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Florida's health report reveals troubling disparities

Dr. Simpson says Healthcaree is not a right but a privilege

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@miamitimes olinie.cnml

Medical experts predict an improvement in the state of
health in Florida over the next year., citing a decrease in
binge drinking, lower levels of air pollution and a record-
high number of children receiving life-saving immuniza-
tions [94.7 percent]. In fact, in a report just released by
the United Health Foundation entitled, "America's Health
Rankings 2011," Florida bucked the national trend and
actually advanced in the rankings from 36th last year to
33rd in 2011 in overall health.
That's the good news. The bad news is more Floridians

are living without health insurance,
while Blacks are disproportionately im-
pacted by diabetes and asthma.
"2010 was the first year we dropped
in the overall health in the U.S.," said
Dr. Jeffrey Martorana, director, United
Healthcare of South Florida. "We are SIMPSON
making reverse headway Florida is
one of the healthiest states in the U.S."
However, Martorana admits that recent data indicates
that Florida's Blacks are not only living shorter lives
but also face more serious health problems than any
Please turn to HEALTH 11A

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adult population involve
* Ranked third in nation
of children ages 19 to
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th 13 6 percent of Ranked 48th with 21 3 percent of the
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Ranked 44th with only 66.9 percent
with 94 7 percent of Incoming ninth grader going on to
35-months-old graduation
More than 1.5 million people in Florida
ion in levels of have diabetes, an increase of 688.000
programs of fine people In the past 10 years
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"No bullet" plan

hits the mark
Each year stray bullets from celebratory shots
aimed into the air put people's lives in danger
for as far as the bullet can fly. And with bullets
routinely striking innocent bystanders during
New Year's Eve, Miami-Dade County Commis-
sioner Audrey M. Edmonson, District 3 and
City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, once
again joined forces to ask the community to put
Please turn to NO BULLET 11A



Father, Royden
Sampson, Sr., and son,
Royden Sampson are proud
of their relationship.

Changing the stereotype

Not all Black men are 'deadbeat'fathers

By Randy Grice

Raising a family with two parents in
the house can be stressful enough -
being a single parent, especially a sin-
gle Black father, can be an even more
daunting task. According to recent data
released by the U.S. Census Bureau,
21.2 million children (26 percent) are
growing up in a household with only

one custodial parent. However, among
Blacks the number rises significantly
- 48.5 percent live with one parent.
What's more, most custodial parents
are mothers (84 percent); just one-in-
six custodial parents (16 percent) are
What are some of the factors that
impact Black fathers and therefore
Black families: poverty, drug and
Please turn to FATHERS 8A

FAMU approves

anti-hazing plan

Trustees at Florida A&.M university voted to
create an independent committee to study haz-
ing as well as a campus memorial and scholar-
ship honoring drum major Robert Champion.
The five-member committee will study hazing
at other universities, methods that have helped
students resist hazing and how to best govern
FAMU s famed Marching 100 band. Champion's
death in November and the severe beating of
another band member have brought renewed
scrutiny to a hazing culture in the band
Christopher Chestnut, lawyer for the Cham-
pion family, said "memorials, scholarships and
committees will not bring Robert Champion
back.' He said the family hopes FAMU will
focus on "substantive strategies" to end hazing.
That is the legacy Robert would have \wanted,"
he said.

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Quarrel led to New Year's slaying

By Ariel Barkhurst
and Tonya Alanez

LAUDERHILL Police early
Monday said a man was taken
into custody in connection with
the shooting that killed his wife
and her daughter and wounded

his grandmother during a do-
mestic dispute.
According to information re-
leased about 4:30 a.m., Eric
Montgomery, 28, was taken into
custody without incident at his
mother's home along the 2500
block of Northwest 14th Street in

Fort Lauderdale.
A relative on Monday morning
identified the deceased as Nata-
lia A. Hamilton, 34 and Alexis
Hamilton, 19.
"They saw the new year come
in but just didn't survive the
day," said Antone Wright, Nata-

lia Hamilton's uncle. "I'm still in
shock. I'm hoping I wake up any
minute and find out it isn't true."
Police in Lauderhill were called
to 1391 NW 55th Ave. shortly af-
ter 6:30 p.m. Sunday because of
a possible shooting.
Please turn to SLAYINGS 8A

Michigan Chronicle publisher dies

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Last Wednesday, Dec. 28th, Samuel Lo-
gan, Jr., the longtime publisher of the Mich-
igan Chronicle, died at home, unexpectedly.
He was 78-years-old. Hiram E. Jackson,
chief executive director of the Chronicle's
parent company, Real Times Media, will
take over as interim publisher.

"The state of Michigan has lost a giant,"
Jackson said. "Sam's dedication to the
Michigan Chronicle was matched only by
his passion for tackling tough issues for the
betterment of the community to which he
dedicated his life."
See the full story on page 19B.

U.S. selects new

public printer

By Peter Landers


Government politics has t.
bought about the first woman , '.1
in the country to serve as pub- : '
lic printer of the United States. '
Bill Boarman, who has head-
ed the Government Printing Of-.
fice for a year through a tem-
porary appointment, is packing
his bags this week after the VANCE-COOKS
Senate failed to act on his nomi-
nation in its final days in session this month. Mr.
Boarman, a longtime union official, said he be-
lieves he was a casualty of disputes over nomina-
tions to an unrelated agency, the National Labor
Please turn to PRINTER 8A

Cult leader Warren Jeffs acting a lot like Jim Jones

By DeWayne Wickham

The terrorist who worries me
most in this New Year is not an
avowed enemy being stalked
by American forces abroad.
It is Warren Jeffs, the home-
grown cult leader and impris-
oned pedophile.
From his Texas prison cell,
Jeffs -who is serving a life sen-
tence for sexually assaulting a
12-year-old girl and a consec-

utive 20-year sentence from across the political
for raping a 15-year-old spectrum.
girl is demanding Roughly half of our
even sheep-like behav- columns come from our
ior from members of his 1 Board of Contributors,
10,000-member funda- a group whose interests
mentalist church. range from education to
In addition to its own religion to sports to the
editorials, USA TODAY WICKHAM economy. Their charge
publishes a variety of is to chronicle Ameri-
opinions from outside writ- can culture by telling the sto-
ers. On political and policy ries, large and small, that col-
matters, we publish opinions lectively make us what we are.

We also publish week-
ly columns by Al Neu-
harth, USA TODAY's
founder, and. DeWayne
Wickham, who writes
primarily on matters
of race but on other
subjects as well. That
leaves plenty of room

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for other views from across
the nation by well-known and
lesser-known names alike.
Jeffs has banned his follow-

ers from having sex un-
S. til he is released, Joni
.* Holm, who has relatives
in the cult, told the Salt
S Lake City Deseret News.
That's not likely to hap-
pen anytime soon since
FS Jeffs, 56, must serve at
least 45 years before he
can be paroled. Still, Jeffs has
ordered his followers to reaf-
firm their faith (and loyalty to
him) by handing over control

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of most of their worldly posses-
sions to his lieutenants.
Children must give up their
toys, girls under 18 aren't al-
lowed to work or have a cell-
phone, and access to media
outlets and the Internet is
banned, the Deseret Newsalso
Many of Jeffs' followers were
told to give his cult $5,000
by New Year's Eve or face
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Change begins one

small step at a time
Whenever the New Year approaches, people tend to
make grandiose statements about what they plan
to do differently, the long-time goals that they con-
fidently promise they'll actually achieve this time around and
how they've learned never to revisit the dark alleys and one-
way streets of life that previously held them back.
But the real deal is that unless we have a solid plan in
place one that we keep prominently displayed within view
at all times chances are that we will have broken most of
our New Year's resolutions by the time Black History Month
begins. It's often said, that one who fails to plan, plans to fail.
That tends to be a problem with Blacks. We are great at con-
juring up elaborate schemes and dreaming about wonderful
fairy tale endings sometimes spending the money before
the ink on the check has dried. This year, let's do things a
little different.
If you haven't taken some real "me time" to identify those
things in your life that you know need to change, do so as
soon as possible. Making a list is probably the best meth-
od, that way you can't conveniently forget. Then, consider
those things of which you are most proud from last year. Are
there ways you can improve? Can you reach higher heights in
certain facets of your life, whether that's spiritual, physical,
emotional, or financial improvement? With a solid plan, you
probably can. Analyze carefully, plan deliberately and con-
stantly evaluate how things are going.
Why take time to say what some would suggest is so ele-
mentary? Because humans are creatures of habit. The longer
one does something, or does not do something, the more that
action or lack of action becomes a part of who we are.
However, looking at all of the challenges facing Blacks in
2011, here in Miami and across our nation, we know that we
must come with a different game plan for 2012 that is, if
we want to see change for the positive occur. The legendary
Sam Cooke once sang, "A change is gonna come." But was it
only wishful thinking?
We have much work to do, from dethroning a Republican-
led legislation in both Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.,
that appears to care very little about the woes of Black folk,
to making sure Barack Obama gets a fair chance to complete
what he started. But we need to begin to see the change and
make the change happen right now. It won't come in the blink
of-an e-,e or' 'wirth the twitch of yoi ur nsl'Ose-'' al and lastirig
change occurs one small step at a time.

Can anything good come

out of Liberty City?
If you read and listen to the hype associated with Liberty
City, Overtown and Little Haiti, pushed by both local
and national reporters, you would tend to believe that
nothing good comes out of Miami's Black community. You
would think we are all scoundrels, liars, cheaters and pover-
ty-stricken men and women stuck in our self-made ghettoes.
And you would be positively wrong. It's just that philander-
ing politicians, sexually-titillating scandals and drive-by
shootings tend to attract the attention of both TV addicts
and news junkies.
But there is another side to our community one that
rarely gets its fair share of notice. Over the last few weeks
we have featured photographs that showed the Black com-
munity of Miami at its best from Jackson Hospital retirees
bringing joy to hospitalized children with toys and clothes
or the Miami Heat's Chris Bosch making the season bright
for foster kids to Commissioner Audrey Edmonson playing
Momma Claus to forgotten, little Black girls. We have shown
you images of government officials in Opa-Locka being busy
elves for families that would not have had a Christmas meal
and revealed snapshots of the steadfast services of the Mi-
ami Rescue Mission feeding over 3,000 men, women and
children. Smiling faces, filled stomachs, arms filled with toys
and the belief that tomorrow just may be better than today
were the kinds of messages that we shared throughout the
recent holiday season messages that were not shouted
from the rooftops but were transmitted with quiet resolve.
This is what the Black community has been about since
our ancestors first came to these shores making a way
out of no way; making sure our brothers and sisters were all
treated as if they were members of the family. Because in the
final analysis, we are all one family. Wouldn't it be wonder-
ful if we stopped trying to follow in the footsteps of selfish,
Western society and embraced the philosophy of our African
foremothers and forefathers who believed that our strength
really comes when we build up the whole community? Are
we just dreaming? Can anything good come out of Liberty
City? Come and see!



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Obama learns the cost of compromise

I had an elderly relative
who used to say, "We have to
give due where due is due."
Of course she meant "credit
where credit is due," but she
was so old and so engaging,
that instead of ever correct-
ing her, I often imitated her
mangled remark. I thought
of her last week when Presi-
dent Obama, standing firm,
backed House Speaker John
Boehner into a corner and es-
sentially forced his hand in
extending tax cuts and unem-
ployment insurance for two
more months. Boehner and
his Tea Party colleagues were
insisting on a one-year deal,
but the Senate had passed a
two-month deal because they
could only identify enough
funds to pay for two months of
extension. Senate Democrats
and Republicans had agreed
to come back and find money
for the rest of the year, but
the House drew a hard line
that they eventually had to

soften. Bottom line Obama
went to Hawaii to celebrate
Christmas with a victory un-
der his belt. Boehner went
home with a lump of coal in
his stocking.
I am not gloating on the

dred and sixty million people
would have seen their Janu-
ary paychecks drop. For some
$40 or so might not make
much of a difference. For oth-
ers, it is a matter of surviv-
al. Additionally, some whose

am not gloating on the President's behalf. At the same time,
so many are so critical of President Obama that I want to
pause to give due where due is due. In other words, all of the
people who have talked about ways he has betrayed the working
class should just stop for a minute and say, "he pulled this one

President's behalf. At the same
time, so many are so critical of
President Obama that I want
to pause to give due where
due is due. In other words, all
of the people who have talked
about ways he has betrayed
the working class should just
stop for a minute and say, "he
pulled this one through." The
stakes were high. One hun-

unemployment benefits were
expiring wouldn't see a check
at all come February. Now,
they are protected, at least for
a couple of months. Obama
was right to stand firm. And
he ought to be celebrated for
Too often, to be sure, .our
President has seemed to
choose compromise over prin-

ciple. This time he simply
stuck to principle. It's a good
thing and it is something to
celebrate. As the stalemate
between Congress and the
President went on, we saw the
American people saying the
same thing. Obama's approval
ratings began to tick up, while
Congress had an approval
rating of something under 10
To be sure, this is a small
victory. There ought not be
dancing in the streets, nor
firecrackers at dawn. It does
give us reason to believe that
Obama's New Year's resolu-
tion is "more of the same."
Despite the data that suggest
that we are creating more jobs,
and the data that suggest that
recovery is around the corner,
the reality is that millions are
stuck in the economic periph-
ery and even two months of
relief will help them. The chal-
lenge will be to make these ex-
tensions last a full year.

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For sure Ron Paul is a bonafide racist

If you've watched any of the
Republican debates, you'll re-
member Ron Paul, the 76-year-
old libertarian congressman
from Texas whose oversized
suit coats look like they are
about to fall off his frail shoul-
ders. You'll also remember that
no debate questioner asked him
about the overtly racist views
that appeared in his newslet-
ters for two decades. But now
that Paul has surged to front-
runner status in Iowa, he's
being grilled about comments
that range from denigrating
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to
objecting to the passage of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In the 1990s, he described
Dr. King as a "world-class phi-
landerer who beat up his par-
amours" and "seduced under-
age girls and boys." He even

claimed without a hint of
proof that King "made a
pass at" fellow civil rights war-
rior Ralph Abernathy. When
Ronald Reagan signed the
King Holiday bill into law, Paul
wrote, "What an infamy Ronald
Reagan approved it!" He added,

are on file in the right-wing
extremists literature collec-
tions at the Wisconsin Histori-
cal Society and the University
of Kansas. Paul's venom was
not limited to his newsletters.
While many were celebrating
the 40th anniversary of the

n the 1990s, he described Dr. King as a "world-class philan-
derer who beat up his paramours" and "seduced underage
girls and boys." He even claimed without a hint of proof
- that King "made a pass at" fellow civil rights warrior Ralph Ab-

"We can thank him for our an-
nual Hate Whitey Day."
The controversial remarks
were published in various for-
profit Ron Paul newsletters in
the 1980s and 1990s. Most

1964 Civil Rights Act in 2004,
Ron Paul was still objecting to
it. Incredulously, Paul wants us
to believe that not only did he
not write the un-bylined racist
comments in the newsletters

that carried his rnanme, buLt that
he was unaware they appeared
in his publications.
"I didn't write them, I didn't
read them at the time and I
disavow them," he told Gloria
Borger of CNN. "I never read
that stuff. I was probably un-
aware of it 10 years after it was
written, and it's been going on
20 years that people have pes-
tered me about this. CNN does
it every single time. When are
you going to wear yourself out?"
When Borger continued to
press Paul, he abruptly ter-
minated the interview. "These
are pretty incendiary," she told
Paul. Unclipping his micro-
phone, he said, "Only because
of people like you."
No, only because of Ron
Paul's documented record of


FAMU in danger of losing accreditation?
Some are speculating as versity's band is known world- ty's inability to control this tected when tl
to whether or not Florida wide and the college garners problem. Beyond that, most lege, and it's up
A&M University is in dan- a tremendous amount of re- of us remain disappointed put an end to
ger of losing its accreditation spect. While FAMU continues that a young child sent away way, shape or :
over recent hazing incidents to be one of the top universi- to learn is at risk of being mendous disci]
that have taken place on the ties in the nation, the death thrust into an environment ent it takes to
school's campus. The involve- of Champion highlights a se- where others are enticed to the greatest ma
ment of Governor Rick Scott rious problem in the campus act more like prison inmates in the world wi:

has been a red flag for the
Southern Association of Col-
leges and Schools the body
that grants accreditation for
universities in the state of
Scott recommended that
the FAMU Board of Trustees
suspend university Presi-
dent James Ammons until
pending investigations are
concluded. The association
providing accreditation says
that making such a decision
after being influenced by the
governor is a violation of their
requirement that university
decisions be made without
influence by politics or reli-
The death of Robert Cham-
pion has been a thorn in the
side of FAMU's previously
stellar reputation. The uni-

ne can only pray that the financial liability and signifi-
cant embarrassment being caused by this incident will
push FAMU administrators to get their act together. Young
people should be protected when they go to college...

culture that the university
has failed to address. For rea-
sons that remain unknown,
the university has been un-
able or unwilling to do what it
takes to protect its students
from those who wish to turn
the college experience into
one that involves .bull ini-.
violence, alcoholism and even
As the parent of college
students myself, I am quite
disturbed by the universi-

than educated young people.
This behavior is unaccept-
able and I am hopeful that
old school folks will realize
that we cannot continue to
allow our young people to be
put into harm's way.
One can only pray that the
financial liability and sig-
nificant embarrassment be-
ing caused by this incident
will push FAMU administra-
tors to get their act together.
Young people should be pro-

hey go to col-
Sto all of us to
hazing in any
form. The tre-
pline and tal-
create one of
arching bands
11 remain even

if we aren't pushing students
to the brink of death in order
to get there.
Additionally, students must
remember the slogan used by
the NYPD: "If you see some-
thing, say something." All of
us must police one another
to stomp out hazing where
it stands. You might not win
many friends by speaking
up, but you may end up sav-
ing a life in the process. In
fact, if one of the students
on that bus with Robert that
night had been instilled with
the courage to report what
they were seeing, an edu-
cated Black man would still
be walking on the earth to-
day. Everyone who could have
prevented this incident is go-
ing to have to live with this
truth until the day they die.






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Should rights of felons be restored in

Florida once a sentence is completed?

Sales associate, Miami

I figure if
they have
been in jail
and served .. -
their time why
should we
hold anything
against them? -
Once they
have paid for their crime their
rights should automatically be

Unemployed, Miami

Yes, because ,
once you go in
and come out
you should
have the same
life you had
before you
went in.

School teacher, Liberty City

Their rights
should auto-
matically be
restored be-
cause the fact /

have already
paid their debt
to society. Why
should we keep punishing them?

House keeper, Liberty City

I say that i
their rights
should auto-
matically be
restored -
they have done
their time.

Hospital clerk, Miami

I think it
should take
some time for
their rights to
be restored. I
think they still
need to build
up their trust
with society
because they

os ha us

lost that trust

when they committed a crime.

Retired, El Portal

feel that their
rights should
be restored.
They should
have the op-
portunity and
privilege to en-
joy life, be credible citizens and
have the right to vote.

Governor Scott is sticking to
his platform and has refused
millions of dollars from the
federal government. From the
very beginning of his term,
Scott refused to approve a
$2.3 billion high speed rail
that was 90 percent funded by
the federal government. His
decisions continue to cripple
and devastate Floridians and
residents remain quiet. Scott
has a conservative agenda
and his administration has
refused to go after $106 mil-
lion in federal grant money
and returned millions of al-
located federal money to the
state of Florida. He has also
ordered state agencies to re-
ject any money tied to Presi-
dent Obama's health care
plan. There is federal money
available to help Floridians
but our governor is too stub-
born to accept needed funding
to help balance the budget.
Instead of balancing the
budget and providing poor
and sick Floridians with fi-
nancial support and services,

our governor is slashing mon-
ey for hospitals. Scott is also
laying off state workers and
forcing public employees to
pay 3 percent of their salaries

pre-school programs.
There were many childcare
supporters in Florida that
were excited about the federal
funding program and say it

There were many childcare supporters in Florida that
were excited about the federal funding program and say
it would have greatly benefited programs for high-risk

to cover part of their pension
costs. I was always under the
impression that the elected
governor of a state was in that
position to help and support
the residents.
From Scott's point of view,
he believes he has done a
great job this year. Just re-
cently, Florida has lost its bid
to win $100 million to boost
the care and education of
young children. This program
would have helped children in
childcare prepare for formal
schooling by offering better

would have greatly benefited
programs for high-risk chil-
dren. "With Florida's dismal
ranking on almost every indi-
cator of child well-being, $100
million would have gone a long
way to improve the quality of
early childhood services," said
Mimi Graham, director of the
Center for Prevention & Early
Intervention Policy at Florida
State University.
In 2010 under Governor
Crist, Florida won $700 mil-
lion in the first Race to the Top
competition a program that

funds public education reform
measures. However, under
Scott's direction this year, he
made it clear that the state
would only accept money from
the federal grant program if
there were "no federal strings"
attached to the funding.
Somewhere there is a dis-
connect with our governor and
the federal government fund-
ing. When there is an opportu-
nity to receive federal govern-
ment funding, it would make
sense for the governor and
his administration to follow
the procedures to qualify for
the money. Instead, it appears
that the governor wants to dic-
tate the terms of the funding
and tell the government how
they will spend the money.
Our governor is forgetting
that there is a hierarchy in
the government bureaucracy
and that the federal govern-
ment is more powerful than
the states. Scott also tends to
forget that the voters put him
into office and that he works
for the people.


Hall of Famer: Role model for obese Blacks

Charles Barkley never
wanted to be a role model. The
NBA Hall of Famer made that
much clear in his 1993 Nike
commercial where he said,
"I am not a role model. I'm
not paid to be a role model.
I am paid to wreak havoc on
the basketball court. Parents
should be role models."
He hasn't been paid to
"wreak havoc on the basket-
ball court" since he retired in
2000, but given his penchant
for gambling and excessive
drinking, he didn't much care
to become a role model in his
post-NBA career.
Now, he appears to be
changing his mind. Having
struggled with issues of his
weight since he was a teen-
ager, his giving him claim to
the nickname "Round Mound
of Rebound," Barkley is now
a spokesperson for Weight
Watchers and has slimmed
down considerably. Ironical-
ly, his TNT colleagues once

celebrated his birthday with
a cake made out of Krispy
Kreme donuts.
Barkley doesn't mention
Black men explicitly in his
recent commercial but as a
well-known and respected fig-
ure in the Black community
he sets an example for other

heart disease, stroke and dia-
betes are three of the top ten
causes of death in Black men
and these issues are only ex-
asperated by obesity, we need
to do more to discuss this very
serious problem. Barkley's re-
cent willingness to become
a role model for weight loss

In the 1990s, he described Dr. King as a "world-class philan-
derer who beat up his paramours" and "seduced underage
girls and boys." He even claimed without a hint of proof
-that King "made a pass at" fellow civil rights warrior Ralph

Black men who don't typi-
cally receive an anti-obesity/
pro-health message. It's a dif-
ferent world from what is said
of Black women, whose bod-
ies are often ruthlessly scru-
tinized and ridiculed, while
Black men's large size is over-
looked or at times celebrated.
As of 2009, 63 percent of
Black men in this country
were considered obese. When

is an example to be followed
like that of Rev. Al Sharpton.
The civil right activist was
once known not only for his
James Brown-inspired hairdo
but also for his girth. In the
late 1980s, he led marches
weighing in over 300 pounds
but has slimmed down con-
siderably shedding more
than 100 pounds. Sharpton
points out the obstacles that

often impede the desire to
lose weight, noting, "plenty of
times in our neighborhoods
you can't even get a salad.
You have to cross the tracks
and go downtown to get a nu-
tritious meal. We'll never be
healthy as a people until we
take our communities back."
Sharpton and Barkley
are using their platforms to
speak out about an epidemic
that touches the lives of far
too many in our communi-
ty. It's true that obesity is a
problem for all of America but
with Blacks being 1.4 times
more likely to be obese than
their white counterparts it's
imperative we take control of
this issue in our community.
It won't help if we continue to
scrutinize and shame Black
women for their size while
exonerating Black men. More
everyday Barkleys will have
to step up to the plate and be-
come role models for health


Santorum uses race to slam Barack Obama

Rick Santorum is a former sen-
ator, presidential candidate and
apparently the latest Republican
flavor of the week. With his late
surge in the Iowa caucus polls,
Santorum is receiving more at-
tention than ever. And with that
attention comes increased scru-
tiny regarding his past state-
ments some of which are inex-
plicable and simply bizarre. And
while political prognosticators
are calling him a wildcard in the
GOP primary contests, his re-
marks on the issues particu-
larly race are just wild.
On Meet the Press Sunday,
Santorum asserted that Obama
is the most divisive president
ever. "This president goes out and
gives speech after speech after
speech trying to divide America
between class, between income
group, between racial and ethnic
groups -this is the great divider
in chief."
Santorum gave no specific ex-
amples to support his claims that
the president is divisive, while ig-
noring the countless examples of
White House outreach to Repub-
licans in Congress over the past
few three years. These efforts on
the part of the '.'. hi House often
proved futile, as GOP lawmakers
were focused on the single goal
of dividing the country to win the
election. "Rich versus poor," he
said. "It is classic class warfare.
It's dividing. It's a very divisive
message." And in an interview

with CNS in January 2011, San-
torum suggested that President
Obama should be anti-abortion
because he's Black.
"The question is ... is that hu-

the issue of Iran, Santorum's
solution is to bomb the nation's
nuclear facilities an action
which would seem perilous at
the least. A diehard values con-

On Meet the Press Sunday, Santorum asserted that Obama
is the most divisive president ever. "This president goes
out and gives speech after speech after speech trying
to divide America between class, between income group, between
racial and ethnic groups -this is the great divider in chief."

man life a person under the con-
stitution? And Barack Obama
says no," Santorum said. "Well if
that human life is not a person
then ... I find it almost remark-
able for a Black man to say 'now
we are going to decide who are
people and who are not people,'"
he added.
What Santorum implies is that
Blacks such as Obama should
oppose abortion because they
were once considered three-
fifths of a person by law and
not completely human. And in
saying this, Santorum succeeds
in belittling women's reproduc-
tive rights and the civil rights
movement. For the former Sena-
tor, disrespecting the civil rights
movement is nothing new.
He has said, "America was a
great country before 1965," -
before the creation of the wel-
fare state and the time in which
President Johnson signed his-
toric civil rights legislation. On

servative, Santorum has taken a
number of stands to place him-
self in the middle of the radical
rightward fringe. He is a vocal
opponent of same-sex marriage,

comparing homosexuality to po-
lygamy, sodomy and adultery
and concluding that equal rights
for gays and lesbians "destabi-
lize the family." He blames the
Catholic Church child sex abuse
scandal on liberalism and has
characterized the abuse of chil-
dren by priests as "a basic ho-
mosexual relationship." And he
wants to ban abortion through a
constitutional amendment and
would mandate the teaching of
intelligent design in the public
schools. Santorum is just an-
other mediocre GOP candidate
with a questionable history, cra-
zy ideas and little to no chance
against Obama. Right?

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Art Basel Miami winner gets another big break

Harlem native to show work at Russell Simmons' gallery
By Alexis Garrett Stodghill earned respect in the exclu- is co-owned by Russell Sim-
sive world of fine art. Being a mons and his brother Danny,
T-,,r.- was a time when it Christian, married father of will also showcase a piece
would be unthinkable that a three just sweetens his suc- by fellow New Yorker Miguel
prize winner at Art Basel Mi- cess. Ovallewill, the only other
ami would hail from Harlem. You tend not to see many artist to be awarded in the
But LeRone Wilson would families, in terms of people Bombay Sapphire showcase.
shock most people out of their who are a professional artist Wilson said winning was "an
expectations of who a ground- like myself," Wilson said. "It awesome feeling."
breaking artist might be. This adds to the prestige a little "It was just huge exposure,"
deeply religious, married, bit, because I am a father and he said, as Art Basel Miami is
Black Harlemite father in his I am a husband. It's just a "one of the biggest venues in
'40s contrasts sharply with wonderful feeling." the U.S. and internationally."
the wild image of a more fa- Wilson won the Bombay Indeed, it is one of the
mous artist like Jean-Michel Sapphire Artisan Series for a world's largest art markets
Basquiat. Yet after winning piece called "A Path Through drawing thousands of fine
the Bombay Sapphire Artisan the Sky," which can be viewed art professionals every year.
Series at Art Basel Miami in beginning in February 2012 In contrast with this public
early December, he joins the at the Rush Gallery in Chel- acclaim, the name "A Path
lint nf Rlack artists who have sea, N.Y. The space, which Through the Sky" reflects

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Wilson's deeply religious per-
"My spirituality has evolved

in my work, because I asked
for a blueprint from Him to
bring my creativity out, so
that the world can see it," he
When he found himself
struggling with problems he
recalls, "God spoke to me
and said, 'I've already taken
care of that. You need to just
back out of the way and let
me handle that and just fo-
cus on me and what I want
you to create in this work.'"
Armed with this faith, Wil-
son forged "A Path Through
the Sky" using the ancient
technique of shaping molten
beeswax called encaustic,
which requires a high level of
dexterity. His mastery of this
medium set him apart from

the competition Wilson
beat out 4,000 contestants
to win his Art Basel Miami
prize. Wilson's achievement
is a remarkable example of
how much has changed for
Black artists. The coming
display of his award-winning
work in a gallery owned by
Black entrepreneurs is fur-
ther evidence of the expand-
ed opportunities they are en-
joying. And Wilson is ready
to blossom within this field.
"With 2012 coming, it will
be a huge turning point in
my work," he said. "Finally,
the exposure that I need to
make a breakthrough is hap-
pening. I just want to create
a body of new work, and have
a solo show of my own."

Youth group remembers Negro

League through art expressions
By Randy Grice

Children from the Ur-
ban Renewal Greater En-
hancement National Team
[URGENT], Inc,'s Youth
Empowerment Program,
Grandparents Raising Grand
Children Program and Over-
town Youth Center recently
celebrated the Negro League
Baseball's historical legacy
at Dorsey Park, 1701 NW 1st
Ave., in Overtown. The park,
once fondly referred to as the
"Dust Bowl," hosted a day of
artistic expression as young
people painted murals under
the watchful eyes of two mu-
ral banners of Negro League
greats Dizzy Dean and
Satchel Paige. The two ban-
ners, donated by Miami-Dade
College's art exhibit "We Are
the Ship," went up perma-
nently at the park. The origi-

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nal oil painting by artist Ka-
dir Nelson can be seen at the

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Miami-Dade County Freedom
Tower Art Gallery.

Local arts center celebrates Black culture

The Kuumba Artists Collective of South Flor-
ida brought joy, culture and a spirit of history
to the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
during their annual art exhibit on Monday, Dec.
The day's celebration was dedicated to hon-

oring the first principal of Kwanzaa "umoja"
- meaning unity. The cultural celebration of
Kwanzaa was actually started in 1966 by a col-
lege professor and community activist in order
to re-connect Americans of Black heritage with
their African roots.

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Fashion's most memorable trends arrive early

By Samantha Critchell

NEW YORK (AP) You'll find a
drop-waist dress when you set off
on your first shopping spree of the
new year, and you probably already
can find a flouncy ruffle attached
to a chic, trim jacket or sheath in
stores. But for all the talk about
fast fashion, few looks move di-
rectly from the runway to the real
world without some tweaks and ad-
Designers, manufacturers and
retailers use the months between
splashy previews and on-sale dates
to harness big ideas and turn them
into the garments they hope people
will find appealing and flattering,
and motivate them to buy.
"People want fashion with a little
'f.' They're not ready yet or in-
terested in fashion with the big
'F,'" says Catherine Moellering, ex-
ecutive vice president of the Tobe
Report, a fashion and retail trend
consultancy. Those same consum-
ers, though, would be fully under-
whelmed if the Marc Jacobs, Miuc-
cia Pradas and Karl Lagerfelds of
the world trotted down the catwalk
practical, utilitarian clothes.
The runway is for big ideas that
need to be translated into actual
trends, agrees Joanna Coles, edi-
tor-in-chief of Marie Claire.
Maybe all it will take is lining
sheer clothes with an additional
layer, or stretching the hem of a
miniskirt. Sometimes it's a cost
decision and pricey pearls will be
swapped for paillettes. There is
a middle ground to meet, experts
Thinking back to Raf Simons' Jil
Sander show in October, Coles says
the stark white looks were so exag-
gerated you couldn't help but think
of chic nurses. When she went into

Believe the

Black hair

By Adrienne Jordan
Miami Times writer

"Hair is the sexiest part of
a woman; iLi-supersedes lips,
breasts, hips, and legs," says
author Bruce WendeU Branch.
The half-trillion dollars spent
by Blacks on hair care in 2009
illustrates this fixation on per-
sonal appearance. Black women
invest in a range of hair styles
today, from weaves, to lace-front
wigs, relaxers, braids and natu-
ral styles. Where did the shift
begin from wearing hair in its
natural state to the advent of
what could be called a boom and
diversification in the Black hair
care industry?
From a scientific perspective,
Black hair in its tight, textured
form was used as a natural pro-
tection from the sweltering sun
in Africa, where the curls pro-
vided circulation of cool air to
the scalp. The shift from wear-
ing hair naturally to Wearing it
in straight styles has Eurocen-
tric origins. This Westernized
desire of beauty sparked inven-
tions and patents that initiated
a multitude of hairstyle trends.
Hair straightening became a
sensation during the early 20th
century from the patenting of
the hot comb by Annie Malone
in 1900 to the introduction of
chemical hair straighteners in
the 1940's.
Hair extensions became heav-
ily desired following the popu-
larization of wigs by Motown art-
ists such as The Supremes. Hair
weaves remain a hot topic in the
Black community. According
to stylist, Barry Fletcher, "Hair
weaving can be an asset and
could contribute to the growing
and maintaining of healthier
One Black woman has revolu-
tionized the weave industry by
creating her own Virgin Indian
Hair company. Ericka Dotson
formed Indique, which she says
is unique from other weave com-
panies because they "fill an in-
formation void in the hair indus-
try by educating their customers
about weaves through videos,
pictures, hair health and excel-
lent customer service."
During the civil rights and
Black power movements of the
60's and 70's, natural hair was
used as an expression of political
commitments and rejection of
Eurocentric standards of beauty.
Recently there has been a

rebirth of the natural hair hype,
with natural hair blogs, websites
and YouTube How-to videos
creating far-reaching inspiration
for those looking to transition
from relaxers to natural.

the label's showroom a few days
later, however, she saw the com-
mercial appeal of the clean, optic
separates especially the button-
down shirts.
It was the same thing with Pra-
da's over-the-top 1950s theme.
Styled as if they were pinup girls
in Hollywood's heyday, the models
looked like they were in costumes,
but when she saw those pleated
skirts and lace coats up close, she
saw them becoming an instant hit

to refresh springtime wardrobes
after many months of winter dol-
That s what editors, retailers and
stylists do: After they ve taken in
the drama of runway, thev attend
re-sees" in designers' studios to
see what is really planned for com-
mercial shipment.
Some of it could still be edgy
and fashion-forward that's what
pushes trends but then there'll
be more of the staple items that

don t need a coveted spot in a fash-
ion show because everyone knows
that Diane von Furstenberg makes
a good wrap dress and Burberry
does a fantastic trench.
"You need to identify who and
what are the real under-the-radar
fashion drivers," says Stephanie
Solomon, vice president for fashion
direction at Bloomingdale's. "You're
always keeping your antenna out
to new ideas, and we can't be afraid
to take those risks, but they have

to be wearable. We try to make the
trends happen for a broader audi-
ence than the fashion tribe who
pick up on trends immediately."
There's a cycle that can take
months, Solomon says, although
it's definitely speeding up now that
everyday shoppers can see shows
as they happen. Bloomingdale's,
for one, put a rush on neon colors
and printed pants. "Some seasons
basics have more importance than
other seasons, but during tough

economic times, they don't do well.
Novelty items do better," she ex-
plains. "It might not make sense,
but it's all emotional."
Adviser Moellering expects taste-
makers and then their followers
- to pick up on the exotic safari
looks, the candy colors, the flatter-
ing '50s-style dresses and touches
from the '20s, especially after the
Baz Luhrmann version of "The
Great Gatsby" comes out at the end
of next year.

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Florida was


as only it can be in 2011

By Brendan Farrington
Associated Pre;\

hear about the giant Lego ma
that washed up on Siesta Key
beach? What about the man
walked into a bar, ordered a 1
and disappeared for 30 minu
to rob a bank. only to return
and finish his drink' Or how
about the puzzling story of th
baby grand piano that showe
up on a sandbar near Miami?
That's F:orida, where weird
an everyday event
Over the past year, a 92-yea
old Helen Staudinger fired fo
shots at a neighbor who refuse
to kiss her, a Delray Beach m
cut off a piece of a dead whale
that washed ashore planni
to eat it and an 8-year-old
gave her teacher some mariju
na and said: "This is some of
mom's weed.

The piano was a mystery for
about a month. On Jan. 1. 201
the charred instrument showe
up on a Biscayne Bay sandbar
couple hundred yards from sh
A 16-year-old student eventua
admitted he put it there as par
an art project A day after it wa
removed, someone set up a tat
with two chairs, place settings
and a bottle of wine.

It's s:ill not clear how .
the 100-pound, S-foot-
tall Lego man washed
ashore The local
tourism bureau hoped
to use Lego man to pro-
mote the area, but the
man w ho found it has
placed a claim on it. He can ke
it if the owner doesn t collect it
before early next year. As for tl
bar-bank robber, he was arrest
at his watering hole. not too lo
after the holdup.
Author Tim Dorsey. whose
novels include Florida strange
ness both real and fantasy, sai
the state is an odd place becau
of its diverse, highly transient
"There's pockets of strange
all over the country, but here i
a baseline lifestylee There, it s
aberration. There, it s the tail
of the bell curve. Here, it's the
peak of the bell curve,' Dorsey
It's probably why Lego man
received more media attention
than the $: 25 million worth
of cocaine that washed up on a
beach south of Port Canaveral
September and the $2.2 million
in cocaine that washed up on
Fort Pierce beach the next mor
There are a lot of odd drug stoi
in Florida.

Like the Bo\ nton Beach Poli,
Departments 2010 "Officer of
Year," Da'. id Brtto who was ac
caused of selling drugs in 2011.

Or the mar i.uana found
growing on the property of the
84-year-old Oak Hill mayor Ma
Lee Cook.
There were also several young
Floridians that contributed to
this year's odd news.
In Palm Beach County, an
elementary school teacher opei
an end-of-the-year gift from ar
8-year-old student's grandmot
and found toiletries and a

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The 8-foot-tall Lego-man washed tup

loaded handgun. A Tampa woman
1, upset with her 15-year-old son's
.d bad grades forced him to stand
a on a street corner with a sign that
ore. read Honk if I need an educa-
lly tion.'
rt of
S A 15-year-old Florida Keys girl
who is a big fan of the
"1vilight" books and
movies was afraid that
at _4.H her mother would get
upset by the bite marks
her boyfriend gave her
after they acted out her
S vampire fantasy. She
BRITTO made up a story about
being attacked; doubtful
investigators got her to
eep tell the truth.
Deputies arrested an
he 18-month-old's father after they
ted found the man passed out in his
ng mobile home while the
toddler was in the yard -r
picking up beer cans and
drinking from them. i.
id '
Pasco County depu-
less ties said a woman
t s walked into a bank with
the a 3-year-old boy and CC
end robbed it. A homeless
man held up a Tampa bank, fled
on a city bus and handed out
stolen cash to passengers. Pohce
say a man robbed a Gainesville
credit union then began throwing
money from his car as he fled on
S Interstate 75
in And while he didn't rob it.
n an unhappy Palm Coast bank
a customer left quite a deposit. He
nth. urnated in a drive-through bank
ries tube and drove off

Animals always account for a
ce fair share of odd news At the Mi-
the ami airport, a Brazilian trying to
S get through security was caught
with several baby pythons and
tortoise hatchlings in his under-
wear. A woman found a 7-foot
alligator in her bathroom, and a
man stored hus dead cougar in a
ary freezer.
Wddlife officers arrested two
iger men with sacks containing about
260 alligator hatchlings near
Lake Apopka. A 10-foot gator
attacked an Alachua Count)
ned sheriffs cruiser, damaging the
S front bumper as the office waited
her for a trapper.


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-Pholo rrovalea by Jerd Hindman
overnight on Siesta Key

A Jupiter condomini
sociation is requinng r
to pay for DNA testing
dogs so they can track
doesn't pick up their p
poop. Offending poop
to Tennessee where a
seeks a match
A dog ate $1,000 in
cash a St Augustine
couple left on a table.
Among creatures
found in Florida pools
were an alligator, a
python, a bear and a
retired racehorse.

A Fort Pierce wom-
an carnre to her hus-
band s rescue when
a cow attacked him, re
the animal several tim
pickup truck and there
-:. :.. up a pistol an

it in the face

urn as-
for their
Down who
is mailed


ies with a
d shooting

I' n an unusual crime
S stories, two managers
of a Lake City Domino's
Pizza were charged with
burning do.'wn a rival
Papa John's as a way to
)OK increase business. Two
deaf men using sign
language were stabbed at a Hal-
landale Beach bar when another
costumer thought they were
flashing gang signs.
Police in St. Petersburg said
two would-be car packers forced a
couple out of their car at gun-
point. but then ran away after
they couldn't figure out how to
drive a stick shift.
A North Naples man who was
pulled over for a traffic violation
called 911 and reported a shoot-
ing nearb. to get out of a ticket.
He still got a ticket and was also
charged witth making a false 911

A Lake County jail inmate
discovered a glitch in the phone
system that reimbursed him
twice for calls that didn't con-
nect, so he made a lot of them
and hung up. He earned more
than $1.250, which he used to
post bond. Later that day he was
charged with grand theft.

Investigators found a piece of
severed finger inside a glove near
a house that had been set on fire
and used it to track down the
In other odd fiery news, a
man in Fort Lauderdale injured
himself when he was smoking a
cigarette while using an oxygen
machine and the unit exploded.
A Fort Walton Beach man set
his house on fire while smoking
a cigarette and cleaning his foot
with rubbing alcohol. A Boynton
Beach man splashed rubbing
alcohol on his roommate's boxer
shorts and set them on.fire be-
cause he was late with the rent.
In similar fashion, but perhaps
for a different reason, a Marion
County woman was charged
with setting her boyfriend's geni-
tal area on fire.

A Flagler County womar who
bought what she thought was a
novelty cigarette lighter called
authorities when it turned out
to be a real, though not live,
grenade. Police in Greenacres
evacuated a neighborhood when
a woman digging in her yard
uncovered a World War II-era
grenade and a Jacksonville man
found a World War II-era ba-
zooka round while tearing down
a shed
A celebrity boxing promoter
sued Jose Canseco when the
former baseball star sent his
identical twin Ozzie to the bout

A Pensacola Toyota dealer lost
a $7.5 million lawsuit filed by
an Iranian-born competitor The
lawsuit said the dealer told cus-
tomers that his competitor was
funneling money to terrorists
and called his business Taliban
A South Florida man accident-
ly threw out his wife's engage-
ment ring then went to the dump
the next day and sifted through
a 9-ton pile of trash. He found it


Not that romance
:. always flourished in
Florida. A Broward
County woman was
arrested after holding
a steak knife to her
husband s throat and
Demanding he sign
S'"' divorce papers.

*' *-- '- "t'Gaintsville woman
was arrested after her ex-boN -
friend accused her of throwing
an urn .with his mother's ashes
through a window and an Orange
County man laid down in front rlf
a car to try to stop his girlfriend
from least ing after a fight. But the
driver didn't see him and he %as
run over. Panama City police say
a man crashed through a Waffle-
House while trying to run oxer his
wife. a waitress at the restaurant
Deputies said a Walmart em-
ployee in Naples pepper sprayed a
co-worker and then bit the tip off
her finger after hearing a rumor
that the victim was sleeping 'with
the attacker's husband
And in just plain odd nev.s. an
Ocala ice cream shop got rid of
its costumed mascot a wa\ving
vanilla cone because passers-by
kept mistaking him for a hooded
Ku Klux Klansman.

By Jeffrey Gettleman

MOGADISHU, Somalia The
girl's voice dropped to a hush
as she remembered the bright,
sunny afternoon when she
stepped out of her hut and saw
her best friend buried in the
sand, up to her neck.
Her friend had made the mis-
take of refusing to marry a Sha-
bab commander. Now she was
about to get her head bashed in,
rock by rock.
"You're next," the Shabab
warned the girl, a frail 17-year-
old who was living with her
brother., in a~i squalid, refugee
Several months later, the men
came back. Five militants burst
into her hut, pinned her down
and gang-raped her, she said.
They claimed to be on a jihad,
or holy war, and any resistance
was considered a crime against
Islam, punishable by death.
"I've had some very bad
dreams about these men," she
said, having recently escaped
the area they control. "I don't
know what religion they are."
Somalia has been steadily
worn down by decades of con-
flict and chaos, its cities in ru-
ins and its people starving. Just
this year, tens of thousands
have died from famine, with
countless others cut down in
relentless combat. Now Soma-
lis face yet another widespread
terror: an alarming increase in
rapes and sexual abuse of wom-
en and girls.
The Shabab militant group,

which presents itself as a mor-
ally righteous rebel force and
the defender of pure Islam, is
seizing women and girls as
spoils of war, gang-raping and
abusing them as part of its
reign of terror in southern So-
malia, according to victims, aid
workers and United Nations of-
ficials. Short of cash and losing
ground, the militants are also
forcing families to hand over
girls for arranged marriages
that often last no more than a
few weeks and are essentially
sexual slavery, a cheap way to
bolster their ranks' flagging mo-
rale,,,n_), ,ii n so 3- .-*s
But.it is not justthe Shabab.
In the past few months, aid
workers and victims say, there
has been a free-for-all of armed
men preying upon women and
girls displaced by Somalia's
famine, who often trek hun-
dreds of miles searching for food
and end up in crowded, lawless
refugee camps where Islamist
militants, rogue militiamen and
even government soldiers rape,
rob and kill with impunity.
With the famine putting hun-
dreds of thousands of women
on the move severing them
from their traditional protec-
tion mechanism, the clan aid
workers say more Somali women
are being raped right now than
at any time in recent memory.
In some areas, they say, women
are being used as chits at road-
blocks, surrendered to the gun-
men staffing the barrier in the
road so that a group of desper-
ate refugees can pass.

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Man orders beer, robs bank and returns
Authorities say a Tampa Bay area man ordered a beer at
a bar, left to rob a nearby bank then came back to finish his
beer. Fifty-two-year-old John Robin Whittle was arrested at
the Hayloft Bar in Port Richey. Deputies say he's the man
who robbed a Wells-Fargo bank branch but not before stop-
ping off at the Hayloft for a brew. A bartender there says
Whittle ordered a beer, disappeared for about 30 minutes and
then returned to his beer. Deputies say they arrested him at
the bar about 10 minutes after he left the bank.

Man dies after being struck by three cars
A 48-year-old man was hit by one car on Northwest 114th
Street and 17th Avenue on Christmas night. Then, a second
and third car struck him. The pedestrian died on the scene.
Officials said the driver of the first car stayed on the scene but
the other two drivers fled. Police are now searching for those
hit-and-run drivers.

Homeless man arrested after
stealing socks off woman's feet
A 40-year-old homeless man was arrested last week after a
woman said he stole the socks off of her feet in a store park-
ing lot.The woman, a 21-year-old, told police that she was
getting into her PT Cruiser at a Target store when she felt
someone grab her left foot. The man, who was hiding under
her car, removed both black socks from her feet. The woman
yelled at the man and the suspect fled; police soon spotted
him nearby and arrested him after a foot chase. The suspect
had the victim's socks in his coat pocket, police said.

For Somali women, pain

of being a spoil of war







Facing economic woes, Jamaicans throw out ruling party
.First fem prime minister o e to examine what went wrong. jobs. Specifics are few, however
Firsfemale rime m iter returned t e "I wish the new government Her party will face deep eco
Firstfemae a ~J,,,, ~ ~lii~

By David McFadden
The Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica On
Jamaica's rutted streets, the
complaints have been chronic -
homeownership is out of reach
for most wage earners, the cost
of electricity has skyrocketed,
water service regularly fizzles
out and decent jobs are scarce.
Fed up with chronic hard times,
voters in this debt-wracked Ca-
ribbean nation on Thursday
threw out the ruling party and
delivered a landslide triumph to
the opposition People's National
Party [PNP] whose campaign
energetically tapped voter dis-
illusionment especially among
the numerous struggling poor.

The win marks a remarkable
political comeback for former
Prime Minister Portia Simpson
Miller, who was Jamaica's first
female leader during her year-
and-a-half-long first stint in
office that ended in 2007. The
66-year-old known affection-
ately as "Sista P" reached out
to Jamaicans as a champion of
the poor with a popular touch.
"She cares about the ghetto
people," said Trishette Bond, a
20-something resident of grit-
ty Trench Town who wore an
orange shirt and a bright or-
ange wig, the color of Simpson
Miller's slightly centre-left par-
ty, which led the island for 18
years before narrowly losing in
the 2007 elections.

As word of her election win
emerged Thursday night, PNP
supporters shimmied and
shouted in the capital, Kings-
ton, and motorists honked
horns in celebration as they
tore down the streets.
"I am humbled as I stand be-
fore you and I wish to thank the
Jamaican people for their love,
for their support and for giv-
ing the People's National Party
and the leader of the party her
own mandate," she said, after
receiving hugs from numerous
candidates, some crying.
Simpson Miller defeated
Prime Minister Andrew Hol-
ness, who at 39 is Jamaica's
youngest leader and leads the
centre-right Jamaica Labor

Portia Simpson Miller
Holness said the defeat will
prompt a time of introspection
and reflection for party leaders

well. we nope lor mte ueneiiii u
the country that they will do
a good job," said Holness, who
warned during the campaign
that an opposition win would
scare away foreign investment
and dash hopes of economic
Simpson Miller is beloved by
her supporters for her folksy,
plainspoken style. She became
Jamaica's first female prime
minister in March 2006 after
she was picked by party del-
egates when P.J. Patterson re-
tired as leader. But she was
tossed out of office a year later
in a narrow election defeat.
This time around, she has
pledged to lift debt-wracked
Jamaica out of poverty, secure
foreign investment and create


nomicUIIII problemsUU in tlls i icanLi
of 2.8 million people, with a
punishing debt of roughly $18.6
billion, or 130 per cent of gross
domestic product. That's a rate
about 10 percentage points
higher than debt-troubled Ita-
The two top candidates' dif-
ferent styles were clear while
they cast their votes. Holness
is largely seen as unexciting
but bright and pragmatic. He
whisked into the voting cen-
tre in the middle class area of
Mona, barely interacting with
voters. By contrast, Simpson
Miller hugged and chatted with
supporters at a school in Whit-
field Town and told election
workers to help struggling el-
derly voters.

Lieutenant Governor sees

brighter holiday season

By Jennifer Carroll

This holiday season is
brighter for job seekers, Flor-
ida families and small busi-
nesses. Thanks to Gov. Rick
Scott's focus on jobs and the
economy, the unemployment
rate is down two full points
from last year, over 130,000
private sector jobs have been
created in the last 11 months
and taxes are lower for home-
owners and small businesses.
In Broward, Miami-Dade
and Palm Beach counties the
unemployment rate has fallen
and 80,000 more people have
Some of the South Florida
economic projects that I've
been involved with this year
include Lockheed Martin.
With financial support from
Space Florida, the firm will
build its underwater submers-
ible at West Palm Beach. This
will bring an additional 50
high-tech jobs to the region.-
The South African trade mis-
sion 1 led will bring increased
trade activities at the Port of
Miami, Miami International
Airport and Opa-Locka Air-
port. $40 million in increased
trade is expected for many
Florida companies as a result
of the South African visit.
I've personally visited all
of the military installations
in South Florida including
Southern Command, Coast


Florida Lieutenant Governor
Guard Seventh District and
Homestead Air Reserve Base.
I have also traveled to the Pen-
tagon and Capitol Hill to sup-
port these installations.
This work is paying off: the
F-16 Fighter Wing at Home-
stead Air Reserve Base added
168 new jobs for South Flori-
da and 380 civilian jobs have
been added by the Air Force on
the Space Coast.
The governor and I under-
stand that many families have
lost their jobs and homes. We
believe that what matters most
to Florida's families is having
a job. With a good paying job.
Floridians will have the oppor-
tunity to achieve the American
dream. Our pledge to you is to
make the next holiday season
an even brighter one.

-Photo courtesy of Tony Brooks

Former prime minister visits S. Florida

Andrew Holness, 39 (center) was defeated last Thursday, Dec. 29 by Portia Simpson Miller, in an historic election that resulted
in him losing his position as prime minister of Jamaica. Just a few weeks ago, Holness was in South Florida on his first trip ever to
the area to talk about the key issues facing his country. He is pictured above with the children of some of the guests that attended
a reception held in his honor. Holness said the economy in Jamaica was his top priority and that more jobs were particularly for en-
trepreneurs and small businesses.

Rothstein throws friends under the bus

UM deal in booster

case saves ex-players

from humiliation

Hurricanes pay $83,000 to bankruptcy trustee

Former University of Miami
football players are breathing
easier this week after the UM
agreed to pay $83,000 to the
bankruptcy trustee in the case
of Nevin Shapero now serving
20 years for defrauding inves-
tors in a ponzi scheme.
In exchange, the bankruptcy
trustee agreed not to try to re-
coup any more money from UM
or the 70 living players who are
alleged to have received cash.
gifts or services from Shapiro,
in violation of NCAA rules. The
deal eliminates the likelihood
of former Hurricane players
having to disclose under oath
potentially incriminating in-
formation about improper gifts
received from Shapiro testi-
mony that might have further
embarrassed the university.
As for the money UM is pay-
ing, $55,610 will be shared
among victims of Shapiro's
Ponzi scheme and the remain-
ing $27,390 will go the firm
Tabas Freedman, which repre-
sents bankruptcy trustee Joel
Tabas.The settlement must
be approved by a bankruptcy
court judge, Laurel Isicoff, Feb.
27 in downtown Miami, "but I
see no reason why it wouldn't
be approved," said Gary Freed-
man, who is representing Ta-
bas.The agreement, reached
last week, came days before a
Dec. 30 deadline for the bank-
ruptcy trustee to file claims in
the case involving UM, because
of a two-year statute of limita-

tions from the time the action
was filed. Neither UM nor the
bankruptcy trustee announced
the settlement, but both con-
firmed the deal to The Aliami
Herald on Thursday."The Uni-
versity of Miami has reached
a settlement with Joel Tabas,
the bankruptcy trustee rep-
resenting Capital Investments
USA Inc. Investors," UM said
in a statement. "The university
has agreed to return $83.000
in monies received both direct-
ly and indirectly from Capital
Investments owner Nevin K.
Shapiro."This amount includes
payment of $3,000 in penalties
levied by the NCAA on 11 cur-
rent student athletes who re-
ceived improper benefits from
The agreement was the result
of a lengthy negotiation pro-
cess and brings closure to the
university's obligations in the
bankruptcy case. UM declined
to comment further, but offi-
cials involved in the case point-
ed to two factors why the set-
tlement makes sense for UM.
If a settlement had not been
reached, Freedman said he was
prepared to both sue and sub-
poena former Hurricanes play-
ers to testify about what they
received from Shapiro. That
would have been potentially
damaging to UM, because that
testimony could be used by the
NCAA in its ongoing investiga-
tion of the Hurricanes athletic

By Jon Burstein
and Peter Franceschina

Being Scott Rothstein's friend
could mean huge benefits: VIP
seating at Heat and Dolphins
games, jaunts on private jets,
black-tie charity events and
"Boys' Night Out" excursions
featuring strippers and hookers.
The convicted Ponzi schemer
lived large and loud, with
free-flowing cash, drinks and
dinners for his "dear friends,"
business associates and inves-
tors in his $1.4 billion fraud, he
now says.
During 10 days of sworn tes-
timony this month, Rothstein
threw many of his erstwhile
friends under the bus, one by
one. In his latest incarnation as
penitent uber thief, Rothstein
tossed out damning accusa-
tions against more than a
dozen people he said he enticed

into his "rock-star lifestyle."
He said many close to him
helped perpetrate his invest-
ment fraud or knew of his
illegal activities, including at-
torneys in his Fort Lauderdale
law firm, Rothstein Rosenfeldt
Adler. He said he helped other
friends commit crimes and
subvert the justice system. And
when asked who he supplied
with high-priced female escorts,
Rothstein cited name after
Rothstein said he had no
choice but to talk that fed-
eral prosecutors demanded he
tell the whole truth if he wanted
to reduce his 50-year prison
"Do you understand that I
turned my uncle in?" Rothstein
said at one point. "I've told
them about things that people
- all kinds of people close to
me did. Family members, very,

Convicted Ponzi schemer
very close friends, OK. I've not
left anyone out."
Take Fort Lauderdale car
dealer Ted Morse, Rothstein's
best man at his 2008 wedding.
Rothstein described Morse as
his "best friend," like a "broth-

States ring in New Year with slew c

Measures target abortion, immigration, alcohol, animals

CNN New laws went into
effect Jan. 1st and cover some
of the nation's most conten-
tious issues, from immigration
to abortion, while others deal
with tanning beds, tuition and
where you can sell a pet.
In all, nearly 40,000 new
laws were enacted in 2011, ac-
cording to the National Con-
ference of State Legislatures.
Some take effect New Year's
Among them is a contro-
versial California provision
requiring that schools add
"lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender Americans" to
the list of those whose contri-
butions "to the development
of California and the United
States" must be taught in

New laws in Delaware and
Hawaii make same-sex cou-
ples eligible for civil unions
and grant them the same
rights and benefits as mar-
ried couples under the law, the
NCSL said.
In New Hampshire, starting
Jan. 1, minors will have to in-
form a parent before getting an
abortion or seek a court order
to avoid parental notification.
Gov. John Lynch had vetoed
the bill, arguing that there
must be an exception for rape,
incest and abuse. But the Leg-
islature overrode his veto.
New laws in Louisiana, Ten-
nessee, South Carolina and
Georgia require businesses to
enroll in the federal E-verify
program to ensure employees
are eligible to work in the Unit-

ed States, the NCSL

Many of the new laws are in
California, including one pro-
hibiting the use of ultravio-
let tanning devices by minors
and another making it a crime
to sell "a live animal on any
street, highway, public rightof-
way, parking lot, carnival or
boardwalk." said.
Some laws ahead for the new
year focus on health issues.
One in California prohibits
the production or sale of beer
to which caffeine has been
Both Oregon and California
will prohibit the sale of shark
fins in the new year.
Oregon is requiring state col-
leges and universities to waive

er." But their relationship didn't
stop Rothstein from alleging
that Morse had figured out his
fraud and turned a blind eye.
Morse's attorneys say their
client had no knowledge of the
Ponzi scheme.
Rothstein, who stole tens of
millions of dollars from the
Morse family, was asked why
he didn't shield his best buddy.
"Because I knew I would be
able to control the payouts to
him and barring the explosion
I would be able to make sure he
got every penny back," Roth-
stein said.
Another person he once
described as a close friend was
Fort Lauderdale businessman
Howard Gruverman, who heads
Edify LLC, a health-benefits
consulting firm. Rothstein had
a stake in Edify, but lost it
when he defaulted on payments
he owed Gruverman.

,f new laws
tuition and fees for foster chil-
dren younger than 25.
Some new state laws amend
crime provisions. Kentucky
will require that certain in-
mates convicted of drug crimes
serve the final six months of
their sentences in the commu-
nity, under supervision.
Oregon will require ignition
interlock devices comput-
erized breath analyzers for
people convicted of driving un-
der the influence.
And more states are joining
a nationwide movement for
tougher laws against distract-
ed driving. Nevada will prohib-
it all drivers from texting and
using hand-held devices, the
NCSL said. North Dakota is
banning drivers younger than
18 from using cellphones in
their cars and barring all driv-
ers from texting.

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U.S. will cut billions from its hefty military budget

U.S. will cut billions from its hefty military budget

continued from 1A

wars at once.
Instead, he will say that the
military will be large enough to
fight and win one major con-
flict, while also being able to
"spoil" a second adversary's
ambitions in another part of the
world while conducting a num-
ber of other smaller operations,
like providing disaster relief or
enforcing a no-flight zone.

Pentagon officials, in the
meantime, are in final delib-
erations about potential cuts to
virtually every important area
of military spending: the nucle-
ar arsenal, warships, combat
aircraft, salaries, and retire-
ment and health benefits. With
the war in Iraq over and the one
in Afghanistan winding down,
Panetta is weighing how sig-
nificantly to shrink America's
ground forces.
There is broad agreement
on the left, right and center
that $450 billion in cuts over
a decade the amount that
the White House and Penta-
gon agreed to last summer -
is acceptable. That is about 8
percent of the Pentagon's base
budget. But there is intense de-
bate about an additional $500
billion in cuts that may have
to be made if Congress follows
through with deeper reduc-
Panetta and defense hawks
say a reduction of $1 trillion,
about 17 percent of the Pen-
tagon's base budget, would be
ruinous to national security.
Democrats and a few Republi-
cans say that it would be pain-
ful but manageable; they add
that there were steeper military
cuts after the Cold War and the
wars in Korea and Vietnam.

"Even at a trillion dollars,
this is a shallower build-down
than any of the last three we've
do*,tk7 iCtGordon Adams, who

oversaw military budgets in the
Clinton White House and is now
a fellow at the Stimson Center,
a nonprofit research group in
Washington. "It would still be
the world's most dominant mili-
tary. We would be in an arms
race with ourselves."
Many who are more worried
about cuts, including Panetta,
acknowledge that Pentagon per-
sonnel costs are unsustainable
and that generous retirement
benefits may have to be scaled
back to save crucial weapons
"If we allow the current trend
to continue," said Arnold L.
Punaro, a consultant on a Pen-
tagon advisory group, the De-
fense Business Board, who has
pushed for changes in the mili-
tary retirement system, "we're
going to turn the Department
of Defense into a benefits com-
pany that occasionally kills a
Panetta will outline the strat-
egy guiding his spending plans
at a news conference this week,
and the specific cuts for now,
the Pentagon has prepared
about $260 billion in cuts for
the next five years will be de-
tailed in the t's annual budget
submission to Congress, where
they will be debated and almost
certainly amended before ap-
proval. Although the proposals
look to budget cuts over a de-
cade, any future president can
decide to propose an alternative
spending plan to Congress.
The looming cuts inevitably
force decisions on the scope and
future of the American military.
If, say, the Pentagon saves $7
billion over a decade by reduc-
ing the number of aircraft car-
riers to 10 from 11, would there
be sufficient forces in the Pacific
to counter an increasingly bold
China? If the Pentagon saves
nearly $150 billion in the next
10 years by shrinking the Army
to, say, 483,000 troops from
570,000, would America be pre-
pared for a grinding, lengthy
ground war in Asia?
What ab6 tt savirrg'f1re than

$100 billion in health care cut-
backs for working-age military
retirees? Would that break a
promise to those who risked
their lives for the country?
The calculations exclude the
costs of the wars in Iraq and Af-
ghanistan, which will go down
over the next decade. Even after
the winding down of the wars
and the potential $1 trillion in
cuts over the next decade, the
Pentagon's annual budget, now
$530 billion, would shrink to
$472 billion in 2013, or about
the size of the budget in 2007.
It is also important to re-
member that Panetta, a former
White House budget chief, un-
derstands budget politics like
few other defense secretaries.
When he sent a dire letter to
Capitol Hill late last year that
held out the prospect of huge re-
ductions in some of Congress's
favorite weapons programs, an-
alysts saw it as a classic tactic
to rouse the Hill to his side.
They noted that Panetta did
not cite the $100 billion that
the previous defense secretary,
Robert M. Gates, said could be
saved by reducing the number
of contractors, cutting over-
head, consolidating technology
and limiting spending in the
executive offices of the Penta-
"Talking about business
practices doesn't sound the
alarm bells," said Travis Sharp,
a defense budget specialist at
the Center for a New American
Security, a defense policy re-
search institution.

Military benefits and sala-
ries, although politically diffi-
cult to cut, are first in the line
of sight of many defense bud-
get analysts. Scaling back the
Pentagon's health care and re-
tirement systems and capping
raises would yield hundreds of
billions of dollars in projected
savings over the next decade.
As it stands now, the Penta-
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year, nearly a third of its base
budget, on military personnel
costs: $107 billion for salaries
and allowances, $50 billion for
health care and $24 billion in
retirement pay.
One independent analyst,
Todd Harrison of the Center
for Strategic and Budgetary
Assessments, a nonpartisan
policy and research group in
Washington, has calculated
that if military personnel costs
continue rising at the rate they
have over the past decade, and
overall Pentagon spending does
not increase, by 2039 the entire
defense budget would be con-
sumed by personnel costs.
Most of Washington's "cut
lists" recommend increases in
fees for beneficiaries in the Pen-
tagon's health insurance, Tri-
care. But the higher fees would
affect only working-age retirees
and not active-duty personnel,
who do not pay for health care.
Other proposals call for cap-
ping increases in military sala-
ries, which have had double-
digit increases since the Sept.
11 attacks, often because Con-
gress gave the troops raises
beyond those requested by the
The chief target for weapons
cuts is the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter, one of the most expen-
sive weapons program in his-
tory. The Pentagon has plans
to spend nearly $400 billion
to buy 2,500 of the stealth jets
through 2035, but reductions
are expected.
The debate centers on how
necessary the advanced stealth
fighter really is and whether
missions could be carried out
with the less expensive F-16s.
The main advantage of the
F-35 is its ability to evade radar
systems, making it difficult to
shoot down an attribute that
is important only if the United
States anticipates a war with
another technologically ad-
vanced military.
"It would matter some with
Iran, it would matter a lot
WW S W9-C~ S ITayM ich aer1? ."

O'Hanlon, a defense analyst at
the Brookings Institution and
the author of a recent book,
"The Wounded Giant: America's
Armed Forces in an Age of Aus-
Nowhere is balancing budget
and strategy more challenging
than in deciding how large a
ground combat force the nation
needs and can afford. The Army
chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno,
the former commander in Iraq,
points out that the Army had
480,000 people in uniform be-
fore the Sept. 11 attacks, and
at that number was supposed
to be able to fight two wars at
But the Army proved to be
too small to sustain the wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq and was
increased to its current size of
570,000. The Army is now set
to drop to 520,000 soldiers, be-
ginning in 2015, although few
expect that to be the floor. The
reality is that the United States
may not be able to afford wag-
ing two wars at once.
"That said, there are certain
risks with falling off the two-
war posture," said Andrew F.
Krepinevich Jr., a military ex-
pert at the Center for Strategic
and Budgetary Assessments.
"You may risk losing the con-
fidence of some allies, and you
may risk emboldening your ad-
versaries. But at the end of the
day, a strategy of bluffing, or
asserting that you have a ca-
pability that you don't, is prob-
ably the worst posture of all."
Studies by the Center for a
New American Security, the
Sustainable Defense Task
Force and the Cato Institute,
which represent a spectrum
of views on defense spending,
estimate that the savings from
cutting the ground force could
range from $41 billion by re-
ducing the Army to 482,400
and the Marine Corps to
175,000 (from its present size
of 202,000) all the way up to
$387 billion if the Army drops
to 360,000 and the Marines
B 5', ffa:i l f .

bers will make it clear that the
United States could not carry
out lengthy stability and na-
tion-building efforts, like those
ordered for Afghanistan and
Iraq, without a huge mobiliza-
tion of the National Guard and
the Reserves.
The size of the military is de-
termined not only to win wars,
but also to deter adversaries
from starting hostilities. That
underpins the American ratio-
nale for maintaining a combat
presence at overseas bases and
for conducting regular air and
sea patrols around the globe.
With austerity looming, those,
too, might be curtailed to save
Senator Tom Coburn, Re-
publican of Oklahoma, advo-
cates saving $69.5 billion over
10 years by reducing by one-
third the number of American
military personnel stationed in
Europe and Asia
"This option would leave
plenty of military capability by
maintaining strategic air bas-
es and naval ports to provide
logistics links," Coburn wrote
in a report on his budget pro-
posals. Many Congressional
budget experts also see ways
to save billions of dollars by
consolidating Defense Depart-
ment facilities, schools and in-
One of the largest expenses
the Pentagon faces is to re-
place its aging strategic nucle-
ar forces. While America's nu-
clear warheads are relatively
inexpensive to maintain on a
day-to-day basis, all three legs
of the nuclear triad that de-
liver the punch submarines,
bombers and ground-based
missiles are reaching the
end of their service life at just
about the same time.
"The world has changed,"
said Stephen W. Young, a se-
nior analyst with the Union of
Concerned Scientists, a nucle-
ar watchdog group. "The Unit-
ed States can be more than se-
cure with a far smaller arsenal
thaiiT hiat' ve'rditrently liae."

Man kills two after New Year's argument

continued from 1A

Killed were Natalia A. Hamilton
and her daughter, Alexis Hamil-
ton, who was home from college
for the holidays. Also shot was
a 73-year-old woman who po-
lice identified as Montgomery's
grandmother, Bertharee Tomlin,
of Oakland Park. She was taken
to Broward General Medical
Center in Fort Lauderdale with
a non-life threatening gunshot
wound to her arm, police said.
Montgomery, a roofer, was
seen leaving the area in his
2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck.
According to police, the shoot-
ing was the culmination of a do-
mestic situation. Public records

show that Montgomery and his
wife married in June 2009.
The couple's relationship had
its ups and downs like any oth-
er, Wright said, although their's
"might have been a little more
Still, no one expected an ar-
gument to erupt in such vio-
lence, Wright said.
"He seemed to care, but if
somebody would do something
like that then I guess all that
was a hidden thing," Wright said.
"He must have just snapped."
The couple had a 7-year-old
daughter together, who was
at the home at the time of the
shooting, Capt. Rick Rocco, of
the Lauderhill Police Depart-
ment said.

Montgomery first shot and
killed Alexis Hamilton, because
of "something she said in re-
sponse to him talking to her
mother in a harsh way," Wright
Outgoing, friendly and joyful,
Natalia Hamilton, was a service
representative for AT&T, Wright
Alexis Hamilton, a Boyd An-
derson High graduate was a
sophomore at Edward Waters
College in Jacksonville. She
liked to write and draw, was
good in math and doted on her
little sister, Wright said.
Details surrounding Mont-
gomery's apprehension were not
immediately released but Rocco
said Montgomery "gave himself

up without any incident" some-
time after 4 a.m. at his mother's
Montgomery was released
from a state prison in Arcadia
on Oct. 1, 2008 after serving
nearly 10 months for charges of
grand theft and cocaine sales,
court records show.
Montgomery has been ar-
rested more than a dozen times
beginning in November 1999
for charges ranging from aggra-
vated assault of a police officer,
to vehicle theft, trespassing and
multiple violations of probation,
according to court records.
Montgomery now is being held
without bond on two counts of
premeditated murder in the Bro-
ward County Main Jail.

Single Black fathers are stepping up to the plate

continued from 1A

alcohol abuse, adolescent sex;
educational achievement; and
crime. But despite these ob-
stacles and reasons why more
Black men do not live or lack of
positive relationship with their
children, there still remain
glimmers of hope.
Royden Sampson, Sr., 54, who
lives in Miami, was left with the
arduous task of raising his son
alone after his wife died from
diabetes-related complications.
"Being a single parent has its
benefits and its tough times,"
Sampson, Sr. said. "But for me,
being a single parent during
this time period where we see
our kids being shot and get-
ting into trouble is a little eas-
ier when you have a son like I

Sampson, Sr. has been a
painter for Jackson Health
System for nearly 25 years. In
2007, his wife passed lost her
battle with diabetes. He admits
it has not been easy.
"The experience of being a
single parent really opened up
my eyes to what it is really like,"
he said. "You have to raise a
child by yourself and bring ev-
erything into the house from A
to Z. It's certainly something I
never planned to do but I think
it helped me become a better
His son is his only child and is
a 16-year-old honor student and
rising senior at Hialeah High
"Growing up in a single parent
home made me want to achieve
more and strive harder," young

Sampson said. "Since Dad is
a single father I try to do well
in school to make him happy
and be the best person that I
can be for the future. I plan to
go to college to study aerospace
science and engineering after I
graduate. I have been interested
in this field since I was five. I
remember being on a flight to
Alabama and the pilot allowed
me to come inside the cockpit -
I liked what I saw and decided
to do some research on his job.
That's where my interest really
Marcus Parks, 29, who has
one son, Marcus Parks, II, 3,
says the biggest challenge in be-
ing a single father is overcoming
the stereotypes associated with
Black dads.
"Many people don't know the
struggle that I go through as a

single Black father," Parks said.
"When people think of Black fa-
thers they probably think that
we are extinct. The toughest
part about being a single dad is
living with that reality."
Kent Stan Williams, 40, who
has 10-year-old twin daughters,
Denise and Crystal Williams,
says he is proud to be a single
father despite what people may
"My daughters mean the
world to me," he said. "When my
wife and I divorced five years I
got custody of my children and
it was one of the best days of my
life. Sometimes it can get a little
rough raising twins, especially
girls, but I love them. I know
more Black fathers need to be
around for their kids and I am
trying to set the right kind of

U.S. selects first Black female as public printer

PRINTER Now the circulation is 3,000 tirement. business. "GPO is transform-
continued from 1A and falling, said Boarman, Vance-Cooks is set to be- ing to meet the needs of our

Relations Board.
The office once printed and
distributed 20,000 copies of
the Congressional Record, the
daily account of everything
said in the House and Senate.

and the fastest way to read it
is to look for it online at 6 a.m.
In his one year on the job,
Boarman and top aide Da-
vita Vance-Cooks cut 300 of
the agency's 2,200 employees
through attrition and early re-

come acting public printer on
Tuesday and will be the first
woman to hold the job. She
spoke like many printing ex-
ecutives who have had to dou-
ble as marketing consultants
and online experts to keep

customers," she said.
She will likely hold the job
for a year, until the election
decides whether the Obama
administration will still be
around to hunt for a perma-
nent replacement.

-Photo courtesy James Forbes

Preachers oppose casino gambling

The Rev. Gary Johnson, president, Clergy for Change (sec-
ond right), is flanked by community activists including: Rev.
Nathaniel Wilcox, executive director, P.U.L.S.E; Rev. James
Pacley, the new president for P.U.L.S.E.; Darrin Baldwin of
Sweetwater; and Fred Davis, a former inmate now working for
ex-offenders rights at a recent press conference. Johnson says
that while some of Mialni-Dade County's ministers may support
casino gambling, he and his colleagues represent other clergy
and activists that are "100 percent against casinos in Miami or
Miami-Dade County."

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Graduates top of the class
_'A By Randy Grice

-Photo courtesy of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
AFTT Honorees: Standing (L-R) Wendy Wadley-Jackson, Renee Cromartie and Gino Kennedy.
Seated: Dynise Williamson-Perry, Clementon Shipp, Annie Lavender, Cheryl Thames and Voncia
Barno. Not Pictured: Magalie Desire.

Sorority honors local teachers

Miami's Gamma Alpha Chap-
ter of Iota Phi Lambda Soror-
ity, Inc., a business and pro-
fessional organization, held
its 25th Annual Apple for the
Teacher Luncheon(AFTT) dur-
ing American Education Week
at the 94th Aero Squadron,
1395 North Red Road. Ten lo-
cal Miami-Dade County Public
School teachers were honored
as unsung heroes. The theme
was Great Public Schools: A
Basic Right and Our Respon-
sibility. The educators hon-
ored were Voncia Barno, Coral
Reef Senior; Dawntoya Bryant,
Maya Angelou Elementary;

Renee Cromartie, Carol City
Elementary; Magalie Desire,
Miami Lakes Tech; Gino Ken-
nedy, Ruben Dario Middle;
Annie Lavender, Linda Lentin
K-8 Center; Clementon Shipp,
Benjamin Franklin K-8 Cen-
ter; Cheryl Thames, Lawton
Chiles Middle; Wendy Wadley-
Jackson, Carol City Middle;
and Dynise Williamson-Perry,
Miami Edison Senior. Honor-
ees were serenaded by Gamma
Alpha Ensemble's with a musi-
cal tribute to the tune of "You
Light Up My Life," accompanied
by Mr. Lloyd Brockington. The
highlight of the event was "The

Teacher Speaks" where each
honoree shared their passion
for teaching, some tid-bits on
experiences in the classroom,
and why they are committed
to their career choice. Their
testimonies were powerful and
let the audience know that the
American education system is
still meeting its challenges with
well-equipped professionals.
Dr. Ivis Richardson, President
of Gamma Alpha, congratulat-
ed all of the teachers for their
work and gave words of encour-
agement. Ms. Jo Ann Jones
and her committee were com-
mended for a job well done.

Graduating from high school
then going off to college is a re-
ality for many students across
the country. However, the story
doesn't always work out the same
for everyone. Jonte Myers, 29,
who recently graduated with a
4.0 grade point average from Flor-
ida Memorial University (FMU),
began his undergraduate experi-
ence when he was 27-years-old.
"At first I could not afford to
come to school," he said. "This
is a journey that was about 12
years in the making. Financially
it was difficult because my moth-
er passed away when I was only
12-years-old. I was living with
relatives and when they left I was
basically on my own. I did a lot of
growing up by myself."
Myers is originally from St.
Vincent and the Grenadines,
lived in the British Virgin Islands
for nine years and moved to the
U.S. in 2009 to pursue a bach-
elor's degree in exceptional stu-
dent education. He currently lives
in North Miami. Before coming to
the states Myers had taken some
college course in the islands and
was teaching high school classes.
When he made the transition to
FMU he said the change wasn't
"It was a nightmare, I had to
sacrifice a lot," he said. "I had
lived on my own for maybe about

FMU graduate

nine or eight years. I had my
own apartment, turned my own
keys and cooked my own meals.
But then to come here and have
to share a room with a younger
person it was a very unhealthy
Although he has enjoyed his ex-
perience at FMU he adds that the
university wasn't his first choice.
"I did not intend to come to

Florida Memorial," he said. "I was
planning to go to the University
of the District of Columbia. I had
friends there and they were trying
to get me to come back to school.
Two days before I completed the
application to come there the tu-
ition doubled. Around that same
time I went to a college fair with
my students and I was recruited
by FMU at a college fair."

N'western hosts magnet

program Open House

By Randy Grice

,. There are many options for
children in Miami-Dade Coun-
ty to select from when it comes
to choosing a high school. Re-
cently an open house, hosted
at Miami Northwestern Senior
High School, 1100 NW 71st
Street, was aimed at provid-
ing parents and students the
opportunity to visit the school
and learn more about the
school's medical magnet and
Performing and Visual Arts
Center (PAVAC) programs.
"This school's program is the
best kept secret in Dade Coun-
ty," said Charlette Seward,
instructor over the PAVAC
program. "When the children
come I think I get about two or
three who actually know how
to perform. But when they
come here they have to learn
how to sing and they have
to learn how to dance. They
learn tap dance, ballet and
they learn how to act, we teach
them all of that."
Students and parents
learned about the medical
magnet programs' certifica-
tions for nursing assisting and
medical assisting. Tours of the
medical magnet laboratories
including the dental lab were
a part of the visit. PAVAC also
showcased student talent in
dance, musical theater, band

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their parents.

and art. Each of the PAVAC
programs presented students'
work and performances. Ap-
plications are currently being
accepted for the Medical Mag-
net and PAVAC programs.
Dontay Steven, who is con-
sidering Northwestern says he
liked what he saw.

"I want to be in the PAVAC
program," he said. "My sister
was in it and she said that she
liked it a lot. After seeing what
the school has to offer I am
almost 100 percent sure that
I will be coming to Northwest-
ern for high school."
Janay Peters was impressed

as well.
"I am looking for a school
that can nurture my daugh-
ter's talent and I think that is
exactly what this school will
do," she said. Legends have
walked these halls and I want
her to be surrounded by the
rich legacy."

2011 marred by test cheating

scandals across America
By Dorie Turner
.4Asscrated Press

ATLANTA It was the year of the test cheating scandal.
From Atlanta to Philadelphia and Washington to Los Ange-
les, officials have accused hundreds of educators of chang-
ing answers on tests or giving answers to students. Just last
week, state investigators revealed that dozens of educators in
11 schools in Georgia's Dougherty County either cheated or
failed to prevent cheating on 2009 standardized tests.
In July, those same investigators accused nearly 180 educa-
tors in almost half of Atlanta's 100 schools of cheating dating
back to 2001 which experts have called the largest cheat-
ing scandal in U.S. history. And at least 20 students have
been charged on Long Island with cheating on SAT and ACT
college-entrance exams by paying someone to take the test for
"It's a year in which cheating became a national scandal,
a scandal of national proportions," said Bob Schaeffer, a
spokesman for the National Center for Fair & Open Testing,
which advocates against high-stakes testing. "The Atlanta
case forced policymakers and journalists in other jurisdic-
tions to look to see if there's anything similar going on in their
Experts say some educators have bowed to the mount-
ing pressure under the federal No Child Left Behind law as
schools' benchmarks increase each year toward the ultimate
goal of having all children reading arid doing math at their
grade level by 2014. Teachers in Atlanta reported that admin-
istrators created a culture of "fear, intimidation and retali-
ation" where testing goals had to be met no matter what,
according to investigators.

FMU hosts day at Sun Life Stadium

Florida Memorial Univer-
sity (FMU), South Florida's
only historically-Black uni-
versity, recently partnered
with the National Football
League's (NFL) Miami Dol-
phins to host FMU Day at
Sun Life Stadium. The event
took place last Sunday, Dec.
"There is no university in
South Florida and indeed
the world that better pre-
pares students to become
world leaders than Florida
Memorial University," said
Dr. Henry Lewis III, presi-
dent of FMU. "We are unde-
feated; Florida Memorial has
high standards for its stu-
dents, employees and part-

ners. It is only fitting that
we have a partner with the
Miami Dolphins."
The partnership was cre-
ated to help promote educa-
tional excellence and cultur-
al diversity. FMU's student
organizations were out and
about entertaining sports
fans during the pre-game
festivities with a step-show
exhibition prior to kickoff.
"FMU is committed to
serving the communities we
come from and producing
high quality student pro-
gramming," said Danneal
L. Jones, FMU's vice presi-
dent of student affairs. "We
are looking forward to show-,
casing South Florida's best

FM U out at Sun Life Stadium show their support for their school.

and brightest students and
cheering on the Miami Dol-
phins. Go Fins!"
The partnership is part
of a community-oriented
thrust of Lewis' Vision 2020
action plan for the univer-
sity and surrounding com-
"We are proud to once
again partner with Flori-
da Memorial University to
bring the step show to our
fans," said Adam Grossman,
senior vice president of pub-
lic affairs for the Miami Dol-
phins. "Supporting our lo-
cal universities and the rich
cultural diversity of our re-
gion are important commit-
ments of our organization."







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South Florida poised for birth of casino gambling

Scooping up properties as a decision

nears on allowing Las Vegas-style resorts

By Fred A. Bernstein

When the Florida Legislature
returns from its holiday recess, it
will consider a bill to allow three
Las Vegas-style casino resorts to
be built in the southern part of
the state. Lobbyists for the gam-
bling industry have swarmed
Tallahassee, trying to ensure
that the bill passes.
But the mere possibility of ca-
sino gambling has already had
an impact on commercial real es-
tate in Miami-Dade and Broward
Counties. The biggest single move
came last May when Genting, a
casino company based in Ma-
laysia, bought the Miami Herald
building, overlooking Biscayne
Bay, for $236 million.
Genting released designs of
what it hoped to build on the site:
an extravaganza called Resorts
World Miami, which in addition to
a casino could have up to 5,000
guest rooms, 1,000 condomini-
ums, 100 restaurants and luxu-
ry shops and a 3.6-acre rooftop
lagoon that looks like .:..:rrnthi;r
from "The Little Mermaid." The
project would cost $3.8 billion,
according to Christian Goode,
the president of Resorts World
Miami. (The bill requires an in-
vestment of at least $2 billion per

And last month, the CIM Group,
a real estate investment company
based in Los Angeles, bought a
stake in a partnership that plans
to develop Miami Worldcenter, a
21.9-acre mixed-use project in
downtown Miami.
The partnership has received
master plan zoning approval for a
nine-block, 11 mr I I r ..i-si. re-foot
development that, according to its
news release, "could easily accom-
modate a gaming component."
The Miami Worldcenter site
is now mostly parking lots and
weeds. Plans for that development
were announced in 2008, but the
project was shelved when the re-
cession hit. Sissy DeMaria, a pub-
licist for Miami Worldcenter As-
sociates, a joint venture between
the South Florida-based Falcone
Group and Centurion Partners,
wrote in an e-mail that unlike
the Genting complex "the Mi-
ami Worldcenter has all of its per-
mits in place and is 'shovel ready.'

Already, the casino operator Las
Vegas Sands has expressed inter-
est in operating a gambling-based
resort at Miami Worldcenter, Andy
Abboud, the vice president for
government affairs for Las Vegas
Sands, wrote in an e-mail.
And Genting has continued its


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An artist's rendering of the proposed Resorts World project.

buying spree, spending several
hundred million dollars on par-
cels adjacent to the Miami Herald

One of the purchases was the
Omni, a mixed-use development
that includes 1.5 million square
feet much of it a defunct mall
- and a 2,700-space parking ga-
rage, where it said it could get a
slot machine casino up and run-
ning in a matter of months.
Colin Au, a Genting princi-
pal, told The Miami Herald, "The
Omni is what's called a decorator-
ready solution." He said Genting

'No Bullet' campaign is a success

continued from LA

a halt on shooting guns and
rifles to mark the New Year.
"Please lay your guns down,"
Edmonson said at press con-
ference last Thursday. "Please
lay them down on New Year's
Eve and on any other holiday
throughout 2012. It's time for
all of this to stop. We are here
on behalf of the community."
The message of the yearly
event, "One Bullet X.l the
Party." is clear urge resi-

dents not to shoot guns dur-
ing times [New Year's Eve and
July 4th] when such shoot-
ings tend to occur, placing the
innocent in potential danger.
"We have been lucky this
year," Regalado said. "We
haven't had that many inci-
dents. I remember two years
ago, when, with the help of
Commissioner Edmonson,
this idea was birthed. One
bullet can kill the party and
that is the bottom line one
bullet can kill every party."
"It is unfortunate that peo-

ple celebrate in this way," said
Manuel Orosa, City of Miami
police chief. Don't shoot your
weapons up in the air. Nobody
is going to win. Somebody is
going to get hit by one of those
The campaign was appar-
ently successful this year as
there were no reports of cel-
ebratory shootings.
"There haven't been any re-
ported incidents of celebra-
tory violence with us," said
Detective Javier Biaez, Mi-
ami-Dade Polic&'Departrt t.

Economics key reason for Blacks' poor health

continued from 1A

other ethnic group.
"What we find is that we have
this disparity in Blacks when it
comes to diabetes and asthma,"
he said. "Diabetes is consistent-
ly higher in Blacks than whites.
They are three-to-five times
more likely to suffer from these
diseases than whites and His-
panics. Life expectancy is four
years less for Black men and
women than any other race. And
obesity in Blacks is nine percent
higher than the national aver-

Dr. George A. Simpson, M.D.,
86, a long-time surgeon, doctor
of family medicine and lectur-
er on community health, says
there are many reasons why
Blacks face more serious health
problems in Florida than other
ethnic groups.
"The statistics are probably
correct although we often see in-
accuracies in the compilation of
the data itself," he said. "Still, it
is important to' note that health
is more than simply the absence
of disease. Many conditions im-
pinge on the health of a commu-
nity political, social, spiritual
factors are key and of course
economics has a major impact.

Take finances for example. If
you live in an area where there
is poor sanitation, higher levels
of toxins and industrial waste
or you are simnply unable to buy
the medicines that a doctor pre-
scribes, your health will suffer.
Additionally, in the Black com-
munity we see cultural aspects
that sometimes negatively effect
the health of individuals includ-
ing religious habits and genera-
tions-old superstitions."
Are there strategies or policies
that might improve the over-
all health of Blacks? Simpson
points to the disparity in eco-
nomics as being the major rea-
son why Blacks still have higher
incidents of diseases like asth-
ma and diabetes and lower life
expectancies than other races.
"Economics impact our health
and the ability of Blacks to live
healthier lives," he added. "It is
troubling to admit but health-
care in the U.S is not a right -
it is a privilege and one that is
more often determined by one's
economic status."

Dr. Fatima Zafar, vice-pres-
ident, specialized care for Lib-
erty City-based Jessie Trice
Community Health Center, Inc.,
has been a physician for 44
years. She previously served as
the Center's chief medical of-

ficer and says the challenge for
Blacks is to make changes in
their lifestyle changes that
many cannot financially afford
to make.
"I concur with the report's di-
agnosis: Blacks in Florida suf-
fer to a higher percentage from
diabetes, asthma and obesity,"
she said. "Why? Socio-econom-
ics, lack of health education and
chronic unemployment. When
you work a minimum-wage job
and are working long hours,
there is little time to plan your
diet or even to take the time to
prepare a healthy meal. That
means people are eating a lot
of fast foods, a lot of fried foods
or using microwaves instead of
ovens to prepare their meals.
It tends to be a vicious cycle.
What's more, things look like
they are going to get worse [ec-
onomically]. That means more
Blacks will suffer from diseases
that are preventable or easily
treated with proper and routine
The report also indicated
that the South continues to lag
behind in terms of the overall
health of its citizens. Among
all states in the U.S., Florida
ranked 33rd; Georgia, 37th;
South Carolina, 45th; Ala-
bama, 46th; Louisiana, 49th;
and Mississippi, 50th. Ver-
mont is the healthiest state in

Is Warren Jeffs another Jim Jones?

continued from 1A

expulsion from his Fundamen-
talist Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints, which is a
breakaway faction of the Mormon
Church. Jeffs' edicts would be
laughable especially his ban
on sex in a cult where men are al-
lowed to take multiple wives if
it were not the product of a twist-
ed mind that is capable of much
Jeffs is starting to behave a lot
like Jim Jones, the religious cult
leader who coaxed more than 900
of his followers to drink Kool-Aid
laced with cyanide and sedatives
in 1978. The mass suicide came
shortly after the ambush killing of

Rep. Leo Ryan, D-Calif., who went
to Jonestown, the commune Jones
created in Guyana, to help some
disenchanted followers leave.
The prospect of losing control of
his flock while spending the rest
of his life behind bars appears to
have Jeffs ratcheting up his de-
mands for sacrifices from his fol-
lowers, particularly given reports
of a growing exodus.
Jeffs claims to be God's proph-
et. I don't know if such talk is the
hustle of a con man, or the rant-
ing of a religious zealot. But it's a
good bet that if God is saying any-
thing to him it is: "Cut it out."
Like all cult leaders, Jeffs de-
mands a blind allegiance to him
that is the measure of his follow-
ers' religious faith. And when his

dominance of those who succumb
to his questionable teachings is
imperiled, he tries to tighten his
control of them. That's what Jones
did when he moved the members
of his Peoples Temple from San
Francisco to Guyana.
And it is what Jeffs, who alleg-
edly has forced young girls into
illegal sexual liaisons with older
men, appears to be doing now
from his prison cell as he com-
mands his followers to greater
acts of acquiescence.
What worries me is that if pris-
on officials don't find a way to stop
him, Jeffs who has predicted
the end of the world could or-
der his followers into some kind
of Jonestown-like act of self-de-

was taking "a calculated risk," in
buying the properties before the
Legislature has voted on the gam-
bling bill.
Goode of Genting wrote in an
e-mail that the company would
develop Resorts World with or
without ,gabling, but that the
timeline would be "significantly
accelerated" should the Legisla-
ture approve the casino compo-
The Omni facility would resem-
ble the Resorts World facility that
opened at Aqueduct racetrack
in Queens in October with some
5,000 video "slot machines" and
electronic games, including bac-
carat tables managed by robotic
dealers. Genting estimated that
the proposed casino at the Omni
would create 5,000 jobs, while its
entire Resorts World project would
create about 30,000.
But the mega-resorts could be
bad news for established busi-
nesses in the Miami area, be-
cause they tend to provide their
customers with everything they
need under one roof.

"They're going to be saying,
'Here's a free room, go downstairs
and gamble,' said Marty Z. Mar-
gulies, a prominent South Florida
developer, explaining why other
area hotels might lose business
f qm gambling, rather than gain

T I-e development of one or both
resorts could also threaten the
Miami Beach Convention Cen-
ter, which at 640,000 square feet
is considered too small for many
gatherings. Genting plans to in-
clude some 700,000 square feet of

-Patrick Farrell/Miami Herald, via Associated Press
A developer, Genting, bought the Miami Herald building, and
hopes to build Resorts World Miami, a casino-luxury hotel.

meeting space in its Resorts World
complex, while the Miami World-
center developers have floated the
number 1.5 million square feet.
Either would be serious compe-
tition for the Miami Beach facility,
which each year hosts Art Basel.
It was once the nation's fourth-
largest center but is now the 27th
In part to compete with the pos-
sible newcomers, Miami Beach is
considering an expansion of its
center. The giant firm Arquitec-
tonica (which is also designing
the Resorts World complex) was
hired by the city to study the pos-
sibility of doubling the size of the
convention center; its report es-
timated the cost of the project at
$648 million.
It is unclear where Miami Beach
will get the money. The city man-
ager, Jorge M. Gonzalez, has been
meeting with potential partners,
one of whom, the casino magnate
Steve Wynn, offered to pay the
entire cost of the new center if he
could build his own casino near
it, according to news reports.

But just two weeks ago, the Mi-
ami Beach Board of Supervisors
voted unanimously to oppose the
gambling expansion. (The state
law would require local approval
before a casino can be built.) The
vote brought cheers from a stand-
ing-room-only crowd, which in-

cluded local business owners.
One major hotelier said the de-
cision could put Miami Beach at a
disadvantage. "If casinos are ap-
proved for the city of Miami, Mi-
ami Beach should have the oppor-
tunity to have casino gaming in a
luxury resort right on the beach,"
said Phil Goldfarb, the presi-
dent of the Fontainebleau Miami
Beach, which with 1,500 rooms is
by far the city's largest hotel.
Gambling's effect on residential
property values is another ques-
tion. Properly planned, "casino
development would enhance real
estate values in South Florida,"
said Philip Spiegelman, a prin-
cipal of ISG, a realty company
that provides marketing for large
condominium developers. (Mr.
Spiegelman has a partnership
with the Related Group; that com-
pany's chairman, Jorge M. Perez,
was one of the sellers of the Omni
But Diane Lieberman, a lead-
ing condominium broker in Mi-
ami and Miami Beach, said she
did not think the arrival of gam-
bling would have any effect on the
condominium market. -She- said
she and her husband, Alan Li-
eberman, learned that lesson the
hard way, buying about 10 houses
in Atlantic City when gainbling
became legal there. "The prices
didn't go up," she said, adding
that gambling "didn't improve the
area. It just added casinos."

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The Mliami Times




Local minister's novel

give lessons in faith

South Miami mom
shares how God
helped her family
overcome tragedy

By Kaila Heard
Like many mothers before her,
Prophetess Velerie C. Williamson
envisioned that her child would grow
to adulthood and accomplish great
"The Lord had shown me that my
son was to be an anointed basketball
player," she said of her son, Cue An-
thony Feckleton.
But her dreams appeared to be
shattered when she received a phone
call about her then-13-year-old child
in October of 2008.

A role model

in Christ

Ministry seeks positive
mentorsfor local youth

By Kaila Heard
Fifty-six year old Pastor Delores
Keitt-Garner was inspired to found
the No Limits International Revival
Ministry three years ago because
she knows how badly women and
girls need role models now.
"I was a young teenaged mother
from the streets and I know what
young women are going through
without a husband today," said Keitt-
Garner, who is now a married mother
of five. "I know that there are a lot of
women who have not caught up with
who they are in life and need someone
to instill positive action in them as well
to empower them to become all that they
can be as well."
Although her heart was moved to
minister strongly to girls and women,
Keitt-Garner also includes men in her
message as she tends to preach most
about faith and deliverance messages
that both the sexes need to hear. The
sermons are about getting people free
from the things that hold them captive,
from smoking to the spirit of fornication,

"I was told that he had been in a
motorcycle accident," she recalled.
"[He] was being airlifted to Miami
Children's Hospital and that's when
I really began to pray, pray, pray and
seeking God ceaselessly."
After Williamson arrived at the hos-
pital she found out the dire situation
her son was facing. While sitting on
a neighbor's dirt bike, Feckleton had
turned the throttle and sent the bike
crashing into a nearby car. There was
massive internal damage to his face,
arm, and abdomen. Williamson was
shocked the first time she laid eyes on
him in the hospital.
"His head was the size of a bas-
ketball," she said. "Blood was every-
where. I didn't recognize him. The
Holy Spirit told me this was my son .
. so I laid hands on him and started
praying in my heavenly language.
Somehow I just knew that he had
already been made whole."
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according to Keitt-Garner. Beyond that,
No Limits International Revival Ministry
also attempts to reach out to the com-
munity's youth in other ways includ-
ing holding a Jam Sessions every third
Friday of the month.
For herjourney in ministry, Keitt-
Garner often looks back at her former
pastor, Apostle Joe Green of Kingdom
Insight Deliverance Embassy, for inspi-
ration. She says his love for the people
and his drive for God were some of his
best qualities.
However, one walk she did have to
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-Photo credit/Chance Enterprise, Inc.
Our Chance Enterprise, Inc. holds various programs throughout the community to expose at-risk youth
to positive and supportive environments.

Rapper Trina made an
appearance to help
with Our Chance En-
terprise, Inc!s free toy
giveaway during their
Youth Jam on Dec.


Non-profit exposes at-risk
youth to new environments.

By Kaila Heard single mother with, '
kheard@miamitimesonline.com two other siblings, -Mami native, -
having enough ofbSands";
Attending a Youth Jam where you money for the oy's .
can receive free toys, enjoy free mu- necessities was .flpdi ted-iJh fn
sical acts and variqusgamres, and alwas a struggle. .youth-briene.
meet rapper Trina sounds as if it However, his
would be a dream come true for any mother's deter- : n-'rolp ga
Miami youth, mination to give nization ftofgve
But Travis Sands, the CEO of Our her children more back-to he co1 n
Chance Enterprise, Inc. (OCE), the in spite of their
non-profit organization that hosted limited economic munity.
the event, hopes that the 150 chil- means led Sands
dren and teens who attended the to be enrolled in
event left with an important mes- several local youth programs offered
sage. by institutions such as the YMCA
The Christmas holiday and the and the Belafonte TACOLCY Center.
Youth Jam were about loving one "Those are some of the community
another and giving back to the com- organizations that [helped] build me
munity, according to Sands. up," he recalled.
For the 26-year old Sands, this One of his best opportunities
is a lesson that he learned from came from participating in the Or-
his own life. Raised in Miami by a ange Bowl.

"I basically volunteered with [the
Orange Bowl] for 10 years and was
exposed to a lot of great people and
that gave me a lot of self confi-
dence," said Sands, who currently
serves as festival chair on the Or-
ange Bowl's Executive Committee.
Remembering how much he
Please turn to OCE 14B

The One Night Stand for Singles

By Kaila Heard
kheard@miamitimesonline.com "

Were you single while you rang
in the New Year but made a resolu-
tion that 2012 would be the year
that you would find a loving com-
panion? Well to help singles seek-
ing mates start off the year on the
right foot, Sweet Home Missionary
Baptist Church (MBC) is hosting a
free seminar, "The One Night Stand
for Singles," featuring Rev. R.A. Ver-
non, the author of the "10 Rules of
Dating," on Friday, Jan. 6th.
"Most singles don't know what
to look for ... if you're not careful,
you'll make a mistake and fall into
the wrong person's arms, and give
up something too fast," Vernon said.
"Ill show you the proper way of
Please turn to VERNON 14B


.4 ~ a

Rev. R.A. Vernon, author of "10 Rules of Dating," believes many of
the pitfalls of dating can be avoided with proper discernment.

Saint Agnes


Church rings

in New Year

4 1-



SThe Feast of the Most Holy
f Name of Jesus service was led by
4 Father Demrick Rolle on Sunday,
Jan. 1st to welcome in the New
Year at Saint Agnes Episcopal
-Photo courtesy of Marvin Elliot Ellis Church.


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Faiths and fates mingle for Christmas

Jews, Muslims pitch in to help

Christians; congregations open

hearts and doors

By Zlati Meyer

DETROIT Ari Goldberg
filled Styrofoam cup after cup
with lemonade from a giant
jug cooler in the soup kitchen
at St. Leo Catholic Church on
Christmas morning.
The 13-year-old resident
of suburban West Bloomfield
was one of about two dozen
volunteers from the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit who helped prepare

and serve a festive holiday
meal to less-fortunate people.
It was part of the organiza-
tion's annual Mitzvah Day
program, the largest single
day of volunteering by the
region's Jewish community,
which enables Christians to
spend the holiday at home
with their loved ones, accord-
ing to the federation. This
year, about 1,000 Jewish
volunteers joined forces with
their Muslim neighbors.

"Mitzvah" means "good
deed" or "commandment" in
"We come here every Christ-
mas. It's a tradition," said Ari,
who arrived at the church
with his mother and 7-year-
old brother at 8:30 a.m. "It's
important to help people in
The outreach in Detroit was
one of many efforts nation-
wide by worshipers to join
forces. In Tacoma, Wash.,
two declining congregations
knew that unless a dramatic
change took place, their two
churches would run out of
money and die. More than
180 combined years of history

and tradition would be lost.
Instead of giving up, the
people of Sixth Avenue and
St. Paul's United Methodist
churches let go of their build-
ings and merged into a larger,
growing congregation.
This holiday season, there's
a new sense of joy and hope,
members say. At services on
Christmas Eve and Christmas
Day, the two groups from
opposite sides of Tacoma cel-
ebrated their first Christmas
together as a merged congre-
Margaret McGrath, 84,
a member of Sixth Avenue
Methodist for 50 years, said
she is happier, hopeful and

more relaxed. "We're not wor-
rying about if the bills are
going to get paid," she said. "I
think we're alive and well."
In Detroit, other Mitzvah
Day volunteer opportunities
included sorting books for the
annual Bookstock used book
and media sale, delivering
holiday meals to homebound
seniors, sorting food at Glean-
ers Community Food Bank
and serving meals to veterans
at Piquette Square in Detroit,
Jewish Federation spokes-
woman Beverly Phillips said.
In southwest Detroit, about
700 people got to play Santa
Claus for 215 families. They
gathered to get big plastic

bags filled with toys and
clothing to give to underprivi-
leged children.
Santa's elves? Volunteers
came from the United Council
of Islamic Societies, the Jew-
ish Federation and several
area churches.
Sarah Youssef, 26, a Uni-
versity of Michigan nursing
student, was a first-time
volunteer. She delivered gifts
to five families in the neigh-
"It's nice to have everyone
come together," she said, "es-
pecially at Christmas. It's not
my holiday. It's nice to give
back and do some of the work
to make someone else's day."

Pastor's successor rocks church

Amid protests, Paula White named

senior pastor ofZachary Tims' church _. _

By Jennifer LeClaire

Despite protests from some
members of the congrega-
tion, Paula White has been
appointed senior pastor of
the late Zachery Tims' mega-
church, New Destiny Chris-
tian Center (NDCC) near
Orlando, Fla., it was reported
last week in a press release.
White is also senior pastor of
Without Walls International
Riva Tims, the charismatic
preacher's ex-wife, who co-
founded the church with
Tims, held a press confer-
ence to announce she is fil-
ing a lawsuit against NDCC's
board of directors to chal-
lenge the process of select-
ing White as its new senior
pastor. The Tims founded
the church 15 years ago with
their four children.
"I've been hearing the cries,
I've been hearing the con-
certt,-I've been"hearing'so
mudh that I have ttbliterally,
publicly take a stand and
challenge what is happen-

ing," Tims said at the news
conference. Many members
wanted to see Tims return
to the pastorate after her
ex-husband's unexpected
death in a W Hotel room in
New York City in August.
No cause of death has been
publicly announced, but
officials say a white powder
was found in his pocket. T.D.
Jakes at his funeral said he
was unhappy, broken and
afraid for people to see any
flaw in him. Riva divorced
Zachery after he had a
much-publicized affair.
NDCC's board of direc-
tors said White was selected
after an exhaustive process
in close cooperation with the
church's Board of Regents.
White will serve as a non-vot-
ing member of the board of
directors and will be subject
to the oversight of the board
of directors and the board of
regents. Her focus will be on
preaching and ministering.
"We prayed fervently for
guidance during.our search
for a new senior pastor and

this led us to ask Pastor
Paula to serve as our new se-
nior pastor. We were search-
ing for someone who could
understand the history of
our ministry, someone who
had a close relationship with
our members and our staff
and someone who knew the
heart of our senior founder,"
the board wrote in a state-
ment. "We earnestly know
that the Lord led us to select
Pastor Paula. We know she
will honor the visfonTi'd ta'n i
legacy on which our church
is built."

The congregation was
in disagreement over the
controversial preacher's ap-
pointment. Beyond protest-
ing with signs outside the
church, a group of NDCC
members led by Eugene Rob-
erson wants to remove the
NDCC's board of directors.
Roberson told the Orlando
Sentinel the group is seeking
legal action.
Some leaders in the body
of Christ are also raising
l'6'idi!h"69er White's new
position. Bishop Rico Sharp,
Please turn to CHURCH 14B

Bishop Eddie Long's Academy closes

Hundreds of

students left


new school

By Christian Boone

New Birth Christian Acad-
emy is closing after 18 years,
sending hundreds of students
scrambling to find a new
school by next week.
The academy, founded by
Bishop Eddie Long, informed
parents in a letter dated Dec.
22 that the private school's
"funding estimates fall far
short of our projected needs.
It is a very sad occasion, as
the NBCA board has made the
tough decision to temporarily
close the school."
The pre-K-12 school has an
enrollment of 221., accord-
ing to the Georgia Indepen-
dent School Association, and
employs 20 teachers. Just a

few years ago, the Lithonia
academy boasted of having
one teacher for every eight
Calls to the GISA office
Wednesday were not returned.
"We have operated New Birth
Christian Academy for several
years with substantial deficits
in hopes that the national eco-

nomic climate would change,
however, that change never
materialized," said the letter
signed by Carlton Donald, the
board's vice chair.
The news caps a tumultu-
ous year for Long. In May,
he settled a sexual coercion
suit filed against him by four
former New Birth members.

Earlier this month, his wife
of 21 years, Vanessa, filed for
divorce, leading the bishop
to take some time off from
his pastoral duties to tend
to "family business," he said.
Long remains New Birth's
senior pastor.
"We are doing everything in
our power to reopen the school
at some point in the near
future," Donald wrote. Several
teachers currently or formerly
affiliated with the academy
either declined to comment or
did not respond to requests.
Tuition at the school ranged
from $5,253 for New Birth
members to $6,198 for non-
members with more than
$1,000 in non-refundable fees,
according to the academy's
Donald said staff will help
students find a new school
to attend. Students in grades
K-5 may not have to travel
far, however, as the DeKalb
County School System leases
space from New Birth for a
Please turn to SCHOOL 14B

Future in doubt for Tampa church

Is another Fla.


closing its doors?

By Gary White

Polk County's largest church
sanctuary sits idle, its power
turned off and its future un-
Without Walls Central, the
9,000-seat sanctuary in North
Lakeland formerly known as
Carpenter's Home Church,
has not held services since at
least August, when Lakeland
Electric disconnected electrical
service because of missed pay-
ments by its owner, Tampa-
based Without Walls Interna-

tional Church.
Rev. Randy White, a co-
founder of Without Walls Inter-
national and the ex-husband of
its senior pastor, Paula White,
told The Ledger in November
that the Lakeland property was
on the verge of either being sold
or going into foreclosure and
that an announcement on its
future would come soon. White
has not responded to several
subsequent phone messages.
The status of the sanctuary
became even more uncertain
last week with reports that
Paula White may assume lead-
ership of one of Florida's larg-
est congregations, New Destiny
Church in Apopka. The mega-
church's leader, Pastor Zach-
ery Tims, died in August. Paula
White replaced Randy White as

leader of Without Walls Inter-
national in 2009.
A spokesman for New Desti-
ny Church did not return a call
from The Ledger. Church lead-
ers are scheduled to announce
Tims' replacement on Jan. 1,
the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The First Assembly of God
constructed the 9,000-seat
sanctuary in North Lakeland
in 1985 and began holding
services in the renamed Car-
penter's Home Church. The
church split in 1989 and never
again had a congregation large
enough to fill the sanctuary.
If services were held at full
capacity, the sanctuary would
rank among the eight largest
churches in Florida, accord-
ing to a database maintained
by the Hartford Institute for

Religious Research at Hartford
Seminary in Connecticut.
Without Walls Central had a
substantial congregation for a
time, though never one nearly
large enough to fill the cavern-
ous sanctuary.
Senior pastors Scott and Cin-
dy Thomas drew about 1,500
people for weekly services, ac-
cording to their spokeswoman,
but the couple broke off to
form their own church in late
2010, and much of the congre-
gation followed them, accord-
ing to people familiar with the
In February, Randy Coggins
stepped in to lead services at
the North Lakeland sanctuary,
but he departed a few months
later to form his own congrega-
tion, Bridge of Hope Church.

Haiti elects Beauvoir as

first bishop suffragan

The Rev. Canon Og6 Beau-
voir, dean of the Episcopal
Theological Seminary in Port-
au-Prince, was elected Nov. 25
to be the Episcopal Diocese of
Haiti's first bishop suffragan,
pending the required consents
from a majority of bishops
with jurisdiction and standing
committees of the Episcopal
Beauvoir was elected on the
second ballot with 68 lay votes
and 25 priest votes, accord-
ing to an email from the Rev.
Kesner Ajax, executive director
of the Bishop Tharp Institute
in Les Cayes and coordina-
tor of the diocese's partner-
ship program. All 95 of the lay
delegates and 48 of 52 priests
eligible to vote were present for
the convention, Ajax said.
The election took place at a
special diocesan convention
at Ascension Church in Car-
refour, a suburb of Port-au-
Beauvoir, 55, will assist
Bishop Diocesan Jean Zache
Duracin as he s: res p.e,-,.
ple and clergy of the diocese,
numerically the largest diocese
in the Episcopal Church The
new bishop suffragan will be
headquartered in the Greater
North Region of Haiti.
Beauvoir, who was born in

Gros-Morne, Haiti, earned
his university and seminary
degrees in Montreal and was
ordained a priest in the An-
glican Church of Canada. He
was received into the Epis-
copal Church in March 2000
by then-Diocese of New York
Bishop Richard Grein. He has
been an -Eiscoal Churh -
appointed missionary to aiti
since 2004. He also served
in that capacity 'rom'l1991 to
The ordination and conse-
cration will be held May 22,

Bishop of Maryland will preach at

diocesan Absalom Jones Service

The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton,
bishop of the Diocese of Mary-
land, will be the preacher for
an annual diocesan Absalom
Jones Service, scheduled for
Feb. 18, at Holy Family, Miami
Sutton was consecrated the
14th Bishop of the Diocese of
Maryland on June 29, 2008.
Prior, to his election as bishop,
he had served as Canon
Pastor of Washington National
Cathedral and director of
Cathedral Center for Prayer
and Pilgrimming. He has also
been a parish priest and a
seminary professor and a
frequent leader of conferences
on prayer, spirituality and
Each year since 1984 the
Diocese of South East Florida
has held a festive Eucharist to
commemorate Absalom Jones,
the first Black to be ordained
a priest in the Episcopal
Church and the founder of
the first African American
Episcopal parish, St. Thomas
African Episcopal Church in
Philadelphia, Pa. The service
is an opportunity to celebrate
not only the legacy of Absalom

Jones, whose feast day in the
church calendar is Feb. 13,
but also the gifts that Blacks
and other episcopalians of the
African diaspora continue to
bring to the life of the church.
The service will begin at 10
a.m. and will be followed by a
luncheon and fashion show,
sponsored by the Theodore R.
Gibson Chapter of the Union of
Black Episcopalians.
Additional information will
be posted in Grapevine at www.

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New Corinth celebration

New Corinth 54th Church celebration "Family and Friends
Week," January 9-13, 7:30 p.m. nightly.
Everyone is invited to worship with us. Rev. M. L..Paschal, is
the pastor/teacher.

Advice for singles in 2012

-Photos courtesy ot Marvin tllot tills

Church of Incarnation hosts annual Christmas Eve Mass

Miami Edison High School's band director,Wilfred Barry, Jr.and band members, Jean Vilpin and Ted Jean-Simon, were among
the attendants and performers for the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Miami's Christmas Eve service "Mass of the
Nativity of Our Lord" on Saturday, Dec. 24th.

Study: Religious people more connected to community

By Dan Merica

People who are religiously
active live more involved and
connected lives, according to a
Pew Research study released
on Friday.
The study, titled 'The civic
and community engagement
of religious active Americans,"
painted a broad picture of re-
ligious Americans and found
that involvement in religious
organizations usually go
hand-in-hand with participa-
tion in civic organizations and
a positive outlook on their
"There is something unique
about religious and spiritual
involved people that contrib-

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center is hosting special
servicde t 7Tpi.i.-onfi J aii. 25,
when the topic will be "Pro-
phetic Teaching on the Curse
of the Law"; and on Jan. 26
about "The Blessings of Abra-
ham." Their Women's Ministry
is hosting a seminar, "What
Kind of Woman Am I" on Jan.
21 at 1 p.m. 305-623-0054.

0 Apostle Katrine Forbes is
hosting a New Year's Glory Re-
vival Jan. 3 6.

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.

Redemption Missionary

ute to their trust, positive
outlook, involvement and en-
gagement in the community,"
said Jim Jansen, senior fellow
at Pew and the leader of the
Pew asked Americans about
their membership in 28 dif-
ferent kinds of organizations
and clubs. The average person
not involved with a religious
organization participated in
2.11 groups. That compares
to an average of 5 11 groups
that religious Americans were
involved in.
Additionally, 45 percent
view their community as an
excellent place to live, com-
pared with 34 percent of
those not active with religious

Baptist Church welcomes ev-
eryone to their Introduction
to the Computer' classes on
Tuesday, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
and Thursdays, 4 p.m. 5:30
p.m. 305-770-7064, 786-312-

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

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

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

Christ's Kingdom Life

Williamson: Miracles

continued rom 12B

Feckleton had to be placed in a
medically-induced coma for two
weeks. During the days while
her son lay in a coma, William-
son remained in the hospital
every day and night. But she
was not idle instead she of-
fered hope and comfort to other
parents with children in the in-
tensive care unit.
After her son awoke, he had to
have surgery to repair the dam-
age to his face and arm which

had been shattered by the acci-
dent. Six weeks later, Feckleton
was released from the hospital.
According to Jennifer Caminas,
the public and media relations
specialist at Miami Children's
Hospital, Feckleton's doctor
confirmed, that he made a "re-
markable recovery."
Today, the 16-year-old Feck-
leton remembers little of the
accident itself. However, his
body gives testament to the
catastrophe that he miraculous-
ly survived. He still has slight
scars under his eye from the

groups. According to Jansen,
that involvement and outlook
contributes to the fact that
religiously active Americans
believe they can have a major
impact on their commu-
nity more than non-religious
"There are probably multiple
variables at play." said Jan-
sen. "But people that belong
to a religious organization are
by nature likely to belong to
But these results are, by
Jansen's adrmssion, difficult
and complex with plenty of
variables at play. Even so,
said Jansen, when you control
for factors like age and in -
come, "religiosity was a factor

Center International invites
the community to their Sun-
day Praise and Worship Service
at 10:30 a.m.

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 Bereave-
ment Support Group beginning
on the 2nd and 4th Wednes-
days of each month from 7
p.m.- 9 p.m. 786-488-2108.

Lifeline Outreach Minis-
tries invites everyone to their
roundtable to discuss the Bible
every Saturday, 6 p.m. 305-

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

still happen

reconstructive surgery and his
right arm is functioning be-
cause of the metal rods and
pins that surgeons had to im-
plant. Beyond that he reports
that physically everything else
is normal.
According to his mother, "I
wanted [the doctor] to correct
the scars, but then the Lord
said that they are battle scars.
Now every time I look at them I
see the miracle of what God has
Williamson was inspired to
write and publish the story

in most of this analysis."
The study, conducted by
Pew Internet & American
Life Project, also focused on
American's use of technol-
ogy. And what it found was
that religious Americans use
technology slightly more than
non-religious Americans.
~Those who are active in
religious groups seem to be
joiners" said Jansen and their
use of technology may be tied
to their desire to get involved
in their community.
The results in the Pew re-
port were collected by phone
interviews with 2,303 adults.
The reports margin of error is
plus or minus 2.6 percentage

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.

God Word God Way
COGIC invites you to their
revival in January, with Elder
Higgs, Pastor Brown and
Pastor Weaver. 786-326-3455.

New Mt. Sinai Mission-
ary Baptist Church welcomes
the community to their Sun-
day Bible School classes at
9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wor-
ship Service. 305-635-4100,

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.


about their ordeal, "Miracle,
Signs and Wonders" in 2009.
She republished the book in
2011 and held a book signing at
her church, Jesus Christ Rev-
elation Ministries, on Friday,
Dec. 30th and Saturday, Dec.
She hopes that anyone who
reads their tale will walk away
inspired themselves.
"I want people to know that
God is still in the miracle busi-
ness that he is still saving lives
and that He is teaching us to
walk by faith, not by sight."

OCE provides teens with cultural environment

continued from 12B

benefited from such exposure,
Sands, who also works as an
air conditioning mechanic for
the Miami-Dade County School
Board, decided to form his own
non-profit organization for local
at-risk youth in February 2010.
"I knew that I wanted to have
a program to help people like
me," he said. "I didn't want any-
one to go through what I had
been though. I had to find out
a lot of things for myself. There
was no one there to show me."
OCE offers free social em-

powerment programs for five
to 18 year olds such as Youth
Chat, a monthly meet up where
young people can talk about
their issues with mentors, tal-
ent showcases and field trips.
"One of the major things at
Our Chance Enterprise does is
have kids be exposed to every-
thing because you never know
what will really affect a child
until you really expose them to
it," Sands said.
He estimates that so far, 300
youth have participated in
the social empowerment pro-
Our Chance Enterprises

even offers tutoring for tests
such the FCAT, ACT, and SAT.
One of the organization's
newer services is the free
Foundational Development
program which was created to
help youth learn a wide vari-
ety of life skills from the basics
of hygiene to financial plan-
ning to leadership. Part of the
Foundational Development
program is to cater to individ-
ual children's needs, so par-
ticipants are assigned to one
of three volunteers that are
called youth advisors.
"Basically we help them in
anything that they might need

whether its .academic or ex-
tra curriculum activities," ex-
plained OCE's youth advisor
Marleni Orellane. "Sometimes
we will even visit their school
on behalf of the parents."
The 23-year-old Broward
Community College student
has worked with about 10
children. Sometimes, Orellane
duties are as simple as letting
parents know about other pro-
grams that are available in the
For more information about
Our Chance Enterprise, Inc.,
please visit www.ourchanceen-

continued from 12B

things to look for before you
hook-up with anybody."
The senior pastor of The
Word Church in Cleveland
has been touring the country
to promote the book and give
advice to Christian singles
about how to successfully
navigate the dating scene.
Reverend Jeremy Upton, the
senior pastor of Sweet Home
MBC felt that the seminar
with its message for singles -
of all ages was timely.
Most church programs are
geared towards the family,
but there are "unique" needs
that singles face that are of-

ten left unaddressed, Upton
From knowing what type of
person is compatible for you,
to using the Internet to find
companionship, to the rates of
sexually transmitted diseases,
to even dealing with abusive be-
haviors such as stalkers, single
people today have their hands
"I think it takes a lot for a sin-
gle adult to find a connecting
point but it's not always being
addressed in a practical way,"
he said.
The 'One Night Stand for
Singles' will begiri at 8 p.m. at
Sweet Home Missionary Baptist
Church, located at 10701 SW
184th St., Perrine.

Ministry raises youth's pride

continued from 12B

take alone was when she re-
vealed to her family three years
ago that she would be founding
her own church. They were less
than enthusiastic about her
"Sometimes you look at fam-
ily members and their lack of
support and you wonder if God
really did call you," she said.
But she says she stuck to her
"I just continued to do what
God had called me to and I
learned that, yes, he did call
me and I didn't have to look for
man's approval."
Fortunately most of her fam-

ily eventually came to accept
her new pastoral role.
"I've been preaching all my
life, but now it's on a different
level," she said. "They just had
to get used to me doing it [as a
While Keitt-Garner says she
never had ambitions to become
a pastor as a child, she finds
that she enjoys leading her own
non-denominational church,
which her husband, Eugene,
"I love being able to instill in
people the faith that God has ev-
erything for us," she said. "The
only thing I hate is the fact
that there is no unity with the
churches because I think that
there is strength in unity."

Worshippers protest new pastor

continued from 13B

senior pastor of Spirit of Truth
Ministries in nearby Sanford,
Fla. and who considered
Zachery Tims a friend ays
that Zachery Tims would nev-
er have put White in as pastor
of NDCC and that White and
Tims have had no relationship
for the past four years.
"I know this because Dr.
Zach told me that she cut him
off when he fell, so therefore
he moved on from that con-
nection," Sharp says. "There
is. a malicious story of decep-
tion, manipulation and greed

developing and surfacing
about Paula White that will to-
tally dishonor the Holy Spirit,
Dr. Zachery Tims and the in-
nocence of the NDCC family."
Bishop I.V. Hillard, pastor of
New Light Church in Houston,
publicly resigned from NDCC's
council of four bishops that
were working to advise church
leaders on Zachery Tims' suc-
cessor. In a video, Hillard said
he was resigning because,
"My commitment to integrity
will not allow me to support
something that I believe is de-
ceptive and that compromises
previously agreed upon proce-
dures and protocol."

Financial problems close school

continued from 13B

charter school, Leadership Pre-
paratory Academy.
The district pays more than
$10,000 per month in rent to
New Birth covering mainte-
nance, security and insurance
costs, according to a lease.
"The DeKalb County School

System will coordinate with any
students looking to transition
from private schools or other
schools, as we would with any
students transitioning with the
start of the new semester," dis-
trict spokesman Walter Woods
Classes resume Jan. 4, two
days after the DeKalb schools
central office re-opened.

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Catholic church sets up U.S. diocese for Anglicans

By Associated Press

dict XVI named a married for-
mer Episcopal bishop Sunday
to head the first U.S. organiza-
tional structure for disaffected
Anglicans and Episcopalians
who want to join the Roman
Catholic Church.
The Rev. Jeffrey Neil Steen-
son, a father of three and
Catholic convert, will lead the
Personal Ordinariate of the
Chair of St. Peter, the equiva-
lent of a diocese, that will be
based in Houston, Texas, but
will operate nationally.
The Vatican created the first
such ordinariate in Britain last
year. Other ordinariates are be-
ing considered in Australia and
Steenson stepped down in
2007 as the Episcopal Bishop
of Rio Grande, in Albuquerque,

New Mexico, after the Episco-
pal Church elected the first
openly gay bishop, V. Gene
Robinson of New Hampshire.
Steenson had said he was
"deeply troubled" about the
direction of the U.S. denomi-
nation and he described the
Catholic Church as the "true
home of Anglicanism."
The Episcopal Church is
the U.S. Anglican body in the
United States.
Benedict in 2009 issued an
unprecedented invitation for
Anglicans to become Catholic
in groups or as parishes, at
a time when traditional An-
glicans in several countries
were increasingly upset by the
ordination of women and gay
bishops. Formerly, Anglican
converts to Catholicism were
accepted on a case-by-case
The pope's decision created

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tensions with Archbishop of
Canterbury Rowan Williams,
the spiritual leader of the world
Anglican Communion, who like
his predecessors had been in
talks with Vatican officials to

bring Anglicans and Catholics
closer together.
The 77-million-member An-
glican fellowship has its roots
in the Church of England,
which split from the Holy See

in 1534 when English King
Henry VIII was refused a mar-
riage annulment.
At the time of the pope's an-
nouncement, Anglicans were
already fracturing over Robin-
son's election and other issues.
Williams had little advance no-
tice of the Vatican announce-
ment. Still, after meeting pri-
vately with the pope soon after,
the archbishop of Canterbury
said he was convinced that
there was no "dawn raid" on
his church by the Holy See.
Under the pope's plan, An-
glicans who become Catholic
will be allowed to keep some
of their heritage in liturgy and
other areas. Married Anglican
priests who convert can stay
married and be ordained in the
Catholic Church, an excep-
tion to the Vatican's celibacy
rule. Married Anglican bishops,
however, cannot retain that

position, and will serve the
Catholic Church as priests.
More than 100 Anglican
clergy have applied to become
Catholic priests in the U.S. or-
dinariate. Church officials said
more than 1,400 individuals
are seeking to join. The U.S.
Episcopal Church has just un-
der 2 million members. Many
Anglo-Catholics in the United
States had never been part of
the Episcopal Church.
Steenson, 59, who has a doc-
torate from the University of
Oxford, has been married since
1974 and has three adult chil-
dren. His wife also converted to
Catholicism. He was ordained
as a Catholic priest in 2009 in
the Archdiocese of Santa Fe,
New Mexico, and helped cre-
ate the education and training
program for Anglican priests
seeking to join the Catholic

Church transforms former strip club

Can former

gentlemen's club

be turned into a

house of worship?
By Eliot Kleinberg

When the church bought the
strip club, the symbolism was
about as subtle as the white
paint that workers brushed
heavily over pitch-black walls.
"It was a darkness now
turned into light," associate
pastor Donald Registe said.
"The bar was right in the
middle here,' pastor Pierre
Dumont said, spreading his
hands in the large room that
had been Platinum Showgirls.
"Here were the poles," he
said. Then, to a glass chande-
lier above him, "now we have
The church bought the
building in May. a month
after the congregation's 10th
anniversary and after having
saved for seven years for its
own place. It paid $600,000.
. Palm Beach County property
records show
The congregation consists
of about 250, most of them
Dumont had hoped to
open for business this week.
But there's a catch, said the
57-year-old pastor, rubbing
his thumb and forefinger in
the universal sign: "It's only
money that stops us now."
The congregation is short
of what it needs. For the rest
of the remodeling. For chairs.
For utilities.
Dumont said he's asked the
city for a temporary certificate

S -

Donald Registe (from left), Pastor Dumont Pierre, Pastor
Pierre's grandson D'Andre Pierre, 11, and Jacques Sauveur,
along with otler members of the new congregation, volunteer
their time to work on the new Evangelic Assembly of Christ
Church in Boynton Beach Thursday Dec. 29, 2011.

of occupancy so he can start
holding services.
City officials said Thursday
the building still must pass
some key inspectons and
even a temporary certificate
wouldn't be possible until
early January.
Dumont said that when he
first saw the building's inte-
ror. "it was very bad."
The black walls. The carpet,
once a blood red but caked
black with filth and stink-
ing from stale alcohol and
now replaced by bright white
tile. The giant bar where the
drinks flowed freely.
And the private booths
where things went on that
led the police finally to raid
the place early on Halloween
morning in 2009 and arrest
its owner, two managers and a
Authorities alleged dancers

'We're going to use it to
preach the word of God." he
Dumont said a congregant,
now 21, admitted to having
tried to sneak into Showgirls.
without luck, at 16. Now,
the pastor said, the man can
walk in any time, and will, to
An even better guest speak-
er, Dumont said: one of the
former dancers.
The pastor said the former
owners sold the place "as is"
and left everything.
Back in Haiti, the pastor
said, the congregation would
have piled up the fixtures and
burned them
But he said a man came by
one day and Trote a check
for $1,500 for the poles and

Pastor Dumont Pierre works on the new Evagelic As-:
sermbly of Christ Church in Boynton Beach Thursday Dec. 29,
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engaged in sex acts on stage.
sold drugs to the clientele and
bartered with customers over
sex acts in the VIP room.
Where private rooms once
were, now there is a stage,
Dumont said.

It bounced. The church
never saw the man again.
"We hope some time," Du-
mont said, "he'll come back to
And, he said, settle up.

More Christians turning to faith healings

By Stacey Samuel

Laurel, Maryland At the
end of a row of neatly arranged
banquet chairs, Sandra Ash-
ford sat reverently, still in awe
of what she says is her moth-
er's miraculous recovery from
cervical spinal stenosis.
"If it wasn't my mother,"
Ashford said, "I wouldn't be-
lieve it." She explained how
after a "laying of hands," her
74-year-old mother, Delsie
McDougall, no longer expe-
riences the symptoms from
what was becoming a debili-
tating condition.
When she arrived in early
December from her native Ja-
maica in search of treatment
options, McDougall said, she
couldn't "walk straight." When
her neurologist prescribed
surgery, she sought an alter-
native, one more in keeping
with her faith.
On the recommendation of
a friend, mother and daughter
experienced their first char-
ismatic healing service in the
rented ballroom of a Holiday
Inn in Laurel, Maryland.
On a Sunday evening a few

weeks before Christmas, the
two spent several hours in the
temporary location of the Ev-
erlasting Life Christian Center.
"To tell you the truth, I was
very skeptical," McDougall
said as she stood and swayed
to the live music from the gos-
pel singers. She showed no
signs of physical discomfort.
They are among a fast-grow-
ing number within the diverse
Christian landscape to join the
charismatic movement.
According to a recent Pew

Research Center report on
Global Christianity, 305 mil-
lion Christians worldwide
follow the charismatic move-
The Pew report categorizes
charismatic Christians as a
subset among non-Pentecos-
tal denominations and in-
cludesoChristians from each of
the major branches: Catholic,
Orthodox and Protestant. The
movement shares similar be-
liefs to Pentecostal denomina-
tions and similar practices like

"divine healing, prophecy and
speaking in tongues," accord-
ing to the report.
Dale Stoffer, professor of
historical theology and aca-
demic dean at Ashland Theo-
logical Seminary in Ohio,
said the charismatic move-
ment has been present in the
United States since the 1960s.
The religious experience in the
movement is more experien-
tial, rather than based in in-
tellectual expression.
"There's a high degree of
emphasis on the Holy Spir-
it working in supernatural
ways," Stoffer added.
While the movement is grow-
ing here in the United States,
there's been an "explosion
in Christianity," Stoffer said,
in Africa, Latin America and
Asia: regions of the world that
have seen increased numbers
of charismatic Christians.
A Pew Forum survey from
2006 found that 34 percent of
Brazil's population identified
themselves as charismatic.
"These are cultures that
have not been impacted by the
Western Enlightenment," ex-
plained Stoffer.


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The annual Passion event draws thousands of students from all
over the country.

Passion 2012 kicked off

with 42,000ooo students

"University movement" appeals to youth

By Anugrah-Kumar ,,- ..

Over 42,000 university,
students from around the
world filled the Georgia Dome
stadium in Atlanta for the
opening of the four-day Pas-
sion 2012 conference, whose
speakers included Francis
Chan, John Piper, Beth Moore
and Louie Giglio.
Along with popular speak-
ers, lead worshippers in-
cluded Chris Tomlin, David
Crowder Band, Matt Redman,
Charlie Hall, Christy Nockels,
and Kristian Stanfill.
Passion conferences are
designed to draw university-
aged young people, and
many participants have had
their lives changed. "Passion
98 changed my life," says a
Texas man on the Passion
2012's Facebook wall. Pas-
sion seeks to engage the
"university moment" with the
compelling message of Jesus
and the challenge to leverage
life to make him famous. To
achieve that purpose, tens of
thousands of students who
love Jesus will make a differ-
ence this year in the city and
beyond. Upon registration,
every attendee will bring tow-

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city's homeless community.
By Jan. 5, more than 100,000
socks and 40,000 towels will
be collected and donated.
As part of Passion's "Do
Something Now," the par-
ticipants will also raise $1
million to free, rescue and
restore those entrapped in
modern-day "slavery," such as
bonded laborers in India and
girls and women trafficked to
Western nations from Nepal
and other developing nations.
There are more slaves today
than any other time in the
history, according to Passion.
The Do Something Now move-
ment has raised over the past
years more than $6 million
to help end treacheries like
sex trafficking, provide clean
water and meet other press-
ing global needs.
The Passion movement be-
gan in 1995 with a stirring in
the heart of Giglio to see col-
lege students across the globe
"awaken to the reality of a glo-
rious God and Creator." Pas-
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More gay-friendly senior housing needed

62, Donald Carter knows his
arthritis and other age-related
infirmities will not allow him to
live indefinitely in his third-
floor walk-up apartment in
But as a low-income renter,
Carter has limited options.
And as a gay Black man, he's
concerned his choice of senior
living facilities might be nar-
rowed further by the possibility
of intolerant residents or staff
"The system as it stands
is not very accommodating,"
Carter said. "I don't really want
to see any kind of negative atti-
tude or lack of service because
anyone ... is gay or lesbian."
Many gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgender seniors fear
discrimination, disrespect or
worse by health care workers

-Alex Brandon, AP
Carter knows his arthritis and other age-related infirmities will
not allow him to live indefinitely in his third-floor walkup apart-
ment in Philadelphia.

and residents of elder housing
facilities, ultimately leading
many back into the closet after
years of being open, experts
That anxiety takes on new
significance as the first of the
77 million baby boomers turns
65 this year. At least 1.5 mil-
lion seniors are gay, a number
expected to double by 2030,
according to SAGE, the New
York-based group Services and
Advocacy for GLBT Elders.
Recognizing the need, de-
velopers in Philadelphia have
secured a site and initial fund-
ing for what would be one of
the nation's few GLBT-friendly
affordable housing facilities.
They hope to break ground on
a 52-unit, $17 million building
for seniors in 2013.
Anti-discrimination laws
prohibit gay-only housing, but

projects can be made GLBT-
friendly through marketing
and location. And while private
retirement facilities targeted at
the gay community exist, such
residences are often out of
reach for all but the wealthiest
Census figures released
this month indicate about 49
percent of Americans over 65
could be considered poor or
Gays are also less likely to
have biological family to help
out with informal caregiving,
either through estrangement or
being childless, making them
more dependent on outside
services. And that makes them
more vulnerable, SAGE execu-
tive director Michael Adams
"They cannot at all assume
that they will be treated well

or given the welcome mat," he
Cities including San Fran-
cisco and Chicago also have
projects on the drawing board.
But the first and, so far, only
affordable housing complex
for gay elders to be built in
the United States is Triangle
Square-Hollywood in Los An-
Open since 2007, the $22
million facility has 104 units
available to any low-income
senior 62 and over, gay or
straight, according to executive
director Mark Supper. Resi-
dents pay monthly rent on a
sliding scale, from about $200
to $800, depending on their
income. About 35 units are
set aside for seniors with HIV/
AIDS and for those at risk of
becoming homeless, Supper

Connecticut takes control of Medicaid program

State drops managed-care groups;

assumes control of
By Phil Galewitz

HARTFORD, Conn. In the
past decade, most states have
turned Medicaid over to pri-
vate insurance plans, hoping
they could control costs and
improve care. Nearly half of the
60 million people in the gov-
ernment program for the poor
are in managed-care plans run
by insurance giants such as
UnitedHealthcare and Aetna.
Connecticut, the "insurance
capital of the world," is buck-
ing the trend.
Beginning Sunday, Con-
necticut will jettison its private
health plans from Medicaid,
the state-federal health insur-
ance program. Instead of pay-
ing the companies a set month-
ly fee to cover the health costs

of more than 400,000 children
and parents, the state will as-
sume financial responsibility.
State officials say the compa-
nies, including Hartford-based
Aetna, did not fulfill their
promise of lower costs and bet-
ter care.
"Connecticut has a 15-year
history with managed-care
organizations, and there has
been a diminishing confidence
in the value of what they are
providing," says Mark Schae-
fer, the state's Medicaid direc-
Nationally, managed-care
plans oversee care for 27 mil-
lion people enrolled in Medic-
aid and control $150 billion of
the $400 billion in Medicaid
spending numbers likely to
increase partly because of the

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Pediatrician Elsa Stone helps 7-day-old Evan enjoy his first

influx of an additional 16 mil-
lion people expected to be cov-
ered by the program beginning
in 2014 under the national

health care law.
Connecticut's decision stands
out at a time when a growing
number of states are requir-

ing more people in Medicaid to
join managed-care plans. Flor-
ida, Texas and California are
among nearly two dozen states
planning expansions in 2012.
Whether Connecticut's move
turns out to be a blip in the
industry's growing control of
Medicaid or the beginning of
a backlash, officials in other
states are watching closely.
In any case, the reversal of
the trend in the insurance in-
dustry's home base has given
managed care critics a rare, if
mostly symbolic, victory.
"There is a cadre of people
who hate for-profit health care,
and this is another point of am-
munition for them to point to
and say that if they came to this
determination in the insurance
capital of the world, how can
it be such great shakes?" says
Joel Menges, a health care con-
sultant who has worked with
the state.

Connecticut has more of its
residents employed in the in-
surance industry than any oth-
er 2.1 percent, or more than
71,000 people, according to the
U.S. Census.
Now, the state is betting that
its employees, working with a
private, non-profit company,
can ensure that Medicaid pa-
tients get better care at lower
Connecticut is only the sec-
ond state in a decade to drop
its for-profit managed-care
plan. Oklahoma moved away
from private plans in 2005,
and officials there say they
have no regrets. "While achiev-
ing very encouraging marks in
both member satisfaction and
quality, the cost per member
has grown at a very low average
annual rate of 1.2 percent over
the last five years," says Mike
Fogarty, Oklahoma's Medicaid

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Overuse of exams can harm patient health

By Dennis Thompson

If you've had a medical pro-
cedure lately, you probably first
had blood tests, an imaging
test like an MRI or ultrasound,
perhaps an electrocardiogram
and possibly more.
"Is all this really necessary?"
you might have wondered.
That's a question that doc-
tors themselves are now raising
as a growing body of evidence
suggests that overuse of diag-
nostic testing may be harming
patients' health and driving up
health-care costs.
"There is clear overuse or
misuse of certain kinds of tests
for certain patients," said Dr.
Steven E. Weinberger, execu-
tive vice president and chief
executive officer of the Ameri-
can College of Physicians.
So should doctors exercise
more restraint, or should pa-
tients take a more active and
skeptical role in their care?
Weinberger believes the an-
swer lies somewhere in the
middle. "There needs to be an
honest conversation in both
directions, with a clear under-
standing about what is and
isn't necessary," he said.
Experts agree that exces-

sive testing is costing the U.S.
health-care system billions
through waste. Weinberger
said that some estimates have
suggested the cost could run
as high as $200 billion to $250

patients who face increased
health risks associated with
diagnostic testing, he said.
Dr. Anthony Shih, executive
vice president for programs of
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nostic testing may be harming patients' health and driving up
health-care costs.

billion a year, an amount equal
to about 10 percent of the total
amount spent on the nation's
health care.
But the true cost is borne by

private health policy research
foundation, agreed.
"Although most patients are
aware that procedures carry
some risks, they are less aware

that tests carry risks," Shih
Diagnostic testing, in fact,
carries three main risks, Wein-
berger and Shih said:
Risks directly related to the
test itself, such as the radia-
tion exposure caused by imag-
ing tests.
The risk for a false positive,
which can lead to a string of
other unnecessary follow-up
tests and procedures, each
with their own sets of potential
health hazards.
The risk that a condition will
be identified that never would
have been clinically significant
but now will probably be treat-
A routine electrocardiogram,
for example, might identify
some nonspecific condition
that leads to a cardiac cathe-
terization, an invasive medical
procedure that carries its own
set of health risks, Weinberger
"Unnecessary testing is not
necessarily .benign," he said.
"It can lead to situations that
can pose health risks to pa-
Patients should become
more active in asking whether
tests are necessary.

Uninsured turn to Groupons for health care

By Joseph Pisani
Associated Press

NEW YORK The last time
Mark Stella went to the den-
tist he didn't need an insur-
ance card. Instead, he pulled
out a Groupon.
Stella, a small business
owner, canceled his health
insurance plan more than
three years ago when his
premium rose to more than
$400 a month. He considered
himself healthy and decided
that he was wasting money
on something that he rarely
So when a deal popped up
on daily deals site Groupon
for a teeth cleaning, exam
and an X-ray at a nearby
dentist, Stella, 55, bought
the deal which the com-

pany calls a "Groupon" for
himself and another for his
daughter. He paid $39 for
each, $151 below what the
dentist normally charges.
Daily deal sites like Grou-
pon and LivingSocial are best
known for offering limited-
time discounts on a variety
of discretionary goods and
services including restaurant
meals, wine tasting, spa
visits and hotel stays. The
discounts are paid for up-
front and then it's up to the
customer to book an appoint-
ment and redeem a coupon
before it expires. Merchants
like the deals because it gives
them exposure and a pop
in business. Customers use
them to try something new,
to save money on something
they already use, or both.

The sites are increasingly
moving beyond little luxuries
like facials and vacations
and offering deals that are
helping some people fill holes
in their health insurance
coverage. Visitors to these
sites are finding a growing
number of markdowns on
health care services such as
teeth cleaning, eye exams,
-chiropractic care and even
medical checkups. They're
also offering deals on elective
procedures not commonly
covered by health insurers,
such as wrinkle-reducing
Botox injections and vision-
correcting Lasik eye surgery.
About one out of every 11
deals offered online is for a
health care service, according
to data compiled by DealRa-
dar.com, a site that gathers

and lists 20,000 deals a day
from different websites.
"I was accustomed to go-
ing to the dentist every six
months," said Stella who
owns SmartPhones, a store
and wholesale business
in Miami that sells mobile
phone covers and accesso-
ries. "This filled the gap."
The deals are popping up
across the nation. In New
York, a full medical checkup
with blood, stool and uri-
nalysis testing sold for $69
in December on Groupon
- below the regular price of
$200. In Seattle, a flu shot
was offered on AmazonLocal
for $17, down from $35. In
Chicago, LivingSocial sold a
dental exam, cleaning, X-rays
and teeth whitening trays for
$99, a savings of $142.

'Silent strokes' linked to

memory loss in elderly

By Alan Mozes

In some cases, memory loss
among the elderly may be due
to so-called "silent strokes,"
new research suggests.
Such strokes, which may not
cause any noticeable symp-
toms, result in small pockets
of dead brain cells, and are
found in roughly 25 percent of
older adults, the study team
"The new aspect of this study
of memory loss in the elderly is
that it examines silent strokes
and [brain] shrinkage simulta-
neously," study author Adam
Brickman, of the Taub Insti-
tute for Research on Alzheim-
er's Disease and the Aging
Brain at Columbia University
Medical Center in New York,
explained in a news release
from the American Academy
of Neurology. The research,
which was funded by the U.S.
National Institutes of Health,
is slated for publication in the
journal Neurology.
The study authors arrived at
their conclusions after working
with 658 men and women aged
65 and older, none of whom
had a history of dementia.

All the participants under-
went MRI brain scans, as
well as testing to gauge their
capacities in terms of memory,
language skills, thinking speed
and visual perception.
The brain scans revealed
that 174 of the participants
had experienced silent strokes,
and the investigators found
that these seniors did not
perform as well on the memory
exams. This finding held re-
gardless of whether the part of
the patient's brain responsible
for memory (the hippocam-
pus) was found to be relatively
small or not.
"Given that conditions like
Alzheimer's disease are defined
mainly by memory problems,
our results may lead to fur-
ther insight into what causes
symptoms and the develop-
ment of new interventions for
prevention," Brickman noted
in the news release. "Since
silent strokes and the volume
of the hippocampus appeared
to be associated with memory
loss separately in our study,
our results also support stroke
prevention as a means for
staving off memory problems,"
he added.


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The latest research provided
consumers with practical news
they can use:
Fiber rules:A high-fiber
diet (22 grams or more a day)
appears to reduce your lifetime
risk of cardiovascular disease, es-
pecially if you are consuming lots
of fiber when you are young and
middle-aged. Some high-fiber
foods: fruits, vegetables, whole
grains and beans.
> Meat increases diabetes
risk: Eating processed meats and
red meat regularly increases your
risk of type 2 diabetes.
o Tired folks eat more: When
people are sleep-deprived, they ,'
consume almost 300 calories
a day more than when they
are well-rested. And ice
cream is one of their favorite
foods when they're tired.
> Pouring on the calories:
Teens who drink soda, energy
drinks and other sugary
beverages are guzzling about
327 calories a day from them,
which is equal to about two cans
of cola. And people ages 20-39
who drink sugary beverages
consume 336-calories a day from
them.That's a lot of calories.
> Sleep lowers obesity: Kids
who get sufficient shut-eye are
less likely to be obese. Those who
sleep at least 9% to 10 hours
were the least likely to be obese
or to have unhealthy blood work.
In celebrity-related diet and
fitness news:
> Singer Mariah Carey lost 30
pounds on the program, dropping
the weight she gained while
pregnant with her twins.
o Jennifer Hudson dropped
from a size 16 to size 6 by
following Weight Watchers.
i. Singer Janet Jackson is
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S'Jack LaLanne, widely
considered the founding father
of the fitness movement in the
United States, died at age 96. He
preached strength training and
healthy eating long before it was

Gay union laws,

health linked
Gay marriage may have benefits that
extend beyond social and economic fac-
tors. A new study finds that laws permit-
ting same-sex marriage influence the
health of gay and bisexual men.
The study, published online in the
American Journal of Public Health,
examined the health impact of same-sex
marriage on gay and bisexual men in
Massachusetts. Same-sex marriage was
legalized in that state in 2003.
Researchers at Columbia University's
Mailman School of Public Health sur-
veyed 1,211 patients of a large clinic that
specializes in serving sexual minorities
and reviewed billing records after the
same-sex marriage law was adopted.
Data were analyzed regarding visits for
hypertension, depression and adjust-
ment disorders, which are all linked to
stress, said the lead author of the study,
Mark L. Hatzenbuehler.
The study found that sexual minority
men had a decrease in medical care (by
13 percent) and mental-healthcare visits
(by 13 percent) compared with the year
before the law went into effect.
The results were not tied to whether
men were in partnered relationships,
suggesting that same-sex marriage poli-
cies have a broader public-health effect
than just the impact on individuals.
"These findings suggest that mar-
riage equality may produce broad public
health benefits by reducing the occur-
rence of stress-related health conditions
in gay and bisexual men," Hatzenbuehler
said in a news release.

2011 From vitamins to vegans,

1By Janice Lloyd and Nanci Hellmich

Should you take vitamins?
New research raised questions about the wisdom
of taking a daily vitamin. One study showed that
older women who took a daily vitamin supplement,
even just a multivitamin, had an increased risk of
dying of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Anoth-
er study found that taking vitamin E supplements
significantly increased the risk of pros-
Srate cancer in healthy men even after
they stopped taking them. The find-
\ ings highlighted concerns about the
long-term use of supplements and
vitamins by people who do not have
severe nutritional deficiencies.

Hold the chips, fries, soda
Adults gain an average of almost a
pound a year as they age, and much of that weight
gain is caused by changes in diet such as extra
servings of such foods as potato chips, french fries,
sugar-sweetened drinks, white bread and low-fiber
breakfast cereals, said the largest, most compre-
hensive study of diet and weight gain in adults.


FIRST HELPING: Michele Obama unveils My Plate,
which replaces the pyramid.

Vitamins took a beating this year with several new studies that showed supplements can do
more harm than good. Meanwhile, vigorous exercise got a boost with research that found
people burn a substantial number of calories hours after a hard workout. USA TODAY
reviews the year's diet and fitness news:

more meat for the for-
mer fast-food fan.

Bill Clinton gave
veganism a boost

The former president said
that he has gone from
a meat lover to a vegan,
the strictest form of a
vegetarian diet. He said
he eats fruits, vegetables
and beans, but no red
meat, chicken or dairy.

Another good reason to
work up a sweat
Researchers found that people who
exercise vigorously get a bonus for
their hard work: They continue to
burn extra calories long after they're
finished working out. The study
showed that men who biked intensely
on a stationary bike for 45 minutes
burned an extra 190 calories over the
14 hours after their workout. This is
in addition to the calories they used
while exercising. The findings also may
apply to other high-intensity, sweat-
producing activities such as running,
jogging and playing intense games of
basketball and soccer.

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New federal guidelines, services
The federal government released its new healthful eating icon, (www.
choosemyplate.gov), called My Plate. It's divided into four sections
- fruits, vegetables, grains and protein. The government also
released new dietary guidelines, which recommended that people eat
healthier by slashing sugar, salt and solid fats such as butler and
stick margarine from their diets and eating more seafood, fruits,
vegetables and whole grains. And the government announced that it
will pay for screenings and preventive services to help obese Medicare
patients lose weight.

Moving even a little
boosts health
A growing body of research shows
exercise provides health benefits
- even when it falls below the
recommended 150 minutes of moderate
intensity physical activity a week. One
mega study shows even as little as 10 to
15 minutes a day help lower coronary
heart disease risk. For the first time
since 1998, the American College of
Sports Medicine updated its exercise
guidelines, including information on
how little exercise is needed to achieve
health benefits. Doing 75 minutes a
week can be helpful, while more is
better to help maintain weight and to
achieve maximum benefits.

Walking speed appears to
predict longevity
Faster walking speeds were associated
with living longer: Predicted years
of remaining life for each age and
both sexes increased as gait-speed
increased, with the most significant
gains after age 75.

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Ihe best foods for winter
The best foods for winter

By David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding

It's the first snow of the season, and it's so heavy and
wet that it clogs your snowblower. You have two choices.
Option 1: Shove your arm between the augers and re-
move the blockage. The downside: You'll lose your arm
in the process, and having it reattached will probably
bankrupt you. Option 2: Turn off the machine, grab a
broom stick, and chip at the blockage until it crumbles.
You might be thinking, "What kind of lunatic would
choose option 1?" Well, lunatics like the American
people. The U.S. spends more than $2 trillion on health
care each year, with much of that cash going toward
the treatment of obesity-related complications like heart
disease and diabetes. We're fixing our health problems
retroactively, with medication and surgery, even though
we could prevent most of them by making smarter

choices about what we eat.
There's no better time to put this notion to the test
than the winter months. Winter is not necessarily con-
ducive to good health; the season conjures up images of
calorie-loaded comfort foods, fireside naps, and runny
noses. Read on for six everyday foods that will keep
you healthy and strong from December to March and
beyond, compliments of the all-new Eat This, Not That!
Supermarket Survival Guide, which includes thousands
of smart swaps that can help you shave 20 pounds or
more in just six weeks.

What it does: Helps you avoid the winter blues
Why it works: Sunlight signals your body to produce
the feel-good hormone serotonin, so winter's short, dark
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The American Academy of Family
Physicians offers these suggestions
for moms-to-be while traveling in the
Wear your seat belt properly,
with the lap belt beneath your belly
and the shoulder strap posi-
tioned between the breasts
and to the side of the belly.
Move your seat back as
fai as possible if you have
airbags. Tilt the seat to give
your belly more space.
If you aren't driving, sit in
the back seat.
Always see your doctor immedi-
ately after a car accident, even if you

The Cleveland Clinic cites these
warning signs of burnout at work:
Needing to take off a lot of days.
Having poor job efficiency and
reduced productivity.
Becoming bored.
Feeling depressed.
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days may leave you in a less-
than-cheery mood. If the dol-
drums persist, you may even
find yourself suffering a seri-
ous form of depression known
as Seasonal Affective Disorder
(SAD). But don't let Jack Frost
get you down: Whole grain
carbs like oatmeal can give your
winter mood a much-needed
boost. In a MIT study, research-
ers found that eating plenty
of carbohydrates keeps sero-
tonin levels up and can even
prevent cravings for sweets.
Refined carbs like doughnuts
and white bread can be tempt-
ing winter comforts, but these
foods will cause your blood
sugar to quickly spike then
plummet, leaving you in worse
spirits than you were before. To
stay happy and healthy, opt for
whole grains instead.

What it does: Keeps your
skin from drying out
Why it works: The winter
months bring drier air (blame

frigid winds and indoor heating),
which can suck the moisture
out of your skin, leaving it
dull, tight, and itchy. Applying
moisturizer can help, but the
omega-3 fatty acids found in
foods like walnuts will combat
your dry-skin problem from the
inside. Omega-3s help maintain
healthy cell membranes,
including those found in your
skin. When your skin cells are
strong they are better able to
retain moisture, helping your
skin avoid a reptilian fate.

What it does: Wards off cold
and flu viruses (and vampires)
Why it works: British
researchers recently discovered
that garlic may prevent you from
getting sick. In the 12-week
study of 164 healthy adults,
the group of participants that
received a garlic supplement
reported only 24 colds, while
the group that received a
placebo reported 64 colds. One
explanation is a chemical in
garlic called allicin, which may
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adding garlic to your meals may
help you stay above the weather.
Just don't eat too much-you
want to keep disease at bay, not
your friends and family.

What it does: Prevents weight
Why it works: A 2006 Bastyr
University study found that
participants who routinely ate
more fiber than the national
average of about 14 grams
per day were less likely to
be overweight than those
who consumed less than 14
grams. Fiber-rich foods, like
squash, contain relatively low
calories, and they're digested
more slowly, keeping you full
long after you eat them-an
important defense against
the season of overindulgence
otherwise known as winter.
With about 9 grams of fiber
per one-cup serving, eating
winter squash (like acorn and
butternut varieties) is a great
way to load up on fiber and
prevent post-holiday eaters
remorse. Winter squash is also

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loaded with carotenes, which
have been shown to reduce the
risk of a variety of diseases from
cancer to heart disease. Most
winter squash is available year-
round, but its peak season is
early fall through late winter.

What it does: Keeps your
energy up
Why it works: Darkness
signals your body to produce
melatonin, the hormone
responsible for making you
sleepy, so the shorter days
that come along with winter
can cause you to feel like
hitting the sack instead of
the gym. But eating complex
carbohydrates-most abundant
in whole grains, starchy
vegetables, and legumes-along
with some protein can help you
stay awake and energized. This
combination, found in foods
like a chicken sandwich on
wheat bread, boosts energy in
two ways: Your body digests the
complex carbs slowly, keeping
your blood sugar stable, and
the protein helps you stay
fuller, longer.

By Sharon Jayson

Psychologist Art Markman has
studied thinking for 20 years. In
his new book, Smart Thinking:
Three Essential Keys to Solve
Problems, Innovate, and Get
Things Done, he combines what's
known from cognitive research
with a how-to approach. Mark-
man, of the University of Texas
in Austin, tells USA TODAY what
helps us and hinders us from
making the most of what we know.
Q: Is your definition of "smart"
different from what we consider
overall intelligence? If so, how?
A: Smart and intelligent are re-
lated, but they really aren't the
same. The kinds of problems we
give people on intelligence tests
typically focus on the ability to
solve very abstract problems that
don't resemble things you do on a
daily basis. But when people are
doing smart things in the world,
they are solving problems. They
are creating new things. They
are saying things and think-
ing thoughts that have not been
thought in that way before. Those
are the kinds of things that are re-
ally smart behaviors.
Q: InSmart Thinking, you say
creating smart habits that can
become useful habits helps peo-
ple become smarter. How does
that work?
A: Most of what we do day-to-
day we do without thinking. That's
a good thing, because you don't
want to spend your life planning
every single movement and ev-
ery single action. But the reason
that this becomes central to smart
thinking is because, as much as
possible, you want to organize
your life so that the things you do
by habit are things that are going
to promote smarter behavior.
Q: You also delve into how
memory works.Why do people
have so much trouble remem-
bering names?
A: Memory is all about connec-
tion. Names are arbitrary. You of-
ten can't remember this person's
name, but you remember where
they work and that they have three
kids. You remember all the stuff
that was connected that made the

person the person, but (not) this
piece of information that's arbi-
trary but really important their
name. The funny thing is as soon
as you start thinking about this
person, all of this other informa-
tion comes back. You remember
what they like and this joke they
told you -- just this one piece of it
is hard to get at because it's not
really connected to anything.
Q: You say multitasking is
A: Multitasking is one of the
evils of the modern world. We re-
ally don't do many things at once.
What we do is split our time across
all the different things we're trying
to do. And there are two problems
with that. One is there's a cost
to switching back and forth be-
tween the things you're trying to
do and the other is if you're par-
ticipating in some kind of event
that's unfolding in time, you're
going to miss things when you
switch your attention away from
that event. If you're sitting in a
meeting and checking your e-
mail at the same time, you're not
really doing both at same time,
you're doing a little bit of e-mail
and a little bit of meeting. Any-
thing that happens at the meet-
ing while you're working on the
e-mail, you've just missed.
Q: What are the habits you
call "self-limiting"?
A: We go to meetings and we're
supposed to learn something
from the meeting, and now, as
soon as we leave the meeting, we
whip out a smartphone and start
checking our messages and see
what texts came in. The problem
is that this habit of checking your
smartphone is leaving what you
remember about that meeting
up to chance.One of the things
that's very effective in learning
is spending a little bit of time at
the very end of the experience
reviewing what just happened
and saying to yourself what are
the three most important things
that just happened here. By mov-
ing too quickly on to the next
thing, you're not giving yourself
a chance to make sure you figure
out what it is you want to remem-


Victims' families lose advocate Prominent Detroit publisher
S, Samuel Logan Jr. dies at 78

Goasena to

crime victims

retires after

35 years

By Paula McMahon

When Pat Dudi ':. joined the
Broward State Attorney's Office
35 years ago, her bosses had
no idea she'd take her job de-
scription support staff and
make it a way of life.
When she retires on Friday,
the office will lose a gem.
For most of her time in public
service, Dudley's was the voice
on the phone for countless peo-
ple who lost loved ones in some
of Broward County's most infa-
mous murders.
But Dudley didn't just take
their calls she adopted the
bereaved families. She was the
"homicide unit secretary" but
victims' families said that job
title doesn't begin to describe
what she did.
Deborah Bowie, whose sister

"Theyjust want some-
one to listen to them and
that's what I do."

Sharon Anderson was one of
three people murdered execu-
tion-style in 1994 in Miramar,
said Dudley has been a god-
send to her family as they've
gone through trials and re-
trials in the notorious "Casey's
Nickelodeon" case. The shoot-
ings caught on home secu-
rity video are known as the
Casey's Nickelodeon case, after
the Pembroke Park bar owned
by one of the victims.
"Pat cared for us as people,

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Pat Dudley is retiring today
State Attorney's Office.
we weren't just a number or an-
other case to her. She knew us
and she cared about us," Bowie
During the first trial in 1997,
Dudley often babysat Bowie's
daughter, Alexis, at her desk.
Alexis, who was three, would
draw happy pictures while her
mom listened to gruesome tes-
timony in court.
"When I call Pat, as soon as I
say 'Hello' she knows my voice
and she'll say 'Debbie, how's
Alexis?" Bowie said. "She'd re-
member my sister's birthday
and call us because she knew it
was a tough day."
Over the years, dozens of fam-
ilies sent Dudley photographs
of their children and thank-you
cards, which she keeps on her
desk. One family who wanted to

after 35 years of helping victims and lawyers in the Broward

after 35 years of helping victims and lawyers in the Broward

send a gift, which she couldn't
accept because of the office's
ethics policy, planted a tree in
her honor.
Dudley, who was born in
Pompano Beach and lives in
Lauderhill, has few firm plans
for retirement other than con-
tinuing to take care of her el-
derly parents and spending
more time with her husband,
two sons and granddaughter,
She was hired at 19 and
worked her way up through the
office to the secretarial job in the
homicide unit, where she spent
25 years. In September 2010,
Chief Assistant State Attorney
Chuck Morton approached her
to become his executive assis-
Dudley, who tried to retire

without a fuss, said she's loved
every minute of her work.
"People tell me it's a depress-
ingjob but it's not. I've met such
great people," Dudley said. "I
don't give them advice, I can't
because I've never lost someone
that way. They just want some-
one to listen to them and that's
what I do."
Morton, who worked closely
with Dudley during her career,
said she is a shining example of
the dozens of people who qui-
etly do their job and rarely get
"Everyone who calls our of-
fice speaks first to one of our
support staff who answer the
phones. They're the face of our
office and if they're the glue that
holds it all together, then Pat's
like super glue," Morton said.

By David Runk
Associated Press




Logan Jr., the publisher of the
prominent Black newspaper
the Michigan Chronicle who
was known for his dedication
to news coverage of the Black
community and a willingness
to make tough stands, has
died. He was 78.
Logan died Wednesday
at his home in Detroit and
a cause of death hasn't yet
been determined, the news-
paper's Senior Editor Bankole
Thompson said in an email
"He was a pioneer in Black
journalism and the great
history that gave birth to
the Black press in America
... He was very keen about
the public's right to know,"
Thompson said.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing
said Logan was a loyal friend
who will be deeply missed.
"Sam Logan was more
than a Detroit icon, he was
a respected pioneer in Black
journalism who championed
the need for coverage of a
community not totally served
by the mainstream media,"
Bing said in a statement.
Logan's career at the
Chronicle spanned a half-
century and he rose through
a variety of advertising and
marketing jobs. He served as
publisher for several years
until 2000 He then founded
the Black newspaper Michi-
gan Front Page before return-
ing in 2003 as the Chronicle's
Sam Logan and the Michi-
gan Chronicle have been
responsible for empower-
ing a communism that often

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said in a statement. "Sam
was not only publisher of the
Michigan Chronicle he was
reporter, salesman, editor,
promoter, marketer and the
very spirit of... the Michigan
Logan drew criticism in
1994 when the Chronicle,
which is based in heavily
Democratic Detroit, endorsed
Republican Gov. John Engler
for re-election. The endorse-
ment drew pickets and boy-
cotts by Black leaders, and
about 200 protesters burned
copies of the newspaper that
The newspaper had histori-
cally supported Democratic
candidates, but the newspa-
per's editorial board passed
over Engler's Democratic
challenger, Howard Wolpe.
The Chronicle said it en-
dorsed Engler because Wolpe
failed to show how he would
improve on the governor's fis-
cal plans, which cut taxes.
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AKEEM SIMPSON, 22, entre-
preneur, died
December 19,
2011 at Jackson
Memorial Hos-
pital. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

SHANITA LEE, 21, died Decem-
ber 23, 2011 at
home. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at Parkway ,r
Baptist Church. .-

rity officer, died
December 24,
2011. Service 11
a.m.. Saturday ,
at Homestead I -
Christiar Center

cial aide, died
December 29,
2011 at Jackson
Memorial Hos-
pital. Service 1
p m Saturday
in the chapel.


tion worker, died
December 29,
2011 at Water
Crfst Nursing
Home. Service
1p.m., Saturday
at New Way Fel-


died Decem-
ber 31, 2011
at University of
Miami Hospital.
S 12 p.m.,
::day at
12pn: at Our Fa-
ther House Min-
istries Church. L.

beautician, died
January 1st.
Visitation 4 to
7 p.m., Friday
at the church.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at New
Way Fellowship
Praise and
Worship Center.

JR. aka
41. died
December 27.
2011. Visitation
4 p.m.- 9
p.m.. Friday.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Greater Love Full Gospel Baptist
Church, 18200 NW. 22nd Ave.

retired head
custodian, died
December 30.
2011 at home.
Survive ors .
include children:
Gwen Williams,
Maxine Major,
Thomas, Anthony Thomas and
Catrece Addison and a host of
sorrowing relatives. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at Cooper Temple COGIC
Upper Room Ministries.

SEric S. George

80, sanita- JAMES OUTLER, JR., 69, of
West Park, FL
died Decem-
ber 31, 2011. '
73 e.. He was born in t'h
.. ..; Miami and at-
S tended elemen- c y
'tary and high :
school in Miami.
James Was a
1960 graduate of Miami Northwest-
73, nurse ern Senior High. He served in the
United States Air Force and after
completing his tour of duty, he had
an extensive career as a systems
James is survived by his devot-
ed son, James III and daughter,
Donyale LaDar
;. Viewing 6-9 p.m., Friday at Sure
Foundation Ministries COGOP,
5541 SW 20 Street, West Park, FL

shoreman, died
Dc:emrnber 28,
20 i1 Service .
i prm.. Satur- .
day at Mt. Tabor
Bapys; Church.

MARIE FARROW, 67 ,died De-
-,e'-ber 25, 2011. Service 10 a.m..
Sau:day in the chapel.

Roberts Poitier
MCDUFFIE, 43, cook, died
December 21, 2011. Services
were held.

homemaker, died December 26 at
Kindred Hospital. Services were

WILLIE FRYER, 63, laborer,
died December 22, 2011 AT
Francos Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center. Services were held.

IONA WILSON, 75, Dietician,
died December 15, 2011 AT
Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete.

landscaper, died December 5,
2011 at North Shore Medical. Ser-
vices were held.

porter, died December 8, 2011 at
home. Services were held.

73, laborer, died December 19,
2011 at Sarasota Memorial Hospi-
tal. Arrangements are incomplete.

49, laborer, died December 27,
2011. Arrangements are incom-

Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
Sure Foundation Ministries CO-
GOP. Final arrangements are en-
trusted to Eric George Funeral
Home of Dania, Florida.

54. teacher.
died December
30. 2011 at
home. Service
11 a.m .
Saturday at k'
Tabernacle of
the Ark of Jesus -

51, died
2011 atJac
pital. Service
a.m., Satu
at Friend
tist Church.

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2 at h
p.m., Satu
at Pemb
Park Churc

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North. Serv
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North HosF
Saturday al

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ber 30, 201
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January 6
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day at Eben
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December 30,
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SRoyal Ram'n

The Autobiographical Obituary of
Cleophus Orange Jr.

27, was born on September 17,
kson 1938 on a small turpentine
Hos- settlement called Sappville in
e 10 Ware County, Georgia to the
irday late Mr. Cleophus Clifford Or-
Iship ange, a man of great strength,
Bap- determination, and persever-
ance, and the late Eva Lou
Barnum-Orange, a woman of
ht and Young great faith and fortitude.
At an early age, Cleophus
H. SWINDLE, 88, and his family migrated to
ker, Overtown and then to the Al-
wuary lapattah area of Miami, Flori-
ome. da where Cleophus was raised
12 and received his formal educa-
irday tion. In 1955 at age 17, Cleo-
roke phus put his age up by one
-h of year and joined the United
States Navy, became a seaman
__ and sailed the great oceans of
the world.
SMITH, 75, housewife, Upon his return from the
mber 28 at Jackson navy with a honorable dis-
ice 11 a.m., Thursday in charge, life took a turn, and
in 1960 he was arrested and
sentenced to life imprisonment
IANE AUBERRY, 48, and ultimately served 14 years
ry 2, 2012 at Jackson of that sentence, 10 years was
pital. Service 10 a.m., served in solitary confinement
t New Vision for Christ in a 10x6 concrete cubicle. He
was called everything from an
agitator, troublemaker, and
jail house lawyer by prison of-
Wade ficials. His fellow inmates rec-
L. MORROW, 83, ognized him as a mediator, a
k r, negotiator, and an exponent of
Se r, self help prison rehabilitative
cem-1 programs. In 1974, Cleophus

1pital. was paroled and pardoned.
p.m-i a. It is often a debatable ob-
p.m- servation that "In the best of
friday, us there is some bad, and in
at the worst of us there is some
Drinth good." Cleophus proved this by
u.rch. continuing his work in social
i.m., Saturday at New services. He also served on the
. Church, 1435 N.W. 54 South Florida State Governor's
I rites and burial Janu- Commission on crime and
under, Georgia. criminal justice. He went on to
earn an Associate, a Bachelor,
and a Masters degree in Crimi-
nal Justice.
Range In 1979, Cleophus founded
BARR. 82, carpenter, and became Executive Direc-
cem- tor of Project S.T.O.P.P.P (Suc-
1 at cessful Transformation of Po-
rvice tentially Productive Persons).
atur- Project S.T.O.P.P.P was a so-
ezer cial service program designed
hod- 0. to help at-risk, socially and
economically disadvantage
youths from a life of crime
and violence. He received nu-
merous awards, accolades of
US LEE, 76, photog- achievement, and certificates
died of recognition from various

governmental entities. public
officials and private individu-
als and organizations. During
Project S.T.O.P.P.P's 30 years
of operation, the program re-
ceived millions of dollars in
government funding.
In June 1982, he met and
fell in love and married the
love of his life Sonia Munroc,
without whose 30 years of day
to day love, support, and un-
questionable dedication, life
would have been meaningless.
Cleophus Orange has always
been a fighter and even with
his back against the ropes, he
was able to come out of every
round. On Wednesday, De-
cember 21, 2011, God rang the
final bell and he quietly slept
away. And like the entrance of
an angel, the radiance of his
presence would often fill the
room with joy. His departure
now leaves a void of darkness
in our hearts that could only be
filled by the light of our faith in
God's merciful promise of res-
urrection. Surely, Cleo Orange
was a man of strength and
courage. He will be missed.
He leaves to cherish his pre-
cious memories his devoted
and dedicated wife, Sonia
Munroe-Orange; daughters,
Jacqueline Barfield (Jeff) and
Jeannette Lee (Gary); uncle,
Jacob Orange; aunts, Mag-
gie and Alice Orange; be-
loved cousin, William Orange
(Poncho); brother-in -law,
Roderick Ricketts (Andrea);
sisters-in-law, Paulette Camp-
bell (Emanuel), Sylvia Dixon
(Winston), Winnifred Mason,
Sharon Lewis (Wayne), Joyce
Manhurst, and Winsome Car-
ruthers (Derrick) and a host
of sorrowing relatives and

2011. Memo-
- rial service 5-8
p.m., Friday at
GAIL New Birth East,
13250 N.W. 7th
Avenue. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at New Birth Cathedral of Faith
International, 2300 N.W. 135th

borer, died December 28, 2011 at
home. Memorial service 11 a.m., in
the chapel.

Lithgow Bennett Philbrick
died Dec. 31,
2011 at home.
Viewing 5 p.m.
- 9 p.m., Friday.
Service 11 a.m., .

Saturday in the

Nakia Ingral
died December 27,
home. Service 11 a.m.
at Ebenezer Friendsh

EVELYN DAVIS, 89, retired
nurse, died January 1 at Aventura
Hospital and Medical Center. She
was the loving mother of Dr. Con-
stance Thornton, Robert Lee Daivs
(deceased), and Ronald Davis
(deceased); grandmother of Eboni
Davis and Krishawna Thornton-
Pawlowski; and the sister of Bea-
trice Williams of Jacksonville, FL.
All services will be held at St. Philip
Neri Catholic Church, 15700 NW
20 Avenue Road, Miami Gardens,
FL. Viewing 5 p.m. Friday, followed
by wake service at 6:30 p.m. Ser-
vice 10 a.m., Saturday. Interment
at Dade Memorial Park.

S Hall Ferguson Hewitt

CSX locomotive
ham operator, died
December 26,
73, greeter, 2011. Service 1 .
2011 at p.m., Saturday W "
, Saturday at Mt. Calvary
uip Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church.

ANTHONY CREWS, 47, public-
works employer, died December
28, 2011 at home. Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.



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Columbus Lee

dies at 76
Black Miami's premier pho-
tographer Columbus Lee has
taken his last picture. The
76-year-old man-about town
died on Friday at his home.
Born in Columbus. Mississippi
Sept.15, 1935 he opened Lee's
Photos in Liberty City in 1968
and has been a busy photogra-
pher until his recent retirement
because of health reasons. Lee's
Photos became a familiar signa-
ture for celebrities, politicians
and athletes.
His pictures of
banquets, con-
ventions, golf
weddings and
other social
occasions are
all over the Mi-
ami-Dade County community.
He is survived by his wife
Earnestine W. Harris; broth-
ers, Jessie Lee (Pearl) of Mi-
ami, Bobby Lee of New York,
Herry Lee (Diane) and Harvey
Lee of Greenville, MS; sisters,
Magnolia Anderson of Chicago,
Dorothy Lewis (Carl) and Shir-
ley Kelly (R.- ,,..r l.) of Frisco,
TX, Rosie Wells, Miner'a Lee
and Gloria Lee of New York. In
mourning also are his grand-
children, Percy, Jr. and Roset-
ta Knight; Yolanda and Victor
Thomas; Noblisha, Nokesha,
Ryan and Chamir Lee. Teirell
Dandy; LaKita Emanuel. Kelvin
Hills; Andre, Marcus and Ty-
ler Harris; Shayla Griffin; and
Laniya Jones. Funeral services
will be held 11 a.m., Saturday,
January 7th at New Birth Ca-
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By Ashley Michelle Williams

KIf you are looking for an inter-
esting yet socially challenging
movie, you may want to check
out Pariah, Directed by Dee
Rees, Pariah explores sexual ex-
pression among Black youth. In-
deed its name, "pariah," directly
captures the essence of its main
character who often feels like an
outsider due to her masculinity
and sexual orientation.
S Played by actress Adepero
Oduye, the main character is a
17-year-old Brooklyn teenager
named Alike, who struggles with
her identity as a lesbian. Si-
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embrace her sexual orientation,
Alike seeks to find a girlfriend
in a world that thwarts her
pursuit. Although Alike gains
the support of her best friend

Adepero Oduye
Laura, she still faces great
adversity and heartbreak since
her parents are not in agreement
with her lifestyle and notions.
The main character's mother is
played by In Living Color alum
Kim Wayans and her father is
played by Charles Parnell.
Throughout the film, her
mother's traditional Christian
values often limit her ability to
love Alike wholeheartedly. Her
mother does not like that Alike
dresses and acts like a boy. As
a result, her mother often forces
her into changing into girly
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her own truth and purpose in
life, Alike leads audiences on a
journey through her adolescence
that showcases her tenacity and
her willingness to never be any-
thing, but herself.
Many critics commend Oduye s
performance as a brave explora-
tion of LGBT issues within the
Black community that encour-
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For instance, Ramascreen
described Pariah as courageous
and impressive: "Pariah does
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Oprah puts more

focus on OWN

By-Lynn Elber
Associated Press

Winfrey earned the rare op-
portunity to convert her me-
dia charisma into a mono-
gramed TV channel. Now
shes the one tasked with
rescuing OWN, the Oprah
Winfrey Network, after a
disappointing first year.
It's a high-stakes, poten-
tially ego-shattering chal-
lenge that could make the
strongest woman or man
flinch. But win or lose, Win-
frey says she relishes the
fight to turn OWN's fortunes
"Yes, some mistakes were
made," she said. "Who
hasn't made mistakes? The
real beauty is you can say,
'I learned from that. I don't
worry about failure. I worry
about, 'Did I do all I could
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his first year on Jan. 1st,

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is trying for a fresh start
after executive turnover
and missteps that proved
OWN lacked a solid founda-
tion on which to build, this
despite a Discovery Com-
munications investment of
a reported $250 million and
counting. Viewers snubbed
the lineup that skimped on
programming and, surpris-
ingly, what should have
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Hudson shunned

Precious' role

because of weight

By Arienne Thompson
Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson
may have missed her chance at a second Academ. Award
nomination a few years ago when she turned do\w n the lead
role in director Lee Daniels' Precious.
And, although it could have been a career-
defining role for the American Idol alum, she
did have a pretty practical reason tor saying
no: She didn't want to gain weight.
'I had done that with Effie lin Dreramgirls)
Sand as much as I was moved b\ this film, .
wanted to try a role that had nothing what-
soever to do with my weight, she says in her
DANIELS book I Got This (due Jan. 10
Ultimately. the Precious role ..ernt to an
unknown, Gabourey Sidibe, who is enjoying her own bud-
ding career.
But Hudson didn't sit around doing nothing after she
let that role go.
You may remember that she landed the role of assis-
tant to Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parkerl in the
first Sex and the City movie ,

Will Hollywood still shower

the love on President Obama?

FNE W YO RK (AP) Hollywood, as everyone knows,
lot' es the Next Big Thing. And four years ago, Barack
0 btrra '. as certainly that: a political supernova, the
:I talent of a breakout movie star.
-e is The One,'" declared Oprah Winfrey, his big-
~ / e.st anr-d most influential celebrity champion. "The
bj'est carnddate I've ever seen," pronounced George
Clk:.one' Halle Berry said she'd "collect paper cups
oft the ground to make his pathway clear." Black
Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am chimed in with the
famous "Yes We Can" video. And so on.
But you can't be the Next Big Thing twice. And
so, with the 2012 vote less than a year away, there's
clearly a different mood in heavily Democratic Hol-
lywood: less gushing, not to mention snippets of
criticism, most prominently from actor Matt Da-
I'?. mon, who campaigned for Obama last time but now
:- makes no secret of his disillusionment.
i "I think he misinterpreted his mandate," Damon
said earlier this year, and then recently told Elle
magazine the country would have been better off
with a one-term president with guts (he used a
much saltier word).
But while the adulation of the 2008 election may
.- be significantly muted among Hollywood liberals,
as with liberals elsewhere, Obama supporters say
That's only natural, given the circumstances. Fund-
raisers there say that events have been selling out
Please turn to OBAMA 5C

In this Dec. 9,2007, file photo, then-Democrat-
ic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-
III., reacts as Oprah Winfrey introduces him to
the crowd at a rally in Manchester, N.H.




B, rR hr S. JAN -

Christmas display. s were when
prevalent in Liber n, City among conn-re
homes in Scott Park, Liberty NW 69
Square Project and on NW to chec
15th Avenue. A parade with 15-ft
bands from Miami Jackson, blastin
Carol City, Miami Edison, DJ r
and Miami Northwestern was hands
also enjiled by residents, as Cc
Furthermore, Santa Claus Spence
turned some circles in Enhanc
the crosswalk, revved the Lodge7
engine of his three-wheeled Patrol
moturc cle, then mounted it to South
start the well-attended
parade and Liberty
City 4th annual event
with thanks to Miami
police major Delrish
Moss, Renita Holmes, -
a neighborhood
activist, Rick "Disco"
Taylor, and Annie H.
Ross, Frank Pinkney ENCE-JONES
founder of the Tree of SPENCE-JONES
Knowledge group that
spends their leisure on the Feast.
corner of 65th Street and 18th Jimmy
Ave. brought the police and family i
citizens together sharing fun in theii
and frolic during Christmas with m
time. According to Moss, baked
"Events like these create lasting salad,
bonds and help us all realize beans,
that we are in this together. In th
The Christmas spirit burns music
brighter when police officers Christn
from the North District station basket
reach into their own pockets fans ch
to buy and distribute presents Miami
to the needy children.Tanisha the Da
Brown indicated how she loves Samue
police offers, especially the volunte
one who surprised her with assistir
a baby doll. The finale came in the

aated on
)th Street
:k out the
g the
nusic and shaking
with sponsors, such
mmissioner Michelle
e-Jones Neighborhood
cement Team, Masonic
'77, and Florida Highway
who assisted the
Side Riders Motorcycle
Clubs in passing out
basketballs to those
kids that will never
get any gifts, stated
Ronald Farmer,
president. The Arcola
Lakes neighborhood
was blistering and
humming as family
members greeted their
families stopping in
for the Christmas
Specifically, Anita and
Kicked it off when
members began to bring
r share of food starting
acaroni & cheese, ham,
chicken, stuffing, tossed
sweet potato, green
and etc.
ie backyard were the
lovers listening to
nas songs, while the
ball fans and Miami Heat
leered on the whipping
Heat was putting on
llas Mavericks. Bertha
Is put on an apron and
eered to serve the meal
ig hostess Anita Harrell
kitchen. The only


sound came from the
Heat fans encouraging
players displa'.-ng
unusual movements to
score, especia l'. when
Dwayne Wade fed off
to LeBron James and
scored a basket.
Mean'.'-hie. the
Harrells guests and JACK
family members began
to get full and the discussion
began with continuance of
innocent people being robbed
and what to do about it. After
a long discussion, the answer
included calling the police and
do what is necessary to protect
one's family.
Some of the family members
in attendance were Davin
Joseph, Edlyne Dejaches,
Denardo Smith, Andrea Lake,
Peter and Conquista Calhoun,
Matrcus Smith, Senterta
Williams, Wyteria Nelson,
Lisa King, George Lane, Lee
and Beverly Johnson aka the
Queen of music.
Twenty cars filled the yard
of Dr. Inez Rowe as her
daughters Cheryl Person,
Priscilla Smith and James,
Judge Ralph Person, Dr.
Loretta and Angelo Amica,
Christine Morrow, LaChan
Gatlin, Britanny Strachan,
Jasmine Wheeler, and a host
of grandchildren enjoying
the meal and enjoying the
basketball. Oscar, Leandra,
and Kamora really enjoyed
themselves watching the game
since they are Heat fans. A pre-
Christmas gathering found the
former coaches at Michael's
Diner enjoying their selected
breakfast and reminiscing
over Miami Norland's football
team winning the state
championship and Miami

Central :.'.!r:.; to
repeat a back-to-back
state championship.
Richard Smith, a
Sgraduae of Carver
High School and
FSU reminded me to
publicize their schools,
etc.. The- are: Arnold
SON Davis, U.S., Army,
Benjamin Addison,
FMU, William Evans
Alabama State, William
Snell, University of Miami,
Mack Carter, Tenn. State,
David Williams, North Dade,
James Betterson, Miami
Northwestern, Johnny Davis,
FMU, Everette Burrows,
Miami Northwestern
who incidentally sold
The Miami Times for
20-years. Others in
attendance included
Troy Reid, New Jersey,
Cleve Baker, Vernon
Wilder, Rudy Barber,
James A.Harky, Allen
U., Pudge Kaminski, JAC
Louie Bing, Jr.,
Woodard B. Vaught, FAMU,
Church of the Open Door,
Alonzo Vereen, FAMU,
Edward Gant, and Walter
Frazier. Stay tuned for more.
The Christmas holiday
brought the McCray family to
Michael's Diner looking for a
soul-food restaurant, along
with getting excited over The
Miami Times while dining.
During the conversation it
was found that they were
born in Miami and left to
follow the preaching from
Bishop Norman McCray, Sr.
(patriarch). After introducing
buying a Miami Times they
agreed and enjoyed the layout
and contents. Included in the
party was matriarch Carolyn

McCray, -.ife and graduates Miami police officer William B.
of Miami Northwestern, such Jackson, attended the 2011
as Stephanie McCray-Green, Florida Classic in Orlando as
Norman McCray, Jr., Dernick a "Wildcat" football recruit.
McCray, Terrence McCray, Traveling from Tampa for this
and Dr. Rayshod A. annual family event
Holmes, \Vashmigto:,n with his mother,
D.C. Also, Darius grandmother, and
McCray, Zechana Green, uncle Caleb Crosby,
William and Dorian II celebrated BC-U's
Green. Tlie,- indicated victory as a guest of
going to Washington D.C. head football coach
to support Holmes. Brian Jenkins.
It was a beautiful Jackson, aka "Big
Christmas Day for Annie MOSS Will" is a senior in

H. Ros!
new pa


the chu
her pa
were D
B. Jaci
U, all
dade ec

s who celebrated Tampa Bay Tech's
s of marriage with the' Academy of Architecture
astor Andrew Floyd and Environmental Design
ncing the ritual at and is also 6'1" 28' Ib Titan
First Baptist. Church lineman, who along with other
of Brownsville on recruits,attended pre-game
Christmas day. Ross activities with the Wildcat
founded Neighborhood coaching staff, which included
Crime Watchers and a reception, buffet, meeting,
organized 15 groups and a sideline view during the
that spend their team warm-ups.
time reducing crime Williams vows to continue
in the Northside his family's athlete/scholar
District. They started legacy set by his undle Donald
the celebration at Jackson, Sr. (Miami Carol
irch and continued at City/Univ. of New Mexico; his
latial home with her uncle Caleb Crosby, III (Miami
d, Greg at her side. Northwestern/FAMU, and his
e of those visiting or cousin Donald Jackson, II
to eat, drink or be merry (Miami Norland/Miami Dade),
avid Wilson, Vernon and Donald Jackson, III
Paricilla Cammon, (Miramar/FAMU.
Ross, Jr., Mary Jackson will continue
sister-in-law who also training during the interim
Potato pies. Gifts were with coach Denny Locascio
d to Ross from Claudia at Sports & Field and other
Rose Harrell, Terry training with NIKE, Big County,
funeral director Terry Elite, FIU, UM, FSU, USF,
.s and Dana Carter. and national Down & Dirty
tulations to William Lineman Camp. Further, hell
kson, II, son of Miami never forget being chauffeured
Desiree A. Jackson, by his grandmother Helen to
in of Bethune-Cookman sign the athletic scholarship
umnus and former with coach Brian Jenkins,
educator Helen Wright A.D. Thompson, and president
and retired city of Trudie Kibble Reed.

BAnnaSwe~ A

A very happy and healthy
new year to all of you. May each
of you enjoy every golden day
in 2012. I'm sharing with you
verses written by Catherine.
Pulsifer which were passed on
to the sorors of Delta Sigma
Theta sorority.
Happiness depends
uponyour outlook on life.
Attitude is just as important
as ability/
Passiop find yours this
Positive thoughts make
everything easier.

You are unique
with special gifts, use them.

.New beginnings wjth a, new
Enthusiasm a true secret of
Wishes may they turn into

Years go by too quickly, enjoy
Energy may you have lots of
Appreciation of life,don't take
it for granted.

Relax,tae the time to relax in
this coming year.
A big happy 99th birthday
to what I think is the greatest.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Inc. on Jan. 13th
The 114th anni.'ersary and
patronal celebration at St.
Agnes' Episcopal church will
be observed on January 22.
You are welcome e to v.wcrship
with us.
Get well wishes always to
Mildred, P.I. Ashley, Joyce
Gibson-Johnson and all of our
sick friends as mentioned in the
December columns. Hope all of
you enjoyed your holidays
Congratulations and best
wishes to winter college
graduates from FAMU Bryon
Clark, B.S. in history and

Wendy Williams hams it up with Rockettes

Daytime TV's hottest host, Wendy Williams, was joined by the popular preci-
sion dance company, the Rockettes, recently. They performed the group's best-
known routine an eye-high leg kick in perfect unison in a chorus line.

Robinson's "Makeda" is a must read

continued from 1C

colorful "dreams" with her
young grandson Gray. As the
story unfolds, Gray learns that
those dreams may actually be
real memories of lives once
lived in a time where Blacks
not only ruled the world but
were the masters of their own
destinies as well.
"Makeda's family has been
battered by the American ex-
perience that opaque 2 1/2
centuries of slavery," Robin-
son added. "We are the only
people without control of our
own story. I agree with the old
adage that says 'the way out
is the way back through.' The
story itself is fiction, but the
history is well-documented.
We [Blacks] have been scarred

deliberately by the blocking of
our history. Looking back on
my childhood in Richmond,
we were only a stone's throw
away from the home of Carter
G. Woodson [the first to pro-
pose an annual observance
of Black history] but we were
not allowed to use his book in
school nor were we allowed to
read the works of any Black

Robinson says one wrong
that must be corrected is the
starting place for Blacks when
reviewing their story.
"Every Black history month
we start at slavery in America
as if we had no rich history in
Haiti or in Africa to share," he
said. "Africans believe that the

ancestors never abandon their
own. So much was lost in slav-
ery. We lost our names, our
history and our total selves.
Many years ago I decided to
live my life from inside-out
instead of the reverse. There's
no point in blaming those who
were the oppressors it won't
make them help us any soon-
er. We must help ourselves."
As one character in the nov-
el says, "the problems with
Blacks is we have no insides."
Perhaps Robinson believes
that by filling in the blanks of
our history that we can begin
the healing process and fi-
nally be "freed" with the truth
- thus filling our insides with
pride a pride and love of self
that many generations ago
was commonplace for all of
our African ancestors.

Daniel Goodmond, II, B.S.
in music education, Ahmad
Newbold, B.S. in music cum
laude, and Alexander Bethel,
Savannah State who was
awarded the M.S. degree in
Ahmad was a former FAMU
drum major and. followed in
the "marching 100" behind his
father the late Cecil Stanley
Newbold, Jr. His grandparents
.were the late Pauline Humes

Newbold and Cecil Stanley
Newbold, Sr. Proud family
members aunt Maud P.
Newbold, cousins Stephina
Washington-Newbold. Nikki
Canon and Dwayne Cannon
and a host of relatives and
friends were on the scene to
witness commencement.
Visiting mother and
grandmother Gwen Thomas
and all family. members during
the holidays were Twyla

Murielle, Endrea Murielle
and also Tramerka and Nikki
Davis from Orlando, Florida.
Ronald E.Frazier, III, son of
Ronald E. (Diana B.) Frazier
is now an acolyte. Time waits
on no one. Congratulations
little cousin.
Have a wonderful, safe 2012
but try to always be as careful
as you can everyday. Don't
use your cell phone while you



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Inspiring Recipes by

Chef Candice Kumai

healthier rank high on the list of New
Year's resolutions, but as many know all
too well, busy schedules can make it hard
to keep these resolutions up.
"Pretty Delicious" author and "Top Chef" alum
Candice Kumai has partnered with The Glad Products
Company to create delicious recipes that help bring
healthy food out of the kitchen, and in turn, help to
save you both the cost and calories associated with
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Chef Kumai's recipes are inspired by Glad To Go
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Spinach Salad with Walnuts,
Strawberries.and Goat Cheese
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4
For the salad
1/2 cup walnuts
4 cups fresh spinach, stems
8 large strawberries, hulled and
Ihinly sliced
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
For the dressing
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Heat the oven to 3750F.
Place walnuts on rimmed baking sheet and
bake unnl fragrant and toasted, about 8 minutes.
Transfer to a plate to cool.
Toss spinach with strawberries in a
large bowl.
In small boy. I. whisk together honey, mustard,
vinegar and sally. Sprinkle walnuts on top of
spinach and stra. bernes mi..

Spicy Tequila Lime
Shrimp Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4

For the shrimp
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 pound medium shrimp, deveined
3 tablespoons high-quality tequila
Salt, to taste
1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro,
For the salad
4 cups dark, leafy mixed
greens Sp
1/2 cup roasted red peppers,
sliced thin Str
1/2 cup black beans, drained
and rinsed
1 avocado, sliced thin
For the dressing
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek
3 tablespoons high-quality
1 tablespoon grated lime
1 teaspoon hot sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lime
Pinch of sea salt to taste
Add olive oil to a large skillet
over medium heat. Once oil is
hot, add chopped garlic and cook
for about 1 minute. Add cumin
and red pepper flakes, and let
flavors blend together.
Add shrimp and toss. Carefully
add tequila and cook until alcohol
burs off. Season with salt, and
add dried chipotle powder. Once
shrimp are cooked, add chopped
cilantro, toss and put aside on a
Toss mixed greens in a large
salad bowl and add in roasted
red peppers and black beans. Iri
medium bowl, whisk all of the
dressing ingredients together and
alter to desired taste by adding additional hot
sauce and salt.
Top with avocado slices and sauteed shrimp.

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Boys will be boys, despite their success

Teens livefor the

stage, tweets -

and girls
By Carly Mallenbaum

Celebrate good times: After
Mindless Behavior's video for
single My Girl hit 1 million
clicks in its first week, the
teen quartet had a modest
celebration. "We chugged apple
cider," says Roc Royal. Since
then, the video has garnered
more than 22 million YouTube
plays. The group, which has
opened for Justin Bieber and
Janet Jackson, is now head-
lining its own U.S. theater
tour, which wraps up Jan. 1 in
Charleston, S.C.
The boys in the band:
Prodigy (quick learner and
lead vocalist; buzzed mohawk),
15, and Roc Royal (freestyles
and makes beats on the
computer; ponytail), Ray Ray

The National Co-
alition of 100 Black
-Qnmenceater, rMia m i...
Chapter is accepting ap-
plications for girls ages
12-18 to participate in
Just Us Girls Mentoring
Program. Monthly ses-
sions will be held every
3rd Saturday 10 a.m.-
12 p.m. through June at
the Carrie Meek Center
at Hadley Park, 1350 NW
50th Street. Call 800-
658-1292 for more infor-

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

The City of Miami
Gardens announces the
8th Annual Martin Lu-
ther King Oratorical Con-
test. Preliminaries Jan. 7
at 11a.m./finals Jan.16
at 12 noon. Deadline for
all applications is Jan. 6.
Events will be held at the
Betty T. Ferguson Recre-
ational Complex 300 NW
199th Street.

MLK, Jr. Day of Ser-
vice Project will be held
at Goulds Park on Sat-
urday, Jan. 14th from 8
a.m.-1 p.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 Cul-
present Black Violin, a
free concert on Sunday,
Jan.15, at 7 p.m. Stu-
dents ages 13-22 may
get tickets through www.
cultureshockmiami. For
information call 786-573-
5300 or visit www.smd-

(loves krumping, gliding and
moonwalking; braids) and
Princeton (the music historian;
afro), all 14, combine dance
backgrounds, unique hairdos,
boy band-meets-streetwear
outfits and R&B voices in the
tradition of the Jackson 5 and
New Edition.
Girl-crazy: Debut album
#1 Girl, which peaked at No.
7 on Billboard's album chart,
is all about the boys' love for
the opposite sex. In My Girl,
Prodigy sings: "One, four,
three (the numbers of let-
ters in "I love you"), a smiley
with a wink. That's how you
feel, baby, that's what's up. A
hundred forty characters is
more than enough." It's safe
to say the sensitive boys are
girl-crazy. "We always find a
way to swindle the conversa-
tion of girls into anything we
do," Princeton says. Agrees
Prodigy, "I don't ever get tired
of talking about girls."
Crazy girls: Mindless Be-

The 24th annual
King Parade will be held
_oL._Monday,. Jan 16th be-
ginning at 10 a.m. and
kicks off at BF James Park
NW 2nd Ave. and 9th
Street, continuing to Hal-
landale Beach Blvd to NW
8th Ave. For information
call 786-202-0087.

The Urban Partner-
ship Drug-Free Coali-
tion meeting will be held
on Thursday, Jan.19th at
311 NE 78 Street from
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This
is a new drug-free com-
munity coalition recently
launched in the inner-city.
For information call 305-

Jonathan Spikes,
Inc. presents the "Let's
Talk It Out" conflict reso-
lution workshop on Friday,
Jan. 20 at the Joseph Ca-
leb Auditorium from 8:30
a.m.- 2 p.m. For more in-
formation email info@jon-

Booker T. Washing-
ton class of 1965, Inc.
will meet on Saturday,
Jan. 21, 4:30 p.m. at the
African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center. For informa-
tion contact Lebbie Lee at

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 Chamber
South present Band of
the U.S. Air Force Reserve,
Concert Band, a free per-
formance on Thursday,
January 26 at 8 p.m. For
information call the SMD-

havior has a huge social media
presence and has charted on
Billboard's Social 50 chart
that ranks most active artists
on leading social network-
ing sites. But being adored by
Internet friends isn't quite the
same as encountering true
fanatics. "A fan in Chicago bit
me on the shoulder," Princeton
says. Ray Ray adds, "Every
time we go to a city again,
there are more fans scream-
Band of "brothers": Mind-
less Behavior was put to-
gether in 2008 by Conjunction
Entertainment CEO Walter
Millsap, who has produced
for Beyonc6, and Streamline
Records head Vincent Herbert,
who signed Lady Gaga. The
boys, chosen in a casting call,
are close friends. "It's like the
three brothers I never had,"
says only child Princeton.
What is "mindless"? "Mind-
less is being yourself, hav-
ing confidence, getting good

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 infor-
mation 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 El-
der Tanya Jackson at 786-
357-4939 to sign up.

The Miami-Dade
Community Action
Agency's (CAA) Head
Start Program has im-
mediate openings for
comprehensive 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 Flori-
da Alumni Contact Roster.
If you attended or gradu-
ated from Evans County
High School in Claxton,
Georgia, contact 305-829-
1345 or 786-514-4912.

* S.A.V. (Survivors
Against Violence) is a
Bible-based program for

grades," says Roc Royal. The
group also uses the word to
describe their passionate fans
and erratic behavior. Like the
time Roc Royal threw eggs at
his bandmates on Easter. Or
the time Ray Ray tried a flip
the night before the tour's first
show and landed on his arm.
(He had to perform in a sling
with a dislocated elbow, but
he learned from his mindless-
ness. "Never again," he says.)
Life on the road: Though
the boys are barely in their
teens, they live the hectic
touring life. "Waking up at
4, taking like 600 airplanes
everywhere. When we do have
free time, we're sleeping,"
Princeton says. The boys also
manage to work out, check
their social media sites, get
some homework done and stay
positive. They do it all by "just
staying energetic, just being
young," Prodigy says. Coffee
helps. "I just had some this
morning," he says.

young people and meets
at Betty T. Ferguson Cen-
ter in Miami Gardens each
week. For information
contact Minister Eric Rob-
inson at 954-548-4323 or

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 information contact
Lucius King at 305-333-

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 historical
adventure. Twenty-four
start-up players needed.
For information call Coach
Rozier at 305-389-0288.

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 Cen-
ter. We are making plans
for our 50th Reunion. For
more information, contact
Evelyn at 305-621-8431.

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 infor-
mation contact Constance
Koon-Johnson at 786-

A misdemeanor drunken driving hearing set re-
cently for former Miss USA Rima Fakih has been
postponed until Jan.18. Fakih, who won the Miss USA
competition in 2010 and reigned until June,faces up to
93 days in jail and various fines and court costs if she
is convicted. The report states the 26-year-old was
pulled over in a 2011 Jaguar going 60 mph,weaving
in heavy traffic and changing lanes without using a
turn signal.
A police officer whose name was given as R. Kalis said Fakih "appeared
disoriented and had very slurred speech while fumbling for her purse." In
the report, officers said they found an open and half-empty bottle of Moet &
Chandon champagne on the floorboard behind the driver's seat.Two breath
tests showed a 0.19 percent and a 0.20 percent blood-alcohol level, accord-
ing to the report.

Jay-Z gambled with his employees' health and
m safety according to a lawsuit filed against the rapper
by the Workers Compensation Board of New York.
According to the suit, Jay-Z failed to pay workers'
.-. 1 compensation insurance for three months in 2009
and sources close to the situation stated that the
insurance was supposed to cover domestic employ-
ees in Jay-Z's house...cooks, maids, and drivers.
The government agency sued the rapper to collect
$18,000 in fines for the transgression and a court has since ordered Jay to
pay up.

Rapper Flesh-n-Bone won't face any additional jail time after allegedly
beating his wife because he struck a sweet deal with
prosecutors to secure his freedom.
Flesh whose real is Stanley Howse was arrested
last year on suspicion of domestic violence after a
fight with his wife allegedly turned violent. He was
later charged with inflicting corporal injury on a
spouse, threatening her, and false imprisonment.
But Howse and his attorney Snepard Kopp struck
a deal with prosecutors in which Howse agreed to plead guilty to false im-
prisonment in exchange for dropping the first two charges. Howse was sen-
tenced to 3 years probation and time served in jail in addition to 100 hours of
community service. He must also participate in a domestic violence program
and donate $400 to a battered women's shelter.


Diant d in the Rough
You're a needle in a haystack
Gleaming like a diamond in the rough
Unblemished and pure, uncut but precious
Shining like the radiant North Star
Guiding the lost through the wilderness
Your spirit glows like the moon in the midnight hour
And shines like the sun in the morning light
Be like the rock and the tree that sits by the raging waters
That cannot be moved, tarnish, nor torn
Bearing fruit, providing nutrients for the ill, lost, and suffering
When your diamond is uncovered and discovered
You will be a sign and gift of marvelous wonders
By Dwayne Wilson
Miami, FL

CoImmon's 'Dreamer'

Common, The Dreamer, The Believer
*** 1/2 (out of four) RAP

Common has spent the past few years building his acting
resume, which includes the current AMC drama series Hell on
Wheels. His ninth album is a reminder that he is still potent
on the mike as he imbues socially conscious lyrics with street
sensibilities. He reunites with producer No I.D. (Kanye West's
mentor), whose beats fueled Common's early works, beginning
with his 1992 debut, Can I Borrow a Dollar? Here, he deftly, ad-
dresses life's everyday struggles and his own tribulations and
aspirations, cased in uplifting messages. He also touches on
more personal relationships. He and Nas are on the prowl on
edgy Ghetto Dreams, and he laments a breakup on the Curtis
Mayfield-sampling Lovin' I Lost.

Young Jeezy's Ambition'

Young Jeezy,TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition
Three years ago, Jeezy warned
that The Recession was coming.
Now, after multiple delays, he is .
hoping to make his own recov-
ery. His latest Thug Motivation
opus offers advice for surviv- m
ing harsh times on the streets
while using his own success as
a dope dealer as an example of
what can be achieved. He deliv-
ers his message of self-reliance
with characteristic swagger and
passion, and he gets able assis- I
tance from T.I., Jill Scott, Jay-Z,
Andre 3000, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Trick Daddy and Ne-Yo.
Jeezy's rhymes have lost none of their hard-core edge; the only
question is whether fans will still find them inspiring.
-By Steve Jones

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is engaged

By Cindy Clark

Aretha Franklin is hoping
the third time's a charm.
The 69-year-old Queen of
Soul became engaged to long-
time friend William "Willie"
Wilkerson over the holidays.
The Grammy-winning singer
said in a statement that she
and Wilkerson are consider-
ing a summer wedding. The
locale? Perhaps Miami Beach,
Franklin is also planning a
post-ceremony reception on a
private yacht. And she's think-
ing either Vera Wang, Valenti-
no or Donna Karan will design
her dress.
This will be the third mar-
riage for Franklin. The
69-year-old joked: "No, I'm not

LeBron James, girlfriend engaged

Aretha Franklin (R) and William "Willie" Wilkerson, Jr.
attend the 2010 Apollo Theater Spring Benefit Concert &
Awards Ceremony at The Apollo Theater on June 14, 2010
in New York City. Franklin and Wilkerson are engaged.

MIAMI (AP) LeBron James'
first order of business in 2012:
Drop to one knee and ask long-
time girlfriend Savannah Brin-
son to be his wife.
Yes, she said yes.
Moments after ringing in the
new year, James surprised his
high school sweetheart by pop-
ping the question letting
very few people in on the secret
beforehand. He did it at a party
both to celebrate New Year's
Eve and his 27th birthday.
"My girl, she's very excited,"
James said Sunday night after
he and the Miami Heat beat
Charlotte 129-90. "She would
love to answer more questions
about it than me. But she's
happy, my family's happy and
that's what it's about."
With a number of teammates
and close friends looking on,
James pulled off a bit of a
sneak attack. He and Brinson
had discussed marriage in the
past, but amid the din of ring-
ing in 2012, she didn't expect
the two-time NBA MVP to get
on bended knee at that mo-

LeBron James and high
school sweetheart Savan-
nah Brinson.
"It was beautiful," Heat team-
mate Chris Bosh said. "I told
him, 'Good luck.' It was nice. It
was real nice."
The news got out quickly
among James' inner circle,
with close friend Chris Paul
of the Los Angeles Clippers
and Heat owner Micky Arison
among those tweeting their
congratulations before the New

Years' parties were winding
Heat teammate Dwyane
Wade was in charge of holding
the ring until the big moment.
"It's very nice," Wade said.
"Very nice. They have good
taste . To me, it felt like he
was on his knee for an hour. It
was probably like 35 seconds.
It was great. I feel so happy for
them and their entire family."
James and Brinson are the
parents of two sons.
"I had no idea it was coming,"
Bosh said. "I just heard some
commotion, and yeah, there
it was. It was nice. It was real
No wedding date has been
"It should be a surprise for
any woman anytime something
like that happens," James said.
"She was surprised. It was
great that all the friends and
family were there to bring in a
new year. Even my kids were
happy about it, so that's good .
. I feel good. I feel good. It's a
good point in my life right now."

Illiterate until his 90s, Jim Henry is now an author

By Janice Lloyd

Tell Jim Henry it's too late to
keep learning and he'll let you
in on a true story.
"It's a big, big, big, big lie,"
Henry says. "It's never too late
to learn."
Henry's story begins when
his father pulled him out of
third grade so he could help
support his family. He never
learned to read, hiding his illit-
eracy from others for the better
part of a century.
Then in his mid-90s, after
retiring as a lobsterman, he
set out to continue his educa-
tion. He took reading lessons
and practiced writing. Not only
is he reading and writing now,
but he published a book in
November at age 98 called In a

Fisherman's Language.
"I'm so happy, I catch myself
crying," he says. "It's the differ-
ence between night and day for
me. It's like I'm born again."
His reading teacher, Mark
Hogan of Literacy Volunteers
of Eastern Connecticut, also
helped edit the book. "I think
he's got another book in him,"
he says. "He's got so much to
offer people."
Henry had a book signing
at his assisted-living facil-
ity in Mystic, Conn., on Dec.
18, and has been asked by
an elementary school to visit.
After the holidays he will, he
says, and adds.that his next
goal is to "help young people. I
never want them to suffer from
illiteracy like I did."
Th' book coiiprises 29'

He never learned to read,
hiding his illiteracy from
others for the better part of
a century. Now Jim Henry is
reading, writing and publish-
ing. .1.""...

stories, including harrowing
tales about losing a cousin in a
drowning accident and surviv-
ing his own perfect storm:
His boat rode a 90-foot wave
before being sucked under wa-
ter. His favorite story is a letter
he sent to his nephew, after
his nephew encouraged him to
learn to write.
Marlisa McLaughlin says her
grandfather is "the 2011 icon
of someone who never gives up.
He's truly remarkable. There's
a lot of hardship in his stories."
She is getting requests from
around the world for the book
and has hired an agent.
"I hope many people and em-
ployers hear about him," says .
AARP's Sara Rix. "It shows
that people are never too old to
"''let'n'." :'-' I -

Is Barack Obama still Hollywood's darling? _____

continued from 1C
and there's plenty of enthusi-
Most importantly, they add,
the nation's attention has been
on the battling Republicans.
Soon, the choice will get starker
and the Democratic base will be
energized, they argue.
"The moment the Republicans
have their nominee is when
you're going to see anyone still
on the fence jump in," says Chad
Griffin, a Los Angeles-based
communications strategist and
Democratic fundraiser. "Once
you have a head-to-head match-
up, the contrast will be grand."
Numbers compiled by the non-
partisan Center for Responsive
Politics show that while overall
political contributions were up
in Hollywood for the first three
quarters of this year compared
with the same period four years
ago, contributions to Democrats
were slightly down.
According to the group, the
movie, television and record-
ing industries a large chunk
of which is Hollywood gave
$17,639,267 in the first three
quarters to federal candidates
and parties, with 71 percent

going to the Democrats and 29
percent to Republicans, as op-
posed to $15,642,561 four years
ago, when 77 percent went to
the Democrats and 23 percent
to Republicans.
But numbers for the Demo-
crats were down by more than
$2.5 million from four years ago
- $9,249,303 this year com-
pared with $11,966,077 four
years ago.
Obama's fundraisers note
that four years ago, Obama was
locked in a tense primary battle
with Hillary Rodham Clinton-
and primaries drive early fund-
"A re-election is always differ-
ent," says Andy Spahn, a long-
time political adviser to one of
the top Democratic fundrais-
ers in the nation, DreamWorks
co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg,
along with his partners Steven
Spielberg and David Geffen.
He calls the current mood
among Hollywood Democrats a
"matured enthusiasm," but says
support is strong.
Though Damon's remarks
about the president have been
the most pointed, other celebri-
ties have expressed disappoint-
ment, or at least mild disillu-

"I love the president like most
of us," Sean "Diddy" Combs told
Source magazine this year. "I
just want the president to do
And will.i.am, creator of that
viral video that ended with the
word "HOPE," told The New York
Times earlier this year: "I don't
want to hope anymore." Asked if
he was disappointed in Obama,
he said: "I don't feel disappoint-
ed. I feel like, Argggh! Speak
louder! I feel like, Do some-
What about core Obama ce-
lebrity supporters Clooney and
Winfrey? Far from being disil-
lusioned with Obama, Clooney
said recently: "I'm disillusioned
by the people who are disillu-
sioned by Obama."
"Democrats eat their own," the
actor said. "I'm a firm believer in
sticking by and sticking up for
the people whom you've elect-
ed." He went on to list the ac-
complishments of the Obama
administration, wondering why
Democrats weren't selling them
And Winfrey, credited with
helping Obama win over many
women in 2008, told Politico in
August: "I'm in his corner for
whatever he needs me to do."

Movie discusses rich diversity of Black women

continued from 1C
strong in the face of adversity,
but just like Brokeback Moun-
tain and Albert Nobbs, this
film is also about being true to
oneself and about acceptance.
Pariah is a bold, courageous
feature debut by writer/director

Dee Rees and a noteworthy per-
formance by lead actress Ade-
pero Oduye." Yet many say the
film leaves audiences with un-
answered questions and does
not deeply explore many topics.
In a world in which Black
women are rarely depicted with
rich diversity, Pariah repre-
sents a unique slice of Black

life that is not often humanly
portrayed. Its authenticity in-
spires greater conversations
on the essence of identity and
being true to one's self. View-
ers will have to decide whether
it adds breadth to the image of
Black women in the collective,
or maintains the limited status

OWN will succeed despite ratings, says Oprah

continued from 1C

been OWN's unique weapon of
choice: Winfrey herself, whose
limited on-air presence will be
boosted Sunday with a new week-
ly series, "Oprah's Next Chapter."
OWN has failed to improve on,
or in some instances even match,
the modest ratings and small au-
dience earned by the low-profile
Discovery Health channel it re-

"I would absolutely say it is and
was not where I want it to be for
year one," Winfrey said. "My fo-
cus up until (last) May was do-
ing what I do best, which is 'The
Oprah Winfrey Show,' and giving
that my full attention" until its
But Winfrey, who said man-
agement team errors in planning
and execution could serve as a
cautionary tale rejects the idea
that a single year's performance
will determine OWN's ultimate

fate. Or hers.
"Somebody was talking to me
in that kind of saddened, 'How
are you?' tone, and I was think-
ing, 'I'm fine,'" said Winfrey, 57,
who ruled as the queen of day-
time TV until she ended her talk
show after 25 years and turned
her attention to the channel.
"I realized the reason people
have this tone is they're reading
all the press [about OWN], so you
see me and wonder if I can still
walk," she said.





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influences to produce a signature sound that is
not quite maestro, not quite emcee, this group of
two classically trained violinists and their DJ are
redefining the music world-one string at a time.

Sunday, January 15, 7pm
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perk hits


Workers can increase pensions

By Thomas Frank

In 21 states, certain public employees can increase
their pensions by buying credit for extra years, even
though they did not work in those years.
Government workers in 21 states are using an
obscure perk to retire early or to boost their annual
pensions by thousands of dollars, which can cost
taxpayers millions more in payments to retirement
funds, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
The practice, called buying "air time," lets state,
municipal and school employees pay to add up to
five years to their work history so they are eligible to
retire and collect a lifetime pension. Workers already
eligible for retirement can buy extra years to boost a
pension by up to 25 percent.
It's called "air time" because workers buy credit
for non-existent work, in contrast to policies that let
workers buy credit for military service or govern-
ment jobs in a different state.
Dan Pellissier, a former adviser to California's pre-
vious governor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger,
paid $75,000 in 2004 for five years of work credit.
When he turns 55 in 2015, he will get a California
pension of $61,536 a year nearly $13,000 more
than if he hadn't bought air time. That's $320,000
Please turn to TAXPAYERS 7D

Mortgage loans to

minorities decline

Funding drops by 60 percent

By Kenneth J. Cooper

Since the housing market collapsed, mortgage
lending to Blacks and hispanics has plunged
precipitously by more than 60 percent, ac-
cording to a new study of loan information that
banks submit to the federal government. Togeth-
er, Blacks and hispanics were able to borrow 62
percent less to buy or refinance homes in 2009
than in 2004, before the mar-

"The higher cost for mortgage
i/ credit translates into less money
I-,t1 for basic necessities."
-Maurice Jourdain-Earl
Founder and managing director
of Compliance Tech in Arlington, Va.

ket crashed, the computerized
analysis finds. With lenders
imposing tighter credit standards, mortgage
dollars going to non-hispanic white borrowers
also declined, though by considerably less, 17
percent. Asians fared best, obtaining nearly an
equal amount in mortgages. The study, to be
released this week, was conducted by Maurice
Jourdain-Earl, founder and managing director
of Compliance Tech in Arlington, Va., which ad-
vises financial institutions on fair lending prac-
tices. The study also found wide racial-ethnic
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The Black entrepreneurial tradition

Millions Clothing

Co. offers shirts

for all tastes

By Randy Grice

The ingenuity of Blacks in Mi-
ami-Dade County striving to be
entrepreneurs isn't a new con-
cept. In fact, mom-and-pop busi-
nesses have been the lifeblood
for Black communities from
Liberty City and Overtown to
the Grove since Blacks from
the islands and U.S. began to
populate South Florida over 100
years ago. Throughout the years
Blacks have maintained the
owner's spirit that continues to
live on in today's entrepreneurs.
Karlos Griffin, 30, president of
Millions Clothing Company, is
an entertainer-turned-clothing

-Miami Times photo/Randy Grice
Karlos Griffin (right), president of Millions Clothing Company,
points to an original shirt worn by marketing team member Mat-
thew Simms.

Home prices fall in U.S

By Julie Schmit

U.S. home prices continue to
fall despite improving consumer
Home prices were down 3.4
percent in October from the same
time last year, according to the
Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller
home price index of 20 leading
U.S. cities, which was released
Prices were also down from
September, on a non-seasonally
adjusted basis, in 19 of the 20 cit-
ies the index covers.
The poor showing stands in con-
trast to several months earlier this
spring and summer when prices
showed signs of rising or stabiliz-
Those increases probably result-
ed from a foreclosure slowdown
following revelations last fall that
paperwork and processes weren't
always completed properly, says
Patrick Newport, economist with
IHS Global Insight.
Now, mortgage companies are
stepping up foreclosure activity
and that's driving prices lower,

A..w o

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A carpenter works on a roof of a home in Happy Valley, Ore.

Newport says.
Also Tuesday, the Conference
Board, a private research group,
said consumer confidence jumped
in December to its highest level
since April.
But with home prices falling for

much of the past year and ex
pectations of further price decli
ahead many home-buyers ar
sitting on the sidelines, says Da
Blitzer, chairman of the S&P in
committee. "It's hard to convince
Please turn to HOME 81

Tough times draws out workforc

Older adults stick

with jobs

By Ann Brown

There used to be a time when
you reached the age of 65, you
could retire. But now, with the ris-
ing costs of living and the econ-
omy, people who once retired are
now working longer. In fact, more
than three in five U.S. workers in
their 50s and 60s plan on work-
ing past 65. And 47 percent say
they will continue in the work-
force because of financial needs or

the need to retain health benefit
according to a 2011 study from
the non-profit Transamerica Cer
ter for Retirement Studies.

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"This trend will continue until
at least the 2012 elections. A lot
is riding on who will be in power
in 2013," said Princess Clark-
Wendel, a consultant on wealth
management, financial pl an n i r-,
Please turn to WORKFORCE 8D

executive that put his focus on
keeping Miami stylish.
"Before I had Millions Cloth-
ing I had a shoe store," said
the London-born, Miami Gar-
dens resident. "We noticed that
throughout the recession people
were still buying clothes so a
clothing store was the next step.
The first idea was a jean compa-
ny, but manufacturing was more
than we could afford at the time
so we set our sights on making
Millions first opened its doors
in 2006. Most of the clothes are
found on the brand's official
website and some pieces can
be bought in other local retail
stores. While Griffin recog-
nizes the difference between the
clothing and music business he
says that the same hard work is
required in both industries.
"No matter which business
Please turn to MILLIONS 7D

Bank of


to pay


Settles claims of

.. By Pallavi Gogoi

Bank of America agreed
to pay $335 million to
resolve allegations that
its Countrywide unit
engaged in a widespread
'"; pattern of discrimina-
tion against qualified
African-American and
Hispanic borrowers on
_ home loans.
nes The settlement with
e the U.S. Justice Depart-
avid ment was filed with the
dex Central District court of
-e California and is subject
D to court approval. The
DOJ says it's the larg-
est settlement in his-
tory over residential fair
~ lending practices.
E, According to the
DOJ's complaint, Coun-
s, trywide charged over
200,000 Black and His-
i- panic borrowers higher
fees and interest rates
than non-hispanic white
borrowers with a similar
credit profile. The com-
plaint says that these
borrowers were charged
higher fees and rates
because of their race or
national origin rather
than any other objective
"These institutions
should make judgments
S based on applicants'
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A New Year's resolution for consumers

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

The New Year's tradition of
making resolutions is some-
times an opportunity to turn
dreams into specific goals and
efforts like losing pounds
gained during holiday excess-
es. When it comes to financial
matters, now is a perfect time
to also assess lending habits
and ways to develop greater
financial security. In a down-
turned economy, where jobs
are scarce and dollars are
short for many Americans,
learning how to keep a great-

er portion of your monies is a
resolution worth the effort. If
changes in consumer finan-
cial habits can begin in the
New Year, chances are there
will be a big and better differ-
ence by this time next year.
These changes can espe-
cially benefit consumers with
modest incomes as well as
those living on governmen-
tal assistance and fixed in-
comes. In fact, the fewer the
financial resources, the more
important it becomes to avoid
high-cost lending and de-
rive greater use of your own
money. For example, if your

bank has begun
to charge service
fees for checking ."
accounts, review
the fine print that -
announced those
changes. Payroll
direct deposits or
maintaining mini-
mum balances ji
may be available .-."-
options that could
spare consumers CRO
pesky monthly fees.
If your bank does not cur-
rently offer these kinds of
cost-savings options, it might
be time to shop around


with area competi-
tive banks or credit
unions. As non-
profits, most credit
V-v unions offer lower
rates than commer-
cial lenders. Lower
rates and fees trans-
late into significant-
ly cheaper financ-
ing costs for major
purchases such as
FELL homes and vehicles.
Although bank and credit
union accounts are widely
used, approximately nine mil-
lion Americans have no bank
account at all, according to

the Federal Deposit Insur-
ance Corporation. FDIC esti-
mates that one in five Black
households is unbanked and
relies upon fringe financial
services to transact their per-
sonal business. A sure way
for these consumers to begin
building savings would be
to avoid fee-based and high
costs of check-cashing ser-
vices, pre-paid debit cards as
well as payday and car title
Pre-paid debit cards, a
growing financial product
may also be a more expen-
sive way to transact personal

business as well. Whether of-
fered online or from a grow-
ing list of major retailers, pre-
paid cards frequently come
with multiple costs.
Beyond converting money
into plastic, activation fees
are often charged. If ATM use
is allowed, additional costs
may be incurred for using
these conveniently-located
machines. Further, if a con-
sumer wants to 're-load' the
card once original funds have
been depleted, another fee
could kick in. In short the fee
totals deny consumers full
use of their own money.

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continued from 6D

you have it's kind of the
same," he said. "It's about
promotion, marketing and
supply and demand; it's
about the same basic prin-
ciples. Fashion is more con-
sumer-driven; you are more
concerned about what the
consumer would like."
Matthew Simms, 24, who is
a part of the marketing team
for Millions says that despite
the gloomy economy, wom-
en are some of their most

loyal consumers.
"Our main audience is
women: women will buy
[clothes] for men and the
kids," he said. "Men don't
seem as likely to shop for
themselves. So, we try to re-
ally get the attention of the

Dana A. Dorsey [D. A.
Dorsey] is hailed as Miami's
first Black millionaire, a pio-
neer citizen and developer of
early Colored Town (Over-
town). Dorsey came to South

Florida in 1897 and soon
began to purchase lots in
Colored Town. He eventually
accumulated the largest real
estate empire ever owned by
a Black man in the history
of Miami-Dade County. He is
also credited with helping to
organize South Florida's first
Black bank, The Mutual In-
dustrial Benefit and Savings
Association. There were other
business pioneers as well.
Israel Lafayette Jones, a
recently-freed slave, moved
from Raleigh, N.C. to South
Florida in 1892 in search of

work. After a nine-year stint
as a caretaker and foreman
of a Coconut Grove planta-
tion. Jones saved enough
money to purchase a small
island called P.,re-. Key, now
the southern end of Biscayne
National Park.
He later went on to expand
his landholdings when he
purchased Totten Key from
Frank T. Budge in 1911. The
purchase would prove to
be quite an investment. He
bought the island for $1 dol-
lar an acre and eventually
sold 212 acres for $250,000.

Disparities in access to credit cause for concern

continued from 6D

disparities in how often fi-
nancial institutions ap-
proved mortgage applica-
tions and made mortgage
loans during the six-year
period. Whites were about
twice as likely as Blacks and
Hispanics to be approved for
prime mortgages with the
lowest interest rates, while
members of the two largest
minority groups were two to
four times more likely to re-

ceive subprime loans, which
have higher rates. By con-
trast, the disparities were
much narrower for loans in-
sured by the government's
Federal Housing Adminis-
tration, which has attracted
a growing number of borrow-
ers during the credit crunch.
The study concluded that a
dual mortgage market has
emerged, with white and
asian borrowers having
better access to lower-cost
mortgages than Blacks and
hispanics, who on average

pay more to own or refinance
a home-if they can obtain a
"The higher cost for mort-
gage credit translates into
less money for basic neces-
sities," Jourdain-Earl writes.
"The higher cost for mort-
gage credit also translates
into Blacks and latinos hav-
ing lower homeownership
rates and lower opportuni-
ties to build wealth, lower
educational achievement
and higher unemployment."
Reasons for the lending

disparities are not direct-
ly reflected in the national
data, which do not include
credit scores of borrowers
or ratios of loan amounts to
values of homes. Nor does
the Federal Reserve Bank
collect information on fore-
closures by race and ethnic-
ity. Jourdain-Earl blames
a cycle of higher cost loans
being made to minorities for
leading to higher levels of de-
faults and foreclosures, ulti-
mately causing greater dis-
parities in access to credit.

Workers game the retirement system and win big

continued from 6D

extra by the time he
is 80.
"They give away the
store here," says Pellis-
sier, now president of
California Pension Re-
form, which is pushing
to cut state retirement
Air time is com-
ing under scrutiny
as states try to curb
retirement spending
and make their pen-
sion systems resemble
private-sector plans.
Federal law allows air-
time purchases only in
government pension
In California, where
34,202 people have
bought air time since
2005, Democratic Gov.
Jerry Brown recently
proposed barring the
practice. Kentucky,
New Hampshire and
Texas stopped or re-
stricted air-time pur-
chases after finding

they weren't charging
enough for the extra
years, which was cost-
ing taxpayers money.
Legislatures have
allowed air-time pur-
chases as both a perk
to workers and an in-
ducement for early re-
tirement. Some states
try to make air time
cost-neutral to their
retirement funds by
charging an up-front
sum equal to a work-
er's projected extra
lifetime pension pay-
But nine states set
Sthe price in ways that
could cost taxpayers
money. Michigan, In-
diana, Montana and
Nevada let workers
buy air time years be-
fore they retire and
pay a sum based on
their salary at the
time. If a worker's sal-
ary is higher at retire-
ment, his pension will
be based on the higher
salary and the state
may not have charged

enough to break even,
says David Driscoll of
pension adviser Buck
A Montana brochure
urges workers to buy
air time immediately,
noting that "any delay

can increase the cost
because of. . higher
The New Hampshire
Legislature barred
air time in 2007 after
finding it was costing
the retirement system

$25 million to $40 mil-
lion. "It allowed a lot of
people to game the sys-
tem," says state Rep.
Kenneth Hawkins.
"That's part of the rea-
son we're $3.7 billion

Public Housing and Community Development
Public Housing Agency (PHA) Plan
Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD) hereby advertises its proposed PHA
Plan for Fiscal Year 2012-2013, which will be available for review during a 45-day comment period from
1/11/2012 through 2/24/2012 at PHCD's website www.miamidade.gov /housing and offices.
Please send-written comments during the comment period to: PHCD, 701 N.W 1st Ct, 16th
Floor, Miami, Florida 33136, Attn: Executive Director PHA Plan Comment; or email comments to:

The public hearing will be held at the Economic Development and Social Services Committee meeting
on 4/11/2012, at 9:30 a.m., at the Commissioner's Chamber, 111 N.W. 1 St. Miami, Florida 33128.
PHCD does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion, marital status, national origin, disability,
ancestry, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy or familial status in the access to, admissions to, or
employment in housing programs or activities. If you need a sign language interpreter or
materials in accessible format for this event, call 786-469-4229 at least five days in advance.
TDD/TTY users may contact the Florida Relay Service at 800-955-8771. J

Fo eglas* niegI o .http://U Iegld.miamdd.gov

continued from 6D

creditworthiness, not
on the color of their
skin," said Attorney
General Eric Holder.
"With today's settle-
ment, the federal gov-
ernment will ensure
that the more than
200,000 African-Amer-
ican and Hispanic bor-
rowers who were dis-
criminated against by
Countrywide will be en-
titled to compensation."
Charlotte, N.C.-based
Bank of America Corp.
bought the nation's
largest subprime lend-
er, Countrywide Finan-
cial Corp., in 2008.
Dan Frahm, a Bank
of America spokesman,
said in a statement that
the bank does not prac-
tice lending based on
"We discontinued
Countrywide products
and practices that were
not in keeping with our

commitment and will
continue to resolve and
put behind us the re-
maining Countrywide
issues," Frahm said.
The United States'
complaint says that
Countrywide was aware
that the fees and inter-
est rates that its loan
officers were charging
discriminated against
African-American and
Hispanic borrowers,
but failed to impose
meaningful limits or
guidelines to stop it.
By steering borrow-
ers into subprime loans

from 2004 to 2007,
the complaint alleges,
Countrywide harmed
those qualified African-
American and Hispanic
borrowers. Subprime
loans generally car-
ried costlier terms,
such as prepayment
penalties and signifi-
cantly higher adjust-
able interest rates that
increased suddenly af-
ter two or three years.
making the payments
unaffordable and leav-
ing the borrowers at a
much higher risk of

The Miami Children's Initiative
has RE-SCHEDULED the foljlloing
*., meeting:
S CANCELLED Finance Com-
mittee, Elaine Black/Chair on Tues-
day. January 3. 2012 to be held in the 4th Floor
Conference Room of the Joseph Caleb Center,
5400 NW 22nd Avenue at 4:30 pm.
NEW DATE Finance Committee, Elaine Black/
Chair on Wednesday. January 4, 2012 to be held
in the 4th Floor Conference Room of the Joseph
Caleb Center, 5400 NW 22nd Avenue at 4:30 pm.




The Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach (HACMB) is placing for pub-
lic view and comment, its Annual Plan for the Fiscal Year 2012. The Plan will
be placed for public view and comment for 45 days starting on Wednesday,
January 4, 2012 through Tuesday, February 21, 2012 between the hours of
9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the HACMB Executive Office, located at 200 Alton
Road, First Floor, Miami Beach, Florida. All comments must be submitted in
writing and received no later than Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
at the following address:

HACMB Executive Office
Ref: Annual Plan
200 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

There will be a Public Hearing at the HACMB for the purpose of discussing its ,
Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2012. The hearing will take place on Wednesday,
February 22, 2012 beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the Rebecca Towers North Multi-
Purpose Room, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Florida. All interested persons
are welcomed to attend and will be heard.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact
the Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach at (305) 532-6401 one week
in advance if special accommodations are required.


Attention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County
District 8

Grant Money Available!
Up to $4,000 for Commercial Businesses

Up to $2,000 for Home-Based Businesses

Applications available
January 10, 2012 through February 1, 2012

Commissioner Lynda Bell's District Office
14707 South Dixie Highway, Suite 101
Miami, FL 33176
Phone: 305-378-6677
Attn: Lourdes Alard
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)
180 NW 62 Street
Miami, FL 33150

Applications online at www.miamidade.gov/district08

There will be a mandatory information/workshop meeting explaining the
application and requirements held on Wednesday February 1, 2012,
6:00 p.m. at the South Dade Government Center at 10710 SW 211 Street,
Suite 203.
Please be on time!
Completed applications will be accepted from Feb. 1 Feb. 7, 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 1
copy completed application marked COPY. We suggest you keep a copy
also, for your records!

Attention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County
District 3

Grant Money Available!
Up to $10,000 Per Business

Applications available
January 9, 2012 through January 24, 2012

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, Vice Chairwoman
District Office
5400 NW 22 Avenue
Suite 701
Miami, FL 33142
Phone: 305-636-2331
Attn: Akeem Brutus
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)
180 NW 62 Street
Miami, FL 33150

Applications online at www.mlamidade.gov/distrlct03

There will be a mandatory information/workshop meeting explaining the
application and requirements held on Tuesday, January 24, 2012,
6:00 p.m. at the Joseph Caleb Center 5400 NW 22nd Avenue, Rooml10.
Please be on time!

Completed applications will be accepted from Jan. 24 Jan. 27, 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 1 copy completed application marked COPY.
We suggest you keep a copy also, for your records!

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New Year's



By Adam Shell

NEW YORK Being finan-
cially fit is just as important
as being physically fit. So it
makes sense to make and
stick to -New Year's resolu-
tions that will slim your waist-
line or boost your bottom line.
Step off the scale, put down
the cigarettes and fire up the
spreadsheet and calculators.
It's time to roll out some 2012
resolutions that will make the
balances in your 401(k), 529
plan and savings account go
up and make your mortgage
payments, credit card debts
and investment angst go down.
Here are a few must-do reso-
lutions to put your personal fi-

nances back on track in 2012.

In 2011, it seemed as if the
Dow Jones industrial average
would soar 300 points one day
only to swoon a few hundred
points the next. Those sharp
up and down swings, or
"volatility," can make people
super-bullish or downright
scared. More often than not,
investors make poor invest-
ment decisions when they let
their emotions get in the way,
says Michael Farr, president of
money-management firm Farr
Miller & Washington.
"Resist emotional trading,"
Farr says. "Don't let short-

term volatility shake you out
of your long-term investment
plan. Keep saving, keep invest-
ing, keep contributing to your
401(k) no matter what."

The government has boosted
the maximum you can set
aside in a tax-deferred 401(k)
account in 2012 by $500 to
$17,000. "The burden of retire-
ment saving is increasingly
falling on the individual, which
means everyone has to save
more," McBride says. Raise the


- Nil

percentage taken out of your
paycheck to ensure you take
advantage of the new higher
savings limit. If you got a raise
this year, or a bonus, plow that
extra cash into your 401(k) if

you're not already maxed out.
Other resolutions to consid-
er: Stop spending foolishly and
stash some money away for an
emergency, such as a job loss
or an unexpected car repair or
medical bill, says Lewis Alt-
fest, chief investment officer of
Altfest Personal Wealth Man-
agement. To make sure you're
ready when disaster strikes, he
recommends having the cash
deducted automatically from
your paycheck into a savings
Daniel Seiver, a finance
professor at San Diego State

A coveted Ivy League education at Har-
vard University this year cost $52,650, and
costs for college aren't going down any time
soon. Start saving for Aidan and Amanda
in a tax-deferred 529 as early as possible,
preferably right after they're born, says
S Steve Janachowski of financial advisory
firm Brouwer & Janachowski.
"Start saving now, as college costs keep
going up," he says, adding that the sooner
you invest, the more time the money has to

Buyers urged to wait as home prices drop

continued from 6D

yourself that you've got to buy a
house right now," Blitzer says.
A Zillow survey of 109 top
housing experts released last
week indicates that U.S. home
prices will decline until late
next year or early 2013.
Several factors will hamper
home prices economists say,
Negative equity. About 22
percent of homeowners with

a mortgage owe more on their
homes than they are worth.
Those people are not likely to
move and buy another home,
says Christopher Thornberg of
Beacon Economics.
Foreclosures. Nationwide,
more than six million home-
owners were late on their home
mortgage payment or were al-
ready in foreclosure at the end
of the third quarter. As more
people lose their homes, the
distressed sales will put down-
ward pressure on home prices,

Newport says.
Foreclosure tracker Real-
tyTrac expects a "new set of
incoming foreclosure waves,"
which may roll into the mar-
ket early next year, says James
Saccacio, RealtyTrac's co-
The S&P data shows Atlanta
faring the worst among major
metropolitan areas with pric-
es off almost 12 percent year
over year. Foreclosures likely
caused that big drop, Blitzer

More senior citizens staying on the job

continued from 6D

investment and re-
tirement issues. "The
economy will con-
tinue to grow but at
a slow rate. And the
aging workforce will
probably remain in
the workforce, if their
health permits, for at
least another five to
10 years. It will take
that long or more for
their investments to
recover. They will use
this time to adjust
their living standards
toward retirement.
Additionally, I think
retirement age itself is
going to rise. However,
the younger genera-
tion is unlikely to be
able, or willing, to pay
for generous and early
retirement for aging
Baby Boomers. More-
over, healthcare costs
continue to rise, and
people are living lon-
ger. Given all of these
trends, it is almost
certain that retire-
ment is going to rise
soon to 70, and prob-
ably to 75 by the time
we get there. This is a
long-term change."
Americans are liv-
ing longer, which will
also cause the aging
workforce trend to
continue. According
to research recently
released by the Insti-

tute for Health Met-
rics and Evaluation
at the University of
Washington, the aver-
age American man in
2007 could expect to
live 75.6 years, and
a woman 80.8 years.
Job fairs are luring
more and more elderly
people looking to re-

enter the job force. De-
pleted savings, dwin-
dling 401(k) accounts
and nest egg invest-
ments along with
spiking health care
costs and rising hous-
ing costs have caused
near-retirees to stay
on the job and retirees
to start to work again.

According to the 2011
Associated Press and
surveys, 60 percent of
retirees lost value in
investments because
of the economic crisis;
42 percent are delay-
ing retirement and 25
percent claim they'll
never retire.

We're inspired by those who stand up to make things better
in our communities. Chase celebrates the businesses and
individuals who are dedicated to preserving and growing our
local neighborhoods. Future viability and success requires
a strong, unwavering commitment from us all. And we look
forward to being a good neighbor for many years to come.

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University, offers a few other
tried-and-true personal finance
tips that can also be added
to your list of money-saving
resolutions. "Investors should
only invest money in low-cost,
index mutual funds," he says,
adding that the less you pay on
fees the more cash you have to
Lastly, Seiver recommends
this resolution for everyone:
"Do not run a balance on your
credit cards."

Hitting the sell or buy button
in reaction to breaking news
is a losing investment strategy,
says Andy Brooks, head trader
at mutual fund company T.
Rowe Price.
"It's a loser's game," he says.
"People watching the news or
CNBC who have their finger on
the trigger, that's a dangerous
game. It's anything but invest-
ing. It's more like putting your
money on 32 black at a casino."
Next time there's a news
flash out of Europe that scares
you, turn off the TV.



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


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. Thompson, CMC
(#15447) City Clerk

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Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
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.

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

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-
2330 NW 97 Street
One bdrm. $760. 305-693-
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.

411 NW 37 Street
Studios $395 monthly.
All appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

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.
5130 NW 8 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1,300 per month, all appli-
ances included. Call Joel

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

729 NW 55 Terrace
One and two bedrooms, one
bath. Ms. Bell 786-307-6162.
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $495 monthly.
Call 786-328-5878

7752 NW 2 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1,535 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. 305-582-8210.
781 NW 80 Street
One bedroom
Call 786-295-9961
8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms. Section 8 OK.
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at: 2651
NW 50 Street or call.
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Studio, $500. One bdrm,
$600. Clean with ceramic tile.
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,
Two bdrms, tiled. $650 mthly,
if qualified. 786-402-0672
One bdrm, one bath, $675
and two bdrms, two baths
$825. Gated security, central
air, on site laundry and man-
ager. 305-685-7048.
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
security doors. Outside
lighting. $950 monthly, $950
Security Deposit. Call

3033 NW 204 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
tile floors central air Section
8 n l,-i. .n 1 ?5"C' rn lni i.,
1,000 erunily ep.-:. il
Three and four bedrooms
units. Rudy 786-367-6268.
19351 NW 45 Avenue
3842 NW 213 Street
165 NE 65 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 or Miami City welcome!
1751 NW 50 Street
Two bedrooms, no deposit for
Section 8 tenants, very clean.
1842 NW 89 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, tiled throughout, water in-
cluded. Section 8 Welcome!
Contact Sylvester 954-275-
1857 NW 50 Street
Move in Specialtwo bed-
rooms, two baths. $795.
1875 NW 94 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$900 monthly, central air.
Stanley 305-510-5894
1877 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, tiled floors. $900
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
305-331-2431 or
1921 NW 59 Street
Ready to move in. Two bed-
rooms with new carpet, one
bath, near schools and bus-
es. Full, big kitchen with tile
floor, blinds on all windows,
stove, refrigerator, two re-
verse cycle air conditioning
units, three c-iirng fans. Sec-
tion 8 Welcome! $750 mthly,
$1500 to move in. 305-323-
5795 or 305-653-2752
1986 NW 56 Street
One bedroom, one bath, ap-
pliances. Section 8 Ok. 305-
335-5544 or 305-624-6953
2145 NW 100 Street
Newly renovated two bed-
rooms, one bath, secu-
rity bars, washroom, tile, air,
$900, Section 8 OK!
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.
2397 N.W. 104 Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1295 mthly 305-525-0619.
265 NE 150 Street
Quiet area, two bdrms, one
bath, air, all appliances.
$1800 to move in. Section 8
OK. 678-447-2237.
3075 NW 91 Street #2
One bdrm, one bath. Section
8 preferred. 305-299-3142
540 NW 60 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1100 monthly plus security.


6920 NW 2 Court
Updated two bedrooms, one
bath, tile, central air, $900
monthly. 305-662-5505.
8092 NW 5 COURT
Two bedrooms, two baths,
central air, free water, and
fenced yard. $775 monthly.
92-94 NE 59 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, bars, $950 mthly. Section
8 only. 305-490-9284.
9355 NW 31 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tiled, laundry room, No Sec-
tion 8. $800 monthly. Call
305-632-7958 after 1 p.m.
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
214 St/37 Ave Area
Open up for large family. Tile,
air, washer, dryer, yard,
$1775. Also two bdrms., one
bath, tile, air, yard, utilities
paid, $975, 786-274-2266.
1726 NW 93 Street
One large furnished efficien-
cy, utilities paid, $650.
Joe 786-385-8326
18102 NW 8 Avenue
Nice unit for rent.
786-955-6213, 305-407-9220
2905 NW 57 Street
Small furnished efficiency,
$550 monthly plus $100 se-
curity deposit, first and last.
$1200 to move in, or small
furnished room $285 monthly,
$670 to move in.
305-989-6989, 305-638-8376
8010 NW 20 Avenue
Two nice furnished efficien-
cies, utilities included, $575
mthly. First, last required.
9000 1/2 NW 22 Ave
Air, electric and water includ-
ed. Unfurnished, one person
only. 305-693-9486
9000 NW 22 Avenue
Air, electric and water includ-
ed. Furnished, one person
only. 305-693-9486
Efficiency and room
Furnished Rooms
1161 NW 139 Street
$120 weekly, $240 move in.
Includes cable, central air.
1358 NW 71 Street
Air, cable. $300 to move in,
$150 weekly. 786-286-7455.
1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
air included. 305-310-7463
1541 NW 69 Terrace
Clean room, $350 a month.
Call 305-479-3632.
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 Ali Baba Ave.
Clean rooms, $400 monthly.
305-754-6556, 305-788-
1822 NW 66 Street
$300 monthly. 305-244-2528
for appointment.
1887 NW 44 Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2106 NW 70 Street
Room for one person. $135
Weekly. Private Bath.
2315 NW 81 Street
Two small rooms, $300
monthly, no deposit, air, free
cable, phone. Free washer
and dryer. 786-227-7016.
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrig-
erator, microwave, TV, free
cable, air and use of kitchen.
Call 954-678-8996.
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
9200 NW 25 Avenue
$340 a month, $680 to move.
in. 786-515-3020
Furnished room in a private
home. Light kitchen privileg-
es. 305-621-1017,
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable, air, 305-688-0187.

10295 S.W. 175 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$800 monthly. No Section 8,
call 305-267-9449.
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,
133 Street and NW 18 Ave.

Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776

18620 NW 8 Road
Four bedrooms, two and one
half baths. Central air. wash-
er and dryer S1550 monthly.
Section 8 OK. 786-797-7878
1864 NW 88 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air, tile. $1200, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson. Broker
1874 NW 53rd Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, tiled floors, bars
and fenced yard. $1200
monthly. 786-908-2027
18830 NW 30 Court
Remodeled four bedrooms,
two baths, tile and central air,
$1,495 mthly. 305-662-5505.
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.
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 786-
3411 NW 172 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
tile, air, $1,400, No Section 8,
Terry Dellerson, Broker
7753 NW 2 Court
Two bedroom, one bath
house, $700 monthly,
central air, all appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578.

912 N.W. 46 STREET
Spacious, three bedrooms,
one bath, central air, $1000
monthly. 305-331 -2431 or
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, Section 8 OK. $1,400
noniniy 6-251-2744.
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
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and more. Move-in condition.
Please call 305-321-4077,
Three bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 Welcome! Call
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Two bedrooms, two baths,
gated area. Try only $8,900
down and $899 monthly. NDI
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Save on your auto insurance

Experts offer advice on cutting expenses

By Julie Patel

State leaders and
insurers are pushing
for changes aimed at
lowering automobile
premiums by fighting
inflated or fraudulent
personal injury protec-
tion claims, but there
are other ways you can
Consider this advice
from industry experts.
Shop around. Too
many consumers don't
take advantage of the
competition among in-
surers for policies, said
Alex Hageli, director of
personal lines policy at
the Property Casualty
Insurers Association of
"Once they get a
policy, it's almost like
it's on auto pilot, and
they're really missing
out because there are
a lot of good companies
out there," he said.
Some insurers offer
quotes online or over
the phone. Or, you can
find an independent
agent near you who
can give you quotes for
about 10 companies,
including large reputa-
ble insurers, according
to Kyle Ulrich, a senior
vice president at the
Florida Association of
Insurance Agents.
Look for the best
coverage and service
at the best price. The
National Association
of Insurance Commis-
sioners has tallies of
complaints against in-
surers on its website
and customer satisfac-
tion ratings are avail-
able from Consumer
Reports and J.D. Pow-
er & Associates.
Check for dis-
counts. Discounts
can lower rates for
good students, senior
citizens, people who
haven't had tickets in
the past few years, and
people who work for
certain companies or
are members of profes-
sional or alumni asso-
Some insurers give
discounts to drivers
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the road.
"Check with your
insurer first to see if
there are online cours-
es that they offer dis-
counts for, and make
sure you select a pro-
gram approved by the
Florida Department of
Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles she
said. "Some insurers
may allow drivers as
young as 50 to get a
discount after taking
an online course, so it
pays to ask."
Consider dropping
some coverage. "A
general rule of thumb
is that if the car is
worth less than 10
times what you pay
for insurance cover-
age, it may not be cost
effective to continue
collision and compre-
hensive coverage," Mc-
Christian wrote in an
Hageli said one op-
tion is to get the mini-
mum amount of cov-
erage required under
state law $10,000
personal injury pro-
tection and $10,000
property damage li-

ability. "It's not ideal,"
he said, but it may
be the only option for
people struggling to
make ends meet.
Avoid extra fees.
Don't pay for rental
car coverage if you
don't plan to use one
or for towing cover-
age if you're a member
of an automobile club
that provides roadside
assistance. If you can
pay your premium up-
front, you could save
on administrative
fees that are typically
charged for monthly or
quarterly payments.
Increase your de-
ductible. This is a
particularly good op-
tion for people who
don't drive a lot and
are good, defensive
"Increasing your de-
ductible from $500 to
$1,000 can save you
40 percent or more.
But never choose a
higher deductible
than you think you
can afford if you were
to be involved in a car
crash," McChristian

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SI ^ scheduled the following meeting:
Youth Advisory Committee In-
terviews, Thema Campbell/Chair
on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 to
be held in the 4th Floor Conference Room of the
Joseph Caleb Center, 5400 NW 22nd Avenue at
5:00 pm.
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the 4th Floor Conference Room of the Joseph Ca-
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10D THE 11IAM I lME1 JANUARY 4-10, 2012

A final look at

high school

Norland is the only state champion that we can claim from among our teams in South
Florida as the football season ended last December. However, there were plenty of ;
other feats of accomplishment including but not limited to: Booker T.'s thrilling over-
time win over three-time state champ Cocoa High that took the Tornados to the state
finals since winning it all in 2007; Columbus racking up an 11-3 record and advancing
to the semi-finals in their division for the first time since 1982;
and both defending state champion Central and Norland both
playing for state titles in their respective divisions. As for the
teams in the southern part of the county, including South-
ridge, which made it to post season play, South Dade and
Homestead, their players say look out for them next year.
Congratulations to an outstanding Norland High team
and, we'll look out for the men from the
south along with all the rest next

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