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VOLUME 89 NUMBER 26 M -', FLORIDA, FEBRUARY. 22-28 2012 50 cents


Leads Alvin Alley dancers

One year later ...

City of Miami police

How will Black community respond?

By Randy Grice
rgrice@ miamitimesonline.com
In the past two years, the
City of Miami Police Depart-
ment has been involved in a
string of seven fatal shootings
of Black men. In five of the
shootings, the men shot dead
were armed. This week, State
prosecutors have added to the

list of vindicated officers. The
Miami police officer who fa-
tally shot an armed Overtown
man on New Year's morning
2011, has been cleared by the
State Attorney's Office (SAO).
That means that of the sev-
en cases, officers have been
cleared in three- four cases
are still outstanding. Accord-
ing to the SAO, Officer Mau-

rice Sodre was justified in us-
ing lethal force against Lynn
Weatherspoon, 27. "The inves-
tigation has determined that
the shooting officer was jus-
tified in his use of force and
no criminal charges will be
filed against the subject," said
Katherine Fernandez Rundle,
state attorney, in a letter to
Manuel Orosa, chief of police.
While he agreed that his is

shooting "justified"
only one perspective, the Rev. The AACCC and BMC have
Willie Sims, 63, political action about 100 members combined
chairperson for the African- and are made up of citizens
American Council of Christian concerned about the wel
Clergy (AACCC) and the Bap- fare of the Black community
tist Minister Council (BMC) Through working with the po
said, "My anger is not so lice department and learning
much with the officer because their procedures Sims says
I know the split-second deci- that the two groups have been
sions officers have to make. I able to somewhat make prog
stand in support of the officer. ress.
My anger is with the ex-chief "We have been working witI
., who put the officer in that po- the police departmc-nt and we
LYNN WEATHERSPOON sition on New Year's Eve." Please turn to SHOOTING 8A

Lethal dosing: Alcohol 3 -I.

and certain prescriptions
Will Houston join list of FACTS ABOUT
stars who made fatal error? PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS

By D. Kevin McNeir
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Gone too soon, tragic and premature are
terms that many are using to describe the
death of Whitney Houston
on Snatirdihn,, Feb. 11, at the
age of 48. It may be several
weeks before the official ;-
cause of her death is deter- "*
mined and announced but r
speculation continues to rise '
that her demise could have '
been the result of a deadly
mixture of alcohol and pre-
scription drugs. Beverly Hills WOLLSCHLAEGER
police report that inside her
hotel room, they found Xanax and Ibupro-
fen. She had been seen drinking champagne
just days before her death. But according to
one of Florida's most-respected physicians
and addiction specialists, one message that
should now be clear is that mixing drugs and
Please turn to DRUGS 10A

Prescription painkiller sales per person were more than
5 times higher In Florida, which has the highest rate, than in
Illinois, which has the lowest.
Oplold painkillers are the most commonly-abused prescrip-
tion medications and can be highly addictive.
Prescription painkiller overdoses killed nearly 15,000 people
In the US in 2008. This Is more than 5 times the 4,000 people
killed by these drugs In 1999.
In 2010, about 12 million Americans (age 12 or older)
reported non-medical use of prescription painkillers In the past
year. _^J -- ^ Sources: National Vtal Stat ysti em
.j L^ eand the Centers for Disease Control.



Obama back in Fl this week

By Alex Leary and Adam C.
Smith, Tampa Bay Times
President Barack Obama is
rewriting Florida's advertising
tagline: Come for the sun and
soak up the electoral votes.
When Air Force One lands
Thursday in Miami. then Orlan-
do. it will mark ,.-,bama s 14th
visit since his inauguration, and
his second this year.
Not to mention trips this
month by Vice President Joe
Biden and first lady Michelle
Obamia, and a string of previous

jaunts by the two. Tampa, Tal-
lahassee, Orlando, Homestead,
Cape Canaveral, Sarasota, Mi-
ami ... they've been everywhere.
As Obama's re-election effort
accelerates, the frequent travel
to Florida and other key states
highlights a major advantage of
incumbency and raises ques-
tions about politicking on tax-
payer time and money. Turn
on CNN these days and you re
.ikel. to see Obama on the road,
with a campaign rally-like crowd
behind him.
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Opa-locka city manager faces charges


Commission to consider
removal of Bryan Finnie
The City Commission of Opa-locka
is holding a public hearing prior to
the regular commission meeting on
Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. to dis-
cuss the possible removal of City Man-

ager Bryan K. Finnie. The meeting will
take place at the Opa-Locka Municipal
City Commissioner Timothy Holmes
presented a list of allegations against
the city manager during their bi-
monthly meeting on January 11, 2012.
This list and the minutes were provided
Please turn to FINNIE 10A


Senate approves bid to reunite Haitians

Initiative attempts to mimic U.S. policies for Cuban families

By Randy Grice
r rr ce 'a "' ' . .
By now it has become pub-
lic knowledge that Haiti and
:.s people have suffered much
since the worst eachquake
:n modern h:stor. devastated
the:r ::nv nation. In -he "two
-.ears s;:ce, casua;::es have
earthquake and an outbreak 0

cholera. Even with a new pres-
ident at the helm, conditions
in Haiti are far from stable. In
r-': :. -.i.n:.. the struggles Hai-
tians are ": 7.n several state
senators have asked the fed-
erai government to make :
easier for Ha::ians to jon the:r
famil members -n he .S.
"Amer:ca :s the .na:on hna.
reaches ou a. of he co'..'-
trodden. :' :sorl ra..+"ta ,+

help our Haitian brothers and
sisters," said Gary-: .p.;r.. 58,
state senator District 19. "It is
difficult for Haitians right now.
I would hope that the; would
he:p the Hatians as they
-heped the Cubans. Cuba
hasn't had aan earhquake like
Ha:--: Icd.'
-,- Serna*e voted for a me-
rr.onra ask-ng ht- Department.
of o~.ry .e '"~,d Sec. ^ r^t t'" o create

the Haitian Family Reunifica-
tion Program. The memorial is
aimed at ip.edin' up the im-
nT.,'r t orn process for Haitians
looking to leave the country in
the aftermath of the massive
2010 earthquake. The memo-
rial, which does not actually
create or change any laws, is
seen as a symbolic gesture.
-T r-.;-.. are still very difficult
for my family in Haiti," said
Melissa Saint Louis, 42, who
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Black church still among

Blacks' greatest strength
The Black church has been a fixture in the U.S. and
our communities since before 1800 most were
formed by the small number of freed Blacks that
lived in the colonies. After slavery was abolished, freed
Blacks continued to establish separate congregations and
church facilities, create their own religious communities
and to worship in distinct and often culturally-nuanced
Above all the Black church spoke for and empowered a
people who were often treated as less than equal, who suf-
fered day-by-day at the hands of white racists and who
worried about their own lives and the lives of their children.
It was the power of the Black church with its moving mu-
sic, testimony and vocal release of both joy and pain that
was witnessed last Saturday morning in the home going
celebration of Whitney Houston. It really didn't matter that
the singers may have been Winans or Wonders nor that the
voices raised in song were part of an elite, talented group of
professionals. Nor did it matter who preached the eulogy.
What we saw was the collective beauty that is the Black
church voices shouting utterances to God, hands raised
in praise and souls moved in the witness of how one per-
son's life could leave such an impact on so many others.
America went to church this Saturday the Black
church -- and it was one of the most powerful views that
this country has ever witnessed. Maybe it will even have
the force behind it to help someone else who is struggling
to overcome their own demons and pain. Then, as the song
goes, my "living will not have been in vain."

Why must Blacks always

be twice as good?
Do you remember when you were a child finally
headed off to high school, or perhaps when you
were about to begin college or got your first job?
What kind of advice were you given by your parents or
mentors? For many of us, the words we recall went some-
thing like this: "you have to be twice as good as whites, if
you intend on succeeding."
It's 0n interesting perspective that rnay hiia'c ht a iru
under a great many boys and girls. In fact, those words
from your mother or father may have been the lynchpin
Ithat pushed you to do your very best in your first stint in
hie 9-to-5 rat race. But it also points to something that
still remains like a lump in our throats or like an alba-
tross around our necks that is the double standards
that continue to manifest themselves on every level in the
U.S. The situation that has pitted many Liberty City resi-
dents against Miami Herald commentator Michael Putney
is a perfect example. Putney has voiced a bevy of criticisms
against policies, procedures and decisions that have been
made and which he says will impact the businesses along
Seventh Avenue in Liberty City. We do not wish to take on
his claims in either support or to refute them. What we
believe is the crux of the issue is that Putney, at least to
our knowledge, has not lodged similar complaints about
other communities different communities doing simi-
lar things but who are not Black. It's not that we care so
much about all getting along, as Rodney King once said.
What matters is that we are given a fair shot to better our
lives and to improve our neighborhoods just like every-
one else.
We just want to be judged by the same standards that
everyone else faces. We are all equal citizens in this United
of States aren't we?

Thanks City of Miami for

caring about ex-offenders

Finally, there appears to be someone that is putting
their money and their efforts where their mouth is
-- C:tv of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. He con-
tinucs to endorse and lead the charge for our City's many
ex-offenders, many of whom are men of color. That may
seem like a small thing, but if you have a relative that has
a prison record or if you have one yourself, you under-
stand how difficult it is for ex-offenders to become accli-
mated into society.
The cards are carefully stacked against them. The rules
are enforced in different ways. The hurdles are raised to
almost impossible heights and sometimes without clear
reason. What this all equates to are recidivism rates that
continue to rise with each generation. More Black and His-
panic boys are going to prison, being released and then
returning in a revolving door that knows no end. Many
states have pushed for the privatization of their prisons.
We urge our readers not to be fooled. When prisons are
privatized, there is some corporation that receives the con-
tracts and the money. We just bet those new stakeholders
don't look like us. What's more, their goal is not to reha-
bilitate those in prison, but to make sure they continue to
revisit jail and prison for the rest of their lives.
Call it legal slavery if you like. It's 'more money. more
money, more money'i for someone else's pockets. But it's
more misery for a whole lot more. We applaud the City
Mas or and those who support his new iniUtitive to help ex-
offenders stay out of trouble, out of jail and empowering
them with the belief that they can make it.

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The Black Press believes that America can best lead the
world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights. Hating no person, fearing no person,
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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-BY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost.com

It's time to pay close attention to China
China, for better or worse, al Revolution; he spent long, ity, tough, resourceful, adapt- rapid developme
is a serious country the hard years as a teenager living able, coldly unsentimental urgent task for
U.S. had better start acting in a cave in the poor, remote and, as Kissinger generalized leadership. Ch
like one. I got a glimpse of Shaanxi province. Xi fared in his introduction, convinced on human right
the future Wednesday in the better than the man consid- "that every solution is the be- cal openness is
vast ballroom of a Washington ered his chief rival for power ginning of a new set of prob- These are all s
hotel where hundreds of au- and influence in China Bo lems." tions but Chine

gust dignitaries and some
journalists as well gath-
ered at a luncheon in honor
of Vice President Xi Jinping,
who is widely expected to be-
come China's top leader after
a year-long transition.
Xi's status is such that he
was introduced by no less
than Henry Kissinger, who
spoke, not for the first time,
of the Nixon-to-China break-
through four decades ago. It
is useful to remember that the
country we now think of as a
trillion-dollar creditor and the
manufacturer of iPads was
once a Maoist bastion, her-
metically sealed against the
capitalist influences of the
Western world. Xi's father, Xi
Zhongxun, once one of Mao
Zedong's lieutenants, fell out
of favor and was persecuted
during much of that era. Xi
,IirginE iq nart of o r.'ma--
able generation that survived
the apocalypse of the Cultur-

There are plenty of internal disagreements about how
aggressive China should be in asserting its military in-
fluence throughout the region, especially in the South
China Sea.

Xilai, the Communist Party
chief for the Chongqing met-
ropolitan area, which is home
to nearly 30 million people.
Bo's father, Bo Yibo, was one
of Mao's most trusted associ-
ates before being purged in
the Cultural Revolution. The
whole family was sent to a
prison for five years, then to
a labor camp for another five.
Bo Xilai's mother either com-
mitted suicide or was beaten
to death.
This history helps to un-
derstand why those now run-
ning China are the way they
,-. imrratient to mhake up
tor lost time, patnologically
wary of the slightest instabil-

China wants a "cooperative
partnership" with the U.S.,
according to Xi, who referred
to the two country's relation-
ship as "an unstoppable river
that keeps surging ahead." He
was pointing out the obvious:
For decades to come, the U.S.
and China will be the world's
two biggest economic powers.
We're stuck with each other,
like it or not.
There are plenty of internal
disagreements about how ag-
gressive China should be in
asserting its military influ-
ence throughout the region,
P;r .'. ^Il' "in thetSouttli thmj
Sea. Addressing the environ-
mental cost of the country's.

nI: '..ill be an
the incoming
ina's record
ts and politi-
still abysmal.
serious ques-
se leaders at

least are grappling with them
in a serious manner. But here
in the U.S.?
"We're having the most friv-
olous of conversations in
an election year!"
This assessment came from
Jon Huntsman, the former
ambassador to China who re-
cently ended his bid for the
GOP presidential nomination
that attended the lunch for
We hear a lot of China-bash-
ing on the campaign trail.
What we're not hearing is a
serious debate about farsight-
ed reforms that are needed
to keep the U.S. from falling
behind. If we are to thrive
in a changing world, singing
"America the Beautiful" isn't
Eugene Robinson is a Pulit-
zer Prize-winning newspaper
ctu'nimrrs't and the former as-
sistant managing editor of'The
PWashington Post.


Whitney: Remembered and bel(

The entire world community
will continue to be positively
impacted by the unprecedent-
ed, creative and spirit-edifying
eloquent contributions from
the gifted-voice and artistic
genius of Whitney Houston.
While we affectionately mourn
her passing with the great-
est of sorrow and condolence,
we should take this moment
forthrightly to affirm the liv-
ing legacy of Whitney and not
be tempted by those who only
want to only focus on some-
thing negative. As a truly
iconic singer, actress, model,
philanthropist and commit-
ted servant for the empower-
ment of those who know what
the struggles of life are all
about, she touched the vortex
of the soul with a voice that
was blessed by God to uplift
and inspire the masses of mil-
lions of people throughout the

It is unfortunate that we live
in a society that routinely un-
der values the cultural and
expressive significance of peo-
ple who have given so much
of themselves through their
respective art forms to help
others grapple with the vicis-
situdes of life. Arising up out

the music and entertainment
industry. Like so many others,
she gave of herself repeatedly
to help people become empow-
ered. In spite of the tragedy of
her death, Houston's star still
shines and will always shine
in the hearts and spirits of
people everywhere who have

In her short 48 years, Whitney became a living legend in both
R&B and popular music. But she was more than star in the
music and entertainment industry.

of the historic Black church
tradition in Newark, New Jer-
sey, Whitney was destined for
greatness in the world of mu-
sic as she labored and shared
her talent across the U.S. and
to the global community.
In her short 48 years, Whit-
ney became a living legend in
both R&B and popular music.
But she was more than star in

a passion for freedom, justice,
love and equality. One of my
proudest moments was at the
NAACP Image Awards in 1994
when she was awarded one of
the NAACP's highest honors
for her trailblazing achieve-
ments and accomplishments.
Literally a whole generation of
younger artists today is still
being inspired by that tremen-

dous voice of '. ht t
transcended more than five
octaves with the highest qual-
ity of tonality and vocal power.
When someone that we care
about dies, it is always appro-
priate to remember the good
that was done through the life
of the departed. We, therefore,
recall and remember the good
works and great accomplish-
ments of Whitney Houston.
For all who have been inspired
by her, let's pledge to keep her
family in our prayers and to
continue to push forward to
make our world a better place.
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis,
Jr.,is president of the Hip-Hop
Summit Action Network and
Education Online Services
Read more: http://
www. nnpa, org/ news/
chavis/ # ixzz l mfWbGYwD


Don Cornelius: Unsung civil rights leader

When reflecting on his life,
Don Cornelius often said. "I
had a burning desire to see
Black people depicted on tele-
vision in a positive light. In
1970. a groundbreaking TV
show. created and hosted by
a suave, impeccably-dressed
Black man. literally danced its
way into the soul of America
and built a cultural bridge that
we are still crossing today.
Soul Train was the show and
Don Cornelius was the man.
in recent years, he had been
struggling with both person-
al and health problems, and
last week we were stunned
to earn that the 75-year-old
Cornelius had apparently tak-
en his ow.-n ife.
We remember Cornelius as
a man brimming with cre-
ative genius who. through the
poe-r of music and dance.

beckoned us to get on board
and celebrate the gift of life.
After the many triumphs and
tragedies of the 1960's, the
civil rights movement was at
a crossroads. Anti-war pro-
tests were raging. Blacks and
whites were marching to-
gether. And more and more
young people were crossing
racial and cultural boundar-
ies to share the best of both
worlds. Cornelius and Soul
Train epitomized that con-
At a time when Black artists
were just beginning to gain
mainstream exposure through
occasional appearances on
shows like Dick Clark's Amer-
ican Bandstand. Cornelius
put a weekly spotlight on
such performers as the Jack-
son Five. Marvin Gave. Jamnes
Brown -and Aretha Frank-

lin. Eventually white artists
graced the Soul Train stage,
including Elton John and Da-
vid Bowie. The show also fea-
tured some of the "hippest"
dancers and dance moves
ever seen on national TV. Cor-
nelius oversaw ever'. aspect of
the program, serving as host,
writer and producer. He even
sold advertising.
He may not have seen him-
self as a civil rights leader, but
many did. In reaction to his
death. Roots drummer Ahmnir
"Quest ove" Thompson wrote,
"Next to Berr- Gordy, Don
Cornelius ,.'.as hands down
the most crucial nonpolitica;
figure to emerge fromn- the civil
rights era post-68." Quincy
Jones described him as "a vi-
siona.r pioneer.' And Aretha
Franklin said, "God bless
him for . for the unity and

brotherhood he .rgl-hirad-
edly brought about with his
most memorable creation of
Soul Train."
In 1968, he abandoned
other career options and de-
cided to pursue his passion
for broadcasting. He landed a
job as a local radio announcer
and soon-after created Soul
Train as a syndicated show
on Chicago's WCIU TV. Soul
Train went on to become one
of the longest-running syndi-
cated shows in television his-
tory, We join all Americans in
tha-nking Don Cornelius for
inviting us to his Saturday
morning dance party for so
S:-..' years. His legacy will
live forever.
Marc H. Moral is an attorney
arid CEO of the National Urban
Leo,ag.e, the nation's largest
civil rights :.. : .'..


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BY FEGiN .LD J. CL'rNE ES?. MIAMi; T'..ES COLLIMN!ST, rnc.'ccnes'c corn

Establishment suppresses citizens

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In the U.S. South Africa.
North Korea, China. Iran,
Cuba and man\ other coun-
tries in the world, the govern-
ment establishment seeks to
suppress the rights of groups
of citizens. Many would ques-
tion the addition of the U.S.
in this group of totalitarian
regimes. Perhaps, we should
refresh our recollection of his-
tory. During a short period
after the Civil War, the former
slaves were given true free-
dom and they began to thrive
in business, become elected
officials and enjoy total and
unrestricted citizenship in
this country. Then Jim Crow
laws were enacted that denied
Blacks the right to vote, the
right to live in certain neigh-
borhoods, the right to attend
certain public schools, the
right to use water fountains
and even the right to use re-
After the successes of the
civil rights movement, some
said the establishment was
gone and that the election of
President Barrack Obama

signaled the end of racism in
the U.S. Now, history is re-
peating itself. Just like in the
1800's, the establishment is
striking back. First. to be at-
tacked was the early voting
and voter registration laws.
On the local level, I see the re-
cent attacks by columnist Mi-

Centorino does his homework
better than Putney. Centorino
should realize that the funds
requested for this project
were requested by then Com-
missioner Richard Dunn. II.
So the theory that Jones got
some special dispensation be-
cause he has the same sur-

C entorino is very close to abusing the power of his office;
perhaps a few decent-minded commissioners should
put pressure on the mayor to remove him. The ethics
commission should be run by someone with ethics...

chael Putney as another strike
by the establishment. What's
worse, as a consequence of
this specious editorial, Jo-
seph Centorino, executive
director of the Miami-Dade
Ethics Commission is investi-
gating Leroy Jones of NANA.
Centorino has sent a public
records request to the City of
Miami requesting documents
on the funding for the beauti-
fication of four businesses in
Liberty City. I am hoping that

name as Commissioner Mi-
chelle Spence-Jones, District
5 should be put aside. They
are not related.
Centorino should quickly
realize that Jones could not
have misused funds as they
have yet to be disbursed.
NANA submits invoices for
work performed and then uses
the funding to pay the con-
tractors, so it is very hard to
misuse this funding.
This is clearly a textbook

^BY ROGER CALDWELL, jet38@bellsouth net

First lady has great message: Eat health
SThere is no doubt in my is bringing awareness to out in front to get our chil-
mind that President Barack families who spend most of dren moving. She proved she
and Michelle Obama are the their time at fast food res- could dance and isn't afraid
healthiest first couple to ever taurants and often do not to shake her 'groove-thing.'
stay in the White House. Ev- exercise. Her tour started in The First Lady proved that
eryone knows that Obama Des Moines, Iowa with Gov- she can dance, and she is not
I loves to play basketball and ernor Terry Branstad, who afraid to shake her thing.
She can hoop. It is a vigorous she praised for his push to The next stop was Central

sport and those who are old-
er and out of shape sit on the
sidelines and watch.
The First lady is also quite
athletic and I have pictures
of her running she is
clearly in great shape. First
Lady Michelle Obama is on a
three-day, three-state tour to
promote her "Let's Move Diet
and Exercise Campaign."
The campaign targets child-
hood obesity because one-
out-of-every-three children
is overweight.
The Let's Move Campaign

The Let's Move Campaign is bringing awareness to fami-
lies who spend most of their time at fast food restau-
rants and often do not exercise. Her tour started in Des
Moines, Iowa with Governor Terry Branstad, who she praised for
his push to make his state the healthiest in the nation.

make his state the healthiest
in the nation. The First lady
led an entire arena of 14,000
in a dance routine called the
Interlude. The dance rou-
tine has become a You Tube
sensation and Mrs. Obama
was willing to put herself

Florida where she dined with
the Halls, a Black family
in Ocoee. Kern Halls works
with Orange County in the
school nutrition associa-
tion. The theme of her tour
in Florida is "Change Begins
at Home." Mrs. Obama dined

rights 'I
case of retaliation for the exer-
cise of a constitutional right.
Centorino allegedly stated that
he began this investigation in
response to Putnev's editorial.
That seems to me like the old
white establishment using the
press and governmental power
to oppress a minority group.
Now, you see why I think the
current actions of Centorino
are reminiscent of not yet for-
gotten abuses against Black
citizens in this country and
are very similar to the actions
of totalitarian regimes like
those in Iran, North Korea
and Cuba. Centorino is very
close to abusing the power
of his office; perhaps a few
decent-minded commission-
ers should put pressure on
the mayor to remove him. The
ethics commission should be
run by someone with ethics,
not a person who attacks citi-
zens for exercising their law-
ful, constitutional right of free
P. "pie,, I J. Crlyne is a partner
at Clyne and Associates. P.A. of
Miami/Fort Lauderdal h.

for an hour with Kern, ,'.iff
Patrice and their sons, Ke-
ian and Kamryn, discussing
healthful eating. They dined
on a meal of jerk chicken,
brown rice, and pens, snu-
teed zucchini and salad.
The neighbors initially
thought something was
wrong when they saw a large
number of police cars parked
on the street. Once they re-
alized what was going on,
they formed a crowd to get a
glance of the First Lady.This
program is great, because
Americans don't have time
to exercise and our diets
are not healthy. Support the
First lady and spend each
day moving and exercising.
Roger Caldwell is the CEO
of On Point Media Group in

BY LEROY JONES, leroy@nanafl.org

Do you feel there should continue to

be a Black (Negro) National Anthem?

Lil,crr City. retired

opinion, I
think so. We
need to rep-
resent our
selves, plus we
have the au-
thority as well
as anyone else.
That is our right.

S/ihrct cr.t. retired

We can't for- _
get where we
came from. We
can't forget the

.\Aiamiri G(rdfns. unemrllep c

No. we are all one person. God
created man to enjoy himself on
this planet un-
til He comes
back to take
us. To me I
don't see white
and Black. I
see everyone
as the same.

Northside, retired

What is wrong

our voice and
singing in har-
monv and still
wanting liber- .. .
tv? I don't see
anything wrong with that.

Browns, i/'. ret'
I think that
it is necessary
because we "' -
can never for-
get our roots
and where we
came from.

Liflc Haiin. un7:rpnw(d

We can still sing the song but
if it is not ringing true then we
need some-
thing that is
going to ring
true for the | ;
Black commu-

Why did Putney degrade Liberty

Construction on Seventh
Avenue has begun. It started
Tuesday, Feb. 20th. We thank
the community for support-
ing the revitalization of the
Seventh Avenue corridor.
This has been long over-
due. For years, the business-
es on Seventh Avenue have
been overlooked by federal
assistance programs. Now
this community will have
the opportunity to be a part
of seeing change. In spite of
what Herald columnist Mi-
chael Putney says, we do not
have any major job-produc-
ing companies in the Liberty
City area. By supporting the
redevelopment of small busi-
nesses. it will open oppor-
tunity for employment, help
beautify the community.
bring a sense of pride for the

residents and look inviting to
outside visitors. Right now
Seventh Avenue doesn't have
the physical appearance to
do so. This project can help
change that.

ments like the Department
of Transportation, the Small
Business Administration and
the Department of Labor that
were responsible for monitor-
ing the use of the money. And

Putney keeps painting this picture alleging that hundreds
of millions of dollars came into Liberty City and were
misused by the people and elected officials of this com-

Putney keeps painting this
picture alleging that hun-
dreds of millions of dollars
came into Liberty City and
were misused by the people
and elected officials of this
community. In fact, there
were government depart-

if any misappropriation had
taken place, those are the
departments that should be
held accountable. It is wrong
to blame the residents of Lib-
erty City.
Putney paints a picture of
Liberty City as a crumbling,

City? \
crime-ridden rn-ig b.h h. .r.,d
that does not deserve any
assistance. Putney does not
spend any money in Liberty
City, he does not patronize
any businesses, he does not
offer any pro-bono services
and he definitely does not
live here. It seems like the
only time he visits us is in
order to report a story that
negatively impacts the com-
munity. Now, he has chosen
to commit a verbal assault
on a redevelopment project
before the construction even
begins. Why? Who is putting
Michael Putney up to degrad-
ing Liberty City?
Leroy Jones is executive
director of A. '.,/l...r and
Neighbors Association. His
organization targets the Lib-
erty City community.

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Fight against health care I.fA....

fraud recovers $4.1 billion

By Kelly Kennedy

tors recovered a record-break-
ing $4.1 billion in health care
fraud money during 2011, a
reflection of the Obama ad-
ministration's increased focus
on fighting fraud, Justice De-
partment officials announced
Between 2009 and 2011, the
federal government has collect-
ed $7.20 for every dollar spent
on fighting fraud, according to
the Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) inspec-
tor general. That's a jump from
the $5.10 for every dollar spent
between 1997 and 2008, re-
cords show.
"It demonstrates that our
collaborative efforts to pre-
vent, identify and prosecute
the most egregious instances
of health care fraud have never
been stronger," Attorney Gen-
eral Eric Holder said. "Over the
years, we've seen that these
crimes harm all of us gov-
ernment agencies and pro-
grams, insurers and health
care providers, and individual
Officials attributed much
of the progress to nine patrol
teams that moved into cities,
such as Chicago and Miami, to
investigate crime trends. The
government increased fund-
ing to Senior Medicare Patrol
teams from $9 million in 2010
to $18 million in 2011 in the
form of Administration on Ag-

-Ap photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listens at left as Attorney General Eric
Holder speaks during a news conference announcing the new Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control
Program Report.

ing grants in fraud-rich states,
such as California and Michi-
gan. The 2010 federal health
care law also increased fund-
ing to fraud-fighting efforts by
$350 million.
The Health Care Fraud Pre-
vention and Enforcement Ac-
tion Teams, known as HEAT,
sent 175 people to prison,
where the average sentence
was 47 months, according to
the Justice Department.

The teams were created in
"I expect that we will be ex-
panding those efforts to ad-
ditional cities," said Peter Bu-
detti, director for the Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid
Services' Center for Program
HHS Secretary Kathleen Se-
belius said her budget would
include $300 million to pay for
new anti-fraud teams. The lo-

cations of the new teams would
be secret, Sebelius said, and
determined by trends spotted
by analyzing various depart-
ment data.
In 2011, civil health care
fraud cases brought in $2.4
billion under the False Claims
Act, while the Justice Depart-
ment filed criminal charges
against 1,430 people for health
care fraud the most ever in a
single year.

Male, the capital.
Even so, the move toward a
compromise appeared to be re-
ducing political tensions in the
.-. The small island nation of
.350,000 people has a thriving
luxury tourist industry, and is
important to countries such as
the U.S., India and China be-
cause of its strategic location
on busy sea lanes, and because
of signs in recent years that
some segments of the Muslim
population have become radi-
The breakthrough appeared
to be a diplomatic coup for
India, which had angered Na-
sheed's supporters last week
by quickly recognizing the new
"Our understanding is that
elections would be held as early
as considered feasible by all
concerned. This is to be dis-
cussed by the parties," Mathai
In the road map, Manik's
government reiterated an offer
to form a coalition government
with places for members of Na-
sheed's Maldivian Democratic
Party. This government would
run the country until elections
are held.

The Maldives' government
said it was open to early elec-
tions as part of a road map
proposing a way out of a politi-
c'l crisis that has gripped the
nation in the past week since
former President Mohamed Na-
sheed said he was deposed in a
India's Foreign Secretary
Ranjan Mathai held talks on
Thursday with Nasheed and
the man who succeeded him
as president last week, Waheed
Hassan Manik, to break the
stalemate, which has destabi-
lized the Indian Ocean nation.
Supporters of Nasheed, who
in 2008 became the country's
first democratically elected
president, had threatened to
continue large street protests
unless Manik's government
agreed to call immediate elec-
tions. Protests have led to
clashes with police in the past
Manik's government had said
it would only hold elections as
scheduled in October 2013.
OLast week, with India playing
a mediating role, the govern-
ment produced a road map for a
way to end the crisis. The docu-

-Associated Press photo
Supporters of former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed
pray during a rally in Male, the capital, on Wednesday.

ment said that "in the interests
of national reconciliation" it
would "hold discussions with
all relevant parties to conduct
elections at an early date."
Masood Imad, a spokesman
for Manik, called the document
"a way of compromise" and said
he had been assured Nasheed
"will have no problem with
Ahmed Naseem, an ally of Na-
sheed who was foreign minister
until last week, said the former

president had given his ap-
proval to the clause about early
elections. Attempts to reach Na-
sheed weren't successful.
Naseem cautioned, however,
that the timetable for elections
was still vague and it remained
to be seen whether polls will
occur within weeks, as Mr. Na-
sheed's supporters want.
Despite signs of compromise,
supporters of Nasheed said
they planned to go ahead with
a large demonstration Friday in

BP partner in blown-out well agrees to pay $9oM

By The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS A minority
partner in BP's blown-out Ma-
condo well in the Gulf of Mexico
agreed last Friday to pay $90 mil-
lion in a settlement with the fed-
eral government and gulf states
over the disastrous 2010 oil spill.
The Justice Department said
the agreement was the largest
civil penalty ever recovered un-
der the federal Clean Water Act,

which was enacted in 1972.
The partner, MOEX Offshore
2007, owned a 10 percent inter-
est in the well, about 50 miles off
the Louisiana coast.
The well blew out in April 2010,
destroying the BP-leased Deep-
water Horizon rig, killing 11 men
and resulting in the nation's
worst offshore oil spill.
The agreement, filed in United
States District Court in New Or-
leans. calls for MOEX to pay $45

million in civil penalties to the
federal government and $25 mil-
lion to the gulf states affected by
the spill.
The company also agreed to pay
$20 million for coastal protection
MOEX is the first company in-
volved in the disaster to settle
with the federal government over
the spill.
The federal government also
sued BP; the rig's owner, Trans-

ocean; and another minority part-
ner in the well, Anadarko Petro-
Also, BP and M-I, a Houston-
based drilling-mud company
used at the Macondo well, said
they were dropping their claims
against each other in federal
court. BP had accused M-I of sev-
eral missteps when the drilling
mud was replaced by seawater in
the process of sealing the well be-
fore it blew out.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, on
The Huffington Post: In the past
year, the Occupy Wall Street
protests awakened the nation to
the outrageous feed at the tax-
payer trough by the rich, the
financial industry and corpo-
rations. There's been a greater
recognition of the crucial role
Social Security, Medicare and
Medicaid and other government-
funded programs play in bol-
stering the economy, and Amer-
ican's living standards. ... The
budget is far from perfect (but it)
does not slam the poorest and
neediest, and it preserves pro-
grams that have been lifelines
for millions for decades. This is
a budget that hits the mark de-
spite the GOP."
W. James Antle, III, on The
American Spectator: "This bud-
get barely touches Social Se-
curity, Medicare or Medicaid.
It leaves most of the Bush tax
cuts intact, with some popu-
list tax increases on invest-
ment for high income earners,
,The 'Buffett rule' won't be suf-
ficient to pay for our current
spending commitments. Here's
the bottom line: The presi-
dent's $3.8 trillion in spend-
ing for the next fiscal year is
actually $230 billion above the
Congressional Budget Office's
most recent baseline. Spend-
ing over the next decade is
$2.7 trillion higher than the
CBO baseline. The $6.7 tril-
lion in deficits over that period
is more than double the CBO's
estimates. The national debt
will also be nearly $4 trillion
higher in 2022 under Obama's
budget than the CBO projects."
Derek Thompson,, on The
Atlantic: "You can love Presi-
dent Obama's budget, or you
can hate it, but one thing is
for certain: It is not a terribly
serious attempt at long-term
deficit reduction. 'It raises tax-
es on a fraction of the popula-
tion without reforming the tax
code. It creates new stimulus
programs without significantly
curbing entitlements. It pays
for new infrastructure proj-

ects with 's.O in!ga from the
Iraq War,' which is a clever bit
of parallel-universe budgeting,
like me paying for a new suit
with 's. ini. from not going
to Atlantic City tomorrow.' ,,
Anyway, a stri, Ily policy anal-
ysis of the president's budget
misses the point. Nobody takes
White House budgets seriously
as road maps to a real bud-
get. One consequence of this is
that the White House doesn't
have to write a budget that
will pass. It only has to write a
budget it can defend."
Liz Peek, on The Fiscal
Times: .By refusing to address
the greatest challenge this na-
tion faces our financial se-
curity Obama has failed the
American people. ... Informed
citizens should be furious that
the real issues clouding our
future are not even addressed
by our president. The crisis in
our country is twofold: A rising
number of people receive ever-
increasing assistance from the
government. At the same time,
fewer Americans are paying
taxes. The inevitable outcome
is a widening gap between rev-
enues and outlays: the deficit.
The recession has accelerated
the problem."
Alan Viard, on The Dai,
ly Caller: "It is hard to fault
Obama for failing to outline a
comprehensive solution to the
fiscal imbalance. Neither po-
litical party can be expected
to tackle this daunting issue
without cooperation from the
other side of the aisle. The
fiscal solution will ultimate-
ly come through bipartisan
agreements that include both
entitlement benefit cuts and
tax increases. Some of the tax
increases will undoubtedly fall
on the top 2% or 3% (of earn-
ers), preferably through mea-
sures less damaging to saving
and investment than a steep
dividend tax hike. But, some
of the tax increases and nearly
all of the benejt.t ,Wils i ,
on a broader segment of he

Nuclear regulators query FPL safety

By Susan Salisbury

Florida Power & Light Co.
has allegedly failed to prop-
erly maintain its Turkey
Point nuclear plant's on-site
emergency response facility,
resulting in apparent viola-
tions, the Nuclear Regula-
tory Commission said last
The issue is considered of
low to moderate safety sig-
nificance, the NRC said.
The NRC staff scheduled a
meeting with FPL officials at
the NRC's office in Atlanta to
discuss the matter.
In 2010 and 2011, work-
ers twice disabled portions
of the plant's technical sup-
port center ventilation sys-
tem, which would have left
the facility near Homestead
unusable during an emer-
gency, the NRC said.
FPL also failed to inform
the NRC that the technical
support center was inoper-
able, an apparent violation
of NRC requirements.
That violation is being
evaluated using the NRC's
traditional enforcement pro-
cess and could result in a
ciwil penalty.
Peter Robbins. a spokes-
man for FPL's parent com-
pany, NextEra Energy, said,
"The main thing for us is
that this is a preliminary

assessment. This is not the
commission's final determi-
nation. They want to meet
with us and discuss it. It is
important for people to know
this issue never presented a
risk to the health and safety
of the public."
Robbins said the company
disagrees that the facility
was ever unusable and thus
maintains it did not have t6
report the maintenance that
was being performed.
The technical support cen-
ter is a safe area where em-
ployees would go during an
emergency, Robbins said.
The NRC evaluates regu-
latory performance at com-
mercial nuclear power
plants with a color-coded
process that classifies reg-
ulatory findings as either
green, white, yellow or red,
in order of increasing safety
The failure to properly
maintain the ventilation sys-
tem has been preliminarily
determined by the NRC to be
'white," or of low to moder-
ate safety significance.
No decision on enforce-
ment action will be made at
the meeting NRC officials
will review information pre-
sented by FPL and reach
a decision on appropriate
regulatory action at a later

Teens get prison time for setting classmate on fire
By Linda Trischitta sentence, to be followed by one parking lot of a Deerfield Beach pouring a flammable liquid on
and Rafael Olmeda year of community control and apartment complex in October the victim at Bent's command .

Two of the teenagers charged
in the burning attack of teen-
ager Michael Brewer pleaded
no contest to second degree
attempted murder in Broward
County court last Wednesday
Jesus Mendez. now 18. re-
ceived a sentence of 11 years
in a Florida state prison, one
year of community control and
18 years' probation.
Denver Jarvis, now 17, re-
ceived an eight-year prison

21 years probation.
The third teen charged in the
Deerfield Beach incident. Mat-
thew Bent. now 17. declined to
enter a plea during the hearing.
His trial is scheduled to begin
March 12 and his former co-de-
fendants are expected to testify
against him.
Before he was sentenced. Jar-
vis told the court. "Had I known
that something like that would
happen. I never would have
[participated in the attack]."
Brewer was set on fire in the

2009. and three schoolmates
were accused of committing the
Judge Michael Robinson
denied defense attorneys' re-
quests that the offenders be
treated as juveniles.
Their incarcerations will be
spent in adult facilities, and
their prison terms will be re-
duced by 2 years. 4 months.
credit for time already served.
Bent was the alleged ring-
leader reportedly angrv over a
S40 debt. Ja-vis was accused of

and Mendez was accused of
taunting Brewer by flicking a
lighter and igniting the life-
threatening blaze.
Brewer suffered second- and
third-degree burns over tv.-o-
thirds of his body and saved
his owvn life by jumping into a
nearby swimming pool-
The attack on Brewer out-
raged the community and drew
national attention to Deerfield
Beach. where at the time, all
four teens attended Deerfield
Beach Middle School.

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Storms, black outs and restored power

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

When you are hard hit by in-
clement weather, knocking out
that spiritual light within, it
is possible for power to be re-
stored and the illumination of
the spirit to be restored. While
sunny weather can be cheer-
ful, nature is also capable of
producing strong winds and
other violent weather condi-
tions that can cause entire
communities to experience a
black out. Some storms are
so severe that century old
trees yield and submit to their
power. Buildings thought to
be sturdy enough to withstand
tornadoes,hurricanes and cy-
clones are sometimes left dev-
With the help of scientific

technology, meteorolo-
gists can accurately
spot storm activity and
make predictions. The .
mere threat will cause
authorities to post
warnings resulting in i
the closing of schools
and persons in com- H
munities are advised to stay
in-doors, millions are evacu-
ated, cruise ships may change
itineraries,and air traffic is
Afterwards, public an-
nouncements are carefully
made and the communities
are advised that it is safe to
return home. In emergencies,
at the top of the list of necessi-
ties are electric and gas power.
People need heat, air and elec-
tric lights.

Chances are, like
myself, you too have
experienced periodic
power outages to your
spirit caused by unfa-
vorable life situations.
We've been hurt, expe-
rienced pain and our
ALL hearts have been shat-
tered. We've suffered loss of
loved ones and have weeped
through our hard times and
misery. We've even felt that we
were not spiritually equipped
to light the candles of hope
to help guide us through the
dark moments. Fortunately,
sometimes we receive warn-
ings of approaching personal
storms_ the inevitability of
the death of a close relative,
or the loss of employment yet
we still managed to lose our


spiritual power. We were still
sadly affected. But in times.
the storms weakened, then fi-
nally disappeared. power was
restored and normal life re-
Humbled by time spent
in the dark. we were able to
smile again and get on our
knees and bow our heads in
prayer. Of course.we are only
human,and like utility com-
panies, we will sometimes lose
power. Thank God for blessing
us with a power that is capable
of making it possible for the
spiritual part of man to return
to power. But beware and keep
watch_because as a hurricane
can be located hundreds of
miles away in the Caribbean,
you never really can tell if it
will start to move your way.

Honduras fire spotlights prison overcrowding

By Girish Gupta

A fire in a Honduras prison
that left more than 300 in-
mates dead illustrates a com-
mon problem in Latin America,
where jails are often overcrowd-
ed, lawless and filled with gang
Late Tuesday, the prison fire
in Comayagua trapped about
100 inmates who died in their
cells as others rushed for exits
for which guards had no keys,
Comayagua Fire Department
spokesman Josue Garcia said.
It was started by an inmate
who had set fire to his bedding,
and it spread in minutes.
"Some of his cellmates said
that he screamed, 'We will all
die here' And in five minutes,
everything burned," according
to Danilo Orellana, director of
the national prison system.
Nearly 500 people escaped
from the prison, and 356 are
missing and presumed dead,
said Hector Ivan Mejia, a
spokesman for the Honduras
Security Ministry.
"We couldn't get them out be-
cause we didn't have the keys
and couldn't find the guards
who had them," Garcia said.

MOURNING: Relatives of inmates stand outside the prison
grieving for those who were killed in the blaze

Latin America is known for
prisons that are overcrowded
and lack procedures for keep-
ing inmates safe, according to
lawyers and groups such as
Human Rights Watch.
Authorities were locked in
a' monthllong standoff with
armed prisoners in June at El
Rodeo complex, just outside
Caracas, Venezuela. Crowds of
distraught women screamed
outside as about 30 people were

killed when thousands of troops
battled prisoners armed with
heavy weapons.
In 1994, about 130 inmates
were hacked to death with ma-
chetes at Venezuela's Sabaneta
jail. Venezuela's La Planta pris-
on was built for 350 and houses
2,436, according to figures pro-
vided by the prison administra-
tion. Many sleep on the floor
there as rats scurry around

In 2010, a fire in an El Sal-
vador prison killed 16 inmates,
and 81 people were killed in a
prison fire in Chile.
In Honduras, a fire in 2004
killed more than 100 gang
members in a prison north of
the capital, Tegucigalpa. In
1994, a fire sparked by an over-
heated refrigerator motor killed
103 people.
The prison in Comayagua
was designed for 250 inmates
but had more than 800, said
Reinaldo Moncada,. head of
prison ministries for the Roman
Catholic Diocese of Comay-
agua. "There were completely
inhumane conditions inside,"
he said.
Robert Coogan, an Ameri-
can Catholic priest and prison
chaplain in Saltillo, Mexico,
says overcrowding is just one
potential cause of lethal infer-
nos behind bars. Other risks
include inmates cooking for
themselves, common in Latin
America, where inmates' fami-
lies are often responsible for
feeding their incarcerated rela-
"They cook. They have ciga-
rette lighters. They smoke,"
Coogan said.

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Burglar vacuumed home, folded laundry and fixed dinner
A South Bend, Indiana mother returned home last Monday
night with her son and discovered Keith Davis, 46, had broken
in and cleaned her apartment.
"I seen my screen open and I pushed my window open and it
was some random guy in my kitchen," said tenant Ashley Mur-
ray. Murray then walked away from the window with her son
and called police before yelling at Davis to leave her home.
Once I finally got a chance to get in I then noticed he
cooked some chicken and onions in a pan, folded my clothes
up and swept my floor," said Murray. The police said it
looked like he was a good chef, it looked like he had broth
and everything in it."
Despite breaking into the apartment, Davis didn't steal any-
thing beyond the food.
Davis was arrested despite adamantly stating he was in his
own home and charged with breaking and entering, a Class D

Seven year old girl escapes kidnapper at Atlanta Walmart
A man tried to kidnap a little girl from aWalmart store and
the attempt was captured by a surveillance camera. But the
7-year-old escaped because of the lesson her parents taught
her about strangers. Brittney Baxter was toy shopping at an
Atlanta Walmart when a man grabbed her, tried to put his
hand over her mouth and take her out the store. But she re-
membered her Stranger Danger training.
Police wasted no time in looking at Walmart's surveillance
video. It not only captured the chilling incident, it also cap-
tured the suspect's getaway car which was later pulled over.
Police said 25-year old Thomas Woods was recently re-
leased from state prison. Woods matched the video, but de-
nied being in Walmart. Woods was later charged with at-
tempted kidnapping.

74 year old man arrested for prostitution.
Retiree Thomas Mills was arrested for prostitution, first of-
fense, after he allegedly offered to perform oral sex on two
undercover police officers in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
A police report said Mills first flashed his car headlights to
get the officers' attention. He then "asked about the size of
the officers genitals, asking to see them."
Mills then allegedly offered to give and receive oral sex
from the officers.
According to the Myrtle Beach Sun News, officers also re-
ported that Mills said he had a friend that would join them,
were they to engage with him in sexual acts.

Iran claims major steps in nuclear fuel Four men accused of eating

/ihe Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran -In defiant
swipes at its foes, Iran said last
Wednesday it is dramatically
closer to mastering the produc-
tion of nuclear fuel even as the
U.S. weighs tougher pressures
and Tehran's suspected shadow
war with Israel brings probes
far beyond the Middle East.
Iran further struck back at
the West by indicating it was
on the verge of imposing a mid-
winter fuel squeeze to Europe
in retaliation for a looming boy-
cott of Iranian oil, but denied
reports earlier in the day that
six nations had already been
cut off.
The uncompromising mes-
sages from Iran, however, came
with a counterpoint. The official
IRNA news agency said Iran's
top nuclear negotiator, Saeed
Jalili, told European Union for-
eign policy chief Catherine Ash-
ton that Iran is ready to return
to talks with the U.S. and other
world powers.
The dual strategy -- taking
nuclear steps while propos-
ing more talks -- has become
a hallmark of Iran's dealings
for years and some critics have
dismissed it as a time-buying
tactic. The advances claimed
Wednesday could likely feed
these views.
In a live TV broadcast. Presi-
dent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
was shown overseeing what
was described as the first Irani-
an-made fuel rod inserted into
a research reactor in northern
Tehran. Separately, the semiof-
ficial Fars agency reported that
a "new generation" of Iranian
centrifuges -- used to enrich
uranium toward nuclear fuel --
had gone into operation at the
country's main enrichment fa-
cility at Natanz in central Iran.
In Washington, the assistant
secretary of state for Interna-
tional Security and Nonpro-

liberation, Tom Countryman,
dismissed the Iranian claims
of reaching a pivotal moment.
"The announcement today by
Iran has much more to do with
political developments in Iran
than it has to do with factual
developments," he said.
White House press secretary
Jay Carney said Iran's "defiant
acts" seek to "distract atten-

ed by Iranians were similar to
devices used against Israeli en-
voys in a foiled attack in Georgia
on Monday and a blast in New
Delhi that injured four people,
including a diplomat's wife.
"In recent days, Iran's terror
operations are being laid bare
for all," said Israeli Prime Min-
ister Benjamin Netanyahu, who
convened his security cabinet.

of being behind clandestine
attacks that have claimed the
lives of at least five members of
Iran's scientific community in
the past two years, including a
"sticky" bomb blast that killed a
director at the Natanz labs last
Framed photos of the five sci-
entists were shown by Iranian
TV before a speech by Ahma-
dinejad, who was flanked by the
flags of Iran and the country's
nuclear agency.

endangered tortoises

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -
An animal protection group
says four Chinese nationals
have been arrested on cruelty
charges after they cut up and
ate rare tortoises.
The National Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
said the men admitted killing
40 of the Bell's hinged species,
which are listed as endangered.
Another 13 live tortoises and

house raided by investigators in
rural southern Zimbabwe, the
group said last Thursday.
Villagers reported selling tor-
toises to the Chinese citizens to
eat and said the reptiles were
dropped into boiling water to
dislodge their shells before be-
ing butchered.
The four were found to have
illegally entered Zimbabwe and
were now in jail awaiting depor-

tortoise meat were found in a station, the group said.




-Assocated Press
In this April 9, 2007 file photo, Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad speaks at a ceremony in Iran's nuclear enrichment
facility in Natanz, 300 kilometers 186 (miles) south of capital
Tehran, Iran.

tion" from the damage brought
by international sanctions.
Meanwhile, Iran is facing ma-
jor new international complica-
tions: Accusations of bringing
an apparent covert conflict with
Israel to points stretching from
Thailand and India to the for-
mer Soviet republic of Georgia.
Officials in Israel ramped up
allegations that Iran was linked
to international bomb plots.
saying magnetic "stick-lv bombs
found in a Bangkok house rent-

It included discussions about
"preventive measures" against
Iranian threats. said a state-
ment from Netanvahu's office
that did not elaborate.
Iran's Foreign Ministry
spokesman, Ramin Mehman-
parast. called the allegations
"baseless- and an attempt to
push "conspiracy" theories to
discredit Iran with its Asian
partners, including major oil
buyer India.
Iran. in turn, accused Israel

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City recognizes Eunice Watson



Liberty's ho
By Randy Grice to have in a community such as
rgrice@miamitimesonline.com Liberty City."
Liberty, who died in 2001 at the
Few structures in Miami can age of 97, was a pioneer in educa-
claim the prestigious status of tion. She arrived in Miami during
having been recognized as a his- the 1930s to take a teaching posi-
toric landmark. Recently the Eu- tion. Until the 1960s, there was no
nice Watson-Liberty Home was such thing as the formal teaching
deemed as historical by the His- of Black history in the classroom,
toric and Environmental Preser- but the trail blazing teacher has
vation Board (HEPB). been credited as having taught
"I am very excited about this," the history of Blacks well before
said Carolyn Scott, the wife and then. The veteran teacher had a
mother of the current owners of life-long commitment to teaching
the home at 1711 NW 62nd Ter- Black history. Scott said that she
race. "I think this is a good thing and her family acquired the, now

me as historic site


historic, landmark by chance in
"We were looking for a property
to make additional income and I
just saw it one day and we just
decided that we would go ahead
and buy it not knowing that it
was such a historic place,' Scott
said. "None of is grew up here in
Miami so we didn't know about
her career as an educator and the
struggle that she had with fight-
ing to get Black history in Miami-
Dade County classrooms."
Liberty was born in 1904 and
began her early years of educa-

tion at the Mary McLeod Bethune
Normal Industrial Institute in
Daytona Beach. She then went
on to graduate from Edward Wa-
ters High School in Jacksonville,
receive a teaching certificate from
Florida A&M University in 1927
and a master's degree from New
York City's Columbia University
in 1950.
"She was quite a guiding force
in helping to educate our children
about themselves and about their
history," Scott said.
Currently the home is used as
a rental property for the Scott's.






By Jesse Washington
Associated Press

Richard Loving looks out
from America's racist Jim Crow
past with wary eyes, appear-
ing on the screen with a blond
crew cut, plaid work shirt, bad
teeth and Southern accent.
"He looked like a redneck,"
said Philip Hirschkop, using
a demeaning American term
that characterizes a person as
uneducated and uncouth, gen-
erally from the South. Hirsch-
kop, a lawyer, soon recognized
his mistake: Loving was a pio-
neer for racial equality.
The white bricklayer from'
Virginia defied stereotypes and
centuries of racist laws when
he married Mildred Jeter, who
was black and American Indi-
an. Convicted of violating a law
against interracial marriage,
the Lovings fought for their
rights and won a landmark
1967 U.S. Supreme Court case
that struck down such bans
Their lives are explored in a
new documentary, "The Lov-
ing Story," which premiered on
Tuesday February 14 on HBO.
Today, there are more than
4 million "mixed marriages" in
the United States, and roughly
one in seven new marriages
are between people of different
ethnicities. In 1958, however,
when the Lovings' marriage
was ruled illegal and they were
banished from their native Vir-
ginia, 21 states had outlawed
interracial unions.
"The Loving Story" details the
couple's nine-year battle to live
in Virginia as man and wife.
Using evocative photographs,
newly unearthed footage and
interviews with the Lovings'
daughter and lawyers, the film
reveals the power of love to
overcome bigotry.
"I came to respect Mildred
and Richard so much," said
the film's director and pro-
ducer, Peggy Buirski. "I think
these people had such high
standards and strong prin-
ciples and in many ways they
defied stereotypes."
"You don't have to be an ac-
tivist to change history," Buir-

-Grey Villet
Above: Richard Loving
kissing wife Mildred as he
arrives home from work, in
King and Queen County, Vir-
ginia, April 1965.
ski said. "You just have to be-
lieve strongly in something."
Richard and Mildred grew up
near each other in rural Vir-
ginia. They courted for a few
years before getting married in
Washington, D.C., on June 2,
1958, then returned home to
live near their families.
On July 14, the sheriff broke
into the Lovings' bedroom in
the middle of the night and
took them to jail. Judge Leon
Bazile sentenced the Lovings
to five years in prison, but sus-
pended the sentence as long as
they left the state. And Bazile
made a statement that demon-
strates the immense distance
American society has traveled
since 1958, a statement that
is narrated at the start of the
"Almighty God created the
races: white, black, yellow,
Malay and red, and he placed


them on separate continents,
and but for the interference
with his arrangement there
would be no cause for such
marriages," Bazile said in
court. "The fact that he sepa-
rated the races shows that he
did not intend for the races to
But "The Loving Story"
makes clear that Mildred and
Richard Loving were meant for
each other.
Numerous still photographs,
taken for Life magazine by Grey
Villet, capture the intimate

glances and gestures shared
by soul mates. Archival film
depicts mundane moments of
daily life a sock smoothed
over a foot, a log tossed into the
stove that become pregnant
with meaning when a family is
under attack.
Mildred, who died in 2008,
does most of the talking, her
gentle voice describing the
ordeal she endured with her
husband and three children.
Richard, who was killed by a
drunken driver in 1975, says
little beyond, "I'm not gon' di-

vorce her."
The Lovings moved to Wash-
ington to be together, but Mil-
dred was not suited for city life.
A friend told her to write to the
U.S. attorney general, Robert
F. Kennedy, who advised her to
contact the American Civil Lib-
erties Union.
Hirschkop and Bernard Co-
hen were the ACLU lawyers
who took the case to the Su-
preme Court. Their opponents
argued that interracial mar-
riages and the children they
produced were much more
likely to have difficulties. They
compared Virginia's law ban-
ning such marriages to those
prohibiting polygamy or incest.
In 1967, the Supreme Court
ruled 9-0 in the Lovings' favor.
Buirski noted that even
though most Americans now
say they have no problems with
interracial marriage, pockets of
resistance have remained.
Laws prohibiting interracial
marriage stayed on the books
in South Carolina and Alabama
until 1998 and 2000, respec-
tively. In 2009, a Louisiana
justice of the peace refused to
marry a black man and a white
woman. "I'm not a racist," said
the official, Keith Bardwell. "I
just don't believe in mixing the
races that way."
In a 2011 Gallup poll, 84 per-
cent of whites and 96 percent
of blacks said,they approved of
interracial marriage.
"It's not something we can
take for granted," Buirski said.
"Racial identity is an impor-
tant conversation to have in
our culture, and I think the
more we bring it to the fore-
front of our conversation, the
better it is for everybody. That's
one reason I don't see this sto-
ry as history. I see this as living
A history written by two
people who knew their love
was true, and who may have
glimpsed a better future.
"It's not so much me and
Richard; we could go away,"
Mildred says in the film. "It's
the principle. It's the law. I
don't think it's right. If we do
win, we'll be helping a lot of

Satchmo's trumpet part of NY Black history display
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) One of Louis Armstrong's trumpets is
part of a new black history display in upstate New York.
The exhibit at the Capitol in Albany includes artifacts from the
Harlem Hellfighters infantry regiment, a letter from writer Langs-
ton Hughes to W.E.B. DuBois and a trophy from football great J .
Jim Brown while he was at Syracuse University.
Former Gov. David Paterson, New York's first black governor. "
is scheduled to speak at an event about the exhibit Wednesday
with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. .
Other exhibits honor abolitionist Frederick Douglass, former
Comptroller H. Carl McCall and other black leaders connected
to New York. z.
The display is in the Capitol's War Room on the second floor. "




PAL re-oper

By Randy Grice

In every community children
are exposed to various activi-
ties, some more constructive
than others. "An idle mind
is the devil's workshop", one
speaker said last Friday, as
the Coconut Grove community
came together for a ribbon cut-
ting ceremony for the re-open-
ing of the PAL (police athletic
league) boxing gym at 3686
Grand Avenue.
"We are here particularly to
give this to the children so they
will have a safe place to play,"
said Delrish Lamar Moss,46,
City of Miami Police major.
The first gym was originally
opened in 1983 and was avail-

able for youth training for more
than a decade. Many of the
children that trained at the gy-rn
grew up to have successful ca-
reers in many professions. The
gym bred professional boxers,
police officers and other types
of productive citizens.
"This means a great deal to
me because I believe in the
youth and I believe that the
youth need some kind of vehi-
cle to groom themselves," said
Khalilah Camacho Ali, former
wife of famed greatest of all
time boxer, Muhammad Ali.
"They can't do it in the streets.
The best way to groom them-
selves is to keep their minds
focused on the direction of dis-
James Perkins, a 15-years-

is gym

old Coconut Grove native said
that he is eager to trv his hand
at boxing at the gym.
'I have boxed a few times but
I really want to take it seriously
now," he said. "I love boxing.
Some of my greatest heroes are
boxers. In this sport I learned
a lot of things that have helped
to keep me out of trouble and I
only want to get better."
PAL is a charitable organiza-
tion and is registered with the
Florida Department of Agri-
culture & Consumer Services.
Solicitation of Contributions
Section. As a non-profit, Mi-
ami PAL relies on the dona-
tions from everyday citizens
and corporations to provide the
resources to keep youth active,
productive and safe.

in Coconut Grove

-Miami Times photo/Randy Grice
Yuriokis Gamboa, boxing champion; Marc D. SarnoffCity of Miami commissioner, District 2; To-
mas Regalado, City of Miami mayor and Manuel Orosa, City of Miami police chief cut the ribbon for
the re-opening of the Coconut Grove PAL boxing gym.

Seniors sing and rock at Jordan's

Annual Valentine's Day Dance

More than 400 senior citi-
zens showed up in red and
white attire last week for
Miami-Dade County Com-
missioner Barbara Jordan's
6th Annual Valentine's Day
Dance. The event, sponsored
by the veteran Commission-
er, was held at Landmark for
the elderly in District 1.
"I wish you could have seen
these people who are young-
at-heart shaking it up on the
dance floor," Jordan said.
"The dance floor was filled
to capacity as everyone was
doing the Electric Slide and
other dances from the golden
The dance, which began at
5 p.m., was filled to capac-
ity before the doors officially
opened. The seniors were
treated to door prizes, a three-
course meal and the musical
sounds of George Lane & the
Miami House Rockers.

"The early arrival of these
seniors sends a message that
more events are needed that
'address this segment of our
population," Jordan said. "I
am hopeful that we will be
able to incorporate more ac-
tivities that meet their needs."
The Valentine's Day Dance

was sponsored in part by
concerned corporate citi-
zens including: Calder Race
Course and Casino, Florida
Power and Light Company,
AVE, The Tax Doctor, World
Waste Recycling Inc. and He-
brew Homes Health Network,

Florida is big prize in battle ground states

continued from 1A

With 29 electoral votes, Florida
is the biggest prize among the
10 most closely watched battle-
ground states. The Obama cam-
paign has several paths to 270
electoral votes without Florida,
but Republicans haven't won the
presidency without Florida in
nearly 90 years.
Ohio has been Obama's top
swing state target with 17 vis-
its, followed by Pennsylvania
with 15, then Florida, according
to statistics maintained by CBS
News White House correspon-
dent Mark Knoller. On Thursday
afternoon, Obama will hold an
official event at the University of
Miami, where he'll discuss plans
to shore up the economy. But
while in town, he'll rake in cash
at the Biltmore Hotel and the
home of Democratic fundraiser
Chris Korge, where a photo with
the president will cost $15,000.
After that, Air Force One
will ferry him to Orlando for a
$30,000-per-person fundraising
dinner at the home of NBA star
Vince Carter.
Taxpayers will pick up a big
part of the cost.
When Obama took Air Force
One to Orlando last month for
an official event focused on grow-
ing tourism, it cost $179,750 per
flight hour (including fuel, annu-
al maintenance and other costs).
An array of other costs, from se-

curity to communications, are
picked up by the government.
"Every president is hit with
criticism for using taxpayer re-
sources," said Brendan Doherty,
a politics professor at the U.S.
Naval Academy who is writing a
book, The Rise of the President's
Permanent Campaign.
The appearance of overt cam-
paigning hit a high pitch in No-
vember, when Obama traveled
through North Carolina and Vir-
ginia to promote his jobs bill. The
White House does not deny the
swing state emphasis but says
Obama "expanded the political
map" in 2008 and wants to tap
into that support as he pursues
his agenda.
Officials argue that Florida is
representative of the diversity of
the country and has distinct is-
sues, such as the gulf oil spill,
that brought presidential travel.
Obama's trip to Disney World in
January was to boost tourism, a
goal shared by Republicans.
"The president views it as one
of the chief responsibilities of the
office to spend some time out-
side Washington, D.C., talking
to people all across the country
about the economy and about
how they're affected by the pol-
icy decisions that he's making
here," spokeswoman Joanna Ro-
sholm said.
It's not just Obama criss-
crossing Florida.
While the Republican presi-
dential candidates campaigned

across the state before the Jan.
31 primary, the White House
made its presence felt, too: Edu-
cation Secretary Arne Duncan
visited a charter school in South
Florida; Interior Secretary Ken
Salazar came to the Everglades
to announce a ban on import-
ing Burmese pythons; Trans-
portation Secretary Ray LaHood
stopped in Tampa to tout the
$536 million 1-4/Lee Roy Sel-
mon Expressway Connector;
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis met
with minority businesspeople in
Orlando; and Mrs. Obama vis-
ited a Hispanic grocer in Tam-
pa to highlight healthy eating
(and made campaign fundrais-
ing stops in Sarasota and Palm
This month alone: under-sec-
retary of commerce and former
Tampa mayoral candidate Frank
Sanchez led a summit at the
University of Tampa with His-
panic residents (a constituency
seen as crucial to the president's
re-election); Biden visited Tal-
lahassee to tout college afford-
ability (and get face time with
student voters, key to Obama in
2008); and Mrs. Obama made a
three-stop swing to promote her
fitness initiative.
"It's hard to separate the elec-
toral aspect from a president's
job," Doherty said. "President
Obama on the campaign trail
is advocating positions he has
pushed through his office. It's
hard to draw that line."

Miami police officer cleared in Overtown shooting

continued from 1A

were instrumental in helping
with the dismissal of the chief,"
he said. "They are teaching us
through some of their training
what their policies on shooting
are.When you look at the history
of the state attorney's office we
have not gotten any favorable
rulings," he said. "Most of the
time they exonerate the officers.
We look to the federal courts to
help Blacks."
City of Miami Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones, 44, Dis-
trict 5 was contacted for a state-
ment but declined comment.
Miami-Dade County Commis-

sioner Jean Monestime, 49, Dis-
trict 2, was contacted as well,
but said he was involved in a
County commission meeting and
was unable to comment.

Miami's Black community
has been speaking out since
the shootings began back in
2010. Last March, Victor Curryv.
NAACP president for Miami-
Dade County. held a press con-
ference to address the string of
"The Mayor, City Manager and
[former] Commissioner Richard
Dunn know there's a problem

with the chief [Miguel A. Exposi-
to, Miami's former police chief),"
Curry said. "They know he isn't
Officer Sodre was part of a
SWAT detail that was sent to as-
sist patrol officers responding
to gunshots fired on New Year's
Eve when many people across
the citv were firing guns to cel-
ebrate- Since then, former City
of Miami Police Chief Miguel
A. Exposito was forced to leave
his post following a federal in-
vestigation and Manuel Orosa,
Miami's newest police chief has
taken the reigns of the Deoart-
ment. Orosa has discontinued
the practice of using SiVAT offi-
cers on New Year's Eve.



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The cholera outbreak in Haiti is currently the worst on-
going episode in the world. Over the past 15 months, it has
sickened more than half a million people and killed roughly
7,000. The bacteria has now spread throughout the Carib-
bean island, and medical experts say it will be around for
years to come. Partners in Health, a Boston-based non-
profit, is planning to launch an unprecedented cholera
vaccination campaign to try to curb the outbreak but it
faces many challenges, including a shortage of the vaccine.
For decades, Haiti had been considered a potential cholera
flash point. Even before the 2010 earthquake, roughly 50
percent of Haitians lacked access to clean water, and 80
percent didn't have adequate sewage systems, according to
the World Health Organization.
Danger In The Slums
Antonina Tanis lives in the Port-au-Prince slum of Cite
Soleil. The 56-year-old says there are no toilets in her
"We don't have no toilet at all, We do it in the sea," she
By "the sea," Tanis is referring to brackish tidal canals
that flush in and out of the slum. Residents perch on a ce-
ment ledge over one of the canals when they have to relieve
themselves. Cite Soleil is also known for "flying toilets," a
practice of going to the bathroom in a plastic bag and then
letting it "fly" out the window. Ever since cholera appeared
in Haiti in October 2010, it's been rampant in Cite Soleil.
Tanis came down with it in November 2011. She says the
vomiting hit her so hard, she couldn't even stand up.
"I was totally out of it," Tanis recalls. "I couldn't stand.
I'd stand and I'd fall back down. I was dehydrated and
about to die."
Her neighbors carried her to a nearby cholera treatment
clinic, and within a week, she completely recovered.
Thousands of others in Haiti haven't been so fortunate.
Several of Tanis' neighbors recount how their kids, wives
or parents died from the disease.

Outbreak s Origins
Jon Lascher, Haiti program manager for Partners m
Health, says the cholera outbreak began miles away, on
Haiti s Central Plateau.
This is v.here cholera started. The first cases tested
positive for cholera from people in Mirebalais.' Lascher
The group s cholera treatment center in Mtrebalais is
little more than a glorified tent filled with rows of tarp-
covered beds
When there was a peak of cholera, we were seeing up to
100 patients a day at this facility, he says

Groups team up to

bring light to Haiti
By Randy Grice
rgrice @miaiitimesonline.com

The a'.erage person in Haiti spends about 281
days a year without electricity. Often times stu-
dents and other citizens of the island nation are
forced to work in the dark. Now two groups in
South Florida have joined forces to bring solar
lights to Haiti.
"Solar Lights for Haiti began as a collaboration
between us and Color of Hope," said Marli Lal-
anne, director of operations for Konbit for Haiti.
"They came to the table with this project that
they were trying to get off the ground. It was just
a match v. ith what we both were trying to accom-
Konbit, a Hitiar, term, means to work togeth-
er as a community. In order to raise money for
solar lights to be brought to Haiti, Konbit sells
commemorative shirts for $15 that say, "Honor,
Remember,! UNITE." The groups have a goal of
rnisiiig enough money to purchase 1,000 solar
power lights So far they have met the halfway
mark with 500 shirts sold.
"We want to bring awareness to the energy cri-
sis in Haiti and bring those lights to the commu-
nities and groups that really need them," Lalanne
said. "We are eager to see how introducing the
people of Haiti to an alternative source of ener-
gy will impact their lives. So far we have gotten
a very good response from Haitian people and
American people alike.'
The lights will be purchased from D. Light, a
San Francisco-based company that has worked
with other under-developed countries in the past
on similar initiatives, and then shipped to Haiti

Frensisca Aristil, assistant project manager for
Color of Hope, models the group's commemora-
tive shirt that says, "Honor, Remember, UNITE."

to be installed in buildings throughout the coun-
"This is a cause that hit home for me being that
I am from Haiti," said Lalanne, who came to the
U.S. when she was 15-years-old. "Kids are des-
perate to learn in Haiti so much so that they
read by candle light just to do their homework.
There are all kinds of obstacles that they face
when all they want to do is learn."
Frensisca Aristil, 28, assistant project manager
for Color of Hope, based in Palm Beach, said she
supports the solar light project because there is
a obvious need for the energy source.
"The reason that I became a part of this pro-
gram is because I see the need," she said. "We
have students in Haiti that don't have electricity
at all. Ultimately, Color of Hope wants to raise
one million dollars throughout the Haitian dias-
pora to help Haiti."
Shirts can be purchased online at colorofhope.
org or at Konbit, 521 NW 81 ST.

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By Susana Ferreira one thing. Haiti s ratification of the American Conven-
tion on Human Rights, which puts the country under
On January 30th. more than a year after former the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human
"President for Life" Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to Rights. Under international law, there is no time limit
Haiti. a Port-au-Prince judge concluded his on crimes against humanity.
lengthy investigation into the ex-dictators bru- But other victims weren't so surprised by
tal, 1071-86 rule. Supreme Court Magistrate Jeans ruling.
Carves Jean had at his disposal reams of docu- I had no doubt, not even for a fraction of a
ments, human rights complaints, testimony ,. second,- says former parliamentary deputy Alix
from torture victims, copies of checks, inter- Fils-Aime who was held in solitary confine-
national bank transfers and diarv entries from ment b Duvalier s secret police for 16 months
former political prisoners at the notorious Fort / and then at Fort Dimanche before being exiled.
Dimanche prison. Yet while Jean ruled that Du- I have no faith in !Haiti sl justice system."
valier should be tried on financial corruption DUVAUER And that's especially true. critics like Fils-
charges for the hundreds of millions of dollars Aime fear, when it comes to the. .'..r'ilin of Du-
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decided the statute of limitations on Duvalier s crimes 2010 earthquake that killed more than an estimated
against humanity had expired. 200.000 people, have as troubling an image problem to
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Mother speaks out on drive-by violence
By D. Kevin McNeir en the kids," she said. "But that doesn't get
kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com around the fact that he shouldn't have been
shooting at anyone in the first place."
Brandon Allen, 17, was released from Jackson Brandon's older brother, Willie Calhoun, 28,
Memorial Hospital last week, after undergoing adds that this was a case of a teen misunder-
and sur- ii ing surgery twice because standing that should not have in-
of injuries he suffered after he was evolved Brandon.
hit by the bullets of a drive-by shoot- "My brother was not a part of the
er. His mother, Elizabeth Allen, says problem and for this to happen to
that she is aware that the triggerman him over a mistake is just igno-
has been apprehended by Miami- rant," he said. "He is just a normal
Dade police. And while she and her teenager and is not a bad kid. Like
family are relieved, their first priority most boys his age, he likes video
remains helping the young sopho- games, is very athletic and spends
more from Northwestern recover and a lot of time with his family. He may
eventually return to school. not be an all "A" student but he has
"He seems to be doing great right BRANDON ALLEN never been involved with guns."
now and is in that joking stage the Elizabeth Allen says that it was
doctors say that's what often hap- the support of the community that
pens with patients after surviving helped the police find the shooter.
this kind of trauma," she said. "We "People have asked me what they
really haven't talked with him yet can do for us and I tell them they
about the true extent of his injuries can continue to speak up when they
- in time we will. He likes to say that see things going on in our neighbor-
he was broken but now he is semi- hood," she said. "The young man
fixed. I am comfortable with that." that shot into that crowd and hurt
Miami-Dade police have charged my boy was caught because some-
Terry Joseph Darling, 18, with sev- one saw what happened and came
eral counts including first-degree ELIZABETH ALLEN forward. We hope Brandon will be
attempted murder. He has been able to return to school but that de-
identified as the alleged gunman pends on what the doctors say. We
in the drive-by shooting that took place on have to be willing to speak up and to stick to-
Thursday, Feb. 1 st on NW 62nd and 10th Av- gether. A few weeks ago it was my son tomor-
enue in Liberty City; he remains in a County row it could be someone else's."
jail. Allen says she holds no hatred for Dar- Allen noted that she is a divorced mother
ling. of four and that only she or her son, Willie,
"From what I hear, he has been very apol- have the authority to speak about the status
ogetic and says he was just trying to fright- of Brandon.

Lawmakers unite Haitian families

continued from 1A

came to the U.S. five years ago.
"The earthquake was just the
beginning of the list of prob-
lems for the people of Haiti.
A lot of people, including my
f,imil',, lost their homes and
some people lost their lives."
Daniel Pierre, 30, who also
has family in Haiti, says that
the conditions in the country
are extremely bad.
"My family has been suffer-
ing since 2010 and it seems
like there is no end in sight for
them," he said. "I wish that I
could just have them all close
to me right here in America -

that would make me happy."
Currently there are nearly
55,000 Haitians with ap-
proved visa petitions waiting
to receive authorization to
come to the U.S., according to
the Senate. The proposed pro-
gram is similar to the Cuban
Fa-mily Reunification Program
created in 2007. That pro-
gram is aimed at discouraging
immigrants from attempting
dangerous and illegal meth-
ods for coming into the coun-
"There are people here that
have families that have been
tremendously affected by the
2010 earthquake," said Oscar
Braynon, II, 35, state senator

District 33. "I try to put myself
in their shoes. If I were one of
them and my grandmother or
mother had to suffer through
cholera I would want help too.
I think something like this is
really a no brainer."
Soon after the earthquake
two years ago, President Bar-
rack Obama's administration
extended Temporary Protected
Status to Haitians currently
residing in the U.S.
"Our Haitian brother and
sisters are still living in pret-
ty terrible conditions," Siplin
said. "At this point all the
president would have to do is
sign an executive order [to ini-
tiate the program]."

McMinn says voters deserve fair districts

continued from 1A

districts becomes that more
"We know that the attor-
ney general still has to look at
the maps and approve them
but when the voters approved
several constitutional amend-
ments in the 2010 elections,
what they said they wanted
were rules that required a
more extensive review by the
Florida Supreme Court and the
legislative as the maps were
drawn," said Cedric McMinn,
34, executive director of the
Miami-Dade Democratic Party.
"The Flonda Democratic Party
has filed a legal brief challeng-
ing both the state senate and
house maps. Why? Because
they violate the fair district
amendments [Amendments 5
and 61."

McMinn is not the only one
to question if the maps that
have been proposed
will create unfair ad-
vantages for the opposi-
tion. The Florida Demo- i
cratic Party has been U
joined by a coalition
of voters that includes
the League of Women .-
Voters, the National
Council of La Raza and
Common Cause of Flor-
ida. Republicans, on the other
hand, are led by Attorney Gen-
eral Pam Bondi who wants the
court to yield to the Legisla-
ture, to avoid making inqui-
ries into the facts behind the
maps and to simply sign-off on
the proposals [for the maps] as
constitutional. McMinn says it


bodes negatively for Democrats
here in Miami and across the
"Much more will be said
about this as the case heats
up, but if Republicans have
their way, we will see gerry-
mandering win out once more,"
he said. "They cannot try to
select their voters by packing
citizens in certain districts so
that the incumbents
are easily reelected.
The maps they have
proposed appear to
do just that."
"I look at the Dis- .
tricts as a resident of
Miami Gardens and
look at the map,"
said Oliver Gilbert,
39, president of the I
Miami-Dade Caucus
of Black Local Elect-
ed Officials. treasur- M4
er of the Miami-Dade
League of Cities and commis-
sioner for the City of Miami
Gardens. "It is broken up into
several different districts -
some say that is a good thing.
But that means there
is no one elected repre-
sentative that would be
'^ responsible for Miami
Gardens. The way it's
diluted won't work well
it for us and does not keep
' the community togeth-
er. It would be signifi-
iON cantly better if all of the
citizens of Miami Gar-
dens were in one state-house
Gerrymandering is often
used to achieve desired elec-
toral results for a particular
political party and can be used
to help or hinder a specific de-
mographic: racial, linguistic,
religious, class or political.

In some cases, such as when
a U.S. federal voting district
boundary is drawn to produce
a majority of constituents rep-
resentative of Black or other
racial minorities, such districts
are known as minority-majority
District 17, currently repre-
sented by former State Senator
and now Congress-
woman Frederica
Wilson, is such a
District. She is be-
ing challenged by Dr.
Rudolph Moise, who
ran unsuccessfully
against her in 2010
in a crowded field of
nine candidates. The
.---. challenge that they
and other candidates
face will be uncer-
ISE tainty over who they
"It's really hard to get ready
for a campaign when you aren't
even sure how far your district
runs and therefore who makes
up your constituency," said
State Senator Oscar Brannon II,
in an earlier interview.
'As the District stands in its
newest form, about 50,000 more
people are now included in Dis-
trict 24., Moise said. "There's
more balance in the District -
Blacks, Haitians, Hispanics and
whites all live in this District
which calls for someone who has
worked well with each of these
groups. But for now, while it's
pretty certain that the District
will remain mostly Democratic,
the map that will show how far
south and east it will must still
be approved."
Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson was unavailable for com-

Doctor warns of the potential

dangers of abusing painkillers

continued from 1A

alcohol are a deadly combina-

"The biggest problem with
prescription painkillers [opi-
oids] is that since they are pre-
scribed by a physician and be-
cause they have to be approved
for use, people assume that
they are safe and cannot cause
them any harm," said Dr. Bernd
Wollschlaeger, past president of
the Florida Society of Addiction
Medicine and current Alternate
Regional Director of the Ameri-
can Society of Addiction Medi-
cine. "Heroin is an opioid too but
most people understand that it
can kill. The irony is that both
Oxytocin and and Percocet -
the most often-prescribed medi-
cines for the relief of pain are
opioids too. Patients must be
made aware that they can't take
these painkillers whenever and
however they please. Doctors
aren't driving the message home
enough about the potential dan-
gers. They often overemphasize
how they can help and under-
estimate that they can be harm-
ful. Doctors are often caught in a
catch-22 position."

Recent changes in legisla-
tion here in Florida were part
of a countermove to address
the steep increase of prescrip-
tion opioids. Sources for these
meds, often referred to as "pill
mills," were once among the top

40 in the U.S. says Wollschlae-
ger. However, the situation is im-
"Miami-Dade and Palm Beach
County were two hotspots for
those seeking prescription drugs
but with more strict controls we
are reversing that situation,"
he said. "Still, seven people die
in Florida every day because of
abuse. The number of deaths
daily in the entire country is 40
- that means we are still lead-
ing the pack."
"We see the entire spectrum
of American society impacted by
this problem it's not just ce-
lebrities like Marilyn Monroe, El-
vis Presley, Dorothy Dandridge
and possibly Whitney Houston
too. Maybe they have glamor-
ized the use of medications like,
Xanax, which Houston alleg-
edly used. But when you take
these medications in improper
amounts, and especially when
you use alcohol, the message
that your brain receives is to
slow down the breathing. For
women who have a lower toler-
ance because they have a low-
er volume of distribution [they
weigh less on-average], it takes a
lower amount of medication and
alcohol than men to have simi-
lar effects. That's why you often
hear about college-aged women
overdosing. This problem cross-
es all ethnic groups, ages, creeds
and faiths it's an equal oppor-
tunity killer. However, women
need to be particularly aware of
the risks.

Wollschlaeger says that opioid
dependency is a disease plain

and simple. But he worries that
with the current policies and
procedures that are followed by
the State of Florida, that those
who need help the most can't get
"We are not talking about a so-
cial or behavioral problem we
are talking about a disease, like
diabetes or high blood pressure,"
he said. 'There are medications
that can help and there are treat-
ments that clearly work. But
Florida continues to cut funding
that supports medically-assisted
treatment programs. One esti-
mate I have is that for every dol-
lar used in treatment, we save
four dollars. That's because peo-
ple don't have to be incarcerated
or be sent to emergency rooms.
People should also be aware that
there's a big market out there for
prescription painkillers. And it's
sad that some patients are even
compelled to sell their own medi-
cation to augment their income.
These drugs are powerful and
they work quickly. They stop the
pain, make one feel a sense of
euphoria and often help us per-
form when we physically feel un-
able to do so. But they are highly
addictive. And they are becom-
ing more and more deadly."
Dr. Wollschlaeger was appoint-
ed by Governor Crist in 2009 to
serve on the Prescription Drug
Monitoring Program Implemen-
tation and Oversight Taskforce,
He maintains his own clinical
practice in Miami, is a professor
of family medicine at the Univer-
sity of Miami School of Medicine
and is 2010, was appointed to
serve as a member of the Miami-
Dade County Addiction Services

Bryan Finnie to defend actions

continued from 1A

by the Opa-locka city clerk. How-
ever, the meetings are routinely
videotaped and all minutes are
eventually posted to the City's
The Finnie faces more than
seven allegations including: fail-
ure to move forward with renova-
tions/repairs to Historic City Hall
following a $2 million grant from
County Commissioner Jordan's
office; failure to take a proactive

approach to relocating city offices
from the Town Center Building
to save the $600K annual rent-
al fee; failure to make sure the
Sherbondy Village project had
adequate parking spaces; and an
attempt to outsource the Code
Enforcement and Building & Li-
cense Departments.
In those same minutes, City
Commissioner Gail Miller ex-
pressed her frustration with the
constant change in city manag-
ers that have come and go in re-
cent years and the lack of needed

She said [Opa-lockal will never
be a "Five-star city" if the Com-
mission continues to fire and hire
city managers.
City of Opa-locka Mayor Myra
Taylor and City Commissioner
Timothy Holmes, who initiated
the charges, both declined com-
ment on the charges Finnic's fac-
es or the potential outcome of the
meeting. Finnie said he would be
available for interview, but our
staff, despite several attempts,
was unable to reach him.






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Local pastor elected National

Primitive Baptist Convention VP

Elder Kenneth Duke installed in ceremony in Pensacola

By Kaila Heard

On Sunday, -Feb. 20th, Elder Ken-
neth A. Duke, the senior pastor of New
Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church in
Miami, was installed as the vice presi-
dent of the National Primitive Baptist
Convention, USA at a special ceremony
held in Pensacola.
When he first learned he had been
elected, Duke explained, "I was over-
whelmed." The 52-year-old pastor was
elected to the position last August at the
104th Annual Session in Greensboro,
North Carolina.
"My job is to primarily assist the
president," he explained. But, "I am to
chair the board of directors and I am in

charge of arrangements for conventions,
so I'm hoping to improve the basic ar-
rangements for conventioneers especial-
ly for senior citizens and the handicap
who attend our various conventions."
Duke will be fulfilling several roles
and responsibilities to maintain in the
upcoming during his one-year term.
He holds numerous leadership posi-
tions including being a board member
of the WMBM 1490, a member of 5000
Role Models of Excellence, a member of
the NAACP's Miami-Dade branch.
However, in spite of his various com-
mitments, Duke priorities his pastor-
ship above all others saying "it comes
For more than 26 years, Duke has led
Please turn to DUKE 14B

Contraceptives for all?


In recent weeks, religious freedom,
birth control and the Obama admin-
istration have been featured in dozens
of headlines. After the White House
announced a mandate requiring re-
ligiously affiliated employers such as
Catholic hospitals and colleges pay
for birth control in their health insur-
ance plans, controversy erupted as
the Catholic church whose doctrine
forbids the use of contraceptives pro-

Archbishop Thomas Wenski, the
Archbishop of Miami said in a pre-
pared statement, "It is about the first
freedom of our Bill of Rights: the free-
dom of religion and respect for the
rights of conscience. The president
in thinking that somehow fertility is
a disease and pregnancy a pathology
insists on classifying access to con-
traception, sterilization and chemical
abortions as "preventive care" is rid-
ing rough shod over Americans' first

amendment rights."
While the Catholic church's disap-
proval of the mandate has been well
documented, what has been less not-
ed is what other Americans of differ-
ent faiths, ages and ethnicities be-
lieve about the mandate.
A recently released Pew Research
Center survey found that 48 percent
of Americans believe that institutions
should be exempted from the mandate
Please turn to CONTRACEPTIVES 14B

Southern hospitality

draws worshippers

to local church
By Kaila Heard
kheard@niamitimesonline. corn
When Reverend Kito March of Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist
Church in Ft. Lauderdale first stepped behind the pulpit, he
had fathered a daughter out of wedlock and was 16 years old.
It was a difficult time for the teen, but March chose not to
hang his head in shame.
"Just because you mess up it doesn't mean that God throws
you away. I believe that God specializes in recycling ," he ex-
plained. "And I'll be the first to say that he can use me."
Now the 37-year-old minister credits the experiences with
helping him to learn a life changing lesson as a pastor and as
He explained, "It causes me not to be so judgmental and be so
quick to throw others away who have been caught in a fault or
who has made mistakes."
As he has matured, the minister has found that it is by con-
tinuing to worship and be obedient that pleases God.
"I kind of adopted Psalm 37 [as my motto] because it really
deals with our relationship with God and if we are living right,
then there is really nothing that we can't expect from God or
ask God to do."
March continued to follow his calling and was eventually
chosen as the senior pastor of an Alabama church when he was
only 19.
"I still had childish ways, so I had to grow up fast," he re-
called. His growth was also accelerated by leading a flock where
Please turn to HOSPITALITY 14B

Miami-Dade's Links join with FMU for mentoring initiative

New program uses

social media to bridge

generational divide

The Dade County Chapter of The Links, Inc.,
in partnership with Florida Memorial Universi-
ty (FMU), kicked off its Lean Forward with Men-
toring initiative at a reception held at the school
recently. The Links, Inc., which was founded in
1946, is one of the oldest and largest volunteer
service organizations of women dedicated to the
cultural and economic survival of Blacks. The 25-
year old Dade County Chapter currently has 55
members. There are 12,000 members, nationally.
Approximately 50 student mentees and pro-
fessional mentors attended the event to launch
the innovative initiative which is designed to
connect FMU students, specifically freshmen,
with successful business and community men-
tors who will share their corporate experience
and expertise with the students.


WR FMU interimm Director of Freshman Studies Dr.Jeffrey D. Swain, Dade
SCounty (FL) Links Chapter President Dr. Barbara Edwards, Robert Be-
atty, Lean Forward with Mentoring Chair Connie Butler, Lean Forward
FMU freshman Jessica McRae (1) shares a laugh with mentor Tam- with Mentoring Co-Chair Ruby Adams, Lean Forward with Mentoring
my Reed, member of the Dade County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Inc. Co-Chair enese Waiters.
Co-Chair Denese Waiters.

"I'm so excited about this program," said Jes-
sica McRae, a freshman biology major at FMU.
"I'm looking forward to learning from my men-

tor. Right now, I'm a sponge and I want to soak tiative, its or-anizer and member of the Dade
in as much as I can." County Links Connie Butler stated simply,
Commenting on the impetus behind the ini- Please turn to LINKS 14B


Heart for the Homeless

Miami Rescue Mission centers celebrate Valentine's Day

For many of us, the idea of
Valentine's Day is picking out
the right set of jewelry, making
dinner reservations or dressing
your finest to convey the right
romantic feelings toward our
significant other. But for those
in the greatest of need, Valen-

Centers w'.ere committed to pro-
viding a happy Valentine's Day
to those formerly homeless resi-
dents they currently house in
Miami, Hollywood and Pompano
Beach as well as outside guests
who are still living on the street.
The day began with formerly

Perfect Image Hair & Salon.
During lunchtime, the Bro-
ward Outreach Center in Holly-
wood celebrated Valentine's Day
with a special meal as well as
some pampering for the women
and gifts for the formerly home-
less men. Men and women re-

Case Management Supervisor, Don Cotton helps pass out a special lunch at the Broward
Outreach Center in Hollywood.

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Manicures were only part of the cosmetics services provided by Perfect Image at the Miami
Rescue Mission's Center for Women & Children.

tine's Day is just another Tues-
day waking up on the sidewalk,
desperately searching for food
and yearning for a better future
and a better tomorrow.
However, the Miami Rescue
Mission/Broward Outreach

homeless women who reside
.at the Miami Rescue Mission's
Center for Women and Children
being treated to a morning of
style and pampering as they had
their hair cut, colored, washed
and styled by volunteers from

ceived everything from Clothing
and candy to cosmetics and jew-
elry as the event was sponsored
by such companies as Cosmet-
ics Depot, Justus Clothing, Es-'
tee Lauder, WalMart and Spanx.
"So much of what we do is to

help the inner beauty of these
homeless men, women and
children... it is amazing to see
them be able to match it with
their outer beauty as well," said
Miami Rescue Mission/Bro-
ward Outreach Centers Presi-
dent Rev. Ron Brummitt.
As the day went on, the Mi-
ami Rescue Mission hosted
two events simultaneously.
Inside the Miami Rescue Mis-
sioil's Center for Men, formerly
homeless residents as well as

currently homeless and needy
families were invited in to a
feast that included live enter-
tainment and homemade Val-
entine's Day cards for each and
every person.
After they were done taking
in all of the entertainment and
dinner, individuals were able
to grab a hand wrapped bag of
candy and 'Hope Tote' hygiene
bag as they left. During the fes-
tivities at the Center for Men,
the Community Activity Center

hosted the 'at-risk' youth who
attend the after school pro-
grams to a great Valentine's
Day celebration complete with
cake, candy and prizes.
Not to be outdone, the Bro-
ward Outreach Center in Pom-
pano Beach provided a special
day for its formerly homeless
residents, including a great day
of movie showings, special live
entertainment and dancing as
well as great meal to wrap up
the afternoon.

Comedians bring humor t

Christian comedy winr

new audiences

By Jerry Newcombe

Why can't modern comedians be
clean? They would be funnier if they
Recently, I went to support a friend,
whom I know from church and lately
from our local Toastmasters club, who
had the moxie to get up and do an
8-minute or so stand-up comedy routine
at an improvisational night. It was gutsy
for her to do this. And to her credit,
there were no bad words gushing from
her lips---as there were from just about
every other would-be comic that night.
There was an MC, who was crude. He
was so nasty, I was compelled to leave
for a while.
Then there were unprofessional
would-be comedians, one after another.
Many of them going for cheap laughs by
titillating the audience with crudities. It
was embarrassing. (I understand that
some of them brought their own audi-
ences with them---by getting family and
friends to support them.)
Then came to the stage my friend who
didn't curse at all. She was a breath of
fresh air. And funny too--without re-
sorting to bathroom humor, as so many
before her did.
When a comedian is forced to resort
to his wit. he is much funnier by being
clean. I'm glad W. C. Fields and Groucho
Marx were born when they were. If they

Gospel comedians such as Henry Long
are proving that humor doesn't need

belonged to a later generation, they
could have easily gone the lazy route
for cheap laughs. But I guarantee you
people wouldn't be watching their mov-

Lo the gospel

ies h.af gntra .ter (.as I do).
I often write about more serious mat-
ters, like politics and morals, but I think
it's good to reflect on entertainment
choices once in a while. Entertainment
has a greater influence on our culture
than we sometimes realize.
Columnist and author Robert Knight
once said this, "If I had my choice to
controlling Washington or Hollywood,
I'd pick Hollywood in a heartbeat. Hol-
lywood . has enormous influence on
our culture. Political institutions don't
operate in a vacuum, they arise out
of culture. I'd rather control the high
ground of culture than the political
superstructure that grows out of that
That's a fascinating remark coming
from him, since he lives in the DC area
and has worked in the Beltway for years,
for righteousness sake.
So I commend my brave comedic
friend for her willingness to come out of
the church cocoon and speak comically
before a potentially hostile audience.
Thus, we need to encourage more
Christians, as they feel led, to pursue
their calling, even if that means going
into Hollywood. (I praise the Lord for the
Christian support groups there now.)
The Apostle Paul gives us great advice,
that also applies to our entertainment
choices. Choose the good; (implied)
reject the bad: "Finally, brothers and
sisters, whatever is true, whatever is
noble, whatever is right, whatever is
pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
admirable-if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy-think about such things."

Can churches find spirituality in pop music?

By Brittany Smith

A New Jersey megachurch's
latest effort to better engage
with culture by embracing
some of pop culture's most
popular songs reignites the
debate over whether churches
should utilize secular music to
be relevant.
While Liquid Church is us-
ing songs like Adele's "Roll-
ing in the Deep" and Bruno
Mars' "Grenade" as part of its
"Pop God" sermon series this
month, some point to the dan-
ger that lies in "using cultural
mediums to transfer sacred
Dr. John Hardin. a writer for
9Marks, a Washington. D.C.
organization that helps "church
leaders define success as
faithfulness to God," cautioned
in an email to The Christian
Post that "the methods and the

What spiritual message should Christians learn from
Grammy-winning artist Bruno Mars?

messages carry- with them the
DNA of the culture from which
they were taken."
By embracing the methods
of the world, pastors end up

embracing the values and the
meanings of the world. Hardin.
a former college pastor. said
that ultimateiv thev mav sur-
render the sacredness of their

church, and "the sacred ceases
to be that which is set apart,
when it is framed in that which
is perhaps all too near."
Liquid Church kicked off
its "Pop God" series this past
Sunday with the worship team
leading the congregation in
singing "Rolling in the Deep."
Rich Birch, spokesperson
for Liquid, told CP this week
that the Christian subcul-
ture is fairly disconnected to
the broader world, so Liquid
Church is trying "to redeem
the culture through those four
songs- (the other two are songs
by the Foo-Fighters and Cee Lo
Birch said that the idea
behind "Pop God stems from a
long Christian tradition of re-
deeming, rather than rejecting
art. and finding ways to find a
connection to our current
Please turn to MUSIC 14B

Faith in dating and love

Should Christians

believe in 'love at

first sight?'
By Eryn Sun

Fifty-five percent of Chris-
tian singles still believe in love
at first sight, according to a
recent Valentine's Day poll
conducted by ChristianMingle.
com, one of the largest faith-
based online dating sites.
Asking singles several ques-
tions related to love and the
holiday on Feb. 14, the orga-
nization found a few surpris-
ing results, including the fact
that men have more romantic
tendencies than women.
Compared to 53 percent of
females, 58 percent of male
participants said that they be-

lieve in love at first sight.
"These results are contrary to
what we expected," Christian
Community Manager Ashley
Reccord expressed. "While the
stereotype is that women are
more romantic at heart, our
poll suggests men may trump
women in believing in romance,
even if they don't always show
it outwardly."
Though the idea behind love
at first sight is enchanting and
romantic, is it setting up unre-
alistic expectations for singles
or perpetuating somewhat of a
dangerous mentality for Chris-
"While attraction is an impor-
tant part of dating and a great
first impression can certainly
jump-start a relationship, one
of the major benefits of a com-
munity like ChristianMingle, is
Please turn to FAITH 14B

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* Macedonia Missionary
Baptist Church of Miami is
hosting a Tri-Chapter Church
Service with Beta Tau Zeta,
Mu Gamma Zeta, and Eta Nu
Zeta on Feb. 26 at 11 a.m.

* Centurion Apostolic
Intl Ministries, Inc.'s Di-
vine Poetry In Motion Pres-
ents welcomes everyone to
see "Invading the Camp of
the Enemy with the Warfare
of Prophetic Movement" on
March 9 at 6:30 p.m. 305-

Mount Hope Fellow-
ship Baptist Church is cel-
ebrating their 20th church
anniversary until Feb. 26.

Valley Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church invites
the community to their Mis-
sion Ministry Anniversary on
Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. 305-298-

New Christ Tabernacle
presents "The Six Steps to
Salvation" on Feb. 24 at 3:30
p.m. 305-621-8126.

Grace and Truth Out-
reach Ministries is seeking
other ministries to participate

in their first "Liberty Fest,"
a Christian outdoor stage
event. Date T.B.A. 305-297-

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

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-

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center's Let's Talk
Women Ministry is hosting
a Marriage Seminar on Feb.
23-24 at 7 p.m. 305-623-

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

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 ser-
vice at 10:30 a.m. and
their Bible study and Prayer
sessions on Tuesdays at 7

M The Women Transi-

tioning Program is host-
ing another computer train-
ing session for women and
men. 786-343-0314.

E New Beginning
Church of Deliverance in-
vites everyone to their free
weight loss classes Satur-
days at 10 a.m., but enroll-
ment necessary. 786-499-

Memorial Temple
Baptist Church holds wor-
ship services nightly at 7:30
p.m. 786-873-5992.

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
'Introduction to the Com-
puter' classes on Tuesdays,
11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and
Thursday, 4 p.m. 5:30
p.m. 305-770-7064, 786-

New Canaan Mis-
sionary Baptist Church
welcomes the community
to Sunday Bible School at
9:30 a.m. followed by Wor-
ship Services at 11 a.m. 954

New Beginning
Church of Deliverance
hosts a Marriage Counseling
Workshop every Wednesday
at 5 p.m. Appointment nec-
essary. 786-597-1515.

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
Ministries 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-

Survey reveals that men are more romantic

continued from 13B

the ability to pace the relation-
ship and get to know a poten-
tial date on a meaningful level
before meeting in person," Rec-
cord said.
"ChristianMingle members
can get to know one another
through on-site communica-
tion features such as Email, IM
and Message Boards, and even
take advantage of the. various
tools ChristianMingle has avail-
able such as the Relationship
Readiriess Test, Compatibility
Matching Profile Assessment

(COMPASS) and Color Code
personality test, which help
members to better understand
compatibility and be ready for
building a Christ-centered rela-
By setting up these means of
communication first, Christians
are more likely to approach
each potential relationship in
a deeper and less superficial
The online survey addition-
ally revealed that 46 percent of
Christian singles still held onto
the notion that there was one
right person in the world for
them compared to the 34 per-

cent of people who disagreed.
Many in the Reformed com-
munity, however, have opened
up about these notions of love
and marriage, discussing how
today's culture all too often
misunderstands compatibility.
"In generations past, there
was far less talk about 'com-
patibility' and finding the ideal
soul-mate," widely respected
preacher Timothy Keller recent-
ly wrote in Relevant Magazine.
"Today we are looking for some-
one who accepts us as we are
and fulfills our desires, and this
creates an unrealistic set of ex-
pectations that frustrates both

the searches and the searched
"Some people in our culture
want too much out of a mar-
riage partner. They do not see
marriage as two flawed people
coming together to create a
space of stability, love and con-
solation," the Redeemer Presby-
terian Church pastor explained.
"Simply put today people are
asking far too much in their
marriage partner."
For Keller, no two people are
instantly compatible. Rather,
they are brought and kept to-
gether by the transforming
power of the Gospel.

The real reality of the uses of contraceptives

continued from 12B

if they do not believe in using
contraceptives, while 44 per-
cent of those surveyed believe
they should be required to cov-
er contraceptives.
Thirty-six year old, Berwick
Augustin, a Baptist, believes
religious institutions should
be exempted from the man-
"I don't think it's right to
force a [business] to go against
their belief," he said.
However, Augustin himself
believes in the usage of contra-

ception for married couples.
"If couples don't want to have
a bunch of babies all over the
place, then it [using contracep-
tion] is cool," he said.
Other members of the faith
community are also concerned
about the sexual morality of
"The biblical mandate is that
we abstain from sex if we are
single and if we are married
then we are not to participate
in an adulterous relation-
ship," said Rev. Joreatha Ca-
pers of the Ebenezer United
Methodist Church.
However, Capers still be-

lives that the religious-affili-
ated institutions should cover
,the costs of contraceptives for
all employees.
"The reality is that a lot of
people are not following these
biblical mandates," she ex-
plained. "I feel it is better to
encourage people not to have
an unwanted pregnancy."
Also to be noted is that some
Catholics such as the liberal
group, Catholics United have
also come forward stating their
support of the contraception
mandate. The same Pew Re-
search Center survey found
that among Catholics aware

of the issue, 55 percent sup-
port an exemption for religious
institutions, while 39 percent
believe the mandate should be
mandatory for all businesses.
In spite of many people's
support of the mandate, the
Obama administration has
decided to side step the issue.
Last week, the White House
announced that instead of
mandating that religious-af-
filiated employers cover birth
control in their health insur-
ance plans, employees instead
would have the option of re-
ceiving free coverage directly
from their insurers.

Church shares and celebrates vital history

continued from 12B

them to pass on their accom-
plishments to their off spring
and instill in their children
and grandchildren that they
can do even more."
Jefferson County, known as
the Keystone county, is the
only county to extend from
Georgia on the north to the
Gulf of Mexico on the south.
The largely rural county
derives nearly a quarter of
its income from forestry and
agriculture. As of 2011, the
population of the county was
14,761, and Blacks make up
36 percent of the people cur-
rently living in the community,
according to the U.S. Census

Bureau. And by 2010, the
county had nearly 19 percent
of people living below the .pov-
erty line. For much of the 20th
century, many people choose
to migrate away from the com-
munity. According to Proctor,
many of the Blacks moved be-
cause away from their com-
munity in search of jobs.
Proctor, 82, who currently
lives in Jacksonville, left Jef-
ferson County Day, when he
was only 20 years old. He re-
membered a community that
was socially and economically
"If you were African Ameri-
can, it was very, very segre-
gated and you worked hard
to get an education and to
advance beyond the economic

station of your parents and
your grandparents," he re-
In spite of the hardships, the
community also provided a
sense of joy.
Robinson, 57, himself was
born and raised in Jefferson
County before moving to Mi-
ami in 1975. "It's a friendly
community and its really
small so everybody knew ev-
erybody," he recalled.
Salter Chapel AME's Odean
Plummer, who left the com-
munity when she was 18, also
fondly recalled her past expe-
riences there.
"To me, it was a beautiful
life, we would always come to-
gether as a community and we
would have softball or basket-

ball games," she said.
Of her nine siblings, three
still decided to stay, while oth-
ers decided to leave.
"I think they really enjoy the
quiet living and opportuni-
ties are better now then it was
back then," she explained.
Many of Salter Chapter's Jef-
ferson County emigrants have
passed on according to Plum-
mer. Of those left, only an esti-
mated dozen direct decedents
are currently living.
To celebrate this year's
Jefferson County Day, the
church's usual worship ser-
vices featured the spiritual
wisdom of Rev. Henry Green
as well as the artistic prowess
of local spoken word artist,
Rebecca "Butterfly" Vaughn.

Mt. Nebo creates a warm, loving atmosphere

continued from 12B

a majority of the worshippers
were as old as his grandpar-
"I really learned to exercise my
preaching and teaching gifts,"
he recalled. "But, at that age, I
don't think they really trusted
me enough to really lead them
but they did trust me enough to
actually preach to them."
After three years, he was
called to pastor another church

and eventually he was selected
to become the youth pastor at
Sweet Home Missionary Baptist
Church in South Florida.
In 2010, March was chosen as
the senior pastor of the 84-year-
old Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist
Church. Once there, his vision
included a church that focused
upon fellowship, evangelism
and leadership.
"Leadership is one of our ma-
jor components be it political,
economical or religious leader-
ship," he said. "I think its very

important that we learn to be-
come leadership so that we can
be self sufficient and be effec-
tive in teaching and training
those that come after us."
The church has enjoyed rap-
id growth in recent years and
March estimates that there are
currently 1100 official mem-
Worshippers are also drawn
to the sanctuary because of the
"hospitality and loving atmo-
sphere," March believes.
"We want [visitors] to feel like

a family not like our guests," he
When the minister is not be-
hind the pulpit or attending
to church business, he enjoys
attending to his own family at
"I'm on the road quite a bit
and I like to take any free mo-
ment to hang out with my wife
and children," said the married
father of four.
Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist
Church is located at 2251 NW
22nd Street in Ft. Lauderdale.

St. John's "Golden Voices"

The "Golden Voices" of the
historic Overtown St. John
Baptist Church will make their
first appearance on this Sun-
day, February 26 for the 11
a.m. services.
The Golden Voices Choir is
composed of the senior citi-
zens of the church who want to
blend their voices as they sing
hymns and gospel selections
of years gone by. The group

was organized by our pastor,
Bishop James D. Adams, who
conducts and plays for these
beautiful voices. Two of their
featured selections will be
"Guide Me, 0 Thou Great Je-
hovah and Moving Upstairs."
Sister Cora McLeod is presi-
dent. For additional informa-
tion, please call the church
at 305-372-3877 or 305-371-

Minister: My job is to assist

continued from 12B

the popular New Jerusalem
Primitive Baptist Church, also
called "The City of Peace, a lo-
cal church which has over 1700
members and provides several
programs and initiatives in-
cluding an Education Council,
Health and Fitness and Youth

In addition to the vice presi-
dent's installation, the NPBC
installed Rev. Bernard C. Yates,
pastor of Pensacola's Zion Hope
Primitive Baptist Church is the
general president and he will be
installed as its 13th president.
The National Primitive Baptist
Convention, USA represents
churches in 18 states.

Mentoring is a good thing

continued from 12B

"Mentoring works."
"As we build a comprehen-
sive mentoring program for first
year students, the Links orga-
nization is providing the high
character mentors we need to
reinvent the FMU student,"
said Dr.
Jeffrey Swain, Interim Direc-
tor of Freshman Studies. "Dr.
Barbara Edwards and our FMU
coordinator Zefonic Dobynes
have made this partnership a
Given the popularity of so-
cial media, mentors are en-
couraged to communicate with
their mentees using social me-

dia outlets such as Facebook,
Twitter, Linkedin and other
forms of social media. Mentors
are also encouraged to send in-
spirational messages to their
mentees through email and
text messaging.
South Florida Times news-
paper publisher Robert Beatty
and FMU alumnus and Execu-
tive Director of the Richard Al-
len Leadership Academy Paul
Wiggins spoke to the group
about the importance of men-
tor/mentee programs.
Addressing the students di-
rectly, Beatty encouraged them
to live their dreams. "A dream
without God is empty," said Be-
atty. "But a dream with God is

Could pop music be redeeming?

continued from 13B

culture." Jonathan Edwards
did the same thing, he pointed
out, by taking bar room drink-
ing songs and putting religious
lyrics to them.
Hardin, however, noted, "Jon-
athan Edwards did write of the
'lewd songs' sung in taverns
there is little to demonstrate
that he adapted such songs for
John Wesley and Martin Lu-
ther may have indeed also pro-
vided sacred words for secular
tunes, said Hardin, "but such
practices are by no means a
"long Christian tradition. "
Brett McCracken, author
of Hipster Christianity: When
Church & Cool Collide, be-
lieves initiatives like Liquid's
stem from the fact that many
churches feel pressure because
young people are leaving in re-
cord numbers. Because of that
they look for ways to "rebrand

the church as more friendly to
However, he cautioned,
"when you attract people under
these pretenses, and use gim-
micky things," keeping them
engaged becomes critical. If a
church is selling something to
get people in the door, there
has to be something substan-
tial in terms of discipleship to
keep them.
"As Christian, we should fo-
cus on quality songs that are
well crafted and honest in their
lyrics, and theologically rich,"
McCracken said. He said much
of that has been lost as we
have moved away from hymns,
many of which were "rich and
theologically built into the nar-
rative of the music."
His hope, he told CP, is that
Christians "can recover the art
of being excellent craftspeople
and create music that is so
good that Christians don't have
to look to the secular world to
get their worship experience."

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-Photo credit: Courtesy of FMU
Florida Memorial University Trustee Bishop Victor T. Curry
presents Dr. Lewis with presidential regalia.

Florida Memorial University

installs Lewis as 12th president

By Randy Grice

Given the changes in today's
global economy, most would
agree that you need a college
degree in order to be successful
in life. However, it's equally im-
portant that a college or univer-
sity have the right leadership in
place to guide the school and
to direct their students. Florida
Memorial University (FMU) be-
lieves it will continue its tradi-
tion of exceptional leadership
in the recent inauguration cere-
mony for its 12th president, Dr.
Henry Lewis, III, 62.
"I am excited about the op-

portunity to lead South Flori-
da's only historically-Black uni-
versity," he said. "Becoming a
university president has been a
lifelong dream. I always wanted
to impact students who could
in turn impact their communi-
ties, cities, states, nations and
indeed the world."
Mary Donaldson, 18, FMU
sophomore, said she is ready to
see what the president has to
offer students in the future.
"I hope that President Lewis
will be able to live up to the
strong legacy that FMU has of-
fered students over the years,"
she said. "My mother and
Please turn to LEWIS 19B

Charles R. Drew

students learn a

lesson in dance

Alvin Ailey dance

instructors teach

girls how to move

By Randy Grice

Exposure to the arts is argu-
ably one of the most important
elements to the full develop-
ment of children. Recently
students at Miami Northwest-
ern Senior High School and
Charles R. Drew Middle School
got a lesson in dance. The
Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theater Dance residency pro-
gram was held at Drew, 1801
NW 60th St.
"The students were very
excited they embraced us
and I think they are having a
really good time," said Nasha
Thomas-Schmitt, national di-
rector of AileyCamp. "The arts
require discipline, commitment
and focus. These are things
that carry on as everyday life

skills. I think that one of the
high points for us is to give
these young people a platform
to have a voice where they can
express themselves through
dance as well as writing.'
Thomas-Schmitt has been
a part of the famed dance
theater for 12 years and now
directs workshops around the
country. Through the program
students were able to learn
different dancing techniques
from Thomas-Schmitt and
other professional instructors.
In addition to dancing, stu-
dents were engaged in various
writing exercises that were
aimed at helping them to be
creative in other areas of the
arts, specifically literature.
"To me dancing is what you
feel," said Adrianna Lanier, 13,
Drew 8th grader. "In dancing
there is no right or wrong you
do what feels right to you."
Students learned the biog-
raphy of Ailey, who was raised
by a single mother during the
Great Depression. They also
learned about his work during

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Adrianna Lanier, 13, Drew 8th grader follows along with
Ailey instructors trying a new dancing technique.
the civil rights movement. "I like dancing because I
Jazmine Edgecomb, 13, find that it helps me to express
Drew 7th grader also said she myself through movement,"
enjoyed the dance experience. she said.




.new health


By Laura Figueroa

Miami-Dade teachers and school
staff voted in favor of a new health
care agreement with the school
district last week. Approved by 63
percent of about 7,400 teachers and
support staff who participated in
the online vote, the contract calls
for some to pay more out of pocket
* to cover their dependents and fea-
" tures a limited pharmacy network
that provides cheaper prescriptions
all part of an effort to keep rising
costs down for the school district.
Health insurance coverage accounts
for $408 million in spending for the
Miami-Dade Public School System
and was expected to increase $65
million this year. The district turned
to the teachers union to negotiate a
contract that would cut costs and
share some of the price increases
between the teachers and other
employees and the district.
"I think this shows that people are
very practical," said Karen Aronow-
itz, president of the United Teach-
ers of Dade. "They see that other
employees have had to give up some
of their salary to fund their health
care, but they're still upset that
the kind of money they should be
earning at this time is not available
as the state continues to underfund
The free employee-only cover-
age option used by most teachers
remains in tact. The online vote
was slammed by longtime UTD
critic Shawn Beightol, a high school
chemistry teacher who has two
pending complaints with the state
seeking to overthrow two previ-
ous online union votes because
he contends the system was un-
reliable and not secure. Beightol
said he has a 16-page list of union
members who are unable to receive
union e-mails with voting instruc-
tions to their district accounts, and
therefore were disenfranchised from
this vote. Aronowitz said union
leaders felt the online vote was the
"best way to go.'

Study boosts ranking of U.S. schools

Analysis shows

global gaps are

that big


By Greg Toppo

The idea that U.S. public schools
are falling behind the rest of the
world is widely accepted, but a
new analysis of international data
suggests that using rankings to
sort global winners from losers is
often misguided, exaggerating tiny
differences between countries that
may be producing nearly identical
In other words, maybe U.S.
schools are not as bad as you might
"Sometimes rankings can make
small gaps appear big and vice
versa," says researcher Tom Love-
less of the liberal-leaning Brookings
Institution think tank. .
Loveless, whose analysis is out
today,, looked at statistics show-
ing that the United States in 2007
ranked 11th among 36 countries in
fourth-grade math.
Re-examining the data, he found
that when nations with "statisti-
cally indistinguishable" scores were
grouped, the U.S. group which
includes Germany, Denmark and
the Netherlands was essentially

in fifth place worldwide.
"Nobody ever digs that deep,"
Loveless says. "They just want the
scores and the rankings, and they
don't ever really look at this part of

The sagging performance in the
United States, compared with the
rest of the industrialized world, has
become a key theme among educa-
tiori reformers.
It was front-and-center in the
education documentaries Wait-
ing for Superman and Two Million
Rick Hess, an education re-
searcher at the American Enterprise
Institute, a conservative think tank,
says the data aren't always so con-
For one thing, he says, it's not
clear that all nations administer the
tests uniformly.
Hess says international compari-
sons deserve "the good, hard-nosed
kind of skepticism and shoe-leather
reporting" that Loveless is doing.
"If this were part of a voucher
debate, there'd be huge questions
about whether the kids in the dis-
trict schools and the private schools
were being given the same assess-
ment in the same way," he says.
"But that has somehow just kind
of been brushed aside when we're
talking about the international
Loveless, a former educator who

has taught
in schools
ranging from
a Sacramento-
area public
school to,. ,
Harvard, is
a leading
researcher on
Si Loveless has
OBAMA served since
2004 on the general assembly of
the International Association for the
Evaluation of Educational Achieve-
ment, which administers the top
two global skills tests.
His findings, part of Loveless'
annual Brown Center Report on
Education, also include the first
major challenge to the Common
Core standards, a proposed set of
national academic benchmarks that
President Obama and others say
will improve schools nationwide.
Loveless says the standards are
unlikely to produce improvements,
because states have had their own
"common" standards for decades,
and variability among schools
within each state remains wide.
He says the Common Core will
likely have little effect on achieve-
"The nation will have to look
elsewhere for ways to improve its
schools," Loveless says.

-Miami Tmnes photo/ Randy Grice

Florida Memorial University

hosts inaugural concert
Recording artist Avant snaps a photo with fans
from Florida Memorial University's women's basket-
ball team after his performance at the University.
Avant was featured in the inaugural concert along
with Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill. The concert was
a apart of a week-long celebration of the University's
12th president Dr. Lewis Gate's III.

Almost too

close to call
A leading international assess-
ment ranks U.S. fourth-grades
11th in math in 2007, but a
closer look shows that score
differences for many nations
on the list are so small that
they're essentially tied.

1. Hong Kong (' 607
2. Singapore 599
3. Chinese Taipel 2. 576
4. Japan 3 568
5. Kazakhstan 549
6. Russian Federation 544
7. England 541
8. Latvia 537

9. Netherlands 535
10. Lithuania 530
11. United States 529
12. Germany 525
13. Denmark 523
14. Australia 516
15. Hungary 510
Soure: TIMSS 2007 International Mathematics Report
Card: Torn Loveless of the Brookings Institution.


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Nursing home care improves, problems to mend

As the nation's facilities generally

improve, some centers seem stuck at

the bottom of the heap, with one-star

federal ratings
By Paul Monies

More than 560 of the na-
tion's nursing homes have
not budged for the past three
years from a one-star federal
government rating the low-
est on a five-star scale even
as most homes improved,
according to a USA TODAY
analysis of federal data.
In Georgia, more than one
in 10 nursing homes have
consistently received one star
in the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS) rat-
ing. Pennsylvania and Louisi-
ana each had eight percent of
homes at the lowest rating.
"Nobody wants to see con-
sistent one-stars; they give
everybody a bad name," says
Larry Minnix, president and
CEO of LeadingAge, an asso-
ciation of non-profit nursing
homes. "You'd like to think the
marketplace would deal with
it and residents wouldn't get
placed there, but sometimes
they don't have a choice."
The lowest overall rating
is awarded to homes "much
below average" compared with
others in their state, accord-
ing to CMS. Among problems
that can drop a rating: con-
sistently dirty equipment and
linens, mistreatment and
unlicensed caregivers or spe-
The star ratings are part
of a broader federal effort to
increase transparency for
consumers of health care.

Rating shift

The share of nursing
homes receiving four and
five stars in overall ratings
has increased in the past
three years as the share of
one-star homes has fallen,
according to Medicare's star
rating system.

2009 E2011
Five stars
Four stars

Three stars

Two stars

One stars

Note: Totals may not add up to 100% because
some nursing homes did not get rated that year.
Source: USA TODAY analysis of Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services Data.

When introduced in late 2008,
nursing home industry groups
called them simplistic and

unfair. Some consumer advo-
cates say nursing home qual-
ity can change quickly, and no
ratings system is perfect.
"Nursing homes can plunge
in quality overnight," says
Janet Wells, director of pub-
lic policy for The National
Consumer Voice for Quality
Long-Term Care. "It could be
a change in the director of
nursing or the administrator,
or purchase by a chain with
a bad track record. Nursing
homes can also improve dra-
matically under a new man-
ager or personnel."
The federal government con-
tracts with states to inspect
nursing homes about once a
year. The star ratings combine
scores of data points, includ-
ing information from annual
inspections, quality measures
and staff time spent with
Nursing Home Compare lists

the most recent star ratings
but doesn't provide a history
for consumers. USA TODAY
analyzed the ratings for
15,700 nursing homes for the
past three years. Among the
Quality improved. The
share of nursing homes
receiving one or two stars
overall fell to 35 percent in
2011 from 40 percent in 2009.
At the same time, four- and
five-star homes increased to
43 percent from 38 percent
of nursing homes. The share
of three-star homes remained
Some homes are stuck
at the bottom: 564 homes
- representing 77,315 beds
- received one star in each
of seven reporting periods
analyzed over three years. But
448 homes received the best
overall rating five stars -
during each period.

Among the consistently
low performers, almost two-
thirds were for-profit nurs-
ing homes that are owned by
chains. That's a higher share
than the 40 percent of all
nursing homes in for-profit
The nation's largest chain
by number of beds, HCR
ManorCare, had 22 of its 277
nursing homes with consis-
tent one-star ratings since
2008. None of its homes was a
consistent five-star performer,
the analysis found.
HCR officials declined to
be interviewed but said in a
statement that the ratings are
often out-of-date and don't
reflect the high proportion of
patients with multiple ail-
ments and complex care re-
quirements. Its centers "treat
more complex and post-acute
patients than our competi-
tors," the statement said.

Golden Living., the second-
largest nursing home chain.
had 11 nursing homes with
consistent one-star ratings,
It also had eight homes with
five-star overall ratings for the
past three years, The com-
pany's own analysis found the
average star ratings improved
each year across its 305
properties, spokesman Blair
Jackson says.
A voluntary program helped
one-star nursing homes in
four states improve quality by
lowering staff turnover, says
Mary Jane Koren of the Com-
monwealth Fund, a health
policy foundation. An indus-
try-backed quality campaign
worked with local nursing
home regulators and health
professionals to help 17 inner-
city nursing homes.
"How do you keep those
places open, but open and
improving?" Koren says. "By
stabilizing the staff, you begin
to see improvements in clinical
quality in areas like pressure
ulcers and overuse of physi-
cal restraints that are used to
stop falls and wandering."
Lower staff turnover can
create better care because
employees become familiar
with the routines and needs
of nursing home residents.
That's the case at Bethany
Health Care Center in Fram-
ingham, Mass. The facility has
earned a five-star overall rat-
ing each year in part by having
staff focus on quality of life.
"It's our practice to have
certified nursing assistants
(CNAs) assigned as a group to
the same patients each day,
and if they're out, they always
have the same substitute,"
says Sister Jacquelyn McCar-
thy, CEO and administrator.


Exercise benefits kids' heart

Early allergies,

eating and

memory, the baby

name game

By Kim Painter

A sneeze in February is usually a cold symp-
tom but maybe not this year. Doctors in
some parts of the United States already are
seeing patients with spring allergy symptoms -
itchy eyes, runny noses and sneezing thanks
to the mild winter. That's a pattern that may
become more common because of global climate
change. some research suggests.

Elderly people who eat the most calories have
the highest risk of mild memory loss, a new
study finds. But one researcher cautions that
more study is needed and says "we are not rec-
ommending starvation or malnutrition."

A string of stomach virus outbreaks on cruise
ships has gotten so bad that operators are
expected to start cutting fares to attract pas-
sengers. One ship based in Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., has returned early from its last two trips
because of norovirus outbreaks. It underwent
a thorough disinfection before embarking again
over the weekend?

An injected drug used to treat the most com-
mon form of childhood leukemia is in critically
short supply, doctors report. The shortage of
mnethotrexate, which could leave some children
without appropriate treatment within a couple
of weeks, is part of a wider drug supply crisis.

Expectant parents love to make lists of baby
names. A new study suggests they might want
to read those lists aloud and pick names that
are easier to pronounce. The Bobs and Pats of
the world make friends, get promoted and even
get elected more easily than folks with harder-
to-say names, researchers say.

By By Steven Reinberg

Even if kids spend the rest of
their time sitting around, an hour
of any physical activity a day will
benefit their heart health, English
researchers report.
Their study found that children
and teens who got more moder-
ate to vigorous physical exercise
daily than their peers had better
cholesterol levels, blood pressure
and weight, which are important
for long-term health.
"Parents, schools and institu-
tions should facilitate and pro-
mote physical activity of at least
moderate intensity in all children
and be less concerned about
the total amount of time spent
sedentary, at least in relation to
these cardiovascular risk factors,"
said study author Ulf Ekelund,
group leader of the Physical Activ-
ity Epidemiology Program at the
Institute of Metabolic Science in
Cambridge, England.
"We demonstrated that higher
levels of physical activity of at
least moderate intensity equal
to brisk walking are associated
with [improving] many cardio-
vascular disease risk factors, ,
regardless of the amount of time
these children spent sedentary,"

Marie Mosley looks at the red-
velvet pancakes stacked on her
plate and wishes she'd gotten the
apple-cinnamon stuffed French
toast. With chantilly cream and
chocolate shavings on top, it's
beautiful and delicious and
a plateful sits right across the
Pitchers of mimosa, bloody
Mary and sangria even at the
early hour of noon also stand
on her table at Teavolve Cafe and
Lounge in Baltimore. The dozen
other people who RSVP'd yes are
seated there too. and are deep in
What unites this group -
some of whom didn't know each
other before today is a love
of food. More specifically, a love
of brunch. This hybrid meal is
clearly an American passion. as
many similar groups are meet-
ing and eating their way through
the weekend in restaurants
and homes across the country
(Google the name of your town
and "brunch club" to find out if
anyone has already gotten the
ball rolling).

STUDY: The researchers pooled information from 14 studies involv-
ing more than 20,000 children, aged 4 to 18, obtained from an interna-
tional children's database.

he said.
For example, those children who
belonged to the most active group
had a smaller waist than those in
the least active group, he said.
"In adults, this difference is as-
sociated with an about 15 percent
increased relative risk of prema-
ture death," Ekelund said.
The type of activity is not im-
portant as long as the intensity
is at least equal to brisk walking,
Ekelund said. Possibilities include

outdoor play, bicycling, dancing,
aerobics, walking and playing
team sports.
However, the positive benefits of
exercise don't necessarily counter-
act the harmful effects of a couch-
potato lifestyle, he said. "There
may be specific sedentary behav-
iors, such as TV viewing, that im-
pose health risks as TV viewing is
linked to other unhealthy behav-
iors [such as snacking]. Therefore,
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I am a foodie. I m friendly.
and brunch is one of my favorite
meals." says Mosley. who works
at an engineering firm and also
coordinates Brunching in Bal-
timore, a coed club of almost
600 devotees that organizes via
Meetup.com. They reserve space
at a different restaurant about
three times a month for a relaxed
meal, which on.v a fraction of the

members can usually attend on
any given weekend.
Tips for hosting brunch:
It's a fr .;r ir.: meaJ, especially
when -.ou're armed with this ad-
vice from one of the masters:
A buffet is totally acceptable -
and probably more desirable. A
crepe bar, for instance, suits this
set-up quite well. You simply
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Cut ious toddlers are especially
prone to crawling through and fall-
ing from windows, so it's best to
practice these safety suggestions,
courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic:
Be sure you can't open any
window enough to allow a child to
crawl through.
If your window locks require a
key, store it nearby.
Never place furniture near a
window. A child could climb the
furniture and fall through the
nearby window.
Don't assume that a screen
will take the place of a window
Board up or repair any broken
or cracked glass.

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 abdominal
pressure, such as sit-ups.
If you're a smoker, quit.

The Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics suggests how to make
packed lunches more exciting for
your kids:
Have a meeting when you plan
out the week's lunches together.
Include special treats to cel-
ebrate special days; for example,
pack red foods for Valentine's Day.
Pack new foods that your kids
seem interested in.
Pack extras to share with
friends, which could encourage a
picky eater.
Buy some fun storage gear
that will keep foods insulated.

Certified nursing assistant helps a resident at nursing center.

Brunch: Most important meal for weekend
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First lady shares her tips
on diet, exercise for kids
HOMESTEAD, Fla. No matter what is go-
ing on in the White House, 6:30 p.m. is dinner
time, first lady Michelle Obama told a crowd
gathered Friday at the Homestead, Florida
Obama called family meals "critical," and
shared her own healthy eating and exercise
tips with a live audience as part of her Let's
Move[ campaign to fight childhood obesity. She
was joined by a panel of experts from WebMD,
an online health information resource.
Obama and the panel fielded questions from
the local live audience and a national online
audience for about an hour in the YMCA gym.
Parents wanted to know how to eat healthy
while on the run (try snacks such as granola),

cute," or that "girls shouldn't be on teams."
She called the White House kitchen garden
'"one of the best and most fulfilling things
I've done as first lady," and told the
audience she gives honey from the
garden's bees to other first ladies
as gifts.
By the end of the session,
10-year old Lauren Diaz and her
mother, Jennifer Diaz, were brain-
storming ways to get their neighbor-
hood kids more active. They drove
from their home in Miramar, Fla.,
to listen to the first lady and left
with new ideas about exercising
and eating healthy.
"I learned that sometimes it's OK
for me to stop doing my homework
and get out to do 15 minutes of play,"
Lauren Diaz said.


Michelle Obama

anti-obesity "Let

Move" campaign




As part of her "Let's Move" health and fitness campaign, Michelle Obama took to the South
Lawn to announce new physical fitness opportunities for military families.

get their kids to put down their video games
(just say no) and make sure they're getting
enough sleep (tire them out so they put them-
selves to bed).
Obama often shared personal stories about
raising her two young daughters, Sasha and
Malia, when answering questions. She said she
doesn't want her girls to think "sweating isn't

Jennifer Diaz said she learned how to get
her kids to eat more veggies one panel expert
suggested preparing them in different ways, '
such as on the grill, to bring out new flavors.
Diaz called the experience of seeing the first
lady "inspirational."
"She's just like one of us: She's a mom first,"
Diaz said.

Overeating may double

risk of memory loss

By Steven Reinberg

Older people who eat too much are
at risk for memory impairment, a
new study contends.
People 70 and older who eat
between 2,100 and 6,000 calories
a day may be at double the risk of
these deficits in memory, which can
be an early sign of Alzheimer's dis-
ease, the study authors said.
"Excessive daily caloric con-
sumption may not be brain-health
friendly," said lead researcher Dr.
Yonas Geda, an associate professor
of neurology and psychiatry at the
Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Ariz.
The results of the study are due to
be presented in April at the annual
meeting of the American Academy of
Neurology, in New Orleans.
For the study, investigators col-
lected data on more than 1,200
people, aged 70 to 89, living in
Olmsted County. Minn. Among these
people. 163 had been diagnosed with

the memory deficits known as "mild
cognitive impairment."
Each person told the researchers
how much they ate. One-third ate
between 600 and 1,525 calories a
day, one-third between 1,526 and
2,142 calories a day, and one-third
ate between 2,143 and 6,000 calo-
ries a day.
Among those who ate the most,
the odds of being diagnosed with the
impaired-memory disorder was more
than twice that of those-who ate the
least, the researchers found.
These findings remained the same
after taking into account a history
of stroke, diabetes, education and
other risk factors for memory loss.
Why overeating affects the brain
isn't clear, but "excessive caloric
intake may lead to oxidative damage
leading to structural changes in the
brain," Geda suggested.
Commenting on the study, Dr.
Neelum Aggarwal, an associate
Please turn to MEMORY 18B

First Lady Michelle Obama hops through hula hoops as par
of an obstacle course.


Men most stressed by work

By Chad Brooks seal of weapons to help employees
cope .
While personal matters such as "Employers increasingly realize
family problems and living situa- they must address the irisgtide
tions might cause the most stress .of employee stress'and hottjutto
for women, new-research shows it's improve employeesd'we,-being," said
on-the-job issues that.cause men Barry Hall, principal at New Jersey-
the most anxiety. based Buck Consultants, which
A study by Polaris Market- conducted the survey. 'Those who
ing Research regarding sources ignore stress will take a hit to their
of stress revealed that men were bottom line, in higher costs arid
more likely to say work issues were lower productivity."
causing them angst, while women Previous studies have shown.
were significantly more likely to cite that stress in the workplace leads
financial issues, lack of time, family to bigger waist lines and a host of
problems, living situation and rela- health problems and also depres-
tionship issues. sion. In short, scientists say, stress

Health care costs, workplace
safety and the rate of absenteeism
among fellow employees are the top
three causes of work-related stress,
according to a new survey.
Businesses are deploying an ar-

is deadly. .
While both men and women cited
watching television as their top way
to relieve stress, their other unwind-
ing tricks varied-
According to the research, w6men
are more likely to sleep, listen to
music, surf the Internet, socialize,
Please turn to STRESS 18B



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A hernia occurs when the
muscles of the abdomen become
weak because of a natural flaw
in the abdominal wall or through
excessive strain caused by heavy
lifting, significant weight gain,
constant coughing, or difficulty with
bowel movement or urination. Part
of an organ, usually the intestines,
then pushes through the weak spot
or tear to form a bulge under the
skin. About two-thirds of hernias
develop near the groin (inguinal
hernia), but they can also appear
in the upper thigh (femoral hernia),
around the belly button (umbilical
hernia), or along a previous incision
(incisional hernia). Nearly 700,000
abdominal hernia operations are
performed each year in the
ll United States.
"Many people choose to go
untreated or to delay treatment
because they fear painful surgery.
Today this is not necessarily the
case, said Dr. Romane Joseph, a
general surgeon
with North
Shore Medical
Center. "Hernia
surgery is often

with minimally

which allow
patients to
return quickly to JOSEPH
normal activity, with less discomfort
and much faster recovery times."
Risk factors for developing an
inguinal hernia include being male,
having a family history of hernias,
cystic fibrosis, persistent cough,
extra weight, pregnancy, premature
birth, previous hernia, or difficulty
with bowel movement or urination,
Common symptoms of a hernia
are discomfort or pain In the groin
area that get worse when bending
or lifting, a bulge in the groin or
-'. abdomen, nausea and constipation,
and a feeling of fullness or dull
Most hernias can be pushed
gently back into the abdominal
cavity. Applying an ice pack to
reduce swelling may help the hernia
slide in more easily. However, if
the hernia cannot be pushed back
through the abdominal wall, surgery
may be necessary.
rt "Hernia surgery usually Is
performed on an outpatient basis, In
other words, you can go home on
the same day," said Dr. Joseph. The
procedure itself takes approximately
one hour. Hernia repair may be
performed either by minimally
invasive laparoscopic surgery or
traditional open repair. Following
open surgery, the patient may go
home a few hours after surgery
and resume a normal routine within
a few days. Strenuous activity or
exercise is not recommended until
four to six weeks after surgery. The
benefits of laparoscopic surgery
compared to open surgery include
three small scars versus one large
incision, less pain following surgery,
and a recovery time measured in
days instead of weeks. The surgeon
will determine which method is best
suited for the individual patient.
There are two general types of
hernia operations, herniorrhaphy
and hernioplasty. A herniorrhaphy
involves making an incision in the
groin and pushing the protruding
intestine back into the abdomen.
The weakened or tom muscles
are then sewn together. During a
hemioplasty, the surgeon inserts a
piece of synthetic mesh over the
entire inguinal area, covering all
potential hernia openings. The
Please turn to HERNIA 18B


Children don't need to be fat or sedentary Learnyourhernia risk factors

contained from 16B

limiting TV time is '.'. impor-
tant for children s health and
well-being, Ekelund said.
For the study, the research-
ers pooled information from
14 studies involving more than
20,000 children, aged 4 to 18,
obtained from an international
children s database. A motion
sensor measured total activ-
ity and time spent sedentary
and in moderate and vigorous
intensity activity. The actual
activities they engaged in were
not recorded.
Overall, three-quarters of the
children were of normal weight,
18 percent were overweight
and 7 percent were obese. [h,-y.
spent an average of 30 minutes
per day in some form of mod-
erate to vigorous exercise and
354 minutes a day or nearly
six hours sedentary.

Boys and girls who exercised
more than 35 minutes a day
had lower blood pressure, low-
er cholesterol, lower blood sug-
ar, lower triglycerides and were
thinner than children who ex-
ercised less than 18 minutes a
day, Ekelund's group noted.
Average waist size differed by

more than two inches between
the most active and least active
children and teens. And those
with the largest waist size at
the study's start were the least
active at two years' follow-up.
Samantha Heller, an exercise
physiologist and clinical nutri-
tion coordinator of the Center

for Cancer Care a: Griffin Hos-
pital in Derby. Conn.. said _'at
-there is absolutely no reason
for our children :o me fat. sed-
entar- and at ns for cardio-
vascular disease.
Exercise. in whatever form it
takes. is fantastic for children
and teens and adults, she
Even children who are not
cut out for competitive sports.
have the innate need to be
physically active. Heller said.
Parents and caregivers need
to limit tech time computers.
iPads, texting. TV and let
kids be kids, running around
playing,- she said.
Grown-ups must get involved
too, Heller said. 'They can
jump rope, play tag and throw
the Frisbee with the children.
Kids will do better in school,
develop social skills, enhance
coordination, [and] be happier
and healthier for it."

Brunching is wallet-friendly and so easy

continued from 16B

need a stack of crepes, Nutella,
powdered sugar, cut-up straw-
berries, sliced bananas and
fresh whipped cream. Then let
each person make his own. "Ev-
erybody's happy," says Gand.
"And kids aren't forced to eat
something they don't like."
It's okay to bring in food from
a bakery or other shop. A ba-
gel station, for instance, with
lox, cream cheese, capers and
sliced tomatoes and onions is
elegant, yet requires very little
Brunch can be sweet or sa-
vory or both. If you were to
offer chicken salad for break-
fast, people would scrunch

up their noses not so for
brunch. You can serve fruit
salad, a sweet pastry and an
egg dish. Or you could just do
a killer cheese board with good
bread and dried fruits.
Keep the drinks simple.
Rather than offering guests
an entire wet bar, make a sig-
nature cocktail that can be
served with or without alco-
hol. Pomegranate juice, for ex-
ample, with prosecco or with
lemon-lime soda and spar-
kling water.
Make your own (less-expen-
sive) flavored coffee. Before
brewing a pot, simply put a
cinnamon stick, vanilla bean
or three slices of gingerroot
in the filter along with the

Thankfully, brunching
tends to be a wallet-friendly
endeavor, whether eaten out
or cooked at home. "Brunch
appeals to people because it's
more flexible than a dinner
party," says Gale Gand, au-
thor of Gale Gand's Brunch!
(Clarkson Potter). "The meal
lasts two hours instead of four,
and you don't have to exclude
your kids. Plus, it's cheaper
- eggs are one of the least ex-
pensive foods you can buy."
Brunch clubs in and around
Gand's hometown of Chicago
- organized through church-
es, bookstores and other lo-
cal groups have invited her
numerous times to come taste
their renditions of her recipes.
"I often bring the dish I like

best from my book: my grand-
mother's pear streusel coffee
cake," says Gand. "You can
stir it all together by hand in
one bowl, the pears don't need
peeling, and it's one of those
recipes that actually is better
the next day."
Some brunch clubs, though,
are not into doing it at home.
Sacramento Sunday Brunch-
es in California, for instance,
is about eating, not cooking. "I
like going out and not worry-
ing too much about who will
cook and who will clean up,"
says Rikki Kass, a homemak-
er who founded the group in
November. "I really like to use
my brunch club as a way to
explore the restaurant scene in
the greater Sacramento area."

continued from 17B

mesh is then sewn. clipped
or stapled to the peritoneum
inner ning,- of the abdomen).
Congenital defects that lead
to an inguinal hernia cannot
be avoided, but certain steps
can be taken to reduce strain
on abdominal muscles and
Stay within a normal weight
Eat a high-fiber diet.
Lift heavy objects properly.
Stop smoking,
Exercise regularly.
*Do not rely on a truss (hernia
belt) for support.
Surgery is considered a

s-afe and effective treatnnent
for hernia repair. Recurrence
occurs rarely, o nl in one to
three percent ofpatients. As with
any ope-ation, however, there
are possible complications.
-At the North Shore Medical
Center our surgeons specialie
in using ninimall\ invasive
laparoscop.c) technuiues 10to
tieaI all types of hernias." said
Dr, Joseph, "Tlher re a many
advantages to this approach,
including quicker recoveit" and
shorter hospital stavs, as well
as a significantly reduced risk
of infection and recurrence."
For more information about
hernia repair, call 1-S00-9S4-
3434 for a free referral to a
physician near you.

Eat less for more memory

continued from 17B

professor of neurological sci-
ences at Rush University in
Chicago, said that "as the
population of the U.S. is ag-
ing at a rapid rate, in addi-
tion to becoming increas-
ingly obese, physicians are
being asked by their elderly
patients about their risk for
various diseases, specifically
cognitive [mental] decline and
These findings allow doc-
tors to start the discussion
about the links between com-
mon healthy living practices
- eating a nutritious diet,
limiting sugar to overall
brain function, he said.
Another expert, David Loew-
enstein, a professor of psychi-

airy and behavioral sciences
at the University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine, said
that "this makes a lot of sense
because increased caloric in-
take is associated with obesity
and metabolic syndrome, so
it is not at all surprising that
increased calories are associ-
ated with increased cognitive
impairment." Metabolic syn-
drome is a group of risk fac-
tors linked to heart disease
and other health problems.
"This study suggests that
anything that's good for the
heart like decreased calo-
ries is good for the brain,"
Loewenstein added.
Whilc the study found an
association between overeat-
ing and memory impairment,
it did not prove a cause-and-
effect relationship.

Don't stress about stress

continued from 17B

pray, read a book, write in a
journal or eat their favorite
comfort foods, while men were
more likely to play video games,
exercise and have a drink to
help relax.
"While women have more

stressors in their lives, they
also use more diverse ways of
relieving stress," said Polaris
President Jan Carlson.
Overall, the study found that
women perceive themselves to
be more stressed than men -
but they also said their stress
levels are lower than they were
last year.

Remember: see your

doctor for your

annual checkup!

Humana Famil





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Southern Baptists decide against name change H APP Y B IRT H DAY

By Bob Smietana

After rronrhns of seclaon.
the nation s larges: Protestaer.
denorrination .-has decided n.
to change its name.
A task force recomrendr-.-e
that the Southern Baptst Con-
vention retain its historic nmae.
but it offers an alternative for
some congregations.
Local churches that doni like
the name Southern Baptist can
use the name Great Comm:s-
sion Baptists, the group rec-
That name refers to the New
Testament command to spread
the message of Christianity
throughout the world.
It vw'ould provide an identity,
that tells who wve are but also
what our mission is, said Jim-
my Draper, former president of
LifeWay Christian Resources.
who led the name-change task
Draper said that changing
the legal name of the Southern
Baptists Convention would be

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orat's and 5 _r-aae FEN"


S18-45 :in Georgia by an act
of that state a legislature That
gave thee de-nominarton legal
protection that it could not get
today. Draper said.
We felt that the benefits of
changing the name legally were
just not worth the risk, he said.
The task force was the brain-
child of the Rev. Bryant Wright,
an Atlanta megachurch pastor
who is currently the president
of the convention.
Wright said that Southern

Zaa:s:s have cez

...ore :.".- "00 yea-s.

: -as realty us: : o
ai e a. op-\poIIortun:t :o
s:Tudy :hs and -o see
ESS : :: would enhance
our mission of fulill--
:ng rhe Great Comrmissaon, he
Thne Rev. Ken Fentress of
Montrose Baptist Church in
Rockville. Md.. spoke in favor of
the alternative name during the
meeting of the Southern Baptist
Executive Committee in down-
town Nashville.
Fentress said that the South-
ern Baptist name still has neg-
ative connotations for many
He pointed out that the name
Southern was chosen as a way
to identify with the Confederacy
in 1845.
Fentress said that today, the-

c. C-_ ..:ss:. -'.s So.:

Sound Ch. s:. :....-
takes recedence o-\er geog.-a-
ohv and pol::ics. -:e said.

Thor Rainer. 2-es:de:.t o:
LifeWa\. though : te c m.n:ms-
sion adc founac a workab-e so u-
tion to te :a:e-c:nange ques-
taon. He praised Draper and
other conaomn:tee :ne:nbers for
their ;work after :he announce-
I think that Dr. Jimmy Drap-
er and the task force did a great
job in presenting an alternative
for Southern Baptists. said
The idea of offering an alter-
native name is part of an effort
to reverse a decline in mem-
bership and baptisms in the
16.2-million member conven-
tion. Southern Baptists bap-
tized 332,321 people last year.
the lowest number since the

FAMU choir presented by Bishop Wellons birthday


F.cb. 2/1, ()I

Bishop Joyner

celebrates 16th



A Mission with a New Begin-
ning Church, 8745 NW 22nd
Avenue celebrates Bishop Eu-
gene Jovner s 16th pastoral an-
Services from 7:30 p.m..
Wednesday, February 29
through Friday, March 2. Ser-
vices culminate at 11:30 a.m.,
Sunday, March 4.

Church of the Ascension celebration and banquet Theme: "A Man of God with
Church of the Ascension celebration and banquet Staying Power." 1 Tim 4:1-5. BISHOP EUGENE JOYNER
Church of theAscension, Mi- New Changing Life Deliver- -
ami presents the Florida A&M ance Church, located at 6942 "p P
.. .............. ... "r' : .' NW 15 Avenue, iovfullv invites .. resident l ar vi o n

University ConcertL .Choiril, Tall-
hassec, FL, Professor Mark
Butler, Director coming to Rich-
mond Heights Middle School
Auditorium, 15015 SW 103
Ave., Miami on Wednesday,
March 7 at 8 p.m.
In a concert of Negro Spiritu-
als, Contemporary Church Mu-
sic, Works by African-American
Composers and Traditional
Choral Works of the great Clas-
sical Music Masters.
A fund raising event to ben-
efit the COTA Youth and Con-
tingency Fund. Ticket sales
prices: adults $20 and children
under 12, $8.

you to join them as they cel-
ebrate Bishop Bobby Wellons
The celebration honoring this
man of God will begin 8 p.m.,
nightly, February 21-24 at the
The celebration will conclude
with an annual birthday ban-
quet beginning 7 p.m., Satur-
day, March 3, at the St. Basil
Social Hall, 1475 NE 199 Street,
Miami, FL 33179.
The theme for this blessed
event is "To serve with Love."
Come out and see God's good-
ness in action.
For more information, please

call 305-493-2686 or 786-316-

continued from 15B

grandmother attended
FMU so people are expecting
a lot out of him."
The inaugural celebration
was held at the James L.
Knight International Center.
The week-long celebration in-
cluded an inaugural gala fea-
turing CBS 4 news anchor
Jawan Strader and local re-
cording artist Rochelle Light-
foot. A concert was also held
on the University's campus
which featured Philadelphia

rapper Meek Mill.
"I am ready to unleash the
many hidden talents here at
Florida Memorial for the bet-
terment of this community
and society as a whole," Lewis
He also adds that he has a
clear vision for the future of
the University.
"With our Vision 2020 10-
year strategic action plan, we
aim to help lead Florida Me-
morial into the educational
mainstream not only in South
Florida, but on the state, na-
tional and global stages."

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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Order of Services
Wed Inreter( ory Prayer
9 om 12 p ni
Morning Sernia I a m
Sun [i Wonh, p 30 p m
Tues Praoer Maeeting 30p m
Fn Bible Study) 130 p m

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

Order of Services

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

Order of Services
Mon thru fn Noon Day Prayer
RAble Study Thurn 7 p m
Sunday Worihip 7.1 am
Sunday Shooil 9 30 a m

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

------ Order of Services

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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

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IBishop ictorT.Curry,.i .InBDaei orI

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

Order of Services
u M ..', Ni' iu A'., T ,
T a .l' i '- f0P, l l30 T
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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

Order of Services
i Edy W1orshipaloa m.
NBC i OS oar

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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue
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Order of Services
SUNDAY: Worship Servire
Morning 10 a.m.
(hun(h S(hool 8:30 a.m.
Feeding Ministry 2 noon
Bible Study 7 p.m.

New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

-- -- Order of Services


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

Order of Services
Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. '*' :.-. Worship 10o.m.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday Generol Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Television Program Sure Foundutiow
My33 WBFS/Comcott 3 Scurdoy 7:30 o.m.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
740 N.W. 58th Street
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Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue

Order of Services
Sunday S(hool 9:30 a M
Morning Proise/Worship 11 a.m
First and Third Sunday
evening worship at 6 p.m,
Prayer Meeting &Bible Study
:' I R f k I ~ ~ Tuesday 7 p.m

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

Order of Services
Churak/Sunday kboA! 83c a ro

12 p r'
q Wfier 7W;r'A 7

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

i-- Order of Services

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

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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

Order of Sei

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

Order of Services
Sunday School 9:30 o.m,
I,.rr;ng Worr.hip 11 o m n
S F, ir',v rd e ,I Sluy

The Celestial Federation
Yahweh Male & Female
(Hebrew Israellites) Dan. 2:44

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

..... --*.-- Order of Services

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Hadley Davis

eor.a7/ "7 a: ___aI_____

'Marm Hosc'a
Se-v oe 12 pm
Saturday at
'.e n P-ro/;eroe

died February
17 at nome Ser-
/ice 12 30 pm -
Sunday a' First "
Ephesus SDA
Church Feiot/- .
ship Church

Mornm Bess e
82 died
February 14 at i
home Survivors .
include sons.
Forester Leroy
and ,-if :,,-,z3 -
Tutson (Linda)
daugh ters.
O,-en e-?! (Freddie), Shr-ey
Evere" (Wary) and Barbara
Hamilton Service 11 am Saturday
at New Mount Calvary Missionary

tired educator, I
died February 6
SUrhM(,ersity of .
Miami. Arrange-
ments are in-


WEST HILL, 90 block mixer, died
February 18 at --
V.A. Hospital. Nt
Service 11
a.m., Saturday '.
Febr'- lairy 25 f
at 1I' Calvary
Ban'tst Church

HiL "'A R. FRANCO. 82,
hi,( 'naker died February 14.
3 : ,ice lp.m.,SatL lay February
25 at St. Rose of Lima Church.

Wright and Young
asss s a". s

Se, s /s

eat gas a as o soeces
23rd at g a

Ho.,e ae 4-9 Trsay
Febua 23 and reerast 124ee

sisters sei,7e grar'cr c'en 'o."
great g:aros a 7-s? of ''eces
nepne,vs ac "fe'-cs / eevrg 10
a m--7 p r-" 'scay Fec-uar/
23rd at .'-,gr arc rYo2ng Fureral
Ho"e hake 4-9 r,- Tnhrsday
February 23ro and recast 12-4
p m Fr:cay February 24th both
at 19' NE 214 St Miami Gardens.
FL 33179 Se',ice 11 am. Friday.
February 24th at Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah s Witnesses 6900 NW 27
Ave. Miami FL 33147.

JONES, 75. re-
tired special re- .
search analyst ,
died February .
16 at Aventura
Hospital Sur-
vivors include: i
one sister, Ger-
trude Dupont, sons, Pastor Wayne
G. Mason (Rosa) and Willie Mason
(Lisa), daughters, Darlene Mason
and Lori Newkirk (Carlton), 20
grandchildren and 20 great grands
Services will be held Saturday,
February 25, 12 p.m. at First Bap-
tist Church of Brownsville, 4600
NW 23 Avenue. Viewing will be Fri-
day. February 24, 4-9 p.m. at Jesus
c'nr ~ --' "A' f-

JIMMIE ELVINE, 62, retired
pawn broker,
died February
14 at home.
Service 2:30
p.m,, Saturday
at Pilgrim Rest |
Missionary Bap-

Roberts Poitier

CONNIE JOHNSON, 45, teach-
er's aide, died r

February 7 at
home. Service
ill Ferguson Hewitt 10 a.m,, Satur- -
day in the cha- .
JOSEPH WIGGINS. 86. -etred pel. ',. -
)or worker, -
.i February_ .:
14 Service 11
Second ALFREDA BRYANT. 52, silk
a n a a n screener, died February 16 at
Missionar y North Shore Medical Center, Ar-
Baptist Church -, rangements are incomplete.

T.S Warden
social worker
and long time
resident of
Miami died
February t in
... le FL


D W TAYLOR, 55 died February
17 at Harmony Health Center
Service 1 p m Saturday February
25 at Gould Church of Christ

JAMES E. WALKER, 88, c ej
February 13 at Unwversity of Miam"
Hosp ta Servnces were held

February 16 at Coral Reef Nurs ng
Center Se-,ices were heid

died February 8 at home Serv ces
were held

DOROTHY BANKS 83 retired
nurse died FeOruary 8 at Harmony
Health Center Serv ces were he d

teachers aide ded February 8
at Jacksoni Sioth Community
HoRpital er/ices 'WOF'e heic"

dedi I 'itr..ar' rs .5 J w,r'iiyi Siouth
orFii LJii I/ HoLpiOtal Final rites
arid b fi ] ii al tiat aiii lBahaiai

Marcel's Cremation
housewife, died January 26 at
Palmetto General Hospital Private

JOHN MAZICH, 90. air condition
technician, died January 31 at
Jackson South Hospital Private

62. mus:c teacher d ed Janua-y
28 at Memor a Regiona Prvate


housewife died
Hialeah Hoso ta
ae 'incom ciete

Fe'ua-y" 7 at

work, died Feb. at
Jackson Hosc ta A-a-gee-e-s
are tncomP ete

Nakia Ingraham
Ja-.a"y 28 a: Not- a'-,-,'. c
Medoca Ce-te- Se-. :e
a m Sat',da aat "e--at-3a
Pe-teccsta C ss c -

Fecra-v a \'e- a s::a
Se-v ce a~ Sa a, a
A t oc" ss a-, a: s T

74 FeDprr,a at C3-a .
Meca Ce"e Se'. e 3
.ati_' ay > t'e a6 Cc a



Se- "7 a s''
- ce v e
- .e csa-

E,-ca '::say-
-s VA so"- "--,a.', Pi :in ir s
gacca.-g":er Ma-y Magda ene
o's s'ecoa.gr:er Natascra
Ho mes s sters May Dixon Jui;a
Hafdnh ,Mohamed and Sharon
-inasay and brother Calvin
Lindsay Service 11 am. Saturday
at St James Bactist Church 3500
Charles Ave. Coconut Grove.

Allen and Shaw

56. disabled, died February 11 at
Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

AMPARO MORFA. 53. died
February 12 at Hialeah Hospital.

58, book dealer, died February 10
at Mercy Hospital.

EMMA SOLER. 90, homemaker.
died February 13 at St. Ann's Nurs-
ing Center.

INES GONZALEZ, 89, home-
maker, died February 13 at home.

ROBERT S. MARTIN, 57, ware-
house manager, died February 9 at
North Broward Medical Center.

retary, died February 14 at The
C cn''y Club ALF

:..... BUSH '.,NGHELLI, 57,
disabled, died February 12 at Jack-
son Memorial Hospital.

teacher, died February 14 at Hia-
leah Hospital.

-) v --tNior r-Hosp' Fpa hritj ,V
15 at North ahore hospital.

truck driver,

died Februa

February 17

at Vitas H
are incompl

In Memoriam


Ha,-p. 53rJ Bir~d:' :

One year has passed and
this will be your first birthday
with the Lord in heaven, but
you are not forgotten. You will
always be remembered in our
Donald, you are sadly
missed by your loving mother.
Deborah; your identical
twin, Ronald; your brothers,
Mike and Roosevelt; your
sisters, Veronica, Marale and
Antoinette; a devoted and
dedicated niece. Monique and
a host of family and friends.
To be absent from the body,
is to be present with the Lord!
Sleep on and R.I.P.. one day
we will see you again.

died February 16 at
Hospital.WHEELER, 63, retired LPN

M1YLES, 62, disabled, from Jackson Memorial
ry 16 at home. Hospital, died February 16 at
Jackson North Hospital. She
IGLESIAS, 79, died is survived by two children,
at home. Charlie Latimore, Sr. and
LaSandra Wheeler; three
grandchildren and a host of
Siders family and friends.
She will be honored 2 p.m.,
~SLLEN, 87, died Friday aturday at Rocky Bottom
ospice. Arrangements Church in Shellman, GA
lete. where she will be laid to rest.

VERA TURNER, 62, died
Saturday at home. Arrangements
are incomplete.

Eric Wilson
February 15. Service 11 a.m., Sat-
urday. at Ebenezer Baptist Church
Haliandale Beach, FL.

88. died February 17 in Charlotte,
NC Service 11 a.m. Saturday in
the chapel

PATSY L. ESTES. 63. died Feb-
"*uay 19 at Jackson Memonal Hos-
o'ta: F:na ntes !n Alabama

Happy Birthday

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


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one s.e ","5"

The el~a-- ev:ar.v

In Memoriam

U _

/ [;- ( 22( -(i2 22 1 / 3

The world may not know
vou. but they will not forget
you as long as I live.
Love. your son. Larry

Mama. I love you and miss
you so much.
Love. Joann

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

07/09/1938 022/21/2011

An Angel From Heaven
Dear God, thank you for
sendinQ a lovelv annel to
P- f(_Ii (1\ ( I- II',t
Now she has gone to watch
down on us. A sound of a
trumpet sent her home to
be with the Lord. She was a
strong provider and a good
listener, who knows it all be-
fore you can tell her. Her smile
was the light that shined upon
us, that's why I will truly miss
her. Her soul was very caring
and sharing and she would
always be there no matter
where she was. So Lord thank
you for our angel. Sweet an-
gel carry on and rest in peace
knowing that your gone but
shall forever live inside of me.
We miss you and we love you
always. Your children,great
grands and grandchildren.

In Memoriam

( 2 2 /! ,2'-' .1 5

Mom. our thoughts of you is
forever in our hearts. Our love
for you will never part.
The Family.

In Memoriam

10/28 /6-02/27/11

We think of you always. God
has you in his keeping.
Rest peacefully, Willis,
Williams and Gibson families.

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The Miami Times




Warner pays a toast

to Black history

Dennis Moss honored as part of

The Langston Hughes Project

By D. Kevin McNeir

One of the toughest things about Black
History Month, with February being
the shortest of all months, is decidiri,
which events to attend. At least we ha-'.:.
an additional day with this being Leap,
Year. However, if you need a suggest ion,
you should consider heading to South
Dade on Thursday, Feb. 23rd for
The Langston Hughes Project. The
show, co-sponsored by the South
Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Cen-
ter and delancyhill Law firm, is a
multi-media concert performance
of 1., ti- n
scope jazz
poem suite.
"Ask Your
Mama. It
Ron Mc-
MOSS Quartet
and celebrity
spoken Hl word artist Malcolm-Jamal
Warner. Before the show, there will I,,
a VIP reception honoring Miami-Da, I'
Countyv Coxmmissioner Dennis Moss
"This year mnxrks ou-r laxw firm's
10th anniversary as well as the eight, I
vear that we have hosted a Black
History Month celebration." said
Marlon Hill. 40. partner and attorn .
at delancyhill. "Rather than getting
caught up in the hype associated xx Lt'
Christmas. we thought it would be
more appropriate to have an annulial
Black History Month celebration. Our
goal is two-fold: to highlight contribu-
tions of Blacks from the past and to fo-
cus on someone that is making a differ-
ence in our community today. We move
the event to different arts and cultural
venues each year. After deciding on the
Center here in South Dade. there wxas
no one else better to honor than Dennis
Moss. He wxas instrumental in providing
the vision for the Center after Hurri-
cane Andrewx destroyed this area in
1992. It is our honor to be a part of
this collaborative effort to present
a signature jazz performance
and to honor our own Commis-
sioner Moss,-
For more information call

"This year marks our Ia....
firm's 10th anniversary as
well as the e,'grth year thiat
we have hotled a Blac,
History Mon:n celebration -

AAPACT is back with ...

"Fathers and Other Strangers"

Miami native Teddy
Harrell, Jr. directs

first play of the

new season

By D. Kevin McNeir

With a cast of actors all from
South Florida and an artistic di-
rector and founder who proudly
hails from Liberty City, the African
American Performing Arts Com-
munity Theatre (AAPACT), has cer-
tainly found its niche since opening
its doors in 1998. Their new sea-

them and consistently discover
true gems in our midst. One of our
actors in this play is a 16 -' .,1-old
student from Krop Senior High
School, Edward Holland, who has
been acting since he was a very
small boy. He is just one of the out-
standing members of the cast."
AAPACT performs out of Liberty
City's African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center [6161 NW 22nd Av-
enue] home for the company for
the past four years. Other mem-
bers of the stellar cast include:
Rene Granado, Finley Polynice,
Clinton Archamrnbault, Glen Law-
rence, Deidre Washington and Jon
David Kelley.
The season rounds out with Arni-
ra Baraka's "The Dutchman" and
will tentatively close with a musi-

son begins this week with a special
talk back performance moderated
by Dr. Dorothy Jenkins-Fields on
Friday. Feb. 24th with shows con-
tinuing through March 17th.
"The play has strong racial over-
tones and is particularly relevant
for Black History Month because
of its focus on the importance of
Black fathers," said Harrell. who
directs the play. "We see so many
fathers today who aren't involved
in their children's lives and don't
realize how it impacts both their
children and themselves. it s an
amazing piece written by Jeffrey
Stetson and criticaixy examines
how white America often sees
Black men as less than or refuses
to take us seriously.
One of the unique qualities of
AAPACT is their cornmritent to
using new talent from .he cor-0
unt Whie other theater corr-
par.es ofter n hav-e actors nthat are
featured again and again. Harretl
and his team, stick to open, casting

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On February 11th, the
retired brothers of O0-'-".2
Psi Phi fraternity hosted
their Valentine's luncheon at
the Omega Activity Center.
Everyone entered a room
decorated elegantly in red
and white. Needless to say,
filling the room with jazz was
the Psi Phi Band. Johnny
Stepherson, emcee, brought
everyone to order and Richard
Mitchell gave the invocation,
followed by Harcourt Clark
who introduced vice-president
Earl Daniels who in turn
introduced Stacey W. Jones,
When dancing time got
started, Ronald Byrd and his
wife were the first couple on
the floor. Joining them were
Stacey and Mary Jones,
Anthony and Caroline
Simons, while Thelma Gibson

led the electric
slide line with her
moves from the
good ole days.
Others included .. _
Carolyn King
and Clifford Brown, Dr.
Malcolm and Emma Black,
Michael Emmanuel and
guest; Anita Harrell, Beverly
Johnson, Daphne Johnson,
Edna Pratt, Earl and Alice
Daniels, Oscar and Mary
Jessie, Mary Singletary,
Loretta Whittle, Arthur and
Ruth Simms, Dr. Astrid and
Carolyn Mack.
Ted Blue recognized the
brothers with certificates for
their love and hard work in the
fraternity. Acknowledgements
were given to guests and
brothers in attendance. Among
them were Ed Braynon,
Shirley McLean, Nancy

Brown, Barbaretha ] Thompkins. and
Freeman. Carliss and board members
Odessa Cook. Verna including Ruby
Eddington, Norma Rayford. Isabelle
Mims. Nancy Dawkins. Rosete. Dianne
Mary Mitchell, Leo I Rolle. Dr Larry
and Charlie Albury. I Capp. Oliver Pfeffer.
Johnny Davis, Elston Francisco Rojo,
Davis, Harry and Gladys Diaz. Roy
Carmen Dawkins. PINKNEY Borden, Albert

Andrew Forbes, Peter
Harden, Leonard and Billye
Ivey, Ric Powell, Salluda-Din,
Katrena Washington and J.
The highlight of the affair
focused on Jones who wore a
hat for entertainment. Guests
were pleasantly surprised
when President Baljean Smith
entered. Because of recent
health issues, he was not
expected to attend and was
welcomed by everyone with
The Historic Hampton House
Community Trust (HHHCT)
recently held their meeting with
Dorothy "Dottie" Johnson,
chairperson, Dr. Enid C.
Pinkney, president, Charlayne

Kolski. Jessica
Heinecker, and Everett
According to the men at Leo's
Barber Shop. the problems
with Lincoln Cemetery
continues and incidences of
vandalism is causing excessive
problems for Ellen Johnson.
owner. There were situations
with two persons buried in
the same plot as reported by
the late Benny 0' Berry who
visited his plot and found
someone buried in his plot.
Louise S. McCoy and Inez
S. Rowe attempted to move
their parents to the family plot
in Delray Beach. They have
inquired about the plots and
are still trying to locate them.

Business at Michael's Diner
has increased since the retired
coaches began meeting weekly
on Wednesday and Thursdays
for their special;T. boiled fish
and grits. A regular is William
Evans, a former track star.
who graduated from North
Dade Jr. Sr. High School. And,
of course, he will never forget
running against Bob Hayes in
the SLAC. After graduating from
college. he met the love of his
life, Gloria, a former principal
at Booker T. Washington Sr..
Miami Edison. and presently.
Dorsey Skill Center. They have
four children, Erinn. Erica,
Keisha and Corey.
Last Sunday, a Gospel
Extravaganza was sponsored
by Rev. James Pacley and
first lady Gloria Pacely, at
New Born Faith Deliverance
MBC. Johnny Taylor was the
emcee. Artists included The
Heavenly Angels, Appointed
Gospel Singers, Little Rev.
Brother Smith, Rev. Cross,
Sis. McEveen, and Patricia
McDuffy who experienced a

A very happy, happy Days
birthday goes out to Effie has re
Robinson Fortson who since
celebrated with a fabulous Our
party at the Parisian Ballroom extend
last Saturday evening with Canon
classmates (BTW class of Garth
49), family and friends. Two Allen-
of her children escorted her Newbc
into the ballroom where the others
gang sang happy birthday We ar
and then proceeded to party report
"hardy." Effie now sports her and S
pin presented to her by class the wa
president, Percy Oliver. The Did
pin displays the number "80." played
The party time was exactly with 1
right, starting at 2 p.m.and stand
guests could be home by New
6 p.m. Congratulations to players
soror Larcenia J. Bullard from
who was named Legislator Vince
of the Year by the Delta UM, I
Sigma Theta delegation Miami
when sorors convened in York G
Tallahassee, January 22-24, Phillip
for the 18th annual Delta and U

Playwright's "Hi
Writer and producer, Nial Martin,
whose smash-hit "His Double Life"
took Liberty City by storm last sum-
mer in an encore performance at the
Joseph Caleb Center Auditorium, says
that South Florida has some of the fin-
est actors in the county. And with the
recent DVD release of his provocative
play, he says he's certain that others
from around the U.S. and across the
globe will soon agree, after watching the
play in the comfort of their homes. "His
Double Life," the first installment of a
three-part series featuring the Sanders
frinil',. illustrates how toxic secrets can
be to a family's well-being and explores
problems that mani,n families endure: al-
coholism, life-threatening illnesses and
hidden sexual desires. The DVD, filmed
live at the Caleb Center, also features
the comedic stylings of George W who
opened the show.

at the capital. Bullard
presented District 39
get well wishes are
led this week to Rev.
i Nelson W. Pinder,
C. Reeves, Patricia
Ebron, Lillian
old Thurston and all
in our community.
e also very happy to
that Gussie J. Ervin
andra Powell are on
ay to recovery.
you know that Miami
t big in Superbowl 46
the following football
England Patriots
s: Chad Ochocinco
Miami Beach High,
Wilferk from the
)arnell Jenkins from
Central and UM. New
Giants players: Kenny
ps from Carol City High
M, Antrel Rolle from

South Dade Sr.High and UM.
Wedding anniversary
greetings this week go out
to Hughie J. and Lois
M.Nairn, Sr. who celebrated
their 63rd anniversary on
February 15th. Belated
happy birthday greetings go
out to Dr. Delvin Lane of
Atlanta, who returned home
to celebrate his 50th birthday
with family and friends. He
is the son of Juanita Allen
Lane and George Lane.
I am so very proud of the
Tuskegee Airmen because
my late father, Stanley Ivern
Sweeting attended Tuskegee
.and returned home to work
for his beloved uncle, the
late H.E.S.Reeves as a
linotype operator and later
as a columnist for over fifty
years. I have been told that
as a boy, he was the first to
sell The Miami Times on the
streets ofMiami. (Wish he
and uncle" Siggie" were here
to see the fantastic progress
that The Miami Times has
made). Until next week, all
of you are my beloved and
favorite Peoplel

is Double Life" on DVD

Choreography adds new spark to Ailey

continued from 1C

That's because for Battle,
who has traveled around the
world. "there's no place like
"At this point in my life, I am
exactly where I am supposed
to be and there's always that
wonderful sense of anticipa-
tion,' he said. "Being creative
and the leader. I'm constantly
trying to think ahead, plotting
the next season, thinking of
the dancers and the challeng-
es that I want to give to them.
But I have been following this
path since my birth. I was
born facing challenges includ-
ing being a bowlegged little
boy that wanted to dance. We
all must face our own hurdles.
As for the Alvin Ailey Dance
Theater, the company has
never looked better."
This year marks Battle's
inaugural season as artis-
tic director and the program
for the company's four-day
performance at the Adrienne
Arsht Center, which opens
Thursday, Feb. 23rd, prom-
ises to push the dancers to

new creative heights. One of
Battle's first creations, "Tak-
edeme," which is a three-min-
ute dance "packed with plen-
ty of punch that will remind
viewers of the showmanship
of Michael Jackson, will be
featured, as will two company
premiers one choreographed
by Ohad Naharin, an Ameri-
can-Israeli dance legend and
the other by Rennie Harris
entitled "Home" that is set to
gospel house music.
"We lost our founder. Alvin
Ailey, in 1989 to AIDS and
"Home' honors his life," Battle
said. "Back then there was so
much shame associated with
the disease. The dance is a
positive message about the te-
nacity of the human spirit as
examined through the lens of

Look out for Kirvin James
Boyd this year's poster boy
whose athletic leap from "Rev-
elations" is featured on promo-
tional pieces of art for the new
season. Battle says. "You can
sense his [Boyd's] appetite for

movement as a language and
the power in his dance. He is
a force to be reckoned with."
Boyd dances lead roles in
all of the new works. And then
there is Ailey's signature piece,
"Revelations." One of the four
female dancers who rotates
as a principal dancer is Renee
Robinson. She celebrates her
30th season with Alvin Ailey.
"When I first started there
were obvious limitations for
Black dancers particularly
our ability to study certain
techniques but now the
sky's the limit," she said. "I
have done several roles in
"Revelations" but most of-
ten I am the- dancer carry-
ing the umbrella in "-. ,,Ih in
the Water." I feel blessed to
be healthy enough to do this
big dance for so many years.
It was ch re'- r. ii,,-.i in 1960
and our culture was very dif
ferent then. It's amazing that
it still speaks to today's gen-
eration. That was the genius
of Alvin Ailey. He wanted to
show American society how
beautiful Black people are
and that we are a reflection of
God's humanitv.f

Houston's dress, earrings up for auction

By Sandy Cohen
Associated Press

to be an auction, but so soon?
A black velvet dress that be-
longed to Whitney Houston and
a pair of earrings she wore in
The Bodyguard will be sold to
the highest bidder next month.
Celebrity auctioneer Darren
Julien said Sunday the pieces
and other Houston items be-
came available after the sing-
er's unexpected death on Feb.
11 and will be included among
a long-planned sale of Hol-
lywood memorabilia such as
Charlie Chaplin's cane, Clark
Gable's jacket from Gone With
the Wind and Charlton Hes-
ton's staff from The Ten Com-
MORE: Whitney Houston
Julien said celebrity collect-
ibles often become available af-
ter their namesakes die.
"It proves a point that these
items, they're an investment,"
Julien said. "You buy items
just like a stock. Buy at the

right time and sell at the right
time, and they just increase in
But could it be too soon to
profit from Houston's passing?
She was just buried on Satur-
"It's a celebration of her life,"
Julien said. "If you hide these
things in fear that you're go-
ing to offend someone her
life is to be celebrated. These
items are historic now that she
passed. They become a part of
history. They should be in mu-
seums. She's lived a life and
had a career that nobody else

has ever had."
Houston is "someone who's
going to maintain a collect-
ability," he said. "For people
who are fans of Whitney Hous-
ton and never would have had
a chance to meet her and nev-
er got to talk to her, these are
items that literally touched a
part of her life. They are a way
to relate to her or be a part of
her life without moving known
The singer's floor-length
black dress is valued at $1,000
but likely to collect much more.
Same goes for the vest she
wore in The Bodyguard, listed
at $400, and the faux-pearl
earrings that start at $600.
Houston fans and other col-
lectors can bid online, by
phone or in person during the
"Hollywood Legends" auction
on March 31 and April 1. Lots
will be shown during a free
public exhibition beginning
March 19 at Julien's Auctions
in Beverly Hills, Calif., just
blocks from the Beverly Hilton
Hotel, where Houston died at
age 48.

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stroke several years ago and
thanked God for healing her as
she sang. "I've Been Reder-'-d'
to the delight of a standing
audience. The Singing Angels
inspired everyone by sin.zing.
'Great Is The Lord', "How Great
Thou Art', and "'Enjoy Jesus'.
Some of those in attendance
were Tillie Stibbins, Anton
Bell. Evelyn Dorsett, Mamie
Home, Mamie Ivory, Daphne
Johnson, Mae Etta Lowery,
Joe and Shelia Mack June
Miller. Nettie Murphy, Lonnie
McCartney, Ramona Varner,
Henry Williams, Samuel
Williams. Tommie Walker
Annie Adams, and best
dresser. Lucious Rose.
The wedding of the century
between Minister Gregorl
Robinson and Minister Teresa
Martin-Major will take place
on Saturday, March 3rd at
Ebenezer UMC at 3 p.m. The
reception will be held at The
Omega Activity Center, The
public is invited to the wedding
ceremony, but the reception is

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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.

Miami Jazz Society
and Community Cultural
Discovery Exchange will
present a free viewing of
"Eyes on the Prize: America's
Civil Rights Years, 1954
-1965" every Tuesday during
the month of February at 6
p.m. and 8:15 p.m. the Miami
Tower,100 S.E.2nd Street.

Miami Central Alumni
Class of 1978, will meet
on Thursday, February 23rd
at 93rd Street Community
Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m..
For more information contact
Jackie Dean at 786-683-6119

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 madamstrlke@gmail.

The Miami-Dade County
Cooperative Extension will
host its second open house
event on Saturday, February
25th from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,
at 18710 S.W. 288th Street
In Homestead, Florida. Come
and interact with the County's
Cooperative Extension staff
and volunteers, including 4-H/
Youth Development Program

members and leaders. Master
Gardeners will also be on site
to discuss gardening problems
and answer questions.

The Miami
Northwestern Class of
1967 meets on the 2nd
Wednesday of the 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.

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.

The Pan-African Market
will take place on Saturday,
March 3rd, at USA Self
Storage,500 South State Road
7 (Hwy. 441) from 9 a.m. to
5p.m. For more information
call 954-903-8025 or email

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 786-499-2896.

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

B Urban Partnership
Drug-Free Community
Coalition will hold their
monthly meeting on Thursday,
March 15th at the Arthur E.
Teele, Jr. Community Center,
6301 N.E. 2nd Avenue.

The Coalition is an urban
partnership dedicated to the
reduction/prevention of youth
substance abuse including the
use/abuse of drugs/underage
drinking in the greater
Liberty City and Little Haiti
communities of Miami Dade

i 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.

Solid Rock Enterprise,
Inc. Restorative Justice
Academy offers free
consultation if your child is
experiencing problems with
bullies, fighting, disruptive
school behaviors sibling
conflicts and/or poor academic
performance. For information
call 786-488-4792 or visit

MiamDade County
Community Action &
Human 1rvices Head
Start/Earlj Head Start
Open Enrotnent Campaign
for free comprehensive
child care ; underway for
pregnant wonen and children
ages 2 morhs to 5 years of
age residin in Miami Dade
County. applications and
a list of Hed Start Centers
are available at www.
miamidade.ov/cahs or call
786 469-4E2 for additional

Lookin for all Evans
County Hig School Alumni
to create South Florida
Alumni Contct Roster. If you
attended orgraduated from
Evans Coury High School
in Claxton, ;eorgia, contact
305-829-135 or 786-514-

S.A.A (Survivors
Against Vi(ence) is a bible-
based progim for young
people and neets at Betty
T. Ferguson :enter in Miami
Gardens eEh week. For
information intact Minister
Eric Robinsc at 954-548-
4323 or wwvsavingfamilies.

Empowerment Tutoring
in Miami GCrdens offers
free tutoring with trained
teachers. For formation call

Booker 1 Washington
Class of 196;neets the 3rd
Saturday of ech month at
the African Haitage Cultural
Arts Center. Fr information
contact Luciu!King at 305-

Merr Poppins
in Miami hs free open
enrollment fc VPK, all day
program. F( information
contact Lakesha Anderson
at 305-693-108.

Calling healthy ladies
50+ to start softball team
for fun and laghs. Be a part
of this histocal adventure.
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Black artists that never won a Granmy

By Drenna Armstrong

While The Grammy Awards
are known for bringing to-
gether the hottest acts in the
music industry, unfortunately
some of our most talented
artists have never gone home
with their own golden statu-
ette. Drenna Armstrong of
Madame Noire has compiled a
list of Black performers whose
talents have been overlooked:

Yes, one of -
the DIVAS "%
of music has
never won a
Grammy and
I just can't 4,
figure out why.
I saw her at a
Grammy party
last night (I
wasn't there, just watching
online) so there doesn't seem
to be any anger there but...
why haven't they honored a

*throws my computer out
the window* I was REALLY
surprised to read that my
favorite child group never won
a Grammy. They literally had
hit after hit after hit during the
80s and every girl black and
white wanted at least one of
them to herself. I think "N.E.
Heartbreak" was their last real
chance for a Grammy. NARAS
should be ashamed!

Before I get
into how I feel
about this let
me say that
I will never.
EVER forgive
Nasir Jones
for his verse

in the song, /
"Oochie Wal-
lie." I kid you not, we haven't
been right since the song came
out. But that doesn't take
away the fact that this man
should have multiple Gram-
mys. Illmatic was released in

1995 which was before the
Best Rap Album category was
introduced into the Grammys
in 1996; however, since It Was
Written came out in 1996,
it without a doubt should
have won. Real hip-hop just
isn't made for these types of

I guess
beauty, talent
and "it fac-
tor" just aren't
enough, huh?
I mean, "Save
the Best for respect Arrested
Last" wasn't winning the
enough for the
powers that
be?! Do you think that they
remember her Penthouse/ Miss
America fiasco and that's why
she's never won? That couldn't
be it, right?

While I can respect Arrested
Development winning the
Grammv in 1993 for best rap
performance by duo or group,
these men should have no
doubt won an award for "They
Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)."
That song has gone down as
one of the greatest hip-hops
songs ever created and should
have been respected as such.


crazy but
even with
all thaticle to talk about alhe
thas loved for
many years
by most
music lovers.
It's Dark and
Hell Is Hot is
an album that, in my opinion.
was too deep for its own good.
They should have showed the
man some respect during his
more formidable hip-hop years.

Ahhhh. Brookhln's Finest. I
probably could have used the
entire article to talk about all
the ways I love B.i.G but that

would have
been boring,
huh? Some
would say
that he didn't
"peak" in
time to get A
a Grammy {.
which would
be odd
because he peaked "enough"
to get a nomination. Perhaps
there were just too many drug
and sexual references.

I have to believe that the only
reason this legendary group
has never won a Grammy is
because they didn't really
crossover into the mainstream.
There truly can be no other
reason because they still sell
out shows and songs like
"Happy Feelings," "Joy and
Pain" and others that are wor-
thy of Grammys.

As prolific ad well-known
as he was, I supect that Pac
may have beeia little too hard
for the Acaderr. But still, I
would think least two of his
albums were worthy of Gram-

If we can
erase almost
every upt-
empo song &
Brian has
ever recorded
or released,
then we know
his catalog
is almost...
perfect. But ; I look through
his Grammy Dms, I feel like
they've purpcely nominated
him for his cmier songs,
minus "Still,"Anytime," and
"Love of My L:." Brian really
should have vn a Grammy by

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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 3201
N.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-

Miami Jackson and
Miami Northwestern
Alumni Associations are
calling all former basketball
players and cheerleaders
for the upcoming 2012
Alumni Charity Ba'-..eibali
game. Generals call 786-
419-5805, Bufli 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 305-218-6171.

Miami Jackson
Senior High class of 92
is currently planning a 20th
year reunion. If you are a
92 graduate, please contact
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Allen Iverson has reportedly gone from 11-time NBA all-star to financial dead-
beat. The Philadelphia 76ers icon was recently ordered to pay over $860,000 to
a jeweler, and he couldn't cut a check. A Georgia judge has ordered the seizing of
Iverson's bank account, so the relatively little money he has left will be garnished,
reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Iverson was among the biggest superstars in
the NBA, earning more than $154 million during a professional career that began
back in 1996. (This doesn't include endorsement money and other business deals.)

Nas never paid $339,005.49 in federal income taxes he owed for 2010, resulting
in the U.S. government obtaining a lien on his property.
The rapper has a history with the IRS. Public records show that Nas also owes
more than $6 million in back taxes from previous years.

Police say a member of the rap group Travis Porter was arrested when he tried
to go through a security checkpoint at the Atlanta airport with a loaded gun. The
group's hits include "Go Shorty Go."
Atlanta police say 21-year-old Harold Duncan Jr. had a Glock.45 caliber handgun
in his carry-on luggage last Wednesday at 8 a.m. Duncan was jailed without bond,
and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. The jail vebsite says Duncan is
charged with carrying a weapon in an unauthorized location. The TSA says pas-
sengers can transport unloaded guns in a proper carrying :ase in checked lug-
gage, but firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags.

A Los Angeles radio station has pulled two popular talk radio hosts off the air
for comments they made about Whitney Houston.
KFI AM 640 suspended John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, the hosts of the "John
and Ken Show," for "making insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late
Whitney Houston," it said in a statement Thursday.
"Management does not condone, support or tolerate statements of this kind,"
the station said.
According to audio posted online at UrbanInformer.com, the hosts called the
late singer a "crack ho" and said she was "cracked out for 20 years."


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Bobby Brown

honors Whitney

Houston at show

By Thomas Kintner

lowing his brief appearance
at ex-wife Whitney Houston's
funeral Saturday in Newark,
Bobby Brown performed hours
later with New Edition, seeming
in good spirits as he played his
Joining the show late in
planned fashion, Brown strolled
on 10 minutes into the program
for Hit Me Off, his rough growl a
little rougher than the old days.
He embraced his five band-
mates with an easy smile, and
when he addressed the crowd,
he soaked in its adulation be-
fore offering a brief reference to
his place in the news.
"I want to give blessings to
my ex-wife, Whitney Houston, I
love you. I want to give bless-
ings to my kids, my fiancee
(Alicia Etheridge), my brothers,
and each of you."
He threw in at the end of his
moment: "And if you didn't al-
ready know, I go by the name of
bad-a-- Bobby Brown."
Brown, 43, kept any emotions
lingering from the day close to
his black tuxedo vest, offer-
ing his solo number Tenderoni
without a nod to Houston, and
punctuating its silky groove
with a few well-placed pelvic
The reunion tour stop at the
Mohegan Sun started without
the band's lead singer on open-
ing number If It Isn't Love- a

Put one of your new ideas Into action
this week and see how it feels as you
work through your routine. You are in
command of how you think this week, so
use this beneficial energy to accomplish
some of the things you've been wanting
to do. Soul Affirmation: I paint my world
in colors of the rainbow. Lucky Numbers:
10, 19, 24

Every positive idea you have is likely
to be challenged this week, so you may
want to keep your brilliance under wraps
until at least tomorrow. Your ideas are
sound and good; don't take others' rude
behavior personally. Soul Affirmation: I
let go and let the spirit run my life this
week Lucky Numbers: 19, 30, 42

This week's the week to communi-
cate those ideas. People will seem to be
much more receptive and less grouchy.
Make sure that your ideas have some
practical actions that can be taken, so
that people will know how to respond to
you. Soul Affirmation: I love many peo-
ple this week Lucky Numbers: 6, 12, 19

You are the messenger of freedom
this week, and if you are not careful
with your words, you'll find that some
people don't want to be liberated. Not
to worry, just go your merry way and en-
joy yourself. Others will learn from what
you are doing. Soul Affirmation: I let my
instincts light my way this week.Lucky
Numbers: 18,'20, 45






song from Heart Break, an al-
bum New Edition released with-
out Brown. But Brown strode
out for the fourth number of the
night before a sold-out crowd of
more than 7,000.
Brown's My Prerogative was
the life of the evening's party.
He cooled down before the con-
cert's finale, Home Again, keep-
ing his reminiscences generic
as he said, "I lost three great
people in my life in the last year,
but nothing makes me happier
than to be here with you."
As the song, and the 100-min-
ute show, drew to a close, he
lingered on the stage after his
bandmates had left, taking in
one last rousing cheer from an
audience clearly yelling about
more than the music it had just
been served.
Before the concert, fans had
mixed feelings about Brown's
decision to perform on the day
of the funeral.
William McGarrah of Crom-
well, Conn., turned out because
"I grew up on New Edition, and
want to see how Bobby re-
sponds." But he considered the
timing of the appearance "a
little insensitive, and (it) shows
how much he needs the money.
I thought he would take time off
to be with his daughter."
Ayanna Spurlock and her
husband came from West
Hempstead, N.Y., to see the
show because of her long-
standing love for the band.
She thought his appearance so

Your creativity is pulling you in a won-
derful direction. Act on your impulse to
create beauty in your life. Pay attention
when your nearest, dearest friend is
trying to tell you something. Your impa-
tience to get to the next project could
cause you to miss a valuable signal. Soul
Affirmation: Charm is my middle name
this week. Lucky Numbers: 23, 27, 54

Keep a low profile at a family get-
together. Someone wants to scuffle,
but won't be able to if you don't pres-
ent yourself as a target. Your checkbook
needs looking into; you'll feel better if
it's balanced. Soul Affirmation: I am
patient with all that comes my way this
week. Lucky Numbers: 32, 45, 51

Your home life is important to you
this week. Get the family together to
take care of some fall clean-up chores
and make it a party that everyone will
remember with joy. Take the lead on
bringing happiness to the occasion. Soul
Affirmation: I seek connection with the
best that is in me. Lucky Numbers: 23,
43, 46

Denzel's 'Safe House'

shrugs off 'Ghost Rider'

By Scott Bowles

Despite a marketing CPR at-
tempt to jump-start the fran-
chise, Ghost Rider: Spirit of
Vengeance couldn't overtake
last week's movies at the box of-
Vengeance, a sequel to the
critically panned 2007 hit,
took third place this weekend,
snatching up $22 million, ac-
cording to studio estimates
from Exhibitor Relations.
A hip ad campaign, which
focused more on effects than
star Nicolas Cage, prompted

Bobby Brown, former husband of the late Whitney Hous-
ton, performs with New Edition Saturday at Mohegan Sun
Casino in Uncasville, Conn.

soon after the :service showed
"he has bills to pay. It's unfor-
tunate he couldn't be there for
the entire service, because no
matter what happened, she is
still the mother of his child."
Houston died Feb. 11 at the
Beverly Hills Hilton, where the
48-year-old singer's body was
found in her bathtub. Hous-
ton and Brown called it quits
in 2007, after 15 years of mar-
riage and a daughter, Bobbi
Kristina, now 18.
Brown left Houston's service
at New Hope Baptist Church
just minutes after it started.

Daydreaming will work wonders for
your spirit this week. Let your imagina-
tion fly freely and follow up on ideas in a
leisurely way. You are able to accomplish
some very rewarding and life-affirming
tasks. Soul Affirmatin: I celebrate those
around me. Lucky Numbers: 9, 50, 52

Congratulations on your positive atti-
tude this week! Whil6 others may be drag-
ging, your spirit is full of energy. Enjoy the
power-surge of good feelings, and you'll
be lifting others' spirits just by being you.
Soul Affirmation: The true path is mapped
out by my impulses. Lucky Numbers: 14,
17, 19

You'll enjoy a special rapport with a
loved one this week, so use the vibe to
deepen the level of intimacy. Your creativi-
ty allows you to say exactly the right thing
at the right moment. Soul Affirmation: I
give my brain full power this week. Lucky
Numbers: 7, 31, 39

This is a wonderful week to give up a
negative routine, guy! If you've been bit-
ing your nails or sneaking a cigarette,
this week your emotions are centered on
life-affirming habits. Let your natural in-
clination toward perfect health lead you
on your way. Soul Affirmation: My needs
will be met if I just ask. Lucky Numbers:
12, 26, 27

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"My children and I were invit-
ed to the funeral," he later said
in a statement. "We were seated
by security and then subse-
quently asked to move on three
separate occasions. ... Secu-
rity then prevented me from
attempting to see my daughter
Bobbi Kristina.
"In light of the events, I gave a
kiss to the casket of my ex-wife
and departed as I refused to
create a scene. ... I doubt Whit-
ney would have wanted this to
occur. I will continue to pay my
respects to my ex-wife the best
way I know how."

You are very popular at work this
week. Part of your rise in the employee
polls is due to your can-do attitude. An-
other part is the smile on your face as
you consider your wonderful life. Believ-
ing it is being it! Soul Affirmation: It's
bad only if I see it that way. Lucky Num-
bers: 10, 27, 33

paign" directed at young men,
says Joshua Weinstein, box of-
fice analyst for industry site
Thewrap.com, But the movie "is
unlikely to recover from the C-
plus" audiences gave it,
Tim Briody ofBo.xoficeproph-
ets was more blunt. He called
Vengeance a "textbook example
of Unwanted Sequel Syndrome."
Box office holdovers had little
trouble keeping moviegoers in-
terested. The Denzel Washing-
ton thriller Safe House claimed
first place in its second weekend
with $24 million, lifting its 10-
day total to $78.2 million.

Denzel Washington's holdover 'Safe House' was No. 1
at the box office this weekend, followed by holdover 'The

analysts to project at least $30
million in tickets sold. And pre-
liminary tracking reports sug-
gested the movie' was higher
on teens' radar than the first
movie, which made a surprising
$116 million.
But this comic-book adapta-
tion about a stunt motorcyclist
who sells his soul to the devil
will have to kick sales into over-
drive if it hopes to match the
original, which debuted to $45
Vengeance managed a
thumbs-up from just 17 percent
of critics, according to amalgam
site Rottentomatoes.com. Fans
shrugged, giving the film a C-
plus, according to Cinemascore.
The movie "benefited from
an on-target marketing cam-

The love story The Vow took
the second spot, making $23.6
million. The movie, starring Ra-
chel McAdams and Channing
Tatum, has grossed $85.5 mil-
Dwayne Johnson's family ad-
venture Journey 2: The Myste-
rious Island took fourth with
$20.1 million. Island has cap-
tured $53.2 million over two
The only other major release
of the weekend, the Reese With-
erspoon romantic comedy This
Means War, ranked fifth with
$17.6 million, meeting most
of its expectations. Briody
says that War couldn't snatch
enough business from The Vow.
War, he says, "ran smack .into
Channing Tatum's abs."


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past $500

Market value makes tech

titan the world's biggest
By Matt Krantz

A falling apple proves the law of gravity. The
price of Apple stock is proving otherwise -
soaring past $500 a share for the first time on
Powered by the popularity of its mobile de-
vices, such as the iPhone, Apple's stock contin-
ues its breathtaking rise that knocks down any
thresholds that stand in its way. The latest was
the $500-a-share barrier, a new record, as the
stock stormed $9.18 higher to $502.60.
Last month, Apple (AAPL) trounced Exxon-
Mobil (XOM) as the most valuable company. in
the world. Now, Apple's market value is worth
16 percent more than Exxon's. Shares of Apple
have enjoyed 40 percent rise since last February
and a nearly 500 percent gain from five years
"It's a once-in-a-generation company that
reinvents markets and does no wrong," says
Michael Walkley, analyst at Canaccord Genuity.
Apple's astounding rise and dominance of
almost any market it taps is allowing investors
to thumb their noses at all the conventional
wisdom about stocks, including:
The crowd is always wrong. The masses,
which are bullish on Apple stock, have been
dead right. The crowd of money managers, in-
vestors and analysts piling into the stock have
enjoyed one of the greatest rides by a big
stock in recent memory. Of the 40
Wall Street analysts who follow the
stock; 38 rate it a "buy" or "strong
Big companies,
eventually, have '
difficulty main-
taining their
growth rates.
As companies go
from tiny upstarts
to big-cap publicly
traded companies,
eventually their
growth rates moderate.
That's been the case at
Microsoft, Intel and even
Google. But Apple continues to post growth like
a corporate whippersnapper. Apple's revenue
grew 68 percent last year, its fastest rate of
growth in the past five years, S&P Capital IQ
says. Profit, too, jumped 98 percent, also the
fastest clip of growth in the past five years.
Investors need to diversify. With Apple's
stock rising so quickly and consistently, some
investors might wonder if it's the only stock
they need. Most analysts have price targets
on the stock of $560 or much more. "With this
leg up (in the stock), it's been an almost unim-
peded move from $350 a share to almost $500,"
says Scott Kessler of Standard & Poor's, who
has a $650 price target. Apple stock rose 26
percent last year and was the 55th-best stock
in the S&P 500. This year, it's already up 24
percent, making it the 46th best, a respectable
return, given its sheer size.
While Apple has elbowed aside most competi-
tors, there are long-term risks, says Michael
Holt of Morningstar. Some wonder if lower-price
smartphones could be more popular in emerg-
ing nations.


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to success

Four-day summit brings top
female executives to Orlando
By Randy Grice
r orice@miamitin'sonliii.col

South Florida is rich in history with wom-
en that have made tremendous strides in
business. From Juliet Murphy Roulhac, who
was recently appointed as the regional man-
ager for external affairs for Florida Power
and Light to Kymberlee Corry Smith
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JHS board approves union contract


By John Dorscher

Jackson Health Sys-
tem's board approved
three union contracts
Monday in a 4-2 vote,
but only after two ac-
countants on the board
questioned management's
figures on how much
the deals would save
the beleaguered public
hospitals. The approvals
came during a nine-hour
day of committee meet-


My budget will

keep recovery

'on track'

By David Jackson

President Obama said that his proposed $3.8
trillion budget will maintain the nation's nascent
economic recovery, partly through essential spend-
ing on education and job training.
The president also said his budget would reduce
the federal debt by $4 trillion over 10 years, while
increasing investments in jobs, manufacturing,
transportation and education through higher taxes
on the wealthy.
"At a time when our economy is growing and cre-
ating jobs at a faster clip, we've got to do everything
in our power to keep this recovery on track,"
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ings whi,.h als,:, included
21 proIjilljiirncc emll[ b, Chl(if

Strate g'-, Offic .:r Doi nn
Szaro said that he be-
lieves the system, which

has lost $423 million the
past three years, will start
showing steady surpluses
by summer despite fi-
nance department projec-
tions earlier this year that
the system may run out
of cash in August unless
major steps are taken.
Board members com-
plained Szaro's broad pro-
jection was short on de-
tails, noting that it didn't
seem to take into account
the continuing drops in

the number of patient
operations. Members also
expressed doubts about
the savings projected as
part of new agreements
reached last week with
the three bargaining units
of SElU Local 1991, which
represents nurses, other
healthcare professionals
and physicians. Michael
Bileca, president of a
dental services company
and an accountant, said
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Details on the $25B settlement

Facts about the $25 bil-
lion mortgage-servicing
settlement between five
banks and the federal gov-
ernment and 49 states.
More information about
the settlement can be
found at nationalmortgag-
Participating banks.
(AT) Bank of America,
JPMorgan Chase, Wells
Fargo, Citigroup and Ally
What the settlement
does.(AT) Penalizes banks
for alleged deceptive prac-
tices in mortgage-servicing
and foreclosures. Also sets
new standards for carry-
ing out foreclosures.
Who is Hkely to ben-
efit.(AT) Borrowers whose

mortgage is owned by
one of the five participat-
ing banks. The settlement
does not cover loans ser-
viced by other firms or the
millions owned by mort-
gage giants Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac.
Not participating.
(AT) Oklahoma, which an-
nounced a separate agree-
ment with the five banks.

At least $10 billion
for reducing principal on
loans for borrowers who
are either delinquent or at
imminent risk of default
and are underwater -
meaning they owe more on
their mortgages than their

homes are worth.
At least $3 billion for
refinancing loans for bor-
rowers current on their
m.rtggci.;s and underwa-
Up to $7 billion will
go toward other kinds of
assistance, including for-
bearance of principal for
unemployed borrowers,
anti-blight programs and
short sales.
$5 billion will be paid
to federal and state gov-
ernments. Of that, $1.5 bil-
lion will provide cash pay-
ments to borrowers whose
homes were sold or taken
in foreclosure between
Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31,
2011, and who meet other
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Americans are making more these days

Household income

up four percent at

end of 2011
By Paul Davidson

After falling steadily since the
recession began four years ago,
household income appeared to
turn the corner by rising sharply
the last four months of 2011.
Inflation-adjusted median
household income increased four
percent, from $49.434 to $51,413,
from August to December, accord-

ing to a study released Thursday
by Sentier Research. That's the
biggest jump since the start of
the recession in December 2007,
according to an analysis of Labor
Department data by the economic
research firm.
The rise coincides with stron-
ger job growth, modest wage
increases, a longer workweek and
easing inflation. "We seem to have
had a turning point," says Gordon
Green, co-author of the report
and a former economist at the
U.S. Census Bureau.
The study is consistent with
other government reports that

show rising national income in
recent months. But those reports
reflect aggregate or average U.S.
income, which may be skewed by
wealthier Americans. The Sentier
study is more indicative of a typi-
cal household, says Dean Maki,
chief U.S. economist for Barclays
Real median household income
is still seven percent lower than
it was in December 2007 and 3.9
percent lower than in June 2009,
when the recession officially
ended, the study says. Americans'
income continued to fall in the
recovery, Sentier data show, as

more workers sought fewer jobs
and many of the unemployed took
lower-level positions to get by.
The recent rebound in inflation-
adjusted income does not mean
employers are doling out more
generous raises. Average hourly
earnings in January were up
about two percent from a year
ago and have been increasing at
about that pace for two years.
But as economic growth ac-
celerated to a 2.8 percent annual
rate in the fourth quarter from
less than 1 percent in the first
half of 2011, the a.,-ra,3: work
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$25 billion mortgage settlement is step in right direction

By Charlene Crowell
NVP4A columnist

The recent mortgage agree-
ment reached with the nation's
five largest mortgage services
brings the first major consum-
er victory after a nearly year-
long effort. State attorneys
general, working with the De-
partments of Justice and HUD
together announced a $25 bil-
lion settlement for consum-
ers in 49 states. Participating
banks are Ally Financial, Bank
of America. Citigroup. JP Mor-
gan Chase and Wells Fargo.
The largest share of the

settlement more than S20
billion will be dedicated to
financial relief for consumers.
These funds will be used to
assist homeowners with mort-
gages that are in distress or
foreclosure or underwater. now
owing more than the home is
actually worth. Today. nearly
11 million families with mort-
gages now owe more than their
home is worth.
Additionally. mortgage ser-
vicers will pay state and fed-
eral governments S5 billion
in cash. Among these funds.
S3.5 billion will be used to re-
pay public funds spent on the

investigation and to
fund housing coun- .'..'
selors and legal aid.
This funding for
housing counsel-
ing and legal aid is ___
critical to ensur-
ing that homeown- W
ers obtain the loan I
modifications and
refinances prom-
ised in the settle-
ment- In addition. CRON&
because the settlement does
not affect individual lawsuits,
the legal aid funding will help
homeov.-ners defend them-
selves against improper fore-


closure actions involv-
ing mortgage fraud.
service misconduct or
other legal violations.
The remaining Si.5
billion will establish
a Borrower Payment
Fund to provide cash
payments to eligi-
ble borrowers whose
homes were sold or
taken in foreclosure
ELI. between January i.
2008 and December 31. 2013.
This specific initiative is in ad-
dition to restitution already
administered by federal bank-
ing regulators. The value of the

settlement also will increase
if negotiations with nine oth-
er lenders reach a successful

For consumers and commu-
nities seeking financial relief
and fairness, the settlement
offers three key takeaways:
Bank accountability: The
settlement preserves the right
to pursue claims of criminal
violations State attorneys
general can also initiate cases
related to fair lending abuses
and securities fraud.
A stop to robo-signing and
other mortgage servicing abus-
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view foreclosure documents in-
dividually. Before a foreclosure
can lawfully proceed, other
options must be exhausted.
Settlement payments for each
family affected by robo-sign-
ing could receive $2,000. Even
if a payment is accepted, ho-
meowners who have already
lost their homes to foreclosure
could still sue the bank for
Z=r. r,..: enforcement: An in-
dependent monitor will regu-
larly ass;ss bank performance
against a series of measures
related to loan modifications
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Workers gave up cost-of-living increases

continued from 6D

the savings S50
million each of the
next three years -
from the tentative deal
didn't hold up under
scrutiny. 'Some of the
numbers presented
here don't add up."
Bileca, who is also
a Republican state
representative, said
that savings from fur-
loughs shouldn't be
included because they
weren't part of the
bargaining, and other
savings such as no
merit or cost-of-living
increases would
do little to immedi-
1 -- k1- -1- '

Stephen S. Nuell, an
certified public ac-
countant and lawyer,
said he had too had
many questions to ap-
prove the contracts
and voted against ap-
proval. The contracts
generally maintain
base salaries, with
only a three percent
cut to fund pensions,
but the agreement
shaved benefits, such
as $1,000 a year for
flex accounts, the loss
of five personal leave
days and the loss of
another three "educa-
tion days," which the
hospital used to fund
to help nurses keep
their licenses current.

merit or si i .,f1li% inrlg
increases for the next
three years unless
they find efficiencies
or Jackson's finances
turn around, C hI' iF: -
ecutive Carlos Migoya
said both sides i--.-
gained very hard.* If
the board had rejected
the contract, it would
mean that the s., ing1's
would not start March
1 as planned, he said.
Board member Joa-
quin del Cueto praised
the workers for the
concessions. You've
reached in your pock-
et once again to make
sure we can continue
to provide the mis-
sion" of care for the
"n v Q A

The contracts still
need to be approved
by SElU members,
who will be voting
this week, and then
by the Miami-Dade
County Commis-
sion, which could get
the contract by next
week, The other lr:ge
Jackson union, the
American Federation
of State County and
Municipal Employ-
ees, has yet to reach
agreement. Workers
are also bracing for
layoffs, which could
be announced in the
next few days.
"We believe there
are huge opportuni-
ties in 'right-sizing,' "
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p save cash. Workers also gave up poor and uninsured. Szaro

. . Some momes will fund loan modifications

Obama stresses ob training

continued from 6D

Obama said during
a speech at Northern
Virginia Community
College in Annandale,
The proposed hold-
the-line, $3.8 trillion
budget for fiscal year
2013 relies on higher
taxes and spending
cuts just to get annual
deficits below $1 tril-
It calls for taxes to
rise from 15 percent
of the economy today
to 20 percent by 2022
- spending would de-
cline slightly, from 24
percent of the economy
to 23 percent.
As a result, annu-
al deficits that have
topped $1 trillion since
Obama came into of-
fice amid a major re-
cession would decline,
but not as rapidly as
the president promised
three years ago. The
cumulative national
debt would rise from
$15.2 trillion to nearly
$26 trillion over the
coming decade.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-
Wis., chairman of the
House Budget Com-
mittee, denounced the
proposed budget as
"irresponsible," calling
it "a recipe for a debt
crisis and the decline
of America."
The Republican
presidential candi-
dates are also critiqu-
ing Obama's proposed
budget, as our OnPoli-
tics blog reports.
Few people in Wash-
ington expect Obama's
budget to be enacted

in an election year, but
many of its elements
will frame the coming
political contests be-
tween Democrats and
Obama stressed edu-
cation and job training
during his speech at
the Virginia commu-
nity college. He said
a proposed $8 billion
"Community College
to Career Program" is
designed to train some
two million workers for
high-tech careers.
In calling on mil-
lionaires to pay their
"fair share" of the tax
burden, Obama again
called for repeal of
George W. Bush-era
tax cuts for individu-
als who make than
$200,000 annu-
ally, and joint filers
who make more than
"Do we want to keep
these tax cuts for
wealthiest Americans
or do we want to keep
investing in everything
else," Obama said, cit-
ing "education, clean
energy, a strong mili-
tary, (and) care for our
"We can't do both,"
he said. "We can't af-
ford it."
Republicans quick-
ly pointed out that
Obama's proposed
budget projects a defi-
cit of $1.33 trillion
for the current bud-
get year, the fourth
straight year of a defi-
cit above $1 trillion.
Senate Minor-
ity Leader Mitch Mc-
Connell, R-Ky., said
Obama's proposed
budget is nothing more

More money predicted

continued from 6D

week increased from
34.3 hours to 34.5
hours. Meanwhile, in-
flation slowed substan-
tially late last year as
gasoline prices eased,
though gas prices have
ticked up recently.
Maki expects 2.5
percent inflation this
year, down from 3.3
percent in 2011, leav-
ing Americans more
disposable income. As
a result, he estimates
inflation-adjusted con-
sumer spending will
increase 2.7 percent,
up from 1.6 percent
last year. Consumer
spending makes up
about 70 percent of the
Meanwhile, stronger
monthly job gains -
an average 183,000
the past five months,
vs. 143,000 the previ-
ous eight months -
should mean bigger
raises for employees,
but probably not until
2013, Maki says.
Kris Roudebush, 39,
a U.S. postal worker,
has been working 12
extra hours a week

since December be-
cause of the Christ-
mas and income tax
mailing seasons, pro-
viding her an extra
$400 or so a month.
Roudebush, of Wichi-
ta, hasn't boosted her
spending because she
anticipates her hours
will soon be cut and
gas prices could rise.

than "a campaign doc-
ument" designed to
"divide" Americans.
"Rather than reach
out to members of
Congress on a con-
sensus budget, the
president will take this
budget on the road, as
he is today, and talk
about the parts he
thinks audiences will
like," McConnell said.
"What he won't say
is that it's bad for job
creation, bad for se-
niors, and that it will
make the economy
The major political.
battle over Obama's
proposal is about tax
policy. The president
wants to reinstate
higher taxes on those
with incomes above
$250,000 for the first
time since his prede-
cessor, Bush, slashed
taxes in 2001. That
would raise about $1.4
trillion over the com-
ing decade.
Republicans oppose
those tax increases.
Instead, they want to
reduce spending on
entitlement programs,
such as Medicare and
Medicaid, far more
than Obama's pro-

posed $360 billion
over 10 years.
Under Obama's pro-
posed budget, the
deficit would decline
to $901 billion in 2013
and down to $575 bil-
lion in 2018 though
all of that assumes re-
peal of Bush tax cuts
for wealthy.
Sen. Jeff Sessions,
R-Ala, ranking mem-
ber of the Senate Bud-
get committee, called
the president's bud-
get "deceptive" and
charged that much of
what the White House
counts a savings is ac-
complished through
"gimmicks." The White
House counts nearly
$614 billion in sav-
ings over the next de-
cade that comes from
ending the war in Iraq
and presumed savings
that will come from
winding down the war
in Afghanistan.
"All of that is bor-
rowed," Sessions said
of the war spending.
"So when you cease
to spend the money
on the war it's not as
if there's extra mon-
ey coming into a pot
which we can now
spend. "

continued from 6D

conditions. Offi-
cials estimate about
750,000 Americans
will receive $1,500 to
The remaining
$3.5 billion will be

used to repay pub- billion will be paid

lic funds lost as a re-
sult of services' mis-
conduct and to fund
housing counselors,
legal aid and other
public programs de-
termined by attorneys
An additional $1

by Bank of America
to resolve a separate
federal investigation
related to alleged
wrongful conduct by
the bank and Coun-
trywide involving
inflating apprais-
als of Federal Hous-

ing Administration-
insured mortgages,
Half of that $1 billion
will be used to fund
a loan modification
program for Country-
wide borrowers who
are underwater. Bank
of America acquired
Countrywide in 2008.


On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, Buena Vista Apart-
ments a building designated for elderly persons 62
years of age or older and disable will open its waiting
list for 1 br. & 2bd. for only one day and until the last
application is given out.
150 pre-applications for 1br. & 75 for 2bd. will be
available on February 28, 2012 starting from 9am
until the last application is distributed at Buena
Vista Apartments located at 521 SW 6th St. Florida
33130. You must bring an identification or driver li-
cense card in order to get an application.
Pre-application must be fully completed before
mailed via U.S. Postal Service regular or Certified
mail to: Buena Vista Apts. leasing Office located at
800 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, Florida 33139.
Mailed pre-applications must be postmarked by the
waiting list closing date March 2, 2012.
Pre-application may be submitted in person at Bue-
na Vista Apts leasing office located at 800 Wash-
ington Ave. Miami Beach, 33139 from February 29,
2012 to March 2, 2012 during the hours of 8am to
Any Application postmarked or brought to the leas-
ing office after March 2, 2012 will not be accepted
and will be considered void.


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Commissioners Meeting of The
Southeast Overtown/Park West, Omni and Midtown Community Redevelop-
ment Agencies is scheduled to take place on Monday, February 27, 2012 at
5:00 pm, at Hilton Miami Downtown, (in the Symphony Ballroom) 1601 Bis-
cayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. Free parking will be made available across
the street in the Villa 221 IDar'inq lot abutling Burger King, 221 Northeast 17th

All interested persons are invited to ttlend For more information please con-
tact the CRA offices at (w30') 679- I800

(#15458) Pieter A. Bockweg. Executive Director
SInutheast Overtown/Park West,
Omni and Midtown Community
Redevelopment Agencies




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Unemployment claims decline

Applications drop

each week
reports delivered good news on
the economy last Th-nrsrja;
The reports said:
The number of people seek-
ing unemployment benefits fell
to the lowest point in almost
four years last week, the latest
signal that the job market is
steadily improving.
A surge in apartment build-
ing offset a drop in starts of
single-family homes, pushing
housing starts up 1.5 percent
in January from December.
The Labor Department
says the producer price index,
which tracks price changes be-
fore they reach the consumer,
rose 0.1 percent. Wholesale
prices fell by the same amount
in December, in the past 12
months, they have increased
4.1 percent, the smallest rise
in a year.
In the unemployment report,
the Labor Department says


weekly applications for un-
employment benefits dropped
13,000 to a seasonally adjust-
ed 348,000. It was the fourth
drop in five weeks and the
fewest number of claims since
March 2008.
The four-week average, which
smooths out fluctuations in
the weekly data, fell for the

fifth straight week to 365,250.
The average has fallen nearly
13 percent in the past year.
The consistent decline
indicates that companies
are laying off fewer workers,
and hiring is likely picking
up. When applications drop
consistently below 375,000,
it usually signals that hiring

Southwest boosts fares by $1o pei

By Nancy Trejos

Southwest Airlines recently
raised airfares on most domes-
tic flights by $10 round trip.
If matched by other airlines,
it would be the second air-
fare increase of the year. Last
month, airlines raised fares by
$10 each way on long flights.
Typically, when Southwest
raises fares, others follow suit.
American Airlines matched
the increase late last Wednes-
day afternoon.
One other attempt to raise
fares this year failed when
Southwest, the largest low-
cost carrier in the nation, and
other airlines refused to go
along with it.
JetBlue Airways also raised
fares by $10 round trip to most
of its destinations.
Ashley Dillon, a Southwest
spokeswoman, says Southwest

first rolled out the $10 round-
trip increase in fares earlier
this week in Florida, Las Vegas
and Phoenix.
The airline spread the in-
crease across its system except
for flights under 500 miles and
the highly competitive Denver
"We have increased fares to
cover operating costs, includ-
ing the high price of jet fuel,"
she says.
"Southwest is known as the
low-fare carrier, and we don't
nickel-and-dime our custom-
ers by charging fees for things
like checked bags and chang-
Airlines are under pressure
to make up for higher fuel
costs. Other developments also
are forcing them to re-examine
their prices.
A new federal law requires
them to disclose government

taxes and fees when advertis-
ing prices.
That affects airlines such as
Southwest and Spirit, in par-
ticular, because they often ad-
vertise low one-way fares.
The airlines face a proposal
from the Obama administra-
tion to raise taxes on tickets to
fund the air traffic system and
Overseas, a new European
law requires airlines that fly
into and out of Europe to pay
for carbon emissions.
Last year, airlines tried rais-
ing fares 22 times. Only nine
of the increases stuck. That
was after two years of rela-
tively stable airfares.
But Rick Seaney, co-found-
er of FareCompare.com, says
airlines could have a more dif-
ficult time raising fares than
last year.
"It is already difficult for U.S.

Back on the charts
A total of 22 Whitney Houston tunes landed on ^
the oigit31 songs top 200, including: ,

I Will Ala vs Lore You
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
(Who Loves Ve)
Greatest l.,iic >i/ tll
How Will I Know
1 Hale thinhn
Saving All My Lowv for You
One Moment in Time
The Star Spnihi-d Banner

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No 25

No 32

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is strong enough to lower the
unemployment rate.
In the housing report. the
Commerce Depa:rmner. said
construction of single-fam-
ilv homes cooled slightly in
January after surging in the
final month of last year. But a
rebound in volatile apartment
construction kept builders
Commerce says builders
broke ground at a season-
ally adjusted annual rate of
699,000 homes in January.
The rate of 508.000 single-
family homes was a one
percent drop from Decem-
ber and the first decline in
four months. Still, December
single-family homes were
revised up strongly to show
builders started construction
at a 513,000 rate. That's up
from the initial estimate of
Apartment building, a more
volatile category, jumped 14.4
percent. Building permits, a
gauge of future construction,
rose 0.7 percent.

r round trip
airlines to pass on ticket in-
creases to passengers who are
s still stinging from economic
- woes," he says.
"They will continue to try to
raise prices. (But) by doing so,
1 they are testing the appetites
of both consumers and their
peers. If either of these groups
don't like the fare . they will
be forced to roll back "

,. '-, "

-We have increased far
to cover operating costs,
including the high price of
j iet fuel." -Ashley Dillon

Deadline on foreclosure

Homeowners get

more time to get

cases reviewed
By Julie Schmit

Millions of borrowers who
could have their foreclosure
cases checked for errors and
possibly get restitution are
passing up the chance.
Federal banking regulators
announced last week that
they'll extend an April 30
deadline for consumers to re-
quest such reviews to July 31.
Only 89,000 people have
asked for reviews even though
more than 4 million got letters

from the government late last
year telling them that they
could, says Bryan Hubbard,
a spokesman for the Office of
the Comptroller of the Cur-
Consumer groups say pro-
motion was flawed by letters
that were too legalistic and
text-heavy advertisements
that weren't eye-catching.
"They've done a pretty lousy
job on public outreach," says
Ira Rheingold, director of the
National Association of Con-
sumer Advocates.
The reviews are part of last
year's federal settlement with
14 mortgage services and
affiliates who manage home
loans. They're separate from

deal pushed
the $25 billion settlement that
states and the federal govern-
ment reached last week with
some of the same services.
Borrowers hurt by foreclo-
sure abuses could receive help
under both settlements.
Under the first, auditors
hired by the services but
approved by regulators will
review cases. The consumer
letters included a 13-question
form asking people to describe
how they were financially
harmed by the foreclosure
The letters "looked like what
you'd get from a loan scam-
ming company. A lot of them
probably got tossed," says
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women in her time. She taught school, started a newspaper and, in 1903, became the first woman
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Sales of Houston's music

skyrockets after her death


9D THE ,,'(i,! TIMES, FEBRUARY 22-28, 2012

6,500 percent

more copies of

'Love You' sold
By Edna Gundersen

Whitney Houston's catalog
of songs and albums sold
nearly one million copies in
one day after fans learned of
her death on Saturday, Feb.
I Will Always Love You,
Houston's biggest hit, sold
195,000 downloads in the
week ending Sunday, Feb.
12, up from 3,000 copies the
week before, according to
Nielsen SoundScan. The 1992
hit makes its debut on the
digital songs chart at No. 3.
Fans bought 887,000 digi-
tal tracks by Houston, com-
pared with 15,000 the week
before. A total of 22 Houston
tunes landed on the digital
songs top 200.
Postmortem sales of the
diva's albums also surged.
She sold 101,000 albums, up
nearly 6,000 percent from a
week earlier. Of those, 91,000
were downloads. The top
seller, 2000's 36-track Whit-
ney: The Greatest Hits, sold
64,000 copies, up from 600.
The highest of six albums to
re-enter Billboard, it sits at
No. 6.
Consumers scooped up

more Houston albums last
week than in all the preced-
ing weeks of 2012 and 2011
combined, Billboard reports.
A higher tally is expected
after sales are tabulated from
a full week.
In a curious chart twist,
Grammy queen Adele tops
Billboard for the 20th non-
consecutive week, the most
time spent at No. 1 since
Houston's The Bodyguard
soundtrack reigned for 20
weeks in 1992-93. Adele's 21
sold 237,000 copies, up 95
percent, and probably will
enjoy a greater increase after
a full week of Grammy sales
boosts, enabling the British
singer to overtake Houston's
record. Adele's 2008 debut,
19, jumped 10 slots to No. 9,
its highest position yet.
Adele thwarted Van Halen's
A Different Kind of Truth,
which bows at No. 2 with
187,000 copies. Other notable
entries include Now 41 at No.
3 (142,000), The Fray's Scars
& Stories at No. 4 (87,000)
and Paul McCartney's Kiss-
es on the Bottom at No. 5
Madonna's Super Bowl per-
formance goosed new single
Give Me All Your Luvin' one
notch to No. 6 with 165,000
downloads, up 44 percent.
And Like a Prayer rose to No.
32 from No. 112 with 49,000,
up 172 percent.

OD THE *.';:'' TIMES, FEBRUARY 22-28, 2012

Casino gambling revenue shows uptick nationally

More dollars returns to Vegas, but

Atlantic City still struggling

By Bill O'Driscoll

sino gamblers bet more across
the USA in 2011 than the year
before, but industry reports
show they were selective about
where they plunked down their
In Nevada, the largest juris-
diction, gross i r, revenue
reached $10.7 billion, a 2.8
percent rise from 2010. The
increase was \"' ,', J largely
on a resurgence in Las Ve-
gas, which is the biggest city
in that market, according to
the Nevada Gaming Control
Board's annual report released
But in the USA's second-
biggest market, Atlantic City,
gross revenue for last year fell
6.9 percent to $3.3 billion, ac-
cording to the New Jersey Divi-

sion of Gaming Enforcemenr.
in Penns',vania. the third-
largest market, annual gross
gaming revenue topped $3
billion for the first time with
a 21.6 percent increase over
2010, the PennsvIvania Gam-
ing Control Board reports. The
outsized gain in Pennsylvania
can be tied to casino expan-
sion in the state as well as the
state s authorization of table
games in mid-2010, says Bill
Eadington, director of the In-
stitute for the Study of Gam-
bling and Commercial Gaming
at the University of Nevada,
Not all of the USA's 22 states
with casino gaming have
reported their revenue yet
for calendar year 2011. But
through November, the report-
ed total of $32.56 billion was
running 2.3 percent ahead of

the first 11 months of 2010,
unaudited data by the Ameri-
can Gaming Association show.
Association figures don't
include tribal casinos, which
comprise about 40 percent, or
S26 billion, of total U.S. casino
revenue annually, estimates
Stil, the trend of 2011's as-
sociation figures has industry
observers cautiously optimistic

in the aftermath of a recession
that pinched bettors wallets
and from which the casino in-
dustry has vet to fully recover..
"From what I've seen, it
seems in general to be picking
up a little bit. It's not picking
up '90s style, but a little bit,"
says David Schwartz, direc-
tor of the Center for Gaming
Research at the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas.

7 all comes down o rour-
SS como.7 level or. pa--t0ng
-i e:r :one,. sa\s sFrank
Fahrenkopf. president of the
American -Gamin AssociaTion.
\e re talking di.sc.reT'.opnarv
income. Fahrenkopf says of0
'.e 2011 revenue. People have
been on vetr\ ight budgets
and not spending s !nlichi so
this is good news. 200S and
O0 were down and 2010 t ,u-
tened out, and xwe seem to have
started a gradual gain.
States with calendar-vear
increases in revenue through
November. according to the
American Gaming Association
include: Florida, Illinois. Iowa.
Kansas, Maryland. Michigan.
Missouri. Nevada. New Mexico.
New York. Oklahoma. Pennsyl-
vania. Rhode Island and West
States with declines include:
Delaware, Colorado, Indiana,
Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi,
New Jersey and South Dakota.
"Our industry nationwide
is not monolithic," Fahren-

kopf says. Regional markets,
riverboat gaming states like
Missouri. thec did better than
destination resort places.
He also points to special
problem regions, such as .At
lantic City and Reno.
Atlantic City has just gotten
clobbered, he says, look what
happened in states around it,
Delaware. \West \irginia. Penn-
sylvania have gamiing now.
Atlantic City really depends on
the Philadelphia market, and
now if you live in Philly you
don't have to take that long
And while Las Vegas is
surging. northern Nevada
450 miles away continues to
struggle against tribal casinos
siphoning off the drive-up mar-
ket along key highways from
Northern California, he says.
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where you can distinctly point
at Indian gaming and say, 'It
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Obama seeks billions for home energy retrofits, EVs

By Wendy Koch

In his $3.8 trillion budget
for 2013, President Obama
called Monday for $6 billion
to expand home energy retro-
fits and $1 billion to promote
electrical vehicles and build
manufacturing innovation in-
His budget makes another
attempt at the Home Star pro-
gram, which would give hom-
eowners rebates for efficiency
upgrades such as adding in-
sulation, scaling ducts and in-
stalling efficient water heaters,
heating units, windows and
doors. Obama proposed the
idea. once dubbed "cash for
caulkers" in 2010, and while

Home Star passed the House
of Representatives, it never re-
ceived final congressional ap-
"While Home Star is unlikely
to make it through Congress
(this year) due to its price tag,
we hope something more mod-
est might be able to move for-
ward," said Steven Nadel, exec-
utive director of the American
Council for an Energy-Efficient
Economy. He notes that the
Department of Energy's Office
of Energy Efficiency and Re-
newable Energy is up 47 per-
cent compared with this year.
Overall, the Department of
Energy is one of the budget
winners. Its $27.2 billion bud-
get request represents an in-

crease of at least three percent.
Included is a 29 percent in-
crease for renewable energy. To
offset this spending, the White
House proposes to eliminate
$4 billion in annual incentives
for oil and gas companies.
To meet overall spending
caps, Obama's budget cuts
funding for several depart-
ments or agencies. Among
them is the Environmental
Protection Agency. Its request
of $8.3 billion is $105 million
below its 2012 spending level.

President Obama, who's
proposing a $6 billion pro-
gram to spur home energy
retrofits in his 2013 budget.

Cases will be reviewed Unique forum brings Black female execs to Florida
DEADLINE The settlement cov-

cont inued from 9D

Deboruh Goldberg,
of the National Fair
Housing Alliance.
The OCC, oversee-
ing the settlement with
the Federal Reserve,
has not estimated how
much the settlement
will cost services. In
addition 'to examining
the cases of borrowers
who ask for reviews,
auditors are sample-
checking 100,000 oth-
er foreclosure cases,
Hubbard says.

continued from 6D
nnd foreclosure. Any
violations found will
trigger penalties up to
$1 million per violation
or up to $5 million for
certain repeat viola-
tions. Joseph A. Smith,
most recently the North
Carolina Commission-
er of Banks, will over-
see implementation of
the new servicing stan-
In June 2010. CRL
research found that
Black and Latino hornm-

crs people who were
harmed in foreclosures
in 2009 and 2010, if
their service is part
of the settlement. More
information is at inde-
With the $25 bil-
lion settlement, $1.5
billion will go to up
to 750,000 consum-
ers payouts could
be about $2,000 de-
pending on borrower
response. Payouts
won't require loan re-

continued from 6D

and Ericka Turk-
Moore who have be-
come the newest
members at delancy-
hill, P.A, women are
making their mark.
Many of these women
joined other female ex-
ecutives at last week's
Black Enterprise
Women of Power Sum-
mit in Orlando.
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tive leadership confer-
ence was aimed at of-
fering a unique forum
for women of color to

owners with mortgag-
es lost $350 billion of
family wealth through
foreclosures. A 2011
foreclosure update by
CRL again found that
these communities
of color continued to
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sumers had high credit
scores of 660 or more,
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times more likely than
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move in 786-488-5225
1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$425 Mr. Willie #6

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

1245 NW 58th Street
Studio,$395 per month. All
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19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

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, ono bath
$350 month. $575 move
In. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LDC TV.
Call Joel

140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$500, 786-236-1144 or

14041 NE 2 AVENUE
One bedroom, two baths. Se-
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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

1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm., one bath. $350
monthly. $575 move in.
Three bdrms, two bath.
$550 monthly $850 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call

1541 NW 1 Place
One bedroom $400, Studio
$390. Very Quiet.
Call 786-506-3067

1545 NW 8 Avenue
One bedroom $700. two
bedrooms $760. free
water, no credit check.
Call 786-506-3067

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 786-506-3067

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

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




1801 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$550 monthly. S850 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.
2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
320 NW 2 Avenue
Hallandale. Move in for only
$685. One bdrm, one bath,
includes water. $625 monthly.
415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $495.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

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,
$900 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.
6832 NW 5 Place
Studio $110 weekly, $500 to
move in. 786-286-2540
7520 N.E. Miami Court
One bedroom. $625 monthly,
free water. $1250 to move
9200 NW 25 Avenue
One bedroom, free electric
and water. $625 monthly.
$1250 to move in. Call 305-
691-2703 or 786-515-3020.
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
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Walking distance to school
from $400 Remodeled
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bdrms: two baths Central air.
laundry, gated. Office 1023
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No security deposit re-
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included 305-603-9592.
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$750 monthly 786-356-1722
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20022 SW 123 Drive
Section 8. rno deposit four
bedrooms tWo baths tled
floors, central air. washer/ory-
er gated community S1200.
Three bedrooms two baths,
Section 8 Welcome


10100 NW 26 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
central air. fenced yard.
First, last and security. $900
monthly. 305-986-8395.
1250 NW 58 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances. $900 monthly.
131 NW 32 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $595.

1602 N.W. 85 St.
Two bdrms. $850 monthly.
786-506-1739, 770-507-8094
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.
1877 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, $900 monthly
Section 8 Welcome. 305-331 -
2431 or 786-419-0438.
211 NW 41 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
conveniently located, new
renovation. Section 8 Only!
2464 N.W. 44th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $975 per month,
move in special,
271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one
bath, $875; three bdrms.,
two baths, $1275. Free
water and electricity,
2744 N.W. 49th Street
Must see! Spacious two
bedrooms, one bath. Call
3065 NW 92 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 welcomed. Call
330 NW 82 Terrace Rear
One bedroom, one bath cot-
tage, all new, $650 monthly,
4425 NW 23 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$600, four bedrooms, two
baths, $900. Appliances,

5012 NW 1 Avenue
Car port, pattio, ac, large,
$850 monthly. Call Rod
5093 NW 2nd Avenue
Two bdrms, two baths, wa-
ter included. 305-724-7898

775 NW 47 Street
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath units. Family neighbor-
hood. Completely renovated,
new appliances. Section 8
Only. 305-975-1987.
7985 NW 12 Court
Unit, older person responsi-
ble. Section 8 Welcome.
Call 786-768-5855
8001 NW 11 Court, Apt. 2
Spacious one bedroom, walk-
in closet. $650 monthly, in-
cludes water, $1800 to move
in. tile floors, 305-305-2311
180 Terr $1350 monthly
183 St $1300 monthly
199 St $1300 monthly
44 St $875 monthly
7 St $1000 monthly
74 St S650 monthly

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Nce unt 'o- rent.
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5422 NW 7 Court
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13377 NW 30 Avenue
Extra large. $95 weekly. free
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305-474-8186 305-987-9710
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
2168 NW 98 Street
S85 weekly, free utilities.
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
7110 NW 15 Court
Share two bdrm. house. $130
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83 Street NW 18 Avenue
9200 NW 25 Avenue
$320 a month, S320 to move
in. 786-515-3020 or
9800 NW 25 Avenue
Rooms for rent, all utilities
paid, call 786-332-0682.
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055.
Free cable, air.
Clean, nice, and air. $400
monthly. Call 786-426-6263.


1244 NW 45 Street
Three bdrms, new bath, cen-
tral air, new renovation, Sec-
tion 8 Only! 305-975-1987.
1311 NW 178 Terr
Four bedrm, two bath, $1700
monthly. 786-253-3364
133 Street and NW 18 Ave.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776
1417 NE 152 Street
Section 8 welcome. Three
bdrm. One bath. $1000
monthly. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. C411 Joel 786-355-7578.
1514 NW 74 Street
Section 8 Preferred, three
bedrooms, one bath, fenced
yard, central air, ceiling fans,
refrigerator, stove. Washer,
dryer, security bars, awnings.
$1,375 mthly. $500 security.
Call 786-218-4646
1737 NW 49 Street
Three bdrms., two bath, Sec-
tion 8, 786-477-0531.
1782 NW 63 Street
Newly remodeled, wood
floors, two bdrms, one bath.
$1095. 305-642-7080
1859 NW 68 Street
Three bdrm, one bath, large
fenced in yard, central air and
tile. Section 8 okay. Call:
2049 NW 68 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one
and half bath, $1025,
stove, refrigerator, air,

21958 SW 124 PL
Beautiful four bedroom,
two bath. On a cul-de-sac,
recently remodeled kitchen,
granite counters. Central
air, screened back patio,
wooden backyard privacy
fence, separate living, din-
ing, den, and study. $1600
monthly, $500 security
deposit. Call 954-665-8270.
2330 NW 97 Street
One bedroom, $760 monthly.
2878 NW 196 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
S1100 monthly. 954-243-
2901 NW 158 Street
Updated four bedroom, two
bath. tile, central air 51495
monthly. 305-662-5505.
3101 NW 164 Terrace
Three bedrooms two baths.
den. air. $1.250. No Section
8. Terry Dellerson. Broker.
781 N.W. 77 Street
One bedroom ,vth air. S600
monthly 305-742-1050
8231 NW 14 Court
Four bedrooms 2 baths cen-
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Arco'a Park, 305-975- 1987
845 NW 84 Street
To bec-co"o-s one bath.
$1000 No Secton 8 Cai
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last and secrunty to move
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Behind in Your Rent? 24
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Six bedrooms, four baths,
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By Christopher S.
Rugaber and
Derek Kravitz
Associated Press

healthier job market
that's lifted the econ-
.omy in recent months
shows no signs of
Applications for un-
employment aid are
near a four-year low,
raising expectations of
further hiring gains.
More jobs and tame
inflation are giving
consumers more buy-
ing power. Their high-
er spending could fur-
ther boost growth and
lower the unemploy-
ment rate for Febru-
ary for a sixth straight
Even the troubled
housing market is
benefiting. Builders
expect improved sales
in the near future. In
response, they're plan-
ning to break ground
on more homes.
"The housing starts
and unemployment
claims numbers add
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Naroff Economic Ad-
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Thursday reinforced
that message:
Weekly applications
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ally adjusted 348,000,
the Labor Department
said. That's the low-
est level since March
2008. Unemployment
applications have
dropped 11 percent in
four months.
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The South Florida King Clas-
sic recently marked its 18th
year of bringing some of the
country's best high school
basketball players to South
Florida for an old-fashioned
shootout. Twenty-three com-
peted from across the U.S. in
the tournament and many of
South Florida's .:'_-rn.isr play-
ers once participated before
college and the pros including
Udonis Haslem, James Jones
and Tim James.
One bonus for Heat fans was
the inclusion of two teams in
this year's tourney: Harold L.
Richards High School [Oak
Lawn, ILI the high school of
Dwyane Wade and Lincoln
High School [Dallas, TX), the
high school of Chris Bosh.
Bosh attended the game to
support his alma mater.
"I've seen every NBA and
NFL player that came through
South Florida here," said Wes-
ley Frater, a former Central

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PANTHER POWER: The boy's basketball team for Dillard
High continues to represent their school with pride and outstand-
ing play. Dillard, the first public school for Blacks in Ft. Lauder-
dale, has been ranked as one of the State's best.

High player (1980) and founder
of the Tournament of Champi-
ons. "The best players in Flori-
da are here."
Norland's senior guard and
forward, Cleon Roberts, said
that having Bosh in the stands

Whitney and Super Bowl XXV
The sports world mourn- dustry, she played a pivotal
ed the loss of Whitney role in one of the most im-
Houston last week. But portant games and times
some may not realize that in U.S. history. The year
besides her contributions was 1991 and the nation
in the entertainment in- was at war. While we were

was added motivation for the
Vikings in their game against
Lincoln, whom they defeated,
"You know we wanted to do
more and play harder because
we heard Chris Bosh was here,"

able to enjoy this coun-
try's pastime at home and
celebrate the pageantry of
the Super Bowl, our troops
were risking their lives to
ensure that we could con-
tinue to enjoy that liberty.
The game featured the Buf-
falo Bills and the New York
Giants a game that will
go down in history as one of
the more memorable chap-
ters in the storied history of
this game. A major story in
the days and weeks follow-

Roberts said. "We never had a
tournament this big here."
Frater says it was the lack of
major local basketball tourna-
ments that was the impetus for
starting the King Classic.
"Jackson and Carol City had
tournaments back in the day,"
Frater said. "But once those
stopped teams had to go else-
Central alumni and bas-
ketball player, Tony Fairley,
who holds the NCAA record
for most assists in one game
(22), said that the tournament
highlights under-appreciated
Four time state title winner,
Dillard High School [Broward]
Head Coach, Darryl Burrows,
who has has participated in
the MLK Classic all 18 years,
applauded Frater for his ef-
"Mr. Frater started with a
dream to profile local talent;
it has served to give more rec-
ognition to high school basket-
ball," he said.
Monsignor Pace junior for-

ing the game was the soul-
stirring rendition of "The
Star Spangled Banner" by
Houston. It was so power-
ful that the song found its
way into rotation at pop
radio stations around the
country; it was inspiring
to Americans everywhere
particularly those engaged
in battle in the Persian
Gulf. America, for a mo-
ment, was united and on
center stage of our nation's
biggest sporting event was

NORLAND KNOWS SUCCESS: The Vikings boy's team hopes
to advance to the playoffs again. In recent years both they and the
girl's team have enjoyed success five state championships in

total since 2006.
ward, Malik Price-Martin, said
that he looks forward to the
tournament every year.
"I've played since my fresh-
man year," said Price-Martin,

Whitney Houston. On that
day she delivered one of
her finest performances at
at time when it was sorely
needed. The Gulf War had
just started a little over
a week prior to the game.
Fans were actually pat-
ted down and searched as
they entered the stadium,
things were becoming very
different in our country.
Yet here she was amidst all
the chaos, amidst all of the
security with SWAT teams

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who is being courted by Ohio
State, Louisville, Kansas State
and Miami. "The teams are al-
ways good and the games are
always good."

and sharpshooters in plain
sight. The emotion in the
stadium and around the
world was undeniable, the
jet fighters roared the ap-
proval of Americans world-
wide as she triumphantly
finished the song in dra-
matic fashion. Yes we will
all miss Whitney Hous-
ton, may she rest in peace.
Thanks for the memories
and thank you for that one
shining moment in U.S.
sports history.

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