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Miami: Worst-run city in U.S.? Regalado refutes report

By D. Kevin McNeir
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In a recent survey that looked at the best
and worst-run cities in the U.S., the City of
Miami topped the list as the worst, accord-
ing to 24/7 Wall Street. To compile the list,
surveyors indicated that they "reviewed the

local economies, fiscal discipline and
standard of living of the largest 100 cit-
ies by population to determine how well
each is managed."
The site used the 'fjilv.sin. statistics
in its assessment: Violent crime per
1,000 people: 11.08 (13th highest,
poverty rate: 32.4 percent (5th highest);
adult population graduated from high

school: 68.2 percent (4th lowest); credit
rating: A2 (stable outlook); and popula-
tion: 400,892.
.- But Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado,
64, says he is disturbed that the site
never actually contacted him, adding
-.. a that only using census numbers can
be somewhat misleading.
REGALADO "This is just a blog and is not the

Wall Street Journal, but the name might con-
fuse some people," he said. "The Wall Street
Journal did publish a story recently that re-
ferred to Miami as a global city and highlighted
the fact that we have seen a significant in-
crease in foreign investors putting their money
into our businesses and/or moving here. They
believe we are a sound place in which to do
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Coaches with records may get the axe

Miami Gardens council split on bill that
would disqualify ex-felons as volunteers

By D. Kevin McNeir
Citing the need to raise
the standards for its volun-
teers at public parks and to
increase safety for children
that participate in their af-

ter school sports programs,
the City of Miami Gardens
is considering an ordinance
that would disqualify any
volunteers with two or more
felony convictions, regard-
less of the length of time
when the felony was com-

In the agenda for
the January lth
meeting where the
ordinance was read
and voted on for the
first time, it says,
"during the summer
of 2011, the crimes ROBINSON
of homicide and rob-
bery. . increased by a stag- which
gering 33 and 4 percent, ticipa

respectively. -
Two of these
violent events
occurred on
City parks.
One was a
and another
a random GIL
shooting in
h an 11-year-old par-
nt in the football pro-

gram and two other
patrons were shot.
- In both cases, the
crimes were commit-
ted amidst numerous
spectators, parents,
program participants
and coaches, none of
,BERT whom came forward
to provide informa-
tion about these crimes."
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Mayor Shirley Gibson YES
Vice Mayor Aaron Campbell, Jr. NO
Councilman David Williams, Jr YES
Councilwoman Lisa Davis, YES
Councilman Oliver Gilbert, III NO
Councilwoman Felicia Robinson NO
Councilman Andre' Williams YES
NOTE: A yes vole would change the City's current policy
ana eliminate any two-time ex-felony offender from serv-
ing as volunteer for the parks programs of Miami Gardens.

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N'western hires new

head football coach

Last Wednesday, Miami
Northwestern Senior High
School handed the reigns of
the school's football team to
Stephen Field, 34, a former
University of Miami graduate
assistant (2007-08) who also
once served as the running
back coach and recruiting co-
ordinator at Hampton Univer-
sity. Field, a first-time head
coach, will replace Billy Rolle.
Rolle resigned at the. -end
of this past season. He was
the Bulls' head coach for the

last four seasons. ri>'
He achieved acco- ""
lades, winning two
state championships
(1998 and 2007) and
a "mythical" national
championship in 2007.
But this year Rolle was
unable to repeat his
previous success FIE
the Bulls failed to reach the
playoffs for the first time in 20
Field, a Palm Beach native,
said he is excited with the

opportunity to serve
as the head coach for
"I can't begin to ex-
plain my excitement,"
Field said. "I want to
do so many positive
things at the school,
with the football pro-
ELD gram and the commu-
nity. I know the pressure that
comes along with being the
coach of such a high-profile
program; but I feel if I lead
Please turn to COACH 8A

Six-month old infant among three

murdered in Lauderdale Lakes

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2012 MLKare
-Miami Times photos/Donnalyn Anthony SEE MORE PHOTOS AT

Deputies identified two
women and a baby boy found
dead on Sunday in Lauder-
dale Lakes after a report from
a neighbor said blood was
dripping from her ceiling into
her home. While few details
have been released, accord-
ing to the Broward Sheriffs
Office (BSO), two women,
roommates Octavia Barnett
and Natasha Plummer, along
with Plummer's son, Carlton
Stringer Jr., six-months-old,
all died at the scene. A second
baby boy was found alive and
unharmed. On Monday, he

On Monday, Broward County Judge John D. Fry
ordered officials with the Department of Chil-
dren and Families to place the surviving boy
with suitable relatives.

was with state child welfare
workers, who are still trying
to find a potential guardian for
BSO is still not indicating
how the trio died, who might
be a suspect or how much time
passed before the bodies were
found in the Lauderdale Lakes
apartment. One witness,

72-year-old Elizabeth Carter,
says she heard gunshots on
Saturday but believed they
were coming from outside of
the Somerset Lakes complex
where she resides and where
the victims also lived.
According to the police, an
unidentified friend of Barnett,
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Idris Elba gets Golden Globe
This past weekend the Golden Globes hosted its annual awards show.
Black British heartthrob Idris Elba took home his first Golden Globe for
best actor in a miniseries or movie for his role in "Luther." Octavia Spen-
cer was another winner, taking the gold for best supporting actress for her
role in "The Help." Legendary actor Morgan Freeman was presented with
the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement award.

Florida schools drop

in national ranking
With widening budget state's schools off of Educa-
cuts for Florida schools tion Week's top 10 list for
and small gains in national the first time in four years.
test scores the This year Flori-
state's public day's educational
schools no lon- system dropped
ger chart among from a B- to
the top educa- F an average C+.
tional systems A-" Maryland ranked
in the country ., number one with
according to a '. a B+ and Ohio
ranking recently number 10 with
released by Ed- a C+. Louisiana,
ucation Week. Mississippi, West
Florida's school Virginia and the Dis-
have dropped from trict of Columbia all
ranking number 5 in received F's on the re-
the nation to 11 in port card.
the annual Quality Rankings were se-
Counts report card issued elected based on statistics
by the national publication, from 2009 before last
Budget cuts combined with year, when $1.3 billion
less than impressive scores was cut from the state's
on national test were cited education budget. Florida
as reasons for keeping the Please turn to RANKING 8A

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Sanitizing King erases the

significance of his sacrifice
As our elected officials took their places at podiums
or waved from cars in local parades on Monday to
honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
several may have been guilty of quoting a more acceptable,
sanitized version of King. However, history confirms that in
his later years and just before his untimely death, King had
become focused on addressing the economy and war. Both
topics were deemed by his supporters and national lead-
ers alike as being taboo. King was fine as long as he talk-
ed about civil rights and racism how could this country
refute that there was a profound, generations-old problem
and obvious injustice in America? But on other issues like
economic injustice and the Vietnam War, King was told that
he had stepped out of his bounds.
Was King wrong? We do not believe so. But today's lead-
ers, Black and white, tend to be more comfortable with the
"I Have a Dream" King. They refuse to admit that King had
altered his focus and was pushing this country towards a
national debate that, had it been successful, would have
rocked us to our very core. Why do our leaders today refuse
to recognize the later King and his evolution? Perhaps be-
cause to do so would be to admit just how much remains
King was never the kind of leader that needed to be af-
firmed by others. His was a mission that may have only
been understood by King and his creator. We may enjoy
thinking about King from his perch on the newly-unveiled
monument in Washington, D.C., but King was a real radi-
cal. He was pro-union, anti-war and an adamant supporter
of equal voting rights with access to the polls for all. King
wanted no part of being a "thermometer" that simply reg-
isters what others are feeling. Rather, he felt compelled
to be the "thermostat" that changes the temperature and
moves us to confront wounds that go deep and have yet to
be healed.
As we assess today's political leaders, we need to consider
whether they are treading lightly in order to maintain their
comfortable positions, or whether they are the kind of men
and women who are pushing for real and immediate change
that will benefit all citizens, not just a distinct, privileged

Don't be fooled by

the benevolence of

Whether national politics and things happening
in the other 49 states matter to you or not, one
thing that should by now be crystal clear is the
fact that most members of the Republican Party believe they
know what's best for us us being Blacks and other mi-
norities. They tend to paint pictures of themselves as our
great and beloved benefactors. And they say that because of
their concern for us and our welfare, that we should trust
them, listen to them, follow them and give them the power
to do what is right. What they fail to say is how much their
actions are clearly self-motivating and very little about level-
ing the economic field in America.
In the next several days presidential candidates from the
Republican Party will swoop down on Florida, kissing ba-
bies, wooing the weak-minded and making promises that
we know they have no intention of keeping. The political
season is now at hand the future for Blacks stands at a
tenuous crossroad. Meanwhile, many of us continue to say,
"I can't do anything," or "It doesn't affect me."
Wake up folks, in this case ignorance is not bliss. Let's
remember that just a generation or so ago Blacks couldn't
even vote in the U.S. We faced poll taxes, literacy tests, ha-
rassment from white racists and even death threats. Some
of our leaders gave their lives just we would have the right
to vote. Don't be misled by the powers that be. Voting is not
a privilege that can be doled out by the more learned and in-
tellectually astute members of society. No! Voting is a right
that we should all possess and regularly exercise. We have
seen how those in power are working overtime to strip the
right to vote away from more and more citizens. There is no
time for us to stay home and point fingers at the candidates.
Someone will take over the White House. New voices will be
heard in Tallahassee. Fresh blood will take the reigns in
Miami-Dade County. Do your homework so that you know
the amendments and the candidates, make sure you have
registered to vote and then, make sure you go to the ballot
box. We can no longer afford to let others make decisions
for us.



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A fair share of scrutiny is now required

From all evidence, the issue
of economic justice isn't going
away. Break the news gently to
Mitt Romney, who seems apo-
plectic that the whole "rich get
richer, poor get poorer" thing
is being discussed out loud. In
front of the children, for good-
ness sake. "You know I think it's
fine to talk about those things in
quiet rooms," he told the "Today"
show's Matt Lauer last week.
"But the president has made this
part of his campaign rally. Every-
where he goes we hear him talk-
ing about millionaires and bil-
lionaires and executives and Wall
Street. It's a very envy-oriented,
attack-oriented approach."
Actually, those blasts weren't
coming from President Obama.
That was Romney's competi-
tion for the Republican nomina-
tion, sounding like a speakers'
lineup at an Occupy Wall Street
rally. Now, I predict, will come
a furious attempt by the GOP
to un-ring the economic justice
bell. Damage control efforts be-

gan with Newt Gingrich back-
ing away from his sharp-fanged
criticism of Romney's record at
Bain Capital, the investment
firm he led. Don't attack the GOP
front-runner for being a ruthless,
heartless corporate raider, Gin-

anyone would critically exam-
ine this ethos except in a "quiet
room." No one is arguing that
investors who risk their capital
in a company should not be able
to reap rewards. What the ideo-
logues ignore, however, is that

Candidates like Rick Santorum, followed by Gingrich and
Rick Perry have all raised the fairness issue. Whether
they meant what they said or were just being tactical,
the effect was to open a discussion of economic fairness and jus-
tice that will be hard to squelch.

grich announced, but rather for
not being conservative enough.
By most accounts, Bain was
a relative laggard in the ruth-
lessness department. Other pri-
vate-equity firms were far more
brazen in the way they bought
troubled companies, laid off
workers, stripped away assets
and fattened investors' bank ac-
counts. In any event, capitalism
means never having to say you're
sorry. Perish the thought that

workers also have "capital" at
risk in the form of mind and
muscle, creativity, loyalty, years
of service. Why is this investment
so casually dismissed?
Candidates like Rick Santo-
rum, followed by Gingrich and
Rick Perry have all raised the
fairness issue. Whether they
meant what they said or were
just being tactical, the effect was
to open a discussion of economic
fairness and justice that will be

hard to squelch. The next logi-
cal step is to look at the results
being produced by the radically
deregulated, no-fault capitalism
that has been practiced in this
country since the Reagan revo-
lution. We first had tremendous
growth and low inflation that
was followed by rising inequal-
ity and falling mobility. Middle-
class incomes have stagnated
and upper-class incomes have
skyrocketed. We have failed to
keep pace with other industrial-
ized societies in public educa-
tion; and rather than offer rel-
evant retraining to employees
displaced by innovation and
globalization, we leave them to
their own devices. As a result,
we're starting to lose not just ba-
sic manufacturing jobs but high-
value-added, knowledge-based
jobs to countries where workers
are more qualified. Government
has played a huge role in guid-
ing the nation through previous
economic upheavals: it can and
should play such a role now.


Two years
Marleine Bastien, executive
director of Haitian Women of Mi-
ami (FANM), recalls the day two
years ago when the devastating
earthquake in Haiti changed her
community forever.
It seemed like yesterday. I was
contemplating another long day
at work, when suddenly all the
lines at our FANM office in Mi-
ami's Little Haiti started ringing
all at once.
My heart skipped a bit. An-
other boat must have landed.
Bondye, God, let everybody
be alright. As the calls started
coming through, we heard the
inconceivable news. A 7.0 mag-
nitude earthquake had shaken
the island of Haiti. The devasta-
tion was beyond macabre. Over
300,000 dead. Thousands more
injured. Most of the death result-
ed from people crushed under
piles of rubble. Since housing
codes are non-existent in Haiti,
people built haphazardly, not
thinking that the concrete could
one day be their tombs.

after earthquake, bitter

Adele attends English classes
at FANM. She vividly remem-
bers where she was. "I was in a
tap tap going home," she says.
"Suddenly, the tap tap started
jumping on the road like a ball.
Anmwel Osekoul Help! She did
not understand. Maybe it was

earthquake, Adele was an entre-
preneur in Haiti. She has tempo-
rary protected status but she has
not qualified for benefits.
Half a million people are still
living under makeshift tents.
Death and disease are rampant.
As if this wasn't enough, a chol-

hy heart skipped a bit. Another boat must have landed.
Bondye, God, let everybody be alright. As the calls
started coming through, we heard the inconceivable

the end? Buildings imploded like
piles of uneven cards. It lasted
only a few seconds, but it could
have easily been a year. Adele
dug for her dead sister with her
bare hands. She can still recall
the smell . the smell of death
and utter despair.
She has been living in the U.S
for almost two years now. She is
learning English and computer
stills, but has landed no job yet.
Like many who arrived after the

era outbreak has reportedly
killed over 5,000. Thousands
more are infected.
By most accounts, despite
the outpouring of support after
the earthquake, there is little to
show for it. An August 2010 U.S.
Congressional report shows that
of the $1.6 billion allocated to the
relief effort, $655 million went as
reimbursement to the Depart-
ment of Defense, $220 million
to the Department of Health and

Human Services, $350 million to
USAID, $150 million to the De-
partment of Agriculture, $15 mil-
lion to the Department of Home-
land Security and more. Only one
percent of every dollar reportedly
went to the Haitian government.
The U.S. government is clearly
the big winner here. A year ago,
President Barack Obama re-
sumed deportations to Haiti de-
spite strong opposition by FANM
and other human rights groups.
Additionally, he's refused to ap-
prove the "Haitian Family Reuni-
fication Parole Program" despite
approving a similar measure for
Cubans two years in a row and
bi-partisan support for it. Mean-
while, Haiti's president, Michel
Martelly, is in constant struggle
with the legislature. And yet, it is
not too late.
Haiti's best asset is its people.
They showed resilience, courage,
determination and unbreakable
faith after the earthquake. And
as long as there is life, there is


How the fight was won for a King

When Stevie Wonder decided
to take up the challenge of mak-
ing sure that the memory of the
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
did not fade in the mists of time,
and that his life's work had not
been in vain, there were only a
few artists making music that
reflected the consciousness of
the freedom struggles of King's
time. But Stevie was perhaps
the biggest pop music star in
the world at that time and that
made all the difference. The
strategy was to kick off the cam-
paign with a huge national rally
on the steps of the Capitol in
D.C., with folks from all over the
country responding primarily to
the concerted calls from Black
and urban radio stations.
Stevie had asked the legend-
ary Bob Marley to co-headline
the tour with him and Bob read-
ily agreed. But Marley soon
found out he would not be able
to do so because he had been di-
agnosed with cancer, which took
his life soon afterward. So Ste-

vie turned to our friend, and my
colleague from our college days,
the brilliant rebel poet-musician
Gil Scott-Heron, to join him.
On January 15, 1981, I re-
member being backstage with
just Stevie, Jessie and Gil be-

away and warmed the hearts
of everyone within earshot. The
follow up strategy over the next
year was to try to get a few key
states to make King Day a legal
holiday, to create momentum
toward its ratification through-

S tevie had asked the legendary Bob Marley to co-headline
the tour with him and Bob readily agreed. But Marley
soon found out he would not be able to do so because
he had been diagnosed with cancer, which took his life soon af-

fore we all went out on stage to
a crowd of over 100,000 folks in
the cold, January wind. Jessie
spoke eloquently, stirring the
crowd, and Gil performed some
of the great work he and Brian
Jackson had gained acclaim for.
But the whole event really took
off when he began singing his
magnificent Happy Birthday ode
to Dr. King. The freezing crowd
erupted in an explosion of joy
and reverie that swept the cold

out the country. New York,
California and Illinois were the
primary targets. Black radio sta-
tions were to play a huge role in
the effort. In 1983, after much
inside-the-beltway maneuver-
ing, empowered by the cng.iring
staunch support of the Black
community and others and
tbr-'.uah the power of Black ra-
dio, President Ronald Reagan
signed the bill. The rest, as they
say, is history. Today, I can't

help thinking about the im-
portant, often crucial role that
Black pop music stars and the
Black community media who
showcased them, played in the
struggles for equal rights and
justice as they unfolded under
King's historic leadership.
Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne,
Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin,
Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye,
Diana Ross and many others
contributed mightily while he
was alive. Then in the wake of
his murder, the Herculean effort
by Stevie Wonder and others
who joined him to commemo-
rate King's life's work on behalf
of our nation, through the cre-
ation of the first national holiday
celebrating the achievements of
a Black citizen, speaks volumes
Don Mizell is an attorney, cre-
ative executive and music pro-
ducer. Cheryl Mizell, public af-
fairs director, Miami's WEDR
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The Republican governor and
Republican legislature cut $1.3
billion from education last year
and $466 million the year be-
fore. Governor Scott is now
pushing to raise funding for
education by $1 billion. Even
if the legislature complies with
his "dream," the public educa-
tion system funding will still be
$766 million short. Scott is not
adding funding to the public
schools he is replacing some
of the funding that he cut. Even
with his replacement, the State
of Florida will still be below the
national average of spending
per student. The level of hypoc-
risy of Scott is amazing. You
strip a public education system
that was poorly funded and
then replace 58 percent of the
funding and act like you care
about our students.

be using "Republican
Florida is facing a $2 billion system, he intends to cut Med-
budget deficit. The Republicans icaid payments to hospitals.
are fully in control of our state Most of our public hospitals
government. Why do we face are already facing huge defi-
this deficit if they are fiscally cits now the Governor plans
more responsible than Demo- to exacerbate the problem by
crats? Why do we face this further reducing funding. Pub-
deficit if Scott, the great busi- lic hospitals are the medical
ness person, was going to use providers to millions of poor
Perhaps the Republicans can blame it on the trial lawyers?
But didn't the Republicans pass all this legislation re-
forming the system? Perhaps we can blame immigrants?
They are always a good target. But did they pass immigration

his business acumen and fix
everything? What happened to
the great fix?
All things considered, the
real tragedy is that in order
to replace some of the stolen
funding from the public school

people including children and
the elderly. Does Scott intend
to strip hospitals to the bone in
the midst of a major health care
crisis only to later put back
some of the money and act like
he a savior?

math" Z ]
When will someone try some
real statesmanship and come
up with real solutions to our
debt problem. Republicans
have beaten up the unions and
blamed them for the debt cri-
sis, then reduced the number
of workers and their benefits.
Now, who do they blame? The
unemployed who are using
health care services without
paying because they lost their
jobs and health insurance?
Perhaps the Republicans can
blame it on the 'trial lawyers?
But didn't the Republicans
pass all this legislation reform-
ing the system? Perhaps we can
blame immigrants? They are
always a good target. But did
they pass immigration reform?
At a certain point Republi-
cans will have only one group
to blame -themselves!

BY QUEEN BROWN. COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, Queenb2020@bellsouth net

We can't let GOP regain the White ]



If you have any reservations
about voting in the upcoming
2012 Presidential election you
may want to look at what the
possibilities are before you skip
going to the polls. As you know
there are now five candidates
seeking the GOP nomination
to run for the office of Presi-
dent of the United States in
2012. These candidates should
be the most important reason
that we all get out and vote. If
you are one of the naysayers
that thought things could not
get any worse, I suggest you do
your homework on the candi-
Most of the GOP candidates
are no strangers to politics.
Sure enough, most of them
come with an overwhelming
amount of baggage. Although
they have packed their bags
pretty tight we can't help but
be reminded of whom we are

being asked to consider for the
highest office in the free world.
Hopefully, voters are willing to
take a look at the characters,
morals, values, beliefs, expe-
riences and visions of those
on the list of GOP presidential
The GOP list includes the

jobs away from people. Another
person on the list of candidates
is Ron Paul who would like to
eliminate the Department of
Education and who voted no
on a bill that would have pro-
vided millions of dollars in
grants to Black and Hispanic
colleges. If that is not reason

ost of the GOP candidates are no strangers to politics.
Sure enough, most of them come with an overwhelm-
ing amount of baggage.

most recent frontrunner, former
Massachusetts Governor Mitt
Romney, who has expressed his
love of firing people from their
jobs. At a time when millions of
Americans are unemployed and
desperately looking for work
one thing we can do without is
a president who enjoys taking

enough to vote, Newt Gingrich
suggests that we fire all custo-
dial workers at schools all over
America and use poor children
to clean their schools. Accord-
ing to this GOP candidate, poor
children lack basic values or
a reasonable work ethic. We
do not need a President who

House P,
is out of touch with the reality
of the poor or working fami-
lies. The utterances of the oth-
ers are even worse. Basically
that seems to be the case of
the 2012 GOP candidates. Of
course, all of them state they
are going to create jobs- the
problem is none of them have
explained how they intend to
achieve that goal.
Listening to the rhetoric
from these GOP presidential
candidates should be enough
to motivate every voter in the
U.S. to go out and vote. If you
want to see our country recover
from one of the worst econom-
ic downward spirals since the
Great Depression, you need to
vote. If you still have hope that
this country can return to the
land of freedom, prosperity, op-
portunity and hope, I sincerely
hope you are paying attention
- and then go vote!


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Has Dr. King's dream for Blacks been


Postman, Richmond Heights

Kind of, we
have to keep ...
holding on and
pressing on
then one day
King's dream w
will totally
come true. __ _

Retired, Liberty City

Things have
changed for *,
Blacks. Today i
the younger "

been trans-
formed be-
cause of Martin
Luther King's

Retired. Miami

Kings dream
has come true
but not totally.
Some people
are living the
dream but not -

Bus operator, Miami

Partially, i
some things
have come to J
life from his
dream but
some things .

Entrepreneur, Liberty City

We have come
a long way so
King's dream
has come true
but we still
have things
that need to be
done. L

Hait styles, Hollywood

His dream has come true for
Blacks in
American. I say
that because
Black people
have evolved .
over the years.
We have more -.
Blacks in elect- k
ed offices, even our president is a
Black man.

Is Pam Bondi going after the little fish?
After a five-month probe into preferred an independent, more so than that of Floridians limited asset
the forced resignation of two impartial investigation be- facing forecloseable actions, two companies
lawyers, it has been concluded cause Edwards and Clarkson Many believe that Bondi distressed hom
that no one broke any laws or had generated national head- should prosecute corrupt bank these two mana
rules. The 84-page report, At- lines for exposing question- executives, fight for mortgage nies are small fi
torney General Bondi said, able mortgage lenders and law companies to reduce principle of much bigger
should end any questions over firms and had won a $2 million on underwater homes and hold sharks.
the firing, settlement. Five months af- lenders accountable. In Florida Bondi is part
"Sloppy work will not be toler- ter Bondi took office, she fired many of the mortgage docu- team of attorney
ated in this office." Bondi said. both of them action that lead ments have shown to be fraud- is negotiating a

"I think it clearly shows in no
way the firings were political-
ly motivated." Bondi said she
went over the report numerous
times and she was taken aback
by the utter lack of profession-
alism and performance by the
two staff attorneys.
There appear to be critics of
the investigation because the
report was done by the inspec-
tor general working for Chief
Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.
It's like asking your best friend
who you are paying to tell us
about your character. Basi-
cally, the best friend will have
good things to say because
they have known this friend
their entire life.
The Democrats would have

This week Booker Perry was evicted from his home of 40
years where he owed just $2,000 on his mortgage. This
story is an example that bank attorneys will foreclose
when there is a better settlement that can be worked out.

to public outcry.
This week Booker Perry
was evicted from his home of
40 years where he owed just
$2,000 on his mortgage. This
story is an example that bank
attorneys will foreclose when
there is a better settlement that
can be worked out. Many orga-
nizations have criticized Bondi
for using her position to rep-
resent the interest of lenders

ulent and a lot of Democrats
are accusing Bondi of going
soft on large banks and large
mortgage companies.
As things continue to get
messy in Governor Scott's ad-
ministration, he tends to sit
quietly in his office. Recent-
ly, Bondi sued two foreclo-
sure management companies.
She filed a lawsuit, obtained
a temporary injunction and

freeze against
for misleading
neowners. But
gement compa-
ish in an ocean
fish and large

of an executive
ys general that
settlement with

five of the largest banks: Bank
of America, JP Morgan Chase,
Citigroup, Wells Fargo and
Ally Financial. Some believe
that the banks will get off too
light, but the executive team is
working to win a settlement on
robo-signing and other fraud-
ulent foreclosure practices.
There is no way that Floridians
can say that Bondi is not doing
her job the question is on
whose side is she? Maybe she
is on everyone's side and she
is walking a tightrope. At some
point the governor will have to
explain what his administra-
tion is doing concerning the
big crooks and big fish with
their fraudulent foreclosure



Ethics committee still probing Hastings

South Florida congressman Alcee Hastings faces further investigation
by the House ethics committee into allegations made by a former
staff member of a human-rights group under his supervision

By William E. Gibson

da congressman Alcee Hastings
faces further investigation by
the House ethics committee into
sexual harassment allegations
made by a former staff member
of a human-rights group under
his supervision.
The committee announced
Wednesday that it would extend
its review, which began last
year, and released a report from
a separate advisory body, the

Office of Congressional Ethics,
which had recommended inves-
tigation. The report details ac-
cusations that Hastings forced
unwanted attention on Winsome
Packer including hugging her
and pressing his face against
her and threatening her job if
she complained.
The advisory office, which
conducted an initial review of
the case, recommended that the
House committee investigate
"because there is probable cause
to believe that Rep. Hastings vi-

olated House rules, standards of
conduct and federal law."
Hastings, D-Miramar, sharply
denied the accusations Wednes-
He accused Packer of using the
case to promote a self-published
novel called "A Personal Agenda"
that purports to examine sexual
harassment in Congress "in-
spired by her own experiences."
The Office of Congressional Eth-
ics never examined that connec-
tion, he complained.
"I never had a romantic or

South Florida congressman
sexual interest in her, nor did I
ever express or otherwise sug-
gest that I had any such inter-

est," Hastings said.
"It is also no coincidence that
Ms. Packer is represented by
Judicial Watch, a conservative
organization that has targeted
Democrats in general and me in
particular," he said.
The report tracks a lawsuit
filed by Packer against Hastings,
with help from Judicial Watch,
while specifying Hastings' re-
sponse to the Office of Congres-
sional Ethics.
The interactions took place
from January 2008 through
February 2010, when Packer
worked for the U.S. Helsinki
Commission while Hastings was
its chairman or co-chairman.
Packer asserted that the con-
gressman made crude remarks,

including asking about her un-
derwear. She said he once com-
mented in the presence of col-
leagues at a bar in Vienna "that
he did not understand how
female members of Congress
could wear the same underwear
from the beginning of a congres-
sional session to the end of a
Hastings denied asking about
her underwear and said his bar
remark referred to how men as
well as women in Congress "can
stay in their clothing, specifical-
ly their underwear, for 16 hours
at a time."
"He stated that during this
conversation people were drink-
ing and 'one-upping' each oth-
er," the report says.

No jail time for Sylvia Poitier Fed turns over $77 billion in

By Paula McMahon

One of Broward County's lon-
gest-serving politicians, sus-
pended Deerfield Beach City
Commissioner Sylvia Poitier,
was sentenced to one year of
probation, 200 hours of com-
munity service and a $1,000
fine Wednesday for falsifying
city records.
A jury found Poitier guilty of
failing to disclose a potential
conflict of interest she had in
supporting a grant for a city
business association that owed
money to her brother.
Poitier, a former county com-
missioner and well-known face
in public service for nearly 40
years, is the latest in a long line
of local politicians to face crim-
inal charges. She is the third
elected Deerfield Beach repre-
sentative accused of wrongdo-
ing and the second city politi-
cian who was found guilty in
recent months.
Broward County Judge Me-

Deerfield Beach City Comi
linda Brown agreed to
adjudication for Poitier
That means that Poit
nically does not have a
conviction, even though
found her guilty of fo
demeanor counts of f
records. It also means
can eventually apply
the case sealed.
Prosecutor David S

said Poiter, who is 76 and a
Democrat, will be removed
.-.-. from office, pointing to a state
*,., statute that says Gov. Rick
Scott "shall remove" an elected

-'" Poitier, a former county
commissioner and well-
known face in public ser-
vice for nearly 40 years,
is the latest in a long line
of local politicians to face
criminal charges.

missioner official who is found guilty of an
withhold offense, even if adjudication is
ier tech- Still, there is nothing to pre-
criminal vent Poitier from running for
h a jury the District 2 city seat, which
>ur mis- she has been suspended from
alsifying holding, after the current elec-
that she tion term expires in March
to have 2015. Poitier could run for any
other elected office after she
3chulson completes probation.

profits to the U.S.

By Binyamin Appelbaum

Reserve said on Tuesday that
it contributed $76.9 billion in
profits to the Treasury Depart-
ment last year, slightly less than
its record 2010 transfer but
much more than in any other
previous year.
The Fed is required by law to
turn over its profits to the Trea-
sury each year, a highly lucra-
tive byproduct of the central
bank's continuing campaign to
stimulate economic growth.
Almost 97 percent of the Fed's
income was generated by inter-
est payments on its investment
portfolio, including $2.5 trillion
in Treasury securities and mort-
gage-backed securities, which it
has amassed in an effort to de-
crease borrowing costs for busi-
nesses and consumers by re-
ducing long-term interest rates.

Through those purchases, the
central bank has become the
largest single investor in fed-
eral debt and securities issued
by the government-owned mort-
gage finance companies Fan-
nie Mae and Freddie Mac. As a
consequence, most of the mon-
ey flowing into the Fed's coffers
comes from taxpayers.
But Fed officials note that this
cycle payments flowing from
Treasury to the Fed and then
back to the Treasury still
saves money for taxpayers be-
cause those interest payments
otherwise would be made to
other investors.
"It's interest that the Treasury
didn't have 'to pay to the Chi-
nese," the Fed's chairman, Ben
S. Bernanke, half-jokingly told
Congress last year.
The scale of the transfers grew
rapidly after the financial crisis.
The Fed made an average an-

nual contribution to the Trea-
sury Department of $23 billion
during the five years preceding
the crisis. In the years since
2007, the Fed's average contri-
bution has more than doubled
to $54 billion.
The Fed transferred $79.3
billion in 2010. Its investment
portfolio grew again in 2011, ap-
proaching $3 trillion, but profits
fell modestly as the Fed reduced
some more lucrative holdings,
like its support for the insur-
ance company American Inter-
national Group, and expanded
its holdings of low-yield govern-
ment debt.
Notwithstanding its conser-
vative investment portfolio, the
central bank remains highly
profitable because of its unique
business model. Rather than
paying for funding, it simply
creates the money that it needs
at no cost.

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Black Broward leaders districts 'bleached white'

Group threatens suit, saying Blacks'

influence is diluted
By Brittany Wallman power of minorities is huge.

Black residents' influence in
Broward has been diminished,
a group of Black leaders charg-
A committee of top Black Bro-
ward officials, including state
Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lau-
derdale, and County Commis-
sioner Dale Holness, says the
newly drawn political map for
the County Commission inten-
tionally dilutes Black voters'
political power, packing a huge
number of them into just one
district, reducing their clout
elsewhere and cutting opportu-
nities for election. Two other ad-
jacent districts were "bleached"
white, they claim.
Broward County completed
in mid-December the laborious
process of adjusting the nine
Broward County Commissioner
political districts, to even out
the population in each zone af-
ter the 2010 Census. The redis-
tricting is done only once every
10 years, and Black leaders say
its ability to help or hurt the

This time, it hurts, Commis-
sioner Holness said. The Ja-
maican-born commissioner sits
in the "one safe Black seat," as
he has called District 9. There
had been only two Black county
commissioners in Broward his-
tory before he and Commission-
er Barbara Sharief were elected
in 2010.
Black leaders had hoped to
see more districts with large
percentages of Black resi-
dents, to increase their politi-
cal influence. But after months
and months of public input
and distribution of proposed
maps, Broward commissioners
changed the map the night of
the hearing to one even Holness
had never seen before.
The title given to the map re-
flects its morphing: "Commis-
sioner Jacobs Amendment to
Commissioner Ritter Amend-
ment (Second Revision)"
Under the new maps, the cen-
tral Broward zone Holness rep-


resents is 70 percent Black.

"I'm sure if it's challenged,
we'll have problems," he said
the night of the Dec. 13 hear-
Were Black voters more spread
out among other districts, Hol-
ness said, the residents would
have more advocates for their
needs and would get more at-
tention. A Black candidate from
another district might have a
better shot at winning.
"I don't get any more staff. I
don't get any more resources
to deal with all the difficulties,"

Holness said Friday. It's "high
poverty, high unemployment -
high misery, for that matter -
from all angles."
Black activists at that meet-
ing were stunned, and disap-
The group Holness and Smith
are involved in, Broward Citi-
zens for Fair Districts, is threat-
ening to sue, saying the map is
an unconstitutional violation of
the federal Voting Rights Act of
1965. That act protects minority
voters from districts that would
deny them an equal chance to
participate in politics and elect
representatives of their choice.

Broward Mayor John Rod-
strom said the maps didn't
change much from what had
already been reviewed by the
county attorney, Joni Arm-
strong Coffey.
"Our county attorney re-
viewed the map before it was
submitted and signed off on it
and said it was completely de-
fensible," he said Friday. "We
asked her if it was defensible
and she said, 'Absolutely.' "


Holness said it's not too late
for commissioners to recon-
sider the vote, and change it.
He was among three who voted
against the maps. The other
two: Ilene Lieberman and Chip
Fewer than half of Broward's
residents, 43.5, are non-His-
panic white, the 2010 Census
The two minority groups of
Blacks and Hispanics make up
more than half of Broward's
population now, with 25.1 per-
cent Hispanic, and 26.7 percent
Black, according to the Census.
Yet seven of the nine county

commissioners are white.
The County Commission had
its first Black representative in
1985: Sylvia Poitier, who was
appointed by the governor. Jo-
sephus Eggelletion in 2000 was
the second.
And in the county's history,
only one Hispanic person has
been elected to the board: Diana
Wasserman-Rubin, in 2000.
There is no Hispanic repre-
sentative now, and efforts of a
local group, Cubans for a Bet-
ter Florida, to draw a Hispanic-
friendly district this go-around
County staff said Hispanic
residents are spread out across
the county and can't be put
into one political district.
Sue-Ann Robinson Caddy,
president of the T.J. Reddick
Bar Association, which fought
for the set of Black-friendly
districts, said she doesn't be-
lieve that a Black person has to
represent Black residents, or a
Hispanic person represent His-
"But it has to be some-
one who takes interest in the
group," she said, "and some-
times it does fall on the color

County commissioners have mixed Obama calls for tax

views on charter reform vote

By Gregory W. Wright

In the January 31st Re-'
publican presidential
primary election, Mi-
ami-Dade voters will
get a chance to vote
on three key issues for ..
reform of the County
commission, all for
the price of just one 1
vote: 1) Should com- JO
missioners be allowed
to serve, only. two, four-year
terms.instead of the unlimit-
Fd tenure that exists now? 2)
Should commission-
ers be banned from all
outside employment?;
and 3) Should com-
missioners be paid -'
$92,097 a year in-
stead of their current
One vote will ap- JOR
prove (or disapprove)
all three measures, leaving
some county commissioners
less than enthusiastic about
the election itself.

"I am opposed to term lim-
its." said District 1 Commis-
sioner Barbara Jordan. "Citi-
zens should have the right to
vote for whoever they choose.
After four years, you can just
vote them out. There is a

learning process just to learn
who to call to get things done.
Projects are not just bricks
and mortar. It takes a while
to see projects come
I out of the ground. You
don't see the fruits of
your labors until years
A down the road."
Jordan said term
limits have proven
costly to the people of
NES Miami-Dade County
in the past in terms of
effective leaders.
"The people of south Dade
lost a wonderful senator
in Darryl Jones who
was able to get a lot
done," she said. "Look
how long it took for
h [District 9 Commis-
sioner] Dennis Moss
to get the cultural arts
center in South Dade

DAN done.
not able to
in place for
complex in

My predecessor,
Ferguson, was
get the funding
the recreational
Miami Gardens

until she was walking out of
the door. If you are not
happy with your com-
missioner, vote them
District 3 Commis- .
sioner Audrey Ed-
monson agrees.
"I generally believe
that voters have the EDMC


ability to set term lim-
its at every election,"
she said. "If a voter is
not pleased with an .
elected official's per-
formance, they have
the fundamental right
to choose another. MON
Look how term lim- MON
its have affected our state
governance. As soon as an
elected official fully under-
stands the process, garners
support of their col- -
leagues across party
lines and prepares
themselves for any .-
leadership role, they 1
are term-limited out.
I think term limits do
a disservice to the vot-
ers." MI
First-term District 2
Commissioner Jean Mon-
estime says he has always
been a supporter of term

Edmonson opposes placing
limits on someone's
earning capacity. Jor-
dan believes it will lim-
it the average citizen's
ability to run for office.
She says that some-
one like Monestime, a
small business owner,
4SON would have to give up



his business to stay in
"Nowhere else in
the state of Florida
is this required," she
said. "Then you will
have the game of peo-
STIME ple pretending to turn
over their businesses
to other people, just to run
for office."
Monestime believes that
there should not be any re-
strictions on outside
employment as long
as that job or business
does' riot present a :
c conflictwith' the" duty
of a commissioner.
"Charter reform is-
* sues not only speak to
SS the present, but also
to the future," Edmon-
son added. "They essentially
change the way we. govern.
We (Blacks) must, again, get
out and vote in every election
regardless of how small or in-
significant one may think it
Monestime says he is not
in favor of placing such an
important referendum on the
January 31st ballot, arguing
that putting it on the ballot
for the general election in
November would have pro-
vided a greater opportunity
for more voters to have their
voices heard.

Congresswoman Wilson helps

Haitians resolve visa issues

By Randy Grice

Florida has one of the larg-
est population of Haitians in
America. Recently Congress-
woman Frederica Wilson, Dis-
trict 17, announced that she
is taking the lead in a bipar-
tisan effort with members of
the Florida delegation to as-
sist Haitians in getting family-
based visas and low-skilled,
temporary employment visas
while Haiti recovers from the
devastating earthquake of
January 12, 2010.
The congresswoman is being
supported by U.S. Senators
Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio
of Florida and U.S. Represen-
tative. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,
District 18; Ted Deut-
ch, District 19; Corinne O


District 17, Congresswoman

forced to wait several years to
leave disaster-stricken Haiti,"
wrote the members
of the delega-
I tion in a letter "

Brown, District 3; Da- to Secretary of hi/_
vid Rivera, District 25; State Hillary
and Mario Diaz-Balart, 6 Rodham Clin-
District 21. ton and Home-
"It is our under- land Security
standing that tens of Secretary Janet ROS-LI
thousands of Haitians Napolitano. "We
have been approved for CLINTON would appreciate your
U.S. residency, yet have been assessment of the situation

and ways in which you and capital."
could potentially in- According to the Na-
crease or expedite fam- tional Visa Center, of
ily migration." the 100,000 plus Hai-
Wilson and her sup- tians that are waiting
porters are pleading for their approved fam-
with Secretaries Clin- ily-based visa numbers
ton and Napolitano to become available,
to extend low-skilled, RUBIO 15,584 applicants are
temporary employment visas the spouses and children of
to Haitians, such as the H-2A U.S. citizens. Another 16,216
and H-2B visas, applicants are the adult chil-
"Since remittances un- dren of legal permanent resi-
doubtedly play such a huge dents.
role in Haiti's reconstruc- "Although some progress
tion and stabilization has been made, there
efforts, it is critically is still much work to
important that we ex- be done," said Cynthia
plore additional ways Stafford state repre-
to help Haitians," they sentative, District 109.
wrote. "Low-skilled, "As we observe this
temporary em- second anniversary ,
ployment seems this is a time where
to be one way NELSON we should all recom-

in which a limit-
ed number of Haitians
may come to the Unit-
ed States, reunite with
their families, help
EHTINEN build the U.S. economy
and most importantly,
assist Haiti in its reconstruc-
tion through repatriated skills

mit ourselveTs to help-
ing our brothers and sisters
in Haiti who are still in need.
I strongly support Congress-
woman Wilson and her col-
leagues efforts to seek a fast
track to address the backlogs
for approving visas for Haitian
citizens coming to the U.S."

breaks to return

jobs from abroad
By Mark Landler

WASHINGTON President Oba-ma said on last week that he
would propose tax incentives for companies to bring home manu-
facturing jobs they had moved overseas, and curtail tax breaks for
those that keep relocating jobs abroad.
Flanked by executives from the aerospace, chemical and furni-
ture industries all of whom are building or expanding factories
in the United States Mr. Obama declared that the nation was
beginning to see the reversal of a long-term trend toward out-
sourcing. He called the new trend, perhaps inevitably, "insourc-
"We're at a unique moment, an inflection point, a period where
we've got the opportuqit for those jobs to come back," Mr. Obama
said in the White House, after meeting with the executives. The
American economy; he noted, has added- manufacturmgjobs for
two years in a row, after more than a decade of losses.
The president did not offer details of the tax proposals, which
presumably would be subject to approval by Congress, though he
renewed his call on lawmakers to approve a one-year extension of
the payroll tax cut that will expire at the end of February.
Obama said an increase in labor costs in China was eroding its
advantage over the United States as a manufacturing base, a mes-
sage the White House sought to buttress by circulating a research
report from the Boston Consulting Group, a prominent manage-
ment consulting organization. The president also said recent trade
agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama would open
markets for American exports.
Economists said small changes m tax policy would play only
a marginal role in deciding where companies build factories.
But with labor costs rising overseas, such changes could help
reinforce a fledgling trend, they said. "There's been a little bit of
momentum on 'insourcing' because a lot of firms overdid it," said
Jared Bernstein, the former chief economic adviser to Vice Presi-
dent Joseph R. Biden Jr. "So it could help a bit at the margin."
Obama cited examples from companies represented in the
room: Ford Motor, which the president said had moved 2,000 jobs
back to the United States. Master Lock, which relocated manufac-
turing to Milwaukee from China; and Lmcolnton Furniture, a spe-
cialty manufacturer, which set up shop in North Carolina after its
owner, Bruce Cochran, closed a family-owned furniture company
in 1996 and spent time consulting wuih companies about moving
operations to China and Vietnam.

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See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

The eyes, ears and mouth
are key channels of the human
anatomy that transmit. As good
is always good, oftentimes, we
allow these channels to become
courses in which evil chooses
to move. The end result is never
good. Where there is under-
world activity, the universal law
is to see but don't don't see, hear
but don't hear especially where
it concerns law enforcement.
As I am familiar with the code
of the street this interpretation
comes to mind whenever the
three evils are mentioned. One
of the best ways to attract the
presence of an evil spirit is to

follow a positive dream.
Negative forces will come
out of the woods and at-
tempt to put a damper
on your enthusiasm to
succeed. As illustrated
in the bible, Jesus was
tempted by the devil
three times after he had HA
fasted for forty days and nights.
The devil tried unsuccessfully
to tempt the Messiah to make
bread out of stones then offered
to play a game of daredevil by
challenging him to hurl his
body off the top of the mountain
to see if the angels would catch
him. Finally, satan showed Je-
sus the splendor of the world
and offered all of it if he would

bow down and worship
evil. At the end, Jesus
never lost focus, the
devil left him alone and
angels came to minister
to him.
In our desire to pur-
sue a good cause we may
ALL find all kinds of daz-
zling objects before our eyes to
distract us from achieving our
goals. If we allow our vision to
be obscured by materialism the
appearance of delightful things
cause us to easily lose sight of
our aspirations. If we hearken
to the voice of pessimism long
enough our positive mental
attitude undergoes a radical
change and we begin to doubt

that victory can be achieved.
Pessimistic words barge into
our subconscious.
In addition to keeping our
eyes and ears guarded against
opposing forces we must also
prohibit ourselves from uttering
words that cause us to lose con-
fidence in our ability to prevail.
Success breeds envy and ex-
cellence offends mediocrity.
One can not expect to follow
an honorable dream without a
struggle much like the spiritual
battle that Jesus won against
the devil. But with spiritual for-
tification of the eyes, ears,and
mouth, we too can resist evil
and move onwards towards
taking hold of our dreams.

Police deaths trigger training review

Some eye raids as

too risky tactic

By Kevin Johnson

The recent surge in fatal po-
lice shootings is weighing heav-
ily on law enforcement trainers,
some of whom are calling for a
reassessment of high-risk fugi-
tive and drug raids that have
resulted in a number of deadly
"It's time to change our think-
ing," says Pat McCarthy, who
advises police agencies across
the country. "Cops are exposing
themselves to increasing danger
many times over, and it's just
not necessary."
Harvey Hedden, executive di-
rector of the International Law
Enforcement Trainers and Ed-
ucators Association, said the
group is urging its 4,000 mem-
bers to "look at everything" in
an effort to avoid potentially
dangerous complacency on the
"Police work can be 99% bore-
dom and 1% panic," Hedden
said. "Routine can be the most
dangerou~'of alf. We-need to go
back to the basics."
Federal and local officials
have been troubled for the past
two years by the number of fire-
arms-related fatalities. Gun-re-
lated fatalities last year were up
15% from 2010. So far in 2012,
four officers have been killed by
gunfire -- one more than at the
same time in 2011.
Last week, in the most violent
episode of the new year, one
Utah officer was killed and five

So far in 2012, four officers
others were wounded when they
attempted to serve a drug-relat-
ed search warrant in Ogden.
The officers, members of a
narcotics strike force, were met
at the door by a former soldier,
who allegedly opened fire on the
squad, killing 30-year-old Og-
den officer Jared Francom. The
suspect, Matthew Stewart, 37,
was wounded in the confronta-
tion. His injuries are not consid-
ered life-threatening.
Weber County Sheriff Terry
Thompson said that -the inci-
dent and the officers' actions re-
mained under investigation and

have been killed by gunfire one

that the activities of the strike-
force are "on hold" because,
about half of the unit was in-
volved in the shooting.
McCarthy said the deadly
confrontation underscores a
need for police to rethink their
"The days of knocking down
doors in drug cases should be
over. Given what's going on
now, you have to consider other
options," McCarthy said.
He said law enforcement offi-
cials should focus more on at-
tempting to lure suspects out
into the open or simply "wait

them out." *. ,
Of the 68 firearm-related fa-
talities last year, a Justice De-
partment review found that at
least 10 officers died while serv-
ing search warrants or partici-
pating in multiagency raids.
Later this month, the Justice
Department is hosting a meet-
ing of researchers and law en-
forcement officials to discuss
tactics and training in the wake
of the officer deaths. "You can
have all of the equipment in the
world, but if somebody wants
to kill you, they will if you give
them the opportunity," he said.

Gay lifestyle may be factor in hazing death

By Denise-Marie Balona

Florida A&M University drum
major Robert Champion was
gay, which may have been one
reason why he was beaten so

Champion family's attorney
said last week.
Attorney Christopher Chest-
nut, speaking at a news confer-
ence with Champion's parents
in Orlando, said the parents


-Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel
Robert Champion Sr., left, speaks at a news conference Tuesday
about new developments in the hazing death of his son, FAM U
student Robert Champion Jr. Attorney Christopher Chestnut and
Pam Champion look on.


severely during a hazing attack
in Orlando last semester, the

came forward to discuss their
son's sexuality because ru-
mors had been swirling that
the 26-year-old student was
hazed specifically because of.
his "alternative lifestyle."
Though Champion's sexual
orientation may have been a
factor, Chestnut said, his own
investigation indicates that it
was probably one of several
that caused students to beat
him so violently that he died.
He insisted, however, that
the overriding motivation that
likely led to such a brutal at-
tack was Champion's outspo-

ken resistance to hazing within
FAMU's famed marching band.
"Our investigation is very
clear: This was hazing, not a
hate crime," Chestnut said
during the news conference at
the Rosen Plaza hotel, where
Champion was found unre-
sponsive on a charter bus Nov.
19 after being hazed.
Neither the Orange County
Sheriffs Office nor the Florida
Department of Law Enforce-
ment would discuss details of
their investigations into Cham-
pion's death, including whether
they are considering the hazing
a hate crime.
Champion's parents, Robert
and Pam Champion of Georgia,
described how their son had
urged fellow band members not
to give in to the practice a
long-standing problem at the
historically black university in
The parents and Chestnut
think his beatings were meant

as retaliation. Champion, they
said, followed the university's
rules that prohibit hazing. He
also exemplified how a stu-
dent could be successful in the
band he was slated to be the
head drum major next school
year without submitting
to the abuse and humiliation
some students endure to be-
come part of such a prestigious
"Robert was known for be-
ing a stickler [for rules]," Pam
Champion said. "If I thought
about it, Robert was known
for being what a true leader
should be."
Meanwhile, the attorney for
FAMU's longtime band direc-
tor, Julian White, released a
statement saying that if Cham-
pion was targeted because of
his sexual orientation, then
White's efforts to root out haz-
ing could not have been pre-
vented "such deliberate bar-

Two teens jailed after Pompano
gun sting ends in shoot out
Two teens taken into custody after a deadly police involved shooting
in Pompano Beach will remain behind bars. Elvence Saint Aulien, 19,
and Jean Marcel Coulanges, 18, are being held without bond. Both
have been charged with first degree murder while engaged in a felony
offense. The Broward Sheriffs Office said the shooting was the result
of a sting on Johnny Wright, who wanted to sell undercover agents
three firearms for a thousand dollars. It was a rip off, they were just
going to grab the money, they had no intention of releasing the firearms
to us." said BSO. Gunfire erupted and Wright was hit in the stomach,
He was taken to North Broward Medical Center where he was pro-
nounced dead.

Dog shot by undercover Miami-Dade officer
An undercover Miami-Dade officer was forced to shoot a dog af-
ter the officer was attacked and bitten by the animal. Officers were
conducting an on-going undercover narcotics investigation involving a
marijuana grow house located in the 14700 block of SW 178th Terrace.
Police said the officers had received permission from the owner to
enter the residence and search it As the officers entered the home, a
large dog charged at them and bit one of the officers in the leg. Fear-
ing further injury, the officer shot and killed the dog.The injured officer
was taken to an area hospital to be treated for the bite wound. The
homeowner and a second person were both taken into custody to face
marijuana distribution charges.

Former RE. director pleads not guilty To sex abuse
Paul Mira, a former PE director at a Miami-Dade private school, en-
tered a not guilty plea Friday to charges that he molested two students.
Mira, 29, worked at Archimedean Middle-Conservatory Archimedean
Upper Conservatory on SW 72nd Street.
He's charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl and having a
sexual relationship with a 17-year old girl. Both allegedly happened in

Former Cop gets 90 days in jail
Former Hollywood Police officer Dewey Pressley was sentenced to
90 days in jail for his role in falsifying two official records. Pressley was
convicted in November of falsifying records, but he was acquitted by a
Broward County jury on seven other counts including conspiring with
fellow officers to fix blame on a 2009 car accident.

SoBe shooter gets life sentence

Nakavius Paul
investigated for
second murder
The accused gunman in a
June 21, 2010 South Beach
nightclub shooting, Nakavius
Paul, 22, was recently convict-
ed of first-degree murder and
sentenced to life in prison. He
was found guilty for the mur-
der of Robert Edwards, 21. The
incident took place inside the
Heathrow Lounge, 681 Wash-
ington Avenue. It took the jury
90 minutes of deliberation to
render its verdict. The shoot-
ing was the first of three un-
related, violent incidents that
occurred during the summer
of 2010. Defense attorney The-
odore Mastos argued that' r6
one saw Paul with a gun but
testimony from one eyewitness
revealed that he had argued
with the murdered youth just
before the shooting occurred.
A video confirmed that Paul
was involved; his clothes were
taken as evidence and tested
positive for gun residue.



Court records indicate that
Miami-Dade homicide detec-
tives also investigated Paul in
the robbery-murder of a Miami
Lakes man just one week af-
ter the Heathrow club shoot-
ing. No one has been charged
in that case. Paul is known to
the police as the leader of a Mi-
ami street gang, "Str8 Drop."
According to the police, the
group is responsible for doz-
ens of shootings and murders
in South Florida.

TSA finds more guns at airports

By Bart Jansen

More people are being caught
at the nation's airports with
guns in their carry-on bags,
despite heightened awareness
about security.
The Transportation Security
Administration says it found
1,238 firearms -- an average of
almost four a day -- at its air-
port checkpoints last year. The
number has been on the rise
since 2007.
"Clearly, just the fact that
we are getting four to five guns
every day indicates that there

are people who are not focused
on the security protocols," TSA
Administrator John Pistole
told Congress in November,
a month when officers found
nine guns in a single day.
The TSA says guns usually
are found in carry-on bags
that are X-rayed at security
Pistole says full-body scan-
ning machines also detect
contraband hidden beneath
passengers' clothing, includ-
ing a .38-caliber handgun in
one man's ankle holster in De-

FAMU band member claims verbal harassment

Musician says he was targeted for

not joining subgroup

A Florida A&M [FAMU] band an Valencia Matthews that
member said he was verbally the Marching 100 trombone
harassed by another member player said he was repeatedly
for not joining a subgroup subjected to verbal harass-
of the band's trombone sec- ment and decided he needed
tion known as "Thunder," ac- to report the incidents "be-
cording to a letter written by fore the situation became
a band staff member to the violent," according to a Tal-
head of the music depart- lahassee Democrat report on
ment. Robert Griffin writes Friday. It was not clear when
in his letter to interim Mu- the harassment is alleged to
sic Department Chairwom- have taken place. Griffin and

Associate Professor Shelby
Chipman told the student to
report the allegations to the
FAMU Police Department
which is now investigating
the complaint, the newspaper
reported. The student was
also told to inquire about the
need for a restraining order.
In November, drum major
Robert Champion died after
a hazing ritual. An autopsy
ruled the death a homicide.
The band was suspended fol-
lowing Champion's death and
remain inactive. Any death

involving hazing is a third-
degree felony in Florida, but
no charges have been filed so
far in Champion's death.
In a separate case, three
band members were arrested
in the Oct. 31st beating of a
woman band member whose
thigh bone was broken. Ear-
lier this year, an indepen-
dent five-member committee
was created to study hazing,
methods that have helped
students resist hazing and
how to best govern FAMU's
famed Marching 100 band.





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Miami hohnoris the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
There were plenty of celebrations throughout Miami that marked the birthday of one
of our country's greatest leaders: the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At the 19th An-
nual King Unity Scholarship Breakfast, the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Foundation
awarded 62 college scholarships to deserving young men. FlU Men's Basketball Coach
Isiah Thomas, III, served as the keynote speaker and was a role model inductee, as were
M-D County Deputy Mayor Russell Benford; Carlos A. Migoya (CEO, JHS); and Michael K.
Butler (chief medical officer, JHS). In Liberty City, the always-exciting King Parade start-
ed a little late but had all of the pageantry and excitement that citizens have grown to
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During the meeting Mayor
Shirley Gibson said she was in
favor of the ordinance, adding
that her decision had nothing to
do with any individual coach or
"I am concerned with the in-
creased gun violence in our com-
munity," she said. "This has led
me to think about the standards
for our volunteers and the cur-
rent background screening that
we employ. This is not just about
football. The parks program rep-
resents this entire community

and it will groom our business
leaders and residents of tomor-
row. We need higher standards.
When we set standards people
don't like it when we change
standards people don't like it.
But we have a responsibility to
the future of this City and to our
Councilman Oliver Gilbert op-
poses the ordinance and com-
pared the policies of Miami Gar-
dens to that of other neighboring
"A survey was distributed that
overlooked cities like Miramar,
Miami Beach, Opa-Locka and
North Miami Beach," he said.

"For the most part they make
their decisions on a case-by-case
ruling. Our standards are in no
way the most lax in the area.
When a person gets out of jail and
has served their time, they ought
to be able to have the opportuni-
ty to be a full participant in our
community. These coaches have
a tough job but they work with
these children six or seven days a
week for three or four hours each
day. As a policy perspective, this
ordinance doesn't make sense. If
someone has not reoffended in
10 years, even the Department of
Corrections says they stop paying
attention. Let's not confuse the

issue. Are we saying we cannot
forgive other Black folk who made
mistakes in the past? I am not
prepared to accept that."

Councilwoman Felicia Rob-
inson has been a teacher for 17
years. She says she finds it ironic
that while ex-felons can be hired
in the school system, that the
ordinance would eliminate them
from volunteering as coaches.
"I don't condone violence but
believe that if one has paid their
dues to society, then they should
be allowed to give back to their

community," she said. "I used
to work in the parks and believe
me, it's not an easy job. These
coaches make a difference in our
children's lives. It's a real family-
like atmosphere. We need to re-
ally consider how this ordinance
would impact our parks program
and our children."
According to data from Miami
Gardens, there are 357 vol-
unteers in the parks program.
When the council meets again
on January 25th for the second
reading, 96 individuals could be
disqualified from serving as vol-
"I think the policy is too strin-

gent," said Martin Maultsby,
40, who has lived in Miami Gar-
dens for 30 years and served as
a coach for 17 years. "I am not
an ex-felon but still believe we
need rules and must look out
for our kids' safety. Black men
are already judged unfairly. De-
spite their pasts, they are fa-
ther figures for many boys and
they should be given a second
"I believe in redemption and
have even hired ex-felons for my
own business," said Council-
man Andre Williams. "But I am
not willing to cut corners when
it comes to our children."

FL Republicans brace for January 31st election

Onr January 31st Repub-
licans around the state will
take to the polls to cast
their ballots for the candidate
they believe should be tasked
with defeating presidential
incumbent Barrack Obama.
This year Florida will be vot-
ing under two sets of rules.
While early voting began on
January 16th for voters in
Monroe County, early voting
in Miami-Dade County will

begin on January 21st. The
out-of-sequence schedules
for the counties are the re-
sult of the 1965 Voting Rights
Act and election law changes
that passed during the 2011
legislative session. Under the
act any state or county with
a history of racial discrimina-
tion must have clearance from
the federal government before
changing any election laws.
Five Florida counties will be

affected by the act: Hillsbor-
ough, Collier, Hardee, Hendry,
and Monroe. The changes will
affect early voting, voter reg-
istration and voters who have
moved since they last voted.
The modifications are now be-
fore a panel of three federal
judges in Washington, who
are expected to rule in the
spring. Miami Gardens and
Miami-Dade County will also
hold special elections on Jan-

uary 31st. Early voting will be
open for seven days beginning
this Saturday January 21st
until January 28th, 7-7pm.
Miami-Dade voting locations:
Lemon City Library, 430 NE
61st Street; Model City Li-
brary at Caleb Center, 2211
NW 54th Street; North Dade
Regional Library, 2455 NW
183rd Street; and Stephen P.
Clark Gov't Center, 111 NW
1st St.

Obama amasses $240 million war chest

President, DNC far
outraise GOP rivals

By Fredreka Schouten

Obama and the Democratic
Party have raised more than
$240 million for his re-elec-
tion, swamping his rivals'
fundraising as the president
races to build a war chest to
defend against the eventu-
al Republican nominee and
deep-pocketed GOP "super
Obama collected more than
$42 million during the closing
three months of the year, his
campaign announced, while
more than $24 million went
to the Democratic National
Committee, to help build a
national campaign infrastruc-
ture ahead of the November
The fundraising puts
Obama roughly on par with
the amounts raised by Presi-
dent George W. Bush at this
point in his 2004 re-election
effort. But this year's contest
is markedly different.
Aggressive new super PACs,
empowered by 2010 federal
court rulings, now can un-
leash unlimited amounts of
corporate and union money
to denounce or defend politi-
cians as long as they operate
independently of candidates.
So far, Republican-leaning
super PACs have outraised
Democratic independent
groups, threatening to under-
cut the president's financial
advantage. These groups are
already shaking up the early
GOP primary contests with
millions of dollars in attack
Obama "will need every
penny" to deal with the Re-
publican onslaught, said Jack
Pitney, a political scientist at
Claremont McKenna College.

-Photo by Nicole Sanseverino
Bell Centennial As his 2012 re-election campaign begins, Pres-
ident Obama stopped in Austin to fund raise in early May, asking
donors to pay an average of $1,000 a ticket to see his speech at
the Austin City Limits Live studio at Moody Theatre.

"He's facing a.very long gener-
al-election fight."
In a video and e-mail to sup-
porters, Obama campaign
manager Jim Messina called
the fundraising a "pretty good
start" and said more than half
a million people had contrib-
uted during the October-to-
December fundraising quarter.
Obama collected a record
$745 million to win the presi-
dency in 2008, raising expec-
tations that his re-election
effort could exceed $1 billion.
Messina rejected that number
as "completely untrue" and
said it had hampered fund-
He implored supporters to
give more. "There's no cav-
alry," he wrote. "There's only
Republican National Com-
mittee spokeswoman Kirsten
Kukowski said the fundraising
activity shows Obama is "more
interested in campaigning"

than in creating jobs.
Mitt Romney, with back-to-
back victories in Iowa and New
Hampshire, is the top GOP
fundraiser, collecting $56 mil-
lion in 2011. Experts, such as
Pitney, predict huge campaign
sums for Romney and GOP in-
dependent groups if he wins
the nomination.
A pro-Romney PAC, Restore
Our Future, already is the big-
gest spender among candidate-
specific super PACs, pumping
$6 million into the early con-
tests, federal records show.
American Crossroads, an-
other Republican super
PAC, and an affiliated group,
Crossroads GPS, spent about
$20 million last year to slam
Democrats during the debt-
ceiling debate, and plan to
unleash anti-Obama ads in
Florida, Iowa and Ohio once a
GOP nominee emerges. Their
fundraising goal: $240 mil-
lion, spokesman Jonathan

Violent crime one cause for findings

continued from 1A

business. We feel the same
Regalado says that while Mi-
ami-Dade County has had to
layoff some of its employees,
the City of Miami, while reduc-

ing salaries and benefits, has
not had to fire anyone.
"I sense a real change in the
climate here in Miami," he said.
"People are starting to invest in
us once again. Last month we
had a ceremony at the Beacon
Council and welcomed 11 new
businesses 10 were from

abroad and included countries
like Mexico, Spain and Brazil.
I'm not sure how that makes
us the worst-run city in the
U.S. And I'm not going to worry
about it."
The survey listed Hialeah as
the 10th worst-run city in the

Details sketchy concerning homicides

Collegio said.
Democratic consultant Steve
McNMahon said the attacks by
GOP rivals on Romney's re-
cord only help Obama if Rom-
ney emerges as the nominee.
"Bain is a cancer on Rom-
ney's candidacy," he said. "It
may go into remission for a
while, but it will come back in
the fall."
Tad Devine, a strategist who
%worked on Democrat John
Kern-'s 2004 unsuccessful
presidential bid, said Obama
campaign aides must be pre-
pared to hit his Republican
,.,oponent with television ads-
as early as March.
"They need to make sure
this campaign is debated on
a terrain of their choosing,"
he said. "They are raising the
kind of of money to do it."

Schools don't chart among top systems
RANKING ing. In 2011, it cut $1.3 billion.
continued from 1A In Florida, $35.89 per $1,000 of
each citizen's income goes toward
students' performance on nation- public education, compared to
al test scores has not improved the national average of $47.74,
much since then. Three years ago according to a U.S. Census report
the state legislature eliminated released last May, using numbers
$466 million in educational fund- from the 2008-09 school year.



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Friday 11-3

Overtown: Roots in the City
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21 and Plummer, 25, went to
their apartment on Sunday
and called for help after he de-
termined that something was
wrong. On Monday, Broward
County Judge John D. Fry or-
dered officials with the Depart-
ment of Children and Families
to place the surviving boy with

suitable relatives. DCF was in
the process of running. state,
local and federal background

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by example and do positive
things, everything will fall in
place like it should."

checks on relatives who have
stepped forward to shelter

lead by example
Field was the offensive coordi-
nator of the 2005 state champi-
onship Belle Glade Glades Cen-
tral team. He also was part of the
coaching staff for Deerfield Beach
(2004) and Central (2001-2003).



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Do residents

still believe

in the City

of Miami?

New campaign seeks to increase
community's self-esteem
By Kaila Heard
On the Thursday, Jan. 12th, the City of Miami issued a
dare to its residents.
"I challenge each and everyone of you to believe," said
Commissioner Michelle Spence Jones..
Unveiled at a press conference at City Hall, the word "Be-
lieve" is the name of a new city-wide marketing and commu-
nity empowerment campaign that is seeking to revamp the
troubled image of the community.
The concerted effort asks for City of Miami residents to
believe in themselves and their communities.
"We need to change the way that we think, the way that we
feel about our community," said Commissioner Chairman
Francis Suarez.

-Photo Courtesy of Notre Dam
Father Rpninald .Iean M

By Kaila Heard
Two years ago, a cata-
strophic earthquake struck
Haiti and killed 316,000
people, according to the
Haitian government.
To honor the tragedy
dozens of events were held
throughout South Florida
last week.
On Thursday, Jan. 11th,
a candle light mass com-
memorating the victims of
the earthquake was held
at the Notre Dame d'Haiti
Catholic Church, a church
with one of the biggest
Haitian-American congrega-
tions in South Florida with
over 3,000 members.
However, Father Reginald
Jean Mary, 44, the rector of

The new campaign

Please turn to RESIDENTS 12B in their neighborho

Faith in the

Face of


More South Florida Haitians
turning to churches for
Ml. spiritual and material
ne Haiti
rav assistance

Notre Dame d'Haiti, wanted
the candle light vigil to
encompass more than mere
"It [was] a reminder that
we have a responsibil-
ity as a community and
as a nation, to honor." he
said. "This [was] a call of
renewal to our commitment
to Haiti and not to forget
what happened."
"The earthquake in Haiti
affected our [faith] commu-
nity very much," Jean-Mary
revealed. "There were many
people who died during
[church] services."
Among the faith leader-
ship that died two years
ago was the Archbishop
of Port-au-Prince, Joseph

Serge Miot as well as a
former seminary friend of
Yet in spite of its own
problems, Notre Dame
d'Haiti did what it has
always done opened its
doors to serve the needs of
its worshippers.
Officially, there were
316,000 deaths caused by
the earthquake. Unofficial-
ly, countless more people
- who lost friends, family
and loved ones were also
affected by the natural
"We [had] parishioners
who lost fathers and moth-
ers and children in Haiti
during the earthquake and
it took us a long while to re-
ally help those families," the
Please turn to FAITH 12B

n that City of Miami officials unveiled on Thursday, Jan. 12th, hopes community members can have faith
ods again.

Can the modern church meet

the community's needs?

Sanctuary focuses on outreach ministry
By Kaila Heard
When Pastor Robert Shaw of New Bethel African Methodist Epis-
copal Church received the call into ministry 30 years ago, he did
not run away from his God-given purpose. However, he did ap-
proach it cautiously.
"I had to distinguish my calling from my conversion since
there's a loose connection between the two," said the 68-year old
Shaw. "In a conversion, it's a life changing experience where a
total transformation has not quite taken place but you have
decided to always try to do what is right. But in a calling [you
are] just compelled to go and to proclaim the Word of God."
Please turn to SHAW 12B

AARLCC brings
Great-grandson of the
founder of Nation of
Islam selected as

featured speaker
. The Bible wisely stated that
"there is nothing new under the
sun." And while Blacks have
made great strides in the arts in.
the past recent decades from
the groundbreaking works of
Alvin Ailey to Halley Berry finally
becoming the first Black woman
to win the Academy Award for
Best Actress in 2001. In actuali-
ty, there have been other periods



history to life
of great artistic production by
the Black community.
One of the first such periods
was the Harlem Renaissance. To
commemorate the many great
contributions made during that
period, the African-American
Research Library and Cultural
Center (AARLCC) has invited Dr.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the
dynamic and charismatic direc-
tor of the Schomburg Center
for Research in Black Culture
in Harlem, to speak about the
Renaissance on Wednesday, Jan.
25th, at 6 p.m.
The lecture ties into the year-
Please turn to AARLCC 12B

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National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)

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Historic C.M.E. church celebrates 141st anniversary

Organized by

ex-slaves, church

prepares for

modern era

The Christian Methodist
Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church cel-
ebrated its 141st anniversary
on Friday, Dec. 16th. Orga-
nized in Jackson, Tennessee
by 41 ex-slaves, the C.M.E.
Church currently has more
than 1.2 million members
across the United States, and
missions and sister churches
in Haiti, Jamaica and 14 Afri-
can nations.
Celebrations commemorat-
ing the 141st anniversary of
the Christian Methodist Epis-
copal Church were held world-
wide in CME churches during

the month of December. Also,
special Founders' Day events
were held in Jackson, Tennes-
see under the leadership of
Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick,
III, Presiding Prelate of the
First Episcopal District. The
first established CME Church,
Mother Liberty, hosted a ban-
quet on Thursday, Dec. 15th,
2011 at the site of the denomi-
nation's organizing meeting in
1870, the First United Method-
ist Church.
Over the past 141 years, the
C.M.E. Church has been a
major participant in the ecu-
menical, educational and civil
rights movements in local com-
munities, across the nation
and around the world. Dur-
ing the Civil Rights Movement
the C.M.E. Church was at the
forefront and marched along-
side Dr. Martin Luther King,

Jr., worked with the NAACP,
Southern Christian Leader-
ship Conference (SCLC), Na-
tional Urban League, Rainbow
Push, Student Non-Violent Co-
ordinating Committee (SNCC),
and other civil rights organiza-
tions to advance the cause of
freedom and justice.
Education has been a strong
denominational priority, ex-
tending from the efforts of the
church's first generation pio-
neers to develop an educated
clergy despite the fact that
during slavery it was against
the law for blacks to learn how
to read. The C.M.E. Church
was determined to educate
the minds of its members by
planting schools throughout
the South. Five CME schools,
Lane College (Jackson, TN),
Miles College (Birmingham,
AL), Paine College (Augusta,

GA), Texas College (Tyler, TX),
and Phillips School of Theol-
ogy at the Interdenominational
Theological Center (Atlanta,
GA) have provided thousands
of men and women with a
quality education.

Currently, the C.M.E.
Church is under the leader-
ship of Senior Bishop Thomas
L. Hoyt, Jr. and the College
of Bishops, which consists of
eleven active Presiding Prelates
in eleven Episcopal Districts
and seven retired bishops. At
the historical 37th General
Conference in 2010, Bishop
Teresa Snorton was elected the
first CME female bishop, and
Bishop Godwin Umotte" the
first CME African indigenous
The departments and minis-
tries of the C.M.E. Church, un-
der the leadership of ten Gen-
eral Officers, cover every phase
of the mission and the work
for Jesus Christ, and assists
CME churches throughout the
United States, the Caribbean
and Africa in providing minis-
tries to all of our members and

the community. Additionally
the various departments of the
C.M.E. Church including the
Women's Missionary Council,
Lay Ministry, Christian Edu-
cation and Ministers' Spouses
provide a significant number of
scholarships to young men and
women attending CME colleg-
es, Phillips School of Theology,
and other US colleges and uni-
versities. The C.M.E. Church
is proud to work with the One
Church One School Commu-
nity Partnership Program that
encourages churches around
the nation to partner with
public schools to improve the
academic achievement, social
behavior and personal devel-
opment of students, and pro-
vides scholarships to students.
For additional information
about the C.M.E. Church, visit

The evolution of Sunday school

How a popular

church ministry

was created
By Bob Allen

Sunday school plays such an
important role in Baptist life a
typical churchgoer might be
tempted to think it always has
been around. In fact, it is a rela-
tively modern and evolving in-
While some debate its ori-
gins, most credit a British
printer named Robert Raikes as
founder of the modern Sunday
school movement. An Anglican
layman, Raikes was concerned
about children in slums he saw
drifting into a life of crime. Since
many children were forced to
work in factories six days a
week, he and a local pastor de-
cided to open a school for them
on Sunday in July 1780.
While Raikes' aim was to teach
reading, writing and arithme-
tic, he used the Bible as a text-
book, introducing a spiritual
component to the curriculum.
When Raikes died in 1811, an
estimated 400,000 people at-
tended Sunday schools in Great
Britain. The schools served
as a model for Britain's public
school system. John Wesley de-
scribed Raikes' Sunday schools

as "one of the noblest speci-
mens of charity ... in England
since William the Conqueror."
The idea spread to other na-
tions. In 1785, a Sunday school
was begun by William Elliott, a
Methodist layman, in Accomac
County, Va. In 1797, Second
Baptist Church in Baltimore-
now called Second and Fourth
Baptist Church-began a Sun-
day school reported to be one
of the first in the United States
to use the Bible as its only text-
book and all-volunteer teach-
Like any innovation, the Sun-

day school movement had its
detractors. In Virginia, organiz-
ers were criticized because they
offered -instruction to Black
slaves. In 1830, a Baptist asso-
ciation in Illinois passed a reso-
lution declaring its lack of fel-
lowship with Sunday schools,
as well as foreign and domestic
mission and Bible societies.
Opposition to missionary so-
cieties and Sunday schools
prompted some Calvinist Bap-
tists in the early 1800s to sepa-
rate into their own Primitive
Baptist tradition. Other denom-
inations divided as well. But in

time, most denominations came
to embrace Sunday school.
After Baptists in the South
separated from the Triennial
Convention's missionary-send-
ing program in 1845, many
continued to use study materi-
als from the northern American
Baptist Publication Society. The
Southern Baptist Convention
formed its own Sunday School
Board, now known as LifeWay
Christian Resources, in 1891,
completing the Northern/
Southern Baptist schism.
In 1920, Arthur Flake was
named head of the Sunday
School Board's department of
Sunday school administration.
In 1923, he wrote the book
Building a Standard Sunday
School containing five points
that came to be known as
Flake's Formula. Flake's plan-
"(1) know possibilities; (2) en-
large organization; (3) provide
place; (4) train workers; and (5)
go after them"-succeeded in
growing Sunday school enroll-
ment from around 1 million in
1920. to nearly 6 million when
Flake died in 1952.
Sunday school's golden age
lasted until the 1960s, when
many denominations began to
see enrollments decline. Today,
LifeWay Christian Resources
reports more than two million
Sunday school classes in the
United States.

How to keep going af-

ter false accusations

How Christians

should fight liars

By Joy Alimond

Just one look at recent head-
lines and you'll see the world
is full of accusations. We've
got an assistant head football
coach accused of molesting
young boys. Just a few weeks
ago, we had a presidential can-
didate accused of sexual ha-

thing. Nothing is hidden from
Him. God, and God alone knew
the reason for having Job en-
dure such trials.
If you have been wrongly ac-
cused of something (or even if
you feel sorely misunderstood),
know that God knows. He not
only knows; He has the power
to make the truth known. Let
Him fight this battle for you.
Let Him expose the finger-
pointers. No amount of con-
vincing, arguing or cajoling an-

Remember Romans 8:28: "And we know that God causes
all things to work together for good to those who love God, to
those who are called according to His purpose."

rassment by female colleagues.
And the list goes on.
Whether the accusations in
these cases are true, it is clear
that we live in a finger-point-
ing world-in both secular and
faith-oriented situations.
We can find several examples
in the Bible of the righteous
(or at least the non-guilty) be-
ing accused of wrongs they did
not commit such as Joseph,
who as a servant, he was ac-
cused of raping the wife of his
master, Potiphar.

God sees (thus knows) every-

other party to believe you can
do the work that simple prayer
can do.
Yes, we should be responsi-
ble enough to try to clear the
air. After that, the battle is the

When we are falsely accused
of a wrong, it is a very isolating
feeling. It is easy for us, in our
finite minds, to assume that no
one understands us, and that
no one will go to bat for us.
But, we have the ultimate
Advocate in Jesus Christ. He
Please turn to LIARS 15B

T.D. Jakes to pastors: Stop

babysitting, start leading!

By Hamil Harris

He is an author, film maker
and televangelist with more
than 30,000 members in
Dallas. But last week, Bishop
T.D. Jakes told more than
2,000 church leaders gath-
ered for a conference that it
takes more than theology,
oratorical skills and even vi-
sion to lead a congregation
"It is not enough to have a
vision, you need a strategy,"
said Jakes, during a leader-
ship conference at the First
Baptist Church of Glenarden,
where he said ministers will
need "strategy, structure and
servitude," if they are going
to be effective and build up a
The pastors conference at
the Upper Marlboro church
took place the morning after
more than 11, 500 people
filled the sanctuary and an
overflow room at the Jericho
City of Praise in Landover
for a New Year revival service.
First Baptist Church of
Glenarden and Greater Mount
Calvary Holy Church have
sponsored a New Years revival
featuring Jakes, other promi-
nent speakers and gospel
recording artists for a number
of years. Instead of preach-
ing and winning souls, Jakes
came to town with a message
of tough love for the pastors.
"Somebody could take the
church you have right now
and triple it because you are
baby sitting instead of lead-
ing," Jakes preached. "So
you made it to 2012? That's
nice. What are you going to do
with it ? Champions critique
themselves and work on their

strategy to get better. You
can't do new things with an
old strategy."
. Seated in the audience was
Bishop Ronald A. Frazier,
pastor of the Christ Church
Way of the Cross Church of
Christ Inc., who said that it is
good for ministers to evaluate
where they are in their min- .
"It good to close yourself
down, get your plan and then
move with," Frazier said.
"God has to speak to you as
a leader so you can know
where to take your ministry.
I like when (Jakes) said when
I preach I am not in competi-
tion with other ministers but
with the voice that is in me."
Bishop Alfred Owens, pas-
tor of Greater Mount Calvary
Holy Church, enjoyed Jakes'

message, he said, because,
"strategies show you the best
that you can become."
On Friday night, Jakes con-
cluded his sermon at Jericho
by calling everyone 40 and
younger to the altar where
he challenged them to reach
more people for the cause of
Christ with tools like Twitter
and Facebook, communica-
tion tools their parents didn't
Rev. John K. Jenkins, pas-
tor of the First Baptist Church
of Glenarden, agreed with
Jakes. "The upcoming gen-
eration has connections that
our generation doesn't have.
In order for things to work
effectively we have to work
together through mentoring,
developing, encouraging and
modeling; It is all important."

-A Miami Landmark-
SAINT AGNES EPISCOPAL CHURCH FAMILY cordially invites your prayers
and participation in the Parish's Anniversary Celebration:

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Sunday, January 22, 2012
10:00 a.m.


The Venerablfe Thomas Brutell

Archdeacon for Clergy Deployment
fThe Diocese ofSoutfieast Jtorida




City of South Miami is
hosting a Prayer Breakfast on
Jan. 21 st and a Gospel Explosion
on Jan. 22nd. 786-227-2590.

Benny Hinn Ministries is
hosting a symposium on Feb. 23
- 24th. 1-800-742-7153.

Christ's Kingdom Life Cen-
ter International welcomes the
community to their Sunday wor-
ship service at 10:30 a.m. and
their Bible study and Prayer ses-
sions on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.954-

Ministry in Motion and the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center present qn the Beginning
There was Gospel' on Jan. 27 at
7:30 p.m. 786-443-7406.

God Word God Way COGIC are

in revival al month with Pastor Weaver.

0 Apostle of Gods Outreach will
be in revival Jan. 19 at Supt. Mario
bannister of West Palm Beach. 786-326-

The Women Transitioning
Program is hosting another com-
puter training session for women
and men. 786-343-0314.

Bible Teachers' Interna-
tional Ministries is hosting
their second annual Family and
Friends Day on Jan. 29th at 11
a.m. at the Sunkist Grove Com-
munity Center.

New Beginning Church of
Deliverance invites everyone
to their free weight loss classes
Saturday at 10 a.m., but enroll-


ment necessary. 786-499-2896.

Memorial Temple Baptist
Church holds worship services
nightly at 7:30 p.m. 786-873-

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church invites everyone
to their Sunday Worship Services
at 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. 305-

New Life Family Worship
Center is hosting special servic-
es at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25, when the
topic will be "Prophetic Teaching
on the Curse of the Law"; and on
Jan. 26 about "The Blessings of
Abraham." Their Women's Min-
istry is hosting a seminar, "What
Kind of Woman Am I" on Jan. 21
at 1 p.m. 305-623-0054.

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes every-
one to their 'Introduction to the
Computer' classes on Tuesdays,

11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and Thurs-
days, 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 305-
770-7064, 786-312-4260.

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

New Beginning Church of
Deliverance hosts a Marriage
Counseling Workshop every
Wednesday at 5 p.m. Appoint-
ment necessary. 786-597-1515.

Mt. Claire Holiness Church
invites the community to Sunday
School at 10 a.m. and worship
service every week at noon and
praise service on Thursdays at 8

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International invites
the community to their Sunday
Praise and Worship Service at

10:30 a.m.

Glendale Baptist Church
of Brownsville invites everyone
to morning worship every Sun-
day at 11 a.m. and Bible Study
every Wednesday at 7 p.m. 305-

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 Wednesdays
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. 305-345-

Join Believers Faith Break-
through Ministries Int'l every
Friday at 7:30 p.m. for Prophetic
Breakthrough Services. 561-

The Women's Department
of A Mission With A New Begin-
ning Church sponsors a Com-
munity Feeding every second
Saturday of the month, from 10
a.m. until all the food has been
given out. For location and ad-
ditional details, call 786-371-

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

The Heart of the City Min-
istries invites everyone to morn-
ing worship every Sunday at 9
a.m. 305-754-1462.

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

New movement gives city a make over

continued from 9B

To assist residents to shift their
way of thinking, the first phase
of the campaign, entitled Inspire,
is scheduled to last for 90 days
and will include a series of Pub-
lic Service Announcements on
television and social media sites
such as Twitter and Facebook as
well as ads displayed across bill-
boards and bus benches in Eng-
lish, Spanish and Creole across
the region. A website is also be-
ing launched to encourage peo-
ple to share how their personal
stories how they have survived
and overcome personal struggles
in the community.
"The whole purpose of.this is
to show that in spite of the trails
and tribulations, people have
pushed through and [succeed-
ed]," explained Spence-Jones.
According to the District 5

commissioner, the campaign it-
self was inspired by a similar
movement that was started in
Baltimore to decrease the city's
drug use rate.
The press conference was at-
tended by other local politicians,
activists and county residents
and the initial impression of the
campaign was positive.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado
said, "This program couldn't
have come at a better time."
Other audience members
agreed. Bishop James Adams
of St. John Missionary Bap-
tist Church said the campaign
sounded "great."
"In Miami, we've allowed our
diversity to divide us rather
than pull us together," he said.
"But today was a good show-
ing of what can happen when
we put people ahead of our own
personal agendas."
Next, the campaign will later

shift to its second phase, en-
titled Empower which empha-
sizes a partnership with South
Florida Workforce and the City
of Miami to offer more job train-
ing and assistance finding em-
ployment and informing the
community about programs,
and new initiatives and city re-
sources to help find employment
that are currently available. And
the final phase, entitled Trans-
form, seeks to rehabilitate cul-
tural corridors with the help of
the CRA (Community Redevel-
opment Agency) to attract visi-
tors and more businesses to the
"This is about future genera-
tions. It's about us preparing for
what Miami will become," said
Spence-Jones of the purpose of
the campaign.
For more information about
the campaign, please visit www.

Shaw: Ministers must examine their motives

continued from 9B

For Shaiw, at 'aaithfl' church-
goer who had served his church
in numerous positions from ush-
er to Sunday school teacher, the
answer became obvious to him.
"I was not contented with any
of [my former positions], so I
knew that there was some other
direction that God was sending
me in," he said.
The next year, Shaw was sent
to Allen Temple AME Church
to begin his training. Over the
course of his ministerial career,
he has lead other churches be-
fore being assigned to his cur-
rent location.
For the past eight years, he
has been leading the Goulds-
based church. No matter where
he goes, his focus has remained
the same.
Putting the church into the
neighborhood is very important,
according to Shaw.
"We have to make sure that we
take care of God's people," the
minister explained. "They need

Reverend Robert Shaw with
his wife of more than 40 years,
Sarah Alice Shaw.
more than just a good sermon."
The outreach ministry for New
Bethel AME church includes ev-
erything from witnessing to peo-
ple in the streets to connecting
people in need to much needed
social service resources.
The efforts to reach out to
the community have produced
results. Of the church's 215
members, a proportion of them
remain long-standing church

members, while a growing num-
ber of the congregation are com-
ing from the surrounding neigh-
borhood. .' .. -.. "w" "
According to Shaw, in the up-
coming years, the church has,
plans to build a Family Life Cen-
ter, that will provide child care
for the community.
When Shaw does stand still
behind his pulpit, most Sun-
days his sermon topics carry the
same theme. "Hope, faith and
you may be down but you're not
out," said the pastor. "I think I
preach more on that than any-
thing else."
On Sunday, Jan. 28th, the-
church will be hosting a Bibli-
cal Themed fundraising dinner.
However, true to its purpose,
New Bethel AME Church is offer-
ing an open invitation to anyone
interested in attending.
"[The dinner] is meant to let
the neighborhood know that our
doors are open and we are here
for them," Shaw said.
New Bethel AME Church is lo-
cated at 11695 SW 220th Street
in Goulds.

Non-profit teaches students important life skills

continued from 9B

step toward reintegrating into
society and becoming produc-
tive citizens. During the cere-
mony, attendees and graduates
will hear from such speakers as
Chairman of the Miami-Dade
County Homeless Trust Ron
Book, Founder of Metro Life
Church Pastor Steve Alessi, staff
of the Miami Rescue Mission/
Broward Outreach Centers as
well as fellow graduates giving
first-hand testimonies of their
path from hopeless to hope-filled
Antonio Villasuso, the Miami
Center's director, said of the
graduation, "It is important to
bring a completion to the lives of
these men and women, some of
which haven't been able to get a
diploma or certificate of achieve-
ment ever. I couldn't be happier
with the achievements of our
formerly homeless!"
MaryAnn Diamond, Broward
Outreach Center's director, add-
ed, "It is such a blessing to have
all three campuses combined in
a graduation celebration. It's a
celebration of their hard work,
conviction not to waver, and per-
severance is to be commended.
To be part of the now hope filled
lives and share their accom-
plishments is quite an honor to

At past graduation ceremonies, participants within the
Miami Rescue Mission's program rejoice in their new found

witness how Miami Rescue Mis-
sion/Broward Outreach Centers
truly are changing lives every-
Since 1922 the Miami Res-
cue Mission (a 501(c)(3) non-
profit organization) Centers
have served the homeless and
needy men, women, and chil-
dren of Miami. Every day the
organization provides food,
shelter, clothing, education,
job training, spiritual direction
and long-term rehabilitation
programs in Miami, Hollywood
and Pompano to nearly 1,000

homeless. The mission also
has at-risk after-school and
summer day camp youth pro-
grams. The Miami Rescue Mis-
sion started reaching out to the
homeless in Broward County in
1992 and in 1997 the Broward
Outreach Center in Hollywood
was opened. Then in 2002 the
Broward Outreach Center in
Pompano Beach was opened to
serve the homeless in the north
of Broward. For additional in-
formation go to: www.broward-
outreachcenter.com or www.

Lecture focuses upon Black Renaissance

continued from 9B

long theme of AARLCC's gallery
exhibit, "Fabulous Forties on
the Avenue" and a reception will
In the fall of 2010, Muham-
mad was named the new direc-
tor of the Schomberg Center
for Research in Black Culture,
located in Harlem, New York.
The center helped inspire the
creation of the African-Ameri-
can Research Library and Cul-
tural Center (AARLCC) in Fort
Lauderdale. He was selected
as director for his high level

of scholarship, his passion for
Black history and culture, and
his energy and charisma.
Muhammad is an author and
a scholar who is "committed to
the voice of Black people and
in making sure those voices
are part of the historical re-
cord . ." His research interests
include the racial politics of
criminal law, policing, juvenile
delinquency and punishment.
Muhammad is a native of
Chicago; he majored in eco-
nomics at the University of
Pennsylvania and earned a
doctorate in American history
from Rutgers. He is the great-

grandson of Elijah Muhammad
who helped form the Nation of
Islam. His father is Ozier Mu-
hammad, a Pulitzer Prize-win-
ning photographer for the New
York Times.
Dr. Muhammad's visit to
South Florida is one of many
highlights of a year-long cele-
bration for AARLCC's upcoming
10th year anniversary. AARLCC
is paying a historic tribute to
Fort Lauderdale by re-creating
inside the museum gallery an
iconic stretch of road that was
the commerce hub of the com-
munity, namely Northwest 5th
Avenue in the late 1940's.

Can the community unite to save Haiti?

continued from 9B

rector explained.
The church attempted to
fulfill many needs by offering
counseling services to grieving
members and social services
to newly arriving Haitian im-
migrants fleeing a devastated
homeland. In addition to their
...efforts herp,,,the church.. )as
also sponsored 11 missions
to take goods, food, medi-
cines and other items to the'

island nation.
Two years later, the church is
still seeing the fallout from the
According to Jean-Mary, the
recession has made it even
harder for families to support
the additional members who
may have fled from Haiti.
To ease the burden, many
Haitians in South Florida turn
to the church which often times
overwhelms Notre Dame's own
limited resources.
'What hurts me very much

as a priest is when you see the
people who come to you and
they are truly in need and you
don't have the means so you
have to turn them down," he
Yet Jean-Mary believes that
there is still much to be opti-
mistic about for the community
and Haiti.
He explained further, "It
hurts but I am also fairly confi-
dent we can rise, but it is time
to stop playing politics and
build up a sense of unity."

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ihHealthy cooking advice, QUIEC

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By Nanci Hellmich

Cooking healthful foods
is often no picnic for people
who are used to whipping
up high-fat fare, but there
are some strategies that
make it easier.

Use smart techniques.
The first step in many reci-
pes, whether you're making
stew, soup or pasta sauces,
is to saut6 vegetables, such
as onions, carrots, celery, red
bell pepper, in a tablespoon or
two of oil in an open pan, says
Jack Bishop, editorial director
of America's Test Kitchen Light

& Healthy 2012 (America's Test
Kitchen, $35). To cut calories,
you can "sweat" your vegeta-
bles in one or two teaspoons of

oil, he says. Cook them in a
covered pan over medium-low
heat. This will bring out the
Please turn to ADVICE 14B


oo....; ...Meals

To be successful, choose

diet that fits your style

Allow for
differences in
your weight
loss plan
By Nanci Hellmich

One diet doesn't fit all.
Research shows that some
people do better on one type
of eating plan while oth-
ers do better on a different
one. Here are some ideas for
diets based on your eating
style and personality type
from Heather Mangien.
a registered dietitians,
in pnrate practice '
in Pittsburgh and
spokeswoman ., Il


By Alan Mozes
A Dutch review of prior
research reveals that the
more physically active
school-aged children are,
the better they fare in
the classroom. "We found
strong evidence of a signifi-
cant positive relationship
between physical activ-
ity and academic perfor-
mance," the researchers,
led by Amika Singh of the
Vrije Universiteit Univer-
sity Medical Center at the
EMGO Institute for Health
and Care Research in Am-
sterdam, the Netherlands,
said in a journal news
"The findings of one high-
quality intervention study
and one high-quality ob-
servational study suggest
that being more physically
active is positively related

for the Academy of Nutri-
tion and Dietetics, formerly
the American Dietetic As-
sociation, and Judith Rodri-
guez, the author of The Diet
Selector, which has reviews
of about 70 diets. She also
is chairwoman of the de-
partment of nutrition and
dietetics at the University of
If you want support:
Consider Weight Watch-
ers or the Jenny program
(shortened from Jenny
Craig), or get counseling from
a registered
dietitian in
t private


to improved academic per-
formance in children," the
authors noted.
Fourteen studies were
analyzed; they ranged in
size from about 50 par-
ticipants to as many as
12,000 and involved chil-
dren between the ages of 6
and 18.
The investigators noted
that increases in blood and
oxygen flow to the brain

practice or at a local hospital
or medical center. Weight
Watchers suits a lot of
personality types," Mangieri
says. "It offers group support
and education two things
that are very helpful for long-
term success."Mangieri, who
counsels people on weight
loss,' says registered dieti-
tians can tailor programs to
your lifestyle and teach you
strategies that help overcome
the obstacles in your life.
If you want a practical ap-
Rodriguez suggests the
government's My Plate pro-
gram Ichoosemyplate.gov),
whi ch is based on the idea of
a plate divided into four com-
ponents: vegetable, fruits,
grains, protein foods with
low-fat dairy. It's an easy
guide. and all healthy fam-
ily members can 'use it, she
sa\ s. Mangieri recommends
Please turn to DIET 14B


that accompanies exercise
may play a role in improv-
ing classroom perfor-
mance. The suggestion is
that the dynamic prompts
an increase in levels of hor-
mones responsible for cur-
tailing stress and boosting
mood, while at the same
time prompting the estab-
lishment of new nerve cells
and synapse flexibility.
Please turn to EXERCISE 14B


NSMC CEO Manny Linares with President Award
Isis Zambrana-Diaz


North Shore Medical Center

chief gets President's Award
Manny Linares, Chief Executive Officer at North Shore Medi-
cal Center, a 357-bed general acute-care community hospital,
recently announced Isis Zambrana-Diaz, RN, Director of Clinical
Quality Improvement, as the 2011 recipient of the hospital's an-
nual President's Award for her outstanding work and accomplish-
ments throughout the year.
Zambrana-Diaz achieved all of Tenet's 5-Pillars Quality, Cost,
Growth, People, and Service for 2011. In her extraordinary lead-
ership role as Director of Clinical Quality Improvement, she is re-
sponsible for the supervision and implementation of policies and
procedures for case management, quality management, infection
control and social work, which ultimately supports the mission of
the hospital.
"No one is more deserving of this award than Isis," says Manny
Linares, Chief Executive Officer at North Shore Medical Center.
"She accepts challenges and sees them as an opportunity for per-
sonal and professional growth."

Hormonal changes during preg-
nancy tend to slow digestion and relax
bowel muscles, leaving many woman
The Womenshealth.gov website
offers these suggestions to help curb
constipation during pregnancy:
Drink eight to 10 glasses of water
per day.
Avoid caffeine.
* Choose plenty of fiber-rich foods,
including fruits, veggies and whole
Get regular, light exercise.
Learning how to control stress can
help you feel better and improve your
The Cleveland Clinic suggests ways
to help manage stress:
Become aware of the earliest
signs of stress and how you respond.
Learn and practice a relaxation
technique that becomes "your" way of
"de-stressing." Practice the technique
as soon as you feel stress.
Imagine yourself in a stressful
situation so you can practice dealing
with stress.
Apply your stress management
techniques to real-life situations.

Going to church good for more

than the soul, research says

Attending services
lowers blood
Going to church at Christmas
may have been good for the
soul, but scientists have discov-
ered that it may also be good for
the body.
Researchers found that at-
tending services lowers blood
pressure and the more often
you go the lower it becomes.
Previous studies in the U.S.
suggested the link, but as 40
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Obesity screenings, X-rays may explain increase in thyroid cancers

Yet disease's five-

year survival

rate is 97 percent
By Shari Rudavsky

Thyroid cancer, which strikes
about 11 people per 100,000
each year, seems to be on the
rise. It's a trend that baffles
medical researchers.
National Cancer Institute sta-

tistics suggest that in recent
years, the number of cases of
this often curable cancer has
increased by about 6.5 percent.
Over a decade, that has added
up to make thyroid cancer the
fastest-increasing cancer, says
otolaryngologist Tod Huntley,
a head and neck surgeon with
the Center for Ear, Nose, Throat
and Allergy in Indianapolis.
"Ten years ago, if I saw four
new thyroid cancer patients a
year, it would have been a lot,"

By the numbers

Estimated new U.S. cases
of thyroid cancer in 2012

Estimated deaths
Source: National Cancer Institute

says radiation oncologist G.
Irene Minor of Indiana Univer-
sity Health's Central Indiana
Cancer Center. "Now sometimes
I see that in a month, and I've
seen three in a week."
Thyroid cancer is more com-
mon in women under 45, Minor
says, and is three times more
common in women than men.
Doctors don't know why, but
thyroid problems in general,
such as hyper- or hypothyroid-
ism, are more common in wom-

en. The thyroid helps regulate
heart rate, blood pressure, body
temperature and weight.
Experts remain divided on
the cause of the increase. Some
attribute it to better screen-
ing. Many smaller tumors are
picked up on ultrasounds or
scans done for other reasons,
says Michael Moore, a head and
neck surgeon with Indiana Uni-
versity Simon Cancer Center.
Autopsies on people who died
for non-thyroid-related reasons

show that as many as 80 per-
cent of people older than 60
have a thyroid lump or malig-
nancy that went undiagnosed,
Moore says.
Some say better screen-
ing alone can't explain the in-
crease. A recent study showed
an increase not just in smaller
tumors, which might have to do
with detection, but also in larg-
er ones, Huntley says.
"There is definitely something
Please turn to OBESITY 15B

Church attendance is good medicine for all

Tailor yourself with diet

continued from 13B

percent of Americans regularly
go to church its health benefits
were treated as a coincidence.
So the Norwegian research-
ers, who had just four per cent
of churchgoers among their
120,000 participants, were
surprised to see they too had
lower blood pressure.
Torgeir Sorensen, from the
School of Theology and Re-
ligious Psychology Centre at
Sykehuset Innlandet said: 'We
found that the more often the

participants went to church
the lower their blood pressure.
It is therefore difficult to say
anything about whether or not
this same association can be
found in these communities.'
Professor Jostein Holmen
from the Faculty of Medicine
at the Norwegian University of
Science and Technology, and
one of the authors of the study,
said: The research into life-
style and health issues mainly
comes from the United States,
while information from Europe
is very limited.
'Earlier studies have shown

a positive correlation between
humour and good health,
and participation in different
cultural activities and good
'It would appear that the
data we have been recording
about religious beliefs is actu-
ally relevant to your health.
'The fact that churchgo-
ers have lower blood pressure
encourages us to continue to
study this issue.
'We're just in the start-up
phase of an exciting research
However, the type of study

which was carried out means
that some other explanations
may emerge from further re-
He said: 'Since this is a
cross-sectional study, it is not
possible to say whether it was
a health condition that affect-
ed the participants' religious
activity, or whether it was the
religious activity that affect-
ed the state of participants'
'A cross-sectional study says
something about a group of
people at a given time, but can
say nothing about causation.

Strategies make it easier and better to cook healthy meals

continued from 13B

flavors, and you will consume
fewer calories, Bishop says.
Stretch the dish. To reduce
calories in stir fries, use more
vegetables and slice the meat
extra thin with a sharp knife,
Bishop says. This will make
it seem like there is more
meat in the dish. If you pop
the meat in the freezer for 15
minutes, it's lot easier to cut it
into thin slices, he says.
Make substitutions. Switch
from full-fat products to low-
fat ones, including mayon-
naise, cheese, sour cream and
milk, he says. "We find that if
you want the dishes to taste
like the original, it's better to

use low-fat or reduced-fat in-
gredients than non-fat."
Preserve flavor. If you are
using a slow cooker for a stew,
wrap the vegetables (carrots,
potatoes, parsnips, turnips
or sweet potatoes) in an alu-
minum foil package and set
them on top of everything in
the slow cooker, Bishop says.
When you're ready to serve
the dish, mix the vegetables
with the meat, and you won't
have "mushy vegetables," he
Pump up the volume. "I
like to add extra veggies to
whatever I'm making, espe-
cially things like soups, stews
or even pastas," says Jessie
Price, author of EatingWell
One-Pot Meals (Countryman

Press, $24.95). "I always keep
marinated or frozen artichoke
hearts on hand and jarred
roasted red peppers. I love to
throw them on pizza, in pas-
tas or salads. The other great
convenient veggie: frozen
spinach. I saute it with garlic
for a quick side dish, and add
it to soups, pastas, frittatas
and casseroles."
Choose flavorful ingredi-
ents. The more flavorful the
ingredient, the less you use,
keeping a great tasting dish
healthier, says Bruce Wein-
stein, co-author of Cooking
Light: The Complete Quick
Cook (Oxmoor House, $29.95).
Just a tablespoon of grated
aged Romano or Parmigia-
no-Reggiano does more for a

plate of pasta than a half cup
of shredded mozzarella, and 2
tablespoons of toasted walnut
oil make a salad taste better
than a half cup of canola oil,
he says.
Pick fast-cooking protein.
Fish cooks quicker than meat,
and cuts of meat that cook up
fast are on the whole healthier
than meat that takes a long
time, says Mark Scarbrough,
co-author of the Cooking Light
book. Chicken breasts cook
faster than thighs, beef filet
faster than chuck, he says.
Try roasting veggies. The
flavor of almost any vegetable
improves in the oven, Wein-
stein says. In fact, they're so
flavorful, you'll want to eat
even more vegetables, he says.

continued from 13B

The Small Change Diet: 10
Steps to a Thinner, Healthier
You by Keri Gans, a registered
dietitian. The book "lists small
changes that you need to adopt
to be successful for life.
If you're a culinary magician:
There are many excellent
healthful cookbooks available,
Mangieri says. "I like the cook-
books that offer simple recipes
with less than seven ingredi-
ents." Adds Rodriguez: Many
weight-loss books also contain
recipes. Make sure the recipes
are ones you would enjoy and
contain ingredients that are
readily available to you, she
If you love ethnic food:
Try the Mediterranean, LAtin
American, Asian and African
heritage diet pyramids devel-
oped by the Oldways Preser-

vation Trust (oldwayspt.org),
Rodriguez says. These guides
show how to include cultural
foods in a healthy eating plan.
If you're cooking-averse:
The Jenny program or Nu-
trisystem might work for you;
both include prepackaged
.meals that you buy from the
companies, not at the grocery
store, Rodriguez says. Or sim-
ply use the low-calorie dinners
in the frozen-food section of
your supermarket. It's impor-
tant to consume plenty of fruits
and vegetables while you're eat-
ing these foods, she says.
If you're watching sodium in-
Try The Secret to Skinny by
Tammy Lakatos Shames and
Lyssie Lakatos. This book fo-
cuses on simple low-sodium
swaps to use if you are trying to
both lose weight and cut back
on salt or sodium, Rodriguez

Kids need to pump it up

continued from 13B

The Dutch team cautioned,
however, that more rigorous
work is needed to confirm the
connection. "Relatively few
studies of high methodological
quality have explored the rela-
tionship between physical activ-

ity and academic performance,"
they acknowledged. "More high-
quality studies are needed on
the ddse-response relationship
between physical activity and
academic performance and on
the explanatory mechanisms,
using reliable and valid mea-
surement instruments to assess
this relationship accurately."

Remember: see your

doctor for your

annual checkup!

Humana Family




The return of Bishop Eddie Long?

Is the beleaguered mega church

pastor returning to the pulpit?

By Ravelle Mohammed

Bishop Eddie Long has ap-
parently returned to New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church af-
ter a month-long absence. The
senior pastor had announced
that he was stepping away
from the pulpit to spend time
with his family an attempt to
save his marriage with Vanessa
Long, who recently filed for di-
Long welcomed the New Year
on the eve of 2011 with what
appeared to be enthusiasm and
vitality telling his congrega-
tion "2012 is here! Shake off
the remorse, shake off the de-
pression, shake off the finan-
cial burden, start using your
hands again and reconstruct-
"God is more about your fu-
ture than he was about your
past," he urged at the "Watch
Night Service."

A.:.:-rdirng to website AT2W,
Long never mentioned the
state of his marriage, but he
did cause moments of emo-
tion. 'The website recalled one
incident in particular in which
an unemployed woman placed
a single dollar on the altar, as
people were presenting their
offering. After finding out that
she was jobless, Long report-
edly asked the congregation if
anyone could provide her with
employment. The bishop also
reportedly asked the church's
permission to offer all of the
money on the altar to the same
woman for a down payment on
a house.
Bishop Long later told mem-
bers of the Lithonia, Ga., mega-
church who had left to "bring
their tails' back to church and
get connected again with their
family," AT2W wrote. It was un-
clear if Long was referring to
members who might have left

tke Care of some family busi-
Long's announcement fol-
I lowed contradictor- news that
Vanessa Long had filed for di-
.V,,: vorce. On Dec. 2. Mrs. Long's
attorney said she had filed the
papers. However, shortly after
the divorce news, New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church is-
'- sued a statement saving that
Vanessa Long had experienced
-a change of heart and was no
longer pursuing the suit. Re-
A gardless, her attorneys re-
New Birth after news of his wife leased a separate statement
filing for divorce, reiterating that Long intended
The megachurch pastor had to follow through with the split.
announced his leave from New Bishop Long issued his own
Birth on Dec. 4, just days after statement that same day: "Van-
Vanessa Long filed for divorce. essa is, and has always been, a
According to Bishop Long, he loving, dedicated and commit-
needed time off in order to fo- ted wife and mother."
cus on his family. "My love for her is deep and
"I'm still your pastor. You'll unwavering. It remains our sin-
still receive my direction," Long cere desire to continue working
said at the time, with Mrs. Long together in seeking God's will in
and two of their children stand- these circumstances."
ing by his side, the Atlanta Eddie and Vanessa Long have
Journal-Constitution reported. been married for 21 years and
"You've given me some weeks to have three children together.

Pastor Aaron Jackson and the
Millrock Holy M.B. Church fam-
ily invites everyone to our "Gos-
pel In The Garden," 6:30 p.m.,
Friday, January 20 at 2575 NW
65 Street.
Miami's own Second Chapter.
Artise Wright and The Spiritual

Harmonizers, Vision, the Sons of
Gospel and many more will ren-
der our song service.
This event is an outside casual
event. There is a $10 donation.
Food will be served.
Call 786-318-7047, for ad-
vance tickets.

More common now in women

continued from 14B

going on," he adds. "How much
is due to increased surveillance
and detection and how much
to an actual biological change
in disease prevalence, we don't
know, but we know it's both."
Obesity, radiation exposure
(such as dental X-rays) and di-
ets low in fruits and vegetables
are three potential culprits,
Huntley says. Being overweight
means a 20 percent increased
risk; those who are obese have
a 53 percent increase.
Often, thyroid cancer has no
symptoms but is diagnosed
when a person or his physi-
cian notices a lump in the

neck. When symptoms do oc-
cur, they can include difficulty
swallowing, the sensation of
a lump in the throat or voice
Amber Skipper. 29, of West-
field, Ind., had felt something
in her neck but thought it was
a swollen lymph node. When
she learned she had thyroid
cancer, she vowed to fight it.
Numbers were on her side: The
five-year survival rate for thy-
roid cancer is 97 percent.
In October 2010, Skipper
had her thyroid and many
lymph nodes removed and was
treated with radioactive iodine.
She now takes a daily thyroid
replacement pill and is cancer-

Pastor, first lady encourage couples to experimentn' Remember the battle is not yours

Sleeping in is one thing. Stay-
ing in bed for 24 hours is an-
other. But spending 24 hours in
bed, on the roof of your church
is another thing altogether. But
that's exactly what Ed and Lisa
Young, pastors of Fellowship
Church, are doing. Beginning
at 6 am Friday, Jan. 13 and
ending at 6 am Saturday, Jan.
14, the Youngs will be in bed.
The catalyst of the "bed-in,"
as they are deeming it, is the
release of their new book, "Sex-
periment: 7 Days to Lasting In-
timacy with Your Spouse."
The book, which was released
on Jan. 10, is a call for married
couples to have sex for seven
straight days, with the promise
that the amazing results will

last far beyond the week.
During the upcoming "bed-
in," which will stream live on the
book's website hwww.thesex-
periment.com, Ed and Lisa will
engage the audience through a
number of interactive methods.
Throughout the 24 hour pe-
riod, Ed and Lisa will be doing
live interviews, both in person
and via Skype. They will be an-
swering relationship questions
live via Twitter(the hashtag is
experimentn) and Facebook.
And some of Young's most pop-
ular teachings about sex and
relationships will be highlight-
This event is intentionally de-
signed to help couples under-
stand the power and potential

of a strong marriage.
Ed and Lisa have spent de-
cades speaking about relation-
ships and have helped count-
less couples reach the highest
level of intimacy. Happily mar-

tried for nearly thirty years, the
Youngs have seen firsthand the
power of a healthy sex life in
marriage and believe it is time
to "bring God back into the

Duffie accepts call to the ministry

Cecil Andrew Duffle, 22, an-
nounced in December that he
had accepted his call to the
ministry On Sunday. January
29th at 4 p.m. he will preach
his first sermon at St. John
Baptist Church in Overtown.
where Bishop James Adams is
the pastor.
Duffle. a teacher, is the son
of Minister Troy and Attorney

Cecily Robinson-Duffle and
the grandson of the late Dea-
con Andrew and Deaconness
Thelmarie Robinson, Deacon-
ness Hannah Mitchell and Ed-
ward and the late Erma Duffle.
The Flower Club Ministry
will observe their Annual Day
during the regular service
on this Sunday. Sister Betty
Spence is president.

continued from 10B
not only understands He has
experienced the injustices of
living as a human being and the
imperfections of a fallen world.

If you read further into some
Biblical stories, you know that
God worked it out for good. No,
God never wills for someone to
falsely accuse another. But be-
cause He is God, He can take
any situation and use it for His
glory and the person's benefit.
While Joseph was thrown in
prison, he had God's favor, and
that proved to be enough. The
jailer was impressed with what

i;' u-"'

he saw in Joseph, so he was
put in charge of the other pris-
oners. Then, he was noticed for
his ability to interpret dreams,
found favor with the pharaoh,
and was giving a ruler's posi-
tion in Egypt.
If you find yourself in a sea-
son of being wrongfully ac-
cused or misunderstood, get
encouragement by not only the
outcome of these stories, but
the truth that Scripture pro-
claims about God and His role
in your life during times like
You reward will likely look
different than those through-
out Scripture who found them-
selves undeservingly in the hot

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6702 N.W. 15th Avenue
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Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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

New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street
.Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m., 1 (800) 254-NBBC
11 a.m., 7 p.m. 305-685-3700
Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Fax: 305-685-0705
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m. www.newbirthbaptistmiami.org
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10:45 a.m.
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Jordan Grove Missionary
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5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

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Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
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auto race car
driver, restorer ,
and guru of I'
auto mechanics, ,'
died January
13 at Aventura
Survivors are
three sisters and two bi
Service 1 p.m., Saturday

75, restaurant
owner, died
January 12 at
home. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Holy Temple
Baptist Church.

retired, died
January 13 at
North Shore
Medical Center.
Service 3 p.m.,
Saturday in the


Hadley Davis

aka EDITH FONTANEZ, 76, house-
wife, died Janu-
ary 11. Services
were held.

in the RAYMOND DARDEN, JR., 30,
laborer, died
January 5. Ser-
=LOISE vices were held. .

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6 at Jackson
Hospital .
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Mount Tabor
Baptist Church.

BATES, 99,
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school teacher,
died January 14
at Josie Assisted
Living Facility.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at St.
Paul A.M.E.

Wright and Yoi
nurse, died
January 15
at Jackson
North Hospital.
Survived by
Hugh Scarlett
Janis Scarlett, .-
Fitzroy Boswell, .
and Hilma
Robinson. The viewing 12
Thursday, and service 10
Friday at Wright and Young
Home Chapel.

b o r d e r-
protection :
and patrol ,.
agent, died
January 13 from
critical injuries
sustained in
a motorcycle "
accident at
Ryder Trauma Center. S
parents, Rev. Carl Glover
Carolyn Glover; brother
Glover 11 and Chaderick
one sister, Chantale GlI
one daughter, Kaylin
Service 11 a.m., Saturday
of Life Fellowship Church.

47, accountant, died
12. Service 11 a.m., Sa
Foundation of New Life.

died on January 10. Servi
Saturday at Triangle Hope

Brooks Crema
secretary, died January
Broward General Medical

PETER N. PECO, 63, c
died January 9 in Fort La

driver, died January 10, at
General Medical Center.

Nakia Ingraha
man, died January 10 at
Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
at Star of Bethlehem.

, retired


72, school

counselor, died
January 7 at
Jackson Me-
morial Hospi-
tal. Services 11
a.m., Friday in
the chapel.

62, employee of
Water and Sew-
er and former
employee of
Funeral Home,
died January 13
at Jackson
South Community Hospital. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Saturday at House of
God, Perrine, FL.

January 10 at West Kendall Baptist
Hospital. Final rites and burial in

SON, died January 10 in Douglas,
GA. Services were held.

S WALTER SMITH, JR., 47, died
January 12 at home. Arrangements
S are incomplete.
registered AJ Manuel
62, minister,
died January
d13 at home.
S Service 10
a.m., Saturday
at Macedonia
7 p.m. Missionary -n
):30 a.m., Baptist Church.
g Funeral

Allen Shaw
January 9 at Ft. Lauderdale Health
and Rehab.

"- ALLEN A. KARRIS, 88, air cargo
sales, died January 10 at home.

HUGO GALINDO, 65, urologist,
died January 10 at home.
and Rev. MODESTO C. TORRES, 84,
wrs, Carl security guard, died at Hialeah
k Glover; Hospital.
over and
at Words retired, died January 11 at home.

ILLIAMS, computer anaylst, died at University
January Hospital Tamarac.
turday at
homemaker, died January 11 at
KS, 42, Treasure Isle Nursing Home.
ce 1 p.m.
e Ministry HILDA RODRIGUEZ, 62, factory
worker, died Jan. 10, at Palmetto
General Hospital.
i, retired homemaker, died January 11 at
10 at Jackson North Hospital.
:arpenter, winder, died January 12 at Hialeah
uderdale, Hospital.

MARIE D. CUELI, 91, bank clerk,
1, 68, taxi died January 12 at Villa Rose ALF.
t Broward

delivery waitress, died January 14 at Unity
Memorial Nursing Rehab Center. Viewing 1
Saturday p.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday. finall
rites and burial in Live Oak, Fl.

DAVID HENLEY. 84, retired
driver cceC !
January 14. !
Service 10 a.m,
Saturday in the


died January
11 at Jackson
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday at 93rd
St. Community
Baptist Church.

Card of Thanks

The -a-r.'.. of the late,

Death Notice

Death Notice


In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


would like to express our grat-
itude for the prayers, presence
and all deeds of kindness.
Special thanks to Bishop
Billy and Catherine Baskin
and the New Way family, Pas-
tor Arthur Jackson III and An-
tioch family, Adams Catering,
songstress Sherrie Moses, all
family and friends.
Keep us in your prayers.
The Crawford-Davis Family

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

06/14/1917 01/18/2006

It's been six years since God
called you home. Your love
and memories will always be
in our hearts.
Your wife, Elmar Davis
Jackson; children, grands,
nephews, nieces, and broth-

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


We miss you and love you
Your family, Iris Small and
your loving kids.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,



01/20/1983 10110/2011

We think of you always but
especially today.
You will never be forgotten
although you are gone away.
Your memory is a keepsake
with which we never part.
God has you in His keeping;
we have you in our hearts.
The Ceaser and Humes

In Memoriam


You are a noble wife and
mother, loved by all you knew,
everyone you tried to help and
smiled the whole day through.
It has been twenty years
since God call you home. We
shall miss your smile, and
all your loving ways, we have
lived for Jesus, just like you
taught us to and we will meet
you at the end of our days.
Your loving, husband.

PROCTOR, SR., 73, Dixie
Ply, warehouse worker for 44
years, died January 12, 2012
at Jackson North Medical
Survivors include: broth-
ers, Ezekiel Proctor, Randal
Proctor and Clarence Proc-
tor; sisters, Hattie Powell of
Palm Coast, Rosetta Lockett,
Cassandra Proctor, Angela
Proctor, Veronica Gilliam all
of St. Augustine, FL; sons,
Peter Proctor, Jr. (Marga-
ret) and Paul Proctor both of
Huntsville, Alabama; daugh-
ter, Yolanda Proctor of Miami,
Florida; three granddaugh-
ters, four grandsons and a
host of nieces and nephews.
Viewing 5 p.m., Friday, Jan-
uary 20, 2012 at Range Fu-
neral Home. Following is the
wake service at 6:30 p.m. at
Jefferson Reeves Park, 3090
NW 50th Street. Funeral ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday, Janu-
ary 21, 2012 at Greater Fel-
lowship Missionary Baptist
Church, 2601 NW 65th Street.
Arrangements are entrust-
ed to Chase and Son Funeral
Home and final burial in St.
Augustine, Florida Monday,
January 23, 2012 at Wood-
lawn Cemetery.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of.

We little knew that Sunday
morning that God was going
to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we do the same.
It truly broke our hearts to
lose you; you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you
the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memo-
ries, your love is still our
guide; and though we cannot
see you, you are always at our
Our family chain is broke
now and nothing seems the
same; but as God calls us one
by one, the chain will surely
link again.
The Johnson Family

retired educator, died on
January 14, 2012, in Miami,
FL, surrounded by his loving
family members. He was a
native Miamian that shaped
generations of future leaders
as an educator, community
leader, and activist in Miami-
Dade County.
He is survived by his loving
wife, Irene Rivers-Hart;
adoring children, Beverly
Hart-Luckie, Collette Hart-
Richardson, Allyson Hart
(Fredrick) Bryant, South
Carolina, Darrel Thompson,
Theresa Thompson, Elaine
Cooper (Thaxter), Tampa, FL,
Betty Hart, Atlanta, Georgia,
and Willard (Stephanie) Hart
of Denver, Colorado: sister:
Delores Hart Roberts (Della
Reese); seven beautiful
grandchildren, LaRon, Nakea
Hart, Woodrow Richardson,
Christine Forbes, Caleb,
Zachary and Joshua Hart, and
charming great-grandson,
Angelo Amari.
A memorial service and
viewing is scheduled for Friday
January 20, 2012, at 6 p.m.;
additionally, funeral services
will be held on Saturday,
January 21, 2012, at 11 a.m.
Both services will be held at
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 1866
N.W. 51st Terrance, followed
by Burial at Dade Memorial
Park. Funeral arrangements
entrusted to Range Funeral
Home 5727 N.W. 17th Ave,
Miami, FL. In lieu of flowers,
donations can be sent to:
Willard W. Hart Scholarship
Fund, Morehouse College,
830 Westview Drive S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314.



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For my two children, Jasmine,
21 and Jared, 17, Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., is a figure they can only
imagine from television and other
forms of media. Visions of Detroit
when Motown was booming and the
car industry was attracting families
from the South by the thousands to
grab their piece of the American pie
and dream are things that neither of
my children can envision. That's be-
cause today Detroit is a shell of the
city that it used to be. Unemploy-
ment is at record levels some es-
timate that one-in-four homes are
abandoned. The spirit of Detroit as

I remember it from my childhood is
no more. Depression has taken over
where once there was exuberance
and optimism.
About two years before Dr. King's
death, he visited Detroit and partici-
pated in a march down Woodward
Avenue the street that divides
the east side from the west side. My
father-in-law, the Rev. James Jenkins,
walked with King. We still have the
photograph in our family album. I
was only five or six at the time, but
I remember the excitement that took
over the Black community when Dr.
King arrived. I recall how proud my
mother and father were and how
good it felt to be able to say, 'I am
Negro and I am proud.' [It would be

many years before we would begin
to use terms like 'African American'
or 'Black'].
Then on July 23, 1967, the police
raided an after-hours bar on the
city's west side. What happened
next continues to be disputed but
as police and citizens began to face
each other in violent showdowns
on our streets, Detroit's Black com-
munity found itself in flames. Five
days later we would make history,
surpassing the violence and prop-
erty destruction of Detroit's 1943
race riot. Governor George Romney,
the father of today's hopeful Repub-
lican presidential candidate, Mitt
Romney, called for the Michigan
National Guard. President Lyndon

B. Johnson sent in Army troops. And
we mourned. We mourned as our
community was obliterated. More
than 2,000 buildings, businesses and
homes were destroyed; 7,200 men,
women and youth were arrested;
467 mostly-Black citizens were in-
jured; and 43 were reported as dead.
King spoke to our people, espe-
cially our ministers, urging us not
to retaliate with violence. But I re-
member some members of my fam-
ily, including my father, saying they
had had enough. He knew what rac-
ism was and how oppressive whites
could be he had lived through the
Ku Klux Klan in a small Alabama
town just outside of Selma.
My mother prepared me and my

older sister. Pearl, for the wvore. I
rememlbir beir.g frightened petri-
fied, in fact. One entire square block,
West 7 Mile Road and Livernois,
was completely destroyed. None of
the stores survived. Tanks lined the
streets just outside of my home. My
father called for the men of our fam-
ily to gather at our home "strapped
and ready." They obeyed.
I knew my Daddy wouldn't let
anything happen to me. After all he
was a Navy veteran, a former foot-
ball player from Tuskegee and was
all of 250 pounds. Nothing could
happen to us while he was in charge,
Still, I was only seven and I was
afraid to die.




Walter Myers to show youth benefits of reading

Coretta Scott King Award winner is new

Ambassador for Young People's Literature

By D. Kevin McNeir Myers, who has also been
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com awarded with two Newberry
Honors, is referred to as
Walter Dean Myers, 74, has a "lifelong advo-
taken on a most difficult task cate for read- .'
persuading America's youth to ing for
believe that reading is not just a
pastime in which one indulges
whenever they have a spare
moment. Rather, the nationally-
acclaimed author and five-time
winner of the Coretta Scott King
Award hopes to show that read-
ing is vital to any young person's
future. In his new position as the
National Ambassador for Young ,
People's Literature he will be Myers has
criss-crossing the U.S. to push a published
sobering message: "Reading is more than
Not Optional."
"For the next two years I hope 100 books
to carry my message everywhere including
until it resonates in the hearts of the New York
every American, especially our Times best seller -
Black youth," he said. "Read-
ing should not be viewed as an "Monster" which
adjunct to one's life it should was chosen as the
be central. What makes this such Coretta Scott King
a daunting task is making our Honor Book as well as .
youth believe what I say and
a National Book Award
having them and adults take me
seriously." Finalist and the Michael L.
Printz Award.

young people who practices
what he preaches in schools
and detention centers across the
country." He says the sad truth is
that young people no longer read
- at least not nearly as much as
they did years ago.
"When we look at reading
proficiency in the U.S., statistics
indicate that 40 percent of white
children read at the accepted
minimum level but Blacks and
Hispanics only read at 15 per-
cent," he said. "The result is that
these kids are facing less of a life
with fewer chances to succeed.
This is not a joke and the problem
is not going away. What we face
is a national crisis. We can't just
let our children slide or be pro-
moted when they cannot read.
It's almost like a child that is
obese. We often don't want
to tell them that they have
j a problem but we know
that there will be real
A challenges in their
future it their situa-
tion guoe unchecked."
NM\er.s Ia-. published
more than 100 books. including
the Ne-w York Tinls-. "Monster"
%. which '. a- chosen as. the Coretta
Scott King Honor Boeok as well as
a Nabonal Book .-\Ai.ard Finalist
and the Michael L Printz Award.

"When I go into detention
centers I am dealing with kids
that 9/10 times cannot read -
a large percentage of the adults
can't read either," he said. "That
means that these non-readers are
locked out of any kind of edu-
cational opportunity that might
come their way."
Who's to blame? Myers says
we all have played a role in the
failure of today's youth by lower-
ing our expectations.
"It's important to make read-
ing a non-threatening concept,"
he said. "My mother was not
very well educated so she read
romance novels and magazines
to me when I was a child. It
doesn't matter what a child reads
- my mother made me a reader.
And I read to my two boys when
they were growing up.
"Also, there's no point in blam-
ing any one person or group. The
thing is we have to admit that
we have a nationwide problem
that has a crisis level in some
communities. Then we need to
start showing our youth that
reading is not only okay, but it is
fun and often quite meaningful.
That means changing our culture
and the mindset associated with
readings, especially in the Black

MLK knew that change began with individuals

By Rich Benjamin

As we commemorate one of
this country's greatest icons on
Monday, we need to toss aside
the "great man" concept of lead-
ership, our knee-jerk longing to
worship epic individuals and
not citizen action. Contrary to
most mythology of Martin Lu-
ther King Jr. celebrations, his true
contribution wasn't as a single
messiah of civil rights but as a
formidable organizer of people
and causes.
"A genuine leader is not a
searcher for consensus but a
molder of consensus," King said.
Once a grueling cause was
identified, King knew that ev-
ery person counted. There was
strength in numbers and in a
broad, collective front. As the
election season kicks into high
gear, we cannot wait and hope
that we'll elect a president or
members of Congress who can
fix all of our problems. Ameri-
cans must become the leaders
we desperately lack. Individuals
must strategize, demand, protest
and band together to work to-
ward the national improvements
that are so clearly needed.
Look around. Our country is

suffering from a crisis of leader-
ship. The economy is sputtering,
millions remain jobless, and yet
the president and Congress seem
incapable of action. At the start of
2012, less than half of Americans
(46 percent) approved of the job
President Obama is doing. Not
surprisingly, Congress' approval
rating is worse: 11 percent, a re-
cord low. Kowtowing to parti-
sanship and career survival in an
election year, politicians in both
parties have abandoned govern-
ing in favor of chronic games-
King did not play games.
In the coming days, though
we will be reminded about the
inspiring flourishes of King's

sermons, his ultimate genius
rested in the millions of citizens
he inspired to work the trenches,
above and beyond partisan poli-
tics, to achieve widespread, last-
ing change.
Americans can still accom-
plish- great things independent
of Washington. Every day, new
entrepreneurs start small busi-
nesses that create jobs or launch
private-public partnerships that
bolster community-based ser-
vices or establish non-profits
to help those in need. Volun-
teerism, public service, entre-
preneurship, voting and protest:
These are the engines of collec-


tive leadership.
Whatever the bold action, the
vital point remains: We can't af-
ford to wait, any less than Blacks
could in the 1950s, expecting
leaders actually to lead. The ris-

ing stakes preclude the passive
approach of seeking out heroes,
rather than taking matters into
our own hands. Tq" honor King,
this is the message that should
occupy our hearts.


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The youth of North

Miami salute Dr. King

Local school
children share
their talents to
honor a great
By Randy Grice

Each year people around the
country celebrate the life and
legacy of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. during the days lead-
ing up to and including our na-
tion's annual holiday. The civil
rights leader's life of service was
memorialized last Wednesday
in a candlelight vigil at North
Miami's MOCA (Museum of
Contemporary Art) Plaza, 770
NE 125 Street.
"As you know, if it weren't
for Dr. King there wouldn't
have been an Andre Pierre and I
don't think that we would have
seen a President Obama either,"
said Andre Pierre, mayor of
North Miami. "It is very impor-
tant for us to recognize what Dr.
King contributed to our com-
Students from neighborhood
schools including North Miami
Middle, Morning High and Lin-
da Lentin K-8 Center Elemen-
tary School were in attendance
to display their talents in obser-
vance of King's dream.
"We are all here for one pur-
pose and that is to celebrate the
life of a great man," said Mar-
sha White, 43, North Miami res-
ident. "I brought my sons here
to remember King's life and the
sacrifices he made for all of us. I
think King's dream has been re-
alized to an extent we still have
a long way to go."
The program also shared the
history of how the King Holi-


A visiting dancer joins the students of North Miami Mid-
dle School's West African Dance Group during their tribute
to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

day became law. It was not an
easy task. Eventually it was
signed into law in 1983 by Presi-
dent Ronald Reagan and is ob-
served on the third Monday in
January of each year. The holi-
day was recognized for the first
time three years later on Janu-
ary 20, 1986.
"Everyone should take time

out this King season to recog-
nize what he has done for our
country," said Percy Miller,
North Miami resident. "We as
Black people are forever in debt
to Dr. King. He broke all types
of barriers and made it possible
for Blacks and whites to sit here
and enjoy a program together
like we are doing today."



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Memphis board votes to name city street after MLK

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Mem-
phis officials on Thursday ap-
proved naming a city street af-
ter the Rev. Martin Luther King
Jr., nearly 44 years after the civil
rights leader was killed in the
The 10 members of the Mem-
phis and Shelby County Land
Use Control Board voted unani-
mously to re-name a nine-block
downtown stretch as Dr. Martin
Luther King Avenue. Previously
called Linden Avenue, it runs in
front of the FedExForum, where
the Memphis Grizzlies play
their home games, and parallel
to Beale Street, the famous tour-
ist drag.
The street also runs near the
Clayborn Temple, where King
rallied with striking sanitation
workers days before he was as-
sassinated by James Earl Ray on
the balcony of the Lorraine Mo-
tel on April 4, 1968. King also
led a march on Linden Avenue
during the strike.
The city already had a section
of Interstate 240 dedicated to
King, but the naming of a prom-
inent street in the city's tourist

district is being seen as a sym-
bol that the city is finally taking
steps to heal the wound caused
by the assassination
A ceremony is planned for
April 4th to honor King and un-
veil the new street signs. About
900 U.S. cities already have city
streets named for King.
"The world was looking at
Memphis to make its mark,"
said Berlin Boyd, a former city
councilman who made the pro-
posal to rename Linden Avenue
The board's vote is final, but
there still may be more work to
be done.

-AP/Photo Adrian Sainz
A trolley car crosses Linden Avenue on Main Street on
Wednesday, Jan. 11 in Memphis,Tenn.

Gregory Grant, a member ot
the National Action Network,
said he supported extending
King Avenue beyond the nine
blocks approved Thursday.
Leaders of churches that sit
along Linden Avenue east of the
nine-block section also support
an extension.
"It would be an act on the part
of this committee that shows
we are healing," Grant told the
A question still remains as to
what the street signs will say.
There is a concern that "Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. Ave." would
be too long, and it is possible
the name could be truncated to
"Dr. M. L. King Jr. Ave."

Bernice King appointed CEO of King Center

youngest daughter of the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. has
been appointed chief execu-
tive officer of the center dedi-
cated to preserving and pro-
moting his legacy.
The Rev. Bernice A. King will
focus on external affairs on be-
half of The King Center, which

was founded by her mother,
Coretta Scott King, shortly
after the civil rights icon was
assassinated in 1968. Her elder
brother, Martin Luther King
III, will remain president, and
their brother, Dexter, will con-
tinue to serve as board chair-
Last year, 48-year-old Ber-

nice King left her role as an
elder and pastor at New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church,
and declined to take office as
the first woman president of
the Southern Christian Lead-
ership Conference, the vener-
able civil rights organization
co-founded by her father in

By Adrian Sainz
Associated Press


By Adrienne Jordan
Miami Times writer

Walk north on Indepen-
dence Avenue; cross 15th
Street towards the Smith-
sonian Castle; traverse the
landscaped path around the
Washington Monument; and
cross the Kutz Bridge over the
Tidal Basin. This marks the
arrival at 1964 Independence
Avenue a path that many
of the 382,000 people have
taken to view the momen-
tous Martin Luther King, Jr.
Memorial since its opening
last August. The memorial
is prominently displayed
1/4-mile from the Jefferson
Memorial and 1/2-mile from
the Lincoln Memorial. Ac-
cording to Waverly Debraux,
a first-time visitor to the area,
"the fact that the monument
is set apart from everything
else and stands alone is inspi-
The memorial is composed
of both a sculpture and an
inscription wall containing
quotes taken from Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.'s speeches
that he made during the
Montgomery Bus Boycott of
1955 to statements made in
the days leading up to his
death in 1968.
The 28-foot, 6-inch sculp-
ture of King was designed
by Chinese artist, Lei Yixin
and represents the leader's
historical text, "Out of the
mountain of despair, a stone
of hope," which is written
on the side of the sculpture.
The opposite side reads, "I
was a drum major for justice,
peace and righteousness" -
a reference to how he said
he would like to be remem-
bered. Visitors pass through
the entrance to the Memorial
between the separated moun-
tain of despair and approach
the solitary stone of hope
of King looking across the


There has been heavy an-
ticipation from tourists across
the nation to view the Memo-
rial. Beverly Coster, a visitor
from Clearlake near Houston,
Texas said, "I was so excited
to see the monument that I
went directly from the airport
to the Memorial before check-
ing into my hotel."
Major Roger Woodruff
of Philadelphia remembers
hearing Martin Luther King,
Jr.'s voice on the television
when he was just five-years-
old and described the monu-
ment as being "long overdue,
but a beautiful tribute."

Although this physical trib-
ute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
has been heavily publicized,
there are still some that have
not heard of its construction.
Fenta Zelkarias, an Ethiopian-
American from Virginia hap-
pened to be walking along
the path towards the MLK
Memorial and was surprised
by its presence.
"I had not known about the
monument previously, but I
immediately recognized who
was depicted in the Memo-
rial," he said. "It is a confir-
mation that Martin Luther
King's vision will not die."
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D.C., from the United Kingdom, look at the King Memorial.
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Haitian minister inspired by King's dream

Stimphil's novel confronts the

continuing problem of racism in America

By D. Kevin McNeir

When Ronald Stimphil, 47, first
came to the U.S. from his na-
tive country of Haiti in 1985, he
went after the "American dream"
through educational pursuits -
earning a bachelor of arts at the
University of Kentucky and then
a master of divinity in Pastoral
Counseling at the Southern Bap-
tist Theological Seminary in Lou-
isville, KY. He has since dedicated
his life to teaching mathematics,
establishing himself as an instruc-
tor for the Georgia Public School
Today, married with five chil-
dren and living in Conyers (GA),
he says he is troubled by his ad-
opted country's sharply-divided
and ever-widening economic gap
between the rich and the poor.
Now stepping out on faith as
one committed to the tenets of
Christianity, he has penned his
first novel, "Martin's Dream -
Journey onto the Promised Land.
His premise is that Dr. King's

hope for racial reconciliation can
be achieved if we invoke the basic
principles of the Christian faith.
The novel is a fresh approach to
examining race relations in the
"As a minister of the word
of God, I noticed that the core
problem of race issues that we
have here in America are not be-
ing solved," he said. "I wanted to
write a book that addresses that
problem. I believe that white evan-
gelical Christians have actually al-
lowed racism to flourish and have
not been taken to task. My hope
is that this work of fiction will re-
open dialogue on race in America
in an honest way."
The protagonist of the novel is
Martin Winfred a Black high
school student who finds himself
caught in the paradox between
his strong faith and living in a
Georgia community where race
really matters. The young born-
again Christian faces even greater
conflict and criticism when he
becomes interested in a neighbor
and classmate who is white.

"The things that King hoped
to achieve are still possible but
not by political means," he said.
"It will take the Church coming
together. I struggled as I wrote
this book, but Dr. King's dream
is what guided and inspired me.
He was about reconciliation and
I want his legacy to be continued
through this book."
Stimphil says he remains con-
vinced that King's dream can
come true.

"King's dream is in God's plan polished. My belief as a minister
for us," he said. "However, unless and student of the Bible is that
the people of God come together whenever the relationship among
God's full plan will not be accom- people is broken, God intervenes."

Miami student thanks Martin Luther King

By Randy Grice

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
shared his dreams with the world in
hopes that he could make a change
in the lives of Blacks everywhere.
Kaylah Taylor is living that dream.
Taylor, a 19-year-old Miami-Dade
College music student, was recent-
ly selected in a contest sponsored
by Crest to serve as the face of
Billboard for a night.
"I was on Billboard.com look-
ing and I saw the contest and de-
cided to enter," she said. "I sent
a photo of myself and I created a
slogan that went with my photo -
'Make Your Smile Worthwhile.' A
few days later a woman from Bill-
board.com called me and told me
that I had won the contest."
Taylor got the opportunity to fly
to New York City and walk the
red carpet with popular entertain-
ers including country star Tay-
lor Swift and rap sensation Nicki
Minaj. It was the first time Taylor
had ever been to New York City.
"When I got off the plane I
couldn't believe that I was there,"
she said. "I really didn't know what
was going to happen next. I even
got the chance to sing a jingle that
I created for Crest. At first I sang
for the editor of Billboard's web-
site. Then I ended up singing the
song for about 12 people. I sang

striving for something better to
..rd .:-.O come for all humankind," she
HITE B said. "In the past, Black musi-
cians couldn't even walk the red
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carpet with her poster-sized
copy of Billboard Magazine
in which she was featured.

the song over and over again."
While she admits that her jour-
ney has been fun she realizes that
her dream would not have been
possible without the sacrifices of
Dr. King.
"I think his dream was all about

had to go through the back door.
For me, just being afforded this
opportunity was really big. Com-
ing from Miami they really didn't
understand what life is like here

or what my community is like. It
was really a big deal to be a part of
something like this. It was really a
chance of a lifetime thanks to
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Civil rights veteran to return SCLC to King's goals, strategy

The Associated Press

ATLANTA At age 87, civil
rights veteran C.T. Vivian could
have easily retired from the strug-
gle for justice and equality, but in-
stead he is the new vice president
of the Southern Christian Leader-
ship Conference.
As the venerable civil rights or-
ganization emerges from years of
turmoil over its management and
finances, Vivian's return to the
leadership lends SCLC a renewed
credibility and a tangible link to
what can seem like a bygone pe-
"It just feels good to know
that the organization that really
changed America in the last half of
the 20th century is, in fact, going to
be back in full operation," Vivian
said. "That's why I come back as
vice president. You're only worthy
of what you're willing to continue
to do."
A veteran of more than six de-
cades in the civil rights struggle,
Vivian joined in his first sit-in dem-
onstrations in the 1940s in Peoria,
Ill., long before the movement be-
came front-page news.
He met the Rev. Martin Luther
King-Jr. soon after King's victory
in the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boy-
cott, and became an active member
of the fledgling Southern Christian
Leadership Conference which
King co-founded just a few
years later.
Now, at an age when many of his
contemporaries are long retired or
long gone, Vivian is still working in
the struggle for justice and equality
for Blacks.
He said the movement for civil
rights isn't just something that hap-
pened years ago it's something
for the younger generation to con-
tinue today.
"Most people think of Martin
King as history ... it was something
past, not something you can use
today," Vivian explained. "Young
people always want to know,
'What was it like?' All of us wish
Martin was here. We did it. We
were involved."
The minister, author and activ-
ist says he wants SCLC's attention
again focused on the nonviolent di-
rect action, to address the lingering
plagues of war, poverty and racism
that King fought against at SCLC's
Ambassador Andrew Young,
who also worked alongside King in
SCLC, said Vivian's appointment
could not be more appropriate.
-- "He has always been one of the
people who had the most insight,
wisdom, integrity and dedication,"
said Young, who turns 80 in March.
"The amazing thing is that C.T.'s
still got the energy and vitality and
the clarity of thought to be a big
help. It's the best thing that's hap-

opened to SCLC since I left."
As a young theology student in
Nashville, Tenn., Vivian helped or-
ganize the first sit-ins in that city,
and later participated in the Free-
dom Rides in Mississippi. Under
King's leadership at SCLC, Vivian
served as the national director of af-
filiates. After King's death in 1968,
he continued to fight for equality


and diversity, and has served on
SCLC's board of directors.
SCLC's historic efforts on issues
including voter equality and de-
segregation of public accommoda-
tions were overshadowed in recent
years by infighting.
In 2010, SCLC seemed at the
dawn of a new era, as the group
elected the Rev. Bernice King -

daughter of the SCLC patriarch
- to lead the organization. She
would have been the SCLC's first
woman president. However, al-
legations of financial mismanage-
ment caused a deep rift among
several long-serving board mem-
bers, bringing SCLC to near extinc-
tion, and King ultimately declined
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Aftermath of the riot,Washington, D.C.

Dr. King marches in arms with (from left) Dr. Benjamin Spock, Monsignor Charles Rice, and
Cleveland Robinson of the Negro American Labor Council during an aiti-Vietnam War dem-
onstration, New York, April 17,1967.

By Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In this passage from Gates's new book
"Life Upon These Shores: Looking at
African-American History, 1513 2009,
Gates addresses the last years of Dr.
King's life. During that time, A"m dis-
covered that strategies that had worked
for the civil rights movement in the South
were ineffective in the North. King added
the Vietnam War and poverty to his list
of concerns. Meanwhile, Black urban cit-
ies across the US. faced unprecedented
riots as angry Black citizens became fed
up with living in squalor and refused to
accept racism in its various forms any
The events of the early 1960s had
made Martin Luther King, Jr., interna-
tionally famous and led to the passage of
the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts.
But inequality and racial discrimination
persisted in the South and remained per-
vasive in the North as well. According to
law, Blacks enjoyed equality, but hous-
ing inequality, school segregation, hiring
discrimination, underemployment, and
incidents of police brutality told a differ-
ent story. In 1966, after witnessing the
violence in Watts and gaining a better un-
derstanding of the problems Blacks faced
in northern and western cities, King and

the SCLC planned the Campaign to End
Slums in Chicago.
King believed that what had brought
success in the South would also work in
the North: nonviolent direct action and
the support of liberal whites and the fed-
eral government. Much to his surprise,
however, he found that a large number
of Blacks believed that nonviolent direct
action had run its course. Like Laurie
Pritchett in Albany, Georgia, four years
earlier, Mayor Richard J. Daley knew
that the best opposition to nonviolence
was nonviolence: he succeeded in keep-
ing the police from beating protesters.
But residents of white neighborhoods
pelted King and his marchers with stones
and fireworks. Soon allies rescinded their
support for the campaign. King then ar-
ranged an agreement with local real estate
agents to end housing discrimination a
pact they promptly ignored. The Chicago
campaign proved a dismal failure. The
experience came as a shock to the civil
rights leader.
Nevertheless, King pressed on. He had
grown increasingly disillusioned with
President Johnson, specifically with how
he continued to subjugate his domestic
reform agenda to support the escalating
war in Vietnam. In 1967, King began
criticizing the war and the president. On
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April 4 in New York City, he delivered the
speech titled "Beyond Vietnam," in which
he called on the nation to end a war that
compromised its morals and principles.
"We still have a choice today," he told the
crowd, "nonviolent coexistence or violent
co-annihilation." The speech infuriated
the Johnson administration, and King lost
whatever influence he still had with the
federal government. Undeterred, King
announced that the SCLC would orga-
nize the Poor People's Campaign: 3,000
people would build a shantytown in the
middle of the nation's capital to dramatize
the problem of poverty. He also offered
his support to striking garbage work-
ers in Memphis, Tennessee, again dem-
onstrating how his ideas of reform now
contained an explicitly economic focus.
But Memphis brought problems as well,
as nonviolent marches turned violent and
President Johnson offered to send in the
National Guard to squelch the protests.
King even considered a hunger strike in
a desperate attempt to end the infighting
among Blacks.
On April 3, 1968, shortly after the
president announced that he would not
run for reelection, King returned to Mem-
phis. In a frightening premonition, he told
a crowd, "I've seen the Promised Land.
I may not get there with you. But I want

Dr. King is hit by a rock during a housing discrimination protest in Chicago, August 5,1966.
Despite his pacifism, he faced frequent assaults.

you to know tonight that we as a people
will get to the Promised Land ... I'm not
fearing any man." Early the next evening
an assassin's bullet killed King on the bal-
cony of the Lorraine Motel. Over the fol-
lowing week, 125 cities in 29 states and
Washington, D.C., experienced riots that
claimed the lives of 46 people and led to
35,000 injuries. Hundreds of thousands of
Americans white and Black grieved
in more peaceful, personal ways. Civil
rights activism had lost its most promi-

nent leader. For all intents and purposes,
the civil rights movement, as Dr. King
had spearheaded it since 1955, had come
to a violent, tragic end.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse
Fletcher University Professor and the di-
rector of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for
African and African American Research
at Harvard University. The excerpt above,
published by Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher,
New York, is printed with the permission
of publicist.


Standing in the shadow of a legend




By Krissah Thompson
and Hamil R. Harris
Shortly after their father's
legacy was officially en-
shrined in granite on the
Washington Mall, the children of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., came
to pay homage to their dad.
The weight of having an iconic
father has had its impact, said
Martin Luther King III and his
younger sister, Bernice, in sepa-
rate interviews. From the day
their father died, when Bernice
was 5 and Martin was 10, people
have been looking for him in his
children. Would those who carry
his DNA carry on his cause? Is
the question even fair?
Martin argued that it is not.
"If I woke up every day at-
tempting to be my father, I would
fail miserably," he said. "I think
he was anointed. He was chosen
by God and there are few men or
women in our world that will be
chosen by God to make the kind
of impact that he made."
The three surviving King chil-
dren, who have had strained rela-
tionships with one another, each
took up a part of their father's
persona. Bernice, the youngest,
became a minister. Martin, the
eldest, has been a social activist.
Dexter, who looks most like his fa-
ther and served as family spokes-
man after his mother's death, has

receded from public life.
"It's obviously a very big bur-
den," said Clayborne Carson,
a King scholar and historian at
Stanford University, who was
chosen by the family to edit
King's papers. "If you pick the
best [out] of all of them and put
them all together, it comprises
pieces of what Martin Luther
King did, but of course he was
one person."
The way King's children have
managed their inheritance -
which is nothing less than the
legacy and estate of one of the
nation's greatest civil rights lead-
ers has long brought criticism.
After the deaths of their mother,
Coretta Scott King, in 2006 and
their eldest sister, Yolanda, in
2007, a family feud played out
among the three surviving sib-
lings in a court battle that put
the family's disagreements and
finances on public display.
The financial issues have been
smoothed over, but Martin says
the personal losses the siblings
have faced continue to be diffi-
"We're doing okay but I
wouldn't say great," Martin said.
Bernice, who said she speaks to
Dexter less frequently than Mar-
tin, said that the past 12 years had
been a strain. Yolanda, who died
of a heart attack, helped hold the
family together.

The King family during happier times.

"The loss of Yolanda was espe-
cially hard for Dexter," Bernice
Dexter, who lives in California,
could not be reached for this sto-
ry. Martin said he did not know
whether his brother would be in
town this weekend.
"Dexter spends a lot of time
in thought," Martin said. "He,
at least when I've talked to him

Religious freedom and Dr. King

By Chuck Colson

Monday, Tan. 16thw as Martin Lu-
ther King Day. Most _school! recog-
nized the day, as well they should.
But will they teach students about
Dr. King's Christian faith, which
motivated and guided his cam-
paign for civil rights? During his
Birmingham civil rights campaign,
King required every participant to
sign a pledge committing to do 10
things. The first was to "mediate
daily on the teachings and life of
Jesus." Others included the expec-
tation that all participants would
"walk and talk in the manner of
love, for God is love;" and "pray
daily to be used by God in order
that all men might be free."
To truly understand King, stu-
dents must learn about his Chris-
tian faith. It was at the heart of
what he did. This year, something
else worth celebrating happened to
fall on the same day as Martin Lu-
ther King Day and was a perfect fit.
Every year since 1993, the President
has proclaimed January 16th to be
Religious Freedom Day and asks
thi.- nation to celebrate its religious

-Associated Press
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. ges-
tures during a speech in Mont-
gomery, Ala., in April of 1966.

liberty. It is the anniversary of the
passage in 1786 of the Virginia Stat-
ute for Religious Freedom, which
was drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

The men who drafted the Con-
stitution leaned heavily on Jef-
ferson's statute in establishing
the First Amendment's guarantee
of religious freedom. Today, it is
more important than ever that we
remind ourselves of that protec-
tion. However, religious freedom is
coming under increasing assault in
this country. The Declaration spe-
cifically cites King's "Letter from
a Birmingham Jail," in which he
taught that "A just law is a man-
made code that squares with the
moral law or the law of God." An
unjust law, however, "is a code that
is out of harmony with the moral
law" and therefore has no binding
power over human conscience. It's
vital that every church defend free-
dom of religion the bulwark of
all of our freedoms. You may wish
to talk with your church leaders
about religious freedom. Ask them
to talk to your congregation about
the importance of religious liberty.
You can also help clear up some of
the confusion over religious liberty
in our public schools. Students can
pray in school. They can read the
Bible. We are still free.

on the phone, seems to be doing
pretty well."
Martin said that he is focusing
on overseeing the King Center in
Atlanta and plans to digitize the,
one million civil rights-era docu-
ments housed there and create an
online portal for teaching non-
violent protest tactics. Bernice,
who stepped down as an elder at
Bishop Eddie Long's New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church in
2011, said that she will be launch-
ing a ministry that addresses ra-
cial and economic disparities and
brings unity to religious denomi-
The family members see them-
selves as "guardians of the King
legacy," Martin said, noting that
it was his father who began to
copyright his own work. "People
may not know that he litigated
the 'I Have a Dream' speech.
Someone got copies of the speech
and tried to market it.... We have
tried to continue in his tradition."

SMiami-Dade County Chairman
Joe A. Martinez

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
and his legacy of tolerance and
unity that remains as powerful
today as it was more than
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Race relations expert

By Kaila Heard

Renowned expert on race rela-
tions expert, Dr. Alvin F. Pous-
saint, a professor of clinical
psychiatry at Harvard Medical
School, was the featured speaker
at the 21st Annual Breakfast to
honor the legacy of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., hosted by Flor-
ida International University's
(FIU) Office of Multicultural Pro-
grams and Services on Friday,

Jan. 13th.
From 1965 to 1967, Poussaint
acted as the southern field direc-
tor of the Medical Committee
for Human Rights in Jackson,
Mississippi, where he provided
medical care to civil rights work-
ers while helping to desegregate
hospitals and health facilities
throughout the South. His lec-
ture focused on the disparities
of care that minorities, particu-
larly Blacks, face when they seek
medical care.

Dr. Alvin Poussaint, an author of books including one co-
writer with Bill Cosby, entitled "Come On, People! On the
Path from Victims to Victors," signed copies of his books
during the annual commemorative breakfast at FlU on Fri-
day, Jan. 13th.

C.T. Vivian is civil rights veteran

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to take the helm.
Prosecutors in Georgia ultimate-
ly found no proof to support a com-
plaint that two ousted SCLC board
members took more than $560,000
from the organization, but the dam-
age had been dbne. Many in the
black community, including SCLC
veterans like Young and the Rev.
Joseph Lowery, were calling for the
group's end.
Early last year, the group elected
a new president, the Rev. How-
ard Creecy, who vowed to restore
-SCLC's focus. However, he died
suddenly in July, leaving SCLC's
future in doubt.
Since then, King's nephew, Isaac
Newton Farris Jr., has been working
to rebuild the organization, along-
side veterans including Bernard
LaFayette Jr., a King lieutenant who
now serves as board chairman.

SCLC has also focused on recruit-
ing and training young people, a fo-
cus Vivian said has always been an
essential component of its success.
"You learn by doing," Vivian
said. "We've got youth and age to-
gether. We don't care how young
people are. They should be called to
struggle for their freedom."
In the 55 years since SCLC's
founding, Vivian points out that the
strategy of nonviolent direct action
has not been implemented as effec-
tively by any other group. His aim
is for SCLC to be among the groups
at the forefront of driving home the
need for the strategy again today.
"There must always been the un-
derstanding of what Martin had in
mind for this organization," Viv-
ian said. "Nonviolent, direct action
makes us successful. We learned
how to solve social problems with-
out violence. We cannot allow the
nation or the world to ever forget

t speaks at
Blayne Stone Jr., a 25-year old
graduate student at FIU, says he.
enjoyed the informative speech.
"Basically, it was really an eye
opener," he said.
Previously, he had only known
about such injustices through
third hand accounts, Stone ad-
mitted. And while the young
graduate student says he remains
appalled by the current state of
health care services, he became
optimistic when reminded of the

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reason for the breakfast cel-
ebrating the legacy of King.
"From what I've seen, he never
showed any fear," Stone said.
"[Dr. King] became the change
that he wanted to see in the
Twenty-seven year old Priscil-
la Williams said she was drawn
to the ideals of King because of
her own multicultural heritage.
"I think he was a great man
and he encourages me to be the

proud of the person that I am,"
she said.
The breakfast was just one of
a series of events that took place
during the annual two-week
long celebration to honor the
civil rights minister's life and
work. Activities included: an art
exhibit; an MLK Day of Service
to beautify Goulds Park in Cutler
Bay; a youth forum; and a peace
walk. The festivities drew an es-
timated 3,000 total participants.

He was the first African American to earn a Doctor of Medical Science degree. Yet Dr. Charles Richard
Drew's true legacy is his pioneering work in blood transfusion and storage. His innovations have helped
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Talk show queen
discusses career,

family and love

for Florida

By D. Kevin McNeir
Al in ir,.'i *im,, i i ti L *l t' ,.I i'j I
'he is kno. n across the U S and
abroad for her signature ques-
tion, -Ho'. \ou doln'?" Now as she
enters her third season as the host
of her ocA n s,, indicated ..eekda\
tele. vision program, The Wendri WiIl-
hams Sho\w. the Nev. Jersey native
has found her niche and a slew of
adoring fans And with segments
that include "Ask Wend\" and "Hot
Topics" in whichh she shares her
unique spin on some of the
juiciest headlines, as well

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as going t'oe-to-toe with some otf the
hottest celebrities in pop culture
today, Williams is doin2 things her
wa\ and lo,, ing every minute.
-" am having the time of my life,"
said Williams. -48, who is one of
onlh a handful if women inducted
into the National Radio Hall of
Fame, boasting a successful 23-
,,ear career in radio "I have put to-
gether a great body of work during
my years in radio and I'm proud of
it I made some mone., got into the
Hall of Fame and got the attention
of a lot of television executives."
But for Williams, making the
move to TV would take 10 y,'ears of
conversation and negotiation
"They often, wanted to contain
me and my personality but I come
from the pop-culture and
have always been very
,,.- ,- comfortable in m,, own
skin so I waited until
things felt right."

she said
The first time this writer met
Williams w.as about six years ago
in Chicago % hen she served as the
celebrity, guest for a fundraiser for
the City's Black Pride event What
mattered most to her then has
remained the same.
"As a wife and mother i am all
about unions, perpetuating posi-
tive images of the Black family and
being honest about who I am as a
Black woman.," she said
Maan, like to compare Williams to
the iconic Oprah Winfrey, but she
says that their shows and styles N
are quite different.
"She |Oprahi| will always have
a special place in m, heart and I
guess we are often compared be
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S Sh w captures images of NE 2nd Ave.


By D. Kevin McNeir

NE 2nd Avenue is a play about eight, very
different characters from a small-time
Puerto Rican drug dealer and a Rasta man to
a Black teen trying to find his way in the big
city. Teo Castellanos, who turns 50 next week, is
the writer of and performer in this one-man play that
garnered a host of awards when it debuted 10 years ago, including
the prestigious Fringe First Award at Edinburgh during its annual
festival. It also catapulted the Puerto Rican-born, Miami-raised Cas-
tellanos to international acclaim. His one-man show returns to the

Arsht Center on Thursday, Jan. 19th and runs through the 21st as
part of the Center's 2012 Theater Up Close season.
"I think the success of the play is due to its universality it's
about different Miami characters but they are the kinds of folks that
all of us probably see everyday," he said. "Victor Hugo said, 'Speak of
your village and you speak universally.' The play does just that. It's a
Miami-Dade story but the characters could easily be from just about
anywhere else in the world where an immigrant community exists."
Why did he name his play NE 2nd Avenue? Castellanos says it all
started with a ride in a mini-van.
"A Haitian jitney driver was the impetus for the play and NE 2nd
Avenue is a street that reflects great diversity within this city," he
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The details are

far from juicy




The Obamas
By Jodi Kantor
Little, Brown, 359 pp., $29.99
** 1/2 of four

By Bob Minzesheimer

The Obamas, by New York Times reporter
Jodi Kantor, has
made headlines
even before it went
on sale. A White
House spokesman
dismissed it as an W
of old news."
But readers ex-
pecting controversy
will be disappoint-
ed. The book a
political dissection
of a marriage and
a chronological ac- JODI KANTOR
count of the rocky
political education of the president and first
lady promises more than it delivers.
It's filled with stories of infighting among
White House staff. Beyond Washington, few
will call it juicy, except for details of a 2009
"Hollywoodesque" Halloween party at the
White House with Johnny Depp in costume
as the Mad Hatter from his role in the film
Alice in Wonderland.
Kantor contends the White House kept de-
tails secret, fearing how a splashy party
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2C THE mIV'.1 TIMES, JANUARY 18-24, 2012

The Eeelloc C civic and
Social Club, Inc Founded
b', Cleomie W. Broomfield,
Christina Eve. Julia W.
Hepburn, Wilhelmenia R.
Page, and Eddie Lee Wilson,
all deceased, have passed
the underling principles for
forts -three years to current
President T. Eileen Martin-
Major, coordinator Men
Of Tomorrow, Veronica
Rahming, officers and
members for the year of 2012.
Some of the young men
are Jabril S. Ivory, Leroy
E. Parker, Koran Robinson,
Maxwell Sampson, Melvin
Tooks, II, Paris C. Webb, II,
Bakari J.Wilder, Michael J.
Williams, and Wecley Levros.
Activities will include essay
writing, entrepreneurship
project, Black History project,
luncheon, trip to Busch
Gardens, talent show, and the
final presentation in formal
The founders of the
organization always presented
as high as 100 young men
each year while presenting
over 3,000 during their
history. Today, we need more

bo'.s than back
in the da ,. as
v.ell as more
boys in in high
schools in Dade, Broward
and Monroe counties. Please
call Veronica Rahming 305-
621-4408. It is not too late to
The Historical Hampton
House Trust began to buzz
last Monday when Dr. Enid
C. Pinkney returned from her
Exuma vacation during the
holiday season. She returned
full of fun and frolic, but
exhausted from the delayed
flight back to Miami. Frank
Pinkney, husband came back
with her, but they left their
cousins Bonnie Haiston,
Baltimore, MD., Charisse
Faulkner, Washington D.C.
and Yolanda Ellis for a
weekend of shopping.
Upon returning she had
a choice of going back to
Exuma or staying at her desk.
When she saw that her agenda
included pertinent letters,
agenda for the monthly board
meeting including a surprise

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birthday party for Richard
J. Strachan, she negated
going back and focused on
her day's agenda. Stay tuned
for more chatter regarding
the upcoming luncheon
and memorial services. The
reared brothers of Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity, Inc. met last
Thursday in the frat house
. ith Earl Daniels, vice-chair,
taking over the meeting for
Baljean Smith, chairman, who
had an urgent appointment
with his cardiologist. Further
into the meeting Daniels
informed the brothers that
Brothers Ebenezer Edwards
and Norman Cox were also
having to make a trip to the
cardiologist. Brother Richard
Mitchell was asked to pray
for the ailing brothers.
Stacey Jones, chairman for
the St. Valentine's luncheon,
announced the luncheon will
be held, Friday, February
10th, 11 a.m. at the Omega
Activity Center. He also
added special gifts to wives
of deceased brothers will cost
$25.00 and extra guests,
$30.00 paid to Bro. Henry
Mingo by Tuesday, Feb.
6th with the complete list of
guests, while Mitchell added
some spontaneity and led the
singing of fraternity songs.
Some of the brothers in
attendance were Stan Allen,

Mack Carter, Harcourt Mindingall, Vera Purcell,
Clark, Harry Dawkins, Stephenia Willis, and Lonnie
Hansel Higgs, Oscar Jessie, Lawrence.
Astrid Mack, Johnny On Saturday, January 7,
Davis, Autlev Salahud-Din, the crowd invaded New Birth
Anthony Simons, Johnny West with Pat Range having
Stepherson, John Tullis, been entrusted to handle the
and John Williams. arrangements and as usual
The sudden demise of he handled them with extreme
Columbus "Russell" Lee, proficiency. Those who were
Dade Co'unrr'.'s dependable not in attendance missed a
photographer touched the profound eulogy given by Dr.
lives of every organization in Walter T. Richardson who
Miami by photographing their kept the audience in awe with
events. Friday night January his chronological delivery
6th brought out hundreds of beginning by articulating
supporters at New Birth East the origin of photography. in
with Deacon Cumberbatch 1568 and its growth from the
facilitating parking and Rev. multiplicity of brand name
Pamela Knowles, Rev. Avery cameras up to the popular cell
Jones, and Joann Tomlin phone. He also elaborated on
handling the Praise and three logical terms consult the
Worship, along with Allison facts, cultivate your faith, and
Van-Cooten, reciting a look upon his face.
poem and Yolanda Thomas, In addition, Henry
granddaughter performing a Weatherspoon, scholarship
liturgical dance which ended philanthropist, impacted the
emotionally and her being audience when he alluded
taken out of the wake. Kudos to his visit with Lee and he
go out to Barbara J. Johnson complained of being in the
for speaking on behalf of the dark house and suggested
deceased and presenting a going out side. Subsequently,
floral piece to the family as he complained of a "bright
a token of love, while Joyce light" not seen by Henry.
and Dr. Charlie Williams Shortly afterward, he received
paid respects, along with a call informing him of Lee's
Barbara Anders, Beverly and death.
Lee Johnson, June Miller, He will be missed by
Wendell Sturrup, Copeland, Shirley Lee Kelly, sister,
Dr. Dorothy Bendross- Henry Lee, uncle, Victor

B Ana -- Si

The Theodore R. Gibson
Chapter of the Union of Black
Episcopalians cordially invite
you to the Annual Absalom
Jones service followed by a
luncheon and fashion show
on Saturday, February 18th
at Holy Family Episcopal
Church, 18501 N.W. 7th
Ave. in Miami Gardens. The
preacher will be The Right
Reverend Eugene Sutton,
Bishop The Diocese of
Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to Carlton
and Mamie Burse, January
10th and Leonard and
Judith Wilcox, January 13th
their 25th. Congratulations

love birds.
Get well wishes, love and
prayers to all of you who are
ill in the community. So glad
to see Muriel Culmer Parker
up and about again.
You are invited to join
in celebrating the 114th
Anniversary and Patronal
celebration at The Historic
St.Agnes' Episcopal Church
on Sunday January 22nd.
The preacher for this service
willbeThe Venerable Thomas
Brutell, Archdeacon for
Clergy Deployment,Diocese
of Southeast Florida. The
service begins at 10 a.m.
Additionally, for a night of
great fun, the parish will host

a dance on Friday, January
20th from 8p.m. until 1p.m.
Tickets are $15.
The Reverend Father
Denrick Rolle, Rector.
Pro-tem at St. Agnes'
Episcopal Church delivered
a wonderful sermon on
Sunday, January 8th. We all
welcome Father Rolle as he
begins his ministry with us.
Father Richard Barry will
be retiring at the end of this
By the time you read
this column, we will have
observed the Martin Luther
King holiday. Here is a quote
from this great leader and
orator. . An individual has
not started living until he
can rise above the narrow
confines of his individualistic
concerns to the broader
concerns of all humanity. "
Love to all of you.

Film about Tuskegee Airmen to open

"Red Tails" is a

story about race
By Tonya Pendleton

"Red Tails" may have had
one of the longest gestation
periods of any Hollywood film,
considering that its producer
is legendary Hollywood film-
maker George Lucas, who
brought the world the iconic
"Star Wars" saga. Still, Lucas
says it took him 23 years and
$58 million of his own money
to get "Red Tails" made.
Part of the delay was com-
peting versions. The Tuskegee ,
Airmen story has been told in
two film productions already
- one in 1995 on HBO, with
Larry Fishburne and "Red

Tails" star Cuba Gooding, Jr.,
and partially in 2002's "Hart's
War," starring Colin Farrell
and Terence Howard, who is in
the cast of "Red Tails" as well.
But a major part of the long
time it took to get made was
Hollywood's inability to see
that there was any audience

for the movie.
"For those of us in my group
of filmmakers, like Steven
(Spielberg) or Ron (Howard) or
Marty (Scorsese), we wanted to
make movies that enthralled
us when we were little," Lucas
says. "For me, 'Red Tails' is
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Play inspired by Haitian jitney driver

continued from 1C

said. "There are so many inter-
ests and cultures and subcul-
tures that one can experience
along that street. It's become
even more diverse with the rise
of the Wynwood District and
the spinoffs in terms of art
galleries, shows and fairs that
have arisen, particularly with

the growing popularity of Art
Basel. It's also become one of
the largest graffiti art areas in
the world and the art just gets
better and better."
The celebrated playwright
also points to the Little Hai-
ti Cultural Center, Edouard
Duval-Carrie who founded the
Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance
and Liberi Mapou Bookstore
as signs that Little Haiti is be-

Book describes couple's differences

continued from 1C

would appear during a reces-
The book portrays Michelle
Obama as more political than
her image. but opens with a de-
batable assumption: Obama's
re-election "increasingly rests
on attractive images and
charming stories of him and
his family."
Kaniitors narrative is built on
the couple's longstanding po-
litical differences not over
policies, but the role of politics.
Kantor writes that Michelle
Obama doubted if "true change
could be accomplished through
the legislative process."
The couple's other differ-

ences are explored: He's tol-
erant of staff failures. She's
not. Kantor attributes that to
their childhoods. Both are Ivy
League-educated lawyers from
modest backgrounds. But he
partly raised himself and has
a soft spot" for anyone who
has helped him. With her strict
parents, there were no excus-
The book is best on the
Obamas' enduring friendship
v.ith twvo Black couples from
Chicago and on the inner
workings of the White House
- ho' security and obsessive
fears about image disrupt nor-
mal farrmil life
It's a book that will be viewed
through its readers' politics: a
liberal apology to conserva-

tives, too focused on style for
Kantor concludes that the
first lady has gained influ-
ence, "ironically" because she
"played the role of not-very-
political wife and mom so well.
The less popular her husband
became, the more powerful
she became."
She's the "more confronta-
tional Obama, the one who
tended to slip into what one
friend called 'mama bear' mode
when her husband was threat-
ened." On Obama's re-election
campaign, Kantor writes,
"This would be the last race he
would ever run, and his wife
intended for him to win." We'll
see if Kantor has exaggerated
the first lady's role.

coming an important fixture
in the City of Miami.
"I wrote the play in the hopes
that we will find our common-
ality at the deepest roots and
spiritual highest I hope
when we reach across racial
and ethnic boundaries we will
begin to enjoy the diversity
and differences of others."
For more info go to www.

Wendy Williams: A breath of fresh air

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cause we are both Black wom-
en," she said. "We have some
hidden comparisons, like our
love for mankind but beyond
that I think there are signifi-
cant differences. I am a prod-
uct of pop-culture and the
stars from that genre and their
messages are what my viewers
want to see. And then I like to
have my parents on the show a

lot too. One thing I don't do is
talk about my personal views
on politics. For me, that's a pri-
vate matter something that I'
learned from my mom and dad
while growing up."
Williams and her family
can be seen in South Florida
quite frequently as her folks
have long retired from their
home in New Jersey and tak-
en up residence in Miami. She
tends to avoid the cameras of
the paparazzi she says, pre-

ferring to "chill out beside the
pool while having fun with my
sisters, nieces and nephews,
along with husband Kevin and
11-year-old son, Kevin, Jr."
"I'm just like any other wom-
an I struggle with my weight,
I believe in love and relation-
ships, I enjoy doing things
with my son, like taking him to
basketball practice and some-
times my mother and I don't
see eye-to-eye," she said. "And
I wouldn't change a thing."

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Thomas, grandson, Keith
Curry, colleague, Percy and
Ella Knight, Natchez, MS.,
Gregory Lee, Columbus and
Maylene Lee, Jr., Valdosta, ,
Shirley and Eddie Hightower,
Easton and Sandy Harris,
Silver Springs, Jessie and
Pearl Lee, Bobby Lee, New
York, Henry and Diane Lee,
Harvey Lee, Greenville, Ms,
Magnolia Anderson, Chicago,
II1, Dorothy and Carl Lewis,
Shirley and Raymond Kelly,
Grisco, Tx., Rosie Wells,
Minerva Lee, and Gloria Lee,
New York and many other
Leome Culmer, one of the
historians of South Florida,
envisioned a Seventy-Seven
Year Celebration of people
that grew in Liberty City.
A proposed meeting will be
held at the home of Norma
Mims, 3010 N.W. 165th
Street on Thursday, January
19th at 11la.m. If you were
born or raised in Liberty
City call Norma at 305-628-
7760 for more information.
Incidentally, Dorothy.
Edwards celebrated her 97th
birthday last Sunday with
Dr. Rev. Ralph Ross pastor of
The Historic Mt. Zion Baptist
Church dedicating his church
service and message to her.
Stay tuned for more details in



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/4 cups tomato pasta sauce (any variety)
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4C THE '1laMI TIMES, JANUARY 18-24, 2012

Stars shine

along with

latest tech

gear at CES

Celeb share stage with

TVs, laptops and lots of


The International Consumer Electronics
Show is in full swing today in Las Vegas.
While this year's CES marks the last for
Microsoft's booths and speeches from CEO
Steve Ballmer, there's still plenty of tech-
nology on parade. Samsung and rivals are
touting splashy TVs to hit stores soon. In-
tel has revealed more than 75 ultrabooks,
and these MacBook Air clones are coming
in 2012. There's also a generous showing of
celebrities at the annual confab.
Here's a peek at CES:

Is it possible smart TVs could become
smarter? Samsung thinks so.
The electronics giant showed its vision of
the future for smart TVs, which includes
what it calls "future proof" technology to
head off obsolescence.
Samsung's 2012 line of smart TVs will in-
clude a built-in HD camera and dual micro-
phones to support voice, motion and face
recognition. A video demo showed off how
it performs a voice search powered by Bing.
Samsung will also introduce its Media
Hub to Smart TVs for on-demand movies
and television shows, as well as bring the
hit mobile game Angry Birds to its TV sets.
But perhaps the most fascinating is what
Samsung calls Smart Evolution. Instead of
upgrading to a new TV when your current
set is outdated, Samsung Smart TVs will
add a slot on the back for "Evolution Kits."
These kits allow owners to make quick TV

Prepare for an invasion of the ultrabooks.
Intel revealed that more than 75 ultra-
book designs are in the works for 2012.
Companies such as Acer, HP, Samsung

The National Coali-
tion of 100 Black Women-
Greater Miami Chapter is
accepting applications for girls
ages 12-18 to participate in
Just Us Girls Mentoring Pro-
gram. Monthly sessions will be
held every 3rd Saturday 10
a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. June at
the Carrie Meek Center at
Hadley Park, 1350 N.W. 50th
Street. Call 1-800-658-1292
for information.

Liberty City Farmers
Market will be held Thurs-
days, 12-5 p.m. and Satur-
days, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at TA-
COLCY Park until May 2012.
For information call 954-235-
2601 or 305-751-1295 ext.

The Urban Partnership
Drug-Free Coalition meet-
ing will be held on Thurs-
day, Jan.19th at 311 N.E.78
Street from 11:30a.m.-1:00
p.m. This is a new drug-free
community coalition recently
launched in the inner-city. For
info contact 305-398-5985.

Jonathan Spikes, Inc.
presents the "Let's Talk It
Out" conflict resolution work-
shop on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012
at the Joseph Caleb Audito-
rium from 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
For info email info@jona-

The B.T.W. class of
1961 will meet at the Cultural
Arts Center on Sat. Jan 21 at
3pm. For info please call 305
688 7072.

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

* The City of Miami Gar-
dens will host the City of Mi-
ami Gardens 2012 Citizen's
Academy on Jan. 26th at

and Toshiba have already
jumped into the ultrabook
business. The devices sport
a super-thin body less than
an inch thick.
But the most intriguing
feature is the addition of
touch and voice controls to
future ultrabooks.
For that, Intel announced
a partnership with Nu-
ance to bring voice-based
controls to ultrabooks. Nu-
ance's technology powers
Siri, the voice assistant
in Apple's iPhone 4S. The
technology would allow us-
ers of the slim laptops to d
launch apps, send e-mails
or send updates to social
networks through voice

On robot duty

Yahoo show

Intel also revealed a touch screen ultra-
book that works as a traditional laptop
when open but transforms into a touch-
enabled display when closed.

Only at the International Consumer Elec-
tronics Show would you see a pop music
star introduce a robot.
Singer Justin Bieber is one of several ce-
lebrities expected to inject some star power
into the massive gadget show underway
this week in Las Vegas.
Bieber will help Vietnam-based company
TOSY Robotics unveil an entertainment ro-
bot at the company's booth.
And there are more music stars at CES:
Rapper 50 Cent will unveil his new line of
wireless headphones from.SMS Audio.
Here are some of the other celeb sight-

1515 N. W. 167th Street. The
10 week educational program
culminates into increased citi-
zen awareness and involve-
ment. Graduates of the first
class will be recognized with a
ceremony and reception. For
information visit miamigar-

South Miami-Dade Cul-
tural Arts Center (SMD-
CAC) and Chamber South
present Band of the United
States Air Force Reserve,
Concert Band, a FREE perfor-
mance on Thursday, January
26 at 8 p.m. For information
contact the SMDCAC Box Of-
fice at 786-573-5300 or visit

M The College of Arts and
Science Art and Art History
Department at UM presents
the Fourth Cane Fair featuring
artwork of UM students. The
exhibition will run until Jan.
27 at the Wynwood Project
Space. For information call

The Florida A&M Uni-
versity (FAMU) Lyceum
Series will present the Dance
Theatre of Harlem Ensemble
(DTHE) on Friday, Jan. 27th,
at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall Audi-
torium. Tickets are now avail-
able at Ticket Master.

The Opa-locka Commu-
nity Development Corpora-
tion is pleased to announce
its 2012 Homebuyer Educa-
tion class on Jan.28th 9a.m.-
5p.m.,490 Opa-locka Blvd.
Call 305-687-3545 for addi-
tional information.

Chai Community Ser-
vices food program is taking
applications from grandpar-
ents raising their grandchil-
dren. All services are free.
For applications call 786-273-

Dad's for Justice, a pro-
gram under Chai Community

Services assists non-custodial
parents through Miami-Dade
State Attorney's Office with
child support modifications
and visitation rights. For infor-
mation or to schedule an ap-
pointment call 786-273-0294.

Jewels Baton Twirling
Academy is now accepting
registration for the 2012 sea-
son. Open to those who at-
tend any elementary schools
within the 33147, 33142,
33150 zip codes and actively
attend church. Contact Elder
Tanya Jackson at 786-357-
4939 to sign up.

The Miami-Dade Com-
munity Action Agency's
(CAA) Head Start Program
has immediate openings for
comprehensive child care at
the South Miami Head Start
Center for children ages 3-5
only. For information, call at

Looking for all Evans
County High School Alumni to
create a South Florida Alumni
Contact Roster. If you attend-
ed or graduated from Evans
County High School in Clax-
ton, Georgia, contact 305-
829-1345 or 786-514-4912.

S.A.V. (Survivors
Against Violence) is a bi-
ble-based program for young
people and meets at Betty
T. Ferguson Center in Miami
Gardens each week. For infor-
mation contact Minister Eric
Robinson at 954-548-4323
or www.savingfamilies.webs.

Empowerment Tutor-
ing in Miami Gardens offers
free tutoring with trained
teachers. For information call

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets the 3rd
Saturday of each month at
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center. For information
contact Lucius King at 305-

Merry Poppins Day-
care/Kindergarten in Miami


At the iHip booth

ings expected at this year's
Actress Eliza Dushku,
serving as the ambassador
of the show's Entertain-
ment Matters program.
Fitness guru Jillian Mi-
chaels, formerly of NBC's
The Biggest Loser, is part-
nering with BodyMedia, a
company specializing in
on-body health monitors.
Jersey Shore star Nicole
"Snooki" Polizzi is expected
to appear at the booth for
iHip to promote their new
line of headphones and
other audio accessories.
Last year's celebrity
highlight was singer Lady
Gaga, who revealed a pair
of camera sunglasses cre-

ated by Polaroid.

Add Tom Hanks to the celebrity list at the
International Consumer Electronics Show.
The Oscar-winning actor and Emmy-win-
ning producer (Band of Brothers) will be
talking today at CES about his new project,
a futuristic animated series called Electric
City to appear on Yahoo later this spring.
Hanks' production company, Playtone,
will produce, along with Reliance Enter-
tainment, the 90-minute series, set to be
broadcast online in 20 segments. It will be
the first original scripted program for Ya-
"Tom actually created this. He wrote
and he stars in the lead voice," says Erin
McPherson, vice president and chief of vid-
eo at Yahoo.

has free open enrollment for
VPK, all day program. For in-
formation contact Lakeysha
Anderson 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 Northwest-
ern Class of 1962 meets on
the second Saturday of each
month at 4 p.m. at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center.
We are beginning to make
plans for our 50th Reunion.
For information, contact Ev-
elyn at 305-621-8431.

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

Great Crowd Ministries
presents South Florida Gos-
pel Festival at Amelia Earhart
Park on Saturday, March 10
from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For in-
formation contact Constance
Koon-Johnson at 786-290-

Xcel Family Enrich-
ment Center, Inc. a not
for-profit community based
charitable organization will
be celebrating it's 2nd An-
nual Black Marriage Day Walk
on March 24th at Miami Carol
City Park 3201N.W.185th St.
Registration/walk begins and
ends 8-9:30 a.m. Entertain-
ment, speeches and testimo-
nials 10 a.m.- 2p.m. For infor-
mation contact Ms.Gilbert at

Miami Jackson and Mi-
ami Northwestern Alumni
Associations are calling all
former basketball players and
cheerleaders for the upcom-
ing 2012 Alumni Charity Bas-
ketball game. Generals call
786-419-5805, Bulls call 786-
873-5992, for information.

Rapper Snoop Dogg is facing a minor drug charge in Texas after border agents
say they found several joints on his tour bus.
Hudspeth County sheriffs office said in a statement that Snoop Dogg, whose
name is Calvin Broadus, was arrested at the Sierra Blanca highway checkpoint
and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor typical in cases
involving small amounts of marijuana. According to the sheriffs office, a border
agent smelled marijuana smoke coming from the bus and ordered everyone off so
that a dog could inspect the vehicle. A prescription bottle with several marijuana
cigarettes was found in a trashcan, and more marijuana was found in two other
containers. In all, 0.13 pounds of the drug were found.

A California judge embarrassed former NFL star Terrell Owens telling him that
his "career is over" while talking about his inability to pay child support, according
to TMZ.
Owens was fn court asking a judge to lower his child support payments as he
doesn't have much income coming in. Judge Marc Marmaro, while sympathetic
to his inability to fulfill his payments, embarrassed the star saying his "career is
over" despite mentioning former NFL star Kurt Warner who went from the Arena
Football League to a Super Bowl championship. There have been numerous re-
ports that Owens' financial situation may get better as some NFL teams are inter-
ested in picking him up for their Super Bowl run.
The judge said he would think about Owens' request for lower child support pay-
ments and get back to him at a later date. He currently has four pending paternity

Rapper Mase is caught up in a legal battle with a jewelry company over an al-
leged $35,000 bill. The folks at Aydin and Company in Atlanta have filed suit against
the rapper, claiming he owes them thousands of dollars dating back to 2005.
Mase_ real name Mason Betha_ has filed papers asking for the lawsuit to be
dismissed, insisting he never signed the "alleged contract at issue," according to
TMZ. The jewelers are seeking payment of $35,000, as well as interest and legal

Cannon home from the hospital

Mariah Carey is happy to
have her husband Nick Can-
non, back at home after he
suffered mild kidney failure.
"Daddy Nick is getting better,
we're all home together tak-
ing care of each other, excited
about the new year!!" the sing-
er tweeted recently. A state-
ment released by Cannon's
rep, Tracy Nguyen, said. "He is
resting and recovering at home
and would like to thank every-

one who has
concern, well
wishes and
plans to
return to his
live morning
CANNON radio show
"Rollin' With Nick Cannon" on
92.3 NOW FM, on Jan. 17.

Queen of Soul receives PowerAward
It's turning out was there in 1995
to be quite a year and 2005. In addi-
Aretha Franklin, tion, to Franklin, the
The Queen of Soul 18th annual event
recently announced will feature a super-
her engagement, star lineup includ-
and in July she'll ing Mary J. Blige,
be honored with Fantasia, Stephanie
the Power Award at Mills, Charlie Wil-
the 2012 Essence son, Keyshia Cole
Music Festival. And FRANKLIN and Ledisi. The fes-
it won't be Franklin's first time tival will take place July 6-8
performing at the festival. She in New Orleans.

Coachella to run for two weekends

Big news for Coachells fest
fans: For the first time the
music festival will span two
weekends. Headliners for the
six days of music in the Cali-
fornia desert include Dr. Dre,
the Black Keys, Radiohead and
the Shins, Bon Iver, Florence +

The Machine, Snoop Dogg, the
Swedish mafia and Kaskade,
among many others. The
Swedish punk band Refused
will play its first show in 14
years at the festival, which
runs April 13-15 and April 20-
22. Tickets are on sale.

Took 23 years in making

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like 'Flying Leathernecks.' It's
corny. It's fiber-patriotic. And
it's a really exciting action-ad-
venture movie. As for the rac-
ism in our story, it's embedded
in the material, so we just had
to be careful not to overdo it."
The movie, helmed by Black
director Anthony Hemingway
and shot in the Czech Republic
and Croatia, was also delayed
by a year of special effects over-
seen by Lucas' Industrial Light
and Magic company, which
pioneered special effects in
film, taking a year for them to
be done. The Tuskegee Airmen
were an all-Black squadron of
fighter pilots trained at what
was then Tuskegee Institute.
Their planes were notable for
their red-colored tails, thus the
movie's title. The Airmen were
developed partially because of
an attempt by the then seg-
regated military and the U.S.
War Department to restrict
black pilots from the air by in-
stituting restrictive criteria for
combat. This ended up creating
an elite class of eligible black
pilots that met those steep re-

quirements, ensuring success
for the Tuskegee Airmen, as
the flight program there was
already training pilots.
The 996 men trained at
Tuskegee have taken on al-
most legendary status as they
were pioneering Blacks in both
aviation and the military, and
their success almost certainly
contributed to the end of segre-
gation in the military in 1948.
Despite this history and Lu-
cas's track record as a film-
maker, most studios flat out
turned him down, which forced
him to finance the bulk of the
movie himself.
"My girlfriend [Melody Hob-
son] is Black and I've learned a
lot about racism, including the
fact that it hasn't gone away,
especially in American busi-
ness," Lucas said. "But on a
social level there's less preju-
dice than there was. So I fig-
ured, let's put another hero up
there. These guys are part of
American history, not a side
The "Red Tails" cast includes
Gooding Jr., Howard, "Friday
Night Lights" star Michael B.
Jordan and singer Ne-Yo and
open next Friday, Jan. 20th.

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Rapper 50 Cent appeared at CES 2012 on Tuesday.

L Ila~lpe


Comm. Jordan

pushes for

small business

Grant program to help

budding entrepreneurs

Being a small business owner can be
tough especially in this economy. Recently,
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara
J. Jordan encouraged entrepreneurs in Dis-
trict 1 to apply for the Mom and Pop Small
Business Grant Program. Applications will
be available January 26th through Febru-
ary 8th. Completed
applications will be
accepted from Feb-
ruary 9th through
SFebruary 17th. Ap-
plications are avail-
1t, Table at the com-
..... missioner's district
office 2780 NW 167th
Street Miami Gar-
dens of at Neighbors
And Neighbors As-
sociation (NANA), 180
JORDAN NW 62nd Street. All
applications must be
submitted by 5 p.m., on Friday, February
17th. Through the program small business
owners can apply to receive a grant up to
$5,000. The grant money can be used to
buy industry equipment or other necessi-
ties that help to draw appeal to their busi-
"The Mom and Pop Grant gives small
business owners an opportunity to make
expenditures that don't fall within their
budgets," Jordan said. "In most cases, these
funds allow companies to upgrade their
equipment to remain competitive with mid-
size and larger companies."
A mandatory information workshop meet-
ing explaining the requirements and appli-
cation process will bY held on Wednesday,
February 8th, at 6 p.m. at the North Dade
Regional Library, 2455~WV 183rd Street.

Regional Manager for
External Affairs for FPL

Newest Members of
Delance Hill, P.A.

Newest Members of
Delance Hill, P.A.



Trio advance

despite the odds
By Randy Grice

In the business world, tra-
ditionally the playground
for men, being a woman can
sometimes be a challenge to
say the least. Being a Black
woman can mean the hurdles
are even higher. But three lo-
cal businesswomen are beat-
ing the odds and climbing the
ladder to success.
Juliet Murphy Roulhac, 48,
was recently appointed as the
regional manager for external
affairs for Florida Power and
Light Company in Broward
"I pride myself in being a
community advocate and a
customer advocate," Roulhac
said.' I am here to make sure

that whatever concerns are
being voiced by the commu-
nity is being accurately trans-
lated within our company."
While Roulhac has had suc-
cess she admits that being a
double minority has present-
ed some roadblocks for her.
"Going into the community
and serving on boards may
be a little more challenging
for me," she said. "Because
of the work I have done with
so many people across the
country it is a little bit easier
Roulhac has also accepted
an appointment by Governor
Rick Scott to the University
of Florida Board of Trustees.
She is the first Black woman
to ever sit on the board.
"I was grateful and humbled
by the governor's appoint-
ment," she said. "Through-
out my professional career,
education has always been

a strong interest of mine. I
think that I was considered
because it was important for
the governor to maintain a di-
verse board. As a board mem-
ber I will be able to bring fresh
ideas and a commitment to
seeing the university through
difficult economic times."
Roulhac isn't the only busi-
nesswoman in South Florida
that is making her presence
known. Kymberlee Corry
Smith and Ericka Turk-NMoore
recently became the newest
members of delancyhill, P.A
"I am excited about joining
the firm," Smith said "I am
very excited about the energy
that comes along with being a
part of the firm a firm that
without question has an awe-
some presence in the com-
munity. I am ready to be a
part of a great firm that has
an awesome presence in the

Obama aims

to unfreeze

federal pay in

2013 budget

Employees wait with patience
By Alister Bull

President Barack Obama is set to propose
lifting a federal pay freeze in his upcoming
budget plan to give government employees a
0.5 percent salary rise. The increase, which
would end a two-year freeze imposed in
2010, will be outlined in the president's 2013
budget, according to an official in the White
House's budget office. The budget is expected
to be released in early February.
"A permanent freeze is not good policy," an
official said, noting the impact
of the two-year pay hold-
down on the two million
civilian workers on the
federal payroll.
'' "There are tight con-
f straints on our spend-
-s ". ing and we're trying
S ...' to find the best way
to accommodate those
pressures," the official
S said.
With his proposal,
S' which requires lawmak-
ers' approval, Obama is
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Unemployment benefit claims jump

By Christopher S. Rugaber

number of people applying for
weekly unemployment ben-
efits spiked last week, largely
because companies let go of
thousands of workers after the
The Labor Department said
Thursday that applications
jumped 24,000 to a season-
ally adjusted 399,000, most in
six weeks. That followed three
months of steady declines
that brought applications to
the lowest level in more than
three years.
Applications typically soar
the first two weeks of the year.
That's because many compa-
nies lay off temporary work-
ers who were brought on to
help during the holidays. The
department tries to adjust for
those patterns. But the task is
difficult because the data can
be volatile.
The four-week average,
which attempts to smooth
such fluctuations, also rose,
to 381,750. It had fallen the
previous week to a three-and-
a-half-year low.

People talk with a recruiter, center, at a job fair sponsored by
National Career Fairs. Unemployment benefit applications jump
to 399,000

When applications drop be-
low 375,000 consistently --
that generally signals hiring
is strong enough to reduce the
unemployment rate. Before
last week's spike, applications
had been below 375,000 three
of the past four weeks.
The unemployment rate fell
in December to 8.5 percent,
a three-year low. Employ-

ers added 200,000 net jobs,
double November's 100,000
The economy gained 1.6
million jobs last year, up from
940,000 in 2010. Economists
forecast roughly 1.9 million
jobs will be added this year,
according to a survey by The
Associated Press.
Still, the job market has a

long way to go before it recov-
ers from the damage inflicted
by the Great Recession, which
wiped out 8.7 million jobs.
There are still more than 13
million unemployed people in
the United States. And mil-
lions more who have given
up looking and are no longer
counted among those out of
The pickup in hiring reflects
greater economic growth. The
economy likely expanded at
an annual rate of more than
three percent in the final
three months of last year,
economists say. Rising con-
sumer spending will likely
power much of the gain. That
would be a sharp improve-
ment over the 1.8% growth in
the July-September quarter.
Even so, economists worry
that growth could slow in
the first half of 2012. Europe
is almost certain to fall into
recession because of its finan-
cial troubles.
And wages didn't keep pace
with inflation last year. So
without more jobs and higher
pay, consumers may have to
cut back on spending.

Blacks and youth will gain benefits

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

As 2012 unfolds, America's
consumers have now gained
a top cop in a wide range of
financial affairs. Richard
Cordray, a former Ohio at-
torney general and state
treasurer was recently ap-
pointed by President Obama
to become the first director
of the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau (CFP Af-
ter the greatest financial col-
lapse since that of the 1930s
Great Depression, the his-
toric Dodd-Frank Act created

a new bureau to comprehen-
sively address lending abuses
and the accompanying power
to enforce regulatory change.
With a director in place,
CFPB can now take on over-
sight of payday lenders, mort-
gage companies and credit
bureaus, writes rules for the
non-banking industry and
becomes the consumer's voice
in financial services regula-
tion. Last year in late July,
CFPB began ongoing monitor-
ing and regulating of large de-
pository banks.
Obama says, "The financial
firms have armies of lobby-

ists .in Washington
looking out for their
interest. You [citi-
zens] need somebody
looking out for your
interest and fighting
for you- and that's _5
Richard Cordray."
Ohio consumers
would readily agree. -
As state attorney 7 J
general, Cordray re-
covered more than CRC
$2 billion from Wall Street
to repay the state's wrongly-
foreclosed consumers, the
state's looted pension funds,
and its cities and counties.




His reputation as a
fair and reasonable
i advocate attracted
widespread sup-
port that included
businesses, civil
S rights and consum-
^ er advocates and
37 state attorneys
Speaking to the
specific consumer
WELL needs in commu-
nities of color, Wade Hender-
son, president and CEO of
the Leadership Conference on
Civil and Human Rights said,
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A construction worker works on the framework for a single
family home currently under construction.

Unemployment now

near three-year low

By Alister Bull

U.S. employment growth ac-
celerated last month and the
jobless rate dropped to a near
three-year low of eight per-
cent, the strongest evidence
yet the economic recovery
is gaining steam. Nonfarm
payrolls increased 200,000 in
December, the Labor Depart-
ment recently reported. It
was the biggest rise in three
months and beat economists'
expectations for a 150,000
gain. The urrm pl n, mrerilI rate
fell from a revised eight per-
cent in November to its lowest
level since February 2009, a
heartening sign for President
Barack Obama whose re-elec-
tion hopes could hinge on the
state of the labor market.
"The labor market is heal-
ing, but we still have a long
way to go to recoup the losses
we have endured," said Diane
Swonk, chief economist at
Mesirow Financial in Chicago.
"We may be close to a tipping
point where gains can become
more self-feeding."
A string of better-than-
expected U.S. data in recent
weeks has highlighted a
contrast between the recovery
in the world's biggest econ-

omy and Europe, where the
economy is widely believed to
be contracting. The jobs data
was overshadowed in financial
markets by concerns over Eu-
rope's debt crisis. U.S. stocks
ended mostly down, while
Treasury debt prices rose on
safe-haven bids. The dollar
rose to a near 16-month high
against the euro. Republican
presidential hopefuls have
blasted Obama's economic
policies as doing more harm
than good. The latest eco-
nomic signs, however, could
offer him some political pro-
tection. The economy added
1.6 million jobs last year, the
most since 2006, and the
jobless rate, which peaked at
10 percent in October 2009,
has dropped 0.6 percentage
points in the last four months.
Obama welcomed the news
and urged Congress to extend
a two-month -~', roll tax cut
through 2012 to help sustain
the recovery.
"We're moving in the right
direction. When Congress
returns they should extend
the middle-class tax cut for all
of this year, to make sure we
keep this recovery going," he
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Hey parents, third kid's an economic bargain

By Laura Vanderkam

In a tepid economy, people
look to save money however
they can. One strategy? Not
having kids. After hitting a
high of 4.3 million in 2007,
U.S. births tumbled, accord-
ing to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, to
about 4 million in 2010.
It makes sense. Each year,
the U.S. Department of Agri-
culture produces a study cal-
culating how much it costs
to raise a child to age 18.
In 2010, the price tag was
$226,920 curiously close to
the U.S. median house price
($221,800). Given how vexing
housing has been, families are
understandably wary of add-
ing similarly-priced babies to
the mix.
But a closer look at these
numbers shows that the real
sticker shock happens when
you have the first kid -
something the vast majority
of couples do. After that, the
marginal costs decline con-
siderably, to the point where
the third kid the one most
families don't have is down-
right cheap. That's good news
for would-be bigger families
because, despite vague talk of

*.. .
Single-kid families spend 25 percent more on their
spring than two-kid families spend on each of theirs.

As the economy


Americans are

downsizing their

families. But with

each new child, the

costs actually


overpopulation as this planet
crossed 7 billion inhabitants
in October, Americans tend
to undershoot, not overshoot,
their preferred family size.

To produce that $226,920
number, researchers survey
about 12,000 husband-and-
wife households each year.
They've discovered that fami-
lies with three kids spend 22
percent less per child than
two-kid families. Single-kid
families spend 25 percent
more on their offspring than

Foreclosures to blame for wealth loss

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"Communities of
color have always been
targets of predatory
lenders who created a
financial mess that re-
sulted in losses of $194
billion in the Black
community and $177
billion in the Latino
community, the larg-
est exodus of wealth
ever recorded for these

groups . We are
ready to work with Di-
rector Cordray to en-
sure that no commu-
nity is ever victim to
these practices again."
The biggest factor
contributing to this
historic loss of minor-
ity wealth has been
foreclosures wrought
from high-cost and
unsustainable loans.
With the CFPB and
other provisions of the

Dodd-Frank Act, the
kickbacks known in
the mortgage industry
as 'yield spread premi-
ums are banned. Fur-
ther, lenders are now
required to ensure a
borrower's ability to
repay a loan. Anoth-
er and lesser known
duty of CFPB includes
oversight on student
loans for higher edu-
cation. With authority
over private student

lenders, CFPB will re-
quire lenders to follow
fair rules and provide
families with informa-
tion they need to make
informed and smart
choices in financ-
ing a college educa-
tion for their children.
This particular provi-
sion will benefit Black
families 36 percent
of whom already fund
college educations
with student loans.

Strong hiring lures workers back on job

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Employment re-
mains about 6.1 mil-
lion below its pre-re-
cession level and at
December's pace of job
growth, it would take
about two years to win
those jobs back. There
are roughly 4.3 unem-
ployed people for every
job opening. Unsea-
sonably mild weather

last month helped fuel
a hefty gain in con-
struction employment.
Courier jobs also rose
sharply, a move the
Labor Department
pinned on strong on-
line shopping for the
holiday season. Those
jobs could be lost in
January and the un-
employment rate might
rise as Americans
who had abandoned
the hunt for work are

lured back into the la-
bor market. The drop
in the jobless rate was
mostly due to strong
hiring. The labor force
shrank only modest-
ly. A broad measure
of unemployment,
which includes people
who want to work but
have stopped look-
ing and those work-
ing only part time but
who want more work,
dropped to an almost

three-year low of 15.2
percent from 15.6 per-
cent in November. Still,
all told, 23.7 million
Americans are either
out of work or under-
employed. With the
labor market still far
from healthy, the debt
crisis in Europe un-
resolved and tensions
over Iran threatening
to drive up oil prices,
the U.S. economy faces
stiff headwinds.

two-kid families spend on
each of theirs.
While 22-25 percent doesn't
sound like a huge difference,
this is what it means on the
margins: An 11-year-old who's
an only child would cost a
middle-income family $15,830
per year (a big chunk of that
is to house him). According
to the USDA tables, though,
a family with an 11-year-
old and a 16-year-old would
spend $26,490 per year. Hav-
ing a second child added only
$10,660 to the tab. After that
it gets better. A middle-income
family with kids ages 11, 13
and 16 spends $31,070. The
third kid costs just $4,580.

So what's going on? Iwo
things, according to Mark
Lino, who writes the USDA
report. First, "if you have X
amount of income, with more
children the income has to be
spread over more children,"
leaving less for each.
In theory this could short-
change children except
there's no evidence that folks
from three-kid families turn
out 22 percent worse than
those in the two-kid norm.
That brings us to the second
explanation: "You also start to
get economies of scale the
cheaper by the dozen effect,"
Lino says. Once you buy the
home, for instance, "you can

have children snare a bea-
room that's a big cost sav-
ings." Kids use hand-me-down
clothes, cribs and toys. Sitters
don't charge three times the
rate for three kids vs. one.
Meagan Francis, a Michi-
gan mother of five and author
of The Happiest Mom, agrees.
"Our family is twice the size of
a lot of families we hang out
with, but our food bill isn't
twice the size." They buy in
bulk and don't eat out much,
partly because it's a hassle
and partly because staying
in "feels like a party." Indeed,
with four built-in playmates,
the kids don't need pricey ac-
tivities to stave off boredom.

Attention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County
District 9

Grant Money Available!
Up to $5,000 Per Business

Applications available
January 23, 2012 through February 7, 2012

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss's District Office
Attn: Dallas Manuel

District North Ofice
10710 SW 211 Street, Suite 206
Miami, FL 33189
Phone: 305-234-4938

District South Office
1634 NW 6 Avenue
Florida City, FL 33034
Phone 305-245-4420

Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)
180 NW 62 Street
Miami, FL 33150

Applications online at www.milamidade.gov/district09

There will be a mandatory information/workshop meeting explaining the
application and requirements held on Tuesday, February 7, 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. 7 Feb. 10, 2012 by 5.00 pm
Hand deliver application to District North Office, 10710 SW 211 St, Suite 206
No late applications will be accepted!
For additional information contact: Lawanza Finney 305-756-0605
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)
Please submit 1 original completed application marked ORIGINAL
and I copy completed application marked COPY.
We suggest you keep a copy also, for your records

Attention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County
District 7

Grant Money Available!
Up to $5,000 Per Business

Applications available
January 23, 2012 through February 6, 2012

Commissioner Xavier Suarez District Office
South Miami City Hall, 6130 Sunset Drive
Frankle Rolle Community Center, 3750 South Dixie Highway


Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)
180 NW 62 Street
Miami, FL 33150

Applications online at www.miamidade.gov/district07

There will be a mandatory Information/workshop meeting explaining the
application and requirements held on Monday, February 6, 2012, 6:00p.m. at the
Frankie Rolle Community Center 3750 South Dixie Highway Room 116.
Please be on time

Completed applications will be accepted from Feb. 6 Feb. 10, 2012 by 5:00 pm
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.
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Attention Business Owners

Mom and Pop Small Business
Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County
District 1

Grant Money Available!
Up to $5,000 Per Business

Applications available
January 26, 2012 through February 8, 2012

Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan's District Office
2780 NW 167 Street
Miami Gardens, FL 33055
Phone: 305-474-3011
Attn: Larry Gardner
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)
180 NW 62 Street
Miami, FL 33150

Applications online at www.miamidade.gov/district01

There will be a mandatory information/workshop meeting explaining the
application and requirements held on Wednesday, February 8, 2012,
6:00 p.m. at the North Dade Regional Library at 2455 NW 183 Street.
Please be on time!

Completed applications will be accepted from Feb. 9 Feb. 17, 2012 by 5:00 pm
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Gambling ship expected to bring 15o jobs

Port of Palm Beach approves casino

By Jeff Ostrowski

A new gambling ship
aims to hire 150 em-
ployees at wages of
$30,000 to $100,000
a year.
Port commissioners
have unanimously ap-
proved an agreement
with Black Diamond
Casino Inc. of Jupiter
to sail twice a day.
The deal means
Black Diamond Casi-
no will need workers to
take reservations, play
music, serve food and
deal cards. With Palm
Beach County unem-
ployment at 10.1 per-
cent, company Presi-
dent Jonathan Greene
expects 2,000 or more
applicants, but he said

the company won't
take applications until
Black Diamond Ca-
sino last month bought
a ship once used by
SunCruz Casinos. The
vessel is being refur-
bished and should be
ready to sail in March,
Greene said.
The ship's casino will
offer slots, roulette,
craps, blackjack, pok-
er and a sports book.
The Black Diamond
will be the first casino
ship to sail from the
Port of Palm Beach
since the Palm Beach
Princess stopped oper-
ating in early 2010.
Unlike the Palm
Beach Princess, the
Black Diamond will be
an American-flagged

vessel and will hire lo-
cal ermplo- ees. Greene
said. The Palm Beach
Princess emplo'. ed for-
eign workers who lived
aboard the 420-foot
While the Black Dia-
mond is much shorter
than the Palm Beach
Princess, Green said
it's catamaran-like
swath hull and wide
beam will make it sta-
ble in rough waters.
"This vessel can
handle an eight-foot
sea like it were a four-
foot sea," Greene said.
"It'll be a more com-
fortable ride than the
The Black Diamond
will hold 550 passen-
gers, and port officials
expect the new ship to

take 125,000 passen-
gers on cruises to no-
where in its first year
in business.
As talk of broader
casino gambling heats
up in Florida, port offi-
cials said they includ-
ed a clause in their
contract with Black
Diamond Casino that

would let them buy
out Black Diamond
should a dockside ca-
sino come to the port.
Black Diamond could
receive up to $35 mil-
lion, a cost port of-
ficials said would be
less than the revenue
they'd receive from a
land-based casino.

Greene said he'd
welcome such a pay-
day but called it un-
"It may come, but it
isn't going to be here
for a while," Greene
said. "There's so much
opposition to gambling
that I honestly don't
see it happening."

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Charities get more

donated homes

By Julie Schmit

Non-profits are getting more
donated homes in the wake of the
housing market collapse, and the
trend is likely to grow given the
ongoing foreclosure Crisis '
By donating, mortgage owners
free themselves from the cost of
maintaining homes they can't sell.
The bigger benefit is that cleaned-
up neighborhoods help stabilize
values of surrounding homes,
banks say.
"It's a win, win, win" for the
neighborhood, the bank and the
investor, says Rebecca Mairone,
head of Bank of America's donation
BofA donated 150 homes in 2011.

It plans to donate more than 1,200
next year, Mairone says. Wells
Fargo donated more than 1,120
homes this year, up from 295 last
year, it'says.
Nationwide, Habitat for Humanity
rehabilitated 1,210 homes that it
received as donations or bought at
distressed prices in the year ended
last June. That's nearly twice as
many as Habitat rehabbed a year
before, says Sue Henderson, vice
president of U.S. operations.
Charities can net thousands of
dollars or more from donated
homes, says Charles Konkus,
president of the Illinois-based Real
Estate Donations. It handled 117
donated homes in more than a
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Department, Survey and Land Records Section of the Construction Division,
located at 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 4th Floor, during regular working hours. Phone

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or repre-
sented at this meeting and are invited to express their views.

Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission with
respect to any matter considered at this meeting, that person shall ensure that
a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and evi-
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business days prior to the proceeding.

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the State of Florida. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections in Miami-Dade County, Florida, no later than thirty days after the date of this Notice in order to
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Adderly, Carlton E 2800 NW 172Nd Ter Delgado, Luis 980 NW 128Th P1

Alfonso, Alexander

650 SW 6Th Ter

Dempson, William H

9674 NW 10Th Ave # H820

Allen, Dedra L 2980 NW 48Th Ter #B Denman, Gloria D 5715 SW 111Th Ter
Allen, Lashawn D 1918 NW 153rd St Diaz, Deandre D 6333 NW 24Th PI
Alonso, Heidi R 11227 N Kendall Dr# D105 Dominguez Barreto, Luis 50 Lindsey Ct #208
Alorn'it Mddesto Z 1220 SW 86Th Ct Dominguez, Osvaldo 600 Biltmore Way #1118
Arguelles, Roberto J 2408 NW 16Th Street Rd #14 Dooley, Richard A 152 NW 12Th St
Armstrong, Terry L 14700 Booker T Washington Blvd #107 Dorsett, DwightA 1214 NW 52Nd St
Arroyo, Enrique 2700 NW 87Th Ave Drovin, Franklin 5742 SW 165Th Ct
Avant, Latorrio X 16420 NW 18Th Ct Eady, Karl E 2454 NE 188Th St
Barclay, Barbara 2470 NW 180Th Ter Edwards, Melvin L 2020 NW 1StAve
Barnes, Shaquita C 7825 NW 5Th CT #3 Emrich, Charles R 2531 SE 20Th PI
Baron, Michael B 10330 SW 183Rd St Estrada, Nancy G 35760 SW 186Th Ave
Barrientos, Jose L 10752 SW 143Rd Ave Eutsey, Stacie L 2800 NW 172Nd Ter
Bassette, Kahrim D 3525 NW 176ThTer Evers, Dan J 12001 SW 110Th Street Cir E
Bejarano, Carlos J 2178 W 60th St #18213 Fechter, Patrick R 1250 S Miami Ave Apt 2313
Belton, Shirley H 17140 NW 42Nd PI Fennell, Lester 12278 SW 202Nd St
Bernadin, Eddy S 1055 NW 126Th St Fleming, Dedrick A 1015 NW 73rd St
Berrios, Nelson 245 NE 80Th Ter #B Fletcher, Quanthony D 19011 NW 7Th Ct
Bowman, Dexter D 860 NW 118Th St Fluker, Emmanuel J 2370 NW 182Nd Ter
Brown, Jimmy 1756 NW 68Th St Fonticiella, Evelio 2356 SW 156Th Ct
Caballero, Raquel 151 Crandon Blvd # 137 Forbes, leasha E 18805 NW 39Th PI
Carmichael, Walter D 1943 NW 2Nd Ct #7 Ford, Debra J 726 NE 1StAve
Carter, Granville A 121 SantillaneAve#3 Franco, Manuel R 5770 SW 2Nd Ter
Carter, Gregory T 7775 NW 27Th Ave #105 Franco, Napoleon A 8329 SW 107Th Ave Apt A
Casanas, Dwayne 425 NE 30Th St Franklin, Christopher 1545 NW 8Th Ave
Casseus, Lusette 220 NW 63Rd ST #1 Fuchs, Andrew I 1950 SW 2Nd St Apt 5
Castrillon, Jorge A 12737 NW 102Nd Ct Gadson, Alicia B 1406 NW 60Th St #103
Celestin, Evans 320 NE 55Th St Gaines, Pamela R 15555 NW 2Nd Ave #118
Charles, Vennin E 247 NW 51St St Garcia, James J 824 W41St St
Clark, Alfonso 1874 NW 44Th St Garcia, Melvin 26612 SW 138Th Ct
Clayton, Rodrick L 2050 Lincoln Ave #2 Gardner, David L 1849 NW 66Th St
Cohen, Genie S 9444 Sterling Dr #PH George, Leon M 806 NW 6Th Ter
Collins, Corey A 7735 NW 22Nd Ave # 210 Goa, Herman 13006 Alexandria Dr Aptl09
Colon, Grayson 946 SW 4Th St #302 Goodman, Nathan 4541 Post Ave
Concepcion SR, Jesus 2178 W60Th St #18213 Green, Torin 1867 NW 85Th St
Cook, Ricky 1907 NW 38Th St Guzman, Henry O 14330 NW 11Th Ct
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Cubela, Sofia C 4010 SW 107Th Ave Hall, Clarence D 2125 NW 93Rd Ter
Daizi, Raul E 709 W 33Rd St Hall, Elva M 16400 NW 18Th Ave
Davis, Meltin A 2140 NW 113Th Ter Harris, Jazarus E 3388 NW 49Th St
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Supervisor de Elecciones, Condado de Miami-Dade
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Can't sell that home, try donating it

continued from 7D

dozen states for chari-
ties this year, Konkus
says. Before the hous-
ing collapse, it got
about 20 a year.
Some homes are
given by homeowners
who receive charitable
tax deductions in re-
turn. "People see this
as a way out if they
can't sell," Konkus
While rising, the
number of donated
homes is tiny relative

to the size of the fore-
closure problem. Na-
tionwide, more than
six million homeown-
ers are late on their
mortgages or already
in foreclosure, Lender
Processing Services
The Cleveland-
based Cuyahoga Land
Bank gets about 120
donated properties a
month, up from 80 a
year ago, President
Gus Frangos says.
Cuyahoga County has
22,000 abandoned
single-family homes,

he says.
Most donated homes
are in such bad shape
that they're demol-
ished, Frangos says.
Often, properties are
then turned into com-
munity gardens, sold
to neighbors for $100
or returned to cities.
Removing a neigh-
borhood eyesore "al-
most immediately
stabilizes property
values," Frangos says.
In some higher cost
areas, homes aren't
donated as much as
they are sold at dis-

counted prices.
Habitat for Human-
ity of Greater Los
Angeles bought 80
distressed homes in
the past year, mark-
ing its first venture
into buying vs. build-
ing, CEO Erin Rank
says. The homes,
typically worth about
$200,000, were some-
times discounted by
25 percent to 30 per-
cent, Rank says.
Habitat resells the
homes it fixes to eli-
gible families. They
get livable homes and

neighborhoods where
Habitat has built other
homes are strength-
ened, too, Rank says.
Home donations
don t always work
for charities. The
East Bay Community
Foundation in Oak-
land, Calif., has re-
jected three offers of
donated homes in re-
cent years. The prop-
erties couldn't readily
be turned into cash,
which the foundation
uses to make grants,
spokesman John
Pachtner says.

Wage reflects increasing private sector growth

continued from 6D

challenging Republi-
cans in congress who
have sought to ex-
tend the pay freeze
through September
2013. Republicans
want to use the es-
timated $26 billion
savings to help cover
the $120 billion cost
of extending a payroll
tax cut through the
end of this year. Dem-
ocrats in congress

have opposed sad-
dling federal workers
with another annual
pay freeze, but they
have signaled a will-
ingness to consider
Republican propos-
als that would trim
some pension benefits
for federal workers to
help cover the cost of
the payroll tax cut. In
coming weeks, Demo-
crats and Republicans
in Congress will try to
reach a deal on ex-
tending the payroll tax

cut through the rest of
this year. They face a
February 29 deadline,
when a stop-gap mea-
sure enacted late last
month amid deep divi-
sions among Republi-
cans, expires. There is
a range of ideas under
negotiation, in addi-
tion to freezing fed-
eral pay, to offset the
cost of extending the
payroll tax reduction.
Obama's 0.5 percent
pay increase propos-
al compares with a

one percent pay raise
for fiscal 2013 man-
dated under the law
- unless the presi-
dent takes action to
change it. That statu-
tory increase reflects
private-sector wage
growth measured by
the employment cost
index. A second White
House official said
that only raising pay
by 0.5 percent would
save $2 billion in
2013, compared with
having wages go up by

the statutory amount.
The incremental cost
of increasing wages
by 0.5 percent versus
leaving them frozen
would be $800 million
in 2013, that official

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1600 NW 59 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $575.
Appliances, 305-642-7080.

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

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

1801 NW 2 Court
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-

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

190 NW 16 Street
Studios $400 and one bdrm
$500. Call 786-506-3067.
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$425. Appliances, free gas.

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

2040 NE 168 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air,
water included, washer, dryer
facility. Section 8 Welcome!
2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one
bath $650, free water.
2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
2945 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$600. Two bedrooms, one
bath, $800. Call Mr. Perez,
411 NW 37 Street
Studios $395 monthly.
All appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $425.
Appliances, free water.

50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bdrms from $490-$580 mthly!
Apply at 2651 NW 50 Street,
call 305-638-3699.
5130 NW 8 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1,300 per month, all appli-
ances included. Call Joel

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

5550 NE Miami Place
One bedroom. $600 monthly,
first and last. 786-277-0302
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

6832 NW 5 Place
Studio $110 weekly, $450 to
move in, Efficiency available
all locations. 786-286-2540
6950 NW 8 Avenue
Remodeled studio. $450-
$500, Section 8 Ok!
Call 305-675-1740.
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $495 monthly.
Call 786-328-5878

8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms. Section 8 OK.
305-754-7776 .
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.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.

Ready To Move In
Plus water! Spacious, one,
two bdrms. Special for se-
niors 786-416-3903
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
No security deposit re-
quired. One or two bdrm,
water included. 305-603-
9592, 305-600-7280 or
S 305-458-1791

One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-717-6084
MIAMI 9150 NW 7 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $650. On
site laundry and manager.

One bedroom, gated. $625
to $675. NE 78 Street

One bdrm, one bath, $675
and two bdrms, two baths
$825. Gated security, central
air, on site laundry and man-
ager. 305-685-7048.
Move In Special!
Spacious two bdrms, one
bath, tile, $695. one bed-
room, one bath, $500
spacious three bdrms, one
bath, tile, central air, $850

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 one bedroom, air,
window shades, appliances.
Free HOT water. $410
monthly, plus $200 deposit.
305-665-4938, 305-498-


2683 NW 66 Street
For more information
Call 786-277-8988


140 NW 70 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1500 mthly, 786-370-0832,
2906 NW 195 Lane
Three bdrms., one bath.
Voucher. 954-471-7878.
2nd Ave NW 7 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
$1000 month, 305-757-7067
Design Realty.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
Three and four bedrooms
units. Rudy 786-367-6268.
19351 NW 45 Avenue
3842 NW 213 Street
2775 NW 195 Terrace

Dqplpexes .

1080 NW 37 Street
One bdrm, one bath, Section
8 Welcome! 786-326-6105
1140 NW 114 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$795 Molly 305-541-2855
1185 N.W. 63 St. #1
Two bdrms, one bath, appli-
ances, air. $800 mthly, $1600
to move in. 305-389-8414
131 NW 32 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $595,
free water. 305-642-7080
1322 NE 146 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
front unit. Section 8 Wel-
come! Call 404-403-5550.
1393 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1,300 monthly. New Con-
struction. Section 8 Ok. Ron
786-355-2121, 305-318-8861
1410 NW 38th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
office includes water, $850
monthly, 305-662-5505.
1813 NW 44 Street
Efficiency, one bath
$595. Four bdrms, two
baths $1395. Free water,

1826 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, appliances, $800
monthly, Section 8 Welcome.
1877 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, $900 monthly.
Section 8 Welcome. 305-331-
2431 or 786-419-0438.
19112 NW 36 AVE.
Three bedrooms, one bath,
fenced yard, new kitchen and
appliances, granite counters,
central air. Section 8 Ok.
207 SE 10 Street
Air condition one bedroom,
one bath, water and appli-
ances included. 305-685-
209-211 NW 41 Street
Three bdrms, one bath and
two bdrms, one bath, conve-
niently located, new renova-
tion. Section 8 Only!
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms, air, bars.
$795 monthly. 786-306-4839.
2285 NW 101 Street
One bedroom, tile, air, water,
bars. $700, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
2561 York Street
Three bdrms, two baths, air,
new appliances and alarm.
Section 8 only! $1200 mthly,
$500 deposit. 786-709-2076

271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
S895, free water and elec-
tricity, 305-642-7080.
3051 NW 134 Street
Section 8 Ok! Newly remod-
eled, two large bdrms, one
bath, air, $925 monthly.
Call 954-557-4567
3186 NW 135 Street
One bdrm, one bath, $650
monthly. Call 954-704-0094
4130 NW 22 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1195. Appliances, free
water. 305-642-7080.

4425 NW 23 Court
Two bedrooms, one
bath, $650, appliances.

542 N.W. 92 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
new carpet, new appliances
and alarm. $1200 monthly,
Section 8 only deposit
Call 786-709-2076

5511 NW 5 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, all
appliances, air, security bars,
$700 mthly, $600 security.
305-979-3509 after 6 p.m.
5629 Fillmore Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
$1,200 monthly. First and
security move in. 786-370-
5929 NE 1 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$725, free water.

6250 NW 1 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath
$850. Free water/electric.
6920 NW 2 Court
Updated two bedrooms, one
bath, tile, central air, $900
monthly. 305-662-5505.
7521 NW 1 Avenue
Huge three bdrms, two baths.
ALL NEW! Impact Windows,
central air, walk in closets.
$1250 mthly. 305-793-0002
7742 NW 2 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Appliances, central air. $750
monthly. 786-287-9011
775 NW 47 Street
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath units. Family neighbor-
hood. Completely renovated,
new appliances. Section 8
Only. 305-975-1987
7822 NE 1 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800. Appliances, free

9896 NW 21 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tiled floors.
CALL 786-237-1292
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845
Two bedrooms, one bath.


100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1245 NW 77 Terrace
Efficiency, tile floor, central
air, washer/dryer Section 8
Ok. $600 monthly. Call
1756 Ali Baba Avenue
One bedroom, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 305-305-2474
47 N.E. 80th Terr #3
One person, $400 monthly,
$1200 to move in.
Call 305-621-4383
5541 NW Miami Court
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN), from
$185 wkly to $650 monthly.
9000 1/2 NW 22 Ave
Air, electric and water includ-
ed. Unfurnished, one person
only. 305-693-9486.
Efficiency and room
One person. Cable, utilities.
$600 monthly.

Furnished Rooms

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
13377 NW 30 Avenue
Extra large, $95 wkly, free
utilities, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1905 NW 115 Street
Furnished one bedroom,

private bath. Utilities included
plus cable. $550 monthly.
Call 267-909-7621.

19541 NW 37 Court
Air. Kitchen privileges, $500
monthly. First and last.
2010 NW 55 Terrace
Air, $140 weekly, cable, utili-
ties included, 786-487-2286
2831 NW 159 Street
In quiet, clean house, call
Phyllis 754-214-9590.
2900 NW 54 Street
Large space (12,000 sqf.),
affordable rent and ideal
location. Call 954-885-8583
or 954-275-9503.
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
6835 NW 15 Avenue
$80 weekly, $200 to move in,
air and utilities included.
Call 786-277-2693
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Air, kitchen privileges, $125/
week, one person. $250
move in. 786-488-3045
Furnished room in a private
home. Light kitchen privileg-
es. 305-621-1017,
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable, air, 305-688-0187.
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055.
Clean, nice, and air, $400
monthly. Call 786-426-6263.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.


10295 S.W. 175 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$750 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.
1231 NW 101 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
newly remodeled, $850
1244 NW 45 Street
Three bdrms, new bath, cen-
tral air, new renovation, Sec-
tion 8 Only! 305-975-1987.
12620 NW 17 Avenue
Cozy three bdrms, one bath,
bars, fenced, air, remodeled.
$1,250 monthly. First and
last. Section 8 OK. Call for
appointment 305-621-0576.
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
1514 NW 74 Street
Section 8 Preferred, three
bedrooms, one bath, fenced
yard, central air, ceiling fans,
refrigerator, stove. Washer,
dryer, security bars, awnings.
$1,375 mthly. $500 security.
Call 786-218-4646
17100 NW 9 Place
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Section 8 OK!
$1300 monthly. 786-385-
8174 or 305-621-7883.
1743 NW 42 Street
Lovely small one bedroom
rear house with full kitchen,
full bath. All utilities included
for $680 a month.
Call 786-356-7056
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bdrms, two baths.
$1095. Appliances,
1864 NW 88 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air, tile. $1200, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
189 Street NW 43 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
den, Section 8, HOPWA. Qui-
et area. 954-392-0070
2 NW 69 Street
Three bdrms, one bath
$1075. Appliances, free
water. 305-642-7080

21958 SW 124 PL
Beautiful four bedroom,
two bath. On a cul-de-sac,
recently remodeled kitchen,
granite counters. Central
air, screened back patio,
wooden backyard privacy
fence, separate living, din-
ing, den, and study. $1600
monthly, $500 security
deposit. Call 954-665-8270.
221 NW 82 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750 includes water. No Sec
8. Call 305-267-9449.
2330 NW 97 Street
One bdrm. small private
house. $760. 305-693-0620
235 N.W. 53rd Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, newly renovated, Section
8 okay, 305-975-1987.
2401 NW 170 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, tile, air, $1,300, No Sec-

tion 8, Terry Dellerson, Broker
3045 N.W. 68 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1350 monthly. Section 8 OK.

3531 NW 209 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
tile, air, two car garage,
fenced, bars, $1,400, No
Section 8. Terry Dellerson,
Broker 305-891-6776.
42 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1600. Section 8 Preferred.
5551 NW 15 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two
baths,$1200 per month,
all appliances included.
Section 8 welcome. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel
660 NW 52 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tiled, bars, util-
ity room with washer/dryer
hook-up. Very quiet street.
$1150 monthly. First and last.
No Section 8.
6951 N.W. 3rd Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled, fresh paint, $995 month-
ly, 305-662-5505.
7753 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath
house, $700 monthly,
central air, all appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578.

8231 NW 14 Court
Four bedrooms, 2 baths, cen-
tral air, newly renovated, near
Arcola Park.
8930 N.W. 15 AVE.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1200. Water included, yard
care and appliances,
9012 NW 22 Avenue
Small two bedrooms, appli-
ances included, water.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, laundry and dining
room, yard maintenance in-
cluded. Near Calder Casino,
Turnpike, and Sunlight Stadi-
um. First and security. $1500
mthly. Section 8 OK 305-623-
0493. Appointment only.
Clean three bdrms, three
baths, lake, air, quiet area.
$1500, 305-407-5327.
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, large yard, newly
renovated, $1,650 monthly,
Section 8 okay,
Near Miami Lakes, three
bdrms, two baths, Section 8
or HOPWA. $1,375. 305-620-
8552 or 786-597-2090.
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
Three bdrms, two baths, tile,
appliances. $1375 mthly.
Section 8 or HOPWA. 954-
966-3536 or 954-592-1161.
North West Dade
Three bdrms, Section 8
home, everything newly
renovated with wood floors,
custom kitchen, central air
and more. Move-in condition.
Please call 305-321-4077,
Two bedrooms, $900; three
bedrooms, $1300. 305-757-
7067 Design Realty.
Four bdrms, two baths, Sec-
tion 8, 786-301-4368.

Own bath, private entrance,
air. Call 754-422-1016.


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girls' leader

Garnering respect in the south is sophomore talent, Ronisha Morris,
guard and forward for Homestead Senior High. Throughout the Broncos
tumultuous 8-9 season, Morris, 16, has had to fill a variety of
roles and is largely responsible for the success of the team.
"She is the backbone of the team," said Head
S C-..ach Jamahr Carter. "She makes up where
S-:-. .eryone else is slacking."
.4 j While Morris has not dominated stats in one
respective area, she has contributed across the
/ board in each game, including a double-double
c / (15 points, 13 rebounds) in a heartbreak-
\- ing two-point loss (45-47) during a holiday
: J tournament against district rival Palmetto
Senior High School. Carter said that he has
S been impressed with her leadership on and
Soff the court at such a young age.
"She calls her own team meetings," Carter
said. "She encourages her teammates in
SMorris, whose favorite player is Dwayne
SWade because of his versatility on the
court, says basketball has provided her
relief from life's stresses.
"If I'm having a bad day, I come to prac-
Stice and I don't think about it," she said.
: Morris, who hopes to make it to the
WNBA one day, began playing basketball
after a security guard at Pine Villa Elementa-
ry saw her playing kickball basketball during
her third grade gym class.
"He noticed I had handles and started work-
ir vith me," she added.
Despite their record, Morris still has her eyes set on
a d ist ri.: t championship this season. But she knows
he'r team will have to step up their game. She often
reiterates the words of her coach to motivate her team-
mates and herself.
"What you put in is what you get out," Morris said. "If
you don't give 100 percent in practice then you won't in
The advice of Carter and an "impossible dream" keeps
her going, even when the pressure begin to mount.
"I want to be the first girl in the NBA," she said laugh-
She laughs, but Carter believes in her potential.
"She could be a D-1 player," Carter said. "She just has to continue to work
Morris averages eight points, six rebounds one assist and five steals per

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postgame address by
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Westview Baptist Church
13301 NW 24th Avenue

562/633 Wesley United Methodist Church
133 Ponce De Leon Boulevard
776 Eureka Park
18320 SW 119th Avenue
793/796/681 Kendale Lakes Branch Library
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963 Community Plaza
777 West Palm Drive

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999 11th Street
218 New Way Fellowship Baptist Church
16800 NW 22nd Avenue

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328 John F. Kennedy Library
190 West 49th Street
John F. Kennedy Library
190 West 49th Street
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14250 SW 62nd Street
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Injury, grief weigh heavily

on Serena Williams

By Douglas Robson

MELBOURNE, Australia
-Serena Williams started
her quest for a sixth Aus-
tralian title in a match that
finished nearly an hour.into
Wednesday morning.
Appearing to have re-
covered from a serious left

ankle injury that forced
her out of the Brisbane In-
ternational two weeks ago,
Williams moved well around
the court as she beat Tamira
Paszek 6-3, 6-2.
Williams broke Paszek in
the fifth game of the second
set, then blasted four aces
past the Austrian player in
the next game for a 4-2 lead.
She set up match point with
an ace, then used a service
winner to clinch it in 79
"She made a few drop
shots, and really pushed me
physically. I think I needed
it to assess my ankle. Last
night was the first night I
didn't have any pain in it. It
was a very, very bad sprain
... I tore a couple ligaments."
In an afternoon match on
the same court, U.S. Open
women's champion and

Australian hope Sam Sto-
sur was beaten by Sorana
Cirstea 7-6 (2), 6-3. The Ro-
manian later told the crowd
that "probably the whole
country hates me now."
Stosur's first-round loss
mirrors that of Petra Kvi-
tova, who went out in the
first round of last year's" U.S.
Open after winning Wimble-
"I'm not sure if it's one
of my biggest matches,
but it feels like that now,"
said Cirstea, who had lost
both her previous matches
against Stosur.
Stosur saved three match
points while serving, but fi-
nally lost it when her loop-
ing forehand drifted over the
baseline. No Australian has
won the national title since
Chris O'Neil in 1978.
"Certainly not the way

that I wanted, not just this
tournament, but the whole
summer," to play out, Stosur
said. "There's not any other
word for it but a total disap-
Second-ranked Kvitova
and No. 4 Maria Sharapo-
va advanced. After surren-
dering her opening service
game with a. double-fault,
Kvitova won 12 consecutive
games in a 6-2, 6-0 win over
Vera Dushevina of Russia.
Sharapova, a former Aus-
tralian Open, U.S. Open
and Wimbledon champion,
won the first eight games of
a 6-0, 6-1 win over Gisela
Dulko of Argentina in her
first match since returning
from a left ankle injury.
The 2008 champion need-
ed just 58 minutes for the
win and the only game she
lost was on her own serve.

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