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NOW rallies push

Sfor ex-offender rights

S Marchers converge at five Florida cities

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Desmond Meade
(second from
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with members of
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demanding rights
for ex-offenders
and immigrants.

By D. Kevin McNeir

Studies by the Florida Parole Commis-
sion, Florida Department of Justice and a
report commissioned by former Governor
Jeb Bush suggest that restoration of civil
rights has a significant impact on reduc-
ing crime and lowering recidivism rates
- while freeing up billions of dollars for
much-needed areas like education and
social services. But that didn't stop Florida

Governor Rick Scott from pushing through
laws that require ex-offenders to wait five
to seven years before they can apply for
restoration of their civil rights voting be-
ing primary among those rights.
Scott also signed into law legislation that
allows counties to place juveniles in adult
detention centers. Ignoring the Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Protection Act of
2002, which mandated the need for spe-
cialized facilities, resources and
Please turn to RIGNTS 8A

Teens get



Thirty sworn in for County's
first Youth Commission

By D. Kevin McNeir
The new faces of Miami-Dade County Hall
are not salt-and-peppered, nor do they have
the creases in their foreheads associated
with years of hard work in the trenches.
Instead, they are teenagers, ranging in age
from 15 to 18 years and are newly-sworn-
in members of Miami-Dade County's first
Youth Commission.
The commission, the brainchild of County
Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, was

-Photo courtesy Armando Rodriguez
YOUTH LEARN ABOUT GOVERNMENT: County Mayor Carlos Gimenez (1-r) welcomes
Youth Commission member Michael Ivory, along with County Commissioner Barbara Jordan.

developed to provide young residents an
opportunity to learn and participate in
County government by articulating the is-
sues and needs of youth in the community.
The swearing-in ceremony and certificate
presentation was held at County Hall on
Monday, Dec. 19th.
In their new positions, members of the
Youth Commission will advise the mayor
and commissioners on matters and pro-
grams affecting the youth and teen popula-
tions. The Miami-Dade Juvenile Services
Department, under the auspices of the

County's Violence Intervention Project
(VIP), has also been behind the initiative's
"It's a very positive endeavor because it
allows young people to have a say in what
happens in local government while bring-
ing the issues of their peers to County
Hall," said Morris Copeland, 44, director
of Juvenile Services. "Now those who are
impacted by certain laws have the oppor-
tunity to have their voices heard and fears
and needs addressed."
Please turn to TEENS 8A

Early morning

bullets strike
. In the early hours of Tuesday, Dec. 27th. the
Rev. Annie Wimberly, 69, was resting com-
. fortably at her home at 5981 NW 32nd Ave.
* Then shots rang out. According to investiga-
tors, someone armed with a high-powered rifle
* opened fire at the residence around 3:59 a.m..
* striking Wimberly. Five adults and three chil-
dren were also inside the residence at the time
* of the shooting but were unharmed.
: Wimberly, who is the pastor at Friendly
* Temple Holiness N.D.C. [5800 NXV 17th Ave.],
*, was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center at
Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
. "At this time the suspect is still unidentified,"
* said Detective Javier Baez, Miami-Dade Police.
. "We are not sure why this was done and we
urge the public to assist us."
According to Gena Wiggins, Wimberly's
daughter, doctors had to remove one of her
* mother's kidneys: her liver and a main artery
leading to her heart were also damaged.
* 'These thugs came and shot the house up,'
Wiggins said. Anyone with information should
contact Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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Jackson's retirees bring

joy to hospitalized kids

By D. Kevin McNeir N."Wl" 11
kmcneir@miamitimnesoiline.conm i; ..

Former nurses and admin-
istrators now retired from
Jackson Health System say
that while they have ended
their careers their concern for
those needing medical care
continues -' especially chil-
dren. To illustrate their com-
mitment, a small but hardy
group of the retirees returned
to Jackson last week, visiting
the newborn intensive care
unit, the newborn nursery
and the pediatric emergency
Please turn to JACKSON 8A

-Photo courtesy Carolyn Boyce
RETIREES GIVE BACK: Retired nurses and administrators
from Jackson Health System joined current staff members and
gave toys and clothes to hospitalized children during Christmas.

-Photo courtesy James Borras

Young Dems salute local True Blues
School Board Member (District 2) Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (third from right) received
the Blue Pearl Legacy Award during the recent 2nd Annual True Blue Awards, hosted by the Miami-
Dade Young Democrats. She is joined by elected officials and grassroots politicians who say they all
got their start in politics by working with the former principal and educator.
State Representative, District 109, Cynthia Stafford (left) received the Blue Crystal Award.

Keeping our New Year's resolutions

Change for the better in 2012
By Kaila Heard making a lot more money tend
kheard@miamitimesonline.com some of the top resolutions th

For many people, the New Year
will begin with promises things
like losing weight, quitting smok-
ing, finding the love of your life or

Sto be
at are

made each year. Yet while millions
partake of the resolution-making
process with enthusiasm and hope,
the majority of them will find them-
selves no closer to having complet-

ed their goals some 365 days later.
Estimates vary, but by the end of
the upcoming year as many as 50
to 90 percent of everyone who made
a resolution will either break them
or give up all together. So, why do
so many people break their resolu-
tions? There are several reasons.
For many people failure to achieve
their goals boils down to poor plan-

ning, setting unrealistic goals or
loss of motivation.
One way people often give up on
their resolutions is by simply forget-
ting that they made them. To moti-
vational speaker, C. Moore-Fields,
this loss of focus makes sense.
Please turn to RESOLUTIONS 8A



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Why can't Rick Scott

"stay in his lane?"
Florida Governor Rick Scott is back in the news. Not
to address why he has the worst approval rate of any
gubernatorial leader in the U.S. Not because Blacks
in this state are still struggling to achieve the kind of financial
security that is common place among whites and a growing
number of Cubans. He has yet to address why he refused sig-
nificant federal funding that would have brought high-speed
rail transportation to a state that sorely needs an economic
boost. And his proposed budget has yet to be approved by the
legislation although given how the Republicans tend to sup-
port their own no matter how ludicrous the idea he should
have little or no trouble.
Instead, Scott has gone on the record and suggested that
FAMU's president, Dr. Ammons, step down and should be
suspended while investigations continue into hazing and,
as Scott adds, "financial improprieties." Maybe Scott knows
something that we don't. Perhaps the U.S. judicial system
has changed its mantra so that we are all "guilty until proven
It may be determined that Ammons had some knowledge of
hazing practices at FAMU but there is a capable team of law
enforcement officials and legal eagles who are working with
the facts to determine if Ammons simply looked the other
way, or actually co-signed some of the practices that have al-
legedly been going on for many, many years.
In the meantime, he has a board of trustees that is respon-
sible for the welfare of the University, its faculty, staff, stu-
dents and alumni. Ammons has said he will yield to their
decision. And we have confidence in their abilities. Certainly
this is a tragic and complicated situation. Several young men
and women have been seriously injured one young man has
now died.
But instead of Scott pointing fingers at others a skill that
he has clearly mastered maybe he should go back and re-
flect on the mess he made when he was at the helm of his
health care company. Maybe he should focus more on chats
with down-and-out brothers and sisters in the hood instead
of achieving notable sound bytes with Israeli leaders. Maybe
he should just stay in his lane and work on doing something
for those Floridians that are really struggling to make it each
day. Wisconsin residents have already shown that they don't
like the job their governor is doing. Maybe Scott should take
his own advice and be "suspended" until he proves that he
can handle the job for which he was elected.

Blacks must reclaim the

"right" to vote
T he recent actions of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
illustrate just how serious the situation facing Black
voters in this country has become. Since President
Barack Obama moved into the White House, 25 vote restrict-
ing laws have been passed in 14 states. Florida leads the way.
Unfortunately, very few of our local politicians have made vot-
ers rights one of their top priorities. Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson has combined with preachers from across the state to
focus on registering voters. And several state representatives,
like Cynthia Stafford, have continued to listen to the many bar-
riers facing ex-offenders, including the outright denial of their
Constitutional right to vote. But for the most part other issues
seem to dominate the agendas of our local elected officials.
Holder says that he has the "privilege of enforcing the Voting
Rights Act," further stating that he cannot agree with those
who seek to drastically alter the very system by which they
were once elected. But change the laws they have with Blacks,
college-aged adults and senior citizens being the most impact-
Now a new group of 30-something Blacks, mostly educated
and upwardly-mobile have entered the foray here in South
Florida and say they are determined to make sure Democrats
at every level are victorious in 2012. Formally known as Young
& Powerful for Obama, these young men and women are utiliz-
ing social media, word-of-mouth and the power of persuasion
among their peers to get more folks registered, to raise money
for election campaigns and to get young people excited about
next fall's elections. Perhaps it is young people like them that
must come to the forefront in order to stop the nefarious ef-
forts of Republicans bent on disenfranchising voters. But we
will need everyone stepping up to the plate with letters to poli-
ticians, participation in protests and boycotts and an overall
stance that makes it clear that we will not go down without a
Once upon a time, the only people that could vote in the U.S.
were white male property owners. They were the 1 percent in
the 18th century. If we fail to act now, we may find ourselves
returning to the way it was in the "good old days." If history is
an example, then it won't be a pretty picture at least not for


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world from racial and national antagonism when it accords Io
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights Hating no person fearing no person,
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Black church must lead in fight for
The issue of income inequal- ment, with the historic coali- geles and throughout the U.S.
ity in the U.S. demands our tion between the Black church, around the issues of income
attention and social action. In organized labor, liberal whites, inequality and economic in-
particular in the Black commu- Latinos, students and peace justice. But beyond the grow-
nity, economic inequities are activists and many others from ing number and size of the
both institutionalized and real. a diversity of organizations, Occupy Wall Street protests,
We are more and more aware had reached a transformative their greatest accomplishment
of how the devastating impact stage in its evolution. The time thus far has been the raising
of income inequality continues had come to expose and chal- of awareness on a national lev-
to cause a downward spiral of lenge the diabolic connection el about the contradictions of

the quality of life Blacks and
others who are entrapped in
the deep mire of poverty, pain
and hopelessness. The dream
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
is just as relevant today as we
move into 2012 as it was back
in 1963 at the March on Wash-
King's dream was the Ameri-
can dream of freedom, justice
and equality for all. Yet we all
should be reminded that by
the beginning of 1968, he had
become very concerned and fo-
cused on the questions of pov-
erty and systemic economic
injustice. The civil rights move-

Today, in just a few months time since their initial dem-
onstrations, the Occupy WallIStreet movement has been
successful in staging major non-violent civil disobedient
protests from New York City to Los Angeles and throughout the U.S.
around the issues of income inequality and economic injustice.

between racial injustice and
economic inequity.
Today, in just a few months
time since their initial dem-
onstrations, the Occupy Wall
Street movement has been suc-
cessful in staging major non-vi-
olent civil disobedient protests
from New York City to Los An-


present-day income inequities
and injustice.
An ecumenical coalition of
church leaders have joined with
the brothers and sisters of the
Occupy Wall Street movement
to push for economic justice for
all in the legacy of the dream of
the Dr. King. We are part of the

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It's high time we take our country b

When certain individuals be-
gan chanting their mantra of
'take our country back,' the rest
of us hoped that it wasn't a sub-
liminal message to strip away
this nation's advancements
and take us back to some sort
of Jim Crow era. But in such
a short span of time in office,
many conservative elected of-
ficials have proved that their
goal is precisely to implement
regressive measures that begin
to chip away at the core of the
fundamental constructs of the
civil rights movement. The lat-
est enactment of voter ID laws
across the country are a prime
example of how the right is at-
tempting to wrong us all.
For those who like to pretend
that racism never existed in our
past, here's another quick re-
minder: years after slavery was
abolished, there were system-

atic ways to still deny Blacks
civil liberties- not the least of
which was a poll tax. After the
14th Amendment guaranteed
equal protection for all, a poll
tax was enacted as a prerequi-
site to voting. Because Blacks

slavery itself did.
While a poll tax no longer ex-
ists, Republican leaders contin-
ue to champion and implement
voter ID requirements, thus
establishing a new form of vot-
ing prerequisites and voter sup-

While a poll tax no longer exists, Republican leaders
continue to champion and implement voter ID re-
quirements, thus establishing a new form of voting
prerequisites and voter suppression. When nearly 25 percent of
Blacks lack 'appropriate ID' in order to vote ...

(and poor whites for that mat-
ter) found it difficult to come
up with the money required to
vote, many were covertly disen-
franchised from the process. It
was a new measure, but it held
the same underlying notion of
racism and oppression of an
entire group of citizenry that

pression. When nearly 25 per-
cent of Blacks lack 'appropriate
ID' in order to vote, it's clear
who their target is. When col-
lege students are barred from
voting in the state where they
attend school and instead must
return to their home state, it's
clear who their target is. And

action M
99 percent who are challenging
the 1 percent who increasingly
control the wealth and future
prosperity of the nation. The
Black church in America con-
tinues to be the backbone of
the civil rights movement and
all successful movements for
change in this nation in the
last 100 years have involved the
presence and the visionary ac-
tivism of the Black church. Now
with the increasing poverty,
disproportionately high home
foreclosure rates and loss of
property, unemployment, the
lack of the best quality educa-
tion for our children, absence
of good health care delivery,
discriminatory and unjust in-
tergenerational incarceration
and a growing sense of despair
among millions of our youth,
it is imperative that Blacks
should not wait passively for
someone else to speak out and
take action for the economic re-
covery of Black America.

when the process of obtaining
this 'appropriate ID' isn't free
by any measure, it's distinctly
clear who their target is. Once
again, Blacks, Latinos, the
poor and other disenfranchised
groups will clearly be impacted
the most by these voting re-
quirements. And it should come
as no surprise that this sector
of society votes Democratic a
majority of the time.
If Republican officials and
those who support them are
so upset by the direction of the
country and so insistent on the
fact that we are a center-right
nation, why don't they prove it
with fair elections? Instead of
playing dirty politics, perhaps
they should just run an election
on the facts and allow everyone
to freely vote. Maybe it's high
time we, the majority, take our
country back.


Kwanzaa is whack

When I said Kwanzaa was
wacky, I meant it. But I gave
no thought to how it might
affect people. I'm kind of bad
like that. A ton of people (some
Black and some not) say they
think Kwanzaa is whack too.
But others have gotten very
upset. I felt bad about that,
truly. But the reality is that
Kwanzaa was created by an
FBI informant named Dr.
Maulana Karenga. Straight
up. That's an actual fact. Be-
yond that, stuff like corn that
is used in a lot of the rituals
is not even native to Africa. A
friend of mine noted "it's truly
Now hold on. I did participate
in a few Kwanzaa events back
in the day. I always tried to ob-
serve it. But once I researched

its founder and some of the
deeper elements of its hollow
cultural base, it was hard to
continue on. For those who do,
I promise I'm not mad at you.
Not that you would care. But
you can't get your kente cloth

yes, I
But Kwanzaa is ni
never knew an Al
any part of the con
was like "Yo Adis
wanna slide thro
Kwanzaa fest play
never happened.

Is it possible to love Africa and not celebrate I
know Jews that do not celebrate Chanukah. I kn
that don't celebrate every Ramadan or Eid.

all in a bunch because I'm not
feeling it.
Look, I love Africa and what
it means to be Black. I love al-
most everything African (aside
from the tribal fighting and the
needless murder and rape of
women across the continent).

get down like that.
Kwanzaa is like a
People might kind;
we all know it ain't
raised on the works
Henrik Clarke, Dr
Sertima and Runo
I studied a lot ab

actually said it
ot African. I Kemet, the Moors, Benin and
frican (from Timbuktu. I love reading about
itinent) who African culture and history
3a, bro you any time I can. That's why I
ugh to the don't need Kwanzaa. I have
ya?" It has knowledge of self and kind.
They don't Is it possible to love Africa
and not celebrate Kwanzaa?
I know Jews that do not cele-
Kwanzaa? I brate Chanukah. I know Mus-
ow Muslims lims that don't celebrate every
Ramadan or Eid. I know Chris-
tians that do not celebrate
Christmas. But they still con-
sider themselves lovers of their
individual paths. Can I love
i bad weave, my Blackness and still think
a like it but Kwanzaa is rich in wackiness?
t real. I was Is there anything else we can
of Dr. John do outside of Kwanzaa to stay
. Ivan Van- more authentically connected
,ko Rashidi. to the Motherland? What do
out ancient you think?

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What is your New Year's resolution?
Retired, Little Haiti WALTER SPANN, 55
Retired, Opa-locka

I want God
to continue
blessing me in
the new year.
I want him
to continue
to bless me
so that I can
keep on mov-
ing around.

Unemployed, Bahamas

My resolu-
tion is to con-
tinue to have
good health in
the new year.

Police crime analyst specialist,
Liberty City

I hope that
in the new
year things
will improve in
Liberty City. I .
hope the crime
goes down and
people begin to get more jobs.
I just hope that all of that gets

My New
Year's resolu-
tion is to quit

Retired, Liberty

My resolu- ee
tion is for God-
to continue to
bless me and
help me to
have a long,
long life so I
can see many more holidays.

Community relations liaison,

My resolu-
tion is to have
good health
and prosper-
ity in the new


Can we get
The Christmas to New Year's
week is always a period of in-
trospection for me. I look at
the past year and wonder at
how quickly it passed and
how little I seemed to have ac-
complished. I question myself
on my achievements or lack
thereof. I think of my circum-
stances and pray for those less
fortunate and I contemplate
I am amazed at the Repub-
lican nominees' rise and fall.
First Michelle Bachman was
the front runner, then Rick
Perry, then Mitt Romney, then
Herman Cain, then Newt Gin-
grich and now Rick Santoro.
I really want the Republicans
to come to some conclusion. I
watch with growing horror as
the Super-PACs use millions of
dollars to tear down a candi-
date, most recently Gingrich. If
the Republicans are willing to
cannibalize each other, what
will happen when it becomes
a race between a Republican

some honesty in
and a Democrat? I wonder that has bee
what will happen in the gen- century. At t
eral election when they take preme Court
on President Obama. Will he conservative
be criticized for being a Mos- appointed, se
lem, having a militant pastor, unleash a si
being foreign-borne, or will the funding tha
PACs invent even worse allega- the Republic
.tions against him? Can these corporations

Iam amazed at the Republican nominees'
Michelle Bachman was the front runner,
then Mitt Romney, then Herman Cain, th
and now Rick Santoro.

destructive elections be good
for the country? It seems that
the divide between Democrat
and Republican has become
so deep and bitter that each
party is willing to sacrifice the
common good for the sake of a
few votes in the next election.
The Supreme Court deci-
sion that eviscerated the elec-
tion reform laws is probably
one of the worst decisions

terest PACs
are treated a
can spend ui
of money for
didate. The
starting to b
This will be
tion in U.S. h
will be spend
ties which ar
standard of 1
Free speec

Washington? J
en made in this However, when PACS,. radio
:he time, the Su- hosts and others use the liber-
, which is heavily al free speech laws to spread
and Republican- lies and misstatements to tear
seemed to want to down.a candidate and foster
source of political animosity and racial tension,
.t would benefit then I believe we need to cur-
an party -large tail it. In Germany and many
and special in- countries in Europe, a person
is not allowed to deny the ex-
rise and fall. First istence of the Holocaust nor to
ruse free speech to create ra-
then Rick Perry, cial animosity. The Germans,
en Newt Gingrich in particular, learned a les-
son from Adolph Hitler. If we
started locking up the radio
"shock jockeys" and even a
These entities few elected officials like Alvin
s individuals and West, for their insidious and
limited amounts inflammatory words, it might
or against a can- return us to an acceptable lev-
result is already el of civility.
becomee apparent. Our political leaders don't
the nastiest elec- respect each other. They need
history as millions to learn to be civil and need
it by these enti- to start supporting whoever
re not held to any brings forth ideas that will
honesty. help right our floundering
:h is a blessing. economic ship.

A typical definition of poverty
is a significant material defi-
ciency, or an inability to provide
your family with adequate food,
reasonable shelter and cloth-
ing. But what does this look like
for families not typically por-
trayed in mainstream media?
Meet Betty Joe, a Black woman
in her 60s. She lives with her
grandson Jimmy Lee and two
great grandchildren. She works
part-time and her grandson has
an associate degree and works
in the nearby labor pool. They
live in a modest two-bedroom
home that she was raised in as
a child. On her living room wall
she has pictures of John F. Ken-
nedy, Martin Luther King Jr., a
white Jesus in prayer and Presi-
dent Barack Obama. As you
walk outside through her back
door into her backyard she has

I was just a young Black lad
during the civil rights marches
and rallies of the earlyl960's,
but I will never forget what
I saw during those dark days.
I remember the hate, the vio-
lence, the water hoses, the vi-
cious dogs and batons that
bloodied women and children.
War was declared on us as a
race. We were called "sons of
bitches" and other vile names.
The agenda of the most vicious
of the racists was to "take us
out" in any way possible vio-
lence undoubtedly being a pre-
ferred method.
Vitriol and violence was sim-
ilarly directed against the civil
rights movement because it
sought to affirm, secure and
exercise the constitutional
rights of Black Americans and
we did it through non-violent
meetings, marches and rallies.
Fast forward to today. Anoth-
er group of citizens of which

a garden with an assortment
of vegetables including collard
greens, tomatoes and celery.
But on the side of the house she
has' an oval-shaped silver pail

I am also a part has come
together through non-violent
meetings,forums and rallies.
We do not so much to affirm
and secure our constitutional

ing poor. As.things go, this kind
of poverty is disproportionally
Black. Today's commentaries on
the poor would have you believe
the poor are lazy, criminals and

e must ponder on how we can all have a better
chance of achieving the American dream of prosper-
ity, a higher quality of life and realizing the freedoms
guaranteed to us all in the U.S. Constitution.

that looks like a mini tub with
a plastic cover. Its purpose?
When asked about it she said it
was how she collected rain wa-
ter because from time to time
they could not afford to pay the
water bill. This is another face
of poverty in America. The pov-
erty experienced by the work-

lack family values. But I offer
you a different narrative of who
the poor are in this country. Like
Betty Joe, the working poor are
people not looking for a hand-
out. They work every day, mak-
ing ends meet the best way they
know how in the face of barriers
- barriers with which many of

as during the civil rights era, a
virtual war has been declared
against us. The moms, pops,
children, grandparents and
others that make up the Tea

e must ponder on how we can all have a better
chance of achieving the American dream of prosper-
ity, a higher quality of life and realizing the freedoms
guaranteed to us all in the U.S. Constitution.

rights as much as to exercise
our existing rights and peti-
tion our government. We have
started a similarly peace-
ful movement across the U.S.
under the banner of the Tea
Party" movement. Our goal is
to see the government abide by
its constitutional limitations
and requirements and affirm
to the people that our consti-
tutional rights are secure. But,

Party movement are under at-
On Labor Day, for instance,
James Hoffa Jr., the president
of the Teamsters union, one of
the most powerful unions in
America, issued what can only
be considered a declaration of
war, telling his followers at a
rally to take these [ Tea Party]
son of a bitches out and give
America back to America where

us are totally unfamiliar. Who
then is responsible for Betty
Joe? Or for that matter Jimmy
Lee? As the debate is shaped
around the 99 percent, let's not
forget that it does not only con-
sist of middle-class Americans
who have lost their 401k's and
half-million dollar homes. We
are all a part of America none
of us deserves to be forgotten in
this important discussion on
poverty and greed.
We must ponder on how we
can all have a better chance of
achieving the American dream
of prosperity, a higher quality of
life and realizing the freedoms
guaranteed to us all in the U.S.
Listen to Henry Crespo on
Today's Truth of the Matter on
Sunday from 3 4 p.m. on 880
AM the Biz.

we belong." Obama made no
effort on that day or any other
day thereafter to reprimand
the big labor boss advocating
a "war" with the Tea Parties.
This is troubling. And this mis-
treatment and maliciousness
should, sound all-too familiar
to Black Americans.
I pray that Black members of
labor unions and anyone else,
will heed this obvious call to
viciousness, anger, hate and
violence. All those who might
be too young to remember
those dark civil rights days
might want to ask a parent and
grandparent about them.
History has a way of repeat-
ing itself often to our col-
lective detriment. It is not in
the best interest of Blacks to
involve themselves in any call
for violence against peaceful
citizens. We were once the tar-
get of that same type of similar


We must all work to end poverty in the U.S.


Blacks and violence we've been there


Teen girls take stand on dating violence

By Randy Grice

Dating violence is a serious
and sometimes deadly occur-
rence that plagues the lives of
young adults each day. In an
effort to bring awareness to
this issue among teens Urban
Renewal Greater Enhance-
ment National Team (UR-
GENT), Inc.'s Rites of Passage
Program held See It Our Way:
Community Impacts of Teen
Dating Violence at Miami's 0
Cinema, 90 NW 29th St. on
Thursday, Dec. 8th.
"Teen dating violence is
something that we want to
help to decrease," said Saliha
Nelson, vice president of Ur-
gent, Inc. "Today we presented
a photo voice exhibit and dis-

Magalie Gabriel presents her
photo and recites her reflection
on her project.

cussion where young people
explored certain issues in
their communities using pho-
The- event featured photog-
raphy from the young girls in
the organization and personal
reflection presentations by the
teens about each photo. The
photos were taken by girls
in the Overtown, Little Haiti
and Liberty City communi-
ties. This is the first time that
the organization has had an
event like this.
"This program has had a
very positive impact on me,"
said Naomie Delva, 16, who
has been involved with the
program since the 7th grade.
"This program has changed
me and helped to open my
eyes to a lot of different things

and it has helped me as a
young woman. I feel like this
program is making me a better
woman in the long run."
According to Miami-Dade
County statistics, teen dating
violence has increased by 40
percent since 2001. The Flor-
ida Legislature adopted legis-
lation in 2010 to help prevent
teen dating violence in schools.
"In this program I think that
we learn a lot about women
empowerment and we get to
see different things in our
communities that we would
never notice," said Brianna
Saffold, 16, who has been in-
volved with the group since
the 6th grade. "This program
has afforded me the opportu-
nity to see things from a dif-
ferent view."

Agreement reached to extend tax break

By Janet Hook & Laura Meckler

Speaker John Boehner, bowing
to heavy pressure from fellow
Republicans, agreed Thurs-
day to a two-month extension
of a payroll-tax break, ending
a stalemate that had created a
wedge within the party.
The deal, which forestalls a
Jan. 1 tax increase on 160 mil-
lion workers, represents a re-
treat for the House GOP, which
had been at odds with Senate
Republicans and party elders
who feared the party would
suffer in the 2012 elections if
the tax break was allowed to
The new agreement still must
be approved by the House and
Senate, but with most mem-
bers already gone for the holi-
days, congressional leaders
hope the compromise can be
adopted Friday without a for-
mal vote.
In addition to the two-month
extension, the agreement
would extend federal benefits
for the long-term unemployed
and-'conitte'-u* crrent Medi-

care payment rates for doctors,
which are slated to decline at
year's end. That's essentially
the same package negotiated
by the Democratic-controlled
Senate that Boehner's House
had rejected earlier this week.
One difference in the new
agreement is the elimination
of a Senate-crafted provision

House Speaker

businesses believed would be
burdensome. That provision
would have changed the way
payroll taxes would have been
deducted for higher paid work-
*ers's, a move-that would have

meant changing payroll sys-
The current battle over ex-
tending the payroll tax cut is
creating headaches for busi-
nesses and the IRS, John
McKinnon reports on the
News Hub. Boehner (R., Ohio)
changed course a few hours
after Senate Minority Lead-
er Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.)

stepped into the debate and
urged House Republicans to
pass the two-month extension
approved by the Senate in an
89-10 vote. As part of the new
deal, all sides committed to
negotiating early next year a
full-year extension of the tax
break. That also would have
been the likely outcome of the
original deal.

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Black families

have welcomed us

into their homes so

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Newt's justice: Bold

or just nonsense?
Paul Waldman, in The National Review: "In the last
American Prospect: "In (75 years), there has been
(Newt) Gingrich's view, when an explosion of ... politically
members of Congress a unaccountable judges' nul-
group of people well known lifying the American peo-
for being sober and respon- ple's democratically enacted
sible and avoiding grand- choices. The courts have not
standing and demagoguery merely been an advocate for
feel like it, they should be our wartime enemies but
able to haul judges in front a partisan in the culture
of them to explain their rul- wars inventing abortion
ings, and if the judges don't rights; eroding the bedrock
like it, federal marshals principle of equal protection
should arrest them. Fur- before the law; cossetting
thermore, he believes that heinous criminals; banning
the president should be able public expressions of reli-
to simply overrule any Su- gious reverence ... and so on.
preme Court decision that For daring to pronounce this
displeases him. As he said on state of affairs a subversion
Face the Nation, 'Nine people of our constitutional order,
cannot create the law of the and for proposing to rein in
land, or you have eliminated the imperial judiciary, Newt
our freedom as a people . .' Gingrich has been derided
Because after all, why have as 'outrageous . In the
the power residing with nine real world, there are many
people,' when you can just steps between the extreme
give it to one person? we have now sheep-like
Andrew Cohen, in TheAt- acquiescence to continuing
lantic: 'There are two pos- usurpation of power and
sibilities for this level of the extreme of making the
jeremiad. Either Gingrich offending judges disappear."
actually believes this non- Erwin Chemerinsky, in
sense, in which case he the Los Angeles Times: "It
would be a constitutionally is tempting to dismiss all of
dangerous president, or he this as just overblown politi-
doesn't, in Which case he's cal rhetoric. Bashing'liberal'
committing constitutional judges has been a staple for
heresy just to win a few pri- Republican presidential can-
mary votes. Either way, it didates at least since Rich-
is conduct unbecoming a ard Nixon ran in 1968 with
president. Close your eyes a campaign against the War-
for a second and imagine if a ren court. It is ironic that
Democratic candidate for the conservatives continue with
White House suggested that such attacks even as there
the judiciary be neutered by is a conservative majority on
the White House and Con- the Supreme Court and its
gress; if a 'liberal' running rulings overall are far more
for president suggested that to the liking of conservatives
individual liberties and mi- than liberals. ... But there
nority rights would hereafter is a difference to this year's
be defined by Washington. political rhetoric about the
Wouldn t Gingrich be first in courts: It is more mean-spir-
line with his pitchfork and ited, and it shows a stunning
torch?' -. ignorance of.t,he Constitu-.
Andrew C. McCarthy, in tion and American history."


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Last-minute buyers top off strong shopping season

By Mae Anderson
Associated Press

Last-minute shoppers hit
stores on Christmas Eve in a
surge that retailers hope will
top off a strong holiday shop-
ping season.
Among them was Len Bo-
swell. He started his shopping
at 6 a.m. at Starbucks. Later in
the morning he was at a CVS
drugstore in Decatur, Ga.,
picking up candy and a neck
pillow for his wife.
"I should have done this a
couple of weeks ago," acknowl-
edges Boswell, 68, a director
of book publishing at a non-
Stores are expected to ring
up $469.1 billion during the
holiday season, which runs
November through December.

reported almost-full parking
lots at some malls by 10 a.m.,
earlier than last year. Apparel,
electronics, perfume and jew-
elry were among the biggest
Macy's, in New York's Herald
Square, also was packed with
shoppers by late morning. The
store had been open around
the clock since Wednesday

and was set to close at 6 p.m.
Christmas Eve.
Kimberly Sylvester, 28, was
out for the first time doing her
holiday shopping Christmas
Eve. She had already spent
$160 at Victoria's Secret, tak-
ing advantage of a sale two
bras for $40 for her sister.
At Macy's, she picked up Lau-
ren by Ralph Lauren sheets

marked down to $79. Sylves-
ter, who works with special
needs children, said she had
been too busy to shop.
At Manhattan Mall in.
New York, there was a
steady stream of shoppers
Christmas Eve.
Shamek Shider, 22, was
among them. He had spent
$100 at Macy's on snow suits

for his goddaughter previously.
He came back on Christmas
Eve and spent $250 on jewelry
and clothing at Macy's and J.
C. Penney for his mother, sister
and other relatives.
"This is when I see the best
deals," said Shider, who lives
in Newark, N.J.
Ryan Eagle, 25, planned to
hit South Park Mall in Char-

lotte, N.C., to shop for presents
for his wife. He always shops
on Christmas Eve, he said, to
get good deals and to people-
watch. Last year, he found
$200 boots on sale for $50 at
"I'm a last-minute person,"
he said. "I enjoy going out
and watching everyone run

-AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
A street performer who pos-
es for pictures in exchange for
tips dressed like the Grinch
beckons customers in front of
a billboard announcing last-
minute gifts at a store in New
York's Times Square, Saturday,
Dec. 24.

The final week before Christ-
mas can account for up to 20
percent of those sales. Retail-
ers tempered their expecta-
tions heading into the season
because they worried that
Americans weren't ready to
spend in the weak economy.
But sales have been brisk
during the two-month period,
rising 2.5 percent from the
start of the season on Nov.
1 through Christmas Eve,
according to research firm
ShopperTrak, which did not
give a dollar figure. As a re-
sult, ShopperTrak upgraded
its sales growth forecast to 3.7
percent from its 3 percent esti-
mate heading into the season.
"We're seeing good traf-
fic, good sales," said Sherif
Mityas, a partner in the re-
tail practice at A.T. Kearney, a
management consulting firm.
"Even with all the bad news
and hesitancy in terms of the
economy, consumers are still
opening up their wallets more
than last year, which is good
But at a time when Ameri-
cans are still concerned about
high unemployment, stagnant
wages and market uncertain-
ty, retailers weren't willing to
leave anything to chance on
the final shopping days before
Toys R Us and some Macy's
were open 24 hours a day in
the days leading up to Christ-
mas. At malls, Abercrombie &
Fitch had been offering a blan-
ket 50 percent off on all items
while J. Crew and Madewell
offered 30 percent off. Retail-
ers' promotional e-mails were
up 34 percent from a year ago,
according to Responsys, which
tracks e-mail activity from
more than 100 merchants.
"They clearly put their best
foot forward on promotions
right now," said John Morris,
analyst at BMO Capital Mar-
kets. Morris estimates that
promotional sale activity was
up about 7 percent compared
with last year, taking into ac-
count the level of markdowns
and the amount of goods
marked down.
Whether it's the sales or
just plain-old procrastination,
last-minute shoppers were
drawn to stores across the
country on Christmas Eve.
Taubman Centers, which
operates malls across the
country including The Mall at
Short Hills in New Jersey and
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Who are we to decide? God has the authority

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

Stones were popular during
biblical times used as tools
and building materials and
in some cases even as weap-
ons. According to the bible, a
crowd presented a woman ac-
cused of committing adultery
to Jesus with plans to stone
her to death as commanded
by Moses. The biblical story
goes on to say that Jesus said
" Let he who is without sin
cast the first stone." Casting
stones among a crowd of peo-
ple is relatively easy when you
can blend in with the crowd.
To ask someone to be the first
to pitch a hard rock at an-
other with the intent to kill

is difficult. Self-exam-
ination is needed and
a person would need
to turn their attention
towards their own con-
science. In truth, to .- -i
make a decision to ini- '.
tiate an act that would il.
finalize the existence H,
of another based on the fact
that our hands are without
blemish, is something that all
should find impossible to do.
On September 21, 2011 Troy
Davis a Georgia death row in-
mate was executed by lethal
injection for the 1989 murder
of an off duty police officer.
With no physical evidence
and all witnesses recant-
ing their statements his case

gained the support of
celebrities, politicians
and numerous other
people. Rallies and
protests were held and
people gathered to ear-
S. nestly pray for clem-
ency in a case where
ALL many felt he was not
guilty. In the end, the family
of the slain police officer was
delivered what they saw as
justice after nearly 23 years.
It could be argued whether
some people actually deserve
to die because of a heinous
crime that a jury unanimous-
ly decides based upon trial
evidence. But with overzeal-
ous cops suffering from de-
tective Mark Fuhrman syn-

drome along with prosecutors
primarily concerned with
closing a case as opposed to
convicting the right person,
one questions whether the le-
gal system is truly reliable in
issuing out the death penalty.
It has been discovered too
many times that some per-
sons on death row were not
guilty of convicted crimes. In
any case, as Jesus became
an advocate for what today
would amount to abolishing
the death penalty, he knew
that none of us are perfect
to give ourselves the right to
play God and decide when a
man's life should come to an
end. Only God has that au-

Drum major's death ruled hazing homicide

By John Schwartz

The death of a Florida A&M
University drum major last
month was a homicide caused
by hazing, a Florida medical ex-
aminer said.
The drum major, Robert
Champion, died of "hemorrhagic
shock due to soft tissue hemor-
rhage, due to blunt- force trau-
ma," the Orange County Medi-
cal Examiner concluded. So far,
no suspects have been publicly
identified in the hazing episode,
and no charges have been an-
Champion, who was 26 and
"previously healthy," according
to the report, died after collaps-
ing on a bus parked at an Or-
lando hotel; just hours before,
he had marched with the band
during a football game between
Florida A&M and Bethune-
Cookman University.
The medical examiner's report
describes a horrific night, in-
volving "multiple blunt trauma
blows to his body."
After the beating, Mr. Cham-
pion "collapsed and died within
an hour," the report said)-add-
ing that "he complained of thirst
and fatigue; minutes later, he
noted loss of vision and soon
after had a witnessed arrest."

Robert Champion, Florida A&M University drum major.

Those symptoms, the examiner
stated, are consistent with ex-
tremely low blood pressure or
During attempts to revive
him with cardiopulmonary re-
suscitation, Champion vomited,
blocking his airway.
The associate medical exam-
iner who conducted the autopsy,
Sara Irrgang, found "extensive
contusions, "or bruising, to the
chest, arms, shoulder and back
and within interior body tissues.
There were no bone fractures or
injuries to internal organs, but

the autopsy suggested that rapid
blood loss caused the death.
Toxicology tests did not show
drugs or alcohol in Mr. Cham-
pion's system.
In the wake of Champion's
death, on Nov. 19, the Florida
Department of Law Enforce-
ment began a criminal investi-
gation. The death has also led
to soul searching regarding the
band's unsanctioned tradition
of hazing, a practice that is not
uncommon in some marching
bands, and at historically Black
colleges like Florida A&M Uni-

The school initially expelled
four students, but readmit-
ted them pending the comple-
tion of the investigation. Gov.
Rick Scott has called for the
president of the school, James
H. Ammons, to be suspended
as well after investigators sug-
gested that university personnel
might have been involved in pos-
sible fraud and misconduct con-
nected to the case.
The band's director, Julian
White, has been placed on ad-
ministrative leave. Dr. White
has argued that he has fought
the hazing culture in the band,
and has provided letters of band
suspension involving dozens of
students since 2001; he had re-
cently suspended more than two
dozen trombonists and clarinet-
ists for the practice.
Capt. Angelo Nieves, a spokes-
man for the Orange County
Sheriff's Office, said that the
medical examiner's findings had
been passed along to the sher-
iff's office and that a final report
had been provided to the homi-
cide unit.
The homicide unit "continues
to finalize the investigation of
Robert Champion and the haz-
ing activities that lead to his
death," the sheriff's office stated.

Fatal ambushes targeting police increase

By Kevin Johnson

national campaign focused on
police safety, the number of of-
ficers killed in the line of duty
will increase for the second con-
secutive year, largely because of
an alarming spike in ambush-
style attacks, a Justice Depart-
ment review found.
Federal and local officials
have been troubled for the past
two years by the overall number
of firearms-related fatalities,
which are up 23% in 2011, even
though violent crime has de-
clined in much of the country,
according to preliminary sta-
tistics compiled by the National
Law Enforcement Officers Me-
morial Fund.
Yet in 63 of the 65 shooting
deaths that the Justice De-
partment analyzed this year,
73% were the result of ambush
or surprise attacks, said Josh
Ederheimer, deputy director
of the Justice Department's
Community Oriented Policing
Services Office. (The Justice
Department hasn't reached a
determination on the other two
This year, a USA TODAY re-
view of officer deaths highlight-
ed a rising number of ambush
slaying. In that review, nearly
40% of the shooting deaths at
that time were attributed to am-
bush or surprise attacks. That
number was up from 31% in all
of 2009, according to the most
recent FBI study.
Although the pace of over-
all shooting deaths has slowed
since midyear, the numbers
continue to frustrate law en-

Couple accused
Colo. (AP) A couple ac-
cused of stealing credit
cards, an iPhone and a pistol
from a corpse they discov-
ered in western Colorado has
been arrested in Washington



Less than two weeks until the end of the year, the total num-
ber of officer deaths from all causes -174 marks the third
largest death toll in the past decade.

forcement officials who con-
vened a national review of offi-
cer safety this year.
Less than one week until the
end of the year, the total number
of officer deaths from all causes
-174 marks the third largest
death toll in the past decade.
Alarmed by the recent spikes
in officer deaths, Attorney Gen-
eral Eric Holder called a meet-
ing of law enforcement officials
in March to examine the prob-
lem. Police departments were
directed by the Justice Depart-
ment to require officers to wear
body armor or risk losing mil-
lions of dollars in federal aid.
Ederheimer said increased
use of body armor, though im-
portant, does not necessar-
ily protect victims of ambush.
Many of the officers were shot in
the head or other unprotected

of stealing from
The Grand County Sheriff's
Office reported that 29-year-
old Jerod Morris Reeves and
35-year-old Kimberly Mae
McCaffery were taken into
custody in a hotel room in

areas of the body.
Ederheimer said Justice De-
partment officials have sched-
uled a meeting of safety and
training experts Jan. 26 to pro-
duce written guidelines for po-
lice agencies.
Atchison, Kan., police Sgt.
David Enzbrenner, 46, was shot
in the back of the head Dec. 9
as he was responding to a nui-
sance complaint.
Police Chief Mike Wilson said
the gunman, who was not ap-
parently involved in the inci-
dent, attacked the officer from
the rear and later fatally shot
himself. "It was an assassina-
tion," Wilson said.
Wilson said Enzbrenner, a
24-year veteran, was one of the
"best-trained, best-educated
and most-informed" of the de-
partment's 23 full-time officers.

corpse arrested
Spokane Valley, Wash. Both
are from Craig, Colo.
Police say the pair used a
hack saw to cut off the fin-
gers of the dead 62-year-old
William Ahrold in order to
steal a pistol he was holding.

"He did all the right things to
avoid something like this."
Before the shooting, Wilson
said, he and his officers were
aware of the rising number of
officer fatalities and took appro-
priate precautions.
He said Enzbrenner wore body
armor at the time of the attack,
but the gunman targeted his
"When someone assassinates
you from behind, all of the
training, education and equip-
ment is sometimes not much
help," Wilson said.

South Florida man arrested in child porncase
Tamarac police say a South Florida man admitted to down-
loading multiple images of child pornography onto his com-
puter. Alan Joseph Cortazzo Jr., 34, was arrested and charged
with four counts of possession of child pornography.
Police say Cortazzo accessed the illicit images on a peer-
to-peer file sharing network. Investigators with the South
Florida Internet Crimes Against Children traced down the IP
address which was registered to Cortazzo's father,who shares
the same address. Cortazzo Jr. admitted to downloading four
still images and deleting them after pleasuring himself.

Police question person of interest in hammer attack
Miami Police are questioning a person of interest in the vi-
cious hammer attack on store owner Yue Kui Cen, 44 who is
clinging to life inside Jackson Memorial Hospital.
A police source said that this latest person who was picked
up by police on Southwest 8th Street at 32nd Avenue appears
to be the attacker who police have been seeking since the at-
tack inside Alex's Mini Market at 501 N.W. 12th Ave. Police
say they found a bicycle and two packs of Marlboro cigarettes
on the scene that might have been stolen from'the victim's

Search ends for Miami man who abducted his child
The search for a Miami man who ran off with his one-year-
old daughter after getting into a fight with the child's mother
has come to an end. 27-year-old Alfred Alexander went to the
Miami police headquarters where he turned himself in. His
mother brought in his daughter Amanda.

Lauderhill cops pleads not guilty to attempted murder
A Lauderhill police officer accused of shooting at a fellow
officer as she sat in her patrol car pleaded not guilty during
his arraignment hearing.
Klristopher Bieger, 30, is charged with first degree attempt-
ed murder of officer Brittny Skinner.

Drugs found in man's penis
A Fairdale Kentucky man faces charges after Louisville
Metro Corrections officers said they discovered suspected
crack cocaine in the foreskin of his penis. During a clothed
pat-down, officers said they found a small bag of suspected
cocaine tied to the waistband of Banks' boxers. After that
bag was found, a strip search was ordered. During the strip
search, another small bag was found in the foreskin of his pe-
nis. Police said Banks was originally arrested after a traffic
stop led to the discovery of a bag of salvia and liquid codeine.
Banks was arrested on charges of second-degree possession
of a controlled substance first offense ahd pbtession of syh-
thetic cannabinoid agonists or piperazines. Banks is now fac-
ing additional charges of trafficking a controlled substance
and promoting contraband.

Rwanda genocide suspect

arrested in Sweden

ish prosecutors say a middle-
aged man has been arrested in
Sweden on suspicion of partici-
pating in the 1994 genocide in
Prosecution spokeswoman
Karin Rosander says the man,
who holds dual Swedish-Rwan-
dan citizenship, was arrested
at an airport recently.
Prosecutor Ewamari Hagg-
kvist on Sunday requested that
the court seek to- keep the man

in detention, pending, pros-
ecution. She said he has been
arrested on suspicion of rela-
tion to genocide in Rwanda be-
tween April and July 1994, but
wouldn't give any more details.
Sweden has previously tried
to extradite another man to
Rwanda on genocide charges.
The country's Supreme Court,
however, eventually freed that
man due to the length of his de-
tention. He had then been held
for around three years.


Bahamian Governor-General

speaks to FMU graduating class

Sir Arthur Foulkes
addresses Class of
Memorial University (FMU),
South Florida's only histori-
cally Black university, recently
culminated another semester
of transforming learners into
leaders during its annual sum-
mer/fall combined commence-
ment ceremony. His Excellency
Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor-
General of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas, served as
the keynote speaker and ad-
dressed the summer and fall
2011 graduating classes. The
event was held on Saturday,
Dec. 10th.
"There is no university in
South Florida, and, indeed, the
world, that better prepares stu-
dents to become world leaders
than Florida Memorial Univer-
sity," said Dr. Henry Lewis III,
president of FMU. "Florida Me-
morial has high standards for
our students and graduates.
We aim to prepare our students
to succeed in this increasingly
competitive and global market-
place. We are honored to ex-
pose future world leaders and
the entire community to such a
distinguished and world-class
champion of freedom."
Foulkes was born in Mathew
Town, Inagua and has spent

-Photo courtesy of FMU staff
FMU Chairman of the Board of Trustees Charles George, His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes and
FMU President Henry Lewis III. Photo courtesy FMU.

his professional career as a
journalist, supporter of Baha-
mian Independence, politician
and civil rights advocate. His
contributions in service of the
Bahamian people include elec-
tions to Parliament; ambassa-

dorships to China and several
European countries; founding
the Free National Party and
being knighted by Her Majes-
ty Queen Elizabeth. In 2010,
Queen Elizabeth II appointed
Sir Foulkes to the position of

Governor-General and her rep-
resentative in The Bahamas.
During his remarks he shared
tales of his own fight for free-
dom and equality and encour-
aged the more than 150 FMU
graduates to do the same.

S.C. voter ID law rejected by Justice Department

By Meg Kinnard
Associated Press
tice Department recently re-
jected South Carolina's law re-
quiring voters to show photo
identification at the polls, say-
ing it makes it harder for minor-
ities to cast ballots. It was the
first voter ID law to be refused
by the federal agency in nearly
20 years.

The Obama administration
said South Carolina's law didn't
meet the burden under the 1965
Voting Rights Act, which out-
lawed discriminatory practices
preventing blacks from voting.
Tens of thousands of minori-
ties in South Carolina might
not be able to cast ballots under
South Carolina's law because
they don't have the right photo
ID, Assistant Attorney General
Thomas Perez said.

South Carolina's law was
passed by a Republican-con-
trolled Legislature and signed
by GOP Gov. Nikki Haley. The
state's attorney general vowed to
fight the federal agency in court.
"Nothing in this act stops
people from voting," said Attor-
ney General Alan Wilson, who is
also a Republican.
South Carolina's new voter ID
lawjr.equires voterss ,t. ,show, poll
workers a state-issued driver's

license or ID card; a U.S. mili-
tary ID or a U.S. passport.
South Carolina is among five
states that passed laws this year
requiring some form of ID at the
polls, while such laws were al-
ready on the books in Indiana
and Georgia, whose law received
approval from President George
W. Bush's Justice Department.
Indiana's law, passed in 2005,
was. upheldcby theU.S. Supreme
Court in 2008.

John Filliger, who says he has been homeless for the past five
years, lies wrapped in bedding in Houston earlier this month.
We need more good Samaritans
By James Key
One of my favorite biblical stories is of the Good Samari-
tan. Jesus tells of a man who was beaten, robbed and left for
dead on the side of a road. A priest and then a Levite came
upon the man, but both avoided the stranger by passing on
the other side. But soon a Samaritan stopped, bandaged the
man and took him to an inn, safe from harm and danger.
John Filliger, who says he has been homeless for the past
five years, lies wrapped in bedding in Houston earlier this
I was reminded of this story when I read about Walter
Vance, a Black Friday shopper who collapsed in a West Vir-
ginia store and went unnoticed by shoppers in search of a
bargain. Sue Compton, a co-worker of Vance, who later died,
asked: "Where is the Good Samaritan side of people?"
I'm embarrassed to admit that there have been a few times
in my life when I've had an opportunity to help a stranger on
the road, but like the priest and the Levite I passed on the
other side. Blinded by fear, prejudice or a busy schedule, I
missed an opportunity to help someone in need.
Today, millions of "strangers" have collapsed or are strand-
ed on the side of a rutted road to economic recovery. Who
are they? Every three months, 250,000 families helplessly
watch their home go into foreclosure. They also are the col-
lege students forced to drop out because tuition and fees
have skyrocketed by 4390% from 1982 to 2007. They are the
middle-age adults willing to work below their means and
education level to provide for their family. They are senior
citizens living on a fixed income, often without enough to
cover basic needs such as rent. food, transportation and
medications. And they are the 130,000 to 200,000 homeless
military veterans who are often seen on the side of the road,
begging: "Will work for food.'
The parable of the Good Samaritan is not just about help-
ing those in need, but also about excuses, self-justification
and letting oneself off the hook. In the Army. we are taught
to never leave a fallen comrade behind. This holiday season,
the stranger on the road could be a neighbor, but tomorrow
the stranger could be you. Sometimes, a person is look-
ing not for a handout but simply a helping hand to make it
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FMU int'l students beat visa

Congresswoman steps in to lend a hand

By Randy Grice

International students at
Florida Memorial University
(FMU) faced the possibility of
having their plans to return
home for the holidays threat-
ened after the University was
recently denied its application
for the Student and Exchange
Visitor Information System (SE-
VIS). But thanks to some quick
thinking by school officials and
with much-needed assistance
provided by Congresswoman
Frederica Wilson, it looks like
the situation has been resolved.
"The goal of the University

-U U B

and President Henry Lewis
was to address this issue in a
timely manner," said Dr. Adri-
ene Wright, vice-president of
institutional advancement and
communication. "We used our
resources to reach out to peo-
ple we knew who could help our
students. And we held a few fo-
rums to keep students up-to-
date on the issue."
SEVIS permits international
students enrolled at FMU to
travel abroad and return to the
University under student visas.
But with the University's appli-
cation being denied, students
faced uncertainty related to
traveling as their visas would

have expired on Jan. 12, 2012.
Wilson, 69, District 17,
stepped in on behalf of more
than 200 students.
"After an unfortunate over-
sight of federal paperwork dur-
ing a routine recertification
process, FMU will soon return
to active status and comply with
all federal immigration regula-
tions," Wilson said. "My office
has contacted the U.S. Immi-
gration and Customs Enforce-
ment to fast track FMU's appli-
cation and ensure that student
visas will remain unchanged
and that there is absolutely no
risk of deportation. We got the
call from Florida Memorial and
realized this was the least that
we could do to, help their stu-

dents. I didn't want anything to
interfere with the education of
our students. This was a num-
ber one priority for us."
The State Department re-
cently announced that it has
temporarily stopped accepting
any new sponsors and will limit
the number of future partici-
pants receiving visas to about
103,000 students as a part of
a review process. Under the
J-1 program, foreign students
are granted visas for up to four
months. Participation has risen
from about 20,000 students in
1996 to a peak of more than
150,000 in 2008 -roughly one
million foreign students have
taken advantage of the pro-
gram in the past decade.

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Jackson's retirees return to serve children

continued from 1A

room armed with toys and
clothes for each child.
"I was with them and
can honestly say that they
brought joy and smiles to ev-
ery child's face," said Sandy
Sears, chief administrative
officer, Jackson North Medi-
cal Center. "A ray of hope is

what these children and their
parents need, especially dur-
ing the holidays. For some
of these children, the gifts
they received will be the only
present they receive. It was
breathtaking to watch their
faces light up."
Sears adds that it is a real
mission to care for children
who are sick but notes it can
also be very fulfilling.

"When you can contribute
to improving the health of an
individual, especially a child,
you know you are making a
profound difference in your
community," she said. "Chil-
dren are our future and they
are very special to our hearts.
Sometimes parents are un-
prepared for having children
with health problems and
challenges. We take for grant-

ed good health but sometimes
things don't work out that
way. When a child becomes
ill or is born with certain
health problems, parents are
forced to face the unknown
-it's frightening. That's why
we are here and that's what
these retired employees still
remember how to provide
care and hope for the hope-

POLITICALLY AWARE: The 30 members of the new Miami-Dade County Youth Commission receive diplomas at their swearing-in
ceremony; the Board is pictured in the rear.

Teens learn the ropes for county government

continued from 1A

"It makes me so proud to see
how these bright, young minds
are moving forward and devel-
oping an understanding on how
local government works," Jordan
Each commissioner appointed
a student representing each of
the secondary schools in his or
her district. The appointments
were made based on nomina-
tions by Miami-Dade County
Public Schools and an orienta-

tion process. To be qualified,
students had to be in the 10th,
11th, or 12th grade, have a min-
imum 2.0 grade point average,
demonstrate a sincere interest
and motivation to work for the
community and have a back-
ground in community-based ac-
tivities. The Youth Commission
is currently focusing its efforts
on preventing violence in schools
and is planning a community
event for the upcoming year. The
first meeting was televised and
took place in the Commission
Chambers at Government Cen-

ter where pertinent youth-relat-
ed issues were discussed.
"This takes the mystery out
of the process of county gov-
ernment and makes it acces-
sible to young people who nor-
mally would never get such an
opportunity," Copeland added.
"Beyond that, it will expand the
way our young people think and
allow them to see government in
a much different and more posi-
tive light."
Michael Ivory, 15, a sopho-
more at North Miami Senior
High School, agrees. "It's been

great so far to be part of the
Commission and pretty exciting
too," he said. "I have been able
to already work with local gov-
ernment officials and represent
the mayor's office. I have done
this kind of thing before never
to this extent. In middle school
I was a member of Project Citi-
zen. Now I feel like I am actu-
ally a part of government, even
though we don't make the laws.
Our participation will make a
real difference in reducing vio-
lence in our community that we
see everyday."

Will you keep your New Year's resolutions?


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continued from 1A

"If you don't keep your goals
in front of you everyday, they
tend to get lost in the shuffle
of what's going on in your life,"
she explained.
To motivate herself, the local
author of "Use Your Gold Mind
or Lose Your Gold Mine," relies
on a vision board essentially
a board filled with pictures of
the dreams she wants to fulfill
- to keep her on task. Another


resolutions for Americans.
For budding entrepreneurs
who are ready to ,have their
businesses blossom in 2012,
the founder and president of
Six Hearts Publishing, Inc.,
Nina Hart advises, "You have
to be determined to overcome
obstacles because it's not
Hart, who is also an author,
said, "Now it's much harder to
get loans so you just have to
start from the grassroots and
use social media as a source of

way to ensure success is to plan
ahead and choose a goal that
has a specific action. For exam-
ple, instead of simply promising
to "get fit," commit yourself to
go walking three times a week.
For many people their New
Year's resolutions will involve
their finances. In a faltering
economy, financial concerns
are a major concern for many
individuals. According to the
2012 Franklin Covey Survey,
improving their financial con-
dition is the number two of 10

advertising. We have no more
excuses about why we can't
move our businesses to the
next level."
It's a good idea to remain re-
solved in the pursuit of achiev-
ing your New Year's resolu-
tions. In other words, don't be
discouraged if you have not
started your own business,
gotten married, or lost 30
pounds by January 31st.
"Anything in life that is wor-
thy takes time nothing hap-
pens overnight," Hart said.

For 89 years

Black families

have welcomed us

into their homes so

we can share their

good news with

others I

-Pholo courtesy Desmond Meade
MARCHERS ON A MISSION: A host of organizations led
protests in five Florida cities, including the South Florida area,
demanding rights for ex-offenders and immigrants.

Protestors demand rights

continued from 1A

supervisors that would in-
crease the likelihood- of suc-
cessful rehabilitation, Scott
insisted on exoosine voung

the push for felony disenfran-
chisement, we must push for
juvenile justice reform and
we cannot allow for the con-
tinuance of voter suppres-

offenders to adult inmate en- THE CHURCH COMES
vironments. Most recently, ABOARD
he has attempted to push Rev. Roger Grimes, 72, se-
through legislation that nior pastor of Ft. Lauder-
would allow for the privati- dale COGIC and founder of
nation of Florida prisons to Collaboration f6r Restoring
companies, many of whom Families, Inc., says the rally
have been major contributors was about allowing formerly
to the governor's and other silenced and ignored voices
Republicans' campaigns. to be heard.
fn response to these moves, 'The church must step
a diverse coalition of civil and up to the plate whenever
human rights organizations, the rights of the oppressed
voting rights advocates, labor are strategically being tak-
organizations and elected of- en away," he said. "Those
ficials recently led protests who were once incarcerated
in five cities throughout the have a tough time acclimat-.
State of Florida to voice their ing back into society. Immi-
discontent: South Florida, grants often have a similar
Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee experience. Recidivism rates
and Jacksonville. keep climbing because our
"We had about 300 peo- government makes it nearly
ple in Sunrise at the G.C. impossible for ex-offenders to
Carter Park gather in mid- get on with their lives. That's
December to begin a public simply wrong, unfair and
awareness campaign and certainly not in keeping with
stir up emotions as we enter the Gospel. We are looking at
, the new ear," said Desmond a disproportionate number

. tion. "We believe that there is .that this ,is all about keep-
strength in numbers -that's ing' miorities away froo".lt'
why we have partnered with polls ar|cd defeating.regdent
other groups like the ACLU, ObaBmL in.l. We believe
NAACP, Rainbow PUSH, the that if a person has served
Florida League of Women their time, there is no logical
Voters, The Occupy Move- reason for denying them the
ment and the Florida Immi- rights and privileges of any
gration Coalition." other citizen."
Meade says there are sev- "As the song goes, a change
eral issues that are not only is gonna come," Meade add-
interconnected but essential ed. 'We have already 'started
to all members of society. Ex- by reaching out to the Latino.
offenders, he says, should be and Haitian communities.
allowed to assimilate back When we come together and
into society without unneces- realize that we have a com-
sary obstacles. mon foe, that's when we can
"Collectively we can make a turn the tide. We will be tak-
difference and be more effec- ing on Tallahassee and Rick
tive." he said. "We must stop Scott very soon."


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Tours to begin for The Black Archives I

You can make
Would you like to see the
operations of The Black Ar-
chives, learn about the expan-
sion of the Lyric Theater and
make history as a seat spon-
sor? Beginning Thursday,
Dec. 29 and every Thursday
through March 29, the public
can visit The Black Archives
for a tour. From 1 3 p.m.,
visitors can learn about the
mission of The Black Archives
which is, "To collect, process
and make available to school
children, researchers, schol-
ars and the public-at-large
the history of the Black expe-
rience in Miami-Dade County
from 1896 to the present."
Information in the archives
is donated from individu-
als, families, churches, busi-
nesses and organizations in
the community. As part of the
tour, visitors will also learn

By Randy Grice

The holiday season is a time to cele-
brate and lend a hand to those that are
less fortunate. Last Thursday, Decem-
ber 22, State Representative Cynthia
Stafford, 44, District 109, along with the
Miami-Dade Young Democrats, teamed
up at the Carrie Meek Center, 1300 NW
50th St., to distribute toys to deserving
children in the Liberty City area.
You know this is the time of year for
giving and I knew that their might be
some children in the community that
may not have had a good Christmas
without our help," Stafford said. "This
was just our way to ensure that the
children of this community had a good
The children who received gifts were
not randomly selected. Principals at 24
elementary schools in Stafford's district
were asked to submit a list of five stu-

history too
about the Historic Lyric The-
ater's "Take Your Seat Cam-
paign" and experience the
music played in Overtown
at night clubs including the
Harlem Square, the Sir John
Hotel's Knight Beat and the
Mary Elizabeth Hotel's Zebra
Lounge during Overtown's
"Little Broadway" and jazz/
blues era. Adjacent to the his-
toric Lyric Theater expansion
is the new three-story Black
Archives headquarters, a gift
shop, banquet hall with seat-
ing up to 250, catering kitchen
and rental spaces for rehears-
als and performances, meet-
ings and receptions.
You can make history by
purchasing a seat in the His-
toric Lyric Theater. When you
become a sponsor your picture
will be taken in an authentic
Lyric Theater seat and posted

dents who were in need of a gift for the
Christmas holiday. Each student on the
list submitted by a principal received
"The celebration was fantastic,"said
Steven Mason, 42, who was invited along
with his son. "We are in a recession and
whenever people can lend a hand to
help the parents out and put a smile on
kids faces it is always a good day."
In addition to the holiday celebration
Stafford gave the community an update
on what she has been working on in the
"It feels great to help the community
out," said Cedric McMinn, 33, executive
director of Miami-Dade Young Demo-
crats. "As democrats this is what we do.
Giving back to our community, espe-
cially during this holiday season, is very
important to us. We are just happy to be
a part of this event to make sure that
everyone in this community is having a
great holiday season."


-Miami Times photo/ Randy Grice
Seven-year-old Tarell Guitan poses with
Santa as he gets his gift during the Christ-
mas celebration.


-Miami Times photo/Marvin Ellis
First open house for Black Archives: Left to right: Paul
Brown; Marion Hill; Timothy Barber, executive director; Dorothy
J.Fields, Black Archives foundress, celebrate.

on The Black Archives' web-
site: www.theblackarchives.

To make a reservation for
the tour contact call 305-636-
2390 or visit the website.

Andre Pierre speaks

at World Summit of

Mayors in Dakar

North Miami, North Mi-
ami Mayor Andre D. Pierre,
Esq., participated in the
2011 World Summit of May-
ors recently in Dakar, Sen-
egal as part of a delegation of
30 prominent Black mayors
representing the National
Conference of Black Mayors
(NCBM). The four-day sum-
mit allowed for dialogue
among the mayors and more
than 200 leaders through-
out Africa and the African
The mission of the Summit
was to discuss and develop
strategies to solve common
local government issues
amongst the local leaders
from around the world. Is-
sues such as housing, edu-
cation, health care, gender
equality, clean water and
air, waste management, ag-
ricultural and economic de-
velopment, tourism, good
governance and public trust
were discussed. Pierre gave

a presentation on the effect
of art and culture on tour-
ism, drawing from the affect
that the Museum of Contem-
porary Art North Miami
has had in attracting the
attention of the global com-
Prior to his departure,
Pierre said the following: "It
is a great honor to be a part
of this historic delegation. I
look forward to collaborat-
ing with mayors around the
world to discover solutions to
our common problems and to
share best practices that we
will bring back to implement
in our own communities."
His Excellency Maitre Ab-
doulaye Wade, president
of the Republic of Senegal,
hosted the conference, which
was co-organized by' the
NCBM, the National Asso-
ciation of Senegalese Mayors
(AMS) and the Joint United
Nations Programme on HIV/

State Representative Stafford hosts

Liberty City Christmas celebration

S~ ""'.or better or for worse, 2011, has come to a close. It's been a challenging year for Miami's Blacks
with rising unemployment and a record number of police-involved shootings keeping the commu-
nity on edge teetering between anger and anxiety. Five teens from Little Haiti died tragically from
.. -AL carbon monoxide poisoning after a birthday celebration in a Hialeah hotel. Local efforts to rebuild
Haiti revealed the complexity of the job and illustrated the devastation that the nation suffered after last year's
earthquake. But there have been moments to celebrate. Michelle Spence-Jones was cleared of all charges and
returned to her District 5 seat as city commissioner. Norland and Central both made it to the state finals. Unfor-
tunately only Norland would hold on to victory. The Miami Times took five national awards including Best Black /.
Newspaper in the Country from the National Newspaper Publishers Association and relaunched our website.
Finally, Blacks young and old, realized that with less than one year remaining before the 2012 election, had better -
fight hard for our voting rights after Republicans led efforts across the U.S. to suppress those rights. It's going to ft
be a heck of a new year.

JANUARY break which killed at least 4,000 people and sickened 200,000
Five teens from Little Haiti remembered by family and friends -as a pretext for a crackdown. 52 A
On Dec. 26, the bodies of five young men from Little Haiti were -:J
discovered in a Hialeah motel room the apparent victims of MARCH .
carbon monoxide poisoning. As a part of a birthday celebra- Reflection on racism in Selma 46 years ago
tion, Juchen Martial, 19, invited friends Jonas Antenor, 18, Evans Forty-six years ago on Sunday, March 7,1965, 600 mostly Black ._
Charles, 19, Jean Pierre Ferdinand, 16 and Peterson Nazon, 17, protesters gathered in Selma, Alabama with plans to peacefully
to join him at the Hotel Presidente The teens left the car on while. march from the racially-divided city to Montgomery, the state's ,:
parked in the motel's garage below The gas eventually over- capitol. The march was led by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating
whelmed the young men. Council (SNCC) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Chris-
tian Leadership Conference (SCLC). '

President's pastor challenged Miami's'lost citizens'
Just over 100 people gathered at Liberty City's Church of the
Open Door on a Sunday morning to listen to the outspoken and
| ...... sometimes controversial Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. during their ... 11 .:
annual Amistad Sunday service "
Campaign for state senate hit high gear
Local and national politicians played a game of political musical Over 10,000 killed in massive earthquake in Japan
chairs. Five well-known local politicians Darryl Franklin Reaves; Japan faced a potential catastrophe after a quake-crippled
Joe Celestin; Oscar Braynon II; Phillip J. Brutus; and James Bush nuclear power plant exploded and sent low levels of radiation float-
III- officially kicked-off campaigns to win the state senate seat ing toward Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital and two-year term as mayor of the city. "It's a great victory for the
'" -- left vacant by former State Senator Frederica Wilson, who others to stock up on essential supplies. Those living nearby were people of North Miami," he said. "It's a great victory for the city.
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was elected to the u.o. nouseu uo representative a seat
formerly held by Kendrick Meek.

Overtown Rattlers brought home the gold
The Overtown Rattlers Football Team, an extension of
the Overtown Optimist Club, became the 2010 Pop Warner
National Champions and snagged the 2010 Greater Miami
) Pop Warner League Super Bowl Champion and the 2010 Pop
Warner Southeast Regional Champion titles.

Haiti destroyed: Efforts to rebuild remained slow
The island nation of Haiti, devastated in 2010 by an earthquake
measuring seven-plus on the Richter scale, saw rebuilding efforts
continue slowly as 2011 began. Thousands of Haitians remained
homeless and were living in "tent cities" having poor sanitation, no
electricity and high incidents of sexual and physical assaults.

The former dictator of Haiti, Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as
"Baby Doc," returned to his native country where he was ar-
rested, which ignited controversy within the Haitian commu-
., nity, the U.S.. Canadian and French governments. Afterhe
was taken into custody, human rights activists celebrated the
.news, albeit with caution

Criticism against Exposito rose
following shootings in Black community
Community criticism of Miami Police Chief Miguel Ex-
posito rose after six police-involved shootings in the Black
community in 2010 and a January 2011 shooting. While
Exposito said he wanted to alleviate anxiety, the cases
remained pending and unresolved He criticized the pro-
cess and delays from the state attorney's office.
Michael Steele kicked to the curb by GOP
Michael Steele's troubled reign as Republican national chairman
came to an abrupt end when party leaders rejected him in favor of
a former sidekick,Wisconsin party Chairman Reince R. Priebus.

Blacks faced death sentence as funds elapsed
HIV/AIDS patients enrolled in the AIDS Drug Assistance Pro-
gram (ADAP) faced a possible death sentence as a Jan 31st pro-
gram faced a dwindling budget and the possibility that the
program would no longer be able to pay for life-saving

Northwestern denied appeal of unfair" D grade
Miami Northwestern Senior High School, appealed to
the state Department of Education to recalculate their
school grade of "D" saying that the grade was based
upon incomplete data. Officials in Tallahassee did not
comply stating that the school missed the deadline to
appeal The caveat in this instance was the fact that
the deadline had already passed before Florida high
schools knew their grades.

Murderer of Cynteria Phillips
charged after more than 10 years
More than 10 years after the bloodied and battered body of
13-year-old Cynteria Phillips was found near Edison Senior High
School, police brought charges against Gregory Lamart Martin
based upon matching DNA evidence.

Gang problems in South Florida revealed
An annual progress report was released by Florida's State-
wide Gang Reduction Strategy revealing that more gangs, gang
members and people associated with gangs existed in Southeast
Florida than in any other part of the state. In the Broward, Miami-
Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, there were 8,308
verified gang members just less than 30 percent of
the state's gang members and gangs, according to
the report.

Cholera caused more Haitian deportations
The Dominican Republic deported thou-
sands of illegal immigrants which
sowed fear among Haitians living
l there and prompted accusa-
tions that the government
used the cholera out-

warned to stay in duors. It was the woru s most serious nuclear
accident since the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine in 1986.

Spence-Jones spoke for first time
Former City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones was cleared
of bribery and grand theft charges, after a jury decided she did
nothing wrong in 2006 when she asked a developer for a chari-
table donation while he was waiting for a commission vote. She
still had one more hurdle to face a separate grand theft case
awaited her

Headline violence overshadowed drop in crime rate
The public's attention was captured by headline-grabbing
cases such as the seven Black men shot and killed by local
police agencies and two officers gunned down in Model
City. However, in the midst of these troublesome cases, the
Miami police department reported that crime had actually .'n
gone down over the past five years- a 22 percent decrease
for violent crime cases and a 6 percent decrease for non-
violent cases.

Wilson insisted Feds review Miami police
Following the shootings of seven Black men at the hands of the
City ol Miami police in as many months, Congresswoman Fred-
erica Wilson requested the immediate personal assurance and
intervention of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a
thorough investigation into the shootings. -iN

Martelly took the reigns of Haiti
After an election filled with controversy, the Haitian
people found their newest leader in Michel "Sweet Mickey"
Martelly in April. Martelly took the race in a landslide vic-
tory over Mirlande Manigat, former first lady in a three-
to-one margin. Martelly took 67.6 percent of the vote;
Manigat only received 31.5 percent. Preliminary results "
were delayed due to voter fraud. Martelly replaced previous
president Ren6 Pr6val.

White House aide talked to Miami's Black business leaders
President Barack Obama sent one of his top aides, Jamaican-
American Michael Blake, to Miami in May for a roundtable dis-
cussion with some of the area's top Black business leaders. The
aim? To share vital information about the programs Blake was
spearheading and to update local entrepreneurs on the presi-
dent's initiatives aimed at helping small businesses, particularly

We have provided two years of great leadership, two years of a
progress. And I think the people voted for us so we could con-
tinue with another two years of progress." Pierre pulled out a
narrow win with 51.69 percent of the vote defeating mayoral
hopefuls Jacques Despinosse and Carol Keys.

Black education czar took over State Commission
In June, Florida's State Board of Education (SBE) unani-
mously voted to select Gerard Robinson as Florida's next
Education Commissioner. Robinson, 43, served as the
Commonwealth of Virginia's Secretary of Education, where,
he advised the governor in the development and imple-
mentation of education policy. He was chosen to succeed
Eric Smith, former education commissioner, from a pool
of 26 other candidates vying for the Sunshine State's top
education position.



Edmonson fought for county's Black contractors
County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson sponsored legisla-
tion at the Economic Development & Social Services Committee.
meeting that passed unanimously, aimed at assuring equal op- -rti
portunity in county contracts for Black businesses. The resolution ta
directed the county mayor or one designated by the county'mayor, ,rer
to prepare a feasibility report in preparation for a proposal to enact.' icc
race, ethnic and gender-based programs to redress identified to
discrimination, of
.___. M-DCPS alternative programs cut in
In the 2011-2012 school year the county shaved $27 'er
million off the budget as a result of cuts. More than 500 ar
million dollars in cuts have been made during the last
three years. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-
DCPS) reduced its teaching staff in order to deal with
a budget shortfall. Some alternative schools faced the
,. axe and were absent from the new year's roster. School Als
closures for optional alternative schools included Corporate e)
1- Academy North and South. In total seven schools were af- dE
fected. 'of

Carol City held its academic signing day 'p<
Miami Carol City Senior High School held it's fifth annual aca-
demic signing day in June. The program was designed to reward
students who were academically achieving their goals. Bright
Future scholarships recipients and Silver Knight Award nominees ,
were recognized during the ceremony. In total, 30 students were ct
recognized for their academic achievement. M

Poet Will Bell murdered j bi
SReeves honored with Claude Pepper Award An unidentified gunman shot and killed Will "Da Real One"
On May 18th, Garth C. Reeves. Sr, publisher emeri- Bell, a Liberty City fixture, outside of his club, the Literary
tus of The Miami Times, was honored at the 17th 'Cafe and Poetry Lounge on an early Sunday morning. Bell,
Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards. Reeves 46, had been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and shared g-
was recognized for his work in public awareness his poetic genius on albums by Miami's own Pitbull. Bell was m
and media. The Claude Pepper Memorial Awards -a graduate of Miami Edison and was described as having < la
honors individuals and corporations which, like F touched the lives of "more people than we will ever know."
the Honorable Claude Pepper, have made a significant
contribution to meeting the needs of the elderly and the Bishop Eddie Long settles sex abuse cases
disabled in Miami-Dade County. a *. Bishop Eddie Long reached a settlement with four men
.who accused him of sexual misconduct. The settlement

Haitian President Martelly visited Miami
Michel Martelly, president of Haiti touched down in Miami in
May to speak with members of the Haitian Diaspora. Martelly met
with media and community leaders at the Little Haiti Cultural Arts
Center. Martelly called on Haitians in South Florida and elsewhere
to help him rebuild his earthquake-ravaged country. Martelly's ap-
peal to Miami's Haitians came as international elections observers
back in Port-au-Prince were sifting through voting ballots hoping to
avoid another Haitian political fiasco over alleged fraud in the final
results of 18 legislative races.

Jacksonville elected its first Black mayor, Alvin Brown
Alvin Brown, 48, a former assistant to President Bill Clinton, beat
out Republican Mike Hogan to become Jacksonville's first Black
mayor in the city's history and the first Democrat since Ed Austin
was elected in 1991. Two years ago Brown decided to move from
the private sector and set his sights on becoming mayor of Jack-
sonville. With no experience as an elected official he plunged
headfirst into a grassroots campaign.

North Miami mayor chosen
to serve a second term
Andre Pierre. mayor of North Miami
was re-elected to serve another ,.p


brought an end to a months-long scandal that had rocked
Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The lawsuit
said that Long had abused his spiritual authority using
gifts to coerce the men into sexual relationships while
they were teenagers. In Georgia the age of consent is

Shootings, death, mar Urban Beach weekend
A deadly police-involved shooting brought a tragic
end to Miami Beach's annual Memorial Day parties
and its associated Urban Beach weekend activi-
ties. Hundreds of thousands of hip-hop fans once
again swarmed the beach for concerts and private
parties. City officials said they might put an end
I to the mostly-Black event due to consistent
problems with violence, despite the rev-
enue that was generated each year.




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Carlos Gimenez beats Robaina for county mayor
With just over 4,000 votes, former Miami city man-
ger and county commissioner Carlos Gimenez de-
feated Julio Robaina, former mayor of Hialeah, taking
ver the seat vacated by former mayor Carlos Alvarez
ho had been sent packing in a recall vote. Blacks did
not show up in any significant numbers for the runoff
action between the two candidates. Gimenez had little time to
lebrate; he had to turn his attention immediately to hammering
it a budget for the new fiscal year that would begin October 1st.

Florida gridiron greats inspire young minds
Former standouts from Florida State University and the
iliersity of Miami were part of a four-day Legends Alumni
assic that included boys and girls, ages 7 to 18, from the
)erty City community. The youth took advantage of a
iorts camp/clinic, health fair and were fans at a fun-filled
basketball game between stars like Randall Hill, Calvin Har-
p, Gerard Daphnis and Hinton Battle. I

Judge frees Petty Officer Elisha Dawkins
Judge Cecilia Altonaga presented Dawkins. 26 a
litary photographer who had served in both Iraq and Guan-
lamo Bay, with a rare option he was offered and accepted
trance into a pre-trial diversion program designed for him. When
mpleted, the charge of making a false statement while applying
17a U.S. passport would be dismissed. Dawkins, a 2003 graduate
Miami Central, once walked to school because he did not
ive bus fare and said throughout his trials that he had never
:ended on doing anything illegal. Congresswoman Fred-
ica Wilson was instrumental in his being released from jail
id in the resolution of his case.

Miramar athlete dies from heat exhaustion
A popular and talented football player at Miramar High,
aiah Laurencin, 16, died after being overcome during an
'ening workout with other teammates. His was the eighth
ath of teen athletes in South Florida since 1992. County
ficials put coaches on alert and reiterated policies related to
.fety in their efforts to avoid similar tragedies. Laurencin was not
irticipaling in a practice or engaging in full contact.

Miami Gardens crime rate #2 in State
The City of Miami Gardens was identified by the FBI's annual
ime Rate Report, as the No. 2 Florida city in the major crime
tegoties. St. Petersburg was No. 1 while Miami was No. 5.
ani Gardens only had about 107,000 residents, making it the
rd-largest in Miami-Dade County, but its crime rate put it in the
leagues. Nationwide, Miami Gardens was ranked No. 40.

Spence-Jones returns to City Hall
State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle dropped felony
and theft charges against Michelle Spence-Jones, 44, for-
ar city commissioner. The move allowed Spence-Jones, by
mJ to reclaim her office in City Hall. Richard P. Dunn, II, who
had represented District 5 since Spence-Jones' removal by
h he governor, resigned without argument. The ques-
tion remained if there was hope for the long-suffering
District. I

Barrington Irving inspires Black youth
Jamaican-born. Northwestern High School graduate Barrington
Irving 27, was the first Black person to ever achieve a successful solo
flight around the world His message to 175 Miami-Dade County high
school students at an event scheduled before classes resumed for the
fall was simple No one can stop you from pursuing your dreams but

Miami Times marks 89th anniversary
In 89 years, the family-owned Miami Times has never interrupted its
weekly publication Founded by H E Sigismund Reeves in 1923. the
paper has tackled some of the most significant topics of the day while
illustrating their connection and relevance to the local Black commu-
nily Garth C Reeves, Sr, 92. publisher emeritus, said the role of the
Times has always been "to feature stories that were often overlooked
or ignored by other city publications and to make sure the truth was

Families struggle to pay burial costs
A record number of Blacks were finding it more difficult to pay for
funeral services and the burial of their loved ones In lact. as costs
continued to rise in some Florida counties, including Miami-Dade, the
state reported an unprecedented number of unclaimed bodies and
funerals for the indigent Local funeral directors said many Blacks were
unprepared, financially or emotionally, for the death and subsequent
funeral and burial of a family member.

More Black families choosing charter schools
Both Miami-Dade and Broward counties saw a
lump in the number of Black parents sending their
children to charter schools. Eleven new charter
schools opened in M-D County in 2011 10 new
ones were opened in Broward. But some educators
warned that charter schools do not always have the
cream of the crop among their student bodies and
may not be the best option for all children.

Florida's jobless rate exceeds nation's
Florida's unemployment numbers held steady in August at 10.7
percent but were still higher than the nation's average of 9.1 percent.
State officials said they were optimistic about the future but many of
the jobless, particularly Blacks, said they were growing "impatient,
frustrated and fearful." The jobless rate rose in 26 states in August, ac-
cording to the U.S. Labor Department.

Urban League upset over racist slurs
Miami's branch of the Urban League cried foul after an e-mail was is-
sued by Commissioner Deede Weithorn about Urban Beach Weekend
held each year during the Memorial Day Weekend. League President
T. Willard Fair said the communication was an example of "racist
propaganda." Excessive amounts of violence have been recorded
for the past several years during the weekend which also has an
inordinate number of young Blacks that attend. Fair said that some
officials were targeting the weekend, instead of making it a safer
Seventh He added, "Blacks have no value in this City anymore."

Ex-N'western principal tampered with grades
A report from the inspector general of the M-D County Public
-r iSchools confirmed that former Northwestern High Principal Charles
Hankerson ordered a grade change for a student athlete so the teen
would be eligible for an athletic scholarship. Hankerson improved aca-
demics while at the school and said the allegations were false.

North Shore doctor leads fight in breast cancer
Due to National Cancer Institute statistics indicating that Black
women have a one-in-eight chance of being diagnosed with breast
-' .- cancer in their lifetime, local physicians like Dr. Hakan Charles-
Harris. with 27 years as a breast cancer surgeon, shared some
S life-saving tips to Black women. October was National Breast
Cancer month.

King statue dedication draw thousands
The nation's first statue erected in honor of a Black citizen, Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was dedicated on Sunday, Oct. 16th along
the West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. Thousands recalled
King's commitment to justice, hope and love.

Feds to investigate Miami's
numerous police-involved shootings
After eight Black men were shot by City of Miami police in just over.
a one-year period, the cries of citizens, clergy and politicians that
included Congresswoman Frederica Wilson were finally heard. In mid-
November, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that they would
launch a civil investigation into allegations involving the excessive use
of deadly force by officers from the City's police department.

Spanish 'preferred' for new Marlins workers
The offices of Miami-Dade County's commissioners were
flooded with calls from citizens voicing their complaints
over a Miami Marlins job website that indicated the team
"preferred" to hire employees who spoke English and
Spanish. The Marlins received millions of dollars from the
County to complete the building of their new stadium set
S -to open in the Little Havana area and the site of the for-
S, mer Orange Bowl in the spring of 2012. The mostly-Black
community of Overtown is just a stone's throw away from
the nearly-completed stadium. Its residents have an un-
A il employment rate that eclipses the State's at 20 percent.

Cynthia Stafford argued for 'second chance' law
Representative Cynthia Stafford and State senator
Arthenia Joyner combined efforts on behalf of juvenile offend-
ers and filed legislation, SB 92. The goal was to give young people a
second chance and according to Stafford was "long overdue in a state
like Florida where far too many youth are being imprisoned under the
terms of very long sentences."

Wilson led the way in battle against voter suppression
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-District 17) made no bones
about her view that Republican governors, including here in Florida,
and in concert with the State's Republican-led legislature, had been
passing laws that would make it more difficult for Blacks, senior
citizens, college-aged students and other minorities to vote in the
upcoming 2012 presidential election. More Blacks were
' coming forward to demand that the U.S. at-
torney general investigate the legitimacy of laws
passed in over a dozen states since the election
of President Barack Obama.

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The Miami Times launched its new website
After considerable planning and hard
work. The Miami Times relaunched its
website, adding to its list of milestones
during the year that included being
named as the country's best Black
newspaper by the National Newspaper
Publishers Association (NNPA) Garth
B Reeves, the great-grandson of the
newspaper's founder and its opera-
lions business manager said, "the
Times has been working for a long lime to create the perfect balance
of a visually-exciting yet user-friendly website Now we'll be able
to share relevant news from the Black community with the people of
South Florida and beyond.'

Michael Jackson's doctor found guilty
A jury convicted Dr. Conrad Murray. the personal physician of pop
superstar Michael Jackson. of killing the singer in 2009 with an over-
dose of a powerful surgical anesthetic that was given to Jackson to
help him sleep. Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter
The trial went on for nearly six weeks but it only took the jury just over
one day to conclude its deliberations

Suspect nabbed in Bunche Park shooting
Tyrone Vincent Bivins 20. of Miami Gardens, was arrested and
charged with four counts of attempted murder by local police He was
found after evading officers for two days and
was alleged to be the suspected gunman in the
November 2nd drive-by shooting at Ralph Bunche
Park on 22nd Avenue Four children, all playing
football at the park, were shot and taken to areas
hospitals None suffered life-threatening injuries.

Liberty City family said SWAT
invasion of home was unwarranted
Adaya and Akila Baki, members of a family
residing in a home on 63rd Street and NW 19th
Avenue, were involved in a standoff with the Miami-
Dade police department's SWAT unit during the early morning
hours on Oct. 25th. But they claimed that they had done nothing
wrong and had called the police themselves after hearing gun- .
shots outside of their home. Several members of the family were
arrested and two children were detained. The family hired an attor- ;
ney, Hilton Napoleon III, and planned to file suit against the police.

Discrimination suit filed against town of Palm Beach
Prominent Black attorney Willie Gary and his team filed a multi-
million dollar lawsuit on behalf of five police officers who said they had
been targets of anti-Semitic, racial and ethnic slurs as well as sexual
harassment by their superior officers. Gary sought monetary justice
for his clients and hoped to resolve the issue through
mediation. He added that discrimination is ., .
"the way they do business in Palm Beach."

Miami's former Black police
chiefs remembered
In the midst of a nationwide search for Mi-
ami's next chief of police, history reminded
us that there have been'three Blacks who
once served at the helm of the Depart-
ment. Clarence Dickinson was the first
Black chief, serving from 1985 until 1988.
He was followed by Perry Anderson who
replaced him and stayed the course until
1991. In 1994, Calvin Ross took over and
remained in office for just under four

Overtime win propels
BTW to state finals
Booker T. Washington High School defeated Cocoa in overtime to
advance to the Class 4A state finals under Coach Tim "Ice" Harris.
It was first time they had made it that far since winning it all in 2007
under Harris who later left and then returned for the 2011 season.
BTW lost in the title game the following week against the Jacksonville

Hazed drum major Robert Champion laid to rest
Scandal, lawsuits and criminal investigations continued after the
hazing-related death of one of the band members of FAMU's Marching
100 died shortly after his performance in the Florida Classic half-time
show in mid November. His death would be ruled a homicide and
many, including students, the band's director and the University's presi-
dent himself, Dr. James T. Ammons, faced scrutiny, reprimands and
potential expulsions or firing.

Push for casinos continues; how will Black fare?
Florida voters may have summarily defeated casino gambling on
statewide initiatives, but that didn't stop corporations like Genting from
making their bid to bring the industry to Miami. State Senator Oscar
Braynon, II, said the decision would ultimately rest with the state legis-
lature. Many local leaders and politicians remained on both sides of the
fence about whether casino gambling would benefit Miami's
record number of unemployed Blacks.

FAMU alumni president:
"We can solve our own problems"
Tommy Mitchell, 72, Florida A&M's alumni
president, representing 70,000 alums na-
tionwide, said that FAMU had had enough
outside interference including that of Florida
Governor Rick Scott. He said that FAMU
would put an end to the tradition of hazing
that has caused both injury and death. He
emphasized the need for students to commit
themselves to the process.

Norland takes second
state championship
Norland defeated Crawfordville Wakulla, -
38-0, to earn its second Class 5A stale
championship. The football learn
went 15-0 for a perfect record ,"
and avenged its loss last ''.
year in the finals The team //
was led by senior running
back Duke Johnson -l 1
who will move on to *'
the University of
Miami nex: year.

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Miami Rescue Mission hosts Christmas giveaway

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served at annual event

The Miami Rescue Mission/Broward
Outreach Centers helped over 3,000 needy
men, women and children celebrate Christ-
mas with over 500 volunteers at their three
campuses in Miami, Hollywood and Pom-
pano Beach. Those in attendance were
treated to a wide variety of live entertain-
ment on each campus that included songs,
performances and even the telling of the
Christmas Story.
In addition to all of the wonderful enter-
tainment, over 6,000 toys were distributed
to not only the formerly homeless residents
of the Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Out-
reach Centers, but also needy families in
South Florida. ARAMARK, State Farm, Toy
Town, Saint Bonaventure Catholic Church,
The Hackett Group and other community
organizations helped donate and collect
toys, presents and goodie bags for children
who would have gone without presents this
holiday season.
Toys were just the tip of the give away
iceberg for the families of South Florida. Ev-
erything from shoes, sunglasses, cosmetics
to clothing and Miami Dolphin football tick-
ets were given away to help bring Christ-
mas cheer to those in need, something that
was not lost on any attendee.
"I can't believe what a blessing this event
is," said 24 year old Angelica Thompson of
Miami. "As a single mother, I can't always
provide for my two children the way I want
Please turn to CHRISTMAS 14B

By Duke Taber

Every year we go through the
tradition of evaluating the past
year and making decisions for
our upcoming year. But this
year, instead of the stereo-
typical Christian New Years
resolutions like reading the
Bible in a year or winning more
souls, which are both admi-
rable goals, I am going to try to
stir your thinking and stir your
hearts to take on some goals
that will build your relation-
ship with Jesus rather than
just engage in another reli-
gious activity. Here are my five
recommendations for Christian
New Year's resolutions.
Christian New Year's Reso-
lution #1 Read the red and
pray for the power.
If our intent is to get to know
the Savior of our souls bet-
ter and to grow in a deeper
knowledge of the love of Christ
towards us, then how about
thinking outside the box and
this year you make it a goal
to read all the words printed
in red in a red letter edition
Bible? The red letters are the
words of Jesus Himself. This
can be done easily in 1 month's
time so you can do it 12 times
in 1 year. Along with reading
the red, pray that God will en-
able you by the power of the
Holy Spirit to carry out what is
written in the red.

Christian New Year's Resolu-
tion #2 Skip a meal a week
and give the money you save to
the poor.
We all hear of people mak-
ing New year's resolutions to
lose weight or eat healthier.
Well how about making that
goal something that actually
has spiritual significance. How
about when you decide to eat
less, you take that money that
you save and give it to your
local food bank or a charitable
missions organization? Take
As people prepare for
the sun to set on 2011,
Christians should con-
sider resolutions that will
strengthen their faith and
relationship with God.

one meal, maybe breakfast or
lunch, and skip it. Take the
$5.00 that you save once a
week and give it away.
Christian New Year's Resolu-
tion #3 Let God be in control
of your appointment book.
Instead of making a goal of
evangelizing, how about mak-
ing the goal of starting every
morning with the simple prayer
for God to make you sensitive
to His divine appointments
throughout the day? On your
way to work or while taking
Please turn to RESOLUTIONS 14B

Local ministry helps create a

Rev. Chestnut relies
Snn farnmil travel tn

prevent burn out

By Kaila Heard

Most pastors confessed that the
pulpit was not their first career
choice. For Minister Oscar Chest-
nut, the aversion to the pulpit was
so strong that he decided to share
the burden with his brother.
"I was happy just being the assis-
tant pastor," explained the 64-year
old minister.
Chestnut founded New You Min-
istries of Life in Hollywood over 12
years ago with his brother. How-
ever, after his brother became ill
seven years ago, Chestnut found
himself assuming more responsi-
bilities. Eventually, he became the
de facto senior pastor.
"God has a way to get.people
right where he wants you to be,"
explained he. "Well, now I wonder
what took me so long to really do it
because it's been a beautiful experi-

S'New You'

Since it was founded over a de-
cade ago, services can now draw up
to 100 people every week.
The name 'New You Ministries'
was coined by his brother and it
encompasses how everyone should
approach life.
"[My brothers said that there is
a you and there is a new you that
wants to take care of the old you,"
Chestnut explained. "It means you
should always reach higher."
For the church, that mission
translates into having an youth-
oriented Outreach Ministry.
"[Young people] are our future
and they tend to benefit a lot more
from these lessons than most
adults," Chestnut. Let me put it
this way, when you're dealing with
children they are more open to
what it is that you are saying about
how they can go about fixing their
problems themselves, but when
you are dealing with adults they
ask "well what can you do to fix my
New You Ministnes lessons often
aim to teach youth how to handle
a wide variety of problems from re-
sisting peer pressure to finding

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Resolutions for

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Christmas lights warm

the holidays, and the soul

Even the silly

holiday 'wars'

can't dim these

almost spiritual


By Alcestis "Cooky" Oberg

During the Christmas sea-
son following the death of my
last parent, I felt oddly disori-
ented. Our old Christmas holi-
days had always been a time
of elaborate gift-giving, special
foods and togetherness. I had
tried to keep that tradition
going with my own kids. That
year, though, I was set adrift,
with the ghosts of Christmases
past haunting my thoughts -
and then vanishing into the
mists with the people I loved.
So I took a journey to find
Christmas again. On this
meandering trip, I dropped in
on a friend who took me to see
the brilliant Christmas lights
of Chickasha, Okla. The public
park was festively decorated
with more than 3 million lights
in various shapes and designs.
The centerpiece of the display
was a brilliantly lit bridge over
a pond that reflected the lights

'Tis the season:The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lit up

in New York City.
in the water.
While I was walking along
this bridge, a passing teenager
loaned me his polarized eye-
glasses, saying, "This is really
special." Each of the 75,000
lights on the bridge turned
into multipointed stars, and
my soul took a deep breath. It
was like seeing the Milky Way
from the inside, as nobody
has ever seen the stars and
the universe. I felt my inner
gyroscopes set a new course
- toward all the Christmases
to come, toward all the Christ-
mases that ever could be.

Since then, I've never un-
derstood how Christmas lights
have become controversial
when so many of us are deal-
ing with our own personal
darkness from year to year,
seeking hope and light during
the holidays. Some environ-
mentalists don't approve of
the use of energy resources for
what they regard as frivolous
decorations. Some municipali-
ties have enacted regulations
limiting the time and duration
of light displays. Some govern-

ment entities have attempted
to ban religious themes in
lighting designs, lest someone
be offended. Honestly, it's high
time these nattering Christ-
mas critics and municipal
regulators learn some toler-
ance in a nation supposedly
committed to free expression.
They miss the whole point of
the Christmas lights: These
fanciful and beautiful illumi-
nations delight us all, not just
The lighting ceremonies
kick off the Christmas season,
setting ablaze the laudable
themes of generosity, magic,
cheer, togetherness and
warmth in the darkest time of
year, harbingers of the joyful
idea that the best is yet to be.
Lights have always been in-
volved with the story of Christ-
mas, from the star of Beth-
lehem guiding the wise men
to the baby Jesus onward.
However, the origin of today's
lighting ceremonies was likely
the pre-Christian yule log in
Northern Europe.
Great ceremony and celebra-
tion were associated with the
enormous yule log's harvest-
ing, transportation and light-
ing during the winter solstice.
It could burn for 12 days, radi-
ating heat, light, togetherness,
Please turn to HOLIDAY 14B

Overtown Holiday Spectacular returns
Greater Miami Chapter of United Church of Christ (CGCC)
The Links, Inc. and hundreds Community Arts Program "
of guests ushered in the holi- Conservatory for the Arts Young
day season with its 6th Annual Musicians' Junior, Intermedi-
Overtown Holiday Spectacu- ate, and Advanced Orchestras

5 "o.t,.

Greater Miami Links's members enjoying the Overtown
Holiday Spectacular. (L-R: Jennifer A. Grant, Yolanda Cash
Jackson, Renee S. Jones, Leatrice Damus, Martha A. Welters,
Angela R. Bellamy and Donna L. Ginn).

Leona Swilley,Virla Barry & Kay Sullivan discussing AARP's
Are You Ready?

lar at The Historic St. Agnes'
Episcopal Church in Historic
Overtown, Father Richard Mar-
quess-Barry, Rector. The con-
cert featured youth from the
Coral Gables Congregational

and ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble.
Guests enjoyed the sounds of
Bach, Tchaikovsky and Elling-
ton and actively participated in
a holiday medley sing along.
During the festive reception,

vital information regarding
breast cancer awareness and
organ/ tissue donations was
provided. As a gift for guests,
Greater Miami Chapter, one of
eight of more than 270 chap-
ters of The Links, Incorporated
selected to participate in AARP
Are You Ready? Initiative, pro-
vided free AARP memberships,
as well as health and wellness

Ren6e S. Jones, President of
Greater Miami Chapter stated
that the chapter's Overtown
Holiday Spectacular served to
foster the legacy of expression
through the arts and health and
wellness awareness. Greater
Miami Links and guests enjoyed
an entertaining and informative
Overtown Holiday Spectacular.

10 great places for spiritual reflection, elevation


San Francisco
This Episcopal church sits
atop Nob Hill with sweeping
views of the San Francisco
Bay. The building itself offers
exquisite architecture, stained
glass and two labyrinths -- one
is modeled on a path found
at France's Chartes Cathe-
dral. The doors are a replica
of Ghiberti's famous Gates of
Paradise from Florence, Italy.
"Everything comes together at
this beautiful place," Lester
says. (415) 749-6300; graceca-

Kahaluu, Oahu
A nine-foot Buddha domi-
nates this Japanese-style
temple garden in the shadow
of jade-colored mountains.
Lester first visited on a second
honeymoon with her hus-
band, and they discovered a
small meditation area on a hill
behind the temple. "The entire
site is permeated with a holy

feeling," she says. (808) 239-
9844; byodo-in.com

Long before the Spaniards
arrived in the New World,
this Mayan temple watched
over the sparkling turquoise
waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Come early to avoid the tour
bus crowds and take time to
climb the steep steps of the
main pyramid. "I sat down and
closed my eyes and felt like my
soul was soaring on the wind
on the Caribbean Sea," Lester
says. (800) 446-3942; riviera-

Near Quebec City
The crutches and rosaries
left at this basilica are signs of
answered prayers at a shrine
dedicated to the mother of the
Virgin Mary. Lester says she
visited as an overwhelmed
young mother herself, and was

immediately comforted. "Step-
ping inside, you really feel a
balm of peace coming over
you. I felt a sense of a greater

Hingham, Mass
For more than four
centuries, worshipers have
sought comfort at this
sanctuary built like a ship's
hull that was once a Puritan
meetinghouse and is now a
Unitarian-Universalist church.
The site has a labyrinth and
gravestones dating to the
1600s. Lester says she found
peace here when she visited
shortly after her husband
passed away. "The feeling of
something greater than myself
was with me." (781) 749-1679;
oldshipchurch. org

Cross Sedona, Ariz
Pilgrims of all faiths are
drawn by the vortexes,
spiritual energy that some say

emanates from the red rocks
surrounding this high-desert
town. Lester says people come
to pray, meditate and reflect
at this chapel, which is at its
most beautiful in the golden
glow of afternoon light. "To the
east you see this incredible
towering formation. The
energy in that place is just
amazing." (928) 282-4069;

Bella Vista, Ark
This small non-
denominational glass-walled
chapel has won architectural
honors for its seamless melding
of building and nature. Located
in a wooded glen, the building's
arches mimic a canopy of trees,
Lester says. "It's a wonderful
place to connect to the divine
through nature. You just don't
want to leave." (479) 855-6598;
beautifulbellavista. com/ chapel.
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South Dade student plans

to graduate
Luckson Abraham is an out-
standing 12th grade Role Model
student leader at South Dade
Senior High School. A member
of the 5000 Role Models of'Ex-
cellence Project for three years,
Luckson is a member of the
National Honor Society, Future
Business Leaders of America,
DYF and the varsity football
team. President of his school's
Role Models Club, Luckson
has received numerous hon-
ors and awards including the
International Finance/Busi-
ness Award, Citizenship Award
and 2nd Year Varsity Football
Luckson's educational goals
include obtaining a Bachelor
of Science in Business Man-
agement. He believes "effective
leadership is not about making
speeches or being liked; leader-
ship is defined by results, not

with honors


For his outstanding contri-
butions to his school and com-
munity involvement, the 5000
Role Models of Excellence Proj-
ect salutes Luckson Abraham,
an excellent student leader and
Role Model.

South Florida church

attempts to buy Dillard's

By Anugrah Kumar

Christ Fellowship, a mega-
church in Florida, is engaged
in discussions with authori-
ties of Boynton Beach city to
find ways to buy an aban-
doned Dillard's store despite
a moratorium on nonprofits
building in commercial spaces
and the city's concerns over
an overflow of traffic.
The.Palm Beach Gardens-
based church, whose teach-
ing pastor is the evangelical
author and speaker John
C. Maxwell, wants to buy a
closed 126,000-square-foot
Dillard's store at the Boynton
Beach Mall to build its fifth
The church can't buy the

store until the city decides to
revoke a six-month morato-
rium on allowing nonprofits to
build in commercial spaces.
City commissioners voted for
the moratorium in Novem-
ber. While it is possible for
the commissioners to lift the
moratorium, they also want to
figure out the likely impact of
an increased number of cars
on Congress Avenue.
But six months is too long
a wait for the growing church
that hosts weekend services
for about 17,000 people, ac-
cording to Palm Beach Post.
The church has made an
attractive offer to the city.
Chl.AWRaedip tp's land
planner, D6naldson Hearing,
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Christianity growing fastest in Africa, study finds

Nearly 63 percent of sub-Saharan

Africans are Christians.

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

With 2.18 billion adherents,
Christianity has become a
truly global religion over the
past century as rapid growth
in developing nations offset
declines in Christianity's tradi-
tional strongholds, according
to a report released recently.
Billed as the most compre-
hensive and reliable study
to date, the Pew Research
Center's "Global Christian-
ity" reports on self-identified
Christian populations based
on more than 2,400 sources of
information, especially census
and survey data.
Findings illustrate major
shifts since 1910, when two-
thirds of the world's Chris-
tians lived in Europe. Now
only one in four Christians
live in Europe. Most of the
rest are distributed across the
Americas (37 percent), sub-

Saharan Africa (24 percent)
and the Asia-Pacific region (13
"In two out of three coun-
tries in the world, the majority
of the population identifies as
Christian," said Conrad Hack-
ett, lead researcher on the
"Global Christianity" report.
"I had no idea about that. ... I
was surprised."
The report confirms Christi-
anity's standing as the world's
largest religion, with 32 per-
cent of the global population.
Islam is second with about 23
percent, according to a 2009
Pew report.
A close look at the details
reveals a few ironies:
Although Christianity
traces its beginnings to the
Middle East and North Africa,
only 4 percent of residents in
these regions claim the Chris-
tian faith today.
Meanwhile, the faith has

- a -

The Women in the Min-
istry Network is hosting a
Fellowship Prayer Breakfast
on Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. 954-292-

Running for Jesus Youth
Ministry invites everyone to
their Youth Tent Revival on
Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. 954-213-
4332, 786-704-5216.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to their New Year's
Eve service, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

Greater Vision Ministry
God Word, God Way is hosting
an "End of the Year" Revival,
Dec. 29 31. 786-270-8529.

New Christ Tabernacle
Baptist Church invites the
community to their Watch Night
Service on Dec. 31 at 10 p.m.

The Universal Truth Cen-
ter for Better Living is hosting
its annual Burning Bowl Servic-
es on New Year's Eve with spe-

cial performances by a world
renowned saxophonist with ser-
vice times at 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
and 11 p.m. 305-624-4991.

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church invites the community
to Revival Services Dec. 28 -
31, 8 p.m. nightly and a special
Watch Night Service to begin at
10 p.m. 305-633-2683.

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes ev-
eryone to their 'Introduction to
the Computer' classes on Tues-
days, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and
Thursday, 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
305-770-7064, 786-312-4260.

New Canaan Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to Sun-
day Bible School at 9:30 a.m.
followed by Worship Services at
11 a.m. 954 981-1832.

0 New Beginning Church
of Deliverance hosts a Mar-
riage Counseling Workshop
every Wednesday at 5 p.m. Ap-
pointment necessary. 786-597-

"Many people may have the
impression that a smaller per-
centage of Europe claims to be
Christian" than is actually the
case, Hackett said.
The report also sheds light
on the difficult question of how
many Chinese are Christians.
Researchers have struggled
to get reliable numbers since
China's policies on religion are
thought to discourage Chris-

grown exponentially in sub-
Saharan Africa, from just 9
percent of the population in
1910 to 63 percent today.
Nigeria, home to more than 80
million Christians, has more
Protestants than Germany,
where the Protestant Reforma-
tion began.
"As a result of historic mis-
sionary activity and indig-
enous Christian movements
by Africans, there has been

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church invites the community
to Sunday School at 10 a.m.
and worship service every week
at noon.

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International invites
the community to their Sun-
day Praise and Worship Ser-
vice at 10:30 a.m.

Gamble Memorial Church
of God in Christ asks that ex-
perienced musicians apply to
fulfill their musician position.
305-821-3692, 305-409-1566.

Glendale Baptist Church
of Brownsville invites every-
one to morning worship every
Sunday at 11 a.m. and Bible
Study every Wednesday at 7
p.m. 305-638-0857

Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ of the
Apostolic Faith Church, Inc.
will be starting a New Be-
reavement Support Group be-
ginning on the 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of each month
from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. 786-488-

Lifeline Outreach Minis-
tries invites everyone to their

this change from about one
in 10 (sub-Saharan Africans)
identifying with Christianity in
1910 to about six in 10 doing
so today," Hackett said.
For its part, Europe is more
religiously diverse than it was
in 1910, when 94 percent was
Christian. Still, Europe hasn't
abandoned its Christian heri-
tage, according to the report.
Today, 76 percent of Europe-
ans self-identify as Christian.

roundtable to discuss the
Bible every Saturday, 6 p.m.

E Join Believers Faith
Breakthrough Ministries
Int'l every Friday at 7:30 p.m.
for Prophetic Breakthrough
Services. 561-929-1518, 954-

B The Women's Depart-
ment of A Mission With A
New Beginning Church spon-
sors a Community Feeding
every second Saturday of the
month, from 10 a.m. until all
the food has been given out.
For location and additional de-
tails, call 786-371-3779.

New Mt. Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to their Sunday Bi-
ble School classes at 9:30 a.m.
and 11 a.m. Worship Service.
305-635-4100, 786-552-2528.

The Heart of the City
Ministries invites everyone to
morning worship every Sun-
day 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.

New York Ministries focuses on youth outreach

conitnued from 12B


Although Chestnut, a retired
insurance salesman, juggles the
demands of the full-time min-

istry himself, he also receives
help from his family. Often his
wife, Joanna, of 21 years, and
his son, a deacon in the church,
help him bear the load.
Their assistance helps "take
the pressure off of me," the pas-
tor said.
Chestnut has also made sure
to receive support form his fel-

low brothers in ministry and is
a member of local ministerial
organizations. One of his favor-
ite group allows the ministers
to fellowship and vacation to-
"Every two years, we take
a major trip and forget about
what we do and it really helps
take the stress off," he said.

They have traveled to destina-
tions as exotic as Finland, Rus-
sia, Israel, and Turkey.
According to Chestnut, "I
think that taking a trip is one of
the best things a pastor can do
for them self."
New You Ministries of Life,
Inc. is located at 1006 SW 56th
Avenue in Hollywood.

Peace found in many diverse spiritual places

continued from 13B

Dominican Republic
Located about two hours from
Santa Domingo, this cavernous
church, which resembles
a Spanish conquistador's
helmet, feels impersonal at
first. But Lester says that all
changes when you climb a
ladderlike staircase to view a

16th-century painting of the
Virgin Mary. High above the
sanctuary, the small platform
has a holy energy to it, Lester
says. "It's like a spirit touching
your heart." (888) 374-6361;

Shasta City, Calif
Worshipers ranging from
American Indians to members
of the Rosicrucian Order

revere this mountain, where
thousands gathered to pray
for world peace in 1987 during
what was called the Harmonic
Convergence. Like many
mountains, Lester says the
peak seems to radiate spiritual
energy. "It's almost a swoon. It's
very powerful stuff." (800) 926-
4865; mtshastachamber.com

Elkins Park, Pa.

Frank Lloyd Wright's only
synagogue is not only an
architectural marvel, but a
spiritual one as well. The
hexagonal building's shape
resembles hands folded in
prayer, and is listed on the
National Register of Historic
Places. Made of glass, concrete
and steel, the building has been
called a modern interpretation
of Mount Sinai. "There's a sense
that you're being embraced by
the divine," Lester says.

Let there be lights, lights, and many more lights

continued from 13B

safety and good luck dur-
ing the gloomiest and darkest
nights of the year.
In Christian times, the yule
log brightened the religious cel-
ebration of Christ's birth, too,
as an emblem of the new begin-
ning of hope and life.
The celebration of light con-
tinued into modern times with
tiny candles that lit up early
Christmas trees in the 1800s. In
1882, three years after Thomas
Edison created the light bulb,
his associate, Edward Hibberd
Johnson, devised the first elec-
tric Christmas tree lights red,

white and blue bulbs strung to-
gether and proudly displayed in
his New York apartment, to the
amazement of invited guests
and press.
In 1895, President Grover
Cleveland lit the first White
House Christmas tree using
more than 100 electric lights.
Throughout the 20th century,
the tradition of using Christ-
mas lights snowballed with
the wide availability of lighting
options. Now most houses in
America have Christmas trees,
and many have exterior lighting
as well.
Extravagant public tree-light-
ing ceremonies at Rockefeller
Center, the White House, and

in cities and towns through-
out the nation are big events,
enthusiastically attended by
thousands. Huge Christmas
lighting extravaganzas have
even extended to some houses
and neighborhoods which gar-
ner local and national public-
ity with over-the-top displays,
sometimes involving electric
generators for additional power,
accompanied by music and co-
ordinated by computers.

If some holiday traditions fall
to the enemies of Christmas, I
think the lighting ceremonies
will be the last to go not be-
cause they're necessary to our

bodies now but to our spirits.
Darkness no longer holds its
ancient primal fear for us, and
few people today worry about
death by freezing as earlier gen-
erations did when they grate-
fully huddled near the yule log.
But Christmas lights do reach
a place we don't always con-
sciously control the realm of
wonder, magic and delight we
instinctively feel in a beauti-
fully illuminated place. On the
Christmas-lit bridge of Chicka-
sha, for instance, one can even
find new hope, a fresh start, the
renewed embrace of cheer and
fellowship all the best things
implicit in the season, and in us

tians from self-identifying as
such in official surveys.
Adjusting for such variables,
Pew researchers believe Chris-
tianity has flourished despite
a policy forbidding Christian-
ity among Communist Party
members. Researchers esti-
mate the Christian community
in China includes five percent
of the population, or 67 mil-

Watchman: What time is it?

continued from 12B

this past year he suffered a
heart attack. Yet all of his trials
have served to strengthen his
devotion to God, according to
the 78-year-old Robinson.
"I will tell people that He will
do the same for them, but most
of all I will talk about the world
and what God expects us to be
in this present world."
St. Paul Missionary Baptist

Church in Homestead typically
draws up to 200 worshippers,
according to Freeman.
The service, which starts at 7
p.m., typically features praise
dancing, a spoken word artist
and even a guest soloist along
with a sermon.
"The [sermon's] focus I'm tak-
ing this year will be about taking
the initiative to complete what
you started last [2011] year and
completing it this [2012] year,"
Freeman said.

Keep with prayer and faith

continued from 12B

your morning shower, just ask
the Lord to keep you aware of
His appointments for the day.
Christian New Year's Res-
olution #4 Make biblical
prosperity your goal.
Many people at New Year's
make resolutions to get a new
job, make more money, buy
a house or car, ect. I would
like to challenge you to make
biblical prosperity your goal.
Biblical prosperity centers in
on the health and wholeness
of your spirit and soul. Make

this year a year that you cen-
ter in on how healthy you are
spiritually and emotionally.
Christian New Year's Reso-
lution #5 Random words of
kindness and mercy.
This year how about mak-
ing a resolution that you are
going to say random words
of kindness and mercy to
one person every day. That
you will bless or compliment
someone just because you
can. What better Christian
New Year's resolution can be
made than a goal of doing
something that will be pleas-
ing to our God?

Gifts of love given to needy

continued from 12B

to but this makes our Christ-
mas. My kids are walking out
with toys and a smile on their
face, that's irreplaceable."
Each campus wrapped up
the event with a true Christmas
Feast. Ham, turkey, sweet pota-
toes, mashed potatoes, rolls, pie
and all of the trimmings provid-
ed an aroma that brought holi-

day cheer to every man, woman
and child in attendance.
Brian Stevens, volunteer at
the Hollywood Campus, said of
the event, "You have this spe-
cial feeling when helping those
who are less fortunate." Stevens
continued, "There are no words
to describe what you get out of
an experience like this... it is
truly amazing to help the home-
less and give a hand up to those
in need."

Mall sale may be impacted

continued from 13B

says the church would pay a
donation to match what the city
would collect in taxes from a
commercial entity.
In a meeting with city com-
missioners last week, Hear-
ing said the church would also
bring more people to the mall.
"We believe we have an oppor-
tunity to bring thousands of
people every weekend to that
mall, which would be a great
shot in the arm," he was quoted
as saying. Moreover, Hearing
told commissioners, the church
would give the city thousands
of dollars in other fees "that you
wouldn't get from an empty Dil-
lard's building."
But Vice Mayor Bill Orlove

says yet another concern is how
it will impact the possible sale
of the mall.
To resolve the issues, rep-
resentatives from the church
and the Dillard's store plan to
meet with the city commission-
ers again on Feb. 7, when they
hope a decision will be made.
Founded by Pastor Tom Mul-
lins, Christ Fellowship's main
facility has a 300,000-square
foot church on 40 -acres on
Northlake Boulevard in Palm
Beach Gardens. The mega-
church also has campuses in
CityPlace, Royal Palm and Stu-
In 2005, Christ Fellow-
ship paid $12 million and
built a church in a gutted
120,000-square-foot Target
store in Royal Palm Beach.

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Don't let

excess stress'

shatter tb&

holidays '

Keep your focus on control
simple solutions, and these hectic
days can easily be joyful and jolly

By Andrea Bartz
The most wonderful time of
the year can also be the most
stressful, between travel plans
(and their inevitable delays),
a packed social calendar and
seemingly 4,000 things to ac-
complish before the Big Day.
"December is definitely the
busiest time of year," says
Susan Huff, of North East, Pa.
"I'm constantly making to-do
lists in my head."
It's no wonder so many of
us are feeling the pressure
this, of all weeks: stress stems
from believing you don't have
the resources to overcome
a challenge, such as getting
everything done in time, says
Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a
psychologist at the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst.
"You can't change the clock,
but you can change your per-
ceptions and then find ways
to take on the challenge,"
Whitbourne adds. By remind-
ing yourself that you're in
control and finding workable
solutions to the season's road-
blocks, you can sail through
the rest of 2011 feeling like
all your troubles will be out of
sight. Here's how:

Remember that you've pulled
this off dozens of times before.
Think back to all your previous
holidays. Notice how most of them
turned out just fine? "If you tell sour-
self, 'There's no way I can possibly
pull this off,' you're going to feel like
a wreck even' day-," Whitbourne says.
Instead, visualize yourself looking
satisfied on Dec. 26, or repeat a man-
tra like "I always put together a great
Hanukkah celebration."
Keep your body strong and your
resistance to stress will strength-
en, too.
In the face of your massive to-do
list -not to mention platters of good-
ies wherever you turn it's easy
to let your healthy habits slip. But
doing so makes you less resilient
to stress. "Getting dehydrated, not
logging enough sleep and replacing
good things in your diet with cookies
can cause problems with your mood,"
Wheeler warns, so make logging in
enough shut-eye, regular exercise
and balanced eating a priority. When-
ever you notice your body tensing up,
use measured breathing to calm it
down: Breathe in for four counts and
out for eight. Repeat. "The long ex-
halations stimulate the vagus nerve,
which sets off the system that coun-
teracts the stress response," explains

Give tailored, not expensive,
Don't be anxious if money's tight
around the holidays the price of a
gift matters less to the recipient than
it does to the giver, shows research
from Stanford University. "Your loved
ones want your attention and positive
regard, not some expensive present.,"
Wheeler adds. Show your nearest and
dearest you know and value them by
picking out a present that reflects an
interest of theirs a guitar acces-
sory. photography book, or even a
playlist. "It demonstrates that you
think their hobbies are worth pursu-
ing," Wheeler says.
Take time for yourself.
It's not uncommon to find ourselves
tensing up as soon as we meet up
with family members: "Old annoy-
ances pop up, and we feel obligated
to spend every possible minute with
out-of-towners," Wheeler says. If the
mob scene begins to get to you, find a
way to carve out some psychological
space, even if it's just disappearing
into the kitchen to wash a few dishes.
Or make like Eydie Pridavka in Sus-
sex. Wis and invite a motley crew
of guests into your home to shake
up the family dynamics. "My family's
Christmases were always big, blend-
ed open houses." she says. "Everyone
was happy and having fun."

Hea th news Babies

S- and taste

for salt

A study says some 40 percent of officers
suffer sleep problems

Sleep disorders

studied among cops
By Genevra Pittman
A survey from the United States and
Canada found 40 percent of police officers
had symptoms of a sleep disorder, includ-
ing sleep apnea and insomnia.
Officers who screened positive for those
disorders were also more likely to be
burned out, depressed or have an anxiety
disorder. Over the next two years, they
committed more administrative errors and
safety violations and were more prone to
falling asleep at the wheel than sound
"In general we have this cultural attitude
of, sleep is for the weak," said Dr. Michael
Grandner, from the Center for Sleep and
Circadian Neurobiology at the University of
Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
"When you're in an environment where
signs of weakness are particularly discour-
aged, there may be a social pressure to not
address sleep problems or to shrug them
off," added Grandner, author of a commen-
tary published with the new study in the
Journal of the American Medical Associa-
When police officers in particular suffer
from sleep problems, he said, it becomes a
public health and safety problem. "It's not
just the people with sleep disorders that are
affected," Grandner told Reuters Health. "If
they're impaired, you're at risk."
Researchers say police departments could
do more to make sure that officers with
sleep disorders receive appropriate treat-
ment, which may include sleep machines,
therapy or changes in work schedules.
For the new study, close to 5,000 police
officers were surveyed on sleep problems
and other health topics. That included
Philadelphia officers and Massachusetts
state police as well as a broader range of
other U.S. and Canadian cops.

By Shari Roan
Feeding young babies
solid foods such as crack-
ers, cereals and bread,
which tend to be high in
salt, may set them up for
a lifelong preference for
salt, researchers reported
The study, published
in the American Jour-
nal of Clinical Nutrition,
suggests that efforts to
reduce salt intake among
Americans should begin
early in life.
-It is even possible, the
authors said, that infancy
contains a "sensitivity
window" in which expo-
sure to certain foods and
tastes programs the brain
to desire them in the
The study doesn't prove
this, however it merely
shows a correlation
between early exposure
and a taste for salt later
on, Battey added. But if
it turns out to be true,
"then parents have a way
of reducing the risk," he
Research on infant
feeding practices has
shown that babies will
learn to like a food if
exposed to it at least 10
times. But that doesn't
mean they prefer a food,
Stein said; they just learn
to tolerate it.
And, Stein said, studies
have also shown that
babies are learning about
the flavors in Mom's
diet even before birth,
in the uterus, as well as
afterward through the
taste of their mother's
breast milk.


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People in need of medical care, as well as
spiritual balm for emotional or domestic crises,
can find both in one convenient location at a
newly opened walk-in clinic on Sistrunk Bou-
The Quik Clinic and Mount Bethel Human
Services at 930-A Sistrunk Blvd. officially
opened after two months of serving residents
in the northeast Fort Lauderdale area.
The walk-in clinic will serve patients in need
of care for ailments that are not life-threaten-
ing, such as colds or flu, minor injuries, aller-
gies, headaches, asthma, sprains, and blood
pressure or hypertension problems. Medical
director Dr. Claude Jones, who grew up in the
neighborhood, and a staff of advanced regis-
tered nurses will handle new or established
Clinic marketing director Roderick Kemp
cited a need for such a facility in the Sistrunk
Boulevard area. "There is still a portion of the
population that is not being served," he said.
Clinic personnel will be making presenta-
tions about the facility in local churches.
The clinic's location should be a natural
draw for patients, Kemp said. "We are in the
heart of the community," he said. "Elderly
people can practically walk to our clinic."
The facility will accept Medicaid or Medicare
payments, as well as other insurance plans.
"We have reasonable fees for those who have to
pay cash," Kemp said.
Next to the clinic is the Mount Bethel Human
Services Corp., which offers programs for fami-
lies encountering difficulties with the justice
system, housing or at-risk children.
Among Mount Bethel's services are programs
to divert youth from crime, counsel families
with housing issues, and reunify families when
children have been removed because of neglect
or abuse. Mount Bethel's Family Resource
Center provides support services such as a
weekly food pantry and child care assistance
for families that qualify.
"Mount Bethel has great services for families
in crisis," Kemp said. "We provide the physical
treatment... and they provide spiritual and
community programming."

Insurance rolls gain 2.5M young adults

Sebilius says health

law is 'big difference'

By Kelly Kennedy

2.5 million adults younger than
26 have stayed on their parents'
health insurance plans because
of a provision in last year's health
care, according to the Department
of Health and Human Services.
"It shows what a big difference
this is already making in Ameri-
cans' lives," HHS Secretary Kath-
leen Sebelius said.
The percentage of adults ages 19

to 25 with health insurance rose
from 66.7 percent in September
2010, when the provision took ef-
fect, to 71.9 percent in June, ac-
cording to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention's National
Center for Health Statistics.
The rise in coverage for younger
adults came as those between the
ages of 26 and 35 remained the
same. That shows it's "very clear"
the increase for those 19 to 25 is
because of the new law, said Sher-
ry Glied, HHS assistant secretary
for planning and evaluation.
There was no increase in Medic-
aid coverage for adults ages 19 to
25, which means the increase in
overall coverage was driven by pri-

vate insurance, Glied said.
The statistics, which go back to
1997, also show that more 19-to-
25-year-olds are insured now than
ever before, with almost 72 percent
having either private or public in-
surance in the first half of 2011.
The percentage of young adults
with insurance dropped steadily
from 2007 to 2010.
Young adults have traditionally
been the group least likely to have
health insurance, said Ron Pollack,
founding executive director of Fam-
ilies USA, a non-profit that works
for health care for all Americans.
Young adults tend to have low-pay-
ing jobs with few benefits, as well
as to think they're indestructible

and don't need insurance, he said.
The health care law, known as
the Affordable Care Act, also ends
the practice of denying children
insurance because of preexisting
conditions, and by the time today's
19-year-old adults reach 26, that
rule will have been enacted for
adults, as well, he said.
Pollack said the coverage of
young adults may have a second-
ary benefit for everybody else: de-
creasing premium costs for every-
body else.
"It helps to bring the average
costs down because these young
people are less likely than old-
er adults to have a major health
problem," he said.

Survey: More teens using synthetic drugs

Tobacco, alcohol use

takes big dip

By Donna Leinwand Leger

Nearly one in nine high school se-
niors have gotten high in the past
year on synthetic drugs, such as
"K2" or "Spice," second only to the
number of teens who have used
marijuana, a new survey shows.
"Monitoring the Future," the na-
tion's most comprehensive survey
of teenage drug use, found 11.4
percent of the high school seniors
had used the synthetic substances,
often packed as potpourri or herbal
incense and sold in convenience
stores, which mimic the effects of
"It is astounding," said Rep. Tom
Latham, R-Iowa. "I don't think they
have any idea how dangerous these
synthetic drugs are."
Latham co-sponsored a bill to
outlaw 16 synthetic compounds
that mimic marijuana and 15 syn-
thetic hallucinogens after an Indi-
anola teen shot himself after tak-
ing K2 in July 2010. Latham's bill
passed last week. A Senate bill,
sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grass-
ley, R-Iowa, is awaiting action by
the full Senate.

K2 and Spice emerged as a prob-
lem in 2008, and their popularity
appears to be rising. Poison control
centers handled 5,741 calls about
the drugs in the first 10 months of
2011, nearly double the 2,915 calls
received in all of 2010, according
to the American Association of Poi-
son Control Centers. People who
smoke the chemical-coated herbs
may experience euphoria, but bad
reactions are common, including
convulsions, anxiety attacks, dan-
gerously elevated heart rates, vom-
iting and suicidal thoughts.
Federal officials became so
alarmed that the Drug Enforcement
Administration used its emergency
powers in March to outlaw the sub-
stances. More than 40 states have
also passed laws banning them.
"The next survey we do in spring
2012 will tell us a lot about how
this ban has worked," said Lloyd
Johnston, the survey's principal in-
Marijuana remains the most pop-
ular drug among teens. Marijuana
use increased for the fourth year
in a row after a decade of decline.
Nearly seven percent of high school
seniors report smoking marijuana
daily, the survey found.
"It's the highest rate we've seen
in 30 years, so something is going
on," Johnston said. He added that

growing numbers of teens don't see
marijuana as dangerous.
"That's a very bad indicator," said
Nora Volkow, director of the Nation-
al Institute on Drug Abuse. "Either
we do something to change that, or
we will continue to see increases."
Gil Kerlikowske, director of the
White House Office on National
Drug Policy, said state legalization
of'marijuana for medical use is in-
fluencing teens.
"We're sending young people the
wrong message when we call it
medicine," he said.


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used one or more drugs in the past
month, the survey found. Among
10th-graders, 38 percent said they
had tried an illicit drug.
Tobacco and alcohol use are at
their lowest levels since the sur-
vey began in 1975, Johnston said.
"Kids consider smoking (cigarettes)
to be dangerous. They aren't even
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'Moral injury'

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By Gregg Zoroya

A leading cause of post-
traumatic stress disorder is
guilt that troops experience
because of moral dilemmas
faced in combat, according to
preliminary findings of a study
of active-duty Marines.
The conflicts that service-
members feel may include
"survivor's guilt," from living
through an attack in which
other servicemembers died,
and witnessing or participating
in the unintentional killing of
women or children, researchers
involved in the study say.
"How do they come to terms
with that? They have to forgive
themselves for pulling the trig-
ger," says retired Navy captain
Bill Nash, a psychiatrist and
study co-author.

The idea of "moral injury"
as a cause of PTSD is new
to psychiatry. The American
Psychiatric Association is only
now considering new diag-
nostic criteria for the disorder
that would include feelings of
shame and guilt, says David
Spiegel, a member of the work-
ing group rewriting the PTSD
Traditionally, PTSD symp-
toms such as nightmares or
numbness to the world have
been linked to combat vio-
lence, fear of being killed or
loss of friends.
Half of all Iraq and Afghani-
stan veterans treated by the
Department of Veterans Affairs
have been diagnosed with
mental health issues and
the most common is PTSD,
which is experienced by nearly
200,000 of these veterans, ac-
cording to the VA.
PTSD caused by moral in-
jury can lead to more severe
reactions such as family
violence or even suicide, says
Jonathan Shay, a psychiatrist
who has worked on military
mental health policies.

The Marine Corps study
helps expand the knowledge
of the relationship between
moral injury and PTSD, says
Shira Maguen, a psychologist
and VA researcher who has
studied links between killing
and the disorder among Viet-
nam War, Gulf War and Iraq
War veterans.
"This (Marine Corps) study
is important because so little
work has been done to under-
stand moral injury in a scien-
tific context," Maguen says.
The ongoing research in-
volves about 2,600 Marines
and sailors examined before
and after combat tours.
The preliminary findings
on moral injury were gleaned
from 208 Marines involved in
severe combat in Afghanistan
in 2009 and 2010. It showed
that three months after com-
ing home, seven percent of
the Marines likely had PTSD.
Their condition was more
closely linked to an inner
conflict rather than threats to
their lives, the sight of bodies
or blood or family problems,
the study said.

Vitamin D helps bone health only with calcium

By Mareen Salamon

A.new analysis on the effects
of vitamin D on bone health
shows that it cuts fracture
risk in older adults, but only
when taken with calcium
The review of nearly 50
studies on vitamin D -- pres-
ent in a small number of foods
and produced naturally in the
skin with sun exposure -- by
the U.S. Preventive Services
Task Force (USPSTF) also in-
dicates that it's too soon to tell
if vitamin D supplements can
help prevent cancer.
Reports author Mei Chung,
assistant director of the
Evidence-based Practice Cen-
ter at Tufts Medical Center in
Boston, said she wasn't able

to advise specific recommend-
ed doses based on the review,
which concluded that a daily
vitamin D regimen of between
300 and 1,100 international
units (IUs) combined with 500
to 1,200 milligrams (mg) of
calcium reduces fracture risk
in those over 65.
"I think vitamin D likely has
more benefits than we cur-
rently know and also [pres-
ents] little harm," said Dr.
Robert Graham, a vitamin D
researcher and internist at
Lenox Hill Hospital in New
York City, who did not par-
ticipate in the USPSTF report,
published Dec. 20 in the An-
nals of Internal Medicine.
"An acceptable level is
always a moving target,"
Graham added. "It's a very

controversial topic, although
I honestly don't know why it's
so controversial."
The USPSTF review comes
about a year after a more ex-
tensive report by the Institute
of Medicine (IOM), the health
arm of the National Academy
of Sciences, which said that
most Americans and Cana-
dians up to age 70 need no
more than 600 IUs of vitamin
D per day to maintain health,
while those 71 and older may
need as much as 800 lUs.
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1,000 published studies into
account, while the latest re-
view incorporated 19 random-
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The holidays can be a particularly
difficult time for people suffering from
Experts from Gottlieb Memorial
Hospital, part of the Loyola University
Health System, said they are brac-
ing for an increase in self-destructive
behavior. They noted however, there
are ways to recognize when a person
is depressed and intervene before they
end up in the emergency room.
"For those who have no support
system, no friends, family, loved ones
or even co-workers, the holidays can
prove very deadly," Dr. Mark DeSilva,
medical director of the emergency
department at Gottlieb Memorial Hos-
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Study: Sexual violence 'widespread'

Most victims
affected when
young, CDC says

By Janice Lloyd

Sexual violence is a wide-
spread problem in the USA
that strikes the majority
of its victims early in life,
according to a major govern-
ment study.
Nearly one in five women
and one in 71 men report
being raped in their lifetime,
says the study from the Cen-
ters for Disease Control and
The study is the first to
examine the prevalence of
rape, sexual violence other
than rape, stalking and
intimate partner violence,
and to report the damag-
ing health consequences
that last a lifetime. It calls
for prevention efforts "that
should start early."
Among female victims,
30 percent reported being
first raped when they were

between 11 and 17 years
old; 12 percent were 10 or
younger. Among males, 28
percent of male victims were
first raped when they were
10 or younger.
"The finding of this hap-
pening at an early age has
huge policy implications,"
says Howard Spivak, direc-
tor of the CDC's division
of violence prevention. "We
need to focus on children,
not (just) teens or adults.
There's already a significant
number of individuals af-
fected by the time they are
teens or adults."
Coming in the wake of the
child abuse charges against
former Penn State coach
Jerry Sandusky, the study
"shows what a stagger-
ing problem there is in the
USA," says Lisa James, di-
rector of health for Futures
Without Violence, a non-
profit group dedicated to
ending violence. "It is quite
alarming and shows we need
to start helping people ear-
lier and earlier."
More than one-third of
women (about 42.4 mil-

Age of first rape among females
More that three-quarters of female victims were first raped
before their 25th birthday.
10 and 12.3%
11 to 17 29.9%
18 to 24 37.4%
25 to 34 14.2%
35 to 44 E 4.5%
45 and 11.7%
older Source: Centers for Disease Control and prevention

Rape has



health effects

Study finds mental and
physical scars linger

By Janice Lloyd

A major government study examining sexual violence in
the USA reports the majority of the victims have serious
physical and mental health consequences that can last a
Victims cited chronic pain, diabetes, asthma, difficulty
sleeping and overall poor physical and mental health in
the report released by the Centers for Disease Control and
"The public-health consequences are a huge problem,"
says Lisa James, director of health at Futures Without
Violence, a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to ending
violence. "These findings show why it's not only important
to have a criminal justice response but also a public health
response focusing on prevention and early intervention."
Nearly one in five women and one in 71 men in the United
States reported being raped at some point in their lives.
More than half of the raped women reported being assault-
ed by an intimate partner. Slightly more than 40 percent
of the men reported being raped by an acquaintance. Most
experienced the violence before they were 25.
The findings "underscore the heavy toll sexual violence,
stalking and intimate partner violence places on women and
men, and children," the authors write. "Violence often be-
gins at an early age and commonly leads to negative health
consequences across the life span."

Patterns of violence
from intimate
Women experienced multiple
forms of violence more often
whan men did:
I Male
Physical violence only

Physical violence only
Physical violence, stalking
R 14%
Rape, physical violence, stalking
Rape, physical violence

Physical violence, stalking Rape only
*6% 14%
Rape, physical violence, stalking Stalking
12% 13%
Source: National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey /Centers for Disease Contraol and Prevention

lion) have experienced rape,
physical violence or stalking
by an intimate partner. One
in 10 women has been raped
by an intimate partner.
Approximately 80 percent
experienced their first rape
before the age of 25.
Among the male victims,
52.4 percent reported be-

ing raped by an acquain-
tance and 15.1percent by a
Both male and female vic-
tims reported their attackers
were predominately male.
"The numbers surprise
us," says Linda Degutis, the
leading author of the report
and the CDC's director for

National Center for Injury
Prevention and Control.
"All of this underscores
that sexual violence is
widespread and an impor-
tant health problem in this

Nearly half of all women
and men have experienced
psychological aggression by
an intimate partner in their
Nearly one in two women
(44.6 percent) and one in five
men (22.2 percent) experi-
enced sexual violence other
than rape at some point in
their lives.
9,086 women and 7,421
men participated in The Na-
tional Intimate Partner and
Sexual Violence Survey con-
ducted over the telephone.
The 2010 survey is the first
year of the study and will be
used to track trends. Re-
spondents were asked about
their lifetime experiences.
Approximately 1.3 million
women reported being raped
in the 12 months prior to tak-
ing the survey.

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A brew can be beneficial

If you enjoy wrapping your
hands around a warm cup of
tea, you may want to make it a
habit. And grab a second and
third cup as well because the
evidence continues to mount
that the brew is good for you.
Heart health is the most
notable benefit, says Jeffrey
Blumberg, director of the An-
tioxidant Research Laboratory
at Tufts University: "People
who drink more tea do appear
to have less risk of heart dis-
ease, and for those who have
developed some cardiac event
like a heart attack, those who
are tea drinkers seem to have
a lower incidence of a second

The protective effects of tea,
the second-most-consumed
beverage in the world after
water, has been the focus of
thousands of scientific studies,
says Joseph Simrany, presi-

dent of the Tea Association of
the USA, a trade group.
How fresh leaves of the
Camellia sinensis shrub are
processed results in their
distinctive color and taste. Tea
blogger Katrina vila Munichi-
ello lists popular varieties.
Much of that research has
focused on green tea but "the
data from green and black are
really overlapping," says Blum-
berg. Not too surprising, he
says, since popular varieties of
tea green, black, oolong and
white are from the same
evergreen shrub, the Camellia
sinensis, and the difference is
from levels of maturity when
picked and oxidation when
So-called herbal teas or
tisanes, are not teas, but
infusions of boiled water with
leaves, roots, bark and/or
Researchers suspect that
natural components in tea,
particularly a class of poly-

phenol antioxidants known as
flavonoids, are responsible for
tea's health benefits. Blumberg
says the nutrients are very
similar to those that you find
in fruits and vegetables, in tree
nuts, in soy.' B' dnnking tea
"you're adding more plant food
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Pack twice as much medication
and supplies as you'll need, in case
there are delays in returning home.
Pack glucose tablets/gel and
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number, your doctor's name and
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Pay attention to time zones and
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love. If you are not experiencing what
the rest of the world is enjoying, it is
very bitter,"
Although the holidays can bring out
desperate acts in unstable people, he
pointed out that there are usually a
number of warning signs leading up
to this behavior. DeSilva offered the
following tips to help identify these red
Being antisocial. "Most people are
busy going to social gatherings, shop-
ping, attending events and connecting
with friends," DeSilva said. "Look for
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Being angry."The person expresses
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Doctors urged to encourage HIV testing Study: Vitamin D benefits

Officials say routine testing key to

combat Broward's epidemic

By Bob LaMendola

Don't be insulted if your doc-
tors start prying into your sex
life, and push you to get tested
for HIV along with cholesterol.
They would just be following
the wishes of local and federal
health officials planning a ma-
jor new campaign to combat
Broward County's HIV/AIDS
epidemic, which has ranked
worst in the nation since 2008.
Many doctors don't bring up
sex and HIV during checkups
because some patients get un-
comfortable. but officials will

ask them to start doing so any-
way and will ask patients
to listen. Routinely testing as
many people as possible is a
prime way to find the estimated
20 percent of HIV-positive peo-
ple who don't know they have
the virus and who are the most
contagious, officials say.

"People get defensive," said
Coral Springs family doctor
Kutty Chandran, president of
the Broward County Medical
Association. "When I ask some-
one to let me do an HIV test,

they immediately say, 'Why, do
you think I'm doing something?
I'm clean. I'm married. I'm not
gay.' There is still a lot of stig-
As drugs made the AIDS virus
more manageable, Chandran
said many doctors lost track
that Broward's epidemic was
so severe and stopped asking
patients about it. Even the as-
sociation board was unaware
until the county health depart-
ment chief made a presentation
"Everybody has become com-
placent, even the doctors," said
Cynthia Peterson, the associa-
tion's executive vice president.

Broward has had one of the

nation's highest rates of new
HIV/AIDS infections per capi-
ta for a decade. The virus has
spread most among gay men
and young-to-middle-aged
Black adults who engage in un-
protected sex.
That led the Centers for Dis-
ease Control and Prevention to
enlist the Broward Health De-
partment to chart a more ag-
gressive effort next year, with
several million dollars in new
Testing is considered crucial
because studies show today's
drugs can nearly eradicate the
virus and almost eliminate a
patient's risk of spreading HIV.
But a study this month found
that only 28 percent of HIV-
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Experts say watch for signs of depression

cotninued from 17B

others' joy in the season and
is consistently pessimistic,"
DeSilva said.
Abusing drugs or alcohol.
"Beer or cocktails, readily avail-
able throughout the holidays,
or illegal drugs, are overin-

dulged to numb the pain the
individual is feeling and offer
an escape from reality," DeSilva
Missing work or other events.
"Facing others who are happy.
and bright is often too difficult
for those feeling the holiday
blues," DeSilva said. "They may
be consistently absent or very

late to work or no-shows at an-
ticipated social engagements."
Excessive sleepiness. "De-
pression often takes the guise
of extreme fatigue or tiredness.
The body shuts down to form
an escape from the everyday
world," DeSilva cautioned.
Anyone who recognizes these
behaviors in a friend or ac-

quaintance should reach out to
that person right away, particu-
larly if they've been hit hard by
the economic downturn.
"By recognizing when a per-
son is in trouble, and speak-
ing out, you may not only save
them a trip to the [emergency
department], but also save a
life," DeSilva concluded.

Three cups a day may keep doctor away

continued from 17B
to your diet," he says.
Tea's increasingly high health
profile has propelled its popu-
larity. Retail supermarket sales
passed $2.15 billion in 2010;
for the first time ever, more tea
was imported into the USA than
the United Kingdom.

Ready-to-drink tea (canned/
bottled and refrigerated) is near-
ly half of the $7.8 billion U.S.
tea market. Ready-to-drink and

instant teas, like most home-
made iced tea, are diluted, so
you're not getting as strong a
dose of flavonoids as you would
from a cup of freshly brewed
hot tea, says Blumberg. For
optimum flavonoids, he says,
drink tea soon after it's brewed.
When you add sugar or buy
it sweetened, you turn a zero-
calorie beverage that's great
for hydrating the body and has
half the caffeine of coffee into a
drink "loaded with sugar and
calories, sometimes as much as
soda," says registered dietitian
Andrea Giancoli, an American
Dietetic Association spokesper-

son. The effect of adding milk to
tea is unclear, Blumberg says
How much should you drink?
"Three cups throughout the day
is prudent from a physiologi-
cal point of view," says Lenore
Arab, a nutritional epidemiolo-
gist and tea researcher at the
University of California-Los
Angeles. "Many healthy popula-
tions drink as many as six cups
per day."
Tea is for two (or even more):
Not everyone who sips tea
is focused on potential health
benefits. Tea enthusiasts like
Katrina Avila Munichiello enjoy
a cuppa primarily for its many

other fine qualities.
Not only is there a world of
tastes and flavors to explore,
but preparing and drinking
tea provides "a quiet time to
think and contemplate," says
Munichiello, author of A Tea
Reader: Living Life One Cup
at a Time. In it, she shows the
impact of tea on the lives of a
cross section of tea lovers.
Tea is a wonderful catalyst for
conversation, says Munichiello,
who writes the Tea Pages blog
at teapages.blogspot.com.
"It has such a communal
property to it. When I brew it,
I want to share it with others."

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continued from 16B

of vitamin D with or without
calcium supplementation on
clinical outcomes of cancer and
In a related study also pub-
lished in the Annals of Inter-
nal Medicine issue, the USP-
STF noted that there's still no
evidence to support vitamin
D supplementation to prevent
heart disease. Limited data
suggests that high dosages can
reduce the risk for all kinds of
cancer, but more research is
needed to draw a firm conclu-
sion, the USPSTF said. And
concern remains about proper
dosing, since too much vitamin
D can raise the risk for kidney
and urinary tract stones.
Graham said most people
should ask their doctors to test
their blood levels of vitamin D
to ensure they're not deficient.
"More physicians are check-
ing vitamin D in their patients,"

he said. "I think there's greater
awareness. At some point we
have to decide what's good,
what's bad, what's safe and
what's not safe. I think we've
learned from the last 10 years
of this data, that there's still a
lot we don't know about vita-
min D."
Chung, also an investigator
at Tufts Medical Center's Insti-
tute for Clinical Research and
Health Policy Studies, said that
research focusing on bone min-
eral density a measurement
of bone thickness could be
useful to further pin down cor-
rect vitamin D doses for various
age groups.
"It could be a shorter trial
that could enroll many more
people . and compare a va-
riety of doses to see which dose
we could probably use to the
best effect," she said. "If we use
fracture as an outcome, it will
take much longer and cost a lot
of money to enroll a lot of sub-

St. Agnes Church welcomes

its next Rector Sunday

On Sunday, January 1, 2012,
Saint Agnes Episcopal Church
will welcome The Reverend Fa-
ther Denrick E. Rolle, its next
Rector, at the 10 a.m. and only
worship service for the day. Fa-
ther Rolle will be the celebrant
and preacher at this service. He
comes to St. Agnes from the An-
glican Diocese of the Bahamas,
The Turks and Caicos Islands.
Following the worship ser-
vice a welcome reception will be
held for Father Rolle. He will as-
sume the Rectorship at the re-
tirement of the Reverend Canon
Richard L. Marquess-Barry on
December 1, 2012.
A cordial invitation is ex-
tended to all to join Saint Agnes

Church family in welcoming Fa-
ther Rolle.

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doctor for your

annual checkup!

Humana Family





From a car to a shelter: Mother, children can finally look up

Children'sfund helps church in

alliance fight family homelessness

By James D. Davis

After losing two jobs and an
apartment and resorting to liv-
ing her car with five children,
Laterrieya Plummer felt cursed.
Now she can look up because
of The Shepherd's Way shelter
and its umbrella organization,
Hope South Florida.
"I can keep going, because I
got a little help," says Plummer,
32, surrounded by her children
- 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 in the
shelter in Fort Lauderdale. "I
can do better for them."
They are among thousands
helped by Hope South Florida,
an alliance of churches formed
in August 2010 to tackle the
growing phenomenon of home-
less families.
"We all have needs; the home-
less just have needs that are
more visible," executive director
Robin Martin says.
Growing up, Plummer was a
self-avowed "party girl" who of-
ten came home at 7 a.m. She
had four children by one man,
the fifth by another. She never

The partying stopped when
she became a mother, she says.
"I had to learn responsibil-
ity when I had someone else to
look after."
She had a five-bedroom house
in Irving, Texas, while working
as a claims clerk for a mortgage
company, a cashier for a sports
supply store, and an apartment
leasing consultant. She left for
Florida in 2009 to be near her
family but couldn't find a com-
parable job.
She worked as a phone opera-
tor for a taxi company, then a
teacher at a child care center.
Both times, she was laid off.
The family got by on food
stamps and payments from
one of the fathers. But in Janu-
ary, she and her kids started to
live with friends, moving from
house to house.
Her last roommate moved
away in July, and the family
resorted to sleeping in the car.
"It was horrible," she says.
"Like somebody put a curse on
On July 4 weekend, a woman
told Plummer about 211, the

L v

. -, -.
Laterrieya Plummer, 32, (center) and her five children were homeless, living in her Volkswag-
on Passat for two months before moving into a one-bedroom apartment at The Sherpard's
Way in Fort Lauderdale. Her children from bottom left are Dorian, 11, Jah-barie, 7, Dajah, 6,
Datayah, 9, Ayanah, 8.

homeless helpline. That con-
nected her with Hope South
Florida. They had to wait a
month because of the long
waiting list.

Starting in August, they slept
at churches for a week at a
time. Congregants took turns
cooking and providing bedding.
Finally, a unit opened at the

shelter in October.
The family now stays in a
cramped, one-bedroom efficien-
cy. "Trust me, this is much bet-
ter than the six of us crammed

into a Passat," she says.
Hope South Florida's work
overlaps that of Family Prom-
ise, a national network that
turns churches into emergency
shelters. The affiliate in South
Palm Beach County, based in
Delray Beach, has been operat-
ing since 2008. Another affiliate
opened in North Palm Beach in
At The Shepherd's Way,
Plummer pays $75 a week and
buys food. She attends Florida
Career College in Lauderdale
Lakes, studying to be a medical
office administrator. She's also
looking for a parttime job.
The kids get help, too, along
with others at Shepherd's Way.
The A+ces afterschool program
provides music, art, snacks,
games and homework assis-
These days, Plummer has
moved beyond survival to plan-
ning. During the shelter stay,
usually six months, she plans
to save up for an apartment
and a car. She also wants to get
an associate degree from the
school by 2013.
But she says she won't forget
what Hope South Florida did
for her. "I want to come back
and help them in any way I

High rates of new HIV/AIDS infections in Broward prompts testing

continued from 18B

positive people had low levels of
the virus.
HIV still spreads, in part,
because some people have
misconceptions three decades
after it first appeared, said
Audrey Clarke, a Holy Cross
Hospital outreach coordinator
who gives tests at churches
and other locations.

"People don't use protection
because they think they can't
get HIV if they are straight or
married," Clarke said. "I tell
them, 'Are you sure about your
partner?' I say we should not
just blindly trust our partner
and whoever they [had sex]
with. That means get tested."
Some cities with high HIV
rates have increased testing
rates by pushing doctors to

use "opt-out" methods, in
which patients are told they
will be tested unless they say
Broward is not discussing
opt-out testing, said Dr.
Paula Thaqi, county health
department director. Instead,
she plans to ask doctors to use
voluntary "opt-in" methods, in
which they ask for permission
and test patients who say yes.
"We have to get all doctors

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to raise the question and the
public to say yes," Thaqi said.

Some doctors may be
reluctant. Dr. Michael Sension,
an HIV/AIDS specialist, said
some physicians told him they
don't push HIV tests because
they don't have time to explain
the pros and cons to large
numbers of patients.
Also, some doctors and AIDS

activists question whether
insurers would pay for routine
HIV tests for large numbers
of patients not considered at
high risk.
Florida does not require
health insurers to cover HIV
tests, but Michael W. Garner,
president of the Florida
Association of Health Plans,
said he doubted insurers
would deny coverage.
Some HIV activists said

routine testing by doctors -
while helpful will not stop
the virus from spreading
among lower-income people
without health insurance and
young people, who may have
unprotected sex after partying.
"The people who are putting
themselves in harm's way the
most don't have doctors," said
Donovan Thomas, director of
the testing advocacy group
RCP Movement.

Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

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Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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

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Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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

13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue

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

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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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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

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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 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Television Program Sure Foundation
My33 WBFS/Comcast 3 Saturday 7:30 a.m.
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First Baptist Missionary The Celestial Federation
Baptist Church of Brownsville Yahweh Male & Female
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue (Hebrew Israellites) Dan. 2:44
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Angels of Freedom
Prison Ministries
P 0. Box 26513
Jacksonville, FL 32226
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appearance and Bible
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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 561h Street

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


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20851 Johnson St #11S Pembroke Pines

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Hadley Davis
borer, died De-
cember 16 at J
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday in the

GRACE WILSON, 81, domestic,
died Decem-
ber 19 at home.
Service 12 p.m.,
Friday at World

mestic, died
December 20
at North Shore
Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., *
Saturday in the

died December
22 at home.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Tru- v
ly Christian Fel-
lowship Center.

tired nurse, died
December 22 at
home. Service
Saturday in the

AKEEM SIMPSON, 22, entre-
preneur, died
December 19 at
Jackson Memo- .
rial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are

SHANITA LEE, 21, died Decem-
ber 23 at home. I
are incomplete.

cember 16 in
Sparks, Ga.
Service 1 p.m.,
Friday in the

77, retired, died
December 18
at Memorial
Hospital West. .,
Service 1 p.m.,
today in the .

born to
L.C. and Mary
McCormick ,
May 27, 1933,
died December
24, 2011. ,
She was a
registered, professional nurse that
touched the lives of many. She was
dedicated to helping others and
ready to lend a hand to anybody in
Elder Lucille is survived by
her devoted husband, Frank;
three sons, one daughter,
ten grandchildren, ten great
grandchildren and a host of
relatives and friends.
Viewing 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday at
New Way Fellowship Praise and
Worship Center, 16800 N.W. 22nd
Avenue, Miami Gardens. During
this period, a time will be allocated
to anyone who wishes to make
reflections or expressions.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
New Way Fellowship Praise and
Worship Center. Interment at Vista
Memorial Gardens. Arrangements
entrusted to Royal Funeral Service.

Roberts Poitier
cook, died
December 2. e t
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, in the

WILLIE FRYER ,63, laborer,
died December
22 at Francos
Nursing and
Center. Service
11 a.m., today in
the chapel.

homemake, died December 26 at
Kindred Hospital. Service 10 a.m.,

IONA WILSON, 75, dietician,
died December 15 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Arrangements
are incomplete.

Fred Hunter's

t founder and ex-
ecutive direc-
5 died De- tor of Project
died De S., diedT.O. on DP.P.P.

of Potentially,2012 at Fred Hunter's Hollywood
MemProductive, Per-
sons), born Sep-
tember 17, 1938, died on Decem-
ber 21, 2011 at the age of 73.
Visitation 4 p.m.-8 p.m., January
6, 2012 at Fred Hunter's Hollywood
Memorial Gardens Home, 6301

Brooks Cremation
retired auto parts salesman, died
December 22 at Kindred Hospital.
No services to be held.

JUAN PEREZ, 82, retired paper
factory worker, died December 23
at home. No services to be held.

retired restaurant maitre'd, died
December 17 Emeritus at Deer
Creek, Deerfield Beach. No
services to be held.

EVELYN MAE YORK, 97, retired
hospital admitting clerk, died
December 19 at Willow Manor
Retirement Home, Dania Beach,
Florida. No services to be held.

SYLVIA PEREZ, 84, homemaker,
died December 22 at North
Broward Medical Center, Deerfield
Beach, FL. Services were held.

Taft Street, Hollywood, FL. Service
10 a.m., January 7, 2012 at Keys
to Life Church, 6101 Miramar Park-
way, Miramar, FL.


eteria worker
for Miami-Dade
Public Schools,
died Decem-
ber 16. Survi-
vors include
her daughters,
Vanessa Gibson
(Nathan) of Fay-
etteville, GA and Gertrude Thomas
(James) of Valencia, CA; sons, Al-
bert Bush of Tallahassee, FL, Willie
Bush (Joyce) of Altadena, CA, and
Charles Bush (Alyce) of Princeton,
NJ; a host of other relatives and
friends. Service 11 a.m., today at
Liberty Fellowship Church of God.

Florida Family
TERENCE COBB, 26, baggage
handler, died |
December 20.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at First
Baptist Church --
of Bunche Park.

BETH DORRELL, 44, teller
marketer, died December 23 at
Broward General Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete.

builder, died December 20 at Florida
Medical Center. Arrangements are

STELLA DIAZ, 55, homemaker,
died December 12 at home.
Services were held.

instructor died December 13 at
Hospice by the Sea. Services were

BETH WALCER, 96, retired

personnel secretary,
December 22 at North
Medical in Lauderdale


Arrangements are incomplete.

homemaker, died December 19 at
Fort Lauderdale Health and Rehab.
Arrangements are incomplete.

ALICE DUVALL, 73, legal
secretary, died December 03 at
FMC Lauderdale Lakes. Services
were held.

Wright and Young
barber, died
December 18
at University of f
Miami Hospital.
Service 1
p.m., Friday at
Believers Life

23 at
Sinai H
Satu rdav

E MOORE, 84, private
Hospital. I
11 a.m.
V ata

Miami Gardens
Church of

JR., 62, security F
officer, died De- '
cember 13 at
home. Service
11 a.m., Thurs-
day at Antioch _
M.B. Church.

cook, died De-
cember 20 at
home. Service
11 a.m., today at

sionary Baptist

67, laborer, died
December 17 in
Edgville, South
Carolina. Ser-
vice 10a a.m.,
Friday at Mt.
Calvary Baptist .

Nakia Ingraham
MELODY HOOD, 55, housewife,
died December 26 at Memorial
Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Thursday
at Friendship Baptist Church.

ARTFIELD BROWN, 66, forklift
driver, died December 14 at home.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday in the

MARY SCOTT, 92, homemaker,
died December 23 at Memorial
Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at New Jerusalem Baptist Church.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
57, neighbor-
hood service
died December
20 at Jackson
North Medical
Center. View-
ing 2-8 p.m.,
Thursday in the
chapel. Service 11 a.m., Friday
at New Hope Missionary Baptist
Church. Burial at Forest Lawn Me-
morial Gardens Central in Broward

Carey Royal Ram'n
tired, died De-
cember 27 at
North Shore
Hospital. Ser-
vice 12 p.m.,
Thursday, Janu-
ary 5, 2012 at
Peaceful Zion
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.


56, retired from
County Public
Schools, died
December 25 in
Ocala, FL. Ser-
vice 3 p.m., Sat-
urday in Ocala,


BLEY aka

Gregg L. Mason
landscaper, died
December 26.
He is survived
by his wife,
Jeroline; sons,
Freddie and
Tai; daughter,
Giselle; three
sisters, Susie
Barfield, Corrine Graham and Mary
Collins, and a host of other relatives
and friends. Viewing, 12 6 p.m.,
Sunday. Service 11 a.m, Monday
at Mt. Zion AME Church, 5020
SW 18th Street. Hollywood, FL.
Interment: Hollywood Memorial.


The family of the late,



wishes to express our sincere
appreciation for your prayers,
visits, cards, flowers, covered
dishes and other deeds of
Special thanks to Rev.
Gaston Smith and the con-
gregation of Friendship M.B.
Church, the staff at Range
Funeral Home, Miami North-
western Class of 1963 and
Rev. Carl Mitchell.
The Lightbourne and Walk-
er families.







singer dies at 72
Tate, a soul singer who got a
second chance at a career three
decades after being derailed
by disputes with industry ex-
ecutives, personal tragedy and
drug addiction, died on Friday

ment in Burl-
ington, N.J. He
was 72.
A sortable
calendar of
noteworthy cul-
tural events in
the New York region, selected
by Times critics.
His death was confirmed by a
spokesman for th6 Burlington
County medical examiner. No
specific cause was given.
Born in 1939 in Macon, Ga.,
and reared in Philadelphia, Tate
had three Top 20 rhythm-and-
blues hits in the late 1960s and
early 1970s, including "Get It
While You Can," written by his
longtime producer Jerry Rago-
voy (who died this year) and
later recorded by Janis Joplin.
He toured with Aretha Franklin
as her recording of "Respect"
climbed the charts in 1967.
But he eventually walked
away from his career, disillu-
sioned that he was not receiv-
ing the royalties he thought he
deserved, and he became an in-
surance salesman in suburban
"I got rid of my own records,
and I didn't listen to other peo-
ple's records because I didn't
want to flash back," he told The
Associated Press in 2003.

LA CHARLIE T. WYNDS, 77, retired
_2 body mechanic,
died December
23 at Jackson
BERNARD, North Hospi- a
tal. Service 10
a.m., Saturday .
at 93rd Street
Baptist Church.

MARIE T. FARROW, 67, retired
caterer, died December 25 at Jack-
son North Hospital. Service 10
a.m., Saturday in the chapel.

LINDA DOMIN, 65, retired busi-
nesswoman, died December 20
at North Shore Hosptial. Services
were held.


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:EMBER 28-JANUARY 3, 2012







Winners include Peter London, Overtown
Arts Festival and Karen Peterson Dancers

By D. Kevin McNeir

Thirty-one fresh, innovative ideas
from some of the top artistic minds
and cultural groups in South Florida
have been selected as 2011 recipients
of the Knight Arts Challenge. The
matching grant program, now in its
fourth year, will provide $2.9 million
in funding for mostly-small, artist-
driven groups who are determined to
transform the South Florida commu-
nity through the arts.
Winners in Miami-Dade County
include: Karen Peterson and Dancers,

who will provide dance instruction
to 450 middle and senior high stu-
dents with special needs; the Over-
town Rhythm and Arts Festival; Peter
London Global Dance Theater; The
M Ensemble Company; and several
programs that will teach young people
about and give instruction in produc-
ing traditional Haitian art at the Little
Haiti Cultural Center and the Young
at Art Museum.
"We are looking for the best ideas
and they tend to bubble up naturally,
reflecting an ever-growing diverse
community," said Tatiana Hernan-
dez, arts program associate for the




Knight Foundation. "In fact, this was
our most diverse group of winners -
we received applications from a lot
of smaller galleries and community-
based groups. Word is finally getting
out that this opportunity is for every-
Karen Peterson ,
has been working
with M-DC special-
needs youth for six
years from Homestead to North
Miami Senior high schools. But with a
$10,000 grant, this celebrated cho-
reographer will be able to double the

A dancer from
Peter London's
troupe soars.

number of children in nex
year's program.
'We will have two residency
programs at Booker T. Washington High
and at the South Dade Performing Arts
Center culminating with two gala con-
certs in March," she said. "Many
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B.B. King, "Lucille"
set to share their
unique message

He once called himself the Beale
Street Blues Boy, shortened it
Blue Boy King and eventu-
ly took on the moniker of B.B.
ing. Now the 86-year-old "King of
e Blues" is coming to Miami with :
bson guitar, "Lucille," hit songs lil
saying the Cost to be the Boss," "E
I Have the Blues" and "The Thri
his most popular crossov
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B.B King grew up in Mississippi e

sharecropper and learned how to play
gospel music on the guitar when he was
teenager. In the late 1940s he turned
to playing blues and moved to Memphis
where he hoped to start his career. He
and his band persevered, doing hun-
dreds of shows a year and building a
fan base albeit with only moderate
success. He finally achieved
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Young actors salute the fallen
A drama class from the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center,
under the direction of Stacey Morrison, performed a panto-
mimed tribute to those who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Actors. include: Shawn Mills 16, Ebony Morrison, 16, Jasmine
Knowles, 14, and Amir Knighten, 14. They are members of
AHYT the African Heritage Youth Theater.

By D. Kevin McNeir
Rapper and actor Christopher
Bain Bridges, 34, better known
as Ludacris, will take on singer,
songwriter and producer Mike
Posner on New Year's Eve at Mi-
ami's Bayfront Park in an impro-
visational showdown between the
two artists. The "conversation"
between the two entertainers is

part of the Red Bull Soundclash
- an event that in the past has
featured the likes of Cee Lo Green,
The Roots, Talib Kweli and Erykah
Ludacris, who began as a DJ in
Atlanta, brings comedy, entertain-
ment, and on occasion, adult-ori-
ented messages to his free verse.
He has reached the apex in his
profession, with several tunes
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A birthday party celebrat- Love, Martha
ing 95 years was held for Er- Brown, Rita
nestine Bellamy last Sunday Gunder, Carol
where family, church members Hart, Gloria
and friends gathered at the Woodson Chris-
Fireman Banquet Hall. The tine Mims,
honoree arrived in a white limo Clara Williams, V
(looking every bit of 39). liams, EllI
The Psi Phi Band played Clarice Jol
and sang as Joy B. Lof- Irene Haye
ton, daughter, escorted over the d
her. Rev. John Taylor and led the
brought the invocation several lin
and blessed the food and oldie-g
which included baked Overtown's
chicken, pigeon peas Beat Club.
& rice, green beans, EDMONSON out to the
tossed salad, ice cream tired brot
and cake. Entertainment in- of Omega Psi Phi
cluded the Mt. Tabor choir with ternity, especially
Dr. Richard Clements on the cy Jones, chair

keyboard, Andrea Peppers
gave reflections and Margue-
rite McKain sang "To God Be
The Glory."
Tyrik Bellamy gave a rous-
ing tribute to "Nana" who was
not afraid to let the tears flow
freely. The honoree thanked
everyone for making her birth-
day celebration one of the best.
Guests from West Palm Beach
included Cashus and Marie
Richardson, nieces and neph-
ews, Sherman, Debbye, Sher-
meka, Ashley Raing, Landrea
Peppers and Kelly Williams,
From Washington D.C. came
Veronica Longstrel niece,
Blendena Morris from Phila-
delphia, Pearl Bertman, Ak-
ron, Ohio. Locals on the scene
were Mary Fussell, Vernell
Williams, Arnold Brown,
Frankie Mae Simmons, Carl

Harcourt Clarke.
chairman, and Bali
Smith, president fI
fantastic annual
cheon honoring wi
sweethearts, and
ows of deceased br
at the Arc Restaur
arrivals Harcourt
guests, were followed
and Sarah Allen, J
Barbara Anders,
Kitty Blue, Mac
Leon and Pearlie C
and Alice Daniel, I
vis and guests, Jo
Mary Davis, Harry
men Dawkins, Dr
Dorsett, Peter Har
ard and Billye Iv
and Mary Jessie, S
Mary Jones, Hen
and guest Richard
ine Mitchell, Ric P

thur and Ruth Simms,
Anthony and Caroline
Simon, Baljean and
Naomi Smith, and
Johnny Stepherson.
Jones acknowl-
edged wives of de-
S__ ceased brothers with
a gift. Among them
Eleanor Day (Herbert
Day), Thelma Gibson
(Rev. Theodore Gibson), Bi
ernell Wil- lie Greer (Dr. Tee S.), Bonni
ie Poitier, North, (Quinton North), Re
hnson and Edna Pratt, (Dr. Herman Mi
s who took ton Pratt), Louise Hutchesol
lance floor ("Manny" Hutcheson), Rub
group into Rankin (King Rankin).
ie dances, Carol Byrd and Brother Byr
oldies from from Bowie, Md. took ove
Knight the dance floor and the ele<
Kudos go tric slide brought everyone I
re- the floor. Sing along
hers with "The Christma
Fra- Song," "Merry Chris
Sta- mas Baby," and "Hav
man, yourself a merry litt
vice Christmas" brougl
jean back memories. Johi
or a ny Davis conducted
lun- raffle and the social
ives, FINNIE was truly a wonder
wid- ful way to kick-off th
others held holidays. The next activity is
rant. Early wives and sweethearts Valen
and his tine's event. Stay tuned.
ed by Stan Speaking of holiday lur
James and cheons, Dorsey High Alumi
Ted and gathered at Piccadillys ca:
k Carter, eteria in Hialeah, last Mon
Clark, Earl day. Among members in a
Elston Da- tendance were Baljean an
3hnny and Naomi Smith, Thomas Le
r and Car- and Charlie Albury, John
r. Herman ny Stevenson, Ellen Da]
den, Leon- Patricia Thomas, Norm
vy, Oscar Mims, Nellie B. Wilder, Bel
3tacey and ty Mackey, Ernestine Ke:
iry Mingo ley, Charles Adderly, Rub
and Max- Baker-Collins, Maxine Woo
Powell, Ar- ten, Sporty Young, Dr. Ralp

Ross, Ernest Smith,
John Sams, Mary
Bennett, Leonard De-
veaux, Arnold Davis,
Gloria Green, Bettye
Gibson, Elexzenia,
Harold Scott, Jim-
my Lamb, Jacque-
line McKenzie, Le-
IRBY nard Carter, Bertha
Sneed Norma Mims,
[- Jessie Sandilands, Charlie
ie and Joyce Williams, Sue Da-
v. vis, Mary Bennett, Ulysses
1- Morris, Herman and Gloria
n, Bannister, Charles Adderly,
)y Alice HJarrell, Chauncey
Edgecombe, Frank Pinkney,
rd Dr. Gwen Robinson, Pat
er S. Thomas, Ernest
c- Smith, William Lee,
to Connie Pinkney, Ed
-s Taylor, Alberta Lewis,
is Helen Austin Leander
t- Phillips, Doaris Mills,
ve Dorothy K. Smith,
le Fred Brown, Louvo-
it nia Robinson, Juanita
i- Gordon, Martha Mapp, Mi
a Bernard Poitier, Ruby
al B, Collins, Barbara Brabham,
r- Arthur Colebrook,Wilma and
ie Shedrick Gilbert, Charles
a Gray, and Margaret Raiford.
i- (Remember this is a history col-
umn, please purchase a copy
i- of The Miami Times.) Activities
ni included singing of Christmas
f- carols, raffles, memorials for
i- deceased members, and lots
t- of conversation. Smith asked
d everyone to show some love by
o hugging and shaking hands.
i- The Alumni of Dorsey High
y, will continue with efforts to
a have the present Miami North-
t- western school's name to
1- Dorsey Northwestern Senior
y High School.
3- Congratulations to Rev. Dr.
h Joreatha Capers who is serv-

ing her sixth year as pastor ter David Staplesalong with
of Ebenezer United Method the newly formed JB Danc-
Church. Some of her accom- ers (Miliany Mercado, Zabria
plishments include training of Tillman, Kadeidra and Tela-
25 ministers, reorganization ya Maggie.)
of auxiliaries, empower- A special salute
ing members to make goes out to the of-
positive changes and ficials of the City of
providing for input and Opa Locka for pro-
participation from out- viding a luncheon
side agencies. Some of for senior citizens
the decision makers are last Thursday at City
Carol Boston, Pernella Hall banquet room.
Burke, Rose Mobley, The room was festive
John Thomas, Marva TAYLOR with balloons, holi-

Hill, Corine Bradley,
Aggie Reed, Dr. Geraline Gi-
lyard, Jean Perry, Francena
Scott, William Francis, Lil-
lian Thomas, Wil-
liam Clark, Odessa
Pinder, and Marga-
ret Saunders just to
i name a few.
Hats are off to Ber-
tha Martin," Corine
Bradley, Marva Hill
and Lillian Thomas
AJOR for passing the torch
to Teresa Eileen Mar-
tin-Major, Valerie Thomas,
Gracelyn Thomas and Karen
Forde. Recently, Teresa, Val,
and Gracelyn collaborated
with Rev. Darryl Baxter the
president of the Family Foun-
dation, Inc. to present their
8th annual gospel to extrava-
ganza to benefit HIV/AIDS.
The Ebenezer Mass Choir was
fittingly attired in red and
black. A truly inspirational
program included Charlene
Curry, Frederick Ingram for-
mer state teacher of the year,
Courtney Montrope, Misty
Brown from the office of Com-
missioner Audrey Edmonson,
Rev. Joann Brookings, Kevin
Bowens, Roger Bogan, Rev.
Purnell Moore and Minis-

day centerpieces and
beautifully decorated Christ-
mas trees.Vice Mayor Dorothy
"Dottie" Johnson opened fol-
lowed by remarks from Mayor
Myra Taylor, Commissioners
Rose Tydus, Timothy Hol-
mes, and Gail Miller, Bryan
Finnie, interim city manager
and Deborah Sheffield-Irby,
city clerk. The Psi Phi Band
played and able-bodied se-
niors took to the dance floor.
A sumptuous lunch of fish,
chicken, yellow rice, green
beans, tossed salad, potato
pie and assorted soft drink-
swas served.. Some attending
were 0. Cherry, Ms. Brown,
AARP president, Elitheia
Smith, Janson Brown. Hol-
mes turned out the party by
ad-libbing "Stand By Me."
The City of Opa-locka also
hosted a' Christmas party on
Saturday for children and par-
ents where they played in a
mountain of "snow," danced in
a bounce house and enjoyed
plenty of food. A variety of toys
for young children and bicy-
cles for the older children were
given. DJ Chudd provided fa-
vorite music and a thousand
people left with smiles and
full stomachs.

Do hope everyone had a Chiquita Gib-
wonderful Christmas and son, III, Dec.
you are wished health and 18 their 7th,
happiness for the New Year. I Harrison and
sincerely thank you for being Vera McMath, December
faithful readers of this col- 19th their 38th, Henry W.
umn over the years. and Gail Sturrup, Dec. 20th
Wedding anniversary their 42nd, Esmond and
greetings to James M. and Barbara Joseph, Dec. 21st

their 29th and Fletcher and
Ida Young, Dec. 21st their
Plan to join the Episco-
pal Church Women of the
Historic St. Agnes on a bus
trip to New Orleans over
the Memorial Day weekend.
More information to come
with telephone numbers for
contact persons Elizabeth
Blue, Florence Moncur,
Leome Culmer or Louise
Cromartie. Spending the
holidays with her children in

New York and Connecticut
is Rosebud Foster. Brenda
Hepburn Eady and son Rod-
erick of Burlingon N.C. are
visiting her mother Joyce
Major Hepburn for the holi-
days. Welcome home Brenda.
Get well wishes to Frankie
Rolle, Bonnie Newbold
Stirrup, and Grace Heastie
-Patterson. Roberta Dan-
iels, president Booker T.
Washington Alumni Associa-
tion, was honored last Friday
night at their annual Christ-

mas party held at the African
American Cultural Arts Cen-
ter. A fabulous evening was
enjoyed by all in attendance.
After winning three cham-
pionships as a local high
school head football coach,
William Billy" Rolle will
bid his first love goodbye
but will continue to work at
Miami Northwestern Senior
High School. You were a good
servant Billy and your de-
ceased father Billy Sr. would
be very proud of you.

Dean and Shannon Daly
of Warner-Robbins Ga. are
in Miami visiting her mother
Ida Fulmore and her grand-
mother Josephine Walton
and other family members
who are elated to see them.
Apologies to the maternal
grandmother of baby Kai Al-
lison Moncur, Dr. Maurine
Campbell for not being men-
tioned in last week's column.
Sorry for the omission and
sincere congratulations to

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making the Top 10 Billboard's
Hot 100 and snagging a Gram-
my Award. Since 2001, Lud-
acris has focused on working
with social and educational
groups with the hopes of in-
spiring young people to go af-
ter their dreams. His Ludacris
Foundation has helped thou-

sands of less-fortunate chil-
dren with toys, winter clothing
and chances to have brighter
holidays and happier lives.
Pre-show festivities kick off
at 7 p.m.; the show begins at
9 p.m. and culminates with a
fireworks display and a count-
down to the New Year. The
format for the main show is a
four-round challenge that fea-
tures two bands with different

music styles facing off on two
stages. The bands will per-
form various musical assign-
ments, some rehearsed and
some improvised, to show off
their skills. Ludacris and Pos-
ner will determine the genres
that each band must perform
as the competition proceeds.
In the final round there will
be special guests and plenty of
surprises. Admission is free.

Local artists chosen as 2011 recipients

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of these children would never
have the chance to work with
trained dance instructors. It
helps them gain self-confi-
dence, self-esteem, teamwork
and expands their physical
abilities. Showing their cre-
ated dance to their peers
and family is the highlight for

Peter London, 51, says he
still cannot believe that his
newly-formed dance troupe,
Peter London Global Dance
Theater, was given a whopping
$120,000 one of the largest
grants this year.
"It's unbelievable and amaz-
ing," he said. "We are proud to
be one of the resident dance

companies at the Little Haiti
Cultural Center and that will
be our home base. But my vi-
sion is to showcase our work
all over the community in
Hialeah, Little Havana, Aven-
tura, South Dade and in Bro-
ward County. There's a lot to
do to establish a professional
dance company but we have
the foundation talented
young dancers who dance for
the love of the art."

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breakthrough success in the
last 1960s when white audi-
ences began to discover how
important the blues were to
the development of rock and
B.B. King is a singer-song-
writer that has recorded more
than 50 albums, won 13

Grammys, been awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom
and is ranked No. 3 on Roll-
ing Stone magazine's list of the
"100 Greatest Guitarists of All
Time." He has inspired other
guitarists of note including:
Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton,
Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and
Stevie Ray Vaughn.
King makes his Arsht Center
debut on Wednesday, Jan. 4

in the Concert Hall. The show
begins at 8 p.m. and is the sec-
ond concert of the 2011-2012
Knight Masterworks Season
Pops Series.
"The sounds of King's gui-
tar distinguish him as the one
and only B.B." said M. John
Richard, president and CEO
of the Adrienne Arsht Center.
"Forever he will be-the giant of
jazz blues that we all love."

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ing for what to get your
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Boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been sent
to jail. Mayweather has been sentenced to 90 days
in all as a result of pleading guilty to a domestic
violence and battery charge in an incident involving
his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris. The fighter has been
told to report to jail on January 6. Judge Melissa
Saragosa also told Mayweather that he is expected
to complete 100 hours of community service and
pay a $2,500 fine.


The editor of a Dutch fashion magazine has been
fired after using a racial slur referring to Barbados-
born Rihanna that set off a social media furor and
prompted an outraged response from the singer.
.. Eva Hoeke, editor of "Jackie," and the magazine's
i publisher said in a joint statement on Facebook that
Hoeke's use of a racial slur --"although without ma-
licious intentions" was cause for her departure
after eight years on the job.

Former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star
Dwight Eubanks was reportedly arrested in At-
lanta and charged with driving with a suspended
license. According to the Atlanta Journal-Consti-
tution, officers spotted the outspoken reality star
driving his Chevy Tahoe in the downtown area of
Freedom Parkway and Boulevard on December 14
with the driver's side headlight out. Once officials F
stopped they found out that his license is currently
suspended, Atlanta police spokesman Officer John Chafee told the daily
newspaper. Eubanks was then taken into custody and is awaiting a court

k ^ A former Golden State Warriors employee filed a
"' sexual harassment lawsuit against star guard Monta
Ellis alleging Ellis sent her unwanted texts that in-
cluded a photo of his genitals. In her lawsuit, which
also names the team, Erika Ross Smith alleges Ellis
b began sending her several dozen explicit messages,
p3 sometimes several times a day, starting in Novem-
ber 2010 through January while she worked for the
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'Natural' hair is making waves and don't at Costly cuts

More Black

women comb

out chemicals
By Michelle Healy

Flip through magazines and
TV channels this month, and
you'll see coily, kinky and
curly natural hair models in
ads from Banana Republic to
Gain detergent, from Home-
Goods to Kmart.
"Natural hair has been a
movement for several years.
What we're seeing now is a
confirmation that this is a life-
style that is very important to
a lot of women," says Cyntelia
Abrams, marketing coordina-
tor for Design Essentials, an
Atlanta-based hair-care com-
pany that commissioned a
2010 study on the popularity
of natural hair.
The number of Black women
who say they do not use prod-
ucts to chemically relax or
straighten their hair jumped
to 36 percent in 2011, up from
26 percent in 2010, according
to a report by Mintel, a con-
sumer spending and market
research firm. Sales of relaxer
kits dropped by 17 percent be-
tween 2006 and 2011, accord-
ing to Mintel.
TWAs (teeny-weeny afros),
mega-size 'fros, braids, coils,
heat-straightened 'dos a
number of styles are being
worn by black women, from
statement-making fashionis-
tas to image-conscious profes-
Rochelle Ritchie, 29, a re-
porter for WPTV in West Palm

The National Co-
alition of 100 Black
Women- Greater Miami
Chapter is accepting ap-
plications for girls ages 12-
18 to participate in Just Us
Girls Mentoring Program.
Monthly sessions will be
held every 3rd Saturday 10
a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. June
2012 at the Carrie Meek
Center at Hadley Park,
1350 N.W. 50th Street.
You may call 1-800-658-
1292 for more information
and application.

* Revelation Commu-
nity Education Center
will operate a holiday camp
until Dec. 30. Call Joyce
Reid at 305-623-0565 for

* Girl Scouts "Rock-
in" Dance. Celebration
of Girl Scouts 100 year
anniversary. Friday Dec.
30 5-9 p.m. Miami Lakes
Community Center, 15151
Montrose Road. "Come see
how much fun girl scouting
is." Live D.J.,crafts, holi-
day toast, prize drawings,
fun patch. All girls wel-
comed. For more informa-
tion contact Jamille Brown
786-853-9040 or Charlene
Scott 305-401-0437.

* Liberty City Farm-
ers Market will be held
Thursday, 12-5 p.m. and
Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
at TACOLCY Park until May
2012. For more information
call 954-235-2601 or 305-
751-1295 ext. 107.

* The City of Miami
Gardens announces the
8th Annual Martin Luther
King Contests Oratorical
Contest Preliminaries Jan.
7 at 11a.m. /Finals Jan.16
at 12 noon. Break Out Art-
ist Contest Finals Jan.16 at
10 a.m. Art in the Gardens
Contest Judging Jan.16 at
12 noon. Deadline for all
applications is Jan. 6 All
events will be held at the
Betty T. Ferguson Rec-
reational Complex 300
N.W.199th Street.

* An MLK, Jr. Day of
Service Project will be
held at Goulds Park on

IN THE NEWS: Rochelle
Ritchie, 29, a reporter for
WPTV in West Palm Beach,
Fla., made headlines last year
when she went natural after
years of straightening, braid-
ing, extensions and wigs.
Beach, Fla., made headlines
last year when she went nat-
ural after years of chemical
straightening, braiding, exten-
sions and wigs. "It wasn't me,"
says Ritchie, who grew tired
of "the financial burden" and
"feeling like I was covering up."
The public response has
been "extremely positive," says
And viewers get to see that
"I'm still professional, still
articulate. My hair doesn't
change any of that," she adds.
In the Washington, D.C.,
suburbs, Braids Elite owner
Marie Lourdes Price, a licensed
cosmetologist for 21 years who
today focuses solely on natu-
ral hair clients, is booked well
into 2012. "I see ladies really
embracing their natural hair,"
says Price.
Keisa Cromer, 30, a nurse
and mother of two who lives
near Jackson, Miss., and blogs
about natural hair at newly
natural.com, stopped "relax-
ing" in 2007, inspired in part

Saturday, Jan. 14th from
8a.m.-lp.m. Event spon-
sored by MDPROS, AARP,
FIU Center for Leader-
ship and Service, District
9 Commissioner Dennis
Moss, Service for Peace
Miami Office, Miami-Dade
College Center for Com-
munity Involvement and
the Parks Foundation.

South Miami-Dade
Cultural Arts Center
(SMDCAC) and Culture-
ShockMiami.com pres-
ent Black Violin, a free
concert on Sunday, Jan.15,
at 7p.m. Students ages 13-
22 may get tickets through
For information contact
the SMDCAC Box Office
at 786-573-5300 or vis-
it www.smdcac.com for
more information.

* Jonathan Spikes,
Inc. presents the "Let's
Talk It Out" conflict reso-
lution workshop on Fri-
day, Jan. 20, 2012 at the
Joseph Caleb Auditorium
from 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. For
more information email

Booker T. Washing-
ton class of 1965, Inc.
will meet on Saturday, Jan.
21, 4:30 p.m. at the Afri-
can Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. For further infor-
mation contact Lebbie Lee
at 305-213-0188.

* The City of Miami
Gardens will host the
City of Miami Gardens
2012 Citizen's Academy
on Jan. 26th at 1515 N.
W. 167th Street. The 10
week educational program
culminates into increased
citizen awareness and in-
volvement. Graduates of
the first class will be rec-
ognized with a ceremony
and reception. For more
information visit miami-

* South Miami-Dade
Cultural Arts Center
(SMDCAC) and Cham-
ber South present Band
of the United States Air
Force Reserve, Concert
Band, a FREE performance

JUST BEING HERSELF: "My hair is an extension of me, and
that's how it should be," says entertainer Esperanza Spalding.

to "see what my own hair
looked like."
Like many Black women,
Comer grew up believing that
her tightly curled natural tex-
ture would be more attrac-
tive, versatile and manageable
worn straight. That required
the use of hot combs for tem-
porary straightening, starting
when she was about five, and
then, from her preteens into

on Thursday, January 26,
2012, at 8 p.m. For infor-
mation contact the SMD-
CAC Box Office at 786-
573-5300 or visit www.

The College of Arts
and Science Art and Art
History Department at
UM presents the Fourth
Cane Fair featuring art-
work of UM students. The
exhibition will run until Jan.
27 at the Wynwood Project
Space. For more informa-
tion call 305-284-3161.

Chai Community
Services food program is
taking applications from
grandparents raising their
grandchildren. All services
are free. For applications
call 786-273-0294.

Dad's for Justice, a
program under Chai Com-
munity Services assists
non-custodial parents
through Miami-Dade State
Attorney's Office with child
support modifications and
visitation rights. For more
information or to schedule
an appointment call 786-

Jewels Baton Twirl-
ing Academy is now ac-
cepting registration for
the 2012 season. Open to
those who attend any el-
ementary schools within
the 33147, 33142, 33150
zip codes and actively at-
tend church. Contact Elder
Tanya Jackson at 786-357-
4939 to sign up.

The Miami-Dade
Community Action
Agency's (CAA) Head
Start Program has imme-
diate openings for com-
prehensive child care at
the South Miami Head
Start Center for children
ages 3-5 only. For more
information, call at 305-

* Looking for all Evans
County High School Alum-
ni to create a South Florida
Alumni Contact Roster. If
you attended or graduated
from Evans County High
School in Claxton, Geor-
gia, contact 305-829-1345
or 786-514-4912.

* S.A.V. (Survivors
Against Violence) is a

adulthood, the use of strong
chemical-based creams that
altered the structure of the
hair, keeping it straight for
But according to the Ameri-
can Academy of Dermatology,
highly textured, curly hair is,
"by its nature, more fragile
than naturally straight hair,"
and "relaxers make curly hair
more fragile."

bible-based program for
young people and meets
at Betty T. Ferguson Cen-
ter in Miami Gardens each
week. For information con-
tact Minister Eric Robinson
at 954-548-4323 or www.

Empowerment Tu-
toring in Miami Gardens
offers free tutoring with
trained teachers. For more
information call 305-654-

Booker T. Washing-
ton Class of 1967 meets
the 3rd Saturday of each
month at the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Center.
For more information con-
tact Agnes Morton at 305-

Merry Poppins Day-
care/Kindergarten in
Miami has free open en-
rollment for VPK, all day
program. For information
contact Lakeysha Ander-
son at 305-693-1008.

Calling healthy ladies
50+ to start a softball
team for fun and laughs.
Be a part of this histori-
cal adventure. Twenty-four
start-up players needed.
For more information call
Coach Rozier at 305-389-

The Miami North-
western Class of 1962
meets on the second Sat-
urday of each month at 4
p.m. at the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Center.
We are beginning to make
plans for our 50th Reunion.
For more information, con-
tact Evelyn at 305-621-

Looking for all former
Montanari .employees to
get reacquainted. Meet-
ings are held on the last
Saturday of each month at
9 a.m. For more informa-
tion contact Loletta Forbes
at 786-593-9687 or Elijah
Lewis at 305-469-7735.

* Great Crowd Min-
istries presents South
Florida Gospel Festival at
Amelia Earhart Park on
Saturday, March 10 from
11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more
information contact Con-
stance Koon-Johnson at

The online universe has a mul-
titude of websites, blogs and tu-
torials dedicated to natural hair
care. One of the most visible,
with 3.5 million visitors a month,
is CurlyNikki.com, founded and
edited by Alicia Nicole Walton, a
licensed psychotherapist.
"I'm not anti-relaxer, I'm
pro-natural," says Walton, 28.
"I want to help women learn
to work with, not against, their
One of the site's most popular
feature is "On the Couch with
CurlyNikki where celebs and
non-celebs alike share stories
about being natural in a society
where the decision is sometimes
met with questions and curiosity.
Among women recently
interviewed: Grammy-winning
artist Esperanza Spalding,
singer Corinne Bailey Rae and
actresses Wanda Sykes and
Walton, who also writes a
natural hair column for Essence.
com and offers a free app on
her website, is co-authoring
a natural hair care guide for
Harper Collins to be published
next spring.
Unlike the 19b0s and '70s,
when afros took center stage,
Walton says, "this is not about
just one particular style, but
part of a healthier lifestyle, even
a glamorous lifestyle."

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on Jan. 7, ahead of the Jan. 17
opening of the Ted Gibson Salon
in the posh W hotel on Fort Lau-
derdale beach.
"Yes, my haircuts are the most
expensive in the world, but for
$950, I bring that same sensi-
bility as when I work with Ange-
lina Jolie, Debra Messing, Ash-
lee Greene and Christina Ricci
to name a few."
Essentially, $950 buys a
transformative beauty session
with Gibson similar to what you
see happen on the fashion re-
ality show "What Not to Wear."
The TLC show features Stacy,
Clinton, Carmindy and Gibson
teaming to give fashion and
beauty makeovers to women
who need serious styling inter-
"I spend about an hour and 15
minutes with each guest giving
them a stress-relieving experi-
ence," Gibson said from his sa-
lon in New York. "I do my own
shampoos, haircuts, finishes
and blowdries, curling and flat
ironing to take that haircut to
the next level."
Gibson said he will be doing
hair at the Fort Lauderdale sa-
lon for a few days once a month.
The next eight appointments
will be available for the Jan. 17
Call Gibson's New York salon
212-633-6333 to book appoint-
ments or go to TedGibsonBeau-

My brothers hurt, so in turn they create chaos.
Their pain, so close to my own, is something they could fight if only they just
stood up.
It's so crazy because they see the world entirely, they just feel powerless to
do anything about it.
So they lash out.
Bringing havoc to those in worse positions then themselves. More affliction
to the afflicted.
What is this? This can't be life. this has to be a society built off destruction.
Black America will you ever change? Or forever be stuck in your ways?
My brothers and sisters lead disappointed lives. Misguided by a ABC
It's sad, but it's true. They walk into snake pits and expect not to be bitten.
They rob, drug deal, connive, prostitute, steal and kill, and then they sit down
for dinner with their young kids.
Their raising empty vessels and don't even know it.
What is this? This can't be life. This has to be a society built off destruction.
Black America will you ever change? Or forever be stuck in your ways?
Now I ask, who'll rise up and be that one man Martin and Malcolm?
That force that reasons and acts, when action is the only thing that'll make
people understand their reasoning?
Who'll speak for those of us who can't speak? Who? Who?
Is their anybody inside the ghetto with the heart to live for a cause greater
then theirself?
Or will we continue to let each other fall? Continue to be the blind leading
the blind?
Your past of wrongdoing means nothing.
It's what you do with a new day that measures the root of your strength.
So who'll be'the leader the "Black nation" so badly needs? Who? I mean
Dr. will the cycle go on?
Will our young kids just stay blindfolded? Will our women just remain
passive? Or even worse, will out men remain spineless and unmotivated?
I challenge somebody to answer these questions with intelligent action.
To show the kids the value of principal. To show the women what Shirley
Chisholm was trying to show them all those years ago.To show the men life
yields gracefully to persistence.
Again I say, I challenge.
Who'll step up? Who'll try at least? Who'll be a man? A woman? A leader?
Out the ghetto. Right now.
Black America will you ever change? Or forever be stuck in your ways?
I had to ask.




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By Claudia Buck

For weary job seekers, the
holidays can seem like the per-
fect time to pull up the covers
and retreat until January. But
that's exactly the wrong atti-
tude, say career counselors and
job search experts. Contrary to
what many assume, the season
between Thanksgiving and New
Year's can be the best time for
job hunters. Why? It's a combina-
tion of factors: less competition
because fewer people are looking;
more social opportunities to rub
elbows with people who can help
you; year-end hiring cycles to fill
job vacancies; and better odds of
finding company managers in the
office or even answering their
own phones.
"A lot of people think this is a
down time and there's no hiring,
which is really a myth," said Terri
Carpenter, a longtime career
counselor with the Sacramento
Employment and Training Agency
(SETA) and Sacramento Works.
Rather than retreat, job seek-
ers should bump it up a notch by
calling, mailing, talking, social-
izing and yes, networking, said
Michael Magatelli, president of
Magatelli Leadership Group,
a Sacramento-based execu-
tive coaching firm. Among the
best places: holiday parties and
business mixers, such as events
hosted by a local chamber of
commerce, rotary-type groups
or industry trade associations.
While holiday socializing can
seem daunting, now's the time to
take the plunge and strike up a
"It's not that high-risk, but the
rewards are big," said Don Gabor,
a New York-based conversa-
tion coach and author of How to
Start a Conversation and Make
Treat networking, he said, as a
research opportunity, a chance to
listen, establish rapport and pick
up tips that could help you later
or let you be a problem-solver
for someone else.
"When it comes to looking for
work, it can make all the differ-
ence in the world," Gabor said. "If
you don't strike up the conversa-
tion, how would anyone know
you're looking for work or that
you're someone they could recom-
mend for a job?"
But don't be a networking
shark, whose only agenda is
circling the waters for bites on
job leads. If you're walking into
a room where you don't know
anyone, size up the room, he
suggests. Listen to conversations,
seek out those who are alone,
have in mind three or four people
either individually or by com-
pany you'd like to meet.

Miami Times photo/ Randy Grice
New Estrella Insurance franchise owners Crystal Corner (I-r) and Lakenya Spencer ac-
cept a plaque of congratulations from Leroy Jones (far right) and Jose Merille (far left).


change at the

By Dan Schawbel

The traditional eight-
hour workday may soon
be the exception rather
than the rule. New evi-
dence shows that we're
reaching a tipping point
in terms of workplace
flexibility, with busi-
nesses seeing the wis-
dom of allowing em-
ployees young ones
especially to work
odd hours, telecommute
and otherwise tweak the
usual 9-to-5 grind.

A public housing

first: Developing

business owners

By Randy Grice

For many, being a business
owner is just a far stretch
of the imagination that will
never be realized. For two
ladies from the Liberty
City Square Public Hous-
ing (L.C.S.P.H.) being an
owner has become a reality.
Last Wednesday, December
21st, Lakenya Spencer, 25

One of the top 12 an-
ticipated trends for 2012
is that employees in the
Gen Y, or millennial, de-
mographic those born
between roughly 1982
and 1993 are over-
turning the traditional
The Business and
Professional Women's
Foundation estimates
that by 2025, 75 percent
of the global workforce
will be Gen Y. As early
as next year, this group
of younger Americans
will comprise 60 per-
cent of the employees
at companies like Ernst
& Young. And increas-
ingly, companies are
creating workplace-flex-

and Crystal Corner, 29 were
recognized as the newest
franchise owners of Estrella
"This is a very big accom-
plishment in my life right
now," Spencer said."Now that
I am an owner I will be able
to create a better life for me
and my children. This will
help me to be able to accom-
plish other goals as well. I
know that the road will be
difficult and take a lot of
sweat, they already let us
know that this would be a
lot of work, but I am ready
to take on the challenge."
Franchising is the practice of
Please turn to HOUSING 8D

Broward home sales, prices rise in November
By Paul Owers sales and price increases in Novem- Fitzgerald said in a 14.3 percent lower than it originally
ber. statement. "Mortgage reported.

Broward County home sales and
prices rose in November, offering
more hope of a housing recovery.
The county had 961 existing homes
change hands last month, up 22 per-
cent from November 2010, the Florida
Realtors said Wednesday. The coun-
ty's median price was $195,600, an
18 percent increase from a year ago.
Broward sales have been strong all
year and its prices have been mostly
stable. The county is the largest of
four metro areas across Florida to see






By Nadra Kareem Nittle

When Fania Wash-
ington had an oppor-
tunity to leave Winston
& Strawn LLP in 2004 FANIA WA
to work for MTV Net- MTV t
works, she didn't hesi-
tate. Washington had dable challis
tired of handling cases describes tl
that trickled down from a good firm
the international law people. But
firm's partners and she and a vice
sought more formi- and employ

Palm Beach County sales rose 36
percent to 943 from 695, but its me-
dian price fell 12 percent to $183,700.
Statewide, sales jumped 11 percent
in November from a year ago. Clearly,
lenders have become better at pro-
cessing foreclosures and short sales,
according to John Tuccillo, chief
economist for Florida Realtors.
"In recent weeks, we've seen en-
couraging reports of jobs growth and
improvements in Florida's economy,"
Florida Realtors President Patricia


Network CCWC Founder

enges. She
he firm as
with good
as a Black
'ment coun-

sel for MTV, Washing-
ton says, "I really feel
like a partner in the
A recent study by
Please turn to CCWC 8D

Future of casinos in FL may

Associated Press

MIAMI Sun-drenched
Miami has beaches, South
Beach nightspots, a new sta-
dium for the Miami Marlins
and athletic superstars like
LeBron James.
But nearly 300,000 people
there are out of work after
hard hits from the recession
and the collapse of Florida's
real estate market.
Now, some big-money back-
ers are touting a new attrac-
tion that promises to boost
jobs: Casinos.

They argue Miami can
become a shimmering East
Coast version of Las Ve-
gas, generating a spark for
the state's stalled economy.
Miami's selling points, they
argue, could help the area
transform itself into a serious
rival to Vegas.
Malaysia-based Genting
Group, which runs a mas-
sive casino in Singapore, is so
sure about the possibility that
it has already spent nearly a
half-billion dollars to acquire
property in downtown Miami.
The group has ambitious plan


rates have remained
at record lows and
home prices appear to
be stabilizing in many
local markets across
the state all positive YUN
signs for the housing
Nationally, home sales rose in
November from a year ago. But the
National Association of Realtors also
announced that sales during the
height of the housing collapse were

The trade group revised the sales
total from 2007 to 2010, citing popu-
lation shifts and acknowledging that
some transactions were counted more
than once.
"From a consumer's perspective,
only the local market information
matters and there are no changes to
local multiple listing service data or
local supply-and-demand balance, or
to local home prices," Lawrence Yun,
chief economist for the national Real-
tors' group, said in a statement.

ability programs because
it makes good business
sense, not in the least
because that's what
their employees are de-
Gen Y-ers are spear-
heading this change be-
cause they don't want
the same work environ-
ment their parents had.
Between new technology
and global workplace
dynamics, companies
are implementing flex-
ible work arrangements
for everyone.
However, the challenge
these companies face is
letting go and trusting
their young employees
- even when they are
Please turn to WORK 8D

come down to jobs
to alter the Miami skyline ey already spent by Genting
with a sprawling $3.8 billion has sparked the interest of
complex designed to look like other Las Vegas casino opera-
coral. tors, not to mention those who
That sounds good to people already own sports facilities
like Michael Ferrarelli, who in South Florida.
right now just has a part-time This new vision for Miami,
job at the Miami Dolphins however, will require approval
stadium. from the Republican-led Leg-
"With the economy the way islature and Gov. Rick Scott.
it is and so many people out Casino backers have already
of work right now, it's the best begun a full-tilt lobbying ef-
way to boost the economy," fort and it appears the debate
Ferrarelli said. "You're going over gambling will be one of
to bring thousands of jobs the biggest issues lawmakers
into each location." deal with during the session
The serious amount of mon- Please turn to JOBS 8D

Sanctions against African nations need to end

By William Reed
NNPA Columnist

The way America has been
"saving Africa" is racist, heavy-
handed and condescending.
When will Blacks put a stop
to practices that carry all the
tenor and tone of an "imperial-
ist power" taking the locals to
the cleansers? We need a re-
set from the paradigm put in
place over the last 15 years by
predominately-white Christian
and Jewish coalitions. Their
practices have resulted in more
than three million lives lost and
a formal division of Africa's larg-

est country into what is now:
Sudan and Southern Sudan.
Leading up to South Sudan's
succession, President Barack
Obama offered the North: full
diplomatic ties, lifting of eco-
nomic sanctions and the remov-
al of from the list of countries
labeled as "sponsors of terror-
ism" for compliance in the ref-
erendum. Helping to father the
world's 193rd country may come
back to haunt Obama.
After the South's vote, Su-
dan's Foreign Minister Ali Karti
sought out U.S. officials to lift
the sanctions. But, it seems
that he is going to find it dif-

ficult collecting on .. The debate is an old
the Obama prom- one; a result of two
ise. The North's civil wars between the
problem is the im- North and South for all
age it has allowed but 15 years of Sudan's
the people "saving independence. Osten-
Sudan" to spawn -sibly to "save" starving
for them. The Khar- Africans, religious and
toum government humanitarian groups
has been accused have engineered nu-
of every evil atrocity merous "interven-
against mankind, tions" in Sudan. These
including slavery REED "interventions" have
practices, ethnic cleansing and mostly involved getting lots of
genocide. Now, the Obama team land with oil on it. Sadly, many
is saying that Khartoum is the Blacks bought into the flim-
source of bombings of refugees flam. For Blacks, there are two
and camps in South Sudan. conflicting currents in the is-

sue of Southern Sudan. Many
Black Muslims espouse a reli-
gious solidarity with the gov-
ernment of al-Bashir and say,
"Western forces are conspiring
to undermine Islam." On the
opposite side is mainly Black
Christian leaders like the Rev.
Al Sharpton and talk-show host
Joe Madison, who've advocated
overthrow of the North since the
So who among us is going to
push the Obama administration
to lift sanctions? Even Southern
Sudan officials want the U.S. to
remove the economic sanctions
so that the south's oil exports

won't suffer financially when
they move through northern
Sudan's oil pipelines. Obama's
current order maintains several
sets of U.S. sanctions imposed
since 1997 which restrict trade
and investment with Sudan.
The Black impact on Africa
should be better and more posi-
tive. U.S. Ambassador to the
United Nations, Susan Rice and
Obama head a racist American
practice toward Africans that
deploy a coercive type of diplo-
macy, one full of threats, unre-
alistic demands and promises of
incentives that revive images of
old Colonialists.

Housing program

Sgrads get franchise

Changing 9-to-5 workday



Consumers: Reducing energy bills gets easier

More-efficient products

and home upgrades help

By Wendy Koch

As winter begins
and federal tax credits
for home efficiency
upgrades end, con-
sumers need not
despair: Options to
reduce energy bills are
States and utilities
are spending more on
energy-efficiency pro-
grams such as home
energy audits. At the
same time, an array of
energy-saving prod-
ucts arrived this year,
such as LED light
bulbs that replace
incandescents and the
Nest thermostat that

automatically adjusts
heating or cooling
when no one's home.
Gas and electric
utilities will spend
more than $6 billion
in rate-payer funds
this year to help cus-
tomers slash energy
use an amount
that's been growing
by about $900 million
a year since 2006,
according to Steven
Nadel of the American
Council for an Ener-
gy-Efficient Economy.
"We expect spend-
ing to increase in the
next few years," Nadel
says, as more states
require that utilities

Reform has

made filing


more costly

Additional requirements

caused fees to skyrocket

By Christine Dugas

Bankruptcy is a
way to escape from
debt, but it doesn't
come without a price
- and consumers
now pay as much
as 55 percent more
since the 2005 bank-
ruptcy reform was
The average cost
of Chapter 7 bank-
ruptcy cases has
jumped from $900
to $1,399, according
to a national study
released recently by
the American Bank-
ruptcy Institute.
The study looks
at major changes
to the consumer
bankruptcy system.
Bankruptcy filing
costs more and takes
much longer because
it is more complicated
and cumbersome.
And because attorney
fees typically must be
paid upfront, debtors
often must hold off
on filing until they
can first sock away
enough cash. Among
changes from the
bankruptcy reform
More fees. Attorney
costs are a major part
of the expenses. But
there also are filing
fees, trustee fees and
fees for other new
requirements, such
as credit counseling
and debtor education.
"The 2005 amend-
ments to the code al-
tered the bankruptcy
system in many large
and small ways," says
the study's author,
Lois R. Lupica, a
bankruptcy attorney
and a law professor
at the University of
Maine School of Law
in Portland. "It is
unnecessarily harder
and more expensive
to help a consumer
debtor navigate
through the system."
When Congress
passed the bank-
ruptcy reform act
its stated goal was
to tighten loopholes,
eliminate abuses and
establish higher eligi-
bility standards. But
in the process, the
additional work has
caused fees to spike,
and much of the work
that has been under-
taken is "extraordi-

narily pointless," says
Henry Hildebrand,
Chapter 13 Bank-
ruptcy Trustee in
the Middle District of
Increased paper-
work. Debtors now
must use pay stubs
or bank statements
and tax returns to
provide proof of in-
come for the past six'
months. "A lot of peo-
ple filing for bank-
ruptcy don't have
the kind of record
keeping that the law
requires," says Robert
Lawless, law profes-
sor at University of
Illinois. "If you don't
have them, the case
can be dismissed."
Added steps.
Debtors now must go
through pre-bank-
ruptcy credit counsel-
ing and pre-discharge
debtor education. But
it's often done over
the phone and online
for a little amount of
help, Lawless says.
And although debtors
only pay a minimal
fee, he says that it is
just another hurdle
that people have to
pass before they file
for bankruptcy.
Fewer options.
To avoid the cost,
debtors could file for
bankruptcy with-
out an attorney, or
"pro se." But there
is greater need to be
represented, because
the system is too
complex to success-
fully handle alone,
Lupica says.
The study included
interviews with
bankruptcy lawyers
to hear about their
Although the sys-
tem is less tolerant of
mistakes, there are
more opportunities
for even seasoned
attorneys to make er-
rors, the study said.
The complexities can
create the tempta-
tion to cut corners
to minimize the time
spent on each case.
Bankruptcy is sup-
posed to be a social
safety net that gives
debtors a second
chance. "But the
2005 bankruptcy
reform has taken
a large part of the
safety net away,"
Lawless says.

An electricity meter

ton, D.C., home.
meet efficiency targets
and utilities look for
the cheapest source of
"We've basically
discovered the cheap-
est energy in America:
It's energy efficiency,"

outside a Washing-

says Michael Stod-
dard of Efficiency
Maine, a quasi-state
agency that helped
5,000 households last
year pay for energy
He says the average

home upgrade costs
$8,300 but cuts ener-
gy use 40% and saves
$1,400 annually.
"The value cov-
ers the cost," says
John Augustino of
Honeywell, which
makes energy-efficient
equipment. He says
an increasing number
of utilities are pay-
ing all or part of a
home energy audit's
cost, depending on its
scope. Also:
In at least 20
states, utilities have
programs that allow
customers to pay for
efficiency improve-
ments through their
monthly bills, ac-
cording to a study of
15 of these "on-bill
financing" programs



Beginning with the January 12, 2012 Commission Meeting, the regularly sched-
uled meetings of the Miami City Commission will be on the second and fourth
Thursday of each month at 9:00 AM at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida. For the specific dates of 2012 Commission Meetings, go
to the City of Miami's website at www.miamigov.com or call the Agenda Office
at (305) 416-2070.

All interested persons are invited to attend. Should any person desire to appeal
any decision of the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at
these meetings, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceed-
ings 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.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15448) City Clerk



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on January 12, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in the City Commission Chambers at
City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving
competitive sealed bidding requirements and awarding a sole-source contract
in the amount of $68,500.00 for the provision of preventative maintenance and
extended warranty service for the 911 workstations from Wright Line LLC., a
wholly owned subsidiary of Eaton Corporation, for the Police and Fire Commu-
nications Center, including E-911 back-up site at the Fire College.

Inquiries from other potential sources of such a package who feel that they
might be able to satisfy the City's requirements for this item may contact Yusbel
Gonzalez, Senior Procurement Specialist, at the City of Miami Purchasing De-
partment at (305) 416-1958.

All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning such
proposed acquisition. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the
City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that per-
son shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all
testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

In accordance with the 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
City Clerk




A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Florida
on January 12, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall,
3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving competi-
tive sealed bidding requirements and awarding a sole-source contract for the
provision of Technical Service Support for Physio-Control Automated External
Defibrillators, from Physio-Control, Inc., on a contractual basis for a three (3)
year period effective on October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2014, at an
annual amount not to exceed $41,870.00 for the Department of Fire-Rescue.

Inquiries from other potential sources of such a service who feel that they might
be able to satisfy the City's requirement for this service may contact Mr. Yusbel
Gonzalez, Senior Procurement Specialist, at the City of Miami, Department of
Purchasing, (305) 416-1958.

All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning such.
proposed acquisition. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the
City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that per-
son shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all
testimony. and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

In accordance with the 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
City Clerk


released recently by
Nadel's group. Half
of them have started
within the last two
In 30 states, 63
utilities are offering
customers detailed
data about their
energy use and sug-
gestions for reducing
it. Opower, a private
company that pro-
vides the data, part-
nered with its first
utility in 2007 and
expects to add dozens
next year.
Alex Laskey, Opow-
er's president, says
a resident's behav-
ior greatly affects a

home's energy use,
and once he under-
stands that better,
he's likely to change
his habits. He says
more utilities buy his
data partly because
of state incentives. He

expects incentives will
continue even though
federal stimulus
funds, which helped
boost state spending
on energy-efficiency
programs, end in



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on January 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of considering the following resolution:


All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning this
item. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

In accordance with the 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. Thom
City Clerk


npson, CMC (

Pursuant to Miami-Dade County Resolutions R-941-11 and R-942-11, adopted on November 3,
2011, by the Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida, notice is hereby
given of special election on January 31,2012, for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors
in Miami-Dade County, for their approval or disapproval, the following proposals:
Charter Amendment
Relating to Initiative Petitions and Elections on Charter Amendments
Shall the Charter be amended to increase from 60 to 120 days the time allowed to circulate initiatory
petitions, and to provide that elections to amend the Charter, either through initiatory petitions or by
Board action, be held in conjunction with the next scheduled General Election rather than within 60
to 120 days, as currently required?
YES 30
NO 31
Home Rule Charter Amendment
Relating to Salaries, Service, and Term Limits of County Commissioners
Shall the Charter be amended to provide that, as of January 31, 2012, County Commissioners
Devote full-time service to the office of County Commissioner and hold no other
No longer receive the $6,000 annual salary established in 1957, but receive instead the
salary provided by state formula, adjusted annually (currently approximately $92,097);
Serve no more than two consecutive four-year terms in office excluding terms of service
prior to 2012?
YES 32
NO 33
All qualified electors residing within the boundaries of Miami-Dade County shall be eligible to vote
YES or NO for these proposals.
The polls shall be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on the day of the special election. This special
election shall be conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of general law relating to
special elections and the provisions of the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter.
Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County, Florida
For lega adsoningtohtp:/e-gald.miamidad.gov

SThe Miami Children's Initiative has
scheduled the following meeting:
Board of Trustees Business
Meeting for Friday, January 6.
2012 to be held in the 4th Floor
Conference Room of the Joseph Caleb Center,
5400 NW 22nd Avenue at 11:00 am
Educational Services Committee, Dr. Cathia
Darling/Chair on Monday, January 16. 2012 to
be held in the 4th Floor Conference Room of the
Joseph Caleb Center, 5400 NW 22nd Avenue at
6:00 pm.


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:



Deadline for Request for Additional Information/Clarification: 1/512012 at
5:00 P.M.

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Purchas-
ing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement, Telephone No.
(305) 416-1909.

NO. 12271.

Johnny Martinez, P.E.
AD NO. 14702 City Manager


0 4,

LCSPH residents become entrepreneurs Tweak the eight hour grind

HOUSING volved in the commu- for my family as well. I ing Spencer and Cor- WORK ronment breeds more- personally and profes-
continued from 6D nity revitalization pro- am really proud that I ner realize their dream continued from 6D loyal employees and sionally have become
cess. It is also geared .... was able to be selected of being owners. increases efficiency. one and the same.

using another firm's
successful business
model.The two ladies
were selected from
the Tools for Change
program and are ac-
knowledged as the
first current public
housing residents to
own a business. The
program was desig-
nated to empower low-
income individuals to
become actively in-

continued from 6D

Corporate Coun-
sel Women of Color
(CCWC) discovered
a growing trend in
women of color leav-
ing law firms to work
as corporate coun-
sels. Titled The Per-
spectives of Women
of Color Attorneys in
Corporate Legal De-
partments, the study
surveyed more than
1,300 Black, hispan-

at providing financial
and technical assis-
tance to residents of
the (L.C.S.P.H.) facility
that are interested in
being business own-
ers. The ladies were
selected from an ini-
tial 12 candidates.
"I feel excited and
blessed at the same
time," Corner said .
"This accomplishment
is not only for me but

ic, asian American
and native American
female corporate at-
torneys. A staggering
76.5 percent of wom-
en who participated
in the study started
their careers in law
firms before leav-
ing for corporations.
Among reasons they
cited for switching
were feeling that their
work was not valued,
lack of good men-
tors, desire for more
challenging work and

few opportunities for
growth. Previous re-
search cited by CCWC
had found a 78 per-
cent attrition rate for
women of color at law
"Women of color are
going to law school
only to work for a law
firm for a couple of
years," says Laurie
N. Robinson, CCWC's
founder and CEO.
Robinson says data
counter a misconcep-
tion in the legal com-

to have the opportu-
nity to open my own
business. This will
make a big a change in
my life because I never
thought that I would
have been given the
opportunity to open up
my own business and
I am really excited for
the future." Neighbors
And Neighbors Asso-
ciation (N.A.N.A.) also
played a part in help-

munity that large
numbers of minor-
ity women leave firms
because they cannot
handle the work. In
reality, she says, it's
because women of col-
or aren't connecting
with senior manag-
ers who can facilitate
their desire for more
challenging assign-
ments, often leaving
them struggling to
obtain billable work.
Moreover, the sur-
vey found that these

"If somebody were
to ask me today what
my proudest moment
is I would say this is,"
said Leroy Jones, 48,
executive director of
(N.A.N.A.). "I think
that today is a great
accomplishment to
beat the negative ste-
reotype about public
housing and people
that are a product of
public housing."

women had serious
doubts as to wheth-
er their plight at law
firms would improve,
largely because so few
women of color were
partners who could
serve as mentors. The
majority of partners
at law firms are white
men, making it easier
for white lawyers to
bond with superiors.
"If you look at the
breakdown of law
firms, most of the
partners are cauca-
sian," Robinson says.
"The challenge is how
do we build a pipe-
line of people of color?
Everybody at the law
firms can't work at the

telecommuting or us-
ing Facebook regularly
at work. Many compa-
nies fear that, without
structure, employees
will be distracted, not
as engaged and less
productive. In fact, the
opposite is often true.
A trusting work envi-

Foes say:

conitnued from 6D
that starts next month.
It would be tempting
to think lawmakers
are eager to go along,
as Florida grapples
with a 10 percent un-
employment rate.
But that's not the
The initial bill filed
by two South Florida
legislators' calls for
each company want-
ing a casino to spend a
minimum of $2 billion.
It has won the backing
of builders and con-
tractors as well as one
of the state's big busi-
ness lobbying outfits.
But a diverse coali-
tion ranging from
Disney World, the Flor-
ida Chamber of Com-
merce and existing dog

Technology has
made the traditional
9-to-5 model blurry -
for all workers, of all
generations, really. No
one is ever out of touch
or off the clock. When
workers go home,
they're still working
because who they are

Workers are always
representing the com-
pany, and more and
more, it seems, work
e-mail doesn't stop for
anything or anyone.
By no means does
time away from the
office equal less work
getting done.

Don't bet on it

and horse track own-
ers worried about their
future want law-
makers to reject the
They contend such a
massive proposal will
harm the businesses
already here because
the promises of luring
thousands of tourists
from across the coun-
try and world won't
pan out. They point

to Nevada's struggling
economy as proof that
gambling is not what's
needed to turn around
the state.
"The reason these
billion dollar casinos
want to leave Atlantic
City and Las Vegas is
that they know Florida
is growing," said Mark
Wilson, president of
the Florida Chamber.
"It would be a funda-
mental mistake for us
to fall for that bet."
Floridians already
spend a lot on gam-
bling. The state-con-
trolled lottery racked
up more than $4 bil-
lion in sales during
the last fiscal year and
state economists say
the existing pari-mu-
tuels and Indian gam-
ing generate another
$3 billion.

Professional Photography Services In Your Home


Minority women lawyers build network


Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami, Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 1st Floor, 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133-5504, until 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday. January 31. 2012, for the
project entitled:


Scope of Work: The project consists of complete building, structural, electrical and mechanical mainte-
nance, inspection and repair services for the existing eleven (11) City of Miami storm water pump stations
and any additional proposed storm water pump station as it comes on-line. The pump station buildings are
Lawrence, Orange Bowl, Riverview and Overtown and are to be inspected 3 days per week. The seven (7)
submersible pump stations are located at the West End of the City, Antonio Maceo Park, N.W. 14 Street and
at Belle Meade and are to be inspected once a week. The selected contractor shall bring a crane to lift the
heavy pumps and motors for check up and vibration test analysis, etc. and has its own repair shop for this
specialty equipment and a dip and bake machine on the premises for the yearly motor wiring inspection.
The work performed by a Subcontractor, if any, cannot be more than 10% of the total work specified in this
contract. The contract term is for one (1) year with the option to renew for four (4) additional one (1) year term
periods subject to the availability of funding and contractor's performance.
The storm sewer pump stations can be visited during a voluntary pre-bid meeting on January 17-18, 2012
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Elyrosa Estevez, PE at (305) 416- 1295.
This voluntary meeting is subject to the Cone of Silence and minutes will be taken.

Electrical, Machine Shop, Testing Services, etc).

A 100% Performance and Payment Bond for Total Bid is required for this Project.

A 5% Bid Bond of Total Bid is required.

Bid packages containing complete instructions, plans and specifications may be obtained at the Public
Works Department, 444 S.W. 2nd Avenue, 8th Floor, Miami, Florida 33130, Telephone (305) 416-1200 on
or after December 26, 2011. Bid packages will be available in hard copy form and a non-refundable fee of
$20.00 will be required. A bid package can also be mailed to bidders upon written request to the Depart-
ment, and shall include the appropriate non-refundable fee plus $10 for shipping and handling using regular
U.S. Mail.

All bids shall be submitted in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. Bids must be submitted in dupli-
cate originals in the envelope provided with the bid package. At the time, date, and place above, bids will
be publicly opened. Any bids or proposals received after time and date specified will be returned
to the bidder unopened. The responsibility for submitting a bid/proposal before the stated time and date is
solely and strictly the responsibility of the bidder/proposer. The City is not responsible for delays caused by
mail, courier service, including U.S. Mail, or any other occurrence.


ADD. No DP-12442

SAttention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County
District 2

Grant Money Available!
Up to $7,500 Per Business

Applications available
January 2,2012 through January 17, 2012

Commissioner Jean Monestime's District Office
900 NE 125 Street, Suite 200
Miami, FL 33161
Phone: 305-694-2779
Attn: Mac-Kinley Lauriston
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)
180 NW 62 Street
Miami, FL 33150

Applications online at www.miamidade.gov/district02

There will be a mandatory information/workshop meeting explaining the
application and requirements held on Tuesday, January 17,2012
6:00 p.m. at the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church
2330 NW 93" Street
Please be on time

Completed applications will be accepted from Jan. 17 Jan. 20, 2012 by 5:00pm
Hand deliver application to District Office or NANA
No late applications will be accepted!

For additional information contact: Lawanza Finney 305-756-0605
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)

Please submit 1 original completed application marked ORIGINAL
and I copy completed application marked COPY.
We suggest you keep a copy also, for your records

4V Plow1w





30-77-75 06N.Mam Ae


Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
101 A Civic Center Area
Two bedrooms starting at
$760 monthly. One bed-
room starting at $700, De-
posit is $500 if you qualify.
Appliances, laundry, FREE
Parking, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Mr. Willie #6
1168 NW 51 Street
One bedroom, partly fur-
nished, utilities included,
$600 monthly, $1000 to move
in, 305-633-1157.
1229 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Appliances, free

1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 monthly, $750 move
in. Two bdrms, one bath.
$550 monthly, $850 move
in. Call Joel 786-355-7578.

1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$525. Free water.
1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. 305-642-7080

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

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Two bdrms, one bath $500.

140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$500, 786-236-1144 or
14370 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Two bdrms, one bath $525.
Ms. Jackson 786-267-1646.

14460 NW 22 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath
$595. Appliances, free
1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Two bdrms, one bath $525
1500 NW 65th Street
One bedroom, one
bathroom apt. $395 per
month, $600 move in. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1540 NW 1 Court
Studio $425; one bedroom
$525; cheap move in.

1542 NW 35 Street
Really nice, two bdrms, air
and some utilities, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
1600 NW 59 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $575.
Appliances, 305-642-7080.
167 NE 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$700; three bedrooms, one
bath, $1300. Section 8 wel-
come. 954-914-9166
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.
Mr. Gaiter in #1

1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Two bedrooms, one
bath $550. Appliances,

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

1803 NW 1 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath
apt. $595 per month.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV.
Joel 786-355-7578.

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $495.

1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath

$425. Appliances, free gas.

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

2295 NW 46 Street
One and two bedrooms. Call
Tony 305-213-5013.
2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one
bath $650, free water.

2824 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $450.
$750 move in. Two bdrms,
one bath $595. $900 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578.

3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
411 NW 37 Street
Studios $395 monthly.
All appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $425.
Appliances, free water.

50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bdrms from $490-$580 mthly!
Apply at 2651 NW 50 Street,
call 305-638-3699.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
bedroom, $485 monthly, win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call.
65 NW 27 Street
(1st Ave. and 27th St.)
Five bedrooms, three baths.
$1000 monthly, all appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV! Call Joel

7525 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, renovat-
ed, new appliances, parking,
free water, and security ne-
gotiable. Section 8. HOPWA
OK. $650. Call between 9-6
only. 305-754-7900.
7752 NW 2 Court
Four 2bedrqqor, ,two, baths,,
$1,535 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. 305-582-8210.
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at: 2651
NW 50 Street or call.
One bdrm, tile, central air,
water included. Section 8
OKAY! 786-355-5665
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overlown, 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
One and two bedrooms avail-
able. Move in special $1,000
with approval. 786-488-5225
Beautiful one bedroom, $594
monthly, apartment in gated
community on bus lines. Ap-
ply at: 2651 NW 50 Street or
call 305-638-3699.
No security deposit re-
quired. One or two bdrm,
water included. 305-603-
9592, 305-600-7280 or

MIAMI 9150 NW 7 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $650. On
site laundry and manager.
Free utilities! Large one bed-
room, furnished/unfurnished,
One bdrm, one bath, $675
and two bdrms, two baths
$825. Gated security, central
air, on site laundry and man-
ager. 305-685-7048.
2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 786-402-8403


Limited time move in
special! Gated and secure
building. One bedroom,
$400 and two bedrooms
$550 only! Water included.
55 and older get additional
discount. Call 305-603-
9592, 305-600-7280 and

1907 NW 2 Court
Nice two bedrooms, air
condition, appliances. Free
HOT water, window shades,
$470 monthly, plus $200
deposit. 305-665-4938,
Business Rentals
4801 NW 27 Avenue
Freestanding store available,
completely renovated. Air
conditioned. Roll-down secu-
rity doors. Outside lighting.
$950 monthly, $950 Security
Deposit. Call 305-638-3699.
Call 305-757-9710
20600 NW 7 Avenue #202
One bdrm, one bath, central
air, gated. Call 770-598-8974.
435 NE 121 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$750 monthly. Section 8
welcome. 954-914-9166

131 NW 32 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $595,
free water. 305-642-7080
1391 NW 43 Street
One bdrm, one bath, Section
8 welcome, $750 monthly.
1393 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1,350 monthly. New Con-
struction. Section 8 Ok. Ron
786-355-1791, 305-318-8861
1526 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$475. free water,

1590 N.W. 47 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air.
$650. Call 305-759-2280.
1813 NW 44 Street
Efficiency, one bath
$525. Four bdrms, two
baths $1195. Free water,

1842 NW 89 Terr.
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, tiled throughout, water in-
cluded. Section 8 Welcome!
Contact Sylvester 954-275-
1877 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, tiled floors. $900
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
305-331-2431 or
1942 NW 93 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly. Section 8
welcome 954-914-9166
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bdrms, remodeled. $795.
Call 786-306-4839.
2221-23 NW 66 Street
One bedroom, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 welcome, $750 month-
ly, call 954-914-9166.
2285 NW 101 Street
One bedroom, tile, air, water,
bars. $700, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
2375 NW 82 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Section
8 ok. 305-903-2931.
2587 NW 165 STREET
Near N. Dade Health Clinic.
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air and heat. $1200
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
1896 NW 94th Street
Fenced one bedroom, $750
mthly. Section 8 OK.
271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$895, free water and elec-
tricity, 305-642-7080.

4425 NW 23 Court
Two bedrooms, one
bath, $675, appliances.
4603 NW 15 Avenue
Two bdrms, den, $900. $2300
to move in. 305-759-2280
4625 NW 15 Court
Two bdrms, remodeled.
$795. 786-306-4839.
92-94 NE 59 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, bars, $950 mthly. Section
8 only. 305-490-9284.
3737 Charles Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath duplex
located in Coconut Grove.
Near schools and buses.

$650 mthly, $650 security de-
posit, $1300 total to move in.
305-448-4225 or apply at:
3737 Charles Terrace

2646 E. Superior Street
Three or four bdrms, two
baths. Section 8 OK! 954-
614-0434, 954-435-7171
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, close to bus line.
Section 8 OK. 954-240-2179
77 Street and 15 Avenue
Utilities, private bath, air,
cable. $595: 305-218-4746
Furnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
13377 NW 30 Avenue
Extra large, $95 wkly, free
utilities, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
15341 NW 31 Avenue
Large room, full bath, private
entrance. 305-687-8187
1541 NW 69 Terrace
Clean room, $350 a month.
Call 305-479-3632.
1600 NW 56 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1815 or 1820 Alli Baba Ave.
Clean rooms, $400 monthly.
305-754-6556, 305-788-
1887 NW 44 Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrig-
erator, microwave, TV, free
cable, air and use of kitchen.
Call 954-678-8996.
6835 NW 15 Avenue
Holiday special, $90 weekly
or $300 monthly, $400 to
move in, air and utilities in-
Call 786-558-8096
Clean, nice, and air. $400
monthly. Call 786-426-6263.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.
Room in Christian Homer,
Call NA at 786-406-3539
Senior Citizens welcomed.'
1122 NW 74 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1200 mthly, $2400 to move
in. Call 305-632-2426.
12845 NW 17 Ct (ERPD)
Three bedrooms, new bath,
tile, air, $1,100. No Section 8,
Terry Dellerson, Broker,
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bdrms, two baths.
$1095. Appliances.
1864 NW 88 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air, tile. $1200, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
189 Street NW 43 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
den, Section 8, HOPWA.
1951 NW 58 Street
Large three bdrms, two
baths, fenced in yard. Move
in now. $1200 monthly. 786-
2 NW 69 Street
Three bdrms, one bath
$1200. Appliances, free
water. 305-642-7080.
2135 NW 46 Street
Two bdrms, den, central air.
$950. 786-306-4839.
221 NW 82 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 includes water. No Sec
8. Call 305-267-9449.
2246 Rutland Street
Nicely renovated, two bdrms,
one bath, tile/carpet, air,
fence. $1195 monthly. Sec-
tion 8 OK! Kenny 540-729-
2300 NW 53 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, security bars,
fenced, tile, Section 8 wel-
come, 305-206-0500.
2330 NW 97 Street
One bdrm. $760. 305-693-
2401 NW 170 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, tile, air, $1,300, No Sec-
tion 8, Terry Dellerson, Broker
310 NE 58 Terrace
Five bedrooms, 3 baths,
$1200 monthly, all appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel
3411 NW 172 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
tile, air, $1,400, No Section 8,
Terry Dellerson, Broker
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Banks resume business lending

They're shaking off capital Even small businesses
have seen a difference,
rules to make new loans says Bill Dunkelberg,
chief economist of the

By Tim Mullaney

Banks are lending
After three years of
Scrooge-like underwrit-
ing following 2008's
financial crisis, banks
have turned on the spig-
ot, boosting lending at
annual rates as high as
8.2% since July, accord-
ing to Federal Reserve
Lending had fallen
from mid-2008 through
this year's second quar-
ter, deepening what
became the worst re-
cession since the Great
Depression. The data
seem to allay fears that
making banks keep more
capital on their books
as a cushion against fu-
ture downturns and loan
losses will take away the
cash flow businesses
need to keep the recov-
ery moving.
Among the reasons:
The economy is improv-
ing, while smaller banks
have positioned them-
selves to pick up slack
left as bigger banks

remain cautious, says
Stuart Hoffman, chief
economist at Pittsburgh-
based PNC Financial.
The most bullish part of
the upturn is that it oc-
curred when banks knew
the Fed was preparing
for last week's prelimi-
nary announcement of
tougher new capital stan-
dards, he says.
"What the Fed did was
well-advertised," Hoff-
man says. "As for any
sudden negative effect
on lending, that's not go-
ing to happen."
The sharpest improve-
ment has come in busi-
ness lending, raising
hopes that it can spur
increased capital invest-
ment, the seed corn of
business expansions.
Commercial and industri-
al loans grew at an annu-
alized pace of more than
20 percent in August and
more than 15 percent in
October, the best growth
since early 2008. In be-
tween, commercial lend-
ing dropped 19 percent
in 2009 and an additional
nine percent last year.

National Federation of
Independent Business.
In a monthly NFIB sur-
vey, only three percent of
small-business owners
say lack of credit is their
most important problem,
trailing taxes, regulation
and still-sluggish de-
The last one especially
is making entrepreneurs
wary of borrowing, he
says: Only 12 percent
think business will be
better in six months than
it is now.
Small businesses are
also missing out on the
cheap money that hom-
eowners are seeing, he
says, with commercial
loan rates above six per-
"Two-thirds of busi-
ness owners say, 'Who
wants a loan?' says
Dunkelberg, who is also
chairman of a small
Pennsylvania bank. "In
thirty years, I've never
seen anything like it. The
banks all have money to
lend, but there's a short-
age of eligible customers
coming in."


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South Dade football wrap-up


-Miami Times photo/Akilah Laster
HOMESTEAD HEROES: Team leaders Herb Waters (#5) and Ermon
Lane (#1) made it an exciting season for fans in the South.

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer

Often overshadowed by northern,
inner city teams like Norland, North-
western, Carol City, Jackson and
Central are the teams in the south-
ern sector of the County. And while
they may not make local headlines
as often as their northern counter-
parts, high schools in the south like
Homestead, South Dade and South-
ridge produce a lot of primetime tal-
ent and have developed a real rival-
ry of sorts. Harris Field hosts these
sell-out battles that bring out most
southern Miami-Dade County com-
munities from Richmond Heights to
Florida City.
Standouts this year included:
Homestead senior receiver Herb Wa-
ters and sophomore receiver Ermon
Lane; South Dade senior linebacker
Joey Jones and senior running back
Torry Clayton; and Southridge se-
niors, defensive tackle Donaldson
Roosevelt quarterback/cornerback
Jeremiah McKinnon.
Homestead: Homestead (4-6) was
led by Herb Waters, a senior known

for his speed, catching, and route
running. He has committed to the
University of Miami. Alongside Wa-
ters was fellow receiver Ermon Lane
who is quickly rising in ranks.
' "He is very playful," Waters said.
"He loves to dance on the field at
"I'm not a leader yet, but I make
big plays," Lane added.
Though only a sophomore, Lane
has gained interest from UM, Flor-
ida State University and University
of Alabama.
"We're better than both of them,"
Lane said. "Southridge was just
more disciplined at the time when
we played them."
In this year's match-up against
South Dade, known as the "Battle
of Lucy Street," that ended both
teams' seasons, the Broncos defeat-
ed the Buccaneers in a comeback
battle 20-10.
South Dade: South Dade finished
the season at (5-5), including a 7-21
loss to Southridge, and was led by
Joey Jones (brother of former UM
player Charlie Jones), who is ver-
bally-committed to Cincinnati. The
youngest of six, Jones said football

Heat offense rebuilt

Wade, James don't

take three-pointer in

season opener

By J. Michael

DALLAS The most striking part
of Miami's victory against the Dal-
las Mavericks in the season opener
Sunday isn't that the Heat led by as
many as 35 points or that they won
the rebounding battle by 20 .
It's that LeBron James and
Dwyane Wade, who combined for 63
points on 22-for-40 shooting, didn't
take a three-pointer in the 105-94
James and Wade went 16-for-
51 on three-pointers combined, or
31.4%. In the four games Miami lost
in that series, the duo shot 7-for-34,
or 20.6%, on three-pointers.
Both made a vow to take higher
percentage shots this season.
"Right now early in the season you
don't have the legs. I just don't want
to settle for threes," Wade said. "I
already shoot a line drive. Me shoot-

Miami Heat forward LeBron James
advantage this season.
ing threes (isn't) going to help our
team at all.
"We did a good job working on our
pull-up game (in the offseason). It's
the game I've been effective at and
LeBron is becoming very good at. ...

The madness of Air Jordan shopping

By The Sports Brothers
Somewhere deep-in-the-
heart-of some Nike market-
ing executive's office some-
one had the brilliant idea
of releasing some Classic
Jordan kicks just in time
for the holidays. Say what
you will about the folks at
Nike but they can sell ice to
an Eskimo. No one has ever

accused them of a lack of
foresight. Thus the sneaker
geniuses decided to release
an extremely limited edition
called Air Jordan XI Retro
Concords. This should cre-
ate a buzz they must have
assumed, but I doubt they
could have anticipated the
mob scene that erupted at
malls around the world.

has kept him "level."
"I've noticed that I'll keep going
where I normally would give up,"
Jones said. "It helped me grow."
Surprised to be called a leader,
Jones said he could be more vocal.
"My strength is that I'll see things
others don't see," Jones said. "Peo-
ple say I should be a defensive
His offensive help came from se-
nior, Torry Clayton, a participant in
this year's Nike Dade vs. Broward
All-Star game, who has offers from
West Virginia, Florida International
University, Illinois, Pittsburgh and
Clayton is known for his speed
and durability and ran a 4.45 at a
Florida State camp during the sum-
mer. Due to injury he did not par-
ticipate against Homestead, but on
the season rushed for 1108 yards
on 168 carries and 15 touchdowns.
Southridge: Southridge, the only
of the three teams to play in the
post season, defeated both South
Dade and Homestead and were the
District 16-8A champions.

The Spartans (6-6), this year's
dominating southern rival, also
defeated their district rival Coral
Reef three times. At the forefront
was Jeremiah McKinnon. He played
both sides of the field and has the
eyes of FIU, Bowling Green, New
Mexico and Western Michigan on
him He is an athlete, listed under
four positions, quarterback, corner-
back, kick return and punt return.
"Football kept me out of the
streets and gave me the discipline
in the classroom," he said.
Teammate and longtime friend
of McKinnon, Donaldson Roos-
evelt, was also a huge contributor
to Southridge's success. Roosevelt,
who has a 3.6 GPA and was for-
merly at Coral Reef, is looking at
FIU, Western Michigan and Louisi-
ana-Lafayette. He said the move to
Southridge was good for him.
"This is the hardest I have ever
worked in one year," Roosevelt said.
"You have to have a work hard
mentality or you're not going to sur-
vive," added McKinnon. "You gotta
have heart to play here."

BRAVE BUCS: The one-two punch of Torry Clayton (#5) and Joey
Jones (#34) will be missed at South Dade High as both move on to col-
lege ball.

with interior design
-' e IN_ using his size to his advantage.
T'- James kept his dribble alive,
maneuvered into position and was
able to get cleaner looks from closer
range Sunday against the Maver-
From 7:12 of the second quarter
|H to 8:24 of the third quarter, Miami
outscored Dallas 42-17 .
"I never like to return to a season
the same as last year or the year
before," James said. "I can't afford
to come back and not be a better
player or dwell on what happened.
Sf It's time for me to get better."
Wade sees the maturity in James
That will allow him to address that
l f weakness in his game.
4 "You can tell he learned from the
eI' (playoff) games. He went back and
S11 L '._ he watched a lot. He understands
how teams are going to play him,"
,left, vows to make more of his size Wade said. "He did his homework.
He went to school."
Although the Heat still lack sig-
He can be even more effective than nificant offensive production from
me with his height (6-8 to 6-4 for the center position with starter Joel
Wade), with his jumping ability." Anthony and backup Juwan How-
James especially came under ard, coach Erik Spoelstra wants his
heavy criticism for his performance team to play with better pace and
in the Finals for not posting up and create more space.

There were stabbings, jerk of an owner. Today it's
fights, smashed property, all about players like Kobe,
crushed customers, even D-Wade and LeBron, or so
gunfire -people had to have we thought. This recent fi-
these shoes no matter the asco showed us that Air Jor-
cost. Perhaps most trouble- dan transcends generations,
some was an Atlanta moth- that this is simply more than
er who left her two infants a shoe. Jordan was and still
locked in a car so she could is a cultural phenomenon,
cop a pair of these "rare" bigger than anything going,
Jordans. Folks at the Nike and legions of sneaker fa-
headquarters must have natics were going to do any-
been exchanging high fives thing and everything to own
and chest bumps when they a pair of these retros even if
saw the level of excitement they had to stab, grab, tram-
created by the release of the ple, shoot or abandon kids to
classic kicks. MJ won his get a pair. Why not release
last ring some 14 years ago. these throwbacks every-
Today he a hardline NBA where, worldwide, online so
owner as responsible for the people can shop without fear
recent lockout as any other of being trampled while try-

ing to buy a shoe. It is some-
thing they have always done,
releasing limited editions, a
clever-marketing tactic that
has always worked for them.
One has to wonder though
in the aftermath of these
extremely dangerous con-
ditions at malls across the
country, at what cost do we
need to create a buzz? It may
not be the fault of these ex-
ecutives that people act like
wild animals when they sim-
ply "must have" these rare
products, that is true. I just
wonder if they were forced
to go to a local shoe store
to buy a pair of these "err
Jordans" if their perspective
might change just a little bit.




beats the


First in family to attend
college, defensive player
headed for All-American
By D. Kevin McNeir

Donaldven Manning, 19, was born
and raised in Liberty City and is the
fifth of five children. After a stellar
career at Miami Central Senior High
School where he was a leading defen-
sive player he recently received sev-
eral pieces of good news. First, he will
become the first in his family to attend
college with a football scholarship at
Virginia Tech. Not bad for someone who
was once told he was "too small" to play
And while Central did not repeat its
winning ways in this year's state finals,
Manning has something else to cel-
ebrate. He will be leaving in a few days
for Phoenix, Arizona and the first an-
nual Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
One hundred of the nation's elite high
school football players will face off in a
traditional East versus West gridiron
matchup. Manning was all smiles as he
discussed his future.
"It feels great right now and even
though we lost, we still returned to the
big dance in Orlando," he said. "We
fought hard and refused to lay down.
Going to the All-American Bowl will
give me the chance to compete against
other athletes at a higher level of play.
But we're playing with a purpose too
showing our Marines that we love
and respect them while hopefully giving
them an exciting game that they will
never forget."
When speaking of his coach he says,
"We have a great relationship he
keeps me out of trouble when I am feel-
ing lost and is like a father that never
turns his back on me."
His mother, Patricia Tyson, 43,
"You can tell the special bond he
[Lockette] has with his boys," she said.
"He disciplines them and as a single
parent it meant a lot to me to have a
male figure helping me with my son a
man that could be respected."
"My first goal is to make sure all of
the seniors are taken care of and have
opportunities to attend college in the
fall," Lockette said. "Donaldven is one of
17 seniors nine are already commit-
ted to college programs. By the grace of
God we will have them all signed soon.
As for Donaldven, the sky is the limit.
He's a great kid and as a coach you
want to help your young men move from
this impoverished area."
The Marines have joined forces
with JuniorRank to put on this first
bowl game. According to Sgt. Scott M.
Schmidt, both organizations were look-
ing for young men with character, phys-
ical fitness and academic achievement.
Manning will be joined by other Florida
players including: Justin Ferguson,
Flanagan High; James Burgess, Home-
stead High; David Thompson, West-
minster Christian; Marshall Morgan,
American Heritage; and Teko Powell,
Norland High.