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Miami Times columnist responds to Herald op-ed

Putney's attack of CDBG funds

in Liberty City is offensive
'Why no uproar when same dollars Towers and Belafon- funds in Liberty
te-Tacolcy Center. City and he is in
used in Hialeah or Little Havana?' He suggests that the an uproar. Why no
millions have gone to M P' uproar when CDBG
By Reginald J. Clyne that he would corrupt politicians, f dollars are spent in
Miami Times columnist spend it on job Black and white and Coral Gables, Hia-
training, after- community organi- leah, Little Havana
Michael Putney criticized school tutor- zations. and the City of Mi-

Mayor Regalado and Com- ing and other
missioner Spence Jones for programs for .
utilizing $428,545 of federal Liberty City
funds for beautification of School kids.
businesses in Liberty City. He He further CLYNE
suggests the beautification criticizes the
of the businesses is a waste project be-
of money and it is "putting cause the facades will feature
lipstick on a pig." He won- a "contemporary Afro-centric
ders what is the "rationale architectural style." He asks
for spending $428,000 in "does anyone know what tha
public money to jazz up the means?" He claims hundreds
facades of privately owned" of millions have been spen
businesses. He acknowledg- in Liberty City since the
es there are restrictions on McDuffie riots and there are
CDBG funds and suggests no results except the Edisor


Mr. Putney is a PU.
classic example of a
white man who has no idea
how prejudiced he comes
across. His criticism of fund-
ing to improve Liberty City
smacks to me of insidious
The City has roughly $37
million allocated to commu-
nity development. A mere
$400,000 is spent of federal

I ami Beach? Why no
outcry when several
hundred thousand
dollars were used
NEY to put Flamingos
all over town? Why no
outcry when American Air-
lines terminal went millions
of dollars over budget?
Mr. Putney shows his ig-
norance when he criticizes
the use of the funds for ur-
ban beautification. Hello, Mr.
Putney. Please read 42 USC
Section 5305 which outlines
Please turn to FUNDS 5A

Opa-locka mayor's family faces corruption charges

Troubles continuefor City's Myra Taylor

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmne'ir(' iniumitinmesonline.com in

In an 18-page arrest warrant sup-
plied by the State Attorney's Office,
Bishop John Taylor, 67, is alleged
to have said to an informant that he
didn't want his wife to have any Iv-
gal problems further acknowledging
the [Mynr L. lTaYlor Mayoralj Cam-
pig n '.s iiiiscoiIdUlct bY stating g mi
wife . risked being removed from
office." But with Taylor, his son De-
metrius, 36, and the Mayor's sister,

Elvira Smith, 45, all being arrested
last Thursday, Feb. 9th, problems
continue for the beleaguered mayor.
Mayor Myra Taylor was not
charged but such was not the case
for the trio of family members. The
charges include: making and ac-
cepting excessive campaign contri-
butions, tampering with evidence
and conspiring to violate election
COdCI *ic i iC c i-ga uoll, uCe iiL-
est in a string of troubles for Taylor
dates back to 2004, was initiated by
Miami-Dade County ethics investi-

gator Karl Ross and Miami-Dade de-
tective Gus Bayas, a member of the
public corruption bureau.
The three alleged conspirators vol-
untarily surrendered on Thursday,
posted bond immediately and were
released either late that night or
early the next morning, according to
the Taylor family's attorney Benedict
P. Kuehne, 57.
What happens next?
"We will investigate the accusa-

hne said. "So f'ir this i just n a""
sided story based on the afl'ri'. tn.
I will investigate the facts and the

circumstances. Generally speaking,
when multiple people are charged
with a crime, each has a separate
lawyer. We have not made a decision
on whether other lawyers will pro-
vide representation."
Kuehne pointed out that his cli-
ents only face an arrest so far, as "no
charges have been filed."
"They have not gone to court nor
have they seen any of the State's evi-
dence," he said.
h: a state ment made on behalf of
*',:hop ",".lor, hi:; son iln'l sister in
law, Kuehne added, "Bishop Taylor
Please turn to CHARGES 10A

NIe Cavn Miami mayor now focusing

O etpoWnnliste on employing ex-offenders
to representatives i-

Fair also addresses rights

restoration for former felons
By Randy Grice
rgqrice @ ianitime.son/liie.corn i

It's tough for Blacks in Miami-Dade -
County to find work these days as an
unemployment rate of 15.4 percent con-
firms. But when you're an ex-felon, over-
coming the added obstacles and stigma
make it that nearly impossible to secure REGALADO

a steady job or to become re-acclimated
into society. In order to address their
unique struggles and to help ex felons
get on the right track, the City of Mi
ami mayor's office recently organized a
10.j Specialized Recruitment Fair (SRF) at
Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church,
1323 NW 54th Street. The fair, which
SPENCE-.JONES was exclusively for ex-offenders, fo-
cused on restoring civil rights and help-
ing offenders to gain mfpl",% rn'iit
"I really believe that people should have a second chance,"
said Tomas P. Regalado, 64, City of Miami rmi..r. "This is
Please turn to EX-FELONS 10A

Whitney Houston escapes the world she lifted up

By DeWayne Wickham

Whitney Houston finally got to ex-
hale. After a 27.-year non-stop. roller-
coaster ride to steep heights of fame
and the deep canyons of heartbreak.
she took one last breath and then
let go of life.
it, ill'.., it will be said death came
to the pop music icon at 3:55 p.m.
on Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel
room. That's the moment of her medi-
cal demise. But Houston's life started
slipping away long before then. In the

coming, days. much will be said
about the troubles that warped
her time on earth.
Accounts of Houston's mu-
sical (ia n ius will be laced with
talk of the time she spent on
life's dark side. You 11 hear
about Houston's recurring WICKI
bouts with drugs. her tumul-
tuous marriage to Bobby Brown and
her ill-advised stint on his tri .- i.
real. reality show.
But I want to remember the Hous-
ton who brought jov into the lives of

millions of people worldwide,
not the one whose troubled life
too often kept her from expe-
riencin.in, the bliss she so un-
selfishly gave others. I want to
remember the Houston whose
music I loved, the actress who
HAM drew me into a Washington,
D.C.. theater in 1995 to see the
film Waiting to Exhale. which I feared
was a black-male bashing movie.
I waded into that theater. nearly
packed with women. with three bud-
dies for what we only :. -,*:.-v

called a reconnaissance mission. I
left transformed by the story that un-
folded onscreen and by these words
from its title song:
Everyone falls in love sometime,
Sometimes it's wrong and some-
times it's right
For every win, someone must fail
But there comes a point when,
when we exhale
For nearly a decade-and-a-half,
Houston made it possible for a lot of
us to exhale to find an escape from
a troubled world .- -. her music

and acting. Her voice both the soft,
raspy one she spoke with and the
sultry, b,, ,ming one she took to the
recording studio and -.,.- was in-
toxicating. Her singing was as soulful
as a mouth full of collard greens and
as transcending as the rendition of
TheStar-Spangled Banner she -.r,,:
at Super Bowl XXV, just days after
the start of the Persian Gulf War.
No doubt, some people will choose
to remember Houston by the tragedy
of her early death. But Ill remember
Please turn to HOUSTON 10A



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Toxicology report:

Pending on Houston

By Elizabeth Weise

An autopsy was performed on Whiniev Houston's body
Sunday, but it will be weeks before invest igato s know the
cause of her death. Until the Los Angeles County coroner's of-
fice has toxicology results, nothing can be known for certain.
and those tests will take weeks.
Pl'as'e turn to WHITNEY 1OA


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It's easy to say but are we

really Black and proud?
T ere's an interesting phenomenon about most racial
groups in the U.S. Miami is no different. When Hai-
tians look for people to employ, they first look to their
own. Cubans are particularly good as this and whites well,
they mastered the game centuries ago. Some people call this
practice nepotism. But others call it survival of the race. The
question remains why Blacks in America still haven't caught
We aren't knocking diversity nor are we advocating preju-
dice. It's just a bit annoying to see Blacks run to shop at
places that are owned by other races and who often let us
know that they really don't want us there in the first place.
Is there something inherently inferior about being Black and
shopping Black at least as a first option? Why don't we pre-
pare our young boys and girls to take over our businesses or
to serve as the managers of our enterprises? They don't have
to be part of our blood family they can be members of the
extended Black family.
Many years ago, James Brown voiced a new attitude: "Say
it loud, I'm Black and I'm proud." But there are few Black
businesses that appear to believe in his words. Brothers look
for women of other races to date and marry. Sisters say they
can't find a good Black man. And store owners look for em-
ployees that speak other tongues or 'have a different look.'
Blacks lead the city, county and nation in unemployment
and the numbers are even worse for our youth. Maybe for
just a moment we should stop seeking reasons for not hiring
or mentoring our own and play the race card just this once.
After all, isn't that the American way?

We need courage and unity

to end drive-by shootings
ears ago, when young people got angry with one anoth-
er, they squared off on a street corner, on the neighbor-
hood playground or outside of the high school gymna-
sium and duked it out fist-to-fist, knuckle-to-knuckle and
then they went home. The next clay, they might have bruised
hands, black eyes and even a few less teeth, but they were alive.
The light was over and life went on.
Today, however, more and more young adults seem to enjoy
mimicking the ,iangstcr w'.ay of life taint ns heen rnmadc pop lint
in thil movies. Ihiut in real life, folks don't get up at the end of a
scene after their body has been riddled with bullets. They stay
down and dead. One has to wonder, therefore, why we tend
to ignore the actions of those who like cruising our neighbor-
hoods, causing death and destruction in drive-by shootings.
In just two days last week, three men were injured in drive-by
attacks one of the victims was barely 17.
It's very easy to point fingers at others and say that they're
the reason for the problems plaguing the Black community.
But let's take credit for some of this madness. Those who we
often vilify, like whites, Republicans, gays or the rich, are not
r i' i-,i, up and down 62nd, 77th or anywhere else with loaded
assault weapons, aiming them at crowds of people and shooting
with reckless abandon. The people who are destroying Liberty
City, Little Haiti and Overtown, shattering lives and families,
are folks that we know. They are brothers with whom we once
played childhood games together or those with whom we often
shared a drink. It's time for some tough love. We have but two
choices: we can turn those who are hellbent on destroying our
communities in or we can continue to run for cover and hope
their bullets never strike us or someone that we love. Will we
have the courage to make the right choice?

Whitney fell, like all of us

all, but got back up
t was 1985 when a former teen model with striking looks
and charm named Whitney Elizabeth Houston, then bare-
Sl 21-years-old, released her first album. We were imme-
diately struck by her talent. Yes, Whitney had "it" an almost
regal presence armed with a voice that comes once in a genera-
tion. Her meteoric rise to stardom and diva status was sudden
and impressive. Some said she seemed to have the Midas touch
and perhaps she did. With her three-octave voice she effort-
lessly soared to heights that other singers could only dream
about. In 1)92 she first i,.. what would become her signature
piece. "I Will Always Love You." Her performance was described
as a "tour-de-force." Whitney had arrived and was working on
all cylinders. Sometimes listening to her took our breath away.
Sadly, along the way. Whitney took a detour, as we have all
done at one point or another. Her 'demons' were drugs and al-
cohol and they wreaked havoc on her voice and health. She fell
hard some seemed to delight in her pain. But that's not the
end of the story she got back up. Perhaps it was because of
her Christian faith that whenever she stumbled, she somehow
found the strength to try again. Whitney has left this world far
too soon. Perhaps the price to pay for stardom was greater than
any of us realize.

lc Riami n iimEs
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GARTH C. REEVES, SR., Publisher Emeritus
RACHEL J. REEVES, Publisher and Chairman

I am grateful and apprecia-
tive of Dr. Carter G. Wood-
son. the man who claimed
Negro History Week, which
later changed to Black His-
tory Month. From a week to
a month, but we need to rock
the year. every year, because
there are so many opportuni-
ties to celebrate Black His-
tory. The organization that
Woodson founded, the Asso-
ciation for the Study of Afri-
can American Life and Heri-
tage (ASAALH), organizes a
theme each year this year
the theme is women.
When we think of history
men's names drip off our
lips Frederick Douglass.
Martin Luther king. Much
less frequent!yi do we think of
women like lda B. V.eils. Dr.
Sadie Aiexander. Mtar-: Elien
Pieasants. Fannie Lou Hamer
or so man.- other-s. Yet these
women are -te mar--ow of the
bone of our histor-. These
wor. beacons ofo

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every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
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the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief
that all persons are hurt as long as anyone is held back.

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Romney offers nothing new in comparison

Criticism of Mitt Romney for
lacking a coherent message
is grossly unfair. He has been
forthright, consistent and even
eloquent in pressing home his
campaign's central theme: Mitt
Romney desperately wants to be
president. Everything else seems
mushy or negotiable. Romney is
passionate about the need, as he
sees it, to defeat President Obama
- but vague or self-contradictory
as to why. The lyrics of "America
the Beautiful," which Romney has
recited as part of his standard
campaign speech, don't solve the
mystery; Obama, too, is on record
as supporting spacious skies and
fruited plains. Beyond personal
ambition, what does Romney
stand for? Obviously, judging by
Rick Santorum's clean sweep on
Tuesday, I'm not the only one ask-
ing the question. I suspect an hon-
est answer would be something
like "situational competence" -
Romney boasts of having rescued
the 2002 Olympics, served as the
Republican governor of one of the
most Democratic states in the na-

tion and made profitable choices
about where to invest his money.
But with the economy improv-
ing and the stock market soaring,
Romney's president-as-CEO argu-
ment loses whatever relevance it
might have had.

be able to get to the right of Santo-
rum on social issues.
The intended centerpiece of the
Romney campaign his 160-page
economic plan is really just a
list of proposed measures with no
discernible ideological framework

One distinction and this may be the most original po-
sition that Romney takes on anything is that he has
ruled out negotiations with the Taliban and apparently
wants to extend the U.S. troop commitment in Afghanistan indefi-

To conservative groups, Romney
can sound like a true believer who
never met a tax or a labor union he
could abide and not at all like a
"Massachusetts moderate," which
is what Newt Gingrich claims
Romney really is. But Romney will
never be able to match Gingrich's
record, for better or worse, as one
of the key figures in the develop-
ment of the modern conservative
movement. And Romney who
once was pro-choice will never

holding them together. But much
of what he pledges to do on "Day
One" has already been accom-
plished, or is promised, by Obama.
Romney wants to cut the corpo-
rate tax rate; Obama has said he
wants to lower rates while also
closing loopholes. Romney wants
to forge new trade agreements;
Obama signed into law free-trade
pacts with South Korea, Colombia
and Panama. Romney wants to
weed out burdensome regulations;

Obama has such a pi-', ,j:1 ,cl r.
way. Romney wants to survey and
safely exploit U.S. energy reserves:
Obama says essentially the same
thing. On foreign policy, Romney
offers a lot of blah blah blah about
"restoring the sinews of American
power" and the like, but nothing
as distinctive as, say, Santorum's
extreme hawkishness on Iran or
Ron Paul's isolationist call to bring
the troops home from just about
everywhere, It's hard to find any
substantive .lii'. ,, J,. between
what Romney would do and whale
Obama is already doing.
One distinction and this may
be the most original position that
Romney takes on anything is
that he has ruled out negotiations
with the Taliban and apparently
wants to extend the U.S. troop
commitment in Afghanistan indef-
initely. Wish him luck with that on
the campaign trail. He'll need it.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning newspaper colum-
nist and the former assistant man-
aging editor of The Washington

n P r i, r i y: r p'..i I c if l T i"

Blacks vs. Mitt Romney: What's our stand?

Former Massachusetts Gover-
nor Mitt Romney's recent state-
ment, "I'm not concerned about
the very poor. . We have a safe-
ty net . If it needs repair, I'll fix
it," has once again caused con-
siderable debate about poverty in
America. But for millions of poor
Blacks, the focus should be on
encouraging education, self-em-
powerment and economic devel-
opment as a means of getting out
of poverty rather than waiting
on some non-caring presidential
candidate to patch a gaping hole
in the so-called poverty-preven-
tion safety net.
In a democracy all citizens
should have the right to run for
president. Of course qualifica-
tions and experience are factors
that voters should weigh when
making a decision about who to
vote for and to support. For over
45 million Blacks, the 2012 elec-
tions are extremely important.
We cannot afford to sit on the


sidelines and to take the Novem-
ber 2012 elections for granted. I
keep emphasizing that it is coun-
terproductive for Black people in
the U.S. to be cynical or non-
involved in the national politi-
cal debate concerning the issues

and author Earl Ofari Hutchin-
son raised an appropriate ques-
tion with respect to the absence
of Blacks who have some. notice-
able role in the Romney presiden-
tial campaign staff or support.
Romney's comments on poverty,

n a democracy all citizens should have the right to run for
president. Of course qualifications and experience are fac-
tors that voters should weigh when making a decision about

who to vote for and to support.

that affect the quality of life in
the Black community across the
Romney's confession did more
than expose his seemingly in-
sensitivity toward the poor. It
revealed his comfort with a cer-
tain percentage of the population
that will according to his logic al-
ways remain in poverty in need
of a safety net. Noted scholar

therefore, were not a mere slip of
a politicians tongue during the
heat of a tense campaign. He is
not in touch with the reality that
most Americans have to endure
in 2012. And he is so far out of
the loop of reality when it comes
to Blacks' state of existence, that
it is cause for serious concern.
The fact is for Black children and
youth the poverty rate is nearly

40 percent as a cl] .:1 ..f lh. ,- ".
tematic underdevelopment of the
Black community during the last
50 years. Too many Blacks live
in poverty today at a rate greater
than one out of every four per-
sons. Of course our economic
and social predicament is not
the result of statements by Mitt
Romney. The point here is, how-
ever, that for the vast majority of
Blacks in the U.S. and through-
out the African world, the can-
didacy of Romney for president
raises serious implications about
his stated sense of inclusion and
of 'caring' and empathy for poor
people in general and for poor
Black people specifically.Romney
has made clear where he stands.
Where do you stand? How will
you vote?
Dr. Benjamin Chavis is a life-
long activist and vocal leader in
the civil rights movement and a
former executive director of the

Why do we so ignore wom-
en's contributions? History
belongs to she who holds the
pen. Too often women want to
lift our men up. What about
lifting ourselves up? As the
president of Bennett College

other harassment that angr-y
whites directed on them. Still,
if we tell the whole story, we
have to tell the women's sto-
ry. Too often, the stories are
buried by expedient head-

During this Black History Month, let's sing a song for sis-
ters. For Elsie Scott, who leads the Congressional Black
Caucus Foundation. For Melanie Campbell, who leads
the National Coalition for Black Civic Participation.

for WVomen in Greensboro,
North Carolina, 1 cheer when-
ever i hear of the four phe-
nomenal Black men v.-ho sat
at a Woolworth's counter on
Februar- 1, 1960, protest-
ing segregation, i chafe when
Bennett Co.Xege women are
left out of the story. The pa-
triarchy of the I960s would
not allow, women to sit at the
counter. Our brothers, al-
ways chivalrous, would not
exoose women to the lighted
matches. drizzled catsup. or

We have to tell the stories
for our mothers, to honor
them, and for our daughters,
to inspire them. There should
never, ever be the sense that
women are at the periphery
of history. We need to tell the
stories of the liing like bold
Congresswoman Maxine Wa-
ters and stories of those who
have made their transition as
we;]. ,We have to tell stories
that reflect the diversity of our
sty this Black ler
During this Black History

Month, let's sing a -.in f..r ;
ters. For Elsie Scott, who leads
the Congressional Black Cau-
cus Foundation. For Melanie
Campbell, who leads the Na-
tional Coalition for Black Civic
Participation. For Barbara Lee,
the Oakland Congresswoman
who has been fearless in her
support for economic justice.
For Maggie Lena Walker, the
Richmond woman who was
the first Black woman to start
a bank. For Marianne Sprag-
gins, the first Black woman
to be a managing director on
Wall Street. Sing a song for
sisters, for those well-known
and those unknown. We are
the backbone of Black history
and our song is one that must
be sung, trilled and placed
into crescendo.When we sing
our sister song we empower
and uplift each other.
Juliarnne Malveaux is an
econornrist, writer, and colum-
nirt. Sh- is the 1 5th president
of Bennett ( ,,- .. for Womenr
in Greensboro, N.C.


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Putney insults Liberty City's residents
I was very troubled reading the intellectual and soc-ial skills that can help create sustain- face of
Michael Putnev's op-ed written to get the heck out of there if able. affordable and aestheti- To th
on February 7th in The Miami they can." If CDBG dollars call pleasing neighborhoods. I plaud C
Herald entitled, "More wasted could provide funding for our believe Liberty City is deserving mas Rt
money in - City." Even public schools. I would support of being a viable place to live. sioner
more troubling were the words making sure all the children Mr. Putnev mentioned that Leroy v
such as -waste' and "Libertv in this County succeed. How- there are a few examples of gov- others

City" being in the same head-
Liberty City, where I was
born, raised and educated,
was once a thriving commu-
nity where teachers, doctors
and lawyers resided. It is now
an area that has been plagued
with stereotypes that have left
the residents feeling forgotten.
The writer indicates that
CDBG dollars could be better
utilized for tutoring and other
programs for Liberty City school
kids, or as described in another
publication "so that they'll have

iberty City, where I was born, raised and educated, was
once a thriving community where teachers, doctors and
lawyers resided. It is now an area that has been plagued
with stereotypes that have left the residents feeling forgotten.

ever, this money is granted to
entitlement community grant-
ees to carry out a wide range of
community development activi-
ties directed toward revitalizing
neighborhoods. NANA assists
the County in identifying proj-
ects, with limited resources,

ernment money that have made
positive differences to Liberty
City. But he then insulted the
residents and businesses along
62nd Street by insinuating im-
provements didn't make life
better. I can point to dozens of
projects that are changing the

erty Cit
where i
and pla
for the I
lay side
and bu
so that
the sa:
Mr. Put
does imn
that I
a pig."

Liberty City.
at end. I join and ap-
'ity of Miami Mayor To-
egalado. City Commis-
Michelle Spence-Jones.
Jones (NANA) and the
:hat strive to make Lib-
Y an area like Aventura
its residents live, work
y. I will continue to fight
resources to create jobs.
walks. repair potholes,
tate small businesses
Lild affordable housing
all of the areas of this
can be the very best.
er, these are my true
ents and they are not
me 'gobbledygook" as
ney referenced; neither
proving this area imply
am "putting lipstick on


Liberty City
Last year, four organizations
joined together to try and find
concrete answers to a critical
question for the children of
our community: how can we
improve the schools in Liberty
City so that a majority of the
children graduate from high
school and go on to live pro-
ductive lives? The partners:
the Miami-Dade County (M-
DC) Public Schools, the Bea-
con Council, the Miami-Dade
Chamber of Commerce and the
Urban League of Greater Mi-
ami, commissioned the Nation-
al Council on Teacher Quality
(NCTQ) to do a study, analyz-
ing how the school district's
policies toward teachers has
impacted the quality of schools
in DCPS, which includes Lib-
erty City and where all four
of the local high schools have
underperformed for years.
Low performing schools have
real consequences for the chil-
dren of Liberty City and their
families. Low graduation rates
lead directly to increased rates
of joblessness, crime and dis-
ease in a community that has

children deserve quality teachers

seen little of the good news
that Florida as a whole has
experienced when it comes to
education in recent years. The

students in Liberty City will be
at a permanent disadvantage if
the quality of the teachers in
their schools is not addressed

Low performing schools have real consequences for the
children of Liberty City and their families. Low gradua-
tion rates lead directly to increased rates of joblessness,
crime and disease in a community that has seen little of the good
news that Florida as a whole has experienced...

gains made by Florida stu-
dents statewide have included
impressive gains in reading
and math scores for Black and
Hispanic students. However,
the study found areas where
improvements could be made,
and the most important of
those areas involves teachers.
The truth is that while M-DC
schools are performing bet-
ter, many students in Liberty
City are being left behind, in
part because of policies that
keep them from having ac-
cess to the best teachers. And
because there is a direct cor-
relation between teacher qual-
ity and student performance,

at a policy level.
With the report now public,
and at a time when all com-
munity stakeholders should
be banding together to em-
brace the recommendations we
called for, our partners have
turned away. Today, the Ur-
ban League of Greater Miami
stands alone behind the re-
sults of the NCTQ study, call-
ing for its findings to be imple-
mented. At no time have our
onetime partners expressed
doubt about the soundness of
the study, or about its meth-
odology. All we are left with is
the sick feeling that what they
object to is the result: which is

a call to action, rather than a
pat on the back.
We must determine why
there are a disproportion-
ate number of low perform-
ing schools in our commu-
nity. We must figure out how
to reverse that destructive
trend. And we must do it to-
gether. For that reason, the
Urban League of Greater Mi-
ami will ask the community
to join us on February 15th at
Freedom Hall, 8500 NW 25th
Avenue in Miami, as we press
ent the findings of the NCTQ
report. We are calling on the
community to demand that a
teacher quality study be con
ducted, specifically for District
2 schools. It's time for Libllii f
City parents and stakehold-
ers our parents, friends and
neighbors, our pastors and
our community leaders to
stand with us as we prepare
for the most important fight of
our lives: the fight to save our
T Willard Fair is president
and CEO of the Urban Lc(aiaI
of Greater Miami, Inc.

BY QUEEN BROWN, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, Queenb2020@bellsouth.net


Is race still a factor for Blacks

looking for jobs?
Liberty City. custodian

Yes, it most-
ly has to do
with educa-
tion and race,
white folks are
i, 1iiiig in and
taking over
e ver y thing.
The Cubans are getting the ma-
jority of the jobs.

,ll\M111 MARSHALL.63
l.ibe'rt' (Cit\. retired

Yes. because __ .
it is still going
on. It is obvi-
ous. I mean
vou can see it.

I i'crtl\ C';\. re'nrcd

I'm not real-
lh sure, it just
depends on
the situation.

Liberrty City. laborer

Yes, because we are shorted
on the jobs and they give them
to other people. We are not
able to get the
same oppor-
tunities as ev-
ervone else.

Libertiv Cin. retired

Race doesn't
play a tac-
tor in Black
people ge*:.r.g .
jobs because I .
everything is
equal now.

Liber:t C;r'. hbu' r;v ,er

Yes. because a lot of our Black
people don't have the \- *-.
and they don't

positions that
thev want.
they just go
out and apply.

Don't make light of Black accomplishments
Arizona State Representative a time of learning, growing For years Blacks were denied egy of the curre
Richard Miranda proposed a and knowing. an education by law. However, presidential cai
Latino American holiday. And The first case of identity nothing could stop their inge- marginalize one
in an uncanny response, his theft began during the Atlan- nuity and creativity. Blacks try's brightest
state colleague, Republican tic Slave Trade Mission when acquired their knowledge dent Barack Ob
Representative Cecil Ash, sug- millions of Africans were cap- and skills through assimila- tifying him as t
gested that whites should to tured, sold and smuggled from tion and adaptation. The U.S. president and r

be given a holiday to celebrate
their accomplishments and
contributions in America. This
proposal confirms that both
men are apparently oblivious
to the evolution of Black Histo-
ry Month. Dr. Carter G. Wood-
son created Negro History
Week in 1926 in order to edu-
cate and recognize the contri-
butions of Blacks in America
- it began out of necessity not
as a political move. The fact
that two state representatives
would propose such a holiday
for Latino and white Ameri-
cans is insensitive and could
be perceived as mockery. Their
proposals taking place during
Black Historv Month confirms
that they both would benefit
from a lesson in Black history

Dr. Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week in
1926 in order to educate and recognize the contribu-
tions of Blacks in America it began out of necessity
not as a political move.

their homeland. Most slaves
ended up either in North Amer-
ica, Portugal or the Caribbe-
an where they were forced to
abandon their identities and
assume the identity of their
slave masters. Their names
were replaced with those of
their slave masters. As slaves
they were conditioned to live,
act and think with a slave
mentality. Blacks continue to
define their own identity in

blood bank (Charles R. Drew)
and the three-way traffic sig-
nal (Garrett A. Morgan) are
just two of the immeasur-
able contributions by Blacks.
We were also instrumental in
the construction of America's
railroads, bridges, highways
and even the White House. In
spite of our many contribu-
tions, U.S. history books and
even some public schools fail
to give Blacks credit for their
work. In fact the main strat-

nt Republican
ndidates is to
e of this coun-
Blacks, Presi-
bama, by iden-
he food stamp
refusing to ac-

knowledge his accomplish-
Other races have attempted
to equate their inequalities
with those of Blacks, but ours
was a struggle unlike any oth-
ers. Latinos and white Ameri-
cans were not excluded from
U.S. history. The progression
of Blacks in America contin-
ues to be a struggle and must
be revered. As the saying
goes, "we may not be where
we should be, but we are not
where we used to be." '.''
must continue to pay tribute
and honor America's true un-
-.urin heroes.
Queen Brown is a freelance
writer, a motivational speaker
and a trained crime victim's

I seto den Eamir

Taxes spent wisely in beautifying Liberty City

Dear Ed:or.

S support the C- v of M:am:i
spending S428.000 in tax. mon-
ey on beautf::ing four pr;ately-.,
owned busi nesses on NWV" 7th
Avenue in Liberty Cit,. Injecting
S-2.000 :n tax mone- into Lib-
erv Citv wi not only :improve
the businesses :n the area. but

it will also improve the morale
anr.d add long-term benefits
to the area. Libenry, Cit- is the
bo:rnpiace and home to man.-.
h;s:oncai Black politciar.s,
singers ar.d actors and needs
to be preserved for :is historical

.se need to remember that hea
ct-izer.s o Libe- Cit- are not

orv t',';.'-., but low-income
families wh'-o need this extra
--': Beautif-ing Libert;y Cit,
woujd encourage outside ;nvest-
ment : -nto *he C;:y aand boost the
economy and pro'.".derobs for the
preope w.e o actua;-. need them.
i plan on wor,-. ardentl"
from Taahassev-e to ensure that
the businesses of Libelt; Crv

receive the help they need. I en-
courage opponents of this mea-
sure to realize the importance of
this historicaJ district of Miami
and that this is the best use of
our dollars,

State Representative
Daphne Carripbell
District 10;, Miami

C, '7



AUG UST 9. 1 ') 6 3 F E B RUARY 1 1. 2012

By Nekesa Mumbi Moody
Asso. .i/ed Pre,
LOS ANGELES Wh .ney Hous r._.. who r.ded as pop mu-
sic s queen until her r'-djestir voi' r- ,as ra .aged by drug use
and her regal image- -.-.as ruined r'. erraric behavior and a ru-
multuous mariaa, to singer B,,bby Brown, died Saturday.
She was 48.
Beverly Hills jlice Lt. MWrK Rnsen said Houston was pro-
nounced dead at .2:55 p.mI in her room on the fourth floor
of the Beverl3 Hilton. A Los Angeles County coroner's of-
fcial said early Sunday that her body had been taken to a

'"There were no obvious signs r: any crimmal intent.
Rosen said
Houston's puou...aL, Kiristen Foster, said the cause of death
was unknown.
Rosen said police received an emergency call from hotel ,
security about Houston at 3:43 p.m. Saturday. Paramedics .
who were already at the hotel because of a Grammy party .
were not able to resuscitate her, he said. y'
Houston's death came on the eve of music s biggest night r.'\
the Grammy Awards. It s a showcase where she was re-
membered Sunday in a tribute by Jennifer Hudson.


,gala celebrates-

Houston's life

By Mumfin Fekadu
Associated Pre.s.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. It was a surreal scene:
Whitney Houston had died at the Beverly Hilton, and
hours later and a few floors below, her life was being cel-
ebrated at the event where her career was launched.
On Saturday night, Clive Davis_ Houston's mentor,
producer, champion and longtime friend memorialized
her at his pre-Grammy gala, held downstairs in the same
hotel where her body was being examined by coroner's
Ray Davies and Elvis Costello took to the stage to
perform as Los Angeles county coroner's Capt. John
Kades arrived at the hotel. Alicia Keys arrived earlier
and embraced Davis as he prepared for the show under
extreme duress.
With celebrities including Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett,
Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson in atten-
dance, a somber Davis, reading from a sheet of paper,
said: "I am personally devastated by the loss of someone
who has meant so much to me. She was full of life, look-
ing forward for tonight. She loved music and she loved
this night that celebrated music."
He added: "Whitney was a beautiful person and she
had a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage ... so
many times. So simply put: Whitney would have wanted
the music to go on."
He dedicated the evening to her and asked for a mo-
ment of silence as a photo of the 48-year-old, hands wide
open, looking to the sky, appeared on the screen.
Then, he said with excitement: "Now ladies and gentle-
men, let the music begin "
Davis introduced Houston. a young woman with a scin-
tillating voice, more than two decades ago at his annual
pre-Grammy soiree.

SHouston's range

spanned three

octaves, and her

voice was plush,

vibrant and often




concert at the same hotel where her body was found.
He dedicated the evening to her and asked for a mo-
ment of silence as a photo of the singer, hands wide
open, looking to the sky. appeared on the screen.
Houston was supposed to appear at the gala, and Da-
vis had told The Associated Press that she would per-
haps perform: "It's her favorite night of the year ... (so)
who knows by the end of the evening," he had said.
Houston had been at rehearsals for the show Thurs-
day, coaching singers Brandy and Monica, according to
a person who was at the event but was not authorized
to speak publicly about it. The person said Houston
looked disheveled, was sweating profusely and liquor
and cigarettes could be smelled on her breath.
Two days ago, she performed at a pre-Grammy party
with singer Kelly Price. Singer Kenny Lattimore hosted
the event, and said Houston sang the gospel classic
"Jesus Loves Me with Price, her voice registering soft-
ly, not with the same power it had at its height.


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Anger follows Putney missive on Liberty City

continued from 1A

the appropriate use of these
funds. It is to "prevent
slums and blight"
for "beautification of
urban areas." It can-
not be used for after- -.
school programs and
Mr. Putney further
demonstrates his ig-
norance of economic
development when he iA
does not understand 'A.
the importance of im- CLY
proving the appear-
ance of neighborhood stores.
First, you create jobs for con-
tractors and workers in an
area where unemployment is
close to 18 percent. Second,
a more pleasant appearance
attracts people to the store,
which increases their rev-
enues. This makes neighbor-
hood stores more economi-
cally viable. It allows
them to continue to
hire residents and
may improve sales to
the point that they
can employ more
workers. The beauti-
fication of the neigh-
borhood provides the
residents with pride
in their neighbor-
hood. This catalyst of
stimulating blighted SPENCE
neighborhoods has
proven effective and the pro-
gram has worked in numer-
ous locations. It is an effec-
tive use of federal funding to
help improve the lives of low
income Americans.

What Mr. Putney should be

asking is why so little money
has poured into Liberty City,
Brownsville, Allapattah, Opa-
Locka, Florida City and other
African-American communi-
ties. Why with a bud-
get of $37 million is
only S400,000 going
into Liberty City? Mr.
Putney should ask
where is the $36.6
million that is not
designated for Liberty
City going? I wish
that Mr. Putney was
.right when he said
NE hundreds of millions
have poured .

into Liberty City. I was
chairman of a com-
munity organization
in Liberty City, Tools
for Change. Our bud-
get was cut year after
year, even though we
helped thousands of
businesses through
our technical assis-
tance pro-


grams and
helped train hundreds
of people who subse-
quently received good
paying jobs. Our staff
was so dedicated that
when the County cut
our funding to a sub-
sistence level, they
continued to work for
free. The broad brush
-JONES that Mr. Putney cava-
lierly paints of Liberty
City community organizations
being corrupt is offensive.
Mr. Putney infers that Af-
rican-American taxpayers
should not see their taxes
come back to their communi-
ties. I have always argued that
if we could just get back 50
percent of our tax dollars into
our communities, we would
have the best schools, hous-

ing, roads and shopping cen-
ters in the world. The reality
is that very little of African-
American tax dollars comes
back to our neighbor-
hoods. I remember /
when Commissioner
Ferguson was first
elected to office. One of 9
her first priorities was
to try to rectify years
of unequal services.
She pushed for regular
garbage pick-up, re-
pair and maintenance
of park equipment,
repairs to a public li- HOC
brary with roof
leaks, etc. She was
tired of separate and
unequal. There are
parts of the African-
American community,
such as Brownsville,
that did not have any
new development proj-
ects for decades. It is
the advent of single
iG member districts and
commissioners that led to proj-
ects in our communities.
I would love for Mr. Putney
to show us the records to sup-
port his assertion that
hundreds of millions
have poured into Lib- -
erty City. How could
that be when the City
of Miami's entire com-
munity development
budget is only $37 mil-
lion? Is he suggesting
that Liberty City has
enjoyed the benefit of
the City of Miami's en- GIN
tire community devel-
opment budget for sev-
eral years? That contention is
so ludicrous, it is laughable.


Like all Miami Herald writ-
ers. he seems to love to throw
dirt at Black politicians. For
the record. Michelle Spence-
Jones won her trial
she is innocent.
All the other charg-
es against her were
dropped. She did re-
*- ceive funds from the
County for redevelop-
ment and she appro-
priately used those
funds to convert a
dilapidated property
that was used by the
OVER homeless and crack
addicts and developed
it into a business. Does Mr.
Putnev believe that
we should not con- "
vert crack houses into
businesses that bring :"
jobs to our communi-
ty? What was Michelle
Spence-Jones's sin in .
trying to improve her
community even be-
fore she entered pub-
lic service? Is there
something wrong with
her entrepreneurial BU
spirit? Why no out-
cry from Mr. Putney regard-
ing the hundreds of
millions in tax breaks
; to large corporations
that have record prof-
i its and then ship jobs

With the departure
of David Lawrence
and the steady de-
GRICH cline in readership
of the Miami Herald,
the paper has become more
salacious. It seems like the
newspaper is trying so hard to
sell papers that its columnist
and writers do not check their


facts and just foster malicious
criticism by throwing up dirt
that is meant merely
to slander our pas-
tors, politicians and
leaders. In this town.
if you become too 'up-
pity." then the white
establishment finds .,
the need to take you -
down. The continuous
attacks on Michelle
Spence-Jones is a
classic example of this A
phenomena. TE
This is not a new
phenomenon. J. Edgar Hoover
and the white press attacked
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by
calling him a "com-
munist." Michael Put-
nev and his fellows at
the Miami Herald con-
tinue the tradition by
attacking our current
leaders. How many
years from now is the
Miami Herald going to
continue to bring up
the charges against
Michelle Spence-
SH Jones? Why
does the Mi-
ami Herald not men-
tion in every article
about former Presi-
dent Bush that he
had alcohol and drug l
problem? Why not '
mention in every ar-
ticle about Newt Gin-
grich that he cheated
on his wife? Why not A
mention in every ar- DEI
ticle about Jeb Bush
that his wife did not fully de-
clare all the items she bought
when going through cus-

Duringthe past 24 years
that I have lived in Miami, the

Miami Herald has unfairly at-
tacked every effective Black
political leader in this
town, to just mention
a few: \Villiam Turn-
er, Congresswomen
S. Carrie Meek, Con-
r gressnm'an Kendrick
-. Meek, Commission-
er Betty Ferguson,
Commissioner Bar-
bara Carey-Shuler,
School Board Chair
Solomon Stin-
ELE son, Pastor Gaston
Smith. Bishop Victor
Curry and Commissioner
Arthur Teele. Did no one get
Commissioner Teele's mes-
sage when he shot himself in
the Miami Herald building?
His last conversation was
with the only person in the
entire Miami Herald building
who Commissioner Teele felt
had integrity and would treat
him fairly, Jim DeFede. What
happened to that journalist?
The Miami Herald promptly
fired him.
For the sake of this com-
munity, the Miami
WN Herald needs to stop


tearing down the Af-
rican-American com-
munity and its lead-
ers. Liberty City is
not a pig. Many de-
cent and hardwork-
ing people have lived
in that community
for generations. Us-
ing federal dollars to
improve Liberty City

is not "putting lip-
stick on a pig." Mr. Putney
has stepped way out of line.
He has shown a cavalier lack
of respect to the entire Afri-
can-American community
and he would not have dared
to make that comment about
Little Havana.

Patricia Stephens Due, leader of

nation's first jail-in, dies at 72

Patricia Stephens Due, a life-
long Florida civil rights crusad-
er who led 1960s-era demon-
strations and voter-registration
drives, went to jail for trying to
integrate a lunch counter and
suffered permanent eye dam-
age from a police assault, died
Tuesday. She was 72.
She had just celebrated her
49th wedding anniversary to
attorney John D. Due, Jr., her
partner in activism and was
about to mark the 52nd anni-
versary of the Feb. 20, 1960,
Tallahassee lunch-counter sit-
in that brought Due and her
sister, Priscilla Stephens Kruize,
to the attention of civil rights gi-
ants like Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. and baseball's Jackie Robin-
Born Dec. 9. 1939, in Quincy,
Fla., she died of thyroid can-
cer at a Smyrna. Ga., nursing
home, surrounded by loved
ones who sang spirituals and
civil rights movement anthems."
'Going to jail for a righteous
cause is a badge of honor and
a symbol of dignity. 1 assure
you that your valiant witness is
one of the glowing epics of our
time and you are bringing all of
America Itol the threshold of the
world's bright tomorrows," King
said in a telegram to Due and
fellow students, after she and
others were arrested on Feb.
20 1960 the second sit-in in
which she participated.
Stephens Due stayed in jail
for 49 days, refusing to pay bail
after she was arrested for sitting
at Woolworth lunch counter in
"We are all so very happy to
do this so that we can help
our city, state and nation. We
strongly believe that Martin
Luther King was right when he
said, 'We've got to fill the jails to

win our equal right'," she wrote
in a letter to the Congress of Ra-
cial Equality's James Robinson.
Last year, Tallahassee's may-

or recognized her lifetime of
achievement and proclaimed
May 11, 2011 Patricia Stephens
Due Day.

Due spoke publicly for the last
time at the University of Florida
on February 16, 2011.
"I know we've been through a

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Leaders of college k

sit-ins devote lives to

freedom movement

By D. Kvin McNeir
rn, i1 ir 1 ifli, f lnhne, e

Paricna Sr.epnena Due. 7
Due. -' no% li".e ir, aunir
But aeren rstirumenral in
counter aerm.)nstalUons as
F-\IMU, smudenit ijd, du-
ljIOs and earl s 1(4.-s I
'iin,.laied at the Un-rrslns
%as-I that because of her .n
the cail nihts m.-cmentl. i
vcar's uI raduafw
as su..pcn.me sc-rm
racs r.ne .-.i fi'.e s idjdent, "
h't 7;' i Dscrier t.iMc1 1i il .11 i
a c 'A cour'Hrih cntrT"r ,

John and Patricia Ste
in 1997.
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%%cek jlier and thai urme teirre %ere ere
men i.bh guns and bat. anre men I
course. but um.e weren I arrested -e
0 an John -ere "
nc. Flonda Elut rcall' getung the supporof t ie
"tne lunch FA.1LM sudeni rb:', all 3 000 c-L hem.
members :, bel'.re henr tianl 'a :redulced But
ir.E IJhe late 3as se inland a ontrinenc. oi siuLent .
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in 1\95- tur meet Inth 'tr ct-ff.ciaJs as :as trie trada
.ol.emrcni m n or. ,,l CORE pohice ..fficerr itromT Leer.
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il rimes .anda andi riiaack- the stoder,nu Di-e suliered
"h,. re rhte permanent eme injUr-. as i rihiil and to
r.au.se '. ihihlii ru'.r a .dir dark glai's s tbii in.
he %a..l *M, sile and ..ul
"Hiw'Gn. has r-er'mincIl o the uimi-sti
,inixra.,n-e ,i me she s j "Mar..
.1 ple r,.n kr,, .s h r,- c .n tha: FFl nrida
.ol3'.c-d in inL mu ernert .A< k ere the
kri r .ste ale ._r ea itte st an' ,d c m, .:ed.I
ii. t -"le saoo" a-.1i a r il si gr- .:.,
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'phens Due- F. i'. ,v 'rr -
V -.", n : L i -' '.- '. r.: 0-'.-' be

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John and Patricia Stephens Due
in 1963.
w r le m-:. r*rrmajnled s-ale aar. relau.e-
Is ,Jne-.enrL'ul Eu- .-hers 'n.l: tra-:ied
ir.3rT F-MLIU to 4-an. .ar, rpa '-uind
our, -.ngr t-aln arrTC.i-J ar.d ser. ,.-ie.J
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lot, but we can't let up, because
the struggle continues," she
said to a crowd of more than
She is survived by her hus-
band, civil rights attorney John
D. Due; three children, Tanan-
y'ive Due, a professor and writ-
:er, Johnita Patricia Due, CNN's
chief diversity chair and- assis-
ant general counsel and Lydia
Due Greisz, a Dallas attorney;
r sister, Priscilla Stephens
uze, a brother Walter Ste-
hens; and five grandchildren.
.: While she remained active
in human rights causes, Due
'ipent most of her time telling
'her story to documentarians,
and lecturing about the history
e lived. She was profiled in
The History Channel's "Voices of
ivil Rights" in 2006 and is ref-
renced in more than 20 books
'bout the movemenL
After 40 years in Miami-Dade
County, Due and her husband
returned to Quincy in 2005.
According to daughter. Tanan-
'arive, "she loved to appear in
front of students."
A memorial service for civil
rights leader Patricia Stephens
*,Due will be held at 10 a.m.
Sunday. Feb. 19 at Florida A&M
University's Lee Hall Auditori-
rum, 1601 S. Martin Luther King
-r. Blvd.. in Tallahassee.
Burial following the ser-
"vice will be at St. Hebron AME
-Church, 1730 St. Hebron Rd.,
Quincy. A repast will be held at
jthe Quincy National Guard Ar-
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to the John and
Patricia Stephens Due Endowed
Freedom Scholarship Fund. c/o
Florida A&M University Foun-
dation, Inc., Post Office Box
6562, Tallahassee, FL 32314-







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The prison view of theft in a nutshell

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

One of the Ten Command-
ments is "thou shall not kill.'
Ironically, in prison where many
of the inmates are incarcerated
for stealing, thievery is strong-
ly disapproved. While it is true
that many prisoners will remain
incarcerated for a long time and
have simply accepted this fact,
many of them have abandoned
the kinds of actions that landed
them in prison. Prison has be-
come the kind of community
where inmates must learn to

live harmoniously in or- mannered and acting
der to survive. Survival mature. Knowing how
in an environment that to sav excuse me, know-
includes robbers,rapists ing how to apologize and
and murderers depends saying thank you when
on the level of respect an act of kindness is giv-
that one receives from en. Maintaining healthy
both officers and in- habits of mind. body and
mates alike. Respected HALL spirit along with main-
the most are those individuals training good hygiene also gar-
who do not rat, mind their own ners respect.
business, have a reputation for Very little importance is placed
keeping their word and gives on the reason for the conviction
every man enough elbow room if the inmate is able to conduct
to do his own time. Respect can himself properly. Thieves, how-
also be gained from being well- ever, are viewed differently and

although they may not receive
the scorn given a prison snitch.
no respectable prisoner will give
honor to a community thief. It's
already crucial enough for those
prisoners who receive meager fi-
nancial support from their loved
ones so it is hurtful when per-
sonal property is stolen by a fel-
low inmate.
In a sometimes dog eat dog
world, even when the strong are
successful in muscling items
from the weak. he may gain re-
spect for physical prowess but
never for having good character.

Ex-official 'disappointed' about release date

By Paula McMahon

Former Broward County Com-
missioner Josephus Eggelletion
was expecting to be freed from
federal lockup in about two weeks,
but his release date is in question,
according to prison records and
his attorney.
Eggelletion, 62, still hopes to
return home before long, but for
now the federal Bureau of Prisons
has changed his scheduled re-
lease date to July 18.
The former politician reported
to prison in Jesup, Ga., in May
2010. He is serving 2 '/ years for
money-laundering conspiracy and
filing a false tax return, and a state
conviction for taking bribes from
developers. Eggelletion is serving

Former Broward County Commissioner
both sentences at the same time
in the federal system under the

terms of his plea agreements.
His attorney, Johnny McCrav
Jr., said he thinks prison authori-
ties have miscalculated the new
release date. He said he would file
court papers asking a state judge
to clarify when Eggelletion should
get out.
"He's disappointed, as any other
human being would be," McCray
said of Eggelletion. McCray would
not comment about anything else
to do with Eggelletion's time in
prison, but said his client is keen
to "get on with the rest of his life."
Federal and state inmates gen-
erally serve about 85 percent of
their prison terms, with standard
amounts of time off for good be-
Chris Burke, a spokesman for

the Bureau of Prisons, said the
state sentence should not affect
Eggelletion's release date. Prison
officials frequently review how the
release date is being computed
and how much credit the inmate
has earned for good behavior,
time served in jail while awaiting
sentencing or transfer, and other
matters, he said.
"As inmates get closer to their
release date, we sometimes un-
cover errors in the earlier calcu-
lation, and that can change the
date," Burke said.
The agency does not comment
on individual inmates, but Egg-
elletion appears to have received
full credit for good behavior since
he began serving his term, ac-
cording to prison records.

Gadhafi regime missiles missing

By Jim Michaels

searching for shoulder-fired an-
ti-aircraft missiles amassed by
Moammar Gadhafi and prized
by terrorists can't account for
potentially thousands of them.
"The frank answer is we don't
know and probably never will,"
said Andrew Shapiro, an assis-
tant secretary ofrState.
Inspectors have accounted
for about 5,000 of the portable
missiles and components. Gad-
hafi's regime stockpiled about
20,000 portable missiles during
his four decades in power.
It is not clear how many re-
mained at the time Tripoli fell to
anti-Gadhafi rebels. Many were
probably destroyed by NATO
airstrikes, and others remain
in the hands of militias who


fought Gadhafi's regime.
That makes it difficult to es-
timate how many remain at
large. "I think it's potentially
thousands," said Rachel Stohl,
an analyst at the Stimson
Center, a think tank. "Nobody
The missiles, called man-
portable air defense systems,

are ideal for terrorists because
they are easily concealed and
can hit commercial airliners.
The portable missiles have
been used in attacks on 40 air-
craft, causing 28 crashes and
more than 800 deaths since
1975, according to the State
In Libya, many of the mis-
siles remain in the possession
of militias, which raided mu-
nition storage facilities during
the rebellion and have yet to
come under the control of the
new government there.
The Libyan government is
trying to negotiate with the mi-
litias in an effort to get them to
disarm. The government does
not have an army capable of
forcing the militias to disband,
said Ronald Bruce St John,
who has written a number of

books about Libya.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine,
the ranking Republican on the
Homeland Security Committee,
said she is concerned that the
Obama administration was late
in trying to get an accounting of
the missiles.
Shapiro said the United
States took "immediate steps"
to secure weapons. The United
States launched an effort to
try to account for the missiles,
in April, before the collapse of
Gadhafi's regime, and has com-
mitted $40 million in an effort
to secure weapon stockpiles.
Early in the effort, the U.S.
government worked through
aid groups operating in Lib-
ya. Since then it has placed
U.S. contractors there who are
working closely with the Libyan

New case uncovered as L.A. school scandal widens

By Marisol Bello
and William M. Welch

LOS ANGELES An elemen-
tary school in turmoil over al-
legations of sexual abuse was
reopening last Thursday with
a new faculty as officials ac-
knowledged a third case of im-
proper conduct by an adult at
the school.
School officials confirmed
that they had fired a female
teacher's aide at Miramonte El-
emnentary School in 2009, after
a mother reported finding love
letters the aide wrote to her
11-year-old son.
One letter read: "When you
get close to me, even if you give
me the chills I like that. Don't
tell nobody about this!"
The case was first reported
in 2009 in Hoy, a Spanish-lan-
guage newspaper owned by the
Los Angeles Times, the Times

said recently.
Schools spokesman Tom
Waldman said the school board
fired the aide, who was in her
The Los Angeles County
Sheriffs Department said that
investigators found 200 more
photographs taken by former
third-grade teacher Mark Ber-
ndt, 61, who is charged with
committing lewd acts on 23
children, ages 6 to 10, between
2005 and 2010.
The photos, found at a drug-
store film processing lab, are
in addition to 400 discovered
previously, including some de-
picting children blindfolded and
being fed a white substance au-
thorities say they believe was
Sheriffs Lt. Carlos Marquez
said there may be more victims.
At Miramonte, a school in an
urban community that is over-

whelmingly Hispanic and where
many residents do not speak
English, parents gathered to
protest Superintendent John
Deasy's decision to replace the
entire staff.
Waldman said 45 new teach-
ers would be at the school when
it reopens. They are all teachers
who had been laid off in budget
New teachers began arriv-
ing last Wednesday, walking by
parents initially upset about the
alleged victimization of children
and now angry at what they
said was an overreaction in re-
moving all of the teachers.
"This is not the solution,"
Miriam Ruiz, 27, said in Span-
ish. Her 5-year-old attends the
school. "My daughter wants her
Maria Guadalupe Garcia, 40,
held a sign that read in Span-
ish: "we don't want new teach-

A second teacher, Martin
Springer, was arrested following
Berndt's arrest. He pleaded not
guilty to charges of committing
lewd acts upon one girl in 2009.
Contributing: The Associated

Woman charged with homicide
after obese sister rots in chair
An Indiana woman has been charged with reckless homicide
after her sister died following three weeks spent decompos-
ing in a chair. Priscilla Frieberger, who was morbidly obese,
could not move from her chair, and eventually her rotting skin
started to stick to the chair's fabric. The house in Lawrence-
burg where the sisters lived was so full of trash that ambu-
lance crew could not get in through the front door to rescue
her they were forced to break an upstairs window. She died
of pneumonia and a blood infection complicated by a dose
of painkiller Tramadol which was ten times the appropriate
amount. Her sister Vickie Holdcraft, 58, is wanted on charges
of reckless homicide, neglect and perjury.

Babysitter filmed sexual assault on five-year-old
A New Jersey waitress cried in court last week as she heard
a prosecutor accuse her of "extreme sexual assault" on a
5-year-old girl she was baby-sitting and of streaming video
of the abuse online. Authorities say Jennifer Mahoney, 32, of
Manalapan, laughed while she sexually assaulted the child,
and again as she streamed the video to at least two other
people. Mahoney has been charged with two counts of sexual
exploitation of a child and was denied bail at a federal court
hearing in Trenton.

She's not lovin' it
Police used a Stun Gun on a North Carolina woman who
had been blocking a McDonald's drive-thru for more than 20
minutes. Authorities in Hope Mills say Evangeline Lucca, 37,
bypassed the order screen and the line at the fast food restau-
rant, instead pulling directly up to the pick-up window. Lucca
was shocked after she blocked the line for 20 minutes.

Man killed in scuffle

near Allapattah club

By Melissa Sanchez

Miami police say one man is
dead after a confrontation near
a popular nightclub in the Al-
lapattah neighborhood.
Michael Anthony Lawrence,
39, died of gunshot wounds
Monday, shortly after he was
taken to Jackson Memorial
Hospital, Miami police Sgt.
Freddie Cruz said. His shooter,
..identified, as 28-year-old Wil-
men Diaz, was questioned but
not arrested.
"The state attorney's office is
reviewing the case with our ho-
micide unit," Cruz said. "He has
not been formally charged with
Authorities say Diaz was leav-
ing the Club Tipico Dominica-
no, 1344 NW 36th St., with a

woman about 12:17 a.m. Mo-
ments later, the couple was
confronted by Lawrence and
Marcell Donell Brown, who is
27. Neither of the two men were
armed, Cruz said.
During the confrontation,
Diaz pulled a gun and shot at
both men, Cruz said, adding
that he has a gun permit. The
unidentified woman was not in-
The Club Tipico Dominica-
no has been' a popular night-
spot in this heavily Dominican
neighborhood for more than 26
years, marketing director Clau-
dia Vargas said.
"The city of Miami has done a
great job ensuring the security
of the neighborhood by periodi-
cally patrolling the area," she
said in a statement.

Interview offers glimpse into killer's mind

By Greg Bluestein
Associated Press

ATLANTA "I didn't have,
like, the intention of killing a
kid," Ryan Brunn told police af-
ter he pleaded guilty to molest-
ing a girl, slashing her throat
and dumping her body in a trash
bin. In a candid, three-hour in-
terview, Brunn went into detail
about how and why he lured
the girl to an empty apartment _
and when he made the decision

to kill her.
Convicted child killers don't
often agree to such frank inter-
views with police, and in this
case, Brunn gave them a glimpse
into the mind of a murderer.
"I've never done something
like this in my life," said Brunn,
who recounted his thoughts
after the murder. ""Am I going
to get caught?' I didn't think I
was. I was going so crazy I left
the gloves, I left the ties on the

Family sues bus owner over FAMU death

By Mike Schneider
As.soiatcd Prcs,\

ORLANDO, Fla. The family of a Florida
A&M drum major who died after being hazed
last year is suing the owner of the bus in which
the hazing took place.
Robert Champion s family was filing the law-
suit Monday in Orlando.
The family s attorney. Chris Chestnut, says
bus company managers knew that band mem-
bers conducted hazing rituals on buses after
football games but did nothing to stop them.
Chestnut also says thc bus driver on the
night of Champion .s death stood guard out-
side the bus while the drum major was being
Ray Land, the owner of lI ibulouis ( Coach
Lines, didn't immediately r-ipoi, l o phoner
and email messages.

But he told The Associated Press last vear
that the bus driver was helping students un-
load their instruments when Champion col-






Black stars rock Red Dress collection for 2012

The Heart Truth's Red Dress for a celebntv.-studded audi-
Collection 2012 fashion show encee
was held February 9th in New This year. The Heart Truth s
York City at the Hammerstein Red Dress show marked the
Ballroom. This annual event start of this season s New York
seeks to raise awareness about City Fashion Week. An event
women and heart disease by that often features many Black
featuring a host of beautiful stars, Chaka Khan, television
actresses, singers and popular presenter Aisha Tyler, and TV
personalities in stunning red host LaLa Anthony walked the
dresses, strutting their stuff runway for 2012 along with

Why is New

York Fashion

Week a big

By Kathryn Collings

Fashion and beauty trends
may seem to just come out of
the blue-without warning ev-
eryone's sporting cut-outs (we're
looking at you, Rooney Mara) or
dip-dyeing their hair (Selena Go-
mez hit the dye most recently).
We know these fads appear to be
the random whims of the Fashion 000051061003182
Gods, but they're actually born
on the runway at fashion weeks
around the world. With the mad-
ness of New York Fashion Week
descending upon us in a hot min-
ute (check back here for complete
coverage!), there's no better time
to take an interest in the designs
that you will be wearing for the
next season. After all, we all like
to be ahead of the fashion curve!
Believe it or not, there's a rea-
son behind all the brouhaha at
Lincoln Center, even if you're
not getting anywhere near those
mythical runways. New York
Fashion Week is where all the A
trends of the season begin. You
can think of it as a sort of fash-
ion headwaters, and it's from that
high and pure water source that
come all the beauty and fashion
fads you'll be wearing in a few
Need a few examples? You
know how nail art is all the rage
these days? That trend was pre-
dicted a whole six months ago
when models on the runways of
Pamela Love, Jen Kao and Alice +
Olivia had tricked-out manicures
for Spring 2012. If you followed
the shows, you were probably the
first of your friends with funky
nail designs. As for clothes, it was
back in September when the run-
ways dictated that shorts suits
would be hot. That same trend
was spotted on three celebs in the
past month alone

big names like Minka Kellv.
Black luminaries Vivica A.
Fox, Phylicia Rashad. and B.
Smith (a notable lifestyle ma-
ven) also lent their presence
to the charity affair, now in its
tenth year.
The Heart Truth's Red Dress
Collection was created by Mil-
lion Hearts, a U.S. Department
of Health and Human Servic-

es nina:ve t tr-v to prevent
one million heart anacks and
strokes by 2017, according o
the San Francisco ChIronicle
The National Heart. Lung and
Blood Institute states that
heart disease is the number
one killer of women in the
United States, and [fjor Black
women, the risk of heart dis-
ease is especially great.




bill could

hold counties

A Florida house sub-commitee ap-
proved sweeping changes in Florida's
department of health that could put
local health matters, and how to pay
for them, in the hands of local county
lawmakers,if the proposal can win an
uphill battle. The plan approved by
the subcommittee last week would
take huge chunks of the responsibili-
ties now handled by the Florida De- I
apartment of Health, centrally and by
county health departments and move
them, the jobs they carry, and the
costs they incur under direct county
control. The state would abate the
costs to the county in assuming the
new responsibilities by giving them
block grants. Many county officials
are not sure they want the gift.
"We feel like it's really not ready for
prime time," Leon County Commis-
sioner Bryan Desloge told the House
Health & Human Services Quality
But the subcommittee voted 7-4
to approve the bill. which emerged
as lawmakers get ready to hit the
halfway point of the legislative ses-
sion Wednesday. It remains unclear
whether the Senate would support
such a bill, as its committees have
not considered similar proposals.
The 152 page proposal that forms
the basis of the bill calls for the De-
partment of Health to put together a
plan by Oct. 1 to decentralize public-
health services, including transfer-
ring responsibilities and employees
to county health departments. The
decentralization would take effect in
January 2014, with the state send-
ing block grants to counties to pay
for services. Lucy Gee, acting dep-
uty secretary at the Department of
Health, said the changes could lead
to eliminating 12,000 state jobs,
though subcommittee Chairman
John Wood, R-Winter Haven, said
a lot of those jobs would simply be
transferred to counties.

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Opposing views on Obama cause friction

Al Sharpton and Melissa Harris-Perry

clash with Cornel West

By Katherine Fung

The Rev. Al Sharpton and Dr.
Cornel West are trading jabs over
their contrasting viewpoints on
President Obama and over
West's harsh attack on Sharp-
ton's fellow MSNBC host Dr. Me-
lissa Harris-Perry.
In a recent interview with Di-
verse magazine, West alleged
that Sharpton has been soft on
the Obama administration in ex-
change for access to the White
House. "You watch his show on
MSNBC and you want to say,
'Brother Al . tell the truth
about the White House,' but he

won't say a mumbling word,: he
West also brought up what he
felt was his negative experience
with Harris-Perry from their days
teaching at Princeton. He called
her a "liar" among many other
"She's become the momentary
darling of liberals but I pray for
her because she's in over her
head," West said. "She's a fake
and a fraud. I was so surprised
how treacherous the sister was."
Sharpton and Harris-Perry
have tangled over the President
before. Sharpton and West got
into a shouting match in April.


West alleged that Obama has
been a "mascot" for the wealthy
who has done little for Blacks
while Sharpton claimed that
West was demanding too much

of the president.
Sharpton slapped back West's
criticism of himself and Harris
Perry in an interview published
last week. He sharply rebuffed


the notion that he and Harris-
Perry, whose new MSNBC show
debuts in February, received
their posts as rewards for sup-
porting Obama, as some have

alleged. All of these conspiracy
theorists need to check facts
more clearly," he said.
Sharpion referenced Tavis
Smiley, who frequently makes
media appearances with West,
to make his case. 'Who reward-
ed Tavis Smiley with his show?"
Sharpton asked. "Tavis can have
a show land) that's fine. But if Dr.
[Harris] Perry [and] I have a show
all of a sudden it's some kind of
a conspiracy theory? . Black
people are not that stupid."
The MSNBC host also defend-
ed Harris-Perry as "an extremely
gifted and important part of the
social-political dialogue going on
in this country." His advice to his
colleague: "Don't look back. Keep
going forward ... and let the hat-
ers be haters."

House votes to give Obama

limited line-item veto


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By David Lawder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The
House of Representatives has
given President Barack Obama
a limited line-item veto authority
last Wednesday in a rare display
of bipartisanship on bitterly divi-
sive spending and budget issues.
The House voted 254-173, with
57 Democrats joining Republi-
cans in favoring the bill, which
allows the president to propose
elimination of individual items in
spending legislation and subject
them to a separate, second vote
by Congress. Sponsored by the
top Republican and Democrat
on the House Budget Commit-
tee, the line-item veto bill had
strong support from the White
House. Many presidents have
sought line-item vetoes over the
years as a tool to chip away at
wasteful spending.
Currently, the president must
sign or veto spending bills in
L their entirety.
.A Republican-controlled Con-
,gress in 1996 gate Degmocratic

President Bill Clinton a full
line-item veto authority that
required a two-thirds majority
to override and reinsert spend-
ing measures. But the Supreme
Court ruled it unconstitutional
in 1998, saying it took spend-
ing powers away from Congress.
The bill that was passed last
week attempts to get around
the constitutional problem by
subjecting vetoed items to a sec-
ond vote in Congress. But its
fate is unclear in the Democrat-
controlled Senate, where a 60-
vote majority is often needed.
A Democratic Senate aide said
there were currently no plans
to advance a companion bill co-
sponsored by Republican Sena-
tor John McCain and Democrat-
ic Senator Tom Carper that has
support from both parties.
Republicans are pushing
more than 10 other budget re-
form bills this year in an effort
to seize the election-year high
ground and portray themselves
as the party better equipped to
conserve taxpayer dollars.

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Steam rises from the cooling towers of nuclear reactors at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro, Ga., April 28, 2010.

Nuclear regulators OK 1st new plant since '78

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON -The nation's
first new nuclear power plant
in a generation won approval
Thursday as federal regulators
voted to grant a license for two
new reactors in Georgia.
The Nuclear Regulatory Com-
mission voted 4-1 to approve
Atlanta-based Southern Co.'s
request to build two nuclear re-
actors at its Vogtle site south of
The vote clears the way for
officials to issue an operating
license for the reactors, which
could begin operating as soon
as 2016 and 2017.

The NRC last approved con-
struction of a nuclear plant in
1978, a year before a partial
meltdown of the Three Mile Is-
land nuclear plant in Pennsyl-
vania raised fears of a radiation
release and brought new reac-
tor orders nearly to a halt.
NRC Chairman Gregory Jac-
zko voted against the Vogtle
license, saying he wanted a
binding commitment from the
company that it would make
safety changes prompted by the
March 2011 nuclear disaster in
"We've given them a license.
They have not given us any
commitment they will make

these changes in the future,"
Jaczko said.
The meltdown at the Fuku-
shima Dai-ichi plant led to a
series of recommendations by
the NRC to improve safety at
the 104 commercial nuclear re-
actors in the U.S. The changes
are intended to make the plants
better prepared for incidents
they were not initially designed
to handle, such as prolonged
power blackouts or damage to
multiple reactors at the same
The changes are still being
developed, though Jaczko said
it is clear that they will be re-
quired by the NRC before the

,new reactors open in 2016 or
Despite his opposition to the
license, Jaczko called the vote
"historic" and a culmination of
years of work by Southern Co.
and the NRC.
Southern Company Chair-
man and CEO Thomas A. Fan-
ning called the NRC vote "a
monumental accomplishment
for Southern Company, Geor-
gia Power, our partners and the
nuclear industry."
Fanning said the company
was "committed to bringing
these units online to deliver
clean, safe and reliable energy
to our customers."

Study: Denials of work visas to U.S. rise

By Kevin Johnson

Denial rates for work-related
visas to the U.S. have increased
dramatically in the past four
years, with Indian-born profes-
sionals and researchers being
refused at higher rates than
other foreign nationals, accord-
ing to an analysis by the Na-
tional Foundation for American
Citing data from the Depart-
ment of Homeland Security,
the non-partisan foundation
reported that petitions to trans-
fer employees with specialized
knowledge into the U.S., or
those designated as executives,
managers and other profession-
als have been denied at increas-
ing rates since 2007.
In the case of applicants
claiming "specialized knowl-
edge" of company products.
services or markets, the rate of
denial jumped from 7 percent in
fiscal year 2007 to 27 percent in
fiscal year 2011.
In addition, according to the
data maintained by Homeland
Security's U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services, authori-
ties required special knowledge
applicants to supply additional


information supporting their o
petitions in 63 percent of cas- in
es in fiscal year 2011, up from t
17% in 2007. The spike result- s
ed in visa delays or denials in
90 percent of cases in the 2011
budget year.
Most likely to be denied as
specialized knowledge appli-
cants, according to the foun-
dation analysis, were Indian-
born applicants whose rates
of refusal climbed in one year
from 2.8 percent in fiscal year
2008 to 22.5 percent in 2009.
By comparison, denial rates for
Canadians increased during
the same time period, from 2
percent to 2.9 percent.
Stuart Anderson, the founda-
tion's executive director, said
the high denial rates for appli-
cants from India could not be
immediately explained.
"The dramatic increase in
denial rates and requests for
evidence for employment peti-
tions ... raises questions about
the U.S. government's commit-
ment to maintaining a stable -
business climate for companies T
competing in the global econo- t
my," the study concluded. c
In many cases where the r
needs are immediate, the rising

number of evidence requests
can scuttle" a company's U.S.
operation or strategy, prompt-
ng some employers to move
heir bases elsewhere, Ander-
on said.

Randel Johnson, senior vice
president for labor, immigration
and employee benefits at the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
said the denials represent a "se-
rious breakdown."

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Mess halls add roughage

First lady Michelle Obama, left, and Col. Brian Robinson, right,
greet troops in the dining facility at Little Rock Air Force Base,
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, in Jacksonville, Ark.. The first lady was
here to highlight the military's efforts to improve the nutrition
If food served throughout military bases during her three day
national tour celebrating the second anniversary of Let's Move.

Obama now urges donations

to super PAC backing him

By Fredreka Schouten

Obama's decision to back un-
limited donations to a Demo-
cratic outside group reverses
his opposition to super PACs
and opens the door to dona-
tions by lobbyists to support his
re-election. Obama has made
refusing money from federal
lobbyists a bedrock principle of
his political campaigns.
Obama's campaign now is
encouraging Democratic fund-
raisers to back Priorities USA
Action, a super PAC led by two
former staffers. The group has
struggled to raise money, while
GOP groups have amassed tens
of millions of dollars to run
negative attack ads. By law, the
PACs cannot coordinate their
activity with candidates.
"We can't allow for two sets of
rules in this election whereby
the Republican nominee is the
beneficiary of unlimited spend-
ing and Democrats unilater-
ally disarm," Obama campaign
manager Jim Messina told sup-
Last year, Priorities counted
at least three federal lobbyists
among its 60-plus contribu-
tors, campaign-finance records
show. Officials with Obama's
campaign said they can't con-
trol whether the PAC accepts
future lobbyist contributions,
even as White House officials
and Cabinet members plan to
appear at Priorities USA Action
fundraising events.
"Consistent with the legal
independence of this commit-
tee, we cannot be involved in
its management and operations
decisions," campaign spokes-
man Ben LaBolt said.
Obama's campaign an-
nounced the decision late Mon-
day. On Tuesday, White House
spokesman Jay Carney rejected
accusations of hypocrisy. "His
campaign ... cannot play by a
different set of rules than Re-
publicans are playing," he said.
He said Obama still refuses
lobbyist and PAC money in his
campaign account, "which dis-
tinguishes him from any of his

potential ... general-election op-
Messina said Obama, Vice
President Biden and first lady
Michelle Obama would not par-
ticipate in super PAC efforts.
Other officials who do appear at
super PAC events will not solicit
donations, nor is the campaign
encouraging its supporters to
raise cash for a non-profit arm
of Priorities USA Action, which
does not publicly disclose its
Obama railed against the Su-
preme Court's 2010 Citizens
United decision that paved the
way for unlimited corporate and
unions donations to outside
groups, denouncing the money
as a "threat to our democracy."
But the flood of money to Re-
publican groups along with
GOP plans to raise even more -
served as a wakeup call. Ameri-
can Crossroads and Crossroads
GPS, two groups tied to GOP
strategist Karl Rove, collected
$51 million last year, while a
pro-Mitt Romney PAC collected
$30.2 million. By contrast, Pri-
orities USA Action and its non-
profit arm raised $6.7 million.
Republicans and campaign-
finance watchdogs immediately
slammed Obama's move.
"Just another broken prom-
ise," said House Speaker John
Boehner. "Dancing with the
devil," declared former sena-
tor Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin
Democrat who co-authored a
2002 law that imposed broad
limits on campaign spending.
Bob Edgar, the president of
Common Cause, called it "ba-
loney" for Obama's campaign
officials to insist they could not
discourage lobbyist contribu-
tions to the super PAC. "Presi-
dent Obama has the bully pul-
pit," he said. "He wants to have
his cake and eat it too."
The reversal reflects politi-
cal reality, others said. "I think
it's a good idea not to bring a
knife to a gunfight," said Larry
Scanlon, political director of the
American Federation of State,
County and Municipal Employ-
ees, a pro-Democratic labor

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Business leaders say it hurts companies


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Community health centers: Quality service in the 'hood'

By Gregory T. Wright in the Model City area, but has
Miami Times writer grown into a network of fa-
cilities that features a host of
Believe it or not, it was Presi- quality services ranging from
dent Lyndon Johnson's Admin- medical and dental, to behav-
istration that first recognized ioral counseling, pediatrics,
the need to provide quality HIV/AIDS services, substance
health care in America's poor- abuse and transportation.
est neighborhoods. Johnson The Center's professional
and his staff believed, "If we can staff includes medical doctors,
keep people healthy, we can nurse practitioners, clinical
solve other social problems."
His "War on Poverty" lead to
the creation of what was first
considered neighborhood ser-
vices, but has since spread into

social workers and nutrition-
ists whose care and attention
is overseen by the same fed-
eral monitoring agencies that
monitor patient care and ac-
creditation of America s larg-
est hospitals. However, the
difference here is in the Trice
Center's non-profit status and
the government funding it re-
ceives. This allows the Center

to charge patients on a sliding
scale based on the patient s
ability to pay as opposed to
a set price structure per ser-
There are over 600,000 un-
insured people in Miami-Dade
County," Neasman said. "In
2011, the Jessie Trice Com-
munity Health Center serviced
over 31,000 of those residents."

With an eye toward reach-
ing more of the uninsured
and impoverished citizens of
Miami-Dade, Neasman says
her agency is always looking
to develop new partnerships
and expanding into more com-
munities. The target now is to
increase the services provided
in the City of Miami Gardens.
Today, the old medical trail-

er in Model City has grown to
encompass seven facilities,
completely modernized in ser-
vices and electronic data stor-
.ge An outreach center has
even been established on the
campus of Florida Memorial
"We are all agingg" Neasman
said, "We all need to age well,"
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a successful network of com-
munity health services and
centers that, to this day, still
provide much-needed health
care closer to home and at pric-
es affordable to the people of
the surrounding community.
In Miami-Dade County, local
residents have witnessed the
success of Johnson's health ini-
tiative simply by observing the
grot th and expansion of the
Jessie Trice Community Health
Center. Formally called the
Economic Opportunity Family
Health Center, Inc., the center
formally changed its name in
2008 in honor of Jessie Trice,
the administrator credited with
establishing a strong founda-
tion for the agency and pio-
neering its path of excellence in
providing health care services.
Today, at the helm is Annie
Neasman, a registered nurse
with a master's degree in sci-
ence, who serves as its presi-
dent and CEO. Neasman over-
sees what started as a trailer

Murals to

spruce up

M.L.King Blvd.
Any one who doubts that art
can make a difference, that Black
History Month has real, tangible
meaning, or that the inspired leg-
acy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
is still alive and strong, need only
to visit the Boulevard named in
his honor (NW 62nd Street) in Mi-
ami's Liberty City district to have
their faith renewed. To that end,
community artists will soon take
on two mural projects, one old and
one new, at prominent locations
along the thoroughfare.
Considered as an unofficial wel-
coming entrance marker to Lib-
erty City, the iconic black-and-
white "Prince of Peace" mural by
the late Oscar Thomas, featuring
several portraits of Dr. King, lo-
cated at the corner of NW 7th, has
been featured in publications and
global web sites. However, in re-
cent times it has suffered serious
damage and deterioration from
the elements. The Kuumba Artists
Collective of South Florida, a non-
profit association of local African
World visual artists, has taken
notice of this damage and will be
donating its services to the clean-
ing and repair of the mural during
the Presidents' Day weekend (Feb.
18-20). The mural repair has add-
ed significance because it is part
of the preparations for the 12th
Annual Oscar Thomas Memorial
People's Art Exhibition, the popu-
lar annual springtime unveiling of
artists' newest works, at the Afri-
can Heritage Cultural Arts Cen-
ter, 2166. MLK Boulevard (corner
of NW 22nd Avenue), opening on
April 3rd (Thomas's birth date).
The second mural project will
overlook Sherdavia Jenkins Peace
Park at the intersection of NW
12th Avenue, thanks to the Mi-
ami Children's Initiative (MCI) and
the Church of Christ Written in
Heaven, which provided the per-
mission for its walls to be used for
the art. The youth-oriented mural
design will be designed and ex-
ecuted by Inner City Illustrators
(ICI), a trio of artists that includes
Christopher (Punch) Purdy, Kevin
(Smurf) Morris, and Aida Wright.

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Alpha Phi Alpha faces hazing

Univ. ofFlorida frat suspended, under investigation

By Randy Grice
rgrice< miamitimesonlineomn

Hazing has reared its head at
another state school this time
at the University of Florida (UF).
The school's chapter of Alpha
Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., was
suspended for hazing and is un-
der investigation by campus po-
lice. The dean of students office
placed the chapter on interim
suspension, which means the or-
ganization is not-allowed to par-
ticipate in any campus activities.
Bernie Machen, 67, president
of UF, declined to comment but
did address the situation in a let-
ter to the University's students.
"It is with great concern that I
write to you today regarding what
we believe was a recent and seri-
ous physical hazing incident off
campus by a UF fraternity," he

said. 'Hazing is specifical- .
ly pror;i,.rcd by UFregula-
tions and it is also classi-
fied as a crime in Florida.
We cannot tolerate hazing
on our campus or in our
University's community
and anyone found respon- 1
sible will face the gravest Wj
possible consequences,
including expulsion and criminal
According to UF officials, the
recent incident happened three
months ago near the time a
Florida A&M University student
band member died in what police
called a hazing incident.
"An individual came forward to
the University of Florida Police
Department with the allegations
of serious physical hazing, which
is against Florida law and UF
regulations," said Janine Sikes,

S Universivy spokeswoman.
'The case remains open
and under investigation.]
Although representa-
tives from the state and
national level declined to
comment, the fra-
ternity did release
ADE a unified state-
ment in the form of
a cease-and-desist order
against the local chapter
in Gainesville.
"We recognize that haz-
ing is a persistent social MAI
scourge that has proven
time and time again to be diffi-
cult to eradicate and too danger-
ous to tolerate," the statement
said. 'Alpha Phi Alpha does not
condone hazing. Alpha Phi Al-
pha has embraced programs
which provide leadership tools to
recognize, prevent and address

Toxicology report still not in on
WHITNEY sults. That's not realistic." piece of the liver and samples
continued from 1A An autopsy is an examina- of the vitreous humor, the flu-
tion of a body to determine the id in the eyeball. Kidney and
Why does it take 30 days to cause of death. In addition to brain tissue samples are also
perform simple lab tests? In looking for obvious signs of foul possible, Klaunig says. Tissue
part, because they're not so play, the person performing the samples can be especially im-
simple, says Michael Fishbein, autopsy will take fluid and tis- portant if the person was dead
chief of the autopsy service sue samples to test for drugs a long time and the blood is
at UCLA and a deputy medi- and other chemicals that might coagulated, making testing on
cal examiner who consults for explain the person's death, says it difficult or impossible. If the
Los Angeles County on some James Klaunig, a professor of bladder emptied at death, urine
cases, though not homicides toxicology and environmental can be difficult to retrieve as
or suicides. It's not like on TV, health at Indiana University in well.
he says. "When you watch Law Bloomington. The first task is to screen
and Order, in 20 minutes, they That generally includes blood the blood and urine to deter-
already have the toxicology re- and urine, and many times a mine whether specific groups

g charges
Local graduate chapter Presi-
dent. Trevor T. Wade, Sr., 36. of
the Beta Beta Lambda h .-p'er of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
said. -The fraternity s stance is
hazing is not tolerated." |We] are
in the process of revamping the
intake process to prevent
issues like we have at UPF.
Wade says he has a the-
orY that explains why the
hazing culture still exists
on college campuses.
'Sometimes the younger
members lose sight of why
the fraternity was found-
CHEN ed.' he said. 'They may
think that this is the way
to prove that the person trying
to join really wants it. Unfortu-
nately, the fraternity can't con-
trol all members at all times and
things like that can happen. The
new intake process will hopefully
help with preventing these types
of actions."

of chemicals are present. Most
screens check for alcohol, bar-
biturates, amphetamines, opi-
ates and common prescription
drugs, Klaunig says. The most
commonly used test is called
"enzyme-linked immunosor-
bent assay," or ELISA. The
samples are given a numerical
code, so they can't be traced
back to an individual, which
generally takes a day. Then it
takes an additional day or two
to run the test and perhaps a fi-
nal day to interpret the results,
Klaunig says.

Miam 's mayor helps ex-offenders find jobs

continued from 1A

all about doing the right thing.
There are a lot of people that
are desperate and want a job.
If we can only save five, 10, or
20 people, then we will be satis-
About 50 ex-offenders showed
up hoping for an opportunity to
better their lives.
"It has been really tough for
us because by being in prison
four times it is a difficult thing
for me to be able to find em-
ployment," said Calvin Milbry,
48, an ex-offender who is now
homeless. "Case workers are
trying to do the best that they
can but it seems like nothing

happens. With the jobs situ-
ation I really don't know what
will happen today but I am
staying positive."
Regalado added that more
Fairs will be held in other parts
of the City including Wynwood,
Overtown and Little Haiti.
"It is a myth that all of the
problems are only in the Black
community," he said. "There
are huge problems in the His-
panic community too. A lot
of people make mistakes and
some want to do the right thing
City of Miami Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones, 44,
District 5, said some should
considering going into busi-
ness for themselves.

"Our community has to be
sensitive to this," she said.
"I can't think of one person,
even in a powerful position,
that doesn't have at least one
person in their family that has
been to jail. The reality is that
some some people will never
begin to accept ex-convicts.
We have to 'begin to create en-
trepreneurs. We have to start.-
creating our own businesses
so we don't have to necessar-
ily rely on somebody accepting
Ex-offenders were able to
have one-on-one sessions with
advisors to help them in restor-
ing their right to vote as well.
Marcus Millionder, 39, an ex-
offender from Overtown, said

he was very optimistic.
"To be truthful anything is
beneficial to someone that
wants to take a chance," he
said. "I think that this is a
great thing that is happening
in our community."
In Florida, civil rights are
not automatically restored to
a convicted felon. Ex-felons
mjsr'Wait either five or seven
years, depending on the nature
of the crime committed, and
then apply to have their rights
restored. It is estimated that
100,000 people are currently
impacted by the law.
"The more people that are
able to participate in elections
the better the government is,"
-Regalado added.


By D. Kevin McNeir

After several months of rela-
tive calm, including New Year's
Eve where no one in Miami-
Dade County was reported shot
in the traditional random gun-
fire that often occurs, a string
I of drive-by shootings have once
again found their mark.
On Thursday, February 1st,
a gunman, now identified as
18-year-old Terry Joseph Dar-
ling, shot into a crowd on NW
62nd and 10th Avenue in Liber-
ty City, striking Brandon Allen,
17. Allen remains hospitalized,
recovering from his wounds
which have not been reported as
life threatening. And while there
were other teens on the scene,
none were injured.
Darling has been charged
with one count of first-degree
attempted murder and three
counts of aggravated assault.
He remains behind bars in a
Miami-Dade County jail.
One day later, on Friday, Feb.
2nd, two men one in his 20s
and the other in his 50s were
taken to Jackson Memorial
Hospital. The younger victim,
according to Miami police, re-
mains "in extremely critical
condition." It was the second
drive-by shooting in just two
days.and occurred at a build-
ing north of NW 77th Street
and Miami Place. According
to police spokesperson, Kenia
Reyes, someone in a dark Chevy
pick-up truck approached a
group and began shooting into
the crowd. Multiple shots were
fired and while the older man
was also hospitalized, he did not
sustain life-threatening injuries.

Allen's stepfather, Robert La-
marca, 25, says he has been
dating the young man's mother
for seven years and knows all of
her children.
"I love Brandon as if we he were
my own son; I would do anything
for him," Lamarca said. "It's dev-
astating to know that he's been
shot and it still hurts me. Who-
ever did it knows that it wasn't
necessary. Whatever happened
to old school fighting? Back then
you live to fight another day.
We are shooting our own people
now, over and over again."
Lamarca says that we need
to change the minds of today's
youth and somehow get into
their hearts.
"We have to replace rap and
other things that are ncigai\ic
and replace them with more pos-
itive messages," he added.
Laverne Holliday, assistant di-
rector, Curley's House, spoke to
this reporter with tears in her
"This violence is rising more
each day and we're losing our
kids," she said. "Gang life has
become glorified and families are
suffering. The community needs
to speak up and those who are
committing these crimes need to
be punished."
Hashim Benford, 27, lead or-
ganizer for the Miami Worker's
Center, says we need a holistic
healing and need to "transform
conditions in our (c miniiniity,"
We know who these shooters
are," said Brian Dennis, 45, di-
rector of Brothers of the Same
Mind. "This reluctance to snitch
has got to stop. If not, we will
wish we had spoken up when
we are looking down the barrel
of a gun."

Remembering the joy Houston bought to us
T troubles in O p a-lock a HOUSTON struggles with drug abuse and a might have been had she lived to was time, time for singing to come
Tb_ continued from 1A bad marriage, two tragic chapters star in the Waiting to Exhale se- back again, to listen to words, to
CHARGES by then-Governor Jeb in her life. I want to remember quel, which was in the works, feel what somebody was saying."
CHARGES byush ShenGovernorad ed ilt her as an artist who sold more Houston for the comeback she was Asked during a 1986 Rolling From then on, Houston's life
continued from 1A Bush. She pleaded gerilt than 170 million albums, singles making in Sparkle, the remake of Stone interview about the ac- was a non-stop journey that pro-
to misdemeanor federal and videos and won enough musi- a 1976 movie she just completed claim she got after the release of pelled her into that Beverly Hills
and his family members income tax charges and cal awards to fill a museum. with American Idol winner Jordin her breakthrough album Whitney hotel room where she finally
are presumed innocent while she could have le- Some people will focus on her Sparks. I want to think of what Houston, she said confidently, "It got her chance to exhale.

anu nave a loung track re-
cord of working for the
community. They will
not allow anyone to deter
them from working on be-
half of the greater public
good. They ask the com-
munity to support them
at this stressful time as
they have always been
supportive of the com-

Myra Taylor, who was
once a city commis-
sioner, was first elected
mayor of Opa-locka in
2002. In the summer of
2004, she, along with her
husband and sister, were
charged with conspiracy
to defraud the Internal
Revenue Service; she was
suspended from office

gull cr *l y ,i ALCAL f s fl
chose to devote time to
her private life and fam-
ily-run school business.
After losing a mayoral bid
in 2006, she was elected
to the commission in
2008 and in 2010, beat
then-incumbent Mayor
Joseph Kelley. In July
2010, she paid a $1,500
fine and received a pub-
lic reprimand from the
Miami-Dade Ethics Com-
mission. The reprimand
and fine stemmed from
an investigation that re-
vealed that she had en-
gaged in voting conflicts
by endorsing a $5,000
funding resolution that
benefited a non-profit
company that she head-
Mayor Taylor declined

FEMA to waive Katrina victim debts
The Asstwiatied Press be eligible for waivers.
Last year, the agency sent
The Federal Emergency out debt notices in an effort
Management Agency is imple- to recover more than $385
meeting a plan to million it says was
waive debts for thou- improperly paid to
sands of victims of victims of hurricanes
Hurricane Katrina Katrina, Rita and
and other disasters. Wilma in 2005.
An aide to Sen. Officials said peo-
Mary Landrieu who ple are eligible for
has been briefed by waivers if they earn
FEMA said the agen- less than $90.000 a
cy will mail out roughly 90,000 year and a FEMA error was
letters next week to inform di- responsible for the improper
saster victims that they may payment.

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By Kaila Heard

The costs of domestic violence is usually
measured in cuts, bruises, broken bones and
even deaths that result from such abuse. Yet
intimate partner violence can also result in
millions of dollars in lost wages and lower

According to a study by the National
Center for Injury, Prevention and Control,
abused women miss nearly 8 million days of
paid work in a single year.
However, a new bill under consideration by
the Florida legislature may be able to help. If
passed into law, the bill would allow people

in abusive relationships who quit their jobs
due to concerns about their safety to qualify
for unemployment insurance if they provide
reasonable documentation.
Sisterhood of Survivors, a local non-profit
organization for domestic violence victims,
has been lobbying for the bill's passage. One
member, Reina Fernandez, explained that

such assistance would have helpful when
her abusive ex-husband was harassing her
while she worked at a Hialeah realty office
12 years ago. For months, her abuser visited
her at work and even harassed her supervi-
"There were a lot of death threats and you
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Reverend Cecil Lamb with First Lady
Benza Lamb.

Spirit of Christ


Teaches how to tap into the
power of faith
By Kalla Heard
Over 26 years ago, when Reverend Cecil
Lamb was a member of the African Method-
ist Episcopal Church there didn't seem to be
many others who shared his belief in the 'word
of faith gospel.'The movement shares char-
acteristics with charismatic and Pentecostal
churches. The belief lies in if orre believes in
the Word of God (the Bible) and confesses or
states it, then one shall receive what they con-
From his personal experiences with the Holy
Please turn to LAMB 14B

New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church hosted a roll call for the Miami Gardens Police Department at their sanctuary as part of the
years-long initiative to bring community residents and police officers closer together.

P.A.C. strives to improve

community, police relations

By Kaila Heard
kheird@ mamtiiMe,.online.c om
When groups of squad cars
and an assembly of police offi-
cers are seen in the community,
many people assume that the
civil servants are on the scene to
investigate a crime.
However, for the men and wom-
en who serve in Miami Gardens
Police Department's Captain Ed
Martincz's unit, gathering at

the New Beginning Missionary,
Baptist Church on Fnday, Jan.
13th was part of an initiative to
encourage positive relations be-
tween the community and po-
"It's a community-oriented
concept," explained Martunez.
"We find that it is healthy way
to partner with the community
and in doing so we go to different
places and hold our roll calls "
Although the Miami Gardens

Police Department has only held
two roll calls at the New Begin-
ning Missionary Baptist Church,
Martinez noted that this was a
popular initiative that had been
done in several other locales
since the department was found-
ed over four years ago
Even body is welcome to come
and speak to the officers during
the roll call. explained Martinez.
"Rev. Enc Readon, the senior
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I Worship good for the

-S- C Y I soul, mind and body
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Research proves
regular church
attendance provides
health benefits
By Kaila Heard
In the 21st century, for
most Americans attending
weekly worship services ap-
pears to be an optional chore
rather than a necessity. Ac-
cording to a 2010 Gallup
Poll, 43.1 percent of Ameri-
cans say that they attend
church on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, among Blacks,
the attendance rate is slightly
higher. Fifty-three percent of
Blacks report attending reli-
gious services at least once a
But the low numbers for
regular worshippers does not
surprise, Rev. Joseph Toles,
Jr. of Greater Berea Mission-
ary Baptist Church.
"Many people come to
church when they have been
wounded or they've been

I '"E- --

Worshippers at the Abundant Life Ministries in Liberty
City enjoy many spiritual, physical and mental benefits
from attending a rousing Sunday service.

hurt," Toles explained. "And
once they're healed from that
pain they think they've been
delivered. But they don't un-
derstand that if you don't
continue with God you can
never get the complete heal-
ing ph',sical-.' and spiritu-
Research in recent years
has shovmwn hat there are
many positive benefits to reg-

ular church attendance, from
improving biblical literacy to
developing life long friend-
The book, "God, Faith, and
Health: Exploring the Spiri-
tuality Healing Connection,"
found that scientists at John
Hopkins University discov-
ered that less than monthly
religious attendance doubled
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Churches go less formal to make people comfortable

Unconventional congregations cross

'stained-glass barriers' to try to

bring in new flock

By Elizabeth Crisp

Ron Williams is the pastor of
Church at the GYM in Sanford,
Fla. As the Baptist church's
name implies, Williams' con-
gregation meets in a gym.
Williams says the goal is to
remove the "stained-glass bar-
riers" for people who might not
be comfortable in traditional
church settings.
"I think all the trappings of
traditional religion can make it
difficult for people to start com-
ing," he said. "You can invite
someone, and they will say, 'I
don't have any clothes to wear
to church.' "
To make people feel more
comfortable, Williams wears
jeans. In the warm Florida
climate, some members wear

shorts. Other clothing types,
from urban wear to biker gear,
also are welcome.
Pastor Steve Bentley founded
"The Bridge" church in Flint,
Mich., which also hosts a tat-
too parlor.
Sanford native Sandy Adcox,
38, had not been to church in
18 years before she attended
Church at the GYM last March.
She hasn't missed a service
"I've never in my life felt more
comfortable in a church," she
said. "It's so warm and wel-
Comfortable is a theme that's
becoming common among
churches taking advantage of
new, non-traditional spaces.
Across the country, churches
are springing up in unexpected

&wter~ ---w e

Rev. Chuck Culpepper leads the St. Alexis Episcopal Church
Sunday morning service in an old warehouse near downtown
Jackson, Miss.

locations: movie theaters, skat-
ing rinks, strip malls and old
warehouses, among others.
Aaron Coe, vice president
for mobilization for the North
America Missions Board, said

there are several factors con-
tributing to these new church-
es, including a move away from
traditionalism and the econom-
ic advantages of leasing space
instead of building a church.

We ve seen everything from
art galleries to schools," he
said. -Schools and movie the-
aters are probably the most
common. There is definitely
a trend, and 1 think it's one
that's here to stay."
They may not have steeples
or stained glass, but the non-
traditional churches say they
are finding success tapping
into a segment of society that
may otherwise have been lost.
At these churches, attendees
often are greeted with coffee
and doughnuts. Rather than
organs, church music is more
likely to be the tune of guitars.

The Bridge in Flint, Mich.,
set up in a strip mall anchored
by a grocery store.
"We do a lot of things that are
really different," Pastor Steve
Bentley said.
Perhaps the most differ-
ent: The interdenominational
church recently opened a tat-

too parlor.
"We want to be relevant to
people's lives." Bentley said.
The church uses video clips
to illustrate its messages on
Sunday. "We break with tradi-
tion, but we don't break with
Scripture." Bentley said. "It's
all about pin ct'ning the infor-
mation in a different way."
Church at the GYM is an
outlet of Sanford's Palmetto
Avenue Baptist Church, which
Williams described as a con-
temporary service that appeals
to the Baby Boomer genera-
The new church is a more
modern interpretation an
experiment that aims to en-
courage attendance among the
under-40 crowd, he said. "We
realized we weren't reaching
them," Williams said. "We were
losing a generation."
A 2010 Gallup Poll found
that church attendance was on
a slight incline: 43.1 percent
of Americans reported weekly
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Whitney Houston's spiritual battle

When fighting her personal demons,

talented singing often lost

By Christine Thomasoas

Whitney Houston sang a
hymn in her last performance,
singing "Jesus Loves Me" with
friend and music artist Kelly
Price two days before she died.
Despite years of battling drug
addiction, the singer has been
vocal about her faith through-
out her career.
Houston performed a short
rendition of the hymn on the
night of Feb. 9 at "Kelly Price
& Friends Unplugged: For the
Love of R&B" pre-Grammy
concert at the Hollywood night-
club Tru. Price told The Hol-
lywood Reporter that she was
surprised to hear about her
friend's death, since she was in
good spirits days before.'
"It doesn't resonate to any-
thing that happened on Thurs-
day," Price said. "She was in
good spirits leaving the club."
However, many have ref-
erenced Houston's spiritual
battle throughout the years
of her career. New York Daily
News reporter David Hinckley
recently discussed visiting The
Perfecting Church with Hous-
ton in Detroit a few years ago.

Houston once told the
journalist about being able to
go to the Pentecostal church
although she was not pefect.
"The Perfecting Church," she
said. "It says we don't come
to God perfect. We come as
we are and He helps us from
The late singer grew up
in Newark, N.J., where she
attended New Hope Baptist
Church. On Sunday, Joe
Carter, pastor of the church,
acknowledged the late singer.
"The family shared Whitney
with the world, but Whitney
was a mother, a daughter, and
a sister, and that's the focus
we want to keep in front of ev-
eryone today," Carter said.
Despite Houston growing up
singing in church with direc-
tion from her Gospel-singing
mother, Cissy Houston, the
late singer has admitted to
battling with drugs and abuse
throughout the years. In a
2009 interview with Oprah
Winfrey, Houston spoke about
her mother's attempt to get her
back from the grips of Satan.
"I'm not losing you to the
world. I'm not losing you to

Satan," Houston recalled her
mother saying. "I want my
daughter back. I want to see
the child I raised and you
weren't raised like this."
In a recent interview with
Access Hollywood on the set of
her upcoming movie "Sparkle,"
Houston spoke about the
strength, of her mother and
importance of people who have
been praying for her through-
out the years that have helped

her move forward with her
"It's a blessing to have a
mother that is very strong and
family that surrounds me and
constantly tell me they love
me. But it's your belief, your
faith and your determination,"
Houston said in the interview.
"I've got some good saints out
there that pray for me con-
stantly. You've got to have that.
It's not easy."

Black History Month and the church

How the faith

community can

honor its past

By Elgia Wells

Black History Month each
February is a time set aside to
honor Blacks who have made
contributions in the United
States and around the world.
Not forgotten among these suc-
cesses by individuals and orga-
nizations should be the great
contributions Black churches
have made to Blacks, our na-
tion and the world.
Before there were Black may-
ors, governors or even a Black
president, Black. churches re-
ceived leadership from Black
Sunday School teachers,
deacons and pastors. These
church leaders, along with oth-
ers, were seen as community
leaders who helped mentor, ed-
ucate and counsel many in the
Black community. Moreover,
the Black church not only was
a place of worship but served
the community as a center for
gathering support and encour-
aging one another through fel-
The Civil Rights Movement
gained significant strength be-
cause of the participation of
Black churches. They became
meeting centers for the organi-
zation and strategic planning of
the effort for equal rights. Reg-
ular church members, church
lay leaders and pastors took a
position at the forefront of the
work to change a racial and
ethnically segregated America.


Historically, Black churches have been the launching pad for several programs and initia-
tives to service their communities. One of the best known examples of this is how churches
often led and supported the Civil Rights Movement.

Black churches should be cel-
ebrated for their part in influ-
encing a nation to respect and
value ethic and racial rights.
Black churches also influ-
enced today's American art
and music cultures. Musical
genres, such as gospel, rhythm
and blues, jazz and even ur-
ban can trace their musical
roots to Black spiritual music.
The traditions of music as well
as drama in the Black church
are credited as catalysts for a
great number of Black actors,
musicians and singers. Along
with music, the rich oral tradi-

tion of storytelling and distinc-
tive African language patterns
have been kept and maintained
among many Black churches.
Today, Black churches are
positioned to continue their
contribution to American cul-
ture at a wider and deeper lev-
el. With the growing number of
immigrant families moving into
traditional Black communities
and increased mixed marriages
between different ethnicities.
Black churches have lunged
into serving a diverse urban
congregation. Their makeup
extends beyond Blacks and ex-

emplifies the same melting-pot
pattern of our country.
Black churches continue to
be a place where the communi-
ty gathers to help and support
one another, without regard to
their ethnic background. More-
over, a great number of Blacks
are going beyond their commu-
nityv and are actively involved
as missionaries around the
world. Ever.- year the number
of Black missionaries increas-
es. They spread the Gospel to
people in other nations as well
as share their Black cultural

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown pose at the Damascus
Gate during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City in 2003.

Black Hebrews mourn

loss of superstar diva

AP Israel's Black Hebrew
community is mourning the
loss.of Whittne, .Hious toa.. ., ....
who famously visited them in
2003. .
Ben Ammi Ben-Israel, the
leader of the 2,500-strong
group of vegan polygamists,
told Channel 2 TV Sunday
that he considered Houston
his "spiritual daughter."
In 2003, she visited the
Black Hebrews in the desert
town of Dimona. The group
moved to the Holy Land from

the U.S. decades ago. They
believe they're descendants of
a )os tp,beop raelitW1-c 'ib
Houston was found dead
Saturcdayin a Los Angeles
hotel room. She had struggled
for years with drug and alco-
hol abuse.
Ben-Israel a former
Chicago bus driver said
Houston was a source of pride
for his community. He said he
recently invited her back to
Israel "to help her overcome
her problem."

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* The Women In The
Ministry Network is host-
ing a Fellowship Meeting on
Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. 954-

* New Presbyterian
Church in Pompano Beach
is hosting a Faith & Freedom
Weekend, March 2-4. 954-

* New Mount Moriah
Missionary Baptist Church
will host the Habitat for Hu-
manity of Greater Miami's
Homeownership Applica-
tion Meeting on the second
Saturday of every month at
9:30 a.m. No RSVP neces-
sary. 305-634-3628.

The Church of the In-
carnation is hosting the
Historically Black Colleges
and Universities Forum for all
high school students on Feb.
25, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. 305-

The Opa-Locka Church
of God will be hosting a Re-
vival on Feb. 17 19, 8 p.m.
nightly. 305-688-8943

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church welcomes every-
one to their Sunday Worship
Services at 12 p.m. and to
Praise and Worship Services
on Thursday at 8 p.m. 305-

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church is hosting a
Family and Friends Day wor-
ship service every Sunday at
7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. 305-

Running for Jesus
Outreach Youth Ministry
is hosting a Youth Tent Evan-
gelistic Service on Feb. 19 at
4 p.m. 954-213-4332.

New Christ Tabernacle
Missionary Baptist Church
is hosting their pastor's Pre-
Anniversary services on Feb.
15 and Feb. 19 at 11 a.m.
and 3:30 p.m. 305-621-

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center's Let's Talk
Women Ministry is hosting
a session entitled, ""Can God
use a Woman?" on Feb. 18 at
1 p.m.

Women in Transi-
tion of South Florida will
have its Annual Spring Tea
on March 17. Call 786-704-
6817 to RSVP.

Salters Chapel A.M.E.
Church will be celebrating
it's annual Jefferson County
Day on Feb. 19 at 11 a.m.

Christ Episcopal
Church's Youth Ministry
welcomes everyone to join
them on a trip to the Holy
Land Experience in Orlando
on Feb. 18. 305-607-5553

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

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International wel-
comes the community to
their Sunday worship service
at 10:30 a.m. and their Bible
study and Prayer sessions on
Tuesday at 7 p.m.954-963-

The Women Transi-
tioning Program is hosting
another computer training
session for women and men.

New Beginning Church
of Deliverance invites ev-
eryone to their free weight
loss classes Saturdays at 10
a.m., but enrollment neces-
sary. 786-499-2896.

Memorial Temple Bap-
tist Church holds worship
services nightly at 7:30 p.m.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church invites ev-
eryone to their Sunday Wor-
ship Services at 7:30 a.m.
and 11 a.m. 305-696-6545.

Redemption Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes everyone to their 'In-
troduction to the Computer'
classes on Tuesdays, 11 a.m.
- 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays,
4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 305-770-
7064, 786-312-4260.

New Canaan Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes the community to
Bible School at 9:30 a.m. fol-
lowed by Worship Services at
11 a.m. 954 981-1832.

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

Appointment necessary. 786-

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church invites the commu-
nity to Sunday School at 10
a.m. and worship service ev-
ery week at noon and praise
service on Thursdays at 8

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International in-
vites the community to their
Sunday Praise and Worship
Service at 10:30 a.m.

Glendale Baptist
Church of Brownsville in-
vites everyone to morning
worship every Sunday 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 Bereavement Support
Group beginning on the 2nd
and 4th Wednesdays of each
month from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Lifeline Outreach Min-
istries invites everyone to
their roundtable to discuss
the Bible every Saturday, 6

p.m. 305-345-8146.

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

The Women's Depart-
ment of A Mission With
A New Beginning Church
sponsors a Community Feed-
ing every second Saturday
of the month, from 10 a.m.
until all the food has been
given out. For location and
additional details, call 786-

New Mt. Sinai Mis-
sionary 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
Ministries invites everyone
to morning worship every
Sunday at 9 a.m. 305-754-

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center welcomes ev-
eryone to their Wednesday
Bible Study at 7 p.m. 305-

Churches become matchmakers for Valentines Day

By Hamil R. Harris

The house lights were dim.
A DJ was churning out a
groove that prompted the well-
dressed crowd to pulse in a
unified rhythm on the dance
floor, while others sank into
the plush couches because the
conversation was too sweet to
The 21-Plus Lounge could
be on H Street in the District,
Georgetown or any urban strip.
But the club, which strutted
its stuff for only a few fleet-
ing hours on Friday night, was

in the foyer of the Ebenezer
African Methodist Episcopal
Church in Fort Washington,
an extension of the church's
singles ministry. After the
Valentine's get-together, the
couches are history, probably
until next year. And the dance
floor, too.
"The goal ... is to allow
Christian young adults to fel-
lowship with each other in an
upscale setting," said Rev. Ver-
non Ware, senior minister for
young adults at Ebenezer. "The
Bible said David danced out of
his clothes. That wasn't in a

church service."
Many churches and oth-
er houses of worship in the
Washington region are playing
a key role in the dating game,
counseling singles and hosting
social events, and often nudg-
ing them to turn away from
rowdy clubs and online dating
and to return to go-slow roads
to romance.
Megachurches appear espe-
cially active, with pews full of
the uncoupled, and some have
full-time staffers for young
adults and the singles minis-
try. On the other side of the

equation, it's not unheard-of
for singles to "church shop" to
find desirable dates.
"There are many challenges
to being a godly single," said
Ware, who is divorced. He of-
fers straight talk as well as Bi-
ble lessons, more of a warning
than an order.
"The problem is, sex doesn't
give you intimacy," he said in a
later interview, echoing a com-
mon message to singles. "More
times than not, it will not sat-
isfy. Intimacy comes from the
relationship. You have to be
careful. ... Don't show every-

Such admonitions put off
some singles.
"What is being taught in
these churches is one-sided
and not realistic," said So-
phia Nelson, author of "Black
Women Redefined." "The Bible
is very clear that sex outside
of marriage is wrong, but what
women are being taught is to
be nuns without taking vows."
She believes there is often a
double standard. "If all you are
doing is telling the women to
be chaste and to wait and you
let the men run around, then

you are not accomplishing
anything," said Nelson, who is
Dana Carl, a member of
Metropolitan Baptist Church
in the District who has at-
tended church-sponsored sin-
gles events, sees the upside of
singles ministries. "In general
it's a good thing ... because
church is not just [about] wor-
ship," she said.
But Carl added that she
doesn't "rule out finding
friends at events outside the
church, because there are no

Believers: Hold and believe in word of faith Preachers take on crime

continued from 12B

Spirit in particular, and from
his own studies of the Bible,
Lamb found himself agreeing
with many elements of the Word
of Faith movement.
Finally, 26 years ago, Lamb
decided to leave the AME
church and found the Spirit of
Christ, a Word of Faith church.
Some of his critics compared
him to Jim Jones, but Lamb
was determined to live by his
What began with just 11
members, has grown into a
church with over 600 members
and that supports its own K -
12 academy with nearly 80 stu-
Other non-denominational
and evangelical churches have
increased in popularity in re-

cent decades, according to the
Hartford Institute for Religious
Research. But Lamb believes
this is an understandable tran-
"Every denomination is good
for its time," he explained. "I
think probably the reason that
they are so popular now is that
over a period of time God al-
ways does something different."
But how can a devout wor-
shipper determine the differ-
ence between a Christian fad or
a new movement or change?
Lamb advised, "when you can
find two or three places in the
Scriptures where God has al-
ready done it."

Some of the church's most
popular ministries are the
Women with the Vision and the

Men of Destiny, both program
designed to strengthen and
courage the of men and women
of today, as well as the Success-
ful Marriage Ministry.
According to Lamb, a suc-
cessful marriage is when "two
imperfect people come to to-
gether to fulfill the purpose of
God in their lives"
The Overtown native has been
married for four years to his
second wife, Benza Lamb, 45.
Together, the couple have six
children and a wealth of knowl-
edge to offer to other couples
seeking to have a strong mar-
"In this ministry, we strongly
advocate that your wife is your
partner, as the two consult with
each other," Lamb said.
And although they follow the
Biblical model as the husband
as the head of the household,

Lamb also said that in actuality
The top three important ac-
tions couples must take is to
love, respect and to submit to
one another, he advised.
"Not only does she submit to
me [as the head of the house],
but I have to submit to her as
well," he explained.
Once Lamb is behind the po-
dium, he most often speaks
about faith, which is the basis
for everything in life, according
to the minister.
"Most people don't live by
faith. It's just a popular phrase,
[but] true "faith is when you tap
into the power of God," he said.
To help others tap into that
spiritual power, the church will
even be hosting a Faith Confer-
ence, April 4 6, hosted by Mi-
chael Freeman.
"It was obvious that I was not
a traditional minister,'

Regular church attendance rate is declining

continue from 12B

and even lowered the risk of
death caused by certain kinds
of heart disease, suicide and
certain types of cancers.
While church attendance
among all racial groups and
ages has declined in recent
years, the rate for younger
church goers is markedly low-
er. One Lifeway Research study
found that 70 percent of Prot-

estant Christians young adults
(18 22 years old) stopped at-
tending church for at least a
This is unfortunate, although
understandable in these times,
according to Rev. Avery Jones
of Holy Spirit Ministries.
"Well. young people now have
a lot of options. so there are
more things that can distract
them if they allow it to distract
them from the importance of
church worship." Jones ex-

However, for those who do
come they often find many ben-
efits at the church in addition
to the spiritual lessons they can
take away, said Jones.
"They can find a place of ref-
ugee where they get an oppor-
tunity to share their God-given
gifts and talents," said the min-
ister, whose church supports a
thriving music ministry.
But while attending church
provides many spiritual ben-

efits, it also provides several
other non-spiritual benefits.
According to the essay, "The
Non-spiritual Benefits of At-
tending Church", regular
church attendance can become
a ritual that bonds families to-
"Everyone in the family is or-
ganized around meeting a com-
mon goal, which helps the fam-
ily work as a connected unit
rather than separate parts," the
article stated.

Churches occupy non-traditional spaces

continued from 12B

pastor of New Beginning Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, said
the church hosting the roll calls
was another way to help meet
P.A.C.'s goals.
"I wanted us to be more pro-
active in the community, so
I decided to have a roll call at
the church so that they are vis-
ible and so that the community
can know that our [P.A.C. and
Miami Gardens' Police Depart-
ment's] partnership is real," Re-
adon explained.
Founded in late 2011, in re-
sponse to several violent inci-

dents including a handful of
police-related shootings involv-
ing Blacks, P.A.C. was created
to help ease combat local crime
and to help change the nega-
tive perception of police officers
among the local community.
Since it was created, the min-
istry has held a fundraiser for
the family of Terrell Scott, who
was fatally wounded in a bur-
glary; and a New Year's Eve
Community Feeding that was
also sponsored by the Miami
Gardens Police Department.
To date, the next roll call to be
hosted by New Beginning Mis-
sionary Baptist Church has not
been scheduled.

Victims given few options

continued from 12B

really never know when these
abusers are going to go ahead
and do what they say they are
going to do," she said. "I knew
that even at some point that i
would just have to leave."
Eventually, the mother of
three did leave her job and was
forced to rely on food stamps
to support her family until she
found another position.
"If [domestic violence vic-
tims] have another option, we
wouldn't have to stay and risk
our lives or go and lose our in-
come," Fernandez said.
Currently, there is little that
financial assistance that Flor-
ida provides for such victims,
according to attorney David
Benjamin of the law firm, Ben-
jamin and Melmer.

"Victims need more help," he
A former prosecutor for the
Miami-Dade County State At-
torney's office, Benjamin was
the chief of the misdemeanor
Domestic Violence Unit for two
Usually, domestic violence
victims are referred to the
Victims Compensation Fund,
which gives $1000 for reloca-
tion expenses for a misdemean-
or crime.
The bill was sponsored in the
Senate, by Oscar Braynon II, a
Miami Gardens Democrat.
"This bill, I believe, will save
a life," Braynon explained. "I'm
hopeful that it will pass before
we end our [legislative] session
in March."
So far, 32 other states have
passed similar legislature into

continued from 13B

or almost weekly attendance.
Older people were the most
likely to attend, while 18- to
29-vear-olds were among the
least active.
Coe said his organization
has partnered with Southern
Baptist churches across the
USA and Canada in forming
churches in non-traditional
"As evangelicals, we don't
believe the building is the
church, the people are the

church." Coe said. "The build-
ing itself has taken on less im-

The Rev. Chuck Culpep-
per leads St. Alexis Episcopal
Church in an old warehouse
in downtown' n Jackson. Mis.s
In 2006. St. Alexis became
the first church opened by the
Episcopal churchh in Miasi-
-iilpi sin, 0 thte 1960
It hk;mn with an idea oUT
hb-;hop lhid, ('CulpCppr said,
It Ipr.i to unchrcurched
"-wingt olutltm those who

have no church home and
are unlikely to go to the more
common big, old church.
The building they picked
most recently housed a fur-
niture store. The congrega-
tion renovated the structure.
which was built in the 1920s.
but the .. ,1 was to keep the
indui oritil look exposed
brii k. high rnling-i
WV didii t wanit for it to look
liku ; hur h. {(Cultprper said.
St Alexi'a iinher .. 1 Tor-
ri C c .2 of .lac k'imi ssi d het
I fiirci ti iih c hi tI with a

ally knowing what to expect.
-It wasn't anything like the
other churches I had known,
he said. "What we do is dif-
ferent. It s informal in a lot of
ways. and it-s very welcoming.'
Even outside the regular
Sunday services, the churches
find ways to engage people on
friendly grounds. Church at
the GYM holds its baptisms in
members pools events that
turn into big backyard barbe-

It s exciting, Williams said.
i'.vrrCiont' cheers like were at
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EL. Senate to boostschool.funding
With social programs pared down said no-new-taxes lawmak- funds while paring scores of
, aers faced stark realities when other government programs,
By John Kennedy crafting a new budget. freeing money for schools,
"This is a water balloon pro- while also closing a $2 billion
TALLAHASSEE The Flori- cess," Haridopolos said Tues- budget shortfall.
da Senate took steps Tuesday day. "And if you choose not But for all the symbolism
to reverse last year's $1.3 bil- to cut one area, it's going to of the billion-dolar boost, the
lion cut in pubhc school fund- come out of another area." Senate plan increases per-
ing, which forced thousands '. But the Senate's stance student spending a modest 3
of layoffs, program reductions virtually assures that public percent, or $192.70 for each
and angry protests from par- schools will get at least $1 bil- of Florida's 2.7 million stu-
ents and teachers across dis- lion ignore this year a goal dents. It's about $51 more
tricts. Republican Gov. Rick Scott than what the House is offer-
Senate Pre-K-12 education set in releasing his spending ing.
budget chief David Simmons plan in December. The money also goes fast,
said that in putting back The House and Senate will education officials said.
the $1.3 billion, lawmak- spend much of the final month After weathering last year's
ers are focused on restoring of the Legislature working to- $1.3 billion reduction, Florida
school funding, after budget- ward agreement on a 2012-13 schools expect a 31,000-stu-
slashing lawmakers last year GOV. RICK SCOTT budget. It .then goes to Scott. dent enrollment increase next
dragged average, statewide approach and get those class- The governor is likely to sign fall, which carries a $200 mil-
per-pupil spending to its low- room dollars only through the proposal into law, while lion price tag. School districts
est level in six years. significant cuts to health care vetoing some spending provi- also are losing $554 million
Simmons said the robust and social programs. sions. because of expiring, short-
level of classroom spending The House's proposed $69.2 Scott warned lawmakers term federal aid a big hole
that preceded the recession billion budget, scheduled to last month that he "cannot the proposed increase will
remains an illusory target. be voted on Thursday, in- budge" from the increase help plug.
But lawmakers were pointed cludes a $1 billion boost for which be achieved only by Pension and operation ex-
in the right direction, said the schools. But the House cuts shrinking Medicaid spending penses also are climbing, of-
Altamonte Springs Republi- state funding for hospitals a stunning $2 billion, a level ficials said.
can. "It's not 2005-06, but it and nursing homes, while even his fellow Republicans "We're not losing," Vern
sure is good." eliminating some health ser- said they could not embrace. Pickup-Crawford, lobbyist for
The Senate released only vices for the poor, elderly and While Medicaid services will Palm Beach County schools,
portions of its education bud- disabled. still lose millions, the House said when the House unveiled
get Tuesday. But it's likely Senate President Mike Ha- and Senate are also looking to its plan. "But we are kind of
senators will follow the House ridopolos, R-Merritt Island, shift dollars from state trust -standing still."

Florida gets "No Child Left Behind" waiver

Florida and nine other
states have been given an ex-
emption to the 'No Child Left
Behind' law from President
Barack Obama. 'No Child Left
Behind' requires all students
to be proficient in reading
and math by 2014. Passed a
decade ago with widespread
partisan support, the law was
designed to help the nation's
poor and minority children. It
has been up for renewal since
2007. But lawmakers have
been stymied for years by
competing priorities, disagree-
ments over how much of a
federal role there should be
in schools and, in the recent
Congress, partisan gridlock.
"It's a reflection of congres-
sional inactivity," said Alberto
Carvahlo, superintendent of
Miami-Dade County School
District. "This law should
have... the no child left behind

law should have been reau-
thorized back in 2007. People
talk about how education is,
but they have done very little
about it."
Carvahlo testified before
Congress back in September,
urging the federal government
to do something about the law
that he considered unrealistic.
"There is this expectation
that by 2014, 100 percent
of America's children will be
proficient in math and read-
ing," he said. "You know, I ask
people, walk around Miami.
We have children who arrive
on our shores today. They will
not be able to be proficient in
math and reading and English
and demonstrate so by 2014."
Critics say the 2014 dead-
line was unrealistic, the law
is too rigid and led to teach-
ing to the test, and too many
schools feel they are labeled

as failures. Under 'No Child
Left Behind,' schools that
don't meet requirements
for two years or longer face
increasingly tough conse-
quences, including busing
children to higher-performing
schools, offering tutoring and
replacing staff. In addition to

Florida, Colorado, Georgia,
Indiana, Kentucky, Mas-
sachusetts, Minnesota, New
Jersey, Oklahoma and Ten-
nessee also received waivers.
The only state that applied
for the flexibility and did not
get it, New Mexico, is work-
ing with the administration
to get approval, according to
a White House official. Under
the deal, the states must show
they will prepare children for
college and careers, set new
targets for improving achieve-
ment among all students, de-
velop meaningful teacher and
principal evaluation systems,
reward the best performing
schools and focus help on the
ones doing the worst.
"It's a huge relief now," said
Karen Aronowitz, President of
the United Teachers of Dade.
"It's time to reevaluate how
we're evaluating teachers."



Cub Scouts learn art

of team building skills

Cub Scouts Ronald Kendrick (1-r), Benjamin Hazouri, Charles
Taylor, IV and Trevin Smith of Pack 80, work on team building
skills during Biscayne Bay District's inaugural camporee held
January 13-15, 2012 at Tree Tops Park in Broward County.The
cub scouts also participated in other activities such as archery, ca-
noeing, BB guns, sling shots, first aid and poisonous plants. Pack
80 meets every Tuesday 6:30 pm at the American Legion Post
#29, 6445 NE 7 Avenue.

Student wins local essay contest

Recently, Aaron Martin, a
seventh grade student from
the Brother Rice Honors
Academy at Archbishop Curley
Notre Dame six to 12 Prep was
awarded first place for his
essay about Dr. Martin Lu-
ther King, Jr. Martin's essay
titled, "Dare to Dream" dis-
cusses Dr. King's life of service
to the community and his
dream for the future. Mar-
tin's essay was selected from
best eight other submissions
from area Miami-Dade public
and private schools. He was
presented a medal at the North
Miami Beach Town Hall.
"I learned that Dr. King loved
to write just like me," said
Martin who has enjoyed writing
since the first grade.
Rather than using the inter-
net, Martin conducted research
by reading many books on Dr.
King's life. After researching,
he said that the essay writing
came about quickly and he was
done in about one hour.

Aaron Martin, a 7th grade
student from the Brother Rice
Honors Academy at Archbish-
op Curley Notre Dame six to 12
Prep who awarded first place
for his essay about Dr. Martin
Luther King Junior.

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Married women say sex is 'very important'

By Sharon Jayson

Married sex may get a bad
rap in pop culture as being
non-existent, but it's alive in
bedrooms across the USA,
finds a nationally representa-
tive survey of married women
released today.
Of the 1,001 wives ages 18-
49 surveyed last month, 75
percent say a good sex life with
their spouse is "very or ex-
tremely important"; 16 percent
say "somewhat important."
It's the "ultimate 'am I nor-
mal' study," says Liz Zack of
the online women's commu-
nity iVillage, which commis-
sioned the study. "We don't
know whether the stuff that
happens between the sheets
at my house is the same stuff
happening in the bedrooms of
Sex therapist and clinical
psychologist Barry McCarthy,
who was not involved in the re-
search, says society downplays
marital sex, which shouldn't
be compared with extramari-
tal sex or premarital sex. "You
never see marital sex in the
movies," he says. "In the mov-
ies and in our culture, what is
exciting sexually is something
that is breaking the boundaries
and is illicit. The key to marital
sex is integrating intimacy and
For survey respondents,
communication translates to
action in the bedroom: 44 per-
cent say they get in the mood
for sex when their spouse "says
nice things." That was second
only to "feelings of love," 67
"What most surveys find
women really want is emotional

connection and intimacy as a
precondition for being in the
mood to have sex," says John
Gottman, an emeritus profes-
sor of psychology at the Uni-
versity of Washington in Seattle
and author of The Science of
Trust: Emotional Attunement
for Couples. "What's been de-
scribed as low libido in women
is the fact their men stopped
courting them. They are no
longer trying to be intimate.
Gottman was not involved in
the survey.
Eileen Nekava, 29, of Tam-
pa Bay, Fla., says she loves
hearing nice things from her
husband of six years, Steven
Nekava, 38. "It's nice to know
he appreciates me and still
thinks about me in that type of
One way they keep that
flame going is by making "date
nights" a dedicated part of
their lives ever since their four-
year-old's birth. They've been
married six years, and she's
due with their second child in
Nekava, who works in IT
sales, and her husband, an
engineer, try to avoid talking
about work or their daughter
on date night. "It's a way for us
to get alone time and us just
focus on each other."
Stephanie Dulli of Washing-
ton, D.C., says "hearing nice
things absolutely is romantic
and a turn-on." But she's with
the 25 percent who say "seeing
your spouse as a great par-
ent" or the almost 20 percent
who say it's when your spouse
cleans the house or makes
dinner that gets them in the
mood for sex. "There is nothing
sexier in the world than when

How couples add spice
Kissed in public
Bought sexy clothing/lingerie
Used sex toys/vibrators


Pinched/spanked playfully in public

Watched porn on TV
Left kids to fend for
themselves while you had sex
late to work/appointment
because you were having sex
Role-played in the bedroom

Left sexy innuendos over voicemail
Had phone sex
Gone to adult show/strip club

Declined to answer
Had a threesome
Other Source:iVlllage/InsightExp
2% survey of 1,001 married w(
^percentage points.

ress, based on nationally representative
omen ages 18-49. Margin of error Is +3.10

What interferes with sex?


Lac of romance

Unavailability of spouse
Medical condition
Nothing affecting my desire to have sex
Loss of physical attraction
5% survey of 1,001 married women

my husband is giving the baby
a bath without me asking. ....
If he takes it upon himself to
do the dishes or the laundry,
that's such an act of service,
and that's another way he
shows he cares for me. I find
it dreamy." Dulli has two sons,
ages three and eight months.
The survey also found:
49 percent say they had
better sex before they had chil-
dren; 34 percent say the kids
didn't change their sex lives.
38 percent say they and

based on nationally representative
m ages 18-49. Margin of error is +3.10

their spouses initiate sex
22 percent have sent
"sexts" (sexual texts or pictures
via cellphone) to their hus-
bands; 18 percent e-mail flirty
messages and 12 percent leave
sexy voicemail messages.
50 percent said stress
reduces their desire to have
sex, as does exhaustion, 49
percent; children, 39 percent;
lack of romance, 34 percent;
arguments, 31 percent; loss of
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Exercise equals body housekeeping

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By Gretchen Reynolds

When ticking off the ben-
efits of physical activity,'few
of us would include intracel-
lular housecleaning. But a
new study suggests that the
ability of exercise to speed the
removal of garbage from inside
our body's cells may be one of
its most valuable, if least vis-
ible, effects.
In the new research, which
was published last month
in Nature, scientists at the
University of Texas Southwest-
ern Medical Center in Dallas
gathered two groups of mice.
One set was normal, with a
finely tuned cellular scrubbing
system. The other had been
bred to have a blunted clean-
ing system.
It's long been known that
cells accumulate flotsam from
the wear and tear of everyday
living. Broken or misshapen
proteins, shreds of cellular
membranes, invasive viruses
or bacteria, and worn-out,
broken-down cellular compo-
nents, like aged mitochondria,
the tiny organelles within cells
that produce energy, form a
kind of trash heap inside the
In most instances, cells dili-
gently sweep away this debris.
They even recycle it for fuel.
Without this efficient system,
cells could become choked
with trash and malfunction or
die. In recent years, some sci-
entists have begun to suspect
that faulty autophagy mecha-

The study, Dr. Yan says, "improves our understanding of
how exercise has salutary impacts on health."

nisms contribute to the devel-
opment of a range of diseases,
including diabetes, muscular
dystrophy, Alzheimer's and
cancer. The slowing of au-
tophagy as we reach middle
age is also believed to play a
role in aging.
Most metabolism research-
ers think that the process
evolved in response to the
stress of starvation; cells
would round up and consume
superfluous bits of them-
selves to keep the rest of the
cell alive.
Exercise, of course, is
physiological stress. But until
recently, few researchers had
thought to ask whether exer-
cise might somehow affect the
amount of autophagy within

cells and, if so, whether that
mattered to the body as a
"Autophagy affects metabo-
lism and has wide-ranging
health-related benefits in the
body, and so does exercise,"
says Dr. Beth Levine, a How-
ard Hughes Medical Institute
investigator at U.T. South-
western. "There seemed to be
considerable overlap, in fact,
between the health-related
benefits of exercise and those
of autophagy," but it wasn't
clear how the two interacted,
she says.
So she and her colleagues
had lab mice run. The ani-
mals first had been medically
treated so that the mem-
branes that engulf debris

inside their cells would glow,
revealing themselves to the
researchers. After just 30
minutes of running, the mice
had significantly more mem-
branes in cells throughout
their bodies, the researchers
found, meaning theywere
undergoing accelerated au-
Then the research-
ers had these mice
run, alongside a
control group
of normal
animals. The
autophagy- A
resistant mice
quickly grew
fatigued. Their
muscles seemed
incapable of drawing
sugar from the blood as
the muscles of the normal
mice did.
More striking, when Dr.
Levine stuffed both groups of
animals with high-fat kibble
for several weeks until they
developed a rodent version
of diabetes, the normal mice
subsequently reversed the
condition by running, even as
they continued on the fatty
diet. The autophagy -resistant
animals did not. In other
words, Dr. Levine and her
colleagues conclu-ded, an in-
crease in autophagv. prompt-
ed by exercise, seems to be a
critical step in achieving the
health benefits of exercise.
The finding is 'extremely
exciting," says Zhen Yan.
the director of the Center for
Skeletal Muscle Research at
the University of Virginia. who
is also studying autophagy
and exercise.

Doctors only advise 1 in 3 people to exercise

By Nanci Hellmich

Only one in three people in
the USA say their doctor ad-
vised them to start exercising
or continue doing so during
an office visit over the course
of a year, a new government
study shows.
The trips to the doctors
were for a wide variety of rea-
sons, from annual exams to a
cold or flu.
The doctors were more like-
ly to mention exercise to peo-
ple who were overweight or
had heart disease, cancer or
din betes. Women were more
likely ihirn umen to get the ad-
vice to move more,

Research shows that regu-
lar physical activity decreas-
es the risk of a wide range of
chronic diseases, including
type 2 diabetes, heart disease
and some types of cancer.
More doctors are talking to
their patients about exercise,
but there's still room for im-
provement, says Pat Barnes,
a health statistician with the
National Center for Health
Statistics, part of the Centers
for Disease Control and Pre-
Russell Pate, an exercise
researcher at the University'
of South Carolina, says, "Phy-
sicians should treat physi-
cal activity as a vital sign. I

am encouraged that we have
made progress over the past
decade, but the time has
come for the medical commu-
nity to attach a much higher
priority to this critical prac-
The latest findings are
based itn interviews with
more than 60,000 people as
part of the CDC's National
Health Interview Survey.
Among the findings:
About 32 percent of peo-
ple who saw a physician or
other health professional in
2010 were advised to exercise
or continue being physically
active, up from 23 percent
who got that advice from their

physician in 2000.
In 2010, 56 percent of
adults with diabetes were ad-
vised to exercise; 44 percent
of patients with high blood
pressure; 41 percent with
heart disease; 36 percent
with cancer.
47 percent of those who
were obese, that is roughly
30 or more pounds over a
healthy weight, received a
recommendation from their
doctor to exercise; 31 percent
of those who were overweight
got the advice.
In 2010, doctors told 29
percentof people over 85 to
exercise, compared with 15
percent in 2000.

The smoothest way

to help your heart

By Bonnie Taub-Dix

Between Valentine's Day
and American Heart Month,
February's the perfect time to
think about how
you can protect
your heart
and those
that are

close to your
heart. Heart disease strikes
more women than all cancers
combined, yet women often let
their own health issues sim-
mer on a back-burner while
the needs of everyone else is
boiling up front. But the good
news is that heart disease
can be prevented and the best
place to start may be at your
own table.
Your diet and exercise rou-
tine may predict how healthy
your heart is. The best way

to insure good health is by
including lots of colorful fruits
ano veggies, whole grains,,
lean proteins and.healthy
Here's a great smoothie rec-
ipe to help start your day the
right way or to help provide
that afternoon or after work-
out pick-me-up. Here's why:
Milk and yogurt: the
calcium and potassium in
dairy help to lower blood
pressure and help you
control your weight by
making you feel full and
Banana and raspber-
ries: Most fruits and veg-
gies are rich in potassium
and fiber. Potassium has an
effect on the rhythm of your
heart and fiber can help
reduce cholesterol levels.
Cocoa: The cocoa fla-
vanols extracted from the
cocoa bean help promote a
healthy circulatory system
and better flow, essential to a
healthy lifestyle.
Almonds: Studies have
shown that almonds help
reduce LDL (bad cholesterol).
levels and raise HDL (good
cholesterol) and they contain
fat that is heart-healthy. They
are also the nuts that are
highest in fiber content.
Ice: Water makes every-
thing move through the body
more readily and it's essential
to make every process run

1/2 cup vanilla 0% fat
Greek yogurt
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 teaspoon sweet dark co-
coa powder
1 tablespoon almond butter
3 ice cubes
Combine the above ingredi-
ents in a VitaMix or blender
and blend together for 1 min-
ute. Pour into a frosty mug
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Science shows the ancient practice has benefits,
but it can't address all health needs.

By Kim Painter

William Broad, a New York
Times science writer, has a
lot of nice things to say about
yoga. There's good reason, he
says, that this mix of stretch-
ing, '",ri.lin. and deep breath-
ing, with roots in ancient
Indian meditation, has at-
tracted as many as 20 million
He also has some bad things
to say, and he said many of

them in a recent story titled
"How Yoga Can Wreck Your
Body." It focused on yoga's "po-
tential to inflict blinding pain,"
and it caused a lot of online
outrage among dedicated yogis.
But the piece was an excerpt
from a book out this week with
the more even-handed title The
Science of Yoga: The Risks and
Rewards. And the author is no
yoga-hater: Broad has prac-
ticed it since 1970 and just
spent five years researching it.

His conclusion, conveyed in
a phone interview: "There's a
lot of good stuff in yoga, but
there's also a lot of hype."
How to choose a yoga class,
There's no scientific formula
for choosing a safe, appropriate
yoga class. Different branches
of yoga have different criteria
for teacher training, individual
teachers and classes vary -
and so do student needs and
goals. But you can:

Ask about teacher creden-
tials. Many will have a certifi-
cate showing 200 or 500 hours
of training. Others will have
several years of training, re-
quired by some yoga groups.
Ask if you can watch a class
or attend a trial class before
Be especially wary if an in-
structor adjusts your position
without your permission or
urges you to do anything that
hurts, says Christina Geithner,

a yoga teacher who is a fel-
low of the American College of
Sports Medicine and a profes-
sor of human physiology at
Gonzaga University, Spokane,
The good (and bad) stuff
is revealed in studies Broad
unearthed and in new ones
published nearly every week.
And the hype is evident in
marketing behind all those
yoga pants, snacks, videos and
classes that have spread to

nearly every cruise ship, senior
center and YMCA across the
Science has yet to show
what, if anytli;r, yoga pants
do. But here's a sampling of
what the science, much of it
detailed in Broad's book, says
about yoga itself:
It's not a total fitness
plan. Even vigorous forms
don't raise heart rates high
enough, consistently enough
Please turn to YOGA 18B

Heartburn is the most common
symptom of gastroesophageal
reflux disease (GERD), which
occurs when the acidic contents
of the stomach back up into the
The American Gastroentero-
logical Association offers these
suggestions to help you control
heartburn and GERD:
Skip beverages or foods that
tend to trigger heartburn.
Stick to small meals, and eat
at least two to three hours before
you lie down.
Raise the head of your bed
about four to six inches.
Lose any extra pounds.
Skip tight clothing and exer-
cises that may increase abdomi-
nal pressure, such as sit-ups.
If you're a smoker, quit.

A toothache can be a real pain,
but you can take steps to care for
tooth discomfort.
The American Dental Associa-
tion offers these suggestions:
Rinse your mouth with warm
Very gently clean between
teeth with floss.
Don't apply any pain reliever
to the gum surrounding the pain-
ful tooth, as this can damage
nearby gum tissue.
Call your dentist if the pain
doesn't get better.

Avoid extra dining-out calories


By Rea Frey

You know the drill. Go to a
restaurant. Order what looks
good. Salivate. Have bread.
Have olive oil. Have a drink.
Have a steak. Eat. Eat a lot.
Eat way too much. Fall into a
food coma for the rest of the
night. Render yourself useless
in front of the television.
Get up and do the same
thing tomorrow. Gain 5
pounds. Gain 10 pounds.
Blame the restaurant. Buy
bigger clothing. Go on a diet.
Stop going to restaurants.
Get on the wagon. Fall off the
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Even though people are
becoming more aware of what
they put into their bodies, a
lot of the rules about healthy
eating go out the window
when dining out because din-
ers have little control over the
Not to fret. There are ways

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To help increase sales the
smaller portions.
to order tasty, low-calorie veg-
etarian dishes even if they're
not on the menu. Not only are
plant-based dishes healthier,
they usually are cheaper too.
Many chefs can create vegan
dishes, either on request or
with a little advance notice.

Cheesecake Factory is offering

So plaster on a smile, and
get ready for the possibility of
healthy eating every time you
dine out.
As we get deeper into sum-
mer, and a plethora of fruits
and veggies become available,
Please turn to CALORIES 18B


The new medical food?

By Keith Ayoob

A scientific review of research
looking at the effects of chocolate
and cocoa on cardiovascular health,
has been published in the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition, just in
time for Valentine's Day.

There were "consistent and posi-
tive benefits of chocolate or cocoa"
on "flow-mediated dilation." That
means chocolate and cocoa im-
proved blood flow through the
arteries. Chocolate and cocoa also

showed "previously unreported
promising effects" on insulin and
insulin resistance, suggesting that,
in some way, chocolate and cocoa
improve the efficiency of insulin's

Many of the studies were small,
short in duration, and had some
limitations, and the studies tended
to focus on dark chocolate (usually
at least 70 percent cocoa content or
higher) and cocoa powder. Clearly,
we're talking about pure stuff dark
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Acclaimed chef Cindy Wolf of

Charleston restaurant in Baltimore

suggests the following:

Be informative: If you're
a vegetarian, say what type
of vegetarian you are. If you
eat chicken stock, if you're a
vegan, if you have a food al-
lergy, etc. The more informa-
tion you can give, the more
likely it is that the kitchen
will be set up for success,
ensuring a better experience
for you.
Talk to your server. Wolf
adjusts her menu accord-
ing to what it is the guests
might be eating. "If someone
is concerned about dietary
needs, that's what my serv-
ers are for," Wolf said." They
are there to guide them.
They know every item and
ingredient on the menu."

Quick tips to avoid
By Janelle Hazelwood to work -
ageable. :
Squinting, eye strain, prescription and main
changes and migraines. These are What you
all common health issues among does any
today's office professionals. illnesses
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Be reasonable with your
requests. Ask yourself:
Does the restaurant have
the product? How busy is
the restaurant? "We're going
to do whatever we can to
make the guest happy," Wolf
The bottom line is that in
many restaurants, it's not
hard to get vegetables or opt
for low-fat fare. Seek out
restaurants that offer fresh
food. As Wolf says, "What
I believe in is really pretty,
fresh product. And that in
itself is healthy. I like for
things to be as natural as
possible. When you talk
about healthy food, you talk
about healthy product."

- is that much more man-
l. Eat nutritious foods
itain a healthy weight.
eat affects your sight as it
other body function. Also,
such as diabetes, which
d to unhealthy .'.iring hab-
besity, put people at higher
sion loss.
ure to get an annual
ensive eye exam. "During
amination, the optometrist
mine much more than
prescription for eyeglasses
t lenses," Miller-Johnson

breaks from the comput-
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s. 'Try the 20-20-20 rule:
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Yoga may make you just feel good all over Darker is more beneficial

continued from 17B

to qualify as aerobic exercise on
par with running, swimming or
brisk walking. Yoga does help
with flexibility and includes
proven strength-building moves
:'..,.is "plank" pose looks and
works a lot like a push-upj.
*Its not a weight-loss plan.
A typical session doesn't burn
a lot of calories, and it slows
metabolism, which might even
spur weight gain. But there s a
big caveat, Broad says: Yoga's
stess-reducing powers might
reduce unhealthful eating.
It may have heart health
benefits. Most notably, it has
been shown to reduce blood
It has mental health ben-
efits. One review of 80 studies
found it equaled or surpassed
other forms of exercise in re-
ducing stress, anxiety and fa-

tigue, lifting moods and improv-
ing sleep.
It can ease some pains and
inflict others. Broad tells grue-
some stories of people crippled
by yoga, including some who
suffered strokes. But studies
show yoga often soothes com-
mon aches th )g-. one recent
study on back pain showed that
a specialized stretching class
(which skipped the poses and
breathing exercises unique to
yoga) worked just as well.
Karen Sherman, a researcher
from Group Health Research
Institute in Seattle, led that
study and says it remains pos-
sible that yoga has extra pain-
calming powers. Sherman, who
does yoga, also wonders "what
would happen if we had de-
pressed people with high blood
pressure and lots of pain and
they all did yoga. ... Yoga might
start to look better."
The bottom line for Broad,

60. who also swims and lifts
weights, is that he still practic-
es yoga (but more carefully) and
marvels a: its potential.
He writes that yoga "can
turn our bodies into custom-
ized pharmaceutical plants that
churn out tailored hormones
and nerve impulses that heal,
cure, raise moods, lower cho-
lesterol, induce sleep and do a
million other things.
Others who have looked at
yoga research are not bowled
over. Yoga is a glorified form of
'light resistance training," says
Timothy Caulfield, a health law
and policy professor at the Uni-
versity of Alberta in Canada,
who has written his own book
on diet, fitness and alternative
medicine called The Cure for
Everything: Untangling Twisted
Messages About Health, Fitness
and Happiness, to be published
in the USA in April.
Like any form of exercise,

voga has benefits. he says.
But is there something special.
unique or m"aical about it? No.
For Neal Pollack. an Austin
writer whose books include
Stretch: The Unlikely Making of
a Yoga Dude, the real benefits
of yoga are menial. He says
he has stopped using antide-
pressants and lost weight since
starting yoga eight years ago:
"It gives you an ability to slowv
down the pace of your life, calm
your mind, and control your
emotions. That s got to be good
for your health."
He has been injured, he says,
but even after a bad yoga class,
I feel better than when I went
Kaitlin Quistgaard, editor of
Yoga Journal, says that may
be yoga's greatest strength:
"There's this intangible ben-
efit. It makes people feel good,
so they keep coming back for

Smaller portions trim those extra calories

continued from 17B

chefs usually put more veg-
etable items on the menu. For
instance, chef David LeFevre of
LA's new M.B. Post (Manhattan
Beach Post) supports veggies
being treated as main dishes,
and not just sides. He explains
that most chefs can make great
vegetable dishes from common
staples in the back. All you
have to do is ask.
"If the chef isn't excited to
cook for you and accommodate
your special request, you are
at the wrong place," he says.
"No guest should feel as if he
or she is a burden. In my expe-
rience, letting the chef be cre-
ative is the best way to ensure
a great meal. That being said,
be specific about your likes and
wants when it comes to ingre-
dients, but leave the technique
up to the chef. For example, if
you say you don't like pastas

or heavy carbs, but you love
green vegetables, fresh herbs
and mushrooms, you are more
likely to get items you like and
the chef will have some param-
eters to work within."
So what healthy staples are
usually on hand?
"You can find potatoes in just
about every restaurant kitchen;
it is a great vegetable that goes
well with others. If you take the
potatoes and some onion, car-
rots and celery, and cut them
all to 1/16 of an inch, you can
cook them like risotto and the
natural starches will thicken
the mix."
At his restaurant, guests are
encouraged to peruse the "Eat
Your Vegetables" section of the
menu, which offers 13 different
plant options. Among these op-
tions are grilled sweet corn with
chili and lime; shishito peppers;
roasted poblanos stuffed with
quinoa; grilled summer squash
with in-house farmer's cheese;

cumin-spiced grilled zucchini;
and sweet corn semolina with
chives and Parmesan.
Even if there's not a large
vegetable section on the menu,
there are still tips that will help
you get what you want.

Call ahead: If you are a strict
vegan or vegetarian, check with
the restaurant before you're
seated and studying the menu
- and ask what items might be
compatible with your diet.
Alert your server to special
needs: If you're sensitive to oil
or salt or have any food aller-
gies, speak up.
Inquire about vegetarian spe-
cials: If there aren't specials,
peruse the menu to see what
vegetables come with the main
dishes, so you might center
your meal on some of those side
dishes or grains.
"Supersize" your order: What-

ever entree you order, ask if you
can double the veggies.
When meat's on your mind:
Look for lean cuts of beef, fish
specials, bison, lean ground
turkey or chicken. Inquire
about the meat's preparation,
and see if you can get a smaller
The backup plan: If you don't
see anything on the menu and
the server isn't being overly
helpful, ask if you can get a side
of brown rice (or another grain)
and beans. Many kitchens have
these items on hand and can
easily throw something togeth-
er for you as a decent side dish.
Pair with a large salad, and voi-
la a healthy meal.
Be patient: If you make a spe-
cial request (such as a vegeta-
ble risotto or beans and rice),
realize that it may take a while
to prepare. The chefs want to
make the diner happy, but un-
derstand that the kitchen can
get backed up.

continued from 17B

chocolate bars. unsweetened
cocoa powder, not chocolate
candy which is often just
chocolate-covered sweet fill-
Still, there seems to be a
growing body of evidence that
ud~es'ts there are some real
benefits to having some dark
chocolate and cocoa in your

It night surprise you that an
ounce of dark chocolate has
only about 150 calories. Most of
that is fat, and about half of the
fat is saturated fat. Normally,
saturated fat is one of the bad
ones, because it has been tied
to increased blood cholesterol
levels. With chocolate however,
much of the saturated fat is
stearic acid, a type of saturated
fat that has no effect either way
on your blood cholesterol lev-
els. It doesn't lower them, but
it doesn't seem to raise them
either. Combine this non-effect
of chocolate on cholesterol lev-
els with its positive effects on
cardiovascular risk factors,
and you can start feeling more
comfortable making room for a
little dark chocolate in a heart-
healthy diet.
Here are a few tips to help you
have a healthy relationship with
dark chocolate:
Aim for dark chocolate with

at least 70 percent cocoa sol-
ids. That level provides the most
benefit. If that's too "strong"
then start at 60 percent but try
and work up to 70 percent.
Less is more, so keep portions
real. An ounce a day is fine, but
chocolate has calories. Still, at
150 calories per ounce, it really
beats a lot of fancy desserts. A
slice of chocolate cake can come
in at 400 calories or more,
Savor, don't gulp. Good choc-
olate is like fine wine, so take
your time with it. It lasts lon-
ger that way and you'll enjoy it
Go for quality. When the cocoa
content gets to 70 percent and
above, the quality of the cocoa
beans really shows through. The
good stuff isn't always cheap, so
hit a gourmet store, read the la-
bels on a few bars and have a
tasting with your Valentine. The
bars often come in three-and-a-
half ounce (100-gram) portions,
so that's about three single por-
tions. If you can find one-ounce
portions, that's a jackpot,
Unsweetened cocoa pow-
der is great, has almost no fat
and even contains fiber. Use it
instead of a mix to make hot
chocolate, so you can control
the calorie content, based on
the type of milk and sweetener
you want. You might find you
like it with more cocoa powder
than called for. I definitely do
and it's a great way to get an
extra cup of low-fat milk into
your diet.

Keeping it alive and real

continued from 16B

physical attraction, 14 percent.
12 percent have had sex with
someone else while married.
McCarthy, a psychology pro-
fessor and co-author of Endur-
ing Desire: Your Guide to Life-
long Intimacy, says married sex

needs to keep alive a sense of
connection that is both inti-
mate and erotic.
"All the self-help advice is how
to make sex much more erotic.
I think better advice is how to
make the sexual experience
more inviting," he says. "Part of
that is making it more intimate
and more verbally inviting."


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Remember: see your

doctor for your

annual checkup!

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Michelle Obama visits FL megachurch Greater New

White House

brings war on

obesity to church
By Alexander Mooney

First lady Michelle Obama
made a stop at the Northland
Church in Florida recently,
bringing her healthy-eating
campaign to a crowd that in-
cluded religious organizations
affiliated with a broad swath of
faiths and congregations.
In her remarks at the Central
Florida evangelical megachurch
where Joel Hunter serves as
pastor, the first lady made the
case that religious organiza-
tions can be natural partners in
her efforts to combat childhood

QOur faith communimes don't
tend only to folks spiritual
health but to their emotional
and their physical health as
well," she said. -Think for a mo-
ment about the scripture that
tells us that your bodies are
temples given to you by God.
That is a core teaching of so
many of our faiths a teach-
ing that calls us to honor and
nourish the bodies we've been
blessed with, and to help others
do the same."
The first lady's campaign -
called Let's Move! includes
an initiative designed to engage
faith-based organizations in ef-
forts to promote better nutri-
tion. The first lady hailed the
response from such groups as
"All kinds of faith communi-
ties have been stepping up,"

Michelle Obama said. "Muslim
community leaders are hosting
sports tournaments to encour-
age young people to get active.
The Jewish Community Cen-

ters Assoc-iaon is working ith
JCCs around the counr-- to
grow gardens, and to get fresh
food inLto underserved areas.
ancd they re create early child
wellness programs.'
Mrs. Obama ended her re-
marks bv :'-'.k.-':. za the crowd
to submit videos of how they
are promoting healthy eating
and what kind of changes they
are instituting. Creators of the
most interesting videos will be
invited to the White House, she
The visit to Northland Church
capped off a somewhat awk-
ward White House reversal on
its previous policy that man-
dated religiously affiliated or-
ganizations provide free con-
traception. Mrs. Obama did not
mention the controversy during
her appearance.

Can less formal churches attract youth?

By Elizabeth Crisp

Ron Williams is the pastor of
Church at the GYM in Sanford,
Fla. As the Baptist church's
name implies, Williams' con-
gregation meets in a gym.
Williams says the goal is to
remove the "stained-glass bar-
riers" for people who might not
be comfortable in traditional
church settings.
"I think all the trappings of
traditional religion can make it
difficult for people to start com-
ing," he said. "You can invite
someone, and they will say, 'I
don't have any clothes to wear
to church.' "
To make people feel more
comfortable, Williams wears
jeans. In the warm Florida
climrite, some members wear
shorts. Other clothing types,
fromli urban wear to biker gear,
also are welcome
Sanford native Sandy Adcox,

38, had not been to church in
18 years before she attended
Church at the GYM last March.
She hasn't missed a service
"I've never in my life felt more
comfortable in a church," she
said. "It's so warm and wel-
Comfortable is a theme that's
becoming common among
churches taking advantage of
new, non-traditional spaces.
Across the country, churches
are springing up in unexpected
locations: movie theaters, skat-
ing rinks, strip malls and old
warehouses, among others.
Aaron Coe, vice president
for mobilization for the North
America Missions Board, said
there are several factors con-
tributing to these new church-
es, including a move away
from traditionalism and the
economic advantages of leas-
ing space instead of building a

"We've seen everything from
art galleries to schools," he
said. "Schools and movie the-
aters are probably the most
common. There is definitely
a trend, and I think it's one

Rev. Harold

Marsh loth

New Christ Tabernacle M.B.
Church family, 8400 NW 25th
Avenue invite you to the climax
celebration of Pastor Harold
Marsh 10th anniversary, Sun-
day, February 19th, 11 a.m.
Rev. J.D. Patterson, speaker
from Mt. Sinai M.B. Church and
3:30 p.m., Antioch M.B. Church
of Brownsville, Rev. Larry
Lovett, pastor in charge. Come
and enjoy the Lord with us.

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that's here to stay."
They may not have steeples
or stained glass, but the non-
traditional churches say they
are finding success tapping
into a segment of society that
may otherwise have been lost.



moves into

new building

"God is a great God." The
community is cordially invited to
come and worship wvith Greater
Nebw Macedonia M\issionary
Baptist Church at our new
location on Sunday, Februar y
19th at 11 a.m. 3165 N\V 50
Street. Miami. Reverend Sherman
Mungm. pastor teacher. REV. SHERMAN MUNGIN

Church of God in Christ 13th

annual Workers Meeting
The Southern Florida Juris- F
diction invites you to its 13th
Annual Workers Meeting,
February 19-24 at the New .i:--V
Gamble Memorial Church of
God in Christ, 1898 NW 43rd
St., Miami Florida, where the -
Bishop Julian C. Jackson is
Senior Minister and Host Pas-
This year's workers meeting
theme is, "Seeking God's way
for us and succeeding gen-
erations, through obedience, '*
prayer, and the word of God." '
The meeting will commence .
with a Musical Extravaganza ,k
at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening. BISHOP JULIAN C.
Enrichment sessions will be- JACKSON
gin each evening at 6 p.m. and For additional information,
evening worship hour at 7:30 call 305-821-3P)12 or 305-
p.m., Monday through Friday. 757-6620.

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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Services
Wed Interssory NPryer
9a m-12 pnm.
SMorning Servk I l am.
Sun. Ey,. Worrhip 7:30 p.m.
ues. Prmyr Meeting 17:30 pm.
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Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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

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St. Mark Missionary Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street 5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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

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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue
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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street
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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Worhip / am
11am lp m
Sunday School 9 30 a m
tuesday (Bible Srtudy) 6 45p m
Wednesday Bible Study

1 (800) 254-B(
Fax: 305-685-0705

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

Order of Services
Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
N edneday Geiweal Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
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Yahweh Male & Female
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Baptisi Church Missionary Baptist Church
2171 N W. 56th Street 2330 N W 93rd Street
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61, clerk, died
February 8 at
UM Hospice
Medical Center,
Service 11 a m.,
Saturday at First
Baptist Church
of Brownville.

February 10 at
General Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m, Saturday
in the chapel.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt

LOIS H. WATERS, 77, retire
from Dade
County School
Board, died
February 8 in
Houston, TX.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Antioch
Baptist Church of Liberty City.

died February
7 at Jackson
L o n g t e r m
Center. Service
10 a.m.,
Saturday at
Mt. Calvary
Baptist Church.

Gregg L. Mason
February 7.
Viewing, 2-9
p.m., Thursday.
Family hour 6-9
p.m. Service
1 p.m., Friday
at Bethany
Seventh Day
Adventist s
Church, 2500 NW 50th Street.



childcare pro-
vider, died Feb-
ruary 8 at Jack-
son Memorial
Hospital. View- .
ing 4-9 p.m., Fri- .
day at Manker
Funeral Home.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at Greater Holy Cross
M.B. Church.

75, cashier,
died February
9 at North
Shore Hospital. i
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

Ran nae

Hadley Davis
tired educator.
died February
6 at University
of Miami. Ser-
vice 11am.. ,
Monday at St-
Joseph Catholic
Church. .

health aide,
died February
6, at Jackson
Memorial Hos-
pital. Service 11
am., Saturday
at World Deliv-
erance Church.

cashier, died
February 5 at
University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at in
the chapel.

65, CNA, died
February 9 at
Home. Service
1 p.m., Saturday
at First Baptist
of Brownsville..

died February
9 at Broward
Medical Center.
Service 11:30
a.m. at Faith

SR., 59, gardner,


JEREMIAH COOKS, 54, laborer,
died February
11 at University
of Miami. Ser
vice 1 p.m., Sat-
urday at in the

THOMAS HOLLIS, 59, product
checker, died A
February 11 at
Northshore Hos-
pice. Service 12
p.m. Saturday at
Daysprings Mis-
sionary Baptist


n tired register
MOORE nurse, died on
February 5 at
".. Jackson Me-
morial Medical
Center. Viewing
10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
February 18 at
Wade Funeral
Home LLC., 315 W Pembroke Rd,
Hallandale, FL 33009. Internment,
February 20 at Washington Me-
morial Cemetery. Jenson Beach.

OLLIE P. WILLIAMS. 84, retired
secretary, died
February 10 at
Mt. Sinai Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Historic Mt.
Zion Baptist



tired press op-
erator died Feb-
ruary 7 at Sinai
Plaza Rehabili-
tation and Nurs-
ing Center. Ser-
vice 1:30 p.m..
Saturday at
Duncan Broth-
ers Chapel. Gainesville, FL.


homemaker, died February 2 at
Northshore Hospital. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Antioch Baptist
Church of Brownsville.

Roberts Poitier
trainer, died February 11 at Halifax
Hospital Daytona Beach. Service
will be held Saturday at New Beth-
el AME Church Seminola.

borer. died February 10 at Clar-
idge Nursing Home. Services are

Nakia Ingraham
ARTIS COOPER, JR.. 52. died
February 8 at Broward General
Hospital. Service 10 a m.. Saturday
at Koinonia Worship Center.

- February 4 at Broward General
Hospital. Service 2 p.m. Saturday
at Eglise Baptist Bethanie

KARL MCKAY, SR., 54 died
February 10 at Aventura Hospital.
Service 5 pm., Saturday in the

Wright and Young
beaut c Tan
and owner for
42 years of
Jack and Jil
Beauty Salon.
died February
9 at Jackson
Survivors include: sons. Thomas
-Spnnrgree-r Jones. Timothy
Wimberty. Tony .
Christopher Bailey and Solomon
Wiggins. daughters. Gena
Wiggins, Lisa Palmer, and Latasha
Richardson. Wake 5 p.m.-8 p.m,
Friday at Friendly Temple Holiness,
5800 NW 17 Ave. Service 1 p.m..
Saturday at New Way Fellowship,
16800 NW 22 Ave.

died February
12 at Jackson
North. Survivors
include sons,
Tony L. Mitchell
and Vincent
E. Mitchell;
dau g h ters,
Tangela Y. Mitchell and Yolanda E.
(Clarence) Hanna; grandchildren,
Mario Brown, Artegia Hanna and
Marvin Mitchell; great grand, Juelz
Mitchell. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at 93rd Community Baptist Church.

postal services,
died February
10 in Ashburn,
GA. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Shipp's Fu-
neral Home,
Ashburn, GA.

Eric L. Wilson
51, self-employed, died February
'? at .Jack
tioch Missionary Baptist Church,
Miami Gardens.

February 13 at Memorial Regional
Hospital South. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at St. Luke Primitive Bap-
tist Church, Hollywood, FL.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

02/17/1928 05/14/2011

"Happy Birthday"
We miss you dearly.
Rena, Mick and

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

in Memoriam

Soin :.memon- of.

09 13 1913- 02 1706

Six years ago God called
you home a void remains that
will never be filled.
Survived by: daughters,
Glenise, Jean, Rose and a
host of grandchildren and
great grandchildren, very
dear and special friends,
Corine, Mamie, Runette, Van
and Willie.
Miss you as if it were

Death Notice


February o aL tJUUson I-iupIL-
at Miami Jewish Hope.
He is survived by two
children, Sharon Sorey and
Gary Bernard Lindsey, Jr.;
four grandchildren, two
sisters, Sandra L. Parchment
and Lawanda C. Donneys;
host of family and friends.
Memorial to be announced
at a later date.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,



To some you may be forgot-
ten, to some you may be a
thing of the past but to us the
one's who love you, our love
will always last.
We've come to realize there's
never anything good nor bad.
it's our way of thinking that
makes it so.
We love and miss you so
much. Love always your
daughter, Gloria and your
grandchildren. Marcella,
Queen. Kim. Sha and Nuk.

Happy Birthday

02. 1535 12 30 0

You're in our thoughts to-
day and everyday.
Love the family.

In Memoriam

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

I J-f|

02 IS 02 05 II 0-

Wish \we could "party like
it was 1999" in celebration of
your 50th birthday.
Miss you more than words
could ever say. Love mom,
dad. Marcus. Kathy, Juliet
and friends.

In loving memory of,

Death Notice


02/19/1934 09/05/2011

Mom, this year you are not
here, but we want to wish you
a Happy Valentine's Day and
a Happy Birthday as you rest
in the arms of God.
We will always love you,
your kids and Leroy.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

02/19/1934 09/05/2011

Grandma, I wish you were
here so I can tell you I love
you, just to hear you tell me
you love me more.
Happy Birthday
Love, Missy

^-sl^ ,1

DEMERITTE, 79, wife of the
late Fealy Demeritte. founder
of the Demeritte's Funeral
Home in Nassau, Bahamas
died suddenly on February
13th at Aventurn H1-ospital.
She is survived by her son;
Llewvllyn Aii two ,l (Roqlyn)
present owner of Demeritte's
Funeral Home of Nassau;
daughter, Yvonne McKcc;
twelve grandchildren; three
sisters, Anna Kemp, Delores
Lightbourne, and Roselynn
Final arrangements
and burial in Nassau are
incomplete at this time.
Arrangements entrusted to
Range Funeral Home.







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Happy Birthdav. from ali of
\our kids. grand kids. great
grand kids and the rest of the
Alvin's family.
We io-ve you and miss you.

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Sesty e ntertainment



By D. Kevin McNeir
___________________ k

Kim Wayans may best be remembered as the sassy little sister
of the great Keenan Ivory Wayans who scored big in the 90s with
his sketch comedy show "In Living Color." It was in fact, a family
affair, with brothers Damon, Shawn and Marlon also appearing
on the show. Kim went on to add several comedies to her portfo-
lio including "I'm Gonna Get you Sucka" and "A Low Down Dirty
Shame." Her signature line, "But you didn't hear it from me,"
always caused audiences to erupt into laughter.
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Acting journey comes full

circle in 'The Help'

BEVERLY HILLS Viola Davis is officially the toast of this
Thanks to her transcendent performance in The Help, Davis is
basking in the glow of an Oscar nomination, a win and stand-
ing ovation at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and a best-actress
Critics' Choice Award.
But there's one person who cares little for accolades showered
upon the actress: her walking, talking, 19-month-old daughter,
Genesis, whom she and her husband, Julius Tennon, adopted in
"You know, when you're changing a diaper at 3 o'clock in the
morning with one eye open, that pretty much brings you back to
earth," says Davis, 46.
Her career, however, is in liftoff. After years of playing supple-
mental roles in films (and two Tony Awards for her work on
Broadway), Davis found her first big-screen leading role in The
Help's Aibileen Clark, a cautious maid muted by her station in
1963 under Jim Crow laws. The sturdy, introspective Aibileen is
persuaded to air the dirty laundry of a maid's existence in Jack-
son, Miss., to a young aspiring writer played by Emma Stone.
It will be Davis' second trip to the Oscars after her best-sup-
porting-actress nomination for 2008's Doubt. But it was her
layered approach to Aibileen that pushed her into the leading-ac-
tress pool this year, in a category shared with her Doubt co-star
Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Glenn Close and Rooney Mara.
"Most people feel like I just arrived in Doubt," says Davis, who


VIL AVSi p o h

has spent 30 years pounding the pavements in New York and Los
Angeles playing doctors, lawyers and CIA directors in movies and
TV shows including Knight and Day, Law Abiding Citizen, Syri-
ana, Out of Sight, CSI and Law and Order: SVU.
"Every role she's done, you can't take your eyes off her when
she's on screen," says DreamWorks Studios co-chairman/CEO
Stacey Snider, who produced The Help. "I think people need to
remember it's not an overnight success. She's been taking small
roles and scoring points in them for years."
Davis, who also briefly appears in competing best-picture
nominee Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, self-identifies as a
character actress.
"I've had to channel my talents in narratives that
were incomplete, and those two or three scenes
in a movie, I've had to try to make them work,
flesh them out as real human beings," she says. "I
Wt. haven't had the benefit of a full journey, a charac-
ter who's been in every frame of the movie. That's
been m% thing,. up until The Help."

S DreamWorks Studios co-chairman Ste-
%en Spielberg, who greenlighted the film
Smith Snider, says via e-mail that Davis'
portra al of Aibileen is "the moral center
and beating heart of The Help. Her ability
to make us feel pain and anguish that
must remain largely unexpressed and
i. nternalized is truly astonishing."
But Davis says it was Aibileen's insu-
lar nature she feared most.
I probably would not have been as
afraid if I were Minny," she says, com-
paring the cerebral Aibileen to her hot-
headed best friend (played by Octavia
Spen.erl, who boldly lobs insults and
remarkable acts of vengeance against
her -'. white employers. "I was more
afraid ofAibileen. I felt like she was
such a fantastic character in the book,
but C8VX of who she was was internal
d I al,)gue.
And most of that, Davis worried,
wouLId be lost on screen. "And then
vhaot s left could be someone so pas-
si,'- and someone that you've seen so
often and in so many movies before,
that I could just have the big stamp
,f,'mammy' placed on my fore-

A storyteller by nature, Davis
speaks with a kind of gentle,
hypnotic intensity. "There's
something about Viola that
makes you kind of rise to her
level," adds Snider, noting "a
level of engagement, elegance,
:ri-,rt; y that she exudes."
,r%; ;hat she's above dishing on
'.. fod. Davis grins broadly recount-
in .rjt ~r 1 r,-i cakes and Minny's honey and
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The members of St.
Matthews Missionary Baptist
Church are to be commended
for planning the memorial
and street dedication service
for the late Rev. Dr. Philip
Clarke, Jr. Kudos go out to
the committee with Rev. Mark
Trimmings, chair,
Elden Dames, Regina
Facen, Adrianna
Francis, William C.B.
James, Deaconess
Clarice Lawrence,
Deacon Nathaniel
Miller, James Moss,
Erna Pringle, and
Bernadette White. NEW
Elected officials
attending included
Rep. James Bush, Mindy
Brown (representing
Commissioner Audrey
Edmonson), and Dr. Dorothy
Clarke was memorialized
with a stained glass window


and memorial MI
tributes were
paid by Delon
Miller, Michael 5
A. Miller, Alvin
Kelley, Hankett Townson,
Loretha W. Lewis, Cleophas
and Lula Duncombe,
Lucille B. Albury,
Ellen Rolle, Laura
Vicards, and Bennie
The scholarship
committee is planning
for the Patricia Davis
Moss Donation Day
BOLD on Saturday, March
24th at 12. Facen and
Francis will again
prepare the best bahamian
soul food for your enjoyment.
LaRosa Legree, daughter
of headliner Frank LeGree
coordinated a Black History
program on last Thursday
at Miami Beach Senior High

with an array of
outstanding talent. -i. .
Featured on the
program were the
Arcola Lakes Park
Singing Angels.
Coach Sims and
Azalea Wright gave
the welcome and
introduced a newly PINKN
organized group
called Unselfish followed by
the Miami Beach High Jazz
band. More talent included
Fat Joe, a rap artist, Lonnie
McCartney, Mother Mamie
Williams, Ruby Allen, Fred
Brown and dancers Daphne
Johnson and Carolyn
Frazier, Henry Williams,
Will "Slim" Jackson and
Joe Mack. Strachan and
the "Singing Angels" closed
the program. Dr. Rosan
R. Sidener is the school's
principal. Following the
program the group was served
a soul food luncheon of pigeon
peas and rice, macaroni and
cheese, collard greens, baked
and fried chicken. For those
who would like to support the
Singing Angels check us out

on Thursday. Feb. 16t
at Park-iew Elementar-
1. 17631 N.W. 20th
- Ave.. 8:30 a. m. and
Tuesday, Feb. 25th
at Henry E. Reeves
Elementar-. 2005 NW
111th St. Arcola Lakes
Elementary at 6p.m.
IEY and Friday. Feb. 24th
at Hadley Park at 9:30
a.m. Call the president, Tillie
at 305-762-7694 for more
Dr. Enid C. Pinkney founder
of the has spearheaded the
jazz library and jazz
practice with the
University of Miami
along with Melvin '
Mustafa from Florida
Memorial University.
Chairman, Dorothy
"Dottie" Johnson,
Pinkney, and board
members Charlayne CL
Thompkins, Jeff
Berm, Patricia Braynon,
Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Paola
Roman, Olivia P. Seffu, Basil
Bans II, and Steven Mayor
are continuously working on
this historic project.

-.,- Booker T.
Washington Alumni
Association will
present the Orange.
Black and White k
Tea reco'nizing j
unsung heroes on
Sunday February
26th av 4 p.m n. in 'L
the auditorium. MINDINGALL

Committee members
are Madeline Atwell,
Johnnie Fields, Phyllo
Myers, Paulette Martin.
Shirley Walton, Martha
Wilson, and Maud Newbold.
For more information
call Newbold at 305-
635-8767. Cecilia
L. Hunter, 954-704-
1187. or Paulette M.
Martin at 305-596-
Jinnie D. Cooper
who was funeralized
ARKE recently will be
missed by her
husband, Dr. J.W. Cooper,
children and grandchildren
including Mary Latravia,
Tra'von Early, Jimmie L.
Brown, Robbie and Bruce
Anderson, Joseph and

Marvinette Harrell,
Daniel and Shirley
Harrell, Tammie
Shiela, Aganda
Jamie, Vickie, Lesia,
and a host of other
Super Bowl XLVI
parties were held all
over town and Nelson
and Fin Jenkins,their

daughter and .I'.ihI.I .-lh i 'I -
Karen M. Jenkins, Amanee,
Nnekia, and Adaeze who
flew in from Houston hosted
a fun party. Hostess Fia
waited until half-time \was
over before she announced
a question and answer
quiz. Winners were Isabelle
Everett. Lila Cobb, Laverne
Boone, and yours truly.
Other guests were Gladys
Johnson, Tia and Malcolm
Jones, Catherine Carter,
Alva and James Maull, Mary
Reeves, Mary and Jerry
Miller, Arthur A. Starke,
Dr. Edward Brown, Margie
and James Fayson, James
Everett, Ginny Sears, and
Kaylor Jones. Stay tuned
next week for more chatter.

Last Saturday, members of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
honored those sorors
having fifty or more years
of membership. Honorees
were: Gwen Clarke, Dorothy
Graham, Agenoria Paschal,
Dr. Dazelle Simpson, Alice
Johnson, Nancy Dawkins
and Anna Grace Sweeting. It
was a beautiful occasion and
each of us received individual
pictures, a group picture and
lovely hearts autographed by
all sorors. Thank you and
love from the honorees are
extended to Joyce Williams
and her committee.
Congratulations to proud
parents Euclides and
Teneramie Jimenez on
the birth of their daughter
Alejandra Rain. who was
born January 8th.
Susie Carter was recently
honored by the National
Society of High School
Scholars as one of forty-
two Nobel Educators of
Distinction of the Carter
Presidential Center in
The Jabberwock theme for
this year is "Let the Good
Times Roll" and the event
will be held at Miami Jackson
Sr.High on March 24th. It will
be the place to be and yours

Beyonce makes

first post-baby

By Ann Oldenburg

Maybe that bump re-
ally was fake (just kidding!)
because Beyonce looked
amazing as she stepped out
Monday night for hubby Jay-
Z's Carnegie Hall concert.
She posted this picture on
her website, noting that it
was her first public outing
since baby Blue Ivy Carter
was born on Jan. 7.
The singer/actress/mom
is ,e 0nring a dress by Alice
Temperley, a designer favor-
ite of Duchess Kate and her
sister. Pippa Middicton, and
sparkly shoes by Christian
Louboutin, along with blue
nail polish.
Among the stars at the con-
cert were Brooklyn Decker
and Liza Minnelli.

truly hopes to see you there.
Hearty congratulations to
Black History Month Legacy
Honorees Thelma Anderson
Gibson, Alonzo and
Mourning, Kadir Nelson,
Gordon Knowles, Dr. Henry
Lewis III, Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin
Willis, Joshua Williams
and Comissioner Michelle
Ronda Vangates was
recently appointed to
the Miami-Dade County
Historic Preservation Board
by Commissioner Audrey
Edmonson. She takes the
seat of Hyacinth Johnson
who served on the board
for over fifteen years and
recommended Vangates for
the appointment.
Yours truly along with
Mona Jackson, Peggy Green
and others will be honored
by the Booker T. Washington
Alumni on February 26th
at 4p.m. The community is
cordially invited.
Belated birthday wishes
are extended to Dorothy
Graham who celebrated
her 96th on January 25th,
and Lucille Davis Counts-
Sneed who celebrated her
100th on February 2nd
with friends and family at
her beloved Greater Bethel

A.M.E. Church. Her husband
was the late Rev. Frederick
Sneed and her uncle was the
late Rev. J.B. Blacknell once
pastor of Greater Bethel.
Last week, the Miami-Dade
County Black Affairs Advisory
Board Heritage Planning
Committee honored Nancy
Dawkins, Dorothy Edwards,
Dorothy Graham Dr. Dazelle
Simpson and Leome Culmer
in honor of Black History
Sending good health wishes
and love to Veronica Bynoe
O'Berry, Florine Welch,
Gail Sturrup and all of you
in our community. We do
think of you. Very interesting
Black history facts. . Did
you know that: One of the
founders of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Winona
Cargile Alexander became
the first social worker for
New York Cities and County
Charities. Another founder
Fredricka Chase Dodd
helped to create the first
greek letter organization in
Dallas in 1926, and in 1913
twenty-two founders of Delta
marched with honorary
member Mary Church
Terrell in the historic
Women's Suffrage march.
With much love and
warmest regards for an
inspiring Black History
Month. Let us always respect
ourselves and continue to
learn about our great history
and our people.

Blue Ivy Carter has

her unveiling
Blue Ivy Carter has made her public
R The first photos the baby, born Jan.
7, were posted by her parents Be-
yonce and Jay-Z on a page at the
blogging service Tumblr.

The pictures are at http://hello-
blueivycarter.tumblr.com. A close-up
of the baby and two of each parent
holding her are among the five photos.
A statement next to the photos
reads, -We welcome you to share our
joy." The couple also thanked the pub-
lic for respecting their privacy. Blue
Ivy is the superstar couple's first child.

Actress says movie is "a great story"

continued from 1C

jalapeno-glazed fried chicken
that aided in her 25-pound
weight gain to play Aibileen.
"Every time we would shoot
a scene, me, Emma and Octa-
via, we would just pick at that
food with our fingers," she
In Mississippi, she felt her-
self become invested in the
ghosts of the past, the warmth
of the community and the
bonds between her co-star',

"Somehow, (director) Tate Tay-
lor put together the right mix-
ture and the right tempera-
ment of actors."
With booming results: The
Help has raked in more than
$205 million worldwide.
But The Help's detractors
say it is not a perfect movie.
Some are -,ir.',l-,I at the hero
status afforded to Stone's
character; others are upset to
see III i. I women once again
"I,'fpi." il O r iA on screen.
D avi wel4tomr the criti-
elat$; md h r toolbox ita I con-

templative, clear take on what
she calls "a three-hour discus-
"If what the Black communi-
ty wants, which is what I want,
is a vast array of story lines
on screen, then I think that
they have a point," she says. "I
think that we want to see dif-
ferent people on screen other
than the maids, other than the
urban mother, other than the
:..ng-, ,r.., r. OK? So it's valid
in that sense. But this movie
still, regardless of all of that
criticism, is a great story."

Jay-Z shines at Carnegie Hall

By Elysa Gardner

How do you get to Carn-
egie Hall?: If you're rapper/
king of New York Jay-Z, you
pick a date or two (Tues-
day's second show). Both
nights at the storied venue are
sold out, of course; a capacity
crowd (2,800) attended Mon-
The cause: The shows are
charity events, benefiting
the United Way of New York
City and Jay-Z's own Shawn
Carter Scholarship Founda-
tion. The latter was created
a decade ago to give socially
and economically challenged
young people access to higher
education. DECKED OUT: Jay-Z per-
The crowd: Though fans are forms at Carnegie Hall on
glad to support the cause, the
main enticement for most is Monday to benefit the United
the man and the venue. Ricky Way and the Shawn Carter
Grey, 23, of Cherry Hill, N.J., Foundation.

has seen Jay-Z live before,
"but I knew seeing him here
was a historic opportunity,
and I had to be a part of it."
The start: The 36-piece
orchestra enters first. The
lights dim and strings swell.
Jay-Z enters in a cream Tom
Ford dinner jacket. "What's
uuuup?" he bellows to a
standing ovation.
Thanks for waiting: Jay-Z
commands the stage with an
easy poise his nimble swag-
ger doesn't seem out of place
with the setting. He kicks into
PSA and Thank You, and de-
livers a gently urgent a cappel-
la rap version of Most Kingz,
then gets loud, with the musi-
cians, for You Don't Know.
The Big Apple: The New
York of other iconic artists
is saluted with a string of
Manhattan-themed selections,
Please turn to JAY-Z 4C






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Filled with favorite foods and full of unforgettable
stories, the serving dishes that have graced dinner
tables for generations are more than just plates.
They're treasured pieces of family history that
remind us that the past isn't just facts. And it's those
wonderful traditions that have nourished families
and kept them strong for centuries. So, enjoy a big
plate of history this month. It's delicious.




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

The National Council
of Negro Women, Inc. in
partnership with Top Ladies of
Distinction, Miami Chapter will
hold their annual Historically
Black Colleges and Universities
Forum" Saturday, February
25th from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at
the Church of the Incarnation,
1835 N.W. 54th Street. For
information call Kameelah
Brown at 305-754-6146
or email Nadelyn Harris at

The National Council
of Negro Women, Inc. in
partnership with Top Ladies of
Distinction, Miami Chapter will
hold their annual Historically
Black Colleges and Universities
Forum" Saturday, February
25th from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at
the Church of the Incarnation,
1835 N.W. 54th Street. For
information call Kameelah
Brown at 305-754-6146
or email Nadelyn Harris at

The African American
Foundation of Greater Miami
will have a meeting about
Immigration on Feb 18th at 2
pm at the African Cultural Arts
Center. To discuss "wet foot dry
foot", TPS, etc. For members
of the African Diaspora.

The Urban Partnership
Drug Free Community
Coalition monthly meeting will
be held on Feb.16th, at Arthur
Teele Community Center, 6301
NE 2nd Avenue The Coalition Is
an urban partnership dedicated
to the reduction / prevention of
youth substance abuse In the
greater Liberty City and Little
Haiti communities. Contact
Linda Beauchamp at 305 398
5985 for additional Information.

The Booker T.
Washington Class of 1965,
Inc. will meet on Saturday,
Feb.18th at 4:30p.m. at the
African Heritage CulturalArts

Center. For information contact
Lebbie Lee at 305-213-0188.

SThe Miami Northwestern
class of 1967 meets on
the 2nd Wednesday of
each month at 7 p.m. at the
home of Queen Hall 870 NW
168th Drive. We are in the
process of planning our 45th
Reunion. For more information
contact Elaine at 786 227-7397
or www.northwestemclassof

Liberty City Farmers
Market will be open each
Thursday, 12-5 p.m. and
Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at
TACOLCY Park until May 2012.
For information call 954-235-
2601 or 305-751-1295 ext.

New Beginning Baptist
Church of Deliverance of All
Nations invites you to weight
loss classes the 1st and 3rd
Saturday of every month. Lose
sins while you lose weight.
Contact Sister McDonald at

Opa-locka Farmers
Market at Nathan B. Young
Elementary is now open on
Wednesday afternoons from
2-5 p.m. through March 7th.
The address is 14120 N.W.
24th Ave. For information call

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

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

Jewels Baton Twirling
Academy is now accepting
registration for the 2012
season. Open to those who
attend 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.


Resources for Veterans
Sacred Trust offers
affordable and supporting
housing assistance, family
resiliency training and other
resources for low-income
veteran families facing
homelessness or challenges
maintaining housing stability
in Broward and Dade counties.
Call 855-778-3411 or visit
www.411Veterans.com for
more information.

The Miami-Dade
Community 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

Resources for Veterans
Sacred Trust offers
affordable and supporting
housing assistance, family
resiliency training and other
resources for low-income
veteran families facing
homelessness or challenges
maintaining housing stability
in Broward and Dade counties.
Call 855-778-3411 or visit
www.411Veterans.com for
more information.

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

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

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 Daycare/
Kindergarten in Miami has
free open enrollment,, for
VPK, all day program. For
information 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

Kim Wayans adds to her acting resume

continued from 1C

Now Kim is back and her ca-
reer has taken on a whole new
trajectory. She recently made
her dramatic debut, starring in
the film "Pariah" in which she
plays the mother of a 17-year-
old girl who is discovering her
identity as a lesbian. And on
Friday, Feb. 17, she will take to
the stage at the Miramar Cul-
tural Center in her one-woman
show. "A Handsome Woman Re-
treat," based on her experienc-
es growing up in the projects
and and surviving the world of

"It's a comedic, spiritual jour-
ney that came about when I
found myself suffering from
panic attacks at a very unhap-
py point in my life," she said.
"My yoga teacher advised me to
go on a 10-day silent retreat to
get to the root it helped me
discover parts of my life some
funny and some not so funny."
Wayans says the retreat was
instrumental in her achieving
a sense of inner peace that has
remained with her ever since.
"I am very pleased with the
show and it's both funny and
poignant people seem to love
it and that makes me quite
happy," she added.

All roads lead to the family
The Wayans weren't always a
show business family but fol-
lowing the lead and example
of oldest brother, Keenan, Kim
says it was easy to get involved
in entertainment.
"We have 10 children, five
girls and five boys, and growing
up in a large family has been a
lot of fun," she said. "I have al-
ways had a companion, some-
one to laugh and cry with and
we bounce things off one an-
other. Keenan is our leader and
was the first one to go to Holly-
wood to pursue show business.
He's our head honcho and is
the best big brother a person

could have. He has shown me
the importance of having posi-
tive role models in our lives."
Kim, along with her husband,
Kevin Knotts, has developed
a children's book series, "Amy
Hodgepodge," that follows the
life of a multi-racial girl. She
has written six books so far
and hopes to turn it into an
animated series.
"The series was inspired by
my 38 nieces and nephews,"
she said. "Many of them are of
mixed race and I wanted them
to be able to see themselves
represented in literature. It
reflects our hodgepodge world
of today."

Jay-Z is the bomb in New York

continued from 2C

from a soulful spin on Billy Jo-
el's New York State of Mind to
a quick take on Gil Scott-Her-
on's New York Is Killing Me.
The guests: Alicia Keys
turns up for an exuberant Em-
pire State of Mind. Nas joins
him for N.Y. State of Mind (the
other one) before segueing into
his own If I Ruled the World.
Hometown shout-out: "Is
Brooklyn in the house? Is New
York City in the house?" Jay-
Z shouts before a poignant
Where I'm From, which seg-
ues into a thumping Run This
Town. A jazzy interlude is fol-
lowed by a ferociously funky
Roc Boys.
Golden oldies: After a sinu-
ous Dirt Off Your Shoulder, he
steps up the beat for a rous-
ing On to the Next One. Hard
Knock Life is a crowd sing-
along, with the fans taking
over for the Broadway-based
chorus. The audience contin-

ues singing along enthusiasti-
cally to Izzo (H.O.V.A.).
A joke for the cheap seats:
"You having fun?" Jay-Z asks,
adding dryly, "You want some
tea?" Ba-dum-bum, go the
Proud father: "Put a hand
in the air for Blue," he tells
the squealing crowd for Glo-
ry, which the new papa wrote
for his and Beyonce s baby
"A beautiful time": "I really
had a beautiful time tonight,"
he says near the end, and tells
the crowd they look "exqui-
The end: For his encore, he
switches into more typical
hip-hop garb (black T-shirt,
gold chain). The set ends with
a cheeky Big Pimpin' and For
ever Young, which he precedes
by acknowledging late greats
Bob Marley and Don Corne-
lius (Soul Train). Then he rac
es up the steps into the first
tier for Dead Presidents anid
Money Ain'ta Tl..,i,I

Coach Rozier at 305-389-

EThe Miami Northwestern
Class of 1962 meets on the
2nd 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 Evelyn at

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 Gospel
Festival at Amelia Earhart Park
on Saturday, June 30th from
11 a.m.-6 p.m. For information
contact Constance Koon-
Johnson at 786-290-3258.

Xcel Family Enrichment
Center, Inc. a not for-
profit community based
charitable organization will
be celebrating it's 2nd Annual
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.
Entertainment, speeches and
testimonials 10 a.m.- 2p.m. For
information contact Ms.Gilbert
at 786-267-4544.

Miami Jackson and
Miami Northwestern Alumni
Associations are calling all
former basketball players
and cheerleaders for the
upcoming 2012 Alumni Charity
Basketball game. Generals call
786-419-5805, Bulls call 786-
873-5992, for information.

Miami Jackson and
Miami Northwestern Alumni
Associations are asking all
former basketball players that
played during Jackson coach,
Jake Caldwells' tenure 1970-
1988, and Northwestern coach,
Fred Jones' tenure 1982-1996
who would like to participate
in the special tribute on March
2nd. Generals call 305-655-
1435 or Bulls call 305-218'-'

Miami Jackson Senior
High class of 92 is currently
planning a 20th year reunion.
If you are a 92 graduate,
please contact the committee
president Herbert Roach at

By Ann Oldenburg

Chris Brown, performed at
Sunday's Grammys as did his
ex-girlfriend Rihanna is still
on probation.
The Grammy-nominated
singer did not appear for a
brief hearing Thursday during
which his lawyer asked that
Brown's term on supervised
probation be ended because of
his good behavior, reports AP.
Superior Court Judge George
Lomeli agreed with prosecu-
tors that the singer has earned
high marks for completing the
terms of his sentence for as-
sault against then-girlfriend
Rihanna in 2009, but said
Brown should continue to

report to a probation officer in
his home state of Virginia.
Attorney Mark Geragos'
request came after Brown's
probation officer wrote in a
report that the singer has been
truthful with officers, passed
all required drug tests and
"has made great strides" while
under probation supervision.
He has completed half of the
six months' worth of roadside
cleanup, graffiti removal and
other manual labor. He has
also completed anger manage-
ment and domestic violence
Brown was ordered to serve
five years of probation. The
judge scheduled another prog-
ress hearing for July 10.

A judge in Georgia has ordered rapper Bow Wow be arrested and held in cus-
tody. Bow Wow was ordered by a Tennessee court back in 2009 to pay almost
$100,000 to a tour bus company for allegedly not paying his bill. The tour bus
company filed suit and he was ordered to produce documents in his home state
regarding the lawsuit, which he never did. As a result, the tour company filed a
motion to have the rapper held in contempt. The judge granted the motion and
ordered Bow Wow be arrested on sight and held.

Rap music mogul Yarion "Suge" Knight is facing a March,cou-t date inlas Vegas
following his arrest on a 2009 traffic warrant and a new misdemeanor drug charge
last week. The former Death Row Records executive, 46, was stopped driving a
black Bentley with California license plates about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on a street
just off Flamingo Road west of the Las Vegas Strip, Officer Laura Meltzer said.
Knight was'issued an unsafe lane change summons and arrested on a warrant
stemming from previous traffic infractions. He also was charged with possession
of less than one ounce of a controlled substance and released from jail without

New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has pleaded guilty to a
misdemeanor charge in Cincinnati hours after playing in the Super Bowl
A Hamilton County court bailiff says the former Cincinnati Bengal pleaded guilty
Monday to a charge of failure to display a valid driver's license during a July 21
traffic stop.
Court documents show Ochocinco, who's listed under his former name Chad
Johnson, was originally charged with driving with a suspended license and a win-
dow tint violation. The documents also state that his out- of-state driver's license
was suspended. The bailiff says he has a valid license now. The judge fined Ocho-
cinco $200 and ordered him to pay $104 in court costs.


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Young readers take a trip through history

Four books for young readers bring

Black History Month to life

February is Black History
Month, a popular time for
novels and non-fiction about
Blacks. Here are four new ti-
tles for young readers.
Ellen's Broom I By Keltl,
Starling Lyons, illustrated by
Daniel Minter; Putnam, 29
pp., $16.99, for ages 5-8 | ***
1/2 stars (out of four)
Author Kelly Starling Lyons

AO^ i

was researching her family's
roots when she came upon a
copy of the 1866 Cohabita-
tion List of Henry County, Va.
As Lyons learned, the end of
the Civil War meant that for-
mer slaves, living as husband
and wife, could have their
unions legally recognized by
the Freedman's Bureau. That
inspired a heartwarming story
about how a young girl dis-
covers the symbolic value of
a broom. (Slaves once staged
weddings using brooms they
leap over "into life together.")
Daniel Minter's vividly colored
block prints are brilliant.
When Grandmama Sings
| By Margaree King Mitchell,
illustrated by James E. Ran-
some; Aristad/Harper Collins,
40 pp., $16.99, for ages 5-9 |

Margaree King Mitchell's
young narrator, Belle, tells a
story that's influenced by seg-

the text.
To the Mountain. My Jour-
ney Through the Civil Rights
Movement I By Charlayne
Hunter-Gault; Roaring Brook,
198 pp., $22.99, for ages 12
and up **1 1;2
Before she became a writer
at The New Yorker and a re-
porter for The New York Times
and PBS, Charlayne Hunter-
Gault made news. In 1961. at
age 19, she was one of the two
black students to desegregate

regation, but not limited by it.
In Mississippi, Belle's grand-
mother can't read or write, but
loves to sing. When Grand-
mama is invited to tour with
a jazz group, Belle goes along
to help her "read signs and
menus and such." Among the
signs: WHITES ONLY. Grand-
mama dreams of singing in
a place "where Black people
and white people aren't kept
apart." James E. Ransome's
lovely soft watercolors support

the University of Georgia. (The
same year, she notes, Barack
Obama was born.) Her person-
al account includi.eg a brick
thrown through her dormitory
window adds to the rich-
ness of her civil rights history,
perfect for middle-schoolers.
A bonus: archival newspaper
articles and black-and-white
photos. Most sinking are two
from Atlanta, 1960: white-
robed Klan members, march-
ing downtown in broad day-
light; and, in police handcuffs,
Martin Luther King Jr.
What Color Is My World?
The Lost History of African-
American Inventors I By
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and
Raymond Obstfeld, illustrated
by Ben Boos and A.G. Ford;
Candlewick, 44 pp., $17.99, for
ages 8 to 12 1 ***
The two kids at the heart of
this playful history are asked
to name some Black scientists.
Their only answer: George
Washington Carver, "the pea-
nut guy." But a handyman
hired to repair their house is

a walking enc',clopedii.- He
knows about Henry S.imp
son, who in cQ71 invented the
g.nimmi electric cell, which

The text, co-written by bas-
ketball legend Kareem Abdul-
Jabbar, is supplemented by
converaps that open to more facts.
flaps that open to more facts.

Oscar nominees luncheon is a party

By Bryan Alexander

George Clooney is the first guy
to the party, you know it has
to be a pretty good party.
Such was the 84th Academy
Awards nominees luncheon
Monday at the Beverly Hil-
ton Hotel. While many Oscar
nominees were still on the
way to the event, Clooney was
flashing his trademark smile
in front of assembled enter-
tainment press.
"I thought I'd get here early,"
Clooney said, laughing. "Free
Eventually, about 150 nomi-
nees joined Clooney at the lun-
cheon, designed to give nomi-
nees a chance to mingle and
get last-minute advice from
producers before the Oscars
Feb. 26.
"A lot of people at home think
we hang out at the Beverly
Hilton drinking Champagne
together," said Clooney, who
is a double nominee for actor
(The Descendants) and screen-
play (The Ides of March). "It's
fun to catch up and see people
you like. And to meet people."
During the "class photo"
session, Clooney could be seen

OGLING: First-time nominee Octavia Spencer took it all in.

joking around with The Help
producer Chris Columbus
while directing titans Martin
Scorsese and Steven Spiel-
berg stood side-by-side. Brad
Pitt pretended to block fellow
nominee Meryl Streep.
Pitt vowed to keep his usual
jokester ways to a minimum
during the occasion, even as
Moneyball co-star and fellow
nominee Jonah Hill called him

"the Bobby Fischer of pranks
- he's always three chess
moves ahead of you."
"But not today," Pitt assured.
The show's producers played
a video featuring Oscar winner
Tom Hanks imploring future
winners to keep it brief in their
"Remember, the longer win-
ners talk, the less interesting
they become," Hanks said

in the video. "Make it short,
make it sincere, make it spe-
The day was especially
poignant for many of the first-
time nominees, such as The
Help's Octavia Spencer (nomi-
nated for supporting actress).
"I love that I am in the room
with all of these luminar-
ies," Spencer said. "It's just a
bunch of really normal people
who happen to be named
Glenn Close, George Clooney
and Brad Pitt. Sometimes you
find yourself just ogling them."
Gary Oldman, who received
his first Oscar nomination in
his lengthy career for Tinker
TailorSoldier Spy, did not try
to hide a broad grin.
- "To be with this crowd," he
marveled. "I'm having the time
of my life. This is a fairy tale."

By Ann Oldenburg

And the Grammy Award for
most polarizing performance
at Sunda.,'s show goes to ...
Nicki Minajl
Fox News writes that her
levitating act with religious
messages was so "20 years
ago" when Madonna did it. And
then Gaga resurrected it, so to
speak, two years ago.
Minaj got the party started
when she arrived on the red
carpet channeling her "Roman
Zolanski" alter ego in a little
red riding hood outfit that was
said to be an Atelier Versace
nun-inspired satin robe. Her
"date" was a man who resem-
bled the pope.
On stage, she debuted her
new song. Roman Reloaded,
by performing an onstage ex-
orcism. seciningl, on her-
self. complete with levitation,
stained glass, lighting and
gibberish. As a white-hood-
ed church choir sang. Minaj

strapped herself to a leather
table and was lifted into the
air, flames burning beneath
The mood backstage was a
mixture of confusion, embar-
rassment and offense as the
perIf.-rniinrm e dragged on, going
deeper and deeper in mock-
ing Catholic faith, reports

First Lady


"Let's Move"


Michelle Obama is mark-
ing the second anniversary
of her "Let's Move" campaign
against childhood obesity. A
three-day national tour began
on Thursday, February 9th.
It will include stops in Iowa,
Arkansas, Texas and Florida.
Her first stop is an arena
in Des Moines, Iowa, where
more than 10,000 children
will do some physical activ-
ity. She'll wind up at Disney
World in Orlando, where
Disney stars, athletes and lo-
cal kids will all come together
to get moving. Along the way,
the first lady will highlight

roles that churches, restau-
rants, schools, businesses,
families and the military can
play in fighting obesity. The
first lady's goal is to solve the
problem of childhood obesity
within a generatiion.

Fox News.
While many on Twitter ap-
plauded her performance, oth-
er slammed it.
Tweeted The View's Sherri
Shepherd: "Watching Nicki
Minaj ... I didn't know whether
to dance or pull out my Bible
and lay hands on the tv... 2 old
for the #Grammys..."

Evidence dance coming to South Dade

continued from IC

you expand your efforts and
attempt to show compassion
to those in the world that you
don't know. "
Brown has 10 dancers in his
company and likens himself to
a teacher and mentor for each
of them. He started Evidence
26 years ago and like most
dance companies, has had his
share of tough times.
"There was a time [1999]
when we were touring 20 to 30
weeks a year and it was incred-

ible," he said. "But for the past
three years with the economy
things have slowed down. Dur-
ing the rough times I worked
for the sake of the work. I knew
things would turn around for
us. That's how life goes some-
times. I first began studying
dance in a class with 90 girls.
And I was still trying to be cool
on the block. You know how
hard that was. I would dance
anywhere including my mom's
living room. Later. I was offered
a college scholarship for jour-
nalism but turned it down so I
could learn more about dance.

Mv mom always encouraged
me but she also told me to get
a job in the meantime. Once I
got over the fear I was able to
push forward. Evidence is a
company that reminds people
of their family and hopefully,
their ancestors too. It's con-
temporary dance grounded
in traditional sensibility from
west Africa and the Caribbean.
Our dances are intended to lift
people up- When they see our
work, I want them to see God
and to see the light to see
the spirit that dwells within us


Minaj's 'exorcism' offends viewers


5C THE ,l. i TIMES. FEBRUARY 15-21, 2012

The Miami Times




Unemployment claims fall, at nearly a 4-year low

number of Americans seek-
ing unemployment aid neared
a four-year low last week,
a positive sign that strong
hiring could continue in the
coming months.
The Labor Department said
Thursday that weekly applica-
tions for unemployment ben-
efits fell 15,000 to a season-
ally adjusted 358,000. That's
the second-lowest level since
April 2008.
The four-week average, a
less volatile measure, fell to
366,250, the lowest since late
April 2008.
"The encouraging U.S.
employment news continues,"
Jennifer Lee, an economist at

BMO Capital Markets, wrote
in a note to clients. The 'job
market started February off
on a sturdy footing."
When applications fall
consistently below 375,000, it
generally signals that hiring
is strong enough to lower the
unemployment rate.
In a separate report Thurs-
day, the Commerce Depart-
ment said wholesale business-
es increased their stockpiles
sharply in December although
the gains are expected to slow
in coming months, a develop-
ment that could curb overall
economic growth.
Wholesale businesses boost-
ed inventories by one percent
in December after no increase

Unemployment claims at 352,000, fewest since 2008.

in November. The rise came
as sales rose 1.3 percent, the
best showing in nine months
and more than double the 0.5
percent November sales gain.
The gain pushed stockpiles to
S473.9 billion, 22.5 percent
above their 2009 lows.
Strong inventory growth
was a major factor boost-
ing growth in the final three
months of the year, but this
trend is expected to slow in
the early part of this year.
That is a major reason econo-
mists are looking for slower
overall economic growth in
the current January-March
Even so, the hiring front is
boosting optimism about the

economy. Employers added
a net gain of 243,000 jobs in
January, the biggest gain in
nine months. The unemploy-
ment rate fell for the fifth
straight month to 8.3 percent,
the lowest in nearly three
From November through
January, the economy has
added an average of 201,000
net jobs per month.
The increased hiring in
part reflects faster economic
growth. The economy ex-
panded at an annual rate of
2.8 percent in the final three
months of last year a full
percentage point higher than
the previous quarter.
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Keiba K. holds the keys

YOUNG to success


By Randy Grlce

According to the Small
Business Administration
(SBA), over 50 percent of
small businesses fail in the
first five years. The As-
sociation notes that being
organized, keeping detailed
records and analyzing the
competition often determine
the success or failure of a


new business. While entre-
preneurs can do many things
to contribute to their busi-
nesses, sometimes the touch
of a professional is what
helps to set them apart from
the pack. Keiba K. Young, 34,
owner of Professional Ser-
vices by Kee (PSK), offers that
special touch with services
like marketing and fundrais-
ing consulting and grant

"I helped my sister start her
own business," Young said
"After I saw what she did I
asked myself why couldn't
I do the same thing? As a
birthday present to myself
last year I officially estab-
lished my own business."
Young started PSK in Oc-
tober of 2011 but says she is
no stranger to consulting. For
three years, Young studied
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More states looking to tax online sales

Momentum growing

for purchases

By Sandra Block

Attention, online shoppers. The
days of tax-free online shopping
may be coming to an end.
More than a dozen states have
enacted legislation or rules to force
online retailers to collect sales
taxes on purchases, according to
tax publisher CCH.
Similar legislation is pending in
10 states.
Reasons for the spread of online
sales tax laws:

Budget shortfalls. The Na-
tional Conference of State Legis-
latures estimates that uncollected
state sales taxes will cost states
$23 billion this year. Residents of
sales-tax states are supposed to
pay taxes on online purchases,
but because retailers don't collect
them, they rarely do.
Heavy lobbying from retail-
ers. Retailers have long argued
that exempting online purchases
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Proposed legislation would
force online retailers to start
collecting sales taxes in a
growing number of states.

Job gap


ever for

youth and


Survey: Young adults hit

hardest in economy
By Hope Yen

Squeezed by a tight job market, young
Americans are especially struggling. They
have suffered bigger income losses than other
age groups and are less likely to be employed
than at any time since World War II.
An analysis by the Pew Research Center,
released last week, details the impact of the
recent recession on the attitudes of a genera-
tion of mostly 20 and 30 somethings.
With government data showing record gaps
in employment between young and old, a Pew
survey found that 41 percent of Americans be-
lieve that younger adults have been hit harder
than any other group, compared with 29 per-
cent who say middle-aged Americans and 24
percent who point to seniors 65 and older. A
wide majority of the public at least 69 per-
cent also said it's more difficult for today's
young adults than their parents' generation to
pay for college, find a job, buy a home or save
for the future.
Among young adults ages 18 to 34, only a
third rated their financial situation as "excel-
lent" or "good," compared with 54 percent
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Merger could hurt Blacks and their local pharmacies

By Harry C. Alford
NNPA Columnist

The Federal Trade Com-
mission (FTC) is considering
whether to allow a corporate
merger that could result in
great strides backward for
Blacks and others suffering
from economic and health ills.
Stick with me, because it gets
a litil,- complicated.
Express S, i ipts. Inc. (ESI)
and Medco Health Solutions
are f.i.,nt, multi-billion dol-
lar corporations that control
prescription ,lIP,. benefits for

hundreds of millions of Amer-
icans. Known as pharmacy
benefit managers (PBMs),
these companies decide which
pharmacies people can visit,
what prescription drugs are
available for purchase and
how much these medications
will cost. They also decide how
much community pharmacies
will be paid for filling pre-
The potential merger affects
so many people, and raises so
many antitrust issues, that
the FTC is reviewing it to see
if it should be allowed at all,

and if so, under will give the merged
what conditions. -' company the power
If these two com- to increase prices and
panies are allowed push out rivals, in-
to join forces, they eluding community
will control the pharmacies. And the
majority of the stakes are even high-
prescription mar- er for Blacks than for
ket and deci- the average American
sion-making in consumer.
several key areas, A. If prices go up, as
including mail or- expected under this
der and specialty ALFORD merger, and commu-
pharmacy and will dwarf the nity pharmacies are no longer
remaining PBMs in size and able to compete in the hostile
prescription volume. The in- climate created by the PBM.,
creased level of market control Blacks throughout the coun-

try will lose access to needed
medications and other phar-
macy services.
This is disturbing in light
of existing health disparities.
Blacks are more likely to be
afflicted with life-threatening
diseases like heart disease, di-
abetes and cancer than whites.
Infant mortality is higher. We
are less lii.;eh to be immu-
nized against common, easily-
preventable illnesses. So the
convenient, localized services
provided by community phar-
macies in our neighborhoods
are especially important.

On top of that, consider the
devastating effects of the re-
cent recession on Blacks. The
unemployment rate for Blacks
in January 2012 was 13.6 per-
cent, nearly twice as high the
7.5 percent unemployment rate
among whites. Many Blacks
have lost their homes during
the recession. And, even hav-
ing a much lower household of
wealth to begin with, Blacks
have lost a greater percentage
of net worth, according to the
Pew Research Center.
This means that the people
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Sending birthday cards is good for business

By Caroline Clarke

"You know what the best
thing is about Facebook?"
My teenage daughter threw
the question out there. Given
that she spends way more
time on her laptop each day
than she does interacting with
her loving family, I couldn't
wait to hear the answer. "It's
the birthday reminder," she
said with a big smile. "Isn't
it great the way you get that
e-mail telling you all the birth-

days coming up that week so
you can say happy birthday
to people? I never miss any-
body's birthday anymore.
And on my birthday I got,
like, a thousand messages!"
Like most girls her age, she's
prone to e.xaggerationr. but
given that she has more than
1,300 Facebook friends, this is
entirely possible.
I'm an old school card-send-
er and I keep two types on
hand at all times: sympathy
cards and belated birthday

greetings, because I'm more
likely to be late on the birth-
day front than on time. I sub-
scribe to the better-late-than-
never philosophy, especially
when it comes to commemo-
rating moments that matter.
Some of the most successful
people I know had a system
for remembering people's spe-
cial events long before Face-
book came along.
Black Enterprise founder
Earl G. Graves, Sr. liter-
ally makes it his business to

ackno:r'.'. led the s.ir.i.-'.:
days of not only his peers,
but of their assistants!
Through the years. he has
traced many a pivotal busi-
ness deal back to the fact that
he sent someone's secretary
flowers for her birthday.
My card sending days
started early, sparked by a
moving story my mother and
her baby sister always told. It
went something like this:
My mom and her sister,
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Sales tax will give a very unfair advantage

most in need of qual-
ity health services
are least able to af-
ford them. The merg-
er will make matters
worse by increasing
prescription drug
prices and causing
community pharma-
cies to fail, including,

nesses. ne oi tine
PBM companies, ESI,
is already dropping
popular pharmacies
from its network, pre-
merger this is the
same Express Scripts
that just dumped Wal-
greens, the nation's
largest pharmacy
chain, eliminating

r who

But ESI does not care
whether community
pharmacies remain
in its network, or even
survive. There are no
benefits for Black con-
sumers in allowing
the merger to proceed
- but there are plenty
of risks.

continued from 6D

from sales taxes gives
online retailers an un-
fair advantage over
stores. The pressure
escalated in Decem-
ber after online gi-
ant Amazon offered
customers a one-day
five percent discount
if they used its Price
Chf-ck app to make a
purchase while in a
physical store, says
Jason Brewer of the
Retail Industry Lead-
ers Association, which
supports taxing online
"A store manager
has the power to say,
'I'll match that price,'
but they don't have the

power to say, 'I won't
charge you a sales tax,'
" he says. "They go to
jail if they do that."
Gridlock. Legisla-
tion has been intro-
duced in the House
and Senate that would
give states broad au-
thority to require on-
line retailers to collect
state sales taxes, as
long as they stream-
line the collection pro-
Amazon supports
the legislation, says
spokesman Ty Rogers.
Federal legislation to
permit interstate col-
lection of sales tax "is
the only way to level
the playing field for
all sellers and provide
states the right to ob-
tain more than a frac-

tion of the revenue al-
ready owed," he says.
Despite bipartisan
support, though, the
bill has languished
in Congress. "Many of
the states have gotten
somewhat frustrated
waiting for Congress
to act," Brewer says.
In 1992, the Su-
preme Court ruled
that states couldn't
require retailers to
collect sales taxes un-
less the retailers had
a physical presence in
the state.
though, states have
interpreted that re-
quirement to include
subsidiaries or affili-
ates of online retail-
ers, or online retailers
with a warehouse or

distribution center in
the state.
Critics say the mea-
sures would force on-
line retailers to collect
sales taxes in dozens
of states and jurisdic-
tions, with different
rates and definitions
of which products are
"A brick-and-mortar

retailer only has to
keep track of one sales
tax rate," says Joseph
Henchman, vice presi-
dent for the Tax Foun-
dation, a non-profit
tax research group.
"An online retailer
would have to collect
tax based on where
their customer is lo-

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For young adults, bad economy means life-altering changes

By Sharon Jayson

Most Americans
have felt the pinch
of a tough economy,
but for young adults,
these unstable times
mean long-lasting,
life-altering changes,
a Pew Research Cen-
ter survey suggests
"This is a very un-
settled time in their
life, and it's an un-
settled economy," says
Kim Parker, associ-
ate director of Pew's
Social & Demographic
Trends Project, which
surveyed 2,048 adults
nationwide in Decem-
ber, including 808
young adults ages

Progress in the job
market is real but
has yet to grow strong
enough to encourage
workers whose skills
don't fit jobs now being
created, a new govern-
ment report suggests.
Employers had 3.4
million job openings
at the end of Decem-
ber, up 258,000 since
November for the big-
gest gain since Febru-
ary 2011, the Labor
Department reported
Tuesday. The figures
fuel the perception
of momentum after
last week's news that
the economy added
243,000 net jobs in
,January, and that the
unemployment rate fell
two-tenths of a point to
8.3 pcrcenl.
Trouble is, more-ob-
scure statistics show
the recovery is still not
as strong or broadly
based as past upturns,
IHS Global Insight
economist Michelle
Valverde said.
The number of work-
ers who have given
up looking for jobs is
1.1 million, about the
same as last year; 43
percent of jobless peo-
ple have been out of
work for more than six
months vs. 44 percent
a year ago; and the
raw amount of hiring
dipped slightly in De-
cember from Novem-
ber, as 4.0 million peo-
ple accepted new jobs.
"It's a good news,
bad news story," said
Troy Davig, senior
U.S. economist at Bar-
clays Capital in New
York. "If you have the
skills, fine, opportuni-
ties are growing. The
labor market is obvi-
ously not exploding,
but there are plenty of
indicators that point to
The unemployment
rate has dropped from
10 percent as recently
as October 2009 and
9.1 percent last Au-
gust. driven by slow
growth in the work-
force as much as an up-

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Pew's survey spells
out just how much
18- to 34-yvear-olds
have had to adjust.
Almost half have
taken a job just to
pay the bills; almost a
quarter have worked
without pay to get
experience; and more
than a third went
back to school be-
cause they couldn't
find employment.
But the job front
is just the begin-
ning. The survey also
finds that the poor
economy is leaving
a mark on young
people's personal
lives that is changing
their futures. Almost
one-third say they've
delayed marriage or

Young adults and the econor

Percentage of 18- to 34-year-olds who sa
they have done these tings in recent years
because of the economy.
Taken a job just to pay -he bills

Gone back to school

Taken an unpaid job

Move back in with parents

Postponed having a baby
Postponed getting marr22%

Postponed getting married


Source: Pew
Research Centei
survey of 808 ac
ages 18-34. Mai
of error is +4.4
percentage point


The number of workers who have given
up looking for jobs is 1.1 million, about the
same as last year...

tick in jobs. There are
3.9 unemployed work-
ers for every available
job, down from nearly
7-to-I in late 2009 but
still more than twice
as many as before the
December's figure is
"a good number, but

we should take it with
a grain of salt," Val-
verde said.
Some industries hit
hard by post-2007 job
losses are still hiring
much more slowly than
employers as a whole.
Construction compa-
nies have only 1.3 jobs

people who work in the
industry, about half as
many as in the broader
That's a sign that
damage from the hous-
ing bust is far from re-
paired, even though
construction has add-
ed 50,000 jobs in the
last two months. Job
openings in manufac-
turing and government
are also less plentiful
than the national av-
erages, according to
Tuesday's report.
There are lots of jobs
available in profes-
sional and business
services, an area that
includes about 17 mil-
lion of the 132.4 mil-
lion working Ameri-
cans. Employers there
are looking for about
3.6 workers for every
100 they have now and
hired 787,000 people
in December, down
from 845,000 in No-

a obay because of
mly the weak economy,
and almost a quarter
y moved back home
with their parents.
This has resulted
in a trend ofwhat I
call accordian fami-
49% lies, meaning par-
ents who are opening
up the family home
to reabsorb young
people who need their
help to get to the next
stage in life. which
is coming much later
than it used to," says
sociologist Katherine
Newman of Johns
Hopkins University in
"This was not
ugin caused by the reces-
sion. It has been
ts. building for some

services, the gap be-
tween slow growth
in hiring and a more
brisk upturn in job
openings points to a
mismatch between
workers who are look-
ing and the jobs that
are available, Davig
said. In a January sur-
vey of small business-
es by the National Fed-
eration of Independent
Business, more than a
third of entrepreneurs
said they had tried to
hire someone in the
last, several months
but had been unable
to find candidates with
the appropriate skills.
The next report on
the jobs market is
Thursday's on new un-
employment insurance

time. but recession
made it worse New-
man says. Her book
The Accordion Fam-
ilv: Boomerang Kids,
Anxious Parents, and
the Private Toll of
Global Competition,
which was released
last month, analyzes
these trends among
young adults in six
countries: Denmark.
Italy, Japan. Spain.
Sweden and the USA.
The Pew survey also
found that just 30
percent of those ages
18-34 who have a job
consider it a career.

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Among all ages sur-
veyed, most believe
young adults today
have a harder time
than their parents
$2 percent sax it s
harder to find a job.
75 percent say it s
harder to save for The
71 percent say it's
harder to pay for col-
69 percent say it's
harder to buy a home.
But despite the
difficulties, Parker
says, Pew found
high levels of opti-

mism among young
adults. Although the
survey found young
people are less likely
now than before the
recession to sa' ithex
have enough initomw,
heir level of optimism
hasn shrunnik from
where it was in 200-,.
the 'report notes.
"Their optimism is
just as high as it was
in a booming economy
or a stronger econo-
my" before the reces-
sion. Parker says.
"That sLup'. 'I -- it's
maybe more of a life

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The Miami City Commission seeks to create a membership applicant pool for
current and prospective vacancies on the Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board.
Specific qualifications and eligibility requirements are set forth in Section 62-
63 of the Miami City Code and require that members must be electors of the
City of Miami. Applicants must possess the knowledge, experience, judgment,
background, ability and desire to act in the public interest. Additionally, as of
January 14, 2010 board members are required to have completed an ethics
course within ninety (90) days of taking office or within at least one (1) year prior
to taking office. Individuals representing the various social, demographic and
economic elements of the city are encouraged to apply.

Public, professional, or citizen organizations within the area having interest in
and knowledge of the planning and plan implementation process are encour-
aged and solicited to submit to the Office of City Clerk, 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida 33133, in writing, the names and addresses of persons
and their qualifications for consideration as prospective appointees to fill pres-
ent vacancies on said boards.

The City Commission will consider filling current vacancies at the City Com-
mission meeting presently scheduled for March 8, 2012, and others as they
occur. The list of interested individuals will be available for public review at the
Office of the City Clerk on Monday, February 27, 2012, following the scheduled
deadline for receipt of said applications on Friday, February 24, 2012, at 4:00
PM. Application forms are available from the Office of City Clerk and the City
Clerk's website (http://miamigov.com/city_clerk/Pages/Board/Board.asp).

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15454) City Clerk


In compliance with Sections 62-186 and 62-187 of the.Miami City Code, as
amended, the City Commission of the City of Miami, not earlier than thirty (30)
days from this day, will consider the appointment of members to the City of
Miami Historic and Environmental Preservation Board. Board members must
either be permanent residents of the City of Miami or work or maintain a busi-
ness in the City of Miami or own real property in the City of Miami. As of Janu-
ary 14, 2010 board members are required to have completed an ethics course
within ninety (90) days of taking office or within at least one (1) year prior to tak-
ing office. Code Section 2-884(e) stipulates that no employee of Miami-Dade
County, Florida, or any municipality therein other than City employees, shall
serve on or be appointed to any board of the City (this restriction may be waived
by a four-fifths affirmative vote of the City Commission, provided the individual
is a resident of the City of Miami). Board members must be appointed accord-
ing to the following qualifications:
One member shall be an architect registered in the State.
One member shall be a landscape architect registered in the
One member shall be a historian or architectural historian quali-
fied by means of education or experience and having knowledge
and interest in county history or architectural history.
One member shall be an architect or architectural historian hav-
ing demonstrated knowledge and experience in architectural res-
toration and historic preservation.
One member shall be an experienced real estate broker li-
censed by the State.
One member shall be a person experienced in the field of busi-
ness and finance or law.
Three members shall be citizens with demonstrated knowledge
and interest in historic and architectural heritage of the City and/
or conservation of natural environment, and may also qualify un-
der any of the above categories.
One alternate member shall qualify under one of the above cat-

Public, professional, or citizen organizations having interest in and knowledge
of historic and/or environmental preservation are encouraged and solicited to
submit to the Office of the City Clerk. City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive. Mi-
ami. Florida. 33133. a completed nomination form indicating the name, address
and qualifications of persons for consideration as prospective appointees to the
Historic and Environmental Preservation Board. Application forms will be avail-
able from the Office of City Clerk and the City Clerk s website (http://miamigov.

All nominations must be received by Friday. February 24, 2012. at 4:00 PM. The
names and qualifications of persons submitted to the City Clerk. together with
any names and qualifications submitted by members of the City Commission.
will be available for public review in the Office of the City Clerk on Monday.
February 27, 2012. The City Commission will consider making said appoint-
ments at the City Commission meeting presently scheduled for March 8. 2012,

Priscilla A. Thompson. CMC
(#15453) City Clerk

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How to quit a job gracefully Being effective is the key
Experts Isay colle s to remain steady, offer YOUNG That I am doing now tional University. The
Experts say colleagues a concise explanation continued from 6D is resumes,* she said. SBA also recommends

By Jenna Goudreau

More than one-third,
or 36 percent, of work-
ers planned to leave
their jobs in 2011, ac-
cording to a recent
study by insurance
provider MetLife. The
recession ravaged em-
ployee allegiance and
now less than half of all
employees report hav-
ing very strong loyalty
to their current compa-
nies. Workers may be
scrambling for a fresh
start, but career ex-
perts warn that you are
more often remembered
for your exit than your
"With each job

continued from 8D

Yvonne, talked about
buying flowers and
taking them to their
aunt Dora's house
with a card. It was her
birthday. But the sis-
ters got sidetracked,
time got away from
them, and they didn't
go, or even call. The
next day, Aunt Dora
was dead. She was hit
by a subway train and
both of her legs were
severed at the ankle.

continued from 6D

At the same time, ap-
plications for jobless
benefits are falling be-
cause companies arc
laying off fewer work-
ers. A separate report
from the Labor Depart-
ment, released earlier
this week, showed that
job cuts have fallen be-
low pre-recession lev-
els. Layoffs dropped
last year to the lowest

continued from 6D

for seniors age 65 and
over. In 2004, before the
recession began, about
half of both young and
older adults rated their
own financial situation
"Young ,workers are
on the bottom of the
ladder, and during a
recession like we've
had, it's often hard for
them to hold on," said
Kim Parker, associate
director of Pew's Social
& Demographic Trends
project. She noted that
some have been heavily
involved in the nation-
wide "Occupy" protests
over economic dispar-

change you are leav-
ing a trail of opinions,"
said John McKee, ca-
reer coach and author
. "Those opinions could
build a solid reputation
that helps in secur-
'ing future jobs or they
could result in negative
comments that could
kill a great job oppor-
tunity. How you behave
towards the end can
greatly impact your
From handling the
breakup speech to
turning over the reins,
career coaches offer
advice on how to walk
away with pride -
while avoiding the dan-
gerous traps that will

My mom said that
when they arrived at
the hospital to see her,
the nurses motioned
to a bag in the comer
that contained Aunt
Dora's shoes. Her feet
were still in them. The
doctors' presumed the
tragedy was not ac-
cidental because the
train wasn't one that
Aunt Dora would have
typically taken and
she was not pushed.
No one actually said
the word "suicide," but
the question has hov-

annual total in the 10
years the government
has tracked the data.
With job cuts low,
even a modest increase
in hiring results in net
job gains.
The number of peo-
ple receiving benefits
edged up in the week
ending Jan. 21, the
latest data available.
About 7.6 million peo-
ple received unemploy-
ment aid that week, a
slight increase from

"They are clearly less
satisfied with their cur-
rent circumstances
than they were before
the recession," she said.
"This may be where
some of the anger and
frustration being ex-
pressed in the Occupy
movement is rooted."
"They have a long way
to climb back, and a lot
of displaced workers to
compete with," she said.
Still, Parker noted
that despite the chal-
lenges, young adults
were upbeat about the
future: only 9 percent
said they didn't think
they would ever have
enough money to live
the life they want, a
share unchanged from
before the recession.

trip you up.
"Resigning is typi-
cally an emotional time
for all people impact-
ed," said Steven Raz,
co-owner of recruit-
ment firm Cornerstone
Search Group.

ered over her death
like a black cloud ever
since. Whenever my
mother tells the story,
even now, some 60
years later, she says,
"If Yvonne and I had
just gone to see her, at
least she would have
known somebody re-
ally cared. She would
have known that we
remembered her birth-
day." My mom and
Aunt Yvonne were
changed that day.
I have a dear old pal
who is also a colleague

,the previous week.
That figure includes
about 3.5 million peo-
ple receiving extended
unemployment benefits
under an emergency
program set up during
the recession.
That program is set
to expire at the end
of this month, unless
Congress agrees to ex-
tend it through the end
of the year. Lawmakers
are wrangling over how

Oftentimes, manag-
ers take a resignation
personally and re-
act unpredictably be-
cause of the surprise
Raz said. It becomes
especially critical for
the exiting employee

in the media world
and a Facebook friend.
I tease him relent-
lessly for having 4,914
"friends" (and count-
ing) on Facebook. Now,
he happens to be one of
those people who actu-
ally does seem to know
everybody, but still,
5,000 is a huge num-
ber, even for a nice guy
and consummate net-
worker. I'm guessing
not all of those people
get a birthday mes-
sages from him when
their special dates

to pay for an extension
of benefits and for an
extension of a Social
Security tax cut that is
also set to expire at the
end of this month.
Most economists ex-
pect growth will slow
a bit in the January-
March quarter, be-
cause companies won't
need to rebuild their
stockpiles of goods as
much as they did in the

The Public is advised that the NW 7th Avenue
Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
will be holding its general meeting on Tuesday,
February 21, 2012 at 5:30 P.M. at the Arcola Lakes
Library located at 8240 NW 7th Avenue Miami, Fl.
33150 at which time the CRA will be discussing the
proposed revised redevelopment plan of the 7th Avenue
Corridor to include the new area along 7th Avenue
between NW 80th Street and NW 119th Street and
the proposed expansion area from NW 135th Street to
State Road 9.
All interested parties may appear and be heard at the
time and place specified above. Copies of the ordinance
and resolution may be obtained from the Clerk, Board of
County Commissioners, 17th Floor of the Miami-Dade
County Stephen P. Clark Center.
Aperson who decides to appeal any decision made by the Board, Agency or
Commission with specto any matterconsiderd atthis meetingor hearing
w9 need a record of the proceedings. Such person may need to ensure a
werbatii recon of the poceeigs is made. icdng c testimony and
evience ion whM appeal is to be based miam-Dade Cownty pmovides
equ access and equal opportuny in the employment and services and
does not disaimnate on the basis of handicap. SignLanguage rpretefrs
are avatee on request
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for the departure and
show appreciation for
the mentorship without
giving false hope of re-
Last February, Jack
Williams, 45, decided
to leave his operation-
al position at Staffing
Technologies in At-
lanta, Georgia, for his
dream job, as a division
president at nearby"
Jackson Healthcare.
When he gave his two
weeks' notice in per-
son, his manager, the
company's CEO, was
initially upset and dis-
appointed, demand-
ing that he stay on for
eight weeks instead.
Williams explained
very simply why he was
leaving and that such
a long transition was
both unrealistic and

pop up in his email.
But here's the thing:
On his birthday, his
Facebook blows up! I
mean, he's got wishes
and prayers, videos,
songs, and jokes com-
ing at him for days, in-
cluding from "friends"
who are mere business
contacts as well as rel-
ative strangers. What's
not to love about that?
In fact, it's occurred
to me that that's why
he has so many FB
friends-not a bad
birthday strategy!

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nesses. Her goal is to
deliver high quality
professional services
for 'on the go" execu-
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business owners by
handling their day-to-
day office operations,
including human re-
source-related tasks,
office management
and event planning.
"The biggest thing

'A lot of people are
in transition or have
been laid off, 1 have
been helping people
with resumes and
with cover letters so
they can get their foot
in the door."
Young earned her
associate degree in
mass communications
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lege and her bachelor's
degree in public ad-
ministration from Bar-
ry University; she is
currently working on
her master's degree in
public administration
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finding a mentor and
testing the idea of your
business to increase
one's chances of suc-
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Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office located
at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the following:



Deadline for Reauest for Additional InformationlClarification! 211512012
at 5:00 P.M.

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

NO. 12271.

Johnny Martinez, P.E.
AD NO. 16421 City Manager


-City Hall 3500 Pan American Drive" ""
Miami, Florida

The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on February 23, 2012
beginning at 9:00 a.m. to consider whether it is in the public's best interest that
the City Commission ratify, approve and confirm the Findings of the City Man-
ager justifying the waiver of competitive sealed bidding procedures, increasing
the Grant Agreement with Action Community Center, Inc. by $53,334, for pre-
arranged transportation services for low to moderate income elderly and/or
disabled Miami residents; further extending the Agreement by a two (2) month
period from February 29, 2012 to April 30, 2012. The extension is required In
order to continue services during the transitional period.

The Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled City
Commission meeting of February 23, 2012 at:
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, Florida

All interested persons may appear at the meeting and may be heard with re-
spect to the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any decision
of the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this hearing,
that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
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1150 NW 1 Place
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1210 NW 2 Avenue
One bdrm one bath, $400
Appliances 305-642-7080

1229 NW 1 Court
One bedroom one bath.
$450. Appliances, free

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

12400 NE 11 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1025, appliances, free
water, 305-642-7080.

1245 NW 58th Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$495 per month. $750 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578.

1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$500. Free water.

1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$550 305-642-7080
1281 N.W. 60 Street
One bdrm. $525, two bdrms,
$625, Call 305-747-4552.
1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Ms. Shorty in #1.

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath $400
Two bdrms., one bath $495

135 NW 18 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$350 month. $575 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LDC TV. Call

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

14460 NW 22 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath
$595 Appliances, free

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

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

1541 NW 1 Place
One bedroom S400, Studio
$390 Very Quiet
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue
One bedroom S700 two
bedrooms $760. free water.
no credit check Call 786-

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

1600 NW 7 Court
One bedroom $725. two
bedrooms $850. free water.
no credit check Call 786-

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 1st Court
Two bedrooms one ath
S550 mor-n $S850 'o
move in Ai apple anIces
included Free 19 ich LCD
TV Call
Joel 786-355-7578

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

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $475.

1943 NW 2 Court
One bedroom $500, two
bedrooms $650. Very quiet.
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

2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one bath
$650, free water. 305-642-
320 NW 2 Avenue
Hallandale. Move in for only
$685 One bdrm, one bath,
includes water $625 monthly.
411 NW 37 Street
Studios $395 monthly.
All appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578
415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $495.
Appliances. 305-642-7080
One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750.
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,
$1,000 per month, all appli-
ances included. Call Joel

Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly One
bedroom, $485 monthly, win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at
2651 NW 50 Street or call.
65 NW 27 Street
(1st Ave. and 27th St.)
Five bedrooms, three baths.
$1000 monthly, all appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV' Call Joel

6832 NW 5 Place
Studio $110 weekly. $500 to
move in. 786-286-2540
6951 NW 5 Court
Two large bedrooms, one
bath. deposit negotiable
Section 8 OK 786-278-6155
6962 N.W. 2nd Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
section 8 welcome Call Mr.
Coats at 305-345-7833
781 NW 80 Street
One bedroom
Call 786-295-9961
8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms Section 8 OK
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficency, one.
two. three bdrms air appl -
ances. laundry, gate From
$400 100NW 11 St
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'.'. ,- distance to sc"oo
from S400 Remode'ed
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Two Dedrooms two baths tile
floors near all facilities free
water $850 monthly Security
required 305-493-9635
Qualify the same day Lim-
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Gated and secure building
One bedroom, $400 and
two bedrooms $550 only!'
Water included. No security
deposit required. 55 and
older get additional dis-
count. Call 305-603-9592,
305-600-7280 and

2683 NW 66 Street
For more information
Call 786-277-8988
140 NW 70 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1395 mthly, 786-370-0832,
2906 NW 195 Lane
Three bdrms., one bath.
Voucher. 786-457-3287.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
Three and four bedrooms
units. Rudy 786-367-6268.
19351 NW 45 Avenue
17942 NW 40 Court
2758 NW 198 Court

131 NW 32 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $595.
1393 NW 55 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1250 monthlyNew Con-
struction, all new appliances.
Section 8 Ok. Jean St. Paul
786-237-1499, 305-318-8861
1765 NW 45 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled floors. 786-237-1292
1865 N.W. 42nd Street
Newly remodeled, one bed-
room, one bath, central air.
Call 786-356-1457.
1876 NW 69 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750 monthly. 786-328-
1877 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, $900 monthly.
Section 8 Welcome. 305-331-
2431 or 786-419-0438.
2403 NW 82 Street
Section 8 Welcome! Two bed-
rooms, one bath, air. $1100
monthly, first and last, $500
security to move in.
271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$875; three bdrms., two
baths, $1275. Free water
and electricity, 305-642-

4425 NW 23 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$600. four bedrooms, two
baths. $900. Appliances,

540 NW 60 Street
Three bdrms. two baths, ap-
pliances, $1100 monthly plus
$900 security. 305-301-1993
5509 N.W. Miami Court
One bdrm, one bath Newly
renovated S650 mthly. first.
last secunty 305-751-6232
5903 NW 30 Ave
One bdrm one bath. air.
6935 NW 6 Court
Two bdrms one bath central
air, bars Section 8 Ok' $800
mthly 305-474-9234
7930 NW 12 Court
Two rooms one bath se-
cunty bars a"r aooliances
ce ng fans 1 C000 month y.
Sect on 8 welcome
7985 NW 12 Court
S-"al tree bedrooms ore
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Cai 786-768-5855
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100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO. BET. ESPN). 24
hour security camera. $185
wkly. $650 mthly.
1165 NW 147 Street, #C
$550 monthly. All utilities in-
cluded. 305-490-9284.
47 NE 80th Terr #3
One person, $400 monthly,
$800 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
Great location, near 1-95.
Call 305-502-7835
Furnished Rooms
13377 NW 30 Avenue
Extra large, $95 weekly, free
utilities, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1358 NW 71 Street
Air, cable. $300 to move in,
$150 weekly. 786-286-7455
15341 NW 31 Avenue
Large room, full bath, private
entrance. 305-687-8187
15810 NW 38 Place
$85 weekly. Free utilities,
bath, 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
2169 NW 49 Street
$89 weekly, cable, air.
Call 786-234-5683

2010 NW 55 Terrace
Air, $140 weekly, cable, utili-
ties included, 786-487-2286
2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
2900 NW 54 Street
Upstairs, one room, refrig-
erator and air. Call 954-885-
8583 or 954-275-9503.
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrigera-
tor, microwave, TV, free ca-
ble, air and private entrance.
Call 954-678-8996.
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
9200 NW 25 Avenue
$320 a month. $320 to move
in. 786-515-3020 or
97 NW 69 Street
Air. cable, internet, utilities
included. Daily, weekly or
monthly rental. 305-753-0158
9800 NW 25 Avenue
Rooms in Christian home.
$500 monthly. no cooking.
small refrigerator, call 305-
691-2404 or 305-693-7628
Cable TV. utilities included.
$550 monthly 305-687-1110
$100 weekly. $S200 to move
in. air 786-991-7511
Free cable air
Clean roce and ar $400
month y Ca 786-426-6263
Rooms wth home ;: -; m
Prices range from S90 to
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Three becroo.s, one bath.
1961 Wilmington Street
Three bdrm. one bath. re-
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okay Call 954-699-5934.
2049 NW 68 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one and
half bath. $1025, stove.
refrigerator, air, 305-642-
2561 NW 14 Ct
FtL Lauderdale
Four bedrooms, two bath.
Move-in special. easy to
move in. remodeled. S1600
monthly 305-926-2839.
262 NW 51 Street
Three bdrms, two baths
$1100 mthly. 786-328-5878.
2930 NW 65 Street
Section 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1300 monthly All Appli-
ances included. Free 19"
Call Joel 786-355-7578

3050 NW 44 Street
Newly renovated, two bed-
room, one bath, Section 8
welcome! Call 305-693-1017
or 305-298-0388
3401 NW 170 Street
Three bdrms, one half bath,
42 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1600. Section 8 Preferred.
5612 NW 11 Avenue
Three bdrms., two baths,
fenced, windows/doors bars,
central air, stove, refrigerator,
$1150 mthly, Section 8 wel-
come, 305-389-4011.
565 NE 131 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
and Florida room, Great loca-
tion, schools, public transpor-
tation, $1400 monthly,
5700 NW 6 Avenue
Two bedrooms, tile, central
air, $800. No Section 8. Terry
Dellerson Broker 305-891-
6951 NW 3 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled, fresh paint, $995 mthly,
Four bedrooms, two baths,
den, Section 8, HOPWA. Qui-
et area. 954-392-0070
Golden Glades, four bed-
rooms, two baths, central air,
large yard, newly renovated,
$1,490 monthly,
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
Three bdrms, two baths,
Section 8 welcomed! 786-
287-0864 or 786-306-4519.
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,
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916.

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Make-or-break factor for Tiger Woods

1. INSULT TO around the world and and in the middle of the players have won their Fehertv says, "Tiger

PRO: "I've been able
to train again," Woods
says. "Rehabbing and
training are two totally
different scenarios. I've
been rehabbing pretty
much the entire last
couple of years. Now I'm
healthy enough to train
without issue. My body's
feeling explosive again.
. I can literally train all
day now."
CON: His left knee.
Dating to 1994, when he
had two benign tumors
removed and scar tis-
sues repaired, he's had
four operations on his
knee, including a major
reconstruction in 2008
after he won the U.S.
Open. "That's the only
worry," CBS golf analyst
David Feherty says. "
For a right-handed play-
er, there is probably no
such worse problem you
can have. Your frame
has to absorb that shock
of the swing, and all the
energy dissipates into
the left knee area."

PRO: The guy knows
how to win 83 world-
wide wins, 71 PGA Tour
victories, 14 major
championships, three
U.S. Amateurs. "There
Is no current player
that has the portfolio
of good memories, of
good shots, and of good
comebacks and good
victories," three-time
PGA Tour winner Camilo
Villegas says. It's this
simple if you stand on
the first tee and he's
won about 100 times

you've won two or three,
who do you think has the
CON: The Indianapo-
lis Colts and Washington
Wizards have both won
more frequently in the
last couple of years than
Tiger. Woods hasn't won
an official event since
the 2009 Australian
Masters, two weeks be-
fore scandal turned his
world on end. And he
hasn't won a PGA Tour
event since the 2009
BMW Championship.

PRO: Woods, one of
the best putters of all
time, showed some of
his old magic when he
closed with two birdies
- from 15 and 6 feet
- on the final two holes
to beat 2007 Masters
champ Zach Johnson by
one shot to win the un-
official Chevron World
Challenge in December.
CON: He missed
two bunnies during his
electrifying final-round
charge in the 2011 Mas-
ters a 3-footer for par
on the 12th and a 4-foot-
er for eagle on the 15th.
In 2008 and 2009, he
ranked first and fourth,
respectively, on the
Tour in putting average
inside 5 feet. In 2010
and 2011, he ranked
23rd and 62nd. "He has
to recapture that me-
against-the-world at-
titude and that he's the
best putter alive," CBS
golf analyst Peter Kostis
says. He lost that over
the last couple of years."

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PRO: The daunt-
ing red shirt is back in
contention on Sundays
- along with massive
galleries following in
lockstep that can still
unnerve most players.
In his last three stroke-
play events, he's fin-
ished no worse than
third, and he's 55-9
when he's had at least a
share of the lead going
into the final round.
CON: A mop of hair
named Robert Rock
and his No. 117 ranking
stared him down in the
final round and won the
Abu Dhabi HSBC Cham-
pionship last month -
reinforcing arguments
that Woods' intimidating
aura is no longer an is-
sue. "A lot of guys who
have tons of talent have
seen him struggle,"
2010 PGA Tour rookie of
the year Rickie Fowler
says. "The fear factor is
no longer the same."

PRO: Woods is mak-

ing regular trips to the
weight room again.
"When I came out here
I was the only guy in the
gym," he said.
CON: His rivals fol-
lowed him into the gym
and his edge in physical
conditioning is no lon-
ger a measurable ad-
vantage. As well, Woods
made golf cool back in
the '90s and more ath-
letic athletes think
Dustin Johnson, Gary
Woodland and Martin
Kaymer- have shunned
other sports and turned
to golf.

PRO: Woods is finding
his groove with his new
swing under the tute-
lage of Sean Foley, and
his misses aren't as bad
as they were in the past
two years. "His control
of his golf ball was as
good as I've seen it,"
world No. 1 Luke Don-
ald said after the first
round in Abu Dhabi.
"He was shaping it both
ways, and so that's al-

ways a daunting sign for
CON: Woods is still
producing misses he
hit just two fairways in
the final round at Abu
Dhabi. And he's an ob-
sessive tinkerer who is
now with his third swing
coach since turning pro-
fessional. Can too much
calibration be destruc-

PRO: Tiger is hungry
again. "He's got a lot
to prove again," world
No. 20 Justin Rose
says. "There's some re-
venge there. A lot has
been written, a lot has
been said. When you've
achieved so much and
you go through bad
times, you have to ask
yourself how much you
want it. I think he really
wants it back."
CON: You have to ask
yourself how much lon-
ger Woods can want it.
Competition drives him
but he's been under the
glare of the spotlight

game's largest g.3i:eri -
for more than 15 years.

PRO: Who's going to
stop him? Woods has
dominated before, hav-
ing won at least five
Tour titles in a single
season eight times, in-
cluding a personal-best
nine in 2000. And no
one was as authorita-
tive during his slump.
Last year, no one won
more than two tourna-
ments on the PGA Tour.
CON: Since Woods
last won on Tour, 31

first tournaments, a nod
to the growing talent
pool. Of those 31 first-
timers, 14 were interna-
tional players, a nod to
the game's talent pool
reaching all seven seas.

PRO: The carrot that
is Jack Nicklaus' record
of 18 majors still ener-
gizes Woods, who has
been stuck on 14 since
winning the 2008 U.S.
Open. "I think Tiger will
be the dominant player
again, in part, because
Jack is still out there,"

wants 19. People have
short memories. He
hasn't played well for
two years and yet he
finished fourth twice in
the Masters and fourth
in a U.S. Open and he
didn't have his game. If
he plays well, he wins,
period. I know we have
all the great young play-
ers coming up, and golf
looks really healthy,
but those youngsters
haven't seen Tiger play
well. When they do,
look out."
CON: The pressure
will mount if Woods
gets closer to Nicklaus.

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