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CDBG cuts impact

seniors the most

N. Miami, Miami and
Hialeah take biggest
reductions in CDBG funds
By D. Kevin McNeir
knicneir @niaminrimesonline.com

The Florida Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments today over -
whether redrawn redistricting maps meet constitutional requirements.
The State Senate, House and Attorney General believe the maps should
be approved and want the Court to be limited in their reviewing power.
But according to State Representative Mack Bernard (D-Dist. 84, West
Palm Beach), the justices are simply doing their job to ensure that maps
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From Miami City Hall to the mayor's offices
in North Miami, Hialeah and Miami Beach,
the message issued last week was the same
- President Barack Obama must restore
sorely-needed federal funding to their com-
munities for the sake of thousands of senior
citizens and youth throughout Miami-Dade
The County and four cities make up one-
sixth of the 30 cities and counties that
took the greatest cuts nationwide, accord-
ing to HUD, the federal department that
Please turn to FUNDS 10A

Liberty Square sees rise in gangs, violence

Officials call for partnership that includes community voices the violence. So what is the an- or they are the adult children person violating the condi-
swer? of tenants," said Major Keith tions of their lease and caus-
By D. Kevin McNeir housing apartment complex single-most dangerous area "We have found that while Cunningham, who serves as ing havoc, that individual puts
kimneir'mimitiiiesionline.corn often referred to as the Pork & in the city. Now with three some tenants are causing the commander of the North everyone in the neighborhood
Beans that stands as the old- shootings since last Friday, problems in the Square, most District for the City of Miami at risk."
Drive-by shootings and est project for Blacks in the police and community activists of the situations ending in vi- Police Department an area
Black-on-Black crime have South. In just a two-month pe- agree that the recent aciumon olence are because o0 people that includes Model City, Little GANG WARS ARE LEADING
become second nature to the riod near the end of last year, of more beat officers and sur- who are not on leases here Haiti and the upper Eastside. REASON FOR VIOLENCE
residents of Miami's Liberty residents dealt with 13 shoot- veillance cameras, while good often they're visiting someone "When you have 10 families "This community is being
Square a 753-unit public ings, officially making it the ideas, were not enough to stem and bring along their friends living here peacefully and one Please turn to VIOLENCE 10A

Wilson challenges

colleague's remarks

Says District's needs
"don't fit Democratic
Party's mantra"
By D. Kevin McNeir
knit cii ir(( iainitineso li '.coiri
In a Miami Herald article published
on Feb. 19th, U.S. Representative Steve
Israel (D-New York, District 2) said that
[the Democratic Party] "look forward to
re-electing Rep. Wil-
son, so she can con-
tinue to fight for the
middle class fami-
lies of this district."
But Wilson says that
while she appreci-
ates the support of
her c,-,l, e and
ISRAEL the Party in her bid
against challenger
Rudv Moise. that Israel's assessment of
her 'Oc.i" is way off base.
"Everyone who lives in the State of
Florida knows m\ fight is for every per-
son living here who looks like me." she

said. "That may not be politically correct,
but that is who I am. We are not a rich
district recent data shows that Dis-
trict 17 is suffering more than any other
in the country. We have had meetings to
address this problem so it's no secret."
Wilson says she believes Israel spoke
from the national platform of the Demo-
cratic Party.
"The Democrats want to close the gap
because they say the middle class no
longer exists." she said. "But that's their
mantra, not mine."
Israel was asked to clarify his com-
ment but chose to stick to his public
statement as quoted.
Wilson says her concern
rests not with com-
ments made on the ..
national level but -
rather on reports that
have recently come to
her district offices here in
South Florida. Specifi-
cally. she says she
is troubled by calls -
that indicate that '' .
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Family to sue for

k- lead poisoning
By Randy Grice Liberty City. The park has
S/ rgrice@ iaiiiiiiesoline.coi since been closed to the pub-
lic and many have followed
It was almost one year ago recommendations to have
when officials first admitted their children and themselves
I. that traces of lead had been tested for lead poisoning. It
discovered at Olinda Park in Please turn to LEAD 8A

B I .i VICTIMS OF LEAD POISONING: One-year-old Kobe Hargrove, (1-r);
Jameelah Witherspoon, 9; Emonne Merritt, 3; and Darrel Payne, 6 with
Their parents, Sonia Merritt, 37; and Alex Hargrove, 39. Attorney Regi-
nald J. Clyne (top, right) is representing the family.
--Mami Times pholo/Randy rGnce

Mayor Brown overcomes party friction
Jacksonville's chief employs strategic moves
to put people back to work without tax hikes

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmcneir@ miamitimesonline.com

In a time when one of the few
things we can count on is witness-
ing one example after another of po-
litical leaders going out of their way
to denigrate the opposition's party,
Jacksonville's first Black mayor, Al-
vin Brown, 49, has found a way to

minimize friction and reduce squab-
bling. In a city with 14 Republicans
and five Democrats on the City
Council, he has still been able to
pass a budget without raising taxes
[16-to-1 vote], gotten support for his
plan to reform City government and
worked out an amiable contract with
the Fraternal Order of Police. And
Please turn to MAYOR 10A

Alvin Brown, Jacksonville mayor

Better odds needed in race-based admissions fight

By DeWayne Wickham

Mv first reaction to the U.S.
Supreme Court's decision to
hear a challenge to the Univer-
sity of Texas' admissions policy
was to mount a fierce defense
of the school's effort to bandage
the gaping wounds in our edu-
cation system.
In Texas. 90 percent of all

slots in the freshman
class are reserved for
residents who gradu-
ate from high schools in
the Lone Star State. The
vast majority of these
positions 188 percent in
2008)1 go to students who
finish in the top 10 per-
cent of their high school


reserved for Texas high
school graduates go to
students who qualify on
the basis of a second-tier
crteia that permits race
to be considered a-oncg
many other factors.
The case the justices
w::a consider in the :all
was brought by Abiai

class. The rest of the positions

high school class ranking was
too iow to get her into the Uni-
versity of Texas through the Top
Ten Percent Plarn. and whose
SAT score '..-as too low to make
her a competitive applicant in
the second tier. according to the
N nonetheless. the conser-:a-
:ve-do .: ed F:s e 'o.h. has
as-eed :. hear ?:s.e. r .a.-

that she w.as denied admission
into the university because of
her race a brash assertion of
.-hite privilege that might give
the court's right-vingers the
opening they need to strike a
death blow to affirmative action
in h',her education.
I't .akes sense for civil rights
groups, to counter this attack
with iegas briefs and arguments.

But it is '.. .!-n:r. for them to
stake a lot on the outcome of
this case. Instead, they should
treat it like a h.,.iri, action in
a wider war, while preparing for
a bigger. more winnable fight.
That campaign should be waged
over getting rid of all standard-
ize-d tests as a requirement for
college ad mission. It should
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For Blacks in Miami, staying

indoors may be safest bet

In the past two years, Miami has seen a dangerous rise
in the number of police-involved shootings of Black
men. Most of these men were armed and probably con-
sidered dangerous. But it's disheartening to find that in case
after case, the State Attorney's Office continues to rule in
favor of police officers who some are convinced were guilty of
shooting first and asking questions later.
We are the first to admit that being a police officer is a
dangerous job one that requires true commitment, cour-
age and the ability to make split-second decisions that are
often the difference between life and death. And we support
the men and women in blue who keep the streets of Miami
and Miami-Dade County safe. But it seems clear that there
are some police that simply do not understand or care about
Blacks they are not as innocent as reports of "justified
shootings" would indicate.
It was a good decision to eliminate beefed up SWAT teams
that in the past swooped down on mostly-Black neighbor-
hoods every New Year's Eve. But more training needs to be
done, more sensitivity needs to be instilled in officers, par-
ticularly those whose beats are in our communities. Inroads
must be immediately established so that Blacks of all ages,
men, women and children, can learn to trust those who are
sworn to "protect and serve."
Of course we cannot ignore the fact that Black-on-Black
crime is on the rise. Sometimes we are our own worst ene-
mies. But with the poor record of officers shooting and often
killing Black men in Miami, only to be cleared of all respon-
sibility, change is needed now. If better minds cannot find
a way to make these changes swiftly and immediately, the
safest place for Black men to be in Miami may well be sitting
on their porches engaged in a quiet game of dominoes or
watching cable television indoors.

Redistricting plans could

silence Black voices
When the famous Black abolitionist Frederick
Douglas said, "Absolute power corrupts abso-
lutely," he could have been referring to Repub-
licans who currently dominate state"and national seats in-,
the Senate and the House of Rcprcesntativcs. IThei aitcb'L
move -- pushing for new redistricting maps is suppos-
edly based solely on the latest. U.S. Census numbers. But
we tire not convinced. This is about power and control -
plain and simple. And those who stand to lose the most
are Blacks. Meanwhile, the growing Hispanic populations
in Miami-Dade County and across the state are the ones
who stand to gain the most. If current trends and actions
are allowed to continue, we could soon see political districts
where the number of legal voting Blacks has been diluted to
such an extent that our unique needs and desires may be
easily ignored. Why? Because politicians won't need us in
order to remain in office. The constituency that will hold the
key to victory or defeat will be Hispanics.
Blacks have fought and died for too long in this country
to allow right-wing politicians to move in and use their in-
fluence to change the landscape to our disadvantage. The
newly-redrawn districts as they stand, at least for the mo-
ment, could successfully silence our voices for a very long
time. Republicans seem to have devised a strategy to get
around the decision of voters in 2010 when we told them we
wanted in fact demanded that Florida guarantee fair
districts for its citizens. But there is one way to get politi-
cians we don't like out of the way vote them out of office.

Is Opa-locka trapped

by bad politics?
The history of Opa-locka is that it was fashioned
after the children's story of "The Arabian Nights"
with many of its buildings reminding us of mythical
dwellings from the land of enic.-; harems and camels. But
this is not a city of make believe. It's a mostly-Black town
that since its relatively-recent incorporation, continues to
have serious mowing pains and unfortunate scandals.
The political intrigue that has become associated with
Opa-locka is something that negatively reflects on our abil-
ity to govern ourselves. Mayors have been reprimanded on
more than one occasion, election procedures have been
questioned as less than ethical and the revolving door of
city managers and others has kept the city locked in a per-
petual state of discontinuity.
There have even been complaints about how the police
treat the Black community. And then. with drugs dealers
and other criminals setting up camp in some well-known
parts of the city. it's a wonder that folks are still moving
there. But Opa-locka is home to many of us and it's actu-
ally a pretty nice place to live. However, its leaders need to
regroup and move their city on a new trajectory. The reality
is that we cannot allow ourselves to fall in step with what
former white leaders may have done. letting nepotism and
bad ,'i.invnti serve as the standard of the day. We come
from kings, queens and brilliant minds from the Mother-
land. We were performing medicine, studying astrology and
developing notions of spirituality when whites were still in
caves. Have we forgotten who we are? We encourage Mayor
Myra Taylor and her City Commission to shake the dust off
and get on with business. Our people are counting on you.
We believe Opa-locka's leaders can turn things around -
at least we hope so.

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The Black Press believes that America can best lead the
wordd from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regaraess of race, creed or color, his or her 'Au-ad Suilu Otuat.aens
human and legal rights. Hating no person, fearing no person,
the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief A,
that all persons are hurt as long as anyone is held back.


BY EUGENE-ROBI NSN,eugene-rbirn n@washingtonpost.com

We've heard this quicken-
ing drumbeat before. Last
time, it led to the tragic inva-
sion and occupation of Iraq.
This time, if we let the drum-
mers provoke us into war
with Iran, the consequences
will likely be far worse. Weap-
ons of mass destruction. A
madman in charge. Mush-
room clouds. Tune out the
anxiety-inducing percussion
and think for a minute. Yes,
there are good reasons to
be concerned about the Ira-
nian nuclear program. But it
doesn't follow that launching
a military attack or provid-
ing support for an attack by
Israel -- would necessarily be
effective, let alone wise. The
evidence suggests it would be
Obviously, Iranian officials
are lying when they say their
nuclear program is entirely
for peaceful purposes. But
it is clear that Iran does not
yet have the ability to build

needed to avoid Gulf War III

a nuclear weapon and un-
clear whether the Iranian gov-
ernment, if and when it does
achieve that capability, will
take that final provocative
step. If you string together
enough examples of the apoc-

to the interests of Israel, the
U.S. our Western allies and
the Arab states of the Persian
Gulf. But it does not act in
ways that are inherently irra-
tional. The regime wants Iran
to be able to dominate the re-

The Iranian government acts in ways that are inimical to
the interests of Israel, the U.S. our Western allies and
the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. But it does not act in
ways that are inherently irrational.

alyptic, anti-Semitic rhetori-
cal venom that spews regu-
larly from both religious and
secular authorities in Iran,
you might believe that as soon
as the first nuclear-tipped
missile came off the assembly
line it would be sent hurtling
toward Israel.
But if you look at the way
the regime actually behaves,
you'd have to conclude other-
wise. The Iranian government
acts in ways that are inimical

gion as it did in the days of the
Persian Empire. Like all dic-
tatorial governments, it also
wants to perpetuate its hold
on power. Achieving nuclear
capability would serve both
these goals; a suicidal at-
tack against Israel or the U.S.
would serve neither. My guess
is that the Iranians might
stop short of actually testing a
nuclear device. Simply letting
the world know they're able
to make one would give them

the added clout they seek.
To be sure, a world with a
nuclear-capable Iran would
be a more dangerous place
- especially for Israel and
the U.S., but also for Saudi
Arabia and every other nation
within missile range. But is
there an alternative?
I am not convinced that an
Israeli air attack, even with
logistical support from the
U.S. and its regional allies,
would be able to accomplish
more than delay the nuclear
program by a few years. We're
not talking about some kind
of one-day "surgical" strike. It
would be war. Are you ready
for Gulf War III? If not, the
only choice is to continue with
diplomacy and sanctions.
They aren't great options but
they're the best we've got.
Eugene Robinson is a Pulit-
zer Prize-winning newspaper
columnist and the former as-
sistant managing editor of The
Washington Post.

Blacks will suffer most from Pell Grant cuts

It appears that with every
proposed budget cut, Congress
slices just a bit m-o-r-e from
the American Dream of equal
opportunity in education. Black
students, as well as other
minority groups, will especially
feel the deep slash of cuts aimed
at the federal Pell Grant.
The Pell Grant has been
the means by which so many
Black students have been able
to further their education. And
everybody knows that education
is the one proven route available
for Black students to become
leaders in business; to improve
their lives and the lives of others.
Now, Congress- charged with
looking out for the best interest
all U.S. citizens -is targeting the
very means by which the majority
of Black students are able to
access a college education.
What was once considered a
public good is quickly turning
into a costly private investment.
Higher education will soon be
unattainable by those in low-
to-moderate income families,


creating a greater divide between
the wealthy and the middle and
lower class.
In a move that puts them at
odds with President Obama,
members of the House are
proposing a reduction in the
yearly maximum budgeted
for Pell Grants. They are

without assistance?
Students will also be required
to enroll in 15 credit hours per
semester instead of 12. Working
students those who do not
have the luxury of focusing
100 percent of their time and
attention on their coursework
- will have to struggle that

Obama speaks of our nation being among the best and
the brightest, but slashing the funding needed to shape
future Black leadership greatly undermines that claim.

attempting to bring the current
cap of $5,550 down by a few
hundred to a few thousand
dollars. Eligibility requirements
would become stricter, as
well. It has been suggested
that the annual household
income limit be reduced from
$30,000 to $20,000. Do these
representatives really believe
that those who are barely getting
by on that meager $10,000
more each year are going to be
able to fund a child's education

IAVIS, NNPA Columnist

much riore to complete their
education in a limited number
of years. This added stress can
cause a student's grades to
suffer, which will in turn affect
the amount of assistance they
Colleges and universities that
have a higher Black student
population, such as Howard
University, Tuskegee Institute
and Texas Southern University,
will also see major cuts, nearly
36 percent, in special programs

and grants for students.
These cuts, which will have
such a huge impact on Black
education, are going to hinder
the advancement and growth
of businesses owned by Blacks.
Without the benefit of higher
education, the strength of
leadership within the Black
community is going to wane.
Obama speaks of our nation
being among the best and
the brightest, but slashing
the funding needed to shape
future Black leadership greatly
undermines that claim. We
cannot sit idly by and watch
as the current leaders of our
nation make the wrong choices
for our young Black students,
Higher education should not
be a privilege that is only
available to the wealthy. If we
truly believe that education is
the key to success in life, the
opportunity should be available
to every American, regardless of
their income level.
Ron Busby is the president of
U.S. Black Chamber, Inc.

The Black church: An amazing gift to all

America is blessed by the
presence of the effective and di-
verse ministries of the Black
church. Several weeks ago, mil-
lions of Americans, as well as
millions of others throughout
the world. were transfixed and
glued to their television sets and
laptops as they watched the dra-
matic vet graceful. transforma-
tive dignity of the Black church
during the four-hour live broad-
cast from the New Hope Baptist
Church in Newark. New Jersey
of the funeral celebration of the
life and legacy of Whitney Eliza-
beth Houston. For many this was
their first in-depth witnessing of
how the Black church functions
in the social and religious set-
ting of American society It was
an uplifting and inspirational ex-
perience and a global "teachable
The prayers, the < hoir, th.- so
los. the numrerouv, trstientai<
and the eulo ,'.t rr fii f t 1r
spirit, substanc- ,Indl powvf ,1

the tradition of invoking the re-
demptive service and gift of the
unique ecclesiology of the Black
church. The Black church has
not only been the historic back-
bone of the civil rights movement
in the U.S. it continues today
to be the mainstay where the
spirit and soul of Black America
reverberates with the essence of

efficacy of the contemporary
Black church. In Rahway, New
Jersey at the Agape Family Wor-
ship Center, I heard the eloquent
and dynamic sermon of Pastor
Lawrence R. Powell and saw the
enthusiastic response from the
inspired congregation that goes
out to make a positive difference
across the state and nation. Lat-

during the past few days, I have had to opportunity to
further witness the diversity of the efficacy of the con-
temporary Black church.

what it means to overcome the
snares, pains and difficult reali-
ties of Black life. But the Black
church is also that place ;where
the joys and passions of our long
struggle for freedom, justice and
rqualty are eloquently expressed
and strategically organized.
During the past few days. I
have had to opportunity to fur-
hrr witness the diversity of the

er in Cleveland. Ohio, I viewed
the young visionary leadership
of Pastor Sha-ne K. Floyd at St.
Paul African Methodist Epis-
copal Church lead his church
merrbers v.-ith community lead-
ers on the i-ssues of options for
improvemren- of the education of
our children. in the public school
system. Pas.'or Ja.mal Bryant of
the ] 9I00-.' ber Emrpowev.r-

ment Temple Africanr Mrethodi'-
Episcopal Church in Baltimore,
Maryland is emerging as a major
force for the revitalization of the
Black church in America. Trinity
United Church of Christ in Chi-
cago, Illinois, under the leader-
ship of Pastor Otis Moss, III, con-
tinues to provide a board r,.r,_.-
of engaging ministries that serve
to empower people and commu-
nities throughout the city and
The amazing grace of the Black
church in America transforms,
sustains, motivates and empow-
ers Blacks and many others who
affirm the power of the Christian
faith at a time of great change
and .*..--T ,: Let's us keep the
faith and show support for these
institutions that are so vital for
the redemption and progress of
:,rr ..,'-. and communities,
Dr. Benjarain F. Cha.vis, Jr.,is
president of the Hip-Hop Summrrit
Action Ne-twork ardl Education
Ordirne Services Corporation.

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Liberty City still facing broken pro
I recently visited Wvnwood to business was approximately in Liberty City received any of

with a City Commissioner; she
wanted to show me what a few
million in investment by pri-
vate investors could do to turn
around a neighborhood. I saw
formerly empty warehouses
turned into beautiful restau-
rants with green space, retail
shops and women with babies
strolling the neighborhood. The
restaurants were decorated
with "urban art." This made me
think about Michael Putney's
claim of hundreds of millions of
dollars poured into Liberty City
with no major impact. I decided
to research the claim. After the
McDuffie riots in 1980, various
federal officials and politicians
promised to rebuild the areas
ravished most. he riots. Approx-
imately $117 million was prom-
ised to rebuild Liberty City;
only $40 million actually ben-
efited the area and residents.
Of this promised $40 million,
the amount actually disbursed

$16.9 million. Of the $16.9 mil-
lion, S7.9 million went to busi-
nesses that used the funds
outside of the area impacted by
the riot. If you look at the 205
loans provided by the SBA, only
34 went to Black-owned busi-
nesses. In other words only 16

those funds. Minority contrac-
tors could be Cuban contrac-
tors working anywhere in the
County. $1.9 million that was
counted towards the total actu-
ally went to a job center located
in Little Havana that allegedly
served the Liberty Citv resi-

Approximately $117 million was promised to rebuild Lib-
erty City; only $40 million actually benefited the area
and residents. Of this promised $40 million, the amount
actually disbursed to business was approximately $16.9 million.

percent of the promised loan
fund went to Black-owned busi-
nesses. Bottom line -we got
$2.7 million after being prom-
ised $40 million.
Another point to consider is
that the $8 million that was
counted was slated for minor-
ity contractors does not mean
that Black contractors working

If the government had really
poured $117 million into Liberty
City, we would have water and
sewer lines in every business
and household. We would have
stores with updated electri-
cal and plumbing systems. We
would have fancy restaurants,
supermarkets and new housing

stock. Most distressing is that
out of the $10 million dollar
CBDG budget of the City of Mi-
ami. only $400,000 was spent
on rehabbing four businesses
in Liberty City. To really turn it
around we need to rehab all the
business fronts on the 7th Av-
enue corridor. We need to build
several large apartment com-
plexes and a new shopping mall
with a Target, Best Buy, etc.
So much needs to be done. The
$400,000 is really just a band-
aid on a wound that has been
hemorrhaging for decades.
The promises made do not
match the reality. We were lied
to by our government and re-
porters like Putney perpetu-
ate the lie. Any fool could drive
through Liberty City and real-
ize in a nanosecond that very
little funding has reached our
Reginald J. Clyne is a partner
at Clyne and Associates, P.A, of
Miami/Fort Lauderdale,


Do you think Blacks are unfairly

targeted by local police?
KENYATT'A GADSON, 18 specifically target Black people.
Miami (;,rd, rns. ,stiudet I just think it is on a case-by-
.-.- case situation.

Racism is
still going on
so 1 do think
that we are
profiled some-
times: it all
depends on
the officer.

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I agree with
that, I guess
they see the
color of our
skin as a po-
tential threat. i,
If police office were to
go into tile av-
erage neigh-
borhood and see a Black per-
son riding in a car and a White
person riding in a car I feel that
a police officer would be more
inclined to pull the Black per-
son ove.

Well. not
all the time
because po-
lice are al-
ways quick to
shoot. Police
don't even cuff -
people: they
always just
choose to shoot first. They don't

North Miamni. student

Yes, because
our commu-
nity has a lot
of problems.
They target :
us because
they feel like
we have done "i
things in the
past. They always think that we
are doing something.

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Yes. because
racism still

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do feel like
thev still tar-
get people.
especially in
certain areas
that always ,
have an issue.
I also think
that those bad areas contribute
to cops targeting people as well.

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America sits at the crossroads again!

There was once an old white
woman that lived on a slave
plantation. In the middle of the
night she said to a runaway
slave that was hiding in her
barn, "Shh, don't say a word
because if massa hear us we
[both] be dead." The Under-
ground Railroad was born -
America was at a crossroads.
Soon after, the Civil War broke
out, Congress passed the Con-
fiscation Act of 1861 which
stated that any property used
by the Confederacy, includ-
ing slaves, would be confis-
cated by Union forces. In effect,
slaves became the property
of the federal government -
at least until the slavery was
abolished. As America entered
the era of reconstruction it
reached another crossroad.

During this time, the southern al amendments and electoral
states were required to reorga- laws, stripped Blacks of many
nize and were reintegrated into of the gains they had just won.
the Union. The 14th and 15th The result was the establish-
Amendments were passed, giv- ment of Jim Crow America

The movement of civil rights has been adopted as a meta-
phor for so many people and issues, probably due to the
success of the movement itself. But undeniably the civil
rights movement is rooted in the struggle of Blacks in this country

ing Black men an opportunity
to participate in the American
politic of this country some
were even elected to public of-
fice. But that era was short
lived, particularly in the South
with the Compromise of 1877
which through constitution-

again was at a crossroads.
Discrimination and lynching
became Blacks' greatest fear
- and most frequent reality.
Blacks were fed up and sought
ways to legally change things,
even if it required death. The
civil rights movement had be-

gun and America .'a s at still
another crossroads. No other
movement has had such an ex-
tended impact on American so-
ciety Blacks and other disad-
vantaged groups would be the
primary beneficiaries.
The movement of civil rights
has been adopted as a meta-
phor for so many people and
issues, probably due to the
success of the movement itself.
But undeniably the civil rights
movement is rooted in the
struggle of Blacks in this coun-
try and even with the election
of our first Black president, our
victory has yet to be achieved
- America is once again at the
Henry Crespo, Sr., is vice
chairman of outreach for the
Miami-Dade Democratic Party.

attendees and 1,637 speak-
ers gave their input on map
making. The process gave the
common folks of Florida an
opportunity to speak to their
representatives and they did
the listening instead of talk-
ing. After listening, the rep-
resentatives had the respon-
sibility to draw up fair maps.
The new redistricting maps
would boost the number of
Hispanic lawmakers and
keep the same number of
Black lawmakers. Based on
an analysis of the 27 congres-
sional districts, it has been
determined that 14 strongly
favor Republicans and 10
strongly favor Democrats. The
lawsuits have started and no
one can predict what the final
outcome. We can only wait for
the courts to decide.
Roger Caldwell is the CEO of
On Point Media Group in Jack-

There is no magic process
or transparent system that
can erase human emotions,
prejudices, stereotypes, be-
liefs and political affiliations.
Redistricting is a process
that is undertaken every 10
years based on the latest cen-
sus data. The goal is to draw
legislative and congressional
districts in a manner that
ensures equal and fair rep-
resentation. This month the
Florida legislature passed the
Redistricting plan and it was
signed into law by Governor
Scott. Once the plan was ap-
proved and signed into law,
there was a barrage of law-
suits were filed. These chal-
lenges are fitting because in
certain district the maps just
do not make sense.
In 2010, 63 percent of Flor-
ida voters passed the "Fair
District" amendments, which
said political districts for

state and federal offices must
be compact and equal in pop-
ulation when possible. There
is also another component of
the amendment, and where

tions," said Dan Gelber, gen-
eral counsel for Fair Districts
On the other hand, the Re-
publicans believe that they

In 2010, 63 percent of Florida voters passed the "Fair Dis-
trict" amendments, which said political districts for state
and federal offices must be compact and equal in population
when possible. There is also another component of the amend-
ment, and where feasible, the maps must make use of existing
city, county, and geographical boundaries.

feasible, the maps must make
use of existing city, county,
and geographical boundaries.
Lakeland has been divided
into two maps; Polk County
has been split into four maps.
These maps were supposed to
respect communities and geo-
graphic boundaries they do
not. "We think all the maps
are embedded with viola-

We must take better

care of our community
Dear Editor,

I am unsure whether the beautification monies spent in Liberty
City. or any communit- for that matter, vill significantly impact
the rate of crime. unemployment and health issues?
Beautification of the buildings and street creates attractive
appeal for investors more so than to consumers. And w;,hile the
beautification of any environment is good if those who live in that
community are unw-illing to do their part or are not empowered. I
wonder how long any- physical enhancements v.il last. How much
business will be attracted to a high-crime area?

Rev. Alphonse W7right

have followed the law and
that the process was consis-
tent with the Fair Districts
amendment. They have given
themselves a grade of 'A' be-
cause they believe this year's
redistricting process was
driven by a goal of transpar-
ency. Last year's statewide
"listening tour" to initiate
the process drew over 5,000

For 89 years

Black families

have welcomed us

into their homes so

we can share their

good news with


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Spence-Jones to sue state attorney I Wmit hawr &to sra

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmh neir miamifiime :onlinem a'i

City Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones announced on
Tuesday that she plans to
sue State Attorney Katherine
Fernandez Rundle for viola-
tion of her civil rights. Specifi-
cally, Spence-Jones says her
lawyers will go after the state
attorney on the grounds of
-prosecutorial and investiga-
tory misconduct."
Spence-.Jones has employed
the services of the New York-
based law firm of Emery Celli
Brinckerhoff 8& Abady to rep-
resent her the firm that
also represents former Duke

University lacrosse players
who were .Tongfully accused
of rape in 2006 and are now
suing North Carolina polcee
officers. Spence-Jones al-
leges that her civil rights were
violated when she was being
prosecuted in two separate
public corruption cases.
She returned to office in Au-
gust 2011.
Spence-Jones was unable
to comment more specifically
on the case but has agreed to
talk with The Miami Times as
soon as her lawyers permit.
Rundle's office, according to
spokesperson Ed Griffith, can-
not comment on ongoing liti-

School superintendent gets high marks

By Cara Fitzpatrick

The Broward School Board
hired Superintendent Robert
Runcie for his business sav-
vy, saying it trumped his lack
of experience as a classroom
teacher or principal.
Now, nearly five months
into the job, board members
are giving him high marks for
quickly tackling some of the
school district's biggest busi-
ness problems, including poor
communication, construction
debacles and cost overruns
in the transportation depart-
Runcie canned a $5.2 mil-
lion building project that had
an expired contract. He an-
nounced plans to transform an
unused $20 million bus com-
pound in Pembroke Pines into
a vocational school. He direct-
ed a new transportation direc-
tor to imitlyze the department's
inultimillion dollar deficit, and
hlie said the savings would be
used to hire more teachers.
In response to complaints
about communication, he held
more than a half-dozen com-
munity forums.
"You are getting such a good

Broward schools Superintendent
report card [from the com-
munity]," Chairwoman Ann
Murray told Runcie during
Wednesday's board meeting.
The School Board is sched-
uled to give Runcie an interim
evaluation Tuesday during its
workshop meeting at district
offices. The meeting starts at
10 a.m. and the evaluation
is tentatively scheduled for 1
In written evaluations sub-
mitted this month, four board
members gave him the top rat-
ing, while five gave him the

second-highest rating. He re-
ceived no poor marks in any
category, which included lead-
ership, management, student
achievement and communica-
Laurie Rich Levinson who
at times clashed with the pre-
vious administration on trans-
portation, business practices
and the budget said she
was "thrilled" to see Runcie
make changes, particularly
those that moved money into
the classroom.
"We brought him in because
of his strong business back-
ground," she said.
Board members also cred-
ited Runcie for being visible
and responsive to the commu-
nity. Benjamin Williams said
Runcie already has become
a "very familiar figure," while
Nora Rupert said the commu-
nity "really feels a connection"
to Runcie.
Runcie said he was pleased
with the evaluations. He said
his immediate goal was to ad-
dress some of the business
problems and the complaints
about communication. The
next big issues will be develop-
ing a strategy for the district

and working on the budget
and organizational structure,
he said.
And "I really want to focus
on our core, which is teaching
and learning," he said.
But Runcie hasn't escaped
all criticism. He took some
heat for recommending that
the School Board meet less
frequently some, including
Rupert, suggested that it could
hurt the district's efforts to
move away from closed-door
He also was knocked for ap-
proving salary hikes for two
administrators who had been
promoted. Some board mem-
bers objected to the increases
at a time when employees had
lost their jobs.
Tom Lindner earns $160,000
as the district's construction
chief, about $30,000 more
than he did when he held the
job on an interim basis. Jeff
Moquin, who was appointed
chief of staff, makes $150,353
a year, or about $34,000 more
than he did as an executive di-
Runcie said the new salaries
were on par with the change in

time for
Adam Winkler, on The Daily
Beast: "(This week), the Supreme
Court agreed to hear a potential-
ly landmark case that could end
race-based affirmative action as
we know it. Although just nine
years ago the justices held that
public universities could use race
as a factor in admissions, much
has changed since then. ... For
the University of Texas. whose
admissions policy is now being
ch.dlcn.4ed the only change that
matters is the new personnel on
the Supreme Court. Since the ad-
dition of Chief Justice John Rob-
erts and Justice Samuel Alito,
the court has shifted decidedly
to the right and voiced new hos-
tility to government uses of race.
... It won't only be Texas students
who'll be hurt by a Supreme
Court decision striking down the
use of race in college admissions.
Any decision will apply nation-
Michael Bobelian, on Forbes:
"It may be too early to divine
the court's intent, but its will-
ingness to review such a fresh
precedent is likely a signal that
a ... number of justices wish to
overturn or significantly modify
the 2003 ruling endorsing the
admissions process at the Uni-
versity of Michigan Law School
-Grutter v. Bollinger. The court
should tread carefully. Should
it overturn such a precedent ...
it runs the risk of undermining
its standing as an imperfect but
largely impartial arbiter, adding
fuel to the public's view of it as a
hyper-politicized institution."
Trevor Burrus, on The Daily
Caller: "The concept of diversi-
ty has been given too much air
over the years and too little sub-
stance. It has been a mantra for
the left, and an object of scorn
for the right. But before we adopt
diversity either as a worthwhile
goal, as the Supreme Court did,
or as an illegitimate imposition
of elitist left-wing ideals, perhaps
we should define the term. This
is surprisingly difficult..Diversi-
ty, as used by university, officials

and the Supreme Court in Grut-
ter, is an ideal that treats people
as members of a group first and
as individuals second, It is ex-
plicitly and offensively racial, in-
sofar as it regards any member
of a group as a sufficient place-
holder for any other."
Los Angeles Times, in an edi-
torial: 'Aifirmi.i. action has al-
ways been controversial. Several
states, including California with
Proposition 209, have outlawed
racial preferences by govern-
ment agencies, including state
universities. The case against
affirmative action is simple, or
rather simplistic: Because it
was unconstitutional to penal-
ize African Americans on ac-
count of their race, it must also
be unconstitutional to compen-
sate for the effects of racial dis-
crimination by giving them an
advantage. But there is a world
of moral and legal distance be-
tween slavery and Jim Crow laws
on the one hand and efforts, by
government or educational in-
stitutions, to rectify the effects
of invidious discrimination on
the other. Affirmative action falls
into the latter category. Despite
the emergence of a black middle
class, stark inequities in income
and education persist."
Stephen Hsu, in The New York
Times: "In considering (the case),
let's acknowledge a key factual
point about affirmative action:
We have good tools for pr-dilcing
college success, and those tools
work about equally well across
all ethnic groups and even for
rich legacy candidates. In ... sta-
tistics compiled as part of Duke
University's Campus Life and
Learning project, Asian-Ameri-
can students averaged 1,457 out
of 1,600 on the math and read-
ing portion of the SAT, compared
with 1,416 for whites, 1,347 for
Hispanics and 1,275 for blacks.
There is every reason to believe
that a similar pattern holds at
almost every elite university in
,merica, with some notable Cex-
ceptions like Caltech.

Court hears arguments over validity

of State's new redistricting maps

continued from 1A

have not been drawn to "favor
or disfavor an incumbent."
"This is shaping up to be
a showdown reminiscent of
Gore vs. Bush in 2008, par-
ticularly as it relates to the
scrutiny and level of commit-
ment of the Supreme Court,"
he said. "The Court has never
requested the addresses of all
of the members of the House
and Senate before so they
can look at. the intent behind
why and how certain districts
were drawn."
Different in-
terest groups
including the
League of Women
and the Florida
Democratic Party
have submitted
legal briefs that
oppose the pro-
posed maps.
"It's more a le-
gal thing at this
point and both
sides will pres-
ent their cases."
Bernard added.
"The Supreme
Court will have to OSCAR B
rule on the valid- State S
ity of the maps:
it could be a long spring if
they find them to be invalid
because it [oral arguments]
coincides with the last day of
the session. Members of the
House and Senate have been
warned to pack some extra
clothes and be prepared to
stay for a special session."
Congressional seats un-
dergo a different approval
process, going to the Gover-
nor's desk for his signature
or veto. But Democrats have
challenged that plan as well
litigation will be heard in
Circuit Court.
"If you take my district as an
example, the dynamics of our
voter population will change
dramatically," said State Rep-
resentative Cynthia Stafford


(D-Dist. 109, Miami). "Based
on the proposed maps, both
Northwestern High School and
Liberty Square Housing Proj-
ect would no longer be part of
District 109. And it would pick
up some of Hialeah, Opa-locka
and a segment of Miami Gar-
Based on a briefing that she
attended last week, Stafford
says the old core of District
109's Black voting age would
decrease from 61.1 percent to
50.62 percent; the Hispanic
voting age population would al-
most double, from 22.6 percent
to 45.73 percent.
"I won't say that I think this
is good or bad -
what I will say is
that while Blacks
could keep the
seat this time, in
10 years when the
maps are redrawn
again, District
109 could easily
become mostly-
Frederica S. Wil-
son (FL-17) says
that while the
maps for her dis-
RAYNON trict and other
enotor members of Con-
gress have been
signed by the governor, we
must now wait for challenges
to be heard in court.
-Urril the courts have com-
pleted their review of the re-
districting maps. I will remain
committed to serving my con-
stituents in District 17. fighting
for jobs. educational opportu-
nities, affordable housing and
relief for homeowners strug-
gling with their mortgages.-
"The biggest issue is to make
sure we end up with fairer-
drawn districts I am not go-
ing to place unnecessary stress
on the preliminary maps.- said
State Senator Oscar Bravnon,
II. "I just want to make sure the
process happens correctlh.-
When asked what she
thought about the proposed

maps, State Representative
Daphne Campbell (D-Dist.
108, Miami) replied, "I am le-
gally unable to comment be-
cause I sat on the redistricting
committee for the House."

As required by law, all pro-
posed maps have been sent to
the U.S. Department of Justice
where the Obama administra-
tion, led by U.S. Attorney Gen-
eral Eric Holder, will have to
pre-clear them.
"We hope that this will all be
resolved before the qualifying
period begins [June 4th 8th]
for the fall elections," Bernard
added. "If not, then we will be
entering a very different territo-
ry. Both courts have the power
to move the qualifying periods
and probably will have to if the
maps aren't done early enough.
First things first we need to
get the districts right then
we can move on with determin-
ing who will run for office in the

State Senator Chris Smith,
a Democrat from Fort Lauder-
dale is one of several plaintiffs
from among a group of Black
Broward leaders who hope
that the courts will order the
County to go through the
redistricting process again.
Two seats come open this
year because of term limits
and it was anticipated that
more Black voters would be
added to the newly-drawn
Districts 1 and 7. Instead,
the lawsuit claims that
Blacks were packed into
District 9 already heavily-
Black and represented by a
Black commissioner. Dale
V.C. Holness. The district is
now 70 percent Black. Com-
missioners say they followed
the law in ,: :-.:...:-: the newv
maps. U.S. District Judge
James I. Cohn will hear the

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Viola Davis' natural hair wins big at the Oscars

By Demetria Lucas

Two-time Academy Award
nominee Viola Davis looked
stunning last night, cascad-
ing down the red carpet in
a custom-made Vera Wang
gown that flattered her curves
and complemented her glow-
ing skin. But it wasn't who
Davis was wearing that had
E! News commenters, Twitter
snarkers and fashion blog-
gers all abuzz; it was what
was on her head -- or rather,
what wasn't. Davis left her
wig at home, choosing to step
out for the most glamorous
night of the year rocking her
"teeny weeny afro," recently
lightened to auburn to add a
lil' oomph to the special oc-
Viola's look came courtesy

i .t 1

lege student who bucked
my mother s traditions and
wore my hair ',wild -- i.e. not
straight -- I still -knew bet-
ter" than to show up for an
internship interview with a
curly fro. I stayed up late
the night before job inter-
views with a blow dryer, a
pressing comb, and a fan
to get my hair right i.e.

straight. charity gala while wearing luncheon last Wednesday,
Like many a Black woman one of her wigs. You haven t she received more rave re-
who's gone natural, Davis seen me with my wig off." views.
took the long way around she quipped to the audience. Davis' mini-'fro on her big
in coming to terms with her But earlier this month, she'd night meant so much. For
natural hair. In December, had a leap of confidence. She anyone who's gone natu-
she hinted at some mixed debuted her natural hair on ral after a lifetime of frying
feelings toward her hair the cover of the L.A. Times and hiding (a.k.a. weaving
when she accepted the Womrn- Magazine, which was warm- wigging), gaining the self-
an of Stvyle Award at Project ly welcomed. And when she confidence to show it offt'
Angel Food's Divine Design showed up to the Essence doesn't always come easy.

She took a big step, one that
reinforced to Black woman-
kind that our natural hair
isn't something for which we
should be ashamed, and it
definitely isn't something to
be covered or hidden, Our
hair is worthy of being em-
braced and celebrated every
day -- especially when the
occasion is special,

of encouragement from her
husband: "He told me, 'If you
want to wear wigs for your
career, that's fine, but in
your life wear your hair. Step
into who you are,"' she told
InStyle. A few days eariler,
wearing her natural to Es-
sence's Black Women in Hol-
lywood luncheon, she told
us, "I feel more powerful ev-
ery day, more secure in who
I am, and I've waited so long
for that.... It feels divine."
At the Oscars. Viola gave us
a Moment -- big "M." I don't
need to recap for any Black
woman the love-hate affair
that many Black women have
with their hair. For so many
of us, the message that our
natural hair is beautiful, ac-
ceptable. and presentable is
hard to come by. And break-
ing a mindset that has been
ingrained since childhood
can be harder than expected.
Ever- Saturday night of
my childhood was spent in
lying on the counter getting
my hair washed, then blow-
dried. then pressed so I could
look especially presentable
for church in the morning
and acceptable for school
that week. The message was
sent early by my mother that
Black hair wasn't something
you just let be, it was some-
thing to be tamed, managed,
and above all straightened.
Even as a rebellious col-


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Here's my plan "if I should die before I wake"

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

No different from normal
people in the free world,
much of a prisoner's think-
ing revolves around planning
the next move in life without
ever considering that sudden
death may be lurking right
around the corner. Absent the
thought of moving on to the
next life while incarcerated,
most inmates have neglected
to make plans concerning the
things they can't take with
them and their disposal in the
event of an unforeseen depar-
If a prisoner wishes to draft
a will an itemized list of per-

sonal belongings has
to be written, followed
by clear instructions
on how those items
should be disposed.
Once signed, dated and
notarized, the docu-
ment is treated as valid
and legal, becomes ef- H
fective immediately and is ex-
ecuted at the time of death.
Once drafted, one copy is
sent to the institutional clas-
sification department, anoth-
er to the head chaplain and a
third to the medical depart-
ment outlining procedures
for releasing the body and
contact information in case
the prisoner were to become

comatose and/or able
to make life or death
decisions. All of these
documents are to be
promptly placed in the
inmates files.
Feelings about draw-
ing up a will and dis-
ALL posing of personal
property differs among those
who are incarcerated. Some
inmates have property that
they cherish and have held for
decades while others may feel
that they have little to leave
and if so, the property they
own is of little or no value.
Whether we know it or not,
every human being owns
something worth leaving be-

hind after death even a pris-
oner. In spite of what value is
placed on one's self or worldly
possessions, it certainly is
possible for a prisoner to have
something intimate and per-
sonal that they may wish to
leave to someone if the good
Lord should call them home
while in prison.
The possibility of dying
while incarcerated may not
be an idea easily accepted by
most inmates but it remains
a fact of life. At least with the
preparation of a will, a prison-
er's voice can be heard after
death and perhaps will allow
them to bid the world farewell
in a dignified manner.

Sandra Willis Stewart stood
in the driveway of her Delray
Beach home last Tuesday af-
ternoon, surrounded by friends
and family members, proudly
proclaiming that she never
lost her faith. "Thank you, Je-
sus, for bringing my daughter
home," Stewart said, as she
awaited word from police de-
tectives about reuniting with
her daughter, 17-year-old Jade
Beneby, who had been missing
since last Tuesday morning.
The Atlantic High School se-
nior was thought to have been
abducted, but detectives said
she was found safely at a Hiale-
ah motel by the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement.
Police spokeswoman Sgt. Ni-
cole Guerriero said only that


the case was still "an active in-
vestigation. Detectives are con-
tinuing to investigate this as
an abduction." Guerriero did
not say whether Jade would
remain in police custody over-
night, after detectives brought
her back to Delray Beach, in

Palm Beach County. According
to WPTV-NBC5 in Palm Beach
County, Jade was found at the
El Paraiso Motel in Hialeah. Af-
ter a nearly eight-hour search
Tuesday, many questions still
surrounded the day's events.
For example, was Jade really
abducted, or was it an attempt
to run away that turned bad?
Detectives said they would in-
terview the teen about her dis-
appearance, which prompted
FDLE to issue a statewide alert.
The frantic day was set in mo-
tion when Stewart walked into
the police department saying
her daughter had been ab-
ducted and thrown into the
trunk of a silver car. Stewart
said Jade had left home about
6:30 a.m. for the bus stop, and

managed to make it there. But
the Palm Beach County School
District reported that the bus
picked up students at the stop
around 6:29 a.m. Meanwhile,
Stewart said she was waiting
for her mother to stop by with a
spare key to her home after she
locked her keys in her car. That
was when Stewart got the first
text message from Jade at 7:05
a.m.: "Mommy help me, I'm in
trouble." A minute later, Jade
sent a second text: "I did all I
could," and that she was now in
the "trunk of a silver car."
By that time, Stewart's moth-
er had arrived. They drove to
the police department. Fliers
were printed by the department,
and the missing child alert was

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Woman steals from nursing home residents
A traffic stop led to the discovery of property stolen from
residents at a Delaware nursing home, according to investiga-
A police officer on patrol in Newark, Delaware spotted a
Ford Focus with fake registration.The officer stopped the car
and spoke with the driver, later identified as Shakeana Sims,
25. Police say a computer inquiry revealed Sims had several
outstanding capiases (a writ ordering the arrest of a named
person) issued by the New Castle County Court of Common
Pleas. After she was taken to county headquarters, police say
they discovered she was in possession of a stolen watch, bank
card and blank check. Upon further investigation, police say
they learned the property belonged to two elderly residents
whom Sims cared for as a nurse's aide at the Kendal Cross-
lands Nursing Home in Kennett Square, Pa.

Man hides marijuana in Skippy peanut butter jar
A man was cited for trying to smuggle marijuana into Oak-
land International Airport in a Skippy peanut butter jar an
item that is also banned under aviation security rules. But
Transportation Security Administration officials said they
were. more worried about the peanut butter than the pot
when they saw the jar in an x-ray at the airport's security
checkpoint last Sunday.This is the second time an airline pas-
senger has tried to sneak marijuana aboard a plane in a jar of
peanut butter. A man was caught attempting the same trick in
November 2011 in Los Angeles Airport and he used Skippy,

Mother faces jail time for
making son walk five miles to school
A mother faces a year in jail after forcing her 10-year-old
son to walk almost five miles to school after he was banned
from the school bus.
Valerie Borders said she wanted to teach her son Nequavion
a lesson after his bad behavior led to his bus riding privileges
being suspended at his school in Arkansas. The 34-year-old
ordered him to walk to school from their home in Jonesboro,
rather than drive him to school. But during his 4.6mile walk
he was spotted by a security guard as he crossed a bank park-
ing lot.The guard called police who took the boy to school and
then contacted his mother who was charged with endanger-
ing the welfare of a child.

Former University of Miami player charged in Georgia murder

By Monique 0. Madan

Former University of Miami
football player Glenn Sharpe
was arrested Thursday in Geor-
gia and charged with murder,
according to DeKalb County po-
lice. A former NFL cornerback,
Sharpe was accused of shooting
and killing Christopher Gallo-
way, 25, on Monday, according
to reports. Sharpe, 27, was ar-
rested at his Lawrenceville, Ga.,
home. Dekalb County Sheriffs
Office detained him after a war-
rant was issued. He is being
held at the DeKalb County Jail
with no bond, according to jail
records. Both Sharpe and Gal-
loway were inside the Landmark
at Mountain View Apartments
when the shooting occurred.

"Detectives believe an alter-
cation inside the apartment
prompted the shooting," said
Mekka Parish, spokeswoman
for DeKalb County police. Gallo-
way died from his injuries Tues-
day at Grady Memorial Hospi-
tal.Shenika Wilson, Galloway's
girlfriend, was in the apartment
at the time of the shooting. She
heard four to five gunshots,
according to reports. Wilson
declined comment. According
to reports, Sharpe knocked on
her apartment door wearing
a "black hat, black jacket, tan
shirt and black shoes."
Wilson opened the door and
Sharpe "struck her in the face
and pushed her." Wilson let
Galloway know Sharpe was at
the door and Galloway came

Former University of Miami

from the back of the apartment
and began to "fight," according
to reports. Sharpe and Wilson
exchanged words when Sharpe

football player Glenn Sharpe

"took out a black handgun from
his side and began shooting
into the apartment."
Witnesses at the apartment

complex said they saw Sharpe
run down the stairs and get
into his Florida-tagged black
Mercury. ....
"We do not know the rela-
tionship between the two men
and the woman," said Adrion
Bell, spokesman for the Dekalb
County Sheriffs Office. "We ar-
rived at his residence, and he
came along peacefully."
Reports said the incident
was not drug related. In 2010,
Sharpe was charged with drug
possession in Georgia. Sharpe
jumpstarted his football ca-
reer at Carol City High School
in 2001. The following year he
received a football scholarship
and became a cornerback for
the University of Miami. His
most infamous play was being

called out for a pass-interfer-
ence in the national champion-
ship game in2003against Ohio
State at'-the Fiesta Bowl. That
pass prevented the Hurricanes
from completing back-to-back
national championships and
undefeated seasons, Other
than that, Sharpe endured an
injury-plagued career at UM
with hamstring problems. In
2008, Sharpe was signed as an
un-drafted free agent with the
Atlanta Falcons. Two years lat-
er, Sharpe signed with the New
Orleans Saints and the India-
napolis Colts. He won a Super
Bowl ring when the Saints de-
feated the Colts in Super Bowl
XLIV; he was a practice squad
member. He currently is not

Federal judge raises questions about Florida's random drug-testing policy

By Jay Weaver Florida. The group argues that his would mandate random drug tests But the ACLU, which is repre- ters that random drug testing was eral judge ruled in that case, ex-
order violates the Fourth Amend- of state employees every three senting the American Federation ruled unconstitutional in a 2004 cept for those jobs that affect pub-
A federal judge in Miami last ment rights of state workers be- months. As it stands, Scott's or- of State, County and Municipal case against the Florida Depart- lic safety and in instances where
week cast serious doubts about cause the testing requirement is der affects a pool of 80,000 state Employees, the nation's largest ment of Juvenile Justice. Random a reasonable suspicion of abuse
Gov. Rick Scott's order requiring "suspicionless" and therefore an employees who work for agencies union for state workers, coun- drug testing is not allowed, a fed- exists.

thousands of state government
employees to undergo a random
drug test, suggesting his policy
"sweeps too broadly."
U.S. District Judge Ursula Un-
garo peppered a government
lawyer with questions about the
constitutionality of Scott's policy,
saying she had "trouble under-
standing the circumstances under
which the executive order would
be valid."
Jesse Panuccio, deputy gen-
eral counsel for Scott's office, did
not provide specific examples but
rather talked generally about the
harm of drug use among state em-
ployees in the workplace. "Drugs
are very harmful," he told the
judge. "They're very dangerous."
Ungaro said she would soon
make up her mind about the legal
challenge to Scott's policy by the
American Civil Liberties Union of

illegal search and seizure.
"For the consent [to the search]
to be valid, it has to be voluntary,"
ACLU lawyer Shalini
Goel Agarwal argued.
"This blanket drug _
testing is unconstitu-
The legal challenge
to the governor's or-
der, which has been
placed on hold by
Scott himself until the .
dispute is resolved,
centers on whether
the state has a con-
stitutional right to RICK
require random drug
tests of existing pub-
lic workers and mandatory testing
of all new employees. The gover-
nor issued his order last March.
Meanwhile, the Legislature is
considering a proposed law that


under the governor, but does not
extend to agencies overseen jointly
by the governor and Cabinet, such
as the departments
of Revenue and Edu-
cation or the Public
Service Commission.
B Scott has defended
the order as a policy
the public wants, and
a protection the state
should have.
S "Look, the private
sector does this all the
time," Scott said last
June, when he sus-
;COTT pended his order on
drug testing while the
federal court in Miami
hears the ACLU challenge.
"Our taxpayers expect our state
employees to be productive, and
this is exactly what the private
sector does," he said.

Bill would trim sentences for teen convicts

By Brittany Alana Davis

Kendrick Morris was 16 when
he brutally raped and beat a teen-
ager outside a public library near
Tampa. Last year, he .was sen-
tenced to 65 years in prison. Sen.
Ronda Storms, R-Valrico, invoked
his case last before grudgingly
voting for SB 212, which would
give perpetrators of non-homicid-
al crimes the opportunity for a re-
sentence or parole after 15 years,
Inmates like Morris should never
go free, she argued.
"Just because we practice for-

giveness doesn't mean you don't
have to suffer the consequences
of your own choices." she said.
'This sweet baby that has been
shattered ... how can I face this
sweet baby if her perpetrator
walks free?"
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme
Court ruled in a Florida case
that juveniles who didn't commit
murder can't be sentenced to life
in prison. The case in question
was Graham v. Fl H l.,. in which
16-year-old Terrance Jamar Gra-
ham of Jacksonville was an ac-
complice in an armed robbery and

then violated his plea agreement
in another armed robbery six
months later. The Florida court
left it to the Legislature to deter-
mine the conditions and length of
time under which inmates given
very long sentences as teenagers
would be eligible for the possibil-
ity of release. Under SB 212, in-
mates would only be eligible for
release if they had good behavior,
expressed remorse and met other
requirements. The feelings of the
victim or next-of-kin may also be
considered, Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-
Gainesville, said.

Missing teen found at motel in Hialeah







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helps break ground on Black history museum

Barack Obama heralded a new
national Black history mu-
seum as "not just a record
of tragedy, but a celebration
of life" as he marked Wednes-
day's groundbreaking of the
long-sought-after museum on
the National Mall.
During his brief remarks,
Obama said the, museum ---
the 19th in the Smithsonian
Institution would help fu-
ture generations remember
the sometimes difficult, often
inspirational role, that Blacks
have played in the nation's
history. And he said it was fit-
ting that a museum telling the
history of Black life, art and
culture would be located on
the National Mall in the capital
"It was on this ground long
ago that lives were once trad-
ed, where hundreds of thou-
sands once marched for jobs
and for freedom," Obama said.
"It was here that the pillars of
democracy were built often by
Black hands."
The president was joined by
wife Michelle Obama and for-
mer first lady Laura Bush to
celebrate the start of construc-
tion on the National Museum
of African American History
and Culture.
It will be built between the
Washington Monument and
the National Museum of Amer-
ican History as a seven-level
structure. with much of its
exhibit space below ground.
A bronze-coated "corona," a
crown that rises as an inverse
pyramid, will be its most dis-
tinctive feature. Organizers
said the design, is inspired
by African-American metal-
work from New Orleans and
Charleston, S.C., and also
evokes African roots.
Some exhibits will eventually
include a Jim Crow-era seg-
regated railroad car, galleries

President Barack Obama speaks at the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian National Museum of
African American History and Culture in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22.

-AP Photo/Susan Walsh
President Barack Obama hugs Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., left, after Lewis
spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of the Smithson-
ian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington,
Wednesday, Feb. 22.

seum with rotating exhibits
to showcase its new collection
and test different themes and,
approaches with visitors.
The newest exhibit explores
Thomas Jefferson's lifelong
ownership of slaves and his
conflict and advocacy against
slavery, while also looking at
the lives of six slave families
who lived on his Monticello
plantation in Virginia, to hu-
manize the issue of slavery.
Telling such stories has been
taboo at many museums in
the past and missing from the
National Mall. Bunch said that
by presenting a fuller view of
history and dealing directly
with difficult issues like race,
the Smithsonian can present a
fuller view of history and what
it means to be an American.
"What this museum can do
is if we tell the unvarnished
truth in a way that's engaging
and not preachy, what I think
will happen is that by illumi-
nating all the dark corners of
the American experience, we
will help people find reconcili-

ation and healing," he said.
Curators estimate that
15,000 to 20,000 artifacts al-
ready are in hand. Bunch es-
timates they will need about
35,000 artifacts to choose
from to create the museum's
permanent galleries. The staff
is working to collect more ma-
terial on popular culture and
music, earlier materials from
military history from World
War I and earlier and artifacts
to tell stories from the 19th
century, including slavery and
In Washington, the Black
history museum will follow
major museums devoted to the
Holocaust and to Native Amer-
ican history. Legislation has
also been introduced in Con-
gress to create a Smithsonian
American Latino Museum.
Actress Phylicia Rashad, fa-
mous from TV's "The Cosby
Show," hosted the ground-
breaking ceremony Wednes-
day. In an interview, she said
Black history is interconnect-
ed with many other groups.

Black history in need of

By Philip Grey
Associated Press

ie Collins, 61, kicked at the dirt,
looked around at what appeared
to be an overgrown vacant lot, and
pronounced his assessment: "It's
a disgrace."'
He was standing inside an area
that a roadside sign proclaimed
as "Boiling Springs Cemetery,"
although you had to look hard to
find evidence of a cemetery.
There is hardly a stone stand-
ing in this historic Black burial
ground. Most of the remaining
stones, of which there are only a
few, lie broken and covered with
lichen and moss. Many are partly
or wholly unreadable.
The original expanse, a little

over three acres, has been whit-
tiled down to about an acre-and-
a-half after part of the cemetery
was sold in December, 1974 for
$3,000. The part that was sold is
now occupied by ramshackle out-
buildings overflowing with junk.
A single strand of barbed-wire,
strung chest-high, is the only
protection from vandals. Trees
have grown up among the sunken
graves. Bulldozers have left push-
piles of dirt and debris, as well as
broken stones and twisted metal
government markers mashed into
the ground.
Somewhere in this lot. their lo-
cations known only to God, are
members of Collins' family up-
rooted from their original resting
place a few miles away and re-in-
terred here when other bulldozers

were busy 70 years ago cons
ing what is now Fort Campb

Though located now on B
Springs Road, the cemetery
evokes memories of another
- not too far away in terms c
tance, but beyond reach in t
Soldiers at Fort Campbell
the name, Boiling Spring, f
road that cuts through a tr,
area in the back-forty. Oth
the area might know that th
a Boiling Spring Missionary
tist Church on Tiny Town R
A few people in Montg(
County, however, might he.
name and remember that
there was an actual comm
of Boiling Spring, Tenn., v
church and a cemetery

saving at cemetery
truct- population of hard-working farm- from the property except personal
)ell. ers and sharecroppers, a few of belongings. No real reason except
whom had living memories of a government reasoning; they were
time when people could legally going to knock it all down any-
3ritton own other people. way.
name It was one of several small com- The Boiling Spring church,
place munities, some Black and some however, was allowed to dismantle
of dis- white, that existed in this part and move to its current location,
time. of the county before the United while a petition from then-Camp
know States government came in 1941 Campbell's land acquisition of-
rom a and told the people they had to fice was heard in Federal Court in
aining sell out, pack up and leave. Nashville for the right to remove
ers in Anticipating a big war even be- the bodies in Boiling Spring and
iere is fore Pearl Harbor was bombed, other cemeteries.
Bap- the government had decided it A Leaf-Chronicle article of
oad. was necessary to acquire new March 30, 1942, stated that
omery training facilities for the huge graves were impeding the prog-
ar the Army that would exist less than ress of the camp, and that new lo-
once a year later. Agents came in and cations for the some of the larger
unity bought up the land, with the un- cemeteries had already been des-
with a derstanding that once the money ignated pending the decision of
and a was paid, nothing could be taken the court.



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New leader helps heal Atlanta schools, scarred by scandal

By Michael Winerip

ATLANTA For years, Bev-
erly L. Hall, the former school
superintendent here, ruled by
fear. Principals were told that if
state test scores did not go up
enough, they would be fired -
and 90 percent of them were
removed in the decade of Dr.
Hall's reign.
Underlings were humiliated
during rallies at the Georgia
Dome. Dr. Hall permitted prin-
cipals with the highest test
scores to sit up front near her,
while sticking those with the
lowest scores off to the side, in
the bleachers.
She was chauffeured around
the city, often with an en-
tourage of aides and security
guards. When she spoke pub-
licly, questions had to be sub-
mitted beforehand for screen-
ing. "She was known as the
queen in her ivory tower," said
Verdaillia Turner, president of
the Atlanta teachers' union.
But Dr. Hall got results. Test
scores soared. Two national
groups named her superinten-
dent of the year. The secretary
of education, Arne Duncan,
hosted her at the White House.
Fear seemed to work.
Then, last summer, the At-
lanta miracle collapsed. A
state investigation found that

178 principals and teachers at
nearly half the district's schools
- desperate to raise test scores
- had cheated. Students from
this poor, mostly African-Amer-
ican school district who could
barely read were rated profi-
cient on state tests, and they
didn't receive the remedial help
they needed.
For months, the Fulton Coun-
ty district attorney has been
investigating former school of-
ficials. Felony indictments are
expected, for altering state doc-
uments, lying to investigators
and theft of government funds.

By last spring, Gov. Nathan
Deal and Mayor Kasim Reed of
Atlanta knew they had to find
someone to clean up the mess.
They asked Erroll B. Davis Jr.
to become the new superinten-
dent when Dr. Hall left at the
end of June.

Mr. Davis, who is 67, did not
need the job. His wife of 43
years hoped he would not take
it. He had nothing to prove. An
engineer by training, he had
been the chief executive of a
Wisconsin-based utility compa-
ny, and then, starting in 2006,
the chancellor of the University
System of Georgia. In October
2010, he announced he would
retire from the chancellorship


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LV. .P

Erroll B. Davis Jr., Atlanta's superintendent, at Slater Elementary, one of the 10 schools h
each month.

the following summer.
People tried to warn him off
the Atlanta job. Michael Bow-
ers, a former attorney general
who was co-director of the state
investigation, understood how
pervasive the corruption was
and how daunting it would be
to change the culture. "I know
Erroll. I told him, 'You're crazy
as a bedbug to take that job at

your age,'" Mr. Bowers recalled.
"You know why he did it? He is
a genuine public servant."
For his part, Mr. Davis said,
"When I look back at my life,
I don't want my contribution
to have been shaving a few
eighths off a bond deal to make
a million dollars."
On July 1, the day he was
supposed to retire, Mr. Davis

was sitting at Dr. Hal
desk, reading the 800-p
vestigative report and tr
figure out which, if any,
people in the offices sur
ing him could be trusted
Since then, he has be
bending about rooting o
ruption, to the point tha
ard L. Hyde, who had be
lead investigator on th(

i w mission that issued the state
report, said, "He's brought or-
der to chaos, it's very impres-
sive." Mr. Davis has removed
more than the 178 teachers
and principals named in the re-
port, and he dismissed several
top administrators,
He has also made himself ac-
cessible, visiting 8 to 10 schools
each month unannounced. And
he has been kind. During a stop
at Slater Elementary last week,
he walked into every classroom.
S I want to thank you for what
you do," he told each teacher. "I
couldn't do your job."
As he travels the district, of-
ten driving himself to meet with
small groups of principals, Mr.
Davis repeatedly tells them,
"Education is the only industry
in this country where failure is
blamed on the workers, not the
ich Addicks leadership."
visits Politically, he was the right
e visitS choice for the job. On one lev-
el, the state investigation had
ll's old been viewed as racially tinged,
age in- pitting former Gov. Sonny Per-
ying to due, a white Republican who
, of the ordered the inquiry in 2010,
round- while still in office, against
I. Dr. Hall, a Black woman who
,en un- served a Democratic constitu-
ut cor- ency.
it Rich- Beyond his talents, Mr. Da-
een the vis offered something to both
e com- sides.

Most uninsured South Florida kids eligible for health care

By Bob LaMendola

As many as 200,000 chil-
dren in South Florida have no
health insurance, but most of
them would qualify for free or
low-cost coverage if their fami-
lies checked, officials said.
The Florida Medicaid pro-
gram, Florida Kidcare and
South Florida health agencies
offer coverage for children at
prices most families can af-
ford, said Rebecca Miele, out-
reach coordinator for Kidcare
in Broward County.
"I run into it every single
day. People don't know what's
out there," Miele said. "A lot

of families that own their
own business pay outrageous
amounts for insurance to cov-
er their children but don't have
The Kaiser Family Founda-
tion estimates that as many as
687,000 Florida children don't
have health insurance, many
needlessly. The nationwide
Foundation for Health Care
Education urged parents to
explore the options. In Florida,
they are: .
Florida "Kidi6are:'6onniects
parents and guardians to pro-
grams. Contact floridakidcare.
org or 888-540-5437 or 954-

Florida Medicaid: State- and
federal-subsidized medical and
dental coverage for children in
families making less than thd
federal poverty level, which is
$23,050 for a family of four.
Florida Healthy Kids: Subsi-
dized medical and dental cov-
erage for children in families
making up to twice the poverty
level. They pay $15 to $20 per
month per family.
Full-price Healthy Kids:
Highev,-income families with-
out insurance can get this cov-
erage for children over age 1 by
paying the state's price, $133
per month per child older than
age 5 or $196 per month per

Dangers of Olinda Park continue

continued from 1A

is unclear how many have
been impacted but one family
recently initiated legal action
against Miami-Dade County.
Alex Hargrove, 39 and So-
nia Merritt, 37, on behalf of
their five children, have noti-
fied the County of their intent
to sue.
"The best outcome for my
clients would be that they get
medical treatment and the
County pays for their medical
and monitoring in the future,"
Clyne said.
Each member of the family is
dealing with different ailments.
"The headaches and the sei-
zures bother me the most and
have also affected my ability to
work," Hargrove said. "I have
to list on every job application
that I am going through these
"I have been having head-
aches, miscarriages and pains,"
Merritt said. "I feel bad because
two of our children have de-
veloped learning disabilities as

After traces of lead contami-
nation were found at the park,
the Miami-Dade County Health
Department (M-DCHD) be-
gan to test citizens that lived
in the area. Lead poisoning,
also known as plumbism, is a
medical condition caused by
increased levels of the heavy
metal lead in the body.
"We operated the free test-
ing clinic for about three weeks
after the discovery was made,"
said Dr. Vincent Conte, 53,
deputy director of epidemiol-
ogy, disease control and im-
munization services, M-DCHD.
"We opened up the clinic at the
Jessie Trice Community Health
Center and we staffed it with
health department employees
that canvassed the neighbor-

hood within a two-mile radius."
He added that symptoms
like sleepiness, irritability, lack
of energy or hyperactivity are
some possible tell-tale signs
of lead poisoning. Some 7,000
flyers in English, Creole and
Spanish were distributed to an-
nounce the free testing.
"Initially we tested several
hundred children and about
18 or 19 adults," Conte said.
"As numbers dwindled and we
moved downtown, we made
staff available for testing only
one-day a week for the next
three or four months. We still
provide this service."
"You can detect lead in either
blood or urine but a blood test

blood is the most common way
to do it," said Dr. Jeff Bernstein,
61, medical director, Florida
Poison Information Center at
Miami. "We check most school-
age children."

While lead poisoning can
have varying affects on a person
depending on the amount to
which they have been exposed,
doctors agree that testing is the
first means of defense.
"Children are at higher risk
because they play in the dirt,
pick things up off the floor and
put items in their mouths,"
Conte said

Wilson's focus: Close economic gap

When asked if the claims
were true, Moise said, "I
have the greatest respect
for Congresswoman Wilson
and have even given my fi-
nancial support to her in
the past. I certainly would
not condone any actions
made by those who are in
support of my candidacy
that would make false state-
ments about the Congress-
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Willie Stewart won $25,000

to celebrate African rhythms
through children's percussion
-_ classes and performances.

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canvassers for her opponent,
Moise, have told voters that
she is not running for re-
election in the November
"I am definitely seeking to
continue to represent this
district and have told those
who have called my office to
contact the press I trust
they will," she said.





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Haiti buaido group warns of

potential surge in cholera

April to more than 50,000 two moniiu- i-,
Partners in Health will launch a vaccina-
tion campaign in the coming weeks to stem
the spread of the waterborne disease. Haiti
has the highest cholera infection rate in the
world. Health officials say more than 7,000
people have died and another 522,000
have fallen ill since the disease surfaced in
Haiti months after the January 20 10 earth-



By Jeffery Smith
A Haiti aid group warns on the eve of
the rainy season that the Caribbean nation
will likely see a surge in cholera cases. Paul
Farmer of the Boston-based group Partners
in Health wrote in an email last week that
Haiti could see a spike like the one that
occurred last year. The number of cholera
cases nearly tripled from almost 19,000 last

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Haitian PM

resigns unc

A major setback for recovering nati,
BY Josenh R,,.. "_

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Haitian Prime Minister Ga
Conille resigned last week
ter just four months in off
Plunging the country into po
ical paralysis in the midst of
building efforts two years aft
a devastating earthquake. C
nille submitted his resignation
in a letter to President Mich
Martelly, according to a stat
ment by the president's office
There was no immediate wor
on a Possible replacement. Co
nille's decision to step down
came during political infighting
between the two leaders over
earthquake reconstruction
contracts, as well as a parlia-
mentary investigation into dual
citizenship of government min-
isters, which is illegal under
Haitian law. Conille, a 45-year-
old medical doctor and U.N.
development expert, was popu-
lar with foreign aid donors and
many members of the interna-
tional community involved in
Haiti's reconstruction efforts
after a January 2010 earth-
quake shattered the country,

killing more than 200.c
people He Previously served
ur-y chief of staff of the U.N. Off

af- of the Special Envoy to Ha
Ice, led by former President E
lit- Clinton. In a brief national
re- televised address, Martelly sa

goearement cb ng rfo the "swif
ter he had spoken h measure
de Ha to meeting soon toil
n whiaenewPrime minister" olT

g Conille's departure. Political
r tensions between Martelly and
Conille erupted recently after
Conille announced plans to
audit $300 million in contracts
awarded by his predecessor
after the earthquake. Conille
and members of his Cabinet
were also under pressure to
cooperate with a Parliamentary
commission investigating the
nationalities of members of the
government. Conille and some
of his aides, have held jobs and
lived for extended periods out-
side Haiti. Critics say Conille

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Salso aenated parliament and
as the president, including mem-
rice bears of his own Cabinet by
iti, some of his actions
Bil "It didn't work from day one,"
ily said Alice Blanchet, a special
tid adviser to five former prime
n- Political Showdown?
it- She described Conille s
Se questioning of the earthquake
ie reconstruction contracts as
a "petty and unpatriotic,,, not,ng
t" that no irregularities had been
r identified by the international
' community. "That was offen.
r sIve to parliament and to the
I president,", she said.
The resignation could set1,
" the stage for another political ;5
showdown between Martellv.
who took office in May 201i
and lawmakers in parliament,
where he does not hold a ma-
jority. Conille's appointment !
as prime minister in October[P
came after a five-month delay N
during which Martelly's first
two nominees were rejected,
impeding his ability to as-
semble a government to move
ahead with reconstruction ef-

Marie McNally, of Little Haiti Farmers Market, displays her fruits and vegetables at
the her stand during the Carnival last Saturday

Little Haiti celebrates marketplace opening
n an effort to revitalize the opening, Th City of Miami from the local and surround-
cultural and business cor- presented ing communities the unique
fidor in Little Haiti/ Historic "Carnival in Little Haiti". opportunity to experience
Lemon City, the City of Miami This weekend's celebration Carnival's bright colored cos-
recently held the temporary coincided with the annual tumes and masks; while en-
7reopenlig of the Caribbean Carnival event in Port-au- joying fresh Caribbean food,
Marketplace. To celebrate the Prince, Haiti; giving residents music, and arts and crafts.

S ecrulseshipto boost tourism 4
SMinistres, which throughout said .-y . -

A cruise ship may soon call at
Port-Au-Prince, the first such
visit in Haiti after a quarter
of a century. a milestone that
Minister of the Interior Thierrv
Mavard-Paul welcomed last
week at a gathering in Tuscalo-
osa. Alabama with the organiz-
ers of the cruise that combines
tourism with volunteer work,
seeing this as another instance
of sustainable development for
the Caribbean nation's econ-
omy, "breathing new life- into
the tourism sector.
"Haiti is at a turning point
as a nation," said Mayard-Paul
said at the retreat of Praisefest
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the year organizes "Cruise with
a Cause," a series of Mission
Cruises transporting volunteer
workers to various places that
are in need of support.
Praisefest Ministries is look-
ing into taking their experience
to Haiti via a 4,000 person
Cruise with a Cause in 2013.
The passengers on this cruise
would participate in projects
that include building homes.
repairing schools, and install-
ing new water purification
systems throughout Port-au-
'When you sail into Port-au-
Prince, my friends, you will be
making histor,- the minister

.... ,u" Wi wll ue mte first
cruise ship to visit our capital
in a quarter of a century: This
will be a milestone to remem- a
ber, so let me thank you now
for breathing new life into our
tourism sector.
The government of Haiti
has made this project a prior-
it- and is c...w.n.-,. working to
evaluate and prepare the port
in the capital city of Port-au- '
Prince for the cruise ships 's
arrival. Mayard-Paul said one *
of the chief architects of Presi-
dent Michel Martellivs policy '
for job-creation and economic -
progress through local initia- '"
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Finnie to remain as Opa-locka city manager

Says future unclear after term ends in June

By D. Kevin McNeir
kmc nepir' miamitimet 'online ./om.

Brian Finnie, the current
city manager for the City of
Opa-locka who is serving
his second stink at the job,
faced the City Commission
last Wednesday with his fu-
ture on the line. But in a 3-2
vote, the Commission decided
to retain Finnie. He remains in
place until his contract ends
on -June 30, 2012. The motion
to remove him from his posi-
tion had been submitted by
City Commissioner Timothy
Holmes, who chose not to com-
ment. Finnie says he holds no

animosit-o towards Holmes or
any other member of the Com-
"I am still the city clerk and
I will continue to do my job."
Finnie said. -We have a demo-
cratic process and what hap-
pened during the meeting was
part of that process. I was
judged by it, found innocent
and now it's time to move for-
Finnie faced a total of 21
charges and says he respond-
ed to each of them.
"The person [Holmes) who
raised the charges felt they
were important the vote of
the Commission indicated oth-

e7--"se.' "-""-;" e acd-

no-te ha- -hose v.-o
sit on :he Co'- -m's-
sion are volunt-eers. I
,was hed for the job.
Each deDanment has
its goals and objec-
tives it s my job to
make sure they meet
them- I think both
the Commission and



I all agree that we
want to improve things for the
people that live in Opa-Locka.
It's a good city with tremen-
dous potential."
Finnie was asked about con-
cerns voiced bv members of the
Commission that there have
been a number of city manag-

ers -cen years.

dia-`cult 7o achieve.
guess you would
have to ask ever-, ci ',
manager who's been-
here over the last
four Vears what the'\
think but 1 was here
before and I came
back." he said. "That
means there must be

something about this
City that matters to me. We
tend to focus on the negative
more often than the positive. I
knew what 1 would face when
I returned and I was willing to
meet the challenge.-
Mavor M\Tra Tavlor declined

Is now the time to defend affirmative action?

continued from 1A

seek to replace them with recruit-
ment strategies that aggressively
favor creation of a more diverse
student body and reflect this na-
tion's changing demographics.
Standardized tests measure
what applicants learned in high
school, more than their potential
for success in college. They stack
the deck against blacks and His-
panics, who disproportionately

attend underperforming public
schools, and favor white students,
who are more likely to attend bet-
ter schools and to get coaching
for the test. A state's failure to fix
underperforming public schools
shouldn't be allowed to keep de-
serving minorities from getting a
college education. That's the argu-
ment civil rights activists should
be making to higher education
institutions that continue to use
standardized test scores as an en-
trance requirement.

Bates College of Lewiston, Maine,
long ago made SAT scores an op-
tional requirement for admission.
In 2005, it issued a study of the
students who attended Bates over
a 20-year period and concluded
that there was virtually no dif-
ference in academic achievement
between students who submitted
SAT scores and those who didn't.
Other schools, such as Wake For-
est University in Winston-Salem,
N.C., and Sarah Lawrence College
in Bronxville, N.Y., also have made

the SAT an optional part of the ad-
missions process. That's a good
step in the right direction.
But you can expect the fight
over access to higher education
to heat up as the Supreme Court
moves closer to deciding Fisher's
case. It's time for civil rights activ-
ists to open another front in this
battle, one that seeks to redefine
the rules for access to higher edu-
cation, which is one of the most
important gateways to opportu-
nity in this society.

Jacksonville's mayor has the right stuff

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that's just the tip of the iceberg.
"I'm coming up on my first
year in office this July and have
done what. I promised when I
was elected: streamline City
government so that it is more
efficient and establish an en-
vironment that will spur eco-
nomic growth," he said. We just
won a $10 million dollar grant
for the Port of Jacksonville and
have started a business build-
er's program that helps entre-
preneurs get access to capital
so they can expand. My belief
is you need to be proactive and
connect bankers and investors
with business owners."

"A lot of people are unem-
ployed and have lost their jobs,
their cars and their homes -
and it's not just Blacks that are
suffering," he said. "We know
that some of those jobs have be-
come obsolete and our popula-
tion has gotten older too. To ad-
dress those challenges we fund

job training and education and
we're going to have to support
more of that kind of transition-
al assistance if we want people
to find work again."
Brown has some keen minds
in his corner, including State
Senator Tony Hill and State
Representative Mia Jones. Sen-
ator Marco Rubio has also given
his support to Brown. And 'to
make sure that everyone is talk-
ing, no matter what their politi-
cal persuasion, Brown meets
regularly with a Duval County
delegation of elected officials.
"In Jacksonville, being Dem-
ocrat or Republican is of lit-
tle consequence compared to
meeting the needs of our City,"
he said. "Our latest push is to
expand the Jacksonville Port, a
$19 billion dollar economic en-
gine where workers can make
up to $45,000 a year without
a college degree. That's pretty
One of the top Black news
websites in the U.S., The Grio,
also believes Brown is on the
right track, naming him to its
top 100 list for 2012 of Black
history makers and industry

leaders who are making a differ-
ence in the lives of Americans.

When Brown learned that
the school district was going
to have to cut its Junior ROTC
program because of budget re-
ductions, he mounted a drive
to raise $250,000 a move
that positively impacted 500
children. He recently launched
the mayor's mentoring program
that serves minority students.
"My goal was to have 500
caring adults by April 1st -
we already have 450," he said.
"These are retired and certified
school teachers that meet with
one student every week so that
our children graduate from
high school. I was the first in
my family to graduate from col-
lege and was raised with four
other siblings by our mother
and grandmother. Education
was instrumental in my life.
Both of my children attend
public school so for me it's not
a philosophical theory part-
nering with and improving our
public schools is personal."

As for his continued efforts to
improve business opportunities
and to prepare youth for sus-
tainable careers, he says, "we
must be relentless and focused
like a laser on making sure
the next generation of doctors,
lawyers, teacher and entrepre-
neurs are trained and ready
to take Jacksonville and this
country to the next level. Small
businesses are the backbone
of America and they don't just
happen you have to make it
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AK-47 Assault rifle

Can police stop nce

at Liberty Squa
SVIOLENCE ani ce ofl-ers. 1 4 ,', C-s from
continued from 1A the state and countyV atornfy's
offices iand officials ifrom the pIro
ha' by a rash of gang violencee bion and parole depaitmcnts.
Black-on-Black crime and it's Hie savs they are mcticini rcgu-
relatedi to turf wars that cont i l n order to share it'nforma-
ue to go on between rival gangs," tion and address concerns be-
he said. "Drug sales remains fore, rather than aftelr violence
an issue but that's not the big- erupis like it did last weekend.
gest problem we're facing. One "Our goal is to create a culture
thing that would certainly help and environment where people
would be tougher gun laws. We feel safe," he said. "Right now
are dealing with kids as young there is a lot of anxiety in the
as 13 who are carrying AK-47s community and most are afraid
and other assault rifles even that if they report what they'\-e
handguns. It's not against the seen or heard, that there will be
law to buy a gun and even those some form of retaliation. Resi-
with a record find ways to get dents must feel safe enough to
them. provide us with vital informa-
Cunningham confirms that tion. Housing intends on inviting
bullets sprayed by an AK-47 the police to the positive events
operated by an unknown drive- that go on in Liberty Square so
by gunman, nearly ended the that both sides police and res-
young lives of Ted Phillips,14 idents feel more comfortable
and his friend Antonio Miller, 11, with each other. We're not there
who were playing outside with but we plan to get there and
friends last Friday night soon,"
"The motive behind that shoot- Eric Thomson, 41. is the
ing is still unknown but we re- chairperson for the Liberty City
alize it could have been much Trust and serves as the liaison
worse they could have been for the Liberty Square Council.
killed," he added. "We're grate- He says he's been hoping for a
ful the boys are expected to re- more focused and effective part-
cover but we need help in finding nership to be formed between all
the shooter(s). Another shooting concerned parties for some time.
happened early Sunday morn- "We\ve been asking for this for
ing that appears to have been years a partnership between
a fight over a girl. We've beefed law lenforcemIent, housing per-
up patrols and taken a more ag- sonnel and the residents., he
gressive approach but we've got said. "I hope and pray that this
to continue to be proactive in is what we arc finally going to
reducing the violence and the see happen. There are a lot of
shootings." good, honest people living in
Liberty Square. They want to do
TEAMWORK AND their part to bring about change
COMMUNICATION MAY BE and make this a safer place to
THE BEST REMEDY live and play. If the police want
Greg Fortner, 54, executive to have any success at all, it's
director for public housing and going to take the participation of
community development, Mi- the residents."
ami-Dade 'County, has teamed In 2012, Liberty Square has
up with Cunningham in a part- had nine shootings with one fa-
nership that includes public tality and one stabbing that re-
housing personnel, City of Mi- sulted in the victim's death.
ps""' ,,w "' t

Spence-Jones takes pitch to Obama for more funds

continued from 1A

distributes Community Devel-
opment Block Grants [CDBG].
Based on a new formula, a
greater emphasis is now placed
on the number of housing units
available for an area's popula-
tion. Figures from the 2010
U.S. Census suggest that an
adequate number of residenc-
es were built to decrease the
amount of "overcrowded" units
in Miami-Dade County. But lo-
cal leaders say they disagree
with how the new formula was
tabulated. Even more, they are
concerned with how these new
funding cuts ,ll
impact their abil-
itY to provide social
services including:
meals for senior
citizens and after-
school programs for
"We knew that we
were facing a 10 per-
cent reduction, but
3-' percent is un- SPENCI
precedented." said
Miami Mavor Tomas
Regalado. 62. "The new formula
that HUD is using just doesn't
add up. W\e may have more hous-
ing in the City of Miami. but the
last time I checked. there were
few people in Little Havana or
Liberty City that could afford to
purchase a condo. We have until
April 1st to implement the cuts
and we hope the President will
undo what HUD has done. Oth-
erwise. well be forced to take
money from our general funds
account. As it stands we are fac-



Area Percentag

Hialeah 47
Miami Beach 42

M-Dade County 35
City of Miami 34

North Miami 33

ing a 50 percent reduction in
services we can't leave people
out in the cold."
North Miami Mayor Andre
Pierre. 42. says he made cuts
last year and so with the recent
33 percent reduc-
tion in funding. he
feels like he is in
a "lose-lose situa-
'In two years we
will have incurred
a 60 percent t esti-
mate' cut in funds."-
he said. "Like Mi-
JONES ami, we've had to
draw money from
the general budget
but we can't make up the differ-
ence that way. We are obligated
to help those who cannot help
themselves and somehow we.
will. Government is supposed
to be there to assist those who
need help the most.-

Citv. Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones headed to Wash-
ington. D.C. on \Wednesdav to"
addresses the way the formula



Dollar amount

$2 million


$10.6 million
$4.9 million


was tabulated in Miami [versus
places like New York City whose
funding has increased tremen-
"I will be meeting with the
HUD under-secretary and Con-
gresswoman Wilson and will
emphasize the importance of
the President signing an execu-
tive order.- she said. The cuts
will hurt many programs and
people. We need the President
to understand just how much
this will impact communities in
Miami and throughout Miami-
Dade County.
George Mensa. 5d. communi-
ty development director for the
City of Miami. says he plans to
be in the Capitol as well. While
there he wili meet with officials
from he U.S. Census Bureau.
'We are challenging the data
that he-.' collected but we real-
:ze tha th"r.s isr.'n sorr.ethnmg that
can be solved quickly.' he sa:d.
"in he rr.ean'ime. e'.'.r hope the
Pres:rden: .help us so that we
car. at least receive allocat:ons
that a-e equal to iast years ieve-.
Our iong-er-z goal is to have fed-
eral officials resolve the integr,-
of the data.-

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Children's Trust launches book club targeting early readers

Literacy is paramount in school dropouts earn less
the development of children than half of college graduates.
especially in a time when 'Our churches can be- '
standards in education are come places where children A1,. - ,
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dren's Trust launched the
Read to Learn Book Club
for all three-year-olds in Mi-
ami-Dade County. The pro-
gram is aimed at finalizing
a community action plan to
increase the number of third
graders reading at or above
grade level.
"All of us need to break
down barriers and work to-
. thi,:r for these children
right here the future of
Miami-Dade County," said
Carlos Gimenez, mayor of
Miami-Dade County. Cur-
rently, one-third of third
graders fail to read at grade
level, which is a critical mo-
ment in their development
- a moment when children
must shift from learning to
read to reading to learn. In
addition, 88 percent of chil-
dren who never graduate
from high school were poor
third grade readers and high

not just to worship on Sun-
days," said Rev. Johnny L.
Barber, pastor of Mt. Sinai
Missionary Baptist Church.
"We as church leaders have
a responsibility to our mem-
bers and our community to
empower parents to step up
and make sure their children
have the necessary tools and
attention to succeed."
Among many of the recom-
mendations outlined in the
community action plan are
programs and initiatives that
reach parents where they are
and in places they frequent
in their daily lives.
"No child should want for a
book in Miami-Dade County
and this book club is just
one tool in the comprehen-
sive Read to Learn strate-
gic plan," said Modesto E.
Abety-Gutierrez, president
and CEO of The Children's

-Photos courtesy of Tie Children's Trust
Miami-Dade County Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Modesto E. Abety-Gutierrez, presi-
dent and CEO of The Children'sTrust and other community leaders at the Read to Learn Book Club launch, surrounded by three-year-
olds from the KidCo and YWCA child care centers.

SHospitals and public

education take

$71.2-billion budget is costly






The widow of Judge Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., participates in the unveiling of the Metromover
Station that was named in her late husband's honor. She is joined by Commissioner Barbara Jor-
dan, District 1; Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, District 5; and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos

Jordan leads efforts to honor

Judge Wilkie D. Ferguson, Sr.

Metromover Station renamed in honor of late judge

Senate approved a $71.2-bil-
lion budget last Thursday that
boosts funding for classrooms
and people with disabilities,
but slashes dollars meant for
hospitals, adult mental health
treatment and higher educa-
"With the economy as it is,
costs continue to escalate and
in this particular year, we're
facing roughly a $1.4 billion
shortfall. We've worked hard.
We've debated how to try to
find the savings that we need
to live within our means," said
Senate Budget Chairman J.D.
Alexander, R-Lake Wales.
The budget passed on a 33-6
vote, with four Democrats and
two Republicans voting against
the bill.
The vote sets up negotiations
with the House, which passed
its $69.2 billion budget last
month. Lawmakers must pass
a compromise by March 9, the
scheduled end of the regular
legislative session.
For the fourth straight year,
lawmakers have been forced to
pit the needs of school children
against some of the state's
more vulnerable citizens who
depend on state-subsidized
health care. With the Repub-

lican majority refusing to con-
sider any tax increases as
several Democrats objected
during debate -- lawmakers
had to offset a $1.4-billion rev-
enue shortfall with major cuts
in some areas.
The Senate did find an ad-
ditional $1.2 billion for public
schools about $200 million
more than Gov.. Rick Scott
requested and the House pro-
vided but that didn't entire-
ly replace the $1.3 billion in
education cuts last year. On a
per-student level, the Senate
boosts classroom spending by
$192, to $6,417. The House
plan settled on $6,366 per stu-
"We are restoring some of the
cuts that we had last year, but
we're nowhere near where we
were five years ago," said Sen.
Nan Rich, R-Sunrise, who vot-
ed against the bill.
Higher education took a ma-
jor cut. The Senate slashed
$400 million from the state
university system compared
to $138 million in the House's
bill by dipping into individu-
al universities' reserves to pay
for programs. Though univer-
sities aren't required to raise
tuition, individual institutions
can do so by 15 percent.

big hits
The House proposal requires
an 8-percent tuition increase,
with another 7-percent hike
The cuts sparked outrage
from universities, particularly
the University of South Florida,
which initially faced a $78 mil-
lion cut. Students and faculty,
accompanied by USF President
Judy Genshaft, rallied in Talla-
hassee to restore funding.
Underlying the budget cuts
was a power h-r lpl',- between
Genshaft and Senate Budget
Chair J.D. Alexander, R-Lake
Wales, who wants to create this
year a 12th state university out
of USF's Polytechnic campus
in Lakeland. But after a series
of amendments by Sen. Jim
Norman, R-Tampa, Alexander
backed down. Ultimately, the
USF cut came to just shy of
$40 million.
In health care, the Senate
boosted funding for health
and human services to $30.48
billion, about $570 million
more than this year, to serve a
Medicaid enrollment that has
surged to nearly 3 million peo-
ple. Included was extra ni.r.ii",
for the Medicaid program for
persons with disabilities, in
hopes of helping individuals
now on a waiting list for care.
But payments to hospitals for
Medicaid patients were cut by
$218 million.

Miami-Dade County Com-
missioner Barbara Jordan,
District 1, recently spearhead-
ed efforts to rename the Arena
State Plaza Metromover Sta-
tion to the Wilkie D. Ferguson,
Jr. Station in honor of the first
Black judge in the Miami-Dade
County Circuit Court. The Me-
tromover Station is next to the
Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Fed-
eral Courthouse, which is also
named in his honor. Jordan
proposed the resolution for
the renaming and it was over-
whelmingly accepted by the

Board of County Commission-
ers. Ferguson was a trailblazer.
In 1980, he was appointed to
the Third District Court of Ap-
peals, the first Black judge to
serve on that court. He is cred-
ited with landmark rulings that
improved the quality of life for
thousands of disabled Florida
residents. Ferguson was an
advocate for the poor and pow-
erless and truly a man of integ-
rity. He received his Bachelor
of Science degree from Florida
A&M University in 1960 and
his Juris Doctorate from How-

ard University School of Law in
Ferguson was appointed
to the United States District
Court for the Southern District
of Florida on November 20,
1993 by President Bill Clinton.
He died in 2003. That same
year the general membership
of the Black Lawyvers Associa-
tion voted unanimously to re-
name itself the Wilkie D. Fer-
guson. Jr. Bar Association in
recognition of the outstanding
contributions Ferguson made
to the community.

Hastings endorses ex-rival Frankel

By Anthony Man

What a difference 20 years
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings
praised Lois Frankel and en-
dorsed her bid to join him in
Congress on Tuesday two
decades after they faced off
in an especially nasty South
Florida political contest, a pri-
mary campaign in which the
two Democrats went head to
head for the same congressional
Hastings went on to win the
party primary and was elected
to Congress, where he's served
since. Frankel became minor-
ity party leader in the Flori-
da House of Representatives
and later, mayor of West Palm
In the past two decades,
Hastings said he and Frankel
have worked together numer-

ous times, from development of
Palm Beach International Air-
port to efforts to help minoriry
children use computers at the
West Palm Beach city library.
"We buried the hatchet. That's
what grown people do," Hast-
ings said Tuesday in an inter-
view. "I have a life to live, and
I can't go around being mad at
people because we had political
Those differences were strong.
At one point during the 1992
campaign Hastings called Fran-
kel a "racist bitch," words he
later conceded may have been
Frankel said that was a long
time ago. "Since that time we've
worked together," she said.
She's now running against
Broward County Commissioner
Kristin Jacobs to become the
Democratic nominee in the Bro-
ward-Palm Beach County 22nd

Congressional District. Hast-
ings, a Miramar Democrat who
also represents parts of both
counties, said he has noth-
ing against Jacobs, but prefers
Hastings said it's possible for
political foes to come together,
noting the 2008 battle between
HdIl.r-. Clinton and Barack
Obama for the Democratic pres-
idential nomination. She's now
his secretary of state.
Despite the bad blood be-
tween the two 20 years ago,
Florida Atlantic University polit-
ical scientist Kevin Wagner said
Tue.v-ia'is endorsement wasn t
a shock.
'Whether he likes Lois Fran-
kel oers:'r.a-i. or not, if she wins
iDemocratsl are one step closer
toward taking back the House,-
Wagner said. "She's a likely win-
ner. And Hastings would prefer
to see her than a Republican."

Pullman District seeks park status

By Judy Keen-W

A neighborhood that played key
roles in the development of the
Black labor movement, the rail-
road industry and urban planning
is the focus of efforts to create Illi-
nois' second national park site.
Legislation pending in Congress
would start the process of placing
the Pullman District under Na-
tional Park Service (NPS) control,
ensuring that its historic struc-
tures arid museums remain intact
and attracting more visitors and
economic development. advocates
of the plan say. The Abraham
Lincoln National Historic Site in
Springfield is the state's only NPS
"Pullman is historically and ar-
chitecturally significant." says
Rep. .Jesse Jackson Jr.. D-ilL.
sponsor of a bill that would autho-
rze an NPS study. Making it par
of the national park system "would
go a long way toward putting us onr
the man .. and create jobs' where
the. are badiv needed. he says.
Lvnn McClure of the non-profit
Nat iona Parks Conser-:ation Asso-
c:ation sa.s the studv- would deter-
rr.:ne the suitabii.tv and feasibility
o" :r.ak.inS Puirran a ,nat.raj oar,<
s.te. Han..r. sucr a ste ;r. Chicago
'ou:d be inc-.ed;ble.' she savs. 'It
s the or,- 2 c:tv in the crur.tr:
as st rhas zero rat;o: rai par:
T:.e :rar D:st- r t is a- n-
custra and reside-ntial complex
bu.i: -n the 1880s b:- George P:i-
s-ar bc:d he famou: s wlemanr
s'eeF :r.a C'< a-, 2-O >e v. O ers

- ~

The landmark Pullman Works administration

12-story clock tower are seen at
cago's Pullman District.

ir a companv-owvned community-
w.ith homes a church, hotel. mar-
ket and recTeat:ona3 facilities.
A strike in 3894 by Pullman
workers and the formation of
the first a]i-Black union in 1925
helped shape the Blark ]abor
mo erreen t.
The Blacks hired to -work in the
factor. and as porters a.'owed
man.Y; to mo.ve nto the middle-
class, and porters helped spark
the historic emigration of Blacks
from rthe South to northern ties
by, spreading the word about jobs
in the North savs Lionel Kirmble.
w.ho teaches his'or at Chicago
State U'riV.Trse;?. Tn?" portc-rs
''impact or, historr- can't be sc"en
Tn a nSegatie ght." h de safys
SJeff Soule, outreach director for

left from the row houses in Chi-

the American Planning Associa-
tion, says Pullman was "the first
industrial city designed with the
inhabitants' welfare in mind" and
included nice, if modest, homes
for workers and proximity to the
goods and services they needed.
Planners "are trying to re-create
the community that Pullman al-
ready is.' he says.
A Pullman national park site
could be modeled after Massa-
chusetts' Lowell National His-
torical Park, which highlights
the early textile industry, says
Patrick Brannon, president of the
Pullman Liavic Organization and
a resident, "It could have a lot of
Sourist draw, he" 'ays, although
some residents worry about be-
inM inundated by visitors.


The Miami Times






Sister Circle


-Photos courtesy NCNW
The local section of the National Council of Negro Women received a procla-
mation from the City of Miami for their efforts to raise awareness about HaIV/

National Council
of Negro Women
community aid
By Kaila Heard
There is an unfortunate myth
that women, due to frequent
backstabbing, petty bickering
and multiple jealousies, find it
difficult to work together. How-
ever, for 22 years the Metro-
politan Dade Section of the Na-
tional Council of Negro Women
(NCNW) has taken exception to
that belief and proven it to be
"The main purpose of this or-
ganization [is] bringing together
women for the good of other
women," said Alma Brown, the
Please turn to NCNW 14B

At least twice a year, members of the Metropolitan Dade Section of the
National Council of Negro Women come together to worship at in various
churches across South Florida. Pictured are NCNW members Dorothy Davis
(I-r), Kameelah Brown and Katie Turner.


Can th,

draw v

to class



Will religious studiesbecome

By Kaila Heard
heard @miamnitimesonline.coin


celebrate first

Black priest

Holy Family hosts
Absalom Jones service
By Kaila Heard

Black history is filled with stories that
chronicle the struggles and triumphs by
individuals and groups, all committed
to gaining fair and equal treatment for
Blacks the history of the Black church
parallels that commitment. On Saturday,
Feb. 18th, the Episcopal Church of the
Holy Family hosted an Absalom Jones
service to honor the first Black priest
ordained in the Episcopal Church more
than 218 years ago.
The service, which was sponsored by
the Theodore R. Gibson Chapter of the
Union of Black Episcopalians, also fea-
tured a luncheon and fashion show,
The Diocese of South East Florida has
been holding an annual Absalom Jones
service since 1984. This year's obser-
vance. held in Miami Gardens, drew over
Please turn to JONES 14B

It is a peculiar contradic-
tion that while the Bible is
one of the most top selling
text in the world, it is not
read very often by Christian
This lack of more detailed
study is obvious.
According to the Pew Fo-
rum's 2010 U.S. Religious
Knowledge Survey, religious
knowledge is limited among
the faithful. Black Protes-
tants answered an average of
13.4 questions about reli-
gious knowledge out of 32
Those low scores would not
surprise the the Rev. Johnny
Barber of Mt. Sinai Mission-
ary Baptist Church. For more
than 10 years, the 39-year-
old minister has led Bible
study at the church.
"To be honest, most people
say that they are going to
read the Bible, but they re-
ally don't," he said. "Most of
the reading of the Bible takes
place right at the church."
Yet according to the Rev.
Steven Caldwell, 45, of
New Providence Missionary
Baptist Church (MBC), Bible
study is important for wor-
shippers of all ages.
Please turn to BIBLE 14B

*L ,' I u

Church to say 'adieu'

to beloved rector

Father Richard Barry to

retire from St. Agi

By Kaila Heard
The Reverend Richard Liv-
ingston Marquess-Barry has a
tight deadline to meet. In less
than 11 months, the rector of
the Historic St. Agnes Episco-
pal Church in Overtown plans
to raise $50,000 for the United
College Fund before he official-
ly retires on Dec. 1st.
When asked why this will be
his final major project, Barry
explained the belief that has
been the foundation for his en-
tire ministerial career.
"The ministry of Jesus Christ

is about lifting up the dispos-
sessd and the cast aways," he
Although the guidelines of
the Episcopal church say that
all ministers are to retire by the
time they are 72, Barry also
feels that, personally, 2012
was the right time for him to
step down from the pulpit.
"I feel that I am slowing down
and that it is time for me to do
something else with myself,"
he explained. Besides, "the
time comes when you need to
sit down to permit a younger
man with a different vision to
Please turn to BARRY 14B

What would you sacrifice for

: Jesus Christ during Lent?


revives cultural


Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the
executive director of New York's
Schomberg Center for Research in
Black Culture, brought the Har-
lem Renaissance back to life for
one evening with his lecture about
1920s and 1930s artistic and
cultural revolution at the African-
American Research Library and
Cultural Center in Ft. Lauderdale.

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By Kaila Heard
heard miamitimesonlinexom
The 40-day season of Lent be-
gan last week on Wednesday,
Feb. 22nd. To prepare for Eas-
ter. the resurrection of Jesus
Christ. millions of Christians
wvorld-.w-ide attempt to under-
stand the many sacrifices and
trials he endured through a va-
retny of specific actions.
"If there is no season of Lent
then there is no Resurrection
Day !Easter; because w-hat oc-
curs during these 40 days are
some of the greatest miracles
and some of the most pow'.'erful
teaching that .Jesus ever did,"
said Re-v. Ma-vin Lue of Trinity
Christian Methodist Episcopai
Church [CMEJ of Overtown.
One of the most popular
methods to honor the period of
Lent is to fast or to abstain from

a specific substance or activity.
Because "[Lent is] dealing
with the sacrifice of Christ and
remembering that sacrifice,
the observance of Lent is often
about giving up something in-
dulgent something you feel
that you can't do without, like
for instance chocolate," ex-
plained Rev. Steven Caldwell, a
professor of religion at Florida
Memorial University.
However, as important as
Lent is for Christians, the 40
days has different meanings for
individuals and they choose to
recogniz7J it in various ways.
At Trinity CME, worshippers
have forgone the traditional
fasting entirely and instead are
honoring "the Road to Resur-
rection" every Thursday wev
ning. The service will continue
through April 5th the day be-
fore Good Friday.


Robert Battle speaks at Wactor Temple AME

Alvin Ailey's

artistic director

returns to

spiritual home

By Kaila Heard
kheard@niainitimeii*onlite ,j omn

Black History is celebrated at
Wactor Temple African Meth-
odist Episcopal (AME) Zion
Church each year with pride
- and for good reason. The
AMEZ Church, also known as
"the Freedom Church" due to
its dedication to racial justice,
counts among its early mem-
bers such historical Black fig-
ures as Harriet Tubman, So-
journer Truth and Frederick
Douglass, according to Pastor
Teneramie C. Jimenez.
However, on Sunday, Feb.
26th, the church honored
homegrown talent when Robert
Battle, the artistic director of
the Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theater, returned to his church
home as the featured speaker
for their annual celebration.

Ji:nenez praised Battle: -The
church has been holding a
Black Hiso-,: program since
forever. but this "vas; the big-
gest a~d best that we have ever
had because of the magnitude
of Robert Battle.
Raised in Liberty City, Battle
attended Wactor Temple during
his youth.
-This [church] is where I
learned to be courageous," Bat-
tle told the Miami Times.
That courage served him well
in a lifetime that includes many
As one presenter noted, Bat-
tle's life is an example of 'Black
history in the making."
Battle's talents and dedica-
tion to the arts are the basis for
a career that led him to become
a valued member of the Parsons
Dance Company and later to be
deemed as one of the "Masters
of African American Choreog-
raphy" by the Kennedy Center.
Throughout his journey, his
faith has remained an impor-
tant part of his life, even influ-
encing his dancing and chore-
"In some way, I feel that I'm
preaching by taking dance to

World renowned dance choreographer, Robert Battle, shared
an inspirational message with attendants of the 2012 Black His-
tory Celebration at Wactor Temple AM E Zion Church on Sunday,
Feb. 26th.

WI.3I II JI !.
The artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
received praise and a plaque during his return to his spiritual
home, Wactor Temple AM E Zion Church, as their featured speak-
er for Black history. Pictured are Desi Williams [his mother] (I-
r), Robert Battle and Rev.Teneramie C. Jimenez.

the people," said the chore-
ographer, who premiered his
own troupe, Battleworks Dance
Company in 2002.
Many members of the audi-
ence found his words to be in-
Renee Robinson, a friend of
Battle's who has been a dancer
at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

Company for 30 years, said. "It
was wonderful to hear the sto-
ries about [Battle] before he
ever became artistic director."
The celebration also included
a dramatic reading, liturgical
dancing by the group, Passage
2 Womanhood and Hot 105
FM's Tracy Cloyd Young, who
served as a presenter.

Fighting poverty until it hurts

By Anna Williams

In the ongoing debate over
income inequality, there's
one thing seemingly everyone
can agree on: Helping the
poor is someone else's re-
A similarly fruitless debate
plays out among religious
groups, even as both sides
claim moral authority for
their views. Some, such as
Sojourners magazine editor
Jim Wallis and the religious
leaders who carried a golden
calf (symbolizing the idolatry
of wealth) through Manhattan
as part of the "Occupy" move-
-'rit, focus on condemning >,
greed and achieving social. .
jgstuce. Others, such as First'
Things Web editor Joe Carter,
argue that concern about


income inequality is itself a
form of greed.
They're arguing over how
to put out the fire while the
house burns to the ground.
In 2010, 1.6 million U.S.
children were homeless,
and more than 15 percent
of Americans lived below the
poverty line. The unemploy-
ment rate has not dipped
below 8% in the past three
years. Wealthy politicians
bicker and point fingers while
the national debt balloons,
threatening the long-term vi-
ability of the social safety net.

Meanwhile, hidden from the
public eye are a few people
striving to live out St. Paul's
"more excellent way" of love.
They don't argue about pov- .

erty; they try to alleviate it.
They've dropped out of the rat
race, given up their posses-
sions and taken new names.
They're Catholic monks and
And while their commit-
ment might seem radical, they
could offer all of us faith-
ful and secular alike a few
timely lessons about devo-
tion, generosity and genuine
Their primary inspiration
for both living in poverty and
serving the poor is, of course,
Jesus Christ. "Christ em-
braced poverty," says Father
Richard Roemer, a priest and
Franciscan friar in the Bronx,
N.Y., where his monastic
order runs homeless shel-
ters, food pantries and medi-
cal clinics. Indeed, Roemer

notes, Jesus mysteriously
proclaimed that "the poor in
spirit" are "blessed."
Elsewhere in the New Tes-
tament are Christ's famous
words to a rich young man: "If
you would be perfect, go, sell
what you possess and give to
the poor ... and come, follow
The passage has inspired
religious communities since
the first centuries of Christi-
anity to take a vow of poverty,
putting aside extraneous
things and sharing,their basic
goods. Today, it means giving
up personal bank accounts,
cars, computers, cellphones,
and thedlike.
Most people would wince at
the prospect of giving uplthose,
things for a day, let alone a
Please turn to POVERTY 14B

Award-winning gospel singer Marvin
Sapp performed at 2012's All-Star
Gospel Brunch in Orlando.

Sll-star gospel brunch

-celebrates Fla. pastor

The late Zachary

STims was honored

in Orlando brunch
By Nicola Menzie

The 2i.01 All-Star Gospel Brunch
k.':k._J off t', seventh annual gala last
.:.,''ke'nd in Orlando, and featured Pau-
l I hire. ,,:.spel singer Marvin Sapp
.ind -,':'. r.sd 'i-.her influential Christians.
hit,: ,.a arr.:ing those honored at the
'JBA l ,IS.t weekendd event, along with
the :I.' Za.:he-rv Tims, whose church the
ithou, 'A..,ll- minister now leads.
The Fe't, -' event, said to be the first
re.d '..rpiet cila of its kind in Christian
*.:,:, l hii...r. is produced annually in
pr ri,:r' rlhip '..ith NBA Entertainment
duli.ni the ha.ketball league's 61st An-
ni.].l '.B \ MlI- tar Weekend in Orlando.
Th' : .All. I- r Gospel Brunch, co-hosted
h- .a: b. actress Sheryl Lee Ralph
., .:,-:.rrnejin Jonathan Slocumb. paid
nt.-ur, T.:, 1-.',ur Slam Dunk Honorees -

noteworthy pastors from the Orlando and
Jacksonville area. As Riva Tims shared
with her Twitter followers, Zachery Tims
was honored with a special video tribute
at the annual event because of his life
and legacy.
Tomeka Holyfield, executive producer
of the All-Star Gospel Brunch, said that
Tims, who passed away in August of last
year, was being honored simply for his
love of the game.
"All-Star Gospel Brunch is honoring
Zackery Tims simply for his love of bas-
ketball," Holyfield shared in an emailed
statement. "It's something that he and his
sons shared as a time of bonding. And it's
where his kids, to date, find peace in the
midst of their sorrow. His four kids will
accept the award on his behalf as we cel-
ebrate the merge of Basketball & Faith!"
White, who also leads Without Walls In-
ternational Church in Tampa, is noted as
a long-time supporter and friend of the
All-Star Gospel Brunch, and was also
honored at the event.Featured perform-
ers included Grammy Award-winning
singer Marvin Sapp, Grammy nominee
LeAndria Jonhson and Jonathan Nelson.

More Black nonbelievers 'coming out'

Black atheists

say lack of faith

isolates them

By Kimberly Watson

As a child. Alix Jules saw peo-
ple in church speak in tongues.
tremble, fall and have what ap-
peared to be very genuine con-
nections with God.
But not him. "I never tingled.
he said.

Bv his twenties.
Jules was an athe-
ist. But he never told
his family. who were
deeply rooted in their
predominantly Black
Catholic congrega-
tion. Thev believed he
was having a crisis of
faith -- turned off bv
organized religion but
still a believer. For


ears. he let them think that.
Then came the terrorist at-
tacks of Sept. 11. 2001. an
event in which religion played

a role.
On September 12.
I used the word athe-
ist for the first time."
said Jules. who lives
in Texas. It wasn't
too long after that
my family stopped
returning my phone
Now. at age 37.
Jules has been ostra-

cized by his mother and cous-
ins. His sto.r is topical of many,
Black atheists who say that to
come out as nonbelievers in

their community is to risk ev-
er-thing friends, family,
business ties. even their racial
and cultural identity.
-There is an idea that it is
mandator.- for Black to believe
in God. said Mandisa Thomas.
founder of Black Nonbelievers,
an Atlanta group.
We have heard this from
preachers who say Blacks v.'ould
not have gotten anywhere with-
out faith. And if -ou do not be-
lieve in God. you are ostracized,
targeted by family and friends.
Please jurn to ATHEISTS 14B

"Somehow I will prove that life isn't over when one has commit-
ted a crime for which he receives this heinous label," Gilyard said.

No kids allowed in church

with sex-offender pastor

By Jeff Brumley .i 31- Bla;!said from the bench.
Tht judge's remarks followed
Children will continue .to; be a sidebar conversation with at-
barred from the Jacksonville torneys that lasted more than
worship services sex-offender 10 minutes.
Darrell Gilyard has been lead- Gilyard attorney Richard Ku-
ing Sunday mornings since the ritz said his client's preaching
end of January. complies with his three-year
That was determined in court probation, which bars him from
Friday when Gilyard's attorney having unsupervised contact
withdrew a motion seeking a with minors.
change in the preacher's pro- But another law requires a
bation status to allow minors therapist to determine if "su-
in the sanctuary when Gilyard pervised contact" is appropri-
preaches. ate and, if so, under what con-
The withdrawal came during a editions. It's that latter statute
hearing in which Circuit Judge that must be fulfilled before the
Kevin Blazs declared the motion motion will be filed again, Ku-
"premature" because a licensed ritz said.
therapist has yet to determine Gilyard also must be enrolled
if the request is appropriate. or have completed a sex offend-
Until then, the court is unable er therapy program in order to
to make an informed decision, Please turn to GILYARD 14B

Gone but not forgotten?

Have you forgotten

so soon about your departed

loved one? Keep them in

your memory with an

in memorial or a

happy birthday remembrances

in our obituary section.

Call classified 305-694-6225


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Bethany Seventh
Day Adventist Church
is hosting a Juvenile Law
Day to showcase how law
and juvenile agencies work
on March 17th, 3 p.m. 6
p.m. 786-704-9785.

Centurion Apostol-
ic International Minis-
tries, Inc.'s Divine Poetry
In Motion Presents wel-
comes everyone to see
"Invading the Camp of the
Enemy with the Warfare of
Prophetic Movement" on
March 9 at 6:30 p.m. 305-

Grace and Truth
Outreach Ministries is
seeking other ministries
to participate in their first
"Liberty Fest," a Christian
outdoor stage event. Date
T.B.A. 305-297-7041.

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.

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

[Fait. -Caem.

Family and Friends Day wor-
ship service every Sunday at
7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. 305-

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

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

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

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

Some take vow of poverty as act of freedom

continued from 13B

lifetime. For religious orders,
however, the sacrifice is not a
burden but a form of freedom.
If you're free from materialistic
distractions and narcissism,
you can open yourself up to
a loving God and to your
"Once we have things, we
want to protect them, and we
also can get used to satisfying
our desires in a way that we
don't get to the bottom of our
root desire for God," says Fa-
ther Peter Funk of the Bene-
dictine Monastery of the Holy
Cross in Chicago. His order fo-
cuses on prayer and contem-

plation and runs a bed-and-
The vow of poverty also en-
tails rejecting the concept of
self-reliance. Instead of earn-
ing money in individual ca-
reers, most monks and nuns
rely on each other and bene-
factors for support, trusting
God will work out the rest.
This means recognizing that
"everything that's being pro-
vided for me is really from the
providence of God," says Sis-
ter Giovanna Mariae Pearson,
adding that generosity to the
poor flows naturally from such
a lifestyle. She's a member of
the Sisters of Life, an order in
New York that helps pregnant
women in need.

Though it's difficult to sepa-
rate politics from social policy,
party affiliation is irrelevant to
people wondering how to feed
their kids or pay their health
care bills.
Americans have justifiably
low expectations of the gov-
ernment's ability to solve the
world's problems. But indi-
viduals can still open up their
wallets and their hearts to
feed the hungry, clothe the
naked and think of others
rather than just themselves.
So how can we do this better?
As monks and nuns are the
first to admit, the literal vow
of poverty is not for everyone.

But everyone can learn from
Attributing his advice to
St. Gregory the Great, Father
Richard puts it succinctly:
"Don't let what you own, own
you." Sister Giovanna cites
Mother Teresa's encourage-
ment to "give until it hurts."
"We're supposed to stretch our
hearts a little bit, to be open
to giving even if it hurts," she
says. "Because that's the test
of love."
It's not always pleasant,
in other words; self-denial
doesn't come naturally. Never-
theless, the work of religious
orders offers greater relief to a
broken society than any brand
of political action. And if grow-

Council of Negro Women affirms sisterhood

continued from 12B

local section's president.
With more than 50 members
representing a range of income
levels, professions and ages,
the women of the local chapter
of NCNW have provided educa-
tional programs such as their
annual HBCU College Forum,
a mentoring program for stu-
dents; the Umbrella Award
Luncheon, a dinner honor-
ing the contributions of local
Black women; and their AIDS
Awareness Day health fairs.
Last year in June, the City
of Miami even honored the or-
ganization for their efforts by
proclaiming it the Metropoli-
tan Dade Section of the NC-
NW's AIDS Day.

Although the local chapter of

the NCNW has been active in
the community for more than
two decades, the reason they
were called together actually
occurred 77 years ago.
Back then the organization
of National Council of Ne-
gro Women was founded by
the education pioneer Mary
McLeod Bethune, the founder
of Bethune-Cookman Univer-
sity. She wanted to create a
council that would bring to-
gether autonomous national
organizations to work to im-
prove women's lives, accord-
ing to NCNW archives. On the
national level, the organiza-
tion sponsors a host of initia-
tives including the National
Black Family Reunion, held
annually on the National Mall
in Washington, D.C.
The NCNW "legacy has al-
ways been about engaging
women of African descent with

their communities, connect-
ing them with one another
and discovering what you cani
do to help," Brown said.
The organization boasts
proudly of notable Black
women in its ranks includ-
ing the "Godmother of the
Civil Rights" Dorothy Height,
who served as the national
president for several decades.
Here in South Florida, the lo-
cal section of the NCNW has
drawn its fair share of dis-
tinguished women Miami
Gardens Mayor Shirley Gib-
son and community activist
Nancy Dawkins, the widow of
former Miami Commissioner
Miller Dawkins, are just two
Dawkins, who is now in her
80s, joined a branch of the
NCNW while she was attend-
ing Bethune-Cookman College
(now University) in the 1950s.

She has been an active mem-
ber ever since.
"When I joined, it was an
organization that introduced
us to different opportunities,"
she recalled. "They were fight-
ing for women's rights and en-
couraging young people to get
an education."
"The biggest obstacles that
Black women are facing to-
day is access to quality health
care because a lot of the wom-
en in our economy are not
employed and they don't have
health insurance," said Ka-
meelah Brown, the Dade sec-
tion's second vice-president
and daughter of Alma Brown.
"I would like to have mem-
bers that are committed and
dedicated to doing for our day
what Dr. Bethune and Dr.
Height did during their life-
times; then we could really
move forward," Brown said.

Black churches honor their founding fathers

continued from 12B

200 people,. according to Fa-
ther Horace Ward, the rec-
tor of Holy Family Episcopal
"The continuing celebra-
tion of Absalom Jones is an
opportunity to value the cul-
tural diversity of the Episco-
pal church and to value the
contributions of its African-
American members," said the
51-year-old Ward.

In the late 1780s, Jones, a
former slave, became so dis-
satisfied with the unequal
treatment Black members re-

ceived at a Philadelphia-based
Methodist church, that he and
several other worshippers left
their place of worship forever.
Eventually, Jones would go
on to found the African Epis-
copal Church of St. Thomas in
1794 he would be ordained
as a priest in the Episcopal
Church in 1804.
While Jones was breaking
new ground in the Episco-
pal church, his actions also
inspired the creation of an-
other Christian denomina-
tion. His friend, Richard Al-
len, was similarly dissatisfied
with the treatment of Blacks
in the majority-white Method-
ist denomination. But he took
another route, founding the

African Methodist Episcopal
(AME) Church, which would
remain independent. Some
see his actions as the official
beginning of the Black church
in the U.S.
"I really call it the first civil
rights movement," said Rev.
Jimmie Williams of the St.
James AME Church.
Today, the AME denomina-
tion celebrates a Richard Al-
len Founders Day every sec-
ond Sunday of February.
More than 250 years after
the AME denomination was
founded, it is still important to
remember how it all started,
explained Williams.
"It kind of helps us to real-
ize how far we've come as a

race, as a country and as a re-
ligion," he said.
In spite of the discrimi-
nations and the hardships
that the men faced within
the church, neither of them
sought to establish churches
that looked for ways to gain
revenge against those who
had formerly oppressed them.
Ward believes this is not sur-
"It boils down to who Jesus
Christ is," he explained. "Je-
sus Christ was about the busi-
ness of God's reconciling love
and the church is an agent to
proclaim that reconciliation
across cultures no matter
what our differences, all are
welcome in the church."

Blacks' knowledge of the Bible continues to fall

continued from 12B

It is "christian education,"
he explained, "You can be
preached to on Sunday for in-
spiration and exaltation, but
Bible study is where you get the
fundamentals to live your life."
So, why are not more Chris-
tians eagerly returning to their
churches for Bible study class-
Some people stay away be-
cause they are not interested

or because they feel put in their
time at church during Sun-
day worship service, accord-
ing to Barber. However, "there
are some genuine reasons that
people don't find themselves
in Bible study from their work
schedules and things of that
He further explained, "Really,
coming to Bible study is a sac-
rifice and [people] have to see
what is the benefit for them."
Pastor Thea Jones believe
that people have miciconcep-W

tions of Bible study.
They think its boring that's
why they stay away, but the
word of God is never boring,"
she said, "but the teachers/
leaders has to make it a little
more interesting"'
Jones, the pastor of the
non-denominational Christian
Cathedral Church in Miami
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was installed as senior pastor
of New Providence MBC last
year, he's seen Bible study par-
ticipants increase from 30 to 80
participants. Bible study class-
es are offered throughout the
week and for different age and
interest groups such as for cou-
ples, children and young adult.
However, he does not contrib-
ute the increase in participants
to any of his personal efforts.
He explained, "I know that if
I just preach the word of God,
the word would [draw people].'

sary. 786-499-2896.

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

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

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

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

New Beginning Church

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

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

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International invites
the community to their Sun-
day Praise and Worship Ser-
vice 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
Wednesday of each month
from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. 786-488-

Lifeline Outreach Min-
istries invites everyone to

Minister barred from youth

continued from 13B

be granted supervised con-
tact with minors, Eliot Park,
circuit administrator for the
Florida Department of Cor-
rections, said in an emailed
Gilyard said he is currently
enrolled in such a program.
He and Christ Tabernacle
Missionary Baptist Church
leaders gathered in the hall-
way at the Duval County
Courthouse after the hearing.
They agreed Gilyard will con-

tinue to preach and that mi-
nors will be prohibited from
being anywhere on church
grounds until a court rules on
the matter. Before, children
attended a youth church ser-
vice in another room while Gi-
lyard preached.
The state Department of
Corrections has confirmed
that Gilyard is in compliance
with the rules of his proba-
tion as long as minors are not
present when he's in the pul-
pit. Gilyard also is refraining
from performing any pastoral
duties, such as counseling.

Barry prepares for retirement

continued from 12B

carry the congregation to a new
height, a new level."
Barry's successor is the Rev-
erend Father Denrick Ephriam
Since he was installed as rec-
tor at the Overtown church in
1977, Barry also brought a
new vision to St. Agnes Epis-
copal Church. Some of his
accomplishments include
the church's successful out-
reach efforts to the often ail-
ing neighborhoods of Miami by
providing Thanksgiving meals,
assisting those suffering from
AIDS, and building affordable
homes in Overtown.
"I was most proud of turning
the congregation out into the
community," he said. "Making
the congregation not only un-
derstand, but live out the truth
that we are our brother's keep-
er. We must be concerned with
what happens to [each other]."
While's Barry compassion
for his fellow man can be at-
tributed to his faith, his self-
confidence and self-love were
values his mother and grand-

mother instilled in him as a
He fondly quoted his grand-
mother who often told him:
"It's better to be hated for who
you is, then to be loved for who
you ain't."
Those qualities are also why
he has never felt envious of
other people, much less fellow
pastors, according to Barry.
"The only person I am in com-
petition with is myself to be all
that God has called me to be in
His grace," he explained.
Once he officially steps down
Barry looks forward to spend-
ing time with his wife, as well
as continuing to serve the com-
munity by volunteering for the
church's Communini Develop-
ment Corporation.
And although he has been a
priest for more than four de-
cades, the retiring priest feels
no loss of identity knowing
that he will no longer hold the
title of rector by year's end.
He explained his tranquil-
ity by saying, "Once you are a
priest you are always a priest.
I will shed the care of the con-
gregation but I will still be a

Will nonbelievers be accepted?

continued from 13B

accused of trying to be white.
There is this idea that if you
subscribe to atheism you are
betraying your race, you are
betraying your culture, you are
betraying your history as well."
Now, a growing number of
Black nonbelievers are reach-
ing out to others in their com-
munities to help them confront
these challenges. But the real
goal is to let closeted Black
atheists know they are not
Studies show that Black are
one of the most religious U.S.
groups. A 2008 Pew Forum sur-
vey found 88 percent of Black
believe in God with "absolute
certainty,' compared with 71
percent of the broader popula-
tion. More than half reported
attending religious services at
least weekly.

But Anthony Pinn, an expert
on Black religion at Rice Uni-
versity in Texas, said it is a mis-
take to assume that all church-
going Black are believers. Like
secular Jews who maintain ties
to a synagogue, some Black re-
main in the Black church for
the services it provides -- child
care, counseling, for example --
and for its connection to Black
"The sermon is the price you
pay for that," Pinn said.
Black atheism may be on the
rise. Black Atheists of America,
a Facebook group, has grown
from 100 members to more than
3,400, and Black Nonbelievers,
founded by Thomas in 2010 in
Atlanta, recently expanded to a
national organization. In Janu-
ary, African Americans for Hu-
manism launched a billboard
campaign to nonbelievers of
color, and has since grown by
one new chapter, in Detroit.


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. un-
til all the food has been given
out. For location and addition-
al details, call 786-371-3779.

New Mt. Sinai Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes 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 every-
one to their Wednesday Bible
Study at 7 p.m. 305-623-

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Elementary school girls get a lesson in etiquette

By Randy Grice

Learning how to be a young
lady is a lesson that is first
taught at home and to supple-
ment their lessons, second
grade girls at Carrie P. Meek/
Westview K-8 Center recently
took part in the school's sec-
ond annual tea party.
"We started last year with
the tea party and I saw that
the girls enjoyed learning
about etiquette," said Barbara
Sands, second grade teacher.
"The whole purpose of the
party was to promote etiquette
so that young ladies will be
able to promote the same
thing in society."
In the first year the tea party
was for about 12 girls this
year the number of partici-
pants has nearly doubled.

Tracey Crews, principal of
Carrie P. Meek/Westview K-8
Center and Barbara Sands,
second grade teacher, stand
with students during their an-
nual second grade tea party.

"I liked the food the most,"
said Apiphanie Hill, an eight-
year-old third grader. "I
learned how to drink out of
a cup like a lady should and
I had a lot of fun with my
At the party the young la-
dies were encouraged to dress
up in their best attire, wear
hats and use proper manners.
Third graders who partici-
pated a year ago served as

hostesses for the new group of
"1 think that this is a won-
derful experience for our
students.," said Tracev Crews.
principal of the Center. "This
program also helps to develop
the etiquette and socials skills
that these ladies need. We are
developing tomorrow's leaders;
that is what we are trying to
instill. To have the experience
of a tea parry with the hats
and the outfits symbolizes
something that could be a life-
long tradition for these ladies."
"What I enjoyed most about
the te,. party was how it was
set up and what we learned."
said Mya Young, a nine-year-
old third grader. "I learned
good etiquette and how to act
lady-like. Ladies are not sup-
posed to be like boys; they are
supposed to have etiquette."

School board

member co-hosts

Dr. King peace

poster contest

By Randy Grice

The legacy of Dr. Martin Lu-
ther King, Jr. is often seen as
one that is hard to parallel.
King's life was all about peace-
fully creating change for people
acrosOs the world. II efforts to
continue to promote his dream,,
Dr. 'Dorothy Bendross-Mind-
ingall, District 2, Miami-Dade
County school board member,
NIEM~,!.- .

Jr. peace poster contest at the
Little Haiti Cultural Center.
"We constantly teach our chil-
dren about peace in the com-
munity but do we really listen
to what children say peace is
to them?" Bendross-Mindingall
asked. "What better way for us
to see what they are thinking
than to have them draw their
About a dozen students from
varying high schools partici-

I a'

Jean-Marc Bastien, 18, DASH student who participated in the
contest, stands next to his masterpiece.

Amari Wyche, 17, an 11th grader at Young
Academy who participated in the contest.

recently held the second an-
nual Dr. Martin Luther King,

- Miami Times photos/Randy Grice
Men's Preparatory

pated in the contest. Students
created art pieces ranging from

clocks and paintings to draw-
ings. The event was co-hosted
by Miami-Dade County Com-
missioner Jean Monestime,
District 2, who also served as
a judge for the contest. Prizes
were given to first, second, and
third place finishers; all final-
ists received a certificate.
"Love, peace and happiness
inspired me; it's what I believe
in," said Amari Wyche, 17, an
11 lth grader at Young Men's
Preparatory Academy who par-
ticipated in the contest. "I hope
one day the world will believe in
the same thing that I believe in

or at least resemble it."
One Design and Architecture
Senior High School (DASH) stu-
dent that participated in the
contest said he chose his piece
because of the legacy that Dr.
King left behind.
"I chose to draw this pose
of Dr. King because of the
strength that he exhibited,"
said 18-year-old Jean-Marc
Bastien. "I also chose the words
'my dreams are your dreams'
because I believe that his leg-
acy has been passed on to us.
In the future I want to be an in-
dustrial designer."

Denise Barret wins Assistant Principal of the Year Award

Denise Barrett, Assistant
Principal of Lake Stevens
Middle School has been se-
lected as the 2011-2012 As-
sistant Principal of the Year
for the North Central Region
of Miami-Dade County Public
Schools. In 2010-2011 Barrett
became a part of the Carol City
Feeder Pattern. In one year at
Lake Stevens Middle School.
tests scores soared. Lake Ste-
vens was named as one of the
schools displaying the great-

est gains on the 2011Florida
Comprehensive Assessment
Test (FCAT). Ms. Barrett was
instrumental in developing a
literacy program that encom-
passed a school-wide Lan-
guage Arts Curriculum and
Homeroom Literacy Program
in an effort to increase stu-
dent achievement and learning
gains. She also implemented
interdisciplinary reading be-
tween the language arts and
social science departments


to provide continuity across
the curriculum. The success
of her efforts is evident in the
steady improvement in the
school's FCAT grade which
now proudly stands at a "B".
Her passion is mentoring and
she is an excellent role model
for aspiring administrators.
We are proud to announce
that Ms. Barrett is a finalist for
Assistant Principal of the Year
for the District of Miami-Dade
County Public Schools.

Robinson drops

plan to grade FL's


The state is abandoning its
proposal to grade public school
centers dedicated to educating
severely disabled students, but
not its entire plan to hold spe-
cial needs children to the same
academic proficiency standards
as non-disabled students. Some
Northeast Florida parents of dis-
abled children said last week
they're skeptical of the state's
intention, as are some school
district superintendents and ed-
ucation advocacy groups.
"I am still baffled at this whole
thing. ... To follow a cookie-cut-
ter approach when it comes to
children is ridiculous," said Car-
rie Roland, whose 19-year-old
daughter, Courtney, has mul-
tiple severe medical disabilities
and is a student at Alden Road
Exceptional Student Center.
"How do you differentiate be-
tween disabilities? Just because
a disabled child is not in a cen-
ter, does not mean they have the
cognitive ability for an academic
proficiency test. Those children
are still academically chal-
lenged," Roland said.
Education Commissioner Ge-
rard Robinson announced the
state is backing off the propos-
al in a YouTube post late Fri-
day. He wants to take proposed
school grades for centers serving
severely disabled students -
such as those at Duval's Mount
Herman, Alden Road and Palm
Avenue exceptional student cen-
ters off the table.
"The children in your centers
won't receive a grade. Those
centers don't receive a grade
now," Robinson said in the vid-
eo, directly addressing parents
of severely disabled students
statewide. "They won't receive a
grade moving forward, so I want
to take that off the table."
For the first time, students
with less severe disabilities,
however, will have their aca-
demic proficiency measured and
factored into the state formula
calculating their school's grade.
Disabled students previously
have taken state standardized


Education Commissioner

tests either the Florida Com-
prehensive Assessment Test or
Florida Alternative Assessment
Test to gauge their learning
gains. Those gains already con-
tribute to a school's grade. But
this would be the first time aca-
demic proficiency also would be
"We actually have 93 percent
of students with disabilities take
the FCAT exam in reading," Rob-
inson said. "Surely, there will be
some changes and one will be
including students with disabili-
ties in our [school] performance
In addition, the academic pro-
ficiency of students learning
English also will be used to de-
termine a school's grade, Robin-
son said in the video.
The state Board of Education
will vote on the issue next Tues-
day, which if adopted takes ef-
fect immediately. The measure
is an attempt by the state to
meet the conditions of a recent
waiver from the federal No Child
Left Behind law. While state
public schools no longer have to
meet mandated Adequate Yearly
Progress student achievement
goals, it must prove similar ac-
Keeping the centers out of the
school grade equation is the
right thing to do, but it's not
enough, some said.

Chicago school draws

Associated Press

A sense of order and deco-
rum prevails at Noble Street
College Prep as students move
quickly through a hallway
adorned with banners from
dozens of colleges. Every-
one wears a school polo shirt
neatly tucked into khaki trou-
sers. There's plenty of chatter
but no jostling, no cellphones
and no dawdling.
The reason, administrators
say, is that students have
learned there is a price to
pay literally for breaking

even the smallest rules.
Noble Network of Charter
Schools charges students at
its 10 Chicago high schools
five dollars for detentions
stemming from infractions
that include chewing gum and
having untied shoelaces. Last
school year it collected almost
190 thousand dollars in dis-
cipline "fees" from detentions
and behavior classes a
policy drawing fire from some
parents, advocacy groups
and education experts.
Officials at the rapidly ex-
panding network, heralded

by Mayor Rahm Eman
a model for the city, sz
fees offset the cost of ru
the detention program
help keep small pro
from becoming big ones
ics say Noble is nicke
diming its mostly low-ir
students over insignia
made-up infractions
force out kids administ
don't want.
'We think this just goe
the line ... fining some
having their shoelaces
tied (or) a button unbut
goes to harassment. not

scrutiny over
uel as pline," said Julie Woestehoff, tend a sui
ay the executive director of the Chi- that costs
inning cago advocacy group Parents forty dollar
n and United for Responsible Edu- Superin
)blems cation, which staged protests Milkie sail
. Crit- last week over the policy after the kids
1-and- Woestehoff said she was ap- poor. rmin<
income proached by an upset parent ing to be ti
ficant, Students at Noble schools lies to atte
that receive demerits for various low rules
rators infractions four for hav- structured
ing a cellphone or one for un- ment. He
.s over tied shoelaces. Four demerits work s .'
)ne for within a two-week period earn 20.3, which
s un- them a detention and five dol- the city's
ttoned lars fine. Students who get 12 public sch
disci- detentions in a year must at- than 90 pe

student fines

mmer behavior class
s one hundred and
rs .
tendent Michael
d the policy teaches
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ority and often hop-
he first in their fatmi-
end -o'je'e to fol-
and produces in a
d learning environ-
points to the net-
ra"-,': ACT score of
:h is higher than at
other non-selective
ools, and says more
percent of Noble grad-

uates enroll in college
While fights can be an al-
most daii-, occurrence in some
urban high schools, Milkie
says there's only about one a
year on each Noble campus.
By "sweating the small stuf
... we don't have issues wi'.h
the big stuff," he said.
Mukre said the fines also
help defray the cost of ad-
ministering after-school d, -
tention and the salary of the
network's dean of discipline,
which otherwise would divert
money intended for educ'


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King-size candy bars discontinued

A good step for

By Juniper Russo

I remember the first time !
witnessed the wonder of a king-
size candy bar. At the time, I
was no older than six years old,
and the massive chunk of sugar
and fat seemed absolutely co-
lossal in my hand. I begged my
father to buy me the candy, and
ate the entire bar in one sitting.
I still vividly recall the feeling of
nausea and elation as I licked
thet chocolate off my fingertips.
Now, the idea of eating a whole
candy bar, much less a king-
size bar, disgusts me.
Fortunately, the reign of the

king-size bar mav be coming to
an end. According to a repor- by
Reuters, Mars Inc.- the mak-
ers c ncrs and Twix candv
bars will soon be phasing
out its famed king-size bars. As
part of an effort toward more
balanced snacking. the compa-

saur. -Che dodo bird. and 'he .ar.
King-size candy bars a-e a
symbol o0: childish overhndul-
gence to rrar-. including mv-
self. I know verY few adults
who would touch one of these
gargantuan sugary treats. but



ny intends to eliminate all can-
dy products with portion sizes
exceeding 250 calories by the
end of 2013. That means that
the king-size Snickers and Twix
bars will go the way of the dino-

I have seen dozens of parents
buy them for their children. The
kids a generation plagued by
the highest-ever rates of child-
hood obesity and type 2 diabe-
tes wolf down the bars readily

and s:i.': beg for more. -here "s
no cu-estn in i that-
ing-size cancv bars and other
co..ic-.ly oversize :unk f-ood
port-ons, are conbuting to
the demise of todav s children.
This isn t Mars n.rst ush to
reduce its negative impact on
the health of children Lor con-
sumers in general!. Since 2007.
the company has eliminated
all advertisements on chan-
nels and magazi-nes geared to-
ward children. Mars will not
run ads if more than 25 per-
cent of the audience is likely to
be under 12 years of age. In an
era marked by record levels of
childhood obesity and related
health problems. it s high time
that a company takes this de-
gree of responsibility.

Sex-changing treatment for kids on the rise

By Lindsey Tanner
Associated Press

A small but growing num-
ber of teens and even younger
children who think they were
born the wrong sex are getting
support from parents and from
doctors who give them sex-
changing treatments, accord-
ing to reports in the medical
journal Pediatrics.
It's an issue that raises ethi-
cal questions, and some ex-
perts urge caution in treating
children with puberty-blocking
drugs and hormones.
An eight-year-old second-
grader in Los Angeles is a
typical patient. Born a girl, the
child announced at 18 months,

"I a boy" and has stuck with
that belief. Pediatricians need
to know these kids exist and
deserve treatment, said Dr.
Norman Spack, author of one
of three reports published last
Monday and director of one of
the nation's first gender identi-
ty medical clinics, at Children's
Hospital Boston.
Switching gender roles and
occasionally pretending to be
the opposite sex is common in
young children. But these kids
are different. They feel certain
they were born with the wrong
Some are labeled with "gen-
der identity disorder," a psy-
chiatric diagnosis. But Spack
is among doctors who think

that's a misnomer. Emerging
research suggests they may
have brain differences more
similar to the opposite sex.
Spack said by some esti-
mates, 1 in 10,000 children
have the condition.
Offering sex-changing treat-
ment to kids younger than 18
raises ethical concerns, and
their parents' motives need to
be closely examined, said Dr.
Margaret Moon, a member of
the American Academy of Pe-
diatrics' bioethics committee.
Some kids may get a psychi-
atric diagnosis when they are
just hugely uncomfortable
with narrowly defined gender
roles; or some may be gay and
are coerced into treatment by

parents more comfortable with
a sex change than having a
homosexual child, said Moon,
who teaches at the Johns
Hopkins Berman Institute of
Guidelines from the Endo-
crine Society endorse trans-
gender hormone treatment
but say it should not be given
before puberty begins. At that
point, the guidelines recom-
mend puberty-blocking drugs
until age 16, then lifelong
sex-changing hormones with
monitoring for potential health
risks. Mental health profes-
sionals should be involved in
the process, the guidelines say.
His report details a four-
Please turn to KIDS 18B

Everything you know about dieting is wrong

Everything you know about
dieting is wrong, say US scien-
*tists who have devised a new
formula for calculating calo-
ries and weight loss that they
hope will revolutionize the way
people tackle obesity.
Obesity rates have doubled
worldwide in the past 30 years,
coinciding with ;a growing food
.surpIlus, and l.he ensuing epi-
demic has sparked a multibil-
lion dollar weight loss industry
that has largely failed to curb
the problem.
Current standards in the
United States, where two
thirds of people are overweight
or obese, advise people that
cutting calories by a certain
amount will result in a slow
and steady weight loss over
But that advice fails to ac-
count for how the body chang-
es as it slims down, burning
less energy and acquiring a
slower metabolism, researchers
told the American Association
for the Advancement of Science
meeting in Vancouver.
The result is a plateau ef-
fect that ends up discourag-
ing dieters and sending them
back into harmful patterns of

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As an example, researcher
Kevin Hall offered up his large
vanilla latte, purchased at a
popular coffee shop. When he
asked, the barista told him it
contained about 240 calories.
"The notion was if I drank
one of these every day and then
I replaced it with just black

coffee no sugar, then over the
course of a year I should lose
about 25 pounds, and that
should just keep going," Hall
told reporters.
"People have used this sort
of rule of thumb to predict how
much people should lose for
decades now, and it turns out
to be completely wrong."

Hall, a scientist with the US
National Institutes of Health,
said his work aims to "come
up with better rules and better
predictions of what is going
to happen when an individual
changes their diet."
The new model gives dieters
one calorie goal for short term
weight loss and another for
permanent weight loss. Ex-
ercise is also calculated in to
help set realistic goals.
Tests on small numbers of
adults who were fed strictly
controlled diets showed the
model was accurate, though
real-life situations are harder
to predict.
Study co-author Carson
Chow, also with NIH, said
the daily calorie cut needed
for weight loss was actually
smaller than researchers an-
"It is essentially one cookie
different a day, so a 150 calorie
cookie leads to a seven kilo-
gram (15 pound) difference
in weight. That is huge in my
opinion," Chow said.
Their model was first pub-
lished in The Lancet in August
2011, and a link is available at
Please turn to DIET 18B

Expert urges farmers to take lead on food safety

DENVER (AP) A food safety
expert told Colorado farm-
ers Thursday that last year's
deadly listeria outbreak traced
to Colorado cantaloupe proved
that they cannot rely on third-
party inspections to guarantee
their produce is safe.
l.arry Goodridge. associate
professor at the Center for
Meat Safety and Quality in the
Department of Animal Sciences
at Colorado State University.
told farmers that they bear
primary responsibility for food
"Each farm or processing
facility has to be able to assess
their own risks." Goodridge told
the governor's annual forum on
Colorado agriculture in Denver.
'Evervbody who produces food
has to be responsible for the
safety of the food they produce.
You cannot rely on third par-
ties. You just can t.'
"le listeria outbreak traced
rnisien Farms in eastern
Aor'ado last year was blamed
t the deaths of 32 people.
I infected 146 people in 28
platess with one of four strains
of c disease, according to the
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention.
Jenseni Farms was given a
"s rior inspection rating
b third-plrty auditor just


Larry Goodridge, an associated professor with Colorado
State University, talks about the 2011 cantaloupe listeria out-
break which killed 32 people around the country last year,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

before the outbreak.
Listeria generally is found in
processed meats and unpas-
teurized milk and cheese.
though there have been a
growing number of outbreaks
in produce.
The Food and Drug Admin-
istration does not regulate
third-party auditors. and a
congressional report released
in January quoted the auditing

company that graded Jensen
farms as saying audits are not
intended to improve food safety.
Retailers often rely on such
audits in an effort to make
sure food is safe. the report
A food safety law passed
last year would boost federal
inspections of growers but
the monev to fund it isn t

guaranteed from Congress.
Meanwhile, President Barack
Obama's proposed budget
would eliminate the Agriculture
Department's Microbiological
Data Program, the nation's
only program that regularly
tests fruits and vegetables for
deadly pathogens.
Goodridge said that grow-
ers who hire auditors often are
looking for a thorough assess-
ment of how they are running
their operations but that the
auditors might instead perform
generic walk-th r..'uiI-h _
He urged farmers to focus
on sanitary practices such as
keeping equipment and stor-
age areas clean. He also urged
them to educate the public on
wavs to safel- handle produce
in the same manner as con-
sumers are advised how to
safely handle meat.
The FDA said !ast year that
melons at .Jensen Farms likel-
were contac-nnated :r. the 5r-
eraa:on s packing house. avhich
-.-as using secondhand, hard-
to-clean equipment. Me:ons in
the field tested negative.
The new food safer-y -.a'
requires the FDA to improve
third-ran: audits of food faci-
t:es abroad that expor 'o the
--.nied States. bur i does rot
address domestic audits.

Aspirin shows promise

in study on cancer, HIV

By Donald G. Mcneil, Jr.

Aspirin should be evaluated
for its potential to prevent
cervical cancer in women
infected with H.I.V., say scien-
tists who recently reported a
connection between the virus
and inflammation of cervical
Their study, published last
month in the journal Cancer
Prevention Research, found
that the virus that causes
AIDS also drives up produc-
tion of a prostaglandin called
PGE2 in cervical tissue. PGE2
is linked to inflammation and
the development of tumors.
Aspirin is a powerful blocker
of a chemical called COX-2
that allows prostaglandins
to be formed. Therefore, the
authors suggested that a large
study be carried out to see if
low-dose aspirin could pre-
vent cervical cancer in women
at high risk of getting it.
Cervical cancer is caused by

the human papillomavirus,
and some scientists believe
women co-infected with H.I.V.
are up to five times as likely to
see cervical papilloma lesions
progress to cancer.
Cervical cancer kills few
women in rich countries, but
it is a leading killer in poor
ones where Pap smears are
too expensive and vaccines
against papillomaviruses are
not yet available.
The study was small it
compared tissue samples from
48 women, some of whom had
only H.I.V., some of whom
had both H.I.V. and papilloma
infections and some of whom
had neither. But the research-
ers, from NewYork-Presby-
terian/Weill Cornell Medical
Center and institutions in
Haiti and Qatar, found lev-
els of PGE2 high enough to
suggest that a larger study is
needed to test whether giving
low-dose aspirin to thousands
of women would save lives.



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Wash your hands of

these food safety 'facts'

By Derry London




after a

Many people have problems
speaking and understanding
speech following a stroke. This
difficulty with communication
is called aphasia. It usually
comes on suddenly as a result
of a stroke or head injury, but
brain tumors and infections of
the brain can gradually cause
language problems.
Aphasia affects one in every
250 people, and about one
million Americans currently
have aphasia.
Aphasia occurs when the
language centers on the left
side of the brain are affected
by a stroke, head injury or
brain tumor. Depending on the
exact nature of the injury, the
symptoms of uphaala can vary.
There are three main categories
of aphasia:
Nonfluent aphasia occurs
when the injury is near the
left front of the brain. With
nonfluent aphasia, a person
has problems getting words
out and generally speaks in
very short sentences. The
person also may leave words
out, so sentences become
short and choppy like "Want
food" or "Walk store." With
this type of aphasia the person
listening usually understands
the meaning. A person with
nonfluent aphasia may
understand what is being said
to them, but they know they)
are having problems speaking
and may get frustrated.
Fluent aphasia results
from damage to the middle
part of the language center
of the brain. A person with
fluent aphasia uses long,
complex sentences that don't
make sense. They also may
use words that don't make
sense or are incorrectly used.
The person generally doesn't
understand what's being said
and may not be aware of their
problems speaking.
Global aphasia is caused
by extensive damage to the
brain's language center.
The person with global
aphasia has severe
problems speaking
and understanding h i

Actually, mayonnaise is an
ingredient "with penicillin-
like properties," says Don
Zink, senior science ad-
viser for the Food and Drug
Administration's Center for
Food Safety and Applied
Nutrition in College Park,
Md. Mayo is a homogenized
mixture of oil and water, with
egg white to stabilize it. The
salt and vinegar or lemon
juice makes the tiny droplets
of water suspended in the
mixture deadly to microbes.
So for a safer salad, don't
hold the mayo. Putting in
more mayonnaise only makes
it safer, he says.
No, not forever, but certain-
ly long enough for a picnic.

Not any more. Last year,
the U.S. Department of Agri-
culture revised its decades-
old guidelines and now says
that pork, and all whole
meat cuts, have to get to
only 145 degrees internally,
not the 160 the agency had
previously suggested. That
means a pork roast can have
a rosy interior, not the dead

gray of your mom's roast.
The change comes because
despite everything you were
ever told, there's no trichino-
sis in commercial pigs. The
parasitic disease is caused
by eating raw or under-
cooked meat infected with

roundworm larvae. It was a
problem years ago, but no
longer exists in commercially
grown pork, according to the
National Pork Board in Des


Microorganisms divide into
two main groups, those that
cause spoilage and those that
cause disease. There's some
overlap, but many bacteria
that cause disease don't
Please turn to WASH 18B

While high blood pressure is
the more common medical issue,
people can also have low blood
pressure, medically called hypo-
The National Heart Lung and
Blood Institute mentions these
possible causes:
A heart condition that reduces
blood flow to the rest of the body.
The blood disease anemia.
A significant infection.
A thyroid problem, diabetes or
Addison's disease.
Parkinson's disease.
A blocked lung artery (pulmo-
nary embolism).

One third of people aged 60 or
older have at least some hearing
loss, making it one of the most
common medical problems in older
adults, the Cleveland Clinic says.
If you have hearing loss, there
are things your loved ones can do
to help you cope. Here are some of
the clinic's suggestions:
Loved ones should be told that
you have a hard time hearing, so
they understand the problem and
are able to help,
Loved ones can look directly at
you while speaking.
Loved ones can speak a little
more loudly and clearly, but they
don't have to shout or slow down.
Loved ones can work with you
and should be patient, as it can
take time to adjust to hearing loss.

Target heart rate formula made for women

By Peggy J. Noonan

Target heart rates for fit-
ness and heart health need
a change, says Ohio State
University Medical Center
cardiologist Martha Gulati.
Exercise intensity should
be high enough to help your
health but not so high it en-
dangers your health.
Widely accepted standard
calculations' used over the
past 40 years were based on
male-only studies.
But "women are not small
men," Gulati says. Women
have a different exercise ca-
pacity that should be mea-
sured using a gender-specific
Gulati developed one in
2010 based on a study of
5,437 healthy Chicago-area
women ages 30 and older. It
tells women to take 88 per-
cent of their age and subtract
it from 206 to find
r their maximum

heart rate.
Using the right calculation
makes a big difference, ex-
plains Julie Ramos, a cardi-
ologist at Montefiore Medical
Center in New York City.
At the gym, target heart
rates help determine how
hard you need to exercise to
achieve an aerobic workout or
stay in the fat-burning zone.
In the doctor's office, it
shows that women who can't
reach the old target heart
rate are not at as high a risk
for cardiac events and death
as men who can't reach their
But some fitness experts
don't think the new formula
is much of a game-changer.
Asked what the new rate
means when women go to
the gym, Carl Foster, former
president of the American
College of Sports Medicine,
said, "Absolutely nothing."
The old formula (220 minus
Please turn to HEART 18B

Some fitness experts don't think the new formula is much of a game-changer.

Diet soda may increase heart attack, stroke risk

Recovery from
aphasia depends on the
severity of the damage
to the brain and on
how quickly treatment
is begun. The recovery
process is slow. and few
people completely regain
Please turn to STROKE 18B

Diet soda may benefit the
waistline. but people who
drink it ever. da',. ma, ha'.e a
heightened risk of heart attack
and stroke. a.-cordirie to ,a ne'.
I: S study,
Nithough the rese.arrhers
,.'hose work appeared in ihe
J ourrina of General inr-rnal
Medicine 'found that older
adults ho u drarnki diet s.da
ever. da'. ,.ere a- percent

more likely to suffer a heart attack.
their research did not proe that
the sugar-free dnrnks alone v.ere to
There ma'. be other things about
diet-s.ods !'.ers rhat epl-jn the con-
necuon s.3.d lead, resea-r':her Han-
nah GCardener of the .Lni.ers,t-i of
'dirnmi Miller Srho-i:,'I f Medicine. and
ner t,.- am
Wha" w.-e :.. ,a-s .n as .,?.a1on
These peopi'e ma trend ;.o havre more

unheaJthy habits, she said.
She and her colleagues tried to ac-
,count for that, noung that daily diet-
soda dnnkers did tend to be heavier
and more often have heart nsk fac-
tors such as high blood pressure.
diabetes and urnhealthv cholesterol
le,. els
Garde-ner and her team studied
2.56-4 .'ev. York City adults who were
6',, ".ea.rs o:'r older at the study s start
i r.er the ne-:a decade. 59: men and

women had a heart attack, stroke
or died of cardiovascular ,-auses in-
cluding 31 percent of the 16.?. people
'.ho drank a diet boda daild at the
start of the stud,.
Overall, dajl0 consumption of diet
soda v.as linked to a 44-percent high-
er chance of heart atta,-k or stroke
compared v.ith 22 percent for people
v ho rarely ur never drank diet s.,da
but had a heart attack or stroke
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More children suffering from gender disorder Language suffers with stroke

continued from 16B

fold increase in patients at the
Boston hospital.
The report details 97 girls
and boys treated between 1998
and 2010; the youngest w.,'as 4
years old. Kids that young and
their families get psychological
counseling and are monitored
until the first signs of puberty
emerge, usually around age 11
or 12. Then children are giv-

en pube.r'-blocking d :gs. in
mnonthi.' S1.000 injeciOons or
implants imbedded in :he acrm.
Kids wil rore easi. noass as
the opOosite gender. and recuqre
less drastic treaunen: later. if
drug treatment sta--s early.
Soack said. For example, boys
svirching to girls 'Aill develop
breasts and girls transition-
ing to boys will be flat-chesred
if puberty is blocked and sex-
hormones started soon enough.
Spack said.

Sex ho- onees. special in
high doses when used long-
:erm. can have ser-ous side ef-
fecs. including blood clots and
cancer. Soack said he uses low.
safer doses but :hai patients
should be monitored-
Gender-reassignment sur-
geri.. which may include re-
moving or creating penises. is
only done by a handful of U.S.
doctors, on patients at least 18
vears old. Spack said.
The mother of the Los Angeles

S-vear-old says he s eager t.o be-
gi tream=enT:
When mle chi'd was told he
could ge sho:s ro block breaks:
development:. he was so e-xci:-
ed.' the mother said.
The child attends a public
school where classmates don t
know he is biologically a girl.
For that reason, his mother re-
quested anonymity.
The mother first thought it
was a phase, then that her child
might be a lesbian, and sought

Women need a revised target heart rate

continued from 17B

age) was 'an average of averag-
es," Foster explains. Everyone
knew it was not very good, but
it was a starting point.
And it did offer "a very quick
way for us to get in the ball-
park," says Walter Thompson,
a Georgia State University re-
gents' professor in kinesiology
and health and the senior edi-
tor of the ACSM's Guidelines
for Exercise Testing and Pre-

scription, 8th Edition.
Missouri State University
professor Barbara Bushman,
who is also an ACSM spokes-
woman, allows that target
heart rate formulas can be
useful but says two other tests
are better.
You assess how hard you're
working based on how you feel
in the perceived exertion test.
"Moderate" is good. Unless
you're an athlete, make "sort of
hard" your upper limit, Foster

Your breathing is the telltale
clue in the talk test. Ideally.
you should be able to speak
in complete sentences without
breathing hard.
At the right intensity, Bush-
man says you should be able
to talk comfortably but not
Women who can't reach their
target heart rate using the old
formula should talk to their
doctors about the new rates
for women. But don't assume
the doctor knows about this,

Ramos cautions.
"Most practitioners may not
even be aware of the new stud-
Dig out your calculator.
Though "206 minus 88% of
your age' may not be as simple
to use as the old formula, Gu-
lati says you need only to use
your calculator to figure it out
on your birthday.
Soon she hopes to have an
iPhone app that will make cal-
culating women's target heart
rates easy and fast.

Some food safety facts are simply false

continued from 17B

cause overt spoilage. "You could
have loads of E. coli or salmo-
nella or listeria in a food and it
would not appear to be spoiled
or have any off-odor or flavor,"
says the FDA's Don Zink. The
only real way to judge the safety
of a food is by what you know
about how it was prepared and

This one seems like a no-
brainer: Washing makes things
cleaner, right? Wrong. People
think they can make pro-
duce safer by rinsing it under
the tap, but that's a holdover
from the days when they car-
ried in vegetables straight, from

the garden, still dripping with
dew, dirt and the occasional
slug. Bagged leafy greens don't
need to be washed at all. "Just
open the bag and put them
in the salad bowl," says the
FDA's Zink. They were already
washed in a sanitizing solu-
tion at the packing plant and
frankly it was probably a lot
cleaner than your kitchen.
Micro-organisms actually
bond to the surface of the
food item. "You are not going
to rinse them off, it simply
won't happen, they cannot be
washed off," he says.
All washing might do is
"remove the snot that some
3-year-old blew onto the food
at the grocery store," says the
ever-forthright Powell at Kan-
sas State. Washing "lowers the
pathogen count a little, but not

to safe levels if it's contaminat-
Even though half the reci-
pes involving meat tell you to
rinse it off (especially chicken
and turkey), this is unneces-
sary and actually dangerous,
says Elisabeth Hagen, under-
secretary for food safety at the
U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture. "Rinsing meat or poul-
try with water can actually
increase your chance of food
poisoning by splashing raw
juices and any bacteria they
might contain onto your sink
and counters."

Think a quick rinse of your
hands before you handle food
is good enough? Nice try. A

good hand-washing takes at
least 20 seconds, says Doug
Powell, a professor of food
safety at Kansas State Univer-
sity in Manhattan, Kan., who
has written research papers on
the topic. The real cleansing is
done by the friction and force
of rubbing your hands together,
along with the soap. The tem-
perature of the water doesn't
really matter, as it takes 160
degrees to kill bacteria, which
would be fine except water that
hot would also give you third-
degree burns. But warm water
does make it more likely you'll
spend the necessary 10 sec-
onds scrubbing under vigor-
ously flowing water. And then
another 10 seconds of vigorous
rubbing with a towel. "The fric-
tion rips the microbes off your
skin," Powell says.

continued from 17B

their language skills. Earl
treatment is important.
Treatment for aphasia
involves working jiit a speech-
language pathologist who
will help the person relearn
language skills. The speech-
language pathologist begins
with simple tasks such as
naming objects and gradually
building to more complex
language skills. In some cases.
the person may need to learn
ways to make up for the loss
of his or her language skills by
using gestures or drawings.
"The possibility of facial and/
or tongue weakness related
to stroke is called dysarthia."
said Lance Wiener, a Speech -
Language pathologist at North
Shore Medical Center. "In
this case, the patient would
also work with the speech
pathologist on oral-motor
exercises to strengthen the
tongue lips and jaw."

If you know someone who has
aphasia or dysarthia, here are
some ways you can help:
Use simple sentence and

speak more slowly.
Don'T finish sentences,
correct errors or speak for the
Only talk about one thing at
a Time.
Reduce distractions by
turning off the television, radio
or Inoving to a quiet place,
Write down kev words or a
short sentence to help explain
Use a book of words,
pictures or photos to help with
-* Use drawings or gestures to
help get vour meaning across.
Include the person in
conversations when possible.
Make sure you have the
person's attention before
Support groups may be helpful
for the person with aphasia and
for family members. Check with
your local hospital or with the
American Heart Association to
find groups in your area.
North Shore Medical Center's
stroke program has been
awarded certification from
the Joint Commission as an
Advanced Primary Stroke
To learn more about stroke
care, call us at 305.835-6000.

Diet sodas has health risks

continue from 17B

Gardener said that if diet
soda itself contributes to
health risks, it's not clear
Some research in rats sug-
gests that artificial sweet-
eners can end up boosting

food intake and weight, but
whether these results trans-
late to humans is unknown.
"I don't think people should
change their behavior based
on this study," Gardener
said, noting that further
study is needed to confirm a
connection between diet soda
and cardiovascular trouble.

New tips for dieting

continued from 16B

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Amtrak veter
Clarence Leonard Edwards,
who went to work for Seaboard
Coastline Railroad in 1952 and
worked his way to Chief of On-
Board Services at Amtrak after
40 years of service, died Febru-
ary 25th. He was 82.
Born March 3, 1930 in Jack-
sonville, Edwards moved to
Overtown in 1950 after serving
in the Korean War. In 1954, Ed-
wards and his wife, Olivia Love,
opened a drug store and phar-
macy in Richmond Heights.
It was one of the area's most
popular businesses for 36 years
until Hurricane Andrew de-
stroyed the building in 1992.
Edwards was a popular figure
in the community and provided
himself with his organizing abil-
ity, always with his ever-pres-
ent cigar. He was most proud of
his little league baseball team
and established a senior meals
Edwards was extremely in-
volved in local and national pol-
itics. He served as coordinator
and consultant for many who
went on to become powerful fig-
ures in politics.
Services will be held Satur-

Dick Anthony Williams, actor

an, dies at 82 and theater producer, dies at 77

By Paul Vitello





day, 10 a.m. at Christ the King
Catholic Church in Richmond
Edwards is survived by his
second wife, Yvonne White
Edwards, daughter Attorney
Cheryl Edwards; step-chil-
dren Elizabeth Clagon (Keith),
Rev. Jonathan Richardson
(Charique) and Attorney Andrea
DeLoach (Earnest); grandchil-
dren Oliver Edwards, Solomon
Richardson, Elijah DeLoach
and twins Silas and Julian
Richardson; and sisters Clair-
reath Brooks, Altamase Alston,
Dr. Richardean Milton; and a
host of loving nieces and neph-

93rd St CBC holds street naming ceremony

Let theeldersthat rule wellbe IL
counted worthy of double hon- ,- "
or, especially they who labor in
the word and doctrine (1 Timo-
thy 5:17).
The 93rd Street Community '
Baptist Church invites the en-
tire community to celebrate in
"Street Naming Ceremony" for
Rev. Dr. Carl Johnson 10 a.m.,
Saturday, March 3, on the cor-
nor of 93rd Street and N.W.
22nd Ave.
Congratulations Pastor John-
son for a well deserved honor!
For more information, call the
church at 305-836-0942. REV. DR. CARL JOHNSON

Dick Anthony Williams. a pro-
lific actor who created encur-
ing roles in blaxploitation films
during the 1970s while simul-
taneousiv secunng his reputa-
tion on the New York stage with
Tonv-nominated performances
and a Drama Desk Award, died
on Thursday in Los Angeles. He
was 77.
His death was confirmed bv a
family friend, Samantha Wheel-
er. No cause was given.
Williams was in the top rank
of the first generation of black
actors to find steady work in
American film, television and
theater. Though he was most
often cast in supporting roles,
his performances were invari-

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

03/01/1969- 08/02/2009

You are no longer with us in
body, but your smile and your
warmth live in our hearts al-
Love your grandsons.

abi\ s=: gied o: by c.=s for
her- -ze.-.:gen.ce :-c sub:.e:v.
In 1"97- he was wvde:\ly raised
for his Z-erf-orance :n Ron Mil-
ner's -Wha: :-e Wine-Sellers
Buy. he ir-s: mpay by an Af-i-
can-American produced by Jo-
seph Papp's New York Shake-
speare Festival.
His multilavered portraval of
a Detroit pimp. which won Wil-
liams the Drama Desk Award
and a Tony nomination, was a
cautionary version of the more
flamboyant character he por-
trayed in the blaxploitation
movie "The Mack," starring
Max Julien and Richard Prvor.
released in 1973. Williams's
character, Prett- Tony. was a
philosopher-pimp armed with
a sword-cane, a figure said to
have left its stamp on the pimp-
centric worldview of hip-hop
artists like Tupac Shakur and
In the early 1970s, Williams
and the director Woodie King
Jr. were co-founders of the
New Federal Theater, an actors'
workshop open to professionals
and amateurs, at minimal cost,
at the Henry Street Settlement.
The theater became a showcase
for playwrights and actors in-
cluding David Henry Hwang,
Ntozake Shange, Amiri Baraka,
Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan
Freeman and Denzel Washing-
ton. The New Federal Theater is
celebrating its 40th anniversary
this year.
Williams, who was born on
Aug. 9, 1934, on the South Side
of Chicago, spent four years of

Mr. Williams as Malcolm X in
"The Meeting."

his childhood in a hospital be-
ing treated for polio. In an inter-
view with The Chicago Tribune,
he said being hospitalized had
its advantages. It kept him safe,
he said, and he "ate well."
But, he added, "it's very grati-
fying now to see an iron lung
and not have to get into it."
Williams began acting in
Chicago while working as a
member of a singing group
called the Williams Brothers
Quartet. He moved to Los An-
geles, where he directed and
starred in a production of Jo-
seph Dolan Tuotti's "Big Time
Buck White." Reviewing it for
The New York 'imies when it
played in New York in 1968,
Clive Barnes praised Williams's
Buck, a Black Panther-like
leader, for the "weary tolerance"
with which he raises the con-

Dick Anthony Williams as a
pimp in "What the Wine-Sell-
ers Buy" (1974).
sciousness of others.
In 1974 and 1975 he was
nominated for Tony Awards for
his work in the dramas "Black
Picture Show" and "What the
Wine-Sellers Buy." He won ac-
claim for his portrayal of Mal-
colm X opposite Paul Winfield's
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
in the 1978 NBC mini-series
"King," and again in several
theatrical productions of Jeff
Stetson's play "The Meeting,"
which depicted a fictional meet-
ing between the two civil rights
In the early 1990s he was a
regular on the ABC-TV series
"Homefront." He also had roles
in many other television shows
and in movies including "The
Jerk" (as Steve Martin's broth-
er) and Spike Lee's "Mo' Better
Williams is survived by two
daughters, Mona and Mikah,
and a son, Jason. His wife, the
actress Gloria Edwards, died in

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Apostolic Mt. Calvary Missionary
Revival Center Baptist Church
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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

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

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

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Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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

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

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

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Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
140 N.W 58th Street

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

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

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

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Baoptii Church
2171 NW 6ith Street
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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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The Celestial Federtion
; St. John Baptist Church
i 1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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

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2330 NW 93rd you Street p

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

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Hadley Davis
KING, JR.. 78
q -. :. pipe-fit-
ter. died Febru-
ary 24 at North -
Shore Hospi-
tal. Services 11
a.m Saturday
at Rock of Ages -
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

keeper, died -T
February 19 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital.
Services 12:30
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel

RUTH WHYMS, 87, ho
died February
24 at Jackson
Memorial Hos-
pital. Arrange-
ments are in-

tired educator,
died February 6
at University of
Miami. Arrange-
ments are in-
complete. ..


borer, died
February 22
at Jackson
North Hospi-
tal. Services 10
a.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

care worker, -
died February
23 at Pinecrest
Center. Servic-
es were held,

Roberts Poitie
screener, died
February 16 at:
North Shore
Medical Center.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the f-'

died February 26 at Clara's
Nursing Home. Arrangeme

Range (Coconut G
ronmental spe-

cialist, died Feb-
ruary 22 at Bap-
tist Hospital.
Survivors in-
clude her chil-I
dren. Myles
Wells Jr., Mary
Molt Bethune. i
Elton Anderson a
son, Service 11 a
St. Mary Baptist C
bles, Fl

27 at Doctors -
Hospital. Ser-
vice 2 30p.m.. ,
Saturday at St.
Matthews Mis-
sionary Baptist
Church. Coco-
nut Grove

nd Anita
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church C





29-MARCH 6, 2012

Gregg L. Mason
84 aec
February 08
S u r 7 / C r S
i n c u d e
daughters Eiisa
and Katnna
Johnson: son.
.'e'. Johnson :
sister Shirley
Johnson: five grandchiiaren two
great-grandchilaren other relatives
and friends Memorial service 11
a.m. Saturday in the chapel,

LEROY A. DALEY "Chappy".
PII 62. vocational

instructor, J
died February ."
I 21 Survivors
...) include wife,
Colleen: nine
children, four
usewife, brothers and -
two sisters; L-,
other relatives and friends. Viewing,
V Friday, from 6-9 p.m. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at New Hope
Worship Center, 6855 Miramar
B, Parkway. Interment at Forest Lawn

Wright and Young
77, re- DORIAN JONES, 38, concrete,
worker, died .
February 20.
*. Service 2 .*
p.m., Saturday
at Friendship
Missionary :y
Baptist Church.

48, la- LIZZIE P. HALLMON, 69,
retired, died
February 24 at
University of
Miami Hospital. ,
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at 93rd
Baptist Church.

, foster LARRY D. TAYLOR, 50, retired,
1 died Febh' ..-
26 at home. He '"
.- is survived by
his loving wife,
Eleanor Taylor;
three devoted
sons, Darnel,
Damien and
Jerard Taylor;
mother, Betty Taylor. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Tabernacle of
er Deliverance, 1945 NW 75 Street.
died February
20 at Kindred
Care Hospital. .
Survivors s
include: wife,
Evelyn Harris:
two chrli-er,
----- Dave Harris and
Sonia Smith; eight grandchildren
ID, 83, and a host of family and friends.
s House Viewing 4 8 p.m., Friday, March
cents are 2 at Wright and Young Funeral
Home. Service 12 p.m., Saturday
at St Mark Missionary Baptist

79. envi- aka TWEETY,
7 69. retired
S bookkeeper.
died February
23 at her
daughter's home
surrounded by
family. Viewing
10 a.m. -8 p m.. -
Friday. March 2 at Wright and
Ander- Young Funeral Home Service 12
urday at p.m Saturday at Antioch Baptist
oral Ga- Church of Brownsville 2799 NW 46
Street Miami FL 33142

7. died February

Death Notice

EDWARDS. 48. died February
17 at Aventura Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.. Saturday at
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist
Church. Arrangements
entrusted to Wade Funeral

III. 32, truck
driver, died
February 19.
Service 11 am.
Saturday at
New Birth
Baptist Church

Allen and Sh
create truck in'ver dec !
at North Snore Hes- ta

truck dnver died Febru
North Shore Hosoita:

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
c e A-ec- _a-, .
2 a: Jackson "
' em a
H c si a ; B
Servce d h. on e
nr, scay at
Pe ecostal s Y
CocperCit ,

DAVID A. WHITE 72. retreat
worker from ,
Eastern Airlines
died February
20 at Jackson
Survive ors
include: wife.
White; daughter. Elizabeth Jones:
sons, Patrick White and Alfonzo
Bellamay; brothers, Charles White.
Robert White, and Sidney White:
nine grand children and one great
grand: Several sister in laws:
several stepdaughters, stepsons
and hosts of other relatives and
friends. Viewing 2 7 p.m., Friday,
March 2 at Hall Ferguson and
Hewitt Mortuary. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Bible Baptist Church
9801 NW 24 Avenue Miami FL


p o litic a l
consultant, died
February 25.
include: his wife,
Yvonne W.
Edwards ;
da u g hter, ,r-,
Cheryl Edwards, Esq.;
stepdaughters, Elizabeth Clagon
and Andrea DeLoach Esq.;
stepson, Rev. Johnson Richardson;
sisters, Clarethea Brooks,
Altamease Alston, and Richardean
Milton; nephews, nieces; grandson,
Oliver Ellison, a host of other
relatives and friends. Family

at Kange Chapel. Service
Saturday at Christ
Catholic Church,

died February -
26 at Jackson 7
North Hospital.
Service 1 p.m., ".,
Saturday in the

business owner, died Fc
Service Monday in the c

Perrine died
26 at home.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at r
Second Baptist

February 20 at M
Hospital. Services were



Sat;: J. s aca

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Demet's Man s,s er TakN'a
Marin ara a "ost of sco, errm
relatives anca frenas

ROBERT GRAVES, 83. truck
driver, died Feb-
ruary 24 at
home. Service
10 a.m-. Satur-
day at Solid
Rock Church.

42, musician, died February 22 at
Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday in the cha-

WILLIE C. HURST, 88, farm
worker, died February 26 at home.
Memorial 3 p.m., Friday in the cha-

Death Notice

The King BARRY KELLEY, 90, joined
Richmond the Church Triumphant on
Sunday, February 26. She
was the mother of Father
Richard Marquess-Barry
(Virla); stepmother of Mrs.
80, driver, Willhemenna Riley (David);
grandmother of Diana Barry
Frazier (Ronald, II), David
Barry, II, Gavonnia Gaspard,
Ciello Herring (Michael),
Phillip Rountree, Zelma
Mitchell, Cecile Williams,
Ernestine Woodard, Shirlette
Williams, Ernest Anderson,
Jr. and Chardra Gardner;
sister of Hermo Barry Larkiin;
_IA, 48, sisters-in-law of Joyce Barry,
february 26. Victoria Barry; brother-in-
hapel. law, Arthur Whitten, Sr.; a
host of nieces and nephews;
a host of cousins: The Clears,
Higgs, Hannas, Clarkes,
Barrys of Miami and the
57, of Bahamas.
Her Litany will be 7 p.m.,
Friday, March 2. Funeral Mass
S2 p.m., Saturday, March 3rd
at The Historic Saint Agnes
Episcopal Church, Overtown.

Death Notice

ER. died


LAURA T. COMER. 86. house-
keeper. died ------ -

February 27 atC e
St. Catherine
Catholic Hos-
pice Survivors
REDDICK, include Alva
and Paul New-
ton. Charles and .
Veronica Corn- -"- -
er ,Mchae Comer: Paui and Karen
Brovn. Laurehe Comer Viewino 2
30 p m Saturday March 3 at
F or da c-e-a Home 1^95 NW 17
.,e-e,,. FL 33125

iaw Death Notice

2-' GARY L. MANN. -

ARE 7 :: . :-:: :s
ary '9 at e
.-< e

nursing assistant, died Feb-
ruary 12 at Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Wade Funeral
Home. Arrangements entrust-
ed to Wade Funeral Home.

Death Notice

HALL, JR., 62. died Februar- -
24 at Memorial West Hosoita].
Ser-ice i:30 p.-.. Satf dav at
Saint A.nn Episcopal Churc:.
A-ange:ments er.rusted to
Wade Funeral Ho.Me

In Memoriam

09 25 22 02 2 200l5

It's been seven years and
sometimes it stills feels like
yesterday. We miss your pres-
ence so much. Just a note to
say the work vou have done
has spoken for you and your
labor was not in vain. We shall
forever keep your legacy liv-
ing on in our lives and in our
hearts. We love vou and there
is not a day we don't think or
talk about you. You shall for-
ever live on in our hearts.
Your loving and devoted
wife, Olga and your children,
Carolyn, Margaret, Albertha
and Edward.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

... ..... ... .. ..... ..


wants to thank you all for
your condolences, prayers
and farewell wishes during
our time of sorrow.
The family.

Death Notice

para-professional for Dade
County School Board, died
February 23 at University
of Miami Hospital. Survived
by husband. James King;
mother. Juanita McArthur;
two daughters, Yolando Coo-
per and Angel King; two sons,
James Jr. and Jeramy King;
three brothers: Herbert
James and Jerome McArthur;
sister. Jovce McArthur.
Viewing z-8 p.m.. Friday.
Serice 12 p.m., Saturday at
The World Deliverance Mis-
siona-.- Eangelistic Center
2450 :',W 54 Street.

a. -.:: e.

In Memoriam

12 /5 Is>,' (}? [)5 2(t/t

It's hard to believe \vou are
not \\ith us. You will never be
forgotten. You will forever be
in our hearts.
Often imitated, never dupli-
cated from the Blue, Williams,
Candidate family.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

0303//080 0) 11t) 1/201)0/

To some yon il re ; foriotelln,
to Some you ,'r0 of lIh' p;islt.
ul3i to us, tlhi ones who
loved dII.I 'out, 0 your i-tcin
ories will always Insl.
Love always, Kcitn, Motlic,
Coco, Lil Reggic, Peachels a nd

Death Notice

49, died February 22 in At-
tapulgus, Georgia. Survived
by her special friend, Richard;
mother and stepfather,Geneva
and Bennie Covins; broth-
ers, Wendell and Mark; step
brother Bennie Jr.; sisters Ta-
lana: and Tangela; step sisit-
ers, Linda and Lisa.
Viewing 4-8 p.m., Wednes
day. Service 1 ] a.m.,Thursday
at N''ew Fellowship Baptist
Church 240 Bahman St. Opa
Arrangements entrusted to
Alfonso M. Richardson Funer-
al Service.





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Insists that there is plenty of room

for "old school" love songs

Kernm th kind ,,f sin r that miakr-sk ',,ui believe in the
pot:'..r ..I l...:. th,: n,.:'c it' ..' r I.-t:.rships and the beauty
t .h i ...-mes '.*.n it.'.. 'iinan.;iis ar c :nmmnied to one an-
MYthi:r and -i.lk t'-igeth-r in harimron, .Just a few days ago
h, learI d th.- t his latest C'D, "itiniaci,.' has been certified
l -I.I .- lre.. .i-rnering t r.'. o G"r.animm, norinnations and being
Jer-,m.rii b', .:riw.: i -. t his. be:st ..,:,rk .,t I|h has produced three
C Ds .-il an rates -,his o. .n music He has .:orne a long way from
tho :d,', '.'.~hef- he v. -,faci Inq hn imelessness. addiction and
i ,l:. ur.. rlro.:i h.s fam i ',
i turned to sp,:, irtu.i.lir and mui: .iand that's what helped
mU'Y :,O ir.::Onir,: I.sus. hri 5.tiij "On Lare and on my
,albuirrns I drinier spirituality, to people And I'm doing it
..ith triadiri.onal P.OB nusi.i: There dchfirtely an audience
I .-r people iL- Ie me, .ill ...tr, Ledisi Anthony Hamilton and
Mu.-i. q Soul.:hild .. .ar .:acrr, ing the torch and keeping the
Ihi -t r.n 'ood mu.i.: .:an' be denied it all starts with the
Scott even adds her unique style on Kern's new CD with
"Golden Days," doing spoken word. She also co-wrote the
song. And Melanie Rutherford, a Detroiter like Kem, sings a
love duet, "If It's Love." He says he needed a woman's perspec-

Octavia Spencer wins 'Best Supporting Actress' at
the 2012 Academy Awards.

Octavia Spencer takes

Oscar; joins elite group

Miami Times staff report

Octavia Spencer won the supporting-actress Academy
Award on Sunday for "The Help," completing an awards-
season blitz that took her from Hollywood bit player to
Spencer's Oscar triumph came for her role as a head-
strong Black maid whose willful ways continually land
her in trouble with white employers in 1960s Mississippi.
She wept throughout her breathless speech, in which she
apologized between laughing and crying for running a bit
long on her time limit.
"Thank you, Academy, for putting me with the hottest
guy in the room," Spencer said, referring to last year's
supporting-actor winner Christian Bale, who presented
her Oscar.
Please turn to OSCARS 2C

B.B. King, Mick Jagger bust

out blues for Pres. Obama

Associated Press

The President just couldn't say
no. Mick Jagger held out a mi-
crophone almost by way of com-
mand, and soon Barack Obama
was belting out the blues with
the best of them.
The East Room of the White
House was transformed into an
intimate blues club on Tuesday
night for a concert featuring
blues all-stars of the past, pres-
ent and future and the Presi-
dent himself.
The surprise performance by
Obama came at the end of the
playlist when the blues ensem-
ble was singing Sweet Home
Chicago, the blues anthem of
Obama's home town.
Buddy Guy prodded the Presi-
dent, saying he'd heard that
the President sang part of an
Al Green tune recently, and
adding.You gotta keep it up.
Then Jagger handed over the
mike. and Obama seemed com-

pelled to comply. Come on, baby
don't you want to go, the Presi-
dent sang out twice, handing off
the mike to B.B. King momen-
tarily, and then taking it back
to tack on Sweet Home Chicago
at the end.
That was how Obama ended

little bit," Obama joked at the
start of a rollicking East Room
concert that was electrified by
Jagger and the rest. "This mu-
sic speaks to something univer-
sal," Obama declared. "No one
goes through life without both
joy and pain, triumph and sor-


Barack Obama helps B.B. King on stage to perform during the White House Music
Series saluting Blues Music in recognition of Black History Month, in Washington.

the night.
This was how he began it -
Obama said sometimes there
are downsides to being the
President. You can't just go for
a walk, for example. And then
there are the times that more
than make up for all those frus-
trations, he said, like Tuesday
night, when Jagger, King, Jeff
Beck and other musical giants
came by the house to sing the
"I guess things even out a

row. The blues gets all of that,
sometimes with just one lyric or
one note."
King, 86, arrived in a wheel-
chair but rose tall to kick off
the night with a raucous Let
the Good Times Roll, quickly
joined by other members of the
ensemble. And he followed with
The Thrill is Gone.
From there, Obama and his
wife, Michelle, were swaying in
their seats and singing along to
Please turn to BLUES 4C

Mardi Gras revelry, parades take over N



Revelers hit the streets last Tuesday to
celebrate Mardi Gras. lured to the French
Quarter and stately oak-lined avenues by-
the chance to snag beads and baubles from
seemingly endless parades in the final un-
fettered party before the somber season of
The French Quarter was full of costumed
revelers. Wearing a bright orange wig. a
purple mask and green shoes. New Orleans
resident Charlotte Hamrick walked along
,nai Street to meet friends.
i ii be in the French
) Quarter ai day. Ham-
S. -._ rick said. i don t even
Sgo to the parades- I
Sove to take pictures
of alI the costumes and
jus be with my friends. It s
so fun.
Brittanv Davies of Denver was ;--.. -'.:-
through the earilv morning hours. Still fee!-
ing the effects of hea'v drinking fronm the

night before, her friends had her out again
early Tuesda..
'They're torturing me," Davies joked. "But
111 be OK after a bloody Mary."
At the Superdome. the predominantly
Black Zuiu krev.e loaded their floats wv.ith
their signature decorated coconuts, a
parade crowd favorite. Most were in the
traditional black-face makeup and afro wigs
krewe members have sported for decades.
Meanwhile in the C-arden District, clari-
netist Pete Fountain prepared to lead his
Half-Fast Walking Club or its annual march
down St. Charles Avenue. the traditional
start of the daylong series of parades.
After Zulu. the parade of Rex. king of
Carn.va-, wouid make the trek dowv the av-,
enue and to the cityvs business district, with
hundreds of thousands of people, piead;ng
for beads and doubloons.
Fountain, 82. gave a thumbs up to start
off and his band launched into When The
Saints Come Marchine in as hhev rounded

the corner onto St. Charles Avenue shortly
after 7 a.m. It was the 52nd time that Foun-
tain's group has paraded for Mardi Gras.
This year, the group wore bright yellow suits
and matching pork pie hats for its theme,
"Follow the Yellow Brick Road.'
Along St. Charles, groups of people, many
in costumes, breakfasted as children played
in the street. Small marching groups were
already on the move. The Skeleton Krewe,
25 people dressed in black skeleton outfits,
were on their way to the St. Louis Cathe-
Torn White, 46, clad in a pink tu-tu,
bicycled down the avenue with his wife, Al-
lison, on their way to the French Quarter.
i m the pink fairy this year," said White,
Allison White was not in costume. "He's
disgraced the family enough," she said of
her husband.
The stakeout for prime spots along the
Mardi Gras parade route started Monday,
Please turn to MARDI GRAS 2C

"No one goes through life without both joy and pain, tri-
umph and sorrow. The blues gets all of that, sometimes with
just one lyric or one note. -PRESIDENT OBAMA


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Kudos go out to Louie Bing
for his 26th year of providing
the community with The
Louie Bing Scholarship Fund,
Inc. Annual Awards Banquet
and his executive committee
consisting of Gladys
Smith, chairperson,
Viviloria Bing, vice-
chairperson, Shelia
Brennen, secretary,
Clyde Jordan, treasurer,
Larry Williams,
parliamentarian, Louie
Bing Jr., advisor, and
Anthony Brunson. AU
More than 200
supporters filled the
Florida Memorial University
Banquet Facility and found
a low-key Bing greeting
everyone at a table near the
entrance. He has done
so much over the
years. Carnell White, -
retired principal,
kept the audience in
stitches as he emceed
the program. He
began by recognizing
Clifford James as
the brainchild for DA
the banquet along

with Johnny AM
Postell, Larry
Barnett, Arnie 1
the late Lee
R. Perry,
Katie Williams,
and Gladys Smith.
Entertainment was
provided by Darcies
Colemen, students
from Michael Krop
Sr. High and PAVAC
of Northwestern.
Brennen introduced
ISTIN Racquel Oden,
New York City
Managing g
Director, Bank of
America/Merrill Lynch,
keynote speaker for the -,
evening. Afterwards,
Williams was
called upon to
S recognize each M1
honoree as
Alison D. Austin
who after an impressive
career marked by
international experience
IS in community

education, ecotourism,
community outreach,
and marketing, returned
home to assume the
position of CEO at
Coach Corey Bell
graduated from Miami
Edison. U of South
Carolina, and Nova l
Southeastern and
became coach at Edison,
followed by Director of Football
Operations under Coach
Randy Shannon at UM.
Leon E. Dixon was born
in Sarasota, Fl. and
graduated from BTW.
(He was surprised to see
his family members from

Sarasota: Alex Zander,
Lyane Dixon,
Ijt Lori Beaton,
Shannm Benton,
Loreda Williams,
and Arthur


Hallie R. Elam a
former English teacher
at Miami Northwestern
and COPE Center North,
began her education at

Lincoln high where she
graduated as valedictorian and
continued at FAMU completing
her degree in English.
Edward Gooding, II
graduated from Northwestern,
UM, FIU. His legacy began when

h e graduated fro
Northwestern. U of
-. and FIU. He iaug
orchestra and chor
-..7- at Coral Park. Ma
Middle and Sou
Miami Elem. Edd
Jordan was bo
in Jefferson
EL County. His
legacy began
at Mars High and he
continued his education
at Morris Brown and
Coach Gregory
A Maner


f-. g ;-
was born in
Pit tsbu rg .
He was
hired as coach
football, basketb;
and baseball
John Carroll
Ransom Everglade
Archbishop Curl
Notre Dame and no

is athletic director.
Coach Joseph Mira
graduated from Key
West High and UM and
is Dean of Students at
West Minister Christian
School. He was
instrumental in forming
the Dade County
Football Coaches
Dr. Will Howard


Miller was born in
Brooks County, Georgia.
After high school
graduation he attended
Paine College, FiU.
and Nova University.
His greatest thrill was
being principal of the
adult education
pro gram
.- at Miami

r '- Congresswoma
Frederica S. Wilsc
was born in Mia~in
Overtown communi
and moved to Liber
ELAM City with her
parents. As a
result of her
of upbringing she was
all motivated to begin
at working for the people.
U, Her legacy will be
-s, included in the history
ey books because she is
)w such an influential force.
Arnold Davis is
normally a quiet
gentleman among h
peers. His legacy began
at Dorsey High and I
later worked at Car
1 City Sr. High, Norlan
Middle, and Nord
1 Miami Sr. He ali
3 4"-', won the state softba
ODEN championship ar
announced games



1 B1\ 'k \Fi-\F\'ER

Traz I-'..'. .- i Stadium.
Teresa Martin-
Major, president
of the l..'l,. '. i]
Club, along with
club members and
Men Of Tomorrow
and their parems
visited Ebenezer UMC
last Sunday for A
token of love was


On February 20th in
Tamarac, Florida, the
Kathleen C. Wright
Leadership Academy, Inc.
was dedicated. The mission
of the Leadership Academy
is to provide a rigorous
educational program
enhanced by character and
leadership training. Most
of us remember our Delta
soror Kathleen who died as
a result of a Delta Airlines
crash in Dallas, Texas.
She was Regional Director
for the sorority at the time
of her death. Her children
are Ronald P. Wright, Sr.,
Laurette Wright-Scott,
and Anthony D. Wright.
Congratulations to Broward
county and her children for
remembering their mother.
Francina Lewis Robinson
was in Maryland, Eastern

Shores last weekend to
attend the funeral of her
niece Hortense Jean
Robinson Jackson who
died in Tallahassee.
Sympathy to all of the
Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to William
and Jessie M. Pinder, Jr.
on the occasion of their
67th. Congratulations are
also extended to David
J. Newbold, Jr. upon his
retirement from the City
of Miami after 36 -years of
Welcome home to Vincent
Matthews who returned
from Georgia after a three-
year absence.
Get well wishes to
Frances Brown, Louise
Cleare, Phillip Wallace,
Edith Coverson, Freddie,

"Jabbo"Johnson and all
of our many others in the
community. Want to wish
a happy birthday to Bishop
Walter Sands.
Dorothy Ellen Jenkins
Fields was featured in a
recent article about her and
the work done at the Black
Archives. Your community
is so very proud of you.
BTW honored it's Unsung
Heroes on last Sunday at
the Annual Orange and
Black Tea. Alumni from
five historically Black high
schools in Miami were
recognized for their unique
contributions. Cecelia
Hunter was chairperson
and Paulette Martin served
as co-chairperson. Roberta
Daniels is the alumni
president. All of us will
certainly ALWAYS LOVE
most people are still talking
about their shock over her
untimely death. Her music
will never let us forget her.
May she rest in peace.

Kem coming to Miami for jazz classic

continued from 1C

Kem was once living on the
streets in an unsavory section
of Detroit. To pay for his first
self-released CD, "Kemistry,"
he worked in a wedding band,
waited tables and footed the
bill with his American Ex-
press card. But that was in
2001 and before. Now, Kem is
one of many superstars that

will be featured at this year's
Jazz in the Gardens on March
17th and 18th here in South
Florida. Before that he'll be
on a 10-day tour of South Af-
rica a country that is sec-
ond only to the U.S. in sales
of his music. But he says he's
most excited about adding
acting to his already impres-
sive resume.
"I'll make my film debut in
"Sparkle" featuring the late,
great Whitney Houston," he
said. "That was an amazing

experience and I want to do
How does he get it all done?
"I am the first to admit that
I am a work in progress,"
he said. "I have two beauti-
ful daughters and a job that
takes me all over the world.
I tend to do my writing at
home in the early hours of the
night or morning. The rest of
my life is built around others
with my family coming first.
Everything else comes after

Octavia Spencer snags the Oscar

continued from 1C

Her brash character holds
a personal connection: "The
Help" author Kathryn Stock-
ett based some of the woman's
traits on Spencer, whom she
met through childhood pal
Tate Taylor, the director of the
Before taking the stage,
Spencer got kisses from "The
Help" co-stars Viola Davis, a
best-actress nominee and Jes-
sica Chastain, a fellow sup-
porting nominee.
"I share this with everybody,"
whose 15-year career includes
dozens of small parts, often as
a nurse, in such movies and
TV shows as "Seven Pounds,"
"A Time to Kill" and "The X-
Spencer gave a shout-out to
her home state of Alabama af-
ter she brought home the Os-
car Sunday night. Critics and
fans alike said early on that

the Montgomery native and
Auburn University graduate
would win the Oscar due to
her stellar performance as the
brash maid Minny Jackson.
"I would like to thank my
families my family in Ala-
bama, the state of Alabama,
my LA family and my 'Help'
family," she said.
Spencer became only the
second Alabama-born actress
to win an Academy Award,
following Louise Fletcher who
won best actress in 1976 for
her role as Nurse Ratched in
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's
Spencer joins the follow-
ing Blacks who have received
an Academy Award for best
actor or best supporting ac-
tor: Hattie McDaniel, Sidney
Poitier, Denzel Washington
(twice), Halle Berry, Jamie
Foxx, Forest Whitaker, M'.rgan
Freeman, Louis Gossett, Jr,
Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Good-
ing, Jr., Jennifer Hudson and


Billy Crystal returned as
the host of the Oscars after
an eight-year hiatus, kick-
ing off the show with his sig-
nature comedic introduction
of the best-picture nominees.
Pre-show favorite, "The Artist,"
which traces the downfall of a
1920s movie star, became the
first silent film to win best pic-
ture in Oscars history. Its star,
Jean Dujardin, became the
first Frenchman to win best
actor. Christopher Plummer
became the oldest acting win-
ner at 82, taking best support-
ing actor. And Streep joined
an elite three-peat club with
a third Academy Award for
her compelling performance
as Margaret Thatcher in "The
Iron Lady.' Only Jack "n i. .,d
son. Ingrid B. ,,i.,n and Wal-
ter Brennan have earned three
Oscars; Kathanne Hepburn
won four,

Parties abound in New Orleans

continued from 1C

with legions of Carnival die-
hards jockeying for the best
places to vie for beads thrown
from floats on Fat Tuesday.
Stephanie Chapman and her
family had set up in their usual
spot on the St. Charles street-
car tracks. They'd arrive at 4
a.m. on Tuesday and would be
staying for the duration. "This
is a beautiful day and we'll be
here until it's over. It won't rain
on my parade, But if it does I

won't pay any attention," she
Across the Gulf Coast, Mar-
di Gras was getting into full
swing. In the Cajun coun-
try of southwest Louisiana,
masked riders were preparing
to go from town to town, mak-
ing merry along the way in the
Courir du Mardi Gras. The cel-
ebration arrived in Louisiana
in 1682 when the explorer La-
Salle and his party stopped at
a place they called Bayou Mar-
di Gras south of New Orleans
to celebrate.

On Monday night, the Lundi
Gras celebration culminated
with the parade of the Krewe
of Orpheus, led by entertainers
Harry Connick Jr. and Hilary
Swank. Rocker Bret Michaels
and Grammy-winning singer
Cyndi Lauper ushered in Mar-
di Gras with musical perfor-
mances in the wee hours of the
morning at the bash that fol-
lowed the parade.
The end of Mardi Gras gives
way to the beginning of Lent,
the period of fasting and repen-
tance before Easter Sunday.







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n Capers, pastor. Some of the
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Leroy E. Parker,
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4C THE '.'i:T.. TIMES, FRBiUJ f 29-MARCH 6, 2012

3 The Black Phd and Edd
conference of the public/
private school system will
meet at Florida Memorial
University on March 10th,
from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to
prepare for a conference
on June 29. Contact
yahoo.com or call 786-231-

Booker T. Washington
1962 Alumni Class is
planning their 501t Class
Reunion on June 24 July 1,
2012 and invites all members
to upcoming meetings which
are held the first Saturday
of every month, at 4 p.m.
at the African Heritage
Cultural Center, 6161 NW
22nd Avenue. For additional
information, contact Helen
Tharpes Boneparte 305-691-
1333 or Lonzie Nichols 305-

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.

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

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

Booker T. Washington

Class of 1965, Inc. will meet
on Saturday, March 10th at
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts center at 4:30 p.m. For
more information contact
Lebbie Lee at 305-213-0188.

Florida A & M University
Concert Choir will perform
on March 7th, at 8:00 p.m.
at Richmond Heights Middle
School, 15015 S.W. 103rd
Ave. Call Leslie Cooper
(RHMS Director of Music) if
you have any questions at:
305.972.7395. Or email Dr.
Vernon Smith at slv626@

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 County.

BTW Alumni Athlete
Club will hold a fundraiser
to benefit BTW programs
on Saturday, March 17th at
Church of the Open Door- Long
Hall; 6001 N.W. 8th Avenue,
8p.m.- 1 a.m. Donation is
$15. Contact Kathryn Hepburn
at 786-443-8221 for more

Xcel Family Enrichment
Center, Inc. a not for-
profit community based
charitable organization will
be celebrating it's 2nd Annual
Black Marriage Day Walk on
March 24th at Miami Carol
City Park 3201N.W.185th
St. Registration/walk begins
and ends 8-9:30 a.m.
Entertainment, speeches and
testimonials 10 a.m.- 2p.m.
For information contact Ms.
Gilbert at 786-267-4544.

IByT i I.A

Put one of your new ideas into ac-
tion 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 Af-
firmation: 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 person-
ally. Soul Affirmation: I let go and let
the spirit run my life this week. Lucky
Numbers: 19, 30, 4

This week's the week to commu-
nicate 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 'ill know
how to respond to you. Soul Affirma-
tion: I love many people this week.

Lucky Numbers: 6, 12, 19

You are the messenger of freedom
this week, and if you are not care-
ful with your words, you'll find that
some people don't want to be liber-
ated. Not to worry, just go your mer-
ry way and enjoy yourself. Others
will learn from what you are doing.
Soul Affirmation: I let my instincts
light my way this week. Lucky Num-
bers: 18, 20, 45

Your creativity is pulling you in a
wonderful direction. Act on your im-
pulse to create beauty in your life.
Pay attention when your nearest,
dearest friend is trying to tell you
something. Your impatience to get to
the next project could cause you to
miss a valuable signal. Soul Affirma-
tion: 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 check-
book needs looking into; you'll feel

Washingtonians Class
of 6T5 '.*,i' worship together
on Sunday, March 25th,
11a.m. at Mt. Sinai Baptist
Church. For more information
contact Barbara Graham at

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.

The Miami
Northwestern Class of
1962 meets on the 2nd
Saturday of each month at 4
p.m. at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. We are
beginning to make plans
for our 50th Reunion. For
information contact Evelyn at

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

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.

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

New Beginning Baptist
Church of Deliverance of
All Nations invites you to
weight loss classes the 1st

better if it's balanced. Soul Affirma-
tion: 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 ev-
eryone 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

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

CCongratulations on your positive
attitude this week! While others may
be dragging, your spirit is full of en-
ergy. Enjoy the power-surge of good
feelings, and you'll be lifting others'
spirits just by being you. Soul Affirma-
tion: The true path is mapped out by

and 3rd Saturday of every
month. Lose sins while you
lose 'weight. Contact Sister
McDonald at 786-499-2896.

Range Park is :ff,-,.'
free self-defense/karate
classes for children and adults
each Monday and Wednesday
from 6 8 p.m. The location
is 525 N.W.62nd Street. For
more information call 305-
757=7961 or contact Clayton
Powell at 786-306-6442.

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

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.
corn 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

my impulses. Lucky Numbers: 14, 17,

You'll enjoy a special rapport with a
loved one this week, so use the vibe
to deepen the level of intimacy. Your
creativity 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 biting your nails or sneaking a
cigarette, this week your emotions
are centered on life-affirming habits.
Let your natural inclination toward
perfect health lead you on your way.
Soul Affirmation: My needs will be
met if I just ask. Lucky Numbers: 12,
26, 27

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

conflicts and/or poor academic
performance. For information
call 786-488-4792 or visit

Miami-Dade County
Community Action &
Human Services Head
Start/Early Head Start
Open EnrollmentCampaign
for free comprehensive
child care is underway for
pregnant women and children
ages 2 months to 5 years of
age residing in Miami Dade
County. Applications and a
list of Head Start Centers are
available at www.miamidade.
gov/cahs or call 786 469-4622
for additional information.

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

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

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

Merry Poppins

in Miami has free open
--nr,.iirent for VPK, all day
program. For information
contact Lakeysha Anderson
at 305-693-1008.

Calling healthy ladies
50+ to start a soft',all team
for fun and laughs. Be a part
of this historical adventure.
Twenty-four start-up players
needed. For untormation call
Coach Rozier at 305-389-

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.

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

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

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

Police are investigating a woman's claim that singer Chris Brown stole her
iPhone outside a South Beach nightclub when she tried to take a picture of him. A
police incident report released last Thursday says Christal Shanae Spann, 24, and
her friends spotted Brown and rapper Tyga leaving the Cameo club early Sunday.
Spann told police she saw Brown get into a black Bentley and she used her phone
to take a picture of him sitting in the car.
According to the report, Spann claims Brown grabbed her phone and said "
you ain't going to put that on no website," and drove off. Authorities said no
charges have been filed. The report listed the potential crime as "robbery by sud-
den snatching," which is a felony. Brown's attorney and a spokeswoman did not im-
mediately respond to requests for comment. Any charges could cause legal prob-
lems for Brown, who remains on supervised probation for beating then-girlfriend,
singer Rihanna, in 2009. He has been on a comeback of late, winning a Grammy
award and performing on the high-rated awards program as did Rihanna.

A Los Angeles judge granted a motion last week to dismiss concert promoter
AEG Live from a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's father. Su-
perior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos agreed with AEG attorneys who said Joe
Jackson should have joined a separate suit filed by his wife, Katherine. The judge
said the law does not favor multiple suits by individual heirs. She said that to allow
Jackson's suit against AEG Live to go forward would "allow the heirs of a decedent
to file as many suits as there are heirs."
AEG also argued that he is not a legitimate heir to his son's fortune and was not
mentioned in the King of Pop's will.

Terrence Howard was in a L.A. County Superior Court last week to deal with his
exceptionally nasty divorce from Michelle Ghent Howard and was ordered to pay
than $50,000 to hold her over until they settle on a long-term arrangement. The
actor must pay within 30 days. Mrs. Howard claims the actor violently assaulted
her on numerous occasions since they tied the knot back in 2010. Both sides are
due back in court in 60 days.

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones pleaded guilty last
Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Jones entered the
plea in Hamilton County Municipal Court just as his non-jury trial was scheduled
to begin. A second misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest was dismissed in a
plea agreement with prosecutors. Judge Brad Greenberg ordered Jones to serve
a year of probation, complete 50 hours of community service and pay a $250 fine
plus court costs. Jones could have received a maximum jail sentence of 30 days.

Obama belts out the blues

continued from 1C

an all-hits playlist including St.
James .i in, t i and Let Me
Love You.
Beck slowed things down
with an instrumental Brush
With the Blues, as anticipation
built for the arrival of Jagger,
who did not disappoint.
The long-time Rolling Stones
frontman delivered on I Can't
Turn You Loose and then
teamed up with Beck on Com-
mit a Crime. Jagger got the
President and his wife up out of
their seats, swaying and clap

ping to the music, and picked
up the pace with Miss You. per-
formed with Shemekia Cope-
land and Susan Tedeschi.
Obama was clearly savouring
the moment, closing his eves at
times and nodding his head as
he lip-svnced the words. The
President rose at the end to
introduce the ensemble as the
"White House Blues All-Stars-
for the final song of the night.
Sweet Home Chicago.
"For lMichelle and me, the
President said, "thrre's no blues
like the song ouir artists have
choseri to, I (lo,- ith I hie blues
from i ()oritir hiOfNvI

This hard-hitting drama chronicles love and rage on the streets of Chicago.

A domestic disturbance sends two cops, friends since childhood, on a

harrowing journey that will test their loyalties and change their lives forever,

"Fresh, authentic, brutally uncompromising! A vivid, Intricately layered
script!" ~ Time Magazine

5C THE i AMi T ":, FEBRUARY 29-MARCH 6, 2012

shows off

By Kimmy

Evelyn Lozada isn't a stranger to picking out Wedding
Dresses but will she actually get to walk down the aisle this
The premiere of Basketball Wives Season 4 aired and the epi-
sode kicked off with Evelyn planning her upcoming wedding
to fiance' Chad Ochocinco. In the episode, Ev explains to the
wedding planner that having bridesmaids may not be such a
great idea for her wedding because she has friends and fam-
ily that have been negative when it comes to her relationship.
Whether she has bridesmaids or not, she's determined that
the wedding will still go on .. She recently did an elegant and
sexy pre-bridal shoot with bridal styling house November Lily
while dishing a little on the process of planning the wedding.
Evelyn on if Chad has been a part of the planning pro-
Chad wants to take care of the music. [Inaudiable] He's into
very different types of music so he wants to make sure he's
in charge. He's trying to convince me to have animals at my
wedding. I don't know about that but definitely the music.
Will it be taped for reality TV?
Um, I'm not sure.
Are there going to be any Basketball Wives at the wed-
It kind of depends on how season 4 goes how about that.



wedding dresses

in pre-bridal shoot




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Should sisters boycott Minaj?
By Madame Noire cial girlfriend. And rappers
like Eminem, who prior to
A video floating around signing on to Aftermath
the internet of a man call- records, free-styled about
ing for a boycott of Nicki his hatred of Black women.
Minaj, mainly because of There isn't enough space
her alleged disparaging in this column to point out
lyrics and the potential ef- 0 examples of ways in which
fect it may have on Black countless rappers professed
women and girls. He says their love for light-skin and
Minaj should be boycotted "exotic" women while mak-
because of the anti-Black ing disparaging remarks
woman themes present in about dark-skinned or
her music; she calls Black women with African fea-
women "banana-eating tures.
chimpanzees" and "nappy- In essence, self-hate,
headed hos." which he misogyny and colorism
equates to the racist rheto- have long been given the
ric of Don Imus and the welcome mat in the hip-
ease of mainstream society hop community and in that
to treat Black features as sense, Minaj is not original
unattractive. The name- to the oppressive themes
less petitioner says that that are part of our popular
the point of the boycott is music. So how can we lay
to "teach our sisters, our this primarily at the feet of
mothers, our girlfriends, Minaj? Is it because she is a
our daughters, what have woman?
vou, to love themselves."
My personalized annoy-
ance at her music aside, I
do get and appreciate the
point the brother was mak- A Lunaic Cop
ing in the video. Personally .An ACtof Vengeanc
I don't like the whole Barbie
doll persona nor the hyper-
sexualized representations
in her music, especially
since her entire Barbie doll
aesthetic, with its bright
color and whimsical styling.
is only attractive to young
impressionable girls. who
are trying to make sense of
their budding bodies and
minds. But while Minaj's
lyricism and overall per-
sona is questionable and
worthy of further scrutiny,
I want to know where was .
this concerned brother with
the YouTube video for the ..
last 20 years or so when the o .
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Seminar provides tools for success


By Randy Grice
r 5rie ld iamtimemtnline.c m

According to the Small
Business Administration
(SBA), over 50 percent of
small businesses fail in
the first five years often
because they are unaware
of the many pitfalls fac-
ing fledgling companies.
In order to help develop
a more knowledgable
community of successful
entrepreneurs, The Miami
Times recently partnered
with Regions Bank and
held a small business
seminar at Florida Memo-
rial University.
"One of the biggest mis-

takes that beginning en-
trepreneurs make is us-
ing the barrier of finance
as a way to deter them
from pursuing a business
idea," said George Ray,
III, 29, an entrepreneur
himself and manager of
the Small Business Edu-
cation Program (SBEP) at
Miami Dade College. Ray
was one of the workshop
presenters at the seminar.
"The purpose of a busi-
ness plan is to refine your
idea into an actual plan
that will attract investors.
If you have a good idea
people will invest if your
idea makes sense. Don't
Please turn to SEMINAR 8D

Businesswomen Bertha Woods and Yvette
Costoso say that organization and business
preparation are at the top of their lists of
goals to take their businesses
to the next ,df level.



Tax refunds take their sweet time

Delay of a week or two can be a

hardship on low-income folks

By Sandra Block

Taxpayers are continuing
to wait longer than usual to
receive their refunds, and a
recent problem with the IRS'
"Where's My Refund" tool
caused many to fear that their
returns hadn't been filed at
all, tax preparers say.
In the past, most taxpay-
ers who filed their tax returns
electronically received their

refunds in one to two weeks,
says Gene King, a spokesman
for H&R Block. This year, it's
usually taking 10 to 21 days,
he says.
That's still within the his-
torical time frame for delivery
of refunds, says IRS spokes-
woman Michelle Eldridge.
The IRS has attributed the
delays to new safeguards
installed in its computers to
prevent refund fraud. While

that means the IRS will pro-
vide additional screening of
tax returns before refunds are
issued, "The vast majority of
taxpayers can still continue to
expect to receive their refunds
in a timely fashion," Eldridge
Bill Nemeth, an enrolled
agent with Jackson Hewitt in
Atlanta, says his clients usu-
ally receive their refunds in
seven to 13 days. This year, it's
taking 15 to 21 days, he says.
Even a one-week delay can
create serious economic hard-
ships for low-income taxpay-

ers who rely on their refunds
to pay the rent or meet other
pressing needs, Nemeth says.
"Our phones light up every
morning" with calls from
clients asking about their re-
funds, he says.
Ordinarily, taxpayers can
check the status of their
refunds by going to the IRS
website and clicking on
"Where's My Refund?" Earlier
this month, though, taxpay-
ers who used the tool were
informed that the IRS had no
information about their tax
Please turn to TAX 8D

Gasoline prices continue to escalate

Costs jumped

0.2 percent
By Jason Lange

Gasoline prices jumped
in January, leading overall
consumer prices higher and
offering a reminder of the
risks energy costs pose to the
economic recovery. Despite
the warning signal, overall
consumer prices rose just 0.2
percent, the Labor Department
said on Friday, which is un-
likely to ring alarm bells at the
Federal Reserve. Strong jobs
and factory data have eased
worries U.S. economic growth
could slow sharply, but ten-
sions between Western nations

Gas prices already top $4 a gallon at many stations includ-
ing this Shell.

and Iran still threaten to hand
the economy a repeat of 2011
when a spike in energy prices
hit the recovery hard.
"The greatest concern is
that geopolitical strains in the
Middle East will spill over into
the oil market, pushing prices
higher in a replay of last year's
oil price spike," economists at
Bank of America said in a note
to clients.
For the Fed, an energy prices
spike would represent a quan-
dary: it could hurt the econo-
my even as it boosts inflation.
Gasoline prices increased 0.9
percent in January and they
have continued to move higher
this month.
"Consumers are going to feel
Please turn to GAS 8D

Commission approves Jackson contracts

The Miami -Dade Board of
County Commissioners ap-
proved Tuesday contracts for
three bargaining units of SEIU
Local 1991, which represents
nurses, physicians and other
healthcare professionals at
the Jackson Health System.
The 10-1 voice vote was with-
out discussion. Commissioner
Bruno Barreiro voted against
the contracts without explana-

Jackson's execu-
tives estimate the
agreements will save
the struggling sys-
tem $50 million for
each of the next sev-
eral years, although
board member Mi-
chael Bileca estimat-
ed that the savings
would be consider-


ably less. The union
concessions call for a
three percent contri-
bution to employees'
pensions, a contri-
bution that virtually
all state employees
are now required to
make. Nurses' base
pay is close to being
unchanged, but con-
cessions will mean

they will get at least eight
fewer days off each year and
could be getting less overtime.
Jackson's other major union,
the American Federation of
State, County and Municipal
Employees, has yet to reach an
agreement. The local unit is of-
ficially at impasse, starting a
process that could end with
the county commission decid-
ing terms of the contract.

President Barack Obama talks with Joyce Fowler during
his visit to Master Lock in Milwaukee, last week.

Obama offers to

cut corporate tax

rate to 28 percent

By Jackie Calmes

Obama will ask Congress to
scrub the corporate tax code of
dozens of loopholes and sub-
sidies to reduce the top rate to
28 percent, down from 35 per-
cent, while giving preferences
to manufacturers that would
set their maximum effective
rate at 25 percent, a senior
administration official said on
Obama also would establish
a minimum tax on multina-
tional corporations' foreign
earnings, the official said, to
discourage "accounting games
to shift profits abroad" or
actual relocation of production

With the framework for
changes that the Treasury
secretary, Timothy F. Geithner,
will outline on Wednesday,
Obama will enter an election-
year debate with Republicans
in Congress and in the presi-
dential race who seek even
lower taxes for businesses. But
an overhaul of the corporate
code is unlikely this year, giv-
en that political backdrop and
the complexity of an under-
taking that would generate a
lobbying frenzy as businesses
vie to defend old tax breaks or
win new ones.
The campaign of Mitt Rom-
ney, a Republican candidate
Please turn to OBAMA 8D

Human tragedy and triumph result in positive TV ratings

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil
NXPA -colmwnist'

I am always fascinated by
the impact of human emotions
on our consumer behavior -
whether those emotions are in-
spired by tragedy or triumph.
Two television broadcasts made
ratings history recently, one
because of a tragedy and one
because of a triumph: the 54th
Annual Grammv Awards on
CBS and the contest between
the Los Angeles Lakers and the
New York Knicks, February 10,
on ESPN.
Nielsen research has prov-

en Americans love sports and
music programming. Blacks
are typically well-represented
in both. The Grammy Awards
have been a viewing favorite.
Research backs up the common
sense notion that Blacks tend
to gravitate to programming
where there are larger numbers
of people who look like us -
but this vear. the number of us
whii waittherd the Grammvs was
arimTti off the charts. Nearly
40 million viewers tuned in
rmnknio it the largest Gramnmv
aiudihCiti i mnc 1084 a'ind the
secondd IlzfRe- t i n tie hislorv of
the ibroahri-i-aat tlaf ki nk% arle r Ap

6.21 million: that
means 60 percent
watched the pro-
gram this year than
in 2011-
While the why for
this year's phenom-
enal success of the
Grammvs has not
vet been officially
analyzed. I suspect
that the tragic news - -
of the sudden death McN
of beloved music
icon Whit nev Houston the night
before piqued the increased in-
icrest. If you were like me and
my friends, we were reeling

with disbelief. In the
interest of full disclo-
sure, the show didn't
hold my attention for
long beyond the lus-
cious LL's prayer for
"our fallen sister" (a
very nice touch Fol-
lowing Jennifer Hud-
son's moving tribute
of "I WVil Alvwavs Love
You' and after fighting
back tears, I clicked


On the flip side. Americans
love to cheer on an underdog, a
"Rocky,- a champion who rises
from the ashes of obscurity to

achieve victory. In two words:
Jeremy Lin. It was my basket-
ball-playing son who turned
me onto the phenomenon that
w.as taking place with the un-
drafted 23-year old, Harvard-
educated Asian-American from
California and his fortuitous
match-up against the Ne-w Jer-
se- Nets. Socia] media buzz
has hit a frenzied pitch around
the world since he first stated
in February. Even the phrase
"LinSanity" has been coined.
The online chatter about Lin
has surpassed conversations
about the Knicks, LeBron
James and Kobe Bryant corrn-

bined. Now, that's powerful.
And so are you. Because, if
you follow these ratings stories,
you know these surges in in-
creased viewership are a result
of people just like you and me
tuning in. It's great news for
the networks as well as the ad-
vertisers. Those advertisers are
dedicated to reaching us -the
consumers. Which brings me to
my mantra, "Knowledge is pow-
er." The power is in your hands
and s/o is the remote control.
Ch eryl Pear.onrt-McNeil is se-
nior i-ire pre-sident of public af
fairs anrd goverriment relations
for Nielser.



70 -: iV', TIMES, 'kUARI 29-MARCH 6, 2012

GM made record-breaking profit of $7.6B last year

Typical U.S. worker to

receive $7,000 as a result

Motors made a record
S7.6 billion in 2011,
driven by a $7.2 billion
profit in North Ameri-
A typical U.S. worker
will receive $7,000 in
profit sharing.
Revenue for the year
increased 11 percent
to $150.3 billion and
earnings before inter-
est and tax was $8.3
billion compared with
$7 billion in 2010
Overall, GM's 2011
profit rose from last
year's $4.7 billion and
broke the previous re-
cord annual profit of
$6.7 billion in 1997.

The full-year re-
suits were hampered
by Opel, its European
unit, which lost S747
million a SI.3 bil-
lion improvement but
still the 12th straight
annual loss in a mar-
ket struggling with
overcapacity. It raises
more questions about
the wisdom of revers-
ing the decision to sell
Opel in 2009.
"We grew share
around the world,"
Dan Ammann, GM's
chief financial officer,
told reporters Thurs-
day. "Clearly, we have
work to do in Europe
and South America."

Foiurh-uareer net
income of S472 mlion
-was fiat from a vear
ago. but the profit of
39 cents per share vas
below the 41- to 43-
cent range analysts
The strength of North
American operations
means GM s profit-
sharing payment is
the largest since 1983
when payments be-
gan. The payout for-
mula was changed to
become simpler and
more transparent as
part of last fall's con-
tract negotiations with
the United Auto Work-
ers union.
A typical Ford em-
ployee is eligible for
$6,200 based on the
$6.2 billion in oper-

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A General Motors employee works on a van assembly line at GM'
plant in Wentzville, Mo. The company saw major success in Nort
America, but its European unit is still struggling.

Saying prot in North
America in 2011
Chrysler workers are
elihgle for S 1.500. The
Auburn Hills, Mich.,
au maker had an op-
erating profit of $S1.7
billion and about S5
percent was derived
from North Anric'it.
CGxM s payment has
exceeded the amounts
at both Ford and
Chrysler only twice
since 19S3. The previ-
ous record GM payout
\as last year's average
of more than $4,000
each. but most years
the amount was less
than $1.000 and sub-
stantially below the
S other Detroit auto-
h makers.
GM's 26,000 sala-
ried workers learned

Wednesday that se-
nior workers are be-
ing shifted to an ex-
clusively 401(k)-type
pension. \While some
can expect larger bo
uses, that is noi the
case across the board,
Salaried workers' com-
pensation is based on
global performance
Ford recently told its
20,000 salaried em-
ployees in the U.S. and
Canada they will re-
ceive bonuses as well
as merit raises for the
first time since 2008.
Globally. GM's pen-
sion obligations in its
plans topped $128 bil-
lion at the end of 2010.
The plans are under-
funded by $24.5 bil-

Home sale reach 1 1-year high

Supply falls

in market
By Lucia Mutikani

U.S. home resales
rose to a 1-1/2 year
high in January,
pushing the supply of
properties on the mar-
ket to the lowest level
in almost seven years
in a hopeful sign for
the housing sector.
The National Associa-
tion of Realtors said
last week that existing
home sales increased
four percent to an an-
nual rate of four mil-
lion units last month,

the fastest pace since
May 2010. It was the
latest sign y also said
it signaled genuine im-
provement. Sales were
up across all four re-
gions of the country,
with the West record-
ing the biggest gain
-- an eight percent in-
"At least some of the
improvement in the
last few months could
have reflected milder
winter weather, but for
the most part, it seems
that the housing sec-
tor may have turned
the corner," said Guy
Berger, an economist
at RBS in Stamford,

The tenor of the re-
port was weakened
somewhat by a sharp
downward revision to
December's sales data
to show only a four
million unit sales rate
rather than the pre-
viously reported four
million unit pace. A
brightening economic
outlook, marked by
a strengthening la-
bor market and buoy-
ant factories, is giving
the housing market
some lift. Confidence
among homebuilders
is near five-year highs
and they are breaking
more ground on new

housing projects. Resi-
dential construction is
expected to contribute
to growth this year
for the first time since
2005. Robert Toll, ex-
ecutive chairman of
luxury homebuilder
Toll Brothers, wel-
comed that progress
even as his company
announced a surprise
quarterly loss last
"Since the new home
industry is coming off
several years of his-
toric low levels of pro-
duction, we are en-
couraged by the recent
improvement," he said
in a statement.

The data did little to
lift sentiment in U.S.
stock markets, which
were down in early af-
ternoon as investors
fretted about a likely
euro zone recession.
Prices for U.S. gov-
ernment debt rose on
concerns Greece might
not be able to avert
a messy default even
with a fresh bailout.
Inventory Dwindk-
The U.S. housing
market had been held
back by an overhang
of unsold homes, but
steady sales gains
are helping to whittle
down supply.

Four charged in

foreclosure scam

Miami ranks among worst in
mortaclae fraud ncss

Four Miami resi-
dents have been ar-
rested and charged
with racketeering in
an alleged
fake foreclo-
sale real es-
tate scam that
totaled $2.4
million dol-
lars, accord-
ing to Miami-
Dade police
and state at- c
torney's office,
The defendants are
Ayda Young, Yohanv
Garcia, Zoraida Abrcu
and Johnnv Bou-
Nassar also charged
with criminal use of
personal information,
grand theft, and ut-
tering a forged instru-
ment. According to the
arrest warrant, the
defendants claimed
to have connections
within Miami-Dade
C ou nty L,. '.,,I i 1 I-ii
that allowed them
offer advance deals
on foreclosed homes
coming up for auction
through the govern-


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Deadline for Request for Additional Information/Clarification: 3/1/2012 at
3;00 P.M.

Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami. Purchas-
ing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement. Telephone No
(305) 416-1917.

NO. 12271 ..-

Johnny Martinez. P.E.
City Manager

AD NO. 15111



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the State of Florida. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections in Miami-Dade County, Florida, no later than thirty days after the date of this Notice in order to
receive information regarding the basis for the potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve the matter, Failure to respond will result in a determination of Ineligibility by
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Allen-Hankerson, Lashawn D 1918 NW 153rd St Clavelo, Eduardo E 7416 W 32Nd Ave
Alonso, Heidl R 11227 N Kendall DR APT D105 Claveria SR, Frank A 225 SW 120Th AVE
Altunian, Robert 400 Kings Point Dr #1002 Coleman, Natasha A 4001 NW 187Th Ter
Alvarez, Lazaro R 15815 SW 85Th Ln Crawford, Johnathan L 1001 NW 42Nd ST
Alvelo, Nancy Y 11227 NW Flagler Ln Cue Juancarlos 3573 E 10Th Ave
Anderson, Burton A 1155 NW 2Nd Ave Apt 15 Curington, Travis M 1205 NW 103Rd LN APT 101
Anderson, Jeffrey K 2140 NW 53Rd St #K Dagnefy, Rosa I 757 West Ave APT 610
Armstrong, Terry L 14700 Booker T Washington Blvd APT 107 Davis, Warren S 2472 NW 80Th St
Avant, Latorrio X 16420 NW 18Th CT Dawson II, Ronnie 24358 SW 131St PL
Baker JR, Robert W 16315 NW 22Nd Ct De La Teja, Rigoberto 18 W OwieechoTee Rd APT 1112
Baker, Babe R 961 NW 202Nd St Del Valle. Jorge 2100 SW 100Th Ave
Benjamin, Exzabeus D 453 NE 70Th St Delavega, Eduardo J 1811 SW 78Th Pt
Berger, Max R 3010 Marcos Dr #R603 Delgado, Gj;iierrm 2705 SW 114Th Ave
Blades, Tyrone H 3967 NE 168Th St #202 Edie, Deatic 19378 NW 29Th P
Bogan, Tracey A 120 NW 59Th St APT 120 Esp noza JR Caios J 726 W Palm Dr #802
Braboy, Breon L 1131 SE 23fd Ave Estupinan, Aida P 2166 NW 23Rd Ave
Branch, Antonio A 735 NW 51St St -meeer i, Chartes B 20 NW 128Th St
Bravo, Ruben 9310 Fontainebleau Blvd #503 Ferguson JR. Frank F 2025 NW 72Nd St
Bretthauer, James D 3025 NW 11Th St Fleming JR. Simon 330 NW 19Th St APT 217
Brewton, Angeina S 2910 NW 6' ., ST Flemng, Dedrick A 1015 NW 73rd St
Bnel Manuel 8359 SW 5th St Fluker. Emmanuel J 2370 NW 182Nd Ter
Brown JR Luke 17600 NW 46Th Ave Fraz er Johnrso L 3101 NW 164Th .1
Brown Cartton 390 NE 162Nd St Fremon, MAhael 0 295 NE 104Th St
Brown. Tory T 1811 fI 91St St Frsed mai Mar ynA Colirns AVE #C5
Bryant, Tetvin J 2360 NW 91sI Si Fuentes. Jose R 2:.Z#, SW 118Th PL
Bousia. Ceos S 1111 NW' 19Th Ave #202 Gama Javo H 714 NW 127Th Ae
Cabalero. Bertha 10221 SW 41Si TER Garma Manuel 190 W 28Th St APT D154
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Pe.ntope Tow"nly
Supervisor of Elecftons, MiamOi-ade County
Supervlsora de Etlccone, Condedo de Miami-Dade
Sipviz Esksyoln, Ko"nte M Irm.Dad.

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Deadline for Request for Additional Information/Clarification: Monday. March
12, 2012 at 5:00 P.M.

Detail for this Proposal (RFP) is available at the City of Miami, Purchasing De-
partment, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement, Telephone No. (305)

NO. 12271. /,,-. ,

Johnny Martinez, P.E.
AD NO. 14645 City Manager

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More families live in poverty Seminar helps entrepreneurs

By Marisal Bello

The number of families
living on $2 or less per per-
son per day for at least a
month in the USA has more
than doubled in 15 years to
1.46 million.
That's up from 636,000
households in 1996, says a
new study released by re-
searchers at the University
of Michigan and Harvard
Government benefits blunt
the impact of such extreme
poverty, but not completely,
says one of the researchers,
Luke Shaefer, a professor of
social work at Michigan.
When food stamps are
included as income, the
number of households in
extreme poverty, defined

as living on $2 a day
to 800,000, Shaefer
That's up from 475,
"This seems to be a
that has fallen throu
cracks," says Kathryi
a Harvard research
professor of public po
The study found
among households
treme poverty, one

received rent vouchers or
lived in public housing. Six-
tv-six percent had at least
one child with public health
insurance. The study did not
factor in how those benefits
affect household income.
1996 Robert Rector, senior re-
search fellow at the Heritage
2011 Foundation, a conservative
i think tank, says most aid
to the poor today is in non-
, drops cash assistance. Last year,
r says. he says, the federal and state
000 in government spent $900 bil-
lion on 70 programs that
a group assist the poor, from health
igh the care and food stamps to en-
n Edin, ergy assistance and college
er and grants.
policy. "When you look at that
I that type of family, you don't see
in ex- the type of deprivation this
in five study suggests," he says.

Because the study shows
households in extreme pov-
erty for a month. it is more
reflective of people losing
jobs, getting divorced or hav-
ing short-term crises, he
Shaefer savs, We are trv-
ing to document the growth
in deep poverty . Even one
month living at this level is
Magdalyn March, 30. of
Birmingham. Ala.. can re-
late to those living in ex-
treme poverty. In 2006, she
lost a seasonal job at a pack-
ing warehouse, split with an
abusive boyfriend and was
caring for her two children.
She received about $200 a
month in government cash
assistance and $282 in food

continued from 6D

let money be your bar-
Ray and other pre-
senters also spoke
about the role and life-
style of entrepreneurs,
gave information on
how to incorporate
businesses and dis-
cussed vital tax law
information. Bertha
Woods, who has been
in the network mar-
keting business since
1993, said the speak-
ers really sparked her
interest to further de-
velop herself into a
"One of the things
that stood out to me

in Ray s] speech was
planning. Woods said,
"Staying organized is
one of the problems
that 1 ran into as an
entrepreneur. Now 1
am thinking about at-
tending some courses
that teach business
information on how
to plan. This seminar
was very educational
and very entertain-
ing I am looking
forward to attending
more seminars like
this one in the future."
Yvette Costoso. who
has been in business
off and on since 1989,
said she leaned a few
golden rules on how to
increase her chances
of success.

"Slaying foc used,
slaying on task and
having enough capi-
tal can be some of the
toughest parts aboul
being a businesswom-
an," said Costoso, who
has businesses in the
multi-level marketing
and non-profit sec-
tor. "When 1 first went
into business 1 did not
have a business plan,
but after hearing the
presentation I will be
consulting someone
today about develop-
ing a business plan
for myself. It is very
important because it
will help me to be able
to have something to
reflect back on when I
am stumbling."

Obama proposes tax cut

continued from 6D

for president, signalled
that he would outline
on Wednesday an ex-
panded version of
his own tax propos-
als, which he said on
Tuesday would call
for a "flatter, fairer,
broader-based tax
system" that would
do more to encourage
economic growth. The
various Republican
candidates, who are
scheduled to debate
on Wed lnc lly night,
have called for cutting
the corporate income
tax, differing some-

what in the details.
The administration
plan to revamp a cor-
porate code that is
widely derided as in-
efficient and anticom-
petitive has been in
the works at Treasury
for two years, and is
a priority of Geith-
ner. Yet he has been
preoccupied with cri-
sis management, and
is unlikely to see the
project through since
he plans to leave of-
fice after this year.
The proposed over-
haul "will help level
the playing field for
businesses and .al-
low the government

to collect needed rev-
enue while promoting
economic growth,"
Geithner told a Con-
gressional committee
last week, without de-
Republicans and
business groups com-
plain that the 35 per-
cent corporate tax
rate is among the
highest in the world,
leaving American
companies at a com-
petitive disadvantage.
They typically seek a
25 percent rate, with
many of them saying
that the current tax
breaks should be kept
in place as well.

Gas prices are on the rise

continued from 6D

a gasoline pinch in the
first half of this year,"
said Chris Christo-
pher, an economist at
IHS Global Insight.
The report also
showed so-called core
prices, which strip out
food and energy costs,
rose 0.2 percent.
That pushed the in-
crease over the last 12
months up to two per-
cent, the fastest pace
since September 2008.
While the year-on-year
reading on overall
prices has been eas-
ing, the steady pick-
up in core suggests
inflation pressures
are not subsiding as
quickly as expected,
and it could lead to

some wariness at the
Fed about launching
another round of bond
purchases to drive
borrowing costs lower.
"At the margin it
does lean against the
case for more (bond
purchases)," said JPM-
organ economist Mi-
chael Feroli.
U.S. stocks hovered
near recent highs,
with investors wary
of making big bets
heading into a holiday
weekend when hopes
are set for Greece's
bailout plan to be ap-
proved. Treasury debt
prices fell and the dol-
lar was flat against a
basket of currencies.
A separate report by
the private Confer-
ence Board showed a
gauge of future U.S.

economic activity rose
to a 3-1/2 year high
in January on solid
gains in manufactur-
ing. Last month, Fed
Chairman Ben Ber-
nanke left the door
open to further Fed
bond buying to boost
growth, but a steady
stream of upbeat data
in recent weeks has led
analysts to dial down
their expectations for
a further easing of
monetary policy. In
January, used car and
truck prices fell 1.0
percent and new ve-
hicle prices were flat,
moderating the over-
all gain in core prices.
Policymakers watch
core prices closely be-
cause they see them
as a better guide to in-
flation trends.

Tax refunds will be delayed

continued from 6D

return. This led some
taxpayers to fear that
the IRS hadn't ac-
cepted their returns,
even though their tax
preparer had received
an acknowledgment
from the IRS, tax pre-
parers say.
The IRS says the

problem has been
resolved. Earlier, it
posted an advisory
on its site explain-
ing that if taxpayers
received an acknowl-
edgment that their
return was received
by the IRS, "They
can be assured that
the IRS has the tax
return even though
'Where's My Refund'

does not reflect that."
Through Feb. 16,
the IRS issued 34.8
million refunds worth
$110.9 billion. During
the same period in
2011, the IRS issued
36.1 million refunds
worth S115.3 billion.
So far this year, the
average refund is
$3,183, according to
the IRS.

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Gutierrez, Jordan A 15043 SW 11Th Ln Perez SR, Angel DJ 2901 W 16Th Ave #85
Hall, Clarence D 2125 NW 93Rd Ter Perez, Dolohiram 5605 NW 7Th St #212
Harris, Aaron C 26620 SW 138Th AVE Perez, Hirma 11040 SW 43Rd Ter
Hanis, Kendra V 19477 NE 10Th Ave APT 210 Perez, Sergio E 2717 SW 31St Ave
Howard, Winston 2105 NW 56Th St Pierre, Cal E 20301 NW 4Th Ave
Israel, Maurice 1891 NW 111Th St Powell, Dwayn A 19623 SW 103Rd Ct
Janvier, Renaud 12535 NW 21St PI Preece, Melanie S 165 NE 203Rd Ter UNIT #C-27
Jeanmarie, Johnny 51 NW 57Th ST Puig, MiguelA 3550 NW 96Th St
Joachin, David 7619 NE 1St CT Ramirez, Alexis J 1525 NW 25Th Ave apt B
Johnson, Nakeisha R 2291 NW 99Th St Reinoso, Jesse E 8511 NW 8Th St APT 209
Jones, David D 16141 NW 18Th PL Renesca, Gary 720 NE 139th St
Jones, Jeremy D 816 NW 11Th St#410 Rhodes, Kenya 22633 SW 113Th PL
Karavakis, Emmanuel 1500 SW 1St AveAPT 1 Rivero, Daniel 14998 SW 57Th Ter
Kennedy, James A 26220 SW 131St Ct Roberson, Carlotha 788 NW 45Th St
King, Rosland L 13367 NW 30Th Ave Rodriguez, Chuck 4760 NW 170Th St
Kinsey, Daniel J 16624 SW 99Th Ct Rodriguez, Jose E 19770 SW 278Th St
Laboy, Laurie L 27823 SW 131St AVE Rodriguez, Jose E 1306 SW 6Th St #2
Lane, Ketron J 5240 NW 180Th Ter Rodriguez, Rafael A 4955 NW 199Th St #34
Lecler, Danny 245 NW 134Th St Rolle, Jeffery A 4527 NW 23Rd Ave A
Lopez JR, Franklin D 10840 SW 132Nd Circle CT Roman JR, Abuid 800 Oriental Blvd
Mabra, William 2020 NW 1St Ave Sanchez JR, Raymond 255 NW 181st St
Majewski, Michael C 1865 BrickellAve UNIT A1210 Sanders JR, Melvin F 30020 SW 168Th Ct
Manuel, George A 1303 NW 44Th St Sanders, Ashalay A 755 NE 160Th ST
Marcus, Tavaris 1630 NW 127th ST Shannon, Anthony L 541 NW 11Th St
Martinez, Abel 15315 Garfield DR Sias Ill, Clarence 5475 NW 173Rd Dr
Martinez, Roger J 20260 SW 317th St Simpkins SR, Lawrence 2357 NW 58Th St
Masvidal, Algimiro 8050 NW 10th St 4 Smith, Carrie L 720 SW 6Th St
Mc Coy, Darryl L 7972 NW 14Th AVE Smith, Clint B 1870 NW 83Rd St
Mc Coy, Dawan A 2157 NW 83Rd Ter Smith, Selena E 152 NW 12Th ST
Meneses, Rene J 13773 SW 106th Ter Smith, Shona 127 S Redland Rd 102
Merceron, Pamela F 726 NE 1StAve Templeton, Albert G 11481 SW 93Rd St
Milton, Phillip G 561 NW 41St ST Torres, Yaris I 7803 SW 193rd St
Minott, Femando 621 NW 177Th ST UNIT #101 Trimble, Reda LV 6600 NW 21StAve
Molina, Carlos H 6283 W 24Th Ave #201 Truesdell, Esterlean C 129 NW 57Th St
Molina, Danny 11911 SW 176Th Ter Tully, Frank H 2751 NE 183Rd St Apt 318
Muir JR, Ralph 3525 NW 35Th Ave APT 4 Valdes, Jose A 19822 SW 124Th Ave
Mullings, James A 6790 NW 186Th St #307 Valle, Karia 7492 SW 159Th PI
Myles, Alexia D 705 NW 6Th ST Vasquez, Nicole J 651 NW 58Th St APT 109
Nadal, Isabel E 760 W 71St PI Villate, Will T 2251 NE 42Nd Ave
Nealy, Quinton 500 NW 2Nd Ave Wade, Carl J 14335 NW 22Nd Ave APT 8
Nelms, Alexander C 3170 NW 46Th St Walker SR, James M 1478 NW 2Nd Ave #1
Newsome, Antoine J 3710 NW 10Th Ave Welch, Nicole S 11830 SW 213Th ST
Nivala, Jeffrey R 9321 SW 166Th Ct Williams, Venetia S 2525 NW 47Th St
Nunez, Fermin 8851 NW 119Th St #2228 Williams, Vernell J 3683 Thomas Ave
Nunez, Gabriel 11961 SW 185Th St Wilson, Shemeka 1500 NW7Th Ct#2
Padrino, Adrian 14989 SW 59Th St Yarchick, James W 15751 SW 254Th ST
Palma, Elio M 3040 NW 60th ST Zinnerman, Tina R 4331 NW 191St Ter
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Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
1150 NW1 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
in. Call Joel 786-355-7578.

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

1245 NW 58th Street
Studio,$395 per month. All
appliances Included. Free
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 2Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Ms. Shorty In #1.

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

136 NW 18 Street
One bedroom, one bath'
$350 month. $575 move
Ihn. All appliances Included
Free 19 Inch LDC TV. Call

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

14100 NW 6 Court
Huge one bdrm, one bath,
with air, in quiet area, $650
monthly. 305-213-5013
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

1490 NW 69 STREET
Three bdrms, one bath, cen-
tral air. $750 mthly. Mr. Wash-
ington. 305-632-8750
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

1540 NW 1 Court
Studio S425, one bdrm
$525, two bedrm $625. free
water, call 786-506-3067.

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

1545 NW 8 Avenue
One bedroom $675, two
bedrooms $900, free water,
no credit check Call 786-

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

1600 NW 7 Court
One bedroom $650, two
bedrooms $850, free
water, no credit check.
Call 786-506-3067
1625 NW 132 Street
Large apt, elderly person,
water and electric included.
$850 monthly 786-517-4248
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.
Mr. Gaiter in #1

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

1801 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. $80 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

2295 NW 46 Street
One and two bedrooms. Call
Tony 305-213-5013
2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one
bath $650, free water.
2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
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 Metrorall. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bdrms from $490-$580 mthlyl
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

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

6832 NW 5 Place
Studio $110 weekly, $500 to
move in. 786-286-2540
7513 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. Reno-
vated, new appliances, park-
ing. Section 8. HOPWA OK.
$650. Call 305-669-4320. 9
am to 7 pm NO LATER.
815 NW 58 Street
studio $550 per month
all appliances included
call Joel 786 355 7578

8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms. Section 8 OK.
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specals
Free water 305-642-7080
Ready To Move In
Plus water! Spacious, one,
two bdrms. Special for se-
niors 786-486-2895
Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
No security deposit re-
quired. One bedroom, water
included. 305-603-9592,
305-600-7280 or i

One and two bedrooms.
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Qualify the same day. ULim-
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One bedroom, $400 and
two bedrooms $550 only!
Water induded. No security
deposit required- 55 and
older get additional dis-
count Call 305-603-9592,
305-600-7280 and

20022 SW 123 Drive
Section 8, no deposit, four
bedrooms, two baths, tiled
floors, central air, washer/dry-
er, gated community, $1200,
Three bedrms recently reno-
vated, Section 8 Welcome.
Call Morris
Three bedrooms units. Rudy
17942 NW 40 Court

1250 NW 58 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances. $900 monthly.
131 NW 32 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $595.

14422 NE 3 COURT
Small, one bdrm, utilities,
washer, dryer included. $750
mthly, $1500 to move in.
1601 NW 66 Street
Two bedrooms, $750 month-
ly, 786-277-0302
1765 NW 45 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled floors, 786-237-1292.
1875 NW 94 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$900 monthly, central air.
Stanley 305-510-5894
209-211 NW 41 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath
and two bedrooms, one
bath, conveniently located,
new renovation. Section 8
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms, remodeled.
$895 monthly, 786-306-4839.
2464 N.Wi-44th-Street----
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $975 per month,,
move in special,
2490 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, tile, air, 786-
587-4050 or 305-763-5574.
2601 NW 101 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
fenced yard, central air.
First, last and security. $900
monthly. Call 305-986-8395.
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
330 NW 82 Terrace Rear
One bedroom, one bath cot-
tage, all new, $650 monthly,
414 NW 53 Street
BEST VALUE, gorgeous
remodeled two bdrms, spa-
cious, large totally fenced
yard, available now, $875.
4425 NW 23 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$600, four bedrooms, two
baths, $900. Appliances,

4522 NW 14 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
laundry room, central air and
heat Call
Chris 305-778-2956 or 305-
5509 N.W. Miami Court
One bdrm. one bath. Newly
renovated $650 mthly, first,
last, security. 305-751-6232
5903 NW 30 Ave
Newly remodeled, air condi-
tion, water included., $600
monthly. 786-356-1457
8001 NW 11 Court, Apt 2
Spacious one bedroom, walk-
in closet, $650 monthly, in-
cudes water, $1800 to move
in, tle floors. 305-305-2311
9697 NW 5 Avenue
One bedroom, S800 monthly.

100 NW 14 Street
Newty renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wklty. S650 mthly.
1168 NW 51 Street
Large efficiency, partly fur-
nished, quiet area, utilities in-
duded. $675 monthly, $1000
to move in. Mature person
preferred. Call 305-633-1157.
1756 NW 85 Street
$475 move in 786-389-1686.

305-694-6225 305-694-6225

2905 NW 57 Street
Small urnished efficiency,
$500 monthly plus $100 se-
cunty deposit first and last
S1100 to move in, or small
furnished room $285 monthly,
$670 to move in.
305-989-6989. 305-638-8376
4020 NW 1 AVENUE
Furnished, air, appliances,
Utilities included. $550
monthly. 305-608-3799.
5422 NW 7 Court
$600 monthly includes elec-
tric and water. No Section
8. Call

2901 NW 158 Street
Updated for bedroom, two
bath, tie, central air $1495
monthly, 305-662-5505.
2951 NW 49 Street
Four bedroom .two bath, new
renovation Section 8 only.
3051 N.W. 204 Lane
Three bedrooms, two
bathrooms, bars, central air,
Section 8. $1300 monthly.
Call 305-474-9234
5246 NW 8 Avenue
Nice clean house, three bed-
rooms, one bath. Section 8
305-2 7-94 9 ,.r\.. .( I*J'< 1111 I Ely.i /^ ITOU

305-267-9449 Orv l i w u lui y. o-an too-
Furnished Rooms 725 NW 42 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
1010 NW 180 Terrace Section 8 welcome. Contact
Free cable, air, appliances Junior 305-710-3398 or Mary
and use of kitchen. 305-305-6701
305-835-2728 305-710-3398
13377 NW 30 Avenue 781 N.W. 77 Street
Extra large, $95 weekly, free One bedroom with air, $600
utilities, one person. monthly. 305-742-1050
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710 784 NW 66 Street
1358 NW71 Street Three bdrm, one bath, $950
Air, cable. $300 to move in, monthly. First, last and secu-
$150 weekly. 786-286-7455. rity. 305-498-2831.
15810 NW 38 Place 830 NW 51 Street
$85 weekly. Free utilities, Three bedrooms, two bath.
bath, kitchen, one person. Renovated, Section 8 Ok.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710 Call 305-975-1987
1775 NW 151 Street 845 NW 84 Street
New management. Micro- Two bedrooms, one bath,
wave, refrigerator, color TV, $1000 monthly. No Section
free cable, air, and use of 8. Call
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728. 305-267-9449
1973 NW 49 Street 8930 N.W. 15 AVE.
Two weeks free rent! Clean Three bedrooms, two baths.
room, $475 monthly. $1200. Water included, yard
702-448-0148 care and appliances,
2168 NW 98 Street 786-423-4667
$85 weekly, free utilities, 944 NW 81 Street A
kitchen, bath, one person. Three bdrms, one bath $950
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710 mthly. Security $600. Water
3026 NW 44 Street included. Call 786-488-2264
$450 and $400 monthly. Call MIAMI GARDENS AREA
786-319-3789 Spacious four bdrms, two
3290 NW 45 Street baths, plasma TV included.
Clean room, $375 monthly. No credit check, Section 8
305-479-3632 Welcome! Others available.
6601 NW 24 Court 305-834-4440
Microwave, refrigerator, color MIAMI GARDENS AREA
TV, free cable, air, and use of Three bedroom, one bath
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728 $1000 monthly. No credit
6829 NW 15 Ave check.
$100 weekly, $200 to move 305-741-8041
in, air and utilities included. STOPIII
Call 786-277-2693 Behind in Your Rent? 24
83 Street NW 18 Avenue Hour notice. Behind in Your
305-754-7776 Mortgage? 786-326-7916.
9800 NW 25 Avenue
Rooms for rent, all utielites
paid, cal478332-B2.4101 NW 187 Street
Nice quiet room, near bus ter- RENT TO OWNur baths,
minal. Call 305-766-2055. Five bedrooms, four baths,
.Cal3766 2500 square feet, needs a
NORTHWEST AREA little work. $1,750 monthly.
Private entrance, all utilities NDI Realtors
included. Call Robert 305-
342-8090. 305-655-1700
Rooms with home privileges.
Prices range from $90 to
$125 weekly. 305-696-2451. 342 NW 11 Street
OPA LOCKA AREA Weekly $125. monthly
2170 Washington Avenue $400 Call 786-506-3067
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly. MIAMI GARDENS AREA
786-277-3434,786-298-4383 UNFURNISHED
Room in Christian Home 305-300-7783 786-277-9369
Call NA at 786-406-3539
Senior Citizens welcomed.
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1122 NW 74 Street e s '--.
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1200 mthly, $2400 to move 'ATTENTION'
in. Call 305-632-2426. Now You Can own Your
133 Street and NW 18 Ave. Own Home Today
Three bedrooms, two baths. **WITH***
Call 305-754-7776 FREE CASH GRANTS
1417 NE 152 Street UP TO $65,000
Section 8 welcome. Three On Any Home/Any Area
bdrm. One bath. $1000TIME BUYERS
monthly. All appliances FIRST TIME BUYERS
included. Free 19 inch LCD Need HELP???
TV. Call Joel 786-355-7578. 305-892-8315

1514 NW 74 Street
Section 8 Preferred, three
bedrooms, one bath, fenced
yard, central air, ceiling fans,
refrigerator, stove. Washer,
dryer, security bars, awnings.
$1,275 mthly. $500 security.
Call 786-218-4646
1776 NW 53 Street
Move in special. two bed-
rooms, one bath. $795
monthly. Call 954-558-8330.
1782 NW 63 Street
Newly remodeled, wood
floors, two bdrms, one bath.
1860 NW 53 Street
Three bedroom, two bath,
new renovation. Section 8
only 305-975-1987
2049 NW 68 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one
and half bath, $1025,
stove, refrigerator, air

21958 SW 124 Place
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 iviig. din-
ing, den, and study, S1600
monty, S500 security
deposit Call 954-665-8270.
22227 SW 116 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
S1,000 includes water.
2878 NW 196 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
S1000 monthly 954-243-

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the Miami-Dade County Stephen P. Clark Center.
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Heisman Trohpy winner

shines at NFL combine

Dominique Butler lead the way

Dominique Butler:

FMU player of the week

Florida Memorial's Dominique Butler garnered her second Sun
Conference women's basketball Player of the Week honor on Feb-
ruary 13th. She averaged 26 points, 13.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists,
two blocks and 1.5 steals as the Lady Lions improved their over-
all record to 9-13 with a pair of conference wins. Against Webber
International, Butler tallied 21 points, 14 boards, three assists,
four blocks and four steals to lead FMU to a 76-69 victory over
the Warriors. She followed that with a 31-point 13, rebound out-
ing on 11 -of-22 shooting from the field and 9-of-14 shooting from
the free throw line in the Lions' 81-77 defeat of Warner.

Heisman Trophy winner
Robert Griffin III ran the
fastest 40-yard dash by a
quarterback at this year s
NFL scouting combine.
Griffin ran the sprint
twice last Sunday and
was unofficially clocked
with a two-run average
of 4.38 seconds. An-
drew Luck, the Heisman
runner-up and favorite
to be the No. 1 pick, later
ran twice, getting clocked
at 4.66 and 4.59.
The best overall time
Sunday was a 4.30,
turned in by Georgia Tech
receiver Stephen Hill.
Miami's Travis Benja-
min (4.32), North Caro-
lina State's T.J. Graham
(4.35) and Wake Forest's

Chris Givens (4.37) all
ran faster times than
Griffin, but all three are
More than 300 draft
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Marlins fans may soon have something to celebrate

Go ahead wake up South
Florida you are not dream-
ing. It is true that the Mi-
ami Marlins spent over $200
million dollars this past
off-season to make your fa-
vorite ball club legitimate
playoff contenders in the Na-
tional League. Spring train-
ing is underway and if you
look around you'll see some
pretty high-priced new faces:
new manager Ozzie Guillen;
and free agents Jose Reyes,
Heath Bell and Mark Burhle.

This year's squad is already
being touted as potential
challengers to the mighty
Phillies in the NL East and
why not? Starting pitching is
a key as with most clubs so
the health of ace Josh John-
son is paramount to a suc-
cessful season. Newcomer
Burhle is a workhorse who
has gone 11 straight sea-
sons with over 200 innings of
work and double-digit wins.
Factor .in Carlos Zambrano,
Anibal Sanchez and Ricky

Bryant's nose take licking
LOS ANGELES (AP)-The Los Angeles Lakers say Kobe Bryant
has a "nasal fracture" after he was smacked in the nose by Dwvane
Wade during last weekend's NBA All-Star game.
The team said on its website Monday that a CT scan revealed the
extent of the injury, and the star guard will be re-evaluated by an
ear, nose and throat specialist when he returns to Los Angeles.
Bryant was bloodied during Sunday night's game in Orlando,
which the West won 152-149. He was knocked to the floor by Wade
and examined after the game. Wade says that he was hit several
times by Bryant before the incident.

Nolasco and collectively you
have a nice group. It will also
be interesting to see how this
team responds to Guillen's
in-your-face-tell it like it is
style. It sure won't be boring.
We have to see how superstar
Hanley Ramirez responds to
being moved to third base
since Reyes has taken over
[good move] at shortstop. If
Ramirez does not pout and
plays to his potential you are
looking at a very dangerous
team and a high-powered of-
fense. Expect a big season
from slugger Mike Stanton
as well; he should flourish
this season with all of these
big bats in the lineup. The
Marlins overall appear to be
a solid club and with mov-
ing into their new stadium,
who can blame the fans for

dreaming and thinking big,
This team is on the vei 'ig
with an established start-
ing liii eitp and good rotation.
The bullpen may finally be
the team's strength, hdpeliid-
ing on whether Juan Carlos
Oviedo (formerly Leo Nunez)
is still here. There are some
minor things to sort out like
what kind of contributions
can we expect from guys
like Chris Coghlan, Scott
Cousins and Donnie "blee-
pin" Murphy. That's what the
grapefruit league is for. For
now, Marlins fans can en-
joy the ride with this team.
Dreams it appears, do come
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