
that her daughter, from a humble
background, who has struggled
a lot in life, came to have such an
important post in this country.
Q: You have never moved in
the circles of governmental
power in. your country. When
you were a girl, was it even
possible for a Black woman to
dream of becoming a minister?
A. Not just when I was a girl.
It was only a short time ago that
we managed to become respect-
ed, to have status. Among com-
mon people there is this men-
tality, and this we have seen in
the social networks during the
second round of the election of
President Humala. There were
terrible, racist things said on
the networks. Racism against
Indians. Strong racism. It was
regrettable and sad that in this
country there still are people
who despise Blacks and Indi-
ans and natives of the Amazon.

Q. Tell us about this new al-
bum. It seems like a tour of the
music of African people in the
Americas. You draw on tradi-
tions from Cuba, Peru, Mexico,
Brazil, Puerto Rico, even New
Orleans. Why did you choose
these songs?
A. I wanted to show the Af-
ricanness of America. Our Af-
ricanness. To celebrate this
Africanness. That is what has
happened on this album. In
choosing the songs, it is mar-
velous to see that when we in-
terpret music of Puerto Rico,
and a bomba dance seems to
be so much .ours, because the
rhythm, well, it's not the same,
but it's similar. What excites
me so much, for example, is
how one can manage to make
a funk song end in a Peruvian
festejo, and you don't lose au-
Q. Is there a particular track
on this album that is special
for you?
A. The one from New Or-
leans. It was important to do
this work because I lived in
New Orleans and got to know
the musicians there, but I
couldn't get anything started
because of Katrina. When I do
this song, I remember all that I
lived through, and I think it is

a homage to the music of that
beautiful place that is New Or-
Q. You were forced to leave
by Katrina. How long were you
there? I
A. I went up for about a month.
I arrived for the celebration of
Louis Armstrong's birthday,
and there was a lot of music,
a lot of food. It seemed to me I
was in paradise. All of a sudden
the hurricane came, and every-
thing was transformed.
Q. On this album there are
two covers of songs by the Mexi-
can singer Amparo Ochoa and
the Cuban songstress Celia
Cruz. HoW did they influence
you and your music?
A. Celia Cruz I have known
since I opened my eyes. My
mother adored her. I saw her
on television singing with La
Sonora Matancera, in the era
when she sang with them. And
she was singing Yoruba songs.
It fascinated me.
Q. And Amparo Ochoa?
A. I met her in Cuba in the
1970s. She arrived and went
directly from the plane to the
stage and started to sing and
sing and sing. Later we passed
several days together there, her
singing a Peruvian festejo and
me learning "La Maldici6n de
Malinche." We shared a lot.
Q. How will you be able to
balance your duties as a minis-
ter and your music career?
A. It's going to be very dif-
ficult. Although I have a first-
rate team working here, I think
that the job's going to eat into
my work as a musician. But I'm
not about to give up music.

Seond-largest U.S. Indian tribe expels slave descendants

OKLAFA CITY (Reuters) The
nation's nd-largest Indian tribe for-
mally bd from membership thou-
sands olscendants of Black slaves
who werought to Oklahoma more
than 17Cirs ago by Native American
The Clkee nation voted after the
Civil Wandmit the slave descendants
to the tri
But onnday, the Cherokee nation
Supremeirt ruled that a 2007 tribal
decision kick the so-called "Freed-
men" outhe tribe was proper.
The covers stems from a footnote

in the brutal history of U.S. treatment

membership applications pending, and

all Native American tribes in the coun-

of Native Americans. When many Indi- there could be as many as 25,000 eligi- try.
ans were forced to move to what later be- ble to enter the tribe, according to Vann. A lawsuit challenging the Freedman's
came Oklahoma from the eastern U.S. in The tribal court decision was an- removal from the tribe has been pend-
1838, some who had owned plantations nounced one day before absentee bal- ing in federal court in Washington, for
in the South brought along their slaves, lots were to be mailed in the election of about six years.
Some 4,000 Indians died during the the Cherokee Principal Chief. As a sovereign nation, Cherokee Na-
forced march, which became known as "This is racism and apartheid in the tion officials maintain that the tribe
the "Trail of Tears." 21st Century," said Vann, an engineer has the right to amend its constitution-
"And our ancestors carried the bag- who lives in Oklahoma City. al membership requirements.
gage," said Marilyn Vann, the Freed- Spokesmen for the tribe did not re- Removal from the membership rolls
man leader who is a plaintiff in the legal spond when asked to comment, means the Freedmen will no longer be
battle. The move to exclude the Freedmen eligible for free health care and other
Officially, there are about 2,800 has rankled some Black members of benefits such as education conces-
Freedmen, but another 3,500 have tribal Congress, which has jurisdiction over sions.


a Aist 31, 1836:
Henry ir, inventor, pat-
ented Cotton Planter.
Aist 31, 1979:
Donald:Henry succeed-
.ed Ana Jackson Young,,
Jr. as LAmbassador.
Sember 1, 1867:
Robertanner Freeman
becam-e first Black per-
son toaduate from the
Harvarental School.
Sember 1, 1979:
Hazel %ohnson achieved
the ranf Brigadier Gen-
eral (UArmy), becoming
the firsack women Gen-
eral in history.

September 2, 1766:
James Forten, Sr., aboli-
tionist, entrepreneur, and
inventor of a sail-handling
device, was born in Phila-
delphia, PA. Forten was the
first Black to receive a pat-
September 2, 1979:
Joseph Woodrow Hatch-
ett became the first Black
State Supreme Court Jus-
tice in the South since Re-
construction when he was
sworn in. Hatchett was
later chosen by President
Carter for a seat on the
Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of

Appeals in 1979.
September 3, 1922:
Bessie Coleman, the first li-
censed Black aviator, made
her first U.S. flight. Due to
racism in America, Coleman
trained and was licensed in
September 3, 1989: In
what witnesses described
as a police attack on Black
colleges students in Vir-
ginia Beach, VA, at least
four people were injured
and 160 were arrested. The
students were attending a
Black intercollegiate cel-
September 4, 1923:
Dr. George Washington

Carver, head of the De-
partment of Research and
Director of the Experiment
Station at Tuskegee In-
stitute, received the 9th
NAACP Spingarn Medal for
his distinguished research
in agricultural chemistry.
September 4, 1957:
The Little Rbck Nine were
unsuccessful in their at-
tempt to Integrate Central
High School in Little Rock,
AR. They were met by a
hateful mob and by the
National Guard, called in
by Governor Orval Faubus.
Septe GeS.' 5, 1859:
Harriet E. W11"s'n published
Our Nig. This work is be-

lived to be the first novel
written by a Black woman.
September 5, 1977:
A white teenager wearing
nazi clothing shot into a
crowded church picnic of
over 200 Blacks in Char-
lotte, NC. One person was
killed and two were in-
September 6, 1826:
John Brown Russwurm re-
ceived an A.B. degree from
Bowdoin College.
September 6, 1848:
The National Black Con-
vention met in Cleveland,
OH and Frederick Augus-
tus Douglass was elected
as its first president.

The request from President Humala, former general

turned left-leaning populist, to lead the culture ministry

came out of the blue as she was preparing to go on a tour

of the United States and Europe...





Classes at

two M-DCPS

schools go

high tech
Miami-Dade County Public School
(M-DCPS) administrators and students
joined Best Buy For Business and Geek
Squad representatives in unleashing
the power of technology at connected
classrooms in two Miami-Dade high
schools on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
The two high schools involved in this
new experience were Booker T. Wash- '
ington Senior High School and West-
land Hialeah Senior High School.
"We need to educate our students
as citizens of the world and access to
technology will permit them to be fully
prepared," said Superintendent Alberto
M. Carvalho. "Connected
Classrooms will facilitate ..
a much needed link to ,
provide educational
success. We thank
Best Buy for sup-
porting our stu-
dents." MI,
With the support
of M-DCPS Superin- .
tendent Carvalho and \ .*
School Board Member .
Raquel Regalado, Best
Buy has completed installa-
tion of two fully connected classrooms
that will enhance the educational
experience by enabling greater con-
nectivity among teachers and their
students. The new, high-tech learning
classrooms designed by Best Buy For
Business and installed by Geek Squad,
feature next-generation tools from
leading technology companies.
"At Best Buy, we believe access
equals opportunity," said Glen Swan-
son, senior vice president of Best Buy
For Business. "When students and
j(g.chers vg paccessJpo techpolo-
gy,.they.are empowered to fully partici-
pate in today's connected world."

M-DCPS 2011-2012
back-to-school tool
kit now online
Miami-Dade County Public Schools'
"2011-2012 Back-to-School Tool Kit" is now
available online for parents and students.
The tool kit was created to inform parents
about different programs that support stu-
dents' needs. Students can benefit from in-
formation found in the tool kit, and parents
may also use it to find out about important
dates and policies regarding their child's
The tool kit has pertinent information
on subjects ranging from choice schools
through dual enrollment, graduation re-
quirements to parent involvement and
school safety. The tool kit is available in
English, Haitian-Creole, and Spanish.
Visit: news.dadeschools.net/toolkitl 112.
htrril for information in English
news.dadeschools.net/toolkit 1112span.
html for information in Spanish
news.dadeschools.net/toolkit 1112cr.html
for information in Haitian-Creole.

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Group offers free

vision program

By Randy Grice

Nearly one-third, or 30 percent of Black
parents report that their child has never
seen an eye care professional. One program
is offering relief. Miami Lighthouse Heiken
Children's Vision Program is providing free
eye care for kids.
"A yearly comprehensive eye examination
is a must for every child," said optometrist
Dr. Alan Levitt, Miami Lighthouse board di-
rector. "The vision screenings in the public
schools are just that,, vision screenings, not
medical eye exams. Vision screenings only
test distance vision. They typically ignore
close vision, eye coordination and eye health.
Everyone with a, school-age child needs to
schedule them, for a complete eye exam once
a year. The sooner vision problems are de-
tected the sooner they can be corrected, and
that leads to better performance in school."
There is a disproportionate rate of vision
problems in Black children. Many health and
vision problems such as glaucoma dispropor-
tionately affect Blacks. Early detection and
treatment of vision problems are key to pre-
venting permanent vision loss in children.
The program is for kids who have no other
resources for eye care. Three mobile eye care
units visit schools for instant vision through

a comprehensive eye examination and glass-
es wheh prescribed. Referrals to optometrists
are also provided by the program. These ser-
vices are for financially-disadvantaged chil-
dren whose families do not have insurance or
Medicaid and have failed their school vision
screening test.
Last year, the program provided free eye
exams and glasses when prescribed to
nearly 7,000 schoolchildren in Miami-Dade
County Public Schools. A contract with the
Florida Department of Health enabled Mi-
ami Lighthouse to take the program state-
wide, including Broward and Monroe and
about 40 other Florida counties. Children
who receive free eye care through the Miami
Lighthouse Heiken Children's Vision Pro-
gram have reported much better experienc-
es in school once their vision problems have
been corrected.
"Late summer with its back-to-school
preparations is an excellent time to schedule
a visit to your eye care practitioner," said Dr.
Levitt. "Add eye care to your back-to-school
list, and your child will have a much better
chance of performing well in school."
Marla Kemp, who has a child that suffers
from vision problems, said she plans to take
advantage of the free services.
"I have no insurance so I do plan to see
what can be done to help my child," she said.

Program tackles

digital divide

In an effort to level the technological playing field, a program is being offered to help
under-privileged students. Internet Essential is launching this fall to help close the
digital divide, the gap between individuals, households, businesses and geographic ar-
eas at different socio-economic levels with regard both to their opportunities to access
information and communications technologies (ICT's) and to their use of the Internet
for a wide variety of activities.
The program, sponsored by Comcast, will offer XFINITY Economy Internet Service
for $9.95 a month and wave the activation or equipment rental charges, provide house-
holds the opportunity to purchase a computer for under $150 and access to online, in
print, and in person, digital literacy training. Families with children who receive a free
school lunch as part of their enrollment in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
will be given the opportunity to enjoy all of the benefits the Internet provides.
In 2010, 51 percent of Hispanics and 46 percent of Blacks used their cell phones to
access the Internet, compared with 33 percent of whites. Forty-seven percent of Lati-
nos and 41 percent of Blacks use their phones for e-mail, compared with 30 percent of





schools bill

By Randy Grice
Earlier this month, the Miami-Dade Coun-
ty School Board approved a measure pro-
posed by board member Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall, District 2. The measure focused
on providing increased support, through
community engagement, to help schools
under the intervene category continue their
goal of lifting student achievement.
"Our schools belong to our community'
said Bendross-Mindingall said. "The school
board and district staff have used our
diverse experiences and talents to improve
community participation in our schools.
However, as it relates to these vx'y important
schools, we need to engage the community to
become a part of the education process even
Two intervene high schools, Miami Central
and Miami Edison, were saved from possible
closure by the State after the school board,
district staff and community stakeholders
joined together in a show of solidarity in
support of keeping the schools open. The
measure is set to establish broader- review
and monitoring, as well as regular reporting
of school progress.

Cinerama Saturdays

helps kids learn

about film
By Randy Grice
Many children grow up having different
career goals and aspirations. One program
is helping to foster kids interested in film.
Cinerama Saturdays will help to introduce
students into the film world. The 18-week
program begins Saturday, September 17 and
runs through February 25, 2012 from 10:30
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural
Center, 260 NE 59th Terrace.
"This program gives teens a great oppor-
tunity to explore the film industry at the
ground level," said Stephanie Martino, ex-
ecutive director of the Florida Film Institute.
Interested teens between the ages of 13-18
must attend the mandatory open audition
on September 17. Audition participants are
expected to come prepared with a sample of
their creative work for'the judges. This may
include artwork, a short poem or film and
singing or dancing. The workshops are free,
but there is a $25 registration fee.
Kevin Barkley, 16, who is interested in film
is excited about the program.
"This seems like it will be a pretty good
program," he said. "I have been wanting
to be a filmmaker since I could remember.
Right now I make short videos with my
friends and hopefully this program will give
me even more skills."
His mother, Bertha Frankel, agrees with
the aim of the program.
"My son lives for film," she said. "If he were
to get in this program, it would be a great
opportunity for him."
The program, sponsored by Florida Film
Institute (FFI) and its partner The Little
Haiti Cultural Center (LHCC), will feature an
introduction into film producing and screen
writing. The program also incorporates a
production session that will include audi-
tioning, assigning crew members, camera
positioning and lighting. As part of the work-
shops, participants will have the opportu-
nity to shoot a short film and present it at a
screening scheduled for May 2012. Instruc-
tion for the workshops will be provided by
local film industry professionals.

Children who receive free eye care through the

Miami Lighthouse Heiken Children's Vision

Program have reported much better experiences

in school once their vision problems

have been corrected.


FAMU marks 125 years of educational excellence

Named one of the best by The Princeton Review

By D. Kevin McNeir

Florida A&M University
(FAMU) has been named one of
the best colleges in the South-
east by The Princeton Review
and is one of 134 institutions
recommended in the publica-
tion's "Best in the Southeast"
section of its website feature,
"2010 Best Colleges: Region
by Region." Collectively, the
629 colleges named "regional
best(s)" constitute about 25
percent of the nation's 2,500
four-year colleges.

"It is an honor to be named
as one of the best colleges in
the Southeast," said FAMU
President James H. Ammons.
"At Florida A&M University,
we continue to strive for excel-
lence while providing a first-
class education for our stu-
dents. We take pride in this
recognition and will continue
to build on our reputation as
one of the nation's premier in-
stitutions of higher learning."
The decision to include
FAMU was made, according to
Princeton Review's senior vice
president and publisher, Rob-

ert Franek, after visiting the
University and talking to its
staff, counselors and advisers.
"We also take into account
what students at the schools
reported to us about their
campus experiences on our
80-question student survey,"
Franek said.
FAMU was also selected last
April, again by The Princeton
Review, as a "311 Green Col-
lege" for their 2011 edition.
FAMU was the only Histori-
cally Black College or Uni-
versity (HBCU) to make the
list which focused on colleges

that have demonstrated were chosen].
a strong commitment We have the largest
to sustainability in '- enrollment of any
their academic of- ., . HBCU and are one
ferings, campus / of the top produc-
infrastructure, JBI ers of Blacks who
activities and '" ' earn bachelor's
career prepara- ". degrees," she
tion. r said. "We lead
But there's more ;--. n the number of
good news as the Black graduates in
University prepares pharmacy and those
to kick off its 125th anni- who go on to earn Ph.Ds
versary. According to Sharon in engineering and the natu-
Saunders, FAMU's chief comrn- ral sciences."
munications officer and inter- The anniversary celebra-
im vice president for univer- tion kicks off on Friday, Oct. 7
sity relations, they also made when the University will hon-
Forbes Magazine's list of the' or the late Dr. William Patrick
nation's best universities [640 Foster and FAMU's Marching

"100" band at the President's
homecoming gala.
"We chose to honor the
Marching '100' because they
have contributed to making
the FAMU brand so strong.
We have a health symposium,
artists in bloom festival, a
community birthday celebra-
tion and even a 'presidential
symposium featuring the for-
mer FAMU presidents next
September. And for our 2012
homecoming we will feature
the president's 125th anniver-
sary gala where we will high-
light the contributions of the
University and its alumni."
For more information go to

Spence-Jones says her biggest regret is the loss of time

SPENCE-JONES ecutive director forP.U.L.S.E., -rT "g w-- believes that she can finish no matter what they're expe-
continued from 1A who said that he believed that I I I I I U what she started. riencing. When you remain

and I can finally get on with
my life," she said. "I am thank-
ful to have gotten through it
and I am blessed. Many peo-
ple before me didn't survive
but I stood on God's promise
and His word and always had
faith so this is a true victory."

Spence-Jones was ousted
from her commission seat
almost two years after being
accused of illegally direct-
ing $50,000 in county grants
to a family-owned business,
Karym Ventures, in 2005. Ac-
cording to Spence-Jones, the
company, whose purpose was
to initiate revitalization proj-
ects in Liberty City, has since
failed. As for the $50,000,
when she showed up for her
interview with The Miami
Times, she was accompanied
by Rev. Nathaniel Wilcox, ex-

continued from 1A

"This was a fairly dramatic
number of prosecutions," said
David Burnham, co-director
of TRAC. TRAC is a research
organization at Syracuse Uni-
versity that submits Freedom
of Information Act requests for
government data, and then re-
ports the results.
Justice Department officials
said the increase runs parallel
with what they're seeing when
looking at health care fraud
broadly, in part because of a
couple of big busts this year, as
well as several cases involving
fraud in the private sector.
"The trend certainly looks
accurate and on track with
our data," said Justice spokes-
woman Alisa Finelli, though
she said she could not confirm
the exact numbers. She cited a
February case that brought in
111 people the largest take-

continued from 1A

Mayor Shirley Gibson would
comment on these latest num-
Whatever the cause, there
is no doubting that a high
crime rate does impact the
perception of life in the city
and decisions made towards
investing in the city from
buying a home, to locating a
business, to finding a school
or college.
But does the crime rate tell
the whole story of life in Mi-
ami Gardens?

continued from 1A

as unemployment rose during
the current economic down-
turn, the number of people re-
ceiving welfare was "at or near
the lowest in more than 40
years," The New York Timesre-
ported in 2009.
Florida's law offers poor
mothers with needy children
no "Fifth Amendment" oppor-
tunity to avoid being tested for
illegal drug use. It gives those

the funds were used appropri-
Still, the prosecution be-
lieved it had a strong case
until former Miami-Dade
Commissioner Barbara Car-
ey-Shuler changed her testi-
mony. As it relates to the sec-
ond set of charges; the state
attorney's office charged her
with attempting to bribe a
$25,000 charitable donation
from developer Armando Co-
dina in exchange for her vote
on a pending office project
in -the Brickell area. But af-
ter Codina stated under oath
that he had given the funds
as a contribution, the pros-
ecution was hard pressed to
make its case and the jury
didn't see enough evidence to
convict her.
Now with Governor Rick
Scott having signed an execu-
tive order, Spence-Jones can
now return to work.

down to date for the Medicare
Fraud Task Force as a factor.
In that case, doctors, nurses
and executives were accused
of falsely billing Medicare more
than $225 million.
Task force convictions have
also risen, according to Jus-
tice's criminal division Assis-
tant Attorney General Lanny
Breuer. In 2010, the task force
saw 23 trial convictions for
Medicare fraud. In the first
eight months of this year,
they've had 24.
"That's just a stunning num-
ber when you see it in the first
eight months," Breuer said of
the ,task force. "We're just go-
ing to build on this model, and
we're going to hold those re-
sponsible who are stealing from
the government."
The government beefed up its
staffing this year, adding two
health care fraud teams in Feb-
In 2010, the government re-

According to Miami Gar-
dens resident Karen Hunter-
Jackson, "Most of the crimes
this summer, from what I've
heard have been petty crimes
by our children and teens."
A former vice president in
charge of operations for the
Greater Miami Convention
and Visitors Bureau, now re-
tired, Hunter-Jackson said,
"What amazes me is that par-
ents allow their children [to]
'own' things that they did not
purchase for their children."
Yet, childish mischief alone
cannot account for the in-
creasingly violent crimes

found to be drug users no
chance to enter a drug treat-
ment program to keep from
being denied the financial as-
sistance they need for their
children. So, in essence, Flor-
ida's law punishes children for
the sins of their parent.

Scott says his law is meant to
prevent the misuse of taxpay-
ers' money. But he makes no
allowance for the fate of those
needy children to whom it de-

"I have certainly found
out who my friends are -
P.U.L.S.E. and the Harde-
mons have been a great sup-
port to me," Spence-Jones
said, "This kind of experience
builds character but it also
leaves you somewhat jaded.
I don't think anyone could
ever contest my commitment
to this community. And while
it's now finally over, the whole
thing is still surreal. But I
have lost two years of my time

covered a record $4 billion from
health fraud cases after the
federal health care law created
one agency and expanded an-
other. The actuary for Medicare
predicted provisions of the law
would ultimately net $4.9 bil-
lion in fraud and abuse savings
over the next 10 years, which
will be rolled back into Medi-
Over the past couple of years,
the task force has used data
from the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services to find
people stealing millions of dol-
Jerry Wilson, chief of the
FBI's health care fraud crimi-
nal investigation unit, said he
has seen an increase in cases,
though not at the levels TRAC
"We started to change our fo-
cus," he said. His team homed
in on criminal enterprises -
such as 73 Armenians who
defrauded the government of

engulfing the city. Recently
reported crimes include: Feb-
ruary: Owner of a check cash-
ing store robbed and killed
during robbery; April: Post of-
fice robbed in Miami Gardens;
April: FlU law school student
shot and killed in an appar-
ent murder-suicide; July:
Couple shot and killed during
a carjacking at a Miami Gar-
dens gas station; August: Gas
station owner shot and killed
while sitting in his car; Au-
gust: Armor car guard killed
during robbery at Calder Ca-
sino; and August: Employ-
ee tied up in violent liquor

nies welfare assistance. Drug
testing not based on reason-
able suspicion smacks of an
unconstitutional search, the
kind of government intrusion
upon an individual's rights
that conservatives ought to rail
But Scott's assault on wel-
fare mothers plays to the
right-wing argument that big
government is the playground
of left-wing radicals and
a crutch for shiftless people.
Scott rode this position to vic-

in office and that's something
that I can never get back. We
had some great programs
and projects that were in the
works when I was removed
from office. Since then some
of that money has been shift-
ed to other programs while
some projects were just aban-
doned. It's no one's fault but
if you don't understand the
plan, it's hard to carry out the
As for the two years she has
remaining [her term ends in
2013], Spence-Jones says she

$163 million last fall, as well
as major providers who defraud
the government such as cor-
porations or hospitals. Usu-
ally, those cases come after a
whistle-blower comes forward.
In 2010, the government paid
$300 million to whistle-blow-
In January, the FBI went af-
ter 533 people in Puerto Rico
,who worked with doctors to
send bogus accidental injury
claims to American Family Life
Insurance Company ulti-
mately bilking the company of
$7 million. Some individuals
submitted hundreds of accident
claims, while paying a doctor
$10 to $20 per claim to fraudu-
lently approve them.
"The San Juan case just
shows our desire to work the
private insurance and the pub-
lic insurance sides," Wilson
said. The case also boosted
the government's prosecution

store robbery.
Still Hunter-Jackson and
husband, Attorney Ben Jack-
son, say they feel relatively
safe living in Miami Gardens,
as compared to other parts
of South Florida. Would she
recommend moving to Miami
"If you are looking for
friendly neighbors, that for
the most part, look out for
each other, the answer is,
yes," she said. "Crime, unfor-
tunately, is something that
has existed and always will,
no matter where you live." -

tory in the governor's race in
the Sunshine State, which will
be a key battleground in next
year's presidential election. By
treating mothers who apply for
welfare benefits as a criminal
class who must disprove a sus-
picion of drug abuse before ob-
taining badly needed support,
Scott panders to the soft big-
otry of class warfare.
And he becomes an integral
part of the rot that is eating
away at this nation's body poli-

-The level of01 stress ana
hopelessness in District 5 and
throughout the entire County
is at an all-time high," she
said. "I want to work on stabi-
lizing this community and re-
storing hope. When I was go-
ing through my time in court,
it was the little people from
the community people in
the grocery store or folks who
were walking down the streets
- that told me they were
praying for me. That made my
load a little lighter. I hope that
young people, in particular,
will look at me and remain
encouraged about their lives

encouraged in the iace of
overwhelming odds, you can
change things even if it's
just one block at a time."
As Dunn says, Spence-
Jones will find the city com-
mission to be a very different
place than it was when she
"There are new members
who have since been elected
with whom she has never
worked and the issues have
gotten even more complex
particularly with the friction
between the police chief and
the city mayor," he said. "It's
not going to be easy."

Dunn says he's keeping options open

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pleased with what I done in my
short time in office. As for Mi-
chelle and her pending case, I
had heard all kinds of things
about what the city charter
said from one interpretation
that claimed since I had won
an election in which she did not
run, that I would keep the seat
to another view that said she
would be reinstated if found in-
nocent. Now that I understand
the law clearly and she has ex-
onerated of all charges, I must
move out of the way gracefully.
I congratulate her for having
that burden off of her back."
Will Dunn run again? He
says he isn't sure at this point.
"I have been fighting for this
community for many, many
years and just because I am
no longer an elected official
doesn't mean I won't keep fight-
ing," he said. "I was a plaintiff
in the lawsuit that got us a
single-member district back in
1996. I worked with P.U.L.S.E.
to get that accomplished and
back then we didn't even have
a Black city commissioner.
Even after our victory I didn't
run for office; I encouraged
Art Teele to run. I worked with
Bishop Curry to pull off one of
the largest boycotts in County
history back in 1990 because

we weren't satisfied with how
the school board was treating
our Black schools and stu-
dents. We got 80,000 students
to stay home for one day and
persuaded over 700 drivers
not to get behind the wheels
of their buses. Most recently I
Shave been fighting crime and
police brutality in District 5.
That's where my heart still is
and I am going to remain on
the battlefield. We want justice
and equality for this commu-
Dunn says he has no regrets
but when asked to speak on the
Spence-Jones case he chose
not to comment.
"I will say that if I were in her
shoes and had been cleared af-
ter 22 months, I would be elat-
ed but still not happy," he said.
"Losing all that time and fac-
ing that kind of pressure isn't
something I would want anyone
to have to endure. But it won't
be easy for her because while
she is a political veteran, this is
a very different City and a dif-
ferent city commission than it
was when she was there."
As for the possibility of more
politics being in his future,
Dunn said, "I have learned to
never say never but hopefully
whatever happens I will har-
' ken to the leading of God and
seek the blessings of my wife,
my family and my church.

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On August 5-7, the second annual African
Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida
was held at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.
Sponsored by Delou Africa, Inc.,.a non-profit
organization dedicated to creating cultural,
artistic education programs throughout the year
for adults and children, the three-day festival
provided eclectic hair-raising drum, dance and

music/song workshops.
Classes could be taken on a variety of subjects
including Haitian folklore, Djembe Drum and
Dance, Sabar Dance and Bala workshops.
In addition to the music and dancing, festival
participants could also learn about the im-
portance of holistic healthcare by listening to
speakers at the health symposium.

Among the, events featured artists, danc-
ers and musicians were Marie Basse-Wiles of
,Senegal; Weiselande "Yanui" Cesar of Haiti;
Seguenon Kone of the Ivory Coast; Moumina-
tou Camara of Guinea; Moustapha Diedhiou
of Senegal; Papa Malick Faye of Senegal; Abou-
bacar "Amo" Soumah of Guinea; and Ibrahima
Dioubate of Guinea.

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Annual Diversity Fest returns to AARLCC

By Kaila Heard

Churches often mark the be-
ginning of the school year with
various activities, from reviv-
als to fairs.
Victory Restoration Taber-
nacles of Dania Beach prefers
to celebrate the occasion with
a joyful noise.
Their annual Diversity Fest
is returning on Saturday, Sep-
tember 10th to the African-

American Research Library in
' Ft. Lauderdale [2650 Sistrunk
"We're definitely excited
about the Diversity Fest this
year and we think we'll have a
really big turn out," said Debo-
rah Deveaux, Victory Resto-
ration Tabernacles' business
administrator of Community
This year features local art-
ist S.I.G.N. (Singing in God's
Name),. violinists Sons of My-

stro, Valencia Brown, the Vic-
tory Tabernacle Praise Danc-
ers, Alexander Star and Jaye
Jewelz. The event will be host-
ed by J. Blaze from 88.3 FM
Afterwards, book bags and
other school supplies will be
given to the festival atten-
In addition to offering youth
some good Christian enter-
tainment, the Diversity Fest
Please turn to AARLCC 14B

Churches taught about need for foster parents

OCOC asks churches to
create adoption ministries

By Kaila Heard

Churches have been called on sever-
al times to help solve or ease many so-
cial issues within their local communi-
ties. Ministries addressing everything
from hunger, employment and even AIDS
awareness have been created to tackle
these and other challenging issues in re-
cent years.
On Thursday, August 25, the adoption
and foster care non-profit organization,
One Church, One Child of Florida (OCOC)
held a press conference and networking
rally at Florida Memorial University to
remind churches of another issue they
should address.
"We believe that every church should
have a ministry that is devoted to adop-
tion and foster care," said Reverend Al
Williams, the deputy director of One
Church, One Child of Florida (OCOC).
Any church that chooses to participate
will find that in Florida there are thou-
sands of children who are waiting to find
a home.
"There are over 10,000 churches in

One Church, One Child of Florida held a rally and networking event at Florida
Memorial University on Thursday, August 25.

Florida. If we could find only a portion
of churches to become involved then we
could place more children into adoptive
homes," explained Dr. Arie Sailor, execu-
tive director of OCOC.
According to the Children's Defense
Fund, there are currently 19,156 children
who are in foster care in Florida. Of those
children,, approximately, 40 percent are
OCOC's local board member, Minister,
George E. Ellis, Jr. of the Spirit of Christ
Church, has worked with the organization
for nearly 20 years and has noticed that
there are particular concerns among po-

tential Black foster and adoptive parents.
"In these economic times, you have
a lot of people who are thinking about
their own relatives as far as being able
to assume responsibility of taking care of
them," he said.
Regardless of an individual's personal
circumstances, OCOC provides all of the
answers to questions regarding the adop-
tion process.
Created in 1990, the OCOC agency has
previously reached out to South Florida
churches such as the Historical Mt. Zion
Missionary Baptist Church in Overtown,
Please turn to FOSTER 14B

Pastor of the

Rewards due to faith

Local minister shares story of

submission, reward

By Kaila Heard

From 1986 to 1990 Rever-
end John Wesley Williams
was losing his personal war
on drugs. For those four years
he had been addicted to illegal
substances, using an array of
drugs from marijuana to crack
cocaine. He now serves as Pas-
tor of Greater Ward Chapel
African Methodist Episcopal
Church, Hallandale Beach's
oldest church.
Yet back then, Williams had
had enough. He only had one
place to turn, according to the

"At that point in my life, I
cried out to an unknown God,"
he recalled. And, "He pulled
me out of the situation where
I was and He resurrected my
After that spiritual epiphany,
Williams dedicated himself to
the Lord and praises God fsor
allowing him to remain clean
and sober for the last 21 years.

It happened three years after
he had accepted Jesus Christ.
While leading the Sunday
School Review one day, Wil-
liams suddenly announced
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Martin Luther King Jr. memorial honored

By Melanie Eversley

Three people who are among
those who were closest to the
late Martin Luther King Jr.
brought an audience to their
feet in Washington on Satur-
day, August 27 during individu-
al tributes at an internationally
known Catholic church.
The occasion was a two-hour
interfaith prayer service at the
Basilica of the National Shrine
of the Immaculate Conception,
the largest Catholic church in
the Americas, to celebrate the
opening of the $120 million me-
morial that is the first site on
the National Mall honoring a
Black person.
Andrew Young told the crowd
of about 1,000 about two parts
of the King memorial, and
shared King's journey with the
"Mountain of Despair" and push
toward the "Stone of Hope."
Quoting King, he told the
crowd, "'You don't have any
choice in where you die or how
you die. The only choice you
have is what you die for.'" Young
added, "You and I must become
Stones of Hope in the midst of

this world of despair."
The service also included
emotional speeches from King's
daughter and King confidante
Joseph Lowery, and perfor-
mances of We Shall Overcome
and Lift Every Voice and Sing by
Maryland-based gospel group
Patrick Lundy & The Ministers
of Music.
And it took place in spite of
cataclysmic circumstances. A

"I'm overjoyed at the
dedication, but then I think
back on my brother, he was
so humble, and he would say,
'Don't do this for me,' "she
said with a chuckle.

last Tuesday's earthquake that
damaged the Washington Na-
tional Cathedral forced organiz-
ers to move the prayer service to
the basilica. The strengthening
of Hurricane Irene forced orga-
nizers to postpone Sunday's
dedication of the four-acre site
to a date to be announced.
President Obama was to lead
the lineup that included Young,

Christine King Farris, the last living sibling of Martin Luther King Jr., said her brother was
so humble, he would not have wanted a statue of himself.

Lowery, Martin Luther King III,
Aretha Franklin and Jennifer
Rev. Joseph Lowery, who
founded the Atlanta-based
/ Southern Christian Leader-
ship Conference with King, of-
fered a revelation of what was
really going on in his mind as
he delivered the benediction at
Obama's inauguration on the
steps of the U.S. Capitol, over-
looking the National Mall.
"I heard sounds emanating
from the Lincoln Memorial,"
Lowery said, "and I heard the
voice of a Baptist preacher com-
ing from those steps."
He heard the familiar voice
say, 'America, come up from
the low land of race and color.
Come up to the higher ground
of character.' I heard it. I want-
ed to shout, but the president
was sitting right there," Lowery
quipped. "So I said, between the
lines, 'Thank you, Jesus.'"
Rev. Bernice King, the daugh-
ter of the civil rights leader, re-
minded the crowd of the last
speech her father gave before
he died, called his "I've Been
Please turn to MLK 15B

Conference honors African roots of Chri

By Sharon Dargay

It was a moment of revela-
tion for Sharon Gomulka.
The Livonia woman, who was
raised a Missionary Baptist
and converted to Lutheranism,
visited an Orthodox Christian
Church one day several years
ago and watched as white wor-
shippers kissed the image of a
dark-skinned man. It was the
feast day of St. Moses the Black
and the congregation had lined
up to venerate his icon.
"I didn't realize it was his
feast day and I didn't know
about venerating icons. I had
a paradigm shift of the many
Caucasian people kissing this
black man," Gomulka recalled.
"And I began to question what
kind of church is this? Who are
these people that color does
not seem to truly matter?"
The answer became evident
as Gomulka and her husband,

Ted, studied Christian history
and learned about the "des-
ert fathers," African saints
who helped shaped the early
church. The couple discovered
that Orthodoxy not only rec-
ognized its African heritage,
but also offered a deeper un-
derstanding of their Christian
faith, a "fullness of Christian
"Being Orthodox became so
right for us, said Gomulka,
who is Black.

Gomulka now chairs the
Detroit Metro chapter of the
Brotherhood of St. Moses the
Black, a national organization
of Black Orthodox Christians.
The group will hold its 18th
annual -.Ancient Christianity
and African-American Con-
ference Aug. 26-28 at Holy
Transfiguration Orthodox

Rev. Moses Berry is the pastor of Theotokos "Unexpected
Joy" Orthodox Church in Ash Grove, Ark. and the founder and
president of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black.

The Rev. Matthias Mo-
riak, Bishop of Chicago and
the Midwest of the Orthodox
Church in America, is the
keynote speaker on the con-

ference theme "The Ancient
Faith for Modern Problems."
A full schedule of activities is
available on the Brotherhood
Web site. The conference will

include panel discussions,
prayers, vespers, guest speak-
ers and demonstrations, in-
cluding a session on the con-
nection between Orthodoxy
and Negro spirituals.

The Rev. Moses Berry, pas-
tor of Theotokos "Unexpected
Joy" Orthodox Church in Ash
Grove, Ark. and the founder
and president of the Brother-
hood of St. Moses the Black,
will explain how the ancient
faith can free individuals from
modern spiritual and mental
prisons. He'll also offer a ses-
sion on the African roots of
Orthodoxy and the Black ex-
"What Father Moses did that
was pivotal for me was bring-
ing in family artifacts," said
Gomulka, who is familiar with
his presentations. "He is the
gate keeper of his great-great

grandfathers' slave shackles.
He has his great-grandmoth-
er's auction tag. He brings
in quilts and talks about the
oldest Negro cemetery in the
Ozarks. It became this glue
that I could attach myself to
... and understand that this is
my story, too."
Gomulka said organizers
hope to reach three distinct
audiences with the confer-
ence the Orthodox faith-
ful, those who don't know the
Gospel message, and Black
"Many of us start our spiri-
tual journey from the planta-
tion . tracing back to the
point we got off the boat or
just before we got on." But
Blacks can find their Chris-
tianrroots in the early church,
with the desert fathers. "It
started much earlier."
For more information, visit

Woodly Aloe, Pauline McQueen, Roosevelt Young, Ronnie Campbell, and Anthony
Young are among the members of the gospel group,The Golden Bells.

Local gospel group celebrates

33rd singing anniversary

Local gospel singing group,
The Golden Bells, officially
celebrated their 33rd Sing-
ing Anniversary on August 20
and 21.
However, in honor of their
talented history together,
the group has been featured
performers at several lo-
cal churches in the past few
weeks including Word of
Truth Church and Taberna-
cle Baptist Church.

The Golden Bells was or-

ganized in 1978 under the
leadership of the late Bishop
James Hudson at that time.
There have been many mem-
bers of The Golden Bells.
Some have moved on or stop
singing all together, while
others have died.
In spite of their changing
members roster through the
years, the group has contin-
ued lifting up the name of Je-
sus in song.
The current members of the
troupe include Woodly Aloe,
Pauline McQueen, Roosevelt

Young, Ronnie Campbell, An-
thony Young, Isaac McQueen
and Oscar Beachman.
The Golden Bells are a
member of the National As-
sociation of Gospel Promoters
and Mangers/Radio and Tele-
vision Personalities (NAGPM),
while group member Pauline
McQueen is the South Florida
director of NAGPM.
Looking forward to seeing
The Golden Bells perform
again? See them in concert at
the Mid-Winter Conference on
December 10 and 11, 2011.

Gospel artist Shei Atkins accuse

church of being hypocritical

By Audrey Barrick

Grammy nominated-artist
Shei Atkins announced that
she's ditching the "Gospel" label
and instead embracing R&B.
And the reason for the move,
she' said, is because she finds
the church to be too judgmental
of her music.
"The messed up thing about
the Christian community is
that there is a religious and
judgmental n entality inside of
it that holds us back and keeps
us from loving people when it
comes to music," Atkins re-
cently wrote in a commentary
featured on DaSouth.com.
Atkins hails from Houston,
Texas, and has released three
Gospel albums. It's been three
years since her last album and
she is now gearing up to release
her newest project, entitled
The Houston artist had taken
time off to pray and "get clarity
of my purpose."
Though she was celebrated in
the Gospel community for such
songs as "He Can Fix It" and
"Lord I Love You," which gar-
nered much radio play, she also
received backlash for songs that
weren't Gospel radio-friendly.
One of her controversial songs
was "Temptation," where she
describes a woman almost giv-
ing in to sexual sin.
Lyrics were not the only thing
getting her into trouble with the
Christian community. Her mu-
sic style and personal style also
proved to be problematic.
"The thing is that when some
people heard R&B on my al-
bums they were like, this is not
Gospel and the judgment be-
gan," she wrote. "I had fans who
loved me on one side and people
condemning me on the other
side calling me worldly, pull-
ing me to the side at some of
my shows about my hair color,

sending in mean letters, etc."
Her music, she acknowledged,
was not "traditional Gospel."
But Atkins explained that she
"wasn't caught up into genres"

and her aim was simply to help
people through her music. Due
to a difficult first year of mar-
riage one that almost ended
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Documentary sheds light on Black Mormons

Documentary sheds light on Black Mormons

By Lizzie Crocker

Racial issues have long been
a source of controversy within
the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints and are at
the core of a new documenta-
ry, Nobody Knows: The Untold
Story of Black Mormons. The
film treads on fraught territory,
exploring the faith's attitude to-
ward Blacks from its beginning
in 1830 up to today, featuring
interviews with Mormon schol-
ars, civil rights leaders, and
Church founder Joseph
Smith did not discriminate
against Blacks, and many
Blacks were ordained in the
priesthood during his time as

leader. According to the film,
it wasn't until after Smith's
death, when Brigham Young
took over in 1847, that racist
folklore became intertwined
with Mormon dogma. Young
preached about the myth of
Cain, who was cursed by God
and portrayed as "black" in the
Book of Genesis and the Book
of Abraham.
Darius Gray, a Black Mormon
and renowned historian who
co-produced Nobody Knows
with author Margaret Young,
was determined to restore the
Mormon gospel so that Blacks
could be ordained.
After President Spencer Kim-
ble announced in 1978 that the
priesthood restriction would

Samuel and Amanda Chambers. Sam was baptized into the
LDS Church while still a slave in 1844. His first wife was sold
off and he married Amanda Leggroan.They came to Utah in
1870, after they were freed by the Civil War.

finally be lifted, Blacks flocked
to join the Mormon faith. They
were disappointed to discover
that though the ban had been
revoked, a racial stigma still
, echoed in the church. Several
Black Mormons featured in the
movie maintain they feel seg-
regated today. "I don't mind
defending the church to Black
people," says actress Tamu
Smith. "I do mind defending my
Blackness to the church."
As for The Book of Mormon
and other instances of Mor-
mons in the mainstream, Young
said she could appreciate the
hit musical's entertainment
factor and was even amused
by HBO's polygamist show, Big
Love. But she stressed that nei-

their is an accurate portrayal
of Mormonism today. "That's
one of the issues we're dealing
with right now. The stats are
telling us that the most hated
[religious] groups in America
are Muslims and Mormons,
and when people ask questions
about Mormons, the two big-
gest issues are race and polyg-
amy. We can only hope that our
documentary will start a con-
versation about the race issue."
Nobody Knows demonstrates
just how far Black Mormons
have come since the priesthood
ban was lifted 43 years ago.
Though it's not mentioned in
the film, Africa is currently a
prime breeding ground for new
members of the church.

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New Mt. Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to their Sunday Bi-
ble School Classes at 9:30 a.m.
and Worship Service at 11 a.m.
786-326-1078, 305-635-4100.

St. Peter's African Ortho-
dox Cathedral welcomes every-
one to their Grandparents Day
Prayer Breakfast on September
10 at 9 a.m. Tickets are $15 for
adults, $5 for children. 305-
409-2856, 305-389-1530.

Faith Cathedral Outreach
and Deliverance Ministry, Inc.
invites the community to par-
ticipate in their Outreach Minis-
tries and Revival Services.

Christian Fellowship Bap-
tist Church is hosting a special
musical program on Septem-
ber 17, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. RSVP by
September 3. 305-620-2785;


New Beginning Church of
Deliverance welcomes you to
their Movie Night on Sept. 2, 6
p.m.-9 p.m. and New After Care
Program, Mondays-Fridays.

The Macedonia Mission-
ary Baptist Church invites '100
Women in White and 100 Men in
Black' for their Willing Workers
for Christ Anniversary Program
on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.

Millrock Holy Missionary
Baptist Church invites women
and men to their '100 Women in
Red: Christian Women Walking
in a New Beginning' Service on
Sept. 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Church of the Open
Door, (Congregational) United
Church of Christ (UCC), is host-
ing Revival Services, September

26-28, 7:30 p.m. nightly. 305-

Join Believers Faith Break-
through MinistriestInt'l every
Friday at 7:30 p.m. for Prophetic
Breakthrough Services. 561-
929-1518, 954-237-8196.

Believers in Christ Out-
reach Ministries Worldwide is
sponsoring Camp Meeting 2011:
Restoration Time, August 28-
Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. nightly. 786-

First Baptist Church of
Bunche Park is hosting a me-
morial service honoring The
City of Miami Police Retired
Black Officers to celebrate the
First Five Black Patrolmen hired
on September 4 at 11 a.m. Visit
um.org or call Otis Davis, 305-
965-5826 or Carolyn, 305-910-

All That God Is Interna-
tional Outreach Centers is

sponsoring an Open Mic Night.
every Friday at 7:30 p.m. For
location details and more infor-
mation, 786-255-1509 or 786-

The Women's Department
of A Mission With A New Be-
ginning Church sponsors a
Community Feeding every sec-
ond Saturday of the month,
from 10 a.m. until all the food
has been given out. For location
and additional details, call 786-

Wactor Temple African
Methodist Episcopal is hosting
their annual Wonders of Wor-
ship Celebration on September
18 at 3:30 p.m. 305-633-4077.

New Mt. Sinai Mission-
ary Baptist Church welcomes
the community to Sunday Bible
School classes at 9:30 a.m. and
Worship Service at 11 a.m. 305-

The South Florida Spiri-

tuals will journey to Waycross,
Ga., September 16-18 for an
'Evening of Song and Praise.' To
join them, call 786-838-1153.

The Heart of the City
Ministries invites everyone to
morning worship every Sunday
at 9 a.m. 305-754-1462.

New Life Family Worship
Center welcomes everyone to
their Wednesday Bible Study at
7 p.m. 305-623-0054.

The God is Love Church is
holding a reunion for past and
present members on Sept. 10,
11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Newport
Beach Resort. 786-406-4240.

Emmanuel Mission-
ary 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 includes
senior citizen activities and
brunch every Friday at 10 a.m.
to 12 p.m. 305-652-1132.

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

The Faith Church, Inc.
invites you to their service on
Sunday at 11 a.m. and their
MIA outreach service that pro-
vides free hot meals, dry goods
and clothes. Visit www.faith-
church4you.com or call 305-

0 Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church has moved but
still holds a Fish Dinner every
Friday and Saturday and In-
troduction Computer Classes
every Tuesday and Thursday at
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Reverend
Willie McCrae, 305-770-7064 or
Mother Annie Chapman, 786-

Two Eddie Long accusers break silence

By Ashley Fantz

Two young men who last
fall sued Atlanta megachurch
leader Bisho p Eddie Long for
allegedly manipulating them
into having sex when they
were teens are speaking out
against the pastor for the first
time since settling with him
out of court.
On Wednesday, Jamal Par-
ris and Spencer LeGrande,
now in their early 20s, gave
an exclusive interview to CNN
Atlanta affiliate WSB, say-
ing that they are haunted by
their experiences with Long
and that they are writing a
tell-all book about what they
say happened between them
and the powerful pastor.
Last September, Parris, Le-
Grande and two other young
men filed suit alleging Long
"uses monetary funds from
the accounts of New Birth
and other corporate and non-
profit corporate accounts to
entice the young men with
cars, clothes, jewelry, and
In May, following months
of mediation, Long and Par-
ris and LeGrande reached

cence from the start.
Parris told WSB that he grew
up without a father and that
Long seized
on that vul-
"To have a
man love me
for just who
I was. I just
had to be
me, and love
PARRIS him back,"
said Parris.
Jamal Parris pointed to a
"JL" tattoo on his arm, which
he said stands for "Jamal

Spencer LeGrande
an undisclosed settlement
agreement. The terms are not
But LeGrande and Parris
said that they couldn't keep
quiet any longer.
"It's just not enough any-
more. I thought I could cover
the pain up. I thought I could
move, start over and every-
thing will go away. I was ter-
ribly wrong," said Parris.
Talking with WSB, the men
delved into details about their
alleged relationship with Long,
who has maintained his inno-

Long," suggesting an extraor-
dinarily close relationship
between the two. Parris said
Long was with him when he
got inked.
The men told WSB that writ-
ing a book is part of their ef-
fort at healing, though it's un-
clear if the men are publishing
the book themselves or if they
have a book contract.
"You ain't ready for the se-
crets," Parris said. "I don't care
if this book sells one copy. But
if it's just for me, this is what
my life looked like, this is my
voice for the first time."

Prayer service held to honor statue

continued from 13B

to the Mountaintop" speech,
in which he is said to pre-
dict his imminent death. King
was shot and killed in Mem-
phis the day after, on April 4,
She said her father was "a
man who refused to let it be
about him but let it be about
the word of God . so as we
remember the life and legacy

of Dr. Martin Luther King, my
daddy, let it not be about us,
but feeling and being obedi-
ent to the word of God."
King's sister, Christine
King Farris, said she has had
mixed emotions over the mul-
tiple celebrations.
"I'm overjoyed at the dedica-
tion, but then I think back on
my brother, he was so hum-
ble, and he would say, 'Don't
do this for me,' she said with
a chuckle.

Nearly 40 percent of foster children are Black

continued from 12B

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church in Miami Gardens and
New Birth Baptist Church in
Opa-locka, to raise awareness
for the need for more Black fos-
ter and adoptive parents.
Yet, the federal and state

budget cuts in recent years
have hampered the agency's
outreach efforts.
However, the agency is at-
tempting to rekindling their ef-
forts to educate more churches
in the faith community about
how many children need to
find foster and even perma-
nent homes. Currently, there

are approximately 150 church-
es that have partnered with
Sailor explains that the
agency is determined to con-
tinue to reach out to Florida
churches, which is why they
held an awareness rally fol-
lowed by a networking recep-
tion for local ministers and so-

cial service agencies affiliated
with foster care.
The agency even provides a
tool kit for churches about how
to start their own adoption
For more information about
One Church, One Child of
Florida, visit www.ococfl.org or
call 888-283-0886.

Rev. Williams: God calls many, but few answer the call

continued from 12B

that he had been called to
"That [declaration] startled
me, it startled everyone," he said.
Williams struggled to accept
the message he had received,
but once accepting the call, he
moved quickly to comply.
"God calls many people, but
so few people are willing to walk
out on faith. I think some of the
problems that we have is that

those who are called are not
walking away from the things
that they are in possession of to
claim what God has in store for
us," he said.
To prepare to enter the min-
istry, Williams had decided to
further his education. In quick
succession, he had received
his bachelor's degree in 1997, a
masters of divinity in 1999 and
a doctorate in ministry in 2004.
Williams proved to be a great
.student and frequently main-
tained a 3.1 average. But his

transition to full time student
(he left his job in 1997 to pursue
his masters degree in Georgia
- which he was able to achieve
in two years), proved to be hard
on his family.
"It was very difficult because
when God calls us, God never
calls a family meeting," he said.
"It puts considerable stress and
panic on the family because
they are not privy to the voice
of God."
Juggling school bills as well
as a mortgage and other house-

hold bills were tough for the
then-graduate student and his
wife. Fortunately, a part-time
job as well as financial aid from
the college and the AME Church
allowed Williams to support his
family and his pursuit of an ad-
vanced degree.
Looking back, Williams cites
his successes as a direct corre-
lation to his submission to God.
"I believe that God has re-
warded me so much for my com-
mitment and my obedience," he

Secular music more accepting

continued from 13B

her marriage she wanted to
make music that spoke about
Finding herself limited and
judged, she made the decision
to exit the Gospel market.
But Atkins said the switch
does not mean she will no
longer create Gospel songs
or albums. She also stressed
that despite her move, she is
still on a mission for God "to

go out into the world and be a
godly example."
"Luke 5:10 says Tear not,
from now on you will be
fishing for people.' And that's
what I am doing; becoming all
things to all men that I may
by all means save some," she
stated. "If you can't see and
understand my vision, just
pray for me. Don't judge me.
My music may not be for you,
but know that I am reaching
people and that I'm on God's

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also offers students the oppor-
tunity to earn points toward
their community service hours
as they can volunteer for the
event, according to Deveaux.

Victory Restoration Taberna-
cles is pastored by Apostle Law-
rence and Prophetess TaWanda
The Diversity Fest will be held
from 1 to 4 p.m. For more infor-
mation, call 954-662-1903 or
visit www.vrtglobal.org.

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Bluesman David 'Honey Boy' Edwards dead at 96

By Caryn Rousseau
Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) Grammy-
winning Blues musician David
"Honey Boy" Edwards, believed
to be the oldest surviving Del-
ta bluesman and whose roots
stretched back to blues legend
Robert Johnson, died early
Monday in his Chicago home,
his manager said. He was 96.
Edwards had a weak heart
and his health seriously de-
clined in May, when the gui-
tarist had to cancel concerts
scheduled through November,
said his longtime manager, Mi-
chael Frank of Earwig Music.
Born in 1915 in Shaw, Mis-
sissippi, Edwards learned the
guitar growing up and started
playing professionally at age 17
in Memphis.
He came to Chicago in the

iqww /in iI Urri
1940s and played on Maxwell ters. Among Edwards' hit songs
Street, small clubs and street were "Long Tall Woman Blues,"
corners. By the 1950s Edwards "Gamblin Man" and "Just Like
had played with almost every Jesse James."
bluesman of note includ- Edwards played his last
ing Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, shows in April at the Juke Joint
Charlie Patton and Muddy Wa- Festival in Mississippi.

"Blues ain't never going any-
where," Edwards told The Asso-
ciated Press in 2008. "It can get
slow, but it ain't going nowhere.
You play a lowdown dirty shame
slow and lonesome, my mama
dead, my papa across the sea I
ain't dead but I'm just supposed
to be blues. You can take that
same blues, make it uptempo, a
shuffle blues, that's what rock
'n' roll did with it. So blues aiii't
going nowhere. Ain't goin' no-
Edwards won a 2008 Gram-
my for traditional blues album
and received a Grammy Lifetime
Achievement award in 2010.
His death represents the loss of
the last direct link to the first
generation of Mississippi blues
"That piece of the history from
that generation, people have
to read about it from now on,"
Frank said. "They won't be able

to experience the way the ear-
ly guys played it, except from
somebody who's learned it off of
a record."
Edwards was known for being
an oral historian of the music
genre and would tell biographi-
cal stories between songs at his
shows. He was recorded for the
Library of Congress in Clarks-
dale, Mississippi, in 1942.
"He had a photographic mem-
ory of every fine detail of his
entire life," Frank said. "All the
way up until he died. He had
so much history that so many
other musicians didn't have and
he was able to tell it."
Edwards gathered those sto-
ries in the 1997 book "The
World Don't Owe Me Nothing:
The Life and Times of Delta
Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards."
He wrote in the book that his fa-
ther bought a guitar for $8 from
a sharecropper and Edwards

learned to play in 1929.
"I watched my daddy play that
guitar and whenever I could I
would pick it up and strum on
it," Edwards wrote.
Edwards was known for his
far-ranging travels and played
internationally. In his 90s, he
was still playing about 70 shows
a year. Edwards would visit with
the audience after every show,
taking pictures, signing auto-
graphs and talking with fans.
He earned his nickname "Honey
Boy" from his sister, who told his
mother to "look at honey boy"
when Edwards stumbled as he
learned to walk as a toddler. He
is survived by his daughter Bet-
ty Washington and stepdaugh-
ter Dolly McGinister.
"He had his own unique
style," Frank said. "But it was
a 75-year-old style and it was
a synthesis of the people before
him and in his time."

Esther Gordy Edwards, 91, a Motown Records executive

As Motown and its Detroit
headquarters turned into a pop-
soul powerhouse, she served as
a company executive who guid-
ed a young Stevie Wonder and
managed the careers of such
era-defining artists as Smokey
Robinson, Marvin Gaye and the
When Berry Gordy Jr: wanted
to borrow $800 from his fam-
ily to found Motown Records in
1959, he knew that the most
formidable resistance would
come from his oldest sister, Es-
"You're 29 years old and what
have you done with your life?"
his sister snapped as the pair
squabbled over his request, her
brother later recalled. Edwards
assented, but only after Gordy
signed a contract pledging fu-
ture royalties as security.
As Motown and its Detroit
headquarters turned into a
pop-soul powerhouse, Esther
Gordy Edwards served as a
coifimpany executive wlio guid-
ed a young Stevie Wonder and
managed the careers of such
era-defining artists as Smokey
Robinson, Marvin Gaye and the
Yet Edwards made her most
enduring mark after the com-
pany moved to Los Angeles in
1972. She stayed behind and in
1985 turned the original offices
known as Hitsville USA into the
Motown Historical Museum.
Then she packed it with the ar-
tifacts she had pointedly saved
along the way.
Edwards died Wednesday in
Detroit 'of natural causes, the
museum announced. She was
"Whatever she did, it was

with the' highest standards,"
her brother said in a statement.
"She preserved Motown memo-
rabilia before it was memora-
bilia, collecting our history long
before we knew we were making
Wonder said he was "taken
back by the loss" of Edwards,
whom he regarded as "another
When Wonder came to Mo-
town as a boy, Edwards helped
him manage his money, ar-
ranged for tutors and enrolled
him at the Michigan School of
the Blind.
"She believed in me when
I was 14 years old," Wonder
said in a statement. "She cham-
pioned me being in Motown.

I shared with her many of my
songs first before anyone else."
Edwards played a key role
managing young acts in the
1960s. Eventually she rose to
vice president and directed Mo-
town's international operations.
"Poor kids from broken
homes would rush here after
school and hang out all night,"
Edwards said of Hitsville in a
1989 Times article. "Between
1959 and 1972, this little house
was like home for a lot of kids.
Without Motown, most of the
talent discovered in this build-
ing would have been overlooked
by society."
Edwards was "born bossy,"
her brother once said, on April
25, 1920, in Oconee, Ga. She

Debunking the myths about hospice care

To learn about hospice, it is
useful to start with debunk-
ing the common myths that in
themselves create. barriers to
Myth #1: Hospice is a place.
Hospice care takes place
wherever the need. exists -
usually the patient's home.
About 70 percent of hospice
care takes place where the pa-
tient lives.
Myth #2: Hospice is only for
people with cancer.
More than one-half of hos-
pice patients nation-wide have
diagnoses other than cancer.
In urban areas, hospices serve
a large number of HIV/AIDS
patients. Increasingly, hos-
pices are also serving families
coping with the end-stages of
chronic diseases, like emphy-
sema, Alzheimer's, cardiovas-
cular, and neuromuscular dis-
Myth #3: Hospice is only for
old people.
Although the majority of hos-
pice patients are older, hos-
pices serve patients of all ages.
Many hospices offer clinical
staff with expertise in pediatric
hospice care. Almost 20% of
hospice patients are under 65
years of age.
Myth #4: Hospice is only for
dying people.
As a family-centered concept
of care, hospice focuses as
much on the grieving family as
on the dying patient. Most hos-
pices make their grief services
available to the community at

large, serving schools, church-
es and the workplace.
Myth #5: Hospice care is ex-
Most people who use hospice
are over 65 and are entitled to
the Medicare Hospice Benefit.
This benefit covers virtually all
hospice services and requires
little, if any, out-of-pocket
costs. This means that there
are no financial burdens in-
curred by the family, in sharp
contrast to the huge finan-
cial expenses at the end of life
which may be incurred when
hospice is not used.
Myth #6: Hospice is not cov-
ered by managed care.
While managed care orga-
nizations (MCOs) are not re-
quired to include hospice cov-

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can use their Medicare hospice
benefit anytime, anywhere
they choose. They are not
locked into the end-of-life ser-
vices offered or not offered by
the MCOs. On the other hand,
those under 65 are confined to
the MCOs services, but most
provide at least some coverage
for hospice.
Myth #7: Hospice is for when
there is no hope.
When death is in sight, there
are two options: submit with-
out hope or live life as fully as
ever until the end. The gift of
hospice is its capacity to help
families see how much can
be shared at the end of life
through personal and spiritual
connections often left behind.

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Steven R. Nickerson, AP Berry and Bertha Gordy and as
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Esther attended both Howard
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and.had a son before divorcing.
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for dieters

By Ron Barnett

Researchers have developed
a way to fight obesity by help-
ing people answer one funda-
mental question: How many
bites of food are you eating?
The Bite Counter; a wrist-
watch-shaped device being
marketed- to weight-loss clin-
ics and fitness professionals,
uses technology developed by
a Clemson University team
for the military to track body
movements in clearing build-
ings of insurgents in Iraq,
says Adam Hoover, an electn-
cal engineering professor who
handled the technical aspects
of the design.
It's expected to be on the
consumer market in about a
year for about $100, he says.
Like a pedometer, it keeps
count of a repetitive physical
movement. But putting fork to
mouth is more complex than
walking. "A pedometer can't

and off to tally wrist-roll motion while eating.

tell what kind of motion you're
making. This tracks a very,
specific motion," Hoover says.
The wrist rotation neces-
sary to move a fork from plate
to mouth turns out to be the
critical motion in eating; the
machine counts bites with 90
percent accuracy, he says.
It also counts bites taken
without the use of a fork or
spoon, such as eating an ap-
ple; the rotation of the wrist is

the same whether eating with
the hands or utensils, Hoover
Hoover and his co-inventor,
psychologist Eric Muth, have
found that one bite generally
averages about 25 calories.
Muth says he eats about
80 bites a day 20 each at
breakfast and lunch and 40 at
dinner. But the healthy num-
ber of bites can vary from one
person to another, he adds.

r mouth DI APE

"The first thing is to make
it obvious that they're eat-
ing more than they think. If
they know that, the behavior
change will come a little eas-
Still, he says, you have to
want to change.
Marjorie Nolan, a regis-
tered dietitian and spokes-
woman for the American Di-
etetic Association, who was
not involved in the device's
development, says such a de-
vice could be helpful for some
people. "This would be a good
tool for someone who gener-
ally knows what is healthy
and unhealthy but maybe has
more of an issue with portion
control," she says.
Patrick O'Neil, director of
the Weight Management Cen-
ter at the Medical University
of South Carolina, is just be-
ginning a study to determine
how effective the Bite Counter
may be in aiding weight loss.
The data aren't in yet, he
says, but "any approach peo-
ple take in what we call self-
monitoring . usually helps
people control their intake."

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Drug shortages lead to price gouging:

Markups as high as 50 times in report On the' 4ymairh t' :'

By Liz Szabo

Scalping tickets to a rock con-
cert can get you arrested. But
reselling lifesaving medications
at a hefty markup is a thriving
With the nation in the midst
of a record shortage of prescrip-
tion drugs including vital
medications used in everything
from surgery to chemotherapy
- unscrupulous marketers are
stockpiling hard-to-find drugs
and attempting to sell them
back to hospitals at up to 50
times their normal prices, a
new report says.
While pharmaceutical price
gouging isn't illegal, it is sleazy
- and potentially dangerous,
says Mike Cohen,of the Insti-
tute for Safe Medication Prac-
tices, which is conducting re-
search on the "gray market" for
prescription drugs.
Hospital pharmacists get dai-
ly phone calls, faxes and e-mails
from eager salesmen looking to
solve their shortages for the
right price, says Jennifer Red-
dan, director of drug policy at
Indiana University Health Sys-

tem in Indianapolis.
At a time when legitimate
wholesalers can't find drugs for
their customers, fly-by-night
vendors are asking hospitals
to. pay an average of 6.5 times
the normal price for a drug,
according to a report released
this week from Premier health
care alliance, a Charlotte-based
quality improvement group.
A blood pressure drug called
labetalol, for example, usually
costs $25 a dose. This year,
hospitals have been asked to
pay $1,200, says Premier's
Mike Alkire.
Hospitals often refuse But
"even those-thatdeal -with rep-
utable vendors are paying an
average of 11 percent more for
hard-to-find drugs, spending
an extra $200 million a year,
found a March survey from Pre-
This year alone, the Food and
Drug Administration has listed
180 drugs in short supply. Hos-
pitals have responded, in some
cases, by delaying surgeries or
turning to less-effective drugs.
"Instead of trying to help,
there are predators making it

Among backordered drugs with the biggest markups:

Labetalolv (cardiology)............................ ...........4,533%
Cytarablne (cancer).................................................3,980%
Dexamethasone (cancer) and rheumatology).........3,857%
ILeucovorin (cancer).... '................................. 3,170%-
Propofol (critical care sedation and sLurgery)...........3,161%
Papavarine (critical care) .........................................2,979% .
Protamlne (critical care)...........................................2,752%
Levophed (critical care)..........................................2,642% ,
Sodium chloride concentrate (critical, care)......,,;,,50%
Furosemide (critical care)....................,.................. l,7ai2% 0

Source: Premier healthcare alliance report

worse, charging more because
they know they can," says Sen.
Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who
has introduced legislation to
require dgrtagmakerswto -give the
FDA six months' notice of im-
pendifing"shortages. "This cries
out for a solution."
Price gougers find drugs
in several ways, Cohen says.
Some contact doctors' offices,
offering to buy back drugs the
practice doesn't need. Then,
they try to resell them at huge
The Healthcare Distribu-
tion Management Association
condemns price gouging, says
spokesman John Parker. The

industry group representing
pharmaceutical wholesalers
and distributors handles 90
percent of all pharmaceutical
sales in the USA, buying direct-
ly from manufacturers and de-
livering only to licensed health
care providers. Its members
"do not participate in the 'gray
market,'" Parker says.
Buying from unauthorized.
dealers can put patients at risk
by circulating counterfeit or
stolen medications, Alkire says.
These drugs also may not have
been stored and handled prop-
erly, which can render some
medications ineffective or even
dangerous, he says.


they cah't identify cause and
effect. They are identifying as-
sociations, and what we know
from gold-standard research
that does look at cause and ef-
fect is that higher protein diets
that include beef are very effec-
tive for helping people manage
their weight and balance their .
blood sugars, both important
factors for reducing your risk of
developing diabetes."
Diabetes afflicts more than
25 million adults and children
in the USA. Most have type 2
"Type 2 diabetes has a very:
strong genetic component, and
multiple environmental factors,
such as obesity, physical in-
activity and poor diet interact
with genetics to increase the
risk and accelerate the devel-
opment of the disease," says
Vivian Fonseca of the American
Diabetes Association and a pro-
fessor of medicine at Tulane.
"People who are eating a lot of
red meat and processed meat
may not be eating as much
nuts, beans and fish, which
may be protective" against de-
veloping diabetes, he says.

By Nanci Hellmich

Skip the hot dogs, hold the
bacon and forget the sausage.
Eating processed meats and
red meat regularly increases
your risk of type 2 diabetes, a
large study shows.
Harvard School of Public
Health researchers analyzed
dietary-intake data from more
than 200,000 people in the
Health Professionals Follow-Up
Study and the Nurses' Health
Studies. The participants have
been tracked for a decade or
The scientists also did a larger
analysis, combining their data
and that from other published
studies to analyze the diets of
442,101 people. About 28,000
of these people developed type
2 diabetes.
The researchers adjusted for
the participants' age, weight,
physical activity level, smoking,
family history of diabetes and
other dietary and lifestyle fac-
tors. Their findings, published
online in the American Journal
of Clinical Nutrition:
A 2-ounce serving a day of

red meat twice a day can in-
crease a woman's risk of heart
disease by nearly a third.
processed meat (hot dog, ba-
con, salami or bologna) in-
creased the risk of diabetes by
50 percent.
A 4-ounce serving a day
(the size of a deck of cards) of
unprocessed red meat such
as hamburger, steak, pork or
lamb was associated with a 20
percent increased risk of dia-

Substituting nuts, whole
grains and low-fat dairy such
as yogurt for a serving a day
of these types of processed or
unprocessed meats lowers the
risk of developing type 2 diabe-
tes by 16 percent to 35 percent.
"Clearly, processed meat is
much worse than unprocessed
meat for raising the risk, but
unprocessed red meat is not be-
nign," says senior author Frank
Hu, a professor of nutrition and
epidemiology at the Harvard
School of Public Health.
Hu says the high amount of
sodium, nitrites and nitrates
in processed meats are poten-
tial factors that increase diabe-
tes risk. With red meat, it may
be the high amount of iron, he
says. "There are probably other
factors in these meats that con-
tribute to diabetes." '
Previous research has linked
eating red meat and processed
meat to an increased risk of
heart disease and cancer.
Registered dietitian Shalene
McNeill, a spokeswoman for
the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association, says, "These are
epidemiological studies, and

Economy taking its toll on childbearing

By Sharon Jayson

Women starting families to-
day might not think they have
a lot in common with women
during the Great Depression,
but a new government analy-
sis of birth data suggests oth-
The struggling economy may
be causing women of child-
bearing age to have fewer or
no children, suggests demog-

rapher Sharon Kirmeyer of the
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, lead author of
two reports out recently that
analyzed historical childbear-
ing data.
Census data show that in
2010, 18.8 percent of wom-
. en ages 40-44 were child-
less, echoing a trend from the
1930s found in the CDC analy-
sis. Of 100,000 women born in
1910 who turned 25 in 1935 at

the height of the Great Depres-
sion, 19.7 percent were child-
less by age 50.
Demographers know that
fertility rates drop during eco-
nomic turmoil.
"The longer this goes on, the
more likely it is to lead to a pro-
longed shift in fertility," says
Mark Mather of the non-profit
Population Reference Bureau.
Sociologist W. Bradford Wil-
cox of the University of Virginia

in Charlottesville studies mar-
riage and birth trends and has
a consulting company that is-
sues periodic fertility forecasts.
For women in their 20s and
early 30s, Wilcox suggests "an
uptick in childlessness" and
one-child families. "The reces-
sion is driving the fertility rate
down. A larger share of women
will be forgoing or postponing
births until the economy kicks
into high gear," he says.

SKIN EXPOSURE: Black is beautiful, but is it unhealthy?

to UV rays from the sun.
However, since melanin
blocks those UV rays, it also
inhibits vitamin D production
in the body, says Dr. Valerie D.
Callender, Associate Professor
of Dermatology, Howard Uni-
This may explain why several
studies report that anywhere
from 36 to 97 percent of Blacks
have low levels of vitamin D.
Poor dietary intake of vitamin
D from dairy, given the preva-
lence of lactose-intolerance
in the Black community, also
plays a role.
New research reveals a link
between the more common type
of breast cancer in Black wom-
en, triple-negative breast can-
cer, and low vitamin D levels.
Last month, a small study
of 89 New York Giants play-
ers showed that players with-
lower Vitamin D levels were
more likely to be injured. Over
90 percent of the Black players
were vitamin D deficient, with
levels lower than white players
who were also deficient.
A 2008 study tied low vitamin
D levels to an overall increased
chance of early death.
"Vitamin D levels in the blood
are associated with prostate,

body cannot absorb calcium.
Latrice Landry, researcher
at Tufts University's Friedman
School of Nutrition Science and
Policy, says UV absorption can
greatly differ based on skin col-
"Though someone with pale
skin can get adequate vitamin
D by exposing their arms and
legs to the sun for 10 to 15 min-
utes twice a week in the sum-
mer, someone with the darkest
skin might need two hours of
exposure each time," she adds.
Dr. Wendy Roberts, a derma-
tologist who specializes in eth-
nic skin of color and geriatric
dermatology, has had similar
"Many African-Americans
live and work in the sunbelt,
and while [they are] not out-
door tanning, they experience
the same UV exposure that
whites do while doing their
daily activities," she points out.
Yet, there is still a disparity
in who develops vitamin D de-
While sunscreen blocks
some UV rays, skipping sun-
screen to boost vitamin D pro-
duction is not advised given
the well-proven risk of skin

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from premature aging and UV
rays, but its protection increas-
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* cording to research presented
this month.
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vitamin D a nutrient known
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colon and breast cancer," says
Dr. Rick Kittles, Director of the
Institute of Human Genetics at
the University of Illinois at Chi-
cago. "But, we don't know the
The body also uses vitamin D
for specific daily functions. Ac-
cording to the NIH, the immune
system needs the nutrient to
appropriately fight off bacteria
and viruses. Nerves also need
it to effectively carry messages
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One in 25 pregnant
women were homeless in
the year prior to deliver) -
most of whom were Black
- according to new CDC
Published in the cur-
rent issue of Pediatrics, the
study raises concerns about
the health of these women
and their unborn children.
Babies born to the home-
less or recently homeless
women had lower birth
weights, and longer, more
complicated hospital stays.
Particularly, when the w\om-
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The women surveyed
were more likely to be
young, Black. unmarried,
uninsured, and less edu-
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likely to breastfeed or have
prenatal care.

If Ihomeless women
don't even have a home
and they re worried about
where they're going to live
and thinking about every-
thing else, then health care
may not be the top priority."
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at Bngham Young Univer-
Richards and her team
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By Julie Steenhusyen

For the second year in a row, U.S.
health experts are urging all Ameri-
cans to get a flu shot, even though
the circulating strains of flu have not
changed since the 2010-2011 flu sea-
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention said recently the rec-
ommendation applied to everyone over
six months of age even those who
got flu shots last year against the same
flu strains.
This year's vaccine protects against
H1N1 swine flu and two other flu
strains called H3N2 and influenza B.
The CDC said it was possible that
immunity provided from last year's
flu shots which included the H1NI1
pandemic flu strain-- may have faded.
The new recommendations from the
CDC's Advisory Committee on Immu-
nization Practices, which were pub-
lished in the agency's weekly report on
death and disease, also cover Sanofi-
Aventis' newly approved Fluzone In-
tradermal vaccine for adults aged 18
to 64.
The vaccine, which uses a short
needle and delivers the vaccine into

the skin rather than the muscle, can
be used as an alternative to traditional
Eventually this season, the CDC of-
ficials said, the five companies that
make flu vaccine for the U.S. market
expect to provide 166 million doses of
vaccine. That compares with 157 mil-
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Children aged six months to age
eight who are getting a flu shot
for the first time will need two
flu shots given at least a
month apart to build up
immunity, according to the
CDC recommendations.
But children in that age group who
were vaccinated last year will need
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What women should

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By Arlene Cameron
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There are a few things that
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stroke. More women -than
men suffer from stroke each
year, 425,000 compared to
370,000. Stroke kills twice
as many women each year
as breast cancer. Black
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stroke is the number one"
cause of death for Hispanic
Because stroke affects so
many women, it is important
to be familiar with the signs of
stroke and seek medical help
quickly. Women and men
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Problems with women who are homeless, pregnant Holyland Jordan

continued from 17B

currently at full capacity.
"One of our main programs is
our crisis center and it's a 44-bed
facility here in South East D.C.
and one of the main goals at the
crisis center is to help our youth
transition to self-sufficiency,"
said Carletta Mack, director of

external affairs at the Covenant
The center has housing for preg-
nant women and young mothers.
The staff personalizes a strategy
for each woman, identifying her
unique needs. This includes an
evaluation of her housing situa-
tion, education and financial sit-
uation, plus whether the mother
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Fruits, veggies: Brighten your smile

continued from 17B

an abrasive scrub for teeth.
These foods are nature's tooth-
brush. They also stimulate the
production of saliva, which
helps keep plaque from form-
ing. Stain sticks to plaque.

The acid in oranges and pine-
apples may whiten and bright-
en the surface of the teeth. The
acid also contains enzymes that
kill bacteria that cause tooth
decay and bad breath. "Saliva
is the body's wonder fluid,"
says Chase, and eating juicy
citrus increases saliva produc-
tion that washes away foods
that stain like coffee, soda and

red wine.

Strawberries contain an en-
zyme called malic acid that can
whiten teeth. Munch berries
several times a week to natu-
rally whiten chompers.

Dairy products such as yo-
gurt, milk and hard cheeses
like cheddar contain lactic
acid, which may help protect
teeth against decay. Research-
ers think proteins in yogurt
may bind to teeth and prevent
them from attack by harmful
acids that cause cavities. Dairy
is also loaded with calcium,
which guards and strengthens
bone that holds teeth in place.

"If we have a young, pregnant
mother the priority is to ensure
that they're healthy and that
they have what they need to get
ready for the birth of their child.
We also have an affiliation with
Children's Hospital and we refer
them to their specialists who can
provide services or help her find
a doctor of her own."
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On Sunday, September 4th,
Saint Agnes' Episcopal Church
will welcome the Reverend
Canon Nelson W. Pinder, D.D.,
L.H.D., a 2011 Inductee into
the Morehouse College Preach-
ers Hall of Fame, to preach the
34th Anniversary of the Rec-
torship of the Reverend Canon
Richard Livingston Marquess-
Barry, D.D., L.H.D.
There is only one celebration,
Solemn Choral Eucharist with
Sermon 9 a.m. A cordial invita-
tion is extended to all to wor-
ship and fellowship with us as

we observe Canon Marquess-
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"Let's Go Back"
Musical concert featuring
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Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP by September 3rd
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Musical at Holy Cross
Extravaganza sponsored by
"Anointed" 3 p.m., Sunday,
September 4th at Holy Cross
Church, 1555 NW 93 Terrace.
Featuring Vision Gospel Sing-
ers, Cross Brothers of Ft. Lau-
derdale, Earth Angeles, The
Wimberly of Miami, Sisters of
Ft. Lauderdale, and many more.

Black women have strokes more than any other race; be familiar with stroke signs

continued from 17B
the rapid onset of hiccups,
nausea, fatigue, chest pain,
face and limb pain, shortness of
breath or heart palpitations.
Both women and men share
many of the same risk factors
for stroke. While a person of
any age can have a stroke, risk
does increase with age. In fact,
the chances of having a stroke
double for every 10 years after
the age of 55. Other risk factors
include a family history of
stroke, high blood pressure or

cholesterol, smoking, diabetes,
being overweight and not
Women also have some
exclusive risk factors that could
raise their risk of having a
stroke, which include:
Taking birth control pills
Experiencing natural
changes in the body during
pregnancy that increase blood
pressure and put stress on the
Using hormone replacement
therapy to relieve symptoms of
Being postmenopausal
and having a waist that is

larger than 35.2 inches and a
triglyceride level higher than
128 milligrams per liter
Being a migraine headache
Women can take an active
role in preventing stroke by
monitoring their blood pressure,
not smoking, getting tested
for diabetes, knowing their
cholesterol and triglyceride
levels, limiting alcohol and
maintaining a healthy weight.
Usage of birth control pills are
generally considered to be safe
for young, healthy women.
However, they can raise the

risk of stroke in some women
who are over 35, smoke, have
diabetes, and high blood
pressure or cholesterol.
Although there is no cure for
a stroke, there are treatment
options available. The most
common types of strokes,
which are strokes caused by
blood clots, are called ischemic
strokes. This stroke usually
occurs due to blockage of a blood
vessel in the brain by a blood
clot. Strokes of this type can
be treated with a clot-busting
drug such as tPA, or tissue
plasminogen activator. In order

to be effective, the medication
must be administered within
three hours of the initial onset
of symptoms.
Other treatment practices
may include prescribing
anticoagulants, such as
coumadin and antiplatelet
drugs, such as aspirin. These
may be prescribed to help
prevent a stroke in people who
are high risk. In other cases,
surgery may be recommended
to treat or prevent stroke.
Carotid endarterectomy can
be performed to remove
fatty deposits that clog the

carotid artery in the neck. If
a person does have a stroke,
rehabilitation can help rebuild
strength, capability and
confidence to continue daily
If a stroke occurs, seek
medical attention immediately
by dialing 911.
North Shore Medical Center's
stroke program has been
awarded certification from
the Joint Commission as an
Advanced Primary Stroke
To learn more about stroke
care, call us at 305-835-6000.

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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Services
Wed hIf ril..'.ry Pr yN r
Mar...rg ,rv.le 11 a m
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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.

Order of Services
Man thru Fri Nonn Day Provayer
BhI Siudy inury,, Pp
Sunday Worhtp I II m
Sunday 1t0,0o 9 Wd .,

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

Order of Services
Sunday P 3 Oand 11 am
9 3 0 -a at, ,- day Sr t,
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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
Fax: 305-685-0705

Bihp. ito CrrS inD ,Senior Pastor

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

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I Sunday School 9
Woarhip Ia
SBible Sludy Firur.da
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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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Sunday Sha,)l 4 d m
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New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

Order of Services
Early Surday Wo hip I OAam
Sunday Strh,',,l 9 30 a m
S Surday Mca,rril1] Waornip II aT,
Surld, y r ,er ,in ori i b ,pii
Slut,,day P,0yery M, Iu P A yrT-
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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

Order of Services
Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m.
Evening Worship 6p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Television Program Sure Foundation
My33 WBFS/Comcast 3 Saturday -7:30 a.m.
www.pembrokeparkchurchofthrist.com pembrokeporkcoc@bellsouth.net
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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

Order of Services
S SUNiAY WorhipS rwide
S Morning a a.
Chuirh SholrI 830 a m
FeedBng Mi.itriry I2 noirn
Bible Sudy Ipm

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

Order of Services
LNhuO, Sunday tiool8 830 am
,untdoy Wi o 'rl' line10 a a,,
MId Weeil Siro wed,,o,day

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

---- Order of Services

Sunday Shool lU m
Thursday 7 p m Bible
Sludy Prayer Me ling IU
I Bapui Thur; belore

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

Order of Services
A730 a m Early Morrn,, wor.hip
1 II am Mornig Wort.hp
SEarimg Worrhip
W A A Id 3rd Sunday pm
luedady kible Sludy 7 pim
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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

Order of Services
Lord Day Suolday Shool 9 45om
Sunday MomA..g Wort.p 11a m

St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue


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Hadley Davis
cery store clerk,
died August 23
at University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday at Gam-
ble Memorial.

JOSEPH PIERRE, 75, window
maker, died Au-
gust 25. Service
10 a.m., Sat-
urday at Notre' B
Dame D' Haiti. '

TYRONE OLIVER, 70, retired
died August
27. Service 12
p.m. Saturday
at Broadmoore
Baptist Church.

retired entre-
preneur, died
August 26. Ser-
vice 12:30 p.m.,
Thursday at
Shekinah Glory
Praise Center.

died August 27
at North Shore
Medical Cen-
ter. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at New Mt. Zion
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

RUBEN GILES aka "The God-
father," 71, unit
treatment su-
pervisor, died
August 27 at
Jackson North
Hospital. Wake
6-9 p.m., Friday
at 2070 Rutland
St Ona Locka

FL. Service 12 p.m.,
Mt. Zion AME Church.

aide, died Au-
gust 27. Service
3 p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

Roberts Po
her's aide, died
August 25 at Vil-
la Maria Nursing
Home. Service
12 p.m., Friday
in the chapel.

Wright and Young
"Duke", 37,
music producer,
died August 23.
Survivors are
parents, Al and
Rosetta Gor-
don; daughter,
Lacoria Gordon;
brother, Ka-
loney Gordon; niece, Kalonna Gor-
don, a host of aunts, uncles and
cousins. Service 2 p.m, Saturday at
Antioch M.B. Church, 21311 North-
west 34th Avenue, Miami Gardens.

retired, August -
29 at Miami
Jackson Long
Term Care Fa-
cility. Service 10
a.m., Saturday
at Peace Mis-
sionary Baptist

ANN BALDWIN, 56, retired
nurse, died
August 20 at
home. Survi-
vors are hus-
band, Deacon
Joseph Baldwin;
two daughters,
Bernadette C.
(Marc) and Jolisha Baldwin; grand-
son, Dakari Thompson. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Antioch Mission-
ary Baptist Church of Miami Gar-

"Baby Brown,"
1, died August
27 at Jackson
Memorial Hos-
pital. Survivors
are mother,
Sharon; father,
Willy; step-
brother, W illy, Jr. '
Viewing 4-9 p.m. in the chapel. Ser-
vice 10 a.m., Saturday at Friend-
ship Missionary Baptist Church.


90, a long time
Miamian for
home help over 85 years
died August
29 at Kindred
Hospital. She
was born in

27, 1921. She attended B.T.
Washington High School. Margaret
.. Mhas always been a member of
Ebenezer United Methodist Church,
and has received recognition for
her participation and loyalty. She
S Fworked in the Dade County Public
School system for over 33 years.
itier Margaret always took great pride in
85, teach- educating students for the future.
Survivors include: a devoted

Lovette and family, host of relatives
and friends. Viewing 3-7:30 p.m.,
Friday in the chapel. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Ebenezer United
Methodist Church, 2001 N.W. 35th
Street with the interment at Dade
Memorial Park-North.

ALFRED CURTIS, 73, cab driv-
er, died August
15 at University
of Miami Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at New Hope
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

JEROME CAULEY, 50, laborer,
died August 24
at North Shore
Medical Center.
Service 4 p.m.,
Saturday in the .

JOE PIERCE, 78, laborer, died
August 24 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. .
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at 93
Street Com- .
munity Baptist

at home. Service 2 p.m., Saturday
at Macedonia Missionary Baptist
Church, Coconut Grove.


worker, died
August 22 at
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at St.
Luke M.B.

JR., 82,
foreman, died
August 26 at
Baptist Hospital.
Service 2 p.m., .
Saturday in the

died August
24 at Jackson
Survivors are .
sons, Alexander,
D o n e I I ;
Tiffany, Samantha and grandkids.
Service 12 p.m., Saturday in the

Sr., 88, retired
therapist, died
August 22 at
home. Survivors
are his three
children, Wilfred
Glass, Alfred
Glass and Linda
Glass Bell. Viewing 4 8 p.m.,
September 2 in the chapel. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Friendship
M.B. Church of Hallandale Beach.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

"Sister B"
09/16/1947 09/05/2010

For many years I have said
to you, "me, you, and Jesus."
Now I feel bless to say "Je-
sus, you, and me."
I will love you always, your
husband, Benny.

In Memoriam

69, laborer,
died August 29.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, in the

homemaker, died August 25.
Services were held.

August 24 at
North Shore ".
Medical Center.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Calvary M.B. -

Boyd Panciera
retired nurse,
died August 26
at home.
Service 4 p.m.,
Wednesday at
Boyd Panciera
Family Funeral
Care in

Nakia Ingraham
August 21 at Memorial Hospital.
Service 11 a.m., Friday at Friend-
ship Baptist Church.

August 27 at home. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at New Jerusalem.

August 25 at Memorial Hospital.
Service 11 a.m., Monday in the


Card of Thanks


wishes to thank you for your
heartfelt condolences. We
were grateful to enjoy your
company and hear your lovely
Your words and deeds
were not only a comfort, but
a source of strength for our
family in this difficult time.
The generosity and support
from family, friends and the
community was greatly ap-
preciated and your presence
helped to lighten our burden.
Again, we thank you with all
our heart.
Love, The Thomas family.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


express our sincere apprecia-
tion to all of you.
Thanks for your lovely
cards, flowers, plants, phone
calls, comforting prayers,
words of encouragement, vis-
its, covered dishes and mon-
etary donations.
May God bless and keep
each of you.
The Family


2321 Northwest 62" Street
Miami, Florida 33147

02/05/47 08/31/10

Gone, but not forgotten.
A special friend, Minnie Lou
Williams and a loving sister,
Ozellia Horne Etherige and

In Memoriam

12/10/55 08/31/09

From your loving family;
brothers, Levi Jr. and Fred

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

LOTTIE MILLER, 79, homemak-
er, died August 21 at home. Ser-
vice 2 p.m., Saturday at National
Churchh nf nGod

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to express their ap-
preciation to those that sup-
ported us in our time of grief.
Thanks for the visits to the fu-
neral home, flowers, prayers,
e-mails, cards, memorial do-
nations and for your atten-
dance at the service.
May God bless each of you
is our prayer
The Family

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He may only be 30-',ears-old. but
Miami native Tarell Alv'in McCrane,.
a graduate of the New World School
of the Arts and the Yale School ol"
Drama, is a young, talented brother
that has taken the world d of theater
by storm. Hailed by the New York
Times as a "thrilling new voice." he

assumes the rare position as direc-
tor for his play "The Brothers Size."
which earned him the first annual
Newu York Times Outstanding Play-
\ right Award in 2009 and makes its
Florida premier at the GableStage at
the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.
Opening night is Saturday. Sept.
3rd and will feature the talents of
Teo Castellanos, Ryan George and
Please turn to BROTHERS 2C

'Survival of the fittest' in

Lil Wayne, Keri Hilson tour

By Steve Knopper

R&B singer Keri Hilson
barely gets to see her old
friend, rapper Lil Wayne, even
though they're on the same
stage every night as part of
the I'm Still Music tour.
Instead of hanging out with
his friends and colleagues,
Wayne leaves the stage and
immediately heads back to his
mobile studio to work on new
raps and beats for the next 24
hours. He's notorious for stay-
ing up every night, spewing
out an insane amount of beats
and rhymes.
Hilson can relate to his work
"I keep the same hours," she
says. "You don't get to this
level without having a mind-
set of 'sleep sold separately.'
It's survival of the fittest. If
you're not exercising your tal-
ent every day, then you're not
fit to have longevity."
Like Lil Wayne, Hilson began
performing at an early age.
Growing up in Decatur, Ga.,
she was a fan of "Star Search"
and other TV talent shows;
her parents encouraged her to
take piano and voice lessons.
Soon she developed Atlanta
connections with produc-
ers like Anthony Dent, who
worked with Destiny's Child
and Diddy, and expanded to
work with Usher and Ludac-
ris while studying at Emory
University. "I had many, many
days of no sleep. I would come
in from the studio at 4 or 5 in
the morning, (then) study for
an 8 a.m. test," says Hilson,
28. "I couldn't have music
if my grades weren't good. I
couldn't just flunk out of col-
lege. I knew what that meant
to my parents."
Hilson's fans know her as

the scantily clad singer who
churns out aggressive R&B
anthems like "Turnin' Me
On," "Buyou" and "Pretty Girl
Rock." But her solo stardom
is relatively recent for
years she was a songwriter
for others, most notably as a
member of Atlanta's Clutch,
which penned hits for Britney
Spears, Ciara and Timbaland.
Eventually, with help from
powerful music-business

friends, Hilson signed with In-
terscope Records and put out
her 2009 debut, "In a Perfect
World." Last year's follow-up,
"No Boys Allowed," cranks
up the over-the-top boom-
ing dance music and guest
megastars by rapper Rick
Ross, singer Chris Brown and
more than a dozen producers,
including Timbaland and Ne-
Yo. It's more booty-shaking
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Hurray! Schools are open
and the 343,000 Miami-Dade
County students have begun
to settle down, while many are
still registering and changing
classes. Superintendent
Alberto Carvalho put his
responsibilities in the mix and
kicked off by having 50,000
teachers with 15,000 joining
the system for the first time.
He also invited the teachers
to a briefing at Miami Edison
Middle School to appear for
the 2011-12 school year.
He did not waste any time
pumping them up when he
informed them of a bonus
from $5,000 to $38,000 based
their "teacher pedagogy." He
received the largest applause,
when he indicated, "No one
was fired and fifteen hundreds
were hired."
While the teachers were
attending the meeting, the
bus drivers doing an annual
tour to facilitate their pick-up
stops. My neighbor Clifford
Brown, was out following the
bus drivers to give them some
assistance if needed.
Parents also played a major
part in getting the students
ready for school..
Kudos go out to the many
churches that provided book
bags for the children: Ebenezer
UMC, Jordan Grove MBC, Mt.
Tabor, Mount Hermon AME,
St. Mark MBC, New Shiloh
MBC, New Birth Cathedral
International, Primitive
Baptist Church, and host of

agents, such as
Jessie Thrice,
Action Agency,
Walgreens ,
Walmart and
The superintendent
recommended closing down
MacArthur Alternative school
since the enrollment has
decreased to 150 students.
Currently, the students were
transferred to Jan Mann
Opportunity and the teachers
transferred to several schools.
One of the teachers, Maurice
Long, is happy to be at
Booker T. Washington. Long
has winning the Adventist
Basketball Championship for
several years at Bethany SDA.
*********** ***
The Kings Daughters from
Bethany SDA, paid tribute
to Dr. Lorraine F. Strachan
for her birthday in July and
50th anniversary on last
Saturday at the church in
front of a capacity-filled
edifice of family members,
church members, and Singing
Angels. The highlight of the
program included Dr. Richard
J. Strachan establishing a
scholarship fund for Miami
Union Academy which was
presented to Shelly Gardiner,
vice president, who also
received a letter with three
criteria: a high GPA average,
a member of an Adventist
church, and high morales.
Members of The King

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Mrs. Ruth Clarke
celebrated her 95th birthday
with her family and church
friends on August 13.
Everyone in attendance had
a memorable evening with
Mrs. Clarke. The birthday
party was given by her
daughter Arnett Hepburn.
I wish you continued
happiness Mrs. Clarke.
Get well wishes to all of
you. May you soon return
to good health: Fredricka
Fisher, Naomi Allen-
Adams, Inez McKinney
Dean-Johnson, Dwight
L. Jackson, Nathaniel
Gordon, Sr., Hansel Higgs,
Sue Francis, Willie Reed
Williams, Lillian E. Davis,
Mildred "PI" Ashley,
Ernestine Ross-Collins,
Joyce Gibson, Rose Collins,
Edith Jenkins-Coverson,
Yvonne Johnson-Gaitor,
Theodore Dean, Rosalyn
Mims-James and Richard


retired from
Myrtle Grove Elementary
before saving goodbye to the
land of work. She worked at
Parkway Elementary 'also.
Congratulations on your
retirement and a very happy
birthday on August 30.
The Puyol family
worshipped last Sunday
at. Saint Agnes Episcopal
Church where all of them
attended as children, along
with their mother, Loraine
Puyol. The occasion was in
Thanksgiving for the safe
return of their offspring:
Charles Monroe, from the
military after 30 years;
Tyrone Russell, spent
27 years in the Army and
Bryan Russell, who lives in,
Atlanta, GA also returned
home. Jean Monroe, who
lives in Exuma in the

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Morley, G


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Jobson and Joan Jones.
After service, lunch was
provided by Barbara Glenn,
Lamont Glenn, Dr.
Maude Scott, Oliver
Walthour, Ossie
Randall and Michael
Also, Ms. P. Staley,
Hazel Sowkin,
Robert Henley,
keynote speaker and
technology expert for
the South East region WILLI
for the Adventist
church and Boyd Donvour,
who prepared the lovely
picture of the honoree.
Kudos go out to family
members that came from near
and far: Loris, Travis, Mark,
Charles, Kenia, Dr. Eddie
and Betty Strachan, Mary
Farrington, Jean Glover,
Dr. Inez Rowe, Anton Bell,
Mamie Ivory, Etta Mae
Lowery, Lonnie McCartney,
Joe and Shelia Mack.
Following the church service,
family went to the home of the
deceased, where a museum
has been establish for select
people to pass through during
Black History Month.
Pastor Barry Bonner had
the honor of blessing the
*************** *
Congratulations go out to
Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson and her staff for
providing the community with
a successful Job Fair which
included a town hall meeting

Bahamas 'was also home
to join the family. Joan
Ballard, Jean's twin, who
lives in Baltimore was also
home for the celebration.
Adrian and his wife
Carolyn, who live in Dallas
returned home also for the
memorable occasion. The
Puyol children are Henry,
Elois, Antonio, Adrian,
Jean and Joan.
Dr. Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall, school board
member of District 2, met and
have formulated her plans
with her committee members
for a domestic violence
awareness workshop, which
will be held on Saturday,
September 24 from 10 a.m.-
2 p.m. at the Joseph Caleb
Center. Judge Shirlyon
McWhorter-Jones, Beverly
Nixon, Dorothy Saunders,
Gladys Lynch and Alstene
McKinney, are among those
who will be present to work
with you and answer your
questions at the workshop.
,Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to the
lovebirds of the week:

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Local boy uses childhood pain as inspiration

continued from 1C

Sheaun McKinney.
McCraney, who is unabash-
edly gay and was once men-
tored by the late, great August
Wilson, has been recognized
as a playwright who pushes
the boundaries of language,
form and sexuality in both
provocative and poetic ways.
"The Brothers Size" is set in
the Louisiana bayous and is
the tale of two brothers locked
in a haunting, heartbreaking
battle for their souls. It is part
of his "Brother/Sister" series
of plays that has gotten rave

reviews from New York City to
GableStage Producing Ar-
tistic Director Joseph Adler
describes McCraney as "an
original voice with an original
vision whose style is unlike
any others."
But McCraney, whose for-
mative years were split be-
tween Homestead and Liberty
City, remains remarkably
"There's no other place that
feels like home but Miami and
this play has its roots here
including the language, the
music and the hybrid of char-
acters," he said. "It's a mix-

ture of Caribbean, South Flo-
ridian and Gothic influences
and I hope to create similar
projects and to help other de-
veloping playwrights from the
area in the future."
McCraney adds that while
the play is part of a series, the
three works do hot connect in
typical fashion.
"The series is atypical of
the traditional trilogy here
the characters interconnect-
as opposed to the stories,"
he said. "Each play is self-'
contained. For example, all
three were recently running
concurrently in San Fran-
cisco and shared actors. It

was very exciting and a cel-
ebratory moment to have so
many actors of color working
McCraney has little time
to rest on his laurels as he is
working on several other plays
that must be completed by the
fall. But he says he makes the
most of his downtime.
"I never learned how to drive
so I ride my bike most places,"
he said. "I really enjoy eating
good meals and look for quaint
places where I can eat and
write. And I love riding in the
rain and even have conversa-
tions with it [the rain]. It's a
great way for me to think."

Miami music vet brings attention to disease

continued from 1C

.by Douglas, along with Pret-
tyHustlaz and Diamond Diva,
takes place Saturday, Sept. 3rd
from 1 to 4 p.m. with HIV/AIDS
testing done by Liberty City-
based Empower "U," Inc. at the
Oakland Park Blvd. Flea Mar-
ket and a charity fundraiser
later that evening beginning at
11 p.m. at The Pink Room [739
Washington Ave., South Beach]

with celebrity host Mya.
"This is particularly impor-
tant for the Black community
especially with the rising num-
ber of those being diagnosed,"
Douglas said. "I was a bit ap-
prehensive when the whole
club idea came about but it's
a great start since there are
many who leave the club feeling
good and sometimes have one-
night stands and unprotected
sex. There are still so many
people who have never been

tested and unfortunately don't
want to know because they are
afraid of the results or are in
denial. Celebrities like Trina,
last year's host Vivica Fox and
this year's host, Mya are influ-
ential whether they want to be
or not, because they have such
a powerful voice."
Douglas continues to deal
with unexpected obstacles in-
cluding expenses but says she
refuses to let anything get in
the way.

"We are seeing more people
get involved and give from the
heart for what is clearly a good
cause and things continue to
fall into place," she said. "I am
passionate about music, the
arts and people and love to help
others whenever I can. We have
to continue to fight to blackout
this disease we will and we
can all make a difference."
For more information go to

at Mt. Hermon AME Church
on last Monday, which
included the Congressional
Black Caucus (CBC). .
Miami welcomed the CBC
to observe history is being
made and jobs are being given
to those who came prepared
for employment. Some of
the members were
Congressman Tony
Brown, Andre Brown,
California; Maxine
Waters, California;
John Lewis, Georgia;
Lorna Richardson,
California; John
Conley, Washington,
D.C.; and Bishop
MS Victor T. Curry with
his remote WMBM and
The job fair was held last
Tuesday at the James L.
Knight Center. Everyone was
dressed to compliment the
position that he/she was
applying for.
According to
Congresswoman Wilson,
more than 100 employers
showed up to satisfy more
than 6,000 unemployed. Data
and the newspapers indicate
a 15 percent of the Black
population is affected.
Kudos go out to the staff
for the laborious tasks they
exemplify daily. They include
Renee Jones, community
liaison; Katrina Wilson-
Davis, elementary liaison;
Barbara Drummond,
secretary; Melodie Delancey,
office manager; Jai Ingraham,
middle school liaison; Pamela
Jones, senior high liaison;
and Lawren Bellamy-Boykin,
media liaison.

Dr. Gershwin and Mrs.
Donna Blyden, their 36th
on August 23; Barry and
Bryley N., their 37th on
August 25; Rory and Janet
T. Sherman, their 27th on
August 25.
Brenda Hepburn-Eaddy
returned home last week to
be with her mother, Joyce
Major-Hepburn and brother
Shayne in observance of the
demise of four sons: Harry,
Rodney, Herbert and Gary
Hepburn. Roderic also
accompanied his mother.
They both live in North
Carolina. The four sons died
between the years of 1985
and 2010.
Major-Hepburn was
admitted in a service of
admission in the Order of
the Daughters of the King
on last Sunday at Saint
Agnes Episcopal Church.
Father Barry admitted her
in to the order. Mrs. Leome
S. Culmer, president,
presented Joyce and
yours truly pinned her.
Congratulations classmate,
old neighbor and friend.

Happy Birthday goes out to
Dr. Robert Williams and a big
thank you to Dr. Ann Taylor
Green, retired vice. president
of Academic Affairs and
husband Arthur Green, who
prepared the cake and printed
programs. Williams was born
to the late Alonzo and Carrie
Belle Williams in Clarcona,
FL and has enjoyed 70 years
of living.
Dr. Williams' educational
legacy began at Phyllis
Wheatley and continued
at Bethune Cookman
College, where he
obtained a Bachelors '
Degree in music and
a Masters of Music in
piano pedagogy in 1968.
He later enrolled at
Florida State University
and received a Ph.D N
in Music Education
and took the time to
pursue high education 'and
taught at Central Junior High
before returning to Bethune-
Cookman University as
Professor of Music from 1973
to 2003.
He met Betty Jean Smith
in 1973 and got married.
They produced a daughter,
while opening his music
school to help him pay the
bills. His hobby included
playing for churches in and
around Daytona, as well as
an organist in the chapel for
commencements and special
His legacy includes traveling
to the Bahamas, Jamaica,
Mexico, Puerto Rico, Great
Britain, Canada, and South
Africa with his daughter,
Amber T. Williams and two
granddaughters: A'Shari

By Lois P. Hogan 0 river Miami, FL

A Tribute to Mary Oliver Johnson:

A Woman of Integrity
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
The Mary Oliver Johnson garden grows:
A proud love of family and family heritage
A perpetual fight for civil rights
A strong voice, for the rights of her fellowman
An educational success story without a "bootstrap,"
A faith to follow the words of wisdom from her mother
A mind to persevere through the storms of life
A prospective that is mature in wisdom
An unpretentious respect for everyone regardless of station in life
A sense of humor to dilute the pains of life
Acts of unselfishness in sharing "bread" with others
A daily prayer of faith and hope, and for strength, and forgiveness for her sins
A reverence to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as she gives him thanks for
his grace in giving her:
Loving parents -- Percy and Florence
A son, Michael, who is her lifeline of unconditional 'nourishing love
Daughter-in-law, Santriness
Grandchildren who adore her
And who give her unrelenting love
Without expectations in return
And other family and friends who give her unconditional love
Mary Oliver Johnson needs no cadre of people, nor an amen choir,
To have the courage to voice her beliefs and convictions. '
She is a woman of integrity. May God hold Mary in his bosom.

Film explodes
East of Overtown, the long
awaited docudrama they didn't
want us to finish, has come to
DVD. See raw explosive foot-
age deemed to hardcore for T.V.
The drama unfolds when a
racist cop kills a Black motor-
cyclist, wrecking havoc in Mi-
ami's inner-city community.
The plot thickens after a string
of other murders occur. Then
mayhem breaks loose and.
tension rises to a fever pitch.
Now you can see for yourself
what the hype is all about. For
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Musicians focus on tour

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than ever in "The Way You
Love Me" video, Hilson wears
almost nothing while writhing
on a bank safe door. It may
seem incongruous, but the
album's theme is female em-
"It was really all about be-
ing a single woman and how
hard it is to find men who are
worth our time and worth our
hearts," Hilson says. "I real-
ized that's the difference be-
tween boys and men. It's a
mind-set that very, very few
guys have when it comes to
maturity. When you think
about priorities, you think

about keeping promises and
being honest and forthright
and not being a cheater. This
is what my album is about."
For the tour, which in-
cludes rapper Rick Ross and
dance-pop hit-makers Far
East Movement, Hilson and
Lil Wayne approach their sets
in totally different ways. "Keri
likes to be involved. She likes
to be in the mix. She's going
to be in the rehearsal and
give her opinion and give her
ideas," says Gil Smith II, mu-
sical director for both Hilson
and Lil Wayne on this tour.
"Whereas Wayne at one
point he told me, 'I know my
music, so I don't need to be
here for a while.

T.Williams and Treambria
A. Simon. He thanked Nettie
M. Lovett, Betty B. Howard,
Shirley Richardson, Dr.
JoAnne Stepherson, Tarard
Chester, Dr. Fayebelle F.
Eady, Commissioner Alonzo
Williams, Lena J. McLin and
Betty Hayes Williams.
The Celebration of Life
Memorial Service for Annie
Mae Nelson was held after
morning service at Ebenezer
UMC. As a former
member of the
"Voices of Praise,"
everyone was .sadden
about her death and
demonstrated their
feelings during the
time for expressions.
Leading tributes
SON began with T. Eilene
Martin Major,
president, Voices of
Praise, followed by Rene Mae
Green, Jean A. Perry, Corine
Bradley, Alvin Bullard, and
Betty Bullard. All of them
echo describing Nelson as
dependable singer, always
come to rehearsal on time,
and enjoy singing "Walk With
Me Lord" and "Take me Back."
Both songs were sung by
the choir, John Thomas and
family members appreciated
what the choir did. Rev. Dr.
Joreatha McCall Capers,
senior pastor delivered a
profound eulogy that had the
audience caught up in the
Following the service,
everyone was invited to the
dining area for the repast.
Nelson was the top of the
discussion and a bond
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Clinton launches Haitian

business program

By Jacob Kushner
In a move to help rebuild the na-
tion of Haiti former president Bill
Clinton has launched a new busi-
ness loan program. The program is
aimed at helping an economy that
was devastated by the January 2010
earthquake. The $20 million dollar
program is set to benefit Caribbean
Craft. The company produces colorful
goods such as carnival masks, sculp-
tures and paintings for export It lost
its workshop in the earthquake Craft
will be receiving a loan of $415,000.
interest from the loan will be paid
back to the program to help make
additional loans in the future The
money will help to employ 200 more
workers to the company Clinton.
who has been active in Haiti recon-
struction through his foundation
and as co-chairman of the Interim
Haiti Recovery Commission, said he
had been surprised arid disturbed to
learn of the difficult loan terms avail-
able for even Haitian businesses w ith
solid credit. Clinton also addressed
a collective of metal sculptors in the

adjacent Croix-des-Bouquets, a Hai-
tian city long famous for its artistic
"Over the long run, what Haiti
needs most is for the ability of every
Haitian to mpke a good living doing
what he or she can do best," Clinton
told an audience of about 50 metal
artisans Tuesday morning.
Ohio-based steel drum manufac-
turer Greif Inc., a member of the Clin-
ton Global Initiative, is shipping 40
tons of steel parts so the Haitian ar-
tisans can melt it down and hammer
it into elaborate designs and patterns
to sell as wall decorations. About half
has already made it to Haiti.
The Croix-des-Bouquets artists
said the\ struggled since the quake
to find materials to create their
'After the earthquake. I didn't have
work because markets closed, and
the material in the market was too
expensive to buy, said 3Q-year-old
metal artisan Jean Pierre Richard
Desrosiers Now with this material.
we can make a profit for the entire
community ,

G l1S

High school student

faces sexual assault suit

A former Haitian star athlete sent to
prison for three years in Texas for charges
including sexual assault while posing as
a teenager to play high school basketball
is being sued by the mother of his sexual
assault victim. Guerdwich Montimere, 23,
pleaded guilty last month to two counts of
sexual assault and three counts of tam-
pering with government records.
Attorney Adrian Chavez said last
week the woman filed suit on be-
half of her daughter to keep Monti-
mere from gaining any financial
benefit from selling the story
about presenting himself as ninth-
grader Jerr3 Joseph Montimere
was 21 when he began his one MON
season at Odessa Permian High School.
"There had been reports that he was try-
ing to market profit from his story some-
how," Chavez told the Odessa American.
"We'd heard that he was telling people he
could get rich and things like that. If he
doesn't try to sell his store then we don t
get any money"
He said the state lawsuit is specifically
to keep him from profiting from the sexual
Both Chavez and Ector County District
Attorney Bobby Bland said neither the


woman nor her daughter is motivated by
"I can tell you the victim here was very
forthcoming and cooperative," Bland said.
"I think this is an attempt to prevent
someone from profiting from their wrong-
Montimere pleaded guilty last month
under a plea agreement days be-
I fore he was to go on trial. Besides
prison time, he must register as
a sex offender. Officials said the
naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti
had graduated from high school
in Florida, where he also played
basketball, years before he mo',ed
IMERE to Odessa and presented himself
as a high school freshman at the Permian.
the same rabidly competitive school that
inspired the book and movie Friday Night
Lights about high school football. Monti-
mere helped lead the Panthers to the 2010
state playoffs, but the team had to forfeit
after his story unraveled. Montimere was
indicted last year on six felony charges
and he had faced up to 20 years in prison
if convicted. The indictment accused him
of identity theft The sexual assault counts
accused him of having sex %\ith a 15-\ear-
old girl.


-UNri Prholo, Logan Atias&i

Bill Clinton
United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti

As Special Envoy, Clinton supports
the efforts of the Haitian authorities
to jumpstart sustainable social and
economic development, focus attention
on the importance of new partnerships
and efforts among the private sector,
civil society, and donors, as well as
strengthen local capacity, and create
a more stable and prosperous future
for the children of Haiti.

A camp for people displaced by the January earthquake
sits beneath adark and cloudy sky. Hurricane Tomas
passed most of Haiti Friday failing to bring about the
heavy damage predicted.While some areas experienced
flooding, heavy rains and wind, most areas escaped
with little to no damage.

By Rene Harris

Haiti may have dodged the soaking
rains, of Tropical Storm Emily, but the
country is far from out of the woods. Liv-
ing conditions are still deplorable in the
country: living under tarps surrounded
by rubble since the earthquake, no access
to proper health care, employment or edu-
cation, and plagued by insecurity. Wheth-
er the storm came or not, Haiti is devas-
tated and far from any acceptable level of
reconstruction. A Haitian joke says that
when a storm approaches Haiti, it looks at
the country from the sky. Seeing its terri-
ble conditions it says, "Ah, I must have al-
ready been here," and it steers away. This
is what storm Emily may have thought
when it reached the coasts of Haiti last
week: in Port-au-Prince, only a light rain
was recorded.
"The international opinion only turns
its eyes to Haiti when a disaster is loom-
ing over us," says Maryse, a woman liv-
ing in Pacot, to the east of Port-au-Prince,
adding that several Haitians grin ironi-
cally at this attention as their day-to-day
struggles are forgotten. The authorities
and international organizations also fear
a surge in cholera cases as a consequence
of rising water levels and the lack of

drinkable water for over 600,000 people
who are still living.in makeshift camps,
18 months after the January 2010 earth-
quake. Cholera has already resulted in
nearly 6,000 victims in Haiti since its ar-
rival last October.
Gabriel Thimoth6, general director of
the Health Ministry, insisted on the prior-
ities to be tackled in partnership with the
World Health Organization: providing free
drinkable water to the population; and
preventing water contamination as well
as the overflow of latrines. This might
ease the further spread of the disease in
a country where hygienic conditions are
appalling, and waste treatment is virtu-
ally nonexistent. Just as the latest nev..s
about storm Emily was announced at the
National Center of Emergency Operations
to Haitian and international or- ganiza-
tions and the media, repeated
gunshots were heard a few
meters from the compound. The '.
emergency center is located near
Parc Jean Marie Vincent, one of the
largest tent camps in Port-au-Prince
with tens of thousands of disaster vic-
tims living there. The number has gradu-
ally decreased over time from the original
48,000, specifically because of security


Haiti: Little rain,

troubles remain



The Bohemia Room
presents The Acoustics fea-
turing Philly Soul Diva and In-
die Soul icon Jaguar Wright on
Wednesday, August 31. The
doors open at 8 p.m. Admission
is $15. The event will be held at
V Midtown Lounge, 3215 NE 2nd
Avenue. For more information,
visit www.jaguarwright.com or

The Miami-Dade County
Health Department, Spe-
cial Immunizations Program
will be providing free Back-to-
School immunizations to chil-
dren ages two months through
18 years of age until Wednes-
day, August 31. Parents need
to bring their child's immuniza-
tion record and a picture ID. For
more information and location,
call 786-845-0550.

The Miami-Dade Public
Library System continues to
celebrate its 40th anniversary
with a flashback to the books,
movies and music of the 1990s!
This summer, the Library Sys-
tem kicked-off its look back
at the 1990s, which will run
through September. Special
stories, 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.md-
pls.org and click on Calendar of
Events or call 305-375-2665.

N Women in Transition
of South Florida, Inc. will
be hosting the graduates of
the W.I.T. Transitional Train-
ing Center on Friday, Septem-
ber 2 at 10 a.m. at its summer
graduation "Succeeding with
Confidence" at the BAC Fund-
ing Corporation-Conference
Room. For more information
about this event or our next
class, call 786-477-8545.

In celebration of Miami-
Dade Public Library Sys-
tem's 40th anniversary and
it's 'back-to-school'" Clebra-
tion, former Miami-Dade Judge
and television Judge Karen
Mill-Francis will visit the Mod-
el City Branch, 2211 NW 54th
Street, for a special book read-
ing on Friday, September 2 at
1 p.m. For more information,
call 305-636-2233.

The African-American
Research Library and Cul-
tural Center will be hosting
a free empowerment work-
shop on Saturday, September
3 from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For
more information and/or to
register for these workshops,
contact Norman Powell at 954-
624-5213 or email posimo@

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965, Inc. is spon-
soring a scholarship fund rais-
ing bus trip to Orlando for the
MEAC/SWAC: Bethune Cook-
man vs. Prarie View A&M 'on
Saturday, September 4 at 5
a.m. Ticket price (game and
events included) is $85. For
more information, contact
Elestine Allen at 305-696-4604
or Lebbie Lee at 305-213-0188.

The Booker T. Washing-
ton '62 Alumni Class is on
summer break and will resume
meetings starting Saturday,
September 4th at the African
Heritage Cultural Center, 6161
NW 22nd Avenue at 4 p.m. We
are in the planning process for
our 50th Reunion, which will be
held in June 2012. All members
are urged to attend and lend
your ideas. Let's make this a
grand 50th Celebration. Con-
tact Helen Tharpes Boneparte
at 305-691-1333 or Lonzie
Nichols at 305-835-6588.

[ The Miami Jackson
Class of 1976 will celebrate
their 35th Class Reunion on
September 9-11. Activities
will include: Meet and greet
at the Misty Lake South Club-
house, 685 NW 210th Street;
Picnic at Amelia Earhart Park,
401 E. 65th Street, Pavilion
#8; Happy hour at Justin's Bar
and Lounge, 17813 Biscayne
Blvd.; Sunday morning wor-
ship at El Bethel Pentecostal
Church, 4792 NW 167th Street
with lunch immediately after
at The Golden Corral, 9045
Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines.

T-shirts are $10 (S, M, L, XL),
$12 (Ix, 2x, 3x and the fee for
the combined events are $20

per person, $10 for children
12 and under. For more infor-
mation, call Kevin Marshall at
305-319-8790 or Karen at 786-

American Senior High
Alumni 2nd Annual Picnic,
has been scheduled for Satur-
day, September 10 at Miramar
Regional Park, 16801 Miramar
Parkway in Miramar from 12
p.m.-7 p.m. The cost is $20
per person and $7 for children
four to 12. Contact Judy Rog-
ers McKay at 305-458-4436 by
Thursday, September 1, if you
plan to attend.

The Beta Beta Lambda
Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc., BBL Educa-
tion Foundation Knights of
Gold Mentoring Program for
young males (grades 8-12) will
be having its annual Informa-
tional Seminar/Parent Meeting
at Florida Memorial University,
15800 NW 42nd Avenue in Mi-
ami Gardens in the FMU/FIU
Auditorium on Sunday, Sep-
tember 11 at 4 p.m. Interested
student and parents should
contact kogprogram@gmail.
com to request an application
or to RSVP.

"Sex in the City" Thurs-
days grandopening Thursday,
September 15 at 11 p.m. at
Club 90 Degree, Downtown.
This is a world premier, a red
carpet event. Brought to you
by Vixxens N Atl, Juskiah Ent.,
P.O.T.S., and the Brando Ad-

The Miami Northwest-
ern Class of 1967 new meet-
ing location, beginning Wednes-.
day, September 14 at 7 p.m. is
the home of Mrs. Queen Hall,
870 NW 168th Drive in Miami
Gardens. Meetings are the sec-
ond Wednesday of each month.
The remaining calendar dates
are: September 14, October,
12, November 19 and Decem-
ber 14. Any questions, contact
Elaine Mellerson at 305-757-
4471 or 786-227-7397.

The Old Dillard Museum,
1009 NW 4th Street in Ft. Lau-
derdale is having a birthday
celebration for Cannonball Ad-
derley featuring Melton Musta-
fa on Thursday, September 15
at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. For
more information and tickets,
call 754-322-8828.

Epsilon Alpha and Zeta
Mu Chapters of Alpha Pi Chi
National Sorority, Inc., of
Miami are completing a project
of Red Cross Readiness. The
chapters are collecting first-aid
supplies and emergency items
for Emergency Kits. These kits
will be distributed to the elder-
ly community of Miami for use
during this hurricane season. If
you are interested in donating
and contributing first-aid sup-
plies, call 305-992-3332 be-
fore Saturday, September 17.
If you'd like more information
about this organization, con-
tact Linda Adderly at addlmh@

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will meet on
Saturday, September 17 at
4:30 p.m. at the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Center. For
more information, contact Leb-
bie Lee at 305-213-0188.

Women Who Jam! is look-
ing for talented, groundbreak-
ing female singers, musicians
and entertainers to perform
at the "Save the Twinz" music
showcase in honor of Breast
Cancer Awareness Month. The
deadline of submission is Mon-
day, September 19. For more
information, call 901-236-8439
or visit www.womenwhojam.
com. The music showcase will
be held on Saturday, October 1
at 7 p.m. at the Broward Cen-
ter for the Performing Arts, 201
SW 5th Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale.
Tickets are $30. To purchase
tickets, visit www.browardcen-
ter.org or call 954-462-0222.

Women First Body Care
and Mama Senna Essence, a
natural beauty company based
in Dallas, Texas will present
its first South Florida "Satur-
day Pamper Me Workshop" on
Saturday, September 24 from
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave. The
workshop, including all mate-

rials cost $40 and registration
and payments can be made for

the workshop by visiting www.
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 trans-
gendered (LBT) women of col-
or on Saturday, September 24
at the Pride Center in Wilton
Manors. Free screenings and
health promotion education
will be provided by several lo-
cal agencies and organizations.
Everyone is invited. There will
be food, entertainment and raf-
fles. For more information, call
305-772-4712, 305-892-0928
or visit www.rainbowladiesour-

The ninth annual Onyx
Awards "The Art of It All" will
be held on Saturday, Septem-
ber 24 at 6 p.m. at the Rosen
Centre Hotel, 9840 Interna-
tional Drive in Orlando. Onyx
Speaks will be held at the-Or-
lando Museum of Art on Tues-
day, September 20 at 6 p.m.
and the Onyx Mixer, the official
kick-off reception will be held
on Friday, September 23 at
Tavern on the Lake, 6999 Piaz-
za Grande Avenue. Tickets for
Onyx Speaks and the Onyx Mix-
er are $20 and the Onyx Gala
tickets are $85 per person and
$1,000 for a corporate table of
10. For more information, visit
www.onyxawards.com or con-
tact mediapressint@aol.com.

P.H.I.R.S.T. Impres-
sionz, a dinner poetry event
returns at Oasis Cafe, 12905
NE 8th Avenue in North Miami.
It will be held on Sundays, Sep-
tember 25, October 30, Novem-
ber 27 and December 18 at 7
p.m. Admission is $10, which
includes performance, dinner
and drink. Anyone interested in
participating needs to contact
at least one week in advance.
For more information call, 786-

Sherwin Williams in part-
nership with the Miami-Dade
Public Housing Agency (MDPMA)
is offering free painting train-
ing. There will be two sessions
Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.-5
p.m. on September 26-30 at
Edison Courts, 325 NW 62nd
Street and November 7-11 at
Arthur Mays Village, 11341 SW
216th Street. Participants must
attend the five days of training
in order to receive two certifica-
tions: Painter Training Program
Attendance and EPA-HUD Cer-
tification. Space is limited to 20
participants per session: first
come, first served. To register,
visit you site manager.

0* Wingspan Seminars will
celebrate its 5th Anniversary
and presentation of the Pea'Ce
Awards celebrating women on
Friday, September 30 from 3-6
p.m. We will also launch Wings
on Women (WOW). The theme
is "She's Going Somewhere" For
more information, contact 305-
253-2325 or info@wingspan-

The Grand Opening Cel-
ebration of the South Miami-
Dade Cultural Arts Center,
10950 SW 211 Street in Cutler
Bay, will be held on Saturday,
October 1 at 8 p.m. and Sun-
day, October 2 at 3 p.m. On
both days, the Center offers ad-
ditional free pre-show outdoor
activities for all to enjoy. For
information on how to buy tick-
ets, call 786-573-5300 or visit

The third annual Black-
out, an effort to raise awareness
of HIV/AIDS, Saturday, Setem-
ber 3 at 11 p.m. at The Pink
Room. Proceeds from Blackout
to benefit Empower U, a peer-
based and managed organiza-
tion founded by and for people
living with HIV/AIDS. For more
info, www.theblackout.info.

The Habitat for Human-
ity of Greater Miami will be-
gin holding its second Saturday
of the month homeownership
application meetings at New
Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist
Church, 6700 NW 14th Avenue
on Saturday, October 8 at 9:30
a.m. There is no RSVP neces-
sary for the meetings and no
application deadline. For more
information, contact McKenzie

Moore, community outreach co-
ordinator, at 305-634-3628 or
email mckenzie.moore@miami-

The Miami Broward One
Carnival Host Committee
(MBOCHC) is hosting Miami

Carnival in the Gardens on Sun-
day, October 9 in Miami Gardens
at SunLife Stadium, 2269 Dan
Marino Blvd. Early bird tickets
are $15 (if purchased by August
31) at ticketleap.com. Tickets
are $20 online after August 31.
Tickets at the gate are $25. For
information about vending and
sponsorship, call 305-653-1877
or visit www.miamibrowardon-
ecarnival.com or www.facebook.

Great Crowd Ministries
presents South Florida BB-Q/
Gospel Festival at Amelia Ear-
hart Park on Saturday, October
29 from 11 a.m-5:30 p.m. The
park fee is $6 per car. All artists
and vendors are encouraged to
call. For more information, con-
tact Constance Koon-Johnson at

Looking for all Evans
County High School Alumni
to create a South Florida Alumni
Contact Roster. If you attended
or graduated from Evans County
High School in Claxton, Georgia,
contact Gwendolyn Levant Bry-
ant at 305-829-1345 or Lottie
Nesby Brown at 786-514-4912.

Empowerment. Tutoring,
LLC, 530 NW 183rd Street in Mi-
ami Gardens, a State-approved
supplemental education service
provider has been rated excel-
lent by the Florida Department
of Education and offers: free
tutoring with trained teachers,
individualized learning plans,
monthly progress reports, one-
on-one instruction, small group
and large group instruction.
Tutoring services are available
in the subject areas of read-
ing, math, and science for stu-
dents in grades K-12. For more
information, call -305-654-7251,
email info@empowermenttutor-
ing.com or visit www.empower-

Merry Poppins Daycare/
Kindergarten, 6427 NW 18th
Avenue, has free open enroll-
ment for VPK, all day program.
Transportation available upon
request. Small classes and
certified teachers. Infant and
toddler openings available. For
more information, contact Ruby
P. White or Lakeysha Anderson
at 305-693-1008.

Coming this fall, a char-
ter bus leaving the Miami area

going to FAMU campus for the
students. For more information,
call Phillip at 786-873-9498.

Calling healthy ladies 50+
to start a softball team for fun
and laughs. Be apart of this his-
torical adventure. Twenty-four
start-up players 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 Col-
lege, is kicking off a three-year,
fen million dollar campaign to
revitalize the College under the
leadership of its new President
Dr. Horace Judson. All alumni
and the public are asked to do-
nate to this campaign. To secure
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 Wil-
liams, Jr., president of the local
alumni chapter at 305-915-7175
for more details.

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

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

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

There will be a free first-

time homebuyer education
class held every second Sat-
urday of the month, at Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church,
21311 NW 34th Avenue, 'from
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more in-
formation, call 305-652-7616 or
email fgonzalez@ercchelp.org.

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

Looking for all former Mon-
tanari employees to get re-
acquainted. Meetings will be
held at Piccadilly's (West 49th
Street) in Hialeah, on the last
Saturday of each 'month at 9
a.m. We look forward to seeing
each and every one of you. For
more information, contact Lo-
letta Forbes at 786-593-9687
or' Elijah Lewis at 305-469-

The Cemetery Beauti-
fications Project, located at
3001 NW 46th Street is looking
for volunteers and donations
towards the upkeep and beau-
tification of the Lincoln Park
Cemetery. For more informa-
tion, contact Dyrren S. Barber
at 786-290-7357.

N Xcel Family Enrichment
Center, Inc. will be celebrating
it's 2nd Annual Black Marriage
Day Walk on March 24, 2012.
Xcel operates as a privately-
owned 501(C)(3) not-for-profit
community based organization
that provides social services to
low/moderate income families.
Its main focus is to strengthen
marriage and families from a
holistic approach. Xcel is seek-
ing donations for this event
in the form of monetary, tal-
ent, marriage counselors (as a
speaker), DJ, etc. Xcel is regis-
tered with the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services Solicitation of
Contributions Division. Yo~r~
donation is tax deductible. For
more information, call Ms. Gil-
bert at 786-267-4544.





Pres. Obama

weighs mix

of ideas for

jobs plan

By Caren Bohan and Laura Macinnis

President Barack Obama, facing sinking
approval ratings amid growing fears the U.S.
economy could slide into another recession, is
crafting a jobs package he will unveil in a Sep-
tember speech.
The economy's woes
could jeopardize Obama's
prospects for re-election
in 2012. He has come
under fire from some in4 Mi, ..i i
his Democratic Party who ,
would like to see him take /
bolder steps to reduce the
9.1 percent U.S. unem-
ployment rate.
White House officials
are considering a mix of
measures they believe can OBAMA
clear the Republican-con-
trolled House of Representatives and others that
.spell out Obama's vision for fixing the economy
that his political rivals may well block, accord-
ing to analysts close to the administration.
Here are some ideas the White House is re-

An initiative to fund school building reno-
vations nationwide is highly popular among
Democrats. But it would likely face resistance
among Republicans who have vowed to block
Please turn to JOBS 10D

Jobless claims

up in South FL

for fifth month

By Douglas Hanks

Far fewer people are asking for their first
unemployment checks than a year ago, but the
numbers are getting worse each month.
A growing number of people are losing their
jobs, with July showing another increase in
first-time unemployment claims throughout
South Florida.
This is the fifth straight monthly gain. the
longest stretch since 2007. The summer tends
to bring an increase in people filing for unem-
ployment benefits, even in good times. But the
numbers suggest no rapid improvement in the
hiring market. Still, the numbers are far better
than a year ago, with claims down about 20
percent from the summer of 2010.
In Brow ard. 8.900 people filed for first-time
claims, up nine percent from June. In Miami-
Dade, July's 11.800 claims were up five percent
from June, according to the Florida Agency for
Workforce Innovation. Using a 90-day average
to smooth out monthly bumps. Broward is still
down 18 percent from a year ago. Miami-Dade
is down 22 percent.
The figures don't adjust for seasonal fluctua-
tions in the economy, and also don't show how
many people were hired. Seasonally adjusted
employment figures released last week for July
show South Florida gained about 7,500 jobs
since June. Unemployment dropped in Miami-
Dade last month to 13 percent and increased
slightly to 9.6 percent in Broward.
Nationally, new jobless claims rose 5,000
last week to 417,000. Anything above 400,000
shows a weak labor market, analysts say. A na-
tionwide strike of Verizon workers, which ended
by the weekend, helped inflate the numbers.
South Florida claim figures for August won't
be available until late next month.

ney, 36.

(right) stands behind his store

Miami Times photo/Randy Grice
counter beside his mentee Fred Bar-

Hometown boy works

hard to be the boss

Harewood makes money the old fashioned way

- he earns it!

By Randy Grice

After being raised in a Liberty City proj-
ect, many people would not be able to con-
cur their environment and become a busi-
nessman. But that's just what Cuthbert
Harewo6d is doing. The 49-year-old has
several businesses in the Liberty City area,
which he believes helps him to stay con-
nected to the community.
"I have this convenience store, I also rent
out another store down the street, I rent
out another barbershop down the street
and I have a laundry mat and dry clean-
ers," he said. "I'm blessed, truly blessed, to
be a Black businessman because there are
so many good Black people in the world.
The biggest lie that was ever told was that
we don't network together. We network far
more than anyone can possibly imagine."
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Hare-
wood worked at The Miami Herald, that's
what he credits some of his business sense
to. Being an entrepreneur hasn't always
been a walk in the park for Harewood.
After a stint of owning rental property, he

tried his hand at opening a laundry mat
and had little success.
"When I first opened up the the laundry
mat I dropped $290,000 and I thought
okay this is going to work, but nobody
was coming," he said. "I wrote on top of
the building laundry mat. Then this guy
came by one day and said listen man, I see
that you are trying, but this will not work.
I asked him why, he said, because Black
people don't read the word laundry mat, if
you want your place to work take a piece of
cardboard and write on there wash house
in paint and watch what happens. Sure
enough people started to come."
Outside of building up his own legacy
as the neighborhood businessman, Hare-
wood is focused on mentoring people in his
community. He said he's so adamant about
mentoring because he doesn't want to take
his secrets to the grave with him.
Fred Barney, 36, who has been mentored
by Harewood for the past three years said
he learns valuable information.
"I have gained a business mindset, devel-
oped leadership skills and gained motiva-
tion from a person of knowledge," he said.


may end



By Tom Murphy
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS Nearly one in 10 midsize or
large employers expects to stop offering health
coverage to workers once federal insurance
exchanges start in 2014, according to a survey
from a large benefits consultant.
,Towers Watson also found in a survey com-
pleted last month that an additional 20 percent
of companies are unsure about what they will
Another big benefits consultant, Mercer, found
in a June survey of large and smaller employ-
ers that eight percent are either "likely" or "very
likely" to end health benefits
once the exchanges start.
Employer- sponsored
health insurance has long.
been the backbone of the
nation's health insurance g
system. But the studies
suggest some employers,
especially retailers or those
paying low wages, feel they
will be better off paying fines
and taxes than continuing LASZEWSKI
to provide benefits that eat
up a growing portion of their budget every year.
The exchanges, devised under health care
overhaul, may offer an alternative for workers.
These exchanges aim to provide a marketplace
for people to buy insurance that can be subsi-
dized by the government based on income levels.
A large majority of employers in both studies
said they expect to continue offering benefits
once the exchanges start. But former insurance
executive Bob Laszewski said he was surprised
that as many as eight percent ornine percent
of companies already say they expect to drop
coverage. ..
Such a move comes with potential payroll-tax
headaches and could subject firms to fines. It
also would give their employees a steep com-
pensation cut if companies don't raise pay in
exchange for ending coverage.
"Dropping coverage is going to be very difficult
for these (companies) to do," said Laszewski, a
Please turn to INSURANCE 10D

More Americans

can't afford $1,ooo

emergency funds

By Jessica Dickler

NEW YORK When the unexpected strikes,
most Americans aren't prepared to pay for it.
A majority, or 64 percent, of Americans don't
have enough cash on hand to handle a $1,000
emergency expense, according to a survey by
the National Foundation for Credit Counseling,
or NFCC, released recently.


Only 36 percent said they would tap their
rainy day funds for an emergency. The rest of
the 2,700 people polled said that they would
have to go to other extremes to cover an unex-
pected expense, such as borrowing money or
taking out a cash advance on a credit card.
"It's alarming," said Gail Cunningham,
a spokeswoman for the Washington, D.C.-
based non-profit. "For consumers who live
Please turn to FUNDS 9D

Say goodbye to your job and hello to entrepreneurship

By Farrah Gray
NNPA Columnist

The unemployment rate in the
United States was last reported at
9.1 percent in July of 2011, begs us
to ask the question should we hold
our breath for economy to get rolling
The current fragile and painful
economic crisis has us holding our
breath for relief on the near horizon

for possible real change to reduce the
worsening growth gap between the
richest Americans and the middle-
class and poor families.
We should not hold our breath with
no clear signs of recovery, reform, new
jobs or any other rabbit being pulled
out of the hat.
In the context of the U.S. and global
financial weakening causing uncer-
tainty and tremendous change in the
economy and labor market, many

people are deciding that
self-employment is the right
choice for them. People work
for themselves when there
are too few jobs, or not the
right kinds of jobs. They
work for themselves because
they want to have more con-
trol over their working hours
or their working conditions.
People become self-employed
when employer discrimina-


tion stifles their poten-
tial. In short, people work
for themselves when they
want and need what self-
employment can offer that
other employment cannot.
Being self-employed is a
way of life radically differ-
ent from anything you've
ever done before. To be
successful at it you will
have to make a real turn-

about in how you both think and act.
Entrepreneurship has become a vi-
able alternative in our history when
economic self-sufficiency and inde-
pendence has gained popularity.
Throughout the ages the maverick
approach of being one's own boss and
shaping one's destiny has appealed
too many at various stages of their
lives. Quite often, it is precisely that
segment of the population which has
Please turn to GRAY 10D


Check-cashing stores help business evade taxes

Florida cracks down on 'bad actors'

By Doreen Hemlock

Florida's chief finan-
cial 'officer wants to
crack down on "cer-
tain bad actors" in the
check-cashing indus-
Those stores are
cashing checks as
part of a scheme to
help businesses evade
paying insurance and
taxes for their workers,
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Atwater contends.
He says "shell" con-
struction companies
let other firms pretend
to be insured under
their worker compen-
sation insurance poli-
cies. When- the firms
issue payroll and other
checks, they are im-
properly cashed at the
stores under the "shell"
company's name.
"The check-cashing
stores involved have
chosen to participate in
this. It's an organized
criminal activity," said
Major Geoffrey Branch,
bureau chief of the Di-
vision of Workers' Com-
pensation Fraud.
Branch estimated
that the shell compa-
nies likely hid about
$1 billion in unde-
clared payroll in the
past couple of years.
That in turn deprived
insurance companies
of about $200 million
in workers' comp pre-
miums. And it meant
roughly $27 million in
payroll taxes not paid
to Florida, Branch
"The check-cashing

stores involved make it
look like the shell com-
pany owner is doing
all. the business, when
multiple companies are
involved, said Branch.
"And they know that
many times, the shell
company owner doesn't
exist or has left the
In June, David Rodri-
guez Socarras of Jack-
sonville was sentenced
to four years in prison
and ordered to pay
more than $400,000 for
running a "shell" com-
pany that had cashed
at least 80 checks at
a Jacksonville check-
cashing store for more
than $2.9 million, au-
thorities said.
In 2008, four South
Florida men pleaded
guilty to involvement
in a $15 million fraud
ring based at the for-
mer Atlantic Check
Cashing Store at Pom-
pano Beach. One man
was sentenced to two
years and nine months
in jail.
A spokesman for
Florida's cash-check-
ing industry said the
cashing businesses
involved are "rogue
stores," often small op-
erations whose main
business is retail and
not even check-cash-
ing. The rogues are
not among the larger
check-cashing chains
that are regulated by
the state and organized
in the industry group
Financial Service Cen-
ters of Florida, said the
group's executive di-

rector Corey Mathews.
Many of the "rogue
stores" fall under an
exemption in Florida
law that lets retail
stores cash checks as
an add-on service for
customers. The exemp-
tion aims to let grocery
and convenience stores
help consumers cash
-small checks for per-
sonal use, with a limit
up to $2,000 each. But
schemers have taken
advantage of that ex-
emption to cash busi-
nest checks for larger
amounts at the stores,.
Mathews said.
"There's little re-
quirement for record-
keeping by these non-

regulated entities. And
an officer would have
to go in and try to cash
a check for more than
$2,000 [to find poten-
tial violations]," said
Mathews, whose group
represents about half
of the 1,150 check-
cashing companies
now licensed by the
Other violators are
licensed, but are inde-
pendent operators, ac-
cording to Atwater.
For example, Juan
Rene Caro of Miami,
owner of La Bamba
Check Cashing, was
convicted in 2009 of
handling more than
$132 million in trans-
actions for companies
and violating the Bank

Secrecy Act and other
federal regulations. He
was given 18 years in
jail, a $250,000 fine
and was ordered to for-
feit more than $11 mil-
lion in cash and prop-
Mathews said his
industry group would
like more oversight of
check-cashing at re-
tailers. For checks of
$1,000 or more, li-
censed stores must
keep customer files
with a copy of a photo
ID, a thumbprint and
a database including
multiple transactions
that total $1,000 or
more for one person in
one day, according to
Florida law. Retailers
need not keep that pa-


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

IFB NO. 275276


A MANDATORY pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday. September 1.
2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Bayfront Park Management Trust. 301 N. Biscayne
Blvd.. Miami, FL 33132. The purpose of this conference is to allow potential
proposers an opportunity to present questions to staff and obtain clarification of
the requirements of the Bid documents. It is mandatory that a representatives)
of the proposer attend in order to qualify to propose.

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

Johnny Martinez
City Manager
AD NO. 10481

-AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
Dedric Stafford, 18, fills out an application with Coca-Cola at a
jobs fair hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus in Miami. The
number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week,
pushed up by thousands of Verizon workers on strike.

Verizon ,strike hits jobless claims

reading on unemploy-
ment claims rose un-
expectedly last week,
as a dispute between
Verizon Communica-
tions and its union
employees caused
thousands of workers
to seek jobless ben-
The number of first-
time filers for. unem-
ployment benefits
rose to 417,000 in the
week ending Aug. 20,
the Labor Department
said Thursday. That's
up 5,000 from a re-
vised 412,000 the prior
At least 8,500 of
those claims were due
to a dispute between
union employees and
Verizon Communica-
tions, the Labor De-
partment said.
Economists hadn't
expected that big of a
jump, and were pre-
dicting initial claims
to fall to 400,000 dur-
ing the week, accord-
ing to Briefing.com.
About 45,000 Ve-
rizon workers went on
strike Aug. 7, after the
giant pushed for cuts
in health benefits and
pensions when its con-
tracts with two major
unions expired.

Those. unions the
Communication Work-
ers of America and the
International Broth-
erhood of Electrical
Workers ended the
strikes two weeks lat-
er, without reaching
an agreement with the
As a result of the
strike, 12,500 workers
filed for initial unem-
ployment claims from
the government in the
week ending Aug. 13.
Another 8,500 workers
filed for those benefits
in the second week of
the strike.
Irn most states, work-
ers on strike are not
eligible for unemploy-
ment benefits. And the
weekly initial claims
number merely reflects
applications for the
benefits not all of
which will be approved
and paid out.
"Striking workers are
not eligible for unem-
ployment benefits. So
the increase in filings
either reflects misin-
formed strikers who
applied for claims but
will not receive them,
or it could reflect re-
lated workers such
as contractors who
were impacted by but
not part of the strike,"
Joseph LaVorgna, chief

U.S. economist for
Deutsche Bank, said
in a research note.
Please turn to CLAIMS 10D

NOTICE IS GIVEN that the First Public Budget Hearing will
be held by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on
Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 5:01 PM, regarding
the 2011-2012 Budget. The hearing will address
issues of the provision of services to the community
and the levying of taxes, fees, and assessments to
pay for such services. The meeting is scheduled to take
place in the Commission Chambers, located on the Second
Floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. First Street,
Miami, Florida. 33128.
All interested parties may appear and be heard at the time and
place specified.
A person who decides to appeal any decision made by any
board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter
considered at its meeting or hearing, will need a record of
proceedings. Such persons may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Miami-Dade County provides equal access and equal opportunity
in employment and does not discriminate on the basis of disability
in its programs or services. For material in alternate format, a sign
language interpreter or other accommodations, please call 305-375-
2035 or send e-mail to agoendciimidade.ov

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T heMWDm3 D O Carw wss" Board w illOve at theOice of theSupevisoof Bections,
2~00 K W. 87'm tAverue, Mami. Flordla. The Car'ivassng Board is convening on these dates to
conouct me Specil ing Distct ect for Venetian Gardens Annexation to Carol City
Ste ig mptngprovement District to be reid on September 13,2011, by mail ballot.

iR 9'/11 1. Logic and Accuracy Test of the optical scan
'10 00 a m voting systems to be used for paper ballots
wManfite ,, /12m1 1, Pre-couni Logic anr Accuracy Test of th0
1i 0 am Trrougn optical scan system used for paper ballots
vednesda-) 9'14/11 2. Ballols opening and processing (as needed)
3. DuplicaTon of oaiiois (as needed)
TTuestay, 97131 1. Tabulaon of results starts
0C, p____ Unoffimal Result
We3nesqay 9/14,1 1 Can passing of presumed invalid ballots
Can.assing 2. Tabulation of results completed
110!0am. 10 compietonr 3. Certificalonr of Offcal Result by the County
Canvassing Board
4. Post-count Logic and Accuracy Test of the
optical scan system used for paper ballots
5. Conest and precinctls) selection for manual
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perwork, he said.
The check-cashing
industry also is willing
to increase reporting of
its transactions to the
government includ-
ing filing information
more often from its
payroll advance data-
base, said Mathews.
Florida's Department
of Insurance Fraud is
offering a reward up
to $25,000 for anyone
who provides infor-
mation that directly
leads to an arrest and
conviction in an insur-
ance fraud scheme.
Tipsters can remain
anonymous. To date,
the agency has award-
ed nearly $250,000 to
about 40 people in the
reward program.

A GYN Diagnostice Center
A Hialeah Women Center Family Planing
Advanced GYN Clinic
Anthurium Gardens Florist
Blue Cross Blue Shield
City of Miami City Clerk
City of Miami Purchasing Department
Clyne & Associates, P.A.
Dorsey Education Center
J&K Roofing
Miami Children's Hospital
Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Board Division
Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade Dept. of Planning arid Zoning
Miami-Dade Public Schools
National Economy Funerals
Neighbors and Neighbors Association, Inc.
North Shore Medical Center
Roberts-Poitier Funeral Home
Sony Pictures
The Georgia Witch Doctor and Root Doctor
Theodore R. and Thelma Gibson Charter School


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



A MANDATORY pre-bid conference will be held on. Thursday., Seotember 1.
2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Dinner Key Mooring Facility. 3600 SW 27th Avenue.
Miami. FL 33133. The purpose of this conference is to allow potential propos-
ers an opportunity to present questions to staff and obtain clarification of the
requirements of the Bid documents. It is mandatory that a representatives) of
the proposer attend in order to qualify to propose.

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

Johnny Martinez
City Manager
AD NO. 002096



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

Members of the Board of County Commissioners may be present. All persons are entitled to attend
and to speak at the meeting. If you are in need of a translator at a particular meeting, one can be
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
www.miamidade.oov/redistrictinq. Miami-Dade County provides equal access and equal
opportunity in employment and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs or
services. For material in alternate format, a sign language interpreter or other accommodations,
please call the Planning and Zoning Department's ADA Coordinator, at (305) 375-1244 at least five
days in advance of the meeting.
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District 1 neighborhood gets

"spruced up" with tree planting

.. "

-Photo Credit: Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County
Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan (center) joins volunteers in planting trees near
NW 13th Avenue and 145th Street in her district.

Banks start offering payday loans



target most-

strapped customers revenue

By Alex Ferreras

As regional banks
ready for new federal
regulations expected
to cut into profits,
some of them are ze-
roing in on the down-
and-out customer to.
turn a buck.
More banks are dol-
ing out short-term,
high-interest loans
to customers in dire
Observers worry
that the loans signify
an industrywide shift
toward making mon-
ey on desperate con-
sumers and more
broadly slapping
more fees on services
for everyone.
"If the banks want
to maintain their rev-
enue growth, they're
going to have to come
up with new profits
and new approaches,"
said Richard Bove,
banking analyst at
Rochdale Securities.
In October, new Fed-
eral Reserve rules will
limit how much banks

can charge retailers
for debit card pur-
chases, reducing fees
from an average of 44
cents per swipe to 2-1
cents. The Fed had
proposed limiting fees
to 12 cents a transac-
tion, but banking offi-
cials pushed back.
Alabama-based Re-
gions Financial esti-
mated that the new
fee cap will result in
a $170 million annual
loss for the company.
The change comes
about a year after
overdraft fees a
key money-maker for
banks were regu-
lated by the federal
government. Banks
can no longer charge
overdraft fees without
customer approval.
Regions and Cincin-
nati-based Fifth Third
Bank are among a new
wave of banks around
the country employing
direct-deposit loans,
which some analysts
say are predatory pay-
day loans disguised
by a different name.,

"You either vYalk into
a payday loan com-
pany or you walk into
a bank. At the end of
the day, it's the same
thing," Bove said.
The direct-deposit
loans are targeted
at consumers facing
emergency circum-
stances, the banks
say, and offer check-
ing account custom-
ers a cash advance
with high interest
-Conventional pay-
day loans require
a written check as
collateral. With di-
rect-deposit loans,
however, a customer
borrows against the
next directly depos-
ited paycheck.
At Fifth Third, the
loans cost $10 for ev-
ery $100 borrowed
until the customer's
next paycheck, usu-
ally a week or two.
That could amount
to a 300 percent an-
nualized interest
rate. For comparison,
typical payday loans

carry interest rates of
about 400 percent.
Consumer advo-
cates say the loans
will entangle low-in-
come borrowers in a
financial mess.
Direct-deposit loans
typically eat up 44
percent of a bor-
rower's next deposit
and create, the need
to take out another
loan, the Center for
Responsible Lending
recently found.
Thus, borrowers of-
ten stay in debt, on
average, for 175 days
and typically end up
paying $900 to bor-
row $500 or less over
six months, according
to the study.
Regions entered the
business this spring
and has announced
plans to roll out
check-cashing and
prepaid debit cards in
the coming months.
The bank says the
new products are part
6f its overall expan-
sion of fee-based ser-
Wade Lindsey, Fifth
Third's head of retail
banking in Nash-

Many don't have enough for rainy day fund

FUNDS mortgage payment would get a cash ad- the same organization
continued from 7D in order to free up vance from a credit found that 30 percent

paycheck to paycheck
- having spent to-
morrow's money an
unplanned expense
can truly put them in
financial distress," she
That's the case for
Allyson Curtis, 35. "I
think about it every
day," she said.
Curtis was unem-
ployed for only three
months last year, but
in that time she ac-
cumulated $5,000 in
credit card debt that
she's now struggling
to pay down. In the
case of an emergency,
Curtis said she would
likely postpone other
payments and pile on
additional debt.
She is already put-
ting off $450 in dental
work and a car inspec-
tion due to a crack in
her windshield, which
will cost $300 to re-
place, she said.
Many respondents,
17 percent, said they
would borrow money
from friends or fam-
ily. Another 17 per-
cent said they would
neglect other finan-
cial obligations like
a credit card bill or

some funds.
Alternatively, 12
percent of the respon-
dents said they would
have to sell or pawn
some assets to come
up with $1,000 and
nine percent said they
would need to take
out a loan. Another
nine percent said they

card, according to the
Cunningham finds
that particularly trou-
bling. Neglecting other
debt obligations or
worse piling on more
debt "really exac-
erbates the problem,"
she said.
An earlier study by

of Americans have
zero dollars in non-
retirement savings. A
separate study by the
National Bureau of
Economic Research
found that 50 percent
of Americans would
struggle to come up
with $2,000 in a



On July 14, 2011, the Miami City Commission per Resolution 11-0301 changed
the date for the Regular Commission Meeting originally scheduled for Septem-
ber 8, 2011. This meeting will now be held on Thursday, September 15. 2011.
beginning at 9:00 a.m.. in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 3500

Pan American Drive. Miami. Florida.

All interested parties are invited to attend. Should any person desire to appeal
any decision of the City Commission with respect to any matter to be consid-
ered at this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal
may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

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

(#15419) Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk

ville, said the direct-
deposit loans come
with safeguards, such
as restricting loan
amounts and limiting
repayment periods
to 35 days to protect
"There's been quite
a bit of demand for
the product, but we're
trying to offer this as
an ,emergency service
only," Lindsey said.
Anjan Thakor, pro-
fessor of finance at
Washington Univer-
sity's Olin Business
School- in St. Louis,
said federal regu-
lators were repeat-
edly cautioned that
the 'new rules, many
stemming from the
Dodd-Frank Act,
would squeeze con-
"I like to call it the
theory of unintended
effects," when propos-
als introduced to pro-
tect consumers actu-
ally end up impairing
them, Thakor said.




The Miami City Commission will hold its first public hearing concerning the City
of Miami's Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Budget on Thursday, September 15, 2011, at
5:05 p.m.

A second public hearing regarding same was tentatively scheduled for Thurs-
day, September 29, 2011, at 5:05 p.m., but has been RESCHEDULED to Tues-
day, September 27, 2011, at 5:05 p.m.

Both meetings will take place in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall.
3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida. All interested parties are invited to
attend. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commis-
sion with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person shall en-
sure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony
and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

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

(#15420) Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk



The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on September 15, 2011,
to consider the approval of an amendment to the existing professional services
agreement with DeLucca Enterprises for the continued operations and man-
agement of the City's Melreese Golf Course 'and facilities, and to consider the
City Manager's recommendation and finding that competitive sealed bidding is
not practicable or advantageous regarding this issue. Inquires regarding this
notice may be addressed to LaCleveia Morley, Department of Parks and Rec-
reation at (305) 416-1332.

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-85 of the Code of the
City of Miami, Florida, as amended. The recommendation and finding to be
considered in this matter are set forth in the proposed resolution and in Sec-
tion 18-85 of theCity Code, which are deemed to be incorporated by reference
herein and are available as public records from the City of Miami. The Public
Hearing will be held in conjunction with the scheduled City Commission meet-
ing of September 15, 2011, at 9:00 a.m., at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida. .

All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may commpn.l,pq
the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City
Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, that person
shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made including all
testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
#15421 City Clerk

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Does University of Miami need football?


By Hannah Karp and
Kevin Clark

Since recent tech-
nicolor allegations
came to light, the talk
surrounding the fu-
ture of the University
of Miami's football
program has centered
on one thing: whether
the NCAA will smite
this team with its exe-
cutioner's axe of doom.
This is not likely.
The NCAA hasn't ad-
ministered the so-
called "death penalty"
to any football school's
program since South-
ern Methodist in 1987
and there have been
no strong indications
that, the option would
be considered. An
NCAA spokeswoman ,
said speculation on
penalties in the Miami
case is premature, as
it's still investigating
the matter.
But here's a ques-
tion nobody seems to
be asking: What if Mi-
ami decided to .take
matters into its own
hands and dismantle
its team? What sort
of impact would this
have on the institu-
tion? (The answer,
college sports experts
say, is that it might
not be as traumatic as
you'd think.)
To be clear, there's
no indication this is

going to happen. Jorge
Perez, a member of
the school's board of
trustees, *said Friday
a number of trustees
have met since the
allegations were pub-
lished recently by Ya-
hoo Sports, but there
has been no discus-
sion of shutting down
the program. Miami
does not disclose fi-.
nancial records as a
private institution and
declined to comment
for this story.
But for the sake of
argument, here's our
best take on what
would happen if Mi-
ami killed its football
program. First, here
are the likely costs:
The school would
take a big hit in ticket
and television income.
With an average atten-
dance of 52,575 at its
home games last sea-
son, the Hurricanes
had about 40,000 few-
er fans than in-state
rival Florida. Accord-
ing to public financial
documents, Florida
generated $17.5 mil-
lion in football ticket
sales in 2009, so if
the two schools have
roughly the same rev-
enue per ticket, Miami
probably earns about
$10 million per sea-
son from ticket sales.
Although the school
would lose all of that,
it's also likely, that

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A young Miami Hurricanes fan makes the hand sign for 'The U' before a game at Sun Life
Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., last November.

the scandal, and any
NCAA sanctions, will
depress this revenue
The school would
lose access to big
bowl-game payouts. In
2010, each ACC team
got $1.75 million in
bowl revenue. Miami
would lose access to
that cash. Teams also
make money by play-
ing in bowls, although
it's not clear the Hur-
ricanes will be going to
a bowl game anytime
soon. The NCAA could

impose sanctions on
postseason play.,
The school would
probably have to give
back a fair bit of the
money it earns from
the annual Atlantic
Coast Conference's
TV contract. The ACC
last year signed a 12-
year deal that gives
ESPN exclusive rights
to conference football
and men's basketball
games, effectively dou-
bling the league's an-
nual TV revenue to
about $155 million per

year. That works out to
an average of roughly
$13 million per school.
The school would
likely see a drastic
decline in donations
from its boosters and
alumni. Miami has
4,945 boosters. It's
not clear how much
they give the school's
programs annually,
or how much of that is
driven by football. (It's
also safe to say that
donations might grow
lighter in the wake of
the recent allegations.)

Miami would likely
be on the hook for the
remainder of coach Al
Golden's five-year con-
tract, inked in Decem-
ber, which is worth
about $2 million a
The school also'
signed a 25-year lease
with the multi-purpose
Sun Life Stadium,
where the Miami Dol-
phins also play. While
the terms haven't been
disclosed, experts say
the deal revolves most-
ly around the sharing

Economy, labor market turning more to self-employment

continued from 7D

limited economic mobility that se-
lects entrepreneurship as a means
of family survival and financial
The Black tradition of self-em-
ployment is back. In past times
and today the economic emergency
solution to "no employment" is "self
employment/ entrepreneurship".
If you should choose self-employ-
ment, the more you learn about it,
the more convinced you are that it
offers many of the things you appre-
ciate: independence, personal satis-
faction, unlimited earning power.
Start with a sideline business
that will allow you to gradually

make the transition, but if you go
full blast into a business of your
own you will be quickly pressed to
making sweeping changes in how
you do things.
You will find out soon enough
that in running your own business
there's no waiting for the go-ahead.
In a job you wait for the next as-
signment, the next instruction, the
next permission, the next applause.
In your own business you make all
happen from start to finish.
In deliberating over whether to
seek self-employment or anoth-
er job, you will likely suffer great
doubt and apprehension. Your
first impulse may be to seek out-
side counsel. However, if you are
trying to decide whether to start a

business of your own, you are prob-
ably not ready for the plunge. It's
like asking outsiders whether you
should marry. They may be able
to offer some help regarding some
of the details of what you are pro-
posing, but they don't know enough
about your personal feelings and
intentions. If you can't depend on
your own convictions, you will fall
short in being able to do all the
things that go into making either a
successful marriage or a success-
ful business.
'People are told that it is impor-
tant to have "purpose" in their
lives-a direction, a set of goals. The
direction and goals of riost people's
lives are extensions, direct reflec-
tions of the context in which they

live. A real purpose for doing some-
thing must come from within you.
You can be forced, cajoled, even
humored into doing things, but you
are the only one who can determine
the purpose of your actions.
A razor sharp mind, a visionary
outlook, and a knack to weather
stormy situations go a long way in
making any business venture a re-
sounding success.
It's time to rediscover latent skills
and reactive old interests
Self-employment is a career alter-
native for people who are mentally
and physically strong, who can ef-
fectively implement the same skills
and talents on their last job to be-
come budding pink slip million-

Recession troubles could impact Obama's re-election campaign

continued from 7D

new spending.
Advocates of the school build-
ing initiative contend it would be a
highly visible way of creating jobs in
the construction sector and might
prove popular with middle-class
families who might see it as a way
of improving their communities.
Republicans argue such "Keynes-
ian" spending initiatives have not
helped the economy so far under
Obama's tenure.

Another idea strongly favored by

Democrats would provide aid to
cities and towns to help them put
more teachers and possibly also po-
lice officers on their payrolls. For-
mer President Bill Clinton, a Demo-
crat, championed similar measures
during his tenure.
Proponents say the shrinking of
state and local workforces has been
a big contributor to the rise in the
jobless rate nationally.
Republicans say such aid to
states and cities encourages bud-
getary profligacy.

The moribund housing market re-

mains an Achilles heel for the U.S.
economy. Some Democrats have
long urged Obama to take more ag-
gressive action to shore up housing.
Options include working through
housing finance agencies Fan-
nie Mae and Freddie Mac to grant,
broader loan modifications, includ-
ing writedowns of principal for ho-
meowners whose mortgages exceed
the value of their homes.

Tax credits to encourage the hir-
ing of new workers could garner
greater bipartisan support than
spending measures. The credits
could be targeted toward small

businesses or made available more

Extensions of unemployment in7
surance and of a reduction in work-
er payroll taxes that expires at the
end of this year have already been
proposed by Obama. The White
House remains committed to these
ideas and administration officials
believe Republicans should be es-
pecially amenable to proposals like
renewal of the payroll tax holiday,
which was enacted with bipartisan
support last December.

of premium ticket rev-
enue and is likely flex-
On the other side of
the ledger, a football-
free Miami might see a
few savings, and some
other benefits:
Running a football
team isn't cheap. Mi-
ami doesn't disclose
how much it spends
on football, but ac-
cording to public re-
cords, Florida's foot-
ball program incurred
nearly $20 million in
operating expenses in
2009. It's fair to say
that Miami's costs are
not far off and that a
good portion of this
would come back to
the school.
Cutting football
would save on schol-
arships. Next to the
football players them-
selves, the biggest los-
ers in a football killing
would be the school's
other athletes, whose
programs football like-
ly subsidizes. (Holy
Cross economics pro-
fessor Victor Mathe-
son, who studies col-
lege sports, said that
if other big schools
in major conferences
are any guide, those
other programs prob-
ably-cost Miami about
.$10 million per year.)
If Miami cut football, ,
sports economist An-

drew Zimbalist said
the school would not
only be freed from
the cost of 85 foot-
ball scholarships, it
might have to cut 85
scholarships on the
women's side to main-
tain compliance with
Title IX. (Of course, as
Zimbalist noted, the
NCAA is likely to limit
the school's scholar-
ships anyway as part
of sanctions.)
There's a chance
that losing football
could, in fact, have
a positive effect the
school's academic
reputation-not to
mention donations
to support academ-
ics. Jonathan Willner,
an economics profes-
sor at Oklahoma City
University, said that
in recent years, ath-
letic donations have
been eating into some
schools' academic en-
dowments: Some do-
nors who would have
given money to a uni-
versity's general fund
have started giving
gifts directly to ath-
letic departments in-
stead. So while the
end of football would
"certainly see gifts to
athletic department
drop precipitously, it
could increase gifts to
university's other ac-
tivities," he said.

Jobs ending coverage

continued from 7D

consultant who was
not involved with the
Towers Watson's
Randall Abbott said
the survey results
should be seen as a
snapshot of how com-
panies are thinking
now. They can't be
viewed as a final deci-
sion because there are
still many unresolved

Verizon on

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Spokespeople from
both CWA and IBEW
said neither union had
a national message
encouraging workers
to apply for unemploy-
ment benefits. But lo- .
cal chapters may have

No one knows what
the exchanges will be
like or whether con-
sumers will accept
them, and compa-
nies may change their
thinking once they
learn more about the
The health care over-
haul also faces court
challenges,. and Presi-
dent Obama is up for
,re-election next year,
two more variables
that could shape what
happens in 2014.


informed workers of
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Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
101 A Civic Center Area
Studios, $575; two bed-
rooms $800 $850 monthly.
Appliances, laundry, FREE
Parking, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

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

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

1221 NW 61 Street #2
Two bedrooms, two baths, air.
First and last. $750 monthly.
Section 8 OK! 305-934-9327,
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

1246 NW 58 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$495 monthly, $750 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call

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

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

135 NW 18 Street
Two bedroom, one bath.
$450 month. $700 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LDC TV. Call
140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$500. 786-236-1144 or

14043 NE 2 AVENUE
Two bdrms, two baths. $1000.
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

1490 NW 69 STREET
Three bdrms, one bath, cen-
tral air. $750 mthly. Mr. Wash-
ington. 305-632-8750
1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $350
monthly. $575 move in. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel
786-355-7578 -

1535 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, $475
Call 786-506-3067

1540 NW 1 Court
Studio $425; one bedroom
$525, call 786-506-3067.

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

1721 NW 183 Drive
Two bedrooms, two baths, tile
floors, near all facilities, free
water. $800 monthly. Security
required, 305-493-9635.
1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$495. Two bedrooms, one
bath $595. Appliances,
Ms. Bell #9

1943 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, $500; two
bedrooms, $650; move in
today, quiet, 786-506-3067.

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
2940 NW 135 Street
One bedroom, one bath, qui-
et building, Section 8 OK!
411 NW 37 Street
Studio, $395 monthly.
Two bdrms., one bath, $650
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 bdrrms, 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
5551 NW 32 Avenue
One bdrm, $750 monthly,
$1000 to move in, water and
light included. First and Last.
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
6229 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 55 and older pre-
6962 N.W. 2nd Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
section 8 welcome. Call Mr.
Coats at 305-345-7833.
7520 NE Miami Court
One bedroom, free water.
$625 monthly. Section 8 wel-
come 786-277-0302.
8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms. Section 8 OK.
912 NW 55 Terrace #4
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$725 monthly. Section 8 wel-
come. Contact Rastee at:
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Up to Two Months Free Rent
One bdrm. starting at $720
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 bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-722-4433
Furnished studio apt., spec-
tacular ocean view, dedicated
parking, two pools, internet,
cable, gym, security, avail-
able 9/01/11-3/31/12. Re-
quires first and last month's
rent and security deposit.

Large studio, 754-234-9881.
One bedroom with own drive-
way, 305-903-4689 or
Updated one bedroom. $675
to $775. NE 78 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $868,
one bedroom, $704, studio
$553, deposit. 305-297-0199
One bdrm, one bath. Special
$400. 305-722-4433
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750. Section 8 welcome.
191 Street NW 35 Avenue

Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776

2214 NW 135 Street
Three bedrooms, two and a
half baths, $1300 monthly,
Section 8 OK! 786-556-4615

1228 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
1268 NW 44 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Cen-
tral air. Appliances. Section 8
Welcome! 786-357-0196.
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $475,
free water. 305-642-7080
1542 NW 35 Street
Really nice, two bdrms, air
and some utilities, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
172 NW 52 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$650. Free water/electricity.

1747 NW 40 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $750
Appliances. 305-642-7080
1929 N.W. 55 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air. Nice area. $850
monthly. 305-681-3736.
2111 NW 93 Street
Quiet Neighborhood! Large
one bedroom, one bath, big
yard, central air, washer, dry-
er, $850 monthly. Section 8
welcomed. Call
2337 NW 95 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$725, $1100 to move in.
2369 NW 50 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
quiet building, Section 8 OK!
2452 NW 44 Street
Two bedrooms, air, $750
monthly. 786-877-5358
2486 NW 81 Terrace
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath, tile floors, central air,
$900, Section 8 welcome!
2646 E. Superior Street
Four bdrms, two baths. Sec-
tion 8 OK! 954-435-7171,
3633 NW 194 Terrace
Three bdrms, two baths, Sec-
tion 8. $1400. 754-423-2748.
412 NW 59 STREET
Three bedrooms, central air.
Section 8 OK! 786-269-5643
429 NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
bars, $795, monthly, $1595 to
move in, 305-877-0588.
650 Oriental Blvd
(151 Street Opa Locka)
Two bedrooms, refrigerator,
stove, air, 305-653-6784 or
670 Oriental Boulevard
(151 Street, one block
West of 37 Avenue)
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled floors, air, washer hook-
up. $800 monthly, No Section
8! Call 305-625-4515.
6911 NW 2 Court
Built 2006, two bedrooms,
two baths, tiled, central air,
$1,000 mthly, 305-662-5505.
7932 NW 12 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tile, carpet, fenced yard, wa-
ter included, $900. Section 8
Welcome. Other units avail-
able. 305-389-4011
8001 NW 11 Court
Units 1 4
Spacious one bedroom, walk-
in closet, $700 monthly, in-
cludes water, $1000 to move
in, tile floors, all new appli-
ances. 305-305-2311
8203 NW 6 AVENUE
Newly remodeled two bed-
rooms, one bath, central air.
Free water, $875 monthly.
836 NW 98 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Tile, air, security bars. $850
monthly. Water included. First
last, security. 305-688-7209
86 Street NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms. Section 8 OK.
Call 305-754-7776
920 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$875 monthly. 305-219-2571
928 NW 55 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$525. Free Water.

93 Street NW 18 Avenue
Two bedrooms, Section 8
welcome. 305-754-7776.
7753 N.W. 8 Ave.
Two bedrooms, two baths,
fenced, air, bars. $900 mthly.
West Little River Area
Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1479 deposit, $1200
mthly. Section 8 Welcome.

1235 NW 68 Terrace, Rear
Private kitchen and bath, utili-
ties included, $150 weekly,
$800 to move in,
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$130 weekly, air, private
kitchen, bath, free utilities.

305-474-8186, 305-691-3486

1612 NW 51 Terrace
$475 moves you in. Utilities
included 786-389-1686.
1756 NW 85 Street
$450 moves you in.
Call 786-389-1686
20530 N.W. 20th Court
One small bdrm, $650 month-
ly, $1400 move-in, utilities in-
cluded, free cable, 754-551-
0673 or 305-454-0026.
2905 NW 57 Street
Small furnished efficiency,
$550 monthly plus $100 se-
curity deposit, first and last.
$1200 to move in, or small
furnished room $285 monthly,
$670 to move in.
305-989-6989 or 305-638-
431 NW 75 Street
Clean spacious efficiency.
$600 mthly, includes light,
cable and water. $1200 move
in. 786-200-1672.
57 St and 30 Avenue
One bdrm, utilities included,
Section 8, 305-637-4114.
Air,utilities, cable. $575/$1150
move in 305-751-7536
Reduced! Private entrance,
cable, air. Call 305-758-6013
Move-In Special! $375
monthly. Call 305-717-6084.
Furnished Rooms
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1426 NW 70 Street
Utilities included. $350
monthly. 305-836-8378
15050 NW South River Dr.
Private entrance. $100 week-
ly and up. 786-356-8818
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
air included. 305-310-7463
1541 N.W. 69th Terrace
Clean room, $350 a month.
Call 305-479-3632.
1601 NW 50 STREET
Air, washer/dryer and cable.
$350 to $550 monthly, no de-
posit. Call 786-317-3892.
1722 NW 77 Street
$115 weekly, air,
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations. Call
1823 NW 68 Terrace
Remodeled, utilities included.
$450 mthly. 702-448-0148.
1973 NW 49 Street
Remodeled, utilities included.
$450 mthly. 702-448-0148
2010 NW 55th Terrace
Air, $130 weekly, cable, utili-
ties included, 786-487-2286
5500 NW 5 Avenue
$85 wkly, free utilities, kitch-
en, bath, one person.
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
6835 NW 15 Avenue
Utilities included, air. $90
weekly. Move in special $200.
Call 786-558-8096
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Furnished room in a private
home. Light kitchen privileg-
es. Call 305-621-1017 or
Furnished room with living
room, 786-663-5641
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055.
Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 954-274-4594.
North Miami Area
Utilities included, $125 $150
weekly, 786-587-9735
Free cable, air.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly.

1020 NW 65 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1310 monthly, 305-454-
10240 SW 171 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1345, appliances, central
air, fenced yard.

1045 NW 47 Street
Renovated five bdrms, two
baths,-$1700, 786-325-7383.
1184 NW 66 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 305-635-8671
12620 NW 15 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, Section 8 wel-
come, $1125, 954-357-2778.
1490 NE 152 Street
Three bedrooms, new bath,
tile, air, den, $1,000. No Sec-
tion 8! Terry Dellerson, Real-
tor. 305-891-6776

1580 NW 64 STREET
Large three bedrooms,
two baths, $1395 monthly,
central air, garage. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

15925 NW 22 AVENUE
Three bedrooms, one bath,
tile, central air $1250 monthly
1840 NW 69 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 OK! 305-305-8494
1869 NW 83 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1095 monthly, $2300 to
move in, 305-877-0588.
1881 NW 154 Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
large family room, Section 8
accepted. 786-295-1796
197 St NW 35 Ave
Four bdrms., central air, tiled
floors, Section 8 welcome,
$1600, call 954-392-0070.
2140 NW 96 TERRACE
Three bedrooms, one bath,
tile, central air. $1275 month-
ly. 305-662-5505
221 NW 82 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath, in-
cludes water, $800 monthly.
2460 N.W. 140 Street
Two bedrooms, air, tbars, tile.
$900, No Section 8! Terry
Dellerson Realtor,
2770 NW 194 Terrace
Section 8 OK! Three bdrms,
one and a half-baths, den-
tral air, fresh paint. $1395 a
month. Call Joe
2820 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, $850
monthly. Free water.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV Call
Joel 786-355-7578

2871 NW 196 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
3381 NW 212 STREET
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Excellent condition, $1600
mthly Section 8 Welcome!
Call 305-652-9393.
3501 NW 9 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$995, stove, refrigerator free
water. 305-642-7080
3520 NW 178 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air, tile, den, $1,400. No Sec-
tion 8! Terry Dellerson, Real-
3550 NW 194 Street
Three bdrms., two baths,
Section 8 or housing vouch-
ers only, 786-704-6595.
3809 NW 213 Terrace
Lovely three bedrooms, two
baths. Fenced yard, tile floor-
ing, central air, close to shop-
ping, churches, at Broward/
Dade border.
Call 954-243-6606
3833 NW 209 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1150, appliances.
3879 NW 207 Street Rd.
Four bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral air and heat. Section 8
OK. Terry 305-965-1186.
5026 NW 23 Ave.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
all new appliances, water in-
cluded, $750 monthly, 305-
5173 NW 19 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $975,
two months security. Call
55 NW 83rd Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
fenced yard, and central air.
Section 8 preferred. Call Mr.
Coats at 305-345-7833.
570 NW 41 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Good condition, $1550
monthly. Section 8 Welcome!
780 NW 42 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Good condition, $1400
monthly. Section 8 Welcome!
305 652-9393
8231 NW 14 Court
Four bedrooms, 2 baths, cen-
tral air, newly renovated, near
Arcola Park.
Call Lucy 305-345-4627.
901 NW 49 Street
Three bdrms, one and a half
baths, $1500 mthly. First, last
and $1,000 deposit. No Sec-
tion 8! Call 786-541-5234
Spacious four bedrooms,
two baths with pool, $1,700
monthly. $4,500 moves you
in (first, last, and security).
Three bdrms., one bath, Sec-
tion 8, $1400, 305-896-0301.
Completely renovated three
bedrooms, Section 8 house.
Laundry, central air, wood
floors. Everything new. Ready
to move in. 561-727-0974 or
Northwest Area
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, security bars, tile,
Section 8 welcome.

Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances. $800 monthly. No
Section 8. 305-836-7306
2006 NW 100 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Sept. 3, Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
21425 SW 119 Avenue
SECTION 8, Newly remod-
eled three bdrms, one bath,
large dinning, laundry, and
family rooms. Tile, central air,
appliances, large back yard,
and a quarter acres. $1150
monthly, $1000 deposit.


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American workers
may get a slight raise
in 2012, but the weak
economy will likely still
keep employers from
getting too generous
with the pay increases.
That's according to a
new survey from Towers
Watson, a professional
services firm. The com-
pany found U.S. employ-
ers are planning to in-
crease pay for salaried,
non-executive employ-
ees by an average of 2.8
percent next year. .
Employees who are
paid by the hour can ex-
pect an average 2.7 per-
cent increase, according
to the survey.
That's up slightly from
an average increase of
2.6 percent this year
and the year before, ac-
cording to Towers Wat-
son, which surveyed 773
U.S. companies earlier
this summer to get the
data. The results includ-
ed those who plan no in-
A separate survey
from earlier this year,
which was also conduct-
ed by Towers Watson but
used a smaller group of
companies, found that
employers were expect-
ing to offer slightly high-
er raises this year. Since
then, however, many
people have grown more
pessimistic about the
A similar study by
another firm, Mercer,
found that employees
should expect a three
percent raise next year
- as long as they per-
Even a small raise
might be good news for
many Americans who
feel like they are work-
ing harder than ever.
The push to do more has
left many workers feel-
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Is Panthers' tattoo rule biased?

Carolina Panthers
owner Jerry Richard-
son recently spoke in
an interview about
his first meeting with
Cam Newton, pre-
draft. One of the ques-
tions he asked Cam
was if "he had any tat-
toos and or piercings."
to which Newton said
"no." Richardson re-
plied "good, and let's
keep it that way."

Let's stop right
there. Richardson is
the owner of the Pan-
thers and if he wants
to mandate a player's
dress code or physi-
cal appearance rule,
fine. But it should
be made across the
board with the whole
team, not just your
quarterback, who just
happens to be a young
Black man. I get it, he

wants this guy to be
the face of the fran-
chise. Newton has
a great smile, great
looks, and a person-
ality that seems to
brighten up a room.
Do you really think
a tattoo strategically
placed on his chest
or any invisible area
of his body is going
to change that? Or
affect his play on the

field? Does Richard-
son think that an
ear piercing is going
to change Newton's
work ethic and will-
ingness to succeed. I
highly doubt it.
In the 2010 draft,
the Panthers selected
two young quarter-
backs, Jimmy Clau-
sen and Tony Pike.
Clausen was and
could still grab the
reigns of this team
and very well lead it, if
Newton doesn't work
If Richardson, as-
suming that he met
with Clausen pre-
draft as well, asked
him the very same
question, then we
don't have a problem.

If he didn't, then you
could understand
why so many people
Black and white have
a problem with the
It's not as simple as
just saying "Richard-
son is being racial."
It's saying Richardson
isn't .being fair. This
offseason the team
acquired tight end
Jeremy Shockey, and
he is basically a walk-
ing tattoo. Richardson
said that although he
could do without the
tats on Shockey, he
understands that is
who he is. Another
area where any per-
son Black or white
will see this as being

Let me reiterate: It's
his team, he picks the
player and he pays
them. I get it. But just
be fair. This sounds
like the old southern
white ways versus the
young Black hip era. It
shouldn't sit well with
any player, Black or
white, and the NFLPA
(players association).
If Richards wants
to be the Yankees or
the Marlins of football
and not allow visible
long hair, tattoos or
piercings fine. You
should have started in
1993, when you were
awarded the team,
not in 2011 when your
starting QB just hap-
pens to be young and

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Miami Times photos/Donnalyn Anthony
Eden Jilot (left), offensive lineman for North Miami High, and teammates
look on as they wait to learn the status of injured player James Casseus.

descent 70 percent says
Edison Athletic Director
Taj C. Echoles.
"It means a lot in the
community," Echoles
said. "It's about cultural
pride and awareness."
Echoles said that the
game highlights a sport
that normally takes a back
seat to the more dominant

as a measuring stick for
the remainder of the sea-
North Miami Head
Coach Darryel Bethune
said that he hoped to
make the game an annual
"It's a little rivalry now,"
said Bethune. "We all
know each other so that


PROVEN WINNER: Serena Williams
has won the U.S. open three times 1999,
2002 and 2008.

makes it exciting."
Once the whistle blew it
was all business. A game
filled with penalties and
tied at 7-7. going into half-
time, remained scoreless
for most of the second
half. However, a surge of
energy from North Mi-
ami offense late in the
4th pushed the Pioneers

in prayer.
Losing Casseus may
have been the very spark
North Miami needed to
finish the game, as they
pulled off a victory, 13-7.
Miami Edison will play
in District 13-8A and
North Miami District 12-

North Miami has a
tough battle ahead, start-
ing the sea-
son next
against ,
Naples *
the Pi- 4

will later
face rival Krop,
before challenging
Hialeah and a tough
Miami Central at the
end of the season.
Players to watch
on North Miami:
Jemine St Louis
(Senior-WR), Troy
McCollum (Jr- .
DB) and Derek
Polydoi (Sr-DL). i
Players to watch
'on Edison: Stan-
ley Dupont (Sr -
RB/CB), Shawn
Piere (Sr-DB/
WR) and Dexter
Roundtree (Sr-

Serena Williams a tough foe at No. 28

NEW YORK The biggest
question heading into the U.S.
Open draw was: Which highly
seeded woman could be stuck
facing Serena Williams in the
third round? The answer: No.
4 Victoria Azarenka of Belar-
"Poor, poor, poor Victoria
Azarenka," seven-time major
champion John McEnroe said
at Thursday's draw ceremony
in Flushing Meadows.
Azarenka was a Wimbledon
semifinalist in July, as was
No. 22 Sabine Lisicki of Ger-

many, who could play Wil-
liams' older sister Venus in the
second round. Both Williams
sisters lost in the fourth round
at the All England Club.
The draw for the U.S. Open
produced a tough road for five-
time champion Roger Federer
as well as a potential third-*
round match between favorite
Serena Williams and fourth-
seeded Victoria Azarenka,
writes Ravi Ubha. Story
Serena is a three-time U.S.
Open champion who leads all
active women with 13 Grand

Slam titles. Venus is a two-
time winner in New York and
owns a total of seven major
singles trophies.
The Grand Slam tourna-
ment started Monday.
After missing nearly a year
of action because of a series
of health problems, Serena re-
turned to the tour in June and
won two of her four tourna-
ments. She is seeded 28th for
the U.S. Open, which followed
the rankings rather than tak-
ing into account players' past

Booker. T pulls

off pre-season

win over


By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

The game between the Booker T. Washington
Senior High School Tornados and the Miami
Northwestern Senior High Schools Bulls on
last Friday, Aug. 26th at Traz Powell Stadium
at MDC-North, was described as a "first round
fight" by Booker T Principal William Aristide.
The historical rivalry, formally known as The
Turkey Bowl, brought an impressive crowd of
4,500 according to stadium officials.
"The camaraderie is a plus," Aristide said.
"There's a culture and tradition from both Lib-
erty City and Overtown communities."
Another rivalry stemmed off the field between
siblings. Wallace Aristide, principal of North-
western, is the brother of Booker T's principal.
"I always wish the [Tornados] well, except
when they play us," said Wallace, jokingly. He
added how impressed he has been with Billy
Rolle's [head coach of the Bulls] ability to keep
the players focused on the game.
Booker T head coach, Tim "Ice" Harris Sr.,
back at Booker T since he left for the Univer-
sity of Miami three years ago, said the team
was "All in" also the team slogan. "This
game will help us find out what we're
made of," Harris said.
Both Harris and Rolle have a number
of inexperienced players. There are
only 12 seniors on Booker T's 60-
man roster and 26 on Northwest-
S ern's 67-man roster.
Both teams' youth was exposed
early in the' game. The game was
sloppy throughout with several pen-
alties and miscues on both sides of
the field. The game remained pret-
ty much even going into halftime
with a score of 7-7.
"Penalties are killing us,"
'- .said Rolle, who was con-
cerned about his team
blowing three opportunities to
convert 4th downs into points. "I
want to start big and finish big,
even though we are young."
Both teams scored early
in the sec- ond half with a
touchdown by Northwestern
QB, E.J. Hill- iard (SR) and Booker T
LB, Matthew Thomas (JR) in the 3rd quarter.
But the 4th quarter was all Tornados. Booker T
scored two touchdowns with the clincher com-
ing at 2:29 after wide receiver Lamar Parker col-
lected a touchdown pass from QB Treon Harris.
"We made great stops on defense," Harris
said. "We were able to step up."
Booker T has a particularly tough preseason
ahead, with Carol City next Friday, followed by
Miami Central one week later.
Northwestern players to watch: Artie Burns
(DB-Jr), EJ Hilliard (QB-Sr), Amari Cooper
(WR-Jr), Eric Kinsey (DE-Sr). Booker T players
to watch: Lamar Parker (WR-So), Treon Harris
(QB, So), Famous McKinnon (DB-Sr).

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